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): November 28, 2018
Amtech Systems, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
131 S. Clark Drive, Tempe, Arizona
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (480) 967-5146
Not Applicable
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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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

Chief Executive Officer Steps Down

Amtech Systems, Inc. (the “Company”) and Fokko Pentinga, the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company, agreed on a transition of leadership of the Company, pursuant to which Mr. Pentinga will step down as the Chief Executive Officer, President and a director of the Company effective as of December 6, 2018 (the “Effective Date”). In connection with his impending departure, Mr. Pentinga and the Company have entered into a Separation Agreement and General Release of all Claims, dated November 28, 2018 (the “Separation Agreement”). Pursuant to the Separation Agreement, Mr. Pentinga will receive the following benefits:
a severance payment of $864,000 in gross, less all customary and appropriate income and employment taxes;
a payment of $458,500 for all other amounts due him;
all of his time-based stock options, consisting of 226,667 options (the “Options”), became fully vested and immediately exercisable. Mr. Pentinga has the right to exercise 122,500 of such Options with an exercise price of $7.01 or less until December 31, 2019. The remaining 104,167 of such Options are exercisable during the 90-day period following the Effective Date; and
certain other benefits as set forth in the Separation Agreement.

The foregoing description of the Separation Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by the full text of the Separation Agreement, which will be filed as an Exhibit to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2018. The terms of the Separation Agreement are consistent with the treatment of Mr. Pentinga’s departure as a termination without cause under the terms of his Employment Agreement with the Company dated June 29, 2012, as amended from time to time (the “Employment Agreement”).

Mr. J.S. Whang, the Company’s Executive Chairman, has agreed to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective December 6, 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 hereunto duly authorized.

November 29, 2018
By: /s/ Lisa D. Gibbs
Name: Lisa D. Gibbs
Title: Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer