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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
SCHEDULE 14A
PROXY STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 14(a) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
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Intersect ENT, Inc.
1555 Adams Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025
September 7, 2021
Dear Intersect ENT Stockholder:
You are cordially invited to attend a virtual special meeting (including any adjournments or postponements thereof, the “Special Meeting”) of stockholders of Intersect ENT, Inc. (“Intersect ENT”) to be held virtually on October 8, 2021, at 8:00 a.m., Pacific time. The Special Meeting can be accessed by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/XENT2021SM, where you will be able to listen to the meeting live and vote online. Please note that you will not be able to attend the virtual Special Meeting in person. We have chosen to hold a virtual rather than an in-person meeting due to the continuing public health impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”).
At the Special Meeting, you will be asked to consider and vote on (i) a proposal to adopt the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated August 6, 2021 (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among Intersect ENT, Medtronic, Inc. (“Parent”), and Project Kraken Merger Sub, Inc. (“Merger Sub”), (ii) a proposal to approve, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the compensation that may be paid or become payable to Intersect ENT’s named executive officers that is based on or otherwise relates to the Merger Agreement and the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement (the “Compensation Proposal”), and (iii) a proposal to adjourn the Special Meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies if there are insufficient votes to adopt the Merger Agreement at the time of the Special Meeting. Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, Merger Sub will merge with and into Intersect ENT, with Intersect ENT continuing as the surviving corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent (the “Merger”).
If the Merger is completed, you will be entitled to receive $28.25 in cash, without interest thereon and less any applicable withholding taxes, for each share of common stock that you own (unless you have properly exercised your appraisal rights), which represents a premium of approximately: (1) 15.2% to $24.52, the closing price of Intersect ENT’s common stock on August 5, 2021, the last full trading day prior to public announcement of Intersect ENT’s entry into the Merger Agreement; and (2) approximately 45.1% to the 30-day volume weighted average price of Intersect ENT common stock of $19.46, ending on July 30, 2021.
The Intersect ENT board of directors (the “Intersect ENT Board”), after considering the factors more fully described in the enclosed proxy statement, has unanimously: (i) determined that the Merger and the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement (the “Transactions”) are fair to and in the best interests of Intersect ENT and its stockholders, (ii) approved and declared it advisable, to enter into the Merger Agreement; (iii) directed that the adoption of the Merger Agreement be submitted to a vote of the stockholders of the Company at the Special Meeting; and (iv) subject to the other terms and conditions of the Merger Agreement, resolved to recommend, on behalf of Intersect ENT, that all Intersect ENT stockholders to approve the adoption of the Merger Agreement and approve the Merger in accordance with the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “DGCL”). The Intersect ENT Board recommends, on behalf of Intersect ENT, that you vote: (1) “FOR” the adoption of the Merger Agreement; (2) “FOR” the Compensation Proposal; and (3) “FOR” the adjournment of the Special Meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies if there are insufficient votes to adopt the Merger Agreement at the time of the Special Meeting.
The enclosed proxy statement provides detailed information about the Special Meeting, the Merger Agreement and the Merger. A copy of the Merger Agreement is attached as Annex A to the proxy statement.
The proxy statement also describes the actions and determinations of the Intersect ENT Board in connection with its evaluation of the Merger Agreement and the Merger. You should carefully read and consider the entire enclosed proxy statement and its annexes, including, but not limited to, the Merger Agreement, as they contain important information about, among other things, the Merger and how it affects you.
Whether or not you plan to attend the Special Meeting virtually, please sign, date and return, as promptly as possible, the enclosed proxy card in the accompanying prepaid reply envelope or grant your proxy electronically over the Internet or by telephone (using the instructions provided in the enclosed proxy card). If you attend the Special Meeting and vote online, your vote will revoke any proxy that you have previously submitted.
If you hold your shares in “street name,” you should instruct your bank, broker or other nominee how to vote your shares in accordance with the voting instruction form that you will receive from your bank, broker or other nominee. Your bank, broker or other nominee cannot vote on any of the proposals, including the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement, without your instructions.

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Your vote is very important, regardless of the number of shares that you own. We cannot complete the Merger unless the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement is approved by the affirmative vote of the holders a majority of the shares of Intersect ENT’s common stock that are issued and outstanding as of the close of business on the Record Date.
If you have any questions or need assistance voting your shares, please contact our proxy solicitor:
MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
1407 Broadway, 27th Floor
New York, NY 10018
(212) 929-5500 (Call Collect)
Call Toll-free: (800) 322-2885
proxy@mackenziepartners.com
On behalf of the Intersect ENT Board, I thank you for your support and appreciate your consideration of this matter.
Sincerely,
 
 
 
/s/ Thomas A. West
 
Thomas A. West
President and Chief Executive Officer
 
Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of the Merger, passed upon the merits or fairness of the Merger Agreement or the transactions contemplated thereby, including the proposed Merger, or passed upon the adequacy or accuracy of the information contained in the accompanying proxy statement. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.
The accompanying proxy statement is dated September 7, 2021 and, together with the enclosed form of proxy card, is first being mailed on or about September 7, 2021.

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Intersect ENT, Inc.
1555 Adams Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025
September 7, 2021
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
TO BE HELD ON OCTOBER 8, 2021
Notice is hereby given that a virtual special meeting of stockholders (including any adjournments or postponements thereof, the “Special Meeting”) of Intersect ENT, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Intersect ENT”), to be held virtually on October 8, 2021, at 8:00 a.m., Pacific time. The Special Meeting can be accessed by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/XENT2021SM, where you will be able to listen to the meeting live and vote online. We are holding the special meeting for the following purposes:
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To consider and vote on the proposal to adopt the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated August 6, 2021, (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among Intersect ENT, Medtronic, Inc. (“Parent”), and Project Kraken Merger Sub, Inc. (“Merger Sub”). Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, Merger Sub will merge with and into Intersect ENT, with Intersect ENT continuing as the surviving corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent (the “Merger”);
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To consider and vote on the proposal to approve, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the compensation that may be paid or become payable to Intersect ENT’s named executive officers that is based on or otherwise relates to the Merger Agreement and the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement (the “Compensation Proposal”); and
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To consider and vote on any proposal to adjourn the Special Meeting to a later date or dates if necessary or appropriate to solicit additional proxies if there are insufficient votes to adopt the Merger Agreement at the time of the Special Meeting.
Only stockholders of record as of the close of business on September 3, 2021, are entitled to notice of the Special Meeting and to vote at the Special Meeting or any adjournment, postponement or other delay thereof.
The Intersect ENT Board unanimously recommends, on behalf of Intersect ENT, that you vote: (1) “FOR” the adoption of the Merger Agreement; (2) “FOR” the Compensation Proposal; and (3) “FOR” the adjournment of the Special Meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies if there are insufficient votes to adopt the Merger Agreement at the time of the Special Meeting.
All stockholders are invited to attend the Special Meeting virtually. Whether or not you plan to attend the Special Meeting online, please sign, date and return, as promptly as possible, the enclosed proxy card in the accompanying prepaid reply envelope or grant your proxy electronically over the Internet or by telephone (using the instructions provided in the enclosed proxy card). If you attend the Special Meeting and vote online, your vote will revoke any proxy that you have previously submitted. If you hold your shares in “street name,” you should instruct your bank, broker or other nominee how to vote your shares in accordance with the voting instruction form that you will receive from your bank, broker or other nominee. Your bank, broker or other nominee cannot vote on any of the proposals, including the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement, without your instructions.
 
By Order of the Intersect ENT Board,
 
 
 
/s/ Thomas A. West
 
Thomas A. West
 
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dated: September 7, 2021

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YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT
WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE SPECIAL MEETING ONLINE, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO SUBMIT YOUR PROXY AS PROMPTLY AS POSSIBLE: (1) BY TELEPHONE; (2) THROUGH THE INTERNET; OR (3) BY SIGNING AND DATING THE ENCLOSED PROXY CARD AND RETURNING IT IN THE POSTAGE-PAID ENVELOPE PROVIDED. You may revoke your proxy or change your vote at any time before it is voted at the Special Meeting.
If you hold your shares in “street name,” you should instruct your bank, broker or other nominee how to vote your shares in accordance with the voting instruction form that you will receive from your bank, broker or other nominee. Your broker or other agent cannot vote on any of the proposals, including the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement, without your instructions.
If you are a stockholder of record, voting online at the Special Meeting will revoke any proxy that you previously submitted. If you hold your shares through a bank, broker or other nominee, you must obtain a “legal proxy” in order to vote online at the Special Meeting.
If you fail to (1) return your proxy card, (2) grant your proxy electronically over the Internet or by telephone or (3) vote online at the Special Meeting, your shares will not be counted for purposes of determining whether a quorum is present at the Special Meeting and, if a quorum is present, will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement, but will have no effect on the Compensation Proposal or the Adjournment Proposal.
You should carefully read and consider the entire accompanying proxy statement and its annexes, including, but not limited to, the Merger Agreement, along with all of the documents incorporated by reference into the accompanying proxy statement, as they contain important information about, among other things, the Merger and how it affects you. If you have any questions concerning the Merger Agreement, the Merger, the Special Meeting or the accompanying proxy statement, would like additional copies of the accompanying proxy statement or need help voting your shares of common stock, please contact our proxy solicitor:
MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
1407 Broadway, 27th Floor
New York, NY 10018
(212) 929-5500 (Call Collect)
Call Toll-free: (800) 322-2885
proxy@mackenziepartners.com

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SUMMARY
This summary highlights selected information from this proxy statement related to the merger of Project Kraken Merger Sub, Inc. with and into Intersect ENT, Inc. (the “Merger”), and may not contain all of the information that is important to you. To understand the Merger more fully and for a more complete description of the legal terms of the Merger, you should carefully read and consider this entire proxy statement and the annexes to this proxy statement, including, but not limited to, the Merger Agreement, along with all of the documents to which we refer in this proxy statement, as they contain important information about, among other things, the Merger and how it affects you. You may obtain the information incorporated by reference in this proxy statement without charge by following the instructions under the caption, “Where You Can Find More Information.” The Merger Agreement (as defined below) is attached as Annex A to this proxy statement. You should carefully read and consider the entire Merger Agreement, which is the legal document that governs the Merger.
Except as otherwise specifically noted in this proxy statement, “Intersect ENT,” “we,” “our,” “us” and similar words refer to Intersect ENT, Inc., including, in certain cases, our subsidiaries. Throughout this proxy statement, we refer to Medtronic, Inc. as “Medtronic” or “Parent” and Project Kraken Merger Sub, Inc. as “Merger Sub.” In addition, throughout this proxy statement we refer to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated August 6, 2021, by and among Intersect ENT, Parent and Merger Sub, as the “Merger Agreement,” our common stock, par value $0.001 per share as “common stock” and the holders of our common stock, as “stockholders.” Unless indicated otherwise, any other capitalized term used herein but not otherwise defined herein has the meaning assigned to such term in the Merger Agreement.
Parties Involved in the Merger
Intersect ENT, Inc.
Headquartered in Menlo Park, California, Intersect ENT is a global ear, nose and throat (“ENT”) medical technology leader dedicated to transforming patient care. Intersect ENT’s common stock is listed on The Nasdaq Global Market (“Nasdaq”) under the symbol “XENT”. The principal executive offices of Intersect ENT are located at 1555 Adams Drive, Menlo Park, California 94025, and its telephone number is (650) 641-2100.
Medtronic, Inc.
Medtronic is among the world’s largest medical technology, services and solutions companies. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Medtronic was founded in 1949 and serves hospitals, physicians, clinicians, and patients in more than 150 countries worldwide. The common stock of Medtronic plc, the ultimate parent of Medtronic, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “MDT”.
Project Kraken Merger Sub, Inc.
Merger Sub is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent and was formed on July 28, 2021, solely for the purpose of engaging in the Transactions, and has not engaged in any business activities other than in connection with the Transactions.
The Merger
Upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Merger Agreement, Merger Sub will merge with and into Intersect ENT, with Intersect ENT continuing as the surviving corporation and as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent (the “Surviving Corporation”). As a result of the Merger, Intersect ENT’s common stock will no longer be publicly traded, and will be delisted from Nasdaq. In addition, Intersect ENT’s common stock will be deregistered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and Intersect ENT will no longer file periodic reports with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). If the Merger is completed, you will not own any shares of the capital stock of the Surviving Corporation. The time at which the Merger will become effective (the “Effective Time”) will occur upon the filing of a certificate of merger with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware (or at such later time as we and Merger Sub may agree and specify in the certificate of merger).
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Merger Consideration
Intersect ENT Common Stock and Company Series D Preferred Stock
At the Effective Time, each then outstanding share of Intersect ENT common stock (other than shares of common stock (i) owned by Intersect ENT as treasury stock, (ii) owned by Parent or Merger Sub or (iii) held by an Intersect ENT stockholder who properly demands appraisal for such dissenting shares) will be cancelled and retired, and automatically converted into the right to receive cash in an amount equal to $28.25 in cash (the “Per Share Merger Consideration”), without interest thereon and less any applicable withholding taxes.
After the Merger is completed, you will have the right to receive the Per Share Merger Consideration, but you will no longer have any rights as a stockholder (except that stockholders who properly exercise their appraisal rights may have the right to receive payment for the “fair value” of their shares determined pursuant to an appraisal proceeding, as contemplated by Delaware law). For more information, please see the section of this proxy statement captioned “The Merger—Appraisal Rights.”
Each share of Company Series D Preferred Stock issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time will be cancelled and converted into the right to receive an amount in cash equal to the Per Share Merger Consideration multiplied by a factor of 1,000 (the “Preferred Stock Merger Consideration”).
At or immediately prior to the Effective Time, Parent will deposit sufficient funds to pay the aggregate Per Share Merger Consideration and Preferred Stock Merger Consideration (the “Merger Consideration”) with a designated payment agent for payment of each share of common stock owned by each stockholder and for each share of Company Series D Preferred Stock owned by each stockholder. For more information, please see the section of this proxy statement captioned “Proposal 1: Adoption of the Merger Agreement—Exchange and Payment Procedures.”
Treatment of Company Options, Performance Options, Company RSUs and Company PSUs
At the Effective Time, each:
(i)
option to purchase Intersect ENT common stock that is not subject to performance-based vesting conditions and is not granted under the Intersect ENT 2014 Amended and Restated Employee Stock Purchase Plan (each, a “Company Option”) that is unexercised and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time and for which the Per Share Merger Consideration exceeds the exercise price of such Company Option, and without regard to whether such Company Option is vested or unvested, shall be automatically cancelled and converted into the right to receive an amount in cash equal to the product of (A) the aggregate number of unexercised shares then subject to such Company Option, multiplied by (B) the excess, if any, of the Per Share Merger Consideration over such Company Option’s per share exercise price;
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option to purchase Intersect ENT common stock that is subject to performance-based vesting (each, a “Performance Option”), to the extent outstanding and not vested immediately prior to the Effective Time, shall be automatically cancelled without consideration; provided that each such Performance Option that is unexercised and outstanding and that becomes vested prior to or upon the Effective Time and for which the Per Share Merger Consideration exceeds the exercise price of such Performance Option (each, a “Vested Performance Option”), shall be automatically cancelled and converted into the right to receive an amount in cash equal to the product of (A) the aggregate number of unexercised shares then subject to such Vested Performance Option, multiplied by (B) the excess, if any, of the Per Share Merger Consideration over such Vested Performance Option’s per share exercise price;
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restricted stock unit that is subject to vesting conditions based solely on continued employment with or service to Intersect ENT (each, a “Company RSU”) that is outstanding and unvested immediately prior to the Effective Time shall be automatically cancelled and, in consideration of such cancellation, the holder thereof shall be entitled to receive an amount in cash equal to the product of (A) the Per Share Merger Consideration and (B) the aggregate number of shares then underlying such Company RSU; and
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restricted stock unit that is subject to performance-based vesting conditions (each, a “Company PSU”) that is outstanding and unvested immediately prior to the Effective Time shall be automatically cancelled without consideration; provided that each such Company PSU that is outstanding and becomes vested prior to or upon the Effective Time (each, a “Vested Company PSU”) shall be
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automatically cancelled and converted into the right to receive an amount in cash equal to the product of (A) the aggregate number of shares then subject to such Vested Company PSU, multiplied by (B) the Per Share Merger Consideration.
Company Options and vested Performance Options are collectively referred to as “Options” herein. Each Option for which, as of the Effective time, the Per Share Merger Consideration does not exceed the exercise price of such Option shall be automatically cancelled as of the Effective Time for no consideration.
For more information, please see the section of this proxy statement captioned “Proposal 1: Adoption of the Merger Agreement—Merger Consideration—Outstanding Company Options, Performance Options, Company RSUs and Company PSUs.”
Treatment of Purchase Rights under the 2014 Employee Stock Purchase Plan
The Merger Agreement generally provides that no new offering periods or purchase periods will begin under Intersect ENT’s 2014 Amended and Restated Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the “ESPP”) after August 6, 2021, any outstanding offering period will end no later than five days before the Effective Time, and the ESPP will terminate as of the Effective Time. In addition, with respect to any offering periods in effect on August 6, 2021, as of such date, no new participants will be permitted in the ESPP and existing participants will not be allowed to increase payroll contribution rates. For more information, please see the section of this proxy statement captioned “Proposal 1: Adoption of the Merger Agreement—Merger Consideration—Treatment of Purchase Rights under the Employee Stock Purchase Plan.”
Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Merger
For U.S. federal income tax purposes, the receipt of cash by Intersect ENT stockholders in exchange for shares of Intersect ENT common stock in the Merger will generally be a taxable transaction for Intersect ENT stockholders who are U.S. Holders (as defined under the caption, “The Merger—Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Merger”). Such receipt of cash by each of our stockholders who is a U.S. Holder generally will result in the recognition of gain or loss in an amount equal to the difference, if any, between (1) the amount of cash that such U.S. Holder receives in the Merger per share and (2) such U.S. Holder’s adjusted tax basis in the shares of common stock surrendered in the Merger by such stockholder.
Intersect ENT stockholders should read the section of this proxy statement captioned “The Merger—Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Merger.”
Intersect ENT stockholders, including stockholders who are not U.S. Holders, should also consult their own tax advisors concerning the U.S. federal income tax consequences relating to the Merger in light of their particular circumstances and any consequences arising under U.S. federal estate, gift and other non-income tax laws or the laws of any state, local or non-U.S. taxing jurisdiction.
Appraisal Rights
If the Merger is consummated and certain conditions are met, Intersect ENT stockholders who continuously hold shares of Intersect ENT common stock through the Effective Time, who do not vote in favor of the adoption of the Merger Agreement and who properly demand appraisal of their shares and who do not withdraw their demands or otherwise lose their rights to seek appraisal will be entitled to seek appraisal of their shares in connection with the Merger under Section 262 of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “DGCL”). This means that Intersect ENT stockholders may be entitled to have their shares of Intersect ENT common stock appraised by the Delaware Court of Chancery, and to receive payment in cash of the “fair value” of their shares of Intersect ENT common stock, exclusive of any elements of value arising from the accomplishment or expectation of the Merger, together with interest to be paid on the amount determined to be fair value, if any, as determined by the court, as described further below. Due to the complexity of the appraisal process, Intersect ENT stockholders who wish to seek appraisal of their shares are encouraged to seek the advice of legal counsel with respect to the exercise of appraisal rights.
Intersect ENT stockholders considering seeking appraisal should be aware that the fair value of their shares as determined pursuant to Section 262 of the DGCL could be more than, the same as or less than the value of the consideration that they would receive pursuant to the Merger Agreement if they did not seek appraisal of their shares of Intersect ENT common stock.
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To exercise appraisal rights, Intersect ENT stockholders must: (i) submit a written demand for appraisal to Intersect ENT before the vote is taken on the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement; (ii) not submit a proxy or otherwise vote in favor of the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement; (iii) continue to hold shares of Intersect ENT common stock of record through the Effective Time; and (iv) strictly comply with all other procedures for exercising appraisal rights under the DGCL. Failure to follow exactly the procedures specified under the DGCL may result in the loss of appraisal rights. In addition, the Delaware Court of Chancery will dismiss appraisal proceedings in respect of Intersect ENT unless certain stock ownership conditions are satisfied by the Intersect ENT stockholders seeking appraisal. The DGCL requirements for exercising appraisal rights are described in further detail in this proxy statement, which is qualified in its entirety by Section 262 of the DGCL, the relevant section of the DGCL regarding appraisal rights. A copy of Section 262 of the DGCL is reproduced in Annex C to this proxy statement. If you hold your shares of common stock through a bank, broker or other nominee and you wish to exercise appraisal rights, you should consult with your bank, broker or other nominee to determine the appropriate procedures for the making of a demand for appraisal on your behalf by your bank, broker or other nominee. For more information, please see the section of this proxy statement captioned “The Merger—Appraisal Rights.”
Regulatory Approvals Required for the Merger
Under the Merger Agreement, the Merger cannot be completed until, among other things, the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”), has expired or been terminated. For more information, please see the section of this proxy captioned “The Merger—Regulatory Approvals Required for the Merger.”
On August 23, 2021, Intersect ENT and Parent made the filings required to be made under the HSR Act.
Closing Conditions
The obligations of Intersect ENT, Parent and Merger Sub, as applicable, to consummate the Merger are subject to the satisfaction or waiver of customary conditions, including (among other conditions), the following:
the absence of any laws or court orders prohibiting the Merger;
the adoption of the Merger Agreement by the requisite affirmative vote of Intersect ENT stockholders;
the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the HSR Act and certain other foreign antitrust or competitions laws, or, where applicable, the receipt of consent or approval thereunder;
in the case of Parent and Merger Sub, (i) the absence of any continuing event, circumstance, change or effect at Intersect ENT that, individually or in the aggregate, is or would reasonably be expected to be materially adverse to Intersect ENT’s or its subsidiaries’ business, financial condition or results of operations, taken as a whole; and (ii) the absence of any pending lawsuit against Intersect ENT, Parent or its respective subsidiaries by a governmental entity seeking to prohibit the Merger or impose material limitations on any assets or operations of the parties in connection with the Transactions;
the accuracy of the representations and warranties of Intersect ENT, Parent and Merger Sub in the Merger Agreement, subject to materiality qualifiers, as of the Effective Time or the date in respect of which such representation or warranty was specifically made; and
the performance in all material respects by Intersect ENT, Parent and Merger Sub of their respective obligations required to be performed by them under the Merger Agreement at or prior to the Effective Time.
Required Stockholder Approval
The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of Intersect ENT’s common stock that are issued and outstanding as of the close of business on the Record Date (as defined below) is required to adopt the Merger Agreement. As of the Record Date, 16,710,122 votes constitute a majority of the voting power of the outstanding shares of common stock. Approval of the proposal to approve, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the compensation that may be paid or become payable to Intersect ENT’s named executive officers that is based on or otherwise relates to the Merger Agreement and the Transactions (the “Compensation Proposal”) and the
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proposal to adjourn the Special Meeting (the “Adjournment Proposal”), whether or not a quorum is present, requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the voting power of the shares present online or represented by proxy at the Special Meeting and entitled to vote on the subject matter. The approval of the Compensation Proposal is advisory (non-binding) and is not a condition to the completion of the Merger.
As of the Record Date, our directors and executive officers beneficially owned and were entitled to vote, in the aggregate, 188,923 shares of common stock, representing approximately 0.6% of the shares of common stock outstanding as of the Record Date (and approximately 6.3% of the shares of common stock outstanding when taking into account Options, Company RSUs and Company PSUs held, in the aggregate, by our directors and executive officers), and approximately 0.6% of the voting power of the shares of common stock outstanding as of the Record Date (and approximately 6.3% of the voting power when taking into account Options and Company RSUs held, in the aggregate, by our directors and executive officers).
Our directors and executive officers have informed us that they currently intend to vote all of their respective shares of common stock: (1) “FOR” the adoption of the Merger Agreement; (2) “FOR” the Compensation Proposal, and (3) “FOR” the Adjournment Proposal.
The Special Meeting
Date, Time and Place
A special meeting of Intersect ENT stockholders to consider and vote on the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement will be held virtually on October 8, 2021, at 8:00 a.m., Pacific time (the “Special Meeting”). The Special Meeting can be accessed by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/XENT2021SM, where you will be able to listen to the meeting live and vote online.
Record Date; Shares Entitled to Vote
You are entitled to vote at the Special Meeting if you owned shares of common stock at the close of business on September 3, 2021 (the “Record Date”). Each holder of common stock shall be entitled to one (1) vote for each such share owned at the close of business on the Record Date.
Quorum
As of the Record Date, there were 33,420,243 shares of common stock outstanding and entitled vote at the Special Meeting. The holders of a majority of the voting power of the common stock issued and outstanding and entitled to vote thereat, present online or represented by proxy, will constitute a quorum at the Special Meeting.
Recommendation of the Intersect ENT Board
The Intersect ENT Board, after considering various factors described under the caption, “The Merger—Recommendation of the Intersect ENT Board and Reasons for the Merger,” has unanimously: (i) determined that the Merger and the Transactions are fair to and in the best interests of Intersect ENT and its stockholders, (ii) approved and declared it advisable, to enter into the Merger Agreement; (iii) directed that the adoption of the Merger Agreement be submitted to a vote of the stockholders of the Company at the Special Meeting; and (iv) subject to the other terms and conditions of the Merger Agreement, resolved to recommend, on behalf of Intersect ENT, that all Intersect ENT stockholders approve the adoption of the Merger Agreement and approve the Merger in accordance with the DGCL.
Accordingly, the Intersect ENT Board also unanimously recommends, on behalf of Intersect ENT, that Intersect ENT stockholders vote: (1) “FOR” the adoption of the Merger Agreement; (2) “FOR” the Compensation Proposal; and (3) “FOR” the adjournment of the Special Meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies if there are insufficient votes to adopt the Merger Agreement at the time of the Special Meeting.
Prior to the adoption of the Merger Agreement by stockholders, under certain circumstances, the Intersect ENT Board may withdraw or change the foregoing recommendation if it determines in good faith (after consultation with its financial advisor and its outside legal counsel) that failure to do so would violate the Intersect ENT Board’s fiduciary duties to stockholders under applicable law. However, the Intersect ENT Board cannot withdraw or change the foregoing recommendation unless it complies with certain procedures in the
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Merger Agreement, including, but not limited to, negotiating with Parent in good faith over a five-calendar day period so that a failure to make an Intersect ENT Board Recommendation Change (as defined in the section of this proxy statement captioned “Proposal 1: Adoption of the Merger Agreement—The Intersect ENT Board’s Recommendation; Intersect ENT Board Recommendation Change”) would no longer violate the Intersect ENT Board’s fiduciary duties to stockholders under applicable law. The termination of the Merger Agreement by Parent following the withdrawal by the Board of Directors of its recommendation that stockholders adopt the Merger Agreement will result in the payment by Intersect ENT of a termination fee to Parent in the amount of $29.25 million. For more information, please see the section of this proxy statement captioned “Proposal 1: Adoption of the Merger Agreement—The Intersect ENT Board’s Recommendation; Intersect ENT Board Recommendation Change.”
Opinion of Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC (“Goldman Sachs”) delivered its opinion to the Intersect ENT Board that, as of August 5, 2021 and based upon and subject to the factors and assumptions set forth therein, the $28.25 in cash per share of Intersect ENT common stock to be paid to the holders (other than Medtronic and its affiliates) of the outstanding shares of Intersect ENT common stock pursuant to the Merger Agreement was fair from a financial point of view to such holders.
The full text of the written opinion of Goldman Sachs, dated August 5, 2021, which sets forth assumptions made, procedures followed, matters considered and limitations on the review undertaken in connection with the opinion, is attached as Annex B. Goldman Sachs provided advisory services and its opinion for the information and assistance of the Intersect ENT Board in connection with its consideration of the Merger. The Goldman Sachs opinion is not a recommendation as to how any holder of shares of Intersect ENT common stock should vote with respect to the Merger or any other matter.
Pursuant to an engagement letter between Intersect ENT and Goldman Sachs, Intersect ENT has agreed to pay Goldman Sachs a transaction fee of approximately $18 million, all of which is contingent upon consummation of the Merger.
For a description of the opinion that the Intersect ENT Board received from Goldman Sachs, see the section of this proxy statement captioned “The Merger—Opinion of Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC”.
Interests of Intersect ENT’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger
When considering the foregoing recommendation of the Intersect ENT Board that you vote to approve the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement, Intersect ENT’s stockholders should be aware that Intersect ENT’s directors and executive officers may have interests in the Merger that are different from, or in addition to, Intersect ENT stockholders more generally. In (i) evaluating and negotiating the Merger Agreement, (ii) approving the Merger Agreement and the Merger and (iii) recommending that the Merger Agreement be adopted by stockholders, the Intersect ENT Board was aware of and considered these interests, among other matters, to the extent that these interests existed at the time. These interests include:
at the Effective Time of the Merger, each Company Option, Performance Option, Company RSU, and Company PSU will receive the treatment described in the section of this proxy statement captioned “The Merger—Interests of Intersect ENT’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger—Treatment of Series D Preferred Stock, Company Options, Performance Options, Company RSUs and Company PSUs”;
continued eligibility of Intersect ENT’s executive officers to receive severance payments and benefits (including equity award vesting acceleration) under their employment agreements with Intersect ENT, as described in more detail in the section of this proxy statement captioned “The Merger—Interests of Intersect ENT’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger—Payments Upon Termination At or Following Change in Control”; and
continued indemnification and directors’ and officers’ liability insurance to be provided by the Surviving Corporation.
If the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement is approved, the shares of common stock held by Intersect ENT directors and executive officers will be treated in the same manner as outstanding shares of common stock held by all other stockholders. For more information, see the section of this proxy statement captioned “The Merger—Interests of Intersect ENT’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger.”
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Alternative Acquisition Proposals
No Solicitation of Other Acquisition Proposals
Under the Merger Agreement, from the date of the Merger Agreement (the “Agreement Date”) until the Effective Time, Intersect ENT may not: (i) initiate, solicit, or knowingly encourage or facilitate, or participate or engage in any negotiations, inquiries or discussions with respect to any Acquisition Proposal (as defined below) (ii) provide any non-public information to any person relating to an Acquisition Proposal (iii) enter, or propose to enter, into any agreement relating to an Acquisition Proposal, or (iv) approve, endorse, recommend or make or authorize any statement, recommendation, or solicitation in support of any Acquisition Proposal or any offer or proposal relating to an Acquisition Proposal other than with respect to the Merger or the Transactions.
Notwithstanding the foregoing restrictions, under specified certain circumstances, from the Agreement Date until the adoption of the Merger Agreement by Intersect ENT stockholders, Intersect ENT may provide information to, and engage or participate in negotiations or substantive discussions with, a person in respect of an Acquisition Proposal, and otherwise facilitate such Acquisition Proposal or assist such person (and its Representatives and financing sources) with such Acquisition Proposal (in each case, if requested by such person and such Acquisition Proposal did not result from any material breach of Intersect ENT’s obligations, as described in the immediately preceding paragraph) if (and only if) the Intersect ENT Board determines in good faith (after consultation with its financial advisor and its outside legal counsel) that such Acquisition Proposal either constitutes a Superior Proposal or is reasonably likely to lead to a Superior Proposal, and, in each case, the failure to act in respect of such Acquisition Proposal would reasonably be expected to violate the Intersect ENT Board’s fiduciary duties to stockholders under applicable law. For more information, please see the section of this proxy statement captioned “Proposal 1: Adoption of the Merger Agreement—No Solicitation of Other Offers.”
After the Agreement Date but prior to the adoption of the Merger Agreement by Intersect ENT stockholders, Intersect ENT is entitled to terminate the Merger Agreement for the purpose of entering into an agreement in respect of a Superior Proposal if it complies with certain procedures in the Merger Agreement, including, but not limited to, negotiating with Parent in good faith over a five calendar day period in an effort to amend the terms and conditions of the Merger Agreement, so that such Superior Proposal no longer constitutes a “Superior Proposal” relative to the Transactions, as amended pursuant to such negotiations.
If Intersect ENT terminates the Merger Agreement for the purpose of entering into an agreement in respect of a Superior Proposal after the Agreement Date but prior to the adoption of the Merger Agreement by Intersect ENT stockholders, Intersect ENT must pay a termination fee of $29.25 million to Parent. For more information, please see the section of this proxy statement captioned “Proposal 1: Adoption of the Merger Agreement—The Intersect ENT Board’s Recommendation; Intersect ENT Board Recommendation Change.”
Termination of the Merger Agreement
In addition to the circumstances described above, Parent and Intersect ENT have certain rights to terminate the Merger Agreement under customary circumstances, including by mutual agreement, the imposition of laws or non-appealable court orders that make the Merger illegal or otherwise permanently prohibit the Merger, an uncured breach of the Merger Agreement by the other party, if the Merger has not been consummated by August 8, 2022 (unless as of such date, the Antitrust Condition (as defined in the Merger Agreement) has not been satisfied but all other closing conditions have been satisfied or waived, then the End Date may be extended to February 6, 2023 at the election of Parent), and if the Intersect ENT stockholders fail to adopt the Merger Agreement at the Special Meeting (or any adjournment or postponement thereof). Under some circumstances, Intersect ENT is required to pay Parent a termination fee equal to $29.25 million. Please see the section of this proxy statement captioned “Proposal 1: Adoption of the Merger Agreement—Termination Fee.”
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Effect on Intersect ENT if the Merger is Not Completed
If the Merger Agreement is not adopted by Intersect ENT stockholders, or if the Merger is not completed for any other reason:
i.
the stockholders will not be entitled to, nor will they receive, any payment for their respective shares of common stock pursuant to the Merger Agreement;
ii.
(A) Intersect ENT will remain an independent public company, (B) Intersect ENT’s common stock will continue to be listed and traded on Nasdaq and registered under the Exchange Act, and (C) Intersect ENT will continue to file periodic reports with the SEC; and
iii.
under certain specified circumstances, Intersect ENT will be required to pay Parent a termination fee of $29.25 million upon the termination of the Merger Agreement. For more information, please see the section of this proxy statement captioned “Proposal 1: Adoption of the Merger Agreement—Termination Fee.”
Legal Proceedings
Subsequent to the filing of the Preliminary Proxy Statement on August 27, 2021, a civil action was filed challenging the adequacy of certain public disclosures made by Intersect ENT concerning Intersect ENT's proposed transaction with Medtronic. On September 1, 2021, Elaine Wang, a purported stockholder of Intersect ENT, commenced an action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, captioned Elaine Wang v. Intersect ENT, Inc., et al., Case No. 1:21-cv-7348, against Intersect ENT and current members of the Intersect ENT Board (the “Wang Complaint”). The Wang Complaint asserts claims under Sections 14(a) and 20(a) of the Exchange Act and seeks, among other things, an injunction preventing consummation of the proposed transaction with Medtronic, rescission of the proposed transaction or rescissory damages in the event it is consummated, an accounting by the defendants for all damages caused to the plaintiff, and the award of attorneys' fees and expenses. Intersect ENT and the current members of the Intersect ENT Board have not been served with the Wang Complaint. Defendants believe the claims asserted in these complaints are without merit, deny any wrongdoing in connection with the filing of the Preliminary Proxy Statement, and intend to vigorously defend against the claims.
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
The following questions and answers address some commonly asked questions regarding the Merger, the Merger Agreement and the Special Meeting. These questions and answers may not address all questions that are important to you. You should carefully read and consider the more detailed information contained elsewhere in this proxy statement and the annexes to this proxy statement, including, but not limited to, the Merger Agreement, along with all of the documents we refer to in this proxy statement, as they contain important information about, among other things, the Merger and how it affects you. You may obtain the information incorporated by reference in this proxy statement without charge by following the instructions under the caption, “Where You Can Find More Information.”
Q:
Why am I receiving these materials?
A:
The Intersect ENT Board is furnishing this proxy statement and form of proxy card to the holders of shares of common stock in connection with the solicitation of proxies to be voted at the Special Meeting.
Q:
When and where is the Special Meeting?
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The Special Meeting will take place virtually on October 8, 2021, at 8:00 a.m., Pacific time. The Special Meeting can be accessed by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/XENT2021SM, where you will be able to listen to the meeting live and vote online.
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What am I being asked to vote on at the Special Meeting?
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You are being asked to vote on the following proposals:
to adopt the Merger Agreement pursuant to which Merger Sub will merge with and into Intersect ENT, and Intersect ENT will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent;
to approve, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the Compensation Proposal; and
to approve the adjournment of the Special Meeting to a later date or dates, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies if there are insufficient votes to adopt the Merger Agreement at the time of the Special Meeting.
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Who is entitled to vote at the Special Meeting?
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Stockholders as of the Record Date are entitled to notice of the Special Meeting and to vote at the Special Meeting. Each holder of common stock shall be entitled to cast one (1) vote on each matter properly brought before the Special Meeting for each such share owned at the close of business on the Record Date. If you are a beneficial owner, you will need to contact the broker, bank or other nominee who is the stockholder of record with respect to your shares to obtain your Control Number prior to the Special Meeting.
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May I attend the Special Meeting virtually and vote in person?
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Yes. All stockholders as of the Record Date are entitled to notice of the Special Meeting and to vote at the Special Meeting. If you are a stockholder of record, you do not need to do anything in advance to attend and/or vote your shares at the Special Meeting, but to be admitted to the Special Meeting you will need to visit www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/XENT2021SM and enter the 16-digit Control Number found next to the label “Control Number” on your proxy card voting instruction form, or in the email sending you the Proxy Statement. If you are a beneficial owner, you will need to contact the broker, bank or other nominee who is the stockholder of record with respect to your shares to obtain your Control Number prior to the Special Meeting. We encourage you to access the Special Meeting before it begins. Online check-in will start approximately 15 minutes before the Special Meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m., Pacific Time on October 8, 2021.
Each holder of record of common stock shall be entitled to cast one (1) vote on each matter properly brought before the Special Meeting for each such share owned at the close of business on the Record Date.
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Even if you plan to attend the Special Meeting online, to ensure that your shares will be represented at the Special Meeting we encourage you to sign, date and return the enclosed proxy card in the accompanying prepaid reply envelope or grant your proxy electronically over the Internet or by telephone (using the instructions provided in the enclosed proxy card). If you attend the Special Meeting and vote online, your vote will revoke any proxy previously submitted.
If you hold your shares in “street name,” you should instruct your bank, broker or other nominee how to vote your shares in accordance with the voting instruction form that you will receive from your bank, broker or other nominee. Your broker or other agent cannot vote on any of the proposals, including the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement, without your instructions. If you hold your shares in “street name,” you may not vote your shares in person at the Special Meeting unless you obtain a “legal proxy” from your bank, broker or other nominee.
Q:
What will I receive if the Merger is completed?
A:
Upon completion of the Merger, you will be entitled to receive the Per Share Merger Consideration of $28.25 in cash, without interest thereon and less any applicable withholding taxes, for each share of common stock that you own, unless you have properly exercised and not withdrawn your appraisal rights under the DGCL. For example, if you own 100 shares of common stock, you will receive $2,825.00 in cash in exchange for your shares of common stock, less any applicable withholding taxes.
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What vote is required to adopt the Merger Agreement?
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The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of Intersect ENT’s common stock that are issued and outstanding as of the close of business on the Record Date is required to adopt the Merger Agreement.
If a quorum is present at the Special Meeting, the failure of any stockholder of record to: (1) submit a signed proxy card; (2) grant a proxy over the Internet or by telephone (using the instructions provided in the enclosed proxy card); or (3) vote online at the Special Meeting will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement. If you hold your shares in “street name” and a quorum is present at the Special Meeting, the failure to instruct your bank, broker or other nominee how to vote your shares will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement. If a quorum is present at the Special Meeting, abstentions will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement.
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What happens if the Merger is not completed?
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If the Merger Agreement is not adopted by stockholders or if the Merger is not completed for any other reason, stockholders will not receive any payment for their shares of common stock. Instead, Intersect ENT will remain an independent public company, our common stock will continue to be listed and traded on Nasdaq and registered under the Exchange Act, and we will continue to file periodic reports with the SEC.
Under specified circumstances, Intersect ENT will be required to pay Parent a termination fee of $29.25 million upon the termination of the Merger Agreement, as described in the section of this proxy statement captioned “Proposal 1: Adoption of the Merger Agreement—Termination Fee.”
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Why are the stockholders being asked to cast an advisory (non-binding) vote to approve the Compensation Proposal?
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The Exchange Act and applicable SEC rules thereunder require Intersect ENT to seek an advisory (non-binding) vote with respect to certain payments that could become payable to its named executive officers in connection with the Merger.
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What vote is required to approve the Compensation Proposal?
A:
The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the voting power of the shares present online or represented by proxy at the Special Meeting and entitled to vote on the subject matter is required for approval of the Compensation Proposal.
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What will happen if the stockholders do not approve the Compensation Proposal at the Special Meeting?
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Approval of the Compensation Proposal is not a condition to the completion of the Merger. The vote with respect to the Compensation Proposal is an advisory vote and will not be binding on Intersect ENT. Therefore, if the other requisite stockholder approvals are obtained and the Merger is completed, the amounts payable under the Compensation Proposal will continue to be payable to Intersect ENT’s named executive officers in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable agreements.
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What is a “broker non-vote”?
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Under the rules of Nasdaq, banks, brokerage firms or other nominees who hold shares in “street name” for customers have the authority to vote on “discretionary” proposals when they have not received instructions from beneficial owners. However, banks, brokerage firms or other nominees are precluded from exercising their voting discretion with respect to approving non-discretionary matters, such as the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement, the proposal to approve, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the Compensation Proposal and the proposal to adjourn the Special Meeting, if necessary or appropriate, including to solicit additional proxies to approve the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement if there are insufficient votes to adopt the Merger Agreement at the time of the Special Meeting, and, as a result, absent specific instructions from the beneficial owner of such shares of Intersect ENT common stock, banks, brokerage firms or other nominees are not empowered to vote those shares of Intersect ENT common stock on non-discretionary matters, which we refer to generally as “broker non-votes.” Because none of the proposals to be voted on at the Special Meeting are routine matters for which brokers may have discretionary authority to vote, Intersect ENT does not expect any broker non-votes at the Special Meeting.
Q:
What do I need to do now?
A:
You should carefully read and consider this entire proxy statement and the annexes to this proxy statement, including, but not limited to, the Merger Agreement, along with all of the documents that we refer to in this proxy statement, as they contain important information about, among other things, the Merger and how it affects you. Then sign, date and return, as promptly as possible, the enclosed proxy card in the accompanying reply envelope, or grant your proxy electronically over the Internet or by telephone (using the instructions provided in the enclosed proxy card), so that your shares can be voted at the Special Meeting, unless you wish to seek appraisal pursuant to Section 262 of the DGCL. If you hold your shares in “street name,” please refer to the voting instruction forms provided by your bank, broker or other nominee to vote your shares.
Q:
Should I surrender my book-entry shares now?
A:
No. After the Merger is completed, the payment agent will send each holder of record a letter of transmittal and written instructions that explain how to exchange shares of common stock represented by such holder’s book-entry shares for the Per Share Merger Consideration.
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What happens if I sell or otherwise transfer my shares of common stock after the Record Date but before the Special Meeting?
A:
The Record Date for the Special Meeting is earlier than the date of the Special Meeting and the date the Merger is expected to be completed. If you sell or transfer your shares of common stock after the Record Date but before the Special Meeting, unless special arrangements (such as provision of a proxy) are made between you and the person to whom you sell or otherwise transfer your shares and each of you notifies Intersect ENT in writing of such special arrangements, you will transfer the right to receive the Per Share Merger consideration, if the Merger is completed, to the person to whom you sell or transfer your shares, but you will retain your right to vote those shares at the Special Meeting. You will also lose the ability to exercise appraisal rights in connection with the Merger with respect to the transferred shares. Even if you sell or otherwise transfer your shares of common stock after the Record Date, we encourage you to sign, date and return the enclosed proxy card in the accompanying reply envelope or grant your proxy electronically over the Internet or by telephone (using the instructions provided in the enclosed proxy card).
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Q:
What is the difference between holding shares as a stockholder of record and as a beneficial owner?
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If your shares are registered directly in your name with our transfer agent, Computershare Trust Company, N.A., you are considered, with respect to those shares, to be the “stockholder of record.” In this case, this proxy statement and your proxy card have been sent directly to you by Intersect ENT.
If your shares are held through a bank, broker or other nominee, you are considered the “beneficial owner” of shares of common stock held in “street name.” In that case, this proxy statement has been forwarded to you by your bank, broker or other nominee who is considered, with respect to those shares, to be the stockholder of record. As the beneficial owner, you have the right to direct your bank, broker or other nominee how to vote your shares by following their instructions for voting. You are also invited to attend the Special Meeting. However, because you are not the stockholder of record, you may not vote your shares online at the Special Meeting.
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If my broker holds my shares in “street name,” will my broker vote my shares for me?
A:
No. Your bank, broker or other nominee is permitted to vote your shares on any proposal currently scheduled to be considered at the Special Meeting only if you instruct your bank, broker or other nominee how to vote. You should follow the procedures provided by your bank, broker or other nominee to vote your shares. Without instructions, your shares will not be voted on such proposals, which will have the same effect as if you voted against adoption of the Merger Agreement but will have no effect on the Adjournment Proposal.
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How may I vote?
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If you are a stockholder of record (that is, if your shares of common stock are registered in your name with Computershare Trust Company, N.A., our transfer agent), there are four ways to vote:
by signing, dating and returning the enclosed proxy card in the accompanying prepaid reply envelope;
by visiting the Internet at the address on your proxy card;
by calling toll-free (within the U.S. or Canada) at the phone number on your proxy card; or
by attending the Special Meeting and voting online.
A control number, located on your proxy card, is designed to verify your identity and allow you to vote your shares of common stock, and to confirm that your voting instructions have been properly recorded when voting electronically over the Internet or by telephone (using the instructions provided in the enclosed proxy card). Please be aware that, although there is no charge for voting your shares, if you vote electronically over the Internet or by telephone, you may incur costs such as Internet access and telephone charges for which you will be responsible.
Even if you plan to attend the Special Meeting online, you are strongly encouraged to vote your shares of common stock by proxy. If you are a record holder or if you obtain a “legal proxy” to vote shares that you beneficially own, you may still vote your shares of common stock online at the Special Meeting even if you have previously voted by proxy. If you are present at the Special Meeting and vote online, your previous vote by proxy will not be counted.
If your shares are held in “street name” through a bank, broker or other nominee, you may vote through your bank, broker or other nominee by completing and returning the voting form provided by your bank, broker or other nominee, or, if such a service is provided by your bank, broker or other nominee, electronically over the Internet or by telephone. To vote over the Internet or by telephone through your bank, broker or other nominee, you should follow the instructions on the voting form provided by your bank, broker or nominee.
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May I change my vote after I have mailed my signed and dated proxy card?
A:
Yes. If you are a stockholder of record, you may change your vote or revoke your proxy at any time before it is voted at the Special Meeting by:
signing another proxy card with a later date and returning it to us prior to the Special Meeting;
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submitting a new proxy electronically over the Internet or by telephone after the date of the earlier submitted proxy;
delivering a written notice of revocation to the Corporate Secretary of Intersect ENT; or
attending the Special Meeting and voting online.
If you hold your shares of common stock in “street name,” you should contact your bank, broker or other nominee for instructions regarding how to change your vote. You may also vote online at the Special Meeting if you obtain a “legal proxy” from your bank, broker or other nominee.
Q:
What is a proxy?
A:
A proxy is your legal designation of another person to vote your shares of common stock. The written document describing the matters to be considered and voted on at the Special Meeting is called a “proxy statement.” The document used to designate a proxy to vote your shares of common stock is called a “proxy card.”
Q:
If a stockholder gives a proxy, how are the shares voted?
A:
Regardless of the method you choose to vote, the individuals named on the enclosed proxy card, or your proxies, will vote your shares in the way that you indicate. When completing the Internet or telephone process or the proxy card, you may specify whether your shares should be voted for or against or to abstain from voting on all, some or none of the specific items of business to come before the Special Meeting. Meeting if you obtain a “legal proxy” from your bank, broker or other nominee.
If you properly sign your proxy card but do not mark the boxes showing how your shares should be voted on a matter, the shares represented by your properly signed proxy will be voted: (1) “FOR” the adoption of the Merger Agreement; (2) “FOR”, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the Compensation Proposal; and (3) “FOR” the adjournment of the Special Meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies if there are insufficient votes to adopt the Merger Agreement at the time of the Special Meeting.
Q:
What should I do if I receive more than one set of voting materials?
A:
Please sign, date and return (or grant your proxy electronically over the Internet or by telephone using the instructions provided in the enclosed proxy card) each proxy card and voting instruction card that you receive.
You may receive more than one set of voting materials, including multiple copies of this proxy statement and multiple proxy cards or voting instruction cards. For example, if you hold your shares in more than one brokerage account, you will receive a separate voting instruction card for each brokerage account in which you hold shares. If you are a stockholder of record and your shares are registered in more than one name, you will receive more than one proxy card.
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Where can I find the voting results of the Special Meeting?
A:
If available, Intersect ENT may announce preliminary voting results at the conclusion of the Special Meeting. Intersect ENT intends to publish final voting results in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed with the SEC within four business days following the Special Meeting. All reports that Intersect ENT files with the SEC are publicly available when filed. For more information, please see the section of this proxy statement captioned “Where You Can Find More Information.”
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When do you expect the Merger to be completed?
A:
We are working toward completing the Merger as quickly as possible and currently expect to complete the Merger in Spring of 2022. However, the exact timing of completion of the Merger cannot be predicted because the Merger is subject to the closing conditions specified in the Merger Agreement, many of which are outside of our control.
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Q:
Who can help answer my questions?
A:
If you have any questions concerning the Merger, the Special Meeting or the accompanying proxy statement, would like additional copies of the accompanying proxy statement or need help voting your shares of common stock, please contact our proxy solicitor:
MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
1407 Broadway, 27th Floor
New York, NY 10018
(212) 929-5500 (Call Collect)
Call Toll-free: (800) 322-2885
proxy@mackenziepartners.com
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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This proxy statement, and any documents to which Intersect ENT refers to in this proxy statement, contains not only historical information, but also forward-looking statements, including all statements relating directly or indirectly to the timing or likelihood of completing the Merger, litigation and other information with respect to our plans and strategies, made pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements represent Intersect ENT’s current expectations or beliefs concerning future events, including but not limited to the expected completion and timing of the proposed transaction, expected benefits and costs of the proposed transaction, management plans and other information relating to the proposed transaction, strategies and objectives of Intersect ENT for future operations and other information relating to the proposed transaction. Without limiting the foregoing, the words “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “intends,” “forecasts,” “should,” “estimates,” “contemplate,” “future,” “goal,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “projection,” “target,” “seek,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “assuming,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Stockholders are cautioned that any forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and may involve significant risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may vary materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risks detailed in our filings with the SEC, including in our most recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, factors and matters described or incorporated by reference in this proxy statement, and the following factors:
the ability of the parties to consummate the proposed Merger, satisfaction of closing conditions precedent to the consummation of the proposed Merger, potential delays in consummating the Merger, the ability of Intersect ENT to timely and successfully achieve the anticipated benefits of the Merger and the impact of health epidemics, including the COVID-19 pandemic, on the parties’ respective businesses and the actions the parties may take in response thereto;
the risk that the Merger Agreement may be terminated in certain circumstances that require us to pay Parent a termination fee of $29,250,000;
the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against us and others related to the Merger Agreement;
risks that the proposed Merger disrupts our current operations or affects our ability to retain or recruit key employees;
the fact that receipt of the all-cash Merger Consideration would be taxable to stockholders that are treated as U.S. Holders (as defined under the caption “The Merger—Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Merger”) for U.S. federal income tax purposes;
the fact that, if the Merger is completed, stockholders will forgo the opportunity to realize the potential long-term value of the successful execution of Intersect ENT’s current strategy as an independent public company;
the fact that under the terms of the Merger Agreement, Intersect ENT is unable to solicit other Acquisition Proposals during the Pre-Closing Period;
the effect of the announcement or pendency of the Merger on our business relationships, operating results and business generally;
the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and charges related to the Merger Agreement or the Merger;
risks related to the Merger diverting management’s or employees’ attention from ongoing business operations;
risks that our stock price may decline significantly if the Merger is not completed; and
risks related to obtaining the requisite consents to the Merger, including the timing and receipt of regulatory approvals from various governmental entities, including any conditions, limitations or restrictions placed on these approvals, and the risk that one or more governmental entities may deny approval.
Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements that we make in this proxy statement are qualified by the information contained or incorporated by reference herein, including: (i) the information contained under this
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caption; and (ii) the information contained under the caption “Risk Factors,” and information in our consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our most recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q. No assurance can be given that these are all of the factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from the forward-looking statements.
In addition, any forward-looking statements represent our estimates only as of the date they were made and should not be relied upon as representing our estimates as of any subsequent date. Except as required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Stockholders are advised to consult any future disclosures that we make on related subjects as may be detailed in our other filings made from time to time with the SEC.
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THE SPECIAL MEETING
The enclosed proxy is solicited on behalf of the Intersect ENT Board for use at the Special Meeting.
Date, Time and Place
We will hold the Special Meeting virtually on October 8, 2021, at 8:00 a.m., Pacific time and, if applicable, at any adjournment or postponement thereof. The Special Meeting can be accessed by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/XENT2021SM, where you will be able to listen to the meeting live and vote online.
Purpose of the Special Meeting
At the Special Meeting, we will ask stockholders to vote on proposals to: (1) adopt the Merger Agreement; (2) approve, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the Compensation Proposal; and (3) adjourn the Special Meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies if there are insufficient votes to adopt the Merger Agreement at the time of the Special Meeting.
Record Date; Shares Entitled to Vote; Quorum
Only stockholders of record as of the Record Date are entitled to notice of the Special Meeting and to vote at the Special Meeting. A list of stockholders entitled to vote at the Special Meeting will be available at our principal executive offices located at 1555 Adams Drive, Menlo Park, California 94025, during regular business hours for a period of no less than 10 days before the Special Meeting and at the place of the Special Meeting during the meeting.
As of the Record Date, there were 33,420,243 shares of common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the Special Meeting.
The holders of a majority of the stock issued and outstanding and entitled to vote thereat, present online or represented by proxy, will constitute a quorum at the Special Meeting. In the event that a quorum is not present at the Special Meeting, it is expected that the meeting will be adjourned to solicit additional proxies.
Vote Required; Abstentions and Broker Non-Votes
The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of Intersect ENT’s common stock that are issued and outstanding as of the close of business on the Record Date is required to adopt the Merger Agreement. As of the Record Date, 16,710,122 votes constitute a majority of the voting power of the outstanding shares of common stock. Adoption of the Merger Agreement by stockholders is a condition to the closing of the Merger.
The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the voting power of the shares present online or represented by proxy at the Special Meeting and entitled to vote on the subject matter is required to approve, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the Compensation Proposal.
Approval of the proposal to adjourn the Special Meeting, whether or not a quorum is present, requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the voting power of the shares present online or represented by proxy at the Special Meeting and entitled to vote on the subject matter.
An abstention represents a stockholder’s affirmative choice to decline to vote on a proposal. If a stockholder abstains from voting, that abstention will have the same effect as if the stockholder voted “AGAINST” the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement and “AGAINST” the proposal to approve, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the Compensation Proposal. For stockholders who attend the virtual meeting or are represented by proxy and abstain from voting, the abstention will have the same effect as if the stockholder voted “AGAINST” any proposal to adjourn the Special Meeting to a later date or dates, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies to approve the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement if there are insufficient votes to adopt the Merger Agreement at the time of the Special Meeting. As a result, an abstention of any of the aforementioned proposals will be counted for purposes of determining the presence or absence of a quorum and will also count as votes against such proposal.
Each “broker non-vote” will also count as a vote “AGAINST” the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement, but will have no effect on the Compensation Proposal or any proposal to adjourn the Special
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Meeting to a later date or dates, if necessary or appropriate, including to solicit additional proxies to approve the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement if there are insufficient votes to adopt the Merger Agreement at the time of the Special Meeting. A “broker non-vote” generally occurs when a bank, broker or other nominee holding shares on your behalf does not vote on a proposal because the bank, broker or other nominee has not received your voting instructions and lacks discretionary power to vote the shares. “Broker non-votes,” if any, will be counted for the purpose of determining whether a quorum is present. However, because none of the proposals to be voted on at the Special Meeting are routine matters for which brokers may have discretionary authority to vote, Intersect ENT does not expect any broker non-votes at the special meeting. As such, if you fail to instruct your broker, bank or other nominee how to vote your shares, your shares will not be counted towards a quorum at the Special Meeting.
Shares Held by Intersect ENT’s Directors and Executive Officers
As of the Record Date, our directors and executive officers beneficially owned and were entitled to vote, in the aggregate, 188,923 shares of common stock, representing approximately 0.6% of the shares of common stock outstanding on the Record Date (and approximately 6.3% of the shares of common stock outstanding when taking into account Options and Company RSUs held, in the aggregate, by our directors and executive officers).
Our directors and executive officers have informed us that they currently intend to vote all of their respective shares of common stock (1) “FOR” the adoption of the Merger Agreement, (2) “FOR”, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the Compensation Proposal, and (3) “FOR” the adjournment of the Special Meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies if there are insufficient votes to adopt the Merger Agreement at the time of the Special Meeting.
Voting of Proxies
If, at the close of business on the Record Date, your shares are registered in your name with our transfer agent, Computershare Trust Company, N.A., on the Record Date, you may cause your shares to be voted by returning a signed and dated proxy card in the accompanying prepaid envelope, or you may vote online at the Special Meeting. Additionally, you may grant a proxy electronically over the Internet or by telephone (using the instructions provided in the enclosed proxy card). You must have the enclosed proxy card available, and follow the instructions on the proxy card, in order to grant a proxy electronically over the Internet or by telephone. Based on your proxy cards or Internet and telephone proxies, the proxy holders will vote your shares according to your directions.
If you plan to attend the Special Meeting and wish to vote online, you will be given a ballot at the Special Meeting. If your shares are registered in your name, you are encouraged to vote by proxy even if you plan to attend the Special Meeting online. If you attend the Special Meeting and vote online, your vote will revoke any previously submitted proxy.
Voting instructions are included on your proxy card. All shares represented by properly signed and dated proxies received in time for the Special Meeting will be voted at the Special Meeting in accordance with the instructions of the stockholder. Properly signed and dated proxies that do not contain voting instructions will be voted:
(1)
FOR” adoption of the Merger Agreement; (2) “FOR”, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the Compensation Proposal; and (3) “FOR” the adjournment of the Special Meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies if there are insufficient votes to adopt the Merger Agreement at the time of the Special Meeting.
If, at the close of business on the Record Date, your shares are held in “street name” through a bank, broker or other nominee, you may vote through your bank, broker or other nominee by completing and returning the voting form provided by your bank, broker or other nominee or attending the Special Meeting and voting online with a “legal proxy” from your bank, broker or other nominee. If such a service is provided, you may vote over the Internet or telephone through your bank, broker or other nominee by following the instructions on the voting form provided by your bank, broker or other nominee. If you do not return your bank’s, broker’s or other nominee’s voting form, do not vote via the Internet or telephone through your bank, broker or other nominee, if possible, or do not attend the Special Meeting and vote online with a “legal proxy” from your bank, broker or other nominee, it will have the same effect as if you voted “AGAINST” the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement but will not have any effect on the Compensation Proposal or the Adjournment Proposal.
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Revocability of Proxies
If you are a stockholder of record, you may change your vote or revoke your proxy at any time before it is voted at the Special Meeting by:
signing another proxy card with a later date and returning it to us prior to the Special Meeting;
submitting a new proxy electronically over the Internet or by telephone after the date of the earlier submitted proxy;
delivering a written notice of revocation to our Corporate Secretary; or
attending the Special Meeting and voting online.
If you have submitted a proxy, your virtual appearance at the Special Meeting will not have the effect of revoking your prior proxy; provided that you do not vote online or submit an additional proxy or revocation, which, in each case, will have the effect of revoking your proxy.
If you hold your shares of common stock in “street name,” you should contact your bank, broker or other nominee for instructions regarding how to change your vote. You may also vote online at the Special Meeting if you obtain a “legal proxy” from your bank, broker or other nominee.
Any adjournment, postponement or other delay of the Special Meeting, including for the purpose of soliciting additional proxies, will allow stockholders who have already sent in their proxies to revoke them at any time prior to their use at the Special Meeting as adjourned, postponed or delayed.
Intersect ENT Board’s Recommendation
The Intersect ENT Board, after considering various factors described under the caption, “The Merger—Recommendation of the Intersect ENT Board and Reasons for the Merger,” has unanimously: (i) determined that the Merger and the Transactions are fair to and in the best interests of Intersect ENT and its stockholders, (ii) approved and declared it advisable, to enter into the Merger Agreement; (iii) directed that the adoption of the Merger Agreement be submitted to a vote of the stockholders of the Company at the Special Meeting; and (iv) subject to the other terms and conditions of the Merger Agreement, resolved to recommend, on behalf of Intersect ENT, that all Intersect ENT stockholders to approve the adoption of the Merger Agreement and approve the Merger in accordance with the DGCL.
Accordingly, the Intersect ENT Board recommends, on behalf of Intersect ENT, that you vote: (1) “FOR” the adoption of the Merger Agreement; (2) “FOR”, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the Compensation Proposal; and (3) “FOR” the adjournment of the Special Meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies if there are insufficient votes to adopt the Merger Agreement at the time of the Special Meeting.
Solicitation of Proxies
The expense of soliciting proxies will be borne by Intersect ENT. We have retained MacKenzie Partners, Inc. (“MacKenzie”), a proxy solicitation firm, to solicit proxies in connection with the Special Meeting at a cost of approximately $18,500 plus expenses. We will also indemnify MacKenzie against losses arising out of its provisions of these services on our behalf. In addition, we may reimburse banks, brokers and other nominees representing beneficial owners of shares for their expenses in forwarding soliciting materials to such beneficial owners. Proxies may also be solicited by our directors, officers and employees, personally or by telephone, email, fax, over the Internet or other means of communication. No additional compensation will be paid for such services.
Anticipated Date of Completion of the Merger
Assuming timely satisfaction of necessary closing conditions, including the approval by stockholders of the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement, we anticipate that the Merger will be consummated in Spring of 2022.
Delisting and Deregistration of Intersect ENT’s Common Stock
If the Merger is completed, the shares of Intersect ENT’s common stock will be delisted from Nasdaq and deregistered under the Exchange Act, and shares of Intersect ENT’s common stock will no longer be publicly traded.
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Other Matters
At this time, we know of no other matters to be voted on at the Special Meeting. If any other matters properly come before the Special Meeting, your shares of common stock will be voted in accordance with the discretion of the appointed proxy holders.
Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Stockholder Meeting to be Held on October 8, 2021
The proxy statement is available at ir.intersectent.com and clicking on the link titled “Financial Information”.
Householding of Special Meeting Materials
Unless we have received contrary instructions, we may send a single copy of this proxy statement to any household at which two or more stockholders reside if we believe the stockholders are members of the same family. Each stockholder in the household will continue to receive a separate proxy card. This process, known as “householding,” reduces the volume of duplicate information received at your household and helps to reduce our expenses.
If you would like to receive your own set of our disclosure documents this year or in future years, please contact us using the instructions set forth below. Similarly, if you share an address with another stockholder and together both of you would like to receive only a single set of our disclosure documents, please contact us using the instructions set forth below.
If you are a stockholder of record, you may contact us by writing to Intersect ENT’s Investor Relations at 1555 Adams Drive, Menlo Park, California 94025. Eligible stockholders of record receiving multiple copies of this proxy statement can request householding by contacting us in the same manner. If a bank, broker or other nominee holds your shares, please contact your bank, broker or other nominee directly.
Questions and Additional Information
If you have any questions concerning the Merger, the Special Meeting or the accompanying proxy statement, would like additional copies of the accompanying proxy statement or need help voting your shares of common stock, please contact our proxy solicitor:
MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
1407 Broadway, 27th Floor
New York, NY 10018
(212) 929-5500 (Call Collect)
Call Toll-free: (800) 322-2885
proxy@mackenziepartners.com
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THE MERGER
This discussion of the Merger is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Merger Agreement, which is attached to this proxy statement as Annex A and incorporated into this proxy statement by reference. You should carefully read and consider the entire Merger Agreement, which is the legal document that governs the Merger, because this document contains important information about the Merger and how it affects you.
Parties Involved in the Merger
Intersect ENT, Inc.
1555 Adams Drive
Menlo Park, California 94025
(650) 641-2100
Intersect ENT is a global ear, nose and throat (“ENT”) medical technology leader dedicated to transforming patient care. Intersect ENT’s common stock is listed on The Nasdaq Global Market (“Nasdaq”) under the symbol “XENT”.
Medtronic, Inc.
710 Medtronic Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55432
(800) 633-8766
Medtronic is among the world’s largest medical technology, services and solutions companies. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Medtronic was founded in 1949 and serves hospitals, physicians, clinicians, and patients in more than 150 countries worldwide. The common stock of Medtronic plc, the ultimate parent of Medtronic, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “MDT”.
Project Kraken Merger Sub, Inc.
c/o Medtronic
710 Medtronic Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55432
(800) 633-8766
Merger Sub is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent and was formed on July 28, 2021, solely for the purpose of engaging in the Transactions, and has not engaged in any business activities other than in connection with the Transactions.
Effect of the Merger
Upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Merger Agreement, Merger Sub will merge with and into Intersect ENT, with Intersect ENT continuing as the Surviving Corporation. As a result of the Merger, Intersect ENT will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent, and our common stock will no longer be publicly traded and will be delisted from Nasdaq. In addition, our common stock will be deregistered under the Exchange Act, and we will no longer file periodic reports with the SEC. If the Merger is completed, you will not own any shares of the capital stock of the Surviving Corporation.
The Effective Time will occur upon the filing of a certificate of merger with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware (or at such later time as the parties may agree and specify in the certificate of merger).
Effect on Intersect ENT if the Merger is Not Completed
If the Merger Agreement is not adopted by stockholders, or if the Merger is not completed for any other reason:
i.
the stockholders will not be entitled to, nor will they receive, any payment for their respective shares of common stock pursuant to the Merger Agreement;
ii.
(A) Intersect ENT will remain an independent public company, (B) Intersect ENT’s common stock will continue to be listed and traded on Nasdaq and registered under the Exchange Act, and (C) Intersect ENT will continue to file periodic reports with the SEC;
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iii.
we anticipate that (A) management will operate the business in a manner similar to that in which it is being operated today and (B) stockholders will be subject to similar types of risks and uncertainties as those to which they are currently subject, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties with respect Intersect ENT’s business, prospects and results of operations, as such may be affected by, among other things, the highly competitive industry in which Intersect ENT operates and economic conditions;
iv.
the price of our common stock may decline significantly, and if that were to occur, it is uncertain when, if ever, the price of our common stock would return to the price at which it trades as of the date of this proxy statement;
v.
the Intersect ENT Board will continue to evaluate and review Intersect ENT’s business operations, strategic direction and capitalization, among other things, and will make such changes as are deemed appropriate (irrespective of these efforts, it is possible that no other transaction acceptable to the Intersect ENT Board will be offered or that Intersect ENT’s business, prospects and results of operations will be adversely impacted); and
vi.
under certain specified conditions, Intersect ENT will be required to pay Parent a termination fee. For more information, please see the section of this proxy statement captioned “Proposal 1: Adoption of the Merger Agreement—Termination Fee.”
Merger Consideration
At the Effective Time, each share of common stock (other than excluded shares, which include, for example, shares of common stock owned by stockholders who have properly and validly exercised their statutory rights of appraisal in accordance with Section 262 of the DGCL) outstanding as of immediately prior to the Effective Time will be cancelled and automatically converted into the right to receive the Per Share Merger Consideration, without interest thereon and less any applicable withholding taxes.
After the Merger is completed, you will have the right to receive the Per Share Merger Consideration in respect of each share of common stock that you own (less any applicable withholding taxes), but you will no longer have any rights as a stockholder (except that stockholders who properly exercise their appraisal rights will have a right to receive payment of the “fair value” of their shares as determined pursuant to an appraisal proceeding, as contemplated by Delaware law). For more information, please see the section of this proxy statement captioned “The Merger—Appraisal Rights.”
Background of the Merger
The Intersect ENT Board frequently reviews, with Intersect ENT senior management, and with the assistance of its outside advisors, Intersect ENT’s strategic and financial alternatives in light of developments in Intersect ENT’s business, the sectors in which it competes, the economy generally and financial markets. Over the past eighteen (18) months, this assessment has also been informed by perceptions of the current and prospective impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this process, members of Intersect ENT senior management have engaged in business development and strategic discussions with participants in the medical device, pharmaceutical and healthcare equipment industries, all with the goal of enhancing value for stockholders and delivering the best possible treatments and services to patients and healthcare providers. Intersect ENT’s strategic discussions have also focused on, among other things, collaborations with other medical device companies.
On June 22, 2020, Mr. Thomas A. West, Chief Executive Officer of Intersect ENT, received a telephone call from Mr. Chris Cleary, Vice President of Corporate Development at Medtronic, noting that Medtronic planned to send a letter proposing to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Intersect ENT for a purchase price of $17.50 per share in cash. Later that day, Medtronic provided the proposal letter via email. Mr. West acknowledged receipt of the acquisition proposal letter via email. Mr. West promptly notified the Intersect ENT Board of the acquisition proposal letter. On June 22, 2020, shares of Intersect ENT common stock closed on Nasdaq at $12.60 per share.
On June 25, 2020 the Intersect ENT Board convened via teleconference. At that time, the Intersect ENT Board agreed to establish the Intersect ENT Transaction Advisory Committee to guide the interactions between Intersect ENT, its advisors and Medtronic and to preview any recommendations or proposals prior to full
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Intersect ENT Board review. The Transaction Advisory Committee was comprised of the following Intersect ENT Board members: Kieran Gallahue, Dana Mead and Cindy Lucchese, each of whom are independent directors and were chosen based on their experience with strategic transactions, existing roles on our Intersect ENT Board and willingness to serve on the Transaction Advisory Committee. In addition, the Intersect ENT Board agreed to engage Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC as financial advisor to Intersect ENT (“Goldman Sachs”) and Cooley LLP as Intersect ENT’s outside legal counsel (“Cooley”) for the purpose of assisting the Intersect ENT Board in evaluating the acquisition proposal letter. Over the course of the next few weeks, Intersect ENT senior management, Intersect ENT’s advisors and the Transaction Advisory Committee worked to develop their analyses of the proposed acquisition and of Intersect ENT’s various alternatives thereto in order to present their analyses to the full Intersect ENT Board and respond to the Medtronic offer.
On July 7, 2020, Intersect ENT’s Transaction Advisory Committee held a meeting via teleconference where members of Intersect ENT senior management and Goldman Sachs, relying on certain financial projections prepared by Intersect ENT senior management and approved for Goldman Sachs’ use, presented a valuation model and analysis of the proposed acquisition to Intersect ENT’s Transaction Advisory Committee. Later in the afternoon, after the close of the U.S. financial markets, a Bloomberg article reported that Medtronic had made an offer to acquire Intersect ENT. On July 7, 2020, shares of Intersect ENT common stock closed on Nasdaq at $13.89 per share.
On the morning of July 8, 2020, the Intersect ENT Board held a telephonic meeting with members of Intersect ENT senior management, representatives from Goldman Sachs, and representatives from Cooley in attendance. At the meeting, the Intersect ENT Board discussed the acquisition proposal and determined that the proposed purchase price of $17.50 per share was insufficient to enter into a transaction. The Intersect ENT Board directed the Intersect ENT senior management team to convey this message to Medtronic.
On July 9, 2020, Mr. West contacted Mr. Cleary by telephone and indicated that Medtronic’s proposed purchase price was insufficient to enter into a transaction with Medtronic.
On July 9, 2020, Company A, a competitor in the medical device industry, contacted Mr. West to set up a call for the following day.
On July 10, 2020, Mr. West held a telephonic meeting with a representative of Company A. At the meeting, the representative of Company A noted that they were not planning to make an acquisition proposal, but would like to be included in the process if Intersect ENT decided to engage in a full strategic transaction process.
On July 13, 2020, Medtronic sent Mr. West a revised acquisition proposal letter with a purchase price of $18.50 per share.
On July 14, 2020, Mr. West and Mr. Cleary spoke by telephone, Mr. West confirmed receipt of the revised offer and noted that he would review the offer with the Intersect ENT Board for consideration the following day.
On July 15, 2020, the Intersect ENT Board met with the Intersect ENT senior management team and Intersect ENT’s advisors to discuss the revised offer. After a thorough review of certain financial projections prepared by Intersect ENT senior management, the operating risks relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, Goldman Sachs’ financial analysis and valuation based on these projections and feedback and advice from Cooley, the Intersect ENT Board determined that an offer in the “mid-twenties” would be necessary to proceed and that Mr. West should convey this price target to Medtronic. The Intersect ENT Board indicated that the Intersect ENT senior management team should also deliver a management presentation in order to provide Medtronic with a detailed understanding of Intersect ENT and a high-level, preliminary view of potential synergies with Medtronic.
On July 16, 2020, Mr. West spoke to Mr. Cleary, noting that Intersect ENT would consider a transaction where Intersect ENT would be acquired for a purchase price in the mid-20s per share. Mr. Cleary noted that he would consider the proposal.
On July 21, 2020, Mr. Cleary contacted Mr. West and both agreed that a management presentation might provide the basis for Medtronic seeing increased value for its bid to meet Intersect ENT’s valuation expectations.
On July 28, 2020, Mr. West spoke to Mr. Cleary and finalized the details for the agreed management presentation to further Medtronic’s understanding of Intersect ENT, subject to entering into a confidentiality agreement, which would provide for, among other terms, a standstill obligation for a minimum period of six months. Mr. Cleary accepted. Later that day, Intersect ENT and Medtronic executed a confidentiality agreement,
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which included customary terms and a standstill provision for a six-month period. The standstill provision included customary exclusions such as permitting parties to approach Intersect ENT privately and confidentially and a fall away provision upon the entry or public announcement of certain acquisition transactions.
On July 29, 2020, members of Intersect ENT senior management held a management presentation for Medtronic. Representatives of Goldman Sachs were also in attendance.
Following the completion of the management presentation, Intersect ENT reached out to Medtronic to determine if any additional questions or data requests would be forthcoming. Medtronic indicated in August 2020 that the management presentation had not materially changed its view on valuation. At this time, Intersect ENT was actively engaged in pursuing an acquisition of Fiagon AG. Fiagon AG had been considered as a potential distribution partner of Intersect ENT prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and consideration of potential strategic options were restarted over the course of the summer of 2020. This led to additional Intersect ENT Board meetings to discuss the timing of moving forward with a potential acquisition of Fiagon AG and whether or not to reach out to Medtronic for a further indication of interest. Because Medtronic had reported that the management presentation had not materially changed its view on valuation, the Intersect ENT Board resolved to pursue the acquisition of Fiagon AG and instructed the Intersect ENT senior management team to proceed on that basis.
On September 15, 2020, Intersect ENT’s acquisition of Fiagon AG was announced before the U.S. financial markets opened.
Following the announcement of the acquisition of Fiagon AG, there were periodic, high-level conversations between Intersect ENT and Medtronic. These conversations did not lead to further discussions regarding potential transaction terms, and Intersect ENT did not engage further with Medtronic during the remainder of 2020 or the first half of 2021.
On July 7, 2021, Mr. Cleary reached out to Intersect ENT seeking to speak with Mr. West.
On July 8, 2021, Medtronic sent a letter proposing to acquire Intersect ENT at purchase price of $24.00 per share in cash to Mr. Kieran Gallahue, Chairman of the Intersect ENT Board, as Mr. West was not immediately available. Later the same day, Mr. West spoke with Mr. Richard Meier, the chief financial officer of Intersect ENT, to discuss the written proposal from Medtronic.
On the morning of July 10, 2021, the Intersect ENT Board held a telephone conference call to discuss Medtronic’s revised offer of $24.00 per share in cash. Members of Intersect ENT senior management, representatives from Goldman Sachs, and representatives from Cooley were in attendance.
On July 13, 2021, the Intersect ENT senior management team reviewed in greater detail with the Intersect ENT Board the Medtronic offer at $24.00 per share, as well as the additional financial implications of this offer. Representatives of Goldman Sachs and Cooley were also in attendance. At such meeting, the Intersect ENT Board noted that while the offer at $24.00 per share was potentially attractive based on a thorough review of certain financial projections, the operating risks relating to COVID-19 pandemic, Goldman Sachs’ financial analysis and valuation based on the projections and feedback and advice from Cooley, the offer would need to be in the high-20s per share in order for Intersect ENT to consider entering into a transaction. In particular, it was noted that the position of Intersect ENT had materially improved over the course of the last year with the demonstrated recovery of PROPEL despite ongoing the COVID-19 pandemic challenges, the office-based business for both PROPEL and SINUVA had expanded and the addition of Fiagon navigation and balloon products had taken place. Later that day, Mr. West spoke to Mr. Cleary noting that the Intersect ENT Board would consider an offer in the high-20s per share if such a transaction could be consummated in a prompt manner.
On July 19, 2021, Intersect ENT and Medtronic entered into an amendment to the original confidentiality agreement previously entered into on July 28, 2020. The confidentiality agreement included a Medtronic six-month standstill period. Later that day, Intersect ENT began populating and opened a virtual data room.
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On July 20, 2021, members of Intersect ENT senior management held a management presentation for Medtronic employees across a range of functions. That same day, Intersect ENT and Medtronic executed a confidentiality agreement for certain highly confidential information relating to Intersect ENT. The Intersect ENT senior management team met with the Intersect ENT Board on a teleconference later in the day to de-brief the Intersect ENT Board on the management presentation.
On July 21, 2021, Mr. West received a telephone call from Mr. Cleary at Medtronic revising the proposal to $27.00 per share. Later that evening, Mr. West and members of Intersect ENT senior management met with the Transaction Advisory Committee previously established by the Intersect ENT Board to report on the improved Medtronic offer of $27.00 per share in cash. The Transaction Advisory Committee and Mr. West agreed to seek $29.50 per share in cash in order to maximize the potential value to Intersect ENT stockholders but to also indicate to Medtronic that a price below $30.00 would be considered. Later that day, Mr. West conveyed to Mr. Cleary the specific price target of $29.50 per share. Mr. Cleary indicated that $29.50 per share did not constitute any material movement on Intersect ENT’s part, despite Medtronic’s improved offer from $24.00 per share to $27.00 per share, and that Medtronic expected a compromise valuation in order to come to an agreement.
On July 23, 2021, Mr. Cleary called Mr. West and increased Medtronic’s bid from $27.00 per share in cash to $28.25 per share in cash. A telephonic meeting of the Intersect ENT Board was convened for later that day. The Intersect ENT Board, members of Intersect ENT senior management and representatives from Goldman Sachs and Cooley met to discuss the latest offer. The Intersect ENT Board authorized Mr. West to negotiate towards a price of $28.50 per share in cash. However, they noted that Mr. West could accept $28.25 per share in cash. Mr. West contacted Mr. Cleary to request an increased offer of $28.50 per share. Mr. Cleary agreed to take the counter offer back to Medtronic management. Mr. Cleary subsequently called Mr. West indicating that there could be no further movement beyond $28.25 per share. Mr. West accepted $28.25 per share as the final offer, noting that he expected Medtronic to conclude its diligence within an agreed time frame and in the ordinary course for public company transactions. Mr. West communicated the outcome of the negotiation and the agreement for $28.25 per share to the Intersect ENT Board. That same day, Intersect ENT granted data room access to Medtronic and its legal advisors.
On July 27, 2021 and July 28, 2021, a team from Medtronic visited Intersect ENT’s Menlo Park, California facility for the purposes of conducting onsite due diligence. The focus of diligence was on operations, quality, regulatory and product innovation. Members of Intersect ENT senior management were also in attendance throughout.
On July 27, 2021, Ropes & Gray LLP, Medtronic’s outside legal counsel (“Ropes”), sent an initial draft of the Merger Agreement to Cooley. The initial draft of the Merger Agreement proposed, among other things, an Intersect ENT termination fee of 3.75% of the transaction value and a Medtronic termination fee of 3.75% of the transaction value.
On August 1, 2021, Cooley sent Ropes a revised draft of the Merger Agreement, which proposed, among other things, an Intersect ENT termination fee of 2.5% of the transaction value and a Medtronic termination fee equal to the greater of (i) the aggregate amount outstanding under the unsecured loan to be entered into during the pre-closing period between Intersect ENT and Medtronic and (ii) 10% of the transaction value. Cooley also sent Ropes an initial draft of the financing term sheet, which included an interest rate of 3.25% and did not include a cap on amounts Intersect ENT could borrow.
On August 2, 2021, Ropes sent Cooley a revised draft of the Merger Agreement, which proposed, among other things, an Intersect ENT termination fee of 3.5% of the transaction value and removed the proposed Medtronic termination fee. That same day, Ropes sent Cooley a revised draft of the financing term sheet, which included a cap on the amounts Intersect ENT could borrow under the unsecured loan, ranging from $75-$90 million, and an interest rate of 7.5%. The parties continued to negotiate the term sheet until August 5, 2021, ultimately agreeing to a cap of $75 million under the unsecured loan and an interest rate of 5%.
On August 2, 2021, representatives of Goldman Sachs delivered a relationship disclosure letter to the Intersect ENT senior management team who provided it to the Intersect ENT Board, providing information regarding certain of Goldman Sachs’ relationships with certain affiliates of Medtronic, which the Intersect ENT Board did not believe would adversely affect Goldman Sachs’ independence.
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On August 3, 2021, Cooley sent Ropes the initial draft of the disclosure schedules, which the parties continued to revise and negotiate until immediately prior to signing the Merger Agreement.
On August 3, 2021, Intersect ENT entered into an engagement letter with Goldman Sachs, whereby Goldman Sachs would act as the exclusive financial advisor in connection with the possible sale of Intersect ENT and undertake a study to enable Goldman Sachs to render an opinion as to the fairness from a financial point of view of the financial consideration to be paid to stockholders of Intersect ENT in connection with the sale of the shares of its outstanding common stock.
On August 4, 2021, Cooley sent Ropes a revised draft of the Merger Agreement, which draft proposed, among other things, an Intersect ENT termination fee of 2.65% of the transaction value and a proposed Medtronic termination fee in the form of forgiveness of the unsecured loan. Later that day, Ropes returned the draft Merger Agreement to Cooley, which draft proposed among other things a 2.8% Intersect ENT termination fee and a cap on the amount of the Medtronic termination fee not to exceed $75 million.
On August 5, 2021, Cooley and Ropes exchanged further drafts of the Merger Agreement.
On that same day, the Intersect ENT Board held a videoconference with representatives of Intersect ENT senior management, Cooley and Goldman Sachs, to consider the definitive deal documents, including the Merger Agreement. Representatives of Goldman Sachs orally rendered its opinion to the Intersect ENT Board, subsequently confirmed by delivery of a written opinion, to the effect that, as of August 5, 2021 and based upon and subject to various assumptions, qualifications, limitations and other matters set forth in such opinion, the $28.25 in cash per share to be received pursuant to, and in accordance with, the terms of the Merger Agreement by the holders of shares of Intersect ENT common stock, in their capacity as such holders (other than Medtronic and its affiliates), was fair, from a financial point of view, to such holders (other than Medtronic and its affiliates). For more information about Goldman Sachs’ opinion, see below under the caption “The Merger—Opinion of Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC”. Following that delivery, representatives of Cooley provided a review for the Intersect ENT Board of its fiduciary duties and reviewed certain material terms of the proposed final Merger Agreement, including (i) key closing conditions such as antitrust approval and a detailed discussion relating to the potential antitrust risks involved with the transaction, (ii) restrictions on Intersect ENT’s ability to operate its business between sign and close, (iii) the treatment of equity awards, (iv) a “no-shop” restriction requiring Intersect ENT to cease all third-party negotiations or discussions and prohibiting Intersect ENT from further soliciting other acquisition proposals (subject to a fiduciary out for a superior proposal), (v) the interim loan facility for up to $75 million with an interest rate of 5% per annum, (vi) the 2.8% termination fee to be paid by Intersect ENT if the agreement is terminated due to the acceptance of a superior proposal, a Intersect ENT Board recommendation change or in the event of termination under certain other circumstances if Intersect ENT entered into an alternative agreement within one year thereafter, and (vii) the termination fee payable by Medtronic in an amount equal to the amount of the interim term loan outstanding if the transaction failed due to antitrust reasons. Representatives of Cooley answered questions from members of the Intersect ENT Board regarding the terms of the Merger Agreement. After the presentation by Cooley, the Intersect ENT Board continued to discuss the potential transaction with Medtronic, Intersect ENT’s various alternatives thereto and the reasons that the Intersect ENT Board believed that the proposed Merger with Medtronic, Merger Agreement and other transactions contemplated thereby, were advisable and in the best interests of Intersect ENT and its stockholders. For more information concerning the recommendation of the Intersect ENT Board, see the section titled “The Merger Agreement—Reasons for the Merger.” Following such discussion, the Intersect ENT Board unanimously determined that the Merger, Merger Agreement and the other transactions contemplated thereby were advisable and in the best interests of Intersect ENT and its stockholders, and authorized Intersect ENT senior management to execute the final Merger Agreement and related definitive documents with Medtronic.
On August 6, 2021, Intersect ENT and Medtronic executed the Merger Agreement.
The same day, and prior to the opening of the U.S. stock markets and the announcement of Intersect ENT’s second quarter earnings release, the parties issued a joint press release announcing the execution of the Merger Agreement, which Intersect ENT filed later that morning with a Current Report on Form 8-K.
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Recommendation of the Intersect ENT Board and Reasons for the Merger
Recommendation of the Intersect ENT Board
The Intersect ENT Board has unanimously: (i) determined that the Merger and the Transactions are fair to and in the best interests of Intersect ENT and its stockholders, (ii) approved and declared it advisable, to enter into the Merger Agreement; (iii) directed that the adoption of the Merger Agreement be submitted to a vote of the stockholders of the Company at the Special Meeting; and (iv) subject to the other terms and conditions of the Merger Agreement, resolved to recommend, on behalf of Intersect ENT, that all Intersect ENT stockholders to approve the adoption of the Merger Agreement and approve the Merger in accordance with the DGCL.
The Intersect ENT Board unanimously recommends, on behalf of Intersect ENT, that you vote: (1) “FOR” the adoption the Merger Agreement; (2) “FOR”, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the Compensation Proposal; and (3) “FOR” the adjournment of the Special Meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies if there are insufficient votes to adopt the Merger Agreement at the time of the Special Meeting.
Reasons for the Merger
The Intersect ENT Board considered the following reasons (which are not listed in any relative order of importance), all of which it viewed as generally supporting its decision:
the Per Share Merger Consideration of $28.25 in cash and the current and historical trading price of Intersect ENT’s common stock, including that the Per Share Merger Consideration constituted a premium of:
approximately 45.1% to the 30-day volume weighted average price of Intersect ENT common stock of $19.46, ending on July 30, 2021; and
approximately 15.2% to $24.52, the closing price of Intersect ENT’s common stock on August 5, 2021, the last full trading day prior to public announcement of Intersect ENT’s entry into the Merger Agreement;
the belief that the Per Share Merger Consideration represented the highest price that Medtronic was willing to pay (see above under the caption “The Merger—Background of the Merger), and the highest price per share value reasonably obtainable as of the date of the Merger Agreement;
the fact that, during the course of negotiations with Medtronic (see above under the caption “The Merger—Background of the Merger), Medtronic increased the price per share to be paid to Intersect ENT’s stockholders from $24.00 per share on July 8, 2021 to $28.25 per share by July 23, 2021, a 17.7% premium to the initial offer from Medtronic;
the potential risk of losing the favorable opportunity with Medtronic in the event Intersect ENT continued trying to obtain any additional offers at higher prices;
the fact that the all-cash Per Share Merger Consideration to be paid by Medtronic provides Intersect ENT stockholders with certainty of value and liquidity for their shares upon the completion of the Merger and does not expose them to any subsequent risks related to the business or the financial markets generally, as compared to a transaction in which Intersect ENT stockholders receive shares or other securities, or as compared to Intersect ENT remaining independent;
the Intersect ENT Board’s views of the potential rewards, risks and uncertainties inherent in Intersect ENT’s business, including risks associated with management’s standalone plan, Intersect ENT’s financial performance, market conditions (including the ongoing risks and uncertainties around COVID-19 and related variants on return to work and day-to-day operations of Intersect ENT) and changing competitive dynamics;
the belief that the Per Share Merger Consideration is more favorable to stockholders than the potential value that would reasonably be expected to result from other strategic and financial alternatives available to Intersect ENT, which could include: (i) the continuation of Intersect ENT’s business plan as an independent enterprise, as assessed based on its historical results of operations, financial prospects and condition; and (ii) modifications to Intersect ENT’s business and operations strategy;
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the belief that the aforementioned other alternatives were not reasonably likely to create greater value for Intersect ENT’s stockholders than the Merger, taking into account, among other variables, execution risks as well as operational, competitive, regulatory, industry and market risks, particularly those in the healthcare industry more generally;
the fact that Medtronic has sufficient financial resources to fund the aggregate purchase price, payments required to holders of the 4.0% unsecured senior convertible notes issued pursuant to the Deerfield Convertible Facility Agreement (as defined below) (the “Deerfield Convertible Notes”) arising as a result of the Merger, the unsecured subordinated loan facility contemplated by the Merger Agreement and fees and expenses required to be paid at the Closing of the Merger;
the oral opinion of Goldman Sachs, subsequently confirmed in writing, to the effect that, as of August 5, 2021, and based upon and subject to the assumptions, qualifications, limitations, and other matters set forth in such written opinion, the Per Share Merger Consideration to be paid to the holders (other than Medtronic and its affiliates) of the outstanding shares of Intersect ENT common stock pursuant to the Merger Agreement was fair from a financial point of view to such holders, as more fully described below under the section of this proxy statement captioned “The Merger–Opinion of Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC,” the full text of which written opinion is attached as Annex B to this proxy statement and is incorporated by reference in this proxy statement in its entirety;
the likelihood of satisfying the conditions to complete the Merger and the likelihood that the Merger will be completed, particularly in light of certain terms of the Merger Agreement, including:
the commitment of Medtronic in the Merger Agreement to use its reasonable best efforts to complete the Merger, including its commitment to negotiate, agree to and consummate the sale, divestiture, license or other disposition of the Fiagon Business, irrespective of economic consequences, as promptly as practicable and in any event such that such sale, divestiture, license or other disposition may be consummated in advance of the End Date (subject to certain limitations described in the Merger Agreement, as described below under the caption “The Merger Agreement—Antitrust Actions”);
the fact that the aggregate amounts outstanding under the unsecured subordinated loans provided by Medtronic pursuant to the Merger Agreement (i.e., an aggregate principal amount of up to $75 million to be funded, at the option of Intersect ENT, in five tranches of $15 million per fiscal quarter) plus all accrued and unpaid interest thereunder shall no longer be due and payable to Medtronic if the Merger Agreement is terminated in certain circumstances relating to the failure of Medtronic to obtain requisite regulatory clearance or a breach by Medtronic of certain regulatory covenants (subject to a cure period);
the fact that Medtronic’s obligation to complete the Merger is not conditioned upon, nor limited by, the receipt of third-party debt financing or the completion of any marketing period;
the conditions to closing contained in the Merger Agreement, which are customary in number and scope, and which, in the case of the condition related to the accuracy of Intersect ENT’s representations and warranties, are generally subject to a “Material Adverse Effect” qualification (see below under the caption “The Merger Agreement—Conditions to the Closing of the Merger” for more information); and
Intersect ENT’s entitlement to specific performance to prevent breaches of the Merger Agreement;
the terms of the Merger Agreement permitting Intersect ENT to respond to unsolicited alternative proposals and the related terms of the Merger Agreement, including:
the ability, under certain circumstances after the Agreement Date, to furnish information to, and conduct negotiations with, third parties regarding Acquisition Proposals;
Intersect ENT’s ability to terminate the Merger Agreement in order to accept a Superior Proposal, subject to certain conditions of the Merger Agreement and paying Medtronic a termination fee of $29.25 million (see below under the caption “The Merger Agreement—Fees and Expenses; Termination Fee”);
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the fact that the Intersect ENT Board believed and continues to believe that the termination fee of $29.25 million, which is approximately 2.8% of the implied transaction value of the Merger, is reasonable, is within the market averages for such fees payable in comparable transactions, and is not preclusive of, or a substantial impediment to, other offers;
the fact that the adoption of the Merger Agreement is subject to approval by the holders of a majority of the shares of Intersect ENT’s common stock, and Intersect ENT’s stockholders would be able to reject the Merger;
the availability of appraisal rights under Section 262 of the DGCL to Intersect ENT’s stockholders who do not vote in favor of the adoption of the Merger Agreement and comply with all of the required procedures under Delaware law, which provides those eligible stockholders with an opportunity to have a Delaware court determine the fair value of their shares, which may be determined to be more than, less than, or the same as the amount such stockholders would have received under the Merger Agreement;
the ability of Intersect ENT to generally continue to operate its business in the ordinary course and consistent with its operating plan during the pre-closing period; and
the fact that Medtronic agreed to provide Intersect ENT with pre-closing financing pursuant to an unsecured subordinated loan facility in an aggregate principal amount of up to $75 million to be funded, at the option of Intersect ENT, in five tranches of $15 million per fiscal quarter, as described further below under the caption “The Merger Agreement—Unsecured Subordinated Loan Facility”.
The Intersect ENT Board also considered a number of uncertainties and risks concerning the Merger, including the following reasons (which reasons are not necessarily presented in order of relative importance):
the fact that Intersect ENT would no longer exist as an independent, publicly traded company, and stockholders would no longer participate in any future earnings or growth and would not benefit from any potential future appreciation in value of Intersect ENT;
the risks and costs to Intersect ENT if the Merger does not close or is not completed in a timely manner, including the diversion of management and employee attention, and the potential effect on our business and relationships with customers, partners and employees;
the fact that Medtronic’s commitments in the Merger Agreement to seek to complete the Merger are subject to specified limitations and that the necessary antitrust clearances to complete the Merger might not be obtained in a timely manner, or at all (see the section entitled “The Merger Agreement—Antitrust Actions” for more information);
the requirement that Intersect ENT pay to Medtronic a termination fee of $29.25 million, under certain circumstances following termination of the Merger Agreement, including if the Intersect ENT Board terminates the Merger Agreement to accept a Superior Proposal or Medtronic terminates the Merger Agreement based on a knowing, material breach by Intersect ENT of the non-solicitation provisions of the Merger Agreement or if the Intersect ENT Board changes its recommendation (see below under the caption “The Merger Agreement— Fees and Expenses; Termination Fee”);
the restrictions on the conduct of Intersect ENT’s business prior to the consummation of the Merger, which may delay or prevent Intersect ENT from undertaking business opportunities that may arise before the completion of the Merger and that, absent the Merger Agreement, Intersect ENT might have pursued;
the fact that an all cash transaction would generally be taxable to Intersect ENT’s stockholders that are U.S. persons for U.S. federal income tax purposes;
the fact that, under the terms of the Merger Agreement, Intersect ENT is unable to solicit other Acquisition Proposals after the Agreement Date until the termination of the Merger Agreement;
the significant costs involved in connection with entering into the Merger Agreement and completing the Merger (many of which are payable whether or not the Merger is consummated) and the substantial time and effort of Intersect ENT management required to complete the Merger, which may disrupt its business operations and have a negative effect on its financial results;
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the risk that the Merger might not be completed and the effect of the resulting public announcement of termination of the Merger Agreement on the trading price of Intersect ENT’s common stock;
the fact that the completion of the Merger will require antitrust clearance in the United States and under certain foreign antitrust or competition laws;
the fact that Intersect ENT’s directors and officers may have interests in the Merger that may be different from, or in addition to, those of Intersect ENT’s stockholders (see below under the caption “The Merger—Interests of Intersect ENT’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger”); and
the possible loss of key management or other personnel of Intersect ENT during the pendency of the Merger.
The foregoing discussion of reasons for the recommendation to adopt the Merger Agreement and approve the Merger and the transactions contemplated thereby addresses the information and reasons considered by the Intersect ENT Board in consideration of its recommendation. In view of the wide variety of reasons considered by the Intersect ENT Board in connection with its evaluation of the Merger and the complexity of these matters, the Intersect ENT Board did not find it practicable to, and did not, quantify or otherwise assign relative weights to the specific reasons considered in reaching its determination and recommendation. Rather, in considering the information and reasons described above, each individual member of the Intersect ENT Board applied his or her own personal business judgment to the decision-making process and may have given differing weights to differing reasons. The Intersect ENT Board based its unanimous recommendation on the totality of the information presented. The explanation of the reasons and reasoning set forth above contains forward-looking statements that should be read in conjunction with the section of this proxy statement entitled “Forward-Looking Statements.”
Opinion of Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC
Goldman Sachs rendered its opinion to the Intersect ENT Board that, as of August 5, 2021, and based upon and subject to the factors and assumptions set forth therein, the $28.25 in cash per share of Intersect ENT common stock to be paid to the holders (other than Medtronic and its affiliates) of the outstanding shares of Intersect ENT common stock pursuant to the Merger Agreement was fair from a financial point of view to such holders. The full text of the written opinion of Goldman Sachs, dated August 5, 2021, which sets forth assumptions made, procedures followed, matters considered and limitations on the review undertaken in connection with the opinion, is attached as Annex B. Goldman Sachs provided advisory services and its opinion for the information and assistance of the Intersect ENT Board in connection with its consideration of the Merger. The Goldman Sachs opinion is not a recommendation as to how any holder of shares of Intersect ENT common stock should vote with respect to the Merger or any other matter.
In connection with rendering the opinion described above and performing its related financial analyses, Goldman Sachs reviewed, among other things:
the Merger Agreement;
annual reports to stockholders and Annual Reports on Form 10-K of Intersect ENT for the five fiscal years ended December 31, 2020;
certain interim reports to stockholders and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q of Intersect ENT;
certain other communications from Intersect ENT to its stockholders;
certain publicly available research analyst reports for Intersect ENT; and
certain internal financial analyses and forecasts for Intersect ENT, which include the estimated benefits of Intersect ENT’s net operating losses, prepared by management of Intersect ENT, as approved for Goldman Sachs’ use by Intersect ENT, referred to in this section as the “Forecasts”.
Goldman Sachs also held discussions with members of the senior management of Intersect ENT regarding their assessment of the past and current business operations, financial condition and future prospects of Intersect ENT; reviewed the reported price and trading activity for Intersect ENT common stock; compared certain
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financial and stock market information for Intersect ENT with similar information for certain other companies the securities of which are publicly traded; reviewed the financial terms of certain recent business combinations in the medical technology industry and in other industries; and performed such other studies and analyses, and considered such other factors, as it deemed appropriate.
For purposes of rendering its opinion, Goldman Sachs, with Intersect ENT’s consent, relied upon and assumed the accuracy and completeness of all of the financial, legal, regulatory, tax, accounting and other information provided to, discussed with or reviewed by it, without assuming any responsibility for independent verification thereof. In that regard, Goldman Sachs assumed with Intersect ENT’s consent that the Forecasts were reasonably prepared on a basis reflecting the best currently available estimates and judgments of the management of Intersect ENT. Goldman Sachs did not make an independent evaluation or appraisal of the assets and liabilities (including any contingent, derivative or other off-balance-sheet assets and liabilities) of Intersect ENT or any of its subsidiaries, and Goldman Sachs was not furnished with any such evaluation or appraisal. Goldman Sachs assumed that all governmental, regulatory or other consents and approvals necessary for the consummation of the Merger will be obtained without any adverse effect on the expected benefits of the Merger in any way meaningful to its analysis. Goldman Sachs also assumed that the Merger will be consummated on the terms set forth in the Merger Agreement, without the waiver or modification of any term or condition the effect of which would be in any way meaningful to its analysis.
Goldman Sachs’ opinion does not address the underlying business decision of Intersect ENT to engage in the Merger or the relative merits of the Merger as compared to any strategic alternatives that may be available to Intersect ENT; nor does it address any legal, regulatory, tax or accounting matters. Goldman Sachs’ opinion addresses only the fairness from a financial point of view, as of the date of the opinion, of the $28.25 in cash per share of Intersect ENT common stock to be paid to the holders (other than Medtronic and its affiliates) of the outstanding shares of Intersect ENT common stock pursuant to the Merger Agreement. Goldman Sachs’ opinion does not express any view on, and does not address, any other term or aspect of the Merger Agreement or the Merger or any term or aspect of any other agreement or instrument contemplated by the Merger Agreement or entered into or amended in connection with the Merger, including, the fairness of the Merger to, or any consideration received in connection therewith by, the holders of any other class of securities, creditors, or other constituencies of Intersect ENT; nor as to the fairness of the amount or nature of any compensation to be paid or payable to any of the officers, directors or employees of Intersect ENT, or class of such persons in connection with the Merger, whether relative to the $28.25 in cash per share of Intersect ENT common stock to be paid to the holders (other than Medtronic and its affiliates) of the outstanding shares of Intersect ENT common stock pursuant to the Merger Agreement or otherwise. Goldman Sachs does not express any opinion as to the prices at which the shares of Intersect ENT common stock will trade at any time, as to the potential effects of volatility in the credit, financial and stock markets on Intersect ENT, Medtronic or the Merger, or as to the impact of the Merger on the solvency or viability of Intersect ENT, Medtronic or Merger Sub, or the ability of Intersect ENT, Medtronic or Merger Sub to pay their respective obligations when they come due. In addition, Goldman Sachs’ opinion was necessarily based on economic, monetary, market and other conditions, as in effect on, and the information made available to it as of, the date of the opinion, and Goldman Sachs assumed no responsibility for updating, revising or reaffirming its opinion based on circumstances, developments or events occurring after the date of its opinion. Goldman Sachs’ opinion was approved by a fairness committee of Goldman Sachs.
The following is a summary of the material financial analyses delivered by Goldman Sachs to the Intersect ENT Board in connection with rendering the opinion described above. The following summary, however, does not purport to be a complete description of the financial analyses performed by Goldman Sachs, nor does the order of analyses described represent relative importance or weight given to those analyses by Goldman Sachs. Some of the summaries of the financial analyses include information presented in tabular format. The tables must be read together with the full text of each summary and are alone not a complete description of Goldman Sachs’ financial analyses. Except as otherwise noted, the following quantitative information, to the extent that it is based on market data, is based on market data as it existed on or before August 4, 2021, the last trading day before Goldman Sachs orally rendered its opinion to the Intersect ENT Board, and is not necessarily indicative of current market conditions.
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Implied Premia Analysis
Goldman Sachs calculated and compared the implied premia described below based on the $28.25 in cash per share to be paid to the holders of the outstanding shares of Intersect ENT common stock pursuant to the Merger Agreement.
Goldman Sachs calculated the implied premia represented by the Per Share Merger Consideration relative to:
$24.52, the closing trading price of the shares on August 5, 2021, the last trading day before the announcement of the Merger (which we refer to as the “Current Share Price”);
$26.62, the highest closing trading price per share for the 52-week period ended August 5, 2021 (which we refer to as the “52-Week High Price”); and
$15.14, the lowest closing trading price per share for the 52-week period ended August 5, 2021 (which we refer to as the “52-Week Low Price”).
The results of these calculations and comparisons are as follows:
 
Implied Premium
Represented by $28.25 in Per
Share Merger Consideration
Reference Price Per Share:
 
Current Share Price of $24.52
15.2%
52-Week High Price of $26.62
6.1%
52-Week Low Price of $15.14
86.6%
Illustrative Discounted Cash Flow Analysis
Using the Forecasts, Goldman Sachs performed an illustrative discounted cash flow analysis on Intersect ENT to derive a range of illustrative present values per share.
Using discount rates ranging from 9.50% to 10.50%, reflecting estimates of Intersect ENT’s weighted average cost of capital, utilizing a mid-year convention, Goldman Sachs derived a range of illustrative enterprise values for Intersect ENT, by discounting to present value as of June 30, 2021, (a) estimates of the unlevered free cash flow to be generated by Intersect ENT for the period from July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2035, including the estimated tax savings associated with Intersect ENT’s net operating losses during such period, all as reflected in the Forecasts, and (b) a range of illustrative terminal values for Intersect ENT, calculated by applying perpetuity growth rates ranging from 2.5% to 3.5% to a terminal year estimate of the unlevered free cash flow to be generated by Intersect ENT, as reflected in the Forecasts (which analysis implied a range of multiples of next twelve-month terminal EBITDA (defined as operating income plus depreciation and amortization (excluding transaction-related amortization)) of 9.5x to 12.8x). Goldman Sachs derived such discount rates by application of the capital asset pricing model, which requires certain company-specific inputs, including Intersect ENT’s target capital structure weightings, the cost of long-term debt, future applicable marginal cash tax rate and a beta for Intersect ENT, as well as certain financial metrics for the United States financial markets generally. The range of perpetuity growth rates was estimated by Goldman Sachs utilizing its professional judgment and experience, taking into account the Forecasts and market expectations regarding long-term real growth of gross domestic product and inflation.
Goldman Sachs derived a range of illustrative enterprise values for Intersect ENT by adding the range of present values it derived in step (a) as described in the above paragraph to the range of present values it derived in step (b) as described in the above paragraph. Goldman Sachs then subtracted Intersect ENT’s net debt as of June 30, 2021, as provided by management of Intersect ENT, from such combined range to derive a range of illustrative equity values for Intersect ENT. Goldman Sachs then divided the range of illustrative equity values it derived by the total number of fully diluted shares outstanding as of August 2, 2021 calculated using treasury stock method, and assuming a $60 million dollar equity offering in the second half of 2021 at a 15% discount to the $24.48 current stock price, in each case as provided by the management of Intersect ENT, to derive a range of illustrative present values per share of $22.06 to $28.37.
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Illustrative Present Value of Future Share Price Analysis
Goldman Sachs performed an illustrative analysis of the implied present value of an illustrative future value per share of Intersect ENT common stock. For this analysis, Goldman Sachs used the Forecasts for each of the calendar years 2022 to 2024. Goldman Sachs first calculated the implied enterprise value of Intersect ENT as of December 31 for each of the calendar years 2021 to 2023, by multiplying the one-year forward revenue as of such date by an illustrative range of multiples of 4.5x to 6.5x. These illustrative multiples were derived by Goldman Sachs utilizing its professional judgment and experience based on various factors, including Intersect ENT’s historical trading multiples as well as the historical trading multiples of comparable public companies. To derive illustrative implied equity values per Intersect ENT common stock, Goldman Sachs then subtracted the amount of Intersect ENT’s projected net debt as of December 31, 2021, 2022, and 2023, respectively, as provided by management of Intersect ENT, from the range of implied enterprise values. Goldman Sachs then divided these implied equity values by the number of fully diluted shares outstanding, as provided by management of Intersect ENT and calculated using treasury stock method, to determine implied equity values per share of Intersect ENT common stock as of December 31, 2021, 2022, and 2023. Goldman Sachs then discounted these implied equity values per share to June 30, 2021, using a discount rate of 10.0%, reflecting an estimate of Intersect ENT’s cost of equity. These analyses resulted in a range of implied present values of $19.02 to $30.16 per share.
Selected Transactions Analysis
Goldman Sachs analyzed certain publicly available information relating to certain acquisition transactions announced over the last 10 years involving target companies in the medical technology industry with an implied enterprise value ranging from $500 million to $4 billion.
While none of the target companies in the selected transactions are directly comparable to Intersect ENT and none of the selected transactions are directly comparable to the Merger, the target companies in the selected transactions are companies with certain operations that, for the purposes of analysis, Goldman Sachs considered to be sufficiently similar, in its judgement, to certain operations of Intersect ENT based on various factors, including those in the medical technology sector in some cases with similar characteristics in some respects as Intersect ENT.
Using publicly available information, for each of the selected transactions, Goldman Sachs calculated the implied enterprise value of the applicable target company based on the consideration paid in the applicable transaction, as a multiple of the estimated revenue of the target company for the last twelve-month (“LTM Revenue”) period ended prior to announcement of each applicable transaction, as disclosed in public company filings and other publicly available information. The selected transactions and the implied enterprise value to LTM Revenue multiples calculated for the transactions are set forth below:
Announced
Acquiror
Target
EV ($bn)
EV / LTM
Revenue
April 29, 2013
Bayer HealthCare LLC
Conceptus, Inc.
1.1
7.9x
December 8, 2013
Covidien plc
Given Imaging Ltd.
0.9
5.2x
July 22, 2015
St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Thoratec Corporation
3.4
7.2x
February 1, 2016
Stryker Corporation
Sage Products, LLC
2.8
6.5x
June 7, 2016
Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
LDR Holding Corporation
1.0
6.2x
December 2, 2016
Teleflex Incorporated
Vascular Solutions, Inc.
1.0
6.0x
December 20, 2016
Allergan plc
Acelity L.P. Inc. (LifeCell Corporation)
2.9
6.4x
February 13, 2017
Allergan plc
ZELTIQ® Aesthetics, Inc.
2.4
6.8x
June 19, 2017
Stryker Corporation
NOVADAQ Technologies Inc.
0.6
7.7x
June 28, 2017
Royal Philips
Spectranetics Corporation
2.1
7.5x
August 7, 2017
Fresenius Medical Care
NxStage Medical, Inc.
2.0
5.3x
December 7, 2017
Stryker Corporation
Entellus Medical, Inc.
0.7
7.7x
May 3, 2018
CDH Investments
Sirtex Medical Limited
1.4
8.0x
August 30, 2018
Stryker Corporation
K2M Group Holdings, Inc.
1.3
4.9x
October 6, 2020
STERIS plc
Key Surgical
0.9
5.0x
October 28, 2020
Teleflex Incorporated
Z-Medica LLC
0.5
8.1x
December 18, 2020
Royal Philips
BioTelemetry, Inc.
2.8
6.4x
January 19, 2021
Royal Philips
Capsule Technologies, Inc.
0.6
6.4x
January 20, 2021
Haemonetics Corporation
Cardiva Medical, Inc.
0.5
7.3x
January 21, 2021
Boston Scientific
Preventice Solutions, Inc.
1.2
7.8x
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The analysis indicated a median implied enterprise value to LTM Revenue multiple of 6.6x for the selected transactions. Based on the results of the foregoing calculations and Goldman Sachs’ analyses of the various transactions and its professional judgment and experience, Goldman Sachs applied a reference range of enterprise value to LTM EBITDA multiples of 5.0x to 8.0x to Intersect ENT’s LTM Revenue as of June 30, 2021 to derive a range of implied enterprise values for Intersect ENT. Goldman Sachs subtracted from this range of implied enterprise values (a) cash payment to holders of Intersect ENT’s options, RSUs, performance-based options, PSUs, and convertible debt and (b) Intersect ENT’s net debt as of June 30, 2021, as provided by management of Intersect ENT, and divided the result by the implied total number of basic shares outstanding as of August 2, 2021, based on the derived range of illustrative equity values, to derive a range of implied values per share of $14.70 to $22.70.
Premia Paid Analysis
Goldman Sachs reviewed and analyzed, using publicly available data, the premia paid in acquisitions of publicly traded companies in the United States announced during the period from January 1, 2016 through August 4, 2021 in which the target company had an implied enterprise value of $0.5 billion to $4.0 billion. For the entire period from January 1, 2016 through August 4, 2021, Goldman Sachs calculated the 25th percentile and 75th percentile of the premia paid in acquisitions announced during such period relative to the target company’s unaffected stock price at the close of trading on the day prior to the original announcement of the transaction.
Based on its review of the foregoing data and its professional judgment and experience, Goldman Sachs applied a reference range of illustrative premia of 9%-41% (based on the 25th percentile and 75th percentile of the premia paid in acquisitions announced in the entire period relative to the target company’s share price over the 1-trading day prior to the original announcement of the transaction) to the closing price per share on August 4, 2021 of $24.48. This analysis resulted in a range of implied values per share of $26.67 to $34.53.
General
The preparation of a fairness opinion is a complex process and is not necessarily susceptible to partial analysis or summary description. Selecting portions of the analyses or of the summary set forth above, without considering the analyses as a whole, could create an incomplete view of the processes underlying Goldman Sachs’ opinion. In arriving at its fairness determination, Goldman Sachs considered the results of all of its analyses and did not attribute any particular weight to any factor or analysis considered by it. Rather, Goldman Sachs made its determination as to fairness on the basis of its experience and professional judgment after considering the results of all of its analyses. No company or transaction used in the above analyses as a comparison is directly comparable to Intersect ENT or Medtronic or the Merger.
Goldman Sachs prepared these analyses for purposes of Goldman Sachs’ providing its opinion to the Intersect ENT Board as to the fairness from a financial point of view, as of the date of the opinion, to the holders (other than Medtronic and its affiliates) of the outstanding shares of Intersect ENT common stock of the $28.25 in cash per share of Intersect ENT common stock to be paid to such holders pursuant to the Merger Agreement. These analyses do not purport to be appraisals, nor do they necessarily reflect the prices at which businesses or securities actually may be sold. Analyses based upon forecasts of future results are not necessarily indicative of actual future results, which may be significantly more or less favorable than suggested by these analyses. Because these analyses are inherently subject to uncertainty, being based upon numerous factors or events beyond the control of the parties or their respective advisors, none of Intersect ENT, Medtronic, Goldman Sachs or any other person assumes responsibility if future results are materially different from those forecast.
The consideration of $28.25 in cash per share of Intersect ENT common stock was determined through arm’s-length negotiations between Intersect ENT and Medtronic and was approved by the Intersect ENT Board. Goldman Sachs provided advice to Intersect ENT during these negotiations. Goldman Sachs did not, however, recommend any specific amount of consideration to Intersect ENT or the Intersect ENT Board or that any specific amount of consideration constituted the only appropriate consideration for the Merger.
As described above, Goldman Sachs’ opinion to the Intersect ENT Board was one of many factors taken into consideration by the Intersect ENT Board in making its determination to approve the Merger Agreement. The foregoing summary does not purport to be a complete description of the analyses performed by Goldman Sachs in connection with the fairness opinion and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the written opinion of Goldman Sachs attached as Annex B.
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Goldman Sachs and its affiliates are engaged in advisory, underwriting and financing, principal investing, sales and trading, research, investment management and other financial and non-financial activities and services for various persons and entities. Goldman Sachs and its affiliates and employees, and funds or other entities they manage or in which they invest or have other economic interests or with which they co-invest, may at any time purchase, sell, hold or vote long or short positions and investments in securities, derivatives, loans, commodities, currencies, credit default swaps and other financial instruments of Intersect ENT, Medtronic, any of their respective affiliates and third parties or any currency or commodity that may be involved in the Merger. Goldman Sachs acted as financial advisor to Intersect ENT in connection with, and has participated in certain of the negotiations leading to, the Merger. Goldman Sachs has provided certain financial advisory and/or underwriting services to Intersect ENT and/or its affiliates from time to time for which Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division has received, and may receive, compensation, including having acted as financial advisor to Intersect ENT in connection with its acquisition of Fiagon AG Medical Technologies in October 2020, and as financial advisor to Intersect ENT in connection with its convertible notes financing in May 2020. During the two-year period ended August 5, 2021, the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs has recognized compensation for financial advisory and/or underwriting services provided by its Investment Banking Division to Intersect ENT and/or its affiliates of approximately $4 million. Goldman Sachs has provided certain financial advisory and/or underwriting services to Medtronic and/or its affiliates from time to time for which Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division has received, and may receive, compensation, including having acted as co-manager to Medtronic Global Holdings S.C.A., an affiliate of Medtronic, in connection with its senior notes offering in September 2020. During the two-year period ended August 5, 2021, the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs has recognized compensation for financial advisory and/or underwriting services provided by its Investment Banking Division to Medtronic and/or its affiliates of approximately $500,000. Goldman Sachs may also in the future provide financial advisory and/or underwriting services to Intersect ENT, Medtronic and their respective affiliates for which Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division may receive compensation.
The Intersect ENT Board selected Goldman Sachs as its financial advisor because it is an internationally recognized investment banking firm that has substantial experience in transactions similar to the Merger, including with respect to acquisitions of public companies in the medical technology industry. Pursuant to an engagement letter, dated August 3, 2021, Intersect ENT engaged Goldman Sachs to act as its financial advisor in connection with the Merger. The engagement letter between Intersect ENT and Goldman Sachs provides for a transaction fee of approximately $18 million, all of which is contingent upon consummation of the Merger. In addition, Intersect ENT has agreed to reimburse Goldman Sachs for certain of its expenses, including attorneys’ fees and disbursements, and to indemnify Goldman Sachs and related persons against various liabilities, including certain liabilities under the federal securities laws.
Management Projections
While Intersect ENT has publicly issued limited short-term guidance concerning aspects of its expected financial performance from time to time, Intersect ENT does not, as a matter of course, publicly disclose forecasts or internal projections as to future performance or results of operations due to the inherent unpredictability of the underlying assumptions and projections. However, in the second quarter of 2020, in connection with Intersect ENT’s initial evaluation of Medtronic’s first proposal, Intersect ENT’s management, at the direction of the Board, prepared certain non-public, unaudited, long-range financial projections (collectively, the “Initial Projections”). Such Initial Projections were provided to Medtronic by Intersect ENT’s senior management.
Subsequently, in the third quarter of 2021, Intersect ENT updated certain non-public, unaudited prospective financial information for fiscal years 2021 through 2035 in connection with Medtronic’s subsequent proposal to purchase Intersect ENT at a price per share of $28.25 (such non-public, unaudited prospective financial information, the “Projections”). Intersect ENT management provided the Projections to the Board and, after review, the Board approved such Projections. At the direction of the Board, Intersect ENT management provided the Projections to Goldman Sachs. The Board directed Goldman Sachs to use the Projections in connection with rendering its fairness opinion and providing its financial analysis to the Board in connection with the Board’s evaluation of potential strategic alternatives, including the Merger. The Projections were also provided to Medtronic in July 2021.
The Projections were not prepared with a view toward public disclosure or toward complying with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), nor were they prepared with a view toward compliance
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with the published guidelines of the SEC, or the guidelines established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for preparation and presentation of projections of prospective financial information. The non-GAAP financial measures used in the Projections were relied upon by the Board in connection with its consideration of the Merger and the merger consideration. While Intersect ENT believes that such non-GAAP financial measures provide useful supplemental information in analyzing Intersect ENT’s unaudited prospective financial performance, there are limitations associated with the use of such financial measures. Such non-GAAP measures as used by Intersect ENT may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies and should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information presented in accordance with GAAP. The SEC rules, which otherwise would require a reconciliation of a non-GAAP financial measure to a GAAP financial measure, do not apply to non-GAAP financial measures provided to a board of directors or financial advisors in connection with a proposed business combination transaction such as the proposed Transactions if the disclosure is included in a document such as this proxy statement. In addition, reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to a GAAP financial measure were not provided to or relied upon by the Board or Goldman Sachs in connection with the Merger. Accordingly, Intersect ENT has not provided a reconciliation of the financial measures included in the Projections to the relevant GAAP financial measures. The Projections may differ from published analyst estimates and forecasts, and do not take into account any events or circumstances after the date they were prepared, including the announcement of the Transactions.
The Projections reflect estimates and assumptions made by Intersect ENT management with respect to general business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other market and financial conditions and other future events, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond Intersect ENT’s control. In particular, the Projections, while presented with numerical specificity, necessarily were based on numerous variables and assumptions (as described below) that are inherently uncertain. Because the Projections cover multiple years, by their nature, they become subject to greater uncertainty with each successive year and are unlikely to anticipate each circumstance that will have an effect on Intersect ENT’s business and its results of operations.
The Projections should be evaluated, if at all, in conjunction with the historical financial statements and other information regarding Intersect ENT in its public filings with the SEC. The Projections were developed by Intersect ENT management on a standalone basis without giving effect to the Merger and the other Transactions, and therefore the Projections do not give effect to the Transactions or any changes to Intersect ENT’s operations or strategy that may be implemented after the consummation of the Merger, including any costs incurred in connection with the Transactions. Furthermore, the Projections do not take into account the effect of any failure of the Transactions to be completed and should not be viewed as accurate or continuing in that context.
The Projections further reflect subjective judgment in many respects and, therefore, are susceptible to multiple interpretations and periodic revisions based on actual experience and business developments. The inclusion of the Projections in this proxy should not be regarded as an indication that Intersect ENT, its advisors or anyone who received the Projections then considered, or now considers, the Projections to be necessarily predictive of actual future events, and this information should not be relied upon as such. Intersect ENT management views the Projections as being subject to inherent risks and uncertainties associated with such long-range projections.
Non-GAAP operating income and unlevered free cash flow contained in the Projections set forth below are each “non-GAAP financial measures,” which are financial performance measures that are not calculated in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be viewed as a substitute for GAAP financial measures and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Furthermore, there are limitations inherent in non-GAAP financial measures because they exclude charges and credits that are required to be included in a GAAP presentation. Accordingly, these non-GAAP financial measures should be considered together with, and not as an alternative to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. The information set forth below is included solely to give Intersect ENT stockholders access to financial projections that were made available to the Board and Goldman Sachs and is not included in this proxy statement in order to influence any stockholder’s decision to vote with respect to the Merger Proposal or for any other purpose.
For purposes of calculating the Projections, Intersect ENT management made several assumptions based on their reasonable business judgment, including assuming a return to growth in 2021, the continued market penetration of PROPEL® and SINUVA®, the successful launch of the VenSure product line and the CUBE 4D
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system, the positive outcomes of the OM1 Study and the EXPAND trial, the further segmentation of the surgical and office markets, the growth and penetration of international markets, the ongoing success of the R&D pipeline, and the continued ability to execute inorganic products transactions. In addition, the Projections include a return to historic gross margins in the legacy products, the successful implementations of global IT systems to improve productivity and continuing access to capital markets to fund operations and activities.
The following table sets forth the Projections:
(dollars in millions)
 
6 Mo.
Ended
 
2021E
2022E
2023E
2024E
2025E
2026E
2027E
2028E
2029E
2030E
2031E
2032E
2033E
2034E
2035E
Total Revenue
$70
$158
$199
$236
$284
$328
$384
$446
$491
$543
$598
$647
$690
$722
$744
Operating Income
($24)
($48)
($15)
$11
$48
$60
$75
$94
$110
$136
$149
$162
$172
$181
$186
UFCF(1)
($45)
($64)
($31)
$8
$36
$43
$54
$68
$82
$102
$113
$123
$132
$140
$145
(1)
Unlevered free cash flow refers to operating income, less cash taxes, capital expenditures, changes in net working capital, and delayed consideration to Fiagon, plus depreciation and amortization and is burdened by stock-based compensation. Unlevered free cash includes utilization of Intersect ENT’s net operating losses and research and development tax credits (collectively “NOLs”) assuming a tax rate of 21% and that Intersect ENT continued as a standalone entity without any limitations on the use of its NOLs.
Interests of Intersect ENT’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger
When considering the recommendation of the Intersect ENT Board that you vote to approve the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement, you should be aware that our directors and executive officers may have interests in the Merger that are different from, or in addition to, the interests of stockholders generally, as more fully described below. The Intersect ENT Board was aware of and considered these interests, among other matters, to the extent that they existed at the time, in approving the Merger Agreement and the Merger and recommending that the Merger Agreement be adopted by stockholders. These interests are described in more detail and, where applicable, are quantified in the narrative below.
Insurance and Indemnification of Directors and Executive Officers
Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, from and after the Effective Time, Parent will, and will cause Intersect ENT, as the Surviving Corporation, to indemnify and hold harmless the individuals who at any time prior to the Effective Time were directors or officers of Intersect ENT or any of its present or former subsidiaries or corporate parents (collectively, the “Indemnified Parties”) against any costs or expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines, losses, claims, damages or liabilities in connection with actions or omissions occurring at or prior to the Effective Time (including the Transactions) to the fullest extent that the Surviving Corporation is permitted by law, and Parent will, and will cause the Surviving Corporation to, promptly advance expenses as incurred to the fullest extent that the Surviving Corporation is permitted by law. The certificate of incorporation and bylaws of the Surviving Corporation will contain the provisions with respect to indemnification and advancement of expenses set forth in the certificate of incorporation and bylaws of Intersect ENT as amended, restated and in effect on the date of the Merger Agreement, which provisions will not be amended, repealed or otherwise modified in any manner that would adversely affect the rights thereunder of the Indemnified Parties, unless such modification is required by law.
Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, from and after the Effective Time, the Surviving Corporation will keep in full force and effect, and comply with the terms and conditions of, any agreement in effect as of the date of the Merger Agreement between or among Intersect ENT or any of its subsidiaries and any Indemnified Party providing for the indemnification of such Indemnified Party.
Parent will cause to be maintained, in effect for not less than six years from the Effective Time, the current policies of directors’ and officers’ liability insurance and fiduciary liability insurance maintained by Intersect ENT and Intersect ENT’s subsidiaries for the Indemnified Parties and any other employees, agents or other individuals otherwise covered by such insurance policies prior to the Effective Time with respect to matters occurring at or prior to the Effective Time (including the Transactions), so long as the annual premium therefore would not be in excess of two hundred and fifty percent (250%) of the last annual premium paid prior to the
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Effective Time (the “Maximum Premium”). Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, Intersect ENT may, prior to the Effective Time, purchase a so-called “Reporting Tail Endorsement” with an annual premium not in excess of the Maximum Premium, in which case, provided that Parent causes the Surviving Corporation to maintain such Reporting Tail Endorsement in full force and effect for not less than six (6) years from the Effective Time, Parent will be relieved from its other indemnification and insurance obligations described above.
The directors’ and officers’ insurance and indemnification provisions in the Merger Agreement will be binding on all successors and assigns of Parent, Intersect ENT and the Surviving Corporation. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, Parent guarantees the payment and performance by the Surviving Corporation of the indemnification and other related obligations and the certificate of incorporation and bylaws of the Surviving Corporation.
Treatment of Series D Preferred Stock, Company Options, Performance Options, Company RSUs and Company PSUs
At the Effective Time, each:
(i)
share of Company Series D Preferred Stock issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time will be cancelled and converted into the right to receive an amount in cash equal to the Per Share Merger Consideration multiplied by a factor of 1,000;
(ii)
Company Option that is unexercised and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time and for which the Per Share Merger Consideration exceeds the exercise price of such Company Option, and without regard to whether such Company Option is vested or unvested, shall be automatically cancelled and converted into the right to receive an amount in cash equal to the product of (1) the aggregate number of unexercised shares then subject to such Company Option, multiplied by (2) the excess, if any, of the Per Share Merger Consideration over such Company Option’s per share exercise price;
(iii)
Performance Option, to the extent outstanding and not vested immediately prior to the Effective Time, shall be automatically cancelled without consideration and each Vested Performance Option shall be automatically cancelled and converted into the right to receive an amount in cash equal to the product of (1) the aggregate number of unexercised shares then subject to such Vested Performance Option, multiplied by (2) the excess, if any, of the Per Share Merger Consideration over such Vested Performance Option’s per share exercise price;
(iv)
Company RSU that is outstanding and unvested immediately prior to the Effective Time shall be automatically cancelled and, in consideration of such cancellation, the holder thereof shall be entitled to receive an amount in cash equal to the product of (A) the Per Share Merger Consideration and (B) the aggregate number of shares then underlying such Company RSU; and
(v)
Company PSU that is outstanding and unvested immediately prior to the Effective Time shall be automatically cancelled without consideration; provided that each Vested Company PSU shall be automatically cancelled and converted into the right to receive an amount in cash equal to the product of (A) the aggregate number of shares then subject to such Vested Company PSU, multiplied by (B) the Per Share Merger Consideration.
Each Option for which, as of the Effective time, the Per Share Merger Consideration does not exceed the exercise price of such Company Option shall be automatically cancelled as of the Effective Time for no consideration.
Payments Upon Termination At or Following Change in Control
Executive Employment Agreements
Below are descriptions of offer letters that provide for payments upon termination of employment at or following a change in control. The offer letter with Christine Kowalski, who was an executive officer for part of 2021, is not included in this section as Ms. Kowalski voluntarily resigned from Intersect ENT effective June 4, 2021.
Offer Letter with Thomas West
In June 2019, Intersect ENT extended an offer letter to Thomas West, Intersect ENT’s President and Chief Executive Officer, which was most recently amended in August 2021. Pursuant to his offer letter, as amended, if Mr. West’s employment is terminated without “cause” or he resigns for “good reason,” whether or not such
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termination is in connection with or following a “change in control,” and provided such termination constitutes a “separation from service,” (each, as defined in the offer letter) (i) he shall receive 18 months of his base salary, to be paid in accordance with Intersect ENT’s regular payroll practices, (ii) he shall receive a lump sum payment equal to his annual target bonus, prorated for the number of days of the then-current bonus period worked prior to his separation from service, and (iii) he shall be entitled to 18 months of COBRA reimbursement. In addition, if Mr. West’s employment is terminated without cause, or if Mr. West resigns for good reason, one month before or within 12 months after a change in control, the vesting of all outstanding Company Options and Company RSUs held by Mr. West shall accelerate in full. The amended offer letter also provides that if the value of the payments that are made to Mr. West in connection with the proposed merger of Intersect ENT with Medtronic, Inc. would be subject to an excise tax under Section 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code, then he will be entitled to a gross-up payment that would cover all taxes (including income and excise taxes, other than taxes under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code) such that he would retain an amount of the gross-up payment equal to the excise tax imposed upon the payments.
Offer Letter with Richard Meier
In November 2019, Intersect ENT extended an offer letter to Richard Meier, Intersect ENT’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, which was most recently amended in August 2021. Pursuant to his amended offer letter, if Mr. Meier’s employment is terminated without “cause” or he resigns for “good reason”, whether or not such termination is in connection with or following a “change in control”, and provided such termination constitutes a “separation from service,” (each, as defined in his offer letter) (i) he shall receive 12 months of his base salary, to be paid in accordance with Intersect ENT’s regular payroll practices, (ii) he shall receive a lump sum payment equal to his annual target bonus, prorated for the number of days of the then-current bonus period worked prior to his separation from service, and (iii) he shall be entitled to 12 months of COBRA reimbursement. In addition, if Mr. Meier’s employment is terminated without cause, or if Mr. Meier resigns for good reason, one month before or within 12 months after a change in control, the vesting of all outstanding Company Options and Company RSUs held by Mr. Meier shall accelerate in full. The amended offer letter also provides that if the value of the payments that are made to Mr. Meier him in connection with the proposed merger of Intersect ENT with Medtronic, Inc. would be subject to an excise tax under Section 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code, then he will be entitled to a gross-up payment that would cover all taxes (including income and excise taxes, other than taxes under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code) such that he would retain an amount of the gross-up payment equal to the excise tax imposed upon the payments.
Offer Letter with Reyna Fernandez
In November 2020, Intersect ENT extended an offer letter to Reyna Fernandez, Intersect ENT’s Chief Human Resources Officer, which was most recently amended in August 2021. Pursuant to her amended offer letter, if Ms. Fernandez’s employment is terminated without “cause” or she resigns for “good reason”, whether or not such termination is in connection with or following a “change in control,” and provided such termination constitutes a “separation from service,” (each, as defined in her offer letter) (i) she shall receive 12 months of her base salary, to be paid in accordance with Intersect ENT’s regular payroll practices, (ii) she shall receive a lump sum payment equal to her annual target bonus, prorated for the number of days of the then-current bonus period worked prior to her separation from service, and (iii) she shall be entitled to 12 months of COBRA reimbursement. In addition, if Ms. Fernandez’s employment is terminated without “cause”, or if Ms. Fernandez resigns for “good reason,” one month before or within 12 months after a change in control, the vesting of all outstanding Company Options and Company RSUs held by Ms. Fernandez shall accelerate in full. The amended offer letter also provides that if the value of the payments that are made to Ms. Fernandez in connection with the proposed merger of Intersect ENT with Medtronic, Inc. would be subject to an excise tax under Section 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code, then she will be entitled to a gross-up payment that would cover all taxes (including income and excise taxes, other than taxes under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code) such that she would retain an amount of the gross-up payment equal to the excise tax imposed upon the payments.
Offer Letter with Patrick Broderick
In November 2020, Intersect ENT extended an offer letter to Patrick Broderick, Intersect ENT’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, which was most recently amended in August 2021. Pursuant to his amended offer letter, if Mr. Broderick’s employment is terminated without “cause” or he resigns
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for “good reason”, whether or not such termination is in connection with or following a “change in control,” and provided such termination constitutes a “separation from service,” (each, as defined in his offer letter) (i) he shall receive 12 months of his base salary, to be paid in accordance with Intersect ENT’s regular payroll practices, (ii) he shall receive a lump sum payment equal to his annual target bonus, prorated for the number of days of the then-current bonus period worked prior to his separation from service and (iii) he shall be entitled to 12 months of COBRA reimbursement. In addition, if Mr. Broderick’s employment is terminated without “cause”, or if Mr. Broderick resigns for “good reason” one month before or within 12 months after a change in control, the vesting of all outstanding Company Options and Company RSUs held by Mr. Broderick shall accelerate in full. The amended offer letter also provides that if the value of the payments that are made to Mr. Broderick in connection with the proposed merger of Intersect ENT with Medtronic, Inc. would be subject to an excise tax under Section 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code, then he will be entitled to a gross-up payment that would cover all taxes (including income and excise taxes, other than taxes under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code) such that he would retain an amount of the gross-up payment equal to the excise tax imposed upon the payments.
Each executive officer’s receipt of the severance benefits under his or her offer letter is subject to (i) the executive officer signing a standard separation agreement and release of claims with Intersect ENT and provided that such release becomes effective and irrevocable no later than sixty (60) days following his or her “separation from service” (within the meaning of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code) and (ii) the executive officer’s continued compliance with his or her employee confidential information and invention assignment agreement with Intersect ENT.
For the purposes of each executive officer’s offer letter, “cause” is defined as (i) embezzlement, misappropriation of corporate funds, or other material acts of dishonesty, (ii) commission or conviction of any felony, or of any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, or entry of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to any felony or misdemeanor, (iii) engagement in any activity the executive officer knows or should know could materially harm Intersect ENT’s business or reputation, (iv) material failure to adhere to Intersect ENT’s corporate codes, policies or procedures, (v) material violation of any statutory, contractual, or common law duty or obligation to Intersect ENT, (vi) repeated failure to substantially perform assigned duties or responsibilities after notice and opportunity to cure, or (vii) material breach of the executive officer’s employee confidential information and invention assignment agreement.
For the purposes of each executive officer’s offer letter, “good reason” is defined as (i) a relocation of the office where the executive officer is assigned to a location of more than 35 miles away, (ii) a material decrease in base salary (except for salary decreases generally applicable to Intersect ENT’s other executive employees), or (iii) a material reduction in the scope of the executive officer’s duties or responsibilities, in each case without the executive officer’s written consent; provided, however, to resign for good reason the executive officer must provide notice to Intersect ENT within 30 days of the first occurrence of the event giving rise to good reason and give Intersect ENT 30 days to cure such event, and if not cured then must resign within 90 days of the expiration of the cure period.
For the purposes of each executive officer’s offer letter, “change in control” generally means (i) any consolidation or merger of Intersect ENT with or into any other corporation or other entity or a corporate reorganization, other than such consolidation, merger or reorganization where the stockholders of Intersect ENT continue to hold a majority of the voting power of the surviving entity immediately after such consolidation, merger or reorganization; (ii) any transaction or series of related transactions to which Intersect ENT is a party in which in excess of 50% of Intersect ENT’s voting power is transferred, other than any transaction principally for bona fide equity financing purposes in which cash is received by Intersect ENT or indebtedness of Intersect ENT is cancelled or converted or a combination thereof; or (iii) a sale, lease, exclusive license or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of Intersect ENT.
Quantification of Potential Payments to Intersect ENT’s Named Executive Officers in Connection with the Merger
In accordance with Item 402(t) of Regulation S-K, the table below sets forth the compensation that is based on or otherwise relates to the Merger that will or may become payable to each of Intersect ENT’s named executive officers in connection with the Merger. Please see the section of this proxy statement captioned “—Payments Upon Termination At or Following Change in Control” for further information regarding this compensation.
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The table below assumes that: (i) for the purposes of this table only, that the closing of the Merger occurs on August 20, 2021; (ii) the employment of Messrs. West, Meier, and Broderick, and Ms. Fernandez will be terminated immediately following the closing of the Merger in a manner entitling the named executive officer to receive the severance benefits described in the section of this proxy statement captioned “—Payments Upon Termination At or Following Change in Control”; (iii) no named executive officer receives any additional incentive equity grants on or prior to the closing of the Merger; and (iv) no named executive officer enters into new agreements or otherwise becomes legally entitled to, prior to the closing of the Merger, additional compensation or benefits. Pursuant to applicable proxy disclosure rules, the value of the equity award acceleration below is calculated based on the number of shares covered by the applicable Options, Company RSUs, and Company PSUs that are accelerating multiplied by $28.25 per share (less the applicable exercise price per share in the case of Options). The amounts shown in the table below do not include the value of payments or benefits that would have been earned, or any amounts associated with equity awards that would vest pursuant to their terms, on or prior to the closing of the Merger, or the value of payments or benefits that are not based on or otherwise related to the Merger.
In addition to the assumptions described in the preceding paragraph, the amounts set forth in the table below are based on certain other assumptions that are described in the footnotes accompanying the table below. The assumptions based upon which we have estimated the amounts in the table below may or may not actually occur. Accordingly, the ultimate amounts to be received by a named executive officer in connection with the Merger may differ from the amounts set forth below.
Golden Parachute Compensation
Name(1)
Cash ($)(2)
Equity
($)(3)
Perquisites/
Benefits
($)(4)
Tax
reimbursement(5)
Total ($)
Thomas A. West
$1,245,279
$11,650,088
$48,285
$5,673,595
$18,617,247
Richard A. Meier
$614,377
$4,028,802
$32,190
$1,352,976
$6,028,345
Reyna M. Fernandez
$420,179
$1,055,273
$10,602
$1,486,054
Patrick A. Broderick
$527,130
$1,582,920
$32,190
$623,477
$2,765,717
(1)
Although Ms. Kowalski was an executive officer for part of 2021, we have not included her in the Golden Parachute Compensation Table, as she voluntarily resigned from Intersect ENT effective June 4, 2021.
(2)
The amounts listed in this column for Messrs. West, Meier, and Broderick, and Ms. Fernandez, represent the “double-trigger” cash severance payments to which each of these named executive officers may become entitled under his or her offer letter, as described in more detail in the section of this proxy statement captioned “—Payments Upon Termination At or Following Change in Control”. To be eligible for such cash severance benefits, the employment of the named executive officer must terminate without “cause” or for “good reason” (as such terms are defined in the applicable offer letter and as described in the section of this proxy statement captioned “—Payments Upon Termination At or Following Change in Control”) (for the purposes of the table above, a “Qualifying CIC Termination”). Of the amounts listed in this column, a portion represents salary severance based on the applicable named executive officer’s salary in effect as of August 20, 2021, which for Mr. West is $930,010, for Mr. Meier is $466,211, for Ms. Fernandez is $335,005, and for Mr. Broderick is $400,005. Of the amounts listed in this column, the remaining portion represents the cash bonus severance to which each executive may become entitled under their offer letter, as described in more detail in the section of this proxy statement captioned “—Payments Upon Termination At or Following Change in Control”, based on each such executive’s target bonus opportunity in effect as of August 20, 2021, which for Mr. West is $315,269, for Mr. Meier is $148,166, for Ms. Fernandez is $85,174, and for Mr. Broderick is $127,125.
(3)
For each of Messrs. West, Meier, and Broderick, and Ms. Fernandez, the amount listed in this column represents the estimated value of “single-trigger” vesting acceleration benefits to which the named executive officer may become entitled under the Merger Agreement, and such amount was determined as described in the section of this proxy statement captioned “The Merger—Interests of Intersect ENT’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger—Treatment of Series D Preferred Stock, Company Options, Performance Options, Company RSUs and Company PSUs”, and which is as follows: $11,650,088 (of which $4,357,294 relates to Options, $3,817,112 relates to Company RSUs, and $3,475,682 relates to Company PSUs), $4,028,802 (of which $444,471 relates to Options, $1,475,724 relates to Company RSUs, and $2,108,608 relates to Company PSUs), $1,055,273 (of which $250,741 relates to Company Options, $454,938 relates to Company RSUs, and $349,594 relates to Company PSUs) and $1,582,920 (of which $376,108 relates to Options, $682,407 relates to Company RSUs, and $524,405 relates to Company PSUs), respectively. Amounts included for PSUs represent the value associated with vested PSUs only; unvested PSUs will be cancelled without consideration.
(4)
The amounts listed in this column represent the estimated value of the reimbursement of continued health coverage premiums under COBRA benefits to which each of Messrs. West, Meier, and Broderick, and Ms. Fernandez, may become entitled under his or her offer letter, as described in more detail in the section of this proxy statement captioned “ —Payments Upon Termination At or Following Change in Control”. To be eligible for such COBRA reimbursement benefits, the employment of the named executive officer’s employment must terminate without “cause” or for “good reason”. The full amount represents the value of reimbursement of continued health coverage under COBRA based on the applicable named executive officer’s estimated cost for such coverage as of August 20, 2021.
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(5)
The amounts listed in this column represent the estimated value of additional payments that each of Messrs. West, Meier, and Broderick, and Ms. Fernandez, are entitled to under their amended offer letters (“Gross-Up Payment”). The Gross-Up Payment is equal to an amount such that, after payment by the executive of all taxes, including, without limitation, any income taxes and excise taxes under Section 4999 of the Code imposed on the Gross-Up Payment, such executive retains an amount of the Gross-Up Payment equal to the taxed imposed on the payments described in the table above.
Equity Awards Held by Intersect ENT’s Executive Officers and Non-employee Directors
As discussed above, at the Effective Time, each Company Option, Company RSU, Vested Performance Option, and Vested Company PSU (including those held by Intersect ENT’s executive officers and non-employee directors) will be cancelled and automatically converted into the right to receive the applicable consideration, and each unvested Performance Option and unvested Company PSU (including those held by Intersect ENT’s executive officers) will be cancelled without consideration.
Each of Intersect ENT’s executive officers is eligible to receive the applicable vesting acceleration benefits with respect to his or her equity awards described above under the heading “Payments Upon Termination At or Following Change in Control”.
Equity Interests of Intersect ENT’s Executive Officers and Non-employee Directors
The following table sets forth the number of shares of common stock and the number of shares of common stock underlying equity awards held by each of Intersect ENT’s executive officers and non-employee directors that are outstanding as of August 20, 2021. The table also sets forth the values of these shares and equity awards, determined as the number of shares multiplied by the Per Share Merger Consideration (minus the applicable per share exercise price for any Options). Only Options with an exercise price lower than the Per Share Merger Consideration are being cancelled in exchange for consideration; Options with an exercise price higher than or equal to the Per Share Merger Consideration are being cancelled without consideration. No additional shares of common stock or equity awards were granted to any executive officer or non-employee director in contemplation of the Merger.
Equity Interests of Intersect ENT’s Executive Officers and Non-employee Directors
Name
Shares (#)(1)
Shares ($)
Options (#)(2)
Options ($)
RSUs (#)(3)
RSUs ($)
PSU(#)(4)
PSU($)
Total ($)
Thomas A. West
82,475
$2,329,919
722,268
$4,877,623
135,119
$3,817,112
189,699
$5,359,008
$16,383,662
Richard A. Meier
26,065
$736,336
108,852
$673,886
52,238
$1,475,724
88,570
$2,502,097
$5,388,042
Christine R. Kowalski
9,608
$271,426
60,151
$14,113
$285,539
Reyna M. Fernandez
29,993
$250,741
16,104
$454,938
22,275
$629,269
$1,334,948
Patrick A. Broderick
44,989
$376,108
24,156
$682,407
33,413
$943,929
$2,002,444
David A. Lehman
17,431
$492,426
$492,426
Gwen R. Carscadden
14,790
$417,818
$417,818
Kieran T. Gallahue
34,273
$968,212
281,497
$2,023,699
3,239
$91,502
$3,083,413
Teresa L. Kline
8,837
$249,645
50,594
$300,021
3,239
$91,502
$641,168
Cynthia L. Lucchese
16,383
$462,820
97,057
$1,024,962
3,239
$91,502
$1,579,284
Dana G. Mead, Jr.
20,890
$590,143
67,580
$603,570
3,239
$91,502
$1,285,215
Frederic H. Moll, M.D.
255,950
$7,230,588
$7,230,588
W. Anthony Vernon
6,372
$180,009
$180,009
Neil A. Hattangadi
13,993
$95,292
$95,292
Elisabeth Sandoval-Little
15,896
$115,564
$115,564
(1)
This number includes shares of common stock beneficially owned, excluding shares of common stock issuable upon exercise of Options or settlement of Company RSUs and Company PSUs.
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(2)
The number of shares of common stock subject to Options includes both vested and unvested Company Options, but only vested Performance Options. Only Options with an exercise price lower than the Per Share Merger Consideration are being cancelled in exchange for consideration (“In-the-Money Options”); Options with an exercise price higher than the Per Share Merger Consideration are being cancelled without consideration (“Out-of-the-Money Options”). All Performance Options are becoming fully vested upon the closing and are being cancelled in exchange for consideration. The number of shares subject to the In-the-Money Options and Out-of-the Money Options, and the value (determined as the aggregate number of underlying shares multiplied by the Per Share Merger Consideration minus the aggregate exercise price with respect to such shares) of those portions of the Options, and the number of shares subject to, are as follows:
Name
In-the-
Money
Options (#)
In-the-
Money
Options ($)
Out-of-the-
Money
Options (#)
Out-of-the-
Money
Options ($)
Thomas A. West
722,268
$4,877,623
Richard A. Meier
108,852
$673,886
Christine R. Kowalski
6,818
$14,113
53,333
Reyna M. Fernandez
29,993
$250,741
Patrick A. Broderick
44,989
$376,108
Kieran T. Gallahue
278,024
$2,023,699
3,473
Teresa L. Kline
41,104
$300,021
9,490
Cynthia L. Lucchese
87,567
$1,024,962
9,490
Dana G. Mead, Jr.
64,107
$603,570
3,473
Neil A. Hattangadi
13,993
$95,292
Elisabeth Sandoval-Little
15,896
$115,564
(3)
This number reflects the number of shares of common stock subject to Company RSUs that were not vested as of August 20, 2021.
(4)
The number of shares of common stock subject to PSUs includes both vested and unvested Company PSUs. Only vested Company PSUs are being cancelled in exchange for consideration; unvested Company PSUs are being cancelled without consideration. Of the amount listed in this column, a portion represents the vested Company PSUs, which for Mr. West is $3,475,682, for Mr. Meier is $2,108,608, for Ms. Fernandez is $349,594, and for Mr. Broderick is $524,405; these amounts assume that a portion of the Company PSUs will vest prior to Closing. Of the amount listed in this column, the remaining portion represents unvested Company PSUs.
Closing and Effective Time
The closing of the Merger will take place on the second business day following the satisfaction or waiver in accordance with the Merger Agreement of all of the conditions to closing of the Merger (as described under the caption, “Proposal 1: Adoption of the Merger Agreement—Conditions to the Closing of the Merger”), other than conditions that by their terms are to be satisfied at the closing, but subject to the satisfaction or waiver of such conditions.
Appraisal Rights
Stockholders of Intersect ENT (i) who continuously hold shares through the Effective Time, (ii) who did not vote their shares in favor of the adoption of the Merger Agreement; (iii) who are entitled to demand appraisal rights under Section 262 of the DGCL, (iv) who otherwise properly comply with the applicable requirements and procedures of Section 262 of the DGCL; and (v) who do not thereafter withdraw their demand for appraisal of such shares, fail to perfect or otherwise lose their appraisal rights, in each case in accordance with Section 262 of the DGCL, will be entitled to demand appraisal of their shares and receive, if the Merger is successful and the Merger is consummated, in lieu of the Merger Consideration, an amount in cash equal to the “fair value” of their shares (as of the Effective Time, exclusive of any element of value arising from the accomplishment or expectation of the Merger, together with interest, if any), as determined by the Delaware Court of Chancery, in accordance with Section 262 of the DGCL. Stockholders should be aware that the fair value of their Shares could be more than, the same as or less than the Merger Consideration and that an investment banking opinion as to the fairness, from a financial point of view, of the consideration payable in a sale transaction, such as the Merger, is not an opinion as to, and does not otherwise address, fair value under Section 262 of the DGCL. Any stockholder contemplating the exercise of such appraisal rights should review carefully the provisions of Section 262 of the DGCL, particularly the procedural steps required to properly demand and perfect such rights.
The following is a summary of the procedures to be followed by stockholders that wish to exercise their appraisal rights under Section 262 of the DGCL, the full text of which is attached to this proxy as Annex C. This summary does not purport to be a complete statement of, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to, Section 262 of the DGCL. All references in Section 262 of the DGCL and in this summary to a “stockholder” are to the record holder of shares immediately prior to the Effective Time of the Merger as
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to which appraisal rights are asserted. A person holding a beneficial interest in shares held of record in the name of another person, such as a broker or nominee, must act promptly to cause the stockholder of record to follow the steps summarized below properly and in a timely manner to perfect appraisal rights. Failure to follow any of the procedures of Section 262 of the DGCL may result in termination or waiver of appraisal rights under Section 262 of the DGCL. Stockholders should assume that Intersect ENT will take no action to perfect any appraisal rights of any stockholder.
Any stockholder who desires to exercise his, her or its appraisal rights should review carefully Section 262 of the DGCL and is urged to consult his, her or its legal advisor before electing or attempting to exercise such rights. The following summary does not constitute any legal or other advice nor does it constitute a recommendation that Company stockholders exercise appraisal rights under Section 262 of the DGCL.
Under Section 262 of the DGCL, where a merger agreement is to be submitted for adoption at a meeting of the stockholders, the corporation, not less than 20 days prior to the meeting, shall notify each of its stockholders entitled to appraisal rights that appraisal rights are available and include in such notice a copy of Section 262 of the DGCL. This proxy statement constitutes the formal notice of appraisal rights under Section 262 of the DGCL, and the required copy of Section 262 of the DGCL is attached to this proxy statement as Annex C. Any stockholder who wishes to exercise such appraisal rights or who wishes to preserve his, her or its right to do so should review the following discussion and Annex C carefully because failure to timely and properly comply with the procedures specified may result in the loss of appraisal rights under the DGCL.
If a stockholder elects to exercise appraisal rights under Section 262 of the DGCL, such stockholder must do all of the following:
deliver to Intersect ENT at the address indicated below a written demand for appraisal of his, her or its shares prior to the taking of the vote to adopt the Merger Agreement, which written demand must reasonably inform us of the identity of the stockholder and that the stockholder intends to demand appraisal of his, her or its shares. This written demand for appraisal must be in addition to and separate from any proxy or vote abstaining from or voting against the adoption of the Merger Agreement. Voting “AGAINST” or failing to vote “FOR” the adoption of the Merger Agreement by itself does not constitute a demand for appraisal within the meaning of Section 262 of the DGCL;
not vote, or abstain from voting, his, her or its shares in favor of the adoption of the Merger Agreement;
continuously hold of record the shares from the date on which the written demand for appraisal is made through the Effective Time of the Merger; and
comply with the procedures of Section 262 of the DGCL for perfecting appraisal rights thereafter, including filing of a petition in the Delaware Court of Chancery requesting a determination of the fair value of your shares of common stock within 120 days after the Effective Time of the Merger.
Within 10 days after the Effective Time of the Merger, the Surviving Corporation will provide notice of the effective date of the Merger to those stockholders of Intersect ENT who have properly made a written demand for appraisal pursuant to the first bullet above, as required by Section 262 of the DGCL, have not voted in favor of the adoption of the Merger Agreement and have not withdrawn or otherwise lost the right to appraisal. If the Merger is consummated, a failure to make a written demand for appraisal in accordance with the time periods specified in the first bullet above (or to take any of the other steps specified in the above bullets) will be deemed to be a waiver or a termination of your appraisal rights. At any time within 60 days after the Effective Time of the Merger, any stockholder who has demanded an appraisal, but who has not commenced an appraisal proceeding or joined that proceeding as a named party, has the right to withdraw the demand and to accept the Merger Consideration, without interest, specified by the Merger Agreement for his, her or its shares. Any attempt to withdraw made more than 60 days after the Effective Time of the Merger will require the written approval of the Surviving Corporation and no appraisal proceeding before the Delaware Court of Chancery as to any stockholder will be dismissed without the approval of the Delaware Court of Chancery. Such approval may be conditioned upon any terms the Delaware Court of Chancery deems just; provided, however, that this provision will not affect the right of any stockholder that has made an appraisal demand but who has not commenced an appraisal proceeding or joined such proceeding as a named party to withdraw such stockholder’s demand for
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appraisal and to accept the terms offered in the Merger within 60 days after the Effective Time of the Merger. If the Surviving Corporation does not approve a stockholder’s request to withdraw a demand for appraisal when the approval is required or if the Delaware Court of Chancery does not approve the dismissal of an appraisal proceeding, the stockholder would be entitled to receive only the appraised value determined in any such appraisal proceeding. This value could be higher or lower than, or the same as, the value of the Per Share Merger Consideration.
Written Demand by the Stockholder
All written demands for appraisal should be addressed to Intersect ENT, Inc., 1555 Adams Drive, Menlo Park, California 94025. Attention: General Counsel. The demand for appraisal must be executed by or for the stockholder of record, fully and correctly, as such stockholder’s name appears on the stockholder’s certificates (whether in book entry or on physical certificates) evidencing such stockholder’s shares. If the shares are owned of record in a fiduciary capacity, such as by a trustee, guardian or custodian, the demand should be made in that capacity, and if the shares are owned of record by more than one person, as in a joint tenancy or tenancy in common, the demand must be made by or for all owners of record. An authorized agent, including one or more joint owners, may execute the demand for appraisal for a stockholder of record, but such agent must identify the record owner or owners and expressly disclose in such demand that the agent is acting as agent for the record owner or owners of such shares.
A beneficial owner of shares held in “street name” who wishes to exercise appraisal rights should take such actions as may be necessary to ensure that a timely and proper demand for appraisal is made by the stockholder of record. If shares are held through a brokerage firm, bank or other nominee who in turn holds the shares through a central securities depository nominee, such as Cede & Co., a demand for appraisal of such shares must be made by or on behalf of the depository nominee, and must identify the depository nominee as the stockholder of record. Any beneficial owner who wishes to exercise appraisal rights and holds shares through a nominee holder is responsible for ensuring that the demand for appraisal is timely made by the stockholder of record. The beneficial holder of the shares should instruct the nominee holder that the demand for appraisal should be made by the stockholder of record of the shares, which may be a central securities depository nominee if the shares have been so deposited.
A record stockholder, such as a broker, bank, fiduciary, depository or other nominee, who holds shares as a nominee for several beneficial owners (may exercise appraisal rights with respect to the shares held for one or more beneficial owners while not exercising such rights with respect to the shares held for other beneficial owners. In such case, the written demand for appraisal must set forth the number of shares covered by such demand. Unless a demand for appraisal specifies a number of shares, such demand will be presumed to cover all shares held in the name of such stockholder.
Filing a Petition for Appraisal
Within 120 days after the effective date of the Merger, but not thereafter, the Surviving Corporation or any stockholder who has complied with Section 262 of the DGCL and is entitled to appraisal rights under Section 262 of the DGCL may commence an appraisal proceeding by filing a petition in the Delaware Court of Chancery demanding a determination of the fair value of the shares held by all stockholders entitled to appraisal rights who did not vote their shares in favor of the Merger and properly demanded appraisal of such shares. If no such petition is filed within that 120-day period, appraisal rights will be lost for all stockholders who had previously demanded appraisal of their shares. None of Parent, Merger Sub or Intersect ENT, as the Surviving Corporation, has any obligation to or has any present intention to file a petition and stockholders should not assume that any of the foregoing parties will file a petition or will initiate any negotiations with respect to the fair value of the shares. Accordingly, it is the obligation of the stockholders to initiate all necessary action to perfect their appraisal rights in respect of the shares within the period prescribed in Section 262 of the DGCL.
Within 120 days after the effective date of the Merger, any stockholder who has complied with Section 262 of the DGCL and the requirements for exercise of appraisal rights set forth herein will be entitled, upon written request, to receive from the Surviving Corporation a statement setting forth the aggregate number of shares not voted in favor of the adoption of the Merger Agreement and with respect to which demands for appraisal have been received, and the aggregate number of stockholders of such shares. Such statement must be mailed within 10 days after a written request therefor has been received by the Surviving Corporation or within 10 days after
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the expiration of the period for delivery of demands for appraisal, whichever is later. Notwithstanding the foregoing requirement that a demand for appraisal must be made by or on behalf of the record owner of the shares, a person who is the beneficial owner of shares held either in a voting trust or by a nominee on behalf of such person, and as to which demand has been properly made and not effectively withdrawn, may, in such person’s own name, file a petition for appraisal or request from the Surviving Corporation the statement described in this paragraph.
If a petition for appraisal is duly filed by any stockholder and a copy of the petition is delivered to the Surviving Corporation, the Surviving Corporation will then be obligated within 20 days after receiving service of a copy of the petition to file with the Delaware Register in Chancery a duly verified list (the “Verified List”) containing the names and addresses of all stockholders who have demanded an appraisal for their shares (the “Dissenting Stockholders”) and with whom agreements as to the value of their shares has not been reached. Upon the filing of a petition by a Dissenting Stockholder, the Delaware Court of Chancery may order a hearing and that notice of the time and place fixed for the hearing on the petition will be mailed to the Surviving Corporation and all the Dissenting Stockholders shown on the Verified List. Notice will also be published at least one week before the day of the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation published in the City of Wilmington, Delaware, or in another publication deemed advisable by the Delaware Court of Chancery. The costs relating to these notices will be borne by the Surviving Corporation.
If a hearing on the petition is held, the Delaware Court of Chancery is empowered to determine which Dissenting Stockholders have complied with the provisions of Section 262 of the DGCL and are entitled to an appraisal of their shares. The Delaware Court of Chancery may require that Dissenting Stockholders submit their share certificates, if any, to the Delaware Register in Chancery for notation thereon of the pendency of the appraisal proceedings. The Delaware Court of Chancery is empowered to dismiss the proceedings as to any Dissenting Stockholder who does not comply with such requirement. Accordingly, Dissenting Stockholders are cautioned to retain their share certificates after the Effective Time and thereafter comply with all orders of the Delaware Court of Chancery in respect of such certificates. In addition, assuming the shares remain listed on a national securities exchange immediately before the Effective Time, which we expect to be the case, the Delaware Court of Chancery is required to dismiss the appraisal proceedings as to all Dissenting Stockholders unless (i) the total number of shares entitled to appraisal exceeds 1% of the outstanding shares eligible for appraisal or (ii) the value of the consideration provided in the Merger for such total number of shares exceeds $1 million.
Determination of Fair Value
After the Delaware Court of Chancery determines which stockholders are entitled to appraisal, the appraisal proceeding will be conducted in accordance with the rules of the Delaware Court of Chancery, including any rules specifically governing appraisal proceedings. Through the appraisal proceeding, the Delaware Court of Chancery will determine the fair value of the shares as of the Effective Time exclusive of any element of value arising from the accomplishment or expectation of the Merger, together with interest, if any, to be paid upon the amount determined to be the fair value. Unless the Delaware Court of Chancery in its discretion determines otherwise for good cause shown, interest from the effective date of the Merger through the date of payment of the judgment will be compounded quarterly and will accrue at 5% over the Federal Reserve discount rate (including any surcharge) as established from time to time during the period between the Effective Time of the Merger and the date of payment of the judgment. However, at any time before the entry of judgment in the proceedings, the Surviving Corporation may pay to each stockholder entitled to appraisal an amount in cash, in which case interest will accrue thereafter only upon the sum of (i) the difference, if any, between the amount so paid by the Surviving Corporation and the fair value of the shares as determined by the Delaware Court of Chancery, and (ii) interest accrued before such voluntary cash payment, unless paid at that time.
In determining fair value, the Delaware Court of Chancery is to take into account all relevant factors. In Weinberger v. UOP, Inc., the Supreme Court of Delaware discussed the factors that could be considered in determining fair value in an appraisal proceeding, stating that “proof of value by any techniques or methods that are generally considered acceptable in the financial community and otherwise admissible in court” should be considered, and that “fair price obviously requires consideration of all relevant factors involving the value of a company.” The Delaware Supreme Court stated that, in making this determination of fair value, the Delaware Court of Chancery must consider market value, asset value, dividends, earnings prospects, the nature of the enterprise and any other facts that could be ascertained as of the date of the merger that throw any light on
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future prospects of the merged corporation. In Weinberger, the Supreme Court of Delaware also stated that “elements of future value, including the nature of the enterprise, which are known or susceptible of proof as of the date of the merger and not the product of speculation, may be considered.” Section 262 of the DGCL provides that fair value is to be “exclusive of any element of value arising from the accomplishment or expectation of the merger.” In Cede & Co. v. Technicolor, Inc., the Delaware Supreme Court stated that such exclusion is a “narrow exclusion that does not encompass known elements of value,” but which rather applies only to the speculative elements of value arising from such accomplishment or expectation. An opinion of an investment banking firm as to the fairness from a financial point of view of the consideration payable in a merger is not an opinion as to fair value under Section 262 of the DGCL. You should be aware that the fair value of your shares as determined under Section 262 of the DGCL could be more than, the same as, or less than the merger consideration that you would otherwise be entitled to receive under the terms of the Merger Agreement.
Upon application by the Surviving Corporation or by stockholder entitled to participate in the appraisal proceeding, the Delaware Court of Chancery may, in its discretion, proceed to trial upon the appraisal prior to the final determination of the stockholders entitled to an appraisal. Any stockholder whose name appears on the Verified List and who has submitted such stockholder’s stock certificates, if any, to the Delaware Register in Chancery, if such is required, may participate fully in all proceedings until it is finally determined that such stockholder is not entitled to appraisal rights. When the fair value of the shares is determined, the Delaware Court of Chancery will direct the payment of such value, with interest thereon, if any, to the stockholders entitled thereto, forthwith in the case of uncertificated stockholders or upon surrender by certificated stockholders of their stock certificates. The Delaware Court of Chancery’s decree may be enforced as other decrees in the Delaware Court of Chancery may be enforced. The Delaware Court of Chancery may also (i) determine the costs of the proceeding (which do not include attorneys’ fees or the fees and expenses of experts) and tax such costs upon the parties as the Delaware Court of Chancery deems equitable and (ii) upon application of a stockholder, order all or a portion of the expenses incurred by any Dissenting Stockholder in connection with the appraisal proceeding, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees and fees and expenses of experts, to be charged pro rata against the value of all the shares entitled to appraisal. In the absence of such an order, each party bears its own expenses. Determinations by the Delaware Court of Chancery are subject to appellate review by the Delaware Supreme Court.
Stockholders considering whether to seek appraisal should bear in mind that the fair value of their shares determined under Section 262 of the DGCL could be more than, the same as, or less than the value of the Merger Consideration to be paid in the Merger. Although Intersect ENT believes that the Merger Consideration is fair, no representation is made as to the outcome of the appraisal of fair value as determined by the Delaware Court of Chancery. Neither Parent nor Intersect ENT anticipates offering more than the Merger Consideration to any Dissenting Stockholder, and each of Parent and Intersect ENT reserve the right to assert, in any appraisal proceeding, that for purposes of Section 262 of the DGCL, the “fair value” of the shares is less than the Merger Consideration.
The process of dissenting and exercising appraisal rights requires compliance with technical prerequisites. Stockholders wishing to exercise their appraisal rights should consult with their own legal counsel in connection with compliance with Section 262 of the DGCL.
Any stockholder who has duly demanded and perfected appraisal rights in compliance with Section 262 of the DGCL will not, after the Effective Time, be entitled to vote his or her shares for any purpose or be entitled to the payment of dividends or other distributions thereon, except dividends or other distributions payable to stockholders as of a date prior to the Effective Time.
If any stockholder who demands appraisal of shares under Section 262 of the DGCL fails to perfect, successfully withdraws or loses such stockholder’s right to appraisal, such stockholder’s shares will be deemed to have been converted at the Effective Time into the right to receive the Merger Consideration. A stockholder will fail to perfect, or effectively lose, the stockholder’s right to appraisal if no petition for appraisal is filed within 120 days after the effective date of the Merger. Inasmuch as Intersect ENT has no obligation to file such a petition and has no present intention to do so, any stockholder who desires such a petition is advised to file it on a timely basis. In addition, a stockholder who has not commenced an appraisal proceeding or joined that proceeding as a named party may withdraw his, her or its demand for appraisal in accordance with Section 262 of the DGCL and accept the Merger Consideration by delivering to Intersect ENT a written withdrawal of such
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stockholder’s demand for appraisal and acceptance of the terms of the Merger either within 60 days after the effective date of the Merger or thereafter with the written approval of Intersect ENT. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no appraisal proceeding in the Delaware Court of Chancery will be dismissed as to any stockholder without the approval of the Delaware Court of Chancery, and such approval may be conditioned upon such terms as the Delaware Court of Chancery deems just; provided, however, that the limitation set forth in this sentence will not affect the right of any stockholder who has not commenced an appraisal proceeding or joined that proceeding as a named party to withdraw such stockholder’s demand for appraisal and to accept the Merger Consideration within 60 days after the effective date of the Merger.
STOCKHOLDERS WHO VOTE SHARES IN FAVOR OF THE ADOPTION OF THE MERGER AGREEMENT WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO EXERCISE APPRAISAL RIGHTS WITH RESPECT THERETO BUT, RATHER, WILL RECEIVE THE MERGER CONSIDERATION.
The foregoing summary of the rights of the stockholders of Intersect ENT to seek appraisal rights under Delaware law does not purport to be a complete statement of the procedures to be followed by the stockholders of Intersect ENT desiring to exercise any appraisal rights available thereunder and is qualified in its entirety by reference to Section 262 of the DGCL. The proper exercise of appraisal rights requires strict adherence to the applicable provisions of the DGCL. A copy of Section 262 of the DGCL is included as Annex C to this Proxy.
Accounting Treatment
The Merger will be accounted for as a “purchase transaction” for financial accounting purposes.
Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Merger
The following is a summary of certain material U.S. federal income tax consequences of the Merger to U.S. Holders (as defined below) of shares of Intersect ENT common stock whose shares are converted into the right to receive cash pursuant to the Merger. This summary is based upon the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), existing and proposed U.S. Treasury Regulations promulgated under the Code, court decisions, published positions of the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”), and other applicable authorities, all as in effect on the date of this proxy statement and all of which are subject to change or differing interpretations at any time, possibly with retroactive effect. No ruling from the IRS and no opinion of counsel will be requested in connection with the Merger or related transactions. Accordingly, the summary below neither binds the IRS nor precludes it from adopting a contrary position. This summary is limited to stockholders who hold their shares of Intersect ENT common stock as “capital assets” within the meaning of Section 1221 of the Code (generally, property held for investment purposes).
This summary is for general information only and does not address all of the tax consequences that may be relevant to stockholders in light of their particular circumstances including, but not limited to, stockholders who, for U.S. federal income tax purposes:
are banks, insurance companies, mutual funds, tax-exempt entities, government organizations, retirement plans or accounts, financial institutions, or broker-dealers or traders in securities or currencies;
hold their shares of Intersect ENT common stock through individual retirement or other tax-deferred accounts;
hold shares of Intersect ENT common stock that constitutes “qualified small business stock” under Section 1202 of the Code or “Section 1244 stock” for purposes of Section 1244 of the Code;
acquired their shares of Intersect ENT common stock in a transaction subject to the gain rollover provisions of the Code (including, but not limited to Section 1045 of the Code);
acquired their shares of Intersect ENT common stock pursuant to the exercise of compensatory options (including Company Options) or in other compensatory transactions;
acquired their shares of Intersect ENT common stock pursuant to the exercise of warrants or conversion rights under convertible instruments;
hold their shares of Intersect ENT common stock through a bank, financial institution or other entity, or a branch thereof, located, organized or resident outside the United States;
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have a functional currency other than the U.S. dollar;
are corporations that accumulate earnings to avoid U.S. federal income tax;
are real estate investment trusts or regulated investment companies;
elect the mark-to-market method of accounting for their shares of Intersect ENT common stock;
are deemed to sell or to have sold their shares of Intersect ENT common stock under the constructive sale provisions of the Code;
hold their shares of Intersect ENT common stock as part of an integrated investment (including a hedging, “straddle,” conversion or other integrated or risk-reduction transaction);
hold or held (directly, indirectly or constructively) five percent or more of Intersect ENT stock (by vote or value);
are not U.S. Holders (as defined below);
exercise appraisal or dissenters’ rights; or
are partnerships or entities or arrangements classified as partnerships or disregarded entities for U.S. federal income tax purposes, S corporations or other pass-through entities (including hybrid entities) and investors and partnership in such entities.
If a partnership (including an entity or arrangement, domestic or non-U.S., treated as a partnership for U.S. federal income tax purposes) is a beneficial owner of shares of Intersect ENT common stock, then the tax treatment of a partner in such partnership will generally depend upon the status of the partner and the activities of the partner and the partnership. Partnerships holding shares of Intersect ENT common stock and partners therein should consult their tax advisors regarding the consequences of the Merger.
This summary does not address (i) any tax consequences arising under the laws of any state, local or non-U.S. jurisdiction (ii) any U.S. federal non-income tax (such as estate, gift or other taxes), (iii) the impact of the alternative minimum tax, the Medicare contribution tax on net investment income or the special tax accounting rules under Section 451(b) of the Code that may be applicable to stockholders, or (iv) the tax considerations associated with transactions occurring prior to, concurrently with, or after the Merger (whether or not such transactions are consummated in connection with the Merger).
THE FOLLOWING SUMMARY IS FOR GENERAL INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR CAREFUL TAX PLANNING AND ADVICE. WE URGE YOU TO CONSULT YOUR OWN TAX ADVISOR WITH RESPECT TO THE SPECIFIC TAX CONSEQUENCES TO YOU IN CONNECTION WITH THE MERGER IN LIGHT OF YOUR OWN PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING FEDERAL ESTATE, GIFT AND OTHER NON-INCOME TAX CONSEQUENCES, AND TAX CONSEQUENCES UNDER STATE, LOCAL OR NON-U.S. TAX LAWS.
U.S. Holders
For purposes of this summary, a “U.S. Holder” is a beneficial owner of shares of Intersect ENT common stock that is for U.S. federal income tax purposes:
an individual who is a citizen or resident of the United States or who is treated as a citizen or resident of the United States for U.S. federal income tax purposes;
a corporation, or other entity taxable as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes, created or organized in or under the laws of the United States, any state thereof or the District of Columbia;
an estate, the income of which is subject to U.S. federal income taxation regardless of its source; or
a trust (1) that is subject to the primary supervision of a court within the U.S. and the control of one or more U.S. persons as defined in Section 7701(a)(30) of the Code; or (2) that has a valid election in effect under applicable U.S. Treasury Regulations to be treated as a U.S. person under the Code.
For U.S. federal income tax purposes, the receipt of cash by a U.S. Holder in exchange for shares of Intersect ENT common stock pursuant to the Merger will generally be a taxable transaction for U.S. federal income tax purposes. In general, a U.S. Holder will recognize gain or loss, if any, equal to the difference
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between (1) the amount of cash received pursuant to the Merger and (2) the U.S. Holder’s adjusted tax basis in its shares of Intersect ENT common stock surrendered pursuant to the Merger. The amount, character and timing of such gain or loss generally will be determined separately with respect to each block of stock owned by such U.S. Holder surrendered in the Merger. For purposes of the foregoing, a block of stock is generally comprised of those shares of a particular class of stock of a company which were acquired at the same time and at the same price. A U.S. Holder’s adjusted tax basis generally will equal the amount that such U.S. Holder paid for the shares of Intersect ENT common stock. A U.S. Holder’s gain or loss on the disposition of shares of Intersect ENT common stock generally will be characterized as capital gain or loss. Any such gain or loss will be long-term capital gain or loss if such U.S. Holder’s holding period in such shares is more than one year at the time of the completion of the Merger and otherwise will be short-term capital gain or loss. Long-term capital gains recognized by certain non-corporate U.S. Holders, including individuals, are currently subject to taxation at preferential rates. Short-term capital gains are taxed at the same rates applicable to ordinary income. The deductibility of capital losses is subject to limitations.
Information Reporting and Backup Withholding
Information reporting and backup withholding (currently, at a rate of 24%) may apply to the proceeds received by a stockholder pursuant to the Merger. Backup withholding generally will not apply to a U.S. Holder that furnishes a correct taxpayer identification number and certifies that such holder is not subject to backup withholding on IRS Form W-9 (or a substitute or successor form). Each stockholder should consult his or her own tax advisors regarding the application of backup withholding in his or her particular circumstances and the availability of, and procedure for obtaining (i) an exemption from backup withholding and (ii) a credit, refund or other tax benefit with respect to any amount of backup withholding.
The foregoing summary does not discuss all aspects of U.S. federal income taxation that may be relevant to particular holders of shares of Intersect ENT common stock. Stockholders should consult their own tax advisors as to the particular tax consequences to them of exchanging their shares of Intersect ENT common stock for cash pursuant to the Merger under any U.S. federal, state, local or non-U.S. tax laws.
Regulatory Matters
General
Subject to certain limitations, Parent has agreed to use reasonable best efforts to take any and all actions necessary to obtain any consents, clearances or approvals required under or in connection with antitrust laws, and to enable all waiting periods under applicable antitrust laws to terminate or expire, and to use reasonable best efforts to avoid or eliminate each and every impediment under applicable antitrust laws asserted by any governmental entity, in each case, to cause the Merger to occur as promptly as practicable and in any event prior to the End Date. This includes, for example, making an appropriate filing of a notification and report form pursuant to the HSR Act as promptly as practicable, and to make all other filings required or advisable by applicable foreign antitrust laws with respect to the Merger as promptly as practicable.
HSR Act and U.S. Antitrust Matters
Under the HSR Act and the rules promulgated thereunder, certain acquisitions may not be completed until information has been furnished to the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), and the applicable HSR Act waiting period requirements have been satisfied. The waiting period under the HSR Act is 30 calendar days, unless the waiting period is terminated earlier (provided, however, that the FTC has temporarily suspended granting early termination other than in narrow circumstances that do not apply during the initial 30 day waiting period), extended by a request for additional information and documentary material, or restarted if Parent voluntarily withdraws and refiles to allow a second 30 calendar day waiting period. The Merger is subject to the provisions of the HSR Act and therefore cannot be completed until Intersect ENT and Parent file a notification and report form with the FTC and the DOJ under the HSR Act and the applicable waiting period has expired or been terminated. Intersect ENT and Parent made the necessary filings with the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the DOJ on August 23, 2021. Intersect ENT and Parent may also file pre-merger or post-merger notification filings, forms or submissions with other governmental entities pursuant to other applicable antitrust laws in connection with the Merger.
At any time before or after consummation of the Merger, notwithstanding the termination or expiration of the waiting period under the HSR Act, the FTC or the DOJ could investigate the Merger or take such action
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under the antitrust laws as it deems necessary or desirable in the public interest, including seeking to enjoin the completion of the Merger, seeking divestiture of substantial assets or business lines of the parties, seeking to impose conditions or limitations on one or both parties, or requiring the parties to license or hold separate assets or terminate existing relationships and contractual rights. At any time before or after the completion of the Merger, and notwithstanding the termination or expiration of the waiting period under the HSR Act, any state or foreign jurisdiction could investigate the Merger or take such action under the antitrust laws as it deems necessary or desirable in the public interest. Such action could include seeking to enjoin the completion of the Merger, seeking divestiture of substantial assets or business lines of the parties, seeking to impose conditions or limitations on one or both parties, or seeking to require the parties to license or hold separate assets or terminate existing relationships and contractual rights. Private parties may also seek to take legal action under the antitrust laws under certain circumstances. We cannot be certain that a challenge to the Merger will not be made or that, if a challenge is made, we will prevail.
Other Regulatory Matters
One or more governmental agencies, including government agencies outside the United States, may impose a condition, restriction, qualification, requirement or limitation when it grants the necessary consents, clearances or approvals. Third parties may seek to intervene in the regulatory process or litigate to enjoin or prevent consummation of the Merger, any of which actions could significantly impede or even preclude obtaining required regulatory consents, clearances or approvals. There is currently no way to predict how long it will take to obtain all of the required regulatory consents, clearances or approvals or whether they will ultimately be obtained, and there may be a substantial period of time between the approval by stockholders and the completion of the Merger.
Although we expect that all required termination or expiration of waiting periods and any required regulatory consents, clearances or approvals will be obtained, we cannot assure you that these will be timely obtained, obtained at all or that they will not involve the imposition of additional conditions on the completion of the Merger, including the requirement to divest assets or business lines, agree to certain conditions or limitations, or require changes to the terms of the Merger Agreement. These could result in the conditions to the Merger not being satisfied.
Legal Proceedings
Subsequent to the filing of the Preliminary Proxy Statement on August 27, 2021, a civil action was filed challenging the adequacy of certain public disclosures made by Intersect ENT concerning Intersect ENT's proposed transaction with Medtronic. On September 1, 2021, Elaine Wang, a purported stockholder of Intersect ENT, commenced an action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, captioned Elaine Wang v. Intersect ENT, Inc., et al., Case No. 1:21-cv-7348, against Intersect ENT and current members of the Intersect ENT Board. The Wang Complaint asserts claims under Sections 14(a) and 20(a) of the Exchange Act and seeks, among other things, an injunction preventing consummation of the proposed transaction with Medtronic, rescission of the proposed transaction or rescissory damages in the event it is consummated, an accounting by the defendants for all damages caused to the plaintiff, and the award of attorneys' fees and expenses. Intersect ENT and the current members of the Intersect ENT Board have not been served with the Wang Complaint. Defendants believe the claims asserted in these complaints are without merit, deny any wrongdoing in connection with the filing of the Preliminary Proxy Statement, and intend to vigorously defend against the claims.
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PROPOSAL 1: ADOPTION OF THE MERGER AGREEMENT
The following summary describes the material provisions of the Merger Agreement. The descriptions of the Merger Agreement in this summary and elsewhere in this proxy statement are not complete and are qualified in their entirety by reference to the Merger Agreement, a copy of which is attached to this proxy statement as Annex A and incorporated into this proxy statement by reference. You should carefully read and consider the entire Merger Agreement, which is the legal document that governs the Merger, because this summary may not contain all the information about the Merger Agreement that is important to you. The rights and obligations of the parties are governed by the express terms of the Merger Agreement and not by this summary or any other information contained in this proxy statement.
The representations, warranties, covenants and agreements described below and included in the Merger Agreement (1) were made only for purposes of the Merger Agreement and as of specific dates; (2) were made solely for the benefit of the parties to the Merger Agreement; and (3) may be subject to important qualifications, limitations and supplemental information agreed to by Intersect ENT, Parent and Merger Sub in connection with negotiating the terms of the Merger Agreement and contained in the confidential disclosure schedules. In addition, the representations and warranties have been included in the Merger Agreement for the purpose of allocating contractual risk between Intersect ENT, Parent and Merger Sub rather than to establish matters as facts, and may be subject to standards of materiality applicable to such parties that differ from those applicable to investors. Stockholders are not third-party beneficiaries under the Merger Agreement and should not rely on the representations, warranties, covenants and agreements or any descriptions thereof as characterizations of the actual state of facts or condition of Intersect ENT, Parent or Merger Sub or any of their respective affiliates or businesses. Moreover, information concerning the subject matter of the representations and warranties may change after the date of the Merger Agreement. In addition, you should not rely on the covenants in the Merger Agreement as actual limitations on the respective businesses of Intersect ENT, Parent and Merger Sub, because the parties may take certain actions that are either expressly permitted in the confidential disclosure letter to the Merger Agreement or as otherwise consented to by the appropriate party, which consent may be given without prior notice to the public. The Merger Agreement is described below, and included as Annex A, only to provide you with information regarding its terms and conditions, and not to provide any other factual information regarding Intersect ENT, Parent, Merger Sub or their respective businesses. Accordingly, the representations, warranties, covenants and other agreements in the Merger Agreement should not be read alone, and you should read the information provided elsewhere in this document and in our filings with the SEC regarding Intersect ENT and its business.
Effects of the Merger; Directors and Officers; Certificate of Incorporation; Bylaws
The Merger Agreement provides that, subject to the terms and conditions of the Merger Agreement, and in accordance with the DGCL, at the Effective Time: (1) Merger Sub will be merged with and into Intersect ENT, with Intersect ENT becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent; and (2) the separate corporate existence of Merger Sub will thereupon cease. From and after the Effective Time, the Surviving Corporation will possess all properties, rights, privileges, immunities, powers and franchises of Intersect ENT and Merger Sub, and all of the debts, liabilities and duties of Intersect ENT and Merger Sub will become the debts, liabilities and duties of the Surviving Corporation.
At the Effective Time, the board of directors of the Surviving Corporation will consist of the directors of Merger Sub as of immediately prior to the Effective Time, to hold office in accordance with the certificate of incorporation and bylaws of the Surviving Corporation until their successors are duly elected or appointed and qualified. From and after the Effective Time, the officers of Merger Sub at the Effective Time will be the officers of the Surviving Corporation, until their successors are duly appointed. At the Effective Time, the certificate of incorporation of Intersect ENT as the Surviving Corporation will be amended to read substantially identically to the certificate of incorporation of Merger Sub as in effect immediately prior to the Effective Time, and the bylaws of Merger Sub, as in effect immediately prior to the Effective Time, will become the bylaws of the Surviving Corporation, until thereafter amended.
Closing and Effective Time
The closing of the Merger will take place remotely by electronic exchange of documents on the second business day following the satisfaction or waiver of all conditions to closing of the Merger (described below under the caption, “—Conditions to the Closing of the Merger”) (other than those conditions to be satisfied at
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the closing of the Merger, but subject to the satisfaction or waiver of those conditions at the Closing) or such other place mutually agreed to by Parent and Intersect ENT. On the closing date, the parties will file a certificate of merger with the Secretary of State for the State of Delaware as provided under the DGCL. The Merger will become effective upon the filing of the certificate of merger, or at such later time as is agreed by the parties and specified in the certificate of merger.
Merger Consideration
Common Stock
At the Effective Time, and without any action required by any stockholder, each share of common stock (other than shares of common stock (A) owned by Intersect ENT as treasury stock, (B) owned by Parent or Merger Sub or (C) held by a Company stockholder who properly demands appraisal for such dissenting shares) issued and outstanding as of immediately prior to the Effective Time will be cancelled and retired, and automatically converted into the right to receive the Per Share Merger Consideration, without interest thereon and less any applicable withholding taxes.
Outstanding Company Options, Performance Options, Company RSUs and Company PSUs
At the Effective Time, each Company Option that is unexercised and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time and for which the Per Share Merger Consideration exceeds the exercise price of such Company Option, and without regard to whether such Company Option is vested or unvested, shall be automatically cancelled and converted into the right to receive an amount in cash equal to the product of (1) the aggregate number of unexercised shares then subject to such Company Option, multiplied by (2) the excess, if any, of the Per Share Merger Consideration over such Company Option’s per share exercise price.
At the Effective Time, each Performance Option, to the extent outstanding and not vested immediately prior to the Effective Time, shall be cancelled without consideration and each Vested Performance Option shall be automatically cancelled and converted into the right to receive an amount in cash equal to the product of (1) the aggregate number of unexercised shares then subject to such Vested Performance Option, multiplied by (2) the excess, if any, of the Per Share Merger Consideration over such Vested Performance Option’s per share exercise price.
At the Effective Time, each Company RSU that is outstanding and unvested immediately prior to the Effective Time shall be automatically cancelled and, in consideration of such cancellation, the holder thereof shall be entitled to receive an amount in cash equal to the product of (A) the Per Share Merger Consideration and (B) the aggregate number of shares then underlying such Company RSU.
At the Effective Time, each Company PSU that is outstanding and unvested immediately prior to the Effective Time shall be automatically cancelled without consideration; provided that each Vested Company PSU shall be automatically cancelled and converted into the right to receive an amount in cash equal to the product of (A) the aggregate number of shares then subject to such Vested Company PSU, multiplied by (B) the Per Share Merger Consideration.
Any Options (whether vested or unvested) with a per share exercise price equal to or greater than $28.25 will be cancelled immediately upon the Effective Time without payment or consideration.
Intersect ENT’s Amended and Restated 2014 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the “Company ESPP”) and the Intersect ENT equity incentive plans will terminate as of the Effective Time.
Treatment of Purchase Rights under the Employee Stock Purchase Plan
The Merger Agreement generally provides that no new offering periods or purchase periods will begin under the Company ESPP after August 6, 2021, and no individual will be allowed to begin participating in the ESPP after August 6, 2021. After August 6, 2021, each Company ESPP participant will not be allowed to increase his or her payroll contribution rate from the rate in effect as of August 6, 2021, or make separate non-payroll contributions to the ESPP, except as required by applicable law. Any purchase period that would otherwise be outstanding at the Effective Time will end no later than five days before the Effective Time. All outstanding purchase rights under the Company ESPP will be deemed to have been exercised no later than five business days before the Effective Time, and the Company ESPP will terminate as of the Effective Time. The amount of unused accumulated contributions of each participant under the Company ESPP as of immediately prior to the Effective Time will be refunded to such participant as of the Effective Time (without interest).
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Exchange and Payment Procedures
Prior to the closing of the Merger, Parent will designate a United States bank or trust company reasonably acceptable to Intersect ENT (the “Paying Agent”) to make payments of the Merger Consideration to holders of common stock and holders of Series D Preferred Stock. At or prior to the closing, Parent will deliver to the Paying Agent sufficient funds to pay the aggregate Merger Consideration to stockholders.
Promptly following the Effective Time (and in any event within five business days), Parent will cause the Paying Agent to mail to each holder of record a letter of transmittal in customary form and instructions for use in effecting the surrender of such holder’s shares of common stock represented by such holder’s certificate or book-entry shares in exchange for the Per Share Merger Consideration payable in respect of such shares. The amount of any Per Share Merger Consideration paid to stockholders may be reduced by any applicable withholding taxes.
If any cash deposited with the Paying Agent is not claimed within six months following the Effective Time, such cash will be returned to the Surviving Corporation, and any holders of common stock or holders of Series D Preferred Stock who have not complied with the exchange procedures in the Merger Agreement will thereafter look only to the Surviving Corporation for payment of the Per Share Merger Consideration. Any cash deposited with the Paying Agent that remains unclaimed two years following the Effective Time will, to the extent permitted by applicable law, become the property of the Surviving Corporation free and clear of any claims or interest of any person previously entitled thereto.
Representations and Warranties
The Merger Agreement contains various representations and warranties made by Intersect ENT to Parent and Merger Sub, including representations relating to due organization, capitalization, due authorization, required consents and approvals, SEC filings, disclosure controls and procedures, absence of undisclosed liabilities, absence of adverse changes, material contracts, employee benefit plans, litigation, compliance with laws, intellectual property, data privacy, taxes, tangible assets, environmental issues, labor matters, brokers or finders, regulatory compliance, board recommendation, disclosure documents, interested party transactions and opinion of financial advisor. These representations and warranties were made to and solely for the benefit of Parent and Merger Sub as of specific dates. The assertions embodied in such representations and warranties are qualified by information contained in the Company Disclosure Schedule and by certain portions of the SEC filings filed by Intersect ENT prior to the date of the Merger Agreement. Accordingly, such representations and warranties may not be relied on as characterizations of the actual state of facts or circumstances, since they were only made as of the date of the Merger Agreement and are modified in important part by the underlying Company Disclosure Schedule.
Moreover, information concerning the subject matter of such representations and warranties may change after the date of the Merger Agreement, which subsequent information may or may not be fully reflected in Intersect ENT’s public disclosures. Certain representations and warranties in the Merger Agreement provide exceptions for items that are not reasonably likely to have a “Company Material Adverse Effect.”
For purposes of the Merger Agreement, a “Company Material Adverse Effect” means any event, circumstance, change or effect that has a material adverse change in, or material adverse effect on, the business, financial condition or results of operations of Intersect ENT and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole; provided, however, that any change or effect resulting from (i) the industries and markets in which Intersect ENT and its subsidiaries operate, (ii) the United States or the global economy or (iii) the United States financial or securities markets will be excluded from the determination of Company Material Adverse Effect, in the case of clauses (i), (ii) and (iii), to the extent they have not had, or would reasonably be expected not to have, a materially disproportionate effect on Intersect ENT and its subsidiaries relative to other companies in the same industry as Intersect ENT; and provided further that any change or effect resulting from the following, will not constitute, and will not be considered in determining whether there has occurred, a Company Material Adverse Effect: (1) the execution or the announcement of the Merger Agreement (except to the extent that such change or effect was the result of a breach of the certain representations and warranties in the Merger Agreement), (2) natural disasters, epidemics, pandemics (including COVID-19), acts of war, terrorism or sabotage, military actions or the escalation thereof or other force majeure events, to the extent they have not had, or would reasonably be expected not to have, a materially disproportionate effect on Intersect ENT and its subsidiaries relative to other companies in the same industry, (3) changes in generally accepted accounting principles or changes in the
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interpretation of generally accepted accounting principles, or changes in the accounting rules and regulations of the SEC, (4) any enactment or other action required by law, required by the Merger Agreement or taken at the request of Parent or Merger Sub, (5) any litigation brought or threatened by stockholders of either Parent or Intersect ENT (whether on behalf of Intersect ENT, Parent or otherwise) asserting allegations of breach of fiduciary duty relating to the Merger Agreement or violations of securities laws in connection with the proxy statement or any other documents required to be filed by Intersect ENT with the SEC or disseminated to stockholders in connection with the Transactions, (6) any changes in law or interpretations thereof (including any health reform statutes, rules or regulations or interpretations thereof), (7) any action required to comply with the rules and regulations of the SEC or the SEC comment process, in each case, in connection with the proxy statement or any other documents required to be filed by Intersect ENT with the SEC or disseminated to stockholders in connection with the Transactions, (8) any decrease in the market price or trading volume of the shares (but not the underlying cause of such decrease), (9) any failure by Intersect ENT to meet any projections, forecasts or revenue or earnings predictions, or any predictions or expectations of Intersect ENT or of any securities analysts (but not the underlying cause of such failure) or (10) any fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates.
The representations and warranties contained in the Merger Agreement will not survive the consummation of the Merger.
Conduct of Business Pending the Merger
The Merger Agreement provides that during the period from the date of the Merger Agreement until the earlier of the Effective Time and the termination of the Merger Agreement (except (i) as may be required by law, (ii) with the prior written consent of Parent, which consent will not be unreasonably withheld, delayed or conditioned, (iii) as contemplated or permitted by the Merger Agreement, (iv) as reasonably necessary in light of the then-current operating conditions and developments as a result of COVID-19 or (v) as set forth in the Company Disclosure Schedule), the business of Intersect ENT and its subsidiaries will be conducted only in the ordinary and usual course of business in all material respects consistent with past practice, and Intersect ENT and its subsidiaries will use reasonable best efforts to:
(a)
preserve intact their current business organization;
(b)
maintain their relationships with customers, suppliers and others having business dealings with them;
(c)
subject to applicable law, notify and consult with Parent promptly (i) after receipt of any material communication from any governmental entity or inspections of any manufacturing or clinical trial site and before giving any material submission to a governmental entity and (ii) after making any material change to a study protocol, adding new trials, making any material change to a manufacturing plan or process, or making a material change to the development timeline for any of its product candidates or programs;
(d)
preserve intact and keep available the services of present employees of Intersect ENT and its subsidiaries;
(e)
keep in effect casualty, product liability, workers’ compensation and other insurance policies in coverage amounts substantially similar to those in effect at the date of the Merger Agreement;
(f)
preserve and protect the intellectual property owned by Intersect ENT and its subsidiaries; and
(g)
operate in material compliance with the operating plan set forth in the Company Disclosure Schedule.
The Merger Agreement provides that during the period from the date of the Merger Agreement until the Effective Time, except (i) as may be required by law, (ii) with the prior written consent of Parent, which consent will not be unreasonably withheld, delayed or conditioned, (iii) as contemplated or permitted by the Merger Agreement; (iv) for actions that are reasonably necessary in light of the then-current operating conditions as a result of COVID-19 or (v) as set forth in the Company Disclosure Schedule, Intersect ENT will not, and will not permit its subsidiaries to, do any of the following:
(a)
amend its certificate of incorporation or bylaws;
(b)
issue, deliver, sell, dispose of, pledge or otherwise encumber, or authorize or propose the issuance, sale, disposition or pledge or other encumbrance of (i) any shares of capital stock of any class or any other
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ownership interest of Intersect ENT or any of its subsidiaries, or any securities or rights convertible into, exchangeable for, or evidencing the right to subscribe for any shares of capital stock or any other ownership interest of Intersect ENT or any of its subsidiaries, or any rights, warrants, options, calls, commitments or any other agreements of any character to purchase or acquire any shares of capital stock or any other ownership interest of Intersect ENT or any of its subsidiaries or any securities or rights convertible into, exchangeable for, or evidencing the right to subscribe for, any shares of capital stock or any other ownership interest of Intersect ENT or any of its subsidiaries, or (ii) any other securities of Intersect ENT or any of its subsidiaries in respect of, in lieu of, or in substitution for, shares outstanding on the date of the Merger Agreement, except for shares to be issued or delivered pursuant to the exercise of vested options, the vesting of restricted stock units or performance stock units or upon conversion of the Deerfield Convertible Notes, in each case outstanding as of the date of the Merger Agreement;
(c)
redeem, purchase or otherwise acquire, or propose to redeem, purchase or otherwise acquire, any outstanding shares or Series D Preferred Stock, other than (i) from holders of Options in full or partial payment of the exercise price, or (ii) in connection with the withholding of taxes payable by any holder of Options, restricted stock units or performance stock units upon the exercise, settlement or vesting thereof, in each case to the extent required or permitted under the terms of such equity awards or any applicable equity plan;
(d)
split, combine, subdivide or reclassify any shares or declare, set aside for payment or pay any dividend or other distribution in respect of any shares or otherwise make any payments to stockholders in their capacity as such; provided that this prohibition does not apply to dividends or distributions declared, set aside for payment or paid by wholly-owned subsidiaries of Intersect ENT to Intersect ENT or any other wholly-owned subsidiary of Intersect ENT;
(e)
adopt a plan of complete or partial liquidation, dissolution, merger, consolidation, restructuring, recapitalization or other reorganization of Intersect ENT or any of its subsidiaries, other than the Transactions;
(f)
acquire, sell, lease, dispose of, pledge or encumber any assets, other than (i) acquisitions in existing or related lines of business of Intersect ENT or any of its subsidiaries as to which the aggregate consideration for all such acquisitions does not exceed $500,000, (ii) acquisitions, sales, leases, dispositions, pledges or encumbrances of assets with an aggregate fair market value of less than $500,000 or (iii) acquisitions, sales or transfers of inventory in the ordinary course of business;
(g)
(i) other than in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice and other than as contemplated by the terms of the unsecured subordinated loan facility, incur any indebtedness for borrowed money in addition to that incurred as of the date of the Merger Agreement or guarantee any such indebtedness or make any loans, advances or capital contributions to, or investments in, any other person or entity, other than (A) to Intersect ENT or any wholly-owned subsidiary of Intersect ENT or (B) strategic investments as to which the aggregate consideration for all such investments does not exceed $500,000, or (ii) pay, discharge or satisfy any material claims, liabilities or obligations (absolute, accrued, asserted or unasserted, contingent or otherwise), other than the payment, discharge or satisfaction of (A) in the ordinary course of business and consistent with past practice, liabilities reflected or reserved against in Intersect ENT’s consolidated balance sheet as of March 31, 2021 or (B) liabilities incurred in the ordinary course of business since March 31, 2021;
(h)
change the compensation payable to any current, retired or former employee, officer or director (whether or not an employee) of, or contractor, consultant or other service provider (whether or not an employee) to, Intersect ENT or any of its subsidiaries (each, a “Covered Employee”), or enter into any employment, severance, retention or other agreement or arrangement with any Covered Employee, or adopt, or increase the benefits (including fringe benefits) under, any employee benefit plan or otherwise, except (i), in each case, as required by law or in accordance with an existing benefit plan provided to Parent and disclosed in the Company Disclosure Schedule and (ii), in the case of compensation for any Covered Employee who is not an officer or director, in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice unless the total compensation payable to such Covered Employee (including base, bonus opportunity at target, equity, sign-on bonus and relocation) equals or exceeds
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$350,000; or make any loans to any of its directors, officers or employees, agents or consultants, or make any change in its existing borrowing or lending arrangements for or on behalf of any such persons pursuant to an employee benefit plan or otherwise;
(i)
except as may be contemplated by the Merger Agreement or to the extent required or advisable to comply with applicable law, adopt, enter into, terminate or materially amend any employee benefit plans;
(j)
change in any material respect any of the accounting methods used by Intersect ENT unless required by generally accepted accounting principles or applicable law;
(k)
enter into certain material contracts or amend, terminate or waive, release or assign any material rights or claims with respect to any material contract in any material respect;
(l)
settle (i) any suit, action, claim, proceeding or investigation that is disclosed in Intersect ENT’s reports filed with the SEC prior to the date of the Merger Agreement or (ii) any other suit, action, claim, proceeding or investigation, other than, in either case, settlements that involve only the payment of monetary damages of less than $1,000,000 in the aggregate;
(m)
make, revise or amend any material tax election or settle or compromise any material federal, state, local or foreign tax liability, change any material tax accounting period, change any material method of tax accounting, enter into any closing agreement relating to any material tax, file any amended tax return, file any tax return in a manner inconsistent with past practice, surrender any right to claim a material tax refund, or consent to any waiver or extension of the statute of limitations applicable to any material tax claim or assessment;
(n)
negotiate, enter into, amend, extend or waive or terminate any collective bargaining agreement or other contract with a labor union or other employee representative body or works council;
(o)
hire, engage or terminate (other than a termination for cause) the employment or engagement of any employee or individual independent contractor who earns or will earn annual base compensation in excess of $250,000;
(p)
implement any layoffs affecting, place on unpaid leave or furlough, or materially reduce the hours or weekly pay of, 25 or more employees; or
(q)
enter into any agreement to do any of the items prohibited by clauses (a) through (p) above.
Alternative Acquisition Proposals
The Merger Agreement requires Intersect ENT to cease all existing discussions and negotiations with any persons (other than Parent, Merger Sub or any affiliates thereof) with respect to any proposal that constitutes, or would reasonably be expected to lead to:
an offer or proposal to acquire beneficial ownership (as defined in Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act) of 20% or more of the shares pursuant to a merger, consolidation or other business combination, sale of shares of capital stock, tender offer or exchange offer or similar transaction or series of related transactions involving Intersect ENT; or
an offer or proposal to acquire 20% or more of the assets of Intersect ENT and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole.
Each of the above bullet points is referred to in the Merger Agreement as an “Acquisition Proposal”.
Except as provided in the following two paragraphs, from the date of the Merger Agreement until the earlier of termination of the Merger Agreement or the Effective Time, Intersect ENT and its subsidiaries will not, and will use reasonable best efforts to cause their respective representatives not to, directly or indirectly:
initiate, solicit or knowingly encourage or facilitate or participate or engage in any negotiations, inquiries or discussions with respect to any Acquisition Proposal;
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in connection with any Acquisition Proposal or proposal reasonably likely to lead to an Acquisition Proposal, disclose or furnish any nonpublic information or data to any person concerning Intersect ENT’s business or properties or afford any person other than Parent or its representatives access to its properties, books or records, except as required by a governmental demand for information;
enter into or execute, or propose to enter into or execute, any agreement relating to an Acquisition Proposal; or
approve, endorse, recommend or make or authorize any statement, recommendation or solicitation in support of any Acquisition Proposal or any offer or proposal relating to an Acquisition Proposal other than with respect to the Merger or the Transactions.
However, these restrictions will not prohibit Intersect ENT or the Intersect ENT Board from taking and disclosing to Intersect ENT’s stockholders a position contemplated by Rule 14e-2(a) or Rule 14d-9 under the Exchange Act, or from issuing a “stop, look and listen” statement pending disclosure of its position thereunder.
If at any time following the date of the Merger Agreement and prior to the date on which holders of a majority of Intersect ENT’s outstanding shares entitled to vote approve the Merger, Intersect ENT is contacted by a third party expressing an interest in discussing an Acquisition Proposal or receives an Acquisition Proposal, in each case, that is not the result of any material breach by Intersect ENT of the non-solicitation obligations of the Merger Agreement, Intersect ENT and the Intersect ENT Board may participate or engage in negotiations, inquiries or discussions (including, as a part thereof, making any counterproposal) with, or disclose or furnish any nonpublic information and data to, such third party (but only after such third party enters into a confidentiality agreement no less restrictive in terms of confidentiality than the Confidentiality Agreement between Intersect ENT and Parent described below, which may not provide for an exclusive right to negotiate with Intersect ENT) making such contact or making such Acquisition Proposal and their respective representatives and potential sources of financing, if, and only if, prior to the date on which the requisite shareholder vote is obtained, the Intersect ENT Board determines in good faith, after consultation with financial advisors, that such Acquisition Proposal constitutes, or would reasonably be expected to lead to, a Superior Proposal (as defined below) and the Intersect ENT Board determines in good faith, after consultation with counsel, that failure to participate in such negotiations, inquiries or discussions, disclose or furnish such information, would reasonably be expected to violate the fiduciary duties of Intersect ENT’s directors under applicable law, Intersect ENT will promptly (within 24 hours after receipt) notify Parent in writing in the event Intersect ENT receives (i) any Acquisition Proposal or (ii) any request for nonpublic information relating to Intersect ENT or its subsidiaries other than requests for information in the ordinary course of business or, in the good faith judgment of the Intersect ENT Board, unrelated to an Acquisition Proposal. Intersect ENT will (a) notify Parent in writing promptly (within 24 hours) of any decision of the Intersect ENT Board as to whether to enter into discussions or negotiations with any third parties concerning any Acquisition Proposal or to disclose or furnish nonpublic information with respect to Intersect ENT or any of its subsidiaries, (b) provide Parent with written notice setting forth all such information (including the identity of the third party making such Acquisition Proposal) as is reasonably necessary to keep Parent informed of the status and material terms of any such Acquisition Proposal and of any material amendments thereto, (c) promptly provide Parent a copy of all written information provided by or on behalf of such third party in connection with any Acquisition Proposal or provided by or on behalf of Intersect ENT or its representatives to such third party (other than any information which has previously been made available to Parent or its representatives), and (d) notify Parent promptly (within 24 hours) of any determination by the Intersect ENT Board that such Acquisition Proposal constitutes a Superior Proposal (as defined below). Intersect ENT and its subsidiaries will not enter into any agreement with any third party subsequent to the date of the Merger Agreement that restricts Intersect ENT’s ability to provide such information to Parent, and, if Intersect ENT is a party to any agreement that prohibits Intersect ENT from providing such information to Parent, prior to providing nonpublic information to, or engaging in discussions or negotiations with, the counterparty to such agreement, Intersect ENT will obtain approval from the counterparty to such agreement to allow Intersect ENT to provide such information to Parent.
A “Superior Proposal” is defined in the Merger Agreement to mean (i) an Acquisition Proposal to acquire (a) beneficial ownership (as defined in the Exchange Act) of 50% or more of the shares pursuant to a merger, consolidation or other business combination, sale of shares of capital stock, tender offer or exchange offer or similar transaction or series of related transactions involving Intersect ENT or (b) 50% or more of the assets of Intersect ENT and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole, and (ii) which the Intersect ENT Board determines, after
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consultation with its outside legal counsel and financial advisors, and after taking into account all of the terms and conditions of the Acquisition Proposal and all financial, legal, regulatory, and other aspects of the Acquisition Proposal, is more favorable to Intersect ENT stockholders than the Transactions.
In the Merger Agreement, Intersect ENT has agreed that neither the Intersect ENT Board nor any committee thereof will, unless the Merger Agreement has been properly terminated (as described above under “Termination of the Merger Agreement”), (a) withdraw, qualify or modify, or publicly propose to withdraw, qualify or modify, in a manner adverse to Parent or Merger Sub, its recommendation to Intersect ENT stockholders to approve the adoption of the Merger Agreement and approve the Merger (the “Intersect ENT Board Recommendation”), (b) make any public disclosure inconsistent with the Intersect ENT Board Recommendation, or, fail to reaffirm the Intersect ENT Board Recommendation following the public announcement of an Acquisition Proposal within two business days of a written request by Parent, (c) approve, adopt or recommend, or publicly propose to approve, adopt or recommend, any Acquisition Proposal or (d) in the event of a tender offer or exchange offer for any outstanding shares, fail to recommend against such tender offer or exchange offer within 10 business days of the commencement thereof (any action referred to in the foregoing clauses (a) - (d) being referred to as a “Change of Recommendation”) or (e) approve or recommend, or publicly propose to approve or recommend, or allow Intersect ENT to enter into any contract, agreement or understanding related to, intended to or reasonably expected to lead to, an Acquisition Proposal, or requiring it to abandon, terminate or fail to consummate the Transactions.
Notwithstanding the restrictions described in the preceding paragraph, prior to the date on which the requisite shareholder vote is obtained, if the Intersect ENT Board determines in good faith, after consultation with its outside legal counsel and financial advisor (in the case of clause (i) below) that (i) (x) a written Acquisition Proposal received by Intersect ENT constitutes a Superior Proposal and (y) the failure to take such action would reasonably be expected to violate the fiduciary duties of Intersect ENT’s directors under applicable law, or (ii) in the absence of an Acquisition Proposal, due to events, facts or developments not known by Intersect ENT or, in the estimation of the Intersect ENT Board, not reasonably likely to occur, as of the date of the Merger Agreement (which events, facts or developments do not relate to (A) any Acquisition Proposal, (B) any events, facts or developments relating to Parent, Merger Sub or any of their affiliates, (C) clearance of the Merger under applicable antitrust laws or (D) the mere fact that Intersect ENT meets or exceeds any internal or published financial or operating metrics or changes in the market price or trading value of the shares or Intersect ENT’s credit rating (but not including the underlying cause thereof)) the failure to take such action would reasonably be expected to violate the fiduciary duties of Intersect ENT’s directors under applicable law, the Intersect ENT Board may:
(a)
make a Change of Recommendation; or
(b)
in the case of clause (i) above, terminate the Merger Agreement to enter into a definitive agreement with respect to such Superior Proposal.
However, Intersect ENT may not terminate the Merger Agreement pursuant to clause (b) unless, in advance of or concurrently with such termination, Intersect ENT (1) pays the termination fee (described below) required by the Merger Agreement, (2) simultaneously with such termination enters into a merger agreement, agreement in principle, acquisition agreement, purchase agreement or other similar agreement relating to an Acquisition Proposal (an “Alternative Acquisition Agreement”) and (3) terminates the Merger Agreement pursuant to clause (c)(ii) under “Termination of the Merger Agreement” below. In addition, the Intersect ENT Board may not effect a Change of Recommendation pursuant to clause (a) above or terminate the Merger Agreement pursuant to clause (b) above unless:
(1)
Intersect ENT will have provided prior written notice to Parent at least 5 calendar days in advance (the “Notice Period”) of its intention to take such action with respect to a Superior Proposal or otherwise make a Change of Recommendation, which notice will specify the material terms and conditions of any such Superior Proposal (including the identity of the party making such Superior Proposal) or the reasons for such Change of Recommendation in the absence of a Superior Proposal, as the case may be;
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(2)
prior to effecting such Change of Recommendation or terminating the Merger Agreement to enter into an Alternative Acquisition Agreement with respect to a Superior Proposal, Intersect ENT will, and will direct its financial and legal advisors to, during the Notice Period, negotiate with Parent in good faith (to the extent Parent desires to negotiate) to make such adjustments in the terms and conditions of the Merger Agreement; and
(3)
following the Notice Period (and giving effect to any proposed adjustments to the terms of the Merger Agreement) the Intersect ENT Board determines in good faith, after consultation with its outside legal counsel (and financial advisor in the case of clause (i) only) that (i) such Acquisition Proposal remains a Superior Proposal or (ii) the failure to make such Change of Recommendation would reasonably be expected to violate the fiduciary duties of Intersect ENT’s directors under applicable law.
In the event of any material revisions to the Superior Proposal or material changes to the facts and circumstances necessitating such Change of Recommendation after the start of the Notice Period, Intersect ENT is required to deliver a new written notice to Parent and to comply with the requirements described in clauses (1) through (3) above with respect to such new written notice, and the Notice Period will be deemed to have recommenced on the date of such new notice, but with respect to any such notices references to a period of “5 calendar days” are replaced with references to “3 calendar days.” Any Change of Recommendation will not change the approval of the Intersect ENT Board for purposes of causing any state takeover statute or other law to be inapplicable to the Transactions, including the Merger.
Employee Benefits
For a period of one year following the Effective Time (or, if earlier, until the date of termination of the applicable employee’s employment with Parent or Surviving Corporation), Parent will provide, or will cause the Surviving Corporation to provide, to (i) each employee of Intersect ENT or any of its subsidiaries who remains in the employment of Parent or the Surviving Corporation (or their respective subsidiaries) following the Effective Time (the “Continuing Employees”) with a base salary or wage rate and annual target cash bonus opportunity that is no less in the aggregate than the base salary or wage rate and annual target cash bonus opportunity in effect for each such Continuing Employee immediately preceding the Effective Time and (ii) Continuing Employees employee benefits that are substantially comparable, in the aggregate, to those provided to similarly situated employees of Parent.
To the extent Parent elects to have Continuing Employees and their eligible dependents participate in its or its affiliate’s employee benefit plans, programs or policies following the Effective Time and subject to applicable law and the terms of the applicable plan, Parent will, or will cause the Surviving Corporation or its subsidiaries to, recognize the prior service with Intersect ENT or any of its subsidiaries of each Continuing Employee for purposes of eligibility to participate, vesting and determination of level of benefits in any employee benefit plans, programs or policies of Parent or its affiliates in which Continuing Employees are eligible to participate (but not (i) for purposes of vesting in stock options and other equity awards, (ii) for purposes of benefit accruals under any defined benefit pension plan, (iii) to the extent that such recognition would result in duplication of benefits, or (iv) to the extent that such recognition is prohibited by law).
From and after the Effective Time, and subject to applicable law and the terms of the applicable plan or operating plan guidelines, Parent will, or will cause the Surviving Corporation or its subsidiaries to, use commercially reasonable efforts to cause any pre-existing conditions or limitations and eligibility waiting periods under any group health plans of Parent or its affiliates to be waived with respect to Continuing Employees and their eligible dependents to the extent such Continuing Employees and their eligible dependents were not subject to such preexisting conditions and limitations and eligibility waiting periods under the comparable benefit plans of Intersect ENT as of the time immediately preceding the Effective Time.
No provision of the Merger Agreement will (i) be treated as an amendment of, or undertaking to establish, amend or modify any benefit plan, (ii) limit or prohibit Parent or any of its affiliates, including the Surviving Corporation, from amending or terminating any employee benefit plan, including any benefit plan of Intersect ENT or (iii) require Parent or any of its affiliates to employ or engage any Continuing Employee or other individual for any period of time. The provisions described above are solely for the benefit of Parent, Merger Sub and Intersect ENT, and no provision of the Merger Agreement, express or implied, confers upon any other person any rights or remedies, including any right to employment or continued employment for any specified period, or compensation or benefits of any nature or kind whatsoever.
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Efforts to Close the Merger
Under the Merger Agreement, Parent, Merger Sub and Intersect ENT agreed to use reasonable best efforts to take, or cause to be done, all actions, and do, or cause to be done, and assist and cooperate with the other parties in doing, all things necessary, proper and advisable to consummate the Merger as promptly as reasonably practicable.
Indemnification and Insurance
Under the Merger Agreement, Parent has agreed to, and will cause the Surviving Corporation to, indemnify and hold harmless the Indemnified Parties against any costs or expenses, judgments, fines, losses, claims, damages or liabilities in connection with actions or omissions occurring at or prior to the Effective Time (including the Merger) to the fullest extent that the Surviving Corporation is permitted by law, and Parent will, and will cause the Surviving Corporation to, promptly advance expenses as incurred to the fullest extent that the Surviving Corporation is permitted by law. The charter and bylaws of the Surviving Corporation will contain the provisions with respect to indemnification and advancement of expenses set forth in the certificate of incorporation and bylaws of Intersect ENT as amended, restated and in effect on the date of the Merger Agreement, which provisions will not be amended, repealed or otherwise modified in any manner that would adversely affect the rights thereunder of the Indemnified Parties, unless such modification is required by law.
Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, from and after the Effective Time, the Surviving Corporation will keep in full force and effect, and comply with the terms and conditions of, any agreement in effect as of the date of the Merger Agreement between or among Intersect ENT or any of its subsidiaries and any Indemnified Party providing for the indemnification of such Indemnified Party.
Parent has also agreed to cause to be maintained in effect for no less than 6 years from the Effective Time the existing policies of directors’ and officers’ liability insurance and fiduciary liability insurance maintained by Intersect ENT and its subsidiaries for the Indemnified Parties and any other employees, agents or other individuals covered by such insurance policies prior to the Effective Time with respect to matters occurring at or prior to the Effective Time (including the Merger), so long as the annual premium therefore would not be in excess of (the Maximum Premium. Under the Merger Agreement, Intersect ENT may, prior to the Effective Time, purchase a so-called Reporting Tail Endorsement with an annual premium not in excess of the Maximum Premium, in which case, provided that Parent causes the Surviving Corporation to maintain such Reporting Tail Endorsement in full force and effect for not less than 6 years from the Effective Time, Parent will be relieved from its other indemnification and insurance obligations.
For more information, please refer to the section of this proxy statement captioned “The Merger—Interests of Intersect ENT’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger.”
Antitrust Actions
Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, the parties agree to make an appropriate filing pursuant to the HSR Act as promptly as practicable and in any event within ten business days of the date of the Merger Agreement unless otherwise agreed to in writing, and to make all other filings required or advisable by applicable foreign antitrust laws with respect to the Transactions as promptly as practicable and in any event prior to the expiration of any applicable legal deadline and to supply as promptly as practicable any additional information and documentary material that may be required pursuant to the HSR Act or any other antitrust law. The parties also agree to consult and cooperate with one another in connection with proceedings under or relating to any applicable antitrust laws and, subject to certain limitations, Parent agrees to use reasonable best efforts to take any and all actions necessary to obtain any consents, clearances or approvals required under or in connection with antitrust laws. Parent will pay all filing fees, administrative fees, costs and expenses to any governmental entity incurred in connection with filings made in connection with antitrust laws.
Subject to certain limitations, including that Parent is not obligated to accept any burdensome condition (as defined in the Merger Agreement), Parent and Intersect ENT will, and will cause their respective subsidiaries and affiliates to propose, negotiate, agree to and consummate the sale, divestiture, license or other disposition of Intersect ENT’s Fiagon business, irrespective of economic consequences, as promptly as practicable and in any event such that such sale, divestiture, license or other disposition may be consummated in advance of the End Date, provided any such sale, divestiture, license or other disposition will be conditioned upon and not effective until closing.
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Parent will lead and make all strategic decisions and coordinate all activities with respect to any requests that may be made by, or any actions, consents, undertakings, approvals, or waivers that may be sought by or from, any governmental entity, including determining the strategy for contesting, litigating or otherwise responding to objections to, or proceedings challenging, the completion of the Transactions. Intersect ENT will not make any offer, acceptance or counter-offer to or otherwise engage in negotiations or discussions with any governmental entity with respect to any proposed settlement, consent decree, commitment or remedy, except as specifically requested by or agreed with Parent. Parent agrees not to enter into any contracts for an acquisition of any ownership interest or assets of any person that would reasonably be expected to materially delay or prevent the consummation of the Transactions by the End Date.
The Deerfield Facility
Intersect ENT will, and will cause its subsidiaries to use reasonable best efforts to take, or cause to be taken, all actions and to assist and cooperate with Parent and Merger Sub in doing all things necessary, proper or advisable with respect to the facility agreement dated May 11, 2020 by and among Intersect ENT, as borrower, certain of Intersect ENT’s subsidiaries from time to time party thereto as guarantors and Deerfield relating to the issuance and sale by Intersect ENT to Deerfield of $65 million of principal amount of 4.0% unsecured senior convertible notes (the “Deerfield Convertible Facility Agreement”) and the facility agreement dated July 22, 2021, by and among Intersect ENT, as borrower, the loan parties from time to time party thereto, the lenders set forth thereto, and Deerfield (the “Deerfield Term Facility Agreement”, and together with the Deerfield Convertible Facility Agreement, the “Deerfield Agreements”), including providing timely notice to Deerfield of the Merger; provided that in connection therewith, neither Intersect ENT or any of its subsidiaries will be required to (nor, without the prior written consent of the Parent, will) make or agree to make any payment or accept any material conditions or obligations, including amendments to any of the existing conditions and obligations of the Deerfield Agreements.
Following receipt of a redemption notice or early termination notice from a holder of the Deerfield Convertible Notes, Parent will pay, or cause to be paid, the applicable redemption price or the successor transaction consideration required under the terms of the Deerfield Convertible Notes, as applicable, plus accrued and unpaid interest through the date of such payment, together with any other amounts payable pursuant to the Deerfield Convertible Facility Agreement, to such holder concurrently with the closing.
Intersect ENT will terminate the Deerfield Term Facility Agreement at the closing, and will use reasonable best efforts to obtain at the closing customary payoff letters from the lenders under the Deerfield Term Facility Agreement, including, subject to the payment of any applicable payoff amount, the release of all liens granted in connection with the Deerfield Term Facility Agreement.
Unsecured Subordinated Loan Facility
During the period from the date of the Merger Agreement until the earlier of the Effective Time and the termination of the Merger Agreement, Parent will provide unsecured subordinated loans from time to time in an amount no greater than the maximum amount and otherwise on the terms set forth in Intersect ENT Disclosure Schedule and otherwise on customary terms for such loans. Promptly following the date of the Merger Agreement (and in any event no later than August 27, 2021), the parties will use their respective commercially reasonable efforts to negotiate and finalize definitive documentation evidencing such loans. Intersect ENT will use commercially reasonable efforts to obtain the consent of Deerfield (to the extent required) with respect to such loans; provided that in connection therewith, Intersect ENT will not be required to (nor, without the prior written consent of the Parent, will) make or agree to make any payment or accept any material conditions or obligations, including amendments to existing conditions and obligations.
Other Covenants
Stockholders Meeting
Intersect ENT has agreed to schedule a special meeting of the stockholders within 45 days (subject to certain permitted extensions) of the initial mailing of the proxy statement for the purpose of voting upon the adoption of the Merger Agreement, and approval of the Merger and take all action reasonably necessary or advisable to secure the approval of Intersect ENT stockholders (in accordance with applicable law and Intersect ENT’s organizational documents).
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Stockholder Litigation
Intersect ENT will: (1) provide Parent with prompt notice of all stockholder litigation relating to the Merger Agreement; (2) keep Parent reasonably informed with respect to status thereof; (3) give Parent the opportunity to participate in the defense, settlement or prosecution of any such litigation; and (4) consult with Parent with respect to the defense, settlement or prosecution of such litigation. Intersect ENT may not settle any such litigation without Parent’s prior written consent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, delayed or conditioned).
Conditions to the Closing of the Merger
The obligations of Parent and Merger Sub, on the one hand, and Intersect ENT, on the other hand, to consummate the Merger are subject to the satisfaction or waiver (where permitted by applicable law) of each of the following conditions:
no governmental entity having jurisdiction over the parties will have enacted or issued any law or order prohibiting consummation of the Merger;
the adoption of the Merger Agreement by the requisite affirmative vote of stockholders in accordance with law and the certificate of incorporation and bylaws of Intersect ENT; and
the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the HSR Act and under relevant foreign antitrust laws (or, where applicable, consent or approval under such laws has been obtained).
In addition, the obligations of Parent and Merger Sub to consummate the Merger are subject to the satisfaction or waiver of each of the following additional conditions:
the representations and warranties of Intersect ENT will have been true and correct in all respects as of the date of the Merger Agreement and will be true and correct in all respects as of the closing, except (1) those representations and warranties that address matters only as to a particular date or only with respect to a specific period of time, which representations and warranties will have been true and correct as of such date or with respect to such period of time, (2) any representation or warranty of Intersect ENT related to capitalization (each subject to de minimis exceptions), authorization, validity of the agreement and company action will be deemed to be not true and accurate if it fails to be true and accurate in all respects, and (3) for any representation or warranty of the Intersect ENT (other than any representation or warranty referred to in clause (2) above), where failure to be so true and accurate, individually or in the aggregate, does not have or would not reasonably be expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect (without giving effect to any limitation as to “materiality” or “material adverse effect” set forth therein);
(i) Intersect ENT will have performed and complied with, in all material respects, its obligations, agreements and covenants required to be performed at or prior to the date of closing and (ii) since the date of the Merger Agreement, no events, circumstances, changes or effects will have occurred, arisen, come into existence or become known and be continuing that have had or would reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Company Material Adverse Effect on Intersect ENT and its subsidiaries;
Intersect ENT will have delivered to Parent a certificate signed by its Chief Executive Officer or President on behalf of Intersect ENT, dated the date of closing, certifying that the conditions described in the preceding two bullets have been satisfied; and
there will not be pending any lawsuit against Parent, Intersect ENT, Merger Sub, any subsidiary of the Intersect ENT or any of their respective directors, officers or members brought by a governmental entity, having jurisdiction over Intersect ENT, Parent or Merger Sub, challenging the Merger Agreement, the Transactions or otherwise seeking to delay, restrain or prohibit the Merger or seeking to prohibit or impose material limitations on the ownership or operation of all or a material portion of the operations or assets of Intersect ENT and its subsidiaries or of Parent of any of its subsidiaries in connection with the Merger Agreement and the Transactions (or Parent’s direct equity ownership of the Surviving Corporation or indirect equity ownership, following the Effective Time, of the Company’s subsidiaries) pursuant to the HSR Act or under relevant foreign antitrust laws.
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In addition, the obligation of Intersect ENT to consummate the Merger is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of each of the following additional conditions:
the representations and warranties made by Parent and Merger Sub will have been accurate as of the date of the Merger Agreement and, other than representations and warranties made as of a particular date (which will have been accurate to the degree described below as of such date), as of the date of closing as if made on and as of the date of closing, except to the extent failure to be accurate, in the aggregate, would not constitute a material adverse change in, or material adverse effect on, the ability of the Parent or Merger Sub to consummate the Transactions, including any such change or effect that prevents, materially delays or materially impedes the Parent’s or Merger Sub’s ability to consummate the Transactions;
Parent and Merger Sub will have performed and complied with its obligations, agreements and covenants under the Merger Agreement required to be performed at or prior to the date of closing in all material respects; and
Parent will have delivered to Intersect ENT a certificate signed by an authorized officer of Parent, dated the date of closing, certifying that the conditions described in the preceding two bullets have been satisfied.
Termination of the Merger Agreement
The Merger Agreement may be terminated and the Merger may be abandoned at any time prior to closing:
(a)
by mutual written consent of Intersect ENT and Parent;
(b)
by either Intersect ENT or Parent:
(i)
if the Closing will not have occurred by August 8, 2022 (the “End Date”); however, if as of such date, the Antitrust Condition has not been satisfied but all other closing conditions have been satisfied or waived, then the End Date may be extended to February 6, 2023 at the election of Parent; provided that, the right to terminate pursuant to this provision shall not be available to any party whose material breach of the Merger Agreement was the cause of, or resulted in, the failure of such conditions to be satisfied on or prior to such date;
(ii)
if any governmental entity having jurisdiction over Intersect ENT, Parent or Merger Sub has enacted or issued any law or order, injunction, judgment, decree or ruling that is final and non-appealable permanently prohibiting or making illegal the consummation of the Merger provided that, the right to terminate pursuant to this provision shall not be available to any party whose material breach of the Merger Agreement was the cause of, or resulted in, the failure of such conditions to be satisfied on or prior to such date; or
(iii)
the Merger Agreement will not have been duly adopted by majority vote of the stockholders entitled to vote at any meeting of the stockholders or any adjournment or postponement thereof; provided that, the right to terminate pursuant to this provision shall not be available to any party whose material breach of the Merger Agreement was the cause of, or resulted in, the failure of the related condition to be satisfied on or prior to such date.
(c)
by Intersect ENT:
(i)
upon a breach of the Merger Agreement by Merger Sub or Parent, or if any representation or warranty made by Merger Sub or Parent is untrue, and such breach or failure to be true gives rise to a failure of certain conditions to closing; provided that if such breach or inaccuracy is capable of being cured prior to the earlier of the End Date or 20 business days from the date Intersect ENT gives Parent notice in writing of such breach or inaccuracy, Intersect ENT cannot terminate the Merger Agreement prior to such date if Merger Sub and Parent are taking reasonable best efforts to cure such breach or inaccuracy, and cannot terminate the Merger Agreement after such date if such breach or inaccuracy is cured at or prior to such date, in any case only if Intersect ENT has not materially breached the Merger Agreement; or
(ii)
if prior to the date of the meeting of the stockholders, Intersect ENT accepts a Superior Proposal pursuant to the terms described above under “Alternative Acquisition Proposals”.
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(d)
by Parent or Merger Sub:
(i)
if there has been a breach of the Merger Agreement by Intersect ENT, or if any representation or warranty made by Intersect ENT is untrue, and such breach or failure to be true gives rise to a failure of certain conditions to closing; provided that if such breach or inaccuracy is capable of being cured prior to the earlier of the End Date or 20 business days from the date Parent gives Intersect ENT notice in writing of such breach or inaccuracy, Merger Sub or Parent cannot terminate the Merger Agreement prior to such date if Intersect ENT is taking reasonable best efforts to cure such breach or inaccuracy, and cannot terminate after such date if such breach or inaccuracy is cured at or prior to such date, in any case only if Merger Sub or Parent have not materially breached the Merger Agreement; or
(ii)
if the Intersect ENT Board will have changed their recommendation, except that Parent’s right to terminate the Merger Agreement thereunder will expire at 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on the 15th calendar day following the date on which Parent will have received written notice thereof from Intersect ENT.
Effect of Termination
In the event that the Merger Agreement is terminated for any reason set forth above, the Merger Agreement will become null and void, and there will be no liability on the part of Merger Sub, Parent or Intersect ENT (or any of their respective directors, officers, employees, stockholders, representatives, agents or advisors), except for with respect to Merger Sub, Parent and Intersect ENT, certain enumerated exceptions; provided, however, that such termination will not relieve any party from liability for intentional and material breach of the Merger Agreement or fraud.
Fees and Expenses; Termination Fee
The Merger Agreement provides that, except as described below, all costs and expenses incurred in connection with the Merger Agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby will be paid by the party incurring such costs and expenses whether or not the Merger or any of the other Transactions is consummated; provided that Parent will pay all filings, administrative fees, costs and expenses to any governmental entity incurred in connection with relevant antitrust filings.
The Merger Agreement also provides that Intersect ENT will pay Parent a termination fee of $29,250,000 in cash if the Merger Agreement is terminated: (1) by Intersect ENT pursuant to clause (c)(ii) under “Termination of the Merger Agreement” above, (2) by Parent or Merger Sub pursuant to clause (d)(ii) under “Termination of the Merger Agreement” above, (3) by Parent or Merger Sub pursuant to clause (d)(i) under “Termination of the Merger Agreement” above, based on a knowing, material breach by Intersect ENT or its subsidiaries or representatives of its restrictions described under “Alternative Acquisition Proposals” below or (4) (x) by (A) Intersect ENT or Parent pursuant to clause (b)(iii) under “Termination of the Merger Agreement” above (but only if at such time Parent would not be prohibited from terminating this Agreement pursuant to the proviso in this clause (b)(iii)), or (B) by Parent or Merger Sub pursuant to clause (d)(i) under “Termination of the Merger Agreement” above, if (y) there has been publicly disclosed after the date of the Merger Agreement and prior to the date of termination of the Merger Agreement an Acquisition Proposal (as defined above) that remains outstanding and not withdrawn as of the date of termination of the Merger Agreement and (z) within 12 months after such termination of the Merger Agreement, Intersect ENT enters into a definitive agreement with respect to a Qualifying Transaction (as defined below) or consummates a Qualifying Transaction (in each case regardless of whether the Qualifying Transaction is the Acquisition Proposal referred to in clause (y)). “Qualifying Transaction” means any acquisition of (i) 50% or more of the outstanding shares pursuant to a merger, consolidation or other business combination, sale of shares of capital stock, tender offer or exchange offer or similar transaction involving Intersect ENT or (ii) all or substantially all of the assets of Intersect ENT and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole.
The termination fee is payable concurrently in the case of a termination pursuant to clause (1) above, within one business day after the termination by Parent described in clauses (2) and (3) above and within one business day after Intersect ENT executes and delivers a definitive agreement with respect to (or, if earlier, consummates) a Qualifying Transaction in connection with a termination described in clause (4) above.
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If the Merger Agreement is terminated: (1) pursuant to clause (b)(i) under “Termination of the Merger Agreement” above, and at the time of termination, all closing conditions have been satisfied or waived other than conditions related to antitrust laws, there is an agreement not to consummate the Merger with any governmental entity with the authority to enforce antitrust laws, or there is a pending lawsuit against Parent, Intersect ENT, Merger Sub or any subsidiary of Intersect ENT or any of their respective directors, officers or members brought by a government entity challenging the Merger Agreement or otherwise seeking to delay, restrain, prohibit or seeking to prohibit or impose material limitations on the Merger; (2) pursuant to clause (b)(ii) under “Termination of the Merger Agreement” above or (3) pursuant to clause (c)(i) under “Termination of the Merger Agreement” above based on a breach by Parent of certain antitrust covenants, then an amount equal to the aggregate amounts outstanding under the unsecured subordinated loans issued pursuant to the Merger Agreement (as described above) plus all accrued and unpaid interest under the unsecured subordinated loans (as described above under “Unsecured Subordinated Loan Facility”) will no longer be due and payable to Parent.
Specific Performance
Parent, Merger Sub and Intersect ENT are entitled to an injunction, specific performance and other equitable relief to prevent breaches (or threatened breaches) of the Merger Agreement and to enforce the terms of the Merger Agreement, in addition to any other remedy to which they are entitled at law or in equity.
Amendment
The Merger Agreement may be amended, modified and supplemented in any and all respects, at any time prior to the Effective Time, by written agreement of Parent, Merger Sub and Intersect ENT.
Governing Law
The Merger Agreement is governed by Delaware law.
The Intersect ENT Board unanimously recommends, on behalf of Intersect ENT, that you vote “FOR” this proposal.
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PROPOSAL 2: THE INTERSECT ENT COMPENSATION PROPOSAL
Under Section 14A of the Exchange Act and the applicable SEC rules issued thereunder, Intersect ENT is required to submit a proposal to our stockholders to approve, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the compensation that may be paid or become payable to Intersect ENT’s named executive officers that is based on or otherwise relates to the Merger Agreement and the Transactions. This compensation is summarized in the section captioned “The Merger—Interests of Intersect ENT’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger” beginning on page 37 of this proxy statement. The Intersect ENT Board encourages you to review carefully the named executive officer merger-related compensation information disclosed in this proxy statement. Accordingly, Intersect ENT is asking you to approve the following resolution:
“RESOLVED, that the stockholders of Intersect ENT approve, on a non-binding, advisory basis the compensation that will or may become payable to Intersect ENT’s named executive officers that is based on or otherwise relates to the merger as disclosed pursuant to Item 402(t) of Regulation S-K in the section entitled ‘The Merger—Interests of Intersect ENT’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger’.”
The vote on this Compensation Proposal is a vote separate and apart from the vote on the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement. Accordingly, you may vote to approve the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement and vote not to approve this Compensation Proposal and vice versa. Because the vote on the Compensation Proposal is advisory only, it will not be binding on Intersect ENT. Accordingly, if the Merger Agreement is adopted and the Merger is completed, the compensation will be payable, subject only to the conditions applicable thereto, regardless of the outcome of the vote on this Compensation Proposal.
Vote Required and Intersect ENT Board Recommendation
Approval, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, of the Compensation Proposal requires the affirmative vote of the outstanding shares of Intersect ENT’s common stock representing a majority of the voting power of such outstanding shares present at the meeting in person or by proxy, provided a quorum is present. Assuming a quorum is present, (i) a failure to vote in person or by proxy at the Special Meeting will have no effect on the outcome of the Compensation Proposal, (ii) abstentions will be treated as votes cast and, therefore, will have the same effect as a vote against the Compensation Proposal and (iii) broker “non-votes” (if any) will have no effect on the outcome of the Compensation Proposal. Shares of Intersect ENT common stock represented by properly executed, timely received and unrevoked proxies will be voted in accordance with the instructions indicated thereon. If an Intersect ENT stockholder returns a signed proxy card without indicating voting preferences on such proxy card, the shares of Intersect ENT common stock represented by that proxy will be counted as present for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum for the Special Meeting and all of such shares will be voted as recommended by the Intersect ENT Board.
The Intersect ENT Board unanimously recommends, on behalf of Intersect ENT, that you vote “FOR” this proposal.
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PROPOSAL 3: ADJOURNMENT OF THE SPECIAL MEETING
We are asking you to approve a proposal to adjourn the Special Meeting to a later date or dates if necessary or appropriate to solicit additional proxies if there are insufficient votes to adopt the Merger Agreement at the time of the Special Meeting. If stockholders approve the Adjournment Proposal, we could adjourn the Special Meeting and any adjourned session of the Special Meeting and use the additional time to solicit additional proxies, including solicitation proxies from stockholders that have previously returned properly executed proxies voting against adoption of the Merger Agreement. Among other things, approval of the Adjournment Proposal could mean that, even if we had received proxies representing a sufficient number of votes against adoption of the Merger Agreement such that the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement would be defeated, we could adjourn the Special Meeting without a vote on the adoption of the Merger Agreement and seek to convince the holders of those shares to change their votes to votes in favor of adoption of the Merger Agreement. Additionally, we may seek to adjourn the Special Meeting if a quorum is not present or otherwise at the discretion of the chairman of the Special Meeting.
The Intersect ENT Board unanimously recommends, on behalf of Intersect ENT, that you vote “FOR” this proposal.
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MARKET PRICES AND DIVIDEND DATA
Our common stock is listed on Nasdaq under the symbol “XENT.” As of September 3, 2021, there were 33,420,243 shares of common stock outstanding held by approximately 14 stockholders of record. The actual number of stockholders is greater than this number of record holders and includes stockholders who are beneficial owners, but whose shares are held in street name by brokers and other nominees. We have never declared or paid any cash dividends on our common stock.
On September 3, 2021, the latest practicable trading day before the printing of this proxy statement, the closing price for our Class A common stock on Nasdaq was $27.53 per share. You are encouraged to obtain current market quotations for our common stock.
Following the Merger, there will be no further market for our common stock and it will be delisted from Nasdaq and deregistered under the Exchange Act. As a result, following the Merger we will no longer file periodic reports with the SEC.
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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT
The following table presents information as to the beneficial ownership of our common stock as of August 20, 2021, for:
each person, or group of affiliated persons, known by us to beneficially own more than 5% of our common stock;
each NEO;
each of our current directors and nominees for director; and
all current executive officers and directors as a group.
Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the rules of the SEC and generally includes voting or investment power with respect to securities. Unless otherwise indicated below, to our knowledge, the persons and entities named in the table have sole voting and sole investment power with respect to all shares beneficially owned, subject to community property laws where applicable. Common stock subject to options that are currently exercisable or exercisable within 60 days of August 20, 2021, are deemed to be outstanding and to be beneficially owned by the person holding the options for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of that person but are not treated as outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of any other person.
Percentages of beneficial ownership of our common stock in the table are based on 33,346,182 shares of common stock issued and outstanding on August 20, 2021. Unless otherwise indicated, the address of each of the individuals and entities named below is c/o Intersect ENT, Inc., 1555 Adams Drive, Menlo Park, California 94025:
 
Beneficial Ownership(1)
Name of Beneficial Owners
Outstanding
Shares
Beneficially
Owned
Shares
Exercisable
Within 60
days
Total Shares
Beneficially
Owned
Percentage of
Beneficial
Ownership
5% and Greater Shareholders:
 
 
 
 
Artisan Partners L.P.(2)
875 East Wisconsin Avenue,
Suite 800
Milwaukee, WI 53202
3,768,171
3,768,171
11.3%
Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC(3)
245 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
3,495,000
3,495,000
10.5%
BlackRock Inc.(4)
55 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10055
2,885,776
2,885,776
8.7%
Magnetar Capital LLC(5)
1603 Orrington Avenue, 13th Floor
Evanston, Illinois 60201
2,543,999
2,543,999
7.6%
Versor Investments LP(6)
1120 Avenue of the Americas, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10036
1,736,079
1,736,079
5.2%
Directors and Executive Officers:
 
 
 
 
Kieran T. Gallahue(7)
34,273
276,827
311,100
*
Teresa L. Kline
8,837
45,924
54,761
*