SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 12, 2014
The Hillshire Brands Company
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
400 South Jefferson Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (312) 614-6000
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):
||Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425) |
||Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12) |
||Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b)) |
||Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c)) |
On May 12, 2014, The Hillshire Brands Company (Hillshire)
and Pinnacle Foods Inc. (Pinnacle) issued a joint press release announcing the entry into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the Merger Agreement), dated as of May 12, 2014, by and among Hillshire, Pinnacle, Helix Merger
Sub Corporation, a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Hillshire, and Helix Merger Sub LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Hillshire, providing for the acquisition of Pinnacle by Hillshire
(the Merger). A copy of the joint press release relating to the Merger is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
In addition, Hillshire will be providing supplemental information regarding the Merger in connection with a presentation to investors. The
slides to be used in connection with this investor presentation are attached hereto as Exhibit 99.2 and are incorporated herein by reference.
The information required by Item 1.01, including a copy of the Merger Agreement, will be filed in a separate Current Report on
||Financial Statements and Exhibits. |
99.1 Joint Press Release, dated May 12, 2014, issued by The Hillshire Brands Company and Pinnacle Foods Inc.
99.2 Investor Presentation, dated May 12, 2014.
This Current Report on Form
8-K contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business of Hillshire and the combined businesses of Pinnacle and Hillshire and certain plans and objectives of Hillshire with respect
thereto, including the expected benefits of the proposed Merger. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate only to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements often use words such as
anticipate, target, expect, estimate, intend, plan, goal, believe, hope, aim, continue, will,
may, would, could or should or other words of similar meaning or the negative thereof. There are several factors which could cause actual plans and results to differ materially from those expressed or
implied in forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the expected closing date of the transaction; the possibility that the expected synergies and value creation from the proposed Merger will not be realized, or will
not be realized within the expected time period; the risk that the businesses will not be integrated successfully; disruption from the Merger making it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships; the risk that unexpected costs
will be incurred; changes in economic conditions, political conditions, trade protection measures, licensing requirements and tax matters; the possibility that the Merger does not close, including, but not limited to, due to the failure to satisfy
the closing conditions, including the receipt of
approval of both Hillshires stockholders and Pinnacles stockholders; and the risk that financing for the transaction may not be available on favorable terms. These forward-looking
statements are based on numerous assumptions and assessments made by Hillshire in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, business strategies, operating environment, future developments and other factors it
believes appropriate. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. The factors described in the context of such
forward-looking statements in this announcement could cause Hillshires plans with respect to Pinnacle, actual results, performance or achievements, industry results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by
such forward-looking statements. Although it is believed that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct and persons reading this
announcement are therefore cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which speak only as at the date of this announcement. Hillshire assumes no obligation to update the information contained in this announcement
(whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise), except as required by applicable law. A further list and description of risks and uncertainties can be found in Hillshires Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year
ended June 29, 2013 and in its reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
The proposed Merger transaction involving Hillshire and Pinnacle will be submitted to the respective stockholders of Hillshire and Pinnacle for their
consideration. In connection with the proposed Merger, Hillshire will prepare a registration statement on Form S-4 that will include a joint proxy statement/prospectus for the stockholders of Hillshire and Pinnacle to be filed with the Securities
and Exchange Commission (the SEC), and each will mail the joint proxy statement/prospectus to their respective stockholders and file other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the SEC. Hillshire and Pinnacle urge
investors and stockholders to read the joint proxy statement/prospectus when it becomes available, as well as other documents filed with the SEC, because they will contain important information. Investors and security holders will be able to
receive the registration statement containing the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents free of charge at the SECs web site, http://www.sec.gov. These documents can also be obtained (when they are available) free of charge from
Hillshire upon written request to the Investor Relations Department, 400 South Jefferson Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607, telephone number (312) 614-8100 or from Hillshires website, http://investors.hillshirebrands.com, or from Pinnacle
upon written request to the Investor Relations Department, 399 Jefferson Road, Parsippany, New Jersey, 07054, telephone number (973) 434-2924, or from Pinnacles website, http://investors.pinnaclefoods.com.
Participants in Solicitation
Hillshire, Pinnacle and
their respective directors and executive officers and other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the respective stockholders of Hillshire and Pinnacle in favor of the Merger.
Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the
solicitation of the respective stockholders of Hillshire and Pinnacle in connection with the proposed Merger will be set forth in the joint proxy statement/prospectus when it is filed with the
SEC. You can find information about Hillshires executive officers and directors in its definitive proxy statement for its 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on September 12, 2013. You can find more
information about Pinnacles executive officers and directors in its definitive proxy statement for its 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 30, 2014. You can obtain free copies of these documents from
Hillshire and Pinnacle using the contact information above.
This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor
shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made
except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Pursuant to the requirement 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: May 12, 2014
|THE HILLSHIRE BRANDS COMPANY|
/s/ Kent B. Magill
Kent B. Magill
Executive Vice President,
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
||Joint Press Release, dated May 12, 2014, issued by The Hillshire Brands Company and Pinnacle Foods Inc.|
||Investor Presentation, dated May 12, 2014.|