Encore Capital Group 8-K 2011
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 7, 2011
ENCORE CAPITAL GROUP, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (877) 445-4581
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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(d) On December 7, 2011, the Board of Directors (the Board) of Encore Capital Group, Inc. (the Company), upon the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, appointed Norman R. Sorensen to serve as a director of the Board. There were no arrangements or understandings pursuant to which Mr. Sorensen was appointed as a director, and there are no related party transactions between the Company and Mr. Sorensen reportable under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K. The Board has affirmatively determined that Mr. Sorensen qualifies as an independent director under the Nasdaq listing standards.
Mr. Sorensen is chairman of Principal International, the International Asset Management and Accumulation division of the Principal Financial Group. Previously, he was a senior executive at American International Group and held a number of senior international marketing and general management positions at Citigroup and at American Express Company. He is also a director of Sara Lee Corporation.
For his service as a non-executive director of the Board, Mr. Sorensen will receive the same retainer fees as other non-executive directors, beginning in January 2012. He will not receive any fees in 2011. It is anticipated that Mr. Sorensen will receive an initial equity award of $50,000 in shares of Company common stock, consistent with the new plan, as described below, in January 2012.
Also on December 7, 2011, the Board, based upon the recommendation of the Boards Compensation Committee, approved a revised director compensation program. The new program will take effect on January 1, 2012.
The compensation arrangements pursuant to the new program with respect to non-employee directors, whether or not affiliated with the Companys significant stockholders, are as follows:
Director compensation is based on annual service to the Company. All equity award grants are fully vested on the date of grant. A director is not permitted to sell his shares until the directors service to the company as a director terminates other than shares sold to cover applicable tax obligations related to the delivery of shares. If the Company declares a dividend, directors would be paid a dividend in the same method and at the same time as other stockholders of the Company are paid such dividends. In addition, the current practice of allowing directors to elect to have all or a portion of their annual cash retainer paid in equity will be discontinued.
A description of the current structure for non-executive director retainer fees is set forth in the section entitled Compensation Arrangements with Directors in the Companys proxy statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on April 28, 2011, which section is incorporated herein by reference.
A copy of the Companys press release announcing the appointment of Mr. Sorensen to the Board is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: December 13, 2011