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 reported): June 1, 2021
LOWE’S COMPANIES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction|
1000 Lowes Blvd., Mooresville, NC
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
|Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:|
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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 $0.50 per share||LOW||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).
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Item 5.04 Temporary Suspension of Trading Under Registrant’s Employee Benefit Plans.
The Lowe’s 401(k) Plan (the “Plan”) will be transitioning recordkeepers from Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement & Trust to Principal Financial Group as a result of Principal’s July 1, 2019 acquisition of Wells Fargo’s retirement plan, institutional trust and custody, and institutional asset advisory businesses. As a result of this transition, there will be a blackout period in which Plan participants and beneficiaries temporarily will be unable to (i) direct or diversify investments in their individual accounts or (2) obtain a distribution from the Plan. The blackout period will begin at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 16, 2021 and end during the week of June 21, 2021 (the “Blackout Period”).
On June 1, 2021, the Company sent a notice of the Blackout Period (the “Blackout Period Notice”) to the members of its Board of Directors and executive officers pursuant to Section 306 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and Section 104 of Regulation BTR of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, informing them that during the Blackout Period they will be subject to the prohibitions under those provisions on purchasing and selling shares of the Company’s common stock (including derivative securities pertaining to such shares) that they acquire or have previously acquired in connection with their service or employment as a director or executive officer of the Company.
A copy of the Blackout Period Notice is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference. During the Blackout Period and for a period of two years after the ending date of the Blackout Period, security holders or other interested persons may obtain, without charge, information about the actual beginning and ending dates of the Blackout Period and other information regarding the Blackout Period by contacting Sandy Felton, Director, Stock Plan Administration, by telephone at (704) 758-3186, or in writing, at Lowe’s Companies, Inc., 1000 Lowes Boulevard, Mooresville, North Carolina 28117.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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.
|LOWE’S COMPANIES, INC.|
|Date: June 1, 2021||By:||/s/ Ross W. McCanless|
|Name:||Ross W. McCanless|
|Title:||Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary|