First Midwest Bancorp DEF 14A 2009
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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April 8, 2009
I am pleased to invite you to attend the 2009 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. which will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 9:30 a.m., Central time, at the Wyndham Drake Oak Brook, 2301 York Road, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523. Attached and enclosed you will find a Notice setting forth the business expected to come before the meeting, the Proxy Statement, a Proxy Card and a copy of our 2008 Annual Report.
Your vote is very important to us. Whether or not you plan to attend the meeting in person, your shares should be represented and voted. Please cast your vote either by mail, telephone, or the Internet as instructed on the enclosed proxy card. Voting in any of these ways will not prevent you from attending the Annual Meeting. The Proxy Statement further explains how you can attend and vote your shares at the Annual Meeting.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, I would like to express our appreciation for your continued interest in the affairs of First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. I hope you will be able to attend the Annual Meeting.
Michael L. Scudder
President and Chief Executive Officer
First Midwest Bancorp, Inc.
One Pierce Place, Suite 1500
Itasca, Illinois 60143
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
By order of the Board of Directors,
Cynthia A. Lance
Executive Vice President and
First Midwest Bancorp, Inc.
April 8, 2009
TABLE OF CONTENTS
First Midwest Bancorp, Inc.
One Pierce Place, Suite 1500
Itasca, Illinois 60143
Annual Meeting of Stockholders
May 20, 2009
This Proxy Statement is furnished in connection with a solicitation of proxies by the Board of Directors (Board) of First Midwest Bancorp, Inc., a Delaware corporation (FMBI, the Company or we), to be used at our 2009 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (Annual Meeting) on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 9:30 a.m., Central time, at the Wyndham Drake Oak Brook, 2301 York Road, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523, and at any adjournments or postponements of the Annual Meeting. The approximate date on which this Proxy Statement and the accompanying form of proxy are first being sent to stockholders is April 8, 2009.
For your reference, Annex A to this proxy statement includes a glossary of certain terms, including terms relating to certain federal programs designed to restore stability to the financial markets and which impose executive compensation limitations on institutions participating in those programs.
Who can vote at the Annual Meeting?
You are entitled to vote or direct the voting of your shares of FMBI common stock (Common Stock) if you were a stockholder of record at the close of business on March 23, 2009, the record date (Record Date) for the Annual Meeting. On that date, there were approximately 48,712,000 shares of Common Stock outstanding, each of which is entitled to one vote for each matter to be voted on at the Annual Meeting, held by approximately 2,500 registered stockholders of record.
A proxy is your direction to another person to vote your shares in the manner you instruct. When you sign the enclosed proxy card, you will appoint certain members of our management to vote your shares at the Annual Meeting in the manner you instruct. Even if you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, you should complete, sign and return your proxy card in advance.
Who is and is not a stockholder of record?
If you hold Common Stock that is registered in your name at our transfer agent, BNY Mellon Shareowner Services (formerly, Mellon Investor Services L.L.C.) as of the Record Date, you are a stockholder of record. However, if you hold shares of our Common Stock indirectly through a
broker, bank or similar institution, you are not a stockholder of record, rather, you are a stockholder whose shares are held in street name and your broker, bank, or other nominee is considered the stockholder of record and you are considered the beneficial owner of the shares.
We sent copies of our proxy materials directly to all stockholders of record. If you are a beneficial owner whose shares are held in street name, these materials were sent to you by the bank, broker or similar institution through which you hold your shares. As the beneficial owner, you can direct this entity on how to vote your shares at the Annual Meeting and it is obligated to provide you with a voting instruction form for you to use for this purpose.
What does it mean if I receive more than one proxy card?
If you receive multiple proxy cards, this means you hold your shares in more than one account. To ensure that all your shares are voted, sign and return each proxy card. If you vote on the Internet or by telephone, you will need to vote once for each proxy voting instruction card you receive.
Do current FMBI employees who participate in the FMBI benefit plans receive a proxy mailing?
Employees who participate in the First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. Savings and Profit Sharing Plan (Savings and Profit Sharing Plan), First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. Non-qualified Retirement Plan (Retirement Plan), First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. Stock Option Gain Deferral Plan (Gain Deferral Plan) and/or the First Midwest Bancorp, Inc Dividend Reinvestment Plan, and have a Company e-mail address, will receive an e-mail from Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. describing how to access proxy materials and vote via the Internet or telephone. One e-mail will be sent for all accounts registered in the same employee name. If the employees accounts are registered in different names, he or she will receive a separate e-mail for each account. This e-mail will be titled: FIRST MIDWEST BANCORP, INC. 2009 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS AND PROXY VOTE.
The trustees under these plans are the record owners of all shares of Common Stock held in the plans, and the trustees will vote the shares held for the account of each employee in accordance with the instructions received from the employee. Employees should instruct the trustees how to vote their shares by using the instructions provided in the e-mail and vote via the Internet or by telephone. If the trustees do not receive voting instructions by the specified deadline, the trustees will vote the shares proportionally in the same manner as those shares for which instructions were received. Because the employees are not the record owners of the related shares, the employees may not vote these shares in person at the Annual Meeting.
What do I need to do to attend the Annual Meeting?
All stockholders must bring an acceptable form of identification, such as a drivers license, in order to attend the Annual Meeting in person. In addition, if you hold shares in street name and would like to attend our Annual Meeting, you will need to bring an account statement or other acceptable evidence of ownership of Common Stock as of the close of business on March 23, 2009, the Record Date for voting. In order to vote at the Annual Meeting, you will also need a valid legal proxy, which you can obtain by contacting your account representative at the broker, bank or similar institution through which you hold your shares. See below How do I vote?
How do I vote?
You may cast your vote in one of four ways:
How can I revoke my proxy, substitute a new proxy or change my vote?
You can revoke your proxy or substitute a new proxy at any time before your proxy is voted at the Annual Meeting by:
If your shares are held in street name, you may change your vote by submitting new voting instructions to your broker, bank, or other nominee.
How can I obtain an additional proxy card?
If you lose, misplace or otherwise need to obtain a proxy card, and:
If I submit a proxy by the Internet, telephone or mail, how will my shares be voted?
If you properly submit your proxy by the Internet, telephone or mail, and you do not subsequently revoke your proxy, your shares will be voted in accordance with your instructions. If you sign, date and return your proxy card, but do not give voting instructions, your shares will be voted as follows:
How are votes counted?
How many votes are required to transact business at the Annual Meeting?
A quorum is required to transact business at the Annual Meeting. The holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Common Stock as of March 23, 2009, present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote, will constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at the Annual Meeting. Abstentions and broker non-votes are treated as present for quorum purposes.
Who pays for the expenses of this proxy solicitation?
We will pay the expenses of the preparation of proxy materials and the solicitation of proxies for the Annual Meeting. In addition to the solicitation of proxies by mail, solicitations may be made by certain of our directors, officers or employees or affiliates telephonically, electronically or by other means of communication. Directors, officers and employees will receive no additional compensation for any such solicitation. We will reimburse brokers and other similar institutions for costs incurred by them in mailing proxy materials to beneficial owners in accordance with applicable rules.
A copy of our Annual Report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008 is enclosed with this Proxy Statement. You also may obtain additional information regarding First Midwest Bancorp, Inc., including our corporate governance policies and practices, by visiting our website at www.firstmidwest.com/aboutinvestor_corporate.asp, or by a written request to our Corporate Secretary at First Midwest Bancorp, Inc., One Pierce Place, Suite 1500, Itasca, Illinois 60143.
Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials
A complete copy of this Proxy Statement and our Annual Report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008 are also available at www.firstmidwest.com/aboutinvestor_electronic.asp.
ITEM 1ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
Nominees for Election
Our Board consists of 14 directors, which are divided into three classes, with each class serving for staggered three-year terms. As a result, each year, only one class of directors stands for election at our annual meeting of stockholders. This year, the seven individuals named below have been, upon the recommendation of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, nominated by our Board to stand for election at the Annual Meeting. All nominees are currently directors of FMBI and, with the exception of Barbara A. Boigegrain, Michael L. Scudder, and Thomas J. Schwartz, previously have been elected by our stockholders.
Messrs. Scudder and Schwartz were each elected by the Board as a director on September 14, 2008 following the unexpected death of John M. OMeara, the Companys former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee identified and recommended Barbara A. Boigegrain as a director to the full Board on August 19, 2008, and the Board elected her as member effective August 20, 2008.
If elected, each nominee will hold office for a three-year term ending in 2012 and until his or her successor has been elected and qualified, or until his or her earlier resignation or removal. All nominees have informed us that they are willing to serve as directors. Each nominee will tender his or her resignation as a director in accordance with our By-Laws and Corporate Governance Guidelines if he or she fails to receive the required vote for election, and the Board will determine whether it is in the best interest of the Company to accept any tendered resignation.
In evaluating, identifying and recommending nominees for the Board, our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee places primary emphasis on the criteria set forth in our Corporate Governance Guidelines, namely:
We do not set specific, minimum qualifications that nominees must meet in order to be recommended to the Board. Each nominee is evaluated based on his or her individual merits, taking into account the needs of the Company and the composition of the Board. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee discusses and evaluates possible candidates in detail and outside consultants are sometimes employed to help identify potential candidates, the fees for which are reviewed and approved by the Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. When determining whether to recommend a director for re-election, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee considers
the directors past attendance at meetings, participation in and contributions to Board activities and the most recent Board self-evaluation.
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will consider and evaluate director candidates recommended by stockholders in the same manner as other candidates identified by the Committee. A stockholder wanting to formally nominate a candidate must do so by following the procedures described in the Companys Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, as amended from time to time.
Independence of Nominees and Non-Employee Directors
Our Board determines the independence of all non-employee directors in accordance with the independence requirements of the Nasdaq Stock Market listing standards (Nasdaq Rules). Accordingly, each year the Board affirmatively determines whether each non-employee director has a relationship that would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director. Annually, each non-employee director is required to complete a questionnaire that provides information about relationships that might affect the determination of independence. Management then provides the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Board with relevant facts and circumstances of any relationship bearing on the independence of a director or nominee that are outside the categories permitted under Nasdaq Rules.
Based on the review and recommendation by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the Board analyzed the independence of each of the Companys nominees and other current directors, and determined that the following directors meet the standards of independence under our Corporate Governance Guidelines and Nasdaq Rules: Barbara A. Boigegrain, Vernon A. Brunner, Bruce S. Chelberg, John F. Chlebowski, Jr., Joseph W. England, Brother James Gaffney, Thomas M. Garvin, Patrick J. McDonnell, John E. Rooney, Ellen A. Rudnick, John L. Sterling and J. Stephen Vanderwoude. Our Board also determined that Robert P. OMeara, the Companys current Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer, Michael L. Scudder, the Companys current President and Chief Executive Officer and Thomas J. Schwartz, the current President and Chief Executive Officer of our wholly owned subsidiary First Midwest Bank are all not independent under the standards of our Corporate Governance Guidelines and Nasdaq Rules.
In addition, our Board determined that each member of the Audit Committee is financially literate and has accounting or related financial management expertise, as such qualifications are defined under Nasdaq Rules, and Patrick J. McDonnell is an audit committee financial expert within the meaning of the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The following individuals are the nominees for election for service on the Board:
For more information regarding our Board, its members, its committees and our corporate governance practices, please see the section of this Proxy Statement entitled Corporate Governance at First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. beginning on page 19, or visit the Investor Relations Section of our website at http://www.firstmidwest.com/aboutinvestor_corporate.asp.
The Board unanimously recommends a vote For the election of each of the nominees listed above for service on the Board.
ITEM 2ADVISORY (NON-BINDING) VOTE RATIFYING INDEPENDENT AUDITORS
The Audit Committee of the Board has selected Ernst &Young LLP as our independent auditors for our fiscal year ending December 31, 2009. We are submitting the selection of independent auditors for stockholder ratification at the Annual Meeting. We expect a representative of Ernst & Young LLP to be present at the Annual Meeting and will have the opportunity to make a statement if he or she desires to do so and will be available to respond to appropriate questions from stockholders. Ernst & Young LLP also served as our independent auditors for our fiscal year ended December 31, 2008.
Our organizational documents do not require that our stockholders ratify the selection of our independent auditors. If our stockholders do not ratify the selection, the Audit Committee will reconsider whether to retain Ernst & Young LLP, but may retain them nonetheless. Even if the selection is ratified, the Audit Committee, in its discretion, may change the appointment at any time during the year if it determines that such a change would be in the best interests of FMBI.
Fees Paid to Independent Auditors
The Audit Committee, or a designated member thereof, approves in advance all audit and any non-audit service rendered by Ernst & Young LLP on behalf of the Company. The following table shows information about fees paid by the Company to Ernst & Young LLP.
For audit related services, tax services and all other services, our Audit Committee has determined specific services and dollar thresholds under which such services would be considered pre-approved. To the extent management requests services other than these pre-approved services, or beyond the dollar thresholds, our Audit Committee must specifically approve the services. Further, under our fee policy, the independent auditors may not perform the non-audit services identified by the SEC as prohibited. Our fee policy requires management to provide to our Audit Committee on a quarterly basis a summary of all services performed by the independent auditors.
The Board unanimously recommends a vote For ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent auditors for our fiscal year ending December 31, 2009.
ITEM 3APPROVAL OF AMENDMENTS TO
THE FIRST MIDWEST BANCORP, INC. OMNIBUS STOCK AND INCENTIVE PLAN
We currently maintain a First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. Omnibus Stock and Incentive Plan (Omnibus Plan), which we use for awarding all equity-based compensation to employees. Historically, we have granted stock options and shares of restricted stock and restricted stock units to key employees under the Omnibus Plan. We believe such equity awards align the interest of employees with those of stockholders because the value of an option award is only realized if our stock price increases after the date of grant, and the value of a restricted stock or restricted stock unit award appreciates as our stock price increases. As of the Record Date, only 663,918 shares remain available for future issuance under the Omnibus Plan, of which only 154,810 may be used for restricted stock or restricted stock unit awards.
We are asking our stockholders to approve an amendment to the Omnibus Plan to:
Purpose of the Omnibus Plan Amendments
We believe that our ability to attract and retain qualified, high-performing employees is vital to our success and growth as a company. Equity compensation is a very effective retention tool that encourages and appropriately rewards employee performance and aligns their interests with those of the stockholders. Consequently, we believe the Omnibus Plan Amendments will allow us to issue compensatory awards that are responsive to FMBIs needs and will advance our long-term interests.
If the Omnibus Plan Amendments are not approved by stockholders we will be severely limited in our ability to make awards under our employee equity compensation programs. Without equity-based compensation, we would be at a competitive disadvantage in the ability to provide a market-competitive, total compensation package necessary to attract, retain and motivate the talent critical to our future success. We strongly believe that our equity-based incentive programs and emphasis on employee stock ownership have been integral to our success in the past and will continue to be important to our ability to achieve consistently strong performance in the years ahead.
On February 18, 2009, our Board approved the Omnibus Plan Amendments, subject to stockholder approval. In formulating and reaching its decision to recommend approval of the Ominbus Plan Amendments, the Board considered current best practices.
The following table shows what the breakdown of available shares would have been had the Ominbus Plan Amendments been in effect as of the Record Date:
As of the Record Date, there were outstanding awards of 2,733,453 stock options, which have a weighted-average exercise price of $31.57 and a weighted-average term of 5.2 years, and 142,243 shares of restricted stock under all of our equity compensation plans. As of the Record Date, the average of the high and low sale price of one share of our Common Stock as quoted on the Nasdaq Stock Market was $9.22.
Effect of EESA and ARRA*
We are participants in the CPP, and we have consented to the limitations on executive compensation that were established for this program and in effect as of October 20, 2008 (see the section entitled 2008 Developments- Government Intervention and Regulation beginning on page 31). Subsequently, on February 17, 2009, the President signed into law the ARRA, which directs the Treasury to adopt rules to implement compensation standards for CPP participants, including a prohibition on bonus, retention or incentive pay, other than a certain prescribed value of restricted stock.
It is likely that these new legislative and regulatory restrictions will preclude us from issuing stock options and impose limits on our ability to issue restricted stock grants to our named executive officers so long as we are CPP participants.
Summary Description of the Omnibus Plan Amendments
The following discussion sets forth the material terms of the Omnibus Plan as amended by this proposal if approved by stockholders. The following is only a summary, and does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the provisions of the Omnibus Plan Amendments which are attached hereto as Appendix B.
Administration. The Compensation Committee administers the Omnibus Plan and will determine the number of shares covered by awards and establish the terms, conditions and other provisions of the awards. Each member of the Compensation Committee must be a non-employee director within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and an outside director within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code. The Compensation Committee may interpret the Omnibus Plan and establish, amend and rescind any rules relating to the plan, including adoption of rules or procedures. For more information about our Compensation Committee, see the section entitled Board Committees - Compensation Committee beginning on page 21.
Participants. The Compensation Committee determines the employees eligible to participate in the Omnibus Plan. As of December 31, 2008, there were approximately 117 employees eligible for participation under the Plan.
Authorized Shares for Future Awards. The Omnibus Plan authorizes the issuance of future awards for the acquisition of 1,663,918 shares of Common Stock to participants, which represents approximately 3.4% of our issued and outstanding Common Stock as of the Record Date. Of the shares available for issuance, all shares may be used for full value awards, which are awards other than stock options or stock appreciation rights. The following shares may be added back to the aggregate Omnibus Plan limit: (1) shares tendered in payment of the option price; (2) shares withheld by the Company to satisfy the tax withholding obligations; and (3) canceled awards.
No Repricing of Stock Options. The Omnibus Plan expressly prohibits the repricing of stock options without stockholder approval. The Company has never repriced option awards.
No Annual Evergreen Provision. The Omnibus Plan provides a specific number of shares of our Common Stock available for awards and does not contain an annual or automatic increase in the number of available shares.
Death, Disability or Retirement. In the event the employment of a participant is terminated by reason of death, disability, or retirement, any outstanding awards then exercisable may be exercised at any time prior to the earlier of: (1) the awards expiration date, or (2) the third anniversary of the termination date. Awards vest 100% upon the death of the participant or if the participants employment terminates due to disability or retirement at or after his or her normal retirement date (as defined by our Omnibus Plan).
Dividends Paid on Shares of Restricted Stock. Historically we have paid dividends during the restricted period to the holders of unvested shares of restricted stock issued under the Omnibus Plan. However, the Compensation Committee has determined that, with respect to future issuances of restricted stock, we will hold all dividends and pay them to participants only upon completion of the restricted period when the restrictions lapse. Dividends on forfeited shares will be forfeited. We may pay dividends in cash or in shares of restricted stock.
Types of Awards. The Compensation Committee may in its discretion issue the awards listed below to participants subject to the terms of the Omnibus Plan and such terms, conditions, and provisions as the Compensation Committee may determine to be necessary or desirable. Except to the extent permitted by the specific terms of nonqualified stock options, no award will be assignable or transferable except by will, the laws of descent and distribution or, in the Compensation Committees discretion, in certain other manners.
Adjustments. In the event there is a change in the capital structure of the Company as a result of any stock dividend or split, recapitalization, merger, consolidation or spin-off or other similar corporate change, the Compensation Committee will make an adjustment in the number and class of shares of Common Stock available for issuance under the Omnibus Plan, the number and class of shares subject to the per person limit on awards issued in any year and the number and class of shares covered by any outstanding award and the price per share thereof.
Change-in-Control. As amended, the definition of Change-in-Control will require the acquisition of 25% of the voting stock of the Company (rather than 10% as previously provided) by an unrelated third party. Also, a Change-in-Control will occur if there is an unwelcome change in a majority of the members of our Board, the stockholders approve a plan of complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company, or in the event that after we merge with another organization, our stockholders do not continue to own more than half of the voting stock of the merged company and more than half of the members of the board of the merged company are not members of our Board.
This provision is consistent with our form of employment agreement adopted in 2007. Under the Omnibus Plan, in the event of a Change-in-Control, unless a particular award agreement provides otherwise:
Amendments and Termination. The Board may amend, modify, suspend or terminate the Omnibus Plan for the purpose of meeting or addressing any changes in legal requirements or for any other purpose permitted by law, except that no amendment or alteration that would adversely affect the rights of any participant under any award previously issued to such participant shall be made without the consent of such participant. There is no set termination date for the Omnibus Plan, although no award may be issued under the plan on or after February 21, 2011.
Federal Income Tax Considerations
The following discussion summarizes the federal income tax consequences to Participants who may receive grants of awards under the Omnibus Plan. The discussion is based upon current interpretations of the Code, and the regulations promulgated thereunder.
Nonqualified Stock Options. For federal income tax purposes, no income is recognized by a participant upon the issuance of a nonqualified stock option under the Omnibus Plan. Upon the exercise of a nonqualified option, compensation taxable as ordinary income will be realized by the participant in an amount equal to the excess of the fair market value of a share of Common Stock on the date of such exercise over the exercise price. A subsequent sale or exchange of such shares will result in gain or loss measured by the difference between (1) the exercise price, increased by any compensation reported upon the participants exercise of the option, and (2) the amount realized on such sale or exchange. Such gain or loss will be capital in nature if the shares were held as a capital asset and will be long-term if such shares were held for more than one year. The Company is entitled to a deduction for compensation paid to a participant at the same time and in the same amount as the participant is considered to have realized compensation by reason of the exercise of an option.
Incentive Stock Options. No taxable income is realized by a Participant pursuant to the exercise of an incentive stock option issued under the Omnibus Plan, and if no disqualifying disposition of such shares is made by such participant within two years after the date of grant or within one year after the transfer of such shares to such participant, then (1) upon the sale of such shares, any amount realized in
excess of the option price will be taxed to such participant as a long-term capital gain and any loss sustained will be a long-term capital loss, and (2) no deduction will be allowed to the Company for Federal income tax purposes. Upon exercise of an incentive stock option, the participant may be subject to alternative minimum tax on certain items of tax preference. If the shares of Common Stock acquired upon the exercise of an incentive stock option are disposed of prior to the expiration of the holding period described above, generally (1) the Participant will realize ordinary income in the year of disposition in an amount equal to the excess (if any) of the fair market value of the shares at the time of exercise (or, if less, the amount realized on the disposition of the shares) over the option price thereof, and (2) the Company will be entitled to deduct such amount. Any further gain or loss realized will be taxed as short-term or long-term capital gain or loss, as the case may be, and will not result in any deduction by the Company. If an incentive stock option is exercised at a time when it no longer qualifies as an incentive stock option, the option is treated as a nonqualified stock option.
Stock Appreciation Rights. No taxable income is recognized by a participant upon the issuance of an SAR under the Omnibus Plan. Upon the exercise of an SAR, however, compensation taxable as ordinary income will be realized by the participant in an amount equal to the cash received upon exercise, plus the fair market value on the date of exercise of any shares of Common Stock received upon exercise. Shares of Common Stock received on the exercise of an SAR will be eligible for capital gain treatment, with the capital gain holding period commencing on the date of exercise of the SAR.
Restricted Stock and Performance Shares. A recipient of restricted stock or performance shares generally will be subject to tax at ordinary income rates on the fair market value of the Common Stock at the time the award vests or is no longer subject to forfeiture. However, a recipient who so elects under Section 83(b) of the Code within 30 days of the date of the grant will recognize ordinary taxable income on the date of the grant equal to the fair market value of the award as if the award was unrestricted and could be sold immediately. If the shares subject to such election are forfeited, the recipient will not be entitled to any deduction, refund or loss for tax purposes with respect to the forfeited stock. Upon sale of the restricted stock after vesting or after the forfeiture period has expired, the holding period to determine whether the recipient has long-term or short-term capital gain or loss begins when the restriction period expires.
However, if the recipient timely elects to be taxed as of the date of the grant, the holding period commences on the date of the grant and the tax basis will be equal to the fair market value of the award on the date of the grant as if the award were then unrestricted and could be sold immediately. A participant receiving dividends with respect to an award for which the above-described election has not been made and prior to the time the restrictions lapse will recognize compensation taxable as ordinary income, rather than dividend income, in an amount equal to the dividends paid. The amount of ordinary income recognized upon the lapse of restrictions or by making the above-described election is deductible by the Company as compensation expense, except to the extent the deduction limits of Section 162(m) of the Code apply.
Restricted Stock Units. A recipient of RSUs will generally be subject to tax at ordinary income rates on the fair market value of Common Stock issued pursuant to such an award. The fair market value of any Common Stock received will generally be included in income at the time of receipt. The capital gain or loss holding period for any Common Stock distributed under an award will begin when the recipient recognizes ordinary income with respect to that distribution. The amount of ordinary income recognized is deductible by the Company as compensation expense, except to the extent the deduction limits of Section 162(m) of the Code apply.
Other Incentive Awards. The federal income tax consequences of Other Incentive Awards will depend on how such awards are structured. Generally, the Company will be entitled to a deduction with respect to such awards only to the extent that the recipient realizes compensation income in connection with such awards. It is anticipated that Other Incentive Awards will usually result in compensation income to the recipient in some amount. However, some forms of Other Incentive Awards may not result in any compensation income to the recipient or any income tax deduction for the Company.
Performance Goals and Maximum Awards. Section 162(m) of the Code disallows federal income tax deductions for certain compensation in excess of $1,000,000 per year paid to each of the Companys Chief Executive Officer and its other four most highly compensated executive officers (collectively, the Covered Employees). Under Section 162(m), compensation that qualifies as other performance-based compensation is not subject to the $1,000,000 limit. One of the conditions necessary to qualify certain incentive awards as other performance-based compensation is that the material terms of the performance goals under which the award is made must be disclosed to, and approved by, the stockholders of the Company before the incentive compensation is paid.
Golden Parachute Payments. Awards that are granted, accelerated or enhanced upon the occurrence of, or in anticipation of, a change-in-control may give rise, in whole or in part, to excess parachute payments under Section 280G and Section 4999 of the Code. With respect to any excess parachute payment, the participant would be subject to a 20% excise tax on, and we would be denied a deduction for the excess amount.
Effect of EESA. We have contractually agreed to abide by a provision of EESA and the Treasurys regulations which limits our tax deduction for compensation paid to our named executive officers to $500,000 annually. This provision of EESA amended the Code by adding Section 162(m)(5). Code Section 162(m)(5) imposes a $500,000 deduction limit. In addition, prior to the amendment, certain performance based compensation paid under shareholder approved plans did not count toward such limit. The EESA and Code Section 162(m)(5) eliminate that exclusion for us. See the section entitled 2008 Developments - Government Intervention and Regulation beginning on page 31.
Omnibus Plan Benefits
The type and amount of any future awards under the Omnibus Plan are not currently determinable by the Compensation Committee.
Registration with the SEC
The Company intends to file a Registration Statement on Form S-8 relating to the issuance of Common Stock under the Omnibus Plan with the SEC pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (Securities Act), as soon as is practicable after approval of the Omnibus Plan by the Companys stockholders.
The Board unanimously recommends stockholders vote For approval of the Omnibus Plan Amendment.
ITEM 4ADVISORY (NON-BINDING)
VOTE ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION *
On February 17, 2009, the President signed into law the ARRA, which revised Section 111(e) of the EESA to require any recipient of funds in the TARP program to permit a separate shareholder vote to approve the compensation of executives, as disclosed pursuant to the compensation disclosure rules of the SEC. We received TARP funds through our participation in the CPP (see the section entitled 2008 Developments - Government Intervention and Regulation beginning on page 31). In order to comply with the ARRA, the Board has decided to provide shareholders with the right to cast an advisory vote to approve the compensation of the Companys executives at the Annual Meeting.
This proposal, commonly known as a say-on-pay proposal, gives you as a shareholder the opportunity to endorse or not endorse our executive compensation program through the following resolution:
Resolved, that the stockholders approve the compensation of the Companys executives, as described in the Named Executive Officer Compensation Discussion and Analysis and the tabular and accompanying narrative disclosure regarding Named Executive Officer compensation in this Proxy Statement for its 2009 Annual Meeting.
Because your vote is advisory, it will not be binding upon the Board. However, the Compensation Committee may take into account the outcome of the vote when considering future executive compensation arrangements.
We believe that our compensation policies and procedures are reasonable as they further the Companys goals of offering our named executive officers market-competitive compensation that is appropriately balanced between base and variable, or at-risk pay. We also believe that our compensation program is effective and appropriate. We encourage you to review closely our Named Executive Officer Compensation Discussion and Analysis and the related tabular disclosure (pages 30 through 59). We organized this information to discuss each element of our compensation programs, and certain compensation information for our named executive officers for the past three years as required by SEC rules. As a result, most of our tabular disclosure is backwards-looking.
The EESA and ARRA, and future regulations will greatly affect our compensation practices going forward. These laws apply to us because we sold preferred stock to the Treasury in the fourth quarter of 2008 under the CPP. Unfortunately, key details of these new laws will be determined only after the Treasury issues new regulations. As a result, we cannot reliably predict what changes we will be required to make to our compensation programs, and what effect these changes will have on our competitive position.
The Board unanimously recommends stockholders vote For this proposal.
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AT FIRST MIDWEST BANCORP, INC.
Our Board is committed to maintaining strong corporate governance principles and practices. If you would like additional information about our corporate governance practices, you may view the following documents on our website at www.firstmidwest.com/aboutinvestor_corporate.asp or request them in print by sending a written request to the Corporate Secretary at First Midwest Bancorp, Inc., One Pierce Place, Suite 1500, Itasca, Illinois 60143:
Corporate Governance Guidelines and Committee Charters
The Corporate Governance Guidelines and the charters of the three standing committees of our Board describe our corporate governance practices. The Corporate Governance Guidelines and charters are intended to ensure that our Board has practices in place to review and evaluate our business operations and to make decisions that are independent of management. The Corporate Governance Guidelines establish the practices the Board follows with respect to Board composition and selection, Board meetings, management and Board performance evaluations, succession planning, Board committees and director compensation. The Corporate Governance Guidelines and standing committee charters are reviewed periodically and updated as necessary to reflect changes in regulatory requirements and evolving corporate governance practices.
Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct and Code of Ethics for Senior Financial Officers
We have adopted a Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct, which applies to all of our directors, officers and employees, as well as a Code of Ethics for Senior Financial Officers which applies to our senior financial officers. Our Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct meets the requirements of a code of ethics as defined by Item 406 of Regulation S-K, and also meets the requirements of a code of business conduct and ethics under Nasdaq Rules. Annually all employees are required to certify that they have reviewed and are familiar with the Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct, and all officers are required to certify compliance with the code. Waivers of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct for executive officers are required to be disclosed to the Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board. Both documents are available on our website and we will provide stockholders with a printed copy upon request.
Our Board holds regularly scheduled quarterly meetings. Typically, committee meetings occur either the day of, or the day prior to the Board meeting. Twice a year, the Board devotes additional time to presentations and discussions with senior management about the Companys long-term strategy. At each quarterly Board meeting, time is set aside for the independent directors to meet without management present.
In addition to the quarterly meetings, typically there are special meetings each year. For example, during 2008 our Board held four special meetings, our Compensation Committee held three special meetings and our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee held two special meetings. Our Audit Committee did not hold any special meetings during 2008.
We expect our directors to attend all Board meetings and meetings of committees of the Board on which they serve. Directors are also expected to attend each annual stockholders meeting. All directors, including the current nominees for director, attended last years annual stockholders meeting held on May 21, 2008, with the exception of Ms. Boigegrain who was not elected to the Board until August 20, 2008.
The Board held a total of eight meetings during 2008. Director attendance at meetings of the Board and its committees averaged 95% during 2008. Each director attended at least 75% of the total number of meetings of the Board and committees on which he or she served. The Board met in executive session without management present during all of its 2008 meetings with the committee chair who is most familiar with the subject matter being discussed leading the discussion.
Our Board has three standing committees, our Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Each standing committee has a written charter and the Board has determined that each of the members of our standing committees is independent under the provisions of our Corporate Governance Guidelines and Nasdaq Rules. The Board also established an Executive Committee in October of 2008. The Executive Committee held one meeting during 2008.
Under our Corporate Governance Guidelines, the members of each Board committee (including each committee chair and any vice-chair) are appointed by the Board upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and a member may only serve as the chair of one committee of the Board at any given time. On April 1, 2009 Vernon A. Brunner, the chair of our Compensation Committee, died. As a result: (1) J. Stephen Vanderwoude (who was previously the vice-chair of our Compensation Committee and chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee) became the chair of our Compensation Committee; and (2) Brother James Gaffney (who was previously the vice-chair of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee) became the chair of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
The table below provides current membership and meeting information for each of the Board committees for the 2008 fiscal year. In November of 2008: (1) Both Ms. Boigegrain and Ms. Rudnick joined the Audit Committee; (2) Both Ms. Boigegrain and Brother James Gaffney joined the Compensation Committee; and (3) Mr. McDonnell joined the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
Below is a description of each standing committee of our Board as well as our Executive Committee. Each standing committee has the authority to engage legal counsel or other advisors or consultants as it deems appropriate to carry out its responsibilities. The charter of each standing committee describes the specific responsibilities and functions of such committee, and you may view each charter by visiting our website at www.firstmidwest.com/aboutinvestor_corporate.asp.
Audit Committee. The primary responsibilities of the Audit Committee are to: (1) assist the Board in its oversight of the integrity of our financial statements and systems of internal control over financial reporting; (2) oversee the Companys compliance with legal and regulatory requirements relating to financial reporting and disclosure; (3) evaluate the independence and qualifications of our independent auditors; and (4) oversee the performance of our independent auditors and our internal audit function. The Audit Committee also is solely responsible for the appointment, compensation, and retention of our independent auditors. The Audit Committee relies on the expertise and knowledge of management, the internal auditors, and the independent auditor in carrying out its oversight responsibilities. The Audit Committee Charter describes the Committees specific responsibilities.
Compensation Committee. The primary responsibilities of the Compensation Committee are to: (1) assist the Board in establishing the annual goals and objectives of the Chief Executive Officer; (2) recommend to the Board the compensation of the Chief Executive Officer and senior officers of the Company; (3) oversee and advise the Board on the adoption of policies that govern our compensation programs and other compensation-related policies; (4) oversee administration of our equity-based compensation and other benefit plans; and (5) approve and authorize grants of equity compensation awards under our equity plans. From time to time the Compensation Committee reviews the compensation paid to non-employee directors, and makes recommendations to the Board for any
adjustments. Our Chief Executive Officer generally attends Compensation Committee meetings but is not present for the executive sessions or for any discussion of his compensation.
The Compensation Committee has the sole authority to retain and terminate any compensation consultant used to assist in the evaluation of executive compensation and to approve the consultants fees and retention terms. From time to time the Compensation Committee retains Deloitte Consulting, a compensation consultant, to provide analysis and advice on various matters relating to the compensation of our executive officers and directors. Deloitte Consulting does not perform any other services for the Company and is directly accountable to the Compensation Committee. The Committee must approve all services performed by the consultant and the Committee believes that the advice of Deloitte Consulting has been fully independent during its service to the Compensation Committee. From time to time the Compensation Committee may delegate authority to the Companys Retirement and Benefit Plans Administration Committee, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer or the employee resources director to fulfill certain administrative duties regarding the compensation programs. Each member of the Compensation Committee must be a non-employee director within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and an outside director within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code (see the section entitled Named Executive Officer Discussion and Analysis beginning on page 30 for more information about the Compensation Committees work).
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. The primary responsibilities of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee are to: (1) determine the slate of director nominees for election to our Board; (2) identify and recommend candidates to fill vacancies occurring between annual stockholder meetings; (3) review the composition of Board committees; (4) monitor compliance with, review, and recommend changes to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct and Corporate Governance Guidelines; and (5) review our policies and programs that relate to matters of corporate responsibility. The Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee also is responsible for leading the Boards annual performance review. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee regularly reviews and recommends any necessary or desirable changes to our By-Laws.
Executive Committee. The Executive Committee, which is subject to the supervision and control of the Board, has been delegated substantially all of the powers of the Board of Directors to act between meetings of the Board, except for certain matters reserved to the Board by law.
Related Person Transactions
We maintain a policy for reviewing, approving and monitoring transactions involving the Company and related persons (generally, directors and executive officers or their immediate family members, or stockholders owning 5% or more of our Common Stock). Our policy covers any transaction that meets the minimum threshold for disclosure in a proxy statement under SEC rules and regulations (generally, transactions involving amounts exceeding $120,000 in which a related person has a direct or indirect interest).
Our Nominating and Corporate Governance committee is responsible for reviewing and approving (or ratifying) all transactions with related persons. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will take into account all relevant factors in its analysis, including whether the transaction is on terms comparable to those available to third-parties. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will also determine whether any transaction with a related person impairs the independence of a
director, or presents a conflict of interest on the part of a director or executive officer. The Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee may pre-approve or ratify any transaction with a related person involving an amount up to $500,000. The policy also provides that transactions involving competitive bids, the rendering of services by a regulated entity and certain ordinary course of business banking transactions shall be deemed to be pre-approved by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
During 2008, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee reviewed and approved the employment of Brian J. OMeara, our Director of Marketing and son of our former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John M. OMeara, who earned more than $120,000 in 2008. Also during 2008, the Company and our banking subsidiary, engaged in transactions in the ordinary course of business with some of our executive officers, directors and entities with which they are associated. All loans, loan commitments and other banking services in connection with these transactions were in the ordinary course of business, on substantially the same terms, including current interest rates and collateral, as those prevailing at the time for comparable transactions with others not related to the Company and did not involve more than the normal risk of collectibility or present other unfavorable features.
Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation
None of our executive officers during the 2008 fiscal year served, or currently serves, as a member of the board of directors or compensation committee of any entity that has one or more executive officers serving on our Board or our Compensation Committee.
Stockholder Communication with Directors
Stockholders may contact an individual director, the Board as a group, or a specified Board committee or group, including our independent directors as a group, by submitting written correspondence to First Midwest Bancorp, Inc., Attn: Board of Directors, One Pierce Place, Suite 1500, Itasca, Illinois 60143. Each communication should specify the applicable addressee or addressees to be contacted as well as the general topic of the communication. The Company will initially receive and process communications before forwarding them to the addressee. Communications also may be referred to other departments within the Company. The Company generally will not forward to the directors a stockholder communication that it determines to be primarily commercial in nature or related to an improper or irrelevant topic, or that requests general information about the Company. Concerns about questionable accounting or auditing matters should be reported in writing to the Boards Audit Committee Chair or the Companys Audit Services Director at First Midwest Bancorp, Inc., One Pierce Place, Suite 1500, Itasca, Illinois 60143.
INFORMATION REGARDING BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF PRINCIPAL STOCKHOLDERS, DIRECTORS, AND MANAGEMENT
The following table sets forth, as of February 15, 2009, information about the beneficial ownership of our Common Stock by all directors, our named executive officers (as defined on page 32), and our directors and all executive officers as a group. Unless indicated in the notes, each stockholder has sole voting and investment power for all shares shown, subject to applicable community property laws that may apply to create shared voting and investment power. Unless indicated in the notes, the address of each beneficial owner is c/o First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. One Pierce Place, Suite 1500, Itasca, Illinois 60143.
We calculated the Percent of Class based on approximately 48,712,000 shares of Common Stock outstanding on February 15, 2009. In accordance with SEC regulations, we also include shares subject to options that are currently exercisable or will become exercisable within 60 days of February 15, 2009. Those shares are deemed to be outstanding and beneficially owned by the person holding such option for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of that person, but they are not treated as outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of any other person.
Other Security Ownership
The following table identifies each person or group known to us as of February 15, 2009 to beneficially own more than 5% of our outstanding Common Stock.
We use a combination of cash and equity-based compensation to attract and retain qualified candidates to serve on our Board. In setting director compensation, we consider the significant amount of time that directors expend in fulfilling their duties and comparative data regarding director compensation of our peers. Neither Michael L. Scudder, our President and Chief Executive Officer, nor Thomas J. Schwartz, the President and Chief Executive Officer of First Midwest Bank, receives compensation for serving as a member of the Board.
Cash Compensation. In 2008, the annual cash component of our director compensation program consisted of an annual fixed retainer of $40,000 for each non-employee director plus additional annual retainers of: (1) $8,000 for the chair of the Audit Committee; (2) $4,000 for each Audit Committee member; (3) $4,000 for the Chair of the Compensation Committee; and (4) $4,000 for the Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. As of September 14, 2008, we implemented an annual cash retainer for our non-employee Chairman of the Board in the amount of $100,000. Each annual retainer was paid in equal quarterly installments in arrears. Payment of each annual retainer was contingent upon the directors service during the preceding quarter. We also reimbursed our directors for any Board and committee attendance-related expenses.
Equity-Based Compensation. The annual equity component of our non-employee director compensation program generally each year is issued on the day of our February full Board meeting. Equity awards are issued as authorized by the Board and recommended by the Compensation Committee. Historically, our non-employee director equity awards have been in the form of nonqualified stock options, however, in May of 2008 the Board determined that shares of restricted stock, rather than non-qualified stock options would be issued for the equity component of our non-employee director compensation program in the future. Director equity awards are issued under the First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. Amended and Restated Directors Stock Plan (Directors Plan).
In 2008, the aggregate dollar value of the equity component of our annual non-employee director compensation was based on $56,000 for each director. Due to limitations with regard to the number of shares available for issuance under the Directors Plan, we were able to issue only a partial equity award (in the form of non-qualified stock options) to our non-employee directors on February 20, 2008. The balance of the non-employee director equity awards were issued (in the form of shares of restricted stock) on May 21, 2008 after the Companys stockholders approved an additional 200,000 shares of Common Stock for issuance under the Directors Plan.
The February awards were calculated by determining a pro-rated dollar amount for each award based on the number of shares available for issuance under the Directors Plan, divided by $28.095, the average of the high and low sale price of one share of our Common Stock on the date of grant as reported by the Nasdaq Stock Market. The May awards were calculated by taking the dollar value of the balance, divided by $24.79, the average of the high and low sale price of one share of our Common Stock on the date of grant as reported by the Nasdaq Stock Market. Each non-employee director received a full equity award in 2008 with the exception of Barbara A. Boigegrain who received a pro-rated award of shares of restricted Common Stock on August 20, 2008 (the day she joined the Board). The equity awards for our non-employee directors for the 2008 fiscal year were as follows:
Non-qualified Stock Options: The exercise price of non-qualified stock options issued to non-employee directors is equal to the average of the high and low sale price of one share of our Common Stock on the date of grant as reported by the Nasdaq Stock Market. Each option has a term of ten years from the date of grant and becomes exercisable one year from the grant date subject to accelerated vesting in the event of end of Board service, death, disability or a change-in-control, as defined in the Directors Plan. Options are nontransferable except to family members, family trusts or partnerships and include reload features. Information relating to the reload feature can be found on page 38.
Restricted Stock: The number of shares granted under each award of restricted stock is equal to the dollar value of the award, divided by the average of the high and low sale price of one share of our Common Stock on the date of grant. These awards have a vesting period of one year from the date of grant, and are nontransferable prior to vesting. In the event of a change-in-control, as defined in the Directors Plan, all unvested shares of restricted stock will vest in full, the restrictions will laps and the shares will be freely transferable.
Deferred Compensation Plan for Non-Employee Directors. The First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. Deferred Compensation Plan for Non-employee Directors (Directors Deferred Plan) allows non-employee directors to defer receipt of either 50% or 100% of any director fees and retainers. Deferral elections are made in December of each year for amounts to be earned in the following year. Accounts are deemed to be invested in separate investment accounts under the plan, with the same investment alternatives as those available under our Retirement Plan, including an investment account for shares of our Common Stock. For a list of the funds available for investment under the Directors Deferred Plan and the investment returns for the year ended December 31, 2008, see the fund table presented in the section of this Proxy Statement entitled Non-qualified Deferred Compensation beginning on page 52.
The accounts of directors participating in the Directors Deferred Plan are adjusted to reflect the investment return related to such deemed investments and they are able to modify their investment elections at any time. Deferred director fees and retainers are payable at the directors election, either as a lump sum or in installments over a period not to exceed fifteen years. Payments under the Directors Deferred Plan begin at the date specified by the director or upon cessation of service as a director.
The following table summarizes the cash compensation we paid to our non-employee directors during 2008, and the dollar amount expensed by the Company for financial statement purposes during 2008 with respect to equity grants (including annual equity compensation grants and stock option reload grants) issued in 2008 and 2007 to our non-employee directors.
The fair value of options granted was determined on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model, a theoretical method for estimating the present value of stock options based on complex assumptions about the stocks price volatility and dividend rate of the underlying stock, interest rates and the expected life of the options. The assumptions used are set forth in Note 17 to the 2008 audited financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008.
In 2008, each non-employee director (excluding Barbara A. Boigegrain) was granted options to purchase 3,740 shares of our Common Stock at an exercise price of $28.095 per share. The fair value of the options totaled $13,492
per grant or $3.61 per share. The amount reported for Robert P. OMeara includes the reload option grant he received in 2007. John F. Chlebowski, Jr.s expense includes his initial stock option grant awarded upon appointment in June of 2007.
In addition to the forgoing, pursuant to the terms of our merger agreement with the former directors of the 2nd National Bank of Danville, we paid a cash annual director emeritus fee to William F. OMeara in the amount of $1,200, in equal quarterly installments.
NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS*
This section provides information and perspective regarding our compensation programs for our named executive officers for the 2008 fiscal year and accompanies the tables that follow.
Our compensation programs were impacted by several unexpected developments during 2008. These developments include the implementation of the Companys succession plan, deteriorating economic conditions and unprecedented levels of government intervention and regulation of the financial sector which continues in 2009.
Implementation of Succession Plan: On September 13, 2008 our then Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, John M. OMeara died unexpectedly. In accordance with the Companys long-standing succession plan, on September 14, 2008 the Board:
Also pursuant to the succession plan, the Board of Directors of First Midwest Bank named Thomas J. Schwartz as the President and Chief Executive Officer of First Midwest Bank. On December 5, 2008, Victor P. Carapella also was promoted to the position of Commercial Banking Group Manager of First Midwest Bank.
Subsequent to these appointments and promotions, and in recognition of the new executive responsibilities undertaken by each officer, the Compensation Committee: (1) adjusted Michael L. Scudders annual base salary form $426,000 to $600,000, retroactively applied to September 14, 2008; (2) adjusted Thomas J. Schwartzs annual base salary from $426,000 to $475,000, retroactively applied to September 14, 2008; (3) adjusted Victor P. Carapellas salary from $228,000 to $280,000; and (4) implemented an annual cash retainer for Robert P. OMeara as our non-employee Board Chair in the amount of $100,000, retroactively applied to September 14, 2008. In recognition of his new leadership role and substantially increased responsibilities, the Compensation Committee also approved a special one-time performance equity grant for 30,920 shares of our Common Stock to Michael L. Scudder which will vest over a three-year performance period. This grant is further described in the 2008 Grants of Plan Based Awards Table on page 47 and under the section entitled Equity Awards- 2008 CEO Promotion Award beginning on page 39.
Deteriorating Economic Conditions: Overall performance for 2008 reflected solid core operating earnings offset by increased credit-related costs stemming from prolonged and significant weakness in the economy, particularly in the residential housing markets. Over the course of 2008, we worked to prepare for the demands of this environment by increasing our loan loss reserves, adding to our capital, expanding our credit remediation resources and reducing our operating costs. These conditions and
actions impacted several of our 2008 performance metrics that are fundamental to our compensation plans and programs, such as return on assets, earnings per share and loan portfolio quality. See the section entitled Short-Term Incentive Compensation beginning on page 35.
Government Intervention and Regulation. In response to the deteriorating economic conditions and the prolonged financial market crisis, the United States government has taken a variety of extraordinary measures designed to restore confidence in the financial markets and to strengthen financial institutions, including programs established under the EESA, which was enacted by the U.S. Congress in October of 2008. We elected to participate in several of these measures, including the CPP promulgated under TARP, which was designed to stabilize the financial markets by providing capital to healthy institutions and increase the flow of credit to businesses and consumers. Under this program, on December 5, 2008, we sold $193 million of our preferred stock and a ten-year warrant to purchase up to 1,305,230 shares of common stock to the Treasury.
Participation in the CPP requires institutions to limit executive compensation by adopting: (1) measures that discourage unnecessary and excessive risk taking; (2) a right to recover (claw-back) incentive compensation based on erroneous information; (3) a ban on golden parachute payments; and (4) a limit on tax deductions for remuneration to certain executive officers to $500,000. The Company and the Compensation Committee have taken, and will continue to take, all steps necessary to comply with the requirements imposed in connection with the Companys participation in the CPP. Steps taken to date include:
Subsequent to our election to participate in the CPP, on February 17, 2009, the President signed into law the ARRA, which, among other things will impose additional restrictions on executive compensation for institutions that receive TARP capital, including companies that participated in the CPP prior to enactment of ARRA. The ARRA directs the Treasury to issue regulations implementing strict limitations on compensation paid or accrued by financial institutions participating in the CPP. These limitations are to include:
The ARRA directs the Treasury and SEC to issue regulations implementing the foregoing. There are numerous questions regarding the scope of the limitations and the requirements of the ARRA. None of the regulations mandated by the law had been issued by the Treasury prior to the finalization of this Proxy Statement. Pending the issuance of regulations, the Board, the Compensation Committee and management are reviewing the requirements of the ARRA, its impact on current and future compensation, and the effect of the laws requirements on the Companys competitive position. Actions required by consideration of ARRA, competitive factors and our overall compensation philosophy and objectives may include changes to the form and amount of compensation paid to our executive officers, including higher base salaries, the reduction or elimination of bonus compensation, issuance of long-term restricted stock awards and modifications to existing agreements.
Except as expressly mentioned otherwise, the following discussion does not address the effect, if any, compliance with the ARRA may have on our executive compensation program and references to the TARP program refer to its requirements as applicable prior to the ARRA.
Named Executive Officers
Our named executive officers for 2008 were:
Our Compensation Committee reviews and evaluates our general compensation philosophy and oversees the development, implementation and any revision to our compensation policies and programs, including:
Consistent with our values, our Compensation Committee seeks to link executive compensation with performance while supporting the successful recruitment, development, and retention of executive talent so we can achieve our business objectives and create shareholder value.
The Compensation Committee evaluates the compensation for our named executive officers each year. In evaluating the compensation of our Chief Executive Officers direct reports, the Compensation Committee considers the Chief Executive Officers recommendations to the Committee. This includes the compensation of the other named executive officers based on his review of their performance, job responsibilities, importance to our overall business strategy, our compensation philosophy (including market practice) and his subjective evaluation of performance relative to strategic, financial and leadership objectives. Our Chief Executive Officer does not make a recommendation to the Compensation Committee regarding his own compensation.
What are the objectives of our compensation programs?
Our primary objectives with respect to executive compensation are several, including to:
We believe that our ability to attract and retain qualified, high-performing employees is vital to our success and growth as a Company. Consequently, it is very important to us to provide market-responsive, total direct compensation opportunities to our executive officers (including our named executive officers) that include stock-based incentives and other cash rewards. We believe equity compensation is a very effective retention tool that encourages and appropriately rewards employee performance and aligns their interests with stockholders.
How do we measure corporate performance?
We measure our performance against a peer group of fourteen banking companies whose size and business lines are similar to ours, and who operate primarily in larger, urban centers like ours. For 2008, this peer group consisted of the following companies:*
Our relative performance is measured on multiple factors focusing heavily on three indicators frequently used to assess a banking companys results: return on assets, earnings per share and loan portfolio quality.
Who advises our Compensation Committee?
In formulating our approach to compensation over the past decade, our Compensation Committee has been advised by several compensation consulting firms. Over the most recent seven years, the Compensation Committee has retained Deloitte Consulting (Deloitte). Deloitte has in-depth knowledge of our business and the competitive environment for executive talent. Deloitte has consulted with us on peer group analysis and program design. In 2006, Deloitte assisted in the implementation of our Performance-Awarded Restricted Stock program described on page 39. Deloitte has also actively reviewed the workings of our remaining compensation programs as part of its ongoing work.
The Compensation Committee and management also receive legal advice with respect to management pay, compensation design and related considerations from Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, P.C., a law firm with extensive experience advising financial institutions with respect to such matters.
What are the elements of our Executive Compensation Program?
Our named executive officer compensation program is made up of:
When setting each named executive officers total direct compensation opportunity we consider the median salary paid by our peer group for positions of similar responsibility. We generally review compensation elements in aggregate to assess each named executive officers total direct compensation opportunity. Our approach results in some pay difference among our named executive officers (including our Chief Executive Officer and other named executive officers), which is consistent with the survey data and the scope and the level of job responsibilities for each office. Final decisions concerning compensation reflect a named executive officers annual achievements, Company performance, and our views regarding a named executive officers scope of responsibilities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and management experience and effectiveness. The Compensation Committee considers these factors collectively, along with recommendations from our Chief Executive Officer for his direct reports, and ultimately uses its judgment in making final decisions concerning compensation.
We pay our named executive officers and other employees a base salary as part of a competitive compensation package. We typically consider salary levels as part of our annual compensation review process or in some cases upon a promotion. Base salary is set based upon the responsibilities of the executive taking into account competitive market compensation paid by other companies for positions of similar responsibility. Median salary levels are targeted for each position.
Our Chief Executive Officer recommends changes in base salary for his direct reports directly to the Compensation Committee. Chief Executive Officer pay is set directly by the Compensation Committee and is recommended to the Board for approval. Annual base salary changes generally become effective January 1 except for certain interim-year promotions.
Short-Term Incentive Compensation
Our named executive officers participate in our short-term incentive compensation (STIC) program, a program under which we award performance-based cash compensation to employees. Under our STIC program, each participants target award is based upon a combination of Company performance and individual performance.
Target performance under our STIC program is the level at which a participant will earn 100% of his or her target award. Target payouts are set at 60% of base salary for our Chief Executive Officer and 50% or 40% for the remaining named executive officers. Depending upon the relationship of actual financial performance, loan portfolio quality and the individuals annual evaluation, final payouts under our STIC program may be as little as zero and as high as 150% of target award.
STIC awards for our named executive officers have a heavier weighting placed upon Company performance (60% to 85% depending upon grade). The weighting of each component varies based upon the grade of the participant. With respect to the STIC award for our Chief Executive Officer, 85% is based upon Company performance.
Company performance is determined through the establishment and weighting of specific performance metrics at the outset each year, specifically: (i) 75 % on financial performance (net income), relative to peers; and (ii) 25% on loan portfolio quality (average ratio of non-performing assets plus loans past due by 90 days to total loans), relative to peers.
Individual performance is based on achievement of a combination of qualitative and quantitative objectives during the performance period, which are specific to the individuals responsibilities and position within the Company. Individual performance is based upon the participants annual performance evaluation rating. In order for the individual performance award to be paid, the Company must achieve threshold on at least one of the Company performance measurements for the year. In other words, if the Companys threshold net income or loan portfolio performance is not achieved for the year, no individual performance awards will be paid under the STIC plan, regardless of whether they are earned.
2008 STIC Awards
For the 2008 fiscal year, we established target award levels for Company performance based upon the median performance of our peer group for 2007 with respect to net income, and actual results for 2008 with respect to loan portfolio quality. Target payout levels were predicated on achievement of net income levels reflective of achieving peer group median return on average assets of 1.02% weighted at 75%, and maintenance of loan portfolio quality levels relative to peer group medians of 2.00% weighted at 25%. Peer group data used for purposes of establishing target payout levels was based upon prior full and year-end data.
The Companys 2008 net income performance was $49,336,000. This was lower than the performance target of $83,458,000. The Companys 2008 loan portfolio quality (average ratio of non-performing assets plus loans past due by 90 days to total loans) was 3.57%. This was higher than the performance target of 2.00%. As a result, the Company did not achieve the threshold performance with respect to either Company performance measurements during 2008 and no award was issued to any participant (including the named executive officers) for either the Company or individual component of the award.
The Compensation Committee is currently reviewing the STIC program and performance metrics for 2009. Because the ARRA directs the Treasury to adopt rules to implement compensation standards for CPP participants, including a prohibition on paying or accruing bonuses and incentives (other than certain limited awards of restricted stock), it is likely that we will not be able to use STIC bonuses for the incentive of our named executive officers until the EESA no longer applies to us.
Discretionary Cash Bonus
Discretionary cash bonuses may be paid from time to time to executive level officers, including named executive officers. When awarded, these bonuses result from unusual or nonrecurring activity such as a significant corporate acquisition or extra ordinary circumstances. Unlike the other elements of our compensation programs which are based on either a combination of Company and individual performance or peer group data, discretionary cash bonuses are based solely on individual performance.
2008 Discretionary Awards
The Compensation Committee did not approve discretionary cash bonuses for any named executive officer for the 2008 performance year, except Victor P. Carapella, who became a named executive officer on December 5, 2008. Mr. Carapella was awarded a discretionary cash bonus of $39,400. In evaluating this award, the Compensation Committee considered Mr. Carapellas accomplishments of priorities set at the beginning of the year, contributions to the Companys strategic initiatives, support of its mission, execution of leadership objectives, and initiatives in addressing issues within the retail and commercial markets in which we operated during the 2008 fiscal year.
Because the ARRA directs the Treasury to adopt rules to implement compensation standards for CPP participants, including a prohibition on paying or accruing bonuses and incentives (other than certain limited awards of restricted stock), it is likely that we will not be able to use discretionary bonuses to recognize the performance of our named executive officers until the EESA no longer applies to us.
All of our executive officers, including our named executive officers, are eligible to receive long-term incentive compensation (LTIC) in the form of equity awards. We intend our equity awards to provide a vehicle for equity ownership in alignment with the interest of our stockholders, retain key executives through the vesting periods, and maintain market competitive compensation.
We have granted equity awards annually at the discretion of the Compensation Committee and Board based upon the recommendation of our Chief Executive Officer for his direct reports, and at the recommendation of the Compensation Committee for our Chief Executive Officer. Recommendations are based on the individuals performance for the preceding year. The Chief Executive Officer award is targeted at a value of 100% of base pay. The awards for the other named executive officers are targeted at 75% or 55% of base pay. Individual awards can vary from zero to 125% of the target award level based upon assessment of the executives personal performance.
No executive officer, including the Chief Executive Officer or any other named executive officer, has a role in the timing of equity awards. We do not choose the time for making equity awards based in any way on any pending release to the public of material information, rather we adhere to a policy established over 20 years ago. Under this policy, awards generally are granted on the day of our Board meeting in February, following acceptance by the Board of awards approved by the Compensation Committee at its meeting held the day before. The February Board meeting generally occurs mid-month, approximately four weeks after we have announced year-end financial results.
2007 Fiscal Year Awards (Issued in 2008)
In February 2008, our Compensation Committee announced its intent to award restricted stock or restricted stock unit awards, rather than the non-qualified stock options to employees (including our named executive officers) under our LTIC program. However due to certain restrictions of our Omnibus Plan, our senior executive officers, including the named executive officers (but excluding our then Chief Executive Officer, John M. OMeara), received non-qualified stock options rather than restricted stock or restricted stock units.
Based on the evaluation of individual performance for the 2007 performance year, the average LTIC award as a percentage of the LTIC target for the named executive officers was 112%. In assessing individual performance, the Compensation Committee considered the recommendation of the Chief Executive Officer for his direct reports and the Compensation Committees sole determination with respect to the Chief Executive Officer, and each officers accomplishments of priorities set at the beginning of the year, contributions to the Companys strategic initiatives, support of the Companys mission, execution of leadership objectives, and initiatives in addressing business and financial issues arising as a result of the general economic environment and developments within the retail and commercial markets in which we operated during the 2007 fiscal year.
As a result, the 2008 equity awards for the named executive officers approved by the Compensation Committee and the Board in February of 2008 were:
These amounts also are included in the 2008 Grant of Plan-Based Awards table below. Also see the 2008 Summary Compensation table for a discussion of the dollar amount expensed during the 2008 fiscal year by the Company for financial statement purposes with respect to equity grants issued to our named executive officers, including the 2008 equity grants.
The primary features of our non-qualified option grants applicable to our named executive officers are described below:
The primary features of our restricted stock or restricted stock unit awards applicable to our named executive officers are described below:
The ARRA directs the Treasury to adopt rules to implement compensation standards for CPP participants, including a prohibition on paying or accruing bonuses and incentives. However the ARRA permits CPP participants to issue shares of restricted stock, but only to the extent: (1) the value of the stock does not exceed one-third of the total amount of annual compensation of the employee receiving the stock; (2) the stock does not fully vest until after all CPP-related obligations have been satisfied; and (3) any other conditions which the Treasury may specify have been met. As a result, it is likely that our ability to use LTIC awards to provide long term- oriented compensation to our named executive officers will be limited, and perhaps suspended, until the EESA no longer applies to us.
2008 CEO Promotion Award
In December 2008, our Compensation Committee approved a special one-time performance equity grant for 30,920 shares of our Common Stock to our current President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael L. Scudder, which will vest over a three-year performance period and be payable on March 15, 2012, provided that the Company achieves an average annual core return on average assets (ROAA) during the period equal to or exceeding the average annual core ROAA achieved by our peer group for the same period. In making this award, the Compensation Committee considered Michael L. Scudders new leadership role and substantially increased responsibilities upon assuming the position of President and Chief Executive Officer after the unexpected death of John M. OMeara, our former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, on September 13, 2008.
Performance-Awarded Restricted Stock Awards
All of our senior executive officers, including our named executive officers, are entitled to participate in our Performance-Awarded Restricted Stock Award Program (PARS). The PARS Program was adopted in 2006 after an analysis of our executive compensation program revealed that although the compensation program is intended to deliver above median level compensation for above median level performance, the executive compensation program had, in fact, fallen short of this goal over the period 2001-2005. With the assistance of Deloitte, the Compensation Committee implemented a new performance-awarded restricted stock, or PARS Program during 2006 designed to deliver above-median compensation for above-median performance.
The total award cycle for our PARS program is five years, consisting of a three year measurement period followed by a two-year vesting period (50% on the first and second anniversaries of the grant date). The measurement period is set at three years to reflect a realistic time period for achieving long-term Company performance goals, and the vesting period is set at two years to enhance the retentive power of the award. We implemented the PARS program in 2006.
PARS awards are made annually, but only if our performance, as measured by annual core return on average assets (ROAA) for the fiscal year plus the prior two years (the performance period), exceeds the seventy-fifth percentile of our peer groups performance as measured by annual core ROAA during the same performance period. If we exceed this threshold, the participants will be eligible to receive an award, to the extent our average change in core earnings per share (EPS)* over the measurement period is above median peer levels based on the following table:
Targeted percentages for awards are based on a percentage of base pay. The resultant dollar amount is converted to restricted share awards or units on the day of the grant based on the average of the high and low trading prices of one share of our Common Stock on that date.
Awards for Three-year Period of 2005-2007 (Issued in 2008)
The PARS awards we issued in May of 2008 reflect the Companys core ROAA for the 2005, 2006 and 2007 fiscal years, and the Companys change in core EPS for the three-year period ended December 31, 2007. Based on the Companys core ROAA and change in core EPS during these periods when compared to peers using the framework discussed above, the 2008 PARS grants were made at 36% of target.
The target award for our former Chief Executive Officer, John M. OMeara, was based on 100% of base pay, 50% of base pay for Messrs. Scudder and Schwartz, and 30% of base pay for all other named executive officers. As a result, the PARS awards for the named executive officers were approved by the Compensation Committee and the Board in May of 2008 as follows:
See the 2008 Summary Compensation and 2008 Grants of Plan-Based Awards tables and their related footnotes below beginning on pages 45 and 48.
The Compensation Committee will next consider the grant of PARS awards at its May 2009 meeting. These grants will be based on the Companys core ROAA for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 fiscal years, and the Companys change in core EPS for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 fiscal years.
The ARRA directs the Treasury to adopt rules to implement compensation standards for CPP participants, including a prohibition on paying or accruing bonuses and incentives. However, the ARRA permits CPP participants to issue shares of restricted stock, but only to the extent: (1) the value of the stock does not exceed one-third of the total amount of annual compensation of the employee receiving the stock; (2) the stock does not fully vest until after all CPP-related obligations have been satisfied; and (3) any other conditions which the Treasury may specify have been met. As a result, it is likely that our ability to use PARS awards to recognize our named executive officers for above-median performance will be limited, and perhaps suspended, until the EESA no longer applies to us.
How do we determine retirement and other welfare benefits?
There is no material difference in the welfare benefit plans we provide to executive officers compared to the welfare benefit plans we provide to other salaried employees. Years of service and pay level of our executives drive the value of their retirement benefits. These programs, which are available to all employees, include group insurance, vacation, tuition reimbursement and contribution matching gift plans.
Retirement benefits are delivered through tax-qualified defined benefit and defined contribution plans and non-qualified defined contribution plans. Executive officers are beneficiaries of these qualified programs on the same basis as other employees, and in the non-qualified programs, on the same basis as other officers in accordance with the plans. Upon the recommendation of management, in November 2006 the Compensation Committee authorized the making of a number of amendments to the long-standing pension plan of the Company which is described in further detail beginning on page 51. The amendments were adopted in February 2007 and included a so-called soft freeze eliminating any new enrollments of employees into the plan and a reduction in the growth of benefits effective April 1, 2007. These changes will assist us in controlling what had become an unacceptably high and rapidly increasing cost, while continuing to provide appropriate, competitive retirement benefits for our employees.
Do we have formal equity ownership guidelines for our executive officers?
The Company grants stock awards to employees with the intent of closely aligning the interests of the Companys management and stockholders. Accordingly, the Company would like senior officers to retain ownership of a material portion of Company stock obtained through its equity programs.
In this spirit, the Companys Board of Directors recently has established minimum stock ownership guidelines that apply to all non-employee directors and members of senior management of the Company. Under these guidelines, non-employee directors are encouraged to own Company stock equal in value to five times their annual retainer. Our President and Chief Executive Officer is encouraged to own Company stock equal in value to three times his annual salary, and senior officers are encouraged to own Company stock equal in values ranging from one to two times their annual salary, depending upon their salary grade. Ownership levels will be determined by considering stock acquired through open market purchases, employee benefit plans and the Companys equity compensation plans.
Do we have employment contracts with our executive officers?
Employment contracts are extended to executive level employees in exchange for loyal service, and agreements not to solicit or compete in the event of a termination of employment. The agreements provide for the executives position, compensation and benefits, including severance payments in the
event of loss of position for other than cause. The agreements also impose confidentiality and non-solicitation obligations on the executive. In the event of a loss of position following a change-in-control of the corporation, significant separation benefits are triggered, including lump sum payments, equity award vesting acceleration and similar benefits. These agreements are detailed in the tables and narrative following this Compensation Discussion and Analysis. At its February 2007 meeting, the Compensation Committee completed a year long review of the executive employment agreements. The Compensation Committee determined, as it had in the past, that the terms of the agreements are consistent with competitive practice and are important to attracting and retaining executive talent. As a result, the Compensation Committee updated and renewed the agreements on largely the same terms that have existed for more than ten years.
Our named executive officers entered into amendments to their employment contracts and executed waivers consenting to the restrictions and limitations required by the TARP program rules in connection with our participation with the CPP. During the period that the Treasury holds preferred stock of the Company pursuant to the CPP, we may be prohibited or restricted from making many of the payments to which our named executive officers are entitled under their respective employment contracts. See the section entitled 2008 Developments- Government Intervention and Regulation beginning on page 31.
Do we provide perquisites to our executive officers?
The Company provides perquisites to executives, including the named executive officers, which the Compensation Committee believes are reasonable and within market practice.
We have a Company vehicle policy that provides a car allowance to senior management, including our executive officers. We also provide relocation assistance to our newly hired or relocated salaried executive employees, including our named executive officers. We provide the relocation assistance to offer a competitive compensation package to our current and prospective executive employees because we believe that potential new hires and our current executive employees view relocation assistance as a valuable benefit.
What tax considerations do we evaluate in making compensation decisions?
We consider the tax effects of various forms of compensation and the potential for excise taxes to be imposed on our named executive officers, which might have the effect of frustrating the purpose(s) of such compensation. In conducting this assessment we consider several provisions of the Code including:
Section 162(m). Prior to amendments enacted by EESA, Section 162(m) limited the ability of public companies like ours to deduct certain compensation in excess of $1 million paid to our Chief Executive Officer or to other named executive officers. This limitation did not apply to compensation that qualifies as performance-based. In administering the performance-based portion of our executive compensation program (the STIC, stock options and PARS described above), the Compensation Committee historically has satisfied the requirements for deductibility under Section 162(m) and believes, based on current tax laws, that substantially all the payments under those awards will be deductible.
Effect of EESA on Section 162(m). We participated in the CPP on December 5, 2008. See the Section entitled Government Intervention and Regulation beginning on page 31. As a result, we became subject to certain executive compensation requirements under EESA. Among those was our
agreement to not take a federal income tax deduction for annual compensation paid to any named executive officer in excess of $500,000. In addition, certain performance-based compensation paid under our shareholder approved plans is no longer exempt from Section 162(m) limits. We first became subject to amended Section 162(m) on December 5, 2008. This limit was prorated in 2008 but will fully apply to compensation earned by our named executive officers in 2009. It will continue to apply to us for so long as Treasury owns any securities purchased from us under the CPP. As a result, we are likely to be denied a deduction for a portion of the compensation earned by our named executive officers in 2009 and in any future year until we have redeemed all of our CPP securities.
Sections 280G and 4999. We provide our named executive officers with a change-in-control provision (CIC) through their employment agreements with the Company. Our CIC provisions provide for tax protection in the form of a reimbursement to the executive for any excise tax under Section 4999 as well as any additional income and employment taxes resulting from such reimbursement. Section 4999 imposes a 20% nondeductible excise tax on our named executive officers who receive an excess parachute payment and Section 280G disallows the tax deduction to the payer (our successor) for any excess parachute payment. An excess parachute payment is the aggregate amount of cash and other benefits payable upon a change-in-control that exceeds 2.99 the executives base amount (average W-2 compensation for 5 calendar years preceding the change in control). The IRS imposes the excise tax on the amount that exceeds the executives base amount. The intent of the reimbursement is to provide a benefit without a tax penalty to our executives who are displaced in the event of a change-in-control. We believe the provision of tax protection for excess parachute payments for our executive officers is consistent with market practice, is a valuable executive talent retention incentive, and is consistent with the objectives of our overall executive compensation program.
Effect of EESA on Sections 280G and 4999. We agreed to abide by a provision of EESA which limits the amounts that we can deduct for income tax purposes under change in control and similar agreements. EESA also amended Section 280G by expanding the definition of a parachute payment to include certain severance payments paid by reason of an involuntary termination or in connection with bankruptcy, liquidation, or receivership by the employer. The EESA limitations and the expanded definition will apply to us for so long as Treasury owns any securities purchased from us under the CPP. The EESA requires a financial institution participating in the CPP to commit not to provide excess parachute payments under Section 280G. The EESA also amended the definition of excess parachute payment to include a payment to a named executive officer who is terminated for cause when he would otherwise continue working or who terminates for good reason.
Our named executive officers have entered into agreements and executed waivers consenting to the restrictions and limitations required by the TARP program rules as of October 20, 2008 in connection with our participation with the CPP. See the section entitled 2008 Developments- Government Intervention and Regulation beginning on page 31.
Section 409A. Section 409A generally governs the form and timing of nonqualified deferred compensation payments. Section 409A imposes sanctions on participants in nonqualified deferred compensation plans that fail to comply with Section 409A rules, including accelerated income inclusion, an additional 20% income tax (in addition to ordinary income tax) and an interest penalty. We have amended our nonqualified deferred compensation plans to comply with Section 409A or to qualify for an exemption from Section 409A.
2008 SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE
The table and explanatory footnotes below summarize the total compensation paid or earned during 2008 by our named executive officers, and the dollar amount expensed by the Company for financial statement purposes during 2008 with respect to equity grants (including annual equity grants and stock option reload grants) issued in 2008 and in prior fiscal years to our named executive officers.
The dollar amounts in columns (c), (d) and (g) include amounts deferred at the direction of the named executive officer, if elected, pursuant to the qualified and, if applicable, non-qualified defined contribution retirement plans. For additional information regarding amounts deferred in the current year, see the Non-qualified Deferred Compensation table below on page 54. The amount reported in column (c) for John M. OMeara for 2008 is annualized and does not reflect the fact that his employment with the Company terminated in September.
Refer to Note 17 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, for a discussion of the relevant assumptions used in calculating the compensation expense and grant-date fair value pursuant to SFAS No. 123R. The recognized compensation expense and grant-date fair value of the stock-based awards will likely vary from the actual amount the individual receives.
2008 GRANTS OF PLAN-BASED AWARDS TABLE
The following table and explanatory footnotes provide information with regard to the potential cash award opportunity for 2008 and with respect to non-qualified stock option awards and restricted stock awards granted during 2008.
OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT FISCAL YEAR-END 2008 TABLE
The following table and explanatory footnotes provide information regarding unexercised stock options and unvested stock awards held by our named executive officers as of December 31, 2008. All values in the table are based on a market value for our Common Stock of $19.97, the closing price on December 31, 2008, the last trading day of 2008, as reported by the Nasdaq Stock Market. Information regarding when unvested awards are scheduled to vest, subject to continued employment and acceleration in the event of death, disability or change-in-control, is set forth in the footnotes below.
2008 OPTION EXERCISES AND STOCK VESTED TABLE
The following table and explanatory footnotes provide information with respect to amounts paid to or received by our named executive officers during 2008 as a result of the exercise of non-qualified stock options and the vesting of restricted stock awards or units.
We sponsor a noncontributory tax-qualified defined benefit retirement plan (Pension Plan) covering approximately 80% of all employees, including the named executive officers. The amount of the monthly pension benefit is based on the average monthly pension-eligible compensation and credited service of the participant. Average monthly compensation is the average of the highest sixty consecutive months of pay within the last 120 months of service and credited service is based on the period of employment with First Midwest, subject to limitations on services prior to 1980.
Pension-eligible compensation consists of base salary, bonuses, incentive compensation, overtime and vacation pay, but excludes severance, and amounts realized from the exercise of non-qualified stock options and the release of restricted stock/unit awards. Pension-eligible compensation is capped by tax laws applicable to tax-qualified pension plans. For 2008, this limit was $230,000. Any amounts that become ineligible due to the Code limits are used to compute the pension restoration contribution to the non-qualified retirement plan as discussed further under the section entitled Non-qualified Deferred Compensation beginning on page 52.
Our Pension Plan provides for pension benefits under normal retirement (the attainment of age 65), early retirement (the attainment of age 55 with fifteen or more years of service), termination after five years of service, disability retirement after ten years of service and death before retirement with five or more years of service. A participant may elect to have his/her benefit paid each month in the form of a single life annuity or one of several actuarially equivalent forms of payment, including a lump sum.
Early retirement pension benefits are reduced by 6% for each of the first five years (ages 60-65) and by 4% for each of the next five years (ages 55-60) that the pension commencement date precedes the normal retirement age of 65. Of the named executive officers, only Messrs. Schwartz and Carapella are eligible for early retirement.
In February 2007, we approved several changes to the Pension Plan which include the elimination of new enrollment of employees, a reduction of the rate for which future benefits grow effective April 1, 2007 and a modification to the number of months used in the determination of the monthly final average pay from sixty months to eighty-four months. After these amendments became effective in 2007, the Pension Plan was designed to provide an annual pension benefit at normal retirement of 27% of final average pension-eligible compensation for a participant with thirty years of credited service.
2008 PENSION BENEFITS TABLE
The following table shows the present value of the accumulated benefit as of December 31, 2008 payable to each of the named executive officers, including the number of years of service credited to each named executive officer under our Pension Plan determined using interest rate and mortality rate assumptions consistent with those used in our 2008 audited financial statements.
NON-QUALIFIED DEFERRED COMPENSATION
We maintain two non-qualified deferred compensation plans in which our named executive officers may participate, the First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. Non-qualified Retirement Plan (Retirement Plan) and the First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. Non-Qualified Stock Option Gain Deferral Plan (Gain Deferral Plan).
Non-qualified Retirement Plan
The Retirement Plan is a defined contribution deferred compensation plan under which participants are credited with deferred compensation equal to contributions and benefits based on amounts that would have accrued under our tax-qualified plans but for limitations under the Code, and up to 75% of base salary and up to 100% of annual bonus and auto allowance that the participant has elected to defer. Deferral elections are made by eligible participants in December of each year for amounts to be earned in the following year. Participant accounts are deemed to be invested in separate investment accounts in an irrevocable rabbi trust under the plan, with similar investment alternatives as those available under our Savings and Profit Sharing Plan (our tax-qualified 401(k) savings and profit sharing plan), including an investment account deemed invested in shares of our Common Stock. Participants are able to modify their investment elections at any time. Participant accounts are adjusted to reflect the investment return of the deemed investments. The table below shows the investment funds available
under the retirement plan and their annual rate of return for the calendar year ended December 31, 2008, as reported by the trustee of the retirement plan.
Non-qualified Stock Option Gain Deferral Plan
In 1998 our Board adopted the Gain Deferral Plan with the purpose to encourage stock ownership of certain key executives. This plan combines traditional deferred compensation arrangements with stock option exercise transactions by allowing eligible stock option participants to defer to a future date the receipt of shares representing the value realized upon exercise of the underlying stock options. In response to the addition of Section 409A of the Code, the Gain Deferral Plan is only available on a limited basis. Currently, 22 stock option participants are eligible to participate, including the named executive officers. Deferrals are held for each participant in separate individual accounts in an irrevocable rabbi trust. Amounts deferred under the Gain Deferral Plan are denominated and paid in shares of Common Stock and are adjusted for dividends as if the dividends were reinvested in shares of Common Stock.
Under both the Retirement Plan and the Gain Deferral Plan, payments begin after termination and are payable at the participants election, either as a lump sum or in installments over a period not to exceed fifteen years. Earlier payment may be made upon showing of financial hardship to the satisfaction of the Compensation Committee. Distributions are paid in cash under the Retirement Plan, and are paid as in-kind stock distributions under the Gain Deferral Plan. Payments to executive officers and others will be delayed as necessary to comply with Code Section 409A.
2008 NON-QUALIFIED DEFERRED COMPENSATION TABLE
The following table summarizes the activity in each of the named executives deferred compensation accounts during 2008.
POTENTIAL PAYMENTS UPON TERMINATION OR CHANGE-IN-CONTROL
We have entered into agreements and maintain plans covering our executive officers that will require the Company to provide incremental compensation in the event of involuntary termination of employment or a change-in-control. We describe these obligations below. Please note, during the period that the Treasury holds preferred stock of the Company pursuant to the CPP, the Company may be prohibited or restricted from making many of the payments described below to our named executive officers.
We have entered into employment agreements with each of our named executive officers. These agreements have been in place for many years, in most instances since 1997, and provide for automatic annual renewal. The agreements set forth the executives title and responsibilities and the executives pay, confidentiality and non-solicitation commitments by the executive and payments, if any, to be made to the executive upon termination of employment. Termination of employment also impacts stock option and restricted stock awards we have made, as well as benefits payable under our employee benefit plans.
The following discussion takes each termination of employment situation voluntary resignation, discharge for cause, discharge without cause, resignation due to constructive discharge, death and disability and a change-in-control of the Company, and describes the additional amounts that the Company would pay or provide to the executive officer or the officers beneficiaries as a result. The discussion below and the amounts shown reflect certain assumptions we have made in accordance with SEC rules. These assumptions are that the termination of employment or change-in-control occurred on December 31, 2008 and that the value of a share of our stock on that day was $19.97, the closing price as reported by the Nasdaq Stock Market on December 31, 2008. In addition, the following discussion and amounts do not include the payments and benefits which are not enhanced by the termination of employment or change-in-control. These payments and benefits include:
For convenience, the payments and benefits described above are referred to in the following discussion as the executive officers vested benefits.
John OMeara died in September of 2008 and the payments received by his estate under the plans described herein were made in accordance with the respective plans, and on the same terms and conditions as all other employees of the Company. Due to his death he is not included in the tables that follow.
We are not obligated to pay amounts over and above vested benefits in the event of employment termination due to voluntary resignation, unless the executives age and years of service qualify for special provisions applicable for retirement. None of our executives have qualified upon any retirement provisions as of December 31, 2008.
Under the confidentiality commitments in the employment agreement, the executive is required to not disclose our confidential information or use it for anothers benefit. In addition, the executive may not solicit any of our clients or customers to not do business with us or solicit any of our employees to leave us. These non-solicitation provisions apply eighteen months after termination of employment for Messrs. Scudder and Schwartz, and one year after termination for all other named executive officers.
Discharge for Cause
We are not obligated to pay any amounts over and above vested benefits if an executive officers employment terminates because of discharge for cause and the executive is bound by the confidentiality and non-solicitation commitments. The executive officers right to exercise vested options expires upon discharge for cause, and, if the cause is fraud or embezzlement of funds, benefits under the Gain Deferral Plan are subject to forfeiture. In general, a discharge will be for cause if the executive has intentionally failed to perform his or her duties, engaged in illegal or gross misconduct that harms the Company or been convicted of a felony involving moral wrongdoing.
Death or Disability
We provide our employees, including our executive officers, with group life and disability insurance coverage. The group life insurance benefit is a multiple of base salary ranging from two times to four times base salary and is subject to limits contained in the policy. The disability benefit is a monthly benefit, paid until age 65, equal to two-thirds of base salary at the time of disability. These benefits would be paid to the named executives or beneficiary, in addition to the vested benefits, in the event of death or disability.
The following table summarizes the amounts to be paid to our named executive officers, assuming death or disability on December 31, 2008.
We have provided that all unvested stock options and restricted stock awards become vested in the event of the death or disability of the employee, including our executive officers. The following table summarizes the unvested stock options and restricted stock awards that would have vested on December 31, 2008 if the executives employment terminated that day due to death or disability.
Discharge Not For Cause; Resignation Due to Constructive Discharge
Our employment agreements obligate the Company to pay severance benefits if an executive officers employment is involuntarily terminated other than for cause and the confidentiality and non-solicitation commitments bind the executive. The executive is also required to execute a general release of claims as a condition to receiving severance benefits. This scenario includes the resignation by the executive under circumstances that constitute constructive discharge, except in this case; the non-solicitation commitments do not apply. Constructive discharge will generally arise if the executive determines we have breached the employment agreement by not maintaining his or her appointed positions, power and authority, failed to pay or provide the agreed-upon compensation, given notice that the agreement will not automatically renew, or required the executive to move to an office location more than eighty miles from his or her current location.
Our primary obligation in these circumstances is to continue the executives salary and participation in medical plans for a defined severance period and to pay a pro-rata annual bonus for the year employment terminates. We will also provide outplacement assistance. The severance period is nine months for Messrs. Scudder and Schwartz and six months for the other executive officers. The severance period may be extended for up to an additional six-month severance period.
The following table summarizes the severance benefits that would be payable to the named executive officers had employment terminated involuntarily on December 31, 2008. Please note, during the period that the Treasury holds preferred stock of the Company pursuant to the CPP, the Company may be prohibited or restricted from making the payments described below.
We have special provisions in our employment agreements and plans in the event of a change-in-control of our Company. In general, a change-in-control will occur if a person or group acquires more than 25% of our voting stock, there is an unwelcome change in a majority of the members of our Board, or if after we merge with another organization our stockholders do not continue to own more than half of the voting stock of the merged company and more than half of the members of the board of the merged company were not members of our Board.
The severance benefits under our employment agreements are enhanced in the event of involuntary termination (including constructive discharge) upon a change-in-control and the confidentiality commitments apply. For this purpose, resignation by the executive for any reason after completion of a one-year post change-in-control transition period will qualify as constructive discharge. The enhanced benefits consist of a lump sum payment of approximately two and one-half years pay in the case of Messrs. Scudder and Schwartz and two years pay for the other named executive officers. The employment agreements also provide for a gross-up payment should the executive be subject to the excise tax on golden parachute payments under the Code. In addition, all unvested stock options and restricted stock awards vest in full upon a change-in-control, whether or not the executives employment terminates.
The table below summarizes the additional payments we would be obligated to make if a change-in-control and the executives employment terminated on December 31, 2008. Please note, during the period that the Treasury holds preferred stock of the Company pursuant to the CPP, the Company may be prohibited or restricted from making the payments described below.
COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT
The Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed with management the Named Executive Officer Discussion and Analysis that precedes this report. Based on this review and discussion, the Compensation Committee has recommended to the Board that the Named Executive Officer Discussion and Analysis be included in this Proxy Statement and incorporated by reference into our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008.
The Company is participating in the TARP program established by the Treasury under the EESA. As required by the TARP, the Compensation Committee certifies that it has reviewed with our senior risk officers the TARP Senior Executive Officer incentive compensation arrangements for 2008 and has made reasonable efforts to ensure that such arrangements do not encourage our TARP Senior Executive Officers (who are our named executive officers) to take unnecessary and excessive risks that threaten the value of the Company. See the Section entitled 2008 Developments- Government Intervention and Regulation beginning on page 31.
Vernon A. Brunner (Chair May 21, 2008 March 31, 2009) *
J. Stephen Vanderwoude (Vice Chair February 18, 2009 March 31, 2009 and Chair as of April 1, 2009) *
Barbara A. Boigegrain **
Brother James Gaffney **
Thomas M. Garvin *
John L. Sterling *
Members, Compensation Committee
AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT
The primary responsibilities of the Audit Committee (we, us) are to: (1) assist the Board in its oversight of the integrity of the Companys financial statements and systems of internal control over financial reporting; (2) oversee the Companys compliance with legal and regulatory requirements relating to financial reporting and disclosure; (3) evaluate the independence and qualifications of the Companys independent auditors; and (4) oversee the performance of the Companys independent auditors and its internal audit function. We also are solely responsible for the appointment, compensation, and retention of the Companys independent auditors. The Board has adopted an Audit Committee Charter, which sets forth the specific duties of the Audit Committee, a copy of which is available on the Companys website.
In carrying out our oversight responsibilities, we rely on the expertise and knowledge of management, the independent auditors and the internal auditors. Management is responsible for determining that its financial statements are complete, accurate and in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Management, in conjunction with the internal auditors, is responsible for maintaining appropriate accounting and financial reporting principles and policies and internal controls and procedures that provide for compliance with accounting standards and applicable laws and regulations. The independent auditors are responsible for planning and carrying out a proper audit of the Companys financial statements and internal control over financial reporting. It is not the duty of the Audit Committee to plan or conduct audits, to determine that the Companys financial statements are complete and accurate and are in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or to conduct investigations or other types of auditing or accounting reviews or procedures.
We have reviewed and had discussions with management and Ernst & Young LLP regarding the Companys audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008. We also have discussed with Ernst & Young LLP the matters required under Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61, Communication with Audit Committees, as currently in effect. We have received the required disclosures from Ernst & Young LLP under applicable Public Company Accounting Oversight Board standards regarding auditor independence, and have discussed the auditors independence with Ernst & Young LLP. We have established policies and procedures regarding the pre-approval of all services provided by the independent auditors. We have reviewed the audit and non-audit services provided by Ernst & Young LLP for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008 and considered whether such services are compatible with maintaining the auditors independence, and determined to engage Ernst & Young LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm of First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2009.
Based upon our review of the Companys audited financial statements and the discussions noted above, and subject to the limitations on the role and responsibilities of the Audit Committee referred to above and in our charter, we have, pursuant to authority delegated by the Board, approved the inclusion of the audited financial statements in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 for filing with the SEC.
Joseph W. England (Chair)
Barbara A. Boigegrain
Bruce S. Chelberg,
John F. Chlebowski, Jr.
Patrick J. McDonnell
John E. Rooney
Ellen A. Rudnick
Members, Audit Committee
Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (Exchange Act) requires our directors and executive officers, and persons who own more than 10% of a registered class of our equity securities, to file reports of ownership of, and transactions in, our equity securities with the SEC. Such directors, executive officers and stockholders are also required to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) reports they file. Purchases and sales of our equity securities by such persons are published on our website at http://www.firstmidwest.com/aboutinvestor_SEC.asp. Based on a review of the copies of such reports, and on written representations from our reporting persons, we believe that all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to our directors, executive officers and stockholders were complied with during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008.
Incorporation by Reference
To the extent that this Proxy Statement is incorporated by reference into any other filing by FMBI under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, the Sections of this Proxy Statement entitled Audit Committee Report and Compensation Committee Report (to the extent permitted by the rules of the SEC) will not be deemed incorporated, unless specifically provided otherwise in such filing. We also include several website addresses in this Proxy Statement for your reference. The information on these websites is not part of this Proxy Statement.
At the date hereof, there are no other matters that the Board intends to present, or has reason to believe others will present, at the Annual Meeting. If other matters come before the Annual Meeting, the persons named in the accompanying form of proxy will vote in accordance with their best judgment with respect to such matters.
Stockholder Proposals for 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders
Stockholders who, in accordance with the SECs Rule 14a-8, wish to present proposals for inclusion in the proxy materials to be distributed by us in connection with our 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders must submit their proposals to our Corporate Secretary on or before December 8, 2009. As the rules of the SEC make clear, simply submitting a proposal does not guarantee its inclusion.
In accordance with our Articles of Incorporation, for a matter not included in our proxy materials to be properly brought before the 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, a stockholders notice of the matter must be timely delivered to First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. ATTN: Corporate Secretary, One Pierce Place, Suite 1500, Itasca, Illinois 60143, not less than 120 nor more than 180 days prior to the date of the meeting, which currently is scheduled for May 19, 2010. As a result, any notice given by or on behalf of a stockholder pursuant to these provisions of our Articles of Incorporation (and not pursuant to the SECs Rule 14a-8) must be received no earlier than November 20, 2009 and no later than January 19, 2010.
Stockholder Recommendations for Director Candidates
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will consider candidates recommended by stockholders. The policy of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is to consider
candidates recommended by stockholders in the same manner as other candidates. Stockholders who wish to submit director candidates for consideration by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee for election at our 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders may do so by submitting in writing such candidates names, in compliance with the procedures and along with the other information required by our Articles of Incorporation, to First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. ATTN: Corporate Secretary, One Pierce Place, Suite 1500, Itasca, Illinois 60143 between November 20, 2009 and January 19, 2010.
Important Notice Regarding Delivery of Stockholder Documents
SEC rules allow us to deliver a single copy of our proxy materials to multiple stockholders of record sharing the same address and last name, or who we reasonably believe are members of the same family and who consent to receive a single copy of these materials in a manner provided by these rules. This practice is referred to as householding and can result in significant savings of paper and mailing costs. We have been notified that certain brokers and banks holding our Common Stock for their customers will household proxy materials. Stockholders sharing an address whose shares of our Common Stock are held by a broker or bank, who now receive multiple copies of our proxy materials and who wish to receive only one copy of these materials per household, should contact their broker or bank to request that only one set of these materials be delivered in the future.
If you are a registered holder receiving multiple copies of our annual report and proxy statement, you may request householding in the future by contacting our Corporate Secretary.
Policies on Reporting of Concerns Regarding Accounting and Other Matters and on Communicating with Independent Directors
We have adopted policies on reporting of concerns regarding accounting and other matters and on communicating with our independent Directors.
Any person, whether or not an employee, who has a concern about the conduct of FMBI or its subsidiaries or affiliates, or any of our people, including with respect to our accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing issues, may, in a confidential or anonymous manner, communicate that concern via regular mail to the Companys Audit Services Director, or to the Chairman of the Audit Committee, in either case, at First Midwest Bancorp, Inc., One Pierce Place, Suite 1500, Itasca, Illinois 60143.
Any interested party, whether or not an employee, may contact an individual director, the Board as a group, or a specified Board committee or group, including our independent directors as a group, by submitting written correspondence to First Midwest Bancorp, Inc., Attn: Board of Directors, One Pierce Place, Suite 1500, Itasca, Illinois 60143. Each communication should specify the applicable addressee or addressees to be contacted as well as the general topic of the communication. The Company will initially receive and process communications before forwarding them to the addressee. Communications also may be referred to other departments within the Company.
Voting Via the Internet or by Telephone
Provisions have been made for you to vote your shares of Common Stock via the Internet or by telephone. You may also vote your shares by mail. Please see the Section entitled How do I vote? beginning on page 3 and the Proxy Card accompanying this Proxy Statement for specific instructions on how to cast your vote by any of these methods.
The Internet and telephone voting procedures are designed to authenticate stockholders identities, to allow stockholders to give their voting instructions and to confirm that stockholders instructions have been recorded properly. We have been advised that the Internet and telephone voting procedures that have been made available to you are consistent with the requirements of applicable law. Stockholders voting via the Internet and by telephone should understand that there may be costs associated with voting in these manners, such as usage charges from Internet access providers and telephone companies, that must be borne by the stockholder.
By order of the Board of Directors,
Cynthia A. Lance
Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary,
First Midwest Bancorp, Inc.
April 8, 2009
Glossary of Terms
ARRA: means the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, which was signed into law on February 17, 2009. The ARRA amends the EESA and its programs, and contains additional restrictions on executive compensation applicable to institutions that receive TARP capital, including companies that participated in the CPP prior to enactment of ARRA. The AARA is described in greater detail in the section entitled 2008 Developments- Government Intervention and Regulation beginning on page 31.
Code: means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
CPP: means the Capital Purchase Program promulgated under TARP and EESA in October of 2008. Under the initial CPP program, the Treasury is empowered to purchase up to $250 billion in senior preferred stock from various financial institutions. The CPP requires each participating institution to place certain limits on executive compensation, which are described in greater detail in the section entitled 2008 Developments- Government Intervention and Regulation beginning on page 31.
EESA: means the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, which was signed into law on October 17, 2008. The EESA seeks to restore stability and liquidity to the financial markets with a series of programs designed to provide assistance to U.S. controlled financial institutions due to the prolonged credit and liquidity crisis. The TARP program (see below) was established under the EESA as well as programs that: (1) provide federal guaranties of certain money market funds; (2) give the SEC the authority to suspend the application of FAS 157 (Fair Value Measurements); and (3) increase, through December 31, 2009, FDIC deposit insurance to $250,000.
Senior Executive Officers or SEOs: means the institutions principal executive officer, the principal financial officer and the three most highly compensated executive officers.
TARP: means the Troubled Asset Relief Program promulgated under the EESA in October of 2008. TARP initially set forth a series of programs designed to assist U.S. controlled financial institutions in managing certain bad assets resulting from the collapse of the U.S. mortgage industry and the subsequent credit and liquidity crisis. TARP empowered the Treasury to purchase or insure up to $700 billion of troubled assets through programs under which the Treasury could purchase preferred stock from financial institutions, or purchase bad assets directly from financial institutions at fair market values. President Bush used his executive authority to declare that TARP funds may be spent on any program he personally deems necessary to avert the financial crisis and thus extend the use of TARP funds to support the auto industry.
Treasury: means the United States Department of the Treasury.
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