SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
January 9, 2013
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ITEM 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
On January 3, 2013, bebe stores, inc. (the Company) entered into an Employment Agreement (the Agreement) with
Steve Birkhold, under which Mr. Birkhold will serve as the Companys Chief Executive Officer. A description of the Agreement is contained in Item 5.02 below, which is incorporated by reference into this Item 1.01, and the
Agreement is attached as Exhibit 10.01.
ITEM 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of
Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On January 3, 2013, the Company announced that Steve
Birkhold, age 50, has been appointed as the Companys Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Birkhold will also serve on the Companys Board of Directors (the Board) effective January 3, 2013. Mr. Birkhold succeeds Manny
Mashouf as the Companys Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Mashouf, founder and Chairman, who has served as Chief Executive Officer since January 2009, leaves management duties, but will continue to serve on the Companys Board as the
Chief Executive Officer:
Most recently, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lacoste North America since 2010, Mr. Birkhold helped build upon a
globally recognized brand and elevate its fashion offering, while guiding the business to increased revenues and profitability. Prior to Lacoste and since 2007, he was Chief Executive Officer of Diesel USA, where he helped grow the top-line and
strengthen the organizations infrastructure. Earlier, he held several key executive positions at VF Corporation, including General Manager of Nautica Jeans, President of Earl Jeans, and General Manager of Lee Jeans. He began his career at the
May Company, where he eventually had responsibility for womens denim and menswear.
The material terms of
Mr. Birkholds employment are as follows:
Base Salary: Mr. Birkhold is entitled to a base salary at the
rate of $900,000 per annum.
Annual Bonus: For the third and fourth quarters of fiscal year 2013, Mr. Birkhold is
guaranteed a pro-rata annual bonus amount equal to $450,000 and for the first and second quarters of fiscal year 2014, Mr. Birkhold is guaranteed a pro-rated annual bonus amount equal to $450,000, less authorized deductions and required
withholding obligations. The total payment of $900,000 is payable the first pay period following the Effective Date of fulltime employment.
Commencing in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 and each fiscal year thereafter during Mr. Birkholds employment with the Company, he will be eligible to receive an annual bonus in an amount
of 100% of his annual base salary, less authorized deductions and required withholding obligations (Annual Bonus), upon certain goals, as established by the board, being met. For fiscal year 2014, as 1/2 the fiscal years potential Annual Bonus has already been guaranteed as part of the payments described above, Mr. Birkhold is eligible for an Annual Bonus payment equal to (i) the full
amount of any earned Annual Bonus for the 2014 fiscal year based upon achievement of the performance goals minus (ii) the $450,000 sign-on portion guaranteed for the first 1/2 of fiscal 2014, provided that such 2014 Annual Bonus amount shall not be less than $0.
Additional Bonus: Mr. Birkhold is entitled to receive an additional $700,000,
less authorized deductions and required withholding obligations, which will be paid no later than August 31, 2013, subject to Mr. Birkhold continuing to provide services to the Company through the payment date.
Equity: Upon board approval and subject to the Companys equity grant policy, Mr. Birkhold will be granted the option to
purchase $900,000 worth of Company stock, with the number of shares determined using Black Scholes as the calculation methodology and an exercise price set as of market close on the grant date. The option will be subject to the following 4-year
vesting schedule: 20% of the total option award vesting on the first anniversary of the date of grant; 20% vesting on the second anniversary of date of grant; 30% vesting on the third anniversary of date of grant; and 30% on the fourth anniversary
of date of grant, in each case, subject to Mr. Birkholds continued employment.
Upon board approval and subject to
the Companys equity grant policy, Mr. Birkhold will also be granted $900,000 worth of time-based restricted stock of the Company, which is subject to a 2-year vesting schedule, with 50% of the total grant vesting on each of the first and
second anniversaries of the date of grant. The number of such restricted shares will be calculated using the closing price on the grant date.
Furthermore, upon board approval subject to the Companys equity grant policy, Mr. Birkhold will be granted $900,000 worth of performance-based restricted stock of the Company, which is subject
to a 2-year performance-based vesting, with 50% of the total grant vesting on each of the first and second anniversaries of the date of grant, subject to Mr. Birkhold meeting certain goals as established by the Board and his continued
employment. The number of such restricted shares will be calculated using the closing price on the grant date.
include: (1) Relocation Allowance of $100,000 to be earned by remaining actively employed by the Company through December 31, 2013, (2) Travel and Housing Allowance of $100,000 per annum, (3) Automobile Allowance of $18,000 per
annum, (4) Reimbursement of legal fees incurred by Mr. Birkhold to review and negotiate the CEO Employment Agreement in an amount not to exceed $10,000, (5) Pay or reimburse for the premiums of a term insurance policy of $10,000
maximum annually, and (6) Eligibility to participate in the Companys employee welfare, benefit, retirement compensation plans, programs or policies that are in effect and generally available to the other senior executives of the Company.
Pursuant to the Agreement, Mr. Birkhold entered into a separate Change in Control and Severance Agreement (the CIC
Agreement) with the Company. A copy of the CIC Agreement is attached as Exhibit 10.2.
The material benefits provided in
the CIC Agreement are as follows:
Accelerated Vesting: Upon a Covered Termination during a Change in Control Period
(as such terms are described in the CIC Agreement), and other conditions being met including the signing of a complete release of claims, all of his equity awards will vest immediately. Upon Covered Termination occurring outside a Change in Control
Period, and other conditions being met including the signing of a complete release of claims, all of his option awards would vest immediately and his restricted stock would vest on a pro rata basis as further described in the CIC Agreement.
Severance Benefits: Upon a Covered Termination either occurring during or outside a Change in Control Period, as such
terms are further described in the CIC Agreement, and other conditions being met including the signing of a full release of claims, Mr. Birkhold would be entitled to receive
an amount equal to two times (2x) Mr. Birkholds annual base salary at the rate in effect immediately prior to the termination date paid in a single cash lump sum, less authorized
deductions and applicable withholding taxes, on the first payroll date following the date the release of claims becomes effective and irrevocable.
The foregoing descriptions of the Agreement and the CIC Agreement are qualified in their entirety by reference to the Agreement, which is filed with this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 10.1 and to
the CIC Agreement, which is filed with this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 10.2, and each is incorporated herein by reference.
Effective as of the commencement of
Mr. Birkholds employment, Mr. Mashouf will no longer be employed by the Company but will continue to serve on the Board, currently as a non-executive Chairman, and will provide other consulting services to the Board on an as-needed
basis. For such services, Mr. Mashouf will receive the following: (1) fees in the yearly amount of $500,000, payable monthly, (2) reimbursement for an administrative assistants salary (who will not be an employee of the
company), up to $100,000 per year; (3) travel and expense reimbursement related to company matters and per company guidelines and (4) reimbursement for health and life insurance comparable to that received as an employee.
||Regulation FD Disclosure |
On January 3, 2013, a press release was issued by the Company announcing the appointment of Mr. Birkhold is filed with this
Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1.
||Financial Statements and Exhibits |
Exhibit No. Description
||Chief Executive Officer Employment Agreement between the Company and Steve Birkhold dated January 3, 2013 |
||Change in Control and Severance Agreement between the Company and Steve Birkhold dated January 3, 2013 |
||Press Release dated January 3, 2012 announcing the appointment of Mr. Birkhold as the Companys new Chief Executive Officer. |
||Such Exhibit is being furnished (not filed) pursuant to Item 7.01 of the Current Report on Form 8-K. |
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|Date: January 9, 2013
||bebe stores, inc.|
/s/ Walter Parks
||Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer|