Cooper Standard Adopts Tax Benefits Preservation Plan to Protect its Tax Benefits and Shareholder Value
NORTHVILLE, Mich., November 7, 2022 – Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. (“Cooper Standard” or the “Company”) (NYSE: CPS) today announced that its Board of Directors (the “Board”) adopted a tax benefits preservation plan (the “Rights Agreement”) in an effort to protect stockholder value by attempting to protect against a possible limitation on the Company’s ability to use its net operating losses, any loss or deduction attributable to a “net unrealized built-in loss” and other tax attributes (collectively, “Tax Benefits”) under the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”).
As of September 30, 2022, Cooper Standard’s estimated U.S. Tax Benefits are approximately $130 million, which may be available to offset its future taxable income. The Company views its Tax Benefits as highly valuable assets, which are likely to inure to the benefit of the Company and its stockholders. However, if the Company experiences an “ownership change,” as defined in Section 382 of the Code, its ability to use the Tax Benefits could be substantially limited, and the timing of the usage of the Tax Benefits could be substantially delayed, which could significantly impair the value of the Tax Benefits. Generally, an “ownership change” occurs if the percentage of the Company’s stock owned by one or more “five percent stockholders” increases by more than fifty percentage points over the lowest percentage of stock owned by such stockholders at any time during the prior three-year period or, if sooner, since the last “ownership change” experienced by the Company.
The Rights Agreement is intended to act as a deterrent to any person acquiring 4.9% or more of the outstanding shares (an “acquiring person”) of the Company’s common stock without the approval of the Board. This would protect the Tax Benefits because changes in ownership by a person owning less than 4.9% of the common stock are not included in the calculation of “ownership change” for purposes of Section 382 of the Code.
The record date for the distribution of the rights is November 17, 2022. Under the Rights Agreement, the rights will initially trade with the Company’s common stock and will generally become exercisable only if a person (or any persons acting as a group) acquires 4.9% or more of the Company’s outstanding common stock. If the rights become exercisable, all holders of rights (other than any triggering person) will be entitled to acquire shares of common stock at a 50% discount. Under the Rights Agreement, any person who currently owns 4.9% or more of the Company’s common stock may continue to own its shares of common stock but may not acquire any additional shares without triggering the Rights Agreement. Under the Rights Agreement, the Board has the discretion to exempt any transaction and to exempt any person (or group of persons) from the provisions of the Rights Agreement. The rights expire, unless earlier terminated, on the earliest to occur of: (i) November 6, 2025; (ii) the time at which the rights are redeemed; (iii) the time at which all exercisable rights are exchanged; (iv) November 6, 2023, if the approval of the Company’s stockholders of the Rights Agreement has not been obtained by that date; (v) the repeal of Section 382 of the Code if the Board determines that the Rights Agreement is no longer necessary or desirable for the preservation of the Tax Benefits; or (vii) the time at which the Board determines that the Tax Benefits are fully utilized or no longer available under Section 382 of the Code.
Additional information about the Rights Agreement is available on a Form 8-K filed by Cooper Standard with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
About Cooper Standard
Cooper Standard, headquartered in Northville, Mich., with locations in 21 countries, is a leading global supplier of sealing and fluid handling systems and components. Utilizing our materials science and manufacturing expertise, we create innovative and sustainable engineered solutions for diverse transportation and industrial markets. Cooper Standard's approximately 23,000 employees are at the heart of our success, continuously improving our business and surrounding communities. Learn more at www.cooperstandard.com or follow us on Twitter @CooperStandard.
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