SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
February 27, 2019
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
1110 W. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (954) 958-1200
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Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
On February 27, 2019, Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (the Company) entered into a one-year employment agreement with Sean P. Downes, the Companys President and Chief Executive Officer (the Agreement), which is effective as of January 1, 2019. Mr. Downes and the Company are parties to an employment agreement dated as of January 12, 2016, which expired on December 31, 2018. The following summary of the Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Agreement, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated herein by reference thereto.
Mr. Downess Agreement provides that he will continue to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company for a one-year term beginning on January 1, 2019 and ending on December 31, 2019, unless earlier terminated in accordance with its terms (the Term).
Mr. Downes will receive a base salary of $1 million, which will not be increased or decreased during the Term.
Mr. Downes is eligible to receive an annual cash bonus upon the Companys achievement of certain financial and operational objectives determined by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the Compensation Committee).
Performance Share Units
Mr. Downes is eligible to receive a grant of 50,000 performance share units (the PSU Grant) payable under and subject to the Companys 2009 Omnibus Incentive Plan, as may be amended from time to time (the Omnibus Plan). The PSU Grant will be subject to time-vesting and performance-vesting conditions set forth in the Agreement.
Restricted Share Units
Mr. Downes is eligible to receive a grant of 25,000 restricted share units (the RSU Grant) payable under and subject to the Omnibus Plan. The RSU Grant will be subject to time-vesting conditions set forth in the Agreement.
Mr. Downes is eligible to receive a grant of options to purchase the Companys common stock with a grant date value of $1 million (the Option Grant). The Option Grant will be made pursuant to the Omnibus Plan and will be subject to the terms of the Omnibus Plan and any applicable award agreement evidencing the Option Grant. The Option Grant will be subject to time-vesting conditions set forth in the Agreement
If Mr. Downes is terminated without cause or resigns for good reason (as such terms are defined in the Agreement), he would be entitled to a lump-sum cash amount equal to 12 months base salary and 12 months of COBRA coverage, subject to his execution of a general release of claims in favor of the Company. He would also be entitled to receive a pro rata portion of his annual incentive award for the year of termination, calculated on the basis of the Companys actual performance for such year. Any stock options that would have vested had he been continuously employed through the end of the one-year period following the termination date will fully vest as of the termination date and shall remain exercisable for one year. In addition, any PSUs or RSUs that would have vested had he been continuously employed through the end of the one-year period following the termination date will fully vest as of the termination date and become payable within 30 days following their originally scheduled vesting dates, with the PSUs being paid based on actual performance for the full performance period, determined after the end of the performance period.
Change in Control
In the event of a change in control (as defined in the Agreement) and Mr. Downes is terminated without cause or resigns for good reason within 24 months after such change in control, Mr. Downes would be entitled to a lump-sum cash amount equal to 48 months base salary, plus two times any bonus paid for the calendar year prior to the change in control, subject to his execution of a general release of claims in favor of the Company. All stock options would immediately vest and all PSUs and RSUs would immediately vest and become payable within 30 days following their regularly scheduled vesting. The PSUs will be paid based on extrapolated performance for the full performance period based on actual performance through the termination date. All such change in control payments would be reduced to the extent they would constitute an excess parachute payment within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code, if such reduction would result in Mr. Downes receiving a higher net after-tax amount.
If Mr. Downes becomes disabled during the Term, then the Company would be entitled to suspend his officership, but Mr. Downes would be entitled to remain an employee of the Company and receive his compensation and benefits for the lesser of (i) one year from the date of such suspension or (ii) the date on which he is first eligible for long-term disability payments under the Companys long-term disability plan. If Mr. Downes is terminated due to disability or dies during the Term, he or his estate, respectively, would be entitled to receive a pro rata portion of his annual incentive award for the year of termination, calculated on the basis of the Companys actual performance for such year. In addition, such termination will be treated as a termination without cause for the purpose of determining the Companys obligation with respect to stock options, PSUs and RSUs held by Mr. Downes.
Mr. Downes is subject to non-compete provision under the Agreement that prohibits him from engaging in certain competitive activities during the Term and for a period of three years following his termination.
The Agreement also contains nondisparagement, nonsolicitation and confidentiality provisions.
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Financial Statements and Exhibits
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.
|Date: March 4, 2019||UNIVERSAL INSURANCE HOLDINGS, INC.|
|Frank C. Wilcox|
|Chief Financial Officer|