Cogentix Medical, Inc.
COGENTIX MEDICAL INC /DE/ (Form: DEF 14A, Received: 04/25/2017 17:01:48)

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Cogentix Medical, Inc.
5420 Feltl Road
Minnetonka, Minnesota 55343

April 25, 2017

Dear Stockholders:

We are pleased to invite you to join us for the Cogentix Medical, Inc. Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on Monday, June 5, 2017, at 4:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, at our facility located at 40 Ramland Road, Orangeburg, New York 10962. Details about the meeting, nominees for election to the Board of Directors and other matters to be acted on at the meeting are presented in the Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders and proxy statement that follow.

It is important that your shares be represented at the meeting, regardless of the number of shares you hold. Accordingly, please exercise your right to vote by following the voting instructions described on the Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials that you received in the mail, or if you received a set of proxy materials in the mail, by completing, signing, dating and returning your proxy card, or by following the Internet or telephone voting instructions as described in the accompanying proxy statement.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and management of Cogentix Medical, it is my pleasure to express our appreciation for your support.

Sincerely,


Darin Hammers
President and Chief Executive Officer
 

 
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
TO BE HELD ON MONDAY JUNE 5, 2017

To the Stockholders of Cogentix Medical, Inc.:

The Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Cogentix Medical, Inc., a Delaware corporation, will be held on Monday, June 5, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, at our facility located at 40 Ramland Road, Orangeburg, New York 10962 for the following purposes:

1.
To elect Cheryl Pegus, Kenneth A. Samet and Nachum Shamir to serve as directors for a three-year term ending at the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until their respective successors are elected and qualified.

2.
To approve the amendment and restatement of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and the amendment and restatement of the Company’s Bylaws to declassify our Board of Directors and to make related changes, effective immediately after the Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

3.
To approve the amendment and restatement of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and the amendment and restatement of the Company’s Bylaws to eliminate the requirement that stockholder written consents must be unanimous.

4.
To ratify the selection of Grant Thornton LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2017.

5.
To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment of the meeting.

Only stockholders of record at the close of business on April 6, 2017 will be entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the meeting and any adjournments thereof. A stockholder list will be available at Cogentix’s corporate offices beginning 10 days prior to the date of the meeting during normal business hours for examination by any stockholder registered on Cogentix’s stock ledger as of the record date for any purpose germane to the meeting.

 
By Order of the Board of Directors,
   
 
   
 
Brett A. Reynolds
 
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and
 
Corporate Secretary
   
 
April 25, 2017
 
Minnetonka, Minnesota

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE
ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS TO BE HELD ON JUNE 5, 2017

Our Notice of 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, Proxy Statement and Annual Report to Stockholders are available on the Cogentix website at www.cogentixmedical.com in the Investor Relations section.
 

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As used in this proxy statement, references to “Cogentix,” “Cogentix Medical,” the “Company,” “we,” “us,” “our” and similar references refer to Cogentix Medical, Inc. and our consolidated subsidiaries, and the term “common stock” refers to our common stock, par value $0.01 per share.
 
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING AND VOTING

The Board of Directors of Cogentix Medical, Inc. is using this proxy statement to solicit your proxy for use at the Cogentix Medical, Inc. 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The Board of Directors expects to make available electronically or to send to our stockholders proxy materials on or about April 25, 2017.

When and Where Will the Annual Meeting Be Held?

The Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Cogentix Medical, Inc. will be held on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, at our facility located at 40 Ramland Road, Orangeburg, New York 10962.

What are the Purposes of the Annual Meeting?

The purposes of the Annual Meeting are to vote on the following items:

1.
To elect Cheryl Pegus, Kenneth Samet and Nachum Shamir to serve as directors for a three-year term ending at 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or until their respective successors are elected and qualified.

2.
To approve the amendment and restatement of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and the amendment and restatement of the Company’s Bylaws to declassify our Board of Directors and to make related changes, effective immediately after the Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

3.
To approve the amendment and restatement of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and the amendment and restatement of the Company’s Bylaws to eliminate the requirement that stockholder written consents must be unanimous.

4.
To ratify the selection of Grant Thornton LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2017.

5.
To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment of the meeting.

Who is Entitled to Vote at the Annual Meeting?

Stockholders of record at the close of business on April 6, 2017 will be entitled to notice of and to vote at the meeting or any adjournment of the Annual Meeting. As of that date, there were 60,438,960 shares of our common stock outstanding. Each share of our common stock is entitled to one vote on each matter to be voted on at the Annual Meeting. Stockholders are not entitled to cumulative voting rights in the election of directors.

How Do I Vote My Shares?

Your vote is important. Whether you hold shares directly as a stockholder of record or beneficially in “street name” (through a broker, bank or other nominee), you may vote your shares without attending the Annual Meeting. You may vote by granting a proxy or, for shares held in street name, by submitting voting instructions to your broker or nominee.

If you are a stockholder whose shares are registered in your name, you may vote your shares in person at the meeting or by one of the three following methods:

Vote by Internet , by going to the web address http://www.proxyvote.com and following the on-screen instructions or scan the QR code with your smartphone. Have your Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials or proxy card available when you access the web page.

Vote by Telephone , by dialing 1-800-690-6903 in the United States or 1-718-921-8500 from foreign countries from any touch-tone telephone and following the instructions for telephone voting shown on your proxy card. Have your proxy card available when you call.

Vote by Mail , if you received a set of proxy materials in the mail, by completing, signing, dating and mailing the enclosed proxy card in the envelope provided. If you vote on the Internet or by telephone, please do not mail your proxy card.

In Person , by attending the annual meeting.

If your shares are held in street name, you may receive a separate voting instruction form or you may need to contact your broker, bank or other nominee to determine whether you will be able to vote electronically using the Internet or telephone.
 
The deadline for voting by telephone or on the Internet is 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on Sunday, June 4, 2017. Please see your Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials, proxy card or the information your bank, broker or other holder of record provided to you for more information on your options for voting.

How Will My Shares Be Voted?

If you return your signed proxy card or use the Internet or telephone voting before the Annual Meeting, the named proxies will vote your shares as you direct.

For Proposal No. 1—Election of Directors, you may:

Vote FOR any or all of the director nominees; or

WITHHOLD your vote from any or all of the director nominees.

For Proposal No. 2—Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Bylaws to Declassify the Board of Directors and to Make Related Changes, Effective Immediately After the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, you may:

Vote FOR the proposal;

Vote AGAINST the proposal; or

ABSTAIN from voting on the proposal.

For Proposal No. 3—Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Bylaws to Eliminate the Requirement that Stockholder Written Consents Must Be Unanimous, you may:

Vote FOR the proposal;

Vote AGAINST the proposal; or

ABSTAIN from voting on the proposal.

For Proposal No. 4—Ratification of Selection of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm, you may:

Vote FOR the proposal;

Vote AGAINST the proposal; or

ABSTAIN from voting on the proposal.

If you send in your proxy card or use the Internet or telephone voting, but you do not specify how you want to vote your shares, the proxies will vote your shares:

FOR all of the director nominees for directors in Proposal No. 1— Election of Directors;

FOR Proposal No. 2— Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Bylaws to Declassify the Board of Directors and to Make Related Changes, Effective Immediately After the Annual Meeting of Stockholders;

FOR Proposal No. 3—Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Bylaws to Eliminate the Requirement that Stockholder Written Consents Must Be Unanimous; and

FOR Proposal No. 4—Ratification of Selection of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.

How Does the Board of Directors Recommend that I Vote?

The Board of Directors recommends that you vote:

FOR all of the director nominees in Proposal No. 1—Election of Directors;
 
FOR Proposal No. 2—Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Bylaws to Declassify the Board of Directors and to Make Related Changes, Effective Immediately After the Annual Meeting of Stockholders;

FOR Proposal No. 3— Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Bylaws to Eliminate the Requirement that Stockholder Written Consents Must Be Unanimous; and

FOR Proposal No. 4—Ratification of Selection of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.

How Can I Revoke or Change My Vote?

If you are a stockholder whose shares are registered in your name, you may revoke your proxy at any time before it is voted by one of the following methods:

Submitting another proper proxy with a more recent date than that of the proxy first given by following the Internet or telephone voting instructions or completing, signing, dating and returning a proxy card to us;

Sending written notice of revocation to our Corporate Secretary; or

Attending the Annual Meeting and voting by ballot.

If you hold your shares through a broker, bank or other nominee, you may revoke your proxy by following the instructions your broker, bank or other nominee provides.

How Many Shares Must Be Present to Hold the Annual Meeting?

The presence at the Annual Meeting, in person or by proxy, of the holders of one-third of the issued and outstanding shares of our common stock entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting, as of the record date, will constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at the Annual Meeting. In general, shares of our common stock represented by a properly signed and returned proxy card, properly voted by Internet or telephone, or voted by your broker will be counted as shares present and entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting for purposes of determining a quorum. Shares represented by proxies marked “Abstain” and “broker non-votes” are counted in determining whether a quorum is present. A “broker non-vote” is a proxy returned by a broker on behalf of its beneficial owner customer that is not voted on a particular matter because voting instructions have not been received by the broker from the customer, and the broker does not have discretionary authority to vote on behalf of such customer on such matter. The Annual Meeting may be adjourned to any other time and any other place by the stockholders present or represented at the meeting and entitled to vote even when such stockholders do not constitute a quorum.

What Vote is Required for Each Proposal?

You are entitled to cast one vote for each share of common stock you own, and there is no cumulative voting. Assuming a quorum is present or represented at the Annual Meeting, either in person or by proxy, the following vote is required for each of the following matters:

Proposal No. 1—Election of Directors requires the affirmative vote of a plurality of the votes cast at the election.

Proposal No. 2 —Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Bylaws to Declassify the Board of Directors and To Make Related Changes, Effective Immediately After the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, requires the affirmative vote of the holders of at least 75% of the votes which all of the stockholders would be entitled to cast at an annual election of directors or class of directors.

Proposal No. 3—Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Bylaws to Eliminate the Requirement that Stockholder Written Consents Must Be Unanimous, requires the affirmative vote of the holders of at least 75% of the votes which all of the stockholders would be entitled to cast at an annual election of directors or class of directors.

Proposal No. 4—Ratification of Selection of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm requires the affirmative vote of a majority of shares of our common stock voting on the matter for approval.

If your shares are held in “street name” and you do not indicate how you wish to vote, your broker is permitted to exercise its discretion to vote your shares on certain “routine” matters. The routine matter to be submitted to our stockholders at the Annual Meeting is Proposal No. 4—Ratification of Selection of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm. Proposal No. 1—Election of Directors, Proposal No. 2—Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Bylaws to Declassify the Board of Directors and to Make Related Changes, Effective Immediately After the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, and Proposal No. 3—Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Bylaws to Eliminate the Requirement that Stockholder Written Consents Must Be Unanimous are not routine matters. Accordingly, if you do not direct your broker as to how to vote for a director in Proposal No. 1, Proposal No. 2 or Proposal No. 3, your broker is not allowed to vote your shares on those Proposals.
 
For purposes of Proposal No. 1, Proposal No. 2 and Proposal No. 3, broker non-votes are not considered to be “votes cast” at the meeting. As such, a broker non-vote will not be counted as a vote “For” or “Withheld” with respect to a director in Proposal No. 1; and, therefore, will have no effect on the outcome of the vote on such proposal. A broker non-vote will not be counted as a vote “For,” “Against” or “Abstain” with respect to Proposal No. 2 or Proposal No. 3, but will have the effect of a vote “Against” Proposal No. 2 or Proposal No. 3. For purposes of Proposal No. 4, there will be no broker non-votes. A proxy marked “Abstain” will be counted in determining the total number of “votes cast” on Proposal No. 2, Proposal No. 3and Proposal No. 4 and will have the effect of a vote “Against” the Proposals.

Who Will Count the Votes?

We currently expect that Broadridge Corporate Issuer Solutions will tabulate the votes, and our Corporate Secretary will be our inspector of elections for the Annual Meeting.

Where Do I Find the Voting Results for the Annual Meeting?

We will publish the voting results in a current report on Form 8-K, which is due to be filed with the SEC within four business days of the 2017 Annual Meeting. You can also go to our website at www.cogentixmedical.com in the Investor Relations section to access the Form 8-K.

How Do I Receive a Printed Copy of Proxy Materials?

To request a printed copy of the proxy materials, please call 800-579-1639, e-mail sendmaterial@proxyvote.com or visit www.proxyvote.com. To make your request, you will need the 16-digit control number printed on your Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, proxy card or broker materials.

Whom Do I Contact if I Have Questions Regarding the Annual Meeting?

If you have any questions or require assistance in voting your shares of common stock, please call our Corporate Secretary at (952) 426-6152.

Are There Any Matters to be Voted on at the Annual Meeting that are not Included in this Proxy Statement?

We are currently not aware of any business to be acted upon at the Annual Meeting other than that described in this proxy statement. If other matters are properly brought before the Annual Meeting, or any adjournment or postponement of the Annual Meeting, your proxy includes discretionary authority on the part of the individuals appointed to vote your shares or act on those matters according to their best judgment, including any adjournment of the Annual Meeting if a quorum is not present.

How Will Business Be Conducted at the Annual Meeting?

The presiding officer at the Annual Meeting will determine how business at the meeting will be conducted. Only nominations and other proposals brought before the 2017 Annual Meeting in accordance with the advance notice and information requirements of our Bylaws or in accordance with the rules for stockholder proposals under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, will be considered. No such nominations or other proposals were received.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This proxy statement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and are subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. We have identified some of these forward-looking statements with words like “believe,” “may,” “could,” “would,” “might,” “possible,” “potential,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “predict,” “anticipate,” “estimate” and “continue”, the negative of these words, other words and terms of similar meaning and the use of future dates. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. These uncertainties include factors that affect all businesses as well as matters specific to us. Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. Uncertainties and risks may cause our actual results to be materially different than those expressed in or implied by our forward-looking statements. For us, particular uncertainties and risks include, among others, our history of operating losses and negative cash flow, uncertainties regarding clinical testing, the difficulty of developing pharmaceutical products, obtaining regulatory and other approvals and achieving market acceptance and other risks and uncertainties described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including our most recent annual report on Form 10-K. All forward-looking statements in this proxy statement speak only as of the date of this proxy statement and are based on our current beliefs and expectations. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.
 
SHARE OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS, MANAGEMENT AND DIRECTORS
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Beneficial Ownership

The table below sets forth information known to us regarding the beneficial ownership of our common stock as of March 15, 2017 for:

each person our company believes beneficially holds more than 5% of the outstanding shares of our common stock based solely on our company’s review of SEC filings;

each of our directors and nominees for directors;

each of the named executive officers named in the Summary Compensation Table under the heading “Executive Compensation—Summary Compensation Table for Fiscal 2016 ” (we collectively refer to these persons as our “named executive officers”); and

all of our directors and executive officers as a group.

The number of shares beneficially owned by a person includes shares subject to options held by that person that are currently exercisable or that become exercisable within 60 days of March 15, 2017. Percentage calculations assume, for each person and group, that all shares that may be acquired by such person or group pursuant to options currently exercisable or that become exercisable within 60 days of March 15, 2017 are outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage of common stock owned by such person or group. However, such unissued shares of common stock described above are not deemed to be outstanding for calculating the percentage of common stock owned by any other person.

Except as otherwise indicated, the persons in the table below have sole voting and investment power with respect to all shares of common stock shown as beneficially owned by them, subject to community property laws where applicable and subject to the information contained in the notes to the table.

Name and Address of Beneficial Owner (1)
   
Amount and
Nature of
Beneficial
Ownership (2)
   
Percent of
Class
 
Beneficial Owners of More Than 5%
             
Accelmed Growth Partners, L.P. (“Accelmed”)
c/o Accelmed Growth Partners Management Ltd.
6 Hachoshlim St. 6th Floor
Herzliya Pituach, 46120
 
     
16,129,033
     
26.7
%
Nantahala Capital Management LLC
19 Old Kings Highway S, Suite 200
Darien, CT 06820
 
     
3,132,384
     
5.2
%
Named Executive Officers and Directors
                 
James D’Orta
     
100,000
     
0.2
%
Uri Geiger
     
16,129,033
(3)
   
26.7
%
Darin Hammers
     
467,345
     
0.8
%
Cheryl Pegus
     
140,300
     
0.2
%
Lewis Pell
     
20,051,723
     
33.2
%
Kenneth Samet
     
100,000
     
0.2
%
Nachum Shamir
     
100,000
     
0.2
%
Howard I. Zauberman
     
462,299
     
0.8
%
Brett Reynolds
     
150,071
     
0.2
%
Chris Arnold
     
100,336
     
0.2
%
All Executive Officers and Directors as a Group
     
37,894,271
     
62.7
%
 

(1)
The business address for each of the directors and named executive officers of Cogentix is c/o Cogentix Medical, Inc., 5420 Feltl Road, Minnetonka, Minnesota 55343.
 
(2)
Includes for the persons listed below the following shares of common stock subject to options held by such persons that are currently exercisable or become exercisable within 60 days of March 15, 2017:
 
Name
 
Shares of Common Stock
Underlying
Stock Options
 
Cheryl Pegus
   
2,000
 
Howard Zauberman
   
189,999
 
Darin Hammers
   
139,330
 
Chris Arnold
   
61,332
 

(3)
Includes shares held by Accelmed. Mr. Geiger is the controlling member and managing partner of Accelmed Growth Partners (AGP) Limited, which is the general partner of Accelmed Growth Partners (GP), L.P., which is the general partner of Accelmed, and as a result, he may be deemed to beneficially own the shares held by Accelmed. Mr. Geiger is also the controlling shareholder and managing partner of Accelmed Growth Partners Management Ltd., which has certain voting and dispositive power over the shares held by Accelmed pursuant to a management agreement.

Mr. Geiger’s and Mr. Pell’s shares are subject to a voting agreement. For more detail, see “Information About Director Appointments in Connection with the Pell Debt Conversion and Accelmed Investment.”

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires our directors and executive officers and all persons who beneficially own more than 10 percent of the outstanding shares of our common stock to file with the SEC initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership of our common stock. Directors, executive officers and greater than 10 percent beneficial owners also are required to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file with the SEC. To our knowledge, based on a review of the copies of such reports and amendments to such reports furnished to us with respect to the year ended December 31, 2016,and based on written representations by our directors and executive officers, all required Section 16(a) reports under the Exchange Act, for our directors, executive officers and beneficial owners of greater than 10% of our common stock were filed on a timely basis during the year ended December 31, 2016, except that Form 3 reports were not timely filed on behalf of James D’Orta and Kenneth Samet upon their election to the Board of Directors, but later were filed in August 2016 upon receipt of their first restricted stock awards.
 
PROPOSAL NO. 1 – ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
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Number of Directors; Classes of Directors

Our Bylaws provide that the Board of Directors will consist of at least three members and the exact number of directors within such limitation will be fixed from time to time by the Board of Directors. The number of directors fixed by the Board of Directors is eight as of the date of the Annual Meeting.

Our Bylaws provide that our Board of Directors will be divided into three classes: Class I, Class II and Class III. No one Class of directors will have more than one more director than any other Class. The following table indicates the current members of the Board of Directors and Classes in which they serve:

Class I - Term ending at 2019
Annual Meeting
 
Class II – Term ending at 2017
Annual Meeting
 
Class III – Term ending at 2018
Annual Meeting
 
James D’Orta
Uri Geiger
Lewis Pell
Cheryl Pegus
Kenneth Samet
Nachum Shamir
Darin Hammers
Howard Zauberman

In 2016, the composition of the Board was shaped by the settlement of a proxy contest between Cogentix and Mr. Pell and related litigation, as well as Accelmed’s investment in the Company as described under the caption “Information About Director Appointments in Connection with the Pell Debt Conversion and Accelmed Investment.”

The Settlement Agreement dated May 23, 2016, among Cogentix and all of the then-current members of the Board, including Mr. Pell, resulted in the following changes to the Cogentix Board and management team:

Messrs. Pell, Zauberman and D’Orta were nominated for election at the 2016 Annual Meeting to serve as Class I directors. Immediately after the 2016 Annual Meeting, Mr. Zauberman resigned from Class I and was appointed by the Board to Class III to rebalance the Board composition under each class in accordance with the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws.

Robert C. Kill, the then-current President, Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Secretary of the Company, resigned effective as of May 23, 2016.

Mr. Hammers was appointed to serve as the interim Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company on May 24, 2016, and he was appointed to the role on a permanent basis effective July 11, 2016, when he also joined the Board as a Class III director and filled the vacancy created by Mr. Kill’s resignation.

Mr. Kill, Kevin Roche, and Kenneth Paulus each resigned as a director of the Company effective as of May 24, 2016.

Mr. Samet was appointed to the Board effective June 21, 2016 as a Class II director, pursuant to an agreement by the remaining members of the Board to use best efforts to, within 60 days of the effectiveness of such resignations, to nominate and elect as directors two outside, independent directors, including one financial expert.

Effective November 3, 2016, Messrs. Geiger and Shamir were appointed to the Board as Class I and Class II directors, respectively, in connection with Accelmed’s investment in Cogentix. Mr. Geiger succeeded Mr. Zauberman as Chairman of the Board.

Nominees for Director – Class II Directors

The Board of Directors has nominated Cheryl Pegus, Kenneth Samet and Nachum Shamir to serve as Class II directors for a three-year term ending at 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or until their respective successors are elected and qualified. All of the nominees are current members of the Board of Directors.

If prior to the Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors should learn that any nominee will be unable to serve for any reason, the proxies that otherwise would have been voted for the nominee will be voted for a substitute nominee as selected by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has no reason to believe that any of the nominees will be unable to serve.
 
Information About Director Appointments in Connection with the Pell Debt Conversion and Accelmed Investment

As a result of the Securities Purchase Agreement dated September 7, 2016 with Accelmed (the “Purchase Agreement”), and the Note Exchange Agreement dated September 7, 2016 with Mr. Pell (the “Note Exchange Agreement”), as of the record date for the 2017 Annual Meeting, Mr. Pell and Accelmed owned or controlled approximately 33% and 27%, respectively, of the outstanding common stock of the Company.

In connection with the Purchase Agreement, Accelmed and Mr. Pell entered into a voting agreement (the “Voting Agreement”), whereby Mr. Pell and Accelmed have agreed to vote their shares of the Company’s common stock for the other party’s nominees to the Board. Under the Voting Agreement, each of Mr. Pell and Accelmed are entitled to nominate two directors, with the remaining seats to be filled by nominees that are mutually agreed upon by Mr. Pell and Accelmed in accordance with the terms of the Voting Agreement. Mr. Pell subsequently nominated himself and Howard Zauberman to the Board, and Accelmed nominated Uri Geiger and Nachum Shamir. The Voting Agreement shall continue in effect until such time as Accelmed no longer owns any of the shares of common stock that Accelmed acquired pursuant to the Purchase Agreement However, Mr. Pell may terminate the Voting Agreement at any time Accelmed and its affiliates own in the aggregate less than 50% of the these purchased shares, and Accelmed may terminate the Voting Agreement at any time Mr. Pell and his affiliates own in the aggregate less than 50% of the shares of common stock issued to Mr. Pell pursuant to the Note Exchange Agreement.

The Voting Agreement is intended, in part, to qualify the Company as a “controlled company” under Nasdaq Rule 5615(c)(2), which permits the Company to utilize the controlled company exemption to the independent director requirements of Nasdaq Listing Rule 5605. Additionally, under the terms of the Purchase Agreement, the Company has agreed that principal Accelmed director shall serve as Chairman of the Board until Accelmed or its affiliates no longer own 50% of the shares purchased pursuant to the Purchase Agreement or unless otherwise agreed by Accelmed. Mr. Geiger currently serves as Chairman of the Board. The Company also amended its Bylaws to reduce the required quorum for all stockholder meetings to one-third of all issued and outstanding shares of voting stock of the Company.

Additional Information About Current Directors and Board Nominees

The paragraphs below provide information about each current director and nominee for director, including all positions he or she holds, his or her principal occupation and business experience for the past five years, and the names of other publicly-held companies of which he or she currently serves as a director or served as a director during the past five years. We believe that all of our director nominees display personal and professional integrity; appropriate levels of education and/or business experience; business acumen; an appropriate level of understanding of our business and its industry and other industries relevant to our business; the ability and willingness to devote adequate amount of time to the work of the Board of Directors and its committees; a fit of skills and personality with those of our other directors that helps build a board of directors that is effective, collegial and responsive to the needs of our company; strategic thinking and a willingness to share ideas; a diversity of experiences, expertise and background; and the ability to represent the interests of all of our stockholders. The information presented below regarding each current director and nominees for directors also sets forth specific experience, qualifications, attributes and skills that led the Board of Directors to the conclusion that each of them should serve as a director in light of our business.

Dr. Uri Geiger , age 49, has served as a director of our company and Chairman of the Board since November 2016. Dr. Geiger is Managing Partner of Accelmed Growth Partners, L.P., a private equity investment firm he co-founded in 2009 focused on medical device companies, which as of the record date of the 2017 Annual Meeting, owned approximately 27% of the Company’s outstanding common stock. Prior to founding Accelmed, Dr. Geiger served as the CEO of Exalenz Bioscience Ltd., a medical technology company, from May 2006 until December 2008. Prior to that, Dr. Geiger co-founded and was the CEO of GalayOr Networks, a developer of optical components from 2001 until 2003. Dr. Geiger was also the founding partner of Dragon Variation Fund in 2000, one of Israel’s first hedge funds, which was sold to Migdal in 2007. Dr. Geiger worked on Wall Street during the 1990s, where he gained a broad understanding of and significant experience in capital markets. Dr. Geiger was formerly an adjunct professor at Tel Aviv University’s Recanati School of Business where he lectured on private equity and venture capital and authored the books “Startup Companies and Venture Capital” and “From Concept to Wall Street”. Dr. Geiger previously served on the board of directors of EndoChoice Holdings Inc. from January 2014 until March 2016. Dr. Geiger’s years of leadership experience in both financial and business settings of the healthcare industry make him well-suited to serve as a member of the Board.

Darin Hammers , age 52, has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since May 2016. Mr. Hammers’ experience includes over 25 years of increasing leadership roles in Urology. He joined Cogentix’s predecessor company Uroplasty as Vice President of Global Sales in January 2013 and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing in August 2013. In January 2016 he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer prior to being named interim President and CEO in May 2016, and President and CEO in July 2016. Prior to joining Uroplasty, Mr. Hammers was Vice President of Sales for Bard Medical Division of C.R. Bard based in Covington, GA, focused on Urology care products. Prior to that, Mr. Hammers spent more than 12 years with Boston Scientific in various sales leadership positions in the Urology/Gynecology areas. Mr. Hammers brings to the Board of Directors of the Company substantial experience and insight in marketing and executive management of medical device companies.
 
Dr. James D’Orta , age 65, has been a director of our company since May 2016. He most recently served as a Director and Chief Executive Officer of ACell, a Maryland-based medical device manufacturer, from 2013 to 2015. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer of ACell, he served as a member of the board of directors and as chairman of the board’s Corporate Governance, Nominating and Compliance Committees. Prior to ACell, Dr. D’Orta served as the Founder and CEO of Consumer Health Services, Inc. from 2005 to 2013, which provided medical support for the walk-in medical clinics in Duane Reed drugstores. Consumer Health Services was acquired by Walgreens in 2013. Mr. D’Orta formerly was an investor, medical advisor and member of the Board of Directors of Minute Clinic, the walk-in medical clinics which was sold to CVS drugstores. Earlier, he was founder and CEO of LifeLink MD, providing distribution, training and medical oversight for automated external defibrillators (AEDs), as well as public advocacy and education that helped make AEDs widely available. That company was later sold to Medtronic. Dr. D’Orta also served as a director on the board of directors of CareFirst, Inc. of BlueCross/BlueShield from 2007 to 2015. Dr. D’Orta currently serves on the board of directors of MedStar Health, Inc. Dr. D’Orta’s years of leadership experience in both clinical and business settings of the healthcare industry make him well-suited to serve as a member of the Board.

Dr. Cheryl Pegus , age 53, has been a director of our company since 2013. She is currently the Director, Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Innovation, Associate Chair, Clinical Innovation at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Population Health at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Pegus is also the President of Caluent, LLC, a health care advisory company and President of the American Heart Association Founder’s Affiliate. Previously, she was the Chief Medical Officer for Walgreens and served as the General Manager and Chief Medical Officer for SymCare Personalized Health Solutions, Inc., a J&J start-up company. Dr. Pegus is currently a Director of Glytec, a glycemic clinical software organization. Dr. Pegus has more than 20 years of clinical practice and industry experience that make her well-suited to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of our company.

Lewis Pell , age 73, is a co-founder of our company and has been a director since 1992. Mr. Pell served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company from 2005 to 2015. Mr. Pell also briefly served as the Company’s Principal Executive Officer from June 2013 to August 2013. Prior to 2005, Mr. Pell served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1992. Mr. Pell is a founder or co-founder and chairman and director of several privately held medical device companies and is the chairman of Photomedex, Inc., a publicly-traded dermatology company. We believe Mr. Pell’s extensive experience with Cogentix and other companies in the medical device industry, particularly his experience serving as a founder and a member of the board of directors of numerous medical device companies, and creating and developing new and emerging companies and bringing innovative medical device and technology to the marketplace, makes him well-suited to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of our company.

Mr. Kenneth Samet , age 58, has served as a director of our company since June 2016. Mr. Samet has been President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of MedStar Health, a $5 billion not-for-profit, healthcare delivery system since 2008. From 2003 to 2008, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of MedStar Health, and prior to that, he served as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Samet served as President of MedStar Washington Hospital Center, one of the nation’s largest tertiary care hospitals, in the District of Columbia from 1990 to 2000. From the mid-1980s to 1990, Mr. Samet held a variety of leadership positions with the Medlantic Healthcare Group, which merged with Helix Health in 1998 to create MedStar Health. Mr. Samet has served as a director of Evolent Health, Inc. since 2015. Mr. Samet’s years of leadership experience in large healthcare providers make him well-suited to serve as a member of the Board.

Nachum (Homi)   Shamir , age 63, has served as a director of our company since November 2016. Mr. Shamir currently serves as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Luminex Corporation, a publically traded biotechnology company based in Austin, Texas, a position he has held since October 2014. Prior to joining Luminex, Mr. Shamir was the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Given Imaging Ltd., a developer, manufacturer and marketer of diagnostic products for the visualization and detection of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract which was acquired by Covidien PLC in early 2014. Mr. Shamir held this position from April 2006 to June 2014. Prior to joining Given Imaging, Mr. Shamir was Corporate Vice President of Eastman Kodak Company and President of Eastman Kodak´s Transaction and Industrial Solutions Group. Additionally, he served over ten years at Scitex Corporation (now Scailex Corp., Ltd.), a manufacturer of products, systems and equipment for the graphics design, printing and publishing markets, in positions of increasing responsibility, including President and CEO from 2003 to 2004. Mr. Shamir currently serves on the board of directors of Luminex Corporation and has been serving in such position since October 2014. Mr. Shamir previously served on the board of directors of Given Imaging from April 2006 to June 2014. Mr. Shamir’s knowledge and executive leadership in the health care industry make him well-suited to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of our company.

Howard Zauberman , age 64, has been a director of our company since 2013. Mr. Zauberman was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from 2013 to March 2015. Mr. Zauberman has over 30 years of experience as a leader in the medical products industry. Prior to joining the Company, from 2005 to 2012, he was Vice President of Business Development at Henry Schein, Inc., a leading global health care distributor serving office based medical practitioners. Mr. Zauberman also served as a Special Venture Partner at Galen Partners, a health care growth equity and late stage venture capital firm, focused on technology enabled services, medical devices and specialty pharmaceuticals. Mr. Zauberman also held senior management positions at ETHICON, Inc. a Johnson & Johnson company and Pfizer, Inc. Mr. Zauberman’s knowledge and executive leadership in the health care industry make him well-suited to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of our company.

Board Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR the election of all of the nominees for directors named in this proxy statement.
 
PROPOSAL NO. 2 — AMENDMENT AND RESTATEMENT OF THE COMPANY’S CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION AND AMENDMENT AND RESTATEMENT OF THE COMPANY’S BYLAWS TO DECLASSIFY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND TO MAKE RELATED CHANGES, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
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Our Board of Directors has approved, and hereby recommends that our stockholders approve, the amendment and restatement of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation (the “Restated Certificate”) which would replace the Company’s current Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the  “Current Certificate”) in its entirety, and the amendment and restatement of the Company’s Bylaws (the “Restated Bylaws”), which would replace the current Amended and Restated Bylaws (“Current Bylaws”) in their entirety,  to declassify our Board of Directors and to make related changes, effective immediately after the Annual Meeting.

This Proposal is being presented because declassifying the Board would increase director accountability to our stockholders, by allowing all directors to be elected or re-elected by stockholders on an annual basis.  Furthermore, in connection with Accelmed’s investment in the Company pursuant to the terms of the Purchase Agreement, Accelmed has the right to require the Company to take all corporate actions necessary to adopt the Restated Certificate and the Restated Bylaws, subject to stockholder approval.  

Pursuant to our Current Certificate and our Current Bylaws, the Board of Directors is divided into three classes, denominated Class I, Class II and Class III, with members of each class holding office for staggered three-year terms and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified. The Board of Directors currently consists of eight members, three of whom are Class I Directors whose term expires at the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, three of whom are Class II Directors whose term expires at this Annual Meeting and two of whom are Class III Directors whose term expires at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

If this Proposal No. 2 is approved by stockholders, directors elected at a subsequent annual meeting of stockholders would be elected to one-year terms, and until their successors are duly elected and qualified. Any director chosen as a result of a newly created directorship or to fill a vacancy on the Board of Directors would hold office until the next annual meeting of stockholders. The entire Board of Directors would stand for election at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

The Restated Certificate and the Restated Bylaws would also eliminate the supermajority vote required to alter, amend or repeal these provisions in the future, and would make related changes, including:

Requiring that directors be elected by written ballot, which is the default provision under Delaware General Corporation Law. The Current Bylaws provide that director elections need not be by written ballot.

Permitting stockholders holding a majority of the shares then entitled to vote at an election of directors to remove directors either with or without cause, which is the default provision under Delaware General Corporation Law for declassified boards. Currently, so long as the Board of Directors is classified, stockholders may remove directors only for cause.

Setting the minimum number of directors at seven in the Restated Certificate. The Current Certificate establishes a minimum number of three directors.

Making certain conforming updates in the Restated Certificate and Restated Bylaws.

Under the terms of the Current Certificate and the Current Bylaws, the Restated Certificate and the Restated Bylaws must be adopted by the affirmative vote of the holders of at least 75% of the votes which all of the stockholders would be entitled to cast at an annual election of directors or class of directors. If the Restated Certificate and the Restated Bylaws are not adopted by the stockholders, the Board of Directors will remain classified, and none of the related changes will be made.

In order to declassify the Board of Directors and to make related changes, the proposed Restated Certificate includes amendments to the Preamble, and Articles Second, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth of the Current Certificate, as set forth in Appendix A to this proxy statement, and the proposed Restated Bylaws include amendments to Article 2 of the Current Bylaws, as set forth in Appendix B to this proxy statement.

Board Recommendation

The Board of Directors unanimously recommends a vote FOR the amendment and restatement of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and the amendment and restatement of the Company’s Bylaws to declassify the Board of Directors and to make related changes, effective immediately after the Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
 
PROPOSAL NO. 3 —AMENDMENT AND RESTATEMENT OF THE COMPANY’S CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION AND AMENDMENT AND RESTATEMENT OF THE COMPANY’S BYLAWS TO ELIMINATE THE REQUIREMENT THAT STOCKHOLDER WRITTEN CONSENTS MUST BE UNANIMOUS
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Our Board of Directors has approved, and hereby recommends that our stockholders approve, the amendment and restatement of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation (the “Restated Certificate”) which would replace the Company’s current Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the  “Current Certificate”) in its entirety, and the amendment and restatement of the Company’s Bylaws (the “Restated Bylaws”), which would replace the current Amended and Restated Bylaws (“Current Bylaws”) in their entirety, to eliminate the requirement that stockholder written consents must be unanimous.

This Proposal is being presented because eliminating the requirement for unanimous stockholder written consents would increase director accountability to our stockholders, by increasing the ability of stockholders to make Board and governance changes without waiting for an annual or special meeting.   Furthermore, in connection with Accelmed’s investment in the Company pursuant to the terms of the Purchase Agreement, Accelmed has the right to require the Company to take all corporate actions necessary to adopt the Restated Certificate and the Restated Bylaws, subject to stockholder approval.  

Currently, any action required or permitted to be taken at any annual or special meeting of stockholders of the Company may be taken without a meeting, without prior notice and without a vote, if a written consent, setting forth the action so taken, is signed by the holders of all of the outstanding shares of stock that would be entitled to vote thereon at a meeting of stockholders.

If this Proposal No. 3 is approved by stockholders, the Current Certificate and the Current Bylaws would be amended and restated to remove the requirement that stockholder written consents must be unanimous, so that by default under Section 228 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, stockholders holding not less than the minimum number of votes that would be necessary to authorize or take an action at a meeting at which all shares entitled to vote thereon were present and voted, may take the same action by written consent. As a result, Accelmed and Lewis Pell, two of our stockholders whose beneficial ownership of the Company’s common stock is described under “Share Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners, Management and Directors,” when acting together, would hold a sufficient number of votes to approve a stockholder action by written consent for those matters requiring approval of a majority of all shares entitled to vote thereon.  The Restated Certificate and the Restated Bylaws would also eliminate the supermajority vote required to alter, amend or repeal these provisions in the future.

Under the terms of the Current Certificate and the Current Bylaws, the Restated Certificate and the Restated Bylaws must be adopted by the affirmative vote of the holders of at least 75% of the votes which all of the stockholders would be entitled to cast at an annual election of directors or class of directors. If the Restated Certificate and the Restated Bylaws are not adopted by the stockholders, they may continue to act only by unanimous written consent of all shares of common stock issued and outstanding.

In order to eliminate the requirement that stockholder written consents must be unanimous, the proposed Restated Certificate includes amendments to Article Thirteenth of the Current Certificate, as set forth in Appendix A to this proxy statement, and the proposed Restated Bylaws include amendments to Article 1 of the Current Bylaws, as set forth in Appendix B to this proxy statement.

Board Recommendation

The Board of Directors unanimously recommends a vote FOR the amendment and restatement of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and the amendment and restatement of the Company’s Bylaws to eliminate the requirement that stockholder written consents must be unanimous.
 
PROPOSAL NO. 4 — RATIFICATION OF SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT
REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
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Selection of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The Audit Committee has selected Grant Thornton LLP (“Grant Thornton”) to serve as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017, and to perform such other appropriate accounting services as may be approved by the Audit Committee.

The Audit Committee and the Board of Directors propose and recommend that our stockholders ratify the selection of Grant Thornton to serve as our company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017.

If stockholders do not ratify the appointment of Grant Thornton, the Audit Committee will reconsider its selection, but it retains sole responsibility for appointing and terminating our independent registered public accounting firm.

Representatives of Grant Thornton will be present at the Annual Meeting to respond to appropriate questions. They also will have an opportunity to make a statement if they wish to do so.

Audit, Audit-Related, Tax and Other Fees

The tables below present fees for professional services rendered by Grant Thornton and its affiliates for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and the nine-month transition period beginning immediately after the Merger and ended December 31, 2015.

   
Aggregate Amount Billed
 
   
2016
   
2015
 
Audit Fees (1)           
 
$
298,512
   
$
316,505
 
Audit Related Fees (2)
   
33,280
     
15,600
 
Tax Fees (3)           
   
9,691
     
7,066
 
 

(1)
Audit fees consisted of the audit of our annual financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and the nine-month transition period beginning immediately after the Merger and ended December 31, 2015.

(2)
Audit related fees for the current and prior year consisted of fees related to our annual 401(k) audit.  Fees for the current year also include fees related to the Accelmed Investment and Pell debt conversion.

(3)
Tax fees are for work associated with our international subsidiaries.

Pre-Approval Policies and Procedures

The Audit Committee has adopted procedures pursuant to which all audit, audit-related and tax services, and all permissible non-audit services provided by our independent registered public accounting firm must be pre-approved by the Audit Committee. All services rendered by Grant Thornton during our fiscal year 2016 were permissible under applicable laws and regulations and were approved in advance by the Audit Committee in accordance with the rules adopted by the SEC in order to implement requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, other than de minimis non-audit services allowed under applicable law.

Board Recommendation

The Board of Directors unanimously recommends a vote FOR ratification of the appointment of Grant Thornton LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017 .
 
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
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Introduction

Our shares of common stock trade on The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. (“NASDAQ”) under the symbol “CGNT”.

Over the last several years, our Board of Directors has taken several actions to improve our corporate governance. These actions include the approval of:

Revised charters for the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors;

Revised Amended and Restated Code of Ethics and Business Conduct;

Revised Insider Trading Policy;

Adoption of Corporate Governance Guidelines;

Adoption of a Policy Statement Regarding Director Nominations; and

Adoption of Director Expense Reimbursement Policy.

At the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, our Board of Directors is recommending additional corporate governance enhancements that increase director accountability, namely that stockholders approve our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation and Amended and Restated Bylaws to:

Declassify the Board of Directors,

Permit stockholders holding a majority of the shares then entitled to vote at an election of directors to remove directors either with or without cause, and

Remove the requirement that stockholder written consents must be unanimous.

Instead, in accordance with the default provision under Delaware law, stockholder written consents could be signed by the holders of outstanding stock having not less than the minimum number of votes that would be necessary to authorize or take such action at a meeting at which all shares entitled to vote thereon were present and voted.

Corporate Governance Guidelines

The Board of Directors has adopted and periodically reviews our Corporate Governance Guidelines. These Corporate Governance Guidelines are intended to serve as a flexible framework within which the Board of Directors may conduct its business. A copy of these Corporate Governance Guidelines can be found on the Corporate Governance section of our corporate website at http://ir.cogentixmedical.com . Among the topics addressed in our Corporate Governance Guidelines are:

Director Qualification Standards and Responsibility

Size of the Board of Directors

Board Committees

Board Leadership

Board Meetings

Executive Sessions of Independent Directors

Director Compensation

Conflict of Interest and Director Independence

Ethical Conduct and Confidentiality
 
Director Independence

For a director of our company to be considered independent, the Board of Directors must affirmatively determine that the director meets the independence standards under the listing standards of NASDAQ, and the Board of Directors must affirmatively determine that the director has no material relationship with us, either directly or indirectly as a partner, stockholder or officer of an organization that has a relationship with us. The Board of Directors will consider all relevant facts and circumstances in making an independence determination, including all commercial, industrial, banking, consulting, legal, accounting, charitable, familial or other relationships any director may have with us. The Board has determined that all of the directors and director nominees, other than former director Mr. Kill and current directors Messrs. Hammers, Pell and Zauberman, based on their past and present employment relationships with our company, satisfy the independence standards of NASDAQ.

Because a majority of the voting power of Cogentix’s outstanding common stock is owned or controlled by Lewis Pell and Accelmed, acting as a group pursuant to the Voting Agreement described under the caption “Information About Director Appointments in Connection with the Pell Debt Conversion and Accelmed Investment,” the Company qualifies as a “controlled company” under NASDAQ Rule 5615(c)(2). As a result, the Company is exempt from certain NASDAQ listing requirements, including the requirements to have a majority of independent directors on the Board and fully independent Compensation and Governance and Nominating Committees. However, the Company continues to meet those requirements as of the date of this proxy statement.

Board Leadership Structure

The Board of Directors believes that our stockholders are best served if the Board of Directors retains the flexibility to adapt its leadership structure to applicable facts and circumstances, which necessarily change over time. Accordingly, under our Corporate Governance Guidelines, the offices of Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer may or may not be separated. However, under our Corporate Governance Guidelines, if at any time the Chief Executive Officer also serves as the Chair of the Board, the Board of Directors will elect an independent director as the lead director.

Uri Geiger currently serves as our independent Chairman of the Board. Darin Hammers currently serves as our President and Chief Executive Officer. We currently believe this leadership structure provides both independent oversight and familiarity with the day-to-day operations of our company, and that it is in the best interests of our company and stockholders.

Executive Sessions

At each regular meeting of the Board of Directors, our independent directors meet in executive session with no company management or other interested directors present during a portion of the meeting. Mr. Geiger, as our independent Chairman of the Board, presides over these executive sessions and serves as a liaison between the independent directors and our Chief Executive Officer.

Board Meetings and Attendance

The Board of Directors held 17 meetings during our fiscal 2016. All of our directors attended 75 percent or more of the aggregate meetings of the Board of Directors and all committees on which they served during our fiscal 2016.

Board Committees

The Board of Directors has three standing committees: Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Governance and Nominating Committee. Each of these committees has the composition and responsibilities described below. The Board of Directors from time to time may establish other committees to facilitate the management of our company and may change the composition and the responsibilities of our existing committees. Each of our three standing committees has a charter which can be found on the on the Corporate Governance section of our corporate website at http://ir.cogentixmedical.com . The table below summarizes the current membership of each of our three standing board committees by our non-employee directors. None of our employee directors or non-independent directors serve as a member of any of our board committees.

Director
 
Audit
 
Compensation
 
Governance and Nominating Committee
James D’Orta
 
 
Chair
 
Cheryl Pegus
 
 
 
Chair
Kenneth Samet
 
Chair
 
 
Nachum Shamir
 
 
 
 
Audit Committee

Responsibilities . The primary responsibilities of the Audit Committee include:

overseeing our accounting and financial reporting processes, systems of internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures on behalf of the Board of Directors and reporting the results or findings of its oversight activities to the Board of Directors;

having sole authority to appoint, retain and oversee the work of our independent registered public accounting firm and establishing the compensation to be paid to the independent registered public accounting firm;

establishing procedures for the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints regarding accounting, internal accounting controls and/or or auditing matters and for the confidential, anonymous submission by our employees of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters;

reviewing and pre-approving all audit services and permissible non-audit services to be performed for us by our independent registered public accounting firm as provided under the federal securities laws and rules and regulations of the SEC; and

overseeing our system to monitor and manage risk, and legal and ethical compliance programs, including the establishment and administration (including the grant of any waiver from) of a written code of ethics applicable to each of our principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions.

The Audit Committee has the authority to engage the services of outside experts and advisors as it deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its duties and responsibilities.

Composition and Audit Committee Financial Expert . The current members of the Audit Committee are Mr. Samet, Ms. Pegus and Mr. D’Orta. Mr. Samet is the chair of the Audit Committee.

Each current member of the Audit Committee qualifies as “independent” for purposes of membership on audit committees under the listing standards of NASDAQ and the rules and regulations of the SEC and is “financially literate” under the listing standards of NASDAQ. In addition, the Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Samet qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined by the rules and regulations of the SEC and meets the qualifications of “financial sophistication” under the listing standards of NASDAQ. These designations related to the Audit Committee members’ experience and understanding with respect to certain accounting and auditing matters are disclosure requirements of the SEC and NASDAQ and do not impose upon any of them any duties, obligations or liabilities that are greater than those generally imposed on a member of the Audit Committee or of the Board of Directors.

Meetings . The Audit Committee met 6 times during our fiscal 2016.

Compensation Committee

Responsibilities . The primary responsibilities of the Compensation Committee include:

determining the annual salaries, incentive compensation, long-term incentive compensation, special or supplemental benefits or perquisites and any and all other compensation applicable to our Chief Executive Officer and other executive officers;

determining any revisions to corporate goals and objectives with respect to compensation for our chief executive officer and other executive officers and establishing and leading a process for the full Board of Directors to evaluate the performance of our Chief Executive Officer and other executive officers in light of those goals and objectives;

administering our equity-based compensation plans, including determining specific grants of incentive awards for executive officers and other employees under our equity-based compensation plans;

reviewing and discussing with our Chief Executive Officer and reporting periodically to the Board of Directors plans for executive officer development and corporate succession plans for the Chief Executive Officer and other key executive officers and employees; and

establishing and leading a process for determination of the compensation applicable to the non-employee directors on the Board of Directors.
 
The Compensation Committee has the authority to engage the services of outside experts and advisors as it deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its duties and responsibilities.

Composition . The current members of the Compensation Committee are Mr. D’Orta, Ms. Pegus and Mr. Shamir. Mr. D’Orta is the chair of the Compensation Committee. Each of the three current members of the Compensation Committee is an “independent director” under the listing standards of NASDAQ and a “non-employee director” within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act.

Meetings . The Compensation Committee met four times during our fiscal 2016.

Governance and Nominating Committee

Responsibilities . The primary responsibilities of the Governance and Nominating Committee are:

overseeing all aspects of corporate governance, including acting as an independent committee evaluating transactions between our company and significant stockholders, directors and director nominees, or executive officers;

succession planning and identifying individuals qualified to become members of the Board of Directors;

recommending director nominees for each annual meeting of our stockholders and director nominees to fill any vacancies that may occur between meetings of stockholders;

being aware of best practices in corporate governance and developing and recommending to the Board of Directors a set of Corporate Governance Guidelines; and

developing and overseeing a Board and Board committee evaluation process.

The Governance and Nominating Committee annually reviews transactions between the Company and its significant stockholders, directors and director nominees, or executive officers that are greater than $120,000. The review encompasses transactions with affiliates and immediate family members. When reviewing related party transactions, the Governance and Nominating Committee considers all relevant facts and circumstances, including:

the commercial reasonableness of the terms;

the benefit and perceived benefits, or lack thereof, to our company;

opportunity costs of alternate transactions; and

the materiality and character of the related person’s interest, and the actual or apparent conflict of interest of the related person.

The Governance and Nominating Committee only approves or ratifies a related party transaction when it determines that, upon consideration of all relevant information, the transaction is in, or is not inconsistent with, the best interests of our company and stockholders. No related party transactions will be consummated without the approval or ratification of our Governance and Nominating Committee. It is our policy that directors interested in a related party transaction will recuse themselves from any vote relating to a related party transaction in which they have an interest.

The Governance and Nominating Committee has the authority to engage the services of outside experts and advisors as it deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its duties and responsibilities.

Composition . The current members of the Governance and Nominating Committee are Ms. Pegus, Mr. D’Orta and Mr. Samet. Ms. Pegus is the chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee. Each of the three current members of the Governance and Nominating Committee is an “independent director” within the meaning of the listing standards of NASDAQ.

Meetings . The Governance and Nominating Committee met four times during our fiscal 2016.

Director Nominations Process

Our company’s Policy Statement regarding Director Nominations (“Director Nominating Policy”) can be found on the Corporate Governance section of our corporate website at http://ir.cogentixmedical.com . The Governance and Nominating Committee is responsible for identifying, reviewing, and recommending to the Board of Directors director nominees.
 
It is the Governance and Nominating Committee’s policy to consider director candidates recommended by our stockholders. It is further the Committee’s policy to apply the same criteria in reviewing candidates proposed by stockholders as it employs in reviewing candidates proposed by any other source. During 2016, we received no recommendations of director candidates from our stockholders other than as described under the caption “Information About Director Appointments in Connection with the Pell Debt Conversion and Accelmed Investment”.

Stockholders who wish to suggest a candidate for our Board of Directors may submit a written recommendation to the Corporate Secretary, Cogentix Medical, Inc., 5420 Feltl Road, Minnetonka, Minnesota 55343, along with the stockholder’s name, address and the number of Cogentix shares beneficially owned; the name of the candidate being recommended and the number of Cogentix shares beneficially owned by the candidate; the candidate’s biographical information describing experience and qualifications; a description of all agreements, arrangements or understandings between the stockholder and candidate being recommended; and the candidate’s consent to serve as a director, if elected. The Committee may request that the stockholder provide certain additional information. For the Board to consider a candidate for nomination at the 2018 Annual Meeting, shareholders should submit the required information to the Corporate Secretary by December 26, 2017.

Under the Director Nominating Policy, the Governance and Nominating Committee considers, among other factors, personal qualities, experience, independence, commitment, antitrust considerations, willingness to serve, professional skills and background, diversity and corporate directorships for reviewing and recommending director candidates for election. And these qualifications may change significantly during the course of a year, depending on changes in the Board of Directors and our company’s business needs and environment.

The Governance and Nominating Committee conducts periodic assessments of the overall composition of the Board of Directors in light of our company’s current and expected business needs and structure and, as a result of such assessments, the Committee may establish specific qualifications that it will seek in director candidates. In light of such assessments, the Committee may seek to identify new director candidates who possess (i) the specific qualifications established by the Committee and (ii) who satisfy the other requirements for the Board of Directors and committee membership as set forth in the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws and other relevant policies.

On an annual basis, the Governance and Nominating Committee also reviews incumbent candidates for re-nomination to the Board of Directors. This review involves an analysis of whether the directors satisfy applicable regulatory requirements for service on the Board of Directors and its committees (including qualifying as independent), evaluating the past performance of directors in light of the criteria set forth in the Director Nominating Policy, the input of other directors regarding the performance of the directors seeking re-nomination and considering the overall composition of the Board of Directors in light of our company’s current and expected future business needs and structure.

The Governance and Nominating Committee then annually recommends a slate of candidates to be considered by the Board of Directors and to be submitted for approval to our stockholders at our annual stockholders meeting. This slate of candidates may include both incumbent and new directors. In addition, apart from this annual process, the committee may, in accordance with our governing documents, recommend that the Board of Directors elect new members of the Board of Directors who will serve until the next annual stockholders meeting.

Of the three directors nominated for election at the 2017 Annual Meeting, two were newly appointed to the Board in fiscal 2016. Mr. Shamir was recommended by Accelmed, pursuant to the terms of the Voting Agreement, as described under the caption “Information About Director Appointments in Connection with the Pell Debt Conversion and Accelmed Investment.” Mr. Samet was recommended by Mr. D’Orta, a current director.

Board Oversight of Risk

The Board of Directors as a whole has responsibility for risk oversight, with more in-depth reviews of certain areas of risk being conducted by the relevant Board committees that report on their deliberations to the full Board of Directors. The Board and its committees fulfill their oversight responsibilities with the supported of management, whose reporting processes are designed to provide information to the Board about the identification, assessment and management of critical risks and management’s risk mitigation strategies. Areas of risk evaluated include regulatory, operational, financial (accounting, credit, liquidity and tax), legal, compensation, competitive, health, safety and environment, economic, political and reputational risks.

The standing committees of the Board of Directors oversee risks associated with their respective principal areas of focus. The Audit Committee’s role includes a particular focus on the qualitative aspects of financial reporting to stockholders, on our processes for the management of business and financial risk, our financial reporting obligations and for compliance with significant applicable legal, ethical and regulatory requirements. The Audit Committee, along with management, is also responsible for developing and participating in a process for review of important financial and operating topics that present potential significant risk to our company. The Compensation Committee is responsible for overseeing risks and exposures associated with our compensation programs and arrangements, including our executive and director compensation programs and arrangements, and management succession planning. The Governance and Nominating Committee oversees risks relating to our corporate governance matters and policies and director succession planning.
 
We recognize that a fundamental part of risk management is understanding not only the risks a company faces and what steps management is taking to manage those risks, but also understanding what level of risk is appropriate for that company. Through their involvement in setting our business strategy, the Board can assess management’s appetite for risk and also determine what constitutes an appropriate level of risk for our company.

We believe our current Board leadership structure is appropriate and helps ensure proper risk oversight for our company. The full Board of Directors conducts general risk oversight in connection with its role in reviewing our key long-term and short-term business strategies and monitoring on an on-going basis the implementation of our key business strategies, while our standing Board committees conduct more specific risk oversight related to their responsibilities. The Chair ensures that there is sufficient time on the Board agenda for risk management discussions.

Code of Ethics and Business Conduct

The Board of Directors adopted our Amended and Restated Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, which applies to all of our directors, executive officers, and other employees, and meets the requirements of the SEC. A copy of our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct is available on the Corporate Governance section of our corporate website at http://ir.cogentixmedical.com . We intend to disclose any future amendments to our Amended and Restated Code of Ethics, or waivers granted to our executive officers from a provision to the Amended and Restated Code of Ethics, on our website.

Audit Committee Report

This report is furnished by the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors with respect to our financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2016.

One of the purposes of the Audit Committee is to oversee our accounting and financial reporting processes and the audit of our annual financial statements. Our management is responsible for the preparation and presentation of complete and accurate financial statements. Our independent registered public accounting firm, Grant Thornton, is responsible for performing an independent audit of our financial statements in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) and for issuing a report on their audit.

In performing its oversight role, the Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed our audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2016 with our management. Management represented to the Audit Committee that our financial statements were prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The Audit Committee has discussed with Grant Thornton, our independent registered public accounting firm, the matters required to be discussed under Public Company Accounting Oversight Board standards. The Audit Committee has received the written disclosures and the letter from Grant Thornton required by the applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding communications with audit committees concerning independence. The Audit Committee has discussed with Grant Thornton its independence and concluded that the independent registered public accounting firm is independent from our company and our management.

Based on the review and discussions of the Audit Committee described above, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that our audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2016 be included in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 for filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Audit Committee
Kenneth Samet, Chair
James D’Orta
Cheryl Pegus

Policy Regarding Director Attendance at Annual Meetings of Stockholders

Although it is not a policy of the Board of Directors, all members of the Board of Directors are expected to make reasonable efforts to attend our annual meeting of stockholders, if their schedules permit.

Process Regarding Stockholder Communications

Stockholders may communicate with the Board of Directors or any one particular director by sending correspondence, addressed to our Corporate Secretary, Cogentix Medical, Inc., 5420 Feltl Road, Minnetonka, Minnesota 55343, with an instruction to forward the communication to the Board of Directors or one or more particular directors. Our Corporate Secretary will forward promptly all such stockholder communications to the Board of Directors or the one or more particular directors, after ascertaining whether the communications are appropriate to duties and responsibilities of the Board.
 
DIRECTOR COMPENSATION
___________________

Overview of Director Compensation Program

As described in more detail under the heading “ Corporate Governance—Compensation Committee—Responsibilities ”, the Board of Directors has delegated to the Compensation Committee the responsibility, among other things, to establish and lead a process for the determination of compensation payable to our non-employee directors. The Compensation Committee makes recommendations regarding compensation payable to our non-employee directors to the entire Board of Directors, which then makes final decisions regarding such compensation.

Cash Compensation

The annual cash compensation paid to our non-employee directors through August 15, 2016 of the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 consisted of the following retainers paid in quarterly installments at the end of each quarter:

Description
 
Annual
Cash Retainer
 
Non-employee Director
 
$
24,000
 
Board Chair
 
$
12,000
 
Audit Committee Chair
 
$
8,000
 
Audit Committee Member
 
$
5,000
 
Nominating/Governance Committee Chair
 
$
3,500
 
Nominating/Governance Committee Member
 
$
2,000
 
Compensation Committee Chair
 
$
-
 
Compensation Committee Member
 
$
4,000
 

These retainers were subsequently increased effective August 16, 2016 based on a competitive analysis of non-employee director compensation among peer companies, which was performed by the independent compensation consultant Arthur J. Gallagher and shared with the Compensation Committee:

Description
 
Annual
Cash Retainer
 
Non-employee Director
 
$
50,000
 
Board Chair
 
$
25,000
 
Audit Committee Chair
 
$
12,000
 
Audit Committee Member
 
$
6,000
 
Nominating/Governance Committee Chair
 
$
6,000
 
Nominating/Governance Committee Member
 
$
2,500
 
Compensation Committee Chair
 
$
8,000
 
Compensation Committee Member
 
$
4,500
 

Mr. Geiger has waived all retainers for his service as Chair of the Board and as a non-employee director. The Company reimburses him quarterly, per the Purchase Agreement, for (i) expenses incurred in connection with his service to the Board for an amount not to exceed $32,000 annually and (ii) reasonable and documented travel expenses incurred in connection with his service to the Board.

Mr. Pell did not receive any compensation for his services as a member of the Board of Directors of our company during fiscal 2016. However, Mr. Pell received approximately $34,100 in cash as a salary for his service as an employee of our company during the fiscal year and also received secretarial support for which our company paid approximately $52,000 in cash during fiscal 2016.

In fiscal 2016, the Board of Directors established a Special Committee of the Board, whose charter included the authority to review, evaluate, negotiate and approve the Pell debt conversion and the Accelmed investment, as well as the authority to evaluate any other conflicts of interest that could arise in connection with a potential change in control of the Company that could result from the proposed transactions. Directors Pegus, Samet and D’Orta served on the Committee, and for their service, they each received $27,000 in directors’ fees.

Equity-Based Incentive Compensation

In addition to cash compensation, during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, each of our current non-employee directors received restricted stock awards for 100,000 shares, an increase from the 22,300 restricted shares that our non-employee directors received in the prior fiscal year. The restricted stock awards vest six months from the date of the grant. Mr. Geiger waived his restricted stock award for 2016.
 
Director Compensation Table for Fiscal 2016

The table below provides summary information concerning the compensation of each individual who served as a non-employee director of Cogentix during the year ended December 31, 2016:

DIRECTOR COMPENSATION – FISCAL 2016

Name
 
Fees Earned or
Paid in Cash
($) (1)
   
Stock Awards
($) (2)
   
Option Awards
($) (3)
   
All Other
Compensation ($)
   
Total ($)
 
James D’Orta (4)
 
$
62,499
   
$
109,990
   
$
   
$
   
$
172,489
 
Uri Geiger (4)
   
     
     
     
     
 
Kenneth Paulus (4)
   
     
     
     
     
 
Cheryl Pegus
   
75,599
     
109,990
     
     
     
185,589
 
Kevin Roche (4)
   
13,704
     
     
     
     
13,704
 
Kenneth Samet (4)
   
60,202
     
109,990
     
     
     
170,192
 
Nachum Shamir (4)
   
8,333
     
213,000
     
     
     
221,333
 
James Stauner (4)
   
16,286
     
     
     
     
16,286
 
Sven Wehrwein (4)
   
10,250
     
     
     
     
10,250
 
Howard Zauberman
   
41,585
     
109,990
     
     
     
151,575
 
 

(1)
Includes $27,000 in fees for Special Committee service for each of Pegus, Samet and D’Orta.

(2)
Amounts reported in the “Stock Awards” column represent the aggregate grant date fair value for restricted stock awards granted to each director in fiscal 2016 computed in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 718. The grant date fair value is determined based on the fair value of our common stock at the date of the grant. As of December 31, 2016, restricted stock grants of 100,000 to each of Messrs. D’Orta, Samet, Shamir and Zauberman and Ms. Pegus were outstanding.

(3)
No option awards were granted to our non-employee directors during fiscal 2016.

(4)
Mr. Wehrwein resigned from the Board effective March 23, 2016. Mr. Stauner did not stand for re-election at the May 2016 Annual Meeting, and Messrs. Paulus and Roche resigned, effective May 24, 2016. Mr. D’Orta joined the Board effective May 24, 2016. Mr. Samet joined the Board effective June 21, 2016. Messrs. Geiger and Shamir became directors of our company in connection with the closing of the Accelmed investment on November 3, 2016.
 
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
___________________

Compensation Philosophy and Objectives

Compensation Philosophy . The compensation we provide to our executive officers is designed both to attract and retain high quality executives to advance our business, and to provide both short-term and long-term incentives to those executives to enhance our performance. To that end, executive compensation consists of three primary elements: base salary, a short-term cash incentive opportunity under our Management Incentive Plan (“MIP”), and long-term equity incentive compensation. Although we set the level of compensation for our executives by reference to competitive compensation in a peer group of smaller, public medical device companies, we also adjust our executive compensation to attract and retain managers capable of accommodating rapid growth.

Objectives of Our Executive Compensation Program . Our compensation program for our executive officers are designed to achieve the following primary objectives:

focus executive behavior on achievement of our annual and long-term objectives and strategy;

provide a competitive compensation package that enables us to attract and retain, on a long-term basis, talented executives;

provide a total compensation structure that the Compensation Committee believes is at least comparable with similarly-sized companies in the life sciences industry for which we would compete for talent and which consists of a mix of base salary, equity and cash incentives; and

align the interests of management and stockholders by providing management with long-term incentives through equity ownership.

Accordingly, the Compensation Committee of our company also considers the following additional factors in designing our executive compensation program to further promote and achieve our compensation objectives:

each executive’s position within the company and the level of responsibility;

the ability of the executive to affect key business initiatives;

the executive’s individual experience and qualifications;

company and individual performance; and

the executive’s current and historical compensation levels.

Determining Executive Compensation . The Compensation Committee is responsible for establishing and administering compensation for our executive officers, including our Chief Executive Officer, and exercising oversight of compensation practices for all employees, including strategies for attracting, developing and motivating employees. Each of the members of the Compensation Committee is an “independent director” under the listing standards of NASDAQ and a “non-employee director” within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act.

The Compensation Committee of our company (i) meets as appropriate to discuss the executive compensation plan, including MIP performance measures and targets, (ii) generally retains the assistance of an independent compensation consultant every other year, and (iii) then formally establishes and approves the executive compensation plan. In fiscal 2016, the Committee engaged Arthur J. Gallagher as its independent compensation consultant, and the consultant assisted the Committee with designing Board compensation as well as assessing executive compensation.

The Compensation Committee consults with the Chief Executive Officer and other members of management in order to provide financial information and other relevant information, and specifically, to align the performance measures and targets of the annual incentive program with the proposed operating plan for the upcoming fiscal year. At the end of the fiscal year, the Chief Executive Officer participates in the Compensation Committee’s discussions regarding compensation actions for the executives, including any base salary adjustments; annual incentive awards and long-term equity incentive awards, except that he will not participate in any discussions with regard to his own compensation.

In approving compensation actions for the Chief Executive Officer, the Compensation Committee considers corporate performance during the fiscal year, solicits evaluations of the Chief Executive Officer’s individual performance from the other directors, and periodically considers competitive salary information gathered through comparative surveys pertaining to data specific to a peer group of public companies of comparable size and in the medical device industry. The Committee also reviews and approves the Chief Executive Officer’s individual performance goals for the upcoming fiscal year.
 
Elements of the Executive Compensation Program in Fiscal 2016

Our executive compensation program consists of three primary elements: base salary, a short-term cash incentive opportunity under our Management Incentive Plan (“MIP”), and long-term equity incentive compensation. All of our executive officers are also eligible for certain benefits offered to employees generally including: life, health, disability and dental insurance, as well as participation in our 401(k) plan.

Base Salary . Base salary is an important element of our executive compensation program as it provides executives with a fixed, regular, non-contingent earnings stream to support annual living and other expenses. The Compensation Committee’s determination of the base salary of each of our named executive officers, including the Chief Executive Officer, are based on a number of factors, including the executive’s experience and past performance, the level of skill and responsibility required by the executive’s position and his or her qualifications for the position. As described above, the Compensation Committee also considers competitive salary information and seeks to set base salary at competitive levels in relation to the companies with which our company competes for executives.

During fiscal 2016, Mr. Hammers started with a base salary of $300,000 in his role as Chief Operating Officer. Upon promotion to interim President and Chief Executive Officer, his base salary was increased to $350,000, which was subsequently increased to $425,000 effective August 22, 2016 to account for his transition from interim to permanent President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Reynolds had a base salary of $260,000, which was increased to $300,000 effective August 22, 2016 to be in line with market compensation. Mr. Arnold had a base salary of $231,000, which was increased to $235,000 effective August 22, 2016 to be in line with market compensation. Arthur J Gallagher, the independent compensation consultant, provided the Compensation Committee with comparative data from the Company’s peer group to assess market compensation levels. Our former CEO Mr. Kill had a base salary of $500,000 during fiscal 2016.

Short-Term Cash Incentive Compensation . In fiscal 2016, Cogentix provided its named executive officers with the opportunity to earn short-term cash incentive compensation through its Management Incentive Plan (“MIP”). The MIP is designed to provide a direct financial incentive to Cogentix’s key management, including the named executive officers, for the achievement of, or surpassing, specific corporate and individual performance goals.

Each named executive officer’s short-term cash incentive compensation is the product of:

individual performance goals achieved, as a percentage of total goals, multiplied by

corporate performance results as a percentage of target, multiplied by

the executive’s incentive opportunity as a percentage of base salary.

The following table describes the short-term cash incentive opportunity for each of our named executive officers under the MIP in fiscal 2016, as a percentage of base salary. Mr. Hammers started the year with a 50% cash incentive opportunity, which was increased to 65% in August in order to keep his compensation package competitive relative to peers. Similarly, Mr. Reynolds’ cash incentive opportunity was increased from 40% to 45%, and Mr. Arnold’s cash incentive opportunity was increased from 30% to 40%. For purposes of calculating short-term cash incentive under the MIP for fiscal 2016, the Company used a weighted average of each named executive officer’s two cash incentive opportunities, as shown below.

Name
 
Target FY 2016 Incentive Opportunity as % of
Base Salary
 
Target FY 2016 Bonus Opportunity
 
Mr. Hammers
 
55%
 
$202,562
 
Mr. Reynolds
 
43%
 
$76,176
 
Mr. Arnold
 
33%
 
$78,233
 

For fiscal 2016, the Compensation Committee determined that Cash Operating Profit (EBITDA excluding share-based compensation and one-time charges) should be used as the corporate performance measure for the MIP, and our company must achieve a break-even Cash Operating Profit before participants became eligible for a short-term cash incentive payout. The target performance for 100% payout of the MIP was Cash Operating Profit of $1,000,000 and the maximum payout was set at 200% of target performance.

In fiscal 2016, GAAP operating loss was $1.8 million. Cash Operating Profit was $4.2 million, which resulted in bonus funding of 200% of target. Cash Operating Profit is a non-GAAP measure that is based on GAAP operating loss and that excludes the impact of non-cash expenses of $3.8 million and one-time costs of $2.2 million. We use this non-GAAP measure for internal managerial purposes and incentive compensation for senior management because we believe such measures are one important indicator of the strength and the operating performance of our business.
 
The aggregate pool of funds available for short-term cash incentive payouts was based on corporate performance against the Cash Operating Profit target, but payout to each participant was also linked to achievement of individual performance goals, as a percentage of total goals. Mr. Hammers and Mr. Reynolds each achieved 100% of their individual performance goals, and Mr. Arnold achieved 98% achievement.

Messrs. Hammers, Reynolds and Arnolds were paid bonuses under the MIP for fiscal 2016 in the amounts of $405,123, $152,351 and $153,336, respectively.

Long-Term Equity Incentive Compensation . In June 2016, the Compensation Committee reviewed equity compensation to our executive officers. Based upon a review of total compensation and equity compensation for the fiscal year 2016, the Compensation Committee granted restricted stock and stock options to certain members of management, including our executive officers. Effective as of June 29, 2016, 100,000 shares of restricted stock and 100,000 stock options were granted to Mr. Hammers. Mr. Reynolds received 33,000 shares of restricted stock and 33,000 stock options. Mr. Arnold received 25,000 shares of restricted stock and 25,000 stock options. The restricted stock will vest over a three year period, with one-third vesting on each of June 29, 2017, 2018 and 2019. The options have a seven-year term and vest over a three year period, with one-third vesting on each of June 29, 2017, 2018 and 2019. The exercise price of the stock options is $1.03, the closing stock price of the company on June 29, 2016.

In addition to the annual equity grants, Mr. Hammers received an equity grant upon promotion to Chief Executive Officer and President, and Mr. Reynolds received an equity grant upon returning to the company as Chief Financial Officer, both as specified in their employment agreements. See Employment Agreements section following.

Other Elements of Compensation . Executive officers also participated in various medical, dental, life, and disability benefit programs that were generally made available to all employees. Except as noted in the “Summary Compensation Table” below, we do not provide perquisites to our executive officers other than those available to all employees generally.

Employment Agreements

Cogentix has employment agreements with each of Messrs. Hammers and Reynolds. Mr. Arnold has certain severance benefits as specified in his employment offer letter.

Effective July 11, 2016, Darin Hammers was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company. Mr. Hammers had been serving as the interim Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company since May 24, 2016. Under the terms of his Employment Agreement dated July 11, 2016, Mr. Hammers was granted (a) an option to purchase 300,000 shares of the Company’s common stock and (b) 100,000 shares of restricted stock. The option has an exercise price equal to the last sale price of the common stock as quoted on the NASDAQ on July 11, 2016, with a term of seven years, and becomes exercisable with respect to a cumulative 100,000 shares on the first, second and third anniversaries of the start date; provided Mr. Hammers remains an employee of the Company. The restricted stock will vest with respect to a cumulative one-third of the restricted shares on the first, second and third anniversaries of the start date. Mr. Hammers will be paid his base salary for 12 months and an amount equal to his last established target bonus following termination of his employment by the Company without Cause (as defined in the Employment Agreement) or by Mr. Hammers with Good Reason (as defined in the Employment Agreement).  He is also entitled to a continuation of health benefits for twelve months.

Mr. Reynolds rejoined the Company as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary effective June 13, 2016. Under the terms of his Employment Agreement dated June 6, 2016, Mr. Reynolds was granted (a) an option to purchase 150,000 shares of the Company’s common stock and (b) 70,000 shares of restricted stock. The option has an exercise price equal to the last sale price of the common stock as quoted on the NASDAQ on his start date, June 13, 2016, with a term of seven years, and becomes exercisable with respect to a cumulative 50,000 shares on the first, second and third anniversaries of the start date; provided Mr. Reynolds remains an employee of the Company. The restricted stock will vest with respect to a cumulative one-third of the restricted shares on the first, second and third anniversaries of the start date. Mr. Reynolds will be paid his base salary for 12 months and an amount equal to his last established target bonus following termination of his employment by the Company without Cause (as defined in the Employment Agreement) or by Mr. Reynolds with Good Reason (as defined in the Employment Agreement).  He is also entitled to a continuation of health benefits for twelve months.

Mr. Arnold, under the terms of his employment offer letter, will be paid, in the event the Company terminates his employment without cause, an amount equal to his monthly base salary multiplied by the number of full years of his employment with the Company, but in no event shall post-termination payments payable to Mr. Arnold be less than six or greater than twelve months’ salary.

For each named executive officer, in the event of a Change in Control, as defined in the 2015 Omnibus Plan, in which the Company is not the surviving entity and the equity awards are not assumed, vesting on all unvested options and restricted stock will accelerate. Within two years of a change in control when the Company is the surviving entity, vesting will accelerate on all unvested options and restricted stock if the executive’s employment were to be terminated by the Company without Cause or Adverse Action or by him for Good Reason, as defined in the 2015 Omnibus Incentive Plan. Such a Change in Control occurred in November 2016 with the closing of the Accelmed investment. However, if acceleration would constitute a “parachute payment” (as defined in Section 280G(b)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code), then the “payments” to such Participant will be reduced (or acceleration of vesting eliminated) to the largest amount as will result in no portion of such “payments” being subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code.
 
Each named executive officer, including Messrs. Hammers, Reynolds and Arnold, has executed an Employee Confidentiality, Inventions, Non-Solicitation and Non-Compete Agreement, under which the named executive officer agreed not to disclose confidential information, to assign to our company without charge all intellectual property relating to its business which is created or conceived during the term of employment, to not encourage employees to leave employment for any reason and to not compete with us during the term of employment and for a period of 12 months thereafter.

In connection with his resignation as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board effective May 23, 2016, Robert Kill is receiving severance payments pursuant to the terms of a Separation and Release Agreement dated May 23, 2016 (the “Separation and Release Agreement”). Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, which includes certain mutual release of claims and also terminated Mr. Kill’s Employment Agreement dated July 22, 2013, as amended, (i) the Company is providing Mr. Kill with total severance payments in the amount of $1.5 million in installments commencing in July 2016 and ending in June 2018.

Summary Compensation Table

The table below provides summary compensation information concerning all compensation awarded to, earned by or paid to the individuals who served as (i) our principal executive officers during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016,(ii) our two most highly compensated executive officers who were serving at the end of the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, other than our principal executive officers, and (iii) two additional individuals for whom disclosure would have been provided pursuant to the applicable regulations under the Exchange Act but for the fact that the individuals were not serving as executive officers of our company at the end of the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. Amounts for 2015 include compensation for the nine-month transition period beginning immediately after the Merger and ended December 31, 2015, when Cogentix transitioned from a March 31st to a December 31st fiscal year end.

Name and Principal Position
   
Year
   
Salary
($)
   
Bonus
($)
   
Stock
Awards
($) (1)
   
Option
Awards
($) (2)
   
Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation
($)
   
All Other
Compensation
($) (3)
   
Total
($)
 
Darin Hammers (4)
 
President and Chief Executive Officer
   
2016
     
349,038
     
405,123
     
217,000
     
206,930
     
     
47,950
     
1,226,042
 
 2015
     
195,000
     
95,433
     
82,000
     
80,036
     
     
708
     
453,177
 
Robert C. Kill (4)
 
Former President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
   
2016
     
244,231
     
     
     
     
     
1,542,095
     
1,786,326
 
 2015
     
375,000
     
367,050
     
328,000
     
160,073
     
     
5,243
     
1,235,366
 
Brett A. Reynolds (4)
 
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
   
2016
     
202,846
     
152,351
     
95,597
     
80,799
     
     
7,272
     
538,866
 
 2015
     
195,000
     
93,971
     
49,200
     
56,025
     
     
4,408
     
398,604
 
Chris Arnold (4)
 
Vice President of Sales
   
2016
     
230,269
     
153,336
     
25,750
     
12,553
     
     
7,963
     
429,870
 
 

(1)
Amounts reported in the “Stock Awards” column represent the aggregate grant date fair value for restricted stock awards granted to each named executive officer in fiscal 2016 computed in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 718. The grant date fair value is determined based on the fair value of our common stock at the date of the grant.

(2)
Represents the aggregate grant date fair value for option awards granted to each named executive officer computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. Details of the assumptions used in valuing these awards are set forth in Note 5 to our audited financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
 
(3)
Mr. Hammers received a $40,000 moving allowance upon being named President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kill received severance in the amount of $1,500,000 as well as $36,000 for certain life insurance benefits. All other amounts represent 401(k) employer match.

(4)
Mr. Hammers became interim President and Chief Executive Officer of our company effective May 24, 2016, and he assumed this role on a permanent basis effective July 11, 2016. Mr. Reynolds became the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of our company effective June 13, 2016. Mr. Reynolds had previously served in this role from March 31, 2015 to January 28, 2016. Mr. Arnold was not an executive officer for 2015. Mr. Kill resigned from all positions effective May 23, 2016.
 
Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year End

The table below provides information regarding unexercised stock option awards held by each of our named executive officers that remained outstanding at December 31, 2016.

OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT FISCAL YEAR-END – 2016

          
Option Awards
   
Stock Awards
 
Name
 
Grant Date
   
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options (#)
Exercisable
   
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options (#)
Unexercisable
   
Option
Exercise
Price ($)
   
Option
Expiration
Date
   
Number
of shares
that have
not
vested (#)
   
Market
value of
shares that
have not
vested (1) ($)
 
Darin Hammers (2)
 
2/11/2013
   
 
72,662
   
 
-
   
$
3.62
   
2/10/2020
   
 
-
   
$
-
 
 
4/21/2014
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
18,165
     
36,512
 
 
4/27/2015
     
33,334
     
66,666
     
1.64
   
4/27/2025
     
33,333
     
66,999
 
 
6/29/2016
     
-
     
100,000
     
1.03
   
6/29/2026
     
100,000
     
201,000
 
 
7/11/2016
     
-
     
300,000
     
1.14
   
7/11/2026
     
100,000
     
201,000
 
Brett Reynolds (2)
 
6/13/2016
     
-
     
150,000
     
0.88
   
6/13/2026
     
70,000
     
140,700
 
 
6/29/2016
     
-
     
33,000
     
1.03
   
6/29/2026
     
33,333
     
66,330
 
Chris Arnold (2)
 
4/27/2015
     
18,166
     
36,330
     
1.64
   
4/27/2025
     
9,688
     
19,473
 
 
6/29/2016
     
-
     
25,000
     
1.03
   
6/29/2026
     
25,000
     
50,250
 
 

(1)
Calculated as the number of restricted stock awards that have not vested multiplied by the closing price of a share of Cogentix Medical’s common stock as reported by NASDAQ on December 30, 2016 ($2.01).

(2)
Restricted stock awards vest on a pro rata basis, so that one-third of the award vests on each of the first, second and third anniversaries of the grant date.
 
Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control

For a description of the payments available to our named executive officers in the event of their resignation, retirement or other termination, or in connection with a change in control of our company, see the description under the caption “Employment Agreements.” The following table illustrates the potential payments upon termination of each of the named executive officers who were employed by the Company on the last business day of fiscal 2016. For calculation purposes, we assumed that each named executive officer’s employment was terminated on December 31, 2016.

Name
 
Executive Benefits and
Payments
 
Without
Cause
Termination (1)
($)
   
Upon a
Change in
Control (2)
($)
   
Without Cause
or Good
Reason
Termination
Following a
Change in
Control
($) (2)
 
Mr. Hammers
 
Lump Sum Payment Based on Salary
   
425,000
     
--
     
425,000
 
   
Annual Bonus Payment(4)
   
276,250
     
--
     
276,250
 
   
Acceleration of Unvested Equity Awards(3)
   
889,177
     
889,177
     
889,177
 
   
Total
   
1,590,427
     
889,177
     
1,590,427
 
                             
Mr. Reynolds
 
Lump Sum Payment Based on Salary
   
300,000
     
--
     
300,000
 
   
Annual Bonus Payment(4)
   
135,000
     
--
     
135,000
 
   
Acceleration of Unvested Equity Awards(3)
   
408,870
     
408,870
     
408,870
 
   
Total
   
843,870
     
408,870
     
843,870
 
                             
Mr. Arnold
 
Lump Sum Payment Based on Salary
   
117,500
     
--
     
117,500
 
   
Acceleration of Unvested Equity Awards(3)
   
107,666
     
107,666
     
107,666
 
   
Total
   
225,166
     
107,666
     
225,166
 
 

(1)
“Cause” as defined in the employment agreements.

(2)
Represents amounts that would be paid pursuant to a “change in control” of our company, where the Company is not the surviving entity, as defined in the employment agreements.

(3)
Unvested equity awards accelerate upon a change of control of our company, where the Company is not the surviving entity, pursuant to the 2015 Omnibus Incentive Plan. For unvested stock options the value is based on number of unvested option shares multiplied by the difference between: (a) $2.01, the closing price of a share of Cogentix Medical’s common stock underlying the unvested stock options as reported by NASDAQ on December 30, 2016; and (b) the exercise price of the options. For unvested restricted stock awards the value is based on the number of unvested restricted shares multiplied by $2.01, the closing price of a share of Cogentix Medical’s common stock as reported by NASDAQ on December 30, 2016.

(4)
Represents annual bonus payment at 100% of the executive officer’s target amount.

(5)
If the executive elects COBRA coverage under Cogentix Medical’s group health and dental plans, we will pay the excess of the executive’s COBRA premium over the amount the executive was paying as an active employee for coverage under Cogentix Medical’s group health and dental plans for up to 12 months. Life insurance coverage provided for 12 months at a cost no more than the executive paid as an active employee.
 
RELATED PERSON RELATIONSHIPS AND TRANSACTIONS
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Overview

The Governance and Nominating Committee reviews related party transactions and only approves or ratifies a related party transaction when it determines that, upon consideration of all relevant information, the transaction is in, or is not inconsistent with, the best interests of our company and its stockholders. Our policy with respect to transactions in which any of its directors or officers may have an interest, requires that such transaction (i) be on terms no less favorable to our company than could be obtained from unaffiliated third parties and (ii) be approved by the Governance and Nominating Committee and a majority of the uninterested, outside members of the Board of Directors. It is our policy that directors interested in a related party transaction will recuse themselves from any vote relating to a related party transaction in which they have an interest. All related party transactions in the nine-month transition period ending December 31, 2015 and in fiscal 2016 and up to the latest practicable date before the printing of this proxy statement were approved in accordance with our policy.

Conversion of Pell Notes and Warrants

As a condition to the Accelmed investment, on September 7, 2016, we entered into the Note Exchange Agreement with Mr. Pell, under which the debt we owed to Mr. Pell was converted into our common stock at a price per share of $1.67. The Note Exchange Agreement also provided that, simultaneously with the conversion of such debt, all outstanding warrants to purchase our common stock that were held by Mr. Pell would be cancelled. We converted the outstanding principal amount, approximately $28.5 million, and accrued interest, approximately $1.0 million, on our promissory notes held by Mr. Pell into 17,688,423 shares of our common stock.

In fiscal 2016, the Board of Directors established a Special Committee of the Board, whose charter included the authority to review, evaluate, negotiate and approve the Pell debt conversion and the Accelmed investment, as well as the authority to evaluate any other conflicts of interest that could arise in connection with a potential change in control of the Company that could result from the proposed transactions. The Special Committee engaged an investment banking firm to provide a fairness opinion regarding the proposed transactions. The Special Committee recommended, and the Board approved, the transactions in September 2016, subject to stockholder approval. In November 2016, the Company’s stockholders approved the transactions.
 
OTHER MATTERS
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The Board of Directors does not know of any other matters that may come before the Annual Meeting. However, if any other matters are properly presented to the Annual Meeting, it is the intention of the persons named in the accompanying proxy to vote, or otherwise act, in accordance with their judgment on such matters.

Stockholder Proposals for 2017 Annual Meeting

Stockholder proposals intended to be presented in our proxy materials relating to our 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders must be received by us on or before December 26, 2017 unless the date of the meeting is changed by more than 30 calendar days from the date of the annual meeting of stockholders for our fiscal 2017, and must satisfy the requirements of the proxy rules promulgated by the SEC.

For any other stockholder proposals to be presented at our next annual meeting of stockholders, Rule 14a-4(c) under the Exchange Act provides that if a proponent of a proposal fails to notify us at the address below at least 45 days prior to the month and day of mailing of the prior year’s proxy statement (or any date specified in an advance notice provision), then the management proxy holders will be allowed to use their discretionary voting authority with respect to the voting of proxies when the proposal is presented at the meeting, without any discussion of the matter in the proxy statement. With respect to our 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, if we are not provided notice of a stockholder proposal, which the stockholder has not previously sought to include in our proxy statement, by March 13, 2018, the management proxy holders will be allowed to use their discretionary authority with respect to the voting of proxies.

Annual Report

We have sent or made available electronically to each of our stockholders a copy of our annual report on Form 10-K (without exhibits) for the year ended December 31, 2016. The exhibits to our Form 10-K are available by accessing the SEC’s EDGAR filing database at www.sec.gov. We will furnish a copy of any exhibit to our Form 10-K upon receipt from any such person of a written request for such exhibits upon the payment of our reasonable expenses in furnishing the exhibits. This request should be sent to: Cogentix Medical, Inc., 5420 Feltl Road, Minnetonka, Minnesota 55343, Attn: Corporate Secretary.

Householding of Annual Meeting Materials

Some banks, brokers and other nominee record holders may be participating in the practice of “householding” proxy statements and annual reports. This means that only one copy of our Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, proxy statement or annual report to stockholders may have been sent to multiple stockholders in each household unless otherwise instructed by such stockholders. We will deliver promptly a separate copy of these documents to any stockholder upon written or oral request to our Corporate Secretary, at Cogentix Medical, Inc., 5420 Feltl Road, Minnetonka, Minnesota 55343, telephone: (952) 426-6192. Any stockholder who wants to receive separate copies of our Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, proxy statement or annual report to stockholders in the future, or any stockholder who is receiving multiple copies and would like to receive only one copy per household, should contact the stockholder’s bank, broker, or other nominee record holder, or the stockholder may contact us at the above address and phone number.

Cost and Method of Solicitation

In addition to solicitation by mail, our directors, officers, employees and agents, without additional remuneration, may solicit proxies from our stockholders by personal interviews, telephone, fax or other electronic means. We have engaged The Proxy Advisory Group, LLC, to assist in the solicitation of proxies and provide related advice and information support, for a service fee, plus customary disbursements, which are not expected to exceed $10,000 in total.  Arrangements also will be made with brokerage firms and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries who are record holders of our common stock for the forwarding of solicitation materials to the beneficial owners of our common stock. We will reimburse these brokers, custodians, nominees and fiduciaries for the reasonable out-of-pocket expenses they incur in connection with the forwarding of solicitation materials.
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Your vote is important. Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, please exercise your right to vote as soon as possible by using Internet or telephone voting as described on the proxy card or Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials, or by completing, signing, dating and returning your proxy card.
 
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 0000335057_2 R1.0.1.15 Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Annual Meeting: The Notice & Proxy Statement, Form 10-K are available at www.proxyvote.com COGENTIX MEDICAL, INC. Annual Meeting of Stockholders June 5, 2017 at 4:00 PM EDT This proxy is solicited by the Board of Directors The stockholder(s) hereby appoint(s) Darin Hammers and Brett Reynolds, or either of them, as proxies, each with the power to appoint his substitute, and hereby authorizes them to represent and to vote, as designated on the reverse side of this ballot, all of the shares of Common stock of Cogentix Medical, Inc. that the stockholder(s) is/are entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held at 04:00 PM, Eastern Daylight Time on June 5, 2017, at the offices of Cogentix Medical, Inc. at 40 Ramland Road Orangeburg, New York 10962, and at any adjournment or postponement thereof. This proxy, when properly executed, will be voted in the manner directed herein. If no such direction is made, this proxy will be voted in accordance with the Board of Directors' recommendations. Continued and to be signed on reverse side