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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 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): May 8, 2012

 

CommonWealth REIT

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

Maryland

(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)

 

1-9317

 

04-6558834

(Commission File Number)

 

(IRS Employer Identification No.)

 

Two Newton Place, 255 Washington Street,
Suite 300, Newton, Massachusetts

 

02458-1634

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

617-332-3990

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

 

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:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 



 

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

 

As further described in Item 5.07 of this Current Report on Form 8-K, at the annual meeting of shareholders of CommonWealth REIT, or the Company, held on May 8, 2012, the Company’s shareholders approved the adoption of the CommonWealth REIT 2012 Equity Compensation Plan, or the 2012 Plan. The 2012 Plan replaces the Company’s 2003 Incentive Share Award Plan as the plan under which the Company grants equity awards to meet its objective of compensating and rewarding the Company’s officers and Trustees, employees of the Company’s manager, consultants, advisors or other persons or entities providing management, administrative or other services to the Company or its subsidiaries. The 2012 Plan reserves for issuance a total of 3,000,000 of the Company’s common shares of beneficial interest, par value $0.01 per share, or Common Shares, for new awards and permits the Company to continue to grant awards of Common Shares through May 8, 2022.

 

A copy of the 2012 Plan, which reflected the plan that was approved by the Company’s shareholders, was included as Appendix A to the Company’s proxy statement for the Company’s 2012 annual meeting of shareholders, which proxy statement was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, on February 28, 2012, and is available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. The terms and conditions of the 2012 Plan and information pertaining to certain participants in the 2012 Plan are described in detail in that proxy statement. The foregoing description of the 2012 Plan is qualified in its entirety by the terms of the 2012 Plan. A copy of the 2012 Plan is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.

 

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

 

At the annual meeting of the Company’s shareholders held on May 8, 2012, the Company’s shareholders elected William A. Lamkin as the Independent Trustee in Group II of the Board of Trustees for a three year term of office until the Company’s 2015 annual meeting of shareholders and to serve until his successor shall have been elected and qualified. Mr. Lamkin received the following votes:

 

For

 

Against

 

Withhold

 

Broker Non-Vote

 

37,041,485

 

19,663,980

 

139,208

 

18,280,176

 

 

The Company’s shareholders also elected Adam D. Portnoy as the Managing Trustee in Group II of the Board of Trustees for a three year term of office until the Company’s 2015 annual meeting of shareholders and to serve until his successor shall have been elected and qualified. Mr. Portnoy received the following votes:

 

For

 

Against

 

Withhold

 

Broker Non-Vote

 

30,423,806

 

26,281,981

 

138,886

 

18,280,176

 

 

The Company’s shareholders approved the adoption of the 2012 Plan, which is further described under Item 5.02 of this Current Report on Form 8-K. This proposal received the following votes:

 

For

 

Against

 

Abstain

 

Broker Non-Vote

 

51,133,502

 

5,448,335

 

262,836

 

18,280,176

 

 

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The Company’s shareholders approved a nonbinding advisory resolution on the compensation paid to the Company’s executive officers as disclosed pursuant to Item 402 of Regulation S-K in the Company’s proxy statement dated February 28, 2012, relating to the Company’s 2012 annual meeting of shareholders. This proposal received the following votes:

 

For

 

Against

 

Abstain

 

Broker Non-Vote

 

53,707,383

 

2,807,531

 

329,759

 

18,280,176

 

 

The Company’s shareholders ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2012. This proposal received the following votes:

 

For

 

Against

 

Abstain

 

72,910,454

 

1,972,598

 

241,797

 

 

The results reported above are final voting results.

 

Item 8.01.              Other Events.

 

Change to Trustee Compensation; Share Grants

 

On May 8, 2012, the Company changed its trustee compensation arrangements. A summary of the Company’s currently effective trustee compensation arrangement is filed as Exhibit 10.2 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

On May 8, 2012, the Company granted each of the Company’s trustees 2,000 Common Shares valued at $18.74, the closing price of the Company’s Common Shares on the New York Stock Exchange on that day, consistent with the Company’s trustee compensation arrangements.

 

Item 9.01.              Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d)           Exhibits.

 

The Company hereby files the following exhibits:

 

10.1                           CommonWealth REIT 2012 Equity Compensation Plan.

 

10.2                           Summary of Trustee Compensation.

 

10.3                           Form of Indemnification Agreement.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ John C. Popeo

 

Name:

John C. Popeo

 

Title:

Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer

 

Dated: May 11, 2012

 

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