This excerpt taken from the CMG DEF 14A filed Apr 3, 2009.
Long-Term IncentivesOption, Performance Share and Performance-Contingent Restricted Stock Grants during 2008
On February 20, 2008, the committee granted SOSARs to the executive officers, subject to shareholder approval of amendments to the 2006 Stock Incentive Plan, which were approved at our Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 21, 2008. The base price of the SOSARs is $102.65, the closing price of our Class A common stock on the date the committee approved the grants, and the SOSARs are subject to three-year cliff vesting. The committee based the number of SOSARs awarded to each executive officer on our outperformance of substantially all of the companies in the restaurant industry peer group on both an operating and total shareholder return basis, as well as on the committees review of each executive officers performance. The number of SOSARs granted to each executive officer was based on the economic value of the awards, with the precise award levels varying to take into account the committees review of each executive officers performance for the prior year, the individuals position, and the survey data on competitive market practice.
Also on February 20, 2008, in order to include a longer-term incentive-based element to the executive officers compensation packages, the committee awarded performance shares to each executive officer, subject to shareholder approval of the amendments to the 2006 Stock Incentive Plan that were approved on May 21, 2008. The performance shares represent a right to be issued shares of our Class A common stock, subject to our achievement of a specified aggregate amount of cumulative operating income prior to expiration of the performance shares. The terms of the performance share awards are described in more detail below under Grants of Plan-Based Awards in 2008Terms of 2008 Equity-Based AwardsPerformance Shares. Disclosure of the level of cumulative operating income required for the performance share awards to vest would subject us to competitive harm. The committee set the performance target at a level that it believes represents a challenging goal for the executive officers, in that achievement of the performance target prior to expiration of the awards would require significant growth in operating income from the level achieved in 2007. Achieving this level of growth will require continued strong execution of our long-term growth plans, while preserving the profitability of our existing restaurants.
Following approval by our shareholders on May 21, 2008 of our Amended and Restated 2006 Stock Incentive Plan, the committee also authorized the cancellation of shares of restricted Class A common stock awarded to the executive officers in February 2007, in consideration of the grant of an equal number of shares of performance-contingent restricted stock. The shares of performance-contingent restricted stock represent a right to be issued shares of our Class A common stock, subject to satisfaction of a specified level of cumulative aggregate operating income prior to the expiration date of the award. The terms of the performance-contingent restricted stock awards are described in more detail below under Grants of Plan-Based Awards in 2008Terms of 2008 Equity-Based AwardsPerformance-Contingent Restricted Stock. Disclosure of the level of
cumulative operating income required for these awards to vest would subject us to competitive harm. The committee set the performance target at a level that it believes would reward the executive officers for maintaining the existing strength of our business. The performance target for these awards is not as aggressive as the target for the performance shares described above, due to the nature of the performance-contingent restricted stock award, which was designed primarily to comply with Section 162(m) of the tax code and related rules relating to deductibility of the compensation expense attributable to the awards. Achievement of the performance target for this award is uncertain, but does not require the significant growth of our business that will be necessary for the performance shares to vest.
In connection with our hiring of Mr. Crumpacker as our Chief Marketing Officer in January 2009, he was awarded 13,600 performance shares with terms similar to the performance share awards described above, except that the performance target and performance period were adjusted to reflect the date he joined us.