Alliant Techsystems Inc. stockholders approved Tuesday the company's proposed merger with Orbital Sciences Corp., clearing the way for the spin-off next week of its firearms and Bushnell business as a new publicly traded company called Vista Outdoor.
ATK shareholders approved the issuance of ATK common stock, par value $0.01 per share, to Orbital Sciences Corporation stockholders in connection with the previously announced merger between ATK's Aerospace and Defense Groups and Orbital.
ATK and Orbital held separate, special stockholder meetings today in conjunction with the proposed transaction. As previously announced, ATK intends to spin off its Sporting Group into Vista Outdoor Inc. (“Vista Outdoor”) and immediately thereafter complete the merger. During Orbital's special stockholder meeting, Orbital stockholders voted to approve the merger.
Approximately 97 percent of the votes cast at ATK's special meeting of stockholders voted in favor of the issuance of shares, which represented approximately 77 percent of the total number of outstanding shares of ATK common stock as of December 16, 2014, the record date for the special meeting.
“We are very pleased with the resounding approval from our stockholders,” said Mark DeYoung, ATK President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and future Chairman and CEO for Vista Outdoor. “The affirmation and confidence from our investors support the vision to create two strong, independent companies with leadership in their core markets. I want to thank our stockholders for their support of this vision and strategy. The favorable shareholder vote allows us to now move forward and finalize this transformational and value-creating transaction. We anticipate closing both the spin-off and the merger on February 9.”
On the closing date, ATK stockholders as of the close of business on Feb. 2, 2015, the record date for the distribution, will receive two shares of Vista Outdoor common stock for every one share of ATK common stock they hold on the record date. As a result, on the closing date, ATK stockholders will own 100 percent of Vista Outdoor. Beginning on February 10, 2015, shares of Vista Outdoor common stock will trade under the ticker symbol “VSTO” on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The spin-off will be immediately followed by the merger. In connection with the merger, Orbital shareholders will receive 0.449 shares of ATK common stock for each share of Orbital common stock that they hold. As a result, on the closing date, ATK shareholders will own approximately 53.8 percent of the combined company on a fully diluted basis and Orbital shareholders will own the remaining approximately 46.2 percent of the combined company on a fully diluted basis. Following closing, ATK will be renamed Orbital ATK, Inc. and, beginning on February 10, shares of Orbital ATK common stock will trade under the new ticker symbol “OA” on the NYSE.