Pride International 8-K 2011
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): May 19, 2011
PRIDE INTERNATIONAL, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (713) 789-1400
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):
On May 19, 2011, Pride International, Inc. (Pride) and the other named defendants signed a memorandum of understanding with the plaintiffs to settle the previously disclosed stockholder class action lawsuits filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery related to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of February 6, 2011 and amended as of March 1, 2011 (as so amended, the Merger Agreement), among Pride, Ensco plc (Ensco), ENSCO International Incorporated (Delaware Sub) and ENSCO Ventures LLC (Merger Sub). As part of the memorandum of understanding and subject to the approval of the Ensco board of directors, Pride, Ensco, Delaware Sub and Merger Sub have agreed to, among other things, enter into Amendment No. 2 to the Merger Agreement on the terms summarized below (the Amendment).
The Amendment would reduce the fee payable by Pride in connection with certain terminations of the Merger Agreement to $195 million from $260 million. The Amendment also would shorten the tail period for certain transactions that could trigger a termination fee from 12 months to nine months after termination. Under the Amendment, the $195 million fee would be payable by Pride if the agreement is terminated under specified circumstances, including (1) the decision by the Pride board of directors to accept a superior proposal, (2) an adverse change in the recommendation of the Pride board of directors or (3) a failure to obtain approval by Pride stockholders after public disclosure of an alternative business combination proposal before the stockholder meeting and either the Pride board of directors determines such proposal to be a superior proposal or, within nine months after termination of the Merger Agreement, Pride enters into a definitive agreement or consummates an alternative business combination proposal.
The Amendment also would eliminate the force the vote provision applicable to Pride such that Pride would not be required to submit the adoption of the Merger Agreement to its stockholders if the Pride board of directors made an adverse recommendation change.
The memorandum of understanding also provides, among other things, that the parties will seek to enter into a stipulation of settlement which provides for the release of certain claims held by such class. The stipulation of the settlement will be subject to customary conditions, including court approval. There can be no assurance that the parties will ultimately enter into a stipulation of settlement that receives court approval. Further, the memorandum of understanding is also subject to the approval of the Ensco board of directors.
Pursuant to the memorandum of understanding, Pride has agreed to make certain additional disclosure related to the proposed merger, which are set forth below. These additional disclosures supplement the disclosure contained in the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus of Ensco and Pride filed with the SEC on April 26, 2011, and should be read in conjunction with the disclosures contained therein. To the extent that information in this Current Report on Form 8-K differs from or updates information contained in the joint proxy statement/prospectus, this Current Report on Form 8-K is more current.
Additional Disclosure Regarding the Fleet Profile for Ensco on a Pro Forma Basis
The following table compares the fleet profile for Ensco on a pro forma basis (after giving effect to the merger contemplated by the Merger Agreement) with its competitors as of February 6, 2011 based on public disclosures by each company:
Additional Disclosure Regarding Third Party Proposals
The following disclosure supplements the discussion under the caption Background of the Merger on page 63 of the joint proxy statement/prospectus.
From the announcement of the merger on February 7, 2011 to the date hereof, no third party or representative thereof has contacted Pride or its advisors with respect to any proposal or offer by such party to acquire Pride or engage in any business combination transaction with Pride in lieu of the merger.
In connection with the proposed transaction, Ensco and Pride have filed a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus with the SEC. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF ENSCO AND PRIDE ARE ADVISED TO CAREFULLY READ THE DEFINITIVE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS BECAUSE IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRANSACTION, THE PARTIES TO THE TRANSACTION AND THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRANSACTION. A definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus has been sent to security holders of Ensco and Pride seeking their approval of the proposed transaction. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents filed by Ensco and Pride with the SEC from the SECs website at www.sec.gov. Security holders and other interested parties may also obtain, without charge, a copy of the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents by directing a request by mail or telephone to either Investor Relations, Ensco plc, 500 N. Akard, Suite 4300, Dallas, Texas 75201, telephone 214-397-3015, or Investor Relations, Pride International, Inc., 5847 San Felipe, Suite 3300, Houston, Texas 77057, telephone 713-789-1400. Copies of the documents filed by Ensco with the SEC are available free of charge on Enscos website at www.enscoplc.com under the tab Investors. Copies of the documents filed by Pride with the SEC are available free of charge on Prides website at www.prideinternational.com under the tab Investor Relations. Security holders may also read and copy any reports, statements and other information filed with the SEC at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street N.E., Room 1580, Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at (800) 732-0330 or visit the SECs website for further information on its public reference room.
Ensco and Pride and their respective directors, executive officers and certain other members of management may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from their respective security holders with respect to the transaction. Information about these persons is set forth in Enscos proxy statement relating to its 2011 General Meeting of Shareholders, as filed with the SEC on April 5, 2011, and Prides Amendment No. 1 to its Annual Report on Form 10-K/A, as filed with the SEC on April 29, 2011, and subsequent statements of changes in beneficial ownership on file with the SEC. Security holders and investors may obtain additional information regarding the interests of such persons, which may be different than those of the respective companies security holders generally, by reading the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents regarding the transaction filed by Ensco and Pride with the SEC.
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: May 20, 2011