HILL INTERNATIONAL,INC. (NYSE:HIL) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive AgreementItem 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On March7, 2018, Hill International,Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a Nomination and Standstill Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Arnaud Ajdler, Engine Airflow Capital, L.P., Engine Capital, L.P., Engine Jet Capital, L.P., Engine Capital Management LLC, Engine Investments, LLC and Engine Investments II, LLC (collectively, the “Ajdler Group”), to which the Ajdler Group agreed to certain standstill provisions and the Company agreed to nominate Mr.Ajdler to the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) at the Company’s 2018 annual meeting of stockholders (the “2018 Annual Meeting”) and to grant Mr.Ajdler board observation rights. The following is a summary of the terms of the Agreement. The summary does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Agreement, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit10.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
Under the terms of the Agreement, the Ajdler Group has agreed to certain standstill restrictions during the Standstill Period (as defined under the Agreement), including restrictions on the Ajdler Group (1)soliciting or granting proxies to vote shares of the Company’s common stock, (2)initiating stockholder proposals for consideration by the Company’s stockholders, (3)nominating directors for election to the Board, (4)seeking the removal of any member of the Board, and (5)submitting proposals for or offers of certain extraordinary transactions involving the Company, in each case, subject to certain exceptions. The Agreement generally defines the “Standstill Period” as the period beginning on the date of the Agreement until the later of the date which is 20 days prior to the nomination deadline for the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders or the date Mr.Ajdler is no longer on the Board. In addition, during the Standstill Period, at all annual or special meetings of stockholders through the 2018 Annual Meeting and as long as any Mr.Ajdler serves on the Board after any such meeting, if applicable, the Ajdler Group has agreed to vote all of its shares of the Company’s common stock (1)in favor of the election of all directors nominated by the Board, (2)against any directors proposed that are not nominated by the Board and against any proposals not recommended by the Board relating to removing any directors of the Board or otherwise changing the composition of the Board, and (3)in favor of the ratification of the appointment of the Company’s auditors.
The Company issued a press release dated March8, 2018, announcing its intention to nominate Mr.Ajdler at the 2018 Annual Meeting and to appoint Mr.Ajdler as a Board observer to the Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit99.1.
Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On March 7, 2018, the Board designated Marco A. Martinez, the Company’s Senior Vice President and Interim Chief Financial Officer, as a participant under the Company’s 2015 Senior Executive Retention Plan.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.