LendingTree, Inc.
LendingTree, Inc. (Form: 8-K, Received: 06/20/2017 16:05:56)


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  June 14, 2017
 
LendingTree, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
 
Delaware
 
001-34063
 
26-2414818
(State or other jurisdiction
 
(Commission
 
(IRS Employer
of incorporation)
 
File Number)
 
Identification No.)
 
11115 Rushmore Drive, Charlotte, NC
 
28277
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (704) 541-5351
 
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
 
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Item 5.02.                   Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
 
On June 14, 2017, at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of LendingTree, Inc. (the “Company”), the Company’s stockholders approved the amendment and restatement of the Fourth Amended and Restated LendingTree, Inc. 2008 Stock and Annual Incentive Plan (the “Stock Plan”), which amendment and restatement became effective upon such approval. A description of the amendments approved, and of the Stock Plan as a whole, was included in the Company’s 2017 Proxy Statement prepared for the Annual Meeting filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 28, 2017, under the heading “Proposal 5 - Amendment and Restatement of the Fourth Amended and Restated LendingTree, Inc. 2008 Stock and Annual Incentive Plan.” Such description of the amendments and of the Stock Plan as a whole are incorporated by reference into this Item 5.02 of this report.

Item 5.07.                   Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders
 
On June 14, 2017, the Company held its Annual Meeting. The holders of an aggregate of 11,903,561 shares of the Company’s common stock were entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting and a total of 11,445,070 shares of the Company’s common stock were represented at the Annual Meeting in person or by proxy. The stockholders considered and voted on six proposals submitted for stockholder vote, each of which is described in detail in the Company’s 2017 proxy statement prepared for the Annual Meeting.
 
The following are the voting results on each matter submitted for stockholder vote at the Annual Meeting.

Proposal 1. Election of Directors

The following nominees for election to the board of directors were elected, each for a one-year term or until their successor has been duly elected and qualified:

 
For
Withheld
Broker Non-Votes
Thomas Davidson
10,370,503
74,628
999,939
Neal Dermer
10,082,229
362,902
999,939
Robin Henderson
10,082,188
362,943
999,939
Peter Horan
10,068,786
376,345
999,939
Douglas Lebda
10,075,933
369,198
999,939
Steven Ozonian
9,853,449
591,682
999,939
Saras Sarasvathy
9,853,218
591,913
999,939
G. Kennedy Thompson
10,357,037
88,094
999,939
Craig Troyer
9,774,770
670,361
999,939

Proposal 2. Ratification of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The board of directors’ proposal to ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the 2017 fiscal year was approved based on the following votes:
 
For
 
Against
 
Abstentions
11,249,785
 
96,057
 
99,228

Proposal 3. Advisory (Non-Binding) Vote Approving the Compensation of our Named Executive Officers.

The board of directors’ proposal for stockholders to approve, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers for 2016 was approved based on the following votes:

For
 
Against
 
Abstentions
9,920,646
 
424,146
 
100,339






Proposal 4. Advisory (Non-Binding) Vote on the Frequency of Future Say on Pay Votes.

The board of directors’ proposal for stockholders to provide an advisory (non-binding) vote on the frequency of future Say on Pay votes was voted in favor of a frequency of every three years on the following votes:

Annually
 
Two Years
 
Three Years
 
Abstentions
3,929,032
 
1,775
 
6,404,864
 
109,460

Proposal 5. Amendment and Restatement of the Fourth Amended and Restated LendingTree, Inc. 2008 Stock and Annual Incentive Plan.

The board of directors’ proposal to amend and restate the Fourth Amended and Restated LendingTree, Inc. 2008 Stock and Annual Incentive Plan was approved based on the following votes:

For
 
Against
 
Abstentions
6,275,890
 
3,985,104
 
184,137

Proposal 6. Stockholder Proposal Recommending Adoption of Majority Vote Standard for Election of Directors.

The stockholder proposal to recommend (on an advisory basis) adoption of a majority vote standard for the election of directors was approved based on the following votes:
 
For
 
Against
 
Abstentions
5,218,752
 
5,112,138
 
114,241

Item 8.01.                   Other Information

Acquisition of DepositAccounts
    
On June 14, 2017, LendingTree, LLC (“Buyer”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, acquired substantially all of the assets of Deposits Online, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, which does business under the name DepositAccounts.com (“DepositAccounts”), pursuant to an Asset Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”), dated June 14, 2017, by and between Buyer and DepositAccounts. This acquisition was completed in the ordinary course of the Company’s business. DepositAccounts.com, a leading consumer-facing media property in the depository industry, is one of the most comprehensive sources of depository deals and analysis on the Web, covering all major deposit product categories through editorial content, programmatic rate tables and user-generated content.

Under the terms of the Purchase Agreement, Buyer paid $24 million of cash consideration for the assets of DepositAccounts at the closing of the transaction. Buyer deposited $2.4 million of such purchase price into an escrow account to secure the indemnification obligations of DepositAccounts pursuant to the Purchase Agreement. Additionally, at the closing, Buyer received guarantees from each owner (direct and indirect) of DepositAccounts pursuant to which each such person guaranteed, on a several and not joint basis, the indemnification obligations of DepositAccounts under the Purchase Agreement, subject to the terms and limitations thereof.

Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, DepositAccounts is also eligible to receive (i) up to seven payments of $1 million each based on certain events and milestones during the period commencing on the closing date and ending on June 30, 2020 and (ii) a one-time performance payment of up to $2 million based on the net revenue generated by Buyer from the advertising, promotion or marketing of deposit products during the period of January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. These additional payments, to the extent earned, will be payable in cash.

On June 15, 2017, the Company issued a press release announcing the acquisition of DepositAccounts. A copy of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.






Item 9.01.      Financial Statements and Exhibits .

Exhibit No.
 
Exhibit Description
 
 
 
99.1
 
Press Release, dated June 15, 2017.






SIGNATURE
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
Date: June 20, 2017
 
 
 
 
LENDINGTREE, INC.
 
 
 
 
 
By:
/s/ Gabriel Dalporto
 
 
Gabriel Dalporto
 
 
Chief Financial Officer






EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit No.
 
Exhibit Description
 
 
 
99.1
 
Press Release, dated June 15, 2017.






Exhibit 99.1

LTWHITEBGSMALLA05.GIF

June 15, 2017

LendingTree Acquires DepositAccounts.com

LendingTree enters deposit account space with a leading depository industry media property

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 15, 2017 -- LendingTree, Inc. (NASDAQ: TREE) announced today that it has acquired certain assets of Deposits Online, LLC, which does business under the name DepositAccounts.com, a leading consumer-facing media property in the depository industry. DepositAccounts.com is one of the most comprehensive sources of depository deals and analysis on the Web, covering all major deposit product categories through editorial content, programmatic rate tables and user-generated content.

"After looking at the deposit space for years, DepositAccounts.com was the clear choice given its ability to provide consumers with the deepest and most robust deposit product data along with useful and informative editorial content," said Doug Lebda, founder and CEO of LendingTree. "This acquisition is a natural next step for LendingTree as we continue to leverage LendingTree's brand and industry-leading position to further diversify and expand into new financial services categories. We strongly believe that DepositAccounts.com's rich database of deposit products, data aggregation technology, and expert editorial content will enable us to offer consumers a more comprehensive shopping experience in all major financial product categories."

"We couldn't be more pleased to join the LendingTree team and are excited about our future together," said Ken Tumin, cofounder of DepositAccounts.com. "We are confident that LendingTree's strong brand, deep bank and lender relationships, and world-class leadership team will help DepositAccounts.com reach more consumers and achieve its mission of being the undisputed industry-leading source of depository banking information and tools for consumers."

The acquisition purchase has a possible total consideration of $33 million, which consists of $24 million in cash at closing, and contingent consideration payments of up to $9 million.

Founders Investment Banking acted as the exclusive financial advisor to DepositAccounts.com.

About Deposits Online, LLC:
 
Deposits Online, LLC, operates DepositAccounts.com, the largest and most comprehensive online publication in the United States dedicated to providing bank deposit account information for consumers. It covers all 11,500+ federally insured banks and credit unions and utilizes its patented technology to daily track and update more than 270,000 consumer deposit rates. The site features more than 12,000 editorial articles detailing creative depository strategies and highlighting current bank rates and offers. It is also home to one of the largest communities of depositors on the Web, hosting more than 120,000 comments, customer reviews, and forum threads.

About LendingTree, Inc.

LendingTree, Inc. (NASDAQ: TREE) operates the nation's leading online loan marketplace and provides consumers with an array of online tools and information to help them find the best loans for their needs. LendingTree's online marketplace connects consumers with multiple lenders that compete for their business, empowering consumers as they comparison-shop across a full suite of loans and credit-based offerings. Since its inception, LendingTree has facilitated more than 65 million loan requests. LendingTree provides access to its network of over 500 lenders offering home loans, home equity loans/lines of credit, reverse mortgages, personal loans, auto loans, small business loans, credit cards, student loans and more.

LendingTree, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, NC and maintains operations solely in the United States. For more information, please visit www.lendingtree.com.






Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

The matters contained in the discussion above may be considered to be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Those statements include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations or anticipations of the Company and members of its management team regarding the expected benefits from the acquisition. Factors currently known to management that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include the following: the retention of key employees of DepositAccounts.com and the ability of the Company to successfully integrate DepositAccounts.com to achieve expected benefits; adverse conditions in the economy affecting deposit institutions and their willingness or interest to advertise on our or DepositAccounts.com's websites or mobile applications; increased competition and its effect on our or DepositAccounts.com's website traffic, clickthrough rates, advertising rates, margins, and market share ability to provide competitive service to deposit institutions and to consumers using DepositAccounts.com's and the Company's online offerings and other platforms; ability to maintain brand recognition for both the Company and DepositAccounts.com and to effectively leverage the LendingTree brand with the DepositAccounts.com brand; ability to develop new products and services and enhance existing ones; competition; the potential effects of existing and new laws, rules or regulations; failure to maintain the integrity of systems and infrastructure through integration; and failure to adequately protect intellectual property rights or allegations of infringement of intellectual property rights. These and additional factors to be considered are set forth under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2016, in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2017 and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results or expectations.