Category: Awards

Return on Capital Grows in Popularity in LTI Plans

We came across a recent report that we thought would be interesting to our readers. With the debate growing on whether or not TSR measures are the best approach for performance-based long-term incentives, this study highlights and discusses some other metric alternatives and their real-time market practice. Check out Return on Capital Grows in Popularity in LTI… Read more »

Bonus Targets Can Be Real Easy for Bosses in a Volatile Industry

Our Chairman & CEO, Brent Longnecker, was recently quoted in this article, Bonus Targets Can Be Real Easy for Bosses in a Volatile Industry, that uses the example of US Steel’s bonus payouts to discuss easy compensation targets that are set for executives – a long-time complaint of shareholders. The economy is constantly changing, so it… Read more »

L&A’s Thoughts on “Excessive CEO Pay for Dumb Luck”

“Interesting article. However, a few additional points to complete the compensation picture. One, there is no reference to actual pay received as tied to stock price performance. Rather, this is a reference to the summary compensation table. Added, the summary compensation table is hodge-podge of GAAP and “non GAAP” reporting as well. Bonuses based off… Read more »

ORIGINAL L&A ARTICLE: An Interview with our CEO

Below is an excerpt from our latest monthly newsletter, the LBlast. Please subscribe via our website. In a recent National Association of Corporate Directors panel, Longnecker & Associates’ CEO, Brent Longnecker, was asked a series of questions related to current hot button compensation topics. Through his extensive work as both a consultant, executive and director,… Read more »

2017 Agenda: Priorities for Boards, Audit Committees and Private Companies

“Political swings, global volatility, technology innovations and investor expectations will require deeper board engagement. Drawing on interactions with corporate directors and business leaders as well as insights from its research, the KPMG Board Leadership Center has published three reports highlighting critical issues for corporate board members, audit committee members and private company directors as they… Read more »

Golden Leash Rule, Say-on-Pay, Form 10-K Summaries: Proxy Season Guide to 2017

“As another year comes to a close, it is time for public companies to become acquainted with the securities law and business developments of the past year to position themselves for success in 2017. Below is a summary of current and anticipated changes that may impact reporting requirements and disclosure regulations for the upcoming 2017… Read more »

Short-Term Incentive Pay Criteria Are Shifting

“The criteria for earning short-term incentive (STI) compensation appear to have entered a state of flux, judging by new research from the CFO Alliance. In particular, some companies are putting non-financial metrics, like customer or employee satisfaction, into the mix. But far more companies should be doing so, according to Ernie Humphrey, a former CFO… Read more »

ISS U.S. Frequently Asked Questions are Published

ISS has published the U.S. Frequently Asked Questions for Equity Plan Compensation, Executive Compensation, Pay-for-Performance Mechanics, and U.S. Peer Selection (available here). In addition, an updated PFP white paper to reflect the new financial performance alignment test was also published. This document, Setting the Bar for Equity-Based Compensation: A summary of the ISS Methodology for… Read more »

More Guidance on Section 409A

“Last month, the IRS provided helpful guidance under Code Section 409A with the release of its Chief Counsel Advice 201645012 (the CCA). The CCA is noteworthy because the IRS agreed that a 25% increase qualified as a materially greater amount, and thus deferred salary was subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture. The CCA may… Read more »

Middle Market CEO & CFO Pay Increases Show Momentum in BDO Study

2015 middle market executive compensation trends foreshadowed momentum companies are seeing in 2016. In Q2, the National Center for the Middle Market reported 7.2 percent revenue growth over the previous year, and while companies entered the year with some caution, 2015 pay reflected improving performance. According to the BDO 600: 2016 Survey of CEO and… Read more »