Hawkins DEF 14A 2012
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3100 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
To Be Held August 2, 2012
To our Shareholders:
The Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Hawkins, Inc. will be held at the Midland Hills Country Club, 2001 Fulham Street, Roseville, Minnesota on Thursday, August 2, 2012, at 3:00 p.m., Central Time, for the following purposes:
1. To elect seven directors;
2. To advise in a non-binding vote to approve the compensation of our executive officers as disclosed in the attached proxy statement, or a say-on-pay vote.
3. To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.
The Board of Directors has fixed the close of business on June 11, 2012 as the record date for determining the shareholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. Accordingly, only shareholders of record at the close of business on that date will be entitled to vote. Our transfer books will not be closed.
Dated: June 27, 2012
IMPORTANT: To assure the necessary representation at the Annual Meeting, you are urged to SIGN AND RETURN THE ENCLOSED PROXY PROMPTLY TO SAVE THE COMPANY THE EXPENSE OF ADDITIONAL SOLICITATION. You may revoke your proxy at any time prior to its exercise, and returning your proxy will not affect your right to vote in person if you attend the Annual Meeting and revoke the proxy.
3100 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413
June 27, 2012
The following proxy statement is furnished in connection with the solicitation of proxies by our Board of Directors to be voted at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the Annual Meeting) to be held on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at the Midland Hills Country Club, 2001 Fulham Street, Roseville, Minnesota, at 3:00 p.m., Central Time, and at any adjournments of such meeting. Distribution of this Proxy Statement and proxy to shareholders began on or about June 27, 2012.
The cost of soliciting proxies and of the notices of the meeting, including the preparation, assembly and mailing of proxies and this Proxy Statement, will be borne by us. In addition to the use of the mail, proxies may be solicited personally or by telephone, mail or electronic mail by our directors, officers and regular employees. Furthermore, arrangements may be made with brokers, banks and similar organizations to send proxies and proxy materials to beneficial owners for voting instructions. We will reimburse such organizations for their expenses.
REVOCATION AND VOTING OF PROXY
Any proxy given pursuant to this solicitation and received in time for the Annual Meeting will be voted in accordance with the instructions in such proxy, unless the proxy is properly revoked prior to the meeting. Any shareholder giving a proxy may revoke it prior to its exercise at the meeting by (1) delivering a written notice expressly revoking the proxy to our Secretary at our offices, (2) signing and forwarding to us at our offices a later dated proxy, or (3) attending the Annual Meeting and casting his or her votes personally.
If you indicate on your proxy that you wish to abstain from voting, and you hold your shares in street name or your broker records abstentions, your shares will be considered present and entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. Such shares will also count toward determining whether or not a quorum is present for the Annual Meeting. However, abstentions will not be taken into account in determining the approval of any of the proposals and will have the effect of casting a negative vote. If a shareholder (including a broker) does not give authority to a proxy to vote, or withholds authority to vote on a certain proposal, then the shareholders shares will not be considered present or entitled to vote on that proposal.
If you hold your shares in street name and do not provide voting instructions to your broker, your broker has authority under New York Stock Exchange rules to vote those shares for or against routine proposals, such as an amendment and restatement of our articles of incorporation. Brokers cannot vote on their customers behalf on non-routine proposals such as the approval of an equity compensation plan or the election of directors. These rules apply to us even though the shares of our common stock are traded on the NASDAQ Global Market. If a broker votes shares for which its customers have not provided voting instructions for or against a routine proposal, then those shares are counted for the purpose of establishing a quorum at the Annual Meeting and also will be counted for the purpose of determining the outcome of routine proposals. If a broker does not receive voting instructions as to a non-routine proposal, or chooses to leave shares unvoted on a routine proposal, a broker non-vote will occur and those shares will be counted for the purpose of establishing a quorum at the Annual Meeting, but not for determining the outcome of those proposals. Shares that are subject to broker non-votes are considered not entitled to vote on the particular proposal, and effectively reduce the number of shares needed to approve that proposal.
As of the date of this proxy statement, we know of no matters that will be presented for determination at the meeting other than those referred to in this proxy statement. If any other matters properly come before the meeting calling for a vote of shareholders, proxies in the enclosed form returned to us will be voted in accordance with the recommendation of the Board of Directors or, in the absence of such a recommendation, in accordance with the judgment of the proxy holders.
OUTSTANDING SHARES AND VOTING RIGHTS
At the close of business on June 11, 2012, the record date, there were 10,500,238 shares of our common stock, par value $0.05 per share, outstanding. The common stock is our only outstanding class of capital stock. Holders of common stock are entitled to one vote for each share held on the record date with respect to all matters that may be brought before the meeting. There is no cumulative voting for directors.
PROPOSAL ONEELECTION OF DIRECTORS
At the Annual Meeting, seven persons are to be elected to our Board of Directors, each to hold office for the ensuing year and until his successor is duly elected and qualified. Our By-laws provide for a Board of Directors of not fewer than three nor more than eleven directors. Our Board of Directors currently consists of seven directors, as established by resolution of our Board of Directors. Our By-laws provide that the nominees must be elected by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the voting power of the shares represented at the meeting (whether in person or by proxy). Abstentions and withhold votes have the effect of a vote against the nominees. Executed and delivered proxies will be voted for the election of all nominees unless you direct otherwise. Should any nominee decline or be unable to accept such nomination or to serve as a director (an event which our management does not now expect to occur), proxies will be voted for a substitute nominee or nominees in accordance with the best judgment of the person or persons acting under them.
Our Board of Directors has nominated James A. Faulconbridge, Patrick H. Hawkins, Duane M. Jergenson, John S. McKeon, Daryl I. Skaar, James T. Thompson and Jeffrey L. Wright for election to the Board of Directors.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS THAT SHAREHOLDERS VOTE FOR THE ELECTION OF ALL NOMINEES FOR DIRECTOR.
Information About Our Directors
Our directors have served as our directors continuously since the year indicated below. The following information, as of June 1, 2012, including the principal occupation or employment of each director nominee, has been furnished to us by the respective director nominees. All positions are with our Company unless otherwise noted.
There are no family relationships among any of our directors, executive officers, or director nominees.
Each director nominee brings unique capabilities to our Board of Directors. The Board believes the nominees as a group have the experience and skills in areas such as general business management, corporate governance, manufacturing, finance, strategic planning and risk management that are necessary to effectively oversee our Company. In addition, the Board believes that each of our directors possesses high standards of ethics, integrity and professionalism, sound judgment and a commitment to representing the long-term interests of our shareholders. The following is information as to why each nominee should serve as a director of our Company:
Our Board of Directors has determined that, of the director nominees, each of Messrs. Faulconbridge, Jergenson, McKeon, Skaar, Thompson and Wright are Independent Directors as that term is defined under the applicable listing standards of the NASDAQ Stock Market. Accordingly, a majority of our directors are independent. In connection with its determination of independence, our Board of Directors determined that Mr. Wrights director and officer positions with G&K Services, Inc., which is a customer of and supplier of services to the Company, did not constitute a relationship that would interfere with Mr. Wrights exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director of our Company. All of our transactions with G&K Services, Inc. during the most recent completed fiscal year were conducted on arms-length terms in the ordinary course of business, and the amount of the transactions represents less than one-tenth of one percent of the annual revenues of both G&K Services, Inc. and our Company.
Meetings of the Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors held five meetings during the fiscal year ended April 1, 2012, hereinafter referred to as fiscal 2012. All directors attended at least 75% of the meetings of our Board of Directors and the committees on which they served. All directors attended our Annual Meeting of Shareholders in 2011. Our Board of Directors encourages, but does not require, director attendance at annual meetings of shareholders.
Leadership Structure of the Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors does not have a policy regarding the separation of the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board as the Board of Directors believes it is in the best interests of the Company to make that determination based on the position and direction of the Company and the membership of the Board. The positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board are not currently held by the same person. This structure allows us to more fully utilize the skills of Mr. McKeon and ensures a greater active participation of the directors in setting agendas and establishing Board priorities and procedures. Further, this structure permits our Chief Executive Officer to focus on the management of the Companys day-to-day operations.
The Audit Committee, which consists of Jeffrey L. Wright (Chair), James A. Faulconbridge, and Daryl I. Skaar, is responsible for, among other things, selecting and appointing our independent auditors, meeting with the independent auditors and financial management to review the scope of the audit and the audit procedures, reviewing annually the responsibilities of the Audit Committee and recommending to our Board of Directors any changes to these responsibilities, and establishing and reviewing internal controls. The Audit Committee held four meetings during fiscal 2012.
Our Board of Directors has determined that all members of the Audit Committee are independent as that term is used in Section 10A(m) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Independent Directors as that term is defined under the applicable listing standards of the NASDAQ Stock Market. Our Board of Directors has determined that Messrs. Wright, Faulconbridge, and Skaar are audit committee financial experts, as the term is defined by regulations promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The responsibilities of the Audit Committee are set forth in the Audit Committee Charter. A current copy of the charter is available on our website (www.hawkinsinc.com).
The Compensation Committee, which consists of James T. Thompson (Chair), Duane M. Jergenson, Daryl I. Skaar, and Jeffrey L. Wright, is responsible for establishing compensation policies for our Company and for reviewing and setting compensation for our executive officers. The Compensation Committee held five meetings during fiscal 2012.
Our Board of Directors has determined that all members of the Compensation Committee are Independent Directors as that term is defined under the applicable listing standards of the NASDAQ Stock Market, non-employee directors as that term is defined in Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and outside directors as that term is used in Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended .
The Compensation Committee retained independent compensation consultant McLagan, formerly Amalfi Consulting, to provide the Compensation Committee with independent advice regarding industry practices and peer company compensation programs for fiscal 2012. No member of the Board of Directors or any executive officer has any affiliation with McLagan. McLagan provides no other services to the Company, and has reported directly to the chair of the Compensation Committee. McLagan advised the Compensation Committee on the principal aspects of our executive compensation components and best practices in executive compensation and provides market information and analysis regarding the competitiveness of levels and components of total compensation for the Companys named executive officers for fiscal 2012. In determining the competitiveness of such compensation, the Compensation Committee reviewed survey data prepared by McLagan. The Company does not benchmark its compensation. The Compensation Committee reviews and considers the information provided by McLagan to understand current compensation practices, levels and structures and to inform its compensation decisions, but not to establish specific compensation parameters based on such data.
The Compensation Committee also regularly consults with our Chief Executive Officer, who makes recommendations to the Compensation Committee regarding compensation of our executive officers other than the Chief Executive Officer. Additional information on the role of the compensation consultants and management in the Compensation Committees processes and procedures can be found in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section below.
The responsibilities of the Compensation Committee are set forth in the Compensation Committee Charter. A current copy of the charter is available on our website (www.hawkinsinc.com).
Governance and Nominating Committee
The Governance and Nominating Committee, which consists of James A. Faulconbridge (Chair), John S. McKeon, James T. Thompson and Jeffrey L. Wright, is responsible for identifying individuals qualified to become directors and recommending nominees to our Board of Directors for election at annual meetings of shareholders and to fill vacancies, monitoring developments in director compensation and, as appropriate, developing and recommending to our Board corporate governance principles applicable to us and overseeing public policy matters and compliance with our Code of Conduct. The Governance and Nominating Committee held four meetings during fiscal 2012. The responsibilities of the Governance and Nominating Committee are set forth in the Governance and Nominating Committee Charter. A current copy of the charter is available on our website (www.hawkinsinc.com). The Governance and Nominating Committee evaluated potential candidates for director nomination on the basis indicated below and recommended to the Board of Directors that the director nominees included in this Proxy Statement be submitted to the shareholders for election at the upcoming Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
In order to maintain flexibility in its consideration of candidates, our Board of Directors does not have a formal policy regarding the consideration of any director candidates recommended by shareholders. However, the Governance and Nominating Committee would consider for possible nomination qualified nominees
recommended by shareholders in compliance with our By-laws. To make a director nomination, a shareholder should send the director candidates name, credentials and contact information, a signed statement consenting to his or her nomination and agreeing, if elected, to serve as a director, a completed director nominee questionnaire (available from our Secretary upon request) and the other information required by our By-laws, to our Secretary no later than 90 days prior to the first anniversary of the preceding years annual meeting. The proposing shareholder should also include his or her contact information and evidence that the person submitting the nomination is a shareholder of the Company. The Governance and Nominating Committee will evaluate candidates (nominated by shareholders or otherwise) based on financial literacy, knowledge of our industry or other background relevant to our needs, status as a stakeholder in our Company, independence for purposes of compliance with Internal Revenue Service and SEC rules and NASDAQ Stock Market listing standards, and willingness, ability and availability for service. The Company does not have a formal policy with regard to the consideration of diversity in identifying director nominees, but the Governance and Nominating Committee strives to nominate directors with a variety of complementary skills so that, as a group, the Board will possess the appropriate talent, skills, and expertise to oversee the Companys businesses.
The Companys management is responsible for identifying the various risks facing the Company, formulating risk management policies and procedures, and managing the Companys risk exposures on a day-to-day basis. The Board of Directors is responsible for monitoring the Companys risk management processes by informing itself concerning the Companys material risks and evaluating whether management has reasonable controls in place to address the material risks. The Board is not responsible, however, for identifying or managing the Companys various risks. The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors is primarily responsible for monitoring managements responsibility in the area of risk oversight, and risk management is a factor the Board and the Governance and Nominating Committee consider when determining which directors serve on the Audit Committee. Accordingly, management has reported to the Audit Committee on various risk management matters during fiscal 2012. The Audit Committee, in turn, reports on the matters discussed at the committee level to the full Board of Directors. The Audit Committee and the Board of Directors focus on the material risks facing the Company, including operational, market, liquidity, legal and regulatory risks, to assess whether management has reasonable controls in place to address these risks. The Board believes this allocation of responsibility provides an effective and efficient approach for addressing risk management.
Communications with Directors
Shareholders can contact the full Board of Directors, the independent directors as a group or any of the individual directors by writing to our Secretary at 3100 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413. All communications will be compiled by the Secretary and submitted to the addressees on a periodic basis.
REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Audit Committee has (i) reviewed and discussed our audited financial statements for fiscal 2012 with both our management and KPMG LLP (KPMG); (ii) discussed with KPMG the matters required to be discussed by Statement of Auditing Standards No. 61, as amended, regarding communications with audit committees; (iii) received from KPMG the written disclosures and the letter required by applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding the independent accountants communications with the Audit Committee concerning independence and discussed with KPMG its independence; and (iv) considered whether the non-audit services provided by KPMG are compatible with maintaining the independence of KPMG.
Based on the review and discussions described above, the Audit Committee recommended to our Board of Directors that our audited financial statements be included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal 2012 for filing with the SEC.
Jeffrey L. Wright (Chair) James A. Faulconbridge Daryl I. Skaar
Audit Committee of the Board of Directors
INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRMS FEES
The following table shows the aggregate fees billed to us by our independent registered public accounting firm, KPMG LLP, for services rendered during fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2011. The Audit Committee pre-approved 100% of the services described below.
The Audit Committees current practice on pre-approval of services performed by our independent registered public accounting firm is to approve annually all audit services, as well as the nature and extent of specific types of audit-related, tax and other non-audit services to be provided by the independent registered public accounting firm during the year. The Audit Committee reviews each non-audit service to be provided and assesses the impact of the service on the auditors independence. As the need arises, other specific permitted services are pre-approved on a case-by-case basis during the year. The Audit Committee has delegated to its chair pre-approval authority between meetings of the Audit Committee. Any pre-approvals made by the chair must be reported to the Audit Committee.
COMPENSATION OF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Compensation Discussion and Analysis
The following discussion and analysis describes our compensation objectives and policies and the compensation awarded to the following executive officers (our named executive officers) during fiscal 2012:
Our executive compensation program is designed to attract and retain executives who will lead our Company to achieve long-term success and growth in shareholder value. Consistent with that goal, our executive compensation is based on Company, business unit and individual performance to align the interests of our executive officers with those of our shareholders and is used to encourage our executive officers to stay with the Company. Our executive compensation program currently includes a mix of elements that rewards current results as well as motivates long-term performance through an appropriate balance of base pay and performance-based variable compensation. Our performance-based variable compensation consists of a short-term component that provides significant incentives relative to both superior current business results as well as personal performance, and a long-term incentive plan that motivates long-term performance and aligns business objectives with the interests of our shareholders. During fiscal 2012, our compensation committee made no significant changes to its executive compensation policies or to the structure of our executive compensation program, having taken into account, among other things, the fact that the holders of over 97% of the shares voted at our 2011 annual meeting of shareholders approved, on an advisory basis, the compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in the proxy statement for that annual meeting.
Our overall corporate profitability in fiscal 2012 increased from fiscal 2011 levels. Pre-tax income from continuing operations was $35.3 million for fiscal 2012, as compared to $32.3 million for fiscal 2011. As a result, our named executive officers received above-target payouts under the corporate performance measures under our annual non-equity incentive compensation arrangement and earned above the targeted number of restricted shares under the performance-based restricted stock units granted for fiscal 2012 as described below. The corporate performance measures for fiscal 2012 were consolidated net income before taxes, which includes discontinued operations.
Gross profit for our Industrial segment was $40.4 million for fiscal 2012, as compared to $36.9 million for fiscal 2011. Gross profit for our Water Treatment segment was $25.5 million for fiscal 2012, as compared to $25.0 million for fiscal 2011. While gross profits were up over the prior year for both the Industrial and Water Treatment segments, the Compensation Committee set an operating measure of business unit profitability as the target for the business unit performance portion of the non-equity incentive compensation arrangement and the results of that operating measure fell below target. As a result, our Vice PresidentWater Treatment Group and Vice PresidentIndustrial Group received below-target payouts under the business unit performance measures under our annual non-equity incentive compensation arrangement.
Determining Executive Compensation for Fiscal 2012
Our executive compensation program for the last fiscal year consisted of the following elements:
The Compensation Committee does not benchmark the total compensation or any element of compensation to our executives. It also does not apply a mechanical formula or target a specific amount relative to comparative data for any individual nor does it target a specific amount or relative weight for any component of compensation. Rather, the Compensation Committee members reviewed and considered broad-based third-party survey data to understand current compensation practices, levels and structures and thereby inform its compensation decisions, but not to establish specific compensation parameters based on such data. The data was collected by independent compensation consultant McLagan, a compensation consulting firm, which also provided the Compensation Committee with independent advice on industry practices and information on compensation programs of companies offering products similar to ours and from companies of comparable size to us that the Compensation Committee used in determining the compensation received by our executives during fiscal 2012. McLagan provided no other services to the Company in fiscal 2012. The Compensation Committee did not select the companies that McLagan included in its sample, although it did have input into the criteria used by McLagan in the selection process. The Compensation Committee did not use the information provided to it by McLagan in a formulaic manner, but instead used the information to inform its judgment regarding the appropriate levels and components of total compensation for the Companys executive officers. The Compensation Committee considered all elements of compensation together and utilized the members experience and judgment in determining the total compensation opportunity and mix of compensation elements appropriate for each executive officer in light of our compensation objectives.
The Compensation Committee viewed the information provided by McLagan as one of a number of tools available to the Committee in assessing executive compensation. The Compensation Committee also regularly consults with our Chief Executive Officer, who makes recommendations to the Compensation Committee regarding compensation of our executive officers other than the Chief Executive Officer. Our Chief Executive Officer participates in some of the Compensation Committees deliberations regarding compensation for our other executive officers, although all determinations are made by the Compensation Committee.
Elements of Executive Officer Compensation
We provide base salaries to our executive officers to compensate them for fulfilling their primary responsibilities and to provide financial stability. The Compensation Committee annually reviews, and adjusts as appropriate, base salaries for our executive officers. In connection with his promotion to the position of Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hawkins received a 16% increase in base salary. In June 2011, the Compensation Committee approved increases in the base salaries of the other named executive officers between 0% and 4.3% based on its evaluation of the competitive information available to it. The base salaries paid to our executive officers during the last three completed fiscal years are listed in the Summary Compensation Table below.
Annual Non-Equity Incentive Compensation
Annual non-equity incentive compensation is a key component of our executive compensation strategy. The purpose of annual incentive compensation is to provide cash compensation that is variable based on the achievement of performance goals established by the Compensation Committee. Our executive officers do not have a contractual right to receive a fixed incentive compensation payment for any fiscal year.
Our non-equity incentive arrangement (described below) provides for no payout to executive officers unless a specified portion of the target is achieved and allows for a significantly increased payout if the target is exceeded. The cash incentive payments are determined and paid following the completion of our annual audit.
For fiscal 2012, the Compensation Committee designated financial factors, including a corporate financial performance measure and, for the executive in charge of such unit, business unit performance measures, as well as individual objectives for determining whether a cash incentive payment would be paid under the arrangement and in what amount.
The annual cash incentive payment opportunities for our named executive officers were based on the following percentages of base salary for fiscal 2012:
The Compensation Committee established the targets for each of the executive officers based on the relative scope of his or her responsibilities and resulting ability to impact the Companys performance. The Compensation Committee established a higher target opportunity for the Chief Executive Officer to reflect his significant responsibilities regarding the creation and implementation of long-term strategic direction for the entire Company.
The Compensation Committee determined that 80% of the annual cash incentive payment opportunities for our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel for fiscal 2012 should be based upon Company-wide performance against the income targets to reflect their significant Company-wide responsibilities and resulting ability to impact the overall success of the Company. In addition, the Compensation Committee determined that 20% should be based upon meeting their individual objectives.
The Compensation Committee determined that 40% of the annual cash incentive payment opportunities for Ms. Paulson and Mr. Sevenich for fiscal 2012 should be based upon Company-wide performance and 40% should be based upon the profitability of their respective business units to reflect their dual roles as leaders of their respective business units and as members of the Companys overall executive management team. In addition, the Compensation Committee determined that 20% should be based upon meeting their individual objectives.
No annual cash incentive payments are made unless the threshold level of 80% of the respective performance target is achieved. Performance between 80% and 100% of the respective target is awarded on a sliding scale from 50% of the target annual cash incentive payment for exactly achieving 80% of the performance target to 100% of the target annual cash incentive payment for achieving the respective target (e.g., 90% of performance target will lead to an award of 75% of the target annual cash incentive payment). Performance between 100% and 120% of the respective target is awarded on a sliding scale from 100% of the target annual cash incentive payment for exactly meeting the performance target to 200% of the target annual cash incentive payment for exceeding the performance target by 20% (e.g., 105% of performance target will lead to an award of 125% of the target annual cash incentive payment). Performance over 120% of the applicable performance target does not result in any additional annual cash incentive payment.
Corporate and Business Unit Financial Measures. The corporate performance portion of the annual cash incentive payment was based on our Company-wide results for fiscal 2012 as measured by consolidated income before taxes as compared to a targeted level of consolidated income before taxes for that period. The business unit performance portion of the incentive payment was based on an operational measure of business unit profitability for fiscal 2012 that measures product sales less the cost of materials including freight in and the freight costs to deliver the product to the customer as compared to a targeted measure for the respective business unit for that period. In each case, the targeted levels of performance were based on the level of anticipated performance that was derived from the Companys annual operating plan.
The Compensation Committee set these target performance levels to ensure that a substantial portion of each executive officers cash compensation is tied to corporate and business unit performance, as appropriate, and to provide our executives with a performance-based opportunity to achieve market-competitive total compensation. The Compensation committee determined that consolidated income before taxes was the best measure of overall corporate financial performance and that the operational measures were the best measures of business unit financial performance.
Because our consolidated income before taxes modestly exceeded target level performance for the 2012 fiscal year, our named executive officers received 108.7% of the targeted payout under the corporate financial performance element of the annual cash incentive arrangement. Because business unit operational profitability performance was between threshold and target performance levels, Ms. Paulson received 99.1% and Mr. Sevenich received 75.9% of their respective targeted payouts under the applicable business unit financial measures. While the Compensation Committee has discretion to adjust the size of the final payouts under the program, it has not done so.
Individual Objectives. The Compensation Committee established multiple individual objectives for each executive officer for the fiscal year. The individual objectives for our Chief Executive Officer included succession planning, strategic planning matters and integrating the newly acquired Vertex business. For our Chief Financial Officer, the individual objectives included supporting acquisition activities and acquisition integration matters. For our General Counsel, the individual objectives included litigation management and staff training matters. For our Vice PresidentWater Treatment Group, the individual objectives included business expansion initiatives and succession planning. For our Vice PresidentIndustrial, the individual objectives included new product initiatives and supporting new site development matters. The Compensation Committee consulted with our Chief Executive Officer for his assessment of the degree to which the other executive officers had met their respective individual objectives and then made its own determination as to the appropriate level of payout under these measures for each of the executive officers.
Achievement of individual objectives is more qualitative and subjective and Mr. Sevenich was awarded a target level annual cash incentive payment for individual objectives, Mr. Hawkins and Ms. Paulson each received 150% of the targeted annual cash incentive payment for individual objectives based on exceeding the targeted performance on their individual objectives, and Ms. Pepski and Mr. Erstad received 90% of the targeted annual cash payment for individual objectives.
Our equity incentive compensation program is designed to:
In fiscal 2012, as had been the case in fiscal 2011, the equity incentive award program consisted of grants of performance-based restricted stock units that would vest based on Company performance during the current fiscal year and would be settled in shares of restricted stock that would vest after two more years of service. The Company last granted stock option awards to named executive officers in fiscal 2010. The Compensation Committee determined, with the assistance of McLagan, to continue granting performance-based restricted stock units to our executives so that a significant portion of the executives compensation would be performance-based.
For fiscal 2012, each named executive officers targeted restricted stock unit grant was based on a percentage of the executives base salary, rather than a fixed number of units. These grants, made in June 2011, provided that each named executive officer would receive a number of restricted shares of our common stock based on the degree to which we achieved a pre-tax income goal for the fiscal year.
The actual number of restricted stock units that will vest and be settled on a one-for-basis in restricted shares is based on a sliding scale for pre-tax income above or below the target level, and is subject to minimum and maximum thresholds. For fiscal 2012, the pre-tax income target was set at $36,346,000, the same level as our target used for our non-equity incentive plan arrangement described above, while our actual performance was $36,976,225. If our pre-tax income were less than 80% of the target pre-tax income in fiscal 2012, then no executive officer would have received any restricted shares in settlement of performance-based restricted stock units. If our pre-tax income were between 80% and 100% of the target in fiscal 2012, then a number of restricted stock units would have vested and been settled in restricted shares based on a sliding scale between 50% and 100% of the target number of restricted stock units. If our pre-tax income were between 100% and 120% of the target in fiscal 2012, then a number of restricted stock units would have vested and been settled in restricted shares based on a sliding scale between 100% and 150% of the target number of restricted stock units. Because our pre-tax income was somewhat more than 100% of the target in fiscal 2012, the named executive officers each received restricted shares equal to 104% of the target number of restricted stock units.
The Compensation Committee established the following performance-based restricted stock unit award amounts for the executive officers for fiscal 2012:
The Compensation Committee established the targeted performance-based restricted stock unit award for each of the executive officers based on a percentage of each officers base salary, divided by the closing stock price on the date of grant. The percentages were based the Compensation Committees assessment of the relative scope of his or her responsibilities and the resulting ability of the individual to impact the Companys performance, as well as information provided by McLagan. The target percentage for Mr. Hawkins was increased to 90% in fiscal 2012 from 75% in fiscal 2011 reflecting his promotion to CEO. The target percentage for the grant to our Vice PresidentWater Treatment Group was reduced from 60% in the prior year, and the vesting period for any restricted shares to be received was reduced from two years to one year because she is approaching retirement age and may not remain with the company for the full three years required to vest a regular grant.
The actual number of restricted shares issued to each of the executive officers was determined after our audited financial information became available for fiscal 2012. The restricted shares will vest 100% two years after the last day of fiscal 2012, with the exception of the grant to our Vice PresidentWater Treatment Group which vest one year after the last day of fiscal 2012. The restricted shares will terminate in their entirety if the executive officer departs the Company before the end of the vesting period other than in cases of death or disability.
In the event of a change in control of the Company or other fundamental change as defined below, then the performance-based restricted stock unit award will vest immediately at 100% of its target if the Compensation Committee determines that the fundamental change will not result in the continuation of the performance-based restricted stock unit award. Any shares of restricted stock outstanding under performance-based restricted stock unit awards will also immediately vest. If a performance-based restricted stock unit award is continued after a fundamental change, but, in connection with the fundamental change, an executive is terminated without cause or resigns for good cause, then the performance-based restricted stock unit award and any restricted stock granted under the performance-based restricted stock unit award will vest in the same manner. We believe that these triggers in our performance-based restricted stock unit award notices in connection with a fundamental change strike an appropriate balance between Company and shareholder concerns about executive retention in the event of a fundamental change and an executives legitimate concerns regarding termination or diminution of duties as a result of a fundamental change or a change in control. In our 2010 Omnibus Incentive Plan, fundamental change generally includes any one of the following, unless otherwise provided in an award agreement:
Corporate transaction means any dissolution or liquidation of the Company, sale of substantially all of its assets, merger or consolidation involving the Company, or statutory share exchange involving Company stock. Similarly, continuing director means an individual who is, as of the effective date of the corporate transaction, a director of the Company, or who becomes a director after the effective date and whose initial election, or nomination for election by the Companys shareholders, was approved by at least a majority of the then continuing directors, but excluding anyone whose initial assumption of office occurs as a result of an actual or threatened election contest solicitation of proxies or consents by a person other than our Board of Directors.
Contribution to Long-Term Benefit Plan
All of our executive officers participate in our Profit Sharing Plan, which is generally available to all other non-bargaining unit employees. Contributions to the Profit Sharing Plan by us on behalf of our executive officers have been a key component of our retention objectives since the contributed benefits initially vest over a six-year period.
Under the plan, our executive officers participate on the same terms as all other eligible employees, with the annual compensation that was used to determine plan benefits being capped at $250,000 for fiscal 2012. This limit will be adjusted in future years under federal tax law for cost-of-living increases.
Under our Profit Sharing Plan, we contributed a percentage of each eligible participants compensation to an account maintained for the participant under the plan. Participant accounts are credited with the appropriate gains or losses resulting from employee-directed investments made by the plan. During recent years, including fiscal 2012, we made contributions to this plan equal to 15% of each participants compensation, subject to the cap on the plan benefits. For fiscal 2012, we contributed $37,500 on behalf of each named executive officer.
The Compensation Committee believes that we must offer a competitive benefits program to attract and retain our executive officers. During fiscal 2012, we provided medical and other health and welfare benefits to our executive officers that are generally available to our other employees. We currently permit any employee who retires after working for us for at least 25 years to continue to participate in our health insurance coverage until that person reaches the age of 65. The cost to the retired employee for that coverage is equivalent to the amount that the retiree would have been obligated to pay for the coverage under COBRA (the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act). This policy is based on the importance we place on the retention of our employees, including our executive officers.
The only perquisite we offer to our executive officers is the personal use of a company car.
Other Agreements and Policies
Tax Deductibility of Compensation
Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code denies a deduction to any publicly-held corporation for compensation paid to certain covered employees in a taxable year to the extent that compensation to such covered employee exceeds $1.0 million. Under current IRS interpretations, a covered employee is the chief executive officer of the Company and any other executive officer (other than the chief financial officer) who is among the three other most highly compensated officers employed by the Company at a year-end.
Certain kinds of compensation, including qualified performance-based compensation, are disregarded for purposes of the deduction limitation. In order to qualify as performance-based compensation for Section 162(m) purposes, compensation must satisfy certain requirements, including that the vesting and payment such compensation must generally be conditioned upon the satisfaction over a specified performance period of pre-established objective performance goals set by the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee believes that no named executive officer exceeded the $1.0 million limit during fiscal 2012.
Risks Arising from Compensation Policies and Practices
Our management annually conducts an evaluation of the risks arising from our company-wide compensation policies and practices with respect to employees. Management prepared an analysis of our compensation policies and practices and concluded that they do not create risks that are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on our Company. In connection with its risk oversight role, our Compensation Committee reviewed managements analysis and conclusions.
Compensation Committee Report
The Compensation Committee has discussed and reviewed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis with management. Based upon this review and discussion, the Compensation Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this Proxy Statement and incorporated by reference in our Annual Report on Form 10-K.
James T. Thompson (Chair) Duane M. Jergenson Daryl I. Skaar Jeffrey L. Wright
Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors
Summary Compensation Table
The following table sets forth the compensation of our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and the three other highest paid executive officers (collectively, the named executive officers).
Grants of Plan-Based Awards
The following table sets forth information concerning grants of plan-based awards to our named executive officers during fiscal 2012.
The actual amounts earned for fiscal 2012 are the sole components of Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation in the Summary Compensation Table above. Except in the case of death or retirement, executives must be employed on the date the payments are made (typically in June of each year with respect to the most recently completed fiscal year) to be eligible for a payment. The threshold, target and maximum payments are based on the plans requirements, which were 30%, 60% and 120% of base salary, respectively, for our CEO; 15%, 30% and 60% of base salary, respectively, for our General Counsel; and 20%, 40% and 80% of base salary, respectively, for the other named executive officers.
Outstanding Equity Awards at 2012 Fiscal Year-End
The following table sets forth certain information concerning outstanding equity awards held by our named executive officers as of April 1, 2012.
Option Exercises and Stock Vested
The following table provides information concerning the aggregate number of shares of restricted stock that vested for each of our named executive officers during fiscal 2012, and the aggregate dollar values realized by each of our named executive officers upon such vesting.
Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control
In August 2011, our Compensation Committee adopted an Executive Severance Plan to be entered into with our Chief Executive Officer and certain other key employees, including all of our named executive officers. Executives covered by the plan are eligible to receive specified payments and benefits if their employment is terminated (1) by us without cause at any time or (2) by them for good reason within a period beginning 30 days before and continuing until two years after a change in control as described below. In addition, award agreements for our equity incentive awards provide for accelerated vesting and exercisability of such awards in connection with an individuals termination of employment due to death or disability, or under certain circumstances in connection with a fundamental change involving the Company (as defined on page 12 in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis), as described below.
Potential Payments under Executive Severance Plan
Under the terms of the Executive Severance Plan, the Compensation Committee is responsible for assigning each executive to one of four tiers, which determines the duration of salary continuation for which an executive may be eligible. Initially, Mr. Hawkins has been assigned to Tier 1 and Ms. Pepski, Ms. Paulson and Mr. Sevenich have been assigned to Tier 3 and Mr. Erstad has been assigned to Tier 4. Tiers 1 and 2 provide for a salary continuation period of 18 months in the case of a termination without cause not due to change in control and 24 months in the case of a termination (without cause or for good reason) due to change in control. Tiers 3 and 4 provide for a salary continuation period of 12 months in the case of termination without cause not due to change in control and 18 months in the case of termination (without cause or for good reason) due to change in control.
Under the Executive Severance Plan, cause means:
The payments and benefits that would be paid to executives under the Executive Severance Plan as a result of a termination of employment without cause not due to a change in control include (1) base salary for the salary continuation period associated with their tier, (2) COBRA continuation coverage for medical and dental benefits for a maximum of 18 months (with the executive to be charged the active employee rate for coverage), and (3) the reasonable costs of outplacement services for a maximum of one year.
The additional payments and benefits that would be paid to executives under the Executive Severance Plan as a result of a qualifying termination of employment in connection with a change in control (as defined below) include (1) six additional months of salary continuation, (2) a benefit equal to the annual bonus the executive would have received (measured at target) if the executive had remained employed and eligible to receive such bonus for the entire salary continuation period, and (3) a benefit equal to the additional benefit, if any, that would have been received under the Hawkins, Inc. Profit Sharing Plan if the executive had remained employed and eligible for the Profit Sharing Plan for the entire salary continuation period.
Under the Executive Severance Plan, change in control means:
An executive must enter into an agreement with the Company that contains covenants against competition, disclosure and solicitation, and a release of claims in order to qualify for payments and benefits under the Executive Severance Plan.
The following table presents the amounts that would have been received by each named executive officer under the Executive Severance Plan if a termination of the officers employment without cause not due to change in control had taken place on the last business day of our most recently completed fiscal year.
Under the Executive Severance Plan, a termination due to change in control means a termination for good reason or a termination without cause that happens during the 30-day period preceding or the two-year period
beginning on the date of a change in control. A termination for good reason means a termination of employment by the executive provided executive has given us written notice of the existence of a condition constituting a good reason within 90 days of its first occurrence and we have failed to remedy the condition within 30 days thereafter and the termination occurs not later than the expiration of the two-year period following the initial existence of the condition constituting good reason. Good reason means any of the following conditions arising without the consent of the executive:
The following table presents the amounts that would have been received by each named executive officer under the Executive Severance Plan if a termination of the officers employment for good reason or a termination without cause that is also a termination due to change in control had taken place on the last business day of our most recently completed fiscal year.
Potential Accelerated Vesting of Equity Awards
Termination Other than Due to Death or Disability Following a Fundamental Change. All named executive officers with performance-based restricted stock units or shares of restricted stock are entitled to accelerated vesting of the units and the restricted shares following a fundamental change involving the Company if (i) the awards will not be continued, assumed or replaced in connection with the fundamental change, or (ii) if the awards are continued, assumed or replaced, the executive is involuntarily terminated without cause or resigns for good reason during the applicable performance period or prior to the final vesting of the restricted shares. Under either of these circumstances, a performance-based restricted stock unit award will vest immediately at 100% of its target payout, and any shares of restricted stock issuable in payment of such units or already outstanding as the result of earlier payments of performance-based restricted stock unit awards will also immediately vest. For these purposes, cause for termination generally involves the commission of a felony or conviction for a criminal misdemeanor, gross misconduct or fraud that is likely to cause material harm to the Company, a
material violation of Company policies or its code of conduct, or a willful or material breach of any agreement with the Company. Good reason for resignation generally involves a decrease in base salary, a material diminution in authority, responsibilities or duties, a relocation of ones principal work location by more than 50 miles, or a material breach by the Company of an agreement with the affected executive.
In addition, in connection with a fundamental change involving the Company, the Compensation Committee may generally (1) accelerate the vesting of outstanding unvested stock options, (2) make appropriate provision to protect any stock option in a manner that equitably preserves the compensation element of the stock option at the time of the fundamental change, or (3) cancel the stock option in exchange for payment of cash equal to the amount, if any, by which the then current fair market value of the shares subject to the option exceeds the aggregate exercise price of the shares covered by the stock option. Fair market value per share means the cash plus the fair market value, as determined in good faith by the Compensation Committee, of the non-cash consideration to be received per share by the shareholders of the Company upon the occurrence of the fundamental change.
Termination of Employment Due to Death or Disability. All named executive officers with performance-based restricted stock units or shares of restricted stock are entitled to accelerated vesting of the units and the restricted shares upon termination of employment due to death or disability. In the event that the executive officers employment with the Company ceases due to death or disability during a performance period, then any performance-based restricted stock unit award will vest immediately at 100% of its target payout. Any shares of restricted stock issuable in payment of such units or already outstanding as the result of earlier payments of performance-based restricted stock unit awards will also immediately vest. The Company will issue one unrestricted share in exchange for each vested unit.
In addition, all named executive officers with outstanding unvested stock options are entitled to accelerated vesting of the stock options upon termination of employment due to death or disability.
The following table presents the value of all outstanding restricted stock unit, restricted stock and option awards that would have been received by each named executive officer if either (1) a fundamental change took place on the last business day of our most recently completed fiscal year and all such awards had been accelerated in connection with such fundamental change or (2) a termination of the officers employment due to death or disability had taken place on the last business day of our most recently completed fiscal year.
Director Compensation for Fiscal 2012
During fiscal 2012, we paid each non-employee director an annual retainer of $25,000. We paid a supplemental annual retainer of $15,000 to our Chairman of the Board. We also paid supplemental annual retainers of $7,500 to the chairs of the Audit and Compensation committees and $5,000 to the chair of our Governance and Nominating Committee. Additionally, our non-employee directors received a meeting fee of $2,000 for each Board and committee meeting attended.
The Compensation Committee oversees our non-employee director compensation program, under which each non-employee director is entitled to receive a grant of restricted common stock with a value of $35,000 on the date of our annual meeting of shareholders at which the director is elected or reelected to the Board by our shareholders. The restricted stock vests one year from the date of issuance, subject to acceleration in the event of the directors death or disability. For service during fiscal 2012, each non-employee director was granted 1,020 shares of restricted common stock on August 2, 2011, and these shares will vest in their entirety one year from their date of issuance.
During fiscal 2006, we entered into a consulting agreement with John S. McKeon, our Chairman of the Board, which was amended in fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2012, to provide consulting services for certain strategic projects. Mr. McKeon received consulting fees of $65,000 under this arrangement in fiscal 2012.
The following table shows, for each of our current and former non-employee directors, information concerning annual compensation earned for services in all capacities during fiscal 2012:
Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation
All decisions regarding compensation of our executive officers during fiscal 2012 were made by the Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors. During fiscal 2012, the following directors served on the Compensation Committee: Duane M. Jergenson, James T. Thompson, Daryl I. Skaar and Jeffrey L. Wright. None of our executive officers participates in any Board or committee vote setting his or her annual salary or non-equity cash incentive payments. None of the members of the Compensation Committee is a current or former officer or employee of our Company, and there were no interlocking relationships as defined by the SEC, involving our executive officers, our directors, and other entities with which our directors or executive officers are associated.
EQUITY COMPENSATION PLAN INFORMATION
The following table provides information about shares that may be issued under the Hawkins, Inc. 2004 Omnibus Stock Plan (the 2004 Plan) and the Hawkins, Inc. 2010 Omnibus Incentive Plan (the 2010 Plan) as of April 1, 2012. We do not have any other equity compensation plans required to be included in this table.
SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF MANAGEMENT AND BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP
The following table contains information as of June 1, 2012 (except as otherwise noted below) concerning the beneficial ownership of our common stock by all directors, the named executive officers, all directors and executive officers as a group and shareholders known by us to beneficially own more than 5% of our common stock. Unless otherwise noted, the address for each shareholder listed below is our executive offices.
SECTION 16(a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires our executive officers, directors and persons who beneficially own more than ten percent of our common stock to file initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership of our common stock with the SEC. Executive officers, directors and persons who beneficially own more than ten percent of our common stock are required by SEC regulations to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file. Based solely on a review of the copies of such forms furnished to us, and written representations from our executive officers and directors, all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to our executive officers and directors have been satisfied.
RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
We employ Angela Wagamon, sister of Patrick H. Hawkins, our Chief Executive Officer, and Todd Hawkins, cousin of Patrick H. Hawkins; Michael Clemens and John Clemens, the brothers of Theresa R. Moran, our Vice PresidentQuality and Support; and Daniel Paulson, the son of Keenan A. Paulson, our Vice PresidentWater Treatment Group. Including retirement plan contributions and bonuses, each such employee earned in excess of $120,000 in fiscal 2012.
The Audit Committee Charter provides that the Audit Committee is responsible for approving all related party transactions. The Audit Committee reviews and ratifies all transactions involving our Company and any director, nominee for director, executive officer, other employee or family member thereof on a quarterly basis. It is our intention that these transactions will be on terms no less favorable to us than we could obtain from unaffiliated third parties.
PROPOSAL TWO ADVISORY VOTE ON EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMPENSATION
The Company seeks a non-binding advisory vote from its shareholders to approve the compensation of our executive officers as described in this proxy statement under Executive Compensation and Compensation Discussion and Analysis.
This proposal gives our shareholders the opportunity to express their views on our executive officer compensation. Because your vote is advisory, it will not be binding upon the Board of Directors. However, the Compensation Committee will take into account the outcome of the vote when making future executive officer compensation decisions.
Our executive compensation program has been designed to attract and retain executives who will lead our Company to achieve long-term success and growth in shareholder value. Consistent with that goal, our executive compensation is based on Company, business unit and individual performance and the alignment of the interests of our executive officers with those of our shareholders and is used to encourage our executive officers to stay with the Company. Our executive compensation program currently includes a mix of compensation elements that rewards current results as well as motivates long-term performance through an appropriate balance of base pay and performance-based variable compensation. To incent appropriate performance, our performance-based variable compensation consists of a short-term variable pay component that significantly rewards executives for both current business results as well as personal performance, and a long-term incentive plan that motivates long-term performance and aligns business results with the interests of our shareholders.
We are presenting this proposal, which gives you as a shareholder the opportunity to approve our executive officer compensation as disclosed in this proxy statement by voting for or against the following resolution:
RESOLVED, that the shareholders approve the compensation of the Companys executive officers, as disclosed in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the compensation tables, and the related disclosure contained in the Companys 2012 proxy statement.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS BELIEVES THAT THE COMPENSATION OF OUR EXECUTIVE OFFICERS IS APPROPRIATE AND RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR THIS PROPOSAL TWO.
Our management does not know of any other business that will be presented for consideration at the Annual Meeting. If, however, any other business does properly come before the Annual Meeting, proxies will be voted in accordance with the judgment of the person or persons acting under them as to what is in the best interests of our Company.
INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
KPMG LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, was retained by the Audit Committee for fiscal 2012 and has been retained by the Audit Committee as our auditor for fiscal 2013.
Representatives of KPMG LLP are expected to attend the Annual Meeting and will have the opportunity to make a statement if they desire to do so. They are expected to be available to respond to appropriate questions.
PROPOSALS BY SHAREHOLDERS
In order for a shareholder proposal to be considered for inclusion in our proxy statement for next years annual meeting of shareholders, the written proposal must be received by us at our principal executive office no later than February 23, 2013. Any such proposals also must comply with all applicable requirements of Minnesota law and the rules and regulations of the SEC regarding shareholder proposals. In order for any other shareholder proposal to be properly brought before next years annual meeting of shareholders, we must receive a written notice at our principal executive office no later than, May 4, 2013, in conformance with our By-Laws. The persons named as proxies by us for that meeting will have discretionary authority to vote on any shareholder proposal for which such notice is not properly received by us and as otherwise permitted pursuant to the SECs rules and regulations regarding the voting of proxies. Any director nominations made by shareholders also must comply with the relevant provisions set forth in Article II of our By-laws, as described under the Nominating Process section above. A copy of our By-laws has been filed with the SEC and is available on the SECs website (www.sec.gov) or may be obtained by sending a written request to our Secretary at our executive offices.
Our Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal 2012, including financial statements, is being mailed with this Proxy Statement. Shareholders who wish to obtain an additional copy of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal 2012 may do so without charge by writing to: Hawkins, Inc., 3100 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413, Attention: Secretary. Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as other Company reports, are also available on the SECs website (www.sec.gov).
ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
Thursday, August 2, 2012
3:00 p.m., Central Time
Midland Hills Country Club
2001 Fulham St.
The following proxy materials and information are available for your review at www.ezodproxy.com/hawkinsinc/2012
THIS PROXY IS SOLICITED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR USE AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS ON AUGUST 2, 2012.
The shares of stock you hold in your account or in a dividend reinvestment account will be voted as you specify on the reverse side.
IF NO CHOICE IS SPECIFIED, THE PROXY WILL BE VOTED FOR ITEMS 1 THROUGH 8.
By signing the proxy, you revoke all prior proxies and appoint Patrick H. Hawkins, Kathleen P. Pepski and Richard G. Erstad, and each of them, with full power of substitution, to vote your shares on the matters shown on the reverse side and any other matters that may come before the Annual Meeting and all adjournments .
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