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SQZ SQZ Biotechnologies

Filed: 25 Feb 21, 5:00pm

 

 

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): February 23, 2021

 

 

SQZ BIOTECHNOLOGIES COMPANY

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delaware

 

001-39662

 

46-2431115

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation or organization)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

200 Arsenal Yards Blvd, Suite 210

Watertown, MA 02472

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(617) 758-8672

(Registrant’s telephone number, include area code)

N/A

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

 

 

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:

 

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

 

 

 

 

 



Title of each class

  

Trading
Symbols

  

Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common Stock,
$0.001 par value per share

  

SQZ

  

The New York Stock Exchange

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 February 23, 2021, the board of directors of SQZ Biotechnologies Company (the “Company”) approved 2020 annual bonuses for Armon Sharei, Ph.D., Teri Loxam, Oliver Rosen, M.D., Lawrence Knopf and Micah Zajic, the Company’s named executive officers (the “2020 Bonuses”).  The named executive officers’ compensation for 2020 was previously reported by the Company in the 2020 Summary Compensation Table included in the Company’s prospectus, dated February 11, 2021 (the “Prospectus”), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission under Rule 424(b) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  As of the date of the Prospectus, the 2020 Bonuses for the named executive officers had not yet been determined and, therefore, were not included in the 2020 Summary Compensation Table.  Below is a revised 2020 Summary Compensation Table, which includes the 2020 Bonuses payable to the named executive officers and revised total compensation figures for 2020:

 

2020 Summary Compensation Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name and Principal Position

 

Year

 

Salary
($)

 

Bonus
($)(1)

 

Option
Awards
($)  (2)

 

Non-Equity
Incentive  Plan
Compensation
($) (3)

 

All Other
Compensation
($) (4)

 

Total
($)

 

Armon Sharei, Ph.D.

2020

467,313

1,631,574

218,251

7,005

2,324,143

Chief Executive Officer

2019

455,000

367,200

176,000

3,270

1,001,470

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teri Loxam

2020

400,000

139,775

156,800

76,228

772,803

Chief Financial Officer

2019

130,513

125,000

1,376,804

140,000

35,006

1,807,323

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oliver Rosen, M.D.

2020

400,722

502,334

148,019

8,550

1,059,625

Chief Medical Officer

2019

388,750

175,000

748,982

122,400

2,209

1,437,341

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawrence Knopf

2020

334,583

932,400

131,320

8,550

1,406,853

General Counsel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Micah Zajic. (5)

2020

93,212

50,000

1,713,443

142,140

3,300

2,002,095

Chief Business Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

(1)

The amounts in this column represent signing bonuses paid to Ms. Loxam, Dr. Rosen and Mr. Zajic in connection with the commencement of their employment with the Company.

 

(2)

The amounts reflect the full grant-date fair value of stock options granted during 2020 computed in accordance with ASC Topic 718, rather than the amounts paid to or realized by the named individual. We provide information regarding the assumptions used to calculate the value of all option awards made to named executive officers in Note 10 to the consolidated financial statements appearing at the end of the Prospectus.

 

(3)

Amounts reflect the annual bonus earned by the named executive officers for 2020. For additional information, please see the section titled “2020 Bonuses” in the Prospectus.

 

(4)

The amount represents the Company’s matching contributions to the named executive officer’s 401(k) plan account. In addition, for Ms. Loxam and Mr. Zajic, the amount also includes Company-paid relocation expenses in the amount of $70,428 and $2,067, respectively.

 

(5)

Mr. Zajic joined the Company as its Chief Business Officer on September 16, 2020.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SQZ BIOTECHNOLOGIES COMPANY

 

 

 

 

Date: February 25, 2021

 

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Lawrence Knopf

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawrence Knopf

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Counsel