Tag: performance metrics

Pay for performance — more style than substance?

Comp Committees appear to have gotten the message when it comes to executive pay for performance.  As discussed in this article in the WSJ, executive compensation “is increasingly linked to performance,” but investors are now asking whether the bar for performance targets is set too low to be effective. Are companies just paying lip service to the concept?

New revenue recognition standard— don’t ignore the impact on compensation

by Cydney Posner At the recent Bloomberg BNA Conference on Revenue Recognition,  a Deloitte partner observed that, to the extent that, in awarding compensation, companies use metrics that are keyed to revenue, the new revenue recognition standard could affect compensation or bonus plans because the ways of measuring and the […]

Is relative TSR still the performance metric of choice?

by Cydney Posner According to a just-released report from Equilar, an executive compensation and corporate governance data firm, “relative total shareholder return” continues to be the most common performance measure used in long-term incentive plans for CEOs among S&P 500 companies.  However, after years of increasing prevalence among companies in […]

Are the days of “I’ll-scratch-your-back” cronyism history?

by Cydney Posner As discussed in a PubCo post last week, a theory that is currently gaining purchase is that, whether as a result of say on pay or otherwise, the increased influence of proxy advisory firms has led to a kind of homogenization of executive pay packages based on […]

It’s back to square one: pay CEOs with short-term incentives?

by Cydney Posner How to structure executive pay to drive performance over the long term—while avoiding pay levels that would be considered excessive—is a conundrum for compensation committees, consultants, proxy advisory firms and others involved in setting or analyzing executive compensation. And the analysis has only become more complex since […]

Increasing prevalence of non-GAAP measures in proxy statements

by Cydney Posner According to the WSJ, 2016 saw the biggest gap since 2009 between non-GAAP pro forma results and GAAP results. But non-GAAP measures are not just proliferating in earnings releases, they are also proliferating in proxy statements.  The WSJ article reports that, according to Audit Analytics, the term […]

Is it a mistake to insist that CEO pay be performance-based?

by Cydney Posner It goes without saying that, to many, the sine qua non of executive compensation is performance-based pay.  From proxy advisory firms to institutional holders to the drafters of Dodd-Frank, the question of whether CEO compensation is aligned with performance is a key measure of whether compensation is […]