8-K
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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): September 9, 2020

 

 

NIELSEN HOLDINGS PLC

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

England and Wales   001-35042   98-1225347

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

  (Commission
File Number)
 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

 

85 Broad Street

New York, New York 10004

+1 (646) 654-5000

 

Nielsen House

John Smith Drive

Oxford

Oxfordshire OX4 2WB

United Kingdom

+1 (646) 654-5000

(Address of principal executive offices)

(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:

 

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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  

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.  ☐

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of Each Class

 

Trading

Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange

on which registered

Ordinary Shares, par value €0.07 per share   NLSN   New York Stock Exchange

 

 

 


Item 7.01

Regulation FD Disclosure.

Launch of Senior Notes Offering

On September 9, 2020, Nielsen Holdings plc (“Nielsen”) issued a press release announcing that its indirect wholly owned subsidiaries, Nielsen Finance LLC and Nielsen Finance Co. (the “Issuers”), proposed to offer, through a private placement, $500 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2028 and $500 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2030 (collectively, the “Notes”) in a private offering (the “Offering”) that is exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

Redemption of 2021 Notes and 2022 Notes

On October 9, 2020 (the “Partial Redemption Date”), Nielsen expects to redeem (i) $275 million of the $425 million outstanding aggregate principal amount of the 5.500% senior notes due 2021 (the “2021 Notes”) issued by its wholly owned subsidiary, The Nielsen Company (Luxembourg) S.à r.l., pursuant to that certain Indenture, dated as of September 27, 2013, between The Nielsen Company (Luxembourg) S.à r.l., the guarantors from time to time party thereto and Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as trustee, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the aggregate principal amount of such 2021 Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon to, but excluding, the Partial Redemption Date and (ii) $725 million of the $2,300 million outstanding aggregate principal amount of its 5.000% senior notes due 2022 (the “2022 Notes” and the amount of the 2022 Notes to be redeemed, together with the amount of the 2021 Notes to be redeemed, the “Redeemed Notes”) issued by the Issuers pursuant to that certain Indenture, dated as of April 11, 2014, between the Issuers, the guarantors from time to time party thereto and Delaware Trust Company (formerly known as the Law Debenture Trust Company of New York), as trustee, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the aggregate principal amount of such 2022 Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon to, but excluding, the Partial Redemption Date. The partial redemption of the Redeemed Notes is expected to result in $150 million aggregate principal amount of 2021 Notes and $1,575 million aggregate principal amount of 2022 Notes remaining outstanding. The redemption is conditioned on the completion of the Offering and the receipt of at least $1,000 million in gross proceeds therefrom.

On September 9, 2020, Nielsen issued a press release announcing the launch of the Offering and the delivery of conditional notices of redemption to partially redeem the 2021 Notes and the 2022 Notes, as applicable. The full text of the press release is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference solely for purposes of this Item 7.01.

Unaudited Pro Forma Financial Information

In connection with the Offering and Nielsen’s previously announced plan to spin-off its Global Connect business, Nielsen is disclosing certain unaudited pro forma financial information. This unaudited pro forma financial information is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.2 and is incorporated herein by reference solely for purposes of this Item 7.01.


The information in Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liability of such section or incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

Forward Looking Statements

This Current Report on Form 8-K includes information that could constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include those relating to the Offering and the redemptions of the 2021 Notes or the 2022 Notes, as well as those that may be identified by words such as “will,” “intend,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “could” and similar expressions. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results and events could differ materially from what presently is expected. Factors leading thereto may include, without limitation, the risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy and financial markets, the uncertainties relating to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nielsen’s business, the capital markets generally and whether the Issuers will consummate the Offering or the redemptions, the anticipated use of proceeds, Nielsen’s plan to spin-off Nielsen Global Connect, the expected benefits and costs of the spin-off transaction, the expected timing of completion of the spin-off transaction, the ability of Nielsen to complete the spin-off transaction considering the various conditions to the completion of the spin-off transaction (some of which are outside Nielsen’s control, including those conditions related to regulatory approvals), business disruption during the pendency of or following the spin-off transaction, diversion of management time on the spin-off transaction-related issues, failure to receive the required shareholder approval of the spin-off transaction, retention of existing management team members, the reaction of customers and other parties to the spin-off transaction, the qualification of the spin-off transaction as a tax-free transaction for U.S. federal income tax purposes (including whether or not an IRS ruling will be obtained), potential dis-synergy costs between Nielsen Global Connect and Nielsen Global Media, the impact of the spin-off transaction on relationships with customers, suppliers, employees and other business counterparties, general economic conditions, conditions in the markets Nielsen is engaged in, behavior of customers, suppliers and competitors, technological developments, as well as legal and regulatory rules affecting Nielsen’s business and other specific risk factors that are outlined in our disclosure filings and materials, which you can find on http://www.nielsen.com/investors, such as our 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports that have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the registration statement on Form 10 filed by Nielsen SpinCo B.V. with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the spin-off transaction. Please consult these documents for a more complete understanding of these risks and uncertainties. This list of factors is not intended to be exhaustive. Such forward-looking statements only speak as of the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K, and we assume no obligation to update any written or oral forward-looking statement made by us or on our behalf as a result of new information, future events or other factors, except as required by law.


Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)    Exhibits (furnished solely for purposes of Item 7.01 of this Form 8-K).

 

Exhibit

        No.        

  

Description

Exhibit 99.1    Press Release, dated September 9, 2020.
Exhibit 99.2    Unaudited Pro Forma Financial Information.
Exhibit 104    Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).


SIGNATURES

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.

Date: September 9, 2020

 

NIELSEN HOLDINGS PLC
By:  

/s/ Emily Epstein

Name:   Emily Epstein
Title:   Secretary
EX-99.1

Exhibit 99.1

Nielsen Announces $1 Billion Debt Offering and Delivery of Conditional Notice of Partial Redemption of its 5.500% Senior Notes due 2021 and its 5.000% Senior Notes due 2022

New York, New York – September 9, 2020 – Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE: NLSN) (“Nielsen”) today announced that its indirect wholly owned subsidiaries, Nielsen Finance LLC and Nielsen Finance Co. (the “Issuers”), are proposing to issue $500 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2028 and $500 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2030 (collectively, the “Notes”) in a private offering (the “Offering”) that is exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

Nielsen’s wholly owned subsidiary, The Nielsen Company (Luxembourg) S.à r.l., also delivered a Conditional Notice of Partial Redemption to holders of its 5.500% senior notes due 2021 (the “2021 Notes”) to partially redeem $275 million of the 2021 Notes at a redemption price of 100% of the aggregate principal amount of such 2021 Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon to, but excluding, the redemption date, and the Issuers delivered a Conditional Notice of Partial Redemption to holders of their 5.000% senior notes due 2022 (the “2022 Notes”) to partially redeem $725 million of the 2022 Notes at a redemption price equal to 100% of the aggregate principal amount of such 2022 Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon to, but excluding, the redemption date. Nielsen intends to use the net proceeds from the proposed Offering plus cash on hand to fund the partial redemptions of the 2021 Notes and the 2022 Notes.

The Notes are being offered only to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers in reliance on Rule 144A under the Securities Act, and outside the United States, only to non-U.S. investors pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act. The Notes will not be registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent an effective registration statement or an applicable exemption from, or a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the Notes, nor does it constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful. This news release does not constitute a notice of redemption with respect to the 2021 Notes or the 2022 Notes.

Forward Looking Statements

This news release includes information that could constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include those relating to the Offering and the redemptions of the 2021 Notes or the 2022 Notes, as well as those that may be identified by words such as “will,” “intend,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “could” and similar expressions. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results and events could differ materially from what presently is expected. Factors leading thereto may include, without limitation, the risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy and financial markets, the uncertainties relating to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nielsen’s business, the capital markets generally and whether the Issuers will consummate the Offering, the anticipated use of proceeds, Nielsen’s plan to spin-off Nielsen Global Connect, the expected benefits and costs of the spin-off


transaction, the expected timing of completion of the spin-off transaction, the ability of Nielsen to complete the spin-off transaction considering the various conditions to the completion of the spin-off transaction (some of which are outside Nielsen’s control, including those conditions related to regulatory approvals), business disruption during the pendency of or following the spin-off transaction, diversion of management time on the spin-off transaction-related issues, failure to receive the required shareholder approval of the spin-off transaction, retention of existing management team members, the reaction of customers and other parties to the spin-off transaction, the qualification of the spin-off transaction as a tax-free transaction for U.S. federal income tax purposes (including whether or not an IRS ruling will be obtained), potential dis-synergy costs between Nielsen Global Connect and Nielsen Global Media, the impact of the spin-off transaction on relationships with customers, suppliers, employees and other business counterparties, general economic conditions, conditions in the markets Nielsen is engaged in, behavior of customers, suppliers and competitors, technological developments, as well as legal and regulatory rules affecting Nielsen’s business and other specific risk factors that are outlined in our disclosure filings and materials, which you can find on http://www.nielsen.com/investors, such as our 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports that have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the registration statement on Form 10 filed by Nielsen SpinCo B.V. with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the spin-off transaction. Please consult these documents for a more complete understanding of these risks and uncertainties. This list of factors is not intended to be exhaustive. Such forward-looking statements only speak as of the date of this news release, and we assume no obligation to update any written or oral forward-looking statement made by us or on our behalf as a result of new information, future events or other factors, except as required by law.

About Nielsen

Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE: NLSN) is a global measurement and data analytics company that provides the most complete and trusted view available of consumers and markets worldwide. Nielsen is divided into two business units. Nielsen Global Media provides media and advertising industries with unbiased and reliable metrics that create a shared understanding of the industry required for markets to function. Nielsen Global Connect provides consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers with accurate, actionable information and insights and a complete picture of the complex and changing marketplace that companies need to innovate and grow.

Our approach marries proprietary Nielsen data with other data sources to help clients around the world understand what’s happening now, what’s happening next, and how to best act on this knowledge.

An S&P 500 company, Nielsen has operations in approximately 100 countries, covering more than 90% of the world’s population. For more information, visit www.nielsen.com.

EX-99.2

Exhibit 99.2

After giving effect to our previously announced plan to spin-off our Nielsen Global Connect business (“Connect”), creating two independent, publicly traded companies (the “Connect separation and distribution”), our preliminary pro forma revenue would have been $3,412 million and preliminary Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA would have been $1,446 million for the last twelve months ended June 30, 2020. See “Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures” for a reconciliation of net income/(loss) to Adjusted EBITDA.

*    *    *    *    *

Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income or loss from the historical condensed consolidated statements of operations of Nielsen Holdings plc (“Parent” or “Nielsen”) before interest income and expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, restructuring charges, impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets, share-based compensation expense and other non-operating items from our consolidated statements of operations as well as certain other items considered outside the normal course of our operations specifically described below. We define preliminary Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA as net income or loss from our preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated statements of operations of Parent before interest income and expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, restructuring charges, impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets, share-based compensation expense and other non-operating items from our preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated statements of operations as well as certain other items considered outside the normal course of our operations specifically described below. The preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated statements of operations of Parent have been derived from the historical consolidated financial statements of Parent after giving effect to the separation of the operations, assets, liabilities and equity of Connect in accordance with ASC 205, Discontinued Operations. The preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated statements of operations of Parent described below reflect certain adjustments related to the Connect separation and distribution which are based on preliminary estimates, and such adjustments do not reflect the full impact of, nor the transactions contemplated by, the separation and distribution agreement and the other transaction agreements to be entered into by Parent and the newly formed company which will own and operate the Global Connect business (“SpinCo”) in connection with the Connect separation and distribution. See “Unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent” below for a description of certain of the adjustments which are not reflected in such preliminary pro forma financial information. In addition, the preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated statement of operations of Parent set forth below with respect to the last twelve months ended June 30, 2020 does not include certain adjustments that would be required for such financial information to be prepared in accordance with regulation S-X of the Act.

Restructuring charges: We exclude restructuring expenses, which primarily include employee severance, office consolidation and contract termination charges, from our preliminary Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA to allow more accurate comparisons of the financial results to historical operations and forward-looking guidance. By excluding these expenses from our non-GAAP measures, we are better able to evaluate our ability to utilize our existing assets and estimate the long-term value these assets will generate for us. Furthermore, we believe that the adjustments of these items more closely correlate with the sustainability of our operating performance.

Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets: We exclude the impact of charges related to the impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets. Given the significance of the impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets, we reported it separately in the consolidated statements of operations and preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated statements of operations. We believe that the exclusion of these impairments, which are non-cash, allows for meaningful comparisons of operating results to peer companies. We believe that this increases period-to-period comparability and is useful to evaluate the performance of the total company.

Share-based compensation expense: We exclude the impact of costs relating to share-based compensation. Due to the subjective assumptions and a variety of award types, we believe that the exclusion of share-based compensation expense, which is typically non-cash, allows for more meaningful comparisons of our operating results to peer companies. Share-based compensation expense can vary significantly based on the timing, size and nature of awards granted.


Other non-operating income/(expense), net: We exclude foreign currency exchange transaction gains and losses, primarily related to intercompany financing arrangements, as well as other non-operating income and expense items, such as gains and losses recorded on business combinations or dispositions, sales of investments, pension settlements, net income/(loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests and early redemption payments made in connection with debt refinancing. We believe that the adjustments of these items more closely correlate with the sustainability of our operating performance.

Other items: To measure operating performance, we exclude certain expenses and gains that arise outside the ordinary course of our operations. Such costs primarily include legal settlements, acquisition related expenses, business optimization costs and other transactional costs. We believe the exclusion of such amounts allows management and the users of the financial statements to better understand our financial results.

Separation-related costs: To measure operating performance, we exclude certain separation-related costs that would not be incurred if we were not undertaking a separation of Connect from the Global Media business of Parent (“Media”) and positioning Connect and Media to operate as two independent companies. These costs include: third-party advisor costs, tax friction, technology related spend, and incremental costs of beginning to operate as two independent companies. We believe that exclusion of these costs provides a better understanding of our financial performance for the last twelve months ended June 30, 2020.

Preliminary Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA is not a presentation made in accordance with GAAP, and our use of the term preliminary Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA may vary from the use of similarly-titled measures by others in our industry due to the potential inconsistencies in the method of calculation and differences due to items subject to interpretation and may, therefore, have limitations as a comparative analytic tool.

We use Adjusted EBITDA to measure our performance from period to period both at the consolidated level as well as within our operating segments, to evaluate and fund incentive compensation programs and to compare our results to those of our competitors. We believe Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors regarding financial and business trends related to our results of operations and that when non-GAAP financial information is viewed with GAAP financial information, investors are provided with a more meaningful understanding of our ongoing operating performance. Preliminary Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income or loss, operating income, cash flows from operating activities or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP as measures of operating performance or cash flows as measures of liquidity. Preliminary Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA has important limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.

The below table presents a reconciliation from preliminary pro forma operating income of Parent after giving effect to the Connect separation and distribution to preliminary Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA of Parent after giving effect to the Connect separation and distribution for the last twelve months ended June 30, 2020:

Reconciliation of Preliminary Pro Forma Operating Income to Preliminary Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA of Parent for the Last Twelve Months Ended June 30, 2020

 

(IN MILLIONS)

   Parent Pro
Forma

Last Twelve
Months
Ended
June 30,
2020
 

Operating income

   $ 755  

Depreciation and amortization

     520  

Restructuring charges

     41  

Impairment of other long-lived assets

     41  

Share-based compensation expense

     36  

Other items (1)

     53  
  

 

 

 

Preliminary Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA (2)

   $ 1,446  
  

 

 

 


(1)

Other items primarily consist of business optimization costs, including strategic review costs and transaction related costs.

 

(2)

Preliminary Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA (i) is calculated based on the preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated statements of operations of Parent, which have been derived from the historical consolidated financial Statements of Parent giving effect to the Connect separation and distribution (which reflects separation of the operations, assets, liabilities and equity of Connect in accordance with ASC 205, Discontinued Operations) and (ii) reflects certain adjustments related to the Connect separation and distribution which are based on preliminary estimates, and such adjustments do not reflect the full impact of, nor the transactions contemplated by, the separation and distribution agreement and the other transaction agreements to be entered into by Parent and SpinCo in connection with the Connect separation and distribution (See “Unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent” below for a description of certain of the adjustments which are not reflected in such preliminary pro forma financial information). Also, in accordance with ASC 205, Discontinued Operations, general corporate overhead costs (e.g., headquarter costs) have not been reflected in “Disposition of Global Connect Business”.


Unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent

The unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent presented below have been derived from the historical consolidated financial statements of Parent. While the historical consolidated financial statements of Parent reflect the past financial results of Parent’s business, the unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent give effect to the Connect separation and distribution. The unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes to the unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent. See the risk factors relating to our business and our industry set forth beginning on page 17 of our Current Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, as amended by Amendment No. 1 on Form 10-K/A filed on May 5, 2020 (the “2019 10-K”) and page 63 of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2020 (the “Q2 2020 10-Q”). In addition, the unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent were derived from, and should be read in conjunction with, the following historical consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes of Parent:

 

   

separate audited historical consolidated financial statements of Parent for the year ended December 31, 2019, and the related notes included in the 2019 10-K;

 

   

separate audited historical consolidated financial statements of Parent for the year ended December 31, 2018, and the related notes included in the 2019 10-K; and

 

   

separate unaudited historical consolidated financial statements of Parent as of, and for the six months ended, June 30, 2020, and the related notes included in the Q2 2020 10-Q.

The preliminary pro forma adjustments to reflect the Connect separation and distribution include but are not limited to:

 

   

the separation of the operations, assets (including the equity interests of certain subsidiaries) and liabilities related to Connect from Media and the transfer of those assets (including the equity interests of certain subsidiaries) and liabilities to SpinCo; and

 

   

the effect of Parent’s anticipated capital structure after the Connect separation and distribution, including the retirement of approximately $1,000 million of debt with the debt financing proceeds transferred from SpinCo in connection with the Connect separation and distribution.

The preliminary pro forma adjustments do not reflect (x) the Offering and the application of proceeds thereof or (y) the incurrence of €240,000,000 of incremental term loans under the credit facilities under that certain credit agreement, dated as of June 4, 2020, by and among Nielsen Finance LLC, Nielsen HF, the guarantors party thereto from time to time, the lenders party thereto in their capacities as lenders thereunder and Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent (as amended by Amendment No. 1, dated as of July 21, 2020, among Nielsen Finance LLC, Nielsen HF, the guarantors party thereto, the lenders party thereto and Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent) (the “TLB credit agreement” and, together with the sixth A&R credit agreement (as defined below), the “senior credit facilities”) on July 21, 2020 and the application of the proceeds thereof to prepay €240,000,000 aggregate principal amount of the Class B-2 Euro Term Loans (as defined in the credit facilities under the Sixth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of July 21, 2020 by and among Nielsen Finance LLC, TNC (US) Holdings Inc., Nielsen HF, the guarantors party thereto from time to time, the lenders party thereto in their capacities as lenders thereunder and Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent (the “sixth A&R credit agreement”)).

The preliminary pro forma adjustments do not reflect the impact of all of the transactions contemplated by the separation and distribution agreement and the other transaction agreements anticipated to be entered into by Parent and SpinCo in connection with the Connect separation and distribution. The pro forma adjustments not reflected below relate to (1) income to be earned and expenses to be incurred by Parent for the subleased properties to be provided to and by SpinCo, respectively; (2) revenue to be earned and expenses to be incurred by Parent for the data to be provided to SpinCo and the data and services to be obtained from SpinCo, respectively, under the master services agreement to be entered into by Parent and SpinCo; (3) income to be earned and expenses to be incurred by


Parent for the services to be provided to SpinCo and obtained from SpinCo, respectively, on an interim, transitional basis under the transition services agreement to be entered into by Parent and SpinCo; (4) an adjustment to liabilities in certain non-U.S. defined benefit pension and other post-retirement employee benefit plans that are predominantly SpinCo-related but include certain Parent employees whose liabilities will be retained by Parent after the Connect separation and distribution in accordance with the terms of the employee matters agreement to be entered into by Parent and SpinCo and (5) the related tax effects of such adjustments. Also, in accordance with ASC 205, Discontinued Operations, general corporate overhead costs (e.g., headquarter costs) have not been reflected in “Disposition of Global Connect Business”. Based on the information currently available, Parent’s management does not believe that these adjustments will in the aggregate have a material impact on the unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent presented below.

The preliminary pro forma adjustments reflected below are based on available information and assumptions that Parent’s management believes are reasonable. However, such adjustments are estimates and may not prove to be accurate. The unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent include certain adjustments to give effect to events that are (1) directly attributable to the Connect separation and distribution, (2) factually supportable and (3) with respect to the statement of operations, expected to have a continuing impact on Parent, as applicable. The unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent do not reflect future events that may occur after the Connect separation and distribution, including any restructuring activities or the tax impacts of such transactions.

The unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 and six month period ended June 30, 2020 have been prepared as though the Connect separation and distribution occurred on January 1, 2018. The unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated balance sheet of Parent at June 30, 2020 has been prepared as though the Connect separation and distribution occurred on June 30, 2020. The unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent are for illustrative purposes only, do not reflect what Parent’s financial position and results of operations would have been had the Connect separation and distribution occurred on the dates indicated and are not necessarily indicative of Parent’s future financial position and future results of operations and do not reflect all actions that may be undertaken by Parent after the Connect separation and distribution.

The unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent constitute forward-looking information and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. See the risk factors relating to our business and our industry set forth beginning on page 17 of the 2019 10-K and page 63 of the Q2 2020 10-Q.


Unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated statement of operations of Parent

for the six months ended June 30, 2020

 

(in millions, except share and per share amounts)    Historical     Disposition of
Global
Connect
Business (A)
    Global Media
Business
 

Revenues

   $ 3,055     $ (1,402   $ 1,653  

Cost of revenues, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below

     1,385       (759     626  

Selling, general and administrative expenses, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below

     966       (597     369  

Depreciation and amortization

     438       (156     282  

Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets

     45       (4     41  

Restructuring charges

     95       (63     32  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income/(loss)

     126       177       303  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Interest income

     1       —         1  

Interest expense

     (185     21       (164

Foreign currency exchange transaction gains/(losses), net

     (3     —         (3

Other income/(expense), net

     (5     (2     (7
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income/(loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

     (66     196       130  

Benefit/(provision) for income taxes

     27       (70     (43
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income/(loss) from continuing operations

     (39     126       87  

Net income/(loss) from continuing operations attributable to noncontrolling interests

     9       (1     8  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income/(loss) from continuing operations attributable to Nielsen shareholders

   $ (48   $ 127     $ 79  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income/(loss) per share of common stock, basic

      

Net income/(loss) attributable to Nielsen shareholders

   $ (0.13     $ 0.22  

Net income/(loss) per share of common stock, diluted

      

Net income/(loss) attributable to Nielsen shareholders

   $ (0.13     $ 0.22  

Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding, basic

     356,532,069         356,532,069  

Dilutive shares of common stock

     —           978,832  
  

 

 

     

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding, diluted

     356,532,069         357,510,901  
  

 

 

     

 

 

 

Refer to accompanying notes to the unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent


Unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated statement of operations of Parent

for the year ended December 31, 2019

 

(in millions, except share and per share amounts)    Historical     Disposition of
Global
Connect
Business (A)
    Global Media
Business
 

Revenues

   $ 6,498     $ (3,057   $ 3,441  

Cost of revenues, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below

     2,822       (1,632     1,190  

Selling, general and administrative expenses, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below

     1,929       (1,051     878  

Depreciation and amortization

     756       (293     463  

Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets

     1,004       (1,004     —    

Restructuring charges

     80       (50     30  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income/(loss)

     (93     973       880  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Interest income

     6       —         6  

Interest expense

     (397     46       (351

Foreign currency exchange transaction gains/(losses), net

     (10     1       (9

Other income/(expense), net

     (169     92       (77
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income/(loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

     (663     1,112       449  

Benefit/(provision) for income taxes

     260       (93     167  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income/(loss) from continuing operations

     (403     1,019       616  

Net income/(loss) from continuing operations attributable to noncontrolling interests

     12       —         12  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income/(loss) from continuing operations attributable to Nielsen shareholders

   $ (415   $ 1,019     $ 604  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income/(loss) per share of common stock, basic

      

Net income/(loss) attributable to Nielsen shareholders

   $ (1.17     $ 1.70  

Net income/(loss) per share of common stock, diluted

      

Net income/(loss) attributable to Nielsen shareholders

   $ (1.17     $ 1.69  

Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding, basic

     355,731,862         355,731,862  

Dilutive shares of common stock

     —           1,099,853  
  

 

 

     

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding, diluted

     355,731,862         356,831,715  
  

 

 

     

 

 

 

Refer to accompanying notes to the unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent


Unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated statement of operations of Parent

for the year ended December 31, 2018

 

(in millions, except share and per share amounts)    Historical     Disposition of
Global Connect
Business (A)
    Global Media
Business
 

Revenues

   $ 6,515     $ (3,138   $ 3,377  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cost of revenues, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below

     2,805       (1,578     1,227  

Selling, general and administrative expenses, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below

     1,958       (1,183     775  

Depreciation and amortization

     675       (245     430  

Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets

     1,413       (1,412     1  

Restructuring charges

     139       (100     39  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income/(loss)

     (475     1,380       905  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Interest income

     8       —         8  

Interest expense

     (394     48       (346

Foreign currency exchange transaction gains/(losses), net

     (16     (1     (17

Other income/(expense), net

     (5     (5     (10
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income/(loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

     (882     1,422       540  

Benefit/(provision) for income taxes

     182       199       381  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income/(loss) from continuing operations

     (700     1,621       921  

Net income/(loss) from continuing operations attributable to noncontrolling interests

     12       (1     11  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income/(loss) from continuing operations attributable to Nielsen shareholders

   $ (712   $ 1,622     $ 910  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income/(loss) per share of common stock, basic

      

Net income/(loss) attributable to Nielsen shareholders

   $ (2.00     $ 2.56  

Net income/(loss) per share of common stock, diluted

      

Net income/(loss) attributable to Nielsen shareholders

   $ (2.00     $ 2.55  

Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding, basic

     355,601,564         355,601,564  

Dilutive shares of common stock

     —           788,622  
  

 

 

     

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding, diluted

     355,601,564         356,390,186  
  

 

 

     

 

 

 

Refer to accompanying notes to the unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent


Unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated balance sheet of Parent

as of June 30, 2020

 

(in millions)    Historical      Disposition of
Global
Connect
Business (A)
    Global
Media
Business
 

Assets:

       

Current assets

       

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 438      $ —       $ 438  

Trade and other receivables, net of allowances for doubtful accounts and sales returns

     1,131        (660     471  

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     504        (205     299  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     2,073        (865     1,208  

Non-current assets

       

Property, plant and equipment, net

     402        (159     243  

Operating lease right-of-use asset

     377        (209     168  

Goodwill

     5,984        (343     5,641  

Other intangible assets, net

     4,698        (854     3,844  

Deferred tax assets

     276        (241     35  
     

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other non-current assets

     312        (123     189  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 14,122      $ (2,794   $ 11,328  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities and equity:

       

Current liabilities

       

Accounts payable and other current liabilities

   $ 1,100      $ (596   $ 504  

Deferred revenues

     361        (227     134  

Income tax liabilities

     —          10       10  
     

 

 

   

 

 

 

Current portion of long-term debt, finance lease obligations and short-term borrowings

     291        (16     275  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     1,752        (829     923  

Non-current Liabilities:

       

Long-term debt and finance lease obligations

     8,130        (1,024     7,106  

Deferred tax liabilities

     1,016        (322     694  

Operating lease liabilities

     372        (216     156  
     

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other non-current liabilities

     645        (223     422  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     11,915        (2,614     9,301  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Equity:

       

Nielsen shareholders’ equity

     2,021        (175     1,846  
     

 

 

   

 

 

 

Noncontrolling interests

     186        (5     181  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity

     2,207        (180     2,027  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

   $ 14,122      $ (2,794   $ 11,328  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Refer to accompanying notes to the unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent


Notes to unaudited preliminary pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements of Parent

 

(A)

Reflects the separation of the operations, assets, liabilities and equity of Parent’s Global Connect business in accordance with ASC 205, Discontinued Operations. This also includes transaction costs specific to the Connect separation and distribution of $2 million, $0 million and $61 million for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 and six months ended June 30, 2020, respectively.

This also reflects the expected repayment of $1,000 million in aggregate principal amount of debt under the senior credit facilities to bring the total long-term debt (excluding finance or lease obligations) related to the Global Media business to $7,299 million expected at the completion of the Connect separation and distribution from the receipt of approximately $1,000 million of cash transferred from SpinCo. As a result of such reduction in indebtedness, interest expense would decrease by $44 million, $47 million and $20 million for the years ended 2019 and 2018 and six months ended June 30, 2020, respectively. The decrease in interest expense for the reduction in debt was calculated utilizing the weighted-average interest rate of Parent’s outstanding debt as of June 30, 2020, December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively. The anticipated debt balance after the Connect separation and distribution was determined based on internal capital planning and considered the following factors and assumptions: anticipated business plans, operating activities, general economic conditions and certain contingencies, optimal debt levels and desired financial capacity.

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