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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): May 27, 2020 (May 26, 2020)

  

 

PDC Energy, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

Delaware   001-37419   95-2636730
(State or other jurisdiction of   (Commission   (I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization)   File Number)   Identification Number)

 

1775 Sherman Street, Suite 3000

Denver, Colorado 80203

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (303) 860-5800

  

  

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, par value $0.01 per share   PDCE   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 3.03. Material Modification to Rights of Security Holders.

 

The information set forth in Item 5.03 below is incorporated herein by reference.

 

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

 

As discussed in Item 5.07 below, at the Annual Meeting of the Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of PDC Energy, Inc. (the “Company”) held on May 26, 2020, the stockholders voted to approve an amendment (the “Amendment”) to the Company’s 2018 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2018 Plan”) to increase the maximum number of shares of common stock of the Company that may be issued pursuant to awards under the 2018 Plan (the “Amended 2018 Plan”). The Amendment increases the number of reserved shares under the 2018 Plan from 1,800,000 to 7,050,000 shares. The remaining terms of the Amended 2018 Plan were not affected by the amendment. The full text of the Amendment is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 5.03. Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.

 

As discussed in Item 5.07 below, at the Annual Meeting, the stockholders approved a proposal to amend the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation (the “Certificate of Incorporation”) to immediately declassify the Company’s board of directors (the “Board”) and to provide for the annual election of directors (the “Declassification Amendment”). A complete copy of the Certificate of Incorporation, as amended by the Declassification Amendment, is attached hereto as Exhibit 3.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

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

 

As described in Item 5.03, the Company held the Annual Meeting on May 26, 2020. A total of 88,086,933 shares of common stock, or 88.59% of outstanding shares, were represented in person or by proxy at the Annual Meeting.

 

The stockholders voted on five proposals at the Annual Meeting. The proposals are described in detail in the Company’s definitive proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 7, 2020 (the “Proxy Statement”). As Item 1 (to amend the Certificate of Incorporation to declassify the Board) was approved, Item 2 (to elect eight directors) was submitted to the stockholders and voted upon and Item 3 (to elect two Class I directors) was not submitted to the stockholders, given the passage of the Declassification Amendment. The final voting results for each of the proposals submitted to a stockholder vote at the Annual Meeting are set forth below.

 

PROPOSAL 1 — Amend the Certificate of Incorporation to Declassify the Board and Provide for the Immediate Annual Election of Directors. The Company’s stockholders approved an amendment to the Certificate of Incorporation to immediately declassify the Board, based on the following results:

 

For   Against   Abstain   Broker Non-Vote
81,880,740   188,143   47,259   5,970,791

 

 

 

 

PROPOSAL 2 — Election of Eight Directors. The Company’s stockholders elected eight directors to serve for a one-year term expiring at the Company’s 2021 annual meeting of stockholders, based on the following voting results:

 

Name   For   Withheld   Broker Non-Vote
Barton R. Brookman   80,646,916   1,469,226   5,970,791
Anthony J. Crisafio   77,530,993   4,585,149   5,970,791
Mark E. Ellis   81,161,164   954,978   5,970,791
Christina M. Ibrahim   80,534,123   1,582,019   5,970,791
Paul J. Korus   81,203,671   912,471   5,970,791
Randy S. Nickerson   68,193,852   13,922,290   5,970,791
David C. Parke   64,852,734   17,263,408   5,970,791
Lynn A. Peterson   71,984,191   10,131,951   5,970,791

 

PROPOSAL 4 — Approve Executive Officer Compensation. The Company’s stockholders approved, on an advisory basis, the 2019 compensation of the Company’s named executive officers, based on the following voting results:

 

For   Against   Abstain   Broker Non-Vote
78,039,815   4,007,071   69,256   5,970,791

 

PROPOSAL 5 — Ratify the Appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. The Company’s stockholders ratified the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2020, based on the following voting results:

 

For   Against   Abstain
85,524,208   2,393,343   169,382

 

PROPOSAL 6 — Approve an Amendment to the 2018 Equity Incentive Plan. The Company’s stockholders approved an amendment to the 2018 Plan to increase the maximum number of shares of common stock of the Company that may be issued pursuant to awards under the 2018 Plan, based on the following voting results:

 

For   Against   Abstain   Broker Non-Vote
80,167,286   1,834,424   114,432   5,970,791

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit No.   Description
3.1   Certificate of Incorporation of PDC Energy, Inc., as amended.
10.1   Amendment No. 1 to PDC Energy, Inc. 2018 Equity Incentive Plan.
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Dated:  May 27, 2020 PDC ENERGY, INC.
   
  By: /s/ Nicole Martinet
  Name: Nicole Martinet
  Title: General Counsel, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 3.1

 

CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION

OF

PDC ENERGY, INC.

 

PDC Energy, Inc. (the “Corporation”), a corporation organized and existing under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware as set forth in Title 8 of the Delaware Code (the “DGCL”), hereby certifies as follows:

 

First: The name of the Corporation is PDC Energy, Inc.

 

Second: The address of its registered office in the State of Delaware is 2711 Centerville Road, Suite 400, Wilmington, Delaware 19808 in New Castle County, Delaware. The name of its registered agent at such address is Corporation Service Company.

 

Third: The nature of the business or purposes to be conducted or promoted by the Corporation is to engage in any lawful act or activity for which corporations may be organized under the DGCL as it currently exists or may hereafter be amended.

 

Fourth: The total number of shares of stock that the Corporation shall have authority to issue is 200,000,000 shares of stock, classified as (i) 50,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share (“Preferred Stock”), and (ii) 150,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (“Common Stock”).

 

The designations and the powers, preferences, rights, qualifications, limitations and restrictions of Preferred Stock and Common Stock are as follows:

 

1.                  Provisions Relating to Preferred Stock.

 

(a)               Preferred Stock may be issued from time to time in one or more classes or series, the shares of each series to have such designations and powers, preferences and rights, and qualifications, limitations and restrictions thereof, as are stated and expressed herein and in the resolution or resolutions providing for the issue of such series adopted by the Board of Directors of the Corporation (the “Board”) as hereafter prescribed (a “Preferred Stock Designation”).

 

(b)               Authority is hereby expressly granted to and vested in the Board to authorize the issuance of Preferred Stock from time to time in one or more classes or series, and with respect to each series of Preferred Stock, to fix and state by the resolution or resolutions from time to time adopted by the Board providing for the issuance thereof the designation and the powers, preferences, rights, qualifications, limitations and restrictions relating to each series of Preferred Stock, including, but not limited to, the following:

 

(i)                 whether or not the series is to have voting rights, full, special or limited, or is to be without voting rights, and whether or not such series is to be entitled to vote as a separate class either alone or together with the holders of one or more other classes or series of stock;

 

 

 

 

(ii)              the number of shares to constitute the series and the designations thereof;

 

(iii)            the preferences, and relative, participating, optional or other special rights, if any, and the qualifications, limitations or restrictions thereof, if any, with respect to any series;

 

(iv)             whether or not the shares of any series shall be redeemable at the option of the Corporation or the holders thereof or upon the happening of any specified event, and, if redeemable, the redemption price or prices (which may be payable in the form of cash, notes, securities or other property), and the time or times at which, and the terms and conditions upon which, such shares shall be redeemable and the manner of redemption;

 

(v)               whether or not the shares of a series shall be subject to the operation of retirement or sinking funds to be applied to the purchase or redemption of such shares for retirement, and, if such retirement or sinking fund or funds are to be established, the annual amount thereof, and the terms and provisions relative to the operation thereof;

 

(vi)             the dividend rate, whether dividends are payable in cash, stock of the Corporation or other property, the conditions upon which and the times when such dividends are payable, the preference to or the relation to the payment of dividends payable on any other class or classes or series of stock, whether or not such dividends shall be cumulative or noncumulative, and if cumulative, the date or dates from which such dividends shall accumulate;

 

(vii)          the preferences, if any, and the amounts thereof which the holders of any series thereof shall be entitled to receive upon the voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of, or upon any distribution of the assets of, the Corporation;

 

(viii)        whether or not the shares of any series, at the option of the Corporation or the holder thereof or upon the happening of any specified event, shall be convertible into or exchangeable for, the shares of any other class or classes or of any other series of the same or any other class or classes of stock, securities or other property of the Corporation and the conversion price or prices or ratio or ratios or the rate or rates at which such exchange may be made, with such adjustments, if any, as shall be stated and expressed or provided for in such resolution or resolutions; and

 

(ix)             such other powers, preferences, rights, qualifications, limitations and restrictions with respect to any series as may to the Board seem advisable.

 

(c)               The shares of each series of Preferred Stock may vary from the shares of any other series thereof in any or all of the foregoing respects.

 

2.                  Provisions Relating to Common Stock.

 

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(a)               Common Stock shall be subject to the express terms of Preferred Stock and any series thereof. Except as may otherwise be provided in this Certificate of Incorporation, in a Preferred Stock Designation or by applicable law, the holders of shares of Common Stock shall be entitled to one vote for each such share upon all questions presented to the stockholders, the holders of shares of Common Stock shall have the exclusive right to vote for the election of directors and for all other purposes, and the holders of Preferred Stock shall not be entitled to vote at or receive notice of any meeting of stockholders. Each holder of Common Stock shall be entitled to notice of any stockholders’ meeting in accordance with the bylaws of the Corporation (as in effect at the time in question) and applicable law on all matters put to a vote of the stockholders of the Corporation.

 

(b)               Notwithstanding the foregoing, except as otherwise required by applicable law, holders of Common Stock, as such, shall not be entitled to vote on any amendment to this Certificate of Incorporation (including any certificate of designations relating to any series of Preferred Stock) that relates solely to the terms of one or more outstanding series of Preferred Stock if the holders of such affected series are entitled, either separately or together with the holders of one or more other such series, to vote thereon pursuant to this Certificate of Incorporation (including any certificate of designations relating to any series of Preferred Stock) or pursuant to the DGCL.

 

(c)               Subject to the prior rights and preferences, if any, applicable to shares of Preferred Stock or any series thereof, the holders of shares of Common Stock shall be entitled to receive ratably in proportion to the number of shares of Common Stock held by them such dividends and distributions (payable in cash, stock or otherwise), if any, as may be declared thereon by the Board at any time and from time to time out of any funds of the Corporation legally available therefor.

 

(d)               In the event of any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Corporation, after distribution in full of the preferential amounts, if any, to be distributed to the holders of shares of Preferred Stock or any series thereof, the holders of shares of Common Stock shall be entitled to receive all of the remaining assets of the Corporation available for distribution to its stockholders, ratably in proportion to the number of shares of Common Stock held by them. A liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Corporation, as such terms are used in this paragraph (d), shall not be deemed to be occasioned by or to include any consolidation or merger of the Corporation with or into any other corporation or corporations or other entity or a sale, lease, exchange or conveyance of all or a part of the assets of the Corporation.

 

(e)              The number of authorized shares of Common Stock or Preferred Stock may be increased or decreased (but not below the number of shares thereof then outstanding) by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority in voting power of the outstanding shares of stock of the Corporation entitled to vote thereon irrespective of the provisions of Section 242(b)(2) of the DGCL (or any successor provision thereto), and no vote of the holders of either Common Stock or Preferred Stock voting separately as a class shall be required therefor.

 

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Fifth: The business and affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by or under the direction of the Board. The directors, other than those who may be elected by the holders of any series of Preferred Stock specified in the related Preferred Stock Designation, shall be divided, with respect to the time for which they severally hold office, into three classes, as nearly equal in number as is reasonably possible, with the initial term of office of one class, the members of which shall be designated as the Class III Directors, to expire at the 2016 annual meeting, the initial term of office of the second class to expire at the 2017 annual meeting (the “Class I Directors”), and the initial term of office of the third class to expire at the 2018 annual meeting (the “Class II Directors”), with each director to hold office until his or her successor shall have been duly elected and qualified. At each annual meeting of stockholders, directors elected to succeed those directors whose terms then expire shall be elected for a term of office to expire at the third succeeding annual meeting of stockholders after their election, with each director to hold office until his or her successor shall have been duly elected and qualified. The Board is authorized to assign members of the Board already in office to Class I, Class II or Class III at the time such classification becomes effective. Subject to the rights of the holders of any series of Preferred Stock, any newly created directorship that results from an increase in the number of directors or any vacancy on the Board that results from the death, disability, resignation, disqualification or removal of any director or from any other cause may be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the total number of directors then in office, even if less than a quorum, or by a sole remaining director. Any director elected to fill a vacancy not resulting from an increase in the number of directors shall hold office for the remaining term of his predecessor. No decrease in the number of authorized directors constituting the Board shall shorten the term of any incumbent director.

 

The number of directors on the Board shall be fixed from time to time exclusively pursuant to a resolution adopted by a majority of the Board but shall in no event be fewer than three (3) or more than nine (9), subject to the rights of the holders of any series of Preferred Stock to elect directors under specified circumstances, if any. Unless and except to the extent that the bylaws of the Corporation so provide, the election of directors need not be by written ballot.

 

Sixth: Any action required or permitted to be taken at any annual meeting or special meeting of the stockholders of the Corporation may be taken without a meeting and without a vote of stockholders, if a consent or consents in writing, setting forth the action so taken, is or are signed by the holders of outstanding stock having not less than the minimum number of votes that would be necessary to authorize or take such action at a meeting at which all shares entitled to vote thereon were present and voted.

 

Seventh: Special meetings of stockholders of the Corporation may be called by the Chief Executive Officer, the Chairman of the Board, the Board pursuant to a resolution adopted by a majority of the total number of directors that the Corporation would have if there were no vacancies, or, to the extent so provided in the bylaws of the Corporation, holders of not less than 10% in voting power of the then-outstanding shares of stock entitled to vote in an election of directors.

 

Eighth: In furtherance of, and not in limitation of, the powers conferred by the laws of the State of Delaware, the Board is expressly authorized to adopt, amend or repeal the bylaws of the Corporation without any action on the part of the stockholders of the Corporation; provided, however, that the provisions of this Article Eighth notwithstanding, the bylaws of the Corporation shall not be adopted, altered, amended or repealed by the stockholders of the Corporation except by the vote of holders of not less than 50% in voting power of the then-outstanding shares of stock entitled to vote thereon, voting together as a single class. No bylaws hereafter made or adopted, nor any repeal of or amendment thereto, shall invalidate any prior act of the Board that was valid at the time it was taken.

 

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Ninth: No director of the Corporation shall be liable to the Corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director, except to the extent such exemption from liability or limitation thereof is not permitted under the DGCL as it now exists. In addition to the circumstances in which a director of the Corporation is not personally liable as set forth in the preceding sentence, a director of the Corporation shall not be liable to the fullest extent permitted by any amendment to the DGCL hereafter enacted that further limits the liability of a director.

 

Any amendment, repeal or modification of this Article Ninth shall be prospective only and shall not affect any limitation on liability of a director for acts or omissions occurring prior to the date of such amendment, repeal or modification.

 

Tenth: The Corporation shall have the right, subject to any express provisions or restrictions contained in this Certificate of Incorporation or bylaws of the Corporation, from time to time, to amend this Certificate of Incorporation or any provision hereof in any manner now or hereafter provided by applicable law, and all rights and powers of any kind conferred upon a director or stockholder of the Corporation by this Certificate of Incorporation or any amendment hereof are subject to such right of the Corporation.

 

Eleventh: Unless the Corporation consents in writing to the selection of an alternative forum, the sole and exclusive forum for (i) any derivative action or proceeding brought on behalf of the Corporation, (ii) any action asserting a claim of breach of a fiduciary duty owed by any director or officer or other employee of the Corporation to the Corporation or the Corporation’s stockholders, (iii) any action asserting a claim against the Corporation or any director or officer or other employee of the Corporation arising pursuant to any provision of the DGCL or this Certificate of Incorporation or the bylaws of the Corporation (as either may be amended from time to time), or (iv) any action asserting a claim against the Corporation or any director or officer or other employee of the Corporation governed by the internal affairs doctrine, shall be a state court located within the State of Delaware (or, if no state court located within the State of Delaware has jurisdiction, the federal district court for the District of Delaware).

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has executed this Certificate of Incorporation as of this 5th day of June, 2015.

 

  PDC ENERGY, INC.
     
  By: /s/ Daniel W. Amidon
  Name:      Daniel W. Amidon
  Title: Incorporator
     
  Address:      1775 Sherman St. Suite 3000
    Denver, CO 80203

 

 

 

 

CERTIFICATE OF AMENDMENT

 

OF CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION

 

OF PDC ENERGY, INC.

 

PDC Energy, Inc. (the “Corporation”), organized and existing under and by virtue of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware does hereby certify:

 

FIRST: That at a meeting of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Corporation resolutions were duly adopted setting forth a proposed amendment of the Certificate of Incorporation of said corporation, declaring said amendment to be advisable and calling a meeting of the stockholders of said corporation for consideration thereof. The resolution setting forth the proposed amendment is as follows:

 

RESOLVED, that the Certificate of Incorporation of the Company be amended by changing the Article thereof numbered FIFTH so that, as amended, said Article shall be and read as follows:

 

The business and affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by or under the direction of the Board. Other than directors who may be elected by the holders of any series of Preferred Stock specified in the related Preferred Stock Designation, all directors shall be elected annually, and at each annual meeting of stockholders, directors shall be elected for a term of office to expire at the next annual meeting of stockholders, with each director to hold office until his or her successor shall have been duly elected and qualified. Subject to the rights of the holders of any series of Preferred Stock, any newly created directorship that results from an increase in the number of directors or any vacancy on the Board that results from the death, disability, resignation, disqualification or removal of any director or from any other cause may be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the total number of directors then in office, even if less than a quorum, or by a sole remaining director. Any director elected to fill a vacancy not resulting from an increase in the number of directors shall hold office for the remaining term of his or her predecessor. No decrease in the number of authorized directors constituting the Board shall shorten the term of any incumbent director.

 

The number of directors on the Board shall be fixed from time to time exclusively pursuant to a resolution adopted by a majority of the Board but shall in no event be fewer than three (3) or more than nine (9), subject to the rights of the holders of any series of Preferred Stock to elect directors under specified circumstances, if any. Unless and except to the extent that the bylaws of the Corporation so provide, the election of directors need not be by written ballot.

 

SECOND: That thereafter, pursuant to the resolution of the Board, an annual meeting of the stockholders of the Corporation was duly called and held upon notice in accordance with Section 222 of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware at which meeting the necessary number of shares as required by statute were voted in favor of the amendment.

 

 

 

 

THIRD: That said amendment was duly adopted in accordance with the provisions of Section 242 of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Corporation has caused this certificate to be signed this 26th day of May, 2020.

 

 By: /s/ Nicole L. Martinet
   Authorized Officer
    
Title:General Counsel, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary
   
 Name: Nicole L. Martinet
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Exhibit 10.1

 

PDC ENERGY, INC.
2018 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

Amendment No. 1

 

THIS AMENDMENT No. 1 to the PDC Energy, Inc. 2018 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) is adopted as of March 24, 2020.

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of PDC Energy, Inc. (the “Company”) has the general authority to amend the Plan pursuant to Section 10.5 of the Plan; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board desires to amend the Plan to increase the number of shares of Company common stock available for issuance under the Plan from 1,800,000 to 7,050,000 shares, subject to and effective upon approval of this Amendment No. 1 by the Company’s stockholders.

 

NOW THEREFORE, the Board hereby amends the Plan as follows:

 

1.                  Increase in Share Reserve. Subject to and effective upon approval of this Amendment No. 1 by the Company’s stockholders, Section 4.2 of the Plan is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:

 

4.2.      Share Limit. The maximum number of shares of Common Stock that may be delivered pursuant to Awards granted to Eligible Persons under the Plan (the “Share Limit”) may not exceed 7,050,000 shares of Common Stock. The foregoing Share Limit is subject to adjustment as contemplated by Section 8.1 and Section 10.9.”

 

2.                 Effect on Plan. The Plan shall remain unchanged and in full force and effect except as otherwise set forth in this Amendment No. 1.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company, by its duly authorized officer, has executed this Amendment No. 1 to the Plan as of the date first indicated above.

 

  PDC ENERGY, INC.
  A Delaware corporation
   
  By: /s/ Nicole L. Martinet
  Name: Nicole L. Martinet
  Title: Sr. Vice President and General Counsel