This excerpt taken from the AKS DEF 14A filed Apr 17, 2008.
Summary of the Annual Incentive Plan
Set forth below is a summary of certain important features of the Annual Incentive Plan, as currently amended and restated, including the material terms of the performance goals under which compensation is to be paid to the participants in the Annual Incentive Plan. The summary is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the amended and restated Annual Incentive Plan, a copy of which is appended to this Proxy Statement as Exhibit A. All capitalized terms not defined in the summary are defined in the text of the Annual Incentive Plan.
Eligibility. Eligibility for participation in the Annual Incentive Plan is set forth in Section 2 of the plan. All elected officers and other nonrepresented salaried employees of the Company are eligible to be selected for participation in the Annual Incentive Plan.
Business Criteria for Performance Awards. The business criteria for determining performance awards under the Annual Incentive Plan are set forth in Section 3 of the plan. They are net income (excluding special, unusual and extraordinary items), safety and quality.
Performance Award Determination; Maximum Award Amount. How a performance award is determined and the maximum amount of a performance award under the Annual Incentive Plan are set forth in Sections 3 and 6 of the plan. In general, the process for determining a performance award is as follows: For each Executive Officer who participates in the Annual Incentive Plan (referred to as a Covered Employee in the Annual Incentive Plan), the Compensation Committee assigns the officer a Target Percentage and a Maximum Percentage. The Executive Management Committee assigns each other Plan Member a Target Percentage and a Maximum Percentage. A Plan Members Target Percentage is multiplied by the Plan Members annual base compensation for the Performance period to arrive at the Plan Members target award if the Company achieves certain goals with respect to safety, quality and net income that are established by the Compensation Committee and approved by the Board of Directors at the start of a performance period. A Plan Members Maximum Percentage, which is two times his or her Target Percentage, is multiplied by his or her annual base compensation to determine his or her maximum award if the Company, in addition to meeting the goals for safety and quality, exceeds the established net income goal by a certain level as determined by the Compensation Committee. If only the goal for safety is attained for a Performance Period, the Compensation Committee nevertheless would grant a Performance Award for safety only. The Compensation Committee may also identify one or more Covered Employees to participate in a Special Award. If an individual is selected to participate in the Special Award grant, the Compensation Committee establishes an objective formula based on net income that, if attained, would entitle such individual to a Special Award. At the conclusion of each Performance Period, the Compensation Committee, with respect to Covered Employees, and the Executive Management Committee, with respect to other Plan Members, determines the extent to which the performance goals have been met. The Compensation Committee and the Executive Management Committee, respectively, will then determine the target award or maximum award, and any Special Award, earned by each Plan Member. A Plan Members Performance Award for a Performance Period consists of the target award or maximum award, as the case may be, plus any Special Award, to which he or she may be entitled in respect of that Performance Period. No Performance Award may be paid to a Covered Executive except upon written certification by the Compensation Committee that the applicable performance goals have been satisfied. No Covered Executive may receive a Performance Award in excess of $5,000,000. Each Performance Award is paid in cash in a single lump-sum.