As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 16, 2022

 

Registration No. 333_____



 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

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FORM S-8

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

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NORTHWEST PIPE COMPANY

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

OREGON

 

93-0557988

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

____________________

 

201 NE Park Plaza Drive, Suite 100

Vancouver, Washington 98684

(Address of Principal Executive Offices and Zip Code)

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NORTHWEST PIPE COMPANY 2022 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN

(Full title of the plan)

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Scott J. Montross

President and Chief Executive Officer

Northwest Pipe Company

201 NE Park Plaza Drive, Suite 100

Vancouver, Washington 98684

(360) 397-6250

(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

____________________

 

With copies to:

Alison M. Pear

Buchalter, A Professional Corporation

805 SW Broadway, Suite 1500

Portland, Oregon 97205

(503) 226-1191

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b‑2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer

Accelerated filer

Non-accelerated filer

Smaller reporting company

   

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 7(a)(2)(B) of the Exchange Act.    ☐

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

Northwest Pipe Company (the “Company” or the “Registrant”) has prepared this Registration Statement in accordance with the requirements of Form S‑8 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), to register 1,000,000 shares of Common Stock in connection with the adoption of the Company’s 2022 Stock Incentive Plan.

 

 

PART I

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS

 

The information specified in Item 1 and Item 2 of Part I of Form S‑8 is omitted from this Registration Statement on Form S‑8 (the “Registration Statement”) in accordance with the provisions of Rule 428 under the Securities Act, and the introductory note to Part I of Form S‑8. The documents containing the information specified in Part I of Form S‑8 will be delivered to the participants in the equity benefit plans covered by this Registration Statement as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) under the Securities Act.

 

 

PART II

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT

 

Item 3.

Incorporation of Documents by Reference

 

The following documents are incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement:

 

 

our annual report on Form 10‑K for the year ended December 31, 2021, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 16, 2022;

 

our quarterly report on Form 10‑Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 filed with the SEC on May 6, 2022;

 

our definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the SEC on April 28, 2022;

 

our current reports on Form 8‑K filed with the SEC on February 14, 2022March 9, 2022 and April 13, 2022; and

 

the description of our common stock contained in our registration statement on Form 8‑A, filed with the SEC on July 1, 1999, as amended on June 19, 2009 and July 3, 2019, as updated by the description of our common stock contained in Exhibit 4.2 to our Annual Report on Form 10‑K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, and as amended by any subsequent amendment or any report filed for the purpose of updating such description.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, information furnished under Items 2.02 and 7.01 of any Current Report on Form 8‑K, including the related exhibits under Item 9.01, is not incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement.

 

In addition, all documents subsequently filed by the Company pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), other than documents and information “furnished” by the Company to the SEC and not “filed”, prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment which indicates that all securities offered have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference into this registration statement and to be a part hereof from the date of filing of such documents. Any statement in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for the purposes of this registration statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any other subsequently filed document which also is or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such statement. Any statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this Registration Statement.

 

 

Item 4.

Description of Securities

 

Not applicable.

 

 

Item 5.

Interests of Named Experts and Counsel

 

Not applicable.

 

 

 

Item 6.

Indemnification of Directors and Officers

 

As an Oregon corporation, the Company is subject to the Oregon Business Corporation Act (“OBCA”) and the exculpation from liability and indemnification provisions contained therein. Pursuant to Section 60.047(2)(d) of the OBCA, Article IV of the Company’s Second Restated Articles of Incorporation, as amended (the “Articles”), eliminates the liability of the Company’s directors to the Company or its shareholders, except for any liability related to breach of the duty of loyalty, actions not in good faith, and certain other liabilities.

 

Section 60.387 et seq. of the OBCA allows corporations to indemnify their directors and officers against liability where the director or officer has acted in good faith and with a reasonable belief that actions taken were in the best interests of the corporation or at least not opposed to the corporation’s best interests and, if in a criminal proceeding, the individual had no reasonable cause to believe the conduct in question was unlawful. Under the OBCA, corporations may not indemnify against liability in connection with a claim by or in the right of the corporation but may indemnify against the reasonable expenses associated with such claims. Corporations may not indemnify against breaches of the duty of loyalty. The OBCA provides for mandatory indemnification of directors against all reasonable expenses incurred in the successful defense of any claim made or threatened whether or not such claim was by or in the right of the corporation. Finally, a court may order indemnification if it determines that the director or officer is fairly and reasonably entitled to indemnification in view of all the relevant circumstances whether or not the director or officer met the good faith and reasonable belief standards of conduct set out in the statute.

 

The OBCA also provides that the statutory indemnification provisions are not deemed exclusive of any other rights to which directors or officers may be entitled under a corporation’s articles of incorporation or bylaws, any agreement, general or specific action of the board of directors, vote of shareholders, or otherwise. The Articles require the Company to indemnify its directors and officers to the fullest extent not prohibited by law.

 

We hold an insurance policy covering directors and officers with respect to certain liabilities, including liabilities arising under the Securities Act or otherwise.

 

 

Item 7.

Exemption from Registration Claimed

 

Not applicable.

 

 

Item 8.

Exhibits

 

Exhibit Number

 

Description

5.1

 

Opinion of Buchalter, A Professional Corporation, as to the legality of the securities being registered

23.1

 

Consent of Buchalter, A Professional Corporation (included in legal opinion filed as Exhibit 5.1)

23.2

 

Consent of Moss Adams LLP

24.1

 

Powers of Attorney (included in signature page in Part II of the Registration Statement)

99.1

 

2022 Stock Incentive Plan, incorporated by reference to the Company’s definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 28, 2022

107

 

Filing Fee Table

 

 

Item 9.

Undertakings

 

 

a.

The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes to file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement:

 

 

i.

to include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;

 

 

 

 

ii.

to reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the registration statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the registration statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than 20 percent change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective registration statement; and

     
 

iii.

to include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the registration statement or any material change to such information in the registration statement; provided, however, that subparagraphs (i) and (ii) do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those subparagraphs is contained in periodic reports filed by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in the registration statement.

 

 

b.

The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes that, for the purpose of determining liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

     
 

c.

The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes to remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.

     
 

d.

The undersigned Registrant undertakes that in a primary offering of securities of the undersigned Registrant pursuant to this registration statement, regardless of the underwriting method used to sell the securities to the purchaser, if the securities are offered or sold to such purchaser by means of any of the following communications, the undersigned Registrant will be a seller to the purchaser and will be considered to offer or sell such securities to such purchaser:

 

 

i.

Any preliminary prospectus or prospectus of the undersigned Registrant relating to the offering required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424;

     
 

ii.

Any free writing prospectus relating to the offering prepared by or on behalf of the undersigned Registrant or used or referred to by the undersigned Registrant;

     
 

iii.

The portion of any other free writing prospectus relating to the offering containing material information about the undersigned Registrant or its securities provided by or on behalf of the undersigned Registrant; and

     
 

iv.

Any other communication that is an offer in the offering made by the undersigned Registrant to the purchaser.

 

 

e.

The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the Registrant’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that is incorporated by reference in the registration statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

     
 

f.

Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the SEC such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the Registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such a director, officer or controlling person in connection with securities being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S‑8 and has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto authorized, in the City of Vancouver, State of Washington, on the 16th day of June, 2022.

 

NORTHWEST PIPE COMPANY

/s/ Scott J. Montross

       

By:

Scott J. Montross

       

Title:

President and Chief Executive Officer

       

 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints Richard A. Roman and Scott J. Montross and each of them singly, as true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacities to sign the registration statement filed herewith and any or all amendments to said registration statement (including post-effective amendments), and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents and each of them, full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the foregoing, as fully to all intents and purposes as he or she might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents or any of them, or their or his substitute or substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

Witness our hands on the date set forth below.

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this registration statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities indicated on June 16, 2022.

 

[Signatures on following page]

 

 

 

 

Signature

 

Title

     

/S/    RICHARD A. ROMAN       

 

Director and Chairman of the Board

Richard A. Roman

   
     

/S/    SCOTT MONTROSS       

 

Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer

Scott Montross

 

(principal executive officer)

     

/S/    AARON WILKINS       

 

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary

Aaron Wilkins

 

(principal financial and accounting officer)

     
     

/S/    MICHAEL C. FRANSON       

 

Director

Michael C. Franson

   
     

/S/    AMANDA L. KULESA       

 

Director

Amanda L. Kulesa

   
     

/S/    KEITH R. LARSON       

 

Director

Keith R. Larson

   
     

/S/    JOHN T. PASCHAL       

 

Director

John T. Paschal

   

 

 

 

 
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