UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

SCHEDULE 14D-9

(Rule 14d-101)

 

Solicitation/Recommendation Statement

Under Section 14(d)(4) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

HILL INTERNATIONAL, INC.

(Name of Subject Company)

 

HILL INTERNATIONAL, INC.

(Name of Person(s) Filing Statement)

 

Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share

(Title of Class of Securities)

 

431466101

(CUSIP Number of Class of Securities)

 

Raouf S. Ghali,
Chief Executive Officer and President

One Commerce Square

2005 Market Street, 17th Floor

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

(215) 309-7700

 

With copies to:

 

Darrick M. Mix, Esq.

Peter Visalli, Esq.

Justin A. Santarosa, Esq.

Duane Morris LLP

30 S. 17th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

(215) 979-1000

(Name, address and telephone number of person authorized to receive notice and communications

on behalf of the persons filing statement)

 

x   Check the box if the filing relates solely to preliminary communications made before the commencement of a tender offer.

 

 

 

 

 

This Schedule 14D-9 filing relates solely to preliminary communications made before the commencement of a planned cash tender offer (the “Offer”) by Global Infrastructure Solutions Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Parent”), and Liberty Acquisition Sub Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Merger Sub”), to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of the common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of Hill International, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), to be commenced pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of August 16, 2022, by and among Parent, Merger Sub and the Company (the “Merger Agreement”). Upon the consummation of the Offer, Merger Sub will merge with and into the Company (the “Merger” and together with the Offer and the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, the “Transactions”) pursuant to Section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law with the Company as the surviving corporation.

 

This Schedule 14D-9 filing consists of the following document relating to the proposed Offer and Merger:

 

    Exhibit 99.1: Email from Raouf Ghali, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, to employees on August 16, 2022

 

Additional Information and Where to Find It

 

The Offer has not yet commenced. This communication is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Company Common Stock. The solicitation and offer to buy shares of Company Common Stock will only be made pursuant to the tender offer materials that Parent intends to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). At the time the Offer is commenced, Parent will file a tender offer statement on Schedule TO with the SEC, and the Company will file a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 with respect to the Offer. THE COMPANY’S STOCKHOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THE SCHEDULE TO (INCLUDING AN OFFER TO PURCHASE, A RELATED LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL AND OTHER OFFER DOCUMENTS) AND THE SCHEDULE 14D-9, AS EACH MAY BE AMENDED OR SUPPLEMENTED FROM TIME TO TIME, AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BEFORE THEY MAKE ANY DECISION WITH RESPECT TO THE OFFER BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND THE PARTIES THERETO. Both the tender offer statement and the solicitation/recommendation statement will be mailed to the Company’s stockholders free of charge. Investors and stockholders may obtain free copies of the Schedule TO and Schedule 14D-9, as each may be amended or supplemented from time to time, and other documents filed by the parties (when available) at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, at the Company’s website at http://www.hillintl.com or by directing a request to the information agent for the tender offer who will be named in the tender offer materials.

 

 

 

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

Certain statements in this communication are “forward-looking statements.” These statements relate to future events or the Company’s future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements of the Company or its industry to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “expect,” “forecast,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “believe,” “estimate,” “poised,” “predict,” “potential” or the negative of those terms or other comparable terminology. The Company has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While the Company believes these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, including, among others, risks relating to: changes in facts and circumstances and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions concerning the Offer and the subsequent Merger, including whether the Offer and the Merger will consummate, the structure of the Transactions, the timing of the consummation of the Offer and the Merger, strategic and other potential benefits of the Transactions, the ability of the parties to satisfy the various conditions to the consummation of the Offer or the Merger, including the outcome of the regulatory reviews of the Transaction, the percentage of outstanding shares that will be tendered in the Offer, the ability of the parties to comply with their respective obligations in the Merger Agreement, the potential effects of the Transactions, the outcome of legal proceedings (if any) that may be instituted against the Company, Parent or Merger Sub (or any of their respective affiliates) and/or others related to the Transactions, unexpected costs or unexpected liabilities that may result from the Transactions (whether or not consummated), the possibility that competing offers will be made, the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement, including in circumstances which would require the Company to pay a termination fee or other expenses, the effects of disruption from the announcement or pendency of the Transactions making it more difficult to maintain relationships with employees, customers, suppliers, and other business partners of the Company, potential diversion of management's attention from the Company’s ongoing business operations, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Company’s operation, and other general risks facing the Company’s business and operations.

 

When considering forward-looking statements, investors should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the other reports that the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), from time to time. Except as required under applicable law, the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or any other forward-looking statements made by it, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

Memorandum

 

TO:Hill Employees

 

FROM:Raouf Ghali, CEO

 

RE:Hill International Agrees to Join the Global Infrastructure Solutions Inc. Family of Companies

 

DATE:August 16, 2022

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

I am excited to share that Hill International has entered into an agreement to join the Global Infrastructure Solutions Inc. (GISI) portfolio of companies www.gisi.com.

 

By becoming a GISI company, Hill will immediately enjoy several advantages. This includes the agility of being a privately held company and the financial backing to position Hill for our next 50 years of success. For our professionals, this move means there will be exponentially more ways to advance your careers into new markets and regions.

 

GISI is an employee-owned organization working in 90 countries serving the built and social environments. GISI’s mission closely aligns with Hill’s, and GISI’s more than 8,500 employees are driven, like Hill’s professionals, to create value for their clients.

 

Let me also emphasize that GISI preserves brand legacies—the Hill name and brand will remain—and selects only companies that help to strengthen its collective mission. I am confident Hill and GISI align closely in our values and approach, and that Hill employees in all positions, at all levels, and all around the world can rely on GISI to provide you with the management and corporate support you need to continue to grow your career with Hill.

 

Town Hall Meetings

 

To make sure you can ask any questions about GISI and what this decision will mean for Hill, we will be holding two regional employee town halls. CFO Todd Weintraub, CAO Bill Dengler, and I all look forward to discussing the future of Hill with you.

 

We will hold our international town hall at 10:00 AM Athens time (GMT +3) and our Americas town hall at 12:00 PM EDS on Wednesday, August 17. Look for your invitation shortly.

 

I have also briefed Hill’s senior leadership about what this move means for our company. I encourage you to reach out to your respective leaders if you have any specific questions in the short term.

 

 

 

 

Next Steps

 

While we work on the integration of Hill and GISI, we will keep the lines of communication open and will update you with more information as developments occur.

 

As always, thank you for your continued excellence in serving our clients, and for the opportunity to lead our company.

 

I am truly excited for this next phase of Hill’s success, and hope you are as well.

 

Sincerely,

 

Raouf

 

Raouf Ghali 

Chief Executive Officer 

Hill International 

One Commerce Square 

2005 Market Street, 17th Floor 

Philadelphia, PA, 19103 

Tel: (215) 309 - 7700

 

37A, Kifissias Ave 

Maroussi 15123, Athens, Greece 

Tel: +30 210 610 5171