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): May 20, 2020
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
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111 N. Canal Street, Suite 850
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Common Stock, $0.01 par value
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|Item 8.01.|| |
Potbelly Corporations (the Company) Board of Directors (the Board) has postponed the Companys 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the Annual Meeting), previously scheduled for June 9, 2020, to June 24, 2020.
Due to public health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and government-recommended and required limits on gatherings and events, the Board has determined that it would be in the best interest of the shareholders to postpone the Annual Meeting in order to hold a virtual meeting. The Companys top priority is to protect the health and safety of its shareholders, employees and the community. The Company will continue to monitor developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Further information on the Annual Meeting will be included in the Companys proxy materials related to the Annual Meeting.
In its Current Report on Form 8-K filed on May 8, 2020 (the May 8 Form 8-K), the Company revised and supplemented the risk factors disclosed in Item 1A of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2019 and its Current Report on Form 8-K dated March 20, 2020 to reflect new developments related to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Companys operations. The risk factors in the May 8 Form 8-K are incorporated by reference herein.
In addition to historical information, the Current Report on Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements, written, oral or otherwise made, represent the Companys expectation or belief concerning future events. Without limiting the foregoing, the words believes, expects, may, will, should, seeks, intends, plans, strives, goal, estimates, forecasts, projects or anticipates or the negative of these terms and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may include, among others, statements relating to: our future financial position and results of operations, business strategy, budgets, projected costs and plans and objectives of management for future operations. By nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied by the forward-looking statement, due to reasons including, but not limited to, risks related to the COVID-19 outbreak; compliance with covenants in our credit facility; competition; general economic conditions; our ability to successfully implement our business strategy; the success of our initiatives to increase sales and traffic; changes in commodity, energy and other costs; our ability to attract and retain management and employees; consumer reaction to industry-related public health issues and perceptions of food safety; our ability to manage our growth; reputational and brand issues; price and availability of commodities; consumer confidence and spending patterns; and weather conditions. In addition, there may be other factors of which we are presently unaware or that we currently deem immaterial that could cause our actual results to be materially different from the results referenced in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Although we believe that our plans, intentions and expectations are reasonable, we may not achieve our plans, intentions or expectations. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions and currently available data and are neither predictions nor guarantees of future events or performance. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. See Risk Factors and Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements included in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other risk factors described from time to time in subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.
Important Additional Information
The Company intends to file a proxy statement on Schedule 14A and accompanying proxy card and other relevant documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) in connection with the solicitation of proxies from the Companys shareholders in connection with the Annual Meeting. SHAREHOLDERS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO READ THE COMPANYS PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO), ACCOMPANYING PROXY CARD AND ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE AS THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
Participants in the Solicitation
The Company, its directors and certain of its executive officers will be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies from shareholders in connection with the Annual Meeting. Information regarding the direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise of the Companys directors and executive officers is set forth in the Companys definitive proxy statement for the 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the 2019 Annual Meeting) filed with the SEC on April 2, 2019. To the extent that such participants holdings in the Companys securities have changed since the filing of the proxy statement for the 2019 Annual Meeting, such changes have been set forth on Initial Statements of Beneficial Ownership on Form 3 and Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4. Updated information regarding the identities of potential participants, and their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the Companys proxy statement in connection with the 2020 Annual Meeting and other relevant documents to be filed with the SEC. Shareholders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement, any amendments or supplements to the proxy statement and any other documents that the Company files with the SEC at the SECs website at www.sec.gov or the Companys website at www.investors.potbelly.com as soon as reasonably practicable after such materials are electronically filed with, or furnished to, the SEC.
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: May 20, 2020||Potbelly Corporation|
|By:||/s/ Matthew Revord|
|Title:||Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer|