Universal 8-K 2006
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): July 6, 2006
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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1501 North Hamilton Street
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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:
Item 1.01 Entry Into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On July 6, 2006, Universal Corporation (the Company) entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement (the Purchase Agreement), with NVDU Acquisition B.V. and the Companys subsidiaries Deli Universal, Inc. (Deli Universal) and N.V. Deli Universal, pursuant to which Deli Universal agreed to sell its non-tobacco businesses for a combination of cash and the repayment of intercompany loans and other indebtedness, with an aggregate value of approximately $540 million, subject to adjustment as provided in the Purchase Agreement, to NVDU Acquisition B.V., a new company that will be owned by NIBC Principal Investments, which is part of NIBC Bank NV, a Netherlands-based merchant bank, and managers of Deli Universals non-tobacco businesses (the Transaction).
The completion of the Transaction is subject to various closing conditions, including receiving antitrust and other regulatory approvals or decisions (including under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and by the European Commission).
The Boards of Directors of the Company and Deli Universal have unanimously approved the Transaction and the Purchase Agreement.
The foregoing description of the Purchase Agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Purchase Agreement, which is attached to this Report as Exhibit 2.1 and incorporated herein by reference. The Purchase Agreement has been attached to provide investors with information regarding its terms. It is not intended to provide any other factual information about Universal Corporation, NVDU Acquisition B.V., Deli Universal, N.V. Deli Universal, NIBC Principal Investments, or NIBC Bank NV. In particular, the assertions embodied in the representations and warranties contained in the Purchase Agreement are qualified by information in confidential disclosure schedules provided by the parties to each other in connection with the signing of the Purchase Agreement. These disclosure schedules contain information that modifies, qualifies, and creates exceptions to the representations and warranties set forth in the Purchase Agreement. Moreover, certain representations and warranties in the Purchase Agreement were used for the purpose of allocating risk between the parties rather than establishing matters as facts. Accordingly, the reader should not rely on the representations and warranties in the Purchase Agreement as characterizations of the actual state of facts about the parties or their subsidiaries or affiliates.
Item 8.01. Other Events.
On July 6, 2006, Universal Corporation issued a press release announcing that it entered into the Purchase Agreement. The full text of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Report and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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.