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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 18, 2020


Waste Management, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)


Delaware   1-12154   73-1309529
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
  (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer
Identification No.)


1001 Fannin, Houston, Texas   77002
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)


Registrant’s Telephone number, including area code: (713) 512-6200


(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


¨ Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)


¨ Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)


¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))


¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))


Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.01 par value   WM   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).


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 and reported in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 15, 2019 by Waste Management, Inc. (the “Company” or “Waste Management”) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), on April 14, 2019, Waste Management, Everglades Merger Sub Inc., a Delaware corporation and an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Waste Management (“Merger Sub”) and Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. (“Advanced Disposal”) entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (as may be amended from time to time, the “Merger Agreement”) pursuant to which, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, Merger Sub will merge with and into Advanced Disposal, and Advanced Disposal will continue as the surviving company and an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Waste Management (the “Merger”).


Each of Waste Management and Advanced Disposal filed a respective premerger notification and report with the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. The parties have been working cooperatively with the DOJ.


This Form 8-K is being filed to update our prior timing expectations. As a result of, and subject to any further effects from, the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, and subject to obtaining final regulatory approval from the DOJ (which the Company currently anticipates receiving in the second quarter of 2020), the Company now anticipates closing the Merger mid to late second quarter 2020.


Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements


This filing contains forward-looking statements about the Company, Advanced Disposal and the proposed acquisition, including but not limited to all statements about the timing and approvals of the proposed acquisition, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expect,” “likely,” “outlook,” “forecast,” “preliminary,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “can,” “will,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “goal,” “guidance,” “target,” “continue,” “sustain, “ “synergy,” “on track,” “believe,” “seek,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “may,” “possible,” “assume,” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. You should view these statements with caution and should not place undue reliance on such statements. They are based on the facts and circumstances known to the Company as of the date the statements are made. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different from those set forth in such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, general economic and capital markets conditions; the on-going impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus); inability to obtain required regulatory or government approvals or to obtain such approvals on satisfactory conditions; inability to satisfy other closing conditions; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the definitive agreement; legal proceedings that may be instituted related to the proposed acquisition; unexpected costs, charges or expenses; failure to successfully integrate the acquisition, realize anticipated synergies or obtain the results anticipated; and other risks and uncertainties described in the Company’s and Advanced Disposal’s filings with the SEC, including Part I, Item 1A of each company’s most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other documents that the Company or Advanced Disposal file or furnish with the SEC. Except to the extent required by law, neither the Company nor Advanced Disposal assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, including financial estimates and forecasts, whether as a result of future events, circumstances or developments or otherwise.







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.


Date: March 18, 2020 By: /s/ Charles C. Boettcher
    Charles C. Boettcher
    Executive Vice President, Corporate Development & Chief Legal Officer



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