Susquehanna Bancshares 8-K 2012
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): February 21, 2012 (February 17, 2012)
SUSQUEHANNA BANCSHARES, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant Specified in Charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (717) 626-4721
(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):
On February 17, 2012, Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc. (Susquehanna) completed its acquisition of Tower Bancorp, Inc. (Tower) pursuant to that certain Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated June 20, 2011, as amended September 28, 2011, between Susquehanna and Tower (the Merger Agreement), under which Tower was merged with and into Susquehanna (the Merger), with Susquehanna being the corporation surviving the Merger. The Merger became effective at 11:58 p.m. on February 17, 2012 (the Effective Time). Immediately following the Effective Time, Graystone Tower Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tower (Graystone Tower Bank), merged with and into Susquehanna Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Susquehanna (Susquehanna Bank), pursuant to that certain Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated October 25, 2011, with Susquehanna Bank being the corporation surviving such merger.
Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, Tower shareholders had the opportunity to elect to receive in exchange for each share of Tower common stock they owned immediately prior to completion of the Merger either 3.4696 shares of Susquehanna common stock or a cash payment of $28.00, with $88 million of the aggregate consideration being paid in cash and subject to allocation procedures described in the Merger Agreement. Following the Merger, the combined company has $17.5 billion in assets and Susquehanna Bank has approximately $12.5 billion in deposits and more than $12 billion in loans. The Merger Agreement is being filed herewith as Exhibit 2.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
(d) Appointments to the Board of Directors
On February 17, 2012, Andrew Samuel, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tower, and Robert E. Poole, Jr. and Jeffrey F. Lehman, each a director of Tower, were appointed to the Board of Directors (the Board) of Susquehanna, effective immediately following the consummation of the Merger, pursuant to the Merger Agreement. Concurrent with his appointment to the Board, Mr. Lehman was also appointed to the Boards Executive Committee. The Board does not expect at this time this that it will appoint Mr. Samuel or Mr. Poole to any committees of the Board.
(e) Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
Employment Agreement with Andrew Samuel
Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, on June 20, 2011, Susquehanna and Susquehanna Bank entered into an Employment Agreement with Andrew Samuel (the Employment Agreement), which became effective on February 17, 2012 and extends through December 31, 2014. The Employment Agreement supersedes and replaces the Employment Agreement between Mr. Samuel, Tower and Graystone Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tower, dated August 28, 2007 and as amended November 12, 2008 (the Prior Employment Agreement). Under the terms of the Employment Agreement, Mr. Samuel is employed by Susquehanna as the President and Chief Revenue Officer of Susquehanna.
Pursuant to the Employment Agreement, Mr. Samuel will receive an annual salary of $550,000. Also pursuant to the Employment Agreement, on February 17, 2013, the one year anniversary of the
effective date of the Merger, Mr. Samuel is entitled to receive a one-time retention payment of approximately $2.8 million in consideration of the amounts owed to him under the Prior Employment Agreement upon the closing of the Merger and for his entry into, and compliance with, the two-year restrictive covenants set forth in the Employment Agreement. Mr. Samuels right to this one-time retention payment is contingent on his continued employment with Susquehanna through February 17, 2013. Mr. Samuel is also entitled to certain benefits under the Employment Agreement, including group term life insurance, health benefits and an automobile allowance, and may participate in any thrift, profit sharing, pension or similar programs maintained by Susquehanna.
Under the terms of the Employment Agreement, Mr. Samuel may be terminated by Susquehanna with or without cause or Mr. Samuel may resign due to an Adverse Change (as defined in the Employment Agreement). Upon a termination of employment without cause or due to an Adverse Change, Mr. Samuel will be entitled to the payments and/or benefits described below:
Additionally, Mr. Samuel is bound by certain non-competition and non-solicitation covenants which extend for a period of two (2) years following termination of employment.
Termination Following a Change in Control
In the event Mr. Samuels employment is terminated without Cause or due to an Adverse Change following a change in control, Mr. Samuel will be entitled to the following:
In addition, for two (2) years following the termination of employment after any change in control, Mr. Samuel agrees to remain available to provide Susquehanna with transition assistance on matters with which he was involved during his employment. Mr. Samuel shall provide such assistance in a timely manner on reasonable notice from Susquehanna and shall not be entitled to any separate compensation for these services, other than reimbursement for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses actually incurred.
In order to receive any severance or termination payments or benefits described above, Mr. Samuel is required to execute and deliver a general release and non-disparagement agreement in a form prescribed by Susquehanna.
In the event of a termination following a change in control, Mr. Samuel is not entitled to gross-up payment for any excise taxes under Section 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code). In the event any payments to Mr. Samuel would otherwise constitute a parachute payment under Section 280G of the Code, then the payments will be limited to the greater of (i) the dollar amount which can be paid to Mr. Samuel without triggering an excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code or (ii) the greatest after tax dollar amount after taking into account any excise tax incurred under Section 4999 of the Code with respect to such parachute payments.
In addition, upon a change in control, any incentive awards applicable to incentive program cycles in effect at the time of the change in control will become fully vested and payable at target levels, without regard to whether Mr. Samuel remains employed by Susquehanna and without regard to performance during the remainder of those incentive program cycles.
The foregoing summary of the Employment Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by the full text of the Employment Agreement, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.
On February 18, 2012, Susquehanna issued a press release announcing the closing of the Merger. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
The information furnished pursuant to this Item 7.01 and the accompanying Exhibit 99.1 shall not be deemed to be filed for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liability of that section, and is not to be incorporated by reference into any filing of Susquehanna.
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.
Dated: February 21, 2012