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 28, 2019

 

FRANCESCA’S HOLDINGS CORPORATION

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

    Delaware    
001-35239   (State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)   20-8874704
(Commission File Number)       (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
         

8760 Clay Road,

Houston, Texas

     

 

77080

 (Address of Principal Executive Offices)       (Zip Code)

 

(713) 864-1358

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

 

(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:

 

¨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))

 

 

Title of each class  Trading symbol(s)  Name of each exchange on which registered
       
Common Stock, par value $.01 per share  Fran  The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

 

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 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

 

(a) The annual meeting of stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (the “Company”) was held on June 28, 2019.

 

(b) At the Annual Meeting, the Company’s stockholders (i) elected two nominees, Mr. Richard Emmett and Mr. Richard Kunes, to the Board of Directors of the Company to serve as Class II directors until the Company’s 2022 annual meeting of stockholders and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified, (ii) ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending February 1, 2020, (iii) approved, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers, and (iv) approved the adoption of an amendment to the Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to effect a reverse stock split of the Company’s issued common stock, par value $0.01 per share, at a ratio not less than 5:1 and not greater than 35:1, with the exact ratio, if approved and effected at all, to be set within that range at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the Company and publicly announced by the Company on or before December 31, 2019 without further approval or authorization of the Company’s stockholders (the “Reverse Stock Split Proposal”). At the Annual Meeting, no vote was called on the proposal to adjourn the Annual Meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies, as there were sufficient votes at the time of the Annual Meeting to approve the Reverse Stock Split Proposal.

 

Set forth below are the final voting tallies for the Annual Meeting:

 

Election of Directors

 

Nominee   For   Withheld   Broker Non-Votes
Richard Emmett   15,199,652   2,248,899   13,339,669
             
Richard Kunes   11,974,759   5,473,792   13,339,669

 

As disclosed in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 13, 2019, Mr. Kunes notified the Board of Directors of his resignation as Chairman of the Board of Directors and as a Class II director of the Board of Directors, effective January 31, 2020.

 

Auditor Ratification

 

For   Against   Abstain    
29,205,791   1,553,134   29,295    

 

 

Advisory Approval of Named Executive Officer Compensation

 

For  Against  Abstain  Broker Non-Votes
14,349,543  1,506,842  1,592,166  13,339,669

 

Reverse Stock Split

 

For   Against   Abstain        
27,304,905   1,918,276   1,565,039    

 

 

 

 

Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

 

On June 28, 2019, following stockholder approval at the Annual Meeting of the Reverse Stock Split Proposal, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a 12-to-1 reverse stock split ratio of the Company’s common stock (the “Reverse Stock Split Ratio”), such that, at the effective time of the reverse stock split, every twelve (12) issued shares of the Company’s common stock will be converted into one (1) share of the Company’s common stock. On June 28, 2019, the Company issued a press release announcing the Board of Directors’ determination of the Reverse Stock Split Ratio and that the Company’s common stock is expected to be begin trading on a post-split basis on The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC at market open on July 2, 2019.

 

A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report. The information in this Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and is not incorporated by reference into any filing of the Company, whether made before or after the date hereof, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing.

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit  Description
99.1  Press Release issued by Francesca’s Holdings Corporation on June 28, 2019

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

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.

 

 

  FRANCESCA’S HOLDINGS CORPORATION
      
      
Date: June 28, 2019 By:  /s/ Kelly Dilts
     Kelly Dilts
     Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

francesca’s® Announces Reverse Stock Split

 

 

HOUSTON, TEXAS — June 28, 2019 — Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq: FRAN) today announced that its Board of Directors approved a reverse stock split of the Company’s common stock at a ratio of 12-to-1. Earlier on June 28, 2019, at the Company’s 2019 annual meeting of stockholders, the Company’s stockholders approved a reverse stock split of the Company’s common stock at a ratio not less than 5-to-1 and not greater than 35-to-1. The reverse stock split is expected to be effective after market close on July 1, 2019 (the “Effective Time”). The Company’s common stock is expected to begin trading on a split-adjusted basis on The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) at market open on July 2, 2019 under the new CUSIP number: 351793 203. The trading symbol for the Company’s common stock will remain “FRAN.”

 

At the Effective Time, every twelve (12) issued shares of the Company’s common stock will be converted into one (1) share of the Company’s common stock. Once effective, the reverse stock split will reduce the number of shares of common stock issued and outstanding from approximately 35.4 million to approximately 3.0 million.

 

No fractional shares will be issued in connection with the reverse stock split. Stockholders who otherwise would be entitled to receive a fractional share will instead be entitled to receive cash (rounded down to the nearest cent, without interest and subject to applicable withholding taxes) in lieu of such fractional share from the Company’s transfer agent, Computershare Trust Company, N.A., in an amount equal to the product obtained by multiplying (a) the closing price per share of the Company’s common stock at the Effective Time for the reverse stock split as reported on Nasdaq, by (b) the fraction of the share owned by such stockholder. Holders of the Company’s common stock held in book-entry form or through a bank, broker or other nominee do not need to take any action in connection with the reverse stock split. Stockholders of record will be receiving information from the Company’s transfer agent regarding their common stock ownership post-split.

 

The reverse stock split will not modify any rights or preferences of the Company’s common stock. The reverse stock split is intended to increase the market price per share of the Company’s common stock to ensure the Company regains full compliance with Nasdaq’s minimum bid price requirement and maintains its listing on Nasdaq. As previously announced, the Company can regain compliance with Nasdaq’s minimum bid price requirement if the closing bid price of the Company’s common stock is at least $1 per share for a minimum of ten consecutive business days prior to July 31, 2019. The Company anticipates that the effects of the reverse stock split will be sufficient for the Company to regain compliance with Nasdaq’s minimum bid price requirement by July 31, 2019.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

Certain statements in this release are “forward-looking statements” made pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those that are expected. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: the Company’s ability to attain the necessary stock price levels to regain compliance with Nasdaq’s continued listing standards or, even if achieved, to continue to satisfy Nasdaq’s qualitative and quantitative continued listing standards in the future; the risk that our exploration of strategic or financial alternatives may not result in any transaction or alternative that enhances value, the risk that we may not be able to successfully execute our turnaround plan; the risk that we may not be able to successfully integrate our Interim Chief Executive Officer and attract and integrate a new Chief Executive Officer; the risk that we cannot anticipate, identify and respond quickly to changing fashion trends and customer preferences or changes in consumer environment, including changing expectations of service and experience in boutiques and online, and evolve our business model; our ability to attract a sufficient number of customers to our boutiques or sell sufficient quantities of our merchandise through our ecommerce website; our ability to successfully open, close, refresh, and operate our boutiques each year; our ability to efficiently source and distribute merchandise quantities necessary to support our growth; and the impact of potential tariff increases or new tariffs. For additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the Company’s forward-looking statements, please refer to "Risk Factors" in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended February 3, 2019 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on May 3, 2019 and any risk factors contained in subsequent quarterly and annual reports it files with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.

 

 

 

 

About Francesca's Holdings Corporation

 

francesca's® is a specialty retailer which operates a nationwide-chain of boutiques providing customers a unique, fun and personalized shopping experience. The merchandise assortment is a diverse and balanced mix of apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts. As of May 4, 2019, francesca's® operated approximately 722 boutiques in 47 states and the District of Columbia and also serves its customers through francescas.com. For additional information on francesca's®, please visit www.francescas.com.

 

CONTACT:

ICR, Inc.  Company
Jean Fontana  Kelly Dilts 832-494-2236
646-277-1214  Kate Venturina 832-494-2233
   IR@francescas.com