8-K
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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 9, 2021

 

 

AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   001-34655   04-3581650
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
  (Commission
File Number)
  (IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

30 Winter Street  
Boston, Massachusetts   02108
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (857) 400-0101

 

 

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):

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

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, $0.001 par value   AVEO   Nasdaq Capital 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.

On June 9, 2021, AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”) held its 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”). At the Annual Meeting, the Company’s stockholders approved an amendment (“Amendment No. 2”) to the Company’s 2019 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2019 Equity Incentive Plan”), which had previously been adopted by the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) subject to stockholder approval.

The description of the 2019 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended by Amendment No. 2, on pages 57 to 68 of the Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2021 Annual Meeting, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on April 28, 2021, is incorporated herein by reference. A complete copy of Amendment No. 2 is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

At the Annual Meeting, the Company’s stockholders also approved the Company’s Amended and Restated 2010 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the “Amended and Restated 2010 Employee Stock Purchase Plan”), which had previously been adopted by the Company’s Board subject to stockholder approval.

The description of the Amended and Restated 2010 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, on pages 69 to 72 of the Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2021 Annual Meeting, filed with the SEC on April 28, 2021, is incorporated herein by reference. A complete copy of the Amended and Restated 2010 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.2 and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 5.07.

Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

At the Annual Meeting, the Company’s stockholders voted on the following proposals:

1. The following nominees were elected to the Board for terms expiring at the 2022 annual meeting of stockholders.

 

     For    Withheld    Broker Non-Votes

Mr. Michael Bailey

   12,717,604    955,498    8,697,590

Mr. Kenneth Bate

   9,082,506    4,590,596    8,697,590

Dr. Kevin Cullen

   12,999,728    673,375    8,697,590

Dr. Corinne Epperly

   12,981,972    691,130    8,697,590

Dr. Anthony Evnin

   12,237,186    1,435,917    8,697,590

Mr. Gregory Mayes

   12,811,154    861,948    8,697,590

Ms. Scarlett Spring

   12,945,078    728,025    8,697,590

2. A non-binding, advisory proposal on the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers was approved.

 

For: 12,198,448

Against: 1,381,438

Abstain: 93,216

Broker Non-Votes: 8,697,590

3. Amendment No. 2 to the Company’s 2019 Equity Incentive Plan was approved.

 

For: 11,952,202

Against: 1,658,140

Abstain: 62,760

Broker Non-Votes: 8,697,590


4. The Company’s Amended and Restated 2010 Employee Stock Purchase Plan was approved.

 

For: 11,971,942

Against: 1,640,420

Abstain: 60,740

Broker Non-Votes: 8,697,590

5. The appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm for the Company for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021 was ratified.

 

For: 21,823,303

Against: 468,117

Abstain: 79,272

Broker Non-Votes: 0

 

Item 9.01.

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

 


SIGNATURES

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.

 

    AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Date: June 9, 2021     By:   /s/ Michael Bailey
      Michael Bailey
      President and Chief Executive Officer
EX-99.1

Exhibit 99.1

AMENDMENT NO. 2

TO 2019 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN OF

AVEO PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

The 2019 Equity Incentive Plan of Aveo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., as amended (the “2019 Equity Incentive Plan”) is hereby further amended as follows:

1. Section 4(a)(1)(A) is hereby deleted in its entirety and the following is inserted in lieu thereof:

“4,500,000 shares of Common Stock.”

Except as set forth above, the remainder of the 2019 Equity Incentive Plan remains in full force and effect.

Adopted by the Board of Directors on April 15, 2021.

Approved by the Stockholders on June 9, 2021.

EX-99.2

Exhibit 99.2

AMENDED AND RESTATED

2010 EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLAN

OF

AVEO PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

AVEO PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

AMENDED AND RESTATED 2010 EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLAN

The purpose of this Plan is to provide eligible employees of AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”) and certain of its subsidiaries with opportunities to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, $.001 par value (the “Common Stock”), commencing on July 1, 2010. This Plan is intended to qualify as an “employee stock purchase plan” as defined in Section 423 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and the regulations promulgated thereunder, and shall be interpreted consistent therewith. The Plan was amended by the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) on March 26, 2013 to increase the shares available for issuance under the Plan, which amendment was approved by the Company’s stockholders on May 29, 2013. The Plan was further amended by the Board in November 2017 to change the offering commencement dates. The Plan was amended and restated by the Board on April 15, 2021 to increase the number of shares available for issuance under the Plan as set forth in Section 2, to amend the eligibility provisions set forth in Section 3 and to change the offering commencement dates in Section 4.

1.    Administration. The Plan will be administered by the Board or by a Committee appointed by the Board (the “Committee”). The Board or the Committee has authority to make rules and regulations for the administration of the Plan and its interpretation and decisions with regard thereto shall be final and conclusive.

2.    Shares Authorized for Issuance. Five hundred seventy six thousand four hundred (576,400) shares of Common Stock in the aggregate have been approved for issuance under the Plan.

3.    Eligibility. All employees of the Company, including Directors who are employees, and all employees of any subsidiary of the Company (as defined in Section 424(f) of the Code) designated by the Board or the Committee from time to time (a “Designated Subsidiary”), are eligible to participate in any one or more of the offerings of Options (as defined in Section 10) to purchase Common Stock under the Plan provided that:

(a)    they are customarily employed by the Company or a Designated Subsidiary for more than 20 hours a week and for more than five months in a calendar year; and

(b)    they have been employed by the Company or a Designated Subsidiary for at least 30 days prior to enrolling in the Plan; and

(c)    they are employees of the Company or a Designated Subsidiary on the first day of the applicable Plan Period (as defined below).

No employee may be granted an option hereunder if such employee, immediately after the option is granted, owns 5% or more of the total combined voting power or value of the stock of the Company or any subsidiary. For purposes of the preceding sentence, the attribution rules of Section 424(d) of the Code shall apply in determining the stock ownership of an employee, and all stock which the employee has a contractual right to purchase shall be treated as stock owned by the employee.

The Company retains the discretion to determine which eligible employees may participate in an Offering pursuant to and consistent with Treasury Regulation Sections 1.423-2(e) and (f).


4.    Offerings. The Company will make one or more offerings (“Offerings”) to employees to purchase stock under this Plan. Unless otherwise provided by the Board or the Committee as provided herein, Offerings will begin on July 1, 2010 and on each subsequent June 15 and December 15, or the first business day thereafter (the “Offering Commencement Dates”) and each Offering Commencement Date will begin a six month period (a “Plan Period”) during which payroll deductions will be made and held for the purchase of Common Stock at the end of the Plan Period as prescribed hereunder. The Board or the Committee may, at its discretion, change the date on which Plan Periods may commence and may choose a different Plan Period of twenty-four (24) months or less for such Offerings.

5.    Participation. An employee eligible on the Offering Commencement Date of any Offering may participate in such Offering by completing and forwarding a payroll deduction authorization form to the employee’s appropriate payroll office or otherwise completing the enrollment procedures as required, at least 7 days prior to the applicable Offering Commencement Date. The enrollment procedure will authorize a regular payroll deduction from the Compensation received by the employee during the Plan Period. Unless an appropriate change is made in the employee’s enrollment in the Plan as required or the employee withdraws from the Plan, his or her deductions and purchases will continue at the same rate for future Offerings under the Plan as long as the Plan remains in effect. The term “Compensation” means the amount of money reportable on the employee’s Federal Income Tax Withholding Statement, excluding overtime, shift premium, incentive or bonus awards, allowances and reimbursements for expenses such as relocation allowances for travel expenses, income or gains associated with the grant or vesting of restricted stock, income or gains on the exercise of Company stock options or stock appreciation rights, and similar items, whether or not shown on the employee’s Federal Income Tax Withholding Statement, but including, in the case of salespersons, sales commissions to the extent determined by the Board or the Committee.

6.    Deductions. The Company will maintain payroll deduction accounts for all participating employees. With respect to any Offering made under this Plan, an employee may authorize a payroll deduction in any dollar amount up to a maximum of 15% of the Compensation he or she receives during the Plan Period or such shorter period during which deductions from payroll are made. The Board or the Committee may, at its discretion, designate a lower maximum contribution rate. The minimum payroll deduction is such percentage of compensation as may be established from time to time by the Board or the Committee.

7.    Deduction Changes. An employee may decrease or discontinue his or her payroll deduction once during any Plan Period, by filing a new payroll deduction authorization form or otherwise changing the payroll deduction in accordance with Plan procedures. However, an employee may not increase his or her payroll deduction during a Plan Period. If an employee elects to discontinue his or her payroll deductions during a Plan Period, but does not elect to withdraw his or her funds pursuant to Section 9 hereof, funds deducted prior to his or her election to discontinue will be applied to the purchase of Common Stock on the Exercise Date (as defined below).

8.    Interest. Interest will not be paid on any employee accounts, except to the extent that the Board or the Committee, in its sole discretion, elects to credit employee accounts with interest at such per annum rate as it may from time to time determine.

9.    Withdrawal of Funds. An employee may at any time prior to the close of business on the last business day in a Plan Period and for any reason permanently draw out the balance accumulated in the employee’s account and thereby withdraw from participation in an Offering. Partial withdrawals are not permitted. The employee may not begin participation again during the remainder of the Plan Period. The employee may participate in any subsequent Offering in accordance with terms and conditions established by the Board or the Committee.

10.    Purchase of Shares.

(a)    Number of Shares. On the Offering Commencement Date of each Plan Period, the Company will grant to each eligible employee who is then a participant in the Plan an option (an “Option”) to purchase on the last business day of such Plan Period (the “Exercise Date”) at the applicable purchase price (the “Option Price”) up to a whole number of shares of Common Stock determined by multiplying $2,083 by the number of full months in the Plan Period and dividing the result by the closing price (as defined below) on the Offering Commencement Date (the “Option Grant Formula”); provided, however, that no employee may be granted an Option which permits his or her rights to purchase Common Stock under this Plan and any other employee stock


purchase plan (as defined in Section 423(b) of the Code) of the Company and its subsidiaries, to accrue at a rate which exceeds $25,000 of the fair market value of such Common Stock (determined at the date such Option is granted) for each calendar year in which the Option is outstanding at any time.

(b)    Option Price. The Board or the Committee shall determine the Option Price for each Plan Period, including whether such Option Price shall be determined based on the lesser of (i) the closing price of the Common Stock on the first business day of the Plan Period or (ii) the Exercise Date, or shall be based solely on the closing price of the Common Stock on the Exercise Date; provided, however, that such Option Price shall be at least 85% of the applicable closing price. In the absence of a determination by the Board or the Committee, the Option Price will be 85% of the lesser of the closing price of the Common Stock on the (i) first business day of the Plan Period or (ii) the Exercise Date. The closing price shall be (a) the closing price on any national securities exchange on which the Common Stock is listed, (b) the closing price of the Common Stock on the Nasdaq Global Market or (c) the average of the closing bid and asked prices in the over-the-counter-market, whichever is applicable, as published in The Wall Street Journal; provided that, with respect to the first Plan Period, the closing price on the Offering Commencement Date shall be the initial public offering price provided for in the underwriting agreement entered into by the Company in connection with the IPO. If no sales of Common Stock were made on such a day, the price of the Common Stock for purposes of clauses (a) and (b) above shall be the reported price for the next preceding day on which sales were made.

(c)    Exercise of Option. Each employee who continues to be a participant in the Plan on the Exercise Date shall be deemed to have exercised his or her Option at the Option Price on such date and shall be deemed to have purchased from the Company the number of whole shares of Common Stock reserved for the purpose of the Plan that his or her accumulated payroll deductions on such date will pay for, but not in excess of the maximum number determined in the manner set forth above.

(d)    Return of Unused Payroll Deductions. Any balance remaining in an employee’s payroll deduction account at the end of a Plan Period will be automatically refunded to the employee, except that any balance which is less than the purchase price of one share of Common Stock will be carried forward into the employee’s payroll deduction account for the following Offering, unless the employee elects not to participate in the following Offering under the Plan, in which case the balance in the employee’s account shall be refunded.

11.    Issuance of Certificates. Certificates representing shares of Common Stock purchased under the Plan may be issued only in the name of the employee, in the name of the employee and another person of legal age as joint tenants with rights of survivorship, or (in the Company’s sole discretion) in the name of a brokerage firm, bank, or other nominee holder designated by the employee. The Company may, in its sole discretion and in compliance with applicable laws, authorize the use of book entry registration of shares in lieu of issuing stock certificates.

12.    Rights on Retirement, Death or Termination of Employment. In the event of a participating employee’s termination of employment prior to the last business day of a Plan Period, no payroll deduction shall be taken from any pay due and owing to an employee and the balance in the employee’s account shall be paid to the employee or, in the event of the employee’s death, (a) to a beneficiary previously designated in a revocable notice signed by the employee (with any spousal consent required under state law) or (b) in the absence of such a designated beneficiary, to the executor or administrator of the employee’s estate or (c) if no such executor or administrator has been appointed to the knowledge of the Company, to such other person(s) as the Company may, in its discretion, designate. If, prior to the last business day of the Plan Period, the Designated Subsidiary by which an employee is employed shall cease to be a subsidiary of the Company, or if the employee is transferred to a subsidiary of the Company that is not a Designated Subsidiary, the employee shall be deemed to have terminated employment for the purposes of this Plan.


13.    Optionees Not Stockholders. Neither the granting of an Option to an employee nor the deductions from his or her pay shall constitute such employee a stockholder of the shares of Common Stock covered by an Option under this Plan until such shares have been purchased by and issued to him or her.

14.    Rights Not Transferable. Rights under this Plan are not transferable by a participating employee other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution, and are exercisable during the employee’s lifetime only by the employee.

15.    Application of Funds. All funds received or held by the Company under this Plan may be combined with other corporate funds and may be used for any corporate purpose.

16.    Adjustment for Changes in Common Stock and Certain Other Events.

(a)    Changes in Capitalization. In the event of any stock split, reverse stock split, stock dividend, recapitalization, combination of shares, reclassification of shares, spin-off or other similar change in capitalization or event, or any distribution to holders of Common Stock other than an ordinary cash dividend, (i) the number and class of securities available under this Plan, (ii) the share limitations set forth in Section 10, and (iii) the Option Price shall be equitably adjusted by the Company in the manner determined by the Board or the Committee.

(b)    Reorganization Events.

(1)    Definition. A “Reorganization Event” shall mean: (a) any merger or consolidation of the Company with or into another entity as a result of which all of the Common Stock of the Company is converted into or exchanged for the right to receive cash, securities or other property or is cancelled, (b) any exchange of all of the Common Stock of the Company for cash, securities or other property pursuant to a share exchange transaction or (c) any liquidation or dissolution of the Company.

(2)    Consequences of a Reorganization Event on Options. In connection with a Reorganization Event, the Board or the Committee shall take any one or more of the following actions as to outstanding Options on such terms as the Board or the Committee determines: (i) provide that Options shall be assumed, or substantially equivalent Options shall be substituted, by the acquiring or succeeding corporation (or an affiliate thereof), (ii) upon written notice to employees, provide that all outstanding Options will be terminated as of the effective date of the Reorganization Event and that all such outstanding Options will become exercisable to the extent of accumulated payroll deductions as of a date specified by the Board or the Committee in such notice, which date shall not be less than ten (10) days preceding the effective date of the Reorganization Event, (iii) upon written notice to employees, provide that all outstanding Options will be cancelled as of a date prior to the effective date of the Reorganization Event and that all accumulated payroll deductions will be returned to participating employees on such date, (iv) in the event of a Reorganization Event under the terms of which holders of Common Stock will receive upon consummation thereof a cash payment for each share surrendered in the Reorganization Event (the “Acquisition Price”), make or provide for a cash payment to an employee equal to (A) the Acquisition Price times the number of shares of Common Stock subject to the employee’s Option (to the extent the Option Price does not exceed the Acquisition Price) minus (B) the aggregate Option Price of such Option, in exchange for the termination of such Option, (v) provide that, in connection with a liquidation or dissolution of the Company, Options shall convert into the right to receive liquidation proceeds (net of the Option Price thereof) and (vi) any combination of the foregoing.

For purposes of clause (i) above, an Option shall be considered assumed if, following consummation of the Reorganization Event, the Option confers the right to purchase, for each share of Common Stock subject to the Option immediately prior to the consummation of the Reorganization Event, the consideration (whether cash, securities or other property) received as a result of the Reorganization Event by holders of Common Stock for each share of Common Stock held immediately prior to the consummation of the Reorganization Event (and if holders were offered a choice of consideration, the type of consideration chosen by the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Common Stock); provided, however, that if the consideration received as a result of the Reorganization Event is not solely common stock of the acquiring or succeeding corporation (or an affiliate thereof), the Company may, with the consent of the acquiring or succeeding corporation, provide for the consideration to be received upon the exercise of Options to consist solely of common stock of the acquiring or succeeding corporation (or an affiliate thereof) equivalent in value (as determined by the Board) to the per share consideration received by holders of outstanding shares of Common Stock as a result of the Reorganization Event.


17.    Amendment of the Plan. The Board may at any time, and from time to time, amend this Plan in any respect, except that (a) if the approval of any such amendment by the shareholders of the Company is required by Section 423 of the Code, such amendment shall not be effected without such approval, and (b) in no event may any amendment be made which would cause the Plan to fail to comply with Section 423 of the Code.

18.    Insufficient Shares. In the event that the total number of shares of Common Stock specified in elections to be purchased under any Offering plus the number of shares purchased under previous Offerings under this Plan exceeds the maximum number of shares issuable under this Plan, the Board or the Committee will allot the shares then available on a pro-rata basis.

19.    Termination of the Plan. This Plan may be terminated at any time by the Board. Upon termination of this Plan all amounts in the accounts of participating employees shall be promptly refunded.

20.    Governmental Regulations. The Company’s obligation to sell and deliver Common Stock under this Plan is subject to listing on a national stock exchange or quotation on the Nasdaq Global Market (to the extent the Common Stock is then so listed or quoted) and the approval of all governmental authorities required in connection with the authorization, issuance or sale of such stock.

21.    Governing Law. The Plan shall be governed by the laws of the State of Delaware, except to the extent that such law is preempted by federal law.

22.    Issuance of Shares. Shares may be issued upon exercise of an Option from authorized but unissued Common Stock, from shares held in the treasury of the Company, or from any other proper source.

23.    Notification upon Sale of Shares. Each employee agrees, by entering the Plan, to promptly give the Company notice of any disposition of shares purchased under the Plan where such disposition occurs within two years after the date of grant of the Option pursuant to which such shares were purchased.

24.    Grants to Employees in Foreign Jurisdictions. The Company may, in order to comply with the laws of a foreign jurisdiction, grant Options to employees of the Company or a Designated Subsidiary who are citizens or residents of such foreign jurisdiction (without regard to whether they are also citizens of the United States or resident aliens (within the meaning of Section 7701(b)(1)(A) of the Code)) with terms that are less favorable (but not more favorable) than the terms of Options granted under the Plan to employees of the Company or a Designated Subsidiary who are resident in the United States. Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of this Plan, employees of the Company or a Designated Subsidiary who are citizens or residents of a foreign jurisdiction (without regard to whether they are also citizens of the United States or resident aliens (within the meaning of Section 7701(b)(1)(A) of the Code)) may be excluded from eligibility under the Plan if (a) the grant of an Option under the Plan to a citizen or resident of the foreign jurisdiction is prohibited under the laws of such jurisdiction or (b) compliance with the laws of the foreign jurisdiction would cause the Plan to violate the requirements of Section 423 of the Code. The Company may add one or more appendices to this Plan describing the operation of the Plan in those foreign jurisdictions in which employees are excluded from participation or granted less favorable Options.

25.    Authorization of Sub-Plans. The Board may from time to time establish one or more sub-plans under the Plan with respect to one or more Designated Subsidiaries, provided that such sub-plan complies with Section 423 of the Code.

26.    Withholding. Each employee shall, no later than the date of the event creating the tax liability, make provision satisfactory to the Board for payment of any taxes required by law to be withheld in connection with any transaction related to Options granted to or shares acquired by such employee pursuant to the Plan. The Company may, to the extent permitted by law, deduct any such taxes from any payment of any kind otherwise due to an employee.


27.    Effective Date and Approval of Shareholders. The Plan shall take effect on July 1, 2010 subject to approval by the shareholders of the Company as required by Section 423 of the Code, which approval must occur within twelve months of the adoption of the Plan by the Board.

Adopted by the Board of Directors on February 2, 2010

Approved by the Stockholders on February 11, 2010

Amended by the Board of Directors on March 26, 2013

Approved by the Stockholders on May 29, 2013

Amended by the Board of Directors in November 2017

Amended and Restated by the Board of Directors on April 15, 2021

Approved by the Stockholders on June 9, 2021