Plum Creek Timber Company DEF 14A 2007
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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2007 Annual Meeting
and Proxy Statement
PLUM CREEK TIMBER COMPANY, INC.
It is a pleasure to invite you to Plum Creeks Annual Meeting of Stockholders on Wednesday, May 2, 2007, beginning at 9:00 a.m. local time, at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle, Washington. Driving instructions to the Washington Athletic Club can be found at the back of this document.
Your vote is very important. Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting in person, I urge you to vote your proxy as soon as possible. You can vote over the Internet, by telephone or by mailing back a proxy card. Voting in any of these ways will ensure your representation at the Annual Meeting if you do not attend in person. Please review the instructions on the proxy card regarding each of these options. If you do attend the meeting in person, you will have the opportunity, if you desire, to change your vote at the meeting.
The agenda for the Annual Meeting includes the election of ten (10) directors to serve until the 2008 Annual Meeting, consideration of a proposal to ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young as Plum Creeks independent auditors, consideration of two stockholder proposals (if properly presented at the meeting), and such other business as may properly come before the meeting. The Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR each of the director nominees, FOR ratifying the appointment of Ernst & Young as Plum Creeks independent auditors and AGAINST each of the stockholder proposals. In addition to these specific matters, there will be a report on Plum Creeks business, and you will have an opportunity to ask questions.
If you have any questions concerning the Annual Meeting or any of the proposals, please contact our Investor Relations Department at (800) 858-5347 (within the United States and Canada) or (206) 467-3600 (outside the United States and Canada, call collect).
I look forward to seeing you on May 2nd in Seattle.
PLUM CREEK TIMBER COMPANY, INC.
999 Third Avenue, Suite 4300
Seattle, Washington 98104-4096
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2007
NOTICE is hereby given of the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company).
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PLUM CREEK TIMBER COMPANY, INC.
999 Third Avenue, Suite 4300
Seattle, Washington 98104-4096
PROXY STATEMENT FOR THE 2007 ANNUAL MEETING OF
To Be Held on May 2, 2007
The Date of this Proxy Statement is March 26, 2007.
PROXIES IN THE FORM ENCLOSED ARE SOLICITED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF PLUM CREEK TIMBER COMPANY, INC., TO BE VOTED AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS ON MAY 2, 2007, AT 9:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME, AND AT ANY ADJOURNMENT THEREOF, FOR THE PURPOSES SET FORTH IN THE ATTACHED NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS. STOCKHOLDERS OF RECORD AT THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON MARCH 9, 2007, ARE ENTITLED TO VOTE AT THE ANNUAL MEETING. THE COMPANY ANTICIPATES THAT THE ATTACHED NOTICE, THIS PROXY STATEMENT AND THE ENCLOSED PROXY CARD WILL FIRST BE SENT TO STOCKHOLDERS ON OR ABOUT MARCH 27, 2007.
SOLICITATION AND REVOCABILITY OF PROXY
This Proxy Statement is furnished to stockholders of Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., a Delaware corporation (Plum Creek or the Company), in connection with the solicitation by the Companys Board of Directors (the Board) of proxies to be voted at the Companys Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 2, 2007, or any adjournment thereof (the Annual Meeting). Proxy cards that are properly executed and returned to the Company or voted by telephone or Internet, and not later revoked, will be voted at the Annual Meeting in accordance with the instructions specified on the enclosed proxy card. Proxies received without specific voting instructions, unless revoked before exercised, will be voted:
Proxies will be voted on such other matters as may properly come before the meeting, or any adjournment thereof, in the discretion of the appointed proxy holders.
Any person giving a proxy may revoke it at any time prior to its exercise. A proxy may be revoked either by: (1) filing an instrument of revocation with the Companys Corporate Secretary at 999 Third Avenue, Suite 4300, Seattle, Washington 98104-4096; (2) voting by telephone or by Internet at a later date; or (3) signing and submitting another proxy card with a later date. A proxy may also be revoked by voting in person at the meeting. If your shares of Plum Creek common stock are held in street name (in the name of a broker, bank or other registered holder of record), you must obtain a proxy, executed in your favor, from the registered holder of record of the stock to be able to vote in person at the Annual Meeting.
The Company will bear the entire cost of solicitation, including the preparation, assembly, printing and mailing of this Proxy Statement, the enclosed proxy card, and any additional material that may be furnished to
stockholders. In accordance with the regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the Company will also reimburse brokerage firms, banks and other registered holders for their expenses incurred in sending proxies and proxy materials to the beneficial owners of shares of Plum Creek common stock. In addition to solicitation by mail, directors, officers or other employees of the Company, without extra compensation, may solicit proxies in person or by telephone or facsimile. Georgeson Shareholder Communications, Inc., will assist the Company in the solicitation of proxies for a fixed fee of $8,000 and reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, to be paid by the Company.
CERTAIN MATTERS RELATING TO PROXY MATERIALS AND ANNUAL REPORTS
Each year in connection with the annual meeting of stockholders, the Company is required to send to each registered stockholder of record a proxy statement and annual report and to arrange for a proxy statement and annual report to be sent to each beneficial stockholder whose shares are held by or in the name of a broker, bank, trust or other registered holder of record. Because many stockholders hold shares of our common stock in multiple accounts or share an address with other stockholders, this process results in duplicate mailings of proxy statements and annual reports. Stockholders may avoid receiving duplicate mailings and save the Company the cost of producing and mailing duplicate documents as follows.
Stockholders of Record. If your shares are registered in your own name and you are interested in consenting to the delivery of a single proxy statement or annual report, you may contact Investor Relations by mail at 999 Third Avenue, Suite 4300, Seattle, Washington, 98104-4096; or by telephone at (800) 858-5347 if calling within the United States and Canada, or at (206) 467-3600 if calling outside the United States and Canada (call collect).
Beneficial Stockholders. If your shares are not registered in your own name, your broker, bank, trust or other registered holder of record that holds your shares may have asked you to consent to the delivery of a single proxy statement or annual report if there are other Plum Creek stockholders who share an address with you. If you currently receive more than one proxy statement or annual report at your household and would like to receive only one copy of each in the future, you should contact a representative of your broker, bank, trust or other holder of record.
Right to Request Separate Copies. If you consent to the delivery of a single proxy statement and annual report but later decide that you would prefer to receive a separate copy of the proxy statement or annual report for each stockholder sharing your address, then please notify the Company or your broker, bank, trust or other holder of record, and additional proxy statements or annual reports will be delivered to you. If you wish to receive a separate copy of the proxy statement or annual report for each stockholder sharing your address in the future, you may also contact Investor Relations using the contact information provided above.
VOTE REQUIRED AND METHOD OF COUNTING VOTES
Under the Delaware General Corporation Law (Delaware Law) and the Companys Amended and Restated Bylaws, as amended (the Company Bylaws), the presence at the Annual Meeting, in person or by duly authorized proxy, of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of stock entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business. Each share of Plum Creek common stock entitles the holder to one vote on each of the four (4) proposals to be presented at the Annual Meeting. Abstentions and broker non-votes are counted toward determining a quorum.
A broker non-vote occurs when a registered holder of stock votes on behalf of the beneficial owner of that stock (e.g., a broker or bank holding stock on behalf of its client) on at least one proposal, but not on another, because the registered holder does not have discretionary voting authority with respect to that item of business
and has not received instructions from the beneficial owner. For example, under NYSE Rules, proposals to elect directors and to ratify the appointment of independent auditors are considered discretionary items. This means that brokerage firms and other registered holders of stock may vote in their discretion on these matters on behalf of their clients who have not otherwise furnished voting instructions at least 15 days before the date of the meeting. In contrast, stockholder proposals are non-discretionary items. This means that brokerage firms that have not received voting instructions from their clients on these proposals may not vote on them.
Adoption of Majority Vote Standard for Director Elections
In February 2007, the Board approved an amendment to the Company Bylaws to require that a nominee for director shall be elected if the votes cast for such nominees election exceed the votes cast against such nominees election in uncontested elections. In a contested election (a situation in which the number of director nominees exceeds the number of directors to be elected), the standard for election of directors will be a plurality of the shares represented in person or by proxy at any such meeting and entitled to vote on the election of directors.
If a director nominee who is then serving as a director is not re-elected at the end of his or her term of office, then, under Delaware Law, the director would continue to serve on the Board as a holdover director. Under the Companys Corporate Governance Policy on Majority Voting, a director who fails to receive the required number of votes for re-election must tender his or her resignation to the Chairman of the Board. The Board will consider the tendered resignation and, within 90 days of the stockholder meeting at which the election occurred, decide whether to accept or reject the tendered resignation and will publicly disclose its decision and the process involved in the consideration. Absent a compelling reason to reject the resignation, the Board shall accept the resignation. The director who tenders his or her resignation will not participate in the Boards decision. If a director nominee who was not already serving as a director is not elected at any annual meeting, then, under Delaware law, that director nominee would not become a director and would not serve on the Board as a holdover director. For 2007, all nominees for the election of directors are currently serving on the Board. The complete Corporate Governance Policy on Majority Voting is available on the Companys website at www.plumcreek.com by clicking on Investors, then Corporate Governance and finally Governance Guidelines.
Required Vote For Each Item of Business
Proposal 1. For Proposal 1, the election of directors, stockholders may vote for or against each of the director nominees. As described above, a director nominee will be elected to the Board only if the votes cast for such director nominees election exceed the votes cast against his or her election. Abstentions and broker non-votes, if any, will have no effect on the election of directors.
Proposal 2, Proposal 3 and Proposal 4. For Proposal 2 (ratifying the appointment of Ernst & Young), Proposal 3 (stockholder proposal regarding political contribution disclosure) and Proposal 4 (stockholder proposal regarding executive compensation), the affirmative vote of the majority of shares present in person or by proxy and entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting is required. Abstentions and broker non-votes, therefore, will have the same effect as a vote against Proposal 2, Proposal 3 and Proposal 4.
Role of the Board of Directors
Pursuant to Delaware Law and the Company Bylaws, the business, property and affairs of the Company are managed under the direction of the Board. The current members of the Board are Rick R. Holley, Ian B. Davidson, Robin Josephs, John G. McDonald, Robert B. McLeod, John F. Morgan, Sr., John H. Scully, Stephen C. Tobias, Carl B. Webb and Martin A. White. Members of the Board are kept informed of the Companys business through discussions with Plum Creeks officers, by reviewing materials provided to them and
by participating in meetings of the Board and its committees. The Board held four regularly scheduled meetings and two special meetings during 2006.
The Boards governance principles require that at least two-thirds of the Board be composed of independent directors and that each of the Boards three committees be composed solely of independent directors. No director is considered independent unless the Board has determined that he or she has no material relationship with the Company, either directly or as a partner, stockholder or officer of an organization that has a material relationship with the Company. To evaluate the materiality of any such relationship, the Board has adopted categorical independence standards consistent with NYSE listing standards for director independence. A copy of these standards can be found on the Companys website at www.plumcreek.com by clicking on the Investors link and then the Corporate Governance link.
With the assistance of its legal counsel, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee reviewed written responses to annually submitted questionnaires completed by each member of the Board against the Boards and the NYSEs director independence standards, along with NYSE and SEC independence standards applicable to Board members who serve on the Audit Committee. On the basis of this review, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee advised the full Board of its conclusions regarding director independence. After considering the Committees recommendation, the Board affirmatively determined that each of Ms. Josephs and Messrs. Davidson, McDonald, McLeod, Morgan, Scully, Tobias, Webb and White is independent under the Boards and the NYSEs independence standards. In addition, the Board determined that each member of the Audit Committee is independent under the NYSEs and SECs independence standards for directors who serve on audit committees.
Mr. Hamid R. Moghadam and Ms. Deanna W. Oppenheimer, each of whom served on the Board during part of 2006, were also determined by the Board to be independent.
The Board has a standing Audit Committee, Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and Compensation Committee.
Compensation Committee. During 2006, the Compensation Committee met seven times. The Compensation Committee acts pursuant to a written charter adopted in January 2003, which can be found on the Companys website at www.plumcreek.com by clicking on the Investors link and then the Corporate Governance link. The Committee is responsible for developing and modifying over time the Companys compensation policies and plans, including the compensation policies and plans for the Companys executive officers and directors. It is also responsible for making recommendations to the Board concerning amendments to the Companys compensation plans and, in certain instances, making amendments to such plans. The Committee also oversees the annual performance evaluation of the Companys President and Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for producing a report on executive compensation for inclusion in the Companys proxy materials.
The Compensation Committee has retained the firm of Towers Perrin, a nationally recognized compensation consulting firm, as its advisor to assist the Committee in discharging its responsibilities. Towers Perrin is engaged by and reports directly to the Compensation Committee and interacts with management as necessary to fulfill its responsibilities. Towers Perrin representatives participate in most regularly scheduled meetings of the Committee. The current members of the Compensation Committee are Ms. Josephs and Messrs. McLeod, Webb (Chairman) and White.
Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee met once during 2006. The Committee acts pursuant to a written charter adopted in January 2003,
which can be found on the Companys website at www.plumcreek.com by clicking on the Investors link and then the Corporate Governance link. The Committee is responsible for overseeing and coordinating many of the Companys corporate governance practices. The Committee advises the Board with respect to matters of Board composition and procedures and is responsible for developing and recommending to the Board the Companys corporate governance principles. The Committee also oversees the annual performance evaluation of the Board and its committees. The current members of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee are Messrs. Davidson, McDonald, Scully (Chairman) and Tobias.
Audit Committee. The Board of Directors has a separately designated standing Audit Committee established in accordance with Section 3(a)(58)(A) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act). During 2006, the Audit Committee met nine times. The Audit Committee acts pursuant to a written charter, which was originally adopted by the Board during 2000, and was last revised in February of 2004. The Audit Committee charter can be found on the Companys website at www.plumcreek.com by clicking on the Investors link and then the Corporate Governance link. Among other things, this Committee has the responsibility to appoint, terminate, replace, compensate and oversee the Companys independent auditors, to review and approve the scope of the annual audit; to interview the independent auditors for review and analysis of the Companys financial systems and controls; and to review the independence of, and pre-approve any audit or non-audit services provided by, the independent auditors.
Current members of the Audit Committee are Mr. Davidson, Ms. Josephs and Messrs. McDonald, (Chairman), Morgan and Webb. The Board of Directors has determined that each of the current members of the Audit Committee is independent in accordance with both NYSE listing standards applicable to audit committee members and Rule 10A-3(b)(1) under the Exchange Act. In addition, the Board has designated each of Mr. Davidson and Ms. Josephs as an audit committee financial expert, as that term is defined in Item 407(d)(5)(ii) of Regulation S-K promulgated by the SEC.
Report of the Audit Committee
In connection with the Audit Committees review of the Companys financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2006:
Ian B. Davidson, Robin Josephs, John G. McDonald (Chairman), John F. Morgan, Sr. and Carl B. Webb
Selection of Nominees to the Board of Directors
Stockholder Nominations. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee will consider director nominee recommendations from stockholders. Stockholder recommendations must be in writing and addressed to the Chairman of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, c/o Corporate Secretary,
Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., 999 Third Avenue, Suite 4300, Seattle, Washington, 98104-4096. If a stockholder intends to make a nomination at any annual stockholder meeting, the Company Bylaws require that the stockholder deliver written notice to the Company not more than 90 days or less than 60 days prior to the anniversary date of the Companys previous years annual meeting of stockholders. The notice must set forth, among other things: (1) the name and address of the stockholder who intends to make the nomination; (2) the name, age, address and principal occupation of the proposed director nominee or nominees; (3) a representation that the stockholder is 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; (4) the consent of each proposed director nominee to serve as a director of the Company if so elected; and (5) the number of shares of common stock of the Company owned by the notifying stockholder and by the proposed director nominee or nominees. These Company Bylaw provisions afford the Board the opportunity to consider the qualifications of the proposed nominees and, to the extent deemed necessary or desirable by the Board, to inform stockholders about such qualifications.
Director Qualifications. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee believes that the minimum qualifications for serving as a director of the Company are that a director nominee demonstrate, by significant accomplishment in his or her field, an ability to make a meaningful contribution to the Boards oversight of the business and affairs of the Company and have an impeccable record and reputation for honest and ethical conduct in both his or her professional and personal activities. In addition, the Committee examines a candidates specific experiences and skills, time availability in light of other commitments, potential conflicts of interest and independence from management and the Company. The Committee also seeks to have the Board represent a diversity of backgrounds and experience.
Selection Process for Director Nominees. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee identifies potential director nominees by asking current directors and executive officers to notify the Committee if they become aware of persons meeting the criteria described above. From time to time, the Committee engages firms that specialize in identifying director candidates. As described above, the Committee will also consider candidates recommended by stockholders.
Once a person has been identified as a potential candidate by the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, the Committee may collect and review publicly available information regarding the person to assess whether the person should be considered further. If the Committee determines that the candidate warrants further consideration, the Chairman of the Committee or another member of the Committee contacts the candidate. Generally, if the candidate expresses a willingness to be considered and to serve on the Board, the Committee requests information from the candidate, reviews his or her accomplishments and qualifications in light of any other candidates that the Committee might be considering, and conducts one or more interviews with the candidate. In certain instances, Committee members may contact one or more references provided by the candidate or may contact other members of the business community or other persons that may have greater first-hand knowledge of the candidates accomplishments. The Committees evaluation process does not vary based on whether or not a candidate is recommended by a stockholder.
Mr. White, who was appointed to the Board in July of 2006, was recommended to the Committee for consideration by a non-management member of the Board. Mr. Morgan, who was appointed to the Board in October of 2006, was recommended to the Committee for consideration by an executive officer of the Company.
Executive Session of the Board of Directors
In accordance with the Companys Corporate Governance Guidelines, the Boards independent directors meet in executive session at least four (4) times each year. The Chairman of the Board, who must be an independent director under the Corporate Governance Guidelines, presides at, and sets the agenda for, each executive session of the independent directors. If the Board has not selected a Chairman, then the Corporate Governance Guidelines require that the chair of the Audit Committee, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and the Compensation Committee each preside over the meetings of the independent
directors in rotating order as decided by the other independent directors. Mr. Davidson served as Chairman of the Board during 2006 and presided over all executive sessions of the independent members of the Board.
Communicating With the Board
Anyone who wishes to notify or communicate with the entire Board, any individual director, or the independent directors as a group may do so. Communications should be delivered to the following address, marked confidential, care of Corporate Secretary, Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., 999 Third Avenue, Suite 4300, Seattle, Washington 98104-4096. The Corporate Secretary reviews all such correspondence and will forward to the Chairman of the Board or other individual director or group of directors, as the case may be, a copy of such correspondence that, in the opinion of the Corporate Secretary, relates to the functions of the Board or its committees, or that the Corporate Secretary otherwise determines requires their attention. Concerns relating to accounting, internal controls or auditing matters are immediately brought to the attention of the Companys internal audit department and handled in accordance with procedures established by the Audit Committee with respect to such matters. These stockholder communication procedures were approved by the Board of Directors.
Board Member Attendance at Annual Meetings
While members of the Board are always welcome to attend each annual meeting of stockholders, the Board has no formal policy requiring their attendance. Two of the Companys directors, Messrs. Holley and Davidson, attended the 2006 annual meeting of stockholders held on May 3, 2006.
Code of Ethics and Other Corporate Governance Information
The Company maintains a code of ethics, entitled the Plum Creek Code of Conduct, which applies to each director and to the principal executive officer, the principal financial officer and the principal accounting officer as well as to all other employees of the Company. The Plum Creek Code of Conduct, along with the governing charters of each of the Boards committees and the Companys Corporate Governance Guidelines, can be found in the Corporate Governance section of the Companys website accessible to the public at www.plumcreek.com. To find this section of the website, click on the Investors link and then the Corporate Governance link. The Company will post any amendments to, or waivers from, its Code of Conduct (to the extent applicable to any director or any of the Companys executive officers, including the chief executive officer, principal financial officer or principal accounting officer) at this location on its website. In addition to these documents, the Companys annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and reports concerning transactions in the Companys stock by directors and certain officers of the Company, and any amendments to those reports, can also be found on the Companys website by first clicking the Investors link, then the Earnings/Financial Publications link and finally the SEC Filings link. Copies of any of these documents may be obtained from our website or free of charge by contacting the Companys Investor Relations Department at 999 Third Avenue, Suite 4300, Seattle, Washington 98104-4096 or by calling (206) 467-3600.
On May 12, 2006, Rick R. Holley, as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, submitted an unqualified certification to the NYSE stating that, as of that date, he was not aware of any violation by the Company of the NYSE Corporate Governance Listing Standards. Additionally, the Company has filed with the SEC the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer certifications required by Sections 302 and 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as amended.
The Compensation Committee periodically reviews director compensation and engages Towers Perrin to advise it on market data, trends and recommendations for this review. The Committee establishes the compensation for the outside directors based upon this review and advice.
2006 Director Compensation
Our non-employee directors receive the following compensation for their service on the Board:
The Chairman of the Board receives an additional annual retainer of $30,000, and members of Board committees may receive the following amounts, depending upon their involvement with each committee of the Board:
Directors have the choice to elect to take all or a portion of their Board fees in common stock of the Company and may defer all or part of their fee compensation. Directors are reimbursed for expenses incurred in connection with attending Board and committee meetings.
The table below summarizes compensation received by non-employee directors of the Board during 2006.
Election of Directors
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR EACH OF THE DIRECTOR NOMINEES.
The Board is authorized under the Company Bylaws to set, by resolution, the number of directors who comprise the Board. The directors whose terms expire in 2007 and have been nominated for election to one-year terms of office expiring at the 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, or until their successors are elected, are Rick R. Holley, Ian B. Davidson, Robin Josephs, John G. McDonald, Robert B. McLeod, John F. Morgan, Sr., John H. Scully, Stephen C. Tobias, Carl B. Webb and Martin A. White.
In the absence of instructions to the contrary, the proxy holders will vote the proxies received by them for the election of Ms. Josephs and Messrs. Holley, Davidson, McDonald, McLeod, Morgan, Scully, Tobias, Webb and White. Discretionary authority is reserved to cast votes for the election of a substitute should any of the nominees be unable or unwilling to serve as a director.
Each of the nominees has agreed to serve as a director if elected, and the Company believes that each of them will be available to serve. The names and ages of the nominees and their principal occupations or employment during the past five years are set forth below.
Nominees for Election to One-Year Terms Expiring at the 2008 Annual Stockholder Meeting:
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR EACH OF THE NOMINEES ON THE ENCLOSED PROXY CARD. UNLESS INDICATED OTHERWISE, THE SHARES WILL BE VOTED FOR EACH OF THE NOMINEES TO BE ELECTED TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT
The following table sets forth the beneficial ownership of the Companys common stock as of March 9, 2007, for each director, each named executive officer, the directors and executive officers as a group and any person or entity known to the Company to beneficially own more than 5% of the Companys common stock. Unless otherwise indicated, the address of each person is c/o Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., 999 Third Avenue, Suite 4300, Seattle, Washington, 98104-4096.
This section contains information relating to compensation of the Companys named executive officers. The named executive officers are determined in accordance with SEC disclosure rules and include the Companys Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), anyone who served as CFO during 2006 and the three most highly compensated executive officers other than the CEO and CFO who were serving as executive officers at the end of 2006 (collectively, the Named Executive Officers or NEOs). Therefore, the information that follows includes information relating to 2006 compensation for William R. Brown, the Companys former CFO, and Leonard A. Kosar, the Companys former Executive Vice President.
Compensation Discussion and Analysis
With respect to the compensation of the Companys Named Executive Officers, this section summarizes:
Objectives of our Executive Compensation Program
Our executive compensation programs are organized around the following, sometimes competing, objectives:
These objectives reflect our belief that programs which support the attraction and retention of a highly qualified executive management teamcoupled with appropriate incentive programsserve the long-term interests of our investors.
With these objectives in mind, the following principles help guide our decisions regarding executive compensation:
In 2006, we considered compensation levels and practices among forest products companies, real estate companies and general industrialsthe same industries against which shareholder return of the Company is assessed under our long-term incentive awards. However, to account for differences in size, we use a subset of companies from these industries, similar in size to Plum Creek from a revenue and market-capitalization perspective:
For each NEO, we consider the relevance of data for each comparator group, considering (i) the transferability of managerial skills, (ii) the relevance of the NEOs experience to other potential employers, and (iii) the readiness of the NEOs to assume a different or more significant role either within the Company or with another organization. Consistent with this view, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the Committee) has articulated an increased emphasis on the forest products and general industry data for most of the NEOs, referencing real estate industry data for the NEO positions for whom real estate activities are their primary function.
We also offer a competitive benefits program including health and welfare benefits, a 401(k) savings program and a defined benefit pension plan. We offer our NEOs a small number of perquisites. These programs are described in more detail below under Our Executive Compensation Programs.
The compensation package for our NEOs and other members of management includes a number of components that are designed to align individual compensation with the short-term and long-term performance of the Company:
In addition, we have share ownership guidelines for our NEOs. These guidelines ensure that our executives hold a meaningful amount of Company stock so that the impact of changes in our stock performance affects our executives as it affects our shareholders. Our executives must hold a multiple of their base pay in stock as shown below. All our NEOs, with the exception of our CFO, who was recently promoted into the position, have met or exceeded the guidelines. Executives receive up to 50% of the long-term incentive award payouts in stock until the guideline levels are met.
Our Executive Compensation Programs
Overall, our executive compensation programs are designed to be consistent with the objectives and principles set forth above. The basic elements of our 2006 executive compensation program are summarized in the table below, followed by a more detailed discussion of those programs.
Total Direct Compensation
Based on the principle that NEO compensation opportunities should be competitive with market practices, the specific mix of compensation among base salary, annual incentives and long-term incentives is a function of market pay practices.
Determinations regarding base salary adjustments (as well as other elements of compensation) are made in connection with the annual performance reviews of the NEOs and other members of the management team. The CEO reviews each NEOs performance and makes salary recommendations to the Committee. The Committee reviews and approves these recommendations, with modifications, as it deems appropriate. It also annually determines the salary for the CEO.
In 2005, the Committee, with the help of its outside consultant, reviewed the structure and design of the Annual Incentive Plan and approved a new plan with payout opportunities at threshold, target and maximum levels that are calibrated with corresponding levels of our financial performance versus budget. The Committee believes that this structure better aligns executives potential bonus awards with levels of performance results. For example, if performance is at the threshold level (80% of budget), bonuses are paid that position cash compensation at approximately the 25th percentile of the market, and if maximum performance is achieved (120% of budget), bonuses are paid that position cash compensation at approximately the 75th percentile of the market.
The table below shows the threshold, target and maximum bonus opportunities represented as a percentage of base salary effective as of the end of the year under the 2006 Annual Incentive Plan at corresponding levels of financial performance results versus plan.
Financial and strategic objectives are established each year based on a business plan developed by management. For 2006, the business plan objectives included budgeted FFO and strategic objectives of the Company. The business plan is presented to the Companys Board of Directors and subject to their review, modification and approval. Individual goals are also established for each NEO. Such goals include meeting personal and/or business unit financial goals. Performance against these goals is assessed at the end of the year and serves as input into individual bonus award determinations.
Earned Annual Incentive Plan awards are determined at year-end based on the Companys performance against the Board-approved business plan (including both financial and strategic objectives). The Committee reviews award levels recommended by the CEO and exercises discretion, adjusting awards based on its consideration of each NEOs individual performance.
Long-term incentive awards are made pursuant to our 2004 Amended and Restated Stock Incentive Plan (the Stock Incentive Plan). The Compensation Committee specifies which NEOs are to receive awards and determines the amounts of each award to be granted.
NEOs and other employees of the Company currently receive annual grants of stock options, restricted stock units and value management award units. The mix between these forms of awards is designed to be approximately 50% of the total value delivered in value management awards, 25% in stock options and 25% in restricted stock units. We believe this mix represents a balance among vehicles, rewarding for stock price appreciation and relative shareholder return while supporting both the retention and motivation of our NEOs.
Individual determinations are made with respect to the type and amount of each long-term incentive vehicle granted by the Company. In making these determinations, we consider the performance of the Company relative to the financial and strategic objectives set forth in the annual business plan (and considered by the Committee in determining final annual incentive awards of the NEOs) and the individual performance of each NEO. Adjustments to targeted long-term incentive award levels are not determined using a formulaic or other methodrather, the Committee subjectively considers these factors when determining the individual awards for each NEO and for other executives.
As with other elements of our executive compensation program, long-term incentive award grant opportunities are calibrated to market. With the assistance of the outside consultant, long-term incentive grant ranges are established which result in total direct compensation levels ranging from the 25th to the 75th percentile of market pay levels (also depending on performance in the prior year and the impact on bonus payments).
While the vast majority of our awards to NEOs have been made pursuant to our annual grant program, the Committee retains discretion to make awards to NEOs at other times in connection with the hiring of a new executive, for retention purposes or in other situations.
All option awards made to eligible employees (including our NEOs) are made under the Stock Incentive Plan. As described above, all stock options are granted with an exercise price equal to the fair market value of our common stock on the date of grant. Fair market value is defined to be the closing market price of a share of our common stock on the date of grant. We do not have any
program, plan or practice of awarding stock options and setting the exercise price based on a date or price other than the closing market price on the grant date. All grants to NEOs are made by the Committee and not pursuant to delegated authority.
Option repricing is expressly prohibited by the terms of the Stock Incentive Plan.
In 2006, the Committee approved grants of restricted stock units in conjunction with grants of stock options and value management awards to replace the dividend equivalent rights program described below. In making the decision, the Committee viewed the addition of restricted stock units as increasing the retention value of the overall program and making it more straightforward and, therefore, more meaningful to the participants. In addition, they considered that restricted stock units are an increasingly common feature of peer companies long-term incentive programs and, therefore, the component would assist in attracting and retaining key executives. For more information regarding these awards and the cost recognized for these awards, refer to the Companys disclosure in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, as filed with the SEC on February 27, 2007, Part II, Item 8 Notes to Consolidated Financial StatementsNote 11 Share-Based Compensation.
For 2007, the Compensation Committee decided to reduce the Peer Group weighting for the value management award plan from 50% to 25% for the Forest Products companies, and to increase the S&P 500 weighting from 25% to 50% in consideration of consolidation of the forest products industry and resulting smaller peer group. The Morgan Stanley REIT Index will maintain its 25% weighting. Prior awards will maintain the peer group weighting in effect at the time of the grant. For more information regarding these awards and the cost recognized for these awards, refer to the Companys disclosure in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, as filed with the SEC on February 27, 2007, Part II, Item 8 Notes to Consolidated Financial StatementsNote 11 Share-Based Compensation.
Dividend equivalent rights were earned on the basis of relative total shareholder return of the Company relative to that of three comparator groups: (1) a group of 12 forest products companies (including all the companies listed above and reviewed for market comparison purposes); (2) the S&P 500 Index; and (3) the Morgan Stanley REIT Index with the Companys performance against each peer group weighted 50%, 25% and 25%, respectively. In addition, the Company was required to have a minimum total shareholder return on an annualized basis of at least 5.5% per year (considering both stock price appreciation plus dividends paid). Based on satisfaction of these performance requirements, up to 100% of the per-share dividends could be earned by participants over a five-year period.
Prior to 2004, dividend equivalent right awards were earned based on the Company achieving total shareholder returns of 13% on an annualized basis. The performance period for the 2003 dividend equivalent right award ends December 31, 2007, and any awards earned under that plan will be paid in 2008.
With primary consideration to the complexity of the plan design, the Committee decided to discontinue the dividend equivalent right plan beginning in 2006. All NEOs hired prior to January 2006 hold outstanding dividend equivalent right awards, which could earn additional amounts each year through 2009 if performance goals are met. For more information regarding these awards and the cost recognized for these awards, refer to the Companys disclosure in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, as filed with the SEC on February 27, 2007, Part II, Item 8 Notes to Consolidated Financial StatementsNote 11 Share-Based Compensation.
All employees are eligible to participate in the Thrift and Profit Sharing Plan. We provide this plan because we wish to encourage our employees to save a portion of their cash compensation for retirement in a tax-efficient manner.
NEOs who were hired prior to 2002 (Thomas M. Lindquist) participate in the Supplemental Benefits Plan. This plan was the original Supplemental Plan provided by Burlington Resources. Benefits under this plan are based on the employees years of service and the employees highest five consecutive year
average earnings out of the last 10 years. NEOs receive a significant increase in their benefit after becoming eligible for early retirement at age 55 with 10 years of service.
Executives who were hired or promoted to an NEO position after 2002 participate in the Key Employee Supplemental Pension Plan. If they were hired prior to 2000 (David W. Lambert), the formula is based on the employees years of service and the employees highest five consecutive year average earnings out of the last 10 years. Under this formula, NEOs receive a significant increase in their benefit after becoming eligible for early retirement at age 55 with 10 years of service. If they were hired after September 2000 (James A. Kilberg), the pension benefit is based on a cash balance formula. This cash balance formula is based on age and pay credits as a percent of annual earnings and is the same formula for all non-executive salaried Plum Creek employees.
In 2002, the Committee conducted a review of Mr. Holleys pension benefit under the Supplemental Benefits Plan. As a result of that study, the formula was changed to provide a benefit at age 55 equal to 50% of the highest five consecutive year average earnings out of the last 10 years, increased by 2% for each year he continues working beyond age 55 (to a maximum of five years). This benefit is reduced by previously distributed benefits under the Burlington Resources, Inc. Pension Plan and his estimated primary Social Security benefit.
The Company believes that the Pension Plan and the Supplemental Plan are an important part of our NEO compensation program. These plans serve an important role in the retention of our senior executives. These plans encourage our executives to remain with the Company and continue their work on behalf of our shareholders.
The pension valuations are listed on page 31 of this Proxy Statement.
Severance And Other Termination Benefits
Currently, we do not have any employment, severance or change-in-control contracts other than standard change-in-control provisions in the Stock Incentive Plan that apply to any incentive award granted under the plan.
Plum Creek does have a broad-based severance program covering all employees that provides up to 10 weeks pay depending on years of service. For certain position-elimination separations, the Company has provided extended benefits equal to two weeks of pay for every year of service up to one year in consideration of a waiver and release for all potential claims. The Committee reserves the right to adjust this program for executives as well.
The Stock Incentive Plan, pursuant to which the stock options, value management awards, dividend equivalent right awards and restricted stock unit awards are granted, contains specific termination and change-in-control provisions. According to the terms of the plan, if the NEO is terminated by the Company within one year following a change-in-control for any reason other than cause or if the NEO is to resign for good reason:
Decisions by the Company Regarding 2006 Compensation
The Compensation Committee approves all compensation for the CEO, CFO and other NEOs. Information about the Committee and its composition, responsibilities and operations can be found under Board of Directors and Corporate GovernanceBoard CommitteesCompensation Committee on page 4 of this Proxy Statement.
Generally, as was the case in 2006, pay decisions are approved by the Compensation Committee at its February meeting. In order to make informed decisions, the Committee reviewed several documents and analyses during 2005 and prior to the February meeting in 2006, including:
In 2006, the Committee considered recommendations from the CEO for changes in base pay, annual bonus for 2005 performance and long-term incentive grants (stock options, restricted stock units and value management awards) for each NEO and other executives and determined and approved the 2006 compensation package for the CEO. The Committee adjusted the recommendations, as it deemed necessary, and approved total direct compensation opportunities for 2006. The Committee does not factor in levels of realized compensation from earned bonuses, equity awards, value management awards or retirement programs in setting the level of base pay, annual incentive opportunity or long-term incentive grants. The Committee believes that the salary, bonus and long-term incentive opportunities must be competitive with the market to provide a sufficient performance and retention incentive to assist in achieving superior performance results.
In making a determination on changes to base salary, the Committee considered the NEOs current base pay relative to the market and the desired positioning at the market median. In addition, it considered other factors such as internal equity and individual performance. Base pay adjustments for NEOs averaged 3 1/2% (with the exception of Mr. Lindquist, Executive Vice President, who received a $100,000 increase to reflect the competitive market for Real Estate executives).
Annual Incentive Targets for 2006
As described on page 18 of this Proxy Statement, in 2006, the Committee implemented a new AIP incentive structure. Target awards for the NEOs were approved at the February 2006 meeting and served as the guide for 2006 awards. The target awards for 2007 remain unchanged.
Annual Incentives Earned for 2006 Performance
In reviewing and approving recommendations from the CEO on AIP awards for 2006 performance, and determining the AIP awards for the CEO, the Committee considered the financial performance of the Company and the individual performance of the executive.
For 2006, the actual FFO of the Company was $530.0 million versus a budget of $526.8 million, or 100.6% of target, resulting in a base award of 101.5% of target for each executive.
The 2006 cash bonus awards for each NEO are shown in the Summary Compensation Table below under the Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation column.
Summary Compensation Table for the Year 2006
The following table sets forth a summary of compensation for the year ended December 31, 2006, for the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, one individual who served as Chief Financial Officer during 2006 and the Companys three other most highly compensated executive officers for services rendered in all capacities (the Named Executive Officers). Annual compensation amounts are on an accrual basis and include amounts deferred at the Named Executive Officers election.
Grants of Plan-Based Awards During 2006
The following table supplements the Summary Compensation Table, providing information concerning incentive compensation opportunities provided to each Named Executive Officer during 2006.
Annual incentive awards are made under the terms of the Annual Incentive Plan (AIP), and amounts shown below represent potential award amounts that may have been earned based on performance during 2006. The actual AIP award earned for 2006 is reported in the Summary Compensation Table on page 24.
Long-term incentive awards, including RSUs, VMAs and stock options, are made under the terms of the Stock Incentive Plan. The figures below represent:
For more information regarding these annual and long-term incentive awards, refer to the Compensation Discussion and Analysis beginning on page 14 of this Proxy Statement.
Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-Ended December 31, 2006
The following table presents information pertaining to all outstanding equity awards held by the Named Executive Officers as of December 31, 2006. Outstanding equity awards are composed of:
Option Exercises and Stock Vested During 2006
The following table presents information pertaining to all stock options exercised by the Named Executive Officers during 2006 and the value of other equity awards that vested during 2006.
Pension Benefits as of December 31, 2006
The Company maintains three pension plans: the Supplemental Benefits Plan, the Supplemental Pension Plan and the Plum Creek Pension Plan. Only the Plum Creek Pension Plan is a tax-qualified defined benefit
plan under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). Officers whose earnings exceed IRC limitations for qualified plans accrue, under either the Supplemental Benefits Plan or the Supplemental Pension Plan, benefits that they would have lost because of such limitations. Some officers are prevented from participating in the qualified plan altogether because of IRC rules limiting the percentage of plan benefits that can accrue to individual plan participants. The Plum Creek Board of Directors designates the officers who participate in the Supplemental Benefits Plan. All officers of the Company who are not designated to participate in the Supplemental Benefits Plan participate in the Supplemental Pension Plan.
Each plan confers a pension benefit that is based upon either a cash balance formula or final average pay formula. Under the cash balance formula, age-weighted pay credits are allocated to a hypothetical account for the participant. The pay credits range is from 4% to 6% of earnings (gross salary and annual incentive cash bonus). Amounts in the hypothetical account are allocated interest credits tied to the 30-year Treasury interest rate. The benefit amount under the final average pay formula is equal to (i) 1.1% of the highest five consecutive year average earnings (gross salary and annual incentive cash bonus) over the 10 years prior to termination from the Company, plus 0.5% of the highest five consecutive year average earnings over the previous 10 years in excess of one-third of the Old Age Survivors and Disability Insurance taxable wage base in effect during the year of termination, multiplied by (ii) the number of years of total credited service at the Company, up to a maximum of 30 years. Unless otherwise specified by the Plum Creek Board of Directors, officers who joined the Company after September 1, 2000, accrue benefits under the cash balance plan. Officers in the Supplemental Benefits Plan accrue benefits under the final average pay formula. Officers in the Supplemental Pension Plan who joined the Company prior to September 1, 2000 accrue benefits under each formula and, on termination of service to the Company, will receive the greater of the two benefit amounts. Benefits for Messrs. Holley, Lindquist and Brown are calculated according to the final average pay formula. Benefits for Mr. Lambert are calculated according to both the final average pay and the cash balance formulas, and he will receive the greater of the two benefit amounts upon termination of service to the Company. Messrs. Kilbergs and Kosars respective benefits are based on the cash balance formula.
Under each plan, a participant becomes eligible for early retirement at age 55 with 10 years of service. Before early retirement age, the benefit is significantly reduced under each plan. Under the Plum Creek Pension Plan and the Supplemental Pension Plan, the accrued benefit is reduced by 5% for each year the participants actual retirement date precedes age 62 up to a 25% total benefit reduction at age 57. Thereafter, the benefit is reduced by an additional 7% at age 56, 6% at age 55 and 17% at age 54. For the Supplemental Benefits Plan, the benefit is reduced by 2% for each year the participants actual retirement date precedes the date the participant would have attained age 65, or the date the participant could have retired after attaining age 60 with 30 years of credited service, if earlier, up to a 20% total benefit reduction at age 55. At age 54, the benefit is reduced by an additional 35%. Early retirement does not affect benefits accrued under the cash balance formula. Mr. Brown terminated employment with the Company in 2006, and was the only officer then eligible for early retirement benefits.
In addition to the foregoing benefit reductions, benefits accrued under the Plum Creek Pension Plan, and any benefits paid from any predecessor pension plans, reduce on a dollar-for-dollar basis the benefits payable from either the Supplemental Benefits Plan or the Supplemental Pension Plan. Payments from predecessor plans for Messrs. Holley, Brown and Lambert are $100,000, $40,000 and $20,000, respectively.
All benefits under the Supplemental Benefits Plan and Supplemental Pension Plan are paid in the form of a lump sum payable six months following the participants date of termination. Under the Plum Creek Pension Plan, participants may elect to have benefits paid either in the form of an annuity or in the form of a lump sum payment payable any time between the first of the month following termination and age 65. For non-cash balance formula plan participants, lump sum payments are calculated based on the 30-year Treasury interest rate in effect during the year the participant terminates.
In lieu of the benefit described above, an enhanced benefit is payable to Mr. Holley after attaining age 55. This enhanced annual benefit, payable in the form of a lump sum six months following his date of termination,
equals 50% of his highest five consecutive year average earnings out of the 10 years prior to attaining age 55, increasing 2% for each year Mr. Holley continues employment with the Company beyond age 55, up to a maximum of five years. This benefit is reduced by the $100,000 payment described above and by Mr. Holleys estimated primary Social Security benefit.
The following table sets forth information regarding defined benefit pension benefits payable to each Named Executive Officer.
Nonqualified Deferred Compensation for 2006
Named Executive Officers have the opportunity to participate in the Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. Deferral Plan (the Deferral Plan). Under the terms of the Deferral Plan, each Named Executive Officer may choose to defer receipt of all or any portion of his or her base salary, annual cash incentive bonus under the
Annual Incentive Plan or payouts in cash or stock of value management awards. No other form of compensation may be deferred under the Deferral Plan. Deferred amounts earn a market investment rate of return that varies with the Named Executive Officers specific choice of investment among those investments offered by the Deferral Plan administrator.
At the time a deferral election is made, participants must make a distribution election among the following choices: lump sum payment following termination of service to the Company, five annual payments following termination of service to the Company or 10 annual payments following termination of service to the Company. Payments will be made or, in the case of annuities will begin, in January of the year following termination of service for all terminations occurring between January 1st and June 30th. Payments will be made or will begin in July of the year following termination of service for all terminations occurring between July 1st and December 31st. Under the terms of the Deferral Plan, participants may not modify their distribution election.
The following table sets forth information regarding compensation deferred by the Named Executive Officer.
Termination Payments at December 31, 2006
The Company does not have any employment, severance or change-in-control contracts other than termination and change-in-control provisions in the Stock Incentive Plan that apply to any incentive award granted under the plan.
The Stock Incentive Plan, pursuant to which the stock options, DER units, RSU and RSA awards and VMA units are granted, contains specific termination and change-in-control provisions. According to the terms of the plan, if the Named Executive Officer is terminated by the Company within one year following a change-in-control for any reason other than cause or if the Named Executive Officer is to resign for good reason:
Furthermore, if a Named Executive Officer is terminated due to death or total disability, there are similar accelerated vesting provisions except that unvested VMA units are forfeited. Pension and nonqualified deferred compensation benefits are not enhanced upon termination. See pages 31 and 32 of this Proxy Statement for accrued pension benefits and accrued nonqualified deferred compensation benefits, respectively.
The Company also maintains a broad-based severance program covering all employees which provides up to 10 weeks pay depending on years of service. For certain position elimination separations, the Company has provided extended benefits equal to two weeks of pay for every year of service up to one year in consideration of a waiver and release for all potential claims. The Committee reserves the right to adjust this program for executives as well.
The following table summarizes potential payments to each of the Named Executive Officers upon termination following a change in control or upon death or total disability:
Equity Compensation Plan Information
The following table summarizes options and other rights outstanding under Plum Creeks equity-based compensation plans as of December 31, 2006:
RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
The Companys Code of Conduct governs related party transactions for the Companys directors, officers and employees and requires potential conflicts of interest to be reported to the Companys legal department. The Companys policy covers any transaction, arrangement or relationship in which the Company or any of its subsidiaries was, is or will be involved and in which any related person had, has or will have a material interest. The Companys policy recognizes that these transactions can present potential or actual conflicts of interest and create the appearance that corporate decisions are based on considerations other than the best interests of the Company and its stockholders. Nevertheless, the Companys policy recognizes that there may be situations where a related party transaction may be in, or may not be inconsistent with, the best interests of the Company and its
stockholders, including situations where the Company may obtain products or services of a nature, quantity or quality, or on other terms, that are not readily available from alternative sources or when the Company provides products or services to related persons on terms comparable to those provided to or by unrelated third parties.
The legal department reviews all information regarding a related party transaction and assesses whether an actual or proposed transaction is or may be inconsistent with the Companys policy. If the legal department determines that the actual or proposed transaction is or may be inconsistent with the Companys policy, the transaction is submitted to the Board for review. In reviewing a transaction, the legal department and the Board take into consideration all of the relevant facts and circumstances available to them, including, but not limited to, (1) the related persons relationship to the Company and interest in the transaction; (2) the material facts of the transaction, including the amount involved; (3) the benefits to the Company of the transaction; and (4) an assessment of whether the transaction is on terms that are comparable to the terms available to or from an unrelated party.
In addition, any related party transaction involving a director is reviewed annually by the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and the Board in determining the independence of the Companys directors, pursuant to the Boards categorical standards for director independence, SEC rules and the NYSE listing standards. Directors and executive officers are required annually to complete a directors and officers questionnaire that elicits information about related party transactions. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee reviews all transactions and relationships disclosed in the questionnaires, and the Board makes a formal determination regarding each directors independence under the Boards and the NYSEs independence standards.
For a description of related party transactions during 2006, see Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation below.
COMPENSATION COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS AND INSIDER PARTICIPATION
No person who served as a member of the Compensation Committee at any time during 2006 has any compensation committee interlocks or other insider participation to report. Ms. Josephs and Messrs. McLeod, Webb and White served as members of the Compensation Committee during 2006, and Messrs. Tobias and Moghadam each served as a member of the Compensation Committee for part of 2006. No person who served as a member of the Compensation Committee at any time during 2006 is, or was, an officer or employee of the Company. During 2006, the Company paid $717,644 to Norfolk Southern Railway Company for rail transportation services. These payments were made pursuant to a series of arms-length negotiated transactions, and represent less than 3% of the Companys total railway transportation costs. Mr. Tobias serves as vice president and director of Norfolk Southern Railway Company.
COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT
The Compensation Committee, consisting entirely of independent non-employee directors, has furnished the following report on executive compensation:
The Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis with management of the Company. Based on its review and discussions, the Compensation Committee recommended to the full Board that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006, and in this Proxy Statement.
The foregoing report has been submitted by the following members of the Compensation Committee:
Robin Josephs, Robert B. McLeod, Carl B. Webb (Chairman) and Martin A. White
SECTION 16(a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE
The members of the Board, certain officers of the Company designated by the Board and persons who hold more than 10 percent of the Companys common stock are subject to the reporting requirements of Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act, which require them to file reports with respect to their ownership of, and transactions in, the Companys securities and furnish to the Company copies of all such reports they file. The Company filed one untimely report on Form 4 for Ms. Josephs, a director, and also filed one amendment to a timely filed report on Form 3 for Mr. Robert J. Olszewski, Vice President of Environmental Affairs. Based upon the copies of those reports furnished to the Company, and written representations that no other reports were required to be filed, the Company believes that all other reporting requirements under Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act for the year ended December 31, 2006, were met in a timely manner by such designated officers, Board members and greater than 10 percent stockholders.
Ratify Appointment of the Independent Auditors
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR THIS PROPOSAL.
Ernst & Young LLP (Ernst & Young) currently serves as the Companys independent auditors, and that firm conducted the audit of the Companys accounts for the year 2006. The Audit Committee appointed Ernst & Young in February of 2007 to serve as independent auditors to conduct an audit of the Companys accounts for the year 2007, subject to ratification by stockholders. A representative of Ernst & Young will attend the Annual Meeting and be available to respond to appropriate questions and have the opportunity to make a statement if he or she desires to do so.
Selection of the Companys independent auditors is not required to be submitted to a vote of the stockholders of the Company for ratification. However, the Board of Directors is submitting this matter to the stockholders as a matter of good corporate practice. If the stockholders fail to ratify the selection, the Audit Committee will reconsider whether to retain Ernst & Young, and it may retain that firm or another without re-submitting the matter to the Companys stockholders. Even if the stockholders ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young, the Audit Committee may, in its discretion, direct the appointment of different independent auditors at any time during the year if it determines that such a change would be in the best interests of the Company and the stockholders.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE FOR RATIFYING THE APPOINTMENT OF ERNST & YOUNG LLP AS THE COMPANYS INDEPENDENT AUDITORS ON THE ENCLOSED PROXY CARD.
Fees to the Independent Auditors for 2005 and 2006
Ernst & Young billed the Company for the following services during the years ended December 31, 2005, and December 31, 2006:
All of the services provided by the independent auditors in 2005 and 2006 were pre-approved by the Audit Committee, which concluded that the provision of such services by the independent auditors was compatible with the maintenance of its independence in the conduct of its auditing functions. Consistent with the terms of its charter, the Committee is required to pre-approve all audit and non-audit services provided by the independent auditors. The Committee may delegate its pre-approval responsibility to a single member of the Committee, provided that any pre-approval decisions made by any such single Committee member is presented to and discussed by the full Committee at its next scheduled meeting. This responsibility has been delegated to Mr. McDonald, the Chairman of the Committee, with respect to services to be provided prior to any scheduled meeting of the Committee.
Newground Social Investment, 1326 N. 76th Street, Suite 100, Seattle, Washington 98104, on behalf of Ms. Nancy M. Herbert, holder of 85 shares of common stock, has notified the Company that it intends to present a proposal at the Annual Meeting. The proposal and supporting statement, for which the Company has no responsibility, is set forth below.
Resolved, that the shareholders of Plum Creek Timber (Company) request that the Company provide a report, updated semi-annually, disclosing the Companys:
The report shall be presented to a relevant oversight committee of the board of directors and posted on the companys website to reduce costs to shareholders.
Stockholder Supporting Statement
A related resolution received 56.2% shareholder approval in 2005 (reported by Institutional Shareholder Services).
As long-term shareholders of Plum Creek, we support policies that apply transparency and accountability to corporate spending on political activities. Such disclosure is consistent with public policy and in the best interest of the Companys shareholders.
Company executives exercise wide discretion over the use of corporate resources for political activities. These decisions involve political contributions, called soft money, and payments to trade associations and related groups that are used for political activities. Most of these expenditures are not disclosed. In the 2006 election cycle our Company appears to have contributed at least $156,900 in soft money (PoliticalMoneyLine www.fecinfo.com; The Institute of Money in State Politics www.followthemoney.org); however, its payments to trade associations used for political activities are undisclosed and unknown. These activities may include direct and indirect political contributions to candidates, political parties or political organizations; independent expenditures; or electioneering communications on behalf of federal, state or local candidates. The result: shareholders and, in many cases, management do not know how trade associations use their companys money. This proposal asks the Company to disclose its political contributions and payments to trade associations and other tax-exempt organizations.
Absent a system of accountability, company assets can be used for political objectives that are not shared by and may be inimical to the interests of the Company and its shareholders. Relying on publicly available data does not provide a complete picture of the Companys political expenditures. The Companys Board and its shareholders need complete disclosure to be able to fully evaluate the political use of corporate assets. Thus, we urge your support for this critical governance reform.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE AGAINST THE ADOPTION OF THIS PROPOSAL FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
A similar proposal was submitted to a shareholder vote at the 2005 Annual Meeting, where it received approval from 5.78% of the vote required under the Company Bylaws to pass. The Board has considered this resubmission of the proposal and believes that its adoption is unnecessary and would not be in the best interests of Plum Creek and its stockholders.
The Companys political contributions are governed by numerous federal, state and local laws and regulations governing political contributions, including detailed disclosure requirements. Under applicable law, the Company cannot make corporate contributions to federal candidates, but in some states it is able to make contributions to state and local candidates or initiatives where permitted by law. It is also important to note that much of the Company-related political contributions come from funds voluntarily contributed to the Companys political action committee by employees, not from corporate funds.
If adopted, this proposal would impose additional costs and administrative burdens on the Company without conferring a commensurate benefit to stockholders, given that recipients of the Companys political contributions generally must disclose the identity of donors and the amount of their contributions. Therefore, ample disclosure already exists regarding the Companys political contributions, and the preparation of the reports requested in this proposal would result in an unnecessary and unproductive use of Company resources.
The Board also disagrees with statements by the proponent that there is no system of accountability and that . . . company assets can be used for political objectives that are not shared by and may be inimical to the interests of the Company and its shareholders. Senior management guides the Companys political activities to ensure
that political contributions are made for the benefit of the Company and its stockholders. Political contributions are focused on issues and candidates that are relevant and significant to the Companys business, and are reviewed and approved by the Companys senior management.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY OPPOSES THIS PROPOSAL AND RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE AGAINST IT ON THE ENCLOSED PROXY CARD.
The Sheet Metal Workers National Pension Fund, 601 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314 and holder of 5,560 shares of common stock, has notified the Company that it intends to present a proposal at the Annual Meeting. The proposal and supporting statement, for which the Company has no responsibility, is set forth below.
Pay-for-Superior Performance Proposal
Resolved: That the shareholders of Plum Creek Timber Co., Inc. (Company) request that the Board of Directors Executive Compensation Committee establish a pay-for-superior-performance standard in the Companys executive compensation plan for senior executives (Plan), by incorporating the following principles into the Plan:
Supporting Statement: We feel it is imperative that compensation plans for senior executives be designed and implemented to promote long-term corporate value. A critical design feature of a well-conceived executive compensation plan is a close correlation between the level of pay and the level of corporate performance relative to industry peers. We believe the failure to tie executive compensation to superior corporate performance; that is, performance exceeding peer group performance, has fueled the escalation of executive compensation and detracted from the goal of enhancing long-term corporate value.
We believe that common compensation practices have contributed to excessive executive compensation. Compensation committees typically target senior executive total compensation at the median level of a selected peer group, then they design any annual and long-term incentive plan performance criteria and benchmarks to deliver a significant portion of the total compensation target regardless of the companys performance relative to its peers. High total compensation targets combined with less than rigorous performance benchmarks yield a pattern of superior-pay-for-average-performance. The problem is exacerbated when companies include annual
bonus payments among earnings used to calculate supplemental executive retirement plan (SERP) benefit levels, guaranteeing excessive levels of lifetime income through inflated pension payments.
We believe the Companys Plan fails to promote the pay-for-superior-performance principle. Our Proposal offers a straightforward solution: The Compensation Committee should establish and disclose financial and stock price performance criteria and set peer group-related performance benchmarks that permit awards or payouts in its annual and long-term incentive compensation plans only when the Companys performance exceeds the median of its peer group. A senior executive compensation plan based on sound pay-for-superior-performance principles will help moderate excessive executive compensation and create competitive compensation incentives that will focus senior executives on building sustainable long-term corporate value.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE AGAINST THE ADOPTION OF THIS PROPOSAL FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
The Boards Compensation Committee, composed exclusively of independent directors, is responsible for discharging the Boards responsibility relating to executive compensation. The Committee has designed Plum Creeks incentive compensation programs to achieve two goals: to effectively align management and shareholder interests and to attract and retain talented and experienced executives.
Long-term incentive compensation at Plum Creek is currently based, in large part, on relative performance. The value management award plan, which represents approximately half of the value of total long-term incentive compensation, is based on the Companys total shareholder return (stock price appreciation plus dividends) relative to that of three peer groups: forest product companies, Morgan Stanley REIT Index and S&P 500 Index.
The balance of the Companys long-term incentive compensation program, which includes stock options and restricted stock units, focuses primarily on absolute shareholder return performance and executive retention. Stock options derive value only when the Companys stock price appreciates. Restricted stock units, which typically vest incrementally over a four-year period, assist the Company in retaining executive talent and also become more valuable as the Companys stock price appreciates and dividends are paid.
Short-term incentive compensation, consisting of a cash bonus paid under the Annual Incentive Plan, is based on performance goals that are set at the beginning of the year by the Compensation Committee. These goals include achievement of a specified financial target and individual management performance goals.
The Company makes complete disclosure of its executive compensation plans. Detailed descriptions of the long-term and short-term incentive compensation programs and related performance goals can be found in the Executive Compensation and Compensation Discussion and Analysis sections of this Proxy Statement.
The Board believes that it would be in neither the Companys nor stockholders best interests to require the Committee to base the Companys entire incentive compensation program on relative performance. We believe that allowing the Compensation Committee to design an incentive compensation program that uses a mix of absolute and relative performance measures will best support the Companys business goals, while also taking into account the need to retain top-flight executive managers.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY OPPOSES THIS PROPOSAL AND RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE AGAINST IT ON THE ENCLOSED PROXY CARD.
OUTSTANDING CAPITAL STOCK
The common stock of the Company is its only class of voting capital stock. The Companys common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The record date for stockholders entitled to vote at the meeting is the close of business on March 9, 2007. At the close of business on that date, the Company had 177,258,167 issued and outstanding shares of common stock, $.01 par value. The closing price of the Companys common stock on that date was $38.62 per share.
The Company anticipates that the next Annual Meeting of stockholders will be held in May of 2008. Any stockholder who desires to submit a proposal for inclusion in the proxy materials related to the next Annual Meeting of stockholders must do so in writing and it must be received at the Companys principal executive offices on or before November 28, 2007. Any stockholder proposal submitted for inclusion in the Companys proxy materials must comply with the requirements of Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act.
In order for proposals of stockholders made outside of Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act to be considered timely within the meaning of Rule 14a-4(c) under the Exchange Act, such proposals must be received at the Companys principal executive offices not later than March 3, 2008. The Company Bylaws require that proposals of stockholders made outside of Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act must be submitted, in accordance with the requirements of the Company Bylaws, not earlier than February 2, 2008, and not later than March 3, 2008. Article II, Section 5 of the Company Bylaws governs submission of matters for presentation at stockholder meetings.
This Proxy Statement has been preceded or accompanied by the Annual Report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006. Stockholders are referred to such report for financial and other information about the activities of the Company. Except for those pages specifically incorporated in this Proxy Statement, such report is not to be deemed a part of the proxy soliciting material.
ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K
THE COMPANY WILL PROVIDE WITHOUT CHARGE TO EACH PERSON TO WHOM A COPY OF THIS PROXY STATEMENT IS DELIVERED, UPON THE WRITTEN REQUEST OF ANY SUCH PERSON, A COPY OF THE COMPANYS ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K FILED WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (NOT INCLUDING EXHIBITS TO THE FORM 10-K). WRITTEN REQUESTS FOR SUCH COPIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO PLUM CREEK TIMBER COMPANY, INC., INVESTOR RELATIONS, 999 THIRD AVENUE, SUITE 4300, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 98104-4096.
INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE
According to the provisions of Schedule 14A under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the following document or portion thereof is incorporated by reference: Executive Officers of the Registrant from Part I of the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 27, 2007.
In the event that any matter not described herein is properly presented for a stockholder vote at the meeting, or any adjournment thereof, the persons named in the form of proxy will vote in accordance with their best judgment. At the time this proxy statement went to press, the Company knew of no other matters that might be presented for stockholder action at the meeting.
MAP TO THE WASHINGTON ATHLETIC CLUB
Reprinted with the permission of the Washington Athletic Club
[Form of Proxy Card]
PLUM CREEK TIMBER COMPANY, INC.
999 THIRD AVENUE, SUITE 4300
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON 98104-4096
AUTO DATA PROCESSING
INVESTOR COMM SERVICES
51 MERCEDES WAY
VOTE BY INTERNET - www.proxyvote.com
Use the Internet to transmit your voting instructions and for electronic delivery of information up until 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time the day before the meeting date. Have your proxy card in hand when you access the web site and follow the instructions to obtain your records and to create an electronic voting instruction form.
ELECTRONIC DELIVERY OF FUTURE SHAREHOLDER COMMUNICATIONS
If you would like to reduce the costs incurred by Plum Creek in mailing proxy materials, you can consent to receiving all future proxy statements, proxy cards and annual reports electronically via e-mail or the Internet. To sign up for electronic delivery, please follow the instructions above to vote using the Internet and, when prompted, indicate that you agree to receive or access shareholder communications electronically in future years.
VOTE BY PHONE - 1-800-690-6903
Use any touch-tone telephone to transmit your voting instructions up until 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time the day before the meeting date. Have your proxy card in hand when you call and then follow the instructions.
VOTE BY MAIL
Mark, sign and date your proxy card and return it in the postage-paid envelope we have provided or return to Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., c/o ADP, 51 Mercedes Way, Edgewood, NY 11717.
DO NOT RETURN YOUR PROXY CARD IF YOU ARE VOTING BY TELEPHONE OR INTERNET.
THIS PROXY CARD IS VALID ONLY WHEN SIGNED AND DATED.
This proxy, when properly executed, will be voted in the manner directed herein by the undersigned stockholder. If no direction is made, this proxy will be voted FOR each of the nominees for director in Proposal 1; FOR with respect to Proposal 2; AGAINST with respect to Proposal 3; and AGAINST with respect to Proposal 4.
In their discretion the Proxies are authorized to vote on such other matters as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.
PLEASE SIGN EXACTLY AS YOUR NAME APPEARS. IF ACTING AS ATTORNEY, EXECUTOR, TRUSTEE, OR IN REPRESENTATIVE CAPACITY, SIGN NAME AND TITLE.
This Proxy is Solicited on Behalf of the Board of Directors for
the 2007 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, May 2, 2007.
The undersigned acknowledges receipt of (a) the Notice of 2007 Annual Meeting of the Stockholders of Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. (the Company), (b) the accompanying Proxy Statement, and (c) the Annual Report of the Company for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2006. Rick R. Holley, David W. Lambert and James A. Kraft, or any one of them, with power of substitution and revocation, are hereby appointed Proxies of the undersigned to vote all stock of the Company which the undersigned is entitled to vote at the 2007 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held at the Washington Athletic Club, located at 1325 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, Washington, on May 2, 2007 at 9:00 a.m., or any adjournment thereof, with all powers which the undersigned would possess if personally present, upon such business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.
THE COMPANYS BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR EACH OF THE NOMINEES FOR DIRECTOR IN PROPOSAL 1, AND SHARES WILL BE SO VOTED UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED.
THE COMPANYS BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR WITH RESPECT TO PROPOSAL 2, AND SHARES WILL BE SO VOTED UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED.
THE COMPANYS BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE AGAINST WITH RESPECT TO PROPOSAL 3, AND SHARES WILL BE SO VOTED UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED.
THE COMPANYS BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE AGAINST WITH RESPECT TO PROPOSAL 4, AND SHARES WILL BE SO VOTED UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED.
YOU MAY ALSO VOTE VIA TELEPHONE OR INTERNET. SEE INSTRUCTIONS ON REVERSE SIDE.
CONTINUED AND TO BE SIGNED ON REVERSE
PLUM CREEK TIMBER COMPANY, INC.
999 THIRD AVENUE, SUITE 4300
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON 98104-4096