Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRPT) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
Item 5.02Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On March 5, 2019, Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. (the Company) entered into a Change in Control and Severance Agreement (collectively, the Change in Control Agreements) and a severance letter agreement (collectively, the Severance Letters) with each of Sandesh Mahatme, the Companys Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Officer, David Tyronne Howton, Jr., the Companys Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and Alexander Bo Cumbo, the Companys Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer (collectively, the Named Executive Officers), effective as of March 5, 2019 (the Effective Date).
Severance Letters with the Named Executive Officers
Other than with respect to the Change in Control Agreements, the Severance Letters replace and supersede the prior severance letters and other agreements with the Named Executive Officers, which generally provided for severance payments or benefits for 18 months following certain terminations occurring before June 1, 2018 and for 12 months following certain terminations occurring before February 1, 2019. The Severance Letters are substantially the same as the prior severance letters, except as follows:
In consideration for the Named Executive Officers agreement to be bound by the restrictive covenants contained in the Severance Letter if the Named Executive Officer terminates employment with or without Good Reason (as defined below), or is terminated by the Company for Cause (as defined below), the Named Executive Officer will be entitled to continue to receive continued payments of his base salary at the then-current rate of pay for three months following such termination of employment (the Non-Competition Consideration). If the Named Executive Officers employment is terminated by the Company without Cause, the Named Executive Officer will be entitled to receive Non-Competition Consideration in consideration for the Named Executive Officers agreement to be bound by the restrictive covenants that will be set forth in the separation agreement that will be entered into by the Company and the Named Executive Officer in connection with such termination of employment (which restrictive covenants will be substantially the same as the restrictive covenants contained in the Severance Letter).
If the Named Executive Officer is terminated without Cause or resigns for Good Reason (a Qualifying Termination), then in addition to any accrued benefits (as set forth in the Severance Letters) and the Non-Competition Consideration, the Company will provide the Named Executive Officer with the following, subject to his or her timely execution, delivery, and non-revocation of a release of claims in favor of the Company and its affiliates:
In the event of a Qualifying Termination, the Named Executive Officers have no less than 12 months following such termination (but not beyond the remaining term of the vested equity awards) to exercise the exercisable portion of any vested equity awards that were granted following the Effective Date. Further, the Named Executive Officers will not be entitled to accelerated vesting of any equity awards that were granted to the Named Executive Officers
prior to the Effective Date, other than as provided in the Change in Control Agreements, regardless of any vesting acceleration provisions set forth in any prior agreements or applicable equity award agreements.
Terms as used and defined in the Severance Letters:
Change in Control and Severance Agreements with the Named Executive Officers
The Change in Control Agreements entered into by the Named Executive Officers effective as of the Effective Date replace and supersede the terms and conditions of the Senior Vice President Change in Control and Severance Agreements by and between the Company and each of the Named Executive Officers (the Prior CIC Agreements). The terms and conditions of the Change in Control Agreements are substantially the same as the terms and conditions of the Prior CIC Agreements, except that the Change in Control Agreements (i) have a different definition of Cause (described below), (ii) contain provisions prohibiting solicitation of the Companys customers during the Named Executive Officers employment with the Company and for one year thereafter, and (iii) contain mutual non-disparagement provisions.
As defined in the Change in Control Agreements, Cause means: (i) any material act of theft or fraud made by the Named Executive Officer in connection with his responsibilities as an employee; (ii) the Named Executive Officers conviction of, or plea of nolo contendere to, a felony or any crime involving fraud, embezzlement or any other act of moral turpitude; (iii) the Named Executive Officers willful material misconduct with respect to any material aspect of the business of the Company; (iv) the Named Executive Officers unauthorized use or disclosure of any proprietary information or trade secrets of the Company or any other party to whom the Named Executive Officer owes an obligation of nondisclosure as a result of the Named Executive Officers relationship with the Company; (v) the Named Executive Officers willful breach of any obligations under any written agreement or covenant with the Company; or (vi) the Named Executive Officers failure to perform his employment duties after the Named Executive Officer has received a written notice from the Company that specifically sets forth the factual basis for the Companys belief that the Named Executive Officer has not substantially performed his duties and has failed to cure such non-performance to the Companys satisfaction within 10 business days after receiving such notice.
The foregoing descriptions of the terms of the Change in Control Agreements and Letter Agreements do not purport to be a complete description and are qualified in their entirety by reference to the form of Change in Control Agreement and the Severance Letter that are expected to be filed as exhibits to the Company Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2019.
About Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRPT)
Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the discovery and development of ribonucleic acid (RNA)-targeted therapeutics for the treatment of rare, infectious and other diseases. The Company operates in one segment: the development of pharmaceutical products on its own behalf or in collaboration with others. The Company, through its platform technologies, targets a range of diseases and disorders through RNA-targeted mechanisms of action. The Company is also developing therapeutics using its technology for the treatment of drug-resistant bacteria and infectious, rare and other human diseases. The Company’s lead Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) product candidate, Eteplirsen, is an antisense phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligomer (PMO) therapeutic in Phase III clinical development for the treatment of individuals with DMD having an error in the gene coding for dystrophin that is amenable to skipping exon 51.