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Filed Pursuant to Rule 424(b)(5)
Registration No. 333-275097

 

The information in this preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus is not complete and may be changed. This preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus are not an offer to sell these securities, and they are not soliciting an offer to buy these securities, in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted.

 

Subject to Completion, Dated October 23, 2023

PRELIMINARY PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT

(To Prospectus dated October 20, 2023)

 

 

LOGO

Genuine Parts Company

$   % Notes due 20 

$   % Notes due 20 

 

 

This is an offering by Genuine Parts Company (“Genuine Parts Company”, the “Company”, “we” or “our”) of $    aggregate principal amount of   % notes due 20  (the 20  “notes”) and $    aggregate principal amount of   % notes due 20  (the “20  notes”). The 20  notes and the 20  notes are collectively referred to herein as the “notes.” Interest on the notes will be paid semi-annually in arrears on     and     of each year, beginning on    , 2024. The 20  notes will mature on    , 20  and the 20  notes will mature on    , 20 .

We may redeem each series of notes, at any time in whole or from time to time in part, at the redemption prices described in this prospectus supplement. If a change of control triggering event as described in this prospectus supplement occurs with respect to the notes, unless we have defeased the notes as described in the indenture governing the notes or we have exercised our option to redeem the notes, we will be required to offer to repurchase the notes at a repurchase price equal to 101% of the principal amount of such notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the date of repurchase.

The notes will be unsecured, unsubordinated debt obligations of Genuine Parts Company and will rank equally in right of payment with all other unsecured and unsubordinated indebtedness of Genuine Parts Company from time to time outstanding. The notes will not be listed on any securities exchange. Currently there is no public market for the notes.

We intend to use the net proceeds from this offering to repay our 3.24% Series F Senior Promissory Notes due December 2, 2023 (the “Series F Private Placement Notes”) and outstanding indebtedness under our unsecured revolving credit facility (the “Revolving Credit Facility”), with any remaining amounts for general corporate purposes. See “Use of Proceeds.”

 

 

Investing in the notes involves risks. Please read the “Risk Factors” section beginning on page S-8 of this prospectus supplement, in the accompanying prospectus and in our periodic reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission that are incorporated by reference herein.

 

     Per 20  Note     Per 20  Note     Total  

Public offering price(1)

                 $      

Underwriting discount

                 $    

Proceeds, before expenses, to us

                 $    

 

(1)

Plus accrued interest, if any, from      , 2023.

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state or other securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

We expect that delivery of the notes will be made to investors in book-entry form through the facilities of The Depository Trust Company for the account of its participants, including Clearstream Banking, S.A. and Euroclear Bank, S.A./N.V., on or about     , 2023.

 

 

Joint Book-Running Managers

 

J.P. Morgan   PNC Capital Markets LLC   Wells Fargo Securities

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Neither we nor the underwriters have authorized anyone to provide any information other than that contained or incorporated by reference in this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus or in any free writing prospectus filed by us with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Neither we nor the underwriters take any responsibility for, and can provide no assurance as to the reliability of, any other information that others may give you. We are not, and the underwriters are not, making an offer to sell the notes in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted. You should not assume that the information contained in this prospectus supplement, the accompanying prospectus, any free writing prospectus or any document incorporated by reference is accurate as of any date other than the respective dates on the front of such documents. Our business, properties, financial condition, cash flows, results of operations and prospects may have changed since those dates.

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PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT

 

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About This Prospectus Supplement

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Forward-Looking Statements

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Prospectus Supplement Summary

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Risk Factors

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Use of Proceeds

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Capitalization

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Description of Notes

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Book-Entry System

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Certain ERISA and Other Benefit Plan Considerations

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Material United States Federal Tax Consequences

     S-34  

Underwriting (Conflicts of Interest)

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Legal Matters

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Experts

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Where You Can Find More Information and Incorporation by Reference

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PROSPECTUS

 

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About This Prospectus

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Trademarks and Service Marks

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Where You Can Find More Information

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Incorporation of Certain Information by Reference

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Forward-Looking Statements

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The Company

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Risk Factors

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Use of Proceeds

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Description of Capital Stock

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Description of Depositary Shares

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Description of Debt Securities

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Plan of Distribution

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Validity of the Securities

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Experts

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ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT

This document is comprised of two parts. The first part is this prospectus supplement, which contains the terms of this offering of notes and other information. The second part is the accompanying prospectus dated October 20, 2023, and contains more general information, some of which may not apply to this offering.

This prospectus supplement, which describes certain matters relating to us and the specific terms of this offering of notes, adds to and updates information contained in the accompanying prospectus and the documents incorporated by reference herein and in the accompanying prospectus. Generally, when we refer to this document, we are referring to both parts of this document combined. Both this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus include important information about us, our outstanding debt and other information you should know before investing in the notes. The accompanying prospectus gives more general information, some of which may not apply to the notes offered by this prospectus supplement. To the extent the information contained in this prospectus supplement differs or varies from the information contained in the accompanying prospectus, you should rely on the information contained in this prospectus supplement. If the information contained in this prospectus supplement differs or varies from the information contained in a document we have incorporated by reference, you should rely on the information in the more recent document.

It is important for you to read and consider all information contained or incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus before making any investment decision. You should also read and consider the information in the documents to which we have referred you in “Where You Can Find More Information and Incorporation by Reference” in this prospectus supplement.

No person is authorized to give any information or to make any representation that is different from, or in addition to, those contained or incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus and, if given or made, such information or representations must not be relied upon as having been authorized. Neither the delivery of this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus, nor any sale made hereunder, shall under any circumstances create any implication that there has been no change in our affairs since the date of this prospectus supplement, or that the information contained or incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus is correct as of any time subsequent to the date of such information.

The distribution of this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus and the offering of the notes in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. This prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus do not constitute an offer to sell, or an invitation on our behalf or on behalf of the underwriters or any of them, to subscribe to or purchase any of the notes, and may not be used for or in connection with an offer or solicitation by anyone, in any jurisdiction in which such an offer or solicitation is not authorized or to any person to whom it is unlawful to make such an offer or solicitation. See “Underwriting (Conflicts of Interest).”

In this prospectus supplement, unless otherwise stated (as in the “Description of Notes” section) or the context otherwise requires (as in the “Prospectus Supplement Summary—The Offering” section), references to “we,” “us,” “our,” and the “Company” refer to Genuine Parts Company and its subsidiaries. Capitalized terms used but not defined in this prospectus supplement have the meanings ascribed to them in the accompanying prospectus.

 

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus and the documents incorporated by reference herein and therein 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. These forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical facts contained or incorporated by reference herein and therein, including statements regarding our plans to repay the Series F Private Placement Notes and outstanding indebtedness under the Revolving Credit Facility, future financial and operating performance, our future financial position, business strategy and the plans and objectives of management for future operations and initiatives. All statements in the future tense and all statements accompanied by words such as “expect,” “likely,” “outlook,” “forecast,” “preliminary,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “position,” “will,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “on track,” “anticipate,” “to come,” “may,” “possible,” “assume,” or similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, known or unknown, that could cause actual results to vary materially from those indicated or anticipated, including, but not limited to, those relating to:

 

   

changes in general economic conditions, including unemployment, inflation (including the impact of tariffs) or deflation, financial institution disruptions and geopolitical conflicts such as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the conflict in the Gaza strip;

 

   

volatility in oil prices;

 

   

significant cost increases, such as rising fuel and freight expenses;

 

   

public health emergencies, including the effects on the financial health of our business partners and customers, on supply chains and our suppliers, on vehicle miles driven as well as other metrics that affect our business, and on access to capital and liquidity provided by the financial and capital markets;

 

   

our ability to maintain compliance with our debt covenants;

 

   

our ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses into our operations and to realize the anticipated synergies and benefits;

 

   

our ability to successfully implement our business initiatives in our two business segments;

 

   

slowing demand for our products;

 

   

the ability to maintain favorable supplier arrangements and relationships;

 

   

changes in national and international legislation or government regulations or policies, including changes to import tariffs, environmental and social policy, infrastructure programs and privacy legislation, and their impact to us, our suppliers and customers;

 

   

changes in tax policies;

 

   

volatile exchange rates;

 

   

our ability to successfully attract and retain employees in the current labor market;

 

   

uncertain credit markets and other macroeconomic conditions;

 

   

competitive product, service and pricing pressures;

 

   

failure or weakness in our disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting, including as a result of the work from home environment;

 

   

the uncertainties and costs of litigation;

 

   

disruptions caused by a failure or breach of our information systems; and

 

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other risks and uncertainties discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and from time to time in the Company’s subsequent filings with the SEC.

These statements are not guarantees of performance and are inherently subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict and could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in or indicated by those statements. We cannot assure you that any of our expectations, estimates or projections will be achieved. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made. We undertake no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, other than as required by law. Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there are many factors that could affect our actual financial results or results of operations and could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. All future written and oral forward-looking statements by us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained herein or referred to above.

You should read this prospectus supplement, the accompanying prospectus and the documents that are referenced and which have been incorporated by reference herein, completely and with the understanding that our actual future results may be materially different from what we expect. All forward-looking statements are qualified by these cautionary statements.

 

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PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT SUMMARY

This summary highlights selected information about us and this offering discussed elsewhere in this prospectus supplement, the accompanying prospectus or the documents that are incorporated herein by reference. It does not contain all of the information that is important to you in deciding whether to purchase the notes. You should read the entire prospectus supplement, the accompanying prospectus and the documents that are incorporated herein by reference, including the financial statements and notes thereto and the sections entitled “Risk Factors” in this prospectus supplement, the accompanying prospectus and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2023 and in other reports we file with the SEC before deciding whether to purchase the notes. In addition, this prospectus supplement, the accompanying prospectus and the documents incorporated by reference herein and therein include forward-looking information that involves risks and uncertainties. See “Forward-Looking Statements.”

Company Overview

Genuine Parts Company is a global service organization engaged in the distribution of automotive and industrial replacement parts. We conduct our business in North America, Europe and Australasia from a network of more than 10,000 locations. Our mission is to be an employer of choice, supplier of choice, valued customer, good corporate citizen and investment of choice for all our shareholders. At September 30, 2023, we employed approximately 58,000 people worldwide.

Genuine Parts Company, a Georgia corporation, was incorporated on May 7, 1928. Our principal executive offices are located at 2999 Wildwood Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30339. Our telephone number is (678) 934-5000, and our website is www.genpt.com. The information on or accessible through our website is not incorporated by reference in, and does not form a part of, this prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus.

 

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The Offering

The following summary contains certain information about the notes and is not intended to be complete. It does not contain all of the information that may be important to you. You should read the full text and more specific details contained elsewhere in this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus. For a more detailed description of the notes, see the discussion under the caption “Description of Notes” in this prospectus supplement and “Description of Debt Securities” in the accompanying prospectus.

 

Issuer

Genuine Parts Company.

 

Notes Offered

$    aggregate principal amount of   % Senior Notes due 20  . $    aggregate principal amount of   % Senior Notes due 20 .

 

Maturity Date

The 20  notes will mature on   , 20 , and the 20  notes will mature on   , 20 .

 

Interest Rate

The 20  notes will bear interest from    , 2023 at the rate of  % per year, payable semi-annually and in arrears. The 20  notes will bear interest from   , 2023 at the rate of   % per year, payable semi-annually and in arrears.

 

Interest Payment Dates

   and    of each year, beginning on   , 2024.

 

Optional Redemption

We may redeem some or all of the notes of either series at any time or from time to time at the redemption prices equal to the amounts indicated in “Description of Notes—Optional redemption of the Notes.”

Repurchase at the Option of Holders Upon a Change of Control Triggering Event

If we experience a “change of control triggering event” (as defined below in “Description of Notes—Change of control triggering event”) with respect to the notes, unless we have defeased the notes as described in the indenture governing the notes or exercised our right to redeem the notes, we will be required to offer to repurchase the notes at a repurchase price equal to 101% of the principal amount of such notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but excluding, the date of repurchase.

 

Ranking

The notes will be our unsecured and unsubordinated debt obligations and will rank equally in right of payment with all of our other unsecured and unsubordinated debt from time to time outstanding. The notes will be structurally subordinated in right of payment to all existing and future indebtedness, liabilities and other obligations of

our subsidiaries.

 

  As of September 30, 2023, the aggregate amount of debt of our consolidated subsidiaries, excluding intercompany debt, was approximately $476 million. The Company had no outstanding secured indebtedness as of September 30, 2023.

 

Certain Covenants

The notes will be issued under an indenture which contains covenants with respect to, among other things:

 

   

incurrence of debt secured by liens; and

 

   

entry into sale and leaseback transactions.

 

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  Each of these covenants, however, is subject to significant qualifications and exceptions. See “Description of Notes—Certain Covenants” in this prospectus supplement.

 

 

 

Further Issuances

The indenture governing the notes does not limit the amount of notes that we may issue. We may issue additional notes up to an aggregate principal amount as our board of directors may authorize from time to time; provided that if the additional notes are not fungible with the notes for U.S. federal income tax purposes, the additional notes will have a separate CUSIP number.

 

Use of Proceeds

We intend to use the net proceeds from this offering to repay the Series F Private Placement Notes and outstanding indebtedness under the Revolving Credit Facility, with any remaining amounts for general corporate purposes. See “Use of Proceeds” for more information.

 

Denomination and Form

We will issue the notes in the form of one or more fully registered global notes registered in the name of a nominee of The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”). Beneficial interests in the notes will be represented through book-entry accounts of financial institutions acting on behalf of beneficial owners as direct and indirect participants in DTC. Clearstream Banking, S.A. and Euroclear Bank, S.A./N.V., as operator of the Euroclear System, will hold interests on behalf of their participants through their respective U.S. depositaries, which in turn will hold such interests in accounts as participants of DTC. Except in the limited circumstances described in this prospectus supplement, owners of beneficial interests in the notes will not be entitled to have notes registered in their names, will not receive or be entitled to receive notes in definitive form and will not be considered holders of notes under the indenture. The notes will be issued only in minimum denominations of $2,000 and integral multiples of $1,000 in excess thereof.

 

No Prior Market

The notes will be new issues of securities for which there is currently no market. Although certain of the underwriters have advised us that they intend to make a market in the notes they have agreed to purchase from us, they are not obligated to do so and they may discontinue market-making activities at any time without notice. We cannot assure you that liquid markets for the notes will develop or be maintained. We do not intend to apply for listing of the notes on any securities exchange.

 

Risk Factors

Investing in the notes involves substantial risks. You should carefully consider the risk factors set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” and the other information in this prospectus supplement and the documents incorporated by reference prior to making an investment decision.

 

Trustee, Paying Agent, Registrar

U.S. Bank Trust Company, National Association.

 

Governing Law

The indenture is, and the notes will be, governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York.

 

Conflicts of Interest

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could be deemed to have a “conflict of interest” under Rule 5121 (“Rule 5121”) of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”). Accordingly, this offering is being made in compliance with the requirements of Rule 5121. The appointment of a “qualified independent underwriter” is not required in connection with this offering because the notes are “investment grade rated” as defined in Rule 5121. For additional information about these matters, see “Use of Proceeds” and “Underwriting (Conflicts of Interest).”

 

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RISK FACTORS

You should carefully consider the risk factors described below and under “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, as well as the other information included or incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus, before making an investment decision. These risks are not the only risks that we face in our business and/or in connection with this offering. Our business, financial condition, cash flows and results of operations and/or the notes offered hereby could also be affected by additional factors that are not presently known to us or that we currently do not consider to be material.

Risks Relating to the Notes

The following risks relate specifically to this offering of the notes. There may be additional risks that are not presently known to us or that we currently do not consider to be material. There are also risks within the economy, the industry and the capital markets that affect us, this offering and/or the notes, which have not been described below.

We may not be able to generate sufficient cash to service all of our indebtedness, including the notes, and may be forced to take other actions to satisfy our obligations under our indebtedness, which may not be successful.

We have and will continue to have a significant amount of debt and other obligations. As of September 30, 2023, we had $3,317.5 million of indebtedness outstanding. Our ability to make scheduled payments on or to refinance our debt obligations, including the notes, depends on our financial condition and operating performance, which are subject to prevailing economic and competitive conditions and to certain financial, business, legislative, regulatory and other factors beyond our control. We may be unable to maintain a level of cash flows from operating activities sufficient to permit us to fund day-to-day operations or to pay the principal, premium, if any, and interest on our indebtedness, including the notes.

If our cash flows and capital resources are insufficient to fund our debt service obligations and other cash requirements, we could be forced to reduce or delay investments and capital expenditures, sell assets or operations, seek additional capital, or restructure or refinance our indebtedness, including the notes. We may not be able to effect any such alternative measures, if necessary, on commercially reasonable terms or at all and, even if successful, such alternative actions may not allow us to meet our scheduled debt service obligations. In the absence of such operating results and resources, we could face substantial liquidity problems and might be required to dispose of material assets or operations to meet our debt service and other obligations. We may not be able to consummate those dispositions or to obtain proceeds in an amount sufficient to meet any debt service obligations then due.

Our inability to generate sufficient cash flows to satisfy our debt obligations, or to refinance our indebtedness on commercially reasonable terms or at all, would materially and adversely affect our financial position and results of operations and our ability to satisfy our obligations under the notes. If we cannot make scheduled payments on our debt, we will be in default and, as a result, holders of notes offered hereby, as well as holders of each series of our outstanding senior notes, could declare all outstanding principal and interest to be due and payable, the lenders under the Revolving Credit Facility could terminate their commitments to loan money and accelerate the maturity of borrowings thereunder on account of cross-default and cross-acceleration provisions, and we could be forced into bankruptcy or liquidation, which, in each case, could result in loss of your investment in the notes.

The limited covenants in the indenture that will govern the notes will not provide protection against many types of important corporate events and may not protect your investment.

 

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The indenture does not:

 

   

require us to maintain any financial ratios or specific levels of net worth, revenues, income, cash flow or liquidity and, accordingly, will not protect holders of the notes in the event that we experience significant adverse changes in our financial condition or results of operations;

 

   

restrict our subsidiaries’ ability to issue securities or otherwise incur indebtedness (other than certain secured indebtedness) that would be senior in right of payment to our equity interests in our subsidiaries and therefore would be structurally senior to the notes;

 

   

entirely limit our ability to incur secured indebtedness that would effectively rank senior to the notes to the extent of the value of the assets securing the indebtedness;

 

   

limit our ability to incur indebtedness that is equal or subordinate in right of payment to the notes (other than certain secured indebtedness);

 

   

restrict our ability to repurchase our equity securities or prepay our other indebtedness;

 

   

restrict our ability to make investments or pay dividends or make other payments in respect of our equity securities or our other indebtedness; or

 

   

restrict our ability to enter into highly leveraged transactions.

We may incur additional debt in the future and the incurrence of such additional debt may have important consequences for you as a holder of the notes, including making it more difficult for us to satisfy our obligations with respect to the notes, a loss in the trading value of your notes, if any, and a risk that the credit rating of the notes is lowered or withdrawn.

As a result of the foregoing, when evaluating the terms of the notes, you should be aware that the terms of the indenture and the notes will not restrict our ability to engage in, or to otherwise be a party to, a variety of corporate transactions, circumstances and events, such as certain acquisitions, refinancings or recapitalizations, that could substantially and adversely affect our capital structure and the value of the notes.

We conduct a substantial amount of our operations through our subsidiaries, and the notes will be structurally subordinated to any debt, liabilities and other obligations of our current and future subsidiaries.

The notes will be unsecured and unsubordinated debt obligations of Genuine Parts Company, and we conduct a substantial amount of our business through our subsidiaries. Our subsidiaries are separate legal entities that are not guarantors of the notes and have no obligation to pay any amounts due under the notes or to make any funds available therefor, whether by dividend, loan or other payment. In addition, any payment of dividends, loans or other payments by our subsidiaries to us could be subject to statutory or contractual restrictions. Payments to us by our subsidiaries will also be contingent upon our subsidiaries’ earnings and business considerations. As a consequence, our debt, including the notes offered hereby, will be structurally subordinated to existing and future debt, liabilities and other obligations of our existing and future subsidiaries with respect to the assets of such subsidiaries. As of September 30, 2023, the aggregate amount of debt of our consolidated subsidiaries, excluding intercompany debt, was approximately $476 million.

In addition, our right to participate in any distribution of assets of any subsidiary upon its liquidation or reorganization or otherwise, and the ability of holders of the notes to benefit indirectly from that kind of distribution, is subject to the prior claims of creditors of that subsidiary, except to the extent, if any, we are recognized as a creditor of that subsidiary. All obligations of our subsidiaries will have to be satisfied before any of the assets of such subsidiaries would be available for distribution, upon a liquidation or otherwise.

The Revolving Credit Facility, the agreements governing the Existing NPA Notes (defined below) and other existing indebtedness contain various covenants that limit the discretion of our management in operating our business and could prevent us from engaging in some beneficial activities and adversely affect the holders of the notes. The notes offered hereby will not have the benefit of all of these covenants.

 

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The Revolving Credit Facility, the agreements governing the private placement notes outstanding under various note purchase agreements between the Company and the holders of Notes issued thereunder (collectively, the “Existing NPA Notes”) and other existing indebtedness limit the ability of the Company and its subsidiaries to, among other things, incur additional indebtedness, merge and create or permit to exist liens and certain lease obligations. A failure to comply with the covenants contained in the Revolving Credit Facility, the agreements governing the Existing NPA Notes and other existing indebtedness could result in an event of default, if not cured or waived, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. In the event of any default under the Revolving Credit Facility, the Existing NPA Notes or other indebtedness, the lenders thereunder would not be required to lend any additional amounts to us and could elect to declare all borrowings outstanding, together with accrued and unpaid interest and fees (including any make-whole payments required under the Existing NPA Notes), to be due and payable, and could require us to cash collateralize our outstanding letters of credit issued under the Revolving Credit Facility.

An event of default under one of our financing arrangements may also constitute a cross-default under one or more of our other financing arrangements, resulting in a default or event of default with respect to additional financing arrangements. If the indebtedness under the Revolving Credit Facility, the Existing NPA Notes or other existing indebtedness were to be accelerated, there can be no assurance that our assets would be sufficient to repay such indebtedness in full, and we could be rendered unable to pay principal, premium, if any, and interest on the notes.

The restrictions under the Revolving Credit Facility, the agreements governing the Existing NPA Notes and other existing indebtedness may prevent us from taking actions that we believe would be in the best interest of our business, and may make it difficult for us to successfully execute our business strategy or effectively compete with companies that are not similarly restricted. We may also incur future debt obligations that might subject us to additional restrictive covenants that could affect our financial and operational flexibility.

Our credit ratings may not reflect all risks of your investment in the notes.

Our debt securities are subject to periodic review by one or more independent credit rating agencies and may be subject to rating and periodic review by additional independent credit rating agencies in the future. Holders of notes will have no recourse against us or any other parties in the event of a change in or suspension or withdrawal of any such rating. The credit ratings assigned to the notes are limited in scope, and do not address all material risks relating to an investment in the notes, but rather reflect only the view of each rating agency at the time the rating is issued. An explanation of the significance of such rating may be obtained from such rating agency. There can be no assurance that such credit ratings will remain in effect for any given period of time or that a rating will not be lowered, placed on negative outlook, suspended or withdrawn entirely by the applicable rating agencies, if, in such rating agency’s judgment, circumstances so warrant.

Agency credit ratings are not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold any security. Each agency’s rating should be evaluated independently of any other agency’s rating. Actual or anticipated downgrades, negative outlooks, suspensions or withdrawals in our credit ratings, including any announcement that our ratings are under further review for a downgrade, could adversely affect the market value of the notes and increase our corporate borrowing costs.

Active trading markets may not develop or be sustained for the notes.

The notes are new issues of securities for which there is currently no market. We do not intend to apply for listing of the notes on any securities exchange. Certain of the underwriters have advised us that they intend to make a market in the notes they have agreed to purchase from us as permitted by applicable law. However, the underwriters are not obligated to make a market in the notes and may cease their market-making activities at any time at their discretion without notice. In addition, the liquidity of the trading markets in the notes and the market prices quoted for the notes may be adversely affected by changes in the overall market for securities and by

 

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changes in our financial performance, liquidity or prospects or in those of companies in our industry. As a result, no assurance can be given (i) that active trading markets will develop or be sustained for the notes, (ii) as to the liquidity of any markets that do develop or (iii) as to your ability to sell any notes you may own or the prices at which you may be able to sell your notes.

We may redeem some or all of the notes of either series at any time or from time to time prior to maturity.

We may redeem some or all of the notes of either series at any time or from time to time prior to maturity. See “Description of Notes—Optional redemption of the Notes.” Although the notes contain provisions designed to compensate you for the lost value of your notes if we redeem some or all of the notes at certain dates prior to maturity, the redemption prices we will pay will be only an approximation of this lost value and may not adequately compensate you. Furthermore, depending on prevailing interest rates at the time of any such redemption, you may not be able to reinvest the redemption proceeds in a comparable security at an interest rate as high as the interest rate of the notes being redeemed or at an interest rate that would otherwise compensate you for any lost value as a result of any redemption of such notes.

We could enter into significant transactions that would not constitute a change of control requiring us to repurchase the notes, but that could adversely affect our risk profile.

We could, in the future, enter into certain transactions, including certain recapitalizations, that would not result in a change of control, but would increase the amount of indebtedness outstanding at such time or otherwise affect our capital structure or credit ratings. While the indenture that will govern the notes will limit our ability to incur additional secured indebtedness, such limitation is subject to a number of significant exceptions. See “Description of Notes—Certain covenants—Limitation on liens.” As a result, even if a change of control is not triggered under the indenture or under other agreements governing our indebtedness, we may be able to incur significant additional indebtedness (including a significant amount of secured indebtedness), and we may be able to enter into highly leveraged transactions, including acquisition transactions, that may materially change the character of our capital structure and business operations, while still complying with the covenants in the indenture governing the notes and the other agreements governing our indebtedness.

We may not be able to repurchase the notes upon a change of control triggering event.

Unless we have defeased the notes as described in the indenture or we have exercised our option to redeem the notes, upon a change of control triggering event, we will be required to make an offer to each holder of the notes to repurchase all or any part of such holder’s notes at a price equal to 101% of their principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but excluding, the date of repurchase. If we experience a change of control triggering event, there can be no assurance that we would have sufficient financial resources available at such time to satisfy its obligations to repurchase the notes. Our failure to repurchase the notes as required under the indenture governing the notes would result in a default under the indenture, which could have material adverse consequences for us and the holders of the notes. See “Description of Notes—Change of control triggering event.”

 

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USE OF PROCEEDS

We estimate that the net proceeds to us from this offering will be approximately $     million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by us. We intend to use the net proceeds from this offering to repay the Series F Private Placement Notes and outstanding indebtedness under the Revolving Credit Facility, with any remaining amounts for general corporate purposes. The net proceeds from this offering may be temporarily invested in cash or short-term or other securities.

The Series F Private Placement Notes are due December 2, 2023. At September 30, 2023, the outstanding balance of the Series F Private Placement Notes was $250.0 million and bore interest at a rate of 3.24% per annum and is payable semi-annually in arrears on June 2 and December 2 of each year during their term.

The Revolving Credit Facility matures on September 30, 2026. As of September 30, 2023, based on the Company’s debt rating, the applicable interest rate for the Revolving Credit Facility was SOFR plus 112.5 basis points. As of October 19, 2023, approximately $150 million was outstanding under the Revolving Credit Facility, which was used for working capital purposes in the ordinary course of business.

Certain of the underwriters and/or their affiliates may receive at least 5% of the net proceeds of this offering, after deducting underwriting discounts and commission and estimated offering expenses, as a result of our refinancing of debt as described herein. Because 5% or more of the net proceeds of this offering may be paid to an underwriter, which is considered a “conflict of interest” under FINRA Rule 5121, this offering will be made in accordance with the applicable requirements of Rule 5121 regarding the underwriting of securities of a company with a member that has a conflict of interest within the meaning of those rules. See “Underwriting (Conflicts of Interest).”

 

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CAPITALIZATION

The following table sets forth our cash and cash equivalents and capitalization as of September 30, 2023:

 

   

on an actual basis; and

 

   

on an as-adjusted basis to give effect to the consummation of the offering of the notes and the use of the net proceeds from this offering as described under “Use of Proceeds.”

You should read this table in conjunction with “Use of Proceeds,” our audited consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes for the year ended December 31, 2022 included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, and our interim consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes for the quarter ended September 30, 2023 included in our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, including in each such filings the sections therein entitled “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” which are incorporated herein by reference as described in the section entitled “Where You Can Find More Information and Incorporation by Reference.”

We are providing the capitalization table below for informational purposes only. It should not be construed to be indicative of our capitalization or financial condition had the transactions described above been completed on September 30, 2023. The table does not reflect any transactions or events occurring or anticipated to occur after September 30, 2023 other than as described above, and is not necessarily indicative of our future capitalization or financial condition.

 

     As of September 30, 2023  
     Actual      As adjusted  
     (in millions)  

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 654.6      $    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Debt (including current portion):

     

Revolving Credit Facility(1)

   $—         $ —   

Existing Senior Notes(2)

     1,500.0        1,500.0  

Existing NPA Notes

     1,824.1     

Notes offered hereby

     —      

Other unsecured debt

     12.4        12.4  

Unamortized debt issuance costs

     (9.1   
     

Unamortized discounts

     (9.9   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total debt

   $ 3,317.5    $    

Equity:

     

Total parent equity

     4,186.1        4,186.1  
     

Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries

     15.2        15.2  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total equity

     4,201.3        4,201.3  
     

Total capitalization

   $ 17,021.9      $       
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1)

As of September 30, 2023, there were no borrowings outstanding under the Revolving Credit Facility, and the undrawn availability thereunder was $1.5 billion. The amount outstanding under the Revolving Credit Facility can fluctuate over the course of each month and can be different, potentially materially, from the amounts shown as of the end of any accounting period. Subsequent to September 30, 2023, the Company drew down approximately $150 million under the Revolving Credit Facility for working capital purposes in the ordinary course of business.

(2)

Consists of the Company’s outstanding 1.750% senior notes due 2025, 1.875% senior notes due 2030 and 2.750% senior notes due 2032.

 

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DESCRIPTION OF NOTES

The following description of the terms of the notes offered hereby supplements, and to the extent it is inconsistent therewith replaces, the description of the general terms of debt securities set forth in the accompanying prospectus, to which description reference is hereby made. In this “Description of Notes” section, the terms “we,” “our,” “us” and “Company” refer solely to Genuine Parts Company (and not its subsidiaries) and any person that succeeds thereto, and is substituted therefor, under the terms of the indenture (as defined below). The   % Senior Notes due 20  are referred to herein as the “20  Notes” and the   % Senior Notes due 20  are referred to herein as the “20  Notes.” The 20  Notes and the 20  Notes are collectively referred to herein as the “Notes.”

The Notes will be issued under an indenture, dated as of October 29, 2020, between the Company and U.S. Bank Trust Company, National Association (as successor to U.S. Bank National Association), as trustee (the “Trustee”), as supplemented by an officer’s certificate of certain authorized officers of the Company setting forth the final terms of the Notes (together, the “Indenture”).

The following description of the particular terms of the Notes of each series offered by this prospectus supplement augments, and, to the extent inconsistent, replaces the description of the general terms and provisions of the debt securities under “Description of Debt Securities” in the accompanying prospectus. The following discussion summarizes selected provisions of the Indenture. Because this is only a summary, it is not complete and does not describe every aspect of the Notes and the Indenture. Whenever there is a reference to defined terms of the Indenture, the statement is qualified in its entirety to such ascribed definition.

A copy of the Indenture can be obtained by following the instructions under the heading “Where You Can Find More Information and Incorporation by Reference.” You should read the Indenture for provisions that may be important to you but which are not included in this summary.

General terms of the Notes

The 20  Notes will mature on     , 20   at 100% of their principal amount. The 20  Notes will mature on    , 20   at 100% of their principal amount. The Notes will be our general unsecured and unsubordinated obligations and will rank on parity with all of our other unsecured and unsubordinated indebtedness from time to time outstanding. The Notes will be structurally subordinated to all liabilities of our subsidiaries and effectively subordinated to any secured obligations of the Company to the extent of the value of the collateral securing such obligations. As of September 30, 2023, the aggregate amount of debt of our consolidated subsidiaries, excluding intercompany debt, was approximately $476 million. The Company had no outstanding secured indebtedness as of September 30, 2023.

The Indenture does not limit the amount of Notes, debentures or other evidences of indebtedness that we may issue under the Indenture and provides that notes, debentures or other evidences of indebtedness may be issued from time to time in one or more series. Each series of Notes will constitute a separate series of securities under the Indenture.

We may from time to time, without giving notice to or seeking the consent of the holders of a series of the Notes, issue securities having the same ranking and the same interest rate, maturity and other terms as such series of the Notes other than issue date, issue price and the payment of interest accruing prior to the issue date of the additional securities, provided that if such additional securities are not fungible with the then-outstanding Notes for U.S. federal income tax purposes, the additional securities shall have a separate CUSIP number. Any additional securities having such similar terms, together with the relevant series of the Notes, will constitute a single series of securities under the Indenture. The provisions of the Indenture relating to defeasance and discharge will apply to the Notes.

 

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Any payment otherwise required to be made in respect of the Notes on a date that is not a business day for the Notes may be made on the next succeeding business day with the same force and effect as if made on that date. No additional interest shall accrue as a result of a delayed payment. A “business day” means each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday which is not a day on which banking institutions in New York City (or other place of payment of the principal of and interest on the Notes as specified pursuant to the Indenture) are authorized or obligated by law or executive order to close. Principal and interest will be payable, and the Notes will be transferable or exchangeable, at the office or offices or agency maintained by us for this purpose, which will initially be the corporate trust office of the Trustee in New York City.

The Notes will be issued only in fully registered form without coupons in denominations of $2,000 and any integral multiples of $1,000 in excess thereof. No service charge will be made for any transfer or exchange of the Notes, but we may require payment of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge payable in connection with a transfer or exchange. The Notes of each series will be represented by one or more global securities registered in the name of a nominee of DTC. The Notes will be available only in book entry form. See “Description of Debt Securities—Forms of Debt Securities—Registered global securities” in the accompanying prospectus.

We will initially appoint the Trustee at its corporate trust office as a paying agent, transfer agent and registrar for the Notes. We will cause each transfer agent to act as a co-registrar and will cause to be kept at the office of the registrar a register in which, subject to such reasonable regulations as we may prescribe, we will provide for the registration of the Notes and registration of transfers of the Notes. We may vary or terminate the appointment of any paying agent or transfer agent, or appoint additional or other such agents or approve any change in the office through which any such agent acts. We will provide you with notice of any resignation, termination or appointment of the Trustee or any paying agent or transfer agent, and of any change in the office through which any such agent will act.

Interest on the Notes

The 20  Notes will bear interest at the rate per annum of     %, from   , 2023 and the 20  Notes will bear interest at the rate per annum of    %, from    , 2023. Interest on each series of Notes will be payable semiannually in arrears on    and    of each year, commencing on     , 2024, to the persons in whose names such Notes were registered at the close of business on the immediately preceding      and     , respectively (whether or not a business day). Interest on the Notes will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year comprised of twelve 30-day months.

Optional redemption of the Notes

The Notes of either series may be redeemed at our option, in whole or in part, at any time and from time to time, prior to the applicable Par Call Date (as defined below) at a redemption price (expressed as a percentage of principal amount and rounded to three decimal places) equal to the greater of:

 

   

the (a) sum of the present values of the remaining scheduled payments of principal and interest thereon discounted to the redemption date (assuming the Notes matured on the applicable Par Call Date) on a semi-annual basis (assuming a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months) at the applicable Treasury Rate plus    basis points for the 20  Notes and basis points for the 20  Notes less (b) interest accrued to the date of redemption; and

 

   

100% of the principal amount of the Notes to be redeemed,

plus, in either case, accrued and unpaid interest on the Notes to, but excluding, the redemption date.

On or after the applicable Par Call Date, we may redeem the Notes of either series, in whole or in part, at any time and from time to time, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes of either series being redeemed plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon to, but excluding, the redemption date.

Definitions related to optional redemption of the Notes

Par Call Date” means     , 20 , in the case of the 20 Notes (    months prior to maturity) and means     , 20 , in the case of the 20  Notes (     months prior to maturity).

 

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Treasury Rate” means, with respect to any redemption date, the yield determined by the Company in accordance with the following two paragraphs.

The Treasury Rate shall be determined by the Company after 4:15 p.m., New York City time (or after such time as yields on U.S. government securities are posted daily by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System), on the third business day preceding the redemption date based upon the yield or yields for the most recent day that appear after such time on such day in the most recent statistical release published by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System designated as “Selected Interest Rates (Daily)—H.15” (or any successor designation or publication) (“H.15”) under the caption “U.S. government securities–Treasury constant maturities–Nominal” (or any successor caption or heading). In determining the Treasury Rate, the Company shall select, as applicable: (1) the yield for the Treasury constant maturity on H.15 exactly equal to the period from the redemption date to applicable the Par Call Date (the “Remaining Life”); or (2) if there is no such Treasury constant maturity on H.15 exactly equal to the Remaining Life, the two yields – one yield corresponding to the Treasury constant maturity on H.15 immediately shorter than and one yield corresponding to the Treasury constant maturity on H.15 immediately longer than the Remaining Life – and shall interpolate to the applicable Par Call Date on a straight-line basis (using the actual number of days) using such yields and rounding the result to three decimal places; or (3) if there is no such Treasury constant maturity on H.15 shorter than or longer than the Remaining Life, the yield for the single Treasury constant maturity on H.15 closest to the Remaining Life. For purposes of this paragraph, the applicable Treasury constant maturity or maturities on H.15 shall be deemed to have a maturity date equal to the relevant number of months or years, as applicable, of such Treasury constant maturity from the redemption date.

If on the third business day preceding the redemption date H.15 is no longer published, the Company shall calculate the Treasury Rate based on the rate per annum equal to the semi-annual equivalent yield to maturity at 11:00 a.m., New York City time, on the second business day preceding such redemption date of the United States Treasury security maturing on, or with a maturity that is closest to, the applicable Par Call Date, as applicable. If there is no United States Treasury security maturing on the applicable Par Call Date but there are two or more United States Treasury securities with a maturity date equally distant from the applicable Par Call Date, one with a maturity date preceding the applicable Par Call Date and one with a maturity date following the applicable Par Call Date, the Company shall select the United States Treasury security with a maturity date preceding the applicable Par Call Date. If there are two or more United States Treasury securities maturing on the applicable Par Call Date or two or more United States Treasury securities meeting the criteria of the preceding sentence, the Company shall select from among these two or more United States Treasury securities the United States Treasury security that is trading closest to par based upon the average of the bid and asked prices for such United States Treasury securities at 11:00 a.m., New York City time. In determining the Treasury Rate in accordance with the terms of this paragraph, the semi-annual yield to maturity of the applicable United States Treasury security shall be based upon the average of the bid and asked prices (expressed as a percentage of principal amount) at 11:00 a.m., New York City time, of such United States Treasury security, and rounded to three decimal places.

The Company’s actions and determinations in determining the redemption price shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes, absent manifest error.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, installments of interest on the Notes that are due and payable on interest payment dates falling on or prior to a redemption date will be payable on the interest payment date to the registered holders as of the close of business on the relevant record date. The redemption price will be calculated on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months.

Notice of any redemption will be mailed or electronically delivered (or otherwise transmitted in accordance with the depositary’s procedures) at least 10 days but not more than 60 days before the redemption date to each registered holder of the Notes to be redeemed. Once notice of redemption is sent, the Notes called for redemption will become due and payable on the redemption date and at the applicable redemption price, plus accrued and unpaid interest to the redemption date, subject to any conditions precedent specified in such notice. If such redemption is subject to satisfaction of one or more conditions precedent, such notice shall describe each such

 

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condition, and such notice may be rescinded in the event that any or all such conditions shall not have been satisfied or otherwise waived on or prior to the business day immediately preceding the relevant redemption date. We shall notify holders of any such rescission as soon as practicable after we determine that such conditions precedent will not be able to be satisfied or we are not able or willing to waive such conditions precedent. In addition, the Company may provide in such notice that payment of the redemption price and performance of the Company’s obligations with respect to such redemption may be performed by another Person.

In the case of a partial redemption of a series of Notes, selection of Notes of such series for redemption will be made pro rata, by lot or by such other method as the Trustee in its sole discretion deems appropriate and fair unless otherwise required by law or applicable stock exchange or depositary requirements, including the applicable procedures of DTC. No Notes of a principal amount of $2,000 or less will be redeemed in part. If any Note is to be redeemed in part only, the notice of redemption that relates to the Note will state the portion of the principal amount of the Note to be redeemed. A new Note in a principal amount equal to the unredeemed portion of the Note will be issued in the name of the holder of the Note upon surrender for cancellation of the original Note. For so long as the Notes are held by DTC (or another depositary), the redemption of the Notes shall be done in accordance with the policies and procedures of the depositary. The Notes will not be entitled to the benefit of any mandatory redemption or sinking fund.

On and after the redemption date, interest will cease to accrue on the Notes or any portion of the Notes called for redemption (unless we default in the payment of the redemption price and accrued interest). On or before the redemption date, we will deposit with a paying agent or the Trustee money sufficient to pay the redemption price of and accrued interest on the Notes to be redeemed on that date.

Change of control triggering event

Upon the occurrence of a Change of Control Triggering Event, unless we have defeased the Notes as described in the Indenture or exercised our right to redeem the Notes as described above under “—Optional redemption of the Notes,” the Indenture provides that each holder of Notes will have the right to require us to repurchase all or a portion of such holder’s Notes pursuant to the offer described below (the “Change of Control Offer”), for cash, at a repurchase price equal to 101% of the aggregate principal amount thereof plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, on the amount repurchased to, but not including, the date of repurchase, subject to the rights of holders of Notes on the relevant record date to receive interest due on the relevant interest payment date.

Within 30 days following the date upon which the Change of Control Triggering Event occurred, or at our option, prior to any Change of Control but after the public announcement of the pending Change of Control, we are required to send, by first class mail, a notice to each holder of Notes (or, in the case of global securities, electronically through the procedures of DTC), with a copy to the Trustee, which notice will govern the terms of the Change of Control Offer. Such notice will state, among other things, the repurchase date, which must be no earlier than 30 days nor later than 60 days from the date such notice is sent (the “Change of Control Payment Date”). The notice, if sent prior to the date of consummation of the Change of Control, will state that the Change of Control Offer is conditioned on the Change of Control being consummated on or prior to the Change of Control Payment Date. In addition, if such Change of Control Offer is subject to satisfaction of such condition that the Change of Control Triggering Event occur on or prior to the applicable Change of Control Payment Date, such notice shall state that, in our discretion, the Change of Control Payment Date may be delayed until such time (including more than 60 days after the date the notice of the Change of Control Offer was delivered) as such condition shall be satisfied or waived, or such Change of Control Offer may not occur and such notice may be rescinded in the event that such condition shall not have been satisfied by the Change of Control Payment Date, or by the Change of Control Payment Date so delayed, or such notice may be rescinded at any time in our discretion if in our good faith judgment such condition will not be satisfied.

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completed, to the paying agent at the address specified in the notice, or transfer their Notes to the paying agent by book-entry transfer pursuant to the applicable procedures of the paying agent, prior to the close of business on the third business day prior to the Change of Control Payment Date.

We will not be required to make a Change of Control Offer if a third party makes such an offer in the manner, at the times and otherwise in compliance with the requirements for such an offer made by us and such third party purchases all Notes properly tendered and not withdrawn under its offer.

Change of Control” means the occurrence of any one of the following:

 

  (1)

the direct or indirect sale, lease, transfer, conveyance or other disposition (other than by way of merger or consolidation), in one or a series of related transactions, of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole to any Person (including any “person” (as that term is used in Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act)) other than the Company or one of its subsidiaries;

 

  (2)

the consummation of any transaction (including, without limitation, any merger or consolidation) the result of which is that any Person (including any “person” or “group” (as those terms are used in Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act)) becomes the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rules 13d-3 and 13d-5 under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of more than 50% of the outstanding Voting Stock of the Company or any other Voting Stock into which the Voting Stock of the Company is reclassified, consolidated, exchanged or changed, measured by voting power rather than number of shares;

 

  (3)

the Company consolidates with, or merges with or into, any Person, or any Person consolidates with, or merges with or into, the Company, in any such event pursuant to a transaction in which any of the outstanding Voting Stock of the Company (or any other Voting Stock into which the Voting Stock of the Company is reclassified, consolidated, exchanged or changed) is converted into or exchanged for cash, securities or other property, other than any such transaction where the shares of the Voting Stock of the Company (or any other Voting Stock into which the Voting Stock of the Company is reclassified, consolidated, exchanged or changed) outstanding immediately prior to such transaction constitute, or are converted into or exchanged for, a majority of the Voting Stock of the surviving Person immediately after giving effect to such transaction; or

 

  (4)

the adoption of a plan relating to the liquidation or dissolution of the Company.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, a transaction will not be deemed to involve a Change of Control under clause (2) above if (i) we become a direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiary of another corporate entity and (ii) the holders having ultimate beneficial ownership of the Voting Stock of such holding company immediately following that transaction are substantially the same as the holders having beneficial ownership of our Voting Stock immediately prior to that transaction. The term “Person,” as used in this definition, has the meaning given thereto in Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act.

The definition of Change of Control includes a phrase relating to the direct or indirect sale, lease, transfer, conveyance or other disposition of “all or substantially all” of the properties or assets of the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole. Although there is a limited body of case law interpreting the phrase “substantially all,” there is no precise established definition of the phrase under applicable law. Accordingly, the ability of a holder of Notes to require the Company to repurchase its Notes as a result of a sale, lease, transfer, conveyance or other disposition of less than all of the assets of Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole to another Person or group may be uncertain.

Change of Control Triggering Event” means the occurrence of both a Change of Control and a related Rating Event.

Investment Grade” means a rating of Baa3 or better by Moody’s (or its equivalent under any successor rating category of Moody’s) and a rating of BBB– or better by S&P (or its equivalent under any successor rating category of S&P) and the equivalent investment grade rating from any replacement Rating Agency or Rating Agencies appointed by us.

 

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Moody’s” means Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. and its successors.

Person” means any individual, corporation, partnership, joint venture, association, joint-stock company, trust, unincorporated organization, limited liability company or government or other entity.

Rating Agency” means each of Moody’s and S&P; provided that if either Moody’s or S&P ceases to provide rating services to issuers or investors, we may appoint a replacement for such Rating Agency.

Rating Event” means:

(1) if the Notes are rated Investment Grade by each of the Rating Agencies on the first day of the Trigger Period, the Notes cease to be rated Investment Grade by each of the Rating Agencies on any date during the Trigger Period, or

(2) if the Notes are not rated Investment Grade by each of the Rating Agencies on the first day of the Trigger Period, the Notes are downgraded by at least one rating category (e.g., from BB+ to BB or Ba1 to Ba2) from the applicable rating of the Notes on the first day of the Trigger Period by each of the Rating Agencies on any date during the Trigger Period.

S&P” means S&P Global Ratings, a division of S&P Global, Inc., and its successors.

Trigger Period” means the period commencing 60 days prior to the first public announcement by us of any Change of Control (or pending Change of Control) and ending 60 days following consummation of such Change of Control (which Trigger Period will be extended following consummation of a Change of Control for so long as either of the Rating Agencies has publicly announced that it is considering a possible ratings change).

Voting Stock” of any specified Person as of any date means the capital stock of such Person that is at the time entitled to vote generally in the election of the board of directors of such Person.

The change of control feature of the Notes may in certain circumstances make it more difficult to consummate or discourage a sale or takeover of us and, thus, the removal of incumbent management. We could, in the future, enter into certain transactions, including takeovers, recapitalizations or other similar transactions, that would not constitute a Change of Control under the Notes, but that could increase the amount of indebtedness outstanding at such time or otherwise affect our capital structure or credit ratings on the Notes.

Certain covenants

Limitation on liens

The Indenture provides that we will not, and will not permit any of our subsidiaries to, create, incur, issue, assume or guarantee any debt for borrowed money secured by a Lien (other than Permitted Liens) upon any Property, or any shares of stock or evidences of indebtedness issued by any of our subsidiaries and owned by us or by any other of our subsidiaries, owned on the date of issuance of the Notes, without making effective provision to secure all of the Notes, equally and ratably with any and all other debt secured thereby, so long as any of such other debt shall be so secured.

Limitation on sale and leaseback transactions

The Indenture provides that we will not, and will not permit any subsidiary to, after the date of the issue of the Notes, enter into any arrangement with any person providing for the leasing by us or any subsidiary of any Property that has been or is to be sold or transferred by us or such subsidiary to such person, with the intention of taking back a lease of such property or assets (a “Sale and Leaseback Transaction”) unless either:

 

  (i)

within 12 months after the receipt of the proceeds of the sale or transfer, we or any subsidiary apply an amount equal to the greater of the net proceeds of the sale or transfer or the fair value (as determined in good faith by our board of directors) of such Property at the time of such sale or transfer to the prepayment or retirement (other than any mandatory prepayment or retirement) of Senior Funded Debt; or

 

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  (ii)

we or such subsidiary would be entitled, at the effective date of the sale or transfer, to incur debt secured by a Lien on such Property in an amount at least equal to the Attributable Debt in respect of the Sale and Leaseback Transaction, without equally and ratably securing the Notes pursuant to the covenant described under “—Limitation on liens.”

The foregoing restriction in the paragraph above will not apply to any Sale and Leaseback Transaction (i) for a term of not more than three years including renewals; (ii) between us and a subsidiary or between subsidiaries, provided that the lessor is us or a wholly owned subsidiary; or (iii) entered into within 270 days after the later of the acquisition or completion of construction of the subject property or assets.

Merger, consolidation or sale of assets

The Indenture provides that we shall not merge, consolidate or amalgamate with or into any other person or sell, transfer, assign, lease, convey or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of our property in any one transaction or series of related transactions unless:

(1) the Company shall be the surviving person (the “Surviving Person”) or the Surviving Person (if other than the Company) formed by such merger, consolidation or amalgamation or to which such sale, transfer, assignment, lease, conveyance or disposition is made shall be a person organized and existing under the laws of the U.S., any State thereof or the District of Columbia,

(2) the Surviving Person (if other than the Company) expressly assumes, by supplemental indenture in form reasonably satisfactory to the Trustee, executed and delivered to the Trustee by such Surviving Person, the due and punctual payment of the principal of, and premium, if any, and interest on, all the Notes, according to their tenor, and the due and punctual performance and observance of all the covenants and conditions of the Indenture to be performed by the Company,

(3) immediately before and immediately after giving effect to such transaction or series of related transactions, no default or event of default shall have occurred and be continuing, and

(4) the Company shall deliver, or cause to be delivered, to the Trustee, an officer’s certificate and an opinion of counsel, each stating that such transaction and the supplemental indenture, if any, in respect thereto comply with this covenant and that all conditions precedent in the Indenture relating to such transaction have been complied with.

For the purposes of this covenant, the sale, transfer, assignment, lease, conveyance or other disposition of all the property of one or more subsidiaries of the Company, which property, if held by the Company instead of such subsidiaries, would constitute all or substantially all the property of the Company on a consolidated basis, shall be deemed to be the transfer of all or substantially all the property of the Company.

Definitions related to certain covenants

The following terms used in “—Certain covenants” are defined as follows. Reference is made to the Indenture for the full definition of all such terms as well as any other capitalized terms used herein for which no definition is provided.

Attributable Debt” in respect of a Sale and Leaseback Transaction means, at the time of determination, the present value discounted at the rate of interest implicit in the terms of the lease (as determined in good faith by us) of the obligations of the lessee under such lease for net rental payments (including a reduction for any amounts required to be paid on account of maintenance and repairs, insurance, taxes, assessments, water rates and similar charges) during the remaining term of the lease (including any period for which such lease has been extended).

Consolidated Net Tangible Assets” means the aggregate amount of our assets (including right of use assets and less applicable reserves and other properly deductible items) and our consolidated subsidiaries’ assets after

 

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deducting therefrom (a) all current liabilities (excluding the sum of any debt for money borrowed having a maturity of less than twelve months from the date of our most recent consolidated balance sheet but which by its terms is renewable or extendable beyond twelve months from such date at the option of the borrower and, without duplication, any current installments thereof payable within such twelve month period) and (b) all goodwill, trade names, patents, unamortized debt discount and expense and other like intangibles, all as set forth on our most recent consolidated balance sheet and computed in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”).

Funded Debt” means debt which matures more than one year from the date of creation, or which is extendable or renewable at the sole option of the obligor so that it may become payable more than one year from such date or which is classified, in accordance with GAAP, as long-term debt on the consolidated balance sheet for the most-recently ended fiscal quarter (or if incurred subsequent to the date of such balance sheet, would have been so classified) of the person for which the determination is being made. Funded Debt does not include (1) obligations created pursuant to leases, (2) any debt or portion thereof maturing by its terms within one year from the time of any computation of the amount of outstanding Funded Debt unless such debt shall be extendable or renewable at the sole option of the obligor in such manner that it may become payable more than one year from such time, or (3) any debt for which money in the amount necessary for the payment or redemption of such debt is deposited in trust either at or before the maturity date thereof.

“Lien” means, with respect to any Property, shares of stock or evidences of indebtedness, any mortgage or deed of trust, pledge, hypothecation, security interest, lien, encumbrance or other security arrangement of any kind or nature on or with respect to such Property, shares of stock or evidences of indebtedness.

Permitted Liens” means:

 

  (1)

Liens (other than Liens created or imposed under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”)), for taxes, assessments or governmental charges or levies not yet subject to penalties for non-timely payment or Liens for taxes being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings for which adequate reserves determined in accordance with GAAP have been established (and as to which the property or assets subject to any such Lien is not yet subject to foreclosure, sale or loss on account thereof);

 

  (2)

statutory Liens of landlords and Liens of mechanics, materialmen, repairmen, warehousemen, carriers and suppliers and other Liens imposed by law or pursuant to customary reservations or retentions of title arising in the ordinary course of business, provided that any such Liens which are material secure only amounts not yet due and payable or, if due and payable, are unfiled and no other action has been taken to enforce the same or are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings for which adequate reserves determined in accordance with GAAP have been established (and as to which the property or assets subject to any such Lien is not yet subject to foreclosure, sale or loss on account thereof);

 

  (3)

Liens (other than Liens created or imposed under ERISA) incurred or deposits made by us and our subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business in connection with workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and other types of social security, laws or regulations, or to secure the performance of tenders, statutory obligations, surety and appeal bonds, bids, leases, trade or government contracts, surety, indemnification, appeal, performance and return-of-money bonds, letters of credit, bankers acceptances and other similar obligations (exclusive of obligations for the payment of borrowed money), or as security for customs or import duties and related amounts;

 

  (4)

Liens in connection with attachments or judgments (including judgment or appeal bonds), provided that the judgments secured shall, within 30 days after the entry thereof, have been discharged or execution thereof stayed pending appeal, or shall have been discharged within 30 days after the expiration of any such stay;

 

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  (5)

Liens securing indebtedness (including any Liens, interest or title of a lessor under any capital leases) incurred or assumed to finance the purchase price or cost of development or construction of property or assets (or additions, repairs, alterations or improvements thereto), provided that the commitment of the creditor to extend the credit secured by any such Liens shall have been obtained within twelve months of the later of (a) acquisition or completion of construction or development (or addition, repair, alteration or improvement) and (b) full operation thereof;

 

  (6)

Liens securing industrial revenue bonds, pollution control bonds or similar types of tax-exempt bonds;

 

  (7)

Liens arising from deposits with, or the giving of any form of security to, any governmental agency required as a condition to the transaction of business or exercise of any privilege, franchise or license, or Liens encumbering deposits made in the ordinary course of business to secure nondelinquent obligations arising from statutory, regulatory, contractual or warranty requirements of the Company or its subsidiaries;

 

  (8)

encumbrances, covenants, conditions, restrictions, easements, reservations and rights of way or zoning, building code or other restrictions, (including defects or irregularities in title and similar encumbrances) as to the use of real property, or Liens incidental to conduct of the business or to the ownership of our or our subsidiaries’ properties not securing debt that do not in the aggregate materially impair the use of said properties in the operation of our business, including our subsidiaries, taken as a whole;

 

  (9)

leases, licenses, subleases or sublicenses granted to others not interfering in any material respect with our business, including our subsidiaries, taken as a whole;

 

  (10)

Liens on property or assets or shares of stock or evidences of indebtedness for borrowed money at the time such property or assets are acquired by us or any of our subsidiaries;

 

  (11)

Liens on property or assets of any person, or any shares of stock or evidences of indebtedness for borrowed money, at the time such person becomes one of our subsidiaries;

 

  (12)

Liens on receivables from customers sold to third parties pursuant to credit arrangements in the ordinary course of business or consistent with past practice;

 

  (13)

Liens existing on the date of this prospectus supplement or any extensions, amendments, renewals, refinancings, replacements or other modifications thereto;

 

  (14)

Liens on any property or assets created, assumed or otherwise brought into existence in contemplation of the sale or other disposition of the underlying property or assets, whether directly or indirectly, by way of share disposition or otherwise;

 

  (15)

Liens securing debt of a subsidiary owed to us or to another one of our subsidiaries;

 

  (16)

Liens in favor of the United States of America or any State thereof, or any department, agency or instrumentality or political subdivision thereof, to secure partial, progress, advance or other payments;

 

  (17)

Liens to secure debt of joint ventures in which we or any of our subsidiaries have an interest, to the extent such Liens are on property or assets of, or equity interests in, such joint ventures;

 

  (18)

Liens arising solely by virtue of any statutory or common law provisions relating to banker’s Liens, rights of set-off or similar rights and remedies as to deposit accounts or other funds maintained with a depositary institution;

 

  (19)

Liens arising from financing statement filings regarding operating leases;

 

  (20)

Liens in favor of customs and revenue authorities to secure custom duties in connection with the importation of goods;

 

  (21)

Liens securing the financing of insurance premiums payable on insurance policies; provided, that such Liens shall only encumber unearned premiums with respect to such insurance, interests in any state

 

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  guarantee fund relating to such insurance and subject and subordinate to the rights and interests of any loss payee, loss payments which shall reduce such unearned premiums;

 

  (22)

Liens securing cash management obligations (that do not constitute indebtedness), or arising out of conditional sale, title retention, consignment or similar arrangements for sale of goods and contractual rights of set-off relating to purchase orders and other similar arrangements, in each case in the ordinary course of business or consistent with past practice;

 

  (23)

Liens on any property or assets of our foreign subsidiaries securing debt of such subsidiaries (but not debt of the Company or any of our domestic subsidiaries);

 

  (24)

Liens securing debt in an aggregate principal amount at any time outstanding not exceeding $1,000.0 million in respect of any arrangement under which the Company or any of our subsidiaries transfer, once or on a revolving basis, without recourse (except for indemnities and representations customary for securitization transactions and except for the retention of risk in an amount and form required by applicable laws and regulations or as is customary for a similar type of transaction) involving one or more “true sale” transactions, accounts receivable or interests therein and related assets customarily transferred in connection with securitization transactions (i) to a trust, partnership, corporation, limited liability company or other entity, which transfer is funded in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by the incurrence or issuance by the transferee or successor transferee of indebtedness or other securities that are to receive payments from, or that represent interests in, the cash flow derived from such accounts receivable or interests therein, or (ii) directly to one or more investors or other purchasers;

 

  (25)

other Liens on our property or assets and the property or assets of our subsidiaries securing debt in an aggregate principal amount (together with the aggregate amount of all Attributable Debt in respect of Sale and Leaseback Transactions entered into in reliance on this clause) not to exceed, as of any date of incurrence of such secured debt pursuant to this clause and after giving effect to such incurrence and the application of the proceeds therefrom, the greater of (a) $700 million and (b) 15% of our Consolidated Net Tangible Assets; and

 

  (26)

any extensions, amendments, renewals, refinancings, replacements or other modifications thereto (or successive extensions, amendments, renewals, refinancings, replacements or other modifications thereto), as a whole or in part, of any Lien referred to in subparagraphs (1) through (25) above or the indebtedness secured thereby; provided that the Lien so extended, amended, renewed, refinanced, replaced or otherwise modified does not extend to any additional property or assets.

Property” means any building, structure or other facility, together with the land upon which it is erected and fixtures comprising a part thereof, used primarily for selling automotive parts and accessories or the warehousing or distributing of such products, owned or leased by us or any one of our Significant Subsidiaries.

Senior Funded Debt” means all Funded Debt of ours or our subsidiaries (except Funded Debt, the payment of which is subordinated to the payment of the Notes).

Significant Subsidiaries” means any of our subsidiaries that is a “significant subsidiary” as defined in Rule 1-02 of Regulation S-X, promulgated pursuant to the Securities Act.

Events of default

The Indenture defines “Events of Default” with respect to the debt securities of any series as being one of the following events:

 

  (i)

default in the payment of any installment of interest on that series for 30 days after becoming due;

 

  (ii)

default in the payment of principal of (or premium, if any, on) that series when due;

 

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  (iii)

default in the deposit of any sinking fund payment when due;

 

  (iv)

default in the performance or breach of any other covenant or warranty in the Indenture (other than a covenant included in the Indenture solely for the benefit of any series of debt securities other than that series) for 90 days after notice to us by the Trustee or to us and the Trustee by the holders of at least 25 percent in principal amount of the debt securities of all series affected;

 

  (v)

a default under any debt for money borrowed by us or any subsidiary that results in acceleration of the maturity of such debt, or failure to pay any such debt within any applicable grace period after final stated maturity, in an aggregate amount greater than $100.0 million, or its foreign currency equivalent, at the time without such debt having been discharged or acceleration having been rescinded or annulled;

 

  (vi)

certain events of bankruptcy, insolvency or reorganization with respect to the Company; and

 

  (vii)

any other Event of Default provided with respect to debt securities of that series.

If an Event of Default shall occur and be continuing, either the Trustee or the holders of at least 25 percent in principal amount of the debt securities then outstanding of all series affected, voting as a single class, may declare the principal of the debt securities of all such series to be due and payable. Under certain conditions, such a declaration may be annulled. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if an Event of Default pursuant to (vi) above occurs with respect to the Company, the unpaid principal of, premium, if any, and any accrued and unpaid interest on all the debt securities shall become and be immediately due and payable without further action or notice on the part of the Trustee or any holder.

Notwithstanding the preceding paragraph, in the event of a declaration of acceleration in respect of the Notes because an event of default as described herein shall have occurred and be continuing, such declaration of acceleration shall be automatically annulled if (i) the default under the debt that is the subject of such event of default has been cured by us or has been waived by the holders thereof or (ii) the holders of such debt that is the subject of such event of default have rescinded their declaration of acceleration in respect of such debt, and written notice of such cure, waiver or rescission shall have been given to the trustee by us and countersigned by the holders of such debt or a trustee, fiduciary or agent for such holders, within 20 days after such declaration of acceleration in respect of the Notes and if the annulment of the acceleration of the Notes would not conflict with any judgment or decree of a court of competent jurisdiction, and no other event of default exists or has occurred during such 20-day period which has not been cured or waived during such period.

The Indenture provides that the Trustee shall, within 90 days after the occurrence of a default actually known to one of its responsible officers, give the holders of debt securities notice of all uncured defaults actually known to one of its responsible officers (the term “default” to mean the events specified above without grace periods); provided, however, that, except in the case of default in the payment of principal of or interest on any debt security, the Trustee shall be fully protected in withholding such notice if it in good faith determines the withholding of such notice is in the interest of the holders of debt securities.

The Company will be required to furnish to the Trustee annually a statement by the principal financial officer, the principal executive officer or the principal accounting officer of the Company stating whether or not, to the best of his or her knowledge, the Company is in default in the performance and observance of any of the terms, provisions and conditions under the Indenture and, if the Company is in default, specifying each such default.

The holders of a majority in principal amount of the outstanding debt securities of all series affected will have the right, subject to certain limitations, to direct the time, method and place of conducting any proceeding for any remedy available to the Trustee or exercising any trust or power conferred on the Trustee with respect to the debt securities of such series, and to waive certain defaults with respect thereto. The Indenture provides that in case an Event of Default shall occur and be continuing, the Trustee shall exercise such of its rights and powers

 

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under the Indenture, and use the same degree of care and skill in their exercise, as a prudent person would exercise or use under the circumstances in the conduct of his or her own affairs. Subject to such provisions, the Trustee will be under no obligation to exercise any of its rights or powers under the Indenture at the request of any of the holders of debt securities unless they shall have offered to the Trustee security or indemnity satisfactory to it against the costs, expenses and liabilities which might be incurred by it in compliance with such request.

Modification of the Indenture

The Indenture may generally be modified or amended with the consent of the holders of not less than a majority in principal amount of the outstanding debt securities of each series affected by the modification (voting as a single class); provided, however, that no such modification or amendment may be made, without the consent of the holder of each debt security affected, which would (i) reduce the principal amount of or the interest on any debt security, change the stated maturity of the principal of, or any installment of principal of or interest on, any debt security, or the other terms of payment thereof, or (ii) reduce the above-stated percentage of debt securities, the consent of the holders of which is required to modify or amend the Indenture, or the percentage of debt securities of any series, the consent of the holders of which is required to waive compliance with certain provisions of the Indenture or to waive certain past defaults.

Without the consent of any holder of debt securities, the Company and the Trustee may enter into a supplemental indenture to amend the Indenture or the debt securities issued under that Indenture for any of the following purposes, among other things:

 

  (i)

to evidence the succession of another person to the Company and the assumption by any such successor of the covenants of the Company in the Indenture, as supplemented, and in the debt securities;

 

  (ii)

to add to the covenants of the Company, for the benefit of the holders of all or any series of debt securities (and if such covenants are to be for the benefit of less than all series of debt securities, stating that such covenants are expressly being included solely for the benefit of such series) or to surrender any right or power herein conferred upon the Company;

 

  (iii)

to add any additional Events of Default;

 

  (iv)

to permit the issuance of debt securities in uncertificated form, provided that any such action shall not adversely affect the interests of the holders of debt securities of any series in any material respect; or

 

  (v)

to change or eliminate any of the provisions of the Indenture, provided that any such change or elimination shall become effective only with respect to debt securities not outstanding at the time of the execution of such supplemental indenture;

 

  (vi)

to secure the debt securities;

 

  (vii)

to establish the form or terms of debt securities of any series;

 

  (viii)

to evidence and provide for the acceptance of appointment hereunder by a successor Trustee with respect to the debt securities of one or more series and/or to add to or change any of the provisions of the Indenture as shall be necessary to provide for or facilitate the administration of the trusts under the Indenture by more than one Trustee;

 

  (ix)

to cure any ambiguity or omission, to correct or supplement any provision of the Indenture, as supplemented, which may be defective or inconsistent with any other provision herein or to conform any provision applicable to debt securities of any series to the description of the terms of such debt securities in any prospectus supplement; or

 

  (x)

to make any other provisions with respect to matters or questions arising under the Indenture, provided that such action shall not adversely affect the interests of the holders of debt securities of any series in any material respect.

 

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Defeasance and discharge

The Indenture provides that the Company may elect, with respect to the debt securities of any series, either:

 

  (i)

to terminate (and be deemed to have satisfied) any and all obligations in respect of such debt securities (except for certain obligations to register the transfer or exchange of debt securities, to replace stolen, lost or mutilated debt securities, to maintain paying agencies and hold monies for payment in trust and, if so specified with respect to the debt securities of a certain series, to pay the principal of (and premium, if any) and interest, if any, on such specified debt securities and certain obligations owed to the Trustee (“legal defeasance”)); or

 

  (ii)

to be released from its obligations to comply with any restrictive covenants under the Indenture,

in either case after the deposit with the Trustee, in trust, of money and/or Government Obligations (as defined in the Indenture) which through the payment of interest and principal thereof in accordance with their terms will provide money in an amount sufficient to pay any installment of principal (and premium, if any (and interest, if any)), on and any mandatory sinking fund payments in respect of such debt securities on the stated maturity of such payments in accordance with the terms of the Indenture and such debt securities. Such a trust may be established only if, among other things, the Company has delivered to the Trustee an opinion of counsel (who may be counsel to the Company) to the effect that, based upon applicable U.S. federal income tax law or a ruling published by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (which opinion must, in the case of legal defeasance, be based on a change in applicable U.S. federal income tax law after the date of the Indenture or a ruling published by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service after the date of the Indenture), such a defeasance and discharge will not be deemed, or result in, a taxable event with respect to beneficial owners of such debt securities. For the avoidance of doubt, neither the Trustee nor any of its agents are responsible for determining the sufficiency of any amounts deposited in trust pursuant to a discharge or defeasance of any series of debt securities under the Indenture and neither the Trustee nor any of its agents shall have any obligation or liability whatsoever with respect to the sufficiency of such amounts.

The Indenture also provides that the Indenture shall cease to be of further effect with respect to any series of debt securities (except as to any surviving rights of registration of transfer or exchange of debt securities of such series), and the Trustee, at the expense of and upon written instruction by the Company, shall execute proper instruments acknowledging satisfaction and discharge of the Indenture as to such series, when

(a) either:

 

  (i)

all debt securities of such series theretofore authenticated and delivered (other than (i) debt securities which have been destroyed, lost or stolen and which have been replaced or paid as provided in the Indenture and (ii) debt securities for whose payment money has theretofore been deposited in trust or segregated and held in trust by the Company and thereafter repaid to the Company or discharged from such trust, as provided in the Indenture) have been delivered to the Trustee for cancellation; or

 

  (ii)

all such debt securities of such series not theretofore delivered to the Trustee for cancellation:

(A) have become due and payable (by reason of the making of a notice of redemption or otherwise), or

(B) will become due and payable at their stated maturity (as defined in the Indenture) within one year of the date of deposit, or

(C) are to be called for redemption within one year under arrangements satisfactory to the Trustee for the giving of notice of redemption by the Trustee in the name, and at the expense, of the Company,

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the entire indebtedness on such debt securities not theretofore delivered to the Trustee for cancellation, for principal (and premium, if any) and interest, if any, to the date of such deposit (in the case of debt securities which have become due and payable), or to the stated maturity or the redemption date, as the case may be;

(b) the Company has paid or caused to be paid all other sums payable under the Indenture by the Company with respect to such series; and

(c) the Company has delivered to the Trustee an officer’s certificate and an opinion of counsel, each stating that, with respect to such series, all conditions precedent provided for in the Indenture relating to the satisfaction and discharge of the Indenture have been complied with.

Governing law

The Indenture provides that it and the Notes will be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York.

Trustee

U.S. Bank Trust Company, National Association is the Trustee under the Indenture, with its corporate trust office at 2 Concourse Parkway, Suite 800, Atlanta, Georgia 30328.

 

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BOOK-ENTRY SYSTEM

Global Notes

We will issue each series of notes in the form of one or more global notes (the “global notes”) in definitive, fully registered, book-entry form. The global notes will be deposited with or on behalf of The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”), and registered in the name of Cede & Co., as nominee of DTC or such other name as may be requested by an authorized representative of DTC.

DTC, Clearstream and Euroclear

Beneficial interests in the global notes will be represented through book-entry accounts of financial institutions acting on behalf of beneficial owners as direct and indirect participants in DTC. Investors may hold interests in the global notes through either DTC (in the United States), Clearstream Banking, S.A., which we refer to as “Clearstream,” or Euroclear Bank S.A./N.V., as operator of the Euroclear System, which we refer to as “Euroclear,” in Europe, either directly if they are participants in such systems or indirectly through organizations that are participants in such systems. Clearstream and Euroclear will hold interests on behalf of their participants through customers’ securities accounts in Clearstream’s and Euroclear’s names on the books of their United States depositaries, which in turn will hold such interests in customers’ securities accounts in the United States depositaries’ names on the books of DTC.

We have obtained the information in this section concerning DTC, Clearstream and Euroclear and the book-entry system and procedures from sources that we believe to be reliable, but neither we nor the underwriters take any responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of this information.

We understand that:

 

   

DTC, the world’s largest securities depository, is a limited-purpose trust company organized under the New York Banking Law, a “banking organization” within the meaning of the New York Banking Law, a member of the Federal Reserve System, a “clearing corporation” within the meaning of the New York Uniform Commercial Code and a “clearing agency” registered under Section 17A of the Exchange Act.

 

   

DTC holds and provides asset servicing for over 3.5 million issues of U.S. and non-U.S. equity issues, corporate and municipal debt issues, and money market instruments (from over 100 countries) that DTC’s participants, which we refer to as “direct participants,” deposit with DTC.

 

   

DTC also facilitates the post-trade settlement among direct participants of sales and other securities transactions in deposited securities, through electronic computerized book-entry transfers and pledges between direct participants’ accounts, which eliminates the need for physical movement of securities certificates.

 

   

Direct participants include both U.S. and non-U.S. securities brokers and dealers, banks, trust companies, clearing corporations, and certain other organizations.

 

   

DTC is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, which we refer to as “DTCC.” DTCC is the holding company for DTC, National Securities Clearing Corporation and Fixed Income Clearing Corporation, all of which are registered clearing agencies. DTCC is owned by the users of its regulated subsidiaries.

 

   

Access to the DTC system is also available to others, such as both U.S. and non-U.S. securities brokers and dealers, banks, trust companies and clearing corporations that clear through or maintain a custodial relationship with a direct participant, either directly or indirectly, which we refer to as “indirect participants.”

 

   

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We understand that Clearstream is incorporated under the laws of Luxembourg as a professional depositary. Clearstream holds securities for its participants and facilitates the clearance and settlement of securities transactions between its participants through electronic book-entry changes in accounts of its participants, thereby eliminating the need for physical movement of certificates. Clearstream provides to its participants, among other things, services for safekeeping, administration, clearance and settlement of internationally traded securities and securities lending and borrowing. Clearstream interfaces with domestic markets in several countries. As a professional depositary, Clearstream is subject to regulation by the Luxembourg Commission for the Supervision of the Financial Sector. Clearstream participants are recognized financial institutions around the world, including underwriters, securities brokers and dealers, banks, trust companies, clearing corporations and other organizations and may include the underwriters. Indirect access to Clearstream is also available to others, such as banks, brokers, dealers and trust companies that clear through or maintain a custodial relationship with a Clearstream participant either directly or indirectly.

We understand that Euroclear was created in 1968 to hold securities for participants of Euroclear and to clear and settle transactions between Euroclear participants through simultaneous electronic book-entry delivery against payment, thereby eliminating the need for physical movement of certificates and any risk from lack of simultaneous transfers of securities and cash. Euroclear provides various other services, including securities lending and borrowing and interfaces with domestic markets in several countries. Euroclear is operated by Euroclear Bank S.A./N.V., which we refer to as the “Euroclear Operator,” under contract with Euroclear Clearance Systems S.C., a Belgian cooperative corporation, which we refer to as the “Cooperative.” All operations are conducted by the Euroclear Operator, and all Euroclear securities clearance accounts and Euroclear cash accounts are accounts with the Euroclear Operator, not the Cooperative. The Cooperative establishes policy for Euroclear on behalf of Euroclear participants. Euroclear participants include banks (including central banks), securities brokers and dealers, and other professional financial intermediaries and may include the underwriters. Indirect access to Euroclear is also available to other firms that clear through or maintain a custodial relationship with a Euroclear participant, either directly or indirectly.

We understand that the Euroclear Operator is licensed by the Belgian Banking and Finance Commission to carry out banking activities on a global basis. As a Belgian bank, it is regulated and examined by the Belgian Banking and Finance Commission.

We have provided the descriptions of the operations and procedures of DTC, Clearstream and Euroclear in this prospectus supplement solely as a matter of convenience, and we make no representation or warranty of any kind with respect to these operations and procedures. These operations and procedures are solely within the control of those organizations and are subject to change by them from time to time. None of us, the underwriters, the trustee or the paying agent takes any responsibility for these operations or procedures, and you are urged to contact DTC, Clearstream and Euroclear or their participants directly to discuss these matters.

We expect that under procedures established by DTC:

 

   

upon deposit of the global notes with DTC or its custodian, DTC will credit on its internal system the accounts of direct participants designated by the underwriters with portions of the principal amounts of the global notes; and

 

   

ownership of the notes will be shown on, and the transfer of ownership thereof will be effected only through, records maintained by DTC or its nominee, with respect to interests of direct participants, and the records of direct and indirect participants, with respect to interests of persons other than participants.

The laws of some jurisdictions may require that purchasers of securities take physical delivery of those securities in definitive form. Accordingly, the ability to transfer interests in the notes represented by a global note to those persons may be limited. In addition, because DTC can act only on behalf of its participants, who in turn act on behalf of persons who hold interests through participants, the ability of a person having an interest in notes

 

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represented by a global note to pledge or transfer those interests to persons or entities that do not participate in DTC’s system, or otherwise to take actions in respect of such interest, may be affected by the lack of a physical definitive security in respect of such interest.

So long as DTC or its nominee is the registered owner of a global note, DTC or that nominee will be considered the sole owner or holder of the notes represented by that global note for all purposes under the indenture and under the notes. Except as provided below, owners of beneficial interests in a global note will not be entitled to have notes represented by that global note registered in their names, will not receive or be entitled to receive physical delivery of certificated notes and will not be considered the owners or holders thereof under the indenture or under the notes for any purpose, including with respect to the giving of any direction, instruction or approval to the trustee. Accordingly, each holder owning a beneficial interest in a global note must rely on the procedures of DTC and, if that holder is not a direct or indirect participant, on the procedures of the participant through which that holder owns its interest, to exercise any rights of a holder of notes under the indenture or a global note.

A beneficial owner of notes shall give notice to elect to have its notes repurchased or tendered, through its participant, to an agent selected by us and shall effect delivery of such notes by causing the direct participant to transfer the participant’s interest in such notes, on DTC’s records, to such agent. The requirement for physical delivery of notes in connection with a repurchase or tender will be deemed satisfied when the ownership rights in such notes are transferred by direct participants on DTC’s records and followed by a book-entry credit of such notes to such agent’s DTC account.

Neither we nor the trustee will have any responsibility or liability for any aspect of the records relating to or payments made on account of notes by DTC, Clearstream or Euroclear, or for maintaining, supervising or reviewing any records of those organizations relating to the notes.

Payments on the notes represented by the global notes will be made to DTC or its nominee, as the case may be, as the registered owner thereof. We expect that DTC or its nominee, upon receipt of any payment on the notes represented by a global note, will credit participants’ accounts with payments in amounts proportionate to their respective beneficial interests in the global note as shown in the records of DTC or its nominee. We also expect that payments by participants to owners of beneficial interests in the global note held through such participants will be governed by standing instructions and customary practice as is now the case with securities held for the accounts of customers registered in the names of nominees for such customers. The participants will be solely responsible for those payments.

If less than all of the global notes is being redeemed, DTC’s practice is to determine by lot the amount of the interest of each participant in such global notes to be redeemed.

Distributions on the notes held beneficially through Clearstream will be credited to cash accounts of its customers in accordance with its rules and procedures, to the extent received by the United States depositary for Clearstream.

Securities clearance accounts and cash accounts with the Euroclear Operator are governed by the Terms and Conditions Governing Use of Euroclear and the related Operating Procedures of the Euroclear System, and applicable Belgian law (collectively, the “Terms and Conditions”). The Terms and Conditions govern transfers of securities and cash within Euroclear, withdrawals of securities and cash from Euroclear, and receipts of payments with respect to securities in Euroclear. All securities in Euroclear are held on a fungible basis without attribution of specific certificates to specific securities clearance accounts. The Euroclear Operator acts under the Terms and Conditions only on behalf of Euroclear participants and has no record of or relationship with persons holding through Euroclear participants.

Distributions on the notes held beneficially through Euroclear will be credited to the cash accounts of its participants in accordance with the Terms and Conditions, to the extent received by the United States depositary for Euroclear.

 

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Clearance and Settlement Procedures

Initial settlement for the notes will be made in immediately available funds. Secondary market trading between DTC participants will occur in the ordinary way in accordance with DTC rules and will be settled in immediately available funds. Secondary market trading between Clearstream and/or Euroclear participants will occur in the ordinary way in accordance with the applicable rules and operating procedures of Clearstream and Euroclear, as applicable, and will be settled using the procedures applicable to conventional Eurobonds in immediately available funds.

Cross-market transfers between participants in DTC, on the one hand, and Clearstream or Euroclear participants, on the other, will be effected through DTC in accordance with DTC rules on behalf of the relevant European international clearing system by the United States depositary. Such cross-market transactions, however, will require delivery of instructions to the relevant European international clearing system by the counterparty in such system in accordance with its rules and procedures and within its established deadlines (European time). The relevant European international clearing system will, if the transaction meets its settlement requirements, deliver instructions to the United States depositary to take action to effect final settlement on its behalf by delivering or receiving the notes in DTC, and making or receiving payment in accordance with normal procedures for same-day funds settlement applicable to DTC. Clearstream and Euroclear participants may not deliver instructions directly to their United States depositaries.

Because of time zone differences, the securities account of a Clearstream or Euroclear participant purchasing an interest in a note from a participant in DTC will be credited, and any such crediting will be reported to the relevant Clearstream or Euroclear participant, during the securities settlement processing day (which must be a business day for Clearstream or Euroclear) immediately following the settlement date of DTC. We understand that cash received in Clearstream or Euroclear as a result of sales of interests in a note by or through a Clearstream or Euroclear participant to a participant in DTC will be received with value on the settlement date of DTC but will be available in the relevant Clearstream or Euroclear cash account only as of the business day for Clearstream or Euroclear following DTC’s settlement date.

Although we understand that DTC, Clearstream and Euroclear have agreed to the foregoing procedures to facilitate transfers of interests in the notes among participants of DTC, Clearstream and Euroclear, they are under no obligation to perform or continue to perform such procedures and such procedures may be changed or discontinued at any time. Neither we nor the trustee will have any responsibility for the performance by DTC, Clearstream or Euroclear or their respective participants or indirect participants of their respective obligations under the rules and procedures governing their operations.

Certificated Notes

We will issue certificated notes to, and register in the name of, each person that DTC identifies as the beneficial owner of the notes represented by a global note upon surrender by DTC of the global note if:

 

   

DTC notifies us that it is no longer willing or able to act as a depositary for such global note or ceases to be a clearing agency registered under the Exchange Act, and we have not appointed a successor depositary within 90 days of that notice or becoming aware that DTC is no longer so registered or willing or able to act as a depositary;

 

   

an event of default has occurred and is continuing with respect to the notes represented by a global note, and DTC requests the issuance of certificated notes; or

 

   

we determine not to have the notes represented by a global note.

Neither we nor the trustee will be liable for any delay by DTC, its nominee or any direct or indirect participant in identifying the beneficial owners of the notes. We and the trustee may conclusively rely on, and will be protected in relying on, instructions from DTC or its nominee for all purposes, including with respect to the registration and delivery, and the respective principal amounts, of the certificated notes to be issued.

 

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CERTAIN ERISA AND OTHER BENEFIT PLAN CONSIDERATIONS

The following is a summary of certain considerations associated with the purchase of the notes by (i) employee benefit plans that are subject to Part 4 of Subtitle B of Title I of the U.S. Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”), (ii) plans, individual retirement accounts and other arrangements that are subject to Section 4975 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), (iii) plans that are subject to provisions under any U.S. or non-U.S. federal, state, local or other laws or regulations that are similar to such provisions of the Code or ERISA (collectively, “Similar Laws”), and (iv) entities whose underlying assets are considered to include “plan assets” of any such plan, account or arrangement (each of the foregoing described in clauses (i), (ii) and (iii), a “Plan”).

General Fiduciary Matters

Title I of ERISA imposes certain duties on persons who are fiduciaries of a Plan subject to Title I of ERISA (an “ERISA Plan”). Also, Title I of ERISA and Section 4975 of the Code prohibit certain transactions involving the assets of an ERISA Plan or a Plan subject to Section 4975 of the Code (together with an ERISA Plan, a “Covered Plan”) and its fiduciaries or other interested parties. Under ERISA and the Code, any person who exercises any discretionary authority or control over the administration of a Covered Plan or over the management or disposition of the assets of such a Plan, or who renders investment advice for a fee or other compensation to such a Plan, is considered to be a fiduciary of the Covered Plan.

Domestic governmental plans, church plans that have not made an election under Section 410(d) of the Code, and plans maintained outside the United States primarily for the benefit of persons substantially all of whom are nonresident aliens, are generally not subject to Title I of ERISA or Section 4975 of the Code. However, such plans may be subject to Similar Laws.

In considering an investment in the notes of a portion of the assets of any Plan, a fiduciary should determine whether the investment is in accordance with the documents and instruments governing the Plan and the applicable provisions of ERISA, the Code or any Similar Law relating to the fiduciary’s duties to the Plan including, without limitation, the prudence, diversification, delegation of control and prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA, the Code and any other applicable Similar Laws.

Prohibited Transaction Issues

Section 406(a) of ERISA and Section 4975(c)(1)(A) through (D) of the Code prohibit Covered Plans from engaging in specified transactions involving plan assets with certain persons or entities related to the Plan, called “parties in interest” in ERISA and “disqualified persons” in Section 4975 of the Code, unless an exemption is available. A party in interest or disqualified person who engages in a non-exempt prohibited transaction may be subject to excise taxes and other penalties and liabilities under ERISA and the Code. In addition, the fiduciary of such a Plan that engages in such a non-exempt prohibited transaction may be subject to penalties and liabilities under ERISA and the Code. The acquisition and/or holding of notes by a Covered Plan with respect to which the Company or any underwriter is considered a party in interest or a disqualified person may constitute or result in a direct or indirect prohibited transaction under Section 406 of ERISA and/or Section 4975 of the Code, unless the investment is acquired and is held in accordance with an applicable statutory, class or individual prohibited transaction exemption. In this regard, the U.S. Department of Labor has issued prohibited transaction class exemptions, or “PTCEs,” that may apply to the acquisition and holding of the notes. These class exemptions include, without limitation, PTCE 84-14, respecting transactions determined by independent qualified professional asset managers, PTCE 90-1, respecting insurance company pooled separate accounts, PTCE 91-38, respecting bank collective investment funds, PTCE 95¬60, respecting life insurance company general accounts and PTCE 96-23, respecting transactions determined by in-house asset managers. In addition, Section 408(b)(17) of ERISA and Section 4975(d)(20) of the Code provide relief from the prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA and Section 4975 of the Code for certain transactions, including the acquisition by a Covered Plan of debt

 

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securities, provided that neither the issuer of the securities, nor the underwriter or other person from whom the securities are purchased, nor any of their respective affiliates (directly or indirectly), have or exercise any discretionary authority or control or render any investment advice with respect to the assets of the Plan involved in the transaction, and provided further that the Plan pays no more than adequate consideration in connection with the transaction. There can be no assurance that any such exemptions will be available, or that all of the conditions of any such exemptions will be satisfied, with respect to transactions involving the notes.

In addition, the “self-dealing” prohibited transaction provisions found in Section 406(b) of ERISA and Sections 4975(c)(1)(E) and (F) of the Code prohibit a fiduciary with respect to a Covered Plan from dealing with the assets of the Plan for its own benefit, as might occur, for example, when a Covered Plan fiduciary uses its position to cause the Plan to make investments in connection with which the fiduciary (or a party related to the fiduciary) receives a fee or other consideration.

Because of the foregoing, the notes should not be purchased using the “plan assets” of any Plan unless such acquisition and holding will not constitute or result in a non-exempt prohibited transaction under ERISA and the Code or the violation of any applicable Similar Laws.

Representation

Accordingly, by acceptance of a note, each purchaser and subsequent transferee of a note will be deemed to have represented and warranted that either (i) no portion of the assets used by such purchaser or transferee to acquire and hold the notes constitutes assets of any Plan or (ii) the acquisition, holding and subsequent disposition of the notes by such purchaser or transferee will not constitute or result in a non-exempt prohibited transaction under Section 406 of ERISA or Section 4975 of the Code or a violation of any applicable Similar Law.

The foregoing discussion is general in nature and is not intended to be all-inclusive. Due to the complexity of these rules and the penalties that may be imposed upon persons involved in non-exempt prohibited transaction, it is particularly important that fiduciaries, or other persons considering purchasing the notes on behalf of, or with the assets of, any Plan, consult with their counsel regarding the potential applicability of ERISA, Section 4975 of the Code and any Similar Laws to such investment and whether, if necessary, an exemption would be applicable to the acquisition and holding of the notes. Nothing herein shall be construed as a representation or advice as to whether an investment in the notes would meet any or all of the relevant legal requirements with respect to investments by, or is appropriate for, Plans generally or any particular Plan.

 

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MATERIAL UNITED STATES FEDERAL TAX CONSEQUENCES

The following is a general discussion of the material United States federal income tax consequences of the acquisition, ownership and disposition of the notes. This discussion is limited to the tax consequences to those holders who acquired the notes in this offering at their initial offering price and hold such notes as capital assets (within the meaning of Section 1221 of the Code). This discussion does not address specific tax consequences that may be relevant to particular persons (including, for example, pass-through entities (e.g., partnerships) or persons who hold the notes through pass-through entities, banks or other financial institutions, broker-dealers, insurance companies, regulated investment companies, real estate investment trusts, tax-exempt entities, common trust funds, controlled foreign corporations, passive foreign investment companies, dealers in securities or currencies, traders in securities that have elected the mark-to-market method of accounting for their securities, U.S. Holders (as defined below) that have a functional currency other than the U.S. dollar, U.S. expatriates, persons liable for the alternative minimum tax, persons required to accelerate the recognition of any item of gross income with respect to the notes as a result of such income being recognized on an applicable financial statement and persons in special situations, such as those who hold notes as part of a straddle, hedge, conversion transaction, or other integrated investment). In addition, this discussion does not describe any tax consequences arising under United States federal gift and estate or other federal tax laws or under the tax laws of any state, local or non-U.S. jurisdiction. This discussion is based upon the Code, the Treasury Department regulations (the “Treasury Regulations”) promulgated thereunder, and administrative and judicial interpretations thereof, all as of the date hereof and all of which are subject to change, possibly with retroactive effect. We have not and will not seek any rulings from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) regarding the matters discussed below. There can be no assurance that the IRS will not take positions concerning the tax consequences of the purchase, ownership or disposition of the notes that are different from those discussed below.

Prospective purchasers of the notes are encouraged to consult their own tax advisors concerning the United States federal income, estate and gift tax consequences to them of acquiring, owning and disposing of the notes, as well as the application of any state, local and non-U.S. income and other tax laws.

For purposes of this discussion, a “U.S. Holder” is a beneficial owner of the notes that is for United States federal income tax purposes: (i) a citizen or individual resident of the United States; (ii) a corporation (including an entity treated as a corporation for United States federal income tax purposes) created or organized in or under the laws of the United States, any state thereof or the District of Columbia; (iii) an estate, the income of which is subject to United States federal income tax regardless of the source; or (iv) a trust (A) if a court within the United States is able to exercise primary supervision over the trust’s administration and one or more U.S. persons have the authority to control all its substantial decisions, or (B) that was in existence on August 20, 1996 and has properly elected to be treated as a U.S. person.

For purposes of this discussion, a “Non-U.S. Holder” is a beneficial owner of the notes that is, for United States federal income tax purposes, an individual, corporation, estate or trust and is not a U.S. Holder.

If an entity classified as a partnership for United States federal income tax purposes holds our notes, the United States federal income tax consequences of payments received by such partnership will generally depend on the status of a partner and the activities of the partnership. If you are a partnership or a partner in a partnership holding our notes, you should consult your own tax advisor.

Certain Contingent Payments

We may redeem the notes at any time at a premium plus accrued and unpaid interest. See “Description of Notes—Optional redemption of the Notes.” In addition, we must offer to repurchase the notes at a premium plus accrued and unpaid interest if a change of control repurchase event occurs. See “Description of Notes—Change of control triggering event.” These contingencies could subject the notes to the provisions of the Treasury Regulations relating to “contingent payment debt instruments.” Under applicable U.S. Treasury regulations,

 

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potential payments arising out of these contingencies should not cause the notes to be treated as contingent payment debt instruments if, as of the date the notes are issued, there is only a remote likelihood any such payments will occur, such payments are incidental or certain other exceptions apply. We believe and intend to take the position that the foregoing contingencies should not result in the notes being treated as contingent payment debt instruments. Our position is binding on a holder, unless the holder discloses in the proper manner to the IRS that it is taking a different position. If the IRS were to successfully challenge this position, the amount, timing and character of payments under the notes may differ, which could increase the present value of a U.S. Holder’s United States federal income tax liability with respect to the notes. The remainder of this discussion assumes that the notes will not be treated as contingent payment debt instruments.

U.S. Holders

Payments of Interest

Interest on the notes will be taxable to a U.S. Holder as ordinary income at the time it is paid or accrued in accordance with such holder’s method of accounting for United States federal income tax purposes. It is expected, and this discussion assumes, that the notes will be issued without original issue discount for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

Disposition of Notes

Upon the sale, exchange or other disposition (including a retirement or redemption) of a note, a U.S. Holder will recognize gain or loss equal to the difference between the amount realized upon the sale, exchange or other disposition (less an amount equal to any accrued and unpaid interest, which will be taxable as ordinary interest income for United States federal income tax purposes to the extent not previously included in income) and the adjusted tax basis of the note. A U.S. Holder’s adjusted tax basis in a note will, in general, be its cost for that note. Such gain or loss will be capital gain or loss. Capital gains of non-corporate holders derived in respect of capital assets held for more than one year may be eligible for reduced rates of taxation. The deductibility of capital losses is subject to limitations.

Additional Tax on Net Investment Income

U.S. Holders who are individuals, estates or certain trusts generally will be subject to a 3.8% tax on the lesser of (1) the U.S. Holder’s “net investment income” in the case of an individual or “undistributed net investment income” in the case of an estate or trust, in each case for the relevant taxable year and (2) the excess of the U.S. Holder’s modified adjusted gross income in the case of an individual or adjusted gross income in the case of an estate or trust, in each case for the taxable year over a certain threshold. A U.S. Holder’s “net investment income” will generally include any interest income or capital gain recognized by the holder with respect to the notes, unless such income or gain is derived in the ordinary course of the conduct of the holder’s trade or business (other than a trade or business that consists of certain passive or trading activities).

Non-U.S. Holders

Payments of Interest

Subject to the discussion of backup withholding and “Foreign Account Tax Compliance” below, payments of interest on the notes by us or any of our agents to a Non-U.S. Holder will not be subject to United States federal withholding tax, provided that:

 

  (1)

the Non-U.S. Holder does not actually or constructively own 10% or more of the total combined voting power of all classes of our stock entitled to vote;

 

  (2)

the Non-U.S. Holder is not a controlled foreign corporation that is related to us (actually or constructively);

 

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the income from the notes held by the Non-U.S. Holder is not effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business within the United States;

 

  (4)

the Non-U.S. Holder is not a bank whose receipt of interest on the notes is described in Section 881(c)(3)(A) of the Code; and

 

  (5)

either (A) the beneficial owner of the notes certifies to us or our agent on IRS Form W-8BEN or IRS Form W-8BEN-E, as applicable (or successor form), under penalties of perjury, that it is not a U.S. person and provides its name and address and the certificate is renewed periodically as required by the Treasury Regulations, or (B) the notes are held through certain intermediaries and the beneficial owner of the notes satisfies certification requirements of applicable Treasury Regulations, and in either case, neither we nor our agent has actual knowledge or reason to know that the beneficial owner of the note is a U.S. person. Special certification rules apply to certain Non-U.S. Holders that are entities rather than individuals.

If a Non-U.S. Holder cannot satisfy the requirements of the portfolio interest exemption described above (the “Portfolio Interest Exemption”), payments of interest made to such Non-U.S. Holder will be subject to a 30% withholding tax unless the beneficial owner of the note provides us or our agent, as the case may be, with a properly executed:

 

  (1)

IRS Form W-8BEN or IRS Form W-8BEN-E, as applicable (or successor form) claiming an exemption from withholding or reduced rate of tax under an applicable tax treaty (a “Treaty Exemption”); or

 

  (2)

IRS Form W-8ECI (or successor form) stating that interest paid on the note is not subject to withholding tax because it is effectively connected with the conduct of a U.S. trade or business of the beneficial owner, each form to be renewed periodically as required by the Treasury Regulations.

If interest on the note is effectively connected with the conduct of a U.S. trade or business of a Non-U.S. Holder (and, if required by an applicable income tax treaty, is attributable to a permanent establishment or fixed base in the United States), the Non-U.S. Holder will be exempt from the withholding tax described above (provided that the certification requirements discussed above are satisfied), but generally will be subject to United States federal income tax on such interest on a net income basis in the same manner as if it were a U.S. person, unless an applicable income tax treaty provides otherwise. In addition, if such Non-U.S. Holder is a corporation, it may be subject to a branch profits tax equal to 30% (or lower applicable treaty rate) of its effectively connected earnings and profits for the taxable year, subject to adjustments. For this purpose, interest on a note will be included in such corporation’s earnings and profits.

Disposition of Notes

Subject to the discussion of backup withholding and “Foreign Account Tax Compliance” below, no withholding of United States federal income tax will be required with respect to any gain recognized by a Non-U.S. Holder upon the sale, exchange or other disposition (including a retirement or redemption) of a note.

In general, a Non-U.S. Holder will not be subject to United States federal income tax on gain recognized on the sale, exchange or other disposition (including a retirement or redemption) of a note unless:

 

  (1)

the Non-U.S. Holder is an individual who is present in the United States for a period or periods aggregating 183 or more days in the taxable year of the disposition and certain other conditions are met, in which case the Non-U.S. Holder will be subject to United States federal income tax on any gain recognized, which may be offset by certain United States source losses, at a flat rate of 30% (except as otherwise provided by an applicable income tax treaty), or

 

  (2)

such gain is effectively connected with the Non-U.S. Holder’s U.S. trade or business (and, if required by an applicable income tax treaty, is attributable to a permanent establishment or fixed base in the United States), in which case the Non-U.S. Holder will be taxed in the same manner as discussed above with respect to effectively connected interest (except as otherwise provided by an applicable income tax treaty).

 

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Information Reporting and Backup Withholding

U.S. Holders

In general, information reporting requirements will apply to certain payments of interest paid on the notes and to the proceeds of the sale or other disposition (including a retirement or redemption) of a note paid to a U.S. Holder (unless, in each case, the holder is an exempt recipient such as a corporation). A backup withholding tax (currently at a rate of 24%) may apply to such payments if the U.S. Holder fails to provide a taxpayer identification number and to certify that it is not subject to backup withholding or otherwise establish an exemption.

Backup withholding is not an additional tax. Any amounts withheld from a payment to a U.S. Holder under the backup withholding rules will be allowed as a credit against such holder’s United States federal income tax liability and may entitle it to a refund, provided it timely furnishes the required information to the IRS.

Non-U.S. Holders

When required, we or our paying agent will report to the IRS and to each Non-U.S. Holder the amount of any interest paid on the notes in each calendar year, and the amount of United States federal income tax withheld, if any, with respect to these payments. Backup withholding will not be required with respect to interest payments that we make to a Non-U.S. Holder if the Non-U.S. Holder has (i) furnished documentation establishing eligibility for the Portfolio Interest Exemption or a Treaty Exemption or (ii) otherwise established an exemption, provided that neither we nor our agent has actual knowledge or reason to know that the holder is a U.S. person or that the conditions of any exemption are not in fact satisfied. Certain additional rules may apply where the notes are held through a custodian, nominee, broker, non-U.S. partnership or non-U.S. intermediary.

U.S. information reporting and backup withholding will not apply to the proceeds of the sale or other disposition (including a retirement or redemption) of a note made within the United States or conducted through certain United States related financial intermediaries, if (i) the payor receives the statement described above under “Non-U.S. Holders—Payments of Interest” and does not have actual knowledge or reason to know that the Non-U.S. Holder is a U.S. person, or (ii) the Non-U.S. Holder otherwise establishes an exemption.

Backup withholding is not an additional tax. Any amounts withheld from a payment to a Non-U.S. Holder under the backup withholding rules will be allowed as a credit against such holder’s United States federal income tax liability and may entitle it to a refund, provided it timely furnishes the required information to the IRS.

Foreign Account Tax Compliance

Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code (referred to as “FATCA”) and Treasury Regulations thereunder, when applicable, will impose a U.S. federal withholding tax of 30% on any U.S.-source interest paid on debt obligations, such as the notes, and, subject to the discussion of proposed Treasury Regulations below, on the gross proceeds from the disposition of such debt obligations if paid to a “foreign financial institution” or a “non-financial foreign entity” (each as defined in the Code) (including, in some cases, when such foreign financial institution or non-financial foreign entity is acting as an intermediary), unless:

 

  (1)

in the case of a foreign financial institution, such institution agrees to withhold on certain payments, and to collect and provide to the U.S. tax authorities information regarding U.S. account holders of such institution (which includes certain equity and debt holders of such institution, as well as certain account holders that are foreign entities with U.S. owners);

 

  (2)

in the case of a non-financial foreign entity, such entity either certifies it does not have any “substantial U.S. owners” (as defined in the Code) or furnishes certain identifying information regarding each substantial U.S. owner; or

 

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the foreign financial institution or non-financial foreign entity otherwise qualifies for an exemption from these rules and provides appropriate documentation (such as the applicable IRS Form W-8BEN or IRS Form W-8BEN-E (or any successor form)).

The rules described above may be modified by an intergovernmental agreement entered into between the United States and another jurisdiction. Proposed Treasury Regulations eliminate withholding on payments of gross proceeds (but not on payments of interest). Pursuant to the preamble to the proposed Treasury Regulations, taxpayers may rely on the proposed regulations until final regulations are issued or the proposed regulations are withdrawn. Prospective purchasers of the notes are urged to consult their own tax advisors regarding the implications of FATCA on their investment in the notes.

 

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UNDERWRITING (CONFLICTS OF INTEREST)

We have entered into an underwriting agreement with respect to the notes with the underwriters listed below, for whom J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, PNC Capital Markets LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC are acting as representatives. Subject to certain conditions, each of the underwriters has severally agreed to purchase the respective principal amounts of notes indicated in the following table:

 

Name

   Aggregate Principal
Amount of 20   Notes
     Aggregate Principal
Amount of 20   Notes
 

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

   $              $          

PNC Capital Markets LLC

                     

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

                     
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total:

   $           $       
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

The underwriting agreement provides that the obligations of the several underwriters to pay for and accept delivery of the notes are subject to certain conditions, including the receipt of legal opinions relating to certain matters. The underwriters must purchase all of the notes if they purchase any of the notes. 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 several 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 any of these liabilities.

The underwriters are offering the notes 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 notes, and other conditions contained in the underwriting agreement, such as the receipt by the underwriters of officers’ 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 notes sold by the underwriters to the public will initially be offered at the prices to the public set forth on the cover of this prospectus supplement and may be offered to certain dealers at these prices less a concession not in excess of    % of the aggregate principal amount of the 20   Notes and    % of the aggregate principal amount of the 20   Notes. The underwriters may allow, and those dealers may reallow, a discount not in excess of    % of the aggregate principal amount of the 20   Notes and    % of the aggregate principal amount of the 20   Notes to certain other dealers. If all of the notes are not sold at the prices to the public, the underwriters may change the prices to the public and the other selling terms.

The following table shows the respective underwriting discounts that we will pay to the underwriters in connection with the offering of the notes:

 

     Paid by Us  

Per 20   Note

        

Per 20   Note

        

Total

   $       

The expenses of this offering, not including the respective underwriting discounts, are estimated to be approximately $    .

New Issues

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been advised by the underwriters that the underwriters intend to make a market in the notes, but they are not obligated to do so and may discontinue market making at any time without notice. No assurance can be given as to the liquidity of any trading markets for the notes.

Price Stabilization and Short Positions

In connection with this offering, the underwriters may engage in transactions that stabilize, maintain, or otherwise affect the prices of the notes. These transactions may include short sales, stabilizing transactions and purchases to cover positions created by short sales. Short sales involve the sale by the underwriters of a greater aggregate principal amount of notes than they are required to purchase in this offering. Stabilizing transactions consist of certain bids or purchases made for the purpose of preventing or retarding a decline in the market prices of the notes while this offering is in process.

These activities by the underwriters may stabilize, maintain or otherwise affect the market prices of the notes. As a result, the prices of the notes may be higher than the prices that otherwise might exist in the open market. If these activities are commenced, they may be discontinued by the underwriters at any time. These transactions may be effected in the over-the-counter market or otherwise.

Other Relationships

The underwriters and their respective affiliates are full service financial institutions engaged in various activities, which may include securities trading, commercial and investment banking, financial advisory, investment management, investment research, principal investment, hedging, financing and brokerage activities. Certain of the underwriters and their respective affiliates have, from time to time, performed, and may in the future perform, various financial advisory and investment banking services for us, for which they received or will receive customary fees and expenses. In particular, certain of the underwriters and/or their affiliates are lenders under the Revolving Credit Facility and expect to receive a portion of the net proceeds from this offering.

In the ordinary course of their various business activities, the underwriters and their respective affiliates, officers, directors and employees may purchase, sell or hold a broad array of investments and actively trade securities, derivatives, loans, commodities, currencies, credit default swaps and other financial instruments for their own account and for the accounts of their customers, and such investment and trading activities may involve or relate to assets, securities or instruments of ours (directly, as collateral securing other obligations or otherwise) or persons and entities with relationships with us.

Certain of the underwriters or their affiliates that have a lending relationship with us routinely hedge, certain other of those underwriters or their affiliates are likely to hedge, and certain other of those underwriters or their affiliates may hedge, their credit exposure to us consistent with their customary risk management policies. Typically, such underwriters and their affiliates would hedge such exposure by entering into transactions which consist of either the purchase of credit default swaps or the creation of short positions in our securities, including potentially the notes offered hereby. Any such credit default swaps or short positions could adversely affect future trading prices of the notes offered hereby.

The underwriters and their respective affiliates may also communicate independent investment recommendations, market color or trading ideas or publish or express independent research views in respect of such assets, securities or instruments and may at any time hold, or recommend to clients that they should acquire, long and/or short positions in such assets, securities and instruments.

Conflicts of Interest

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this offering is being made in compliance with the requirements of Rule 5121. The appointment of a “qualified independent underwriter” is not required in connection with this offering because the notes are “investment grade rated” as defined in Rule 5121.

Selling Restrictions

The notes may not be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, nor may this prospectus supplement or any other offering material or advertisements in connection with the offer and sale of any such notes be distributed or published in any jurisdiction, except under circumstances that will result in compliance with the applicable rules and regulations of that jurisdiction. Persons into whose possession this prospectus supplement comes are advised to inform themselves about and to observe any restrictions relating to the offering of the notes and the distribution of this prospectus supplement. This prospectus supplement does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any notes offered by this prospectus supplement in any jurisdiction in which such an offer or a solicitation is unlawful.

Notices 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 and the accompanying prospectus 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 notes 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 notes without disclosure to investors under Chapter 6D of the Corporations Act.

The notes 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 notes must observe such Australian on-sale restrictions. This prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus contain general information only and do not take account of the investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs of any particular person. This prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus do 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 and the accompanying prospectus is appropriate to their needs, objectives and circumstances, and, if necessary, seek expert advice on those matters.

Notices to Prospective Investors in Canada

The notes 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 notes must be made in accordance with an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the prospectus requirements of applicable securities laws.

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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 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.

Notices to Prospective Investors in the European Economic Area

The notes are not intended to be offered, sold or otherwise made available to and should not be offered, sold or otherwise made available to any retail investor in the European Economic Area (“EEA”). For the purposes of this provision: (a) the expression “retail investor” means a person who is one (or more) of the following: (i) a retail client as defined in point (11) of Article 4(1) of Directive 2014/65/EU (as amended, “MiFID II”); (ii) a customer within the meaning of Directive (EU) 2016/97 (as amended, the “Insurance Distribution Directive”), where that customer would not qualify as a professional client as defined in point (10) of Article 4(1) of MiFID II; or (iii) not a qualified investor as defined under Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (as amended, the “Prospectus Regulation”); and (b) the expression “offer” includes the communication in any form and by any means of sufficient information on the terms of the offer and the notes to be offered so as to enable an investor to decide to purchase or subscribe the notes. Consequently no key information document required by Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014 (as amended, the “EU PRIIPs Regulation”) for offering or selling the notes or otherwise making them available to retail investors in the EEA has been prepared and therefore offering or selling the notes or otherwise making them available to any retail investor in the EEA may be unlawful under the EU PRIIPs Regulation. This prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus has been prepared on the basis that any offer of notes in any member state of the EEA will be made pursuant to an exemption under the Prospectus Regulation from the requirement to publish a prospectus for offers of notes. This prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus is not a prospectus for the purposes of the Prospectus Regulation.

Notices to Prospective Investors in Hong Kong

The notes 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 notes 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 notes 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.

Notices to Prospective Investors in Japan

The notes have not been and will not be registered under the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law of Japan (the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law) and each underwriter has agreed that it will not offer or sell any securities, directly or indirectly, in Japan or to, or for the benefit of, any resident of Japan (which term as used herein means any person resident in Japan, including any corporation or other entity organized under the laws of Japan), or to others for re-offering or resale, directly or indirectly, in Japan or to a resident of Japan, except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of, and otherwise in compliance with, the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law and any other applicable laws, regulations and ministerial guidelines of Japan.

 

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Notice to Prospective Investors in Singapore

This prospectus supplement has not been registered as a prospectus with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Accordingly, each underwriter has not offered or sold any notes or caused such notes to be made the subject of an invitation for subscription or purchase and will not offer or sell such notes or cause such notes to be made the subject of an invitation for subscription or purchase, and has not circulated or distributed, nor will it circulate or distribute, this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus or any other document or material in connection with the offer or sale, or invitation for subscription or purchase, of such notes, whether directly or indirectly, to persons in Singapore other than:

(a) to an institutional investor under Section 274 of the Securities and Futures Act, Chapter 289 of Singapore (the “SFA”);

(b) 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

(c) otherwise pursuant to, and in accordance with the conditions of, any other applicable provision of the SFA.

Where the notes 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 notes pursuant to an offer made under Section 275 of the SFA, except:

a. to an institutional investor under Section 274 of the SFA or to a relevant person (as 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;

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

c. where the transfer is by operation of law;

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

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

Singapore SFA Product Classification—Solely for the purposes of its obligations pursuant to sections 309B(1)(a) and 309B(1)(c) of the SFA, we have determined, and hereby notify all relevant persons (as defined in Section 309A of the SFA), that the notes are “prescribed capital markets products” (as defined in the Securities and Futures (Capital Markets Products) Regulations 2018) and Excluded Investment Products (as defined in MAS Notice SFA 04- N12: Notice on the Sale of Investment Products and MAS Notice FAA-N16: Notice on Recommendations on Investment Products).

 

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Notices to Prospective Investors in Switzerland

This prospectus supplement is not intended to constitute an offer or solicitation to purchase or invest in the notes. The notes may not be publicly offered, directly or indirectly, in Switzerland within the meaning of the Swiss Financial Services Act (“FinSA”) and no application has or will be made to admit the notes to trading on any trading venue (exchange or multilateral trading facility) in Switzerland. Neither this prospectus supplement nor any other offering or marketing material relating to the notes constitutes a prospectus pursuant to the FinSA, and neither this prospectus supplement nor any other offering or marketing material relating to the notes may be publicly distributed or otherwise made publicly available in Switzerland.

Notice to Prospective Investors in Taiwan

The notes have not been and will not be registered with the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan, the Republic of China (“Taiwan”), pursuant to relevant securities laws and regulations and may not be offered or sold in Taiwan through a public offering or in any manner which would constitute an offer within the meaning of the Securities and Exchange Act of Taiwan or would otherwise require registration with or the approval of the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan. No person or entity in Taiwan has been authorized to offer, sell, give advice regarding or otherwise intermediate the offering or sale of the notes in Taiwan.

Notices to Prospective Investors in United Arab Emirates

This prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus have not been reviewed, approved or licensed by the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (the “UAE”), the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (the “SCA”) or any other relevant licensing authority in the UAE including any licensing authority incorporated under the laws and regulations of any of the free zones established and operating in the UAE including, without limitation, the Dubai Financial Services Authority, a regulatory authority of the Dubai International Financial Centre.

This prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus are not intended to, and do not, constitute an offer, sale or delivery of shares or other securities under the laws of the UAE. Each underwriter has represented and agreed that the notes have not been and will not be registered with the SCA or the UAE Central Bank, the Dubai Financial Market, the Abu Dhabi Securities Market or any other UAE regulatory authority or exchange.

The issue and/or sale of the notes has not been approved or licensed by the SCA, the UAE Central Bank or any other relevant licensing authority in the UAE, and does not constitute a public offer of securities in the UAE in accordance with the Commercial Companies Law, Federal Law No. 1 of 2015 (as amended) or otherwise, does not constitute an offer in the UAE in accordance with the Board Decision No. 37 of 2012 Concerning the Regulation of Investment Funds (whether by a Foreign Fund, as defined therein, or otherwise), and further does not constitute the brokerage of securities in the UAE in accordance with the Board Decision No. 27 of 2014 Concerning Brokerage in Securities.

Notices to Prospective Investors in the United Kingdom

The notes are not intended to be offered, sold or otherwise made available to and should not be offered, sold or otherwise made available to any retail investor in the United Kingdom. For the purposes of this provision: (a) the expression “retail investor” means a person who is one (or more) of the following: (i) a retail client, as defined in point (8) of Article 2 of Regulation (EU) No 2017/565 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (“EUWA”); (ii) a customer within the meaning of the provisions of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (“FSMA”) and any rules or regulations made under the FSMA to implement Directive (EU) 2016/97, where that customer would not qualify as a professional client, as defined in point (8) of Article 2(1) of Regulation (EU) No 600/2014 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the EUWA; or (iii) not a qualified investor as defined in Article 2 of the Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 as it forms part

 

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of domestic law by virtue of the EUWA (as amended, the “UK Prospectus Regulation”); and (b) the expression an “offer” includes the communication in any form and by any means of sufficient information on the terms of the offer and the notes to be offered so as to enable an investor to decide to purchase or subscribe for the notes. Consequently, no key information document required by Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the EUWA (the “UK PRIIPs Regulation”) for offering or selling the notes or otherwise making them available to retail investors in the UK has been prepared and therefore offering or selling the notes or otherwise making them available to any retail investor in the UK may be unlawful under the UK PRIIPs Regulation. This prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus has been prepared on the basis that any offer of notes in the UK will be made pursuant to an exemption under the UK Prospectus Regulation from the requirement to publish a prospectus for offers of notes. This prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus is not a prospectus for the purposes of the UK Prospectus Regulation.

This prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus is being distributed only to, and is directed only at, persons in the United Kingdom who are “qualified investors” (as defined in the UK Prospectus Regulation) who are also (i) persons having 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”), (ii) high net worth entities or other persons falling within Articles 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order, or (iii) persons to whom it would otherwise be lawful to distribute them, all such persons together being referred to as “Relevant Persons.” The notes are only available to, and any invitation, offer or agreement to subscribe, purchase or otherwise acquire such notes will be engaged in only with, Relevant Persons.

 

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LEGAL MATTERS

Certain legal matters related to the offering will be passed upon for us by King & Spalding LLP. Certain legal matters related to the offering will be passed upon for the underwriters by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, New York, New York.

EXPERTS

The consolidated financial statements of Genuine Parts Company and Subsidiaries appearing in Genuine Parts Company’s Annual Report (Form 10-K) for the year ended December 31, 2022, and the effectiveness of Genuine Parts Company and Subsidiaries’ internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2022 included in its Form 10-K, have been audited by Ernst & Young LLP, independent registered public accounting firm, as set forth in its reports thereon, included therein, and incorporated herein by reference. Such consolidated financial statements are incorporated herein in reliance upon such reports given on the authority of such firm as experts in accounting and auditing.

 

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WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION AND INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE

We are required to file annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC. Our SEC filings are also available on our website at http://genuineparts.investorroom.com/sec-filings. You may access our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports filed pursuant to Sections 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act with the SEC free of charge at our website as soon as reasonably practicable after such material is electronically filed with, or furnished to, the SEC. You may view such reports, proxy statements and other information that we have filed electronically with the SEC at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. We have included our website address for the information of prospective investors and do not intend it to be an active link to our website. Information contained on or accessible through our website does not constitute a part of this prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus (or any document incorporated by reference herein or therein).

Genuine Parts Company filed a registration statement on Form S-3 to register with the SEC the debt securities described in this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus. This prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus are part of that registration statement. As permitted by SEC rules, this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus do not contain all the information contained in the registration statement or the exhibits to the registration statement. You may refer to the registration statement and accompanying exhibits for more information about us and our debt securities.

The SEC allows us to “incorporate by reference” into this document the information we file with the SEC. This means that we can disclose important information to you by referring you to other documents that we identify as part of this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus. The information incorporated by reference is considered to be part of this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus.

The documents listed below and any future filings we make with the SEC under Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act (other than portions of these documents deemed to be “furnished” or not deemed to be “filed,” including the portions of these documents that are either (1) described in paragraphs (d)(1), (d)(2), (d)(3) or (e)(5) of Item 407 of Regulation S-K promulgated by the SEC or (2) furnished under Item 2.02 or Item 7.01 of a Current Report on Form 8-K, including any exhibits included with such Items) are incorporated by reference herein:

 

   

Our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 filed with the SEC on February 23, 2023;

 

   

Our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2023, June  30, 2023 and September 30, 2023 filed with the SEC on April 20, 2023, July 20, 2023 and October 19, 2023, respectively;

 

   

The portions of our Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed with the SEC on March  3, 2023 for our Annual Meeting of Shareholders held on May 1, 2023 that are specifically incorporated by reference into our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022; and

 

   

Our Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on February  21, 2023 (Item 8.01 only), May  1, 2023 (Item 8.01 only), May  3, 2023, May  23, 2023 (Item 5.02 only), June  1, 2023 (Item 5.02 only) and August 15, 2023 (Item 8.01 only).

You may request a copy of any of these documents from us without charge, excluding certain exhibits to the documents, by writing or telephoning us at the following address:

Genuine Parts Company

2999 Wildwood Parkway

Atlanta, GA 30339

Attention: Corporate Secretary

(678) 934-5000

 

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Statements contained in this prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus or the documents incorporated by reference herein or therein as to the contents of any contract or other document referred to herein or therein do not purport to be complete, and where reference is made to the particular provisions of such contract or other document, such provisions are qualified in all respects by reference to all of the provisions of such contract or other document. We will provide without charge to each person to whom a copy of this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus has been delivered, on the written or oral request of such person, a copy of any or all of the documents which have been or may be incorporated in this prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus by reference (other than exhibits to such documents unless such exhibits are specifically incorporated by reference in any such documents) and a copy of any or all other contracts or documents which are referred to in this prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus and filed with the SEC. You may request a copy of these filings at the address and telephone number set forth above.

 

 

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PROSPECTUS

 

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Genuine Parts Company

Common Stock

Preferred Stock

Depositary Shares

Debt Securities

Genuine Parts Company (“Genuine Parts Company”) may, from time to time, offer and sell common stock, preferred stock, depositary shares and debt securities. This prospectus provides you with a general description of the securities we may offer. Each time we sell securities, we will provide a prospectus supplement that will contain the specific terms of the securities offered. The prospectus supplements will also describe the specific manner in which we will offer the securities. The prospectus supplements may also add, update or change information contained in this prospectus. You should read this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement, as well as the documents incorporated by reference in this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement, carefully before you invest.

The securities may be offered and sold on a continuous or delayed basis to or through underwriters, brokers, dealers or agents as designated from time to time, or directly to one or more other purchasers or through a combination of such methods. See “Plan of Distribution.” If any underwriters, dealers or agents are involved in the sale of any of the securities, their names, and any applicable purchase price, fee, commission or discount arrangements between or among them, will be set forth, or will be calculable from the information set forth, in the applicable prospectus supplement.

This prospectus may not be used to offer and sell securities unless accompanied by a prospectus supplement.

Our common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “GPC.”

Investing in our securities involves risks. You should carefully consider the risk factors referred to on page 6 of this prospectus, in any applicable prospectus supplement and in the documents incorporated by reference in this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement before you invest in our securities.

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state or other 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.

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ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS

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TRADEMARKS AND SERVICE MARKS

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WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

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INCORPORATION OF CERTAIN INFORMATION BY REFERENCE

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

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THE COMPANY

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RISK FACTORS

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USE OF PROCEEDS

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DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK

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DESCRIPTION OF DEPOSITARY SHARES

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DESCRIPTION OF DEBT SECURITIES

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PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION

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VALIDITY OF THE SECURITIES

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EXPERTS

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Unless the context otherwise requires or as otherwise expressly stated, references in this prospectus to the “Company,” “we,” “us” and “our” and similar terms refer to Genuine Parts Company and its consolidated subsidiaries.


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ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS

This prospectus is a part of an automatic shelf registration statement that we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) as a “well-known seasoned issuer” as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), using a “shelf” registration process. Under this shelf registration process, we may sell any combination of the securities described in this prospectus in one or more offerings from time to time.

Each time we sell securities, we will provide a prospectus supplement or other type of offering document or supplement (together referred to herein as a “prospectus supplement”) that will contain specific information about the terms of that offering. The prospectus supplement may also add, update or change information contained in this prospectus. Therefore, if there is any inconsistency between the information contained or incorporated by reference in this prospectus and the prospectus supplement, you should rely on the information in the prospectus supplement (including any information incorporated by reference therein). You should read this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement together with the additional information described under the heading “Where You Can Find More Information.”

For the avoidance of doubt, this prospectus is not intended to be and is not a prospectus for purposes of the E.U. Prospectus Directive and/or the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority’s Prospectus Regulation Rules.

The registration statement that contains this prospectus, including the exhibits to the registration statement and the documents incorporated by reference herein, contain additional information about us and the securities offered under this prospectus. That registration statement can be read at the SEC website mentioned under the headings “Where You Can Find More Information” and “Incorporation of Certain Information by Reference.”

TRADEMARKS AND SERVICE MARKS

We own or have rights to trademarks, service marks or trade names that we use in connection with the operation of our business. In addition, our name, logo and website and addresses are our service marks or trademarks. We do not intend our use or display of other companies’ trademarks, service marks, copyrights or trade names to imply a relationship with, or endorsement or sponsorship of us by, any other companies. The trademarks we own or have the right to use include, among others, Genuine Parts Company, GPC, NAPA, and Motion. We also own or have the rights to copyrights that protect the content of our literature, be it in print or electronic form.

Solely for convenience, the trademarks, service marks and trade names referred to or incorporated by reference in this prospectus are without the ® and symbols, but such references are not intended to indicate, in any way, that we will not assert, to the fullest extent under applicable law, our rights or the rights of the applicable licensors to these trademarks, service marks and trade names. All trademarks, service marks and trade names appearing in this prospectus are the property of their respective owners.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

We file annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC. This prospectus, which forms a part of the registration statement, does not contain all the information that is included in the registration statement. Any statements made in this prospectus concerning the provisions of legal documents are not necessarily complete and you should read the documents that are filed as exhibits to the registration statement or otherwise filed with the SEC for a more complete understanding of the document or matter. Our SEC filings are available to the public at the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Our SEC filings are also available on our website at http://genuineparts.investorroom.com/sec-filings. You may access our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those

 

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reports filed pursuant to Sections 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) with the SEC free of charge at our website as soon as reasonably practicable after such material is electronically filed with, or furnished to, the SEC.

Except for the information incorporated by reference as noted below, our website and the information contained on that site, or connected to that site, are not incorporated into and are not a part of this prospectus or any prospectus supplement.

INCORPORATION OF CERTAIN INFORMATION BY REFERENCE

The SEC allows us to “incorporate by reference” the information we file with them, which means that we can disclose important information to you by referring you to those documents and those documents will be considered part of this prospectus. Information that we file later with the SEC will automatically update and supersede this information.

The documents listed below and any future filings we make with the SEC under Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act (other than portions of these documents deemed to be “furnished” or not deemed to be “filed,” including the portions of these documents that are either (1) described in paragraphs (d)(1), (d)(2), (d)(3) or (e)(5) of Item 407 of Regulation S-K promulgated by the SEC or (2) furnished under Item 2.02 or Item 7.01 of a Current Report on Form 8-K, including any exhibits included with such Items) prior to the termination of any offering of securities offered by this prospectus are incorporated by reference herein:

 

   

Our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 filed with the SEC on February 23, 2023;

 

   

Our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March  31, 2023, June  30, 2023 and September 30, 2023 filed with the SEC on April 20, 2023, July 20, 2023 and October 19, 2023, respectively;

 

   

The portions of our Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed with the SEC on March 3, 2023 for our Annual Meeting of Shareholders held on May  1, 2023 that are specifically incorporated by reference into our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022;

 

   

Our Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on February 21, 2023 (Item 8.01 only), May  1, 2023 (Item 8.01 only), May 3, 2023, May 23, 2023 (Item 5.02 only), June  1, 2023 (Item 5.02 only) and August 15, 2023 (Item 8.01 only); and

 

   

The description of our common stock contained in the Company’s registration statement filed under Section 12 of the Exchange Act, including all amendments or reports filed for the purpose of updating such description, including Exhibit 4.1 to the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022.

You may request a copy of these filings (other than an exhibit to a filing unless that exhibit is specifically incorporated by reference into that filing), at no cost, by writing or calling us at the following address:

Genuine Parts Company

2999 Wildwood Parkway

Atlanta, GA 30339

Attn: Corporate Secretary

(678) 934-5000

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that others may give you. We are only offering these securities in jurisdictions where the offer and sale is permitted. You should not assume that the information in this prospectus is accurate as of any date other than the dates on the front of this document and that any information incorporated by reference herein is accurate only as of the date of the document containing such information.

 

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This prospectus, any accompanying prospectus supplement and the documents incorporated by reference herein and therein may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act, Section 21E of the Exchange Act, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements in the future tense and all statements accompanied by words such as “expect,” “likely,” “outlook,” “forecast,” “preliminary,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “position,” “will,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “on track,” “anticipate,” “to come,” “may,” “possible,” “assume,” or similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements reflect our expectations, estimates or projections concerning future results or events. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding:

 

   

changes in general economic conditions, including unemployment, inflation (including the impact of tariffs) or deflation, financial institution disruptions and geopolitical conflicts such as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the conflict in the Gaza strip;

 

   

volatility in oil prices;

 

   

significant cost increases, such as rising fuel and freight expenses;

 

   

public health emergencies, including the effects on the financial health of our business partners and customers, on supply chains and our suppliers, on vehicle miles driven as well as other metrics that affect our business, and on access to capital and liquidity provided by the financial and capital markets;

 

   

our ability to maintain compliance with our debt covenants;

 

   

our ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses into our operations and to realize the anticipated synergies and benefits;

 

   

our ability to successfully implement our business initiatives in our two business segments;

 

   

slowing demand for our products;

 

   

the ability to maintain favorable supplier arrangements and relationships; changes in national and international legislation or government regulations or policies, including changes to import tariffs, environmental and social policy, infrastructure programs and privacy legislation, and their impact to us, our suppliers and customers;

 

   

changes in tax policies;

 

   

volatile exchange rates;

 

   

our ability to successfully attract and retain employees in the current labor market;

 

   

uncertain credit markets and other macroeconomic conditions; competitive product, service and pricing pressures;

 

   

failure or weakness in our disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting, including as a result of the work from home environment;

 

   

the uncertainties and costs of litigation;

 

   

disruptions caused by a failure or breach of our information systems; and

 

   

other risks and uncertainties discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and from time to time in the Company’s subsequent filings with the SEC.

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achievements to differ materially from those expressed in or indicated by those statements. We cannot assure you that any of our expectations, estimates or projections will be achieved. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made. We undertake no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, other than as required by law. Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there are many factors that could affect our actual financial results or results of operations and could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. All future written and oral forward-looking statements by us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained herein or referred to above.

 

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THE COMPANY

Genuine Parts Company, a Georgia corporation incorporated on May 7, 1928, is a global service organization engaged in the distribution of automotive and industrial replacement parts.

Our common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “GPC.” Our principal executive offices are located at 2999 Wildwood Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30339, and our telephone number is (678) 934-5000. We maintain a website at www.genpt.com. Our website and the information contained on that site, or connected to that site, are not incorporated into and are not a part of this prospectus or any prospectus supplement.

Additional information about us is included in our reports and other documents incorporated by reference in this prospectus. See “Incorporation of Certain Documents by Reference.”

RISK FACTORS

Investing in our securities involves risk. Before you decide whether to purchase any of our securities, in addition to the other information, documents, or reports included in or incorporated by reference into this prospectus and any accompanying prospectus supplement or other offering materials, you should carefully consider the risk factors in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in any prospectus supplement as well as our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and the other reports we file the SEC, which are incorporated by reference into this prospectus and any prospectus supplement in their entirety, as the same may be amended, supplemented, or superseded from time to time by our filings under the Exchange Act. For more information, see the section entitled “Where You Can Find More Information.” The risks and uncertainties described in our SEC filings are not the only ones facing us. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to us, or that we currently see as immaterial, may also harm our business. If any such risks and uncertainties actually occur, our business, financial condition, results of operations, cash flows and prospects could be materially and adversely affected, the market price of our securities could decline and you could lose all or part of your investment.

USE OF PROCEEDS

Unless we inform you otherwise in the prospectus supplement, the net proceeds from the sale of the securities will be used for general corporate purposes, which may include repayment or refinancing of debt, acquisitions, working capital, capital expenditures and repurchases and redemptions of securities. Until we apply the proceeds from the sale of the securities, we may temporarily invest any proceeds that are not immediately applied to the above purposes in United States government or agency obligations, commercial paper, money market accounts, short-term marketable debt securities, bank deposits or certificates of deposit, repurchase agreements collateralized by United States government or agency obligations or other short-term investments.

 

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DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK

The following description is a summary and does not purport to be complete. It is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to our Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation (the “Articles of Incorporation”) and our Amended and Restated By-Laws (the “Bylaws”), which we have filed as exhibits to the registration statement. We encourage you to read our Articles of Incorporation, our Bylaws and the applicable provisions of the General Corporation Law of the Georgia Business Corporation Code (“GBCC”) for additional information.

Our authorized capital stock consists of 450,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $1.00 per share, and 10,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value of $1.00 per share.

Common Stock

Voting Rights; Preemptive Rights

Each of our shareholders has one vote for each share having voting power registered in his or her name on the books of the Company on the record date for determination of its shareholders entitled to vote if such a record date has been fixed, or on the date the transfer books were closed if they have been closed. Cumulative voting for the election of directors is not provided for in our Articles of Incorporation, which means that the holders of a majority of the shares voted can elect all of the directors then standing for election. None of the holders of shares of any class of stock of the Company are entitled as a matter of right to purchase, subscribe for or otherwise acquire any new or additional shares of stock of the Company of any class now or hereafter authorized, or any options or warrants to purchase, subscribe for or otherwise acquire any new or additional shares of stock of the Company of any class now or hereafter authorized, or any shares, evidences of indebtedness, or any other securities convertible into or carrying options or warrants to purchase, subscribe for or otherwise acquire any new or additional shares. Dividends

Our Board of Directors (the “Board of Directors”) may, from time to time in its discretion, authorize or declare distributions or share dividends on shares of our common stock out of funds legally available for payment of dividends and in accordance with the GBCC.

Liquidation Rights

If the Company is liquidated, the holders of shares of common stock are entitled to share ratably in the distribution remaining after payment of debts and expenses and of the amounts to be paid on liquidation to the holders of shares of preferred stock, if any.

Preferred Stock

We may issue shares of preferred stock in one or more series and may, at the time of issuance, determine the powers, designations, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other special rights, and qualifications, limitations or restrictions of each series. Satisfaction of any dividend preferences of outstanding shares of preferred stock would reduce the amount of funds available for the payment of dividends on shares of common stock. Holders of shares of preferred stock may be entitled to receive a preference payment in the event of any liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Company before any payment is made to the holders of shares of common stock. In some circumstances, the issuance of shares of preferred stock may render more difficult or tend to discourage a merger, tender offer or proxy contest, the assumption of control by a holder of a large block of our securities or the removal of incumbent management.

Upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present, the Board of Directors, without stockholder approval, may issue shares of preferred stock with voting powers of stock of such series, if any, and the designations, preferences and relative, participating, optional and other

 

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special rights and the qualifications, limitations and restrictions thereof, if any, for such series, including without limitation the following:

 

  (1)

The designation of and the number of shares of preferred stock; provided that such number may be increased (except where otherwise provided by the Board of Directors) or decreased (but not below the number of shares thereof then outstanding) from time to time by the Board of Directors;

 

  (2)

The rate and time at which, and the terms and conditions upon which, dividends, if any, on preferred stock of such series will be paid, the extent of the preference or relation, if any, of such dividends to the dividends payable on any other series of preferred stock or any other class of stock of the Company and whether such dividends will be cumulative or non-cumulative;

 

  (3)

The right, if any, of the holders of preferred stock of such series to convert the same into, or exchange the same for shares of any other class of stock or any series of any class of stock of the Company and the terms and conditions of such conversion or exchange;

 

  (4)

Whether or not preferred stock of such series will be subject to redemption, and the redemption price or prices and the time or times at which, and the terms and conditions upon which, preferred stock of such series may be redeemed;

 

  (5)

The rights, if any, of the holders of preferred stock of such series upon the voluntary or involuntary liquidation of the Company;

 

  (6)

The terms of the sinking fund or redemption or purchase account, if any, to be provided for the preferred stock of such series; and

 

  (7)

The voting powers, if any, of the holders of such series of preferred stock which may include the right, voting as a series by itself or together with any other series of the preferred stock as a class, (i) to vote more or less than one vote per share or any or all matters voted upon by the shareholders and (ii) to elect one or more directors of the Company if there has been a default in the payment of dividends on any one or more series of the preferred stock or under other circumstances and upon such other conditions as the Board of Directors may fix.

We have no current intention to issue any of our unissued, authorized shares of preferred stock. However, the issuance of any shares of preferred stock in the future could adversely affect the rights of the holders of common stock.

 

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DESCRIPTION OF DEPOSITARY SHARES

We may issue depositary shares representing fractional interests in shares of our preferred stock of any series. The following description sets forth certain general terms and provisions of the depositary shares to which any prospectus supplement may relate. The particular terms of the depositary shares to which any prospectus supplement may relate and the extent, if any, to which the general terms and provisions may apply to the depositary shares so offered will be described in the applicable prospectus supplement. To the extent that any particular terms of the depositary shares, depositary agreements and depositary receipts described in a prospectus supplement differ from any of the terms described below, then the terms described below will be deemed to have been superseded by that prospectus supplement. We encourage you to read the applicable depositary agreement and depositary receipts for additional information before you decide whether to purchase any of our depositary shares.

In connection with the issuance of any depositary shares, we will enter into a depositary agreement with a bank or trust company, as depositary, which will be named in the applicable prospectus supplement. Depositary shares will be evidenced by depositary receipts issued pursuant to the related depositary agreement. Immediately following our issuance of the security related to the depositary shares, we will deposit the shares of our preferred stock with the relevant depositary and will cause the depositary to issue, on our behalf, the related depositary receipts. Subject to the terms of the depositary agreement, each owner of a depositary receipt will be entitled, in proportion to the fractional interest in the share of preferred stock represented by the related depositary share, to all the rights, preferences and privileges of, and will be subject to all of the limitations and restrictions on, the preferred stock represented by the depositary receipt (including, if applicable, dividend, voting, conversion, exchange, redemption, sinking fund, subscription and liquidation rights).

 

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DESCRIPTION OF DEBT SECURITIES

The following description of the terms of the debt securities sets forth certain general terms and provisions of the debt securities to which any prospectus supplement may relate. The particular terms of any debt securities offered and the extent, if any, to which such general provisions may apply to such offered debt securities will be described in the prospectus supplement relating to such offered debt securities. This prospectus and the accompanying prospectus supplement contain the material terms of the securities being offered. In this section, the terms the “Company,” “we,” “us” and “our” refer to Genuine Parts Company only and not to any of its subsidiaries.

The debt securities are to be issued under an indenture, dated as of October 29, 2020 (the “Indenture”), between the Company and U.S. Bank Trust Company, National Association (as successor to U.S. Bank National Association), as Trustee (the “Trustee”). A copy of the Indenture is filed as an exhibit to the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. The following summary of certain general provisions of the Indenture and the debt securities does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to, the provisions of the Indenture, including the definitions therein of certain terms. Unless otherwise defined herein, all capitalized terms in this section have the definitions ascribed to such terms in the Indenture. The terms of any supplemental indenture entered into or officer’s certificate delivered in connection with a particular issuance of debt securities will be described in the prospectus supplement relating to such offered debt securities.

References to “holders” in this section mean those who own debt securities registered in their own names, on the books that we or the applicable trustee maintain for this purpose, and not those who own beneficial interests in debt securities registered in street name or in debt securities issued in book-entry form through one or more depositaries.

General

The Indenture does not limit the aggregate principal amount of debt securities that may be issued thereunder. The debt securities may be issued from time to time in one or more series. Unless otherwise indicated in the prospectus supplement relating thereto, the debt securities will be unsecured and will rank pari passu with all other existing and future unsecured and unsubordinated indebtedness of the Company. Accordingly, your ownership of debt securities means you are one of our unsecured creditors. The Indenture does not limit the amount of other indebtedness or securities that may be issued by the Company.

Debt securities of a series will be issued in registered form (“Securities”) as specified in the terms of the series. Debt securities of a series may be issued in whole or in part in the form of one or more global securities (“Global Securities”) registered in the name of a depository or its nominee and, in such case, beneficial interests in the Global Securities will be shown on, and transfers thereof will be effected only through, records maintained by the designated depository and its participants.

Reference is made to the prospectus supplement relating to the particular series of debt securities offered thereby for the terms of the offered debt securities, including:

 

   

the title of the debt securities;

 

   

the aggregate principal amount;

 

   

the issue price expressed as a percentage of the aggregate principal amount;

 

   

the date or dates of maturity or the method of determination thereof;

 

   

the interest rate or rates (which may be fixed or floating) per annum, if any, or the method by which such interest rate or rates will be determined;

 

   

the date or dates any interest will commence accruing and be payable and the record dates for any interest payments;

 

   

the place or places where principal and any interest or premium will be paid;

 

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the dates and redemption prices relating to any optional or mandatory redemption and other terms and conditions of any optional or mandatory redemptions;

 

   

any optional or mandatory sinking fund or analogous provisions;

 

   

the denominations of the debt securities if other than denominations of $2,000 and any higher integral multiples of $1,000;

 

   

the portion of the principal amount payable on declaration of acceleration of maturity or provable in bankruptcy, if other than the principal amount;

 

   

whether and under what circumstances any additional amounts with respect to the debt securities will be payable;

 

   

any paying agents, transfer agents, registrars or other agents for a series of debt securities;

 

   

the currency or currencies, including composite currencies, of payment of the principal of (and premium, if any) and interest (if any) on the debt securities if other than the currency of the United States of America;

 

   

if applicable, the terms and conditions upon which the debt securities may be repayable prior to final maturity at the option of the holder thereof (which option may be conditional);

 

   

if the principal (and premium, if any) or interest, if any, are to be payable, at the election of the Company or any holder thereof, in a currency other than that in which the debt securities are stated to be payable, the period or periods within which, and the terms and conditions on which, such election may be made;

 

   

if the debt securities are to be denominated in a currency or currencies, including composite currencies, other than the currency of the United States of America, the equivalent price in the currency of the United States of America for purposes of determining the voting rights of holders of the debt securities as outstanding securities under the Indenture;

 

   

if the amount of payments of principal of (and premium, if any), or portions thereof, or interest, if any, on the debt securities, may be determined with reference to an index, formula or other method, the manner of determining such amounts;

 

   

whether such debt securities are to be issued in temporary or permanent global form;

 

   

any restrictions or other provisions relating to the transfer or exchange of the debt securities;

 

   

the application, if any, of certain provisions of the Indenture relating to defeasance and discharge, and related conditions;

 

   

any events of default, if not set forth in the Indenture;

 

   

any restrictive covenants or other material terms relating thereto which may not be inconsistent with the Indenture; and

 

   

any applicable material United States federal income tax consequences.

Unless otherwise indicated in the prospectus supplement relating thereto, principal (and premium, if any) and interest will be payable and the Securities will be transferable at the office or agency maintained by us for such purpose. Payment of principal (and premium, if any) and interest on Global Securities registered in the name of or held by the depository or its nominee will be made in immediately available funds to the depository or its nominee, as the case may be, as the registered holder of such Global Security. If any of the debt securities is no longer represented by a Global Security, payment of interest on Securities may, at our option, be made by check mailed directly to holders at their registered addresses. See “—Forms of Debt Securities” below. No service charge will be made for any transfer or exchange of the debt securities, but the Company may require payment of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge payable in connection therewith.

 

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One or more series of the debt securities may be issued as discounted debt securities (bearing no interest or interest at a rate which at the time of issuance is below market rates) to be sold at a substantial discount below their stated principal amount. Material United States federal income tax consequences and other special considerations applicable to any such discounted debt securities will be described in the prospectus supplement relating thereto.

The Company may at any time purchase debt securities at any price in the open market or otherwise. Debt securities so purchased by the Company may, at its sole option, be held, resold or surrendered to the Trustee for cancellation.

Covenants

We will describe any restrictive covenants for any series of debt securities in the applicable prospectus supplement for such debt securities.

Merger and Consolidation

Unless otherwise provided in any prospectus supplement, the Company will covenant that it will not merge or sell, convey, transfer or lease its properties and assets substantially as an entirety unless the Company is the surviving corporation or the successor person is a person organized under the laws of the United States (including any state thereof and the District of Columbia) which expressly assumes the Company’s obligations on all the debt securities and under the Indenture and, after giving effect to such transaction, the Company or the successor person would not be in default under the Indenture.

Events of Default

The Indenture defines “Events of Default” with respect to the debt securities of any series as being one of the following events:

 

  (i)

default in the payment of any installment of interest on that series for 30 days after becoming due;

 

  (ii)

default in the payment of principal of (or premium, if any, on) that series at maturity;

 

  (iii)

default in the deposit of any sinking fund payment when due;

 

  (iv)

default in the performance or breach of any other covenant or warranty in the Indenture (other than a covenant or warranty included in the Indenture solely for the benefit of any series of debt securities other than that series) for 90 days after notice to us by the Trustee or to us and the Trustee by the holders of at least 25% in principal amount of the debt securities of all series affected;

 

  (v)

certain events of bankruptcy, insolvency or reorganization with respect to the Company; and

 

  (vi)

any other Event of Default provided with respect to debt securities of that series.

If an Event of Default shall occur and be continuing, either the Trustee or the holders of at least 25% in principal amount of the debt securities then outstanding of all series affected, voting as a single class, may declare the principal (or such portion thereof as may be specified in the prospectus supplement relating to any such series) of the debt securities of all such series to be due and payable. Under certain conditions, such a declaration may be annulled. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if an Event of Default pursuant to (v) above occurs with respect to the Company, the unpaid principal of, premium, if any, and any accrued and unpaid interest on all the debt securities shall become and be immediately due and payable without further action or notice on the part of the Trustee or any holder.

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known to one of its responsible officers (the term “default” to mean the events specified above without grace periods); provided, however, that, except in the case of default in the payment of principal of or interest on any debt security, the Trustee shall be fully protected in withholding such notice if it in good faith determines the withholding of such notice is in the interest of the holders of debt securities.

The Company will be required to furnish to the Trustee annually a statement by the principle executive officer, principal financial officer or the principal accounting officer of the Company stating whether or not, to the best of his or her knowledge, the Company is in default in the performance and observance of any of the terms, provisions and conditions under the Indenture and, if the Company is in default, specifying each such default.

The holders of a majority in principal amount of the outstanding debt securities of all series affected will have the right, subject to certain limitations, to direct the time, method and place of conducting any proceeding for any remedy available to the Trustee or exercising any trust or power conferred on the Trustee with respect to the debt securities of such series, and to waive certain defaults with respect thereto. The Indenture provides that in case an Event of Default shall occur and be continuing, the Trustee shall exercise such of its rights and powers under the Indenture, and use the same degree of care and skill in their exercise, as a prudent person would exercise or use under the circumstances in the conduct of his or her own affairs. Subject to such provisions, the Trustee will be under no obligation to exercise any of its rights or powers under the Indenture at the request of any of the holders of debt securities unless they shall have offered to the Trustee security or indemnity satisfactory to it against the costs, expenses and liabilities which might be incurred by it in compliance with such request.

Modification of the Indenture

The Indenture may generally be modified or amended with the consent of the holders of not less than a majority in principal amount of the outstanding debt securities of each series affected by the modification (voting as a single class); provided, however, that no such modification or amendment may be made, without the consent of the holder of each debt security affected, which would (i) reduce the principal amount of or the interest on any debt security, change the stated maturity of the principal of, or any installment of principal of or interest on, any debt security, or the other terms of payment thereof, or (ii) reduce the above-stated percentage of debt securities, the consent of the holders of which is required to modify or amend the Indenture, or the percentage of debt securities of any series, the consent of the holders of which is required to waive compliance with certain provisions of the Indenture or to waive certain past defaults.

Without the consent of any holder of debt securities, the Company and the Trustee may enter into a supplemental indenture to amend the Indenture or the debt securities issued under that Indenture for any of the following purposes, among other things:

 

  (a)

to evidence the succession of another person to the Company and the assumption by any such successor of the covenants of the Company in the Indenture, as supplemented, and in the debt securities;

 

  (b)

to add to the covenants of the Company, for the benefit of the holders of all or any series of debt securities (and if such covenants are to be for the benefit of less than all series of debt securities, stating that such covenants are expressly being included solely for the benefit of such series) or to surrender any right or power herein conferred upon the Company;

 

  (c)

to add any additional Events of Default;

 

  (d)

to permit the issuance of debt securities in uncertificated form, provided that any such action shall not adversely affect the interests of the holders of debt securities of any series in any material respect; or

 

  (e)

to change or eliminate any of the provisions of the Indenture, provided that any such change or elimination shall become effective only with respect to debt securities not outstanding at the time of the execution of such supplemental indenture;

 

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  (f)

to secure the debt securities;

 

  (g)

to establish the form or terms of debt securities of any series;

 

  (h)

to evidence and provide for the acceptance of appointment hereunder by a successor Trustee with respect to the debt securities of one or more series and/or to add to or change any of the provisions of the Indenture as shall be necessary to provide for or facilitate the administration of the trusts under the Indenture by more than one Trustee;

 

  (i)

to cure any ambiguity, to correct or supplement any provision of the Indenture, as supplemented, which may be defective or inconsistent with any other provision herein or to conform any provision applicable to debt securities of any series to the description of the terms of such debt securities in any prospectus supplement; or

 

  (j)

to make any other provisions with respect to matters or questions arising under the Indenture, provided that such action shall not adversely affect the interests of the holders of debt securities of any series in any material respect.

Defeasance and Discharge

The Indenture provides that the Company may elect, with respect to the debt securities of any series, either:

 

  (i)

to terminate (and be deemed to have satisfied) any and all obligations in respect of such debt securities (except for certain obligations to register the transfer or exchange of debt securities, to replace stolen, lost or mutilated debt securities, to maintain paying agencies and hold monies for payment in trust and, if so specified with respect to the debt securities of a certain series, to pay the principal of (and premium, if any) and interest, if any, on such specified debt securities and certain obligations owed to the Trustee (“legal defeasance”)); or

 

  (ii)

to be released from its obligations to comply with any restrictive covenants under the Indenture, in either case after the deposit with the Trustee, in trust, of money and/or U.S. Government Obligations (as defined in the Indenture) which through the payment of interest and principal thereof in accordance with their terms will provide money in an amount sufficient to pay any installment of principal (and premium, if any (and interest, if any)), on and any mandatory sinking fund payments in respect of such debt securities on the stated maturity of such payments in accordance with the terms of the Indenture and such debt securities. Such a trust may be established only if, among other things, the Company has delivered to the Trustee an opinion of counsel (who may be counsel to the Company) to the effect that, based upon applicable U.S. federal income tax law or a ruling published by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (which opinion must, in the case of legal defeasance, be based on a change in applicable U.S. federal income tax law after the date of the Indenture or a ruling published by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service after the date of the Indenture), such a defeasance and discharge will not be deemed, or result in, a taxable event with respect to beneficial owners of such debt securities. For the avoidance of doubt, neither the Trustee nor any of its agents are responsible for determining the sufficiency of any amounts deposited in trust pursuant to a discharge or defeasance of any series of debt securities under the Indenture and neither the Trustee nor any of its agents shall have any obligation or liability whatsoever with respect to the sufficiency of such amounts.

The Indenture also provides that the Indenture shall cease to be of further effect with respect to any series of debt securities (except as to any surviving rights of registration of transfer or exchange of debt securities of such series), and the Trustee, at the expense of and upon written instruction by the Company, shall execute proper instruments acknowledging satisfaction and discharge of the Indenture as to such series, when

 

  (a)

either:

 

  (i)

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provided in the Indenture and (ii) debt securities for whose payment money has theretofore been deposited in trust or segregated and held in trust by the Company and thereafter repaid to the Company or discharged from such trust, as provided in the Indenture) have been delivered to the Trustee for cancellation; or

 

  (ii)

all such debt securities of such series not theretofore delivered to the Trustee for cancellation:

 

  A.

have become due and payable,

 

  B.

will become due and payable at their stated maturity (as defined in the Indenture) within one year of the date of deposit, or

 

  C.

are to be called for redemption within one year under arrangements satisfactory to the Trustee for the giving of notice of redemption by the Trustee in the name, and at the expense, of the Company, and the Company, in the case of (A), (B) or (C) above, has deposited or caused to be deposited with the Trustee as trust funds in trust for the purpose an amount sufficient to pay and discharge the entire indebtedness on such debt securities not theretofore delivered to the Trustee for cancellation, for principal (and premium, if any) and interest, if any, to the date of such deposit (in the case of debt securities which have become due and payable), or to the stated maturity or the redemption date, as the case may be;

 

  (b)

the Company has paid or caused to be paid all other sums payable under the Indenture by the Company with respect to such series; and

 

  (c)

the Company has delivered to the Trustee an officer’s certificate and an opinion of counsel, each stating that, with respect to such series, all conditions precedent provided for in the Indenture relating to the satisfaction and discharge of the Indenture have been complied with.

Forms of Debt Securities

Each debt security will be represented either by a certificate issued in definitive form to a particular investor or by one or more global securities representing the entire issuance of debt securities. Certificated securities in definitive form and global securities will be issued in registered form. Definitive securities name you or your nominee as the owner of the debt security, and in order to transfer or exchange these debt securities or to receive payments other than interest or other interim payments, you or your nominee must physically deliver the definitive securities to the Trustee, security registrar, paying agent or other agent, as applicable. Global securities name a depositary or its nominee as the owner of the debt securities represented by these global securities. The depositary maintains a computerized system that will reflect each investor’s beneficial ownership of the debt securities through an account maintained by the investor with its broker/dealer, bank, trust company or other representative, as we explain more fully below.

Registered global securities

We may issue the registered debt securities in the form of one or more fully registered global securities that will be deposited with a depositary or its nominee identified in the applicable prospectus supplement and registered in the name of that depositary or nominee. In those cases, one or more registered global securities will be issued in a denomination or aggregate denominations equal to the portion of the aggregate principal or face amount of the debt securities to be represented by registered global securities. Unless and until it is exchanged in whole for debt securities in definitive registered form, a registered global security may not be transferred except as a whole by and among the depositary for the registered global security, the nominees of the depositary or any successors of the depositary or those nominees.

If not described below, any specific terms of the depositary arrangement with respect to any debt securities to be represented by a registered global security will be described in the prospectus supplement relating to those debt securities. We anticipate that the following provisions will apply to all depositary arrangements.

 

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Ownership of beneficial interests in a registered global security will be limited to persons, called participants, that have accounts with the depositary or persons that may hold interests through participants. Upon the issuance of a registered global security, the depositary will credit, on its book-entry registration and transfer system, the participants’ accounts with the respective principal or face amounts of the debt securities beneficially owned by the participants. Any dealers, underwriters or agents participating in the distribution of the debt securities will designate the accounts to be credited. Ownership of beneficial interests in a registered global security will be shown on, and the transfer of ownership interests will be effected only through, records maintained by the depositary, with respect to interests of participants, and on the records of participants, with respect to interests of persons holding through participants. The laws of some states may require that some purchasers of debt securities take physical delivery of these debt securities in definitive form. These laws may impair your ability to own, transfer or pledge beneficial interests in registered global securities.

So long as the depositary, or its nominee, is the registered owner of a registered global security, that depositary or its nominee, as the case may be, will be considered the sole owner or holder of the debt securities represented by the registered global security for all purposes under the Indenture. Except as described below, owners of beneficial interests in a registered global security will not be entitled to have the debt securities represented by the registered global security registered in their names, will not receive or be entitled to receive physical delivery of the debt securities in definitive form and will not be considered the owners or holders of the debt securities under the Indenture. Accordingly, each person owning a beneficial interest in a registered global security must rely on the procedures of the depositary for that registered global security and, if that person is not a participant, on the procedures of the participant through which the person owns its interest, to exercise any rights of a holder under the Indenture. We understand that under existing industry practices, if we request any action of holders or if an owner of a beneficial interest in a registered global security desires to give or take any action that a holder is entitled to give or take under the Indenture, the depositary for the registered global security would authorize the participants holding the relevant beneficial interests to give or take that action, and the participants would authorize beneficial owners owning through them to give or take that action or would otherwise act upon the instructions of beneficial owners holding through them.

Principal, premium, if any, and interest payments on debt securities represented by a registered global security registered in the name of a depositary or its nominee will be made to the depositary or its nominee, as the case may be, as the registered owner of the registered global security. None of the Company, the Trustee, the security registrar or any other agent of the Company or agent of the Trustee or the security registrar will have any responsibility or liability for any aspect of the records relating to payments made on account of beneficial ownership interests in the registered global security or for maintaining, supervising or reviewing any records relating to those beneficial ownership interests.

We expect that the depositary for any of the debt securities represented by a registered global security, upon receipt of any payment of principal, premium, interest or other distribution of underlying securities or other property to holders on that registered global security, will immediately credit participants’ accounts in amounts proportionate to their respective beneficial interests in that registered global security as shown on the records of the depositary. We also expect that payments by participants to owners of beneficial interests in a registered global security held through participants will be governed by standing customer instructions and customary practices, as is now the case with the debt securities held for the accounts of customers or registered in “street name,” and will be the responsibility of those participants.

If the depositary for any of these debt securities represented by a registered global security is at any time unwilling or unable to continue as depositary or ceases to be a clearing agency registered under the Exchange Act and a successor depositary registered as a clearing agency under the Exchange Act is not appointed by us within 90 days, we will issue debt securities in definitive form in exchange for the registered global security that had been held by the depositary. Any debt securities issued in definitive form in exchange for a registered global security will be registered in the name or names that the depositary gives to the relevant security registrar or other relevant agent of ours or theirs. It is expected that the depositary’s instructions will be based upon

 

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directions received by the depositary from participants with respect to ownership of beneficial interests in the registered global security that had been held by the depositary.

Euroclear and Clearstream

If the depositary for a global security is The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) you may hold interests in the global security through Clearstream Banking, société anonyme (“Clearstream”) or Euroclear Bank SA/NV, as operator of the Euroclear System (“Euroclear”) in each case, as a participant in DTC. Euroclear and Clearstream will hold interests, in each case, on behalf of their participants through customers’ securities accounts in the names of Euroclear and Clearstream on the books of their respective depositaries, which in turn will hold such interests in customers’ securities in the depositaries’ names on DTC’s books.

Payments, deliveries, transfers, exchanges, notices and other matters relating to the debt securities made through Euroclear or Clearstream must comply with the rules and procedures of those systems. Those systems could change their rules and procedures at any time. We have no control over those systems or their participants, and we take no responsibility for their activities. Transactions between participants in Euroclear or Clearstream, on one hand, and other participants in DTC, on the other hand, would also be subject to DTC’s rules and procedures.

Investors will be able to make and receive through Euroclear and Clearstream payments, deliveries, transfers, exchanges, notices and other transactions involving any securities held through those systems only on days when those systems are open for business. Those systems may not be open for business on days when banks, brokers and other institutions are open for business in the United States.

In addition, because of time-zone differences, U.S. investors who hold their interests in the debt securities through these systems and wish on a particular day, to transfer their interests, or to receive or make a payment or delivery or exercise any other right with respect to their interests, may find that the transaction will not be effected until the next business day in Luxembourg or Brussels, as applicable. Thus, investors who wish to exercise rights that expire on a particular day may need to act before the expiration date. In addition, investors who hold their interests through both DTC and Euroclear or Clearstream may need to make special arrangements to finance any purchase or sales of their interests between the U.S. and European clearing systems, and those transactions may settle later than transactions within one clearing system.

Governing Law

The Indenture is and any debt securities will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York.

Concerning the Trustee

U.S. Bank Trust Company, National Association is the Trustee under the Indenture and has been appointed by the Company as initial security registrar with regard to the debt securities. We will specify any material relationship we may have with the Trustee in the prospectus supplement. In addition, the Trustee may serve as trustee for other debt securities issued by the Company from time to time.

 

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PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION

We may sell our securities in any one or more of the following ways from time to time: (i) through agents; (ii) to or through underwriters, including through underwriting syndicates represented by managing underwriters; (iii) through brokers or dealers; (iv) directly by us to purchasers, including through a specific bidding, auction or other process; or (v) through a combination of any of these methods of sale. Each time we offer and sell securities covered by this prospectus, we will make available a prospectus supplement or supplements that will describe the method of distribution and set forth the terms of the offering, including: (i) the name or names of any underwriters, dealers or agents and the amounts of securities underwritten or purchased by each of them; (ii) if a fixed price offering, the public offering price of the securities and the proceeds to us; (iii) any options under which underwriters may purchase additional securities from us; (iv) any underwriting discounts or commissions or agency fees and other items constituting underwriters’ or agents’ compensation; (v) terms and conditions of the offering; (vi) any discounts, commissions or concessions allowed or reallowed or paid to dealers; and (vii) any securities exchange or market on which the securities may be listed. Any dealers and agents participating in the distribution of the securities may be deemed to be underwriters, and compensation received by them on resale of the securities may be deemed to be underwriting discounts.

Any initial offering price, dealer purchase price, discount or commission may be changed from time to time.

The securities may be distributed from time to time in one or more transactions, at negotiated prices, at fixed prices (that may be subject to change), at market prices prevailing at the time of sale, at various prices determined at the time of sale or at prices related to prevailing market prices.

Offers to purchase securities may be solicited directly by us or by agents designated by us from time to time. Any such agent may be deemed to be an underwriter, as that term is defined in the Securities Act, of the securities so offered and sold.

If underwriters are utilized in the sale of any securities in respect of which this prospectus is being delivered, such securities will be acquired by the underwriters for their own account and may be resold from time to time in one or more transactions, including negotiated transactions, at fixed public offering prices or at varying prices determined by the underwriters at the time of sale. Securities may be offered to the public either through underwriting syndicates represented by managing underwriters or directly by one or more underwriters. If any underwriter or underwriters are utilized in the sale of securities, unless otherwise indicated in the applicable prospectus supplement, the obligations of the underwriters are subject to certain conditions precedent and the underwriters will be obligated to purchase all such securities if any are purchased.

If a dealer is utilized in the sale of the securities in respect of which this prospectus is delivered, we will sell such securities to the dealer, as principal. The dealer may then resell such securities to the public at varying prices to be determined by such dealer at the time of resale. Transactions through brokers or dealers may include block trades in which brokers or dealers will attempt to sell securities as agent but may position and resell as principal to facilitate the transaction or in crosses, in which the same broker or dealer acts as agent on both sides of the trade. Any such dealer may be deemed to be an underwriter, as such term is defined in the Securities Act, of the securities so offered and sold.

Offers to purchase securities may be solicited directly by us and the sale thereof may be made by us directly to institutional investors or others, who may be deemed to be underwriters within the meaning of the Securities Act with respect to any resale thereof.

If so indicated in the applicable prospectus supplement, we may authorize agents and underwriters to solicit offers by certain institutions to purchase securities from us or at the public offering price set forth in the applicable prospectus supplement pursuant to delayed delivery contracts providing for payment and delivery on the date or dates stated in the applicable prospectus supplement. Such delayed delivery contracts will be subject only to those conditions set forth in the applicable prospectus supplement.

 

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Agents, underwriters and dealers may be entitled under relevant agreements with us to indemnification by us against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act, or to contribution with respect to payments that such agents, underwriters and dealers may be required to make in respect thereof. The terms and conditions of any indemnification or contribution will be described in the applicable prospectus supplement.

Underwriters, broker-dealers or agents may receive compensation in the form of commissions, discounts or concessions from us. Underwriters, broker-dealers or agents may also receive compensation from the purchasers of securities for whom they act as agents or to whom they sell as principals, or both. Compensation as to a particular underwriter, broker-dealer or agent might be in excess of customary commissions and will be in amounts to be negotiated in connection with transactions. In effecting sales, broker-dealers engaged by us may arrange for other broker-dealers to participate in the resales.

Each series of securities will be a new issue and will have no established trading market. We may elect to list any series of securities on an exchange, but, unless otherwise specified in the applicable prospectus supplement, we shall not be obligated to do so. No assurance can be given as to the liquidity of the trading market for any of the securities.

Agents, underwriters and dealers may engage in transactions with, or perform services for, us and our respective subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business.

Any underwriter may engage in overallotment, stabilizing transactions, short covering transactions and penalty bids in accordance with Regulation M under the Exchange Act. Overallotment 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. Short covering transactions involve purchases of the securities 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 covering transaction to cover short positions. Those activities may cause the 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. An underwriter may carry out these transactions on a stock exchange, in the over-the-counter market or otherwise.

The place and time of delivery for securities will be set forth in the applicable prospectus supplement for such securities.

 

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VALIDITY OF THE SECURITIES

Unless otherwise indicated in the prospectus supplement accompanying this prospectus, the validity of the securities will be passed upon for us by our counsel, King & Spalding LLP, Atlanta, Georgia. Any underwriters, dealers or agents will be advised about the validity of the securities and other legal matters by their own counsel, which will be named in the prospectus supplement.

EXPERTS

The consolidated financial statements of Genuine Parts Company and Subsidiaries appearing in Genuine Parts Company’s Annual Report (Form 10-K) for the year ended December 31, 2022, and the effectiveness of Genuine Parts Company and Subsidiaries’ internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2022 (excluding the internal control over financial reporting of Kaman Distribution Group), have been audited by Ernst & Young LLP, independent registered public accounting firm, as set forth in its reports thereon, which as to the report on the effectiveness of Genuine Parts Company and Subsidiaries’ internal control over financial reporting contains an explanatory paragraph describing the above referenced exclusion of Kaman Distribution Group from the scope of such firm’s audit of internal control over financial reporting, included therein, and incorporated herein by reference. Such financial statements have been incorporated herein by reference in reliance upon such reports given on the authority of such firm as experts in accounting and auditing.

 

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