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UPST Upstart

As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 16, 2020

Registration No. 333-            

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM S-8

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

 

UPSTART HOLDINGS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware 46-4332431

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

Upstart Holdings, Inc.

2950 S. Delaware Street, Suite 300

San Mateo, California 94403

(650) 204-1000

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

Upstart Holdings, Inc. 2020 Equity Incentive Plan

Upstart Holdings, Inc. 2020 Employee Stock Purchase Plan

Upstart Holdings, Inc. 2012 Stock Plan

(Full title of the plan)

Dave Girouard

Chief Executive Officer

Upstart Holdings, Inc.

2950 S. Delaware Street, Suite 300

San Mateo, California 94403

(650) 204-1000

 

 

Copies to:

 

Jeffrey D. Saper

Allison B. Spinner

Shannon R. Delahaye

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.

650 Page Mill Road

Palo Alto, California 94304

(650) 493-9300

 

Alison Nicoll

Christopher Ing

Emily Sairafian

Upstart Holdings, Inc.

2950 S. Delaware Street, Suite 300

San Mateo, California 94403

(650) 204-1000

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer   Accelerated filer 
Non-accelerated filer   Smaller reporting company 
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 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act.

 

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

 

Title of Securities

to be Registered

 

Amount

to be

Registered(1)

 

Proposed

Maximum

Offering Price

Per Share

 

Proposed

Maximum
Aggregate
Offering Price

 

Amount of

Registration Fee

Common stock, $0.0001 par value per share:

        

—Upstart Holdings, Inc. 2020 Equity Incentive Plan

 5,520,000 (2) $20.00(5) $110,400,000.00 $12,044.64

—Upstart Holdings, Inc. 2020 Employee Stock Purchase Plan

 1,380,000 (3) $17.00(6) $23,460,000.00 $2,559.49

—Upstart Holdings, Inc. 2012 Stock Plan

 20,066,913(4) $4.18(7) $83,879,696.34 $9,151.28

TOTAL:

 26,966,913   $217,739,696.34 $23,755.41

 

 

(1)

Pursuant to Rule 416(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this Registration Statement covers any additional shares of the Registrant’s common stock that become issuable under the Registrant’s 2020 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2020 Plan”), the Registrant’s 2020 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the “2020 ESPP”) and the Registrant’s 2012 Stock Plan (the “2012 Plan”), by reason of any stock dividend, stock split, recapitalization or other similar transaction effected without the Registrant’s receipt of consideration which results in an increase in the number of the outstanding shares of common stock.

(2)

Represents shares of common stock reserved for issuance pursuant to future awards under the 2020 Plan. The number of shares of common stock available for issuance under the 2020 Plan will be increased by any shares of common stock subject to awards outstanding under the 2012 Plan that expire or otherwise terminate without having been exercised or issued in full, are tendered to or withheld by the Registrant for payment of an exercise price or for satisfying tax withholding obligations, or are forfeited to or repurchased by the Registrant due to failure to vest. See footnote 4 below.

(3)

Represents shares of common stock reserved for issuance under the 2020 ESPP.

(4)

Represents shares of common stock reserved for issuance pursuant to stock options outstanding under the 2012 Plan as of the date of this Registration Statement. Any stock options outstanding under the 2012 Plan that, on or after the Registration Date, expire or otherwise terminate without having been exercised in full, are tendered to or withheld by the Registrant for payment of an exercise price or for satisfying tax withholding obligations, or are forfeited to or repurchased by the Registrant due to failure to vest will become available for issuance as shares of common stock under the 2020 Plan, subject to the maximum limit set forth in the 2020 Plan. See footnote 2 above.

(5)

Estimated in accordance with Rule 457(h) solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee on the basis of $20.00 per share, which is the initial public offering price per share of common stock set forth on the cover page of the Registrant’s prospectus dated December 15, 2020 relating to its initial public offering.

(6)

Estimated in accordance with Rule 457(h) solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee on the basis of 85% of $20.00 per share, which is the initial public offering price per share of common stock set forth on the cover page of the Registrant’s prospectus dated December 15, 2020 relating to its initial public offering. Pursuant to the 2020 ESPP, the purchase price of the shares of common stock reserved for issuance thereunder will be 85% of the lower of the fair market value of common stock on the Enrollment Date or the Exercise Date (as such terms are defined in the 2020 ESPP).

(7)

Estimated in accordance with Rule 457(h) solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee on the basis of $4.18 per share, the weighted-average exercise price of stock options outstanding under the 2012 Plan as of the date of this Registration Statement.


PART I

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE PROSPECTUS

The information specified in Item 1 and Item 2 of Part I of Form S-8 is omitted from this Registration Statement on Form S-8 (the “Registration Statement”) in accordance with the provisions of Rule 428 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and the introductory note to Part I of Form S-8. The documents containing the information specified in Part I of Form S-8 will be delivered to the participants in the equity benefit plans covered by this Registration Statement as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) under the Securities Act.

PART II

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN REGISTRATION STATEMENT

Item 3. Incorporation of Documents by Reference.

Upstart Holdings, Inc. (the “Registrant”) hereby incorporates by reference into this Registration Statement the following documents previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”):

(1) The Registrant’s Prospectus dated December 15, 2020, filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act, as a part of the Registration Statement on Form S-1, as amended (File No. 333-249860), which contains the Registrant’s audited financial statements for the latest fiscal year for which such statements have been filed; and

(2) The description of the Registrant’s common stock contained in the Company’s Registration Statement on Form 8-A (File No. 001-39797) filed with the Commission on December 10, 2020, pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), including any amendment or report filed for the purpose of updating such description.

All documents filed by the Registrant pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act on or after the date of this Registration Statement and prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement that indicates that all securities offered have been sold or that deregisters all securities then remaining unsold shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement and to be part hereof from the date of filing of such documents; provided, however, that documents or information deemed to have been furnished and not filed in accordance with the rules of the Commission shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement. Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any subsequently filed document which also is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such statement. Any such statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this Registration Statement.

Item 4. Description of Securities.

Not applicable.

Item 5. Interests of Named Experts and Counsel.

Not applicable.

Item 6. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.

Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law authorizes a corporation’s board of directors to grant, and authorizes a court to award, indemnity to officers, directors, and other corporate agents.

The Registrant’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation contains provisions that limit the liability of its directors for monetary damages to the fullest extent permitted by the Delaware General Corporation Law. Consequently, the Registrant’s directors will not be personally liable to the Registrant or its stockholders for monetary damages for any breach of fiduciary duties as directors, except liability for the following:

 

  

any breach of their duty of loyalty to the Registrant or its stockholders;

 

  

any act or omission not in good faith or that involves intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law;


  

unlawful payments of dividends or unlawful stock repurchases or redemptions as provided in Section 174 of the Delaware General Corporation Law; or

 

  

any transaction from which they derived an improper personal benefit.

Any amendment to, or repeal of, these provisions will not eliminate or reduce the effect of these provisions in respect of any act, omission, or claim that occurred or arose prior to that amendment or repeal. If the Delaware General Corporation Law is amended to provide for further limitations on the personal liability of directors of corporations, then the personal liability of the Registrant’s directors will be further limited to the greatest extent permitted by the Delaware General Corporation Law.

In addition, the Registrant’s amended and restated bylaws provide that the Registrant will indemnify, to the fullest extent permitted by law, any person who is or was a party or is threatened to be made a party to any action, suit, or proceeding by reason of the fact that he or she is or was one of the Registrant’s directors or officers or is or was serving at the Registrant’s request as a director or officer of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise. The Registrant’s amended and restated bylaws provide that the Registrant may indemnify to the fullest extent permitted by law any person who is or was a party or is threatened to be made a party to any action, suit, or proceeding by reason of the fact that he or she is or was one of the Registrant’s employees or agents or is or was serving at the Registrant’s request as an employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, or other enterprise. The Registrant’s amended and restated bylaws will also provide that the Registrant must advance expenses incurred by or on behalf of a director or officer in advance of the final disposition of any action or proceeding, subject to limited exceptions.

Further, the Registrant has entered into indemnification agreements with each of its directors and executive officers that may be broader than the specific indemnification provisions contained in the Delaware General Corporation Law. These indemnification agreements require the Registrant, among other things, to indemnify its directors and executive officers against liabilities that may arise by reason of their status or service. These indemnification agreements also require the Registrant to advance all expenses incurred by the directors and executive officers in investigating or defending any such action, suit, or proceeding. The Registrant believes that these agreements are necessary to attract and retain qualified individuals to serve as directors and executive officers.

The limitation of liability and indemnification provisions in the Registrant’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation, amended and restated bylaws and the indemnification agreements that the Registrant has entered into with its directors and executive officers may discourage stockholders from bringing a lawsuit against the Registrant’s directors and executive officers for breach of their fiduciary duties. They may also reduce the likelihood of derivative litigation against the Registrant’s directors and executive officers, even though an action, if successful, might benefit the Registrant and other stockholders. Further, a stockholder’s investment may be adversely affected to the extent that the Registrant pays the costs of settlement and damage awards against directors and executive officers as required by these indemnification provisions. At present, the Registrant is not aware of any pending litigation or proceeding involving any person who is or was one of the Registrant’s directors, officers, employees, or other agents or is or was serving at its request as a director, officer, employee, or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, for which indemnification is sought, and the Registrant is not aware of any threatened litigation that may result in claims for indemnification.

The Registrant has obtained insurance policies under which, subject to the limitations of the policies, coverage is provided to the Registrant’s directors and executive officers against loss arising from claims made by reason of breach of fiduciary duty or other wrongful acts as a director or executive officer, including claims relating to public securities matters, and to the Registrant with respect to payments that may be made by the Registrant to these directors and executive officers pursuant to its indemnification obligations or otherwise as a matter of law.

Certain of the Registrant’s non-employee directors may, through their relationships with their employers, be insured or indemnified against certain liabilities incurred in their capacity as members of the Registrant’s board of directors.

Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers or persons controlling the Registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, the Registrant has been informed that, in the opinion of the Commission, such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is therefore unenforceable.

Item 7. Exemption from Registration Claimed.

Not applicable.


Item 8. Exhibits.

 

Exhibit

Number

  

Description

4.1(1)  Form of common stock certificate of the Registrant.
4.2(2)  Upstart Holdings, Inc. 2020 Equity Incentive Plan and related form agreements.
4.3(3)  Upstart Holdings, Inc. 2020 Employee Stock Purchase Plan and related form agreements.
4.4(4)  Upstart Holdings, Inc. 2012 Stock Plan and related form agreements.
5.1  Opinion of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
23.1  Consent of Deloitte & Touche LLP, Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.
23.2  Consent of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Professional Corporation (included in Exhibit 5.1).
24.1  Power of Attorney (contained on signature page hereto).

 

(1)

Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 filed with the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (Registration No. 333-249860), filed with the Commission on December 4, 2020.

(2)

Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 filed with the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (Registration No. 333-249860), filed with the Commission on December 4, 2020.

(3)

Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.5 filed with the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (Registration No. 333-249860), filed with the Commission on December 4, 2020.

(4)

Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 filed with the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (Registration No. 333-249860), filed with the Commission on November 6, 2020.


Item 9. Undertakings.

 

A.

The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes:

 

 (1)

To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement:

 

 (i)

To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;

 

 (ii)

To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the Registration Statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the Registration Statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than a 20 percent change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective Registration Statement; and

 

 (iii)

To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the Registration Statement or any material change to such information in the Registration Statement.

Provided, however, that paragraphs (A)(1)(i) and (A)(1)(ii) do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement.

 

 (2)

For the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

 (3)

It will remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.

 

B.

The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the Registrant’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act) that is incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

C.

Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the Registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of San Mateo, State of California, on December 16, 2020.

 

UPSTART HOLDINGS, INC.
By: 

/s/ Dave Girouard

 Dave Girouard
 Chief Executive Officer

POWER OF ATTORNEY

KNOW ALL PERSONS BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints Dave Girouard, Sanjay Datta and Alison Nicoll, and each of them, as such individual’s true and lawful attorney in fact and agent with full power of substitution, for such individual in any and all capacities, to sign any and all amendments to this Registration Statement on Form S-8 (including post-effective amendments), and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, granting unto said attorney in fact, proxy and agent full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in connection therewith, as fully for all intents and purposes as he might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorney in fact, proxy and agent, or the individual’s substitute, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this registration statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the date indicated:

 

Signature

  

Title

  

Date

/s/ Dave Girouard

  Chief Executive Officer and Director  
Dave Girouard  (Principal Executive Officer)  December 16, 2020

/s/ Sanjay Datta

  Chief Financial Officer  
Sanjay Datta  (Principal Financial Officer)  December 16, 2020

/s/ Natalia Mirgorodskaya

  Corporate Controller  
Natalia Mirgorodskaya  (Principal Accounting Officer)  December 16, 2020

/s/ Paul Gu

  Director  
Paul Gu    December 16, 2020

/s/ Mary Hentges

  Director  
Mary Hentges    December 16, 2020

/s/ Oskar Mielczarek de la Miel

  Director  
Oskar Mielczarek de la Miel    December 16, 2020

/s/ Ciaran O’Kelly

  Director  
Ciaran O’Kelly    December 16, 2020

/s/ Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

  Director  
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy    December 16, 2020

/s/ Robert Schwartz

  Director  
Robert Schwartz    December 16, 2020

/s/ Hilliard C. Terry III

  Director  
Hilliard C. Terry III    December 16, 2020