MAIR Holdings DEF 14A 2006
MAIR Holdings, Inc.
Fifth Street Towers
150 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
February 13, 2006
You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of MAIR Holdings, Inc., to be held at Crowne Plaza, Minneapolis-Northstar, 618 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday, March 9, 2006 at 9:30 a.m.
At the meeting you will be asked to vote for the election of two Class Two directors and to ratify the appointment by the Board of Directors of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Companys independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2006.
I encourage you to vote FOR each of the nominees for director and FOR ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Whether or not you are able to attend the meeting in person, I also urge you to sign and date the enclosed proxy card and return it promptly in the enclosed envelope or follow the telephone voting instructions that appear on the enclosed proxy card. If you do attend the meeting in person, you may withdraw your proxy and vote personally on any matters properly brought before the meeting.
MAIR HOLDINGS, INC.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS MARCH 9, 2006
The Annual Meeting of Shareholders of MAIR Holdings, Inc. will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2006 at Crowne Plaza, Minneapolis-Northstar, 618 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota for the following purposes:
1. To elect two Class Two directors, each for a term of three years.
2. To ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Companys independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2006.
3. To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting.
Only shareholders of record at the close of business on February 1, 2006 are entitled to notice of and to vote at the meeting.
Whether or not you expect to attend the meeting in person, please complete, date, and sign the enclosed proxy card, or follow the telephone voting instructions that appear on the proxy card. Proxies may be revoked at any time, and if you attend the meeting in person, your executed proxy will be returned to you upon request.
Dated: February 13, 2006
PLEASE SIGN AND DATE THE PROXY CARD EXACTLY AS YOUR NAME(S) APPEAR(S) THEREON AND RETURN IT PROMPTLY IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE, OR FOLLOW THE TELEPHONE VOTING INSTRUCTIONS THAT APPEAR ON THE PROXY CARD.
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MAIR Holdings, Inc.
This proxy statement is furnished in connection with the solicitation of proxies by the Board of Directors of MAIR Holdings, Inc. for use at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held at Crowne Plaza, Minneapolis-Northstar, 618 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday, March 9, 2006 at 9:30 a.m., and at any adjournment thereof.
The Notice of Annual Meeting, this proxy statement and the form of proxy are first being mailed to shareholders of the Company on or about February 13, 2006.
All shares represented by properly executed proxies received in time will be voted at the meeting and, where the manner of voting is specified on the proxy, will be voted in accordance with such specifications. Shares represented by properly executed proxies on which no specification has been made will be voted FOR the election of the nominees for director named herein and FOR ratification of the appointment by the Board of Directors of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Companys independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending March 31, 2006, and will be deemed to grant discretionary authority to vote upon any other matters properly coming before the meeting. If a properly executed proxy is returned and the shareholder has abstained from voting on any matter, the shares represented by the proxy will be considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum and for purposes of calculating the vote, but will not be considered to have been voted in favor of such matter. If an executed proxy is returned by a broker holding shares in street name which indicates that the broker does not have discretionary authority as to certain shares to vote on one or more matters, such shares will be considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum, but not for purposes of calculating the vote with respect to such matter.
Any shareholder who executes and returns a proxy may revoke it at any time prior to the voting of the proxies by giving written notice to the Company; by delivering a later-dated proxy by mail or by following the telephone voting instructions or by attending the meeting and giving oral notice to the Inspector of Elections.
The Board of Directors of the Company has fixed the close of business on February 1, 2006, as the record date for determining the holders of Common Stock entitled to vote at the meeting. On that date, there were 20,591,840 shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding. Each share of Common Stock entitles the holder to one vote at the meeting.
The Companys Bylaws require that the Companys Board of Directors be comprised of at least six directors, but no more than twelve directors. The Companys Board of Directors currently consists of seven directors and is divided into three separate classes. The terms of the Class Two directors expire at the annual meeting, and the Companys Board of Directors has nominated Donald E. Benson and Carl R. Pohlad to serve as Class Two directors until the annual meeting of shareholders to be held in 2008 or until their successors are elected and qualified. Both nominees have agreed to stand for election at the meeting. The terms of the Class Three and Class One directors will expire in 2006 and 2007, respectively, or until their successors are elected and qualified.
The election of each nominee for director requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of Common Stock represented at the meeting. All proxies will be voted in favor of the two nominees, unless a contrary choice is specified on the proxy. If, prior to the annual meeting, the Board of Directors learns that any nominee will be unable to serve by reason of death, incapacity, or other unexpected occurrence, the proxies which would have otherwise been voted for such nominee will be voted for a substitute nominee, if any, selected by the Board of Directors.
The names of the nominees, their principal occupations and certain other information set forth below is based upon information furnished to the Company by the respective nominees.
Donald E. Benson, age 75, a Class Two director, became a director of the Company in June 1995. Mr. Benson has been Executive Vice President and a director of Marquette Financial Companies, formerly Marquette Bancshares, Inc., since January 1993 and with predecessor organizations since 1968. Mr. Benson is also a director of National Mercantile Bancorp, Mass Mutual Corporate Investors, Mass Mutual Participation Investors, and a director and Vice President of Twins Sports, Inc., the managing general partner of the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club.
Carl R. Pohlad, age 90, a Class Two director and Chairman of the Board of Directors, became a director of the Company in February 1995. Mr. Pohlad has been Chairman of the Board, President and a director of Marquette Financial Companies, formerly Marquette Bancshares, Inc., since 1993. Prior to 1993, Mr. Pohlad was President and Chief Executive
Officer of Marquette Bank Minneapolis and Bank Shares Incorporated. Mr. Pohlad is also an owner, director and the President of Twins Sports, Inc., the managing general partner of the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club, and is a director of Genmar Holdings, Inc. He is the father of Robert C. Pohlad, a director of the Company.
The following information regarding the directors of the Company whose terms do not expire at the meeting is based upon information furnished to the Company by the respective directors.
Pierson M. Grieve, age 78, a Class One director, became a director of the Company in October 1999. Mr. Grieve has been a member of Palladium Equity Partners, LLC, a New York private investment firm, since November 1998. He was Chairman of the Metropolitan Airports Commission - State of Minnesota from April 1995 to April 1999.
Raymond W. Zehr, Jr., age 59, a Class One director, became a director of the Company in June 1995. Mr. Zehr has been Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Pohlad Companies since 2000, and served in various other capacities with Pohlad Companies since 1971. He is also Chief Investment Manager of CRP Holdings, LLC, and Vice President of Twins Sports, Inc., the managing general partner of the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club.
Paul F. Foley, age 53, a Class Three director, became a director of the Company in October 1999. Mr. Foley has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since October 1999 and was President and Chief Executive Officer of Mesaba Aviation, Inc., the Companys wholly-owned subsidiary, from October 1999 to September 2002. He was Vice President at Atlas Air, Inc. from December 1996 to September 1999. He presently serves as a director of Zomax Incorporated.
James A. Lee, age 66, a Class Three director, became a director of the Company in December 2005. Mr. Lee has been engaged in financial consulting work since 2001. From 1987 to 2001, Mr. Lee was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Canadian Pacific Railway and its predecessor company. He was also President of Canadian Pacific Finance Inc. from 1993 to 2001. Mr. Lee also served on the Board of Directors of Big Sky Transportation Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, from December 2002 to December 2005.
Robert C. Pohlad, age 51, a Class Three director, became a director of the Company in September 1995. Mr. Pohlad has been a director and President of Pohlad Companies since 1987. Mr. Pohlad became the Chief Executive Officer of PepsiAmericas, Inc. in November 2000, was named Vice Chairman of PepsiAmericas, Inc. in January 2001 and became Chairman in January 2002. Mr. Pohlad served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and a director of P-Americas, Inc. from July 1998 until P-Americas, Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of PepsiAmericas, Inc. Mr. Pohlad was the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Delta Beverage Group, Inc., a subsidiary of P-Americas, Inc., from March 1988 to May 2001. He is the son of Carl R. Pohlad, a director and Chairman of the Board of the Company.
The Board of Directors has established Audit, Compensation, Safety and Nominating Committees.
Audit Committee. The Audit Committee has been established in accordance with Section 3(a)(58)(A) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The members of the Audit Committee are Donald E. Benson, Pierson M. Grieve, James A. Lee and Raymond W. Zehr, Jr., each of whom is independent as defined by the listing standards of the Nasdaq National Market (NASD Marketplace Rule 4200(a)(15)) and Rule 10A-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Mr. Benson is the Chairman of the Audit Committee. The Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Benson and Mr. Zehr are both audit committee financial experts, as defined by Item 401(h) of Regulation S-K. Mr. Zehr was appointed to the Audit Committee in October 1995, Messrs. Benson and Grieve were appointed to the Audit Committee in October 1999, and Mr. Lee was appointed to the Audit Committee in December 2005.
The Audit Committee assists the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibility to the Companys shareholders, potential shareholders and the investment community relating to accounting and reporting practices of the Company and the quality, objectivity and integrity of the Companys financial reports. In consultation with the Companys accounting staff and its independent registered public accounting firm, the Audit Committee reviews the Companys accounting and auditing policies and procedures, the results of the Companys audits and significant accounting and reporting issues. The Audit Committee is also responsible for engaging the Companys independent registered public accounting firm and for approving any non-audit services provided by such firm. The Audit Committees charter was included as an appendix to the Companys proxy statement filed in connection with the Companys 2004 annual meeting of shareholders.
Compensation Committee. The members of the Compensation Committee are Donald E. Benson, Robert C. Pohlad and Raymond W. Zehr, Jr. Mr. Zehr is the Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Messrs. Benson and Zehr are each independent as defined by the listing standards of the Nasdaq National Market. The Compensation Committee is authorized by the Board of Directors to set the annual salary of each of the executive officers of the Company, including bonus and incentive programs, to grant options and to otherwise administer the Companys stock option plans, and to review and approve compensation and benefit plans of the Company. The Compensation Committee consists exclusively of non-employee directors. Messrs. Benson and Zehr were appointed to the Compensation Committee in October 1995, and Mr. Pohlad was appointed to the Compensation Committee in August 2004.
Safety Committee. The members of the Safety Committee are Paul F. Foley and Pierson M. Grieve. Mr. Grieve is the Chairman of the Safety Committee. The Safety Committee is empowered to review safety and regulatory compliance issues. The Safety Committee meets with personnel responsible for regulatory compliance and safety programs at the Companys subsidiaries. Messrs. Foley and Grieve were appointed to the Safety Committee in September 2003.
Nominating Committee. The members of the Nominating Committee are Donald E. Benson and Raymond W. Zehr, Jr., each of whom is independent as defined by the listing standards of the Nasdaq National Market. Mr. Zehr is the Chairman of the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee is authorized by the Board of Directors to recommend the structure and makeup of the Board of Directors and recommends the nomination of members to the Board to fill vacancies or for election by the shareholders of the Company. Mr. Benson was appointed to the Nominating Committee in September 2003, and Mr. Zehr was appointed to the Nominating Committee in August 2004. The Nominating Committees charter was included as an appendix to the Companys proxy statement filed in connection with the Companys 2004 annual meeting of shareholders.
The Board of Directors has determined that Donald E. Benson, Pierson M. Grieve, James A. Lee and Raymond W. Zehr, Jr. are independent as defined by the listing standards of the Nasdaq National Market and Rule 10A-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005, the Board of Directors held four meetings, the Executive Committee held six meetings, the Audit Committee held eight meetings, the Compensation Committee held two meetings and the Safety Committee held four meetings. The Nominating Committee did not hold any meetings during fiscal 2005, as the director nominees for the 2004 annual meeting of shareholders were nominated by the independent directors of the Board of Directors. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005, each of the directors attended at least 75% of the meetings held by the Board and held by each committee of which such director was a member. Board members are not required to attend the Companys annual meeting of shareholders. Six of our directors attended the Companys 2004 annual meeting of shareholders.
For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005, each non-employee director earned an annual retainer of $40,000 plus out-of-pocket expenses. Directors fees are currently set at $10,000 per quarter. Mr. Carl R. Pohlad received $300,000 as compensation for serving as Chairman of the Board during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005. In August 2004, the Company revised its board compensation structure to compensate directors for each meeting attended, in addition to the annual retainer. Accordingly, with the exception of the Audit Committee, the Company pays each director a fee of $1,000 for each board or committee meeting attended in person and a fee of $500 for each board or committee meeting attended via telephone. The Company pays a fee of $2,500 to each Audit Committee member for each Audit Committee meeting attended in person and $1,250 for each Audit Committee meeting attended via telephone. The Company also pays the Audit Committee chair additional compensation of $5,000 per year, and each of the chairs of the Compensation, Safety and Nominating Committees additional compensation of $2,500 per year. On August 18, 2004, pursuant to the 2000 Stock Incentive Plan, the Company granted each director options to purchase 15,000 shares of the Companys common stock. The options vested in August 2005. For his service as the Chairman of the Board, and in addition to the grant he received as a director, the Company granted Carl R. Pohlad an option to purchase an
additional 15,000 shares of the Companys common stock. All of the options granted on August 18, 2004 have an exercise price of $8.28 per share. Each non-employee director, and certain family members of such director, receives free or reduced travel on Mesaba and Northwest Airlines flights. The Company believes that the directors use of such air travel is de minimis.
The Nominating Committee recommends the nomination of candidates to serve on the Board. The Board may appoint directors to fill any vacancy occurring as a result of the resignation, death or removal of a director or from an increase in the size of the Board. Shareholders elect directors whose terms are expiring at the annual meeting of shareholders.
Director candidates are evaluated on the basis of their overall fitness to serve on the Companys Board of Directors. Relevant factors include integrity of character, business experience, knowledge of the airline industry, educational achievement, leadership skills, standing in the business community and willingness and enthusiasm to serve as a director.
The Nominating Committee will give equal consideration to potential candidates without regard to the source of the recommendation. Typically, recommendations have been made by the Companys officers and directors.
The Nominating Committee will consider director candidates recommended by shareholders for election at future annual meetings of shareholders, provided that there is a vacancy on the Board. To submit a recommendation to the Nominating Committee, a shareholder must provide the following information in writing to the Companys President at the address of the Company set forth on the front cover of this proxy statement. Recommendations must be received in advance of the preparation and mailing of proxy materials. For consideration at the 2006 annual meeting, recommendations must be received by the deadlines described in Shareholder Proposals below.
The written consent of the person recommended as a director candidate being named as a nominee in a proxy statement and to serve as a director, if elected.
The biographical information about the director candidate required to be included in a proxy statement conforming to Regulation 14A under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
Other information about the director candidate concerning his or her qualifications to serve on the Companys Board of Directors.
The name and address of the shareholder submitting the recommendation and proof of ownership of shares of the Company.
Shareholders are also entitled to nominate director candidates in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Companys Bylaws. Under those procedures, a shareholder must give written notice either by personal delivery or by United States mail, postage prepaid, to an officer of the Company not later than (i) with respect to an election to be held at an annual meeting of the shareholders, 90 days prior to the anniversary date of the immediately preceding annual
meeting, and (ii) with respect to an election to be held at a special meeting of shareholders for the election of directors, the close of business on the 10th day following the date on which notice of such meeting is first given to shareholders. Each such notice shall set forth (a) the name and address of the shareholder who intends to make the nomination and of the person or persons to be nominated; (b) a representation that the shareholder is a holder of record of the capital stock of the Company entitled to vote at such meeting and intends to appear in person or by proxy at the meeting to nominate the person or persons specified in the notice; (c) a description of all arrangements or understandings between the shareholder and each nominee and any other person or persons (naming such person or persons) pursuant to which the nomination or nominations are to be made by the shareholder; (d) such other information regarding each nominee proposed by such shareholder as would be required to be included in a proxy statement filed pursuant to the proxy rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, had the nominee been nominated, or intended to be nominated, by the Board of Directors; and (e) the consent of each nominee to serve as a director of the Company if so elected.
Shareholders may send written communications to the Board of Directors as a whole or to individual directors. Such written communications should be addressed to the Board or specified members at MAIR Holdings, Inc., Fifth Street Towers, 150 South Fifth Street, Suite 1360, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55402. Unless addressed to one or more specified directors, communications will be screened for relevance to the Companys business.
The following graph provides a five-year comparison of the total cumulative returns for the Companys Common Stock, the CRSP Index for the Nasdaq Stock Market (U.S. companies), and the CRSP Index for air carriers traded on NYSE, AMEX and Nasdaq. The CRSP Indexes are prepared by the Center for Research in Security Prices of the University of Chicago. The total cumulative return for each period is based on the investment of $100 on March 31, 2000, assuming compounded daily returns and the reinvestment of all dividends.
COMPARISON OF FIVE-YEAR CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURNS
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The following table provides information regarding ownership of the Companys Common Stock by (i) each person known to the Company to own beneficially more than 5% of its Common Stock, (ii) each director and nominee for director of the Company, (iii) each executive officer named in the Summary Compensation Table, and (iv) all directors and executive officers as a group. Unless otherwise indicated, the information is as of January 1, 2006 and each person has sole voting and investment power as to the shares shown.
For the purposes of this proxy statement, beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and includes any shares as to which the person has sole or shared investment power and any shares which the person has the right to acquire within 60 days of January 1, 2006, through the exercise of stock options. The stock options referred to in the footnotes are employee and director options issued under the Companys plans. These options become partially or wholly exercisable beginning one year after the date of grant. Therefore, the reported option shares relate to options granted on or before December 31, 2005.
* Less than 1%.
(1) Shares are held by an indirect subsidiary, Northwest Aircraft, Inc.
(2) According to a Form 13F filed by Donald Smith & Co. on November 17, 2005.
(3) Includes 138,000 shares which may be purchased pursuant to stock options exercisable within 60 days.
(4) According to a Form 13F filed by FMR Corp. on November 14, 2005.
(5) According to a Form 13F filed by Dimensional Fund Advisors, Inc. on February 6, 2006.
(6) According to a Form 13F filed by Aegis Financial Corporation on November 14, 2005.
(7) According to a Form 13F filed by PAR Capital Management, Inc. on December 15, 2005.
(8) Includes 520,000 shares which may be purchased pursuant to stock options exercisable within 60 days.
(9) Consists of shares which may be purchased pursuant to stock options exercisable within 60 days.
(10) Includes 69,000 shares which may be purchased pursuant to stock options exercisable within 60 days.
(11) Includes 1,175,551 shares which may be purchased pursuant to stock options exercisable within 60 days.
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires directors and executive officers of the Company and persons who own more than 10% of the Companys Common Stock to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership of the Companys Common Stock. Initial reports on Form 3 are required
to be filed within ten business days of an individual becoming a director, executive officer or owner of 10% or more of the Companys Common Stock. Reports of changes in ownership are required to be filed within two business days after a change occurs. During the Companys fiscal year ended March 31, 2005, John Spanjers filed two Form 4s one day late to report the exercise of stock options and the sale of such shares. Additionally, five Form 4s were filed in August for stock appreciation rights granted to officers of Mesaba in June. All other Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to the Companys officers, directors and greater than 10% beneficial owners required for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005 were completed on a timely basis.
The following table discloses the annual and long-term compensation received in each of the last three fiscal years by (i) all persons serving in the capacity of Chief Executive Officer of the Company during the last fiscal year, (ii) the Companys four most highly compensated executive officers, in addition to the Chief Executive Officer, serving at the end of the last fiscal year whose salary and incentive compensation exceeded $100,000 in the last fiscal year, and (iii) any executive officer of the Company who resigned during the last fiscal year whose salary and incentive compensation exceeded $100,000 in the last fiscal year. In accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission rules, information is included for certain officers of one of the Companys wholly owned subsidiaries, Mesaba.
(1) Incentive compensation for services rendered has been included as compensation for the year earned even though a portion of such compensation is paid in the following year. Incentive compensation is based upon the achievement of Company and individual performance criteria as described under Compensation Committee Report on Executive Compensation.
(2) Consists of a one-time retention bonus payment pursuant to Mr. Foleys employment agreement, portions of which must be paid back to the Company if Mr. Foleys employment terminates prior to September 30, 2008. See Employment Contracts below.
(3) Consists of living and travel expenses of $75,295 and matching contributions of $4,418 made by the Company on behalf of Mr. Foley pursuant to the Companys 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan.
(4) Consists of living and travel expenses of $73,914 and matching contributions of $2,842 made by the Company on behalf of Mr. Foley pursuant to the Companys 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan.
(5) Consists of living and travel expenses of $76,049 and matching contributions of $2,851 made by the Company on behalf of Mr. Foley pursuant to the Companys 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan.
(6) Consists of matching contributions made by the Company on behalf of such executive officer pursuant to the Companys 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan.
(7) Consists of moving expenses of $22,257 related to a move to Minneapolis, Minnesota and matching contributions of $600 made by the Company on behalf of Mr. Poerstel pursuant to the Companys 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan.
(8) Consists of moving expenses related to a move to Detroit, Michigan.
(9) Mr. Strobel resigned from Mesaba effective June 21, 2005.
The following table provides information about stock appreciation rights (SARs) and stock options granted during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005 to each executive officer named in the Summary Compensation Table. The SARs were granted under the Mesaba 2003 Incentive Award Plan, and the options were granted under the Companys 2000 Stock Incentive Plan. Upon exercise of a SAR, the holder is entitled to receive a cash payment equal to the excess of the fair market value of the Companys Common Stock on the date of exercise over the grant price. No shares of stock are issuable under the Mesaba 2003 Incentive Award Plan.
(1) The potential realizable value is the amount that would accrue to the holder if the SARs were exercised immediately prior to expiration and if the per share value had appreciated at the compounded annual rate indicated in each column. The assumed rates of appreciation are prescribed by the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding disclosure of executive compensation. The assumed annual rates of appreciation are not intended to forecast possible future appreciation, if any, with respect to the price of the Companys Common Stock.
(2) Mr. Foley and Mr. Weil are not eligible to participate in the Mesaba 2003 Incentive Award Plan.
The following table provides information about the exercise of stock options during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005 and the value of unexercised stock options and SARs held at the end of such fiscal year for each executive officer named in the Summary Compensation Table.
(1) Value is calculated as the excess of the market value of the Common Stock at the date of exercise or March 31, 2005, as applicable, over the exercise price. The closing price per share of the Companys Common Stock was $8.86 on March 31, 2005, as quoted on the Nasdaq Stock Market.
(2) Mr. Foley and Mr. Weil are not eligible to participate in the Mesaba 2003 Incentive Award Plan.
Effective October 1, 2004, the Company entered into a four-year Management Compensation Agreement with Paul F. Foley, the Companys President and Chief Executive Officer. Under the terms of the Agreement, Mr. Foley will receive an annual base salary of $350,000 and may also receive annual discretionary bonuses up to 100% of his annualized base salary, based upon achievement of personal and Company goals as determined by the Compensation Committee of the Companys board of directors. Upon execution of the Agreement, Mr. Foley received a $500,000 one-time bonus. Subject to certain exceptions articulated in the Agreement, Mr. Foley must repay the Company a prorated portion of the one-time bonus if his employment terminates prior to the end of the four-year term of the Agreement. Mr. Foley is also entitled to a vesting retention bonus, of which $100,000 will be
paid upon the second anniversary, $100,000 will be paid upon the third anniversary, and $200,000 will be paid upon the fourth anniversary of the effective date of the Agreement, provided that Mr. Foley remains employed by the Company as of such dates. The Agreement also provides that Mr. Foley will receive an annual living expense allowance of $75,000 and such fringe benefits as are made available to other senior executives of the Company. Mr. Foleys annual living allowance terminated following his relocation to Minneapolis, Minnesota in September 2005.
Either the Company or Mr. Foley may terminate the Agreement without cause at any time, upon one months written notice to the other party. The Company may terminate Mr. Foleys employment and the Agreement for cause without prior notice. The Agreement also terminates in the event of Mr. Foleys death or other inability to carry out his essential job functions. Upon any termination or upon expiration of the Agreement, Mr. Foley will continue to be bound by certain confidentiality, non-compete and non-recruitment obligations contained in the Agreement.
The Agreement provides for the continued employment of Mr. Foley through September 30, 2008, and provides that Mr. Foley will be entitled to severance benefits if the Company terminates his employment without cause, either during or after the term of the Agreement. These severance benefits include payments equal to two times Mr. Foleys annual salary, payable over a twelve-month period, health and dental benefits, the vesting of Mr. Foleys retention bonus and stock options, and the continuance of flight privileges for twelve months. The Agreement also provides for similar severance benefits to Mr. Foley if he resigns his employment with the Company within one year after a change in control of the Company that occurs during the term of the Agreement.
No member of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors was an officer, former officer or employee of the Company or its subsidiaries during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005. No executive officer of the Company served as a member of the compensation committee or board of directors of another entity, one of whose executive officers served on the Companys Compensation Committee or Board of Directors during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005.
Mesaba Agreement with Northwest Airlines Corporation
Northwest Airlines Corporation is a beneficial owner of more than 5% of the Companys outstanding Common Stock. See Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005, substantially all of the Companys operating revenues were received from Northwest under an Airline Services Agreement that governed Mesabas operation of Saab 340 jet-prop aircraft and a Regional Jet Services Agreement that governed Mesabas operation of Avro RJ85 regional jets. Effective August 29, 2005, Northwest and Mesaba entered into a new ten-year Airline Services Agreement (the ASA) that incorporates the existing payment terms for the Saabs and Avros contained in the
prior agreements, and adds new payment terms for the Canadair regional jets that Mesaba began operating in October 2005.
Under the ASA, Mesaba operates as a regional air carrier providing scheduled passenger service as Mesaba Airlines/Northwest Airlink and Mesaba Airlines/Northwest Jet Airlink. Under the ASA, all scheduled flights that Mesaba operates are designated as Northwest flights using Northwests designator code in all computer reservation systems, including the Official Airline Guide, with an asterisk and a footnote indicating that Mesaba is the carrier providing the service. In addition, flight schedules of Mesaba and Northwest are closely coordinated to facilitate interline connections, and Mesabas passenger gate facilities at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Memphis International Airport are integrated with Northwests facilities in the main terminal buildings. Mesaba, through the ASA, receives ticketing and certain check-in, baggage, freight and aircraft handling services from Northwest at certain airports. In addition, Mesaba receives its computerized reservations services from Northwest. Northwest also performs all marketing, scheduling, yield management and pricing services for Mesabas flights.
On September 14, 2005, Northwest filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Prior to and following its bankruptcy, Northwest missed several payments owed to Mesaba, and on October 13, 2005, Mesaba also filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It is unclear what effect these bankruptcy petitions will have on the ASA between Northwest and Mesaba. It is possible that either Northwest or Mesaba could reject the ASA in bankruptcy. Mesaba believes that rather than the ASA being assumed by either party, it is more likely that the ASA will be renegotiated once both parties determine their respective fleet compositions.
As consideration for entering into the ASA, and pursuant to a separate agreement between the Company and Northwest, the Company made a capital contribution of approximately $31.7 million to Mesaba and also amended the warrants that were then held by Northwest to reduce the number of shares of the Companys common stock issuable upon exercise from 4,151,922 shares exercisable at prices from $7.25 to $21.25 per share to an aggregate of 4,112,500 shares exercisable at a price of $8.74 per share. The Amended and Restated Warrant expires ten years from the date of the ASA. Under the terms of the Amended and Restated Warrant, sixty percent of the shares become exercisable upon the delivery of the 15th Canadair regional jet aircraft to Mesaba, and an additional 4% of the shares become exercisable with each subsequent delivery of the next ten aircraft. To date, only two of such aircraft have been delivered to Mesaba, and Northwest has advised that no additional aircraft will be delivered unless and until Mesaba is awarded new aircraft pursuant to a new request for proposal issued by Northwest. The Company believes that if a new agreement is reached between Mesaba and Northwest, the Company and Northwest will renegotiate the terms of the Amended and Restated Warrant. Finally, in connection with the ASA, the Company also entered into a registration rights agreement to register the shares of stock currently held by Northwest and the shares of stock that will be issuable to Northwest upon exercise of the warrants. Prior to entering the ASA, Northwest had pledged certain of its shares to Boeing Capital Corporation, and Boeing is also a party to the registration rights agreement. The registration statement has not been filed and will likely not be filed unless and until a new agreement is reached between Northwest and Mesaba.
Agreement with Management Partners and Associates
During fiscal 2005, the Company, Mesaba and Big Sky paid approximately $921,000 to Management Partners and Associates for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance consulting services. Management Partners is owned by William Pal-Freeman and Thomas Schmidt, each of whom also provided certain executive consulting services to Mesaba. On March 1, 2005, Mr. Pal-Freeman accepted the position of Vice President, Technology and Services at Mesaba. On October 11, 2005, Mr. Schmidt accepted the position of Vice President, Finance at Mesaba. Mr. Schmidt was also named to the Board of Directors of Mesaba in October 2005. Concurrently with Mr. Schmidts hiring, Management Partners terminated its relationship with Mesaba.
The Compensation Committee consists of three non-employee directors appointed by the Board of Directors. The Committee has been authorized by the Board of Directors to set the annual salary and incentive compensation of each of the executive officers of the Company and to review and approve overall compensation levels and benefit plans of the Company. The Companys Chief Executive Officer and the officers and directors of the Companys subsidiaries have principal responsibility for determining compensation and benefits for employees of the subsidiaries.
The Companys executive compensation policies, as endorsed by the Compensation Committee, are designed to:
Attract, motivate and retain executives whom the Committee believes are critical to the long-term success of the Company;
Reward individual contributions to the Companys accomplishment of certain profit and operational goals;
Promote a pay-for-performance philosophy by placing a significant portion of total compensation at risk while providing a level of compensation opportunity that is competitive with companies of similar profitability, complexity and size; and
Provide an opportunity to own the Companys Common Stock so that executives will have common interests with the Companys shareholders.
The Compensation Committee believes that each of these factors is important to the financial performance of the Company. In implementing its executive compensation program, the Company and the Committee seek to link executive compensation directly to earnings performance and, consequently, to increases in shareholder value.
The components of the Companys current executive compensation program are comprised of base salary, cash incentive compensation, long-term incentive awards principally in the form of stock option grants and, in some cases, a retention component.
Base Salary and Cash Incentive Compensation
The Compensation Committee establishes, for recommendation to the Board of Directors, the base salary and incentive compensation of the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel. Base salary levels are reviewed annually by the Committee and adjusted based upon competitive market factors and the officers ability to contribute to the overall success of the Companys mission. Incentive compensation is based on the individuals contribution to the Companys annual performance, as measured against goals determined at the beginning of each fiscal year and approved by the Board. Incentive compensation generally will not exceed 100% of an officers base salary, although officers may on occasion receive a larger portion of their total compensation through incentive compensation than from salary, thereby placing a greater percentage of their compensation at risk.
Historically, executive compensation has been based on three elements:
Financial results of the Company and its subsidiaries;
Operational performance of the Company and its subsidiaries; and
The Committee also considers such other compensation elements as the 401(k) plan, short and long term disability benefits, executive benefits such as annual physicals and life insurance.
In setting its compensation recommendations for fiscal 2005, the Compensation Committee obtained reports and analyses from a compensation consulting group and outside legal counsel.
Based on the factors described above, the Compensation Committee concluded that Mr. Foley has continued to excel in his leadership role. Accordingly, the Compensation Committee found it appropriate to assure the retention of Mr. Foley by recommending that the Company execute a four-year employment agreement with him. Under the employment agreement, Mr. Foleys total compensation includes a base salary of $350,000, a one-time bonus of $500,000 that must be repaid in prorated amounts if Mr. Foleys employment terminates prior to September 30, 2008, annual cash incentive compensation targeted at 100% of his annualized base salary, a vesting retention component and an annual discretionary stock option grant. The employment agreement also grants Mr. Foley travel privileges with Northwest and Mesaba and provides for severance payments upon Mr. Foleys termination. For his performance in fiscal 2005, Mr. Foley received cash incentive compensation in the amount of $350,000. The Compensation Committee also approved a relocation assistance agreement for Mr. Foley in fiscal 2006. Mr. Foleys annual living allowance terminated following his relocation to Minneapolis, Minnesota in September 2005.
Long-Term Incentive Compensation
The Companys stock option program is intended to strengthen the Companys ability to attract and retain key employees and to furnish additional incentives to such persons by encouraging them to become owners of Common Stock. The Compensation Committee believes
that stock option grants allow executives and key employees to participate in the success of the Company and link their interests directly with those of the shareholders. If there is no price appreciation in the Companys Common Stock, option holders receive no benefit, because stock options are granted with an exercise price equal to the fair market value of the Common Stock on the day of grant. The number of stock options granted to executives, including the Chief Executive Officer, is based primarily on base salary level, the number of options previously granted, individual performance and retention considerations and the Companys financial and operational performance during the year. The executive officers named in the Summary Compensation Table who received options in fiscal 2005 were granted options principally to secure their commitment to the future success of the Company.
The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors consists of four members, none of whom are officers or employees of the Company or its subsidiaries. All members of the Audit Committee are independent, as defined in Rule 10A-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 4200(a)(14) of the Marketplace Rules contained in the National Association of Securities Dealers Manual, and are financially literate. Information about the committee members and their duties is provided on page 4 of this document. The Audit Committee met eight times during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005. During each quarter, the Audit Committee met with the Companys independent registered public accounting firm to review a wide range of issues relating to the Companys accounting, auditing, financial controls and procedures and financial reporting.
The Audit Committee, together with management and representatives of Deloitte & Touche LLP, reviewed and discussed the audited consolidated financial statements contained in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005. The Audit Committee also discussed with Deloitte & Touche LLP the matters required to be discussed by Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61, Communication with Audit Committees, and received and discussed written disclosures and the letter from Deloitte & Touche LLP required by Independence Standards Board No. 1, Independence Discussions with Audit Committees, describing that firms independence from, and relationships with, the Company. Based on the review and discussions referred to above, the members of the Audit Committee recommended to the Board that the audited consolidated financial statements be included in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005, for filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Audit Committee also determined that Deloitte & Touche LLPs fees and services for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005 were consistent with the maintenance of their independence as the Companys independent registered public accounting firm.
The Audit Committee engaged Deloitte & Touche LLP to audit the Companys consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2006, subject to shareholder ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP. All non-audit services performed by Deloitte & Touche LLP during fiscal 2005 were approved by the Audit Committee in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Audit Committee Charter.
The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors has appointed Deloitte & Touche LLP as independent registered public accounting firm for the Company for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2006. A proposal to ratify that appointment will be presented to shareholders at the Annual Meeting. Representatives of Deloitte & Touche LLP will be present at the meeting, will have an opportunity to make a statement if they desire to do so and will be available to respond to appropriate questions from shareholders in attendance.
Ratification of the appointment requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of Common Stock represented at the meeting. If the shareholders do not ratify the selection of Deloitte & Touche LLP, another independent registered public accounting firm will be selected by the Board of Directors.
The aggregate fees billed for professional services rendered by Deloitte & Touche LLP for the audit of the Companys annual financial statements for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2005 and 2004 and for the reviews of the Companys quarterly financial statements, and review of other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for those fiscal years were $616,000 and $113,000, respectively.
For the fiscal years ended March 31, 2005 and 2004, Deloitte & Touche LLP billed the Company $103,000 and $20,000 respectively, for assurance and related services in connection with the performance of the audit or review of the Companys financial statements, in addition to the audit fees disclosed above.
For the fiscal years ended March 31, 2005 and 2004, Deloitte & Touche LLP billed the Company $406,000 and $579,000, respectively, for professional services rendered in connection with tax compliance services. For fiscal years ended March 31, 2005 and 2004, Deloitte & Touche LLP billed the Company $29,000 and $19,000, respectively, for tax planning and advice services.
Deloitte & Touche LLP did not render any other services to the Company, other than the services described above, for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2005 and 2004.
The Audit Committee has a policy of approving the engagement of the independent registered public accounting firm to perform all audit and non-audit services on behalf of the Company. The Audit Committee did not rely on the waiver from the pre-approval requirement
available under paragraph (c)(7)(i)(C) of Rule 2-01 of Regulation S-X with respect to any of the services provided by the independent auditor. The Audit Committee has determined that the provision of services covered by the foregoing fees was compatible with maintaining the principal accountants independence. See Report of the Audit Committee.
The Board of Directors recommends that an affirmative vote be cast in favor of each of the proposals listed on the proxy card.
The Board of Directors knows of no other matters that may be brought before the meeting which require submission to a vote of the shareholders. If any other matters are properly brought before the meeting, however, the persons named in the enclosed proxy or their substitutes will vote in accordance with their best judgment on such matters.
Expenses incurred in connection with the solicitation of proxies will be paid by the Company. The proxies are being solicited principally by mail. In addition, directors, officers and regular employees of the Company may solicit proxies personally or by telephone, for which they will receive no consideration other than their regular compensation. The Company will also request brokerage houses, nominees, custodians and fiduciaries to forward soliciting material to the beneficial owners of Common Stock of the Company and will reimburse such persons for their expenses so incurred.
If a shareholder wishes to present a proposal for consideration for inclusion in the proxy statement for the 2006 annual meeting, the proposal must be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, and must be received at the executive offices of the Company no later than April 15, 2006. All proposals must conform to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Rule 14a-4(c)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act provides that, if the proponent of a shareholder proposal fails to notify the Company of such proposal within a reasonable time before the Company mails its proxy materials, managements proxies would be permitted to use their discretionary authority to vote on the proposal, if the proposal were raised at the next annual meeting without having been included in the proxy statement.
Dated: February 13, 2006
MAIR HOLDINGS, INC.
ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
Thursday, March 9, 2006
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