Quest Resource 10-K 2008
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The aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the last reported sale of the registrants common stock on June 29, 2007, the last business day of the registrants most recently completed second fiscal quarter, at $11.68 per share was $230,212,426. This figure assumes that only the directors and officers of the registrant, their spouses and controlled corporations were affiliates. There were 23,455,427 shares outstanding of the registrants common stock as of March 4, 2008.
This Amendment No. 1 on Form 10-K/A (this Amendment) to the Annual Report on Form 10-K, originally filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) on March 10, 2008 (the Original Filing), of Quest Resource Corporation (the Company) is being filed for the sole purpose of including Items 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 (the Part III Information) that the Company had planned to incorporate by reference from its definitive proxy statement relating to the Companys 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the Proxy Statement). This information is being included in this Amendment because the Companys definitive proxy statement will not be filed within 120 days after the end of the Companys 2007 fiscal year. The listing of the definitive proxy statement on the cover page of this Amendment as a document incorporated by reference has been deleted. No other information in the Original Filing, other than the filing of related certifications to the Part III Information, is amended hereby. Except for the foregoing, this Amendment speaks as of the filing date of the Original Filing and does not update or discuss any other Company developments after the date of the Original Filing.
Our Directors and Executive Officers are as follows:
Mr. Cash has been active in the oil and gas exploration and development business for over 25 years. Mr. Cash has been the Chairman of the Board since November 2002, when Quest acquired STP Cherokee, Inc. Mr. Cash has been Chief Executive Officer since September 2004. From November 2002 until September 2004, he was Co-Chief Executive Officer and from November 2002 until June 2004, he was Chief Financial Officer. In 1987, Mr. Cash formed STP, Inc. and as President directed that company in the identification and realization of numerous oil, gas and CBM exploration projects. In November 2002, Mr. Cash transferred substantially all of the assets of STP, Inc. to STP Cherokee and sold STP Cherokee to Quest. From 1980 to 1986, Mr. Cash worked for Bodard & Hale Drilling Company while pursuing a petroleum engineering degree at Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma. During this period, Mr. Cash drilled several hundred wells throughout Oklahoma. A long-time resident of Oklahoma, Mr. Cash maintains an active role in several charitable organizations.
Mr. Kite is the Chief Executive Officer of Boothbay Royalty Company, an independent investment company with its primary concentration in the field of oil and gas exploration and production based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, which he founded in 1977. He has served as its Chief Executive Officer, President and Treasurer since its inception. Mr. Kite spent several years in the commercial banking industry with an emphasis in credit and loan review prior to his involvement in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Kite presently is a director of The All Souls Anglican Foundation and the St. Anthony Hospital Foundation. Mr. Kite earned a bachelors of business administration in finance from the University of Oklahoma.
Mr. Mitchell has been principally engaged as a venture capitalist since December 2006. Prior to December 2006, Mr. Mitchell was employed by Riata Energy Inc., k/n/a SandRidge Energy, Inc., which he founded in 1984. He served as operations manager until 1989, when he assumed the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, which positions he held until June 2006. Mr. Mitchell was President and COO from June 2006 until December 2006.
Prior to his involvement with Riata, he worked in the oil field services industry and was employed in his familys ranching and aviation businesses. Mr. Mitchell graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Mr. Damon has over 30 years of professional experience specializing in engineering design and development of power generation and projects. Since January 2008, he has served as Senior Vice President and National Director of Power Consulting for HDR, Inc., which recently purchased the engineering-consulting firm, Cummins & Barnard, Inc., which was focused on power generation development and engineering projects for electric utilities, independent power producers, large industrial and institutional clients throughout the United States. Mr. Damon served as the Chief Executive Officer of Cummins & Barnard and had been its principal and co-owner from 1990 to January 2008, and with his new role within HDR will lead the project development and strategic consulting business for coal, natural gas and renewable fired power projects. He previously worked for Consumers Power Company, Gilbert-Commonwealth, Inc. and Alternative Energy Ventures. He also held board seats on a minerals and wind turbine company, MKBY, and a start-up construction company that was recently sold to Aker Kvaerner Songer in which he was also a founding member. Mr. Damon graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and continued graduate studies at both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.
Mr. Garrison brings expertise in public company activities and issues. Mr. Garrison served as our Treasurer from 1998 to September 2001. Mr. Garrison has been a self-employed Certified Public Accountant in public practice providing financial management and accounting services to a variety of businesses for over thirty years. He currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Empire Energy Corporation International and has served in that position since August 2007. He has also been a director of Empire Energy since 1999. From July 2004 to June 2007, Mr. Garrison was the Chief Financial Officer of ICOP Digital, Inc. Mr. Garrison holds a bachelors degree in Accounting from Kansas State University.
Mr. Rateau is currently the Vice President of New Energy, Global Primary Products Growth, Alcoa, Inc., where he is responsible for developing and acquiring energy positions/assets worldwide in support of Alcoas smelting and refining activities, and has been at Alcoa, Inc. since 1996. Mr. Rateau has served in his present capacity at Alcoa since September 2007. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Business Development, Primary Metals from March 2001 to September 2007 and Vice President of Energy Management & Services, Primary Metals from November 1997 to March 2001. Before joining Alcoa, Mr. Rateau held a number of managerial positions with National Steel Corporation from 1981 to 1996. He brings expertise in business acquisitions and divestitures, capital budgets and project management, energy contracting, and applied research of complex technology and processes. Mr. Rateau holds an M.B.A. from Michigan State University and received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University.
Mr. Grose has been Chief Financial Officer since June 2004. Mr. Grose has 25 years of financial experience, primarily in the exploration, production, and drilling sectors of the oil and gas industry. Mr. Grose also has significant knowledge and expertise in capital development and in the acquisition of oil and gas companies. From January 2004 to June 2004, Mr. Grose was Chief Financial Officer for Avalon Corrections, Inc., a corrections company. From June 2002 until December 2003, he was Chief Financial Officer for Oxley Petroleum Company. From April 1999 to December 2001, he was Chief Financial Officer for a telecommunications company. From July 1997 to April 1999 Mr. Grose was Chief Financial Officer for Bayard Drilling Technologies, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Grose was employed by Alexander Energy Corporation from March 1980 to February 1997, in various positions, most recently as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Grose earned a B.A. in Political Science from Oklahoma State University in 1974 and an MBA from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1977.
Mr. Lawler has served as Chief Operating Officer since May 2007. He has worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 16 years in various management and engineering positions including production, drilling, project management and facilities. Prior to joining us, Mr. Lawler was employed by Shell Exploration & Production Company from May 1997 to May 2007 and in his most recent assignment, served as Engineering and Operations Manager for multiple assets along the U.S. Gulf Coast from January 2005 to May 2007. These assets included Shells prolific gas producing assets located in South Texas as well as offshore sour gas production facilities near Mobile Bay, Alabama and the Yellowhammer Sulfur Recovery Plan located in Coden, Alabama. Prior to his role as Operations Manager, Mr. Lawler progressed through technical and leadership assignments at Shell, including Executive Support/Staff Business Analyst (March 2003 to December 2004) and drilling engineering team leader
(May 1997 to February 2003). Prior to joining Shell, Mr. Lawler was employed by Conoco, Inc. and Burlington Resources in various domestic engineering and operations positions. Mr. Lawler graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1990 with a bachelors of science degree in petroleum engineering and earned his Masters in Business Administration from Tulane University in 2003.
Mr. Muncrief serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Quest Midstream GP, LLC. He has served in this role since September 2007 and has over 27 years of oil and gas experience. Prior to joining us, he held numerous technical, operational and leadership positions with Burlington Resources, recently acquired by Conoco Phillips. Most recently, from March 2006 to May 2007, he served as the Operations Manager for Conoco Phillips, San Juan Basin, including upstream and mid-stream operations which represented 10% of Conoco Phillips worldwide production, and from April 2000 to March 2006, Mr. Muncrief served as the General Manager of Operations San Juan for Burlington Resources. Mr. Muncrief earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University in 1980 and is a member of the American Petroleum Institute and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Mr. Marlin has served as Executive Vice President Engineering since September 2004. He also was our Chief Operations Officer from February 2005 through July 2006. He was our engineering manager from November 2002 to September 2004. Prior to that, he was the engineering manager for STP from 1999 until STPs acquisition by Quest in November 2002. Prior to that, he was employed by Parker and Parsley Petroleum as the Mid-Continent Operations Manager for 12 years. Mr. Marlin has more than 32 years industry experience involving all phases of drilling and production in more than 14 states. His experience also involved primary and secondary operations along with the design and oversight of gathering systems that move as much as 175 MMcf/d. He is a registered Professional Engineer holding licenses in Oklahoma and Colorado. Mr. Marlin earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State University in 1974. Mr. Marlin was a Director of the Mid-Continent Coal Bed Methane Forum.
Mr. Bolton has served as Executive Vice President Land since May 2006. Prior to that, he was a Land Manager for Continental Land Resources, LLC, an Oklahoma based oil and gas lease broker from May 2004 to May 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Bolton was a landman for Continental Land Resources from April 2001 to May 2004. He was an independent landman from 1995 to April 2001. Mr. Bolton is a Certified Professional Landman with over 17 years of experience in various aspects of the oil and gas industry, and has worked extensively throughout Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. Mr. Bolton holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree from the University of Oklahoma, attended the Oklahoma City University School of Law, and is a member of American Association of Petroleum Landmen, Oklahoma City Association of Petroleum Landmen, the American Bar Association, and the Energy Bar Association.
Mr. Hochstein joined us in January of 2006 as Manager of New Ventures. He then served as Executive Vice President Exploration/A&D from March 2007 to December 2007 and has served as Executive Vice President Exploration and Resource Development since December 2007. While serving as Manager of New Ventures, Mr. Hochstein led resource assessment efforts for several acquisition projects and was responsible for generating two new resource plays for us. In his new role, Mr. Hochstein will continue to develop new opportunities for us and oversee all geologic and reservoir engineering functions. Before joining us, Mr. Hochstein served for two years as a partner in Rockport Energy, a small E&P company. Prior to that he worked for El Paso Corporation in its coalbed methane division, serving as technical manager (January 2001 to August 2001), Director of Coalbed Methane (August 2001 to February 2003) and Vice President of CBM/Mid Continent and Rockies (February 2003 to April 2004). Prior to that, Mr. Hochstein worked for Sonat Exploration Co. from August 1981 to January 2001 in various positions, most recently as Manager of Geoscience. Mr. Hochstein has more than 25 years of industry experience and more than 10 years of unconventional resource experience. Mr. Hochstein holds a Bachelor of Science in Geologic Sciences from the University of Texas, Austin, and is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Mr. Simmons joined us in January 2006 as New Ventures Manager and assumed his new position as Executive Vice President Acquisitions & Divestitures (A&D) in December 2007. In this role, Mr. Simmons leads our A&D efforts. Prior to joining us, Mr. Simmons was a partner in a private E&P company developing properties in south Texas and south Louisiana from January 2003 to December 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Simmons spent 22 years with Sonat Exploration and El Paso Corporation in various and executive positions, most recently as Vice President of the
Rocky Mountain Division and Vice President and Chief Engineer. Mr. Simmons holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Structural Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Mr. Collins has served as Executive Vice President Investor Relations since December 2007. Mr. Collins has more than 11 years of experience providing analysis and advice to oil and gas industry investors. Prior to joining us, he worked for A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., a national, full-service brokerage firm, from 1999 to 2007 in various positions, most recently as a Securities Analyst, where he was responsible for initiating the firms coverage of the high yield U.S. energy stock sector (E&P partnerships and U.S. royalty trusts). As an Associate Analyst (2001 to 2005) and Research Associate (1999 to 2001) at A.G. Edwards, he assisted senior analysts in coverage of the independent E&P and oilfield service sectors of the energy industry. Mr. Collins holds a Bachelors degree in Economics with a Business Emphasis from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Our Board of Directors is currently divided among three classes as follows:
Class I John C. Garrison and Jon H. Rateau;
Class II N. Malone Mitchell 3rd and William H. Damon III; and
Class III Jerry D. Cash and James B. Kite, Jr.
The term of each class of directors expires at each annual meeting of stockholders, with the terms of Messrs. Mitchell and Damon expiring in 2008, the terms of Messrs. Cash and Kite expiring in 2009 and the terms of Messrs. Garrison and Rateau expiring in 2010.
The Board of Directors has established a separately designated standing Audit Committee. The purposes of the Audit Committee are to oversee and review (i) the integrity of all financial information provided to any governmental body or the public and (ii) the integrity and adequacy of the our auditing, accounting and financial reporting processes and systems of internal control for financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures.
The following three directors are members of the Audit Committee: John Garrison, Chair, Malone Mitchell and Jon Rateau. The Board of Directors has determined that each of the Audit Committee members are independent, as that term is defined under the enhanced independence standards for audit committee members in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and rules thereunder, as amended, as incorporated into the listing standards of the Nasdaq Global Market. The Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Garrison is an audit committee financial expert, as that term is defined in the rules promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
The Audit Committee performs its functions and responsibilities pursuant to a written charter adopted by our Board of Directors, which is published on our Internet website at www.qrcp.net under the heading Corporate Governance.
We have adopted a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics for Directors, Officers and Employees (Code of Ethics), which addresses conflicts of interests, that is applicable to our principal executive officer, principal financial officer and principal accounting officer. The Code of Ethics describes the types of transactions that may be subject to the review, approval or ratification of the Audit Committee or the chief compliance officer. Any waiver of any provision of our Code of Ethics for a member of our Board of Directors, an executive officer, or a senior financial or accounting officer must be approved by our Audit Committee, and any such waiver will be promptly disclosed as required by law or Nasdaq rule.
A copy of our Code of Business Conduct is available on our internet website at www.qrcp.net under the heading Corporate Governance. We will also provide a copy of the Code of Ethics, without charge, to any stockholder who requests it. Requests should be addressed in writing to: Corporate Secretary at Quest Resource Corporation, 210 Park Avenue, Suite 2750, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. We intend to post any amendment to or waiver from the Code of Ethics that applies to executive officers or directors on our website.
Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires our directors and executive officers, and persons who own more than 10% of a registered class of our equity securities, to file with the SEC initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership of our equity securities. Directors, executive officers and greater than 10% stockholders are required by SEC regulations to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file.
To our knowledge, based solely on a review of Forms 3, 4, 5 and amendments thereto furnished to us and written representations that no other reports were required, during and for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007, all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to our directors, executive officers and greater than 10% beneficial owners were complied with in a timely manner, except for the following:
Compensation Discussion and Analysis
Our compensation philosophy is to manage Named Executive Officer (defined below) total compensation at the median level (50th percentile) relative to companies with which we compete for talent (which are primarily peer group companies). The Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors (the Committee) compares compensation levels with a selected cross-industry group of other natural gas and oil exploration and production companies of similar size to establish a competitive compensation package.
The Committee is responsible for reviewing and approving all aspects of compensation for the Named Executive Officers listed on page 13 (the Named Executive Officers). In meeting this responsibility, the Committees policy is to ensure that Named Executive Officer compensation complies with all applicable rules and regulations and is designed to achieve three primary objectives:
The Committee retained the independent compensation consulting firm of Towers Perrin (T-P) in February 2007 to: (i) assist the Committee in formulating our compensation policies for 2007 and future years; (ii) provide advice to the Committee concerning specific compensation packages and appropriate levels of Named Executive Officers and Board members compensation; (iii) provide advice about competitive levels of compensation and marketplace trends in the oil and gas industry; and (iv) review and recommend changes in our compensation system and programs. As described below, T-P compiled competitive salary data for thirteen peer group companies and assisted the Committee in its benchmarking efforts, among other things. T-P met with members of our management and had a conference call with the Committee in order to gather information about us and our business.
Each year the Committee asks our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer to present a proposed compensation plan for the fiscal year beginning January 1 and ending December 31 (each, a Plan Year), along with supporting and competitive market data. For 2007, T-P assisted our management in providing this competitive market data, primarily through published salary surveys. The compensation amounts presented to the Committee for the 2007 Plan Year were determined based upon the Chief Executive Officers negotiations with the Named Executive Officers (taking into account the T-P competitive data). The Committee then met with the Chief Executive Officer to review the proposal and establish the compensation plan, with members of T-P participating by telephone.
The Committee monitors the performance of our Named Executive Officers throughout the Plan Year against the targets set for each performance measure. At the end of the Plan Year, the Committee meets with the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer to review the final results compared to the established performance goals before determining the Named Executive Officers compensation levels for the Plan Year. During this meeting, the Committee also establishes the Named Executive Officer compensation plan for the upcoming Plan Year, based on the Chief Executive Officers recommendations. In general, the plan must be established within the first 90 days of a Plan Year. However, during 2007, the Committee established a new management incentive plan for Quest Midstream GP, LLC employees, which was not finalized until the fourth quarter of 2007.
In addition, during 2007, we hired a number of new executive officers, including David Lawler who was one of the Named Executive Officers for 2007. The compensation packages for these new executive officers were negotiated between the Chief Executive Officer and the executive officers (taking into account the T-P competitive data). The Committee then met with the Chief Executive Officer to review and approve the proposed compensation packages.
In 2007, the Committee retained T-P as its independent compensation consultant to advise the Committee on matters related to the Named Executive Officers compensation program. To assist the Committee in its benchmarking efforts, T-P provided a compensation analysis and survey data for a peer group of companies that are similar in scale and scope to us. With the assistance of T-P, the Committee selected a peer group consisting of the following thirteen publicly traded U.S. exploration and production companies: ATP Oil & Gas Corp., Brigham Exploration, Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc., Edge Petroleum, Gastar Exploration, GMX Resources, Goodrich Petroleum, Linn Energy, McMoRan Exploration, Parallel Petroleum, Toreador Resources Corp., and Warren Resources. In general, peer group companies were U.S. energy companies in the exploration and production sector which had annual revenues ranging from $30 million to $175 million.
Elements of Executive Compensation Program
Our compensation program for Named Executive Officers consists of the following components:
Base Salary: Base salaries for all Named Executive Officers are established base on their scope of responsibilities, taking into account competitive market compensation paid by other companies in our peer group. The Committee considers the median salary range for each Named Executive Officers counterpart, but makes adjustments to reflect differences in job descriptions and scope of responsibilities for each Named Executive Officer and to reflect the Committees philosophy that each Named Executive Officers total compensation should be at the median level (50th percentile) relative to our peer group. The Committee annually reviews base salaries for Named Executive Officers and makes adjustments from time to time to realign their salaries, after taking into account individual performance, responsibilities, experience, autonomy, strategic perspectives and marketability, as well as the recommendations of the Chief Executive Officer.
As part of the Committees review of our compensation policies during the first quarter of 2007, the Committee determined, in consultation with T-P, that the base salaries for our Named Executive Officers were below the median levels for our peer group. As a result, the base salaries of the Named Executive Officers were significantly increased.
Management Annual Incentive Plans: In 2006, the Committee established the Quest Resource Corporation Management Annual Incentive Plan, which we refer to as the QRC Bonus Plan. In December 2006, we formed Quest Midstream Partners, L.P. (Quest Midstream) to own and operate our natural gas gathering pipeline
network. In connection with the formation of Quest Midstream, the decision was made to have the executive officers and employees that primarily work on our midstream operations be employed by Quest Midstream GP, LLC, our subsidiary that is the general partner of Quest Midstream. In addition, beginning in 2007, the executive officers and employees of Quest Midstream GP no longer participated in the QRC Bonus Plan. Instead, the Committee established the Quest Midstream Partners, L.P. Management Annual Incentive Plan, which we refer to as the QMP Bonus Plan. We refer to the QMP Bonus Plan and the QRC Bonus Plan together as the Bonus Plans. The QRC Bonus Plan is intended to recognize value creation by providing competitive incentives for meeting and exceeding annual financial and operating performance measurement targets related to our exploration and production operations and the QMP Bonus Plan is intended to recognize value creation by providing competitive incentives for meeting and exceeding annual financial and operating performance measurement targets related to our midstream operations.
Management level executive officers and employees that primarily work in our midstream operations participate in the QMP Bonus Plan and all of our other management level executive officers and employees participate in the QRC Bonus Plan. For 2007, Mr. Hoover was the only Named Executive Officer that participated in the QMP Bonus Plan.
By providing market-competitive bonus awards, the Committee believes the Bonus Plans support the attraction and retention of Named Executive Officer talent critical to achieving our strategic business objectives. The Bonus Plans put a significant portion of total compensation at risk by linking potential annual compensation to our achievement of specific performance goals during the year, which creates a direct connection between the executives pay and our financial performance.
The awards under the QRC Bonus Plan were paid in a combination of stock and cash for 2006. For 2007, awards under the Bonus Plans were payable solely in cash. The Committee anticipates that future annual bonus awards will also be paid only in the form of cash awards. The Committee made this change because of the roll out of the long-term equity incentive plan described below.
Each year the Committee will establish goals during the first quarter of the calendar year. However, since 2007 was the first year for the QMP Bonus Plan, the performance goals were not finalized until the fourth quarter of 2007. The 2007 performance goals for each Bonus Plan are described below. The amount of the bonus payable to each participant varies based on the percentage of the performance goals achieved and the employees position with the company. More senior ranking management personnel are entitled to bonuses that are potentially a higher percentage of their base salaries, reflecting the Committees philosophy that higher ranking employees should have a greater percentage of their overall compensation at risk.
Each executive officer and key employee that participates in the Bonus Plans has a target bonus percentage expressed as a percentage of base salary based on his or her level of responsibility. The performance criteria for 2007 includes minimum performance thresholds required to earn any incentive compensation, as well as maximum payouts geared towards rewarding extraordinary performance, thus, actual awards can range from 0% (if performance is below 60% of target) to 100% of base salary for our most senior executives (if performance is 150% of target). For 2007, the potential bonus amounts for each of Messrs. Cash, Grose, Lawler and Hoover were as follows: If we achieved an average of our financial goals of 60%, their incentive awards would be 22% of base salary. If we achieved an average of our financial goals of 100%, their incentive awards would be 42% of base salary. If we achieved an average of our financial goals of 150%, their incentive awards would be 99% of base salary. For 2007, the potential bonus amounts for each of the other Named Executive Officers were as follows: If we achieved an average of our financial goals of 60%, their incentive awards would be 7% of base salary. If we achieved an average of our financial goals of 100%, their incentive awards would be 27% of base salary. If we achieved an average of our financial goals of 150%, their incentive awards would be 73.5% of base salary.
After the end of the Plan Year, the Committee determines to what extent we and the participants have achieved the performance measurement goals. The Committee calculates and certifies in writing the amount of each participants bonus based upon the actual achievements and computation formulae set forth in the applicable Bonus Plan. The Committee has no discretion to increase the amount of any Named Executive Officers bonus as so determined, but may reduce the amount of or totally eliminate such bonus, if it determines, in its absolute and sole discretion that such reduction or elimination is appropriate in order to reflect the Named Executive Officers
performance or unanticipated factors. The performance period (Incentive Period) with respect to which target awards and bonuses may be payable under the Bonus Plans will generally be the fiscal year beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31, but the Committee has the authority to designate different Incentive Periods.
QRC Bonus Plan 2007 Performance Goals. The Committee increased the 2007 performance targets for the QRC Bonus Plan from the 2006 levels. The Committee eliminated pipeline operating expense as a performance measure in 2007, because the midstream pipeline operations were dropped into Quest Midstream in December 2006. The Committee established the 2007 performance targets and percentages of goals achieved for each of the five corporate financial goals described below:
Each of the five corporate financial goals were equally weighted. The amount of the incentive bonus varies depending upon the average percentage of the financial goals achieved. For amounts between 50% and 100% and between 100% and 150%, linear interpolation is used to determine the Percentage of Goal Achieved. For amounts below 50%, the Percentage of Goal Achieved is determined using the same scale as between 50% and 100%. For amounts in excess of 150%, the Percentage of Goal Achieved is determined using the same scale as between 100% and 150%. For 2007, no incentive awards were payable under the QRC Bonus Plan if the average percentage of the financial goals achieved was less than 60%. Additionally, no additional incentive awards were payable if the average percentage of the financial goals achieved exceeds 150%. For 2007, the average percentage of the financial goals achieved under the QRC Bonus Plan was 100%.
Mr. Lawler commenced employment as our chief operating officer in April 2007, and Mr. Lawler received a pro rata portion equal to approximately 73% of the bonus for 2007.
QMP Bonus Plan 2007 Performance Goals. During the fourth quarter of 2007, the Committee established the 2007 performance targets and percentages of goals achieved for each of the five partnership financial goals described below:
The goals of EBITDA and return on invested capital were each weighted at 30%, the goal of distributable cash flow/unit was weighted at 20%, and the goals of pipeline operating expense and distributable cash flow/common unit were each weighted at 10%. For 2007, no incentive awards were payable under the QMP Bonus Plan if the average percentage of the financial goals achieved was less than 60%. Additionally, no additional incentive awards were payable if the average percentage of the financial goals achieved exceeded 105%. For 2007, the average percentage of the financial goals achieved for the QMP Bonus Plan was approximately 70%.
Richard A. Hoover served as President of Quest Midstream GP until September 2007. Richard E. Muncrief replaced Mr. Hoover in that position in September 2007. Mr. Hoover received 75% of the incentive bonus amount payable for 2007, and Mr. Muncrief received a pro rata portion equal to approximately 28% of the incentive bonus payable for 2007.
Productivity Gain Sharing Payments: A one-time cash payment equal to 10% of an individuals monthly base salary is earned during each month that our CBM production rate increases by 1,000 Mcf/day over the prior record. All of our employees are eligible to receive productivity gain sharing payments. The purpose of these payments is to incentivize all employees, including Named Executive Officers, to continually and immediately focus on production. The Named Executive Officers received payments equal to approximately 1.6 additional months of base salary as a result of this plan, as follows: Jerry Cash $69,167; David Grose $46,458; David Lawler $26,583; David Bolton $31,875; Richard Marlin $35,113; and Richard Hoover $37,104. Our management believes this incentive plan is unique to us and is not used by the peer group companies. As a result, the Committee believes these productivity payments help us attract and retain talented and highly motivated Named Executive Officers.
Discretionary Bonus Plan: At the discretion of the Committee, cash bonuses or deferred compensation plan contributions may be paid to an executive officer. The purposes of such bonuses are to recognize a unique circumstance or performance beyond a contemplated level. The Committee evaluates such awards within the context of our overall performance. The determination of the type and amount of each discretionary bonus is based upon the recommendation of the Chief Executive Officer, as well as the individual performance and contribution of the executive officer to our performance.
The Committee believes that the long-term performance of our executive officers is achieved through ownership of stock-based awards, such as stock options, which expose executive officers to the risks of downside stock prices and provide an incentive for executive officers to build shareholder value.
Omnibus Stock Award Plan. Our 2005 Omnibus Stock Award Plan (the Omnibus Plan) provides for grants of non-qualified stock options, restricted shares, bonus shares, deferred shares, stock appreciation rights, performance units and performance shares. Currently, the total number of shares that may be issued under the Omnibus Plan is 2,200,000. The Omnibus Plan also permits the grant of incentive stock options. The objectives of the Omnibus Plan are to strengthen key employees and non-employee directors commitment to our success, to stimulate key employees and non-employee directors efforts on our behalf and to help us attract new employees with the education, skills and experience we need and retain existing key employees. All of our equity awards consisting of our common stock are issued under the Omnibus Plan.
Long-Term Incentive Plan. For 2007, the Committee added a new long-term incentive plan for our executive officers under the Omnibus Plan. The new plan is intended to encourage participants to focus on our long-term performance and provide an opportunity for our executive officers to increase their stake in us through grants of restricted stock pursuant to the terms of the Omnibus Plan. The Committee designed the long-term incentive plan to:
The Committee determined the level of awards based on market data provided by T-P and the recommendations of the Chief Executive Officer (which in some cases were based on negotiations with executive officers). Award levels vary among participants based on their position within the Company. The awards are subject to the terms of an Award Agreement which outlines a vesting schedule (at the conclusion of each year of service, one-third of the award amount vests with the entire award vested at the end of three years) which is expected to help retain executive officers as any unvested awards are forfeited if that individual terminates his employment without good reason. There are no additional performance criteria that must be met in order for the award to be earned. The vesting schedule for the awards accelerates if an executive officer is terminated without cause by us or for good reason by the executive officer.
Quest Midstream Equity Awards. During 2007, the Committee also made selected grants of bonus common units to certain of our executive officers and key employees that perform services primarily for Quest Midstream. The grants were intended to encourage participants to focus on Quest Midstreams long-term performance and provide an opportunity for the participating employees to have an ownership stake in Quest Midstream through grants of bonus common units. The Committee granted the awards to:
The Committee determined the level of awards based on market data provided by T-P and the recommendations of the Chief Executive Officer (which in some cases were based on negotiations with executive officers). Award levels vary among participants based on their position within Quest Midstream. The awards are subject to the terms of an Award Agreement which outlines a vesting schedule which is expected to help retain executive officers as any unvested awards are forfeited if that individual terminates his employment without good reason. There are no additional performance criteria that must be met in order for the award to be earned. The vesting schedule for the awards accelerates if an executive officer is terminated without cause by us or for good reason by the executive officer. Executive officers are entitled to distribution equivalents on the bonus common units prior to vesting. During 2007, Mr. Hoover was the only Named Executive Officer to receive a grant of Quest Midstream bonus common units.
Quest Energy Partners Long Term Incentive Plan. In July 2007, we formed Quest Energy Partners, L.P. (Quest Energy) to own and operate our Cherokee Basin assets and to acquire, exploit and develop oil and natural gas properties in the Cherokee Basin. On November 14, 2007, Quest Energys general partner, Quest Energy GP, LLC, adopted the Quest Energy Partners, L.P. Long-Term Incentive Plan for employees, consultants and directors of Quest Energy GP and any of its affiliates who perform services for Quest Energy. The long-term incentive plan consists of the following securities of Quest Energy: options, restricted units, phantom units, unit appreciation rights, distribution equivalent rights, other unit-based awards and unit awards. The purpose of awards under the long-term incentive plan is to provide additional incentive compensation to employees providing services to Quest Energy, and to align the economic interests of such employees with the interests of Quest Energys unitholders. The total number of common units available to be awarded under the long-term incentive plan is 2,115,950. Common units cancelled, forfeited or withheld to satisfy exercise prices or tax withholding obligations will be available for delivery pursuant to other awards. The plan is administered by the Committee, provided that administration may be delegated to such other committee as appointed by Quest Energy GPs board of directors. To date, no awards have been made under this plan other than to the independent directors of Quest Energy GP.
Our employees, including the Named Executive Officers, who meet minimum service requirements are entitled to receive medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance benefits for themselves (and beginning the first of the following month after 90 days of employment, 50% coverage for their dependents). Our Named Executive Officers also participate along with other employees in our 401(k) plan and other standard benefits. Our 401(k) plan provides for matching contributions by us and permits discretionary contributions by us of up to 10% of a participants eligible compensation. Such benefits are provided equally to all employees, other than where benefits are provided pro rata based on the respective Named Executive Officers salary (such as the level of disability insurance coverage).
We believe our executive compensation program described above is generally sufficient for attracting talented executives and that providing large perquisites is neither necessary nor in the stockholders best interests. Certain perquisites are provided to provide job satisfaction and enhance productivity. For example, we provide an automobile for Mr. Cash and Mr. Marlin and provided an automobile for Mr. Hoover to use when visiting our headquarters in Oklahoma City. On occasion family members and acquaintances have accompanied Mr. Cash on
business trips made on private charter flights. The Named Executive Officers also are eligible to receive gym club memberships. Mr. Lawler received reimbursement of certain relocation expenses in connection with his move to Oklahoma City.
Our Board of Directors, upon the Committees recommendation, has adopted a Stock Ownership Policy for our corporate officers and directors (Guideline Owners) to ensure that they have a meaningful economic stake in us. The guidelines are designed to satisfy an individual Guideline Owners need for portfolio diversification, while maintaining management stock ownership at levels high enough to assure our stockholders of managements commitment to value creation.
The Committee will annually review each Guideline Owners compensation and stock ownership levels to confirm if appropriate or make adjustments. The Committee requires that the Guideline Owners have direct ownership of our common stock in at least the follow amounts:
A corporate officer has five years to comply with the ownership requirement from the later of: (a) February 1, 2007 or (b) the date the individual was appointed to a position noted above. A director has five years to comply with the ownership requirement from the later of: (a) January 1, 2008 or (b) the date the individual was appointed to be a director. If a corporate officer is promoted to a position with a higher stock ownership salary multiple, the corporate officer will have five years from the date of the change in position to reach the higher expected stock ownership salary multiple, but still must meet the prior expected stock ownership salary multiple within the original five years of the date first appointed to such prior position or February 1, 2007, whichever is later.
Until a Guideline Owner achieves the applicable stock ownership salary multiple, the following applies:
Notwithstanding the foregoing, corporate officers are not required to hold bonus shares that were originally granted prior to January 1, 2007 or any bonus shares awarded pursuant to the 2006 management annual incentive plan. In addition, Mr. Grose is not required to hold the 70,000 unrestricted shares awarded to him in connection with the execution of his employment agreement on April 9, 2007.
Required Ownership Shares. Upon reaching the required stock ownership salary multiple, the Guideline Owner must certify to the Corporate Secretary that the ownership requirements have been met and the Corporate Secretary must confirm such representation and record the number of shares required to be held by the Guideline Owner based on the closing price of the shares and the corporate officers current salary level or the directors current compensation level on the day prior to certification by the Guideline Owner (the Required Ownership Shares).
The Guideline Owner will not be required to accumulate any shares in excess of the Required Ownership Shares so long as the Required Ownership Shares are held by the Guideline Owner, regardless of changes in the
price of the shares. However, the Guideline Owner may only sell shares held prior to certification if, after the sale of shares, the Guideline Owner will (a) still own a number of shares equal to at least the Required Ownership Shares or (b) still be in compliance with the stock ownership salary multiple as of the day the shares are sold based on current share price and salary level.
Annual Review. The Committee will review all Required Ownership Shares levels of the Guideline Owners covered by the Policy on an annual basis. Deviations from the Stock Ownership Policy can only be approved the Committee and then only because of a personal hardship.
The Board of Directors, upon the Committees recommendation, adopted a policy that prohibits Named Executive Officers from speculating in our stock, which includes, but is not limited to, the following: short selling (profiting if the market price of the stock decreases); buying or selling publicly traded options, including writing covered calls; taking out margin loans against stock options; and hedging or any other type of derivative arrangement that has a similar economic effect without the full risk or benefit of ownership.
The Board maintains a policy that it will evaluate in appropriate circumstances whether to seek the reimbursement of certain compensation awards paid to a Named Executive Officer if such person(s) engage in misconduct that caused or partially caused a restatement of financial results, in accordance with section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. If circumstances warrant, we will seek to claw back appropriate portions of the Named Executive Officers compensation for the relevant period, as provided by law.
U.S. federal tax laws (Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended) impose a limitation on our U.S. income tax deductibility of Named Executive Officer compensation, unless it is performance-based under the tax rules. The Committee is concerned about the tax aspects of restricted stock and bonus share grants because they are not currently performance-based awards. The Committee will evaluate and consider possible performance elements for future awards. The Committee, however, does not believe the failure of Named Executive Officers equity awards to qualify as performance based awards to have a material impact on the Company at this time.
The table below sets forth information concerning the annual and long-term compensation paid to or earned by the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, the three other most highly compensated executive officers who were serving as executive officers as of December 31, 2007 and Richard Hoover, who was one or our most highly compensated executive officers for 2007, but was not serving as an executive officer as of December 31, 2007 (the Named Executive Officers).
Summary Compensation Table
No stock options were granted to any of our Named Executive Officers during the year ended December 31, 2007.
This table discloses the actual number of restricted stock awards granted during the last fiscal year and the grant date fair value of these awards and the estimated payouts under non-equity incentive plan awards.
The following table shows unvested stock awards outstanding for the Named Executive Officers as of December 31, 2007. Market value is based on the closing market price of our common stock on December 31, 2007 ($7.17 a share).
The following table sets forth certain information regarding stock awards vested during 2007 for the Named Executive Officers.
For purposes of the above table, the amount realized upon vesting is determined by multiplying the number of shares of stock or units by the market value of the shares or units on the date the shares were issued to the Named Executive Officer.
The following table discloses the cash, equity awards and other compensation earned, paid or awarded, as the case may be, to each of our directors during the fiscal year ended 2007.
In addition to the option awards described above, all of our non-employee directors received the following cash compensation for the fiscal year ended 2007:
Beginning January 1, 2008, our non-employee directors will receive an annual director fees of $50,000, but will not receive any separate fees for attending meetings of the Board of Directors. The chairman of the Audit Committee will receive an additional $7,500 and the chairmen of the Compensation and Nominating Committees will each receive an additional $5,000. Additionally, our non-employee directors will be awarded a grant of 10,000 shares of our common stock immediately following each annual meeting of our stockholders; provided, however, that if a director has been awarded a prior grant of restricted shares that vests over time, the number of restricted shares vesting in that calendar year will be subtracted from the 10,000 shares granted after the annual meeting of our stockholders.
In March 2008, the Board of Directors approved the exchange of each unvested stock option for one-half of a share of restricted common stock of the Company, with the same vesting schedule as their unvested options. The directors made the decision to exchange the stock options for shares of restricted stock in order to more closely align the interests of the directors with those of the stockholders. The directors also believed that the recent trend in director compensation was to grant awards of restricted stock rather than stock options. The exchange ratio was determined based on market data provided by T-P. As a result of the exchange, Messrs. Kite, Rateau and Garrison each received 10,000 shares of our restricted common stock and Messrs. Damon and Mitchell each received 20,000 shares of our restricted common stock. 5,000 of these shares vest each year over the next two years for Messrs. Kite, Rateau and Garrison and over the next four years for Damon and Mitchell.
Each of the Named Executive Officers has an employment agreement. Except as described below, the employment agreements for each of the Named Executive Officers are substantially similar and were entered into with us (or in the case of Mr. Hoover, our subsidiary Quest Midstream GP, LLC) during 2007. The employment agreements for Messrs. Cash and Grose replaced their existing employment agreements. In connection with the termination of Mr. Hoovers employment in September 2007, Mr. Hoovers employment agreement was terminated and we entered into a settlement agreement with him, which is described below. Accordingly, the following description of the employment agreements of the Named Executive Officers omits Mr. Hoovers former employment agreement.
Each of these agreements has an initial term of three years (the Initial Term). Upon expiration of the Initial Term, each agreement will automatically continue for successive one-year terms, unless earlier terminated in accordance with the terms of the agreement. The positions, base salary and number of restricted shares of our common stock granted under each of the employment agreements is as follows:
One-third of the restricted shares vest on each of the first three anniversary dates of each employment agreement. In addition, Mr. Grose and Mr. Lawler received 70,000 and 15,000 unrestricted shares, respectively, of our common stock in connection with the execution of their employment agreements.
Each executive is eligible to participate in all of our incentive bonus plans that are established for our executive officers. If we terminate an executives employment without cause (as defined below) or if an executive terminates his employment agreement for Good Reason (as defined below), in each case after notice and cure periods
Under each of the employment agreements, Good Reason means:
For purposes of the employment agreements, cause includes the following:
The following summarizes potential maximum payments that an executive could receive upon a termination of employment without cause or for Good Reason, actual amounts are likely to be less.
In general, base salary payments will be paid to the executive in equal installments on our regular payroll dates, with the installments commencing six months after the executives termination of employment (at which time the executive will receive a lump sum amount equal to the monthly payments that would have been paid during such six month period). However, the payments may be commenced immediately if an exemption under Internal Revenue Code § 409A is available. If the executives employment is terminated without cause within two years after a change in control (as defined below), then the base salary payments will be paid in a lump sum six months after termination of employment.
Under the employment agreements, a change in control is generally defined as:
The pro rata portion of any annual bonus or other compensation to which the executive would have been entitled for the year during which the termination occurred will be paid at the time bonuses are paid to all employees, or if later, six months after the executives termination of employment (unless an exception to Internal Revenue Code § 409A applies).
If the executive is unable to render services as a result of physical or mental disability, we may terminate his employment, and he will receive a lump-sum payment equal to one years base salary and all compensation and benefits that were accrued and vested as of the date of termination. If necessary to comply with Internal Revenue Code § 409A, the payment may be deferred for six months.
Each of the employment agreements also provides for one-year restrictive covenants of non-solicitation in the event the executive terminates his own employment or is terminated by us for cause. Our obligation to make severance payments is conditioned upon the executive not competing with us during the term that severance payments are being made.
On September 19, 2007, Quest Midstream GP terminated the employment agreement with Richard Hoover, the president of Quest Midstream GP, and accordingly, terminated Mr. Hoovers employment with Quest Midstream GP. On November 8, 2007, we and Quest Midstream GP entered into a Settlement and Release Agreement with Mr. Hoover to resolve any disputes between us and Mr. Hoover related to: (i) Mr. Hoovers employment agreement, (ii) Mr. Hoovers employment with Quest Midstream GP or (iii) the termination of Mr. Hoovers employment with Quest Midstream GP. According to the terms of the Settlement and Release Agreement, Mr. Hoover is entitled to a pro rata portion in the amount of 75% of any incentive bonus payable for 2007. One half of his base salary under the employment agreement will be paid out in equal installments over the remaining term of his employment agreement in accordance with the provisions of the agreement. Quest Midstream GP also agreed to reimburse Mr. Hoover his health insurance premium payments for the longer of one year or until he becomes eligible for health insurance with a different employer.
In addition, Mr. Hoover became vested in 5,000 shares of our common stock and 37,500 Quest Midstream common units. The Quest Midstream common units are to be delivered to Mr. Hoover in two tranches of 18,750 units. The first tranche of Quest Midstream common units is to be delivered upon the later of a liquidity event or April 1, 2008, and the second tranche is to be delivered upon the later of a liquidity event or April 1, 2009. For these purposes, a liquidity event means an initial public offering of the Quest Midstream common units or a sale in a single transaction of all or substantially all of the assets of Quest Midstream or the partnership interests in Quest Midstream.
Quest Midstream also agreed to pay distribution equivalents to Mr. Hoover on 75,000 Quest Midstream common units for the third quarter of 2007 and on the 37,500 Quest Midstream common units, mentioned above, for the fourth quarter of 2007 and for each quarter thereafter until those common units are issued and delivered to Mr. Hoover. Mr. Hoover will be subject to a one-year non-compete restriction limited to the Cherokee Basin region.
None of the persons who served on our Compensation Committee during the last completed fiscal year (Jon H. Rateau, John C. Garrison, James B. Kite, Jr., William H. Damon III) (i) was an officer or employee of the Company during the last fiscal year or (ii) had any relationship requiring disclosure under Item 404 of Regulation S-K. Except for Mr. Garrison, who previously served as our Treasurer from 1998 to 2001, none of the persons who served on our Compensation Committee during the last completed fiscal year was formerly an officer of the Company.
None of our executive officers, during the last completed fiscal year, served as a (i) member of the compensation committee of another entity, one of whose executive officers served on our Compensation Committee; (ii) director of another entity, one of whose executive officers served on our Compensation Committee; or
(iii) member of the compensation committee of another entity, one of whose executive officers served as our director.
The Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis set forth above with management, and based on such review and discussions, the Compensation Committee has recommended to the Board of Directors of the Company that such Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K and the Companys Proxy Statement.
Jon H. Rateau, Chairman
William H. Damon III
James B. Kite, Jr.
The following table sets forth information as of April 23, 2008 concerning the shares of our common stock beneficially owned by (i) each person known by us, solely by reason of our examination of Schedule 13D and 13G filings made with the SEC and by information voluntarily provided to us by certain stockholders, to be the beneficial owner of 5% or more of our outstanding common stock (ii) each of our directors, (iii) each of the executive officers named in the summary compensation table and (iv) all current directors and executive officers as a group. Except for Messrs. Hoover and Mitchell, none of our directors or executive officers own any common units of Quest Midstream or Quest Energy, which ownership is disclosed in the footnotes to this table. If a person or entity listed in the following table is the beneficial owner of less than one percent of the securities outstanding, this fact is indicated by an asterisk in the table.
The table below sets forth information concerning compensation plans under which equity securities are authorized for issuance as of the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.
No director, executive officer or stockholder who is known to us to own of record or beneficially more than five percent of our common stock, or any member of the immediate family of such director, executive officer or stockholder, had a direct or indirect material interest in any transaction since the beginning of fiscal year ended December 31, 2007, or any currently proposed transaction, in which we or one of our subsidiaries is a party and the amount involved exceeds $120,000.
We do not have a formal, written policy for the review, approval or ratification of transactions between us and any director or executive officer, nominee for director, 5% stockholder or member of the immediate family of any such
person that are required to be disclosed under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K. However, our policy is that any activities, investments or associations of a director or officer that create, or would appear to create, a conflict between the personal interests of such person and our interests must be assessed by our Chief Financial Officer or the Audit Committee.
Our Board of Directors has determined that each of our directors, except Mr. Cash, is an independent director, as defined in the applicable rules and regulations of The NASDAQ Global Market, including Rule 4200(a)(15) of the Marketplace Rules of the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC.
The following table lists fees paid to Murrell, Hall, McIntosh & Co., PPLP, for services rendered for the years ended December 31, 2006 and 2007.
The Audit Committee has concluded the provision of the non-audit services listed above as Audit-Related Fees and Tax Fees is compatible with maintaining the auditors independence.
All services to be performed by the independent public accountants must be pre-approved by the Audit Committee, which has chosen not to adopt any pre-approval policies for enumerated services and situations, but instead has retained the sole authority for such approvals.
(a)(1) and (2) Financial Statements and Financial Statement Schedules. Financial statements and financial statement schedules are incorporated by reference to Item 8 of the Original Filing.
(a)(3) Index to Exhibits. Exhibits requiring attachment pursuant to Item 601 of Regulation S-K are listed in the Index to Exhibits beginning on page 27 of this Amendment that is incorporated herein by reference.
Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this Amendment to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized this 29th day of April, 2008.
Quest Resource Corporation
/s/ Jerry D. Cash
Jerry D. Cash
Chief Executive Officer
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