SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 28, 2021 (June 23, 2021)
Two Harbors Investment Corp.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
601 Carlson Parkway, Suite 1400
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of Each Class:||Trading|
|Name of Exchange on Which Registered:|
|Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share||TWO||New York Stock Exchange|
|8.125% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock||TWO PRA||New York Stock Exchange|
|7.625% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock||TWO PRB||New York Stock Exchange|
|7.25% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock||TWO PRC||New York Stock Exchange|
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2).
Emerging Growth Company ¨
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨
|Item 8.01||Other Events.|
As previously disclosed, on April 13, 2020, Two Harbors Investment Corp. (the “Company”) announced that it had elected not to renew the Management Agreement with PRCM Advisers LLC. Subsequently, on July 15, 2020, the Company provided PRCM Advisers with a notice of termination of the Management Agreement for “cause” in accordance with Section 15(a) of the Management Agreement. The Company terminated the Management Agreement for “cause” on the basis of certain material breaches and certain events of gross negligence on the part of PRCM Advisers in the performance of its duties under the Management Agreement.
On July 21, 2020, PRCM Advisers filed a complaint against the Company in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”). Subsequently, PRCM Advisers filed an amended complaint, or the Federal Complaint, on September 4, 2020. The Federal Complaint alleges, among other things, the misappropriation of trade secrets in violation of both the Defend Trade Secrets Act and New York common law, breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unfair competition and business practices, unjust enrichment, conversion, and tortious interference with contract. The Federal Complaint seeks, among other things, an order enjoining the Company from making any use of or disclosing PRCM Advisers’ trade secret, proprietary, or confidential information; damages in an amount to be determined at a hearing and/or trial; disgorgement of the Company’s wrongfully obtained profits; and fees and costs incurred by PRCM Advisers in pursuing the action. On September 25, 2020, the Company filed a motion to dismiss the Federal Complaint. PRCM Advisers thereafter filed an opposition to the motion to dismiss on October 16, 2020, and on October 26, 2020, the Company filed its reply.
On June 23, 2021, the Court granted in part and denied in part the Company’s motion to dismiss. The Court dismissed PRCM Advisers’ claims challenging the termination of the Management Agreement, including PRCM Advisers’ claims for breach of contract with respect to Sections 13(a) and 15 of the Management Agreement and for breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, as well as certain of PRCM Advisers’ other claims. The Company believes that the Federal Complaint is without merit and that the Company has fully complied with the terms of the Management Agreement.
Certain items in this Current Report on Form 8-K may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ from expectations, estimates and projections and, consequently, readers should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Words such as “expect,” “target,” “assume,” “estimate,” “project,” “budget,” “forecast,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “believes,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in the Company’s most recent filings with the SEC. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning the Company or matters attributable to the Company or any person acting on its behalf are qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above. The Company does not undertake or accept any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|TWO HARBORS INVESTMENT CORP.|
|By:||/s/ REBECCA B. SANDBERG|
|Rebecca B. Sandberg|
|General Counsel and Secretary|
|Date: June 28, 2021|