SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 or 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):
May 16, 2018
GUARANTY BANCSHARES, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
201 South Jefferson Avenue
Mount Pleasant, Texas 75455
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)
(888) 572 - 9881
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.
On May 16, 2018, Guaranty Bancshares, Inc. (the "Company") will hold its Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Mount Pleasant, Texas. During the Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the Company intends to make a presentation to its shareholders and invited guests. A copy of the presentation materials is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
In accordance with the General Instruction B.2 to Form 8-K, the information furnished in Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1 hereto, which is furnished herewith pursuant to and in connection with Item 7.01, will not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, and such information will not be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, whether made before or after the date hereof, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filings.
Item 8.01. Other Events
The portions of the presentation materials that relate solely to the proposed merger of Westbound Bank, a Texas banking association ("Westbound"), with and into Guaranty Bank & Trust, N.A., a national banking association and wholly owned subsidiary of the Company ("GBT"), with GBT surviving the merger, are being filed herewith as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K in compliance with Rule 425 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
The following are furnished as exhibits to this Current Report on Form 8-K:
This Current Report on Form 8-K may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “target,” “forecast,” and other words and terms of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties. The Company cautions readers that any forward-looking statement is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the proposed merger involving the Company and Westbound, including future financial and operating results; the Company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions; the expected timing of completion of the transaction and other statements that are not historical facts. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties relating to: (i) the ability to obtain the requisite shareholder approvals; (ii) the risk that the Company may be unable to obtain governmental and regulatory approvals required to consummate the proposed transaction, or required governmental and regulatory approvals may delay the merger or result in the imposition of conditions that could cause the parties to abandon the merger; (iii) the risk that a condition to closing may not be satisfied; (iv) the timing to consummate the proposed merger; (v) the risk that the businesses will not be integrated successfully; (vi) the risk that the cost savings and any other synergies from the transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; (vii) disruption from the transaction making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees or vendors; (viii) the diversion of management time on merger-related issues; and (ix) other factors which the Company discusses or refers to in the “Risk Factors” contained in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and any updates to those risk factors set forth in Guaranty's subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the registration statement on Form S-4 and the related proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed merger between GBT and Westbound. If one or more events related to these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or if our underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may differ materially from what we anticipate. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of
the date of the particular statement and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Additional Information About the Proposed Merger and Where to Find It
This communication is being made in respect of the proposed merger of Westbound with and into GBT. This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.
Investors and security holders are urged to carefully review and consider the Company's public filings with the SEC, including but not limited to its Annual Reports on Form 10-K, proxy statements, Current Reports on Form 8-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
In connection with the proposed merger of GBT and Westbound, Guaranty has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) a registration statement on Form S-4 that includes a proxy statement of Westbound and a prospectus of Guaranty, as well as other relevant documents concerning the proposed merger. WE URGE INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-4 AND THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS INCLUDED WITHIN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-4, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENT OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THESE DOCUMENTS, AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE MERGER BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT GUARANTY, WESTBOUND AND THE MERGER. Investors and security holders are able to obtain free copies of the registration statement on Form S-4 and the related proxy statement/prospectus, as well as other documents filed with the SEC by Guaranty through the web site maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Documents filed with the SEC by Guaranty are also available free of charge upon written request at the following address: Guaranty Bancshares, Inc., 201 South Jefferson Avenue, Mount Pleasant, Texas 75455, Attn: Investor Relations.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Dated: May 16, 2018
GUARANTY BANCSHARES, INC.
/s/ Tyson T. Abston
Tyson T. Abston
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer