S&T Bancorp DEF 14A 2006
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS April 17, 2006
To the Shareholders of S&T Bancorp, Inc.:
Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of S&T Bancorp, Inc. (S&T) will be held on April 17, 2006, at 10:00 a.m., Eastern Time, at the S&T Training and Support Center, located at 355 North Fifth Street, Indiana, Pennsylvania 15701, for the purpose of considering and voting on the following matters:
1. The election of six directors to serve terms expiring in 2009; and
2. The transaction of such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.
Only shareholders of record at the close of business on February 27, 2006 are entitled to notice of and to vote at such meeting or any adjournment thereof.
By Order of the Board of Directors,
/s/ Robert E. Rout
Robert E. Rout
March 10, 2006
YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT. IN ORDER TO ASSURE YOUR REPRESENTATION AT THE ANNUAL MEETING, PLEASE MARK, SIGN, DATE AND RETURN THE ENCLOSED PROXY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE. NO POSTAGE IS REQUIRED FOR MAILING IN THE UNITED STATES. THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT THE SHAREHOLDERS VOTE FOR THE ELECTION AS DIRECTORS OF THE NOMINEES NAMED IN THIS PROXY STATEMENT.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING DELIVERY OF SECURITY HOLDER DOCUMENTS
The SEC has adopted rules that permit companies and intermediaries (e.g., brokers) to satisfy the delivery requirements for proxy statements and annual reports with respect to two or more shareholders sharing the same address by delivering a single proxy statement addressed to those shareholders. This process is commonly referred to as householding.
S&T has implemented householding in an effort to reduce the number of duplicate mailings to the same address. This process benefits both shareholders and S&T, because it eliminates unnecessary mailings delivered to your home and helps to reduce S&Ts expenses. Householding is not being used, however, if S&T has received contrary instructions from one or more of the shareholders sharing an address. If your household has received only one annual report and one proxy statement, S&T will deliver promptly a separate copy of the annual report and the proxy statement to any shareholder who contacts S&Ts transfer agent, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company (AST), by calling their toll-free number, 1-800-937-5449, or by mail to the attention of the Shareholder Relations Department at 59 Maiden Lane, Plaza Level, New York, New York 10038. You can also notify S&T that you would like to receive separate copies of S&Ts annual report and proxy statement in the future by calling AST. Even if your household has received only one annual report and one proxy statement, S&T will continue to send a separate proxy card for each shareholder residing at your address. Please note, however, that if you also hold shares of S&T in street name (e.g., in a brokerage account or retirement plan account) you may continue to receive duplicate mailings.
Each proxy card should be signed, dated and returned in the enclosed self-addressed envelope. If your household has received multiple copies of S&Ts annual report and proxy statement, you can request the delivery of single copies in the future by calling AST, as instructed above, or your broker, if you hold the shares in street name.
S&T BANCORP, INC.
PROXY STATEMENT FOR ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS TO BE HELD APRIL 17, 2006
This Proxy Statement is being furnished to shareholders of S&T Bancorp, Inc. (S&T) in connection with the solicitation of proxies by the Board of Directors of S&T (the S&T Board) for use at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders, and any adjournments thereof, to be held at the time and place set forth in the accompanying notice (Annual Meeting). It is anticipated that the mailing of this Proxy Statement and the enclosed proxy card will commence on or about March 10, 2006. At the Annual Meeting, shareholders of S&T will be asked to elect six directors of S&T to serve terms expiring in 2009.
All shareholders are urged to read this Proxy Statement carefully and in its entirety.
Date, Place and Time
The Annual Meeting will be held on April 17, 2006, at 10:00 a.m., Eastern Time, at the S&T Training and Support Center, located at 355 North Fifth Street, Indiana, Pennsylvania.
Record Date; Voting Rights
The securities that can be voted at the Annual Meeting consist of shares of common stock of S&T, par value $2.50 per share (S&T Common Stock), with each share entitling its owner to one vote on all matters. Only holders of record of S&T Common Stock at the close of business on February 27, 2006 (the Record Date) will be entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting. There were 3,111 record holders of S&T Common Stock and 26,208,580 shares of S&T Common Stock outstanding as of the Record Date.
A quorum is required for the transaction of business at the Annual Meeting. A quorum is the presence at the meeting, in person or represented by proxy, of the holders of the majority of the outstanding shares. Abstentions are counted for purposes of determining presence or absence of a quorum, but are not considered a vote cast under Pennsylvania law. Abstentions will not affect the outcome of a vote on a particular matter. Shares held by brokers in street name and for which the beneficial owners do not vote on a particular proposal because the brokers do not have discretionary voting power and have not received instructions from the beneficial owners to vote on that item are called broker non-votes. Broker non-votes are counted to determine if a quorum is present, but are not considered a vote cast under Pennsylvania law. Broker non-votes will not affect the outcome of a vote on a particular matter.
The director nominees will be elected by a plurality of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting, which means that the six nominees receiving the most votes will be elected. A withheld vote on any nominee will not affect the voting results. All other matters to be considered at the Annual Meeting, if any, require the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast at the meeting on the item to be approved.
Voting and Revocation of Proxies
If the appropriate enclosed form of proxy is properly executed and returned to S&T in time to be voted at the Annual Meeting, the shares represented thereby will be voted in accordance with the instructions marked
thereon. Executed but unmarked proxies will be voted FOR the director nominees proposed by the S&T Board, which are presented in this Proxy Statement. Except for procedural matters incident to the conduct of the Annual Meeting, S&T does not know of any matters other than those described in the Notice of Annual Meeting that are to come before the Annual Meeting. If any other matters are properly brought before the Annual Meeting, the persons named in the accompanying proxy will vote the shares represented by the proxies in their discretion on such matters as recommended by a majority of the S&T Board.
The presence of a shareholder at the Annual Meeting will not automatically revoke such shareholders proxy. However, shareholders may revoke a proxy at any time prior to its exercise by filing with the Secretary of S&T a written notice of revocation, by delivering to S&T a duly executed proxy bearing a later date or by attending the Annual Meeting and voting in person.
Solicitation of Proxies
The cost of soliciting proxies in the form enclosed herewith will be borne by S&T. In addition to the solicitation of proxies by mail, S&T, through its directors, officers and regular employees, may also solicit proxies personally or by telephone. S&T also will request persons, firms and corporations holding shares of S&T Common Stock in their names or in the name of their nominees, which are beneficially owned by others, to send proxy material to and obtain proxies from the beneficial owners and will reimburse the holders for their reasonable expenses in so doing.
PRINCIPAL BENEFICIAL OWNERS OF S&T COMMON STOCK
Under Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act), a beneficial owner of a security is any person who directly or indirectly has or shares voting power or investment power over such security. Such beneficial owner under this definition need not enjoy the economic benefit of such securities. The following are the only shareholders known to S&T to be deemed to be a beneficial owner of 5% or more of S&T Common Stock as of December 31, 2005:
S&T is not aware of any other person who beneficially owns more than 5% of any class of securities of S&T other than those listed above.
Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance
Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires S&Ts directors and executive officers, and persons who own more than 10% of S&Ts stock, to report to the SEC certain of their transactions with respect to S&Ts stock. The SEC reporting rules require that changes in beneficial ownership generally be reported on Form 4 within two business days after the date on which the change occurs. A Form 3 to report stock holdings in S&T must be filed within ten days of when a director, executive officer or person who owns more than 10% of S&Ts stock becomes subject to Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act. To our knowledge, during 2005 all directors, executive officers and owners of more than 10% of S&T Common Stock timely filed all required reports of beneficial ownership and changes in beneficial ownership.
BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF S&T COMMON STOCK BY DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
The following table sets forth, as of February 27, 2006, the amount and percentage of S&T Common Stock beneficially owned by each director, each nominee for director and the Named Executive Officers (as defined below) of S&T, as well as the directors and executive officers of S&T as a group.
PROPOSAL 1 ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
The by-laws of S&T (the S&T By-Laws) provide that the number of directors constituting the S&T Board shall consist of not less than 12 nor more than 25. Currently, there are 17 directors on the S&T Board. The S&T By-Laws also set the mandatory retirement age for directors at 75. The S&T Board has determined that the following directors are independent under the NASDAQ listing standards: Mr. Carino, Mr. Delaney, Mr. Donnelly, Ms. Grant, Mr. Grube, Mr. Jones, Mr. Kirk, Mr. Levy, Mr. Milano, Mr. Papernick, Mr. Sampson and Mr. Spadafora. The Articles of Incorporation of S&T provide for the classification of directors into three classes, as equal in number as possible, with approximately one-third of the directors elected annually for three-year terms. Certain information about the Nominees (Class 1 Directors), whose current terms will expire in 2006, and who are presently members of the S&T Board and the S&T Bank Board, is set forth below:
Class 1 Director Nominees Whose Terms Will Expire in 2009:
Certain information about the directors whose terms continue (Class 2 and Class 3 Directors), who are directors of S&T and S&T Bank, is set forth below:
Class 2 Directors Whose Terms Expire in 2007:
Class 3 Directors Whose Terms Expire in 2008:
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (the Committee) has adopted, and the S&T Board has ratified, a corporate policy for identifying and evaluating candidates for membership on the S&T Board. The Committee identifies potential candidates based on suggestions from directors, officers of S&T and S&T shareholders. The Committee will consider shareholder nominations for directors in accordance with the procedure set forth in Section 202 of S&Ts By-Laws and applicable law. The procedure provides that a notice relating to the nomination must be timely given in writing to the Secretary of S&T prior to the meeting. To be timely, the notice must be delivered not earlier than the close of business on the 120th day, nor later than the close of business on the 60th day, immediately preceding the meeting. Such notice must be accompanied by the nominees written consent to be named in the applicable proxy statement and contain information relating to the business experience and background and holdings of S&T Common Stock of the nominee and information with
respect to the nominating shareholder. There are no differences in the manner in which the Committee evaluates candidates for membership on the S&T Board based on whether such candidate is recommended by a shareholder, the Committee, or by any other source. The Committee shall take into account all factors and criteria it considers appropriate, which will include but not be limited to: high personal and professional integrity, sound judgment and exceptional ability; business experience; area of residence in relationship to S&Ts geographic market; other directorship experience that would be beneficial to the S&T Board and management of S&T; diversity of experience relative to that of other S&T directors; age; level and type of education; whether the candidate will be effective in serving the long-term interests of S&Ts shareholders; whether the candidate has sufficient time and energy to devote to the affairs of S&T; whether the candidate possesses a willingness to challenge and stimulate management and the ability to work as part of a team; whether the candidate meets the independence requirements of the NASDAQ listing standards; whether the candidate is free from conflicts of interest with S&T; and any factors related to the ability and willingness of a new director to serve, or an existing director to continue his or her service.
The Committee is empowered to engage a third party search firm to assist it in identifying director candidates, but the Committee did not do so in 2005. S&T has not received shareholder nominations for consideration for this Annual Meeting. Accordingly, S&T has not rejected or refused such candidates.
Board and Committee Meetings; Shareholder Communications with Directors
The S&T Board has implemented a formal policy that strongly encourages director attendance at the annual meeting of shareholders. Typically, the S&T Board holds its annual reorganization meeting directly following the annual meeting of shareholders, which results in most directors being able to attend the annual meeting of shareholders. In 2005, 15 of S&Ts 16 Directors attended the annual meeting of shareholders.
During 2005, the S&T Board held 10 regular full board meetings, with the following number of meetings held by the S&T Board committees: Audit, five; Compensation and Benefits, two; Executive, one; and Nominating and Corporate Governance, four. All sixteen directors attended at least 82% of the total number of meetings of the S&T Board and committees.
Shareholders who desire to communicate with the S&T Board or a specific director should send any communication, in writing, to S&T Bancorp, Inc., 43 South 9th Street, Indiana, Pennsylvania 15701, ATTN: Corporate Secretary. Any such communication should state the number of shares beneficially owned by the shareholder. S&Ts Corporate Secretary shall initially review all communications received in accordance with the Shareholders Communication Policy adopted by the S&T Board. The Corporate Secretary will relay all such communications to the appropriate director or directors on a periodic basis unless the Corporate Secretary determines that the communication does not relate to the business or affairs of S&T or the functioning or constitution of the S&T Board or any of its committees; relates to routine or insignificant matters that do not warrant the attention of the S&T Board; is an advertisement or other commercial solicitation or communication; is frivolous or offensive; or is otherwise not appropriate for delivery to directors. The director or directors who receive any such communication will have discretion to determine whether the subject matter of the communication should be brought to the attention of the full S&T Board or one or more of its committees and whether any response to the person sending the communication is appropriate. Any such response will be made through S&Ts management and only in accordance with S&Ts policies and procedures, applicable laws and regulations relating to the disclosure of information.
S&T BOARD FEES
Employee members of the S&T Board receive no additional compensation for participation on the S&T Board. Non-employee Directors receive $10,000 per year plus $1,000 per Board meeting attended in person. In addition, the Audit Committee chairperson receives an annual retainer of $5,000, the Nominating and Corporate Governance chairperson receives $2,500, and the Compensation and Benefits Committee and Wealth Management Committee chairpersons receive an annual retainer of $1,000, respectively. Directors are paid $500
per meeting for attendance at S&T Board committee meetings held on the same day as an S&T Board meeting. If a committee meeting is held on a day other than the same day as an S&T Board meeting, Directors are paid $800 for attending the meeting in person. Directors are paid $500 per meeting for attending Board and committee meetings by telephone.
S&T Bank has a loan committee comprised of directors who serve on a rotating basis. These directors are compensated $800 per meeting.
In December 2005, each member of the S&T Board who was not an employee of S&T was granted an option to purchase up to 2,500 shares of S&T Common Stock at an exercise price of $37.855 per share, the average of the high and low market price on the date of the grant. Twenty-five percent of these options are exercisable January 1, 2007, with the remaining seventy-five percent vesting twenty-five percent each year in the next three consecutive years to January 1, 2010. The options must be exercised within ten years of the date of the grant.
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT
REMUNERATION OF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
The following table provides information concerning remuneration of the Chief Executive Officer and the other four most highly compensated Executive Officers of S&T (collectively, the Named Executive Officers) during 2005.
Summary Compensation Table
Employment, Termination and Change-in-Control Agreements with Named Executive Officers
Each of the Named Executive Officers is party to a change in control agreement with S&T. Each agreement provides that if the executive is terminated within one year following the occurrence of certain changes in
control of S&T or of S&T Bank (as defined in each agreement) that were not pre-approved by the S&T Board, or if the executive voluntarily terminates his employment with S&T under certain specified circumstances following a change in control, the Named Executive Officer will be entitled to receive a lump sum cash payment based on the executives salary immediately preceding the change in control and to receive certain continuing S&T employee benefits. In the case of Messrs. Miller and T.D. Brice, the lump sum cash payment would equal three times his annual base salary immediately preceding the change in control; for each of the other Named Executive Officers, the cash payment would equal his annual base salary immediately preceding the change in control.
Stock Option Grants
The following table contains information with respect to the grants of stock options covering shares of S&T Common Stock to the Named Executive Officers.
OPTION GRANTS IN LAST FISCAL YEAR
The table below shows information about option holdings for the Named Executive Officers at year-end on an aggregate basis.
AGGREGATED OPTION/SAR EXERCISES IN LAST FISCAL YEAR AND FISCAL YEAR-END OPTION/SAR VALUES
Retirement Plan and Thrift/Profit Sharing Plan
The Employees Retirement Plan of S&T Bank (Retirement Plan) covers all eligible employees and provides a monthly retirement income for employees and their spouses. The following table shows the estimated annual benefit payable upon a normal retirement date to persons in specified remuneration and years of service classifications for the Retirement Plan. This benefit is payable in addition to Social Security and is calculated based upon the participants average annual regular earnings for the highest five consecutive years in the last ten years (Average Covered Compensation).
PENSION PLAN TABLE
Effective January 1, 1994, federal tax laws lowered the amount of annual compensation that may be considered in calculating benefits under a qualified retirement plan to a current maximum of $220,000 (the Annual Compensation Limit). In addition, federal tax laws limit the amount of annual benefit payable under a qualified retirement plan that is a defined benefit plan (such as the Retirement Plan), and that limit currently is $175,000 (the Annual Benefit Limit). The amounts shown in the above Pension Plan Table have not been adjusted to reflect the Annual Compensation Limit or the Annual Benefit Limit.
As of December 31, 2005, completed years of credited service and Average Covered Compensation for the Named Executive Officers are as follows:
S&T Bank also maintains a Thrift/Profit Sharing Plan with 401(k) provisions (Thrift Plan) in which all employees may participate with elective salary deferrals. In 2005, S&T Bank made monthly matching contributions equal to 50% of the employees 401(k) contributions, up to 3% of the eligible participants compensation. In addition, S&T Bank made a 4.75% year-end contribution. Year-end contributions are based on the performance of S&T, compared to earnings per share goals, and are expected to range from 2% to 6%.
The compensation taken into account for determining the amount of contributions made on behalf of a participant under the Thrift Plan is subject to the Annual Compensation Limit. In addition, 401(k) contributions by employees are restricted by highly compensated employee formulas.
In order that participants not lose benefits they would normally have been entitled to receive, nonqualified arrangements were approved to accumulate the benefits that would have accrued in the Retirement Plan and the Thrift Plan were it not for the impact of the eligible compensation restrictions. The nonqualified benefits related to retirement are unfunded.
Other benefits generally provided to all officers and full-time employees include a medical reimbursement plan, a dental plan, a vision care plan, a long-term disability income plan and life insurance. No outside director is provided these benefits.
Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation
Prior to the annual meeting of shareholders on April 18, 2005, the Compensation and Benefits Committee members were Samuel Levy (Chairman), Ruth Grant, Joseph Kirk, Myles Sampson and Charles Spadafora. On April 18, 2005, the S&T Board reorganized the Compensation and Benefits Committee and appointed the following directors as members: Samuel Levy (Chairman), Michael Donnelly, Ruth Grant, Joseph Kirk, Myles Sampson and Charles Spadafora.
On December 1, 1997, S&T Bank entered into an agreement to lease from Director Sampson branch space and a freestanding drive-up teller and ATM facility located in a shopping plaza. The lease agreement provides for a ten-year term, annually adjusted for changes in the consumer price index, and a ten-year renewal option. The current monthly rent is $8,007.
During 2005, S&T Bank made payments of $163,072 for the purchase and maintenance of vehicles from a company owned by Director Spadafora and payments of $143,266 for the purchase of goods and services from companies owned or controlled by Director Donnelly.
In addition, S&T Bank may make extensions of credit to members of the Compensation and Benefits Committee in the ordinary course of business and on the same terms as available to others. See Transactions with Management and Others.
S&T Board Compensation Committee Report on Executive Compensation
Executive compensation decisions are made by the six-member Compensation and Benefits Committee (the Compensation Committee) of the S&T Board. Each member of the Compensation Committee is a non-employee director and qualifies as an independent director under the NASDAQ listing standards. All decisions relating to the compensation of executive officers are reviewed by the S&T Board, except for decisions about awards under the S&T Bancorp, Inc. 2003 Incentive Stock Plan (the 2003 Plan), which are made solely by the Compensation Committee. The report set forth below is submitted by Directors Levy (Chairman), Donnelly, Grant, Kirk, Sampson and Spadafora, in their capacity as Compensation Committee members, addressing S&Ts compensation policies for 2005 that affected Messrs. Miller, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Todd D. Brice, President and Director and the other executive officers of S&T in 2005 (collectively Executive Officers).
The Compensation Committee, in its executive compensation decisions, considered overall corporate performance as well as individual initiative and achievements. The policy of the Compensation Committee is to provide competitive levels of compensation that integrate pay with S&Ts performance goals, reward exceptional performance and assist S&T in attracting and retaining qualified executives. Compensation is set at levels that the Compensation Committee believes to be consistent with others in the industry that have similar responsibilities, with the Executive Officers actual compensation packages increasingly being weighted toward programs contingent upon S&Ts level of long-term (three years or greater) performance. As a result, the Executive Officers actual compensation levels in any particular year may be above or below those of S&Ts competitors, depending on S&Ts performance. The Compensation Committee typically examines salaries and
performance levels of peer banks that it selects for comparison with S&T based upon similar size and geographic location. The Compensation Committee also considers the SNL Securities Bank Performance Report and the utilization of third party compensation consultants. The peer banks utilized in this review may or may not be included in the BKX Index or the S&P 500 Index as reflected in the Five-Year Cumulative Total Return performance graph.
The Compensation Committee continues to endorse the position that stock ownership by management and stock-based performance compensation arrangements are beneficial in aligning management and shareholders interests. The 2003 Plan is considered an important element in designing the compensation package of S&T.
Effective January 1, 1999, the Compensation Committee commenced the administration of a Management Incentive Plan to more closely align the interests of shareholders and senior management by making a greater percentage of senior managements total compensation dependent on the annual performance of S&T. Annually, the Compensation Committee establishes specific incentive opportunities, with primary emphasis on earnings per share goals, that are expressed as a percentage of each participants base salary rate for the given year. Earnings per share in 2005 increased 7% over the prior year.
The Compensation Committees general approach in setting the Chief Executive Officers annual compensation is to seek to be competitive with compensation paid to other chief executive officers, with a similar scope of responsibilities, and by other companies in the industry based upon long-term performance. The Compensation Committee typically compares the Chief Executive Officer salary level and performance against the same peer banks discussed above.
Particular emphasis was placed upon S&Ts performance as compared to earnings per share goals in 2005, as well as the subjective assessment of Mr. Millers individual performance. The Compensation Committee also considered Mr. Millers leadership in promoting the long-term strategic growth of S&T.
Mr. Millers salary for 2005 was $450,000. In addition to his salary, he earned a Management Incentive Plan bonus of $73,000 for achieving earnings per share goals established for 2005.
In December 2005, the Compensation Committee granted Mr. Miller nonstatutory stock options for 15,000 shares of S&T Common Stock with an exercise price equal to the average of the high and low market price on the date of the grant. The options granted vest 25% each year beginning January 1, 2007. The Compensation Committee believes that this award together with consecutive awards of 15,000 nonstatutory stock options in 2003 and 2004 and the award of 4,000 shares of restricted stock (of which 2,000 shares were unvested at December 31, 2005) will encourage long-term performance and promote management retention. In addition to the options and restricted shares, Mr. Miller directly or indirectly owns 51,819 shares of S&T Common Stock. This significant interest in S&Ts Common Stock is considered to be beneficial to the common interests of shareholders and management.
Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code) generally denies a deduction to any publicly held corporation for compensation paid to its chief executive officer and its four other highest-paid executive officers to the extent that any such individuals compensation exceeds $1 million, unless certain performance, disclosure, shareholder approval and other requirements are met. We are monitoring the effects of S&Ts compensation programs with regard to Section 162(m). To date, S&T has not suffered a loss of compensation deduction as a result of the $1 million limitation, and the Compensation Committee intends to take actions to minimize S&Ts exposure to nondeductible compensation expense under Section 162(m). While keeping this goal in mind, however, the Compensation Committee reserves the right to maintain flexibility with respect to S&Ts executive compensation programs, including the awarding of compensation that may not be deductible.
Submitted by the Compensation and Benefits Committee of the S&T
Bancorp, Inc. Board of Directors:
FIVE-YEAR CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN
The following chart compares the cumulative total shareholder return on S&T Common Stock with the cumulative total shareholder return of the S&P 500 Index and Keefe Bank Index1 assuming a $100 investment in each on December 31, 2000.
TRANSACTIONS WITH MANAGEMENT AND OTHERS
S&T Bank has made, and expects to make in the future, extensions of credit in the ordinary course of business to certain directors and officers. These loans are made on substantially the same terms, including interest rates, collateral and repayment terms, as those prevailing at the same time for comparable transactions with others. Such loans do not involve more than normal risk of collectability or present unfavorable features.
On January 31, 1992, S&T Bank entered into a limited partnership arrangement with RCL Partners, Inc. for the construction of 30 apartments in Indiana, Pennsylvania targeted for senior citizens. Total investment by S&T Bank was $1,761,766 and entitled S&T Bank to certain tax credits, tax depreciation benefits and a share of cash flows under the Internal Revenue Services Section 42 program. Director Delaney (and affiliated parties) and Director Gatti (and affiliated parties) each hold a one-third interest in RCL Partners, Inc.
During 2005, S&T Bank made payments of $480,205 to Director Olson, and affiliates, for the lease of operations, branch and administrative facilities. The details of the transactions with Director Olson are described in the paragraphs below.
On October 1, 1986, S&T Bank entered into an agreement to lease, from Director Olson and Michael Toretti as trustees under an irrevocable trust, a building and land used as S&T Banks North Fourth Street branch and
operations center. The terms of the agreement provide for payment of $10,000 per month for the first five years and options to renew for four, five-year terms with rent for each option term to be the rent from the previous term, plus 5%. On October 1, 2001, S&T Bank exercised its third renewal option at $11,576 per month.
On August 1, 1992, S&T Bank entered into an agreement to lease from S.W. Jack Drilling Company, controlled by Director Olson, a building used for Trust Services and other executive offices. The terms of the agreement provide for monthly payments of $6,500 for three years and the option to lease additional space on the second floor with additional successive terms of three years each, with rent for each renewal option to be the rent from the previous term, plus 5%. On July 1, 1993, S&T Bank exercised the option for the second floor space at the S.W. Jack Building. On August 1, 2004, S&T Bank renegotiated the lease with a new, combined monthly rent of $16,835 through October 2006.
On July 1, 2000, S&T Bank entered into an agreement to lease from Director Olson and James H. McElwain as trustees under an irrevocable trust, the third floor space, storage rooms and underground parking spaces at the aforementioned S.W. Jack Building. The terms of the agreement provide for monthly payments of $7,388 for one year with additional four successive terms of three years each, with rent for each renewal option to be the rent from the previous term, plus 5%. On August 1, 2004, S&T Bank renegotiated the lease with a new, combined monthly rent of $8,145 through October 2006.
During 2005, S&T Bank made payments of $393,028 to a company owned by Director Thomas A. Brice for the purchase of furniture and other equipment.
During 2005, S&T Bank made payments for the purchase of goods and services from companies owned or controlled by Director Delaney for $61,836.
On May 4, 2001, S&T Insurance Group, LLC, and Attorneys Abstract Company, Inc. entered into an agreement to form S&T Settlement Services, LLC (STSS), with respective ownership interests of 55% and 45%. STSS is a title insurance agency serving commercial customers. S&T Bank owns a 100% interest in S&T Insurance Group, LLC; Director Papernick owns 66.67% of the stock of Attorneys Abstract Company, Inc., which received $120,607 in 2005 from its interest in STSS.
Director Papernick has a son who has a material interest in the law firm Papernick & Gefsky, LLC, which provided services to S&T Bank and received payments of $53,973 during 2005.
Director Thomas A. Brice has a son, Todd D. Brice, who is a director and is employed by S&T and S&T Bank and earned $291,000 in salary and bonuses in 2005, as disclosed in the Summary Compensation Table.
See also Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation.
REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
The Audit Committee oversees S&Ts financial reporting process on behalf of the S&T Board. Management has the primary responsibility for the financial statements and the reporting process, including the systems of internal controls. In fulfilling its oversight responsibilities, the Audit Committee reviewed the audited financial statements in the Annual Report with management including a discussion of the quality, not just the acceptability, of the accounting principles, the reasonableness of significant judgments, and the clarity of the disclosures in the financial statements.
The Audit Committee reviewed with the independent registered public accounting firm (Independent Auditor), who is responsible for expressing an opinion on the conformity of those audited financial statements with generally accepted accounting principles, their judgment as to the quality, not just the acceptability, of S&Ts accounting principles and such other matters as are required to be discussed with the committee under generally accepted auditing standards or as are required by Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61 (Communication with Audit Committees). The Audit Committee has received the written disclosures and the letter from the Independent Auditor required by Independence Standards Board Standard No. 1 (Independence Discussions with Audit Committees), and has discussed with the Independent Auditor the auditors independence. The Audit Committee has considered the compatibility of non-audit services with the auditors independence.
The Audit Committee discussed with S&Ts internal auditors and Independent Auditor the overall scope and plans for their respective audits. The Audit Committee met with the internal auditors and Independent Auditor to discuss the results of their examinations, their evaluations of S&Ts internal controls and the overall quality of S&Ts financial reporting.
In reliance on the reviews and discussions referred to above, the Audit Committee recommended to the S&T Board, and the S&T Board has approved, that the audited financial statements be included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, for filing with the SEC.
Submitted by the Audit Committee of the S&T Bancorp, Inc. Board of Directors:
Joseph Kirk (Chairperson); Ruth Grant; Jeffrey Grube; Frank Jones; and James Milano
In accordance with and to the extent permitted by applicable law or regulation, the information contained in the Report of the Audit Committee and the Audit Committee Charter shall not be incorporated by reference into any future filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, and shall not be deemed to be soliciting material or to be filed with the SEC under the Exchange Act.
INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
The Audit Committee will consider the reappointment of Ernst & Young LLP to serve as Independent Auditor for S&T for the year 2006. The Audit Committee in its discretion may direct the appointment of a different Independent Auditor at any time during the year if it determines that such a change would be in the best interests of S&T and its shareholders. Representatives of Ernst & Young LLP will be present at the Annual Meeting to make such comments as they desire and to respond to questions from shareholders of S&T.
Independent Auditor Fee Information
Fees for professional services provided by our Independent Auditor in each of the last two fiscal years, in each of the following categories are:
Fees for audit services include fees associated with the annual audit, the reviews of S&Ts quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and SEC registration statements. Audit-related fees principally included a review of and consent for the Form 11-K for the Thrift Plan for Employees of S&T Bank. Tax fees included tax compliance and tax advice.
All services provided by our Independent Auditor in 2005 were pre-approved by the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee is required to pre-approve all audit and non-audit services performed by the Independent Auditor to assure that the provision of such services does not impair the Independent Auditors independence. In addition, any proposed services exceeding pre-approved cost levels will require specific pre-approval by the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee may delegate pre-approval authority to one or more of its members. The member or members to whom such authority is delegated shall report any pre-approval decisions to the Audit Committee at its next scheduled meeting. The Audit Committee does not delegate its responsibilities to pre-approve services performed by the Independent Auditor to management.
Any proposal that a shareholder of S&T intends to present at the 2007 S&T Annual Meeting of Shareholders must be received in writing by the Secretary of S&T at S&Ts Administrative Office (its principal executive offices), 43 South 9th Street, Indiana, Pennsylvania, on or before November 10, 2006. If such proposal is in compliance with all of the requirements of Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act, the proposal will be considered for inclusion in S&Ts proxy statement and proxy form relating to such meeting. Notice to S&T of a shareholder proposal submitted otherwise than pursuant to 14a-8 will be considered untimely if received by S&T after January 24, 2007, and the persons named in the proxies solicited by S&Ts Board for its 2007 Annual Meeting of Shareholders may exercise discretionary voting power with respect to any such proposal as to which S&T does not receive a timely notice. Such proposals should be submitted by means that permit proof of the date of delivery, such as certified mail, return receipt requested.
Management knows of no other matters to be brought before the Annual Meeting. However, should any other matter requiring a vote of the shareholders properly come before the meeting, the persons named in the enclosed proxy will vote the shares represented by the proxies on such matter as determined by a majority of the S&T Board. Discretionary authority to vote on such matters is conferred by such proxies upon the persons voting them.
By Order of the Board of Directors,
/s/ Robert E. Rout
Robert E. Rout
WE HAVE MAILED TO EACH PERSON BEING SOLICITED BY THE PROXY STATEMENT A COPY OF OUR ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2005 (AS FILED WITH THE SEC, INCLUDING THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS THERETO). WE WILL PROVIDE WITHOUT CHARGE TO EACH PERSON BEING SOLICITED BY THE PROXY STATEMENT, UPON THE WRITTEN REQUEST OF SUCH PERSON, ADDITIONAL COPIES OF OUR FORM 10-K. PLEASE DIRECT ALL SUCH REQUESTS TO: SECRETARY OF S&T, 43 SOUTH 9th STREET, INDIANA, PENNSYLVANIA 15701. IN ADDITION, THESE REPORTS AND SCHEDULES ARE AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AT WWW.STBANCORP.COM. THE FORM 10-K IS NOT PART OF THESE SOLICITATION MATERIALS.
March 10, 2006
S&T BANCORP, INC.
ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
April 17, 2006
THIS PROXY IS SOLICITED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The undersigned hereby appoints James B. George and Delbert M. Baker or any successors, with full powers of substitution, to act as attorneys and proxies for the undersigned to vote all shares of the common stock of S&T Bancorp, Inc. (S&T), par value $2.50 per share (S&T Common Stock), which the undersigned is entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the Meeting), to be held at the S&T Training and Support Center, located at 355 North Fifth Street, Indiana, Pennsylvania, on April 17, 2006, at 10:00 a.m., Eastern Time, and at any and all adjournments thereof, as indicated on the reverse hereof.
Should the undersigned be present and elect to vote at the Meeting or at any adjournment thereof and after notification to the Secretary of S&T at the Meeting of the shareholders decision to terminate this proxy, then the power of said attorneys and proxies shall be deemed terminated and of no further force and effect.
The undersigned acknowledges receipt from S&T prior to execution of this proxy of the Notice of Meeting and the Proxy Statement. The undersigned hereby revokes any and all proxies heretofore given with respect to the undersigneds shares of S&T Common Stock.
ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS OF
S&T BANCORP, INC.
April 17, 2006
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