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Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 16, 2022




(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)




Delaware   1-9973   36-3352497

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


1400 Toastmaster Drive, Elgin, Illinois   60120
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

(847) 741-3300

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


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



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


Title of Each Class





Name of Each Exchange

on Which Registered

Common Stock   MIDD   Nasdaq Global Select Market

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

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Item 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

On May 16, 2022, The Middleby Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), held its 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”). There were a total of 54,391,771 outstanding shares of common stock entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting, of which 47,831,513 were present or represented by proxy. At the Annual Meeting, the Company’s stockholders cast their votes as described below. The proposals are described in the definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2022.




Proposal one was the election of seven (7) directors. The shares present were voted as follows:



   For      Against      Abstain      Broker

Gordon O’Brien

     43,086,965      2,244,878      37,991        2,461,679

Timothy J. FitzGerald

     45,052,424        279,657        37,753        2,461,679

Sarah Palisi Chapin

     43,382,024      1,946,724        41,086        2,461,679

Cathy L. McCarthy

     44,166,238      1,166,318        37,278        2,461,679

John R. Miller III

     40,712,566      4,619,361        37,907        2,461,679

Robert A. Nerbonne

     44,089,931      1,242,239        37,664        2,461,679

Nassem Ziyad

     45,178,415      137,861        53,558        2,461,679

Pursuant to the foregoing votes, all seven nominees listed above were elected to the Company’s Board of Directors to serve until the Company’s 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until their successors shall be duly elected and qualified or until their earlier death, resignation or removal.




Proposal two was the approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers. The shares present were voted as follows:


FOR: 41,842,148    AGAINST: 3,490,486    ABSTAIN: 37,200    BROKER NON-VOTES: 2,461,679

Pursuant to the foregoing votes, proposal two was approved on an advisory basis.




Proposal three was the ratification of the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent public accountants for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022. The shares present were voted as follows:


FOR: 47,658,098    AGAINST: 142,536    ABSTAIN: 30,879    BROKER NON-VOTES: 0

Pursuant to the foregoing votes, proposal three was approved.

Item 8.01. Other Events.

On May 16, 2022, the Board of Directors of the Company authorized the repurchase of up to an additional 2,500,000 shares of the Company’s common stock under the Company’s existing share repurchase program (the “Repurchase Program”). As previously reported, in November 2017, the Board of Directors of the Company authorized the repurchase in the aggregate of up to 2,500,000 shares of the Company’s common stock under the Repurchase Program. As of April 2, 2022, 2,027,577 shares had been purchased under the Repurchase Program and 472,423 shares remained authorized for repurchase.

Purchases under the Repurchase Program may be made from time to time in the open market, through privately negotiated transactions, block transactions or otherwise, as determined by the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Risk and Administration Officer, Treasurer and Secretary or any other executive officer of the Company.

The Repurchase Program does not obligate the Company to acquire any particular amount of common stock. Future repurchases, if any, will depend on factors such as levels of cash generation from operations, cash requirements for investment in the Company’s business, repayment of future debt, if any, then current stock price, market conditions, securities law limitations and other factors. The Repurchase Program may be suspended, modified or discontinued at any time, but the authorization is of an open-ended term.


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


Date: May 19, 2022     By:  

/s/ Bryan E. Mittelman

      Bryan E. Mittelman
      Chief Financial Officer