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): September 21, 2017




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




COLORADO   0-16509   84-0755371

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

2900 Esperanza Crossing

Austin, Texas 78758

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(512) 837-7100

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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Item 5.01 Changes in Control of the Registrant

On September 21, 2017, Citizens, Inc. (the “Company”) announced the passing of its founder, Mr. Harold E. Riley, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He was 89 years old. At the time of his passing, Mr. Riley was not a board member or an executive officer of the Company. Mr. Riley was the beneficial owner of 100% of the Company’s Class B common stock, consisting of 1,001,714 shares (the “Class B Shares”) held by the Harold E. Riley Trust (“Trust”), of which Mr. Riley served as trustee. The Company’s Class A and Class B common stock are identical in all respects, except the Class B common stock elects a simple majority of the Board and receives one-half of any cash dividends paid, on a per share basis, to the Class A shares. The Class A common stock elects the remainder of the Board.

The Trust documents provide that upon Mr. Riley’s death, the Class B Shares shall be transferred from the Trust to the Harold E. Riley Foundation, a charitable organization established under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Foundation”). The Foundation is organized as a public support charity for the benefit of its charitable beneficiaries, Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Foundation is governed by 11 trustees, consisting of five trustees appointed by Mr. Riley, three trustees appointed by Baylor University and three trustees appointed by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The Foundation now beneficially owns the Class B Shares, and a change in control of the Company has occurred. There was no consideration paid in connection with the change in control.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits


99.1 News Release issued by Citizens, Inc. on September 21, 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.


By:   /s/ Geoffrey M. Kolander
  President and Chief Executive Officer

Date: September 21, 2017