Hasbro DEF 14A 2006
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
11:00 a.m. local time
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Hasbro, Inc. Corporate Offices
1027 Newport Avenue
Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02862
By Order of the Board of Directors
Dated: April 18, 2006
1027 Newport Avenue
Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02862
2006 ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
To be held on May 25, 2006
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE PROXY MATERIALS AND THE ANNUAL MEETING
If your shares are registered directly in your name with Hasbros Transfer Agent, Computershare Trust Company, N.A. (Computershare), you are considered, with respect to those shares, the shareholder of record, and these proxy materials are being sent directly to you by Computershare on behalf of Hasbro. As the shareholder of record, you have the right to grant your voting proxy directly to Hasbro or to vote in person at the Meeting. Hasbro has enclosed a proxy card for you to use.
If your shares are held in a stock brokerage account or by a bank or other nominee, you are considered the beneficial owner of shares held in street name and the proxy materials are being sent to you by your broker or nominee who is considered, with respect to those shares, the shareholder of record. As the beneficial owner, you have the right to direct your broker or nominee on how to vote and are also invited to attend the Meeting. However, since you are not the shareholder of record, you may not vote these shares in person at the Meeting unless you
receive a proxy from your broker or nominee. Your broker or nominee has enclosed a voting instruction card for you to use. If you wish to attend the Meeting and vote in person, please mark the box on the voting instruction card received from your broker or nominee and return it to them so that you can receive a legal proxy to present at the Meeting.
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
Twelve directors are to be elected at the Meeting. All of the directors elected at the Meeting will serve until the 2007 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the 2007 Meeting), and until their successors are duly elected and qualified, or until their earlier death, resignation or removal.
The Board has recommended as nominees for election as directors to serve until the 2007 Meeting the persons named in the table below. All of the nominees are currently directors of the Company. The Company is saddened to report that Eli J. Segal, a valued member of the Board and trusted advisor to the Company, passed away in early 2006. The shareholders are not being asked to elect a thirteenth director at the Meeting and the proxies cannot be voted for more than twelve directors at the Meeting.
Unless otherwise specified in the accompanying proxy card, the shares voted pursuant thereto will be cast for the persons named below as nominees for election as directors. If, for any reason, any of the nominees named below should be unable to serve as a director, it is intended that such proxy will be voted for the election, in his or her place, of a substituted nominee who would be recommended by management. Management, however, has no reason to believe that any nominee named below will be unable to serve as a director.
The following tables set forth as to each nominee for election at the Meeting: (i) his or her age; (ii) all positions and offices with the Company; (iii) principal occupation or employment during the past five years; (iv) other directorships of publicly held companies or investment companies; and (v) period of service as a director of the Company. Except as otherwise indicated, each person has had the same principal occupation or employment during the past five years.
Mr. Verrecchia also serves as an officer and director of a number of the Companys subsidiaries at the request and convenience of the Company.
Vote Required. The affirmative vote of a majority of those shares of Common Stock present (in person or by proxy) and entitled to vote at the Meeting on the election of directors is required to elect directors. Broker non-votes are not counted as present and entitled to vote for the election of directors for purposes of determining if a director receives an affirmative vote of the majority of the shares present and entitled to vote.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT THE SHAREHOLDERS VOTE FOR THE ELECTION OF THE TWELVE NOMINEES NAMED ABOVE.
GOVERNANCE OF THE COMPANY
Hasbro has a Code of Conduct which is applicable to all of the Companys employees, officers and directors, including the Companys Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Controller. The Code of Conduct addresses such issues as conflicts of interest, protection of confidential Company information, financial integrity, compliance with laws, rules and regulations, insider trading and proper public disclosure. Compliance with the Code of Conduct is mandatory for all Company employees, officers and directors. Any violation of the Code of Conduct can subject the person at issue to a range of sanctions, including dismissal.
The Code of Conduct is available on Hasbros website at www.hasbro.com, under Corporate Information Investors Corporate Governance. Although the Company generally does not intend to provide waivers of, or amendments to, the Code of Conduct for its Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Controller, or any other officers, directors or employees, information concerning any waiver of, or amendment to, the Code of Conduct for the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Controller, or any other executive officer or director of the Company, will be promptly disclosed on the Companys website in the location where the Code of Conduct is posted.
Hasbro has adopted a set of Corporate Governance Principles which address qualifications for members of the Board of Directors, director responsibilities, director access to management and independent advisors, director compensation and many other matters related to the governance of the Company. The Corporate Governance Principles are available on Hasbros website at www.hasbro.com, under Corporate Information Investors Corporate Governance.
Hasbros Board has adopted Standards for Director Independence (the Independence Standards) in accordance with the New York Stock Exchanges corporate governance listing standards. The Independence Standards specify criteria used by the Board in making determinations with respect to the independence of its members and include strict guidelines for directors and their immediate family members with respect to past employment or affiliation with the Company or its independent auditor.
The Independence Standards restrict commercial relationships between directors and the Company and include the consideration of other relationships with the Company, including charitable relationships, in making independence determinations. Using the Independence Standards, the Board has determined that each of the following directors are independent and have no relationships which impact an independence determination under the Companys Independence Standards: Basil L. Anderson, Alan R. Batkin, Frank J. Biondi, Jr., John M. Connors, Jr., Michael W.O. Garrett, E. Gordon Gee, Jack M. Greenberg, Claudine B. Malone, Edward M. Philip and Paula Stern. The only two members of the Companys Board who were determined not to be independent were Alan G. Hassenfeld and Alfred J. Verrecchia. The Independence Standards are available on Hasbros website at www.hasbro.com, under Corporate Information Investors Corporate Governance and are attached as Appendix A to this proxy statement.
During 2005, the Board held eight meetings. All directors attended at least 75% of the aggregate of (i) the Board meetings held during their tenure as directors during 2005 and (ii) the meetings of any committees held during their tenure as members of such committees during 2005. Although the Company does not have a formal policy requiring attendance of directors at the annual meeting of shareholders, the expectation of the Company and the Board is that all directors will attend the annual meeting of shareholders unless conflicts prevent them from attending. All of the members of the Board attended the 2005 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
Executive sessions of the independent members of the Companys Board of Directors are presided over by the presiding director (the Presiding Director), who is also currently the Chair of the Nominating, Governance and Social Responsibility Committee. Jack M. Greenberg currently serves as the Presiding Director. Interested parties may contact the Presiding Director confidentially by sending correspondence to c/o Presiding Director, Hasbro, Inc., P.O. Box 495, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02860. Persons may also contact the Board of Directors as a whole through the Presiding Director in the manner set forth in the preceding sentence.
Audit Committee. The Audit Committee of the Board, which currently consists of Basil L. Anderson (Chair), Michael W.O. Garrett, Claudine B. Malone and Edward M. Philip, held eleven meetings in 2005. The Audit Committee is responsible for the appointment, compensation and oversight of the Companys independent auditor and assists the Board in fulfilling its responsibility to oversee managements conduct of the Companys financial reporting process, the financial reports provided by the Company, the Companys systems of internal accounting and financial controls, and the quarterly review and annual independent audit of the Companys financial statements. The current Audit Committee Charter adopted by the Board is available on the Companys website at www.hasbro.com, under Corporate Information Investors Corporate Governance.
The Board has determined that each member of the Audit Committee meets both the Companys Independence Standards and the requirements for independence under the New York Stock Exchanges corporate governance listing standards. The Board has determined that three of the four current Audit Committee members (Basil L. Anderson, Claudine B. Malone and Edward M. Philip) qualify as Audit Committee Financial Experts, as such term is defined in the rules and regulations promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Board does not have a policy setting rigid limits on the number of audit committees on which a member of the Companys Audit Committee can serve. Instead, in cases where an Audit Committee member serves on more than three public company audit committees, the Board evaluates whether such simultaneous service would impair the service of such member on the Companys Audit Committee. Two members of the Companys Audit Committee, namely Mr. Anderson and Ms. Malone, serve on more than three public company audit committees. In both of these cases, the Board has made a determination that such simultaneous service does not impair such persons service on the Companys Audit Committee.
Compensation and Stock Option Committee. The Compensation and Stock Option Committee of the Board, which currently consists of Frank J. Biondi, Jr. (Chair), Jack M. Connors, Jr. and E. Gordon Gee, held six meetings in 2005. The Compensation and Stock Option Committee is responsible for establishing and overseeing the compensation and benefits for the Companys senior management, including all of the Companys executive officers, is authorized to make grants and awards under the Companys employee stock equity plans and shares responsibility for evaluation of the Companys Chief Executive Officer with the Nominating, Governance and Social Responsibility Committee.
The current Compensation and Stock Option Committee Charter adopted by the Board is available on the Companys website at www.hasbro.com, under Corporate Information Investors Corporate Governance. The Board has determined that each member of the Compensation and Stock Option Committee meets both the Companys Independence Standards and the requirements for independence under the New York Stock Exchanges corporate governance listing standards.
Executive Committee. The Executive Committee of the Board, which currently consists of Basil L. Anderson, Frank J. Biondi, Jr., Alan G. Hassenfeld (Chair), Edward M. Philip and Alfred J. Verrecchia, did not meet in 2005. The Executive Committee acts on such matters as are specifically assigned to it from time to time by the Board and is vested with all of the powers that are held by the Board, except that by law the Executive Committee may not exercise any power of the Board relating to amendment of the Articles of Incorporation or By-laws of the Company, adoption of a plan of merger or consolidation, the sale, lease or exchange of all or substantially all the property or assets of the Company or the voluntary dissolution of the Company. The current
Executive Committee Charter adopted by the Board is available on the Companys website at www.hasbro.com, under Corporate Information Investors Corporate Governance.
Finance Committee. The Finance Committee of the Board, which currently consists of Edward M. Philip (Chair), Jack M. Greenberg and Claudine B. Malone, was established in the fall of 2005 and met once during 2005. The Finance Committee assists the Board in overseeing the Companys annual and long-term financial plans, capital structure, use of funds, investments, financial and risk management and proposed significant transactions. The current Finance Committee Charter adopted by the Board is available on the Companys website at www.hasbro.com, under Corporate Information Investors Corporate Governance. The Board has determined that each member of the Finance Committee meets both the Companys Independence Standards and the requirements for independence under the New York Stock Exchanges corporate governance listing standards.
Nominating, Governance and Social Responsibility Committee. The Nominating, Governance and Social Responsibility Committee of the Board (the Nominating Committee), which currently consists of Alan R. Batkin, Jack M. Greenberg (Chair) and Paula Stern, met four times in 2005. The Nominating Committee identifies and evaluates individuals qualified to become Board members and makes recommendations to the full Board for possible additions to the Board and on the director nominees for election at the Companys annual meeting. The Nominating Committee also oversees and makes recommendations regarding the governance of the Board and the committees thereof, including the Companys governance principles, Board and Board committee evaluations and the compensation of non-employee directors, and shares with the Compensation and Stock Option Committee responsibility for evaluation of the Chief Executive Officer. Further, the Nominating Committee oversees the Companys codes of business conduct and ethics, and analyzes issues of social responsibility and related corporate conduct. The current Nominating, Governance and Social Responsibility Committee Charter adopted by the Board is available on the Companys website at www.hasbro.com, under Corporate Information Investors Corporate Governance. The Board has determined that each member of the Nominating Committee meets both the Companys Independence Standards and the requirements for independence under the New York Stock Exchanges corporate governance listing standards.
In making its nominations for election to the Board the Nominating Committee seeks candidates who meet the current challenges and needs of the Board. As part of this process the committee considers a number of factors, including, among others, a candidates employment and other professional experience, past expertise and involvement in areas which are relevant to the Companys business, business ethics and professional reputation, independence, other Board experience, and the Companys desire to have a Board that represents a diverse mix of backgrounds, perspectives and expertise. The Nominating Committee will consider nominees recommended by shareholders for election to the Board if such nominations are made in accordance with the process set forth below under Shareholder Proposals and Director Nominations.
The Nominating Committee uses multiple sources for identifying and evaluating nominees for directors, including referrals from current directors, recommendations by shareholders and input from third party executive search firms. Third party executive search firms assist the Board by identifying candidates with expertise and experience relevant to the Companys business who are interested in serving on the Companys Board. The Nominating Committee will consider and evaluate candidates recommended by shareholders on the same basis as candidates recommended by other sources.
Mr. Garrett is being nominated for election to the Board by the Companys shareholders for the first time at the Meeting. Mr. Garrett was appointed to the Board effective July 26, 2005. Mr. Garretts appointment followed a search conducted with the assistance of a third party executive search firm. The third party search firm assisted the Board by identifying candidates with expertise and experience relevant to the Companys business who were interested in serving on the Companys Board. Existing members of the Board also recommended potential candidates for evaluation whom they felt possessed relevant expertise and experience. Mr. Garrett was initially identified as a potential Board candidate by the Companys Chairman of the Board, Alan G. Hassenfeld. The Nominating Committee evaluated Mr. Garrett, as well as other potential Board candidates, including candidates identified by the third party search firm. Upon completion of its evaluation, the Nominating Committee recommended Mr. Garrett to the Board and the Board unanimously voted to appoint Mr. Garrett as a director.
As of December 9, 2005 (the date that is 120 calendar days before the release date of the proxy statement for the Companys 2005 Annual Meeting of Shareholders) the Nominating Committee had not received a recommended nominee for election to the Board in 2006 from an individual shareholder, or group of shareholders, who beneficially owned more than 5% of the Companys Common Stock.
In addition to being accessible on the Companys website, copies of the Companys Code of Conduct, Corporate Governance Principles and the charters of the five Committees of the Board of Directors are all available free of charge to any shareholder upon request to the Companys General Counsel and Secretary, c/o Hasbro, Inc., 1011 Newport Avenue, P.O. Box 1059, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 02862.
Shareholder Proposals and Director Nominations
Any proposal which a shareholder of the Company wishes to have considered for inclusion in the proxy statement and proxy relating to the Companys 2007 annual meeting must be received by the Secretary of the Company at the Companys executive offices no later than December 18, 2006 (the date that is 120 calendar days before the release date of the proxy statement relating to the 2006 Annual Meeting of Shareholders). The address of the Companys executive offices is 1011 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02862. Such proposals must also comply with the other requirements of the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to shareholder proposals.
With the exception of the submission of director nominations for consideration by the Nominating Committee, which must be submitted to the Company in the manner described below, any new business proposed by any shareholder to be taken up at the 2007 annual meeting, but not included in the proxy statement or proxy relating to that meeting, must be stated in writing and filed with the Secretary of the Company no later than 150 days prior to the date of the 2007 annual meeting. Except for shareholder proposals made pursuant to the preceding paragraph, the Company will retain discretion to vote proxies at the 2007 annual meeting with respect to proposals received prior to the date that is 150 days before the date of such meeting, provided (i) the Company includes in its 2007 annual meeting proxy statement advice on the nature of the proposal and how it intends to exercise its voting discretion and (ii) the proponent does not issue a proxy statement.
The Companys By-laws provide that shareholders may themselves nominate directors for consideration at an annual meeting provided they give notice to the Secretary of the Company not less than 60 days nor more than 90 days prior to the one-year anniversary date of the immediately preceding annual meeting and provide specified information regarding the proposed nominee and each shareholder proposing such nomination. Nominations made by shareholders in this manner are eligible to be presented by the shareholder to the meeting, but such nominees will not have been considered by the Nominating Committee as a nominee to be potentially supported by the Company.
To be considered by the Nominating Committee, director nominations must be submitted to the General Counsel and Secretary of the Company at the Companys executive offices, 1011 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02862 at least 120 days prior to the one-year anniversary of the release to the Companys shareholders of the proxy statement for the preceding years annual meeting. As such, director nominations to be considered for the Companys 2007 Annual Meeting of Shareholders must be submitted no later than December 18, 2006. The Nominating Committee is only required to consider recommendations made by shareholders, or groups of shareholders, that have beneficially owned at least 1% of the Companys Common Stock for at least one year prior to the date the shareholder(s) submit such candidate to the Nominating Committee and who undertake to continue to hold at least 1% of the Companys Common Stock through the date of the next annual meeting. In addition, a nominating shareholder(s) may only submit one candidate to the Nominating Committee for consideration.
Submissions to the Nominating Committee should include (a) as to each person whom the shareholder proposes to nominate for election or re-election as a director (i) the name, age, business address and residence address of the person, (ii) the principal occupation or employment of the person, (iii) the class or series and number of shares of capital stock of the Company that are owned beneficially or of record by the person, (iv) any other information relating to the person that would be required to be disclosed in a proxy statement or other filings required to be made in connection with solicitations of proxies for election of directors pursuant to Section 14 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, and (v) confirmation that the candidate is independent under the Companys Independence Standards and the rules of the New York Stock Exchange, or if the candidate is not independent under all such criteria, a description of the reasons why the candidate is not independent; and (b) as to the shareholder(s) giving the notice (i) the name and record address of such shareholder(s) and each participant in any group of which such shareholder is a member, (ii) the class or series and number of shares of capital stock of the Company that are owned beneficially or of record by such shareholder(s) and each participant in any group of which such shareholder is a member, (iii) if the nominating shareholder is not a record holder of the shares of capital stock of the Company, evidence of ownership as provided in Rule 14a-8(b)(2) under the Exchange Act, (iv) a description of all arrangements or understandings between such shareholder(s) and each proposed nominee and any other person or persons (including their names) pursuant to which the nomination(s) are to be made by such shareholder(s), and (v) any other information relating to such shareholder(s) that would be required to be disclosed in a proxy statement or other filings required to be made in connection with solicitations of proxies for election of directors pursuant to Section 14 of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.
The Nominating Committee may require that any proposed nominee for election to the Board furnish such other information as may reasonably be required by the Nominating Committee to determine the eligibility of such proposed nominee to serve as director of the Company. The written notice from the nominating shareholder specifying a candidate to be considered as a nominee for election as a director must be accompanied by a written consent of each proposed nominee for director. In this written consent the nominee must consent to (i) being named as a nominee for director, (ii) serve as a director and represent all shareholders of the Company in accordance with applicable laws and the Companys articles of incorporation, by-laws and other policies if such nominee is elected, (iii) comply with all rules, policies or requirements generally applicable to non-employee directors of the Company, and (iv) complete and sign customary information requests upon the request of the Company.
With the exception of Mr. Hassenfeld, whose Chairmanship Agreement is described later in this proxy statement, all members of the Board of Directors who are not otherwise employed by the Company (Non-employee Directors) receive a retainer of $55,000 per year. The Chairs of the Audit Committee, the Compensation and Stock Option Committee, the Finance Committee and the Nominating, Governance and Social Responsibility Committee each receive an additional retainer of $10,000 per year for their service as Chairs of these committees.
The Companys Presiding Director currently receives an additional retainer of $40,000 per year for serving as Presiding Director, but this retainer is being reduced as of the date of the 2006 Annual Meeting of Shareholders to $25,000 per year.
No meeting fees are paid for attendance at meetings of the full Board. However, non-employee Directors receive a fee of $1,500 for each committee meeting attended in person, and $1,000 for telephonic participation in committee meetings. Action by written consent is not considered attendance at a committee meeting for purposes of fees to directors.
Beginning in 2006, the Company plans to employ stock awards, instead of stock options, to provide equity compensation to its Non-employee Directors. As part of the implementation of this policy, the Company terminated the 2003 Stock Option Plan for Non-Employee Directors (which is described below) effective as of December 31, 2005. Going forward, the Company anticipates issuing to each Non-employee Director, in May of every year (beginning with May of 2006), that number of shares of Common Stock which have a fair market value equal to
$90,000 (based on the fair market value of the Common Stock on the date of grant). These shares will be immediately vested, but the Board has adopted stock ownership guidelines which mandate that Board members may not sell any shares of the Companys Common Stock which they hold, including shares which are obtained as part of this yearly stock grant, until they own shares of Common Stock with an aggregate market value equal to at least $275,000 (which is equivalent to five times the annual Board retainer). Board members are permitted to sell shares of Common Stock they hold with a value in excess of $275,000, as long as they continue to hold at least $275,000 worth of Common Stock.
Pursuant to the Deferred Compensation Plan for Non-employee Directors (the Deferred Plan), which is unfunded, Non-employee Directors may defer some or all of the annual Board retainer and meeting fees into a stock unit account, the value of each unit initially being equal to the fair market value of one share of Common Stock as of the end of the quarter in which the compensation being deferred would otherwise be payable. Stock units increase or decrease in value based on the fair market value of the Common Stock. In addition, an amount equal to the dividends paid on an equivalent number of shares of Common Stock is credited to each Non-employee Directors stock unit account as of the end of the quarter in which the dividend was paid. Non-employee Directors may also defer any portion of their retainer and/or meeting fees into an interest account under the Deferred Plan, which bears interest at the five-year Treasury rate.
The Company makes a deemed matching contribution to a directors stock unit account under the Deferred Plan equal to 10% of the amount deferred by the director into the stock unit account, with one-half of such Company contribution vesting on December 31st of the calendar year in which the deferred compensation otherwise would have been paid and one-half on the next December 31st, provided that the participant is a director on such vesting date. Unvested Company contributions will automatically vest on death, total disability or retirement by the director at or after age seventy-two. Compensation deferred under the Deferred Plan, whether in the stock unit account or the interest account, will be paid out in cash after termination of service as a director. Directors may elect that compensation so deferred be paid out in a lump sum or in up to ten annual installments, commencing either in the quarter following, or in the January following, the quarter in which service as a director terminates.
Former Director Compensation Arrangements In Which Certain Directors Participate or Under Which Directors Previously Received Awards
Under the Hasbro, Inc. Retirement Plan for Directors (the Retirement Plan), which is unfunded, each Non-employee Director who was serving on the Board prior to May 13, 2003 (and who was not otherwise eligible for benefits under the Companys Pension Plan), has attained the age of sixty-five and completed five years of service on the Board is entitled to receive, beginning at age seventy-two, an annual benefit equal to the annual retainer payable to directors during the year in which the director retires (which does not include the fees paid to directors for attendance at meetings). If a director retires on or after the directors seventy-second birthday, the annual benefit continues for the life of the director. If a director retires between the ages of sixty-five and seventy-two, the number of annual payments will not exceed the retired directors years of service. Upon a Change of Control, as defined in the Retirement Plan, participating directors and retired directors are entitled to lump-sum payments equal to the present value of their benefits under the Retirement Plan.
Directors appointed to the Board on or after May 14, 2003, the date that the Companys shareholders approved the Companys former 2003 Stock Option Plan for Non-Employee Directors (the 2003 Director Plan) which is described below, were not eligible to participate in the Retirement Plan, and automatically participated in the 2003 Director Plan prior to its termination on December 31, 2005. The benefits of the 2003 Director Plan replaced the benefits of both the Retirement Plan and the 1994 Director Plan (described below). Non-employee Directors who were serving on the Board prior to May 13, 2003, and thus were participating in the Retirement Plan, and who were not scheduled to retire at the end of their current term in office as of the time of approval by shareholders of the 2003 Director Plan, were given the opportunity to elect to participate in the 2003 Director Plan effective on either May 14, 2003, May 1, 2004, May 1, 2005 or May 1, 2006. Directors who were serving on the Board prior to May 13, 2003 and who did not elect to participate in 2003 Director Plan on one of these dates continued to participate in the Retirement Plan in accordance with its terms. Directors serving as of May 13, 2003 who elected to participate in the 2003 Director Plan stopped accruing further years of service under the Retirement Plan and did not have their
benefits under the Retirement Plan adjusted for changes in the annual retainer following the effective date of their participation in the 2003 Director Plan.
Under the Companys former Stock Option Plan for Non-employee Directors (the 1994 Director Plan), approved by shareholders on May 11, 1994, each Non-employee Director then in office received on May 11, 1994 and each Non-employee Director who joined the Board after May 11, 1994 received upon becoming a director, a one-time grant of a nonqualified, nontransferable ten-year option to purchase 11,250 shares of Common Stock at 110% of the fair market value per share of Common Stock on the date of grant. The options became exercisable at a rate of 20% per year commencing on the first anniversary of the date of grant, except that exercisability was to be accelerated upon a participant ceasing to be a member of the Board because of permanent disability, death, retirement at or after age seventy-two or after a Change of Control, as defined in the 1994 Director Plan. The 1994 Director Plan was cancelled effective upon the date of shareholder approval of the 2003 Director Plan and no further grants are being made under the 1994 Director Plan, provided, however, that options previously granted under the 1994 Director Plan continue in effect in accordance with their terms.
The Companys 2003 Director Plan, which was approved by the Companys shareholders at the 2003 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the 2003 Meeting), replaced the benefits of the Retirement Plan and the 1994 Director Plan described in the immediately preceding paragraphs. The 2003 Director Plan was cancelled effective December 31, 2005 and no further grants are being made under the 2003 Director Plan, provided, however, that options previously granted under the 2003 Director Plan continue in effect in accordance with their terms. Under the 2003 Director Plan each Non-employee Director who was serving as a director immediately following the 2003 Meeting and whose effective date for participation in the 2003 Director Plan was May 14, 2003, received a one-time grant of a nonqualified, nontransferable ten-year option to purchase 6,000 shares of the Companys Common Stock at the fair market value of the Common Stock on the date of grant (the First Annual Options). The First Annual Options become exercisable at a rate of 331/3% per year commencing on the May 1st next following the date of grant, except that exercisability will be accelerated upon a participant ceasing to be a member of the Board because of permanent disability, death, retirement at or after age seventy-two or after a Change of Control, as defined in the 2003 Director Plan. On each subsequent May 1st, all Non-employee Directors then serving on the Board, with certain exceptions, whose effective date for participation in the 2003 Director Plan was on or prior to such May 1st, received an additional option to purchase 6,000 shares of the Companys Common Stock. These additional annual options otherwise have the same terms of the First Annual Options, except that the exercise price is based on the fair market value of the Common Stock on the date of grant of such additional annual options. Non-employee Directors initially joining the Board after May 14, 2003 received, under the 2003 Director Plan, an initial option to purchase 12,000 shares of Common Stock upon their election to the Board (the Initial Options). The Initial Options had the same terms as annual options under the 2003 Director Plan except that they become exercisable at a rate of 20% per year commencing of the first anniversary of the date of grant.
The Companys wholly-owned subsidiary, Hasbro Canada Corporation (Hasbro Canada), leases an office and warehouse facility from Central Toy Manufacturing Inc. (CTM), a real estate corporation which is 25% owned by the estate of Merrill Hassenfeld, a former Chief Executive Officer and director of the Company. Sylvia K. Hassenfeld, a former director of the Company and mother of the Companys Chairman, Alan G. Hassenfeld, is executrix and a beneficiary of the estate of Merrill Hassenfeld. During 2000, the CTM lease was renewed for a three-year term ending on January 31, 2004 at rentals of approximately $579,000, $589,000 and $599,000 Canadian for the three years, respectively. During 2003 a new lease was signed for a six-year term ending on January 31, 2010, with one three-year renewal option that Hasbro Canada can exercise at the end of the term. The new lease also provides Hasbro Canada with a right to terminate the lease on January 31, 2007, or at any time thereafter, upon six months written notice. The rent provided for in this six-year lease is $525,000 Canadian per year (approximately $450,000 U.S. at exchange rates in effect at the end of 2005). In accordance with this new lease, total rent paid by Hasbro Canada to CTM for the lease of the office and warehouse facility in 2005 was approximately $450,000 U.S. at exchange rates in effect at the end of 2005. In managements opinion, this lease is on terms at least as favorable as would otherwise presently be obtainable from unrelated parties.
Lucas Licensing Ltd. (Licensing) and Lucasfilm Ltd. (Film and together with Licensing, Lucas) own in the aggregate exercisable warrants to purchase 15,750,000 shares of Common Stock which were obtained in arms-length negotiations with the Company in connection with the Companys obtaining certain rights related to the STAR WARS properties. The Common Stock subject to such warrants would, if all warrants were fully exercised, constitute approximately 8.2% of the Companys outstanding shares. Accordingly, under SEC Rule 13d-3, George W. Lucas, Jr., as owner, director and an officer of Film and Licensing, may be deemed to own approximately 8.2% of the Companys outstanding shares. See Voting Securities and Principal Holders Thereof. In fiscal 2005, the Company paid an aggregate of approximately $40.8 million in royalties to Licensing pursuant to license agreements entered into at arms length in the ordinary course of business.
In January 2003, the Company amended its license with Licensing for the manufacture and distribution of STAR WARS toys and games. Under the amended agreement the term was extended by ten years and is expected to run through 2018. In addition, the minimum guaranteed royalties due to Licensing were reduced by $85 million. In a separate agreement, the warrants previously granted to Lucas were also amended. Under this warrant amendment, the terms of each of the warrants issued to Lucas were extended by ten years. The warrant amendment agreement provides the Company with an option through October 2016 to purchase all of these warrants from Lucas for a price to be paid at the Companys election of either $200 million in cash or $220 million in Common Stock, such stock being valued at the time of the exercise of the option. Also, the warrant amendment agreement provides Lucas with an option through January 2008 to sell all of these warrants to the Company for a price to be paid at the Companys election of either $100 million in cash or $110 million in Common Stock, such stock being valued at the time of the exercise of the option.
In December 2005 the Company entered into a three-year arrangement with Recruitmax Software, Inc. (Recruitmax) pursuit to which Recruitmax supplies the Company with applicant tracking and recruitment software and services. Under this agreement the Company expects to pay Recruitmax approximately $292,000 over the course of the three-year term. In fiscal 2005 the Company paid Recruitmax $137,600 of the total estimated fee of $292,000. The President of Recruitmax, Jim Philip, is the brother of Edward M. Philip, one of the Companys directors.
Alfred J. Verrecchia, the Companys President and Chief Executive Officer, is Chairman of Lifespan, a hospital holding company. Two of Lifespans member hospitals are the Hasbro Childrens Hospital and the Miriam Hospital. In fiscal 2005, the Company donated approximately $500,000 in aggregate to the Hasbro Childrens Hospital and the Miriam Hospital.
Andrea Patterson-Girard, daughter of E. David Wilson, is employed by the Company as a Director of Human Resources. For fiscal 2005, Ms. Patterson-Girard was paid an aggregate salary and bonus of $133,016, and was granted stock options to purchase 1,250 shares of the Common Stock at an exercise price equal to the fair market value of the Common Stock on the date of grant. Michael Verrecchia, son of Alfred J. Verrecchia, is employed by the Company as a Director of Marketing. For fiscal 2005, Mr. Verrecchia was paid an aggregate salary and bonus of $129,846, and was granted stock options to purchase 1,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price equal to the fair market value of the Common Stock on the date of grant.
COMPARISON OF FIVE-YEAR CUMULATIVE TOTAL SHAREHOLDER RETURN
AMONG HASBRO, S&P 500 AND RUSSELL 1000
CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY ECONOMIC SECTOR(1)
The following graph tracks an assumed investment of $100 on the start dates indicated below in the Companys Common Stock, the S&P 500 Index and the Russell 1000 Consumer Discretionary Economic Sector, assuming full reinvestment of dividends and no payment of brokerage or other commissions or fees. Past performance of the Companys Common Stock is not necessarily indicative of future performance.
REPORT OF THE
COMPENSATION AND STOCK OPTION COMMITTEE
OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Compensation and Stock Option Committee (the Committee) of the Companys Board of Directors is responsible for establishing and overseeing the compensation and benefits for the Companys senior management, including all of the Companys executive officers, and is authorized to make grants and awards under the Companys employee stock equity plans. The Committee operates under a written charter which has been established by the Companys Board of Directors. The current Compensation and Stock Option Committee charter is available on the Companys website at www.hasbro.com, under Corporate Information Investors Corporate Governance.
In establishing the cash compensation, equity awards and benefits for the Companys Chief Executive Officer, the Committee reviews benchmarking information provided by outside compensation consultants. In authorizing and approving cash compensation, equity awards and benefits for executive officers other than the Chief Executive Officer, the Committee reviews the recommendations of the Chief Executive Officer in addition to benchmarking information provided by outside compensation consultants.
The Committee is composed solely of persons who are both Non-Employee Directors, as defined in Rule 16b-3 of the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and outside directors, as defined in Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code). The Board of Directors has determined that each member of the Committee is independent under the Companys Independence Standards and the requirements of the New York Stock Exchanges corporate governance listing standards.
2005 Compensation Policies With Respect to Executive Officers
In structuring the compensation of the Companys executive officers (including those five named executive officers appearing in the Summary Compensation Table that immediately follows this report) the Committees fundamental objectives are to attract and retain talented executives, align the interests of the Companys executives with the long-term goals of the Companys shareholders, and reward achievement of the Companys goals and increases in long-term shareholder value by the executives. To achieve these objectives the Committee structures the Companys executive compensation and benefits so as to:
The Committee employed the assistance of an outside executive compensation consultant to provide benchmarking information and other assistance to the Committee in structuring the Companys 2005 executive compensation program. Although this outside consultant has performed other services for the Company, in the case of providing this assistance to the Committee the consultant was retained by, and reported directly to, the members of the Committee. The outside consultant provided additional information as to whether the Companys executive compensation programs are reasonable and effective in promoting and rewarding the performance of the Companys executives, achievement of the Companys financial goals and increases in the long-term value of the Company to its shareholders.
The Committee considers the requirements of Code Section 162(m) in determining the various elements of its executive compensation program and, to the extent it is consistent with meeting the objectives of the Companys
executive compensation program, structures such compensation to maximize the ability of the Company to deduct such compensation. However, the Committee reserves the right to award compensation that would not be deductible under Section 162(m) where the Committee believes this is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders.
Executive compensation for fiscal year 2005 was composed of four primary elements:
The Committee uses these four elements in the combination it believes appropriately divides the compensation of its executives among guaranteed and variable components, with some variable compensation tied to achievement of yearly financial objectives and other compensation, such as option grants vesting over multiple years, tied to the creation of even longer-term shareholder value. Each of these elements is described in detail below.
Base salaries for new executive officers are initially determined by evaluating the responsibilities of the position being filled, the experience of the individual being hired and the competitive marketplace for comparable executive talent. Subsequent yearly adjustments in base salaries are made only in the event of changes in duties and responsibilities for the executive, or lack of competitiveness of the base salary with market compensation offered to executives with similar responsibilities, expertise and experience in other consumer products, leisure, lifestyle and other companies the Committee considers to be comparable with the Company, and/or competitive with the Company in recruiting executives.
The Committee generally sets executive base salaries and target bonus awards to be competitive with comparable consumer products, leisure, lifestyle and other competitive companies as surveyed in Hewitt Executive Total Compensation Measurement, prepared by Hewitt Associates, LLP, and Towers Perrins Executive Compensation Databank. The Committee believes that this positions the Companys salaries and target bonus awards at a level that allows the Company to hire, retain and motivate talented executives while also keeping the cost of the Companys executive compensation at a reasonable level as compared to other similar and/or competitive companies.
The salaries for all five of the Companys most highly compensated executive officers in fiscal 2005 are included in the Summary Compensation Table that follows this report. There were no salary increases for any of the five named executive officers for fiscal 2005. On January 20, 2006, Mr. Goldner was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the Company. In connection with this promotion Mr. Goldners annualized base salary was increased from $700,000 to $800,000. As with the Companys five named executive officers, there were no increases in base salaries for any of the Companys other executive officers for fiscal 2005.
Approximately 1,200, or 20%, of the Companys employees, including all of the Companys executive officers, were awarded management incentive bonuses with respect to fiscal 2005. Management incentive bonus awards for the Companys executive officers were determined under two programs for fiscal 2005.
The management incentive bonus eligibility of Alfred J. Verrecchia, Frank P. Bifulco, Jr., Brian Goldner, Alan G. Hassenfeld and E. David Wilson was determined pursuant to the Companys 2004 Senior Management Annual Performance Plan (the Annual Performance Plan). Under the Annual Performance Plan, the Committee designated fiscal 2005 corporate and business unit performance goals for the Company at the beginning of the fiscal year. These performance goals were based on the 2005 operating plan and budgets approved by the Companys
Board of Directors and were the same performance criteria used for the Companys other bonus eligible employees as well.
The setting of performance goals involved both selecting the performance metrics that would be used to evaluate bonus eligibility and establishing the performance targets for each of those metrics. The Committee used four performance metrics to measure corporate performance in 2005. The four corporate performance criteria were total net revenues, net revenues attributable to identified core brand drivers, operating margin and free cash flow.
The Committee selected these four performance metrics to capture the most important aspects of the top and bottom line performance of the Company, in the form of sales, profitability and cash generation.
Business unit performance objectives were based on the first three of these criteria, namely total net revenues, net revenues attributable to identified core brand drivers and operating margin. Free cash flow is not used as a business unit performance objective because its computation can only occur for the Company at the corporate level.
In addition to establishing the performance criteria and target performance objectives for each such criteria, at the beginning of 2005 the Committee also established target bonus awards and maximum awards for each participant in the Annual Performance Plan corresponding with various levels of performance against the designated corporate and business unit objectives.
For Mr. Verrecchia and Mr. Hassenfeld, management incentive bonuses for 2005 were weighted 100% for corporate performance against the four corporate performance targets listed above. For Mr. Bifulco, Mr. Goldner and Mr. Wilson, who had business unit responsibility, bonuses were weighted 40% for corporate performance against the four corporate targets, and 60% for business unit performance, which consisted not only of the performance of the Companys U.S. Toys and Games segments as applicable to the individual executive, but also of the performance of other business units being overseen by Mr. Goldner and Mr. Wilson, against the three business unit objectives.
The ultimate management incentive bonus paid with respect to 2005 was a function of the percentage of the performance goals achieved, with the Committee reserving the right to lower the bonus paid in its sole discretion in each case. The Summary Compensation Table that follows this report includes the management incentive bonus awarded to each of the Companys named executive officers for fiscal 2005.
For fiscal 2005, Mr. Goldner, Mr. Hassenfeld and Mr. Wilson were awarded management incentive bonuses in the amount of $800,000, $107,200 and $290,000, respectively. The Companys performance in 2005 represented approximately 107% achievement of the corporate performance goals under the Annual Performance Plan. The weighted achievement of all target corporate objectives, U.S. Toy segment objectives and objectives of the other areas of the Companys business overseen by Mr. Goldner in 2005 was approximately 128%. The weighted achievement of all target corporate objectives, Games segment objectives and objectives of the other areas of the Companys business overseen by Mr. Wilson was approximately 66%.
With respect to executive officers other than Mr. Verrecchia, Mr. Bifulco, Mr. Goldner, Mr. Hassenfeld and Mr. Wilson, target bonuses in fiscal 2005 were determined pursuant to the Companys 2005 Management Incentive Plan (MIP). The same corporate performance criteria and targets that were used under the Annual Performance Plan were used under the MIP for fiscal 2005. The bonuses under the MIP for the remaining executive officers, all of whom are deemed to have corporate-wide responsibility, were based 100% on corporate performance, with such corporate performance representing approximately 107% achievement of the performance targets. In all cases, the bonuses earned under the MIP could be subject to adjustment downward to as low as 0% and upward by a factor of up to an additional 50%, based on individual performance against specified individual management objectives under the MIP. In all cases, the bonuses for performance under the MIP were reviewed by the Committee and adjusted to reflect the individual performance of the executive in question.
In fiscal 2005, and in the years prior to 2005, the Company has employed stock options as its primary form of long-term equity compensation for executive officers and other eligible employees. The Company has only infrequently used restricted stock and deferred restricted stock units as a reward and retention mechanism. No
restricted stock or deferred restricted stock unit grants were made to the Companys executive officers in fiscal 2005.
In fiscal 2005, non-qualified stock options were granted to all of the Companys executive officers pursuant to the Companys employee stock option plans. The grants to the Companys named executive officers in 2005 are reflected in the Option Grants in Last Fiscal Year table that follows this report. The Committee granted individual options to executive officers in order to provide an incentive to motivate and retain those individuals over a period of years who are important to the Companys future success. Stock options are designed to align the interests of executives with those of shareholders by providing executives with a benefit from price appreciation in the Common Stock after the date of grant. In establishing the number of shares covered by the option grants made to the Companys individual executive officers, the Committee reviewed market data with respect to equity compensation levels at comparable and competitive companies and determined grant levels which it believed compensated these individuals for stock price appreciation in a manner commensurate with their duties and potential contributions to the performance of the Company and its stock. Stock options granted under this program generally vest annually over the three-year period following the date of grant. All options granted in fiscal 2005 were granted with an exercise price equal to the fair market value of the Common Stock on the date of grant.
The Committee is currently in the process of determining its equity compensation program for fiscal 2006 and as part of that process is considering whether the Company will begin to employ other vehicles as a more significant component of overall long-term compensation, with a corresponding reduction in the use of stock options. The Committee is reevaluating the Companys current long-term compensation strategy in light of a number of developments, including the mandatory expensing of stock options which is effective for the Company beginning in fiscal 2006, and the increasing use of restricted stock and performance awards in executive compensation.
In addition to receipt of salary, management incentive bonuses and equity compensation, the Companys officers also participate in certain employee benefit programs provided by the Company. Executive officers participate in the Companys Pension Plan, which is described on pages 24 through 26 of this proxy statement, and can participate in the Companys 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan (Retirement Plan) and the Supplemental Benefit Plan (Supplemental Plan). To the extent that the Companys matching contribution exceeds certain limits applicable to the Retirement Plan, which are determined pursuant to the Code, the excess is allocated to the executive officers account under the Supplemental Plan. The Supplemental Plan is intended to provide a competitive benefit for executive officers whose employer-provided retirement contributions would otherwise be limited. The amount of the Companys matching contribution to the named executive officers under both the Retirement Plan and the Supplemental Plan is included in the All Other Compensation column of the Summary Compensation Table that follows this report.
The executive officers of the Company are eligible for life insurance benefits on the terms applicable to the Companys other employees. In addition, Mr. Verrecchia and Mr. Hassenfeld are provided with executive life insurance. The cost of the Companys premiums for executive life insurance programs for the named executive officers is included in the All Other Compensation column of the Summary Compensation Table.
The executive officers participate in the same medical and dental benefit plans as are provided to the Companys other employees.
Executive officers are also eligible to participate in the Companys Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan, which is available to all of the Companys employees who are in band 40 (director level) or above. The Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan allows participants to defer compensation into various hypothetical investment vehicles, the performance of which determines the return on compensation deferred under the plan. Potential investment choices include the Companys Common Stock, as well as other equity indices. Earnings on compensation deferred by the executive officers do not exceed the market returns on the relevant investments and are the same as the returns earned by other non-executive officer employees deferring compensation into the applicable investment vehicles.
The Company reimburses designated executive officers for the cost of certain tax and financial planning services they obtain from third parties provided that such costs are within the limits established by the Company. The cost to the Company for this reimbursement to the named executive officers is included in the Other Annual Compensation column of the Summary Compensation Table.
Mr. Verrecchia served as the Companys Chief Executive Officer throughout fiscal 2005. Mr. Verrecchias annualized base salary was increased from $776,240 to $1,000,000 effective upon his promotion to Chief Executive Officer of the Company in May 2003. Mr. Verrecchias base salary has not been increased since that time. Mr. Verrecchia received a management incentive bonus for fiscal 2005 amounting to $1,500,000. The Companys performance in 2005 represented approximately 107% achievement of the corporate performance goals set under the Annual Performance Plan, which is the plan under which Mr. Verrecchias management incentive bonus is determined. The Committee set Mr. Verrecchias base salary and management incentive bonus award for 2005 at a level it believed appropriately and competitively compensated Mr. Verrecchia in respect to his responsibilities, experience, performance and contributions to the Company and its shareholders.
In fiscal 2005, Mr. Verrecchia was granted an option to purchase 280,000 shares of Common Stock. This option was granted with an exercise price equal to the market price of the Common Stock on the date of grant and vests in three equal installments over the three-year period following the date of grant. The Committee believes that the option granted in fiscal 2005 provides an appropriate incentive to Mr. Verrecchia to improve the Companys future performance, further aligns Mr. Verrecchias interests with those of the Companys shareholders and fairly compensates Mr. Verrecchia for his work for the Company and its shareholders and his contributions to the long-term value of the Company to its shareholders.
All compensation decisions regarding Mr. Verrecchia were made by the Committee, without the participation of Mr. Verrecchia or any other executive officers of the Company, and were reviewed and approved by the Companys Board of Directors.
Certain of the Companys executive officers, including all five of the Companys named executive officers for fiscal 2005, are party to Change in Control Agreements with the Company. However, now that they have retired as employees of the Company, the agreements entered into by Mr. Hassenfeld and Mr. Wilson are no longer operative. In addition, Mr. Verrecchia and Mr. Goldner are party to additional agreements with the Company governing their employment and providing certain post-termination benefits and payments. Mr. Hassenfeld entered into an agreement with the Company in 2005 which governed his transition to non-employee Chairman of the Board beginning in 2006. All of these agreements are described under the caption Change of Control and Employment Agreements that follows this report. The Committee authorizes the Company to enter into Change of Control or other employment related agreements in situations where the Committee feels doing so is necessary to recruit and/or retain the most talented executives and to provide optimal incentive to the executive in question to work to maximize the performance of the Company and the creation of long-term value for the Companys shareholders.
Report issued by Frank J. Biondi, Jr. (Chair), Jack M. Connors, Jr. and E. Gordon Gee as the members of the Compensation and Stock Option Committee of the Board of Directors as of the 2005 fiscal year end.
The following table summarizes compensation paid by the Company for services rendered during fiscal 2005, 2004 and 2003 by the Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the four most highly compensated executive officers of the Company in fiscal 2005 other than the Chief Executive Officer.
Summary Compensation Table
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The following table sets forth certain information regarding stock option grants in fiscal 2005 to the individuals named above.
Option Grants in Last Fiscal Year
The following table sets forth as to each of the named individuals: (a) information with respect to option exercises during the fiscal year ended December 25, 2005, (b) the number of exercisable and unexercisable options held on December 25, 2005, the last day of the Companys 2005 fiscal year; and (c) the value of such options at December 25, 2005 (based on the closing price of the Common Stock of $20.36 on December 23, 2005). The number of options set forth below correspond to the number of shares to which the options relate.
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The following table shows the estimated annual benefits payable upon retirement in specified remuneration and years of service classifications under the Companys Pension Plan (the Pension Plan) and under the Supplemental Plan, as such plans were in effect prior to a January 1, 2000 amendment to the Pension Plan.
Effective January 1, 2000, the Company amended the Pension Plan as part of an overall redesign of its retirement programs. The January 1, 2000 amendments to the Pension Plan implemented a number of changes. Among the significant changes, the amendments to the Pension Plan provided for a lump sum benefit or an annual benefit, both determined primarily on the basis of Average Compensation and actual years of service (including years of service in excess of 30 years). Another aspect of the amendments made the benefits under the Pension Plan, as amended, portable after five years of service (defined for vesting purposes) with the Company.
Until January 1, 2007, employees who were working for the Company at the time of the January 1, 2000 amendment to the Pension Plan and who remain continuously employed by the Company will receive, upon retirement, the higher of the benefits provided to them by the Pension Plan as so amended, and the benefits described in the table above for the Pension Plan before it was amended. For such employees retiring on or after January 1, 2007, to compute their benefits the Company determines what the employees benefits would have been under the unamended Pension Plan as of December 31, 2006. If the benefits under the unamended Pension Plan are higher than the benefits provided for such employee under the Pension Plan as amended, the employees pension benefits are computed by adding the benefits accrued under the old Pension Plan as of December 31, 2006 to the benefits accrued under the Pension Plan, as amended, for periods of service after January 1, 2007.
For employees joining the Company after January 1, 2000, benefits will only be computed with respect to the Pension Plan as amended.
The following table shows the estimated annual benefits payable upon retirement in specified remuneration and years of service classifications under the Companys Pension Plan and under the Supplemental Plan, taking into account the January 1, 2000 amendment to the Pension Plan. While both the table above and the table below reflect retirement benefits payable at age 65, benefits shown in the table above will be reduced for commencement of benefits prior to age 65. Benefits in the table below are unreduced for commencement of benefits on or after age 55.
The following table sets forth, as to the five named individuals, their years of credited service under the Pension Plan and the Supplemental Plan:
Mr. Hargreaves is also entitled to a defined benefit from the Hasbro U.K. Employee Benefits Plan (the U.K. Plan) for his services while in the U.K., and the Hasbro International Expatriate Pension Plan (the Expatriate Plan). The single straight-life annuity benefit under the Expatriate Plan is 2% of Average Compensation for each year of service, reduced by benefits payable from the U.K. Plan, the Pension Plan, the Supplemental Plan, and the annuity equivalent of benefits attributable to the prior qualified and nonqualified (a) Profit Sharing Plans and (b), for periods after 2000, the Retirement Plan. Expatriate Plan benefits are also reduced by the Social Security entitlement described above. Commencement of benefits prior to normal retirement at age 65 and other payment options will reduce benefits under both the U.K. Plan and the Expatriate Plan. After 2006, accruals under the Expatriate Plan are calculated based on the post-2000 Pension Plan and Supplemental Plan provisions. The annual single straight-life annuity benefit earned by Mr. Hargreaves under the U.K. Plan as of July 24, 1992, the date his participation in the U.K. Plan ceased, is 9,617 pounds. This amount is adjusted each year for inflation.
The following are summaries of the Companys change of control and employment agreements with the named executive officers included in the preceding tables and are therefore not complete. We have filed, or in the case of Mr. Goldners Employment Agreement we will file, copies of the forms of the agreements with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Change of Control Agreements. Certain of the Companys executive officers, including each of Alfred J. Verrecchia, Brian Goldner and David D.R. Hargreaves, are parties to employment agreements, as amended (the Change of Control Agreements) with the Company. The Change of Control Agreements come into effect only upon a Change of Control, as defined therein, and continue for three years after such date (the Employment Period). If, during the Employment Period, an executives employment with the Company is involuntarily terminated other than for Cause, the executive is entitled to the executives (a) average annual salary for the five years preceding the Change of Control (or such lesser number of actual years employed) plus (b) the greater of (x) the target bonus during the year of termination and (y) the average annual bonus for the five years preceding the Change of Control (or such lesser number of actual years employed), in each case multiplied by three (or multiplied by two if the special bonus described in the following sentence has already been paid). In addition, if the executive remains employed through the first anniversary of the Change in Control the executive will receive a special bonus equal to one years salary and bonus, computed using the five-year look back period described in the prior sentence.
If the executives employment is involuntarily terminated other than for Cause during the Employment Period, the executive would also be entitled to an amount equal to the shortfall between the actuarial benefit payable to the executive under the Companys retirement plans as a result of the early termination and the amount the executive would have received if the executive had continued in the employ of the Company for the remainder of the Employment Period. In addition, the executive and the executives family would be entitled to the continuation of medical, welfare, life insurance, disability and other benefits for at least the remainder of the Employment Period. If
the executive is subject to the payment of excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code, the Company will pay such executive an additional amount so as to place the executive in the same after-tax position such executive would have been in had such excise tax not applied.
In addition, the Change of Control Agreements permit an executive to terminate the executives employment for Good Reason at any time or for any reason during a 30-day period immediately following the first anniversary of the Change of Control and receive the above-described severance benefits. Good Reason includes diminution of the executives responsibilities or compensation, relocation or purported termination otherwise than as expressly permitted by the Change of Control Agreements. Under certain circumstances, certain payments by the Company pursuant to the Change of Control Agreements may not be deductible for federal income tax purposes pursuant to Section 280G of the Code.
A Change of Control is defined as the occurrence of certain events, including acquisition by a third party of 20% or more of the Companys outstanding voting securities, a change in the majority of the Board, consummation of a reorganization, merger, consolidation, substantial asset sale involving, or shareholder approval of a liquidation or dissolution of, the Company subject, in each case, to certain exceptions. Cause is defined, for purposes of the Agreements, as demonstrably willful or deliberate violations of the executives responsibilities which are committed in bad faith or without reasonable belief that such violations are in the best interests of the Company, which are unremedied after notice, or conviction of the executive of a felony involving moral turpitude.
Employment Agreements and Arrangements.
Post-Employment Agreement with Alfred J. Verrecchia. The Company and Mr. Verrecchia entered into a Post-Employment Agreement, effective as of March 10, 2004 (the Post-Employment Agreement). Under the Post-Employment Agreement, if Mr. Verrecchias employment is terminated by the Company without Cause or by Mr. Verrecchia for Good Reason, then the Company shall pay Mr. Verrecchia severance pay of up to three years annual base salary and bonus, contingent on Mr. Verrecchia executing a severance and settlement agreement. If Mr. Verrecchias employment is terminated by the Company without Cause or by Mr. Verrecchia with Good Reason: (i) on or before September 1, 2006, Mr. Verrecchia is eligible to receive severance pay equal to thirty-six (36) months base salary and monthly bonus, (ii) after September 1, 2006, but before March 1, 2008, Mr. Verrecchia is eligible to receive severance pay of monthly base salary and monthly bonus for the number of months which is equal to thirty-six (36) less the number of whole months for which Mr. Verrecchia is employed by the Company after September 1, 2006 and (iii) after March 1, 2008, Mr. Verrecchia is eligible to receive severance pay of monthly base salary and monthly bonus for eighteen (18) months. If Mr. Verrecchias employment is terminated by the Company without Cause and at the time of such termination the Company has in place a severance plan of general applicability for which Mr. Verrecchia is eligible, Mr. Verrecchia will be entitled to the greater of the benefits offered under this general severance plan and those offered under the Post-Employment Agreement. Finally, if Mr. Verrecchias employment is terminated by mutual agreement of the Company and Mr. Verrecchia because of a family medical emergency or other reason beyond Mr. Verrecchias control which results in him being unable to work or because of a disability (as defined), then in each case Mr. Verrecchia is entitled to eighteen (18) months of monthly base salary and bonus.
For purposes of the Post-Employment Agreement, monthly base salary is equal to the annual base salary paid to Mr. Verrecchia for the fifty-two (52) weeks immediately preceding the week of his termination, divided by twelve (12). The monthly bonus shall equal the annual target bonus for Mr. Verrecchia for the year in which his employment is terminated, divided by twelve (12). Mr. Verrecchia is also entitled to continuation of medical, dental and certain other benefits during the period in which he is receiving severance pay under the Post-Employment Agreement. However, in the event of a Change in Control, the benefits payable under the Post-Employment Agreement are reduced by the amount of any benefits received by Mr. Verrecchia under the Change of Control Agreements described above.
The Post-Employment Agreement also provides Mr. Verrecchia with certain enhanced retirement benefits. Unless Mr. Verrecchias employment is terminated by the Company for Cause, he shall receive annuity payments in monthly installments following the termination of his employment for the remainder of his life in an annual amount equal to 1.5% of his Final Average Pay (as defined) multiplied by Mr. Verrecchias years of service with the
Company, but not to exceed 60% of Final Average Pay. The enhanced retirement benefit is also reduced by the benefits provided to Mr. Verrecchia by the Pension Plan and Supplemental Benefit Plan. If Mr. Verrecchias employment terminates due to his death, his spouse is entitled to the actuarial equivalent of the enhanced retirement benefits described above.
For purposes of the Post-Employment Agreement Good Reason means a material demotion of Mr. Verrecchia or a material reduction in Mr. Verrecchias base salary or target bonus, unless such reduction is due to a generally applicable reduction in the compensation of the Companys senior executives. Cause means material failure by Mr. Verrecchia to perform his duties which is unremedied after notice, misconduct materially and demonstrably injurious to the Company, conviction of a felony or fraud or embezzlement of Company assets. Notwithstanding the foregoing, during the three-year period following a Change of Control, as defined in the Change of Control Agreements, Cause shall have the meaning set forth in the Change in Control Agreements.
The Post-Employment Agreement contains certain post-employment restrictions on Mr. Verrecchia, including an eighteen (18) month non-competition agreement and provisions protecting the Companys confidential information.
Employment Agreement with Brian Goldner. On January 20, 2006, the Company entered into an Employment Agreement (the Employment Agreement) with Brian Goldner, the Companys then newly-appointed Chief Operating Officer. Under the Employment Agreement, Mr. Goldner agreed to serve as the Companys Chief Operating Officer, reporting to the Companys President and Chief Executive Officer. The Employment Agreement has an initial three-year term expiring January 19, 2009. Thereafter the Employment Agreement is automatically extended for additional one-year terms unless either the Company or Mr. Goldner provide notice of the intent not to renew at least 180 days prior to the expiration of the then current term.
Under the Employment Agreement, for that portion of 2006 occurring after the date of the Employment Agreement, Mr. Goldner will receive an annualized base salary of $800,000 and will be eligible to receive a management incentive plan bonus based on a target of eighty-five percent (85%) of his earned base salary. Beginning in 2007 and thereafter, the Employment Agreement provides that Mr. Goldners base salary and target bonus will be reviewed in accordance with the Companys compensation policies for senior executives and will be adjusted to the extent, if any, deemed appropriate by the Compensation and Stock Option Committee of the Companys Board of Directors.
Pursuant to the Employment Agreement, Mr. Goldner was granted 20,000 shares of restricted stock on January 20, 2006. These shares will vest in one installment on January 20, 2009, provided that Mr. Goldner remains employed with the Company through that date. The shares are subject to earlier vesting in certain situations, such as a change in control of the Company or upon the death of Mr. Goldner.
The Employment Agreement provides that Mr. Goldner will participate in the Companys long-term incentive program in the same manner as other senior executives, provided that his target award shall be second only to that of the Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Goldner will also participate in the Companys other benefit programs under the terms which are extended to senior executives.
In the event that Mr. Goldners employment is terminated: (A) by the Company for Cause, or at his election for other than Good Reason, the Company will pay Mr. Goldner the compensation and benefits otherwise payable to him through the last day of his actual employment; (B) due to Mr. Goldners death or Disability (as defined in the Employment Agreement) the Company will pay to Mr. Goldner or his estate the compensation which would otherwise have been payable to him up to the end of the month in which the termination occurs and (C) by the Company without Cause, or by Mr. Goldner for Good Reason, and provided that Mr. Goldner complies with the terms of the Companys severance policy, then Mr. Goldner will be entitled to severance benefits for two years pursuant to the Companys severance plan, payment of a target bonus for each of the two fiscal years following the year of termination, and all of his unvested stock options, restricted stock and other equity awards will fully vest. The Companys severance plan includes the payment of base salary and continuation of benefits during the severance period. If Mr. Goldner begins permissible alternate employment during the severance period and notifies the Company of such employment, he will receive in a lump sum 50% of any remaining salary payments due as severance under the Employment Agreement.
For purposes of the Employment Agreement Cause shall be deemed to exist upon (a) Mr. Goldners material failure to perform: (i) Mr. Goldners assigned duties for the Company; or (ii) Mr. Goldners obligations under the Employment Agreement; (b) conduct of Mr. Goldner involving fraud, gross negligence or willful misconduct or other action which damages the reputation of the Company; (c) Mr. Goldners indictment for or conviction of, or the entry of a pleading of guilty or nolo contendere by Mr. Goldner to, any crime involving moral turpitude or any felony; (d) Mr. Goldners fraud, embezzlement or other intentional misappropriation from the Company; or (e) Mr. Goldners material breach of any material policies, rules or regulations of employment which may be adopted or amended from time to time by the Company. Good Reason means: (a) a material reduction in Mr. Goldners base salary or target bonus, without his consent, unless such reduction is due to a generally applicable reduction in the compensation of senior executives in 2007 or later, or (b) an organizational change in which Mr. Goldner no longer reports directly to Alfred J. Verrecchia as Chief Executive Officer.
The Employment Agreement contains certain post-employment restrictions on Mr. Goldner, including a two-year non-competition agreement. The Agreement does not modify Mr. Goldners existing Change in Control Agreement with the Company, dated March 18, 2000. In the event of a Change in Control (as defined in the Change in Control Agreement) the benefits payable pursuant to the Employment Agreement will be reduced by any severance benefits payable under the Change in Control Agreement.
Chairmanship Agreement with Alan G. Hassenfeld. Effective on August 30, 2005 the Company entered into a Chairmanship Agreement (the Chairmanship Agreement) with Alan G. Hassenfeld. The Chairmanship Agreement provided for Mr. Hassenfelds transition from an employee Chairman of the Board to a non-employee Chairman of the Board. Pursuant to the Chairmanship Agreement, Mr. Hassenfeld continued to serve as an employee Chairman of the Company until December 31, 2005 (the Transition Date). During this period, Mr. Hassenfeld continued to receive his current salary ($1,000,000 annualized) and other employee benefits. Mr. Hassenfeld also remained eligible to receive a management bonus for 2005, any such bonus award being made in accordance with the applicable bonus plan and subject to the negative discretion of the Companys Compensation and Stock Option Committee.
On the Transition Date, Mr. Hassenfeld ceased to be an employee of the Company and his employee salary, bonus and other employee benefits ceased as well, provided that Mr. Hassenfeld retained all of his vested retirement benefits provided under the Companys retirement plans, as well as all other retirement benefits generally made available to retired employees under other plans and programs of the Company. Following the Transition Date, Mr. Hassenfeld will serve as the non-employee Chairman of the Board for an initial three-year term beginning January 1, 2006 and ending on December 31, 2008 (the Chairmanship Period). Thereafter, Mr. Hassenfelds Chairmanship Agreement is subject to renewal for additional one-year periods unless he or the Board provide notice of the intent not to renew at least six months prior to the end of the then current term. Mr. Hassenfelds continued service as the non-employee Chairman of the Board will be contingent upon his annual reelection to the Board of Directors by the Companys shareholders.
During the Chairmanship Period, Mr. Hassenfeld shall provide leadership to the Board by, among other things, working with the Chief Executive Officer, the Presiding Director and the Corporate Secretary to set Board calendars, determine agendas for Board meetings, ensure proper flow of information to Board members, facilitate effective operation of the Board and its Committees, help promote Board succession planning and the recruitment and orientation of new directors, address issues of director performance, assist in consideration and Board adoption of the Companys strategic plan and annual operating plans, and help promote senior management succession planning. In addition, the Chairman will assist the Companys Chief Executive Officer by advising on Board-related issues, helping to develop programs and actions to reinforce the Companys core values, providing leadership in the development of the Companys corporate social responsibility strategy, acting as a Company spokesperson on issues of corporate social responsibility, and representing the Company at industry conferences, as appropriate.
Mr. Hassenfeld will receive a retainer during the Chairmanship Period of $300,000 per year (the Chairmanship Retainer) and will be eligible to receive Board meeting fees, equity grants and such other benefits (excluding the general non-employee Board retainer, which Mr. Hassenfeld will not receive) as may be provided from time to time to the other non-employee members of the Companys Board of Directors. During the
Chairmanship Period, Mr. Hassenfeld will also be provided with an office, support services and expense reimbursement pursuant to an agreed budget.
As of the Transition Date, Mr. Hassenfeld became eligible to begin receiving a retirement pension benefit payable in regular monthly installments during his remaining lifetime. This annual pension benefit, expressed as a single-life annuity, is $814,500 a year until Mr. Hassenfeld reaches the age of 65. Thereafter, the annual pension benefit is $796,800. These pension benefit payments include all pension benefits previously accrued by Mr. Hassenfeld as an employee of the Company. In the event of Mr. Hassenfelds death, the pension benefits described in the preceding sentences would be payable in an actuarially equivalent joint and survivor form to Mr. Hassenfelds spouse. In addition, by virtue of his ongoing service as Chairman of the Board, Mr. Hassenfelds outstanding stock options will continue to vest, in accordance with their terms, during the time that Mr. Hassenfeld serves as a non-employee Chairman.
In the event that Mr. Hassenfelds service as a non-employee Chairman ends due to his resignation, death, disability, or failure to be reelected to the Board by the Companys shareholders, or in the event that the Company terminates Mr. Hassenfelds service as Chairman for Cause (as defined in the Chairmanship Agreement), Mr. Hassenfelds compensation as a non-employee Chairman, including the Chairmanship Retainer and any additional compensation provided to non-employee directors, would cease immediately. If Mr. Hassenfelds service as Chairman is terminated by the Company without Cause during the Chairmanship Period, Mr. Hassenfeld would be entitled to receive the Chairmanship Retainer payable for the remaining time of the Chairmanship Period. In the case of termination resulting from disability, failure to be reelected, or without Cause by the Company, Mr. Hassenfeld would continue to receive his retirement benefits described above as well.
The Chairmanship Agreement contains certain post-Chairmanship restrictions on Mr. Hassenfeld, including a two-year non-competition agreement and provisions protecting the Companys confidential information.
Retirement of E. David Wilson. In connection with Mr. Wilsons retirement effective on January 31, 2006, the Company vested all of Mr. Wilsons unvested stock options and provided that Mr. Wilsons stock options with an exercise price of $20.57 per share or higher will remain exercisable through the original expiration dates for such options. Mr. Wilson executed a two-year non-competition agreement with the Company in connection with these actions.
The members of the Compensation and Stock Option Committee of the Board as of the 2005 fiscal year end were Frank J. Biondi, Jr. (Chair), Jack M. Connors, Jr. and E. Gordon Gee. None of the members of the Compensation and Stock Option Committee during fiscal 2005 had at any time been an officer or employee of the Company or of any of its subsidiaries. No executive officer of the Company served as a member of the compensation committee or board of directors of any other entity which had an executive officer serving as a member of the Companys Board or Compensation and Stock Option Committee during fiscal 2005.
The following table summarizes information, as of December 25, 2005, relating to equity compensation plans of the Company pursuant to which grants of options, restricted stock, restricted stock units or other rights to acquire shares may be granted from time to time.
Number of Shares Subject to 1997 Plan. The 1997 Plan, prior to its termination on December 31, 2002, provided for the issuance of up to 18,000,000 shares of Common Stock pursuant to awards granted under the 1997 Plan.
Eligibility for Participation. Any Employee of the Company, as the term Employee is defined in General Instruction A to Form S-8 promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, was eligible to participate in the 1997 Plan.
Awards. The 1997 Plan provided for the grant of: (1) non-qualified stock options; (2) stock appreciation rights (SARs); (3) stock awards, including restricted and unrestricted stock and deferred stock, and (4) cash awards that would constitute a derivative security for purposes of Rule 16b-6, as promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the 1934 Act), if not awarded pursuant to a plan satisfying the provisions of Rule 16b-3.
Terms of Options. The exercise price of stock options granted under the 1997 Plan could not be less than the fair market value of the Common Stock on the date of grant. Options granted under the 1997 Plan were generally made exercisable in yearly installments over three years. The terms of options granted under the 1997 Plan were ten years.
Change in Control. The 1997 Plan provided that immediately upon certain events constituting a Change in Control all awards become 100% vested and payable in cash or shares of the Companys Common Stock as soon as practicable after the Change in Control.
VOTING SECURITIES AND PRINCIPAL HOLDERS THEREOF
The following table sets forth information, as of March 1, 2006 (except as noted), with respect to the ownership of the Common Stock (the only class of outstanding equity securities of the Company) by certain persons known by the Company to be the beneficial owners of more than 5% of such stock. Unless otherwise indicated, to the Companys knowledge each person has sole voting and dispositive power with respect to such shares.
Security Ownership of Management
The following table sets forth information, as of March 1, 2006, with respect to the ownership of the Common Stock (the only class of outstanding equity securities of the Company) by each current director of the Company or nominee for election to the Board, each named executive officer and by all directors and executive officers as a group. Unless otherwise indicated, each person has sole voting and dispositive power with respect to such shares.
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, requires the Companys directors and executive officers, and persons who own more than ten percent of a registered class of the Companys equity securities, to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York Stock Exchange initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership of Common Stock and other equity securities of the Company. Executive officers, directors and greater than ten-percent shareholders are required by regulation promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission to furnish the Company with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file.
To the Companys knowledge, based solely on review of the copies of such reports furnished to the Company and certain written representations made by directors and executive officers that no other reports were required during the last fiscal year ended December 25, 2005, all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to its officers, directors and greater than ten-percent beneficial owners were complied with during fiscal 2005.
PROPOSAL TO RATIFY THE SELECTION OF KPMG LLP AS THE COMPANYS INDEPENDENT
REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM FOR THE 2006 FISCAL YEAR
(Proposal No. 2)
The Audit Committee has selected KPMG LLP, independent registered public accounting firm (KPMG), to perform the integrated audit of the consolidated financial statements and effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting of the Company for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2006 (Fiscal 2006), and the Companys Board of Directors has ratified this selection. A representative of KPMG is expected to be present at the Meeting, will have the opportunity to make a statement if so desired, and will be available to respond to appropriate questions.
The Board is submitting the selection of KPMG as the Companys independent registered public accounting firm for Fiscal 2006 to the shareholders for their ratification. The Audit Committee of the Board bears the ultimate responsibility for selecting the Companys independent registered public accounting firm and will make the selection it deems best for the Company and the Companys shareholders. As such, the failure by the shareholders to ratify the selection of independent registered public accounting firm made by the Audit Committee will not require the Audit Committee to alter its decision. Similarly, ratification of the selection of KPMG as the independent registered public accounting firm does not limit the Committees ability to change this selection in the future if it deems appropriate.
The affirmative vote of a majority of the shares of Common Stock present (in person or by proxy) and entitled to vote at the Meeting on the ratification of the selection of KPMG is required for approval. Abstentions are considered shares entitled to vote on the proposal and as such abstentions are the equivalent of a vote against the proposal. In contrast, broker non-votes are not counted as present and entitled to vote on the proposal and therefore have no effect on the vote.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR RATIFICATION OF THE SELECTION OF KPMG AS INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM.
The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors (the Committee) is comprised solely of non-employee directors, each of whom has been determined by the Board of Directors to be independent under the Companys Standards for Director Independence and the requirements of the New York Stock Exchanges listing standards.
The Committee operates under a written charter, which is available on the Companys website (www.hasbro.com) under Corporate Information Investors Corporate Governance. Under the charter, the Committees primary purpose is to:
In conducting its oversight function, the Committee discusses with the Companys internal auditors and independent auditors, with and without management present, the overall scope and plans for their respective audits. The Committee also reviews the Companys programs and key initiatives to implement and maintain effective internal controls over financial reporting and disclosure controls.
The Committee meets with the Companys head of internal audit, and with the independent auditors, with and without management present, to discuss the results of their examinations, the evaluations of the Companys internal controls and the overall quality of the Companys financial reporting. The Committee discusses with management and the independent auditors all annual and quarterly financial statements and Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations prior to their filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The independent auditors are responsible for performing an independent integrated audit of the Companys financial statements and effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting and issuing an opinion as to whether the financial statements conform with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
The Committee has reviewed and discussed with management the audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 25, 2005. The Committee has also reviewed with the independent auditors the matters required to be discussed by Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61 (Communications with Audit Committees). In addition, the Committee discussed with the independent auditors their independence from management and the Committee has received from the independent auditors the written disclosures required by Independence Standards Board Standard No. 1 (Independence Discussions with Audit Committees).
Based on its review and discussions with management and the independent auditors referred to in the preceding paragraph, the Committee recommended to the Board and the Board has approved the inclusion of the audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 25, 2005 in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Committee has also selected and the Board has approved the selection of KPMG LLP as the independent auditor for Fiscal 2006.
Report issued by Basil L. Anderson (Chair), Michael W.O. Garrett, Claudine B. Malone and Edward M. Philip, as the members of the Audit Committee as of the 2005 fiscal year end.
The following table presents fees for professional audit services rendered by KPMG LLP for the audit of the Companys annual financial statements for fiscal 2005 and 2004, as well as fees for other services rendered by KPMG to the Company during fiscal 2005 and 2004.
The Audit Committee has considered whether the provision of the approved non-audit services by KPMG is compatible with maintaining KPMGs independence and has concluded that the provision of such services is compatible with maintaining KPMGs independence.
Policy on Audit Committee Pre-Approval of Audit Services and Permissible Non-Audit Services of the Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
Consistent with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding auditor independence, the Audit Committee has responsibility for appointing, setting compensation for and overseeing the work of the independent registered public accounting firm (hereafter referred to as the independent auditor). In fulfilling this responsibility the Audit Committee has established a policy to pre-approve all audit and permissible non-audit services to be provided by the independent auditor.
Prior to engagement of the independent auditor for the fiscal year, management of the Company submits to the Audit Committee for the Committees pre-approval:
Audit and permissible non-audit services which are pre-approved by the Audit Committee pursuant to this review may be performed by KPMG during the fiscal year. During the course of the year management periodically reports to the Audit Committee on the audit and non-audit services which are being provided to the Company pursuant to these pre-approvals.
In addition to pre-approving all audit and permissible non-audit services at the beginning of the fiscal year, the Audit Committee has also instituted a procedure for the consideration of additional services that arise during the course of the year for which the Company desires to retain KPMG. For individual projects with estimated fees of $75,000 or less which have not previously been pre-approved by the Audit Committee, the Chair of the Audit Committee is authorized to pre-approve such services. The Chair of the Committee reports any services which are pre-approved in this manner to the full Audit Committee at its next meeting. Any proposed additional projects with an estimated cost of more than $75,000 must be pre-approved by the full Audit Committee prior to the engagement of KPMG.
(Proposal No. 3)
The following proposal, which is opposed by the Board, would require the affirmative vote of a majority of all shares present (in person or by proxy) and entitled to vote at the Meeting to be approved. Abstentions and broker non-votes are each counted as present for purposes of establishing a quorum at the Meeting. Abstentions are also considered shares entitled to vote on the proposal and as such abstentions are the equivalent of a vote against the proposal. In contrast, broker non-votes are not counted as present and entitled to vote on the proposal for purposes of determining if the proposal receives an affirmative vote of a majority of the shares present and entitled to vote.
One of the Companys shareholders has submitted the following resolution and supporting statement for inclusion in this Proxy Statement. Upon a written or oral request made to the Secretary of the Company, the Company will provide the address and shareholdings (as they have been represented to the Company) of the proponent of this resolution to any shareholder of the Company.
GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARDS
Submitted by William C. Thompson, Jr., Comptroller, City of New York,
on behalf of the Boards of Trustees of the New York City Pension Funds
Whereas, Hasbro, Inc. currently has overseas operations, and
Whereas, reports of human rights abuses in the overseas subsidiaries and suppliers of U.S.-based corporations has led to an increased public awareness of the problems of child labor, sweatshop conditions, and the denial of labor rights in U.S. corporate overseas operations, and
Whereas, corporate violations of human rights in these overseas operations can lead to negative publicity, public protests, and the loss of consumer confidence which can have a negative impact on shareholder value, and
Whereas, a number of corporations have implemented independent monitoring programs with respected human rights and religious organizations to strengthen compliance with international human rights norms in subsidiary and supplier factories, and
Whereas, many of these programs incorporate the conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) on workplace human rights, and the United Nations Norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations with Regard to Human Rights (UN Norms), which include the following principles:
Whereas, independent monitoring of corporate adherence to these internationally recognized principles is essential if consumer and investor confidence in our companys commitment to human rights is to be maintained,
Therefore, be it resolved that the shareholders request that the company commit itself to the implementation of a code of corporate conduct based on the aforementioned ILO human rights standards and United Nations Norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations with Regard to Human Rights, by its international suppliers and in its own international production facilities, and commit to a program of outside, independent monitoring of compliance with these standards.
YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE AGAINST PROPOSAL NO. 3 FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
A substantially similar proposal was submitted to Hasbros shareholders for their consideration at each of the Companys last four annual meetings. The proposal was rejected by Hasbros shareholders at all four of these meetings. At the 2005 Annual Meeting the proposal was rejected by Hasbros shareholders with 123,142,123 shares voting against the proposal, and 14,058,714 shares voting in favor.
The Board of Directors and Hasbros management carefully reviewed the proposals submitted for consideration at the last four annual meetings and have similarly reviewed the current proposal in preparation for the 2006 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The Board of Directors and management continue to believe that any changes to Hasbros current Code of Conduct and compliance procedures would neither help Hasbro fulfill its well-established and continuing commitment to humane global working conditions nor add value to the shareholders of the Company. Hasbros existing policies and practices, which are comprehensive and progressive, already address the concerns expressed in the above proposal and ensure compliance with business ethics principles, as described in more detail below.
In 1993 Hasbro established its Global Business Ethics Principles (Code of Conduct) to ensure that products manufactured by or for Hasbro are not produced under inhumane or exploitative conditions. Participation in the Hasbro program is mandatory for all suppliers and vendors worldwide who do business with Hasbro. Among many important areas, the Code of Conduct governs:
Hasbros Code of Conduct sets forth workplace standards with which all vendors manufacturing Hasbro products must comply. Hasbro also reserves auditing and monitoring rights with respect to all manufacturing facilities producing Hasbro products. To date, all factories located in the Far East which manufacture products for Hasbro have been audited by Hasbro inspectors and by outside firms hired by Hasbro. Hasbro engages two outside
auditing firms to audit manufacturers compliance with the Code of Conduct and local law. Since 1994, Hasbro and its monitors have conducted over 1,955 manufacturing facility inspections, including over 505 inspections in 2005. Over the years, Hasbro has successfully worked with its manufacturers to correct any unacceptable practices discovered during the course of these inspections. Although serious violations are rarely found, Hasbro has, after unsuccessful attempts to have the vendor remedy them, terminated vendors for failure to remedy violations. In addition, on a number of occasions Hasbro management has met with shareholders to discuss its Code of Conduct and compliance procedures, including findings of third party audits engaged by Hasbro.
In addition to corporate efforts, Hasbro has been and continues to be a leader in the toy industry (nationally and internationally) on the issue of workplace standards and compliance. Hasbro is a member of the Toy Industries of America (TIA) and Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and sits on committees and forums worldwide to strengthen workplace standards and compliance. For example, Hasbro was at the forefront of developing industry-wide standards for fire prevention and emergency preparedness through the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI). Additionally, Hasbro was a principal drafter of the factory audit checklists for the ICTI Code of Business Practices and took a leadership role in the 2001 revisions to the ICTI factory audit checklists and guidance manual. Hasbro, as a member of TIA and ICTI, is at the forefront of industry efforts to improve factory working conditions.
In the last few years, as part of an effort to bring consistency to the oversight of working conditions and the industrys workplace initiatives, Hasbro has taken a leading role in promoting the industrys adoption of ICTIs comprehensive workplace standards, which include a comprehensive factory audit checklist, guidance and corrective action documents. Hasbro is using the ICTI program as a basis for monitoring factories and is requiring all of its Far East manufacturing vendors to become ICTI-certified. Hasbro expects facilities manufacturing Hasbro products to apply for and achieve ICTI certification by an approved, independent auditing company. As of December 31, 2005, approximately 95% of the vendors Hasbro uses to produce products in the Far East have received ICTI certification. Hasbro currently expects that its remaining vendors in the Far East will be ICTI certified in the first half of 2006. In addition, however, Hasbro will retain the right to conduct its own audits. Hasbro is pleased with the continued growth and maturing of the ICTI/CARE program, including the appointment of the ICTI Governance Board, which provides greater transparency to industry efforts by combining leaders with industry experience with leaders from civil society The ICTI checklist, guidance and corrective action documents can be found at: http://www.toy-icti.org/info/code.htm.
To conclude, Hasbro is an industry leader in the area of global working conditions and is proud of its efforts both on behalf of the Company and the toy industry in general. Given Hasbros strong commitment to the Global Business Ethics Principles, its extensive outside monitoring program, and its industry activism, the Board of Directors believes that the Companys current program is best suited to ensure compliance and leadership on this important issue.
For the reasons outlined above, the Board has concluded that the Companys current Code of Conduct and compliance programs and procedures are in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders and thus is opposed to the shareholder proposal.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE AGAINST PROPOSAL NO. 3.
Management knows of no other matters that may be presented to the Meeting. However, if any other matter properly comes before the Meeting, or any adjournment thereof, it is intended that proxies in the accompanying form will be voted in accordance with the judgment of the persons named therein.
In accordance with a notice sent to certain street name shareholders of our Common Stock who share a single address, only one copy of this proxy statement and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 25, 2005 is being sent to that address unless we received contrary instructions from any shareholder at that address. This practice, known as householding, is designed to reduce our printing and postage costs. However, if any shareholder residing at such an address wishes to receive a separate copy of this proxy statement or our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 25, 2005, he or she may contact Karen Warren, Investor Relations, Hasbro, Inc., 1027 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02862, phone (401) 431-8697, and we will deliver those documents to such shareholder promptly upon receiving the request. Any such shareholder may also contact Investor Relations using the above contact information if he or she would like to receive separate proxy statements and annual reports in the future. If you are receiving multiple copies of our annual report and proxy statement, you may request householding in the future by contacting Investor Relations at the address set forth above.
The cost of soliciting proxies in the accompanying form has been or will be borne by the Company. In addition to solicitation by mail, arrangements will be made with brokerage houses and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries to send proxies and proxy material to their principals and the Company will reimburse them for any reasonable expenses incurred in connection therewith. The Company has also retained Morrow & Co., Inc. to aid in the solicitation of proxies at an estimated cost of $4,000 plus reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. In addition to use of mail, proxies may be solicited by officers and employees of the Company or of Morrow & Co., Inc. in person or by telephone.
It is important that your shares be represented at the Meeting. If you are unable to be present in person, you are respectfully requested to vote by Internet, by telephone or by marking, signing and dating the enclosed proxy and returning it in the pre-addressed envelope as promptly as possible. No postage is required if mailed in the United States.
By Order of the Board of Directors
Dated: April 18, 2006
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
MARCH 4, 2004
The following are the standards that will be employed by the Hasbro, Inc. (the Company) Board of Directors in determining issues of director independence pursuant to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and applicable rules of the New York Stock Exchange. For purposes of these standards (i) the Company is meant to include not only Hasbro, Inc., but all of its subsidiaries and divisions, and (ii) a directors immediate family is deemed to include the directors spouse, parents, children, siblings, mothers and fathers-in-law, sons and daughters-in-law and brothers and sisters-in-law, and anyone else (other than employees) who resides in the directors home.
The following are suggested parameters that the Board has agreed to consider in determining whether a director has a material relationship or affiliation with the Company that would impact a finding of independence. If a director satisfies all of the criteria set forth below it would suggest that the director, absent other contrary considerations, does not have a material relationship with the Company and is independent. If a director fails to satisfy one or more of the criteria set forth below, further Board inquiry and discussion is needed to determine if the director has a material relationship with the Company or may be found independent.
The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR the listed nominees.
1. Election of Directors For Terms Expiring in 2007:
The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR Proposal 2 and AGAINST Proposal 3.
Sign exactly as your name(s) appear(s) hereon. When signing in a representative capacity, please give full title as such. If more than one name is shown, including the case of joint tenants, each person should sign.
Dear Fellow Shareowner:
You are cordially invited to attend the 2006 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Hasbro, Inc. to be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2006, at 1027 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The accompanying Notice of Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement contain detailed information as to the formal business to be transacted at the meeting.
Your Vote Matters. Whether or not you plan to attend the 2006 Annual Meeting, it is important that your shares be voted. Please follow the instructions on the other side of this proxy card. You may, of course, attend the 2006 Annual Meeting and vote in person, even if you have previously voted. I am looking forward to seeing you there.
Alan G. Hassenfeld
Chairman of the Board
1027 Newport Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02862
Annual Meeting of Shareholders - May 25, 2006
THIS PROXY IS SOLICITED ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The undersigned acknowledges receipt of the Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders and Proxy Statement of Hasbro, Inc. (the Company) and hereby appoints ALAN G. HASSENFELD and ALFRED J. VERRECCHIA and each of them, with full power of substitution to each of them, as attorneys and proxies to appear and vote all of the shares of Common Stock standing in the name of the undersigned at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of the Company to be held on May 25, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at 1027 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and at any adjournment thereof.
UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED, THIS PROXY WILL BE VOTED FOR THE NOMINEES LISTED IN PROPOSAL 1, FOR PROPOSAL 2 AND AGAINST PROPOSAL 3 AND IN SUPPORT OF MANAGEMENT ON SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY PROPERLY COME BEFORE THE MEETING OR ANY ADJOURNMENTS THEREOF.
If any of your shares represented by this Proxy are held under the Hasbro Retirement Savings Plan, you must indicate your vote on the proposals on the other side of this proxy card. If no box in Proposal 1, 2, or 3 above is marked, your shares held under the Retirement Savings Plan will not be voted with respect to that Proposal.
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CONTINUED AND TO BE SIGNED ON REVERSE SIDE
YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT
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