SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 10, 2021
THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATION
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)||(Commission File Number)||(IRS Employer Identification Number)|
|1400 Toastmaster Drive,||Elgin,||Illinois||60120|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
|Registrant's telephone number, including area code:||(847)||741-3300|
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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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||MIDD||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).
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Item 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
On May 10, 2021, The Middleby Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), held its 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”). There were a total of 55,638,477 outstanding shares of common stock entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting, of which 49,085,242 were present or represented by proxy. At the Annual Meeting, the Company’s stockholders cast their votes as described below. The proposals are described in the definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2021.
1. ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
Proposal one was the election of seven (7) directors. The shares present were voted as follows:
|Gordon O’Brien||45,489,365 ||591,119 ||3,004,758 |
|Timothy J. FitzGerald||45,783,966 ||296,518 ||3,004,758 |
|Sarah Palisi Chapin||45,443,351 ||637,133 ||3,004,758 |
|Cathy L. McCarthy||45,544,534 ||535,950 ||3,004,758 |
|John R. Miller III||41,986,347 ||4,094,137 ||3,004,758 |
|Robert A. Nerbonne||45,562,490 ||517,994 ||3,004,758 |
|Nassem Ziyad||45,943,318 ||137,166 ||3,004,758 |
Pursuant to the foregoing votes, all seven nominees listed above were elected to the Company’s Board of Directors to serve until the Company’s 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until their successors shall be duly elected and qualified or until their earlier death, resignation or removal.
2. ADVISORY VOTE ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
Proposal two was the approval, on an advisory basis, of the 2020 compensation of the Company’s named executive officers. The shares present were voted as follows:
|FOR: 41,984,976||AGAINST: 3,978,233||ABSTAIN: 117,275||BROKER NON-VOTES: 3,004,758|
Pursuant to the foregoing votes, proposal two was approved on an advisory basis.
3. APPROVAL OF ADOPTION OF 2021 LONG-TERM INCENTIVE PLAN
Proposal three was the approval of the adoption of the Company’s 2021 Long-Term Incentive Plan. The shares present were voted as follows:
|FOR: 42,290,776||AGAINST: 3,751,223||ABSTAIN: 38,485||BROKER NON-VOTES: 3,004,758|
Pursuant to the foregoing votes, proposal three was approved.
4. RATIFICATION OF INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS
Proposal four was the ratification of the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent public accountants for the fiscal year ending January 1, 2022. The shares present were voted as follows:
|FOR: 48,967,932||AGAINST: 73,844||ABSTAIN: 43,466||BROKER NON-VOTES: 0|
Pursuant to the foregoing votes, proposal four was approved.
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.
THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATION
|Dated:||May 13, 2021||By:|
/s/ Bryan E. Mittelman
| || ||Bryan E. Mittelman|
| || ||Chief Financial Officer|