SAN JOSE, Calif., July 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- POET Technologies Inc. (the “Company” or “POET”) (OTCQX:POETF) (TSX-V:PTK) – developer of the planar opto-electronic technology (“POET”) platform for monolithic fabrication of integrated circuit devices containing both electronic and optical elements on a single semiconductor wafer – is pleased to announce the results of its annual general meeting of shareholders (“AGM”) and option grant of July 7, 2016.
At the AGM, the shareholders approved the following items:
- The number of directors was set at seven;
- All seven directors were re-elected as proposed, with each director receiving over 95% of the votes cast;
- Marcum LLP, Certified Public Accountants, of New Haven, Connecticut were reappointed as auditors of the Company for the ensuing year; and
- The Company’s stock option plan (with all officers, directors and insiders abstaining from voting) was amended to increase the number of common shares of the Company reserved for issuance under the plan to 44,352,885, representing 20% of the 221,764,427 issued and outstanding common shares of the Company.
At the meeting of directors following the AGM, as part of the Company’s annual incentive stock option grant program, options were granted to certain directors, officers, key consultants and employees of the Company to purchase up to an aggregate of 3,900,000 common shares, representing approximately 1.76% of the outstanding shares of the Company.
|Employees as a group||400,000|
|Management as a group||1,550,000|
|Directors as a group||950,000|
|CEO and Chairman’s Discretionary Pool||1,000,000|
The options are exercisable for 10 years at a price of $0.86 being the closing price of the Company’s shares on July 6, 2016. 25% of the options will vest on the first anniversary of the grant and the balance will vest quarterly over a further three year period thereafter.
The options were granted subject to provisions of the Company's stock option plan and are subject to the TSX Venture Exchange policies and applicable securities laws. For further details on the Company’s share capital, refer to the Company’s Financial Statements and the MD&A for the 3-months ended March 31, 2016 which were filed on SEDAR on May 3, 2016.
About POET Technologies Inc.
POET (Planar Opto-Electronic Technology) is a developer of opto-electronics and Photonic fabrication processes and products. Photonics integration is fundamental to increasing functional scaling and lowering the cost of current Photonic solutions. POET believes that its advanced opto-electronics process platform enables substantial improvements in energy efficiency, component cost and size in the production of smart optical components, the engines driving applications ranging from data centers to consumer products to military applications. Silicon Valley-based POET’s patented module-on-a-chip process, which integrates digital, high-speed analog and optical devices on the same chip, is designed to serve as an industry standard for smart optical components. More information may be obtained at www.poet-technologies.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(signed) “John F. O’Donnell”, Secretary
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Source: POET Technologies Inc.