Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. Shareholders Approve Conversion Into Single Class of Common Stock

PLEASANTON, Calif., May 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:HAWK) (Nasdaq:HAWKB), a leading prepaid and payments network, announced today the Company's shareholders have approved a proposal to reclassify the outstanding shares of the Company's Class B common stock as shares of common stock and to rename the Class A common stock as "common stock."

To implement the share conversion, Blackhawk today filed its Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware. The conversion became effective immediately upon filing of the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation. The shareholders need not take any action to convert their shares. Any existing shares held in brokerage accounts will be automatically adjusted by the broker to reflect the conversion and name change.

Beginning on May 22, 2015, trading in the Class B common stock (HAWKB) on NASDAQ will be suspended, and all trading in Blackhawk common stock will be under the ticker symbol HAWK. The CUSIP number for Blackhawk common stock is 09238E104, the same number previously assigned to the Class A common stock.

Adoption of this proposal has no effect upon the Company's future operations or capital structure or on the economic equity interests of holders of shares of Class A common stock or Class B common stock. Following the conversion, all holders of common stock have one vote per share in matters subject to a stockholder vote.

About Blackhawk Network

Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. is a leading prepaid and payments global company that supports the program management and distribution of gift cards, prepaid telecom products and financial service products in a number of different retail, digital and incentive channels. Blackhawk’s digital platform supports prepaid across a network of digital distribution partners including retailers, financial service providers, and mobile wallets. For more information, please visit and

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