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800 S. Commerce St.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS TO BE HELD ON AUGUST 23, 2021
We cordially invite you to the Remark Holdings, Inc. (“Remark,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) 2021 annual meeting of stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”), which will be held on August 23, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Due to the ongoing precautions related to the public health impact of COVID-19, we will be holding our Annual Meeting in a virtual meeting format only, via audio webcast. You may attend, vote and submit questions during the Annual Meeting via the Internet at https://meetings.computershare.com/MGH2UJU. We have designed the format of the Annual Meeting to ensure that you are afforded the same rights and opportunities to participate as you would at an in-person meeting, using online tools to ensure your access and participation.
We have scheduled the Annual Meeting to:
1.elect five directors to serve until the 2022 annual meeting of stockholders and until their successors are duly elected and qualify;
2.ratify the appointment of Weinberg & Company, P.A. as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021; and
3.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 July 2, 2021, 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.
For a period of at least ten (10) days prior to the virtual Annual Meeting, a complete list of stockholders entitled to vote at the meeting will be available and open to the examination of any stockholder for any purpose germane to
the virtual Annual Meeting during normal business hours at our principal executive offices located at 800 S. Commerce St., Las Vegas, Nevada 89106. If our principal executive offices are closed at that time due to COVID-19, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make alternate arrangements to examine the stockholder list.
YOUR VOTE IS VERY IMPORTANT. Regardless of whether you plan to attend the virtual 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,|
|Chairman and Chief Executive Officer|
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REMARK HOLDINGS, INC.
800 S. Commerce St.
Las Vegas, NV 89106
|PROXY STATEMENT |
|2021 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS|
ANNUAL MEETING INFORMATION
August 23, 2021
1:00 p.m. ET
|Where||Virtual meeting at https://meetings.computershare.com/MGH2UJU|
|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”)|
July 2, 2021
Remark Holdings, Inc. (“Remark,” “we,” “us” or “our”), is making this proxy statement (this “Proxy Statement”) available to you on or about July 15, 2021 in connection with the solicitation of proxies by our board of directors (the “Board” or “Board of Directors”) for our 2021 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, 2020 (the “2020 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 July 15, 2021. 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.
Attending and Participating at the Virtual Annual Meeting
Due to the ongoing precautions related to the public health impact of COVID-19, we will be holding our Annual Meeting in a virtual meeting format only, via audio webcast. If you are a stockholder of record as of the close of business on July 2, 2021, you may attend, vote, ask questions and view the list of stockholders of record as of July 2, 2021 during the meeting by logging into the meeting at https://meetings.computershare.com/MGH2UJU.
Rationale for the Virtual Format
As a part of our precautions relating to COVID-19, we have decided to hold our Annual Meeting in a virtual meeting format only. We believe that hosting a virtual meeting under the current environment will facilitate stockholder attendance and participation by enabling stockholders to participate from any location around the world and improve our ability to communicate more effectively with our stockholders. We have designed the virtual meeting to provide substantially the same opportunities to participate as you would have at an in-person meeting. We are providing opportunities to submit questions prior to the meeting, to enable us to address appropriate questions at the Annual Meeting.
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 Weinberg & Company, P.A. (“Weinberg”) as our independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal 2020||FOR|
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 1:00 p.m. ET on August 23, 2021.
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. Because a beneficial owner is not the stockholder of record, you may not vote these shares in person at the meeting unless you obtain a “legal proxy” from the broker, trustee or nominee that holds your shares, giving you the right to vote the shares at the meeting. Once you have received a legal proxy from your broker, bank or nominee, it should be emailed to email@example.com and should be labeled “Legal Proxy” in the subject line. Please include proof from your broker, bank or nominee of your legal proxy (e.g., a forwarded email from your broker, bank or other agent with
your legal proxy attached, or an image of your legal proxy attached to your email). Requests for registration must be received by firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, on August 17, 2021.
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 your shares with respect to certain “non-discretionary” items. The proposal to ratify the appointment of Weinberg as our independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal 2021 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. In tabulating the voting results, shares that constitute broker non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of the proposals, assuming that a quorum is present. 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 via the Internet at the Annual Meeting as described in the previous section. Virtual attendance at the Annual Meeting will not, by itself, revoke a proxy.
As of July 2, 2021, the record date, there were 99,918,941 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 49,959,471 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. Virtual attendance at the Annual Meeting constitutes presence in person for purposes of quorum at the meeting. Broker non-votes and abstentions are counted for the purpose of determining the presence of a quorum.
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). You may withhold votes from any or all nominees. We do not use cumulative voting for the election of directors. Broker non-votes will not affect the outcome of the election of directors.
The ratification of the appointment of Weinberg as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021 (Proposal 2) requires 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). Abstentions will have no effect on the results of the vote on Proposal 2, and since Proposal 2 is a routine proposal on which a broker or other nominee is generally empowered to vote in the absence of voting instructions from the beneficial owner, broker non-votes are unlikely to result from the voting on Proposal 2.
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, Brett Ratner, Daniel Stein, Elizabeth Xu 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 or her 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 directors, including the business experience for the past five years (and, in some instances, for prior years) of each such executive officer and director.
|Kai-Shing Tao||44||Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board|
|Theodore P. Botts||75||Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee|
|Brett Ratner||52||Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee|
|Daniel Stein||45||Director and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee|
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.
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.
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. Daniel Stein is currently Senior Vice President of Partnerships, Crossix Analytics (which is part of Veeva Systems) where he oversees all media, enablement and product partnerships. He previously served since 2012 as Senior Vice President of Analytics Services & Product Strategy at Crossix Solutions, Inc., a healthcare and analytics and data company, where he was responsible for driving innovation across the Crossix product suite, including 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 pharmaceutical and health-focused clients optimize their marketing plans and partnerships. Mr. Stein brings over 20 years of media, marketing, healthcare and agency experience focusing on products, marketing and 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. He has not served on any other boards or committees in the last five years.
Dr. Elizabeth Xu is an international transformational technology leader and senior business executive with more than 20 years of experience that includes digital transformation through the application of artificial intelligence, Internet-of-Things, and other enterprise technology to multiple businesses. She was a Stanford University lecturer for six years, and she currently serves as an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisor at MIT and Chairman of the APAC advisory board of Women in Technology International (WITI.com). Currently, Dr. Xu is the CEO of A2C Leadership Group which offers online personalized training and boot camps for corporations, executives, working professionals, and middle/high school students, focusing on innovation and leadership. From 2018 to 2019, Dr. Xu served as the Group CTO at Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand Group (CP Group), one of the world's largest conglomerates, where she drove the company's technology strategy and advancement and oversaw workforce re-training for more than 200 of the company's subsidiaries in various industries. During that time period, she also served as CEO of the CP Group subsidiaries in Thailand and the United States that conducted CP Group's research and development. From 2014 to 2017, Dr. Xu held several leadership roles, including serving as CTO, with BMC Software, Inc. (“BMC”), a global leader in information technology service management. At BMC, she was responsible for the company's Central Technology Organization and Digital Service Management BU Engineering Organization. Before joining BMC, Dr. Xu held senior management positions at several other organizations, including Group Vice President of product engineering at LiveRamp Holdings, Inc. (formerly known as Acxiom Corporation), Global Senior Vice President of product development at Deem (formerly known as Rearden Commerce) and Global Senior Vice President of product development at Vitria Technology. She started her management career at IBM in 1996, where she developed the IBM Content Management Suite and DB2. Dr. Xu earned a B.S. degree and an M.S. degree from Peking University, as well as an M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has also completed advanced executive-education programs at Stanford Business School and earned a board certificate from Harvard Business School.
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.
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.
•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
•Extensive experience in the entertainment industry, including co-founding and operating a successful film finance and media company
•Operational experience leading data monetization efforts for analytics companies, leveraging partnerships with top digital, television and media companies
•Oversees all product strategy for Crossix, a leading technology company currently focused in healthcare
•More than 20 years of media, marketing and agency experience focusing on innovation
•Senior executive experience as former Group CTO of CP Group and CEO of CP R&D Thailand and USA companies
•Global business experience in operational and governance roles for technology businesses
•Harvard Business School certified board member
There are no family relationships among our executive officers and directors.
Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance
Under §16(a) of the 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.
Delinquent Section 16(a) Reports. 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 2020, except that on August 5, 2020, Messrs. Botts, Stein and Ratner, and Dr. Xu, directors of Remark, each filed a Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership on Form 4 covering one transaction that occurred on July 27, 2020.
Certain Relationships and Related Transactions
All related-party transactions are required to be reviewed and approved by the Audit Committee. Such policy and procedures are set forth in the Audit Committee charter.
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 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until their successors are duly elected and qualify.
Proposal 2: Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
The Audit Committee of the Board has appointed Weinberg as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021. Although this appointment does not require ratification, the Board has directed that the appointment of Weinberg be submitted to stockholders for ratification due to the significance of the appointment. If stockholders do not ratify the appointment of Weinberg, the Audit Committee will consider the appointment of another independent registered public accounting firm.
Weinberg has served as our independent registered public accounting firm since 2020. We do not expect a representative of Weinberg 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 Weinberg and Cherry Bekaert LLP (“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 2020 and 2019 Fiscal Years
The following table presents the aggregate fees billed, by type of fee, in relation to services provided to us by Weinberg in 2020 or Cherry Bekaert in 2019 (in thousands):
|Year Ended December 31,|
|Audit||$||305 ||$||301 |
|All other||15 ||30 |
|Total||$||320 ||$||331 |
The fees billed in the all other category for 2020 primarily represent work related to preparation of a registration statement, while for 2019 such fees primarily represent compensation for additional work related to our sale of Vegas.com and our adoption of new accounting pronouncements.
The affirmative (“FOR”) vote of a majority of the votes cast on the matter is required to ratify the appointment of Weinberg as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021 (meaning the number of shares voted “for” this proposal must exceed the number of shares voted “against” this proposal). Abstentions will have no effect on the results of the vote on this proposal, and since this proposal is a routine proposal on which a broker or other nominee is generally empowered to vote in the absence of voting instructions from the beneficial owner, broker non-votes are unlikely to result from the voting.
Recommendation of the Board
The Board unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” the ratification of the appointment of Weinberg as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.
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 July 2, 2021, 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 99,918,941 shares of Common Stock outstanding as of July 2, 2021.
Except as otherwise noted below, the address of persons listed in the following table is:
c/o Remark Holdings, Inc.
800 S. Commerce St.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
| ||Number of Common Stock Shares||Percentage of Outstanding Common Stock Shares|
|Persons known to beneficially own more than 5%|
Lawrence Rosen 1
|5,418,616 ||5.4 ||%|
Digipac LLC 2
|5,246,314 ||5.3 ||%|
|Directors and NEOs|
Kai-Shing Tao 3
|10,200,634 ||9.8 ||%|
Theodore Botts 4
Brett Ratner 5
Daniel Stein 5
Elizabeth Xu 5
All executive officers and directors as a group (5 persons) 6
|11,519,818 ||10.9 ||%|
* Represents holdings of less than 1% of shares outstanding.
1.Consists of shares of Common Stock. The address of Mr. Rosen is 1578 Sussex Turnpike (Bldg. 5), Randolph, NJ 07869. This disclosure is based on information contained in a Schedule 13G/A filed by Mr. Rosen with the SEC on February 22, 2021.
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 477,857 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options.
5.Consists of shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options.
6.Consists of 5,819,211 shares of Common Stock and 5,700,607 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options.
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, 2020:
•the Board held five meetings;
•the Audit Committee held four meetings;
•the Compensation Committee held four meetings; and
•the Nominating and Governance Committee held four meetings.
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 in which such individual served as a director, and (ii) the total number of meetings held by all committees of the Board on which such director served, during the period in which such individual served as a director. 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.
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/corporate-governance, 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;
•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 and Stein and Dr. Xu, 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 Mr. Ratner and Dr. Xu, each of whom is independent under applicable NASDAQ listing standards. Mr. Ratner 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.
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:
•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
•strength of character
•relevant technical experience
•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. Ratner and Stein and Dr. Xu, 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 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.
Hedging and Pledging Policies
Remark maintains a policy on insider trading that prohibits Remark directors, officers and employees from directly or indirectly entering into any hedging or monetization transactions with respect to Remark securities, including through the use of financial instruments such as prepaid variable forwards, equity swaps, collars and exchange funds. The insider trading policy does allow directors, officers and employees to place Remark securities in a margin account as collateral for a margin loan or pledge Remark securities as collateral for a loan, provided, however, that they submit a request for pre-approval to the Company's compliance officer at least 3 business days prior to the proposed execution of documents evidencing such pledge or placement in a margin account. Pre-approval may be granted by the compliance officer where the director, officer, or employee clearly demonstrates the financial capacity to repay the loan without resort to the Remark securities being pledged or held in the margin account..
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.
800 S. Commerce St.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
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.
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.
800 S. Commerce St.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
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, 2020, together with the results of the assessment of the internal control over financial reporting with management and with Weinberg, 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, 2020 were prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
The Audit Committee meets with Weinberg, 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 Weinberg the matters required to be discussed by Auditing Standard No. 1301, “Communications with Audit Committees,” issued by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Weinberg 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, 2020 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 Weinberg.
Weinberg provided a report to the Audit Committee describing Weinberg’s internal quality-control procedures and related matters. Weinberg 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 Weinberg’s communications with the Audit Committee concerning independence, and the Audit Committee discussed with Weinberg its independence. When considering Weinberg’s independence, the Audit Committee considered, among other matters, whether Weinberg’s provision of non-audit services to Remark is compatible with maintaining the independence of Weinberg. All audit and permissible non-audit services in 2020 and 2019 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, 2020.
Theodore P. Botts (Chairman)
Summary Compensation Table
The following table presents the dollar amounts of salary (the only form of compensation during the years noted) earned by our NEOs:
Alison Davidson 1
|Year ended December 31, 2020||$||350,000 ||$||— |
|Year ended December 31, 2019||350,000 ||190,385 |
1.Ms. Davidson resigned from her position as our Interim Chief Financial Officer effective August 2, 2019.
Mr. Tao is an “at will” employee and we do not have employment agreements with any of our NEOs.
Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End
The following table presents information regarding our NEOs’ unexercised options to purchase our Common Stock as of December 31, 2020 (all stock awards to our NEOs had vested as of December 31, 2020):
| ||Option Awards|
|Name||Number of Securities Underlying Unexercised Options Exercisable||Option Exercise Price||Option Expiration Date|
|Kai-Shing Tao||1,300,000 ||$||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|
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.
The Compensation Committee periodically awards our non-employee directors with equity-based compensation. The following table presents a summary of the compensation earned by each non-employee director who served on the Board during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020:
Option Awards 1
Theodore Botts 2
|$||50,000 ||$||208,418 ||$||258,418 |
|Brett Ratner||— ||208,418 ||208,418 |
|Daniel Stein||— ||208,418 ||208,418 |
|Elizabeth Xu||— ||138,945 ||138,945 |
Note: The Option Awards column in the table above reflects the aggregate grant date fair value of the respective awards granted. For a discussion of the assumptions and methodologies used to calculate these amounts, please see Note 2 and Note 14 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8 in our 2020 Form 10-K.
1.On July 27, 2020, under the 2017 Incentive Plan, we granted to each non-employee director serving on our Board options to purchase 75,000 shares of our Common Stock at an exercise price of $1.37 in compensation for their service on our Board. Each of Messrs. Botts, Stein and Ratner received an option to purchase 225,000 shares of our Common Stock, and Dr. Xu received an option to purchase 150,000 shares of our Common Stock. Half of the awards vested on June 30, 2020, and one-fourth vested on each of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
2.For serving as the Chairman of the Audit Committee of our Board, we paid cash of $50,000 to Mr. Botts.
We must receive proposals of stockholders intended to be presented at the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “2022 Annual Meeting”) no later than March 17, 2022, so we may include such proposals in our proxy statement and form of proxy relating to the 2022 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 2022 Annual Meeting, if we do not receive notice of a stockholder proposal on or before May 31, 2022, 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 Corporate 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.
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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The 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Remark Holdings, Inc. will be held on Monday, August 23, 2021, 1:00 P.M. ET, virtually via the internet at https://meetings.computershare.com/MGH2UJU. To access the virtual meeting, you must have the information that is printed in the shaded bar located on the reverse side of this form. 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 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders Proxy Solicited by Board of Directors for Annual Meeting - August 23, 2021 We are very pleased to virtually host this year’s Annual Meeting online, which will be conducted solely via live audio webcast. You will be able to attend and participate in the Annual Meeting online, vote your shares electronically and submit your questions prior to and during the meeting by visiting: https://meetings.computershare.com/MGH2UJU at the meeting date and time described in the accompanying proxy statement. There is no physical location for the Annual Meeting. 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 July 15, 2021, and hereby appoints Kai-Shing Tao 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 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Remark Holdings, Inc., to be held on August 23, 2021 at 1:00 p.m., ET, via the Internet at https://meetings.computershare.com/MGH2UJU 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 2021 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 and FOR Proposal 2. 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.