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): August 25, 2021


Frequency Electronics, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)







(State or Other Jurisdiction of


(Commission File Number)


(IRS Employer Identification

55 Charles Lindbergh Blvd.,

Mitchel Field, New York 11553

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (516) 794-4500


(Former name or former address, if changed since last report): Not Applicable


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Common Stock (par value $1.00 per share)


NASDAQ Global Market


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Item 1.01.         Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.


On August 25, 2021, Frequency Electronics, Inc. (the “Company”) settled its dispute with Martin B. Bloch, the Company’s former Chief Scientist and a former member of the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”).


As previously disclosed, on January 28, 2020, Mr. Bloch filed a complaint against the Company and certain members of the Board, in their capacity as Board members (collectively, the “Director Defendants”), in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Nassau, asserting seven claims in connection with the “for cause” termination of Mr. Bloch’s employment by the Company’s Board on January 27, 2020. With the filing of an amended complaint on May 12, 2020, certain claims against the Company and the Director Defendants were withdrawn, and on September 22, 2020, three of the four remaining claims, including all of the remaining claims against the Director Defendants, were dismissed by the court.  Also as previously disclosed, Mr. Bloch initiated two arbitration proceedings related to his deferred compensation agreements.  The Company denied Mr. Bloch’s claims and allegations in the litigation and arbitration proceedings.


Under the Agreement on Material Terms of Settlement (the “Settlement Terms”), dated August 25, 2021, between and among the Company, the Director Defendants, and the Compensation Committee, in its capacity as administrator under the deferred compensation agreements, and Mr. Bloch and certain members of Mr. Bloch’s family, in full and complete settlement of all claims asserted and all sums sought by Mr. Bloch in the litigation and arbitration proceedings, the Company has agreed to pay Mr. Bloch $6 million on or before September 24, 2021. Prior to the termination of Mr. Bloch’s employment and commencement of the litigation and arbitration proceedings, the Company had been regularly accruing amounts pertaining to Mr. Bloch’s post-employment deferred compensation retirement benefits.  As of July 31, 2021, the Company had accrued $6 million for deferred compensation and contingent liability in connection with the settlement with Mr. Bloch.  The settlement will result in a net expense of $650,000 to the Company and will eliminate further legal expenses with respect to the dispute between Mr. Bloch and the Company.  This net expense for financial statement purposes will be recognized in the first quarter of fiscal 2022.  Additionally, the Settlement Terms include general releases between and among parties to the agreement.  As reflected in the Settlement Terms, the settlement is not an admission of any wrongdoing by the Company.


The Settlement Terms are binding on the parties thereto, although it is the parties’ intention to enter into a more formal written settlement agreement.  The description of the Settlement Terms contained herein does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the more formal written settlement agreement, a copy of which will be filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 31, 2021, and is incorporated herein by reference.







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.


Date: August 27, 2021















/s/ Steven L. Bernstein




Steven L. Bernstein




Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer