S-8

As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 4, 2018.

Registration No. 333-            

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 20549

 

 

FORM S-8

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

 

LHC GROUP, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   43-2074268

(State or Other Jurisdiction of

Incorporation or Organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

901 Hugh Wallis Road South

Lafayette, LA 70508

(337) 233-1307

(Address of Principal Executive Offices, Including Zip Code and Telephone Number)

Almost Family, Inc. 2007 Stock and Incentive Compensation Plan

Almost Family, Inc. 2013 Stock and Incentive Compensation Plan

(Full Title of the Plans)

 

Keith G. Myers

President and Chief Executive Officer

LHC Group, Inc.

901 Hugh Wallis Road South

Lafayette, LA 70508

(337) 233-1307

(Name, Address, Including Zip Code, and Telephone Number, Including Area Code, of Agent for Service)

  

Copy to:

John B. Shannon
Alston & Bird LLP
One Atlantic Center
1201 West Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30309-3424
(404) 881-7466

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer      Accelerated filer  
Non-accelerated filer   ☐  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company  
     Emerging growth company  

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act.  ☐

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

 

Title of Securities

to be Registered

 

Amount

to be

Registered

 

Proposed

Maximum

Offering Price

Per Share

 

Proposed

Maximum

Aggregate

Offering Price

 

Amount of

Registration Fee

Common Stock, $0.01 par value

  270,724 (1)   $60.44 (2)   $16,362,558.56 (2)   $2,037.14

 

 

(1) Amount to be registered consists of an aggregate of 270,724 shares of LHC Group, Inc. (the “Company”) common stock, $0.01 par value (“Common Stock”) that may be issued pursuant to the exercise of stock options granted under the Almost Family Legacy Plans (as defined below).
(2) Determined pursuant to Rule 457(h) under the Securities Act of 1933 solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee and represents the average of the high and low prices of the Company’s common stock reported on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on March 29, 2018.

Explanatory Note

On April 1, 2018, at the effective time, pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of November 15, 2017 (the “Merger Agreement”), Hammer Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, merged with and into Almost Family, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Almost Family”), with Almost Family surviving the merger as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (the “Merger”).

This Registration Statement is filed for the purpose of registering an aggregate of 270,724 shares of Common Stock that may issued pursuant to the exercise of stock options previously granted under the Almost Family, Inc. 2007 Stock and Incentive Compensation Plan and the Almost Family, Inc. 2013 Stock and Incentive Compensation Plan (collectively, the “Almost Family Legacy Plans”). The Almost Family Legacy Plans and these awards were assumed by the Company in connection with the Merger.

 

 

 


PART I

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS

(a)    The documents constituting Part I of this Registration Statement will be sent or given to participants as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). These documents and the documents incorporated by reference in this registration statement pursuant to Item 3 of Part II of this form, taken together, constitute a prospectus that meets the requirements of Section 10(a) of the Securities Act.

(b)    Upon written or oral request, the Company will provide, without charge, the documents incorporated by reference in Item 3 of Part II of this Registration Statement. The documents are incorporated by reference in the Section 10(a) prospectus. The Company will also provide, without charge, upon written or oral request, other documents required to be delivered to participants pursuant to Rule 428(b). Requests for the above-mentioned information should be directed to Joshua L. Proffitt, the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, at the address and telephone number on the cover of this Registration Statement.

PART II

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN REGISTRATION STATEMENT

 

Item 3. Incorporation of Documents by Reference.

The following documents, filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), are incorporated herein by reference and deemed to be a part hereof:

 

  (a) The Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017;

 

  (b) All reports filed by the Company pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, since December 31, 2017;

 

  (c) The description of common stock contained in the Company’s Registration Statement on Form 8-A filed under Section 12 of the Exchange Act on June 6, 2005, including all amendments or reports filed for the purpose of updating such description; and

 

  (d) All other documents subsequently filed by the Company pursuant to Section 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment to this registration statement that indicates that all securities offered have been sold or that deregisters all securities that remain unsold.

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


Item 4. Description of Securities.

Not applicable.

 

Item 5. Interests of Named Experts and Counsel.

Not applicable.

 

Item 6. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.

Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, or the DGCL, provides that a corporation may indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of the corporation) by reason of the fact that he is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, against expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by him in connection with such action, suit or proceeding if he acted in good faith and in a manner he reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation, and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe his conduct was unlawful. Section 145 further provides that a corporation similarly may indemnify any such person serving in any such capacity who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action or suit by or in the right of the corporation to procure a judgment in its favor by reason of the fact that he is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the corporation or is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, against expenses (including attorney’s fees) actually and reasonably incurred in connection with the defense or settlement of such action or suit if he acted in good faith and in a manner he reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation and except that no indemnification shall be made in respect of any claim, issue or matter as to which such person shall have been adjudged to be liable to the corporation unless and only to the extent that the Delaware Court of Chancery or such other court in which such action or suit was brought shall determine upon application that, despite the adjudication of liability but in view of all of the circumstances of the case, such person is fairly and reasonably entitled to indemnity for such expenses which the Delaware Court of Chancery or such other court shall deem proper.

We have adopted provisions in our certificate of incorporation that limit the liability of our directors for monetary damages for breach of their fiduciary duties, except for liability that cannot be eliminated under the Delaware General Corporation Law. Delaware law provides that directors of a corporation will not be personally liable for monetary damages for breach of their fiduciary duties as directors, except liability for any of the following: (1) any breach of their duty of loyalty to the corporation or the stockholders; (2) acts or omissions not in good faith or that involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law; (3) unlawful payments of dividends or unlawful stock repurchases or redemptions as provided in Section 174 of the Delaware General Corporation Law; or (4) any transaction from which the director derived an improper personal benefit. This limitation of liability does not apply to liabilities arising under the federal securities laws and does not affect the availability of equitable remedies such as injunctive relief or rescission.

Our bylaws also provide that we will indemnify our directors and executive officers and we may indemnify our other officers and employees and other agents to the fullest extent permitted by law. We believe that indemnification under our bylaws covers at least negligence and gross negligence on the part


of indemnified parties. Our bylaws also permit us to secure insurance on behalf of any officer, director, employee or other agent for any liability arising out of his or her actions in such capacity, regardless of whether our bylaws would permit indemnification. We have entered into separate indemnification agreements with our directors and executive officers, in addition to the indemnification provided for in our charter documents. These agreements, among other things, provide for indemnification of our directors and executive officers for expenses, judgments, fines, and settlement amounts incurred by any such person in any action or proceeding arising out of such person’s services as a director or executive officer or at our request.

 

Item 7. Exemption from Registration Claimed.

Not applicable.

 

Item 8. Exhibits.

See Exhibit Index, which is incorporated here by reference.

 

Item 9. Undertakings.

 

  (a) The undersigned Company hereby undertakes:

(1)    To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement:

(i) To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933;

(ii) To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of this Registration Statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in this Registration Statement;

(iii) To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in this Registration Statement or any material change to such information in this Registration Statement;

provided, however, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii) above do not apply if the registration statement is on Form S-3, Form S-8, or Form F-3 and the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in periodic reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the Company pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that are incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement.

(2) That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

(3) To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.


(b)    The undersigned Company hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each filing of the Company’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) that is incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

(c)    Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933 may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Company pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Company has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Company of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the Company in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Company will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

(signatures on following page)


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the Company certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Lafayette, State of Louisiana, on April 4, 2018.

 

LHC GROUP, INC.
By:  

/s/ Keith G. Myers

  Keith G. Myers
  Chief Executive Officer

POWER OF ATTORNEY

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints Keith G. Myers and Joshua L. Proffitt, as his or her true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him or her and in his or her name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign any or all amendments (including post-effective amendments) to this Registration Statement, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents, and each of them, full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done, as fully to all intents and purposes as he or she might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents or any of their or his substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this Registration Statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

Signature

     

Title

 

Date

/s/ Keith G. Myers

Keith G. Myers

   

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors

(Principal Executive Officer)

  April 4, 2018

/s/ Joshua L. Proffitt

Joshua L. Proffitt

    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)
  April 4, 2018

/s/ Monica F. Azare

Monica F. Azare

    Director   April 4, 2018


 

Jonathan D. Goldberg

    Director   April 4, 2018

 

Clifford S. Holtz

    Director   April 4, 2018

/s/ John L. Indest

John L. Indest

    Director   April 4, 2018

/s/ Ronald T. Nixon

Ronald T. Nixon

    Director   April 4, 2018

 

W. Earl Reed, III

    Director   April 4, 2018

/s/ W.J. “Billy” Tauzin

W.J. “Billy” Tauzin

    Director   April 4, 2018

/s/ Brent Turner

Brent Turner

    Director   April 4, 2018

 

Tyree G. Wilburn

    Director   April 4, 2018


EXHIBIT INDEX

TO

REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-8

 

Exhibit

Number

  

Description

  4.1    Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Form 8-K filed on April 2, 2018).
  4.2    Bylaws of the Company (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.2 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 9, 2008).
  5.1    Opinion of Alston & Bird LLP.
23.1    Consent of Alston & Bird LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1).
23.2    Consent of KPMG LLP.
24.1    Power of Attorney (included on signature page).
99.1    Almost Family, Inc. 2007 Stock and Incentive Compensation Plan (incorporated herein by reference to Appendix A of Almost Family’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed on June 25, 2007).
99.2    Almost Family, Inc. 2013 Stock and Incentive Compensation Plan (incorporated herein by reference to Appendix A of Almost Family’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed on April 4, 2013).
EX-5.1

Exhibit 5.1

 

  

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404-881-7000

Fax: 404-253-8847

www.alston.com

 

  
John B. Shannon    Direct Dial: 404-881-7466    Email: john.shannon@alston.com
   April 4, 2018   

LHC Group, Inc.

901 Hugh Wallis Road South

Lafayette, LA 70508

 

  Re: Registration Statement on Form S-8

Almost Family, Inc. 2007 Stock and Incentive Compensation Plan

Almost Family, Inc. 2013 Stock and Incentive Compensation Plan

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We have acted as counsel to LHC Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Corporation”), in connection with the above-referenced Registration Statement on Form S-8 (the “Registration Statement”) to be filed on the date hereof by the Corporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) to register under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), 270,724 shares of the Corporation’s common stock, $0.01 par value per share (“Common Stock”), which may be issued pursuant to the Almost Family, Inc. 2007 Stock and Incentive Compensation Plan, the Almost Family, Inc. 2013 Stock and Incentive Compensation Plan and the Almost Family, Inc. 2017 Stock and Incentive Compensation Plan (collectively, the “Plans”). We are furnishing this opinion letter pursuant to Item 8 of Form S-8 and Item 601(b)(5) of the Commission’s Regulation S-K.

In connection with our opinion below, we have examined the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Corporation, the Bylaws of the Corporation, records of proceedings of the Board of Directors of the Corporation deemed by us to be relevant to this opinion letter, the Plan and the Registration Statement. We also have made such further legal and factual examinations and investigations as we deemed necessary for purposes of expressing the opinion set forth herein. In our examination, we have assumed the genuineness of all signatures, the legal capacity of all natural persons, the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as original documents and the conformity to original documents of all documents submitted to us as certified, conformed, facsimile, electronic or photostatic copies.

As to certain factual matters relevant to this opinion letter, we have relied conclusively upon originals or copies, certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of such other records, agreements, documents and instruments, including certificates or

 

 

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comparable documents of officers of the Corporation and of public officials, as we have deemed appropriate as a basis for the opinion hereinafter set forth. Except to the extent expressly set forth herein, we have made no independent investigations with regard to matters of fact, and, accordingly, we do not express any opinion as to matters that might have been disclosed by independent verification.

Our opinion set forth below is limited to the Delaware General Corporation Law.

This opinion letter is provided for use solely in connection with the transactions contemplated by the Registration Statement and may not be used, circulated, quoted or otherwise relied upon for any other purpose without our express written consent. The only opinion rendered by us consists of those matters set forth in the sixth paragraph hereof, and no opinion may be implied or inferred beyond the opinion expressly stated. Our opinion expressed herein is as of the date hereof, and we undertake no obligation to advise you of any changes in applicable law or any other matters that may come to our attention after the date hereof that may affect our opinion expressed herein.

Based on the foregoing, it is our opinion that the 270,724 shares of the Corporation’s Common Stock registered for issuance pursuant to the Plans are duly authorized for issuance, and, when issued by the Corporation in accordance with the terms of the Plan, will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable.

We consent to the filing of this opinion letter as an exhibit to the Registration Statement and to the use of our name wherever appearing in the Registration Statement. In giving such consent, we do not thereby admit that we are within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act or the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder.

 

ALSTON & BIRD LLP

By:

 

/s/ John B. Shannon

  John B. Shannon, Partner
EX-23.2

Exhibit 23.2

Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The Board of Directors

LHC Group, Inc.:

We consent to the use of our reports dated March 1, 2018, with respect to the consolidated balance sheets of LHC Group, Inc, and subsidiaries as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and the related consolidated statements of income, changes in equity, and cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2017, and the related notes (collectively, the “consolidated financial statements”), and the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2017, incorporated herein by reference in the prospectus.

KPMG LLP

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

April 4, 2018