Coeur Mining, Inc. (NYSE:CDE) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

Coeur Mining, Inc. (NYSE:CDE) 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.

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On December 11, 2018, the Board of Directors of Coeur Mining, Inc. (the “Company”) approved the appointment of Thomas S. Whelan, 49, as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective January 1, 2019. Mr. Whelan will assume the duties of Chief Financial Officer from Peter C. Mitchell, who has served in that capacity since 2013 and whose retirement from the Company will become effective on December 31, 2018.

Mr. Whelan served as Chief Financial Officer of Arizona Mining Inc. from September 2017 to August 2018, when the company was acquired from South32 Limited. Previously, Mr. Whelan served as Chief Financial Officer of Nevsun Resources Ltd. from January 2014 to August 2017. He is a chartered accountant and was previously a partner with the international accounting firm Ernst & Young (“EY”) LLP, where he was the EY Global Mining & Metals Assurance sector leader, the leader of the EY Assurance practice in Vancouver and previously EY’s Canadian Mining & Metals sector leader. Mr. Whelan graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University.

The offer letter entered into between the Company and Mr. Whelan (the “Offer Letter”) provides for an annual base salary of $330,000, a target annual incentive opportunity of 75% of his then-current base salary, and a target long-term equity incentive award of 225% of his then-current base salary.

The Company expects to provide the following benefits to Mr. Mitchell in recognition of his retirement and his significant contributions to the Company: (i) Mr. Mitchell will receive an amount equivalent to the amount Mr. Mitchell would have received for 2018 under the Company’s Annual Incentive Plan, payable in early 2019, (ii) in respect of performance share units awarded in early 2016 for the three-year performance period from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018, Mr. Mitchell will receive shares of Company common stock corresponding to actual Company performance results as certified by the Compensation and Leadership Development Committee of the Board in early 2019, and (iii) on December 31, 2018 (the “Separation Date”), (A) all of Mr. Mitchell’s outstanding unvested restricted stock awards will vest, and (B) Mr. Mitchell will receive shares of Company common stock representing a pro rata portion of the target number of performance share units awarded in early 2017 for the three-year performance period from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019 and the target number of performance share units awarded in early 2018 for the three-year performance period from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020, or 32,167 shares representing two-thirds of the 2017 target award, and 20,730 shares representing one-third of the 2018 award. In addition, Mr. Mitchell will be entitled to COBRA coverage for up to 12 months following the Separation Date, payable by Company. Beginning on January 1, 2019, the Company also will engage Mr. Mitchell as a consultant at a monthly rate of $25,000 for 5 months.

Copies of the Offer Letter and the press release announcing Mr. Whelan’s appointment are attached as Exhibits 10.1 and 99.1, respectively, to this Current Report on Form 8-K (this “Report”). The foregoing summary of the Offer Letter is qualified in its entirety to the full text of the Offer Letter, which is incorporated herein by reference

Item 8.01.Other Events.

On December 11, 2018, the Board of Directors of the Company adopted a new clawback and forfeiture policy (the “Clawback Policy”) that generally allows the Compensation and Leadership Development Committee of the Board (and the Board in the case of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer) to (i) seek recovery of all incentive payments that were made to executive officers and all performance-based equity awards granted to executive officers that vested, in each case, on the basis of having met or exceeded performance targets in grants or awards made after December 18, 2012, during the fiscal year prior to the filing of the Current Report on Form 8-K announcing a restatement; and (ii) cancel or require the repayment, recoupment or recovery of incentive payments or equity awards granted to any officer of the Company in the event of misconduct by such officer. The foregoing does not purport to be a complete description of the Clawback Policy, and is qualified in its entirety to the full text of the Clawback Policy attached to this Report as Exhibit 99.2 and incorporated herein by reference. The Clawback Policy supersedes and replaces the Company’s former clawback policy adopted on December 18, 2012.

Item 9.01.Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)List of Exhibits

Exhibit No.

Description

Offer Letter dated December 12, 2018, between Coeur Mining, Inc. and Thomas S. Whelan*

Press Release dated December 13, 2018

Clawback and Forfeiture Policy Effective December 11, 2018*

* Management contract or compensatory plan or arrangement.

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EX-10.1 2 ex101tomwhelanofferletter.htm EXHIBIT 10.1 Exhibit December 12,…
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About Coeur Mining, Inc. (NYSE:CDE)

Coeur Mining, Inc. is a gold and silver producer. The Company’s segments include Palmarejo complex, Rochester, Kensington, Wharf and San Bartolome mines, and Coeur Capital. The Company also a non-operating interest in the Endeavor mine in Australia in addition to royalties on the El Gallo complex in Mexico, the Zaruma mine in Ecuador, and the Correnso mine in New Zealand. In addition, the Company has two silver-gold feasibility stage projects: the La Preciosa project in Mexico and the Joaquin project in Argentina. The Company also conducts exploration activities in Alaska, Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, and Nevada. The Company owns strategic investment positions in several silver and gold development companies with projects in North and South America. It owns Coeur Capital, Inc., which primarily consists of the Endeavor silver stream as well as other precious metal royalties and strategic investments.

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