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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): May 15, 2020

 

Lincoln National Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Indiana

 

1-6028

 

35-1140070

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Radnor, PA 19087

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (484) 583-1400

 

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)

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Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class

 

Trading

Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common Stock

 

LNC

 

New York Stock Exchange

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 8.01. Other Events.

New Senior Notes

On May 15, 2020, Lincoln National Corporation (the “Company”) completed the issuance and sale of $500,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 3.400% Senior Notes due 2031 (the “2031 Notes”), at a price to the public of 99.781%, and $300,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 4.375% Senior Notes due 2050 (the “2050 Notes” and, together with the 2031 Notes, the “Notes”), at a price to the public of 99.912% (the “Notes Offering”).

We intend to use the net proceeds of the Notes Offering, along with cash on hand, for the redemption of our outstanding 4.85% Senior Notes due 2021 (the “2021 Notes”), $296 million aggregate principal amount of which is outstanding, and the repayment of our $500 million floating rate term loan due March 30, 2022. On May 15, 2020, the Company notified holders of its outstanding 2021 Notes that the Company will redeem all of the aggregate principal amount of such notes on June 15, 2020.

The Notes Offering was completed pursuant to the Prospectus, filed as a part of the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-3, dated September 29, 2017 (the “Form S-3”), as supplemented by a prospectus supplement in preliminary form dated May 8, 2020 and in final form dated May 8, 2020, and a free writing prospectus dated May 8, 2020. As previously disclosed in our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 12, 2020, in connection with the Notes Offering, the Company entered into an Underwriting Agreement, dated May 8, 2020 (the “Underwriting Agreement”), with BNP Paribas Securities Corp., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, PNC Capital Markets LLC and TD Securities (USA) LLC, as representatives of the several underwriters named therein (collectively, the “Underwriters”). The Notes were sold to the Underwriters with underwriting discounts of 0.650% with respect to the 2031 Notes and 0.875% with respect to the 2050 Notes. The Notes were issued under the Senior Indenture, dated as of March 10, 2009, between the Company and The Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee (the “Senior Indenture”).

The Notes are the Company’s senior unsecured debt obligations, and rank equally with all of the Company’s other present and future unsecured unsubordinated obligations. The 2031 Notes bear interest at a per-annum rate of 3.400%. The Company will make interest payments on the 2031 Notes semi-annually in arrears on January 15 and July 15 of each year, beginning on July 15, 2020. The 2050 Notes bear interest at a per-annum rate of 4.375%. The Company will make interest payments on the 2050 Notes semi-annually in arrears on June 15 and December 15 of each year, beginning on December 15, 2020. Interest on the Notes will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year comprised of twelve 30-day months.

The 2031 Notes will mature on January 15, 2031. The 2050 Notes will mature on June 15, 2050. However, the Notes are redeemable, in whole or in part, at the Company’s option, at any time or from time to time prior to October 15, 2030, with respect to the 2031 Notes, and December 15, 2049, with respect to the 2050 Notes (each such date with respect to the 2031 Notes and the 2050 Notes, a “Par Call Date”), at a redemption price equal to the greater of (i) 100% of the principal amount of the Notes to be redeemed; and (ii) the make-whole amount, plus, in each case, accrued and unpaid interest to the date of redemption. The “make-whole amount” means the sum of the present values of the remaining scheduled payments on the Notes to be redeemed discounted to the date of redemption on a semi-annual basis (assuming a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months) at a rate equal to the sum of the applicable adjusted treasury rate, plus 45 basis points in the case of the 2031 Notes and 45 basis points in the case of the 2050 Notes. The “remaining scheduled payments” mean the remaining scheduled payments of principal and interest on the Notes that would be due after the related redemption date if such Notes matured on the applicable Par Call Date (not including any portion of such payments of interest accrued to the date of redemption), but for that redemption. If that redemption date is not an interest payment date with respect to the Notes called for redemption, the amount of the next succeeding scheduled interest payment on such Notes will be reduced by the amount of interest accrued to such redemption date.

At any time and from time to time on or after the applicable Par Call Date, the Notes are redeemable at the Company’s option, in whole or in part, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes to be redeemed plus accrued and unpaid interest to but excluding the date of redemption.

The Senior Indenture contains customary events of default. If an event of default exists under the Senior Indenture, the trustee or the holders of not less than 25% in aggregate principal amount of the outstanding Notes may declare the principal amount of all of the Notes, together with accrued interest, if any, to be immediately due and payable.

The foregoing summary of the terms of the Notes does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and qualified in its entirety by, the full text of (i) the Senior Indenture, incorporated by reference in Exhibit 4.1 to the Form S-3; and (ii) the forms of the Notes, attached hereto as Exhibits 4.1 and 4.2, each of which is incorporated herein by reference.


This report is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote in any jurisdiction, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits

Exhibit

Number

   

Description

         
 

    4.1

   

Form of 3.400% Senior Notes due 2031

         
 

    4.2

   

Form of 4.375% Senior Notes due 2050

         
 

    5.1

   

Opinion of Eric B. Wilmer, Assistant Vice President and Senior Counsel of Lincoln National Corporation

         
 

    5.2

   

Opinion of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

         
 

  23.1

   

Consent of Eric B. Wilmer (included in Exhibit 5.1)

         
 

  23.2

   

Consent of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz (included in Exhibit 5.2)

         
 

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Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).


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.

LINCOLN NATIONAL CORPORATION

     

By

 

/s/ Randal J. Freitag

Name:

 

Randal J. Freitag

Title:

 

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Date: May 15, 2020

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