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Form 8-K ACXIOM CORP For: Jul 02

July 2, 2018 4:42 PM EDT

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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 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)

July 2, 2018

 

 

ACXIOM CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   0-13163   71-0581897

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

301 E. Dave Ward Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(501) 342-1000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

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

 

 

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Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

On July 2, 2018, Acxiom Corporation (the “Company” or “Acxiom”) entered into a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement, by and among the Company, The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., LiveRamp, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company and Acxiom Holdings, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company (the “Purchase Agreement”).

On July 2, 2018, in connection with the announcement of the Purchase Agreement, the Company will hold a conference call available to investors and the public. A presentation (the “Investor Presentation”) for reference during such call is furnished as Exhibit 99.2 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events, including the timing of the proposed transaction and other information related to the proposed transaction. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “could,” “intends,” “target,” “projects,” “contemplates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these words or other similar terms or expressions that concern the proposed transaction and our expectations, strategy, plans or intentions regarding it. Forward-looking statements in this communication include, but are not limited to, (i) our expectations regarding the timing, completion and expected benefits of the proposed transaction, (ii) our plans, objectives and intentions with respect to our future operations, our customers and our market, and (iii) the expected impact of the proposed transaction on our business. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results in future periods are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks include the risk that the transaction may not be completed in a timely manner or at all; the effect of the announcement or pendency of the transaction on our business relationships, results of operations and business generally; risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations; and general market, political, economic and business conditions. The forward-looking statements contained in this communication are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended March 31, 2018. The forward-looking statements in this communication are based on information available to Acxiom as of the date hereof.

We undertake no obligation to update the information contained in this press release or any other forward-looking statement.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

Acxiom will file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) in connection with the proposed transaction, including a proxy statement on Schedule 14A. Under the proposed terms, promptly after filing its proxy statement with the SEC, Acxiom will mail or otherwise make available the proxy statement and a proxy card to each stockholder entitled to vote at the annual meeting relating to the proposed transaction. ACXIOM STOCKHOLDERS AND OTHER INVESTORS ARE ADVISED TO CAREFULLY READ THESE MATERIALS (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC IN RESPECT OF THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, AS THOSE DOCUMENTS WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND THE PARTIES TO THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Acxiom stockholders and other investors may obtain free copies of the proxy statement and other relevant materials in connection with the proposed transaction (when they become available), along with other documents filed by Acxiom with the SEC, at the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov).

The directors and executive officers of Acxiom may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Acxiom in connection with the proposed transaction. Information regarding the interests of these directors and executive officers in the transaction described herein will be included in the proxy statement described above. Additional information regarding Acxiom’s directors and executive officers is also included in Acxiom’s proxy statement for its 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on June 29, 2017. These documents are available free of charge as described in the preceding paragraph.


Item 8.01 Other Events.

On July 2, 2018, the Company issued a press release announcing the execution of the Purchase Agreement. The text of the press release is filed as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference. The information contained on the websites referenced in the press release is not incorporated herein.

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit
No.
  

Description

99.1    Press Release of Acxiom Corporation, dated July 2, 2018
99.2    Investor Presentation


SIGNATURES

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.

 

  ACXIOM CORPORATION
By:  

/s/ Jerry C. Jones

 

Jerry C. Jones

Chief Ethics and Legal Officer, Executive Vice President and Assistant Secretary

Date: July 2, 2018

Exhibit 99.1

 

LOGO

ACXIOM ENTERS INTO DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT TO SELL ACXIOM MARKETING SOLUTIONS FOR $2.3 BILLION TO INTERPUBLIC GROUP

The Combination of IPG and AMS Creates Industry Powerhouse for Data-Driven Marketing Solutions

Acxiom to Return up to an Additional $1 Billion to Shareholders

Proceeds to Fund Further Growth and Innovation

CONWAY, Ark., July 02, 2018Acxiom® (Nasdaq: ACXM), the data foundation for the world’s best marketers, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Acxiom Marketing Solutions business (AMS) to Interpublic Group (IPG), one of the world’s leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services companies, for $2.3 billion in cash. The transaction was unanimously approved by Acxiom’s Board of Directors and is expected to close by the end of calendar 2018.

Upon closing, the Company expects to realize approximately $1.7 billion in net cash proceeds, after taxes and fees. Consistent with its past capital allocation philosophy, Acxiom will continue its practice of executing a balanced approach to capital deployment. Specifically, the Company will continue to focus its capital on investing in growth opportunities and innovation, making strategic acquisitions and, at the same time, returning capital to shareholders.

Following the completion of the transaction, the Company intends to:

 

    Retire its existing $230 million debt balance, resulting in a debt-free balance sheet;

 

    Initiate a $500 million cash tender offer for its common stock;

 

    Increase its outstanding share repurchase authorization by up to $500 million, and extend the duration of the program to December 31, 2020;

 

    Use the remainder of the proceeds to fund its growth initiatives, strategic acquisition opportunities and meet its ongoing cash needs;

 

    Transfer the Acxiom brand name and associated trademarks to IPG; and

 

    Rename the Company LiveRamp and, shortly thereafter, begin trading its common stock under the new ticker symbol “RAMP”.

CEO Scott Howe and CFO Warren Jenson will remain in their current roles at the Company, which will be headquartered in San Francisco, California.

“This transaction is a great outcome for both Acxiom and our AMS business unit,” said CEO Scott Howe. “Acxiom Marketing Solutions is a strong business with deep expertise in data-driven marketing, talented associates and an exceptional client roster. After careful consideration of a variety of options and potential partners, it became clear that a sale of AMS to IPG, with its vast scale and breadth of complementary services, represented the best possible path forward for our clients and associates.”


“The successful completion of this transaction represents yet another milestone in the Company’s transformation,” added CFO Warren Jenson. “This deal returns significant capital to shareholders, and at the same time, allows us to invest in LiveRamp’s industry-leading capabilities, technology and market opportunities.”

Acxiom explored a wide range of strategic options to maximize the value of AMS and enable clients to benefit from a broader set of offerings. After conducting a thorough and competitive process, the Company considered multiple proposals and concluded that a sale of AMS to IPG is in the best interest of clients, associates and shareholders for the following reasons:

 

    The all-cash transaction unlocks immediate value for Acxiom shareholders and enables Acxiom to return capital through an accelerated and expanded ongoing share repurchase program;

 

    The Company gains greater financial flexibility to further fund its organic growth opportunities and potential acquisitions and partnerships; and

 

    The transaction marks the expansion of an already strong relationship that exists between IPG and LiveRamp.

The terms and conditions of the additional repurchase authorization are subject to Acxiom’s previously disclosed share repurchase program, which may be suspended, discontinued or resumed at any time.

“In a world where everything is becoming data-driven, Acxiom Marketing Solutions offers the deepest set of capabilities for helping companies navigate the complexity of creating personalized brand experiences across every consumer touchpoint,” said IPG Chairman and CEO Michael Roth. “The powerful combination of IPG and Acxiom Marketing Solutions is a game changer for the industry, and we believe it will drive meaningful value for both our clients and shareholders. Over the last year of working closely with AMS to power our AMP data platform, we’ve seen that our cultures are a great fit, and we are very excited to welcome them to IPG.”

Transaction Details

The $2.3 billion all-cash transaction is subject to standard regulatory review, Acxiom shareholder approval and other customary closing conditions. In addition:

 

    As required regulatory approvals are being sought and received, Acxiom intends to solicit shareholder approval for the transaction;

 

    Once shareholder approval has been received and closing has occurred, the Company expects to report the results of the AMS segment as discontinued operations; and

 

    The transaction is expected to close in Acxiom’s third fiscal quarter, which ends December 31, 2018.

Evercore and Morgan Stanley are serving as financial advisors to Acxiom, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is acting as legal advisor.


Conference Call

Acxiom will hold a conference call at 3:45 p.m. CT today to further discuss the transaction. The conference call will be webcast live on the Company’s website investors.acxiom.com and will be available for replay. The conference call is also accessible via telephone by dialing (866) 393-4306 or (734) 385-2616 for international callers and using Conference ID code 7156197.

A slide presentation will be referenced during the call and can be accessed here.

About Acxiom

Acxiom provides the data foundation for the world’s best marketers. We enable people-based marketing everywhere through a simple, open approach to connecting systems and data that drives seamless customer experiences and higher ROI. A leader in identity and ethical data use for nearly 50 years, Acxiom helps thousands of clients and partners around the globe work together to create a world where all marketing is relevant. Acxiom is a registered trademark of Acxiom Corporation. For more information, visit Acxiom.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This communication contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events, including the timing of the proposed transaction and other information related to the proposed transaction. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “could,” “intends,” “target,” “projects,” “contemplates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these words or other similar terms or expressions that concern the proposed transaction and our expectations, strategy, plans or intentions regarding it. Forward-looking statements in this communication include, but are not limited to, (i) our expectations regarding the timing, completion and expected benefits of the proposed transaction, (ii) our plans, objectives and intentions with respect to our future operations, our customers and our market, and (iii) the expected impact of the proposed transaction on our business. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results in future periods are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks include the risk that the transaction may not be completed in a timely manner or at all; the effect of the announcement or pendency of the transaction on our business relationships, results of operations and business generally; risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations; and general market, political, economic and business conditions. The forward-looking statements contained in this communication are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended March 31, 2018. The forward-looking statements in this communication are based on information available to Acxiom as of the date hereof.

We undertake no obligation to update the information contained in this press release or any other forward-looking statement.


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Additional Information and Where to Find It

Acxiom will file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) in connection with the proposed transaction, including a proxy statement on Schedule 14A. Under the proposed terms, promptly after filing its proxy statement with the SEC, Acxiom will mail or otherwise make available the proxy statement and a proxy card to each stockholder entitled to vote at the annual meeting relating to the proposed transaction. ACXIOM STOCKHOLDERS AND OTHER INVESTORS ARE ADVISED TO CAREFULLY READ THESE MATERIALS (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC IN RESPECT OF THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, AS THOSE DOCUMENTS WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND THE PARTIES TO THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Acxiom stockholders and other investors may obtain free copies of the proxy statement and other relevant materials in connection with the proposed transaction (when they become available), along with other documents filed by Acxiom with the SEC, at the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov).

The directors and executive officers of Acxiom may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Acxiom in connection with the proposed transaction. Information regarding the interests of these directors and executive officers in the transaction described herein will be included in the proxy statement described above. Additional information regarding Acxiom’s directors and executive officers is also included in Acxiom’s proxy statement for its 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on June 29, 2017. These documents are available free of charge as described in the preceding paragraph.

For more information, contact:

Acxiom Investor Relations

Lauren Dillard

650-372-2242

[email protected]

or

Acxiom Public Relations

Meggan Powers

650-356-3427

[email protected]

Slide 1

Sale of Acxiom Marketing Solutions to Interpublic Group July 2018 Exhibit 99.2


Slide 2

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT Some of the matters discussed in this presentation contain forward-looking statements regarding the company’s future business prospects which are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including competitive pressures, adverse economic conditions and governmental regulations. These issues and other factors that may be identified from time to time in the Company’s reports filed with the SEC could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. The location of our website is www.acxiom.com. The information contained on, or that can be accessed through, our website is not incorporated by reference into this presentation, and you should not consider any information contained on, or that can be accessed through, our website as part of this presentation.


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TRANSACTION HIGHLIGHTS Acxiom signs definitive agreement to sell Acxiom Marketing Solutions (AMS) to Interpublic Group (IPG) for $2.3B in cash Strong outcome to highly competitive strategic process Sharpens focus on LiveRamp and strengthens position as the industry-leading SaaS identity infrastructure powering exceptional customer experiences Provides capital to further fund LiveRamp’s growth and innovation Big win for all constituencies – IPG, the industry, clients, associates and shareholders


Slide 5

TRANSACTION BACKGROUND Company explored a wide range of strategic alternatives for AMS and ran an extensive and competitive process to: Find the right partner for AMS, its clients and associates going forward Unlock value for Acxiom shareholders Process and evaluation resulted in a definitive agreement to sell AMS to IPG for $2.3B in cash and an expanded commercial relationship between LiveRamp and IPG Strategic Rationale Strengthens LiveRamp position as the leading SaaS identity infrastructure for powering the customer experience economy Sharpens Strategic Focus Cash transaction provides Company with significant proceeds to continue organic and inorganic investments Increases Financial Flexibility Eliminates debt Supports shareholders through common stock tender offer and open market share purchases Strengthens Financial Profile


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KEY TRANSACTION TERMS Transaction Consideration Expanded Commercial Partnership Closing / Timing $2.3 billion purchase price All cash consideration No financing contingency Expands existing IPG + LiveRamp relationship – Data Store, AbiliTec and IdentityLink 5 year term (plus extensions) Closing subject to customary conditions and consents, including regulatory review and Acxiom shareholder approval Transaction expected to close by calendar year end


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SUCCESSFUL TRACK RECORD $M Walking the Talk Cumulative Buybacks Acquisitions Divestitures LiveRamp (July 2014) A&C (November 2016) PDP (February 2018) AISS ~$75M ITO ~$140M Impact ~$25M


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PLANNED USE OF PROCEEDS Continued Commitment to Balanced Capital Allocation Repayment of $230M credit facility post- close, resulting in a debt-free balance sheet Up to $1B return of capital (post closing) $500M tender offer $500M increase to existing share repurchase program Committed to long-term value creation and capturing LiveRamp’s unique opportunity Outcome: a strong balance sheet, adequate liquidity and strategic flexibility – and at the same time, rewards shareholders


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PRELIMINARY TIMELINE July Early August August – September Transaction announcement File HSR notification Throughout Q2 FY19 Post Close Q3 FY19 Hold regular Q1 earnings call Provide updated guidance Present historical view of results with AMS in discontinued operations File definitive proxy materials Shareholder vote to approve transaction Webinars on LiveRamp growth initiatives for investment community Initiate stock tender Company will be renamed LiveRamp Stock will trade as “RAMP” LiveRamp investor day


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PREDICTABLE RECURRING REVENUE MODEL PROVEN ABILITY TO LAND AND EXPAND STRONG COMMITMENT FROM CUSTOMERS >65% Gross Margin DEMONSTRATED LEVERAGE >10% Segment EBITDA less Capex during FY18 570 Direct clients as of March 2018 >110% Dollar Based Net Retention $220M Trailing 12 Month Revenue ~80% Subscription Revenue 39 $1M Clients as of March 2018 ©2018 Acxiom LiveRamp – A Best-in-Class SaaS Business A LOOK AHEAD


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EVERYONE WINS


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APPENDIX


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Our Vision A world where CONNECTIONS between the physical and digital worlds drive INNOVATION and improved HUMAN EXPERIENCES Our Mission To provide the IDENTITY infrastructure that POWERS exceptional CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES ©2018 Acxiom LiveRamp


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LIVERAMP COMPARABLE COMPANY METRICS CY2018E Revenue Growth (%) CY2019E Revenue Growth (%) CY2018E Revenue Multiple CY2019E Revenue Multiple Median: 33% Median: 26% Median: 10.5x Median: 8.1x Source: ThomsonOne consensus estimates as of June 29, 2018


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT This communication contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events, including the timing of the proposed transaction and other information related to the proposed transaction. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "could," "intends," "target," "projects," "contemplates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential" or "continue" or the negative of these words or other similar terms or expressions that concern the proposed transaction and our expectations, strategy, plans or intentions regarding it. Forward-looking statements in this communication include, but are not limited to, (i) our expectations regarding the timing, completion and expected benefits of the proposed transaction, (ii) our plans, objectives and intentions with respect to our future operations, our customers and our market, and (iii) the expected impact of the proposed transaction on our business. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results in future periods are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks include the risk that the transaction may not be completed in a timely manner or at all; the effect of the announcement or pendency of the transaction on our business relationships, results of operations and business generally; risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations; and general market, political, economic and business conditions. The forward-looking statements contained in this communication are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended March 31, 2018. The forward-looking statements in this communication are based on information available to Acxiom as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to update the information contained in this press release or any other forward-looking statement. Acxiom will file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) in connection with the proposed transaction, including a proxy statement on Schedule 14A. Under the proposed terms, promptly after filing its proxy statement with the SEC, Acxiom will mail or otherwise make available the proxy statement and a proxy card to each stockholder entitled to vote at the annual meeting relating to the proposed transaction. ACXIOM STOCKHOLDERS AND OTHER INVESTORS ARE ADVISED TO CAREFULLY READ THESE MATERIALS (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC IN RESPECT OF THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, AS THOSE DOCUMENTS WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND THE PARTIES TO THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Acxiom stockholders and other investors may obtain free copies of the proxy statement and other relevant materials in connection with the proposed transaction (when they become available), along with other documents filed by Acxiom with the SEC, at the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov). The directors and executive officers of Acxiom may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Acxiom in connection with the proposed transaction. Information regarding the interests of these directors and executive officers in the transaction described herein will be included in the proxy statement described above. Additional information regarding Acxiom’s directors and executive officers is also included in Acxiom’s proxy statement for its 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on June 29, 2017. These documents are available free of charge as described in the preceding paragraph.


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