Sec Form 13D Filing - ELLIOTT ASSOCIATES L.P. filing for B. Riley Financial Inc. (RILY) - 2019-11-27

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION  
Washington, D.C. 20549  
   
SCHEDULE 13D/A
 

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

(Amendment No. 5)

 

B. Riley Financial, Inc.

(f/k/a Great American Group, Inc.)

(Name of Issuer)
 

Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share

(Title of Class of Securities)
 

05580M108

(CUSIP Number)
 

Elliott Associates, L.P.

c/o Elliott Management Corporation

40 West 57th Street

New York, NY 10019

 

with a copy to:

Eleazer Klein, Esq.
Marc Weingarten, Esq.

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

919 Third Avenue

New York, New York 10022

(212) 756-2000

(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person
Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications)
 

November 25, 2019

(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of This Statement)
 

 

If the filing person has previously filed a statement on Schedule 13G to report the acquisition that is the subject of this Schedule 13D, and is filing this schedule because of Rule 13d-1(e), Rule 13d-1(f) or Rule 13d-1(g), check the following box. [ ]

 

(Page 1 of 10 Pages)

______________________________

* The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person's initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

 

The information required on the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be "filed" for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Act") or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

 

CUSIP No. 05580M108Schedule 13D/APage 2 of 10 Pages

 

1

NAME OF REPORTING PERSON

Elliott Associates, L.P.

2 CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP

(a) x

(b) ¨

3 SEC USE ONLY
4

SOURCE OF FUNDS

WC

5 CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDING IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e) ¨
6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

Delaware

NUMBER OF
SHARES
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
EACH
REPORTING
PERSON WITH:
7

SOLE VOTING POWER

757,790

8

SHARED VOTING POWER

-0-

9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

757,790

10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

-0-

11

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH PERSON

757,790

12 CHECK IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES ¨
13

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

2.8%

14

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

PN

         

 

 

CUSIP No. 05580M108Schedule 13D/APage 3 of 10 Pages

 

 

1

NAME OF REPORTING PERSON

Elliott International, L.P.

2 CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP

(a) x

(b) ¨

3 SEC USE ONLY
4

SOURCE OF FUNDS

WC

5 CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDING IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e) ¨
6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

Cayman Islands, British West Indies

NUMBER OF
SHARES
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
EACH
REPORTING
PERSON WITH:
7

SOLE VOTING POWER

-0-

8

SHARED VOTING POWER

1,499,270

9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

-0-

10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

1,499,270

11

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH PERSON

1,499,270

12 CHECK IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES ¨
13

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

5.6%

14

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

PN

         

 

 

CUSIP No. 05580M108Schedule 13D/APage 4 of 10 Pages

 

 

1

NAME OF REPORTING PERSON

Elliott International Capital Advisors Inc.

2 CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP

(a) x

(b) ¨

3 SEC USE ONLY
4

SOURCE OF FUNDS

OO

5 CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDING IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e) ¨
6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

Delaware

NUMBER OF
SHARES
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
EACH
REPORTING
PERSON WITH:
7

SOLE VOTING POWER

-0-

8

SHARED VOTING POWER

1,499,270

9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

-0-

10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

1,499,270

11

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH PERSON

1,499,270

12 CHECK IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES ¨
13

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

5.6%

14

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

CO

         

 

 

CUSIP No. 05580M108Schedule 13D/APage 5 of 10 Pages

 

 

The following constitutes Amendment No. 5 to the Schedule 13D filed by the undersigned, Liverpool and Middleton (each as defined below) ("Amendment No. 5"). This Amendment No. 5 amends the Schedule 13D as specifically set forth herein. 

 

Item 1. SECURITY AND ISSUER

 

Item 1 is hereby amended and restated as follows:
 
This statement relates to the common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the "Common Stock"), of B. Riley Financial, Inc. (f/k/a Great American Group, Inc.), a Delaware corporation (the "Issuer").  The Issuer's principal executive offices are located at 21255 Burbank Boulevard, Suite 400, Woodland Hills, CA.

 

Item 2. IDENTITY AND BACKGROUND

 

Item 2 is hereby amended and restated as follows:
 
(a)-(c) This statement is being filed by Elliott Associates, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, and its wholly-owned subsidiaries (collectively, "Elliott" or "we"), Elliott International, L.P., a Cayman Islands limited partnership ("Elliott International"), and Elliott International Capital Advisors Inc., a Delaware corporation ("EICA" and collectively with Elliott and Elliott International, the "Reporting Persons").  Elliott Advisors GP LLC, a Delaware limited liability company ("Elliott Advisors"), which is controlled by Paul E. Singer ("Singer"), Elliott Capital Advisors, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership ("Capital Advisors"), which is controlled by Singer, and Elliott Special GP, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company ("Special GP"), which is controlled by Singer, are the general partners of Elliott.  Hambledon, Inc., a Cayman Islands corporation ("Hambledon"), which is also controlled by Singer, is the sole general partner of Elliott International. EICA is the investment manager for Elliott International.  EICA expressly disclaims equitable ownership of and pecuniary interest in any shares of Common Stock.
 
ELLIOTT
 
The business address of Elliott is 40 West 57th Street, New York, New York 10019.
 
The principal business of Elliott is to purchase, sell, trade and invest in securities.
 
SINGER
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Singer's business address is 40 West 57th Street, New York, New York 10019.
 
Singer's principal business is to serve as the sole managing member of Elliott Advisors, as a general partner of Capital Advisors, as the president of EICA, and as a managing member of Special GP.
 
CAPITAL ADVISORS
 
The business address of Capital Advisors is 40 West 57th Street, New York, New York 10019.

 

 

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The principal business of Capital Advisors is the furnishing of investment advisory services.  Capital Advisors also serves as a managing member of Special GP and as a general partner of Elliott.
 
The names, business addresses, and present principal occupation or employment of the general partners of Capital Advisors are as follows:

 

NAME ADDRESS OCCUPATION
     
Paul E. Singer 40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
Sole Managing Member of Elliott Advisors; General partner of Capital Advisors; President of EICA; and a managing member of Special GP
     
Braxton Associates, Inc. 40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
The principal business of Braxton Associates, Inc. is serving as general partner of Capital Advisors
     
Elliott Asset Management LLC 40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
General Partner of Capital Advisors

 

The name, business address, and present principal occupation or employment of the sole director and executive officer of Braxton Associates, Inc. are as follows:
     
NAME ADDRESS OCCUPATION
     
Paul E. Singer 40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
Sole Managing Member of Elliott Advisors; General partner of Capital Advisors; President of EICA; and a managing member of Special GP

 

ELLIOTT SPECIAL GP, LLC
 
The business address of Special GP is 40 West 57th Street, New York, New York 10019.
 
The principal business of Special GP is serving as a general partner of Elliott.
 
The names, business address, and present principal occupation or employment of the managing members of Special GP are as follows:

 

NAME ADDRESS OCCUPATION
     
Paul E. Singer 40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
Sole Managing Member of Elliott Advisors; General partner of Capital Advisors; President of EICA; and a managing member of Special GP
     
Braxton Associates, Inc. 40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
The principal business of Braxton Associates, Inc. is serving as general partner of Capital Advisors
     
Elliott Asset Management LLC 40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
General Partner of Capital Advisors

 

CUSIP No. 05580M108Schedule 13D/APage 7 of 10 Pages

 

 

ELLIOTT ADVISORS
 
The business address of Elliott Advisors is 40 West 57th Street, New York, New York 10019.
 
The principal business of Elliott Advisors is serving as a general partner of Elliott.
 
The name, business address, and present principal occupation or employment of the sole managing member of Elliott Advisors are as follows:

 

     
NAME ADDRESS OCCUPATION
     
Paul E. Singer 40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
Sole Managing Member of Elliott Advisors; General partner of Capital Advisors; President of EICA; and a managing member of Special GP

 

ELLIOTT INTERNATIONAL
 
The business address of Elliott International is c/o Maples & Calder, P.O. Box 309, Ugland House, South Church Street, George Town, Cayman Islands, British West Indies.
 
The principal business of Elliott International is to purchase, sell, trade and invest in securities.
 
The name, business address, and present principal occupation or employment of the general partner of Elliott International is as follows:

 

NAME ADDRESS OCCUPATION
     
Hambledon, Inc. c/o Maples & Calder
P.O. Box 309
Ugland House
South Church Street George Town,
Cayman Islands
British West Indies
General partner of Elliott International

 

HAMBLEDON
 
The name, business address, and present principal occupation or employment of the sole director and executive officer of Hambledon are as follows:

 

NAME ADDRESS OCCUPATION
     
Paul E. Singer 40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
Sole Managing Member of Elliott Advisors; General partner of Capital Advisors; President of EICA; and a managing member of Special GP

 

 

CUSIP No. 05580M108Schedule 13D/APage 8 of 10 Pages

 

 

EICA
 
The business address of EICA is 40 West 57th Street New York, New York 10019.
 
The principal business of EICA is to act as investment manager for Elliott International.
 
The name, business address, and present principal occupation or employment of the sole director and executive officer of EICA is as follows:

 

NAME ADDRESS OCCUPATION
     
Paul E. Singer 40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
Sole Managing Member of Elliott Advisors; General partner of Capital Advisors; President of EICA; and a managing member of Special GP

 

(d) and (e) During the last five years, none of the persons or entities listed above has been (i) convicted in a criminal proceeding (excluding traffic violations or similar misdemeanors); or (ii) a party to a civil proceeding of a judicial or administrative body of competent jurisdiction and as a result of such proceeding was or is subject to a judgment, decree or final order enjoining future violations of, or prohibiting or mandating activities subject to, federal or state securities laws or finding any violation with respect to such laws.
 
(f) Singer is a citizen of the United States of America.

 

Item 3. SOURCE AND AMOUNT OF FUNDS OR OTHER CONSIDERATION

 

Item 3 is hereby amended and restated as follows:
 
Elliott Working Capital The aggregate purchase price of the shares of Common Stock owned by Elliott through The Liverpool Limited Partnership, a Bermuda limited partnership and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elliott ("Liverpool"), is approximately $3,645,739.
   
Elliott International Working Capital The aggregate purchase price of the shares of Common Stock owned by Elliott International through Middleton International Limited, a Cayman Islands exempted company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elliott International ("Middleton"), is approximately $10,227,612.

 

The Reporting Persons may effect purchases of the shares of Common Stock through margin accounts maintained for them with prime brokers, which extend margin credit as and when required to open or carry positions in their margin accounts, subject to applicable federal margin regulations, stock exchange rules and such firms' credit policies.  Positions in the shares of Common Stock may be held in margin accounts and may be pledged as collateral security for the repayment of debit balances in such accounts.  Since other securities may be held in such margin accounts, it may not be possible to determine the amounts, if any, of margin used to purchase the shares of Common Stock.

 

Item 5. PURPOSE OF TRANSACTION

 

Item 5 is hereby amended and restated as follows:
 
(a)        As of the date hereof, Elliott, Elliott International and EICA collectively have beneficial ownership of 2,257,060 shares of Common Stock constituting approximately 8.4% of the shares of Common Stock outstanding.

 

CUSIP No. 05580M108Schedule 13D/APage 9 of 10 Pages

 

 

The aggregate percentage of the shares of Common Stock reported owned by each person named herein is based upon 26,927,947 shares of Common Stock outstanding, which is the total number of shares of Common Stock outstanding as of October 30, 2019, as reported in the Issuer's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2019, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 1, 2019.
 
As of the date hereof, Ell iott, through Liverpool, beneficially owned 757,790 shares of Common Stock constituting 2.8% of the shares of Common Stock outstanding.
 
As of the date hereof, Elliott International, through Middleton, beneficially owned 1,499,270 shares of Common Stock constituting 5.6% of the shares of Common Stock outstanding. EICA, as the investment manager of Elliott International may be deemed to beneficially own the 1,499,270 shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by Elliott International, constituting 5.6% of the shares of Common Stock outstanding.
 
(b)        Elliott has the power to vote or direct the vote of, and to dispose or direct the disposition of, the shares of Common Stock owned by it through Liverpool.
 
Elliott International has the shared power with EICA to vote or direct the vote of, and to dispose or direct the disposition of, the shares of Common Stock owned by Elliott International through Middleton. Information regarding each of Elliott International and EICA is set forth in Item 2 of this Schedule 13D and is expressly incorporated by reference herein.
 
(c)        The transactions in the shares of Common Stock effected by the Reporting Persons during the past 60 days, which were all in the open market, are set forth on Schedule 1 attached hereto.
 
(d)        No person other than Elliott and Liverpool has the right to receive or the power to direct the receipt of dividends from, or the proceeds from the sale of, the shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by Elliott.
 
No person other than Elliott International, Middleton and EICA has the right to receive or the power to direct the receipt of dividends from, or the proceeds from the sale of, the shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by Elliott International and EICA.
 
(e)        Not applicable.

 

Item 7. EXHIBIT

 

Item 7 is hereby amended to add the following exhibits:

 

Exhibit Description
   
Exhibit 99.1: Joint Filing Agreement
   
Schedule 1 - Transactions of the Reporting Persons Effected During the Past 60 Days

 

 

CUSIP No. 05580M108Schedule 13D/APage 10 of 10 Pages

SIGNATURES

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of his or its knowledge and belief, each of the undersigned certifies that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

DATE: November 27, 2019

 

ELLIOTT ASSOCIATES, L.P.  
By: Elliott Capital Advisors, L.P., as General Partner  
By: Braxton Associates, Inc., as General Partner  
   
   
/s/ Elliot Greenberg  
Name: Elliot Greenberg  
Title: Vice President  
   
ELLIOTT INTERNATIONAL, L.P.  
By: Elliott International Capital Advisors Inc., as Attorney-in-Fact  
   
   
/s/ Elliot Greenberg  
Name: Elliot Greenberg  
Title: Vice President  
   
ELLIOTT INTERNATIONAL CAPITAL ADVISORS INC.  
   
   
/s/ Elliot Greenberg  
Name: Elliot Greenberg  
Title: Vice President  

 

 

 
 

Exhibit 99.1

 

JOINT FILING AGREEMENT

 

The undersigned hereby agree that the statement on Schedule 13D/A with respect to the shares of Common Stock of B. Riley Financial, Inc., dated November 27, 2019, and any further amendments thereto signed by each of the undersigned shall be, filed on behalf of each of the undersigned pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions of Rule 13d-1(k) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

 

DATE: November 27, 2019

 

ELLIOTT ASSOCIATES, L.P.  
By: Elliott Capital Advisors, L.P., as General Partner  
By: Braxton Associates, Inc., as General Partner  
   
   
/s/ Elliot Greenberg  
Name: Elliot Greenberg  
Title: Vice President  
   
ELLIOTT INTERNATIONAL, L.P.  
By: Elliott International Capital Advisors Inc., as Attorney-in-Fact  
   
   
/s/ Elliot Greenberg  
Name: Elliot Greenberg  
Title: Vice President  
   
ELLIOTT INTERNATIONAL CAPITAL ADVISORS INC.  
   
   
/s/ Elliot Greenberg  
Name: Elliot Greenberg  
Title: Vice President  

 

 

 

 
 

 

SCHEDULE 1

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Transactions of the Reporting Persons Effected During the Past 60 Days

 

The following transactions were effected directly by Elliott Associates, L.P. through Liverpool in the Common Stock during the past 60 days:

 

Date Security Amount of Shs.
Bought / (Sold)
Approx. price ($)
per Share
       
11/25/2019 Common Stock (35,715) 29.38
11/26/2019 Common Stock (6,600) 29.16
11/26/2019 Common Stock (2,236) 29.25
11/27/2019 Common Stock (3,939) 29.00
11/27/2019 Common Stock (900) 29.03