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|Monday, October 01, 2007|
UNRAVELING CEO PAY
It’s not only about how much, but why.
By Linda Steffen and Bill Smith
As a result of mounting investor pressure in recent years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has changed the requirements regarding the way companies disclose and value various elements of executive compensation in their annual proxy statements that go to all shareholders.
This year’s Top 50 highest-paid CEOs in Oregon saw a modest increase in their average total compensation. On average, total CEO compensation was $1,881,007, up $59,777 from 2005. The average base salary decreased by a relatively small amount. While the average bonus increased by $170,806, decreases in stock grants and stock option awards respectively tempered the overall increase. Five executives received bonuses of more than $1 million this year, compared to last year’s ranking, when only two executives received bonuses of more than $1 million.
Pay for performance: The new disclosure requirements are intended to help investors evaluate the connection between executive pay and company financial performance. Companies must now disclose the measures, expected levels of performance, the degree of difficulty associated with meeting performance goals, and the logic behind awards.
New reporting requirements enable investors to compare the actual bonus earned for the year with what the CEOs were targeted to receive for expected performance. Twenty companies provided information that allowed for a calculation of a bonus achievement rate (actual bonus amount divided by target bonus amount). By comparing a company’s bonus achievement rate to its total return to shareholders for the year, investors can better assess the link between pay and performance.
In theory, there should be a positive correlation between bonus achievement and total shareholder return — companies with a CEO who’s earned more than their targeted award would be expected to have a positive total shareholder return. Most companies in Oregon showed the expected correlation between the pay and total shareholder return.
Although the new disclosure rules have required companies to provide broader and deeper data, the greatest challenge investors face is finding meaningful ways to interpret this information and form meaningful conclusions not only about how much is paid but also about why various programs are used.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Citing the transition to catch shares management as a key to rebuilding stocks and reducing bycatch, 13 species caught by the West Coast trawl fishery today earned designation from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as sustainable.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
BY ERIC FRUTS | OB BLOGGER
Last year, the housing market in Oregon—and the U.S. as a whole—was blasting off. The Case-Shiller index of home prices ended the year 13% higher than at the beginning of the year. But, was last year a blip, or a trend?
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
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BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
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