For a long time, a lot of data in securities filings was hidden by obscurity. Sure, the SEC offered a full text search of EDGAR filings, but it only spanned the last four years. And, if you actually tried to use the full text search, it wasn’t too fruitful an experience.
Here’s a search for offer letter:
Not particularly illuminating.
However, something changed about a year ago. On May 1, 2012, the robots.txt file from the sec.gov website looked like this:
Source: Internet Archive
On the following day, the robots.txt file looked like this:
Source: Internet Archive
The big change was this line that allowed search engines, such as Google, to index EDGAR data:
Now you can use Google to search for an offer letter in the EDGAR archives. The results are much better than the SEC’s full-text search.
Added the Tableau Software Inc. contracts, which Tableau Software had filed last month in anticipation of its IPO.
You can also find more 3dfx Interactive Inc. contracts and Borders Group Inc. contracts.
The H. J. Heinz Co. contracts page now features the Merger Agreement between Heinz and Hawk Acquisition Holding Corp. (3G Capital Partners, Ltd. and Berkshire Hathaway Inc.)
Although the agreement is described as a buyout, it is actually a Merger Agreement between Denali Holding Inc. and Dell Inc.
I’ve added A123 Systems, Inc. contracts to the website, including its purchase agreements, manufacturing agreements, supply agreements and development agreements with Black & Decker, BAE Systems, Fisker Automotive and DaimlerChrysler.
Last May, Shutterstock, Inc. filed a Form S-1 Registration Statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You can find the Shutterstock Inc. contracts from the filing on our website.
In their S-1 statement, I noticed that company listed the use of “open source” software as a risk factor. The company explained that “[s]uch open source licenses typically require that source code subject to the license be made available to the public and that any modifications or derivative works to open source software continue to be licensed under open source licenses.”
If you use “open source” software in your business, keep this risk factor in mind.
Audience Inc. recently issued a press release that “it is unlikely that OEM (Apple Inc.) will enable Audience’s processor IP in its next generation mobile phone.”
Audience Inc. contracts have been added to the site, including the Master Development and Supply Agreement, as well as the Statement of Work, between Apple Inc. and Audience Inc.
Under the Offer Letter from Yahoo! Inc. to Marissa Mayer, Ms. Mayer will be receiving an annual base salary of $1,000,000, which was the same rate for Scott Thompson and Carol Bartz.
See: Yahoo! Inc. contracts
From Elizabeth Travis Management, Inc. v. Randy Travis, you can find a personal management agreement that is at the center of their lawsuit. The agreement starts at page 13 of 25 from Attachment 1 to the Notice of Removal.