Burger King Holdings 10-K 2012
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
For the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2011
For the transition period from to
Commission file number: 001-32875
BURGER KING HOLDINGS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
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Burger King Holdings, Inc. (the Company, we, us or our) is filing this Amendment No. 1 on Form 10-K/A (this Amendment) to its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 (the Original Filing or Form 10-K), which was originally filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) on March 14, 2012 solely to include the information required in Part III (Items 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14) of Form 10-K that was previously omitted from the Original Filing. Except as expressly set forth herein, this Amendment does not reflect events occurring after the date of the Original Filing or modify or update any of the other disclosures contained therein in any way. Accordingly, this Amendment should be read in conjunction with the Original Filing and the Companys other filings with the SEC. This Amendment consists solely of the preceding cover page, this explanatory note, Part III (Items 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14), the signature page, the exhibits to this Amendment and the certifications required to be filed as exhibits to this Amendment.
Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance
DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Our Bylaws provide that the number of directors constituting the Board of Directors shall be one or more, which number may be increased or decreased from time to time by resolution of the Board or the holders of a majority of the shares then entitled to vote at an election of directors. The term of office of each director is one year and each director continues in office until he resigns or until a successor has been elected and qualified.
The following table sets forth the name, age, principal occupation of, and other information regarding each of the current directors of the Company:
As discussed below, Mr. Behring is the managing director of 3G Capital, and Messrs. Behring, Hees, Sicupira and Telles are directors of 3G Capital. 3G Capital indirectly controls Burger King Worldwide Holdings, Inc., the indirect owner of over 99% of the capital stock of the Company as of December 31, 2011 (the Parent). Messrs. Behring, Sicupira and Telles are members of the five-member investment committee of 3G Capital, which is empowered to make decisions with respect to 3G Capitals investments, including the Company. This investment committee has the power to vote, dispose of or sell all of the shares of the Company.
Biographical information concerning the directors of the Company is set forth below.
Alexandre Behring. Mr. Behring has served on our Board since October 2010 and as Chairman since November 2010. Since 2004, Mr. Behring has also served as the managing partner and director of 3G Capital. Previously, Mr. Behring spent 10 years at GP Investments, Latin Americas largest private-equity firm, including eight years as a partner and member of the firms Investment Committee. He served for seven years, from 1998 through 2004, as CEO of American Latina Logistica (ALL), Latin Americas largest railroad and logistics company. He served as a director of ALL until December 2011. Mr. Behring also serves as an alternate director of Lojas Americanas S.A., a retail chain operator based in Brazil. From July 2008 to May 2011, Mr. Behring served as a director of CSX Corporation, a U.S. rail-based transportation company.
Paul J. Fribourg. Mr. Fribourg has served on our Board since October 2010. Mr. Fribourg has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Grain Company, an international agribusiness and investment company with investments in poultry, pork and beef businesses, among others, since 1997. Prior to taking this role, he held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility, from Merchandiser and Product Line Manager to Group President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Fribourg has been a director of Loews Corporation, a large diversified holding company, since 1997. Mr. Fribourg is also a director of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., one of the worlds leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin-care, make-up, fragrances and hair products, and Apollo Global Management, LLC, an alternative investment management firm. He was a director of Smithfield Foods, Inc., the worlds largest pork producer and processor, from 2007 until 2009, Power Corporation of Canada, a diversified management and holding company, from 2005 until 2008, Premium Standard Farms, Inc., a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, Inc., from 1998 until 2006, and Vivendi, S.A., a French international media conglomerate, from 2003 until 2006.
Bernardo Hees. Mr. Hees has served on our Board since November 2010 and is our Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hees previously served as Chief Executive Officer of ALL from January 2005 until September 2010 and continues to serve as a member of its Board
of Directors. Mr. Hees joined ALL in 1998 as a logistics analyst, subsequently holding various positions, including operational planning manager, chief financial officer and commercial officer, and, in 2004, held the position of Director-Superintendent. Mr. Hees holds a degree in Economics from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica (Rio de Janeiro), an MBA from the University of Warwick, England, and, in 2005, he concluded an Owner/President Management course at Harvard Business School.
Carlos Alberto Sicupira. Mr. Sicupira has served on our Board since October 2010. Mr. Sicupira is one of the founding Principal Partners of 3G Capital and continues to serve as a board member. Mr. Sicupira also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev. Mr. Sicupira has been Chairman of Lojas Americanas, one of South Americas largest retailers, since 1981, where he served as Chief Executive Officer until 1992. He has also served as a board member of Quilmes Industrial S.A., an Argentine brewery and the exclusive bottler and distributor of PepsiCo products in Argentina and Uruguay, and as a member of the Board of Deans Advisors of Harvard Business School since 1998. He also serves on the boards of Fundação Brava and Fundação Estudar, not-for-profit foundations in Brazil.
Marcel Herrmann Telles. Mr. Telles has served on our Board since October 2010. Mr. Telles is one of the founding Principal Partners of 3G Capital and continues to serve as a board member. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev. He has served on the Board of Directors of AmBev, a Brazilian brewing company, since 2000. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Lojas Americanas S.A., and as Chief Executive Officer of Companhia Cervejaria Brahma (which became AmBev in 2002) from 1989 to 1999. He has also served as a Director of Quilmes Industrial S.A. Since 2009, he has been a member of the Advisory Board of ITAU-UNIBANCO, a banking conglomerate based in Brazil. He also serves on the Board of Fundação Estudar, a not-for-profit foundation in Brazil, and on the Board of ISMART, a not-for-profit foundation.
Alexandre Van Damme. Mr. Van Damme has served on our Board since December 2011. Mr. Van Damme has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev since 1992. He joined the beer industry early in his career and held various operational positions within Interbrew, a large Belgian-based brewing company that merged with Anheuser-Busch to form Anheuser-Busch InBev, until 1991, including Head of Corporation Planning and Strategy. He has managed several private venture holding companies and is currently a director of Patri S.A. (Luxembourg). He is also a Board member of UCB S.A., a Belgian pharmaceutical company, and an administrator of the InBev Baillet-Latour Fund, a foundation that encourages social, cultural, artistic, technical, sporting and philanthropic achievements, as well as a director of Delete Blood Cancer US (DBC US), previously called DKMS, the largest bone marrow donor center in the world, and a member of the Insead International Council and Solvay Business School Consultative Council. Mr. Van Damme graduated from Solvay Business School in Brussels.
Peter Tan, the former Chief Executive Officer of our Asia Pacific region, resigned from the Board effective March 26, 2012.
The following sets forth information about our current executive officers:
Biographical information of our executive officers is set forth below:
Bernardo Hees. Mr. Hees is a member of our Board of Directors and serves as our Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hees biographical information is set forth above.
Daniel S. Schwartz. Mr. Schwartz was appointed as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in December 2010, effective January 1, 2011. Mr. Schwartz joined the Company in October 2010 as Executive Vice President, Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Since January 2008, Mr. Schwartz has been a partner with 3G Capital, where he was responsible for managing 3G Capitals private equity business. He joined 3G Capital in January 2005 as an analyst and worked with the firms public and private equity investments until November 2010. From March 2003 until January 2005, Mr. Schwartz worked for Altair Capital Management, a hedge fund located in Stamford, Connecticut, and served as an analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group at Credit Suisse First Boston from June 2001 to March 2003. Mr. Schwartz is a director of 3G Capital.
Jonathan Fitzpatrick. Mr. Fitzpatrick assumed the newly created role of Executive Vice President, Chief Brand and Operations Officer in February 2011. Mr. Fitzpatrick was appointed as our Executive Vice President, Global Operations in October 2010. Mr. Fitzpatrick has worked for BKC for 12 years. From August 2009 to November 2010, Mr. Fitzpatrick served as our Senior Vice President of Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa. During his tenure, Mr. Fitzpatrick has held several positions, including Senior Vice President, Development and Franchising, and Vice President of the information technology team.
Flavia Faugeres. Ms. Faugeres was appointed as our Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer in September 2011. From January 1, 2008 until June 2011, Ms. Faugeres was a partner at Trueh Consultoria em Negocios Ltda, a marketing consulting firm in São Paulo, Brazil which provided consulting services to the Company from January 2011 until June 2011. From May 2006 until December 2007, Ms. Faugeres served as senior partner at NIDEIAS, a marketing consulting firm in Sao Paulo. From January 2004 until February 2006, Ms. Faugeres served as vice president of market intelligence at InBev, a brewing company created in 2004 from the merger of the Belgian company Interbrew and the Brazilian company AmBev.
Steven M. Wiborg. Mr. Wiborg has served as our Executive Vice President and President of North America since October 2010. Before joining BKC, Mr. Wiborg was President and Chief Executive Officer of Heartland Food Corporation, one of the Burger King systems largest franchise operators. He held the position of Chief Operating Officer from 2003 to 2006 and was then named President and Chief Executive Officer in December 2006. Prior to joining Heartland, Mr. Wiborg was an owner/operator of 56 Hardees restaurants.
José E. Cil. Mr. Cil has served as our Executive Vice President and President of Europe, Middle East and Africa since November 2010. Prior to this role, Mr. Cil was Vice President and Regional General Manager for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in Florida from February 2010 to November 2010. From September 2008 to January 2010, Mr. Cil served as our Vice President of Company Operations and from September 2005 to September 2008, he served as Division Vice President, Mediterranean and NW Europe Divisions, EMEA. Mr. Cil has been with BKC since 2000.
José D. Tomas. Mr. Tomas was appointed President of Latin America & Caribbean and EVP and Chief People Officer in February 2011 and served as our Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer since November 2010. Mr. Tomas was previously our vice president of human resources from April 2006 until November 2010. Since joining BKC in November 2004, Mr. Tomas has held multiple roles with the Company. Immediately prior to joining BKC, he held human resources positions with Ryder System Inc. Previously, Mr. Tomas held human resources positions with Publix Super Markets.
Jacqueline Friesner. Ms. Friesner was appointed Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer in March 2011. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Friesner served as Senior Director, Global Accounting and Reporting from December 2010 until March 2011 and as Director, Global and Technical Accounting from November 2009 until December 2010. From October 2002 until December 2010, Ms. Friesner served in positions of increasing responsibility with the company. Before joining the Company in October 2002, Ms. Friesner was an audit manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Miami, Florida.
Jill Granat. Ms. Granat was appointed Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in February 2011, effective in March 2011. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Granat was our vice president and assistant general counsel from July 2009 until March 2011. Ms. Granat joined BKC in 1998 as a member of the legal department and served in positions of increasing responsibility with the Company.
Highlights of our corporate governance practices are described below.
The Board of Directors has established an Audit Committee, a Compensation Committee and an Executive Committee. The members of each committee are appointed by the Board and serve one-year terms. Each committee has established a written charter which sets forth the committees purpose, membership criteria, powers and responsibilities and provides for the annual evaluation of the committees performance. A copy of our charters is set forth on our website at www.bk.com.
The Audit Committee assists the Board in its oversight of (i) the integrity of our financial statements, (ii) the qualifications, independence and performance of our independent registered public accounting firm, (iii) the performance of the internal audit function, and (iv) compliance by us with legal and regulatory requirements and our compliance program. The Audit Committee is responsible for the appointment, compensation and oversight of the work of our independent registered public accounting firm.
The current members of the Audit Committee are Messrs. Paul Fribourg (Chairman) and Alexandre Van Damme. John Chidsey served on the Audit Committee from October 2010 until he resigned from the Board of Directors on April 18, 2011. Peter Harf served on the Audit Committee from May 2011 until he resigned from Board of Directors on November 15, 2011. Mr. Van Damme was appointed to serve on the Audit Committee on December 8, 2011. The Board has adopted the independence standards set forth under the New York Stock Exchange listing standards (the Independence Standards) for determining independence. The Board has determined that each of Messrs. Fribourg and Van Damme is an independent director, as set forth in the Independence Standards, and the independence standards mandated by Section 301 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and those set forth in Rule 10A-3 of the Exchange Act (collectively, the Audit Committee Independence Standards). Our Board also has determined that Mr. Fribourg qualifies as an audit committee financial expert as defined by the applicable SEC regulations.
The Compensation Committee is responsible to the Board of Directors for establishing and overseeing our compensation philosophy and for overseeing our executive compensation policies and programs generally. As part of this responsibility, the Compensation Committee: (i) administers our executive compensation programs; (ii) evaluates the performance of each Named Executive Officer, or NEO; (iii) oversees and sets compensation for the CEO; (iv) makes decisions relating to the issuance of equity to each NEO; and (v) reviews our management succession plan.
The Compensation Committees charter describes the Compensation Committees responsibilities. The Compensation Committee and the Board of Directors review the charter annually. The current members of the Compensation Committee are Messrs. Alexandre Behring (Chairman), Carlos Alberto Sicupira and Marcel Herrmann Telles. The Board has determined that the current members of the Compensation Committee are independent under the Independence Standards.
The Executive Committee has authority under its charter to exercise the powers and rights of the Board and to take any action that could be taken by the Board (except if prohibited by applicable law and regulation) if the amounts associated with such actions do not individually exceed $25 million, other than intercompany transactions which are unlimited as to amount.
John Chidsey served on the Executive Committee from October 2010 until he resigned from the Board of Directors on April 18, 2011. The current members of the Executive Committee are Messrs. Alexandre Behring (Chairman) and Bernardo Hees.
Codes of Ethics
Our Code of Business Ethics and Conduct, our Code of Conduct for Directors and our Code of Business Ethics and Conduct for Vendors are located within the Investor Relations section of our internet website at www.bk.com. We have also adopted a Code of Ethics for Executive Officers that applies to our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer, as
well as other executive officers. The Code of Ethics for Executive Officers is located on our website at www.bk.com under Company Info Investor Relations Corporate Governance Governance Documents. We intend to provide disclosure of any amendments of our Code of Ethics for Executive Officers or waivers, to the extent that such waiver applies to our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer or Chief Accounting Officer, on our website within four business days following the date of the amendment or waiver.
Item 11. Executive Compensation
Compensation Discussion and Analysis
This Compensation Discussion and Analysis, or CD&A, describes our compensation philosophy, how the Compensation Committee establishes executive compensation, the objectives of our various compensation programs, how performance metrics are selected for the various components of our compensation programs and how the performance of our CEO and other NEOs is evaluated and results in the level of compensation awarded under the various components of our compensation program.
As used in this CD&A and the Compensation Tables, the following terms have the following meanings:
Generally, our compensation program has continued the overall approach of our pre-Acquisition compensation program, modified as appropriate to reflect that we are now a privately-owned company with public debt. On February 2, 2011, the Board of Directors of the Parent adopted the Burger King Worldwide Holdings, Inc. 2011 Omnibus Incentive Plan (the 2011 Omnibus Plan), and determined that all future equity grants and cash incentives for employees of BKC and its subsidiaries would be made pursuant to the 2011 Omnibus Plan.
Our compensation philosophy is based on pay-for-performance and meritocratic principles, which incorporate the Companys achievement of specific goals as well as achievement by employees of individual performance goals. Our compensation programs are generally designed to support our business initiatives by:
In making determinations about compensation, the Compensation Committee places a great emphasis on the following factors specific to the relevant individual and his or her role:
Oversight of Executive Compensation Programs
Role of Compensation Committee
Subsequent to the closing of the Acquisition, the Company became a privately-held company and wholly-owned subsidiary of the Parent, a privately-held company. Consequently, the Company is not required to have a compensation committee. However, the Parent decided to continue with a compensation committee at both the Company and the Parent levels. The members of the Parents Compensation Committee and the Companys Compensation Committee are the same, and these Compensation Committees act jointly to make compensation decisions, although the Parents Compensation Committee is responsible for overseeing, and awarding grants under, the 2011 Omnibus Plan.
The Compensation Committee is responsible to the Board of Directors for establishing and overseeing our compensation philosophy and for overseeing our executive compensation policies and programs generally. See Item 10 Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance for a description of the roles and responsibilities of our Compensation Committee.
Role of Executives in Establishing Compensation
Our Chief Information and Performance Officer (CIPO) administers our retirement, severance and other benefit plans and trusts, with oversight and supervision by the Compensation Committee. In addition, our CEO and Chief People Officer make recommendations to the Compensation Committee regarding job leveling and grading for the NEOs and other senior level employees. Our Chief People Officer is responsible for our management succession plan for these employees. The CEO, Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel attend Compensation Committee meetings, although they leave the meetings during discussions and deliberations of individual compensation actions affecting them personally and during the Compensation Committees executive sessions. The Compensation Committee has delegated to our CEO the right to determine the compensation and other terms of employment of the executives who report directly to the CEO, with the exception of equity grants which must be approved by the Compensation Committee. Accordingly, the employment terms of each of these executives were the result of negotiations between Mr. Hees and the executive. Neither Mr. Hees nor Mr. Schwartz is a party to an employment agreement with the Company.
Elements of Compensation and Benefit Programs
To achieve our policy goals, the Compensation Committee utilizes the following components of compensation: base salary, annual cash incentives, long-term equity incentives and benefits. Different elements of the total compensation package serve different objectives. Competitive base salaries and benefits are designed to attract and retain employees by providing them with a stable source of income and security over time. Annual cash incentives are performance-based and designed to motivate and reward employees who contribute positively towards our business strategy and achieve their individual performance objectives. Annual cash incentives are only paid if we achieve our minimum financial goals for the calendar year. The use of equity compensation supports the objectives of encouraging stock ownership and aligning the interests of the NEOs with those of 3G Capital. However, we do not make annual equity grants. Rather, equity grants to the NEOs are made at the discretion of the Compensation Committee, and equity grants for all other employees are made at the CEOs discretion. As part of our commitment to partnering with our executives, in addition to equity grants, we provide our officers, including our NEOs, the ability to invest a portion of the cash bonus that they receive into equity of the Company and leverage that investment through the issuance of matching stock options.
We provide base salaries to recognize the skills, competencies, experience and individual performance that each NEO brings to his or her position. The Compensation Committee annually reviews the base salary of the CEO and each other NEO. The Compensation Committee considers various factors such as the relevant employment agreement, the executives performance and responsibilities, leadership and years of experience, competitive salaries within the marketplace for similar positions, and his or her total compensation package. In light of the Acquisition and the recent tenure of most of the executive team, there were no across-the-board base salary increases for the NEOs in 2011.
In February 2011, Jonathan Fitzpatrick assumed the newly created role of Executive Vice President, Chief Brand and Operations Officer with responsibility for global operational standards, global product marketing and innovation and global insights. In recognition of Mr. Fitzpatricks expanded role, on April 11, 2011, the Board of Directors of the Company approved an increase in his base salary from $350,000 to $400,000, effective April 22, 2011. On December 8, 2011, the
Compensation Committee approved an increase in the base salary of Daniel Schwartz, our Chief Financial Officer, effective February 1, 2012, from $400,000 to $500,000, as the Compensation Committee determined that this was necessary in order to make his base salary competitive for his CFO role and to compensate him for his expanded responsibilities in the area of development in 2012.
Annual Cash Incentive Program
The NEOs are eligible to receive an annual performance-based cash bonus based on the Companys performance and their individual performance. For 2011, annual cash incentives were awarded under the 2011 Annual Bonus Program, which was implemented under our Parents 2011 Omnibus Plan. This annual cash incentive is calculated for each eligible employee as a percentage of his or her base salary, based on Company and individual performance, as set forth below. We must achieve the minimum financial targets established for a year in order for any payments to be made in that year.
Plan Design. The formula for determining an eligible employees cash incentive under the 2011 Annual Bonus Program (the Bonus Payout) is set forth below.
Target Bonus: For Messrs. Cil, Fitzpatrick and Wiborg, their respective employment agreements establish the annual target cash bonus opportunity or target bonus, which is expressed as a percentage of current base salary. A participants Target Bonus is his or her current base salary, multiplied by his or her target bonus percentage. On April 11, 2011, the Board of Directors approved an increase in Mr. Fitzpatricks target bonus from 120% to 140%, effective January 1, 2011. The 2011 target bonus for each NEO, expressed as a percentage of base salary, was as follows:
Due the nature of the CEOs role and responsibilities, the CEOs target bonus as a percentage of his base salary is greater than that of the other NEOs.
Achievement Percentage: An executives Achievement Percentage is made up of two components: Business Achievement and Individual Achievement, each of which is weighted 50% of the Achievement Percentage.
Business Achievement means the level of financial performance of the Company against worldwide, regional, country or division targets established by the Company for that year based on the scope of a participants role within the Company. For 2011, the Compensation Committee chose EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) as the financial measure used to evaluate Business Achievement. EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP measure, is used by our management as a supplemental internal measure for planning and forecasting expectations in our business groups and for evaluating actual results against such expectations. We selected EBITDA as the measure for Business Achievement to facilitate performance comparisons from period to period.
Annually, we establish worldwide EBITDA threshold, target and maximum performance levels and regional EBITDA threshold and target performance levels. The Company must achieve at least 80% of the worldwide EBITDA target performance level in order for any payments to be made under the Annual Bonus Program and the Company must reach at least 80% of each other EBITDA target in order for a payment with respect to that target to be payable. The maximum payout for regional EBITDA targets is 100%, while the maximum payout for the worldwide EBITDA target is 120%. Our EBITDA performance levels are set using forecasted currency exchange rates and then adjusted at the end of the fiscal year to bring actual results back to these forecasted rates, thereby eliminating any benefit or detriment due to fluctuations in currency exchange rates. The Compensation Committee then adjusts EBITDA to eliminate the impact of one-time nonrecurring charges or other items that the Compensation Committee believes
are not reflective of our overall financial performance. We refer to our EBITDA, after adjustment for currency fluctuations and those adjustments approved by the Compensation Committee, as Incentive EBITDA.
Given the roles and worldwide scope of responsibility of Messrs. Fitzpatrick, Hees and Schwartz, Business Achievement was measured for each of these NEOs based on worldwide EBITDA. For Messrs. Cil and Wiborg, of the 50% allocated to Business Achievement, 20% was measured on worldwide EBITDA and 30% was measured on the EBITDA of their geographic areas of responsibility, which is the EMEA region for Mr. Cil and the North America region for Mr. Wiborg.
Individual Achievement means a participants overall achievement of his or her MBOs, or Management by Objective, expressed as a percentage of completion (with 100% being completion of all MBOs). If a participants Individual Achievement is less than 50%, then he or she will not receive a bonus payout for that year even if the Business Achievement target is met. In addition, each participant at the level of director and above must work in a Burger King restaurant for a week during the year in order to receive a bonus payout for that year. At the end of each year, the Compensation Committee evaluates the CEO and reviews the individual performance evaluations that the CEO completed for each other NEO. In 2011, each NEO had approximately five MBOs with at least 15 key performance indicators, or KPIs, that were evaluated to measure performance of the relevant MBO. Each KPI was expressed as a percentage of completion (with 100% being full completion of a KPI). The KPIs included both quantitative and qualitative metrics associated with the responsibilities of each individual NEO. No KPI represented more than 10% of the Achievement Percentage for any of the NEOs.
Global Multiplier: The Company has established a minimum, target and maximum Global Multiplier to adjust the bonus payout based upon performance against the worldwide EBITDA growth targets established by the Company. The minimum level represents an 80% payout, the target level represents a 100% payout, and the maximum level represents a 120% payout. If actual worldwide Incentive EBITDA falls between the minimum level and target level, the Global Multiplier would be between 80% and 100%. Likewise, to the extent worldwide Incentive EBITDA falls between the target level and the maximum level, the Global Multiplier would be between 100% and 120%.
Overriding Payment Qualifier: If the Company does not achieve the minimum free cash flow target established by the Company for 2011, then the bonus payout for all participants will be reduced by 30%. For 2011, we exceeded the 2011 free cash flow target.
ZBB Qualifier: If the 2011 budget established by the Company for a function head or region is exceeded, then no participant within that function or region, as applicable, will receive a bonus payout for 2011. During 2011, none of the regions or function heads exceeded their respective budgets.
CEO Adjustment: Our Board has granted the CEO the authority to adjust the overall bonus payout for Executive Vice Presidents up or down by a maximum of 15% based on a qualitative evaluation of Company and individual performance, provided that the overall payout to Executive Vice Presidents as a whole does not exceed what would have been payable to the Executive Vice Presidents assuming actual Business Achievement and Individual Achievement of 100%. In addition, the Compensation Committee may adjust the bonus payout for the CEO based on similar considerations.
2011 Performance. Our minimum performance, target performance and maximum performance levels under the 2011 Bonus Program were based on our Board-approved budget and business plan for 2011 and these performance levels as well as the actual Incentive EBITDA performance, as adjusted by the Compensation Committee, were as follows:
2011 EBITDA Performance Levels ($ in millions)
As discussed above, the calculation of Incentive EBITDA for 2011 started with our actual EBITDA for 2011, was adjusted to bring actual results back to the forecasted currency exchange rates and then was adjusted (i) for those items that we exclude in our reported Adjusted EBITDA and (ii) for those additional items, including the impact of purchase accounting and gains from the sale of
certain assets, that the Compensation Committee determined were not reflective of our overall financial performance. See Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations Recent Events and Factors Affecting Comparability of Results of Operations in Part II, Item 7 of this report.
For 2011, our Global Multiplier was 120% based on the Companys worldwide Incentive EBITDA performance. Upon evaluation of the Companys strong worldwide and regional Incentive EBITDA, and the Individual Achievement of each of the NEOs, the CEO exercised his authority to upwardly adjust the bonus payout of each other NEO by the following percentages: Mr. Wiborg, 7%; Mr. Schwartz, 5%; Mr. Fitzpatrick 9% and Mr. Cil, 2%. Upon evaluation of the strong financial and operational performance of the Company and the Individual Achievement of the CEO, the Compensation Committee exercised its authority to upwardly adjust the CEOs bonus payout for 2011 by 2%. The actual bonus amounts are set forth in the 2011 Summary Compensation Table on page 16 of this report. As discussed below, all of the NEOs elected to use a portion of their cash bonus to purchase millishares (or .001 of one full share) of the common stock of Parent, which, we believe, demonstrates our NEOs alignment with 3G Capital and their confidence in the long-term success of the Company.
Under the 2011 Annual Bonus Program, a participant must be employed by the Company on December 31, 2011 to be entitled to receive a bonus, unless the participant dies prior to the end of 2011 or was employed by the Company for at least six months during 2011, in which case he or she will be eligible to receive a bonus on a pro rata basis. In January 2012, the Compensation Committee approved the 2012 Annual Bonus Program, which is substantially the same as the 2011 Annual Bonus Program except that a participant must be employed by the Company prior to October 1st and on the bonus payment date to be entitled to any incentive compensation under the 2012 Annual Bonus Program. In addition, if a participants position or scope of responsibility changes on or before March 31st, the annual bonus calculation will assume that the participant has been in the new position for the entire year.
Long-Term Equity Incentives
The Company does not grant annual equity incentives to its executives. Rather, equity grants to the CEO and officers at the level of executive vice president are made at the discretion of the Compensation Committee, and equity grants for all other employees are made at the CEOs discretion. During 2011, the Company granted options to all of the NEOs. The original exercise price of these options was $15.82 per millishare of Common Stock (.001 of one full share) of Parent (Parent Comon Stock). In October 2011, the Board of Directors of Parent approved a return of capital distribution to the shareholders of Parent, including 3G Special Situations Fund II, L.P. (3G), in the amount of $393.4 million (the Special Dividend), which was paid on December 16, 2011 using the proceeds of the Discount Notes sold by subsidiaries of Parent in April 2011. See Note 20 of the Companys audited consolidated financial statements included in Part II, Item 8 of this report. As a result of the Special Dividend, the Compensation Committee approved a reduction in the exercise price of these options to $11.89 per millishare. Further details of these option grants are provided in the 2011 Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table.
In February 2012, officers of BKC and its subsidiaries were offered an opportunity under the 2011 Omnibus Plan to use up to the lesser of 50% of their pre-tax cash bonus or 100% of their after-tax bonus to purchase millishares of Parent Common Stock (Investment Shares). All applicable taxes were paid on the bonus, and the purchase of Investment Shares was made using after-tax dollars. The minimum investment was $10,000, and the Investment Shares were fully vested upon issuance. Officers who elected to participate received a number of Investment Shares having a value equal to the bonus amount forgone, based on a purchase price of $11.89 for each Investment Share, as established by the Compensation Committee.
Officers who elected to purchase Investment Shares in lieu of a portion of their cash bonus also received stock options based on the percentage of their bonus converted to Investment Shares and their level within the organization (Bonus Matching Options). Messrs. Hees, Schwartz and Wiborg elected to convert 50% of their pre-tax cash bonus to Investment Shares. Mr. Cil elected to convert 50% of his after-tax cash bonus to Investment Shares, and Mr. Fitzpatrick elected to convert $50,000 of his cash bonus to Investment Shares. Since all of the NEOs are at the level of EVP and above, we applied a multiplier of 2x to calculate the number of Bonus Matching Options that each NEO was eligible to receive. With the exception of Mr. Fitzpatrick, each NEOs Bonus Matching Options was calculated by multiplying his gross bonus by 50%, multiplying this amount by 2 and then dividing the total by $11.89, which is the exercise price per millishare. For Mr. Fitzpatrick, we converted his $50,000 investment amount to a percentage of his after-tax bonus, and multiplied this percentage by his gross bonus. This number was then multiplied by 2 and the total was divided by $11.89. The Bonus Matching Options were granted on February 21, 2012 and will cliff vest on December 31, 2016.
The following table sets forth, for each NEO, the portion of his bonus used to purchase Investment Shares (the Conversion Amount), the number of Investment Shares purchased, the number of Bonus Matching Options and the grant date fair value of the Bonus Matching Options granted to such NEO:
The Bonus Matching Options will be reportable in the 2012 Summary Compensation Table and 2012 Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table.
Executive Benefits and Perquisites
In addition to base salary, annual cash bonuses and long-term equity incentives, we provided and continue to provide (except as set forth below) the following executive benefit programs to our NEOs and other executives:
Executive Retirement Program
The Executive Retirement Program (ERP) is a non-qualified excess benefits program available to senior-level U.S. employees. This program permits voluntary deferrals of up to 50% of base salary and 100% of cash bonus until retirement or termination of employment. Deferrals become effective once an executive has reached his or her applicable 401(k) contribution limit. Amounts deferred, up to a maximum of 6% of base salary, are matched by us on a dollar-for-dollar basis. All of our contributions vest ratably over the three-year period beginning on the date the employee commences employment. Effective January 1, 2012, we elected to cease future participant deferrals and our contributions in the ERP.
Executive Life Insurance Program
The Executive Life Insurance Program provides life insurance coverage which is paid by us and allows our U.S. executives to purchase additional life insurance coverage at their own expense. Coverage for our NEOs, which is paid by us, is limited to the lesser of $1.3 million or 2.75 times base salary. Further details are provided in the 2011 All Other Compensation Table.
Executive Health Plan
The Executive Health Plan is offered to all of our NEOs except Mr. Cil and serves as a fully insured supplement to the medical plan provided to all BKC employees. Out-of-pocket costs and expenses for deductibles, coinsurance, dental care, orthodontia, vision care, prescription drugs, and preventative care for an NEO and his or her eligible dependents are reimbursed up to an annual maximum of $100,000. Mr. Cil is on temporary assignment outside of the U.S. and receives medical and dental coverage through Cigna International. The Company pays the premiums for this insurance coverage, which pays 100% of most of Mr. Cils medical and dental expenses and those of his eligible dependents. Further details are provided in the 2011 All Other Compensation Table.
Certain Other Benefits
BKC also maintains a comprehensive benefits program consisting of retirement income and health and welfare plans, which are available to the NEOs on the same basis as all other full-time employees. The objective of the program is to provide full time employees with reasonable and competitive levels of financial support in the event of retirement, death, disability or illness, which may interrupt the eligible employees employment or income received as an active employee. BKCs health and welfare plans consist of life, disability and health insurance benefit plans that are available to all eligible full-time employees. BKC also provides a 401(k) plan that is available to all eligible full-time U.S. employees. The 401(k) plan includes a matching feature of up to 6% of the employees base salary. Commencing January 1, 2012, the Company match has been reduced to 4% of the employees base salary.
We have employment agreements in place with José Cil, our EVP, President of EMEA, Jonathan Fitzpatrick, our EVP, Chief Brand and Operations Officer and Steven Wiborg, our EVP, President of North America. Prior to her departure, we had an employment agreement in place with Natalia Franco, our former Chief Global Marketing Officer. The terms of these employment agreements are discussed below. As stated above, neither Mr. Hees nor Mr. Schwartz is a party to an employment agreement with the Company.
Employment Agreements with Messrs. Cil, Fitzpatrick and Wiborg
Messrs. Cil, Fitzpatrick and Wiborg are subject to employment agreements with BKC. In the case of Messrs. Cil and Fitzpatrick, the initial term of their employment agreements expired on December 31, 2011. In the case of Mr. Wiborg, the initial term of his employment agreement expired on October 24, 2011. Each executives employment agreement automatically extended for an additional one-year period and will continue to be so extended unless BKC provides notice of non-renewal at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the relevant period. These NEOs currently receive annual base salaries of $520,000 for Mr. Wiborg, $500,000 for Mr. Cil and $400,000 for Mr. Fitzpatrick. Each executive is eligible to receive a performance-based annual cash bonus with a target payment equal to 150% of annual base salary for Messrs. Cil and Wiborg and 140% of annual base salary for Mr. Fitzpatrick, if we achieve the target performance goals set by the Compensation Committee and such executive achieves his individual management business objectives for a particular fiscal year in accordance with the terms of our annual bonus program. The employment agreements further provide for an option grant having a face value of $3.2 million for Mr. Cil, $3.0 million for Mr. Fitzpatrick and $5 million for Mr. Wiborg, which option grants were made on February 3, 2011. Details of these option grants are provided in the 2011 Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table.
Mr. Cil received a one-time signing bonus in November 2010 of $400,000, which he is required to repay if he voluntarily leaves the Company or is terminated for cause (as defined in his employment agreement) before the second anniversary of his employment. The Company retained a relocation company to repurchase Mr. Wiborgs primary residence for a price equal to fair market value. The relocation company also paid for expenses incurred in connection with Mr. Wiborgs relocation to Miami, Florida, including closing costs, real estate commissions, transportation of personal belongings, lodging, packing and other associated logistics and expenses.
If BKC terminates the employment of Messrs. Wiborg or Cil without cause or if the executive terminates his employment with good reason (as defined in the agreement), the executive will be entitled to receive an amount (the Severance Amount) which, in the case of Mr. Wiborg, is equal to two and one-half times his current base salary for the year of termination and, in the case of Mr. Cil, is equal to two times the sum of his current base salary and target bonus for the year that includes the termination date, subject to Internal Revenue Code Section 409A limitations on timing of payments and the execution of a separation agreement and general release. In April 2011, Mr. Fitzpatricks employment agreement was amended effective January 1, 2012 to reduce the Severance Amount that he will receive if BKC terminates his employment without cause or if he terminates his employment with good reason from two times the sum of his current base salary and target bonus for the year that includes the termination date to his current base salary, subject to Section 409A limitations on timing of payments and the execution of a separation agreement and general release. Each executive is also entitled to continued coverage under BKCs medical, dental and life insurance plans for him and his eligible dependents for two years, in the case of Mr. Cil, and for one year, in the case of Messrs. Fitzpatrick and Wiborg. Pursuant to the amendment referred to above, the number of years of continued coverage available to Mr. Fitzpatrick was reduced from two years to one year, effective January 1, 2012.
If an executives employment terminates upon his death or if the Company terminates as a result of his disability (as defined in the employment agreement), the Company will pay to the executive (or, in the event of his death, to his estate), his pro rata bonus through the termination date to the extent and when the Company pays the bonus for that year.
Employment Agreement with Ms. Franco
Until her employment terminated on March 10, 2011, the Company was party to an employment agreement with Ms. Franco. Pursuant to the terms of her employment agreement, as amended, Ms. Franco is entitled to receive an amount (the Severance Amount) equal to two times the sum of current base salary, prerequisite allowance and target bonus for the year of termination, all payable over a two-year period subject to Internal Revenue Code Section 409A limitations on timing of payments and the execution of
a separation agreement and general release, and continued coverage for two years under BKCs medical, dental and life insurance plans for her eligible dependents. Ms. Francos target bonus is 120% of her base salary.
As a privately-owned company, we are not subject to Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code and related regulations promulgated thereunder.
Compensation Committee Report
We have reviewed and discussed the foregoing Compensation Discussion and Analysis with management. Based on our review and discussions with management, we have approved the inclusion of the Compensation Discussion & Analysis in this Form 10-K/A.
Carlos Alberto Sicupira
Marcel Herrmann Telles
March 27, 2012
2011 SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE
2011 ALL OTHER COMPENSATION TABLE
2011 GRANTS OF PLAN-BASED AWARDS TABLE
2011 NONQUALIFIED DEFERRED COMPENSATION TABLE
This table reports 2011 contributions by the NEOs and the Company to the ERP and the aggregate account balances for the NEOs. Details of the ERP are discussed in the CD&A. Further details for the NEOs are provided in the 2011 All Other Compensation Table.
2011 POTENTIAL PAYMENTS UPON TERMINATION OR CHANGE IN CONTROL TABLE
The potential payments and benefits that would be provided to the NEOs that were employed on December 31, 2011 as a result of certain termination events are set forth in the table below. Calculations for this table are based on the assumption that the termination took place on December 31, 2011 and that payments were made, for Messrs. Cil, Fitzpatrick and Wiborg, in accordance with each NEOs respective employment agreement and, for Messrs. Hees and Schwartz, who do not have employment agreements, in accordance with the Companys officer severance plan (the Severance Plan) and the 2011 Annual Bonus Program. Information regarding the severance payment to Ms. Franco, whose employment terminated before December 31, 2011 pursuant to the terms of her employment agreement, is included in the 2011 Summary Compensation Table and the 2011 All Other Compensation Table.
Pursuant to the terms of their employment agreement, Messrs. Cil, Fitzpatrick and Wiborg have agreed to non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality restrictions that last, in the case of Messrs. Cil and Fitzpatrick, for two years after termination and, in the case of Mr. Wiborg, for one year after termination. Effective January 1, 2012, the duration of the restrictions applicable to Mr. Fitzpatrick was reduced to one year after termination. If an NEO breaches any of these covenants, we will cease providing any severance and other benefits to him, and we have the right to require him to repay any severance amounts already paid. Under the Severance Plan, an employee must agree to abide by provisions relating to non-disclosure, non-disparagement, non-competition, non-solicitation, return of Company assets and cooperation. In addition, as a condition to receiving the separation benefits, each NEO must sign a separation agreement and release in a form approved by us, which includes a waiver of all potential claims.
2011 Potential Payment upon Termination and Change in Control Table
Under our director compensation program currently in effect, each non-management director other than Mr. Alexandre Behring, the Chairman of the Board, received a one-time option grant with a face value of $500,000, and $1,000,000 in the case of Mr. Behring in February 2011. For this purpose, Messrs. Hees and Tan were considered management directors and were not entitled to receive any compensation for Board or committee service. The options will vest 100% on October 19, 2015. In addition, non-management directors other than Mr. Behring are entitled to receive an annual retainer of $50,000, and Mr. Behring is entitled to receive an annual retainer of $100,000. Each member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Executive Committee (other than Mr. Hees) is entitled to receive an annual committee fee of $10,000. Non-management directors have the opportunity to elect to defer their annual retainer and committee fee and, in lieu of the cash fees, to receive a grant of restricted stock units with a value of two times the forgone fees.
2011 DIRECTOR COMPENSATION TABLE
Mr. Van Damme was appointed to the Board in January 2012 and is therefore not included on the table.
COMPENSATION COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS AND INSIDER PARTICIPATION
The following non-management directors currently serve on the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors: Mr. Alexandre Behring, Mr. Carlos Alberto Sicupira and Mr. Marcel Herrmann Telles. No directors on the Compensation Committee are or have been officers or employees of the Company or any of its subsidiaries. None of our executive officers served on the board of directors or compensation committee of another entity, one of whose executive officers served on the Companys Board of Directors or its Compensation Committee.
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters
As a result of the Acquisition, we are a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent, and 3G owns over 99% of the Parent as of December 31, 2011. 3G Special Situations Partners, Ltd. serves as the general partner of 3G. 3G Capital Partners, L.P. is the parent of, and wholly owns, 3G Special Situations Partners, Ltd. 3G Capital serves as the general partner of 3G Capital Partners, L.P. Each of the Parent, 3G, 3G Special Situations Partners, Ltd., 3G Capital Partners, L.P. and 3G Capital may be deemed to beneficially own, and to have shared voting and dispositive power with respect to, all of our issued and outstanding shares of common stock. The address of each of the 3G entities is 3G Capital, Inc., 600 Third Avenue, 37th Floor, New York, New York 10016.
Mr. Behring is the managing director of 3G Capital, and Messrs. Behring, Hees, Schwartz, Sicupira and Telles are directors of 3G Capital. A five member investment committee of 3G Capital is empowered to make decisions with respect to 3G Capitals investments, including the Company, and therefore, no individual member of the committee is deemed to be the beneficial owner of the shares of the Company beneficially owned indirectly by 3G Capital. This investment committee has the power to vote, dispose of or sell all of the shares of the Company. Messrs. Behring, Sicupira and Telles are members of the investment committee and disclaim beneficial ownership of any shares beneficially owned by 3G Capital.
Related Person Transactions
In May 2007, our Board of Directors adopted a written related person transactions policy, which is administered by the Audit Committee. This policy applies to any transaction or series of related transactions or any material amendment to any such transaction involving a related person and the Company or any subsidiary of the Company. For purposes of the policy, related persons consist of executive officers, directors, director nominees, any shareholder beneficially owning more than 5% of the Companys common stock, and immediate family members of any such persons. In reviewing related person transactions, the Audit Committee takes into account all factors that it deems appropriate, including whether the transaction is on terms no less favorable than terms generally available to an unaffiliated third party under the same or similar circumstances and the extent of the related persons interest in the transaction. No member of the Audit Committee may participate in any review, consideration or approval of any related person transaction in which the director or any of his immediate family members is the related person.
Steven M. Wiborg, Executive Vice President and President of North America, is a director and an owner of Aspen Holdings Group, LLC (Aspen Holdings). Each of two subsidiaries of Aspen Holdings leases a restaurant to BKC in Omaha, Nebraska and New Haven, Connecticut for a combined annual rental payment of $144,276.
Prior to joining BKC in September 2011, Flavia Faugeres, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer of BKC was an owner of Trueh Consultoria em Negocios Ltda (TCN), a consulting firm which provides marketing services to third parties. From January 2011 through June 2011, TCN provided consulting services to BKC. During 2011, BKC paid TCN the amount of $633,840 for such services. During 2011, Ms. Faugeres husband, Antoine Louis Rene Faugeres, owned an interest in ECM Empresa de Consultoria de Marketing Ltda (ECM), a consulting firm which provided consulting services to BKC from January 2011 through June 2011. During 2011, BKC paid ECM the amount of $1,618,626 for such services. Ms. Faugeres disclaims any direct or indirect interest in such payments to ECM.
Although the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listing standards, including the Independence Standards, no longer apply to us since we are a privately-held company, the Board of Directors has applied the Independence Standards to determine the independence of our directors for purposes of this Amendment. Under the Independence Standards, a director qualifies as independent if the Board of Directors affirmatively determines that the director has no material relationship with us. While the focus of the inquiry is
independence from management, the Board is required to broadly consider all relevant facts and circumstances in making an independence determination.
On January 24, 2012, our Board conducted evaluations of Alexandre Behring, Paul J. Fribourg, Bernardo Hees, Carlos Alberto Sicupira, Peter Tan, Marcel Herrmann Telles and Alexandre Van Damme under the Independence Standards. With respect to Messrs. Behring, Fribourg, Sicupira, Telles and Van Damme, the Board affirmatively determined that none of these directors has a direct or indirect material relationship with us and that each satisfies the Independence Standards. The Board also determined that Messrs. Hees and Tan, as employees of the Company during 2011, did not satisfy the Independence Standards.
In conducting its evaluations of Messrs. Behring, Sicupira and Telles, the Board considered their affiliation with 3G Capital and Messrs. Sicupiras and Telles service on the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev, a supplier to certain of our Whopper BarTM restaurants. In conducting its evaluation of Mr. Van Damme, the Board considered his affiliation with Anheuser-Busch InBev, where he serves on the Board. In conducting its evaluation of Mr. Fribourg, the Board considered his affiliation with BFG-WLF, LLC, a supplier to one of our Burger King franchisees in Latin America.
Since Paul J. Fribourg and Alexandre Van Damme serve on our Audit Committee, the Board also considered whether they satisfied the Audit Committee Independence Standards. As a result of this evaluation, our Board affirmatively determined that Messrs. Fribourg and Van Damme are independent under the Audit Committee Independence Standards.
Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services
The following table sets forth fees for professional services rendered by KPMG, LLC for the audit of our financial statements for 2011 and fees billed for other services rendered by KPMG for such period. There were no fees by KPMG for 2011 that would fall under the category of Tax Fees.
Pursuant to its written charter, the Audit Committee pre-approves all audit services and permitted non-audit services to be performed by our independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee has adopted a pre-approval policy under which the Audit Committee has delegated to its chairman the authority to approve services valued at up to $50,000 per engagement. All such decisions to pre-approve audit and permitted non-audit services are presented to the full Audit Committee at the next scheduled meeting.
All audit and permitted non-audit services and all fees associated with such services performed by our independent registered public accounting firm for 2011 were approved by the full Audit Committee or approved by the chairman of the Audit Committee consistent with the policy described above.
Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules.
Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Date: March 29, 2012
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.