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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:   June 23, 2022

(Date of earliest event reported)

 

The Kroger Co.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Ohio   No. 1-303   31-0345740
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
  (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

1014 Vine Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (513) 762-4000

 

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:

 

¨   Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

¨   Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

¨   Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

¨   Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on
which registered
Common Stock $1.00 par value per share   KR   New York Stock Exchange

 

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 ¨

 

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. ¨

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

On June 23, 2022, the Company held its 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”). At the close of business on April 25, 2022, the record date for determination of shareholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting, there were 727,752,631 common shares of the Company issued and outstanding. At the Annual Meeting, the shareholders elected eleven directors to serve until the annual meeting in 2023, or until their successors have been elected and qualified; approved the Company’s executive compensation on an advisory basis; ratified the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent auditor for fiscal year 2022; approved additional shares under the 2019 Long-Term Incentive Plan; rejected a shareholder proposal regarding the recyclability of packaging, rejected a shareholder proposal regarding a report on the protection of farmworkers; rejected a shareholder proposal regarding a report on elimination of HFCs; and rejected a shareholder proposal regarding a report on workforce strategy.

 

The final results are as follows:

 

Director Election Proposal  

For

   

Against

    Broker Non-Votes  
Nora A. Aufreiter   569,223,523     7,376,740     52,906,197  
Kevin M. Brown   569,335,627     7,264,636     52,906,197  
Elaine L. Chao   562,051,630     14,548,632     52,906,197  
Anne Gates   562,264,002     14,336,261     52,906,197  
Karen M. Hoguet   569,045,926     7,554,337     52,906,197  
W. Rodney McMullen   522,330,430     54,269,833     52,906,197  
Clyde R. Moore   539,094,936     37,505,327     52,906,197  
Ronald L. Sargent   529,125,756     47,474,507     52,906,197  
J. Amanda Sourry Knox   569,642,760     6,957,503     52,906,197  
Mark S. Sutton   566,409,552     10,190,711     52,906,197  
Ashok Vemuri   568,780,924     7,819,339     52,906,197  

 

Other Proposals  

For

   

Against

   

Abstain

    Broker Non-Votes  
Advisory vote approving executive compensation   525,671,699     46,301,437     4,627,127     52,906,197  
Ratification of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as independent auditor for fiscal year 2022   583,340,468     43,869,428     2,296,564     0  
Approval of additional shares under the 2019 Long-Term Incentive Plan   511,338,850     61,866,646     3,394,767     52,906,197  
Shareholder proposal regarding the Recyclability of Packaging   219,182,583     352,044,944     5,372,736     52,906,197  
Shareholder proposal regarding a Report on Protection of Farmworkers   118,787,507     450,864,337     6,948,419     52,906,197  
Shareholder proposal regarding a Report on Elimination of HFCs   193,607,875     353,365,358     29,627,030     52,906,197  
Shareholder proposal regarding a Report on Workforce Strategy   168,301,958     401,543,352     6,754,952     52,906,197  

 

 

 

 

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.

 

  THE KROGER CO.
     
June 23, 2022 By: /s/ Christine S. Wheatley
    Christine S. Wheatley
    Group Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel

 

 

 

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