S-8 1 d887448ds8.htm S-8 S-8

As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 17, 2015

Registration No. 333-            

 

 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM S-8

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

 

SEARS HOLDINGS CORPORATION

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

 

 

Delaware 20-1920798

(State or Other Jurisdiction of

Incorporation or Organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

3333 Beverly Road

Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60179

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

Sears Holdings Savings Plan

Sears Holdings Puerto Rico Savings Plan

(Full Title of the Plans)

 

 

Kristin M. Coleman

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Sears Holdings Corporation

3333 Beverly Road

Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60179

(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

(847) 286-2500

(Telephone Number, Including Area Code, of Agent for Service)

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer   x    Accelerated filer   ¨
Non-accelerated filer   ¨  (Do not check if smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company   ¨

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

 

Title of Securities

to be Registered

 

Amount

to be

registered (1)

 

Proposed
maximum

offering price

per share

 

Proposed

maximum

aggregate

offering price

  Amount of
registration fee

Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share

  1,500,000(2)   $36.81(3)   $55,215,000(3)   $6,415.99

 

 

(1) In addition, pursuant to Rule 416(c) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this Registration Statement also covers an indeterminate amount of interests to be offered or sold pursuant to the employee benefit plans described herein.
(2) The shares of Common Stock offered under the Sears Holdings Savings Plan and the Sears Puerto Rico Savings Plan are held in the Sears Holdings Savings Plan Master Trust.
(3) Estimated solely for purposes of determining the amount of the registration fee, in accordance with Rule 457(h)(1) and Rule 457(c) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, on the basis of the average of the high and low prices of the Registrant’s common shares on The NASDAQ Global Select Market on March 10, 2015.

 

 

 


PART I

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(A) PROSPECTUS

The document(s) containing the information specified in Part I of Form S-8 will be sent or given to participating employees as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). These documents and the documents incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement pursuant to Item 3 of Part II of this Registration Statement, taken together, constitute a prospectus that meets the requirements of Section 10(a) of the Securities Act.

PART II

ITEM 3. INCORPORATION OF DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE

The following documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) by the Registrant are incorporated herein by reference:

(a) The Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015;

(b) All other reports filed by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“Exchange Act”), since January 31, 2015 (other than the portions of those documents not deemed to be filed);

(c) Description of Registrant’s common stock included in Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-4 (File No. 333-120954) filed under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, including any amendment or report filed updating such description;

(d) Annual Report on Form 11-K of the Sears Holdings Savings Plan for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013;

(e) Annual Report on Form 11-K of the Sears Holdings Puerto Rico Savings Plan for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

All documents filed by Registrant with the Commission pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act (other than the portions of those documents not deemed to be filed) subsequent to the date hereof and prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment hereto which indicates that all securities offered hereunder have been sold or which deregisters all securities remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference in this registration statement and to be a part hereof from the date of filing of such documents. Any statement contained in a document incorporated by reference or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this registration statement to the extent that a statement contained in any other subsequently filed document that also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such statement. Any statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this registration statement.

ITEM 4. DESCRIPTION OF SECURITIES

Not applicable.

ITEM 5. INTERESTS OF NAMED EXPERTS AND COUNSEL

Not applicable.


ITEM 6. INDEMNIFICATION OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

Pursuant to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”), a corporation may indemnify any person who was or is a party to or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (other than a derivative action by or in the right of such corporation) by reason of the fact that such person is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of such corporation, or serving at the request of such corporation in such capacity for another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, against expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred in connection with such action, suit or proceeding, if such person acted in good faith and in a manner he or she reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of such corporation, and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe his or her conduct was unlawful.

The DGCL also permits indemnification by a corporation under similar circumstances for expenses (including attorneys’ fees) actually and reasonably incurred by such persons in connection with the defense or settlement of a derivative action or suit, except that no indemnification shall be made in respect of any claim, issue or matter as to which such person shall have been adjudged to be liable to such corporation unless the Delaware Court of Chancery or the court in which such action or suit was brought shall determine upon application that such person is fairly and reasonably entitled to indemnity for such expenses which such court shall deem proper.

To the extent a present or former director or officer is successful in the defense of such an action, suit or proceeding, the corporation is required by the DGCL to indemnify such person for actual and reasonable expenses incurred thereby. Expenses (including attorneys’ fees) incurred by an officer or director in defending any civil, criminal, administrative or investigative action, suit or proceeding may be paid by the corporation in advance of the final disposition of such action, suit or proceeding upon receipt of an undertaking by or on behalf of such director or officer to repay such amount if it is ultimately determined that such person is not entitled to be so indemnified. Such expenses (including attorneys’ fees) incurred by former directors and officers or other employees and agents of the corporation or by persons serving at the request of the corporation as directors, officers, employees or agents of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise may be so paid upon such terms and conditions, if any, as the corporation deems appropriate. Article VII of the Registrant’s restated certificate of incorporation requires the Registrant to indemnify and hold harmless any director or officer of the Registrant to the fullest extent permitted by Delaware law, against all expenses, liabilities and losses, including attorneys’ fees, judgments, fines, excise taxes under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, or penalties and amounts to be paid in settlement, reasonably incurred by those persons in connection with any action, suit or proceeding in which they were, are, or have been threatened to be involved by virtue of their service as a director or officer of the Registrant or their service at the request of the Registrant as a director, officer, employee or agent of, or in any other capacity with respect to, another corporation or a partnership, joint venture, trust or other entity or enterprise, including service with respect to employee benefit plans. In general, the Registrant will indemnify such a director or officer who initiates an action, suit or proceeding only if such action, suit or proceeding was authorized by the board of directors of the Registrant.

In addition, under the Registrant’s restated certificate of incorporation, the Registrant will pay in advance of the disposition of any action, suit or proceeding, any reasonable expenses incurred by such a director or officer subject to such person, if the DGCL requires, agreeing to repay any such amounts if it is judicially determined that such person is not entitled to be indemnified for such expenses. The indemnification rights conferred by the Registrant are not exclusive of any other right to which persons seeking indemnification may be entitled under any statute, the Registrant’s restated certificate of incorporation or by-laws, any agreement, vote of stockholders or disinterested directors or otherwise.

The foregoing statements are subject to the detailed provisions of Section 145 of the DGCL and the full text of the restated certificate of incorporation of Registrant.

ITEM 7. EXEMPTION FROM REGISTRATION CLAIMED

Not applicable.

ITEM 8. EXHIBITS

The Exhibits to this registration statement are listed in the Exhibit Index beginning on page E-1 of this registration statement, which Index is incorporated herein by reference.


The Registrant has submitted the Sears Holdings Savings Plan, as amended and restated effective January 1, 2014, and all amendments adopted prior to the restatement, to the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) in a timely manner, has received a favorable determination letter, and has made all changes required by the IRS as a condition of issuing such determination letter.

The Registrant has submitted the Sears Holdings Puerto Rico Savings Plan and all amendments thereto, to the Department of Treasury, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (the “PR Treasury”) in a timely manner and has made all changes required by the PR Treasury in order to qualify this plan under Section 1081 of the Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code of 2011, as amended (previously Section 1165 of the Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code of 1994, as amended). This plan is not required to be qualified under Section 401 of the Internal Revenue Code.

ITEM 9. UNDERTAKINGS

The Registrant hereby undertakes:

(1) To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement:

(i) To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933;

(ii) To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the registration statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the registration statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than a 20 percent change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective registration statement;

(iii) To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the registration statement or any material change to such information in the registration statement;

provided, however, that paragraphs (1)(i) and (1)(ii) do not apply if the registration statement is on Form S-8 and the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that are incorporated by reference in the registration statement.

(2) That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

(3) To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.

The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each filing of the Registrant’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) that is incorporated by reference in the registration statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933 may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Securities and Exchange Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the Registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.


SIGNATURES

The Registrant. Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the Village of Hoffman Estates, State of Illinois, on March 17, 2015.

 

SEARS HOLDINGS CORPORATION

(Registrant)

By:  

/s/ Robert A. Riecker

  Name:   Robert A. Riecker
  Title:   Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this Registration Statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities indicated on March 17, 2015.

 

Signature       Title

Edward S. Lampert*

   

Director, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (Principal Executive Officer)

Edward S. Lampert    

Robert A Schriesheim*

   

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial Officer)

Robert A. Schriesheim    

Robert A. Riecker*

   

Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer (Principal Accounting Officer)

Robert A. Riecker    

Cesar L. Alvarez*

      Director
Cesar L. Alvarez    

Paul G. DePodesta*

      Director
Paul G. DePodesta    

Kunal S. Kamlani*

      Director
Kunal S. Kamlani    

William C. Kunkler, III*

      Director
William C. Kunkler, III    

Steven T. Mnuchin*

      Director
Steven T. Mnuchin    

Ann N. Reese*

      Director
Ann N. Reese    

Thomas J. Tisch*

      Director
Thomas J. Tisch    

 

*By:  

/s/ Robert A. Riecker

  Robert A. Riecker
  Individually and as Attorney-in-fact


The Plans. Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the administrator of the Sears Holdings Savings Plan has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on the Plan’s behalf by the undersigned, thereto duly authorized, in the Village of Hoffman Estates, State of Illinois, on March 17, 2015.

 

SEARS HOLDINGS SAVINGS PLAN
By: SEARS HOLDINGS CORPORATION ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE, Plan Administrator
By:

/s/ Robert A. Riecker

Robert A. Riecker
Member of Administrative Committee and Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Sears Holdings Corporation

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the administrator of the Sears Holdings Puerto Rico Savings Plan has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on the Plan’s behalf by the undersigned, thereto duly authorized, in the Village of Hoffman Estates, State of Illinois, on March 17, 2015.

 

SEARS HOLDINGS PUERTO RICO SAVINGS PLAN
By: SEARS HOLDINGS CORPORATION ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE, Plan Administrator
By:

/s/ Robert A. Riecker

Robert A. Riecker
Member of Administrative Committee and Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Sears Holdings Corporation


Exhibit
Number
   Document Description
  3.1    Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Sears Holdings Corporation (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to Sears Holdings Corporation’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed March 24, 2005).
  3.2    Restated By-laws of Sears Holdings Corporation (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.2 to Sears Holdings Corporation’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed January 22, 2014).
23.1*    Consent of Deloitte & Touche LLP.
24.1*    Power of Attorney

 

* Filed herewith.

 

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