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Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.
As previously disclosed in our Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 8, 2021, an important aspect of our sales and marketing strategy involves pursuing relationships with specialty upfitting and fleet management companies to incorporate the Endurance into their fleet management programs. Fleet management companies sometimes purchase vehicles and then lease them to their own customers. In other instances, fleet management companies facilitate purchasing or leasing of vehicles by their customers which are generally large fleets. For example, in March 2021, we announced a series of agreements with an affiliate of Holman Enterprises, including a co-marketing agreement that establishes a framework for us and ARI, Holman’s fleet management services organization, to co-market and co-develop business opportunities with our respective customers and an agreement that establishes a framework pursuant to which ARI would use reasonable efforts to facilitate orders from its leasing clients for the Endurance over a three-year time period on the terms set forth in the agreement.
Subsequent to entering into the series of agreements with an affiliate of Holman Enterprises in March 2021, we have continued to pursue our strategy of pursuing relationships with specialty upfitting and fleet management companies to incorporate the Endurance into their fleet management programs. We have entered into vehicle purchase agreements with additional specialty upfitting and fleet management companies as a component of that strategy. These vehicle purchase agreements establish the terms and conditions of potential future purchases and other cooperation and generally have the following terms:
|·||Term of 3 to 5 years;|
|·||Designation of Lordstown Motors as a preferred supplier;|
|·||Order procedures, including forecasting, confirmation, statusing, and cancellation procedures;|
|·||Down payment terms, which are generally 5% down 90 days prior to the requested delivery date;|
|·||Invoicing, delivery and payment terms; and|
|·||Other customary terms, including warranties, indemnification, intellectual property use, insurance and confidentiality terms.|
These vehicle purchase agreements generally include a projected buyer order schedule over the 3 to 5 year life of the agreement, and may be terminated by either party at will on 30 days’ notice. They do not commit the counterparties to purchase vehicles, but we believe that they provide us with a significant indicator of demand for the Endurance.
To clarify recent remarks by company executives at the Automotive Press Association online media event on June 15, although these vehicle purchase agreements provide us with a significant indicator of demand for the Endurance, these agreements do not represent binding purchase orders or other firm purchase commitments. As previously disclosed in our Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 8, 2021, to date, we have engaged in limited marketing activities and we have no binding purchase orders or commitments from customers.
Item 8.01 Other Events.
Lordstown Motors Corp. (the “Company”) has postponed the Company’s 2021 annual meeting of stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”), which was originally scheduled to be held on June 17, 2021 (the “Original Meeting Date”), until August 19, 2021. All stockholders of record as of the close of business on July 1, 2021, are entitled to vote and attend the Annual Meeting.
Stockholder proposals submitted pursuant to Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act (“Rule 14a-8”) must be received no later than the close of business on June 27, 2021 and must otherwise comply with the specific requirements and procedures for stockholder proposals set forth in Rule 14a-8. Such proposals and supporting materials should be submitted to: Lordstown Motors Corp., Attn: Legal Department, 2300 Hallock Young Road, Lordstown, OH 44481.
The Company’s Amended and Restated Bylaws (the “Bylaws”) set forth certain procedures which stockholders must follow, including providing timely notice, in order to present any stockholder proposal, including the nomination of directors, directly at the Annual Meeting, but not submitted for inclusion in the proxy statement. Pursuant to the Bylaws, the public announcement of the postponement of an annual meeting of the Company shall not commence a new time period (or extend any time period) for stockholder’s notice. Therefore, for such proposals, stockholders must have submitted written notice to the Company in accordance with the Bylaws no later than April 10, 2021, which is the date the Company publicly announced in its announcement of the Original Meeting Date on Form 8-K, filed on March 31, 2021.
Hiring of Vice President, Global Commercial Operations
On June 17, 2021, the Company announced senior automotive executive John R. Whitcomb has joined the Company as Vice President, Global Commercial Operations, effective June 21, 2021. Mr. Whitcomb will be responsible for driving the Company's overall go-to-market strategy ahead of the start of limited production of the Endurance in late-September 2021. In the newly created role, Mr. Whitcomb will develop the strategic business model for the Company's sales and service footprint and lead a team to establish a national sales network. He will be responsible for developing service and after-sales strategies and processes as the Company prepares for production, drawing on his experience as a leader of marketing, sales and service in the global auto sector. Additionally, he will be tasked with exploring long term international strategies to determine where and when to expand.
A copy of the press release the Company issued regarding the hiring of Mr. Whitcomb is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
The following exhibits are filed as part of this Current Report on Form 8-K:
|99.1||Press Release of Lordstown Motors Corp., issued June 17, 2021.|
|104||Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101)|
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.
|LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP.|
|Date: June 17, 2021||By:||/s/ Thomas V. Canepa|
|Thomas V. Canepa|
|General Counsel and Corporate Secretary|
John R. Whitcomb Joins Lordstown Motors As Vice President, Global Commercial Operations To Lead Company’s Go-To-Market Strategy
LORDSTOWN, OH (June 17, 2021) – Lordstown Motors Corp. (Nasdaq: RIDE), (“Lordstown Motors”), a leader in electric light duty trucks focused on the commercial fleet market, has announced senior automotive executive John R. Whitcomb has joined the company as Vice President, Global Commercial Operations, effective June 21, 2021. Mr. Whitcomb will be responsible for driving the company’s overall go-to-market strategy ahead of the start of production of the Lordstown Endurance in late-September 2021.
“As we turn the corner on our road to production, we are putting in place a deeply experienced team to manage the Lordstown Endurance’s transition into commercial use, and we are pleased to be adding John to that team,” said Jane Ritson-Parsons, Lordstown Motors Chief Operating Officer. “John has the experience, attitude and tenacity to put in place systems to ensure the Lordstown family of customers continues to receive communication and support once they get the keys to their vehicle and for years to come.”
In the newly created role, Mr. Whitcomb will develop the strategic business model for Lordstown Motors’ sales and service footprint, working alongside the team to establish a national sales network. He will be responsible for developing service and after-sales strategies and processes as the company prepares for production, drawing on his experience as a leader of marketing, sales and service in the global auto sector. Additionally, he will be tasked with exploring long term international strategies to determine where and when to expand.
“Based on my decades of experience in the automotive industry and my assessment of the progress Lordstown Motors has made to date, I am excited to be joining the history-making team bringing the world’s first all-electric commercial pickup truck to life,” said Mr. Whitcomb. “I truly believe in what Lordstown Motors has set out to do, and I am looking forward to getting to work with our customers across the country and, eventually, across the world.”
Mr. Whitcomb has over 30 years of diverse global automotive experience, leveraging his broad expertise in strategy, business development, process design, operational execution and information technology to address complex, transformative challenges within the auto industry. Most recently, he served as a Managing Director, Global Automotive and Mobility, at Ernst & Young LLP, where he supported global OEM client innovation and transformation initiatives, and previously at General Motors as Director, Global Retail & Sales Technology, where he was responsible for establishing common, best practice business processes and the supporting technology for GM’s global sales operations, distribution network planning and analysis, and retail execution areas.
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About Lordstown Motors Corp.
Lordstown Motors is an Ohio-based original equipment manufacturer of light duty fleet vehicles created with the purpose of transforming Ohio's Mahoning Valley and Lordstown, Ohio into the epicenter of electric-vehicle manufacturing. The company owns the 640 acre, 6.2 million square foot Lordstown Assembly Plant where it plans to build the Lordstown Endurance, believed to be the world's first full-size, all-electric pickup truck designed to serve the commercial fleet market. For additional information visit www.lordstownmotors.com.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may be identified by words such as “feel,” “believes,” expects,” “estimates,” “projects,” “intends,” “should,” “is to be,” or the negative of such terms, or other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein due to many factors, including, but not limited to: our limited operating history and our significant projected funding needs; risks associated with the conversion and retooling of our facility and ramp up of production; our inability to obtain binding purchase orders from customers and potential customers’ inability to integrate our electric vehicles into their existing fleets; our inability to retain key personnel and to hire additional personnel; competition in the electric pickup truck market; our inability to develop a sales distribution network; and the ability to protect our intellectual property rights. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and Lordstown Motors undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.