UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
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FORM 8K
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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 6, 2019
LIGAND PHARMACEUTICALS INCORPORATED
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
Delaware
001-33093
77-0160744
(State or other jurisdiction of
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization)
 
Identification No.)

3911 Sorrento Valley Boulevard, Suite 110
 
92121
San Diego, CA
 
(Zip Code)
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
 
(858) 550-7500
(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
N/A
(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
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share
LGND
The Nasdaq Global Market

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.

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Stockholders of Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (the “Company”) was held on June 6, 2019 (the “Annual Meeting”). At the Annual Meeting, the Company’s stockholders approved the amendment and restatement of the Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated 2002 Stock Incentive Plan (the “2002 Plan”). The amended and restated 2002 Plan is referred to herein as the “Restated Plan.” The Restated Plan authorizes the issuance of an aggregate of 6,299,254 shares of the Company’s common stock (the “Share Reserve”), 5,479,254 of which were previously reserved for issuance under the 2002 Plan. Pursuant to the terms of the Restated Plan, the Share Reserve shall be reduced by (a) one share for each share subject to any stock option or stock appreciation right, and (b) 1.5 shares for each share subject to any outstanding award that is a Full Value Award (as defined in the Restated Plan). Notwithstanding the foregoing, the number of shares of common stock that may be issued or transferred pursuant to awards under the Restated Plan may not exceed an aggregate of 6,299,254 shares. The Restated Plan became effective on the date of the Annual Meeting.

Administration. The Restated Plan is administered by the compensation committee of the Board (the “Compensation Committee”). The Compensation Committee has complete discretion, subject to the provisions of the Restated Plan, to authorize awards under the Restated Equity Plan to all eligible persons other than non-employee members of the Board. However, the Board may also appoint a secondary committee of one or more members of the Board to have separate but concurrent authority to make awards under those programs to all eligible individuals other than our executive officers and non-employee members of the Board. The full Board will administer the Restated Plan with respect to awards to the non-employee members of the Board.

Awards. The Restated Plan authorizes the Compensation Committee (or any secondary committee) to grant stock options, stock awards, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock units and dividends equivalents. The Restated Plan also authorizes the Compensation Committee to grant performance awards payable in the form of the Company’s common stock. The Restated Plan authorizes the grant of awards to employees, consultants and independent contractors of the Company and to the Company’s non-employee directors. In addition, the following annual limitations apply: (i) no one person participating in the Restated Plan may receive awards for more than 1,000,000 shares of common stock in the aggregate per calendar year; and (ii) the sum of any cash compensation, or other compensation, and the value of awards granted to a non-employee director as compensation for services as a non-employee director during any calendar year may not exceed $550,000, increased to $850,000 in the calendar year of his or her initial service as a non-employee director.

Other Provisions. The Restated Plan also contains provisions with respect to payment of exercise or purchase prices, vesting and expiration of awards, adjustments and treatment of awards upon certain corporate transactions, including stock splits, recapitalizations and mergers, transferability of awards and tax withholding requirements. The Restated Plan may be amended or terminated by the Board at any time, subject to certain limitations requiring stockholder consent or the consent of the participant. The Restated Plan will expire in 2029.
At the Annual Meeting, the stockholders of the Company also approved the amendment and restatement of the Company’s Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the “Restated ESPP”). The Company’s Employee Stock Purchase Plan was amended to (a) remove the fixed expiration date, and (b) remove the limit on the number of shares purchasable by participants during any calendar year.

A summary of the material terms of each of the Restated Plan and the Restated ESPP is set forth in Ligand’s definitive proxy statement for the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 24, 2019. The summary in the definitive proxy statement and the description of the Restated




Plan and the Restated ESPP contained herein are qualified in their entirety by reference to the full text of the Restated Plan and the Restated ESPP which are filed as appendices to the definitive proxy statement.


Item 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

Set forth below are the final voting results for the actions taken by the stockholders at the Annual Meeting.
Proposal 1. The election of eight members of the Company’s board of directors for terms expiring at the 2020 annual meeting of stockholders. In accordance with the results below, each nominee was elected to serve as a director.  
 
  
Votes For
  
Votes Withheld
  
Broker Non-Votes
Jason M. Aryeh
 
15,407,880
 
470,085
 
2,692,985
Todd C. Davis
 
15,559,682
 
318,283
 
2,692,985
Nancy R. Gray
  
15,641,318
 
236,647
 
2,692,985
John L. Higgins
  
15,729,595
 
148,370
 
2,692,985
John W. Kozarich
  
15,386,224
 
491,741
 
2,692,985
John L. LaMattina
  
15,751,946
 
126,019
 
2,692,985
Sunil Patel
  
15,640,605
 
237,360
 
2,692,985
Stephen L. Sabba
  
15,426,953
 
451,012
 
2,692,985

Proposal 2. The ratification of the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019. In accordance with the results below, the selection of Ernst & Young LLP was ratified.
 
Votes For
  
Votes Against
  
Abstentions
  
Broker Non-Votes
17,927,008
 
616,915
 
27,027
 
Proposal 3. The approval of a non-binding advisory resolution regarding the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers. In accordance with the results below, the resolution was approved.
 
Votes For
  
Votes Against
  
Abstentions
  
Broker Non-Votes
15,436,642
 
394,221
 
47,102
 
2,692,985
Proposal 4. The approval of the Restated Plan. In accordance with the results below, the resolution was approved.

Votes For
  
Votes Against
  
Abstentions
  
Broker Non-Votes
15,330,549
 
502,918
 
44,498
 
2,692,985
Proposal 5. The approval of the Restated ESPP. In accordance with the results below, the resolution was approved.

Votes For
  
Votes Against
  
Abstentions
  
Broker Non-Votes
15,778,308
 
86,321
 
13,336
 
2,692,985





SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
LIGAND PHARMACEUTICALS INCORPORATED
 
 
Date: June 10, 2019
By: /s/ Charles Berkman         
Name: Charles Berkman
Title: Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary