SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
(Amendment No. 29)*
VECTOR GROUP LTD.
(Name of Issuer)
COMMON STOCK, $0.10 VALUE
(Title of Class of Securities)
Bennett S. LeBow
667 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications)
December 12, 2019
(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 240.13d-7 for other parties to whom copies are to be sent.
The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting persons 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).
CUSIP No. 92240M-10-8
NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
Bennett S. LeBow
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP
(a) ☐ (b) ☐
SEC USE ONLY
SOURCE OF FUNDS (See Instructions)
CHECK IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e)
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
United States of America
SOLE VOTING POWER*
SHARED VOTING POWER*
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER*
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER*
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
CHECK IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES (SEE INSTRUCTIONS)
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)*
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON (See Instructions)
See Item 5.
This Amendment No. 29 amends the Schedule 13D filed by Bennett S. LeBow (the Reporting Person) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the Commission) on February 21, 1995, as previously amended (as amended, the Schedule 13D), relating to the common stock, $.10 par value per share (the Common Stock), of Vector Group Ltd. (the Company). Unless otherwise defined herein, all capitalized terms used herein shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Schedule 13D. All information in this Amendment to the Schedule 13D concerning the Common Stock has been adjusted to give effect to the annual 5% stock dividends paid to stockholders of the Company from 1999 to 2019.
Item 5 is hereby amended and supplemented as follows:
Item 5. Interest in Securities of the Issuer
Item 5(a) of the Schedule 13D is hereby amended and restated as follows:
As of the date hereof, the Reporting Person beneficially owns, in the aggregate, 6,299,355 shares of Common Stock, representing 4.4% of the 147,790,061 shares of Common Stock outstanding, as reported in the Companys Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2019 filed with the Commission on November 7, 2019.
Item 5(b) of the Schedule 13D is hereby amended and restated as follows:
The Reporting Person (a) exercises sole voting power and sole dispositive power over 3,077,562 shares of Common Stock owned directly by the Reporting Person; and (b) indirectly exercises sole voting power and sole dispositive power over (i) 2,138,847shares of Common Stock through LeBow Gamma Limited Partnership, a Delaware limited partnership, (ii) 879,672 shares of Common Stock through LeBow Alpha LLLP, a Delaware limited liability limited partnership, and (iii) 203,274 shares of Common Stock through LeBow Epsilon 2001 Limited Partnership, a Delaware limited partnership. There are 1,958,227 shares of Common Stock held by Mr. LeBow that are pledged to collateralize a demand loan as well as 205,728 shares held by Mr. LeBow that are pledged to collateralize a margin loan. LeBow 2011 Management Trust is the managing member of LeBow Holdings LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, which is the sole stockholder of LeBow Gamma, Inc., a Nevada corporation, which is the general partner of LeBow Gamma Limited Partnership. LeBow Holdings LLC is the general partner of LeBow Alpha LLLP, which is the controlling member of LeBow Epsilon 2001 LLC, which is the general partner of LeBow Epsilon 2001 Limited Partnership. The Reporting Person is trustee of LeBow 2011 Management Trust, a director and officer of LeBow Gamma, Inc. and a manager of LeBow Epsilon 2001 LLC.
Item 5(c) of the Schedule 13D is hereby amended and restated as follows:
The following transactions in the Companys Common Stock were effected during the past 60 days: from December 11, 2019 to December 13, 2019, LeBow Gamma Limited Partnership sold 1,000,000 shares of Common Stock at prices ranging from $12.57 to $13.21 on the open market. Of these shares of Common Stock, 150,000 on each of December 11, 2019, December 12, 2019 and December 13, 2019 (450,000 shares of Common Stock in total) were sold pursuant to a Rule 10b5-1 trading plan entered into on November 21, 2019. In addition, on December 19, 2019, LeBow Gamma Limited Partnership distributed 114,843 shares of Common Stock to LeBow Alpha LLLP, which distributed 1,252,543 shares of Common Stock to the LeBow Family Irrevocable Trust u/a/d 9/8/1998, which distributed 903,107 shares of Common Stock to the Reporting Person.
Item 5(e) of the Schedule 13D is hereby amended and restated as follows:
The Reporting Person has ceased to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of the Companys Common Stock and therefore will no longer be updating this statement on Schedule 13D.
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.
Dated: December 27, 2019
|Bennett S. LeBow|
|J. Bryant Kirkland III, Attorney-In-Fact|
TRANSACTIONS IN THE COMMON STOCK IN THE PAST 60 DAYS:
|Date||No. of Shares Sold||Price Per Share (1)|
Vector Group Ltd.
The average price received by the Reporting Person on sales of common stock represents the weighted average sales price of shares of common stock sold for price increments on each day. The Reporting Person undertakes to provide, upon request of the Securities and Exchange Commission staff, the Company, or a security holder of the Company, full information regarding the sales of common stock sold at each separate price for all transactions reported on this Schedule 13D.