Matrixx Initiatives 8-K 2009
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT
TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported) May 7, 2009
MATRIXX INITIATIVES, INC.
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(e) On May 7, 2009, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. (Company) approved for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2009 annual base salaries and a bonus plan (the 2010 Plan) for the Companys executive officers, including the named executive officers included in the Companys proxy statement relating to its August 26, 2008 annual meeting of shareholders (the Named Executive Officers).
On May 7, 2009, the Compensation Committee approved for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2009 the following annual base salaries for each of the Companys Named Executive Officers:
In addition to his base salary, Mr. Hemelt receives a monthly payment of approximately $11,300, effective May 7, 2008, in consideration of his continuing additional responsibilities as the Companys Acting President and Chief Operating Officer, such payments to be made for so long as Mr. Hemelt retains such additional responsibilities and for such additional period, if any, as the Chairman of the Board may determine.
The Companys compensation program has traditionally consisted of three major elements: base salary, performance-based annual incentives, and long-term incentives. The annual performance incentives were typically linked to the Companys revenue and earnings objectives for the year. In recent years, the long-term incentives promoted retention versus prior or future performance and were in the form of annual restricted stock awards that vested in one-third increments over a three-year period, contingent upon the executives continued employment with the Company. The value of each of the restricted stock awards equaled one times the executives base salary divided by the closing price of the Companys common stock on the date of grant.
On May 7, 2009, the Compensation Committee approved the 2010 Plan, which restructures the incentive components of the Companys compensation program. The 2010 Plan, which was developed with the assistance of an independent compensation consultant, seeks to balance short-term financial performance with critical operational and financial goals and provide an opportunity to recognize and reward individual contribution. The 2010 Plan provides for awards in a combination of cash and restricted stock. Under the 2010 Plan, award opportunities will be based on the Companys achievement of specified revenue and earnings levels, gross margin and operating margin percentage levels, and strategic marketing goals for fiscal year 2010. The weightings for each of these categories are set forth below:
The Compensation Committee, in its sole and absolute discretion, may reduce the payout for the achievement of strategic marketing goals by considering any factors it deems appropriate, which are expected to include individual performance.
The target award potential for each Named Executive Officer equals a specified percentage of his base salary (similar to the cash component of prior incentive plans) plus an amount equal to his base salary (similar to the annual restricted stock grant component of the prior incentive plans). The Named Executive Officers have the following potential award opportunities under the 2010 Plan (expressed as a percentage of the officers base salary as of May 7, 2009):
Mr. Hemelt also receives the following potential award opportunity under the 2010 Plan (expressed as a percentage of the aggregate incremental monthly payments he receives during fiscal year 2010 for his service as the Companys Acting President and Chief Operating Officer): Less than Threshold (0%); Threshold (72.5%); Target (145%); and Maximum (290%).
If achievement results fall between the Threshold and Target levels or between the Target and Maximum levels, the percentages will be prorated. The payout for award opportunities will be 30% in cash compensation and 70% in equity compensation in the form of restricted stock. The restricted stock will vest 100% two years from the date of grant, contingent upon the Named
Executive Officers continued employment with the Company. All restricted shares that remain unvested upon a Named Executive Officers termination of employment (for any reason other than death or disability) will be forfeited to the Company. The number of restricted shares will be determined by dividing 70% of the award payout (the portion of the award paid in the form of restricted stock) by the closing price of the Companys common stock on the date of grant.
Transitional Restricted Stock Awards
Unlike the Companys prior incentive programs, the 2010 Plan does not include an annual restricted stock award retention grant. To facilitate the Companys transition to the 2010 Plan, on May 7, 2009, the Compensation Committee approved the following transitional grants of restricted stock to the Named Executive Officers:
The restricted shares were granted pursuant to the Companys standard form of Restricted Stock Award Agreement, which provides for vesting according to the following schedule: one-third on the first anniversary of the date of grant; one-third on the second anniversary of the date of grant; and one-third on the third anniversary of the date of grant. All restricted shares that remain unvested upon the Named Executive Officers termination of employment (for any reason other than death or disability) shall be forfeited to the Company. The value of each of the restricted stock awards equates to one time each of the Named Executive Officers base salary (noted above) divided by the closing price of the Companys common stock on the date of grant, May 7, 2009. For this purpose, Mr. Hemelts base salary was deemed to be $417,600, representing his standard base salary plus the annualized value of his additional monthly payments for his service as the Companys Acting President and Chief Operating Officer.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: May 12, 2009