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This excerpt taken from the SWY DEF 14A filed Apr 12, 2006.

Pension Plans

 

Pension benefits are provided to the executive officers of the Company under the Employee Retirement Plan, a qualified defined benefit pension plan, and the Retirement Restoration Plan (collectively, the “Retirement Plans”). The Retirement Restoration Plan became effective on January 1, 1994. It provides benefits to certain employees, including the individuals named in the Summary Compensation Table, that cannot be paid under the qualified Employee Retirement Plan due to Internal Revenue Code limitations on the amount of compensation that may be recognized and the amount of benefits that may be paid. The Retirement Restoration Plan also recognizes any compensation deferred under the Company’s Deferred Compensation Plans for purposes of determining such benefits.

 

Effective July 1, 1999, the Employee Retirement Plan was amended to provide benefits primarily under a cash balance formula. Benefits accrued prior to the change were converted to an opening cash balance as of July 1, 1999 equal to the present value of accrued benefits on June 30, 1999. Future benefits under the cash balance formula are accrued by the addition of compensation-based credits and interest credits to each participant’s cash balance until retirement. Interest credits are based on the annual rate of return on 30-year treasury securities.

 

The normal retirement age is age 65 in the Retirement Plans, with reduced early retirement benefits available at any time following termination of employment. The normal retirement benefit is determined as a life annuity that is actuarially equivalent (based on the annual rate of return on 30-year treasury securities and mortality assumptions specified in the Employee Retirement Plan) to the cash balance at retirement. Active participants as of June 30, 1999 are also eligible for a minimum benefit based on the benefit formulas under the Retirement Plans in effect prior to July 1, 1999, under which benefits continue to accrue for a period of seven years from the date of the change.

 

For the purposes of the Retirement Plans, compensation-based credits are determined as a percent of compensation which includes pay earned from full-time employment, contingent pay and pay for part-time employment, but excludes stock options and any special pay made solely in the discretion of the employer. The percentage applied to each year’s compensation increases with years of participation in the Retirement Plans (from 6% upon commencement of participation to a maximum of 13% after completing 25 years of participation). Compensation under the cash balance formula for the individuals named in the Summary Compensation Table generally corresponds with the aggregate of the earned salary, plus bonuses and long-term compensation for each such person.

 

On March 10, 2005, the Board of Directors approved the terms of a Supplemental Retirement Benefit Agreement between the Company and Mr. Burd. For a description of the terms of the Agreement, see “Report of the Executive Compensation Committee” earlier in this Proxy Statement.

 

The following table illustrates estimated total annual retirement benefits under the Retirement Plans for each of the named executive officers payable as a single life annuity, and the amount shown for Mr. Burd also includes the benefit Mr. Burd is eligible to receive under his Supplemental Retirement Benefit Agreement. These estimated benefits are based on an assumed interest credit percentage of 6%, a re-initialization of the cash balance account at June 30, 2006 based on grandfather benefits, and no future increases in compensation under the Retirement Plans.

 

Name

   Year Reaching
Age 65
     Estimated Annual
Retirement Benefit

Steven A. Burd

   2014      $ 1,560,000

Larree M. Renda

   2023      $ 713,317

Bruce L. Everette

   2016      $ 551,718

Brian C. Cornell

   2024      $ 176,866

Robert L. Edwards

   2020      $ 104,868

 

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This excerpt taken from the SWY DEF 14A filed Apr 12, 2005.

Pension Plans

 

Pension benefits are provided to the executive officers of the Company under the Employee Retirement Plan, a qualified defined benefit pension plan, and the Retirement Restoration Plan (collectively, the “Retirement Plans”). The Retirement Restoration Plan became effective on January 1, 1994. It provides benefits to certain employees, including the individuals named in the Summary Compensation Table, that cannot be paid under the qualified Employee Retirement Plan due to Internal Revenue Code limitations on the amount of compensation that may be recognized and the amount of benefits that may be paid. The Retirement Restoration Plan also recognizes any compensation deferred under the Company’s Deferred Compensation Plans for purposes of determining such benefits.

 

Effective July 1, 1999, the Employee Retirement Plan was amended to provide benefits primarily under a cash balance formula. Benefits accrued prior to the change were converted to an opening cash balance as of July 1, 1999 equal to the present value of accrued benefits on June 30, 1999. Future benefits under the cash balance formula are accrued by the addition of compensation-based credits and interest credits to each participant’s cash balance until retirement. Interest credits are based on the annual rate of return on 30-year treasury securities.

 

The normal retirement age is age 65 in the Retirement Plans, with reduced early retirement benefits available at any time following termination of employment. The normal retirement benefit is determined as a life annuity that is actuarially equivalent (based on the annual rate of return on 30-year treasury securities and mortality assumptions specified in the Employee Retirement Plan) to the cash balance at retirement. Active participants as of June 30, 1999 are also eligible for a minimum benefit based on the benefit formulas under the Retirement Plans in effect prior to July 1, 1999, under which benefits continue to accrue for a period of seven years from the date of the change.

 

For the purposes of the Retirement Plans, compensation-based credits are determined as a percent of compensation which includes pay earned from full-time employment, contingent pay and pay for part-time employment, but excludes stock options and any special pay made solely in the discretion of the employer. The percentage applied to each year’s compensation increases with years of participation in the Retirement Plans (from 6% upon commencement of participation to a maximum of 13% after completing 25 years of participation). Compensation under the cash balance formula for the individuals named in the Summary Compensation Table generally corresponds with the aggregate of the earned salary, plus bonuses and long-term compensation for each such person.

 

On March 10, 2005, the Board of Directors approved the terms of a Supplemental Retirement Benefit Agreement between the Company and Mr. Burd. For a description of the terms of the Agreement, see REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE elsewhere in this Proxy Statement.

 

The following table illustrates estimated total annual retirement benefits under the Retirement Plans for each of the named executive officers payable as a single life annuity. These estimated benefits are based on an assumed interest credit percentage of 7% and no future increases in compensation under the Retirement Plans.

 

Name


  

Year Reaching

Age 65


     Estimated Annual
Retirement Benefit


 

S. A. Burd

   2014      $ 730,935 (1)

L. M. Renda

   2023        679,586  

B.L. Everette

   2016        471,260  

B. C. Cornell

   2024        198,881  

R. L. Edwards

   2020        111,655  

(1) Including the benefit Mr. Burd is eligible to receive under the terms of his Supplemental Retirement Benefit Agreement, his estimated annual retirement benefit at age of 65 will equal $1,467,878.

 

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