2018-12-07 8-K (DealerScience Acquisition)


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)
December 7, 2018
TrueCar, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
120 Broadway, Suite 200
Santa Monica, California 90401
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(800) 200-2000
(Registrant’s 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 December 7, 2018, TrueCar, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), through its wholly-owned subsidiary TrueCar Dealer Solutions, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Purchaser”), completed the acquisition (the “Acquisition”) of all of the outstanding equity interests of DealerScience, LLC, a Massachusetts limited liability company (“DealerScience”), from Andrew Gordon (“Seller”), pursuant to a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement, dated as of December 7, 2018 (the “Purchase Agreement”), by and among the Purchaser, DealerScience, Seller and the Company (solely for the limited purpose of guaranteeing to Seller the due and punctual payment and performance of the Purchaser’s obligations under the Purchase Agreement).
Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, and upon the terms and subject to the conditions thereof, the Purchaser paid $27 million in cash consideration, subject to certain customary post-closing adjustments, for all of the outstanding equity interests of DealerScience, resulting in DealerScience becoming an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. The Purchase Agreement also provides for two potential cash earnout payments to Seller of up to $2.5 million each upon the achievement of certain revenue metrics in each of the first two years following the consummation of the Acquisition. The Company is guaranteeing the obligations of the Purchaser under the Purchase Agreement.

The Purchase Agreement contains representations, warranties and covenants of the parties and indemnification provisions customary for a transaction of this type.

The foregoing description of the Purchase Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Purchase Agreement, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 2.1 hereto and incorporated herein by reference.

The Purchase Agreement has been provided solely to inform investors of its terms. The representations, warranties and covenants contained in the Purchase Agreement were made only for the purposes of such agreement and as of specific dates, were made solely for the benefit of the parties to the Purchase Agreement and may be intended not as statements of fact but rather as a means of allocating risk to one of the parties if those statements prove to be inaccurate. In addition, such representations, warranties and covenants may have been qualified by certain disclosures not reflected in the text of the Purchase Agreement and may apply standards of materiality in a way that is different from what may be viewed as material by stockholders of, or other investors in, the Company. The Company’s stockholders and other investors are not third-party beneficiaries under the Purchase Agreement and should not rely on the representations, warranties and covenants or any descriptions thereof as characterizations of the actual state of facts or conditions of the Company, the Purchaser, DealerScience, Seller or any of their respective subsidiaries or affiliates.

Item 2.01    Completion of Acquisition or Disposition of Assets

The disclosure set forth in Item 1.01 is hereby incorporated into this Item 2.01 by reference.

Item 8.01    Other Events

On December 7, 2018, DealerScience and the Company issued a joint press release announcing the execution of the Purchase Agreement and the consummation of the Acquisition, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01                                           Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits.
2.1* Membership Interest Purchase Agreement, dated as of December 7, 2018, by and among TrueCar Dealer Solutions, Inc., DealerScience, LLC, Andrew Gordon and TrueCar, Inc.
99.1 Joint Press Release issued by TrueCar, Inc. and DealerScience, LLC, dated December 7, 2018.


*    Schedules and exhibits to the Purchase Agreement are omitted pursuant to Item 601(b)(2) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). The Company agrees to furnish supplementally a copy of

any omitted schedules and exhibits to the Securities and Exchange Commission upon request, but reserves the right to request confidential treatment pursuant to Rule 24b-2 under the Exchange Act for any schedule or exhibit so furnished.

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.
/s/ Jeff Swart
Jeff Swart
EVP, General Counsel & Secretary
 Date:  December 7, 2018