Platform Specialty Products Corporation
Platform Specialty Products Corp (Form: SC 13G, Received: 01/02/2018 17:20:42)

 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
SCHEDULE 13G
 
Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
(Amendment No.   )*
 

Platform Specialty Products Corp.

(Name of Issuer)
 

Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share

(Title of Class of Securities)
 

72766Q105

(CUSIP Number)
 

December 22, 2017

(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of This Statement)
 
 
Check the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which this Schedule is filed:
 
¨ Rule 13d-1(b)
x Rule 13d-1(c)
¨ Rule 13d-1(d)
 
(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 the disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

The information required in 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).

 

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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

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

Delaware

NUMBER OF
SHARES
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
EACH
REPORTING
PERSON WITH:
5

SOLE VOTING POWER

4,998,417 (1)

6

SHARED VOTING POWER

0

7

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

4,998,417 (1)

8

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

0

9

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

4,998,417 (1)

10 CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES ¨
11

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)

1.7%

12

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

PN

         

 

(1) Includes 1,494,007 shares of Common Stock underlying Physical Derivative Agreements (defined below).

 

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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

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

Cayman Islands, British West Indies

NUMBER OF
SHARES
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
EACH
REPORTING
PERSON WITH:
5

SOLE VOTING POWER

0

6

SHARED VOTING POWER

10,621,636 (1)

7

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

0

8

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

10,621,636 (1)

9

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

10,621,636 (1)

10 CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES ¨
11

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)

3.7%

12

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

PN

         

 

(1) Includes 3,174,765 shares of Common Stock underlying Physical Derivative Agreements (defined below).

 

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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

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

Delaware

NUMBER OF
SHARES
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
EACH
REPORTING
PERSON WITH:
5

SOLE VOTING POWER

0

6

SHARED VOTING POWER

10,621,636 (1)

7

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

0

8

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

10,621,636 (1)

9

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

10,621,636 (1)

10 CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES ¨
11

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)

3.7%

12

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

CO

         

 

(1) Includes 3,174,765 shares of Common Stock underlying Physical Derivative Agreements (defined below).

 

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This Schedule 13G reflects the beneficial ownership of the Reporting Persons (as defined below) as of the date hereof:

 

 

Item 1(a). NAME OF ISSUER
    
  The name of the issuer is Platform Specialty Products Corp. (the "Issuer").

 

Item 1(b). ADDRESS OF ISSUER'S PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICES
 

 

1450 Centrepark Boulevard, Suite 210

West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

 

Item 2(a). NAME OF PERSON FILING
   
  The names of the persons filing this statement on Schedule 13G are: Elliott Associates, L.P. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries (collectively, "Elliott Associates"), Elliott International, L.P. ("Elliott International") and its wholly-owned subsidiaries and Elliott International Capital Advisors Inc. ("International Advisors" and collectively with Elliott Associates and Elliott International, the "Reporting Persons").  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 Associates.  Hambledon, Inc. ("Hambledon") is the general partner of Elliott International.  International Advisors is the investment manager for Elliott International.  International Advisors expressly disclaims equitable ownership of and pecuniary interest in any shares of Common Stock.

 

Item 2(b). ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL BUSINESS OFFICE OR, IF NONE, RESIDENCE
   
 

The business address of Elliott Associates, International Advisors, Capital Advisors, Singer and Special GP is 40 West 57th Street, 30th Floor, New York, New York 10019.

 

The business address of Elliott International and Hambledon is c/o Maples & Calder, P.O. Box 309, Ugland House, South Church Street, George Town, Cayman Islands, British West Indies.

 

Item 2(c). CITIZENSHIP
   
  Each of Elliott Associates and Capital Advisors is a limited partnership formed under the laws of the State of Delaware.
   
  Elliott International is a limited partnership formed under the laws of the Cayman Islands, British West Indies.
   
  International Advisors is a corporation formed under the laws of the State of Delaware.
   
  Special GP is a limited liability company formed under the laws of the State of Delaware.

 

 

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  Hambledon is a corporation formed under the laws of the Cayman Islands, British West Indies.
   
  Singer is a U.S. citizen.

 

Item 2(d). TITLE OF CLASS OF SECURITIES
   
  Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share (the "Common Stock")

 

Item 2(e). CUSIP NUMBER
   
  72766Q105

 

Item 3. IF THIS STATEMENT IS FILED PURSUANT TO Rules 13d-1(b), OR 13d-2(b) OR (c), CHECK WHETHER THE PERSON FILING IS A:

 

  (a) ¨ Broker or dealer registered under Section 15 of the Act;
  (b) ¨ Bank as defined in Section 3(a)(6) of the Act;
  (c) ¨ Insurance company as defined in Section 3(a)(19) of the Act;
  (d) ¨ Investment company registered under Section 8 of the Investment Company Act of 1940;
  (e) ¨ An investment adviser in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(E);
  (f) ¨

An employee benefit plan or endowment fund in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(F);

 

  (g) ¨

A parent holding company or control person in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(G);

 

  (h) ¨

A savings association as defined in Section 3(b) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act;

 

  (i) ¨

A church plan that is excluded from the definition of an investment company under Section 3(c)(14) of the Investment Company Act;

 

  (j) ¨ A non-U.S. institution in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J);
  (k) ¨ Group, in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(K).

 

 

If filing as a non-U.S. institution in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J), please

specify the type of institution: _____________________________________________

 

 

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Item 4. OWNERSHIP
   
  Provide the following information regarding the aggregate number and percentage of the class of securities of the issuer identified in Item 1.

 

    (a) Amount beneficially owned:
      Elliott Associates individually beneficially owns 4,998,417 shares of Common Stock, including 1,494,007 shares of Common Stock underlying notational principal amount derivative agreements in the form of physically settled swaps (the "Physical Derivative Agreements"), and including 274,711 shares of Common Stock through The Liverpool Limited Partnership, a Bermuda limited partnership that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elliott Associates ("Liverpool").
       
      Elliott International and International Advisors together beneficially own the 10,621,636 shares of Common Stock held by Elliott International, including 3,174,765 shares of Common Stock underlying Physical Derivative Agreements.
       
      Elliott Associates, Elliott International and International Advisors together beneficially own an aggregate of 15,620,053 shares of Common Stock, including 4,668,772 shares of Common Stock underlying Physical Derivative Agreements.
       
    (b) Percent of class:
      The aggregate percentage of shares of Common Stock reported owned by each person named herein is based upon 287,097,154 shares of Common Stock outstanding, which is the total number of shares of Common Stock outstanding as of October 27, 2017 as reported in the Issuer's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 2, 2017.
       
      Elliott Associates beneficially owned 1.7% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock.
       
      Elliott International and International Advisors owned approximately 3.7% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock.
       
      Elliott Associates, Elliott International and International Advisors' aggregate beneficial ownership constituted approximately 5.4% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock.
       
    (c) Number of shares as to which such person has:

 

      (i) Sole power to vote or to direct the vote
        Elliott Associates has sole power to vote or direct the vote of 4,998,417 shares of Common Stock, including 1,494,007 shares of Common Stock underlying Physical Derivative Agreements.

 

 

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      (ii) Shared power to vote or to direct the vote

        Elliott International and International Advisors together have shared power to vote or direct the vote of 10,621,636 shares of Common Stock, including 3,174,765 shares of Common Stock underlying Physical Derivative Agreements.
         
      (iii) Sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of
        Elliott Associates has sole power to dispose or direct the disposition of 4,998,417 shares of Common Stock, including 1,494,007 shares of Common Stock underlying Physical Derivative Agreements.
         
      (iv) Shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition of
        Elliott International and International Advisors together have shared power to dispose or direct the disposition of 10,621,636 shares of Common Stock, including 3,174,765 shares of Common Stock underlying Physical Derivative Agreements.

 

Item 5. OWNERSHIP OF FIVE PERCENT OR LESS OF A CLASS
   
  Not applicable.  

 

Item 6. OWNERSHIP OF MORE THAN FIVE PERCENT ON BEHALF OF ANOTHER PERSON
   
  Not applicable.  

 

Item 7. IDENTIFICATION AND CLASSIFICATION OF THE SUBSIDIARY WHICH ACQUIRED THE SECURITY BEING REPORTED ON BY THE PARENT HOLDING COMPANY OR CONTROL PERSON
   
  Elliott Associates holds 274,711 shares of Common Stock through Liverpool.

 

Item 8. IDENTIFICATION AND CLASSIFICATION OF MEMBERS OF THE GROUP
   
  See Exhibit A.

 

Item 9. NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION OF GROUP
   
  Not applicable.

 

Item 10. CERTIFICATION

 

  Each of the Reporting Persons hereby makes the following certification:
   
  By signing below each Reporting Person certifies that, to the best of his or its knowledge and belief, the securities referred to above were not acquired and are not held for the purpose of or with the effect of changing or influencing the control of the issuer of the securities and were not acquired and are not held in connection with or as a participant in any transaction having that purpose or effect.

 

 

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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: January 2, 2018

  

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    

 

 

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JOINT FILING AGREEMENT

 

The undersigned hereby agree that the statement on Schedule 13G with respect to the shares of Common Stock of Platform Specialty Products Corp. dated January 2, 2018, 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: January 2, 2018

 

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