SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
April 20, 2016
Date of Report
(Date of Earliest Event Reported)
Synovus Financial Corp.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
|(State of Incorporation)||(Commission File Number)||(IRS Employer Identification No.)|
1111 Bay Avenue, Suite 500, Columbus, Georgia 31901
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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|Item 1.01||Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.|
On April 20, 2016, Synovus Financial Corp. (the Company) entered into Amendment No. 3 (the Amendment) to the Shareholder Rights Plan, dated as of April 26, 2010, as amended as of September 6, 2011 and April 24, 2013 (as so amended, the Rights Plan) between the Company and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (as successor to Mellon Investor Services LLC), as rights agent.
The board of directors of the Company adopted the Rights Plan in 2010 to protect the Companys ability to use certain tax assets, such as net operating loss carryforwards, capital loss carryforwards and certain built-in losses (the Tax Benefits), to offset future income. The Companys use of the Tax Benefits in the future would be substantially limited if it experiences an ownership change for U.S. federal income tax purposes. In general, an ownership change will occur if there is a cumulative change in the Companys ownership by 5-percent shareholders (as defined under U.S. income tax laws) that exceeds 50 percentage points over a rolling three-year period.
The Rights Plan is designed to reduce the likelihood that the Company will experience an ownership change by discouraging (i) any person or group from becoming (a) a beneficial owner of 5% or more of the then outstanding common stock of the Company or (b) a 5-percent shareholder (as defined under the U.S. income tax laws) with respect to the Company (in either case, a Threshold Holder) and (ii) any existing Threshold Holder from acquiring any additional stock of the Company. There is no guarantee, however, that the Rights Plan will prevent the Company from experiencing an ownership change.
A corporation that experiences an ownership change will generally be subject to an annual limitation on certain of its pre-ownership change tax assets in an amount generally equal to the equity value of the corporation immediately before the ownership change, multiplied by the long-term tax-exempt rate (subject to certain adjustments).
Under the amended terms of the Rights Plan, the Rights (as defined in the Rights Plan) were scheduled to expire on April 28, 2016. After careful consideration, the board of directors of the Company has concluded that that an extension of the expiration date under the Rights Plan is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders.
The Amendment extends the final expiration date from April 28, 2016 to the close of business on April 29, 2019. Except for the foregoing change, the Rights Plan otherwise remains unmodified.
The Company presently intends to seek shareholder ratification of the Amendment at its 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
The above description of the Amendment is qualified by the full text of the Amendment being filed as Exhibit 4.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference in its entirety. The above description of the Rights Plan is qualified in its entirety by the full text of the Rights Plan, which was filed as Exhibit 4.1 to the Companys Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 26, 2010, Amendment No. 1 to Shareholder Rights Plan, which was filed as Exhibit 4.1 to the Companys Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 6, 2011, and Amendment No. 2 to Shareholder Rights Plan, which was filed as Exhibit 4.1 to the Companys Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 24, 2013.
|Item 3.01||Material Modification of Rights to Security Holders.|
The information set forth under Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated into this Item 3.01 by reference.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits|
|4.1||Amendment No. 3, dated April 20, 2016, to Shareholder Rights Plan dated as of April 26, 2010 (as amended) by and between Synovus Financial Corp. and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, Synovus has caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|SYNOVUS FINANCIAL CORP.|
|Allan E. Kamensky|
|Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary|