|HRG GROUP, INC. filed this Form 8-K on 02/09/2017|
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Item 8.01. Other Events.
On February 9, 2017, Fidelity & Guaranty Life (“FGL”; NYSE: FGL), a majority owned subsidiary of HRG Group, Inc. (“HRG”; NYSE: HRG), filed a Current Report on Form 8-K (“FGL Form 8-K”) announcing that it had entered into Amendment No. 2 to Agreement and Plan of Merger (“Amendment No. 2, and the merger contemplated thereby, the “FGL Merger”) with Anbang Insurance Group Co., Ltd., a joint-stock insurance company established in the People’s Republic of China (“Anbang”), AB Infinity Holding, Inc., a Delaware corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anbang (“Parent”), and AB Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent (“Merger Sub”).
Under the terms of Amendment No. 2, the outside termination date for the completion of the FGL Merger was extended from February 8, 2017 to April 17, 2017. In addition, the outside termination date will be further extended to May 31, 2017 in the event that the Iowa Insurance Commissioner has, on or prior to April 17, 2017, publicly noticed a public hearing for the “Form A” change of control approval required by the Iowa Insurance Division to complete the FGL Merger. FGL and Anbang continue to work to close the FGL Merger, subject to satisfaction or waiver of all required closing conditions. Amendment No. 2 further permits FGL to solicit, respond to, evaluate and negotiate any competing offers, provided that FGL is not permitted to enter into a definitive agreement with respect to any such competing offers during the extension period. There can be no assurance that this process will result in an alternative proposal for FGL. Interested parties should read FGL’s announcements and public filings, including the FGL Form 8-K, regarding this transaction and any related changes (if any) with respect to the foregoing.
Forward Looking Statements:
“Safe Harbor” Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This document contains, and certain oral statements made by our representatives from time to time may contain, forward-looking statements, including those statements regarding the Company’s review of strategic alternatives and FGL’s merger agreement and any expected or anticipated benefits from these strategic review processes. Generally, forward looking statements include information concerning possible or assumed future distributions from subsidiaries, other actions, events, results, strategies and expectations and are identifiable by use of the words “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “projects,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “might,” or “continues” or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, events and developments to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by such statements. These statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of HRG’s management and the management of HRG’s subsidiaries. Factors that could cause actual results, events and developments to differ include, without limitation: that the review of strategic alternatives at HRG will result in a transaction, or if a transaction is undertaken, as to its terms or timing; the ability of HRG’s subsidiaries (including the FGL merger agreement) to close previously announced transactions; the ability of HRG’s subsidiaries to generate sufficient net income and cash flows to make upstream cash distributions; the decision of the boards of HRG’s subsidiaries to make upstream cash distributions, which is subject to numerous factors such as restrictions contained in applicable financing agreements, state and regulatory restrictions and other relevant considerations as determined by the applicable board; HRG’s liquidity, which may be impacted by a variety of factors, including the capital needs of HRG’s subsidiaries; capital market conditions; commodity market conditions; foreign exchange rates; HRG’s and its subsidiaries’ ability to identify, pursue or complete any suitable future acquisition or disposition opportunities, including realizing such transaction’s expected benefits and the timetable for, completing applicable financial reporting requirements; litigation; potential and contingent liabilities; management’s plans; changes in regulations; taxes; and the risks that may affect the performance of the operating subsidiaries of HRG and those factors listed under the caption “Risk Factors” in HRG’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements described herein are qualified by these cautionary statements and there can be no assurance that the actual results, events or developments referenced herein will occur or be realized. Neither HRG nor any of its affiliates undertake any obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operation results, except as required by law.
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