AMERICAN BANKNOTE CORP
8-K, 1997-11-04
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                       SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                             WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549


                                    FORM 8-K

                             CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT
                          TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934



      Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): November 4, 1997



                          AMERICAN BANKNOTE CORPORATION
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             (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)


                                    DELAWARE
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                 (State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)

     1-3410                                               13-0460520
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(Commission File Number)                    (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

200 PARK AVENUE, NEW YORK, N.Y.                             10166-4999
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(Address of Principal Executive Offices)                     (Zip Code)

                                 (212) 557-9100
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              (Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)


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          (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Item 5.           Other Events
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                  The information set forth in the press release issued
by American Banknote Corporation, attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1, is 
incorporated herein by reference.


Item 7.           Financial Statements, Pro Forma Financial Statements
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and Exhibits
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                  (c)      Exhibits

                  99.1 Press release of American Banknote Corporation dated
November 4, 1997.




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                                    SIGNATURE


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                            AMERICAN BANKNOTE CORPORATION



                                            By: /s/ Harvey J. Kesner
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                                                Harvey J. Kesner,
                                                Executive Vice President and
                                                General Counsel

Date: November 4, 1997



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                                  EXHIBIT INDEX


Item No.
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99.1                       Press release of American Banknote Corporation dated
                           November 4, 1997.




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                                                                    EXHIBIT 99.1

                                                                      

                         American Banknote Corporation
                                200 Park Avenue
                         New York, New York 10166-4999



Contact:      Jean Marie Young
              Director - Investor Relations
              (212) 557-9100                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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               AMERICAN BANKNOTE CORPORATION EXTENDS TENDER OFFER

NEW YORK, NY, November 4, 1997 -- American Banknote Corporation (formerly United
States Banknote Corporation) (NYSE : ABN) today announced that the expiration
date of its offer to purchase all of its outstanding 11 5/8% Senior Notes due
2002 has been extended to 5:00 p.m., New York City Time, on Tuesday, November 4,
1997. The offer and withdrawal rights had been scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m.,
New York City time, on Monday, November 3, 1997.

To date, American Banknote has received tenders of Notes and related consents
from holders of approximately 85.8% of the outstanding principal amount of the
11 5/8% Notes pursuant to its Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation
Statement (the "Statement") and the related Consent and Letter of Transmittal.
Immediately prior to the commencement of the Offer, there were $65 million
principal amount of the 11 5/8% Notes outstanding.

As previously announced, the consideration to be paid for each validly tendered
Note not withdrawn is $1,094.47, determined on the basis of a yield to the
Earliest Redemption Date equal to the sum of (x) 5.50% (the yield on the 6 1/4%
U.S. Treasury Note due July 31, 1998, based on the bid price for such security
as of 2:00 p.m., New York City time, on October 8, 1997, the tenth business day
immediately preceding the scheduled expiration date of the tender offer), plus
(y) 75 basis points (such price being rounded to the nearest cent per $1,000
principal amount of the Notes), plus (z) $20.00 consent payment (as defined in
the Statement).

Chase Securities Inc. and Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. are the Dealer Managers for
the tender offer and consent solicitation, and Georgeson & Company Inc. is the
information agent.

American Banknote Corporation is a leading global provider of secure transaction
documents and systems in carefully selected markets along three major product
groups: Transaction Cards & Systems, Printing Services & Document Management,
and Security Printing Solutions. A combined strategy of operating along product
lines and constant expansion of transaction activities worldwide reflects the
rapidly changing field of electronic commerce. Additionally, American Banknote,
via its Holographics subsidiary, is the world leader in security for financial
transaction cards, including VISA, MasterCard, Discover, Diners Club
International, and Europay.

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