As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 4, 2022

Registration No. 333-

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM S-8
REGISTRATION STATEMENT
UNDER
THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware 51-0105665
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)
4640 Trueman Boulevard
Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 658-0050
(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of registrant’s principal executive offices)
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. Employee Stock Purchase Plan
(Full title of the plan)
Scott A. Cottrill
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
4640 Trueman Boulevard
Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 658-0050
(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)
Copies to:
Aaron A. Seamon, Esq.
Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
41 South High Street, Suite 2000
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 365-2700
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PART I
INFORMATION REQUIRED IN SECTION 10(A) PROSPECTUS
The documents containing the information specified in Part I of this Registration Statement will be sent or given to participants of the Plan of this Registration Statement as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). Such documents need not be, and are not, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) either as part of this Registration Statement or a prospectus or prospectus supplement pursuant to Rule 424 under the Securities Act. These documents and the documents incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement pursuant to Item 3 of Part II of this Registration Statement, taken together, constitute a prospectus that meets the requirements of Section 10(a) of the Securities Act.
PART II
INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT
Item 3. Incorporation of Documents by Reference.
The following documents filed with the Commission by the Company pursuant to the Securities Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended the (“Exchange Act”), are hereby incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement:
(1) The Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022, as filed with the Commission on May 19, 2022 (File No. 001-36557);
(2)
The Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2022, as filed with the Commission on August 4, 2022 (File No. 001-36557);
(3)
The Company’s Current Reports on Form 8-K, as filed with the Commission on May 19, 2022 (solely Item 5.02 thereof) and the subsequently filed Current Report on Form 8-K on May 19, 2022, May 24, 2022, May 27, 2022, June 9, 2022 and June 21, 2022.
(4)
The description of the Company’s Common Stock set forth in the Company’s registration statement on Form 8-A, filed on July 22, 2014 (File No. 001-36557), pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Exchange Act, including all other amendments and reports filed for the purpose of updating such description.
All documents that the Company subsequently files pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act after the date of this Registration Statement (except for any portions of the Company’s Current Reports on Form 8-K furnished pursuant to Item 2.02 or Item 7.01 thereof and any corresponding exhibits thereto not filed with Commission), and prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement indicating that all securities offered have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement and to be a part hereof from the date of filing of such documents.
Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any other subsequently filed document which also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such statement. Any such statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this Registration Statement.
Item 4. Description of Securities.
    Not Applicable.
Item 5. Interests of Named Experts and Counsel.
    Not Applicable.
Item 6.      Indemnification of Directors and Officers.
The Company is incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware.
Section 145(a) of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, or the “DGCL,” provides that a corporation may indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (other than




an action by or in the right of the corporation) by reason of the fact that the person is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, against expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by the person in connection with such action, suit or proceeding if the person acted in good faith and in a manner the person reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation, and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe the person’s conduct was unlawful.
Section 145(b) of the DGCL provides that a corporation may indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action or suit by or in the right of the corporation to procure a judgment in its favor by reason of the fact that the person is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, against expenses (including attorneys’ fees) actually and reasonably incurred by the person in connection with the defense or settlement of such action or suit if the person acted in good faith and in a manner the person reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation and except that no indemnification shall be made in respect of any claim, issue or matter as to which such person shall have been adjudged to be liable to the corporation unless and only to the extent that the Delaware Court of Chancery or the court in which such action or suit was brought shall determine upon application that, despite the adjudication of liability but in view of all of the circumstances of the case, such person is fairly and reasonably entitled to indemnity for such expenses which the Delaware Court of Chancery or such other court shall deem proper.
Section 145(c) of the DGCL provides that to the extent that a present or former director or officer of a corporation has been successful on the merits or otherwise in defense of any action, suit or proceeding referred to in subsections (a) and (b) of Section 145 of the DGCL, or in defense of any claim, issue or matter therein, such person shall be indemnified against expenses (including attorneys’ fees) actually and reasonably incurred by such person in connection therewith.
Section 145(e) of the DGCL provides that expenses, including attorneys’ fees, incurred by an officer or director of the corporation in defending any civil, criminal, administrative or investigative action, suit or proceeding may be paid by the corporation in advance of the final disposition of such action, suit or proceeding upon receipt of an undertaking by or on behalf of such director or officer to repay such amount if it shall ultimately be determined that such person is not entitled to be indemnified by the corporation as authorized in Section 145 of the DGCL. Such expenses, including attorneys’ fees, incurred by former directors and officers or other persons serving at the request of the corporation as directors, officers, employees or agents of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise may be so paid upon such terms and conditions, if any, as the corporation deems appropriate.
Section 145(g) of the DGCL specifically allows a Delaware corporation to purchase liability insurance on behalf of its directors and officers and to insure against potential liability of such directors and officers regardless of whether the corporation would have the power to indemnify such directors and officers under Section 145 of the DGCL. 
The Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation contains provisions permitted under the DGCL relating to the liability of directors. These provisions eliminate a director’s personal liability to the fullest extent permitted by the DGCL for monetary damages resulting from a breach of fiduciary duty, except in circumstances involving:
any breach of the director’s duty of loyalty;
acts or omissions not in good faith or which involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of the law; 
under Section 174 of the DGCL (unlawful dividends or unlawful stock purchase or redemption); or
any transaction from which the director derives an improper personal benefit.
The Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation and Second Amended and Restated Bylaws require the Company to indemnify and advance expenses to its directors and officers to the fullest extent not prohibited by the DGCL and other applicable law, except in the case of a proceeding instituted by the director without the approval of the Company’s board of directors. The Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation and Second Amended and Restated Bylaws provide that the Company is required to indemnify its directors and officers, to the fullest extent permitted by law, for all judgments, fines, settlements, legal fees and other expenses incurred in connection with pending or threatened legal proceedings because of the director’s or officer’s positions with the Company or another entity that the director or officer serves at the Company’s request, subject to various conditions, and to advance funds to the Company’s directors and officers to enable them to defend against




such proceedings. To receive indemnification, the director or officer must have been successful in the legal proceeding or have acted in good faith and in what was reasonably believed to be a lawful manner in the Company’s best interest and, with respect to any criminal proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe his or her conduct was unlawful.
Section 102(b)(7) of the DGCL permits a Delaware corporation to include a provision in its certificate of incorporation eliminating or limiting the personal liability of directors to the corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director. This provision, however, may not eliminate or limit a director’s liability (1) for breach of the director’s duty of loyalty to the corporation or its stockholders, (2) for acts or omissions not in good faith or involving intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law, (3) under Section 174 of the DGCL, or (4) for any transaction from which the director derived an improper personal benefit. The Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation contains such a provision.
The Company has entered into indemnification agreements with its directors and certain of its officers. The indemnification agreements provide the directors and officers with contractual rights to the indemnification and expense advancement rights provided under the Company’s amended and restated bylaws, as well as contractual rights to additional indemnification as provided in the indemnification agreements.
The Company has obtained directors’ and officers’ liability insurance which insures against certain liabilities that the Company’s directors and officers and the Company’s subsidiaries’ directors and officers may, in such capacities, incur.
Item 7. Exemption From Registration Claimed.
    Not Applicable.
Item 8. Exhibits.
Exhibit
Number
Description of Document
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5
5.1
23.1
23.2
24.1
107
* Filed herewith.




Item 9. Undertaking.
The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes:
(1) To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement:
(i) to include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;
(ii) to reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the Registration Statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the Registration Statement; and
(iii) to include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the Registration Statement or any material change to such information in the Registration Statement:
Provided, however, that paragraphs (1)(i) and (1)(ii) do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in periodic reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement.
(2) That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
(3) To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.
The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the registrant’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that is incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.





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SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) 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: August 4, 2022
ADVANCED DRAINAGE SYSTEMS, INC.
By: /s/ Scott A. Cottrill
Name: Scott A. Cottrill
Title: Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial Officer)
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons in their indicated capacities, on August 4, 2022.
Signature Title
* President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
(Principal Executive Officer)
D. Scott Barbour
/s/ Scott A. Cottrill Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and
Secretary (Principal Financial Officer)
Scott A. Cottrill
* Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting
Officer (Principal Accounting Officer)
Tim A. Makowski
* Director
Anesa T. Chaibi
* Director
Michael B. Coleman
* Director
Robert M. Eversole
* Director
Alexander R. Fischer
* Director
Tanya Fratto
* Director
Kelly S. Gast
* Director
M.A. (Mark) Haney
* Director
Ross M. Jones
* Director
Carl A. Nelson, Jr.
* Director
Manuel J. Perez de la Mesa
* Director
Anil Seetharam
**
The undersigned, by signing his name hereto, does hereby sign this report on behalf of each of the above-indicated directors of the registrant pursuant to powers of attorney executed by such directors.
By: /s/ Scott A. Cottrill
Scott A. Cottrill, Attorney-in-fact


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