8-K 1 gevo20200330_8k.htm FORM 8-K gevo20200330_8k.htm




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 31, 2020



Gevo, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)







(State or other jurisdiction

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer

of incorporation)


Identification No.)


345 Inverness Drive South, Building C, Suite 310

Englewood, CO 80112

(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (303) 858-8358



(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class


Trading symbol


Name of exchange on which registered

Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share




Nasdaq Capital Market


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


Emerging growth company ☐


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐



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


The information included in Item 8.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated by reference into this Item 5.02.


Item 8.01     Other Events.


On March 31, 2020, Gevo, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that, due to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the economy and the Company’s industry, the Company has suspended production operations at its production facility in Luverne, Minnesota (the “Luverne Facility”) for the foreseeable future. In connection with the suspension of operations and the overall economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company also terminated 30 employees who worked at both the Luverne Facility and at the Company’s corporate headquarters in Colorado.


In response to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, each of Patrick R. Gruber, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Christopher M. Ryan, its President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer, L. Lynn Smull, its Chief Financial Officer, Geoffrey T. Williams, Jr., its General Counsel & Secretary, and Carolyn M. Romero, its Vice President—Controller and Principal Accounting Officer (collectively, the “Officers”) will voluntarily accept 20% reductions to their base salaries. These reductions will be effective as of April 1, 2020 for a period of 90 days thereafter. In connection with the 20% salary reduction, the Officers will be granted Company stock in the form of restricted stock awards in an amount equal to the 20% reduction. Certain remaining employees that earn above a certain dollar threshold have also agreed to take a 20% salary reduction over the next three months, with the 20% portion to be paid in the form of restricted stock awards. With these steps, the Company expects to save several million dollars of cash burn during 2020.







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.











Dated: March 31, 2020






/s/ Geoffrey T. Williams, Jr.







Geoffrey T. Williams, Jr.







General Counsel and Secretary