EMR Emerson Electric

Filed: 26 Feb 21, 4:05pm












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



Emerson Electric Co.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Missouri 1-278 43-0259330

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

8000 West Florissant Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63136

(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (314) 553-2000

Not Applicable

(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





Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common Stock, $0.50 par value per share EMR New York Stock Exchange
  NYSE Chicago
0.375% Notes due 2024 EMR 24 New York Stock Exchange
1.250% Notes due 2025 EMR 25A New York Stock Exchange
2.000% Notes due 2029 EMR 29 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).

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Item 5.02.

Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

As previously reported, on February 5, 2021, David N. Farr, retired as Chief Executive Officer of Emerson Electric Co. (the “Company”).

On February 23, 2021, the Company and Mr. Farr entered into a letter agreement (the “Letter Agreement”) and related consulting agreement (the “Consulting Agreement”) in connection with his retirement. The Letter Agreement provides that, as previously reported, Mr. Farr will retire as a Director and as non-executive Chairman of the Board on May 5, 2021. The Letter Agreement also provides that he will remain an employee of the Company through May 31, 2021. The Letter Agreement and related Consulting Agreement are summarized below.

Under the Letter Agreement, Mr. Farr agrees, among other things: (i) not to compete with, or solicit or hire the employees of, the Company or any of its affiliates during a period of five years from his retirement date; (ii) not to use or disclose any confidential information of the Company; (iii) to reaffirm all existing non-compete, invention, non-disclosure and non-solicitation obligations he has to the Company; and (iv) to comply with non-disparagement obligations. Mr. Farr will also release and discharge the Company, its affiliates, and its and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from any and all claims or liabilities of whatever nature and will remain subject to the Company’s clawback policies.

Under the Letter Agreement, Mr. Farr will continue to receive his base salary and certain other benefits through May 31, 2021. He will remain eligible to receive a 75% pro rata bonus based on the Company’s financial performance for fiscal 2021, and subject to final approval of the Company’s Compensation Committee at the normal time under the program. Mr. Farr will remain eligible to receive a full payout of any earned awards under the Fiscal 2019 – 2021, Fiscal 2020 – 2022 and Fiscal 2021 – 2023 Performance Shares Programs, subject to the Company’s achievement of the applicable performance objectives, to be paid at the normal times provided for under the programs. In addition, all of Mr. Farr’s vested options will remain exercisable through October 1, 2023, their original expiration date.

Mr. Farr will be eligible to receive monthly pension benefits earned under the Company’s qualified and non-qualified pension plans, pursuant to the terms and conditions of, and to be paid in the manner and at the times set forth in such plans. He will also be eligible to receive distributions under the Company’s qualified and non-qualified 401(k) and profit-sharing retirement savings plans, as provided under those plans.

If Mr. Farr violates any of his obligations to the Company under the Letter Agreement, he will forfeit all payments to be made or benefits provided under the Letter Agreement and will repay to the Company, as liquidated damages, one-half of the economic value of all benefits provided to him under the Letter Agreement prior to the date of breach.

The Consulting Agreement provides for an initial term of June 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021, may be extended by the parties, and is subject to the Company’s right to terminate in certain cases. Under the agreement, Mr. Farr would provide such transition, consulting and advisory services on an as-needed basis as may be requested by the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, and would receive consulting fees of $117,000 per month and reimbursement of expenses.

The above description of the Letter Agreement and Consulting Agreement are qualified in its entirety by reference to a copy of the Letter Agreement and Consulting Agreement attached hereto as Exhibits 10.1 and 10.2.


Item 9.01.

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.




Description of Exhibits

10.1  Letter Agreement dated February 23, 2021, by and between Emerson Electric Co. and David N. Farr
10.2  Consulting Agreement dated February 23, 2021, by and between Emerson Electric Co. and David N. Farr
104  Cover Page Interactive Data File - the cover page XBRL tags are embedded within the Inline XBRL document.


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.


Date: February 26, 2021  EMERSON ELECTRIC CO.

/s/ John A. Sperino

   John A. Sperino
   Vice President and Assistant Secretary