This excerpt taken from the SPN DEF 14A filed Apr 18, 2008.
Determination of 2007 Awards
In December 2006, the Committee established and made grants under the LTI program for 2007. Under the program, each of the executive officers has a target percentage established to determine the award values under the LTI program. After considering Mercers market study in 2006, the increased size and scope of the Company and in order to remain competitive with the market median, the Committee set the target percentages of the executive officers for 2007 awards as follows (each representing a percentage of the officers base salary): CEO 375%, COO 275%, CFO 250%, the Senior EVP to 225% and 175% for the EVPs. In determining the awards for the executives, the Committee considered a recommendation by the CEO, which considered many factors, including the Companys performance, the individual performance of the executives, the calculated share usage and associated accounting expense, and the Companys overall financial and non-financial results. The overall recommended award was 26% above the LTI targets established for each executive (using the 75th percentile in the market as a guide) following the review of Mercers market study. Considering the Companys record results relative to our internally established goals and the performance of our Peer Group, the Committee approved the CEOs recommendation for the other officers and used the same factors in determining the CEOs award. The 2007 award mix for executive officers was 25% in stock options, 25% in restricted shares and 50% in PSUs.