rubi-424b3_021220

Filed Pursuant to Rule 424(b)(3)
Registration
No. 333-236174

MERGER AND SHARE ISSUANCE PROPOSED—YOUR VOTE IS VERY IMPORTANT

Dear Rubicon Project Stockholders and Telaria Stockholders:

On December 19, 2019, The Rubicon Project, Inc., a Delaware corporation, referred to as Rubicon Project, Madison Merger Corp., a Delaware corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of Rubicon Project, referred to as Merger Sub, and Telaria, Inc., a Delaware corporation, referred to as Telaria, entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (as it may be amended from time to time, the “merger agreement”) pursuant to which, subject to approval of Rubicon Project stockholders and Telaria stockholders and the satisfaction or (to the extent permitted by law) waiver of other specified closing conditions, Rubicon Project and Telaria will combine in an all-stock merger. At the completion of the merger, Merger Sub will merge with and into Telaria, with Telaria surviving the merger and becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Rubicon Project.

If the merger is completed, each share of Telaria common stock (other than shares held by Telaria as treasury stock and shares owned directly or indirectly by Rubicon Project or Merger Sub) will be converted into the right to receive 1.082, referred to as the exchange ratio, fully paid and nonassessable shares of Rubicon Project common stock (and, if applicable, substituting cash in lieu of fractional shares), referred to as the merger consideration, less any applicable withholding taxes. The exchange ratio is fixed and will not be adjusted for changes in the market price of either Rubicon Project common stock or Telaria common stock between the dates of signing of the merger agreement and completion of the merger. If the merger is completed, Rubicon Project stockholders will continue to own their existing shares of Rubicon Project common stock, which will not be adjusted by the merger. For more details on the merger consideration, see “The Merger Agreement—Merger Consideration.”

Both Rubicon Project and Telaria common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange, referred to as the NYSE, under the symbols “RUBI” and “TLRA,” respectively. As of February 11, 2020, the last trading day before the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, the last reported sales price of Rubicon Project common stock at the end of regular trading hours, as reported on the NYSE, was $10.15, and the last reported sales price of Telaria common stock at the end of regular trading hours, as reported on the NYSE, was $10.94. Because the merger consideration is payable in a fixed number of shares of Rubicon Project common stock, with each share of Telaria common stock being exchanged for 1.082 shares of Rubicon Project common stock, the implied value of the merger consideration to be received in exchange for each share of Telaria common stock will fluctuate based on the market price of Rubicon Project common stock until the completion of the merger. As a result, the value of the per share merger consideration that Telaria stockholders will be entitled to receive upon completion of the merger could be greater than, less than or the same as the value of the merger consideration on the date of the accompanying joint proxy statement/prospectus. Accordingly, Rubicon Project and Telaria urge you to obtain updated market quotations for Rubicon Project common shares before deciding whether to vote for the proposals presented in the accompanying joint proxy statement/prospectus.

Based on the number of shares of Telaria common stock outstanding and reserved for issuance as of February 11, 2020, and the number of shares of Rubicon Project common stock outstanding and reserved for issuance as of February 11, 2020, we estimate that, immediately following completion of the merger, former holders of Telaria common stock will own approximately 47.6% and pre-merger holders of Rubicon Project common stock will own approximately 52.4% of common stock of the combined company on a fully diluted basis.

Each of Rubicon Project and Telaria is holding a special meeting of its stockholders to vote on the proposals necessary to complete the merger. Information about each meeting, the merger and the other business to be considered by stockholders at each special meeting is contained in this joint proxy statement/prospectus. Any stockholder entitled to attend and vote at the applicable special meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote on such stockholder’s behalf. Such proxy need not be a holder of Rubicon Project common stock or Telaria common stock. We urge you to read this joint proxy statement/prospectus and the annexes and documents incorporated by reference carefully. You should also carefully consider the risks that are described in the “Risk Factors” section beginning on page 31.

Your vote is very important regardless of the number of shares of Rubicon Project common stock or Telaria common stock that you own. The merger cannot be completed unless (1) Rubicon Project stockholders approve the issuance of Rubicon Project common stock to Telaria stockholders in connection with the merger and (2) Telaria stockholders adopt the merger agreement and approve the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement. 

The Rubicon Project board of directors unanimously recommends that Rubicon Project stockholders vote “FOR” each of the proposals to be considered at the Rubicon Project special meeting.  The Telaria board of directors unanimously recommends that Telaria stockholders vote “FOR” each of the proposals to be considered at the Telaria special meeting.

Whether or not you plan to attend the Rubicon Project special meeting or the Telaria special meeting, please submit your proxy as soon as possible to make sure that your shares are represented at the applicable meeting.

Michael G. Barrett

 

President and Chief Executive Officer
The Rubicon
Project, Inc.

Mark Zagorski

 

Chief Executive Officer
Telaria, Inc. 

Neither the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of the merger or the other transactions described in this joint proxy statement/prospectus or the securities to be issued in connection with the merger or determined if this joint proxy statement/prospectus is accurate or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

The accompanying joint proxy statement/prospectus is dated February 12, 2020 and is first being mailed to stockholders of Rubicon Project and stockholders of Telaria on or about February 13, 2020.

THE RUBICON PROJECT, INC.
12181 Bluff Creek Drive, 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90094

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
To be held on March 30, 2020

To the Stockholders of The Rubicon Project, Inc.:

Notice is hereby given that The Rubicon Project, Inc., referred to as Rubicon Project, will hold a special meeting of its stockholders, referred to as the Rubicon Project special meeting, at Rubicon Project’s headquarters, located at 12181 Bluff Creek Drive, 4th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90094, on March 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. local time, for the following purposes:

1.Approval of the Rubicon Project Share Issuance. To vote on a proposal to approve the issuance of shares of Rubicon Project common stock, par value $0.00001 per share, to Telaria stockholders in connection with the merger contemplated by the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of December 19, 2019 (as it may be amended from time to time, the “merger agreement”), by and among Rubicon Project, Madison Merger Corp. and Telaria, Inc., referred to as the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal; and

2.Adjournment of the Rubicon Project Special Meeting. To vote on a proposal to approve the adjournment of the Rubicon Project special meeting to a later date or dates, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies in the event there are not sufficient votes at the time of the Rubicon Project special meeting to approve the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal, referred to as the Rubicon Project adjournment proposal.

Rubicon Project will transact no other business at the Rubicon Project special meeting, except such business as may properly be brought before the Rubicon Project special meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof. Please refer to the joint proxy statement/prospectus of which this notice is a part for further information with respect to the business to be transacted at the Rubicon Project special meeting.

The Rubicon Project board of directors, referred to as the Rubicon Project board, has fixed the close of business on February 11, 2020 as the record date for the Rubicon Project special meeting, referred to as the Rubicon Project record date. Only Rubicon Project stockholders of record as of the Rubicon Project record date are entitled to receive notice of, and to vote at, the Rubicon Project special meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof. 

Completion of the merger is conditioned on, among other things, approval of the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal by the Rubicon Project stockholders, which requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of Rubicon Project common stock present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote on the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal at the Rubicon Project special meeting.

The Rubicon Project board unanimously approved and declared advisable the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement, including the merger, and determined that the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement, including the merger and the Rubicon Project share issuance, are advisable and fair to and in the best interests of Rubicon Project and its stockholders, and unanimously recommends that Rubicon Project stockholders vote:

“FOR” the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal; and

“FOR” the Rubicon Project adjournment proposal.

Your vote is very important regardless of the number of shares of Rubicon Project common stock that you own. The votes cast in favor of the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal must represent a majority of the outstanding shares of Rubicon Project common stock present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote on the proposal. Accordingly, abstentions will have the same effect as a vote against the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal. Whether or not you expect to attend the Rubicon Project special meeting in person, to ensure your representation at the Rubicon Project special meeting, we urge you to submit a proxy to vote your shares as promptly as possible by (1) visiting the Internet site listed on the Rubicon Project proxy card, (2) calling the toll-free number listed on the Rubicon Project proxy card or (3) submitting your Rubicon Project proxy card by mail by using the provided self-addressed, stamped envelope. Submitting a proxy will not prevent you from voting in person, but it will help to secure a quorum and avoid added solicitation costs. Any holder of Rubicon Project common stock as of the Rubicon Project record date who is present at the Rubicon Project special meeting may vote in person, thereby revoking any previous proxy. In addition, a proxy may also be revoked in writing before the Rubicon Project special meeting in the manner described in the accompanying joint proxy statement/prospectus. If your shares are held in the name of a bank, broker or other nominee, please follow the instructions on the voting instruction card furnished by the bank, broker or other nominee.

If you own shares in street name through an account with a bank, broker or other nominee and you decide to attend the Rubicon Project special meeting in person, you cannot vote in person at the Rubicon Project special meeting unless you present a “legal proxy,” issued in your name from your bank, broker or other nominee.

The enclosed joint proxy statement/prospectus provides a detailed description of the merger and the merger agreement and the other matters to be considered at the Rubicon Project special meeting. We urge you to carefully read this joint proxy statement/prospectus, including any documents incorporated by reference herein, and the annexes in their entirety. If you have any questions concerning either of the proposals in this notice, the merger or the joint proxy statement/prospectus, would like additional copies or need help voting your shares of Rubicon Project common stock, please contact Rubicon Project’s proxy solicitor:

D.F. King & Co., Inc.
48 Wall Street, 22
nd Floor
New York, NY 10005
Telephone: (888) 541-9895 (toll-free)
(212) 269-5550
(collect)
Email: RUBI@dfking.com

By Order of the Board of Directors,

Jonathan Feldman
Secretary

February 12, 2020

TELARIA, INC.
222 Broadway, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10038

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
To be held on March 30, 2020

To the Stockholders of Telaria, Inc.:

Notice is hereby given that Telaria, Inc., referred to as Telaria, will hold a special meeting of its stockholders, referred to as the Telaria special meeting, at the offices of Cooley LLP, 55 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001 on March 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. local time, for the following purposes:

1.Adoption of the Merger Agreement. To vote on a proposal to adopt the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of December 19, 2019 (as amended from time to time, the “merger agreement”), by and among The Rubicon Project, Inc., Madison Merger Corp. and Telaria, which is further described in the section entitled “The Merger Agreement,” and a copy of which is attached as Annex A to the joint proxy statement/prospectus accompanying this notice, referred to as the Telaria merger proposal;

2.Telaria Merger-Related Compensation. To vote on a proposal to approve, by advisory (non-binding) vote, certain compensation arrangements that may be paid or become payable to Telaria’s named executive officers in connection with the merger contemplated by the merger agreement, referred to as the Telaria merger-related compensation proposal; and

3.Adjournment of the Telaria Special Meeting. To vote on a proposal to approve the adjournment of the Telaria special meeting to a later date or dates, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies in the event there are not sufficient votes at the time of the Telaria special meeting to approve the Telaria merger proposal, referred to as the Telaria adjournment proposal.

Telaria will transact no other business at the Telaria special meeting, except such business as may properly be brought before the Telaria special meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof. Please refer to the joint proxy statement/prospectus of which this notice is a part for further information with respect to the business to be transacted at the Telaria special meeting.

The Telaria board of directors, referred to as the Telaria board, has fixed the close of business on February 11, 2020 as the record date for the Telaria special meeting, referred to as the Telaria record date. Only Telaria stockholders of record as of the Telaria record date are entitled to receive notice of, and to vote at, the Telaria special meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.

Completion of the merger is conditioned on, among other things, the approval of the Telaria merger proposal, which requires the affirmative vote of holders of a majority of the shares of Telaria common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the Telaria special meeting.

The Telaria board has unanimously approved and declared advisable the merger, the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated in the merger agreement or in connection therewith; determined that the merger, the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated in the merger agreement or in connection therewith, are advisable, fair to and in the best interests of Telaria and its stockholders; and unanimously recommends that Telaria stockholders vote:

“FOR” the Telaria merger proposal;

“FOR” the Telaria merger-related compensation proposal; and

“FOR” the Telaria adjournment proposal.

Your vote is very important regardless of the number of shares of Telaria common stock that you own. A failure to vote your shares, or to provide instructions to your bank, broker or nominee as to how to vote your shares, is the equivalent of a vote against the Telaria merger proposal. Whether or not you expect to attend the Telaria special meeting in person, to ensure your representation at the Telaria special meeting, we urge you to submit a proxy to vote your shares as promptly as possible by (1) visiting the Internet site listed on the Telaria proxy card, (2) calling the toll-free number listed on the Telaria proxy card or (3) submitting your Telaria proxy card by mail by using the provided self-addressed, stamped envelope. Submitting a proxy will not prevent you from voting in person, but it will help to secure a quorum and avoid added solicitation costs. Any holder of Telaria common stock as of the Telaria record date who is present at the Telaria special meeting may vote in person, thereby revoking any previous proxy. In addition, a proxy may also be revoked in writing before the Telaria special meeting in the manner described in the accompanying joint proxy statement/prospectus. If your shares are held in the name of a bank, broker or other nominee, please follow the instructions on the voting instruction card furnished by the bank, broker or other nominee.

If you own shares in street name through an account with a bank, broker or other nominee and you decide to attend the Telaria special meeting in person, you cannot vote in person at the Telaria special meeting unless you present a “legal proxy,” issued in your name from your bank, broker or other nominee.

The enclosed joint proxy statement/prospectus provides a detailed description of the merger and the merger agreement and the other matters to be considered at the Telaria special meeting. We urge you to carefully read this joint proxy statement/prospectus, including any documents incorporated by reference herein, and the annexes in their entirety. If you have any questions concerning either of the proposals in this notice, the merger or the joint proxy statement/prospectus, would like additional copies or need help voting your shares of Telaria common stock, please contact Telaria’s proxy solicitor:

D.F. King & Co., Inc.
48 Wall Street, 22
nd Floor
New York, NY 10005
Telephone: (800) 848-2998 (toll-free)
(212) 269-5550
(collect)
Email: TLRA@dfking.com

By Order of the Board of Directors,

Aaron Saltz
General Counsel

February 12, 2020

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The joint proxy statement/prospectus incorporates by reference important business and financial information about The Rubicon Project, Inc., referred to as Rubicon Project, and Telaria, Inc., referred to as Telaria, from other documents that are not included in or delivered with the joint proxy statement/prospectus. For a listing of the documents incorporated by reference into the joint proxy statement/prospectus, see “Where You Can Find More Information.”

You can obtain any of the documents incorporated by reference into the joint proxy statement/prospectus by requesting them in writing or by telephone as follows:

For Rubicon Project Stockholders:
The Rubicon Project, Inc.
12181 Bluff Creek Drive, 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90094
Attention: Investor Relations
(310) 207-0272

For Telaria Stockholders:
Telaria, Inc.
222 Broadway, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Attention: Investor Relations
(646) 723-5300

investor@rubiconproject.com

IR@telaria.com

To receive timely delivery of the documents in advance of the Rubicon Project special meeting and the Telaria special meeting, you should make your request no later than March 23, 2020.

You may also obtain any of the documents incorporated by reference into the joint proxy statement/prospectus without charge through the Securities and Exchange Commission, referred to as the SEC, website at www.sec.gov. In addition, you may obtain copies of documents filed by Rubicon Project with the SEC on Rubicon Project’s Internet website at http://investor.rubiconproject.com, under the tab “Financials and Filings,” then under the tab “SEC Filings” or by contacting Rubicon Project’s Corporate Secretary at The Rubicon Project, Inc., 12181 Bluff Creek Drive, 4th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90094 or by calling (310) 207-0272. You may also obtain copies of documents filed by Telaria with the SEC on Telaria’s Internet website at http://investor.telaria.com under the tab “SEC Filings” or by contacting Telaria’s Corporate Secretary at Telaria, Inc., 222 Broadway, 16th Floor, New York, New York 10038 or by calling (646) 723-5300.

We are not incorporating the contents of the websites of the SEC, Rubicon Project, Telaria or any other entity or any other website into the joint proxy statement/prospectus. We are providing the information about how you can obtain certain documents that are incorporated by reference into the joint proxy statement/prospectus at these websites only for your convenience.

ABOUT THIS JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS

This joint proxy statement/prospectus, which forms part of a registration statement on Form S-4 filed with the SEC by Rubicon Project, constitutes a prospectus of Rubicon Project under Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, referred to as the Securities Act, with respect to the shares of Rubicon Project common stock to be issued to Telaria stockholders pursuant to the merger agreement. This document also constitutes a joint proxy statement of each of Rubicon Project and Telaria under Section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, referred to as the Exchange Act. It also constitutes a notice of meeting with respect to the Rubicon Project special meeting, at which Rubicon Project stockholders will be asked to consider and vote upon the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal and certain other proposals, and constitutes a notice of meeting with respect to the Telaria special meeting, at which Telaria stockholders will be asked to consider and vote upon the Telaria merger proposal and certain other proposals.

Rubicon Project has supplied all information contained or incorporated by reference into this joint proxy statement/prospectus relating to Rubicon Project and Madison Merger Corp., referred to as Merger Sub, and Telaria has supplied all information contained or incorporated by reference into this joint proxy statement/prospectus relating to Telaria.

You should rely only on the information contained in or incorporated by reference into this joint proxy statement/prospectus. Rubicon Project and Telaria have not authorized anyone to provide you with information that is different from that contained in or incorporated by reference into this joint proxy statement/prospectus. This joint proxy statement/prospectus is dated as of the date set forth above on the cover page of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, and you should not assume that the information contained in this joint proxy statement/prospectus is accurate as of any date other than such date. Further, you should not assume that the information incorporated by reference into this joint proxy statement/prospectus is accurate as of any date other than the date of the incorporated document. Neither the mailing of this joint proxy statement/prospectus to Rubicon Project stockholders or Telaria stockholders nor the issuance by Rubicon Project of shares of Rubicon Project common stock pursuant to the merger agreement will create any implication to the contrary.

This joint proxy statement/prospectus does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities, or the solicitation of a proxy, in any jurisdiction in which or from any person to whom it is unlawful to make any such offer or solicitation in such jurisdiction.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 

 

Page

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

1

 

SUMMARY

10

 

The Parties to the Merger

10

The Merger and the Merger Agreement

10

Merger Consideration; Exchange Ratio

10

Treatment of Telaria Equity Awards

11

Recommendation of the Rubicon Project Board and its Reasons for the Merger

11

Recommendation of the Telaria Board and its Reasons for the Merger

11

Opinion of Rubicon Project’s Financial Advisor

12

Opinion of Telaria’s Financial Advisor

12

Interests of Rubicon Project’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger

12

Interests of Telaria’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger

13

Information about the Rubicon Project Special Meeting

13

Information about the Telaria Special Meeting

14

Voting by Rubicon Project Directors and Executive Officers

15

Voting by Telaria Directors and Executive Officers

15

Governance of the Combined Company After the Merger

15

Regulatory Approvals

17

Litigation Relating to the Merger

17

Conditions to Completion of the Merger

17

Expected Timing of the Merger

17

Ownership of the Combined Company after the Merger

18

No Solicitation; Change of Recommendation

18

Termination of the Merger Agreement

18

Termination Fee

19

No Appraisal Rights

19

Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Merger

19

Accounting Treatment

20

Rights of Telaria Stockholders Will Change as a Result of the Merger

20

NYSE Listing of Rubicon Project Common Stock and Delisting and Deregistration of Telaria Common Stock

20

Risk Factors

20

 

SELECTED HISTORICAL CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA OF RUBICON PROJECT

21

 

SELECTED HISTORICAL CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA OF TELARIA

23

 

SELECTED UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

25

 

COMPARATIVE HISTORICAL AND UNAUDITED PRO FORMA PER SHARE DATA

26

 

COMPARATIVE PER SHARE MARKET PRICE INFORMATION and implied value of
merger consideration

27

 

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

28

 

RISK FACTORS

31

 

Risks Relating to the Merger

31

Risks Relating to the Combined Company Upon Completion of the Merger

36

Other Risks Relating to Rubicon Project and Telaria

38

 

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THE RUBICON PROJECT SPECIAL MEETING

39

 

Date, Time and Place of the Special Meeting

39

Matters to be Considered

39

Recommendation of the Rubicon Project Board

39

Rubicon Project Record Date; Rubicon Project Stockholders Entitled to Vote

39

Voting by Rubicon Project Directors and Executive Officers

40

Quorum

40

Required Vote

40

Voting of Proxies

41

Voting via the Internet or by Telephone for Holders of Record

41

Voting by Mail for Holders of Record

41

Treatment of Abstentions; Failure to Vote

41

Shares Held in Street Name / Broker Non-Votes

41

Attendance at the Rubicon Project Special Meeting and Voting in Person

41

Revocability of Proxies 

42

Solicitation of Proxies; Expenses of Solicitation

42

Tabulation of Votes

42

Adjournments

43

Assistance and Additional Information

43

 

RUBICON PROJECT PROPOSALS

44

 

Rubicon Project Proposal 1: Approval of the Rubicon Project Share Issuance

44

Rubicon Project Proposal 2: Adjournment of the Rubicon Project Special Meeting

44

 

THE TELARIA SPECIAL MEETING

45

 

Date, Time and Place of the Special Meeting

45

Matters to be Considered

45

Recommendation of the Telaria Board

45

Telaria Record Date; Telaria Stockholders Entitled to Vote

45

Voting by Telaria Directors and Executive Officers

46

Quorum

46

Required Vote

46

Voting of Proxies

47

Voting via the Internet or by Telephone for Holders of Record

47

Voting by Mail for Holders of Record

47

Treatment of Abstentions; Failure to Vote

47

Shares Held in Street Name / Broker Non-Votes

48

Attendance at the Telaria Special Meeting and Voting in Person

48

Revocability of Proxies 

48

Solicitation of Proxies; Expenses of Solicitation

49

Tabulation of Votes

49

Adjournments

49

Assistance and Additional Information

49

 

TELARIA PROPOSALS

50

 

Telaria Proposal 1: Adoption of the Merger Agreement

50

Telaria Proposal 2: Telaria Merger-Related Compensation

50

Telaria Proposal 3: Adjournment of the Telaria Special Meeting

50

 

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THE PARTIES TO THE MERGER

51

 

Rubicon Project

51

Telaria

51

Merger Sub   51

 

THE MERGER

52

 

Effect of the Merger 

52

Merger Consideration

52

Background of the Merger

53

Reasons for the Merger

63

Opinion of Rubicon Project’s Financial Advisor

72

Opinion of Telaria’s Financial Advisor

80

Certain Unaudited Prospective Financial Information Prepared by Rubicon Project or Used at Rubicon Project’s Direction

85

Certain Unaudited Prospective Financial Information Prepared by Telaria or Used at Telaria’s Direction

89

Certain Estimated Synergies

93

Interests of Rubicon Project’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger

93

Interests of Telaria’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger

96

Governance of the Combined Company After the Merger

102

Regulatory Approvals

103

Timing of the Transaction

103

No Appraisal or Dissenters’ Rights in the Merger

103

Accounting Treatment

104

NYSE Listing; Delisting and Deregistration of Telaria Common Stock

104

Litigation Relating to the Merger

104

Restrictions on Sales of Rubicon Project Common Stock Received in the Merger

104

 

THE MERGER AGREEMENT

105

 

Explanatory Note Regarding the Merger Agreement

105

Structure of the Merger

105

Merger Consideration

105

Treatment of Telaria Equity Awards

106

Closing and Effectiveness of the Merger

107

Conversion of Shares; Exchange of Certificates; Fractional Shares

107

Governance of the Combined Company After the Merger

108

Representations and Warranties; Material Adverse Effect

109

Covenants and Agreements

111

Conditions to the Merger

120

Termination

121

Expenses and Termination Fees

122

Amendment and Waiver

124

Third-Party Beneficiaries

124

Governing Law; Waiver of Jury Trial

124

Specific Performance

124

 

MATERIAL U.S. FEDERAL INCOME TAX CONSEQUENCES OF THE MERGER

125

 

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UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

127

 

Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Balance Sheet

129

Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Statement of Operations

130

Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Statement of Operations

131

 

NOTES TO UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

132

 

RUBICON PROJECT BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP TABLE

137

 

TELARIA BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP TABLE

139

 

2019 EXECUTIVE AND DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

141

 

Rubicon Project Compensation Discussion and Analysis

141

Rubicon Project Director Compensation

149

Rubicon Project Named Executive Officer Compensation Tables

153

Rubicon Project CEO Pay-Ratio Disclosure

160

Telaria Executive Officer and Director Compensation

160

 

DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK OF THE COMBINED COMPANY

165

 

COMPARATIVE RIGHTS OF STOCKHOLDERS

168

 

LEGAL MATTERS

178

 

EXPERTS

179

 

DEADLINES FOR SUBMITTING RUBICON PROJECT STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS

180

 

DEADLINES FOR SUBMITTING TELARIA STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS

181

 

HOUSEHOLDING OF PROXY MATERIALS

182

 

WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

183

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

The following questions and answers briefly address some commonly asked questions about the merger, the merger agreement, the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement, the Rubicon Project special meeting and the Telaria special meeting. They may not include all the information that is important to Rubicon Project stockholders and Telaria stockholders. Rubicon Project stockholders and Telaria stockholders should carefully read this entire joint proxy statement/prospectus, including the annexes and the other documents referred to or incorporated by reference herein.

Q:What is the merger?

A:Rubicon Project, Merger Sub and Telaria have entered into a merger agreement. A copy of the merger agreement is attached as Annex A to this joint proxy statement/prospectus. The merger agreement contains the terms and conditions of the proposed merger between Rubicon Project and Telaria, whereby Rubicon Project and Telaria will combine in an all-stock merger. Under the merger agreement, subject to satisfaction or (to the extent permitted by law) waiver of the conditions set forth in the merger agreement and described hereafter, in each case prior to the completion of the merger, Merger Sub will merge with and into Telaria, with Telaria continuing as the surviving corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Rubicon Project. As a result of the merger, shares of Telaria will no longer be publicly traded and will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange, referred to as the NYSE, and will be deregistered under the Exchange Act. We sometimes refer to Rubicon Project, following completion of the merger, as the combined company.

Q:Why am I receiving these materials?

A:You are receiving this joint proxy statement/prospectus to help you decide how to vote your shares of Rubicon Project common stock or Telaria common stock with respect to the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal or the Telaria merger proposal, respectively, and other matters to be considered at the special meetings.

The merger cannot be completed unless, among other things, (1) Rubicon Project stockholders approve the issuance of Rubicon Project common stock to Telaria stockholders in connection with the merger at the Rubicon Project special meeting and (2) Telaria stockholders adopt the merger agreement at the Telaria special meeting.

This joint proxy statement/prospectus constitutes both a joint proxy statement of Rubicon Project and Telaria and a prospectus of Rubicon Project. It is a joint proxy statement because each of the Rubicon Project board and the Telaria board is soliciting proxies from its stockholders. It is a prospectus because Rubicon Project will issue shares of its common stock in exchange for outstanding shares of Telaria common stock in the merger. Information about the Rubicon Project special meeting, the Telaria special meeting, the merger, the merger agreement and the other business to be considered by Rubicon Project stockholders at the Rubicon Project special meeting and Telaria stockholders at the Telaria special meeting is contained in this joint proxy statement/prospectus. Rubicon Project stockholders and Telaria stockholders should read this information carefully and in its entirety. The enclosed voting materials allow Rubicon Project stockholders and Telaria stockholders to vote their shares by proxy without attending the applicable special meeting in person.

Q:What matters will be considered at each of the special meetings?

A:Rubicon Project stockholders are being asked to vote on the following proposals:

1.Approval of the Rubicon Project Share Issuance. To vote on a proposal to approve the issuance of Rubicon Project common stock, par value $0.00001 per share, to Telaria stockholders in connection with the merger agreement, referred to as the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal; and

2.Adjournment of the Rubicon Project Special Meeting. To vote on a proposal to approve the adjournment of the Rubicon Project special meeting to a later date or dates, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies in the event there are not sufficient votes at the time of the Rubicon Project special meeting to approve the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal, referred to as the Rubicon Project adjournment proposal.

Telaria stockholders are being asked to vote on the following proposals:

1.Adoption of the Merger Agreement. To vote on a proposal to adopt the merger agreement, which is further described in the section entitled “The Merger Agreement,” and a copy of which merger agreement is attached as Annex A to this joint proxy statement/prospectus, referred to as the Telaria merger proposal;

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2.Telaria Merger-Related Compensation. To vote on a proposal to approve, by advisory (non-binding) vote, certain compensation arrangements that may be paid or become payable to Telaria’s named executive officers in connection with the merger contemplated by the merger agreement, referred to as the Telaria merger-related compensation proposal; and

3.Adjournment of the Telaria Special Meeting. To vote on a proposal to approve the adjournment of the Telaria special meeting to a later date or dates, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies in the event there are not sufficient votes at the time of the Telaria special meeting to approve the Telaria merger proposal, referred to as the Telaria adjournment proposal.

Approval of the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal by Rubicon Project stockholders and approval of the Telaria merger proposal by Telaria stockholders are required for completion of the merger.

Q:What will Telaria stockholders receive in the merger?

A:If the merger is completed, each share of Telaria common stock (other than shares held by Telaria as treasury stock and shares owned directly or indirectly by Rubicon Project or Merger Sub) will be converted into the right to receive the merger consideration, which is the right to receive 1.082, referred to as the exchange ratio, fully paid and nonassessable shares of Rubicon Project common stock, and, if applicable, substituting cash in lieu of fractional shares. The merger consideration is described in more detail in “The Merger Agreement—Merger Consideration.”

Q:What will Rubicon Project stockholders receive in the merger?

A:Rubicon Project stockholders will not receive any merger consideration, and their shares of Rubicon Project common stock will remain outstanding and will constitute shares of the combined company.

Q:What respective equity stakes will Rubicon Project stockholders and Telaria stockholders hold in the combined company immediately following the merger?

A:As of the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, based on the number of shares of Rubicon Project common stock and Telaria common stock outstanding and reserved for issuance as of February 11, 2020, we estimate that, immediately following completion of the merger, pre-merger holders of Rubicon Project common stock will own approximately 52.4% and former holders of Telaria common stock will own approximately 47.6% of the common stock of the combined company on a fully diluted basis. The exact equity stake of Rubicon Project stockholders and Telaria stockholders in the combined company immediately following the merger will depend on the number of shares of Rubicon Project common stock and Telaria common stock issued and outstanding immediately prior to the merger.

Q:Will the market value of the merger consideration change between the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus and the time the merger is completed?

A:Yes. Although the number of shares of Rubicon Project common stock that holders of Telaria common stock will receive is fixed, the market value of the merger consideration will fluctuate between the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus and the completion of the merger based upon the trading price of shares of Rubicon Project common stock. Any fluctuation in the trading price of shares of Rubicon Project common stock after the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus will change the market value of the shares of Rubicon Project common stock that holders of Telaria common stock will receive.

Q:When do Rubicon Project and Telaria expect to complete the transaction?

A:Rubicon Project and Telaria are working to complete the transaction as soon as practicable. We currently expect that the merger will be completed in the first half of 2020. Neither Rubicon Project nor Telaria can predict, however, the actual date on which the merger will be completed because it is subject to conditions beyond each company’s control.

See “The Merger Agreement—Conditions to the Merger.”

Q:What vote is required to approve each proposal at the Rubicon Project special meeting?

A:The Rubicon Project share issuance proposal: The affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of Rubicon Project common stock present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote on the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal at the Rubicon Project special meeting, referred to as the Rubicon Project stockholder approval, is required to approve the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal.

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Rubicon Project adjournment proposal: The affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of Rubicon Project common stock present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote on the Rubicon Project adjournment proposal at the Rubicon Project special meeting is required to approve the Rubicon Project adjournment proposal.

Q:What vote is required to approve each proposal at the Telaria special meeting?

A:The Telaria merger proposal: The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of Telaria common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the Telaria special meeting, referred to as the Telaria stockholder approval, is required to approve the Telaria merger proposal.

The Telaria merger-related compensation proposal: The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of Telaria common stock present in person or represented by proxy at the Telaria special meeting and entitled to vote on the Telaria merger-related compensation proposal, assuming a quorum, is required to approve the Telaria merger-related compensation proposal.

The Telaria adjournment proposal: The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of Telaria common stock present in person or represented by proxy at the Telaria special meeting is required to approve the Telaria adjournment proposal.

Q:Why are Telaria stockholders being asked to consider and vote on a proposal to approve, by advisory (non-binding) vote, the Telaria merger-related executive compensation?

A:Under SEC rules, Telaria is required to seek an advisory (non-binding) vote with respect to the compensation that may be paid or become payable to its named executive officers that is based on, or otherwise relates to, the merger.

Q:What happens if the Telaria merger-related compensation proposal is not approved?

A:Approval of the Telaria merger-related compensation proposal is not a condition to completion of the merger, and because the vote on the Telaria merger-related compensation proposal is advisory only, it will not be binding on Telaria. Accordingly, if the merger is approved and the other conditions to closing are satisfied or waived, the merger will be completed even if the Telaria merger-related compensation proposal is not approved. If the Telaria merger proposal is approved and the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal is approved and the merger is completed, the Telaria merger-related compensation will be payable to Telaria’s named executive officers, subject only to the conditions applicable thereto, regardless of the outcome of the vote on the Telaria merger-related compensation proposal.

Q:Do any of Rubicon Project’s or Telaria’s directors or executive officers have interests in the merger that may differ from those of Rubicon Project stockholders or Telaria stockholders?

A:Certain of Rubicon Project’s non-employee directors and executive officers and Telaria’s non-employee directors and executive officers have certain interests in the merger that may be different from, or in addition to, the interests of Rubicon Project stockholders and Telaria stockholders generally. The Rubicon Project board was aware of the interests of Rubicon Project’s directors and executive officers, the Telaria board was aware of the interests of Telaria’s directors and executive officers, and each board considered such interests, among other matters, when it approved the merger agreement and in making its recommendations to its stockholders. For more information regarding these interests, see the sections entitled “The Merger—Interests of Rubicon Project’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger” and “The Merger—Interests of Telaria’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger.”

Q:How many votes do I have?

Each Rubicon Project stockholder is entitled to one vote for each share of Rubicon Project common stock held of record as of the close of business on February 11, 2020, referred to as the Rubicon Project record date, and each Telaria stockholder is entitled to one vote for each share of Telaria common stock held of record as of the close of business on February 11, 2020, referred to as the Telaria record date.

As of the close of business on the Rubicon Project record date, there were 55,038,062 shares of Rubicon Project common stock outstanding. As of the close of business on the Telaria record date, there were 47,537,025 shares of Telaria common stock outstanding. As summarized below, there are some important distinctions between shares held of record and those owned beneficially in street name.

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Q:What constitutes a quorum for the Rubicon Project special meeting?

A:The holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Rubicon Project common stock entitled to vote at the Rubicon Project special meeting, present in person or represented by proxy, will constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at the Rubicon Project special meeting. Abstentions (which are described below) will count for the purpose of determining the presence of a quorum for the transaction of business at the Rubicon Project special meeting.

Q:What constitutes a quorum for the Telaria special meeting?

A:The holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Telaria common stock entitled to vote, present in person, by remote communication, if applicable, or by proxy, will constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at the Telaria special meeting. Abstentions (which are described below) will count for the purpose of determining the presence of a quorum for the transaction of business at the Telaria special meeting.

Q:How does the Rubicon Project Board recommend that Rubicon Project stockholders vote?

A:The Rubicon Project board unanimously recommends that Rubicon Project stockholders vote: “FOR” the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal and “FOR” the Rubicon Project adjournment proposal.

Q:How does the Telaria Board recommend that Telaria stockholders vote?

A:The Telaria board unanimously recommends that Telaria stockholders vote: “FOR” the Telaria merger proposal, “FOR” the Telaria merger-related compensation proposal and “FOR” the Telaria adjournment proposal.

Q:Why did the Rubicon Project board approve the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement, including the merger?

A:For information regarding the Rubicon Project board’s reasons for approving the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement, including the merger, and recommending that Rubicon Project stockholders approve the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal, see the section entitled “The Merger—Reasons for the Merger.”

Q:Why did the Telaria board approve the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement, including the merger?

A:For information regarding the Telaria board’s reasons for approving and recommending adoption of the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement, including the merger, see the section entitled “The Merger—Reasons for the Merger.”

Q:What if I hold shares in both Rubicon Project and Telaria?

A:If you hold shares of both Rubicon Project common stock and Telaria common stock, you will receive two separate packages of proxy materials. A vote cast as a holder of Rubicon Project common stock will not count as a vote cast as a holder of Telaria common stock, and a vote cast as a holder of Telaria common stock will not count as a vote cast as a holder of Rubicon Project common stock. Therefore, please submit separate proxies for your shares of Rubicon Project common stock and your shares of Telaria common stock.

Q:What do I need to do now?

A:After carefully reading and considering the information contained in this joint proxy statement/prospectus, please vote your shares as soon as possible so that your shares will be represented at the Rubicon Project special meeting or Telaria special meeting, as applicable. Please follow the instructions set forth on the Rubicon Project proxy card or the Telaria proxy card, as applicable, or on the voting instruction form provided by the record holder if your shares are held in the name of your bank, broker or other nominee. 

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Q:Does my vote matter?

A:Yes. The merger cannot be completed unless the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal is approved by the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of Rubicon Project common stock present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote on the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal at the Rubicon Project special meeting and the Telaria merger proposal is approved by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of all of the shares of Telaria common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the Telaria special meeting.

Q:How do I vote?

A:If you are a stockholder of record of Rubicon Project as of the Rubicon Project record date, you are entitled to receive notice of, and cast a vote at, the Rubicon Project special meeting. If you are a stockholder of record of Telaria as of the Telaria record date, you are entitled to receive notice of, and cast a vote at, the Telaria special meeting. If you are a stockholder of record, you may submit your proxy before the Rubicon Project special meeting or the Telaria special meeting in one of the following ways:

Telephone voting—use the toll-free number shown on your proxy card;

Via the Internet—visit the website shown on your proxy card to vote via the Internet; or

Mail—complete, sign, date and return the enclosed proxy card in the enclosed postage-paid envelope.

If you are a stockholder of record, you may also cast your vote in person at the applicable special meeting.

If your shares are held in street name, through a bank, broker or other nominee, that institution will send you separate instructions describing the procedure for voting your shares. Street name stockholders who wish to vote at the Rubicon Project special meeting or the Telaria special meeting will need to obtain a legal proxy form from their bank, broker or other nominee.  

Q:What is the difference between holding shares as stockholder of record and as a beneficial owner?

A:You are a “stockholder of record” if your shares are registered directly in your name with Rubicon Project’s and Telaria’s transfer agent, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, referred to as AST. As the stockholder of record, you have the right to vote in person at the Rubicon Project special meeting or the Telaria special meeting, as applicable. You may also vote by Internet, telephone or mail, as described above under the heading “How do I vote?” You are deemed to beneficially own shares in “street name” if your shares are held by a bank, broker or other nominee. Your bank, broker or other nominee will send you, as the beneficial owner, instructions for voting your shares. You should follow the instructions provided by them to vote your shares. If you beneficially own your shares, you are invited to attend the Rubicon Project special meeting or Telaria special meeting, as applicable; however, you may not vote your shares in person at the Rubicon Project special meeting or the Telaria special meeting, as applicable, unless you obtain a “legal proxy” from your bank, broker or other nominee that holds your shares, giving you the right to vote the shares at the Rubicon Project special meeting or the Telaria special meeting, as applicable.

Q:If my shares are held in “street name” by a bank, broker or other nominee, will my bank, broker or other nominee vote my shares for me?

A:If your shares are held in “street name” by a bank, broker or other nominee, you must provide the record holder of your shares with instructions on how to vote your shares. Please follow the voting instructions provided by your bank, broker or other nominee. Please note that you may not vote shares held in street name by returning a proxy card directly to Rubicon Project or Telaria, as applicable, or by voting in person at the Rubicon Project special meeting or Telaria special meeting, as applicable, unless you provide a “legal proxy,” which you must obtain from your bank, broker or other nominee. Your bank, broker or other nominee is obligated to provide you with a voting instruction card for you to use.

If you hold your shares through a brokerage account, your broker typically has the authority to vote your shares in its discretion on routine proposals when it has not received voting instructions from you. However, a broker is not allowed to exercise its voting discretion with respect to the approval of matters determined to be non-routine without specific instructions from the beneficial owner. It is expected that all proposals to be voted on at each of the Rubicon Project special meeting and the Telaria special meeting are non-routine matters. Accordingly, if you hold your shares in street name through a brokerage account, your broker will not be able to exercise its discretion to vote uninstructed shares on any of the proposals presented at the Rubicon Project special meeting or the Telaria special meeting. As a result, we do not expect any broker non-votes at the Rubicon Project special meeting or the Telaria special meeting.

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If you are a beneficial owner of Rubicon Project shares and you do not instruct your bank, broker or other nominee on how to vote your shares:

your bank, broker, or other nominee may not vote your shares on the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal, which will have no effect on the outcome of such proposal; and

your bank, broker or other nominee may not vote your shares on the Rubicon Project adjournment proposal, which will have no effect on the outcome of such proposal.

If you are a beneficial owner of Telaria shares and you do not instruct your bank, broker or other nominee on how to vote your shares:

your bank, broker or other nominee may not vote your shares on the Telaria merger proposal, which broker non-votes, if any, will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINSTsuch proposal;

your bank, broker or other nominee may not vote your shares on the Telaria merger-related compensation proposal, which broker non-votes, if any, will have no effect on the outcome of such proposal; and

your bank, broker or other nominee may not vote your shares on the Telaria adjournment proposal, which broker non-votes, if any, will have no effect on the outcome of such proposal.

Q:May I attend the Rubicon Project special meeting or the Telaria special meeting in person?

A:You or your authorized proxy may attend the Rubicon Project special meeting in person if you were a registered or beneficial stockholder of Rubicon Project common stock as of the Rubicon Project record date.

You or your authorized proxy may attend the Telaria special meeting in person if you were a registered or beneficial stockholder of Telaria common stock as of the Telaria record date.

Q:When and where will each of the Rubicon Project special meeting and Telaria special meeting take place? What must I bring to attend the Rubicon Project special meeting or the Telaria special meeting?

A:The Rubicon Project special meeting will be held at Rubicon Project’s headquarters, located at 12181 Bluff Creek Drive, 4th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90094 on March 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Subject to space availability, all Rubicon Project stockholders as of the Rubicon Project record date, or their duly appointed proxies, may attend the Rubicon Project special meeting. You will need to obtain an admission ticket in advance to attend the Rubicon Project special meeting. To do so, please make your request by mail to Office of the Corporate Secretary, 12181 Bluff Creek Drive, 4th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90094, by email at corporatesecretary@rubiconproject.com or by phone at (310) 207-0272. Rubicon Project’s Corporate Secretary must receive your request for an admission ticket on or before March 23, 2020. Seating will be limited and requests for tickets will be processed in the order in which they are received.

If you own shares in street name through an account with a bank, broker or other nominee, then send proof of your Rubicon Project share ownership as of the Rubicon Project record date (for example, a brokerage firm account statement or a legal proxy from your intermediary) along with your ticket request. If you are not sure what proof to send, check with your intermediary.

If your shares are registered in your name with Rubicon Projects stock registrar and transfer agent, AST, no proof of ownership is required because Rubicon Project can verify your ownership.

For security reasons, be prepared to show a form of government-issued photo identification when presenting your ticket for admission to the Rubicon Project special meeting. If you forget to bring your ticket, you will be admitted only if you provide photo identification. If you do not request a ticket in advance, you will be admitted only if space is available and you provide photo identification and satisfactory evidence that you were a stockholder of Rubicon Project common stock as of the Rubicon Project record date. If you need special assistance at the Rubicon Project special meeting because of a disability, please contact Rubicon Projects Corporate Secretarys office.

The Telaria special meeting will be held at the offices of Cooley LLP, 55 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001 on March 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. local time. All Telaria stockholders as of the Telaria record date, or their duly appointed proxies, may attend the Telaria special meeting. Please allow ample time for the check-in procedures.

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Telaria stockholders and their proxies will be admitted to the Telaria special meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. local time on March 30, 2020. For security reasons, be prepared to show a form of government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license, state-issued identification card, or passport. If your shares are registered in your name with Telaria’s stock registrar and transfer agent, AST, your ownership will be verified against the list of record holders as of the record date prior to being admitted to the meeting. If you own shares in street name through an account with a bank, broker or other nominee, then you will need to provide proof of your Telaria share ownership as of the Telaria record date, such as a letter from your broker or nominee or a brokerage firm account statement reflecting your stock ownership as of the record date of the meeting or a legal proxy from your intermediary.  You will only be admitted if you provide photo identification and satisfactory evidence that you were a stockholder of Telaria common stock as of the Telaria record date.  If you need special assistance at the Telaria special meeting because of a disability, please contact Telaria’s Corporate Secretarys Office at 222 Broadway, 16th Floor, New York, New York 10038.

Q:What if I fail to vote or abstain?

A:For purposes of the Rubicon Project special meeting, an abstention occurs when a Rubicon Project stockholder attends the Rubicon Project special meeting in person and does not vote or returns a proxy with an “abstain” instruction.

Rubicon Project share issuance proposal: An abstention will have the same effect as a vote cast AGAINST the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal. If a Rubicon Project stockholder is not present in person at the Rubicon Project special meeting and does not respond by proxy, it will have no effect on the vote count for such proposal.

Rubicon Project adjournment proposal: An abstention will have the same effect as a vote cast AGAINST the Rubicon Project adjournment proposal. If a Rubicon Project stockholder is not present in person at the Rubicon Project special meeting and does not respond by proxy, it will have no effect on the vote count for such proposal.

For purposes of the Telaria special meeting, an abstention occurs when a Telaria stockholder attends the Telaria special meeting in person and does not vote or returns a proxy with an abstain instruction.

Telaria merger proposal: An abstention will have the same effect as a vote cast AGAINST the Telaria merger proposal. If a Telaria stockholder is not present in person at the Telaria special meeting and does not respond by proxy, it will have the same effect of a vote cast AGAINST such proposal.

Telaria merger-related compensation proposal: An abstention will have the same effect as a vote cast AGAINST the Telaria merger-related compensation proposal. If a Telaria stockholder is not present in person at the Telaria special meeting and does not respond by proxy, it will have no effect on the outcome of the merger-related compensation proposal.

Telaria adjournment proposal: An abstention will have the same effect as a vote cast AGAINST the Telaria adjournment proposal. If a Telaria stockholder is not present in person at the Telaria special meeting and does not respond by proxy, it will have no effect on the vote count for such proposal.

Q:What will happen if I return my proxy without indicating how to vote?

A:If you are a stockholder of record and you sign and return your proxy card without indicating how to vote on any particular proposal, the common stock represented by your proxy will be voted as recommended by the Rubicon Project board or the Telaria board, as applicable, with respect to that proposal. See above under the heading “If my shares are held in “street name” by a bank, broker or other nominee, will my bank, broker or other nominee vote my shares for me?” if your shares are held in street name.

Q:May I change or revoke my vote after I have delivered my proxy or voting instruction card?

A:Yes. If you are a stockholder of record, you may change or revoke your vote at the Rubicon Project special meeting or the Telaria special meeting, as applicable, as described herein. You may do this in one of the following four ways:

by logging onto the Internet website specified on your proxy card in the same manner you would to submit your proxy electronically or by calling the telephone number specified on your proxy card, in each case, if you are eligible to do so;

by sending a notice of revocation to the corporate secretary of Rubicon Project or Telaria, as applicable;

by sending a completed proxy card bearing a later date than your original proxy card; or

by attending the Rubicon Project special meeting or the Telaria special meeting, as applicable, and voting in person.

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If you choose the first method, you must take the described action no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on the day before the Rubicon Project special meeting or the Telaria special meeting, as applicable. If you choose the second or third method, your notice of revocation or completed proxy card bearing a later date than your original proxy card must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on the day before the Rubicon Project special meeting or the Telaria special meeting, as applicable.

If your shares are held in an account at a bank, broker or other nominee and you have delivered your voting instruction card or otherwise given instruction on how to vote your shares to your bank, broker or other nominee, you should contact your bank, broker or other nominee to change your vote.

Q:What are the material U.S. federal income tax consequences of the merger?

A:The obligations of the parties to complete the merger are conditioned on, among other things, the receipt by each of Rubicon Project and Telaria of an opinion from its respective nationally recognized outside counsel (or other nationally recognized outside counsel reasonably acceptable to the parties), each dated and based on the facts and law existing as of the closing date of the merger, that for U.S. federal income tax purposes the merger will qualify as a “reorganization” within the meaning of Section 368(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, referred to as the Code. Accordingly, it is expected that U.S. holders of shares of Telaria common stock generally will not recognize any gain or loss for U.S. federal income tax purposes upon receipt of Rubicon Project common stock in exchange for Telaria common stock in the merger (other than gain or loss, if any, with respect to any cash received in lieu of a fractional share of Rubicon Project common stock). For more information regarding the material U.S. federal income tax consequences of the merger, see “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Merger.”

Q:Where can I find the voting results of the Rubicon Project special meeting and the Telaria special meeting?

A:The preliminary voting results will be announced at each of the Rubicon Project special meeting and the Telaria special meeting. In addition, within four business days following certification of the final voting results, each of Rubicon Project and Telaria intends to file the final voting results with the SEC on a Current Report on Form 8-K.

Q:Are holders of Rubicon Project common stock entitled to appraisal rights?

A:No. Holders of Rubicon Project common stock are not entitled to appraisal rights under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, as amended, referred to as the DGCL. For more information, see the section entitled “The Merger—No Appraisal or Dissenters’ Rights in the Merger.”

Q:Are holders of Telaria common stock entitled to appraisal rights?

A:No. Holders of Telaria common stock are not entitled to appraisal rights under the DGCL. For more information, see the section entitled “The Merger—No Appraisal or Dissenters’ Rights in the Merger.”

Q:What happens if I sell my shares of Rubicon Project common stock after the Rubicon Project record date but before the Rubicon Project special meeting?

A:The Rubicon Project record date for the Rubicon Project special meeting (the close of business on February 11, 2020) is earlier than the date of the Rubicon Project special meeting and earlier than the date that the merger is expected to be completed. If you sell or otherwise transfer your shares of Rubicon Project common stock after the Rubicon Project record date but before the date of the Rubicon Project special meeting, you will retain your right to vote at the Rubicon Project special meeting.

Q:What happens if I sell my shares of Telaria common stock after the Telaria record date but before the Telaria special meeting?

A:The Telaria record date for the Telaria special meeting (the close of business on February 11, 2020) is earlier than the date of the Telaria special meeting and earlier than the date that the merger is expected to be completed. If you sell or otherwise transfer your shares of Telaria common stock after the Telaria record date but before the date of the Telaria special meeting, you will retain your right to vote at the Telaria special meeting. However, you will not have the right to receive the merger consideration to be received by Telaria stockholders in the merger. In order to receive the merger consideration, you must hold your shares through completion of the merger.

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Q:Are there any risks that I should consider in deciding whether to vote in favor of the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal or the Telaria merger proposal, or the other proposals to be considered at the Rubicon Project special meeting or the Telaria special meeting, as applicable?

A:Yes. You should read and carefully consider the risk factors set forth in the section entitled “Risk Factors” beginning on page 31. You also should read and carefully consider the risk factors of Rubicon Project and Telaria contained in the documents that are incorporated by reference into this joint proxy statement/prospectus.

Q:What are the conditions to completion of the merger?

A:In addition to the approval of the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal by Rubicon Project stockholders and of the Telaria merger proposal by Telaria stockholders as described above, completion of the merger is subject to the satisfaction or (to the extent permitted by law) waiver of a number of other conditions, including:

the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, referred to as the HSR Act;

the effectiveness of the registration statement on Form S-4 of which this joint proxy statement/prospectus forms a part;

approval of the listing on the NYSE of the Rubicon Project common stock forming part of the merger consideration;

the absence of an injunction or law prohibiting the merger;

receipt by each of Rubicon Project and Telaria of an opinion of its respective outside counsel to the effect that the merger will qualify as a “reorganization” within the meaning of Section 368(a) of the Code;

the accuracy of the representations and warranties of Rubicon Project or Telaria, as applicable, made in the merger agreement (subject to the materiality standards set forth in the merger agreement);

the performance by Rubicon Project or Telaria, as applicable, of its covenants and obligations under the merger agreement in all material respects; and

delivery of an officer’s certificate by the other party certifying satisfaction of the conditions described in the preceding two bullet points.

Q:Whom should I contact if I have any questions about the proxy materials or voting?

A:If you have any questions about the proxy materials, or if you need assistance submitting your proxy or voting your shares or need additional copies of this joint proxy statement/prospectus or the enclosed Rubicon Project proxy card or Telaria proxy card, as applicable, you should contact D.F. King & Co., Inc., referred to as D.F. King, the proxy solicitation agent for each of Rubicon Project and Telaria:

if you are a Rubicon Project stockholder:

D.F. King & Co., Inc.
48 Wall Street, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10005
Telephone: (888) 541-9895 (toll-free)
(212) 269-5550
(collect)
Email: RUBI@dfking.com

if you are a Telaria stockholder:

D.F. King & Co., Inc.
48 Wall Street, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10005
Telephone: (800) 848-2998 (toll-free)
(212) 269-5550
(collect)
Email: TLRA@dfking.com

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SUMMARY

This summary highlights selected information contained in this joint proxy statement/prospectus and does not contain all the information that may be important to you. Rubicon Project and Telaria urge you to read carefully this joint proxy statement/prospectus in its entirety, including the annexes. Additional, important information, which Rubicon Project and Telaria also urge you to read, is contained in the documents incorporated by reference into this joint proxy statement/prospectus. See “Where You Can Find More Information.”

The Parties to the Merger (page 51)

Rubicon Project

Rubicon Project provides a technology solution to automate the purchase and sale of digital advertising inventory for buyers and sellers. Rubicon Project’s platform features applications and services for digital advertising sellers, including websites, mobile applications and other digital media properties, and their representatives, to sell their digital advertising inventory; applications and services for buyers, including advertisers, agencies, agency trading desks, and demand side platforms, or DSPs, to buy digital advertising inventory; and a marketplace over which such transactions are executed. 

Rubicon Project’s principal executive offices are located at 12181 Bluff Creek Drive, 4th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90094, and its telephone number is (310) 207-0272.

Rubicon Project common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “RUBI.”

Telaria

Telaria provides a fully programmatic software platform for premium publishers to manage and monetize their video advertising. Telaria’s platform is built specifically for digital video and to support the unique requirements of connected TV, referred to as CTV, mobile and over-the-top content. Telaria provides publishers with real-time analytics, data and decisioning tools to control their video advertising business and offers a holistic monetization solution to optimize yield across a publisher’s entire supply of digital video inventory.

Telaria’s principal executive offices are located at 222 Broadway, 16th Floor, New York, New York 10038 and its telephone number is (646) 723-5300.

Telaria common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “TLRA.”

Merger Sub

Merger Sub, a direct wholly owned subsidiary of Rubicon Project, is a Delaware corporation incorporated on December 18, 2019 for the purpose of effecting the merger. Merger Sub has not conducted any activities other than those incidental to its formation and the matters contemplated by the merger agreement.

The Merger and the Merger Agreement (page 105)

The terms and conditions of the merger are contained in the merger agreement, a copy of which is attached as Annex A to this joint proxy statement/prospectus. We encourage you to read the merger agreement carefully and in its entirety, as it is the primary legal document that governs the merger.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the merger agreement and in accordance with the DGCL, Merger Sub will merge with and into Telaria, with Telaria continuing as the surviving corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Rubicon Project. Following the merger, Telaria common stock will be delisted from the NYSE, deregistered under the Exchange Act and will cease to be publicly traded.

Merger Consideration; Exchange Ratio (page 105)

At the completion of the merger, each share of Telaria common stock that is issued and outstanding immediately prior to the completion of the merger (except for shares held by Telaria as treasury stock and shares owned directly or indirectly by Rubicon Project or Merger Sub) will be converted into the right to receive 1.082 fully paid and nonassessable shares of Rubicon Project common stock, and, if applicable, substituting cash in lieu of fractional shares. The exchange ratio is fixed, which means that it will not change between now and the completion of the merger, regardless of whether the market price of either Rubicon Project

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common stock or Telaria common stock changes or whether operating results of either entity come in higher or lower than expected. The market value of Rubicon Project common stock at the time of completion of the merger could be greater than, less than or the same as the market value of Rubicon Project common stock on the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus. We urge you to obtain current market quotations for the shares of common stock of Rubicon Project and Telaria.

For more details on the exchange ratio, see “The Merger Agreement—Merger Consideration.”

Treatment of Telaria Equity Awards (page 106)

Telaria Stock Options

Upon completion of the merger, each then-outstanding Telaria stock option (whether vested or unvested) will automatically be assumed by Rubicon Project and converted into an option to purchase (1) that number of shares of Rubicon Project common stock, rounded down to the nearest whole number of shares, equal to the product of (a) the number of shares of Telaria common stock subject to such Telaria stock option and (b) the exchange ratio, (2) at an exercise price per share of Rubicon Project common stock, rounded up to the nearest whole cent, equal to the quotient of (a) the exercise price per share of Telaria common stock of such Telaria stock option immediately prior to the completion of the merger and (b) the exchange ratio.

Telaria RSU Awards

Upon completion of the merger, each then-outstanding award of restricted stock units relating to Telaria common stock, referred to as a Telaria RSU Award, will, automatically: (1) if such Telaria RSU Award either becomes vested at the completion of the merger pursuant to its terms or is vested at the completion of the merger, be cancelled and converted into the right to receive a number of shares of Rubicon Project common stock equal to the product of (a) the number of shares of Telaria common stock subject to such Telaria RSU Award immediately prior to the completion of the merger and (b) the exchange ratio (plus a cash payment in respect of any fractional shares), less applicable tax withholding, or (2) if such Telaria RSU Award is not and does not become vested at the completion of the merger pursuant to its terms, be assumed by Rubicon Project and converted into an award of Rubicon Project restricted stock units with the same terms and conditions that applied to such Telaria RSU Award immediately prior to the completion of the merger, relating to a number of shares of Rubicon Project common stock equal to the product, rounded down to the nearest whole number of shares, of (a) the number of shares of Telaria common stock subject to such Telaria RSU Award immediately prior to the completion of the merger and (b) the exchange ratio.

For additional information with respect to treatment of Telaria equity awards, please see “The Merger Agreement—Treatment of Telaria Equity Awards.”

Recommendation of the Rubicon Project Board and its Reasons for the Merger (page 63)

After careful consideration of various factors described in “The Merger—Reasons for the Merger,” the Rubicon Project board unanimously determined that the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement (including the merger, certain governance arrangements and the Rubicon Project share issuance) are advisable and fair to and in the best interests of Rubicon Project and its stockholders, and the Rubicon Project board unanimously recommends that holders of Rubicon Project common stock vote:

“FOR” the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal; and

“FOR” the Rubicon Project adjournment proposal.

Recommendation of the Telaria Board and its Reasons for the Merger (page 63)

After careful consideration of various factors described in “The Merger—Reasons for the Merger,” the Telaria board unanimously determined that the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement (including the merger) are fair to and in the best interests of Telaria and its stockholders, and the Telaria board unanimously recommends that holders of Telaria common stock vote:

“FOR” the Telaria merger proposal;

“FOR” the Telaria merger-related compensation proposal; and

“FOR” the Telaria adjournment proposal, if necessary to solicit additional proxies if there are not sufficient votes to adopt the merger agreement at the time of the Telaria special meeting or any adjournment thereof.

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Opinion of Rubicon Project’s Financial Advisor (page 72)

Rubicon Project retained Needham & Company, LLC, referred to as Needham & Company, to render an opinion as to the fairness, from a financial point of view, to Rubicon Project of the exchange ratio pursuant to the merger agreement. On December 18, 2019, Needham & Company delivered its oral opinion, which it subsequently confirmed in writing, to the Rubicon Project board that, as of that date and based upon and subject to the assumptions and other matters described in the written opinion, the exchange ratio pursuant to the merger agreement was fair to Rubicon Project from a financial point of view. 

The complete text of Needham & Company’s opinion, dated December 18, 2019, which sets forth the assumptions made, procedures followed, matters considered, and qualifications and limitations on and scope of the review undertaken by Needham & Company, is attached as Annex E to this joint proxy statement/prospectus. Rubicon Project stockholders should read Needham & Company’s opinion carefully and in its entirety for a discussion of the assumptions made, procedures followed, matters considered and qualifications and limitations on and scope of the review undertaken by Needham & Company in rendering its opinion. This summary is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of that opinion. Needham & Company provided its opinion for the information and assistance of the Rubicon Project board in connection with and for the purpose of the Rubicon Project board’s evaluation of the transaction contemplated by the merger agreement. Needham & Company’s opinion does not address any other aspect of the merger, or any related transaction, and does not constitute a recommendation to any stockholder of Rubicon Project as to how that stockholder should vote or act on any matter relating to the merger. Needham & Company’s opinion does not express any opinion as to the value of Rubicon Project common stock when issued pursuant to the merger or the prices at which Rubicon Project common stock or Telaria common stock will actually trade at any time.

Opinion of Telaria’s Financial Advisor (page 80)

Telaria engaged RBC Capital Markets, LLC, referred to as RBC Capital Markets, as financial advisor to Telaria in connection with the merger.  As part of this engagement, RBC Capital Markets delivered an opinion, dated December 18, 2019, to the Telaria board as to the fairness, from a financial point of view and as of such date, of the exchange ratio provided for pursuant to the merger agreement.  The full text of RBC Capital Markets’ written opinion, dated December 18, 2019, is attached as Annex F to this joint proxy statement/prospectus and sets forth, among other things, the procedures followed, assumptions made, factors considered and qualifications and limitations on the review undertaken by RBC Capital Markets in connection with its opinion.  RBC Capital Markets delivered its opinion to the Telaria board for the benefit, information and assistance of the Telaria board (in its capacity as such) in connection with its evaluation of the merger.  RBC Capital Markets’ opinion addressed only the fairness, from a financial point of view and as of the date of such opinion, of the exchange ratio (to the extent expressly specified in such opinion) and did not address any other aspect of the merger.  RBC Capital Markets’ opinion also did not address the underlying business decision of Telaria to engage in the merger or the relative merits of the merger compared to any alternative business strategy or transaction that may be available to Telaria or which Telaria might engage in or consider.  RBC Capital Markets did not express any opinion and does not make any recommendation to any securityholder as to how such securityholder should vote or act with respect to the merger or any proposal to be voted upon in connection with the merger or otherwise.

Interests of Rubicon Project’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger (page 93)

Certain of Rubicon Project’s directors and executive officers have interests in the merger that are different from, or in addition to, the interests of stockholders of Rubicon Project generally. The members of the Rubicon Project board were aware of, and considered, these interests, among other matters, in evaluating and negotiating the merger agreement and the merger, and in recommending that the stockholders of Rubicon Project approve the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal. Additional interests of the directors and executive officers of Rubicon Project in the merger include the payment of certain severance and other benefits upon a qualifying termination of employment following the completion of the merger, the designation of Michael Barrett, president and chief executive officer of Rubicon Project, as the chief executive officer of the combined company and that, at the completion of the merger, the board of directors of the combined company will consist of nine directors, including four directors who were serving as members of the Rubicon Project board as of immediately before the completion of the merger, plus the combined company’s chief executive officer, expected to be Mr. Barrett. Rubicon Project stockholders should take these interests into account in deciding whether to vote “FOR” the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal.

See the section entitled “The Merger—Interests of Rubicon Project’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger” for a more detailed description of these interests.

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Interests of Telaria’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger (page 96)

The directors and executive officers of Telaria have interests in the merger that are different from, or in addition to, the interests of stockholders of Telaria generally. The members of the Telaria Board were aware of, and considered, these interests, among other matters, in evaluating and negotiating the merger agreement and the merger, and in recommending that the stockholders of Telaria adopt the merger agreement. Additional interests of the directors and executive officers of Telaria in the merger include the treatment of Telaria stock options and Telaria RSU Awards held by non-employee directors and/or executive officers, as applicable, in accordance with the merger agreement, the payment of certain severance and other benefits to the executive officers of Telaria upon a qualifying termination of employment in connection with the merger, the designation of certain executive officers of Telaria as executive officers of the combined company (including of Mark Zagorski, chief executive officer of Telaria, as president and chief operating officer of the combined company), that, at the completion of the merger, the board of directors of the combined company will consist of nine directors, including four Telaria designees, new employment arrangements with Mr. Zagorski, and the continued provision of indemnification and insurance coverage for current and former directors and executive officers of Telaria in accordance with the merger agreement. Telaria stockholders should take these interests into account in deciding whether to vote “FOR” the Telaria merger proposal.

See the section entitled “The Merger—Interests of Telaria’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger” for a more detailed description of these interests.

Information about the Rubicon Project Special Meeting (page 39)

Time, Place and Purpose of the Rubicon Project Special Meeting

The Rubicon Project special meeting to consider and vote upon the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal and related matters will be held at Rubicon Project’s headquarters, located at 12181 Bluff Creek Drive, 4th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90094 on March 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

At the Rubicon Project special meeting, Rubicon Project stockholders will be asked to consider and vote upon (1) the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal and (2) the Rubicon Project adjournment proposal.

Rubicon Project Record Date and Quorum

You are entitled to receive notice of, and to vote at, the Rubicon Project special meeting if you hold shares of Rubicon Project common stock as of the close of business on February 11, 2020, the Rubicon Project record date. On the Rubicon Project record date, there were 55,038,062 shares of Rubicon Project common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the Rubicon Project special meeting. Rubicon Project stockholders will have one vote on all matters properly coming before the Rubicon Project special meeting for each share of Rubicon Project common stock owned by such stockholders on the Rubicon Project record date.

The presence at the Rubicon Project special meeting, in person or by proxy, of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Rubicon Project stock entitled to vote at the Rubicon Project special meeting will constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at the Rubicon Project special meeting.

Vote Required

The Rubicon Project share issuance proposal requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of Rubicon Project common stock present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote on the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal at the Rubicon Project special meeting. If a Rubicon Project stockholder present in person at the Rubicon Project special meeting abstains from voting, or responds by proxy with an “abstain” vote, it will have the same effect as a vote cast “AGAINST” such proposal. If a Rubicon Project stockholder is not present in person at the Rubicon Project special meeting and does not respond by proxy or does not provide his, her or its bank, broker or other nominee with voting instructions, as applicable, it will have no effect on the vote count for such proposal.

The Rubicon Project adjournment proposal requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of Rubicon Project common stock present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote on the Rubicon Project adjournment proposal at the Rubicon Project special meeting. If a Rubicon Project stockholder present in person at the Rubicon Project special meeting abstains from voting, or responds by proxy with an “abstain” vote, it will have the same effect as a vote cast “AGAINST” such proposal. If a Rubicon Project stockholder is not present in person at the Rubicon Project special meeting and does not respond by proxy or does not provide his, her or its bank, broker or other nominee with voting instructions, as applicable, it will have no effect on the vote count for such proposal.

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Proxies and Revocations

Any Rubicon Project stockholder of record entitled to vote at the Rubicon Project special meeting may submit a proxy by telephone, over the Internet, or by returning the enclosed Rubicon Project proxy card in the accompanying prepaid reply envelope, or may vote in person by appearing at the Rubicon Project special meeting. If your shares of Rubicon Project common stock are held in “street name” through a bank, broker or other nominee, you should instruct your bank, broker or other nominee on how to vote your shares of Rubicon Project common stock using the instructions provided by your bank, broker or other nominee.

If you are a record holder, you may change or revoke your vote as described herein. You may do this in one of the following four ways: (1) by logging onto the Internet website specified on your Rubicon Project proxy card in the same manner you would to submit your proxy electronically or by calling the telephone number specified on your Rubicon Project proxy card, in each case, if you are eligible to do so; (2) by sending a notice of revocation to the corporate secretary of Rubicon Project; (3) by sending a completed Rubicon Project proxy card bearing a later date than your original Rubicon Project proxy card; or (4) by attending the Rubicon Project special meeting and voting in person. If you choose the first method, you must take the described action no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 29, 2020 (the day before the Rubicon Project special meeting). If you choose the second or third method, your notice of revocation or completed proxy card bearing a later date than your original proxy card must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 29, 2020 (the day before the Rubicon Project special meeting).

Information about the Telaria Special Meeting (page 45)

Time, Place and Purpose of the Telaria Special Meeting

The Telaria special meeting to consider and vote upon the Telaria merger proposal and related matters, will be held at the offices of Cooley LLP, 55 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001 on March 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

At the Telaria special meeting, the Telaria stockholders will be asked to consider and vote upon (1) the Telaria merger proposal, (2) the Telaria merger-related compensation proposal and (3) the Telaria adjournment proposal.

Telaria Record Date and Quorum

You are entitled to receive notice of, and to vote at, the Telaria special meeting if you hold shares of Telaria common stock as of the close of business on February 11, 2020, the Telaria record date. On the Telaria record date, there were 47,537,025 shares of Telaria common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the Telaria special meeting. Telaria stockholders will have one vote on all matters properly coming before the Telaria special meeting for each share of Telaria common stock owned by such Telaria stockholders on the Telaria record date.

The presence at the Telaria special meeting, in person or by proxy, of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Telaria stock entitled to vote at the Telaria special meeting will constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at the Telaria special meeting.

Vote Required

The Telaria merger proposal requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of Telaria common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the Telaria special meeting. If a Telaria stockholder present in person at the Telaria special meeting abstains from voting, responds by proxy with an “abstain” vote, is not present in person at the Telaria special meeting and does not respond by proxy or does not provide his, her or its bank, broker or other nominee with voting instructions, as applicable, it will have the effect of a vote cast “AGAINSTsuch proposal.

The Telaria merger-related compensation proposal requires the affirmative vote of holders of a majority of the shares of Telaria common stock present in person or represented by proxy at the Telaria special meeting and entitled to vote on the Telaria merger-related compensation proposal, assuming a quorum. If a Telaria stockholder present in person at the Telaria special meeting abstains from voting, or responds by proxy with an “abstain” vote, it will have the same effect as a vote cast “AGAINST” such proposal. If a Telaria stockholder is not present in person at the Telaria special meeting and does not respond by proxy or does not provide his, her or its bank, broker or other nominee with voting instructions, as applicable, it will have no effect on the vote count for such proposal.

The Telaria adjournment proposal requires the affirmative vote of holders of a majority of the shares of Telaria common stock present in person or represented by proxy at the Telaria special meeting. If a Telaria stockholder present in person at the Telaria special meeting abstains from voting, or responds by proxy with an “abstain” vote, it will have the same effect as a vote cast “AGAINST” such proposal. If a Telaria stockholder is not present in person at the Telaria special meeting and does not respond by proxy or does not provide his, her or its bank, broker or other nominee with voting instructions, as applicable, it will have no effect on the vote count for such proposal.

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Proxies and Revocations

Any Telaria stockholder of record entitled to vote at the Telaria special meeting may submit a proxy by telephone, over the Internet, or by returning the enclosed Telaria proxy card in the accompanying prepaid reply envelope, or may vote in person by appearing at the Telaria special meeting. If your shares of Telaria common stock are held in “street name” through a bank, broker or other nominee, you should instruct your bank, broker or other nominee on how to vote your shares of Telaria common stock using the instructions provided by your bank, broker or other nominee.

If you are a record holder, you may change or revoke your vote as described herein. You may do this in one of the following four ways: (1) by logging onto the Internet website specified on your Telaria proxy card in the same manner you would to submit your proxy electronically or by calling the telephone number specified on your Telaria proxy card, in each case, if you are eligible to do so; (2) by sending a notice of revocation to the corporate secretary of Telaria; (3) by sending a completed Telaria proxy card bearing a later date than your original Telaria proxy card; or (4) by attending the Telaria special meeting and voting in person. If you choose the first method, you must take the described action no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 29, 2020 (the day before the Telaria special meeting). If you choose the second or third method, your notice of revocation or completed proxy card bearing a later date than your original proxy card must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 29, 2020 (the day before the Telaria special meeting).

Voting by Rubicon Project Directors and Executive Officers (page 40)

As of the close of business on February 11, 2020, the most recent practicable date for which such information was available, directors and executive officers of Rubicon Project and their affiliates owned and were entitled to vote 2,802,613 shares of Rubicon Project common stock, or approximately 5.1% of the shares of common stock outstanding on that date. In accordance with the Rubicon Project voting agreements described below, the form of which is attached hereto as Annex C, it is expected that Rubicon Project’s directors and executive officers will vote their shares of Rubicon Project common stock in favor of each of the proposals to be considered at the Rubicon Project special meeting. For information with respect to Rubicon Project common stock owned by directors and executive officers of Rubicon Project, please see the section entitled “Rubicon Project Beneficial Ownership Table.” The number of shares reflected above does not include shares underlying outstanding Rubicon Project stock options or Rubicon Project restricted stock unit awards.

Voting by Telaria Directors and Executive Officers (page 46)

As of the close of business on February 11, 2020, the most recent practicable date for which such information was available, directors and executive officers of Telaria and their affiliates owned and were entitled to vote 1,427,888 shares of Telaria common stock, or approximately 3.0% of the shares of common stock outstanding on that date. In accordance with the Telaria voting agreements described below, the form of which is attached hereto as Annex D, it is expected that Telaria’s directors and named executive officers will vote their shares of common stock in favor of each of the proposals to be considered at the Telaria special meeting. It is likewise currently expected that Telaria’s other executive officers will vote their shares of Telaria common stock in favor of each of the proposals to be considered at the Telaria special meeting, although none of such other executive officers have entered into an agreement obligating them to do so. For information with respect to Telaria common stock owned by directors and executive officers of Telaria, please see the section entitled “Telaria Beneficial Ownership Table.” The number of shares reflected above does not include share underlying Telaria stock options or Telaria RSU Awards.

Governance of the Combined Company After the Merger (page 102)

At the completion of the merger, the bylaws of Rubicon Project will be amended and restated to be in the form attached to this joint proxy statement/prospectus as Annex B. The amended and restated bylaws contain certain provisions relating to the governance of the combined company following completion of the merger.

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Chairman of the Combined Company; Chief Executive Officer of the Combined Company; Other Officers

The merger agreement provides that Paul Caine, the current non-executive chairman of the Telaria board (who was executive chairman of the Telaria board as of the signing of the merger agreement), will be appointed to serve as the non-executive chairman of the board of the combined company. The chief executive officer of Rubicon Project as of immediately before the completion of the merger will continue to serve as the chief executive officer of the combined company. The merger agreement provides that the chief executive officer of Telaria as of the signing of the merger agreement, Mark Zagorski, will be appointed to serve as president and chief operating officer of the combined company, reporting to the chief executive officer, and will be responsible in such capacity for overseeing the combined company’s CTV business unit and certain aspects of the integration of Telaria’s and Rubicon Project’s respective businesses.

The parties have also agreed to certain other appointments as further described in the section entitled “The Merger—Governance of the Combined Company After the Merger.” Although not specifically agreed to by the parties in the merger agreement or otherwise, it is expected that David Day, Rubicon Project’s chief financial officer, will continue to serve as chief financial officer of the combined company.

Board of Directors of the Combined Company

The board of directors of the combined company as of the completion of the merger will have nine members, consisting of:

four directors, each of whom will be a member of the Rubicon Project board as of immediately before the completion of the merger and each of whom will qualify as an “independent director” under the listing standards of the NYSE, referred to as the Rubicon Project continuing directors;

four directors, each of whom will be a member of the Telaria board as of immediately before the completion of the merger and at least three of whom will qualify as an “independent director” under the listing standards of the NYSE, referred to as the Telaria continuing directors; and

the chief executive officer of Rubicon Project as of immediately before the completion of the merger.

As of the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, Rubicon Project expects that the following four Rubicon Project directors will be designated to serve on the combined company board of directors as Rubicon Project continuing directors: Robert J. Frankenberg, Sarah P. Harden, Robert F. Spillane and Lisa L. Troe. As of the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, Telaria expects that the following four Telaria directors will be designated to serve on the combined company board of directors as Telaria continuing directors: Paul Caine, Doug Knopper, Rachel Lam and James Rossman.

Biographical information for Rubicon Project’s expected designees to the combined company board of directors is incorporated by reference from the Definitive Proxy Statement for Rubicon Project’s 2019 annual meeting filed with the SEC on April 5, 2019. Biographical information for Telaria’s expected designees to the combined company board of directors is incorporated by reference from the Definitive Proxy Statement for Telaria’s 2019 annual meeting filed with the SEC on April 24, 2019. The Rubicon Project board is currently in the process of confirming the independence of each proposed Rubicon Project continuing director and proposed Telaria continuing director for purposes of the listing standards of the NYSE and will make an affirmative determination as to each such director’s independence prior to the completion of the merger.

Following the completion of the merger and until the second anniversary of the completion of the merger, the board of directors of the combined company will continue to be comprised of four Rubicon Project continuing directors (or, in the event of a vacancy among the Rubicon Project continuing directors, a replacement Rubicon Project continuing director proposed by a majority of the remaining Rubicon Project continuing directors), each of whom shall meet the independence standards of the NYSE, four Telaria continuing directors (or, in the event of a vacancy among the Telaria continuing directors, a replacement Telaria continuing director proposed by a majority of the remaining Telaria continuing directors), at least three of whom shall meet the independence standards of the NYSE, and the chief executive officer of Rubicon Project.

Following completion of the merger and until the second anniversary of the completion of the merger, Paul Caine, the current non-executive chairman of the Telaria board (who was executive chairman of the Telaria board as of the signing of the merger agreement), will be the non-executive chairman of the board of the combined company so long as he continues to serve as a member of the board of directors of the combined company. If Mr. Caine ceases to be a member of the board of directors of the combined company during such period, then the board of directors of the combined company, acting by the affirmative vote of both a majority of the then-serving Rubicon Project continuing directors and a majority of the then-serving Telaria continuing directors, will elect one of its members (who may be either a Rubicon Project continuing director or a Telaria continuing director) to be the non-executive chairman of the board.

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Regulatory Approvals (page 103)

Under the HSR Act and related rules, certain transactions, including the merger, may not be completed until notifications have been given and information furnished to the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, referred to as the Antitrust Division, and the United States Federal Trade Commission, referred to as the FTC, and all statutory waiting period requirements have been satisfied. Completion of the merger is subject to the expiration or earlier termination of the applicable waiting period under the HSR Act. Rubicon Project and Telaria each filed their respective HSR Act notification forms on January 6, 2020. On January 14, 2020, Rubicon Project and Telaria received notice from the FTC that it had granted early termination, effective immediately, of the applicable waiting period under the HSR Act.

There can be no assurance that a challenge to the merger on antitrust or other regulatory grounds will not be made or, if such a challenge is made, that it would not be successful.

See “The Merger—Regulatory Approvals.”

Litigation Relating to the Merger (page 104)

On February 5, 2020, a complaint was filed against Telaria and its directors in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by a putative stockholder of Telaria challenging the proposed merger. The plaintiff contends that the Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed with the SEC by Rubicon Project on January 30, 2020, and serving as the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus, omitted or misrepresented material information regarding the merger. The complaint seeks injunctive relief, rescission, or rescissory damages, and an award of plaintiff’s costs, including attorneys’ fees and expenses. Rubicon Project and Telaria believe the claims asserted in the complaint are without merit. For a more detailed description of litigation in connection with the merger, see “The Merger--Litigation Relating to the Merger.”

Conditions to Completion of the Merger (page 120)

In addition to the approval of the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal by Rubicon Project stockholders and of the Telaria merger proposal by Telaria stockholders, completion of the merger is subject to the satisfaction (or waiver to the extent permitted by law) of a number of other conditions, including:

the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the HSR Act;

the effectiveness of the registration statement on Form S-4 of which this joint proxy statement/prospectus forms a part;

approval of the listing on the NYSE of the Rubicon Project common stock forming part of the merger consideration;

the absence of an injunction or law prohibiting the merger;

receipt by each of Rubicon Project and Telaria of an opinion of its respective outside counsel to the effect that the merger will qualify as a “reorganization” within the meaning of Section 368(a) of the Code;

the accuracy of the representations and warranties of Rubicon Project or Telaria, as applicable, made in the merger agreement (subject to the materiality standards set forth in the merger agreement);

the performance by Rubicon Project or Telaria, as applicable, of its covenants and obligations under the merger agreement in all material respects; and

delivery of an officer’s certificate by the other party certifying satisfaction of the conditions described in the preceding two bullet points.

The parties expect to complete the merger after all of the conditions to the merger in the merger agreement are satisfied or, to the extent permitted by law, waived, including after Rubicon Project receives stockholder approval of the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal at the Rubicon Project special meeting and Telaria receives stockholder approval of the Telaria merger proposal at the Telaria special meeting and after Rubicon Project and Telaria receive all required regulatory approvals. For a more complete description of the conditions to the merger, see “The Merger Agreement—Conditions to the Merger.”

Expected Timing of the Merger (page 103)

The parties expect the merger to be completed in the first half of 2020. Neither Rubicon Project nor Telaria can predict, however, the actual date on which the merger will be completed because it is subject to conditions beyond each company’s control. For a more complete description of the conditions to the merger, see “The Merger Agreement—Conditions to the Merger.”

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Ownership of the Combined Company after the Merger (page 105)

As of the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, based on the number of shares of Rubicon Project common stock and Telaria common stock outstanding and reserved for issuance as of February 11, 2020, we estimate that, immediately following completion of the merger, former holders of Telaria common stock will own approximately 47.6% and pre-merger holders of Rubicon Project common stock will own approximately 52.4% of the common stock of the combined company on a fully diluted basis. The exact equity stake of Rubicon Project stockholders and Telaria stockholders in the combined company immediately following the merger will depend on the number of shares of Rubicon Project common stock and Telaria common stock issued and outstanding immediately prior to the merger.

No Solicitation; Change of Recommendation (page 113)

As more fully described in this joint proxy statement/prospectus and in the merger agreement, and subject to the exceptions summarized below, each of Rubicon Project and Telaria has agreed that it will not, and it will cause its subsidiaries and its and their respective officers and directors not to, and use reasonable best efforts to cause its and its subsidiaries’ other representatives not to, directly or indirectly (1) solicit, initiate or knowingly encourage or take any other action to facilitate any alternative transaction (as defined in the section entitled “The Merger Agreement—Covenants and Agreements—No Solicitation of Alternative Transactions”) to acquire 20% or more of Rubicon Project’s or Telaria’s, as applicable, equity or voting power or 20% or more of Rubicon Project or Telaria’s, as applicable, consolidated revenues, net income or assets, or (2) participate in any discussions or negotiations, or cooperate in any way with any person, with respect to any alternative transaction.

The merger agreement includes certain exceptions to the non-solicitation covenant such that, prior to obtaining the Rubicon Project stockholder approval or the Telaria stockholder approval, Rubicon Project or Telaria, as applicable, may participate in discussions and negotiations concerning an unsolicited alternative transaction if the Rubicon Project board or Telaria board, as applicable, determines in good faith, after consultation with its outside counsel and financial advisors, that the alternative transaction constitutes or would reasonably be expected to result in a “superior proposal” (as defined in the section entitled “The Merger Agreement—Covenants and Agreements—No Solicitation of Alternative Transactions”). Also, each of the Rubicon Project board and the Telaria board may, subject to complying with certain specified procedures, including providing Telaria and Rubicon Project, as applicable, with a good faith opportunity to negotiate, (1) change its recommendation in favor of the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal or the Telaria merger proposal, as applicable, in response to an unsolicited “superior proposal,” to the extent failure to do so would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties under applicable law, or (2) change its recommendation in favor of the Rubicon Project share issuance proposal or Telaria merger proposal, as applicable, in response to an “intervening event” (as defined in the section entitled “The Merger Agreement—Covenants and Agreements—Changes in Board Recommendations”) that becomes known after the date of the merger agreement but prior to the Rubicon Project stockholder approval or the Telaria stockholder approval, as applicable, to the extent failure to do so would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties under applicable law.

For a more complete description of the limitations on the solicitation of transaction proposals from third parties and the ability of the Rubicon Project board or the Telaria board, as applicable, to change its respective recommendation with respect to the transaction, see “The Merger Agreement—Covenants and Agreements—No Solicitation of Alternative Transactions;—Changes in Board Recommendations.”

Termination of the Merger Agreement (page 121)

The merger agreement may be terminated by mutual written consent of Telaria and Rubicon Project at any time before the completion of the merger. In addition, the merger agreement may be terminated by either Rubicon Project or Telaria:

if the merger has not been completed by June 30, 2020, referred to as the outside date, subject to an automatic extension to August 31, 2020 in the event that the SEC has not by May 1, 2020 declared effective under the Securities Act the registration statement of which this joint proxy statement/prospectus forms a part; provided that this right to terminate the merger agreement will not be available to a party whose material breach of any of its obligations under the merger agreement has been the principal cause of, or principally resulted in, the failure of the closing of the merger to have occurred on or before the outside date;

if the Telaria stockholder approval has not been obtained at the Telaria special meeting or at any adjournment or postponement of such meeting;

if the Rubicon Project stockholder approval has not been obtained at the Rubicon Project special meeting or at any adjournment or postponement of such meeting;

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if any governmental entity of competent jurisdiction has issued or entered any order or any applicable law has been enacted or promulgated that would permanently restrain, enjoin or otherwise prohibit the merger or if any expiration, termination, authorization or consent from a governmental entity required to be obtained under the HSR Act shall have been denied and such denial shall have become final and non-appealable;

if the other party breaches or fails to perform any of its respective representations, warranties, covenants or other agreements in the merger agreement, which breach or failure to perform would result in the failure of a condition related to the accuracy of its representations and warranties or performance of its covenants in the merger agreement, subject to certain materiality thresholds and rights to cure and other limitations; or

at any time prior to the Rubicon Project special meeting or Telaria special meeting, respectively, if the Rubicon Project board (in the case of a termination by Telaria) or the Telaria board (in the case of a termination by Rubicon Project) changes its recommendation to its stockholders to vote in favor of the transaction or the other party willfully breaches certain covenants under the merger agreement to not solicit alternative transactions or to hold its special meeting, referred to as a triggering event.

If the merger agreement is terminated as described above, the merger agreement will be void without liability or obligation on the part of any party, subject to certain exceptions, including as described below and that no party will be relieved from liability for any willful breach of the merger agreement or fraud.

Termination Fee (page 122)

The merger agreement provides for payment of a termination fee by Telaria to Rubicon Project of $13.7 million in connection with a termination of the merger agreement under certain circumstances.

In addition, the merger agreement provides for payment of a termination fee by Rubicon Project to Telaria of $16 million in connection with a termination of the merger agreement under certain circumstances.

For a more complete description of each party’s termination rights and the related termination fee obligations, see “The Merger Agreement—Termination” and “The Merger Agreement—Expenses and Termination Fees.”

No Appraisal Rights (page 103)

Rubicon Project stockholders and Telaria stockholders are not entitled to appraisal rights under the DGCL with respect to the merger. For more information, see “The Merger—No Appraisal or Dissenters’ Rights in the Merger.”

Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Merger (page 125)

The obligations of the parties to complete the merger are conditioned on, among other things, the receipt by each of Rubicon Project and Telaria of an opinion from its respective nationally recognized outside counsel (or other nationally recognized outside counsel reasonably acceptable to the parties), each dated and based on the facts and law existing as of the closing date of the merger, that for U.S. federal income tax purposes the merger will qualify as a “reorganization” within the meaning of Section 368(a) of the Code. Provided the merger qualifies as a “reorganization,” U.S. holders (as defined in the section entitled “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Merger”) of shares of Telaria common stock generally will not recognize any gain or loss for U.S. federal income tax purposes upon the receipt of Rubicon Project common stock in exchange for Telaria common stock in the merger (other than gain or loss, if any, with respect to any cash received in lieu of a fractional share of Telaria common stock).

The material U.S. federal income tax consequences of the merger are discussed in more detail in the section entitled “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Merger.” The discussion of the material U.S. federal income tax consequences contained in this joint proxy statement/prospectus is intended to provide only a general discussion and is not a complete analysis or description of all potential U.S. federal income tax consequences of the merger that may vary with, or are dependent on, individual circumstances. In addition, it does not address tax considerations under state, local or foreign laws or U.S. federal laws other than those pertaining to U.S. federal income tax.

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Accounting Treatment (page 104)

Rubicon Project prepares its financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, referred to as GAAP. The merger will be accounted for as an acquisition of Telaria by Rubicon Project under the acquisition method of accounting in accordance with GAAP. Rubicon Project will be treated as the acquiror for accounting purposes. Under this method of accounting, Rubicon Project will record the acquisition based on the fair value of the consideration given as of the effective date of the merger, which will include the market value of the shares of Rubicon Project common stock issued in connection with the merger, the fair value associated with pre-acquisition vested Telaria stock options exchanged for Rubicon Project stock options and the fair value of equity awards that accelerate and become vested as a result of the merger, all based on the exchange ratio of one share of Telaria common stock for 1.082 shares of Rubicon Project common stock. Rubicon Project will allocate the purchase price to the identifiable assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on their respective fair values at the date of the completion of the merger. Any excess of the value of consideration paid over the aggregate fair value of those net assets will be recorded as goodwill. Any identified definite lived intangible assets will be amortized over their estimated useful lives and any identified intangible assets with indefinite useful lives and goodwill will not be amortized but will be tested for impairment at least annually. All intangible assets and goodwill are also tested for impairment when certain indicators are present. The allocation of the purchase price reflected in the unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial statements is based on preliminary estimates using assumptions Rubicon Project management and Telaria management believe are reasonable and based on currently available information. The final purchase price and fair value assessment of assets and liabilities will be based in part on a detailed valuation that has not yet been completed.

In identifying Rubicon Project as the accounting acquiror, Rubicon Project and Telaria considered the structure of the transaction and other actions contemplated by the merger agreement, relative outstanding share ownership and market values, the composition of the combined company’s board of directors, the relative size of Rubicon Project and Telaria, and the designation of certain senior management positions of the combined company.

Rights of Telaria Stockholders Will Change as a Result of the Merger (page 168)

Telaria stockholders will have different rights once they become Rubicon Project stockholders due to differences between the organizational documents of Rubicon Project and Telaria. These differences are described in more detail under the section entitled “Comparative Rights of Stockholders.”

NYSE Listing of Rubicon Project Common Stock and Delisting and Deregistration of Telaria Common Stock (page 104)

Prior to the completion of the merger, Rubicon Project has agreed to use its reasonable best efforts to cause the shares of Rubicon Project common stock to be issued in connection with the merger to be approved for listing on the NYSE. The listing of the shares of Rubicon Project common stock on the NYSE, subject to official notice of issuance, is also a condition to completion of the merger.

If the merger is completed, Telaria common stock will cease to be listed on the NYSE and Telaria common stock will be deregistered under the Exchange Act.

Risk Factors (page 31)

You should consider all the information contained in or incorporated by reference into this joint proxy statement/prospectus in deciding how to vote for the proposals presented in this joint proxy statement/prospectus. In particular, you should carefully consider the risks that are described in the section entitled “Risk Factors.”

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SELECTED HISTORICAL CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA OF RUBICON PROJECT

The following table presents selected historical condensed consolidated financial data for Rubicon Project as of and for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 and as of and for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018. The statement of operations data for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 and the balance sheet data as of December 31, 2018 and 2017 have been obtained from Rubicon Project’s audited consolidated financial statements incorporated by reference in Rubicon Project’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, which is incorporated by reference into this joint proxy statement/prospectus. The balance sheet data as of September 30, 2019 and the statement of operations data for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 have been obtained from Rubicon Project’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements included in Rubicon Project’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, which is incorporated by reference into this joint proxy statement/prospectus. The balance sheet data as of September 30, 2018 has been obtained from Rubicon Project’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements included in Rubicon Project’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, which is not incorporated by reference into this joint proxy statement/prospectus. The statement of operations data for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014 and the balance sheet data as of December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014 have been derived from Rubicon Project’s audited consolidated financial statements as of and for such periods, which have not been incorporated by reference into this joint proxy statement/prospectus.

The information set forth below is not necessarily indicative of future results and should be read together with the other information contained in Rubicon Projects Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and Rubicon Projects Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, including the sections entitled Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and the consolidated financial statements and related notes therein. See the section entitled Where You Can Find More Information.

Nine Months
Ended September 30,

Year Ended December 31,

(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts) 

2019

2018

2018

2017(1) 

2016(1) 

2015

2014

Consolidated Balance Sheet

Cash and cash equivalents

$

85,122

$

82,354

$

80,452

$

76,642

$

149,423

$

116,499

$

97,196

Marketable securities

14,486

7,524

52,504

40,550

36,732

Accounts receivable, net

172,284

155,328

205,683

165,890

192,064

218,235

133,267

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

5,773

8,781

6,882

9,620

9,540

7,724

7,514

Property and equipment, net

24,238

33,884

33,487

47,393

36,246

25,403

15,196

Internal use software development costs, net

15,189

14,432

14,570

12,734

16,522

13,929

11,501

Intangible assets, net

7,870

10,971

10,174

13,359

6,804

50,783

14,090

Goodwill

65,705

65,705

16,290

Total Assets

$

335,321

$

321,115

$

360,012

$

383,635

$

519,775

$

536,736

$

296,481

Debt and capital lease obligations, current and non-current

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Total liabilities

231,198

203,363

241,999

219,024

220,262

258,635

167,729

Common stockholders’ equity

104,123

117,752

118,013

164,611

299,513

278,101

128,752

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations

Revenue

$

107,928

$

83,253

$

124,685

$

155,545

$

278,221

$

248,484

$

125,295

Expenses:

Cost of revenue

44,070

44,514

60,003

56,836

73,247

58,495

20,754

Sales and marketing

33,151

34,046

44,556

51,794

83,328

83,333

43,203

Technology and development

29,848

29,038

37,863

47,500

51,184

42,055

22,718

General and administrative

29,428

33,340

42,431

55,596

68,570

70,199

57,398

Restructuring and other exit costs

3,440

3,440

5,959

3,316

Impairment of intangible assets and internal use software

4,585

23,473

Impairment of goodwill

 

 

 

 

90,251

 

 

 

Total expenses

 

136,497

 

144,378

 

188,293

 

312,521

 

303,118

 

254,082

 

144,073

Loss from operations

 

(28,569

)

 

(61,125

)

 

(63,608

)

 

(156,976

)

 

(24,897

)

 

(5,598

)

 

(18,778

)

Other (income) expense:

 

(999

)

 

(1,766

)

 

(2,143

)

 

(431

)

 

(1,984

)

 

(1,459

)

 

(277

)

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Nine Months
Ended September 30,

Year Ended December 31,

(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)

2019

2018

2018

2017(1) 

2016(1) 

2015

2014

Loss before income taxes

 

(27,570

)

 

(59,359

)

 

(61,465

)

 

(156,545

)

 

(22,913

)

 

(4,139

)

 

(18,501

)

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

 

(569

)

 

233

 

357

 

(1,762

)

 

(4,860

)

 

(4,561

)

172

Net income (loss)

$

(27,001

)

$

(59,592

)

$

(61,822

)

$

(154,783

)

(18,053

)

422

(18,673

)

Cumulative preferred stock dividends(2)

 

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