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): February 1, 2018
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CVS HEALTH CORPORATION
(Exact Name of Registrant
as Specified in its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
|(Commission File Number)||(IRS Employer Identification No.)|
One CVS Drive
Woonsocket, Rhode Island
|(Address of Principal Executive Offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (401) 765-1500
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:
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|☐||Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)|
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Item 8.01 Other Events.
As previously disclosed, on January 2, 2018, CVS Health Corporation (CVS Health) filed its premerger notification and report with the U.S. Department of Justice (the DOJ) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the HSR Act). As a result, the waiting period under the HSR Act with respect to the transactions contemplated by the Agreement and Plan of Merger (the Merger Agreement) pursuant to which CVS Health has agreed to acquire Aetna Inc. (Aetna) was scheduled to expire at 11:59 p.m. on February 1, 2018, unless extended by a request for additional information or terminated earlier.
On February 1, 2018, CVS Health and Aetna each received a request for additional information (the Second Request) from the DOJ in connection with the DOJs review of the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement.
Issuance of the Second Request extends the waiting period under the HSR Act until 30 days after both CVS Health and Aetna have substantially complied with the Second Request or such later time as the parties may agree with the DOJ, unless the waiting period is terminated earlier by the DOJ. CVS Health and Aetna have been cooperating with the DOJ staff since shortly after the announcement of the Merger Agreement and are continuing to cooperate with the DOJ staff in its review of the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement.
Completion of the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement remains subject to the approval and adoption of the Merger Agreement by Aetna shareholders, the approval by CVS Health stockholders of the issuance of shares of CVS Health common stock as contemplated by the Merger Agreement, the early termination or expiration of the waiting period under the HSR Act, and the satisfaction or waiver of the other closing conditions specified in the Merger Agreement, including certain other regulatory approvals.
CVS Health and Aetna have each scheduled a stockholder or shareholder meeting, as applicable, on March 20, 2018 to seek the respective approvals of their stockholders and shareholders, as applicable.
CVS Health continues to expect that the transaction will be completed in the second half of 2018.
No Offer or Solicitation
This Current Report on Form 8-K is for informational purposes only and not intended to and does not constitute an offer to subscribe for, buy or sell, the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for, buy or sell or an invitation to subscribe for, buy or sell any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to or in connection with the proposed transaction or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and otherwise in accordance with applicable law.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed transaction between CVS Health Corporation (CVS Health) and Aetna Inc. (Aetna), on January 26, 2018, CVS Health filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) an amendment to the registration statement on Form S-4 that was originally filed on January 4, 2018. The registration statement includes a preliminary joint proxy statement of CVS Health and Aetna that also constitutes a preliminary prospectus of CVS Health, which will be mailed to stockholders of CVS Health and shareholders of Aetna once the registration statement becomes effective and the joint proxy statement/prospectus is in definitive form. The registration statement is not yet effective. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF CVS HEALTH AND AETNA ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED OR THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the registration statement and the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by CVS Health or Aetna through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by CVS Health are available free of charge within the Investors section of CVS Healths Web site at http://www.cvshealth.com/investors or by contacting CVS Healths Investor Relations Department at 800-201-0938. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Aetna are available free of charge on Aetnas internet website at http://www.Aetna.com or by contacting Aetnas Investor Relations Department at 860-273-0896.
Participants in the Solicitation
CVS Health, Aetna, their respective directors and certain of their respective executive officers may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of CVS Health is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on February 9, 2017, its proxy statement for its 2017 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 31, 2017, and certain of its Current Reports on Form 8-K. Information about the directors and executive officers of Aetna is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on February 17, 2017, its proxy statement for its 2017 annual meeting of shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 7, 2017, and certain of its Current Reports on Form 8-K. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitations and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, are contained in the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus and will be contained in the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the Reform Act) provides a safe harbor for forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of CVS Health or Aetna. This Current Report on Form 8-K may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Reform Act. You can generally identify forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking terminology such as anticipate, believe, can, continue, could, estimate, evaluate, expect, explore, forecast, guidance, intend, likely, may, might, outlook, plan, potential, predict, probable, project, seek, should, view, or will, or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond CVS Healths and Aetnas control.
Statements in this Current Report on Form 8-K regarding CVS Health and Aetna that are forward-looking, including CVS Healths and Aetnas projections as to the closing date for the pending acquisition of Aetna (the transaction), the extent of, and the time necessary to obtain, the regulatory approvals required for the transaction, the anticipated benefits of the transaction, the impact of the transaction on CVS Healths and Aetnas businesses, the expected terms and scope of the expected financing for the transaction, the ownership percentages of CVS Healths common stock of CVS Health stockholders and Aetna shareholders at closing, the aggregate amount of indebtedness of CVS Health following the closing of the transaction, CVS Healths expectations regarding debt repayment and its debt to capital ratio following the closing of the transaction, CVS Healths and Aetnas respective share repurchase programs and ability and intent to declare future dividend payments, the number of prescriptions used by people served by the combined companies pharmacy benefit business, the synergies from the transaction, and CVS Healths, Aetnas and/or the combined companys future operating results, are based on CVS Healths and Aetnas managements estimates, assumptions and projections, and are subject to significant uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond their control. In particular, projected financial information for the combined businesses of CVS Health and Aetna is based on estimates, assumptions and projections and has not been prepared in conformance with the applicable accounting requirements of Regulation S-X relating to pro forma financial information, and the required pro forma adjustments have not been applied and are not reflected therein. None of this information should be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, the historical financial statements of CVS Health and Aetna. Important risk factors related to the transaction could cause actual future results and other future events to differ materially from those currently estimated by management, including, but not limited to: the timing to consummate the proposed transaction; the risk that a regulatory approval that may be required for the proposed transaction is delayed, is not obtained or is obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; the risk that a condition to the closing of the proposed transaction may not be satisfied; the outcome of litigation related to the transaction; the ability to achieve the synergies and value creation contemplated; CVS Healths ability to promptly and effectively integrate Aetnas businesses; and the diversion of and attention of management of both CVS Health and Aetna on transaction-related issues.
In addition, this Current Report on Form 8-K may contain forward-looking statements regarding CVS Healths or Aetnas respective businesses, financial condition and results of operations. These forward-looking statements also involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, some of which may not be presently known to CVS Health or Aetna or that they currently believe to be immaterial also may cause CVS Healths or Aetnas actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, adversely impact their respective businesses, CVS Healths ability to complete the transaction and/or CVS Healths ability to realize the expected benefits from the transaction. Should any risks and uncertainties develop into actual events, these developments could have a material adverse effect on the transaction and/or CVS Health or Aetna, CVS Healths ability to successfully complete the transaction and/or realize the expected benefits from the transaction. Additional information concerning these risks, uncertainties and assumptions can be found in CVS Healths and Aetnas respective filings with the SEC, including the risk factors discussed in Item 1.A. Risk Factors in CVS Healths and Aetnas most recent Annual Reports on Form 10-K, as updated by their Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the SEC.
You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on CVS Healths and Aetnas forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are and will be based upon managements then-current views and assumptions regarding future events and operating performance, and are applicable only as of the dates of such statements. Neither CVS Health nor Aetna assumes any duty to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, as of any future date.
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.
|Dated: February 1, 2018||CVS Health Corporation|
|By:||/s/ David M. Denton|
|David M. Denton|
|Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer|