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Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 1, 2023



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   001-39699   37-1827430
(State or other jurisdiction   (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)
of incorporation)        


One Park Place, Suite 200, Dublin, California   94568
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (925) 400-4366


(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)  


Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligations of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


¨       Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

¨       Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12) 

¨       Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

¨       Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))


Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share LIDR The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Warrants to receive one share of Common Stock LIDRW The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


Emerging growth company


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨







Item 5.02            Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


On November 1, 2023, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of AEye, Inc. (the “Company”) approved the Company entering into agreements to incentivize retention (the “Retention Agreements”) with several of our key executives, including, Andrew S. Hughes, our General Counsel, and Conor B. Tierney, our Chief Financial Officer.

Under the terms of the Retention Agreements, each of the executives is eligible to receive a lump sum cash incentive award equal to their respective current annual base salary if the executive remains employed by the Company and maintains satisfactory job performance through December 31, 2024, which, in the case of Mr. Hughes is $385,000, and in the case of Mr. Tierney is $330,000.

These incentive awards were granted to these key executives as their retention is considered essential for the Company’s successful execution of the near- and longer-term financial and operational milestones. If the executive is terminated without cause, dies, or becomes disabled prior to December 31, 2024, the executive (or his estate) is entitled to payment of the full incentive award. If the executive voluntarily terminates his employment for good reason following a change of control, the executive is entitled to payment of the full incentive award. The incentive awards will be forfeited if the executive’s employment is terminated by the Company for cause, or if the executive terminates his or her employment for any reason other than good reason.

The foregoing description of the Retention Agreements is qualified in its entirety by reference to the terms of the Form Retention Agreement, which is attached as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.


Item 9.01.Financial Statement and Exhibits.




  Exhibit Number Description
  10.1 Form Retention Agreement.
  104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as Inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101).












Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

    AEye, Inc.
Dated: November 7, 2023    
    By: /s/ Andrew S. Hughes
      Andrew S. Hughes
      Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary































This Retention Agreement (the “Agreement”), dated and effective as of November [___], 2023 (the “Effective Date”), is entered into by and between AEye, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and [_____________] (“Executive”).


WHEREAS, the Company desires to incentivize Executive to remain employed by the Company and maintain satisfactory job performance through December 31, 2024 (the “Retention Date”), for the benefit of the Company and the Company’s stockholders.


NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual covenants and obligations set forth herein, the Company agrees to provide Executive the opportunity to earn a cash award on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein.


1.       Retention Award. If Executive remains employed by Company through the Retention Date and maintains satisfactory job performance through such date, ‎Executive will earn a cash award in the amount of $[_______________] (the “Retention Award”).


2.       Payment. Except as otherwise provided herein, the Retention Award shall be paid in cash to Executive on the next regularly scheduled ‎payroll date after the Retention Date, subject to deduction of customary withholding taxes and other payroll deductions. Except as otherwise provided herein, Executive must remain employed by the Company and maintain satisfactory ‎job performance through the Retention Date in order to be entitled to the Retention Award hereunder.


3.       Effect of Termination of Employment in Connection with Death, Disability, or Termination Without Cause. Notwithstanding Sections 1 and 2, above, if Executive’s employment with the Company is terminated due to total and permanent disability (as determined by the Company) or death, ‎or if Executive experiences an involuntary termination of employment for reasons ‎other than Cause‎, then the Retention Award shall be paid on the next regularly scheduled ‎payroll date after‎ the date of ‎termination of employment‎.


4.       Definition of Cause. For purposes of this Agreement, the term “Cause” shall mean any of the following:

(i)Executive’s conviction of, or a plea of nolo contendere to, a felony other than a traffic violation;
(ii)Executive’s commission of any act or acts of personal dishonesty intended to result in personal enrichment to Executive to the detriment of the Company;
(iii)a failure to perform assigned duties, provided that such failure has continued for more than ten (10) days after the Board of Directors or the Chief Executive Officer of the Company has given written notice of such failure and of the Company’s intention to terminate Executive’s employment because of such failure;
(iv)any willful misconduct by Executive which materially and adversely affects the business reputation of the Company;
(v)breach in any material respect by Executive of any provision of any employment, consulting, advisory, nondisclosure, non-competition, or other similar agreement between Executive and the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates; or
(vi)Executive’s violation of the Company’s code of conduct or any addendum thereto.




Executive shall be considered to have been discharged for “Cause” if the Company or the Board of Directors determines, within ten (10) days after Executive’s resignation, that discharge for Cause was warranted.


5.       Change of Control. Notwithstanding Sections 1 and 2, above, if after a Change of Control (as that term is defined in that certain Change In Control Severance Agreement dated [_________] by and between Company and Executive (the “CIC Agreement”)), Executive experiences an involuntary termination of employment for reasons other than for Cause or a Voluntary Termination for Good Reason (as defined in the CIC Agreement), then the Retention Award will become immediately payable as of the date of termination of employment. For sake of clarity, the benefits payable pursuant to this Agreement are intended to be in addition to, and not a substitute for, any benefits or payments that may become due from the Company to Executive, including under the CIC Agreement, the Company’s short- or long-term incentive programs, or any other payment, such as a separation payment, made at a time of involuntary termination consistent with past practices. 

6.       Applicable Law. The validity, construction, interpretation, and enforceability of this Agreement shall be determined and governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to any conflicts or choice of law rules or principles that might otherwise refer construction or interpretation of this Agreement to the substantive law of another jurisdiction. 

7.       Severability. The provisions of this Agreement are severable, and if any one or more provisions may be determined to be illegal or otherwise unenforceable, in whole or in part, the remaining provisions, and any partially unenforceable provision to the extent enforceable in any jurisdiction, shall nevertheless be binding and enforceable. 

8.       Waiver. The waiver by the Company of a breach of any provision of this Agreement by Executive shall not operate or be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach by Executive. 

9.       Binding Effect. The provisions of this Agreement shall be binding upon the parties hereto, their successors and assigns, including, without limitation, the Company, its successors or assigns, the estate of Executive and the executors, administrators, or trustees of such estate and any receiver, trustee in bankruptcy, or representative of the creditors of Executive. 

10.       Section 409A Compliance. It is the intention of the Company and Executive that the Retention Award and other benefits awarded under this Retention Agreement shall comply with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time or any successor thereto (the “Code”) and its implementing regulations (“Section 409A”) and shall be interpreted in a manner consistent with this intent. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, a termination of Executive’s employment shall not be deemed to have occurred for purposes of making any payments under this Agreement unless such termination gives rise to a “Separation from Service” (within the meaning of Section 409A, a “Separation from Service”) and references to “termination of employment” shall mean Separation from Service. In the event that the Company or Executive reasonably determines that the Retention Award under this Retention Agreement fails to comply with Section 409A, the Company and Executive shall work together to adopt such amendments to this Retention Agreement or adopt other policies or procedures (including amendments, policies, and procedures with retroactive effective to the extent allowable by applicable laws), or take any other commercially reasonable actions necessary or appropriate to comply with the requirements of Section 409A. Nothing in this Retention Agreement shall be construed as a guarantee of any particular tax treatment to Executive. Executive shall be solely responsible for the tax consequences with respect to all amounts payable under this Retention Agreement, and in no event shall the Company have any responsibility or liability if this Retention Agreement does not meet any applicable requirements of Section 409A. 




Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in the event that Executive is a “specified ‎employee” within the meaning of Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code and the Retention Award is considered to ‎be a payment of “deferred ‎compensation” to which Section 409A of the Code is applicable, then to the extent such amount is paid by reason of Executive’s Separation from Service, such payment shall be delayed, to the extent necessary to avoid a ‎violation of Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i). In general, the preceding sentence may require ‎that a payment of the Retention Award to Executive that would otherwise be made ‎within six (6) months following Executive’s separation from service shall be delayed until the earlier of (i) first day of the seventh (7th) month beginning after Executive’s separation from service, or (ii) Executive’s death, if Executive is ‎determined to be a “specified employee” as that term is defined in Section ‎‎409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code.


11.       No Retention Rights. Nothing herein contained shall confer on Executive any right with respect to continuation of employment by the Company, or interfere with the right of the Company to terminate at any time the employment of Executive.

12.       Entire Agreement. This Retention Agreement supersedes and cancels all prior written or oral agreements and understandings relating to the terms of this Retention Agreement.

[Signature Page Follows]




















IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed and delivered this Retention Agreement as of the Effective Date first written above.








[Authorized Executive]




Please indicate your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Retention Agreement by signing in the space provided below and returning a signed copy of this Retention Agreement to the Company. IF A COPY OF THIS RETENTION AGREEMENT EXECUTED BY EXECUTIVE HAS NOT BEEN RECEIVED BY THE COMPANY WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE, THIS RETENTION AGREEMENT SHALL BE CANCELLED.





















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Entity Tax Identification Number 37-1827430
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code DE
Entity Address, Address Line One One Park Place
Entity Address, Address Line Two Suite 200
Entity Address, City or Town Dublin
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Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 94568
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Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share  
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Trading Symbol LIDR
Security Exchange Name NASDAQ
Warrants to receive one share of Common Stock  
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