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Filed pursuant to Rule 424(b)(5)
Registration No. 333-224392

 

PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT
(To Prospectus dated May 2, 2018)

 

1,270,000 Shares

 

 

Common Stock

We are selling 1,270,000 shares of our common stock.

 

Our shares trade on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol ‘‘NVEE.’’ On August 8, 2018 the last sale price of the shares as reported on the Nasdaq Capital Market was $89.10 per share.

 

We are an “emerging growth company” as defined under the federal securities laws and, as such, have elected to comply with certain reduced public company reporting requirements.

 

Investing in the common stock involves risks that are described in the ‘‘Risk Factors’’ section beginning on page S-4 of this prospectus.

 

 

   

Per Share

   

Total

 

Public offering price

  $79.00     $100,330,000  

Underwriting discount

  $5.135     $6,521,450  

Proceeds, before expenses, to us

  $73.865     $93,808,550  

 

The underwriters may also exercise their option to purchase up to an additional 190,500 shares from the selling stockholder named in this prospectus supplement, at the public offering price, less the underwriting discount, for 30 days after the date of this prospectus supplement. We will not receive any proceeds from any sale of our common stock by the selling stockholder in this offering.

 

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or determined if this prospectus supplement is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

 

 

The shares will be ready for delivery on or about August 13, 2018.

 

Joint Book-Running Managers

 

BofA Merrill Lynch Roth Capital Partners

                              

THE DATE OF THIS PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT IS AUGUST 9, 2018

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Prospectus Supplement

 

Page

ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT

S-1

PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT SUMMARY

S-2

THE OFFERING

S-3

RISK FACTORS

S-4

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

S-6

USE OF PROCEEDS

S-8

MARKET INFORMATION

S-9

CAPITALIZATION

S-10

SELLING STOCKHOLDER

S-11

UNDERWRITING

S-12

LEGAL MATTERS

S-19

EXPERTS

S-19

WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

S-19

INCORPORATION OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE

S-20
   

Prospectus

ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS

1

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

2

THE COMPANY

4

RISK FACTORS

6

USE OF PROCEEDS

7

DIVIDEND POLICY

7

DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK

8

DESCRIPTION OF DEPOSITARY SHARES

11

DESCRIPTION OF WARRANTS

13

DESCRIPTION OF RIGHTS

14

DESCRIPTION OF UNITS

16

DESCRIPTION OF PURCHASE CONTRACTS

17

LEGAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

18

SELLING STOCKHOLDERS

21

PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION

21

LEGAL MATTERS

24

EXPERTS

24

WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

24

INCORPORATION OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE

25

 

 

ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS
SUPPLEMENT

 

This document is in two parts. The first part is this prospectus supplement, which describes the terms of this offering of our common stock and also adds, updates and changes information contained in the accompanying prospectus and the documents incorporated by reference herein and therein. The second part is the accompanying prospectus, which gives more general information, some of which may not apply to this offering. To the extent the information contained in this prospectus supplement differs or varies from the information contained in the accompanying prospectus or any document filed prior to the date of this prospectus supplement and incorporated by reference herein or therein, the information in this prospectus supplement will control.

 

You should rely only on the information contained in or incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus. We have not, and the underwriters have not, authorized anyone to provide you with information that is different. This prospectus supplement is not an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy these securities in any circumstances under which the offer or solicitation is unlawful. We are offering to sell, and seeking offers to buy, our securities only in jurisdictions where offers and sales are permitted. You should not assume that the information we have included in this prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus is accurate as of any date other than the date of this prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus, respectively, or that any information we have incorporated by reference herein or therein is accurate as of any date other than the date of the document incorporated by reference, regardless of the time of delivery of this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus or of any of our securities. Our business, financial condition, results of operations, and prospects may have changed since that date.

 

None of we, the selling stockholder named herein (the “Selling Stockholder”) or the underwriters have done anything that would permit this offering or possession or distribution of this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required, other than in the United States of America. You are required to inform yourselves about and to observe any restrictions relating to this offering and the distribution of this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus.

 

Our name, our logo, and other trademarks or service marks of ours appearing in this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus are the property of NV5 Global, Inc.

 

 

PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT SUMMARY

 

This summary highlights information contained elsewhere or incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus. This summary does not contain all of the information that you should consider before investing in our common stock. You should carefully read the entire prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus, including the “Risk Factors” section in this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus, as well as the financial statements and the other information incorporated by reference herein before making an investment decision. Unless the context otherwise indicates, the terms “NV5,” “Company,” “we,” “us,” and “our” as used in this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus refer to NV5 Global, Inc. and its subsidiaries.

 

Overview

 

We are a leading provider of professional and technical engineering and consulting services, offering solutions to public and private sector clients in the energy, transportation, water, government, hospitality, education, healthcare, commercial and residential markets. The scope of our projects includes planning, design, consulting, permitting, inspection and field supervision, and management oversight. We also provide forensic engineering, litigation support, condition assessment, materials testing, and compliance certification.

 

We provide a wide range of services, including, but not limited to, construction quality assurance, surveying and mapping, design, consulting, program and construction management, permitting, planning, forensic engineering, litigation support, condition assessment and compliance certification. Our service capabilities are organized into five verticals: infrastructure, engineering, and support services; construction quality assurance; program management; energy services; and environmental services. As the needs of our clients have evolved and NV5 has grown, we organized into two operating and reportable segments:

 

Infrastructure (INF), which includes our engineering, civil program management, and construction quality assurance practices; and

 

Building, Technology & Sciences (BTS), which includes our energy, environmental, and building program management practices.We are headquartered in Hollywood, Florida, and operate our business from 89 locations in the U.S. and four locations abroad. All of our offices utilize our shared services platform, which consists of human resources, marketing, finance, information technology, legal, corporate development, and other resources. The platform is scalable and optimizes the performance and efficiency of our business as we grow. Our centralized shared services platform allows us to better manage our business through the application of universal financial and operational controls and procedures and increased efficiencies, and drives lower-cost solutions.

 

Our primary clients include United States (“U.S.”) federal, state, municipal, and local government agencies, and military and defense clients. We also serve quasi-public and private sector clients from the education, healthcare, energy, and public utilities, including schools, universities, hospitals, health care providers, insurance providers, large utility service providers, and large to small energy producers.

 

Corporate Information

 

Our principal executive offices are located at 200 South Park Road, Suite 350, Hollywood, Florida 33021 and our telephone number is (954) 495-2112. Our website address is www.nv5.com. The information on, or accessible through, our website does not constitute a part of, and is not incorporated into, this prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus.

 

 

THE OFFERING

 

Common stock offered by us

1,270,000 shares of common stock.

 

 

Option to purchase additional shares of common stock

190,500 shares of common stock to be sold by the Selling Stockholder if the underwriters exercise their option to purchase additional shares in full.

   

Common stock to be outstanding after this offering

12,399,082 shares of common stock.

   

Use of proceeds

We estimate that the net proceeds we will receive from this offering will be approximately $93.5 million after deducting the underwriting discount and estimated offering expenses payable by us.

 

We currently intend to use the net proceeds we receive from this offering for general corporate purposes. General corporate purposes may include any of the following:

   
 

paying for acquisitions from our current pipeline or the expansion of our business; and
 

providing working capital.
   
 

Pending the application of the net proceeds, we may invest the proceeds in short-term, interest-bearing instruments or other investment-grade securities. See “Use of Proceeds” on page S-8. We will not receive any net proceeds from any sale of shares of common stock by the Selling Stockholder. 

   

Risk factors

You should carefully read and consider the information set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” on page S-4 and all other information set forth in this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus and other documents that are incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus before deciding to invest in our common stock.

   

NASDAQ Capital Market symbol

“NVEE”

 

 

RISK FACTOrs

 

Before deciding to invest in our common stock, you should consider carefully the following discussion of risks and uncertainties affecting us and our common stock, as well as the risks and uncertainties incorporated by reference in this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus from our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, our subsequent periodic reports and the other information contained or incorporated by reference in this prospectus supplement. If any of the events anticipated by these risks and uncertainties occur, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be materially and adversely affected, and the value of our common stock could decline. The risks and uncertainties we discuss in this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus and in the documents incorporated by reference herein and therein are those that we currently believe may materially affect our company. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we currently deem immaterial also may materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

Risks Related To This Offering

 

Since we have broad discretion in how we use the proceeds from this offering, we may use the proceeds in ways with which you disagree.

 

Since we have broad discretion in how we use the proceeds from this offering, we may use the proceeds in ways with which you disagree.

 

We intend to use the net proceeds to us from the sale of common stock under this prospectus supplement for general corporate purposes, which may include paying for acquisitions from our current pipeline. Our management will have significant flexibility in applying the net proceeds of this offering. You will be relying on the judgment of our management with regard to the use of these net proceeds, and you will not have the opportunity, as part of your investment decision, to assess whether the proceeds are being used in ways you would agree with. It is possible that the net proceeds will be invested in a way that does not yield a favorable, or any, return for our company. The failure of our management to use such funds effectively could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, operating results and cash flow.

 

If the price of our common stock fluctuates significantly, your investment could lose value.

 

Although our common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market (“NASDAQ”), we cannot assure you that an active public market will continue for our common stock. If an active public market for our common stock does not continue, the trading price and liquidity of our common stock will be materially and adversely affected. If there is a thin trading market or “float” for our stock, the market price for our common stock may fluctuate significantly more than the stock market as a whole. Without a large float, our common stock would be less liquid than the stock of companies with broader public ownership and, as a result, the trading prices of our common stock may be more volatile. In addition, in the absence of an active public trading market, investors may be unable to liquidate their investment in us.

 

Furthermore, the stock market is subject to significant price and volume fluctuations, and the price of our common stock could fluctuate widely in response to several factors, including:

 

 

our quarterly or annual operating results;

 

 

changes in our earnings estimates;

 

 

investment recommendations by securities analysts following our business or our industry;

 

 

additions or departures of key personnel;

 

 

changes in the business, earnings estimates or market perceptions of our competitors;

 

 

 

our failure to achieve operating results consistent with securities analysts’ projections;

 

 

changes in industry, general market or economic conditions; and

 

 

announcements of legislative or regulatory changes.

 

The stock market has experienced extreme price and volume fluctuations in recent years that have significantly affected the quoted prices of the securities of many companies, including companies in our industry. The changes often appear to occur without regard to specific operating performance. The price of our common stock could fluctuate based upon factors that have little or nothing to do with our company and these fluctuations could materially reduce our stock price.

 

You may experience future dilution as a result of future equity offerings.

 

In order to raise additional capital, we may in the future offer additional shares of our common stock or other securities convertible into or exchangeable for our common stock at prices that may not be the same as the price in this offering. We may sell shares or other securities in any other offering at a price that is less than the price paid by investors in this offering, and investors purchasing shares or other securities in the future could have rights superior to existing stockholders. The price at which we sell additional shares of our common stock, or securities convertible or exchangeable into common stock, in future transactions may be higher or lower than the price paid by investors in this offering.

 

 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

Some of the statements contained in this prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus or incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus contain “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. From time to time, we also provide forward-looking statements in other materials we release to the public, as well as oral forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our “expectations,” “hopes,” “beliefs,” “intentions,” or “strategies” regarding the future. In addition, any statements that refer to projections, forecasts, or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. We have tried, wherever possible, to identify such statements by using words such as, but not limited to, “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “predict,” “project,” “may,” “might,” “should,” “would,” “will,” “likely,” “will likely result,” “continue,” “could,” “future,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “target,” “forecast,” “goal,” “observe,” “seek,” “strategy” and other words and terms of similar meaning, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward looking. The forward-looking statements in this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance.

 

Forward-looking statements are not historical factors and should not be read as a guarantee or assurance of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, or if which such performance or results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time those statements are made or management’s good faith beliefs, expectations and assumptions as of that time with respect to future events. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause such differences include:

 

 

our ability to retain the continued service of our key professionals and to identify, hire and retain additional qualified professionals;

 

 

changes in demand from the local and state government and private clients that we serve;

 

 

general economic conditions, nationally and globally, and their effect on the demand and market for our services;

 

 

fluctuations in our results of operations;

 

 

the government’s funding and budgetary approval process;

 

 

the possibility that our contracts may be terminated by our clients;

 

 

our ability to win new contracts and renew existing contracts;

 

 

our dependence on a limited number of clients;

 

 

our ability to complete projects timely, in accordance with our customers’ expectations, or profitability;

 

 

our ability to successfully execute our mergers and acquisitions strategy and the subsequent integration of new companies into our business;

 

 

our ability to successfully manage our growth strategy;

 

 

our ability to raise capital in the future;

 

 

competitive pressures and trends in our industry and our ability to successfully compete with our competitors;

 

 

our ability to avoid losses under fixed-price contracts;

 

 

the credit and collection risks associated with our clients;

 

 

 

our ability to comply with procurement laws and regulations;

 

 

changes in laws, regulations, or policies;

 

 

the enactment of legislation that could limit the ability of local, state and federal agencies to contract for our privatized services;

 

 

our ability to complete our backlog of uncompleted projects as currently projected;

 

 

the risk of employee misconduct or our failure to comply with laws and regulations;

 

 

our ability to control, and operational issues pertaining to, business activities that we conduct with business partners and other third parties;

 

 

our need to comply with a number of restrictive covenants and similar provisions in our senior credit facility that generally limit our ability to (among other things) incur additional indebtedness, create liens, make acquisitions, pay dividends and undergo certain changes in control, which could affect our ability to finance future operations, acquisitions or capital needs; and

 

 

significant influence by our principal stockholder and the existence of certain anti-takeover measures in our governing documents.

 

There can be no assurance that future developments affecting us will be those that we have anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties, or assumptions, many of which are beyond our control, that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. In light of these risks and uncertainties, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking information contained in this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus will in fact transpire or prove to be accurate. Readers are cautioned to consider the specific risk factors described herein and not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained herein, which speak only as of the date hereof.

 

The Company undertakes no obligation to update or publicly revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws. All subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by this paragraph. You are advised, however, to consult any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and our other filings with the SEC. Also note that we provide a cautionary discussion of risks and uncertainties relevant to our business under “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. We note these factors for investors as permitted by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You should understand it is not possible to predict or identify all such factors.

 

 

USE OF PROCEEDS

 

We estimate that the net proceeds we will receive from this offering will be approximately $93.5 million after deducting the underwriting discount and estimated offering expenses payable by us.

 

We intend to use the net proceeds we receive from this offering for general corporate purposes. General corporate purposes may include any of the following:

 

 

paying for acquisitions from our current pipeline or the expansion of our business; and

 

 

providing working capital.

 

Pending the application of the net proceeds, we may invest the proceeds in short-term, interest-bearing instruments or other investment-grade securities.

 

We will not receive any proceeds from any shares sold by the selling stockholder in this offering.

 

From time to time, we engage in preliminary discussions and negotiations with various businesses in order to explore the possibility of an acquisition or investment. However, as of the date of this prospectus supplement, we have not entered into any agreements or arrangements which would make an acquisition or investment probable under Rule 3-05(a) of Regulation S-X. In addition, as of the date of this prospectus supplement, we have not entered into any agreements or arrangements for capital expenditures that would be paid for from the proceeds of this offering.

 

 

MARKET INFORMATION

 

Our common stock has traded on NASDAQ since our initial public offering on March 26, 2013 under the symbol “NVEE”.

 

The following table sets forth, for the calendar quarter indicated, the high and low intraday sales prices of our common stock as reported on the NASDAQ for the periods indicated.

 

Fiscal 2018:

 

High

   

Low

 

First Quarter

  $ 58.40     $ 40.01  

Second Quarter

  $ 71.90     $ 54.00  

Third Quarter (through August 7, 2018)

 

$

91.55    

$

67.65  
                 

Fiscal 2017:

               

First Quarter

  $ 41.80     $ 33.20  

Second Quarter

  $ 43.90     $ 35.35  

Third Quarter

  $ 56.60     $ 40.05  

Fourth Quarter

  $ 58.95     $ 49.06  
                 

Fiscal 2016:

               

First Quarter

  $ 27.49     $ 15.00  

Second Quarter

  $ 30.21     $ 24.03  

Third Quarter

  $ 37.00     $ 26.20  

Fourth Quarter

  $ 38.15     $ 24.57  

 

As of August 3, 2018, there were 732 holders of record of our common stock. These numbers do not include beneficial owners whose shares are held in “street name.”

 

We have not paid cash dividends on our common stock and do not expect to do so in the foreseeable future, as we intend to retain all earnings to provide funds for the operation and expansion of our business. The payment of cash dividends in the future, if any, will be at the discretion of our board of directors and will depend upon such factors as the extent to which our financing arrangements permit the payment of dividends, earnings levels, capital requirements, our overall financial condition, and any other factors deemed relevant by our board of directors.

 

 

CAPITALIZATION

 

The following table sets forth our cash and cash equivalents, total debt, and capitalization as of June 30, 2018:

 

 

on an actual basis; and

 

 

on an as adjusted basis to reflect our receipt of the net proceeds from our sale of shares of common stock in this offering at the public offering price of $79.00 per share, after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses, and the application of the net proceeds therefrom.

 

You should read this table together with “Use of Proceeds” section included in this prospectus supplement, the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” section and our consolidated financial statements and related notes included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2018, which are incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus.

 

 

   

As of June 30,
2018
(Unaudited)

 
                 
   

Actual

   

As

Adjusted

 
   

(In thousands, except share

and per share amounts)

 

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 16,035     $ 109,494  
                 

Total debt

  $ 65,766     $ 65,766  
                 

Stockholders’ equity:

               
Preferred stock: $0.01 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding, actual and as adjusted   $ --     $ -  

Common stock: $0.01 par value; 45,000,000 shares authorized, 11,129,082 shares issued and outstanding, actual; 12,399,082 shares issued and outstanding, as adjusted

    111       124  

Additional paid-in capital

    131,746       225,192  

Retained earnings

    65,947       65,947  

Total stockholders’ equity

    197,804       291,263  

Capitalization

  $ 263,570     $ 357,029  

 

 

SELLING STOCKHOLDER

 

The Wright Family Trust dated December 12, 1990, the Selling Stockholder, may offer and sell up to 190,500 shares of our common stock if the underwriters exercise their option to purchase additional shares in full. Mr. Wright, our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of our Board of Directors, and his wife Katherine Wright, are the settlors of the Wright Family Trust and hold voting and dispositive power over the shares held by the Wright Family Trust. The address of the Selling Stockholder is 200 South Park Road, Suite 350, Hollywood, Florida 33021. The shares of our common stock that will be offered and sold by the Wright Family Trust, if any, were issued and outstanding prior to the date of the registration statement to which this prospectus supplement relates. These shares of common stock were originally acquired by Mr. Wright and Mrs. Wright through private placements of shares of in connection with our initial formation and subsequent reorganization transactions. In addition, Mr. Wright holds shares of common stock issued as compensatory stock awards or upon the exercise of options to purchase common stock granted pursuant to our equity incentive plans.

 

The table below, including the footnotes, lists information regarding the beneficial ownership of shares of common stock held by Mr. Wright based on information provided to us by Mr. Wright. Generally, a person “beneficially owns” shares of our common stock if the person has or shares with others the right to vote those shares or to dispose of them, or if the person has the right to acquire voting or disposition rights within 60 days. The percentages of shares owned prior to and after the offering are based on 11,129,082 shares of our common stock outstanding on July 31, 2018, which includes the shares of common stock offered by Mr. Wright by this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus and other shares reported to us as beneficially owned by Mr. Wright.

 

 

Name of Selling Stockholder

 

Common

Stock

Beneficially

Owned Prior

to Offering (1)

   

Maximum

Number of

Shares of

Common

Stock to be

Sold

   

Common

Stock

Beneficially

Owned After

Offering

   

Beneficial

Ownership

Prior to

Offering

   

Beneficial

Ownership

After

Offering

 
                                         

The Wright Family Trust

    921,717       190,500       731,217       8.3%       5.9%  

 

 

1   Excludes: (i) 135,978 shares of our common stock held by The Lauren Wright Trust UAD Katherine Wright 2010 GRAT dated June 28, 2010, (ii) 135,978 shares of our common stock held by The Stephanie Wright Trust UAD Katherine Wright 2010 GRAT dated June 28, 2010, (iii) 135,978 shares of our common stock held by The Lauren Wright Trust UAD Dickerson Wright 2010 GRAT dated June 28, 2010, (iv) 135,978 shares of our common stock held by The Lauren Wright Trust UAD Dickerson Wright 2010 GRAT dated June 28, 2010, (v) 363,778 shares of our common stock held by the Katherine Wright 2012 GRAT dated November 9, 2012, and (vi) 363,778 shares of our common stock held by the Dickerson Wright 2012 GRAT dated November 9, 2012, each of which Dickerson Wright is a trustee.

 

 

UNDERWRITING

 

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and Roth Capital Partners, LLC are acting as representatives of each of the underwriters named below. Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in an underwriting agreement among us and the underwriters, we have agreed to sell to the underwriters, and each of the underwriters has agreed, severally and not jointly, to purchase from us, the number of shares of common stock set forth opposite its name below.

 

   Underwriter

Number of

Shares

   

 Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith

   Incorporated

635,000
   
Roth Capital Partners, LLC 635,000
   

   Total

1,270,000

 

 

Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the underwriting agreement, the underwriters have agreed, severally and not jointly, to purchase all of the shares sold under the underwriting agreement if any of these shares are purchased. If an underwriter defaults, the underwriting agreement provides that the purchase commitments of the nondefaulting underwriters may be increased or the underwriting agreement may be terminated.

 

We have agreed to indemnify the underwriters against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act, or to contribute to payments the underwriters may be required to make in respect of those liabilities.

 

The underwriters are offering the shares, subject to prior sale, when, as and if issued to and accepted by them, subject to approval of legal matters by their counsel, including the validity of the shares, and other conditions contained in the underwriting agreement, such as the receipt by the underwriters of officer’s certificates and legal opinions. The underwriters reserve the right to withdraw, cancel or modify offers to the public and to reject orders in whole or in part.

 

Commissions and Discounts

 

The representatives have advised us that the underwriters propose initially to offer the shares to the public at the public offering price set forth on the cover page of this prospectus supplement and to dealers at that price less a concession not in excess of $3.08 per share. After the initial offering, the public offering price, concession or any other term of the offering may be changed.

 

The following table shows the public offering price, underwriting discount and proceeds before expenses to us and the selling stockholder named in this prospectus supplement. The information assumes either no exercise or full exercise by the underwriters of their option to purchase additional shares.

 

   

Per Share

   

Without

Option

   

With Option

 
                   

Public offering price

  $79.00     $100,330,000     $115,379,500  
                   

Underwriting discount

  $5.135     $6,521,450     $7,499,667.5  
                   

Proceeds, before expenses, to us

  $73.865     $93,808,550     $93,808,550  
                   

Proceeds, before expenses, to the selling stockholder

  $73.865         $14,071,282.5  

 

 

The expenses of the offering, not including the underwriting discount, are estimated at $350,000 and are payable by us.

 

Option to Purchase Additional Shares

 

The Selling Stockholder has granted an option to the underwriters, exercisable for 30 days after the date of this prospectus supplement, to purchase up to 180,000 additional shares at the public offering price, less the underwriting discount. If the underwriters exercise this option, each will be obligated, subject to conditions contained in the underwriting agreement, to purchase a number of additional shares proportionate to that underwriter’s initial amount reflected in the above table.

 

No Sales of Similar Securities

 

We, our executive officers and directors have agreed not to sell or transfer any common stock or securities convertible into, exchangeable for, exercisable for, or repayable with common stock, for 90 days after the date of this prospectus supplement without first obtaining the written consent of the representatives. Specifically, we and these other persons have agreed, with certain limited exceptions, not to directly or indirectly

 

 

offer, pledge, sell or contract to sell any common stock,

 

 

sell any option or contract to purchase any common stock,

 

 

purchase any option or contract to sell any common stock,

 

 

grant any option, right or warrant for the sale of any common stock,

 

 

lend or otherwise dispose of or transfer any common stock,

 

 

request or demand that we file a registration statement related to the common stock, or

 

 

enter into any swap or other agreement that transfers, in whole or in part, the economic consequence of ownership of any common stock whether any such swap or transaction is to be settled by delivery of shares or other securities, in cash or otherwise.

 

This lock-up provision applies to common stock and to securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for or repayable with common stock. It also applies to common stock owned now or acquired later by the person executing the agreement or for which the person executing the agreement later acquires the power of disposition.

 

 

These restrictions on future issuances by us are subject to exceptions for (i) the issuance of shares of our common stock to be sold in this offering, (ii) any shares of our common stock issued by us upon the exercise of an option or warrant or the conversion of a security currently outstanding and described in the documents incorporated by reference herein, (iii) any shares of our common stock issued or options to purchase our common stock granted pursuant to existing employee benefit plans described in the documents incorporated by reference herein, (iv) any shares of our common stock issued pursuant to any non-employee director stock plan or dividend reinvestment plan referred to in the documents incorporated by reference herein, or (v) the issuance by us of shares of common stock or securities convertible into or exchangeable for shares of common stock or that represent the right to receive shares of common stock in connection with the acquisition by us of the securities, business, technology, property or other assets of another person or entity, provided that such aggregate number of shares of common stock issued pursuant to this clause (v) during such 90-day period shall not exceed five percent of the total shares of common stock outstanding as of the date hereof and that if there are any recipients of common stock pursuant to this clause (v) during such 90-day period, we will bind such recipients to the same restrictions for the remainder of the 90-day period. In addition, these restrictions on future dispositions by our directors and executive officers are subject to exceptions for (i) one or more bona fide gift transfers, (ii) transfers to any trust for the direct or indirect benefit of them or their immediate family, (iii) as a distribution to their limited partners or stockholders, (iv) to their affiliates or to any investment fund or other entity controlled or managed by them and (v) the exercise of stock options granted pursuant to our equity incentive plans; provided that it shall apply to any of the securities issued upon such exercise, or transfers of shares of our common stock pursuant to any existing plan that satisfies all of the requirements of Rule 10b5-1(c)(1)(i)(B) under the Exchange Act.

 

Nasdaq Capital Market Listing

 

The shares are listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “NVEE.”

 

Price Stabilization, Short Positions

 

Until the distribution of the shares is completed, SEC rules may limit underwriters and selling group members from bidding for and purchasing our common stock. However, the representatives may engage in transactions that stabilize the price of the common stock, such as bids or purchases to peg, fix or maintain that price.

 

In connection with the offering, the underwriters may purchase and sell our common stock in the open market. These transactions may include short sales, purchases on the open market to cover positions created by short sales and stabilizing transactions. Short sales involve the sale by the underwriters of a greater number of shares than they are required to purchase in the offering. “Covered” short sales are sales made in an amount not greater than the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares described above. The underwriters may close out any covered short position by either exercising their option to purchase additional shares or purchasing shares in the open market. In determining the source of shares to close out the covered short position, the underwriters will consider, among other things, the price of shares available for purchase in the open market as compared to the price at which they may purchase shares through the option granted to them. “Naked” short sales are sales in excess of such option. The underwriters must close out any naked short position by purchasing shares in the open market. A naked short position is more likely to be created if the underwriters are concerned that there may be downward pressure on the price of our common stock in the open market after pricing that could adversely affect investors who purchase in the offering. Stabilizing transactions consist of various bids for or purchases of shares of common stock made by the underwriters in the open market prior to the completion of the offering.

 

Similar to other purchase transactions, the underwriters’ purchases to cover the syndicate short sales may have the effect of raising or maintaining the market price of our common stock or preventing or retarding a decline in the market price of our common stock. As a result, the price of our common stock may be higher than the price that might otherwise exist in the open market. The underwriters may conduct these transactions on the Nasdaq Capital Market, in the over-the-counter market or otherwise.

 

Neither we nor any of the underwriters make any representation or prediction as to the direction or magnitude of any effect that the transactions described above may have on the price of our common stock. In addition, neither we nor any of the underwriters make any representation that the representatives will engage in these transactions or that these transactions, once commenced, will not be discontinued without notice.

 

 

Passive Market Making

 

In connection with this offering, underwriters and selling group members may engage in passive market making transactions in the common stock on the Nasdaq Capital Market in accordance with Rule 103 of Regulation M under the Exchange Act during a period before the commencement of offers or sales of common stock and extending through the completion of distribution. A passive market maker must display its bid at a price not in excess of the highest independent bid of that security. However, if all independent bids are lowered below the passive market maker’s bid, that bid must then be lowered when specified purchase limits are exceeded. Passive market making may cause the price of our common stock to be higher than the price that otherwise would exist in the open market in the absence of those transactions. The underwriters and dealers are not required to engage in passive market making and may end passive market making activities at any time.

 

Electronic Distribution

 

In connection with the offering, certain of the underwriters or securities dealers may distribute prospectuses by electronic means, such as e-mail.

 

Other Relationships

 

Some of the underwriters and their affiliates have engaged in, and may in the future engage in, investment banking and other commercial dealings in the ordinary course of business with us or our affiliates. They have received, or may in the future receive, customary fees and commissions for these transactions.

 

In addition, in the ordinary course of their business activities, the underwriters and their affiliates may make or hold a broad array of investments and actively trade debt and equity securities (or related derivative securities) and financial instruments (including bank loans) for their own account and for the accounts of their customers. Such investments and securities activities may involve securities and/or instruments of ours or our affiliates. The underwriters and their affiliates may also make investment recommendations and/or publish or express independent research views in respect of such securities or financial instruments and may hold, or recommend to clients that they acquire, long and/or short positions in such securities and instruments.

 

European Economic Area

 

In relation to each member state of the European Economic Area, no offer of shares of our common stock which are the subject of the offering has been, or will be made to the public in that Member State, other than under the following exemptions under the Prospectus Directive:

 

 

(a)

to any legal entity which is a qualified investor as defined in the Prospectus Directive;

 

 

(b)

to fewer than 150 natural or legal persons (other than qualified investors as defined in the Prospectus Directive), subject to obtaining the prior consent of the Representatives for any such offer; or

 

 

(c)

in any other circumstances falling within Article 3(2) of the Prospectus Directive,

 

provided that no such offer of shares of our common stock referred to in (a) to (c) above shall result in a requirement for the Company, the Selling Stockholder or any Representative to publish a prospectus pursuant to Article 3 of the Prospectus Directive, or supplement a prospectus pursuant to Article 16 of the Prospectus Directive.

 

 

Each person located in a Member State to whom any offer of shares of our common stock is made or who receives any communication in respect of an offer of shares of our common stock, or who initially acquires any shares of our common stock will be deemed to have represented, warranted, acknowledged and agreed to and with each Representative and the Company that (1) it is a “qualified investor” within the meaning of the law in that Member State implementing Article 2(1)(e) of the Prospectus Directive; and (2) in the case of any shares of our common stock acquired by it as a financial intermediary as that term is used in Article 3(2) of the Prospectus Directive, the shares of our common stock acquired by it in the offer have not been acquired on behalf of, nor have they been acquired with a view to their offer or resale to, persons in any Member State other than qualified investors, as that term is defined in the Prospectus Directive, or in circumstances in which the prior consent of the Representatives has been given to the offer or resale; or where shares of our common stock have been acquired by it on behalf of persons in any Member State other than qualified investors, the offer of those shares of our common stock to it is not treated under the Prospectus Directive as having been made to such persons.

 

The Company, the Selling Stockholder, the Representatives and their respective affiliates will rely upon the truth and accuracy of the foregoing representations, acknowledgments and agreements.

 

This prospectus supplement has been prepared on the basis that any offer of shares of our common stock in any Member State will be made pursuant to an exemption under the Prospectus Directive from the requirement to publish a prospectus for offers of shares. Accordingly any person making or intending to make an offer in that Member State of shares of our common stock which are the subject of the offering contemplated in this prospectus supplement may only do so in circumstances in which no obligation arises for the Company, the Selling Stockholder or any of the Representatives to publish a prospectus pursuant to Article 3 of the Prospectus Directive in relation to such offer. Neither the Company nor the Representatives have authorized, nor do they authorize, the making of any offer of shares of our common stock in circumstances in which an obligation arises for the Company, the Selling Stockholder or the Representatives to publish a prospectus for such offer.

 

For the purposes of this provision, the expression an “offer of shares of our common stock to the public” in relation to any shares of our common stock in any Member State means the communication in any form and by any means of sufficient information on the terms of the offer and the shares of our common stock to be offered so as to enable an investor to decide to purchase or subscribe the shares of our common stock, as the same may be varied in that Member State by any measure implementing the Prospectus Directive in that Member State, the expression “Prospectus Directive” means Directive 2003/71/EC (as amended) and includes any relevant implementing measure in each Member State.

 

The above selling restriction is in addition to any other selling restrictions set out below.

 

Notice to Prospective Investors in the United Kingdom

 

In addition, in the United Kingdom, this document is being distributed only to, and is directed only at, and any offer subsequently made may only be directed at persons who are “qualified investors” (as defined in the Prospectus Directive) (i) who have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within Article 19 (5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the “Order”) and/or (ii) who are high net worth companies (or persons to whom it may otherwise be lawfully communicated) falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as “relevant persons”). This document must not be acted on or relied on in the United Kingdom by persons who are not relevant persons. In the United Kingdom, any investment or investment activity to which this document relates is only available to, and will be engaged in with, relevant persons.

 

Notice to Prospective Investors in Switzerland

 

The shares of our common stock may not be publicly offered in Switzerland and will not be listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (“SIX”) or on any other stock exchange or regulated trading facility in Switzerland. This document has been prepared without regard to the disclosure standards for issuance prospectuses under art. 652a or art. 1156 of the Swiss Code of Obligations or the disclosure standards for listing prospectuses under art. 27 ff. of the SIX Listing Rules or the listing rules of any other stock exchange or regulated trading facility in Switzerland. Neither this document nor any other offering or marketing material relating to the shares of our common stock or the offering may be publicly distributed or otherwise made publicly available in Switzerland.

 

 

Neither this document nor any other offering or marketing material relating to the offering, the Company, the shares of our common stock have been or will be filed with or approved by any Swiss regulatory authority. In particular, this document will not be filed with, and the offer of shares of our common stock will not be supervised by, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA (FINMA), and the offer of shares of our common stock has not been and will not be authorized under the Swiss Federal Act on Collective Investment Schemes ("CISA"). The investor protection afforded to acquirers of interests in collective investment schemes under the CISA does not extend to acquirers of shares of our common stock.

 

Notice to Prospective Investors in the Dubai International Financial Centre

 

This prospectus supplement relates to an Exempt Offer in accordance with the Offered Securities Rules of the Dubai Financial Services Authority (“DFSA”). This prospectus supplement is intended for distribution only to persons of a type specified in the Offered Securities Rules of the DFSA. It must not be delivered to, or relied on by, any other person. The DFSA has no responsibility for reviewing or verifying any documents in connection with Exempt Offers. The DFSA has not approved this prospectus supplement nor taken steps to verify the information set forth herein and has no responsibility for the prospectus supplement. The shares of our common stock to which this prospectus supplement relates may be illiquid and/or subject to restrictions on their resale. Prospective purchasers of the shares of our common stock offered should conduct their own due diligence on the shares of our common stock. If you do not understand the contents of this prospectus supplement you should consult an authorized financial advisor.

 

Notice to Prospective Investors in Australia

 

No placement document, prospectus, product disclosure statement or other disclosure document has been lodged with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (“ASIC”), in relation to the offering. This prospectus supplement does not constitute a prospectus, product disclosure statement or other disclosure document under the Corporations Act 2001 (the “Corporations Act”), and does not purport to include the information required for a prospectus, product disclosure statement or other disclosure document under the Corporations Act.

 

Any offer in Australia of the shares of our common stock may only be made to persons (the “Exempt Investors”) who are “sophisticated investors” (within the meaning of section 708(8) of the Corporations Act), “professional investors” (within the meaning of section 708(11) of the Corporations Act) or otherwise pursuant to one or more exemptions contained in section 708 of the Corporations Act so that it is lawful to offer the shares of our common stock without disclosure to investors under Chapter 6D of the Corporations Act.

 

The shares of our common stock applied for by Exempt Investors in Australia must not be offered for sale in Australia in the period of 12 months after the date of allotment under the offering, except in circumstances where disclosure to investors under Chapter 6D of the Corporations Act would not be required pursuant to an exemption under section 708 of the Corporations Act or otherwise or where the offer is pursuant to a disclosure document which complies with Chapter 6D of the Corporations Act. Any person acquiring shares of our common stock must observe such Australian on-sale restrictions.

 

This prospectus supplement contains general information only and does not take account of the investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs of any particular person. It does not contain any securities recommendations or financial product advice. Before making an investment decision, investors need to consider whether the information in this prospectus supplement is appropriate to their needs, objectives and circumstances, and, if necessary, seek expert advice on those matters.

 

 

Notice to Prospective Investors in Hong Kong

 

The shares of our common stock have not been offered or sold and will not be offered or sold in Hong Kong, by means of any document, other than (a) to “professional investors” as defined in the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571) of Hong Kong and any rules made under that Ordinance; or (b) in other circumstances which do not result in the document being a “prospectus” as defined in the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 32) of Hong Kong or which do not constitute an offer to the public within the meaning of that Ordinance. No advertisement, invitation or document relating to the shares of our common stock has been or may be issued or has been or may be in the possession of any person for the purposes of issue, whether in Hong Kong or elsewhere, which is directed at, or the contents of which are likely to be accessed or read by, the public of Hong Kong (except if permitted to do so under the securities laws of Hong Kong) other than with respect to shares of our common stock which are or are intended to be disposed of only to persons outside Hong Kong or only to “professional investors” as defined in the Securities and Futures Ordinance and any rules made under that Ordinance.

 

Notice to Prospective Investors in Japan

 

The shares of our common stock have not been and will not be registered under the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law of Japan (Law No. 25 of 1948, as amended) and, accordingly, will not be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, in Japan, or for the benefit of any Japanese Person or to others for re-offering or resale, directly or indirectly, in Japan or to any Japanese Person, except in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and ministerial guidelines promulgated by relevant Japanese governmental or regulatory authorities in effect at the relevant time. For the purposes of this paragraph, “Japanese Person” shall mean any person resident in Japan, including any corporation or other entity organized under the laws of Japan.

 

Notice to Prospective Investors in Singapore

 

This prospectus supplement has not been registered as a prospectus with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Accordingly, this prospectus supplement and any other document or material in connection with the offer or sale, or invitation for subscription or purchase, of shares of our common stock may not be circulated or distributed, nor may the shares of our common stock be offered or sold, or be made the subject of an invitation for subscription or purchase, whether directly or indirectly, to persons in Singapore other than (i) to an institutional investor under Section 274 of the Securities and Futures Act, Chapter 289 of Singapore (the “SFA”), (ii) to a relevant person pursuant to Section 275(1), or any person pursuant to Section 275(1A), and in accordance with the conditions specified in Section 275, of the SFA, or (iii) otherwise pursuant to, and in accordance with the conditions of, any other applicable provision of the SFA.

 

Where the shares of our common stock are subscribed or purchased under Section 275 of the SFA by a relevant person which is:

 

 

(a)

a corporation (which is not an accredited investor (as defined in Section 4A of the SFA)) the sole business of which is to hold investments and the entire share capital of which is owned by one or more individuals, each of whom is an accredited investor; or

 

 

(b)

a trust (where the trustee is not an accredited investor) whose sole purpose is to hold investments and each beneficiary of the trust is an individual who is an accredited investor,

 

securities (as defined in Section 239(1) of the SFA) of that corporation or the beneficiaries’ rights and interest (howsoever described) in that trust shall not be transferred within six months after that corporation or that trust has acquired the shares of our common stock pursuant to an offer made under Section 275 of the SFA except:

 

 

(c)

to an institutional investor or to a relevant person defined in Section 275(2) of the SFA, or to any person arising from an offer referred to in Section 275(1A) or Section 276(4)(i)(B) of the SFA;

 

 

(d)

where no consideration is or will be given for the transfer;

 

 

(e)

where the transfer is by operation of law;

 

 

 

(f)

as specified in Section 276(7) of the SFA; or

 

 

(g)

as specified in Regulation 32 of the Securities and Futures (Offers of Investments) (Shares and Debentures) Regulations 2005 of Singapore.

 

Notice to Prospective Investors in Canada

 

The shares of our common stock may be sold only to purchasers purchasing, or deemed to be purchasing, as principal that are accredited investors, as defined in National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions or subsection 73.3(1) of the Securities Act (Ontario), and are permitted clients, as defined in National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations. Any resale of the shares of our common stock must be made in accordance with an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the prospectus requirements of applicable securities laws.

 

Securities legislation in certain provinces or territories of Canada may provide a purchaser with remedies for rescission or damages if this prospectus supplement (including any amendment thereto) contains a misrepresentation, provided that the remedies for rescission or damages are exercised by the purchaser within the time limit prescribed by the securities legislation of the purchaser’s province or territory. The purchaser should refer to any applicable provisions of the securities legislation of the purchaser’s province or territory for particulars of these rights or consult with a legal advisor.

 

Pursuant to section 3A.3 (or, in the case of securities issued or guaranteed by the government of a non-Canadian jurisdiction, section 3A.4) of National Instrument 33-105 Underwriting Conflicts (NI 33-105), the underwriters are not required to comply with the disclosure requirements of NI 33-105 regarding underwriter conflicts of interest in connection with this offering.

 

LEGAL MATTERS

 

Certain legal matters relating to the validity of the securities offered hereby will be passed upon for us by Loeb & Loeb LLP, New York, New York. Sidley Austin llp, New York, New York is counsel for the underwriters in connection with this offering.

 

EXPERTS

 

The financial statements incorporated in this prospectus supplement by reference from the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K have been audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report, which is incorporated herein by reference. Such financial statements have been so incorporated in reliance upon the report of such firm given upon their authority as experts in accounting and auditing.

 

WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

 

We are currently subject to the information requirements of the Exchange Act and in accordance therewith file periodic reports, proxy statements and other information with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You may read and copy (at prescribed rates) any such reports, proxy statements and other information at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the operation of the public reference room. Our SEC filings will also be available to you on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

 

 

Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference in this prospectus supplement will be deemed to be modified or superseded to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any other subsequently filed document which also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference in this prospectus supplement modifies or supersedes that statement. Any statement so modified or superseded will not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this prospectus supplement.

 

If you make a request for such information in writing or by telephone, we will provide you, without charge, a copy of any or all of the information incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement. Any such request should be directed to:

 

NV5 Global, Inc.
200 South Park Road, Suite 350
Hollywood, FL 33021
(954) 495-2112
Attention: Secretary

 

INCORPORATION OF CERTAIN
DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE

 

The SEC allows us to incorporate by reference into this prospectus supplement certain information we file with it, which means we can disclose important information to you by referring you to documents we have filed with the SEC. The information we incorporate by reference into this prospectus supplement is legally deemed to be a part of this prospectus supplement, except for any information superseded by other information contained in, or incorporated by reference into, this prospectus supplement. Our file number for filings we make with the SEC under the Exchange Act is 001-35849.

 

Any statement contained in this prospectus supplement or in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference in this prospectus supplement is deemed to be modified or superseded to the extent that a statement contained in this prospectus supplement, or in any other document we subsequently file with the SEC, modifies or supersedes that statement. If any statement is modified or superseded, it does not constitute a part of this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus, except as modified or superseded. Information that is “furnished to” the SEC shall not be deemed “filed with” the SEC and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus is a part.

 

This prospectus supplement incorporates by reference the following reports and statements filed by us with the SEC:

 

  our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2017, filed with the SEC on March 13, 2018 and the portions of our proxy statement on Schedule 14A for our Annual Meeting of Stockholders filed with the SEC on April 17, 2018 that are incorporated by reference therein;
 

our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31 and June 30, 2018, filed with the SEC on May 4, 2018 and August 2, 2018, respectively;

 

our Current Reports on Form 8-K as filed with the SEC on June 14, 2018 and August 8, 2018; and

 

the description of our Common Stock incorporated by reference into Item 1 of our Registration Statement on Form 8-A, filed pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act, on March 22, 2013 (File No. 001-35849), and any amendment or report filed for the purpose of updating such description.

 

We are also incorporating by reference any future filings we make with the SEC under Section 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act after the date of this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus and prior to the termination of this offering, except for information furnished under Item 2.02 or Item 7.01 of our Current Reports on Form 8-K which is not deemed to be filed and not incorporated by reference herein.

 

 

Filed pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2)

Registration No. 333-224392

 

PROSPECTUS

 

 

 

$150,000,000

 

Common Stock
Preferred Stock
Depositary Shares
Warrants
Purchase Rights
Units
Purchase Contracts

and

250,000 Shares

Common Stock

Offered by Selling Stockholders

 

 

 

This prospectus relates to the sale from time to time in one or more offerings by us of up to $150,000,000 of:

 

 

shares of our common stock;

 

 

shares of our preferred stock, which we may issue in one or more series or classes;

 

 

fractional shares of our preferred stock represented by depositary shares;

 

 

warrants to purchase our common stock, preferred stock and/or depositary shares;

 

 

rights to purchase common stock or other securities;

 

 

units; and

 

 

purchase contracts for the purchase or sale of our common stock, preferred stock, and/or depositary shares.

 

In addition, selling stockholders to be named in an applicable prospectus supplement may offer and sell up to an aggregate of 250,000 shares of our common stock, from time to time, on the terms described in this prospectus or in an applicable prospectus supplement. We will not receive any of the proceeds from the sale of the shares offered by the selling stockholders hereunder. To the extent that any selling stockholder resells any securities, the selling stockholder may be required to provide you with this prospectus and a prospectus supplement identifying and containing specific information about the selling stockholder and the terms of the securities being offered.

 

When securities are offered under this prospectus, we will provide you with a prospectus supplement or a free writing prospectus describing the specific securities being offered, the manner in which they are being offered, the offering price of the securities and the net proceeds from the sale of those securities. The securities may be offered separately or together in any combination or as a separate series. You should carefully read this prospectus and any accompanying prospectus supplement or free writing prospectus, together with any documents incorporated by reference herein and therein, before you invest in our securities. We and the selling stockholders may sell the securities to or through underwriters and also to other purchasers or through agents. See “Plan of Distribution.” The names of the underwriters, dealers and agents, if any, will be set forth in the accompanying prospectus supplement. If any underwriters, dealers or agents are involved in the sale of any securities, the applicable prospectus supplement will also set forth any applicable commissions or discounts payable to them.

  

 

Our common stock is listed on The NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “NVEE.” On April 18, 2018, the closing price of our common stock was $63.35 per share.

 

We are an “emerging growth company” as defined under the federal securities laws and, as such, have elected to comply with certain reduced public company reporting requirements.

 

Investing in our securities involves significant risks. You should carefully consider the “Risk Factors” beginning on page 6 of this prospectus and in the applicable prospectus supplement and any related free writing prospectus, and in any other document incorporated by reference herein or therein before purchasing any securities offered hereby.

  

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or determined if this prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

 

 

Prospectus dated May 2, 2018.

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Prospectus

 

  Page
   
ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS 1
FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS 2
THE COMPANY 4
RISK FACTORS 6
USE OF PROCEEDS 7
DIVIDEND POLICY 7

DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK

8
DESCRIPTION OF DEPOSITARY SHARES 11
DESCRIPTION OF WARRANTS 13

DESCRIPTION OF RIGHTS

14

DESCRIPTION OF UNITS

16
DESCRIPTION OF PURCHASE CONTRACTS 17
LEGAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES 18

SELLING STOCKHOLDERS

21
PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION 21

LEGAL MATTERS

24
EXPERTS 24
WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION 24
INCORPORATION OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE 25

 

 

ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS

 

This prospectus is part of a registration statement we filed with the SEC using a “shelf” registration process. Under this shelf registration process, we may, from time to time, offer and sell, either individually or in combination, in one or more offerings, up to a total dollar amount of $150,000,000 of any combination of the securities described in this prospectus. In addition, under this shelf process, the selling stockholders to be named in a supplement to this prospectus may, from time to time, offer and sell up to 250,000 shares of our common stock, as described in this prospectus and such prospectus supplement, in one or more offerings.

 

This prospectus incorporates important business and financial information about us that is not included in or delivered with the prospectus. We will provide you without charge upon your request a copy of any documents incorporated by reference into this prospectus (other than exhibits to those documents that are not specifically incorporated by reference into those documents), or you may obtain copies of such documents from the SEC, in each case as described under “Where You Can Find More Information” below. For a more detailed discussion about the information about us that is incorporated by reference into this prospectus, see “Incorporation of Certain Documents by Reference.”

 

This prospectus provides you with a general description of the securities we or the selling stockholders may offer. Each time we or the selling stockholders offer securities under this prospectus, we will provide a prospectus supplement that will contain more specific information about the terms of that offering. We may also authorize one or more free writing prospectuses to be provided to you that may contain material information relating to these offerings. The prospectus supplement and any related free writing prospectus that we may authorize to be provided to you may also add, update or change any of the information contained in this prospectus or in the documents that we have incorporated by reference into this prospectus. We urge you to read carefully this prospectus, any applicable prospectus supplement and any related free writing prospectuses we have authorized for use in connection with a specific offering, together with the information incorporated herein by reference as described under the heading “Incorporation of Certain Information By Reference,” before buying any of the securities being offered.

 

We have not authorized anyone to give you any additional information different from that contained in this prospectus, any accompanying prospectus supplement or any free writing prospectus provided in connection with an offering. We take no responsibility for, and can provide no assurance as to the reliability of, any other information that others may give you.  We are not making an offer to sell these securities in any jurisdiction where the offer is not permitted. The information contained in this prospectus is accurate only as of the date on the front cover of this prospectus, regardless of when this prospectus is delivered or when any sale of our securities occurs. Our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects may have changed since that date.

 

This prospectus is not an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy our securities in any jurisdiction or under any circumstances in which the offer or solicitation is unlawful.  Unless the context otherwise indicates, the terms “NV5 Global,” “Company,” “we,” “us,” and “our” as used in this prospectus refer to NV5 Global, Inc. and its subsidiaries. The phrase “this prospectus” refers to this prospectus and any applicable prospectus supplement or free writing prospectus, unless the context otherwise requires.

 

 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

Certain statements contained or incorporated by reference in this prospectus may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our “expectations,” “hopes,” “beliefs,” “intentions,” or “strategies” regarding the future. In addition, any statements that refer to projections, forecasts, or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. We have tried, wherever possible, to identify such statements by using words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “predict,” “project,” “may,” “might,” “should,” “would,” “will,” “likely,” “will likely result,” “continue,” “could,” “future,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “target,” “forecast,” “goal,” “observe,” “seek,” “strategy” and other words and terms of similar meaning, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Forward-looking statements are not historical factors and should not be read as a guarantee or assurance of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, or which such performance or results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time those statements are made or management’s good faith beliefs, expectations and assumptions as of that time with respect to future events. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties are described in the “Risk Factors” section included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2017, and subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and any amendments to those filings, and include, among other things:

 

 

our ability to retain the continued service of our key professionals and to identify, hire and retain additional qualified professionals;

     

 

changes in demand from the local and state government and private clients that we serve;

     

 

general economic conditions, nationally and globally, and their effect on the demand and market for our services;

     

 

fluctuations in our results of operations;

     

 

the government’s funding and budgetary approval process;

     

 

the possibility that our contracts may be terminated by our clients;

     

 

our ability to win new contracts and renew existing contracts;

     

 

our dependence on a limited number of clients;

     

 

our ability to complete projects timely, in accordance with our customers’ expectations, or profitability;

     

 

our ability to successfully execute our mergers and acquisitions strategy, including the integration of new companies into our business;

     

 

our ability to successfully manage our growth strategy;

     

 

our ability to raise capital in the future;

     

 

competitive pressures and trends in our industry and our ability to successfully compete with our competitors;

     

 

our ability to avoid losses under fixed-price contracts;

     

 

the credit and collection risks associated with our clients;

     

 

our ability to comply with procurement laws and regulations;

     

 

changes in laws, regulations, or policies;

     

 

the enactment of legislation that could limit the ability of local, state and federal agencies to contract for our privatized services;

 

 

 

our ability to complete our backlog of uncompleted projects as currently projected;

     

 

the risk of employee misconduct or our failure to comply with laws and regulations;

     

 

our ability to control, and operational issues pertaining to, business activities that we conduct with business partners and other third parties; and

     

 

significant influence by our principal stockholder and the existence of certain anti-takeover measures in our governing documents.

 

You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this prospectus.  These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including those set forth above. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, our actual results could differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, and any events anticipated in the forward-looking statements may not actually occur. Except as required by law, we undertake no duty to update any forward-looking statements after the date of this prospectus to conform those statements to actual results or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. We qualify all forward-looking statements contained or incorporated by reference in this prospectus by the foregoing cautionary statements.

 

Our name, our logo, and other trademarks or service marks of ours appearing in this prospectus are the property of NV5 Global, Inc.

 

 

THE COMPANY

 

We are a leading provider of professional and technical engineering and consulting services, offering solutions to public and private sector clients in the energy, transportation, water, government, hospitality, education, healthcare, commercial and residential markets. With offices located throughout the United States and abroad, we help clients plan, design, build, test, certify, and manage a wide variety of projects. Our combined capabilities allow us to deliver cost-effective solutions.

 

We provide a wide range of services, including, but not limited to, construction quality assurance, surveying and mapping, design, consulting, program and construction management, permitting, planning, forensic engineering, litigation support, condition assessment and compliance certification. Our service capabilities are organized into five verticals: infrastructure, engineering, and support services; construction quality assurance; program management; energy services; and environmental services. As the needs of our clients have evolved and NV5 has grown, we organized into two operating and reportable segments:

 

 

Infrastructure (INF), which includes our engineering, civil program management, and construction quality assurance practices; and

 

Building, Technology & Sciences (BTS), which includes our energy, environmental, and building program management practices.

 

We are headquartered in Hollywood, Florida, and operate our business from 89 locations in the U.S. and four locations abroad. All of our offices utilize our shared services platform, which consists of human resources, marketing, finance, information technology, legal, corporate development, and other resources. The platform is scalable and optimizes the performance and efficiency of our business as we grow. Our centralized shared services platform allows us to better manage our business through the application of universal financial and operational controls and procedures and increased efficiencies, and drives lower-cost solutions.

 

Our primary clients include United States (“U.S.”) federal, state, municipal, and local government agencies, and military and defense clients. We also serve quasi-public and private sector clients from the education, healthcare, energy, and public utilities, including schools, universities, hospitals, health care providers, insurance providers, large utility service providers, and large to small energy producers.

 

We have developed a strong reputation for quality service based upon our industry-recognized depth of experience, ability to attract and retain quality professionals, expertise across multiple service sectors, and our commitment to strategic growth. During the past several years, we received many industry awards and national rankings, including:

 

Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms (#54 in 2017, #75 in 2016, #124 in 2015)

 

Engineering News-Record Top 150 Global Firms (#100 in 2017, #141 in 2016)

Zweig Group 2017 Hot Firm List - #1

 

Fortune Magazine’s 2017 100 Fastest Growing Firms List - #13

Environmental Business Journal Gold Achievement Award in Business Achievement (2017, 2016)

 

Environmental Business Journal Achievement Award in Mergers & Acquisitions (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013)

Building Design + Construction Magazine’s 2017 Giants 300 Report - #12 Engineering/ Architecture Firm

 

Building Design + Construction Magazine’s 2017 Top 30 Hotel Engineering Firms - #1

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) San Diego 2017 Outstanding Civil Engineering Project Award –Mid-Coast Corridor Pipeline Project

 

American Public Works Association (APWA) San Diego 2017 Project of the Year Award – Mid-Coast Corridor Pipeline Project

American Council of Engineering Companies New Jersey (ACENJ) 2017 Honor Award for the Replacement of Barnegat Bridge project

 

ENR New England’s 2017 Best Projects – Best Project Interiors/ Tenant Improvement Award for the Newmark Grubb Knight Frank relocation project

 

 

We maintain a full-time merger and acquisitions (“M&A”) initiative with executive personnel specifically dedicated to the identification of acquisition targets, exploration of acquisition opportunities, negotiation of terms, and oversight of the acquisition and post-acquisition integration process. Since 1993, our M&A team has completed over 100 transactions in the engineering and consulting industry. Over the course of these transactions, our M&A team has established extensive relationships throughout the industry and continues to maintain an established pipeline of potential acquisition opportunities.

 

We primarily seek acquisitions that allow us to expand or enhance our capabilities in our existing service offerings or to supplement our existing service offerings with new, closely related service offerings. We pursue opportunities that provide the platform to function as a profitable stand-alone operation, are geographically situated to complement our existing operations, and are profitable with strong potential for organic growth. Acquisition targets must have an experienced management team that is compatible with our culture and thoroughly committed to our strategic direction. We believe we add value to the operations of our acquisitions by providing superior corporate marketing and sales support, cash management, financial controls, information technology, risk management and human resources support through a performance optimization process. Our performance optimization process, which was developed by our executives through their extensive experience acquiring and integrating companies, entails a review of both back office and operational functions in order to, among other things, identify how to improve (i) inefficiencies related to the delivery of our services to customers, (ii) the performance of a new acquisition through the integration of personnel into our organization, (iii) the risk management of a new acquisition, (iv) the integration of technology and shared services platforms, and (v) cross-selling opportunities to create synergies with in our service offerings.

 

For more information on our recent acquisitions, please refer to the “Recent Acquisitions” section included under “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K incorporated by reference into this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement.

 

Principal Executive Offices and Website

 

Our principal executive office is located at 200 South Park Road, Suite 350, Hollywood, Florida 33021 and the phone number for that office is (954) 495-2112. 

 

We maintain a website at www.nv5.com, on which we post free of charge our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and any amendments to these reports under the heading “Investors” as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such material with, or furnish it to, the SEC.  We also routinely post important information about the Company on our website under the heading “Investors.”  We do not incorporate the information on our website into this prospectus and you should not consider any information on, or that can be accessed through, our website as part of this prospectus.  You may read and copy any materials we file with the SEC at the Securities and Exchange Commission Public Reference Room at 100 F Street NE Washington, DC 20549.  The SEC also maintains a website that contains our reports and other information at www.sec.gov.

 

 

RISK FACTORS

 

Before you invest in any of our securities, in addition to the other information in this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement, you should carefully consider the risk factors under the heading “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2017, filed with the SEC on March 13, 2018, and in our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which are incorporated by reference into this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement, as the same may be updated from time to time by our future filings under the Exchange Act.

 

Our business, financial position, results of operations, liquidity or prospects could be adversely affected by any of these risks.

 

 

USE OF PROCEEDS

 

We will retain broad discretion over the use of the net proceeds from the sale of the securities offered by us under this prospectus. Unless otherwise specified in the applicable prospectus supplement or any related free writing prospectus, we currently expect to use the net proceeds of our sale of securities for general corporate purposes, which may include, among other things:

 

 

working capital;

     
 

capital expenditures;

     
 

acquisitions or the expansion of our business;

     
 

stock repurchases; and

     
 

the repayment of outstanding indebtedness.

 

We may temporarily invest funds that we do not immediately need for these purposes in short-term, interest-bearing instruments or other investment-grade securities.

 

We will not receive any proceeds from the sale of shares of our common stock by any selling stockholder.

 

From time to time, we engage in preliminary discussions and negotiations with various businesses in order to explore the possibility of an acquisition or investment. However, as of the date of this prospectus, we have not entered into any agreements or arrangements which would make an acquisition or investment probable under Rule 3-05(a) and Rule 8-04(a) of Regulation S-X.

 

DIVIDEND POLICY 

 

We have never declared or paid dividends on our common stock and we do not anticipate paying any dividends on our common stock in the foreseeable future.  We will pay dividends on our common stock only if and when declared by our board of directors.  Our board’s ability to declare a dividend is subject to limits imposed by our debt agreements and Delaware corporate law.  In determining whether to declare dividends, the board will consider these limits, our financial condition, results of operations, working capital requirements, future prospects and other factors it considers relevant.

 

 

DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK 

 

Our authorized capital stock consists of 45,000,000 shares of common stock, $0.01 par value per share, and 5,000,000 shares of undesignated preferred stock, $0.01 par value per share. As of April 11, 2018, there were 10,987,777 shares of common stock outstanding and no shares of preferred stock issued and outstanding. All outstanding shares of common stock are fully paid and non-assessable.

 

The following summary of our capital stock is qualified in its entirety by the description of our common stock included under the caption “Description of Capital Stock” in the Prospectus forming a part of Amendment No. 3 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-1, filed with the SEC on March 26, 2013 (File No. 333-186229), including exhibits, and as amended, which description has been incorporated by reference into Item 1 of our Registration Statement on Form 8-A, filed pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act, on March 22, 2013 (File No. 001-35849), and to our certificate of incorporation and bylaws, as amended from time to time, all of which are incorporated by reference as exhibits into the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part.  See “Where You Can Find More Information.”

 

Common Stock

 

Holders of common stock are entitled to one vote per share on any matter to be voted upon by stockholders. All shares rank equally as to voting and all other matters. The shares of common stock have no preemptive or conversion rights, no redemption or sinking fund provisions, are not liable for further call or assessment and are not entitled to cumulative voting rights. For as long as such stock is outstanding, the holders of common stock are entitled to receive ratably any dividends when and as declared from time to time by our board of directors out of funds legally available for dividends. Upon a liquidation or dissolution of our company, whether voluntary or involuntary, creditors will be paid before any distribution to holders of our common stock. After such distribution, holders of common stock are entitled to receive a pro rata distribution per share of any excess amount.

 

Preferred Stock

 

Under our certificate of incorporation, our board of directors has authority to issue up to 5,000,000 shares of preferred stock without stockholder approval. Our board of directors may also determine or alter for each class of preferred stock the voting powers, designations, preferences, and special rights, qualifications, limitations, or restrictions as permitted by law. Our board of directors may authorize the issuance of preferred stock with voting or conversion rights that could adversely affect the voting power or other rights of the holders of the common stock. Issuing preferred stock provides flexibility in connection with possible acquisitions and other corporate purposes, but could also, among other things, have the effect of delaying, deferring or preventing a change in control of our company and may adversely affect the market price of our common stock and the voting and other rights of the holders of common stock.

 

Our board of directors will fix the rights, preferences, privileges, qualifications and restrictions of the preferred stock of each series that we issue in the certificate of designation relating to that series.  We will incorporate by reference into the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part the form of any certificate of designation that describes the terms of the series of preferred stock to be offered under this prospectus.  This description of the preferred stock in the certificate of designation and any applicable prospectus supplement will include:

 

 

the title and stated value;

     
  the number of shares being offered;
     
  the liquidation preference per share;
     
  the purchase price per share;
     
  the currency for which the shares may be purchased;

 

 

 

the dividend rate per share, dividend period and payment dates and method of calculation for dividends;

     
  whether dividends will be cumulative or non-cumulative and, if cumulative, the date from which dividends will accumulate;
     
  our right, if any, to defer payment of dividends and the maximum length of any such deferral period;
     
  the procedures for any auction and remarketing, if any;
     
  the provisions for a sinking fund, if any;
     
  the provisions for redemption or repurchase, if applicable, and any restrictions on our ability to exercise those redemption and repurchase rights;
     
  any listing of the preferred stock on any securities exchange or market;
     
  whether the preferred stock will be convertible into our common stock or other securities of ours, and, if applicable, the conversion period, the conversion price, or how it will be calculated, and under what circumstances it may be adjusted;
     
  voting rights, if any, of the preferred stock;
     
  preemption rights, if any;
     
  restrictions on transfer, sale or other assignment, if any;
     
  a discussion of any material or special United States federal income tax considerations applicable to the preferred stock;
     
  the relative ranking and preferences of the preferred stock as to dividend rights and rights if we liquidate, dissolve or wind up our affairs;
     
  any limitations on issuances of any class or series of preferred stock ranking senior to or on a parity with the series of preferred stock being issued as to dividend rights and rights if we liquidate, dissolve or wind up our affairs; and
     
  any other specific terms, rights, preferences, privileges, qualifications or restrictions of the preferred stock.

 

When we issue shares of preferred stock, the shares will be fully paid and non-assessable.

 

Certain Anti-Takeover Effects of Delaware Law and Provisions of Our Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws

 

Our certificate of incorporation and bylaws include a number of provisions that may have the effect of encouraging persons considering unsolicited tender offers or other unilateral takeover proposals to negotiate with our board of directors rather than pursue non-negotiated takeover attempts. These provisions include:

 

 

Removal of directors and filling board vacancies. Our certificate of incorporation and bylaws provide that, subject to the rights of the holders of any series of preferred stock then outstanding, directors may be removed with or without cause by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the voting power of all the outstanding shares of capital stock entitled to vote generally in the election of directors voting together as a single class. Furthermore, any vacancy on our board of directors, however occurring, including a vacancy resulting from an increase in the size of our board, may only be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of our directors then in office even if less than a quorum, or by the sole remaining director.

 

 

 

No written consent of stockholders. Our certificate of incorporation provides that all stockholder actions are required to be taken by a vote of the stockholders at an annual or special meeting, and that stockholders may not take any action by written consent in lieu of a meeting.

     
  Meetings of stockholders. Our certificate of incorporation and our bylaws provide that only a majority of the members of our board of directors then in office in which a quorum is present, the Chairman of the board of directors, or the President, may call special meetings of stockholders and only those matters set forth in the notice of the special meeting may be considered or acted upon at a special meeting of stockholders. A majority of the total number of authorized directors shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the board of directors. Our bylaws limit the business that may be conducted at an annual meeting of stockholders to those matters properly brought before the meeting.
     
  Advance notice requirements. Our bylaws establish advance notice procedures with regard to stockholder proposals relating to the nomination of candidates for election as directors or new business to be brought before meetings of our stockholders. These procedures provide that notice of stockholder proposals must be timely given in writing to our corporate secretary prior to the meeting at which the action is to be taken. Generally, to be timely, notice must be received at our principal executive offices not earlier than the close of business on the 120th day, nor later than the close of business on the 90th day, prior to the first anniversary date of the annual meeting for the preceding year. The notice must contain certain information specified in the bylaws.
     
  Amendment to bylaws and certificate of incorporation. As required by the Delaware General Corporation Law, any amendment of our certificate of incorporation must first be approved by a majority of our board of directors and, if required by law or our certificate of incorporation, thereafter be approved by a majority of the outstanding shares entitled to vote on the amendment, and a majority of the outstanding shares of each class entitled to vote thereon as a class, except that the amendment of the provisions relating to stockholder action, directors, limitation of director liability and the amendment of our bylaws and certificate of incorporation must be approved by no less than 66 2/3 percent of the voting power of all of the shares of capital stock issued and outstanding and entitled to vote generally in any election of directors, voting together as a single class. Our bylaws may be amended by the affirmative vote of a majority vote of the directors then in office, subject to any limitations set forth in the bylaws; and may also be amended by the affirmative vote of at least 66 2/3 percent of the voting power of all of the shares of capital stock issued and outstanding and entitled to vote generally in any election of directors, voting together as a single class.
     
  Blank check preferred stock. Our certificate of incorporation authorizes 5,000,000 shares of preferred stock. The existence of authorized but unissued shares of preferred stock may enable our board of directors to render more difficult or to discourage an attempt to obtain control of us by means of a merger, tender offer, proxy contest, or otherwise. For example, if in the due exercise of its fiduciary obligations, our board of directors were to determine that a takeover proposal is not in the best interests of us or our stockholders, our board of directors could cause shares of preferred stock to be issued without stockholder approval in one or more private offerings or other transactions that might dilute the voting or other rights of the proposed acquirer or insurgent stockholder or stockholder group. In this regard, our certificate of incorporation grants our board of directors broad power to establish the rights and preferences of authorized and unissued shares of preferred stock. The issuance of shares of preferred stock could decrease the amount of earnings and assets available for distribution to holders of shares. The issuance may also adversely affect the rights and powers, including voting rights, of these holders and may have the effect of delaying, deterring, or preventing a change in control of us.

 

 

In addition, we are subject to the provisions of Section 203 of the Delaware General Corporation Law. In general, Section 203 prohibits a publicly held Delaware corporation from engaging in a “business combination” with an “interested stockholder” for a three-year period following the time that this stockholder becomes an interested stockholder, unless the business combination is approved in a prescribed manner. A “business combination” includes, among other things, a merger, asset or stock sale, or other transaction resulting in a financial benefit to the interested stockholder. An “interested stockholder” is a person who, together with affiliates and associates, owns, or did own within three years prior to the determination of interested stockholder status, 15% or more of the corporation’s voting stock.

 

Because of these provisions, persons considering unsolicited tender offers or other unilateral takeover proposals may be more likely to negotiate with our board of directors rather than pursue non-negotiated takeover attempts. As a result, these provisions may make it more difficult for our stockholders to benefit from transactions that are opposed by an incumbent board of directors.

 

DESCRIPTION OF DEPOSITARY SHARES

 

The complete terms of the depositary shares will be contained in the depositary agreement and depositary receipt applicable to any depositary shares. These documents have been or will be included or incorporated by reference as exhibits to the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. You should read the depositary agreement and the depositary receipt. You should also read the prospectus supplement, which will contain additional information and which may update or change some of the information below.

 

This section describes the general terms of the depositary shares that we may offer using this prospectus. Further terms of the depositary shares will be stated in the applicable prospectus supplement (or applicable free writing prospectus). The following description and any description of the rights in a prospectus supplement (or applicable free writing prospectus) may not be complete and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the terms of the depositary agreement and the depositary receipt.

 

General

 

We may, at our option, elect to offer fractional interests in shares of preferred stock, rather than shares of preferred stock. If we exercise that option, we will provide for a depositary to issue receipts for depositary shares, each of which will represent a fractional interest in a share of preferred stock.

 

The shares of preferred stock underlying the depositary shares will be deposited under a separate deposit agreement between us and a bank or trust company depositary that has its principal office in the United States, which we refer to as the “depositary.” The prospectus supplement will include the name and address of the depositary. Subject to the terms of the deposit agreement, each owner of a depositary share will be entitled, in proportion to the applicable fractional interest in a share of preferred stock, to all the rights and preferences of the underlying preferred stock, including dividend, voting, redemption, conversion and liquidation rights. The deposit agreement will include the terms and conditions for any sale of the depositary receipts and the audit rights of the owner of depositary shares. Depositary receipts will be issued for depositary shares.

 

The depositary may issue temporary depositary receipts substantially identical to, and entitling the holders to all the rights pertaining to, the definitive depositary receipts. Definitive depositary receipts will then be prepared thereafter and temporary depositary receipts may be exchanged for definitive depositary receipts at our expense.

 

Dividends and Other Distributions

 

If we pay a cash distribution or dividend on a series of preferred stock represented by depositary shares, the depositary will distribute all cash dividends or other cash distributions on the preferred stock, rounded to the nearest cent, to the record holders of depositary shares in proportion to the numbers of such depositary shares owned by them on the relevant record date. Fractions of one cent not so distributed will be added to the next sum received by the depositary for distribution to record holders of depositary shares.

 

 

In the event of a non-cash distribution, the depositary will, if feasible, distribute property received by it to the record holders of depositary shares entitled to them. If the distribution is not feasible, the depositary may, with our approval, sell the property and distribute the net proceeds to such holders.

 

Redemption of Depositary Shares

 

If we redeem a series of preferred stock represented by depositary shares, the depositary will redeem the depositary shares from the proceeds received by the depositary in connection with the redemption. The redemption price per depositary share will equal the applicable fraction of the redemption price per share of the preferred stock. If fewer than all the depositary shares are redeemed, the depositary shares to be redeemed will be selected by lot or pro rata as the depositary may determine.

 

After the redemption, the depositary shares called for redemption will no longer be deemed to be outstanding. All rights of the holders of the depositary shares will cease, except the right to receive the money or other property to which the holders are entitled upon redemption and surrender of the depositary receipts for their depositary shares.

 

Voting the Preferred Stock

 

The depositary will mail to the holders of depositary shares the information contained in any notice of meeting at which the holders of preferred stock are entitled to vote. Each record holder of depositary shares on the record date for the preferred stock may instruct the depositary to exercise its voting rights with respect to the depositary shares. The depositary will attempt to vote the number of shares of preferred stock underlying such depositary shares in accordance with these instructions. We will agree to take any action required to enable the depositary to vote the depositary shares. The depositary will abstain from voting shares of preferred stock to the extent it does not receive instructions from the holders of depositary shares relating to that preferred stock.

 

Amendment and Termination of the Deposit Agreement

 

Unless otherwise provided in the applicable prospectus supplement or required by law, we and the depositary may amend the form of depositary receipt and any provision of the deposit agreement at any time, except that neither of us can make any amendment that would materially and adversely alter the rights of the existing holders of depositary shares without approval by the record holders of at least a majority of the outstanding depositary shares. We or the depositary may terminate a deposit agreement only if:

 

 

all outstanding depositary shares relating thereto have been redeemed; or

     
  there has been a final distribution to the holders of preferred stock and to the holders of the related depositary shares in the event of our liquidation, dissolution or winding up.

 

Charges of Depositary

 

We will pay all transfer and other taxes and governmental charges arising solely from the depositary arrangements. We will pay charges of the depositary in connection with the initial deposit of the preferred stock and any redemption of the preferred stock. Holders of depositary shares will pay transfer and other taxes and governmental charges and any other charges listed in the deposit agreement as holders’ charges.

 

Withdrawal or Surrender of Preferred Stock

 

Except as may be provided otherwise in the applicable prospectus supplement, upon surrender of depositary receipts at the principal office of the depositary, subject to the terms of the depositary agreement, the owner of the depositary shares may demand delivery of the number of whole shares of preferred stock and all money and other property, if any, represented by those depositary shares. Fractional shares of preferred stock will not be issued. If the depositary receipts delivered by the holder evidence a number of depositary shares in excess of the number of depositary shares representing the number of whole shares of preferred stock to be withdrawn, the bank depositary will deliver to such holder at the same time a new depositary receipt evidencing the excess number of depositary shares. Holders of preferred stock thus withdrawn may not thereafter deposit those shares under the depositary agreement or receive depositary receipts evidencing depositary shares therefor.

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

The depositary will forward to the holders of depositary shares all reports and communications that we are required to furnish to the holders of the preferred stock.

 

Neither the depositary nor we will be liable if the law or any circumstance beyond its or our control prevents the performance of the depositary’s obligations under the deposit agreement. We and the depositary will be required only to perform our respective duties in good faith. Neither the depositary nor we will be obligated to prosecute or defend any legal proceeding regarding any depositary shares or preferred stock unless the holders of those securities provide satisfactory indemnity. We and the depositary may rely on written advice of counsel or accountants, or information provided by persons presenting preferred stock for deposit, holders of depositary shares or other persons believed to be competent and on documents believed to be genuine.

 

Resignation and Removal of Depositary

 

The depositary may resign at any time by delivering notice to us, and we may at any time remove the depositary. Any such resignation or removal will take effect when a successor depositary meeting the requirements of the depositary agreement is established.

 

DESCRIPTION OF WARRANTS

 

The complete terms of the warrants will be contained in the applicable warrant agreement and warrant. These documents have been or will be included or incorporated by reference as exhibits to the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. You should read the warrant and warrant agreement. You should also read the prospectus supplement, which will contain additional information and which may update or change some of the information below.

 

This section describes the general terms of the warrants to purchase common stock or other securities that we may offer using this prospectus. Further terms of the warrants will be stated in the applicable prospectus supplement (or applicable free writing prospectus). The following description and any description of the rights in a prospectus supplement (or applicable free writing prospectus) may not be complete and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the terms of the warrant and warrant agreement.

 

 

Warrants We May Offer

 

We may issue warrants for the purchase of common stock, preferred stock, and/or depositary shares in one or more series. If we offer warrants, we will describe the terms in a prospectus supplement (and any free writing prospectus). Warrants may be offered independently, together with other securities offered by any prospectus supplement, or through a dividend or other distribution to stockholders and may be attached to or separate from other securities. Warrants may be issued under a written warrant agreement to be entered into between us and the holder or beneficial owner, or under a written warrant agreement with a warrant agent specified in a prospectus supplement. A warrant agent would act solely as our agent in connection with the warrants of a particular series and would not assume any obligation or relationship of agency or trust for or with any holders or beneficial owners of those warrants.

 

The following are some of the terms relating to a series of warrants that could be described in a prospectus supplement:

 

 

title of the warrants;

     
  aggregate number of warrants;

 

 

 

price or prices at which the warrants will be issued;

     
  designation, number, denominations and terms of the securities that may be purchased on exercise of the warrants;
     
  date, if any, on and after which the warrants and the preferred securities offered with the warrants, if any, will be separately transferable;
     
  purchase price for each security purchasable on exercise of the warrants;
     
  the terms for changes to or adjustments in the exercise price, if any;
     
  dates on which the right to purchase certain securities upon exercise of the warrants will begin and end;
     
  minimum or maximum number of securities that may be purchased at any one time upon exercise of the warrants;
     
  anti-dilution provisions or other adjustments to the exercise price of the warrants;
     
  terms of any right that we may have to redeem the warrants;
     
  effect of any merger, consolidation, sale or other transfer of our business on the warrants and the applicable warrant agreement;
     
  name and address of the warrant agent, if any;
     
  information with respect to book-entry procedures;
     
  any material United States federal income tax considerations; and
     
  other material terms, including terms relating to transferability, exchange, exercise or amendments of the warrants.

 

Until any warrants to purchase our securities are exercised, holders of the warrants will not have any rights of holders of the underlying securities.

 

DESCRIPTION OF RIGHTS

 

The complete terms of the rights will be contained in the rights agreements we enter into with rights agents. These documents will be included or incorporated by reference as exhibits to the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. You should read the rights agreements and any related documents. You also should read the prospectus supplement, which will contain additional information and which may update or change some of the information below.

 

This section describes the general terms of the rights to purchase common stock or other securities that we may offer to stockholders using this prospectus. Further terms of the rights will be stated in the applicable prospectus supplement (or applicable free writing prospectus). The following description and any description of the rights in a prospectus supplement (or applicable free writing prospectus) may not be complete and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the terms of any agreement relating to the rights.

 

Rights may be issued independently or together with any other security and may or may not be transferable. As part of any rights offering, we may enter into a standby underwriting or other arrangement under which the underwriters or any other person would purchase any securities that are not purchased in such rights offering. If we issue rights, each series of rights will be issued under a separate rights agreement to be entered into between us and a bank or trust company, as rights agent, that will be named in the applicable prospectus supplement. Further terms of the rights will be stated in the applicable prospectus supplement. The rights agent will act solely as our agent and will not assume any obligation to any holders of rights certificates or beneficial owners of rights. The rights agreements and rights certificates will be filed with the SEC as an exhibit to the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part or as an exhibit to a filing incorporated by reference in the registration statement. See “Where You Can Find Additional Information” for information on how to obtain copies of the rights agreements and rights certificates.

 

 

The prospectus supplement relating to any rights we offer will describe the specific terms of the offering and the rights, including the record date for stockholders entitled to the rights distribution, the number of rights issued and the number of shares of common stock that may be purchased upon exercise of the rights, the exercise price of the rights, the date on which the rights will become effective and the date on which the rights will expire, and any applicable U.S. federal income tax considerations.

 

In general, a right entitles the holder to purchase for cash a specific number of shares of common stock or other securities at a specified exercise price. The rights are normally issued to stockholders as of a specific record date, may be exercised only for a limited period of time and become void following the expiration of such period. If we determine to issue rights, we will accompany this prospectus with a prospectus supplement that will describe, among other things:

 

 

the record date for stockholders entitled to receive the rights;

     
  the number of shares of common stock or other securities that may be purchased upon exercise of each right;
     
  the exercise price of the rights;
     
  the terms for changes to or adjustments in the exercise price, if any;
     
  whether the rights are transferable;
     
  the period during which the rights may be exercised and when they will expire;
     
  the steps required to exercise the rights;
     
  whether the rights include “oversubscription rights” so that the holder may purchase more securities if other holders do not purchase their full allotments;
     
  whether we intend to sell the shares of common stock or other securities that are not purchased in the rights offering to an underwriter or other purchaser under a contractual “standby” commitment or other arrangement;
     
  our ability to withdraw or terminate the rights offering;
     
  any material United States federal income tax consequences; and
     
  other material terms, including terms relating to transferability, exchange, exercise or amendment of the rights.

 

If fewer than all of the rights issued in any rights offering are exercised, we may offer any unsubscribed securities directly to persons other than stockholders, to or through agents, underwriters or dealers or through a combination of such methods, including pursuant to standby arrangements, as described in the applicable prospectus supplement. After the close of business on the expiration date, all unexercised rights will become void.

 

 

Prior to the exercise of a holder’s rights, the holder will not have any of the rights of holders of the securities issuable upon the exercise of the rights and will not be entitled to, among other things, vote or receive dividend payments or other distributions on the securities purchasable upon exercise.

 

DESCRIPTION OF UNITS

 

The complete terms of the units will be contained in the unit agreement and any document applicable to the securities comprising the units. These documents have been or will be included or incorporated by reference as exhibits to the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. You should read the unit agreement and any related documents. You also should read the prospectus supplement, which will contain additional information and which may update or change some of the information below.

 

This section describes the general terms of the units that we may offer using this prospectus. Further terms of the units will be stated in the applicable prospectus supplement (or applicable free writing prospectus). The following description and any description of the units in a prospectus supplement (or applicable free writing prospectus) may not be complete and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the terms of any agreement relating to the units and the related documents applicable to the securities constituting the units.

 

We may issue units, in one or more series, consisting of any combination of one or more of the other securities described in this prospectus. If we offer units, we will describe the terms in a prospectus supplement (and any free writing prospectus). Units may be issued under a written unit agreement to be entered into between us and the holder or beneficial owner, or we could issue units under a written unit agreement with a unit agent specified in a prospectus supplement. A unit agent would act solely as our agent in connection with the units of a particular series and would not assume any obligation or relationship of agency or trust for or with any holders or beneficial owners of those units.

 

Each unit will be issued so that the holder of the unit is also the holder of each security included in the unit. Thus, the holder of a unit will have the rights and obligations of a holder of each included security.

 

The following are some of the unit terms that could be described in a prospectus supplement:

 

 

title of the units;

     
  aggregate number of units;
     
  price or prices at which the units will be issued;
     
  designation and terms of the units and of the securities comprising the units, including whether and under what circumstances those securities may be held or transferred separately;
     
  effect of any merger, consolidation, sale or other transfer of our business on the units and the applicable unit agreement;
     
  name and address of the unit agent;
     
  information with respect to book-entry procedures;
     
  any material United States federal income tax considerations; and
     
  other material terms, including terms relating to transferability, exchange, exercise or amendments of the units.

 

The provisions described in this section, as well as those described under “Description of Capital Stock,” “Description of Depositary Shares,” “Description of Warrants,” “Description of Rights” and “Description of Purchase Contracts,” will apply to each unit and to any common stock, preferred stock, warrant, right or purchase contract included in each unit, respectively.

 

 

Unless otherwise provided in the applicable prospectus supplement, the unit agreements will be governed by the laws of the State of New York. The unit agreement under which a unit is issued may provide that the securities included in the unit may not be held or transferred separately, at any time or at any time before a specified date. We will file as an exhibit to a filing with the SEC that is incorporated by reference into this prospectus the forms of the unit agreements containing the terms of the units being offered. The description of units in any prospectus supplement will not necessarily describe all of the terms of the units in detail. You should read the applicable unit agreements for a complete description of all of the terms.

 

DESCRIPTION OF PURCHASE CONTRACTS

 

The complete terms of the purchase contracts will be contained in the contract documents and any related document applicable to the securities subject to the purchase contract. These documents have been or will be included or incorporated by reference as exhibits to the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. You should read the purchase contracts and any related document. You should also read the prospectus supplement, which will contain additional information and which may update or change some of the information below.

 

This section describes the general terms of the purchase contracts that we may offer using this prospectus. Further terms of the purchase contracts will be stated in the applicable prospectus supplement (or applicable free writing prospectus). The following description and any description of the units in a prospectus supplement (or applicable free writing prospectus) may not be complete and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the terms of any agreement relating to the units and the related documents applicable to the securities constituting the units.

 

We may issue purchase contracts, including purchase contracts issued as part of a unit with one or more other securities, for the purchase or sale of our common stock, preferred stock, or depositary shares. The price of our securities that may be the subject of our purchase contracts may be fixed at the time the purchase contracts are issued or may be determined by reference to a specific formula contained in the purchase contracts. We may issue purchase contracts in such amounts and in as many distinct series as we wish.

 

The applicable prospectus supplement may contain, where applicable, the following information about the purchase contracts issued under it:

 

 

whether the purchase contracts obligate the holder to purchase or sell, or both purchase and sell, our common stock, preferred stock, or depositary shares, as applicable, and the nature and amount of each of those securities, or method of determining those amounts;

     
  whether the purchase contracts are to be prepaid or not;
     
  whether the purchase contracts are to be settled by delivery, or by reference or linkage to the value, performance or level of our common stock or preferred stock;
     
  any acceleration, cancellation, termination or other provisions relating to the settlement of the purchase contracts;
     
  any material United States federal income tax considerations relevant to the purchase contracts;
     
  whether the purchase contracts will be issued in fully registered global form; and
     
  other material terms, including terms relating to transferability, exchange, exercise or amendment of the purchase contracts.

 

 

The applicable prospectus supplement will describe the terms of any purchase contracts. The preceding description and any description of purchase contracts in the applicable prospectus supplement does not purport to be complete and is subject to and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the purchase contract agreement and, if applicable, collateral arrangements and depositary arrangements relating to such purchase contracts.

 

LEGAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES 

 

We can issue securities in registered form or in the form of one or more global securities.  We describe global securities in greater detail below.  We refer to those persons who have securities registered in their own names on the books that we or any applicable trustee or depositary or warrant agent maintain for this purpose as the “holders” of those securities.  These persons are the legal holders of the securities.  We refer to those persons who, indirectly through others, own beneficial interests in securities that are not registered in their own names, as “indirect holders” of those securities.  As we discuss below, indirect holders are not legal holders, and investors in securities issued in book-entry form or in street name will be indirect holders.

 

Book-Entry Holders

 

We may issue securities in book-entry form only, as we will specify in the applicable prospectus supplement.  This means securities may be represented by one or more global securities registered in the name of a financial institution that holds them as depositary on behalf of other financial institutions that participate in the depositary’s book-entry system.  These participating institutions, which are referred to as participants, in turn, hold beneficial interests in the securities on behalf of themselves or their customers.

 

Only the person in whose name a security is registered is recognized as the holder of that security.  Global securities will be registered in the name of the depositary.  Consequently, for global securities, we will recognize only the depositary as the holder of the securities, and we will make all payments on the securities to the depositary.  The depositary passes along the payments it receives to its participants, which in turn pass the payments along to their customers who are the beneficial owners.  The depositary and its participants do so under agreements they have made with one another or with their customers; they are not obligated to do so under the terms of the securities.

 

As a result, investors in a global security will not own securities directly.  Instead, they will own beneficial interests in a global security, through a bank, broker or other financial institution that participates in the depositary’s book-entry system or holds an interest through a participant.  As long as the securities are issued in global form, investors will be indirect holders, and not holders, of the securities.

 

Street Name Holders

 

We may terminate global securities or issue securities that are not issued in global form.  In these cases, investors may choose to hold their securities in their own names or in “street name.” Securities held by an investor in street name would be registered in the name of a bank, broker or other financial institution that the investor chooses, and the investor would hold only a beneficial interest in those securities through an account he or she maintains at that institution.

 

For securities held in street name, we or any applicable trustee or depositary will recognize only the intermediary banks, brokers and other financial institutions in whose names the securities are registered as the holders of those securities, and we or any such trustee or depositary will make all payments on those securities to them.  These institutions pass along the payments they receive to their customers who are the beneficial owners, but only because they agree to do so in their customer agreements or because they are legally required to do so.  Investors who hold securities in street name will be indirect holders, not holders, of those securities.

 

Legal Holders

 

Our obligations, as well as the obligations of any applicable trustee or third party employed by us or a trustee, run only to the legal holders of the securities.  We do not have obligations to investors who hold beneficial interests in global securities, in street name or by any other indirect means.  This will be the case whether an investor chooses to be an indirect holder of a security or has no choice because we are issuing the securities only in global form.

 

 

For example, once we make a payment or give a notice to the holder, we have no further responsibility for the payment or notice even if that holder is required, under agreements with its participants or customers or by law, to pass it along to the indirect holders but does not do so.  Similarly, we may want to obtain the approval of the holders to amend an indenture, to relieve us of the consequences of a default or of our obligation to comply with a particular provision of an indenture, or for other purposes.  In such an event, we would seek approval only from the holders, and not the indirect holders, of the securities.  Whether and how the holders contact the indirect holders is up to the holders.

 

Special Considerations for Indirect Holders

 

If you hold securities through a bank, broker or other financial institution, either in book-entry form because the securities are represented by one or more global securities or in street name, you should check with your own institution to find out:

 

 

how it handles securities payments and notices;

     
  whether it imposes fees or charges;
     
  how it would handle a request for the holders’ consent, if ever required;
     
  whether and how you can instruct it to send you securities registered in your own name so you can be a holder, if that is permitted in the future;
     
  how it would exercise rights under the securities if there were a default or other event triggering the need for holders to act to protect their interests; and
     
  if the securities are in book-entry form, how the depositary’s rules and procedures will affect these matters.

 

Global Securities

 

A global security is a security that represents one or any other number of individual securities held by a depositary.  Generally, all securities represented by the same global securities will have the same terms.

 

Each security issued in book-entry form will be represented by a global security that we issue to, deposit with and register in the name of a financial institution or its nominee that we select.  The financial institution that we select for this purpose is called the depositary.  Unless we specify otherwise in the applicable prospectus supplement, The Depository Trust Company, New York, New York, known as DTC, will be the depositary for all securities issued in book-entry form.

 

A global security may not be transferred to or registered in the name of anyone other than the depositary, its nominee or a successor depositary, unless special termination situations arise.  We describe those situations below under “—Special Situations When a Global Security Will Be Terminated.” As a result of these arrangements, the depositary, or its nominee, will be the sole registered owner and holder of all securities represented by a global security, and investors will be permitted to own only beneficial interests in a global security.  Beneficial interests must be held by means of an account with a broker, bank or other financial institution that in turn has an account with the depositary or with another institution that does.  Thus, an investor whose security is represented by a global security will not be a holder of the security, but only an indirect holder of a beneficial interest in the global security.

 

If the prospectus supplement for a particular security indicates that the security will be issued as a global security, then the security will be represented by a global security at all times unless and until the global security is terminated.  If termination occurs, we may issue the securities through another book-entry clearing system or decide that the securities may no longer be held through any book-entry clearing system.

 

 

Special Considerations for Global Securities

 

As an indirect holder, an investor’s rights relating to a global security will be governed by the account rules of the investor’s financial institution and of the depositary, as well as general laws relating to securities transfers.  We do not recognize an indirect holder as a holder of securities and instead deal only with the depositary that holds the global security.

 

If securities are issued only as global securities, an investor should be aware of the following:

 

 

investor cannot cause the securities to be registered in his or her name, and cannot obtain non-global certificates for his or her interest in the securities, except in the special situations we describe below;

     
  an investor will be an indirect holder and must look to his or her own bank or broker for payments on the securities and protection of his or her legal rights relating to the securities, as we describe above;
     
  an investor may not be able to sell interests in the securities to some insurance companies and to other institutions that are required by law to own their securities in non-book-entry form;
     
  an investor may not be able to pledge his or her interest in the global security in circumstances where certificates representing the securities must be delivered to the lender or other beneficiary of the pledge in order for the pledge to be effective;
     
  the depositary’s policies, which may change from time to time, will govern payments, transfers, exchanges and other matters relating to an investor’s interest in the global security. We and any applicable trustee have no responsibility for any aspect of the depositary’s actions or for its records of ownership interests in the global security. We and the trustee also do not supervise the depositary in any way;
     
  the depositary may, and we understand that DTC will, require that those who purchase and sell interests in the global security within its book-entry system use immediately available funds, and your broker or bank may require you to do so as well; and
     
  financial institutions that participate in the depositary’s book-entry system, and through which an investor holds its interest in the global security, may also have their own policies affecting payments, notices and other matters relating to the securities. There may be more than one financial intermediary in the chain of ownership for an investor. We do not monitor and are not responsible for the actions of any of those intermediaries.

 

Special Situations When a Global Security Will be Terminated

 

In a few special situations described below, a global security will terminate and interests in it will be exchanged for physical certificates representing those interests.  After that exchange, the choice of whether to hold securities directly or in street name will be up to the investor.  Investors must consult their own banks or brokers to find out how to have their interests in securities transferred to their own names, so that they will be direct holders.  We have described the rights of holders and street name investors above.

 

A global security will terminate when the following special situations occur:

 

 

if the depositary notifies us that it is unwilling, unable or no longer qualified to continue as depositary for that global security and we do not appoint another institution to act as depositary within 90 days;

 

 

if we notify any applicable trustee that we wish to terminate that global security; or

 

 

if an event of default has occurred with regard to securities represented by that global security and has not been cured or waived.

 

 

The prospectus supplement may also list additional situations for terminating a global security that would apply only to the particular series of securities covered by the prospectus supplement.  When a global security terminates, the depositary, and not we or any applicable trustee, is responsible for deciding the names of the institutions that will be the initial direct holders.

 

SELLING STOCKHOLDERS

 

This prospectus also relates to the possible resale by certain of our stockholders, who we refer to in this prospectus as the selling stockholders, of up to 250,000 shares of our common stock that were issued and outstanding prior to the date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. These shares of common stock were originally acquired by the selling stockholders (i) through private placements of shares of in connection with our initial formation and subsequent reorganization transactions, (ii) as consideration for the acquisition of other business, (iii) as compensatory stock awards or (iv) upon the exercise of options to purchase common stock.

 

The applicable prospectus supplement will set forth the name of each of the selling stockholders and the number of securities beneficially owned by such selling stockholder that are covered by such applicable prospectus supplement. The applicable prospectus supplement will also disclose whether any of the selling stockholders has held any position or office with, has been employed by, or otherwise has had a material relationship with us during the three years prior to the date of the applicable prospectus supplement.

 

The selling stockholders shall not sell any shares of our common stock pursuant to this prospectus until we have identified such selling stockholders and the shares being offered for resale by such selling stockholders in a subsequent prospectus supplement. However, the selling stockholders may sell or transfer all or a portion of their shares of our common stock pursuant to any available exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act.

 

 

PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION

 

We or the selling stockholders may sell the securities from time to time pursuant to public offerings, negotiated transactions, block trades or a combination of these methods. We or the selling stockholders may sell the securities to or through an underwriter or group of underwriters managed or co-managed by one or more underwriters, or to or through dealers, through agents, directly to one or more investors or through a combination of such methods of sale.

 

We or the selling stockholders may distribute securities from time to time in one or more transactions:

 

 

at a fixed price or prices which may be changed;

     
  at market prices prevailing at the time of sale;
     
  at prices related to such prevailing market prices; or
     
  at negotiated prices.

 

Each time we or the selling stockholders sell securities, a prospectus supplement will describe the method of distribution of the securities and any applicable restrictions.

 

The applicable prospectus supplement will describe the terms of the offering of the securities, including:

 

 

the name or names of the underwriters, placement agents, finders or dealers, if any;

     
  the purchase price of the securities and the proceeds we will receive from the sale;

 

 

  any over-allotment options under which underwriters may purchase additional securities from us;
     
  any agency fees or underwriting discounts and other items constituting underwriters’ compensation;
     
  any initial public offering price;
     
  any discounts, commissions or concessions allowed or reallowed or paid to dealers; and
     
  any securities exchange or market on which the securities may be listed.

 

Only underwriters named in the prospectus supplement are underwriters of the securities offered by the prospectus supplement.

 

If underwriters are used in the sale, they will acquire the securities for their own account and may resell them from time to time in one or more transactions at a fixed public offering price or at varying prices determined at the time of sale. We or the selling stockholders may offer the securities to the public through underwriting syndicates represented by managing underwriters or by underwriters without a syndicate. Unless stated otherwise in the applicable prospectus supplement, the obligations of any underwriters to purchase securities will be subject to certain conditions set forth in the applicable underwriting agreement, and, subject to certain conditions, the underwriters will be obligated to purchase all the securities of the series offered by the prospectus supplement. Any public offering price and any discounts or concessions allowed or reallowed or paid to dealers may change from time to time.

 

We or the selling stockholders may sell securities directly or through agents we designate from time to time. We will name any agent involved in the offering and sale of securities and we will describe any commissions we or the selling stockholders will pay the agent in the prospectus supplement. Unless the prospectus supplement states otherwise, such agent will act on a best-efforts basis for the period of its appointment.

 

We or the selling stockholders may authorize agents or underwriters to solicit offers by certain types of institutional investors to purchase securities at the public offering price set forth in the prospectus supplement pursuant to delayed delivery contracts providing for payment and delivery on a specified date in the future. We will describe the conditions to these contracts and the commissions we or the selling stockholders must pay for solicitation of these contracts in the prospectus supplement.

 

We or the selling stockholders may determine the price or other terms of the securities offered under this prospectus by use of an electronic auction. We will describe in the applicable prospectus supplement how any auction will be conducted to determine the price or any other terms of the securities, how potential investors may participate in the auction and, where applicable, the nature of the underwriters’ obligations with respect to the auction.

 

Securities may also be sold in one or more of the following transactions: (a) block transactions (which may involve crosses) in which a broker-dealer may sell all or a portion of the securities as agent but may position and resell all or a portion of the block as principal to facilitate the transaction; (b) purchases by a broker-dealer as principal and resale by the broker-dealer for its own account pursuant to a prospectus supplement; (c) ordinary brokerage transactions and transactions in which a broker-dealer solicits purchasers; (d) sales “at the market” to or through a market maker or into an existing trading market, on an exchange or otherwise, for securities; and (e) sales in other ways not involving market makers or established trading markets, including direct sales to purchasers. Broker-dealers may also receive compensation from purchasers of the securities which is not expected to exceed that customary in the types of transactions involved. We will describe in the applicable prospectus supplement the terms of any agreements or arrangements with broker-dealers, including volume limitations on sales, parties to the agreement and the conditions under which the agreement or arrangement may be terminated.

 

 

In connection with an offering of securities, underwriters may purchase and sell these securities in the open market. Any underwriter may engage in over-allotment, stabilizing transactions, short-covering transactions, penalty bids and passive market making in accordance with Regulation M under the Exchange Act. Over-allotment involves sales in excess of the offering size, which create a short position. Stabilizing transactions permit bids to purchase the underlying security so long as the stabilizing bids do not exceed a specified maximum price. Syndicate-covering or other short-covering transactions involve purchases of the securities, either through exercise of the over-allotment option or in the open market after the distribution is completed, to cover short positions. Penalty bids permit the underwriters to reclaim a selling concession from a dealer when the securities originally sold by the dealer are purchased in a stabilizing or covering transaction to cover short positions. Passive market makers must comply with applicable volume and price limitations and must be identified as passive market makers. In general, a passive market maker must display its bid at a price not in excess of the highest independent bid for such security; if all independent bids are lowered below the passive market maker’s bid, however, the passive market maker’s bid must then be lowered when certain purchase limits are exceeded. These activities may cause the market price of the securities to be higher than it would otherwise be. If commenced, the underwriters may discontinue any of the activities at any time.

 

In connection with the sale of securities, underwriters or agents may receive compensation (in the form of fees, discounts, concessions or commissions) from us or the selling stockholders or from purchasers of securities for whom they may act as agents. Underwriters may sell securities to or through dealers, and such dealers may receive compensation in the form of discounts, concessions or commissions from the underwriters and/or commissions from the purchasers for whom they may act as agents. Underwriters, dealers and agents that participate in the distribution of securities may be deemed to be “underwriters,” as that term is defined in the Securities Act, and any discounts or commissions received by them from us or the selling stockholders and any profits on the resale of the securities by them may be deemed to be underwriting discounts and commissions under the Securities Act. We will identify any such underwriter or agent, and we will describe any compensation paid to them, in the related prospectus supplement.

 

We may provide agents and underwriters with indemnification against certain civil liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act, or contribution with respect to payments that the agents or underwriters may make with respect to such liabilities. Agents and underwriters may engage in transactions with, or perform services for, us in the ordinary course of business.

 

All securities we or the selling stockholders offer other than common stock will be new issues of securities with no established trading market. Any underwriters may make a market in these securities, but will not be obligated to do so and may discontinue any market making at any time without notice. We cannot guarantee the liquidity of the trading markets for any securities.

 

In connection with the distribution of the securities offered under this prospectus, we or the selling stockholders may enter into swap or other hedging transactions with, or arranged by, underwriters or agents or their affiliates. These underwriters or agents or their affiliates may receive compensation, trading gain or other benefits from these transactions.

 

In addition, we or the selling stockholders may enter into derivative transactions with third parties, or sell securities not covered by this prospectus to third parties in privately negotiated transactions. If the applicable prospectus supplement indicates, in connection with those derivatives, the third parties may sell securities covered by this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement, including in short-sale transactions. If so, the third party may use securities pledged by us or the selling stockholders or borrowed from us, the selling stockholders or others to settle those sales or to close out any related open borrowings of stock, and may use securities received from us or the selling stockholders in settlement of those derivatives to close out any related open borrowings of stock. The third party in such sale transactions will be an underwriter and will be identified in the applicable prospectus supplement (or a post-effective amendment).

 

 

LEGAL MATTERS

 

Unless otherwise specified in a prospectus supplement accompanying this prospectus, the validity of the securities offered hereby will be passed upon for us by Loeb & Loeb LLP, New York, NY, and for any underwriters or agents by counsel named in the applicable prospectus supplement.

 

EXPERTS

 

The financial statements incorporated in this Prospectus by reference from the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, have been audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report, which is incorporated herein by reference. Such financial statements have been so incorporated in reliance upon the report of such firm given upon their authority as experts in accounting and auditing.

 

 

WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

 

We are currently subject to the information requirements of the Exchange Act and in accordance therewith file periodic reports, proxy statements and other information with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You may read and copy (at prescribed rates) any such reports, proxy statements and other information at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the operation of the public reference room. Our SEC filings will also be available to you on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

 

Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference in this prospectus will be deemed to be modified or superseded to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any other subsequently filed document which also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference in this prospectus modifies or supersedes that statement. Any statement so modified or superseded will not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this prospectus.

 

If you make a request for such information in writing or by telephone, we will provide you, without charge, a copy of any or all of the information incorporated by reference into this prospectus. Any such request should be directed to:

 

NV5 Global, Inc.
200 South Park Road, Suite 350
Hollywood, FL 33021

(954) 495-2112
Attention: Secretary

 

 

INCORPORATION OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE

 

The SEC allows us to incorporate by reference into this prospectus certain information we file with it, which means we can disclose important information to you by referring you to documents we have filed with the SEC. The information we incorporate by reference into this prospectus is legally deemed to be a part of this prospectus, except for any information superseded by other information contained in, or incorporated by reference into, this prospectus. Our file number for filings we make with the SEC under the Exchange Act is 001-35849.

 

Any statement contained in this prospectus or in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference in this prospectus is deemed to be modified or superseded to the extent that a statement contained in this prospectus, or in any other document we subsequently file with the SEC, modifies or supersedes that statement. If any statement is modified or superseded, it does not constitute a part of this prospectus, except as modified or superseded. Information that is “furnished to” the SEC shall not be deemed “filed with” the SEC and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into this prospectus.

 

This prospectus incorporates by reference the following reports and statements filed by us with the SEC:

 

 

our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2017, filed with the SEC on March 13, 2018 and the portions of our proxy statement on Schedule 14A for our Annual Meeting of Stockholders filed with the SEC on April 17, 2018 that are incorporated therein; and

 

 

the description of our common stock, par value $0.01 per share, included under the caption “Description of Capital Stock” in the Prospectus forming a part of Amendment No. 3 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-1, filed with the SEC on March 26, 2013 (File No. 333-186229), including exhibits, and as amended, which description has been incorporated by reference into Item 1 of our Registration Statement on Form 8-A, filed pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act, on March 22, 2013 (File No. 001-35849).

 

We are also incorporating by reference any future filings we make with the SEC under Section 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act the date of the initial registration statement and prior to effectiveness of the registration statement and after the date of this prospectus and prior to the termination of this offering, except for information furnished under Item 2.02 or Item 7.01 of our Current Reports on Form 8-K which is not deemed to be filed and not incorporated by reference herein. Any statement in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for the purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any other subsequently filed document which also is or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such statement. Any statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this Registration Statement.

 

 

1,270,000 Shares

 

 

Common Stock

 


 

PROSPECTUS
SUPPLEMENT

 


 

 

BofA Merrill Lynch
Roth Capital Partners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 9, 2018