S-8 1 a08-15985_1s8.htm S-8

 

           As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 6, 2008

Registration No. 333-

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C.  20549

 


 

FORM S-8

 

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

Optelecom-NKF, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

Delaware

(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation or Organization)

 

52-1010850

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

 

12920 Cloverleaf Center Drive

 

 

Germantown, Maryland

 

20874

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

Optelecom-NKF, Inc.

2008 Stock Incentive Plan

(Full Title of the Plan)

 

Edmund Ludwig

President and Chief Executive Officer

12920 Cloverleaf Center Drive

Germantown, Maryland 20874

(Name and Address of Agent For Service)

 

(301) 444-2200

(Telephone Number, Including Area Code, of Agent For Service)

 

Copies to:

Thomas W. France, Esq.

Venable LLP

8010 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 300

Vienna, VA 22182

 

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

 

Large accelerated filer o

 

Accelerated filer o

 

Non-accelerated filer o

 

Smaller reporting company x

 

 

 

 

(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

 

 

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

Title Of Securities To
Be Registered

 

Amount
To Be
Registered(1)

 

Proposed Maximum
Offering Price
Per Share(2)

 

Proposed Maximum
Aggregate
Offering Price(2)

 

Amount Of
Registration
Fee(2)

 

Common Stock, $.03 par value per share

 

500,000 shares

 

$

8.73

 

$

4,365,000

 

$

172

 

(1)                                  Pursuant to Rule 416(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), this Registration Statement shall also cover any additional shares of Common Stock attributable to these registered shares which become issuable under the 2008 Stock Incentive Plan by reason of any stock dividend, stock split, recapitalization or other similar transaction effected without the Registrant’s receipt of consideration which results in an increase in the number of the outstanding shares of the Registrant’s Common Stock.

 

(2)                                  Estimated solely for purposes of calculating the registration fee pursuant to Rule 457(c) and Rule 457(h) under the Securities Act of 1933.  The above calculation is based upon a price of $8.11 per share, which was the average of the high and low prices of the Registrant’s common stock as reported on the NASDAQ National Market System on June 4, 2008.

 

 



 

PART I

 

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS

 

Documents containing the information specified in Part I of Form S-8 have been and/or will be sent or given to employees as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).  In accordance with the instructions to Part I of Form S-8, such documents will not be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) either as part of this Registration Statement (the “Registration Statement”) or as prospectuses or prospectus supplements pursuant to Rule 424 of the Securities Act.  These documents and the documents incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement pursuant to Item 3 of Part II of this Registration Statement, taken together, constitute the prospectus as required by Section 10(a) of the Securities Act.

 

PART II

 

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT

 

Item 3.                   Incorporation of Documents by Reference.

 

The following documents which have been filed by Optelecom-NKF, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Registrant”), with the Commission are incorporated into this Registration Statement by reference:

 

(a)           The Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007, filed with the Commission on March 27, 2008;

 

(b)           The Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2008, filed with the Commission on May 12, 2008;

 

(c)           The Registrant’s Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on January 22, 2008 and January 3, 2008; and

 

(d)           The description of the Common Stock contained or incorporated in the registration statements filed by the Registrant under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), including any amendments or reports filed for the purpose of updating such description.

 

All documents subsequently filed by the Registrant with the Commission pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act, prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment which indicates that all securities offered have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement and to be a part of this Registration Statement from the date of filing of such documents.  Any statement contained herein or in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any other subsequently filed document that also is or is deemed to be incorporated herein by reference modifies or supersedes such earlier statement.  Any statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this Registration Statement.

 

Item 4.                   Description of Securities.

 

Not Applicable.

 



 

Item 5.                   Interests of Named Experts and Counsel.

 

Not Applicable.

 

Item 6.                   Indemnification of Directors and Officers.

 

The Registrant is organized under the laws of the State of Delaware.  The Registrant’s directors and officers may be indemnified as provided by the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) and the Registrant’s Bylaws (the “Bylaws”).

 

The DGCL provides that a Delaware corporation has the power generally to indemnify its current and former directors, officers, employees and other agents (each, a “Corporate Agent”) against expenses and liabilities (including amounts paid in settlement) in connection with any proceeding involving such person by reason of his being a Corporate Agent, other than a proceeding by or in the right of the corporation, if such person acted in good faith and in a manner he reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation and, with respect to any criminal proceeding, such person had no reasonable cause to believe his conduct was unlawful.

 

In the case of an action brought by or in the right of the corporation, indemnification of a Corporate Agent is permitted if such person acted in good faith and in a manner he reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation.  However, no indemnification is permitted in respect of any claim, issue or matter as to which such person shall have been adjudged to be liable to the corporation, unless and only to the extent that the court in which such proceeding was brought shall determine upon application that despite the adjudication of liability, but in view of all the circumstances of the case, such person is fairly and reasonably entitled to such indemnification.

 

To the extent that a Corporate Agent has been successful on the merits or otherwise in the defense of such proceeding, whether or not by or in the right of the corporation, or in the defense of any claim, issue or matter therein, the corporation is required to indemnify such person for expenses in connection therewith.  Under the DGCL, the corporation may advance expenses incurred by a Corporate Agent in connection with a proceeding, provided that the Corporate Agent undertakes to repay such amount if it shall ultimately be determined that such person is not entitled to indemnification.

 

The power to indemnify and advance the expenses under the DGCL does not exclude other rights to which a Corporate Agent may be entitled to under the Certificate of Incorporation, by-laws, agreement, vote of stockholders or disinterested directors or otherwise.

 

The Bylaws of the Registrant, as amended and restated, provide that the Registrant shall indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending, or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of the Registrant) by reason of the fact that he is or was a director, officer or employee of the Registrant, or is or was serving at the request of the Registrant as a director, officer or employee of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, against expenses (including attorney’s fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonable incurred by him in connection with such action, suit or proceeding if he acted in good faith and in a manner reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the Registrant, and, with respect to any criminal action or  proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe his conduct was

 

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unlawful. The termination of any action, suit or proceeding by judgment, order, settlement, conviction, or upon a plea of nolo contendere or its equivalent shall not, of itself, create a presumption that the person did not act in good faith and in a manner which he reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the Registrant, and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had reasonable cause to believe that his conduct was unlawful.

 

In addition, the Bylaws provide that the Registrant shall indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action or suit by or in the right of the Registrant to procure judgment in its favor by reason of the fact the he is or was a director, officer or employee of the Registrant or is or was serving as a director, officer or employee of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise against expenses (including attorney’s fees) actually and reasonably incurred by him in connection with the defense or settlement of such action or suit if he acted in good faith and in a manner he reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the Registrant and except that no indemnification shall be made in respect of any claim, issue or matter as to which such person shall have been adjudged to be liable to the Registrant unless and only to the extent that the Delaware Court of Chancery or the court in which such action or suit was brought shall determine upon application that, despite the adjudication of liability, but in view of all the circumstances of the case, such person is fairly and reasonably entitled to indemnify for such expenses which the Delaware Court of Chancery or such other court shall deem proper.

 

The Bylaws provide that to the extent that a director, officer or employee of the Registrant has been successful on the merits or otherwise in defense of any action, suit or proceeding referred to above, or in defense of any claim, issue or matter therein, he shall be indemnified against expenses (including attorney’s fees) actually and reasonably incurred by him in connection therewith.

 

The Bylaws provide that any indemnification referred to above (unless ordered by a court) shall be made by the Registrant only as authorized in the specific case upon a determination that the indemnification of the director, officer or employee is proper in the circumstances because he has met the applicable standard of conduct set forth above. Such determination shall be made (1) by the board of directors of the Registrant or, if applicable, the executive committee of the board of directors, by a majority vote of a quorum consisting of directors who were not parties to such action, suit or proceeding, or (2) if such quorum is not obtainable or, even if obtainable, a quorum of disinterested directors so directs, by independent legal counsel in a written opinion, or (3) by the shareholders.

 

The Bylaws also provide that expenses incurred in defending a civil or criminal action, suit or proceeding shall be paid by the Registrant in advance of the final disposition of such action, suit or proceeding upon receipt of an undertaking by or on behalf of the director, officer or employee to repay such amount if it shall ultimately be determined that he is not entitled to be indemnified by the Registrant as authorized above.

 

The Bylaws further provide that the indemnification and advancement of expenses provided or granted pursuant to the above provisions shall not be deemed exclusive of any other rights to which those seeking indemnifications of advancement of expenses may be entitled under any by-law, agreement, vote of shareholders or disinterested directors or otherwise, both as to action in his official capacity and as to action in another capacity while holding such office.

 

The Registrant has obtained insurance policies that provide coverage for its directors and officers in certain situations, including some situations in which the Registrant cannot directly indemnify the directors or officers under Delaware law.

 

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The DGCL provides that a Certificate of Incorporation may contain a provision eliminating or limiting the personal liability of a director to the corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director, provided that such provision shall not eliminate or limit the liability of a director: (i) For any breach of the director’s duty of loyalty to the corporation or its stockholders; (ii) for acts or omissions not in good faith or which involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law; (iii) under § 174 of the DGCL; or (iv) for any transaction from which the director derived an improper personal benefit. No such provision shall eliminate or limit the liability of a director for any act or omission occurring prior to the date when such provision becomes effective.

 

The Registrant’s Certificate of Incorporation, as amended and restated, provides that a director shall have no personal liability to the Corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director, except (i) for any breach of the director’s duty of loyalty to the Corporation or its stockholders (ii) for acts or omissions not in good faith or which involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law, (iii) under Section 174 of the Delaware Corporation Law, (iv) for any transaction from which the director derived an improper personal benefit, or (v) for any act or omission occurring prior to the date when the preceding clause regarding director liability became effective.

 

Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, is permitted to directors, officers or controlling persons of the Registrant, pursuant to the above mentioned laws or otherwise, the Registrant understands that the Securities and Exchange Commission is of the opinion that such indemnification may contravene federal public policy, as expressed in said Act, and therefore, may be unenforceable. Accordingly, in the event that a claim for such indemnification is asserted by any director, officer or a controlling person of the Registrant, and the Commission is still of the same opinion, the Registrant (except insofar as such claim seeks reimbursement by the Registrant of expenses paid or incurred by a director, officer of controlling person in successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) will, unless the matter has theretofore been adjudicated by precedent deemed by counsel for the Registrant to be controlling, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether or not indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

Item 7.                                                        Exemption from Registration Claimed.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 8.                                                        Exhibits.

 

4.1                                 Certificate of Incorporation, as amended and restated (incorporated by reference from Form 10-K filed March 31, 1998 and Form 8-K filed April 19, 2005).

 

4.2                                 By-Laws, as amended and restated (incorporated by reference from Form 10-K filed March 31, 1998).

 

4.3                                 Optelecom-NKF, Inc. 2008 Stock Incentive Plan. (1)

 

5.1                                 Opinion of Venable, LLP, Counsel to the Registrant. (2)

 

23.1                           Consent of Venable, LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1). (2)

 

23.2                           Consent of Grant Thornton LLP, independent registered public accounting firm. (2)

 

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24                                    Powers of Attorney (included in Signature Page). (2)

 


(1)                                  Included as an attachment to the Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for the 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (File No. 000-08828) filed with the SEC on March 27, 2008 and incorporated herein by reference.

 

(2)                                  Filed herewith.

 

Item 9.                                                        Undertakings.

 

(1)           The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes:

 

(a)           To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement:

 

(i)

 

To include any prospectus required by section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;

 

 

 

(ii)

 

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

 

 

 

(iii)

 

To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the registration statement or any material change to such information in the registration statement;

 

provided, however, that paragraphs (1)(a)(i) and (1)(a)(ii) do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in this registration statement.

 

(b)           That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

(c)           To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.

 

(2)           The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the Registrant’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that is incorporated by reference in the registration statement

 

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shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

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

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized, in the County of Montgomery, in the State of Maryland, on this 6th day of June, 2008.

 

 

OPTELECOM - NKF, INC.

 

 

 

By: /s/ EDMUND LUDWIG

 

Edmund Ludwig

 

Director and President and CEO

 

Each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints each of Edmund Ludwig and Steven Tamburo, or any of them, each acting alone, his true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, severally, for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, in connection with the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 under the Securities Act of 1933, including to sign any and all amendments (including post-effective amendments or supplements) to this Registration Statement, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission and any applicable securities exchange or securities self-regulatory body, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents, each acting alone, full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the premises, as fully, to all intents and purposes, as he might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or his substitute or substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this Registration Statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

Signature

 

Title

 

Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Edmund Ludwig

 

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

 

June 6, 2008

Edmund Ludwig

 

(Principal Executive Officer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ James Armstrong

 

Director and Executive VP, Federal

 

June 6, 2008

James Armstrong

 

Systems/Business Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Steven Tamburo

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

June 6, 2008

Steven Tamburo

 

(Principal Financial Officer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Thomas Overwijn

 

Director and Chief Operating Officer

 

June 6, 2008

Thomas Overwijn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Carl Rubbo, Jr.

 

Director

 

June 6, 2008

Carl Rubbo, Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

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Signature

 

Title

 

Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ David R. Lipinski

 

Director

 

June 6, 2008

David R. Lipinski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Robert Urso

 

Director

 

June 6, 2008

Robert Urso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Walter R. Fatzinger, Jr.

 

Director

 

June 6, 2008

Walter R. Fatzinger, Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

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Exhibit Index

 

Exhibit

 

 

Number

 

Description

 

 

 

4.1

 

Certificate of Incorporation, as amended and restated (incorporated by reference from Form 10-K filed March 31, 1998 and Form 8-K filed April 19, 2005).

 

 

 

4.2

 

By-Laws, as amended and restated (incorporated by reference from Form 10-K filed March 31, 1998).

 

 

 

4.3

 

Optelecom-NKF, Inc. 2008 Stock Incentive Plan. (1)

 

 

 

5.1

 

Opinion of Venable, LLP, Counsel to the Registrant. (2)

 

 

 

23.1

 

Consent of Venable, LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1). (2)

 

 

 

23.2

 

Consent of Grant Thornton LLP, independent registered public accounting firm. (2)

 

 

 

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Powers of Attorney (included in Signature Page). (2)

 


(1)                                  Included as an attachment to the Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for the 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (File No. 000-08828) filed with the SEC on March 27, 2008 and incorporated herein by reference.

 

(2)                                  Filed herewith.

 

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