Securities and Exchange Commission
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 12, 2021 (January 6, 2021)
Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc.
(Name of Registrant as Specified In Its Charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
1906 Towne Centre Blvd, Suite 370 Annapolis,
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Exchange Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share||HASI||New York Stock Exchange|
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Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers. Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
J. Brendan Herron Transition
On January 7, 2021, Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that J. Brendan Herron will be transitioning from his role as an executive vice president of the Company to a role as a strategic advisor to the Company. It is expected that the effective date of this transition will be April 18, 2021.
Pursuant to an agreement entered into between the Company and Mr. Herron, dated January 6, 2021 (the “Letter Agreement”), Mr. Herron will provide strategic consulting services to the Company. The Letter Agreement has a term of 12 months, subject to extension upon mutual agreement of the parties. Pursuant to the Letter Agreement, Mr. Herron will receive a one-time payment of $1 million in cash and 22,254 units of limited partnership interest in the Company’s operating partnership (“OP Units”) that will vest on the first anniversary of the date of grant, both to be paid within 10 business days of the effective date of the Letter Agreement. In addition, the Letter Agreement provides that Mr. Herron is entitled to a fee of $41,666.67 in cash per month during the term of the Letter Agreement as well as additional success payments subject to negotiation to the extent a strategic project requires the involvement of Mr. Herron beyond what is contemplated by the Letter Agreement.
In addition, following effectiveness of the waiver provisions under the Letter Agreement, 13,423 shares of unvested restricted common stock of the Company previously awarded to Mr. Herron will vest and 133,500 membership units in HASI Management HoldCo LLC previously awarded to Mr. Herron will be converted, at the maximum level contemplated in the applicable grant agreements irrespective of any performance requirements, into 13,423 shares of fully vested common stock and 133,500 fully vested OP Units. Pursuant to the Letter Agreement, Mr. Herron agrees to waive and release all claims he may have, or in the future may possess, arising out of his role as an officer of the Company, and the transition of such relationship; provided, however, that Mr. Herron does not release, among other things, any rights to payments and benefits provided under his employment agreement except as provided in the Letter Agreement, any right to enforce the Letter Agreement, except as provided in the Letter Agreement, his rights under the indemnification agreement, or any claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
The Company may, in its sole option, terminate the Letter Agreement, with or without cause by delivering a notice of termination. If the Letter Agreement is terminated without cause, Mr. Herron will be entitled to (x) any unpaid compensation set forth above through the end of the term of the Letter Agreement and (y) all outstanding restricted stock units and OP Units awarded to Mr. Herron prior to such time will be converted into unrestricted common stock of the Company or OP Units, as applicable, at the maximum level contemplated in the applicable grant agreements irrespective of any performance requirements. If the termination of the Letter Agreement is for cause, Mr. Herron shall not be entitled to any further compensation from the Company.
The foregoing summary of the Letter Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by the terms of the Letter Agreement to be filed as an exhibit the Company’s next periodic report.
Jeffrey A. Lipson Appointment
On January 6, 2021, the board of directors of the Company appointed Jeffrey A. Lipson, 53, the Company’s current executive vice president and chief financial officer, to the additional role of chief operating officer. In addition to his new responsibilities as chief operating officer, Mr. Lipson will retain his responsibilities as executive vice president, chief financial officer, and member of the investment committee of the Company. Details of Mr. Lipson’s biography can be found in the Company’s 2020 Proxy Statement filed with the SEC.
There are no arrangements or understandings with any person pursuant to which Mr. Lipson was appointed chief operating officer of the Company. Mr. Lipson has no family relationships with any director, executive officer or person nominated or chosen by the Company to become a director or executive officer of the Company.
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.
|HANNON ARMSTRONG SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE CAPITAL, INC. |
|By:||/s/ Steven L. Chuslo|
|Steven L. Chuslo|
|Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer|
Date: January 12, 2021