SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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): November 30, 2018
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Commission file number 001-16189
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
801 East 86th Avenue
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrants telephone number, including area code (877) 647-5990
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Item 3.03 Material Modification to Rights of Security Holders.
On December 5, 2018, in connection with the Depositary Shares Offering (as defined in Item 8.01 below), the ability of NiSource Inc. (the Company) to declare or pay dividends on, or purchase, redeem or otherwise acquire, shares of its common stock or any equity securities of the Company that rank junior to, or on parity with, its 6.50% Series B Fixed-Rate Reset Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock, liquidation preference $25,000 per share (the Series B Preferred Stock), became subject to certain restrictions in the event that the Company does not declare and pay (or set aside) dividends on the Series B Preferred Stock for the last preceding dividend period. The terms of the Series B Preferred Stock, including such restrictions, are more fully described in the Certificate of Designations for the Series B Preferred Stock (the Certificate of Designations), a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 3.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.
Additionally, the information set forth under Item 5.03 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated by reference herein.
Item 5.03 Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.
On November 30, 2018, the Company filed the Certificate of Designations, which became effective upon filing, with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware to establish the preferences, limitations, and relative rights of the Series B Preferred Stock. A copy of the Certificate of Designations is attached as Exhibit 3.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 8.01 Other Events.
On December 5, 2018, the Company completed its previously reported offering and sale of 20,000,000 depositary shares (the Depositary Shares), each representing a 1/1000th ownership interest in a share of Series B Preferred Stock and having the same preferences, limitations, and relative rights as the Series B Preferred Stock, with an aggregate liquidation preference of $500,000,000, under the Companys registration statement on Form S-3 (Registration No. 333-214360), as amended (the Depositary Shares Offering).
In connection with the Depositary Shares Offering, on December 5, 2018, the Company entered into a Deposit Agreement with Computershare Inc. and Computershare Trust Company, N.A., acting jointly as depositary, and the holders from time to time of the depositary receipts described therein.
Also on December 5, 2018, the Company issued a press release announcing the closing of the Depositary Shares Offering. The Companys press release dated December 5, 2018, is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.
The Companys Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 29, 2018, contains additional information regarding the Depositary Shares Offering, the Depositary Shares and the Series B Preferred Stock.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|3.1||Certificate of Designations of 6.50% Series B Fixed-Rate Reset Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock.|
|4.1||Deposit Agreement, dated as of December 5, 2018, among NiSource, Inc., Computershare Inc. and Computershare Trust Company, N.A., acting jointly as depositary, and the holders from time to time of the depositary receipts described therein.|
|4.2||Form of Depositary Receipt (included as Exhibit A to Exhibit 4.1 above).|
|5.1||Opinion of Schiff Hardin LLP as to the validity of the Series B Preferred Stock and the Depositary Shares.|
|23.1||Consent of Schiff Hardin LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1 above).|
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: December 6, 2018||NiSource Inc.|
|By:||/s/ Donald E. Brown|
Donald E. Brown
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer