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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): July 15, 2019



(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)








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(IRS Employer

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3 Great Pasture Road,

Danbury,  Connecticut





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Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (203) 825-6000

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Common Stock, $0.0001 par value per share




The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
(Nasdaq Global Market)




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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.  


On July 15, 2019, the Board of Directors of FuelCell Energy, Inc. (the “Company”) adopted a new cash incentive plan (the “Incentive Plan”).  The Incentive Plan is intended to retain key executives and employees and to motivate such executives and employees to accomplish certain Company goals and objectives.  All of the executive officers of the Company (including named executive officers, Jennifer Arasimowicz (principal executive officer) and Michael Bishop (principal financial officer)), as well as certain other key employees, are eligible to participate in the Incentive Plan.


Under the Incentive Plan, cash bonuses in an aggregate amount of $495,000 may be awarded to eligible participants, with the first bonus payment, which accounts for 33% of the aggregate bonus amount, being made on July 22, 2019 and the following three bonus payments, each of which accounts for approximately 22% of the aggregate bonus amount, being made only upon the achievement of certain milestones – specifically, (i) the receipt of certain customer payments, (ii) the closing of a refinancing of the Company’s senior secured credit facility, and (iii) the submission of an updated three year business plan to the Board of Directors of the Company.


The following initial bonus payments were received by the Company’s executive officers on July 22, 2019 – Jennifer Arasimowicz, the Interim President, Chief Commercial Officer, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of the Company, received $16,667; Michael Bishop, the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Executive Vice President of the Company, received $16,667; Anthony Leo, the Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of the Company, received $10,000; and Michael Lisowski, the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of the Company, received $10,000. Initial bonus payments totaling an additional $108,335 were made to other eligible employees on July 22, 2019. Upon achievement of all of the milestones described above, the Company’s executive officers would be entitled to receive, in the aggregate, the following additional bonus payments: Jennifer Arasimowicz - $33,333; Michael Bishop - $33,333; Anthony Leo - $20,000; and Michael Lisowski - $20,000.


In connection with the Incentive Plan, the Company also entered into letter agreements with Ms. Arasimowicz, Mr. Bishop, Mr. Leo, and Mr. Lisowski on July 16, 2019, with the term of such letter agreements commencing on July 22, 2019. The letter agreements outline the bonus payments that may be received by these executives under the Incentive Plan, as described above.  Each letter agreement also provides that, if the Company terminates the executive’s employment prior to the achievement of the last milestone or the earlier termination of the agreement (as applicable, the “Termination Date”), the Company will not be obligated to pay such executive any additional sums not already paid under the Incentive Plan.  In addition, each letter agreement provides that, if for any reason, other than good reason (as defined in the letter agreement), the executive resigns from the Company before the Termination Date, such executive will be obligated to return to the Company, within 60 days, any part of any bonus already paid to such executive under the Incentive Plan.  Finally, each letter agreement provides that, if the executive is terminated for cause (as defined in the letter agreement) before the Termination Date, such executive will be obligated to reimburse any bonus already received under the Incentive Plan. The Company entered into similar letter agreements with the other bonus recipients.







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:  July 24, 2019




/s/ Michael S. Bishop





Michael S. Bishop





Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer