Monarch Financial Holdings 8-K 2012
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 4, 2012
MONARCH FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (757) 389-5111
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On May 31, 2012, Monarch Bank (the Bank) a wholly owned subsidiary of Monarch Financial Holdings, Inc. (the Company), entered into an amended and restated employment agreement (the Amended Employment Agreement) and an amended and restated Change in Control Agreement (the Amended Change in Control Agreement) with William T. Morrison, effective as of May 31, 2012, pursuant to which the Bank will continue to employ Mr. Morrison as Monarch Mortgages Chief Executive Officer and in the event of a change in control will continue to employ Mr. Morrison. The following summary description is qualified in its entirety by reference to the amended agreements, which are attached to this Form 8-K as Exhibits 10.1 and 10.2, and are incorporated herein by reference.
The Amended Employment Agreement, which has an initial term of nineteen months, provides that beginning on the commencement of the employment period under the Amended Agreement and on December 31st of each year thereafter the term of the Amended Agreement will automatically be extended an additional year, unless the Bank gives notice that the employment term will not thereafter be extended.
Under the Amended Agreement, Mr. Morrisons initial annual base salary will not be reduced from its current level. Mr. Morrison will be entitled to cash bonus compensation as defined in the agreement based upon the profitability of Monarch Mortgage. The Amended Agreement includes a change in the profit sharing and spread bonus calculation formula from the previous employment agreement entered into by and between the parties and effective on December 31, 2010.
The Bank may terminate Mr. Morrisons employment at any time for Cause (as defined in the Amended Employment Agreement) without the Bank or the Company incurring any additional obligations to him. If the Bank terminates Mr. Morrisons employment for any reason other than for Cause or if Mr. Morrison terminates his employment for Good Reason (as defined in the Amended Employment Agreement), the Bank, will generally be obligated to continue to provide the compensation and benefits specified in the Amended Agreement for the remaining term of the agreement following the date of termination. If Mr. Morrison terminates his employment Without Good Reason (as defined in the Amended Employment Agreement), the Bank will generally be obligated to continue to provide compensation and benefits specified in the Amended Employment Agreement for a one year period following the date of termination. Upon the termination of his employment, Mr. Morrison will be subject to certain noncompetition and nonsolicitation restrictions.
The Amended Employment Agreement will terminate in the event that there is a change in control of the Bank or the Company, at which time the Amended Change in Control Agreement, dated May 31, 2012, between the Bank and Mr. Morrison, will become effective and any termination benefits will be determined and paid solely pursuant to the change in control agreement. The Amended Change in Control Agreement includes a change in the salary continuation benefit formula from the previous agreement entered into by and between the parties and effective on December 31, 2010.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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.