Griffon Files Shelf Registration Statements
JERICHO, NEW YORK, March 30, 2009 – Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF) announced today that it has filed shelf registration statements on Form S-3 and Form S-4 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not have any immediate plans or current commitments to sell securities. The terms of any offerings under these shelf registrations will be determined at the time of the offering.
Griffon’s Chief Executive Officer, Ronald J. Kramer, said, “The current economic environment presents us with many potential opportunities to grow and diversify our business. While these opportunities are still at the preliminary stage and our successful common stock rights offering that closed last year has provided us with significant capital for growth, we are filing these shelf registrations to further expand our flexibility to act quickly and decisively to take advantage of growth opportunities.”
If and when the shelf registration statement on Form S-3 is declared effective by the SEC, the Company may from time to time issue up to $300 million of any combination of preferred equity and debt securities (including preferred equity or debt convertible into common equity), or warrants, rights or units consisting of any of the foregoing. The net proceeds of any such issuances are expected to be used for general corporate purposes and to fund the Company’s growth.
If and when the shelf registration statement on Form S-4 is declared effective by the SEC, the Company may from time to time issue up to $300 million of any combination of common and preferred equity and debt securities, or warrants, rights or units consisting of any of the foregoing in connection with business combination transactions, including acquisitions of other businesses, assets, properties or securities. Griffon does not expect to receive cash proceeds from the sale of securities issued pursuant to the Form S- 4.
Griffon has filed registration statements (including a prospectus) with the SEC for the offering to which this communication relates. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the applicable registration statement becomes effective. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the laws of any such state.
Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in the applicable registration statement, the applicable prospectus supplement and other documents the Company has filed with the SEC for more complete information about Griffon and any offering. A copy of the prospectus included in each registration statement may be obtained at no charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, when available, copies of the prospectus, and any prospectus supplement relating to a particular offering, may be obtained by contacting Griffon Corporation, 100 Jericho Quadrangle, Jericho, NY 11753, Attn: Chief Financial Officer, (516) 938-5544.
About Griffon Corporation
Griffon Corporation, headquartered in Jericho, New York, is a diversified holding company consisting of three distinct business segments: Electronic Information and Communication Systems, through Telephonics Corporation; Garage Doors, through Clopay Building Products Company; and Specialty Plastic Films, through Clopay Plastic Products Company.
- Telephonics Corporation’s high-technology engineering and manufacturing capabilities provide integrated information, communication and sensor system solutions to military and commercial markets worldwide.
- Clopay Building Products Company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of residential, commercial and industrial garage doors to professional installing dealers and major home center retail chains.
- Clopay Plastic Products Company is an international leader in the development and production of embossed, laminated and printed specialty plastic films used in a variety of hygienic, health-care and industrial markets.
For more information on the Company and its operating subsidiaries, please see the Company’s website at www.griffoncorp.com.
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