0001628280-19-002776.txt : 20190311 0001628280-19-002776.hdr.sgml : 20190311 20190311163000 ACCESSION NUMBER: 0001628280-19-002776 CONFORMED SUBMISSION TYPE: 8-K PUBLIC DOCUMENT COUNT: 1 CONFORMED PERIOD OF REPORT: 20190308 ITEM INFORMATION: Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers: Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers FILED AS OF DATE: 20190311 DATE AS OF CHANGE: 20190311 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: SONIC AUTOMOTIVE INC CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0001043509 STANDARD INDUSTRIAL CLASSIFICATION: RETAIL-AUTO DEALERS & GASOLINE STATIONS [5500] IRS NUMBER: 562010790 STATE OF INCORPORATION: DE FISCAL YEAR END: 1231 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 8-K SEC ACT: 1934 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 001-13395 FILM NUMBER: 19672639 BUSINESS ADDRESS: STREET 1: 4401 COLWICK ROAD CITY: CHARLOTTE STATE: NC ZIP: 28211 BUSINESS PHONE: 704-566-2400 MAIL ADDRESS: STREET 1: 4401 COLWICK ROAD CITY: CHARLOTTE STATE: NC ZIP: 28211 8-K 1 q420188-kneocomp502201.htm Document

Washington, D.C. 20549

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 8, 2019
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
1-13395 56-2010790 
File Number) 
(IRS Employer
Identification No.) 
4401 Colwick Road
Charlotte, North Carolina 
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code) 
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (704) 566-2400

Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

(e) On March 8, 2019, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Compensation Committee”) of Sonic Automotive, Inc. (the “Company”) approved grants of performance-based restricted stock units under the Sonic Automotive, Inc. 2012 Stock Incentive Plan to the following executive officers of the Company in the following amounts: Mr. O. Bruton Smith, 145,967 units; Mr. David Bruton Smith, 126,075 units; Mr. Jeff Dyke, 112,572 units; and Mr. Heath R. Byrd, 87,738 units. These restricted stock unit awards will not be eligible for dividend equivalents or voting rights. As provided by the Compensation Committee, these restricted stock unit awards generally remain subject to forfeiture for up to three years from the date of grant based on continuation of employment and violation of any restrictive covenants or confidentiality provisions contained in any agreement between the Company and the respective officer. The awards of restricted stock units are also subject to forfeiture, in whole or in part, based on achievement of specified measures of the Company’s defined adjusted earnings per share performance for the 2019 calendar year. Subject to the performance condition, these awards vest in three annual installments, with 25% of the restricted stock units vesting on March 31, 2020, 30% of the restricted stock units vesting on March 8, 2021 and 45% of the restricted stock units vesting on March 8, 2022. Following vesting, the restricted stock units will be converted to, and paid in the form of, an equivalent number of shares of the Company’s Class A common stock.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: March 11, 2019 By: /s/ Stephen K. Coss 
Stephen K. Coss 
Senior Vice President and General Counsel