Washington, DC 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

November 26, 2017




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-35433   20-2908277

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)

  (IRS Employer
Identification No.)

10901 South Stonelake Blvd.

Austin, Texas, 78759-5749

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(512) 551-6000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On November 26, 2017, Bazaarvoice, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with BV Parent, LLC (“Parent”), and BV Merger Sub, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Parent (“Merger Subsidiary”), providing for the merger of Merger Subsidiary with and into the Company (the “Merger”), with the Company surviving the Merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of Parent. Parent and Merger Subsidiary were formed by affiliates of the global private equity investment firm Marlin Equity Partners (“Marlin Equity”). Capitalized terms not otherwise defined have the meanings set forth in the Merger Agreement.

At the Effective Time of the Merger, each share of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of the Company (the “Company Common Stock”) issued and outstanding as of immediately prior to the Effective Time (other than Dissenting Shares or Company Common Stock held by the Company as treasury stock or owned by Parent, Merger Subsidiary or any Subsidiary of the Company or Parent) will be cancelled and cease to exist and automatically converted into the right to receive cash in an amount equal to $5.50, without interest (the “Per Share Price”).

Parent and Merger Subsidiary have secured committed financing, consisting of a combination of equity to be provided by investment funds affiliated with Marlin Equity and certain other institutional equity co-investors, and debt financing from Golub Capital Markets LLC, the aggregate proceeds of which will be sufficient for Parent and Merger Subsidiary to pay the aggregate merger consideration and all related fees and expenses. Parent and Merger Subsidiary have committed to use their reasonable best efforts to obtain the debt financing on the terms and conditions described in the debt commitment letter entered into as of November 26, 2017. The transaction is not subject to a financing condition.

Consummation of the Merger is subject to customary closing conditions, including, without limitation, the absence of certain legal impediments, the expiration or termination of the required waiting periods under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, and approval by the holders of a majority of the voting power of the outstanding shares of Company Common Stock entitled to vote on such matter.

The Company has made representations and warranties in the Merger Agreement and has agreed to covenants regarding the operation of the business of the Company and the Company Subsidiaries prior to the Effective Time. The Company is also subject to customary restrictions on its ability to solicit alternative acquisition proposals from third parties and to provide non-public information to, and participate in discussions and engage in negotiations with, third parties regarding alternative acquisition proposals, with customary exceptions for Superior Proposals.

The Merger Agreement contains certain termination rights for the Company and Parent. Upon termination of the Merger Agreement under specified circumstances, the Company will be required to pay Parent a termination fee of approximately $18.3 million. Upon termination of the Merger Agreement under other specified circumstances, Parent will be required to pay the Company a termination fee of approximately $26.1 million. In addition to the foregoing termination rights, and subject to certain limitations, (i) the Company or Parent may terminate the Merger Agreement if the Merger is not consummated by May 26, 2018 and (ii) the Company and Parent may mutually agree to terminate the Merger Agreement. In addition, the Company will be required to reimburse Parent for up to $2.0 million of its expenses associated with the transaction if the Merger Agreement is terminated because the Company breaches its representations, warranties or covenants in a manner that would cause the related closing conditions to not be met.

Investment funds affiliated with Marlin Equity have provided the Company with a limited guaranty in favor of the Company (the “Limited Guaranty”). The Limited Guaranty guarantees the payment of the termination fee payable by Parent and certain reimbursement obligations that may be owed by Parent to the Company pursuant to the Merger Agreement. The Merger Agreement also provides that either party may specifically enforce the other party’s obligations under the Merger Agreement, provided that the Company may only cause Parent to close the transaction if certain conditions are satisfied, including the funding or availability of the debt financing.

The foregoing description of the Merger Agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and qualified in its entirety by reference to, the full text of the Merger Agreement, which is attached as Exhibit 2.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

The Merger Agreement contains representations and warranties by each of Parent, Merger Subsidiary and the Company. These representations and warranties were made solely for the benefit of the parties to the Merger Agreement and:


    should not be treated as categorical statements of fact, but rather as a way of allocating the risk to one of the parties if those statements prove to be inaccurate;


    may have been qualified in the Merger Agreement by disclosures that were made to the other party in connection with the negotiation of the Merger Agreement;


    may apply contractual standards of “materiality” that are different from “materiality” under applicable securities laws; and


    were made only as of the date of the Merger Agreement or such other date or dates as may be specified in the Merger Agreement.


Item 8.01 Other Events.

On November 27, 2017, the Company issued a press release announcing the entry into the Merger Agreement. The text of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

Forward-looking statements

This communication, and the documents to which the Company refers you in this communication, contains not only historical information, but also forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements represent the Company’s expectations or beliefs concerning future events, including the timing of the transaction and other information relating to the transaction. Forward-looking statements include information concerning possible or assumed future results of operations of the Company, the expected completion and timing of the transaction and other information relating to the transaction. Without limiting the foregoing, the words “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “intends,” “forecasts,” “should,” “estimates,” “contemplate,” “future,” “goal,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “projection,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “assuming” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. You should read statements that contain these words carefully. They discuss the Company’s future expectations or state other forward-looking information and may involve known and unknown risks over which the Company has no control. Those risks include, (i) the risk that the transaction may not be completed in a timely manner or at all, which may adversely affect the Company’s business and the price of the common stock of the Company, (ii) the failure to satisfy of the conditions to the consummation of the transaction, including the adoption of the merger agreement by the stockholders of the Company and the receipt of regulatory approvals from various domestic governmental entities (including any conditions, limitations or restrictions placed on these approvals) and the risk that one or more governmental entities may deny approval, (iii) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement, (iv) the risk that the definitive merger agreement may be terminated in circumstances that require the Company to pay a termination fee and/or reimbursement of their expenses; (v) risks regarding the failure to obtain the necessary financing to complete the merger, (vi) the effect of the announcement or pendency of the transaction on the Company’s business relationships, operating results and business generally, (vii) risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations, (viii) risks related to diverting management’s attention from the Company’s ongoing business operations, and (ix) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the Company related to the merger agreement or the transaction. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this communication or the date of any document incorporated by reference in this document. Further risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements are described in the Company’s SEC reports, including but not limited to the risks described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended April 30, 2017 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2017. Except as required by applicable law or regulation, the Company does not undertake to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the merger, the Company intends to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including a proxy statement on Schedule 14A. Promptly after filing its definitive proxy statement with the SEC, the Company will mail the definitive proxy statement and a proxy card to each stockholder

entitled to vote at the special meeting relating to the merger. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ THESE MATERIALS (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE MERGER THAT THE COMPANY WILL FILE WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY AND THE MERGER. The definitive proxy statement, the preliminary proxy statement and other relevant materials in connection with the merger (when they become available), and any other documents filed by the Company with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov) or at the Company’s website http://www.bazaarvoice.com or by writing to the Company’s Secretary at 10901 Stonelake Blvd, Austin, TX 78759.

Participants in the Solicitation

The Company and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s stockholders with respect to the merger. Information about the Company’s directors and executive officers and their ownership of the Company’s common stock is set forth in the proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the SEC on October 13, 2017 and the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2017. To the extent that such individual’s holdings of the Company’s common stock have changed since the amounts printed in the Company’s proxy statement, such changes have been or will be reflected on Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. Information regarding the identity of the potential participants, and their direct or indirect interests in the merger, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the proxy statement and other materials to be filed with SEC in connection with the merger.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


  (d) Exhibits.


  2.1    Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of November 26, 2017, by and among BV Parent, LLC, BV Merger Sub, Inc. and Bazaarvoice, Inc.
99.1    Press Release of Bazaarvoice, Inc. dated November 27, 2017.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



/s/ Kin Gill

  Kin Gill
  Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary

Date: November 27, 2017