SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): February 1, 2018
NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
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310 Littleton Road
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(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 February 1, 2018, NetScout Systems, Inc. (the Company) entered into agreements with each of JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association and Bank of America, N.A. (the Dealers) to repurchase an aggregate of $300 million of the Companys common stock via accelerated stock repurchase transactions (the ASR) under the Companys previously disclosed 25 million share repurchase program.
Under the terms of the ASR, the Company will make a $150 million payment to each of the Dealers on February 2, 2018, and will receive an initial delivery from each of the Dealers of approximately 3.69 million shares, or approximately 7.39 million shares in the aggregate, which is approximately 70 percent of the total number of shares of the Companys common stock expected to be repurchased under the ASR. The final number of shares to be repurchased is dependent upon the average of the daily volume-weighted average stock prices of the Companys common stock during the term of the ASR, less a discount and subject to adjustments pursuant to the terms and conditions of the ASR. Under certain circumstances, the delivery of additional shares of common stock to the Company or an additional delivery of shares of common stock or a cash payment, at the Companys election, by the Company to the Dealers may be required. The final settlement of each of the ASR transactions is expected to occur no later than the end of the second quarter of the Companys fiscal year 2019.
On February 1, 2018, the Company borrowed $300 million aggregate principal amount under its revolving credit facility, dated as of July 14, 2015, as amended on January 16, 2018 (the Credit Facility) in order to finance the payment of the initial purchase price of its common stock to each of the Dealers under the ASR. A more detailed description of the Companys amended and restated credit agreement and the revolving credit facility can be found in the Companys Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on January 18, 2018.
The foregoing description of the ASR is qualified in its entirety by reference to the ASR agreements, which are filed herewith as Exhibits 10.1 and 10.2, respectively, and are incorporated by reference herein.
Item 2.03. Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.
The information in Item 1.01 is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|10.1||Confirmation Issuer Forward Repurchase Transaction, dated February 1, 2018, between NetScout Systems, Inc. and JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association.|
|10.2||Confirmation Issuer Forward Repurchase Transaction, dated February 1, 2018, between NetScout Systems, Inc. and Bank of America, N.A.|
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 thereunto duly authorized.
|NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Jean Bua|
|Chief Financial Officer|
Date: February 1, 2018