Cyanotech Corporation (NASDAQ:CYAN) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement


Cyanotech Corporation (NASDAQ:CYAN) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
Item 1.01.Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

The disclosure in Item 5.02 is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 5.02.Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On July 14, 2017, Cyanotech Corporation, a Nevada corporation (the “Company”), named Mawae Morton its President, and Mr. Morton entered into an Executive Employment Agreement with the Company dated as of the same date (the “Employment Agreement”). Gerry Cysewski will continue in his role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

Mr. Morton has served as a strategic consultant to the Company since January 1, 2017. Prior to that, he was the Chief Executive Officer of HBE BiorefineryCo, a Hawaii based forestry and bioenergy development company, and President of Matariki Group LLC, which provides consulting services for project development with a focus on renewable energy, forestry, agribusiness and environmental planning. Mr. Morton has also served as the Strategic Resource Manager for Kamehameha Schools, the largest land owner in Hawaii, and Managing Director at Merica International, a privately owned group of companies with global interests in the renewable energy sector. Mr. Morton holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington and a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Massy University, in New Zealand.

Under the terms of the Employment Agreement, Mr. Morton will receive an annual salary of $250,000 and will receive a signing bonus of $37,500, payable in equal monthly installments over five months. Mr. Morton will be eligible to receive a fiscal year-end bonus based on performance and earnings targets and other standards to be established by the Board of Directors. Mr. Morton will be awarded 75,000 stock option grants (the “Options”) under the Company’s 2016 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”), subject to the terms of the Plan and a Stock Option Grant Notice and Option Agreement. The exercise price per share of the Options is $3.35, which was the closing market price on the date of grant. The Options are scheduled to vest over three years at 25,000 shares per year. Mr. Morton will be eligible to participate in all other employee benefit plans and compensation programs that the Company maintains for salaried employees and executive officers.

Item 8.01.Other Events.

On July 17, 2017, the Company issued a press release that publicly announced the appointment of Mr. Morton to serve as President. A copy of the press release is furnished with this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto and is incorporated by reference herein.

Item.01.Financial StatementsandExhibits.

(d) Exhibits



Name and/or Identification of Exhibit


Executive Employment Agreement, dated July 14, 2017, by and between Mawae Morton and Cyanotech Corporation.


Press Release, dated July 17, 2017.

EX-10.1 2 ex10-1.htm EXHIBIT 10.1 ex10-1.htm Exhibit 10.1     EXECUTIVE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT   This Executive Employment Agreement (the “Agreement”) entered into between Mawae Rex Morton (“Executive”),…
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About Cyanotech Corporation (NASDAQ:CYAN)

Cyanotech Corporation is engaged in the production of natural products derived from microalgae for the nutritional supplements market. The Company’s products include Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica and Hawaiian BioAstin. Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica is a dietary supplement used for extra energy, a strengthened immune system, cardiovascular benefits and as a source of antioxidant carotenoids. Hawaiian BioAstin is a dietary antioxidant shown to support and maintain the body’s natural inflammatory response, to enhance skin, and to support eye and joint health. The Company cultivates over two microalgal species from which its product lines, natural astaxanthin products and spirulina products, are derived. The Company produces its algae in Hawaii and manufactures the finished products in Hawaii and California.

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