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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS TO BE HELD ON JUNE 28, 2019 

Dear Stockholder:

We cordially invite you to the Remark Holdings, Inc. (“Remark,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) 2019 annual meeting of stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”), which will be held on June 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. PT at our offices located at 3960 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 900, Las Vegas, Nevada 89169. We have scheduled the Annual Meeting to:

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elect five directors to serve until the 2020 annual meeting of stockholders and until their successors are duly elected and qualify;

2.
ratify the appointment of Cherry Bekaert LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019;

3.
vote on a non-binding, advisory resolution to approve the compensation of our named executive officers;

4.
vote on a non-binding, advisory resolution regarding the frequency of voting on non-binding, advisory resolutions to approve the compensation of our named executive officers; and

5.
transact such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.


The accompanying proxy statement sets forth additional information regarding the Annual Meeting, and provides you with detailed information regarding the business to be considered at the Annual Meeting. We encourage you to read the proxy statement carefully and in its entirety.

Only persons or entities holding shares of our common stock, at the close of business on May 10, 2019, the record date for the Annual Meeting, will receive notice of the Annual Meeting and be entitled to vote during the Annual Meeting or any adjournments or postponements thereof.
 
YOUR VOTE IS VERY IMPORTANT. Regardless of whether you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we ask that you promptly cast your vote via telephone or the Internet following the instructions provided in the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials. We encourage you to vote via the Internet, because we believe doing so provides the most convenient option for our stockholders, lowers the cost of our annual meeting and conserves natural resources.

 
By order of the Board of Directors,
 
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Kai-Shing Tao
 
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer


Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Annual Meeting

Our proxy statement follows, and our Annual Report on Form 10-K contains financial and other information regarding Remark. You may find the proxy statement and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 at www.envisionreports.com/MARK.



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REMARK HOLDINGS, INC.
3960 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 900
Las Vegas, NV 89169

 
PROXY STATEMENT
 
 
FOR
 
 
2019 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
 


ANNUAL MEETING INFORMATION
When
June 28, 2019
10:00 a.m. PT
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. PT
Where
Remark Holdings Corporate Headquarters
3960 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 900
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Who May Vote
Persons or entities holding shares of our common stock, $0.001 par value per share (“Common Stock”), at the close of business on the record date (“Stockholders”)
Record Date
May 10, 2019


General

Remark Holdings, Inc. (“Remark,” “we,” “us” or “our”), is making this proxy statement (the “Proxy Statement”) available to you on or about May 17, 2019 in connection with the solicitation of proxies by our board of directors (the “Board” or “Board of Directors”) for the Remark Holdings, Inc. 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”). The proxy materials, which you can find at www.envisionreports.com/MARK, include the Proxy Statement, our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 (the “2018 Form 10-K”), and the form of proxy. References in the Proxy Statement to the Annual Meeting also refer to any adjournments, postponements or changes in location of the meeting, to the extent applicable.

Pursuant to the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), we are providing access to our proxy materials over the Internet rather than printing and mailing them to all stockholders. We believe electronic delivery will expedite the receipt of these materials, reduce the environmental impact of our annual meeting materials and will help lower our costs. Therefore, we are mailing a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (“Notice of Internet Availability”) to stockholders (or e-mailing, in the case of stockholders that have previously requested to receive proxy materials electronically) starting on or about May 17, 2019. The Notice of Internet Availability will provide instructions as to how stockholders may access and review the proxy materials on the website referred to in the Notice of Internet Availability or, alternatively, how to request that a copy of the proxy materials, including a proxy card, be sent to them by mail. The Notice of Internet Availability will also provide voting instructions. In addition, stockholders may request to receive the proxy materials in printed form by mail or electronically by e-mail on an ongoing basis for future stockholder meetings. Please note that, although our proxy materials are available on our website, no other information contained on the website is incorporated by reference in or considered to be a part of this Proxy Statement.



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Attending the Meeting in Person

All Stockholders may attend the Annual Meeting in person. If you attend in person and you are a registered Stockholder, meaning that you own shares of our Common Stock that were issued in your name such that your name appears on the stock register provided by our transfer agent, Computershare LLC, then you only need to present a government-issued photo identification. If you own shares of our Common Stock held by a broker or nominee, then you are considered a “beneficial owner” of such Common Stock. In addition to government-issued photo identification, beneficial owners of our Common Stock must also present proof of their beneficial ownership on the record date, such as their most recent account statement dated prior to the record date, a copy of the voting instructions provided by their broker or nominee, or other similar evidence of ownership. If you do not comply with the procedures outlined above, we cannot admit you to the Annual Meeting.

Even if you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we recommend that you also submit an executed proxy with voting instructions (or that you instruct your broker or nominee to submit an executed proxy with voting instructions) so your vote will be counted if you later decide not to attend the Annual Meeting.


VOTING INFORMATION

The Proxy Statement summarizes the information you need to know to vote at the Annual Meeting. You do not need to attend the Annual Meeting to vote your shares.


Meeting Agenda and Voting Recommendations
Proposal
 
Voting Recommendation of our Board of Directors
 
Page on Which You May Find More Information
Election of five directors
 
FOR each director nominee
 
Ratification of the appointment of Cherry Bekaert LLP (“Cherry Bekaert”) as our independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal 2019
 
FOR
 
Advisory vote on executive compensation
 
FOR
 
Advisory vote on frequency of advisory votes on executive compensation
 
3 Years
 


Voting Your Shares

All Stockholders are entitled to cast one vote per share on all matters. Please follow the voting instructions provided on the Notice of Internet Availability. If you choose to vote your shares at the Annual Meeting by proxy and you indicate your voting choices, your shares will be voted as you instructed. If you execute a proxy without indicating your vote, your shares will be voted in accordance with the Board’s recommendations noted in the table above and in accordance with the best judgment of the named proxies on any other matters properly brought before the Annual Meeting.

If you are a registered Stockholder, we must receive your vote by proxy before the polls close at the Annual Meeting, except that votes submitted via the Internet or telephone must be received by 10:00 p.m. PT on June 27, 2019.

If you are the beneficial owner of shares of our Common Stock, please follow the instructions provided by your broker or nominee regarding how to provide your voting instructions. If you do not provide voting instructions to your broker or nominee, they can still vote your shares with respect to certain “discretionary” items, but they cannot vote

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your shares with respect to certain “non-discretionary” items. The proposal to ratify the appointment of Cherry Bekaert as our independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal 2019 is considered a discretionary item, while the election of directors and other proposals are non-discretionary items. Regarding non-discretionary items, the number of shares for which you do not provide voting instructions to your broker or nominee will be counted as “broker non-votes”. Broker non-votes are shares which are held on behalf of a beneficial owner by a broker or nominee which indicates on its proxy that it did not have or did not exercise discretionary authority to vote on a particular matter. You may vote your beneficially-owned shares in person at the Annual Meeting only if at the Annual Meeting you present a legal proxy provided to you by your broker or nominee.

Proxy instructions, ballots and voting tabulations that identify individual Stockholders are handled in a manner that protects the voting privacy of such individual Stockholders. Stockholders’ votes will not be disclosed either within Remark or to third parties, except: (1) as necessary to meet applicable legal requirements; (2) to allow for the tabulation of votes and certification of the vote; and (3) to facilitate a successful proxy solicitation.


Revoking Your Proxy

If you are a registered Stockholder, you may revoke your proxy and your voting instructions at any time before it is voted at the Annual Meeting by:

sending written notice of revocation to our Corporate Secretary;

submitting a new, properly-executed proxy dated later than the date of the revoked proxy; or

attending the Annual Meeting and voting in person.


If you are the beneficial owner of shares of our Common Stock, you may submit new voting instructions by contacting your broker or nominee. You may also vote in person at the Annual Meeting as described in the previous section. Attendance at the Annual Meeting will not, by itself, revoke a proxy.


Vote Required

As of May 10, 2019, the record date, there were 43,005,159 shares of Common Stock outstanding and there were no outstanding shares of any other class of stock. Holders of at least a majority of the outstanding shares of our Common Stock, or 21,502,580 shares, must be present at the Annual Meeting in person or must be represented at the Annual Meeting by proxy to constitute a quorum allowing for the transaction of business. Broker non-votes and abstentions are counted for the purpose of determining the presence of a quorum, but they do not affect the outcome of voting on the proposals mentioned below.

In the election of directors (Proposal 1), each director nominee receiving a plurality of the affirmative (“FOR”) votes cast will be elected (meaning that the five director nominees who receive the highest number of shares voted “for” their election are elected). We do not use cumulative voting for the election of directors.

The ratification of the appointment of Cherry Bekaert as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019 (Proposal 2), the approval of the non-binding, advisory resolution to approve the compensation of our named executive officers (Proposal 3), and the approval of the non-binding, advisory resolution to determine the frequency of voting on non-binding, advisory resolutions to approve the compensation of our named executive officers (Proposal 4) require the affirmative (“FOR”) vote of a majority of the votes cast on the matter (meaning the number of shares voted “for” this proposal must exceed the number of shares voted “against” this proposal).



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PROPOSALS TO BE SUBMITTED FOR VOTING

Proposal 1: Election of Directors

There are five nominees for election to the Board at the Annual Meeting: Theodore P. Botts, William W. Grounds, Brett Ratner, Daniel Stein and Kai-Shing Tao. Each of the nominees currently serves as a director.
 
Each director is elected annually to serve until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until his successor is duly elected and qualifies. Except where authority to vote for directors has been withheld, it is intended that the proxies received pursuant to this solicitation will be voted “FOR” the nominees named below. If for any reason any nominee does not stand for election, such proxies will be voted in favor of the remainder of those named and may be voted for substitute nominees in place of those who do not stand. Management has no reason to expect that any of the nominees will not stand for election. The election of directors will be determined by a plurality of the affirmative (“FOR”) votes cast.
 
The following table and paragraphs set forth information regarding our executive officers and nominees for election to the Board, including the business experience for the past five years (and, in some instances, for prior years) of each of our executive officers and directors.
 
Name
 
Age
 
Position
Kai-Shing Tao
 
42
 
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Alison Davidson
 
44
 
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Theodore P. Botts
 
73
 
Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee
William W. Grounds
 
63
 
Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee
Brett Ratner
 
50
 
Director
Daniel Stein
 
43
 
Director and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee


Executive Officers
 
Kai-Shing Tao has served as our Chief Executive Officer since December 2012, previously serving as Co-Chief Executive Officer since October 2012, and as a member of our Board since 2007 and Chairman of the Board since October 2012. Mr. Tao also has served as Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Pacific Star Capital Management, L.P. (“Pacific Star Capital”), a private investment group, since January 2004. Prior to founding Pacific Star Capital, Mr. Tao was a Partner at FALA Capital Group, a single-family investment office, where he headed the global liquid investments outside the operating companies. Mr. Tao has been a director of Paradise Entertainment Limited (SEHK: 1180), a Hong-Kong-Stock-Exchange-traded company engaged in casino services and the development, supply and sales of electronic gaming systems, since April 2014. Mr. Tao previously was a director of Playboy Enterprises, Inc. from May 2010 to March 2011. Mr. Tao is a graduate of the New York University Stern School of Business.
 
Alison Davidson has served as our Vice President, Finance since February 2014 and as our Interim Chief Financial Officer since August 2018. From November 2006 until December 2013, Ms. Davidson served as the Vice President of Finance at Aristocrat Technologies Inc., a global subsidiary of Aristocrat Leisure Limited, a gaming machine manufacturer. Ms. Davidson started her career in public accounting at KPMG as a senior auditor before moving to Hutchison Whampoa, Ltd., a Fortune Global 500 investment holding company, auditing their global subsidiaries. Ms. Davidson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Management Information Systems from the University of Houston and is a licensed CPA.



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Non-Employee Directors

Theodore P. Botts has served as a member of our Board since 2007. Mr. Botts has been the President of Kensington Gate Capital, LLC, a private corporate finance advisory firm, since April 2001. Previously, Mr. Botts served as Chief Financial Officer of StereoVision Entertainment, Inc., a film entertainment company, from July 2007 until September 2008. Prior to 2000, Mr. Botts served in executive capacities at UBS Group and Goldman Sachs in London and New York. Mr. Botts also served on the board of directors and as chairman of the audit committee of INTAC International, Inc. from 2002 until its merger with a predecessor of Remark in 2006. Mr. Botts served as a member of the board and chairman of both the compensation and audit committees of Crystal Peak Minerals (CPMMF) from 2012 to 2018. Mr. Botts also served as a member of the Board of Trustees and head of development for REACH Prep, a non-profit organization serving the educational needs of underprivileged African-American and Latino children in Fairfield and Westchester counties, from 2003 to 2012. Mr. Botts graduated with highest honors from Williams College and received an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business.
 
William W. Grounds has served as a member of our Board since October 2013. Mr. Grounds has been the President and a director of Infinity World Development Corp. (“Infinity World”), an affiliate of Dubai World, a sovereign wealth fund, since April 2008. Previously, Mr. Grounds held various senior executive positions, including with Investa Property Group Ltd. from April 2002 to May 2007 and MFS Ltd. from June 2007 to March 2008, and other senior positions in the real estate investment and development industry. Mr. Grounds currently serves as a director of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM), a global hospitality company, CityCenter Holdings, LLC, a 50/50 joint venture of Infinity World and MGM Resorts International, and Nevada Public Radio (KNPR).

Brett Ratner has been a member of our Board since March 2017. Mr. Ratner is one of Hollywood's most successful filmmakers. His films have grossed more than $2 billion at the global box office. He has served as an executive producer on films such as the Golden-Globe-winning and Oscar-winning The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, executive producer and director of the Golden Globe-nominated FOX series Prison Break, and executive producer of the television series Rush Hour, based on his hit films. Mr. Ratner, along with his business partner James Packer, formed RatPac Entertainment, a film finance and media company, in 2013. Since inception, RatPac Entertainment has co-financed 63 theatrically-released motion pictures exceeding $11.6 billion in worldwide box office receipts. In 2017, he received a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Mr. Ratner received a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is currently attending Harvard University’s Business School Graduate Program.

Daniel Stein has served as a member of our Board since March 2017. Since 2012, Daniel Stein has served as the Senior Vice President of Analytics Services & Product Strategy at Crossix Solutions, Inc., a healthcare analytics and data company, where he is responsible for driving innovation across the Crossix product suite, including platform, digital and TV-based solutions. Prior to joining Crossix, Mr. Stein spent eight years at Digitas and Digitas Health, an advertising agency, where he led the Strategy and Analysis group in New York. At Digitas Health, he built a team focused on leveraging analytics to help pharma and health-focused clients optimize their marketing plans and partnerships. Mr. Stein brings almost 20 years of media, marketing and agency experience focusing on innovation. Previously, he worked at Scholastic, where he developed interactive and direct marketing plans to support teachers and parents, and he gained additional healthcare experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he designed and built comprehensive health & welfare systems for large companies. Mr. Stein graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics.


Director Qualifications
 
The Board comprises a diverse group of leaders in their respective fields. Some of the current directors have senior leadership experience at major domestic and international corporations. In these positions, they have gained experience in core management skills, such as strategic and financial planning, public company financial reporting, compliance, risk management, and leadership development. Some of our directors also have experience serving on boards of directors and board committees of other public companies, and have an understanding of corporate governance practices and trends, which provides an understanding of different business processes, challenges, and strategies. Other directors have experience as principals in private investment and advisory firms, which brings financial expertise and unique perspectives to the Board. Our directors also have other experience that makes them valuable members, such as experience managing technology and media companies, or developing and pursuing investment or business opportunities in international markets, which provides insight into strategic and operational issues faced by Remark.

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The Nominating and Governance Committee believes that the above-mentioned attributes, along with the leadership skills and other experiences of the directors described below, provide us with a diverse range of perspectives and judgment necessary to guide our strategies and monitor their execution.
 

Kai-Shing Tao
 
Knowledge and experience regarding Remark from serving as our Chief Executive Officer since December 2012

Global financial industry and investment experience and extensive knowledge of Asian markets as Chief Investment Officer of Pacific Star Capital and a former member of the U.S.-China and U.S.-Taiwan Business Council

Outside public company board experience as a former director of Playboy Enterprises, Inc.


Theodore P. Botts
 
Global financial advisory experience and extensive knowledge of the technology sector as President of Kensington Gate Capital, LLC

Outside board experience as a director and chairman of the audit committee of INTAC International

Global financial industry experience as an executive at UBS Group and Goldman Sachs


William Grounds
 
Senior executive and board-level experience as President of Infinity World and a director of MGM Resorts International

Global business experience in operational and governance roles for businesses and investments in many foreign markets


Brett Ratner
 
Extensive experience in the entertainment industry, including co-founding and operating a successful film finance and media company


Daniel Stein
 
Operational experience leading data monetization efforts for analytics companies, leveraging partnerships with top digital, television and media companies

Oversees all product strategy for Crossix Solutions, Inc., a leading technology company currently focused in healthcare

More than 19 years of media, marketing and agency experience focusing on innovation



Family Relationships
 
There are no family relationships among our executive officers and directors.


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Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance
 
Under §16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the ”Exchange Act”), our directors, executive officers and holders of more than 10% of our Common Stock must file initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership with the SEC, and under SEC regulations, they must furnish us with copies of all §16(a) forms filed. To our knowledge, based solely upon our review of the copies of the forms furnished to us, we believe that our directors, executive officers and holders of more than 10% of our Common Stock complied with all §16(a) filing requirements during 2018, except that on August 17, 2018, Ms. Davidson filed a Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership on Form 4 covering one transaction that occurred on August 13, 2018, and on January 24, 2018, Mr. Tao filed a Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership on Form 4 covering one transaction that occurred on January 19, 2018.
 

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions
 
Agreement with Brett Ratner

On June 29, 2016, we entered into an advisory agreement (the “Advisory Agreement”) with Brett Ratner, one of our directors, under which he was to: (a) make himself available, at our request, for purposes of consulting on matters related to our business, (b) use reasonable efforts to enhance our business prospects by, among other things, providing business contacts, (c) attend our Board meetings at our request, and (d) perform such other functions as mutually agreed with us. Concurrent with the execution of the Advisory Agreement, and in compensation for the services Mr. Ratner was to provide thereunder, we awarded him an option to purchase 50,000 shares of our Common Stock at an exercise price of $4.22 per share. As a result of Mr. Ratner’s election to our Board on March 1, 2017, we terminated the Advisory Agreement, and the non-vested portion of his stock option award was deemed to vest on June 29, 2017.


Stock Purchases by Ernest T. Lee

On November 2, 2018 and December 4, 2018, we sold 200,000 shares and 2,000,000 shares, respectively, of Common Stock to Ernest T. Lee, a beneficial owner of more than 5% of the Common Stock outstanding, in exchange for $0.5 million and $2.6 million, respectively. On November 13, 2017, we sold 142,857 shares of Common Stock to Mr. Lee in exchange for $0.5 million.

 
Vote Required
 
Each nominee receiving a plurality of the affirmative (“FOR”) votes cast will be elected to the Board (meaning that the five director nominees who receive the highest number of shares voted “for” their election are elected). “Withhold” votes and broker non-votes are not considered votes cast for the foregoing purpose, and will have no effect on the election of the nominees.
 

Recommendation of the Board
 
The Board unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” the election of each of its nominees to the Board to serve until the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until their successors are duly elected and qualify.



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Proposal 2: Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm 

The Audit Committee of the Board has appointed Cherry Bekaert as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019. Although this appointment does not require ratification, the Board has directed that the appointment of Cherry Bekaert be submitted to stockholders for ratification due to the significance of the appointment. If stockholders do not ratify the appointment of Cherry Bekaert, the Audit Committee will consider the appointment of another independent registered public accounting firm.
 
Cherry Bekaert served as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017. We do not expect a representative of Cherry Bekaert to be present at the Annual Meeting.
 

Audit Committee Policies and Procedures

The Audit Committee must pre-approve all auditing services and permitted non-audit services (including the fees and terms thereof) to be performed for us by our independent auditors, subject to the de minimus exceptions for non-audit services described in Section 10A(i)(1)(B) of the Exchange Act, which should nonetheless be approved by the Board prior to the completion of the audit. Each year, the Audit Committee approves the independent auditor’s retention to audit our financial statements, including the associated fee, before the filing of the previous year’s Annual Report on Form 10-K. At the beginning of the fiscal year, the Audit Committee will evaluate other known potential engagements of the independent auditor, including the scope of work proposed to be performed and the proposed fees, and approve or reject each service, taking into account whether the services are permissible under applicable law and the possible impact of each non-audit service on the independent auditor’s independence from management. At each such subsequent meeting, the auditor and management may present subsequent services for approval. Typically, these would be services, such as due diligence for an acquisition, that would not have been known at the beginning of the year.
 
Each new engagement of Cherry Bekaert has been approved in advance by the Board, and none of those engagements made use of the de minimus exception to the pre-approval contained in Section 10A(i)(1)(B) of the Exchange Act.


Fees Billed for the 2018 and 2017 Fiscal Years

The following table presents the aggregate fees billed, by type of fee, in relation to services provided to us by Cherry Bekaert (in thousands):
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
2018
 
2017
Audit
$
616

 
$
390

Audit-related

 

Tax

 

All other
13

 
5

Total
$
629

 
$
395

 

The fees billed in the “All other” category represent compensation for services performed in relation to the filing of registration statements.

 

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Vote Required
 
The affirmative (“FOR”) vote of a majority of the votes cast on the matter is required to ratify the appointment of Cherry Bekaert as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019 (meaning the number of shares voted “for” this proposal must exceed the number of shares voted “against” this proposal). Abstentions and broker non-votes are not considered votes cast for the foregoing purpose, and will have no effect on the vote for this proposal.

 
Recommendation of the Board
 
The Board unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” the ratification of the appointment of Cherry Bekaert as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019.


Proposal 3: Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation 

In accordance with Section 14A of the Exchange Act, we are providing stockholders with the opportunity to vote to approve, on an advisory, non-binding basis, the compensation of the named executive officers as disclosed in the Proxy Statement in accordance with the SEC’s rules. We are asking stockholders to indicate their support for the compensation of our named executive officers named in the “Summary Compensation Table” included in the Proxy Statement. This proposal, commonly known as a “say-on-pay” proposal, gives stockholders the opportunity to express their views on the compensation of our named executive officers. Accordingly, we will ask stockholders to vote “FOR” the following resolution at the Annual Meeting:

“RESOLVED, that the Company’s stockholders approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the named executive officers, as disclosed in the Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders pursuant to the compensation disclosure rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Summary Compensation Table and the other related tables and disclosure.”


The say-on-pay vote is advisory, and therefore not binding upon Remark, the Compensation Committee or the Board. The Board and the Compensation Committee value the opinions of our stockholders, and to the extent there is any significant vote against the named executive officer compensation as disclosed in the Proxy Statement, we will consider our stockholders’ concerns and the Compensation Committee will evaluate whether any actions are necessary to address those concerns. We expect that the next say-on-pay vote will occur at our 2022 annual meeting of stockholders.


Vote Required

The affirmative (“FOR”) vote of a majority of the votes cast on the matter is required to approve the compensation of our named executive officers on a non-binding, advisory basis.


Recommendation of the Board

The Board unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” the adoption of the resolution approving the compensation of our named executive officers.


Proposal 4: Advisory Vote on Frequency of Advisory Votes on Executive Compensation 

In accordance with Section 14A of the Exchange Act, this proposal affords stockholders the opportunity to vote, on an advisory, non-binding basis at least once every six years, on the frequency of advisory votes on the compensation of the named executive officers as disclosed in the Proxy Statement in accordance with the SEC’s rules.  This proposal is commonly known as a “say-on-frequency” proposal. We are asking stockholders to indicate their support for holding non-binding, advisory votes on the compensation of our named executive officers every three years because we believe our executives should be incentivized to create long-term stockholder value by

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investing in projects that may not generate immediate returns. Therefore, we think it is more appropriate for stockholders to evaluate the compensation of our named executive officers over a three-year period rather than every year.

The say-on-frequency vote is advisory, and therefore not binding upon Remark, the Compensation Committee or the Board. The Board and the Compensation Committee value the opinions of our stockholders, and the option that receives the most votes will be considered by the Board and the Compensation Committee in determining the preferred frequency of advisory votes on the compensation of the named executive officers.


Vote Required

Stockholders are not voting to approve or disapprove the Board’s recommendation on this proposal. The proxy card allows stockholders to select one of three choices regarding how frequently the non-binding, advisory votes on the compensation of the named executive officers should be held: “1 Year”, “2 Years” or “3 Years”. Stockholders may also abstain from voting.


Recommendation of the Board

The Board unanimously recommends that stockholders select the “3 Years” box on the proxy card, indicating a desire to hold non-binding, advisory votes on the compensation of our named executive officers every three years.


SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT
 
The following table presents information with respect to the beneficial ownership of our Common Stock as of May 10, 2019, by:
 
each person, or group of affiliated persons, known to us to beneficially own more than 5% of the outstanding Common Stock;

each of our directors and named executive officers (“NEOs”); and

all of our directors and executive officers as a group.
 

The amounts and percentages of beneficially-owned Common Stock are reported based upon SEC rules governing the determination of beneficial ownership of securities. The SEC rules:

deem a person a “beneficial owner” of a security if that person has or shares voting power, which includes the power to vote or direct the voting of a security, or if that person has or shares investment power, which includes the power to dispose of or to direct the disposition of a security;

deem a person a beneficial owner of any securities of which that person has a right to acquire beneficial ownership within 60 days, and securities that can be so acquired are deemed to be outstanding for purposes of computing such person’s ownership percentage, but not for purposes of computing any other person’s ownership percentage; and

may deem more than one person a beneficial owner of the same securities, and may deem a person a beneficial owner of securities as to which such person has no economic interest.


Except as otherwise indicated in these footnotes, each of the beneficial owners listed has, to our knowledge, sole voting and investment power with respect to the indicated shares of Common Stock. The information relating to our 5% beneficial owners is based on information we received from such holders. The percentage of beneficial ownership is based on 43,005,159 shares of Common Stock outstanding as of May 10, 2019.

Except as otherwise noted below, the address of persons listed in the following table is:

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c/o Remark Holdings, Inc.
3960 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 900
Las Vegas, Nevada 89169

 
Number of Common Stock Shares
 
Percentage of Outstanding Common Stock Shares
Persons known to beneficially own more than 5%
 
 
 
Ernest T. Lee 1
5,343,569

 
12.4
%
Digipac LLC 2
5,246,314

 
12.2
%
Directors and NEOs
 
 
 
Kai-Shing Tao 3
10,200,634

 
21.5
%
Alison Davidson 4
860,000

 
2.0
%
Douglas M. Osrow 5
515,222

 
1.2
%
Theodore P. Botts 6
294,184

 
*

William W. Grounds 7
262,000

 
*

Brett Ratner 8
125,000

 
*

Daniel Stein 9
75,000

 
*

All executive officers and directors as a group (6 persons) 10
11,816,818

 
24.1
%

* Represents holdings of less than 1% of shares outstanding.

1.
Consists of 4,414,881 shares of Common Stock held by Mr. Lee, 888,888 shares of Common Stock held by Urban Casinos, 37,600 shares of Common Stock held by Mr. Lee’s wife and 2,200 shares of Common Stock held by Mr. Lee’s son. As the President of Urban Casinos, Mr. Lee may be deemed to beneficially own the shares of Common Stock held by Urban Casinos. The address of Mr. Lee is 3271 South Highland Drive #704, Las Vegas, NV 89109. This disclosure is based on information contained in a Schedule 13G/A filed by Mr. Lee and Urban Casinos with the SEC on February 11, 2019.

2.
Consists of shares of Common Stock. Mr. Tao, as the manager and a member of Digipac, LLC (“Digipac”), may be deemed to beneficially own the shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by Digipac. Mr. Tao disclaims beneficial ownership of such shares, except to the extent of his pecuniary interest therein. The address of Digipac is One Hughes Center Drive, Unit 1601, Las Vegas, Nevada 89169.

3.
Consists of (i) 234,749 shares of Common Stock held by Mr. Tao, (ii) 4,422,750 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options held by Mr. Tao, (iii) 5,246,314 shares of Common Stock held by Digipac, (iv) 275,000 shares of Common Stock held by Pacific Star Capital and (v) 21,821 shares of Common Stock held by Pacific Star HSW LLC (“Pacific Star HSW”). Mr. Tao, as the manager and a member of Digipac, the Chief Investment Officer and sole owner of Pacific Star Capital, and the control person of Pacific Star HSW, may be deemed to beneficially own the shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by Digipac, Pacific Star Capital and Pacific Star HSW. Mr. Tao disclaims beneficial ownership of the shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by Digipac and Pacific Star HSW, except to the extent of his pecuniary interest therein.

4.
Includes 850,000 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options.

5.
Based on information provided by Mr. Osrow, who resigned from his position as our Chief Financial Officer effective May 15, 2018.

6.
Includes 252,857 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options.

7.
Includes 250,000 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options.

8.
Consists of 125,000 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options.


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9.
Consists of 75,000 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options.

10.
Consists of 5,841,211 shares of Common Stock and 5,975,607 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options. Excludes shares beneficially owned by Mr. Osrow, who is no longer an executive officer of Remark.


CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Director Independence
 
The Board has determined that all of our current non-employee directors are independent within the meaning of SEC and NASDAQ rules. The Board has also determined that all directors serving on the Audit Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee and Compensation Committee are independent within the meaning of SEC and NASDAQ rules.


Board and Committee Meetings
 
During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018:

the Board held four meetings;

the Audit Committee held four meetings;

the Compensation Committee held two meetings; and

the Nominating and Governance Committee held two meeting.


Each of the directors attended at least 75% of the aggregate of (i) the total number of meetings of the Board (held during the period for which he served as a director), and (ii) the total number of meetings held by all committees of the Board on which he served (during the periods that he served on such committees). We have no written policy regarding director attendance at annual meetings of stockholders. Of our directors, only the Chairman of the Board attended last year’s annual meeting of stockholders.


Board Committees
 
Our Board has three standing committees to assist it with its responsibilities. We describe the three committees, the charters of which are available on our website at http://ir.remarkholdings.com, below.
 

Audit Committee. The Audit Committee is comprised of directors who satisfy the SEC and NASDAQ audit committee membership requirements, and is governed by a Board-approved charter that contains, among other things, the committee’s membership requirements and responsibilities. The committee’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

appointing, overseeing the work of, determining compensation for, and terminating or retaining the independent registered public accounting firm which audits our financial statements, including assessing such firm’s qualifications and independence;

establishing the scope of the annual audit, and approving any other services provided by public accounting firms;

providing assistance to the Board in fulfilling the Board’s oversight responsibility to the stockholders, the investment community and others relating to the integrity of our financial statements and our compliance with legal and regulatory requirements;


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overseeing our system of disclosure controls and procedures, and our system of internal controls regarding financial accounting, legal compliance and ethics, which management and our Board established; and

maintaining free and open communication with our independent auditors, our internal accounting function and our management.


Our Audit Committee is comprised of Messrs. Botts, Grounds and Stein, each of whom is independent under applicable NASDAQ listing standards. Mr. Botts serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee.
 
The Board determined that Mr. Botts is the committee’s financial expert, as defined under the Exchange Act. The Board made a qualitative assessment of Mr. Botts’ level of knowledge and experience based on a number of factors, including his experience as a financial professional.
 

Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

determining all compensation for our CEO;

reviewing and approving corporate goals relevant to the compensation of our CEO, and evaluating the CEO’s performance in light of those goals and objectives;

reviewing and approving the compensation of other executive officers;

reviewing and approving objectives relevant to the compensation of other executive officers, and the executive officers’ performance in light of those objectives;

administering our equity incentive plans;

approving severance arrangements and other applicable agreements for executive officers, and consulting generally with management on matters concerning executive compensation and on pension, savings and welfare benefit plans where Board or stockholder action is contemplated with respect to the adoption of or amendments to such plans; and

making recommendations on organization, succession, the election of officers, use of consultants and similar matters where Board approval is required.


Our Compensation Committee is comprised of Messrs. Grounds and Ratner, each of whom is independent under applicable NASDAQ listing standards. Mr. Grounds serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee.


Nominating and Governance Committee. The Nominating and Governance Committee considers and makes recommendations on matters related to the practices, policies and procedures of the Board and takes a leadership role in shaping our corporate governance. The committee’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

assessing the size, structure and composition of the Board and its committees;

coordinating evaluation of the Board’s performance and reviewing the Board’s compensation; and

screening candidates considered for election to the Board.


When screening candidates for Board membership, the committee concerns itself with the composition of the Board with regard to depth of experience, balance of professional interests, required expertise and other factors. The committee evaluates prospective nominees that it identifies or which are referred to it by other Board members, management, stockholders or external sources, as well as evaluating all self-nominated candidates. 


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The committee has not formally established any specific, minimum qualifications that each candidate for the Board must meet, or specific qualities or skills that one or more directors must possess. However, the committee, when considering a candidate, will factor into its determination the following qualities of a candidate:

educational background

diversity of professional experience, including whether the person is a current or former CEO or CFO of a public company or the head of a division of a large international organization

knowledge of our business

integrity

professional reputation

strength of character

mature judgment

relevant technical experience

diversity

independence

wisdom

ability to represent the best interests of our stockholders


The committee may also consider such other factors as it may deem to be in the best interests of Remark and its stockholders.
 
The committee uses the same criteria for evaluating candidates nominated by stockholders and self-nominated candidates as it does for those proposed by other Board members, management and search companies. For more information on how stockholders can nominate candidates for election as directors, see “Stockholder Proposals” below.
 
The committee identifies nominees by first evaluating incumbent directors, with skills and experience that are relevant to our business and who are willing to continue in service. Such a practice balances the value of continuity of service with that of obtaining a new perspective. If an incumbent director up for re-election at an upcoming annual meeting of stockholders does not wish to continue in service, the committee identifies the skills and experience desired of a new nominee in light of the criteria above. Current members of the committee and Board will be polled for suggested candidates. Research may also be performed to identify qualified individuals. If the committee believes that the Board requires additional candidates for nomination, it may explore alternative sources for identifying additional candidates, including, if appropriate, a third-party search firm.

Our Nominating and Governance Committee is comprised of Messrs. Grounds, Ratner and Stein, each of whom is independent under applicable NASDAQ listing standards. Mr. Stein serves as Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee.


Board Leadership Structure
 
Kai-Shing Tao, our Chairman of the Board and CEO, leads the Board. Our governing documents provide the Board with flexibility to determine the appropriate leadership structure for the Board and for Remark, including but not limited to whether it is appropriate to separate the roles of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. In making these determinations, the Board considers numerous factors, including our specific needs and our strategic direction and the size and membership of the Board at the time. The Board has determined that having one person

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serve as both the Chairman of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer is presently in the best interest of Remark and its stockholders given our transformational and growth needs. At present, the Board believes that its current structure effectively maintains independent oversight of management and that having a lead independent director is unnecessary. The Board has the ability to quickly adjust its leadership structure should business or managerial conditions change.
 

Board Role in Risk Oversight
 
Senior management is responsible for assessing and managing our various exposures to risk on a day-to-day basis, including the creation of appropriate risk management programs and policies. The Board is responsible for overseeing management in the execution of its responsibilities and for assessing our approach to risk management. The Board exercises these responsibilities periodically as part of its meetings and also through the Board’s three committees, each of which examines various components of enterprise risk as part of its responsibilities. Members of each committee report to the full Board at the next Board meeting regarding risks discussed by such committee. In addition, an overall review of risk is inherent in the Board’s consideration of our long-term strategies and in the transactions and other matters presented to the Board, including capital expenditures, acquisitions and divestitures, and financial matters.
 

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
 
We have adopted a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the “Code of Ethics”) that applies to all of our employees, officers and directors. A copy of the Code of Ethics is publicly available on our website at http://ir.remarkholdings.com/corporate-governance. Amendments to the Code of Ethics or any grant of a waiver from a provision of the Code of Ethics requiring disclosure under applicable SEC rules will also be disclosed on our website.
 

Stockholder Communications with the Board
 
Stockholders who wish to do so may communicate directly with the Board or specified individual directors by writing to:

Board of Directors (or name of individual director)
c/o Corporate Secretary
Remark Holdings, Inc.
3960 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 900
Las Vegas, Nevada 89169

 
We will forward all communications from security holders and interested parties to the full Board, to non-management directors, to an individual director or to the chairperson of the Board committee that is most closely related to the subject matter of the communication, except for the following types of communications: (i) communications that advocate that we engage in illegal activity; (ii) communications that, under community standards, contain offensive or abusive content; (iii) communications that have no relevance to our business or operations; and (iv) mass mailings, solicitations and advertisements. The Corporate Secretary will determine when a communication is not to be forwarded. Our acceptance and forwarding of communications to directors does not imply that directors owe or assume any fiduciary duties to persons submitting the communications.
 

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Additionally, the Audit Committee has established procedures for the receipt, retention and confidential treatment of complaints received by Remark regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, including procedures for confidential, anonymous submissions by employees with respect to such matters. Employees and stockholders may raise a question or concern to the Audit Committee regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters by writing to:
 
Chairman, Audit Committee
c/o Corporate Secretary
Remark Holdings, Inc.
3960 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 900
Las Vegas, Nevada 89169

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AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT
 
The Audit Committee reviews Remark’s financial reporting process on behalf of the Board of Directors. Management has the primary responsibility for the financial statements, the public reporting process and establishing and maintaining an effective system of internal control over financial reporting. Remark’s independent registered public accounting firm is engaged to audit and express opinions on the conformity of Remark’s financial statements to generally accepted accounting principles and applicable rules and regulations, and the effectiveness of Remark’s internal control over financial reporting.

In this context, the Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed the consolidated financial statements and related footnotes for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, together with the results of the assessment of the internal control over financial reporting with management and with Cherry Bekaert, Remark’s independent registered public accounting firm. In its discussion, management has represented to the Audit Committee that Remark’s consolidated financial statements and related footnotes for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 were prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
 
The Audit Committee meets with Cherry Bekaert, with and without management present, to discuss the results of their examinations, their evaluations of Remark’s internal controls over financial reporting and the overall quality of Remark’s financial reporting. The Audit Committee has discussed with Cherry Bekaert the matters required to be discussed by Auditing Standard No. 1301, “Communications with Audit Committees,” issued by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Cherry Bekaert reported to the Audit Committee regarding the critical accounting estimates and practices and the estimates and assumptions used by management in the preparation of the audited consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2018 and for the fiscal year then ended, all alternative treatments of financial information within generally accepted accounting principles that have been discussed with management, the ramifications of use of such alternative treatments and the treatment preferred by Cherry Bekaert.
 
Cherry Bekaert provided a report to the Audit Committee describing Cherry Bekaert’s internal quality-control procedures and related matters. Cherry Bekaert also provided to the Audit Committee the written disclosures and the letter required by the applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding Cherry Bekaert’s communications with the Audit Committee concerning independence, and the Audit Committee discussed with Cherry Bekaert its independence. When considering Cherry Bekaert’s independence, the Audit Committee considered, among other matters, whether Cherry Bekaert’s provision of non-audit services to Remark is compatible with maintaining the independence of Cherry Bekaert. All audit and permissible non-audit services in 2018 and 2017 were pre-approved pursuant to these procedures.
 
Based on the reviews and discussions noted above, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board that the audited consolidated financial statements and related footnotes be included in Remark’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.
 

Audit Committee

Theodore P. Botts (Chairman)
William W. Grounds
Daniel Stein



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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

Summary Compensation Table

The following table presents the dollar amounts of various forms of compensation earned by our NEOs during the years noted: 
 
Year
 
Salary
 
Bonus
 
Stock Awards
 
Option Awards
 
All Other Compensation
 
Total
Kai-Shing Tao 1
2018
 
$
343,269

 

 

 
$
11,557,000

 

 
$
11,900,269

Chairman and CEO
2017
 
350,000

 

 
$
702,900

 
176,400

 

 
1,229,300

Alison Davidson 2
2018
 
246,635

 
$
112,500

 

 
707,000

 

 
1,066,135

Interim CFO
2017
 
200,000

 

 

 
196,500

 

 
396,500

Douglas M. Osrow 3
2018
 
118,173

 
137,500

 

 

 
$
87,500

 
343,173

Former CFO
2017
 
262,500

 

 

 
176,400

 

 
438,900

 
Note:
The Stock Awards and Option Awards columns in the table above reflect the aggregate grant date fair value of the respective awards granted in the year noted. For a discussion of the assumptions and methodologies used to calculate these amounts, please see Note 14 to the consolidated financial statements included in Item 8 of the 2018 Form 10-K.

1.
For 2018, the option award represents an option to purchase 1,300,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $7.81 per share awarded to Mr. Tao on December 15, 2017, subject to stockholder approval, which the stockholders approved on January 19, 2018 and which vested in full upon such stockholder approval. For 2017, the option award represents an option to purchase 180,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $1.99 per share awarded to Mr. Tao on June 20, 2017, which vested in full on June 30, 2017. The stock award represents 90,000 shares of Common Stock granted to Mr. Tao on December 15, 2017.

2.
Ms. Davidson was appointed to serve as our Interim Chief Financial Officer on August 13, 2018. In 2018, we paid Ms. Davidson a discretionary cash bonus for past service. For 2018, the option award represents an option to purchase 350,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $3.51 per share awarded to Ms. Davidson on August 13, 2018, which vested 50% on August 13, 2018, 25% on September 30, 2018 and 25% on December 31, 2018. For 2017, the option award represents an option to purchase 150,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $1.99 per share awarded to Ms. Davidson on June 20, 2017, which vested 50% on June 30, 2017, 25% on September 30, 2017 and 25% on December 31, 2017.

3.
Mr. Osrow resigned from his position as our Chief Financial Officer effective May 15, 2018. In 2018, prior to his resignation, we paid Mr. Osrow a discretionary cash bonus for past service. During 2018, pursuant to a consulting arrangement we entered into with Mr. Osrow following his resignation, we paid Mr. Osrow $87,500 for certain consulting services he provided to Remark. For 2017, the option award represents an option to purchase 180,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $1.99 per share awarded to Mr. Osrow on June 20, 2017, which vested in full on June 30, 2017.


Employment Agreements
 
Each of Mr. Tao and Ms. Davidson are employees “at will” and we do not have employment agreements with any of our NEOs.



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Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End
 
The following table presents information regarding our NEOs’ unexercised options to purchase our Common Stock as of December 31, 2018 (all stock awards to our NEOs had vested as of December 31, 2018):
 
 
Option Awards
Name
 
Number of Securities Underlying Unexercised Options Exercisable
 
Option Exercise Price
 
Option Expiration Date
Kai-Shing Tao
 
1,300,000

 
$
7.81

 
01/19/2028
 
 
180,000

 
1.99

 
06/20/2027
 
 
1,500,000

 
4.04

 
11/09/2026
 
 
350,000

 
4.10

 
08/18/2025
 
 
650,000

 
4.29

 
07/28/2025
 
 
442,750

 
6.30

 
02/17/2024
Alison Davidson
 
350,000

 
3.51

 
08/13/2028
 
 
150,000

 
1.99

 
06/20/2027
 
 
150,000

 
4.44

 
01/20/2026
 
 
150,000

 
4.05

 
07/01/2025
 
 
25,000

 
6.30

 
02/19/2024
 
 
25,000

 
6.30

 
02/18/2024
Douglas M. Osrow
 
23,364

 
1.99

 
06/20/2027
 
 
100,000

 
4.04

 
11/09/2026
 
 
279,458

 
4.29

 
07/28/2025
 
 
75,000

 
6.30

 
02/17/2024
 
 
37,400

 
5.00

 
10/30/2023
 


Equity Incentive Plans

We have granted stock options and restricted stock under our 2010 Equity Incentive Plan adopted June 15, 2010, our 2014 Incentive Plan adopted on February 17, 2014 and amended on December 23, 2014 and January 11, 2016, and our 2017 Incentive Plan adopted on January 19, 2018. The amount of stock options or shares of stock we grant to recipients generally depends upon their particular position with Remark and their achievement of certain performance metrics established by the Board. The Compensation Committee must approve all grants.


Director Compensation
 
The Compensation Committee periodically awards our non-employee directors with equity-based compensation. The non-employee directors did not receive any awards during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.



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STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS
 
We must receive proposals of stockholders intended to be presented at the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “2020 Annual Meeting”) no later than January 18, 2020, so we may include such proposals in our proxy statement and form of proxy relating to the 2020 Annual Meeting.
 
Under SEC rules, if we do not receive notice of a stockholder proposal at least 45 days prior to the first anniversary of the date of mailing of the prior year’s proxy statement, then we will be permitted to use our discretionary voting authority when the proposal is raised at the annual meeting, without any discussion of the matter in the proxy statement. In connection with the 2020 Annual Meeting, if we do not receive notice of a stockholder proposal on or before April 2, 2020, we will be permitted to use our discretionary voting authority as outlined above.
 
Our Bylaws provide that, in order for stockholder nominations related to director elections or other business proposed by a stockholder to be properly brought before any annual or special meeting of our stockholders, written notice generally must be delivered to our Secretary not less than 60 days nor more than 90 days prior to the first anniversary of the preceding year’s annual meeting. Our Bylaws also contain certain procedures that must be followed relating to a stockholder director nomination and other proposals of stockholders.


PROXY SOLICITATION
 
We are making this solicitation of proxies on behalf of the Board and we will bear the cost of soliciting proxies. Proxies may be solicited through the mail and through telephonic or telegraphic communications to, or by meetings with, stockholders or their representatives by directors, officers and other of our employees who will receive no additional compensation therefor.
 
We request persons such as brokers, nominees and fiduciaries holding stock in their names for others, or holding stock for others who have the right to give voting instructions, to forward proxy material to their principals and to request authority for the execution of the proxy. We will reimburse such persons for their reasonable expenses. 



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Small steps make an impact. Help the environment by consenting to receive electronic delivery, sign up at www.envisionreports.com/MARK IF VOTING BY MAIL, SIGN, DETACH AND RETURN THE BOTTOM PORTION IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE. Proxy Remark Holdings, Inc. Notice of 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders 3960 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 900 Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 Proxy Solicited by Board of Directors for Annual Meeting - June 28, 2019 The undersigned stockholder of Remark Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation, hereby acknowledges receipt of the Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders and Proxy Statement, each dated May 17, 2019, and hereby appoints Kai-Shing Tao and Alison Davidson each as proxy and attorney-in-fact, with full power of substitution, on behalf and in the name of the undersigned, to represent the undersigned at the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Remark Holdings, Inc., to be held on June 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., PT, at the offices of Remark Holdings, Inc. located at 3960 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 900, Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 and any adjournment(s) thereof, and to vote all common stock which the undersigned would be entitled to vote if then and there personally present, on the matters set forth on the reverse side. The undersigned stockholder hereby revokes any proxy or proxies heretofore given by the undersigned for the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
Shares represented by this proxy will be voted by the stockholder. If no such directions are indicated, the Proxies will have authority to vote FOR all nominees, FOR Proposals 2 and 3, and to select 3 YEARS with respect to Proposal 4.
In their discretion, the Proxies are authorized to vote upon such other business as may properly come before the meeting.
(Items to be voted appear on reverse side.) Non-Voting Items Change of Address Please print new address below. Comments Please print your comments below. Meeting Attendance Mark box to the right if you plan to attend the Annual Meeting.