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 17, 2021
THE GEO GROUP, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
|4955 Technology Way, Boca Raton, Florida||33431|
|(Address of Principal Executive Offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (561) 893-0101
(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
Name of each exchange on
|Common Stock, $0.01 Par Value||GEO||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 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
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Section 5 Corporate Governance and Management
Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change of Fiscal Year.
On June 17, 2021, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) and the Nominating and Governance Committee of The GEO Group, Inc. (“GEO” or the “Company”) met jointly to approve the adoption of an amendment and restatement of the Company’s Second Amended and Restated Bylaws (the “Third Amended and Restated Bylaws” or as amended and restated, the “Bylaws”) effective immediately. The amendment and restatement was adopted to (i) add relevant provisions regarding the new role of the Executive Chairman of the Board and (ii) add an exclusive forum provision to the Bylaws designating certain state and federal courts as the exclusive forums in which certain claims against the Company may be brought.
Article XI, Section 5 of the Bylaws was added to describe the exclusive forum for the adjudication of disputes. The amendment and restatement was adopted to add an exclusive forum provision to the Bylaws designating the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court in and for Palm Beach County, Florida (or, if no state court located within the State of Florida has jurisdiction, the federal district court for the Southern District of Florida) as the sole and exclusive forum for certain actions. Those specific actions are (a) any derivative action or proceeding brought on behalf of the Company, (b) any action asserting a claim of breach of a fiduciary duty owed by any current or former director, officer, employee or shareholder of the Company to the Company or the Company’s shareholders, (c) any action asserting a claim arising pursuant to any provision of the Florida Business Corporation Act or the articles of incorporation or bylaws (as either may be amended from time to time), or (d) any action asserting a claim governed by the internal affairs doctrine. The Board believes that such designation promotes the efficient resolution of claims and avoids duplicative lawsuits being brought in multiple jurisdictions.
The amendment and restatement to the Bylaws also make other changes to conform with the provisions. This summary of the amendment and restatement to the Bylaws is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete copy of the Third Amended and Restated Bylaws of The GEO Group, Inc., a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 3.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference herein.
Section 9 Financial Statements and Exhibits
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|3.1||Third Amended and Restated Bylaws of The GEO Group, Inc.|
|104||Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).|
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.
|THE GEO GROUP, INC.|
|June 21, 2021||By:|
/s/ Brian R. Evans
|Date||Brian R. Evans|
|Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer|
|(Principal Financial Officer)|