SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 23, 2019
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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On January 23, 2019, Citizens, Inc. (Company) entered into a new employment agreement, effective January 1, 2019 (the Employment Agreement) with Geoffrey M. Kolander, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company (the Executive). The Company entered into the Employment Agreement following a review of the Executives compensation package by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors, which was assisted in its review by an independent compensation consultant. The Employment Agreement replaces and supersedes the Executives prior employment agreement dated January 16, 2017, as amended by an amendment dated October 15, 2018.
Below is a summary of certain key terms of the Employment Agreement. The summary does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the text of the Employment Agreement, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.1, and is incorporated herein by reference. Capitalized terms used but not defined below have the meanings set forth in the Employment Agreement.
Term. The Employment Agreement has an initial term of three (3) years from January 1, 2019 (the Effective Date) and will automatically renew on each anniversary of the Effective Date unless either the Company or the Executive provides at least 90 days notice not to renew.
Base Salary. The Executives annual base salary will be $1,000,000.
Annual Bonus and Retention Bonus. The Executive will be eligible to receive an annual bonus of 120% of base salary. In addition, the Executive will be eligible to receive a cash retention bonus of $300,000, which will be payable within fifteen (15) days of December 15, 2019, subject to the Executives continued employment on the payment date.
Restricted Stock Unit Awards. The Executive will be entitled to receive an immediate one-time grant with a value of $1,000,000 in restricted stock units upon execution of the Employment Agreement (the One Time Grant). The One Time Grant will vest immediately upon execution of the Employment Agreement. In addition, beginning in 2020, the Executive will be granted restricted stock units with a value of $1,200,000 annually.
Benefits. The Executive will be eligible to participate in the Companys employee benefit plans and programs available generally to other executives of the Company. The Executive will also be eligible for a reimbursement by the Company for all costs and expenses in connection with the Executives enrollment in the Northwestern/Kellogg School of Business executive MBA program.
Payments upon Termination without Good Reason or Termination with Cause. If the Executive terminates his employment without Good Reason or if the Executives employment is terminated by the Company for Cause, the Executive will be entitled to receive base salary, annual bonus, Kellogg reimbursement and other compensation and benefits accrued through the date of termination, which reimbursement obligation shall survive the termination of the Employment Agreement.
Payments upon Death or Disability, Termination without Cause after January 1, 2021 or Termination for Good Reason. If the Executives employment is terminated (A) due to the Executives death or disability, (B) by the Company without Cause at any time after January 1, 2021 or (C) by the Executive for Good Reason, then, in each case, the Executive will be entitled to receive (i) base salary, annual bonus, Kellogg reimbursement, unpaid retention bonus and any other compensation and benefits accrued through the date of termination and (ii) severance payments and benefits equal to three (3) times Executives base salary and annual bonus, including acceleration of all unvested restricted stock units, payable within thirty (30) days following the termination, subject to Executive signing a release agreement agreed to by the Company and the Executive, the form of which is attached to the Employment Agreement.
Payments upon a Change of Control or Termination without Cause on or before January 1, 2021. If the Executives employment is terminated (A) by the Executive within eighteen (18) months of a Change in Control, (B) by the Company without Cause within eighteen (18) months of a Change in Control or (C) by the Company without Cause at any time on or before January 1, 2021 (not in connection with a Change in Control), the Executive will be entitled to receive (i) his base salary, annual bonus, Kellogg reimbursement, unpaid retention bonus and any other compensation and benefits accrued through the date of termination and (ii) severance payments and benefits equal to four (4) times Executives base salary and annual bonus, including acceleration of all unvested restricted stock units, payable within thirty (30) days following the termination, subject to the Executive signing a release agreement agreed to by the Company and the Executive, the form of which is attached to the Employment Agreement.
Good Reason. The Employment Agreement defines Good Reason generally to mean:
A reduction in Executives base salary;
A breach by the Company of a material term or provision of the Employment Agreement and such breach is not cured within thirty (30) days from the date Executive provides written notice to Company;
A material demotion or change in Executives title or responsibilities where such reduction is not cured within thirty (30) days from the date Executive provides written notification to Company; or
A change of the Executives office to a location more than thirty (30) miles from Companys present office location.
Cause. The Employment Agreement defines Cause generally to mean any intentional act of fraud, misappropriation of funds, embezzlement or material dishonesty committed by Executive in connection with Executives employment to the detriment of the Company as evidenced by the filing of a criminal complaint by law enforcement.
Change in Control. The Employment Agreement defines a Change in Control generally to mean:
the dissolution or liquidation of the Company;
the merger, consolidation, or reorganization of the Company with one or more other entities in which the Company is not the surviving entity or immediately following which the persons or entities who were beneficial owners of voting securities of the Company immediately prior thereto cease to beneficially own more than fifty percent (50%) of the voting securities of the surviving entity immediately thereafter;
a sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company to another person or entity;
regulatory approval of the transfer of any shares of the Companys Class B common stock from the Harold E. Riley Trust to any individual, entity or group, other than regulatory approval of a transaction wherein the Company is the first to repurchase the Class B common stock directly from the Harold E. Riley Trust or the Harold E. Riley Foundation;
the exercise of a power of attorney granted by Harold E. Riley or control over the Companys Class B common stock by the Harold E. Riley Trust or the Harold E. Riley Foundation;
any transaction that results in any person or entity or group owning thirty percent (30%) or more of the combined voting power of all classes of shares of the Company; or
individuals who, as of the effective date of the Employment Agreement, constitute the Board cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board.
Restrictive Covenants. The Employment Agreement also includes restrictive covenants with respect to confidentiality, intellectual property, non-disparagement, non-competition and non-solicitation.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|10.1||Employment Agreement, effective January 1, 2019, by and between Citizens, Inc. and Geoffrey M. Kolander|
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.
|Geoffrey M. Kolander|
|President and Chief Executive Officer|
Date: January 25, 2019