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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

 

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 16, 2022

 

NOVAVAX, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)  

 

Delaware   0-26770   22-2816046

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

  (Commission File Number)  

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

 

21 Firstfield Road

Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

(Address of Principal Executive Offices, including Zip Code)

 

(240) 268-2000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class   Trading
Symbol(s)
  Name of each exchange on which
registered
Common Stock, Par Value $0.01 per share   NVAX   The Nasdaq Global Select Market

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company ¨

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Amended and Restated 2015 Stock Incentive Plan

 

As described in Item 5.07 below, at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Novavax, Inc. (the “Company”) held on June 16, 2022 (the “Annual Meeting”), the Company’s stockholders of record at the close of business on April 19, 2022 (the “Record Date”) approved the proposal to amend and restate the Company’s Amended and Restated 2015 Stock Incentive Plan, as amended (such amendment and restatement, the “Amended 2015 Stock Plan”) to increase the number of shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 (“Common Stock”), available for issuance thereunder by 2,400,0000 shares and to limit the annual non-employee director compensation to $1.5 million and $1 million for the chairman of the board and board members, respectively.

 

A description of the Amended 2015 Stock Plan was set forth in the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Form 14A filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on May 2, 2022 (“2022 Proxy Statement”) and is incorporated herein by reference. The description of the Amended 2015 Stock Plan is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Amended 2015 Stock Plan, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Amended and Restated 2013 Employee Stock Purchase Plan

 

As described in Item 5.07 below, at the Annual Meeting, the Company’s stockholders of record on the Record Date approved the proposal to amend and restate the Company’s 2013 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, as amended (such amendment and restatement, the “Amended ESPP”), to increase the number of shares of Common Stock available for issuance thereunder by 550,000 shares, such that the number of shares available for issuance is the lesser of (a) 1,100,000 shares of Common Stock increased each year by 5% and (b) 1,650,000 shares of Common Stock.

 

A description of the Amended ESPP was set forth in the Company’s 2022 Proxy Statement and is incorporated herein by reference. The description of the Amended ESPP is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Amended ESPP, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.2 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

 

As previously disclosed, the Company held its Annual Meeting on June 16, 2022, at which only stockholders as of the Record Date were entitled to vote. As of the Record Date, there were 78,129,523 shares of Common Stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting of which 45,415,149 shares were represented by proxy, constituting a quorum on all matters voted upon. The final voting results of the Annual Meeting are as follows:

   

Proposal 1: Stockholders elected the following Class III nominees for director, each to serve a three-year term expiring at the 2025 Annual Meeting of Stockholders:

 

Name For Withheld Broker Non-Votes
Rachel K. King 22,100,473 4,336,033 18,978,643
James F. Young, Ph.D. 18,653,223 7,783,283 18,978,643

 

Proposal 2: Stockholders approved, on an advisory basis, the compensation paid to the Company’s named executive officers in 2021:

 

For Against Abstaining Broker Non-Votes
19,618,798 6,574,169 243,539 18,978,643

 

Proposal 3: Stockholders did not approve the amendment and restatement of the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Novavax, Inc. to eliminate the supermajority voting provision:

 

For Against Abstaining Broker Non-Votes
22,658,678 3,574,579 203,249 18,978,643

 

Proposal 4: Stockholders did not approve the amendment and restatement of the Amended and Restated By-Laws (the “By-Laws”) of Novavax, Inc. to eliminate the supermajority provision:

 

For Against Abstaining Broker Non-Votes
22,669,329 3,567,304 199,873 18,978,643

 

 

 

 

Proposal 5: Stockholders did not approve the amendment and restatement of the By-Laws to permit stockholder access to proxy statement of Novavax, Inc. with respect to the nomination of directors:

 

For Against Abstaining Broker Non-Votes
23,734,588 2,523,062 178,856 18,978,643

 

Proposal 6: Stockholders approved the amendment and restatement of the Novavax, Inc. Amended and Restated 2015 Stock Plan to increase the number of shares of Common Stock available for issuance thereunder by 2,400,000 shares, and to limit the annual non-employee director compensation to $1.5 million and $1 million for the chairman of the board and board members, respectively:

 

For Against Abstaining Broker Non-Votes
20,247,486 6,096,187 92,833 18,978,643

 

Proposal 7: Stockholders approved the amendment and restatement of the Novavax, Inc. 2013 Employee Stock Purchase Plan to increase the number of shares of Common Stock available for issuance thereunder by 550,000 shares, such that the number of shares available for issuance is the lesser of (a) 1,100,000 shares of Common Stock increased each year by 5% and (b) 1,650,000 shares of Common Stock:

 

For Against Abstaining Broker Non-Votes
21,453,213 4,894,870 88,423 18,978,643

 

Proposal 8: Stockholders ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022:

 

For Against Abstaining Broker Non-Votes
41,312,718 3,237,282 865,149

 

 

 

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits.

 

Exhibit No.

Description

   
10.1 Amended and Restated Novavax, Inc. 2015 Stock Incentive Plan (Incorporated by reference to Appendix C of the Registrant’s Definitive Proxy Statement filed on May 2, 2022 in connection with the Annual Meeting held on June 16, 2022 (File No. 000-26770)).
10.2 Amended and Restated Novavax, Inc. 2013 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (Incorporated by reference to Appendix D of the Registrant's Definitive Proxy Statement filed on May 2, 2022 in connection with the Annual Meeting held on June 16, 2022 (File No. 000-26770)).
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as Inline XBRL).

 

 
 

 

SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

  NOVAVAX, INC.  
       
  /s/ John A. Herrmann III  
  Name: John A. Herrmann III  
  Title: Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Date: June 21, 2022