SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 2, 2019
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Item 2.01. Completion of Acquisition or Disposition of Assets.
On November 20, 2018, Cowen Inc. (the “Company”), together with Cowen International Limited and Cowen QN Acquisition LLC, each an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (collectively, the “Buyers”), entered into a Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with the direct owners of equity interests (collectively, the “Sellers”) in Quarton Management AG, Quarton International Europe AG, Quarton Partners, LLC and Quarton Securities GP, LLC (together with their subsidiaries, the “Group Companies”), certain individuals who are the owners of the Sellers that are entities (the “Beneficial Owners”), and certain of the Beneficial Owners acting in their capacity as representatives of the Sellers and the other Beneficial Owners. The Purchase Agreement contemplates a purchase by the Company, directly or indirectly, of one hundred percent of the outstanding equity interests of the Group Companies from the applicable Sellers (the “Acquisition”).
The Acquisition was consummated effective as of January 2, 2019 and, in connection therewith, the Company paid a closing purchase price of $75 million (the “Closing Purchase Price”), subject to certain net working capital and other customary adjustments. A portion of the Closing Purchase Price was deposited into escrow in cash. The portion of the Closing Purchase Price paid to the Sellers in connection with the closing of the Acquisition was made in a combination of 80% cash and 20% shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock (“Common Stock”), with such shares valued based on the 30-trading day volume-weighted average price per share as of December 31, 2018.
Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, the Buyers will pay to the Sellers contingent payments based on the annual revenues (as calculated under the Purchase Agreement) attributable to the completion of certain M&A and debt advisory transactions by the Group Companies and the Company, subject to the terms and on the conditions set forth in the Purchase Agreement, in each of the first four years following the closing of the Acquisition and, if certain conditions are met, an additional fifth year following the closing of the Acquisition. A maximum of $40 million in contingent payments in respect of such annual revenues (as calculated under the Purchase Agreement) is achievable over such four-year period or, if applicable, such five-year period. Such contingent payments will be made in a combination of 80% cash and 20% shares of Common Stock. Any shares of Common Stock issued in connection with any such contingent payments will be valued based on the 30-trading day volume-weighted average price per share as of the day immediately prior to the date on which such shares are to be issued.
The foregoing description of the Purchase Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Purchase Agreement, a copy of which was previously filed as Exhibit 2.1 to the Form 8-K filed on November 21, 2018 and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 3.02 Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities.
In connection with the closing of the Acquisition and in accordance with the Purchase Agreement, an aggregate amount of 1,033,349.62 shares of Common Stock were issued to the Sellers, such amount constituting partial consideration for the Acquisition. As described in Item
2.01 above, shares of Common Stock will also be issued in connection with the contingent payments to the extent payable in accordance with the Purchase Agreement. Such shares of Common Stock were, or will be, as applicable, issued pursuant to the exemption from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), provided by Regulation D promulgated under the Securities Act.
Item 8.01. Other Events.
On January 3, 2019, the Company issued a press release announcing the closing of the Acquisition. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(a) Financial statements of business acquired.
Based on the financial information regarding the Group Companies currently available to the Company, the Company intends to file the audited consolidated financial statements of the Group Companies as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, and for the two years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 (the “Audited Financial Statements”) as required by this Item 9.01(a) under cover of Form 8-K/A no later than 71 calendar days after the date this Current Report on Form 8-K was required to be filed. If the Company receives updated financial information regarding the Group Companies that would require or permit financial statements of the Group Companies other than the Audited Financial Statements (including with respect to the foregoing time period) to be filed under this Item 9.01(a), then the Company shall file such financial statements in lieu of the Audited Financial Statements under cover of Form 8-K/A no later than 71 calendar days after the date this Current Report on Form 8-K was required to be filed.
(b) Pro Forma Financial Information.
Based on the financial information regarding the Group Companies currently available to the Company, the Company intends to file unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information as of and for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 and the year ended December 31, 2018 (the “Pro Forma Financial Information”) giving effect to the acquisition as required by this Item 9.01(b) under cover of Form 8-K/A no later than 71 calendar days after the date this Current Report on Form 8-K was required to be filed. If the Company receives updated financial information regarding the Group Companies that would require or permit financial information of the Group Companies other than the Pro Forma Financial Information (including with respect to the foregoing time period) to be filed under this Item 9.01(b), then the Company shall file such financial information in lieu of the Pro Forma Financial Information under cover of Form 8-K/A no later than 71 calendar days after the date this Current Report on Form 8-K was required to be filed.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Dated: January 8, 2019 By: /s/ Owen S. Littman
Name: Owen S. Littman
Title: General Counsel
No. ____ Exhibit
Press Release issued by Cowen Inc., dated January 3, 2019, announcing the consummation of the Acquisition.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COWEN COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF QUARTON INTERNATIONAL,
LEADING MIDDLE-MARKET FINANCIAL ADVISORY FIRM
New York, NY, January 3, 2019 – Cowen Inc. (NASDAQ: COWN) (“Cowen” or the “Company”) today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Quarton International AG and affiliated Quarton entities (collectively, “Quarton International”), a leading global financial advisory company serving the middle market. The closing of this transaction creates a global, cross-border investment banking platform, with significantly expanded reach in the middle market and a full-service offering of public and private financing solutions across the capital structure.
“Quarton’s substantial middle-market advisory business in Europe and the U.S., in combination with Cowen’s merger advisory and capital markets franchises, meaningfully scales our advisory business in a manner that will truly benefit our clients,” said Jeffrey M. Solomon, Chief Executive Officer of Cowen. “The closing of this transaction is a significant step towards Cowen’s goal of growing our higher margin advisory business as well as diversifying our revenues by industry.”
Added Larry Wieseneck, Co-President of Cowen and Company, “We are delighted to have the Quarton team join the Cowen family. Driven by a common entrepreneurial philosophy, we share the same client-centric approach. We look forward to delivering the full breadth of our combined platforms to Quarton’s clients.”
Cowen and Quarton management are implementing a transition and integration plan to provide seamless service to the combined firm’s clients. Effective today, Quarton’s U.S. operations now operate under the Cowen brand; Quarton Europe is now “Quarton, a Cowen Company.”
Cowen acquired 100% of Quarton International’s equity interests for upfront consideration of $75 million subject to certain net working capital and other customary adjustments, with additional contingent consideration of $40 million that will become payable dependent on the achievement of certain milestones by Quarton. In addition, Quarton and Cowen have established a retention bonus pool for previous Quarton International employees. All consideration, including pursuant to any employee retention program, is comprised of 80% cash and 20% Cowen Class A common stock.
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About Cowen Inc.
Cowen Inc. (“Cowen” or the “Company”) is a diversified financial services firm that operates through two business segments: a broker dealer and an investment management division. The Company’s broker dealer division offers investment banking services, equity and credit research, sales and trading, prime brokerage, global clearing and commission management services. Cowen’s investment management segment offers actively managed alternative investment products. Cowen Inc. focuses on delivering value-added capabilities to our clients in order to help them outperform. Founded in 1918, the firm is headquartered in New York and has offices worldwide. Learn more at Cowen.com.
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