Xerox Corporation (NYSE:XRX) announced that its proposed reverse stock split of Xerox common stock at a ratio of one-for-four shares, together with a proportionate reduction in the authorized shares of its common stock from 1,750,000,000 shares to 437,500,000 shares, were approved by Xerox shareholders at the annual meeting of shareholders held earlier today. The company will move forward with implementing the reverse stock split and authorized share reduction, which are anticipated to be effective on or about June 14, 2017.
As a result of the spin-off of the company’s business process outsourcing business, now Conduent Incorporated, Xerox’s market capitalization was divided. Consequently, the company proposed the reverse stock split, which is intended to increase the per share trading price of Xerox common stock and should improve its liquidity and facilitate its trading.
When the reverse stock split is effective, every four shares of Xerox common stock issued and outstanding or held as treasury shares as of the effective date will be automatically combined and reclassified into one share of Xerox common stock. The reverse stock split will also correspondingly affect all outstanding Xerox equity awards and outstanding convertible securities.
No fractional shares will be issued in connection with the reverse stock split. Shareholders otherwise entitled to receive a fractional share as a result of the reverse stock split will receive a cash payment in lieu of such fractional shares.
When the reverse stock split is effective, Xerox common stock will continue to trade, on a split-adjusted basis, on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “XRX”, although a new CUSIP number (984121 608) will be assigned as a result of the reverse stock split.
The company’s common stock dividend and full-year earnings per share guidance will be adjusted on a proportional basis if the reverse stock split becomes effective as anticipated.
Additional information concerning the reverse stock split can be found in Xerox’s definitive proxy statement dated April 10, 2017 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), available free of charge at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov, or at Xerox’s website, www.xerox.com. Further additional information will also be provided at the time of effectiveness of the reverse stock split.
Xerox Corporation is an $11 billion technology leader that innovates the way the world communicates, connects and works. Our expertise is more important than ever as customers of all sizes look to improve productivity, maximize profitability and increase satisfaction. We do this for small and mid-size businesses, large enterprises, governments, graphic communications providers, and for our partners who serve them.
We understand what’s at the heart of work – and all of the forms it can take. We embrace the increasingly complex world of paper and digital. Office and mobile. Personal and social. Every day across the globe – in more than 160 countries – our technology, software and people successfully navigate those intersections. We automate, personalize, package, analyze and secure information to keep our customers moving at an accelerated pace.
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Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. (“Fuji Xerox”) is a joint venture between Xerox Corporation and Fujifilm Holdings Corporation (“Fujifilm”) in which Xerox holds a 25% equity interest and Fujifilm holds the remaining equity interest. On April 20, 2017, Fujifilm publicly announced it formed an independent investigation committee to conduct a review of the appropriateness of the accounting practices at Fuji Xerox’s New Zealand subsidiary related to the recovery of receivables associated with certain sales leasing transactions that occurred in, or prior to, Fuji Xerox’s fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. In first quarter 2017, we recognized a charge of approximately $30 million, which represents our share of the current Fujifilm total adjustments from this review, as publicly disclosed by Fujifilm. Fujifilm has publicly stated that it expects the investigation will be completed in May 2017, and that it intends to disclose the results shortly thereafter. Given our status as a minority investor, we have limited contractual and other rights to information and rely on Fuji Xerox and Fujifilm to provide information to us and are not involved in the investigation, including its scope and timing of completion. Although we have no reason not to rely on Fujifilm’s current adjustment and we are not aware of any additional amounts related to this matter that would have a material effect on our financial statements including the related Xerox disclosures, this investigation is ongoing and our future results may include additional adjustments that are materially different from the amount of the charge that we have already recognized in connection with this matter and the period(s) to which the charge relates, and we can provide no assurances relative to the outcome of any governmental investigations or any consequences thereof. In addition, the summarized financial data we have reported for Fuji Xerox may change based on the results of the investigation.