Citi Trends,Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN) Files An 8-K Results of Operations and Financial ConditionItem 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On March16, 2018, Citi Trends,Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release reporting its financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February3, 2018 (the “Earnings Release”). A copy of the Earnings Release is attached to this Current Report on Form8-K (“Current Report”) as Exhibit99.1, the contents of which are incorporated herein solely for purposes of this Item 2.02 disclosure.
The information in this Item 2.02, including the Earnings Release attached to this Current Report, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of such section. The information in this Item 2.02, including the Earnings Release, shall not be incorporated by reference into any filings under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in any such filing.
Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
On March15, 2018, the Board of Directors of the Company promoted Bruce D. Smith, the Company’s current Acting Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary, to the position of President, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary. Also on March15, 2018, in accordance with the Company’s bylaws, the Board of Directors approved an increase in the total number of directors to serve on the Board of Directors to eight, and appointed Mr.Smith to serve as a ClassI director, both such actions effective March15, 2018. Mr.Smith will not sit on any of the audit, compensation or nominating and corporate governance committees of the Board and is not expected to sit on any other committee at this time. Mr.Smith will not receive additional compensation for his services as a director.
Mr.Smith, age 59, has served as the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Company since March23, 2017, and the Company’s CFO, COO and Secretary since March2015. Prior to that role, he served as the Company’s Executive Vice President and CFO from March2010 to March2015, and Senior Vice President and CFO from April2007 to March2010. From 2005 to March2007, Mr.Smith served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Hancock Fabrics,Inc. (“Hancock”), a specialty retailer of fabrics and related accessories, and served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Hancock from 1996 until 2005. From 1991 to 1996, Mr.Smith served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Fred’s,Inc. From 1980 to 1991, Mr.Smith was a Senior Manager with Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP). Mr.Smith is a certified public accountant.
In connection with his promotion to President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr.Smith will receive a salary of $550,000 per year and will be eligible to receive an annual cash bonus equal to 50% of his base salary upon achievement of certain performance targets, which include the attainment of certain earnings targets for the Company, and with the potential to receive an annual cash bonus in excess of such amount to the extent performance targets are exceeded. Mr.Smith will also continue to be eligible to receive annual equity incentive awards and to receive the same employee benefits he received as Acting CEO, CFO, COO and Secretary of the Company.
In addition, Mr.Smith has entered into a new Employment, Non-Compete, Non-Solicit and Confidentiality Agreement (the “Smith Restrictive Covenant Agreement”) and a new Severance Agreement (the “Smith Severance Agreement”) with the Company, copies of which are attached hereto as Exhibits 10.1 and 10.2, respectively. to the Smith Restrictive Covenant Agreement, Mr.Smith has agreed to (i)not work for a competitor during the term of his employment or for one year following termination of employment with the Company, (ii)not solicit any of the Company’s merchandise vendors for a period of eighteen months following termination of employment with the Company, and (iii)not solicit any employee of the Company during the term of his employment or for a period of two years following termination of employment with the Company, in each case, regardless of the reason for termination. to the Smith Severance Agreement, if the Company terminates the executive’s employment without Cause (as defined in the severance agreement) or if the executive terminates his employment within twelve months of a Change in Control (as defined in the severance agreement), provided that within such period the executive’s job duties have been materially diminished or compensation has been materially decreased, the Company will provide the executive with separation payments of twelve months base salary, and will pay the executive the full monthly cost, less applicable tax withholdings, to provide the same level of group health insurance maintained by the executive as of his separation from service for twelve months.