1404007 Informal Interpretation

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Rule:
801.30
Staff:
Michael Verne
Response/Comments:

1. If the CTO is for 50°/o or more, only one 15 day waiting period 2. 15 days 3. One filing, one filing fee (based on the total value of the 80% tendered plus the preferred voting), describe both acquisitions in 3(a) 4. No- the preferred is not exempt, it is aggregated with the CTO KW concurs.

Question

From: (Redacted)
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:45 AM
To: Verne, B. Michael; Walsh, Kathryn

Subject: Waiting Period - TO and an agreement (801.30(a)(5))

Hi guys,

Hope you get to enjoy some of this great weather! This is probably a very simple question but I can't find the answer in this transaction the acquiring person is making a tender offer all cash to acquire approximately 80% of the target At the same time the acquiring person is entering into an agreement to acquire Preferred Stock (also voting ). The value of the preferred barely trips the HSR filing threshold. The acquiring and acquired persons are the same in both. I know if you have a TO you must file as a TO and since the TO will give the acquiring person control of the target I would assume the acquisition under the agreement would be exempt under 802.30. But I have a vague recollection that in this situation (TO plus 801.30(a)(5)) you would have two waiting periods, one for the TO and one for the 801.30(a)(5). I assume one filing, one filing fee (aggregate value falls into the $125,000 filing fee) and the description of the transaction would describe both acquisitions.

Questions:

1. Are there two separate waiting periods?

2. Is #1 is correct and the acquiring person withdrew and refiled would waiting period be extended 15 or 30 days?

3. Please confirm just one filing, filing fee and we should describe both in 3(a).

4. Should the description say the acquisition of the Preferred would be exempt under 802.30? Of course only if it follows the TO.

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