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Equilar PublicationsCommentary and research from Equilar frequently appears in leading business and trade publications. Recent coverage includes mentions in Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Reuters, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

2014 Reports

All Executive Compensation Board Compensation Corporate Governance
Measuring Long-Term Performance: An Analysis of S&P 500 Equity Incentive Plan Metrics

Measuring Long-Term Performance: An Analysis of S&P 500 Equity Incentive Plan Metrics

Measuring Long-Term Performance: An Analysis of S&P 500 Equity Incentive Plan Metrics

In recent years, long-term equity incentive plans have taken on an even more critical role in executive compensation programs at U.S. public companies. With the passage of Dodd-Frank and the ensuing implementation of Say on Pay, companies have faced
An Early Look at Proxy Voting Analytics

An Early Look at Proxy Voting Analytics

An Early Look at Proxy Voting Analytics

During the 2014 proxy season, U.S. public companies have had, on average, results that are consistent with last year’s Say on Pay votes, with nearly three-fourths of the companies in the Russell 3000 receiving greater than 90% shareholder approval.
Paying for Performance in the TSX Composite

Paying for Performance in the TSX Composite

Paying for Performance in the TSX Composite

Companies face increasing scrutiny from shareholders to showcase how their CEO compensation plans are tied to company performance and shareholder value. While shareholder engagement is an important part of this process, setting up an effective pay pa
Shareholder Value Transfer in the Technology Sector

Shareholder Value Transfer in the Technology Sector

Shareholder Value Transfer in the Technology Sector

Key Findings ▶ Nearly half of sample technology companies had an SVT percentage between 10% and 15%. ▶ The median company had 59% of its SVT attributable to total shares available and 41% of its SVT attributable to overhang. ▶ Over h
TSX Energy Industry: A Look at CEO Compensation

TSX Energy Industry: A Look at CEO Compensation

TSX Energy Industry: A Look at CEO Compensation

Key Findings ▶ 2012 was a strong year for TSX energy CEOs, especially at the top. ▶ Growth in TSX CEO pay was driven by equity. ▶ TSX energy CEO pay mix is more similar to U.S. energy companies than it is to other Canadian companies.
Change-in-Control Equity Acceleration Triggers

Change-in-Control Equity Acceleration Triggers

Change-in-Control Equity Acceleration Triggers

Many companies provide for the accelerated vesting of equity previously granted to their executive officers in connection with a change in control (CIC) of the company. Such acceleration usually takes place either immediately upon the consummation
A Study of Changes from a Failed 2012 Say on Pay Vote

A Study of Changes from a Failed 2012 Say on Pay Vote

A Study of Changes from a Failed 2012 Say on Pay Vote

Every year since the advent of Say on Pay in 2011, companies with Say on Pay approval rates lower than 50% have had to show shareholders that they can make appropriate changes to compensation policies or else risk failing again in subsequent votes. A
Advances in CD&A Design

Advances in CD&A Design

Advances in CD&A Design

For many years, companies have exerted considerable effort to help shareholders better understand their philosophies on executive pay. One of the primary means companies use to achieve this goal is through the Compensation Discussion and Analysis (CD
Performance Metrics in Annual Incentive Plans

Performance Metrics in Annual Incentive Plans

Performance Metrics in Annual Incentive Plans

As companies face more pressure to align pay and performance, variable pay constitutes an increasingly large portion of executive pay packages. The incentive plans that define the conditions attached to this pay are important tools for companies to r
2013 TSX 60 Peer Group Study

2013 TSX 60 Peer Group Study

2013 TSX 60 Peer Group Study

The disclosure of peer groups used to benchmark executive pay is an important component of public compensation disclosure. It enables companies to show that pay is based on market practices and comparable to that of similar companies. Though, the use
Paying the Newly Hired CFO: A Compensation Analysis

Paying the Newly Hired CFO: A Compensation Analysis

Paying the Newly Hired CFO: A Compensation Analysis

A company in search of a new CFO must decide whether to fill its vacancy by promoting a current employee or by hiring an external candidate. The decision depends on a number of factors, including the suitability of internal successors, compensation,

2013 Reports

All Executive Compensation Board Compensation Corporate Governance

2013 Consultant League Tables

Executive Summary Pay policies continue to receive attention due to the combination of required shareholder votes on executive compensation and increased public scrutiny. Decisions regarding executive compensation are now a central focus since shareholders now have a vote on the topic. As a result,
The New York Times 100 Highest-Paid CEOs

The New York Times 100 Highest-Paid CEOs

The New York Times 100 Highest-Paid CEOs

Over the past seven years, Equilar has been the preferred data provider to The New York Times for executive compensation information. As part of this collaboration, Equilar provides data on compensation, professional history, and wealth events for executives of publicly-traded companies. Additiona

An Early Look at Realizable Pay of Some of the Highest Paid CEOs

As Featured on  Over the past two and a half years, executive pay has received increased scrutiny as issuers, proxy advisors, and shareholders have reacted to government-mandated Say on Pay votes. In order to avoid failing the Say on Pay vote, companies must consider their own pay and performance
2013 Say on Pay Warning Signs

2013 Say on Pay Warning Signs

2013 Say on Pay Warning Signs

Report Summary Learn more by requestingthe full report. By examining companies that failed Say on Pay votes in either 2011 or 2012, this report aims to provide insight into warning signs for potentially failing a vote. The majority of companies that failed their votes reported lower
ISS and Glass Lewis 2013 Policy Update Comparison

ISS and Glass Lewis 2013 Policy Update Comparison

ISS and Glass Lewis 2013 Policy Update Comparison

Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis have each updated their proxy voting guidelines in advance of the 2013 proxy season.  Individually, these updates may seem like minor changes, however, when looked at in the context of overall pay-for-performance analyses of these proxy advisors, t

Say on Pay Peer Group Turnaround Changes

Introduction Peer group benchmarking of executive compensation is a widely discussed topic. When it comes to setting executive pay levels, the use of a peer group as a basis for comparison is one of the more common methods used by compensation committees. Thus, this brings up the question of how pe

General Counsel Insights

In this ever-changing economic and regulatory climate companies face a growing number of legal challenges, increasing the profiles and demands placed on General Counsels. The General Counsel’s role has grown in dimension as companies have an increasing need to manage the mounting legal and regulat

A Study of the Changes from a Failed 2011 Say on Pay Vote

Introduction Say on Pay continued to make its impact on companies both large and small throughout 2012. Companies with less than 50% approval for their 2012 Say on Pay have likely reexamined their executive compensation policies in order to increase shareholder approval for this year’s vote – a

Equity Vesting Schedules for S&P 1500 CEOs

According to the 2012 Equilar S&P 500 CEO Pay Strategies Report, stock and option awards represent approximately 63.0% of the value of a CEO’s total compensation. Analyzing this portion of CEO pay provides insight into the long-term incentives that drive many executives’ decisions. Although
Measuring Short-Term and Long-Term Performance in 2012

Measuring Short-Term and Long-Term Performance in 2012

Measuring Short-Term and Long-Term Performance in 2012

An Analysis of S&P 1500 Incentive Plan Metrics With the passing of the Dodd-Frank Act, there has been an increased focus on Say on Pay. More publically traded companies are attempting to improve their chances of passing their Say on Pay votes by aligning executive compensation with performance.

Outlook on 2013 Say on Pay Responses

Introduction To date, 98% of the companies that have held Say on Pay advisory votes on their CEOs’ compensation packages have passed, which is slightly higher than the 2012 passing rate of 97.4%. The median approval rate of the companies that passed has remained roughly the same, with passing rat

Inputs Matter -- A Comparison of Diverse Peer Group and Pay Models

Introduction Since its implementation in 2010, the Dodd-Frank Act has brought about a host of regulations related to corporate governance, and placed executive compensation under greater scrutiny.  One effect of this increased scrutiny is the reframing of the pay and performance discussion, especi

Paying the New Boss: Compensation Analysis for Newly Hired CEOs

Compensation Analysis for Newly Hired CEOs During the CEO succession planning process, certain questions must be answered that will determine where the board will turn for a successor.  For instance, was the CEO change anticipated or unplanned?  How was the company performing prior to the change?