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Item 1.01. Entry Into Material Definitive Agreement.
On March 2, 2021, The Williams Companies, Inc. (the “Company”) completed a registered offering (the “Offering”) of $900,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 2.600% Senior Notes due 2031 (the “Notes”). The Offering has been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-3 (Registration No. 333-253451) of the Company (the “Registration Statement”), and the prospectus supplement dated February 25, 2021 and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the Securities Act on March 1, 2021 (the “Prospectus Supplement”).
The Notes were issued pursuant to an Indenture (the “Base Indenture”), dated as of December 18, 2012, between the Company and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. as trustee (the “Trustee”), as supplemented by the Fourth Supplemental Indenture (the “Supplemental Indenture” and together with the Base Indenture, the “Indenture”), dated as of March 2, 2021, between the Company and the Trustee. The Notes are represented by a global security, a form of which is included as an exhibit to the Supplemental Indenture.
The Notes will pay interest semi-annually in cash in arrears on March 15 and September 15 of each year, beginning on September 15, 2021. The Notes are the Company’s senior unsecured obligations and will rank equally in right of payment with all of its other senior indebtedness and senior to all of its future indebtedness that is expressly subordinated in right of payment to the Notes.
The Indenture contains covenants that, among other things, restrict the Company’s ability to incur liens on assets to secure certain debt and merge, consolidate or sell, assign, transfer, lease convey or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of its assets, subject to certain qualifications and exceptions. The Indenture includes customary events of default, including payment defaults and certain events of bankruptcy, insolvency or reorganization.
The Company may redeem some or all of the Notes at any time or from time to time prior to December 15, 2030 at a specified “make-whole” premium described in the Indenture. The Company also has the option at any time or from time to time on or after December 15, 2030 to redeem the Notes, in whole or in part, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon to the redemption date, as more fully described in the Indenture. A copy of the Base Indenture was previously filed, and a copy of the Supplemental Indenture is filed as Exhibit 4.1 to this report. The descriptions of the terms of the Base Indenture and the Supplemental Indenture in this Item 1.01 are qualified in their entirety by reference to such exhibits.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|4.1||Fourth Supplemental Indenture, dated as of March 2, 2021, between The Williams Companies, Inc. and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as trustee.|
|104||Cover Page Interactive Data File. The cover page XBRL tags are embedded within the inline XBRL document (contained in Exhibit 101).|
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.
|THE WILLIAMS COMPANIES, INC.|
|Name: Robert E. Riley, Jr.|
|Title: Corporate Secretary|
Dated: March 2, 2021