UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C.  20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

 

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  June 29, 2021

 

CIMAREX ENERGY CO.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

Delaware   001-31446   45-0466694
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
  (Commission File Number)   (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

1700 Lincoln Street, Suite 3700
Denver Colorado
  80203
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

 

(303) 295-3995

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

 

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:

 

x            Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

¨            Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

¨            Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

¨            Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock ($0.01 par value)   XEC   New York Stock Exchange

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§ 230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b—2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§ 240.12b—2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company ¨

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 5.02 DEPARTURE OF DIRECTORS OR CERTAIN OFFICERS; ELECTION OF DIRECTORS; APPOINTMENT OF CERTAIN OFFICERS; COMPENSATORY ARRANGEMENTS OF CERTAIN OFFICERS

 

Chief Executive Officer Waiver of “Single Trigger” Vesting

 

On May 23, 2021, Cimarex Energy Co. (“Cimarex”) entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (“Cabot”) and Double C Merger Sub, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cabot (“Merger Sub”), pursuant to which Merger Sub will be merged with and into Cimarex (the “Merger”). On June 29, 2021, the Company entered into a side letter agreement (the “Side Letter”) with Cabot and Thomas E. Jorden, Cimarex’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, to modify the treatment of Mr. Jorden’s outstanding Cimarex equity and equity-based awards in connection with the Merger. If Mr. Jorden’s employment with Cimarex is terminated before the Merger or the Merger Agreement is terminated for any reason without the occurrence of the Merger, the Side Letter will automatically terminate.

 

The Side Letter provides that, notwithstanding the preexisting terms applicable to Mr. Jorden’s Cimarex equity awards or anything to the contrary contained in the Merger Agreement, Mr. Jorden’s Cimarex equity awards will not vest at the effective time of the Merger. Instead, each such award will be converted into a corresponding equity award with respect to Cabot common stock, with the number of shares underlying each award adjusted based on the Merger exchange ratio. As provided under the Merger Agreement, the performance goals applicable to Mr. Jorden’s restricted stock awards subject to performance-based vesting will be deemed satisfied at the greater of the target level and the level determined or certified by the Cimarex board or the compensation committee of the Cimarex board based on the results achieved during the applicable performance period, which period shall be deemed to end on the latest practicable date prior to the effective time of the Merger. Each such converted award will continue to be subject to the same service-based vesting terms as applied to the Cimarex award immediately prior to the effective time. The Side Letter provides that if Mr. Jorden’s employment is terminated without cause or for good reason during the three-year period commencing at the effective time of the Merger, Mr. Jorden’s converted equity awards will “double-trigger” vest in full.

 

The foregoing description of the Side Letter does not purport to be complete and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the Side Letter, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and which is incorporated by reference herein.

 

ITEM 9.01 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS

 

Exhibit No.   Exhibit Name
10.1   Side Letter Agreement by and between Cimarex Energy Co., Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation and Mr. Thomas E. Jorden, dated June 29, 2021
     
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted in Inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101)

 

 

 

 

No Offer or Solicitation

 

This communication is not intended to and shall not constitute an offer to buy or sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any securities, or a solicitation of any vote or approval, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made, except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

Additional Information about the Merger and Where to Find It

 

In connection with the proposed transaction, Cabot filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 on June 29, 2021, that includes a preliminary joint proxy statement of Cabot and Cimarex and that also constitutes a preliminary prospectus of Cabot. If and when the registration statement becomes effective and the joint proxy statement/prospectus is in definitive form, such joint proxy statement/prospectus will be sent to the stockholders of Cabot and Cimarex. Each of Cabot and Cimarex also intends to file other relevant documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction, including the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus. The information in the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus is not complete and may be changed. This communication is not a substitute for the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus or registration statement or any other document that Cabot or Cimarex may file with the SEC. The definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus (if and when available) will be mailed to stockholders of Cabot and Cimarex. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, THE PRELIMINARY JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, THE DEFINITIVE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS IF AND WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT MAY BE FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS, CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CABOT, CIMAREX AND THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders are able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus and all other documents containing important information about Cabot, Cimarex and the proposed transaction, once such documents are filed with the SEC, including the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus if and when it becomes available, through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Cabot may be obtained free of charge on Cabot’s website at www.cabotog.com/investor-relations or by contacting Matt Kerin by email at [email protected] or by phone at 281-589-4642. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Cimarex may be obtained free of charge on Cimarex’s website at www.cimarex.com/investor-relations.

 

Participants in the Solicitation

 

Cabot, Cimarex and certain of their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of Cabot, including a description of their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is set forth in Cabot’s proxy statement for its 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 12, 2021, and Cabot’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, which was filed with the SEC on February 26, 2021. Information about the directors and executive officers of Cimarex, including a description of their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is set forth in Cimarex’s proxy statement for its 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 26, 2021, and Cimarex’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, which was filed with the SEC on February 23, 2021. Investors may obtain additional information regarding the interests of those persons and other persons who may be deemed participants in the proposed transaction by reading the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus, including any amendments thereto, as well as the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus if and when it becomes available and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction when such materials become available. Investors should read the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus, and the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus if and when it becomes available, carefully before making any voting or investment decisions. You may obtain free copies of these documents from Cabot or Cimarex using the sources indicated above.

 

 

 

 

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

 

This communication contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. Words such as anticipates, believes, expects, intends, plans, outlook, will, should, may and similar expressions may be used to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not statements of historical fact and reflect Cabot’s and Cimarex’s current views about future events. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the proposed merger involving Cabot and Cimarex, including future financial and operating results; Cabot’s and Cimarex’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions; the expected timing and likelihood of completion of the transaction; the expected timing and amount of any future dividends; and other statements that are not historical facts, including estimates of oil and natural gas reserves and resources, estimates of future production, assumptions regarding future oil and natural gas pricing, planned drilling activity, future results of operations, projected cash flow and liquidity, the achievement of synergies, business strategy and other plans and objectives for future operations. No assurances can be given that the forward-looking statements contained in this communication will occur as projected and actual results may differ materially from those projected. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and assumptions that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the ability to obtain the requisite Cabot and Cimarex stockholder approvals; the risk that Cabot or Cimarex may be unable to obtain governmental and regulatory approvals required for the merger; the risk that an event, change or other circumstances could give rise to the termination of the proposed merger; the risk that a condition to closing of the merger may not be satisfied on a timely basis or at all; the length of time necessary to close the proposed transaction, which may be longer than anticipated for various reasons; the risk that the businesses will not be integrated successfully; the risk that the cost savings and any other synergies from the transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; the risk that any announcement relating to the proposed transaction could have adverse effects on the market price of Cabot’s common stock or Cimarex’s common stock; the risk of litigation related to the proposed transaction; the effect of future regulatory or legislative actions on the companies or the industry in which they operate, including the risk of new restrictions with respect to well spacing, hydraulic fracturing, natural gas flaring or other oil and natural gas development activities; the risk that the credit ratings of the combined business may be different from what the companies expect; disruption from the transaction making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers; the diversion of management time on merger-related issues; the volatility in commodity prices for crude oil and natural gas; the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact thereof on Cabot’s and Cimarex’s businesses, financial condition and results of operations; actions by, or disputes among or between, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producer countries; the presence or recoverability of estimated reserves; the ability to replace reserves; environmental risks; drilling and operating risks; exploration and development risks; competition; the ability of management to execute its plans to meet its goals; and other risks inherent in Cabot’s and Cimarex’s businesses. In addition, the declaration and payment of any future dividends, whether regular base quarterly dividends, variable dividends or special dividends following completion of the proposed transaction, will depend on the combined business financial results, cash requirements, future prospects and other factors deemed relevant by the board of directors of Cabot (as then constituted). These risks, as well as other risks related to the proposed transaction, are described in the registration statement on Form S-4 and preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus that was filed with the SEC and the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus if and when it becomes available in connection with the proposed transaction. While the list of factors presented here is, and the list of factors to be presented in the registration statement on Form S-4 are, considered representative, no such list should be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those indicated. For additional information about other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, please refer to: (1) Cabot’s annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K, which are available on Cabot’s website at www.cabotog.com/investorrelations and on the SECs website at http://www.sec.gov; and (2) Cimarex’s annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K, which are available on its website at www.cimarex.com/investor-relations and on the SECs website at http://www.sec.gov.

 

Forward-looking statements are based on the estimates and opinions of management at the time the statements are made. Except to the extent required by applicable law, neither Cabot nor Cimarex undertakes any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Cimarex has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

  CIMAREX ENERGY CO.
   
Dated: June 29, 2021 By:  /s/ Francis B. Barron
    Francis B. Barron
    Senior Vice President—General Counsel

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 10.1

 

June 29, 2021

 

Mr. Thomas E. Jorden

[Address]

 

Re: Treatment of your Golden Equity Awards

 

Dear Tom:

 

Reference is made to the Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”), dated as of May 23, 2021, among Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (“Cabot”), Double C Merger Sub, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cabot (“Merger Sub”), and Cimarex Energy Co. (“Cimarex”), pursuant to which Merger Sub will be merged with and into Cimarex (the “Merger”) in accordance with the terms of the Merger Agreement. Capitalized terms used but not defined in this side letter agreement (this “Side Letter Agreement”) have the meanings ascribed to them in the Merger Agreement.

 

This Side Letter Agreement is intended to memorialize our agreement regarding the treatment of your Golden Equity Awards in the Merger. This Side Letter Agreement shall automatically terminate and be of no force or effect if your employment with Cimarex is terminated before the Closing or the Merger Agreement is terminated for any reason without the occurrence of the Closing.

 

By signing below, you agree that notwithstanding the preexisting terms applicable to your Golden Equity Awards or anything to the contrary contained in the Merger Agreement, at the Effective Time, each of your Golden Restricted Shares will be treated in accordance with Section 3.2(a)(ii) of the Merger Agreement and converted into an Adjusted Restricted Share Award; provided, however, that any performance goals applicable to your Golden Restricted Shares will be treated in the manner specified in Section 3.2(a)(i)(B) of the Merger Agreement, which means they will be deemed satisfied at the Effective Time at the greater of the target level of performance and the level determined or certified by the Golden Board or the Compensation Committee of the Golden Board based on the results achieved during the applicable performance period, which period shall be deemed to end on the latest practicable date prior to the Effective Time. Your Adjusted Restricted Share Awards will be subject to the same service-based vesting terms and conditions as applied to the Golden Restricted Share Award immediately prior to the Effective Time.

 

If your employment is terminated without Cause or for Good Reason during the Employment Period (as each such term is defined in the Employment Letter Agreement by and between you and Cabot, dated as of May 23, 2021 (the “Employment Letter Agreement”)), then all of your Adjusted Restricted Share Awards will accelerate and vest in full in accordance with the terms of the Employment Letter Agreement.

 

This Side Letter Agreement, together with the Employment Letter Agreement, represents the complete understanding between you and Cabot regarding the subject matter of this Side Letter Agreement. No amendment to this Side Letter Agreement shall be binding upon any party unless in writing and signed by or on behalf of such party. The obligations of the parties hereto are severable and divisible. In the event any provision hereunder is determined to be illegal or unenforceable, the remainder of this Side Letter Agreement shall continue in full force and effect. The provisions of Section 4 (Section 409A; Section 280G), Section 5 (Governing Law) and Section 7 (Employment At Will; Tax Withholding) of the Employment Letter Agreement are hereby incorporated by reference into this Side Letter Agreement and shall apply to this Side Letter Agreement as if set forth herein, mutatis mutandis.

 

[Signature page follows]

 

 

 

 

  Sincerely,
   
  CABOT OIL & GAS CORPORATION
   
  By:  /s/ Dan O. Dinges
    Name: Dan O. Dinges
    Title: Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
               
  CIMAREX ENERGY CO.
   
   By: /s/ Francis B. Barron
  Name: Francis B. Barron
  Title: Senior Vice President—General Counsel
     
  Acknowledged and Agreed:
   
  /s/ Thomas E. Jorden
  Thomas E. Jorden

 

[Signature Page to Thomas E. Jorden Side Letter Agreement]

 

 

 

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