Form 8-K





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): April 25, 2018




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Kansas   001-37624   72-1532188

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

7701 East Kellogg Drive, Suite 300

Wichita, KS

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 316.612.6000

Former name or former address, if changed since last report: Not Applicable



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

On April 25, 2018, at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of Equity Bancshares, Inc. (the “Company”), the stockholders of the Company approved an amendment (the “Amendment”) to the Company’s Amended and Restated 2013 Stock Incentive Plan (the “Incentive Plan”) to increase by 600,000 shares the number of shares of the Company’s Class A common stock authorized for issuance under the Incentive Plan. The Company’s board of directors (the “Board”) had previously adopted the Amendment, subject to stockholder approval. For a more detailed description of the Incentive Plan, please refer to the Company’s definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 21, 2018 (the “Proxy Statement”). The foregoing description of the Incentive Plan is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Incentive Plan, a copy of which is included as Appendix A to the Proxy Statement and is incorporated herein by reference as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

As previously announced, in connection with a restructuring of the Board, the resignations of Dan R. Bowers, Roger A. Buller, Michael R. Downing, P. John Eck and Randee R. Koger became effective immediately prior to the Annual Meeting and the number of directors that compose the Board was reduced from fourteen directors to nine directors. Each of the directors continues to serve on the board of directors of Equity Bank, the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary.


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

On April 25, 2018, the Company held its Annual Meeting to consider and act upon the items listed below:


  1. The stockholders of the Company elected the individuals listed below to serve as Class II members of the Company’s Board of Directors to serve until the Company’s 2021 annual meeting of stockholders by the votes set forth in the table below:


     For      Against      Abstain      Broker Non-Vote  

Brad S. Elliott

     7,835,606        2,033,966        239,154        2,672,931  

Gregory H. Kossover

     8,539,098        1,330,474        239,154        2,672,931  

Harvey R. Sorensen

     8,075,905        1,658,988        373,833        2,672,931  


  2. The stockholders of the Company ratified the appointment of Crowe Chizek LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2018 by the votes set forth in the table below:








   8,272    4,573


  3. The stockholders of the Company approved the Amendment to the Incentive Plan by the votes set forth in the table below:








Broker Non-Vote


   1,135,947    9,890    2,672,931


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits




10.1    Equity Bancshares, Inc. Amended and Restated 2013 Stock Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Appendix A to Equity Bancshares, Inc.’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A, filed with the SEC on March 21, 2018).




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, thereunto duly authorized.


    Equity Bancshares, Inc.
  Date: April 30, 2018  

By: /s/ Gregory H. Kossover

    Gregory H. Kossover
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer