U NITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

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THE RESERVE PETROLEUM COMPANY

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Notice of 201 9

 

 

Annual Meeting

and

Proxy Statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE RESERVE PETROLEUM COMPANY

6801 Broadway Ext . , Suite 300

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73116-90 37

 

 

April 18, 2019

 

 

Dear Stockholder:

 

On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of The Reserve Petroleum Company on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. local time, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Information about the Annual Meeting is presented in the following pages.

 

The Annual Meeting will begin with a discussion and vote on the matters set forth in the accompanying Notice of 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and Proxy Statement, followed by a discussion on any other business matters that are properly brought before the Annual Meeting.

 

Your vote is very important. We encourage you to read the Proxy Statement and vote your shares as soon as possible. Whether or not you plan to attend, you can be sure your shares are represented at the Annual Meeting by promptly completing, signing, dating and returning your Proxy Card in the enclosed envelope.

 

This Proxy Statement and the Company’s 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K are also available on the website https://materials.proxyvote.com/761102 and on the Company’s website http://www.reserve-petro.com .

 

If you will need special assistance at the Annual Meeting because of a disability, please contact Lawrence R. Francis, Secretary, at (405) 848-7551, Ext. 303.

 

Thank you for your continued support of The Reserve Petroleum Company. We look forward to seeing you on May 21 st .

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Kyle McLain

Chairman of the Board

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

  Page
   

Important Voting Information

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Notice of 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

iii

Proxy Statement

1

General

1

Solicitation of Proxies

1

Voting Rights and Outstanding Shares

1

Proposal 1 – Election of Directors

2

Information Relating to Directors, Nominees and Executive Officers

2

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management

6

Information Relating to the Board of Directors and Committees

7

Executive Compensation

8

Code of Ethics for Senior Officers

10

Information Regarding Communications with Auditors

10

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

11

Proposal 2 – Ratification of the Selection of HoganTaylor LLP as the Company’s Independent Registered Public Accountants for 2019

11

Proposal 3 – Advisory Resolution to Approve Executive Compensation

12

Proposal 4 – Advisory Vote on the Frequency of Future Advisory Votes on Executive Compensation

13

Additional Information

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■      To be vote d on at the Annual Meeting

 

 

IMPORTANT VOTING INFORMATION

 

If you are a beneficial owner whose shares are held of record by a broker, you must instruct the broker how to vote your shares. If you do not provide voting instructions, your shares will not be voted on any proposal on which the broker does not have discretionary authority to vote. This is called a “broker non-vote.” In these cases, the broker can register your shares as being present at the Annual Meeting for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum but will not be able to vote on those matters for which specific authorization is required under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”).

 

If you are a beneficial owner whose shares are held of record by a broker, your broker has discretionary authority under NYSE rules to vote your shares for Proposal 2 (Ratification of the Selection of HoganTaylor LLP as the Company’s Independent Registered Public Accountants for 2019), even if the broker does not receive voting instructions from you. However, your broker does not have discretionary authority to vote on Proposals 1 (Election of Directors), 3 (Advisory Resolution to Approve Executive Compensation) or 4 (Advisory Vote on the Frequency of Future Advisory Votes on Executive Compensation) without instructions from you, in which case a broker non-vote will occur and your shares will not be voted on this proposal.   Accordingly, it is particularly important that beneficial owners instruct their brokers how they wish to vote their shares .

 

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THE RESERVE PETROLEUM COMPANY

6801 Broadway Ext. , Suite 300

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73116-90 37

 

 


 

NOTICE OF 20 1 9 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

 


 

To The Stockholders:

 

The 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of The Reserve Petroleum Company (the “Company”) will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. local time, at the offices of the Company at 6801 Broadway Ext., Suite 300, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Stockholders will vote on the following matters:

 

 

1.

Election of eight Directors for a one-year term,

 

 

2.

Ratification of the Selection of HoganTaylor LLP as the Company’s Independent Registered Public Accountants for 2019, and

 

 

3.

Advisory Resolution to Approve Executive Compensation,

 

 

4.

Advisory Vote on the Frequency of Future Advisory Votes on Executive Compensation, and

 

 

5.

Such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any adjournment thereof.

 

The Board of Directors has fixed the close of business on April 12, 2019, as the record date for the determination of stockholders entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting.

 

STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO VOTE BY INTERNET, PHONE , OR BY SIGN ING , DAT ING AND RETURN ING PROMPTLY THE ENCLOSED PROXY CARD IN THE ENCLOSED PREPAID ENVELOPE . It is desirable that as many stockholders as possible be represented at the Annual Meeting. Consequently, whether or not you now plan to attend in person, please vote, sign, date and return the enclosed Proxy Card. If you attend the Annual Meeting, you may vote your shares in person even though you have previously signed and returned your Proxy Card.

 

  By Order of the Board of Directors,
 
 

Lawrence R. Francis

Secretary

April 18, 2019

 

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PROXY STATEMENT

 


  

GENERAL

 

The enclosed proxy is solicited on behalf of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of The Reserve Petroleum Company (the “Company”, “we”, “our” or “us”) for the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) to be held at the principal executive offices of the Company, 6801 Broadway Ext., Suite 300, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73116-9037, on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. local time, or any adjournment thereof. This Proxy Statement and Proxy Card are first being sent to the stockholders on or about April 18, 2019. The proxy will be voted at the Annual Meeting if the signer of the Proxy Card was a stockholder of record on April 12, 2019 (the “Record Date”).

 

SOLICITATION OF PROXIES

 

The Company will bear the costs of solicitation of proxies, which are estimated to be $15,500, none of which has been spent to date. Solicitation of proxies may be made by Broadridge, personal interview, mail or telephone by Directors, officers, and other employees of the Company. Copies of proxy materials and of the Company’s 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K may also be supplied to holders of record, as well as to brokers, dealers, banks and voting trustees or their nominees, for the purpose of soliciting proxies from the beneficial owners, and the Company will reimburse those holders for their reasonable forwarding expenses.

 

VOTING RIGHTS AND OUTSTANDING SHARES

 

Voting rights are vested exclusively in the holders of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.50 per share, with each share entitled to one (1) vote on each matter coming before the Annual Meeting. Only stockholders of record at the close of business on the Record Date will be entitled to receive notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting. On the Record Date, there were 156,929 shares of common stock of the Company outstanding and entitled to be voted.

 

The presence, in person or by proxy, of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of common stock of the Company entitled to vote is necessary to constitute a quorum at the Annual Meeting. The shares represented by any and all proxies received by the Company will be counted towards a quorum, notwithstanding that any such proxies contain thereon an abstention or a broker non-vote. Notwithstanding the Record Date, the Company’s stock transfer books will not be closed and shares may be transferred subsequent to the Record Date. However, all votes must be cast in the names of the stockholders of record on the Record Date.

 

All votes will be tabulated by the Inspector of Election appointed for the Annual Meeting, who will separately tabulate votes for, votes against, abstentions, votes with respect to the frequency of future advisory votes on executive compensation, and broker non-votes. Except for Proposal 4 (Advisory Vote on the Frequency of Future Advisory Votes on Executive Compensation), which requires a plurality vote, the approval of each proposal described in this Proxy Statement requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the shares of common stock represented at the Annual Meeting and entitled to vote, provided a quorum is present. Proxies specifying “withheld authority to vote” or “abstain” will not be counted as votes cast, but will have the same effect as a vote “against” a proposal, while a broker non-vote will have no effect.

 

If sufficient shares are not present to provide a quorum on May 21 st , the Annual Meeting, after the lapse of at least half an hour, will be adjourned by those present or represented and entitled to vote. Those stockholders entitled to receive notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting will be sent written notice of an adjournment meeting to be held with a quorum of those present in person or by proxy at such meeting. Under the Restated By-Laws of the Company, any number of stockholders, in person or by proxy, will constitute a quorum at the adjournment meeting.

 

A list of the stockholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting will be available for inspection during ordinary business hours at the offices of the Company for a period of ten (10) days preceding the Annual Meeting and at the Annual Meeting for purposes relating to the Annual Meeting.

 

A stockholder of record on the Record Date may vote in one of the following ways:

 

 

by the Internet @ www.proxyvote.com ; or

 

by telephone @ 1-800-690-6903; or

 

by completing and mailing the Proxy Card; or

 

by written ballot at the Annual Meeting.

 

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If you vote by the Internet, by telephone, or by mail, your vote must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, May 20, 2019, the day before the Annual Meeting. Submitting your instructions by Proxy Card will not affect your right to attend the Annual Meeting and vote. A stockholder who gives a proxy may revoke it at any time before it is exercised by voting in person at the Annual Meeting, by delivering a subsequent proxy or by notifying Lawrence R. Francis, the Inspector of Election, in writing of such revocation.

 

Your shares will be voted as you indicate on your Proxy Card. If you return your Proxy Card, but you do not indicate your voting preferences, the proxies will vote your shares FOR all of the director nominees identified in Proposal 1 (Election of Directors) and FOR 2 (Ratification of the Selection of HoganTaylor LLP as Independent Registered Public Accountants for 2019) and 3 (Advisory Resolution to Approve Executive Compensation) and for once every THREE years with respect to Proposal 4 (Advisory Vote on the Frequency of Future Advisory Votes on Executive Compensation), and in their discretion for such other matters as may come before the Annual Meeting.

 

If your shares are held in a brokerage account in your broker’s name (this is called street name), you should follow the voting directions provided by your broker or nominee. You may complete and mail a voting instruction card to your broker or nominee. Your shares should be voted by your broker or nominee as you have directed.

 

If your shares are held in street name, and you wish to have your shares voted FOR Proposals 1 (Election of Directors), 3 (Advisory Resolution to Approve Executive Compensation) and 4 (Advisory Vote on the Frequency of Future Advisory Votes on Executive Compensation), you must either (i) instruct the record holder how to vote your shares; or (ii) bring a brokerage statement or other proof of ownership of the Company’s stock as of the Record Date with you to the Annual Meeting and vote at such Annual Meeting.

 

We will pass out written ballots to anyone who wants to vote at the Annual Meeting.

 

For additional information concerning the manner of proxy solicitation and voting, please see “Additional Information” beginning on page 14 of this Proxy Statement.

 

 


 

PROPOSAL 1 – ELECT ION OF DIRECTORS

 


 

INFORMATION RELATING TO DIRECTORS, NOMINEES AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 

Directors and Director Nominees

 

The Company elects all Directors of the Board each year. Because we are a very small company with only nine employees, we try to keep the process of operating the Company as uncomplicated as possible. At the same time, our objective is full compliance with all of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) rules and regulations required of all public companies that are smaller reporting companies, as that term is defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended (the “Exchange Act”). We have been in business since 1931 and try to operate the Company today using the same principles as when the Company was formed. Our operations have progressed as technology has advanced. As indicated later in the Director Compensation section of this Proxy Statement, the Company’s Directors’ fees are nominal, and we have no stock incentive based compensation for the Directors, our executive officers or our other employees. Accordingly, all existing Directors are re-nominated each year, unless they elect not to serve.

 

The Company’s Statement of Governance Principles and the Charter of the Nominating Committee were adopted by the Board in 2004. The Statement of Governance Principles was amended as of March 29, 2011. All Director nominees to the Board meet the qualifications set out in those documents.

 

Each re-nominated, non-employee Director was originally nominated to serve on the Board based on his individual business background. Our current Directors and nominees have a wide variety of business experience including some with petroleum industry experience and some without any petroleum industry experience. Some nominees have large corporate background work experience and some have experience working in or managing smaller companies or their own company. Because of the Company’s practice of re-nominating current Directors, the primary qualification that led to each re-nominated Director being chosen to serve for the coming year is their prior service and experience as a Director.

 

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In light of the Company’s business and structure, the diversity of the Board is limited to the variety of business experience and backgrounds of the current Director nominees.

 

The eight persons named below are nominees for election as Directors of the Company to serve until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. If any nominee is unable to serve as of the date of the Annual Meeting, which the Company has no reason to expect, the persons named in the accompanying Proxy Card intend to vote for the balance of those named and, if they deem it advisable, for a substitute nominee.

 

Each nominee is currently a Director and each has served continuously as a Director since the date of his first election or appointment to the Board. The Board has determined that the following Directors are independent, as independence is defined in Rule 5605(a)(2) of the NASDAQ Listing Rules: Jerry L. Crow, Doug Fuller, Marvin E. Harris, Jr., and William M. (Bill) Smith.

 

The Board recommends a vote FOR each nominee for Director set forth below.

 

The information in the following tables and the disclosure that follows those tables pertains, at a minimum, to each person’s (i) age as of April 12, 2019; (ii) positions currently held with the Company or the Board; (iii) business experience during at least the past five years; and (iv) directorships in other public companies at any time during the past five years.

 

Name

 

Age

 

Positions Currently Held

Jerry L. Crow 1

 

82

 

Director

Doug S. Fuller

 

61

 

Director

Marvin E. Harris, Jr.

 

67

 

Director

Cameron R. McLain

 

60

 

Director, Chief Executive Officer, President, Exploration Manager

Kyle L. McLain 1

 

64

 

Director, Chairman of the Board, Executive Vice President, Production Manager

Robert L. Savage

 

71

 

Director

William M. (Bill) Smith

 

60

 

Director

James L. Tyler

 

71

 

Director

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1 Member of Executive Committee

 

Executive Officers

 

The following persons are the executive officers of the Company:

 

Name

 

Age

 

Positions Currently Held

Cameron R. McLain

 

60

 

Director, Chief Executive Officer, President, Exploration Manager

Kyle L. McLain

 

64

 

Director, Chairman of the Board, Executive Vice President, Production Manager

Lawrence R. Francis

 

42

 

1 st Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer

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Cameron R. McLain, Director, CEO, President and Exploration Manager, and Kyle L. McLain, Director, Chairman of the Board, Executive Vice President and Production Manager, are brothers.

 

Jerry L. Crow has been a Director since May 4, 1982. He was employed by the Company from April 1976 until he retired in December 2003. Mr. Crow served as Secretary/Treasurer and 2 nd Vice President during his employment. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Business Administration from West Texas A&M University, and prior to retirement was a Certified Public Accountant in both Texas and Oklahoma. Mr. Crow is also a director of Mid-American Oil Company and Mesquite Minerals, Inc.

 

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Lawrence R. Francis was employed by the Company on September 1, 2017 and was elected 1 st Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer, effective January 1, 2018. Mr. Francis devotes substantially all of his time to the affairs of the Company, although he devotes a part of his time and efforts to the activities of affiliated organizations. Mr. Francis was previously employed as an Assurance Manager for HoganTaylor LLP, where he served from January 2013 to August 2017 and as a CPA for Smith, Carney and Company, P.C. from January 2011 to December 2012. Prior to becoming a CPA, Mr. Francis spent more than 10 years in multi-unit operations management in the retail sector. Mr. Francis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, and is a Certified Public Accountant in Oklahoma.

 

Doug S. Fuller has been a Director since May 2, 2000. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Quail Creek Bank where he has been employed since April 20, 2009. Mr. Fuller was employed as Membership Director with Leadership Oklahoma from May 2007 until April 2009. Before that, he had been in banking since 1980 and was an executive officer with Bank of Oklahoma from 1992 until 2007. Mr. Fuller holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma City University. He is also a director of Quail Creek Bank, The Bankers Bank, the Oklahoma Bankers Association and the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

 

Marvin E. Harris, Jr. has been a Director since May 7, 1991. He has been a senior software developer with Devon Energy Corporation since April 2013. Mr. Harris was a senior software developer with Teleflora from March 2012 until April 2013 and from January 2011 until March 2012 was employed as a Principal Analyst with Southwest Research Institute. He served as President of Tetron Software, a computer software company, which he formed, from January 1994 until January 2011. Mr. Harris was employed as President of RDS Services, Inc., a computer software company, from 1991 until 1994. He was employed by Intel Corporation from 1984 until 1991. Mr. Harris holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama, a Master of Science degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University.

 

Cameron R. McLain has been a Director since May 23, 2006. He was elected Chief Executive Officer on May 19, 2009, and President of the Company on May 20, 2008. Mr. McLain also serves as Exploration Manager and has served in that capacity continuously since his employment on May 9, 1982. He devotes substantially all of his time to Company affairs; however, he devotes a part of his time and efforts to the activities of affiliated organizations. Mr. McLain was employed from May 1980 to May 1982 as an exploration geologist for Cities Service Oil and Gas Company in the Mid-Continent Division. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma City University. Mr. McLain is also a director and officer of Mid-American Oil Company and Mesquite Minerals, Inc.

 

Kyle L. McLain has been a Director since May 23, 2006. He was elected Chairman on May 30, 2013, and Executive Vice President on May 20, 2008. Mr. McLain also serves as Production Manager and has served in that capacity continuously since his employment on May 12, 1984. He devotes substantially all of his time to the affairs of the Company, although he spends a part of his time and efforts on the activities of affiliated organizations. Mr. McLain was employed as a reservoir engineer for Gulf Oil Corporation from May 1980 to May 1984. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. Mr. McLain is also a director and officer of Mid-American Oil Company and Mesquite Minerals, Inc.

 

Robert L. Savage has been a Director since May 6, 1975. He has been a Financial Consultant with B.B. Graham & Company, Inc. since December 2014. Mr. Savage was President and Chief Executive Officer of Leonard Securities, Inc. from 1997 to February 2015. He has been the President of Leonard Agency, Inc. since 1998 and the President of Leonard Investment Advisors, Inc. since 1999. Mr. Savage was Vice President with Park Avenue Securities, Inc. from January 1989 to May 1994 and Century Investment Group, Inc. from April 1994 to September 1997. He was employed as an Account Executive with Reynolds Securities and subsequently Dean Witter Reynolds from 1975 to 1989. Mr. Savage holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.

 

William M. (Bill) Smith has been a Director since May 5, 1998. He is the owner of W. M. Smith Energy, LLC, a geological consulting company that he formed January 1, 2008. Prior to that date, Mr. Smith had served as Manager of Geology at Bracken Operating, LLC since 1994 and was also part owner. He joined Bracken Exploration Co. as an Exploration Geologist in 1981 and became Vice President of Geology until 1986. In 1986, Mr. Smith assisted in forming Bracken Energy Company, for whom he was an employee and part owner. He was employed by Samedan Oil Corporation from 1980 through 1981. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Oklahoma.

 

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James L. Tyler has been a Director since May 22, 2018. He was employed by the Company from August 2003 until he retired in December 2017. Mr. Tyler served as 2nd Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer during his employment. Mr. Tyler was employed as Vice-President Controller for Grace Petroleum Corporation from May 1979 to May 1994 and Controller for MCNIC Oil & Gas, Inc. from June 1994 to April 1999. From May 1999 until March 2003, he was employed as Controller for Express Ranches and Accounting Manager for Bison Drilling Company. Mr. Tyler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, and is a Certified Public Accountant in Oklahoma.

 

Involvement in Certain Legal Proceedings

 

On or about November 11, 2013, a Statement of Claim was filed against Robert Savage, Leonard Securities, Inc., of which Mr. Savage was President and Chief Executive Officer, two other individuals, and an unrelated investment advisor entity (collectively the “Respondents”) in FINRA Arbitration Case Number 13-03324. An Amended Statement of Claim was filed on or about August 29, 2014. The Claimant asserted the following causes of action: churning, suitability, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and failure to supervise. The Claimant sought damages in the amount of $676,000 for actual/compensatory damages and unspecified other damages. Mr. Savage and Leonard Securities, Inc. denied the allegations made in the Statement of Claim and asserted affirmative defenses. On December 19, 2014, a Panel of Arbitrators determined that (i) the Respondents were jointly and severally liable to the Claimant in the amount of $200,000 plus interest and (ii) Leonard Securities, Mr. Savage and three of the other Respondents were jointly and severally responsible for $5,400 in fees related to the FINRA Dispute Resolution. Notwithstanding that the Respondents were jointly and severally liable, Leonard Securities, Inc. and Mr. Savage satisfied the full amount of the award and the fees.

 

Supervision of registered representatives and their sales practices requires a firm to have a supervisory system that is reasonably designed and implemented to achieve compliance with applicable laws and regulations. An effective supervisory system enables the firm to detect and review for possible suspicious activity.

 

Mr. Savage and Leonard Securities, Inc. disagreed with the Claimant’s allegation regarding failure of supervision. Leonard Securities, Inc. supervised the investment advisory activities of another named Respondent according to its written supervisory procedures covering supervision of outside investment advisers and to the extent applicable, that individual’s activities as a registered representative of Leonard Securities, Inc.

 

Mr. Savage and Leonard Securities, Inc. believe the compliance system adopted and implemented by Leonard Securities, Inc. represented sound and common sense procedures, consistent with industry norms and practices for reviewing such activities.

 

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions

 

The Company is affiliated by common management and ownership with Mesquite Minerals, Inc. (“Mesquite”), Mid-American Oil Company (“Mid-American”) and Lochbuie Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). The Company also owns interests in certain producing and non-producing oil and gas properties as tenants in common with Mesquite, Mid-American and LLC. Jerry L. Crow, Director of the Company, is a director of Mesquite and Mid-American. Kyle McLain and Cameron R. McLain, Directors and officers of the Company, are directors and officers of Mesquite and Mid-American and they each own an 11.11% interest in LLC.

 

Jerry L. Crow, Cameron R. McLain and Kyle L. McLain, as a group, beneficially own approximately 20% of the common stock of the Company, approximately 13% of the common stock of Mesquite and approximately 10% of the common stock of Mid-American. Each of these three corporations has only one class of stock outstanding. Note 12 to the Company’s Financial Statements contained in Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, includes additional disclosures regarding these relationships. See “Additional Information.”

 

Robert L. Savage, a Director, is a Financial Consultant with B.B. Graham & Company, Inc. (“Graham”). Graham manages the Company’s portfolio of “Equity Securities,” and this asset was listed in the Company’s December 31, 2018, balance sheet at $454,058, which represents the year-end market price of the securities in the portfolio. The $454,058 represents securities with a cost of $675,115, less a market adjustment of $221,057. Graham earned $9,587 in broker commissions and fees on the securities bought and sold in 2018. Realized gains on the securities sold totaled $72,950 in 2018.

 

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

 


 

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners

 

The following table sets forth information regarding the only persons known by the Company to be beneficial owners of more than 5% of the Company’s common stock as of April 12, 2019:

 

Name and Address of

Beneficial Owner

 

Amount and Nature of

Beneficial Ownership

 

Percent of

Class 1

Cameron R. McLain

 

12,108

 

7.72

6801 Broadway Ext., Suite 300

       

Oklahoma City, OK 73116-9037

       
         

Kyle L. McLain

 

12,108

 

7.72

6801 Broadway Ext., Suite 300

       

Oklahoma City, OK 73116-9037

       
         

John and Amy McLain

 

9,609

 

6.12

1950 Ford St.

       

Golden, CO 80401-2420

       
         

Mull Investments

 

12,149

 

7.74

7201 N. Classen Blvd., Suite 103

       

Oklahoma City, OK 73116-7123

       
         

LEKALA Trust

 

11,949

 

7.61

1725 Sun Valley Ln.

       

Edmond, OK 73034-6887

       

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Calculations of percent of class are based on the number of shares of common stock outstanding as of April 12, 2019, excluding shares held by or for the Company.

 

Security Ownership of Management

 

The following table provides information regarding the beneficial ownership of the Company’s common stock by each Named Executive Officer listed in the 2018 Summary Compensation Table on page 9 and each of our Directors, as well as the number of shares beneficially owned by all of our Directors and executive officers as a group as of April 12, 2019. As of April 12, 2019, there were 156,929 shares of our common stock outstanding. Unless otherwise indicated by footnote, individuals have sole voting and investment (dispositive) power. Other than in the case of Mr. Savage, as footnoted, none of the shares are pledged as security.

 

Name

 

Title of

Class

 

Amount and Nature of

Beneficial Ownership

 

Percent

of Class

Cameron R. McLain

 

Common

 

12,108

 

7.72

Kyle L. McLain

 

Common

 

12,108

 

7.72

Lawrence R. Francis

 

Common

 

---

 

---

Jerry L. Crow

 

Common

 

5,379

 

3.43

Doug S. Fuller

 

Common

 

---

 

---

Marvin E. Harris, Jr.

 

Common

 

---

 

---

 

(Table continued on next page.)

 

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Name

 

Title of

Class

 

Amount and Nature of

Beneficial Ownership

 

Percent

of Class

Robert L. Savage

 

Common

 

1,970 1

 

1.26

William M. (Bill) Smith

 

Common

 

---

 

---

James L. Tyler

 

Common

 

---

 

---

             

All Directors and Executive Officers

     

31,565

 

20.13

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Mr. Savage has pledged 1,269 shares as security.

 


 

INFORMATION RELAT ING TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEES

 


 

Board Leadership Structure

 

The Board chose to separate the Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman positions in May 2009. This was done at the request of Mason McLain, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at that time. Effective March 1, 2013, Mr. McLain elected to become a part-time officer and employee. He stepped down as Chairman of the Board at the May 30, 2013 meeting and the Board elected Kyle McLain as the new Chairman. Cameron McLain serves as Chief Executive Officer and Kyle McLain serves as Chairman of the Board.

 

Board of Directors Role in Risk Oversight

 

Due to the relatively small size of the Company and the limited number of Board meetings held annually, the Board has delegated its risk oversight function to the Company’s executive officers. Two of our three executive officers are also Directors. The non-employee Directors feel that since our executive officers supervise the day-to-day risk management of the Company, they are best equipped and the most logical choice for the risk oversight function. In addition, our executive officers have the overall responsibility to assess and manage the Company’s exposure to all risks, including credit, liquidity and operational risks.

 

Meetings

 

The Board held three meetings during the Company’s fiscal year ended December 31, 2018. All Directors were present at all meetings, except on May 22 nd when William M. (Bill) Smith was absent. It is the Board’s policy that Directors should attend the Company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Last year, all Directors attended the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, except for William M. (Bill) Smith.

 

Committees

 

In General . The Company does not have standing audit and compensation committees of the Board or committees performing similar functions. The Company is a smaller reporting company whose securities are not quoted on NASDAQ or listed on any exchange. The Company’s stock is traded by private transactions or over the counter. Over the counter bid information is quoted in the OTCQB Quotation Service in the OTC Market Report, and in the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol “RSRV.”

 

Audit Committee . The Company does not have a separately-designated standing Audit Committee. The entire Board acts as the Company’s Audit Committee. The Board has determined that Mr. Crow is an “audit committee financial expert” as that term is defined by the SEC.

 

Compensation Committee . The Company does not have a Compensation Committee or a committee performing a similar function. Because the Company is so small and only has nine employees, three of whom are our executive officers, it is the view of the Board that it is appropriate for the Company not to have such a committee. Please see “Executive Compensation” on page 8 of this Proxy Statement.

 

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Nominating Committee . The Board adopted the Company’s Statement of Governance Principles and Charter of the Nominating Committee in 2004. Minimum qualifications for Director Nominees are detailed in the Statement of Governance Principles, along with procedures for stockholders to recommend Director Candidates for consideration by the Nominating Committee. The Statement of Governance Principles was amended as of March 29, 2011 and is attached as Appendix A to the Company’s 2011 Proxy Statement as filed with the SEC on April 15, 2011. The Charter of the Nominating Committee is attached as Appendix B to the Company’s 2011 Proxy Statement as filed with the SEC on April 15, 2011. They can be viewed at the SEC’s website.

 

The Board has designated a Nominating Committee, which consists of Doug Fuller, Cameron McLain and Bill Smith. Both Mr. Fuller and Mr. Smith are “independent” as defined in Rule 5605(a)(2) of the NASDAQ Listing Rules. The Nominating Committee makes recommendations to the Board regarding individuals for nomination as Directors and, in addition, may consider other matters relating to corporate governance. The Nominating Committee met once in March 2019 and recommended that the current Directors be nominated to serve a one-year term on the Board.

 

The Nominating Committee evaluates qualified nominees for Director using the same process regardless of whether the nominee is recommended by an officer, Director or stockholder.

 

Director Compensation

 

All Directors, whether employees or not, are compensated on a per meeting basis, but only for those Board meetings attended. The amount of compensation is set by a vote of the Directors at each Board meeting. In the year ended December 31, 2018, Directors were compensated in the amount of $1,500 for attending each of the March, May and November meetings. All committee meetings are held prior to the Board meetings or by telephone conference. Directors receive no additional compensation for committee meetings.

 

The Company provides no stock or stock option awards compensation, non-equity incentive compensation or deferred compensation to any of our Directors.

 

The following table provides information relating to total compensation amounts paid to Directors during 2018:

 

201 8 Director Compensation Table

 

Name

 

Fees 1

 

Total

William M. (Bill) Smith

 

$3,000

 

$3,000

Each Other Director 2

 

$4,500

 

$4,500

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1

Amounts represent fees for attending Board meetings during the year as follows: $1,500 per meeting for the March, May and November meetings.

 

 

2

Jerry L. Crow, Doug Fuller, Marvin E. Harris, Jr., Cameron R. McLain, Kyle McLain, Robert L. Savage, and James L. Tyler.

 

 


 

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 


 

Overview

 

As indicated earlier, the Company does not have a standing Compensation Committee of the Board or a committee performing a similar function. We are a smaller reporting company whose securities are not quoted on NASDAQ or listed on any exchange. The Company has a total of only nine employees, three of whom are our executive officers.

 

Compensation Philosophy and Objectives

 

Because we are so small, our compensation philosophy and objectives are to provide compensation that is fair and reasonable for all employees at a competitive level that will allow us to attract and retain qualified personnel necessary to operate the Company at the most efficient level possible. Our objective is to fully comply with all the operational and financial rules and regulations required of any public company, and specifically, those relating to the oil and gas exploration and production (“E&P”) industry. In addition, we try to maintain compensation at a level that is competitive with other companies in this industry. Our philosophy and objectives for compensation of our executive officers are no different from those with respect to our other employees.

 

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Compensation levels for all employees, including our executive officers, are reviewed annually in early November by our Chief Executive Officer and our Executive Vice President. This review process includes reviews of salary and wage surveys, primarily for the oil and gas E&P industry, and informal performance evaluations provided by supervisors. Compensation levels for the next fiscal year are determined during this review process, and presented to the entire Board for approval at its meeting on the third Tuesday in November each year. Compensation consultants are not utilized in the compensation review process and no fees are paid to anyone relative to this process. The Board and management do not believe that there are any risks arising from the Company’s compensation policies and practices for the Company’s employees, including non-executive officers, that are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company.

 

Elements of Compensation

 

Elements of our executive compensation and benefits package are as follows:

 

 

a base salary;

 

a bonus equal to one, two or three month’s base salary, paid in early December each year; and

 

Company-sponsored employee benefits, such as life and health insurance benefits and a qualified 401(k) savings plan.

 

The Company provides no incentive bonus compensation, stock or stock option awards compensation, non-equity incentive compensation or deferred compensation to our executive officers or to any of our other employees.

 

201 8 Summary Compensation Table

 

The following table summarizes the compensation paid to our principal executive officer and our two most highly compensated executive officers other than our principal executive officer (collectively, our “Named Executive Officers”) during the fiscal years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017.

 

Name and

Principal Position

 

Year

  Salary 1    

Bonus

   

All Other

Compensation

    Total  

Cameron R. McLain

 

2018

  $ 168,000     $ 14,000     $ 24,715   2   $ 206,715  

CEO/President

 

2017

  $ 166,320     $ 13,860     $ 25,060     $ 205,240  

Kyle L. McLain

 

2018

  $ 168,000     $ 14,000     $ 21,890   3   $ 203,890  

Chairman/Executive Vice President

 

2017

  $ 166,320     $ 13,860     $ 21,634     $ 201,814  

Lawrence R. Francis

 

2018

  $ 89,040     $ 7,420     $ 4,500   4   $ 100,960  
1 st Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer                                    

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1

Includes amounts earned but deferred at the election of each officer pursuant to our 401(k) employee savings plan.

 

2

Includes $3,560 for personal use of Company vehicle; $10,235 for life insurance premiums paid by the Company and $10,920 of matching contributions made by the Company under our 401(k) employee savings plan.

 

3

Includes $3,128 for personal use of Company vehicle; $7,842 for life insurance premiums paid by the Company and $10,920 of matching contributions made by the Company under our 401(k) employee savings plan.

 

4

Includes advisory director fees of $4,500 paid in 2018.

 

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Results of and Response to the Most Recent Say-On-Pay Vote and Frequency of Say-On-Pay Vote

 

Most Recent Say-O n-Pay Vote. At the 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, approximately 99% of the votes cast by our stockholders voted, on an advisory basis, to approve the compensation paid to the Company’s Named Executive Officers in 2015, as disclosed in the 2016 Proxy Statement pursuant to Item 402 of SEC Regulation S-K (the “Say-On-Pay Vote”). The Company and the Board believe that the Say-On-Pay Vote confirmed stockholder support for the Company’s executive compensation philosophy, objectives and decisions. As a result, our 2018 executive compensation philosophy and objectives remained consistent with those in 2017, 2016 and 2015.

 

Most Recent Frequency of Say-On-Pay Vote. At least once every six years, we are required to hold an advisory vote on the frequency of Say-On-Pay Votes (the “Frequency of Say-On-Pay Vote”). We held our initial Frequency of Say-On-Pay Vote at our 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and a majority of the votes were cast in favor of holding Say-On-Pay Votes once every three years. In line with the preference of our stockholders, our Board determined that it will include the Say-On-Pay Vote in our proxy materials once every three years until the next Frequency of Say-On-Pay Vote, which will occur no later than our 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

 

Response to Future Say-On-Pay Votes. Although non-binding, the Company and the Board will continue to consider the results of the Say-On-Pay Votes in their future executive compensation philosophy, objectives and decisions.

 

 


 

CODE OF ETHICS FOR SENIOR OFFICERS

 


 

The Company has adopted a Code of Ethics for Senior Officers (the “Code of Ethics”) that applies to our principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions meeting the criteria set forth in Item 406 of SEC Regulation S-K. The Company will provide to any person, without charge, upon written request addressed to the Company’s Secretary, a copy of the Code of Ethics. This document can also be viewed at the SEC’s website as Exhibit 14 to the Company’s 2018, Quarter 1 Form 10-Q. See “Additional Information.”

 

 


 

INFORMATION REGARDING COMMUNICATIONS WITH AUDITORS

 


 

As required by SEC Regulation S-K, Item 407(d)(3)(i), the Board has:

 

 

1.

Reviewed and discussed the audited financial statements of the Company for the year ended December 31, 2018, with management;

 

 

2.

Discussed with HoganTaylor LLP the matters that are required to be discussed by professional standards and by the SEC; and

 

 

3.

Received the written disclosures and the letter from HoganTaylor LLP required by applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding HoganTaylor’s communications with the Board concerning independence and has discussed with HoganTaylor the independent accountant’s independence.

 

Based on the review and discussions referred to above, the Board approved the inclusion of the Company’s audited financial statements, for and as of the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, for filing with the SEC.

 

The Members of the Board are Jerry L. Crow, Doug Fuller, Marvin E. Harris, Jr., Cameron R. McLain, Kyle L. McLain, Robert L. Savage, William M. (Bill) Smith and James L. Tyler.

 

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SECTION 16(a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE

 


 

Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires executive officers, directors and persons beneficially owning more than 10% of the Company’s stock to file initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership with the SEC and with the Company. Based solely on a review of the Forms 3 and 4 and any amendments thereto furnished to the Company and written representations from our executive officers and Directors, the Company believes that all of those persons complied with their Section 16(a) filing obligations in 2018.

 

 


 

PROPOSAL 2 – RATIFICATION OF THE SELECTION OF HOGANTAYLOR LLP AS THE COMPANY’S INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS FOR   201 9

 


 

In General

 

While we retain the services of other accounting firms from time to time, HoganTaylor LLP is our principal accountant and served as our independent accountant for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2018. They performed the quarterly reviews and year-end audits. Our executive officers recommended to the Board that it approve the selection of HoganTaylor LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accountants for 2019. The Board approved the selection of HoganTaylor LLP.

 

Representatives of HoganTaylor LLP are not expected to be at the Annual Meeting. However, if questions arise which require their comments, arrangements have been made to solicit their response.

 

The aggregate fees billed by HoganTaylor in 2018 and 2017 for these various services were as follows:

 

Description of Professional Service

Amount Billed

 

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Audit Fees are fees for (i) the audit of our annual financial statements and the review of financial statements included in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and (ii) for services that are provided by the independent registered public accountant in connection with statutory and regulatory filings.

$92,950

$84,300

Audit-Related Fees are fees reasonably related to the performance of the audit or review of our financial statements and are not reported under “Audit Fees.”

---

---

Tax Fees are fees for compliance, tax advice, and tax planning.

21,000

14,500

All Other Fees are fees for any service not included in the first three categories.

---

---

 

The Board is required by SEC regulations to preapprove all auditing services and permitted non-audit services provided by the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm. There is an exception for preapproval of non-audit services if the aggregate amount of all such non-audit services provided to us constitutes not more than five percent of the total amount of revenues paid by it to its independent registered public accounting firm during the fiscal year in which the non-audit services are provided; such services were not recognized by us at the time of the engagement to be non-audit services; and the non-audit services are promptly brought to the attention of the Board and approved prior to the completion of the audit by the Board or by one or more members of the Board to whom authority to grant such approval has been delegated by the Board. All audit services and permitted non-audit services to be performed by our independent auditor have been preapproved by the Board as required by SEC regulations and the Board’s charter without exception.

 

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Your Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR the following proposal:

 

RESOLVED that the selection of HoganTaylor LLP, as the Company’s I ndependent R egistered P ublic A ccount ants for 201 9 , is hereby ratified.

 

 


 

PROPOSAL 3 – ADVISORY RESOLUTION TO APPROVE EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 


 

In General

 

Section 14A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 provides that not less frequently than once every 3 years we must provide our stockholders with the opportunity to vote to approve, on a nonbinding, advisory basis, the compensation of our Named Executive Officers as disclosed in our Proxy Statement in accordance with the compensation disclosure rules of the SEC. This vote is often referred to as a “Say-on-Pay” vote. Therefore, we are asking our stockholders to approve an advisory resolution on the Company’s executive compensation as reported in this Proxy Statement.

 

As described above in the “Executive Compensation” section of this Proxy Statement, we do not have a standing compensation committee of the Board or a committee performing a similar function and we only have nine employees, four of whom are classified as executive officers. Therefore, executive compensation decisions are made by our Board. Because we are so small, our compensation philosophy and objectives are as follows:

 

 

to provide compensation that is fair and reasonable for all employees at a competitive level that will allow us to attract and retain qualified personnel necessary to operate the Company at the most efficient level possible, and

 

 

to maintain compensation at a level that is competitive with other companies in the oil and gas exploration and production industry.

 

Our philosophy and objectives for compensation of executive officers are no different from our other employees. We provide no incentive bonus compensation, stock or stock option awards, non-equity incentive compensation or deferred compensation to our executive officers or any of our other employees.

 

We urge our shareholders to read the “Executive Compensation” section beginning on page 8 of this Proxy Statement, which describes in greater detail our executive compensation policies and procedures, as well as the 2018 Summary Compensation Table on page 9, which provides detailed information on the compensation of our Named Executive Officers. The Board believes that the policies and procedures set forth in “Executive Compensation” are effective in achieving our goals and that the compensation of our Named Executive Officers reported in this Proxy Statement has contributed to the Company’s recent and long-term success.

 

201 8 Overview

 

The Company’s strategy for 2018 was to build on its 2017 achievements and to further develop its oil and natural gas properties. Reflecting the successful implementation of its business strategy, the following financial and operational results were achieved:

 

 

The Company paid dividends on its common stock in the amount of $10.00 per share in 2018.

 

 

The Company operated throughout the year as a financially sound company.

 

 

For the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company participated in the drilling of 8 gross exploratory working interest wells (including 3 in progress at the end of 2017) and 7 gross development working interest wells with working interests ranging from a high of 18% to a low of 4.7%. Of the 8 exploratory wells, 2 were completed as producing wells, 3 as dry holes and 3 were in progress. Five (5) development wells were completed as producing wells and 2 were in progress.

 

 

The Company provided $4,846,100 of net cash from operating activities, with $2,313,692 in net income for 2018.

 

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Non-Binding Nature of Vote

 

This stockholder vote on executive compensation is advisory and non-binding on the Board or the Company in any way. Although non-binding, the Board will consider the results of the most recent stockholder advisory vote on executive compensation in determining compensation policies and decisions concerning Named Executive Officers.

 

Required Vote; Broker Discretionary Voting Not Permitted

 

The affirmative vote of a majority of the shares presented or represented and entitled to vote either in person or by proxy is required to approve this advisory resolution. Broker discretionary voting of uninstructed shares is not permitted for a stockholder vote on executive compensation.

 

Approval of Compensation Paid to the Company’s Named Executive Officers

 

As required by Section 14A of the Exchange Act, we are asking stockholders to vote on the following advisory resolution at the Annual Meeting:

 

RESOLVED , that the compensation paid to the Company’s Named Executive Officers, as disclosed in this Proxy Statement pursuant to Item 402 of Regulation S-K, including the Executive Compensation discussion and the Summary Compensation Table, is hereby APPROVED.

 

Recommendation of the Board  

 

Your Board of Directors recommends a vote “FOR” the advisory resolution.  

 

 


 

PROPOSAL 4 – ADVISORY VOTE ON THE FREQUENCY OF FUTURE ADVISORY VOTES ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 


 

In General

 

Section 14A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 also provides that not less frequently than once every 6 years we must provide our stockholders with the opportunity to vote, on a nonbinding, advisory basis, for their preference as to how frequently we should seek future advisory votes on the compensation of our Named Executive Officers as disclosed in accordance with the compensation disclosure rules of the SEC. This vote is often referred to as a “Frequency of Say-on-Pay” vote. By voting with respect to this proposal, stockholders may indicate whether they would prefer that we conduct future say-on-pay votes once every one, two, or three years.

 

After careful consideration, the Board recommends that future advisory votes on executive compensation occur every three years. We believe that a triennial advisory vote on executive compensation reflects the appropriate time frame to enable the Board to evaluate the results of the most recent advisory vote on executive compensation, to discuss the implications of that vote with stockholders to the extent needed, to develop and implement any adjustments to our executive compensation programs that may be appropriate in light of a past advisory vote on executive compensation, and for stockholders to see and evaluate any such adjustments to our executive compensation program. In this regard, because the advisory vote on executive compensation occurs after we already have implemented our executive compensation program for the current year, we expect that in many cases it may not be appropriate or feasible to fully address and respond to any one year’s advisory vote on executive compensation by the time of the following year’s annual meeting of stockholders.

 

The Board is aware of and took into account views that some have expressed in support of conducting an annual advisory vote on executive compensation. We are aware that some stockholders of public companies believe that annual advisory votes will enhance or reinforce accountability. In our view, the fact that all our Directors stand for election annually provides appropriate assurances of Board accountability. Also, although we currently believe that holding an advisory vote on executive compensation every three years will reflect the right balance of considerations in the normal course, we will periodically reassess that view and can provide for an advisory vote on executive compensation on a more frequent basis if changes in our compensation program or other circumstances suggest that such a vote would be appropriate.

 

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We understand that our stockholders may have different views as to what is an appropriate frequency for advisory votes on executive compensation, and we will carefully review the voting results on this proposal. Stockholders will be able to specify one of four choices for this proposal on the Proxy Card: one year, two years, three years, or abstain. Stockholders are not voting to approve or disapprove the Board’s recommendation.

 

Non-Binding Nature of Vote

 

This stockholders vote on the frequency of future advisory votes on executive compensation is advisory and not binding on the Board or the Company in any way. Notwithstanding the Board’s recommendation and the outcome of the stockholders vote, the Board may in the future decide to conduct advisory votes on a more or less frequent basis and may vary its practice based on factors such as the adoption of material changes to our executive compensation program.

 

Required Vote; Broker Discretionary Voting Not Permitted

 

By voting with respect to this proposal, stockholders may indicate whether they would prefer that we conduct future say-on-pay votes once every one, two, or three years. A plurality of the shares presented or represented and entitled to vote either in person or by proxy is required to determine the outcome of this non-binding proposal. Broker discretionary voting of uninstructed shares is not permitted for a stockholder vote on the frequency of future advisory votes on executive compensation.

 

Advisory Vote on the Frequency of Future Advisory Votes on Executive Compensation

 

As required by Section 14A of the Exchange Act, we are asking stockholders to vote on the preferred frequency of future advisory votes on executive compensation by selecting the option of one year, two years, or three years (or abstain) in response to the following proposal at the Annual Meeting:

 

RESOLVED, that the stockholders determine, on an advisory basis, whether the preferred frequency of an advisory vote on executive compensation of the Company’s Named Executive Officers as set forth in the Company’s proxy statement should be every year, every two years or every three years.

 

Recommendation of the Board

 

Your Board of Directors recommends that you vote for the option of once every THREE years as the preferred frequency for future advisory votes on executive compensation.

 

 


 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 


 

Communications b etween Stockholders and the Board

 

The Board has designated Mr. Harris to be the independent Director to receive communications from stockholders seeking to communicate directly with the Company’s independent Directors. Anyone who has a concern about the Company’s conduct, or about the Company’s accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, may communicate that concern directly to the Company’s Secretary, Lawrence R. Francis, at The Reserve Petroleum Company, 6801 Broadway Ext., Suite 300, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73116-9037. Those communications may be confidential or anonymous. All such concerns will be forwarded to Mr. Harris for review. The Board is committed to good governance practices.

 

Deadline for Stockholders for Inclusion in Next Year’s Proxy Statement

 

Stockholder proposals intended to be presented at the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “2020 Annual Meeting”), which is scheduled for May 19, 2020, and included in the Company’s 2020 proxy statement and form of proxy relating to that meeting pursuant to Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act must be received in writing by the Company at the Company’s principal executive offices by Tuesday, December 17, 2019. Proposals should be addressed to Lawrence R. Francis, Secretary, The Reserve Petroleum Company, 6801 Broadway Ext., Suite 300, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73116-9037.

 

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Other Stockholder Proposals for Presentation at Next Year’s Annual Meeting

 

For any stockholder proposal that is not submitted to the Company for inclusion in our 2020 proxy statement, but is instead sought to be presented by the stockholder directly at the 2020 Annual Meeting, Rule 14a-4(c) under the Exchange Act permits management to vote proxies in its discretion if the Company (1) receives written notice of the proposal before the close of business on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, and advises stockholders in the 2020 proxy statement about the nature of the matter and how management intends to vote on the matter; or (2) does not receive written notice of the proposal before the close of business on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Notices of intention to present proposals at the 2020 Annual Meeting should be addressed to Lawrence R. Francis, Secretary, The Reserve Petroleum Company, 6801 Broadway Ext., Suite 300, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73116-9037.

 

Voting Securities

 

Stockholders of record at the close of business on April 12, 2019, will be eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting. The voting securities of the Company consist of its $0.50 par value common stock, of which 156,929 shares were outstanding on April 12, 2019. Each share outstanding on the Record Date will be entitled to one vote. Treasury shares are not voted. Individual votes of stockholders are kept private, except as appropriate to meet legal requirements. Access to proxies and other individual stockholder voting records is limited to the Inspector of Election and certain employees of the Company and its agents, who must acknowledge in writing their responsibility to comply with this policy of confidentiality.

 

Vote Required for Approval

 

Except for Proposal 4 (Advisory Vote on the Frequency of Future Advisory Votes on Executive Compensation), which requires a plurality vote, the approval of each proposal described in this Proxy Statement requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the shares of common stock represented at the Annual Meeting and entitled to vote, provided a quorum is present. Proxies specifying “withheld authority to vote” or “abstain” will not be counted as votes cast, but will have the same effect as a vote “against” a proposal, while a broker non-vote will have no effect.

 

Broker Non -V ote

 

In General. If you are a beneficial owner whose shares are held of record by a broker, you must instruct the broker how to vote your shares. If you do not provide voting instructions, your shares will not be voted on any proposal on which the broker does not have discretionary authority to vote. This is called a “broker non-vote.” In these cases, the broker can register your shares as being present at the Annual Meeting for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum but will not be able to vote on those matters for which specific authorization is required under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”).

 

If you are a beneficial owner whose shares are held of record by a broker, your broker has discretionary authority under NYSE rules to vote your shares for the ratification of HoganTaylor LLP, even if the broker does not receive voting instructions from you. However, your broker does not have discretionary authority to vote on Proposals 1 (Election of Directors), 3 (Advisory Resolution to Approve Executive Compensation) or 4 (Advisory Vote on the Frequency of Future Votes on Executive Compensation) without instructions from you. In this case, a broker non-vote will occur and your shares will not be voted on the election of Directors or either of the advisory votes on executive compensation. Accordingly, it is particularly important that beneficial owners instruct their brokers how they wish to vote their shares .

 

Manner for Voting Proxies

 

The shares represented by all valid proxies received will be voted in the manner specified. Where specific choices are not indicated, the shares represented by all valid proxies received will be voted FOR Proposals 1 (Election of Directors), 2 (Ratification of the Selection of HoganTaylor LLP as the Company’s Independent Registered Public Accountants for 2019) and 3 (Advisory Resolution to Approve Executive Compensation) and for once every THREE years with respect to Proposal 4 (Advisory Vote on the Frequency of Future Advisory Votes on Executive Compensation). Should any matter not described above be properly presented at the Annual Meeting, the person or persons named in the Proxy Card will vote in accordance with their judgment.

 

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Other Matters to be Presented

 

The Board knows of no other matters, which may be presented at the Annual Meeting. If any other matters properly come before the Annual Meeting, including any adjournment or adjournments thereof, proxies received in response to this solicitation will be voted upon such matters in the discretion of the person or persons named in the Proxy Card.

 

Electronic Access to Proxy Statement and Annual Report

 

A copy of the Company’s 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K will be furnished without charge to stockholders beneficially of record at the close of business on April 12, 2019, on request to Lawrence R. Francis, Secretary, at (405) 848-7551, Ext. 303. Both this Proxy Statement and the Company’s 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K are available on the website https://materials.proxyvote.com/761102 and on the Company’s website http://www.reserve-petro.com .

 

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