Form 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 20, 2017



The New York Times Company

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




New York   1-5837   13-1102020

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)


620 Eighth Avenue, New York, New York   10018
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 556-1234



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Item 5.04 Temporary Suspension of Trading Under Registrant’s Employee Benefit Plans.

On November 20, 2017, The New York Times Company (the “Company”) sent a notice required by Rule 104 of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation BTR (the “Notice”) to its directors and executive officers informing them of upcoming restrictions on the trading of Company Class A common stock (the “Common Stock”) due to a planned blackout period related to The New York Times Companies Supplemental Retirement and Investment Plan (the “401(k) plan”).

The blackout period is required to facilitate the elimination of The New York Times Company Stock Fund (the “Company Stock Fund”) as an investment option under the 401(k) plan, and the liquidation of shares of Common Stock currently held in the Company Stock Fund. The blackout period will begin on December 20, 2017, at 4:00 p.m., and is expected to end no later than the week ending December 30, 2017. During the blackout period, participants in the 401(k) plan will be unable to direct or diversify investments in the Company Stock Fund and/or take certain withdrawals, loans or distributions from the portion of the participant’s account invested in the Company Stock Fund.

As described in the Notice, during the blackout period, the Company’s directors and executive officers will be prohibited from, directly or indirectly, purchasing, selling or otherwise acquiring or transferring any equity security of the Company acquired in connection with their service or employment as a director or executive officer, subject to limited exceptions. The term equity security includes, without limitation, Common Stock, options and other derivatives.

During the blackout period, and for a period of two years after the end date thereof, a security holder or other interested person may obtain, without charge, information regarding the blackout period, including the actual beginning and end dates of the blackout period, by contacting Ellen C. Shultz, Executive Vice President, Talent and Inclusion, or Diane Brayton, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Each can be reached at (212) 556-1234 or by mail at The New York Times Company, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, New York 10018.

A copy of the Notice is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated by reference herein.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits


Exhibit Number



Exhibit 99.1    Notice of Trading Blackout Period, dated November 20, 2017


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.


Date: November 20, 2017     By:   /s/ Diane Brayton
      Diane Brayton
      Executive Vice President,
      General Counsel and Secretary