This excerpt taken from the AKS 8-K filed Jan 23, 2007.
Change in Vesting Period for Restricted Stock
Also on January 18, 2007, the Board, upon the recommendation of its Compensation Committee, approved grants of restricted stock to various of its management employees, including the Companys NEOs, pursuant to the Companys Stock Incentive Plan (SIP) as part of the 2007 compensation packages for the recipients of the grants. Historically, the restrictions on grants of common stock to the Companys employees have lapsed over a five-year period, with 25% lapsing on the second anniversary of the grant date and an additional 25% lapsing on the third, fourth and fifth anniversaries of the grant date. In July 2006, however, the Compensation Committee requested, as part of a routine review of the Companys executive compensation program, that the Committees compensation consultant evaluate the vesting schedule for both options and restricted stock to determine if they were competitive and appropriate relative to the compensation programs of other similarly-situated companies. The consultant performed that evaluation and at the Compensation Committees October 2006 meeting provided comparative data of the vesting periods of other similarly-situated companies, including direct competitors of the Company. Based upon that comparative data, the Compensation Committee concluded that the vesting schedule for the Companys option grants was competitive and appropriate and, therefore, should not be changed. With respect to the vesting schedule for the Companys restricted stock grants, however, the Compensation Committee concluded that it would be more consistent with prevailing practices in the market and, therefore, more competitive to shorten the vesting schedule. The Compensation Committee therefore recommended to the Board, and the Board approved at its October 19, 2006 meeting, that the vesting schedule for the Companys restricted stock grants should be changed starting with grants made in January 2007 to a three-year step period, with one-third vesting ratably on the first, second and third anniversaries of the grant. In accordance with this action by the Board, the restricted stock grants made to the Companys employees, including its NEOs, at the January 18, 2007 meeting of the Board of Directors shall lapse with respect to one-third of the restrictive shares on the first anniversary of the date of the award, and with respect to an additional one-third of the shares on each of the second and third anniversaries of the date of the award.
A copy of the SIP, pursuant to which the restricted stock grants were made, was filed as Exhibit 10.22 to the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005 and is incorporated herein by reference.