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Washington, DC 20549


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
April 28, 2021
Date of Report (date of earliest event reported)

Asensus Surgical, Inc.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)
1 TW Alexander Drive, Suite 160
Durham, North Carolina 27703
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class   Trading symbol   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock
$0.001 par value per share
  ASXC   NYSE American
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Item 1.01
Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On April 28, 2021, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Asensus Surgical, Inc. (the “Company”) approved revised compensation arrangements for non-employee directors of the Company that were recommended by the Compensation Committee of the Board (the “Committee”). The program restores the payment of the annual retainers in cash and increases the baseline annual board retainer, and the additional annual non-executive Chair retainer, from $40,000 to $50,000. Each director can elect to receive payment of the annual board retainer or the non-executive Chair retainer in equity rather than cash. The Committee Chair and Committee member cash compensation, annual equity award value and the value of initial equity awards for new non-employee directors remain the same.
The Board approved the new non-employee director compensation program based on a review of compensation practices at peer companies. The peer group used is disclosed in the proxy statement for the 2021 annual meeting of stockholders to be held on June 3, 2021.
The non-employee director compensation program continues the Company’s practice of not paying per-meeting fees. Anthony Fernando, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and a director, does not receive additional compensation for serving as a director.
The new non-employee director compensation program is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Form 8-K and incorporated by reference herein.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
Exhibit No.
Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted in inline XBRL)

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.
Date: April 30, 2021 
/s/           Shameze Rampertab
Shameze Rampertab
EVP and Chief Financial Officer


Exhibit 10.1


Non-Employee Director Compensation Program


Effective July 1, 2021, the Asensus Surgical, Inc. Non-Employee Director Compensation Program is:


Annual Cash Retainer (1)

Annual Equity

Award (2)

Initial Equity

Award (2)

Non-Employee Director role:



Election to be paid

in equity

Equity grant of stock options or restricted stock units with a value of $45,000. Director can elect the form of equity. Cliff vesting at first anniversary of grant or following year’s annual meeting date, if earlier, subject to forfeiture if not vested.

Equity grant of stock options or restricted stock units with a value of $150,000. Incoming director can elect the form of equity. Vests one-third of award on each of the first three anniversaries of the date of grant.

  Baseline Board Retainer


Yearly election will be made by each director to receive cash retainer in shares of common stock or stock options

  Non-Executive Chair Additional Retainer


  Audit Committee Chair


  Compensation Committee Chair


  CG & Nominating Committee Chair


  Audit Committee Member

$ 9,000

  Compensation Committee Member

$ 6,000

  CG& Nominating Committee Member

$ 5,000




Annual non-employee director compensation limit of $250,000 with initial year compensation limit of $500,000 as set forth in the Amended and Restated Equity Compensation Plan (the “Plan”).




Number of shares of common stock, restricted stock units or stock options calculated using a stock price equal to the greater $1.00 or the average closing price in the 20 trading days prior to the date of grant and, for stock options, if elected by a director, a Black Scholes calculation. Stock options will have a seven-year term.