8-K 1 a17-9091_18k.htm 8-K

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 20549

 


 

FORM 8-K

 


 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): March 23, 2017

 


 

TRONC, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 


 

Delaware

 

001-36230

 

38-3919441

(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)

 

(Commission File Number)

 

(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

435 North Michigan Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60611

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

312-222-9100

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

 

Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

 


 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

o                Written communication pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

 

Oaktree Purchase Agreement

 

On March 23, 2017, tronc, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with investment funds associated with Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (“Oaktree”), pursuant to which the Company agreed to repurchase an aggregate of 3,745,947 shares of the Company’s common stock from Oaktree at a purchase price of $15.00 per share. In addition, in the event that (i) the Company undergoes a Change of Control (as defined in the Purchase Agreement) within one year after the date hereof, or enters into a definitive agreement concerning a Change of Control within one year after the date hereof (which transaction is subsequently consummated), and (ii) the consideration per share payable to holders of the Company’s common stock in connection with such consummated Change of Control is greater than $15.00 per share, then the Company has agreed to pay Oaktree additional consideration per share equal to the difference between the consideration per share payable to holders of the Company’s common stock in connection with such consummated Change of Control and $15.00. The Purchase Agreement also contains a “standstill” covenant prohibiting Oaktree from acquiring, directly or indirectly, any of the Company’s common stock, soliciting proxies to vote shares of the Company’s common stock or taking certain actions with respect to any business combination, asset acquisition or disposition or similar transaction involving the Company for a period of two years after the date hereof (the “Standstill Period”).  The parties also agreed to a mutual non-disparagement covenant applicable during the Standstill Period.  In addition, the parties agreed to a mutual release of claims.

 

The foregoing summary of the Purchase Agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the text of the Purchase Agreement, which is attached as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.

 

Amendment to Securities Purchase Agreement

 

On March 23, 2017, the Company entered into Amendment No. 1 (the “Amendment”) to that certain Securities Purchase Agreement (the “Agreement”), by and among the Company, Merrick Media, LLC and Michael W. Ferro, Jr. The Amendment increases the maximum percentage of the Company’s shares of common stock that Merrick Media, LLC and its affiliates may acquire from 25% to 30%.

 

The foregoing summary of the Amendment is qualified in its entirety by reference to the text of the Amendment, which is attached as Exhibit 10.2 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description

10.1

 

Purchase Agreement, dated as of March 23, 2017, by and among tronc, Inc., Oaktree Tribune, L.P., OCM FIE, LLC and, for the purpose of Articles II and III thereof, OCM Opportunities Fund VII, L.P., OCM Opportunities Fund VIIb, L.P., OCM Opportunities Fund VIIb (Parallel), L.P., Oaktree Opportunities Fund VIII, L.P., Oaktree Opportunities Fund VIII (Parallel), L.P., Oaktree Opportunities Fund VIII (Parallel 2), L.P., Oaktree Huntington Investment Fund, L.P., Oaktree Opportunities Fund VIIIb, L.P., Oaktree Opportunities Fund VIIIb (Parallel), L.P., Oaktree Value Opportunities Fund, L.P., and Oaktree FF Investment Fund, L.P.

 

 

 

10.2

 

Amendment No. 1 to Securities Purchase Agreement, dated as of March 23, 2017, by and among tronc, Inc., Merrick Media, LLC and Michael W. Ferro, Jr.

 

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SIGNATURE

 

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.

 

 

TRONC, INC.

 

 

 

 

Date: March 23, 2017

By:

/s/ Julie K. Xanders

 

Name:

Julie K. Xanders

 

Title:

Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description

10.1

 

Purchase Agreement, dated as of March 23, 2017, by and among tronc, Inc., Oaktree Tribune, L.P., OCM FIE, LLC and, for the purpose of Articles II and III thereof, OCM Opportunities Fund VII, L.P., OCM Opportunities Fund VIIb, L.P., OCM Opportunities Fund VIIb (Parallel), L.P., Oaktree Opportunities Fund VIII, L.P., Oaktree Opportunities Fund VIII (Parallel), L.P., Oaktree Opportunities Fund VIII (Parallel 2), L.P., Oaktree Huntington Investment Fund, L.P., Oaktree Opportunities Fund VIIIb, L.P., Oaktree Opportunities Fund VIIIb (Parallel), L.P., Oaktree Value Opportunities Fund, L.P., and Oaktree FF Investment Fund, L.P.

 

 

 

10.2

 

Amendment No. 1 to Securities Purchase Agreement, dated as of March 23, 2017, by and among tronc, Inc., Merrick Media, LLC and Michael W. Ferro, Jr.

 

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