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): April 3, 2014
NICHOLAS FINANCIAL, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|British Columbia, Canada||0-26680||8736-3354|
(State or other jurisdiction
2454 McMullen Booth Road, Building C
Clearwater, Florida 33759
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)
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|Item 3.01||Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing.|
Nicholas Financial, Inc. (the Company) (NASDAQ: NICK) is filing this Current Report on Form 8-K to report that, on April 3, 2014, the Company received notice from The Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq) that, as a result of the Companys failure to hold an annual meeting of shareholders within the timeframe required by Nasdaq Listing Rules 5620(a) and 5620(b), Nasdaq has determined to initiate proceedings to delist the Companys securities from The Nasdaq Stock Market. Nasdaq Rule 5620(a) requires a listed company to hold an annual meeting of shareholders no later than one year after the end of its fiscal year-end, and Nasdaq Rule 5620(b) requires a listed company to solicit proxies and provide proxy statements for all meetings of shareholders and to provide copies of such proxy solicitations to Nasdaq.
Nasdaqs delisting determination will not immediately result in the delisting of the Companys securities. Under Nasdaq rules, the suspension of trading and delisting of the Companys securities will be stayed during the pendency of an appeal by the Company of the delisting determination. The Company intends to commence such an appeal within the required appeal period under Nasdaq rules. Accordingly, the Companys Common Shares will continue to trade on The NASDAQ Global Select Market while such appeal is pending. There can be no assurances whether the Company will be successful in its appeal of the delisting determination.
As previously disclosed in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed December 18, 2014, on December 17, 2014, the Company entered into an arrangement agreement (the Arrangement Agreement) whereby the Company has agreed to sell all of its issued and outstanding Common Shares to an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Prospect Capital Corporation (Prospect), pursuant to a plan of arrangement (the Arrangement) under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia). The Company has delayed the holding of its annual meeting of shareholders due to the pendency of this transaction.
Prospect (NASDAQ: PSEC) (www.prospectstreet.com) is a closed-end investment company that lends to and invests in private and public middle market businesses. Prospects investment objective is to generate both current income and long-term capital appreciation through debt and equity investments.
The transactions contemplated by the Arrangement Agreement are currently expected to be consummated on or before June 12, 2014, but such transactions will not be consummated unless certain conditions typical for this type of transaction are either satisfied or waived prior to closing. These conditions include, among other things, that the Arrangement Agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby are approved by the securityholders of the Company in accordance with the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) and the Companys Articles. An information circular providing further information regarding the Arrangement Agreement and the parties thereto will be mailed to securityholders of the Company in advance of the special meeting thereof expected to be held for the purpose of approving, among other things, the Arrangement Agreement and the Arrangement contemplated thereby.
The foregoing description is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Arrangement Agreement, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 2.1 to the Companys Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 18, 2013.
In the event that the transactions contemplated by the Arrangement Agreement are not consummated, the Company will hold an annual general meeting of shareholders on July 30, 2014. The record date for such annual general meeting of shareholders is June 24, 2014. The Company currently anticipates mailing a proxy statement and related materials on or about June 30, 2014 to shareholders entitled to vote at the annual general meeting of shareholders.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC
This communication is being made in respect of the proposed business combination involving the Company and Prospect. In connection with the proposed transaction, Prospect has filed with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form N-14 containing a Proxy Statement of the Company and a Prospectus of Prospect and each of the Company and Prospect plan to file with the SEC other documents regarding the proposed transaction. The definitive Proxy Statement and Prospectus will be mailed to shareholders of the Company. INVESTORS AND SECURITYHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY AND PROSPECT ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION.
Investors and securityholders will be able to obtain free copies of the Registration Statement and the Proxy Statement/Prospectus (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by the Company and Prospect through the web site maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Free copies of the Registration Statement and the Proxy Statement/Prospectus (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC can also be obtained by directing a request to Nicholas Financial, Inc., 454 McMullen Booth Road, Building C, Clearwater, Florida, 33759, Attention: Ralph Finkenbrink, Chief Financial Officer, or by directing a request to Prospect Capital Corporation, 10 East 40th Street, 44th Floor, New York, NY 10016, Attention: Brian Oswald, Chief Financial Officer.
The Company, Prospect and their respective directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be soliciting proxies from Company shareholders in favor of the transaction. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered participants in the solicitation of Company shareholders in connection with the proposed acquisition will be set forth in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus when it is filed with the SEC. You can find information about Prospects executive officers and directors in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on September 10, 2013. You can find information about the executive officers and directors of the Company in its Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on June 14, 2013. You can obtain free copies of these documents from the Company and Prospect in the manner set forth above.
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release include forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties including, among other things, the failure of the Arrangement to be consummated in a timely manner or at all, the failure of the Companys shareholders to approve the Arrangement, the inability of the Company to successfully manage its business relationships during the pendency of the transaction, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Companys filings and reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013. Such statements are based on the beliefs of the Companys management as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to Company management. Actual events or results may differ materially. All forward-looking statements and cautionary statements included in this Report are made as of the date hereby based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement or cautionary statement.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this Current Report on Form 8-K to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, hereunto duly authorized.
NICHOLAS FINANCIAL, INC.
Date: April 8, 2014
|Peter L. Vosotas|
|Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer|
|(Principal Executive Officer)|
Date: April 8, 2014
|Ralph T. Finkenbrink|
|Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer|
|(Principal Financial Officer and Accounting Officer)|