8-K 1 form8-k2019underwritingagr.htm 8-K Document

Washington, D.C. 20549


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 19, 2019 (July 17, 2019)

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Item 1.01    Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On July 17, 2019, Ellington Financial Inc. (the “Company”) and Ellington Financial Management LLC (the “Manager”) entered into an underwriting agreement (the “Underwriting Agreement”) with Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and UBS Securities LLC, as representatives of the several underwriters named therein (the “Underwriters”), relating to the offer and sale of 3,500,000 shares of common stock of the Company, par value $0.001 per share (the “Common Stock”). In addition, the Company granted the Underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 525,000 additional shares of Common Stock. Subject to customary closing conditions, the closing of the offering of 3,500,000 shares of Common Stock is expected to occur on July 22, 2019, and will result in total net proceeds to the Company of approximately $60.7 million after deduction of underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses.
The Underwriting Agreement contains customary representations, warranties and covenants of the Company and the Manager, indemnification rights and obligations of the parties and termination provisions. Pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement, the Company agreed to indemnify the Underwriters against certain specified types of liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), to contribute to payments the Underwriters may be required to make in respect of these liabilities and to reimburse the Underwriters for certain expenses. In the ordinary course of business the Underwriters or their affiliates have from time to time in the past provided, and may from time to time in the future provide, investment banking services to us for which they have in the past received, and may in the future receive, customary fees.
The offering of Common Stock is being made pursuant to the Company’s shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-230416) (the “Registration Statement”), which was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 3, 2019.
The foregoing description of the material terms of the Underwriting Agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Underwriting Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 1.1 and incorporated herein by reference.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This Current Report on Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties. Our actual results may differ from our beliefs, expectations, estimates, and projections and, consequently, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Forward-looking statements are not historical in nature and can be identified by words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "will," "should," "may," "expect," "project," "believe," "intend," "seek," "plan" and similar expressions or their negative forms, or by references to strategy, plans, or intentions. Our results can fluctuate from month to month depending on a variety of factors, some of which are beyond our control and/or are difficult to predict, including, without limitation, changes in interest rates, changes in mortgage default rates and prepayment rates, and other changes in market conditions and economic trends. Furthermore, forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, among other things, those described under Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 14, 2019, which can be accessed through the link to our SEC filings under "For Our Shareholders" on our website (www.ellingtonfinancial.com) or at the SEC's website (www.sec.gov). Other risks, uncertainties, and factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected may be described from time to time in reports we file with the SEC, including reports on Forms 10-Q, 10-K and 8-K. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Item 9.01    Financial Statements and Exhibits.
A copy of the opinion of Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P. with respect to the legality of the issuance and sale of Common Stock in the offering is filed herewith as Exhibit 5.1, and thereby automatically incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement, in accordance with the requirements of Item 601(b)(5) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Act.
(d) Exhibits. The following exhibits are being filed herewith this Current Report on Form 8-K.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Dated: July 19, 2019
/s/ JR Herlihy
JR Herlihy
Chief Financial Officer