F.N.B. DEF 14A 2008
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March 31, 2008
It is a pleasure to invite you to attend our 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of F.N.B. Corporation. The meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at the F.N.B. Technology Center Board Room located at 4140 East State Street, Hermitage, Pennsylvania 16148.
At the meeting, you will be asked to consider and vote upon the following: (i) election of directors; and (ii) ratification of the appointment of an independent registered public accounting firm.
Your vote is important regardless of how many shares of stock you own. If you hold stock in more than one account or name, you will receive a proxy card for each.
Whether or not you plan to attend our Annual Meeting, please complete, sign, date and promptly return the enclosed proxy card in the postage-paid envelope we have provided to insure that your shares are represented at our Annual Meeting. Alternatively, you may vote via the Internet or by telephone by following the instructions on your proxy card. By voting now you will assure that your vote is counted even if you are unable to attend the Annual Meeting.
Please indicate on the card whether you plan to attend our Annual Meeting. If you attend our Annual Meeting and wish to vote in person, you may withdraw your proxy at that time.
As always, our directors, management and staff thank you for your continued interest in and support of F.N.B. Corporation.
Stephen J. Gurgovits
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
March 31, 2008
Notice is hereby given that the 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of F.N.B. Corporation (Corporation) will be held at 3:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at the F.N.B. Technology Center Board Room located at 4140 East State Street, Hermitage, Pennsylvania 16148. At our Annual Meeting, our shareholders will vote on the following matters:
Only shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 5, 2008, are entitled to notice of and to vote at our Annual Meeting.
It is important that your shares be represented and voted at our Annual Meeting, whether you own a few shares or many. Please complete, sign, date and return the enclosed proxy card in the envelope provided or vote via the Internet or telephone, whether or not you expect to attend our Annual Meeting in person.
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS,
David B. Mogle, Corporate Secretary
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE ANNUAL SHAREHOLDER MEETING TO BE HELD ON MAY 14, 2008.
THE F.N.B. CORPORTION PROXY STATEMENT AND 2007 ANNUAL REPORT TO SHAREHOLDERS ARE AVAILABLE AT http://www.fnbcorporation.com/corpdata/annualreports2007/proxystatement2008.html
TABLE OF CONTENTS
March 31, 2008
One F.N.B. Boulevard
Hermitage, PA 16148
This proxy statement contains information relating to the 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (Annual Meeting) of F.N.B. Corporation to be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, beginning at 3:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, at the F.N.B. Technology Center Board Room located at 4140 East State Street, Hermitage, Pennsylvania 16148, and at any adjournment, postponement or continuation of the Annual Meeting. This proxy statement and the accompanying proxy are first being mailed to shareholders on or about March 31, 2008. Unless the context indicates otherwise, all references in this proxy statement to we, us, our, F.N.B., Company or the Corporation mean F.N.B. Corporation and its affiliates and subsidiaries, First National Bank of Pennsylvania (also referred to as FNBPA), First National Trust Company, First National Investment Services Company, LLC, F.N.B. Investment Advisors, Inc., First National Insurance Agency, LLC, Regency Finance Company and F.N.B. Capital Corporation, LLC.
There are two proposals that will be presented for your consideration and vote at our Annual Meeting:
Other business may be addressed at the meeting if it properly comes before the meeting. However, we are not aware of any such other business.
Our Board of Directors has set March 5, 2008, as the record date for the Annual Meeting. Only F.N.B. shareholders of record at the close of business on the record date, March 5, 2008, are entitled to receive notice of and to vote at our Annual Meeting and any adjournment, postponement or continuation of our Annual Meeting. F.N.B. shareholders who plan to attend the Annual Meeting may obtain driving directions to the meeting location by contacting our investor relations representative, Jennifer DeFazio at (724) 981-6000.
The only class of securities that is outstanding and entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting is common stock of the Corporation. As of the March 5, 2008 record date, 60,609,702 shares of Company common stock were outstanding, each of which is entitled to one vote with respect to each matter to be voted on at our Annual Meeting.
You can vote either in person at the Annual Meeting or by proxy whether or not you attend the Annual Meeting. Our Board of Directors is asking for your proxy. When you or your authorized attorney-in-fact gives us your proxy, you authorize us to vote your F.N.B. stock in the manner you specify on your proxy card. Giving a proxy allows your shares to be voted at the Annual Meeting even if you do not attend the meeting in person. If your shares are in an account at a bank or securities broker (that is, in street name), you will receive an instruction card and information about how to give voting instructions.
If you hold your shares directly, to vote by proxy you must do one of the following:
If you want to vote in person at the Annual Meeting and you hold your F.N.B. shares in an account at a bank or brokerage firm, you will need to obtain a signed proxy card from the brokerage firm or the bank that holds your F.N.B. stock. If your F.N.B. stock is registered in the name of a bank or brokerage firm, you also may be eligible to vote your shares electronically over the internet or by telephone. Many banks and brokerage firms participate in the ADP Investor Communication Services online program. This program provides eligible shareholders who receive a paper copy of this joint proxy statement/prospectus the opportunity to vote via the internet or by telephone. If your bank or brokerage firm is participating in ADPs program, your proxy card will provide the instructions. If your proxy card does not reference internet or telephone information, please complete and return the proxy card in the enclosed self-addressed, postage paid envelope.
Shareholders voting by means of the Internet or telephone, as we provided above, have been authorized by the Company Board and complies with Florida law regarding proxies granted by means of electronic transmission. Shareholders voting in that manner will be treated as having transmitted a properly authenticated proxy for voting purposes.
All shareholders as of the close of business on March 5, 2008 (the record date), or their duly appointed proxies, may attend our Annual Meeting. Even if you currently plan to attend our Annual Meeting, we recommend that you vote by either mailing us your completed proxy card or by submitting your vote via the Internet or telephone as described above so that your vote will be counted at the meeting if you later decide not to attend our Annual Meeting.
If you hold your shares in street name, you will need to bring a copy of a brokerage statement reflecting your ownership of Company stock as of March 5, 2008, and check in at the registration desk at our Annual Meeting.
The presence at our Annual Meeting, in person or by proxy, of the holders of a majority of our outstanding shares of common stock on the record date (see discussion under the question, What are the voting rights of our shareholders?) will constitute a quorum, permitting the conduct of business at our Annual Meeting. If you return a properly completed proxy card or vote in person at our Annual Meeting, you will be considered present for purposes of establishing a quorum. Proxies received, but marked as abstentions, and broker non-votes, will be included in the calculation of the number of shares considered to be present for purposes of determining a quorum.
Yes. Even after you have submitted your proxy, you may change your vote at any time before the proxy is exercised by filing with our Corporate Secretary either a notice of revocation or a duly executed proxy bearing a later date. The powers of the proxy holders will be revoked if you attend our Annual Meeting in person and request that your proxy be revoked. If your proxy is not properly revoked, we will vote your shares as indicated by your most recent valid proxy.
If you hold your F.N.B. shares in street name in an account at a bank or brokerage firm, we generally cannot mail our proxy materials directly to you. Instead, your bank or brokerage firm will forward our proxy materials to you and tell you how to give them voting instructions for your F.N.B. shares.
New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) rules allow banks, brokers or other nominees to vote shares held by them for a customer on matters that the NYSE determines to be routine, even though the bank, broker or other nominee has not received voting instructions from the customer. A broker non-vote occurs when a bank, broker or other nominee has not received voting instructions from the customer and the bank, broker or nominee cannot vote the customers shares because the matter is not considered routine under NYSE rules.
Under the NYSE rules, banks, brokers and other nominees are permitted to vote shares of the Company common stock that they hold for the benefit of another person, without specific instructions from that person with respect to various matters that the NYSE has determined to be routine (including the election of directors and the ratification of the selection of the independent registered public accounting firm). Therefore, if your shares are held by a broker and you do not give your broker instructions on how to vote your shares, your broker may vote your shares with respect to Proposal 1 and Proposal 2 as it may determine.
If you participate in the F.N.B. Corporation Progress Savings 401(k) Plan (401(k) Plan), you may vote the number of shares of common stock credited to your account as of the record date. You may vote by instructing First National Trust Company, the trustee of our 401(k) Plan, pursuant to the proxy card being mailed with this proxy statement to plan participants. The trustee will vote your shares in accordance with your duly executed proxy card, provided that it is received by 3:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, May 9, 2008.
If you do not send your proxy card, your shares credited to your 401(k) Plan account will be voted by the trustee in the same proportion that it votes the shares for which it did receive timely proxy cards.
You may also revoke a previously given proxy card until 3:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, May 9, 2008, by filing with the trustee either a written notice of revocation or a properly completed and signed proxy card bearing a later date.
Action by the shareholders on each of the proposals presented at our Annual Meeting requires the presence of a quorum at the Annual Meeting, in person or by proxy (see discussion under the question, What constitutes a quorum?).
Directors are elected by a plurality of the votes cast in person or by proxy at our Annual Meeting. Plurality means that the nominees receiving the largest number of votes cast are elected as directors, up to the maximum number of directors to be elected at our Annual Meeting for each director Class. Shares cannot be voted for a greater number of persons than the number of directors to be elected in each director Class. At our Annual Meeting, the maximum number of directors to be elected shall be five (5) in director Class I, two (2) in director Class II and one (1) in director Class III. Shares marked ABSTAIN on your proxy card will have no impact on the election of directors. Unless a properly executed proxy card is marked WITHHOLD authority as to any or all nominees, the proxy given will be voted FOR each of the Corporations nominees for director.
The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast on Proposal 2 at the Annual Meeting, whether in person or by proxy, is required for approval of Proposal 2. For purposes of the vote on Proposal 2, abstentions and broker non-votes will not be counted as votes cast and will have no effect on the result of the vote.
Unless you hold your shares in street name in an account at a bank or broker if you sign your proxy card with no further instructions, your shares will be voted in accordance with the recommendations of our Board with respect to Proposal 1 and Proposal 2 (see discussion under the question, What are our Boards recommendations?).
Our Board of Directors recommends a FOR vote on the following proposals to be considered at our Annual Meeting:
We are making this solicitation and will pay the cost of soliciting proxies for the Annual Meeting, including the expenses of preparing and mailing this proxy statement. In addition to mailing these proxy materials, the solicitation of proxies or votes may be made in person or by telephone, e-mail or telegram by our regular officers and employees, none of whom will receive special compensation for such services. Upon request, we will also reimburse brokers, nominees, fiduciaries and custodians and persons holding shares in their names or in the names of nominees for their reasonable expenses in sending proxies and proxy material to beneficial owners.
The proxy card you received allows you to indicate whether you plan to attend our Annual Meeting. When you arrive at the meeting, you will be asked to register inside the entry way to the F.N.B. Technology Center Building. If you hold your F.N.B. shares in street name at an account at a bank or broker, your name will not appear on our shareholder list. In such instance, please bring an account statement or a letter from your broker showing your F.N.B. shareholdings as of the March 5, 2008, record date, and present that documentation at the meeting registration desk in order to be permitted to attend our Annual Meeting.
Everyone who attends our Annual Meeting must abide by the rules for the conduct of the meeting.
Should you have questions concerning these proxy materials or the Annual Meeting, or otherwise wish to request additional copies of this proxy statement or proxy card, you may call David B. Mogle who is F.N.B.s Corporate Secretary at (724) 981-6000.
If two or more F.N.B. shareholders live in your household, you may have received more than one set of our proxy materials. This may also happen if you maintain more than one shareholder account on the books of our transfer agent. We have made a delivery method for proxy materials called householding available to our shareholders. If you consent to householding, only one annual report and one proxy statement will be delivered to your address; however, a separate proxy card will be delivered for each account. Please refer to the section titled, Other Matters at the end of this proxy statement for more information regarding householding.
The preliminary voting results will be announced at our Annual Meeting. The final voting results will be published in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter of 2008.
The Bylaws of the Corporation provide that the Board of Directors shall consist of not fewer than five (5) nor more than twenty-five (25) persons, the exact number to be determined from time to time by the Board. As of the Corporations last annual meeting on May 14, 2007, the number of directors was fixed by the Board at twelve (12), which number has subsequently been increased as follows:
Thus, upon the consummation of the F.N.B.-Omega Merger, the size of the Board shall increase from thirteen (13) to sixteen (16) directors.
The Bylaws of the Corporation provide for classification of the directors into three classes with the term of office of the directors of each class to expire at the third annual meeting after their election. The Bylaws (and applicable Florida law) further require that each of the three classes consist, as nearly as may be possible, of one-third of the total number of directors constituting the entire Board of Directors. For the purposes of maintaining the director Classes as nearly equal as possible in accordance with these requirements, Mr. New was appointed as a Class II Director effective January 16, 2008; and upon the effectiveness of the F.N.B.-Omega Merger, Mr. Martz will be appointed as a Class I Director, Mr. Gingerich will be appointed as a Class II Director, and Mr. Sheetz will be appointed as a Class III Director.
As required by Florida law and the Corporations bylaws, each director appointed after our last annual meeting will stand for election to their respective Class of Directors at our 2008 Annual Meeting. Accordingly, Mr. New is nominated for election at the Annual Meeting as a Class II Director to serve until the Class II directors terms expire in 2009; and assuming the consummation of the F.N.B.-Omega Merger prior to our 2008 Annual Meeting, Mr. Martz is nominated for election at the Annual Meeting as a Class I Director to serve until the Class I directors terms expire in 2011; Mr. Gingerich is nominated for election at the Annual Meeting as a Class II Director to serve until the Class II directors terms expire in 2009; and Mr. Sheetz is nominated for election at the Annual Meeting as a Class III Director to serve until the Class III directors terms expire in 2010. If the F.N.B.-Omega Merger has not been
consummated prior to our 2008 Annual Meeting, then none of Messrs. Martz, Gingerich, or Sheetz will be nominated for election as a director at such meeting.
Additionally, the following Class I directors, whose terms expire at our Annual Meeting, have also been nominated by the Board of Directors for re-election at our Annual Meeting, to continue to serve as Class I directors until the 2011 Annual Meeting and until their successors are elected: Henry M. Ekker, Dawne S. Hickton, Peter Motensen and Earl K. Wahl, Jr.
Each director shall hold office for the term for which he/she is elected and thereafter until his/her successor is duly elected and qualified or until his/her earlier death, retirement, resignation or removal.
Directors are elected by a plurality of the votes cast at our Annual Meeting. This means that the five (5) persons properly nominated for election to director Class I receiving the highest number of FOR votes cast by the holders of our common stock for election as Class I directors will be elected. Likewise, the two persons properly nominated for election to director Class II and the person nominated for election to director Class I receiving the highest number of FOR votes cast by the holders of our common stock shall be elected to these director Classes. Relevant biographical information concerning the director nominees and other Company directors is described under the caption titled Information Concerning Directors and Executive Officers of this proxy statement.
THE BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR ALL OF THE NOMINEES IDENTIFIED IN THE ABOVE DISCUSSION FOR ELECTION AS DIRECTORS (ITEM 1 ON THE PROXY CARD).
Each of the director nominees has consented to being named in this proxy statement and to serve if elected. In the event one or more of the director nominees is unable or unwilling to serve as a director for any reason (the Corporation knows of no such reason other than the F.N.B.-Omega Merger has not yet been consummated and Messrs. Gingerich, Martz and Sheetz have, as a result, not previously been appointed to the F.N.B. Board), or should any nominee be unavailable for election by reason of death or other unexpected occurrence, the enclosed proxy, to the extent permitted by applicable law, may be voted by us with discretionary authority in connection with the nomination by the Board and the election of any substitute nominee. In addition, the Board may reduce the number of directors to be elected at the meeting.
Proxies, unless indicated to the contrary, will be voted FOR the election of Messrs. Ekker, Mortensen, Wahl and Martz, and Ms. Hickton, as Class I directors of the Company with terms expiring at the 2011 Annual Meeting, and FOR the election of Messrs. New and Gingerich as Class II directors of the Company with terms expiring at the 2009 Annual Meeting, and FOR the election of Mr. Sheetz as a Class III director of the Company with a term expiring at the 2010 Annual Meeting.
Listed in the table below are the names of the eight nominees to serve as directors, the eight incumbent directors who will be continuing in office following the Annual Meeting, and each executive officer named in the Summary Compensation Table of this proxy statement, together with: their principal occupations/business experience during the past five years; any family relationship between the officers, directors and nominees; any other current directorships they hold with publicly held companies; their ages; the year in which each director was first elected a director of the Company and the expiration of his/her term; and the amount and percentage of Company common stock which each executive officer or director or nominee owns and the amount owned by all of our executive officers, directors and nominees as a group as of March 5, 2008:
Directors and Executive Officers
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act) requires our executive officers and directors, as well as persons who own 10% or more of any class of our equity securities, file reports of their ownership of our securities, as well as statements of changes in such ownership, with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC). To our knowledge, based solely on a review of copies of the reports filed on behalf of our directors and executive officers and written representations received from our executive officers and directors (we do not have any shareholders who own 10% or more of any class of our equity securities), no other reports were required, and based on our review of the statements of ownership changes filed by our executive officers and directors with the SEC during 2007, we believe that except for one delinquent Form 4 filing by Director Hickton, due to an inadvertent administrative oversight, all such filings required during 2007 were made on a timely basis.
We are not aware of any stockholder who was the beneficial owner of more than 5% of the outstanding shares of common stock as of February 15, 2008, except for the entity identified in the table below who has filed a Schedule 13G with the SEC:
The Company has developed and operates under corporate governance principles and practices which are designed to maximize long-term shareholder return, align the interests of the Board and management with those of the Companys shareholders, and promote the highest ethical conduct among the Companys directors, management and employees.
You can find more specific details about these and other F.N.B. corporate governance policies and practices in this proxy statement and F.N.B.s Corporate Governance Guidelines available on F.N.B.s website at www.fnbcorporation.com under the tab, Corporate Governance, and then clicking on the heading, F.N.B. Corporation Corporate Governance Guidelines. The Corporate Governance Guidelines are also available in print to any shareholder who requests it by contacting us at: F.N.B. Corporation, One F.N.B. Boulevard, Hermitage, Pennsylvania 16148 c/o Corporate Secretary. Highlights of portions of the Companys Corporate Governance Guidelines, as well as some of F.N.B.s corporate governance policies, practices, procedures and related matters are described below.
This portion of the proxy statement provides an overview of our corporate governance policies and practices including information about our compliance with the NYSEs corporate governance rules which have been
approved by the SEC. The NYSEs rules are designed to ensure the integrity of public companies corporate governance processes. The NYSE and SEC intend that these disclosures will enhance the transparency of the operations of public company boards of directors.
We encourage you to visit the Corporate Governance page of our corporate website at www.fnbcorporation.com for additional information about our Board and its Committees, our Corporate Governance Guidelines and the Code of Ethics of our Company. Additional information on these topics is also included in other sections of this proxy statement.
If you would like to have printed copies of the F.N.B. Corporate Governance Guidelines, the F.N.B. Corporation Codes of Conduct and Ethics or the charters of the Boards Audit, Nominating and Corporate Governance or Compensation Committees (all of which are posted on our corporate website), please send your written request to: F.N.B. Corporation, One F.N.B. Boulevard, Hermitage, Pennsylvania 16148, Attention: Corporate Secretary. We will provide the material at no cost to you.
Background. As a company that has securities listed on the NYSE, we are required to have a majority of independent members on our Board of Directors. Under the NYSEs corporate governance rules, no director qualifies as independent unless our Board affirmatively determines that the director has no material relationship with F.N.B. The fact that a director or member of a directors immediate family may have a material relationship with F.N.B directly or as a partner, owner, shareholder, or officer of an organization that has a relationship with F.N.B. will not necessarily preclude such director from being nominated for election to the Board. However, the Board may not determine any director to be independent if that director has any relationship covered by one of five bright-line independence tests established by the NYSE, or the categorical independence standards contained within F.N.B.s Corporate Governance Guidelines, as discussed below.
The New York Stock Exchanges bright-line independence tests. The NYSE has adopted five bright-line independence tests for directors. The NYSEs director independence requirements are designed to increase the quality of Board oversight at listed companies and to lessen the possibility that damaging conflicts of interests will influence Board decisions. Each of these tests describes a specific set of circumstances that would cause a director not to be independent from our management. The NYSEs corporate governance rules do not define every relationship that will be considered material for purposes of determining a directors independence from our management. Material relationships can include commercial, industrial, banking, consulting, legal, accounting, charitable and familial relationships, among others. For example, one of the bright-line independence tests provides that a director who is an employee of F.N.B. or its affiliates, or whose immediate family member is an executive officer of F.N.B. is not independent until three years after the end of the employment relationship.
The four other bright-line independence tests provide that a director cannot be considered independent if:
The F.N.B. Corporate Governance Guidelines incorporate the NYSE definition of the term immediate family member to include a directors spouse, parents, children, siblings, mothers and fathers-in-law, sons and daughters-in-law, brothers and sisters-in-law and anyone who resides in the directors home.
Categorical standards of director independence adopted by our Board of Directors. The NYSEs corporate governance rules permit a listed companys board of directors to adopt categorical standards of director independence. Categorical standards permit a board of directors to determine in advance that specific categories of relationships between a listed company and a director do not, by themselves, render a director non-independent. Of course, categorical standards of independence cannot override or lower the standards in the bright-line independence tests established by the NYSE. Categorical standards are intended to assist a board in making determinations of independence. The NYSE recognizes that the adoption and disclosure of categorical standards provide investors with an adequate means of assessing the quality of a boards independence and its independence determinations, while avoiding excessive disclosure of immaterial relationships.
Our Board, acting on the recommendation of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, has adopted categorical standards of independence. Our Board applies these standards at lease annually in determining the independence of the individual members of F.N.B.s Board of Directors. These categorical standards are set forth in the F.N.B. Corporation Corporate Governance Guidelines, and can be found on our website at www.fnbcorporation.com under the tab for Corporate Governance.
The F.N.B. categorical standards of independence generally provide, among other things, that ordinary course business relationships do not constitute material relationships. These categorical standards generally permit directors (or any entity or partnership of which such director or immediate family member is an officer, partner, director or 10% equity owner) to provide consulting, legal, business or other services or products within ordinary course relationships as long as these relationships do not represent a significant financial relationship for F.N.B. or the service or product provider. A significant financial relationship is deemed not to exist if such service or product provider has made payments to, or received payments from the Company, or its affiliates, in an amount that, in any of the last five fiscal years does not exceed the greater of $1,000,000 or 2% of such entitys consolidated gross revenues.
Also, under F.N.B.s categorical standards, the determination of whether a director is independent includes an evaluation of any transactions and relationships between each director, any member of his or her immediate family or his or her related business entities and the Company or its subsidiaries and affiliates. Our categorical independence standards generally require the F.N.B. Board of Directors to examine the relevant facts and circumstances involved in transactions and relationships between directors, including their immediate family members, any entity or partnership in which they or their immediate family members have an ownership interest or employment relationship, (subsequently such relationships are referred to in this proxy statement as related business interest(s)), and our Company or affiliates or transactions with members of our senior management. In instances where a director, officer, his/her immediate family member or related business interest(s) is a client of F.N.B., or any of its affiliates, such business relationship will not be deemed to be material if it was entered into in the ordinary course of business on terms substantially similar to those that would be offered to comparable customers in similar circumstances, and termination of the business relationship is not reasonably expected to have a material adverse effect on the financial condition, results of operations, or business of F.N.B., its affiliates or the director, his/her immediate family member or the related business interest(s).
F.N.B.s categorical standards provide that a material relationship will not be considered to exist where F.N.B.s contributions to a non-profit entity, for which an F.N.B. director is an officer, do not exceed 5% of the non-profits total revenues.
Because banking is a significant portion of our business, attention is given to lending and other financing transactions involving a director, his/her immediate family member and entities which they control, and FNBPA or any of its affiliates. Our Board of Directors has determined that a directors independence is not affected where there is a loan relationship made in the ordinary course between FNBPA and the director, his/her immediate family member or related business interest(s) or immediate family member and such loan conforms with applicable bank policies and federal regulatory requirements, is performing in accordance with its contractual terms and has not been adversely classified or specifically mentioned by the federal bank examiners or FNBPAs internal loan review process. Additionally, a directors participation in subordinated debt, private equity, mezzanine financing or other financial transactions entered into by our subsidiary, F.N.B. Capital Corporation, LLC, will not be deemed to create a material relationship if the director, the directors immediate family member, or the related business interest,
participates in such transaction and the transaction is made on terms substantially the same as those pursuant to which F.N.B. Capital Corporation, LLC participates, unless the director or immediate family member is an officer, director or owner of 10% or more of the equity of the enterprise, business or entity to which F.N.B. Capital Corporation, LLC provides such financing or equity.
Where a director or a directors immediate family member is associated as a partner or associate of, or of counsel to, a law firm that provides services to the Company or any of its affiliates, such relationship will not be deemed material if neither the director nor an immediate family member of the director provides such services to F.N.B. or its affiliates and the payments received from F.N.B. or its affiliates do not exceed 2% or $1,000,000, whichever is greater, of the law firms gross revenues in any of the prior five years.
Also, the Corporate Governance Guidelines require that the Board broadly consider all relevant facts and circumstances especially in situations not covered by the NYSE bright-line or F.N.B.s categorical independence standards.
As required by the NYSEs corporate governance rules, we disclose in this proxy statement any director relationships with us that meet either the NYSE bright-line independence tests or F.N.B.s categorical independence standards. In certain limited cases, a director may have a relationship that is described by a categorical independence standard and NYSE bright-line independence test. In such a case, the bright-line test will determine whether the directors relationship is a material relationship that prohibits a determination of independence by our Board.
On February 20, 2008, the Board, with the assistance of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, conducted an evaluation of director independence, based on the director independence standards set forth in the Companys Corporate Governance Guidelines, the NYSE rules and applicable SEC rules and regulations. In connection with this review, the Board evaluated banking, commercial, business, investment, legal, charitable, consulting, familial or other relationships with each director or immediate family member and their related business interest(s) and the Company and its affiliates, including those relationships described under the caption, Related Persons Transactions, in this proxy statement.
As a result of this evaluation, the Board affirmatively determined that each of Messrs. Campbell, Ekker, Gingerich, Goldstein, Martz, Malone, Mortensen, Radcliffe, Rooney, Rose, Sheetz, Strimbu and Wahl and Ms. Hickton is an independent director under the Companys director independence standards, the NYSE rules and the applicable SEC rules and regulations. In addition, the Board affirmatively determined that former Director Archie Wallace, who retired in accordance with F.N.B.s Directors Retirement Policy on April 30, 2007, was independent at the time of his retirement from the Corporations Board. In connection with the evaluation, the Board considered that in addition to the fact that the Companys various affiliates provided lending, wealth management, insurance and other financial services in the ordinary course of business to the directors, their immediate family members and their related business interest(s), some directors, their immediate family members and their related business interest(s) provided services to the Company and its affiliates or participated in transactions with the Companys merchant banking affiliate, and concluded that none of these relationships were material. In particular, the Board considered the following relationships:
Our Board affirmatively determined that Mr. Gurgovits and Mr. New are not independent under the NYSE corporate governance rules and F.N.B.s categorical director independence standards because they are officers of the Company.
The Companys policy is that our Board of Directors hold at least one executive session per year. The Lead Director presides at the executive session meeting. The Board conducted one executive session in 2007, which was attended solely by independent and non-management directors. For more information about the role of the Lead Director, please see the discussion under the caption Our Board of Directors and Its Committees-Lead Independent Director in this proxy statement.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ITS COMMITTEES
Our Board of Directors met 14 times in 2007. All directors attended at least 75% of the aggregate number of meetings of the Board of Directors and the respective committees on which such director served. All of our directors attended our 2007 Annual Meeting. It is the policy of our Board of Directors that our directors are expected to attend our Annual Meeting. Our Board of Directors has an Executive Committee, an Audit Committee, a Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, a Compensation Committee and a Risk Committee.
The Board has long recognized the importance of independent leadership on the board and toward that end established the designation of Lead Director in 2006. As provided in the Corporate Governance Guidelines, the independent directors elect the Lead Director (who must be an independent director) for a one-year term and such person cannot serve as Lead Director more than three consecutive terms. In 2007, the independent directors elected Mr. Campbell to serve as the Boards Lead Director. The duties and responsibilities of the Lead Director include, but are not limited to, the following:
Our Executive Committee met 17 times in 2007. Messrs. Campbell, Goldstein, Gurgovits, Mortensen, Rose and Radcliffe are the members of our Executive Committee. The purpose of our Executive Committee is to provide an efficient means of considering such matters and taking such actions as may require the attention of our Board of Directors or the exercise of our Board of Directors powers or authorities, consistent with Florida law and Company bylaws, in the intervals between regular meetings of our Board of Directors.
The members of our Audit Committee are Messrs. Goldstein, Malone, Radcliffe and Strimbu. Our Audit Committee selects our independent auditors and reviews our financial reporting process, audit reports and management recommendations made by our independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee met 8 times during fiscal year 2007. In addition, the Chairman of the Audit Committee met quarterly with management and internal and external auditors to review our earnings press releases and periodically to discuss various routine matters with management. A copy of our Audit Committee Charter is posted on our website at www.fnbcorporation.com under the Corporate Governance tab.
Our Board has reviewed the requirements of the NYSE and the SEC regarding the independence and financial acumen of the members of our Audit Committee and has determined that the Audit Committee is in compliance with such requirements. In addition, our Board has determined that the Chairman of our Audit Committee, Mr. Radcliffe, by virtue of his extensive career in business and experience in the areas of banking, finance, investments and business generally, qualifies as an audit committee financial expert within the meaning of applicable requirements of the SEC and the NYSE. Mr. Radcliffe and each of the other members of the Audit Committee are independent under the NYSE independence standards.
The members of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee are Ms. Hickton and Messrs. Campbell, Ekker, Rose and Wahl. All of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee members satisfy applicable SEC and NYSE independence standards and the independence criteria specified in our Corporate Governance Guidelines. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee met 4 times in 2007. A copy of the Charter of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is posted on our website at www.fnbcorporation.com under the Corporate Governance tab. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee assists in developing standards concerning the qualifications of the Board and composition of the Corporations and its affiliates Boards; recommends director candidates to stand for election to the Companys Board and director appointments to the Companys affiliate Boards and affiliate advisory boards and seeks to promote the best interest of the Company and its shareholders through the implementation of prudent and sound corporate governance principles and practices. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee coordinates the Boards self-assessment process and assists in the development of Board education and training initiatives. In making its recommendations, our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee conducts a review and assessment of the nominees judgment, experience, temperament, independence and compatibility with the Companys culture, understanding of the Companys finances, business and operations, attendance at meetings and such other factors as the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee considers
relevant. In general, our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee seeks to balance the needs for professional knowledge, business expertise, varied industry knowledge, financial acumen and CEO-level management experience.
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will consider director candidates recommended by shareholders if the recommendation is submitted according to the procedures specified in the Corporations Bylaws and under the caption titled Shareholder Proposals in this proxy statement. The recommendation must be submitted in writing to the Corporate Secretary by the deadline specified in the Corporations Bylaws to the address indicated in the discussion under the caption titled Shareholder Proposals in this proxy statement. Such recommendations shall include the name, age, citizenship, business and residence addresses, qualifications, including principal occupation or employment, and directorships and other positions held by the proposed nominee in business, charitable and community organizations. Information must also be provided concerning: (i) any commercial, industrial, banking, consulting, legal, accounting, charitable, familial or other relationships involving the proposed nominee and us that may be relevant in determining whether the proposed nominee is independent of us under the then applicable rules of the SEC and the NYSE and the independence criteria set forth in our Corporate Governance Guidelines and (ii) the educational, professional and employment-related background and experience of the proposed nominee, together with any other facts and circumstances that may be relevant in determining whether the proposed nominee is an audit committee financial expert under the applicable rules of the SEC and the NYSE.
In performing its corporate governance function, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee performs the following responsibilities: (i) reviews the qualifications and independence of the members of the Board and its various Committees on a regular periodic basis (at least annually); (ii) recommends to the Board the Companys corporate governance principles and practices to be included in the Companys Corporate Governance Guidelines; (iii) recommends independence standards to be used by the Board in making determinations regarding the independence of the Companys directors; (iv) monitors compliance with the Companys Corporate Governance Guidelines; and (v) assists the Board in its annual review of the Boards performance.
The Risk Committee was established in 2006 and had 5 meetings in 2007. The primary responsibilities of the Risk Committee are to assist the Board in reviewing and overseeing information regarding the Companys significant policies, procedures and practices relating to the Companys management of its enterprise-wide risk program, including establishing acceptable risk tolerance levels for the Company. The following directors are current members of the Risk Committee: Messrs. Campbell, Radcliffe and Rose.
The members of the Compensation Committee during 2007 were Mr. Goldstein as Chairman, Messrs. Malone, Rooney, Rose and Strimbu. None of the foregoing members have ever been employed by the Company or FNBPA, other than Mr. Rose, and no such member had, during our last fiscal year, any relationship with us requiring disclosure under Item 404 of Regulation S-K or under the Compensation Committee Interlocks disclosure requirements of Item 407(e)(4) of Regulation S-K. Each Committee member has been determined to be independent under the NYSE Rules, and are non-employees under the meaning of Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act. Our Board of Directors has delegated the responsibility of setting the compensation of the Companys Chief Executive Officer, senior officers and directors to the Committee. The Committee met 9 times in 2007. A copy of the Compensation Committee charter is posted under the Corporate Governance tab of our website at www.fnbcorporation.com.
The Committee administers the Companys executive compensation program, including the oversight of executive compensation policies and decisions, administration of the annual cash incentive award plan applicable to executive officers and administration of the Companys equity incentive plan. The Committee administers and interprets the Companys qualified and non-qualified benefit plans, establishes guidelines, approves participants in
the non-qualified plans, approves grants and awards, and exercises other power and authority required and permitted under the plans and the Committees charter, a copy of which is available on our website. The Committee also reviews and approves executive officer, including Chief Executive Officer, compensation, including, as applicable, salary, short-term incentive and long-term incentive compensation levels, perquisites, equity compensation, severance arrangements and other forms of executive officer compensation. The Committees charter reflects its responsibilities, which the Committee reviews annually, and recommends any proposed changes to the Board.
From time to time, the Committee delegates authority to fulfill various functions of administering the Companys plans to employees of the Company. Specifically, the Committee delegates administration of the Companys qualified plans to the Pension Committee, which is a Committee of senior officers of the Company having the appropriate expertise, experience and background in handling defined benefit and defined contribution plans.
The Compensation Committee engaged Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Inc. (Mercer) to assist it in evaluating the compensation practices at F.N.B. and to provide advice and ongoing recommendations regarding Chief Executive Officer, Senior Officer and director compensation that are consistent with F.N.B.s business goals and pay philosophy. Mercer provides market information and analysis as background to decisions regarding total compensation, including base salary and short and long-term incentives, for the Chief Executive Officers, other senior officers and directors. Mercer is not affiliated with F.N.B. nor did it provide any other services or perform other work for the Company in 2007.
In performance of its duties, Mercer interacted with the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Human Resources, the Corporate Counsel and other Company employees. Additionally, Mercer communicated with, took direction from, and regularly interacted with the Chairman of the Compensation Committee and other members of the Compensation Committee in addition to attending Compensation Committee meetings on an as needed basis.
The Compensation Committee of the Board (the Committee) has reviewed and discussed the matters contained under the title, Compensation Discussion and Analysis, of this proxy statement with the Companys management and, based on such review and discussions, the Committee recommended to the Board that the compensation discussion and analysis be included in this proxy statement. Portions of this proxy statement, including the compensation discussion and analysis, have been incorporated by reference into the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the Companys fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.
Robert B. Goldstein, Chairman
David J. Malone
Arthur J. Rooney, II
John W. Rose
William J. Strimbu
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION AND
OTHER PROXY DISCLOSURE
This section discusses the material factors involved in the Companys decisions regarding the compensation of the Named Executive Officers (as defined in the discussion under the caption, Summary Compensation Table, of this proxy statement) during 2007. The specific amounts paid or payable to the Named Executive Officers are included in the tables and narrative under the title, Summary Compensation Table, of this proxy statement. The following discussion cross-references the specific tabular and narrative disclosures where appropriate.
F.N.B. seeks to link the interest of shareholders and management in creating long-term shareholder value through its compensation program. F.N.B. believes it will accomplish this objective and attract and retain highly motivated and talented employees by linking compensation to individual performance and short and long-term Company performance. The Committee designed F.N.B.s compensation program to result in increased compensation when performance is above targeted or benchmarked standards and decreased total compensation when performance is below targeted or benchmarked standards.
Elements of Compensation
F.N.B. has divided executive compensation into five broad categories: (i) base salary, (ii) short-term annual incentive bonus, (iii) long-term incentive compensation, (iv) retirement and post-employment benefits and (v) other benefit and perquisites. F.N.B. then uses its incentive programs to reward its Named Executive Officers (and other senior officers) for individual and Company performance. Overall, the awards under the plans are designed to vary with position and level of responsibility reflecting the principle that the total compensation opportunity should increase with position and responsibility while, at the same time, putting a greater percentage of each Named Executive Officers compensation at risk based on Company and individual performance.
F.N.B. desires that its compensation programs be competitive in the marketplace. Thus, for purposes of 2007 compensation, F.N.B. compared itself against an appropriate group of financial services companies with assets in the $3 billion to $10 billion range. For purposes of comparing base salary, annual incentives, and long-term compensation, the Committee conducts a review of its benchmarks throughout the year, with assistance from Mercer, using a variety of methods such as direct analysis of proxy statements of other financial services companies, as well as a review of compilation of survey data of companies of a similar size published by several independent consulting firms and customized compensation surveys performed by independent consulting firms. Overall, the Committees intention is to have total compensation be in the fiftieth percentile (50%) of compensation paid by competitors for comparable positions, with an annual bonus and long-term incentive opportunity such that, if a Named Executive Officer realizes the incentives, his or her total compensation will be above the median and in the third quartile.
In setting 2007 Named Executive Officer compensation, the Committee reviewed the above survey data and the proxy data of a group of 13 financial services companies generally located in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern Ohio region and located outside of major metropolitan areas (Peer Group). The Company believes the Peer Group is representative of the market in which we compete for talent and includes companies of similar size and product and service offerings. Additionally, with the assistance of Mercer, the Committee regularly reviews the Peer Group to assure that it remains an appropriate benchmark for F.N.B. At the time of setting 2007 compensation, F.N.B.s
asset size and market capitalization were slightly less than the median of the Peer Group. The 13 companies in the Peer Group are:
The Company uses a separate peer group to determine whether it has met its long-term incentive performance targets (LTI Peer Group). The Company compares its relative Return on Average Tangible Equity performance to the LTI Peer Group which contains financial institutions having assets in the $3 billion to $10 billion range providing financial services to both retail and commercial customers throughout the United States. Currently, there are 54 organizations in this LTI Peer Group. The Committee believes the LTI Peer Group is diverse and provides the necessary depth to be meaningful in setting relative goals.
The various components of the Named Executive Officers total compensation are detailed below.
The Company provides base salary to all salaried employees including the Named Executive Officers, in order to provide them with a degree of financial certainty. Competitive base salaries further the Committees compensation program objectives by allowing the Company to attract and retain talented employees by providing a fixed portion of compensation upon which all employees can rely. Base salary is the only fixed portion of our Named Executive Officers compensation.
Year-to-year, the Company determines adjustments to each Named Executive Officers base salary based upon an assessment of his or her performance versus job responsibilities, including the impact of such performance on F.N.B.s financial results. The Committee targets base salary for Named Executive Officers at the median for its Peer Group. The Company reviews base salary annually and adjusts it as the Company deems appropriate. In certain cases, the Company increases base salary in order to raise the Named Executive Officers annual salary to reflect more closely the annual salaries of comparably performing Peer Group executives.
The Committee reviewed its compensation philosophy relevant to Mr. Gurgovits compensation for 2007, including the annual incentive bonus paid in 2007 for 2006 performance and his restricted stock awards. The Committee further analyzed Mr. Gurgovits salary compared to other Peer Group CEOs compensation. The Committee believes that Mr. Gurgovits dedication to and leadership of the Company have been important to the Companys stability and continued profitability and that Mr. Gurgovits total compensation is at a level competitive with Chief Executive Officers salaries within the financial services industry and within the thirteen bank Peer Group more particularly described above and is consistent with the Companys philosophy.
The Committee also reviewed the other Named Executive Officers compensation to determine whether their base salary was consistent with the compensation philosophy. The 2007 salaries of Messrs. Gurgovits, Lilly and Roberts, as set forth in the Summary Compensation Table, were approximately 5% to 10% below the market median. Mr. Mogles base salary exceeded the median by less than 5%; however, his increase
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over the prior year only represented a performance based increase consistent with the CEOs assessment of his performance and consistent with salary increases in the survey data reviewed by Mercer. Mr. Calabreses salary was set by negotiation with him before he commenced employment with F.N.B. His salary was approximately 13% higher than the Peer Group median; however, his base salary was the same as his base salary with his predecessor employer, which is in the Peer Group. Additionally, his base salary is in the salary ranges provided to the Company by Mercer.
A Named Executive Officers base salary is a reference point for the Companys annual incentive opportunities. The Company determines the level at which each Named Executive Officer participates in the annual executive incentive compensation program (EIC Plan) under the 2007 Incentive Plan (2007 Plan). This level is typically expressed in a percentage amount. For example, if a Named Executive Officer participates in the EIC Plan at the 30% level, it means that the Named Executive Officers target incentive opportunity would be the Named Executive Officers base salary multiplied by 30%. In addition, prior to 2007, base salary was the only component of compensation in the formula under which a Named Executive Officers pension benefit accrued under the Companys Pension Plan. A Named Executive Officer may also defer a portion of his or her base salary and bonus into the Companys 401(k) Plan.
The Company paid cash bonuses to Named Executive Officers under our EIC Plan, as more particularly stated in the Summary Compensation Table and Grants of Plan-Based Awards table. The EIC Plan provides additional compensation to Named Executive Officers based on the Companys achievement of certain financial objectives. The EIC Plan is open to each Named Executive Officer and all other salaried personnel selected by the Companys Chief Executive Officer and the Compensation Committee for participation.
The Company believes that a significant amount of compensation should be contingent on Company performance. By putting a portion of the Named Executive Officers and senior officers total short-term compensation at-risk, the Company expects to drive the Companys annual performance goals while increasing long-term shareholder value. These goals are critical to the Companys earnings per share and total shareholder return, which are important measures to both the Company and its shareholders. Thus, by paying annual incentive compensation, the Company links its performance to increasing shareholder value.
F.N.B. targets short-term, annual incentive compensation of the Chief Executive Officer and the other Named Executive Officers such that short-term incentive compensation is tied directly to both corporate and individual performance. Corporate performance is based upon the Companys performance relative to its overall annual performance plan goals as approved by the Board of Directors, including goals related to net income and earnings per share. All annual bonuses are discretionary, with the Compensation Committee establishing bonuses for the Chief Executive Officer and other Named Executive Officers. The target bonuses for the Chief Executive Officer and the other Named Executive Officers range from 30% to 60% of base pay.
The Committee establishes an annual bonus pool based upon the Companys performance versus the target net income goal set by the Board of Directors. Additionally, the Committee has discretion to consider unusual factors and their resulting effect on corporate performance, i.e., significant merger and acquisition transactions, unusual investment gains or losses, corporate and balance sheet restructuring, significant asset sales and other items the Compensation Committee deems appropriate in determining whether the Company met the target goal. The pool is a product of the annual salaries of the participants multiplied by the participants target payout levels. If the Company fails to achieve 80% of the target goal, the plan does not provide for any annual incentive compensation payout to the Chief Executive Officer, the other Named Executive Officers or other senior officers. Additionally, if the Company exceeds the goal as set by the
Board of Directors, then the plan provides for annual incentive payments that are higher than the target bonus for each Named Executive Officer and other senior officers.
The Company has targeted its annual incentive compensation to vary significantly based upon performance against the annual target net income goal. Therefore, there is a significant upside and downside potential. Annual incentive awards provide the potential for payment to the Named Executive Officers at or above the target level if the Company performance is at or above the target net income goal. Similarly, if Company performance is below the target net income goal, the compensation of Named Executive Officers also will be below the target bonus amount. The EIC Plan provides for an increase over target if the Companys performance exceeds plan from 1% to 20% of goal. For each 1% the Company deviates from its net income goal, the annual incentive compensation pool is affected by 5%. For example, if the Company exceeds its net income goal by 2%, then a Named Executive Officers annual incentive bonus payment may be increased up to 10% more than his or her target bonus amount. Likewise, if the Company misses its target goal by 5%, then each Named Executive Officers potential bonus amount is reduced by 25%.
Once the Committee establishes the pool amount, it exercises discretion to determine whether each Named Executive Officer will receive his targeted amount of annual incentive compensation. The Company goal for all Named Executive Officers, except Mr. Roberts, is based on total Company performance. Mr. Roberts goal is a factor using both the performance of the Company, weighted 30%, and its subsidiary, FNBPA, weighted 70%. The EIC Plan gives the Committee discretion to increase and decrease individual awards from the plan targets; however, the annual pool cannot be increased.
In 2007, the Company exceeded 80% of the target net income goal. Thus, the Company awarded bonuses to the Named Executive Officers, as more particularly reflected in the Summary Compensation Table and Grants of Plan-Based Awards tables and accompanying narrative. Specifically, the Company achieved 97% of its net income target, or $69.7 million, despite the various pressures on earnings, including a flat to inverted yield curve, softening housing market, and extremely competitive pricing. The Committee did not adjust corporate results for any unusual factors. Mr. Gurgovits, is entitled by contract to a retention bonus if he is employed on December 31 of each year during which his employment agreement remains in effect, and may be entitled to a performance bonus. As reflected in the Summary Compensation Table, Mr. Gurgovits received the retention bonus for 2007.
As noted above under the Base Salary discussion, the annual incentive compensation is directly related to base compensation. Additionally, due to a change in the defined benefit pension plan effective January 1, 2007, the bonus paid to the Named Executive Officers and any other participant is also used in calculating the participants retirement benefit. A Named Executive Officer may also defer a portion of his or her bonus into the Companys 401(k) Plan.
The Company awarded service-based and performance-based restricted stock awards to our Named Executive Officers under our 2007 Plan as more particularly stated in the Grants of Plan-Based Awards table. The restricted stock awards provide additional compensation to Named Executive Officers, and other senior management based on the Companys achievement of certain financial objectives and the Named Executive Officer or other Senior Officer remaining continuously employed. The 2007 Plan is open to each Named Executive Officer and all other salaried personnel selected by the Companys Chief Executive Officer and the Compensation Committee for participation.
In recent years, the Compensation Committee has placed greater emphasis on restricted stock awards (both performance and service-based) as a means to increase long-term stock ownership by Named Executive Officers and to reward management for creating long-term shareholder value. Based upon various factors, including the Companys commitment to its shareholders to be a value oriented, high-dividend paying company, the Company currently does not award stock options. The Compensation Committee has
determined that it is in the Companys best interest to continue to rely on granting equity-based awards as restricted stock in order to best align the Companys compensation practices with the Companys long-term financial performance goals and objectives and its shareholders interests.
The Committee has historically granted restricted stock awards in January. However, in January 2007, the Committee did not make any awards under the Companys long-term incentive plan, the F.N.B. Corporation 2001 Incentive Plan (the 2001 Plan), because the Company was in the process of revising the 2001 Plan, and the structure from prior year awards and was submitting the revised plan to its shareholders for approval. At its Annual Meeting, the shareholders approved the 2007 Plan. Therefore, in 2007, the Company made restricted stock awards in July, after the shareholders approved the 2007 Plan. The awards made in July include both service-based awards and performance-based awards, which is consistent with the type of awards the Company has made since 2004.
The Committee establishes a target award level for each Named Executive Officer based upon the officers level of responsibility in the Company. Additionally, the Committee sets the levels such that the award amount increases as the officers level of responsibility in the organization increases. At the time of granting the awards, the Committee sets the award amount for each participant level in an effort to provide competitive long term compensation. In 2007, the Committee reviewed information provided by Mercer related to peer long-term incentive compensation levels. Based upon the competitive data, the Committee determined that it was appropriate to increase the award amounts such that the target level for the awards would more closely approximate the median level of the peer group. The Committee placed all of the increase in the performance-based awards of the 2007 restricted stock awards, such that 40% vest in full at the end of three years (Service-Based Awards) and 60% vest in full at the end of four years, provided, the Company meets certain financial performance requirements set forth in the awards (Performance Awards). The Committee determined it appropriate to place the entire increase of the award amount in the Performance Award in order to more closely align payment of the incentive awards to the Named Executive Officers with Company performance and the creation of shareholder value. The 2007 Performance Awards cliff vest at the end of four years if the Companys average annual return on average tangible equity during the four year period is in the top quartile of the LTI Peer Group. The Committee believes this allocation of equity awards is appropriate since the Service-Based Awards reward Named Executive Officers for loyalty to the Company. The Performance-Awards similarly reward loyalty and also drive Company performance, while creating shareholder value by linking the shareholders interests and the Named Executive Officers interests in long-term success. All restricted stock awards, including both Service-Based Awards and Performance Awards, are subject to forfeiture if the Named Executive Officer terminates employment, other than as a result of retirement, death or disability, before the cliff vesting date.
Mr. Calabrese received a discretionary restricted stock award as an incentive to commence working for the Company, which award is reflected in the Summary Compensation Table, 2007 Grants of Plan-Based Awards table, and his Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control table. These restricted stock awards are service-based, vesting in equal installments over a five-year period.
Long-term incentive compensation earned by the Named Executive Officers is a component of total compensation, which is benchmarked against the Companys LTI Peer Group. It does not impact any other component of their compensation or benefits. However, the program is designed to increase the Named Executive Officers overall compensation such that achievement of the performance goals will result in increased compensation.
In October, 2006, the Committee adopted the Management Stock Ownership Policy which requires the Chief Executive Officer, all the Named Executive Officers and all other participants in the long-term incentive plan, the
2007 Plan, and any successor plan to maintain varying levels of stock ownership based upon the officers participation level in the plan.
All salaried employees, except employees of First National Insurance Agency, LLC (FNIA), participate in a defined benefit pension plan, the Retirement Income Plan (RIP), and all employees are eligible to participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. The Company has closed the defined benefit pension plan to anyone hired on or after January 1, 2008.
Retirement Plans, in general, are designed to provide Named Executive Officers and other employees with financial security after retirement. The Companys defined benefit pension plan, the RIP, offers benefits to employees that are more particularly detailed in the narrative accompanying the Pension Benefits Table. Additionally, the Company provides matching contributions and an automatic contribution under the 401(k) Plan, for all employees, including the Named Executive Officers. However, due to Code limits on the amount of compensation that may be recognized for tax-qualified retirement plans, certain Named Executive Officers, including, Messrs. Gurgovits, Roberts and Lilly, are unable to make the full amount of contributions to the 401(k) Plan and the amount of their total pay that is included in the calculation of their pension benefit is limited. Therefore, the Company also offers the F.N.B. Corporation ERISA Excess Retirement Plan and the F.N.B. Corporation Lost Match Plan to allow any affected employee to receive the full benefit intended by the qualified retirement plans.
In addition to those plans, the Company also maintains a supplemental executive retirement plan, called the Basic Retirement Plan (BRP), which supplements the benefits provided by the RIP and the ERISA Excess Retirement Plan. The purpose of the BRP is to insure a minimum level of retirement income for the Named Executive Officers and other senior officers who participate in the plan. Post-retirement compensation is necessary to attract and retain talented executives. The Company believes its post-retirement benefits are competitive in the industry and provide Named Executive Officers appropriate retirement benefits.
The Company also provides severance and change in control payments through employment contracts that provide additional security for our Named Executive Officers. The Company determined that the continued retention of the services of the Named Executive Officers on a long-term basis fosters stability of senior management through retention of well-qualified officers. The Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control tables and accompanying narrative detail the Named Executive Officers employment contracts.
The RIP benefit is determined by a precise formula set forth in the plan document and explained in the narrative accompanying the Pension Benefits table. The ERISA Excess Lost Match Plan and ERISA Excess Retirement Plan benefit formulas are based upon the specific opportunity or amount lost by the Named Executive Officer, or other participant, due to Code limits and are more fully detailed in the Pension Benefits table and narrative. The benefit under the BRP is a monthly benefit equal to a target benefit percentage based on years of service at retirement and a designated tier as determined by the Committee and detailed in the narrative accompanying the Pension Benefits table. The Company does not grant extra years of credited service under any of its qualified or non-qualified plans. The termination and change in control benefits for Named Executive Officers were set by contract and are described more fully in the Potential Termination and Change in Control Payments tables and in the narrative accompanying the Summary Compensation Table.
Retirement benefits are directly linked to the amount of the Named Executive Officers total pay which includes base salary and annual incentive compensation. Similarly, while the Named Executive Officers termination benefits are determined under their respective employment agreements, generally, termination
benefits are a product of base compensation and in the case of Messrs. Gurgovits, Roberts and Lilly, their annual bonus, if any.
The Companys Named Executive Officers participate in a wide array of benefit plans that are generally available to all employees of the Company, including the RIP and 401(k). Benefits primarily consist of participation in the Companys defined benefit, defined contribution and health and welfare benefit plans. In addition, some of the Named Executive Officers receive perquisites in the form of country club membership dues, a company car and other perquisites more particularly detailed as part of the Summary Compensation Table and accompanying narrative. The Company provides country club membership dues to certain Named Executive Officers in order to provide them with the ability to entertain customers, potential customers and various business contacts, which is an integral part of our industry. Similarly, the Company provides certain Named Executive Officers a company car for purposes of appropriate transportation for entertainment of customers, vendors and business contacts and traveling between the Companys facilities. These perquisites are detailed in the Summary Compensation Table.
Additionally, as set forth in the narrative accompanying the Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control table, Mr. Gurgovits has previously entered into a post-employment consulting agreement with the Company. Mr. Gurgovits will also receive deferred compensation under the Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Agreement as more particularly detailed in the narrative accompanying the Pension Benefits table.
On October 10, 2007, the Company entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Robert V. New, Jr. (Agreement). Under the Agreement, Mr. New began serving as the Companys President and CEO-elect beginning on January 15, 2008 (Effective Date), and will serve as Chief Executive Officer beginning on April 1, 2008.
Mr. News base salary was set based on negotiations. In addition to his base salary, Mr. New will be eligible for an annual cash bonus under the EIC Plan, based on performance and calculated as a percentage of his base salary with the target bonus payment being 60% of his base salary with the possibility of achieving a bonus between 0% and 120% of his base salary.
Mr. New is also entitled to termination payments under certain scenarios including death and disability. Mr. News agreement does not provide for any payments upon a voluntary termination by him or a for Cause termination by the Company. If the Company terminates Mr. News employment without Cause, or Mr. New terminates his employment for Good Reason, the Company will provide Mr. New the following payments and benefits: base salary through the date of termination and all other unpaid amounts to which he is entitled as of the date of termination including accrued and unpaid vacation; base salary for thirty-six (36) months following the date of termination; 1/12th of the average bonus as defined in the Agreement for thirty-six (36) months following the date of termination; and an amount equal to the aggregate premiums that Mr. New would be required to pay in order to maintain in effect the same medical, health, disability and life insurance coverage provided by the Company at the time of termination.
Section 162(m) of the Code limits the deductibility of the compensation in excess of $1 million dollars paid to the Chief Executive Officer and the three most highly compensated executive officers other than the CEO and CFO, unless such compensation qualifies as performance-based compensation. Performance Awards of restricted stock and annual incentive compensation granted under our 2007 Plan are intended to meet the performance-based compensation exception to the annual $1 million dollar limitation. While the Compensation Committee is cognizant of the tax deduction limitations applicable to our compensation program for Named Executive Officers, the Committee may from time to time set compensation levels outside the deduction limitations if it deems the amount of compensation is appropriate.
Other provisions of the Code also can affect the Companys compensation decisions. Under Code Section 280G, a 20% excise tax would be imposed upon Named Executive Officers and other executive officers who receive excess payments upon a change in control of the Company to the extent the payments received by them exceed an amount approximating three times their average compensation determined by a five-year average, referred to as the Base Amount. If payments exceed the limit, the excise tax applies, to all payments equal to or exceeding the Base Amount. The Company also could lose its tax deduction for excess payments.
In addition, Section 409A of the Code provides for a punitive tax on executives with respect to various features of deferred compensation arrangements mostly for compensation deferred on or after January 1, 2005. We have made the appropriate changes to our non-qualified retirement plans and employment agreements to help ensure there are no adverse affects on the Company or executive officers as a result of Section 409A. We do not expect these changes to have a material tax or financial consequence on the Company.
As discussed above, the Company has calculated and discussed with the Committee the tax impact to the Company and the executives of each of its cash and equity compensation awards and agreements. The Company also calculates and monitors the FAS 123R accounting expense related to equity-based compensation.
2007 Summary Compensation Table
The following table shows the total compensation paid or earned by the Companys Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and the three most highly paid executive officers other than the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer (each, a Named Executive Officer and together, the Named Executive Officers) for services rendered in all capacities to the Company and its subsidiaries for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2007:
The following table reflects the items included in the All Other Compensation column of the Summary Compensation Table shown for 2007 above.
The Named Executive Officers receive various perquisites provided by or paid for by the Company pursuant to Company policies or individual agreements with the executive. SEC rules require disclosure of the perquisites and other personal benefits, securities or property for a Named Executive Officer unless the amount of that type of compensation is less than $10,000 in the aggregate.
The following table reflects the perquisites included in the All Other Compensation column of the Summary Compensation Table for 2007 shown above:
The foregoing Summary Compensation Table and its sub-tables do not include certain fringe benefits generally made available on a non-discriminatory basis to all of our salaried employees such as group health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance and long-term disability insurance, which we consider to be ordinary and incidental business costs and expenses.
Mr. Gurgovits employment agreement dated December 31, 2005, as amended by an amendment dated December 15, 2006, provides for his continued employment as the Companys President and Chief Executive Officer and as Chairman of FNBPAs Board of Directors. The agreement was effective as of January 1, 2006, and expires on December 31, 2008 (Term). Under the terms of the agreement, Mr. Gurgovits receives a base salary that is reflected in the Summary Compensation Table and may be increased from time to time as determined by the Board. Additionally, the agreement, as amended, provides for Mr. Gurgovits to receive a retention bonus of $100,000 if Mr. Gurgovits remains employed on December 31st of each year of the Term. In addition to the annual retention bonus, Mr. Gurgovits is eligible for annual incentive compensation at a target award level of 60% of his base salary with the possibility of achieving a bonus between 0% and 120% of base salary based upon performance of the Company. The severance and change in control provisions of Mr. Gurgovits employment agreement are described under Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control.
During 2007, the Company announced its succession plan upon Mr. Gurgovits retirement. Therefore, the Committee thought it was appropriate to provide Messrs. Lilly and Roberts with additional security due to the resulting uncertainty by entering into new employment agreements. Mr. Lilly serves as the Companys Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Lillys employment agreement is dated October 17, 2007, and has an initial term of two years. Unless sooner terminated, the agreement automatically extends for one year on the anniversary of the commencement date. Either party may terminate the automatic renewal provision by providing the other party with 60 days advance written notice of non-renewal. Currently, Mr. Lillys employment agreement runs through October, 2009. Under the terms of the agreement, Mr. Lilly is entitled to receive from the Company a base salary that is reflected in the Summary Compensation Table and may be increased from time to time as determined by the Board. Additionally, Mr. Lilly is eligible to participate in the Companys annual incentive compensation and bonus plans at the discretion of the Compensation Committee. In 2007, Mr. Lillys target award level for annual incentive compensation was 40% of his base salary with the possibility of achieving a bonus between 0% and 80% of base salary based upon performance of the Company. In 2008, the Committee increased Mr. Lillys target award level to 50%, which is consistent with the target award level of other Chief Financial Officers against whom the Company compares itself for salary purposes. As a result, in 2008, Mr. Lilly has the possibility of achieving a bonus between 0% and 100% of his base pay. The severance and change in control provisions of Mr. Lillys employment agreement are described under Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control.
Mr. Roberts is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Companys principal subsidiary, FNBPA. Mr. Roberts current employment agreement is dated October 17, 2007, and is initially for a five year term. Unless sooner terminated, the agreement automatically extends for one year on the anniversary of the commencement date. Either party may terminate the automatic renewal provision by providing the other party with 60 days advance written notice of non-renewal. Currently, the agreement runs until October, 2012. Under the terms of the agreement, Mr. Roberts is entitled to receive from FNBPA a base salary that is reflected in the Summary Compensation Table, which may be increased from time to time as determined by the Board. Additionally, Mr. Roberts is eligible to participate in the Companys annual incentive compensation and bonus plans at the discretion of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Roberts target award level for annual incentive compensation is 50% of his base salary with the possibility of achieving a bonus between 0% and 100% of base salary based upon performance of the Company and FNBPA. The severance and change in control provisions of Mr. Roberts employment agreement are described under Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control.
Mr. Mogle serves as the Companys Corporate Secretary and entered into his employment agreement on October 4, 2005. Mr. Calabrese serves as the Companys Controller and entered into his employment agreement on March 21, 2007 when the Board appointed him the Companys Principal Accounting Officer. The employment agreements of Messrs. Mogle and Calabrese are substantially identical. The initial term of the agreements is for two years, and automatically extend for one year periods on their anniversary, unless sooner terminated. Either the Company or Messrs. Mogle or Calabrese may terminate the automatic renewal of their respective agreements by providing the Company with 60 days advance written notice of non-renewal. Currently, Mr. Mogles contract runs through October, 2009 and Mr. Calabreses contract runs through March, 2009. Under the terms of the agreements, Mr. Mogle and Mr. Calabrese receive a base salary that is reflected in the Summary Compensation Table, which may be increased from time to time as determined by the Board. Additionally, Mr. Mogle and Mr. Calabrese are eligible to participate in the Companys annual incentive compensation and bonus plans at the discretion of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Mogles target award level for annual incentive compensation is 30% of base salary with the possibility of achieving a bonus between 0% and 60% of base salary based upon performance of the Company. Mr. Calabreses target award level for annual incentive compensation is 35% of base salary with the possibility of achieving a bonus between 0% and 70% of base salary based upon performance of the Company. The severance and change in control provisions of Mr. Mogles and Mr. Calabreses employment agreements are described in the narrative accompanying the Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control tables.
2007 Grants of Plan-Based Awards
The following table sets forth grants of plan-based awards to the Named Executive Officers for 2007:
Participants who terminate service prior to year end are not eligible for annual incentive compensation under the program. In the event of death, disability or retirement (i.e., age 55 with five years of service) during the year or before the Company makes payment of the annual incentive award amount, the Committee may approve a pro-rata award, at its discretion. The program provides for payment in the case of a change in control as more particularly detailed in the Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control tables.
The Named Executive Officer has full voting rights with respect to the restricted shares. In addition, the Named Executive Officer has full cash and stock dividend rights with respect to the restricted shares; provided that (i) all such dividends shall be credited to the Named Executive Officers account in the DRP and, in the case of cash dividends, used to purchase shares pursuant to the DRP; and (ii) all shares credited to the Named Executive Officers account as a result of such cash or stock dividends shall be subject to the same restrictions and risk of forfeiture as the underlying restricted shares. The program allows for accelerated or pro-rated vesting in the case of death, disability, retirement, or change in control as more particularly detailed in the Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control tables.
There are 3,030,078 remaining shares, available for awards under the 2007 Plan which represent 5.0% of the Companys outstanding shares of Common Stock. If the performance criteria are not met, the Named Executive Officers will not earn 56,024 shares in the aggregate that will then become available for issuance under the 2007 Plan.
Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End(1)
The following table sets forth certain information summarizing the outstanding equity awards of each Named Executive Officer as of December 31, 2007.
The following table contains information concerning the aggregate option exercises and the vesting of restricted stock by the Named Executive Officers in 2007.
The following table contains information concerning the pension benefits for each Named Executive Officer as of December 31, 2007:
The following is a summary of the Companys qualified and non-qualified plans mentioned in the Pension Benefits table:
The RIP is a traditional defined benefit plan qualified under the Code and subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) and is available to all salaried employees, except First National Insurance Agency, LLC employees. Beginning in 2008, the RIP is closed to new participants who commenced employment with the Company on or after January 1, 2008. The RIP provides for benefit payments in the form of a lifetime annuity with five years guaranteed and provides the participant with the ability to select from several choices for the form of the annuity. The election that the participant chooses may affect the amount of the annual benefit as reflected in the Pension Benefits table. Effective January 1, 2007, the Company amended the plan such that the benefit is calculated in two pieces. First, for the period worked by a participant prior to January 1, 2007, (Pre-2007 Benefit) the annual annuity benefit is payable without reduction to participants with five years of service who retire after age 62 and is calculated by multiplying each participants final average base salary by 1.2% plus, if appropriate, 0.5% of the participants final average base salary that is in excess of covered compensation (as defined in Section 401(1)(5)(E) of the Code), with the sum being multiplied by the participants years of credited service, not to exceed 25 years including service through December 31, 2006. A participants final average base
salary is calculated using the highest 60 consecutive months of base salary, not including incentive compensation, within the last 120 months of the participants service with the Company prior to January 1, 2007. The Pre-2007 Benefit is frozen as of December 31, 2007. Beginning in 2007, each participants benefit is calculated by adding the Pre-2007 Benefit to the benefit determined under the post-2007 formula detailed below. For 2007 and beyond, each participants annual retirement benefit will be calculated by taking the participants total pay earned from January 1, 2007 through the participants last day of employment and multiplying it by 1%. The benefit earned after 2007 is payable without reduction to participants who retire on or after age 65. The RIP provides for cliff vesting after five years of employment. The RIP formula for benefits earned prior to 2007 does not provide for any reductions for amounts due to the participants from the Social Security Administration or any other sources, such as the Companys 401(k) Plan. Mr. Mogle and Mr. Roberts are eligible for early retirement and a reduced benefit under the RIP as they are over age 55 and have more than five years of service. The RIP provides for an early commencement reduction factor that decreases as the participants age approaches the normal retirement age of 62 for the Pre-2007 Benefit and 65 for the Post-2007 Benefit. The early reduction factor is multiplied by the participants benefit as determined by the RIP to arrive at the reduced benefit. Mr. Roberts was a participant in a predecessor plan that was merged into the RIP and contained a different benefit calculation formula. As a result, his Pre-2007 Benefit is the greater benefit of (1) the predecessor formula for all years of service through December 31, 2006; or (2) the predecessor formula for years of credited service through December 31, 2002, plus the formula stated above for years of credited service on or after January 1, 2003 through December 31, 2006, which can only be determined at the time of retirement.
The Excess Plan is a non-qualified plan under ERISA and is available to all participants of the RIP. The Excess Plan provides retirement benefits equal to the difference, if any, between the maximum benefit allowable under the Code and the amount that would be provided under the RIP formula if the Code did not impose limits on the amount of compensation included for purposes of calculating a qualified plan benefit. The Excess Plan provides the full amount of benefit that would have been paid under the formula of the RIP but for the Code limits, reduced by the amount of benefit that is actually provided by the RIP. The participants rights to benefits under the Excess Plan cliff vest at 100% if the participant terminates service due to death, after a Change in Control (as defined in the Excess Plan), or upon retirement on or after reaching age 55 with five years of service. Benefits are payable at the same time and manner as the participants benefit under the RIP or BRP, if the participant is also a participant in the BRP.
We maintain a separate supplemental executive retirement benefit plan, the BRP, applicable to our Named Executive Officers (and other senior officers) who are designated by the Committee. Officers participating in the BRP receive a benefit based on a target benefit percentage that is based on the officers years of service at retirement. The target percentages are based upon the tier assigned to the participant by the Committee. The tier percentages are as follows: Tier 1, 3.00% for each of the first 10 years of employment, plus 1.50% for the next 10 years of employment, plus 0.75% for the next 10 years of employment; Tier 2, 3.50% for each of the first 10 years of employment, plus 2.00% for the next 10 years of employment, plus 0.75% for the next 10 years of employment. Prior to 2005, there was also a CEO Tier that provided the following target percentages: 4.00% for each of the first 10 years of employment, plus 2.50% for the next 10 years of employment, plus 1.00% for the next 5 years of employment. Mr. Gurgovits participates in the BRP at this level.
If a participant was 50 years old or older as of December 31, 2002, in no event will the benefit payable under the BRP be less than the benefit that would have been payable under the predecessor plan. The predecessor plan provided for a target benefit percent of either 50% or 60% multiplied by final average earnings. Similar to the current plan, the plan benefit is reduced by the amount the participant receives from the RIP assuming a full career with F.N.B., social security and the Excess Plan assuming a full career with F.N.B., and is reduced for retirement prior to age 65. Currently, Mr. Roberts BRP benefit is based on the predecessor plan with a target benefit percent of 60%.
When a participant retires, the benefit under the BRP is a monthly benefit equal to the participants aggregate target benefit percentage multiplied by the participants highest average monthly cash compensation including
bonuses, during five consecutive calendar years within the last ten calendar years of employment. This monthly benefit is reduced by the monthly benefit the participant receives from the Social Security Administration, the RIP, the Excess Plan, and the annuity equivalent of the 2% automatic contributions to the 401(k) that is provided to all participants who remain employed on December 31st of the applicable year or retired during the year and Lost Match plans.
The participants rights to benefits under the BRP vest at 100% if the participant terminates service due to death, disability, after a Change in Control (as defined in the BRP), after early retirement (age 55 with 5 years of service) or normal retirement (age 65). The BRP contains a provision for reducing the basic benefit if the participant retires prior to normal retirement but on or after early retirement age. A participant forfeits benefits in the event the participants employment is terminated for cause or a participant terminated employment prior to early retirement.
In addition to the above referenced plans, the Pension Benefits table shows an accumulated benefit for Mr. Gurgovits under a non-qualified deferred compensation agreement. The Board of Directors of the Company and FNBPA entered into a Deferred Compensation Agreement with Mr. Gurgovits on January 1, 1986. The Deferred Compensation Agreement provides for payments of annual deferred benefits for a period of ten years commencing upon the occurrence of: (a) retirement from the Company or FNPBA upon reaching the age of 62; (b) complete and total disability; or (c) the death of Mr. Gurgovits in the event such death occurs prior to retirement. During 2005, Mr. Gurgovits turned age 62. However, since Mr. Gurgovits intends to delay his retirement until age 65, the Pension Benefits table reflects the amount that he is entitled to receive under the Deferred Compensation Agreement to account for the deferral of the payment for an additional three years.
The following table contains information concerning the non-qualified deferred compensation plan account balances for each Named Executive Officer for 2007. All contributions are under the ERISA Excess Lost Match Plan or a predecessor plan, as described below.
The amounts reflected in the Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation table were contributed to accounts for the Named Executive Officers under the ERISA Excess Lost Match Plan or a predecessor plan. The ERISA Excess Lost Match Plan provides for Company contributions, equal to the difference, if any, between the maximum benefit allowable under the Code and the amount that would be provided under the 401(k) Plan if the IRS did not impose contribution or pay limitations. Under the ERISA Excess Lost Match Plan, the amount credited to the participants
account accrues interest at the rates set by FNBPA as its interest rate on the first day of the year on the longest term IRA account that it offers. The benefit is then paid as a single lump sum on the first of the month following six months after the participant terminates employment.
The amount contributed to Mr. Lillys participant account is solely based upon the ERISA Excess Lost Match Plan. However, the amounts noted for Mr. Gurgovits and Mr. Roberts also include amounts for periods prior to January 1, 2003, when the ERISA Excess Lost Match Plan first became effective. Until 2003, the Companys BRP contained provisions similar to the ERISA Excess Lost Match Plan. Mr. Gurgovits and Mr. Roberts participant accounts reflect amounts accrued under the ERISA Excess Lost Match Plan and the BRP. Mr. Mogles participant account is only based upon accruals under the BRP. Until October 17, 2002, the BRP provisions determined the cumulative value in a participants account as though the amounts were invested in shares of the Companys common stock based upon the price at the time the Company credited the participants account plus an amount equal to dividends that would be payable on such shares. After October 17, 2002, additional accruals in a participants account were based on the actual amount which the participant lost due to Code provisions plus interest at a rate equal to the amount which the Companys affiliate banks paid on the first business day of the year on their longest term IRA accounts. Notwithstanding the accrual methodology prior to October 17, 2002, all amounts distributed under the prior plan are in cash.
The Company also maintains a deferred compensation plan known as the F.N.B. Corporation Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan (the Deferred Compensation Plan). The Committee may select a group of management employees to participate in the plan. The Deferred Compensation Plan provides participants the ability to defer into the plan a portion of their annual cash compensation, including 50% of base salary and 100% of any annual incentive compensation they would otherwise receive, to help postpone and minimize taxes while accumulating capital on a pre-tax basis until termination of employment. Participants may elect to defer their compensation into Company common stock or a fixed interest rate option, with the interest rate determined by the Committee. Currently, there are no participants in this Plan.
The Companys Named Executive Officers are each a party to an employment agreement that provides for certain salary and benefits upon termination of employment under various scenarios. Other than the agreements of Mr. Mogle and Mr. Calabrese, which are substantially the same, the agreements of each of the Named Executive Officers are different. The agreements are all described more fully in the narrative and tables below. The tables below set forth the estimated current value of benefits that could be paid to each of our Named Executive Officers upon various termination events that will only be known at the time that the benefits become payable. The tables reflect the amounts that could be payable under the various arrangements if the event in question occurred as of December 31, 2007, including, where applicable, a gross-up for certain taxes in the event that any payments made in connection with a change in control would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code. The Named Executive Officers employment agreements do not provide for any additional payments or benefits under a voluntary termination of employment by the executive without Good Reason or involuntary termination by the Company for cause. Under those scenarios, the Named Executive Officers are only entitled to their accrued and unpaid obligations, such as salary, unused vacation, and vested benefits. The following charts contain common information about the Companys qualified and non-qualified plans and policies, as well as assumptions used by the Company in arriving at the amounts contained in the table. To the extent the information is common, it is contained in the endnotes to the final Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control table and are indicated by letters.
POTENTIAL PAYMENTS UPON TERMINATION OR CHANGE IN
CONTROL STEPHEN J. GURGOVITS
In addition to the terms of Mr. Gurgovits employment agreement described in the narrative accompanying the Summary Compensation Table, Mr. Gurgovits employment agreement provides for payment of benefits under certain termination and change in control scenarios. Mr. Gurgovits employment agreement does not provide for any additional benefits under a termination of employment due to retirement, for cause termination or termination due to death. Any potential payments listed in the above table under those circumstances are based upon specific Company plans and/or policies, Mr. Gurgovits Deferred Compensation Agreement and insurance agreements. The employment agreement provides that if Mr. Gurgovits is terminated without cause or he voluntarily terminates the agreement for Good Reason, he is entitled to the amount required to be paid under any Company benefit plan, an amount sufficient to pay premiums for medical, health, disability and life insurance for the remainder of the agreement and his base salary plus the retention bonus for the longer of one year or the remaining term of the agreement. Under the terms of Mr. Gurgovits agreement, Good Reason means a material reduction in the scope of his duties, authority or responsibility by the Company or the Company breaches or terminates the agreement. Additionally, the agreement provides for the Company to gross-up any payments as a result of any excise tax imposed by Sections 280G or 4999 of the Code. The agreement further requires the Company to reimburse Mr. Gurgovits for any attorneys fees and costs he incurs in any proceeding to enforce the agreement if he is successful on the merits.
The primary difference between the columns Change in Control Constructive Termination and Change in Control No Termination is based upon the vesting provision of restricted stock awards. The restricted stock agreements provided to Mr. Gurgovits and other participants under the 2007 Plan and any predecessor plan provide for vesting of all shares issued under an award after a Change in Control if there is also a Constructive Termination. For purposes of the restricted stock agreements, Constructive Termination shall mean the material diminution of the Named Executive Officers duties, status, title, reporting relationship, authority, compensation level, or responsibilities relative to those as they existed prior to the Change in Control, or a relocation of the Named Executive Officers principal place of business of more than 60 miles.
For purposes of the agreement, a Change in Control shall mean when any of the following events occur: (i) acquisition of more than 25% of the Companys common stock by a person or entity; (ii) the individuals comprising the Companys Board as of the date of the Agreement (Existing Board), including any subsequently elected directors who are approved by a majority of the Existing Board, no longer constitute at least a majority of the
Board; and (iii) the completion of any merger, reorganization, consolidation or sale involving substantially all of the Companys total assets unless after such transaction all of the following occur: (a) the person or entities who were Company shareholders immediately prior to the transaction make up more than 65% of the shareholders of the Company resulting from the transaction with substantially the same proportion of stock ownership they represented immediately prior to the transaction; (b) a person or entity owns more than 25% of the Companys common stock when such person or entity owned less than 25% of the Company common stock prior to the transaction; and (c) at least a majority of the Companys Board that existed at the time the transaction agreement was signed remains in place.
Also, on January 26, 2006, the Company and FNBPA entered into a Consulting Agreement with Mr. Gurgovits. The Consulting Agreement is dated as of December 31, 2005, and becomes effective upon the earlier of January 1, 2009, or the date on which Mr. Gurgovits employment under his employment agreement is terminated for other than cause or a termination of employment by Mr. Gurgovits for Good Reason, and expires on the fifth anniversary of the effective date of the Consulting Agreement. Under the terms of the Consulting Agreement, Mr. Gurgovits agrees to provide services to the Company, FNBPA and their affiliates in connection with merger and acquisition activities, participation in certain meetings and such other assignments and projects that the Company and FNBPA along with Mr. Gurgovits mutually agree upon. The Consulting Agreement specifies that the Company and FNBPA shall pay Mr. Gurgovits an annual compensation fee equal to the sum of 50% of his base salary (as defined in the employment agreement) for the year ending December 31, 2008, but in no event less than 50% of his 2006 Base Compensation plus 50% of the amount that is equal to the average percentage that his bonus payment bears to his average base salary for the years ending December 31, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Moreover, the Consulting Agreement provides that Mr. Gurgovits is entitled to certain benefits, including automobile expenses, country club dues and related benefits. Upon termination of the Consulting Agreement other than for cause, death or good reason, as those terms are defined in the Consulting Agreement, Mr. Gurgovits will be entitled to receive his annual fee for the remainder of the term of the Consulting Agreement.
POTENTIAL PAYMENTS UPON TERMINATION OR CHANGE IN
CONTROL BRIAN F. LILLY
Mr. Lillys employment agreement provides for payment of certain benefits under certain termination scenarios. His agreement does not provide for any payments upon a voluntary termination without Good Reason by Mr. Lilly or a for cause termination by the Company. Mr. Lillys agreement allows him to terminate the agreement for Good Reason and obtain the same termination benefits as if he was terminated by the Company for a reason other than cause. Under the terms of the agreement, Good Reason exists if the Company assigns Mr. Lilly a role that would result in a diminution of duties, or if the Company reduces his base salary or compensation opportunities, materially diminishes the responsibilities of his supervisor, materially diminishes the budget over which Mr. Lilly retains authority, or assigns Mr. Lilly to a workplace that exceeds a 50 mile radius beyond Hermitage, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Lillys employment agreement provides that upon a Change in Control, if the acquiring company terminates Mr. Lillys employment, Mr. Lilly may obtain employment with a competitive enterprise, which new employment would otherwise be restricted by the employment agreement. As noted above for Mr. Gurgovits, the difference in the Change in Control Constructive Termination and Change in Control No Termination columns is as a result of the vesting provisions under restricted stock awards. For purposes of Mr. Lillys and all employment agreements except Mr. Gurgovits, Change in Control means any merger or consolidation of the Company with another corporation, and as a result of such merger or consolidation, the shareholders of the Company as of the day preceding such transaction will own less than 51% of the outstanding voting securities of the surviving corporation, or in the event that there is (in a single transaction or series of related transactions) a sale or exchange of 80% or more of the Common Stock of the Company for securities of another entity in which shareholders of the Company will own less than 51% of such entitys outstanding voting securities, or in the event of the sale by the Company of a substantial portion of its assets (including the capital stock the Company owns in its subsidiaries) to an unrelated third party. Additionally, the agreement provides for the Company to gross-up any payments as a result of any excise tax imposed by Sections 280G or 4999 of the Code.
POTENTIAL PAYMENTS UPON TERMINATION OR CHANGE IN
CONTROL GARY J. ROBERTS
Mr. Roberts employment agreement does not provide for any additional benefits, other than accrued and unpaid obligations of FNBPA, under a termination of employment voluntarily by Mr. Roberts without Good Reason or by the Company for cause. Mr. Roberts agreement allows him to terminate the agreement for Good Reason and obtain the same termination benefits as if he was terminated by the Company for a reason other than
cause. Under the terms of the agreement, Good Reason exists if the Company assigns Mr. Roberts a role which would result in a diminution of duties, or materially reduces his base salary, materially diminishes the responsibilities of his supervisor, requires him to report to an officer other than the CEO of the Company or the Board of Directors of FNBPA assigns Mr. Roberts to a workplace that exceeds a 50 mile radius beyond Hermitage, Pennsylvania. Additionally, the agreement provides for the Company to gross-up any payments as a result of any excise tax imposed by Sections 280G or 4999 of the Code.
POTENTIAL PAYMENTS UPON TERMINATION OR CHANGE IN
CONTROL VINCENT J. CALABRESE
Mr. Calabreses employment agreement does not provide for any additional benefits, other than accrued and unpaid obligations of FNBPA, under a termination of employment voluntarily by Mr. Calabrese or by the Company for cause. Mr. Calabreses agreement provides for a reduction of certain amounts in the above tables after the first twelve months of payments if Mr. Calabrese obtains new employment. Mr. Calabreses employment agreement provides that upon a Change in Control, if the acquiring company terminates Mr. Calabreses employment,
Mr. Calabrese may obtain employment with a competitive enterprise, which new employment would otherwise be restricted by the employment agreement, provided Mr. Calabrese releases the acquiring company from any payment obligations under the terms of the employment agreement. Change in Control has the same definition as noted above for Mr. Lilly.
POTENTIAL PAYMENTS UPON TERMINATION OR CHANGE IN
CONTROL DAVID B. MOGLE
Mr. Mogles employment agreement does not provide for any additional benefits, other than accrued and unpaid obligations of FNBPA, under a termination of employment voluntarily by Mr. Mogle or by the Company for cause. Mr. Mogles agreement provides for a reduction of certain amounts in the above tables after the first twelve months of payments if Mr. Mogle obtains new employment. Mr. Mogles employment agreement provides that upon a Change in Control, if the acquiring company terminates Mr. Mogles employment, Mr. Mogle may obtain employment with a competitive enterprise, which new employment would otherwise be restricted by the employment agreement, provided Mr. Mogle releases the acquiring company from any payment obligations under the terms of the employment agreement. Change in Control has the same definition as noted above for Mr. Lilly.
(a) The amounts reflected in the Executive Incentive Compensation row represent the payout earned under the annual incentive portion of the 2007 Plan. The Company makes the payout in a lump sum 45 days after the end of the year provided the participant is still employed by the Company on December 31. For purposes of this table, in the event of death, disability or retirement, the Compensation Committee may approve a pro-rated award. The amount in the table is based on the assumption that the Compensation Committee would approve the award. Since the table assumes termination of employment as of December 31, 2007, pro-ration is not necessary. In the case of a change in control, the participant is entitled to receive a pro-rated award based on the date of termination no less than his targeted award. Therefore, the amount shown in the case of termination upon change in control is based on the Named Executive Officers targeted award, not the amount the Named Executive Officer actually earned for 2007. In the event that any of the Named Executive Officers are terminated without cause, the Company does not owe the Named Executive Officer any additional amount. In the case of Mr. Gurgovits, this is also true if he terminates his employment agreement for Good Reason.
(b) The amounts reflected represent the taxable income realized by the Named Executive Officers under each potential termination scenario based on the terms of the 2001 and 2007 Plans. Under the 2001 Plan, all outstanding restricted stock awards will become 100% vested in the event of death, disability or retirement. All service-based restricted stock awards will become 100% vested upon a change in control regardless of whether the executive stays or leaves the company as a result of the change in control. In the event of termination or constructive termination upon a change in control, the performance-based shares issued under the 2001 Plan earned in performance periods prior to a change in control and all shares assigned to the performance period in which the change in control occurs will become 100% vested. A change in control under the awards issued under the 2001 Plan occurs when there is a merger or other consolidation which results in a 35% or greater change in the ownership of the common stock of the resulting company. Under the 2007 Plan, a change of control occurs when there is a merger or other consolidation which results in a 50% or greater change in the ownership of the common stock of the resulting company. The Named Executive Officer will forfeit shares subject to future performance periods. Additionally, in the event that there is a change in control with no termination or constructive termination of employment, there is no acceleration of vesting of performance-based shares due to the change in control. The Named Executive Officers will forfeit all unvested awards if the Company terminates him without cause or if he terminates his employment for any other reason.
Under the 2007 Plan, both service-based and performance-based outstanding restricted stock awards will become 100% vested in the event of the death of the participant or upon a change in control. In the event a Named Executive Officer becomes disabled or terminates employment due to normal retirement, all service-based restricted stock awards will become 100% vested, except that if the Named Executive Officer retires in the same calendar year as the Company granted the award, the number of shares that shall vest will be pro-rated for the period worked. If a Named Executive Officer terminates employment due to early retirement, all service-based awards of restricted stock will be pro-rated for the period worked. In the event a Named Executive Officer terminates employment due to retirement or disability and if the Company achieves the performance objectives, the performance-based shares will vest on the vesting date except, that in the case of early retirement and retirement in the calendar year that the Company granted the awards, the shares will vest on the vesting date in a pro-rated
amount based on the period worked. The Named Executive Officer will forfeit all unvested awards if the Company terminates him without cause or if he terminates his employment for any other reason.
(c) Upon termination for any reason, the Named Executive Officers are entitled to an immediate lump sum payment of earned but unused vacation days. In the case of a Change in Control Constructive Termination and Change in Control No Termination, the Named Executive Officers would still be employed and would therefore be entitled to carry the earned but unused vacation days over for use in 2008.
(d) The amounts reflected represent the dollar amount of the Companys matching contributions into the 401(k) Plan as of December 31, 2007. Distributions from the 401(k) Plan are in the form of a single lump sum payment and are made as soon as administratively possible after termination of employment. In the case of a change in control that does not result in termination, the Named Executive Officer would still be employed, thus no benefit is immediately payable.
(e) The present values reflected above for the RIP were determined using the following assumptions: benefit payments paid as a monthly annuity commencing at age 65, (except Messrs. Gurgovits, Roberts and Mogle, whose benefits would commence immediately due to their age and service), except in the case of disability where payments would commence at age 65 once long-term disability benefits cease; an interest rate of 6.20%; no pre-retirement mortality; and post-retirement mortality from the RP-2000 Projected to 2014 Mortality table (gender specific). The present values for Retirement, Change in Control Termination, Good Reason or Involuntary Not for Cause Termination, and Disability were calculated based on a five year certain and continuous annuity option. The present value for Death was calculated based on a 100% joint and survivor annuity option and assumes that the Named Executive Officer and his spouse are the same age. In addition, the death benefit is assumed to commence immediately if the Named Executive Officer is over age 55 or otherwise, at age 55. In the case of a change in control that does not result in termination, no benefit is immediately payable. Note that we have shown the present value of the benefit available for consistency with the Pension Benefits table. However, the participant is only entitled to a lump sum distribution if the lump sum benefit under the RIP is less than $10,000.
(f) The present values reflected above for the ERISA Excess Plan and BRP were determined using the following assumptions: benefit payment paid as a monthly annuity commencing at age 65, (except Messrs. Gurgovits, Roberts and Mogle whose benefit would commence immediately due to their age and length of service), except in the case of disability where payments would commence at age 65 once long-term disability benefits cease, and in the case of termination following a change in control where the payment would be in the form of an immediate lump sum; an interest rate of 6.20% for annuity payments and 4.42% for the lump sum payment triggered due to Change in Control Termination; no pre-retirement mortality; and post-retirement mortality from the RP-2000 Projected to 2014 Mortality table (gender specific) for annuity payments and the IRS mandated mortality for the lump sum payment due upon Change in Control Termination. The present values for Retirement, Involuntary Not for Cause Termination, and Disability were calculated based on a 5 year certain and continuous annuity option. The present value for Death was calculated based on a 100% joint and survivor annuity option and assumes that the Named Executive Officer and his spouse are the same age. In addition, the death benefit is assumed to commence immediately if the Named Executive Officer is over age 55 or otherwise, at age 55. Additionally, for Mr. Gurgovits, the present values for Good Reason were also calculated based upon a 5 year certain and continuous annuity option. Note that we have shown the present value of the benefit available for consistency with the Pension Benefits table. The participant is not entitled to a lump sum payment unless there is a Change in Control.
2007 Director Compensation
The following table shows the compensation paid to our Company directors for services rendered in all capacities during 2007. Mr. Gurgovits is not included as his compensation as a director is disclosed in the Summary Compensation Table above.