Interpublic Group of Companies 8-K 2007
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): November 15, 2007
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The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (the Company) entered into the following agreements:
The disclosure under Item 2.03 of this report with respect to the entry into, and the provisions of, these agreements is incorporated by reference into this Item 1.01.
On November 20, 2007, the Company retired $200 million of its 4.50% Convertible Senior Notes due 2023 (the Old Notes) in connection with the exchange described in Item 2.03 of this report.
On November 20, 2007, the Company issued $200 million aggregate principal amount of the New Notes under the Indenture.
The New Notes were exchanged for the same aggregate principal amount of the Companys Old Notes with certain qualified institutional buyers as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act). The exchange was exempt from registration under Section 4(2) of the Securities Act.
For a comparison of the terms of the New Notes and the Old Notes, please refer to the Companys press release announcing the completion of the exchange, attached hereto as Exhibit 99.2 and incorporated by reference herein.
The New Notes are convertible into common stock of the Company at a conversion price of $12.42 per share, subject to adjustment in specified circumstances, including any payment of cash dividends on the Companys common stock. The New Notes are convertible at any time if the average price of the Companys common stock for 20 trading days immediately preceding the conversion date is greater than or equal to a specified percentage of the conversion price, beginning at 118% and declining 0.5% on March 13 of each year until it reaches 110% at maturity. They are also convertible, regardless of the price of the Companys common stock, if: (i) the Company calls the New Notes for redemption; (ii) the Company makes specified distributions to shareholders; (iii) the Company becomes a party to a consolidation, merger or binding share exchange pursuant to which its common stock would be converted into cash or property (other than securities); or (iv) the credit ratings assigned to the New Notes by any two of Moodys Investors Service, Standard & Poors and Fitch Ratings are lower than Ba2, BB and BB, respectively, or the New Notes are no longer rated by at least two of these ratings services. Because of
the Companys current credit ratings, the New Notes are currently convertible. The New Notes are also convertible, whether or not the above conditions are met, from February 15 to March 15, 2023.
Holders of the New Notes may require the Company to repurchase the New Notes on March 15, 2013 and March 15, 2018 for cash or Company common stock or a combination of cash and common stock, at the Companys election. Additionally, investors may require the Company to repurchase the New Notes in the event of certain change of control events that occur prior to March 15, 2013, for cash or Company common stock or a combination of cash and common stock, at the Companys election. At its option, the Company may redeem the New Notes on or after March 15, 2013 for cash. The redemption price in each of these instances will be 100% of the principal amount of the Notes being redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any. The New Notes also provide for a make-whole adjustment to the conversion rate in the event of a change of control meeting specified conditions.
Under the Registration Rights Agreement, the Company has agreed to file a shelf registration statement under the Securities Act for the resale of the New Notes and the common stock issuable upon conversion of the New Notes.
On November 20, 2007, the Company issued $200 million aggregate principal amount of the New Notes in exchange for the same aggregate principal amount of the Old Notes in a private offering in reliance on Section 4(2) of the Securities Act. The disclosure in Item 2.03 of this report is incorporated by reference in this Item 3.02.
On November 15, 2007, the Company issued the press release attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated by reference herein, announcing the exchange. On November 20, 2007, the Company issued the press release attached hereto as Exhibit 99.2 and incorporated by reference herein, announcing the completion of the exchange.
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.