UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

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FORM 8-K

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CURRENT REPORT

 

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

 

July 29, 2020

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Salisbury Bancorp, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

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Connecticut

(State of other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

000-24751

(Commission

File Number)

 

06-1514263

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

 

 

5 Bissell Street, Lakeville, Connecticut

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

 

 

06039

(Zip Code)

 

   
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (860) 435-9801  
   
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)  
         

 

 

Title of Each Class Trading Symbol(s) Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
Common Stock, $0.10 par value per share SAL NASDAQ

 

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:

      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))

 

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 July 29, 2020, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Salisbury Bancorp, Inc. (“Salisbury”), NASDAQ: “SAL”, the holding company for Salisbury Bank and Trust Company (the “Bank”), approved grants of performance-based restricted stock units (“RSUs”) to named executive officers (“NEOs”) and other key employees under the Company’s 2017 Long Term Incentive Plan. The Compensation Committee granted a total of 7,250 RSUs, including 3,500 RSUs to NEOs. Richard J. Cantele, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer received 1,500 target RSUs; John M. Davies, President of NY Region and Chief Lending Officer received 1,000 target RSUs; and Peter Albero, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer received 1,000 target RSUs. The maximum number of shares deliverable upon vesting of RSUs assuming 150% of the TBV growth target is met or exceeded, will be 10,875.

 

Each RSU represents the right to receive one share of the Company’s common stock upon vesting. The RSUs will cliff vest in their entirety on the third anniversary of the measurement period, provided that certain performance requirements are met and the executive officer remains employed by the Company through the determination date, unless vesting is accelerated due to certain events as outlined in the agreement. The agreement evidencing these RSU awards provides for forfeiture in certain events, such as voluntary or involuntary termination of employment, and for acceleration of vesting in certain events, such as death, disability, retirement or a change in control of the Company. The performance measure for this award is based on the increase in the Company’s Tangible Book Value (“TBV”) growth as compared to the Company’s compensation peer group over the three-year measurement period. The RSUs provide for an adjustment of between 50% and 150% of the target RSU award based on actual TBV growth as compared to the Company’s compensation peer group at the end of the measurement period.

 

The above description of the RSUs is not a complete description of all of the terms and conditions of the awards, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Form of Performance Based Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement which is attached as Exhibit 10.1 hereto and incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

 

Section 9.Financial Statements and Exhibits

 

Item 9.01       Financial Statement and Exhibits.

 

(a)       Not Applicable.

 

(b)       Not Applicable.

 

(c)       Not Applicable.

 

(d)       Exhibits.

Exhibit No.    Description
     
Exhibit 10.1   Form of Performance Award Agreement - Restricted Stock Units

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

SIGNATURE

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.

Salisbury Bancorp, Inc.

Date: August 3, 2020

 

By:

/s/ Richard J. Cantele, Jr.

Richard J. Cantele, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer

     

  

 

 

PERFORMANCE AWARD

Exhibit 10.1

RESTRICTED STOCK UNITS

 

Granted by

 

SALISBURY BANCORP, INC.

 

under the

 

SALISBURY BANCORP, INC.

2017 LONG TERM INCENTIVE PLAN

 

This Performance Award Agreement for Restricted Stock Units (“Performance Award” or “Agreement”) is and will be subject in every respect to the provisions of the 2017 Long Term Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) of Salisbury Bancorp, Inc. (the “Corporation”) which are incorporated herein by reference and made a part hereof, subject to the provisions of this Agreement. A copy of the Plan has been provided or made available to each person granted a Performance Award pursuant to the Plan. The holder of this Performance Award (the “Participant”) hereby accepts this Performance Award, subject to all the terms and provisions of the Plan and this Agreement, and agrees that all decisions under and interpretations of the Plan and this Agreement by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of the Corporation (“Committee”) will be final, binding and conclusive upon the Participant and the Participant’s heirs, legal representatives, successors and permitted assigns. Capitalized terms used herein but not defined will have the same meaning as in the Plan.

1.Name of Participant.                                              

2.Date of Grant.                                   
  
 Tangible Book Value. December 31, 2019   $                         (unaudited)

3.Target number of shares of Corporation common stock, $0.10 par value per share, covered by the Performance Award.                          
(subject to adjustment pursuant to Section 9 hereof).

4.Restricted Stock Unit.
  
 A Restricted Stock Unit is an Award denominated in shares of Stock, except that no shares of Stock are actually awarded to the Participant on the date of grant. The Restricted Stock Units will be credited to the Participant’s account, subject to the terms of the Plan and this Agreement. A Restricted Stock Unit will be settled in shares of the Corporation’s Stock.

5.Performance Goal(s)/Vesting Schedule. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, this Performance Award is earned at the end of the measurement period (sometimes referred to herein as the “performance period”) based on the level of achievement of the performance goal(s). The measurement period for the Award is the three (3) calendar years from 2020 through 2022. The determination date for purposes of vesting of the Award will be no later than March 15, 2023 (or as soon thereafter during 2023 as achievement or non-achievement of the performance measure can be determined but no later than July 29, 2023, with any earlier or delayed date being deemed the “determination date”). In order to vest in the Award: (i) the Committee must certify in writing, the level at which the performance measure was, in fact, satisfied and (ii) the Participant must be employed on the determination date, unless vesting is accelerated due to the Participant’s death or Disability or involuntary termination of service in connection with or following a Change in Control.
  
 The performance measure for this Award is based on the increase in the Corporation’s tangible book value (“TBV”) growth measured against the TBV growth of the Corporation’s compensation peer group over the three-year measurement period. Threshold performance is achieved if the Company’s TBV growth is equal to or greater than 25% of its peer group over the performance period; target performance is achieved if the Company’s TBV growth is equal to or greater than 50% of its peer group over the performance period; and maximum performance is achieved if the Company’s TBV growth equals or exceeds that of 75% of its peer group over the performance period. The actual number of Restricted Stock Units earned will be scaled, based on actual performance over the measurement period versus the stated goals. For further information regarding the percentage of the Award that may be earned at various levels of TBV growth, please refer to Appendix A.

6.Terms and Conditions.
6.1Dividend Equivalent Rights. If set forth in the Committee’s grant resolutions and noted by checking the box below, Dividend Equivalent Rights
   
  ☐ will   ☑ will not
   
  be paid on Restricted Stock Units. If Dividend Equivalent Rights are to be paid on the Restricted Stock Units, any such Dividend Equivalent Rights shall be credited by the Corporation to an account for the Participant and accumulated, with interest for each calendar year (or portion thereof) at an annual rate equal to the dividend yield rate for the immediately preceding calendar year, until the date upon which the underlying Restricted Stock Unit becomes vested.
6.2Voting Rights. The Participant will have no voting right with respect to any Restricted Stock Unit granted hereunder.

7.Delivery of Shares.
  
 Delivery of shares of Stock under this Performance Award will comply with all applicable laws (including, the requirements of the 1934 Act), and the applicable requirements of any securities exchange or similar entity.

8.Change in Control.

 

8.1In the event of a Participant’s involuntary termination of service (including a termination for Good Reason) on the effective date of or within twenty-four (24) months following a Change in Control, the Participant will vest in a portion or all of this Award, based upon an assumed achievement of the performance goals at the greater of the target level or actual achievement level (measured at the date of the Change in Control) multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the actual whole or partial months that have expired in the three-year performance period at the time of the Participant’s termination of service and the denominator of which is 36. In either case, there shall be a prorated payout to the Participant as soon as reasonably practicable but in no event later than 60 days following the Participant’s termination of service (unless a later date is required by Section 15.3 of the Plan).

 

8.2In the event of a Change in Control in which the Corporation is not the surviving entity, if the Participant continues in employment with the surviving entity and the Performance Awards are assumed by the surviving entity, the Performance Awards hereunder held by the Participant shall remain outstanding for the remainder of the three-year performance period and shall be deemed to be earned at the end of the performance period at the greater of the target level or actual achievement level (measured at the date of the Change in Control), subject to accelerated vesting in the event of the Participant’s death (under Section 10.1(i) below), Disability (under 10.1(ii) below), or involuntary termination of service (under Section 8.1 above).

 

8.3In the event of a Change in Control in which the Corporation is not the surviving entity, if the Performance Awards are not assumed by the surviving entity, then the vesting of the Awards will accelerate and be paid in the same manner as under Section 8.1 (as if the Participant had an involuntary termination of service on the date of the Change in Control).

 

8.4A “Change in Control” will be deemed to have occurred as provided in Section 2.1(i) of the Plan.

 

9.Adjustment Provisions.
  
 This Performance Award will be adjusted, in accordance with Appendix A, based on actual achievement at the end of the measurement period.
  
 In addition, this Performance Award, including the number of shares of Stock subject to the Restricted Stock Units, will be adjusted upon the occurrence of the events specified in, and in accordance with the provisions of, Section 13.1 of the Plan. This Performance Award may also be adjusted, in the sole discretion of the Committee, pursuant to the terms of Sections 9.2(b) (other than those governing Awards subject to Code Section 162(m) and13.2 of the Plan).

10.Effect of Termination of Service on Performance Award.

 

10.1This Performance Award will vest as follows:

(i)Death. In the event of the Participant’s termination of service by reason of the Participant’s death, all Restricted Stock Units will vest at the target level at the date of termination of service.
(ii)Disability. In the event of the Participant’s termination of service by reason of Disability, all Restricted Stock Units will vest at the target level, at the date of termination of service.
(iii)Retirement. In the event of the Participant’s termination of service by reason of retirement, Restricted Stock Units that are granted as Performance Awards hereunder shall vest as follows: vesting shall not be accelerated to the retirement date, but at the end of the measurement period, the Participant may vest in a portion of the remaining Award on a pro rata basis by multiplying: (i) the number of shares of Stock earned based on the TBV growth as compared to the Corporation’s compensation peer group achieved over the measurement period (as set forth on Appendix A) and (ii) the percentage of the measurement period that the Participant served prior to retirement (i.e., 18 months equals 50%). For these purposes, a participant will be deemed to have a termination of service due to “retirement” if the Participant terminates Service voluntarily on or after attainment of age sixty-two (62) with five years of service with the Corporation or the Bank. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Participant shall not be eligible for, or shall forfeit the entire Award if the Participant violates the terms of the noncompete requirements set forth in Section 11.6 hereof.
(iv)Termination for Cause. If the Participant’s Service has been terminated for Cause, all Restricted Stock Units granted to a Participant hereunder will expire and be forfeited.
(v)Other Termination. If a Participant terminates Service for any reason other than due to death, Disability, retirement, for Cause, or an involuntary termination all shares of Restricted Stock Units awarded to the Participant hereunder which have not vested as of the date of termination of service will expire and be forfeited.

11.Miscellaneous.

11.1No Performance Award will confer upon the Participant any rights as a stockholder of the Corporation prior to the date on which the individual fulfills all conditions for receipt of such rights and shares of Stock are transferred to the Participant.
11.2This Agreement may not be amended or otherwise modified unless evidenced in writing and signed by the Corporation and the Participant.
11.3Restricted Stock Units are not transferable prior to the time such Awards vest in the Participant.
11.4This Performance Award will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Connecticut.
11.5This Performance Award is subject to all laws, regulations and orders of any governmental authority which may be applicable thereto and, notwithstanding any of the provisions hereof, the Corporation will not be obligated to issue any shares of Stock hereunder if the issuance of such shares would constitute a violation of any law, regulation or order or any provision thereof.
11.6In order to be eligible for any portion of this Performance Award following a termination of service due to retirement, the Participant shall not, for a period of one year after termination of service, become an officer, employee, consultant, director, independent contractor, agent, sole proprietor, joint venturer, greater than 5% equity-owner or stockholder, partner or trustee of any savings bank, savings and loan association, savings and loan holding company, credit union, bank or bank holding company, insurance company or agency, any mortgage or loan broker or any other entity that has headquarters or offices within fifteen (15) miles of the locations in which the Bank or its affiliates has business operations or has filed an application for regulatory approval to establish an office as of the date of Participant’s termination; provided, however, that this restriction shall not apply if the Participant’s retirement occurs contemporaneously with or following a Change in Control.
11.7The granting of this Performance Award does not confer upon the Participant any right to be retained in the employ of the Corporation or any subsidiary.
11.8Subject to written consent by the Committee, the Participant shall have the right to direct the Corporation (or an Affiliate) to collect federal, state and local income taxes and the employee portion of FICA taxes (Social Security and Medicare) with respect to any Restricted Stock Unit Award in accordance with Section 15.2 of the Plan. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Corporation shall have the right to require the Participant to pay the Corporation (or Affiliate) the amount of any tax that the Corporation (or Affiliate) is required to withhold with respect to the settlement of the Restricted Stock Unit or sell without notice, a sufficient number of shares of Stock received upon settlement of the Restricted Stock Unit to cover the maximum amount required to be withheld under applicable law.
11.9To the extent any provision of this Agreement conflict with the terms of the Plan, the terms of the Plan shall control, provided, however, that the provisions of Section 9.2(c) of the Plan pertaining to Section 162(m) of the Code shall not apply to this Performance Award.

[Signature Page Follows]

 
 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Corporation has caused this Agreement to be executed in its name and on its behalf as of the date of grant of this Performance Award set forth above.

 

SALISBURY BANCORP, INC.
 
 
 
By: Richard J. Cantele, Jr.
Its: President and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

PARTICIPANT’S ACCEPTANCE

The undersigned hereby accepts the foregoing Performance Award and agrees to the terms and conditions hereof, including the terms and provisions of the 2017 Long Term Incentive Plan. The undersigned hereby acknowledges receipt of a copy of the Corporation’s 2017 Long Term Incentive Plan.

PARTICIPANT
 
 
 
[NAME]

 

 
 

APPENDIX A

 

Example of Grant: 1,000 Performance-Based Restricted Stock Units

 

The number of shares that vest will be based on Salisbury’s Tangible Book Value

(TBV) growth as compared to Salisbury’s compensation peer group over the three (3) year performance period.

 

Level Achievement

Payout %

 

Shares

 

Threshold Equal to or greater than 25% but less than 30% of peers 50% 500
  30% - 34% 60% 600
  35% - 39% 70% 700
  40% - 44% 80% 800
  45% - 49% 90% 900
Target 50% but less than 55% of peers 100% 1,000
  55% - 59% 110% 1,100
  60% - 64% 120% 1,200
  65% - 69% 130% 1,300
  70% - 74% 140% 1,400
Maximum Equal to 75% or greater than peers 150% 1,500

 

The table below reflects a typical relative performance calibration.

 

Performance Payout %

Shares

 

Value[1]

 

  Equal to or greater than 25% but less than 30% 50% 500 $20,000
50% but less than 55% 100% 1,000 $40,000
75% or greater 150% 1,500 $60,000

 


[1] Assumes share price of $40.00