STERLING BANCORP 10-K 2008
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
AMENDMENT NO. 2
For the Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2007
For the transition period from to
Commission File Number: 0-25233
PROVIDENT NEW YORK BANCORP
(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(Registrants Telephone Number including Area Code)
Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None
Indicate by check mark if the Registrant is a well-known seasonal issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. YES ¨ NO x
Indicate by check mark if the Registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Act. YES ¨ NO x
Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding twelve months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to file such reports) and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. YES x NO ¨
Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of Registrants knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendments to this Form 10-K. ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, or a non-accelerated filer See definition of accelerated and large accelerated filer in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act (check one).
Large Accelerated Filer ¨ Accelerated Filer x Non-Accelerated Filer ¨
[Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). YES ¨ NO x
The aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of the Registrant, computed by reference to the closing price of the common stock as of March 31, 2007 was $511,864,123.
As of December 7, 2007 there were outstanding 40,461,198 shares of the Registrants common stock.]
DOCUMENT INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
for the Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2007
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Provident New York Bancorp (Provident or the Company) is filing this Amendment No. 2 (the Amendment) to its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 13, 2007. This Form 10-K/A does not reflect events occurring after the filing of the original Form 10-K. Further, this Form 10-K/A does not modify or update the disclosures in the original Form 10-K in any way other than as required to reflect the amendments set forth below.
The complete text of Items 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 of Part III is set forth herein, including those portions of the text that have not been amended from the Companys proxy statement dated January 15 , 2008. Item 15 of Part IV is amended to include a copy of the Companys bylaws.
The principal changes are highlighted as follows:
The following table and accompanying information sets forth the names of, and certain information with respect to, each of the directors and executive officers of the Company.
Dennis L. Coyle has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Provident Bank since 1994 and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Provident New York Bancorp since its formation in 1999. Mr. Coyle is the owner and President of Denlo Realty Corp., the owner of Dennis L. Coyle Rental Properties, and is formerly the co-owner of the Coyle Insurance Agency, Inc.
Stephen G. Dormer was named Senior Vice President of Provident Bank in 1994 and served as Provident Banks Director of Business Development from 1996 until August 2003, when he was appointed Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Commercial Lending. Effective January 2005, Mr. Dormer was appointed Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning and Commercial Lending.
William F. Helmer has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Provident Bank since 1994 and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Provident New York Bancorp since its formation in 1999. He has been a director of the Company since 1974. Mr. Helmer is the President of Helmer-Cronin Construction, Inc.
Judith Hershaft has served as a director since 2000. She is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Innovative Plastics Corp., a manufacturer of custom plastic products in Orangeburg, New York. Ms. Hershaft is also the Chairman of Innovative Plastics South Corp. in Tennessee and Innovative Plastics West Corp. in Arizona.
Thomas F. Jauntig, Jr. has served as a director since 2000. He is a retired partner in Korn, Rosenbaum, Phillips & Jauntig LLP, certified public accountants.
Richard O. Jones was appointed Executive Vice President, Business Services in December 2004. Mr. Jones has 30 years of retail banking, operations and sales management experience, starting with Manufacturers Hanover, followed by Chemical Bank and JP Morgan Chase. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Jones served as Senior Vice President/Regional Manager for the Tri-State (New York-New Jersey-Connecticut) and Texas Regions for JP Morgan Chase. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Jones served as Senior Vice President, Client Management and Personal Financial Services for JP Morgan Chase.
Thomas G. Kahn has served as a director since 2004. He is President of Kahn Brothers Group, Inc., Kahn Brothers LLC and Kahn Brothers Advisors LLC., all located in New York City. Kahn Brothers LLC is a member of the New York Stock Exchange. Kahn Brothers Advisors LLC is a Registered Investment Advisor with over $800 million of assets under management.
R. Michael Kennedy has served as a director since 2004. Mr. Kennedy is a general partner and manager of various real estate companies, all managed through Kennedy Companies, Inc.
Victoria Kossover has served as a director since 2000. She is a partner in Kossover Law Offices.
Paul A. Maisch has served as Chief Financial Officer of Provident Bank and Provident New York Bancorp since March 2003. Mr. Maisch was named Executive Vice President in January 2006. From 1998 through 2001, Mr. Maisch served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Premier National Bancorp, and had been employed by Premier National Bancorp and its predecessors since 1984.
Donald T. McNelis has served as a director since 1987. Mr. McNelis served as President of St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, New York from 1974 until his retirement in 1995.
Richard A. Nozell has served as a director since 1990. Mr. Nozell is the owner of Richard Nozell Building Construction and serves as a general building contractor.
Carl J. Rosenstock has served as a director since 2004. Mr. Rosenstock is Secretary-Treasurer of General Sportwear Co., Inc., a manufacturer of childrens apparel.
Daniel G. Rothstein has been employed by Provident Bank since 1983, and was named Executive Vice President in 1989. Mr. Rothstein served as Provident Banks Chief Credit Officer and Regulatory Counsel from 1996 until August 2003, when he was appointed Chief Risk Officer. Mr. Rothstein was appointed Corporate Secretary effective January 2004 and was named General Counsel in January 2006.
William R. Sichol, Jr. has served as a director since 1990. Mr. Sichol is a principal of Sichol & Hicks, P.C., a private law firm.
Burt Steinberg has served as a director since 2000. Mr. Steinberg is the Executive Director of and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Dress Barn, Inc., a womans specialty store retailer.
George Strayton has served as a director since 1991. Mr. Strayton has been employed by Provident Bank since 1982, was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Provident Bank in 1986, and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Provident New York Bancorp since its formation in 1999. Mr. Strayton is a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York.
Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance
Our executive officers and directors and beneficial owners of greater than 10% of the outstanding shares of common stock are required to file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission disclosing beneficial ownership and changes in beneficial ownership of our common stock. Securities and Exchange Commission rules require disclosure if an executive officer, director or 10% beneficial owner fails to file these reports on a timely basis. Based on our review of ownership reports, Director Nozell filed one late Form 4 to report the sale of 671 shares of common stock from his deferred compensation account. Based on Providents review of ownership reports required to be filed for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007, no other executive officer, director or 10% beneficial owner of Providents shares of common stock failed to file ownership reports on a timely basis.
Code of Ethics
Provident has adopted a Code of Ethics that is applicable to our senior financial officers, including Providents principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer and all officers performing similar functions. The Code of Ethics is available on Provident Banks Internet website at www.providentbanking.com under the Investor Relations tab. Amendments to and waivers from the Code of Ethics, as applicable, are disclosed on Provident Banks website.
Providents Audit Committee consists of Directors Nozell, who serves as Chairman, Jauntig, Kossover, and Steinberg. The Board determined that Director Jauntig qualifies as an audit committee financial expert. Each member of the Audit Committee is independent in accordance with the Nasdaq Marketplace Rules.
Our Board has adopted a written charter for the Audit Committee, which is available on the Companys Internet website (www.providentbanking.com) under About UsInvestor Relations tab. As more fully described in the Audit Committee Charter, the Audit Committee is responsible for overseeing our accounting and financial reporting processes, including the quarterly review and the annual audit of our consolidated financial statements by the independent registered public accounting firm. In addition, the Audit Committee meets with our internal Chief Auditor to review the results of audits of specific areas on a quarterly basis.
Compensation Discussion & Analysis
This Compensation Discussion & Analysis (CD&A) is intended to outline, among other things, Providents compensation philosophy, objectives and processes. It also sets out our method for decision-making regarding executive compensation and the data and reasoning behind the decisions that are made.
Compensation Philosophy & Guiding Principles
Providents executive compensation program is designed to attract, develop and retain experienced, high quality executive officers who are capable of maximizing long term business performance for the benefit of our stockholders. The Executive Compensation Committee (the Committee) of Providents Board of Directors administers the total compensation program.
The Committee seeks to award executive officers with a total compensation package that is competitive and is aligned with the financial and non-financial business goals supporting Providents Brand Values and business strategy.
The executive total compensation program is designed to meet the following high-level objectives:
We accomplish these objectives through an integrated total compensation program which includes the following components:
Through the combination of these various compensation components, we believe the Company has an effective program, which balances multiple needs and related objectives.
The Committee reviews its philosophy and executive compensation practices annually for alignment with our strategic goals and desired objectives.
Role of the Executive Compensation Committee, Management, and the Compensation Consultant in the Executive Compensation Process
Role of the Executive Compensation Committee
The Committee is responsible for discharging the Boards responsibilities concerning executive compensation related matters. Four members of the Board, each of whom is independent, serve on the Committee. The Committee meets throughout the year, with four meetings held during fiscal year 2007. The Chairman of the Committee reports on Committee actions at Board meetings.
The Committee reviews all compensation components for Providents Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and other three most highly compensated executive officers (collectively, the Named Executive Officers). The components are reviewed by element and in the aggregate, including base salary, annual incentive, total cash compensation, long-term incentives/equity, total direct compensation, benefits and perquisites, and total compensation. In addition, the Committee reviews the pay-for-performance relationship and considers all elements in the aggregate as part of the executives total compensation package.
The Committees major duties and responsibilities are:
The Committee has the authority to retain any advisors needed to perform its responsibilities. The Committee also routinely obtains advice and assistance from internal or external legal, human resource, accounting or other experts, advisors, or consultants, as it deems appropriate.
Role of Providents Management
Although the Committee and the Board are ultimately responsible for executive compensation, they obtain information and input from management in connection with their decisions.
Below is a summary of the role of Providents management in assessing and recommending executive compensation:
Role of the Compensation Consultant
The Executive Compensation Committee is responsible for hiring the compensation consultant and advisors used throughout the year for advice on executive compensation. In fiscal year 2007, the Committee hired the compensation consulting firm Pearl Meyer & Partners. The Committee has direct access to the consultant for issues related to executive compensation and benefits. In addition to compensation consultants, the Committee has access to outside legal counsel or other experts as needed.
The compensation consultant conducts periodic comprehensive total compensation studies as well as ongoing updates on market trends and best practices. The Committee requests and utilizes this information as needed to make informed decisions and develop review processes.
The Committee periodically requests consultants and advisors to present findings or provide education regarding best practices and trends in the banking industry related to executive compensation.
The compensation consultant reports directly to the Committee. In the event that the Company seeks the expertise of the consulting firm for assistance with other issues not directly related to executive compensation, the Committee approves such activities.
As part of its analysis and decision making process, the Committee assesses competitive market compensation using a number of data sources. The primary data source used in setting a competitive market for the executive officers is the information publicly disclosed by a peer group of companies. The Committees consultant selects the peer group to reflect banks of similar asset size and region, the two factors that the Committee believes most directly influence executive compensation in community banks.
The comparable companies are reviewed annually and may be changed from year to year depending on changes in the marketplace, acquisitions, divestitures and the business focus of Provident or comparable companies.
Below is a listing of the peer group used for 2007. This peer group includes 20 institutions in the Northeast reflecting banks generally between $1.5 billion and $5 billion in assets. The objective is to target Providents executive compensation at approximately the median of the peer group.
Proxy data comparisons are based on executives roles, rather than rank to ensure a better comparison.
As a secondary source for cash compensation (base salary and incentive), Pearl Meyer & Partners also provides comparative data from other industry surveys and general industry databases. Data is selected that best represent the asset size and region closest to Provident Bank. The consultants analysis reviews compensation elements individually and in the aggregate to provide more comprehensive information. This data forms the basis for developing total compensation targets and assessing the effectiveness of the programs.
Compensation Decision Process
In determining compensation for the CEO, the Committee considers the compensation consultants analysis, its assessment of the CEOs performance, and overall Company performance. For all other senior executives, the Committee considers the consultants analysis, overall Company performance, and the CEOs assessment of each executive officers performance.
The Committee considers many factors when making decisions about compensation including, but not limited to:
The Committee reviews all aspects of compensation to ensure total compensation achieves its desired objectives. The mix of total compensation is designed to provide significant focus on performance incentives, both short-term and long-term. While the Committee does not specify a percentage of annual compensation that is based on performance (short and long-term), it does review executives pay relative to the pay mix in the market and generally targets at least 50% of total compensation based on performance.
Providents total compensation program consists of four main components of compensation.
The purpose of base salary is to provide competitive and fair base salary that recognizes the executives roles, responsibilities, contributions, experiences and performance. Base salary represents a fixed element of compensation that reflects executives long-term performance and market pay level for the role. Base salaries are targeted to be competitive with the practices of comparable financial institutions in the region. The Committee annually recommends to the Board each executives individual pay to reflect individual experience, expertise, performance, and contribution in the role.
The Committee establishes base salary ranges annually based on the competitive analysis conducted by our consultant. The ranges not only reflect competitive market rates (a range around median of peer and survey data) for each role, but also the internal relationships of the executive team members. The market range allows the Committee discretion to target the median while recognizing each executives individual contributions, experience and performance.
Base salary increases effective January 2007 considered Providents annual merit budget for all employees, as well as each executives role and contribution to the Company. As of January 1, 2007, the CEOs base salary was increased to $475,000, an increase of 5.55% over his prior salary of $450,000.
Other Executive Officers: The Committee also reviews other executives compensation and determines salary increases considering performance feedback provided by the CEO, competitive market data, individual contribution and performance relative to individual and company-wide business and financial goals. Overall, the Committee approved salary increases ranging from 5% to 5.5% with an average of 5.2%. The CFO received an additional 5% increase based on external specific market data provided by the compensation consultant.
Annual Cash Incentive Compensation
An integral part of Providents total compensation program is the Executive Officer Incentive Plan. The plan is designed to reward executives for business achievements to the extent those achievements contribute measurably to Providents attainment of its business goals. The plan is designed to reward for overall Company performance, and does not consider individual contributions. This reflects our goal of creating an executive group that works together as a team for the overall good of the Company. The plan measures Providents performance in five areas deemed essential to building and maintaining stockholder value, which are:
As part of Providents business planning process, the Board of Directors approves an annual business plan at the beginning of each fiscal year. Based on the plan, the CEO provides the Committee with a summary of Company-wide goals and suggested weightings for each performance category. The Committee considers these recommendations and any other factors it deems relevant to determine the weightings for each performance category for the upcoming year. The Committees determination is reported to the Board of Directors. For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007 the weightings were:
Incentive award targets as a percentage of base salary are reviewed and recommended by the Committee, and approved by the Board of Directors. The percentage target is set to reflect competitive awards for achieving specific performance goals. Actual awards vary based on performance and can range from 50% of target for satisfactory performance relative to performance goals, to 150% of target for outstanding performance.
The target incentive for the CEO in effect for 2007 was 40% of base salary, and was 30% of base salary for the other Named Executive Officers. As a result of the compensation review conducted by Pearl Meyer & Partners for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, the Committee recommended and the Board approved an increase of the target award for the CEO to 50% of base salary.
Evaluation of Performance
At the end of the year, the Committee reviews the Companys performance relative to each of the performance categories and weights defined at the start of the plan year. Each category receives a rating with an associated numerical score: unsatisfactory (1), marginally satisfactory (2), satisfactory (3), above satisfactory (4), or outstanding (5).
Each categorys numerical rating is multiplied by the weight to arrive at a point score. The total of the point score is then translated to the following payout matrix to determine the incentive award:
A summary of the evaluation process, ratings and award payout as determined by the Committee for fiscal year 2007 performance follows.
Quality and Level of Earnings (30%)
This category measures not only absolute earnings levels, but also the consistency of those earnings and, as a result, their contribution to building franchise value. In stressing the quality of earnings, we reflect our belief that short-term tactics and unusual events do not necessarily contribute to building franchise value. Key performance measures in this category include net interest margin and core earnings from banking activities. Efficiency and productivity measures are also included in this category, reflecting management efforts to optimize resources while achieving appropriate overall returns. Core earnings are defined in this context as earnings achieved without giving effect to accounting changes and one-time events. Since broader economic issues affect performance, peer comparisons are also included to establish earnings performance relative to the industry.
Assessment of 2007 performance: Net interest margin was below plan and prior year performance; however, the Committee considered that peer net interest margins had suffered more than Providents. The efficiency ratio was 100 basis points better than plan and prior year performance. The Committee also took into account the difficult interest rate environment that existed during fiscal year 2007, including the lack of opportunity to leverage. The Committee judged the performance of this category to be satisfactory relative to industry and peer performance, and rated performance a satisfactory, assigning a numerical rating of three.
Balance Sheet Management (30%)
This category includes measures of asset/liability management, capital management and loan and investment portfolio management. It also includes measures of results in meeting asset and liability targets and achieving appropriate returns. As a result, this category is often the most comprehensive reflection of management effectiveness in both financial decision making and business generation. Performance here, as in other categories, is measured in comparison to peers.
Assessment of 2007 performance: The Committee reviewed the mix of assets, loan to deposit ratio, overall loan growth and deposit retention. Loan to deposit ratio exceeded plan, driven by quality loan growth, but deposits did not meet plan. The Committee reviewed the deposit pricing strategies management employed and the resulting favorable marginal cost of liabilities. The Committee also considered the launch of services and products to support growth in commercial demand deposit accounts. The Committee rated this category above satisfactory, assigning a numerical rating of four.
Market Share Growth (15%)
Market Share is a key expression of franchise value. The measurements in this category reflect both absolute and relative performance in maintaining or improving market share. While there are limitations in the data behind these measures, the Committee considers that the measures used (performance relative to peers, trends, and actual versus plan) are, generally, the best available for each category, and those most widely accepted.
Assessment of 2007 performance: The Committee acknowledged the significant increase in loans and Providents ranking as the number one small business lender in our primary market area, and the number two position in market share in deposits in our primary market area. The Committee again noted the disciplined pricing maintained by management in maintaining its balance sheet and judged the rating in this area to be above satisfactory, with a numerical rating of four.
Risk Management (15%)
Risk management is a discipline fundamental to all activities within the Company. This category measures managements effectiveness across all risk categories. The measures reflect outside assessments of risk as well as internal evaluations.
Assessment of 2007 performance: The Committee considered the various elements of risk including credit, liquidity, operational, capital and interest rate. All risk levels were within guidelines and actively monitored. The Committee also considered the results of internal and external audits. It granted an outstanding rating for this category with a rating of five.
Stock Performance (10%)
This category provides a number of measures of the performance of Providents stock over the course of the plan period. While absolute EPS growth is a key measure, this section also provides EPS measures in comparison to analyst expectations and peer group performance. These measures provide context for evaluating management effectiveness in improving market capitalization and are considered in the context of industry and stock market performance. The lower weight for this factor reflects the limited influence management has on stock price over the short term as well as our belief that stock performance incentives are better addressed through long-term incentives, stock grants and options.
Assessment of 2007 performance: The total return on the Companys stock for the fiscal year was2.8%. Indices to which the Company is a member ranged from -5.4 to -10.2 %. The Companys P/E ratio exceeded peer averages and its earnings per share of 48 cents was in line with analyst expectations and only one cent below the prior year. Although net income per share was below plan, the Committee judged overall performance to be above satisfactory given the interest and economic environment that existed during 2007 and gave it a rating of four.
Overall Incentive Award Determination
As a result of the rankings and weightings, the total score was 385. The score intervals and corresponding percentage of target are as follows:
The score of 385 was between 350 (75% award payout) and 400 (100% payout). As a result, the cash incentive award was determined to be 75% of target. The Committee chose not to interpolate between scores.
The incentive target was 40% for the CEO and 30% for each of the other Named Executive Officers. Thus the CEO was awarded an incentive bonus of 30% of the average base salary in effect for the 2007 fiscal year, and each other Named Executive Officer received 22.5%.
Stock Based Compensation
Another key element of executive total compensation is the Companys equity based plans, which are the Provident Bank 2000 Stock Option Plan (the 2000 Plan) and the Provident Bancorp, Inc. 2004 Stock Incentive Plan (the 2004 Plan), collectively referred to as the Plans. The purpose of the Plans is to provide long-term incentives that align executives with stockholder interests and the long-term interests of the Company. Stock is also a critical element to attract and retain highly qualified officers. Stock options align executives with stockholder interests by rewarding for stock price appreciation while restricted stock ensures an ownership interest.
The disinterested members of the Committee administer the Plans and are responsible for awarding any of three types of equity linked awards to eligible individuals stock options, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock in accordance with the terms of the Plans.
No awards were granted in fiscal year 2007 since executives retain a significant equity interest through initial awards granted in 2005. The awards granted in 2005 provide a five-year vesting period (20% per year) for stock options and a ten-year term. The Committee believes the 2005 awards continue to focus executives on stockholder interests and provides significant focus on the long-term performance of the Company. The Committee retains the ability to provide additional grants at its discretion, and in accordance with plan limits.
Provident sponsors a variety of benefit plans for all employees, in which the executives also participate. These benefits include the Provident Bank Employee Stock Ownership Plan, a 401(k) Plan, the Provident Bank Defined Benefit Pension Plan (for which benefit accruals have been frozen), life insurance and health and welfare benefits.
Provident also provides certain executive benefits and perquisites that are designed to provide benefits to executives to address tax code limitations. Providents policy on benefits has been to provide benefits consistent with market practice.
Additional benefits and perquisites provided for executives include:
Supplemental Retirement Benefits
Provident provides certain executives with supplemental retirement benefits to make up for benefits that would otherwise be payable if specified tax code limitations did not apply. In addition, employees who serve as directors may defer receipt of all or a portion of the incentive compensation paid to him or her in the persons capacity as an employee during the year under a non-qualified deferred compensation plan for directors.
Provident provides certain executives with supplemental long-term disability insurance, long term care insurance, and life insurance. The Committee believes that these insurance benefits are generally important to address market practices and attract and retain qualified employees.
Provident does not provide significant perquisites or personal benefits to its executives. Certain executives may receive a company automobile and membership at a country club. These perquisites are in keeping with customary practice and support our business goals.
Impact of Accounting and Tax on the Form of Compensation
The Committee takes into account the various tax and accounting implications of compensation and benefit vehicles utilized by the Company.
Adjustment or Recovery of Awards
Under Section 304 of The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, if Provident New York Bancorp is required to restate its financial statements due to material non-compliance with any financial reporting requirements based upon a judicial determination of misconduct, the CEO and the CFO must reimburse Provident for:
Consideration of Prior Amounts Realized
In furtherance of Providents strategy of emphasizing rewards for future superior performance, prior compensation outcomes, including stock compensation gains, are generally not considered in setting future compensation levels.
Stock Ownership Guidelines and Hedging Policies
Provident does not currently have formal stock ownership guidelines in place, but does encourage executive officers to own shares by providing significant equity opportunities through stock options and restricted stock.
Provident provides employment agreements to all Named Executive Officers. For a discussion of their terms, see Employment Agreements and Potential Payments upon Termination or a Change in Control.
Executive Compensation Committee Report
The Executive Compensation Committee evaluates and establishes compensation for executive officers. Although management has the primary responsibility for Providents financial statements and reporting process, including the disclosure of the CD&A, the Committee has reviewed the CD&A with management and is satisfied it represents the philosophy, intent, and actions of the Committee with regard to executive compensation. We recommend to the Board of Directors that the CD&A be included in the proxy statement for filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Burt Steinberg, Chair
Dennis L. Coyle
William F. Helmer
Donald T. McNelis
Summary Compensation Table. The following table sets forth for the year ended September 30, 2007 certain information regarding total remuneration paid to our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and to our other three most highly compensated executive officers. We refer to these executive officers in this Proxy as the Named Executive Officers.
ALL OTHER COMPENSATION
As discussed below under Employment Agreements and Potential Payments upon Termination or a Change in Control, we provide employment agreements to each of the Named Executive Officers.
Grants of Plan-Based Awards
The following table sets forth for the year ended September 30, 2007 certain information regarding non-equity incentive plan compensation for the Named Executive Officers.
During the last fiscal year, no outstanding option or other equity-based award was repriced or otherwise materially modified.
Executive Officer Incentive Plan
Please see CD&A section titled Annual Cash Incentive Compensation for a description of the material terms of the Executive Officer Incentive Plan.
2000 Stock Option Plan and 2004 Stock Incentive Plan
Providents stockholders approved the Provident Bank 2000 Stock Option Plan (the 2000 Plan) in February 2000. A total of 1,712,640 shares of authorized but un-issued common stock were reserved for issuance under the 2000 Plan, although Provident may also fund option exercises using treasury shares. Under the terms of the 2004 Stock Incentive Plan (the 2004 Plan), a total of 1,997,300 shares of authorized but un-issued common stock were reserved for issuance under the 2004 Plan. Under both plans, options have a ten-year term and may be either non-qualified stock options or incentive stock options. Reload options may be granted under the terms of the 2000 Plan and provide for the automatic grant of a new option at the then-current market price in exchange for each previously owned share tendered by an employee in a stock-for-stock exercise. Each option entitles the holder to purchase one share of common stock at an exercise price equal to the fair market value of the stock on the grant date. Employees who retire under circumstances in accordance with the terms of either the 2000 Plan or the 2004 Plan may be entitled to accelerate the vesting of individual awards. As of September 30, 2007, 162,600 shares were potentially subject to accelerated vesting.
Stock Awards and Stock Option Grants Outstanding
The following tables set forth information regarding stock awards and stock options outstanding at September 30, 2007, whether granted in 2007 or earlier.
OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT SEPTEMBER 30, 2007
(b) & (c)
The following table presents options exercised and vesting of stock awards in 2007 for Named Executive Officers:
OPTION EXERCISES AND STOCK VESTED FOR THE YEAR ENDED 9/30/07
Provident Bank Defined Benefit Pension Plan
The Defined Benefit Plan is a tax-qualified defined benefit pension plan. The plan was frozen to new participants effective September 30, 2006, and no additional benefit accruals have been earned under the plan since that date.
The normal retirement benefit is a single life annuity (with amounts payable to a participant during the participants lifetime only) or, for a married participant, a joint and survivor annuity (where, upon the participants death, the participants spouse is entitled to receive, for the remainder of the spouses lifetime, a benefit equal to 50% of the amount paid during the participants lifetime). Benefits may be paid in various other annuity forms or, if a participant has completed 20 years of service and has attained age 55 or greater, as a lump sum. Under the Defined Benefit Plan, normal retirement age is the later of a participants 65th birthday and the fifth anniversary of the participants participation in the plan.
The normal retirement benefit is payable monthly and calculated, effective October 1, 1994, as an amount equal (on an annualized basis) to the sum of (A) 1.6% of a participants average annual compensation multiplied by the participants years of service (up to 35 years), and (B) 0.5% of the amount by which a participants average annual compensation exceeds covered compensation (the average of the taxable wage base for the 35 calendar years preceding the participants social security retirement age), multiplied by a participants years of service (up to 35 years). If a participant would be entitled to a greater amount under a method for calculating normal retirement benefits in effect prior to October 1, 1994, however, then the prior method of calculation will apply instead. The amount of the annual benefit that may be accrued by a participant under the Defined Benefit Plan is subject to a cap imposed under the Internal Revenue Code (Code).
A participants average annual compensation is generally the average of the participants annual compensation over the five consecutive calendar years (out of the last ten) in which his or her compensation was the highest. Compensation earned after December 31, 2006 is disregarded, however. A participants compensation includes wages and salary, but excludes commissions and bonuses where paid to a participant with a title of vice president or higher. The amount of annual compensation that may be taken into account for purposes of calculating benefits is subject to a cap under Code Section 401(a)(17), which was $210,000 in 2005.
Employees with ten years of service may retire as early as age 55, but generally with a reduction from normal retirement benefits. Benefits will not be reduced, however, for a participant who is 62 or older and has completed at least 20 years of service.
As of September 30, 2007, Messrs. Strayton, Rothstein and Dormer are ages 63, 60 and 57 and have been credited with 24, 24 and 12 years of service, respectively. Thus, they are eligible to retire under the early retirement benefit provisions of the Defined Benefit Plan and, in the case of Mr. Strayton, without any reduction in benefits.
For purposes of determining eligibility for early retirement benefits under the Defined Benefit Plan, a participant is credited with a year of eligibility service for each year in which a participant has performed at least 1,000 hours of eligibility service. Provident does not have a standing policy regarding service credit for employment under acquired companies whose plans were merged into the Defined Benefit Plan. Providents practice has been not to grant such credit. Benefits accrued under the plans of those prior employers are generally determined in accordance with the terms of those prior plans. However for purposes of plan participation, early retirement eligibility and vesting credit is given for years of service under employment of acquired companies. None of the Named Executive Officers has received any extra credit under the Defined Benefit Plan for service to employers other than Provident Bank.
Provident contributes each year to the Defined Benefit Plan an amount that is at least equal to the actuarially determined minimum funding requirements in accordance with ERISA and the Code. For the plan year ended September 30, 2007 no contribution was required.
The following table sets forth information regarding the actuarial present value of benefits accrued by the Named Executive Officers under the Provident Bank Defined Benefit Pension Plan (the Defined Benefit Plan) and the defined benefit portion of Provident Banks Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan (the SERP) as of September 30, 2007.
Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan (Defined Benefit Component)
Provident maintains the SERP, a non-qualified supplemental retirement benefits plan. The purpose of the SERP is to make up for benefits that would otherwise be payable under the Defined Benefit Plan, the Provident Bank 401(k) Plan and the Provident Bank Employee Stock Ownership Plan if the Code limitations did not apply.
A participant in the SERP who has accrued benefits in the Defined Benefit Plan is eligible for a retirement benefit (a supplemental retirement benefit) generally equal to the difference between (a) the annual benefit the executive would have received under the Defined Benefit Plan if the amount of benefits were computed without giving effect to the limitations under the Code and (b) the annual benefit actually payable to the executive under the terms of the Defined Benefit Plan. For purposes of calculating the amount of supplemental retirement benefits payable to a participant, a participants compensation also includes any deferred compensation or fees payable to the participant as an officer or a director of Provident.
Supplemental retirement benefits under the SERP are generally payable at the time and in the form elected by a participant in accordance with the terms of the SERP. If the participant fails to designate a time of payment, the payment will be made upon the participants separation from service from Provident. If the participant fails to designate a form of payment, the payment will be made in ten annual installments beginning on the first business day of the year following the participants separation from service, with each installment equaling the quotient of the amount of accrued and unpaid supplemental retirement benefits divided by the number of installments remaining. For specified employees under Code Section 409A, however, payments upon a separation from service cannot be made before the seventh month following separation from service and must be delayed until then. Amounts accrued as supplemental retirement benefits (to the extent unpaid) are deemed to accrue interest each year at the one-year Treasury rate for the first auction in January of the year.
Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan (Defined Contribution Component)
The SERP provides for supplemental 401(k) benefits and supplemental ESOP benefits to compensate executives for benefits that would otherwise be payable due to Code limitations under the Provident Bank Retirement Savings Plan (the 401(k) Plan) and the Provident Bank Employee Stock Ownership Plan (the ESOP).
In the case of supplemental 401(k) benefits, amounts are payable only to the same extent that a participant is vested in his or her benefits under the 401(k) plan. The time and form of payment of supplemental 401(k) benefits and supplemental ESOP benefits, as well as the measure for calculating interest on accrued benefits, is generally determined in the same manner as for supplemental retirement benefits (see Defined Benefit Component). Supplemental 401(k) benefits and supplemental ESOP benefits are generally paid in cash. If, however, Provident has established a trust permitted to hold company common stock, a participant may elect (with the approval of the Executive Compensation Committee) to be paid supplemental ESOP benefits in whole shares of company common stock, with fractional shares distributed in an equivalent amount in cash. It is Providents current policy not to fund the rabbi trust with Company common stock.
All obligations arising under the SERP (including the supplemental retirement benefits described under Pension Benefits) are payable from the general assets of Provident, although Provident has established a rabbi trust to help pay benefits under the SERP. The assets of the trust are at all times subject to the claims of Providents general creditors.
The following table sets forth information regarding amounts accrued by the Named Executive Officers as of September 30, 2007 under each defined contribution or other plan of Provident that provides for the deferral of compensation on a non tax-qualified basis.
NON-QUALIFIED DEFERRED COMPENSATION
For Mr. Strayton, the amount also includes a balance of $750,902 held in the Directors Deferred Compensation Plan, not previously reported.
Employment Agreements and Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control
We provide employment agreements to each of the Named Executive Officers. The agreements have an initial term of three years (for Messrs. Strayton and Rothstein), two years for Messrs. Dormer and Maisch, and one year for Mr. Jones. The agreements automatically renew daily unless notice is provided. If notice of non-renewal is provided, then the term of the agreement continues until the scheduled expiration date, unless an earlier termination date is agreed upon. The agreements automatically end on the last day of the calendar month in which Mr. Strayton reaches age 68 and Messrs. Rothstein, Dormer, Maisch and Jones reach age 65.
Under the agreements, each Named Executive Officer receives a base salary. The base salary is reviewed at least annually and may be increased, but not decreased without the executives prior written consent. For each calendar year beginning after a change in control (as defined below) of Provident Bank or Provident New York Bancorp, the Named Executive Officers annual salaries will be increased by a formula set forth in the agreements.
In addition to an annual salary, each Named Executive Officer is entitled to participate in the Companys bonus and incentive compensation programs, equity compensation programs, retirement plans, and group life, health, dental and disability plans. Additionally, Mr. Strayton is entitled to reimbursement for membership in certain clubs, and is provided with an automobile. During fiscal year 2007, Mr. Strayton discontinued using a Company owned automobile. Gross up provisions for excess parachute payments under Internal Revenue Code Section 280G are provided for Messrs. Strayton and Rothstein only.
Pursuant to their employment agreements, Provident may terminate the Named Executive Officers employment at any time for cause, in which event the executives would have no right to receive compensation or other benefits for any period after termination.
Termination for cause may occur when an executive performs dishonest acts intended to benefit the executive personally, repeatedly fails to perform his duties and responsibilities, or is convicted of a serious crime.
In certain circumstances, the Named Executive Officers are entitled to severance pay. These circumstances include: (1) the executives voluntary resignation within one year following a demotion in title or duties, notice of non-renewal or change in control; (2) Providents termination of employment for any reason other than for cause; or (3) total and permanent disability.
The definition of change in control differs depending on whether or not payment under the agreement is deferred compensation subject to Code Section 409A.
When payments are not subject to Code Section 409A, a change in control includes:
Where the payments are subject to the deferred compensation restrictions under Code Section 409A, a change in control includes:
Under any of those circumstances, the executives severance package includes:
Notwithstanding the foregoing, to the extent required by regulations or interpretations of the Office of Thrift Supervision, all severance payments under the Agreement will be reduced so that the amount does not exceed three times the executives average annual compensation over the most recent five taxable years. Furthermore, to the extent necessary to comply with Internal Revenue Code Section 409A, the payment of severance benefits to Messrs. Strayton, Rothstein, Dormer, Maisch and Jones may be delayed six months.
In the event that the Named Executive Officers employment terminates on account of death, voluntary resignation without good reason, or retirement, Provident must pay the executive his earned but unpaid salary as of the date of termination, and provide benefits to which he is entitled as a former employee under Providents employee benefit plans and programs and compensation plans and programs.
Each agreement provides that, for a period of one year following the date of his termination of employment, the Named Executive Officers shall not compete with Provident Bank except in the event of a change in control. These provisions can be waived with the written consent of the Company. Additionally, the agreements provide that the Named Executive Officers must reasonably cooperate with Provident in the event that litigation is brought against Provident or its subsidiaries (provided that the litigation is not between the executive and Provident). No duration is specified for the cooperation provision. All payments and benefits to the Named Executive Officers are subject to their compliance with these non-solicitation, non-competition, and cooperation provisions of their employment agreements.
The amounts payable by Provident to each executive officer in the event of termination, death or disability, or retirement, are set out in the following chart assuming the event occurred on September 28, 2007:
GEORGE STRAYTON, PRESIDENT AND CEO
OTHER EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Compensation of Directors
FISCAL YEAR 2007
The following table represents the outstanding equity awards and options for each director as of fiscal year end September 30, 2007:
OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AND OPTIONS
AS OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2007
Table Note: F. Gary Zeh retired as director as of 2/15/07.
Fees. Directors of Provident Bank receive an annual retainer fee of $24,000. Chairman Helmer receives a retainer fee of $80,000. Directors also receive a fee of $1,000 per board meeting attended and $500 per committee meeting attended. The chairman of each committee (with the exception of Chairman Helmer) receives an additional $2,000 per year. Directors who are also employees of the Company are not eligible to receive any fees for their service as a director.
Deferred Compensation Agreements. Provident has entered into non-qualified deferred compensation agreements for the benefit of each of its directors who elect to defer all or a portion of their board fees earned during a calendar year. The deferred compensation agreements provide that a director who is also an employee may defer receipt of all or a portion of the incentive compensation paid to him or her in the persons capacity as an employee during the year. Subject to some limitations imposed by established law, rules, and procedures, each director may express to the Committee appointed to administer the agreement a preference as to how the directors deferral account should be invested. A portion of each directors deferral account may be invested in phantom shares of common stock.
When a director reaches age 75, the directors account is generally paid to him or her in quarterly installments continuing for five years. Amounts deferred as phantom shares of common stock will be distributed as shares of common stock for Messrs. McNelis, Sichol and Strayton. A director may ask to receive distributions from his or her account prior to age 75, or that such distributions be paid over a longer period of time of not more than ten years. In the event of the directors death, the account would be paid to the directors designated beneficiary in the same manner as it would otherwise have been paid to the director, if living, commencing in the first calendar quarter after death. A director may also request an early distribution from his or her account in the event the director suffers a hardship. The granting of a hardship distribution is within the sole discretion of the Board and any hardship distribution is limited to the amount reasonably necessary to meet the hardship. Upon a change in control, a director may elect to have any phantom shares of common stock distributed in cash.
All obligations arising under the deferred compensation agreements are payable from Providents general assets; however, Provident has established a rabbi trust to help ensure that sufficient assets will be available to pay the benefits under the deferred compensation agreements. The investments under the deferred compensation agreements, as well as the distributions to the participating directors, are handled by an independent trustee, which holds and accumulates the assets set aside to pay the benefits under the agreements.
Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation
The Executive Compensation Committee consists of Directors Steinberg, who serves as Chairman, Helmer, Coyle, and McNelis, each of whom is independent in accordance with the Nasdaq Marketplace Rules. No member of the Executive Compensation Committee during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007, or currently, was an employee or officer or former employee or officer of the Company or any of its subsidiaries.
The Executive Compensation Committee is responsible for recommending increases in the salary of the President and CEO to the Board of Directors. The Committee is also responsible for recommending for approval all executive officer salaries for our executive officers based on recommendations from our President and CEO. The Committee also determines annual cash incentive payments to the CEO and other executive officers in accordance with the terms of the Executive Officer Incentive Plan. Determinations with respect to grants under stock benefit plans are made by the Committee, excluding any director who is not considered disinterested for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code. Mr. Coyle does not qualify as disinterested under Section 162(m).
Provident Bank leases one of its branch offices from Director Dennis L. Coyle. The lease calls for monthly rental payments, which totaled approximately $50,000 for the last fiscal year, with annual increases of $1,440 per year until maturity on April 30, 2009. In addition, the Bank is responsible for 4/9 of all real estate taxes and certain common charges associated with the property. During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007, these additional amounts were $14,854. Provident Bank has an option to renew the lease for five years at a rent to be agreed upon.
Provident has established policies for review, approval or ratification of transactions with related persons, as discussed below in Certain Relationships and Related Transactions.
Provident does not have any equity compensation programs that were not approved by stockholders, other than its employee stock ownership plan.
Set forth below is certain information as of September 30, 2007, regarding equity compensation that has been approved by stockholders.
Persons and groups who beneficially own in excess of 5% of the shares of common stock are required to file certain reports with the Company and the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding such ownership. The following table sets forth, as of December 24, 2007, certain information with respect to the shares of common stock beneficially owned by (i) stockholders known to the Company to own more than 5% of the outstanding shares of common stock, (ii) each of the Companys directors and Named Executive Officers, and (iii) all of the Companys executive officers and directors as a group.
This column also includes the following number of shares that have been deferred pursuant to a non-qualified deferred compensation plan as of December 24, 2007:
Transactions With Certain Related Persons
A number of our directors and officers and certain business organizations associated with them have been customers of our banking subsidiary. During the year ended September 30, 2007, all extensions of credit to these persons have been made in the ordinary course of business on substantially the same terms, including interest rates and collateral, as those prevailing at the time in comparable transactions with others and did not involve more than the normal risk of collectibility or present other unfavorable features.
Provident Bank leases one of its branch offices from Director Dennis L. Coyle. The lease calls for monthly rental payments, which totaled approximately $50,000 for the last fiscal year, with annual increases of $1,440 per year until maturity on April 30, 2009. In addition, the Bank is responsible for 4/9 of all real estate taxes and certain common charges associated with the property. During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007, these additional amounts were $14,854. Provident Bank has an option to renew the lease for five years at a rent to be agreed upon.
During the year ended September 30, 2007, $444,633 in legal fees were paid to the law firm of Freeman & Loftus, RLLP for services rendered on behalf of Provident New York Bancorp and Provident Bank, the majority of which are fees paid by borrowers in the ordinary course of business for loans originated by Provident Bank. Director William R. Sichol is the brother-in-law of a partner of that law firm.
We have adopted written policies to implement the requirements of Regulation O of the Federal Reserve Board, which restricts the extension of credit to directors and executive officers and their related interests. Regulation O is made applicable to Provident Bank by provisions of the Home Owners Loan Act and the Regulations of the Office of Thrift Supervision. Under these policies, extensions of credit that exceed regulatory thresholds must be approved by the board of directors of Provident Bank.
Consistent with the Companys Code of Ethics, proposed transactions with Related Persons are disclosed to the Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors, which must approve such transactions to the extent required under the Code of Ethics. The director or executive officer is required to disclose all non-privileged information the person has, and thereafter may not partake in any decision-making process. The Corporate Governance Committee evaluates the transaction, and may approve, reject, or set other conditions in its discretion. To qualify for approval, a transaction must be on the same terms, conditions, and costs as would be reasonable if entered into with an unrelated third party. In the case of a proposed transaction with or related to a director, the Corporate Governance Committee will also consider the effect, if any, the transaction would have on the independence of the director.
The Board of Directors has determined that each of Providents directors, with the exception of Messrs. Strayton and Sichol, is independent as defined in Rule 4200(a)(15) of the listing standards of the Nasdaq Marketplace Rules. In
reaching these determinations, the Board considers any extensions of credit by Provident Bank to a director and a directors other interests. The Board considered the lease transaction between Director Dennis L. Coyle and Provident Bank, discussed above in Transactions with Certain Related Persons, and determined that Mr. Coyle qualifies as independent. Payments under this lease totaled approximately $65,000 for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007.
Audit Fees. The aggregate fees billed to us by Crowe Chizek and Company LLC for professional services rendered by Crowe Chizek and Company LLC for the audit of our annual financial statements, review of the financial statements included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and services that are normally provided by Crowe Chizek and Company LLC in connection with statutory and regulatory filings and engagements was $412,250 during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007. The aggregate fees billed to us by KPMG LLP for professional services rendered by KPMG LLP for the audit of our annual financial statements, review of the financial statements included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and services that were normally provided by KPMG LLP in connection with statutory and regulatory filings and engagements was $745,000 during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006.
Audit Related Fees. There were no aggregate fees billed to us by Crowe Chizek and Company LLC for assurance and related services rendered by Crowe Chizek and Company LLC that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit of and review of the financial statements and that are not already reported in Audit Fees, during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007. The aggregate fees billed to us by KPMG LLP for assurance and related services rendered by KPMG LLP that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit of and review of the financial statements and that are not already reported in Audit Fees, above, was $95,000 during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006.
Tax Fees. The aggregate fees billed to us by Crowe Chizek and Company LLC for professional services rendered by Crowe Chizek and Company LLC for tax consultations and tax compliance was $146,000 during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007. The aggregate fees billed to us by KPMG LLP for professional services rendered by KPMG LLP for tax consultations and tax compliance was $101,000 during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006.
All Other Fees. There were no fees billed to us by Crowe Chizek and Company LLC during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007 that are not described above. There were no fees billed to us by KPMG LLP during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006 that are not described above.
The Audit Committee pre-approves all auditing services and permitted non-audit services (including the fees and terms thereof) to be performed for us by an independent registered public accounting firm, subject to the de minimus exceptions for non-audit services described in Section 10A(i)(1)(B) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are approved by the Audit Committee prior to the completion of the audit. The Audit Committee pre-approved 100% of the audit related fees and tax fees described above during the fiscal years ended September 30, 2007, and 2006.
(a) (3) Exhibits
Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Provident New York Bancorp has duly caused this amendment to its report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, there unto duly authorized.
Provident New York Bancorp, Inc.
for the Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2007