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PROXY STATEMENT AND NOTICE OF

2018 ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

April 27, 2018

 

 

 

 


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3550 Lenox Road

Atlanta, Georgia 30326

(770) 829-8991

March 16, 2018

Dear Shareholder:

The board of directors and officers of Global Payments Inc. join me in extending to you a cordial invitation to attend our 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The meeting will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, at our offices at 3550 Lenox Road, Atlanta, GA 30326. At the annual meeting, shareholders will be asked to vote on three proposals set forth in the Notice of 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and the proxy statement following this letter.

Whether or not you plan to attend the annual meeting, it is important that your shares are represented and voted regardless of the size of your holdings. We urge you to vote promptly and submit your proxy via the internet, by telephone or by signing, dating and returning the enclosed proxy card in the enclosed envelope. If you decide to attend the annual meeting, you will be able to vote in person, even if you have submitted your proxy previously.

If you have any questions concerning the annual meeting and you are the shareholder of record of your shares, please contact our Investor Relations department at Investor.Relations@globalpay.com or (770) 829-8478. If your shares are held by a broker or other nominee (that is, in “street name”), please contact your broker or other nominee for questions concerning the annual meeting.

We look forward to seeing you on April 27.

 

Sincerely,

 

  

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Jeffrey S. Sloan    William I Jacobs
Chief Executive Officer    Chairman of the Board

 


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NOTICE OF 2018 ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

April 27, 2018

9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time

  

3550 Lenox Road

Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Items of Business

 

  1. To elect the three directors nominated by our board of directors and named in the proxy statement;

 

  2. To approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of our named executive officers;

 

  3. To ratify the reappointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP, or Deloitte, as the Company’s independent public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2018.

The shareholders may also transact any other business that may properly come before the annual meeting or any adjournments or postponements thereof.

Record Date

Close of business on March 5, 2018.

On March 16, 2018, we mailed a notice of electronic availability of proxy materials to our shareholders. Only shareholders of record at the close of business on March 5, 2018 are entitled to receive notice of, and to vote at, the annual meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof. If you do not attend the annual meeting, you may vote your shares via the internet or by telephone, as instructed in the Notice of Electronic Availability of Proxy Materials, or if you received your proxy materials by mail, you may also vote by mail.

 

YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT

Submitting your proxy does not affect your right to vote in person if you attend the annual meeting. Instead, it benefits us by reducing the expenses of additional proxy solicitation. Therefore, we urge you to submit your proxy as soon as possible, regardless of whether or not you expect to attend the annual meeting. You may revoke your proxy at any time before its exercise by (i) delivering written notice of revocation to our Corporate Secretary, David L. Green, at 3550 Lenox Road, Suite 3000, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, (ii) submitting to us a duly executed proxy card bearing a later date, (iii) voting via the internet or by telephone at a later date, or (iv) appearing at the annual meeting and voting in person; provided, however, that no such revocation under clause (i) or (ii) shall be effective until written notice of revocation or a later dated proxy card is received by the Corporate Secretary at or before the annual meeting, and no such revocation under clause (iii) shall be effective unless received on or before 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on April 26, 2018.

When you submit your proxy, you authorize Jeffrey S. Sloan and David L. Green, or either one of them, each with full power of substitution, to vote your shares at the annual meeting in accordance with your instructions or, if no instructions are given, for the election of the director nominees; for the approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of our named executive officers; and for the ratification of the reappointment of Deloitte as the Company’s independent public accounting firm. The proxies, in their discretion, are further authorized to vote on any adjournments or postponements of the annual meeting, for the election of one or more persons to the board of directors if any of the nominees becomes unable to serve or for good cause will not serve, on matters which the board does not know a reasonable time before making the proxy solicitations will be presented at the annual meeting, or any other matters which may properly come before the annual meeting and any postponements or adjournments thereto.

 

By Order of the Board of Directors,

 

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David L. Green

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary


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Proxy Summary

     1  

Information About Our 2018 Annual Meeting

     1  

Proposals and Voting Recommendations

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Business and Strategy

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2017 Performance Highlights

     2  

Board and Corporate Governance Highlights

     3  

Shareholder Outreach

     5  

Compensation Philosophy and Highlights

     5  

Core Compensation Components

     6  

Director Nominees

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Named Executive Officers

     7  

Questions and Answers About Our Annual Meeting and this Proxy Statement

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Proposal One: Election of Directors

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Nominees for Election as Directors with Terms Expiring in 2021

     13  

Other Directors

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Board and Corporate Governance

     18  

Recent Developments

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Board Leadership

     18  

Board Independence

     19  

Board Membership Criteria

     19  

Board Refreshment

     20  

Board and Committee Membership — Director Attendance at Meetings

     21  

Committee Responsibilities

     22  

Committee Composition

     23  

Board Oversight of Risk Management

     23  

Evaluation of Board and Committee Effectiveness

     24  

Shareholder Outreach

     25  

Director Compensation

     25  

Target Stock Ownership Guidelines

     27  

Contacting Our Board of Directors

     27  

Common Stock Ownership

     28  

Common Stock Ownership by Management

     28  

Common Stock Ownership by Non-Management Shareholders

     29  

Biographical Information About Our Executive Officers

     30  

Proposal Two: Advisory Vote to Approve the Compensation of Our Named Executive Officers

     31  

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

     33  

2017 Performance Highlights

     33  

How Compensation Decisions Are Made

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Elements of Executive Compensation Program

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Base Salary

     37  

Short-Term Incentive Plan

     38  

Long-Term Incentive Plan

     39  

Other Benefits

     43  

Employment Agreements

     44  

Policies and Guidelines

     44  

Tax Considerations

     44  

Report of Compensation Committee Members

     45  

Compensation of Named Executive Officers

     46  

Summary Compensation Table

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Grants of Plan-Based Awards in 2017

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Outstanding Equity Awards at December 31, 2017

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Stock Options Exercised and Stock Vested in 2017

     52  

Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan

     52  

Pension Benefits for 2017

     53  

Potential Payments Upon Termination, Retirement or Change in Control

     53  

CEO Pay Ratio

     58  

Proposal Three: Ratification of Reappointment of Auditors

     60  

Report of the Audit Committee

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Auditor Fees

     61  

Audit Committee Pre-Approval Policies

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Additional Information

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Relationships and Related Party Transactions

     63  

2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K

     63  

Shareholders Sharing the Same Address

     63  

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

     63  

Shareholder List

     63  

Appendix A — Non-GAAP Financial Measures

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Proxy Summary

This summary highlights information contained elsewhere in this proxy statement, but does not contain all of the information you should consider before voting your shares. For complete information regarding the 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which we refer to as the “annual meeting,” the proposals to be voted on at the annual meeting, and our performance during the year ended December 31, 2017, please review the entire proxy statement and our 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K, or the Annual Report on Form 10-K. In this proxy statement, the “Company,” “we,” “our” and “us” refer to Global Payments Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries, unless the context requires otherwise.

Information About Our 2018 Annual Meeting

 

Date and Time:    Friday, April 27, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time
Place:    Our offices at 3550 Lenox Road, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326
Record Date:    March 5, 2018
Voting:    Holders of our common stock as of the close of business on the record date may vote at the annual meeting. Each shareholder is entitled to one vote per share for each director nominee and one vote per share for each of the other proposals described below.

Proposals and Voting Recommendations

 

Proposal  

Board Vote

Recommendation

 

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  Number  

1 – Election of Three Directors

  FOR each nominee   11

2 – Advisory Vote on Compensation of Our Named Executive Officers

       (“say-on-pay” vote)

  FOR   29

3 – Ratification of the Reappointment of Our Independent Public Accounting Firm

  FOR   60

Business and Strategy

We are a leading worldwide provider of payment technology and software solutions delivering innovative services to our customers globally. Our technologies, services and employee expertise enable us to provide a broad range of solutions that allow our customers to accept various payment types and operate their businesses more efficiently. We distribute our services across a variety of channels to customers in 30 countries throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Brazil and operate in three reportable segments: North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Our services enable our customers to accept card, electronic, check and digital-based payments at the point of sale. We offer high touch services that provide our customers with reliable and secure payment solutions coupled with high quality and responsive support services.

We seek to leverage the adoption of, and transition to, card, electronic and digital-based payments by expanding share in our existing markets through our distribution channels and service innovation, as well as through acquisitions to improve our offerings and scale, while also seeking to enter new markets through acquisitions, alliances and joint ventures around the world. We intend to continue to invest in and leverage our technology infrastructure and our people to increase our penetration in existing markets.

Our key objectives include the following:

 

    Grow and control our direct distribution by adding new channels and partners, including expanding our ownership of additional enterprise software solutions in select vertical markets;

 

    Deliver innovative services by developing value-added applications, enhancing existing services and developing new systems and services to blend technology with customer needs;

 

    Leverage technology and operational advantages throughout our global footprint;

 

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    Continue to develop seamless multinational solutions for leading global customers;

 

    Provide customer service at levels that exceed our competition, while investing in technology, training and enhancements to our service offerings; and

 

    Pursue potential domestic and international acquisitions of, investments in and alliances with companies that have high growth potential, significant market presence, sustainable distribution platforms and/or key technological capabilities.

Our board and its committees provide support and oversight to management in the operation of our business and strategy, as further described in this proxy.

2017 Performance Highlights

We experienced strong business and financial performance around the world during the year ended December 31, 2017. Highlights related to our financial condition and results of operations as of December 31, 2017 and for the year then ended include the following:

 

    Consolidated revenues increased by 17.9% to $3,975.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2017 from $3,371.0 million for 2016.

 

    Consolidated operating income was $558.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2017 compared to $356.3 million for 2016. Our operating margin for the year ended December 31, 2017 was 14.1% compared to 10.6% for 2016.

 

    Net income attributable to Global Payments was $468.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2017 compared to $201.8 million for 2016, and diluted earnings per share was $3.01 for the year ended December 31, 2017 compared to $1.37 for 2016.

 

    Over the 12-month period from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017, our stock price increased by 42%. Our stock price from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2017 relative to the performance of our peer group and the S&P 500 index, which we joined in April 2016, is shown in the graph below.

The following graph compares the cumulative shareholder returns of $100 invested in the S&P 500 Index, our Company and the average of our performance peer group from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2017, assuming reinvestment of dividends.

 

 

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The graph excludes peer group performance for Sabre Corporation, PayPal, Inc. and First Data Corp., because these companies were not publicly traded for the full period presented above.

 

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Board and Corporate Governance Highlights (Page 18)

We have adopted leading governance practices that establish strong independent leadership in our boardroom and provide our shareholders with meaningful rights. Highlights include:

 

Independent Chairman

Eight of nine directors are non-employee directors

Fully independent Audit, Compensation, and Governance and Nominating Committees

Annual board and committee self-evaluations

Proxy access for shareholders NEW

  

Majority voting for directors in uncontested elections

Minimum stock ownership requirements

Limitation on outside board and audit committee service

Greater than 75% attendance at meetings

Non-employee directors meet without management present

Code of business conduct and ethics for directors

  
  
  
  
  
  

The board has taken a thoughtful and deliberate approach to board composition to ensure that our directors have backgrounds that collectively add significant value to the strategic decisions made by the Company and enable them to provide oversight of management to ensure accountability to our shareholders. The composition of our board consists of:

 

 

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The board has identified the following key qualifications and experience that are important to be represented on the board as a whole in light of our current business strategy and expected needs. The charts below indicate how these qualifications are represented on our board based on information provided by our directors. Information regarding each director’s skills and qualifications can be found within their individual biographies on pages 13-17.

 

 

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Shareholder Outreach (Page 25)

We believe in providing transparent and timely information to our investors. Each year we routinely engage shareholders and analysts in various forums, which may include industry conferences, road-shows, meetings at our offices or at our shareholders’ offices, conference calls and Investor Day events. Throughout the year, we held meetings with many of our top institutional investors. In our meetings, we discussed a variety of topics that are important to investors, including industry trends, corporate governance, Company performance and operations and short and long-term strategic direction.

In 2017, after thoughtful discussions with shareholders and considering the viewpoints of governance experts and advisors, we adopted a bylaw allowing shareholders to nominate directors and to have such nominees included in the proxy statement.

Compensation Philosophy and Highlights (Page 33)

 

We Do:      We Do Not:
  Tie pay to financial and share price performance        Provide for excise tax gross-ups
  Retain an independent compensation consultant        Permit hedging or pledging of our stock
  Benchmark against our peer group        Re-price or discount stock options or SARs
  Conduct an annual say-on-pay vote  

  

 

  

 

Permit liberal share recycling or “net share counting” upon exercise of stock options or SARs

Pay dividend equivalent rights on restricted stock units

  Adjust performance goals under our short-term incentive plan to reflect acquisition impacts    

  Require Compensation Committee certification of performance results for purposes of executive compensation    
  Employ “double-trigger” change-in-control compensation      
  Have a clawback policy      
  Impose minimum stock ownership thresholds and holding periods until such thresholds are met        

 

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Core Compensation Components

 

   

Core Component

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Base Salary

  

 

Base salaries are intended to provide compensation consistent with our executives’ skills, responsibilities, experience and performance in relation to the marketplace.

 

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Annual Cash Incentives

  

Our annual performance plan rewards short-term Company performance, while aligning the interests of our named executive officers, or NEOs, with those of our shareholders. For 2017, awards under our annual performance plan were determined based on specified goals for adjusted EPS, adjusted revenue and adjusted operating margin, which are non-GAAP financial measures and are described on Appendix A to this proxy statement.

 

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Performance Units

  

 

Performance units represented 50% of our long-term incentive awards. Performance units are performance-based restricted stock units that, after a three-year performance period, may convert into a number of unrestricted shares depending on the average of the growth of our annual adjusted EPS for each of the three years in the performance period. These long-term equity awards are intended to closely align the performance of our executives with the interests of our shareholders by utilizing a lengthy performance period and a single performance metric that is most relevant to the daily management of our operations.

 

  

 

 

 

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Stock Options

  

 

Stock options represented 25% of our long-term incentive awards. These stock options will vest in equal installments on each of the first three anniversaries of the grant date. The exercise price of each option was equal to the closing price of our stock on the grant date. Stock options are intended to provide a strong incentive for creation of long-term shareholder value, as stock options may be exercised for a profit only to the extent the price of our stock appreciates after the grant date.

 

  

 

 

 

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Restricted Stock

  

 

Restricted shares of our common stock with time-based vesting represented 25% of our long-term incentive awards. Restricted stock granted as part of our annual compensation program vest in equal installments on each of the first three anniversaries of the grant date. Time-based restricted stock provides a retentive element to our compensation program, while tying the value of the award to the performance of our stock.

 

 

  

 

 

 

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The following charts show the mix of total target compensation for our Chief Executive Officer and for all the other NEOs as a group, based on a weighted average, as well as the portion of that compensation that is subject to forfeiture (“at risk”) or performance-based.

 

CEO TOTAL TARGET COMPENSATION

 

OTHER NEOs TOTAL TARGET COMPENSATION

 

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Director Nominees (Page 12)

 

Name  

Tenure

(Years)

  Principal Occupation  

Non-

Employee

  Audit
Committee
  Compensation
Committee
  Governance
and
Nominating
Committee
  Risk
Oversight
Committee
 

Technology

Committee

   

William I Jacobs*

 

     

 

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Business Advisor

 

 

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Robert H.B. Baldwin, Jr.

 

     

 

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Former Vice Chairman, Heartland

 

 

Yes

 

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Alan M. Silberstein*

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President, Allston Associates, LLP

 

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* Our board of directors has determined that this director is independent.

Named Executive Officers (page 30)

Beginning on page 31, we provide specific data about the compensation of our NEOs as defined by rules promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, for 2017. Our NEOs include the following individuals:

 

    Jeffrey S. Sloan, Chief Executive Officer

 

    David E. Mangum, President and Chief Operating Officer

 

    Cameron M. Bready, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

    Dr. Guido F. Sacchi, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer

 

    David L. Green, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

 

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Questions and Answers About Our Annual Meeting and this Proxy Statement

1. Why did I receive these materials?

 

This proxy statement is being furnished to solicit proxies on behalf of the board of directors of our Company for use at the 2018 annual meeting of shareholders and at any adjournments or postponements thereof. The annual meeting will be held at our offices at 3550 Lenox Road, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326 on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time.

2. What am I voting on and how does the board of directors recommend that I vote?

 

Our board of directors recommends that you vote FOR each of the following three proposals scheduled to be voted on at the meeting:

 

    Proposal 1:    Election of the three directors nominated by our board.

 

    Proposal 2:    Approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of our NEOs for 2017 year. This proposal is referred to as the “say-on-pay” proposal.

 

    Proposal 3:    Ratification of the reappointment of Deloitte as our independent public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2018.

3. Could other matters be decided at the annual meeting?

 

Yes. The shareholders may transact any other business that may properly come before the annual meeting or any adjournments or postponements thereof. If any other matter properly comes before the meeting and you have submitted your proxy, the proxy holders will vote as recommended by the board or, if no recommendation is made, in their own discretion.

4. Why did I receive a mailed notice of internet availability of proxy materials instead of a full set of proxy materials?

 

As permitted by the SEC, we are making this proxy statement and our Annual Report on Form 10-K available to our shareholders electronically via the internet. The notice contains instructions on how to access this proxy statement and our Annual Report on Form 10-K and how to vote online or submit your proxy over the internet or by telephone. You will not receive a printed copy of the proxy materials in the mail unless you request one, which you may do by following the instructions contained in the notice. We encourage you to take advantage of the electronic availability of proxy materials to help reduce the cost and environmental impact of the annual meeting.

5. How do I vote?

 

If you received a notice of electronic availability, that notice provides instructions on how to vote by internet, by telephone or by requesting and returning a paper proxy card. You may submit your proxy voting instructions via the internet or telephone by following the instructions provided in the notice. The internet and telephone voting procedures are designed to authenticate your identity, to allow you to vote your shares, and to confirm that your voting instructions are properly recorded. If your shares are held in the name of a bank or a broker, the availability of internet and telephone voting will depend on the voting processes of the bank or broker. Therefore, we recommend that you follow the instructions on the form you receive. If you received a printed version of the proxy materials by mail, you may vote by following the instructions provided with your proxy materials and on your proxy card.

 

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6. What if I change my mind after I vote?

 

Your submission of a proxy via the internet, by telephone or by mail does not affect your right to attend the annual meeting in person. You may revoke your proxy at any time before it is exercised in any of the following ways:

 

    Deliver written notice of revocation to our Corporate Secretary at 3550 Lenox Road, Suite 3000, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, or submit to us a duly executed proxy card bearing a later date. To be effective, your notice of revocation or new proxy card must be received by our Corporate Secretary, David L. Green, at or before the annual meeting.

 

    Change your vote via the internet or by telephone at a later date. To be effective, your vote must be received before 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on April 26, 2018, the day before the annual meeting.

 

    Appear at the annual meeting and vote in person, regardless of whether you previously submitted a notice of revocation.

7. Who is entitled to vote?

 

All shareholders who owned shares of our common stock at the close of business on March 5, 2018 are entitled to vote at the annual meeting. On that date, there were 159,517,602 shares of common stock issued and outstanding, held by approximately 3,005 shareholders of record. Shareholders are entitled to one vote per share.

8. How many votes must be present to hold the annual meeting?

 

In order for any business to be conducted, the holders of a majority of the shares entitled to vote at the annual meeting must be present, either in person or by proxy. This is referred to as a “quorum.” Abstentions and broker non-votes (described below) will be treated as present for purposes of establishing a quorum. If a quorum is not present, the annual meeting may be adjourned by the holders of a majority of the shares represented at the annual meeting. The annual meeting may be rescheduled at the time of the adjournment with no further notice of the reconvened meeting if the date, time and place of the reconvened meeting are announced at the adjourned meeting before its adjournment; provided, however, that if a new record date is or must be fixed, notice of the reconvened meeting must be given to the shareholders of record as of the new record date. An adjournment will have no effect on the business to be conducted at the meeting.

9. What are the voting standards for the proposals?

 

Each of the three scheduled proposals will be approved by the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast. This means that a proposal is approved if the number of shares voted “for” the proposal exceeds the number of shares voted “against” the proposal.

10. What is the difference between a “shareholder of record” and a “beneficial owner of shares held in street name?”

 

Shareholders of record.    If your shares are registered directly in your name with our transfer agent, Computershare, you are the shareholder of record with respect to those shares, and we sent the notice of electronic availability directly to you. If you request copies of the proxy materials by mail, you will receive a proxy card.

Beneficial owners of shares held in street name.    If your shares are held in an account at a brokerage firm, bank, broker-dealer or other similar organization, then you are the beneficial owner of shares held in “street name,” and the notice of electronic availability was forwarded to you by that organization. The organization holding your account is considered the shareholder of record for purposes of voting at the annual meeting. As a beneficial owner, you have the right to direct that organization on how to vote the shares held in your account. If you request copies of the proxy materials by mail, you will receive a voting instruction form.

 

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11. What happens if I do not return a proxy or do not give specific voting instructions?

 

Shareholders of record.    If you are a shareholder of record and you do not vote via the internet, by telephone or by mail, your shares will not be voted unless you attend the annual meeting to vote them in person. If you are a shareholder of record and you sign and return a proxy card without giving specific voting instructions, then your shares will be voted in the manner recommended by the board of directors on all matters presented in this proxy statement and as the proxy holders may determine in their discretion with respect to any other matters properly presented for a vote at the annual meeting.

Beneficial owners of shares held in street name.    If you hold your shares in street name and do not provide voting instructions to your broker, your broker will have the discretionary authority to vote your shares only on proposals that are considered “routine.” The only proposal at the annual meeting that is considered routine is the ratification of the reappointment of our independent auditor. All of the other proposals are considered “non-routine,” which means that your broker will not have the discretionary authority to vote your shares with respect to such proposals. Shares for which a broker lacks discretionary voting authority are referred to as “broker non-votes.” Broker non-votes are counted as present for the purpose of establishing a quorum, but whether they are counted for purpose of voting on proposals depends on the voting standard for the particular proposal. Since each of the scheduled proposals requires approval by a majority of votes cast, abstentions and broker non-votes will not be counted as votes “for” or “against” the proposal. As a result, although abstentions and broker non-votes may be counted for the purpose of establishing a quorum for the meeting, they have no effect on the voting results.

12. What should I do if I receive more than one proxy or voting instruction card?

 

Shareholders may receive more than one set of voting materials, including multiple copies of the notice of electronic availability, these proxy materials and proxy cards or voting instruction cards. For example, shareholders who hold shares in more than one brokerage account may receive separate notices for each brokerage account in which shares are held. Shareholders of record whose shares are registered in more than one name will receive more than one notice. You should vote in accordance with all of the notices you receive to ensure that all of your shares are counted.

13. Who pays the cost of proxy solicitation?

 

The cost of soliciting proxies will be borne by us. However, shareholders voting electronically (via phone or the internet) should understand that there may be costs associated with electronic access, such as usage charges from internet service providers or telephone companies. In addition to solicitation of shareholders of record by mail, telephone or personal contact, arrangements will be made with brokerage houses to furnish proxy materials to their principals, and we may reimburse them for mailing expenses. Custodians and fiduciaries will be supplied with proxy materials to forward to beneficial owners of common stock.

14. May I propose actions for consideration at next year’s annual shareholder meeting?

 

Proposals for Inclusion in Next Year’s Proxy Statement (Rule 14a-8):    SEC rules permit shareholders to submit proposals for inclusion in our proxy statement if the shareholder and the proposal meet the requirements specified in Rule 14a-8 of the Exchange Act. Proposals submitted in accordance with Rule 14a-8 for inclusion in our proxy statement for the 2019 annual shareholder meeting must be received by our Corporate Secretary no earlier than October 16, 2018 and no later than November 16, 2018, which is 120 days before the one year anniversary of the mailing of this proxy statement.

Director Nominees for Inclusion in Next Year’s Proxy Statement (Proxy Access):    Our bylaws permit a shareholder (or a group of no more than 20 shareholders) owning three percent or more of our common stock continuously for at least three years to nominate up to an aggregate limit of two candidates or 20 percent of our board (whichever is greater) for inclusion in our proxy statement. Notice of such nominees must be received no earlier than October 16, 2018 and no later than close of business on November 16, 2018.

 

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Other Business Proposals/Director Nominees:    Our bylaws also set forth the procedures that a shareholder must follow to nominate a candidate for election as a director or to propose other business for consideration at shareholder meetings, in each case, not submitted for inclusion in next year’s proxy statement (either under proxy access or Rule 14a-8), but instead to be presented directly at shareholder meetings. In each case, director nominations or proposals for other business for consideration at the 2019 annual shareholder meeting submitted under these bylaw provisions must be received by our Corporate Secretary between October 16, 2018 and November 16, 2018. Special notice provisions apply under the bylaws if the date of the annual meeting is more than 30 days before or 60 days after the anniversary date.

Our Corporate Secretary address is: 3550 Lenox Road, Suite 3000, Atlanta, GA 30326. Notice must include the information required by our bylaws, which are available without charge upon written request to our Corporate Secretary.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This proxy statement contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Exchange Act and is subject to the safe harbors created therein. The forward-looking statements contained herein are generally identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “strategy,” “future,” “opportunity,” “plan,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “would,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will likely result,” or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of our management and on currently available information. A detailed discussion of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from such forward-looking statements is included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K. We undertake no responsibility to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.

 

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Proposal One: Election of Directors

Our board of directors, upon the recommendation of the Governance and Nominating Committee, has nominated directors William I Jacobs, Robert H.B. Baldwin and Alan M. Silberstein, each a Class III director, to be elected to serve until the 2021 annual meeting of shareholders and until their successors are duly elected and qualified. Each nominee has agreed to serve as a director if elected. For information on the factors the board considers when evaluating candidates for nomination, see “Board and Corporate Governance — Board Membership Criteria” on page 19.

Our board of directors currently consists of nine members who are divided into three classes, with the term of office of each class ending in successive years. Each class of directors serves staggered three-year terms. Our Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that directors may not stand for election after their 75th birthday without the approval of our board of directors. Our board of directors, upon the recommendation of the Governance and Nominating Committee, has determined that it is in the best interest of our Company to waive the retirement age for Mr. Jacobs to serve an additional term so that our Company can continue to benefit from his business expertise, leadership and institutional experience with the Company. In reaching this determination, the board considered Mr. Jacobs’ significant contributions to the board, including his service as the Chairman of the board, his qualifications and experience, his level of involvement with the Company and his ongoing devotion of time and effort to his service as a director.

The composition of our board of directors is currently as follows:

 

Class III

 

Class I

 

Class II

Name   Term
Expiration
  Name   Term
Expiration
  Name   Term
Expiration

William I Jacobs*

  2018   Mitchell L. Hollin*   2019   John G. Bruno*   2020

Robert H.B. Baldwin, Jr.

  2018   Ruth Ann Marshall*   2019   Jeffrey S. Sloan   2020

Alan M. Silberstein*

  2018   John M. Partridge*   2019   William B. Plummer*   2020

 

* Our board of directors has determined that this director is independent.

In each case, the director nominee, if elected, will serve a shorter term in the event of his or her resignation, retirement, disqualification, removal from office or death. In the event that any of the nominees is unable to serve (which is not anticipated), the persons designated as proxies will cast votes for such other person(s) as they may select. The affirmative vote of at least a majority of the votes cast with respect to the director nominee at the annual meeting at which a quorum is present is required for the election of each of the nominees. If a choice is specified on the proxy card by a shareholder, the shares will be voted as specified. If no specification is made, the shares will be voted “FOR” each of the three nominees.

 

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE

“FOR” THE ELECTION OF ALL OF THE NOMINEES FOR DIRECTOR.

 

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Nominees for Election as Directors with Terms Expiring in 2021

Biographical and other information about each director nominated for election is set forth below:

 

 

 

 

 

LOGO

 

William I Jacobs

 

•   Chairman of the Board since 2014

 

•   Class III

 

•   Independent director since 2001

 

•   Lead director from 2003-2014

 

•   If elected, term expires in 2021

 

•   Compensation Committee

 

•   Governance and Nominating Committee

 

•   Age 76

 

 

 

Skills and Qualifications: Mr. Jacobs’ qualifications to serve on the board include his extensive executive management experience, leadership skills demonstrated throughout his 15-year tenure as our Chairman of the board or lead director, board expertise and legal training. The Board believes Mr. Jacobs will continue to provide leadership and consensus building skills on matters of strategic importance. Through his tenure on our board, Mr. Jacobs has acquired an unmatchable breadth of knowledge and understanding of our business, which allows him to offer a unique perspective on the Company’s strategies and operations.

 

Mr. Jacobs has served as Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors (since June 2014); Lead Director of the Company’s Board of Directors (2003 — May 2014); Business Advisor (since August 2002); Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of The New Power Company (2000 — 2002); Senior Executive Vice President, Strategic Ventures for MasterCard International (1999 — 2000); Executive Vice President, Global Resources for MasterCard International (1995 — 1999); Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Financial Security Assurance, Inc., a bond insurance company (1984 — 1994); member of the Board of Directors of Green Dot Corporation, a publicly-traded financial services company (since April 2016) and Chairman of its Board (since June 2016); Director, Asset Acceptance Capital Corp., a publicly-traded debt collection company that merged with Encore Capital Group, Inc. in June 2013 (2004 — June 2013).

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOGO

 

Robert H.B. Baldwin, Jr.

 

•   Class III

 

•   Non-employee director since April 2016

 

•   If elected, term expires in 2021

 

•   Risk Oversight Committee

 

•   Technology Committee

 

•   Age 63

 

 

 

Skills and Qualifications: Mr. Baldwin’s qualifications to serve on the board include his financial and industry experience, and in-depth knowledge of our business gained from his 16 years of service as a member of Heartland’s executive management team, as well as his many contributions to the growth and success of Heartland during his tenure.

 

Mr. Baldwin has served as Vice Chairman (an executive office), Heartland (June 2012 — April 2016); Interim Chief Financial Officer, Heartland (October 2013 — April 2014); President, Heartland (2007 — June 2012); Chief Financial Officer, Heartland and its predecessor, Heartland Payment Systems LLC (2000 — 2011); Chief Financial Officer, COMFORCE Corp., a publicly-traded staffing company (1998 — 2000); Managing Director, financial institutions advisory business of Smith Barney (1985 — 1998); Vice President, Citicorp (1980 — 1985).

 

 

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LOGO

 

Alan M. Silberstein

 

•   Class III

 

•   Independent director since 2003

 

•   If elected, term expires in 2021

 

•   Governance and Nominating Committee (Chair)

 

•   Audit Committee

 

•   Age 70

 

 

Skills and Qualifications: Mr. Silberstein’s qualifications to serve on the board include his financial and accounting experience specifically in the financial services industry gained through serving as a former divisional controller and director of profit planning, his broader experience managing several diverse companies, and the in-depth knowledge about our Company gained from his lengthy tenure as a director.

 

Mr. Silberstein has served as President, Allston Associates LLP (previously Silco Associates Inc.), a private management services firm (since 2004); President and Chief Operating Officer, Debt Resolve, Inc., a public online collections services provider (2003 — 2004); President and Chief Executive Officer, Western Union, formerly a subsidiary of First Data Corporation (2000 — 2001); Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Claim Services, Travelers Property Casualty Insurance (1996 — 1997); Executive Vice President, Retail Banking, Midlantic Corporation (1992 — 1995); Director, Green Bancorp, Inc., a publicly-traded bank holding company (since 2010). Mr. Silberstein also previously served as a director of CAN Capital (formerly Capital Access Network, Inc.), a private non-bank alternative capital provider.

 

Other Directors

Biographical information with respect to our other directors is set forth below:

 

   

 

LOGO

 

Ruth Ann Marshall

 

•   Class I

 

•   Independent director since 2006

 

•   Term expires in 2019

 

•   Risk Oversight Committee (Chair)

 

•   Governance and Nominating Committee

 

•   Age 63

 

 

Skills and Qualifications: Ms. Marshall’s qualifications to serve on the board include her deep knowledge of our business and industry, having served, among other roles, as President, Americas for MasterCard International, as well as her experience with the issues, opportunities and challenges facing our Company, which our board believes will continue to make her an invaluable member of our board. Moreover, Ms. Marshall’s longevity as a director gives her a unique perspective on the history and the direction of the Company.

 

Ms. Marshall has served as President, Americas for MasterCard International (2000 — 2006); Senior Executive Vice President, Concord EFS, Inc., a public provider of processing services that merged with First Data Corporation in 2004 (1995 — 1999); Director, Regions Financial Corporation, a publicly-traded financial institution (since 2011) and ConAgra, Inc., a publicly-traded packaged food company (since 2007).

 

 

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LOGO

 

John M. Partridge

 

•   Class I

 

•   Independent director since November 2013

 

•   Term expires in 2019

 

•   Audit Committee

 

•   Technology Committee

 

•   Age 68

 

 

Skills and Qualifications: Mr. Partridge’s qualifications to serve on the board include his substantial financial expertise and experience in the financial services industry, having served, among other roles, as President of Visa Inc., which our board believes will provide valuable insight from the perspective of the card brands.

 

Mr. Partridge has served as Advisor to Visa Inc. (April 2013 to December 2013); President, Visa Inc. (2009 — 2013); Chief Operating Officer, Visa Inc. (2007 — 2009); President and Chief Executive Officer, Inovant, a subsidiary of Visa Inc. (2000 — 2007); Interim President of VISA USA (2007); Director, Cigna Corporation, a publicly-traded health insurance company (since 2009); Advisory Board Member, Corsair Capital, a private equity firm (since November 2013).

 

   

 

LOGO

 

Mitchell L. Hollin

 

•   Class I

 

•   Independent director since April 2016

 

•   Term expires in 2019

 

•   Compensation Committee (Chair)

 

•   Risk Oversight Committee

 

•   Age 55

 

 

Skills and Qualifications: Mr. Hollin’s qualifications to serve on the board include his valuable knowledge of our Company’s industry gained throughout his 15-year tenure as an independent director of Heartland and 5-year tenure as lead independent director. In addition, our Board believes his extensive private equity experience will provide valuable oversight and direction for our Company’s future acquisitive growth.

 

Mr. Hollin has served as Managing Partner, LLR Management, L.P., an independent private equity investment firm (since 2000); Founder and Managing Director, Advanta Partners LP, a private equity firm affiliated with Advanta Corporation (1994 — 2000); Director, Heartland (2001 — April 2016); Lead Independent Director, Heartland (January 2011 — April 2016).

 

 

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John G. Bruno

 

•   Class II

 

•   Independent director since June 2014

 

•   Term expires in 2020

 

•   Compensation Committee

 

•   Technology Committee (Chair)

 

•   Age 53

 

 

Skills and Qualifications: Mr. Bruno’s qualifications to serve on the board include his extensive experience with technology and payments-related matters within the financial services industry through his prior position as Chief Information Officer, and current position as Chief Operations Officer, of Aon, plc, and his service in executive roles at NCR Corporation and Symbol Technologies, Inc.

 

Mr. Bruno has served as Chief Operations Officer and member of the Executive Committee of Aon, plc, a publicly-traded global risk management service provider (since April 2017); Executive Vice President of Enterprise Innovation and Chief Information Officer, Aon plc (September 2014-April 2017); Executive Vice President, Industry and Field Operations and Corporate Development, NCR Corporation, a publicly-traded technology company (November 2013 — September 2014), where Mr. Bruno chaired the company’s Enterprise Risk Management Committee; Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NCR Corporation (November 2011 — November 2013); Executive Vice President, Industry Solutions Group, NCR Corporation (2008 — October 2011); Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (2007 — 2008); Managing Director, Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. (2006 — 2007); Senior Vice President, General Manager, RFID Division of Symbol Technologies, Inc., a private information technology company (2005 — 2006); Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Symbol Technologies, Inc. (2004 — 2005); Senior Vice President, Business Development, and Chief Information Officer, Symbol Technologies, Inc. (2002 — 2004).

   

 

LOGO

 

Jeffrey S. Sloan

 

•   Class II

 

•   Director since January 2014

 

•   Term expires in 2020

 

•   No committees

 

•   Age 50

 

 

Skills and Qualifications: Mr. Sloan’s qualifications to serve on the board include his more than 25 years of experience in the financial services and technology industries, the in-depth knowledge of the Company he has obtained as our Chief Executive Officer since October 2013 (and formerly our President), his extensive experience with public companies and his strong leadership skills. In addition, he has significant experience with strategic transactions and mergers and acquisitions.

 

Mr. Sloan has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company (since October 2013); President of the Company (June 2010 — June 2014); Partner, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (2004 — May 2010), where Mr. Sloan led the Financial Technology Group in New York and focused on mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance; Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (2001 — 2004); Vice President, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (1998 — 2001); Director, FleetCor Technologies, Inc., a publicly-traded provider of fuel cards and workforce payment products and services (since July 2013).

 

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William B. Plummer

 

•   Class II

 

•   Independent director since March 2017

 

•   Term expires in 2020

 

•   Audit Committee (Chair)

 

•   Audit Committee Financial Expert

•  Risk Committee

 

•   Age 59

 

 

 

Skills and Qualifications: Mr. Plummer’s qualifications to serve on the board include his executive leadership experience, including his service as the Chief Financial Officer of United Rentals, Inc., along with his extensive financial and accounting expertise, which the board believes will enable him to provide valuable leadership to the oversight of financial reporting.

 

Mr. Plummer has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of United Rentals, Inc., a publicly-traded equipment rental company (since December 2008), where Mr. Plummer is responsible for the development of the company’s finance activities, investor relations, and co-leads its merger, acquisition and divestiture strategies; Chief Financial Officer of Dow Jones & Company, Inc., a publishing and financial information firm (2006-2007), where Mr. Plummer set policy for global finance and corporate strategy; Vice President and Treasurer of Alcoa, Inc., an industrial corporation (2000 — 2006), where Mr. Plummer was responsible for global treasury policy and relationship management with commercial and investment banks; director and member of the Audit Committee, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a publisher and service provider in the scientific research, higher education and professional development fields (since 2003); director, UIL Holdings, Inc., an electric and natural gas utility company (2013 — 2015).

There is no family relationship between any of our executive officers or directors. There are no arrangements or understandings between any of our directors and any other person pursuant to which any of them was elected as a director, other than arrangements or understandings with the directors solely in their capacities as such.

 

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Board and Corporate Governance

Recent Developments

As a result of engaging with our shareholders and keeping abreast of leading practices, we have taken actions with respect to corporate governance matters, including the following:

 

    Adopted proxy access provisions in our bylaws.

 

    Included more detail in certain corporate governance proxy disclosures, such as the structure of the board, the skills represented on the board, board refreshment, the board self-evaluation process and shareholder engagement.

 

    Enhanced proxy disclosure with respect to our Audit Committee oversight of our independent auditor.

Board Leadership

Our board of directors is chaired by Mr. Jacobs, one of our independent directors. Our board believes that Mr. Jacobs’ service as Chairman enhances the independent oversight of management, while continuing to provide the decisive leadership necessary for an effective Chairman. From his 17-year tenure as a member of our board and 15-year tenure as either Chairman of the board or lead director, Mr. Jacobs has acquired a deep knowledge of our history and culture as well as the issues, opportunities and challenges facing our business. As a result, our board believes that Mr. Jacobs is well-positioned to ensure that the board’s time and attention is focused on the most critical matters.

Our Corporate Governance Guidelines do not express a formal policy on whether the same person should serve as the Chairman of the board and the Chief Executive Officer. Although our Chairman of the board is an independent director, if in the future a non-independent director serves as Chairman of the board, the board will appoint a lead director to fulfill many of the responsibilities of the Chairman listed below.

Chairman of the Board Duties

 

    Presides at all meetings of the board (including all executive sessions);

 

    Serves as the liaison between the Chief Executive Officer and the independent and non-employee directors;

 

    Establishes the agenda and presides at executive sessions of the non-employee and independent directors;

 

    Generally approves information provided to the board, board meeting agendas and meeting schedules to ensure there is sufficient time for discussion of all agenda items;

 

    In conjunction with the Compensation Committee, reviews and approves corporate goals and objectives relevant to the Chief Executive Officer’s compensation, evaluates the Chief Executive Officer’s performance in light of those goals and objectives, determines and approves the Chief Executive Officer’s compensation based upon such evaluation, and communicates with the Chief Executive Officer regarding the foregoing.

Our Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that directors may not stand for election after their 75th birthday without the approval of our board of directors. Our board of directors has determined that it is in the best interest of our Company to waive the retirement age for Mr. Jacobs to serve an additional term so that our Company can continue to benefit from his business expertise, leadership and institutional experience with the Company. In reaching this determination, the board considered Mr. Jacobs’ significant contributions to the board, including his service as the Chairman of the board, his qualifications and experience, his level of involvement with the Company and his ongoing devotion of time and effort to his service as a director.

 

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Board Independence

At least a majority of our directors, and all of the members of our Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Governance and Nominating Committee, must be “independent” based on the listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange, or the NYSE. Each year, our board of directors reviews the independence of our directors and considers, among other things, relationships and transactions during the past three years between each director or any member of his or her immediate family, on the one hand, and our Company and our subsidiaries and affiliates, on the other hand. The purpose of the review is to determine whether any such relationships or transactions were inconsistent with a determination that the director is independent as defined under the NYSE listing standards.

The NYSE listing standards provide that to qualify as an “independent” director, in addition to satisfying certain bright-line criteria, our board of directors must affirmatively determine that a director has no material relationship with our Company (either directly or as a partner, shareholder or officer of an organization that has a relationship with our Company). Additional independence requirements established by the SEC and the NYSE apply to members of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee.

Using these standards for determining the independence of its members, the board determined that the following directors are independent:

 

William I Jacobs    Alan M. Silberstein
John G. Bruno    Ruth Ann Marshall
William B. Plummer    John M. Partridge
Mitchell L. Hollin   

In addition, each member of the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee is independent.

Board Membership Criteria

Our board currently consists of nine directors, who each serve a three-year term.

The Governance and Nominating Committee believes that diversity is an important factor in determining the composition of the board and considers it in making nominee recommendations, although it does not have a formal diversity policy. The Governance and Nominating Committee considers candidates for director who are recommended by other members of the board of directors and by management, as well as those identified by any outside consultants who are periodically retained by the committee to assist in identifying possible candidates. The committee will evaluate potential nominees for open board positions suggested by shareholders in accordance with our policies for shareholder proposals and on the same basis as all other potential nominees. See “Questions and Answers About Our Annual Meeting and this Proxy Statement — May I Propose Actions for Consideration at Next Year’s Annual Shareholder Meeting?” for additional information about our policies for shareholder proposals.

Key factors the Governance and Nominating Committee considers when determining whether to appoint directors include:

 

 

    Experience — Particular skills and leadership experience that are relevant to the Company’s strategic vision

 

    Diversity — Diversity of background, race, gender, qualifications, attributes and skills

 

    Age and Tenure — The age and tenure of each incumbent director

 

    Board Size — The committee periodically evaluates whether a larger or smaller board would be preferable, depending on the board’s needs and the availability of qualified candidates

 

    Board Independence — Independence of candidates for director nominees, including the appearance of any conflict in serving as a director

 

    Board Contribution — Integrity, business judgment and commitment

 

 

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The board has identified the following key qualifications and experience that are important to be represented on the board as a whole in light of our current business strategy and expected needs. The charts below indicate how these qualifications are represented on our board based on information provided by our directors. Information regarding each director’s skills and qualifications can be found within their individual biographies on pages 13-17.

 

LOGO    LOGO    LOGO

 

LOGO        LOGO

 

LOGO    LOGO    LOGO

Board Refreshment

We are committed to periodically reviewing our board’s composition to ensure that we continue to have the right mix of skills, background and tenure. As a result of healthy refreshment over recent years, 62% of our board members have joined the board in the last five years, and 38% of our members joined the board in the last two years. The background and skills of these directors contribute meaningfully to the Company’s strategy for future growth and long-term value creation.

The board also believes that directors develop an understanding of the Company and an ability to work effectively as a group over time that provides substantial value, and therefore a significant degree of continuity year-over-year is beneficial to shareholders and generally should be expected.

 

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The current tenure, independence and diversity composition of our board is as follows:

 

 

LOGO

Board and Committee Membership — Director Attendance at Meetings

Our full board of directors met six times during 2017. All of our directors attended at least 75% of the meetings of the board during 2017, including meetings of the committees of which they were members. Pursuant to our Corporate Governance Guidelines, all of our directors are expected to attend the annual meeting of shareholders, and all of our directors attended the 2017 annual meeting.

Our board of directors has established five standing committees, which include the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, the Governance and Nominating Committee, the Risk Oversight Committee and the Technology Committee, all of which are comprised exclusively of non-employee directors. The Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, and the Governance and Nominating Committee are comprised exclusively of independent non-employee directors.

 

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Our board has adopted written charters for each of these committees. The charters are available in the investor relations section of our website, www.globalpaymentsinc.com. The following table summarizes the primary responsibilities of the committees:

 

   

Committee

 

  

Primary Responsibilities

 

 

Audit

  

 

The Audit Committee helps ensure (i) the integrity of our financial statements, (ii) our compliance with certain legal and regulatory requirements; (iii) the qualifications and independence of our independent auditor, (iv) the performance of our internal audit function and independent auditor; and (v) the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting. In addition, the Audit Committee is responsible for reviewing and approving or ratifying all related-party transactions that would require disclosure under applicable legal requirements. The Audit Committee also prepares a report that is included in this proxy statement.

 

 

Compensation

  

 

The Compensation Committee reviews levels of compensation, benefits and performance criteria for our executive officers and administers our equity compensation plans for our NEOs and other employees. The Compensation Committee also considers our compensation programs from a risk perspective, conducting reviews and risk assessments of our compensation policies and practices and monitoring its compensation consultants, including their independence. See Corporate Governance — Board Oversight of Risk Management” on page 23 for additional information about the Compensation Committee’s responsibilities relating to risk management.

 

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

 

None of the members of the Compensation Committee (i) has ever served as an officer or an employee of our Company or any of our subsidiaries or (ii) has ever had any relationship requiring disclosure by us under Item 404 of Regulation S-K. None of our executive officers serves as a member of the board of directors or compensation committee, or similar committee, of any other company that has one or more of its executive officers serving as a member of our board of directors or Compensation Committee.

 

 

Governance and Nominating

  

 

The Governance and Nominating Committee is responsible for developing and recommending to the board of directors a set of corporate governance principles, evaluating and making recommendations regarding the structure of the board and its committees and identifying, discussing and proposing nominees (including incumbent directors) for open seats on the board of directors, based primarily on the criteria described under “Board and Corporate Governance — Board Membership Criteria” on page 19. The Governance and Nominating Committee is also responsible for annually reviewing each director’s independence and periodically reviewing and assessing director compensation. See “Board and Corporate Governance — Board Oversight of Risk Management” on page 23 for additional information about the Governance and Nominating Committee’s responsibilities relating to risk management.

 

 

Risk Oversight

  

 

The Risk Oversight Committee oversees the identification, assessment and management of the key risks facing our Company, which it carries out primarily through its oversight of our enterprise risk management program, as further described below under “Board and Corporate Governance — Board Oversight of Risk Management.” In addition, the Risk Oversight Committee oversees our business continuity, disaster recovery and pandemic plans, our insurance program and our vendor management program and serves as a liaison between the full board and management with respect to these matters.

 

 

Technology

  

 

The Technology Committee provides board-level oversight with regard to our technology and information security practices and serves as a liaison between our board of directors and management with regard to such matters. The Technology Committee reviews all of our key initiatives and practices relating to technology and information security, approves significant policies, monitors our compliance with regulatory requirements and industry standards and provides guidance with regard to strategic direction. The Technology Committee helps to ensure that our strategic goals are aligned with our technology strategy and infrastructure and to ensure that we receive adequate support from our internal technology and information security providers. See “Board and Corporate Governance — Board Oversight of Risk Management” on page 23 for additional information.

 

 

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The following table provides information about current committee membership and number of meetings held during 2017:

 

     Audit
Committee
  Compensation
Committee
  Governance &
Nominating
Committee
  Risk Oversight
Committee
  Technology
Committee

 

Robert H.B. Baldwin, Jr.

 

       

 

LOGO

 

 

 

LOGO

 

 

John G. Bruno*

 

   

 

LOGO

 

     

 

LOGO

 

 

Mitchell L. Hollin*

 

   

 

LOGO

 

   

 

LOGO

 

   

 

William I Jacobs*

 

   

 

LOGO

 

 

 

LOGO

 

     

 

Ruth Ann Marshall*

 

     

 

LOGO

 

 

 

LOGO

 

   

 

John M. Partridge*

 

 

 

LOGO

 

       

 

LOGO

 

 

William B. Plummer*

 

 

 

LOGO   LOGO

 

     

 

LOGO

 

   

 

Alan M. Silberstein*

 

 

 

LOGO

 

   

 

LOGO

 

     

 

Jeffrey S. Sloan

 

           

 

2017 Meetings

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

4

 

                                          LOGO     Chair         LOGO     Member         LOGO  Financial Expert(1)

 

* Independent director.

 

1  The term “financial expert” refers to an “audit committee financial expert,” as that term is defined under SEC rules.

Board Oversight of Risk Management

Our board of directors views the oversight of risk management as one of its key functions, regularly engaging with management to maintain a risk-aware culture where risk management is deeply and pervasively embedded in all of our activities worldwide. Through its oversight of our enterprise risk management program, our board takes a multi-layered approach to this oversight role. The full board engages directly with management to set high level policy and receive reports on risk management activities from each committee chairman and directly from management, while relying on each of its five standing committees to provide more in-depth oversight of specific key risk exposures.

Our board has delegated to the Risk Oversight Committee the responsibility to directly oversee our enterprise risk management program. Specifically, subject to oversight by the full board of directors, the Risk Oversight Committee is responsible for overseeing the process for identifying, assessing and managing the key risks our Company faces, receiving recommendations from management with respect to such risks, and making recommendations to the full board of directors. The committee’s responsibilities related to oversight of the enterprise risk management program are process-oriented, meaning the committee takes steps to ensure that an effective process is in place to identify and manage key risk exposures, develop a risk mitigation plan and ensure proper reporting on compliance with such plan. Under the direction of the Risk Oversight Committee, we established a management risk committee comprised primarily of executive management that is responsible for identifying, assessing, prioritizing and developing action plans to mitigate key risks. The management risk committee reports to the full board or appropriate board committee periodically and more frequently as needed.

Risk oversight responsibilities related to the substance of each identified key risk exposure, such as the application of the board’s risk tolerance in a particular area, are in some cases carried out by the full board without any delegation to a committee. For example, the full board directly oversees our risk management activities with respect to risks associated with our strategic direction. More frequently, oversight of defined risk exposures is carried out by the board committee with the most relevant subject-matter expertise. In these cases,

 

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the relevant board committee carries out these responsibilities utilizing the process established by the Risk Oversight Committee, with reporting obligations to the full board. Our board has delegated risk oversight responsibilities for certain key risk exposures to its committees as follows:

 

    Audit Committee.    The Audit Committee oversees our risk management activities with respect to our financial reporting and disclosure obligations as well as our financial management and liquidity risks.

 

    Compensation Committee.    The Compensation Committee oversees our risk management activities with respect to our compensation policies and practices for our executive officers and all other employees, specifically to ensure that our policies and practices promote appropriate approaches to risk management. The Compensation Committee also oversees and has approved our management succession plan.

 

    Governance and Nominating Committee.    The Governance and Nominating Committee oversees our risk management activities with respect to our corporate governance structure at the board and senior management level. At the board level, functions of the Governance and Nominating Committee are intended to ensure that our full board and its other committees continue to operate functionally and with an appropriate degree of independence from management. At the senior management level, the Governance and Nominating Committee promotes a risk-aware culture by, for example, periodically reviewing our employee business code of conduct and ethics.

 

    Risk Oversight Committee.    In addition to the process-oriented risk management activities outlined above, the Risk Oversight Committee directly oversees our risk management activities with respect to enterprise risk management, business continuity and disaster recovery, regulatory and industry compliance, geopolitical risk and privacy.

 

    Technology Committee.    The Technology Committee oversees our risk management activities with respect to information security and our technological infrastructure.

 

 

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Evaluation of Board and Committee Effectiveness

Each year, our board and its committees conduct self-evaluations to ensure they are performing effectively and to identify opportunities to improve board and committee performance. The written self-assessment is conducted under the oversight of the Governance and Nominating Committee. Anonymous evaluation responses are reviewed and assessed during board and committee executive sessions and where appropriate, addressed with management. As part of the board’s self-assessment process, directors consider various topics related to

 

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board composition, structure, effectiveness and responsibilities, as well as the overall mix of director skills, experience and backgrounds.

Shareholder Outreach

The Company values the input and insights of its shareholders and is committed to continued engagement with investors on a wide variety of topics that are important to investors, including Company performance and operations and strategic direction. Our senior management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, routinely provide information to and receive feedback from our investors in a wide variety of formats, including in our quarterly SEC filings, quarterly earnings conference calls, our Annual Report and proxy statement, regular investor conferences and road-shows, and meetings with individual investors. We have a staff of professionals in our Investor Relations department who are dedicated full time to respond to questions from shareholders and other investors about the Company and its performance.

In 2017, after thoughtful discussions with shareholders and considering the viewpoints of governance experts and advisors, we adopted a bylaw allowing shareholders to nominate directors and to have such nominees included in the proxy statement. Consistent with market practice and many other S&P 500 companies, our bylaws now permit a shareholder or a group of up to twenty (20) shareholders owning three percent (3%) or more of the Company’s voting stock continuously for at least three (3) years to nominate and include in the Company’s proxy materials for an annual meeting of shareholders director candidates constituting up to the greater of two directors or 20% of the board; provided that the shareholder (or group) and each nominee satisfy the requirements for proxy access as specified in the bylaws. We believe these parameters balance the benefit to our shareholders with the challenges related to possible proxy contests, turnover in board seats and the challenges of integrating new qualified directors.

Director Compensation

Our non-employee director compensation plan is designed to attract, retain and compensate highly-qualified directors by providing them with competitive compensation and an equity interest in our Company to align their interests with those of our shareholders. In lieu of per-meeting fees, we pay our non-employee directors annual cash and stock retainers, which are payable in advance on the first business day after each annual meeting (prorated for partial periods for new directors). We do not pay additional compensation to directors who are also our employees for their service as a director.

Our Governance and Nominating Committee periodically reviews our non-employee director compensation plan and makes recommendations as necessary to our full board of directors. We pay our non-employee directors the annual cash and stock retainers set forth below:

 

            Director

 

  

Annual
Basic Cash
Retainer

 

  

Annual
Supplemental
Cash Retainer

 

  

Annual  

Stock Retainer  

 

   

Non-Employee Chairman(1)

 

     $

 

100,000

 

 

     $

 

95,000

 

 

     $

 

195,000

 

 

   

Lead Director(2)

 

     $

 

100,000

 

 

     $

 

65,000

 

 

     $

 

195,000

 

 

   

Chair of Audit Committee

 

     $

 

100,000

 

 

     $

 

22,500

 

 

     $

 

155,000

 

 

   

Chair of Compensation Committee

 

     $

 

100,000

 

 

     $

 

20,000

 

 

     $

 

155,000

 

 

   

Chair of Other Committees

 

     $

 

100,000

 

 

     $

 

17,500

 

 

     $

 

155,000

 

 

   

All Other Non-Employee Directors

 

     $

 

100,000

 

 

      

 

N/A

 

 

     $

 

155,000

 

 

 

(1)  These retainers are payable only if the Chairman of the board is a non-employee director. Mr. Jacobs, our Chairman of the board, is a non-employee director and, therefore, receives these retainers. See “Board and Corporate Governance — Board Leadership” beginning on page 18.

 

(2)  Our board will appoint a lead director only if the Chairman of the board is an employee of the Company. Since our Chairman of the board is a non-employee, our board has not appointed a lead director and these retainers are not applicable. See “Board and Corporate Governance — Board Leadership” beginning on page 18.

 

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The number of fully-vested shares of our common stock granted as the annual stock retainer is based on the market price of our common stock on the grant date. As a result, on May 4, 2017, Mr. Jacobs received 2,264 shares of common stock, and each of the other non-employee directors received 1,800 shares of common stock. Directors are also reimbursed for their out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with attendance at board and committee meetings.

All of the non-employee directors are eligible to participate in our Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan described under “Board and Corporate Governance — Director Compensation — Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan” below. During 2017, only Ms. Marshall and Mr. Plummer participated, and they did not receive any interest on deferred compensation at an above-market rate of interest.

2017 Director Compensation Table

The Governance and Nominating Committee periodically reviews the compensation of the non-employee directors and recommends any changes to the board. The following table summarizes the compensation of our non-employee directors during 2017.

 

            Name

 

  

Fees
Earned or
Paid in
Cash ($)
(1)

 

  

Stock

Awards

($)(2)

 

  

Total

($)

 

   

Robert H.B. Baldwin, Jr.

 

     $

 

100,000

 

 

     $

 

155,000

 

 

     $

 

255,000

 

 

   

John G. Bruno

 

     $

 

117,500

 

 

     $

 

155,000

 

 

     $

 

272,500

 

 

   

Mitchell L. Hollin

 

     $

 

120,000

 

 

     $

 

155,000

 

 

     $

 

275,000

 

 

   

William I Jacobs

 

     $

 

195,000

 

 

     $

 

195,000

 

 

     $

 

390,000

 

 

   

Ruth Ann Marshall

 

     $

 

117,500

 

 

     $

 

155,000

 

 

     $

 

272,500

 

 

   

John M. Partridge

 

     $

 

100,000

 

 

     $

 

155,000

 

 

     $

 

255,000

 

 

   

William B. Plummer

 

     $

 

138,390

 

 

     $

 

180,879

 

 

     $

 

319,269

 

 

   

Alan M. Silberstein

 

     $

 

117,500

 

 

     $

 

155,000

 

 

     $

 

272,500

 

 

 

(1)  Represents basic and supplemental cash retainers earned during 2017. All annual cash retainers are payable in advance on the first business day after each annual meeting (prorated for partial periods for new directors and new committee chair appointments) and are considered fully earned when paid.

 

(2)  Represents the aggregate grant date fair value of awards of stock granted on May 4, 2017 (and in the case of Mr. Plummer, an additional prorated stock award granted on March 6, 2017 upon joining the board of directors), all of which were fully-vested on the grant date, computed in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification Topic 718, Compensation — Stock Compensation, or FASB ASC Topic 718. The amount shown in this column is based on the closing price of our common stock on the grant date. None of our non-employee directors had any unvested stock awards outstanding as of December 31, 2017. Prior to fiscal 2012, our non-employee directors received grants of stock options with four-year vesting periods and ten-year expiration periods. All of these stock options were fully vested as of December 31, 2017. The following table reflects the stock options for each non-employee director that were outstanding as of December 31, 2017.

 

            Non-Employee Directors

 

  

Options  

Outstanding as of  

December 31, 2017  

 

   

Robert H.B. Baldwin, Jr.

 

      

 

—   

 

 

   

John G. Bruno

 

      

 

—   

 

 

   

Mitchell L. Hollin

 

      

 

—   

 

 

   

William I Jacobs

 

      

 

30,704

 

 

   

Ruth Ann Marshall

 

      

 

30,704

 

 

   

John M. Partridge

 

      

 

—   

 

 

   

William B. Plummer

 

      

 

—   

 

 

   

Alan M. Silberstein

 

      

 

30,704

 

 

 

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Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan

The non-employee directors are eligible to participate in our non-qualified deferred compensation plan, or the deferred compensation plan. Ms. Marshall and Mr. Plummer are the only two directors who participated in the deferred compensation plan during 2017. Pursuant to the deferred compensation plan, non-employee directors are permitted to elect to defer up to 100% of their annual cash retainer. Participant accounts are credited with earnings based on the participant’s investment allocation among a menu of investment options selected by the deferred compensation plan administrator. Participants are 100% vested in the participant deferrals and related earnings. We do not make contributions to the deferred compensation plan and do not guarantee any return on participant account balances. Participants may allocate their plan accounts into sub-accounts that are payable upon separation from service or on designated specified dates. Except in the case of death or disability, participants may elect in advance to have their various account balances pay out in a single lump sum or in installments over a period of two to ten years. In the event a participant separates from service by reason of death or disability, the participant or his or her designated beneficiary will receive the undistributed portion of his or her account balances in a lump-sum payment. Subject to approval by the deferred compensation plan administrator, in the event of an unforeseen financial emergency beyond the participant’s control, a participant may request a withdrawal from an account up to the amount necessary to satisfy the emergency (provided the participant does not have the financial resources to otherwise meet the hardship).

Target Stock Ownership Guidelines

Our board of directors has implemented stock ownership guidelines for our directors in order to foster equity ownership and align the interests of our directors with our shareholders. Within five years of becoming a director, each director is expected to beneficially own a number of shares of our common stock at least equal in value to 500% of the director’s annual cash retainer.

Contacting Our Board of Directors

Any interested party may contact any or all of our directors by directing such communications to the applicable directors in care of the Corporate Secretary at our address at 3550 Lenox Road, Suite 3000, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. Any correspondence received by the Corporate Secretary in accordance with the foregoing will be forwarded to the applicable director or directors.

 

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Common Stock Ownership

Common Stock Ownership by Management

The following table sets forth information as of February 14, 2018 with respect to the beneficial ownership of our common stock by (i) each of our directors, (ii) each of our NEOs, and (iii) the 13 persons, as a group, who were directors or executive officers of our Company on February 14, 2018.

 

Name and Address of Beneficial Owner(1)   

Shares

Beneficially

Owned(2)

 

Shares Issuable

Upon Exercise of
Stock Options
(3)

   Total    Percentage  
of Class  

Named Executive Officers:

                    

Jeffrey S. Sloan

       397,698 (4)       213,496        611,194        *

David E. Mangum

       172,180       72,724        244,904        *

Cameron M. Bready

       120,109       58,701        178,810        *

Guido F. Sacchi

       44,511       5,692        50,203        *

David L. Green

       59,044       30,609        89,653        *

Non-Employee Director and Director Nominees:

                    

William I Jacobs

       37,075       30,704        62,779        *

Robert H.B. Baldwin, Jr.

       132,433 (5)       —          132,443        *

John G. Bruno

       10,087       —          10,087        *

Mitchell L. Hollin

       33,975       —          33,975        *

Ruth Ann Marshall

       36,074       30,704        66,778        *

John M. Partridge

       12,784       —          12,784        *

William B. Plummer

       2,122       —          2,122        *

Alan M. Silberstein

       44,293       30,704        74,779        *

All Directors and Executive Officers as a Group

       1,111,856       473,334        1,570,511        *

 

* Less than one percent.

 

(1)  The address of each of the directors and officers listed is c/o Global Payments Inc., 3550 Lenox Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30326.

 

(2)  Includes the number of shares of common stock the person “beneficially owns,” as determined by SEC rules, other than shares issuable upon the exercise of options that are currently vested or that will vest within 60 days of February 14, 2018. Unless otherwise indicated, each person listed in the table possesses sole voting and investment power with respect to the common shares reported in this column to be owned by such person.

 

(3)  Includes the number of shares that the person had a right to acquire as of, or within 60 days after, February 14, 2018 through the exercise of stock options.

 

(4)  Includes 35,035 shares held by a grantor retained annuity trust, of which Mr. Sloan disclaims beneficial ownership except to the extent of his pecuniary interest.

 

(5)  Includes 12,856 shares held by the Robert H.B. Baldwin, Jr. Trust U/A/D June 30, 2004, of which Mr. Baldwin disclaims beneficial ownership except to the extent of his pecuniary interest.

 

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Common Stock Ownership by Non-Management Shareholders

The following table sets forth information as of February 14, 2018 with respect to the only persons who are known by us, based exclusively on such persons’ filings with the SEC under Sections 13(d) and 13(g) of the Exchange Act, to be the beneficial owners of more than 5% of the outstanding shares of our common stock.

 

Name and Address of Beneficial Owner    Amount and
Nature of
Beneficial
Ownership
  

Percent    

of Shares(1)    

FMR LLC(2)

       9,046,311        5.68 %

Wellington Management Group LLP(3)

       15,154,459        9.52 %

The Vanguard Group(4)

       16,217,226        10.19 %

BlackRock, Inc.(5)

       11,037,401        6.9 %

T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.(6)

       16,426,684        10.3 %

 

(1)  Percentages calculated based on number of shares outstanding as of February 14, 2018.

 

(2)  This information is contained in a Schedule 13G/A filed by FMR LLC with the SEC on February 13, 2018. FMR LLC reported sole dispositive power of all shares reported above and sole voting power of 686,655 of the shares listed above. The address of FMR LLC is 245 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210.

 

(3)  This information is contained in a Schedule 13G/A filed by Wellington Management Group LLP with the SEC on February 8, 2018. Wellington Management Group LLP reported shared dispositive power of all shares listed above and shared voting power for 10,778,443 of the shares listed above. The address of Wellington Management Group LLP is c/o Wellington Management Company LLP, 280 Congress Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

 

(4)  This information is contained in a Schedule 13G/A filed by The Vanguard Group with the SEC on February 9, 2018. The Vanguard Group reported sole dispositive power for 15,962,970 shares, shared dispositive power for 254,256 shares, sole voting power for 224,559 shares, and shared voting power for 35,103 shares. The address of The Vanguard Group is 100 Vanguard Blvd., Malvern, Pennsylvania 19355.

 

(5) This information is contained in a Schedule 13G/A filed by Blackrock, Inc. with the SEC on February 8, 2018. Blackrock, Inc. reported sole dispositive power of all shares listed above and sole voting power of 9,845,921 of the shares listed above. The address of Blackrock, Inc. is 40 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022.

 

(6) This information is contained in a Schedule 13G/A filed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. with the SEC on February 12, 2018. T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. reported sole dispositive power for all shares listed above and sole voting power for 5,872,323 shares.

 

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Biographical Information About Our Executive Officers

Biographical and other information about each of our current executive officers is set forth below, except for Mr. Sloan, our Chief Executive Officer, whose biographical information is provided above under “Other Directors” beginning on page 14.

 

Name    Age    Current Position   

Position with Global Payments and

Other Principal Business Affiliations

David E. Mangum

   52    President and Chief Operating Officer    President and Chief Operating Officer (since June 2014); Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company (August 2011 — June 2014); Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company (2008 — August 2011); Executive Vice President, Fiserv Corp., a financial services technology provider which acquired CheckFree Corporation in 2007 (2007 — 2008); Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, CheckFree Corporation (2000 — 2007); Senior Vice President, Finance and Accounting, CheckFree Corporation (1999 — 2000).

Cameron M. Bready

   46    Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer    Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (since March 2017); Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (June 2014-February 2017); Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, ITC Holdings Corp., or ITC, a publicly-traded independent electric transmission company (February 2012 — June 2014); Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, ITC (January 2011 — February 2012); Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, ITC (2009 — January 2011).

Dr. Guido F. Sacchi

   54    Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer    Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (since August 2013); Chief Information Officer of the Company (June 2011 — August 2013); Managing Director, Digital Commerce, Slalom, LLC d/b/a Slalom Consulting, a consulting firm (April 2010 — May 2011); Chief Executive Officer, Moneta Corp., a consumer online payments company (2008 — 2010).

David L. Green

   50    Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary    Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary (since November 2013); Senior Vice President and Division General Counsel of the Company (November 2011 — November 2013); Vice President and Division General Counsel of the Company (2007 — November 2011).

There are no arrangements or understandings between any of our executive officers and any other person pursuant to which any of them was appointed an officer, other than arrangements or understandings with our officers acting solely in their capacities as such.

 

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Proposal Two: Advisory Vote to Approve the Compensation of Our Named Executive Officers

In accordance with Section 14A of the Exchange Act, our board of directors is asking shareholders to approve an advisory resolution on executive compensation. The advisory vote is a non-binding vote to approve the compensation of our NEOs. The vote, which is known as a “say-on-pay” vote, is intended to give our shareholders the opportunity to express their views on our NEOs’ compensation. The vote is not intended to address any specific item of compensation, but rather the overall compensation of our NEOs and the philosophy, policies and practices described in this proxy statement. At last year’s annual meeting of shareholders, approximately 98% of the votes cast were cast in support of the compensation of our NEOs. The text of the resolution is as follows:

Resolved, that the Company’s shareholders APPROVE, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s NEOs as disclosed in this proxy statement, including the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the summary compensation table and related compensation tables and narrative discussion.

We urge you to read the Compensation Discussion and Analysis in this proxy statement, which discusses how our compensation policies and procedures implement our compensation philosophy. You should also read the summary compensation table and other related compensation tables and narrative disclosure which provide additional details about the compensation of our NEOs in 2017. We have designed our compensation and benefits program and philosophy to attract, retain and motivate talented, qualified and committed executive officers who share our philosophy and desire to work toward our goals. We believe that for 2017, our executive compensation program aligned individual compensation with the short-term and long-term performance of our Company in ways such as the following:

 

    Pay opportunities were appropriate to the size of our Company when compared to peer companies.

 

    Our compensation program was heavily performance-based, using multiple measures for short-term incentives and a simple, single measure for long-term incentives, as described in this proxy statement.

 

    Performance metrics under our short-term incentive plan are adjusted to reflect acquisitions that we make.

 

    Long-term incentives were linked to shareholder value through performance units, stock options and time-based restricted stock that change in value as share price fluctuates.

 

    Perquisites are a minor part of our compensation program.

 

    Excise tax gross-ups are not provided to any of our executive officers.

 

    Executives are subject to stock ownership requirements.

 

    Our insider trading policy prohibits directors and employees from engaging in any transaction in which they profit if the value of our common stock falls.

 

    Pursuant to our clawback policy, we may recoup the value of any annual or long-term incentive awards provided to any executive officers in the event that our financial statements are restated due to material noncompliance with any financial reporting requirement.

 

    Change-in-control severance provisions in employment agreements are double trigger.

 

    The Compensation Committee engages independent compensation consultants.

 

    The Compensation Committee certifies performance results for purposes of executive compensation.

 

    We do not re-price stock options or issue discounted stock options.

 

    We do not pay dividend equivalent rights with respect to restricted stock units.

The vote regarding the compensation of our NEOs described in this Proposal No. 2 is advisory, and therefore, is not binding on us or our board. Although non-binding, our board values the opinions that shareholders express in their votes and will review the voting results and take them into consideration as it deems appropriate when

 

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making future decisions regarding our executive compensation programs. Our board of directors has adopted a policy providing for an annual say-on-pay vote. Unless our board of directors modifies this policy, the next say-on-pay vote will be held at our next annual shareholder meeting.

 

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE

“FOR” THE APPROVAL, ON AN ADVISORY BASIS, OF THE COMPENSATION OF OUR

NEOs, AS DISCLOSED IN THIS PROXY STATEMENT.

 

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Compensation Discussion and Analysis

2017 Performance Highlights

We experienced strong business and financial performance around the world during the year ended December 31, 2017. Highlights related to our financial condition and results of operations as of December 31, 2017 and for the year then ended include the following:

 

    Consolidated revenues increased by 17.9% to $3,975.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2017 from $3,371.0 million for 2016.

 

    Consolidated operating income was $558.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2017 compared to $356.3 million for 2016. Our operating margin for the year ended December 31, 2017 was 14.1% compared to 10.6% for 2016.

 

    Net income attributable to Global Payments was $468.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2017 compared to $201.8 million for 2016, and diluted earnings per share was $3.01 for the year ended December 31, 2017 compared to $1.37 for 2016.

 

    Over the 12-month period from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017, our stock price increased by 42%. Our stock price from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2017 relative to the performance of our peer group and the S&P 500 index, which we joined in April 2016, is shown in the graph below.

The following graph compares the cumulative shareholder returns of $100 invested in the S&P 500 Index, our Company and the average of our performance peer group from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2017, assuming reinvestment of dividends.

 

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The graph excludes peer group performance for Sabre Corporation, PayPal, Inc. and First Data Corp., because these companies were not publicly traded for the full period presented above.

 

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Compensation Highlights

The following charts show the mix of total target compensation for our Chief Executive Officer and for all the other NEOs as a group, based on a weighted average, as well as the portion of that compensation that is subject to forfeiture (“at risk”) or performance-based.

 

CEO TOTAL TARGET COMPENSATION

 

OTHER NEOs TOTAL TARGET COMPENSATION

 

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Our compensation program is aligned with short- and long-term Company performance and reflects best practices to ensure sound corporate governance. As illustrated above, with the exception of base salary and time-based restricted stock awards, all target compensation is performance-based. Executives are also subject to stock ownership guidelines, and the securities they are required to hold under those guidelines will continue to fluctuate with our share price.

The short-term cash incentives awarded under our annual performance plan incent and reward our executives for achievement of short-term goals aligned with our 2017 operating plan. The long-term incentive plan incents and rewards our executives for achievement of long-term goals measured over a multi-year period. Together, these plans support our strategy of facilitating the adoption of, and transition to, card, electronic and digital-based payments by expanding our share in existing markets through our distribution channels, new products and services and acquisitions to improve our scale of offerings, while simultaneously seeking expansion into new markets through acquisitions around the world.

The short-term cash incentives awarded under our annual performance plan are 100% based on achievement of Company performance goals, equally weighted between adjusted earnings per share, which we refer to as “adjusted EPS,” adjusted net revenue and adjusted operating margin. For 2017, each of our NEOs (identified below) earned 131% of his target under the annual performance plan. These performance goals are discussed below under “Compensation Discussion and Analysis — Short-Term Incentive Plan” beginning on page 38.

Awards under our long-term incentive plan include performance-based restricted stock units, which we refer to as “performance units,” stock options and time-based restricted stock. Performance units are earned based on achievement of an adjusted EPS growth target over a three-year performance period. To the extent earned, performance units convert into unrestricted shares after performance results for the three-year performance period are certified by the Compensation Committee. Stock options and restricted stock vest in equal installments on each of the first three anniversaries of their respective grant dates. The value of each of the long-term incentive awards changes as our share price changes, thereby aligning the interests of our executives with those of our shareholders. Awards under our long-term incentive plan for 2017 are discussed below under “Compensation Discussion and Analysis — Long-Term Incentive Plan” beginning on page 39.

Named Executive Officers

The following individuals are identified as NEOs pursuant to SEC rules for the purpose of describing our compensation for 2017:

 

    Jeffrey S. Sloan, Chief Executive Officer;

 

    David E. Mangum, President and Chief Operating Officer;

 

    Cameron M. Bready, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer;

 

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    Dr. Guido F. Sacchi, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer; and

 

    David L. Green, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

The discussion below explains the detailed information provided in the tables contained in this section and places that information within the context of our overall compensation program. See “Compensation of Named Executive Officers” below for a series of tables containing specific information about the compensation earned or paid in 2017 to our NEOs.

How Compensation Decisions Are Made

Objectives of Compensation Policies

Our Compensation Committee designs and at least annually reviews our compensation program with a view to retaining and attracting executive leadership of a caliber and level of experience necessary to manage our complex, growth-oriented and global businesses. Our objective is to maintain a compensation program that will allow us to:

 

    support the financial and business objectives of our organization;

 

    attract, motivate and retain highly qualified executives;

 

    create an environment where performance is expected and rewarded;

 

    deliver an externally competitive and transparent total compensation structure; and

 

    align the interests of our executives with our shareholders.

In order to achieve these results, our Compensation Committee believes our program must:

 

    provide our executives with total compensation opportunities at levels that are competitive for comparable positions in a highly competitive industry;

 

    provide variable, at-risk incentive award opportunities that are payable only if specific goals are achieved;

 

    provide significant upside opportunities for outstanding performance;

 

    align our executives’ interests with those of our shareholders by making stock-based incentives a core element of our executives’ compensation; and

 

    protect our competitive position by prohibiting our executive officers from competing with our Company for a specified period of time following termination of employment.

Our Compensation Committee also considers and assesses risk mitigation factors and potential risk aggravators in our compensation program. For 2017, our Compensation Committee concluded that our compensation practices are balanced, do not encourage excessive risk taking by our employees, and are not reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on our Company.

Role of the Independent Compensation Consultant

Our Compensation Committee retained Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., or FWC, as its independent compensation consultant. The Compensation Committee assessed the independence of FWC and whether its work raised any conflict of interest, taking into consideration the independence factors set forth in applicable SEC and NYSE rules, and determined that FWC is independent. FWC took guidance from and reported directly to the Compensation Committee. FWC advised the Compensation Committee on current and future trends and issues in executive compensation and on the competitiveness of the compensation structure and levels of our executives, including our NEOs. At the request of the Compensation Committee and to provide context for the Compensation Committee’s compensation decisions made for 2017, FWC performed the following services:

 

    Conducted a market review and analysis for our NEOs to determine whether their total targeted compensation opportunities were competitive with positions of a similar scope in similarly sized companies in similar industries;

 

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    Prepared tally sheets on our NEOs to allow the Compensation Committee to review the reasonableness of the total wealth accumulated during each executive’s tenure with our Company and to show the impact on our Company in the event of a termination of employment;

 

    Assisted with an analysis and update to our compensation peer group; and

 

    Attended Compensation Committee meetings, as requested by the committee, to discuss these items.

All services performed for us by FWC during 2017 were related to executive compensation.

Market Data

Our Compensation Committee considers the compensation programs and practices and resulting NEO compensation opportunities and levels of selected other companies to assist it in setting our executive compensation to ensure that it remains competitive. For 2017, our Compensation Committee requested that FWC review our peer group and suggest potential revisions. The Compensation Committee reviewed and discussed the analysis and approved the following peer group for compensation benchmarking purposes, removing Euronet Worldwide, VeriFone Systems and DST Systems from the peer group used in the prior year and adding FleetCor Technologies, Inc., Gartner, Inc., Sabre Corporation and Verisk Analytics, Inc. The peer group was updated and the companies were chosen because (i) each company in the peer group is in the transaction processing or data services business, (ii) each company in the peer group is publicly traded, (iii) at the time the peer group was constructed, our revenues were near the median of the group as a whole, and (iv) we compete for talent with many of these companies.

For 2017, our peer group included the following companies:

 

   Alliance Data Systems Corporation

 

   Automatic Data Processing, Inc.

 

   Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

 

   Equifax Inc.

 

   Fidelity National Information Services, Inc.

 

   First Data Corporation

 

   Fiserv, Inc.

 

   FleetCor Technologies, Inc.

  

   Gartner, Inc.

 

   Paychex, Inc.

 

   PayPal Holdings, Inc.

 

   Total System Services, Inc.

 

   Worldpay, Inc.

 

   Sabre Corporation

 

   Verisk Analytics, Inc.

 

   The Western Union Company

Before the Compensation Committee set the compensation for 2017, FWC collected and analyzed comprehensive market data for the Committee’s use. FWC presented market figures representing competitive ranges for base salary, target short-term incentive opportunity and long-term incentive opportunity.

Role of Executive Officers

At the beginning of 2017, our Chief Executive Officer, with the assistance of our human resources department, developed compensation recommendations for the executive officers who reported directly to him (including our NEOs) based on market data supplied by FWC, our Company’s performance relative to goals approved by the Compensation Committee and other individual contributions to our performance. The FWC report examined market data from our peer group and analyzed compensation for comparable positions for our NEOs. The Compensation Committee considered the Chief Executive Officer’s recommendations, in conjunction with the counsel of FWC and the market data, in determining the compensation elements for these NEOs. In considering the FWC report, the Compensation Committee primarily considered and reviewed the median level of compensation within the peer group. In setting actual compensation levels for our NEOs, however, the Compensation Committee did not target any element of compensation at a particular percentile or percentile range of the peer group data. Rather, the Compensation Committee uses this information as one input in its decision-making process. The Compensation Committee determined all aspects of Mr. Sloan’s compensation as Chief Executive Officer in consultation with FWC. Mr. Sloan did not participate in the Compensation Committee’s determination of his compensation.

 

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Shareholder Say-on-Pay Vote for the 2016 Fiscal Transition Period and Compensation Actions Taken

At last year’s annual meeting of shareholders, approximately 98% of the votes cast were cast in support of the compensation of our NEOs. The Compensation Committee considered this a positive result and concluded that the shareholders support the compensation paid to our executive officers and our overall pay practices. In light of this support, the Compensation Committee decided to retain the design of our executive compensation program.

The Compensation Committee will continue to monitor best practices, future advisory votes on executive compensation and other shareholder feedback to guide it in evaluating our executive compensation program. The Compensation Committee invites our shareholders to communicate any concerns or opinions on executive pay directly to our board of directors. Please refer to “Board and Corporate Governance — Contacting Our Board of Directors” on page 27 for information about communicating with the board of directors.

Elements of Executive Compensation Program

Our Compensation Committee, with guidance from FWC, reviewed the market data for each of our NEOs and allocated, on an individual basis, the major elements of our compensation, including base salary, short-term incentives and long-term incentives, taking into consideration factors such as the individual’s peer group market position, as well as the individual’s performance, retention, internal equity, individual development and succession planning. The following executive pay at target levels was set by the Compensation Committee for 2017:

 

          Name   

Base

Salary

   % of
Total
 

Target

Short-Term

Cash
Incentive

   % of
Total
 

Target

Long-Term
Equity
Incentives

   % of
Total
  Total

Jeffrey S. Sloan

     $ 1,000,000        12 %     $ 1,600,000        18 %     $ 6,000,000        70 %     $ 8,600,000

David E. Mangum

     $ 620,000        20 %     $ 620,000        20 %     $ 1,895,000        60 %     $ 3,135,000

Cameron M. Bready

     $ 565,000        22 %     $ 508,500        19 %     $ 1,541,000        59 %     $ 2,614,500

Guido F. Sacchi

     $ 485,000        25 %     $ 436,500        23 %     $ 1,013,000        52 %     $ 1,934,500

David L. Green

     $ 450,000        26 %     $ 382,500        22 %     $ 892,000        52 %     $ 1,724,500

The annual compensation program also includes other benefits, including limited perquisites and a nonqualified deferred compensation plan.

From time to time, our Compensation Committee also may approve certain supplemental awards. No supplemental awards were granted during 2017.

Base Salary

Base salary provides our executive officers with a level of compensation consistent with their skills, responsibilities, experience and performance in relation to comparable positions in the marketplace. Base salary represented 12% of our Chief Executive Officer’s total compensation target and 23% of the total compensation target for our other NEOs (based on a weighted average). It is the one component of compensation that does not fluctuate with our Company’s performance or the value of our stock. The Compensation Committee reviews the base salaries of our executive officers annually. After an evaluation by the Compensation Committee of the factors described above under “Compensation Discussion and Analysis — How Decisions Are Made — Market Data” on page 35, Messrs. Mangum, Bready and Green and Dr. Sacchi received increases in their base salaries for 2017 as compared to the 2016 fiscal transition period.

 

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The base salaries for our NEOs for 2017, compared to their base salaries in effect at the end of 2016, are set forth below:

 

       

          Name

 

  

2017

 

  

TP 2016

(annualized)

 

  

% Change   

 

   

Jeffrey S. Sloan

 

     $

 

1,000,000

 

 

     $

 

1,000,000

 

 

  

 

   

David E. Mangum

 

     $

 

620,000

 

 

     $

 

600,000

 

 

       3%

 

   

Cameron M. Bready

 

     $

 

565,000

 

 

     $

 

550,000

 

 

       3%

 

   

Guido F. Sacchi

 

     $

 

485,000

 

 

     $

 

470,000

 

 

       3%

 

   

David L. Green

 

     $

 

450,000

 

 

     $

 

435,000

 

 

       3%

 

The Compensation Committee considers adjustments to base salary for our NEOs on an annual basis and may do so more frequently upon a change in circumstances. The Compensation Committee determined to increase the salaries of Messrs. Mangum, Bready and Green and Dr. Sacchi for 2017 after considering, among other inputs, the market data on comparable positions from our peer group set forth in the FWC report, including but not limited to the median level of compensation for comparable positions. The Compensation Committee also considered Mr. Sloan’s assessment of Messrs. Mangum, Bready and Green and Dr. Sacchi. The Compensation Committee does not use a specific formula for evaluating the individual performance of each NEOs. The Compensation Committee makes each assessment taking into consideration the competitiveness of each NEO’s pay opportunity, the quality and effectiveness of each NEO’s leadership and their respective contribution to the Company’s financial and operational success, as well as the totality of the executive’s performance.

Short-Term Incentive Plan

Under our short-term incentive plan, we provide our NEOs with short-term incentive opportunities to motivate and reward them for the achievement of our defined business goals and objectives. Our short-term incentive plan provides an opportunity for executives to earn variable at-risk cash.

Target Bonus Opportunities

For 2017, after its review of the market data, our Compensation Committee approved the following target bonus opportunities for each of our NEOs, expressed as a percentage of base salary:

 

     
     

Target Bonus
Opportunity

 

  

% of Base   
Salary   

 

   

Jeffrey S. Sloan

 

     $

 

1,600,000

 

 

      

 

160

 

%  

 

   

David E. Mangum

 

     $

 

620,000

 

 

      

 

100

 

%

 

   

Cameron M. Bready

 

     $

 

508,500

 

 

      

 

90

 

%

 

   

Guido F. Sacchi

 

     $

 

436,500

 

 

      

 

90

 

%

 

   

David. L. Green

 

     $

 

382,500

 

 

      

 

85

 

%

 

In determining the target bonus opportunities for each NEO for 2017, the Compensation Committee considered the market data for bonus target opportunity and target total cash compensation opportunity for comparable positions within our peer group, as reflected in the FWC report, and the Compensation Committee’s general assessment of the Chief Executive Officer, and the Chief Executive Officer’s assessment and recommendations with respect to the other NEOs. The Compensation Committee does not use a specific formula for evaluating the individual performance of each NEO. The Compensation Committee makes each assessment taking into consideration the quality and effectiveness of each NEO’s leadership and their respective contribution to the Company’s financial and operational success, as well as the totality of the executive’s performance.

Performance Metrics

For 2017, the Compensation Committee allocated the target opportunity under the short-term incentive plan evenly among the following three performance metrics: adjusted EPS, adjusted net revenue and adjusted operating margin, which are non-GAAP financial measures. See Appendix A to this proxy statement for a description of the calculation of these measures.

 

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Adjusted EPS is a primary metric management uses to more clearly focus on the economic benefits to our core business and other factors we believe are pertinent to the daily management of our operations. We use adjusted net revenue because we believe it demonstrates our performance in further penetrating our global footprint and executing against our market opportunities. We use adjusted operating margin because we believe it allows us to assess the quality and efficiency of our operations to promote a long-term outlook.

Because these performance metrics are calculated for the sole purpose of determining compensation, they may differ from similar non-GAAP financial measures reported elsewhere in Company filings. For each of these separately-calculated performance metrics, each NEO could earn up to 200% of the target opportunity.

 

         

              Degree of

  Performance Attainment

 

  

Adjusted

EPS
Weighted 33%

 

  

Adjusted Net
Revenue
Weighted 33%

 

  

Adjusted
Operating Margin
Weighted 33%

 

  

Total
Opportunity   

 

   

Maximum

 

      

 

200

 

%

 

      

 

200

 

%

 

      

 

200

 

%

 

      

 

200

 

%  

 

   

Target

 

      

 

100

 

%

 

      

 

100

 

%

 

      

 

100

 

%

 

      

 

100

 

%

 

   

Threshold

 

      

 

50

 

%

 

      

 

50

 

%

 

      

 

50

 

%

 

      

 

50

 

%

 

   

Below Threshold

 

      

 

0

 

%

 

      

 

0

 

%

 

      

 

0

 

%

 

      

 

0

 

%

 

The following table sets forth the range of goals for the performance measures for 2017, our actual performance results for such period and the resulting payouts.

 

       

Performance / Payout

 

  

Adjusted

EPS

 

  

Adjusted Net
Revenue
(millions)

 

  

Adjusted
Operating
Margin

 

   

Performance thresholds:

 

                
   

Maximum

 

     $

 

4.07

 

 

     $

 

3,969

 

 

      

 

30.30

 

%

 

   

Target

 

     $

 

3.70

 

 

     $

 

3,451

 

 

      

 

29.30

 

%

 

   

Threshold

 

     $

 

3.33

 

 

     $

 

2,933

 

 

      

 

28.30

 

%

 

   

Below Threshold

 

     $

 

<3.33

 

 

     $

 

<2,933

 

 

      

 

<28.30

 

%

 

   

Actual 2017 performance

 

     $

 

3.88

 

 

     $

 

3,457

 

 

      

 

29.70

 

%

 

   

Actual payout

 

      

 

149%

 

 

 

      

 

101%

 

 

 

      

 

144%

 

 

Payouts for 2017 Short-Term Incentive Plan

The following table summarizes the final short-term incentive plan payouts for each NEO based on performance in 2017 for each performance metric and in total:

 

           

Name

 

  

Adjusted
EPS

 

  

Adjusted Net
Revenue

 

  

Adjusted

Operating
Margin

 

  

Total

Payout

 

  

Payout   

 

   

Jeffrey S. Sloan

 

     $

 

794,667

 

 

     $

 

538,666

 

 

     $

 

768,000

 

 

     $

 

2,101,333

 

 

      

 

131

 

%  

 

   

David E. Mangum

 

     $

 

307,933

 

 

     $

 

208,734

 

 

     $

 

297,600

 

 

     $

 

814,267

 

 

      

 

131

 

%

 

   

Cameron M. Bready

 

     $

 

252,555

 

 

     $

 

171,195

 

 

     $

 

244,080

 

 

     $

 

667,830

 

 

      

 

131

 

%

 

   

Guido F. Sacchi

 

     $

 

216,795

 

 

     $

 

146,955

 

 

     $

 

209,520

 

 

     $

 

573,270

 

 

      

 

131

 

%

 

   

David L. Green

 

     $

 

189,975

 

 

     $

 

128,775

 

 

     $

 

183,600

 

 

     $

 

502,350

 

 

      

 

131

 

%

 

Long-Term Incentive Plan

Each year, we grant long-term incentive awards, which we refer to as LTIs, to executives and other key employees throughout the Company. All LTI grants are made pursuant to our 2011 Amended and Restated Incentive Plan, or the 2011 Incentive Plan, which was last approved at our 2016 annual shareholders meeting. All grants of LTIs to our NEOs were approved by the Compensation Committee and are based on target values consistent with each executive’s skills, responsibilities, experience and performance relative to comparable positions in the marketplace. LTIs align the executives’ interests with those of the shareholders by linking their compensation to our share price.

 

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In determining the LTI awards for each NEO, the Compensation Committee considered the market data for LTI awards and target total direct compensation opportunities for comparable positions within our peer group, as reflected in the FWC report, the Compensation Committee’s general assessment of the Chief Executive Officer, and the Chief Executive Officer’s assessment and recommendations with respect to the other NEOs. The Compensation Committee does not use a specific formula for evaluating the individual performance of each NEO. The Compensation Committee makes each assessment taking into consideration the quality and effectiveness of each NEO’s leadership and their respective contribution to the Company’s financial and operational success, as well as the totality of the executive’s performance.

The grant value of LTI awards for our NEOs are reflected in the following chart (at target):

 

         

Name

 

  

Performance
Units

 

  

Stock

Options

 

  

Restricted

Stock

 

  

Total

 

   

Jeffrey S. Sloan

 

     $

 

3,000,000

 

 

     $

 

1,500,000

 

 

     $

 

1,500,000

 

 

     $

 

6,000,000

 

 

   

David E. Mangum

 

     $

 

947,500

 

 

     $

 

473,750

 

 

     $

 

473,750

 

 

     $

 

1,895,000

 

 

   

Cameron M. Bready

 

     $

 

770,500

 

 

     $

 

385,250

 

 

     $

 

385,250

 

 

     $

 

1,541,000

 

 

   

Guido F. Sacchi

 

     $

 

506,500

 

 

     $

 

253,250

 

 

     $

 

253,250

 

 

     $

 

1,013,000

 

 

David L. Green

 

     $

 

446,000

 

 

     $

 

223,000

 

 

     $

 

223,000

 

 

     $

 

892,000

 

 

Approximately half of the LTIs granted to the executives for 2017 was in the form of performance units, approximately 25% was in the form of stock options, and approximately 25% was in the form of time-based restricted shares of common stock. The LTI mix for 2017 was the same as for the 2016 fiscal transition period. In determining the appropriate mix, the Compensation Committee took into account competitive market practices of peer group companies, its belief that a blend of equity awards provides both an incentive and retention effect, and its belief that the utilization of the various LTI awards mitigates compensation risk that may be associated with the use of a single LTI vehicle.

Performance Units

In 2017, our Compensation Committee granted approximately 50% of the value of the total LTI awards to NEOs in performance units. These performance units are earned based on the growth of our annual adjusted EPS over a three-year performance period (January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019). At the beginning of the performance period, the threshold, target and maximum annual adjusted EPS growth rates are set by the Compensation Committee for the entire three-year performance period. The threshold, target and maximum adjusted EPS growth goal for each of the three years in the performance period is determined as a percentage increase over the actual results from the prior year, assuming constant currencies.

At the end of the performance period, the adjusted EPS growth performance for each year is evaluated and the calculated payout percentage (0% to 200% of target) is certified by the Compensation Committee. The final payout percentage is determined as the average of each of the three annual payout percentages. As a result, payouts for the second and third year of the performance period require sustained growth over the three-year period. Because growth rates are calculated separately for each year in the performance period and are not aggregated over the three-year performance period, the plan allows for a long-term growth goal while recalibrating to actual performance on an annual basis.

Earned performance units will convert into unrestricted shares following the third anniversary of the performance unit grant date, provided that the Compensation Committee has previously certified the performance results described above. As a result, there is no payout of the award until the end of the three-year performance period.

 

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The following table summarizes the target number of performance units to each of the NEOs in 2017:

 

     

Name

 

  

Target

Allocation to
Performance Units

 

  

Actual Number of
Performance Units
Granted
(1)

 

   

Jeffrey S. Sloan

 

     $

 

3,000,000

 

 

      

 

37,760

 

 

   

David E. Mangum

 

     $

 

947,500

 

 

      

 

11,926

 

 

   

Cameron M. Bready

 

     $

 

770,500

 

 

      

 

9,698

 

 

   

Guido F. Sacchi

 

     $

 

506,500

 

 

      

 

6,376

 

 

   

David L. Green

 

     $

 

446,000

 

 

      

 

5,614

 

 

 

(1) The number of units was calculated by taking the target value divided by our stock price on the grant date ($79.45).

Payout of Fiscal 2015 Performance Units

In each year of the most recently completed three-year performance period of June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2017, the Company achieved adjusted EPS growth at or above the maximum level, as calculated pursuant to the terms of the fiscal year 2015 awards. As a result, the NEOs earned 200% of their performance units granted in fiscal year 2015. Accordingly, the number of shares earned from the fiscal year 2015 were as follows:

 

     

Name

 

  

Shares Earned at
End of Performance
Period

 

  

Value at Vesting(1)

 

   

Jeffrey S. Sloan

 

      

 

125,788

 

 

     $

 

11,793,883

 

 

   

David E. Mangum

 

      

 

43,328

 

 

     $

 

4,062,433

 

 

   

Cameron M. Bready

 

      

 

34,944

 

 

     $

 

3,276,349

 

 

   

Guido F. Sacchi

 

      

 

19,568

 

 

     $

 

1,834,696

 

 

   

David L. Green

 

      

 

14,676

 

 

     $

 

1,376,022

 

 

 

(1)  Reflects the value based upon the closing stock price of $93.76 on the date of vesting.

Payout of Leveraged Performance Units

On September 30, 2014, our NEOs were granted performance-based restricted stock units that we refer to as “leveraged performance units,” or LPUs. These LPUs were based on both the absolute share price appreciation and the relative share price appreciation of our stock compared to the S&P 500 index over a three-year performance period that commenced on September 30, 2014 and ended on September 30, 2017. To incentivize strong relative stock price performance, our Compensation Committee structured the LPUs to result in a reduced payout multiple in the event that our stock price underperformed the S&P 500 index. Following the three-year performance period, one-third of any earned LPUs converted into unrestricted shares of our common stock, and the remaining two-thirds converted into restricted shares of our common stock that will vest in equal installments on September 30, 2018 and 2019, which are the fourth and fifth anniversaries of the LPU grant date.

The appreciation of our stock or the S&P 500 index is defined as the increase in the average closing price of our stock or the S&P 500 index, as applicable, for the twenty trading days immediately preceding the first day of the performance period compared to the average closing price for the last twenty trading days of the performance period. If our annualized stock price growth during the performance period had not met or exceed 6.0%, then the LPUs would have been forfeited.

 

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Because our annualized stock price growth exceeded the 6.0% minimum performance threshold, the LPUs converted into a number of shares calculated as the number of LPUs awarded multiplied by the applicable multiple payout set forth in the following table, subject to the dollar amount caps described below:

 

Annualized Share

Price Growth

  

Payout Multiple if Share

Price Outperforms

S&P 500 Index

  

Payout Multiple if S&P
500 Index Outperforms

Share Price

6.0%

       0.25        0.00

7.0%

       0.44        0.00

8.0%

       0.63        0.25

9.0%

       0.81        0.50

10.0%

       1.00        0.75

11.0%

       1.50        1.00

12.0%

       2.00        1.25

13.0%

       2.50        1.50

14.0%

       3.00        1.75

15.0%

       3.50        2.00

16.0%

       4.00        2.25

17.0%

       4.50        2.50

18.0%

       5.00        2.50

19.0%

       5.00        2.50

The number of shares to be issued upon conversion of the LPUs resulting from the calculation above was subject to a cap that was based on a multiple of the target value of the award as of the grant date. Specifically, because our share price outperformed the S&P 500 index, the number of shares issued upon the conversion of the LPUs, multiplied by our share price on the conversion date, was capped at eight times the target amount (in dollars) of the award. If the S&P 500 index had outperformed our share price, then the number of shares issued upon the conversion of the LPUs, multiplied by our share price on the conversion date, would not have exceeded four times the target amount (in dollars) of the target award.

On October 5, 2017, the Compensation Committee certified that our annualized stock price growth over the three-year performance period was 38.9% and our share price outperformed the S&P 500 index, resulting in the payouts described below, which were capped at eight times the target amount. One-third of such shares vested on October 5, 2017, and the remaining shares will vest on each of September 30, 2018 and 2019.

 

             Name    Number of
LPUs
Granted
   Number of
LPUs
Earned

Jeffrey S. Sloan

       66,264        191,362

David E. Mangum

       27,048        78,107

Cameron M. Beady

       21,788        62,919

Guido F. Sacchi

       13,024        37,607

David L. Green

       10,068        29,073

 

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Stock Options

In 2017, our Compensation Committee granted approximately 25% of the target LTI value in stock options. Our Compensation Committee believes stock options provide a strong incentive for creation of long-term shareholder value, as stock options may be exercised for a profit only to the extent the price of the Company’s stock appreciates after the grant date. The exercise price is the closing price of the stock on the grant date. We do not grant discounted options or re-price previously granted options. The stock options vest in equal installments on each of the first three anniversaries of the grant date. During 2017, the Compensation Committee approved the following stock option grants to each of the NEOs:

 

             Name    Target
Allocation to
Stock Options
   Number of
Stock Options
Granted
(1)

Jeffrey S. Sloan

     $ 1,500,000        63,345

David E. Mangum

     $ 473,750        20,007

Cameron M. Bready

     $ 385,250        16,270

Guido F. Sacchi

     $ 253,250        10,695

David L. Green

     $ 223,000        9,418

 

(1)  Calculated based on the closing price of our stock on the grant date and the Black-Scholes conversion ratio approved by the Compensation Committee at the time the grants were approved. Figures in the tables under “Compensation of Named Executive Officers” beginning on page 46 may be slightly different as they reflect specific accounting methodologies required for table reporting as described therein.

Time-Based Restricted Stock

In 2017, our Compensation Committee granted approximately 25% of the total LTI value in time-based restricted stock. Our Compensation Committee believes restricted stock provides a retentive element to the long-term incentive program while still maintaining alignment with the long-term interests of our shareholders by tying the value of the awards to the value of our stock price. The restricted shares vest in equal installments on each of the first three anniversaries of the grant date.

Our NEOs received the following number of restricted shares in 2017:

 

             Name    Target
Allocation to
Restricted Stock
   Number of
Restricted Shares
Granted
(1)

Jeffrey S. Sloan

     $ 1,500,000        18,880

David E. Mangum

     $ 473,750        5,963

Cameron M. Bready

     $ 385,250        4,849

Guido F. Sacchi

     $ 253,250        3,188

David L. Green

     $ 223,000        2,807

 

(1)  The number of shares was calculated by dividing the target dollar value by the stock price as of the grant date ($79.45).

Other Benefits

Our NEOs are eligible to participate in other health and welfare programs that are available to substantially all full-time salaried employees, including our 401(k) plan.

Perquisites offered to our NEOs on an annual basis are limited to financial planning. These items create taxable income to the executive, which we do not gross up. In addition, we may ask NEOs and their spouses to participate in President’s Club trips offered as rewards to certain other employees for excellent sales or other performance. We treat the expenses of spouses as taxable income to the executives. Because spousal participation is at our request and can be disruptive to other plans they may have, we provide a gross up on that taxable income.

 

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Our NEOs are also eligible to participate in our non-qualified deferred compensation plan, pursuant to which they may elect to defer up to 100% of their base salary and other forms of compensation. We do not make contributions to the deferred compensation plan. In 2017, none of our NEOs made any contributions to or withdrawals from the plan. See “Compensation of Named Executive Officers — Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan” on page 52 for more detail regarding the plan.

Employment Agreements

We are party to an employment agreement with all of our NEOs. These employment agreements provide benefits to our Company that, we believe, are necessary in order to attract and retain highly-qualified executives. Each NEO has agreed not to disclose confidential information or compete with us, and not to solicit our customers or recruit our employees, for a period of generally 24 months following the termination of his or her employment. In exchange, we offer limited income and benefit protections to the executive, but we do not provide for any excise tax gross-ups. All of our employment agreements with NEOs contain a term.

Policies and Guidelines

Policy Regarding Timing of Equity Grants

Our Compensation Committee, in its discretion, typically makes the annual grant to all eligible employees on the first business day following either the Company’s fourth quarter earnings release or the filing of the Company’s annual report, based upon the closing price of our common stock on the grant date. From time to time, our Compensation Committee may approve supplemental or other non-recurring grants outside of our annual compensation program.

Anti-Hedging Policy

Our insider trading policy prohibits directors and employees from engaging in any transaction in which they profit if the value of our common stock declines.

Target Stock Ownership Guidelines

The Compensation Committee has implemented stock ownership guidelines for our NEOs to foster equity ownership and align the interests of our executives with our shareholders. Within five years of the executive’s initial appointment to his or her position, our Chief Executive Officer is expected to beneficially own a number of shares at least equal to 500% of his or her base salary, and all other NEOs are expected to beneficially own a number of shares at least equal to 200% of their base salary. Additionally, each NEO is required to hold such shares until the NEO has met the applicable ownership guideline. Each of our NEOs was in compliance with the stock ownership guidelines as of the record date.

Clawback Policy

The Compensation Committee has adopted a clawback policy, pursuant to which we may recoup all or any portion of the value of any annual or long-term incentive awards provided to any current or former executive officers in the event that our financial statements are restated due to material noncompliance with any financial reporting requirement under the securities laws.

Tax Considerations

Section 162(m) of the Code places a limit of $1,000,000 on the amount of compensation that we may deduct in any one year with respect to any one of our NEOs (other than our Chief Financial Officer). Prior to enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, qualifying “performance-based” compensation was not subject to the deduction limit if certain requirements were met. The 2011 Incentive Plan was designed to allow the Compensation Committee to grant awards that may qualify for the performance-based compensation exemption from Section 162(m), such as the performance-based restricted stock units and synergy incentive awards granted in the 2016 fiscal transition period. Our short-term incentive plan, as a subplan of the 2011 Incentive Plan, also allows annual cash incentive awards that may qualify as performance-based compensation. Under the

 

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2011 Incentive Plan, the minimum threshold performance goal that our Compensation Committee sets for each plan year is the achievement of positive operating income, as reflected in our consolidated statements of income and filed with our Annual Report on Form 10-K for such year, which we refer to as “threshold operating income performance.” No bonuses will be payable under the short-term incentive plan unless we achieve threshold operating income performance. In any year that our Company achieves threshold operating income performance, our Chief Executive Officer’s maximum award is 2% of such operating income and each other NEO’s maximum award is 1% of such operating income (but in no event in excess of $10,000,000 per participant). The Compensation Committee then uses negative discretion to pay a lesser amount. To guide it in exercising such discretion, the Compensation Committee establishes intermediate performance metrics and their respective weightings, and intermediate award opportunity ranges, as it deems appropriate to encourage and reward particular areas of performance.

The exemption from Section 162(m)’s deduction limit for performance-based compensation has been repealed, effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017, such that compensation paid to our NEOs, including our Chief Financial Officer, in excess of $1 million will not be deductible unless it qualifies for transition relief applicable to certain arrangements in place as of November 2, 2017. Despite the Compensation Committee’s efforts to structure our annual incentive awards and our performance-based restricted stock units and synergy incentive awards to be exempt from Section 162(m) and therefore not subject to its deduction limits, a number of requirements must be met for particular compensation to qualify under Section 162(m) and the scope of the transition relief under the legislation repealing Section 162(m)’s exemption from the deduction limit is uncertain, so there can be no assurance that any compensation awarded will be fully deductible under all circumstances. Also, to maintain flexibility in compensating our executives, the Compensation Committee reserves the right to use its judgment to authorize compensation payments that may be subject to the deduction limit when the Compensation Committee believes that such payments are appropriate.

Report of Compensation Committee Members

The members of the Compensation Committee at the time the compensation of our NEOs for 2017 was approved have reviewed and discussed the foregoing section entitled “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” with management. Based on such review and discussion, these Compensation Committee members recommended to the board of directors that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this proxy statement, which is to be incorporated by reference into the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2017.

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Mitchell L. Hollin (Chair)

John G. Bruno

William I Jacobs

John M. Partridge

 

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Compensation of Named Executive Officers

Summary Compensation Table

The following table presents certain summary information concerning compensation that we paid or accrued for services rendered in all capacities during 2017 (January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017), the 2016 fiscal transition period (the seven months ended December 31, 2016) which is referred to in the tables below as “TP 2016” and for the fiscal years ended May 31, 2016 and 2015. Because the Company, effective as of December 31, 2016, adjusted its fiscal year end from May 31 to December 31, this Summary Compensation Table contains information from the 2015 fiscal year, as well as TP 2016 in order to provide the required fulsome compensation disclosure for the three (3) most recent fiscal year periods of 12 months.

 

Name and Principal Position

 

 

Year

 

 

Salary

($)

 

 

Stock
Awards
($)
(2)(4)

 

 

Option
Awards
($)
(3)(4)

 

 

Non-Equity
Incentive
Plan
Compensation
($)
(4)

 

 

All Other
Compensation
($)
(5)

 

 

Total

($)

 

Jeffrey S. Sloan

Chief Executive Officer

      2017     $ 1,000,000     $ 4,500,048     $ 1,500,010     $ 2,101,333     $ 34,392     $ 9,135,783
      TP 2016     $ 583,333 (1)     $ 3,506,376     $ 802,104     $ 1,057,778     $ 28,149     $ 5,977,740
      2016     $ 1,000,000     $ 3,375,219     $ 1,110,782     $ 2,710,000     $ 41,401     $ 8,237,403
        2015     $ 900,000     $ 6,045,511     $ 1,120,533     $ 2,106,324     $ 33,179     $ 10,205,547

David E. Mangum

President and Chief Operating Officer

      2017     $ 620,000     $ 1,421,281     $ 473,766     $ 814,267     $ 30,072     $ 3,359,385
      TP 2016     $ 350,000 (1)     $ 1,687,515     $ 262,506     $ 396,667     $ 28,424     $ 2,725,111
      2016     $ 585,000     $ 1,162,577     $ 382,606     $ 1,056,900     $ 35,111     $ 3,222,194
        2015     $ 575,000     $ 2,252,574     $ 385,970     $ 996,820     $ 29,205     $ 4,239,569

Cameron M. Bready

Senior Executive Vice President

and Chief Financial Officer

      2017     $ 565,000     $ 1,155,759     $ 385,274     $ 667,830     $ 29,328     $ 2,803,191
      TP 2016     $ 320,833 (1)     $ 1,386,677     $ 212,205     $ 327,250     $ 29,973     $ 2,276,938
      2016     $ 530,000     $ 937,667     $ 308,568     $ 861,780     $ 35,715     $ 2,673,730
        2015     $ 458,904     $ 3,715,644     $ 311,266     $ 736,780     $ 281,974     $ 5,504,568

Guido F. Sacchi

EVP and Chief

Information Officer

      2017     $ 485,000     $ 759,860     $ 253,258     $ 573,270     $ 29,328     $ 2,100,715
      TP 2016     $ 274,167 (1)     $ 1,068,777     $ 139,574     $ 279,650     $ 13,907     $ 1,776,075
      2016     $ 470,000     $ 600,133     $ 197,496     $ 721,763     $ 29,253     $ 2,018,645
        2015     $ 375,000     $ 1,049,899     $ 174,322     $ 390,060     $ 28,400     $ 2,017,681

David L. Green

EVP, General Counsel and

Corporate Secretary

      2017     $ 450,000     $ 669,048     $ 223,018     $ 502,350     $ 28,760     $ 1,873,177
      TP 2016     $ 253,750 (1)     $ 619,783     $ 123,237     $ 244,446     $ 10,538     $ 1,251,755
      2016     $ 400,000     $ 562,667     $ 185,141     $ 578,133     $ 35,682     $ 1,761,623
        2015     $ 320,000     $ 799,549     $ 130,745     $ 277,376     $ 27,543     $ 1,555,213

 

(1)  Represents base salary earned during the seven months in the 2016 fiscal transition period.

 

(2)  This column reflects the aggregate grant date fair value of awards of time-based restricted shares of our common stock and awards of performance-based restricted stock units (including performance units and synergy units for the 2016 fiscal transition period, and, for fiscal 2015, supplemental leveraged performance units, or LPUs). The aggregate grant date fair value of awards of time-based restricted shares was calculated in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718, based on the value of the underlying shares. The aggregate grant date fair value of awards of performance-based restricted stock units (including the synergy units granted in the 2016 fiscal transition period and performance units granted in fiscal 2015) was calculated in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718, based on the value of the underlying shares and the probable outcome of performance-based vesting conditions on the grant date (at target performance levels), excluding the effect of estimated forfeitures.

 

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The tables below set forth the maximum grant date fair value, assuming that the highest levels of performance conditions were achieved, for all performance-based awards granted during 2017, the 2016 fiscal transition period, fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2015, for which an amount less than the maximum is reflected in the table above.

 

      2017 Performance Units
            Name   

Grant Date

Fair Value

at Target

   Value
Assuming
Highest
Performance

Jeffrey S. Sloan

     $ 3,000,032      $ 6,000,064

David E. Mangum

     $ 947,521      $ 1,895,041

Cameron M. Bready

     $ 770,506      $ 1,541,012

Guido F. Sacchi

     $ 506,573      $ 1,013,146

David L. Green

     $ 446,032      $ 892,064

 

      2016 Fiscal Transition Period
Performance Units
(a)
   2016 Fiscal Transition Period
Synergy Units
            Name   

Performance
Units

Grant Date

Fair Value

at Target

  

Performance
Units

Value
Assuming
Highest
Performance

  

Synergy
Units

Grant Date
Fair Value at
Target

  

Synergy
Units

Value
Assuming
Highest
Performance

Jeffrey S. Sloan

     $ 1,604,219      $ 3,208,438      $ 1,100,000      $ 1,900,000

David E. Mangum

     $ 525,009      $ 1,050,018      $ 900,000      $ 1,600,000

Cameron M. Bready

     $ 424,442      $ 848,884      $ 750,000      $ 1,400,000

Guido F. Sacchi

     $ 279,154      $ 558,308      $ 650,000      $ 1,200,000

David L. Green

     $ 246,527      $ 493,054      $ 250,000      $ 350,000

 

  (a)  The number of restricted shares and performance units granted was prorated to reflect the seven month 2016 fiscal transition period.

 

      Fiscal 2016 Performance  Units
            Name   

Grant Date

Fair Value

at Target

   Value
Assuming
Highest
Performance

Jeffrey S. Sloan

     $ 2,250,000      $ 4,500,000

David E. Mangum

     $ 775,000      $ 1,550,000

Cameron M. Bready

     $ 625,000      $ 1,250,000

Guido F. Sacchi

     $ 400,000      $ 800,000

David L. Green

     $ 375,000      $ 750,000

 

      Fiscal 2015
      Performance Units    LPUs
            Name   

Grant Date

Fair Value

at Target

   Value
Assuming
Highest
Performance
(a)
  

Grant Date

Fair Value

at Target

   Value
Assuming
Highest
Performance
(b)

Jeffrey S. Sloan

     $ 2,250,000      $ 4,500,000      $ 2,484,510      $ 18,522,000

David E. Mangum

     $ 775,000      $ 1,550,000      $ 1,014,141      $ 7,560,000

Cameron M. Bready

     $ 625,000      $ 1,250,000      $ 816,922      $ 6,090,000

Guido F. Sacchi

     $ 350,000      $ 700,000      $ 488,323      $ 3,640,000

David L. Green

     $ 262,500      $ 525,000      $ 377,491      $ 2,814,000

 

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  (a) In each year of the most recently completed three-year performance period of June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2017, the Company achieved adjusted EPS growth at or above the maximum level, as calculated pursuant to the terms of the awards. As a result, the NEOs earned 200% of their fiscal year 2015 awards, reflecting performance at or above the maximum level for each year of the performance period.

 

  (b) As discussed in the CD&A and reflected in the Outstanding Equity Awards and Stock Vested table, the LPUs were earned at the maximum performance level, capped at eight times the target amount, and, per their terms, one-third of such shares vested on October 5, 2017, and the remaining shares will vest on each of September 30, 2018 and 2019.

 

(3)  This column reflects the aggregate grant date fair value of option awards computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. Each option granted in 2017 had a grant date fair value of $23.68, calculated using the Black-Scholes valuation model, assuming a risk-free interest rate of 1.99%, expected volatility of 30%, dividend yield of 0.06% and an expected life of five years. Each option granted in the 2016 fiscal transition period had a grant date fair value of $21.87, calculated using the Black-Scholes valuation model, assuming a risk-free interest rate of 1.05%, expected volatility of 31.58%, dividend yield of 0.06% and an expected life of five years. Each option granted in fiscal 2016 had a grant date fair value of $15.60, calculated using the Black-Scholes valuation model, assuming a risk-free interest rate of 1.62%, expected volatility of 28.65%, dividend yield of 0.10% and an expected life of five years. Each option granted in fiscal 2015 had a grant date fair value of $8.45, calculated using the Black-Scholes valuation model, assuming a risk-free interest rate of 1.57%, expected volatility of 23.65%, dividend yield of 0.13% and an expected life of five years.

 

(4)  Amounts and number of shares, as applicable, for the TP 2016 were prorated based on the seven-month 2016 fiscal transition period.

 

(5)  This column includes the following compensation components for 2017:

 

             Name    Company
Contributions
to 401(k) Plans
   Financial
Planning
Services
   Other
Perquisites
and
Personal
Benefits
(a)
   Total

Jeffrey S. Sloan

     $ 10,800      $ 22,280      $ 1,312      $ 34,392

David E. Mangum

     $ 10,800      $ 17,960      $ 1,312      $ 30,072

Cameron M. Bready

     $ 10,800      $ 17,960      $ 568      $ 29,328

Guido F. Sacchi

     $ 10,800      $ 17,960      $ 568      $ 29,328

David L. Green

     $ 10,800      $ 17,960        —        $ 28,760

 

  (a)  These perquisites and personal benefits consist of compensation related to Company-sponsored financial planning services and attendance at Company-sponsored events. The dollar amount of perquisites and personal benefits represents the cost we incurred to provide the perquisite or benefit. Amounts include tax gross-ups for perquisites relating to attendance at Company-sponsored events by their spouses of $507 for each of Messrs. Sloan and Mangum and $219 for each of Mr. Bready and Dr. Sacchi.

 

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Grants of Plan-Based Awards in 2017

The following table sets forth information concerning grants of plan-based awards during 2017 to our NEOs, all of which were made pursuant to our 2011 Incentive Plan.

 

     Grant
Date
 

 

Estimated Future Payouts
Under Non-Equity
Incentive Plan Awards(1)

 

 

Estimated Future Payouts
Under Equity
Incentive Plan Awards(2)

  All Other
Stock
Awards:
Number
of Shares
of Stock
or Units
(#)(3)
  All Other
Option
Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Options
(#)(4)
  Exercise
or Base
Price of
Option
Awards
($/Sh)
  Grant
Date Fair
Value of
Stock  and
Option
Awards(5)
Name    

Threshold

($)

 

Target

($)

 

Max

($)

 

Threshold

(#)

 

Target

(#)

 

Max

(#)

       

Jeffrey S. Sloan

                                             

Cash

      3/1/17     $ 800,000     $ 1,600,000     $ 3,200,000                              

Performance units

      3/1/17                   18,880       37,760       75,520                 $ 3,000,032

Restricted shares

      3/1/17                               18,880             $ 1,500,016

Stock options

      3/1/17                                   63,345     $ 79.45     $ 1,500,010

David E. Mangum

                                             

Cash

      3/1/17     $ 310,000     $ 620,000     $ 1,240,000                              

Performance units

      3/1/17                   5,963       11,926       23,852                 $ 947,521

Restricted shares

      3/1/17                               5,963             $ 473,760

Stock options

      3/1/17                                   20,007     $ 79.45     $ 473,766

Cameron M. Bready

                                             

Cash

      3/1/17       254,250     $ 508,500     $ 1,017,000                              

Performance units

      3/1/17                   4,849       9,698       19,396                 $ 770,506

Restricted shares

      3/1/17                               4,849             $ 385,253

Stock options

      3/1/17                                   16,270     $ 79.45     $ 385,274

Guido F. Sacchi

                                             

Cash

      3/1/17     $ 218,250     $ 436,500     $ 873,000                              

Performance units

      3/1/17                   3,188       6,376       12,752                 $ 506,573

Restricted shares

      3/1/17                               3,188             $ 253,287

Stock options

      3/1/17                                   10,695     $ 79.45     $ 253,258

David L. Green

                                             

Cash

      3/1/17     $ 191,250     $ 382,500     $ 765,000                              

Performance units

      3/1/17                   2,807       5,614       11,228                 $ 446,032

Restricted shares

      3/1/17                               2,807             $ 223,016

Stock options

      3/1/17                                                                             9,418     $ 79.45     $ 223,018

 

(1)  These columns reflect the threshold, target and maximum annual cash incentive opportunities under our short-term incentive plan. At the time of the filing of this proxy statement, the actual results of our non-equity incentive plan were certified, and our NEOs received the amounts set forth in the “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” column of the Summary Compensation Table.

 

(2)  These columns reflect the number of estimated future payouts (in shares) of performance units granted in 2017 based on threshold, target and maximum award opportunities. After a three-year performance period, our Compensation Committee will certify the results and determine the number of performance units that have been earned. Thereafter, all of the performance units will convert to unrestricted shares. The grantees do not have the right to vote the underlying shares, and dividends are not payable to the grantees until the units are converted into a stock grant at the end of the applicable performance period. Once the stock grant is made, dividends are paid on such stock at the same rate as all of our other shareholders.

 

(3)  This column reflects the number of restricted shares of our common stock granted in 2017 that will vest in equal installments on each of the first three anniversaries of the grant date.

 

(4)  This column represents the number of stock options, which will vest in equal installments on each of the first three anniversaries of the grant date.

 

(5)  This column represents the aggregate grant date fair value of equity awards granted in 2017, calculated in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718, excluding the estimated effect of forfeitures.

 

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Outstanding Equity Awards at December 31, 2017

The following table provides the outstanding equity awards at December 31, 2017 for each of our NEOs.

 

          Option Awards   Stock Awards

Name

 

 

Grant
Date

 

 

Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options (#)
Exercisable
(1)

 

 

Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options (#)
Unexercisable
(1)

 

 

Option
Exercise
Price

($/sh)

 

 

Option
Expiration
Date

 

 

Number of
Shares or
Units of
Stock That
Have Not
Vested (#)

 

 

Market
Value of
Shares or
Units of
Stock That
Have Not
Vested ($)
(2)

 

 

Equity
Incentive Plan
Awards:
Number of
Unearned
Shares, Units,
or Other Rights
That Have Not
Vested (#)

 

 

Equity Incentive
Plan Awards:
Market or
Payout Value of
Unearned
Shares, Units or
Other Rights
That Have Not
Vested ($)
(2)

 

Jeffrey S. Sloan

      8/18/14       132,686       —       $ 35.78       8/18/24       —         —         —         —  
        7/30/15       47,470       23,734     $ 55.92       7/30/25       —         —         —         —  
        7/29/16       12,225       24,451     $ 74.66       7/29/26       —         —         —         —  
        3/1/17       —         63,345     $ 79.45       3/1/27       —         —         —         —  
        9/30/14       —         —         —         —         127,574 (3)     $ 12,788,018       —         —  
        7/30/15       —         —         —         —         6,706 (4)     $ 672,209       —         —  
        7/29/16       —         —         —         —         7,163 (4)     $ 718,019       —         —  
        3/1/17       —         —         —         —         18,880 (4)     $ 1,892,531       —         —  
        7/30/15       —         —         —         —         —         —         80,476 (5)     $ 8,066,914
        6/8/16       —         —         —         —         —         —         25,924 (6)     $ 2,598,622
        7/29/16       —         —         —         —         —         —         42,974 (7)     $ 4,307,714
        3/1/17       —         —         —         —         —         —         75,520 (8)     $ 7,570,125
         

 

 

     

 

 

             

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 
            192,381       111,530               160,323     $ 16,070,778       224,894     $ 22,543,375
         

 

 

     

 

 

             

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 
   

David E. Mangum

      8/18/14       45,704       —       $ 35.78       8/18/24       —         —         —         —  
        7/30/15       16,350       8,176     $ 55.92       7/30/25       —         —         —         —  
        7/29/16       4,001       8,002     $ 74.66       7/29/26       —         —         —         —  
        3/1/17       —         20,007     $ 79.45       3/1/27       —         —         —         —  
        9/30/14                       52,071 (3)     $ 5,219,597       —         —  
        7/30/15       —         —         —         —         2,310 (4)     $ 231,554       —         —  
        7/29/16       —         —         —         —         2,344 (4)     $ 234,963       —         —  
        3/1/17                       5,963 (4)     $ 597,731       —         —  
        7/30/15       —         —         —         —         —         —         27,720 (5)     $ 2,778,653
        6/8/16       —         —         —         —         —         —         21,831 (6)     $ 2,188,339
        7/29/16       —         —         —         —         —         —         14,064 (7)     $ 1,409,775
        3/1/17                               23,852 (8)     $ 2,390,924
         

 

 

     

 

 

             

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 
            66,055       36,185               62,688     $ 6,283,845       87,467     $ 8,767,692
         

 

 

     

 

 

             

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 

Cameron M. Bready

      8/18/14       36,858       —       $ 35.78       8/18/24       —         —         —         —  
        7/30/15       13,186       6,594     $ 55.92       7/30/25       —         —         —         —  
        7/29/16       3,234       6,469     $ 74.66       7/29/26       —         —         —         —  
        3/1/17       —         16,270     $ 79.45       3/1/27       —         —         —         —  
        6/30/14       —         —         —         —         13,040 (3)     $ 1,307,130       —         —  
        9/30/14       —         —         —         —         41,946 (4)     $ 4,204,667       —         —  
        7/30/15       —         —         —         —         1,864 (4)     $ 186,847       —         —  
        7/29/16       —         —         —         —         1,895 (4)     $ 189,955       —         —  
        3/1/17       —         —         —         —         4,849 (4)     $ 486,064       —         —  
        7/30/15       —         —         —         —         —         —         22,356 (5)     $ 2,240,965
        6/8/16       —         —         —         —         —         —         19,102 (6)     $ 1,914,784
        7/29/16       —         —         —         —         —         —         11,370 (7)     $ 1,139,729
        3/1/17       —         —         —         —         —         —         19,396 (8)     $ 1,944,255
         

 

 

     

 

 

             

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 
            53,278       29,333               63,594     $ 6,374,663       72,224     $ 7,239,734
         

 

 

     

 

 

             

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 

Guido F. Sacchi

                                     
        7/30/15       —         4,220     $ 55.92       7/30/25       —         —         —         —  
        7/29/16       2,127       4,255     $ 74.66       7/29/26       —         —         —         —  
        3/1/17           10,695     $ 79.45       3/1/27       —         —         —         —  
        9/30/14       —         —         —         —         25,071 (3)     $ 2,513,117          
        7/30/15       —         —         —         —         1,192 (4)     $ 119,486       —         —  
        7/29/16       —         —         —         —         1,247 (4)     $ 124,999          
        3/1/17       —         —         —         —         3,188 (4)     $ 319,565          
        7/30/15       —         —         —         —         —         —         14,308 (5)     $ 1,434,234
        6/8/16       —         —         —         —         —         —         16,373 (6)     $ 1,641,230
        7/29/16       —         —         —         —         —         —         7,478 (7)     $ 749,595
        3/1/17                               12,752 (8)     $ 1,278.260
         

 

 

     

 

 

             

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 
            2,127       19,170               30,698     $ 3,077,168       50,911     $ 5,103,319
               

 

 

     

 

 

                         

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

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          Option Awards   Stock Awards

Name

 

 

Grant
Date

 

 

Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options (#)
Exercisable
(1)

 

 

Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options (#)
Unexercisable
(1)

 

 

Option
Exercise
Price

($/sh)

 

 

Option
Expiration
Date

 

 

Number of
Shares or
Units of
Stock That
Have Not
Vested (#)

 

 

Market
Value of
Shares or
Units of
Stock That
Have Not
Vested ($)
(2)

 

 

Equity
Incentive Plan
Awards:
Number of
Unearned
Shares, Units,
or Other Rights
That Have Not
Vested (#)

 

 

Equity Incentive
Plan Awards:
Market or
Payout Value of
Unearned
Shares, Units or
Other Rights
That Have Not
Vested ($)
(2)

 

David L. Green

      7/29/09       2,198       —       $ 21.09       7/29/19       —         —         —         —  
        8/18/14       15,482       —       $ 35.78       8/18/24       —         —         —         —  
        7/30/15       7,912       3,956     $ 55.92       7/30/25       —         —         —         —  
        7/29/16       1,878       3,757     $ 74.66       7/29/26       —         —         —         —  
        3/1/17       —         9,418     $ 79.45       3/1/27       —         —         —         —  
        9/30/14       —         —         —         —         19,382 (3)     $ 1,942,852       —         —  
        7/30/15       —         —         —         —         1,118 (4)     $ 112,068       —         —  
        7/29/16       —         —         —         —         1,101 (4)     $ 110,364       —         —  
        3/1/17                       2,807 (4)     $ 281,374       —         —  
        7/30/15       —         —         —         —         —         —         13,416 (5)     $ 1,344,820
        6/8/16       —         —         —         —         —         —         4,776 (6)     $ 478,746
        7/29/16       —         —         —         —         —         —         6,604 (7)     $ 661,985
        3/1/17       —         —         —         —         —         —         11,228 (8)     $ 1,125,495
         

 

 

     

 

 

             

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 
            27,470       17,131               24,408     $ 2,446,658       36,024     $ 3,611,046
               

 

 

     

 

 

                         

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

(1)  All stock options were granted pursuant to our 2011 Incentive Plan. All stock options granted prior to May 31, 2014 vested in equal installments on each of the first four anniversaries of the grant date. All stock options granted thereafter vest in equal installments on each of the first three anniversaries of the grant date.

 

(2)  Market value is calculated based on the closing price of our common stock on December 29, 2017 of $100.24.

 

(3)  Represents shares of restricted common stock issued as a result of the conversion of LPUs, which were originally granted on September 30, 2014 as a non-recurring, supplemental award, and were earned based on the absolute share price appreciation of the Company’s stock and the relative share price appreciation of the Company’s stock compared to the S&P 500 index at the end of a three-year performance period. One-third of the restricted shares vested immediately on October 5, 2017 (which shares are reflected in the “Stock Options Exercised and Stock Vested during 2017” table below) and the remaining two-thirds of the shares will vest in equal increments on each of September 30, 2018 and 2019.

 

(4)  Represents shares of restricted stock that vest in equal installments on each of the first three anniversaries of the grant date.

 

(5)  Represents performance units granted during fiscal 2016. These performance units are earned based on the growth of our annual adjusted EPS over each year (calculated separately) in the three-year performance period ending May 31, 2018. The final percentage of performance units earned will be calculated as the average of each of the three annual payout percentages (as percentages of target). The earned units will convert into unrestricted shares following the third anniversary of the performance unit grant date, or July 30, 2018, provided that the Compensation Committee has previously certified the performance results described above. In accordance with SEC rules and based on actual performance during the last year of the three-year performance period, the number of performance units reflected in the table is based on an assumed achievement at the maximum payout level

 

(6) Represents synergy units granted on June 8, 2016 as a non-recurring, supplemental award. Because the Compensation Committee certified the achievement of the synergy goals at the maximum level, as verified by an independent accounting firm, each of the NEOs earned the maximum award. Half of the earned synergy units converted into unrestricted shares of common stock on February 26, 2018, and the remaining half will convert to unrestricted shares on February 26, 2019.

 

(7)

Represents performance units granted during the 2016 fiscal transition period. These performance units are earned based on the growth of our annual adjusted EPS over each year (calculated separately) in the three year performance period ending May 31, 2019. The final percentage of performance units earned will be calculated as the average of each of the three annual payout percentages (as percentages of target). The earned units will convert into unrestricted shares following the third anniversary of the performance unit grant date, or July 29, 2019, provided that the Compensation Committee has previously certified the

 

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  performance results described above. In accordance with SEC rules and based on actual performance for 2017, the number of performance units reflected in the table is based on assumed achievement at the maximum performance level.

 

(8) Represents performance units granted during 2017. These performance units are earned based on the growth of our annual adjusted EPS over each year (calculated separately) in the three-year performance period ending December 31, 2019. The final percentage of performance units earned will be calculated as the average of each of the three annual payout percentages (as percentages of target). The earned units will convert into unrestricted shares following the third anniversary of the performance unit grant date, or March 1, 2020, provided that the Compensation Committee has previously certified the performance results described above. In accordance with SEC rules and based on actual performance during the first year of the three-year performance period, the number of performance units reflected in the table is based on an assumed achievement at the maximum payout level.

Stock Options Exercised and Stock Vested during 2017

The following table provides information on options exercised and stock awards that vested in 2017. The shares shown as acquired on exercise or on vesting represent shares of our common stock.

 

     Option Awards         Stock Awards
         
    

Number of

Shares Acquired

on Exercise (#)

 

  

Value

Realized on
Exercise ($)
(1)

 

      

Number of
Shares Acquired
on Vesting (#)
(2)

 

  

Value

Realized on
Vesting ($)
(3)

 

   

Jeffrey S. Sloan

 

     

 

50,000

 

 

     $

 

3,387,735

 

 

          

 

236,931

 

 

     $

 

22,452,557

 

 

   

David E. Mangum

 

     

 

—  

 

 

      

 

—  

 

 

          

 

86,288

 

 

     $

 

8,187,040

 

 

   

Cameron M. Bready

 

     

 

—  

 

 

      

 

—  

 

 

          

 

74,679

 

 

     $

 

7,022,729

 

 

   

Guido F. Sacchi

 

     

 

11,100

 

 

     $

 

581,162

 

 

          

 

39,399

 

 

     $

 

3,739,341

 

 

   

David L. Green

 

     

 

—  

 

 

      

 

—  

 

 

                

 

28,017

 

 

     $

 

2,658,673

 

 

 

(1)  Represents the excess of the fair market value of the shares at the time of exercise over the exercise price of the options.

 

(2) Includes shares acquired on the vesting of (i) restricted stock awards, (ii) performance units granted in fiscal 2015; and (iii) LPUs.

 

(3)  Represents the fair market value of the shares on the vesting date.

Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan

Our NEOs are eligible to participate in our Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan, or the deferred compensation plan. Mr. Sloan is our only NEO who participates, but did not make any contributions during 2017.

The following table provides information on deferred compensation under the deferred compensation plan for each NEO during 2017. There were no contributions, withdrawals or distributions during 2017. Aggregate earnings are not includable in the summary compensation table above because they were not above-market or preferential earnings. The aggregate balance includes amounts previously reported in the summary compensation table above in the previous years when earned if the executive’s compensation was required to be disclosed in a previous year.

 

     

          Name

 

  

Aggregate
Earnings in
2017

 

  

Aggregate
Balance at
December 31, 2017

 

   

Jeffrey S. Sloan

 

     $

 

22,015

 

 

     $

 

115,218

 

 

   

David E. Mangum

 

      

 

—  

 

 

      

 

—  

 

 

   

Cameron M. Bready

 

      

 

—  

 

 

      

 

—  

 

 

   

Guido F. Sacchi

 

      

 

—  

 

 

      

 

—  

 

 

   

David L. Green

 

      

 

—  

 

 

      

 

—  

 

 

 

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Pursuant to the deferred compensation plan, participants are permitted to elect to defer up to 100% of their base salary and other forms of cash compensation (such as cash incentive bonus). Participant accounts are credited with earnings based on the participant’s investment allocation among a menu of investment options selected by the deferred compensation plan administrator. Participants are 100% vested in the participant deferrals and related earnings. We do not make contributions to the deferred compensation plan and do not guarantee any return on participant account balances. Participants may allocate their plan accounts into sub-accounts that are payable upon separation from service or on designated specified dates. Except in the case of death or disability, participants may elect in advance to have their various account balances pay out in a single lump sum or in installments over a period of two to ten years. In the event a participant separates from service by reason of death or disability, the participant or his designated beneficiary will receive the undistributed portion of his or her account balances in a lump-sum payment. Subject to approval by the deferred compensation plan administrator, in the event of an unforeseen financial emergency beyond the participant’s control, a participant may request a withdrawal from an account up to the amount necessary to satisfy the emergency (provided the participant does not have the financial resources to otherwise meet the hardship).

Pension Benefits for 2017

We maintain a noncontributory defined benefit pension plan covering our U.S. employees who have met the eligibility provisions. The retirement plan was closed to new participants beginning June 1, 1998, and none of our NEOs were hired before that date.

Potential Payments upon Termination, Retirement or Change in Control

This section describes the post-employment benefits that each of our NEOs would be entitled to receive in connection with various termination of employment and change-in-control scenarios.

Employment Agreements with Our Named Executive Officers

Each of our NEOs is a party to an employment agreement with our Company. These agreements are for an initial term of three years and are automatically extended for one additional year on their second year anniversary and each anniversary thereafter unless either party provides notice of non-renewal before such anniversary date. The expiration dates for the initial employment periods are set forth below:

 

          Name

 

  

Expiration of Initial
Employment Period

 

   

Jeffrey S. Sloan

 

   May 31, 2013

 

   

David E. Mangum

 

   May 31, 2013

 

   

Cameron M. Bready

 

   June 29, 2017

 

   

Guido F. Sacchi

 

   November 30, 2016

 

   

David L. Green

 

   November 30, 2016

 

Each of these agreements prohibits the executive from disclosing our confidential information, soliciting our customers or recruiting our employees for a period of 24 months following the termination of employment. In addition, if the executive’s employment is terminated by the Company or the executive, the executive has agreed not to compete with us generally for a period of 24 months. The non-compete does not apply if the executive’s employment is terminated as a result of our Company’s decision not to extend the employment agreement.

These employment agreements may be terminated by us at any time for “cause” (as defined below) or for no reason or by the executive with or without “good reason” (as defined below). The employment agreements will also terminate upon the executive’s death, disability or retirement. Depending on the reason for the termination and when it occurs, the executive will be entitled to certain severance benefits, as described below, which may be delayed for such time as may be necessary to avoid a violation of Section 409A of the Code. “Cause,” as defined in the employment agreement, generally means (i) the failure by the executive to perform substantially his or her responsibilities after a cure period of ten business days, (ii) fraud, misappropriation, embezzlement or

 

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similar dishonest or wrongful act, (iii) substance abuse which materially interferes with the executive’s ability to perform, (iv) employment discrimination, harassment, conflicts of interest, retaliation, competition with our Company, solicitation of our customers or employees on behalf of anyone other than us, improper use or disclosure of confidential or proprietary information, or (v) conviction for, or plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, a felony or a crime involving dishonesty or other moral turpitude. “Good reason,” as defined in the employment agreement, generally means (a) an assignment of the executive to a materially different position, (b) a change in the person to whom the executive reports, (c) a reduction of the executive’s base salary, bonus opportunity (to a target below the minimum specified in the agreement), or in welfare benefits, (d) a failure of our Company to require a successor-in-interest to agree to perform our obligations under the employment agreement, (e) a requirement that the executive be based in any location other than that which is initially specified in the agreement.

Termination Without Cause or Resignation for Good Reason When Not Related to a Change in Control.    If, prior to a change in control or on or after the second anniversary of a change in control, the executive’s employment is terminated by us without cause or the executive resigns for good reason, the executive will be entitled to the following benefits:

 

    We will pay the executive’s accrued salary and benefits through the separation date, plus a pro-rata portion of his or her annual incentive bonus for the fiscal year of separation, based upon actual performance against certified pre-established bonus targets.

 

    We will continue to pay the executive’s base salary for six months, or, if such payments are delayed by reason of Code Section 409A, make a lump sum payment equal to six months of the executive’s base salary on the date that is six months and one day after the separation date, in each case provided that the executive does not violate any restrictive covenants.

 

    For a period of up to 12 additional months (or the earlier of the executive becoming employed with a competitor or violating any restrictive covenants), we will continue to pay the executive’s base salary, provided that the executive does not violate any restrictive covenants.

 

    For a period of up to 12 months, we will pay the executive’s COBRA premiums, provided that the executive does not obtain other employment that provides health care coverage.

 

    All of the executive’s restricted stock awards, including unvested restricted stock granted in settlement of two-thirds of the earned LPUs, will vest as of the separation date, and the stock options that would have vested in the next 24 months will vest and remain exercisable for no more than 90 days from the separation date.

 

    The executive’s performance-based restricted stock units will remain outstanding, and, after the Compensation Committee certifies the results at the end of the performance period in which the separation date falls, the executive will receive 50% of the number of shares that would have vested based on actual performance.

Termination Without Cause or Resignation for Good Reason When Relate