SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:SEAS) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:SEAS) 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 October 2, 2017, the SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (the “Company”) Compensation Committee of its Board of Directors (the “Committee”) approved one-time equity retention awards (collectively referred to as the “Retention Awards”) for (a) G. Anthony (Tony) Taylor, the Company’s Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and (b) John T. Reilly, the Company’s Chief Parks Operations Officer (collectively referred to as the “Executives”).In light of the Executives’ responsibilities, their value to the organization, and in order to address the lack of retention value of outstanding equity awards held by the Executives, the Committee approved the Retention Awards to encourage the Executives to remain with the Company on a long-term basis.The Retention Award for Mr. Taylor provides for a one-time grant of time-vesting restricted stock with a grant date fair value equal to $362,000 (50% of Mr. Taylor’s 2017 base salary) which will vest over three years, with one-third (1/3) vesting on each of the first three anniversaries of the date of grant, subject to Mr. Taylor’s continued employment through the applicable vesting date. The Retention Award for Mr. Reilly provides for a one-time grant of time-vesting restricted stock with a grant date fair value equal to $345,000 (50% of Mr. Reilly’s 2017 base salary) which will vest over three years, with one-third (1/3) vesting on each of the first three anniversaries of the date of grant, subject to Mr. Reilly’s continued employment through the applicable vesting date.


About SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:SEAS)

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is a theme park and entertainment company. It owns or licenses a portfolio of brands, including SeaWorld, Sea Rescue and Busch Gardens. It has a diversified portfolio of approximately 10 destination and regional theme parks that are located across the United States. Its theme parks feature a range of rides, shows and other attractions. The Company operates SeaWorld theme parks in Orlando, Florida; San Antonio, Texas, and San Diego, California, and Busch Gardens theme parks in Tampa, Florida, and Williamsburg, Virginia. The Company operates water park attractions in Orlando, Florida (Aquatica); San Diego, California (Aquatica); Tampa, Florida (Adventure Island), and Williamsburg, Virginia (Water Country USA). The Company also operates a reservations-only attraction offering interaction with marine animals (Discovery Cove) and a seasonal park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania (Sesame Place).

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