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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): June 23, 2017

 

Spark Networks, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delaware

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

001-32750

(Commission

File Number)

 

20-8901733

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

 

 

 

11150 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 600

Los Angeles, California

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

90025

(Zip Code)

(310) 893-0550
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable

(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:

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in 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 June 23, 2017, Spark Networks, Inc. (the Company) entered into an amended and restated employment agreement (the “Amended Employment Agreement”) with Robert OHare, the Companys Chief Financial Officer (the Executive).  A summary of the material terms of the Amended Employment Agreement is set forth below.

Compensation. The Company shall pay the Executive an annual base salary of $305,000. The Executive is eligible to receive an annual bonus of $24,000 based upon specific operational goals previously determined by the board of directors or the compensation committee of the board of directors of the Company.  However, if the Executive relocates to the New York City metropolitan area in connection with the planned merger of the Company with Affinitas GmbH (“Affinitas”), then the Executive will be eligible to receive an annual bonus with a target amount of 30% of his annual base salary for calendar year 2017 and subsequent calendar years based on the achievement of individual and Company performance goals for such years to be determined by the board or the compensation committee.  In addition, in the event that the Executive relocates to New York in connection with the planned merger of the Company with Affinitas, the Executive shall receive a stipend for housing in New York of $100,000 per year, paid on a monthly basis on or about the first business day of each month, following such relocation so long as he remains employed by the Company and continues to live in New York.  

Termination of Employment. Either the Company or the Executive may terminate the Executives employment at any time, with or without cause (as such term is defined in the Amended Employment Agreement).  Executive shall be entitled to additional payments in connection with certain terminations of employment as described below.

(a)  Severance upon Involuntary Termination without Cause or Termination by Executive with Good Reason.  In the event that the Company causes to occur an involuntary termination of the Executive’s employment without cause, or the Executive resigns from employment with the Company for good reason (as such term is defined in the Amended Employment Agreement), then the Executive shall be entitled to the following:

(i)  If such termination occurs at any time on or prior to August 1, 2018, (A) a single cash lump sum equal to 125% of the Executives annual base salary and 125% of the Executive’s annual target bonus amount for the full year in which such termination occurs, and (B) reimbursement of any COBRA payments paid by the Executive in the 15-month period following the Executives termination of employment to the extent the Executive is not eligible for similar coverage through another employer.

(ii)  If such termination occurs at any time after August 1, 2018, (A) a single cash lump sum equal to 50% of the Executives Annual Base Salary and 50% of the Executive’s annual target bonus amount for the full year in which such termination occurs, and (B) reimbursement of any COBRA payments paid by the Executive in the 12-month period following the Executives termination of employment to the extent the Executive is not eligible for similar coverage through another employer.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, if such termination after August 1, 2018, is “in Connection with a Change of Control” (as such term is defined below), then the Executive shall be entitled to receive the payments set forth below under the heading “Severance upon Change in Control” in lieu of the payments herein.

(b)  Severance upon Change in Control. If the Executive’s employment is terminated without cause or the Executive resigns for good reason, and such termination occurs both (i) after August 1, 2018, and (ii) either (A) within three months preceding a change in control (as such term is defined in the Amended Employment Agreement), or (B) within 12 months following a change in control (any such termination, a termination “in Connection with a Change of Control”), then the Executive shall be entitled to the following: (x) a single cash lump sum equal to 100% of the Executives annual base salary and 100% of the Executive’s annual bonus payment for the year in which such termination occurs, and (y) reimbursement of any COBRA payments paid by the Executive in the 12-month period following the Executives termination of employment to the extent the Executive is not eligible for similar coverage through another employer.

(c)  Effect of Death or Disability. In the event that the Executive dies or terminates employment by reason of a disability (as such term is defined in the Amended Employment Agreement), the Executive shall be entitled to (i) payment of the unpaid prorated annual base salary earned as of the date of the Executives death or disability, (ii) a pro rata amount of the Executives annual target bonus amount for the year in which the Executives employment terminates based on the number of days the Executive was employed by the Company during such year and (iii) reimbursement of any COBRA payments paid by the Executive or his estate or beneficiaries in the 12-month period following the termination date.

 


 

Change in Control. In the event of a change in control in the Company, (a) the option to purchase 400,000 shares of common stock, at an exercise price of $1.01 per share, granted to the Executive on March 30, 2017 (the “2017 Stock Options”) shall remain subject to the vesting acceleration terms set forth in the stock option award agreement covering the 2017 Stock Options, and (b) with respect to any restricted stock units or stock options, other than the 2017 Stock Options, granted to the Executive, 100% of such restricted stock units and stock options that are not yet vested shall vest immediately upon such change in control.  

The foregoing summary of the Amended Employment Agreement is qualified in its entirety by the text of the Amended Employment Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

 

 

Exhibit
No.

 

Description

 

 

10.1

 

Amended and Restated Employment Agreement between Spark Networks, Inc. and Robert OHare, effective June 23, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPARK NETWORKS, INC.

 

 

 

 

Dated: June 29, 2017

 

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Danny Rosenthal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danny Rosenthal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Executive Officer

 

 


 

Exhibit Index

 

 

 

Exhibit
No.

 

Description

 

 

10.1

 

Amended and Restated Employment Agreement between Spark Networks, Inc. and Robert OHare, effective June 23, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exhibit 10.1

SECOND AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

This Second Amended and Restated Employment Agreement (this Agreement) is effective as of June 23, 2017 (the Effective Date) by and between Spark Networks, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company), and Robert OHare, an individual resident in California (Executive).

WITNESSETH:

WHEREAS, the Company and Executive entered into an Amended and Restated Employment Agreement effective as of January 1, 2017 (the Employment Agreement); and

WHEREAS, the Company and Executive desire to make certain amendments to the Employment Agreement as set forth in this Agreement.

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual obligations herein contained, the parties hereto, intending to be legally bound hereby, covenant and agree as follows:

 

1.

   EMPLOYMENT

(a) The Company is employing Executive to render services to the Company in the position of Chief Financial Officer. Executive shall perform such duties commensurate with his position, subject to the control of the Board of Directors of the Company (the Board), for the overall strategic direction and leadership of the Company. Executive shall report to the Chief Executive Officer.

(b) Throughout the Term (as defined below), Executive shall devote his full business time and undivided attention to the business and affairs of the Company and its affiliates and subsidiaries, except for reasonable vacations and except for illness or incapacity, but nothing in the Agreement shall preclude Executive from engaging in charitable and public service activities provided such activities do not materially interfere with the performance of his duties and responsibilities under this Agreement.

 

2.

   TERM

The term of this Agreement (the Term) shall commence on the Effective Date and shall continue until terminated pursuant to Section 4 hereof.

 

3.

   COMPENSATION

For services rendered by Executive during the Term of this Agreement, and for his performance of all additional obligations of employment, the Company agrees to pay Executive and Executive agrees to accept the following salary, other compensation, and benefits:

(a) Base Salary. During the Term, the Company shall pay Executive a base salary at the annual rate of $305,000 (the Annual Base Salary) to be paid evenly over the course of the year in accordance with the Companys standard payroll policies. During the Term, the Annual Base Salary will not be increased or decreased.

 


 

(b) Annual Bonus. In addition to the Annual Base Salary, Executive is currently eligible to receive an annual bonus of $24,000 based upon specific operational goals previously determined by the Board or the Compensation Committee.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, if Executive relocates to the New York City metropolitan area (hereinafter, “New York”) in connection with the planned merger of the Company with Affinitas GmbH (“Affinitas”), then Executive will be eligible to receive an annual bonus with a target amount of 30% of his Annual Base Salary for calendar year 2017 and subsequent calendar years based on the achievement of individual and Company performance goals for such years to be determined by the Board or the Compensation Committee. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event of Executive’s relocation to New York and the merger closes with Affinitas during 2017, Executive’s annual bonus for 2017 will be divided into two components: First, Executive will receive a bonus payment in connection with the closing of the planned merger of the Company with Affinitas equal to 30% of his Annual Base Salary, multiplied by a fraction the numerator of which shall be the number of days from January 1, 2017 through the date on which such merger closes, and the denominator of which shall be 365; and the individual and Company goals for the remainder of calendar year 2017 will be set as soon as reasonably practicable following the closing of the merger, with the target amount of such bonus being equal to 30% of his Annual Base Salary multiplied by a fraction, the number of which shall be the number of days from the first calendar day after the date on which such merger closes, and the denominator of which shall be 365. The individual and Company goals for 2018 and subsequent calendar years will be set no later than 60 days following the beginning of such calendar year. Any annual bonus payment (including any bonus payment made in connection with the planned merger with Affinitas) shall be made at the same time that annual bonus payments (or retention bonus payments, in the case of any bonus payment made in connection with the planned merger with Affinitas) are made to other employees of the Company, but in no event later than March 15 of the year following the year in which such bonus payment is earned. Subject to the terms of Section 4 below, Executive must be employed by the Company on the date on which such bonus is earned in order to be eligible to receive such bonus.

(c) Benefits. Executive shall be entitled to participate, as long as he is an employee of the Company, in any and all of the Companys present or future employee benefit plans, including without limitation pension plans, thrift and savings plans, insurance plans, and other benefits that are generally applicable to the Companys executives; provided, however, that the accrual and/or receipt by Executive of benefits under and pursuant to any such present or future employee benefit plan shall be determined by the provisions of such plan.

(d) Business Expenses. Executive shall be reimbursed for all reasonable expenses incurred in connection with the conduct of the Companys business upon presentation of evidence of such expenditures, including but not limited to travel expenses incurred by Executive in the performance of his duties and professional organization dues.

(e) Relocation Expenses. Executive shall be reimbursed for reasonable out of pocket relocation expenses of up to $35,000 in the event that Executive relocates to New York during 2017 while employed with the Company in connection with the planned merger of the Company with Affinitas, provided that Executive submits to the Company such expenses for reimbursement within four months of such relocation to New York. If Executive’s employment is terminated by the Company without Cause or Executive terminates his employment for Good Reason at any time following Executive’s relocation to New York but prior to August 1, 2019, Executive shall be reimbursed for reasonable out of pocket relocation expenses of up to $35,000 for his relocation back to California within six months following any such termination of employment, provided that Executive submits to the Company such expenses for reimbursement within four months of such relocation (and the Company shall promptly reimburse Executive for such expenses, but in no event later than two months after Executive’s submission thereof).

(f) Housing Stipend. In the event that Executive relocates to New York in connection with the planned merger of the Company with Affinitas, Executive shall receive a stipend for housing in New York of $100,000 per year, paid on a monthly basis on or about the first business day of each month, following such relocation so long as he remains employed by the Company and continues to live in New York.  For clarity, it is anticipated that these payments will commence on August 1, 2017.

 

4.

   TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT

Subject to the terms and conditions of this Section 4, either the Company or Executive may terminate Executives employment at any time, with or without Cause (as defined in Section 4(g)), during the Term. Any termination of Executives employment during the Term shall be communicated by written notice of termination from the terminating party to the other party (Notice of Termination). The Notice of Termination shall indicate the specific provision(s) of this Agreement relied upon in effecting the termination and a written statement of the reason(s) for the termination. A Notice of Termination provided by either party shall not be effective for a period of thirty (30) days after receipt of such Notice of Termination by the other party. In the event the Executives employment terminates under Subsection 4(a) (Severance upon Involuntary Termination without Cause or Termination by Executive with Good Reason), Subsection 4(b) (Severance upon Change in Control), Subsection 4(c) (Effect of Death or Disability) or Executive is terminated by Company for Cause, the Company shall pay to Executive upon Executives

 

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termination of employment: (i) the prorated Annual Base Salary earned as of the date of Executives termination of employment, plus (ii) the accrued but unused vacation as of the date of Executives termination of employment. Any unvested equity interests held by Executive shall be forfeited upon the employment termination date, except as otherwise provided herein. Except as otherwise provided in this Section 4 or in any other agreement between the Company and Executive, the Company shall have no further obligation to make or provide to Executive, and Executive shall have no further right to receive or obtain from the Company, any payments or benefits in respect of the termination of Executives employment with the Company during the Term of Employment.

(a) Severance upon Involuntary Termination without Cause or Termination by Executive with Good Reason.

(i) In addition to any payments set forth above in Section 4, in the event that the Company causes to occur an involuntary termination without Cause (as defined in Section 4(g)), or Executive resigns from employment with the Company for Good Reason (as defined in Section 4(g)), Executive shall be entitled to a Severance Package that consists of the following:

(A) If such termination occurs at any time on or prior to August 1, 2018, (i) a single cash lump sum Severance Payment equal to 125% of Executives Annual Base Salary and 125% of Executive’s annual target bonus amount for the full year in which such termination occurs (with such bonus payment amount equal to the annual bonus amount that Executive would have received had Executive remained employed by the Company through the date of payment of such annual bonuses to other members of management), payment to be made on the sixtieth (60th) day following such termination or, in the event the legally required revocation period for Executive’s release as contemplated pursuant to Section 4(a)(ii) expires prior to such sixtieth (60th) day, as soon as reasonably practicable following the expiration of such revocation period, and (ii) reimbursement of any COBRA payments paid by Executive in the fifteen (15) month period following Executives termination of employment to the extent Executive is not eligible for similar coverage through another employer.

(B) If such termination occurs at any time after August 1, 2018, (i) a single cash lump sum Severance Payment equal to 50% of Executives Annual Base Salary and 50% of Executive’s annual target bonus amount for the full year in which such termination occurs (with such bonus payment amount equal to the annual bonus amount that Executive would have received had Executive remained employed by the Company through the date of payment of such annual bonuses to other members of management), payment to be made on the sixtieth (60th) day following such termination or, in the event the legally required revocation period for Executive’s release as contemplated pursuant to Section 4(a)(ii) expires prior to such sixtieth (60th) day, as soon as reasonably practicable following the expiration of such revocation period, and (ii) reimbursement of any COBRA payments paid by Executive in the twelve (12) month period following Executives termination of employment to the extent Executive is not eligible for similar coverage through another employer.  Notwithstanding the foregoing clause (B), if such termination after August 1, 2018, is in Connection with a Change of Control (as defined below), then Executive shall be entitled to receive the Severance Package set forth in Section 4(b) below in lieu of the Severance Package set forth in this Section 4(a)(i)(B).

(ii) If any plan pursuant to which severance welfare benefits are provided is not, or ceases prior to the expiration of the period of continuation coverage to be, exempt from the application of Section 409A under Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(a)(5) or the Company is otherwise unable to continue to cover Executive under its group health plans without substantial adverse tax consequences, then an amount equal to each remaining premium payment shall thereafter be paid to Executive as currently taxable compensation in substantially equal monthly installments over the continuation coverage period (or the remaining portion thereof). Executives eligibility for any Severance Package will be conditional on Executive executing a Separation Agreement that includes a general mutual release by the Company and Executive in favor of the other and their successors, affiliates and estates to the fullest extent permitted by law, drafted by and in a form reasonably satisfactory to the Company and Executive, and Executive not revoking the mutual general release within any legally required revocation period, if applicable, within the fifty-two (52)-day period following termination. All legally required and authorized deductions and tax withholdings shall be made from the Severance Payment, including for wage garnishments, if applicable, to the extent required or permitted by law. Effective immediately upon termination of employment, Executive shall no longer be eligible to contribute to or to receive additional Company contributions as an active participant in any retirement or benefit plan covering employees of the Company, but shall continue to have all rights under each such plan that are afforded to terminated employees and inactive participants.

 

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(b) Severance upon Change in Control. In addition to any payments set forth above in Section 4 (but not Section 4(a)), if Executive is terminated without Cause or resigns for Good Reason, and such termination occurs both (A) after August 1, 2018, and (B) either (x) within three (3) months preceding a Change of Control, or (y) within twelve (12) months following a Change of Control (any such termination, a termination “in Connection with a Change of Control”), then Executive shall be entitled to a Severance Package that consists of the following: (i) a single cash lump sum Severance Payment equal to 100% of Executives Annual Base Salary and 100% of Executive’s annual bonus payment for the year in which such termination occurs (with such bonus payment amount equal to the annual bonus amount that Executive would have received had Executive remained employed by the Company through the date of payment of such annual bonuses to other members of management), payment to be made on the later of the tenth (10th) day following such termination or the completion of any legally required revocation period, and (ii) reimbursement of any COBRA payments paid by Executive in the twelve (12) month period following Executives termination of employment to the extent Executive is not eligible for similar coverage through another employer. If any plan pursuant to which severance welfare benefits are provided is not, or ceases prior to the expiration of the period of continuation coverage to be, exempt from the application of Section 409A under Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(a)(5) or the Company is otherwise unable to continue to cover Executive under its group health plans without substantial adverse tax consequences, then an amount equal to each remaining premium payment shall thereafter be paid to Executive as currently taxable compensation in substantially equal monthly installments over the continuation coverage period (or the remaining portion thereof). Executives eligibility for any Severance Package will be conditional on Executive executing a Separation Agreement that includes a general mutual release by the Company and Executive in favor of the other and their successors, affiliates and estates to the fullest extent permitted by law, drafted by and in a form reasonably satisfactory to the Company and Executive, and Executive not revoking the mutual general release within any legally required revocation period, if applicable, within the fifty-two (52)-day period following termination. All legally required and authorized deductions and tax withholdings shall be made from the Severance Payment, including for wage garnishments, if applicable, to the extent required or permitted by law. Effective immediately upon termination of employment, Executive shall no longer be eligible to contribute to or to receive additional Company contributions as an active participant in any retirement or benefit plan covering employees of the Company, but shall continue to have all rights under each such plan that are afforded to terminated employees and inactive participants.

(c) Effect of Death or Disability. In the event that Executive dies or terminates employment by reason of a Disability (as defined in Section 4(g)) during the Term of Employment, Executive shall be entitled to (i) payment of the unpaid prorated Annual Base Salary earned as of the date of Executives death or Disability (the Measurement Date), (ii) a pro rata amount of Executives annual target bonus amount for the year in which Executives employment terminates based on the number of days Executive was employed by the Company during such year and (iii) reimbursement of any COBRA payments paid by Executive or his estate or beneficiaries in the twelve (12) month period following the Measurement Date; provided, however, that if any plan pursuant to which severance welfare benefits are provided is not, or ceases prior to the expiration of the period of continuation coverage to be, exempt from the application of Section 409A under Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(a)(5) or the Company is otherwise unable to continue to cover Executive under its group health plans without substantial adverse tax consequences, then an amount equal to each remaining premium payment shall thereafter be paid to Executive or his estate or beneficiaries as currently taxable compensation in substantially equal monthly installments over the continuation coverage period (or the remaining portion thereof). All legally required and authorized deductions and tax withholdings shall be made from the payments described in the previous sentence, including for wage garnishments, if applicable, to the extent required or permitted by law. Payment under this Section 4(c) shall be made not more than once, if at all. In addition, Executive or Executives estate shall have such rights with respect to Executives Membership Units as provided for in the Operating Agreement.

(d) Statement Regarding Termination of Employment. In the event Executives employment is terminated without Cause, or Executive resigns for Good Reason, Executive and the Company will negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement on a statement reflecting a benign reason for termination or resignation.

(e) Ineligibility for Severance. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, Executive shall not be entitled to any Severance Package under this Agreement if at any time during the Term of Employment, (a) Executive voluntarily resigns or otherwise terminates employment with the Company other than for Good Reason, or (b) the Company properly terminates Executives employment with Cause. Effective immediately upon termination of employment, Executive shall no longer be eligible to contribute to or to be an active participant in any retirement or benefit plan covering employees of the Company.

(f) Taxes and Withholdings. The Company may withhold from any amounts payable under this Agreement, including any benefits or Severance Payment, such federal, state or local taxes as may be required to be withheld pursuant to applicable law or regulations, which amounts shall be deemed to have been paid to Executive.

 

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(g) Definitions.

(i) Cause shall mean the occurrence during the Term of any of the following: (i) formal admission to (including a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to), or conviction of a felony, or any criminal offense involving Executives moral turpitude under any applicable law, (ii) gross negligence or willful misconduct by Executive in the performance of Executives material duties required by this Agreement and such negligence or misconduct has been communicated to Executive in the form of a written notice from the Board, and that Executive has not substantially cured within thirty (30) days following receipt by Executive of such written notice; or (iii) material breach of this Agreement by Executive which breach has been communicated to Executive in the form of a written notice from the Board, and that Executive has not substantially cured within thirty (30) days following receipt by Executive of such written notice.

(ii) Disability shall mean, to the extent consistent with applicable federal and state law (including, without limitation Section 409A), Executives inability by reason of physical or mental illness to fulfill his obligations hereunder for ninety (90) consecutive days or for a total of one hundred and eighty (180) days in any twelve (12) month period which, in the reasonable opinion of an independent physician selected by the Company or its insurers and reasonably acceptable to Executive or Executives legal representative, renders Executive unable to perform the essential functions of his job, even after reasonable accommodations are made by the Company. The Company is not, however, required to make unreasonable accommodations for Executive or accommodations that would create an undue hardship on the Company.

(iii) Good Reason shall mean the occurrence during the Term of Employment of any of the following: (i) a material breach of this Agreement by the Company which is not cured by the Company within thirty (30) days following the Companys receipt of written notice by Executive to the Company describing such alleged breach; (ii) Executives Annual Base Salary is reduced by the Company; (iii) a reduction in Executives title, or a material reduction in Executives duties, authorities, and/or responsibilities; or (iv) a requirement by the Company, without Executives consent, that Executive relocate to a location that is greater than thirty-five (35) miles from Executives place of residence.  Notwithstanding the above, the occurrence of any of the events described in the foregoing sentence shall not constitute Good Reason unless Executive gives the Company written notice, within thirty (30) calendar days after Executive has knowledge of the occurrence of any of the events described in the foregoing sentence, that such circumstances constitute Good Reason and the Company thereafter fails to cure such circumstances within thirty (30) days after receipt of such notice, and Executive terminates his employment hereunder within ninety (90) days after such event occurs.   In addition, for the avoidance of doubt, Executive’s planned move to New York during 2017 shall not constitute Good Reason under this Agreement.

(iv) Section 409A means Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, (Code) and all applicable guidance promulgated thereunder.

(h) Nonduplication of Benefits. Notwithstanding any provision in this Agreement or in any other Company benefit plan or compensatory arrangement to the contrary, (i) any payments due under either Section 4(a), Section 4(b), or Section 4(c) shall be made not more than once, if at all, (ii) payments may be due under either Section 4(a), Section 4(b), or Section 4(c), but under no circumstances shall payments be made under more than one of the following: Section 4(a), Section 4(b), and Section 4(c), and (iii) Executive shall not be entitled to severance benefits from the Company other than as contemplated under this Agreement, unless such other severance benefits provide for larger benefits than under this Agreement.

 

5.

   NON-SOLICIT 

(a) During Executives employment with the Company, and for a period of twelve (12) months thereafter, Executive will not knowingly, separately or in association with others, materially and substantially interfere with, impair, disrupt or damage the Companys relationship with any of the customers of the Company with whom Executive has had contact by contacting them for the purpose of inducing or encouraging any of them to divert or take away business from the Company and to an enterprise that is in direct competition with the Company Business; provided, however, that none of the foregoing restrictions shall preclude Executive from being employed by a consulting, financial or advisory firm that provides any advice or services to a person, enterprise or business that is in competition with the Company so long as Executive does not personally provide such advice or services to the competing person, enterprise or business.

 

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(b) During Executives employment with the Company, and for a period of twelve (12) months thereafter, Executive will not, knowingly, separately or in association with others, materially and substantially, interfere with, impair, disrupt or damage the Companys business by directly contacting any Company officers or key employees for the purpose of inducing or encouraging them to discontinue their employment with the Company; provided, however, that the foregoing provisions shall not (i) restrict Executive from directly or indirectly making any general solicitation for employees, making a public advertising or participating in any job fairs or recruiting workshops or (ii) preclude Executive from soliciting and/or hiring any officer, key employee or other person at any time (A) in the case of voluntary terminations, later than six (6) months after such persons termination of employment from the Company and (B) in the case of all other terminations, after such persons termination of employment from the Company.

 

6.

   INDEMNIFICATION; INSURANCE

(a) During the Term of this Agreement and thereafter, the Company shall indemnify Executive to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law from and against any expenses (including but not limited to attorneys fees, expenses of investigation and preparation and fees and disbursements of Executives accountants or other experts), judgments, fines, penalties and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by Executive in connection with any proceeding in which Executive was or is made party or was or is involved (for example, as a witness) by reason of the fact Executive was or is employed by or serving as an officer or director of the Company or any of its affiliates. Such indemnification shall continue as to Executive during the Term of this Agreement and for so long thereafter as Executive may have exposure with respect to acts or omissions which occurred prior to his cessation of employment with the Company and shall inure to the benefit of Executives heirs, executors and administrators. The Company shall advance to Executive all costs and expenses incurred by him in connection with any proceeding covered by this provision within 20 calendar days after receipt by the Company of a written request for such advance. Such request shall include an undertaking by Executive to repay the amount of such advance if it shall ultimately be determined that he is not entitled to be indemnified against such costs and expenses.

(b) The Company agrees to purchase and maintain adequate Directors and Officers liability insurance from a reputable, nationally recognized and financially sound insurer with provisions that will provide coverage for Executive as a director, officer and employee as well as coverage as a former director, officer and employee following any termination of this Agreement or Executives employment and service on the Board. Such insurance shall inure to the benefit of Executives heirs, executors and administrators.

 

7.

   CHANGE IN CONTROL

(a) In the event of a Change in Control (as defined below), (i) the option to purchase 400,000 shares of common stock, at an exercise price of $1.01 per share, granted to Executive on March 30, 2017 (the “2017 Stock Options”) shall be subject to the vesting acceleration terms set forth in the stock option award agreement covering the 2017 Stock Options, and (ii) with respect to any restricted stock units or stock options, other than the 2017 Stock Options, granted to Executive, 100% of such restricted stock units and stock options that are not yet vested shall vest immediately upon such Change in Control.  With respect to the vesting acceleration set forth in the foregoing clause (ii) only, if the Company terminates Executive’s employment without Cause, or Executive resigns from employment with the Company for Good Reason, in each case within three (3) months preceding a Change in Control, any stock options (other than the 2017 Stock Options) held by Executive at the time of such termination shall vest immediately upon such Change of Control.

(b) Change in Control shall mean (i) any person (as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the 1934 Securities Exchange Act) or group becomes the beneficial owner (as defined in Rule 13d-3 of the 1934 Securities Exchange Act) or has the contractual right to acquire beneficial ownership, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing fifty percent (50%) or more of the total voting power represented by the Companys then outstanding voting securities; (ii) the consummation of the sale, lease or other disposition by the Company of all or substantially all of the Companys assets (including any equity interests in subsidiaries); (iii) the consummation of a liquidation or dissolution of the Company; (iv) the consummation of a merger, consolidation, business combination, scheme of arrangement, share exchange or similar transaction involving the Company and any other corporation (Business Combination), other than a Business Combination which would result in the voting securities of the Company outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into voting securities of the surviving entity or its parent) at least fifty percent (50%) of the total voting power represented by the voting securities of the Company or such surviving entity or its parent outstanding immediately after such Business Combination or (v) any combination of the foregoing. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Change in Control shall not be deemed to occur solely as a result of (x) a repurchase or redemption of securities (which is open to all stockholders) by the Company done in the ordinary course of business and the purpose of which is not to

 

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effect a Change in Control or (y) a rights issue, recapitalization, capitalization, sub-division or consolidation or a share capital reduction and any other variation of the capital of the Company and/or rights in respect thereof, or capital distribution (being any distribution, whether in cash or in other specie, out of capital profits or capital reserves (including share premium account and any capital redemption reserve fund)) so long as in each instance it is done either as part of a reincorporation merger or in the ordinary course of business and in any event is not done to effect a Change in Control.

 

8.

   MISCELLANEOUS

(a) Successors and Assigns. This Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of the Company and its successors and assigns. Executive shall not be entitled to assign any of Executives rights or obligations under this Agreement without the Companys written consent, provided that upon Executives death, Executives named beneficiaries, estate or heirs, as the case may be, shall succeed to all of Executives rights under this Agreement.

(b) Nonexclusivity Rights. Executive is not prevented from continuing or future participation in any Company benefit, bonus, incentive or other plans, programs, policies or practices provided by the Company subject to the terms and conditions of such plans, programs, or practices.

(c) Entire Agreement. This Agreement supersedes any prior agreements or understandings, oral or written, with respect to employment of Executive and constitutes the entire Agreement with respect thereto. This Agreement cannot be altered or terminated orally and may be amended only by a subsequent written agreement executed by both of the parties hereto or their legal representatives, and any material amendment must be approved by a majority of the voting shareholders of the Company.

(d) Waiver. Either partys failure to enforce any provision of this Agreement shall not in any way be construed as a waiver of any such provision, or prevent that party thereafter from enforcing each and every other provision of this Agreement

(e) Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California.

(f) Litigation Costs and Expenses. In any action to enforce the terms of this Agreement, the prevailing party shall be reimbursed by the non-prevailing party for such prevailing partys reasonable attorneys fees and costs, including the costs of enforcing a judgment.

(g) Severability. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provisions, which shall remain in full force and effect.

(h) Interpretation; Construction. The headings set forth in this Agreement are for convenience only and shall not be used in interpreting this Agreement. This Agreement has been drafted by legal counsel representing the Company, but Executive has participated in the negotiation of its terms. Furthermore, Executive acknowledges that Executive has had an opportunity to review and revise the Agreement and have it reviewed by legal counsel, if desired, and, therefore, the normal rule of construction to the effect that any ambiguities are to be resolved against the drafting party shall not be employed in the interpretation of this Agreement.

(i) Arbitration. Any dispute, claim or controversy arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity thereof, including the determination of the scope or applicability of this agreement to arbitrate, shall be determined by arbitration in New York City, New York, before three arbitrator(s). The arbitration shall be administered by JAMS pursuant to its Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures. Judgment on the Award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. This clause shall not preclude parties from seeking provisional remedies in aid of arbitration from a court of appropriate jurisdiction, in which case each party consents to the jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts located in Los Angeles, California. All forum costs related to such arbitration shall be borne by the Company.

(j) Notices. Any notices, requests or other communications provided for by this Agreement shall be sufficient if in writing and if sent by registered or certified mail to Executive at the last address he has filed in writing with the Company or, in the case of the Company, at its principal offices.

(k) Cooperation. If Executive is no longer employed by the Company for any reason, Executive and the Company shall in good faith negotiate future cooperation by Executive as reasonably requested by the Company at a reasonable rate for a period of no less than six (6) months.

 

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9.

   COMPLIANCE WITH CODE SECTION 409A

With respect to any compensation payable or benefits to be provided under this Agreement that are subject to Section 409A, this Agreement is intended to comply with the provisions of Section 409A. In furtherance of this intent, to the extent that any compensation payable or benefits to be provided under this Agreement are subject to Section 409A, this Agreement shall be interpreted, operated, and administered in a manner consistent with these intentions, and the parties agree to amend this Agreement further (if necessary) in order to avoid the adverse tax consequences of Section 409A. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement to the contrary, no severance pay or benefits to be paid or provided to Executive, if any, pursuant to this Agreement that, when considered together with any other severance payments or separation benefits, are considered deferred compensation under Section 409A (together, the Deferred Payments) will be paid or otherwise provided until Executive has had a separation from service within the meaning of Section 409A. Similarly, no severance payable to Executive, if any, that otherwise would be exempt from Section 409A pursuant to Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(9) will be payable until Executive has had a separation from service within the meaning of Section 409A. Each payment and benefit payable under this Agreement is intended to constitute a separate payment and the right to a series of installment payments under this Agreement will be treated as a right to a series of separate payments. If Executive is a specified employee within the meaning of Section 409A at the time of his separation from service (within the meaning of Section 409A), then the Deferred Payments that would otherwise be payable within the six (6) month period following his separation from service will be paid in a lump sum on the date six (6) months and one (1) day following the date of his separation from service (or the next business day if such date is not a business day). All subsequent Deferred Payments, if any, will be payable in accordance with the payment schedule applicable to each payment or benefit. If Executive dies following his separation from service, but prior to the six (6) month anniversary of his separation from service, then any payments delayed in accordance with this paragraph will be payable in a lump sum as soon as administratively practicable after the date of his death and all other Deferred Payments will be payable in accordance with the payment schedule applicable to each payment or benefit.

 

10.

   COMPLIANCE WITH CODE SECTION 280G

In the event that it is determined by the Company in its sole discretion that any payment or benefit to the Executive under this Agreement, or otherwise, either cash or non-cash, that the Executive has the right to receive from the Company, including, but not limited to, accelerated vesting or payment of any deferred compensation, restricted stock or any benefits payable to Executive under any plan for the benefit of employees, would constitute an excess parachute payment (as defined in Section 280G of the Code), then such payments or other benefits will be either (a) delivered in full, or (b) delivered as to such lesser extent which would result in no portion of such payments or benefits being subject to excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code, whichever of the foregoing amounts, taking into account the applicable federal, state and local income taxes and the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, results in the receipt by Executive on an after-tax basis of the greatest amount of payments and benefits, notwithstanding that all or some portion of such payments or benefits may be taxable under Section 4999 of the Code. The order in which the payment will be reduced are (i) cash payments; (ii) equity-based payments that are taxable; (iii) equity-based payments that are not taxable; (iv) equity-based acceleration; and (v) other non-cash forms of benefits. Within any such category of payments and benefits (that is, (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) or (v)), a reduction shall occur first with respect to amounts that are not deferred compensation within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code and then with respect to amounts that are. In no event will Executive have any discretion with respect to the ordering of payment reductions.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement on the day and year first above written.

 

 

 

 

SPARK NETWORKS, INC.

 

By:

 

/s/ Danny Rosenthal

Name:

 

Danny Rosenthal

Title:

 

Chief Executive Officer

 

ROBERT O’HARE

 

/s/ Robert O’Hare

 

 

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