8-K 1 a16-14725_18k.htm 8-K





Washington, DC 20549






Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of

the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report:  July 11, 2016

(Date of earliest event reported)




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Commission File Number:  1-12441





(State or other jurisdiction of


(IRS Employer
Identification No.)


One St. Jude Medical Drive, St. Paul, Minnesota 55117

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)


(651) 756-2000

(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:


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Item 8.01                        Other Events.


On July 11, 2016, St. Jude Medical, Inc. (referred to herein as the “Company”) and Abbott Laboratories (“Abbott”) each received a request for additional information (the “Second Request”) from the United States Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”), in connection with Abbott’s pending acquisition of the Company.


The effect of the Second Request is to extend the waiting period imposed by the HSR Act until 30 days after Abbott and the Company have substantially complied with the request, unless that period is extended voluntarily by the parties or terminated sooner by the FTC.


Forward-Looking Statements


This communication contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries and the timing of anticipated completion of the pending acquisition could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including the timing of the completion of the acquisition; the ability to complete the acquisition considering the various closing conditions, including those conditions related to regulatory approvals; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that the acquisition may not be timely completed, if at all; that, prior to the completion of the acquisition, the Company’s business may not perform as expected due to acquisition-related uncertainty or other factors; and other risks that are described in the Company’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including, but not limited to, the risks described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended January 2, 2016, as revised by the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on June 7, 2016, and the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended April 2, 2016. The Company assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable law.


Additional Information


In connection with the acquisition, the Company and Abbott have filed and will be filing documents with the SEC. These include the filing on June 13, 2016 by Abbott of a registration statement on Form S-4 which includes a preliminary proxy statement of the Company and preliminary prospectus of Abbott. The preliminary proxy statement/prospectus is not yet final. The Company intends to mail to its shareholders the definitive proxy statement regarding the proposed acquisition which will also constitute a prospectus of Abbott. Before making any voting or investment decision, investors are urged to read the definitive proxy statement/prospectus when it becomes available, because it will contain important information about the proposed transaction. You may obtain copies of all documents filed with the SEC regarding these transactions, free of charge, at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov), by accessing the Company’s website at http://www.sjm.com under the heading “Investor Relations” and then under the link “SEC Filings,” and from the Company by directing a request to the Company. These documents may also be obtained free of charge from the Company by requesting them by mail at St. Jude Medical, One St. Jude Medical Drive, St. Paul, MN 55117, Attention: Investor Relations, or by telephone at (651) 756-4347.


The Company and its directors and executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the acquisition. You can find information about the Company’s directors and executive officers in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on March 22, 2016. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is contained in the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus, and will be contained in the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available. You can obtain free copies of these documents from the Company using the contact information above.




No Offer or Solicitation


The information in this communication is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell, subscribe for or buy any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to or in connection with the proposed transactions or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and otherwise in accordance with applicable law.






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.



 Date:  July 12, 2016








/s/ Jason Zellers



Jason Zellers



Vice President, General Counsel



and Corporate Secretary