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): March 5, 2021



Cable One, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)



Delaware
001-36863
13-3060083
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation or Organization)
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 
210 E. Earll Drive, Phoenix, Arizona
85012
 
 
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
(Zip Code)
 

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (602) 364-6000



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

Title of Each Class
 
Trading Symbol(s)
 
Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share
 
CABO
 
New York Stock Exchange

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 1.01
Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

On March 5, 2021, Cable One, Inc. (the “Company”) completed its previously announced private offering (the “Offering”) of $500.0 million aggregate principal amount of 0.000% Convertible Senior Notes due 2026 (the “2026 Notes”) and $300.0 million aggregate principal amount of 1.125% Convertible Senior Notes due 2028 (the “2028 Notes” and, together with the 2026 Notes, the “Notes”). Pursuant to the purchase agreement among the Company, the Guarantors (as defined below) and the initial purchasers of the Notes, the Company granted the initial purchasers an option to purchase up to an additional $75.0 million aggregate principal amount of 2026 Notes and an additional $45.0 million aggregate principal amount of 2028 Notes, in each case, exercisable within a period of 13 days from the date the Notes were first issued. The net proceeds from the Offering will be approximately $779.0 million before giving effect to any offering expenses payable by, or any rights to reimbursement in favor of, the Company. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Offering for general corporate purposes, including to finance a portion of the purchase price in connection with the Company’s previously announced acquisition of the equity interests in Hargray Acquisition Holdings, LLC (“Hargray”) that the Company does not already own (the “Hargray transaction”). The terms of the 2026 Notes are governed by an indenture dated as of March 5, 2021 (the “2026 Notes Indenture”), and the terms of the 2028 Notes are governed by an indenture dated as of March 5, 2021 (the “2028 Notes Indenture” and, together with the 2026 Indenture, the “Indentures”), in each case, among the Company, the guarantors party thereto (the “Guarantors”) and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as trustee.

The Notes will be senior unsecured obligations of the Company and will be guaranteed by the Company’s wholly owned domestic subsidiaries that guarantee its senior secured credit facilities or that guarantee certain of its capital markets indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount in excess of $250.0 million.

The 2026 Notes will not bear regular interest, and the principal amount of the 2026 Notes will not accrete. The 2028 Notes will bear interest at a rate of 1.125% per annum. Interest on the 2028 Notes will be payable semiannually in arrears on March 15 and September 15 of each year, beginning on September 15, 2021, unless earlier repurchased, converted or redeemed. The 2026 Notes are scheduled to mature on March 15, 2026, and the 2028 Notes are scheduled to mature on March 15, 2028.  The initial conversion rate for each of the 2026 Notes and the 2028 Notes will be 0.4394 shares of the Company’s common stock per $1,000 principal amount of 2026 Notes and 2028 Notes, as applicable (equivalent to an initial conversion price of $2,275.83 per share of common stock). The initial conversion price of each of the 2026 Notes and the 2028 Notes represents a premium of 25.0% and 25.0%, respectively, over the last reported sale price of $1,820.83 per share of the Company’s common stock on March 2, 2021.

The Notes will be convertible at the option of the holders into cash, shares of the Company’s common stock or a combination thereof at the Company’s election. Prior to the close of business on the business day immediately preceding December 15, 2025, the 2026 Notes will be convertible at the option of the holders only upon the satisfaction of specified conditions and during certain periods. On or after December 15, 2025, holders may convert their 2026 Notes at any time prior to the close of business on the second scheduled trading day immediately preceding the relevant maturity date. Prior to the close of business on the business day immediately preceding December 15, 2027, the 2028 Notes will be convertible at the option of the holders only upon the satisfaction of specified conditions and during certain periods. On or after December 15, 2027, holders may convert their 2028 Notes at any time prior to the close of business on the second scheduled trading day immediately preceding the relevant maturity date. If the Company undergoes a “fundamental change” (as defined in the applicable Indenture), holders of each series of Notes may require the Company to repurchase for cash all or part of their Notes of such series at a purchase price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes of such series to be repurchased, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but not including, the fundamental change repurchase date.

The Company may not redeem the 2026 Notes prior to March 20, 2024 and it may not redeem the 2028 Notes prior to March 20, 2025 and no “sinking fund” is provided for the Notes. On or after March 20, 2024 and prior to December 15, 2025, the Company may redeem for cash all or any portion of the 2026 Notes, at its option, and on or after March 20, 2025 and prior to December 15, 2027, the Company may redeem for cash all or any portion of the 2028 Notes, at its option, in each case, if the last reported sale price per share of common stock has been at least 130% of the conversion price for such series of Notes then in effect for at least 20 trading days (whether or not consecutive), including the trading day immediately preceding the date on which the Company provides notice of redemption, during any 30 consecutive trading day period ending on, and including, the trading day immediately preceding the date on which the Company provides notice of redemption at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes of such series to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but not including, the redemption date.




In addition, following a “make-whole fundamental change” (as defined in the applicable Indenture) or if the Company delivers a notice of redemption in respect of any Notes of a series, in certain circumstances, the conversion rate applicable to such series of Notes will be increased for a holder who elects to convert any of such Notes in connection with such a make-whole fundamental change or convert any of such Notes called (or deemed called) for redemption during the related redemption period, as the case may be.

The Indentures contain covenants that, among other things and subject to certain exceptions, limit (i) the Company’s ability to consolidate or merge with or into another person or sell or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company and its subsidiaries (taken as a whole) and (ii) the ability of the Guarantors to consolidate with or merge with or into another person.

The Indentures provide for customary events of default which include (subject in certain cases to customary grace and cure periods), among others, default in payment of principal or interest, failure to comply with the Company’s obligation to convert the relevant Notes under each Indenture, failure to give a fundamental change notice or a notice of a make-whole fundamental change, breach of other agreements or covenants in respect of the relevant Notes by the Company or any Guarantors, failure to pay certain other indebtedness at final maturity, acceleration of certain indebtedness prior to final maturity, failure to pay certain final judgments, failure of certain guarantees to be enforceable and certain events of bankruptcy, insolvency or reorganization.

The foregoing summary and description of the Indentures and the Notes does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and qualified in its entirety by reference to, the full text of each of the 2026 Notes Indenture and the 2028 Notes Indenture, as applicable, which are attached hereto as Exhibit 4.1 and Exhibit 4.2, respectively, and are incorporated herein by reference.

Item 2.03
Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant

The disclosure set forth above under Item 1.01 is incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03.

Item 3.02
Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities

The disclosure set forth above under Item 1.01 is incorporated by reference into this Item 3.02.

The Company issued and sold the Notes to the initial purchasers in a private placement in reliance on the exemption from registration provided by Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), for resale by the initial purchasers to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act. The Company relied on these exemptions from registration based in part on representations made by the initial purchasers. The offer and sale of the Notes and the shares of the Company’s common stock issuable upon conversion of the Notes have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws, and the Notes and the shares of the Company’s common stock issuable upon conversion of the Notes may not be offered or sold in the United States (“U.S.”) or to U.S. persons absent registration or the availability of exemptions from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.




Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This communication may contain “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts, but rather are based on current expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections about the Company’s industry, business, strategy, acquisitions and strategic investments, dividend policy, financial results and financial condition as well as anticipated impacts from, and the Company’s responses to, the COVID-19 pandemic. Forward-looking statements often include words such as “will,” “should,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes” and words and terms of similar substance in connection with discussions of future operating or financial performance. As with any projection or forecast, forward-looking statements are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. The Company’s actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied in its forward-looking statements. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statement made by the Company or on its behalf. Important factors that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those in any forward-looking statements include government regulation, economic, strategic, political and social conditions and the following factors, which are discussed in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 (the “Form 10-K”) as filed with the SEC:

 
the duration and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the Company’s business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows;
 
rising levels of competition from historical and new entrants in the Company’s markets;
 
recent and future changes in technology;
 
the Company’s ability to continue to grow its business services products;
 
increases in programming costs and retransmission fees;
 
the Company’s ability to obtain hardware, software and operational support from vendors;
 
uncertainties as to the timing of the Hargray transaction, and the risk that the Hargray transaction may not be completed in a timely manner or at all, including failure to receive any required regulatory approvals (or any conditions, limitations or restrictions placed in connection with such approvals);
 
risks that the Company may fail to realize the benefits anticipated as a result of the Hargray transaction;
 
business uncertainties that the Company and Hargray will be subject to while the Hargray transaction is pending that could adversely affect the Company’s and Hargray’s businesses;
 
risks relating to existing or future acquisitions and strategic investments by the Company;
 
risks that the implementation of the Company’s new enterprise resource planning system disrupts business operations;
 
the integrity and security of the Company’s network and information systems;
 
the impact of possible security breaches and other disruptions, including cyber-attacks;
 
the Company’s failure to obtain necessary intellectual and proprietary rights to operate its business and the risk of intellectual property claims and litigation against the Company;
 
legislative or regulatory efforts to impose network neutrality and other new requirements on the Company’s data services;
 
additional regulation of the Company’s video and voice services;
 
the Company’s ability to renew cable system franchises;
 
increases in pole attachment costs;
 
changes in local governmental franchising authority and broadcast carriage regulations;
 
the potential adverse effect of the Company’s level of indebtedness on its business, financial condition or results of operations and cash flows;
 
the restrictions the terms of the Company’s indebtedness place on its business and corporate actions;
 
the possibility that interest rates will rise, causing the Company’s obligations to service its variable rate indebtedness to increase significantly;
 
the Company’s ability to continue to pay dividends;
 
provisions in the Company’s charter, by-laws and Delaware law that could discourage takeovers and limit the judicial forum for certain disputes;
 
adverse economic conditions;
 
fluctuations in the Company’s stock price;
 
dilution from equity awards and potential stock issuances;
 
damage to the Company’s reputation or brand image;
 
the Company’s ability to retain key employees;
 
the Company’s ability to incur future indebtedness;
 
provisions in the Company’s charter that could limit the liabilities for directors; and
 
the other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including but not limited to the Form 10-K as filed with the SEC.





Any forward-looking statements made by the Company in this communication speak only as of the date on which they are made. The Company is under no obligation, and expressly disclaims any obligation, except as required by law, to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or otherwise.

Item 9.01
Financial Statements and Exhibits.

Exhibit No.
 
Description
 
   
   
   
   
104
The cover page of this Current Report on Form 8-K, formatted in Inline XBRL.




SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


  Cable One, Inc.  
       

By:
/s/ Peter N. Witty  
    Name:
Peter N. Witty  
    Title:
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
 
       

Date: March 5, 2021