Form 8-K GREIF INC For: Oct 09

October 10, 2017 6:24 AM

Washington, D.C. 20549 

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 9, 2017 (October 9, 2017)

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
425 Winter Road, Delaware, Ohio
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (740) 549-6000
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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Section 8 – Other Events
Item 8.01.
Other Events.
Over the weekend, a newspaper published a story alleging that two directors of Greif, Inc. (the “Company”) engaged in insider trading and that Greif’s financial statements do not comply with SEC reporting requirements related to Container Life Cycle Management LLC, its joint venture subsidiary that operates reconditioning facilities in the U.S. The Company categorically denies both allegations. The insider trading allegations were based on the Company’s knowledge in December 2016 that the newspaper was planning to publish an article concerning the reconditioning facilities. However, among other facts, at the relevant time, the Company had not received a full picture of the newspaper’s allegations regarding the reconditioning facilities (that article was not published until almost two months later) and had not disclosed this information to the two individual directors. The two individual directors deny having knowledge of any such potential article at the time of their transactions. As to financial reporting, the Company’s financial statements fully comply with the disclosure requirements of the SEC, and the Company’s advisors, who are aware of the facts regarding the facilities and understand the company’s overall financial condition and performance, have concurred with this conclusion.

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.
Date: October 9, 2017
/s/ Lawrence A. Hilsheimer
Lawrence A. Hilsheimer,
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer




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