SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
|Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)||March 9, 2017|
ROCKY BRANDS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specifıed in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction||(Commission||(IRS Employer|
|of incorporation)||File Number)||Identifıcation No.)|
|39 East Canal Street, Nelsonville, Ohio||45764|
|(Address of principal executive offıces)||(Zip Code)|
|Registrant’s telephone number, including area code||(740) 753-1951|
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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|Item 5.02||Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers Compensation Actions.|
On March 9, 2017, Rocky Brands, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that Thomas Robertson has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Company.
Mr. Robertson, a CPA (certified public accountant), has served as Senior Financial Analyst since joining the Company in September 2016. Prior to that, from July 2015 until September 2016, he was an audit manager with Deloitte & Touche LLP. From September 2008 until July 2015, he held various audit positions with Schneider Downs & Co., Inc. While practicing with Schneider Downs and Deloitte, Mr. Robertson spent the majority of his time working with publicly-traded footwear companies.
On March 9, 2017, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Mr. Robertson as Chief Financial Officer, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99 and incorporated herein by reference.
|Item 8.01||Results of Operations and Financial Condition.|
On March 9, 2017, the Company also announced that its board of directors has authorized a new share repurchase program of up to $7,500,000 of the Company’s common stock (the “Repurchase Program”). Repurchases under the Company’s new program will be made in open market or privately negotiated transactions in compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 10b-18, subject to market conditions, applicable legal requirements, and other relevant factors.
On March 9, 2017, the Company issued a press release announcing the authorization of the Repurchase Program, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99 and incorporated herein by reference.
The information contained or incorporated by reference in this Form 8-K contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Exchange Act, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. Those statements include, but may not be limited to, all statements regarding intent, beliefs, expectations, projections, forecasts, and plans of the Company and its management. These forward-looking statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the various risks inherent in the Company’s business as set forth in periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 (filed March 8, 2017). One or more of these factors have affected historical results, and could in the future affect the Company’s businesses and financial results in future periods and could cause actual results to differ materially from plans and projections. Therefore, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements contained or incorporated by reference in this Form 8-K will prove to be accurate. In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking statements included or incorporated by reference herein, the Company, or any other person should not regard the inclusion of such information as a representation that the objectives and plans of the Company will be achieved. All forward-looking statements contained or incorporated by reference in this Form 8-K are based on information presently available to the management of the Company. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
|Item 9.01.||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
|99||Press Release, dated March 9, 2017, entitled “Thomas Robertson Appointed CFO; Approval of Share Repurchase Program.”|
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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.
|Rocky Brands, Inc.|
|Date: March 9, 2017||By:||/s/ Mike Brooks|
|Chief Executive Officer|