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3980 Premier Drive, Suite 310

High Point, North Carolina 27265

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

TO BE HELD June 11, 2020

To the Stockholders of vTv Therapeutics Inc.:

Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of vTv Therapeutics Inc. will be held on June 11, 2020 at the Loews Regency Hotel, 540 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065 at 9:00AM EDT. The meeting is called for the following purposes:

 

1.

To elect the six director nominees named in the Proxy Statement to serve until our next annual meeting or until their successors have been elected and qualified;

 

2.

To approve an amendment to the Company’s 2015 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan (the “Omnibus Incentive Plan”) to increase the number of authorized shares reserved for issuance under the Omnibus Incentive Plan;

 

3.

To ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020; and

 

4.

To consider and take action upon such other matters as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.

These matters are more fully described in the Proxy Statement accompanying this Notice.

If you were a stockholder of record of vTv Therapeutics Inc. Class A common stock or Class B common stock as of the close of business on April 20, 2020, you are entitled to receive this Notice and vote at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders and any adjournments or postponements thereof, provided that the Board of Directors may fix a new record date for an adjourned meeting. Our stock transfer books will not be closed. A list of the stockholders entitled to vote at the meeting may be examined at our principal executive offices in High Point, North Carolina during ordinary business hours or on a reasonably accessible electronic network as provided by applicable law in the 10-day period preceding the meeting for any purposes related to the meeting.  

We are pleased to take advantage of the Securities and Exchange Commission rules that allow us to furnish these proxy materials (including an electronic Proxy Card for the meeting) and our 2019 Annual Report (including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019) to stockholders via the Internet. On or about April 30, 2020, we will mail to our stockholders a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials containing instructions on how to access our Proxy Statement and 2019 Annual Report to Stockholders and how to vote. We believe that posting these materials on the Internet enables us to provide stockholders with the information they need to vote more quickly, while lowering the cost and reducing the environmental impact of printing and delivering annual meeting materials.

 


 

We are actively monitoring the public health and travel safety concerns relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic/outbreak and the advisories or mandates that federal, state and local governments, and related agencies, may issue. In the event it is not possible or advisable to hold the Annual Meeting as currently planned, we will publicly announce any additional or alternative arrangements for the meeting on our Investors page at http://ir.vtvtherapeutics.com/ and via filing with the SEC at least one week prior to the meeting date, which may include a change in venue or holding the meeting solely by means of remote communication. If we decide to hold the Annual Meeting solely by means of remote communication, the meeting will occur at the above date and time via live audio webcast, and you or your proxyholder will still be able to participate and vote.

You are cordially invited to attend the meeting. Whether or not you expect to attend, the Board of Directors respectfully requests that you vote your stock in the manner described in the Proxy Statement. You may revoke your proxy in the manner described in the Proxy Statement at any time before it has been voted at the meeting.

By Order of the Board of Directors of vTv Therapeutics Inc.,

 

 

Jeffrey B. Kindler

Chairman of the Board

High Point, North Carolina

Dated: April 30, 2020

 

 


 

VTV THERAPEUTICS INC.

Proxy Statement

for the

Annual Meeting of Stockholders

To Be Held June 11, 2020

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

Page

 

 

 

Information Concerning Solicitation and Voting

  

1

 

Questions and Answers about the 2020 Annual Meeting

  

2

 

Proposal 1 – Election of Directors

  

7

 

Executive Officers

  

10

 

Corporate Governance Matters

  

11

 

Director Compensation

  

15

 

Executive Compensation

  

17

 

Proposal 2 – Approval of the First Amendment to the vTv Therapeutics Inc. 2015 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan

  

21

 

Proposal 3 – Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

  

29

 

Audit Committee Report

  

31

 

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management

  

32

 

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

  

34

 

Certain Relationships and Related-Party Transactions

  

35

 

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

  

40

 

Stockholder Proposals

  

41

 

Householding Matters

  

41

 

Annual Report on Form 10-K

  

41

 

Other Matters

  

42

 

Directions to the Annual Meeting

  

43

 

 

 


 

VTV THERAPEUTICS INC.

PROXY STATEMENT

ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

TO BE HELD June 11, 2020

Information Concerning Solicitation and Voting

This Proxy Statement is furnished to the holders of our Class A common stock and Class B common stock in connection with the solicitation of proxies on behalf of the Board of Directors for use at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on June 11, 2020 at 9:00AM EDT at the Loews Regency Hotel, 540 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065, or for use at any adjournment or postponement thereof, for the purposes set forth herein and in the accompanying Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Only stockholders of record at the close of business on April 20, 2020 are entitled to notice of and to vote at our Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”).

In accordance with the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, instead of mailing a printed copy of our proxy materials to each stockholder of record, we are furnishing proxy materials, including the Notice, this Proxy Statement, our 2019 Annual Report to Stockholders, including financial statements, and a Proxy Card for the Annual Meeting, by providing access to them on the Internet to save printing costs and benefit the environment. These materials were first available on the Internet on April 30, 2020. We mailed a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials on or about April 30, 2020 to our stockholders of record and beneficial owners as of April 20, 2020, the record date for the Annual Meeting. This Proxy Statement and the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials contain instructions for accessing and reviewing our proxy materials on the Internet and for voting by proxy over the Internet. You will need to obtain your own Internet access if you choose to access the proxy materials and/or vote over the Internet. If you prefer to receive printed copies of our proxy materials, the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials contains instructions on how to request the materials by mail. You will not receive printed copies of the proxy materials unless you request them. If you elect to receive the materials by mail, you may also vote by proxy on the Proxy Card or Voter Instruction Card that you will receive in response to your request.

Each holder of our Class A common stock and Class B common stock is entitled to one vote for each share held as of the record date with respect to all matters that may be considered at the Annual Meeting. Stockholder votes will be tabulated by persons appointed by the Board of Directors to act as inspectors of election for the Annual Meeting.

We bear the expense of soliciting proxies. Our directors, officers, or employees may also solicit proxies personally or by telephone, telegram, facsimile, or other means of communication. We do not intend to pay additional compensation for doing so. In addition, we might reimburse banks, brokerage firms, and other custodians, nominees, and fiduciaries representing beneficial owners of our Class A common stock and Class B common stock, for their expenses in forwarding soliciting materials to those beneficial owners.

 


 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE 2020 ANNUAL MEETING

Q:

Why am I receiving these proxy materials?

A:

We are furnishing you these proxy materials in connection with the solicitation of proxies on behalf of our Board of Directors for use at the Annual Meeting. This Proxy Statement includes information that we are required to provide under SEC rules and is designed to assist you in voting your shares.

Proxies in proper form received by us at or before the time of the Annual Meeting will be voted as specified. Stockholders may specify their choices by marking the appropriate boxes on your Proxy Card. If a Proxy Card is dated, signed and returned without specifying choices, the proxies will be voted in accordance with the recommendations of the Board of Directors set forth in this Proxy Statement, and, in their discretion, upon such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting. Business transacted at the Annual Meeting will be confined to the purposes stated in the Notice of Annual Meeting. Shares of our Class A common stock, par value $0.01 per share (“Class A Common Stock”), and shares of our Class B common stock, par value $0.01 per share (“Class B Common Stock”), cannot be voted at the Annual Meeting unless the holder is present in person or represented by proxy.

Q:

Who may vote at the Annual Meeting?

A:

The Board of Directors set April 20, 2020 as the record date for the Annual Meeting. If you owned shares of our Class A Common Stock or Class B Common Stock at the close of business on April 20, 2020, you may attend and vote at the Annual Meeting. On all matters to be voted on, each stockholder is entitled to one vote for each share of Class A Common Stock and one vote for each share of Class B Common Stock held by such stockholder. As of April 20, 2020, there were 44,668,522 shares of our Class A common stock and 23,094,221 shares of our Class B common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting.

Q:

Is MacAndrews entitled to nominate any directors for election to the Board of Directors?

A:

Under the Investor Rights Agreement, dated as of July 29, 2015 (the “Investor Rights Agreement”), M&F TPP Holdings Two LLC, as successor in interest to vTv Therapeutics Holdings LLC (“M&F”) and an affiliate of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated (together with its affiliates other than vTv Therapeutics Inc., “MacAndrews”), based on its beneficial ownership of 84.4% of our outstanding common stock and the even number of directors on the board, has the right to designate as nominees (the “MacAndrews Nominees”) four of our six director nominees for election to the Board of Directors.

Q:

What is the difference between holding shares as a stockholder of record and as a beneficial owner?

A:

If your shares are registered directly in your name with our transfer agent, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, you are considered, with respect to those shares, a stockholder of record. As a stockholder of record, you have the right to vote in person at the Annual Meeting. You will need to present a form of personal photo identification in order to be admitted to the Annual Meeting.

If your shares are held in a brokerage account or by another nominee or trustee, you are considered the beneficial owner of shares held in street name. In that case, the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials or proxy materials have been forwarded to you by your broker, bank or other holder of record who is considered, with respect to those shares, the stockholder of record. As the beneficial owner, you have the right to direct your broker, bank or other holder of record on how to vote your shares by using the voting instructions included in the Notice of Internet Availability or proxy materials.

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Q:

What is the quorum requirement for the Annual Meeting?

A:

A majority of our outstanding shares of capital stock entitled to vote as of the record date must be present at the Annual Meeting in order for us to hold the Annual Meeting and conduct business. This is called a quorum. Your shares will be counted as present at the Annual Meeting if you:

 

Are present and entitled to vote in person at the Annual Meeting; or

 

Properly submitted a Proxy Card or Voter Instruction Card.

If you are present in person or by proxy at the Annual Meeting, but withhold your vote or abstain from voting on any or all proposals, your shares are still counted as present and entitled to vote. Each of the proposals listed in this Proxy Statement identifies the votes needed to approve the proposed action.

Q:

What proposals will be voted on at the Annual Meeting?

A:

The three proposals to be voted on at the Annual Meeting are as follows:

 

1.

To elect the six director nominees named in the Proxy Statement to serve until our next annual meeting or until their successors have been elected and qualified;

 

2.

To approve an amendment to the Company's 2015 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan (the “Omnibus Incentive Plan”) to increase the number of authorized shares reserved for issuance under the Omnibus Incentive Plan; and

 

3.

To ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020.

 

We will also consider any other business that properly comes before the Annual Meeting. As of the record date, we are not aware of any other matters to be submitted for consideration at the Annual Meeting. If any other matters are properly brought before the Annual Meeting, the proxy named in the Proxy Card or Voter Instruction Card will vote the shares it represents using its best judgment.

Q:

What is the vote required for each proposal and what are my voting choices?

A:

With respect to Proposal 1, the election of directors, you may vote FOR or WITHHOLD. A plurality of the votes cast is required to be elected as a director. A “plurality of the votes cast” means that the six director nominees that receive the most number of votes cast “FOR” will be elected. If you WITHHOLD from voting on Proposal 1, the withhold vote will have no effect on the outcome of the vote (only because the outcome is determined by the number of affirmative votes for each director).

 

With respect to Proposals 2 and 3, you may vote FOR, AGAINST or ABSTAIN, and the vote required is the affirmative vote of a majority of the shares entitled to vote and present or represented by proxy. If you ABSTAIN from voting on Proposal 2 or 3, the abstention will have the same effect as an AGAINST vote.

Q:How does our Board of Directors recommend that I vote?

A:Our Board of Directors recommends that you vote:

 

1.

FOR the election of the six director nominees named in this proxy statement;

 

2.

FOR the amendment of the 2015 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan; and

 

3.

FOR the ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020.

Q:

What is the effect of a broker non-vote?

A:

Brokers or other nominees who hold shares for a beneficial owner have the discretion to vote only on routine proposals such as Proposal 3 when they have not received voting instructions from the beneficial owner at least ten days prior to the Annual Meeting. A broker non-vote occurs when a broker or other nominee does not receive voting instructions from the beneficial owner and does not have the discretion to direct the voting of the shares. Broker non-votes will be counted for purposes of calculating whether a quorum is present at the

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Annual Meeting but will not be counted for purposes of determining the number of votes present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote with respect to certain proposals. Accordingly, a broker non-vote will not impact our ability to obtain a quorum or the outcome of voting on non-routine proposals such as  Proposal 1 or Proposal 2. Because brokers are entitled to vote on Proposal 3, we do not anticipate any broker non-votes with regard to this proposal.

Q:

Can I access these proxy materials on the Internet?

A:

Yes. The Notice of Annual Meeting, Proxy Statement, and 2019 Annual Report to Stockholders (including the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019) are available for viewing, printing, and downloading at https://www.proxydocs.com/vtvt. They are also available under the Investors—Financial Information—SEC Filings section of our website at www.vtvtherapeutics.com and through the SEC’s EDGAR system at http://www.sec.gov. All materials will remain posted on https://www.proxydocs.com/vtvt at least until the conclusion of the Annual Meeting.

Q:

How may I vote my shares in person at the Annual Meeting?

A:

If your shares are registered directly in your name with our transfer agent, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, you are considered, with respect to those shares, the stockholder of record. As the stockholder of record, you have the right to vote in person at the Annual Meeting. You will need to present a form of personal photo identification in order to be admitted to the Annual Meeting. If your shares are held in a brokerage account or by another nominee or trustee, you are considered the beneficial owner of shares held in street name. As the beneficial owner, you are also invited to attend the Annual Meeting. Because a beneficial owner is not the stockholder of record, you may not vote these shares in person at the Annual Meeting unless you obtain a “legal proxy” from the broker, nominee, or trustee that holds your shares, giving you the right to vote the shares at the Annual Meeting. Please contact your broker, nominee or trustee if you wish to obtain such a “legal proxy”.

We are actively monitoring the public health and travel safety concerns relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic/outbreak and the advisories or mandates that federal, state and local governments, and related agencies, may issue. In the event it is not possible or advisable to hold the Annual Meeting as currently planned, we will publicly announce any additional or alternative arrangements for the meeting on our Investors page at http://ir.vtvtherapeutics.com/ and via filing with the SEC at least one week prior to the meeting date, which may include a change in venue or holding the meeting solely by means of remote communication. If we decide to hold the Annual Meeting solely by means of remote communication, the meeting will occur at the above date and time via live audio webcast, and you or your proxyholder will still be able to participate and vote.

Q:

How can I vote my shares without attending the Annual Meeting?

A:

If your shares are held by a broker, bank or other nominee, they should send you instructions that you must follow in order to have your shares voted. If you hold shares in your own name, you may vote by proxy in any one of the following ways:

 

Via the Internet by accessing the proxy materials on the secured website https://www.proxypush.com/vtvt and following the voting instructions on that website;

 

Via telephone by calling toll free 866-240-5352 and following the recorded instructions; or

 

By requesting that printed copies of the proxy materials be mailed to you pursuant to the instructions provided in the Notice of Internet Availability and completing, dating, signing and returning the Proxy Card that you receive in response to your request.

Even if you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we encourage you to vote in advance by Internet, telephone or mail so that your vote will be counted if you later decide not to attend the Annual Meeting.

The Internet and telephone voting procedures are designed to authenticate stockholders’ identities by use of a control number to allow stockholders to vote their shares and to confirm that stockholders’ instructions have been properly recorded. Voting via the Internet or telephone must be completed before the commencement of the Annual Meeting at 9:00AM EDT on June 11, 2020. Of course, as described in the immediately preceding

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question and answer, you can always come to the Annual Meeting and vote your shares in person. If you submit or return a Proxy Card without giving specific voting instructions, your shares will be voted as recommended by the Board of Directors, as permitted by law.

* Please also see the notice relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic/outbreak under the question, “How may I vote my shares in person at the Annual Meeting” on page 4.

Q:

How can I change my vote after submitting it?

A:

If you are a stockholder of record, you can revoke your proxy before your shares are voted at the Annual Meeting by:

 

Filing a written notice of revocation bearing a later date than the proxy with our Secretary at 3980 Premier Drive, Suite 310, High Point, North Carolina 27265 at or before the taking of the vote at the Annual Meeting;

 

Duly executing a later-dated proxy relating to the same shares and delivering it to our Secretary at 3980 Premier Drive, Suite 310, High Point, North Carolina 27265 at or before the taking of the vote at the Annual Meeting;

 

Attending the Annual Meeting and voting in person (although attendance at the Annual Meeting will not in and of itself constitute a revocation of a proxy); or

 

If you voted by telephone or via the Internet, voting again by the same means prior to the commencement of the Annual Meeting at 9:00AM EDT on June 11, 2020 (your latest telephone or Internet vote, as applicable, will be counted and all earlier votes will be disregarded).

If you are a beneficial owner of shares, you may submit new voting instructions by contacting your bank, broker, or other holder of record. You may also vote in person at the Annual Meeting if you obtain a legal proxy from them.

Q:

Where can I find the voting results of the Annual Meeting?

A:

We will announce the preliminary voting results at the Annual Meeting. We will publish the results in a Form 8-K filed with the SEC within four business days of the Annual Meeting. If the official results are not available at that time, we will provide preliminary voting results in the Form 8-K and will provide the final results in an amendment to the Form 8-K as soon as they become available.

Q:

For how long can I access the proxy materials on the Internet?

A:

The Notice of Annual Meeting, Proxy Statement, 2019 Annual Report to Stockholders, and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 will remain posted on this website until the conclusion of the Annual Meeting, and also are and will remain available, free of charge, in PDF and HTML format under the Investors—Financial Information—SEC Filings section of our website at www.vtvtherapeutics.com.

Q:

What are the implications of being an “emerging growth company” and a “smaller reporting company”?

A:

We are an “emerging growth company” and a “smaller reporting company” under applicable federal securities laws and therefore permitted to take advantage of certain reduced public company reporting requirements. As an emerging growth company, we provide in this proxy statement the scaled disclosure permitted under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012, or the JOBS Act, including certain executive compensation disclosures required of a “smaller reporting company,” as that term is defined in Rule 12b-2 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act. In addition, as an emerging growth company and a smaller reporting company, we are not required to conduct votes seeking approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of our named executive officers or the frequency with which such votes must be conducted. Effective January 1, 2021, we will no longer qualify as an “emerging growth company”.  However, we may still qualify as a “smaller reporting company” which would allow us to take

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advantage of many of the same exemptions from disclosure requirements and reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in our periodic reports and proxy statements. We will continue to qualify as a smaller reporting company as long as 1) our public float is less than $250 million, or 2) we have less than $100 million in annual revenues and public float of less than $700 million.

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PROPOSAL ONE

ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

Nominees

At the Annual Meeting, stockholders will vote to elect the six nominees named in this proxy statement as directors, each of whom will serve until his successor is duly elected and qualified or until such director’s earlier death, resignation, disqualification or removal. If you are a stockholder of record, unless you mark your proxy card to withhold authority to vote, the proxy holder will vote the proxies received by it for the six nominees named below, each of whom is currently a director and each of whom has consented to be named in this Proxy Statement and to serve if elected. In the event that any nominee is unable or declines to serve as a director at the time of the Annual Meeting, your proxy will be voted for any nominee designated by the Board of Directors to fill the vacancy and subject to any required consents under the Investor Rights Agreement described below. We do not expect that any nominee will be unable or will decline to serve as a director. If you are a beneficial owner of shares held in street name and you do not provide your broker with voting instructions, your broker may not vote your shares on the election of directors. Therefore, it is important that you vote.

In connection with our initial public offering in July 2015 (our “IPO”), we entered into the Investor Rights Agreement, which provides that M&F, subject to applicable corporate governance rules of the SEC and the NASDAQ Stock Market listing rules (which may require M&F to designate independent directors), has the right to designate as nominees: (i) a majority of the directors (and if the number of directors is even, one director more than 50% of the number of directors) if MacAndrews beneficially owns more than 50% of our outstanding common stock, (ii) one less than a majority of the directors (and if the number of directors is even, 50% of the number of directors) if MacAndrews beneficially owns more than 25% but 50% or less of our outstanding common stock, and (iii) one-third of the directors (rounded down to the nearest whole number) if MacAndrews beneficially owns more than 10% but 25% or less of our outstanding common stock. M&F loses the right to designate directors once it owns 10% or less of our outstanding common stock. Messrs. Kindler, Kozlov, Savas, and Weiner, who are presently serving as directors and are named in this Proxy Statement for re-election to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting, are MacAndrews Nominees.

The name of and certain information regarding each director nominee as of April 20, 2020 is set forth below. This information is based on data furnished to us by the nominees. There is no family relationship between any director, executive officer or person nominated to become a director or executive officer. The business address for each nominee for matters regarding the Company is 3980 Premier Drive, Suite 310, High Point, North Carolina 27265.

Director Nominees

 

Name

 

Age

 

Position(s) with vTv Therapeutics Inc.

 

Director Since

Jeffrey B. Kindler

 

64

 

Chairman of the Board of Directors

 

July 2015

John A. Fry

 

59

 

Director

 

March 2016

Hersh Kozlov

 

72

 

Director

 

September 2019

Paul G. Savas

 

57

 

Director

 

April 2015

Noel J. Spiegel

 

72

 

Director

 

July 2015

Howard L. Weiner

 

75

 

Director

 

July 2017

 

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Director Nominees

Jeffrey B. Kindler—Chairman of the Board of Directors

Jeffrey B. Kindler is currently the Chairman of our Board of Directors, a non-executive position he has held since November 2019.  Prior to that, he was the Executive Chairman of our Board of Directors from April 2015 until November 2019. Mr. Kindler has served as Chief Executive Officer of Centrexion Corporation since 2014; as a Managing Director at Starboard Capital Partners, since 2010; and as an Operating Partner at Artis Ventures. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Kindler was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer Inc. Prior to his appointment as Pfizer’s CEO, Mr. Kindler served as Pfizer’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel as well as a Vice Chairman of the company. Prior to joining Pfizer in 2002, he was Chairman of Boston Market Corporation from 2000 to 2001 and President of the Partner Brands group of McDonald’s Corporation during 2001. Mr. Kindler previously served on the Board of Directors of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., a chain of fast casual restaurants, from 2012 to 2014. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Centrexion Corporation, a developer of novel therapeutics targeting chronic pain, SIGA Technologies, Inc., a developer of novel antiviral therapeutics, Perrigo Company plc, a leading global over-the-counter consumer goods and specialty pharmaceutical company, Precigen (formerly Intrexon Corporation), a synthetic biology company, PPD, a global contract drug discovery and development research organization, the GLG Institute, a membership-based learning community for leading executives, for which he serves as Global Chair, as well as a number of other privately held companies.  Mr. Kindler holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. We believe Mr. Kindler’s experience as Chief Executive Officer of Centrexion Corporation, in addition to his years of experience in the healthcare industry, qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.

John A. Fry—Director

John A. Fry was appointed to our Board of Directors in March 2016. Mr. Fry has served as President of Drexel University since 2010. From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Fry served as the President of Franklin & Marshall College and from 1995 to 2002, he served as Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Fry was a management consultant for the higher education and nonprofit sectors. He worked closely with some of the nation’s premier colleges and universities, first with KPMG Peat Marwick and then with Coopers & Lybrand’s National Higher Education Consulting Practice where he was elected a partner in the firm and eventually became partner-in-charge of the national practice. Mr. Fry is a member of the Board of Directors of Community Health Systems, a leading operator of general acute care hospitals, and Macquarie Investment Management (formerly Delaware Investments), a U.S. based asset management firm. Mr. Fry holds a bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College and a master’s degree in business administration from the New York University Stern School of Business. Mr. Fry brings extensive experience in leadership and corporate governance. For these reasons, we believe he is well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors.

Hersh Kozlov—Director

Hersh Kozlov has served on our Board of Directors since September 2019.  Mr. Kozlov is the managing partner of the Cherry Hill, NJ office of Duane Morris, an international law firm, and has been a partner there since 2009. Previously he was a partner at Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen LLP, a law firm, from 2001 to 2009. In the course of his practice, Mr. Kozlov has represented investment banks, lenders, private equity firms, financial institutions and banks.   He is also a member of the board of directors of The Bancorp, Inc. and a former member of the board of directors of Resource America, Inc., prior to its sale.  He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Temple University and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.   Mr. Kozlov has extensive legal and business experience from his position as a partner at leading law firms.  For these reasons, we believe he is well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors.

Paul G. Savas—Director

Paul G. Savas has served on our Board of Directors since April 2015. Mr. Savas is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at MacAndrews. He joined MacAndrews in 1994 as Director of Corporate Finance, served in various positions of increasing responsibility and became Chief Financial Officer in 2007. He also serves as a director of Harland Clarke Holding Corp., SIGA Technologies, Inc., and Revlon, Inc., and served as a member of the Board of Directors of vTvx Holdings I LLC and vTvx Holdings II LLC, our predecessors, from 2007 through

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2015. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from Fordham University. Mr. Savas provides our Board of Directors valuable business, leadership and management insights with respect to our strategic, operational and financial direction. For these reasons, we believe he is well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors.

Noel J. Spiegel—Director

Noel J. Spiegel was appointed to our Board of Directors in July 2015. Mr. Spiegel was a partner at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, a global professional services firm, where he practiced from September 1969 until his retirement in May 2010. In his over 40 year career at Deloitte, he served in numerous management positions, including as Deputy Managing Partner, member of the Executive Committee, Managing Partner of Deloitte’s Transaction Assurance practice, Global Offerings and IFRS practice and Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice (Northeast Region), and as Partner-in-Charge of Audit Operations in Deloitte’s New York office. Mr. Spiegel also serves on the Board of Directors of American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., a leading apparel and accessories retailer, and Radian Group, Inc., a leading mortgage insurance company.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Long Island University and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Mr. Spiegel provides expertise in public accounting, disclosure and financial system management to our Board of Directors and our Audit Committee. For these reasons, we believe he is well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors.

Howard L. Weiner—Director

Howard L. Weiner was appointed to our Board of Directors in July 2017. Dr. Weiner, the Robert L. Kroc Professor of Neurology at the Harvard Medical School since 1997 and Co-Director of the Center for Neurologic Diseases at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital since 1985, pioneered the use of immunotherapy for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and has investigated immune abnormalities in the disease. He also pioneered the use of the mucosal immune system for the treatment of autoimmune and other diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Based on his work, vaccines are being tested in multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and most recently in Alzheimer’s disease.  Dr. Weiner attended Dartmouth College, and received his M.D. from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Dr. Weiner provides significant medical expertise and clinical experience to our Board of Directors.  For these reasons, we believe he is well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors.

Required Vote

The six director nominees receiving the highest number of affirmative votes of our Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock, present or represented and voted as a single class, shall be elected as directors. In accordance with Delaware law, votes withheld from any nominee are counted for purposes of determining the presence or absence of a quorum for the transaction of business, but they have no legal effect on the election of directors. While broker non-votes will be counted for purposes of determining the presence or absence of a quorum, they will not be counted for purposes of determining the number of shares represented and voted with respect to the particular proposal on which the broker has expressly not voted and, accordingly, will not affect the election of directors.

The Board of Directors unanimously recommends that stockholders vote FOR the six director nominees listed above.

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EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

Our executive officers are set forth below:

 

Name

 

Age

 

 

Position(s)

Jeffrey B. Kindler

 

 

64

 

 

 

 

Executive Chairman until November 25, 2019 and Chairman from November 25, 2019

Stephen L. Holcombe

 

 

63

 

 

President and Chief Executive Officer

Rudy C. Howard

 

 

62

 

 

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

Set forth below is certain additional information concerning our executive officers, including their respective positions with us and prior business experience (other than Mr. Kindler, for whom such information is provided above under the caption “Proposal 1: Election of Directors”).  Mr. Kindler resigned from his position as Executive Chairman in November 2019, remaining in his role as Chairman of the Board.

Stephen L. Holcombe—President and Chief Executive Officer

Stephen L. Holcombe has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since April 2015. Mr. Holcombe was the President and Chief Financial Officer of TransTech Pharma, LLC and High Point Pharmaceuticals, LLC, our predecessors, from 2014 to March 2015, where he previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2002 to 2014. Mr. Holcombe has over 35 years of experience in financial and managerial roles focusing on the execution of private and public financings, developing corporate alliance and partnership strategies and managing relationships with external constituents. Positions that Mr. Holcombe held prior to joining our predecessors include Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Vanguard Cellular Systems, Inc., one of the largest independent wireless operators in the United States, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BuildNet Inc., an e-commerce software solutions provider, and various positions with KPMG Peat Marwick Mitchell. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Wake Forest University.

Rudy C. Howard—Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Rudy C. Howard has served as our Chief Financial Officer since June 2015. Prior to joining vTv Therapeutics Inc., Mr. Howard served from January 2010 through May of 2015 as Chief Financial Officer of SciQuest, Inc., an international spend management software company. From November 2008 until joining SciQuest, Mr. Howard served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MDS Pharma Services, a pharmaceutical services company. From 2003 until joining MDS Pharma Services, Mr. Howard operated his own financial consulting company, Rudy C. Howard, CPA Consulting, in Wilmington, North Carolina, where his services included advising on merger and acquisition transactions, equity and debt issuances and other general management matters. From 2001 through 2003, Mr. Howard served as Chief Financial Officer for Peopleclick, Inc., an international human capital management software company. From 2000 until joining Peopleclick, Mr. Howard served as Chief Financial Officer for Marketing Services Group, Inc., a marketing and internet technology company. From 1995 until 2000, Mr. Howard served as Chief Financial Officer for PPD, Inc., a clinical research organization. Prior to joining PPD, Mr. Howard was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Howard holds a B.A. in Accounting from North Carolina State University, and he is a Certified Public Accountant.

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE MATTERS

Information about the Board

Our Board of Directors currently consists of six directors. In accordance with our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and our amended and restated bylaws, a majority of our Board of Directors may fix the number of directors. Each director is to hold office until his or her successor is duly elected and qualified or until his or her earlier death, resignation, disqualification or removal. At any meeting of our Board of Directors, the presence in person of a majority of the total number of directors then in office will constitute a quorum for all purposes. Pursuant to the Investor Rights Agreement, MacAndrews currently has the right to designate as nominees four directors. The MacAndrews Nominees are Messrs. Kindler, Kozlov, Savas, and Weiner.

We separate the position of Chairman of our Board of Directors, currently Mr. Kindler, and that of Chief Executive Officer, currently Stephen L. Holcombe. While our Board of Directors currently believes the separation of these positions serves the aims of our company, our Board of Directors does not believe that it is appropriate to prohibit one person from serving as both Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. We believe our leadership structure is appropriate given its balance and separation of powers, the industry and board experience of Mr. Kindler, and the historical experience and understanding of our Company of Mr. Holcombe.

Director Independence

Our Board of Directors has established an Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Our Audit Committee currently consists of directors Messrs. Spiegel (Chair), Fry and Weiner. Our Compensation Committee consists of Messrs. Savas (Chair) and Fry. Our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee currently consists of Mr. Kindler and, effective with his reelection to the Board of Directors, Mr. Spiegel. The Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee were established in July 2015 in connection with our IPO.

Our Board of Directors has undertaken a review of the independence of our directors and has determined that Messrs. Fry, Spiegel and Weiner are independent within the meaning of the NASDAQ Stock Market listing rules and meet the additional test for independence for Audit Committee members imposed by SEC regulation and the NASDAQ Stock Market listing rules.

We are a “controlled company” as set forth in NASDAQ Stock Market listing rules because more than 50% of the voting power of our common stock is held by MacAndrews. Under the NASDAQ Stock Market listing rules, a controlled company is exempt from the NASDAQ Stock Market corporate governance requirements that a majority of the Board of Directors consist of independent directors and that directors’ nominations and executive compensation must be approved by a majority of independent directors or a nominating and corporate governance committee or compensation committee composed solely of independent directors. We will rely on some of these exemptions from the corporate governance requirements until we are no longer a controlled company or the Board of Directors determines to no longer rely on these exemptions.

Family Relationships

There is no family relationship between any director, executive officer or person nominated to become our director or executive officer.

Selection of Nominees for the Board of Directors

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of our Board of Directors has the responsibility of identifying individuals qualified to become members of our Board of Directors, consistent with criteria approved by our Board of Directors. The committee also recommends to our Board of Directors for approval director nominees, consistent with our director qualification criteria and any obligations under our contractual arrangements, including the Investor Rights Agreement. Our corporate governance guidelines call for the committee to consider diversity to be an additional desirable characteristic in potential nominees. Given our small size and controlled company status we do not believe we are in a position to assess the efficacy of our diversity policy.

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With respect to director nominee procedures, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee utilizes a broad approach for identification of director nominees and may seek recommendations from our directors, officers or stockholders, or it may choose to engage a search firm. In evaluating and determining whether to ultimately recommend a person as a candidate for election as a director, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee considers the qualifications set forth in our corporate governance guidelines, including the highest personal and professional ethics, integrity and values, demonstrated business acumen, experience and ability to use sound judgment to contribute to effective oversight of our business or financial affairs, strategic planning, diversity and independence from management. It also takes into account specific characteristics and expertise that it believes will enhance the diversity of knowledge, expertise, background and personal characteristics of the Board of Directors. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee may engage a third party to conduct or assist with the evaluation. Ultimately, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee seeks to recommend to the Board of Directors those nominees whose specific qualities, experience and expertise will augment the current Board of Directors’ composition and whose past experience evidences that they will: (1) dedicate sufficient time, energy and attention to ensure the diligent performance of Board of Directors duties; (2) comply with the duties and responsibilities set forth in our corporate governance guidelines and in our amended and restated by-laws; (3) comply with all duties of care, loyalty and confidentiality applicable to them as directors of publicly traded corporations organized in our jurisdiction of incorporation; and (4) adhere to our Code of Conduct and Ethics, including, but not limited to, the policies on conflicts of interest expressed therein.

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee considers stockholder recommendations of qualified nominees when such recommendations are submitted in accordance with the procedures described in our amended and restated by-laws. To have a nominee considered by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee for election at the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, a stockholder must submit the recommendation in writing to the attention of our Secretary at our corporate headquarters no later than March 15, 2021 and no earlier than February 11, 2021. Any such recommendation must include the information as required by our amended and restated by-laws. Once we receive the recommendation, we will deliver to the stockholder nominee a questionnaire that requests additional information about his or her independence, qualifications and other matters that would assist the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee in evaluating the stockholder nominee, as well as certain information that must be disclosed about him or her in our proxy statement or other regulatory filings, if nominated. Stockholder nominees must complete and return the questionnaire within the timeframe provided to be considered for nomination by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. See our amended and restated by-laws for additional information regarding stockholder nominees.

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee received no recommendation for a director nominee from any stockholder for the director election to be held at the Annual Meeting.

Information Regarding Meetings of the Board and Committees

During 2019, our Board of Directors held seven meetings, and its three permanent committees, the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, collectively held seven meetings.

All of our directors attended at least 75% of the aggregate of all meetings of the Board of Directors and the committees on which he or she served during 2019. Under our corporate governance guidelines, a copy of which is available on our website at www.vtvtherapeutics.com, members of our Board of Directors are expected to attend the annual meeting of stockholders.  Messrs. Kindler, Fry, and Spiegel attended the annual meeting of stockholders on April 29, 2019.

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Board Committees

Committees of our Board of Directors

In July 2015, our Board of Directors adopted written charters for each of its permanent committees, all of which are available in the Investors—Corporate Governance—Documents & Charters section of our website at www.vtvtherapeutics.com. Pursuant to the Investor Rights Agreement, so long as MacAndrews beneficially owns 25% or more of our outstanding common stock, MacAndrews has the right, subject to applicable corporate governance rules of the SEC and the NASDAQ Stock Market listing rules, to designate the members of the committees of the Board of Directors. The following table provides membership information of our directors in each committee of our board. There have been no changes in the members of our permanent committees since the last annual meeting of stockholders on April 29, 2019, other than the resignation of Steven Cohen from the Board of Directors and the Compensation Committee and the appointment of John A. Fry to the Compensation Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nominating &

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate

 

 

Audit

 

Compensation

 

Governance

 

 

Committee

 

Committee

 

Committee

Jeffrey B. Kindler (Chairman of the Board)

 

 

 

 

 

John A. Fry

 

 

 

 

Hersh Kozlov

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul G. Savas

 

 

 

 

 

Noel J. Spiegel

 

 

 

 

Howard L. Weiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

= Committee Chair

= Member

Audit Committee

Our Audit Committee currently consists of Messrs. Noel J. Spiegel (Chair), John A. Fry, and Howard L. Weiner. The Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Spiegel qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” as such term is defined in Item 407(d)(5) of Regulation S-K. Our Board of Directors has determined that Messrs. Fry, Spiegel and Weiner are independent within the meaning of the NASDAQ Stock Market listing rules and meet the additional test for independence for Audit Committee members imposed by SEC regulation and the NASDAQ Stock Market listing rules. As of the date of this Annual Report, our Audit Committee is fully independent and is in compliance with the applicable SEC and NASDAQ rules and regulations.

Our Audit Committee met seven times during our 2019 fiscal year. Our Audit Committee assists the Board of Directors in monitoring the audit of our financial statements, our independent registered public accounting firm’s qualifications and independence, the performance of our independent auditors and our compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. The Audit Committee has direct responsibility for the appointment, compensation, retention (including termination) and oversight of our independent auditors, and our independent auditors report directly to the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee also reviews and approves related party transactions as required by the applicable NASDAQ rules.

Compensation Committee

Our Compensation Committee consists of Messrs. Paul G. Savas (Chair) and John A. Fry. Because we are a controlled company under the NASDAQ Stock Market listing rules, our Compensation Committee is not required to be fully independent. Our Compensation Committee took action by written consent once during our 2019 fiscal year. Our Compensation Committee is responsible for reviewing and recommending policies relating to the compensation and benefits of our directors and employees, including our Chief Executive Officer and other executive officers.

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The Compensation Committee has the sole authority to retain and terminate any compensation consultant to assist in the evaluation of employee compensation and to approve the consultant’s fees and the other terms and conditions of the consultant’s retention. The Compensation Committee may form and delegate authority to subcommittees where appropriate, provided that the subcommittees are composed entirely of directors who satisfy the applicable independence requirement of our Corporate Governance Guidelines and the NASDAQ Stock Market listing rules, subject to any applicable controlled company or other exemption.

In accordance with the Compensation Committee’s charter, our President and Chief Executive Officer may not be present during voting or deliberations of the Committee regarding his or her compensation.

Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee currently consists of Mr. Jeffrey B. Kindler (Chair). On the date of our Annual Meeting, Noel J. Spiegel will be appointed to our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee to serve along with Mr. Kindler.  Because we are a controlled company under the NASDAQ Stock Market listing rules, our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is not required to be fully independent. Our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee took action by written consent once during our 2019 fiscal year. Our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is responsible for selecting or recommending that the Board of Directors select candidates for election to our Board of Directors, developing and recommending to the Board of Directors corporate governance guidelines that are applicable to us and overseeing Board of Director and management evaluations.

Risk Oversight

Our Board of Directors has an oversight role, as a whole and also at the committee level, in overseeing management of our risks. Our Board of Directors regularly reviews information regarding our credit, liquidity and operations, as well as the risks associated with each. The Compensation Committee is responsible for overseeing the management of risks relating to its employee compensation plans and arrangements, and the Audit Committee oversees the management of financial risks. While each committee is responsible for evaluating certain risks and overseeing the management of such risks, the entire Board of Directors is regularly informed through committee reports about such risks.

Code of Conduct and Ethics

Our Board of Directors has adopted a Code of Conduct and Ethics that applies to all of our directors, officers and employees and is intended to comply with the relevant listing requirements for a code of conduct as well as qualify as a “code of ethics” as defined by the rules of the SEC. The Code of Conduct and Ethics contains general guidelines for conducting our business consistent with the highest standards of business ethics. We intend to disclose any future amendments to certain provisions of our Code of Conduct and Ethics, or waivers of such provisions applicable to any principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer and controller, or persons performing similar functions, and our directors, on our website at www.vtvtherapeutics.com. The Code of Conduct and Ethics is available on our website under Documents & Charters in the Investors—Corporate Governance section of our website at www.vtvtherapeutics.com.

Communications with the Board of Directors

Stockholders who wish to communicate with members of our Board of Directors, including the independent directors individually or as a group, may send correspondence to them in care of our Secretary at our principal executive offices at 3980 Premier Drive, Suite 310, High Point, North Carolina 27265. Such communication will be forwarded to the intended recipient(s). We currently do not intend to have our Secretary screen this correspondence, but we may change this policy if directed by our Board of Directors due to the nature or volume of the correspondence.

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DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

In 2016, our Board of Directors established the following compensation program for our non-employee directors, other than Messrs. Cohen and Savas and no changes were made in 2019, other than for the compensation to be paid to Mr. Kindler in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors:

 

upon election and/or re-election at each annual meeting of stockholders, an award of 15,000 options to acquire our Class A common stock (or the equivalent value thereof in restricted stock, restricted stock units or cash). The options or other equity or equity-based compensation will generally vest in monthly installments over the three-year period commencing with the grant date;

 

an annual cash retainer of $70,000 for the chairman of the board, with no additional annual cash retainers paid for committee membership;

 

an annual cash retainer of $35,000 for all other directors;

 

an annual cash retainer of $15,000 for the chair of the Audit Committee, $10,000 for the chair of the Compensation Committee and $7,500 for the chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, other than the Chairman of the Board; and

 

an annual cash retainer of $7,500 for members of the Audit Committee, $5,000 for members of the Compensation Committee and $3,750 for members of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, other than the Chairman of the Board.

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In addition, all directors will be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with their services.

The following table sets forth the total compensation paid to each of our directors for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.  Mr. Kindler was a named executive officer of the Company until his resignation as Executive Chairman in November 2019 and his compensation is set forth in the “Summary Compensation Table” and not in this Director Compensation section.

 

Name

 

Fees Earned or

Paid in Cash

($)

 

 

Stock

Awards (1)

($)

 

 

Option

Awards (1)

($)

 

 

Total

($)

 

Steven M. Cohen (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John A. Fry

 

 

42,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

18,571

 

(3)

 

61,071

 

Hersh Kozlov

 

 

10,577

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig C. Parker (4)

 

 

23,125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23,125

 

Paul G. Savas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noel J. Spiegel

 

 

50,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

18,571

 

(3)

 

68,571

 

Howard L. Weiner

 

 

40,024

 

 

 

 

 

 

18,571

 

(3)

 

58,595

 

 

(1)

The amounts reported in the table above represent the aggregate grant date fair value of the award, computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718.  Assumptions used in the calculation of these amounts are included in Note 4 of the consolidated financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 filed with the SEC on February 21, 2020.

(2)

Mr. Cohen resigned from our Board of Directors effective September 11, 2019.

(3)

On April 29, 2019, upon their re-election at our 2019 Annual Meeting, Messrs. Fry, Spiegel and Weiner were each awarded an option to purchase up to 15,000 shares of our Class A common stock with an exercise price of $1.45 per share, which award is scheduled to vest in 36 equal monthly installments beginning on April 29, 2019, subject to the continued service of Messrs. Fry, Spiegel and Weiner on our Board of Directors, as applicable.

(4)

Mr. Parker did not stand for re-election to the Board of Directors at our 2019 Annual Meeting and was no longer a member of our Board of Directors effective April 29, 2019.

 

The outstanding option awards for our non-employee directors as of December 31, 2019 are as follows:

 

Name

 

Grant Date

 

Number of

Securities

Underlying

Unexercised

Options

Exercisable

 

 

Number of

Securities

Underlying

Unexercised

Options

Unexercisable

 

 

Grant Date

Fair Value

($)

 

John A. Fry

 

5/12/2016

 

 

17,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

64,303

 

 

 

5/1/2017

 

 

13,750

 

 

 

1,250

 

 

 

56,923

 

 

 

4/30/2018

 

 

9,167

 

 

 

5,833

 

 

 

21,050

 

 

 

4/29/2019

 

 

4,167

 

 

 

10,833

 

 

 

18,571

 

Noel J. Spiegel

 

7/29/2015

 

 

25,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

263,647

 

 

 

5/12/2016

 

 

15,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

55,136

 

 

 

5/1/2017

 

 

13,750

 

 

 

1,250

 

 

 

56,923

 

 

 

4/30/2018

 

 

9,167

 

 

 

5,833

 

 

 

21,050

 

 

 

4/29/2019

 

 

4,167

 

 

 

10,833

 

 

 

18,571

 

Howard L. Weiner

 

4/30/2018

 

 

17,136

 

 

 

9,114

 

 

 

36,838

 

 

 

4/29/2019

 

 

4,167

 

 

 

10,833

 

 

 

18,571

 

 

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

Summary Compensation Table

The following summary compensation table sets forth information regarding the compensation paid, awarded to or earned by our President and Chief Executive Officer and our two other most highly compensated executive officers (“Named Executive Officers”) for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, for services rendered in all capacities during the fiscal year presented.

 

Name and Principal Position

 

Year

 

Salary

($)

 

 

Non-Equity

Incentive Plan

Compensation

($) (1)

 

 

Stock

Awards

($) (2)

 

 

Option

Awards

($) (2)

 

 

All Other

Compensation

($)

 

 

 

 

Total

($) (3)

 

Stephen L. Holcombe

 

2019

 

 

450,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

372,997

 

 

 

9,806

 

 

(4

)

 

832,803

 

President and Chief Executive Officer

 

2018

 

 

450,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9,400

 

 

(4

)

 

459,400

 

Rudy C. Howard

 

2019

 

 

325,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

233,123

 

 

 

33,256

 

 

(5

)

 

591,379

 

Executive Vice President,

   Chief Financial Officer

 

2018

 

 

325,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32,238

 

 

(5

)

 

357,238

 

Jeffrey B. Kindler (6)

 

2019

 

 

235,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

42,044

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

277,044

 

Chairman of the Board

   of Directors

 

2018

 

 

250,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

250,000

 

 

(1)

As of April 20, 2020, no bonus amounts have been approved with respect to 2019 and no bonuses were earned with respect to 2018.

(2)

The reported amounts represent the aggregate grant date fair value of the awards computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. Assumptions used in the calculation of these amounts are included in Note 4 of the consolidated financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 filed with the SEC on February 21, 2020.

(3)

In accordance with required SEC disclosure rules, the 2019 fiscal year compensation shown in the Summary Compensation Table above does not include the grant date fair values of awards of stock options made in 2019 in respect of fiscal 2018 performance. As of April 20, 2020, no stock or option awards have been granted in 2020 in respect of fiscal 2019 performance.

(4)

Amount represents a match to the 401(k) plan and a health savings account contribution.

(5)

Amounts represent a housing allowance, a match to the 401(k) plan and a health savings account contribution.

(6)

Mr. Kindler resigned from the position of Executive Chairman of the Company effective November 25, 2019. However, he remains the Chairman of our Board of Directors.

Employment and Services Agreements

We have entered into employment agreements with our President and Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer. The employment agreements set forth the annual base salary, target bonus percentage, target equity grants, terms of severance and eligibility for employee benefits.  We also had a services agreement with our Executive Chairman, which was terminated in November 2019.

Executive Chairman Services Agreement. The services agreement with our Executive Chairman, Jeffrey B. Kindler, addressed his services and compensation only in his capacity as Executive Chairman of our Company. Mr. Kindler notified the company of his resignation as Executive Chairman of the Company on November 25, 2019, but remains in his position as Chairman of the Board. The services agreement provided for a base fee of not less than $250,000. In connection with our IPO, we issued to our Executive Chairman an option to purchase up to 28,121 shares of our Class A common stock, at an exercise price of $15.00 per share, which option vests in three equal annual installments beginning on July 29, 2016 (the “Executive Chairman IPO Grant”). Our Executive Chairman was also eligible to receive an annual performance bonus in respect of each completed fiscal year with a target value of $250,000 (payable in stock options, restricted stock or restricted stock units or, at our election, in cash). The

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services agreement contained a customary one-year post termination non-compete and non-solicit and other customary terms.

Though the services agreement with our Executive Chairman does not provide for severance, it does provide for full acceleration of vesting of outstanding equity awards upon certain qualifying terminations of services. Though this agreement was terminated in 2019, the vesting of the equity awards was not accelerated and continues to remain outstanding due to his continuing in the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors.  In his on-going role as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Kindler will be compensated $70,000 per year, payable in quarterly installments, as well as an annual option grant of 15,000 options to purchase Class A Common Stock. No additional annual cash retainer will be paid for Mr. Kindler’s membership on committees of the Board or as the chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee.

Employment Agreement with our President and Chief Executive Officer. In 2015, we entered into an employment agreement with Stephen L. Holcombe, our President and Chief Executive Officer, which provided for a term through December 31, 2018, a base salary of not less than $450,000, and a target cash bonus of 50% of base salary, based on achievement of performance targets. In connection with our IPO, we issued to our President and Chief Executive Officer an option to purchase up to 180,469 shares of our Class A common stock, at an exercise price of $15.00 per share, which option vested in three equal annual installments beginning on July 29, 2016. Our President and Chief Executive Officer was also eligible to receive an annual performance bonus in respect of each completed fiscal year with a target value of $825,000 (payable in stock options, restricted stock or restricted stock units or, at our election, in cash).

In 2019, we entered into a new employment agreement with Mr. Holcombe, which provides for a term through December 31, 2020, a base salary of not less than $450,000, and a cash bonus of up to 50% of base salary, based on achievement of performance targets. Our President and Chief Executive Officer is also eligible to receive an annual equity performance bonus in respect of each completed fiscal year in an amount determined by the Compensation Committee in its sole discretion (payable in stock options, restricted stock or restricted stock units or, at our election, in cash). The performance metrics and goals for the annual cash and equity awards will be determined by our Compensation Committee. Such equity or cash awards will generally vest in three equal installments of 33.33% on each anniversary of the date of grant, subject to acceleration of vesting upon certain qualifying terminations on or within the 12-month period following a change-in-control.

Employment Agreement with our Chief Financial Officer. In 2015, we entered into an employment agreement with Rudy C. Howard, our Chief Financial Officer, which provided for a term through December 31, 2018, a base salary of not less than $325,000, and a target cash bonus of 40% of base salary, based on achievement of performance targets. In connection with our IPO, we issued to our Chief Financial Officer an option to purchase up to 114,844 shares of our Class A common stock, at an exercise price of $15.00 per share, which option vested in three equal annual installments beginning on July 29, 2016. Our Chief Financial Officer was also eligible to receive an annual performance bonus in respect of each completed fiscal year with a target value of $450,000 (payable in stock options, restricted stock or restricted stock units or, at our election, in cash).

In 2019, we entered into a new employment agreement with Mr. Howard, which provides for a term through December 31, 2020, a base salary of not less than $325,000, and a cash bonus of up to 40% of base salary, based on achievement of performance targets. Our Chief Financial Officer is also eligible to receive an annual equity performance bonus in respect of each completed fiscal year in an amount determined by the Compensation Committee in its sole discretion (payable in stock options, restricted stock or restricted stock units or, at our election, in cash). The performance metrics and goals for the annual cash and equity awards will be determined by our Compensation Committee. Such equity or cash awards will generally vest in three equal installments of 33.33% on each anniversary of the date of grant, subject to acceleration of vesting upon certain qualifying terminations on or within the 12-month period following a change-in-control.

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Our President and Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer (each, an “Executive”) will be eligible for other standard employee benefits. If the Executive’s employment is terminated by us without cause or he resigns for “good reason,” then subject to the execution of a release of claims, the Executive shall receive as severance pay:

 

12 months base salary payable in installments;

 

continuation COBRA coverage for 12 months with the costs of the premiums shared in the same proportion as before the termination on the date of termination (unless this would result in penalty taxes imposed on us);

 

a pro-rata cash bonus for the year of termination based on actual results for the entire year, payable at the time bonuses are paid to active employees (but if such termination is on or within the 12-month period following a change-in-control, then in lieu of the pro rata cash bonus, the Executive shall receive his target cash bonus which shall not be prorated); and

 

payment of the cash bonus for the year prior to the year of termination to the extent earned but not yet paid.

In addition, the Executive will be entitled to all accrued benefits. Treatment of the Executive’s outstanding equity awards will be governed by the terms of the underlying award agreements, but if the Executive’s employment is terminated by us without cause or upon resignation by the Executive with good reason, in each case on or within 12 months following a change-in-control, then the Executive’s outstanding equity awards shall vest in full.

The employment agreements contain other customary terms and conditions, including a two-year post-employment noncompete, a three-year post-employment non-solicit and other nondisclosure of confidential information, intellectual property and non-disparagement provisions.

Prior to December 31, 2020, the Company and each Executive will discuss whether the term of employment should be extended. If the Company does not renew the term and terminates the Executive’s employment other than for cause, death or disability, then the post-employment noncompetition period shall be reduced from two years to one year and in lieu of the severance listed above, the Executive will receive the greater of (i) six months of base salary in continuing installments and six months of COBRA continuation coverage with the same cost sharing as noted above or (ii) severance and benefits in accordance with Company policy as in effect at the time of termination. If the Company is willing to extend the term of employment and the Executive does not agree, then the executive will not be eligible for severance and the post-employment noncompete period shall not be reduced.

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Outstanding Equity Awards as of December 31, 2019

The following table lists the outstanding equity awards held by our named executive officers as of December 31, 2019:

 

 

 

 

 

Option Awards

 

Stock Awards

 

Name and Position

 

Vesting

Commencement

Date

 

Number of

Securities

Underlying

Unexercised

Options

Exercisable

 

 

Number of

Securities

Underlying

Unexercised

Options

Unexercisable

(1)

 

 

Option

Exercise

Price

 

 

Option

Expiration

Date

 

Number of shares or units of stock that have not vested

 

 

Market value of shares of units of stock that have not vested (1)

 

Stephen L. Holcombe

 

7/29/2015

 

 

180,469

 

 

 

 

 

$

15.00

 

 

7/29/2025

 

 

 

 

$

 

President and Chief

   Executive Officer

 

3/10/2017

 

 

110,073

 

 

 

55,037

 

 

$

5.81

 

 

3/10/2027

 

 

 

 

$

 

 

 

3/7/2019

 

 

 

 

 

200,000

 

 

$

2.18

 

 

3/7/2029

 

 

 

 

$

 

Rudy C. Howard

 

7/29/2015

 

 

114,844

 

 

 

 

 

$

15.00

 

 

7/29/2025

 

 

 

 

$

 

Executive Vice President,

   Chief Financial Officer

 

3/10/2017

 

 

70,047

 

 

 

35,023

 

 

$

5.81

 

 

3/10/2027

 

 

 

 

$

 

 

 

3/7/2019

 

 

 

 

 

125,000

 

 

$

2.18

 

 

3/7/2029

 

 

 

 

$

 

Jeffrey B. Kindler

 

7/29/2015

 

 

28,121

 

 

 

 

 

$

15.00

 

 

7/29/2025

 

 

 

 

$

 

Chairman of the Board of

   Directors

 

3/10/2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23,333

 

 

$

61,832

 

Chairman of the Board of

   Directors

 

11/29/2019

 

 

 

 

 

35,000

 

 

$

2.18

 

 

3/7/2029

 

 

 

 

$

 

 

(1)

The awards of stock options and stock awards to each of Messrs. Holcombe, Howard and Kindler listed in the above table each vest in three equal installments upon the anniversary of their grant date. In each case, this vesting schedule assumes continued employment or services with us and is subject to accelerated vesting upon the occurrence of certain qualifying termination of employment or services, as applicable.  

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PROPOSAL TWO

APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE VTV THERAPEUTICS INC. 2015 OMNIBUS EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

The Board of Directors adopted, subject to approval of the Company’s stockholders, an amendment (the “Amendment”) of the vTv Therapeutics Inc. 2015 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan (the “Omnibus Incentive Plan”) to increase the number of authorized shares of common stock reserved for issuance under the Omnibus Incentive Plan. The following description of the Amendment and the Omnibus Incentive Plan is qualified in its entirety by the full text of the Omnibus Incentive Plan and the Amendment. The Amendment is attached to this Proxy Statement as Appendix A and the Omnibus Incentive Plan is attached to this Proxy Statement as Appendix B.

The Omnibus Incentive Plan is intended to help the Company and its affiliates (i) attract and retain key personnel (“Participants”) by providing them the opportunity to acquire an equity interest in the Company or other incentive compensation measured by reference to the value of Common Stock and (ii) align the interests of key personnel with those of the Company’s stockholders.

The only amendment to the Omnibus Incentive Plan that is being submitted for stockholder approval is an increase by 3,750,000 in the number of shares reserved for issuance.

Other than as described above, no material changes to the Omnibus Incentive Plan have been made or are proposed for approval by stockholders.

We currently provide stock-based compensation under the Omnibus Incentive Plan to certain employees and our non-employee directors. Consultants and other persons who provide services to the Company or its related entities are also eligible for awards under the Omnibus Incentive Plan. As of December 31, 2019, there were 3,250,000 shares of common stock reserved for issuance pursuant to the Omnibus Incentive Plan, with approximately 683,857 shares unissued and 2,542,810 shares subject to outstanding awards that are unvested.  The amendment would add 3,750,000 shares of common stock to the number of shares reserved for issuance under the Omnibus Incentive Plan, increasing the aggregate number of shares reserved under the Omnibus Incentive Plan to 7,000,000 shares, of which 4,433,857 shares would be available for future awards. This increase will enable the Company to effectively use the Omnibus Incentive Plan for attracting, motivating, retaining and rewarding talented individuals to provide services to the Company and its related entities. Based on projected share needs to execute the Company's long-term incentive program moving forward, the share increase is anticipated to provide enough shares for the next three to four years.

Effect of Stockholder Approval of Amendment to the Omnibus Incentive Plan

If stockholders approve the Amendment described herein to the Omnibus Incentive Plan, such new version will supersede the version of the Omnibus Incentive Plan that was approved by stockholders prior to our initial public offering.  If stockholders do not approve the Amendment to the Omnibus Incentive Plan described herein, we will continue to use the version of the Omnibus Incentive Plan that was approved by stockholders. However, absent the share increase proposed herein, the shares that remain available for issuance under the Omnibus Incentive Plan may not, in the future, be sufficient for us to be able to achieve our goals of attracting, motivating and retaining our employees through grants of equity awards.

vTv Therapeutics Inc. Omnibus Incentive Plan Summary

The following is a summary of the principal features of the Omnibus Incentive Plan as proposed to be amended and reflects the increase in the number of shares of common stock pursuant to the Amendment. Any terms not capitalized but not defined herein shall take the meaning ascribed to them in the Omnibus Incentive Plan.

Administration. The Compensation Committee (or subcommittee thereof, if necessary for Section 162(m) of the Code) will administer the Omnibus Incentive Plan. The Compensation Committee has the authority to determine the terms and conditions of any agreements evidencing any awards granted under the Omnibus Incentive Plan and to

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adopt, alter and repeal rules, guidelines and practices relating to the Omnibus Incentive Plan. The Compensation Committee has full discretion to administer and interpret the Omnibus Incentive Plan and to adopt such rules, regulations and procedures as it deems necessary or advisable and to determine, among other things, the time or times at which the awards may be exercised and whether and under what circumstances an award may be exercised.

Eligibility. Any current or prospective employees, directors, officers, consultants or advisors of ours or of our affiliates who are selected by the Compensation Committee will be eligible for awards under the Omnibus Incentive Plan. The Compensation Committee has the sole and complete authority to determine who will be granted an award under the Omnibus Incentive Plan. As of April 20, 2020, 26 employees and 5 directors are entitled to receive stock options or equity awards under the Omnibus Incentive Plan. Future new hires and additional non-employee directors and/or consultants may also be eligible to participate in the Omnibus Incentive Plan

Number of Shares Authorized. The Omnibus Incentive Plan provides for an aggregate of 7,000,000 shares of our Class A common stock, of which 3,750,000 are being added subject to stockholder approval.  These 3,750,000 shares equal approximately 5.5% of the Company’s outstanding shares as of April 20, 2020.  As of April 20, 2020, the closing price of our common stock on NASDAQ was $2.31 per share.  No more than 2,500,000 shares of our Class A common stock may be issued with respect to incentive stock options under the Omnibus Incentive Plan. No participant may be granted awards of options and stock appreciation rights with respect to more than 1,000,000 shares of our Class A common stock in any 12-month period. No more than 500,000 shares of our Class A common stock may be granted under the Omnibus Incentive Plan with respect to any performance compensation awards to any participant during a performance period (or with respect to each year if the performance period is more than one year). The maximum amount payable to any participant under the Omnibus Incentive Plan for any single year during a performance period for a cash denominated award is $5.0 million (with respect to each year if the performance period is more than one year). The maximum amount that may be granted in any fiscal year to any non-employee director is $1.0 million, exclusive of any voluntary deferrals by such non-employee director or any director fees and committee retainers, as applicable. Shares of our Class A common stock subject to awards are generally unavailable for future grant; provided that in no event shall such shares increase the number of shares of our Class A common stock that may be delivered pursuant to incentive stock options granted under the Omnibus Incentive Plan. If any award granted under the Omnibus Incentive Plan expires, terminates, is canceled or forfeited without being settled or exercised, or if a stock appreciation right is settled in cash or otherwise without the issuance of shares, shares of our Class A common stock subject to such award will again be made available for future grants. In addition, if any shares are surrendered or tendered to pay the exercise price of an award or to satisfy withholding taxes owed, such shares will again be available for grants under the Omnibus Incentive Plan.

Change in Capitalization. If there is a change in our corporate capitalization in the event of a stock or extraordinary cash dividend, recapitalization, stock split, reverse stock split, reorganization, merger, consolidation, split-up, split-off, spin-off, combination, repurchase or exchange of shares of our Class A common stock or other relevant change in capitalization or applicable law or circumstances, such that the Compensation Committee determines that an adjustment to the terms of the Omnibus Incentive Plan (or awards thereunder) is necessary or appropriate, then the Compensation Committee may make adjustments in a manner that it deems equitable. Such adjustments may be to the number of shares reserved for issuance under the Omnibus Incentive Plan, the number of shares covered by awards then outstanding under the Omnibus Incentive Plan, the limitations on awards under the Omnibus Incentive Plan, the exercise price of outstanding options and such other equitable substitution or adjustments as it may determine appropriate.

Awards Available for Grant. The Compensation Committee may grant awards of non-qualified stock options, incentive (qualified) stock options, stock appreciation rights (“SARs”), restricted stock awards, restricted stock units, other stock-based awards, performance compensation awards (including cash bonus awards), other cash-based awards or any combination of the foregoing. Awards may be granted under the Omnibus Incentive Plan in assumption of, or in substitution for, outstanding awards previously granted by an entity acquired by us or with which we combine, which are referred to as “Substitute Awards.”

Stock Options. The Compensation Committee will be authorized to grant options to purchase shares of our Class A common stock that are either “qualified,” meaning they are intended to satisfy the requirements of Section 422 of the Code for incentive stock options, or “non-qualified,” meaning they are not intended to satisfy the requirements of Section 422 of the Code. All options granted under the Omnibus Incentive Plan shall be non-

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qualified unless the applicable award agreement expressly states that the option is intended to be an “incentive stock option.” Options granted under the Omnibus Incentive Plan will be subject to the terms and conditions established by the Compensation Committee. Under the terms of the Omnibus Incentive Plan, the exercise price of the options will not be less than the fair market value of our Class A common stock at the time of grant (except with respect to Substitute Awards). Options granted under the Omnibus Incentive Plan will be subject to such terms, including the exercise price and the conditions and timing of exercise, as may be determined by the Compensation Committee and specified in the applicable award agreement. The maximum term of an option granted under the Omnibus Incentive Plan will be ten years from the date of grant (or five years in the case of a qualified option granted to a 10% shareholder), provided that, if the term of a non-qualified option would expire at a time when trading in the shares of our Class A common stock is prohibited by our insider trading policy, the option’s term shall be automatically extended until the 30th day following the expiration of such prohibition (as long as such extension shall not violate Section 409A of the Code). Payment in respect of the exercise of an option may be made in cash, by check, by cash equivalent and/or shares of our Class A common stock (or any combination of the foregoing) valued at the fair market value at the time the option is exercised (provided that such shares are not subject to any pledge or other security interest), or by such other method as the Compensation Committee may permit in its sole discretion, including: (i) in other property having a fair market value equal to the exercise price and all applicable required withholding taxes, (ii) if there is a public market for the shares of our Class A common stock at such time, by means of a broker-assisted cashless exercise mechanism or (iii) by means of a “net exercise” procedure effected by withholding the minimum number of shares otherwise deliverable in respect of an option that are needed to pay the exercise price and all applicable required withholding taxes. Any fractional shares of Class A common stock will be settled in cash.

Stock Appreciation Rights. The Compensation Committee will be authorized to award SARs under the Omnibus Incentive Plan. SARs will be subject to the terms and conditions established by the Compensation Committee. A SAR is a contractual right that allows a participant to receive, either in the form of cash, shares or any combination of cash and shares, the appreciation, if any, in the value of a share over a certain period of time. An option granted under the Omnibus Incentive Plan may include SARs and SARs may also be awarded to a participant independent of the grant of an option. SARs granted in connection with an option shall be subject to terms similar to the option corresponding to such SARs, including with respect to vesting and expiration. Except as otherwise provided by the Compensation Committee (or in the case of Substitute Awards or SARs granted in tandem with previously granted options), the strike price per share of our Class A common stock for each SAR shall not be less than 100% of the fair market value of such share, determined as of the date of grant. The remaining terms of the SARs shall be established by the Compensation Committee and reflected in the award agreement.

 Restricted Stock. The Compensation Committee will be authorized to grant restricted stock under the Omnibus Incentive Plan, which will be subject to the terms and conditions established by the Compensation Committee. Restricted stock is Class A common stock that generally is non-transferable and is subject to other restrictions determined by the Compensation Committee for a specified period. Any accumulated dividends will be payable at the same time as the underlying restricted stock vests.

Restricted Stock Unit Awards. The Compensation Committee will be authorized to award restricted stock unit awards, which will be subject to the terms and conditions established by the Compensation Committee. A restricted stock unit award, once vested, may be settled in common shares equal to the number of units earned, or in cash equal to the fair market value of the number of vested shares, at the election of the Compensation Committee. Restricted stock units may be settled at the expiration of the period over which the units are to be earned or at a later date selected by the Compensation Committee. To the extent provided in an award agreement, the holder of outstanding restricted stock units shall be entitled to be credited with dividend equivalent payments upon the payment by us of dividends on shares of our Class A common stock, either in cash or (at the sole discretion of the Compensation Committee) in shares of our Class A common stock having a fair market value equal to the amount of such dividends, and interest may, at the sole discretion of the Compensation Committee, be credited on the amount of cash dividend equivalents at a rate and subject to such terms as determined by the Compensation Committee, which accumulated dividend equivalents (and interest thereon, if applicable) shall be payable at the same time as the underlying restricted stock units are settled.

Other Stock-Based Awards. The Compensation Committee will be authorized to grant awards of unrestricted shares of our Class A common stock, rights to receive grants of awards at a future date, or other awards

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denominated in shares of our Class A common stock under such terms and conditions as the Compensation Committee may determine and as set forth in the applicable award agreement.

Performance Compensation Awards. The Compensation Committee may grant any award under the Omnibus Incentive Plan in the form of a “Performance Compensation Award” (including cash bonuses) intended to qualify as performance-based compensation for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Code by conditioning the number of shares earned or vested, or any payout, under the award on the satisfaction of certain “Performance Goals.” The Compensation Committee may establish these Performance Goals with reference to one or more of the following:

 

meeting milestones with respect to our drug candidates;

 

net earnings or net income (before or after taxes);

 

basic or diluted earnings per share (before or after taxes);

 

net revenue or net revenue growth;

 

gross revenue or gross revenue growth, gross profit or gross profit growth;

 

net operating profit (before or after taxes);

 

return measures (including, but not limited to, return on investment, assets, capital, gross revenue or gross revenue growth, invested capital, equity or sales);

 

cash flow measures (including, but not limited to, operating cash flow, free cash flow and cash flow return on capital), which may but are not required to be measured on a per-share basis;

 

earnings before or after taxes, interest, depreciation, and amortization (including EBIT and EBITDA);

 

gross or net operating margins;

 

productivity ratios;

 

share price (including, but not limited to, growth measures and total shareholder return);

 

expense targets or cost reduction goals, general and administrative expense savings;

 

operating efficiency;

 

objective measures of customer satisfaction;

 

working capital targets;

 

measures of economic value added or other “value creation” metrics;

 

enterprise value;

 

stockholder return;

 

customer retention;

 

competitive market metrics;

 

employee retention;

 

other objective measures of personal targets, goals or completion of projects (including but not limited to succession and hiring projects, completion of specific acquisitions, reorganizations or other corporate transactions or capital-raising transactions, expansions of specific business operations and meeting divisional or project budgets);

 

system-wide revenues;

 

cost of capital, debt leverage, year-end cash position or book value;

 

strategic objectives, development of new product lines and related revenue, sales and margin targets, or international operations; or

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any combination of the foregoing.

Any Performance Goal elements can be stated as a percentage of another Performance Goal or used on an absolute, relative or adjusted basis to measure our performance and/or that of our affiliates or any of our divisions, operation or business units, product lines, asset classes, brands, administrative departments or combination thereof, as the compensation committee deems appropriate. Performance Goals may be compared to the performance of a group of comparator companies or a published or special index that the Compensation Committee deems appropriate or, stock market indices. The Compensation Committee may provide for accelerated vesting of any award based on the achievement of Performance Goals. Any award that is intended to qualify as “performance-based compensation” under Section 162(m) of the Code will be granted, and Performance Goals for such an award will be established, by the Compensation Committee in writing not later than 90 days after the commencement of the performance period to which the Performance Goals relate, or such other period required under Section 162(m) of the Code. Before any payment is made in connection with any award intended to qualify as performance-based compensation under Section 162(m) of the Code, the Compensation Committee must certify in writing that the Performance Goals established with respect to such award have been achieved. In determining the actual amount of an individual participant’s Performance Compensation Award for a performance period, the Compensation Committee may reduce or eliminate the amount of the Performance Compensation Award earned consistent with Section 162(m) of the Code.

The Compensation Committee may also specify adjustments or modifications (to the extent it would not result in adverse results under Section 162(m) of the Code) to be made to the calculation of a Performance Goal for such performance period, based on and in order to appropriately reflect the following events: (i) asset write-downs; (ii) litigation or claim judgments or settlements; (iii) the effect of changes in tax laws, accounting principles, or other laws or regulatory rules affecting reported results; (iv) any reorganization and restructuring programs; (v) extraordinary nonrecurring items and/or in management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations appearing in our annual report to shareholders for the applicable year; (vi) acquisitions or divestitures; (vii) any other specific, unusual or nonrecurring events, or objectively determinable category thereof; (viii) foreign exchange gains and losses; (ix) discontinued operations and nonrecurring charges; and (x) a change in our fiscal year.

Unless otherwise provided in the applicable award agreement, a participant shall be eligible to receive payment in respect of a Performance Compensation Award only to the extent that (I) the Performance Goals for such period are achieved; and (II) all or some of the portion of such participant’s Performance Compensation Award has been earned for the performance period based on the application of the “Performance Formula” (as defined in the Omnibus Incentive Plan) to such Performance Goals.

Effect of a Change in Control. Unless otherwise provided in an award agreement, or any applicable employment, consulting, change in control, severance or other agreement between a participant and us, in the event of a change in control, if a participant’s employment or service is terminated by us other than for cause (and other than due to death or disability) within the 12-month period following a change in control, then the Compensation Committee may, in its discretion, provide that (i) all then-outstanding options and SARs will become immediately exercisable as of such participant’s date of termination with respect to all of the shares subject to such option or SAR; and/or (ii) the restricted period shall expire as of such participant’s date of termination with respect to all of the then-outstanding shares of restricted stock or restricted stock units (including without limitation a waiver of any applicable Performance Goals); provided that the portion of any award, for which vesting or exercisability is otherwise subject to the achievement of performance conditions, shall become fully vested and immediately exercisable based on the assumed achievement of target performance as determined by the Compensation Committee and prorated for the number of days elapsed from the grant date of such award through the date of termination. In addition, the Compensation Committee may in its discretion and upon at least ten days’ notice to the affected persons, cancel any outstanding award and pay the holders, in cash, securities or other property (including of the acquiring or successor company), or any combination thereof, the value of such awards based upon the price per share of the company’s common stock received or to be received by other shareholders of the company in the event. Notwithstanding the above, the Compensation Committee shall exercise such discretion over the timing of settlement of any award subject to Section 409A of the Code at the time such award is granted.

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Nontransferability. Each award may be exercised during the participant’s lifetime by the participant or, if permissible under applicable law, by the participant’s guardian or legal representative. No award may be assigned, alienated, pledged, attached, sold or otherwise transferred or encumbered by a participant other than by will or by the laws of descent and distribution unless the Compensation Committee permits the award to be transferred to a permitted transferee (as defined in the Omnibus Incentive Plan).

Amendments. The Omnibus Incentive Plan has a term of ten years. The Board of Directors may amend, suspend or terminate the Omnibus Incentive Plan at any time, subject to stockholder approval if necessary to comply with any tax, NASDAQ or other applicable regulatory requirement.

The Compensation Committee may, to the extent consistent with the terms of any applicable award agreement, waive any conditions or rights under, amend any terms of, or alter, suspend, discontinue, cancel or terminate, any award theretofore granted or the associated award agreement, prospectively or retroactively; provided that any such waiver, amendment, alteration, suspension, discontinuance, cancellation or termination that would materially and adversely affect the rights of any participant or any holder or beneficiary of any option theretofore granted will not to that extent be effective without the consent of the affected participant, holder or beneficiary; and provided further that, without stockholder approval, (i) no amendment or modification may reduce the option price of any option or the strike price of any SAR, (ii) the Compensation Committee may not cancel any outstanding option and replace it with a new option (with a lower exercise price) or cancel any SAR and replace it with a new SAR (with a lower strike price) or other award or cash in a manner that would be treated as a repricing (for compensation disclosure or accounting purposes) or (iii) the Compensation Committee may not take any other action considered a repricing for purposes of the shareholder approval rules of the applicable securities exchange on which our common shares are listed. However, stockholder approval is not required with respect to clauses (i), (ii) and (iii) above with respect to certain adjustments on changes in capitalization.

U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences

The following is a general summary of the material U.S. federal income tax consequences of the grant and exercise and vesting of awards under the Omnibus Incentive Plan and the disposition of shares acquired pursuant to the exercise or settlement of such awards and is intended to reflect the current provisions of the Code and the regulations thereunder. This summary is not intended to be a complete statement of applicable law, nor does it address foreign, state, local and payroll tax considerations. This summary assumes that all awards described in the summary are exempt from, or comply with, the requirement of Section 409A of the Code. Moreover, the U.S. federal income tax consequences to any particular participant may differ from those described herein by reason of, among other things, the particular circumstances of such participant.

Stock Options. The Code requires that, for treatment of an option as an incentive stock option, shares of our Class A common stock acquired through the exercise of an incentive stock option cannot be disposed of before the later of (i) two years from the date of grant of the option or (ii) one year from the date of exercise. Holders of incentive stock options will generally incur no federal income tax liability at the time of grant or upon exercise of those options. However, the spread at exercise will be an “item of tax preference,” which may give rise to “alternative minimum tax” liability for the taxable year in which the exercise occurs. If the holder does not dispose of the shares before two years following the date of grant and one year following the date of exercise, the difference between the exercise price and the amount realized upon disposition of the shares will constitute long-term capital gain or loss, as the case may be. Assuming both holding periods are satisfied, no deduction will be allowed to us for federal income tax purposes in connection with the grant or exercise of the incentive stock option. If, within two years following the date of grant or within one year following the date of exercise, the holder of shares acquired through the exercise of an incentive stock option disposes of those shares, the participant will generally realize taxable compensation at the time of such disposition equal to the difference between the exercise price and the lesser of the fair market value of the share on the date of exercise or the amount realized on the subsequent disposition of the shares, and that amount will generally be deductible by us for federal income tax purposes, subject to the possible limitations on deductibility under Sections 280G and 162(m) of the Code for compensation paid to executives designated in those Sections. Finally, if an incentive stock option becomes first exercisable in any one year for shares having an aggregate value in excess of $100,000 (based on the grant date value), the portion of the incentive stock option in respect of those excess shares will be treated as a non-qualified stock option for federal income tax purposes. No income will be realized by a participant upon grant of an option that does not qualify as an

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incentive stock option (“a non-qualified stock option”). Upon the exercise of a non-qualified stock option, the participant will recognize ordinary compensation income in an amount equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the underlying exercised shares over the option exercise price paid at the time of exercise and the participant’s tax basis will equal the sum of the compensation income recognized and the exercise price. We will be able to deduct this same amount for U.S. federal income tax purposes, but such deduction may be limited under Sections 280G and 162(m) of the Code for compensation paid to certain executives designated in those Sections. In the event of a sale of shares received upon the exercise of a non-qualified stock option, any appreciation or depreciation after the exercise date generally will be taxed as capital gain or loss and will be long-term gain or loss if the holding period for such shares is more than one year.

SARs. No income will be realized by a participant upon grant of a SAR. Upon the exercise of a SAR, the participant will recognize ordinary compensation income in an amount equal to the fair market value of the payment received in respect of the SAR. We will be able to deduct this same amount for U.S. federal income tax purposes, but such deduction may be limited under Sections 280G and 162(m) of the Code for compensation paid to certain executives designated in those Sections.

Restricted Stock. A participant will not be subject to tax upon the grant of an award of restricted stock unless the participant otherwise elects to be taxed at the time of grant pursuant to Section 83(b) of the Code. On the date an award of restricted stock becomes transferable or is no longer subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture, the participant will have taxable compensation equal to the difference between the fair market value of the shares on that date over the amount the participant paid for such shares, if any, unless the participant made an election under Section 83(b) of the Code to be taxed at the time of grant. If the participant made an election under Section 83(b), the participant will have taxable compensation at the time of grant equal to the difference between the fair market value of the shares on the date of grant over the amount the participant paid for such shares, if any. If the election is made, the participant will not be allowed a deduction for amounts subsequently required to be returned to us. (Special rules apply to the receipt and disposition of restricted shares received by officers and directors who are subject to Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act). We will be able to deduct, at the same time as it is recognized by the participant, the amount of taxable compensation to the participant for U.S. federal income tax purposes, but such deduction may be limited under Sections 280G and 162(m) of the Code for compensation paid to certain executives designated in those Sections.

Restricted Stock Units. A participant will not be subject to tax upon the grant of a restricted stock unit award. Rather, upon the delivery of shares or cash pursuant to a restricted stock unit award, the participant will have taxable compensation equal to the fair market value of the number of shares (or the amount of cash) the participant actually receives with respect to the award. We will be able to deduct the amount of taxable compensation to the participant for U.S. federal income tax purposes, but the deduction may be limited under Sections 280G and 162(m) of the Code for compensation paid to certain executives designated in those Sections.

Section 162(m). In general, Section 162(m) of the Code denies a publicly held corporation a deduction for U.S. federal income tax purposes for compensation in excess of $1,000,000 per year per person to our named executive officers, subject to certain exceptions. However, because our common stock first became publicly traded in 2015, we have been exempt from Section 162(m) under a transition rule for privately-held companies that become publicly-traded. Prior to 2018, payment of "performance-based compensation" could be deducted under Section 162(m), but that exception was eliminated in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, subject to certain grandfathered arrangements. The Company has expressly reserved the right to award compensation that may not be deductible under Section 162(m) and intends to do so where the Company believes it is appropriate to do so.

Participation in the Omnibus Incentive Plan

The number and type of Awards (if any) that a service provider may receive under the Omnibus Incentive Plan is in the discretion of the Committee and, therefore, cannot be determined in advance. Our executive officers and non-employee directors will be eligible to receive future Awards under the Omnibus Incentive Plan, and therefore, our executive officers and non-employee directors have an interest in the approval of the Omnibus Incentive Plan by stockholders.  For purposes of illustration only, the following table sets forth information with respect to the Awards that were granted under the Omnibus Incentive Plan during 2019 to the executive officers named in the Summary Compensation Table, to all current executive officers as a group, to all non-employee directors as a group, and to all

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non-executive officer employees as a group.  Additional Awards may be granted to these individuals and groups in the future, as determined in the discretion of the Committee.

 

Name of Individual or Identity of Group and Position

 

Options Granted in 2019

 

 

Exercise Price per Share

 

 

Dollar Value (1)

 

Stephen L. Holcombe

   President and Chief

   Executive Officer

 

 

200,000

 

 

$

2.18

 

 

$

372,997

 

Rudy C. Howard

   Executive Vice President,

   Chief Financial Officer

 

 

125,000

 

 

 

2.18

 

 

 

233,123

 

Jeffrey B. Kindler

   Chairman of the Board

   of Directors

 

 

35,000

 

 

 

2.18

 

 

 

42,044

 

All Executive Officers as a group

 

 

360,000

 

 

 

2.18

 

 

 

648,164

 

All current non-employees as a group

 

 

45,000

 

 

 

1.45

 

 

 

55,712

 

All other employees (including all

   current officers who are not

   executive officers)

 

 

628,000

 

 

1.33 - 2.67

 

 

 

1,268,716

 

 

(1)

The dollar values listed represent the grant date fair value of the awards.

Vote Required

Approval of the Amendment to the Omnibus Incentive Plan requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of our Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock, entitled to vote as a single class, that are present or represented at the Annual Meeting. Broker non-votes will be counted for purposes of calculating whether a quorum is present at the Annual Meeting but will not be counted for purposes of determining the number of votes present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote with respect to certain non-routine proposals.  Accordingly, a broker non-vote will not impact our ability to obtain a quorum or the outcome of voting on Proposal 2.

The Board of Directors unanimously recommends that stockholders vote FOR the approval of the amendment to the vTv Therapeutics Inc. 2015 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan.

 

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PROPOSAL THREE

RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

Our Board of Directors, including our Audit Committee, has selected Ernst & Young LLP (“EY”), Raleigh, North Carolina, as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020, and recommends that our stockholders vote to ratify this appointment. If our stockholders ratify this appointment, our Audit Committee, in its discretion, may appoint a different independent registered public accounting firm at any time during the year if it believes that doing so would be in the best interests of our stockholders. If our stockholders do not ratify this appointment, our Audit Committee may reconsider, but might not change, its appointment.

EY has audited our annual financial statements since 2000. Representatives of EY are expected to be present at the Annual Meeting of stockholders with the opportunity to make a statement if they desire to do so and are expected to be available to respond to appropriate questions.

Summary of Fees

The Audit Committee has adopted a policy for the pre-approval of all audit and permitted non-audit services that may be performed by our independent registered public accounting firm. Under the policy, the Audit Committee must give prior approval for any amount or type of service within four categories—audit, audit-related, tax services or, to the extent permitted by law, other services—that the independent auditor provides. Prior to the annual engagement, the Audit Committee may grant general pre-approval for independent auditor services within these four categories. During the year, circumstances may arise when it may become necessary to engage the independent auditor for additional services not contemplated in the original pre-approval and, in those instances, such service will require separate pre-approval by the Audit Committee if it is to be provided by the independent auditor. For any pre-approval, the Audit Committee will consider whether such services are consistent with the SEC’s rules on auditor independence, whether the auditor is best-positioned to provide the most cost-effective and efficient service and whether the service might enhance our ability to manage or control risk or improve audit quality. The Audit Committee may delegate to one or more of its members authority to approve a request for pre-approval, provided the member reports any approval so given to the Audit Committee at its next scheduled meeting. All fees incurred subsequent to our IPO were pre-approved by the Audit Committee.

The following table summarizes the aggregate fees billed for professional services rendered by EY to us in 2018 and 2019. A description of these various fees and services follows the table.

 

Name

 

2018

 

 

2019

 

Audit Fees

 

$

452,113

 

 

$

383,838

 

Audit-Related Fees

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax Fees

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Other Fees

 

 

1,960

 

 

 

2,000

 

 

Audit Fees

The aggregate fees billed to us by EY in 2018 and 2019 reflected as audit fees above include fees associated with the annual audit of our financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2019 and reviews of our financial statements included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.  Additionally, the audit fees above for both years include work performed with respect to our S-3 Registration Statement filed in 2018 and with respect to an S-3 Registration Statement filed in 2019 to register shares previously issued to MacAndrews under the Letter Agreements.

All Other Fees

The aggregate fees billed to us by EY in 2018 and 2019 reflected as all other fees above relate to the license of accounting research software.

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Vote Required

Approval of the ratification of the appointment of EY as our independent registered public accounting firm requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of our Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock, entitled to vote as a single class, that are present or represented at the Annual Meeting. Abstentions will be counted for purposes of determining the number of shares present or represented at the Annual Meeting and, accordingly will affect the outcome of this proposal.

The Board of Directors unanimously recommends that stockholders vote FOR the ratification of the appointment of EY as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020.

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AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

Our Audit Committee has (1) reviewed and discussed with management the audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019, (2) discussed with EY, our independent registered public accounting firm, the matters required to be discussed by Auditing Standard No. 61, as adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and (3) received the written disclosures and the letter from EY concerning applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding EY’s communications with the Audit Committee concerning independence, and has discussed with EY its independence. Based upon these discussions and reviews, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the audited financial statements be included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, which is filed with the SEC.

Our Board of Directors has determined that Messrs. Fry, Spiegel and Weiner are independent within the meaning of the NASDAQ Stock Market listing rules and meet the additional requirements for independence for Audit Committee members imposed by Rule 10A-3 under the Exchange Act (collectively, the “Audit Committee Independence Requirements”). As a result, our Audit Committee is composed, and will be composed following our Annual Meeting, entirely of directors who are independent within the meaning of the NASDAQ Stock Market listing rules and meet the Audit Committee Independence Requirements. The Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Spiegel qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” as such term is defined in Item 407(d)(5) of Regulation S-K. Our Audit Committee operates under a written charter adopted by the Board of Directors, a copy of which is available under Documents & Charters in the Investors — Corporate Governance section of our website at www.vtvtherapeutics.com.

Ernst & Young LLP (“EY”) is responsible for performing an independent audit of the consolidated financial statements and expressing an opinion on the conformity of those financial statements with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The Audit Committee’s responsibility is to monitor, evaluate and oversee these processes. The Audit Committee members are not our employees and are not professional accountants or auditors. The Audit Committee’s primary purpose is to assist the Board of Directors to fulfill its oversight responsibilities by reviewing the financial information provided to stockholders and others, the systems of internal controls that management has established to preserve the Company’s assets and the audit process. It is not the Audit Committee’s duty or responsibility to conduct auditing or accounting reviews or procedures or to determine that our financial statements are complete and accurate and in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed the audited financial statements with management. In giving the Audit Committee’s recommendation to the Board, it has relied on management’s representations that the consolidated financial statements have been prepared with integrity and objectivity and in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America and on the representations of the independent registered public accounting firm, EY, included in its report on our consolidated financial statements.

EY has served as our auditor since 2000.

 

THE AUDIT COMMITTEE OF

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Noel J. Spiegel, Chair

John A. Fry

Howard L. Weiner

 

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

The following table sets forth certain information regarding the beneficial ownership of our Class A Common Stock as of April 20, 2020 unless otherwise noted below for the following:

 

each person, or group of affiliated persons, who we know to beneficially own more than 5% of our Class A Common Stock;

 

each of our named executive officers;

 

each of our directors; and

 

all of our executive officers and directors as a group.

The number of shares of Class A Common Stock outstanding and the percentage of beneficial ownership are based on the number of shares of Class B Common Stock and nonvoting common units of vTv Therapeutics LLC (“vTv Units”) outstanding and after giving effect to the exchange of all outstanding shares of Class B Common Stock (together with the corresponding vTv Units) into shares of Class A Common Stock. Pursuant to the Exchange Agreement, vTv Units may, subject to the terms of the Exchange Agreement and the vTv Therapeutics LLC Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement, be exchanged at any time (along with a corresponding number of shares of our Class B Common Stock) with vTv Therapeutics LLC for shares of our Class A Common Stock on a one-for-one basis, or for cash, at our option (as the managing member of vTv Therapeutics LLC). See “Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions—Exchange Agreement.”

Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the rules of the SEC. These rules generally attribute beneficial ownership of securities to persons who possess sole or shared voting power or investment power with respect to such securities. Except as otherwise indicated, all persons listed below have sole voting and investment power with respect to the shares beneficially owned by them, subject to applicable community property laws. Common stock subject to options exercisable on or within 60 days after April 20, 2020 are deemed outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of the person holding those options, but are not deemed outstanding for computing the percentage ownership of any other person. Unless otherwise indicated, the address for each listed stockholder is c/o vTv Therapeutics Inc., 3980 Premier Drive, Suite 310, High Point, North Carolina 27265.

 

Name and Address of Beneficial Owner

 

Shares

Beneficially

Owned

 

 

Percentage

Beneficially

Owned

 

Jeffrey B. Kindler (1)

 

 

74,787

 

 

0.1%

 

Stephen L. Holcombe (2)

 

 

412,246

 

 

0.6%

 

Rudy C. Howard (3)

 

 

266,581

 

 

0.4%

 

John A. Fry (4)

 

 

48,334

 

 

*

 

Hersh Kozlov

 

 

5,000

 

 

*

 

Paul G. Savas (5)

 

 

91,781

 

 

0.1%

 

Noel J. Spiegel (6)

 

 

76,834

 

 

0.1%

 

Howard L. Weiner (7)

 

 

24,506

 

 

*

 

All directors and executive officers as a group (8 individuals)

 

 

1,000,069

 

 

1.5%

 

5% or Greater Stockholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronald O. Perelman (5)(8)

 

 

61,514,396

 

 

85.3%

 

 

*

Less than 0.1%.

(1)

Includes options to purchase up to 39,787 shares of our Class A Common Stock that are vested and exercisable or will become vested and exercisable within 60 days of April 20, 2020.

(2)

Includes options to purchase up to 412,246 shares of our Class A Common Stock that are vested and exercisable or will become vested and exercisable within 60 days of April 20, 2020.

(3)

Includes options to purchase up to 261,581 shares of our Class A Common Stock that are vested and exercisable or will become vested and exercisable within 60 days of April 20, 2020.

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(4)

Includes options to purchase up to 48,334 shares of our Class A Common Stock that are vested and exercisable or will become vested and exercisable within 60 days of April 20, 2020.

(5)

Address is c/o MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated, 35 East 62nd Street, New York, NY 10065.

(6)

Includes options to purchase up to 70,834 shares of our Class A Common Stock that are vested and exercisable or will become vested and exercisable within 60 days of April 20, 2020.

(7)

Includes options to purchase up to 24,506 shares of our Class A Common Stock that are vested and exercisable or will become vested and exercisable within 60 days of April 20, 2020.

(8)

Based solely on the Schedule 13D/A (Amendment No. 37) filed by MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated with the SEC on February 25, 2020. Consists of: (a) 34,106,212 shares of our Class A Common Stock held beneficially by MacAndrews & Forbes Group LLC (“M&F Group”), (b) 23,084,267 shares of our Class B Common Stock that are held directly by M&F Group, (c) 1,823,917 shares of Class A Common Stock issuable to M&F Group upon exercise of Common Stock Purchase Warrants held by M&F Group, and (d) 2,500,000 shares of Class A Common Stock issuable to M&F Group at the option of M&F Group pursuant to a commitment letter, dated December 23, 2019. The number of shares reported above includes 49,713 shares of Class B Common Stock and corresponding vTv Units that may be deemed to be directly beneficially owned by the Ronald O. Perelman Trust.  

 

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SECTION 16(a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE

Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires our executive officers, directors, and persons who beneficially own more than 10% of a registered class of our common stock or other equity securities to file with the SEC certain reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership of our securities. Executive officers, directors and stockholders who hold more than 10% of our outstanding common stock are required by the SEC to furnish us with copies of all required forms filed under Section 16(a). Based solely on a review of this information and written representations from these persons that no other reports were required, we believe that, during the prior fiscal year, all of our executive officers, directors, and to our knowledge, 10% stockholders complied with the filing requirements of Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act.

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CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED-PARTY TRANSACTIONS

Other than compensation arrangements for our named executive officers and directors, we describe below each transaction or series of similar transactions, since January 1, 2019, to which we were a party or will be a party, in which:

 

the amounts involved exceeded or will exceed $120,000; and

 

any of our directors, executive officers or holders of more than 5% of our capital stock, or any member of the immediate family of the foregoing persons, had or will have a direct or indirect material interest.

Compensation arrangements for our named executive officers and directors are described in the sections entitled “Executive Compensation-Employment and Services Agreements” and “Director Compensation”.

Policies and Procedures for Related Party Transactions

We have adopted a written Related Person Transaction Policy, which sets forth our policy with respect to the review, approval, ratification and disclosure of all related person transactions by our Audit Committee. In accordance with our Related Person Transaction Policy, our Audit Committee has overall responsibility for the implementation and compliance with this policy.

For the purposes of our Related Person Transaction Policy, a “related person transaction” is a transaction, arrangement or relationship (or any series of similar transactions, arrangements or relationships) in which we were, are or will be a participant and in which any related person (as defined in our Related Person Transaction Policy) had, has or will have a direct or indirect material interest, in excess of $120,000. A “related person transaction” does not include any employment relationship or transaction involving an executive officer and any related compensation resulting solely from that employment relationship which has been reviewed and approved by our Board of Directors or Compensation Committee.

Our Related Person Transaction Policy requires that notice of a proposed related person transaction be provided to our legal department or our Chief Financial Officer prior to entering into such transaction. If our legal department determines that such transaction is a related person transaction, the proposed transaction will be submitted to our Audit Committee for consideration at its next meeting. Under our Related Person Transaction Policy, only our Audit Committee will be permitted to approve those related person transactions that are in, or not inconsistent with, our best interests. In the event we become aware of a related person transaction that has not been previously reviewed, approved or ratified under our Related Person Transaction Policy and that is ongoing or is completed, the transaction will be submitted to our Audit Committee so that it may determine whether to ratify, rescind or terminate the related person transaction.

Our Related Person Transaction Policy also provides that our Audit Committee will review certain previously approved or ratified related person transactions that are ongoing to determine whether the related person transaction remains in our best interests and the best interests of our stockholders.

Exchange Agreement

In connection with the IPO, we, vTv Therapeutics LLC and vTv Therapeutics Holdings LLC (“Holdings”), and other existing and future holders of the vTv Units (and corresponding shares of Class B Common Stock) entered into an exchange agreement (the “Exchange Agreement”) under which, from time to time, the holders (or certain transferees thereof) have the right to exchange their vTv Units (along with a corresponding number of our Class B Common Stock) for (i) shares of our Class A Common Stock on a one-for-one basis or (ii) cash (based on the market price of the shares of Class A common stock), at our option, subject to customary conversion rate adjustments for stock splits, stock dividends and reclassifications. Any decision to require an exchange for cash rather than shares of Class A Common Stock will ultimately be determined by our Board of Directors.

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On October 5, 2015, Holdings was dissolved and made a liquidating distribution of shares of Class B Common Stock and the corresponding vTv Units to its members. As a result of the dissolution, M&F TTP Holdings LLC became the successor to Holdings under the Exchange Agreement, Investor Rights Agreement and the Tax Receivable Agreement pursuant to the terms of each respective agreement, and various other holders of Class B Common Stock became parties to the Exchange Agreement. On December 28, 2015, M&F TTP Holdings LLC contributed its shares of Class B Common Stock and the corresponding vTv Units to its subsidiary, M&F, which became the successor to M&F TTP Holdings LLC under the Exchange Agreement, Investor Rights Agreement and Tax Receivable Agreement pursuant to the terms of each respective agreement.

Tax Receivable Agreement

As further described above, our Class B Common Stock, together with the corresponding number of vTv Units, may be exchanged for shares of our Class A Common Stock, or for cash, at our option. These future exchanges of Class B Common Stock, together with the corresponding number of vTv Units, may result in increases in the tax basis of the assets of vTv Therapeutics LLC that otherwise would not have been available. Such increases in tax basis are likely to increase (for tax purposes) depreciation and amortization deductions and therefore reduce the amount of income tax we would otherwise be required to pay in the future and may also decrease gain (or increase loss) on future dispositions of certain assets to the extent the increased tax basis is allocated to those assets. The IRS may challenge all or part of these tax basis increases and a court could sustain such a challenge.

In connection with our IPO, we entered into a Tax Receivable Agreement with M&F, as successor in interest to Holdings, and M&F TTP Holdings LLC that provides for the payment by us to M&F (or certain of its transferees or other assignees) of 85% of the amount of cash savings, if any, in U.S. federal, state and local income tax or franchise tax that we actually realize (or, in some circumstances, we are deemed to realize) as a result of (a) the exchange of Class B Common Stock, together with the corresponding number of vTv Units, for shares of our Class A Common Stock (or for cash), (b) tax benefits related to imputed interest deemed to be paid by us as a result of the Tax Receivable Agreement and (c) certain tax benefits attributable to payments under the Tax Receivable Agreement. Although the actual increase in tax basis and the amount and timing of any payments under the Tax Receivable Agreement will vary depending upon a number of factors, including the timing of exchanges, the price of shares of our Class A common stock at the time of the exchange, the nature of the assets, the extent to which such exchanges are taxable, the tax rates then applicable, and the amount and timing of our income, we expect that the payments that we make to M&F could be substantial.

M&F generally will not reimburse us for any payments that previously have been made under the Tax Receivable Agreement even if the IRS subsequently disallows the tax basis increase or any other relevant tax item. Instead, any excess cash payments made by us to M&F will be netted against any future cash payments that we might otherwise be required to make under the terms of the Tax Receivable Agreement. However, we might not determine that we have effectively made an excess cash payment to M&F for a number of years following the initial time of such payment. As a result, in certain circumstances we could make payments to M&F under the Tax Receivable Agreement in excess of our cash tax savings. Our ability to achieve benefits from any tax basis increase and the payments to be made under the Tax Receivable Agreement, will depend upon a number of factors, including the timing and amount of our future income and the nature of our assets.

To the extent that we are unable to make payments under the Tax Receivable Agreement for any reason, such payments will be deferred and will accrue interest until paid. In addition, the Tax Receivable Agreement provides that, upon a merger, asset sale or other form of business combination or certain other changes of control or if, at any time, we elect an early termination of the Tax Receivable Agreement, our (or our successor’s) obligations with respect to exchanged or acquired Class B common stock, together with the corresponding number of vTv Units (whether exchanged or acquired before or after such change of control or early termination) would be required to be paid significantly in advance of the actual realization, if any, of any future tax benefits and would be based on certain assumptions, including that we would have sufficient taxable income to fully utilize the deductions arising from the increased tax deductions and tax basis and other benefits related to entering into the Tax Receivable Agreement, and, in the case of certain early termination elections, that any Class B Common Stock, together with the corresponding number of vTv Units, that have not been exchanged will be deemed exchanged for the market value of the Class A common stock at the time of termination. Consequently, it is possible that the actual cash tax savings realized by us will be significantly less than the corresponding Tax Receivable Agreement payments.

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We are a holding company, and we have no material assets other than our ownership of vTv Units, and we have no independent means of generating revenue or cash flow. We intend, as its managing member, to cause vTv Therapeutics LLC to make distributions in an amount sufficient to allow us to pay our operating expenses, including any payments due under the Tax Receivable Agreement. However, vTv Therapeutics LLC’s ability to make such distributions may be subject to various limitations and restrictions including, but not limited to, restrictions on distributions that would either violate any contract or agreement to which vTv Therapeutics LLC is then a party, including potential debt agreements, or any applicable law, or that would have the effect of rendering vTv Therapeutics LLC insolvent. If vTv Therapeutics LLC does not distribute sufficient funds for us to pay our operating expenses, including any payments due under the Tax Receivable Agreement, we may have to borrow funds, which could materially adversely affect our liquidity and subject us to various restrictions imposed by any such lenders. To the extent that we are unable to make payments under the Tax Receivable Agreement for any reason, such payments will be deferred and will accrue interest until paid.

Our organizational structure, including the fact that M&F owns more than 50% of the voting power of our voting stock and owns part of its economic interest in our business through vTv Therapeutics LLC, confers certain benefits upon M&F that will not benefit the holders of our Class A Common Stock to the same extent as it will benefit M&F. Although we will retain 15% of the amount of the tax benefits described above, it is possible that the interests of M&F may in some circumstances conflict with our interests and the interests of our other stockholders. For example, M&F may have different tax positions from us, especially in light of the Tax Receivable Agreement, that could influence their decisions regarding whether and when we should dispose of assets, whether and when we should incur new or refinance existing indebtedness, and whether and when we should terminate the Tax Receivable Agreement and accelerate our obligations thereunder. In addition, the determination of future tax reporting positions, the structuring of future transactions and the handling of any future challenges by any taxing authority to our tax reporting positions may take into consideration M&F’s tax or other considerations, which may differ from the considerations of us or our other stockholders. To the extent that M&F is dissolved or liquidated, MacAndrews and/or its affiliates will succeed to the rights and obligations of M&F under the Tax Receivable Agreement.

Investor Rights Agreement

In connection with our IPO, we entered into an Investor Rights Agreement with M&F, as successor in interest to Holdings. The Investor Rights Agreement provides M&F with certain demand, shelf and piggyback registration rights with respect to its shares of our common stock and also provides M&F with certain governance rights, depending on the size of its holdings of our common stock.

Under the registration rights provisions of the Investor Rights Agreement:

 

M&F and its affiliates have the right to cause us to conduct an unlimited number of demand registrations, subject to certain customary restrictions;

 

once we are eligible to do so, M&F and its affiliates have the right to cause us to file and have declared effective a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 with respect to all of their shares of our common stock; and

 

M&F and its affiliates have the right to participate in certain registered offerings by us.

The registration rights provisions also contain customary provisions relating to cooperation with the registration process, black-out periods and customary securities law indemnity provisions in favor of the selling stockholders. With certain customary exceptions, we will be required to bear all registration expenses, other than underwriting discounts and commissions and transfer taxes, associated with any registration of shares pursuant to the agreement. Registration rights may be transferred by M&F and its affiliates, subject to certain restrictions. No predetermined penalties or liquidated damages will be payable by us if we fail to comply with the registration rights provisions of the Investor Rights Agreement.

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The Investor Rights Agreement also provides that M&F, subject to applicable corporate governance rules of the SEC and the NASDAQ Stock Market listing rules (which may require M&F to designate independent directors), has the right to designate: (i) a majority of the directors (and if the number of directors is even, one director more than 50% of the number of directors) if it beneficially owns more than 50% of our outstanding common stock, (ii) one less than a majority of the directors if it beneficially owns more than 25% but 50% or less of our outstanding common stock, and (iii) one-third of the directors (rounded down to the nearest whole number) if it beneficially owns more than 10% but 25% or less of our outstanding common stock. M&F loses the right to designate directors once it owns 10% or less of our outstanding common stock. So long as M&F beneficially owns 25% or more of our outstanding common stock, it will have the right, subject to applicable corporate governance rules of the SEC and the NASDAQ Stock Market listing rules, to designate the members of the committees of our Board of Directors. The Investor Rights Agreement will terminate when MacAndrews (which indirectly controls approximately 84.4% of our outstanding common stock as of the record date) and its permitted transferees hold less than 2.5% of our outstanding common stock. To the extent that M&F is dissolved or liquidated, MacAndrews and/or its affiliates will succeed to M&F rights and obligations under the Investor Rights Agreement.

Letter Agreements

The Company has entered into the Letter Agreements with MacAndrews.  Under the terms of the Letter Agreements, the Company has the right to sell to MacAndrews shares of its Class A Common Stock at a specified price per share, and MacAndrews has the right (exercisable up to three times) to require the Company to sell to it shares of Class A Common Stock at the same price.  An aggregate of $49.0 million worth of Class A Common Stock were sold under the letter agreements with M&F Group in December 2017, July 2018, December 2018, March 2019 and September 2019. As of April 20, 2020, a further $4.0 million worth of Class A Common Stock may be sold under the December 2019 Letter Agreement (whether at the Company’s or M&F Group’s option).  In addition, in connection with the entrance into many of these Letter Agreements, the Company also issued to M&F Group the Letter Agreement Warrants to purchase additional shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock.

Certain terms of these Letter Agreements are set forth in the table below:  

 

 

December 5, 2017 Letter Agreement

 

 

July 30, 2018 Letter Agreement

 

 

December 11, 2018 Letter Agreement

 

Aggregate dollar value to be

   sold under agreement

$10.0 million

 

 

$10.0 million

 

 

$10.0 million

 

Specified purchase price

   per share

$

4.38

 

 

$

1.33

 

 

$

1.84

 

Expiration date of letter

   agreement

December 5, 2018

 

 

July 30, 2019

 

 

December 11, 2019

 

Shares available to be issued

   under related warrants

 

198,267

 

 

 

518,654

 

 

 

340,534

 

Exercise price of related

   warrants

$

5.04

 

 

$

1.53

 

 

$

2.12

 

Expiration date of related

   warrants

December 5, 2024

 

 

July 30, 2025

 

 

December 11, 2025

 

Total shares issued as of

   December 31, 2019

 

2,283,105

 

 

 

7,518,797

 

 

 

5,434,783

 

Remaining shares to be issued

   as of December 31, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 18, 2019 Letter Agreement

 

 

September 26, 2019 Letter Agreement

 

 

December 23, 2019 Letter Agreement

 

Aggregate dollar value to be

   sold under agreement

$9.0 million

 

 

$10.0 million

 

 

$10.0 million

 

Specified purchase price

   per share

$

1.65

 

 

$

1.46

 

 

$

1.60

 

Expiration date of letter

   agreement

March 18, 2020

 

 

September 26, 2020

 

 

December 23, 2020

 

Shares available to be issued

   under related warrants

 

 

 

 

400,990

 

 

 

365,472

 

Exercise price of related

   warrants

$

 

 

$

1.68

 

 

$

1.84

 

Expiration date of related

   warrants

 

 

 

 

September 26, 2026

 

 

December 23, 2026

 

Total shares issued as of

   December 31, 2019

 

5,454,546

 

 

 

6,849,316

 

 

 

 

Remaining shares to be issued

   as of December 31, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,250,000

 

Each of the December 5, 2017 and July 30, 2018 Letter Agreements resulted in a deemed capital contribution to the Company as the fair value of the financial instrument received by the Company exceeded the fair value of those financial instruments issued to MacAndrews.  The December 11, 2018, March 18, 2019, September 26, 2019 and December 23, 2019 Letter Agreements resulted in a deemed distribution to MacAndrews as the fair value of the financial instruments issued to MacAndrews exceeded the fair value of the financial instrument received by the Company.  

Indemnification Agreements

We have entered into customary indemnification agreements with our executive officers and directors that provide, in general, that we will provide them with customary indemnification in connection with their service to us or on our behalf.

These indemnification agreements require us, among other things, to indemnify our directors and officers against liabilities that may arise by reason of their status or service as directors or officers, other than liabilities arising from willful misconduct. These indemnification agreements also require us to advance any expenses incurred by the directors or officers as a result of any proceeding against them as to which they could be indemnified and to obtain directors’ and officers’ insurance, if available on reasonable terms.

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COMPENSATION COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS AND INSIDER PARTICIPATION

Our Compensation Committee consists of Messrs. Savas (Chair) and Fry. None of our executive officers serves as a member of the Board of Directors or Compensation Committee (or other committee performing equivalent functions) of another entity that has one or more executive officers serving on our Board of Directors or Compensation Committee. No interlocking relationship exists between any member of the Board of Directors or any member of the Compensation Committee (or other committee performing equivalent functions) of any other company.

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STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS

Stockholders may present proposals for action at meetings of stockholders only if they comply with the proxy rules established by the SEC, applicable Delaware law and our amended and restated by-laws. We have not received any stockholder proposals for consideration at our 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

Under Rule 14a-8 promulgated by the SEC under the Exchange Act (“Rule 14a-8”), in order for a stockholder proposal to be included in our proxy solicitation materials for the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, it must be delivered to our principal executive offices located at 3980 Premier Drive, Suite 310, High Point, North Carolina 27265 by December 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Any stockholder who desires to bring a proposal at our 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders without including such proposal in our proxy statement must deliver written notice thereof to our Secretary no earlier than February 11, 2021 and no later than March 15, 2021. The stockholder proposals must otherwise comply with the requirements of Rule 14a-8.

If a stockholder proposal is not properly submitted for inclusion in the 2021 proxy statement pursuant to the requirements described above (but otherwise complies with the advance notice provisions of our amended and restated by-laws), management will be permitted to vote proxies in its discretion if it advises stockholders in the 2021 proxy statement about the nature of the matter and how management intends to vote on such matter.

HOUSEHOLDING MATTERS

The SEC has adopted rules that permit companies to deliver a single Notice of Internet Availability or a single copy of proxy materials to multiple stockholders sharing an address unless a company has received contrary instructions from one or more of the stockholders at that address. This means that only one copy of the Annual Report, this Proxy Statement and Notice may have been sent to multiple stockholders in your household. If you would prefer to receive separate copies of the Notice of Internet Availability and/or Proxy Statement either now or in the future, please contact our Secretary either by calling 336-841-0300 or by mailing a request to Attn: Secretary, 3980 Premier Drive, Suite 310, High Point, North Carolina 27265. Upon written or oral request to the Secretary, we will promptly provide a separate copy of the Annual Report and this Proxy Statement and Notice. In addition, stockholders at a shared address who receive multiple Notices of Internet Availability or multiple copies of proxy statements may request to receive a single Notice of Internet Availability or a single copy of proxy statements in the future in the same manner as described above.

ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K

Our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 as filed with the SEC is accessible free of charge on our website at www.vtvtherapeutics.com under Investors—Financial Information—SEC Filings. The Annual Report on Form 10-K contains our audited consolidated balance sheets as of December 31, 2019 and 2018 and the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in redeemable noncontrolling interest and stockholders’ deficit and cash flows for each of the three years in the periods ended December 31, 2019, 2018 and 2017. You can request a copy of our Annual Report on Form 10-K free of charge by sending a written request to vTv Therapeutics Inc., Attn: Secretary, 3980 Premier Drive, Suite 310, High Point, North Carolina 27265. Please include your contact information with the request.

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OTHER MATTERS

Other than those matters set forth in this Proxy Statement, we do not know of any additional matters to be submitted at the Annual Meeting. If any other matters properly come before the Annual Meeting, it is the intention of the persons named in the enclosed form of proxy to vote the shares they represent as the Board of Directors recommends.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dated: April 30, 2020

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DIRECTIONS TO THE ANNUAL MEETING

For directions to our annual meeting, please call the Loews Regency New York Hotel at 212-759-4100 or visit its website at www.loewshotels.com/regency-hotel/.

* Please also see the notice relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic/outbreak under the question, “How may I vote my shares in person at the Annual Meeting” on page 4.

 

 

 

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ANNUAL MEETING OF vTv THERAPEUTICS INC. Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020 Time: 9:00 A.M. (Eastern Daylight Time) Place: Loews Regency Hotel, 540 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065 * As part of our precautions regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic/outbreak, we are planning for the possibility that the meeting may be held solely by means of remote communication. If we take this step, details on how to participate will be posted to our website and filed with the SEC at least one week prior to the meeting date. Please make your marks like this: Use dark black pencil or pen only Board of Directors Recommends a Vote FOR each of the director nominees listed and FOR proposals 2 and 3. 1: To elect six director nominees to serve until our next annual meeting or until their successors have been elected and qualified; Nominees  (01) Jeffrey B. Kindler (02) John A. Fry (03) Hersh Kozlov (04) Paul G. Savas (05) Noel J. Spiegel (06) Howard L. Weiner Vote For All Nominees Withhold Vote From All Nominees Vote For All Except  INSTRUCTIONS: To withhold authority to vote for any nominee, mark the “Vote For All Except” box and write the number(s) in the space provided to the right.  2: To approve an amendment to the Company’s 2015 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan (the “Omnibus Incentive Plan”) to increase the number of authorized shares reserved for issuance under the Omnibus Incentive Plan. For Against Abstain  3: To ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020. To attend the meeting and vote your shares in person, please mark this box.  Authorized Signatures – This section must be completed for your Instructions to be executed. Please Sign Here  Please Date Above Please Sign Here  Please Date Above  Please sign exactly as your name(s) appears on your stock certificate. If hold in joint tenancy, all holders should sign. Trustees, administrators, etc., should include title and authority. Corporations should provide full name of corporation and title of authorized officer signing the proxy. Annual Meeting of vTv Therapeutics Inc. to be held on Thursday June 11, 2020 for Stockholders as of April 20, 2020 This proxy is being solicited on behalf of the Board of Directors  INTERNET VOTE BY: TELEPHONE Go To (866) 240-5352 www.proxypush.com/VTVT Cast your vote online 24 hours a day/7 days a week. OR Use any touch-tone telephone toll-free 24 hours a day/7 days a week.  Have your Proxy Card/Voting Instructions Form ready. Have your Proxy Card Voting Instruction Form ready.  View Meeting Documents. MAIL Follow the simple recorded instructions.  Mark, sign and date your Proxy Card/Voting Instruction Form. OR Detach your Proxy Card/Voting Instruction Form. Return your Proxy Card/Voting Instruction Form in the postage-paid envelope provided.  The undersigned hereby appoints Stephen L. Holcombe and Rudy C. Howard, and each or either of them, as the true and lawful attorneys of the undersigned, with full power of substitution and revocation, and authorizes them, and each of them, to vote all the shares of capital stock of vTv Therapeutics Inc. which the undersigned is entitled to vote at said meeting and any adjournment thereof upon the matters specified and upon such other matters as may be property brought before the meeting or any adjournment thereof, conferring authority upon such true and lawful attorneys to vote in their discretion on such other matters as may property come before the meeting and revoking any proxy heretofore given.  THE SHARES REPRESENTED BY THIS PROXY WILL BE VOTED AS DIRECTED OR, IF NO DIRECTION IS GIVEN. SHARES WILL BE VOTED FOR THE ELECTION OF THE DIRECTORS IN ITEM 1 AND FOR THE PROPOSALS IN ITEMS 2 AND 3. THE PROXIES WILL VOTE IN THEIR DISCRETION ON ANY OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY PROPERLY COME BEFORE THE MEETING AND ANY ADJOURNMENT THEREOF  PROXY TABULATOR FOR vTv Therapeutics Inc. P.O. BOX 8016 CARY, NC 27512-9903

 


 

 

Please separate carefully at the perforation and return just this portion in the envelope provided  Proxy — vTv Therapeutics Inc. Annual Meeting of Stockholders Thursday, June 11, 2020, 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) This Proxy is Solicited on Behalf of the Board of Directors The undersigned appoints Stephen L. Holcombe and Rudy C. Howard (the “Named Proxies”) and each of them as proxies for the undersigned, with full power of substitution, to vote the shares of common stock of vTv Therapeutics Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), the undersigned is entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of the Company to be held at the Loews Regency Hotel, 540 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065, on Thursday June 11, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) and all adjournments thereof.  Please see the notice related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic/outbreak on the reverse side.  The purpose of the Annual Meeting is to take action on the following: 1. To elect six director nominees to serve until our next annual meeting or until their successors have been elected and qualified; 2. To approve an amendment to the Company’s 2015 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan (the “Omnibus Incentive Plan”) to increase the number of authorized shares reserved for issuance under the Omnibus Incentive Plan. 3.To ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31. 2019; and 4. To consider and take action upon such other matters as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.  The six directors up for re-election are: Jeffrey B. Kindler, John A. Fry, Hersh Kozlov Paul G. Savas, Noel J. Spiegel and Howard L. Weiner. The Board of Directors of the Company recommends a vote “FOR” all nominees for director and ‘FOR’ the proposals in Items 2 and 3. This proxy, when property executed, will be voted in the manner directed herein. If no direction is made, this proxy will be voted "FOR” all nominees for director and "FOR" the proposals In Items 2 and 3. In their discretion, the Named Proxies are authorized to vote upon such other matters that may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof. You are encouraged to specify your choice by marking the appropriate box (SEE REVERSE SIDE) but you need not mark any box if you wish to vote in accordance with the Board of Directors' recommendation. The Named Proxies cannot vote your shares unless you sign and return this card. To attend the meeting and vote your shares In person, please mark this box.

 

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