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) November 19, 2015
CONSTELLATION BRANDS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
207 High Point Drive, Building 100, Victor, NY 14564
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
Registrants telephone number, including area code (585) 678-7100
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 8.01. Other Events.
On November 19, 2015, Constellation Brands, Inc. (the Company) and certain subsidiary guarantors (the Guarantors) entered into an underwriting agreement (the Underwriting Agreement) with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, for itself and as representative of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Rabo Securities USA, Inc., Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc., Goldman, Sachs & Co., Scotia Capital (USA) Inc., Barclays Capital Inc. and BBVA Securities Inc., as underwriters (the Underwriters) for the sale by the Company of $400 million aggregate principal amount of 4.750% Senior Notes due 2025 (the Notes) for a public offering price of 100% of the principal amount of the Notes plus accrued interest, if any, from and including December 4, 2015. The offering is being made by a prospectus dated October 14, 2014 and prospectus supplement dated November 19, 2015 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on November 20, 2015. The Underwriters will purchase the Notes from the Company at 98.75% of their principal amount. The purchase of the Notes by the Underwriters is scheduled to close on December 4, 2015, subject to customary closing conditions. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund a portion of the consideration for the Companys pending acquisition of Home Brew Mart, Inc. d/b/a Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits (Ballast Point).
The Underwriting Agreement contemplates that the Notes will be issued under an Indenture dated as of April 17, 2012 (as supplemented by Supplemental Indenture No. 9 to be dated December 4, 2015 and the other prior supplemental indentures thereto) among the Company, the Guarantors, and Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company, as trustee.
The Underwriters and their respective affiliates have performed, and may in the future perform, various commercial banking, investment banking, hedging, brokerage and advisory services for the Company and its subsidiaries for which they have received, and will receive, customary fees and expenses. In particular, certain of the Underwriters and their affiliates are agents and/or lenders under the Companys senior credit and securitization facilities and/or certain foreign credit facilities. Also, Goldman, Sachs & Co. acted as a financial advisor to Ballast Point in connection with the Companys pending acquisition of Ballast Point and will receive an advisory fee funded by the Company, subject to completion of the acquisition and the other terms of the advisory agreement and the terms and conditions of the Companys acquisition agreement with Ballast Point. In addition, affiliates of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and Goldman, Sachs & Co. are lenders under certain credit facilities to a Sands family investment vehicle that, because of its relationship with members of the Sands family, is an affiliate of the Company. Such credit facilities are secured by pledges of shares of Class A common stock of the Company, Class B common stock of the Company, or a combination thereof and personal guarantees of certain members of the Sands family, including Richard Sands and Robert Sands. The Company has agreed to indemnify the Underwriters against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933, or to contribute to payments the Underwriters may be required to make because of any of those liabilities.
The description of the Underwriting Agreement above is a summary and is qualified in its entirety by the Underwriting Agreement, which is filed herewith as Exhibit 1.1 and incorporated by reference herein and as an exhibit to the Companys registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-199293) filed with the SEC on October 14, 2014.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|(a)||Financial statements of businesses acquired.|
|(b)||Pro forma financial information.|
|(c)||Shell company transactions.|
The following exhibit is filed as part of this Current Report on Form 8-K:
|1.1||Underwriting Agreement, dated November 19, 2015, among the Company, the Guarantors, and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, for itself and as representative of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Rabo Securities USA, Inc., Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc., Goldman, Sachs & Co., Scotia Capital (USA) Inc., Barclays Capital Inc. and BBVA Securities Inc.|
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.
|Date: November 24, 2015||CONSTELLATION BRANDS, INC.|
/s/ David Klein
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
INDEX TO EXHIBITS
|(1.1)||Underwriting Agreement, dated November 19, 2015, among the Company, the Guarantors, and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, for itself and as representative of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Rabo Securities USA, Inc., Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc., Goldman, Sachs & Co., Scotia Capital (USA) Inc., Barclays Capital Inc. and BBVA Securities Inc.|
|(2)||PLAN OF ACQUISITION, REORGANIZATION, ARRANGEMENT, LIQUIDATION OR SUCCESSION|
|(3)||ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION AND BYLAWS|
|(4)||INSTRUMENTS DEFINING THE RIGHTS OF SECURITY HOLDERS, INCLUDING INDENTURES|
|(7)||CORRESPONDENCE FROM AN INDEPENDENT ACCOUNTANT REGARDING NON-RELIANCE ON A PREVIOUSLY ISSUED AUDIT REPORT OR COMPLETED INTERIM REVIEW|
|(14)||CODE OF ETHICS|
|(16)||LETTER RE CHANGE IN CERTIFYING ACCOUNTANT|
|(17)||CORRESPONDENCE ON DEPARTURE OF DIRECTOR|
|(20)||OTHER DOCUMENTS OR STATEMENTS TO SECURITY HOLDERS|
|(23)||CONSENTS OF EXPERTS AND COUNSEL|
|(24)||POWER OF ATTORNEY|
|(101)||INTERACTIVE DATA FILE|
|(106)||STATIC POOL PDF|