SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 27, 2022
CareTrust REIT, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction|
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (949) 542-3130
905 Calle Amanecer, Suite 300, San Clemente, CA
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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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 $0.01 per share||CTRE||New York Stock Exchange|
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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.
On June 27, 2022, Greg Stapley, former Chief Executive Officer and current Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of CareTrust REIT, Inc. (the “Company”), resigned as a member of the Board, effective June 28, 2022.
On June 28, 2022, the Board appointed David Sedgwick, the Company’s current President and Chief Executive Officer, to the Board, effective immediately following Mr. Stapley’s resignation from the Board on June 28, 2022. As an employee of the Company, Mr. Sedgwick will not receive any separate compensation for his service on the Board, nor will he serve on any committee of the Board. Biographical information for Mr. Sedgwick can be found in the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 18, 2022, which such information is incorporated herein by reference.
Also on June 28, 2022 and in connection with the appointment of Mr. Sedgwick to the Board, Diana Laing, current Lead Independent Director of the Board, was appointed to serve as independent Chair of the Board, effective immediately following Mr. Stapley’s resignation from the Board on June 28, 2022, and ceased serving as Lead Independent Director on that date.
There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Sedgwick and any other persons pursuant to which he was appointed as a director of the Company. Mr. Sedgwick is Mr. Stapley’s brother-in-law. Otherwise, there are no family relationships between Mr. Sedgwick and any director or executive officer of the Company. Mr. Sedgwick has no direct or indirect material interest in any related party transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.
On July 1, 2022, the Company issued a press release announcing the Board changes set forth in Item 5.02 of this Current Report on Form 8-K.
A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 hereto. This information shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and is not incorporated by reference into any filing of the Company whether made before or after the date hereof, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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.
Date: July 1, 2022
|CARETRUST REIT, INC.|
|/s/ William M. Wagner|
|William M. Wagner|
|Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer|
CareTrust REIT Announces Changes to the Board of Directors
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., July 1, 2022 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Board of Directors of CareTrust REIT, Inc. (NYSE:CTRE) today announced the resignation of Greg Stapley as Executive Chair of the Company’s Board of Directors. The Board also announced that Lead Independent Director Diana Laing was appointed to replace Mr. Stapley as Chair of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer David Sedgwick was appointed as a director.
Mr. Stapley’s resignation from the Board follows his relinquishment of the Chief Executive role last January. As previously announced, Mr. Stapley and his wife have accepted a full-time international volunteer assignment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “As my missionary service in Mexico draws near, I have carefully weighed the possibilities of continuing on the Board and have concluded that the best course is to focus 100% of my energies on the task before me,” said Mr. Stapley. “A key factor in this decision has been the trust and confidence that I have in the current Board and management, which allows me to leave CareTrust knowing that the company is in the most capable, stable and conscientious of hands,” he added.
Mr. Sedgwick said, “We’re thrilled for Greg’s next chapter and are very thankful for his years of leadership, friendship, and service. We are also truly fortunate to have Diana, whose deep experience and professionalism made her the natural choice to be the new Chair of the Board.”
Ms. Laing added, “I’m honored to serve as the Chair of this Board of such exceptional real estate operating and investing professionals. Speaking for the Board, we’re thrilled with how the CEO transition has taken place this year and are pleased to welcome Dave to the Board.”
With the announced changes, CareTrust’s Board continues to consist of five members, including Mr. Sedgwick.
CareTrust REIT, Inc. is a self-administered, publicly-traded real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership, acquisition, development and leasing of skilled nursing, seniors housing and other healthcare-related properties. With a nationwide portfolio of long-term net-leased properties, and a growing portfolio of quality operators leasing them, CareTrust REIT is pursuing both external and organic growth opportunities across the United States. More information about CareTrust REIT is available at www.caretrustreit.com.
CareTrust REIT, Inc.