SPLS - STAPLES INC
Form DEFM14A Period: AUG.03.17 Date Filed: AUG.03.17
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Page 1: UNITED STATES

Page 2: The Board recommends that you vote "FOR" approval of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement, "FO

Page 3: NEITHER THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION NOR ANY STATE SECURITIES COMMISSION HAS APPROVED OR D

Page 4: STAPLES, INC.

Page 5: N/A

Page 6: WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE SPECIAL MEETING, PLEASE COMPLETE, DATE, SIGN AND RETURN, AS PR

Page 7: PROXY STATEMENT

Page 8: N/A

Page 9: SUMMARY

Page 10: The Special Meeting (Page 29)

Page 11: FOR

Page 12: Reasons for the Merger; Recommendation of the Board (Page 51)

Page 13: this proxy statement. The Company encourages you to read the opinion carefully in its entirety. Barc

Page 14: Limited Guarantee (Page 77)

Page 15: The Merger Interests of Certain Persons in the Merger

Page 16: The Merger Agreement (Page 97)

Page 17: Restrictions on Solicitation of Other Offers (Page 109)

Page 18: The Merger Agreement Restrictions on Solicitation of Other Offers

Page 19: Conditions to the Merger (Page 124)

Page 20: Termination

Page 21: Termination Fees (Page 127)

Page 22: Market Price of Company Common Stock (Page 135)

Page 23: Appraisal Rights (Page 138)

Page 24: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE SPECIAL MEETING AND THE MERGER

Page 25: Q. What will happen to the Company's employee stock purchase plan?

Page 26: Q. How does the Board recommend that I vote?

Page 27: Q. Is the merger expected to be taxable to me?

Page 28: Q. What vote is required for the Company's stockholders to approve the proposal to adopt the merger

Page 29: Q. Who can vote at the special meeting?

Page 30: Q. What is the difference between holding shares as a stockholder of record and in "street name"?

Page 31: Q. How can I change or revoke my proxy?

Page 32: Q. What do I do if I receive more than one proxy or set of voting instructions?

Page 33: Please do NOT return your stock certificate(s) with your proxy

Page 34: CAUTIONARY STATEMENT CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

Page 35: THE SPECIAL MEETING

Page 36: Vote Required

Page 37: FOR

Page 38: IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU SUBMIT A PROXY FOR YOUR SHARES OF COMPANY COMMON STOCK PROMPTLY, WHETHER OR

Page 39: Appraisal Rights

Page 40: PARTIES TO THE MERGER

Page 41: THE MERGER

Page 42: N/A

Page 43: N/A

Page 44: N/A

Page 45: N/A

Page 46: Company Financial Forecasts; Other Company Information

Page 47: The Wall Street Journal

Page 48: The Wall Street Journal

Page 49: Wall Street Journal

Page 50: N/A

Page 51: N/A

Page 52: The Merger Company Financial Forecasts; Other Company Information Other Company Information

Page 53: N/A

Page 54: N/A

Page 55: The Merger Interests of Certain Persons in the Merger.

Page 56: The Merger Opinions of the Company's Financial Advisors.

Page 57: Reasons for the Merger; Recommendation of the Board

Page 58: Attractive Value.

Page 59: Greater Certainty of Value.

Page 60: Receipt of Opinions from Barclays and Morgan Stanley.

Page 61: Closing Conditions.

Page 62: The Board recommends that you vote "FOR" approval of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement, "FO

Page 63: N/A

Page 64: Opinion of Morgan Stanley Co. LLC

Page 65: N/A

Page 66: Summary of Financial Analyses

Page 67: Selected Comparable Trading Analysis

Page 68: Comparable Companies in the Retail Industry

Page 69: Selected Precedent Transactions in the Retail Sectors

Page 70: Discounted Cash Flow Analysis

Page 71: Illustrative Leveraged Buyout Analysis

Page 72: Analyst Price Targets

Page 73: N/A

Page 74: Company Financial Forecasts; Other Company Information

Page 75: Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Information

Page 76: Financial Forecasts(1)

Page 77: The Merger Company Financial Forecasts; Other Company Information Non-GAAP Reconciliation

Page 78: Other Company Information

Page 79: N/A

Page 80: Financing of the Merger

Page 81: N/A

Page 82: Debt Financing

Page 83: Limited Guarantee

Page 84: Closing and Effective Time of the Merger

Page 85: If you have lost a certificate, or if it has been stolen or destroyed, then before you will be entit

Page 86: N/A

Page 87: Security Holdings of Certain Persons

Page 88: Severance Arrangements; Compensatory Arrangements Relating to the Merger

Page 89: N/A

Page 90: N/A

Page 91: N/A

Page 92: N/A

Page 93: The Merger Golden Parachute Compensation

Page 94: The Merger Agreement Additional Agreements of the Parties to the Merger Agreement Employee Benefits

Page 95: The Merger Agreement Additional Agreements of the Parties to the Merger Agreement Indemnification

Page 96: N/A

Page 97: N/A

Page 98: N/A

Page 99: Accounting Treatment

Page 100: U.S. Holders

Page 101: Non-U.S. Holders

Page 102: This summary is provided for general information only and is not tax advice. The U.S. federal income

Page 103: THE MERGER AGREEMENT (PROPOSAL ONE)

Page 104: Closing and Effective Time of the Merger

Page 105: Merger Consideration

Page 106: Payment Procedures

Page 107: You should not send your certificates (if any) to the paying agent until you have received transmitt

Page 108: Appraisal Rights

Page 109: Representations and Warranties

Page 110: Definition of Company Material Adverse Effect

Page 111: Definition of Company Material Adverse Effect

Page 112: Definition of Parent Material Adverse Effect

Page 113: N/A

Page 114: N/A

Page 115: Covenants Relating to the Conduct of Parent's and Merger Sub's Business

Page 116: N/A

Page 117: Restrictions on Changes of Recommendation to Company Stockholders

Page 118: Restrictions on Solicitations of Other Offers

Page 119: Additional Agreements of the Parties to the Merger Agreement

Page 120: Public Disclosure

Page 121: Notification of Certain Matters

Page 122: Employee Benefits Matters

Page 123: State Takeover Laws

Page 124: N/A

Page 125: N/A

Page 126: Marketing Period

Page 127: N/A

Page 128: Security Holder Litigation

Page 129: Repatriation

Page 130: Conditions to the Merger

Page 131: Termination

Page 132: Restrictions on Solicitation of Other Offers

Page 133: Termination Fees

Page 134: The Wall Street Journal

Page 135: Amendment; Extension; Waiver; Procedures

Page 136: Procedure for Termination, Amendment, Extension or Waiver

Page 137: Governing Law; Submission to Jurisdiction

Page 138: AMENDMENT TO COMPANY BY-LAWS

Page 139: NONBINDING ADVISORY PROPOSAL REGARDING "GOLDEN PARACHUTE" COMPENSATION (PROPOSAL TWO)

Page 140: AUTHORITY TO ADJOURN THE SPECIAL MEETING (PROPOSAL THREE)

Page 141: MARKET PRICE OF COMPANY COMMON STOCK

Page 142: SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

Page 143: N/A

Page 144: APPRAISAL RIGHTS

Page 145: The stockholder must hold his, her or its shares of Company common stock, either of record or benefi

Page 146: N/A

Page 147: Weinberger v. UOP, Inc.

Page 148: You should be aware that the fair value of your shares as determined under Section 262 of the DGCL c

Page 149: DELISTING AND DEREGISTRATION OF COMPANY COMMON STOCK

Page 150: OTHER MATTERS

Page 151: Stockholders Sharing the Same Address

Page 152: N/A

Page 153: Annex A

Page 154: TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page 155: N/A

Page 156: AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF MERGER

Page 157: ARTICLE I

Page 158: ARTICLE II

Page 159: Section 2.2(e)

Page 160: Article II

Page 161: provided

Page 162: provided

Page 163: Dissenting Shares.

Page 164: Article III

Page 165: Section 3.2

Page 166: Subsidiaries.

Page 167: Bankruptcy and Equity Exception

Page 168: Company SEC Reports

Page 169: No Undisclosed Liabilities.

Page 170: Real Property.

Page 171: Contracts.

Page 172: Litigation.

Page 173: N/A

Page 174: Compliance With Laws.

Page 175: Opinion of Financial Advisor.

Page 176: ARTICLE IV

Page 177: Information Provided.

Page 178: Sections 3.2

Page 179: Article III

Page 180: Litigation.

Page 181: ARTICLE V

Page 182: Section 5.1(b)

Page 183: provided

Page 184: Section 2.3

Page 185: Conduct of Business by the Parent and the Merger Sub Pending the Merger.

Page 186: No Change in Recommendation or Alternative Acquisition Agreement.

Page 187: Section 6.1(c)

Page 188: Section 6.1(d)

Page 189: Legal Conditions to the Merger.

Page 190: Section 6.4(d)

Page 191: provided

Page 192: Section 6.6(c)

Page 193: Section 6.7

Page 194: Sections 6.8(a)

Page 195: Prohibited Amendments

Page 196: provided

Page 197: Section 6.11

Page 198: Section 6.3

Page 199: Section 6.11

Page 200: provided

Page 201: Section 6.15

Page 202: Repatriation Confirmation

Page 203: provided

Page 204: Section 6.17(f)

Page 205: Section 6.11

Page 206: Section 7.2(a)

Page 207: Section 8.1(b)

Page 208: Section 7.2

Page 209: Section 8.3(b)(i)

Page 210: provided

Page 211: Affiliate

Page 212: Company Employees

Page 213: Company Material Contract

Page 214: Section 5.1(k)

Page 215: Company Stockholder Approval

Page 216: Debt Tender Offer

Page 217: Governmental Entity

Page 218: Marketing Period

Page 219: Old Plans

Page 220: Release

Page 221: Specified Time

Page 222: N/A

Page 223: Entire Agreement.

Page 224: provided

Page 225: Governing Law.

Page 226: Section 10.10(b)

Page 227: Company Related Parties

Page 228: Section 10.10(b)

Page 229: SECTION 10.12

Page 230: N/A

Page 231: EXHIBIT A

Page 232: ARTICLE IX

Page 233: Annex B

Page 234: N/A

Page 235: N/A

Page 236: Annex C

Page 237: N/A

Page 238: N/A

Page 239: Annex D

Page 240: N/A

Page 241: N/A

Page 242: N/A

Page 243: N/A

Page 244: N/A

Page 245: E31701-S61450 STAPLES, INC. THIS PROXY IS SOLICITED ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS SPECIAL MEET

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