Public Storage DEF 14A 2008
Securities and Exchange Commission
Washington, D.C. 20549
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TO THE SHAREHOLDERS OF
Dear Public Storage Shareholder:
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Public Storage, I am pleased to invite you to attend our 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on Thursday, May 8, 2008 at 1:00 p.m., local time, at the Hilton Glendale Hotel, 100 West Glenoaks Boulevard, Glendale, California. The formal business to be conducted at the meeting is described in the accompanying notice of annual meeting and proxy statement.
This year, we are pleased to offer shareholders the ability to receive proxy materials over the Internet in accordance with new rules of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result, we are mailing many of our shareholders a notice instead of a paper copy of our proxy statement and Annual Report. The notice will contain instructions on how to access these documents over the Internet or to obtain paper copies of the proxy materials. We believe this new process will conserve natural resources and reduce our costs for printing and mailing these materials.
Your vote is important regardless of how many shares you own. To ensure that your vote is recorded, please vote as soon as possible, whether or not you plan to attend in person. You may vote your shares over the Internet or by telephone or if you elected to receive paper copies by mail, you may vote by mail by following the instructions on the proxy card or voting instruction card. If you attend the meeting, you may withdraw your proxy at the meeting and vote your shares in person from the floor.
We appreciate your investment in Public Storage and look forward to seeing you at our 2008 Annual Meeting.
701 Western Avenue
Glendale, California 91201-2349
NOTICE OF 2008 ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
Please take notice that the 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Public Storage, a Maryland real estate investment trust, will be held at the time and place and for the purposes indicated below.
By Order of the Board of Trustees
Stephanie G. Heim, Secretary
March 26, 2008
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
March 26, 2008
We are providing these proxy materials in connection with the solicitation by the Board of Trustees of Public Storage of proxies to be voted at our 2008 Annual Meeting, and at any adjournment or postponement of the meeting. The proxies will be used at our annual meeting to be held on May 8, 2008 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Glendale Hotel, 100 West Glenoaks Boulevard, Glendale, California.
This proxy statement contains important information regarding our annual meeting. Specifically, it identifies the proposals on which you are being asked to vote, provides information that you may find useful in determining how to vote, and describes voting procedures. This notice of annual meeting and proxy statement is first being distributed and made available to shareholders on or about March 28, 2008 to holders of our common shares of beneficial interest and equity shares of beneficial interest, series A.
We use several abbreviations in this proxy statement. We refer to Public Storage as Public Storage, we, us, our or the Company, unless the context indicates otherwise. We call our Board of Trustees the Board. We refer to our common shares of beneficial interest as our common shares and our equity shares of beneficial interest, series A, as our equity shares.
Purposes of the Meeting:
Recommendations of the Board of Trustees
The Board recommends that you vote:
Who May Attend the Meeting and Vote:
Only shareholders of record of Public Storage (a) common shares and (b) depositary shares each representing 1/1,000 of an equity share, series A, outstanding at the close of business on the record date of March 10, 2008 will be entitled to receive notice of and to vote at the meeting, or at any adjournment or postponement of the meeting. Each depositary share represents 1/1,000 of an equity share. The equity shares have been deposited with Computershare Trust Company, N.A. (formerly known as EquiServe Trust Company, N. A.) as Depositary (the Depositary). On the record date, Public Storage had issued and outstanding approximately 169,103,139 common shares and 8,740,766 depositary shares representing 8,740.766 equity shares.
If your shares are held in the name of a bank, broker or other nominee and you plan to attend our annual meeting, you will need to bring proof of ownership, such as a recent bank or brokerage account statement.
Internet Availability of Proxy Materials
Notice of Internet availability of the proxy materials. This year, we are pleased to provide our proxy materials over the Internet under new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules. As a result, we are mailing to many of our shareholders a notice about the Internet availability of the proxy materials instead of a paper copy of the proxy materials. All
shareholders receiving the notice will have the ability to access the proxy materials over the Internet and request to receive a paper copy of the proxy materials by mail. Instructions on how to access the proxy materials over the Internet or to request a paper copy may be found on the notice. In addition, the notice contains instructions on how shareholders may request to receive proxy materials in printed form by mail.
Multiple notices about the Internet availability of the proxy materials or paper copies of the proxy materials. You may receive more than one notice or more than one paper copy of the proxy materials, including multiple paper copies of this proxy statement and multiple proxy cards or voting instruction cards. For example, if you hold your shares in more than one brokerage account, you may receive a separate notice or a separate voting instruction card for each brokerage account in which you hold shares. If you are a shareholder of record and your shares are registered in more than one name, you may receive more than one notice or more than one proxy card. To ensure all your shares are voted, please follow the instructions provided in each notice, proxy card or voting instruction card that you receive.
Voting Your Shares at the Annual Meeting
Voting shares in person at the annual meeting. Shares held in your name as the shareholder of record may be voted in person at the annual meeting. Shares for which you are the beneficial owner but not the shareholder of record may be voted in person at the annual meeting only if you obtain a legal proxy from the broker, trustee or nominee that holds your shares giving you the right to vote the shares. Even if you plan to attend the annual meeting, we recommend that you also vote by proxy as described below so that your vote will be counted if you later decide not to attend the meeting.
Voting shares without attending the annual meeting. Whether you hold shares directly as the shareholder of record or through a broker, trustee or other nominee as the beneficial owner, you may direct how your shares are voted without attending the annual meeting. There are three ways to vote by proxy:
If additional matters are presented at the annual meeting. Other than the two items of business described in this proxy statement, we are not aware of any other business to be acted upon at the annual meeting. If you grant a proxy, the persons named as proxy holders, Ronald L. Havner, Jr. and Stephanie G. Heim, will have the discretion to vote your shares on any additional matters properly presented for a vote at the meeting. If for any reason any of our nominees is not available as a candidate for trustee, the persons named as proxy holders will vote any shares represented by your proxy for such other candidate or candidates as may be nominated by the Board.
Inspector of elections. The inspector of elections will be a representative from our transfer agent, Computershare Trust Company.
Special Voting Procedures for Public Storage 401(k)/Profit Sharing Plan Participants. If you hold your shares as a participant in the PS 401(k)/Profit Sharing Plan, your proxy will serve as a voting instruction for the trustee of the plan with respect to the amount of common shares credited to your account as of the record date. If you provide voting instructions via your proxy/instruction card with respect to your shares held in the plan, the trustee will vote those common shares in the manner specified. The trustee will vote any shares for which it does not receive instructions in the same proportion as the shares for which voting instructions have been received, unless the trustee is required by law to exercise its discretion in voting such shares. To allow sufficient time for the trustee to vote your shares, the trustee must receive your voting instructions by 11:59 p.m., Eastern time on May 6, 2008.
Voting Mechanics. If you grant a proxy and do not revoke it before the applicable voting deadline, the persons designated as proxies will vote the common shares represented thereby, if any, in the manner specified, and the Depositary will vote the equity shares underlying the depositary shares represented thereby, if any, in the manner specified. If you do not indicate how your shares should be voted on a matter, the shares represented by your properly completed proxy/voting instruction card will be voted For the election of the Boards nominees for trustee, For the ratification of Ernst & Young as our independent registered public accounting firm for 2008 and in the discretion of the proxy holders on any other matter that may properly come before the meeting. The persons designated as proxies and the Depositary reserve full discretion to cast votes for other persons if any of the nominees for trustee become unavailable to serve and to cumulate votes selectively among the nominees as to which authority to vote has not been withheld.
Changing Your Vote. You may change your vote before the vote at the annual meeting, in accordance with the following procedures. Any change to your voting instructions for the Public Storage 401(k) Plan must be provided by 11:59 p.m., Eastern time, on May 6, 2008. If you are the shareholder of record, you may change your vote by granting a new proxy bearing a later date (which automatically revokes the earlier proxy), by providing a written notice of revocation to the Corporate Secretary at Public Storage, 701 Western Avenue, Glendale, CA 91201-2349, prior to your shares being voted, or by attending the annual meeting and voting in person. Attendance at the meeting will not cause your previously granted proxy to be revoked unless you specifically make that request. For shares you hold beneficially in the name of a broker, trustee or other nominee, you may change your vote by submitting new voting instructions to your broker, trustee or nominee by 11:00 p.m. Pacific time on May 7, 2008, or, if you have obtained a legal proxy from your broker or nominee giving you the right to vote your shares, by attending the meeting and voting in person.
The presence at the meeting in person or by proxy of the holders of a majority of the voting power represented by the outstanding common shares and equity shares, counted together as a single class, will constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Abstentions and broker non-votes are counted for purposes of whether a quorum exists.
A broker non-vote occurs when a nominee holding shares for a beneficial owner does not vote on a particular proposal because the nominee does not have discretionary voting power with respect to that item and has not received voting instructions from the beneficial owner. If the shareholders present or represented by proxy at the meeting constitute holders of less than a majority of the shares entitled to vote, our meeting may be adjourned to a subsequent date for the purpose of obtaining a quorum.
Holders of common shares and holders of equity shares vote together as one class. Holders of depositary shares are entitled to cast such number of votes as the equity shares represented by their depositary shares would be entitled to cast. With respect to the election of trustees, (i) each holder of common shares on the record date is entitled to cast as many votes as there are trustees to be elected multiplied by the number of shares registered in the holders name on the record date, and (ii) each holder of equity shares is entitled to cast as many votes as there are trustees to be elected multiplied by 100 times the number of shares of equity shares registered in its name (equivalent to 1/10 the number of depositary shares registered in the holders name). You may cumulate votes for trustees by casting all of your votes for one candidate or by distributing its votes among as many candidates as you choose. However, no shareholder shall be entitled to cumulate votes unless the candidates name has been placed in nomination prior to the voting and the shareholder, or any other shareholder, has given notice at the Annual Meeting prior to the voting of the intention to cumulate the shareholders votes. If you vote by proxy card or voting instruction card and sign your card with no further instructions, Ronald L. Havner, Jr. and Stephanie G. Heim, as proxy holders, may cumulate and cast your votes in favor of the election of some or all of the applicable nominees in their sole discretion, except that none of your votes will be cast for any nominee as to whom you vote against or abstain from voting. Cumulative voting applies only to the election of trustees. With respect to all other matters, shareholders can cast one vote for each common share and 100 votes for each equity share (equivalent to 1/10 of a vote for each depositary share) registered in their name on March 10, 2008, the record date of the annual meeting.
Election of Trustees: The ten candidates who receive the most votes will be elected trustees of Public Storage. Common shares or equity shares not voted (whether by abstention or otherwise) will not affect the vote.
Ratification of Independent Registered Public Accountants: This proposal requires the affirmative vote of at least a majority of the votes cast by the holders of Public Storage common shares and equity shares voting together as one class. Any Public Storage shares not voted (whether by abstention or otherwise) will not affect the vote.
Proxy Solicitation Costs
We will pay the cost of soliciting proxies. In addition to solicitation by mail, certain trustees, officers and regular employees of the Company and its affiliates may solicit the return of proxies by telephone, personal interview or otherwise. We may also reimburse brokerage firms and other persons representing the beneficial owners of our shares for their reasonable expenses in forwarding proxy solicitation materials to such beneficial owners. The Altman Group, New York, New York may be retained to assist us in the solicitation of proxies, for which they would receive an estimated fee of $7,500 together with normal and customary expenses.
Public Storages transfer agent. Please contact Public Storages transfer agent, at the phone number or address listed below, with questions concerning share certificates, dividend checks, transfer of ownership or other matters pertaining to your share account:
Board Structure and Meetings
As of the date of this proxy statement our Board has ten trustees. During 2007, the Board of Trustees held six meetings. During 2007, each of the trustees attended at least 75% of the meetings held by the Board of Trustees or, if a member of a committee of the Board of Trustees, 75% of the meetings held by both the Board of Trustees and all committees of the Board of Trustees on which the trustee served. Trustees are encouraged to attend the annual meeting of shareholders. All trustees attended the last annual meeting of shareholders.
Committees of the Board of Trustees
Our Board has three standing committees: (1) the Audit Committee; (2) the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee; and (3) the Compensation Committee. In addition, the Board may appoint special committees to consider various matters. During 2007, the Audit Committee held seven meetings, the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee held five meetings, and the Compensation Committee held four meetings. Each of the standing committees operates pursuant to a written charter. The charters for the Audit, Nominating/Corporate Governance and Compensation Committees can be viewed at our website at www.publicstorage.com/Corporateinformation/CorpGovernance.aspx and will be provided in print to any shareholder who requests a copy by writing to the Corporate Secretary. All members of the committees are independent trustees under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange. In addition, all members of our Audit Committee are independent trustees under the SEC rules for Audit Committees.
Our three standing committees are described below and the committee members are identified in the following table:
The primary functions of the Audit Committee are set forth in its charter and are to assist the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities for oversight of (1) the integrity of the Companys financial statements, (2) compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, (3) the qualifications, independence and performance of the independent registered public accounting firm, and (4) the scope and results of internal audits, the Companys internal controls over financial reporting and
the performance of the Companys internal audit function. Among other things, the Audit Committee appoints, evaluates and determines the compensation of the independent registered public accounting firm; reviews and approves the scope of the annual audit, the audit fee and the financial statements; prepares the Audit Committee report for inclusion in the annual proxy statement; and annually reviews its charter and performance. The Audit Committee is comprised of three trustees, John T. Evans (Chairman), Gary E. Pruitt and Daniel C. Staton. The Board of Trustees has determined that each member of the Audit Committee meets the financial literacy and independence standards of the New York Stock Exchange rules. The Board has also determined that Gary E. Pruitt and Daniel C. Staton each qualify as an audit committee financial expert within the meaning of the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York Stock Exchange.
The primary functions of the Compensation Committee, as set forth in its charter, are to (1) determine, either as a committee or together with other independent trustees, the compensation of the Companys chief executive officer, (2) determine the compensation of other executive officers, (3) administer the Companys stock option and incentive plans, (4) review and discuss with management the Compensation Discussion and Analysis (CD&A) to be included in the proxy and to recommend to the Board inclusion of the CD&A in the Companys Form 10-K and proxy statement, (5) provide a description of the processes and procedures for the consideration and determination of executive compensation for inclusion in the companys annual proxy statement, (6) produce the Compensation Committee Report for inclusion in the annual proxy statement, and (7) evaluate its performance annually.
As required by the charter, during 2007, the Compensation Committee made all compensation decisions for our executive officers, including the Named Executive Officers set forth in the Summary Compensation Table below. Pursuant to its charter, the Committee has the authority to delegate any of its authority or responsibilities to individual members of the Committee or a subcommittee of the Committee. However, the Committee did not delegate any of its responsibilities during 2007. The Compensation Committee is comprised of four trustees, Daniel C. Staton (Chairman), Dann V. Angeloff, Uri P. Harkham and Gary E. Pruitt. The Board of Trustees has determined that each member of the Compensation Committee is independent under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange. Pursuant to its charter, the Compensation Committee has the sole authority to retain outside compensation consultants for advice, but historically, including for 2007, has not done so, relying instead on surveys of publicly available information with respect to senior executive compensation at similar companies. For a discussion of the Committees use of survey information, as well as the role of Mr. Havner, our chief executive officer, in determining or recommending the amount of compensation paid to our Named Executive Officers in 2007, see the CD&A below.
Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee
The primary functions of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee as set forth in its charter are (1) to identify, evaluate and make recommendations to the Board for trustee nominees for each annual shareholder meeting or to fill any vacancy on the Board, (2) to develop and review and assess the adequacy of the Boards Guidelines on Corporate Governance on an ongoing basis and recommend any changes to those guidelines to the Board, and (3) to oversee the annual Board assessment of Board performance. Other duties and responsibilities include periodically reviewing the structure, size, composition and operation of the Board and each Board committee, recommending assignments of trustees to Board committees, conducting a preliminary review of trustee independence, periodically evaluating trustee compensation and recommending any changes in trustee compensation to the Board, overseeing trustee orientation and annually evaluating its charter and performance.
The Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee is comprised of three trustees, Dann V. Angeloff (Chairman), John T. Evans and William C. Baker. The Board of Trustees has determined that each member of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee is independent under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange.
The Board of Trustees determined that (1) each member of the Board of Trustees, other than B. Wayne Hughes, Ronald L. Havner, Jr., Harvey Lenkin, and B. Wayne Hughes, Jr., and (2) each member of the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee has no material relationship with the Company and qualifies as independent under the rules adopted by the New York Stock Exchange. In arriving at this conclusion, the Board determined that none of the independent trustees has a material relationship with the Company that would compromise the trustees independence. As part of its review, the Board considered Dann V. Angeloffs relationships with the Company. Mr. Angeloff is the general partner of a limited partnership formed in 1973 that owns a mini-warehouse operated by the Company. Based on the size of Mr. Angeloffs interest in the partnership (20%) and the amount of property management fees paid by the limited partnership to the Company (approximately $74,000 in 2007), the Board determined that Mr. Angeloffs relationships with the Company are not material.
Compensation of Trustees
General Compensation Arrangements. Compensation for non-management trustees who are not officers or employees of Public Storage or an affiliate (currently, all trustees other than B. Wayne Hughes and Ronald L. Havner, Jr.) is set by the Board after consideration of the recommendations of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee. In January of 2007, the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee undertook a review of the companys compensation for non-management trustees, which was last reviewed and approved in March 2004. After considering the committees recommendations, the Board revised the compensation for non-management trustees, with the changes effective as of August 2, 2007.
Retainers. Retainers are paid quarterly and are pro-rated when a trustee joins the Board other than at the beginning of a calendar year. From January 1, 2007 to August 1, 2007, non-management trustees received the following annual retainers for Board service:
Effective August 2, 2007, non-management trustees receive the following annual retainers for Board service:
Equity Awards. Until August 2, 2007, each non-management trustee who had attended at least 75% of the Board and applicable Board committee meetings during the preceding year received an annual grant of a non-qualified stock option to acquire 2,500 common shares, which vested in three equal annual installments based on continued service. Effective August 2, 2007, the annual option grant was increased to a non-qualified stock option to acquire 5,000 common shares. The annual grants are made immediately following the annual meeting of shareholders, except that for 2007, each trustee was granted an option to acquire 2,500 common shares on May 3, 2007 following the annual meeting and was granted an option to acquire an additional 2,500 common shares on August 2, 2007.
In addition, each new non-management trustee is, upon the date of his or her initial election by the Board or the shareholders to serve as a trustee, granted a non-qualified option to purchase 15,000 common shares, which vests in equal installments over three years based on continued service.
Consulting Arrangement. Pursuant to a consulting arrangement approved by the Compensation Committee and by the disinterested trustees in March 2004, B. Wayne Hughes, Chairman of the Board and former Chief Executive Officer, (1) agreed to be available for up to 50 partial days a year for consulting services, (2) receives compensation of $60,000 per year and, if requested, the use of a company car, and (3) is provided with the services of an executive assistant and office at the Companys headquarters. The consulting arrangement expires on December 31, 2013.
The following table presents the compensation provided by the Company to our non-management trustees for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.
Trustee Compensation Table
Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation
The Compensation Committee is comprised of Daniel C. Staton (Chairman), Dann V. Angeloff, Uri P. Harkham and Gary E. Pruitt, none of whom has ever been an employee of the Company. No member of the committee had any relationship with us requiring disclosure under Item 404 of SEC Regulation S-K. No executive officer of Public Storage served on the Compensation Committee or Board of Trustees of any other entity which has an executive officer who also served on the Compensation Committee or Board of Trustees of Public Storage at any time during 2007.
Messrs. Hughes, Havner, Lenkin and Hughes, Jr. are present or former officers of Public Storage and are members of the Board of Trustees.
Consideration of Candidates for Trustee
Shareholder Recommendations. The policy of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee is to consider properly submitted shareholder recommendations of candidates for membership on the Board of Trustees as described below under Identifying and Evaluating Nominees for Trustees. Under this policy, shareholder recommendations may only be submitted by shareholders who would be entitled to submit shareholder proposals under the SEC rules. In evaluating recommendations, the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee seeks to achieve a balance of knowledge, experience and capability on the Board and to address the membership criteria set forth under Trustee Qualifications. Any shareholder recommendations proposed for consideration by the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee should include the candidates name and qualifications for Board membership, including the information required under Regulation 14A under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, and should be addressed to: Stephanie Heim, Corporate Secretary, Public Storage, 701 Western Avenue, Glendale, California 91201.
Deadline to Propose or Nominate Individuals to Serve as Trustees
A shareholder may send a proposed director candidates name and information to the Board at any time. Generally, such proposed candidates are considered at the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee meeting prior to the annual meeting.
To nominate an individual for election at the 2009 annual shareholder meeting, the shareholder must give timely notice to the Corporate Secretary in accordance with Public Storages Bylaws, which, in general, require that the notice be received by the Corporate Secretary between the close of business on November 28, 2008 and the close of business on December 28, 2008, unless the date of the 2009 proxy statement is moved by more than 30 days before or after the anniversary of the date of this proxy statement, in which case the nomination must be received not earlier than November 28, 2008 and not later than December 28, 2008 or the tenth day following the date we announce publicly the date for our 2009 proxy statement.
Trustee Qualifications. Members of the Board should have high professional and personal ethics and values. They should have broad experience at the policy-making level in business or other relevant experience. They should be committed to enhancing shareholder value and should have sufficient time to carry out their duties and to provide insight and practical wisdom based on experience. Their service on other boards of public companies should be limited to a number that permits them, given their individual circumstances, to perform responsibly all trustee duties. Each trustee must represent the interests of all shareholders.
Identifying and Evaluating Nominees for Trustees. The Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee utilizes a variety of methods for identifying and evaluating nominees for trustee. The Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee regularly assesses the appropriate size of the Board, and whether any vacancies on the Board are expected due to retirement or otherwise. In the event that vacancies are anticipated, or otherwise arise, the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee considers various potential candidates for trustee. Candidates may come to the attention of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee through current Board members, professional search firms, shareholders or other persons. These candidates are evaluated at meetings of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee, and may be considered at any point during the year. As described above, the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee considers properly submitted shareholder recommendations of candidates for the Board. Following verification of the shareholder status of persons proposing candidates, recommendations will be aggregated and considered by the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee prior to the issuance of the proxy statement for the annual meeting. If any materials are provided by a shareholder in connection with the recommendation of a trustee candidate, such materials are forwarded to the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee. The Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee also reviews materials provided by professional search firms or other parties in connection with a nominee who is not proposed by a shareholder. In evaluating such nominations, the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee seeks to achieve a balance of knowledge, experience and capability on the Board.
Communications with the Board
The Company provides a process by which shareholders and interested parties may communicate with the Board. Communications to the Board should be addressed to: Stephanie Heim, Corporate Secretary, Public Storage, 701 Western Avenue, Glendale, California 91201. Communications that are intended for a specified individual Board member or group of Board members should be addressed c/o Corporate Secretary at the above address and will be forwarded to the Board member(s).
Business Conduct Standards and Code of Ethics
The Board of Trustees has adopted a Trustees Code of Ethics for members of the Board and Business Conduct Standards applicable to officers and employees. The Board has also adopted a Code of Ethics for its senior financial officers, including the Companys principal executive officer, principal financial officer and principal accounting officer, that has additional requirements for those individuals. The Code of Ethics for senior financial officers covers those persons serving as the Companys principal executive officer, principal financial officer and principal accounting officer, currently Ronald L. Havner, Jr. and John Reyes, respectively. The Trustees Code of Ethics, the Business Conduct Standards, and the Code of Ethics for senior financial officers may be found on the Public Storage website at www.publicstorage.com/Corporateinformation/CorpGovernance.aspx and in print to any shareholder who requests a copy by writing to the Corporate Secretary. Any amendments or waivers to the code of ethics for trustees or executive officers will be disclosed on our website or other appropriate means in accordance with applicable SEC and New York Stock Exchange requirements.
Corporate Governance Guidelines
The Board has adopted Corporate Governance Guidelines to set forth its guidelines for overall governance practices. These Guidelines can be found at www.publicstorage.com/Corporateinformation/CorpGovernance.aspx on the Public Storage website. Shareholders can request a copy of the Guidelines by writing to the Corporate Secretary.
Executive Sessions and Presiding Trustee
The Companys independent trustees meet without the presence of management. These meetings are held on a regular basis and at the request of any independent trustee. The position of presiding trustee of these sessions rotates among the chairs of the standing committees of the Board.
ELECTION OF TRUSTEES
Nominees for Trustee
Pursuant to its authority under the Public Storage by-laws, the Board has set the number of trustees at ten. All ten members of the Board of Trustees elected at the 2007 annual meeting are standing for re-election for a term expiring at the 2009 annual meeting of shareholders or until their successors have been duly elected and qualified, or their earlier death, removal, retirement or resignation.
Each of the individuals nominated for election at the Annual Meeting has been recommended by the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Trustees and approved by a majority of the independent trustees of Public Storage. We believe that each nominee for election as a trustee will be able to serve if elected. If any nominee is not able to serve, proxies may be voted in favor of the remainder of those nominated and may be voted for substitute nominees, if designated by the Board.
Set forth below is information concerning each of the nominees for trustee:
B. Wayne Hughes, age 74, has been a member of the Board of the Company since its organization in 1980. Mr. Hughes was President and Co-Chief Executive Officer from 1980 until November 1991 when he became Chairman of the Board and sole Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hughes retired as Chief Executive Officer in November 2002 and remains Chairman of the Board. Mr. Hughes is currently a private investor and operates a horse farm in Kentucky. Mr. Hughes has been active in the real estate investment field for over 30 years. He is the father of B. Wayne Hughes, Jr., a member of the Companys Board.
Ronald L. Havner, Jr., age 50, has been the Vice-Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of the Company since November 2002 and President since July 1, 2005. Mr. Havner joined the Company in 1986 and held a variety of senior management positions until his appointment as Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2002. Mr. Havner has been Chairman of the Companys affiliate, PS Business Parks, Inc. (PSB), since March 1998 and was Chief Executive Officer of PSB from March 1998 until August 2003. He is also a member of the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Inc. (NAREIT). He is also a director of UnionBanCal Corporation and GF Acquisition Corp.
Dann V. Angeloff, age 72, Chairman of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee, has been a member of the Board of the Company since its organization in 1980.
Mr. Angeloff has been President of the Angeloff Company, a corporate financial advisory firm, since 1976. Mr. Angeloff is currently the general partner and owner of a 20% interest in a limited partnership that in 1974 purchased a self-storage facility operated by the Company. He is a director of Bjurman, Barry Fund, Inc., Electronic Recyclers International, Nicholas/Applegate Fund, Retirement Capital Group and SoftBrands, Inc.
William C. Baker, age 74, a member of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee, joined the Companys Board in November 1991. Mr. Baker was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Callaway Golf Company from August 2004 until August 2005. From August 1998 through April 2000, he was President and Treasurer of Meditrust Operating Company, a real estate investment trust. From April 1996 to December 1998, Mr. Baker was Chief Executive Officer of Santa Anita Companies, which then operated the Santa Anita Racetrack. From April 1993 through May 1995, he was President of Red Robin International, Inc., an operator and franchisor of casual dining restaurants in the United States and Canada. From January 1992 through December 1995, Mr. Baker was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carolina Restaurant Enterprises, Inc., a franchisee of Red Robin International, Inc. From 1991 to 1999, he was Chairman of the Board of Coast Newport Properties, a real estate brokerage company. From 1976 to 1988, Mr. Baker was a principal shareholder and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Del Taco, Inc., an operator and franchisor of fast food restaurants in California. He is a director of California Pizza Kitchen and Javo Beverage Company, a supplier of coffee, tea and other beverage mixes.
John T. Evans, age 69, Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee, became a member of the Board of the Company in August 2003. Mr. Evans has been a partner in the law firm of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto, Canada from April 1993 to the present and in the law firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto, Canada from April 1966 to April 1993. Mr. Evans specializes in business law matters, securities, restructurings, mergers and acquisitions and advising on corporate governance. Mr. Evans is a director of Cara Operations Inc., Kubota Metal Corporation, and Vice-Chairman of Toronto East General Hospital. Until August 2003, Mr. Evans was a director of Canadian Mini-Warehouse Properties Ltd., a Canadian corporation owned by B. Wayne Hughes and members of his family.
Uri P. Harkham, age 59, a member of the Compensation Committee, became a member of the Board of the Company in March 1993. Mr. Harkham has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Harkham Industries, which specializes in designing, manufacturing and marketing womens clothing under its four labels, Harkham, Hype, Jonathan Martin and Johnny Martin, since its organization in 1976. Since 1978, Mr. Harkham has been the Chief Executive Officer of Harkham Family Enterprises, a real estate firm specializing in buying and rebuilding retail and mixed use real estate throughout Southern California.
B. Wayne Hughes, Jr., age 48, became a member of the Board of the Company in January 1998. He was employed by the Company from 1989 to 2002, serving as Vice PresidentAcquisitions of the Company from 1992 to 2002. Mr. Hughes, Jr. is currently Vice President of American Commercial Equities, LLC and its affiliates, companies engaged in the acquisition and operation of commercial properties in California. He is the son of B. Wayne Hughes.
Harvey Lenkin, age 71, became a member of the Board of the Company in 1991. Mr. Lenkin retired as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company in 2005, and was a consultant for Public Storage until July 1, 2006. Mr. Lenkin was employed by the Company or its predecessor for 27 years. He has been a director of the Companys affiliate, PS Business Parks, Inc., since March 1998 and was President of PS Business Parks, Inc. from 1990 until March 1998. He is also a director of Paladin Realty Income Properties I, Inc. and a director of Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, California and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of NAREIT.
Gary E. Pruitt, age 57, a member of the Audit Committee and of the Compensation Committee, became a member of the Board of the Company in August 2006 in connection with the merger of Shurgard Storage Centers, Inc. with the Company. Mr. Pruitt was previously a director of Shurgard. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Univar N.V., a chemical distribution company based in Bellevue, Washington with distribution centers in the United States, Canada and Europe. Mr. Pruitt joined Univar in 1978 and held a variety of senior management positions until his appointment as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2002.
Daniel C. Staton, age 55, Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee, became a member of the Board of the Company in March 1999 in connection with the merger of Storage Trust Realty with the Company. Mr. Staton was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Storage Trust Realty from February 1998 until March 1999 and a Trustee of Storage Trust Realty from November 1994 until March 1999. He is Chairman of Staton Capital, an investment and venture capital company and the Co-Chief Executive Officer of PMGI (formerly Media General, Inc.), a print and electronic media company and CEO of Enterprise Acquisition Corp., an AMEX listed company (EST).
Mr. Staton was the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Duke Realty Investments, Inc. from 1993 to 1997 and a director of Duke Realty Investments, Inc. from 1993 until August 1999.
Vote Required and Board Recommendation. The ten nominees receiving the greatest number of votes duly cast for their election as trustees will be elected.
Your Board of Trustees recommends that you vote FOR the election of each nominee named above.
RATIFICATION OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS
The Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees has appointed Ernst & Young LLP, as the independent registered public accounting firm for Public Storage for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2008.
Although the Public Storage bylaws do not require that shareholders ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm, Public Storage is asking its shareholders to ratify this appointment because it believes that shareholder ratification of the appointment is a matter of good corporate practice. If the shareholders do not ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP, the Audit Committee will reconsider whether or not to retain Ernst & Young LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm for Public Storage, but may determine to do so. Even if the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP is ratified by the shareholders, the Audit Committee may change the appointment at any time during the year if it determines that a change would be in the best interest of Public Storage and its shareholders.
Representatives of Ernst & Young LLP, the independent registered public accounting firm for Public Storage since its organization in 1980, will be in attendance at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders and will have the opportunity to make a statement if they desire to do so and to respond to any appropriate shareholder inquiries.
Fees Billed to the Company by Ernst & Young LLP for 2007 and 2006
The following table shows the fees billed or expected to be billed to Public Storage by Ernst & Young for audit and other services provided for fiscal 2007 and 2006:
The Audit Committee has adopted a pre-approval policy relating to any services provided by the Companys independent registered public accounting firm. Under this policy the Audit Committee of the Company pre-approved all services performed by Ernst & Young LLP during 2007. At this time, the Audit Committee has not delegated pre-approval authority to any member or members of the Audit Committee.
Ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP requires approval by a majority of the votes represented at the meeting and entitled to vote. For these purposes, an abstention or broker non-vote will not be treated as a vote cast.
Your Board of Trustees recommends that you vote FOR the proposal to ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm.
Audit Committee Report
The Audit Committee consists of three trustees, each of whom has been determined by the Board to meet the New York Stock Exchange standards for independence and the Securities and Exchange Commissions requirements for audit committee member independence. The Audit Committee operates under a charter adopted by the Board of Trustees.
Management is responsible for the Companys internal controls and the financial reporting process. The independent registered public accounting firm is responsible for performing an independent audit of the Companys consolidated financial statements in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards and for issuing a report thereon. The Audit Committees responsibility is to monitor and oversee these processes and necessarily relies on the work and assurances of the Companys management and of the Companys independent registered public accounting firm.
In this context, the Audit Committee has met with management and Ernst & Young LLP, the Companys independent registered public accounting firm, and has reviewed and discussed with them the audited consolidated financial statements. Management represented to the Audit Committee that the Companys consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The Audit Committee discussed with the independent registered public accounting firm matters required to be discussed by Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61 (Communication with Audit Committees), as modified or supplemented.
The Companys independent registered public accounting firm also provided to the Audit Committee the written disclosures and the letter required by Independence Standards Board Standard No. 1 (Independence Discussions with Audit Committees), and the Audit Committee discussed with the independent registered public accounting firm that firms independence. In addition, the Audit Committee has considered whether the independent registered public accounting firms provision of non-audit services to the Company is compatible with the firms independence.
During 2007, management documented, tested and evaluated the Companys system of internal controls over financial reporting in response to the requirements set forth in Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and SEC regulations adopted thereunder. The Audit Committee met with representatives of management, the internal auditors, legal counsel and the independent registered public accountants on a regular basis throughout the year to discuss the progress of the process. At the conclusion of this process, the Audit Committee received from management its assessment and report on the effectiveness of the Companys internal controls over financial reporting. In addition, the Audit Committee received from Ernst & Young LLP its attestation report on managements assessment and report on the Companys internal controls over financial reporting. The Audit Committee reviewed and discussed the results of managements assessment and Ernst & Youngs attestation.
Based on the foregoing and the Audit Committees discussions with management and the independent registered public accounting firm, and review of the representations of management and the report of the independent registered public accounting firm, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Trustees, and the Board has approved, that the audited consolidated financial statements be included in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 for filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
SECTION 16(a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires the Companys trustees and executive officers, and persons who own more than 10% of any registered class of the Companys equity securities to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) initial reports (on Form 3) of ownership of the Companys equity securities and to file subsequent reports (on Form 4 or Form 5) when there are changes in such ownership. The due dates of such reports are established by statute and the rules of the SEC. Based on a review of the reports submitted to the Company and of filings on the SECs EDGAR website, the Company believes that, with respect to reports filed during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007, all trustees and officers made timely reports except that Mr. Angeloff filed a late Form 4 to report 300 common shares acquired by inheritance.
Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners
The following table sets forth information as of the dates indicated with respect to persons known to the Company to be the beneficial owners of more than 5% of the outstanding common or the depositary shares:
Security Ownership of Management
The following table sets forth information as of March 3, 2008 concerning the beneficial ownership of common shares and depositary shares by each of our trustees, the chief executive officer, the chief financial officer and the other three most highly compensated persons who were executive officers of the Company on December 31, 2007 and all trustees and executive officers as a group:
COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
Overall Executive Compensation Philosophy. We pay our senior management a mix of cash compensation and long-term equity compensation we consider appropriate in view of individual and corporate performance, competitive levels, and our objective of aligning individual and shareholder interests to maximize the value of our shareholders investment in our securities. In general, our compensation program for executive officers consists primarily of (1) payment of a base salary, (2) potentially, short-term incentives in the form of cash bonuses, and (3) long-term incentives in the form of equity awards, which for 2007, included stock option and/or restricted share/unit awards, each of which vest upon continued service.
Base salaries are designed to provide executive officers, as well as all of our employees, with a guaranteed minimum level of cash compensation. We believe that paying a base salary enables us to attract and retain executives and is market practice.
Annual cash bonuses are designed to reward our executive officers, including each of the Named Executive Officers, for achievement of financial and operational goals and individual performance objectives to enable us to meet long and short term goals. The objectives generally relate to financial factors, such as growth in funds from operations (FFO), revenue or funds available for distribution (FAD), and the achievement of other corporate, operational and financial goals, including acquisitions and strategic transactions.
Equity awards of stock options or restricted share units are long-term incentives designed to reward long-term growth in the price of Public Storage common shares and shareholder value. Both help retain executives because they are not exercisable at the time of grant and achieve their maximum value only if the executive continues to be employed by Public Storage for a period of years. Stock options have value solely to the extent that the price of our common shares increases over the grant price over the term of the option. Restricted share units also reward increases in the price of Public Storage common shares and may offer value during difficult market conditions which may enhance their retention value at a time when we may most need executive talent.
As evidenced above, because each component of our compensation program is designed to accomplish or reward different objectives, historically and in 2007, the Compensation Committee determined the award of each component separately. Historically and in 2007, the Compensation Committee did not retain or rely on information provided by any third-party compensation consultant in setting compensation levels and awards for our Named Executive Officers.
Our Compensation Committee made all final compensation decisions for our Named Executive Officers for 2007. For more information on the Compensation Committee and its responsibilities, see Corporate GovernanceCompensation Committee on page 7 above.
Elements of Compensation.
Base Salaries. Base salaries provide a base level of monthly income for our Named Executive Officers. We establish base salaries at a level so that a significant portion of the total cash compensation such executives can earn is performance-based (through annual and special incentive compensation). Base salaries are set based on factors, as applicable, that include whether levels are competitive with comparable REITs and/or competitive conditions in the local market, input from Board members with respect to Mr. Havners base salary, the recommendations of Mr. Havner for the other Named Executive Officers, and the business judgment of the members of the Compensation Committee, as discussed further below. In general, the Compensation Committee reviews base salaries annually for the Named Executive Officers other than Mr. Havner. As discussed in more detail below, in 2004, the Compensation Committee set annual targets for base salary, bonuses and equity awards for Mr. Havner for the three-year period ending in 2007.
Bonuses. Annual incentive bonuses are typically based on financial factors, such as growth in funds from operations (FFO), revenue or funds available for distribution (FAD), and achievement of other corporate operational and financial goals, including acquisitions. Incentive bonuses are made annually and at times following the achievement of significant corporate strategic goals, such as acquisitions or dispositions, in the discretion of the Compensation Committee.
The Committees decision to pay annual cash bonuses for 2007 performance was based on the Companys achievement of increases in three key performance metrics of the Company: (1) FFO, (2) revenues, and (3) FAD. The Committee selected these factors as the key financial metrics based on their importance to our senior executive team and investors. Historically and in 2007, the Compensation Committee did not predetermine target levels for the individual performance metrics applicable to the annual bonus plan, except that the Committee typically sets a target and maximum for cash bonus payments to comply with Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, with the actual bonus amounts subject to the discretion of the Compensation Committee based on their collective business judgment.
Equity-Based Compensation. The Compensation Committee believes that our executive officers should have an incentive to improve the Companys performance by having an ongoing stake in the success of our business. The Compensation Committee seeks to create this incentive by granting executive officers various forms of equity in the Company, which, as discussed above, for 2007, consisted of stock options and restricted share units to our Named Executive Officers to link part of their compensation to increases in the Companys stock price and to provide an incentive to continue employment with the Company.
Stock options are granted with an exercise price of not less than 100% of the fair market value of our common shares on the date of grant, so that the executive officer may not profit from the option unless the price of our common shares increase. Options granted by the Compensation Committee also are designed to help us retain executive officers in that options are not exercisable at the time of grant, and achieve their maximum value only if the executive remains in the Companys employ for a period of years.
Awards to Mr. Havner are described below in CEO Compensation. With respect to option awards to the other Named Executive Officers, as discussed in more detail below the Compensation Committee determines award levels in their discretion, primarily based on the recommendations of Mr. Havner and consideration of an individuals responsibilities and performance and equity awards at other S&P 500 REITs.
Restricted Share Units
Restricted share units increase in value as the value of our common shares increases, and vest over time provided that the executive officer remains in the employ of the Company. Accordingly, awards of restricted share units serve the Committees objectives of retaining Company executive officers and other employees and motivating them to advance the interests of the Company and its shareholders.
The awards to executive officers other than Mr. Havner typically vest over eight years, which the Compensation Committee believes is appropriate for retention purposes. With respect to awards of restricted share units to the Named
Executive Officers other than Mr. Havner, the Compensation Committee determines award levels based on recommendations from Mr. Havner, taking into consideration an individuals responsibilities and performance and equity awards at other S&P 500 REITs, as discussed in more detail below.
Equity Grant Practices
Grants to all of our executive officers, including the Named Executive Officers, must be approved by the Compensation Committee of the Board, which consists entirely of independent trustees. Grants occur only at meetings of the Compensation Committee (including telephonic meetings) and such grants are made effective as of the date of the meeting or a future date if appropriate (such as in the case of a new hire). Equity awards are not timed in coordination with the release of material non-public information. The exercise price of all options granted is equal to the closing market price of our common shares on the date of grant.
Our executive officers may receive stock options, restricted share units or a mix based on the determination of the Compensation Committee in its discretion. The Compensation Committee does not set awards based on a fixed weighting between stock options and restricted share units. In general, the Compensation Committee considers equity awards for executive officers in connection with their annual performance review.
Equity awards, including grants of stock options, to employees who are not executive officers, are made by the Equity Awards Committee of the Board, which consists of two trustees appointed by the Board. The Equity Awards Committee acts after consideration of management recommendations. Grants of stock options to new hires who are not executive officers are generally made by the Equity Awards Committee on a quarterly basis during the last month of the calendar quarter following an individuals date of hire. Equity grants to other employees may be made at other times during the year, but are not timed in coordination with the release of material non-public information.
Role of Executive Officers. In general, Mr. Havner attends all meetings of the Compensation Committee at which (1) compensation of the other Named Executive Officers is discussed, and/or (2) company-wide compensation matters, such as the consideration of our 2007 Equity and Performance-Based Compensation Plan, are discussed. Mr. Havner does not vote on items before the Compensation Committee and as discussed in more detail below, the Compensation Committee and the Board solicit Mr. Havners view on the performance of the executive officers reporting to him, including each of the other Named Executive Officers. In addition, the Compensation Committee solicits the views of the Chairman of the Board and other Board members, particularly with respect to compensation of Mr. Havner.
The Compensation Committee met four times during 2007. Mr. Havner attended each of these meetings, but was not present for the portion of any meeting concerning the Committees decision to award him a discretionary bonus.
Compensation Surveys. Each component of compensation we pay to our Named Executive Officerssalary, cash bonuses and equity compensationis based generally on the Committees (and, for each Named Executive Officer other than himself, Mr. Havners) subjective assessment of each individuals role and responsibilities and consideration of market compensation rates. Consideration of market rates is an additional factor reviewed by the Committee in determining compensation levels; we do not benchmark or specifically target certain levels of compensation. For our executive officers, generally, we determine market compensation rates by reviewing public disclosures of compensation paid to senior executive officers by other REITs of comparable size and market capitalization that are included in the S&P 500. In 2007, the other S&P 500 REITs that were reviewed were:
The Compensation Committee also bases its payment of base salary and annual bonuses for Named Executive Officers, other than the chief executive officer, on corporate, business unit and individual performance, based on recommendations from Mr. Havner. In establishing individual bonuses for senior executives, the Compensation Committee
considers growth in the intrinsic business value of the enterprise, FFO, revenues and FAD and other financial and corporate objectives, together with the executive officers contribution to the Companys growth and profitability, as well as compensation paid to executive officers, including the chief executive officer, at other S&P 500 REITs.
CEO Compensation. As discussed above, in 2004, the Compensation Committee undertook a review of compensation for chief executive officers at comparable REITs. Based on that review, the Compensation Committee set three-year compensation targets for Mr. Havners base salary, bonus target and stock option grants. In setting the amount of the compensation targets in 2004, the Committee considered Mr. Havners compensation history, the compensation level of CEOs at comparable REITs, Mr. Havners performance and accomplishments to date at Public Storage and input from Board members, as well as the business judgment of the Committee members as to the appropriate compensation amounts. The targets were conditioned on Mr. Havners continued employment with the Company and successful achievement of performance goals set annually by the Committee. Provided the targets were achieved, Mr. Havner was entitled to receive a 10% increase in base salary in December of 2005, 2006 and 2007. In addition, his bonus target for an annual cash bonus was increased by 10% annually during the three year program.
The Compensation Committee also agreed to award Mr. Havner a stock option grant to acquire 83,000 common shares of Public Storage on December 8 of 2005, 2006 and 2007. The annual stock option grants had three year vesting schedules and were also subject to Mr. Havners satisfactory performance and continued employment. Under the 2004 compensation program, Mr. Havner was not entitled to receive and was not awarded any restricted share units. The 2004 compensation program terminated with the Committees consideration of Mr. Havners bonus for 2007 performance. The Committee, with input from the other members of the Board, is currently considering the future compensation arrangement for Mr. Havner.
Pursuant to the 2004 compensation program, in 2007, Mr. Havner received a 10% base salary increase effective in December of 2007 of $865,150. He was also awarded a stock option to acquire 83,000 common shares of Public Storage effective December 8, 2007. In February of 2008, the Compensation Committee considered the achievement of increased growth in 2007 FFO, revenues and FAD over 2006. The Committee also considered that the integration and stabilization of the properties acquired in 2006 in connection with the acquisition of the Shurgard operations had been completed in 2007 and that through implementation of the Public Storage operating model in Europe, the Companys European operations realized much better than anticipated operating results for 2007. The Committee further considered that senior management had continued to strengthen the Companys financial position in 2007 with additional offerings of preferred securities and the repayment of approximately $800 million of debt. Based on its review, the Committee awarded Mr. Havner a cash bonus of $865,150 for 2007 performance.
Compensation of Other NEOs. The Compensation Committee set the base salaries, bonus and equity compensation for the other Named Executive Officers after consideration of the recommendations prepared by Mr. Havner with respect to the appropriate amounts to reward and incentivize each Named Executive Officer. In connection with his recommendations, Mr. Havner provided information prepared by management concerning the compensation of Named Executive Officers at other S&P 500 REITs to help the Committee assess market compensation rates and the competitiveness of our executive compensation program. In addition, Mr. Havner used the information compiled, together with (i) information as to each executive officers responsibilities and achievements, including the role of each Named Executive Officer in accomplishing the corporate objectives set by the Compensation Committee for the previous year, (ii) his assessment of the individual performance of each Named Executive Officer, and (iii) outstanding equity awards to each Named Executive Officer, to recommend to the Compensation Committee the type of awards and amounts to be made to each of the other Named Executive Officers.
In February of 2008, the Compensation Committee considered the achievement of the Companys increased 2007 revenues and substantial increases in FFO before unusual items and FAD as compared with 2006, as well as the recommendations of Mr. Havner with respect to the individual performance of the other Named Executive Officers. As it had with respect to the Committees consideration of Mr. Havners annual incentive bonus, the Committee also considered that during 2007, the management team had completed the integration and stabilization of the properties acquired in 2006 in connection with the acquisition of the Shurgard operations and that through implementation of the Public Storage operating model in Europe, the Companys European operations realized much better than anticipated operating results for 2007. The Committee further considered that management had continued to strengthen the Companys financial position in 2007 with additional offerings of preferred securities and the repayment of approximately $800 million of debt. Based on this review and consideration of Mr. Havners recommendations, the Compensation Committee awarded cash bonuses for 2007 performance to John Reyes of $500,000; to Mr. Doll of $250,000; to Mr. Graul of $250,000; and to Ms. Krol of $250,000. Based on the recommendations of Mr. Havner, the Compensation Committee also increased the base salary effective January 1, 2008 to $600,000 for John Reyes; $350,000 for David Doll; and $275,000 for Ms. Krol. The Compensation Committee also awarded to Mr. Reyes a stock option to acquire 250,000 common shares and 3,000 restricted share units; to Mr. Doll a stock option to acquire 150,000 common shares and 2,000 restricted share units; and to Ms. Krol a stock option to acquire 150,000 common shares and 2,000 restricted share
units. The equity awards were effective February 27, 2008. In determining the equity awards, the Committee considered the recommendations of the chief executive officer and also business experience and judgment of the Committee members as to the appropriate amounts to incentivize and retain the senior executive team.
2008 Executive Officer Annual Cash Bonus Performance Targets. In February 2008, the Compensation Committee set the corporate performance targets for 2008 annual cash bonuses for Mr. Havner and the other Named Executive Officers under the 2007 Equity and Performance-Based Compensation Incentive Plan. After consultation with the other Board members and Mr. Havner, the Compensation Committee determined that the corporate performance targets for annual cash bonuses for 2008 performance for each of the Named Executive Officers would be if Public Storage achieved positive growth in FFO, revenues and FAD for 2008. As was the case for 2007 corporate performance targets, the Compensation Committee did not assign weights to the achievement of each of the three performance goals. The Compensation Committee did not set other specific quantitative or qualitative individual performance goals for our Named Executive Officers. In setting the performance targets the Compensation Committee considered input from the other Board members including Mr. Havner. The Committee believes that the goals, while challenging, particularly in the current economic environment, are achievable.
As in 2007, however, the Committee set a maximum target for each Named Executive Officer for Section 162(m) purposes. The Committee determined that Mr. Havner and each of the other Named Executive Officers would be eligible for a bonus of up to ten times base salary based on achieving positive growth in FFO, revenues, and the Companys FAD, similar to the goals of the 2007 annual incentive plan. Mr. Havners base salary for 2008 has not yet been finally determined. However, using his base salary as of December 31, 2007, the maximum bonus target amount for Mr. Havner would be $8,651,500. The maximum bonus target amount for section 162(m) purposes for Mr. Reyes is $6,000,000; Mr. Doll is $3,500,000; Mr. Graul is $2,500,000; and Ms. Krol is $2,750,000. In each case above, the Compensation Committee may exercise negative discretion pursuant to Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code to reduce the amount of the award from the maximum amount. In addition to the maximum bonus amounts for Section 162(m) purposes, the Compensation Committee set target bonus awards for each of the Named Executive Officers other than Mr. Havner, as follows: (1) John Reyes, $600,000; (2) David Doll, $350,000; (3) John Graul, $250,000; and (4) Candace Krol, $275,000.
In addition to the regular annual incentive bonus, in 2007, the Compensation Committee determined for Section 162(m) purposes that the CEO and each of the other Named Executive Officers would be eligible for a separate bonus of up to ten times his or her base salary upon the successful completion of a capital plan for the Companys European operations, including the proposed disposition of a substantial portion of the operations, to position it for long-term, sustainable growth. Similar to the annual plan, the Compensation Committee may exercise and in most cases expects to exercise negative discretion pursuant to Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code to reduce the amount of the award. Because the Company had not completed its long-term capital plan for its European operations in 2007, no amounts have been paid as of the date of this proxy statement. However, the Compensation Committee expects to consider the matter at such time as management successfully completes the disposition of a substantial portion of its European operations.
Tax & Accounting ConsiderationsCode Section 162(m). Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code imposes a $1,000,000 limit on the annual deduction that may be claimed for compensation paid to each of the chief executive officer and three other highest paid employees of a publicly held corporation (other than the chief financial officer). Certain performance-based compensation awarded under a plan approved by shareholders is excluded from that limitation. Awards of stock options and our annual cash incentive awards are designed in general to qualify for deduction as performance-based compensation. However, while the Compensation Committee considers the tax deductibility of compensation, the Committee has and may approve compensation that does not qualify for deductibility in circumstances it deems appropriate to promote varying corporate goals.
REPORT OF THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
The Compensation Committee of the Board of Trustees of Public Storage has reviewed and discussed with management this Compensation Discussion and Analysis. Based on this review and discussion, the Compensation Committee recommended to the Board of Trustees that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this proxy statement and in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of Public Storage for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.
Compensation of Executive Officers
The following table sets forth information concerning the compensation earned by or paid during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007 to the Companys principal executive officer, principal financial officer, and the three next most highly compensated persons who were executive officers of the Company on December 31, 2007 (the Named Executive Officers).
SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE
The following table sets forth certain information relating to grants of plan-based awards to the Named Executive Officers during 2007.
GRANTS OF PLAN-BASED AWARDS
The following table sets forth certain information concerning outstanding equity awards held by the Named Executive Officers at December 31, 2007.
OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT FISCAL YEAR-END
OPTION EXERCISES AND STOCK VESTED IN FISCAL 2007
The following table provides information about options exercised and stock vested for the Named Executive Officers during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.
PENSION/NONQUALIFIED DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLANS
We do not maintain qualified or nonqualified pension plans or a deferred compensation plan for our employees generally or the Named Executive Officers specifically.
POTENTIAL PAYMENTS UPON TERMINATION OR CHANGE IN CONTROL
Payments Upon Termination
Public Storage does not have any employment agreements with any Named Executive Officer. In addition, we do not have a formal severance or retirement program for payments on termination of employment, whether through voluntary or involuntary termination, other than as specifically set forth in our Performance-Based Compensation Plan, 2001 Plan, 2007 Plan, 401(k) plan or as required by law. These include:
Payments Upon Death or Disability
In the event of the death or permanent and total disability of a Named Executive Officer, pursuant to the 2001 Plan and in addition to the foregoing:
Payments Upon a Change of Control
Our applicable equity plans provide that upon the occurrence of a change of control of the Company;
A change of control is defined in the plans to include generally (a) the dissolution or liquidation of the Company or merger in which the Company does not survive, (b) the sale of substantially all the Companys assets, or (c) any transaction which results in any person or entity, other than the Hughes Family, owning 50% or more of the combined voting power of all classes of our shares. The foregoing provisions do not apply to the extent (a) provision is made for continuation of the equity plan or substitution of new options, restricted shares and restricted share units, or (b) a majority of our Board of Trustees determines that the change of control will not trigger application of the foregoing provisions.
The following table shows the estimated value of the acceleration of equity awards pursuant to the termination events described above assuming the event occurred as of December 31, 2007 and the value of our common shares on December 31, 2007 of $73.41.
Related Party Transaction Approval Policies and Procedures
With respect to transactions involving our trustees, our Trustee Code of Ethics provides for review by the Board of related party transactions that might present a possible conflict of interest. The Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee of the Board reviews related party transactions involving Board members pursuant to the Trustees Code of Ethics. Trustees are requested to submit information in advance to the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee. The Committee considers the matters submitted to it and makes a recommendation to the Board with respect to any action to be taken. The trustee with an actual, potential or apparent conflict of interest does not participate in the decision-making process related to the transaction.
Our executive officers who are not also trustees are subject to our company-wide Business Conduct Standards (BCS). Under the BCS, executive officers are required to discuss and seek pre-approval of the chief executive officer of any potential conflicts of interest. The chief executive officer may consult with the chief legal officer. In addition, the Audit Committee reviews on an ongoing basis, related party transactions involving our executive officers and trustees and our affiliate, PS Business Parks, that may require Board pre-approval under applicable law or may be required to be disclosed in our financial statements.
Relationships and transactions with the Hughes Family
B. Wayne Hughes, Chairman of the Board, and his family (the Hughes Family) have ownership interests in, and operate approximately 48 self-storage facilities in Canada under the name Public Storage (PS Canada) pursuant to a royalty-free license agreement with the Company. We currently do not own any interests in these facilities nor do we own any facilities in Canada. The Hughes Family owns approximately 27% of our common shares outstanding at December 31, 2007. We have a right of first refusal to acquire the stock or assets of the corporation that manages the 48 self-storage facilities in Canada, if the Hughes Family or the corporation agrees to sell them. However, we have no interest in the
operations of this corporation, we have no right to acquire this stock or assets unless the Hughes Family decides to sell, the right of first refusal does not apply to the self-storage facilities, and we receive no benefit from the profits and increases in value of the Canadian self-storage facilities.
Through subsidiaries, we continue to reinsure risks relating to loss of goods stored by tenants in the self-storage facilities in Canada. During 2007, we received $906,000 in reinsurance premiums attributable to the Canadian facilities. Since our right to provide tenant reinsurance to the Canadian Facilities may be qualified, there is no assurance that these premiums will continue.
The Company and Mr. Hughes are co-general partners in certain of certain partnerships, some of which are consolidated with the Company and some of which are not consolidated, and the Hughes Family owns 47.9% of the voting stock of a private REIT that owns limited partnership interests in five affiliated partnerships, in which the Company holds 46% of the voting stock and 100% of the non voting stock of the entity and substantially all the economic interest. The Hughes Family also own limited partnership interests in certain of these partnerships. The Company and the Hughes Family receive distributions from these partnerships in accordance with the terms of the partnership agreements or other organizational documents.
Management Agreement with PS Business Parks, Inc. (PSB)
PSB manages certain of the commercial facilities that we own pursuant to management agreements for a management fee equal to 5% of revenues. Public Storage paid a total of $724,000 in management fees with respect to PSBs property management services in 2007. At December 31, 2007, we had recorded amounts owed to PSB of $717,000 for management fees and certain other operating expenses related to the managed facilities, paid by PSB on our behalf. These amounts are the result of a time lag between PSB paying such expenditures and being reimbursed by us.
During 2007, PSB acquired certain commercial facilities that include self-storage space. We are managing this self-storage space for PSB for a management fee equal to 6% of revenues generated by the self-storage space. We recorded management fees with respect to these facilities amounting to $47,000 for the year ended December 31, 2007.
Cost Sharing Arrangements with PSB
Pursuant to a cost-sharing and administrative services agreement, PSB reimburses Public Storage for certain administrative services. PSBs share of these costs totaled approximately $304,000 for the year ended December 31, 2007.
Stor-RE and third party insurance carriers have provided PS Canada, the Company, PSB, and other affiliates of the Company with liability and casualty insurance coverage until March 31, 2004. PS Canada has a 2.2% interest, and PSB has a 4.0% interest, in Stor-RE. PS Canada and PSB obtained their own liability and casualty insurance covering occurrences after April 1, 2004. For occurrences before April 1, 2004, STOR-Re continues to provide liability and casualty insurance coverage consistent with the relevant agreements.
Executive Purchases of Shares of European Affiliate
On May 14, 2007, one of our European subsidiaries sold limited liability partner interests (LLP Interests) it held in Shurgard Europe, also an indirect subsidiary of Public Storage, to various officers of the company, including the executive officers designated below. The sale price for the LLP Interests was the net asset value per LLP Interest, determined on the basis of, among other items, information provided by an independent third party appraisal firm of the net asset value of Shurgard Europe as of March 31, 2007. The share purchase program was approved by the Compensation Committee and the Board. The Company has a right to repurchase the LLP Interests for any reason, on or after May 14, 2008 at the lesser of (1) the then net asset value per share or (2) the original purchase price with a 10% compounded return. In connection with a proposed transaction with a prospective investor to acquire a 51% ownership interest in Shurgard Europe, the Company expects to offer to repurchase the shares based on the value per share paid by the investor, which may be higher than the price the Company would pay under the existing repurchase right. However, no binding agreement has been signed with the prospective investor and there is no assurance that a binding agreement will be signed or that a transaction will be concluded.
As previously reported, in November 2002, a shareholder of the Company made a demand on the Board of Trustees challenging the fairness of the Companys acquisition of PS Insurance Company, Ltd. (PSIC) and related matters. PSIC was previously owned by the Hughes Family. In June 2003, following the filing by the Hughes Family of a complaint for declaratory relief asking the court to find that the acquisition of PSIC and related matters were fair to the Company, it was ruled that the PSIC transaction was just and reasonable as to the Company and holding that the Hughes Family was not required to make any payment to the Company.
At the end of December 2004, the same shareholder referred to above and a second shareholder filed this shareholders derivative complaint naming as defendants the Companys trustees (and two former trustees) and certain officers of the Company. The matters alleged in this complaint relate to PSIC, the Hughes Familys Canadian self-storage operations and the Companys 1995 reorganization. In July 2006, the Court granted the defendants motion to dismiss the amended Complaint without leave to amend. In August 2006, Plaintiffs filed a notice of appeal of the Courts decision, which is currently pending. We believe the litigation will not have any financially adverse effect on the Company (other than the costs and other expenses relating to the lawsuit).
Shareholders may request a free copy of our 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K, including applicable financial statements and schedules, by sending a written request to:
Attn: Investor Services
701 Western Avenue
Glendale, California 91201-2349
Alternatively, Shareholders can access the 2007 Form 10-K and other financial information on Public Storages Investor Relations website at:
Public Storage will also furnish any exhibit to the 2007 Form 10-K upon written request and payment of a copying charge of 15 cents per page.
CONSIDERATION AT 2009 ANNUAL MEETING
Any proposal that a holder of our shares wishes to submit for inclusion in the Companys Proxy Statement for the 2009 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (2009 Proxy Statement) pursuant to Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 14a-8 must be received by the Company no later than November 28, 2008. Such proposals also must comply with SEC regulations under Rule 14a-8 regarding the inclusion of Shareholder proposals in company-sponsored proxy materials. In addition, notice of any proposal that a holder of our shares wishes to propose for consideration at the 2009 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, but does not seek to include in the Companys 2009 Proxy Statement pursuant to Rule 14a-8, must be delivered to the Company no earlier than November 28, 2008 and no later than December 28, 2008 if the proposing holder of our shares wishes for the Company to describe the nature of the proposal in its 2009 Proxy Statement as a condition to exercising its discretionary authority to vote proxies on the proposal. Any shareholder proposals or notices submitted to the Company in connection with the 2009 Annual Meeting of Shareholders should be addressed to: Secretary, Public Storage, 701 Western Avenue, Glendale, California 91201-2349.
DIRECTIONS TO THE PUBLIC STORAGE ANNUAL MEETING
The Meeting is at the Hilton Glendale Hotel, 100 West Glenoaks Boulevard, Glendale, California 91202. The Hilton Glendale Hotel is off the 134 freeway and can be reached as follows:
From points north and south via I-5:
From the 5 freeway to the 134 East, exit at Brand Blvd/Central Avenue. Left on Central. Go 4 lights to Glen Oaks Blvd, turn right. Hotel is on the right.
From Los Angeles International Airport:
From LAX: take 405 freeway north to 101 freeway south to 134 East. Exit at Brand Blvd/Central Avenue. Left onto Central, to Glen Oaks, and turn right. Hotel is on the right.
Note: Meeting attendees who park in the Hilton Glendale Hotel garage will receive validated parking at the annual meeting registration desk to permit them to park in the garage free of charge during the meeting.
You are urged to vote the accompanying proxy/instruction card and sign, date and return it in the enclosed stamped envelope at your earliest convenience, whether or not you currently plan to attend the meeting in person.
By Order of the Board of Trustees
Stephanie G. Heim, Secretary
March 26, 2008
PROXY/INSTRUCTION CARD (COMMON SHARES/ EQUITY SHARES, SERIES A)
701 Western Avenue
Glendale, California 91201-2349
This Proxy/Instruction Card is Solicited on Behalf of the Board of Trustees
The undersigned, a record holder of Common Shares of beneficial interest of Public Storage and/or a record holder of Depositary Shares (Depositary Shares) Each Representing 1/1,000 of an Equity Share of beneficial interest, Series A (Equity Shares) of Public Storage and/or a participant in the PS 401(k)/Profit Sharing Plan (the 401(k) Plan), hereby (i) appoints Ronald L. Havner, Jr. and Stephanie G. Heim or each of them, with power of substitution, as Proxies, to appear and vote, as designated on the reverse side, all the Common Shares held of record by the undersigned on March 10, 2008, at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 8, 2008 (the Annual Meeting), and any adjournments thereof, and/or (ii) authorizes and directs Computershare Trust Company, N. A. (the Depositary), through its nominee(s), to vote or execute proxies to vote, as instructed below, all Equity Shares underlying the Depositary Shares held of record by the undersigned on March 10, 2008, at the Annual Meeting and any adjournments thereof, and/or (iii) authorizes and directs the trustee of the 401(k) Plan (the Trustee) to vote or execute proxies to vote, as instructed on the reverse side, all the Common Shares credited to the undersigneds account in the 401(k) Plan on March 10, 2008, at the Annual Meeting and any adjournments thereof, and/or (iv) authorizes and directs the Trustee to instruct (in person or by proxy) the Depositary to vote or execute proxies to vote, as instructed below, all Equity Shares underlying the Depositary Shares credited to the undersigneds account in the 401(k) Plan on March 10, 2008, at the Annual Meeting and any adjournments thereof. In their discretion, the Proxies and/or the Depositary and/or the Trustee are authorized to vote upon such other business as may properly come before the meeting.
THE PROXIES, THE DEPOSITARY AND/OR THE TRUSTEE WILL VOTE ALL THE COMMON SHARES AND EQUITY SHARES TO WHICH THIS PROXY/INSTRUCTION CARD RELATES, IN THE MANNER DIRECTED BY THE UNDERSIGNED. IF NO DIRECTION IS GIVEN WITH RESPECT TO COMMON SHARES AND/OR DEPOSITARY SHARES HELD OF RECORD BY THE UNDERSIGNED, THE PROXIES WILL VOTE SUCH COMMON SHARES, AND/OR THE DEPOSITARY WILL VOTE THE EQUITY SHARES UNDERLYING SUCH DEPOSITARY SHARES, FOR THE ELECTION OF ALL NOMINEES LISTED ON THE REVERSE AND IN FAVOR OF PROPOSAL 2. IF NO DIRECTION IS GIVEN WITH RESPECT TO THE COMMON SHARES AND/OR DEPOSITARY SHARES CREDITED TO THE UNDERSIGNEDS ACCOUNT UNDER THE 401(k) PLAN, THE TRUSTEE WILL VOTE SUCH COMMON SHARES, AND/OR THE TRUSTEE WILL INSTRUCT THE DEPOSITARY TO VOTE THE EQUITY SHARES UNDERLYING SUCH DEPOSITARY SHARES, FOR THE ELECTION OF ALL NOMINEES LISTED ON THE REVERSE AND IN FAVOR OF PROPOSAL 2. THIS PROXY CONFERS DISCRETIONARY AUTHORITY TO CUMULATE VOTES FOR ANY AND ALL OF THE NOMINEES FOR ELECTION FOR WHICH AUTHORITY TO VOTE HAS NOT BEEN WITHHELD.
x Please mark votes as in this example.
PLEASE MARK, SIGN, DATE AND RETURN THIS PROXY/INSTRUCTION CARD IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE TO PROXY SERVICES C/O COMPUTERSHARE, INVESTOR SERVICES, P.O. BOX 43126, PROVIDENCE, RI 02940.
Nominees: B. Wayne Hughes, Ronald L. Havner, Jr., Dann V. Angeloff, William C. Baker, John T. Evans, Uri P. Harkham, B. Wayne Hughes, Jr., Harvey Lenkin, Gary E. Pruitt and Daniel C. Staton.
The undersigned acknowledges receipt of the Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders and Proxy Statement dated March 26, 2008.
Please sign exactly as your name appears. Joint owners should each sign. Trustees and others acting in a representative capacity should indicate the capacity in which they sign.