BofI Holding DEF 14A 2006
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BOFI HOLDING, INC.
September 21, 2006
The Board of Directors and I would like to extend you a cordial invitation to attend the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of BofI Holding, Inc. (the Company). The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 2:30 PM at the Marriott Hotel Carmel Valley/Del Mar, 11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130.
The attached Notice of Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement describe in detail the matters to be acted on at the meeting. We also will discuss the operations of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiary including, in particular, Bank of Internet USA (the Bank). Your participation in Company activities is important, and we hope you will attend.
Whether or not you plan to attend the meeting, please be sure to complete, sign, date and return the enclosed proxy card in the accompanying postage-paid reply envelope, so that your shares may be voted in accordance with your wishes. Returning the enclosed proxy will not prevent you from voting in person if you choose to attend the Annual Meeting.
Gary Lewis Evans
President & CEO
12777 High Bluff Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92130 858/350-6200
BOFI HOLDING, INC.
12777 High Bluff Drive #100
San Diego, CA 92130
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
To Be Held October 19, 2006
NOTICE TO THE SHAREHOLDERS OF BOFI HOLDING, INC.
The 2006 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of BofI Holding, Inc. (the Company) will be held at the Marriott Carmel Valley/Del Mar, 11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130, on Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 2:30 PM, Pacific Time, for the following purposes:
Jerry F. Englert, Gary Lewis Evans, Paul Grinberg
Only shareholders of record at the close of business on September 8, 2006 are entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.
YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT. WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING, YOU SHOULD COMPLETE, SIGN, DATE AND RETURN THE ENCLOSED PROXY. RETURNING THE ENCLOSED PROXY WILL ASSURE THAT YOUR VOTE WILL BE COUNTED AND IT WILL NOT PREVENT YOU FROM VOTING IN PERSON IF YOU CHOOSE TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING.
BOFI HOLDING, INC.
12777 High Bluff Drive #100
San Diego, CA 92130
ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
To Be Held at 2:30 PM Pacific Time, October 19, 2006
This Proxy Statement is furnished to you in connection with the solicitation of proxies by the Board of Directors of BofI Holding, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company), for use at the 2006 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2006, at 2:30 PM, Pacific Time, at the Marriott Hotel - Carmel Valley/Del Mar, 11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130, and at any adjournment or postponement thereof (the Annual Meeting). This Proxy Statement and the accompanying proxy card are first being mailed to shareholders on or about September 22, 2006.
YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT. PLEASE VOTE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BY COMPLETING, SIGNING AND DATING THE PROXY CARD ENCLOSED WITH THIS PROXY STATEMENT AND RETURNING IT IN THE ENCLOSED POSTAGE-PAID ENVELOPE.
Some shareholders may have their shares registered in different names or hold shares in different capacities. For example, a shareholder may have some shares registered in his or her name, individually, and others in his or her capacity as a custodian for minor children or as a trustee of a trust. In that event, you will receive multiple copies of this Proxy Statement and multiple proxy cards. If you want all of your votes to be counted, please be sure to sign, date and return all of those proxy cards.
Who May Vote?
If you were a shareholder on the records of the Company at the close of business on September 8, 2006, you may vote at the 2006 Annual Meeting, either in person or by proxy. On that day, there were 8,354,325 shares of our common stock outstanding and entitled to be voted.
How Many Votes Do I Have?
Each share is entitled to one vote; except that if any shareholder in attendance at the Annual Meeting announces an intention to cumulate votes in the election of directors prior to the voting, then all shareholders will be entitled to cumulate votes in that election. In an election of directors held by cumulative voting, each shareholder is entitled to cast a number of votes that is equal to the number of directors to be elected (which at this Annual Meeting will be three) multiplied by the number of shares which the shareholder is entitled to vote at the Meeting, and to cast all of those votes for a single nominee or to distribute them among any three or more of the nominees in such proportions as the shareholder may choose.
In order to vote, you must either designate a proxy to vote on your behalf, or attend the Annual Meeting and vote your shares in person. The Board of Directors requests your proxy so that your shares will count toward a quorum and be voted at the Annual Meeting.
How Will The Board Vote My Proxy?
A properly executed proxy received by us prior to the Annual Meeting, and not revoked, will be voted as directed by the shareholder on that proxy. If a shareholder provides no specific direction, the shares will be voted FOR the election of the Directors nominated by the Board.
If any other matter should be presented at the Annual Meeting upon which a vote may properly be taken, the shares represented by the proxy will be voted in accordance with the judgment of the holders of the proxy. However, if your stock is held in a brokerage account or by a nominee, please read the information below under caption Voting Shares Held by Brokers, Banks and Other Nominees and Vote Required regarding how your shares may be voted.
How Do I Vote?
Voting by Proxy. Shareholders may complete, sign, date and return their proxy cards in the postage-prepaid return envelope provided. If you sign and return your proxy card without indicating how you want to vote, your proxy will be voted as recommended by the Board of Directors (except, as described below, for shares held by brokers, banks and other nominees). If you forget to sign your proxy card, your shares cannot be voted. However, if you sign your proxy card but forget to date it, your shares will still be voted as you have directed. You should, however, date your proxy card, as well as sign it.
Voting In Person at the Annual Meeting. In the alternative, you may attend the Annual Meeting and vote in person. However, if your shares are held in a brokerage account or by a nominee holder, you will need to contact the broker or the nominee holder to obtain a proxy that will enable you to vote your shares in person at the Annual Meeting.
Voting Shares Held by Brokers, Banks and Other Nominees
If you hold your shares of common stock in a broker, bank or nominee account, you are the beneficial owner of those shares, holding them in street name. In order to vote your shares, you must give voting instructions to your broker, bank, or other intermediary who is the nominee holder of your shares. We ask brokers, banks and other nominee holders to obtain voting instructions from the beneficial owners of our common stock. Proxies that are transmitted by nominee holders on your behalf will count toward a quorum and will be voted as instructed by you as beneficial holder of the shares. If you fail to provide voting instructions to your broker or other nominee, your broker or other nominee will have discretion to vote your shares at the Annual Meeting for the election of the Boards Director nominees (unless there is a counter-solicitation or your broker has knowledge of a contest, as those terms are used in the New York Stock Exchange Rules).
Quorum Requirement. Our Bylaws require that a quorum that is, the holders of a majority of all of the shares of our common stock entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting be present, in person or by proxy, before any business may be transacted at the Meeting (other than adjourning the Meeting to a later date to allow time to obtain additional proxies to satisfy the quorum requirement).
Votes Required to Elect Directors. Assuming a quorum of the shareholders is present in person or by proxy at the Annual Meeting, a plurality of the votes cast is required for the election of Directors. As a result, the three nominees who receive the highest number of votes cast will be elected. Any shares voted to Withhold Authority will have no effect on the outcome of the election of directors. Broker non-votes, which relate to shares for which street or nominee holders do not obtain voting instructions from the beneficial holders and cannot or do not choose to vote the shares on a discretionary basis, are not counted as votes cast. However, shares voted to Withhold Authority and broker non-votes are considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining whether a quorum is present.
How Can I Revoke My Proxy?
If you are a registered owner and have sent in your proxy, you may change your vote by revoking your proxy by means of any one of the following actions which, to be effective, must be taken before your proxy is voted at the Annual Meeting:
However, if a broker or other nominee holder holds your shares, you will need to contact your broker or the nominee holder if you wish to revoke your proxy.
SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT
Set forth below is certain information, as of July 31, 2006, regarding the shares of the Companys common stock that were owned, beneficially, by (i) each person who we know owns 5% or more of the outstanding shares of our common stock, (ii) each director, (iii) each of the current executive officers of the Company who are named in the Summary Compensation Table (the Named Officers), and (iv) all of the current directors and executive officers as a group. Included in the shares beneficially owned are shares that could be purchased under stock options granted to directors and officers as of July 31, 2006 and exercisable within 60 days after July 31, 2006.
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
(Proposal No. 1)
Three directors will be elected at the Annual Meeting to hold office for a three-year term expiring at the 2009 Annual Shareholders Meeting or until their successors are elected and have qualified. The Board of Directors has nominated the persons named below for election to the Board. Unless otherwise instructed, the proxy holders named in the enclosed proxy intend to vote the proxies received by them for the election of three of these nominees. If, prior to the Meeting, any nominee of the Board of Directors becomes unable to serve as a director, the proxy holders will vote the proxies received by them for the election of a substitute nominee selected by the Board of Directors.
Vote Required and Recommendation of the Board of Directors
Under Delaware law, the three nominees receiving the most votes cast in the election of Directors by holders of shares of common stock present or represented by proxy and entitled to vote at the Meeting will be elected to serve as Directors of the Company for the ensuing three years. As a result, shares as to which the authority to vote is withheld, which will be counted, and broker non-votes, which will not be counted, will have no effect on the outcome of the election of directors.
If any record shareholder gives notice at the Annual Meeting of his or her intention to cumulate votes in the election of Directors, the proxy holders shall have the discretion to allocate and cast the votes represented by the proxies they hold among the nominees named below in such proportions as they deem appropriate in order to elect as many of those nominees as is possible.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR THE ELECTION OF EACH OF THE NOMINEES NAMED BELOW.
The following sets forth the names and a brief description of the principal occupation and recent business experience of each of the nominees selected by the Board of Directors for election to the Companys Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting:
Nominees for Election at 2006 Annual Meeting
Terms Expiring at 2006 Annual Meeting
Jerry F. Englert. Mr. Englert has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of BofI Holding since July 1999 and as President and Chief Executive Officer of BofI Holding from July 1999 to October 2004. Since May 2003, Mr. Englert has been Director of Strategic Planning and Financial Relations for Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He was a founder of Bank Del Mar and its Vice Chairman from 1989 to 1994. Mr. Englert served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Winfield Industries from 1972 until it was sold to Maxxim Medical in 1991. From 1968 to 1972, he was Vice President of Marketing for IVAC Corporation, and, from 1963 to 1968, he was a Regional Sales Manager for Baxter Health Care, Inc. Mr. Englert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morris Harvey College. In addition, Mr. Englert received an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Charleston. Mr. Englert is 65.
Gary Lewis Evans. Mr. Evans has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Internet USA since its formation and as a member of the Board of Directors of BofI Holding since April 2004. Mr. Evans has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of BofI Holding since October 2004. Mr. Evans has over 30 years of experience in the operation and management of commercial and savings banks. He served as President of La Jolla Bank from June 1988 to June 1996. In June 1996, he formed an Internet marketing and development consulting company. Mr. Evans also co-authored the 1997 McGraw-Hill publication, The Financial Institutions Internet Sourcebook, and was a key participant in the educational video, The ABCs of Internet Banking, American Bankers Association. Mr. Evans has published the Investment Management and Tactics chapter for the 1989 book, Savings and Loan Investment Management published by Sheshunoff and Company. Mr. Evans currently is a member of the CFA Institute, Charlottesville Virginia and the CFA Society of San Diego, Inc. Mr. Evans holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, as well as a Masters of Science degree in Finance, from California State University at Northridge. Mr. Evans is 57.
Paul Grinberg. Mr. Grinberg has served as a member of the Board of Directors of BofI Holding since April 2004. Mr. Grinberg serves as the Executive Vice President, CFO and Treasurer of Encore Capital Group, Inc., (NASDAQ: ECPG), a purchaser of charged-off, unsecured consumer loans, where he has been employed since September 2004. From May 2003 to January 2005, Mr. Grinberg served as the President and CEO of Brio Consulting Group, Inc., a company he founded that provided financial consulting services, primarily to small and mid-size private equity and venture-backed companies. From May 2000 to April 2003, Mr. Grinberg was the Chief Financial Officer of Stellcom, Inc., a systems integration firm focused on providing mobile and wireless technology solutions to Fortune 1000 companies. From July 1999 to April 2000, Mr. Grinberg was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for TeleSpectrum Worldwide, Inc. (TLSP), a leading provider of direct marketing and multichannel CRM solutions to Fortune 1000 companies in the United States and Canada. In July 1999, TeleSpectrum acquired International Data Response Corporation, where Mr. Grinberg served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since February 1997. From September 1983 to January 1997, Mr. Grinberg held several positions at Deloitte & Touche LLP, the most recent of which was as a partner in the firms Merger & Acquisition Services Group. Mr. Grinberg is licensed as a CPA in the state of New York. Mr. Grinberg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Yeshiva University and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance from Columbia Universitys Graduate School of Business. Mr. Grinberg is 45.
Terms Expiring at the 2007 Annual Meeting
Thomas J. Pancheri. Mr. Pancheri has served as a member of the Board of Directors of BofI Holding since July 1999. Since July 1981, Mr. Pancheri has served as the President of San Diego Pension Consultants, Inc., a company specializing in the design and administration of retirement plans. San Diego Pension Consultants is the main division of Pen/Flex, Inc., which services qualified plans, primarily in the San Diego area. Mr. Pancheri is active in the National Institute of Pension Administrators and was the Charter President of the San Diego chapter. In addition, he has been a member of the Western Pension & Benefits Conference since 1980. Mr. Pancheri is 46.
Connie M. Paulus. Ms. Paulus has served as a member of the Board of Directors of BofI Holding since July 1999. Ms. Paulus is a scientist specializing in transgenic technology and has more than 20 years of laboratory experience, including appointments at Washington State University, UC Irvine Medical Center, The Salk Institute for Biological Sciences and the University of California at San Diego. From January 1992 to December 1999, Ms. Paulus served as a research associate at the University of California at San Diego, managing the transgenic animal facility. She also participates in a family owned business specializing in residential and commercial land development and real estate lending. Ms. Paulus holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Washington University and a Masters of Science degree from Washington State University. Ms. Paulus is 46.
Gordon L. Witter. Mr. Witter has served as a member of the Board of Directors of BofI Holding since July 1999. Following his retirement as a Chief Pilot for American Airlines, Captain Witter formed Witter Associates, a flight operations consulting firm, where he has been serving as President since April 1995. He is a co-founder of Air Carrier Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in risk management issues for airline and general aviation clients and has been its Managing Partner from July 1997 to the present. Mr. Witter serves as Treasurer of the Sharp Healthcare Foundation and as Chairman of the San Diego Aerospace Museum and is on the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council. Mr. Witter is 71.
Terms Expiring at the 2008 Annual Meeting
Theodore C. Allrich. Mr. Allrich has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of BofI Holding since 1999. Mr. Allrich is the founder of the financial educational website, The Online Investor (www.theonlineinvestor.com), based on his book of the same name, and served as an investment advisor with his own firm, Allrich Investment Management, from June 1991 to June 2003. Prior to starting his own
firm, Mr. Allrich spent 20 years with various Wall Street brokerage firms, where he was involved with investment banking, fixed income sales and management, specializing in mortgage-backed securities, institutional equity sales and trading. His last position with a brokerage firm was in 1990 as the regional manager for high grade fixed income investments with Drexel Burnham Lambert in San Francisco. Mr. Allrich holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Stanford University. Mr. Allrich is 60.
John Gary Burke. Mr. Burke is President and sole shareholder of Truck World, Inc., a wholesale and retail petroleum marketing company, based in the Youngstown, Ohio area. Truck World, Inc. is a retail jobber for Shell Oil and Marathon Ashland Petroleum. Since founding the company in 1972, he has built, developed, opened and operated convenience stores and truck stops. Additionally, in 1980, Mr. Burke acquired and operated four pipeline terminals on the Buckeye Pipeline System and became involved with various aspects of distribution, including: scheduling, trading and hedging. Mr. Burke served as a Director of the Ohio Petroleum Marketing Association for nine years during this time. Mr. Burke is also President and sole shareholder of J. Gary Burke Corporation, a real estate holding company that owns and manages properties in various states. Most recently, J. Gary Burke Corporation processed the entitlements and developed the site improvements for a 40-acre industrial park in Otay Mesa, California. Before serving in the United States Navy as a Naval Aviator from 1968 to 1971, Mr. Burke earned his BSME degree from the University of Miami, Florida. Mr. Burke is 61.
Michael A. Chipman. Mr. Chipman is an investor and the founder of ChipSoft, Inc., the original owner and developer of TurboTax, the leading income tax preparation software program for consumers and small businesses. Mr. Chipman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ChipSoft, Inc. until 1990, and as Vice Chairman until 1993 when ChipSoft Inc. merged with Intuit, Inc. Since 1993, Mr. Chipman has managed a variety of family investments including ownership interests in commercial real estate, technology companies and a professional sports franchise. Mr. Chipman earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the United States Air Force Academy. Mr. Chipman and his wife, Evelyn Chipman, control The Chipman First Family Limited Partnership. Mr. Chipman is 59.
There are no family relationships among any of the officers or directors.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Role of the Board of Directors
In accordance with our Bylaws and Delaware law, the Board of Directors oversees the management of the business and affairs of the Company. The members of the Board also are the members of the Board of Directors of the Bank, which accounts for substantially all of the Companys consolidated operating results. The members of the Board keep informed about our business through discussions with senior management and other officers and managers of the Company and its subsidiaries, including the Bank, by reviewing analyses and reports sent to them by management and outside consultants, and by participating in Board and in Board committee meetings.
As reflected in our Corporate Governance Guidelines discussed in greater detail below, our Board members are encouraged to prepare for and attend all Board of Director and shareholder meetings and the meetings of the Board committees on which they are members. During the 2006 fiscal year, the Boards of Directors of the Company and the Bank held a total of 11 meetings and 11 meetings, respectively. All directors attended at least 75 percent of the total of those meetings and the meetings of the Board committees on which they served. Eight of our directors attended our Annual Meeting of Shareholders held in October 2005.
Our Board of Directors is authorized to have up to ten members and nine members are currently on the board. In accordance with the terms of our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws, our Board of Directors was divided into three classes, class I, class II and class III, with each class serving staggered three-year terms. The members of the classes are divided as follows:
The authorized number of directors may be changed only by resolution of the Board of Directors. Any additional directorships resulting from an increase in the number of directors will be distributed between the three classes so that, as nearly as possible, each class will consist of one third of the directors. This classification of our Board of Directors may have the effect of delaying or preventing changes in our control or management. Our directors will hold office until their successors have been elected and qualified or until their earlier death, resignation, disqualification or removal for cause by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of our outstanding stock entitled to vote on election of directors.
The Board has determined that six members of the Board are independent under the definition of independence set forth in NASDAQs listed company rules. Mr. Evans is not independent because he is our Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Allrich and Mr. Englert are not independent because each served as a consultant to our company from February 2003 to January 2004 in connection with our capital raising efforts. In reaching these conclusions, the Board considered all relevant facts and circumstances with respect to any direct or indirect relationships between the Company and each of the non-management directors. The Board determined that any relationships that now exist, or may have existed in the past, between the Company and any of the non-management directors have no material effect on their independence.
In accordance with the Boards independence evaluation, six out of nine of the current members of the Board are independent directors. In addition, all of the members of the Audit and Compensation Committees of the Board are independent directors.
Communications with the Board
Shareholders and other parties interested in communicating with the non-management directors as a group may do so by writing to the Chairman of the Board of Directors, c/o Corporate Secretary, BofI Holding, Inc., 12777 High Bluff Drive #100, San Diego, CA 92130. The Corporate Secretary will review and forward to the appropriate members of the Board copies of all such correspondence that, in the opinion of the Corporate Secretary, deals with the functions of the Board or its committees or that he/she otherwise determines requires their attention. Concerns relating to accounting, internal controls or auditing matters will be brought promptly to the attention of the Chairman of the Audit Committee and will be handled in accordance with procedures established by the Boards Audit Committee.
Corporate Governance Principles
Our Directors are committed to having sound corporate governance principles that assist them in fulfilling their oversight duties. These principles are essential to maintaining the Companys integrity in the marketplace. In January 2005, our Board formally adopted Corporate Governance Guidelines of BofI Holding, Inc. (the Governance Guidelines), which include a number of the practices and policies under which our Board has operated for some time, together with concepts suggested by various authorities in corporate governance and the new requirements under the NASDAQs listed company rules and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Some of the principal subjects covered by our Governance Guidelines include:
Code of Business Conduct
We have adopted a Code of Business Conduct for our directors, officers and employees and a specific Code of Ethics that applies to our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. A copy of
our Code of Business Conduct and Code of Ethics can be found at the Corporate Governance section of our website at www.bofiholding.com. We intend to disclose, at this location on our website, any amendments to that Code and any waivers of the requirements of that Code that may be granted to our Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer.
Other Governance Matters
In addition to the governance initiatives discussed above, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have provided the certifications of our SEC filings required by Sections 302 and 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 each quarter since the certification rules became applicable to us. We also have adopted charters for our Board committees in compliance with NASDAQ listed company rules.
You can access our Board committee charters, and other corporate governance materials, news releases and SEC filings, by visiting the Investor Relations section of our website at www.bofiholding.com.
Committees of the Board of Directors
The Board has three standing committees: Audit, Compensation and Nominating. Information regarding the members of each of those Committees and their responsibilities and the number of meetings held by those Committees for the 2006 fiscal year are set forth below.
Audit Committee. The members of the Audit Committee are Paul Grinberg, its Chairman, Thomas Pancheri and Gordon Witter. All of the members of the Audit Committee are independent directors within the meaning of the NASDAQ listed company rules and meet the enhanced independence requirements for audit committee members contained in Rule 10A-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Our Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Grinberg meets the definitions of audit committee financial expert adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) and included in NASDAQs rules for listed companies. The Audit Committee has a written charter that specifies its responsibilities, which include oversight of the financial reporting process and system of internal accounting controls of the Company, and appointment and oversight of the independent public accountants engaged to audit the Companys financial statements. Our Board of Directors, upon the recommendation of the Audit Committee, approved that charter. A copy of that Audit Committee Charter, which complies with applicable NASDAQ rules, is accessible at the Investor Relations section of our website at www.bofiholding.com. The Audit Committee held four meetings during fiscal 2006. The Audit Committee also meets with our outside auditors and members of management, separately.
Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee is comprised of the following directors, all of whom are independent (as defined in the applicable NASDAQ listed company rules): Gordon Witter, who serves as the Committees Chairman, Paul Grinberg, and Thomas Pancheri. The Compensation Committee reviews and approves the salaries and establishes incentive compensation and other benefit plans for our executive officers. Our Board of Directors has approved a charter setting forth the role and responsibilities of the Compensation Committee. A copy of that charter, which complies with applicable NASDAQ rules, is accessible at the Investor Relations section of our website at www.bofiholding.com. The Compensation Committee held seven meetings during fiscal 2006.
Nominating Committee. The members of the Nominating Committee are C. Michelle Paulus, its Chairwoman, Paul Grinberg and Gordon Witter. The Committee will identify and screen new candidates for Board membership. All members of the Committee are an independent director within the meaning of the NASDAQ listed company rules. The Board has adopted a charter setting forth the responsibilities of the Nominating Committee. A copy of that charter, which complies with applicable NASDAQ rules, is accessible at the Investor Relations section of our website at wwwbofiholding.com. The Committee met one time during fiscal 2006 in its role as Nominating Committee.
The Director Nominating Process. In identifying new Board candidates, the Nominating Committee will seek recommendations from existing board members and executive officers. The Committee also has the authority to engage an executive search firm and other advisors, as it deems appropriate to assist it identifying qualified candidates for the Board.
In considering potential new directors and officers, the Committee will review individuals from various disciplines and backgrounds. Among the qualifications to be considered in the selection of candidates are broad experience in business, finance or administration; familiarity with national and international business matters; familiarity with the Companys industry; and prominence and reputation. Since prominence and reputation in a particular profession or field of endeavor are what bring most persons to the Committees attention, there is the further consideration of whether the individual has the time available to devote to the work of the Board and one or more of its committees.
A review is also to be made of the activities and associations of each candidate to ensure that there is no legal impediment, conflict of interest or other consideration that might hinder or prevent service on the Board. In making its selection, the Committee will bear in mind that the foremost responsibility of a director of a Company is to represent the interests of the stockholders as a whole.
Our directors who are also employees of our company receive no additional compensation for their services as directors. Our non-employee directors receive $2,000 per month for serving on our board and are reimbursed for travel expenses and other out-of-pocket costs of attending board and committee meetings. The Chairman of the Board of Directors receives an additional $500 per month ($2,500) for serving as Chairman. The Chairman of the Audit Committee receives $5,000 per quarter in addition to his monthly fee. Our non-employee and employee directors are eligible to receive options and shares of restricted common stock under our 2004 Stock Incentive Plan.
Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (referred to as the Exchange Act), requires our directors and executive officers, and persons who own more than 10% of our equity securities, to file reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership of common stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Exchange Act requires officers, directors and greater than 10% stockholders to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file.
Based solely on our review of the copies of such forms and certifications furnished to us, we believe that all of our directors, executive officers and greater than 10% shareholders complied with all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to them during the 2006 fiscal year, except as follows. Director Pancheri filed one Form 4 late on a purchase transaction. Director Witter filed one Form 4 late for the conversion of his preferred stock into common stock. Director Englert filed two Form 4s late one for conversion of his preferred stock into common stock and one for the transfer of securities. Directors Burke and Chipman each filed one Form 3 and one Form 4 late in connection with their election to the Board of Directors and their grants of stock options. Former executive Patrick Dunn filed one Form 4 late for the cancellation of certain stock options.
Summary Compensation Table
The following table sets forth information concerning the compensation we paid for the last two fiscal years ended June 30, 2006 to our Chief Executive Officer and each of our other most highly compensated executive officers who earned more than $100,000 during that fiscal year. We refer to these individuals in this proxy as the named executive officers. In accordance with the rules of the SEC, the compensation described in this table does not include perquisites and other personal benefits received by the executive officers named in the table below that do not exceed the lesser of $50,000 or 10% of the total salary and bonus reported for these executed officers.
Option Grants in Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2006
The following table shows all stock options granted to each of our named executive officers during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006.
Aggregate Option Exercises in Last Fiscal Year and Fiscal Year-End Option Values
The following table sets forth information concerning exercisable and unexercisable stock options held by each of the named executive officers at June 30, 2006. The value of unexercised in-the-money options is based on the closing price of our stock on June 30, 2006 of $7.99 per share, multiplied by the number of shares underlying the options.
The Bank, the Companys principal subsidiary, has entered into an employment agreement with each of the named executive officers to ensure that the Bank will be able to maintain a stable and competent management base. The Bank entered into the agreements effective July 2003. The original term of the agreements is three years; however, the agreements automatically renew in one-year increments unless terminated by either party. Below is a summary of the terms of the employment agreements.
Base salary. The employment agreement provides for a base salary that was determined according to competitive pay practices, level of responsibility, prior experience and breadth of knowledge. The Bank used its discretion rather than a formal weighting system to evaluate these factors and to determine individual base salary levels. The agreement defines annual base salary increases. The Compensation Committee reviews the base salary defined in the agreement periodically.
Annual incentive bonus. Named officers are awarded annual incentive bonuses based on quantitative criteria defined in the employment agreement. The criteria are based on the Banks profitability and asset growth. No more than one-half of the bonuses may be paid in cash and the remainder contributed to the named officers deferred compensation plan. The employment agreement defines a three-year vesting period.
One-time deferred compensation. As provided by the employment agreement, the Bank contributed a one-time amount to the named officers deferred compensation plan. The deferred compensation and all earnings shall vest incrementally over a five-year period.
Change of control. In the event the Bank terminates a named officers employment for any reason other than for cause, then the Bank must (a) pay that officer normal compensation in effect through the date of termination; (b) pay that officer a severance payment equal to twelve times his then-current base monthly salary, payable at the option of our Board of Directors either in one lump sum or in twelve equal installments; and (c) continue group insurance benefits for that officer for one year from termination or until that officer commences work with a new employer providing group medical insurance benefits to that officer. In addition, if a named officers employment is terminated for any reason other than for cause, or that officers employment is terminated due to death or disability, then all stock options currently held by such officer will fully vest as of the termination date.
Deferred Compensation Plans
Effective January 1, 2003, we adopted the Bank of Internet USA Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan to provide designated key executive and management employees with an opportunity to defer additional compensation beyond the limitations imposed on our 401(k) plan by the Internal Revenue Code. Our deferred compensation plan allows eligible employees to elect to defer up to 100% of their compensation, including commissions and bonuses. Although the plan provides that we may make discretionary contributions to a participants account, no such discretionary contributions have been made to date. Participant deferrals are fully vested at all times, and discretionary contributions, if any, will be subject to a vesting schedule specified by us. The liabilities associated with the plan are unfunded and unsecured. All three of our currently eligible employees currently participate in the plan. We also have a substantially similar deferred compensation plan for our outside directors, of whom one director currently is a participant.
In the ordinary course of its business, the Bank makes loans to and engages in other banking transactions including maintaining deposit accounts with its directors and their associates. Such loans and other banking transactions are made on the same terms, including interest rates and collateral securing the loans, as those prevailing at the time for comparable transactions with persons of comparable creditworthiness who have no affiliation with the Company or the Bank. In addition, such loans are made only if they do not involve more than the normal risk of collectibility of loans made to non-affiliated persons and do not present any other unfavorable features.
Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation
Members of the Compensation Committee. The members of the Compensation Committee in 2006 were Gordon Witter, the Committees Chairman, Paul Grinberg and Thomas Pancheri, each of whom was determined by the Board of Directors to be independent within the meaning of that term in the NASDAQs listed company rules.
No Interlocks. No executive officer of the Company served on the Board of Directors or compensation committee of any entity that has one or more executive officers serving as members of the Companys Board of Directors or Compensation Committee.
REPORT OF THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
The Compensation Committee is responsible for approving salaries, awarding bonuses and granting options to the named officers and other key personnel and overseeing the development and implementation of compensation and benefit programs, including the Companys incentive stock plans, that are designed to enable the Company to retain existing, and attract new, management personnel and thereby remain competitive with other financial institutions.
The following report is submitted by the Compensation Committee members, with respect to the executive compensation policies established by the Committee and the compensation of executive officers for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006.
Compensation Policies and Objectives
In adopting, and also evaluating the effectiveness of, compensation programs for executive officers, as well as other management employees of the Company, the Committee is guided by three basic principles:
Attracting and Retaining Executives and Other Key Employees
There is substantial competition among banks and other financial institutions and financial service organizations for qualified banking professionals. In order to retain executives and other key employees, and to attract additional well-qualified banking professionals when the need arises, the Company strives to offer salaries and health care, retirement and other employee benefit programs to its executives and other key employees which are competitive with those offered by other banks and financial services organizations. In addition, we need skilled traditional bankers that can adapt to the Internet delivery channel that includes marketing and communications.
In establishing salaries for the named officers and other executives, the Compensation Committee reviews (i) the historical performance of those officers and other executives; and (ii) available information regarding prevailing salaries and compensation programs at banks and other financial services organizations which are comparable, in terms of asset-size, capitalization and performance to the Bank. Another factor, which is considered in establishing salaries of executive officers, is the cost of living in Southern California, which generally is higher than in other parts of the country.
Elements of the Compensation Program
With a focus on both retention and reward, the Board of Directors decided it would be in the Companys best interest to enter into a multi-year employment agreement with the named officers. Accordingly, the Bank entered into a three-year agreement with the named officers in 2004. A description of the agreements is contained above in the section of this proxy statement entitled Executive Compensation Employment Agreement. An outside firm was utilized for assistance in the design of the program and all the employment agreements provide for a base salary, annual incentive bonus and a one-time deferred compensation entitlement. Named officers are also provided with other benefits available to all eligible employees.
The employment agreement provides for a base salary that was determined according to competitive pay practices, level of responsibility, prior experience and breadth of knowledge. The Company used its discretion rather than a formal weighting system to evaluate these factors and to determine individual base salary levels. The agreement defines annual base salary increases subject to meeting asset growth targets. The Compensation Committee reviews the base salary defined in the agreement periodically.
Annual Incentive Bonus
Named officers are awarded annual incentive bonuses based on quantitative criteria defined in the employment agreement. The criteria are based on Company profitability and asset growth. No more than one-half of the bonuses may be paid in cash and the remainder contributed to the named officers deferred compensation plan. The employment agreement defines a three-year vesting period. The Compensation Committee may award a discretionary bonus as well. For his contributions to the Companys successful IPO in fiscal 2005, the Compensation Committee awarded Company CFO, Andrew Micheletti, a discretionary bonus in the amount of $30,000.
One-time Deferred Compensation
As provided by the employment agreement, the Company contributed a one-time amount to the named officers deferred compensation plan. The deferred compensation and all earnings shall vest incrementally over a five-year period.
As defined in his employment agreement, total compensation paid to Mr. Evans for fiscal 2006 was a base salary of $199,231. Mr. Evans earned bonuses totaling $22,275, including $15,000 for vesting one fifth of his $75,000 one time deferred compensation bonus. Mr. Evans also earned $4,275 for one-years vesting of his 2004 annual incentive bonus, and $3,000 for his 2005 annual incentive bonus. No other compensation was awarded to Mr. Evans outside the terms of his employment agreement.
The Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors
Gordon Witter, Chairman
REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
The following is the report of the Audit Committee with respect to the Companys audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006 (the 2006 financial statements).
Management is responsible for the preparation, presentation and integrity of the Companys financial statements, internal controls and financial reporting process and the procedures designed to assure compliance with accounting standards and applicable laws and regulations. The Companys independent registered public accounting firm, Crowe Chizek and Company LLP, (Crowe Chizek) is responsible for auditing the financial statements and for expressing an opinion as to whether the financial statements present fairly the consolidated financial position, results of operations, and cash flows of the Company in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.
The Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed the 2006 financial statements with management and Crowe Chizek. In addition, the Audit Committee has discussed the matters required pursuant to Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61 (Communication with Audit Committees) with Crowe Chizek, has received written disclosures and the letter from Crowe Chizek required by Independence Standards Board Standard No. 1 (Independence Discussions with Audit Committees), and has discussed the independence disclosures and letter with Crowe Chizek and has considered the compatibility of any non-audit services performed by Crowe Chizek for the Company on its independence. Based solely on the Audit Committees review of the matters noted above and its discussions with the Companys auditors and the Companys management, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the Companys financial statements be included in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006 for filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors
Paul Grinberg, Chairman
The audit committee report and the names appearing at the foot of the report are not deemed soliciting material and are not deemed filed for purposes of Regulation 14A or Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Registration statements or other documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission shall not incorporate the audit committee report or the names appearing at the foot of the report by reference, except as otherwise expressly stated in such filing.
COMPANY STOCK PERFORMANCE
The following graph compares the stock performance of our common stock, after our initial public offering starting March 15, 2005 through June 30, 2006, with that of (i) the companies included in the U.S. NASDAQ Index, and (ii) the banks included in the American Community Bankers NASDAQ (ACBQ) Index:
The Stock Performance Graph assumes that $100 was invested in the Company on March 15, 2005 (which was the date on which the Companys shares commenced trading on the NASDAQ National Stock Market), and in the ACBQ Index and that any dividends issued for the indicated periods were reinvested. The ACBQ Index generally includes all NASDAQ listed banks or thrifts or their holding companies, excluding the 50 largest banks or thrifts based on asset size. Shareholder returns shown in the Performance Graph are not necessarily indicative of future stock performance.
INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS
Crowe Chizek and Company LLP (Crowe) audited the Companys consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006. The Audit Committees Charter provides that the Audit Committee must pre-approve services to be performed by the Companys independent registered public accounting firm. On October 5, 2005, after having reviewed several proposals from alternative auditing firms, the Audit Committee pre-approved the engagement of Crowe and dismissed its former independent registered public accounting firm. The engagement of Crowe was based upon a review of audit firms and their capabilities, qualifications and expertise relative to the Companys current and anticipated needs, and was not the result of any disagreement between the Company and Deloitte & Touche LLP, the Companys previous independent registered public accounting firm (Deloitte) on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure or auditing scope and procedures on any matter.
The audit reports of Deloitte on the consolidated financial statements of the Company as of and for the years ended June 30, 2005 and 2004, did not contain an adverse opinion or a disclaimer of opinion and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope, or accounting principles.
During the fiscal years ended June 30, 2005 and 2004, and from June 30, 2005 through the effective date of Deloittes dismissal, there were no disagreements between the Company and Deloitte on any matters of accounting principle or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which disagreements, if not resolved to their satisfaction, would have caused Deloitte to make reference to the subject matter of such disagreements in connection with its reports. Also, during the fiscal years ended June 30, 2005 and 2004, and from June 30, 2005 through the effective date of Deloittes dismissal, there were no reportable events as described in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K issued by the SEC.
The Company requested and received from Deloitte a letter addressed to the SEC stating that they agreed with the foregoing statements. A copy of the letter was filed as Exhibit 16.1 to the related Current Report on Form 8-K/A filed with the SEC on October 24, 2005. In addition, the Company provided Deloitte and Crowe a copy of this proxy statement prior to its filing with the SEC.
The Company did not consult with Crowe regarding the application of accounting principles to a specific transaction, either proposed or completed, or the type of audit opinion that might be rendered on the Companys financial statements, or any other matters or reportable events as set forth in Items 304(a)(2)(i) and (ii) of Regulation S-K.
A representative of Crowe will be present at the Annual Meeting, with the opportunity to make a statement if so desired, and will be available to respond to appropriate questions submitted to the Secretary of the Company in advance of the Annual Meeting.
The following table contains information regarding the aggregate fees charged to the Company by Crowe for audit services rendered in connection with the audited consolidated financial statements and reports for the 2006 fiscal year. The aggregate fees charged by the Companys former auditors are included in audit-related fees for fiscal 2006 and all fees in fiscal 2005.
We will pay the costs of soliciting proxies from our shareholders, and plan on soliciting proxies by mail. In order to ensure adequate representation at the Annual Meeting, our directors, officers and employees may communicate with shareholders, brokerage houses and others by telephone, email, telegraph or in person, to request that proxies be furnished (but will not receive any additional compensation for doing so). We will reimburse brokerage houses, banks, custodians, nominees and fiduciaries for their reasonable expenses in forwarding proxy materials to the beneficial owners of the Companys shares.
Under Securities Exchange Act Rule 14a-8, any shareholder desiring to submit a proposal for inclusion in our proxy materials for our 2006 Annual Meeting of Shareholders must provide the Company with a written copy of that proposal by no later than 120 days before the first anniversary of the release of Companys proxy materials for the 2006 Annual Meeting. However, if the date of our Annual Meeting in 2006 changes by more than 30 days from the date on which our 2005 Annual Meeting is held, then the deadline would be a reasonable time before we begin to print and mail our proxy materials for our 2006 Annual Meeting. Matters pertaining to such proposals, including the number and length thereof, eligibility of persons entitled to have such proposals included and other aspects are governed by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and the rules of the SEC thereunder and other laws and regulations to which interested shareholders should refer.
We are not aware of any other matters to come before the meeting. If any other matter not mentioned in this Proxy Statement is brought before the meeting, the proxy holders named in the enclosed Proxy will have discretionary authority to vote all proxies with respect thereto in accordance with their judgment.
By Order of the Board of Directors,
Gary Lewis Evans
President and CEO
September 21, 2006
The Annual Report to Shareholders, including Form 10-K for the Company for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006 is being mailed concurrently with this Proxy Statement to all Shareholders of record as of September 8, 2006. The Annual Report is not to be regarded as proxy soliciting material or as a communication by means of which any solicitation is to be made.
ADDITIONAL COPIES OF THE COMPANYS ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2006 WILL BE PROVIDED (WITHOUT EXHIBITS) TO SHAREHOLDERS WITHOUT CHARGE UPON WRITTEN REQUEST TO THE CORPORATE SECRETARY, BOF I HOLDING, INC., 12777 HIGH BLUFF DRIVE #100, SAN DIEGO, CA 92130.
AUDIT COMMITTEE CHARTER
BOFI HOLDING, INC.
Approved: May 22, 2006
Purposes, Authority & Funding
The audit committee (the Committee) of the Board of Directors (the Board) of BofI Holding, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company), is appointed by the Board for the purpose of overseeing the Companys accounting and financial reporting processes and the audits of the Companys financial statements. In so doing, the Committee shall endeavor to maintain free and open communication between the Companys directors, independent auditor and financial management.
The Committee shall have the authority to retain independent legal, accounting or other advisers as it determines necessary to carry out its duties and, if necessary, to institute special investigations. The Committee may request any officer or employee of the Company, or the Companys outside counsel or independent auditor, to attend a meeting of the Committee or to meet with any members of, or consultants to, the Committee. Further, the Committee may request any such officer, employee, outside counsel or independent auditor to provide any pertinent information to the Committee or to any other person or entity designated by the Committee.
The Company shall provide the Committee with appropriate funding, as determined by the Committee in its capacity as a committee of the Board, for the payments of: (1) compensation to any registered public accounting firm engaged for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or performing other audit, review or attest services for the Company; (2) compensation to any independent advisers retained by the Committee in carrying out its duties; and (3) ordinary administrative expenses of the Committee that are necessary or appropriate in carrying out its duties.
The members of the Committee (the Members) shall be appointed by the Board and shall serve at the discretion of the Board. The Committee shall consist of at least three (3) Members, each of which shall be a member of the Board. The following membership requirements shall also apply:
Notwithstanding subparagraph (i) above, one (1) director who (a) is not independent as defined in NASD Marketplace Rule 4200, (b) meets the criteria set forth in Section 10A(m)(3) under the Act and the rules promulgated thereunder and (c) is not a current officer or employee of the Company or Family Member (as defined in NASD Marketplace Rule 4200(a)(14)) of such an officer or employee, may be appointed to the Committee if the Board, under exceptional and limited circumstances, determines that membership on the Committee by the individual is required by the best interests of the Company and its stockholders, and the Board discloses, in the Companys next annual proxy statement subsequent to such determination, the nature of the relationship and the reasons for that determination. A Member appointed under the exception set forth in the preceding sentence must not serve longer than two (2) years and must not serve as chairperson of the Committee.
If a current Member of the Committee ceases to be independent under the requirements of subparagraphs (i) and (ii) above for reasons outside the Members reasonable control, the affected Member may remain on the Committee until the earlier of the Companys next annual stockholders meeting or one year from the occurrence of the event that caused the failure to comply with those requirements; provided, that when relying on the exception set forth in this sentence the Committee shall cause the Company to provide notice to NASDAQ immediately upon learning of the event or circumstance that caused the non-compliance. Further, if the Committee fails to comply with the requirements set forth in this Committee Membership section of the Charter due to one vacancy on the Committee, and the cure period set forth in the preceding sentence is not otherwise being relied upon for another Member, the Company will have until the earlier of its next annual stockholders meeting or one year from the occurrence of the event that caused the failure to comply with the requirements to rectify such non-compliance; provided, that when relying on the exception set forth in this sentence the Committee shall cause the Company to provide notice to NASDAQ immediately upon learning of the event or circumstance that caused the non-compliance.
Duties & Responsibilities
In fulfilling its purposes as stated in this Charter, the Committee shall undertake the specific duties and responsibilities listed below and such other duties and responsibilities as the Board shall from time to time prescribe, and shall have all powers necessary and proper to fulfill all such duties and responsibilities. Subject to applicable Board and stockholder approvals, the Committee shall:
Financial Statement & Disclosure Matters
Matters Regarding Oversight of the Companys Independent Auditor
Matters Regarding Oversight of the Companys Internal Audit Function
Matters Regarding Oversight of Compliance Responsibilities
Additional Duties & Responsibilities
While the Committee has the responsibilities, duties and powers set forth in this Charter, it is not the duty of the Committee to plan or conduct audits or to determine that the Companys financial statements are complete and accurate and are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Rather, those duties are the responsibility of management and the independent auditor.
Nothing contained in this Charter is intended to alter or impair the operation of the business judgment rule as interpreted by the courts under the State of Delaware. Further, nothing contained in this Charter is intended to alter or impair the right of the Members to rely, in discharging their duties and responsibilities, on the records of the Company and on other information presented to the Committee, Board or Company by its officers or employees or by outside experts and advisers such as the Companys independent auditor.
Structure & Meetings
The Committee shall conduct its business and meetings in accordance with this Charter, the Companys bylaws and any direction set forth by the Board. The chairperson of the Committee shall be designated by the Board or, in the absence of such a designation, by a majority of the Members. The designated chairperson shall preside at each meeting of the Committee and, in consultation with the other Members, shall set the frequency and length of each meeting and the agenda of items to be addressed at each meeting. In the absence of the designated chairperson at any meeting of the Committee, the Members present at such meeting shall designate a chairperson pro tem to serve in that capacity for the purposes of such meeting (not to include any adjournment thereof) by majority vote. The chairperson (other than a chairperson pro tem) shall ensure that the agenda for each meeting is distributed to each Member in advance of the applicable meeting.
The Committee shall meet as often as it determines to be necessary and appropriate, but not less than quarterly each year. The Committee may establish its own schedule, provided that it shall provide such schedule to the Board in advance. The chairperson of the Committee or a majority of the Members may call special meetings of the Committee upon notice as is required for special meetings of the Board in accordance with the Companys bylaws. A majority of the appointed Members, but not less than two (2) Members, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Members may participate in a meeting through use of conference telephone or similar communications equipment, so long as all Members participating in such meeting can hear one another, and such participation shall constitute presence in person at such meeting.
The Committee may meet with any person or entity in executive session as desired by the Committee. The Committee shall meet with the Companys independent auditors, at such times as the Committee deems appropriate, to review the independent auditors examination and management report.
Unless the Committee by resolution determines otherwise, any action required or permitted to be taken by the Committee may be taken without a meeting if all Members consent thereto in writing and the writing or writings are filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the Committee. The Committee may form and delegate authority to subcommittees when appropriate.
The Committee shall maintain written minutes of its meetings, which minutes shall be filed with the minutes of the meetings of the Board.
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THIS PROXY IS SOLICITED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE ANNUAL
MEETING OF THE STOCKHOLDERS
BOFI Holding, Inc.
October 19, 2006
The undersigned hereby appoints Gordon L. Witter and Connie M. Paulus or any one of them with full power of substitution, proxies to vote at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of BOFI Holding, Inc. (the Company) to be held October 19, 2006 at 2:30 PM, local time, and at any adjournment thereof, hereby revoking any proxies heretofore given, to vote all shares of Common Stock of the Company held or owned by the undersigned as directed on the reverse side of this proxy card, and in their discretion upon such other matters as may come before the meeting.
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