H&R Block Announces Preliminary Results of Tender Offer
H&R Block, Inc., HRB, the world’s largest consumer tax services provider, today announced the preliminary results of its “modified Dutch auction” tender offer, which expired at 5:00 P.M., New York City time, on Friday, October 2, 2015.
Based on the preliminary count by the depositary for the tender offer, a total of approximately 48.8 million shares of H&R Block’s common stock were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn at or below $37.00 per share, including approximately 13.0 million shares that were tendered through notice of guaranteed delivery.
The tender offer was oversubscribed. In accordance with the terms and conditions of the tender offer, and based on the preliminary count by the depositary, H&R Block expects to repurchase approximately 40.5 million shares at $37.00 per share on a pro rata basis, except for tenders of odd lots, which will be accepted in full, for a total cost of approximately $1.5 billion, excluding fees and expenses related to the tender offer. As such, H&R Block has determined that the preliminary proration factor for the tender offer is approximately 82.9%. The shares expected to be repurchased represent approximately 14.7% of H&R Block’s common stock outstanding as of September 30, 2015.
The number of shares expected to be purchased in the tender offer, the purchase price and the proration factor referred to above are preliminary and subject to change. The preliminary information contained in this press release is based on the assumption that all shares tendered through notice of guaranteed delivery will be delivered within the prescribed three trading day settlement period. The final number of shares to be purchased and the final purchase price will be announced following the expiration of the guaranteed delivery period. Payment for the shares accepted for purchase pursuant to the tender offer, and the return of all other shares tendered and not purchased, will occur promptly thereafter.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as dealer manager for the tender offer. Shareholders who have questions or would like additional information about the tender offer may contact the information agent for the tender offer, Georgeson Inc., at (866) 695-6078 (toll-free) or (781) 575-2137.
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About H&R Block, Inc.
H&R Block, Inc. is the world’s largest consumer tax services provider. More than 680 million tax returns have been prepared worldwide by and through H&R Block since 1955. In fiscal 2015, H&R Block had annual revenues of nearly $3.1 billion with 24.2 million tax returns prepared worldwide. Tax return preparation services are provided by professional tax preparers in approximately 12,000 company-owned and franchise retail tax offices worldwide, and through H&R Block Tax Software products. H&R Block also offers adjacent Tax Plus products and services. For more information, visit the H&R Block Newsroom at https://www.hrblock.com/tax-center/newsroom.