SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 7, 2023 (November 6, 2023)
OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
28 Engelhard Drive, Suite B
Monroe Township, New Jersey 08831
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code) (609) 730-0400
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report): Not Applicable
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligations of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of Each Class||Trading Symbol(s)|
Name of Each Exchange on
|Common Stock, $0.001 par value||OPTT||NYSE American|
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR 230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR 240.12b-2).
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|Item 8.01.||Other Events.|
On November 6, 2023, the Board of Directors of Ocean Power Technologies, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“OPT”), scheduled OPT’s 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “2023 Annual Meeting”) to occur on January 31, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. This date is consistent with the representation that OPT made to the Delaware Court of Chancery in connection with ongoing litigation between OPT and Paragon Technologies, Inc. that OPT would not schedule the 2023 Annual Meeting for a date that is earlier than January 24, 2024. For stockholders’ reference, OPT first convened its 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “2022 Annual Meeting”) on December 14, 2022, but due to the lack of a quorum, adjourned it to January 13, 2023 at which time a quorum was present and stockholders voted on the actions properly brought before the 2022 Annual Meeting, including the election of directors.
As previously announced, the OPT Board of Directors has fixed the close of business on December 4, 2023 as the record date for determining stockholders entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the 2023 Annual Meeting.
Important Additional Information And Where To Find It
OPT intends to file a proxy statement and an accompanying WHITE proxy card with the SEC in connection with the solicitation of proxies from OPT’s stockholders in connection with the matters to be considered at the 2023 Annual Meeting. INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO READ ANY SUCH PROXY STATEMENT AND THE ACCOMPANYING WHITE PROXY CARD AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED BY OPT WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE AS THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Stockholders will be able to obtain the Proxy Statement, any amendments or supplements to the Proxy Statement, the accompanying WHITE proxy card, and other documents filed by OPT with the SEC free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies will also be available free of charge at the Investor Relations section of OPT’s corporate website at www.oceanpowertechnologies.com, by writing to OPT’s Corporate Secretary at Ocean Power Technologies, Inc., 28 Engelhard Drive, Suite B, Monroe Township, NJ 08831, or by contacting OPT at (609) 730-0400.
Certain Participant Information
OPT, members of its Board of Directors, and certain of its executive officers are “participants” in the solicitation of proxies from OPT’s stockholders in connection with the 2023 Annual Meeting. The following directors and executive officers of OPT beneficially hold the amount of shares of OPT’s common stock indicated adjacent to his or her name: (i) OPT directors: Terence J. Cryan (148,595 shares), Philipp Stratmann (93,807 shares), Clyde W. Hewlett (71,577 shares), Natalie Lorenz-Anderson (52,448 shares), Diana G. Purcel (71,577 shares), and Peter E. Slaiby (96,577 shares); and (ii) OPT officers who are not also directors of OPT: Robert Powers (28,888 shares) and Joseph DiPietro (2,909 shares). The business address for each of the foregoing persons is c/o Ocean Power Technologies, Inc., 28 Engelhard Drive, Suite B, Monroe Township, NJ 08831. Additional information regarding OPT’s directors, executive officers, and other participants in the solicitation of proxies from OPT’s stockholders in connection with the matters to be considered at the 2023 Annual Meeting, and their direct or indirect interests, through security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in OPT’s proxy statement for its 2023 Annual Meeting, including the schedules and appendices thereto.
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.
|OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.|
|Date: November 7, 2023||By:||/s/ Philipp Stratmann|
|Title:||President and Chief Executive Officer|