AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (NYSE:APU) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On January 17, 2019, the Board of Directors of AmeriGas Propane, Inc. (the “General Partner”), the general partner of AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (“AmeriGas Partners”), appointed Ann P. Kelly, age 48, to serve as Vice President – Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the General Partner, effective February 11, 2019.Ms. Kelly will succeed Ted J. Jastrzebski, who, as previously announced, has been serving as the General Partner’s principal financial officer on an interim basis following Hugh J. Gallagher’s appointment as the General Partner’s President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2018.Mr. Jastrzebski will continue to serve as the Chief Financial Officer of UGI Corporation, the General Partner’s parent.Ms. Kelly will be succeeded by Laurie A. Bergman, who will serve as the Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller of UGI Corporation, effective February 11, 2019.
In December 2014, Ms. Kelly joined UGI Utilities, Inc. (“Utilities”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of UGI Corporation, as its Controller and Principal Accounting Officer, and served as UGI Corporation’s Assistant Treasurer from May 2016 until she was appointed as UGI Corporation’s Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller in March 2018.Prior to joining Utilities, Ms. Kelly held the position of Chief Financial Officer of JGM, Inc. (a structural steel fabrication company). She previously held roles of increasing responsibility in finance and accounting at Preferred Sands (a provider of sand-based proppant solutions to the oil and gas industry), Exelon Generation, PECO Energy Company, Radnor Holdings Corporation (a former manufacturer and distributor of disposable foodservice products), PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Dean Witter Reynolds (a former stock brokerage and securities firm).
The General Partner has agreed to pay Ms. Kelly an annual base salary of $325,000.In addition, Ms. Kelly will participate in the General Partner’s annual bonus plan.Her target annual bonus plan opportunity, as a percentage of annual base salary, will be 50%, prorated based on her promotion date.Ms. Kelly will also participate in the General Partner’s long-term compensation plan, the AmeriGas Propane, Inc. 2010 Long-Term Incentive Plan on Behalf of AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (the “2010 Plan”), and she will continue to participate in UGI Corporation’s long-term compensation plan, the UGI Corporation 2013 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan.The General Partner’s Compensation/Pension Committee approved a long-term equity award for Ms. Kelly with a total value of $278,000.A portion of the award will consist of UGI Corporation stock options, to be approved by the UGI Corporation Compensation and Management Development Committee, and a portion of the award will consist of AmeriGas Partners, LP. performance units, to be approved by the General Partner’s Compensation/Pension Committee, with distribution equivalents that may be earned at the end of the 2019-2021 measurement period.Each performance unit represents the right of the recipient to receive a Common Unit and cash equal to distributions paid during the performance period if specified performance goals and other conditions are met.
Ms. Kelly will participate in the General Partner’s benefit plans, including the AmeriGas Propane, Inc. Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan for New Employees (the “SERP”) and the AmeriGas Propane, Inc. Senior Executive Employee Severance Plan (the “Severance Plan”).Additionally, to a change in control agreement, UGI Corporation will provide Ms. Kelly with cash benefits (“Benefits”) if UGI Corporation terminates her employment without cause or if she terminates employment for good reason at any time within two years following a change in control of UGI Corporation. If the events trigger a payment following a change in control, the Benefits payable to Ms. Kelly will be as specified under her change in control agreement unless payments under the Severance Plan would be greater, in which case Benefits would be provided under the Severance Plan. Benefits under this arrangement will be equal to two times her base salary plus annual bonus. Ms. Kelly will also receive the cash equivalent of her target bonus, prorated for the number of months served in the fiscal year.In addition, Ms. Kelly will receive a cash payment based on the cost she would have incurred to continue medical and dental coverage under the General Partner’s plans for two years (less the amount Ms. Kelly would be required to contribute for such coverage if she were an active employee).The impact of a change in control on outstanding performance units, distribution equivalents, and unvested stock options will be as set forth in the applicable plan and/or grant letter.In the event of the termination of Ms. Kelly’s employment following a change in control, she would also receive benefits under the SERP calculated as if she had continued in employment for two years.Descriptions of UGI Corporation’s change in control agreements and the General Partner’s SERP and Severance Plan are included in Item 11, Executive Compensation, of the AmeriGas Partners Annual Report on Form 10-K.
In order to receive benefits under the Severance Plan or her change in control agreement, Ms. Kelly is required to execute a release that discharges the General Partner or UGI Corporation, respectively, and each of its subsidiaries from liability for any claims she may have against any of them, other than claims for amounts or benefits due her under any plan, program or contract provided by or entered into with the General Partner or UGI Corporation, respectively, and each of its subsidiaries. The Severance Plan also requires Ms. Kelly to ratify any post-employment activities agreement in effect and to cooperate in attending to matters pending at the time of termination of employment.
In addition to the benefits set forth above, company paid life and disability insurance are generally available to all employees. Ms. Kelly is also eligible for certain executive perquisites, including participation in the executive health maintenance program.
A copy of UGI Corporation’s and the General Partner’s press release is included as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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About AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (NYSE:APU)
AmeriGas Partners, L.P. is a holding company. The Company is a retail propane distributor in the United States. It serves approximately two million residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, wholesale and motor fuel customers in all 50 states from approximately 2,000 propane distribution locations. It operates through the segment that engages in the distribution of propane and related equipment and supplies. The Company conducts its business through its subsidiary, AmeriGas Propane, L.P. The Partnership also sells, installs and services propane appliances, including heating systems, and operates a residential heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, and related services business in certain counties of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. The Partnership operates as an interstate carrier in all states across the continental United States. The Company’s AmeriGas Cylinder Exchange program enables consumers to purchase or exchange propane cylinders at retail locations.