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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15 (d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

January 24, 2018

Commission File Number: 1-14222

 

SUBURBAN PROPANE PARTNERS, L.P.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

Delaware

 

22-3410353

(State or Other Jurisdiction

 

(IRS Employer

of Incorporation)

 

Identification No.)

 

240 Route 10 West

Whippany, New Jersey 07981

(973) 887-5300

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

N/A

(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 (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

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         Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in 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 5.03Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.

 

(a)At its meeting on January 24, 2018, the Board of Supervisors (“Board”) of Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. (the “Partnership”)  and of Suburban Propane, L.P. (the “Operating Partnership”), acting pursuant to the authority granted to the Board under the limited partnership agreement of each of the Partnership and the Operating Partnership, adopted Amendment No. 2 to the limited partnership agreement of each of the Partnership and the Operating Partnership in response to certain changes to the Internal Revenue Code enacted by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 relating to partnership audit and adjustment procedures.

 

The foregoing description in this Current Report of the amendments to the limited partnership agreements does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the amendments, copies of which are filed as exhibits to this Current Report, and are incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits

 

(d)      Exhibits.

 

3.1

Amendment No. 2, dated January 24, 2018, to the Third Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of the Partnership dated as of October 19, 2006, as amended as of July 31, 2007.

 

3.2

Amendment No. 2, dated January 24, 2018, to the Third Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of the Operating Partnership dated as of October 19, 2006, as amended as of June 24, 2009.

 


 


 

SIGNATURES

 

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.

 

 

SUBURBAN PROPANE PARTNERS, L.P.

 

 

By:       /s/  PAUL ABEL

Name:Paul Abel

 

Title:

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

 

Date: January 24, 2018

 

 

 

 

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EXHIBIT 3.1

 

Amendment No. 2 to the Third Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of Suburban Propane Partners, L.P.

 

This Amendment No. 2 (the “Amendment”) to the Third Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. (the “Partnership”), dated as of October 19, 2006, as amended as of July 31, 2007 (the “Partnership Agreement”), is hereby adopted effective as of January 24, 2018, by the Board of Supervisors of the Partnership (the “Board of Supervisors”) in accordance with Article XIII of the Partnership Agreement.  Capitalized terms used but not defined herein are used as defined in the Partnership Agreement.

 

Recitals

 

Whereas, the Board of Supervisors desires to replace and restate Section 9.3 (Tax Controversies) and Section 9.4 (Withholding) of the Partnership Agreement in their entirety as a result of amendments made to the Code by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “BBA”);

 

Whereas, the Board of Supervisors has determined that this Amendment (i) does not adversely affect the Limited Partners in any material respect, (ii) is necessary or advisable to satisfy any requirements, conditions or guidelines contained in any opinion, directive, order, ruling or regulation of any federal or state agency or judicial authority or contained in any federal or state statute (including the Delaware Act), and (iii) is required to effect the intent of the provisions of this Agreement or is otherwise contemplated by this Agreement; and

 

Whereas, acting pursuant to the power and authority granted to it under Section 13.1, the Board of Supervisors has determined that this Amendment does not require the approval of any Partners.

 

Now, therefore, it is hereby agreed as follows:

 

Agreement

 

Now, therefore, the Partnership Agreement is hereby amended as follows:

 

 

1.

Amendments to the Partnership Agreement

 

a.

Section 1.1 of the Partnership Agreement is hereby amended by inserting the following definitions alphabetically:

BBA” means the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.

 

Imputed Underpayment” means an imputed underpayment under Section 6225 of the Code, as amended by the BBA.

 

Partnership Representative” has the meaning set forth in Section 6223 of the Code, as amended by the BBA.


 

Tax Matters Partner” has the meaning set forth in Section 6231(a)(7) of the Code, prior to amendment by the BBA.

 

 

b.

Section 9.3 of the Partnership Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety as follows:

Section 9.3  Tax Controversies.

 

 

(a)

For taxable years beginning on or before December 31, 2017, the General Partner is designated as the Tax Matters Partner.  For each taxable year beginning after December 31, 2017, the General Partner shall be the Partnership Representative to conduct proceedings under Subchapter C of Chapter 63 of the Code (as amended by the BBA) for such year.  The Partnership Representative shall exercise any and all authority of the “partnership representative” under the Code (as amended by the BBA), including, without limitation, (i) binding the Partnership and its Partners with respect to actions taken under Subchapter C of Chapter 63 of the Code (as amended by the BBA), and (ii) determining whether to make any available election under Section 6226 of the Code (as amended by the BBA).

 

(b)

The General Partner (in its capacity as the Tax Matters Partner and the Partnership Representative) is authorized and required to act on behalf of or represent the Partnership (at the Partnership’s expense), upon direction of the Board of Supervisors, in connection with all examinations of the Partnership’s affairs by tax authorities, including resulting administrative and judicial proceedings, and is authorized to expend Partnership funds for professional services and costs associated therewith.

 

(c)

Each Partner agrees to cooperate with the General Partner and to do or refrain from doing any or all things reasonably requested by the General Partner in its capacity as the Tax Matters Partner or the Partnership Representative.

 

c.

Section 9.4 of the Partnership Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety as follows:

Section 9.4  Withholding and other Tax Payments by the Partnership.

 

 

(a)

If taxes and related interest, penalties or additions to tax are paid by the Partnership on behalf of all or less than all the Partners or former Partners (including, without limitation, any payment by the Partnership of an Imputed Underpayment), the Partnership may treat such payment as a distribution of cash to such Partners, treat such payment as a general expense of the


 

Partnership, or, in the case of an Imputed Underpayment, require that persons who were Partners of the Partnership in the taxable year to which the payment relates (including former Partners) indemnify the Partnership upon request for their allocable share of that payment, in each case as determined appropriate under the circumstances by the Board of Supervisors.  The amount of any such indemnification obligation of, or deemed distribution of cash to, a Partner or former Partner in respect of an Imputed Underpayment shall be reduced to the extent that the Partnership receives a reduction in the amount of the Imputed Underpayment which, in the determination of the Board of Supervisors, is attributable to actions taken by, the tax status or attributes of, or tax information provided by or attributable to, such Partner or former Partner pursuant to or described in Section 6225(c) of the Code (as amended by the BBA).

 

(b)

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Board of Supervisors is authorized to take any action that it determines in its discretion to be necessary or appropriate to cause the Partnership to comply with any withholding requirements established under the Code or any other federal, state or local law including, without limitation, pursuant to Sections 1441, 1442, 1445 and 1446 of the Code.  To the extent that the Partnership is required or elects to withhold and pay over to any taxing authority any amount resulting from the allocation or distribution of income to any Partner or its assignee (including, without limitation, by reason of Section 1446 of the Code), the amount withheld may be treated as a distribution of cash pursuant to Section 6.4 or Section 12.4(c) in the amount of such withholding from such Partner.

 

(c)

The General Partner (in its capacity as the Tax Matters Partner and the Partnership Representative) shall take such actions as may be necessary or desirable to give effect to the determinations made by the Board of Supervisors under this Section 9.4.

 

2.

General

 

a.

Full Force and Effect.  Except to the extent specifically amended herein or supplemented hereby, the Partnership Agreement remains unchanged and in full force and effect, and this Amendment will be governed by and subject to the terms of the Partnership Agreement, as amended by this Amendment.

 

b.

Governing Law.  This Amendment shall be governed by, and interpreted in accordance with, the laws of the State of Delaware, all rights and remedies being governed by such laws without regard to principles of conflicts of laws.


 

c.

Counterparts.  This Amendment may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

In witness whereof, the Board of Supervisors has caused this Amendment to be duly executed by the Partnership’s President & CEO as of the date first written above.

 

SUBURBAN PROPANE PARTNERS, L.P.

 

By:  MICHAEL A. STIVALA

Michael A. Stivala, President & CEO

 

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EXHIBIT 3.2

 

Amendment No. 2 to the Third Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of Suburban Propane, L.P.

 

This Amendment No. 2 (the “Amendment”) to the Third Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of Suburban Propane L.P. (the “Partnership”), dated as of October 19, 2006, as amended as of June 24, 2009 (the “Partnership Agreement”), is hereby adopted effective as of January 24, 2018, by the Board of Supervisors of the Partnership (the “Board of Supervisors”) in accordance with Article XIII of the Partnership Agreement.  Capitalized terms used but not defined herein are used as defined in the Partnership Agreement.

 

Recitals

 

Whereas, the Board of Supervisors desires to replace and restate Section 9.3 (Tax Controversies) and Section 9.4 (Withholding) of the Partnership Agreement in their entirety as a result of amendments made to the Code by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “BBA”);

 

Whereas, the Board of Supervisors has determined that this Amendment (i) does not adversely affect the Limited Partners in any material respect, (ii) is necessary or advisable to satisfy any requirements, conditions or guidelines contained in any opinion, directive, order, ruling or regulation of any federal or state agency or judicial authority or contained in any federal or state statute (including the Delaware Act), and (iii) is required to effect the intent of the provisions of this Agreement or is otherwise contemplated by this Agreement; and

 

Whereas, acting pursuant to the power and authority granted to it under Section 13.1, the Board of Supervisors has determined that this Amendment does not require the approval of any Partners.

 

Now, therefore, it is hereby agreed as follows:

 

Agreement

 

Now, therefore, the Partnership Agreement is hereby amended as follows:

 

 

1.

Amendments to the Partnership Agreement

 

a.

Section 1.1 of the Partnership Agreement is hereby amended by inserting the following definitions alphabetically:

BBA” means the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.

 

Imputed Underpayment” means an imputed underpayment under Section 6225 of the Code, as amended by the BBA.

 

Partnership Representative” has the meaning set forth in Section 6223 of the Code, as amended by the BBA.

 

Tax Matters Partner” has the meaning set forth in Section 6231(a)(7) of the Code, prior to amendment by the BBA.


 

b.

Section 9.3 of the Partnership Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety as follows:

Section 9.3  Tax Controversies.

 

 

(a)

For taxable years beginning on or before December 31, 2017, the General Partner is designated as the Tax Matters Partner.  For each taxable year beginning after December 31, 2017, the General Partner shall be the Partnership Representative to conduct proceedings under Subchapter C of Chapter 63 of the Code (as amended by the BBA) for such year.  The Partnership Representative shall exercise any and all authority of the “partnership representative” under the Code (as amended by the BBA), including, without limitation, (i) binding the Partnership and its Partners with respect to actions taken under Subchapter C of Chapter 63 of the Code (as amended by the BBA), and (ii) determining whether to make any available election under Section 6226 of the Code (as amended by the BBA).

 

(b)

The General Partner (in its capacity as the Tax Matters Partner and the Partnership Representative) is authorized and required to act on behalf of or represent the Partnership (at the Partnership’s expense), upon direction of the Board of Supervisors, in connection with all examinations of the Partnership’s affairs by tax authorities, including resulting administrative and judicial proceedings, and is authorized to expend Partnership funds for professional services and costs associated therewith.

 

(c)

Each Partner agrees to cooperate with the General Partner and to do or refrain from doing any or all things reasonably requested by the General Partner in its capacity as the Tax Matters Partner or the Partnership Representative.

 

c.

Section 9.4 of the Partnership Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety as follows:

Section 9.4  Withholding and other Tax Payments by the Partnership.

 

 

(a)

If taxes and related interest, penalties or additions to tax are paid by the Partnership on behalf of all or less than all the Partners or former Partners (including, without limitation, any payment by the Partnership of an Imputed Underpayment), the Partnership may treat such payment as a distribution of cash to such Partners, treat such payment as a general expense of the Partnership, or, in the case of an Imputed Underpayment, require that persons who were Partners of the Partnership in the taxable year to which the payment relates (including former Partners) indemnify the Partnership upon request for their allocable share of that payment, in each case as determined appropriate under the circumstances by the Board of Supervisors.  The amount of any such indemnification obligation of, or deemed distribution of cash to, a Partner or former Partner in respect of an Imputed Underpayment shall be

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reduced to the extent that the Partnership receives a reduction in the amount of the Imputed Underpayment which, in the determination of the Board of Supervisors, is attributable to actions taken by, the tax status or attributes of, or tax information provided by or attributable to, such Partner or former Partner pursuant to or described in Section 6225(c) of the Code (as amended by the BBA).

 

(b)

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Board of Supervisors is authorized to take any action that it determines in its discretion to be necessary or appropriate to cause the Partnership to comply with any withholding requirements established under the Code or any other federal, state or local law including, without limitation, pursuant to Sections 1441, 1442, 1445 and 1446 of the Code.  To the extent that the Partnership is required or elects to withhold and pay over to any taxing authority any amount resulting from the allocation or distribution of income to any Partner or its assignee (including, without limitation, by reason of Section 1446 of the Code), the amount withheld may be treated as a distribution of cash pursuant to Section 6.4 or Section 12.4(c) in the amount of such withholding from such Partner.

 

(c)

The General Partner (in its capacity as the Tax Matters Partner and the Partnership Representative) shall take such actions as may be necessary or desirable to give effect to the determinations made by the Board of Supervisors under this Section 9.4.

 

2.

General

 

a.

Full Force and Effect.  Except to the extent specifically amended herein or supplemented hereby, the Partnership Agreement remains unchanged and in full force and effect, and this Amendment will be governed by and subject to the terms of the Partnership Agreement, as amended by this Amendment.

 

b.

Governing Law.  This Amendment shall be governed by, and interpreted in accordance with, the laws of the State of Delaware, all rights and remedies being governed by such laws without regard to principles of conflicts of laws.

 

c.

Counterparts.  This Amendment may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

In witness whereof, the Board of Supervisors has caused this Amendment to be duly executed by the Partnership’s President & CEO as of the date first written above.

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SUBURBAN PROPANE, L.P.

 

By: MICHAEL A. STIVALA

Michael A. Stivala, President & CEO

 

 

 

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