UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

SCHEDULE 13D

 

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

(Amendment No. 13)*

 

WORTHINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC.

(Name of Issuer)

 

Common Shares, No Par Value

(Title of Class of Securities)

 

     981811   10   2    

(CUSIP Number)

 

Patrick J. Kennedy

Worthington Industries, Inc.

200 Old Wilson Bridge Road

Columbus, OH 43085

(614) 840-3355

(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person

Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications)

 

May 2, 2022

(Date of Event which Requires Filing of this Statement)

 

If the filing person has previously filed a statement on Schedule 13G to report the acquisition that is the subject of this Schedule 13D, and is filing this schedule because of §§240.13d-1(e), 240.13d‑1(f) or 240.13d‑1(g), check the following box.  

Note: Schedules filed in paper format shall include a signed original and five copies of the schedule, including all exhibits.  See Rule 13d-7 for other parties to whom copies are to be sent.

*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 disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

The information required on 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).

(Cover page continued on the following page)

 


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1.NAME OF REPORTING PERSON

 

John P. McConnell

 

2.

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (see instructions):

(a)      

(b)      

 

3.

SEC USE ONLY:

 

 

4.

SOURCE OF FUNDS (see instructions):

 

PF/OO

 

5.

CHECK IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e):    

 

6.

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION:

 

United States of America

 

NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH:

 

7.

SOLE VOTING POWER:14,343,170

 

8.

SHARED VOTING POWER:     174,593

 

9.

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER:     14,343,170

 

10.

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER:     3,000,905

 

11.

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON:

 

17,344,075

 

12.

CHECK IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES

(see instructions):    

 

13.

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11):

 

35.0%

 

14.

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON (see instructions):

 

IN

 



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Item 1.Security and Issuer.

This Amendment No. 13 to Schedule 13D (this “Schedule 13D/A”) relates to the Common Shares, no par value (the “Common Shares”), of Worthington Industries, Inc., an Ohio corporation (“Worthington Industries”).  The address of the principal executive offices of Worthington Industries is 200 Old Wilson Bridge Road, Columbus, OH 43085.

Item 2.Identity and Background.

(a)Name of reporting person:

John P. McConnell (referred to in this Schedule 13D/A as “Mr. McConnell”)

(b)Business address of reporting person:

Worthington Industries, Inc.

200 Old Wilson Bridge Road

Columbus, OH 43085

(c)Present principal occupation or employment and the name, principal business and address of any corporation or other organization in which such employment is conducted:

Mr. McConnell serves as a director and the Chairman of the Board of Worthington Industries, an industrial manufacturing company.  The address of the principal executive offices of Worthington Industries is 200 Old Wilson Bridge Road, Columbus, OH  43085.

(d)During the last five years, Mr. McConnell has not been convicted in a criminal proceeding (excluding traffic violations or similar misdemeanors).

(e)During the last five years, Mr. McConnell has not been a party to a civil proceeding of a judicial or administrative body of competent jurisdiction resulting in a judgment, decree or final order enjoining future violations of, or prohibiting or mandating activities subject to, federal or state securities laws or finding any violation with respect to such laws.

(f)Citizenship of reporting person:

United States of America

Item 3.Source and Amount of Funds or Other Consideration.

Please see Item 4 and Item 5 of this Schedule 13D/A.

Item 4.Purpose of Transaction.

On May 12, 2008, Mr. McConnell filed his initial Schedule 13D to report that he had become the beneficial owner (for purposes of Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)) of more than five percent of the outstanding Common Shares of Worthington Industries.

On January 29, 2010, Mr. McConnell filed Amendment No. 1 to Schedule 13D to report that, in connection with the sale by Mr. McConnell of Common Shares of Worthington Industries in a series of open market transactions, Mr. McConnell’s beneficial ownership of the outstanding Common Shares had decreased by more than one percent.

On January 20, 2011, Mr. McConnell filed Amendment No. 2 to Schedule 13D to update his holdings of Common Shares of Worthington Industries and to report that, in connection with a decrease in the aggregate number of outstanding Common Shares, Mr. McConnell’s beneficial ownership of the outstanding Common Shares had increased by more than one percent.  


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On May 12, 2011, Mr. McConnell filed Amendment No. 3 to Schedule 13D to update his holdings of Common Shares of Worthington Industries and to report that, in connection with a decrease in the aggregate number of outstanding Common Shares, Mr. McConnell’s beneficial ownership of Common Shares as a percentage of the outstanding Common Shares had increased by more than one percent.

On February 10, 2012, Mr. McConnell filed Amendment No. 4 to Schedule 13D to update his holdings of Common Shares of Worthington Industries as a result of the sale by the Estate of John H. McConnell, as to which Mr. McConnell served as a co-executor, of Common Shares, in open market sales, and to report that, in connection with repurchases by Worthington Industries of its Common Shares pursuant to its previously authorized stock buyback program, Mr. McConnell’s beneficial ownership of Common Shares as a percentage of the outstanding Common Shares had increased.

On February 13, 2013, Mr. McConnell filed Amendment No. 5 to Schedule 13D to update his holdings of Common Shares of Worthington Industries and to report that, in connection with repurchases by Worthington Industries of its Common Shares pursuant to its previously authorized stock buyback program, Mr. McConnell’s beneficial ownership of Common Shares as a percentage of the outstanding Common Shares had increased.

On July 3, 2014, Mr. McConnell filed Amendment No. 6 to Schedule 13D to update his holdings of Common Shares of Worthington Industries, and to report that, in connection with repurchases by Worthington Industries of its Common Shares pursuant to its previously authorized stock buyback program, Mr. McConnell’s beneficial ownership of Common Shares as a percentage of the outstanding Common Shares had increased.

On June 9, 2015, Mr. McConnell filed Amendment No. 7 to Schedule 13D to update his holdings of Common Shares of Worthington Industries, and to report that, in connection with a decrease in the aggregate number of outstanding Common Shares, Mr. McConnell’s beneficial ownership of Common Shares as a percentage of the outstanding Common Shares had increased by more than one percent; as well as to report that as part of Mr. McConnell’s indirect ownership, Common Shares previously held by JDEL, Inc. were transferred to JMAC, Inc., a private investment company substantially owned, directly or indirectly, by Mr. McConnell and members of his family, as a result of the merger, effective at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on April 30, 2015, of JDEL, Inc. with and into JMAC, Inc., with JMAC, Inc. being the surviving entity of the merger.  The directors of JMAC, Inc. have granted Mr. McConnell sole voting and dispositive power with respect to these Common Shares.

On March 24, 2016, Mr. McConnell filed Amendment No. 8 to Schedule 13D to update his holdings of the Common Shares of Worthington Industries, and to report that, in connection with repurchases by Worthington Industries of its Common Shares pursuant to its previously authorized stock buyback program, Mr. McConnell’s beneficial ownership of Common Shares as a percentage of the outstanding Common Shares had increased.

On July 9, 2018, Mr. McConnell filed Amendment No. 9 to Schedule 13D to update his holdings of the Common Shares of Worthington Industries, and to report that, in connection with repurchases by Worthington Industries of its Common Shares pursuant to its previously authorized stock buyback program, Mr. McConnell’s beneficial ownership of Common Shares as a percentage of the outstanding Common Shares had increased.

On April 1, 2020, Mr. McConnell filed Amendment No. 10 to Schedule 13D to update his holdings of the Common Shares of Worthington Industries, and to report that, in connection with repurchases by Worthington Industries of its Common Shares pursuant to its previously authorized stock buyback program, Mr. McConnell’s beneficial ownership of Common Shares as a percentage of the outstanding Common Shares had increased.

On April 12, 2021, Mr. McConnell filed Amendment No. 11 to Schedule 13D to update his holdings of the Common Shares of Worthington Industries, and to report that, in connection with repurchases by Worthington Industries of its Common Shares pursuant to its previously authorized stock buyback program, Mr. McConnell’s beneficial ownership of Common Shares as a percentage of the outstanding Common Shares had increased.

On October 31, 2021, Mr. McConnell filed Amendment No. 12 to Schedule 13D to update his holdings of the Common Shares of Worthington Industries, and to report that, in connection with repurchases by Worthington Industries


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of its Common Shares pursuant to its previously authorized stock buyback program, Mr. McConnell’s beneficial ownership of Common Shares as a percentage of the outstanding Common Shares had increased.

Mr. McConnell is filing this Amendment No. 13 to Schedule 13D to update his holdings of the Common Shares of Worthington Industries, and to report that, in connection with repurchases by Worthington Industries of its Common Shares pursuant to its previously authorized stock buyback program, Mr. McConnell’s beneficial ownership of Common Shares as a percentage of the outstanding Common Shares has increased by more than one percent.

Mr. McConnell has served as a director of Worthington Industries continuously since 1990.  Since that time, Mr. McConnell’s ownership of the Common Shares of Worthington Industries has been publicly reported on Forms 3 and 4 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on his behalf, and has been disclosed annually in Worthington Industries’ definitive proxy statements filed with the Commission and made available to the shareholders of Worthington Industries.

Although Mr. McConnell has not formulated any current plans or proposals relating to securities of Worthington Industries other than as described in this Schedule 13D/A, he may from time to time acquire or dispose of Common Shares and/or other securities of Worthington Industries if and when he deems it appropriate.  Mr. McConnell may formulate other plans or proposals relating to securities of Worthington Industries to the extent deemed advisable in light of general market and economic conditions, investment policies, the prospects of Worthington Industries and various other factors.

Item 5.Interest in Securities of the Issuer.

(a)As of May 2, 2022, Mr. McConnell had beneficial ownership of 17,344,075 Common Shares of Worthington Industries (35.0% of the Common Shares of Worthington Industries outstanding as of May 2, 2022), including 173,966 Common Shares that Mr. McConnell has the right to acquire upon the exercise of stock options which are currently exercisable or will first become exercisable within 60 days of May 2, 2022.  The percent of the outstanding Common Shares is based upon the sum of (i) 49,351,224 Common Shares of Worthington Industries outstanding as of May 2, 2022 and (ii) 173,966 Common Shares that Mr. McConnell has the right to acquire upon the exercise of stock options which are currently exercisable or will first become exercisable within 60 days of May 2, 2022.  Please see the footnotes to Item 5(b) below for information regarding Mr. McConnell’s beneficial ownership of the Common Shares.

 

(b)Number of Common Shares of Worthington Industries as to which Mr. McConnell has:

(i)Sole power to vote or to direct the vote:     14,343,170 (1)

 

(ii)Shared power to vote or to direct the vote:      174,593 (2)

(iii)Sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of:     14,343,170 (1)

(iv)Shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition of:      3,000,905 (2) (3)

 

(1)

Includes 173,966 Common Shares which Mr. McConnell has the right to acquire upon the exercise of stock options which are currently exercisable or will first become exercisable within 60 days of May 2, 2022. As of May 2, 2022, stock options covering 151,966 Common Shares were in-the-money.

Includes 31,900 restricted Common Shares of which: (a) 22,500 are to vest on June 27, 2022; and (b) 9,400 are to vest on June 25, 2023.

Includes 25,226 Common Shares held in the Worthington Industries, Inc. Deferred Profit Sharing Plan.

Includes 12,415,982 Common Shares held of record by JMAC, Inc., an Ohio corporation (“JMAC”).  The directors of JMAC have granted Mr. McConnell sole voting and investment power with respect to these 12,415,982 Common Shares.  JMAC has the right to receive the dividends from, and the proceeds from the sale of, such 12,415,982 Common Shares.


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Includes 8,173 Common Shares held by Mr. McConnell as custodian for his son.

Includes 118,000 Common Shares held by The McConnell Family Trust of which Mr. McConnell is co-trustee and has sole voting and dispositive power.

Includes 255,875 Common Shares held by the Margaret R. McConnell Trust f/b/o Margaret Kollis of which Mr. McConnell is trustee and has sole voting and dispositive power.  

(2)

Includes 123,000 Common Shares held in The McConnell Educational Foundation for the benefit of third parties of which Mr. McConnell is one of three trustees and shares voting and dispositive power.  Mr. McConnell disclaims beneficial ownership of these 123,000 Common Shares.

Includes 7,343 Common Shares held by Mr. McConnell’s wife as custodian for her son.  For purposes of Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act, Mr. McConnell may be deemed to hold shared voting and dispositive power over such 7,343 Common Shares.  

Includes 44,250 Common Shares held in the McConnell 2020 LAE Trust, an irrevocable trust for the benefit of the son of Mr. McConnell’s wife as to which she serves as the trustee.  For purposes of Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act, Mr. McConnell may be deemed to hold shared voting and dispositive power over such 44,250 Common Shares.  

(3)

Includes 2,428,312 Common Shares held by an independent corporate trustee in trust for the benefit of Mr. McConnell and his sister.  The independent corporate trustee has voting and dispositive power over such Common Shares; however, the trustee’s investment decisions are subject to the prior approval or disapproval of Mr. McConnell and, accordingly, Mr. McConnell may be deemed to “share” dispositive power with the independent corporate trustee.  Mr. McConnell has the right to change the trustee; however, any successor trustee appointed by Mr. McConnell must be an independent corporate trustee.

Includes an aggregate of 398,000 Common Shares held in four separate irrevocable trusts (with each irrevocable trust holding 99,500 Common Shares), with each such irrevocable trust having the same independent individual trustee who is not related to Mr. McConnell. The independent individual trustee has voting and dispositive power over such Common Shares; however, Mr. McConnell has the right to reacquire assets of each trust by substituting property of an equivalent value. Accordingly, Mr. McConnell may be deemed to “share” dispositive power with the independent individual trustee.

(c)Not applicable.

(d)As described in Item 5(b) above, Mr. McConnell may be deemed to beneficially own certain Common Shares of Worthington Industries that are held of record by other persons.  In such instances, such other persons may have the right to receive or the power to direct the receipt of dividends from, or the proceeds from the sale of, such Common Shares.  With respect to record owners of more than five percent of the Common Shares of Worthington Industries, as described in Item 5(b) above, JMAC, Inc. has the right to receive the dividends from and the proceeds from the sale of the 12,415,982 Common Shares (25.2 % of the Common Shares outstanding as of May 2, 2022) that are held of record by JMAC, Inc. and included in Mr. McConnell’s beneficial ownership within this Schedule 13D/A.

(e)Not applicable.

Item 6.

Contracts, Arrangements, Understandings or Relationships with Respect to Securities of the Issuer.

Please see Item 5(b) of this Schedule 13D/A for a description of Mr. McConnell’s voting and dispositive power with respect to the Common Shares of Worthington Industries.

Except as set forth in this Schedule 13D/A, Mr. McConnell does not have any contracts, arrangements, understandings or relationships (legal or otherwise) with any person with respect to any securities of Worthington Industries, including but not limited to transfer or voting of any of the securities, finder’s fees, joint ventures, loan or option agreements, puts or calls, guarantees of profits, division of profits or loss, or the giving or withholding of proxies.


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Item 7.

Material to be Filed as Exhibits.

Not applicable.

 

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SIGNATURE

 

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

 

 

Date:  May 5, 2022

 

 

/s/John P. McConnell

 

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