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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 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): October 6, 2023

 

SPLASH BEVERAGE GROUP, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
 
Nevada
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)

 

001-40471   34-1720075
(Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)

 

  1314 East Las Olas Blvd, Suite 221
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
 
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
 
(954) 745-5815
(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
 
(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 (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

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))

 

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   SBEV   NYSE American LLC 
Warrants to purchase shares of common stock   SBEV-WT   NYSE American LLC

 

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.

 

On October 6, 2023, at the 2023 annual meeting of stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of Splash Beverage Group, Inc. (the “Company”), the Company’s stockholders approved an amendment to the Company’s 2020 Long-Term Incentive Compensation Plan (the “2020 Plan”) to: (1) increase the aggregate number of shares of common stock available under the Plan by 1,500,000 shares to a total of 1,807,415 shares and (2) increase the automatic annual increase in the number of shares under the Plan from 5% to 7.5% of the total number of shares of common stock outstanding as of December 31st of the preceding fiscal year (the “Plan Amendment”).

 

Descriptions of the 2020 Plan and the Plan Amendment are set forth in Proposal 2 in the Company’s definitive proxy statement for the Annual Meeting filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 11, 2023 (the “Proxy Statement”), and such descriptions are incorporated by reference herein. Those descriptions and the description of the Plan Amendment in this Item 5.02 of this Current Report on Form 8-K do not purport to be complete and are qualified in their entirety by reference to the 2020 Plan, as amended by the Plan Amendment, a copy of which is attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference in its entirety as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

 

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

 

At the Annual Meeting, 22,305,460 shares of the Company’s common stock were represented in person or by proxy out of the 42,810,518 shares outstanding and entitled to vote as of August 28, 2023, the record date for the Annual Meeting. The voting results for each of the proposals submitted to a vote of the stockholders of the Company at the Annual Meeting are set forth below. 

 

1. The Company’s stockholders elected the five individuals listed below as directors to serve on the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Company, each to serve on the Board until his/her successor is duly elected and qualified at the Annual Meeting or until his/her earlier resignation or removal. The results of voting on the proposal are set forth below:

 

Director Nominee  Votes For  Votes Withheld  Broker Non-Votes
          
Robert Nistico   22,198,136    107,324    0 
Justin Yorke   22,178,802    126,658    0 
Peter McDonough   20,447,004    1,858,456    0 
Candace Crawford   20,425,531    1,879,929    0 
Bill Caple   22,187,423    118,037    0 

  

2. The Company’s stockholders approved and ratified the Plan Amendment as described in Item 5.02 of this Current Report on Form 8-K. The results of voting on the proposal are set forth below:

 

Votes For  Votes Against  Abstain  Broker Non-Votes 
                  
 19,522,437    2,742,300    40,723    0 

   

 

 

 

3. The Company’s stockholders approved in accordance with NYSE American Company Guide Rule 713(a), the issuance of up to 21,000,000 shares of common stock for potential future acquisition(s) or for certain accredited investors in connection with a private placement. The results of voting on the proposal are set forth below:

 

Votes For  Votes Against  Abstain  Broker Non-Votes
                  
 19,023,885    3,168,273    113,302    0 

  

4. The Company’s stockholders approved, on an advisory (non-binding) basis the compensation of the named executive officers. The results of voting on the proposal are set forth below:

 

Votes For  Votes Against  Abstain  Broker Non-Votes 
                  
 21,018,480    1,111,631    175,349    0 

  

5. The Company’s stockholders approved “Three Years” as the frequency of future stockholder advisory votes on the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers, on a non-binding basis. In light of this result, which is consistent with the Board of Directors’ recommendation, the Company has determined to hold an advisory (non-binding) vote on the compensation of our named executive officers every three years. The results of voting on the proposal are set forth below:

 

One Year  Two Years  Three Years  Abstain  Broker Non-Votes 
                       
 5,027,659    388,279    16,746,046    143,476    0 

  

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits.

 

Exhibit Number   Description
10.1   Splash Beverage Group, Inc. Amended and Restated 2020 Long-Term Incentive Compensation Plan
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this Current Report on Form 8-K to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

  SPLASH BEVERAGE GROUP, INC.
     
Dated: October 10, 2023 By: /s/ Robert Nistico
  Name: Robert Nistico
  Title: Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 Exhibit 10.1

 

SPLASH BEVERAGE GOUP, INC.

 AMENDED AND RESTATED

 2020 LONG-TERM INCENTIVE COMPENSATION PLAN

 

ARTICLE I

PURPOSE

 

Section 1.1 Purpose. This Amended and Restated 2020 Long-Term Incentive Compensation Plan (the “Plan”) is established by Splash Beverage Group, Inc., a Nevada corporation (the “Company”), to create incentives which are designed to motivate Participants to put forth maximum effort toward the success and growth of the Company and to enable the Company to attract and retain experienced individuals who by their position, ability and diligence are able to make important contributions to the Company’s success. Toward these objectives, the Plan provides for the grant of Options, Restricted Stock Awards, Stock Appreciation Rights (“SARs”), Performance Units and Performance Bonuses to Eligible Employees and the grant of Nonqualified Stock Options, Restricted Stock Awards, SARs and Performance Units to Consultants and Eligible Directors, subject to the conditions set forth in the Plan.

 

Section 1.2 Establishment. The Plan is effective as of July 1, 2020 and for a period of ten years thereafter. The Plan shall continue in effect until all matters relating to the payment of Awards and administration of the Plan have been settled. The Plan is subject to approval by the Company’s stockholders in accordance with applicable law which approval must occur within the period ending twelve months after the date the Plan is adopted by the Board. Pending such approval by the stockholders, Awards under the Plan may be granted, but no such Awards may be exercised prior to receipt of stockholder approval of the Plan. In the event stockholder approval is not obtained within a twelve-month period, all Awards granted shall be void.

 

Section 1.3 Shares Subject to the Plan. Subject to Section 1.4 and the limitations set forth in the Plan, Awards may be made under this Plan for a total of 1,807,415 shares of the Company’s common stock, no par value per share (the “Common Stock”), as of October 6, 2023, all of which may be issued in respect of Incentive Stock Options.

 

Section 1.4 Automatic Increases of Shares Subject to the Plan. Notwithstanding Section 1.3 above, on the first day of each calendar year, commencing January 1, 2021, or the first business day of the calendar year if the first day of the calendar year falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the Awards of Common Stock available under the Plan will automatically increase in an amount equal to the lesser of (i) 7.5% of the total number of shares of Common Stock outstanding as of December 31st of the preceding fiscal year or (ii) such number of shares of Common Stock as determined by the Board, provided that no such increase shall be effective if it would violate any applicable law or stock exchange rule or regulation, or result in adverse tax consequences to the Company or any Participant that would not otherwise result but for the increase.

 

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ARTICLE II
DEFINITIONS

 

Section 2.1 “Account” means the recordkeeping account established by the Company to which will be credited an Award of Performance Units to a Participant.

 

Section 2.2 “Affiliated Entity” means any corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other form of legal entity in which a majority of the partnership or other similar interest thereof is owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the Company or one or more of its Subsidiaries or Affiliated Entities or a combination thereof. For purposes hereof, the Company, a Subsidiary or an Affiliated Entity shall be deemed to have a majority ownership interest in a partnership or limited liability company if the Company, such Subsidiary or Affiliated Entity shall be allocated a majority of partnership or limited liability company gains or losses or shall be or control a managing director or a general partner of such partnership or limited liability company.

 

Section 2.3 “Award” means, individually or collectively, any Option, Restricted Stock Award, SAR, Performance Unit or Performance Bonus granted under the Plan to an Eligible Employee by the Board or any Nonqualified Stock Option, Performance Unit, SAR or Restricted Stock Award granted under the Plan to a Consultant or an Eligible Director by the Board pursuant to such terms, conditions, restrictions, and/or limitations, if any, as the Board may establish by the Award Agreement or otherwise.

 

Section 2.4 “Award Agreement” means any written instrument that establishes the terms, conditions, restrictions, and/or limitations applicable to an Award in addition to those established by this Plan and by the Board’s exercise of its administrative powers.

 

Section 2.5 “Board” means the Board of Directors of the Company and, if the Board has appointed a Committee as provided in Section 3.1, the term “Board” shall include such Committee.

 

Section 2.6 “Change of Control Event” means, except as otherwise provided in an Award Agreement, each of the following:

 

(i) Any transaction in which shares of voting securities of the Company representing more than 50% of the total combined voting power of all outstanding voting securities of the Company are issued by the Company, or sold or transferred by the stockholders of the Company as a result of which those persons and entities who beneficially owned voting securities of the Company representing more than 50% of the total combined voting power of all outstanding voting securities of the Company immediately prior to such transaction cease to beneficially own voting securities of the Company representing more than 50% of the total combined voting power of all outstanding voting securities of the Company immediately after such transaction;

 

(ii) The merger or consolidation of the Company with or into another entity as a result of which those persons and entities who beneficially owned voting securities of the Company representing more than 50% of the total combined voting power of all outstanding voting securities of the Company immediately prior to such merger or consolidation cease to beneficially own voting securities of the Company representing more than 50% of the total combined voting power of all outstanding voting securities of the surviving corporation or resulting entity immediately after such merger of consolidation; or

 

(iii) The sale of all or substantially all of the Company’s assets to an entity of which those persons and entities who beneficially owned voting securities of the Company representing more than 50% of the total combined voting power of all outstanding voting securities of the Company immediately prior to such asset sale do not beneficially own voting securities of the purchasing entity representing more than 50% of the total combined voting power of all outstanding voting securities of the purchasing entity immediately after such asset sale.

 

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Section 2.7 “Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. References in the Plan to any section of the Code shall be deemed to include any amendments or successor provisions to such section and any regulations under such section.

 

Section 2.8 “Committee” means the Committee appointed by the Board as provided in Section 3.1.

 

Section 2.9 “Common Stock” means the common stock, no par value per share, of the Company, and after substitution, such other stock as shall be substituted therefore as provided in Article X.

 

Section 2.10 “Consultant” means any person or entity who is engaged by the Company, a Subsidiary or an Affiliated Entity to render consulting or advisory services.

 

Section 2.11 “Date of Grant” means the date on which the grant of an Award is authorized by the Board or such later date as may be specified by the Board in such authorization.

 

Section 2.12 “Disability” means, except as otherwise provided in an Award Agreement, the Participant is unable to continue employment by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. For purposes of this Plan, the determination of Disability shall be made in the sole and absolute discretion of the Board.

 

Section 2.13 “Eligible Employee” means any employee of the Company, a Subsidiary, or an Affiliated Entity as approved by the Board.

 

Section 2.14 “Eligible Director” means any member of the Board who is not an employee of the Company, a Subsidiary or an Affiliated Entity.

  

Section 2.15 “Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

 

Section 2.16 “Fair Market Value” means (A) during such time as the Common Stock is registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act, the closing price of the Common Stock as reported by an established stock exchange or automated quotation system on the day for which such value is to be determined, or, if no sale of the Common Stock shall have been made on any such stock exchange or automated quotation system that day, on the next preceding day on which there was a sale of such Common Stock, or (B) during any such time as the Common Stock is not listed upon an established stock exchange or automated quotation system, the mean between dealer “bid” and “ask” prices of the Common Stock in the over-the-counter market on the day for which such value is to be determined, as reported by the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., or (C) during any such time as the Common Stock cannot be valued pursuant to (A) or (B) above, the fair market value shall be as determined by the Board considering all relevant information including, by example and not by limitation, the services of an independent appraiser.

 

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Section 2.17 “Incentive Stock Option” means an Option within the meaning of Section 422 of the Code.

 

Section 2.18 “Nonqualified Stock Option” means an Option which is not an Incentive Stock Option.

 

Section 2.19 “Option” means an Award granted under Article V of the Plan and includes both Nonqualified Stock Options and Incentive Stock Options to purchase shares of Common Stock.

 

Section 2.20 “Participant” means an Eligible Employee, a Consultant or an Eligible Director to whom an Award has been granted by the Board under the Plan.

 

Section 2.21 “Performance Bonus” means the cash bonus which may be granted to Eligible Employees under Article IX of the Plan.

 

Section 2.22 “Performance Units” means those monetary units that may be granted to Eligible Employees, Consultants or Eligible Directors pursuant to Article VIII hereof.

 

Section 2.23 “Plan” means this Splash Beverage Group, Inc. Amended and Restated 2020 Long-Term Incentive Compensation Plan.

 

Section 2.24 “Restricted Stock Award” means an Award granted to an Eligible Employee, Consultant or Eligible Director under Article VI of the Plan.

 

Section 2.25 “Retirement” means, except as otherwise provided in an Award Agreement, the termination of an Eligible Employee’s employment with the Company, a Subsidiary or an Affiliated Entity on or after attaining age 65.

 

Section 2.26 “SAR” means a stock appreciation right granted to an Eligible Employee, Consultant or Eligible Director under Article VII of the Plan.

 

Section 2.27 “Subsidiary” shall have the same meaning set forth in Section 424 of the Code.

 

Section 2.28 “Compensation Committee” means the Compensation Committee of the Board.

 

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ARTICLE III

ADMINISTRATION

 

Section 3.1 Administration. The Board shall administer the Plan. The Board may, by resolution, appoint the Compensation Committee to administer the Plan and delegate its powers described under this Section 3.1 and otherwise under the Plan for purposes of Awards granted to Eligible Employees and Consultants.

 

Subject to the provisions of the Plan, the Board shall have exclusive power to:

  

  (a) Select Eligible Employees and Consultants to participate in the Plan.

  

  (b) Determine the time or times when Awards will be made to Eligible Employees or Consultants.

  

(c) Determine the form of an Award, whether an Incentive Stock Option, Nonqualified Stock Option, Restricted Stock Award, SAR, Performance Unit, or Performance Bonus, the number of shares of Common Stock or Performance Units subject to the Award, the amount and all the terms, conditions (including performance requirements), restrictions and/or limitations, if any, of an Award, including the time and conditions of exercise or vesting, and the terms of any Award Agreement, which may include the waiver or amendment of prior terms and conditions or acceleration or early vesting or payment of an Award under certain circumstances determined by the Board.

  

  (d) Determine whether Awards will be granted singly or in combination.

 

  (e) Accelerate the vesting, exercise or payment of an Award or the performance period of an Award.

  

(f) Determine whether and to what extent a Performance Bonus may be deferred, either automatically or at the election of the Participant or the Board.

 

(g) Reduce the exercise price of any Option or SAR to the then current Fair Market Value if the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock covered by such Option or SAR shall have declined since the date such Award was granted.

 

(h) Take any and all other action it deems necessary or advisable for the proper operation or administration of the Plan.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Board may authorize the Company Chief Executive Officer, another executive officer, or a committee of such directors (the “Authorized Officers”) to grant Options under the Plan, to the extent permitted by applicable law. If so authorized, the Authorized Officers shall have the same authority as the Board under this Section 3.1 and otherwise under the Plan with respect to the grant of Options, subject to the limitations set forth in such authorization, if any.

 

Section 3.2 Administration of Grants to Eligible Directors. The Board shall have the exclusive power to select Eligible Directors to participate in the Plan and to determine the number of Nonqualified Stock Options, Performance Units, SARs or shares of Restricted Stock awarded to Eligible Directors selected for participation. If the Board appoints a committee to administer the Plan, it may delegate to the committee administration of all other aspects of the Awards made to Eligible Directors.

 

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Section 3.3 Board to Make Rules and Interpret Plan. The Board in its sole discretion shall have the authority, subject to the provisions of the Plan, to establish, adopt, or revise such rules and regulations and to make all such determinations relating to the Plan, as it may deem necessary or advisable for the administration of the Plan. The Board’s interpretation of the Plan or any Awards and all decisions and determinations by the Board with respect to the Plan shall be final, binding, and conclusive on all parties.

 

Section 3.4 Section 162(m). The Company intends for the Plan and the Awards made thereunder to be exempt from the deductibility limitation in Code Section 162(m) if it is determined by the Board that such qualification is necessary or desirable for an Award. Accordingly, the Board shall make determinations as to performance targets and all other applicable provisions of the Plan as necessary in order for the Plan and Awards made thereunder to satisfy the requirements of Section 162(m) of the Code. Subject to adjustment as provided in Article X, the maximum number of shares with respect to which Options or SARs may be granted to any Participant in any one calendar year is 5 million. With respect to other types of Awards intended to be exempt from the deductibility limitation in Code Section 162(m), no Participant in any one calendar year may be granted Awards with respect to more than 5 million shares of Common Stock in the aggregate, or if such Awards are payable in cash, the fair market value equivalent thereof. If an Award is cancelled, the cancelled Award shall continue to be counted towards the applicable limitations.

  

ARTICLE IV

 GRANT OF AWARDS

   

Section 4.1 Grant of Awards. Awards granted under this Plan shall be subject to the following conditions:

 

(a) Any shares of Common Stock related to Awards which terminate by expiration, forfeiture, cancellation or otherwise without the issuance of shares of Common Stock or are exchanged in the Board’s discretion for Awards not involving Common Stock, shall be available again for grant under the Plan and shall not be counted against the shares authorized under Section 1.3 or Section 1.4.

 

(b) Common Stock delivered by the Company in payment of an Award authorized under Articles V and VI of the Plan may be authorized and unissued Common Stock or Common Stock held in the treasury of the Company.

 

(c) The Board shall, in its sole discretion, determine the manner in which fractional shares arising under this Plan shall be treated.

 

(d) Separate certificates or a book-entry registration representing Common Stock shall be delivered to a Participant upon the exercise of any Option.

 

(e) Eligible Directors may only be granted Nonqualified Stock Options, Restricted Stock Awards, SARs or Performance Units under this Plan.

  

  (f) The maximum term of any Award shall be ten years.

  

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ARTICLE V

STOCK OPTIONS

 

Section 5.1 Grant of Options. The Board may, from time to time, subject to the provisions of the Plan and such other terms and conditions as it may determine, grant Options to Eligible Employees. These Options may be Incentive Stock Options or Nonqualified Stock Options, or a combination of both. The Board may, subject to the provisions of the Plan and such other terms and conditions as it may determine, grant Nonqualified Stock Options to Eligible Directors and Consultants. Each grant of an Option shall be evidenced by an Award Agreement executed by the Company and the Participant, and shall contain such terms and conditions and be in such form as the Board may from time to time approve, subject to the requirements of Section 5.2.

 

Section 5.2 Conditions of Options. Each Option so granted shall be subject to the following conditions:

 

(a) Exercise Price. Each Option shall state the exercise price which shall be set by the Board at the Date of Grant; provided, however, no Option shall be granted at an exercise price which is less than the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock on the Date of Grant.

 

(b) Form of Payment. The exercise price of an Option may be paid (i) in cash or by check, bank draft or money order payable to the order of the Company; (ii) by delivering shares of Common Stock having a Fair Market Value on the date of payment equal to the amount of the exercise price, but only to the extent such exercise of an Option would not result in an adverse accounting charge to the Company for financial accounting purposes with respect to the shares used to pay the exercise price unless otherwise determined by the Board; or (iii) a combination of the foregoing. In addition to the foregoing, the Board may permit an Option granted under the Plan to be exercised by a broker-dealer acting on behalf of a Participant through procedures approved by the Board.

 

(c) Exercise of Options. Options granted under the Plan shall be exercisable, in whole or in such installments and at such times, and shall expire at such time, as shall be provided by the Board in the Award Agreement. Exercise of an Option shall be by written notice to the Secretary of the Company at least two business days in advance of such exercise stating the election to exercise in the form and manner determined by the Board. Every share of Common Stock acquired through the exercise of an Option shall be deemed to be fully paid at the time of exercise and payment of the exercise price.

  

(d) Other Terms and Conditions. Among other conditions that may be imposed by the Board, if deemed appropriate, are those relating to (i) the period or periods and the conditions of exercisability of any Option; (ii) the minimum periods during which Participants must be employed by the Company, its Subsidiaries, or an Affiliated Entity, or must hold Options before they may be exercised; (iii) the minimum periods during which shares acquired upon exercise must be held before sale or transfer shall be permitted; (iv) conditions under which such Options or shares may be subject to forfeiture; (v) the frequency of exercise or the minimum or maximum number of shares that may be acquired at any one time; (vi) the achievement by the Company of specified performance criteria; and (vii) non-compete and protection of business matters.

 

(e) Special Restrictions Relating to Incentive Stock Options. Options issued in the form of Incentive Stock Options shall only be granted to Eligible Employees of the Company or a Subsidiary, and not to Eligible Employees of an Affiliated Entity unless such entity shall be considered as a “disregarded entity” under the Code and shall not be distinguished for federal tax purposes from the Company or the applicable Subsidiary.

 

(f) Application of Funds. The proceeds received by the Company from the sale of Common Stock pursuant to Options will be used for general corporate purposes.

 

(g) Stockholder Rights. No Participant shall have a right as a stockholder with respect to any share of Common Stock subject to an Option prior to the purchase of such shares of Common Stock by exercise of the Option.

 

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ARTICLE VI

RESTRICTED STOCK AWARDS

 

Section 6.1 Grant of Restricted Stock Awards. The Board may, from time to time, subject to the provisions of the Plan and such other terms and conditions as it may determine, grant a Restricted Stock Award to Eligible Employees, Consultants or Eligible Directors. Restricted Stock Awards shall be awarded in such number and at such times during the term of the Plan as the Board shall determine. Each Restricted Stock Award shall be subject to an Award Agreement setting forth the terms of such Restricted Stock Award and may be evidenced in such manner as the Board deems appropriate, including, without limitation, a book-entry registration or issuance of a stock certificate or certificates.

 

Section 6.2 Conditions of Restricted Stock Awards. The grant of a Restricted Stock Award shall be subject to the following:

 

(a) Restriction Period. Restricted Stock Awards granted to an Eligible Employee shall require the holder to remain in the employment of the Company, a Subsidiary, or an Affiliated Entity for a prescribed period. Restricted Stock Awards granted to Consultants or Eligible Directors shall require the holder to provide continued services to the Company for a period of time. These employment and service requirements are collectively referred to as a “Restriction Period”. The Board or the Committee, as the case may be, shall determine the Restriction Period or Periods which shall apply to the shares of Common Stock covered by each Restricted Stock Award or portion thereof. In addition to any time vesting conditions determined by the Board or the Committee, as the case may be, Restricted Stock Awards may be subject to the achievement by the Company of specified performance criteria based upon the Company’s achievement of all or any of the operational, financial or stock performance criteria set forth on Exhibit A annexed hereto, as may from time to time be established by the Board or the Committee, as the case may be. At the end of the Restriction Period, assuming the fulfilment of any other specified vesting conditions, the restrictions imposed by the Board or the Committee, as the case may be shall lapse with respect to the shares of Common Stock covered by the Restricted Stock Award or portion thereof. In addition to acceleration of vesting upon the occurrence of a Change of Control Event as provided in Section 11.5, the Board or the Committee, as the case may be, may, in its discretion, accelerate the vesting of a Restricted Stock Award in the case of the death, Disability or Retirement of the Participant who is an Eligible Employee or resignation of a Participant who is a Consultant or an Eligible Director.

 

(b) Restrictions. The holder of a Restricted Stock Award may not sell, transfer, pledge, exchange, hypothecate, or otherwise dispose of the shares of Common Stock represented by the Restricted Stock Award during the applicable Restriction Period. The Board shall impose such other restrictions and conditions on any shares of Common Stock covered by a Restricted Stock Award as it may deem advisable including, without limitation, restrictions under applicable Federal or state securities laws, and may legend the certificates representing Restricted Stock to give appropriate notice of such restrictions.

 

(c) Rights as Stockholders. During any Restriction Period, the Board may, in its discretion, grant to the holder of a Restricted Stock Award all or any of the rights of a stockholder with respect to the shares, including, but not by way of limitation, the right to vote such shares and to receive dividends. If any dividends or other distributions are paid in shares of Common Stock, all such shares shall be subject to the same restrictions on transferability as the shares of Restricted Stock with respect to which they were paid.

 

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ARTICLE VII

   STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHTS

 

Section 7.1 Grant of SARs. The Board may from time to time, in its sole discretion, subject to the provisions of the Plan and subject to other terms and conditions as the Board may determine, grant a SAR to any Eligible Employee, Consultant or Eligible Director. SARs may be granted in tandem with an Option, in which event, the Participant has the right to elect to exercise either the SAR or the Option. Upon the Participant’s election to exercise one of these Awards, the other tandem Award is automatically terminated. SARs may also be granted as an independent Award separate from an Option. Each grant of a SAR shall be evidenced by an Award Agreement executed by the Company and the Participant and shall contain such terms and conditions and be in such form as the Board may from time to time approve, subject to the requirements of the Plan. The exercise price of the SAR shall not be less than the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock on the Date of Grant of the SAR.

 

Section 7.2 Exercise and Payment. SARs granted under the Plan shall be exercisable in whole or in installments and at such times as shall be provided by the Board in the Award Agreement. Exercise of a SAR shall be by written notice to the Secretary of the Company at least two business days in advance of such exercise. The amount payable with respect to each SAR shall be equal in value to the excess, if any, of the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock on the exercise date over the exercise price of the SAR. Payment of amounts attributable to a SAR shall be made in shares of Common Stock.

 

Section 7.3 Restrictions. In the event a SAR is granted in tandem with an Incentive Stock Option, the Board shall subject the SAR to restrictions necessary to ensure satisfaction of the requirements under Section 422 of the Code. In the case of a SAR granted in tandem with an Incentive Stock Option to an Eligible Employee who owns more than 10% of the combined voting power of the Company or its Subsidiaries on the date of such grant, the amount payable with respect to each SAR shall be equal in value to the applicable percentage of the excess, if any, of the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock on the Exercise date over the exercise price of the SAR, which exercise price shall not be less than 110% of the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock on the date the SAR is granted.

 

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ARTICLE VIII
PERFORMANCE UNITS

 

Section 8.1 Grant of Awards. The Board may, from time to time, subject to the provisions of the Plan and such other terms and conditions as it may determine, grant Performance Units to Eligible Employees, Consultants and Eligible Directors. Each Award of Performance Units shall be evidenced by an Award Agreement executed by the Company and the Participant, and shall contain such terms and conditions and be in such form as the Board may from time to time approve, subject to the requirements of Section 8.2.

 

Section 8.2 Conditions of Awards. Each Award of Performance Units shall be subject to the following conditions:

 

(a) Establishment of Award Terms. Each Award shall state the target, maximum and minimum value of each Performance Unit payable upon the achievement of performance goals.

  

(b) Achievement of Performance Goals. The Board shall establish performance targets for each Award for a period of no less than a year based upon some or all of the operational, financial or performance criteria listed in Exhibit A attached. The Board shall also establish such other terms and conditions as it deems appropriate to such Award. The Award may be paid out in cash or Common Stock as determined in the sole discretion of the Board.

 

ARTICLE IX

PERFORMANCE
BONUS

 

Section 9.1 Grant of Performance Bonus. The Board may from time to time, subject to the provisions of the Plan and such other terms and conditions as the Board may determine, grant a Performance Bonus to certain Eligible Employees selected for participation. The Board will determine the amount that may be earned as a Performance Bonus in any period of one year or more upon the achievement of a performance target established by the Board. The Board shall select the applicable performance target(s) for each period in which a Performance Bonus is awarded. The performance target shall be based upon all or some of the operational, financial or performance criteria listed in Exhibit A attached.

 

Section 9.2 Payment of Performance Bonus. In order for any Participant to be entitled to payment of a Performance Bonus, the applicable performance target(s) established by the Board must first be obtained or exceeded. Payment of a Performance Bonus shall be made within 60 days of the Board’s certification that the performance target(s) has been achieved unless the Participant has previously elected to defer payment pursuant to a nonqualified deferred compensation plan adopted by the Company. Payment of a Performance Bonus may be made in either cash or Common Stock as determined in the sole discretion of the Board.

 

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ARTICLE X
STOCK ADJUSTMENTS

 

In the event that the shares of Common Stock, as constituted on the effective date of the Plan, shall be changed into or exchanged for a different number or kind of shares of stock or other securities of the Company or of another corporation (whether by reason of merger, consolidation, recapitalization, reclassification, stock split, spin-off, combination of shares or otherwise), or if the number of such shares of Common Stock shall be increased through the payment of a stock dividend, or a dividend on the shares of Common Stock, or if rights or warrants to purchase securities of the Company shall be issued to holders of all outstanding Common Stock, then there shall be substituted for or added to each share available under and subject to the Plan, and each share theretofore appropriated under the Plan, the number and kind of shares of stock or other securities into which each outstanding share of Common Stock shall be so changed or for which each such share shall be exchanged or to which each such share shall be entitled, as the case may be, on a fair and equivalent basis in accordance with the applicable provisions of Section 424 of the Code; provided, however, with respect to Options, in no such event will such adjustment result in a modification of any Option as defined in Section 424(h) of the Code. In the event there shall be any other change in the number or kind of the outstanding shares of Common Stock, or any stock or other securities into which the Common Stock shall have been changed or for which it shall have been exchanged, then if the Board shall, in its sole discretion, determine that such change equitably requires an adjustment in the shares available under and subject to the Plan, or in any Award, theretofore granted, such adjustments shall be made in accordance with such determination, except that no adjustment of the number of shares of Common Stock available under the Plan or to which any Award relates that would otherwise be required shall be made unless and until such adjustment either by itself or with other adjustments not previously made would require an increase or decrease of at least 1% in the number of shares of Common Stock available under the Plan or to which any Award relates immediately prior to the making of such adjustment (the “Minimum Adjustment”). Any adjustment representing a change of less than such minimum amount shall be carried forward and made as soon as such adjustment together with other adjustments required by this Article X and not previously made would result in a Minimum Adjustment. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any adjustment required by this Article X which otherwise would not result in a Minimum Adjustment shall be made with respect to shares of Common Stock relating to any Award immediately prior to exercise, payment or settlement of such Award. No fractional shares of Common Stock or units of other securities shall be issued pursuant to any such adjustment, and any fractions resulting from any such adjustment shall be eliminated in each case by rounding downward to the nearest whole share.

 

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ARTICLE XI
GENERAL

 

Section 11.1 Amendment or Termination of Plan. The Board may alter, suspend or terminate the Plan at any time provided, however, that it may not, without stockholder approval, adopt any amendment which would (i) increase the aggregate number of shares of Common Stock available under the Plan (except by operation of Article X or Section 1.4), (ii) materially modify the requirements as to eligibility for participation in the Plan, or (iii) materially increase the benefits to Participants provided by the Plan except as provided in Section 1.4.

 

Section 11.2 Termination of Employment; Termination of Service. Except as otherwise provided in an Award Agreement: (i) if an Eligible Employee’s employment with the Company, a Subsidiary or an Affiliated Entity terminates as a result of death, Disability or Retirement, the Eligible Employee (or personal representative in the case of death) shall be entitled to purchase all or any part of the shares subject to any (x) vested Incentive Stock Option for a period of up to three months from such date of termination (one year in the case of death or Disability), and (y) vested Nonqualified Stock Option during the remaining term of the Option; and (ii) if an Eligible Employee’s employment terminates for any other reason, the Eligible Employee shall be entitled to purchase all or any part of the shares subject to any vested Option for a period of up to three months from such date of termination. In no event shall any Option be exercisable past the term of the Option. The Board may, in its sole discretion, accelerate the vesting of unvested Options in the event of termination of employment of any Participant.

 

Except as otherwise provided in an Award Agreement: (i) in the event a Consultant ceases to provide services to the Company or an Eligible Director terminates service as a director of the Company, the unvested portion of any Award shall be forfeited unless otherwise accelerated pursuant to the terms of the Eligible Director’s Award Agreement or by the Board; and (ii) the Consultant or Eligible Director shall have a period of three years following the date he ceases to provide consulting services or ceases to be a director, as applicable, to exercise any Nonqualified Stock Options which are otherwise exercisable on his date of termination of service.

 

Section 11.3 Limited Transferability – Options. The Board may, in its discretion, authorize all or a portion of the Nonqualified Stock Options granted under this Plan to be on terms which permit transfer by the Participant to (i) the ex-spouse of the Participant pursuant to the terms of a domestic relations order, (ii) the spouse, children or grandchildren of the Participant (“Immediate Family Members”), (iii) a trust or trusts for the exclusive benefit of such Immediate Family Members, (iv) a partnership or limited liability company in which such Immediate Family Members are the only partners or members, or (v) as otherwise determined by the Board in accordance with applicable law. In addition, there may be no consideration for any such transfer. The Award Agreement pursuant to which such Nonqualified Stock Options are granted expressly provide for transferability in a manner consistent with this paragraph. Subsequent transfers of transferred Nonqualified Stock Options shall be prohibited except as set forth below in this Section 11.3. Following transfer, any such Nonqualified Stock Options shall continue to be subject to the same terms and conditions as were applicable immediately prior to transfer, provided that for purposes of Section 11.2 hereof the term “Participant” shall be deemed to refer to the transferee. The events of termination of employment of Section 11.2 hereof shall continue to be applied with respect to the original Participant, following which the Nonqualified Stock Options shall be exercisable by the transferee only to the extent, and for the periods specified in Section 11.2 hereof. No transfer pursuant to this Section 11.3 shall be effective to bind the Company unless the Company shall have been furnished with written notice of such transfer together with such other documents regarding the transfer as the Board shall request. With the exception of a transfer in compliance with the foregoing provisions of this Section 11.3, all other types of Awards authorized under this Plan shall be transferable only by will or the laws of descent and distribution; however, no such transfer shall be effective to bind the Company unless the Board has been furnished with written notice of such transfer and an authenticated copy of the will and/or such other evidence as the Board may deem necessary to establish the validity of the transfer and the acceptance by the transferee of the terms and conditions of such Award.

 

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Section 11.4 Withholding Taxes. Unless otherwise paid by the Participant, the Company, its Subsidiaries or any of its Affiliated Entities shall be entitled to deduct from any payment under the Plan, regardless of the form of such payment, the amount of all applicable income and employment taxes required by law to be withheld with respect to such payment or may require the Participant to pay to it such tax prior to and as a condition of the making of such payment. In accordance with any applicable administrative guidelines it establishes, the Board may allow a Participant to pay the amount of taxes required by law to be withheld from an Award by (i) directing the Company to withhold from any payment of the Award a number of shares of Common Stock having a Fair Market Value on the date of payment equal to the amount of the required withholding taxes or (ii) delivering to the Company previously owned shares of Common Stock having a Fair Market Value on the date of payment equal to the amount of the required withholding taxes.

 

However, any payment made by the Participant pursuant to either of the foregoing clauses (i) or (ii) shall not be permitted if it would result in an adverse accounting charge with respect to such shares used to pay such taxes unless otherwise approved by the Board.

 

Section 11.5 Change of Control. Notwithstanding any other provision in this Plan to the contrary, Awards granted under the Plan to any Eligible Employee, Consultant or Eligible Director shall be immediately vested, fully earned and exercisable upon the occurrence of a Change of Control Event unless the terms of the Award state otherwise.

 

Section 11.6 Amendments to Awards. The Board may at any time unilaterally amend the terms of any Award Agreement, whether or not presently exercisable or vested, to the extent it deems appropriate. However, amendments which are adverse to the Participant shall require the Participant’s consent.

 

Section 11.7 Registration; Regulatory Approval. Following approval of the Plan by the stockholders of the Company as provided in Section 1.2 of the Plan, the Board, in its sole discretion, may determine to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and keep continuously effective, a Registration Statement on Form S-8 with respect to shares of Common Stock subject to Awards hereunder. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Plan to the contrary, the Company shall have no obligation to issue shares of Common Stock under this Plan prior to the obtaining of any approval from, or satisfaction of any waiting period or other condition imposed by, any governmental agency which the Board shall, in its sole discretion, determine to be necessary or advisable.

 

Section 11.8 Right to Continued Employment. Participation in the Plan shall not give any Eligible Employee any right to remain in the employ of the Company, any Subsidiary, or any Affiliated Entity. The Company or, in the case of employment with a Subsidiary or an Affiliated Entity, the Subsidiary or Affiliated Entity reserves the right to terminate any Eligible Employee at any time. Further, the adoption of this Plan shall not be deemed to give any Eligible Employee or any other individual any right to be selected as a Participant or to be granted an Award.

 

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Section 11.9 Reliance on Reports. Each member of the Board and each member of the Board shall be fully justified in relying or acting in good faith upon any report made by the independent public accountants of the Company and its Subsidiaries and upon any other information furnished in connection with the Plan by any person or persons other than himself or herself. In no event shall any person who is or shall have been a member of the Board be liable for any determination made or other action taken or any omission to act in reliance upon any such report or information or for any action taken, including the furnishing of information, or failure to act, if in good faith.

 

Section 11.10 Construction. Masculine pronouns and other words of masculine gender shall refer to both men and women. The titles and headings of the sections in the Plan are for the convenience of reference only, and in the event of any conflict, the text of the Plan, rather than such titles or headings, shall control.

 

Section 11.11 Governing Law. The Plan shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Nevada except as superseded by applicable Federal law.

 

Section 11.12 Other Laws. The Board may refuse to issue or transfer any shares of Common Stock or other consideration under an Award if, acting in its sole discretion, it determines that the issuance or transfer of such shares or such other consideration might violate any applicable law or regulation or entitle the Company to recover the same under Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act, and any payment tendered to the Company by a Participant, other holder or beneficiary in connection with the exercise of such Award shall be promptly refunded to the relevant Participant, holder or beneficiary.

 

Section 11.13 No Trust or Fund Created. Neither the Plan nor an Award shall create or be construed to create a trust or separate fund of any kind or a fiduciary relationship between the Company and a Participant or any other person. To the extent that a Participant acquires the right to receive payments from the Company pursuant to an Award, such right shall be no greater than the right of any general unsecured creditor of the Company.

 

Section 11.14 Conformance to Section 409A of the Code To the extent that the Committee determines that any Award granted under the Plan is subject to Section 409A of the Code, the Award Agreement evidencing such Award shall incorporate the terms and conditions required by Section 409A of the Code. To the extent applicable, the Plan and Award Agreements shall be interpreted in accordance with Section 409A of the Code and Department of Treasury regulations and other interpretive guidance issued thereunder, including without limitation any such regulations or other guidance that may be issued after the Effective Date. Notwithstanding any provision of the Plan to the contrary, in the event that the Committee determines that any Award may be subject to Section 409A of the Code and related Department of Treasury guidance, the Committee may adopt such amendments to the Plan and the applicable Award Agreement or adopt other policies and procedures (including amendments, policies and procedures with retroactive effect), or take any other actions, that the Committee determines are necessary or appropriate to (i) exempt the Award from Section 409A of the Code or (ii) comply with the requirements of Section 409A of the Code and related Department of Treasury guidance.

 

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EXHIBIT A

 

Amended and Restated 2020 Long-Term
Incentive Compensation Plan

 

Performance Criteria

 

Operational Criteria may include:

Earnings per share

Cash flow Operating Income

General and Administrative Expenses

Debt to equity ratio
Debt to cash flow Debt to EBITDA
EBITDA to Interest Return on Assets
Return on Equity

Return on Invested Capital
Profit returns/margins

Midstream margins

 

Stock Performance Criteria:

Stock price appreciation Total stockholder return

Relative stock price performance

 

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Oct. 06, 2023
Document Type 8-K
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Document Period End Date Oct. 06, 2023
Entity File Number 001-40471
Entity Registrant Name SPLASH BEVERAGE GROUP, INC.
Entity Central Index Key 0001553788
Entity Tax Identification Number 34-1720075
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code NV
Entity Address, Address Line One 1314 East Las Olas Blvd
Entity Address, Address Line Two Suite 221
Entity Address, City or Town Fort Lauderdale
Entity Address, State or Province FL
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 33316
City Area Code (954)
Local Phone Number 745-5815
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Pre-commencement Tender Offer false
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Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share  
Title of 12(b) Security Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share
Trading Symbol SBEV
Security Exchange Name NYSEAMER
Warrants to purchase shares of common stock  
Title of 12(b) Security Warrants to purchase shares of common stock
Trading Symbol SBEV-WT
Security Exchange Name NYSEAMER

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