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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

 

Form 8-K

 

 

 

Current Report

 

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 30, 2017

 

 

 

Baker Hughes Incorporated

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   1-9397   76-0207995
(State of Incorporation)  

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

 

17021 Aldine Westfield Road

Houston, Texas 77073

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(713) 439-8600

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

N/A

(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:

 

x Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
   
o Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
   
o Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))  
   
o Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))
   

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company o

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. 

 

 

 
Item 5.07.Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

 

A special meeting of stockholders (the “Special Meeting”) of Baker Hughes Incorporated (“Baker Hughes”) was held on June 30, 2017 to vote on the following matters: (i) a proposal to adopt the Transaction Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of October 30, 2016, as amended by the Amendment to Transaction Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of March 27, 2017, among General Electric Company (“GE”), Baker Hughes, Bear Newco, Inc. (“New Baker Hughes”) and certain other subsidiaries of Baker Hughes (the “Transaction Agreement”) and thereby approve the transactions contemplated therein, including the Mergers (as defined therein) (the “Transactions”), (ii) a proposal to adjourn the Special Meeting if Baker Hughes determines it is necessary or advisable to permit further solicitation of proxies in the event there are not sufficient votes at the time of the Special Meeting to adopt the Transaction Agreement, (iii) a proposal to approve, on a non-binding, advisory basis, the compensation that will or may become payable to Baker Hughes’ named executive officers in connection with the Transactions, (iv) a proposal to approve and adopt the Bear Newco, Inc. 2017 Long-Term Incentive Plan and (v) a proposal to approve the material terms of the executive officer performance goals.

 

As of the close of business on May 25, 2017, the record date for the Special Meeting, there were 425,483,244 shares of Baker Hughes common stock issued and outstanding and entitled to vote at the Special Meeting. 368,396,307 shares of Baker Hughes common stock were represented in person or by proxy at the Special Meeting, constituting a quorum. A summary of the voting results for the proposals is set forth below:

 

Proposal 1: Adoption of the Transaction Agreement

 

Baker Hughes stockholders adopted the Transaction Agreement and approved the transactions contemplated therein. The following are the tabulated votes “For” and “Against” this proposal, as well as the number of “Abstentions” and “Broker Non-Votes”:

 

FOR AGAINST ABSTENTIONS BROKER NON-VOTES
366,201,265 707,808 1,487,234 -

 

Proposal 2: Adjournment of the Special Meeting

 

Because Baker Hughes stockholders adopted the Transaction Agreement, the vote on the proposal to approve the adjournment of the Special Meeting if necessary or advisable to permit further solicitation of proxies in the event there are not sufficient votes at the time of the Special Meeting to adopt the Transaction Agreement was not called.

 

Proposal 3: Approval, on a Non-Binding, Advisory Basis, of the Compensation Payable to Named Executive Officers in connection with the Transactions

 

Baker Hughes stockholders did not approve the non-binding, advisory proposal on the compensation that will or may become payable to Baker Hughes’ named executive officers in connection with the Transactions. The following are the tabulated votes “For” and “Against” this proposal, as well as the number of “Abstentions” and “Broker Non-Votes”:

 

FOR AGAINST ABSTENTIONS BROKER NON-VOTES
169,246,012 197,564,239 1,586,056 -

Proposal 4: Approval of the Bear Newco, Inc. 2017 Long-Term Incentive Plan

 

Baker Hughes stockholders approved the Bear Newco, Inc. 2017 Long-Term Incentive Plan. The following are the tabulated votes “For” and “Against” this proposal, as well as the number of “Abstentions” and “Broker Non-Votes”:

 

FOR AGAINST ABSTENTIONS BROKER NON-VOTES
300,791,949 67,134,680 469,678 -

 

Proposal 5: Approval of the Material Terms of the Executive Officer Performance Goals

 

Baker Hughes stockholders approved the material terms of the executive officer performance goals. The following are the tabulated votes “For” and “Against” this proposal, as well as the number of “Abstentions” and “Broker Non-Votes”:

 

FOR AGAINST ABSTENTIONS BROKER NON-VOTES
364,981,629 2,912,481 502,197 -

 

Item 8.01.Other Events.

 

On June 30, 2017, Baker Hughes issued a news release announcing the results of the Special Meeting. The news release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 9.01.Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits.

 

Exhibit Number Description
99.1 News Release issued by Baker Hughes Incorporated, dated June 30, 2017.

 

Additional Information and Where to Find It

 

In connection with the proposed transaction between GE and Baker Hughes, New Baker Hughes has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4, including Amendments No. 1 and 2 thereto. The registration statement was declared effective by the SEC on May 30, 2017. New Baker Hughes and Baker Hughes have also filed with the SEC a definitive combined proxy statement/prospectus (the “Combined Proxy Statement/Prospectus”) and Baker Hughes has mailed the Combined Proxy Statement/Prospectus to its stockholders and has filed other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the SEC. This communication is not a substitute for any proxy statement, registration statement, proxy statement/prospectus or other documents Baker Hughes and/or New Baker Hughes may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY THE COMBINED PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THE COMBINED PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED BY BAKER HUGHES OR NEW BAKER HUGHES WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION, BECAUSE THESE DOCUMENTS WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and security holders are able to obtain free copies of the Combined Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other

 

documents filed with the SEC by Baker Hughes and/or New Baker Hughes through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Investors and security holders will also be able to obtain free copies of the documents filed by New Baker Hughes and/or Baker Hughes with the SEC on Baker Hughes’ website at http://www.bakerhughes.com or by contacting Baker Hughes Investor Relations at alondra.oteyza@bakerhughes.com or by calling +1-713-439-8822.

 

No Offer or Solicitation

 

This communication is for informational purposes only and not intended to and does not constitute an offer to subscribe for, buy or sell, the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for, buy or sell or an invitation to subscribe for, buy or sell any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to or in connection with the proposed transaction or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. 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, and otherwise in accordance with applicable law.

 

Participants in the Solicitation

 

GE, Baker Hughes, New Baker Hughes, their respective directors, executive officers and other members of its management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction, including a description of their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is set forth in the Combined Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other relevant materials filed with the SEC. Information regarding the directors and executive officers of GE is contained in GE’s proxy statement for its 2017 annual meeting of stockholders, filed with the SEC on March 8, 2017, its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on February 24, 2017, its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, which was filed with the SEC on May 5, 2017 and certain of its Current Reports filed on Form 8-K. Information regarding the directors and executive officers of Baker Hughes is contained in Baker Hughes’ proxy statement for its 2017 annual meeting of stockholders, filed with the SEC on March 9, 2017, its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on February 8, 2017, its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, which was filed with the SEC on April 28, 2017 and certain of its Current Reports filed on Form 8-K. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.

 

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

 

This communication contains “forward-looking” statements as that term is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the proposed transaction between GE and Baker Hughes.  All statements, other than historical facts, including statements regarding the expected timing and structure of the proposed transaction; the ability of the parties to complete the proposed transaction considering the various closing conditions; the expected benefits of the proposed transaction such as improved operations, enhanced revenues and cash flow, synergies, growth potential, market profile, customers’ business plans and financial strength; the competitive ability and position of the combined company following completion of the proposed transaction, including the projected impact on GE’s earnings per share; oil and natural gas market conditions; costs and availability of resources; legal, economic and regulatory conditions; and any assumptions underlying any of the foregoing, are forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements concern future circumstances and results and

 

other statements that are not historical facts and are sometimes identified by the words “may,” “will,” “should,” “potential,” “intend,” “expect,” “endeavor,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “overestimate,” “underestimate,” “believe,” “could,” “project,” “predict,” “continue,” “target” or other similar words or expressions.  Forward-looking statements are based upon current plans, estimates and expectations that are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions.  Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements.  The inclusion of such statements should not be regarded as a representation that such plans, estimates or expectations will be achieved.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such plans, estimates or expectations include, among others, (1) that one or more closing conditions to the transaction, including certain regulatory approvals, may not be satisfied or waived, on a timely basis or otherwise, including that a governmental entity may prohibit, delay or refuse to grant approval for the consummation of the proposed transaction or may require conditions, limitations or restrictions in connection with such approvals; (2) the risk that the proposed transaction may not be completed in the time frame expected by GE or Baker Hughes, or at all; (3) unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the proposed transaction; (4) uncertainty of the expected financial performance of the combined company following completion of the proposed transaction; (5) failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the proposed transaction, including as a result of delay in completing the proposed transaction or integrating the businesses of GE, Baker Hughes and New Baker Hughes; (6) the ability of the combined company to implement its business strategy; (7) difficulties and delays in achieving revenue and cost synergies of the combined company; (8) inability to retain and hire key personnel; (9) the occurrence of any event that could give rise to termination of the proposed transaction; (10) the risk that stockholder litigation in connection with the proposed transaction or other settlements or investigations may affect the timing or occurrence of the contemplated merger or result in significant costs of defense, indemnification and liability; (11) evolving legal, regulatory and tax regimes; (12) changes in general economic and/or industry specific conditions, including oil price changes; (13) actions by third parties, including government agencies; and (14) other risk factors as detailed from time to time in GE’s and Baker Hughes’ reports filed with the SEC, including GE’s and Baker Hughes’ annual report on Form 10-K, periodic quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, periodic current reports on Form 8-K and other documents filed with the SEC. The foregoing list of important factors is not exclusive.

 

Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this communication. Neither GE nor Baker Hughes undertakes any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or development, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any of these forward-looking statements.

 

SIGNATURE

 

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.

 

    BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED  
       
       
Date: June 30, 2017   By: /s/ Lee Whitley  
        Name: Lee Whitley  
        Title: Vice President and Corporate Secretary