• Apple Board Modifies Cook's Bonus Stock Awards to be More Performance Based

    Apple’s Board of Directors has elected to modify the award of restricted stock that Tim Cook received after being promoted to CEO in August 2011. The modifications made at Cook’s request, changes the award of 1,000,000 restricted stock units, originally supposed to be awarded in two lump sums over 10 years, to a more performance-based compensation system. A restricted stock unit, or RSU, is a form of compensation system.

    According to a filing with the SEC, the Compensation Committee of the Apple Board of Directors approved the amendment of the award from August 2011, though the amendment doesn’t change the fair value of the grant as of the day it was rewarded. The Committee intends for future stock awards to Apple executive officers too be performance-based and Cook will lead by example. However, though normal performance-based compensation normally has both an upside and downside, at his request, Cook’s award will solely have a downside component. The following was mentioned in the filing regarding the topic:

    Under the adopted modification, Mr. Cook will forfeit a portion of the 2011 CEO equity award, which was previously entirely time-based, if the Company does not achieve certain performance criteria. While the Committee generally believes that a performance-based award should have both a downside and an upside component, at Mr. Cook’s request, the modification does not contain an upside opportunity for overachievement of these criteria. As a result of implementing a modification with only downside risk, the Committee has determined that a portion of the original grant should vest earlier than originally scheduled. This modification will not change the award’s original value for accounting expense purposes.
    The original award would have given Cook 500,000 shares of Apple stock in August 2016, with another 500,000 in August 2021. The new amended package will give Cook 100,000 RSU’s in August 2016, another 100,000 RSU’s in August 2021, and the remaining 800,000 RSU’s in ten equal allotments over the ten-year life of the initial award.

    In order to receive the 80,000 share annual award, Apple’s “total shareholder return” will be compared to companies in the S&P 500. If Apple’s performance is within the top third of that group, the award for that year will vest in full. If its performance is in the middle third, the award is set to be reduced by 25%, and the bottom third will reduce the award by 50%.

    As a result of the changes made, Cook will be receiving at least 672,877 shares of Apple stock by the end of the award in 2021, with the possibility of 1,000,000 shares total if Apple continues to outperform its peers. The Form 8-K filing that Apple filed with the SEC today contains additional information about the modifications to Cook’s award for anyone interested in reading more about it (just hit the source link below).

    Source: SEC
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Board Modifies Cook's Bonus Stock Awards to be More Performance Based started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      So I take it he's cashing in on stock?
    1. GooseG's Avatar
      GooseG -
      The way I see it is that with this change, Tim Cook will be more inclined to make or allow more drastic changes as necessary to retain the top spot. This could be a very good thing for Apple consumers like us.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      I like that Cook is the one who requested the change. Most CEO's would just take the money and run.
    1. bradmullins007's Avatar
      bradmullins007 -
      It was a move he had to make in order to change things around within Apple. Apple's board doesn't like change, we're talking about the same board of directors that tossed Steve Jobs to the curb -- who was undoubtedly one of the greatest innovators of his time.
      Which makes it obvious that Cook did this just to prove that he knows what the consumers want, and he's willing to gamble a large sum of his stock if that'll please the board enough to let him "go for it."
    1. iamutman's Avatar
      iamutman -
      Probably done because perfoamce based compensation is tax deductible.
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