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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
  FORM 8-K
  
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
May 23, 2017

EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware
 
000-24939
 
95-4703316
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
 
(Commission File Number)
 
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
 
135 N Los Robles Ave., 7th Floor, Pasadena, California 91101
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)
 
(626) 768-6000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
Emerging growth company. o
 
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o







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

(e) On May 23, 2017, East West Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) held its 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”). At the Annual Meeting, the stockholders of the Company approved the adoption of the 2017 Performance-Based Bonus Plan, as amended (the “Amended Bonus Plan”). The Amended Bonus Plan had previously been approved by the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors on March 2, 2017, subject to stockholder approval. Upon approval by the Company’s stockholders, the Amended Bonus Plan became effective and replaced the Company’s 2012 Performance-Based Bonus Plan. The Company’s Amended Bonus Plan, includes the following material changes:

To add additional permissible metrics for the establishment of performance goals;
To make certain conforming changes consistent with Internal Revenue Code requirements; and
To align the definitions in the Amended Bonus Plan with those used in the Company’s 2016 Stock Incentive Plan approved by stockholders last year.
    
The provisions of the Amended Bonus Plan are described in the Company’s 2017 Proxy Statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on April 19, 2017, which description is incorporated herein by reference. A copy of the Amended Bonus Plan was included as Exhibit A to the Company’s 2017 Proxy Statement and is incorporated by reference as Exhibit 10.1 to this Form 8-K.

Item 5.07
Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
    
The following are the voting results of each matter submitted to the Company’s stockholders at the Annual Meeting. The proposals below are described in detail in the Company’s 2017 Proxy Statement. At the Annual Meeting, the Company’s stockholders (1) elected all nine of the directors nominated by the Board of Directors; (2) approved the advisory vote on executive compensation; (3) approved on an advisory basis to have future votes on named executives’ compensation on an annual basis; (4) approved the Company’s 2017 Performance-Based Bonus Plan, as amended; and (5) ratified the appointment of KPMG LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2017.
 
1.
Stockholders elected the nine director nominees named in the 2017 Proxy Statement. All director nominees received at least 95% of the votes cast.
 
 
Votes Cast For
 
Withheld
 
Votes Abstained
 
Broker Non-Votes
Molly Campbell
 
121,719,840
 
87,944
 
N/A
 
13,073,966
Iris S. Chan
 
121,716,601
 
91,183
 
N/A
 
13,073,966
Rudolph I. Estrada
 
121,306,781
 
501,003
 
N/A
 
13,073,966
Paul H. Irving
 
121,620,416
 
187,368
 
N/A
 
13,073,966
Herman Y. Li
 
120,462,102
 
1,345,682
 
N/A
 
13,073,966
Jack C. Liu
 
120,183,059
 
1,624,725
 
N/A
 
13,073,966
Dominic Ng
 
119,996,895
 
1,810,889
 
N/A
 
13,073,966
Keith W. Renken
 
120,224,883
 
1,582,901
 
N/A
 
13,073,966
Lester M. Sussman
 
121,709,819
 
97,965
 
N/A
 
13,073,966
 
2.
In a non-binding advisory vote regarding executive compensation as disclosed in the 2017 Proxy Statement, the votes were as follows:
Votes Cast For
 
Votes Against
 
Votes Abstained
 
Broker Non-Votes
120,424,966
 
1,121,248
 
261,570
 
13,073,966


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3.
In a non-binding advisory vote regarding the frequency of stockholder “say-on-pay” as disclosed in the 2017 Proxy Statement, the votes were as follows:
One Year
 
Two Years
 
Three Years
 
Votes Abstained
 
Broker Non-Votes
107,271,623
 
188,745
 
14,089,653
 
257,763
 
13,073,966
Based on the voting results for this proposal approving an annual advisory vote on executive compensation (“say-on-pay”), the Company’s Board of Directors affirmed its recommendation and elected at this time to hold future say-on-pay votes on an annual basis, until the next shareholder vote on the frequency of future say-on-pay votes.

4.
Stockholders approved the Company’s Amended Bonus Plan, as disclosed in the 2017 Proxy Statement. The votes were as follows:
Votes Cast For
 
Votes Against
 
Votes Abstained
 
Broker Non-Votes
120,407,894
 
1,222,052
 
177,838
 
13,073,966

5.
Stockholders ratified the appointment of KPMG LLP as the Company’s independent register public accounting firm for its fiscal year ending December 31, 2017:
Votes Cast For
 
Votes Against
 
Votes Abstained
 
Broker Non-Votes
134,307,038
 
511,559
 
63,153
 

Item 9.01
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d)
Exhibit
10.1
East West Bancorp Inc.’s 2017 Performance-Based Bonus Plan, as amended. Incorporated by reference to Exhibit A to the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 19, 2017.

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SIGNATURE
 

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.


 
EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.
 
 
 
 
Date: May 25, 2017
By:  /s/ Douglas P. Krause
 
Douglas P. Krause, Esq.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel

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EXHIBIT INDEX

Number
Description
10.1
East West Bancorp Inc.’s 2017 Performance-Based Bonus Plan, as amended. Incorporated by reference to Exhibit A to the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 19, 2017.

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