This excerpt taken from the MRO DEF 14A filed Mar 13, 2007.
Grants of Long Term Incentive Awards
Long-term incentive awards are a critical element in the mix of compensation as they provide a direct link to stockholder interests. Our objective in making long-term incentive grants is to provide Officers with opportunities to receive competitive levels of compensation for meeting performance objectives, exceptional rewards for superior performance and reduced or no rewards for performance below our objectives. Since 2003, all of our long-term incentive awards have been granted under the stockholder-approved 2003 Incentive Compensation Plan.
Historically, the Committee has approved all annual long-term incentive grants at its regularly-scheduled May meeting. In addition, when an award requires a pre-established performance goal, the Committee has approved the performance goal and the related compensation formula during the first quarter.
Each year, prior to making grants, the Committee establishes an intended long-term incentive dollar value for each Officer. However, the actual value realized may differ significantly (up or down) from the intended value due to our stock price performance over the life of the awards. When setting these intended values, the Committee considers competitive pay data, individual performance, internal pay equity and total compensation opportunities for each Officer.
The Committee allocates each Officers intended value among a mix of long-term incentive awards. For 2006, the Committee decided that all of the CEOs long-term incentive pay would be directly tied to the performance of our stock. Therefore, the Committee granted all of his long-term incentive value in the form of performance units and stock options.
The remaining Officers received the following mix of long-term incentive awards: 40 percent performance units, 40 percent stock options and 20 percent restricted stock. The Committee believes this mix of long-term incentive opportunities provides an appropriate balance between the dual objectives of tying compensation to stock performance and providing retention incentives. Furthermore, based on pay data provided by the compensation consultant, the Committee believes the award mix is competitive relative to the incentive pay packages offered by our peers.
To determine the number of awards necessary to deliver the intended value, the Committee uses valuation methodologies provided by its compensation consultant. According to these methodologies, the number of performance units awarded to each Officer is determined by dividing the intended value of the award by the $1 target value per unit, with a present value factor applied. The number of stock options granted is calculated based on a Black-Scholes value. Similarly, the number of shares of restricted stock awarded is determined by dividing the intended value by our average daily closing price for the one-month period at the end of the prior quarter. For all three award types, a risk of forfeiture factor is also applied.
Each of our long-term incentive award types is discussed in more detail below.