AQUA METALS, INC. (NASDAQ:AQMS) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain OfficersItem 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
Item 8.01 Other Events.
On April 12, 2018, Frank Knuettel II agreed to serve as Chief Financial Officer of Aqua Metals, Inc. Mr. Knuettel will join the Company full-time effective as of April 16, 2018 and will formally assume the CFO role immediately following the filing of the Company’s second quarter Form 10-Q. As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Knuettel will succeed Thomas Murphy, who was named interim CFO after the departure of Mark Weinswig in March 2018. Mr. Murphy will continue as a consultant to the Company on a number of matters to ensure a smooth transition and has also been nominated by the board of directors of the Company for election to the board at the Company’s 2018 annual meeting of stockholders.
Mr. Knuettel has served as Chief Financial Officer of Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARA) from 2014 to April 2018, where he managed the acquisition of nine entities and closed $50 million on debt financing. From 2007 to 2013, he was Chief Financial Officer for IP Commerce Inc. Previously, Mr. Knuettel held several senior financial positions at InfoSearch Media, Inc., Internet Machines Corporation and Viking Systems, Inc., from 1999 to 2007. Mr. Knuettel holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA in Economics from Tufts University.
In connection with Mr. Knuettel’s appointment, we entered into an executive employment agreement with Mr. Knuettel. to the employment agreement, we have agreed to compensate Mr. Knuettel at the annual rate of $300,000. We have also agreed to reimburse Mr. Knuettel up to $4,000 per month for his travel and housing costs for the first 12 months of his employment. Mr. Knuettel will be eligible to receive performance-based bonuses as determined from time to time by the compensation committee of our board of directors in its discretion. The employment agreement entitles Mr. Knuettel to reasonable and customary health insurance and other benefits, at our expense, and a severance payment in the event of our termination of his employment without cause or his resignation for good reason. The amount of the severance payment will be (i) $75,000 in the event of such a termination during the first 90 days of the agreement or (ii) in the event of such a termination following first 90 days of the agreement, the greater of $300,000 or one year’s annual salary at the rate then in effect on the date of termination. Mr. Knuettel employment agreement provides for intellectual property assignment and confidentiality provisions that are customary in our industry.
In connection with his appointment, we also granted Mr. Knuettel 150,000 restricted stock units, or RSUs, under our Amended and Restated 2014 Stock Incentive Plan. Each RSU entitles Mr. Knuettel to receive, for no consideration, one share of our common stock subject to the vesting of the RSU. The RSUs will vest as follows: 50,000 RSUs shall vest on the one-year anniversary of the date of the agreement and, thereafter, 4,167 RSUs shall vest on a monthly basis over the next 24 months. The RSUs are subject to the terms and conditions of our Amended and Restated 2014 Stock Incentive Plan.
Mr. Knuettel’s executive employment agreement is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.1. On April 12, 2018, we issued a press release announcing the appointment of Mr. Knuettel. A copy of the press release is filed with this report as Exhibit 99.2.
Important Additional Information and Where to Find It
This Current Report on Form 8-K may be deemed to contain solicitation material in respect of the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s stockholders in connection with the Company’s 2018 annual meeting of stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”). The Company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) its preliminary proxy statement and GOLD proxy card relating to the Annual Meeting. When such preliminary proxy statement is cleared by the SEC Staff, the Company intends to file with the SEC and mail to the Company’s stockholders its definitive proxy statement and accompanying GOLD proxy card in connection with the Annual Meeting. The definitive proxy statement will contain important information about the Company, the Annual Meeting and related matters. Stockholders may obtain a free copy of the Company’s definitive proxy statement and other documents that the Company files with the SEC (when available) on the SEC’s website, at www.sec.gov. INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT, THE ACCOMPANYING GOLD PROXY CARD AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT SOLICITATION MATERIALS (WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE) BECAUSE THESE DOCUMENTS WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
Aqua Metals, its directors and certain of its executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s stockholders in connection with the Annual Meeting. Information regarding the names of the Company’s directors and executive officers and their respective interests in the Company will be set forth in the Company’s definitive proxy statement, the accompanying GOLD proxy card and other relevant solicitation materials filed by the Company. These documents (when they become available), and any and all other documents filed by the Company with the SEC, may be obtained by investors and stockholders free of charge on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies will also be available at no charge on the Company’s website at www.aquametals.com.
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About AQUA METALS, INC. (NASDAQ:AQMS)
Aqua Metals, Inc. is engaged in the business of recycling lead through a process that the Company developed and named AquaRefining. AquaRefining process will provide for the recycling of lead acid batteries (LABs) and the production of lead. AquaRefining is a water-based ambient temperature process. The modular nature of AquaRefining makes it possible to start LAB recycling at a smaller scale than is possible with smelters. Its AquaRefining process begins with the crushing of used LABs and the separation of the metallic lead, active material (lead compounds), sulfuric acid and plastic for recycling. The active material is dissolved in its solvent. The primary lead is then stripped from the solvent using its automated process allowing the solvent to be reused continuously and indefinitely. Its AquaRefining process generates over three outputs, such as lead; cleaned plastic chips, recovered from battery casings, and sulfuric acid. The Company has not generated revenues.