Hicks Acquisition Company II, Inc., a special purpose acquisition company sponsored and headed by Thomas O. Hicks, announced today that the Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed by HACII in connection with its proposed business combination with Appleton Papers Inc. (which will begin doing business as “Appvion” at closing) was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on June 29, 2012. HACII’s proxy statement, included as part of the registration statement, is in the process of being mailed to HACII’s security holders as of the applicable record dates.
HACII also announced today a revised proposal to amend the terms of its outstanding warrants in connection with the proposed business combination with Appleton. Under the revised warrant amendment proposal, the number of shares of common stock of HACII issuable upon exercise of HACII’s outstanding warrants will be reduced by half and, in addition, the holders of HACII’s outstanding public warrants will receive $0.625 per warrant at closing. The terms of the warrants will only be amended with the approval of warrantholders who own at least 65 percent of the outstanding public warrants.
HACII previously announced that a special meeting of its stockholders to consider and vote on the proposed business combination with Appleton and other related matters would be held on July 11, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time. HACII has changed the date of this special meeting to July 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time. HACII will also hold a special meeting of its public warrantholders on July 12, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time to vote on the proposal to amend the terms of HACII’s outstanding warrants, as discussed above. Each of these meetings will be held at the offices of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, 1700 Pacific Avenue, 39th Floor, Dallas, Texas 75201.