SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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): November 1, 2018
Caesars Entertainment Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
One Caesars Palace Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
(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.
On November 1, 2018, Caesars Entertainment Corporation (the Company) announced that Mark P. Frissora, President and Chief Executive Officer, will leave the Company. Mr. Frissora, who led a successful operational and financial transformation and established a platform for future growth, will continue in his current role until February 8, 2019, to support a seamless transition.
On November 1, 2018, Mr. Frissora and the Company entered into a Separation Agreement (the Agreement) which, together with his Employment Agreement dated as of February 5, 2015 (as amended, the Employment Agreement), govern the terms of his departure from the Company. Under the terms of the Agreement, Mr. Frissora shall resign from the Companys Board of Directors and as an officer of the Company and its subsidiaries on February 8, 2019 (the Termination Date) and such termination will be treated as a termination of Mr. Frissoras employment without cause for all purposes; provided, that such separation from service may occur earlier upon Mr. Frissoras death, a termination due to his disability, mutual agreement of the Company and Mr. Frissora, Mr. Frissoras voluntary resignation (for or without good reason) or a termination by the Company for cause (in any case, an Early Termination).
During the period ending on the Termination Date, Mr. Frissora shall continue to be employed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and will continue to receive his current base salary and other benefits currently provided to him. In addition, Mr. Frissora will be entitled to receive a bonus for 2018 determined by the Company based on the achievement of applicable performance goals, subject to his continued employment through the earlier of the Termination Date and the date of payment. His equity awards will continue to vest per their terms through the Termination Date.
Mr. Frissora acknowledged and agreed to comply with the covenants of non-solicitation, non-competition, non-disparagement, confidentiality and cooperation set forth in his Employment Agreement. He further agreed to consult with the Board of Directors and any designated delegate on any matters requested by the Board for a six month period (the Consulting Period) following the Termination Date. During the Consulting Period the Company shall pay Mr. Frissora $83,333 per month; provided, that either party may terminate the Consulting Period upon 30 days notice.
Under the Agreement, Mr. Frissora will receive the following promptly after the Termination Date: (i) accrued and unpaid salary for periods worked; (ii) reimbursement for unreimbursed expenses; and (iii) all benefits accrued and vested as of the Termination Date. In addition, subject to Mr. Frissora signing a release and waiver of claims, the Company will pay or provide Mr. Frissora the following separation payments and benefits: (v) cash severance of $8 million, payable over twenty-four months; (w) a prorated bonus for 2019; (x) a subsidy for continued health, disability and life insurance coverage; (y) vesting of all unvested equity and cash awards under the Companys long-term incentive plans (with vesting of performance-based restricted stock units and options remaining subject to achievement of applicable targets and options generally exercisable for two years after vesting); and (z) $75,000 for legal fees.
Other than the consulting arrangement and the reimbursement of legal fees, Mr. Frissora is receiving the same severance benefits under the Agreement that he was entitled to receive under the Existing Agreement in the event of a termination without cause or non-renewal by the Company. The Company expects to record charges of up to $30 million in the fourth quarter related to this matter (based upon the Companys current share price).
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
|Date: November 1, 2018
|Renee E. Becker
Vice President and Chief Counsel Corporate
and Securities, Assistant Secretary