VRUS Verus International
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):April 28, 2020
VERUS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
9841 Washingtonian Boulevard, #390
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers
On April 28, 2020, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Verus International, Inc. (the “Company”) approved an amended and restated employment agreement with Anshu Bhatnagar, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, which agreement was entered into on April 29, 2020 (the “2020 Employment Agreement”). The 2020 Agreement amended and restated the employment agreement entered into between the Company and Anshu Bhatnagar dated January 31, 2017 (the “2017 Agreement”).
Pursuant to the terms of the 2020 Employment Agreement, Mr. Bhatnagar will receive an annual base salary of $350,000 per year, and in addition, he will receive other forms of compensation including: stock-based base salary; annual cash-based bonus; annual grants of restricted common stock of the Company (the “Common Shares”); and the opportunity to participate in any of the Company’s equity option plans, if applicable. The base salary pursuant to the 2020 Employment Agreement is consistent with the salary Mr. Bhatnagar has received since January 1, 2020.
Mr. Bhatnagar’s stock based salary, pursuant to the 2020 Employment Agreement, will be in the form of Common Shares. An annual cash based bonus may be awarded to Mr. Bhatnagar, at the sole discretion of the Board, that reflects and rewards his contributions to the Company’s business and success. Additionally, based on his performance toward the achievement of agreed upon performance criteria, the Board may, in its sole discretion, award him a bonus in an amount up to 100% of the then base salary. His bonus target is anticipated to be established by the Board, in consultation with Mr. Bhatnagar, and reviewed quarterly. The Company may also, in its sole discretion, award him stock-based bonus that reflects and rewards his contributions to the Company’s business and success. Finally, Mr. Bhatnagar shall have the opportunity to participate in the Company’s equity incentive option plans, at the Board’s discretion.
Mr. Bhatnagar may terminate the Employment Agreement at any time and for any reason; provided, however, Mr. Bhatnagar must provide at least 30 days prior written notice of his termination. In addition, the Company may only terminate Mr. Bhatnagar’s employment for Cause (as defined in the 2020 Employment Agreement). In the event Mr. Bhatnagar terminates his employment with the Company for any reason, he shall be entitled to receive (i) any portion of his then base salary not paid through the date of termination; (ii) reimbursement of expenses incurred on or prior to the termination date; (iii) any accrued but unused vacation pay; (iv) any pro-rated and unpaid portion of the annual bonus Mr. Bhatnagar is entitled to as of the termination date; and (v) any amount arising from Mr. Bhatnagar’ participation in, or benefits under, any benefit plans.
Mr. Bhatnagar’s eligibility under the 2017 Agreement to receive warrants to purchase up to7.5 million Common Shares for each $1 million in revenue generated by the Company until such time as he owned 20% of the Company’s then issued and outstanding Common Shares was amended in the 2020 Employment Agreement to be consistent with the intentions of the Board and with the Company’s former management. On April 28, 2020, the Board approved the issuance of sufficient common stock purchase warrants (the “Warrants”) for Mr. Bhatnagar to own 20% of the Company’s Common Shares on a fully diluted basis with the issuance ofWarrants to purchase 471,883,795 Common Shares at an exercise price of $0.006 per share.
The foregoing description of the 2020 Employment Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the 2020 Employment Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|10.1||Employment Agreement by and between Verus International, Inc. and Anshu Bhatnagar|
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.
|Verus International, Inc.|
|Dated: April 29, 2020||/s/ Anshu Bhatnagar|
|Chief Executive Officer|