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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.|
Effective January 14, 2020, P. James Debney has separated as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of our company following the determination by our Board of Directors that he engaged in conduct inconsistent with a non-financial company policy. Effective January 15, 2020, our Board of Directors appointed Mark P. Smith and Brian D. Murphy as co-Presidents and co-Chief Executive Officers of our company.
Mr. Smith, age 43, has served as President, Manufacturing Services Division of our company and as President, Manufacturing Services Division for Smith & Wesson, Inc., a subsidiary of our company, since March 2016. Mr. Smith served as Vice President of Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management from May 2011 until March 2016 and served as Vice President of Supply Chain Management from May 2010 until May 2011. He was Director – Supply Chain Solutions for Alvarez & Marsal Business Consulting, LLC from April 2007 until April 2010. Mr. Smith held various positions for Ecolab, Inc., a developer and marketer of programs, products, and services for the hospitality, foodservice, healthcare, industrial, and energy markets, from March 2001 until April 2007, including Program Manager, Acquisition Integration Manager, Senior Manufacturing Planner, Plant Engineer, and Senior Production/Quality Supervisor. Mr. Smith was a Production Supervisor for Bell Aromatics, a manufacturer of flavors and fragrances, from August 1999 until March 2001.
Mr. Murphy, age 36, has served as President of the Outdoor Products & Accessories Division of our company since 2017. From December 2016 until May 2017, he was President of the Outdoor Recreation Division of our company, the activities of which have been collapsed into Outdoor Product & Accessories. From February 2015 until December 2016, he was Vice President, Corporate Development of Vista Outdoor, Inc., a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of outdoor sports and recreation products. From April 2013 until February 2015, Mr. Murphy was Director of Mergers & Acquisitions and Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for Alliant Techsystems, an aerospace, defense, and outdoor sporting goods company. Mr. Murphy held various management roles at McMaster-Carr Supply Company, a supplier of maintenance, repair, and operations materials to industrial and commercial facilities worldwide, from April 2011 until March 2013. From May 2006 until October 2010, he served as an investment banker with the firm Houlihan Lokey, where he advised companies in the areas of strategy, acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, and restructuring. Mr. Murphy serves as a board member for the American Knife and Tool Institute, a non-profit organization that advocates for the knife industry.
At this time, we have not entered into or amended any agreements with Messrs. Smith and Murphy, and no compensatory grants or awards were made to Messrs. Smith and Murphy in connection with their appointment as co-Presidents and co-Chief Executive Officers. There are no family relationships between Messrs. Smith or Murphy and any of our directors or executive officers. There have been no transactions since the beginning of our last fiscal year, and no transactions are currently proposed, in which we were or are to be a participant and in which either Messrs. Smith or Murphy or any member of their immediate family had or will have any interest, that are required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation SK.
|Item 7.01||Regulation FD Disclosure.|
We are furnishing the disclosure in this Item 7.01 in connection with the disclosure of information in the form of the textual information from a press release published on January 15, 2020 announcing Mr. Debney’s separation as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of our company and Messrs. Smith’s and Murphy’s appointment as co-Presidents and co-Chief Executive Officers of our company. The press release is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1.
The information in this Item 7.01 (including Exhibit 99.1) is furnished pursuant to Item 7.01 and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. This Current Report on Form 8-K will not be deemed an admission as to the materiality of any information in the Report that is required to be disclosed solely by Regulation FD.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
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AMERICAN OUTDOOR BRANDS CORPORATION
Date: January 16, 2020
Jeffrey D. Buchanan
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer,
Chief Administrative Officer, and Treasurer
Contact: Liz Sharp, VP Investor Relations
American Outdoor Brands Corporation
American Outdoor Brands Corporation
Announces Leadership Transition
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., January 15, 2020 American Outdoor Brands Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: AOBC), today announced that its Board of Directors has named Mark P. Smith and Brian D. Murphy as co-Presidents and co-Chief Executive Officers of American Outdoor Brands Corp., effective immediately. Smith was most recently President of the Manufacturing Services Division of the company, while Murphy was most recently President of the Outdoor Products & Accessories Division. In their co-leadership roles, Smith and Murphy succeed James Debney, who has separated as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of the company, following the determination by the Board of Directors that he engaged in conduct inconsistent with a non-financial company policy.
The company is proceeding with its previously announced plan to spin-off its outdoor products and accessories business as a tax-free stock dividend to its stockholders in the second half of calendar 2020, a transaction that would create two independent publicly traded companies: Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. (which would encompass the firearm business) and American Outdoor Brands, Inc. (which would encompass the outdoor products and accessories business). Jeffrey D. Buchanan, Chief Financial Officer, will continue to serve as the lead executive on coordinating and executing the separation of the two businesses.
Upon completion of the transaction, and as previously announced, Smith will become President and CEO of Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. Also upon completion of the transaction, Brian D. Murphy, currently President of the companys Outdoor Products & Accessories Division, will become President and CEO of American Outdoor Brands, Inc.
Barry M. Monheit, Chairman of the Board, said, We appreciate James contributions toward the growth and development of our company and its infrastructure. The Board believes the company is fortunate to have two highly capable and experienced leaders in Mark Smith and Brian Murphy. Each has played a critical role in the development of our strategic plans, including our intention to establish each business as an independent, publicly traded company. In addition, Mark and Brian have each demonstrated, through years of leadership and service, their extensive knowledge of and passion for our company, our customers, and our industries. Their capabilities and objectives position them well to share the combined CEO role as the team completes the separation of our two businesses later in 2020. The Board has every confidence that they will provide the vision and determination to lead each independent company and its highly respected brand portfolio toward a successful future.
About American Outdoor Brands Corporation
American Outdoor Brands Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: AOBC) is a provider of quality products for shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiasts in the global consumer and professional markets. The Company reports two segments: Firearms and Outdoor Products & Accessories. Firearms manufactures handgun, long gun, and suppressor products sold under the iconic Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, Thompson/Center Arms, and Gemtech® brands, as well as provides forging, machining, and precision plastic injection molding services. AOB Outdoor Products & Accessories is an industry leading provider of shooting, reloading, gunsmithing and gun cleaning supplies, specialty tools and cutlery, and electro-optics products and technology for firearms. This segment produces innovative, top quality products under the brands Caldwell®; Crimson Trace®; Wheeler®; Tipton®; Frankford Arsenal®; Lockdown®; BOG®; Hooyman®; Smith & Wesson® Accessories; M&P® Accessories; Thompson/Center Arms Accessories; Performance Center® Accessories; Schrade®; Old Timer®; Uncle Henry®; Imperial®; BUBBA®; UST®; and LaserLyte. For more information on American Outdoor Brands Corporation, call (844) 363-5386 or log on to www.aob.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
Certain statements contained in this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements under federal securities laws, and we intend that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe-harbor created thereby. Such forward-looking statements include, among others, the effects, timing, and tax-free nature of the spin-off; the anticipated President and CEO of each company following the spin-off; and the confidence that they will provide the vision and determination to lead each independent company and its highly respected brand portfolio toward a successful future. We caution that these statements are qualified by important risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include,
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among others, economic, social, political, legislative, and regulatory factors; the potential for increased regulation of firearms and firearm-related products; actions of social activists that could have an adverse effect on our business; the impact of lawsuits; the demand for our products; the state of the U.S. economy in general and the firearm industry in particular; general economic conditions and consumer spending patterns; our competitive environment; the supply, availability, and costs of raw materials and components; the impact of protectionist tariffs and trade wars; speculation surrounding fears of terrorism and crime; our anticipated growth and growth opportunities; our ability to increase demand for our products in various markets, including consumer, law enforcement, and military channels, domestically and internationally; our penetration rates in new and existing markets; our strategies; our ability to maintain and enhance brand recognition and reputation; risks associated with the establishment of our new 630,000 square foot Logistics & Customer Services facility in Missouri; our ability to introduce new products; the success of new products; our ability to expand our markets; our ability to integrate acquired businesses in a successful manner; the general growth of our outdoor products and accessories business; the potential for cancellation of orders from our backlog; and other risks detailed from time to time in our reports filed with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2019.
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