SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
September 20, 2011
DATE OF REPORT (DATE OF EARLIEST EVENT REPORTED)
Commission File No. 001-33057
CATALYST PHARMACEUTICAL PARTNERS, INC.
(Exact Name Of Registrant As Specified In Its Charter)
(State Or Other Jurisdiction Of
Incorporation Or Organization)
355 Alhambra Circle, Suite 1370
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
|(Address Of Principal Executive Offices)
(Registrants Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
|Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
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|Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
|Material Modification to Rights of Security Holders
On September 20, 2011, the Board of Directors of Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. (the Company) declared a dividend distribution of one right (each, a Right) for each outstanding share of common stock, par value $0.001 per share, of the Company (the Common Shares). The dividend is payable on October 7, 2011 to holders of record as of the close of business on such date (the Record Date).
The following is a summary description of the Rights. This summary is intended to provide a general description only and is subject to the detailed terms and conditions of the Rights Agreement, dated as of September 20, 2011 (the Rights Agreement), by and between the Company and Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, as Rights Agent (the Rights Agent), a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 4.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by this reference.
|Issuance of Rights
Each holder of Common Shares as of the Record Date will receive a dividend of one Right per Common Share. One Right will also be issued together with each Common Share issued by the Company after the Record Date and prior to the Distribution Date (as defined in Section 2 below), and in certain circumstances, after the Distribution Date. New certificates (or, if uncertificated, ownership statements in lieu thereof) for Common Shares issued after the Record Date will contain a notation incorporating the Rights Agreement by reference.
Until the Distribution Date:
the Rights will not be exercisable;
the Rights will be evidenced by the certificates for Common Shares (or by the ownership statements issued with respect to uncertificated Common Shares) and not by separate rights certificates; and
the Rights will be transferable by, and only in connection with, the transfer of Common Shares.
|Distribution Date; Beneficial Ownership
The Rights are not exercisable until the Distribution Date. As of and after the Distribution Date, the Rights will separate from the Common Shares and each Right will become exercisable to purchase one one-hundredth of a share of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock, par value $0.001 per share, of the Company (each whole share, a Preferred Share) at a purchase price of $7.80 (such purchase price, as may adjusted, the Purchase Price). This portion of a Preferred Share would give the holder thereof approximately the same dividend, voting, and liquidation rights as would one Common Share.
The Distribution Date is the earliest of:
10 days following a public announcement that a person has become an Acquiring Person by acquiring beneficial ownership of 17.5% or more of the outstanding Common Shares then outstanding (or, in the case of a person that had beneficial ownership of 17.5% or more of the outstanding Common Shares on the date the Rights Agreement was executed, by obtaining beneficial ownership of any additional Common Shares) other than as a result of repurchases of Common Shares by the Company;
10 business days (or such later date as the Board of Directors of the Company shall determine prior to the time a person becomes an Acquiring Person) after the commencement by or on behalf of any person (other than the Company or certain related entities) of a tender or exchange offer, if (a) such tender offer
or exchange offer has not commenced as of the date of the Rights Agreement, and (b) upon consummation thereof, such person would become an Acquiring Person; and
immediately prior to the acceptance for payment of the Common Shares tendered pursuant to any tender offer or exchange offer commenced by or on behalf of any person (other than the Company or certain related entities) prior to, and pending as of, the date of the Rights Agreement, if upon consummation thereof such person would become an Acquiring Person.
A person will be deemed to beneficially own any Common Shares if such person or any affiliated or associated person of such person:
is considered a beneficial owner of the Common Shares under Rule 13d-3 of the General Rules and Regulations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and as in effect on the date of the Rights Agreement;
has the right to acquire the Common Shares, either immediately or in the future, pursuant to any agreement, arrangement, or understanding (other than a customary underwriting agreement relating to a bona fide public offering of the Common Shares) or upon the exercise of conversion rights, exchange rights, rights, warrants or options, or otherwise, except that a person will not be deemed to be a beneficial owner of (a) Common Shares tendered pursuant to a tender or exchange offer by or on behalf of such person or any affiliated or associated persons of such person until the tendered Common Shares are accepted for purchase or exchange, (b) securities issuable upon exercise of a Right before the occurrence of a Triggering Event (as defined in Section 5 below), or (c) securities issuable upon exercise of a Right after the occurrence of a Triggering Event if the Rights are originally issued Rights or were issued in connection with an adjustment to originally issued Rights;
has the right to vote or dispose of the Common Shares pursuant to any agreement, arrangement, or understanding (other than a right to vote arising from the granting of a revocable proxy or consent that is not also then reportable on a Schedule 13D); or
has an agreement, arrangement, or understanding with another person who beneficially owns Common Shares and the agreement, arrangement, or understanding is for the purpose of acquiring, holding, voting, or disposing of any securities of the Company (other than customary underwriting agreements relating to a bona fide public offering of Common Shares or a right to vote arising from the granting of a revocable proxy or consent that is not also then reportable on a Schedule 13D).
|Issuance of Rights Certificates
As soon as practicable after the Distribution Date, the Rights Agent will mail rights certificates to holders of record of the Common Shares as of the close of business on the Distribution Date and, thereafter, the separate rights certificates alone will evidence the Rights.
|Expiration of Rights
The Rights will expire on the earliest of (a) the time at which the Rights are redeemed (as described in Section 6 below), (b) the time at which the Rights are exchanged in full (as described in Section 7 below), or (c) September 20, 2016.
|Change of Exercise of Rights Following Certain Events
The following described events are referred to as Triggering Events:
(a) Flip-In Event. In the event that a person becomes an Acquiring Person, each holder of a Right will thereafter have the right to receive, upon exercise, Common Shares (or, in certain circumstances, other securities, cash, or other assets of the Company) having a value equal to two times the Purchase Price. Notwithstanding any of the foregoing, following the occurrence of a person becoming an Acquiring Person, all
Rights that are, or (under certain circumstances specified in the Rights Agreement) were, beneficially owned by any Acquiring Person (or by certain related parties) will be null and void.
(b) Flip-Over Events. In the event that, at any time after a person has become an Acquiring Person, (i) the Company engages in a merger or other business combination transaction in which the Company is not the continuing or surviving corporation or other entity, (ii) the Company engages in a merger or other business combination transaction in which the Company is the continuing or surviving corporation and the Common Shares of the Company are changed or exchanged, or (iii) 50% or more of the Companys assets or earning power is sold or transferred, each holder of a Right (except Rights that have previously been voided as set forth above) shall thereafter have the right to receive, upon exercise, common shares of the acquiring company having a value equal to two times the Purchase Price.
At any time prior to such time as any person becomes an Acquiring Person, the Board of Directors of the Company may direct the Company to redeem the Rights in whole, but not in part, at a price of $0.001 per Right (payable in cash, Common Shares, or other consideration deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors of the Company). Immediately upon the action of the Board of Directors of the Company directing the Company to redeem the Rights, the Rights will terminate and the only right of the holders of Rights will be to receive the $0.001 redemption price.
|Exchange of Rights
At any time after a person becomes an Acquiring Person, the Board of Directors of the Company may direct the Company to exchange the Rights (other than Rights owned by such person or certain related parties, which will have become void), in whole or in part, at an exchange ratio of one Common Share per Right (subject to adjustment). The Company may substitute Preferred Shares (or shares of a class or series of the Companys preferred stock having equivalent rights, preferences, and privileges) for Common Shares at an initial rate of one one-hundredth of a Preferred Share (or of a share of a class or series of the Companys preferred stock having equivalent rights, preferences, and privileges) per Common Share. Immediately upon the action of the Board of Directors of the Company directing the Company to exchange the Rights, the Rights will terminate and the only right of the holders of Rights will be to receive the number of Common Shares (or one one-hundredth of a Preferred Share or of a share of a class or series of the Companys preferred stock having equivalent rights, preferences, and privileges) equal to the number of Rights held by such holder multiplied by the exchange ratio.
|Adjustments to Prevent Dilution; Fractional Shares
The Board of Directors of the Company may adjust the Purchase Price, the number of Preferred Shares or other securities or assets issuable upon exercise of a Right, and the number of Rights outstanding to prevent dilution that may occur (a) in the event of a stock dividend on, or a subdivision, combination, or reclassification of, the Preferred Shares, (b) in the event of a stock dividend on, or a subdivision or combination of, the Common Shares, (c) if holders of the Preferred Shares are granted certain rights, options, or warrants to subscribe for Preferred Shares or convertible securities at less than the current market price of the Preferred Shares, or (d) upon the distribution to holders of the Preferred Shares of evidences of indebtedness or assets (excluding regular periodic cash dividends) or of subscription rights or warrants (other than those referred to above).
With certain exceptions, no adjustment in the Purchase Price will be required until cumulative adjustments amount to at least 1% of the Purchase Price. No fractional Preferred Shares will be issued (other than fractions that are integral multiples of one one-hundredth of a Preferred Share), and in lieu thereof, an adjustment in cash may be made based on the market price of the Preferred Shares on the last trading date prior to the date of exercise.
|No Stockholder Rights Prior to Exercise; Tax Considerations
Until a Right is exercised, the holder thereof, as such, will have no rights as a stockholder of the Company, including, without limitation, the right to vote or to receive dividends. While the distribution of the Rights will not be taxable to stockholders or to the Company, stockholders may, depending upon the
circumstances, recognize taxable income in the event that the Rights become exercisable for Common Shares (or other consideration) of the Company or for common shares of the acquiring company or in the event of the redemption of the Rights as set forth in Section 6 above.
|Amendment of Rights Agreement
As long as the Rights are then redeemable, the Company may supplement or amend any provisions of the Rights Agreement in any respect without the approval of any holders of the Rights. At any time when the Rights are no longer redeemable the Company may supplement or amend the Rights Agreement without the approval of any holders of Rights in order to (a) cure any ambiguity, (b) correct or supplement any provisions contained therein which may be defective or inconsistent with any other provisions therein, (c) shorten or lengthen any time period thereunder, or (d) change or supplement the provisions thereunder in any manner which the Company may deem necessary or desirable; provided, however, that no such supplement or amendment shall adversely affect the interests of the holders of Rights as such (other than an Acquiring Person or an Affiliate or Associate of an Acquiring Person and certain of their transferees), and no such amendment may cause the Rights again to become redeemable or cause the Rights Agreement again to become amendable other than in accordance with this sentence.
|Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year
The Company intends to file prior to the Record Date a Certificate of Designation, Preferences and Rights of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock of the Company (the Certificate of Designation) with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware. The Companys Board of Directors approved the Certificate of Designation and authorized its filing at a meeting held on September 20, 2011. A copy of the Certificate of Designation is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 3.1 and is incorporated herein by this reference.
On September 21, 2011, the Company issued a press release announcing the adoption of the Rights Agreement and the declaration of the dividend of Rights. A copy of the press release is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by this reference.
|Financial Statements and Exhibits
|Form of Certificate of Designation, Preferences, and Rights of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock of the Company (included in Exhibit 4.1 as Exhibit A thereto)
|Rights Agreement, dated as of September 20, 2011, by and between the Company and Continental Stock Transfer and Trust Company as rights agent, which includes Exhibit A, the form of Certificate of Designation, Preferences and Rights of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock of the Company, Exhibit B, the Form of Rights Certificate, and Exhibit C, Summary of Rights to Purchase Preferred Stock
|Press Release issued September 21, 2011
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc.
|Vice President, Treasurer, and CFO
Dated: September 23, 2011