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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Filed by the Registrant T
Filed by a Party other than the Registrant £
Check the appropriate box:
ACTIVE POWER, INC.
(Name of Registrant as Specified In Its Charter)
(Name of Person(s) Filing Proxy Statement if other than the Registrant)
Payment of Filing Fee (Check the appropriate box):
2128 W. BRAKER LANE, BK 12, AUSTIN, TEXAS 78758
April 12, 2011
You are cordially invited to attend the 2011 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Active Power, Inc., which will be held at our principal executive offices, located at 2128 W. Braker Lane, Austin, TX 78758, BK 12, on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time.
Details of the business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting are given in the accompanying Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders and proxy statement.
After careful consideration, our Board of Directors has unanimously approved the proposals set forth in the proxy statement and recommends that you vote in favor of the proposal for the election of the directors nominated to the Active Power, Inc. Board of Directors, the proposal to ratify the appointment of Grant Thornton LLP as our independent auditor for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2011 and the non-binding advisory vote on executive compensation. The Board of Directors also recommends that you vote on a non-binding advisory vote to hold say-on-pay votes every three years. Finally, the Board of Directors recommends that you vote against the stockholder proposal seeking term limits for our outside directors.
You may vote your shares by telephone, by the Internet, or by signing, dating and returning the enclosed proxy promptly in the accompanying reply envelope. Telephone and Internet voting instructions can be found on the attached proxy. Representation of your shares at the Annual Meeting is very important. Accordingly, whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we urge you to submit your proxy promptly by one of the methods offered. You may revoke your proxy at any time prior to the Annual Meeting. If you are able to attend the Annual Meeting and wish to change your proxy vote, you may do so simply by voting in person at the Annual Meeting.
/s/ James A. Clishem
James A. Clishem
President, Chief Executive Officer & Director
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ACTIVE POWER, INC.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
TO BE HELD MAY 12, 2011
TO THE STOCKHOLDERS OF ACTIVE POWER, INC.:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of Active Power, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time, at our principal executive offices, located at 2128 W. Braker Lane, Austin, Texas 78758, BK 12, for the following purposes, as more fully described in the proxy statement accompanying this notice:
Only stockholders of record at the close of business on March 14, 2011 are entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting. A list of stockholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting will be available for inspection at our principal executive offices.
All stockholders are cordially invited to attend the meeting in person. Whether or not you plan to attend, please sign and return the proxy in the envelope enclosed for your convenience, or vote your shares by telephone or by the Internet as promptly as possible. Telephone and Internet voting instructions can be found on the attached proxy. Should you receive more than one proxy because your shares are registered in different names and addresses, each proxy should be signed and returned to assure that all your shares will be voted. You may revoke your proxy at any time prior to the Annual Meeting. If you attend the Annual Meeting and vote, your proxy will be revoked automatically and only your vote at the Annual Meeting will be counted.
/s/ John K. Penver
John K. Penver
Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer
& Company Secretary
April 12, 2011
YOUR VOTE IS VERY IMPORTANT, REGARDLESS OF THE NUMBER OF SHARES YOU OWN. PLEASE READ THE ATTACHED PROXY STATEMENT CAREFULLY, AND VOTE YOUR SHARES BY TELEPHONE, BY THE INTERNET OR BY COMPLETING, SIGNING AND DATING THE ENCLOSED PROXY CARD AS PROMPTLY AS POSSIBLE AND RETURNING IT IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS TO BE HELD ON MAY 12, 2011
Our financial and other information is contained in our Annual Report to Shareholders for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010. Pursuant to rules promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, we have elected to provide access to our proxy materials both by sending you this full set of proxy materials, including a proxy card, and by notifying you of the availability of our proxy materials on the Internet. This proxy statement and our 2011 Annual Report to Shareholders, including our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, are available at our website at www.activepower.com.
ACTIVE POWER, INC.
2128 W. Braker Lane, BK 12
Austin, Texas 78758
FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
TO BE HELD ON MAY 12, 2011
The enclosed proxy is solicited on behalf of the Board of Directors of Active Power, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), for use at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on May 12, 2011 (the “Annual Meeting”). The Annual Meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. Central Time at our principal executive offices, located at 2128 W. Braker Lane, Austin, Texas 78758, BK 12. These proxy solicitation materials were mailed on or about April 12, 2011, to all stockholders entitled to vote at our Annual Meeting.
The specific proposals to be considered and acted upon at our Annual Meeting are summarized in the accompanying notice and are described in more detail in this proxy statement. On March 14, 2011, the record date for determination of stockholders entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting, there were 79,957,979 shares of our common stock outstanding and no shares of our preferred stock were outstanding.
Each stockholder is entitled to one vote for each share of common stock held by such stockholder on March 14, 2011. The presence, in person or by proxy, of holders of a majority of our shares entitled to vote is necessary to constitute a quorum at this Annual Meeting. Stockholders may not cumulate votes in the election of directors. The vote of a plurality of the shares of our common stock present in person or represented by proxy at this meeting and entitled to vote on the election of directors is necessary for the election of a director. The nominees receiving the greatest number of votes at the Annual Meeting will be elected to our Board of Directors (the “Board”), even if they receive less than a majority of such shares. The proposals regarding the ratification of the appointment of Grant Thornton LLP as our independent auditor for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2011, the non-binding advisory vote on executive compensation and the shareholder proposal regarding term limits for outside directors will each be approved upon the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the votes cast, excluding abstentions, at the Annual Meeting. With respect to the proposal concerning the frequency of stockholder votes on our executive compensation program, each stockholder will be entitled to vote for a frequency of one, two or three years, or abstain from voting, and the frequency receiving the greatest number of votes will be approved by the stockholders.
Abstentions in the election of directors or with respect to any of the other proposals will not affect the voting of such proposals. In addition, broker non-votes are not considered votes cast. Generally, broker non-votes occur on a matter when a broker is not permitted to vote on that matter without instructions from the beneficial owner and instructions are not given.
All votes will be tabulated by the inspector of election appointed for the Annual Meeting, who will separately tabulate affirmative and negative votes, abstentions and broker non-votes. Abstentions and broker non-votes are counted for purposes of determining the presence or absence of a quorum for the transaction of business.