SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event
(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
|(State or Other Jurisdiction
|(Commission File Number)||(IRS Employer|
|(Address of Principal Executive Offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrant’s Telephone Number,
Including Area Code: (
(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 (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))|
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
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. ¨
Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.
On November 24, 2020, Loral Space & Communications Inc. (“Loral”) issued a press release announcing the execution of a Transaction Agreement and Plan of Merger, by and among Loral, Telesat Canada (“Telesat”), Telesat Partnership LP (“Telesat Partnership”), Telesat Corporation (“New Telesat”), Telesat CanHold Corporation, Lion Combination Sub Corporation (“Merger Sub”), Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Red Isle Private Investments Inc., under which Merger Sub will merge with and into Loral, with Loral surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of Telesat Partnership, and Loral stockholders receiving common shares of New Telesat and/or units of Telesat Partnership that will be exchangeable for common shares of New Telesat (the “Transaction”). A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K (the “Report”) and incorporated by reference herein.
The information contained in Item 7.01 of this Report, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be incorporated by reference into any filing of the registrant, whether made before, on or after the date hereof, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing, unless expressly incorporated by specific reference to such filing. The information contained in Item 7.01 of this Report, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section.
Item 8.01 Other Events
On November 24, 2020, Loral announced that its board of directors declared a special dividend of $1.50 per share for an aggregate dividend of approximately $46.4 million. The dividend is payable on December 17, 2020 to holders of record of Loral voting and non-voting common stock as of the close of business on December 4, 2020. As of November 23, 2020, there were outstanding 21,427,078 shares of Loral voting common stock, 9,505,673 shares of Loral non-voting common stock and restricted stock units representing the right to receive 92,857 shares of Loral voting common stock.
This Report contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this Report, the words “believes,” “expects,” “plans,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “project,” “intend” or “outlook” or other variations of these words or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information. In addition, Loral or its representatives have made or may make forward-looking statements, orally or in writing, which may be included in, but are not limited to, various filings made from time to time with the SEC, and press releases or oral statements made with the approval of an authorized executive officer of Loral. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results as a result of certain risks and uncertainties which are described as “Risk Factors” in Loral’s current Annual Report on Form 10-K and in Loral’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. The reader is specifically referred to these documents, as well as Loral’s other filings with the SEC.
Risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to (1) risks associated with financial factors, including swings in the global financial markets, increases in interest rates and access to capital; (2) risks associated with satellite services, including dependence on large customers, launch delays and failures, in-orbit failures and competition; (3) risks and uncertainties associated with Telesat’s planned low earth orbit satellite network, including overcoming technological challenges, access to spectrum and markets, governmental restrictions or regulations to address environmental concerns, raising sufficient capital to design and implement the system and competition from other low earth orbit systems; (4) regulatory risks, such as the effect of industry and government regulations that affect Telesat; (5) risks related to the satisfaction of the conditions to closing the Transaction in the anticipated timeframe or at all, including the failure to obtain necessary regulatory and stockholder approvals; (6) risks relating to the inability or failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the Transaction; (7) risks of disruption from the Transaction making it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships; (8) risks arising from or relating to the negative effects of this announcement or the consummation of the Transaction on the market price of Loral’s voting common stock; (9) risks relating to the incurrence of significant transaction costs and unknown liabilities, including litigation or regulatory actions related to the Transaction; and (10) other risks, including risks relating to and resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The foregoing list of important factors is not exclusive. Furthermore, Loral operates in an industry sector where securities values may be volatile and may be influenced by economic and other factors beyond Loral’s control.
For more information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties that Loral may face, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Loral’s Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K filings with the SEC and as otherwise enumerated herein or therein.
For more information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties that Telesat may face, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Telesat’s Form 20-F and Form 6-K filings with the SEC and as otherwise enumerated herein or therein.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
This Report does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, or a solicitation of any vote or approval, 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. In connection with the Transaction, New Telesat and Telesat Partnership intend to file with the SEC a registration statement on Form F-4 that will include a proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents to be mailed by Loral to its security holders in connection with the Transaction. The proxy statement/prospectus will also be filed with the applicable Canadian securities regulators. WE URGE INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION about Loral, Telesat, New Telesat, Telesat Partnership and the Transaction. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain these materials (when they are available) and other documents filed with the SEC and the Canadian securities regulators free of charge at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov and at the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) at www.sedar.com. In addition, a copy of the proxy statement/prospectus (when it becomes available) may be obtained free of charge from Telesat’s website for investors www.telesat.com/investor-relations, or from Loral’s investor relations website at www.loral.com/Investors. Investors and security holders may also read and copy any reports, statements and other information that Loral, Telesat, New Telesat or Telesat Partnership files with the SEC on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
Participants in the Solicitation of Votes
Loral, Telesat, and their respective directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Loral in respect of the proposed Transaction. Information regarding Telesat directors and executive officers is available in its Form 20-F filed by Telesat on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, on February 27, 2020, and information regarding Loral’s directors and executive officers is available in its Amendment No. 1 to Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 26, 2020 and its proxy statement filed with the SEC on April 11, 2019. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC and the Canadian securities regulators when they become available.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
|99.1||Press Release, issued on November 24, 2020|
|104||Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)|
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.
|LORAL SPACE & COMMUNICATIONS INC.|
|/s/ Avi Katz|
|President, General Counsel and Secretary|
Date: November 24, 2020