Allergan Finance LLC DEF 14A 2011
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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April 1, 2011
To Our Stockholders:
You are cordially invited to attend the 2011 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The annual meeting will be held at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel located at 199 Smith Road, Parsippany, New Jersey on May 13, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. local time.
In connection with the annual meeting, we have prepared a Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders, a proxy statement, and our 2010 Annual Report to Stockholders, which provides detailed information relating to our activities and operating performance. This year we are pleased to be taking advantage of Securities and Exchange Commission rules that allow companies to furnish their proxy materials over the Internet. On or about April 1, 2011, we mailed to our stockholders a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials containing instructions on how to access our proxy materials online. This Notice and the proxy statement describe the matters to come before the annual meeting. During the annual meeting, we will also review the activities of the past year and items of general interest about the company.
We appreciate your continued interest and support as a Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. stockholder. We hope that you will be able to attend the annual meeting in person and we look forward to seeing you. For your convenience, we are also offering a webcast of the annual meeting. The webcast will be available by accessing www.watson.com shortly before the annual meeting time. You may also listen to a replay of the webcast on our website for thirty days after the end of the annual meeting.
You may vote your shares in person at the annual meeting. Whether or not you plan to attend the annual meeting, you may also vote your shares: (i) by accessing the Internet site described in the Notice provided to you, (ii) by calling the toll-free telephone number listed at the Internet site (or, depending on the voting process used by your broker or nominee, pursuant to the instructions on the notice, proxy card or voting instruction form they provide to you) or (iii) by requesting a paper copy of the proxy materials and marking, dating and signing a proxy card and returning it in the accompanying postage paid envelope as quickly as possible. Your vote is important!
Paul M. Bisaro
President and Chief Executive Officer
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WATSON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
Morris Corporate Center III
400 Interpace Parkway
Parsippany, New Jersey 07054
2011 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
TO BE HELD ON MAY 13, 2011
Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders:
You are hereby notified that the 2011 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the Meeting) of Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the Company) will be held at Sheraton Parsippany Hotel located at 199 Smith Road, Parsippany, New Jersey at 9:00 a.m. local time, on May 13, 2011, for the following purposes:
1. To elect Michael J. Fedida, Albert F. Hummel, Catherine M. Klema and Anthony Selwyn Tabatznik as members of the Board of Directors to hold office until the 2014 Annual Meeting or until each of their respective successors is duly elected and qualified.
2. To approve an amendment and restatement of the Companys articles of incorporation to provide for the declassification of the Board of Directors and to delete certain provisions from the articles of incorporation.
3. To approve the Fourth Amendment and Restatement of the 2001 Incentive Award Plan.
4. To take an advisory (nonbinding) vote to approve Named Executive Officer compensation.
5. To take an advisory (nonbinding) vote on the frequency of future advisory votes to approve Named Executive Officer compensation.
6. To ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Companys independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2011.
7. To transact such other business as may properly come before the Meeting or any adjournment thereof.
The Board of Directors has fixed the close of business on March 18, 2011 as the record date for the determination of stockholders entitled to notice of and to vote at the Meeting. Only stockholders of record at the close of business on March 18, 2011 will be entitled to notice of and to vote at the Meeting or any adjournment thereof. Your attention is directed to the attached proxy statement for more complete information regarding the matters to be acted upon at the Meeting.
You may vote your shares in person at the Meeting. Whether or not you plan to attend the Meeting, you may also vote your shares: (i) by accessing the Internet site described in the Notice provided to you, (ii) by calling the toll-free telephone number listed at the Internet site (or, depending on the voting process used by your broker or nominee, pursuant to the instructions on the notice, proxy card or voting instruction form they provide to you) , or (iii) by requesting a paper copy of the proxy materials and marking, dating and signing a proxy card and returning it in the accompanying postage paid envelope as quickly as possible.
By Order of the Board of Directors
David A. Buchen, Secretary
Parsippany, New Jersey
April 1, 2011
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This proxy statement and the accompanying proxy are furnished to stockholders of Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Watson, the Company, we, us and our) in connection with the solicitation of proxies by our Board of Directors for use at the 2011 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the Meeting) to be held at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel located at 199 Smith Road, Parsippany, New Jersey at 9:00 a.m. local time on May 13, 2011 for the purposes set forth in the accompanying Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Directions to the Meeting can be viewed at www.starwoodhotels.com.
In connection with the Meeting, we have prepared a Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders, a proxy statement, and our 2010 Annual Report to Stockholders, which provides detailed information relating to our activities and operating performance. This year we are pleased to be taking advantage of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules that allow companies to furnish their proxy materials over the Internet. On April 1, 2011, we mailed to our stockholders a Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials (the Notice) containing instructions on how to access our proxy materials online. Brokers and other nominees who hold shares on behalf of beneficial owners will be sending their own similar Notice. We believe electronic delivery will expedite the receipt of materials, while lowering costs and reducing the environmental impact of our Meeting by reducing printing and mailing of full sets of materials.
If you receive a Notice by mail, you will not receive a printed copy of the materials, unless you specifically request one. However, the Notice contains instructions on how to receive a paper copy of the materials by mail, by telephone or electronically. If you have received paper copies of these materials, a proxy card will also be enclosed.
Whether or not you plan to attend the Meeting, we encourage you to vote your shares. You may vote:
by mail; or
in person at the Meeting.
If you plan to attend the Meeting in person, you must provide proof of share ownership, such as an account statement, and a form of personal identification in order to be admitted to the Meeting.
Stockholders of record at the close of business on March 18, 2011 (the record date) are entitled to notice of and to vote at the Meeting. On such date, there were outstanding 126,400,372 shares of our common stock, par value $0.0033 per share. In deciding all questions, each holder of common stock shall be entitled to one vote, in person or by proxy, for each share held on the record date.
Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Stockholder Meeting to Be Held on May 13, 2011.
This proxy statement and our 2010 Annual Report to Stockholders and the means to vote by Internet are available on our website at www.watson.com/proxy2011 and at www.proxyvote.com. Our website also contains the following documents: the Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders, this proxy statement and proxy card sample, and the 2010 Annual Report to Stockholders. You are encouraged to review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials before voting.
VOTING RIGHTS AND SOLICITATION OF PROXIES
Voting by Internet, Telephone, Mailed Proxy or in Person
The method of voting by proxy differs for shares held as a record holder and shares held in street name. If you hold your shares of common stock as a record holder and you are viewing this proxy statement on the Internet, you may vote by submitting a proxy over the Internet by following the instructions on the website referred to in the Notice previously mailed to you. If you hold your shares of common stock as a record holder and you are reviewing a paper copy of this proxy statement, you may vote by completing, dating and signing the proxy card that was included with the proxy statement and promptly returning it in the preaddressed, postage-paid envelope provided to you, or otherwise mailing it to us. You may also vote by attending the Meeting and voting in person.
If you hold your shares of common stock in street name, which means your shares are held of record by a broker, bank or nominee, you will receive a Notice from your broker, bank or other nominee that includes instructions on how to vote your shares. Your broker, bank or nominee may allow you to deliver your voting instructions over the Internet and may also permit you to submit your voting instructions by telephone. In addition, you may request paper copies of the proxy statement and proxy card from your broker, bank or nominee by following the instructions on the Notice provided by your broker, bank or nominee. If you hold your shares in street name, you will need to obtain a legal proxy from your bank, broker or nominee in order for you to vote in person at the Meeting.
Your vote is very important. Accordingly, please submit your proxy whether or not you plan to attend the Meeting in person. You should vote your proxy even if you plan to attend the Meeting. If you properly give your proxy and submit it to us in time to vote, one of the individuals named as your proxy will vote your shares as you have directed.
The Internet and telephone voting facilities will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 12, 2011. Stockholders who vote through the Internet or telephone should be aware that they may incur costs to access the Internet, such as usage charges from telephone companies or Internet service providers, and that these costs must be borne by the stockholder.
A stockholder of record may revoke his or her proxy in one of four ways at any time before the proxy is voted at the Meeting.
1. The stockholder may send a notice in writing, with a date later than the date of the proxy, to our Secretary revoking the proxy.
2. The stockholder may attend the Meeting and vote in person. Attendance at the Meeting will not, by itself, revoke a proxy.
3. The stockholder may execute a proxy, relating to the same shares, with a later date and deliver it to our Secretary before the voting at the Meeting.
4. The stockholder may submit another proxy by telephone or the Internet (your latest telephone or Internet voting instructions will be followed).
Any such notices and new proxies that are sent by mail should be sent to Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Corporate Secretary, Morris Corporate Center III, 400 Interpace Parkway, Parsippany, NJ 07054.
Persons who hold their shares through a bank, brokerage firm or other nominee, may revoke their proxy by following the requirements of their bank or broker, or may vote in person at the Meeting by obtaining a legal proxy from their bank or broker.
We have retained the services of a proxy solicitation firm, The Proxy Advisory Group, LLC (Proxy Advisory), to solicit proxies for the Meeting from our stockholders. We will bear the entire cost of solicitation of our and Proxy Advisorys solicitations, including the payment of fees of approximately $14,000 to Proxy Advisory for their services, and the cost of preparation, assembly, printing and mailing of this proxy statement, the proxy and any additional information furnished to stockholders. In addition to the use of the mail, proxies may be solicited on our behalf by our directors, officers and employees, who will receive no additional consideration for such services. Upon request, Brokers, custodians, nominees and other stockholders of record may forward copies of the Notice, and if requested, the proxy statement and other soliciting materials to persons for whom they hold shares of our common stock and to request authority for the exercise of proxies. We will reimburse brokers, custodians and nominees for their reasonable expenses.
At the close of business on March 18, 2011, 126,400,372 shares of our common stock were outstanding and entitled to vote. Votes cast by proxy (including through the Internet or by telephone) or in person at the Meeting will be tabulated by the election inspector appointed for the Meeting who will determine whether or not a quorum is present. The presence, in person or by proxy, of the holders of a majority of our common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at a meeting of stockholders is necessary in order to constitute a quorum for the conduct of business at the Meeting.
Brokers or other nominees who hold shares of common stock in street name for a beneficial owner of those shares typically have the authority to vote in their discretion on routine proposals when they have not received instructions from beneficial owners. However, brokers are not allowed to exercise their voting discretion with respect to the approval of matters that the New York Stock Exchange (the NYSE) determines to be non-routine, without specific instructions from the beneficial owner. If a proxy is received but marked abstention or if a broker indicates on the proxy that it does not have discretionary authority as to certain shares to vote on a particular matter and has not been instructed on how to vote (i.e. broker non-votes), those shares will be considered as present and entitled to vote for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum. Under NYSE rules, the ratification of accountants is generally considered to be a routine proposal, and therefore, your broker can vote on Proposal No. 6 without instructions from you. However, with respect to the other proposals, all of which deal with non-routine matters, your broker will not be able to vote your shares without specific instructions from you.
A properly submitted proxy (including through the Internet or by telephone) that is received before the polls are closed at the Meeting and that is not revoked will be voted in the manner directed by the stockholder submitting the proxy. If no direction is made, such proxy will be voted:
As of the date of this proxy statement, the Board of Directors knows of no other business that will be presented for consideration at the Meeting. However, if other proper matters are presented at the Meeting, it is the intention of
the proxy holders named in the enclosed form of proxy to take such actions as shall be in accordance with their best judgment.
The enclosed proxy gives each of Paul M. Bisaro and David A. Buchen discretionary authority to vote your shares in accordance with his best judgment with respect to all additional matters that might come before the Meeting.
In an effort to reduce printing costs and postage fees, we have adopted a practice approved by the SEC called householding. Under this practice, stockholders who have the same address and last name will receive only one copy of the Notice and, upon request, our proxy materials, unless one or more of these stockholders notifies us that he or she wishes to receive individual copies. If you share an address with another stockholder and prefer to receive separate copies of the Notice or our proxy materials, please mail your request to Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Investor Relations, Morris Corporate Center III, 400 Interpace Parkway, Parsippany, NJ 07054.
Information on our website, other than our proxy statement and form of proxy, is not part of the proxy soliciting material and is not incorporated into this proxy statement by reference.
If you need assistance in submitting your proxy or have questions regarding the Meeting, please contact our investor relations department at 1-973-355-8488 or firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: Investor Relations, at Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Morris Corporate Center III, 400 Interpace Parkway, Parsippany, NJ 07054.
Under our bylaws, the Board of Directors must consist of between seven and fifteen directors, with the exact number determined by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has set the current number of authorized directors at eleven. There are no vacant positions on the Board of Directors.
Our articles of incorporation provide that the Board of Directors will be divided into three classes. One class is elected each year for a three-year term, expiring at our annual meeting of stockholders. If the amendment and restatement of our articles of incorporation is approved, directors elected after this years Meeting will be elected annually for one-year terms expiring at the next succeeding annual meeting. Accordingly, when the terms of our Class II, Class III and Class I directors expire in 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively, they will stand for election annually, rather than every three years.
At the Meeting, four directors, who will comprise the Class I directors, are to be elected to serve until the 2014 Annual Meeting or until their successors are duly elected and qualified.
Based upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the Board of Directors has nominated Michael J. Fedida, Albert F. Hummel, Catherine M. Klema and Anthony Selwyn Tabatznik for reelection as Class I directors.
Our Class II directors, Jack Michelson, Ronald R. Taylor and Andrew L. Turner, are scheduled to serve as directors until the 2012 Annual Meeting.
Our Class III directors, Paul M. Bisaro, Christopher W. Bodine, Michel J. Feldman and Fred G. Weiss are scheduled to serve as directors until the 2013 Annual Meeting.
Information about the nominees for director and our directors whose term of office will continue after the Meeting is set forth in the following paragraphs and is based on information provided to us as of March 2, 2011.
Michael J. Fedida, age 64, a registered pharmacist, has served for the past 27 years as an officer and director of several retail pharmacies wholly or partially owned by him, including J&J State Street Pharmacy from 2009 to present, J&J Saint Michaels Pharmacy from 2005 to present; J&J Pharmacy and Classic Pharmacy from 1987 to present; Perfect Pharmacy from 1980 to 2000; and Phoster Pharmacy from 1985 to 2000. Mr. Fedida has been a director of Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pediatric pharmaceutical company, since March 2010. Mr. Fedida served on the Board of Directors of Circa Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Circa), from 1988 to 1995, at which time Circa was acquired by us. Mr. Fedida was a Director of Bradley Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, from April 2004 to February 21, 2008. The Board concluded that Mr. Fedida should serve as a director because of his decades of experience as a practicing pharmacist and manager of a number of pharmacy businesses, which help him to bring the perspective of pharmacists and customers to the deliberations of the Board.
Albert F. Hummel, age 66, has been our director since March 1986, except for a period from July 1991 to October 1991. Mr. Hummel has been President of Pentech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a development stage pharmaceutical company, since July 1998 and CEO and Director of Cobrek Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a private venture- backed pharmaceutical research and development firm and an affiliate of Pentech, since May 2008. Since November 2005, Mr. Hummel has been a director for Obagi Medical Products, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the aesthetic and therapeutic skin health markets. Mr. Hummel was appointed interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Obagi on October 8, 2010. Additionally, Mr. Hummel served as a partner in Affordable Residential Communities, a property management firm, from January 1994 through March 2006. The Board concluded that Mr. Hummel should serve on the Board because he brings extensive capital markets and strategic planning experience to our Board.
Catherine M. Klema, age 52, is currently President of Nettleton Advisors LLC, a consulting firm established by Ms. Klema in 2001. Ms. Klema served as Managing Director, Healthcare Investment Banking, at SG Cowen Securities from 1997 to 2001. While at SG Cowen, Ms. Klema had advised us on investment banking matters. Ms. Klema also served as Managing Director, Healthcare Investment Banking, at Furman Selz LLC from 1994 until 1997, and was employed by Lehman Brothers from 1987 until 1994. Ms. Klema has been a director of Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc., a global contract research organization, since 2000. The Board concluded that Ms. Klemas qualifications for service on our Board include her background in healthcare investment banking and her knowledge of the business of pharmaceutical research and development.
Anthony Selwyn Tabatznik, age 63, was a founder of the Arrow Group, an international group of generic pharmaceutical companies, and served as a director of the parent company of the Arrow Group from 2003 through our acquisition of the Arrow Group in 2009. Mr. Tabatznik was also a founder of another international group of generic pharmaceutical companies, originally known as the Generic Group BV, which started operations in the early 1980s and which, following its purchase by Merck KGaA in 1994, became known as the Merck Generics Group BV. Mr. Tabatznik served as a director of Merck Generics Group BV until 1999. The Board concluded that Mr. Tabatznik should serve on the Board because of his lengthy experience as the founder of numerous successful generic pharmaceutical businesses, including the Arrow Group, as well as his global perspective on our industry.
The Board of Directors knows of no reason why any of the foregoing nominees will be unavailable to serve, but in the event of any such unavailability, the proxies received will be voted for such substitute nominees as the Board of Directors may recommend.
Persons nominated to serve on our Board of Directors in an uncontested election must receive a greater number of votes cast FOR than votes cast AGAINST in order to be elected, or re-elected, to the Board of Directors. Accordingly, abstentions will not affect the outcome of the election of directors. Proxies cannot be voted for a greater number of persons or different persons than the nominees named.
Please note that if your broker holds your common stock in street name, your broker will not vote your shares on the election of directors, and broker non-votes will result, unless you provide your voting instructions over the internet, by telephone or mail as directed in the Notice sent to you by your broker. Broker non-votes will not affect the outcome of the election of directors.
The Board of Directors unanimously recommends a vote FOR the election of Michael J. Fedida, Albert F. Hummel, Catherine M. Klema and Anthony Selwyn Tabatznik.
Class II Directors whose Terms Expire at the 2012 Annual Meeting:
Jack Michelson, age 76, was our consultant from February 2001 to June 2003. Mr. Michelson served for 24 years as an officer of G.D. Searle & Co., a pharmaceutical company, as the Corporate Vice President and President, Technical Operations from 1993 to 2001; Senior Vice President of Technical Operations from 1981 to 1993; and Vice President of Production and Engineering from 1977 to 1981. The Board concluded that Mr. Michelson should serve as a member of our Board because of his deep knowledge of the operational, technical and regulatory aspects of our business.
Ronald R. Taylor, age 63, has been President of Tamarack Bay, LLC, a private consulting firm, since 2001. Mr. Taylor has been a director of Red Lion Hotels Corporation, a hotel operating company, since 1998 and a director of ResMed Inc., a medical device manufacturer, since 2005. Mr. Taylor was a limited partner of Enterprise Partners
Venture Capital (Enterprise), a venture capital firm, from April 2001 until September 2002, and was formerly a general partner of Enterprise from April 1998 to March 2001. Mr. Taylor was also a consultant to Cardinal Health, Inc., a provider of healthcare products and services, from May 1996 to May 2002. The Board concluded that Mr. Taylors qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his experience as a founder of a successful business and his expertise in evaluating and investing in healthcare companies.
Andrew L. Turner, age 64, was appointed as the Chairman of our Board in May 2008. He also serves as Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Health Systems, an owner of senior housing properties founded by Mr. Turner in 2009. Mr. Turner has also been a director of The Sports Club Company, Inc., an upscale workout company, since September 1994. Mr. Turner has been a director of Streamline Health Solutions, a provider of software for document solutions in hospitals, since 2007. The Board concluded that Mr. Turners primary qualifications for service on our Board include his extensive experience as a healthcare entrepreneur and his deep knowledge of our Company and business.
Class III Directors whose Terms Expire at the 2013 Annual Meeting:
Paul M. Bisaro, age 50, has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and on our Board of Directors since 2007. Prior to joining us, Mr. Bisaro was President, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a global specialty pharmaceutical company (Barr), from 1999 to 2007. Between 1992 and 1999, Mr. Bisaro served as General Counsel of Barr and from 1997 to 1999 served in various additional capacities including Senior Vice President Strategic Business Development of Barr. Prior to joining Barr, he was associated with the law firm Winston & Strawn and a predecessor firm, Bishop, Cook, Purcell and Reynolds from 1989 to 1992. Mr. Bisaro received his undergraduate degree in General Studies from the University of Michigan in 1983 and a Juris Doctor from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1989. The Board concluded that Mr. Bisaro should serve on the Board because of his experience as a senior executive in our industry, his knowledge of our Company and its day-to-day operations and his strong strategic vision for the Company.
Mr. Bodine, age 55, retired from CVS Caremark in January 2009 after 24 years with CVS. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Bodine served as President, Healthcare Services of CVS Caremark Corporation, where he was responsible for strategy, business development, trade relations, sales and account management, pharmacy merchandising, marketing, information technology and Minute Clinic. Prior to the merger of CVS Corporation and Caremark Rx, Inc. in March 2007, Mr. Bodine served for several years as Executive Vice President Merchandising and Marketing of CVS Corporation. Mr. Bodine has also been active in the pharmaceutical industry serving on a number of boards and committees, including the Healthcare Leadership Council, RI Quality Institute, National Retail Federation, National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), and the NACDS Pharmacy Affairs and Leadership Committees. The Board concluded that Mr. Bodine should serve on the Board because of his extensive industry experience and knowledge of the needs and operations of our major customers.
Michel J. Feldman, age 68, is a member of the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where he has practiced since October 2003. Previously, Mr. Feldman was a member of the law firm of DAncona & Pflaum LLC, where he practiced from June 1991 to October 2003. Effective October 2003, DAncona & Pflaum LLC merged with Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Feldman is also a certified public accountant (inactive). The Board concluded that Mr. Feldmans qualifications as a member of our Board of Directors include his legal expertise, business experience and more than 25 years of service as a Director of our Company.
Fred G. Weiss, age 69, has been the managing director of FGW Associates, Inc., a consulting firm, since 1997. Mr. Weiss served as Vice President, Planning, Investment and Development of Warner-Lambert from 1983 to 1996 and prior to that served as Vice President and Treasurer of Warner-Lambert from 1979 to 1983, where he was involved in both strategic planning and corporate development. Mr. Weiss is also an Independent Vice-Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of numerous BlackRock-sponsored mutual funds. In this capacity, and pursuant to BlackRocks policies, Mr. Weiss has oversight responsibility for finance and accounting matters, and has no responsibility for, or discretion concerning, any of BlackRocks equity investment decisions. Additionally, Mr. Weiss has been a Director of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research since 2000. The Board concluded that Mr. Weiss is qualified to serve as a member of our Board of Directors because of, among other factors, his financial expertise and experience in strategic planning and corporate development.
Our Board of Directors has adopted Corporate Governance Guidelines. These guidelines address the make-up and functioning of the Board of Directors and its committees, which include determining director independence, criteria for Board membership, and authority to retain independent advisors.
Our Board of Directors has also adopted a Code of Conduct, which applies to all of our Board members and all of our officers and employees. The code sets forth and summarizes certain of our policies related to legal compliance and honest and ethical business practices. The code is intended to comply with the standards set forth in Section 303A.10 of the NYSEs Listed Company Manual and SEC rules and regulations. Any amendments to, or waivers from, provisions of the Code of Conduct that apply to our directors or executive officers, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer and persons performing similar functions, will be promptly posted on our website at http://www.watson.com.
You can find links to our Corporate Governance Guidelines and our Code of Conduct under the Investors section of our website at http://www.watson.com. Copies of these materials are available to stockholders without charge upon request sent to Investor Relations at Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Morris Corporate Center III, 400 Interpace Parkway, Parsippany, NJ 07054.
On an annual basis our Board of Directors reviews the independence of all directors and affirmatively makes a determination as to the independence of each director. For a director to be considered independent, the Board must determine that the director does not have any direct or indirect material relationship with Watson. To assist in making this determination, the Board has adopted independence guidelines, which are designed to conform to, or be more exacting than, the independence requirements set forth in the listing standards of the NYSE. You may find these guidelines on our website at www.watson.com. In addition to applying these guidelines, the Board considers any and all additional relevant facts and circumstances in making an independence determination.
Our Board has determined that at least a majority of its directors has no direct or indirect material relationship with us (other than as our director) and such directors are independent within the meaning of the independence standards promulgated by the SEC and the NYSE. Specifically, on March 3, 2011, the Board determined, based on our Director Independence Standards and the NYSE standards for independence, that Christopher W. Bodine, Michael Fedida, Michel Feldman, Albert Hummel, Catherine Klema, Jack Michelson, Ronald Taylor, Andrew Turner and Fred Weiss, or nine out of our eleven directors, have no relationship with us that would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment and are independent directors. Mr. Bisaro was determined to be not independent, because he is our President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Tabatznik was determined to be not independent because of the fact that, among other things, he served as an employee of the Arrow Group prior to our acquisition of the Arrow Group in 2009 and he is a party to a consulting agreement with us. Mr. Tabatznik is no longer an employee of the Arrow Group.
The relationships and transactions reviewed by the Board included the following:
(i) Mr. Bodines service as an employee of CVS Caremark Corporation, a customer of the Company, through January of 2009, including as Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of CVS Caremark Corporation from July 29, 2008 and, prior to that, as Executive Vice President of CVS Caremark Corporation and President Caremark Pharmacy Services;
(ii) Mr. Fedidas ownership of pharmacies that from time to time purchase pharmaceuticals from Anda, Inc., one of our subsidiaries that is a wholesaler distributor;
(iii) Ms. Klemas directorship with Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc., a contract research organization that has provided services for us in the past;
(iv) Mr. Taylors former directorship of 3e Company, a privately-held compliance information services company that has provided services for us in the past; and
(v) Mr. Hummels service as a director and President of Pentech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a development stage pharmaceutical company engaged in the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products in the areas of urology and the central nervous system.
The Board has determined that these transactions were made in the ordinary course, were below the thresholds set forth in our director independence standards and did not affect the independence of the directors involved.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEES
We schedule regular executive sessions in which non-management directors meet without management participation. The Chairman of the Board, Mr. Turner, presides at these meetings. We also schedule regular executive sessions in which only independent directors meet.
Any interested party, including any stockholder, wishing to contact the Board of Directors, the presiding director of the non-management director meetings, or any other individual director may do so in writing by sending a letter to:
Chairman, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
c/o Corporate Secretary
Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Morris Corporate Center III
400 Interpace Parkway,
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Our Corporate Secretary reviews all such written correspondence and regularly forwards to the Board of Directors a summary of all correspondence and copies of correspondence that, in the opinion of the Corporate Secretary, deal with the functions of the Board of Directors or its committees, or that the Corporate Secretary otherwise determines requires Board attention.
The Board of Directors has determined that having an independent director serve as Chairman of the Board is in the best interest of stockholders at this time. We separate the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board in recognition of the differences between the two roles. The CEO is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Company and the day to day leadership and performance of the Company, while the Chairman of the Board provides guidance to the CEO and sets the agenda for Board meetings and presides over meetings of the full Board. We also believe that this structure ensures a greater role for the independent directors in the oversight of the Company and active participation of the independent directors in setting agendas and establishing priorities and procedures for the work of the Board. We also believe that this leadership structure is preferred by a significant number of our stockholders.
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee considers director candidates from diverse sources, including suggestions from stockholders. From time to time, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee may engage a third party for a fee to assist in identifying potential director candidates. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee looks for candidates who represent a diverse mix of backgrounds and experiences that will enhance the quality of the boards deliberations and decisions. The backgrounds and qualifications of the directors, considered as a group, should provide a significant composite mix of experience, knowledge and abilities that will allow the Board to fulfill its responsibilities. Specifically, this committee seeks candidates who (a) bring not only direct experience, but also a variety of experience and background, both professionally and personally, (b) will represent the balanced, best interests of the stockholders as a whole rather than special interest groups or constituencies, (c) have a reputation for integrity and (d) satisfy the independence requirements of the NYSE, our Director Independence Standards and applicable law. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees goal is to have a diverse, balanced and engaged board whose members possess the skills and background necessary to maximize stockholder value in a manner consistent with all legal requirements and the highest ethical standards. Our Corporate Governance Guidelines specify that the value of diversity on the Board
should be considered by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee in the director identification and nomination process. This committee does not assign specific weights to particular criteria and no particular criterion is necessarily applicable to all prospective nominees. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees Charter and our Corporate Governance Guidelines, which are published on our website at http://www.watson.com under the Investors section, set forth in further detail the criteria that guide this committee in assessing potential candidates for the Board of Directors.
In determining whether to recommend a director for re-election, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee considers the directors contributions to the Board and the committees on which such person serves, participation in and attendance at meetings, and any changes in employment status, health, community activity or other factors that may affect the directors continuing contributions to the Board. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee evaluates each individual in the context of the Board as a whole, with the objective of recommending a group that can best perpetuate the success of the business and represent stockholder interests through the exercise of sound judgment using its diversity of experience in these various areas.
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee initially evaluates a candidate for nomination to the Board based on information supplied by the party recommending the candidate and any additional public information that may be available. If the initial evaluation is favorable, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee gathers additional information on the candidates qualifications, availability, probable level of interest and any potential conflicts of interest. If the subsequent evaluation is also favorable, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee contacts the candidate directly to better determine each partys level of interest in pursuing the candidacy and checks the candidates references. If, after discussions and meetings, the candidate and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee establish a mutual interest in pursuing the candidacy, the committee will make a final recommendation to the Board to nominate the candidate for election by the stockholders (or to select the candidate to fill a vacancy, as applicable). The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee employs the same process for evaluating all candidates, including those properly submitted by stockholders and will consider stockholder recommendations of candidates on the same basis as it considers all other candidates.
Stockholders wishing to recommend a director candidate for consideration by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee may do so by sending the candidates name, biographical information and qualifications, together with a consent in writing signed by the recommended nominee that he or she is willing to be considered as a nominee and, if nominated and elected, he or she will serve as a director, to the Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee in care of the Corporate Secretary, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Morris Corporate Center III, 400 Interpace Parkway, Parsippany, NJ 07054. The submission of a recommendation by a stockholder in compliance with these procedures does not guarantee the selection of the stockholders candidate or the inclusion of the candidate in our proxy statement. However, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will consider any such candidate in accordance with the procedures and guidelines as described above and as set forth in the Charter of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and in our Corporate Governance Guidelines.
During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, the Board of Directors held eight meetings and executed one unanimous written consent in lieu of a meeting. Each director attended at least 75 percent of the combined total of (i) all Board of Directors and (ii) all meetings of committees of which the director was a member. We do not have a policy with regard to board members attendance at annual meetings. All members of the Board attended our 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Mr. Weiss attended by telephone.
The Board of Directors has created four standing committees: the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Regulatory Compliance Committee. The Board of Directors has adopted a charter for each of the four committees. The charters for each committee and other materials related to corporate governance are available under the Investors section of our website at
http://www.watson.com. A copy is also available to stockholders upon request sent to Investor Relations at Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Morris Corporate Center III, 400 Interpace Parkway, Parsippany, NJ 07054.
We have an Audit Committee currently composed of Michel J. Feldman, Albert F. Hummel, Ronald R. Taylor and Fred G. Weiss. Catherine M. Klema served on this Committee until May 2010, when she was succeeded by Mr. Hummel. All other members of the Audit Committee served as such throughout fiscal year 2010.
Mr. Weiss serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee. All of the members of the Audit Committee have been determined by the Board of Directors to be independent and meet the audit committee independence requirements of the NYSE listing standards and SEC Rule 10A-3. The Board of Directors has determined that all of the current members of the Audit Committee qualify as audit committee financial experts within the meaning of the SEC rules, and are financially literate as required under the NYSE listing standards. The functions of the Audit Committee and its activities during fiscal 2010 are described below under the heading Report of the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee is directly responsible for the engagement, compensation and oversight of the work of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (including resolution of disagreements, if any, between management and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP regarding financial reporting) for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or related work. During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, the Audit Committee met five times and executed one unanimous written consent in lieu of a meeting.
The Board of Directors and Audit Committee will take appropriate action, including reviewing and reassessing the adequacy of the Audit Committee charter annually and periodically, as appropriate, and as conditions dictate.
We have a Compensation Committee currently composed of Christopher W. Bodine, Michael J. Fedida, Catherine M. Klema and Ronald R. Taylor. Ms. Klema and Mr. Taylor were members of the Compensation Committee throughout fiscal year 2010. Mr. Weiss served on this Committee until May 2010, when he was succeeded by Messrs. Bodine and Fedida.
Mr. Taylor serves as the Chairman of the Compensation Committee. All of the members of the Compensation Committee have been determined by the Board of Directors to be independent and meet the independence requirements of the NYSE listing standards. Our Board has determined that all current Compensation Committee members qualify as non-employee directors within the meaning of Section 16 of the Exchange Act and as outside directors within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). The primary purpose of the Compensation Committee is to review, approve and evaluate director compensation and senior executive compensation plans, policies and programs for us. The Compensation Committee engaged F.W. Cook, an independent compensation consulting firm, to advise the Compensation Committee during the 2010 fiscal year. F.W. Cook reported directly to the Compensation Committee and the Compensation Committee retains the right to terminate or replace the consultant at any time. F.W. Cook conducted an annual review of our total compensation program for our executive officers and advised the Compensation Committee on such compensation matters as requested by the Compensation Committee. F.W. Cook did not provide other services to the Company in 2010. Additional information on the Compensation Committees processes and procedures for consideration of executive compensation, including the role of our chief executive officer, are addressed in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis beginning on page 15. The Compensation Committee met five times and executed two unanimous written consents in lieu of meetings during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.
We have a Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee currently composed of Christopher W. Bodine, Catherine M. Klema, Jack Michelson and Fred G. Weiss. Ms. Klema and Mr. Weiss served as members of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee throughout fiscal year 2010. Mr. Taylor served on this Committee until May 2010, when he was succeeded by Messrs. Bodine and Michelson. Ms. Klema serves as
the Chairperson of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. All of the members of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee have been determined by the Board of Directors to be independent and meet the independence requirements of the NYSE listing standards. The key functions of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee are to identify and present qualified candidates to the Board of Directors for election or re-election as directors of the Board and Board of Directors committees, ensure that the size and composition of the Board of Directors, its committees, and our Charter and Bylaws are structured in a way that best serves our practices and objectives, develop and recommend to the Board of Directors a set of corporate governance guidelines and principles and periodically review and recommend changes to such guidelines and principles as deemed appropriate, and oversee the evaluation of the Board of Directors and senior management. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee met two times during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.
We have a Regulatory Compliance Committee currently composed of Michael J. Fedida, Michel J. Feldman, Albert F. Hummel and Jack Michelson. Each was a member of the Regulatory Compliance Committee throughout fiscal year 2010.
Mr. Michelson serves as the Chairman of the Regulatory Compliance Committee. The primary purpose of the Regulatory Compliance Committee is to assist the Board of Directors with the Boards oversight responsibilities regarding our compliance with applicable regulatory requirements related to product safety and quality and environmental, health and safety matters. The Regulatory Compliance Committee met two times and executed one unanimous written consent in lieu of a meeting during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.
COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
The Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors is responsible for establishing, implementing and continually monitoring our adherence to our compensation philosophy for our executive officers, including Paul M. Bisaro, our chief executive officer. The Compensation Committee seeks to ensure that the total compensation paid to our executive officers is fair, reasonable and competitive.
Throughout this proxy statement, references to our Named Executive Officers refer to Paul M. Bisaro, our President and Chief Executive Officer, R. Todd Joyce , our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, G. Frederick Wilkinson, our Executive Vice President, Global Brands, Robert A. Stewart, our Executive Vice President, Global Operations, and David A. Buchen, our Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.
2010 was a year of continued success, with the Company achieving a number of key business objectives and net revenue and non-GAAP earnings per share growth, respectively, of 27.7 percent and 12.5 percent during the year. Our record of effectively executing our plans and realizing our financial and business objectives continues from 2009, during which we achieved, respectively, net revenue and non-GAAP earnings per share growth of 10.2 percent and 23.1 percent; and 2008, during which we achieved, respectively, net revenue and non-GAAP earnings per share growth of 1.6 percent and 6.9 percent. These successes have occurred as we have fundamentally expanded and reshaped our Company on a global basis, including through the acquisition of the Arrow Group in December 2009.
We believe that the structure and implementation of our compensation programs for senior executives, including our Named Executive Officers, has helped to contribute to our achieving strong performance. In designing and implementing compensation programs for our Named Executive Officers, our primary objectives are to:
The Compensation Committee regularly and systematically evaluates individual, departmental, segment and corporate performance to determine the proper structure and mix of executive compensation to support key financial and strategic business objectives while setting executive compensation at levels the Compensation Committee believes are competitive relative to our peer companies. In addition, the Compensation Committee believes that the mix and design of the elements of executive compensation do not encourage management to assume excessive risks.
During 2010 we continued to allocate a significant percentage of our total compensation to annual cash incentives and long-term equity incentives. Some of the highlights of our 2010 compensation program include, among other things:
We discuss each of these actions below.
Objectives of Named Executive Officer Compensation Program.
The Compensation Committees primary objectives with respect to Named Executive Officer compensation are to:
To these ends the Compensation Committee believes that the most effective executive compensation program is one that (i) links a significant portion of an executives total compensation to the achievement of specific individual and corporate performance goals, including annual and long-term strategic goals and (ii) provides such compensation in a mix of both cash and equity-based compensation such that our executives continue to have the creation of short- and long-term stockholder value as key objectives. The Compensation Committee evaluates individual, departmental, segment and corporate performance to determine the proper mix of executive total compensation with the goal of setting executive total compensation at levels the Compensation Committee believes are competitive relative to the total compensation paid to similarly situated executives of our peer companies.
As a result of our compensation objectives outlined above, we allocate a significant percentage of our total compensation to annual cash incentives and long-term equity incentives. We have no pre-established policy or target for the allocation between either cash and non-cash or short-term and long-term incentive compensation. Rather, the Compensation Committee continually reviews many factors, as discussed more fully below, to determine the appropriate level and mix of incentive compensation.
To implement the objectives above, our fiscal 2010 compensation for our Named Executive Officers consisted primarily of the following components (in addition to the retirement, health and welfare plans and programs in which all of our full-time U.S. employees participate and limited perquisites):
Compensation Best Practices.
The Compensation Committee designs our compensation program to motivate our Named Executive Officers to achieve short-and long-term financial and strategic goals, in addition to increasing stockholder value, without encouraging excessive risk-taking. The Compensation Committee, with the assistance of our senior management and external advisors including F.W. Cook, the Compensation Committees compensation consultant, regularly evaluates and modifies our compensation programs in an effort to incorporate best practices.
In 2010, we retained a number of key practices and plan design elements we believe represent compensation best practices, including:
In 2011, we have continued to adapt and modify our compensation programs for our Named Executive Officers and others in order to support our business objectives and increase shareholder value while managing risk. New aspects of our compensation programs for our Named Executive Officers in 2011 include:
We discuss each of these changes below.
Determination of Compensation
On an annual basis, in concert with our chief executive officer, our Named Executive Officers engage in a process whereby they each set individual, departmental and company-wide goals for the year to come. Following the completion of our fiscal year, our Named Executive Officers are formally required to assess whether these goals were achieved and to set values to express the extent to which the Named Executive Officer believes his or her goals were met. Our chief executive officer reviews and discusses these self-assessments with each of our Named Executive Officers and, with the assistance of our human resources department, makes recommendations to the Compensation Committee concerning compensation of the Named Executive Officers. While the Compensation Committee considers these recommendations in determining base salaries, adjustments to base salaries, cash incentive awards and equity-based awards for our Named Executive Officers, it may modify any such
recommendations in its discretion. Our Human Resources department also works closely with the Compensation Committee and management to ensure that the Compensation Committee is provided with appropriate information upon which to base its decisions and communicate those decisions to management for implementation.
Independent Compensation Advisor
The Compensation Committee engaged Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc. (F.W. Cook), an independent global executive compensation consulting firm, to advise the committee on matters related to chief executive officer and other executive compensation with respect to 2010. In this capacity, F.W. Cook conducted a benchmark review of our compensation program for our Named Executive Officers and provided the Compensation Committee with relevant market data and structuring alternatives to consider when making compensation decisions.
Working with F.W. Cook, the Compensation Committee compared the elements of our total compensation program against programs provided for similarly situated executives at peer companies, as discussed more fully below. The Compensation Committee generally assesses the competitiveness of our total target and actual direct compensation (salary, bonus and equity) for our Named Executive Officers and other senior executives by comparing these amounts with the total direct compensation paid to similarly situated executives of our peer companies.
In February 2010, F.W. Cook conducted a competitive pay assessment of the compensation of our Named Executive Officers. The assessments were performed using benchmarks from compensation data reported in the then-most recent proxy statements of the following thirteen (13) peer group companies:
Biogen Idec Inc. (Biogen)
Cephalon, Inc. (Cephalon)
Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Endo)
Forest Laboratories, Inc.
Genzyme Corporation (Genzyme)
King Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. (Medicis)
Mylan Laboratories Inc.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.
Warner Chilcott PLC (Warner)
Since the assessment of compensation performed by Towers Perrin, our former independent compensation advisor, in January 2009, we added Biogen, Cephalon, Endo and Genzyme to our peer group based on our selection criteria of public companies competing primarily in the pharmaceutical sector that had between 50% and 200% of our revenue or our market capitalization at the time of the study. Also since the 2009 compensation assessment, we deleted Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Biovail Corporation from our peer group because compensation data for these companies is no longer available as a result of their acquisition by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., respectively. We also deleted K-V Pharmaceutical Company and Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. because they did not meet either the revenue or market capitalization criteria. Except for Medicis, the peer companies met either the revenue or market capitalization criteria. Medicis fell below these criteria but our Compensation Committee retained Medicis in our peer group in order to get additional data points for comparison and because F.W. Cook and the Compensation Committee considered Medicis to be very similar to us in terms of business model and scope of operations. The Compensation Committee does not rely exclusively on peer company comparisons and considers an individuals experience and market factors on a case-by-case basis.
In assessing competitiveness, F.W. Cook generally considered if a Named Executive Officers target compensation was within, above or below the range of competitive market practices. That competitive range was defined as: each of (a) base salary, (b), target total cash compensation and (c) target total direct compensation being within plus or minus 15% of the 50th percentile of the peer group. Mr. Stewart was not employed in his current position as the Companys Executive Vice President, Global Operations at the time that F.W. Cook performed its compensation analysis in February 2010. As a result, the compensation consultants analysis did not include Mr. Stewart. F.W. Cooks February 2010 study indicated that target compensation for our Named Executive Officers compared to the competitive range as shown in the following table:
2010 Executive Compensation Components
Base salary provides our Named Executive Officers with a degree of financial certainty and stability. In setting base salaries and determining merit increases for our Named Executive Officers the Compensation Committee takes into account a variety of factors, including:
With regard to individual and team performance, the Compensation Committee relies to a large extent on our chief executive officers evaluation of each other Named Executive Officers individual performance. Salary levels
are typically reviewed annually as part of our performance review process as well as upon a promotion or other change in job responsibility. Merit based increases to the salaries of our Named Executive Officers are based on the Compensation Committees and the chief executive officers assessment of the individuals performance and market conditions.
After taking into consideration (a) the factors listed above, (b) the F.W. Cook competitive pay assessment from February 2010, (c) the recommendations from our chief executive officer in the case of the other Named Executive Officers, in 2010, the Compensation Committee did not change Mr. Bisaros base salary and increased Mr. Wilkinsons base salary by 2%, Mr. Joyces base salary by 5.89% and Mr. Buchens base salary by 2%. Mr. Joyces increase reflected the increased responsibilities he assumed from his recent promotion to become our Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Stewarts base salary was increased by the Compensation Committee from $450,000 to $500,000 effective July 28, 2010 in conjunction with his promotion from our Senior Vice President, Global Operations to our Executive Vice President, Global Operations. In establishing his base salary, the Compensation Committee considered Mr. Stewarts then current compensation prior to his promotion, the information contained in the February 2010 F.W. Cook report regarding competitive market practices for compensation of other executives with similar responsibilities in our peer group, and the nature of the roles and responsibilities Mr. Stewart would be expected to assume.
The purpose of our annual cash incentive program is to provide cash compensation on an annual basis that is at-risk and contingent on the achievement of measurable annual individual, departmental, business and strategic objectives and corporate and segment financial goals. These cash incentives are intended to link a substantial portion of executive compensation to our performance and provide executive officers with a competitive level of compensation if they achieve their objectives.
Each year, the Compensation Committee adopts guidelines pursuant to which it calculates the annual cash incentive awards available to our Named Executive Officers, subject to the Compensation Committees oversight and modification. The Compensation Committee believes that our annual incentive program provides our Named Executive Officers with a team incentive to both enhance our financial performance and perform at the highest level. The terms of these programs are not contained in a formal written plan.
The Compensation Committee met in February 2010 to discuss the annual cash incentive program for Mr. Bisaro for fiscal year 2010. At this meeting, the Compensation Committee reviewed the then-most recent F.W. Cook competitive pay assessment for its chief executive officer from February 2010, which reflects the fact that the average bonus payment for chief executive officers of companies in our peer group in that assessment was approximately 120% of their base salary. Mr. Bisaros target bonus has historically been set at approximately 100% of his salary and the Compensation Committee determined that this continued to be an appropriate amount on the basis of the F.W. Cook competitive pay assessment, the Compensation Committees ability to adjust Mr. Bisaros target bonus to reflect his performance, and the opportunities provided to Mr. Bisaro from time to time to earn a special bonus in certain instances.
The Compensation Committee also considered our historical and projected revenues and Adjusted EBITDA relative to the appropriate cash incentives for Mr. Bisaro to achieve those projections. For the purpose of measuring Corporate Financial Performance, Adjusted EBITDA meant our earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted for share-based compensation, acquisition or licensing related charges, restructuring charges, litigation gains or losses, charges associated with our global supply chain initiative, non-cash charges, gains or losses on debt repurchase, gains or losses on sales of operating assets or securities and such other special items as determined at the discretion of our Board of Directors. The Adjusted EBITDA targets for Mr. Bisaro are pre-established by the Compensation Committee at the commencement of the year and are the same targets as established for the Corporate Financial Performance measure under our annual cash bonus program for our other executive officers. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income for the year ended December 31, 2010 can be found on our Current Report on Form 8-K furnished to the SEC on February 15, 2011.
Based on the factors above, the Compensation Committee adopted an annual cash incentive program pursuant to which Mr. Bisaro was eligible to receive a target cash bonus of $1 million, of which $700,000 was based upon our financial performance in 2010 as measured by Adjusted EBITDA against pre-established targets, and $300,000 was at the discretion of the Compensation Committee, taking into account Mr. Bisaros success in 2010 in:
The $300,000 objective-based portion of Mr. Bisaros target cash bonus was subject to further adjustment by the Compensation Committee of between 0% and 150% based on its assessment of Mr. Bisaros individual performance. The Compensation Committee does not assign a specific weight to any given goal and also considers other relevant factors in its sole discretion in making awards under the program.
In March 2011, the Compensation Committee evaluated Mr. Bisaros performance under the measures above. Based on our actual Adjusted EBITDA for 2010 of $838.2 million, compared to target Adjusted EBITDA of $788.3 million, and the Compensation Committees evaluation of Mr. Bisaros achievement of the goals above, the Compensation Committee awarded a cash incentive bonus totaling $1.1 million to Mr. Bisaro for performance in 2010 of which $775,000 was based on the Companys financial performance as measured by Adjusted EBITDA, and $325,000 was based on his individual performance.
The Compensation Committee revised the annual cash incentive program for Mr. Bisaro for fiscal year 2011. Specifically, under the 2011 program, Mr. Bisaro will be eligible to receive a target cash bonus of $1.2 million based upon our financial performance in 2011 as measured by Adjusted EBITDA. Mr. Bisaros actual bonus with respect to 2011 will be further subject to adjustment by the Compensation Committee to be between 0% and 150% of the $1.2 million target amount based on the Compensation Committees assessment of Mr. Bisaros success in implementing the following strategic goals for 2011:
The Compensation Committee will determine whether and to what extent a bonus will be paid to Mr. Bisaro for fiscal year 2011 after the end of 2011.
Recoupment of Incentive Compensation
Pursuant to Mr. Bisaros employment agreement with the Company, in the event of a significant restatement of the Companys financial statements (other than due to a change in generally accepted accounting rules or their interpretation by the Companys auditors, or as a result of events the Board determines were beyond Mr. Bisaros control and responsibility) occurring at any time up to three years following the termination of Mr. Bisaros employment with the Company, the Board will review all compensation that was made to the Executive on the basis of having met or exceeded specific performance targets for performance periods beginning after January 1, 2007 which occur during the restatement period. To the extent permitted by applicable law, the board will seek to recoup from Mr. Bisaro the amount by which his incentive compensation for the relevant period exceeded the lower payment he would have received based on the restated financial results on a net after-tax basis, plus a reasonable rate of interest; provided, however, that the Board shall not seek to recoup incentive compensation paid more than three (3) years before the date such restatement is disclosed. The foregoing would apply to amounts received by Mr. Bisaro in the form of both his annual cash incentive award and his performance-based equity awards.
Annual Cash Incentive Awards for our other Named Executive Officers
The Compensation Committee met in February 2010 to discuss the annual cash incentive program for each of our Named Executive Officers, other than our chief executive officer, for fiscal year 2010. At this meeting, the Compensation Committee reviewed the then-most recent F.W. Cook competitive pay assessment for our Named Executive Officers (other than the chief executive officer) from February 2010. Based on this review, the Compensation Committee established 2010 annual cash bonus targets for each of our Named Executive Officers, other than our chief executive officer, expressed as a percentage of such Named Executive Officers base salary. The resulting target bonus percentages were: 50% for Mr. Joyce; 60% for Mr. Wilkinson; 50% for Mr. Stewart; and 50% for Mr. Buchen, which are the same percentages in place for the 2009 bonus program. Mr. Stewarts target bonus percentage increased from 50% to 60% effective July 28, 2010 in connection with his promotion to Executive Vice President, Global Operations. We determined the target annual cash incentive award for Mr. Stewart in his new position by reference to factors including (i) the F.W. Cook competitive pay assessment, (ii) his compensation history and the need to offer market competitive compensation packages to recruit and retain him and (iii) the nature of the roles and responsibilities he would be expected to assume.
The bonus actually paid to these Named Executive Officers depended primarily on our financial performance in 2010 as measured by pre-established Adjusted EBITDA targets, which we refer to as Corporate Financial Performance. Because their responsibilities relate to the Company as a whole rather than a particular business segment, the actual bonus for each of our Named Executive Officers other than Mr. Wilkinson is based on Corporate Financial Performance, without reference to the performance of a specific business segment. Accordingly, the initial adjustment to the target bonus for each of our Named Executive Officers other than Mr. Wilkinson is made on the basis of a multiple reflecting only Corporate Financial Performance. In the case of Mr. Wilkinson, however, 50% of his bonus opportunity is based on our overall Corporate Financial Performance and 50% is based on the contribution of the Global Brands business segment which he leads, which we refer to as Segment Contribution. Accordingly, his target bonus amount is first adjusted by a blended multiple reflecting, on a 50-50 basis, actual corporate financial performance and the financial performance of the Global Brands segment.
The final bonus payable to each Named Executive Officer is then subject to further adjustment, based on a multiplier of 0% to 150% of the target bonus opportunity to reflect the evaluation of the individual performance of the Named Executive Officer during 2010 as determined by our chief executive officer based on the executives achievements during 2010, which we refer to as Individual Performance. Our chief executive officers evaluation of each Named Executive Officers Individual Performance is based on a combination of subjective and objective performance measures relating to overall corporate and segment performance. No specific weight is assigned to any of these measures.
Corporate Financial Performance. The Compensation Committee measures Corporate Financial Performance through Adjusted EBITDA, which it believes is the best indicator of such performance because it facilitates analysis by management and investors in evaluating the Companys financial performance and comparing it against companies in its peer group. The Compensation Committee used a performance grid that established various
Adjusted EBITDA milestones necessary for full or partial funding of the annual incentive award for Corporate Financial Performance. Based on the Companys 2010 actual Adjusted EBITDA of $838.2 million and target Adjusted EBITDA of $788.3 million, annual incentive awards for Corporate Financial Performance were funded at 110.6% of target bonus opportunity.
Between threshold and maximum funding were intermediate levels of funding that were generally proportionate to corresponding Adjusted EBITDA milestones.
Segment Contribution. The contribution to our overall corporate financial performance by our Global Generics, Global Brands and Distribution business segments is given significant weight in determining the overall cash incentive award available to members of these business segments, including Mr. Wilkinson. This weighting recognizes that each business segment has its own measures of performance and achievement that may differ from overall corporate measures or from the measures used by our other segments. The Compensation Committee believes that using these relative measures of performance is key to specifically rewarding the performance of our executives in these segments. For the purpose of measuring Segment Contribution, Adjusted Contribution meant a business segments contribution to our operating profit as reported in our filings with the SEC adjusted for any reconciling item of the relevant segment that was excluded in determining Adjusted EBITDA. The calculation of the Adjusted Contribution of our Distribution business segment is subject to an additional adjustment to reflect its sale of the Companys products. In determining the portion of a Named Executive Officers annual incentive award attributable to Adjusted Contribution, the Compensation Committee uses a performance grid that establishes threshold, target and maximum contribution levels for each of our business segments, which has the same payout ratios in the grid above under Corporate Financial Performance. The Target Adjusted Contribution level in 2010 was set above actual Adjusted Contribution in fiscal 2009 for the Generic business segment. For our Branded business segment, the Target Adjusted Contribution level in 2010 was set below the actual Adjusted Contribution in fiscal 2009 for the Global Brands business segment. This decrease in the Target Contribution level assigned for the Global Brands business segment was based primarily on the anticipated decline in revenues from the loss of the Ferrlecit® product as a result of the expiration of our distribution rights for Ferrlecit® on December 31, 2009. Based on the Global Brands business segments actual Adjusted Contribution in 2010 of $103.9 million and target 2010 Adjusted Contribution of $113.7 million, the portion of Mr. Wilkinsons annual incentive award based on the financial performance of the Global Brands business segment was funded at 79.7% of target bonus opportunity.
Individual Performance. The Compensation Committee also recognizes that Individual Performance is a key element to consider in determining the overall cash incentive award available to an executive. To this end, our chief executive officer reviews the performance of each of our executive officers on the basis of specific objective and subjective factors and, with the assistance of our human resources department, makes recommendations to the Compensation Committee concerning compensation of the Named Executive Officers, including with respect to adjustments to their target cash bonus payments. In 2010, such adjustment to reflect Individual Performance could have been a multiplier ranging from 0% to 150% of a Named Executive Officers target bonus in determining the annual cash incentive award due to each of our Named Executive Officers. While the Compensation Committee considers these recommendations in determining annual cash incentive awards, it may modify any such recommendations at its discretion.
In March 2011, the Compensation Committee awarded cash bonuses in accordance with the objective results and factors discussed above to Mr. Joyce of $273,765, Mr. Wilkinson of $398,057, Mr. Stewart of $414,750, and Mr. Buchen of $330,195.
Our 2011 cash incentive award program is substantially similar to our 2010 program, but features financial targets and thresholds for Adjusted EBITDA and segment contribution based on our 2011 operating plan as approved by our Board of Directors. Meeting and exceeding these targets will require consistent and superior performance by us, each of our business segments and our Named Executive Officers.
The Compensation Committee awarded Mr. Bisaro a special bonus of $400,000 for his efforts in expanding our international operations including the integration of the Arrow Group.
Our Named Executive Officers generally receive equity based grants when they join us, upon promotions and generally thereafter as part of the Compensation Committees determination of the executive officers annual total compensation on annual dates scheduled in advance. Annual equity grants are determined in the first quarter of each calendar year. All equity awards are approved before or on the date of grant. In determining the size of equity-based grants, the Compensation Committee considers the number of shares available under the Amended Restated 2001 Incentive Award Plan of Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the Incentive Award Plan), the potential dilutive impact of such grants on our stockholders, the individuals position with us, the appropriate allocation of such grants based on individual and corporate performance, and the level of grants awarded by our peers.
The Compensation Committee believes that equity-based awards provide a valuable tool for aligning the interests of management with our stockholders and focusing managements attention on our long-term growth. In addition, the Compensation Committee believes that equity-based awards are essential to attract and retain the talented professionals and managers needed for our continued success. In order to better align the interests of our Board and management with those of our stockholders in a fair and reasonable manner, as well as to implement what we believe is a corporate governance best practice, we have also adopted stock ownership guidelines for our senior executives and directors, which are effective commencing in 2011. Our ownership guidelines require our (i) directors to hold stock in the Company in an amount at least equal in value to four times their annual base directors fee, (ii) chief executive officer to hold stock in the Company in an amount at least equal in value to four times his base salary; (iii) executive vice presidents (including Messrs. Wilkinson, Joyce, Buchen and Stewart) to hold stock in the Company in an amount at least equal in value to twice their base salary and (iv) senior vice presidents to hold stock in the Company in an amount at least equal in value to their base salary. Under our guidelines, vested and unvested restricted stock, as well as shares of stock actually owned by a director or an executive, are included in the calculation.
After further considering the cost and dilutive impact of our long term equity awards, the marginal retention value we were achieving through our stock options and market trends relating to long-term incentive compensation, the Compensation Committee revised our approach to long-term equity compensation in 2007. This revised approach, which remained in effect through 2010, had two key components. First, the Compensation Committee shifted our annual long-term equity awards away from a mix of options and restricted stock to restricted stock awards only. Second, the Compensation Committee split our restricted stock awards into two classes: (1) Time Awards that are based on individual and corporate performance factors and (2) Performance Awards pursuant to which each Named Executive Officer has the right to receive a number of shares of restricted stock granted after year end based on our performance against the same Adjusted EBITDA targets upon which our annual cash incentive compensation program is based. Any restricted stock issued pursuant to a Performance Award vests on the same basis as the Time Awards. The Compensation Committee may, in the future, adjust this mix of award types or approve different award types as part of our overall long-term equity incentive program. Commencing in 2011, we have further developed our approach to equity compensation by, among other things, (i) granting awards based on fixed dollar value rather than fixed share guidelines and (ii) linking the number of shares actually earned even more strongly to financial performance and the creation of long-term shareholder value. For more information, see the discussion under Changes in the Companys Long-Term Equity Incentive Program on page 26.
Time Awards. As part of our total compensation program the Compensation Committee generally grants shares of restricted stock to our Named Executive Officers on an annual basis (the Time Awards). Each Named Executive Officer is entitled to a grant of Time Award shares within a range that varies in accordance with the Named Executive Officers position of responsibility with us. The Compensation Committee determines the specific number of Time Awards to be granted to each Named Executive Officer based on our performance and the Compensation Committees evaluation of each officers individual performance, taking into consideration the recommendation of our chief executive officer. In recognition of their performance in fiscal 2009, the Compensation Committee awarded Time Awards of restricted stock in February 2010 in the following amounts: Mr. Bisaro received 36,850 restricted shares, Mr. Joyce received 5,000 restricted shares, Mr. Wilkinson received 9,000 restricted shares, Mr. Stewart received 5,000 restricted shares (in addition to the 5,000 restricted shares he received
in connection with his joining the Company in November, 2009) and Mr. Buchen received 7,500 restricted shares. The amounts of these grants represent Time Award dollar values based mainly on peer company group compensation data prepared by F.W. Cook.
Performance Awards. The Company provides performance-based annual equity incentive awards to our chief executive officer under a compensation program administered by the Compensation Committee and for our executive officers under the 2010 Senior Executive Equity Compensation Program. Under these programs, our senior executive officers, including our Named Executive Officers, are eligible to receive an award of shares of restricted stock based on the Companys performance during the fiscal year as measured by Adjusted EBITDA. The target number of restricted shares to be awarded to a Named Executive Officers under a Performance Award is equal to his or her actual Time Share award granted in the fiscal year for which performance is being measured. The actual number of restricted shares issued by the Compensation Committee can range from 0% to 150% of the target under the Performance Award for each of our Named Executive Officers based upon our financial performance for the fiscal year using the same Adjusted EBITDA calculation used by the Compensation Committee in determining our annual cash incentive payouts to such Named Executive Officer. In March 2011, the Compensation Committee determined our financial performance in 2010 as measured by Adjusted EBITDA resulted in a payout of 110.6% of the target issuance.
Our shares of restricted stock (including Time Awards and shares issued pursuant to Performance Awards) generally have restrictions on resale that lapse on the second and fourth anniversaries of the grant date. On each of those dates 50% of the total awards restrictions on resale lapse, contingent on the continued employment with us by the Named Executive Officer during the restriction period. In the future, the Compensation Committee may adjust the restrictions on resale to which our restricted stock is subject. The Compensation Committee will determine whether and to what extent Performance Awards will be awarded for fiscal year 2011 after the end of 2011.
New Hire and Promotion-related Awards
No equity awards were granted to any of our Named Executive Officers in 2010 in connection with hiring or promotion.
Prior to 2008, we awarded stock options with an exercise price equal to the last closing price of our common stock on the NYSE on the day of the award grant, in accordance with the terms of our Incentive Award Plan. These options generally have a term of 10 years and generally are subject to a four-year ratable vesting schedule. Vesting rights cease upon termination of employment (except in the case of a qualifying termination in connection with a change-in-control, in which case vesting rights accelerate upon termination of employment) and exercise rights generally cease ninety (90) days after the date of termination, except in the case of death (subject to a one year limitation), disability or retirement (see Continued Vesting of Equity Awards below). Prior to the exercise of an option, the holder has no rights as a stockholder with respect to the shares subject to such option, including voting rights and the right to receive dividends or dividend equivalents.
We did not grant any options to any Named Executive Officers in 2009 or 2010.
We believe the term and vesting schedule of our stock options, and the vesting schedule for our restricted stock awards, provide additional incentive to management to remain with the Company and to focus on long-term growth and corporate financial performance.
Continued Vesting of Equity Awards
The Compensation Committee believes it is important to recognize tenured service to us, to encourage retention and to facilitate retirement planning through the continued vesting of some or all unvested equity for those employees that have met pre-established age and service requirements. This continued vesting is intended to reward such employees for their long service to the Company and to provide an incentive for executives nearing retirement to continue to make decisions that are in the long-term interest of stockholders. In May 2010, the Company adopted a policy to permit the continued vesting of restricted stock and other equity awards to all employees whose
employment terminates with the Company (other than termination for cause), provided that such employee is (i) at least sixty years of age at the time of termination from the Company and (ii) has at least ten years of consecutive service to the Company as a full-time employee at the time of termination.
Changes in the Companys 2011 Long-Term Equity Incentive Program
Commencing in 2011, the Compensation Committee, with the advice and assistance of F.W. Cook and senior management, adopted changes in the design of our long-term equity incentive program designed to, among other things, transition from a system of granting equity awards according to fixed share number guidelines to a system of granting awards according to fixed dollar value guidelines for the equity awarded. We shifted to fixed dollar awards to create better alignment between the intended target value of awards and the value actually delivered on the grant date. Our new equity incentive program also places a strong emphasis on earning awards based on pre-established performance criteria for our senior executives by linking the number of shares that they can earn to not only our Adjusted EBITDA performance, but also to our relative stock price performance over a three year period. Use of these measures balances operational and market performance and ensures that performance against each measure has a significant effect on earned compensation. This mix focuses the executive on the Companys strategic business goal of cash generation as well as the Companys performance compared to a broad index of companies.
Prior to 2011, the equity awards granted to our senior management, including our Named Executive Officers, were comprised of 50% Time Awards and 50% Performance Awards. Beginning in 2011, our senior management will receive equity awards of an aggregate target dollar value based on dollar value guidelines reflecting peer company group compensation data prepared by F.W. Cook, subject to adjustment for individual performance. In the case of each of our Named Executive Officers, the aggregate dollar value of their equity award will be allocated in equal amounts among three types of grants: (i) time-vested individual performance-based restricted stock, (ii) one-year Company performance-based restricted stock and (iii) three-year Company performance-based restricted stock. We discuss each of these types of grants below.
Time Awards. Time-vested individual performance-based restricted stock awards granted in 2011 are similar to the Time Awards described above. The actual number of shares granted will be determined on the basis of the Companys closing stock price on the day the grants are determined by the Compensation Committee. Once granted, the awards will vest based solely on continued service with the Company, with 50% vesting on each of the second and fourth anniversaries of the grant date.
Adjusted EBITDA Performance Award. The one-year Company performance restricted stock grant (the Adjusted EBITDA Performance Award) is similar to the Performance Awards granted in 2010. The Adjusted EBITDA Performance Award are earned based on Adjusted EBITDA performance against target during 2011. The number of shares that can be earned may range from 0% to 150% of the target, depending on performance (with linear interpolation between performance levels) as follows:
Once earned, Adjusted EBITDA Performance Awards will continue to be subject to time based vesting of 50% on each of the second and fourth anniversaries of the beginning of the 1-year performance period (which equates to one and three years following the conclusion of the 1-year performance period, respectively).
TSR Performance Award. The performance metric for the three-year Company performance restricted stock awards (TSR Performance Awards) will be the Companys relative Total Shareholder Return (TSR) for the 3-year performance period from January 2011 through December 2013 against the Companys peer company group as identified in the Companys annual proxy statement in the year in which the award is granted. The Companys TSR refers to the Companys share price performance (and dividends, if any) ranked relative to the performance
of its peer company group during the relevant period. Earned TSR Performance Awards would vest at the end of the 3-year performance period and would be settled as soon as administratively feasible thereafter. The number of shares that may be earned may range from 0% to 150% of the target, depending on performance (with linear interpolation between performance levels) as follows:
To ensure tax deductibility of the awards under IRC Section 162(m), the performance goals for each years award are required to be established within the first 90 days of the performance period. The Compensation Committees decision with regard to performance metrics affects only the current year awards, and may be changed for future awards.
We provide our Named Executive Officers with perquisites and other personal benefits that we and the Compensation Committee believe have a business purpose, are reasonable and consistent with our overall compensation program and better enable us to attract and retain superior employees for key positions. The Compensation Committee believes these benefits and perquisites provide a more tangible incentive with a greater perceived value than an equivalent amount of cash compensation. The Compensation Committee periodically reviews the levels of perquisites and other personal benefits provided to our Named Executive Officers.
The Named Executive Officers are provided with a monthly car allowance, mandatory annual physical exams, financial planning assistance and participation in the plans and programs described below under the heading Other Benefits Generally Available Benefits. Upon relocation, Named Executive Officers may receive, at the discretion of the Compensation Committee, relocation benefits pursuant to applicable Company policies. In 2010, Messrs. Joyce and Stewart received such relocation benefits. Mr. Joyces relocation was in connection with his promotion to the Companys Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Stewarts relocation was in connection with his being hired by the Company in 2009. In each instance, the Company believes that providing such relocation benefits (i) is consistent with market practices and (ii) supports its goal of fostering cohesion and communication among its senior executives. The car allowance is intended to cover expenses related to the lease, purchase, insurance and maintenance of a vehicle. It is provided in recognition of the need to have executive officers visit customers, business partners and other stakeholders in order to fulfill their job responsibilities. The mandatory annual physical exams are required to monitor the physical health of our executives and to discover potential health issues that could interfere with their duties at the company. The financial planning assistance covers expenses resulting from financial, estate and tax planning. We believe that it is in its best interest for the executives to have professional assistance in managing their total compensation so that they can focus their full attention on growing and managing the business.
We provide the following benefits to our Named Executive Officers generally on the same basis as the benefits provided to all employees:
Our Named Executive Officers, in addition to certain other U.S.-based eligible management level employees, are entitled to participate in our Executive Deferred Compensation Plan. We believe that, because the Company does not offer a defined benefit pension plan, such a deferred compensation arrangement should be included as a component of a market competitive compensation program to assist participants in planning and saving for their retirement. Pursuant to our Executive Deferred Compensation Plan, eligible employees may defer from 1% to 80% of their salary and from 1% to 80% of their annual cash incentive award, if any.
We match 50% of the first 2% an employee defers in accordance with this Plan. Vesting of the matched amount is based on an employees years of service with us. If an employee has been with us for less than one year, none of the matched amount is vested. Vesting thereafter occurs 33% per year, such that employees who have been with us for more than 3 years are 100% vested in the matched amount.
All contributions to our Executive Deferred Compensation Plan have a guaranteed fixed interest rate of return. This guaranteed rate is adjusted annually based on the Prime interest rate published in the Wall Street Journal on the first business day of November 2009 for the 2010 plan year. In 2010 the guaranteed interest rate was 3.25%.
Termination of each of our Named Executive Officers employment can occur at any time with or without cause, or by reason of death or disability. Additionally, each Named Executive Officer may voluntarily resign at any time with or without good reason. Pursuant to each of our Named Executive Officers respective employment agreement or other terms of employment, in the event of termination of employment without cause, or if the Named Executive Officer resigns for good reason, we will provide the Named Executive Officer with severance compensation and benefits, including a lump sum severance payment (based on a multiple of the executive officers salary and, in the case of Messrs. Bisaro, Joyce and Buchen, their bonus), continued group health insurance benefits for two years and (other than with respect to Mr. Bisaro) outplacement services for certain periods subsequent to the executive officers termination. The severance benefits are designed to retain our executive officers by providing them with security in the event of a termination of employment without cause or resignation for good reason.
In addition to the severance benefits discussed above, if we experience a change-in-control, and if a Named Executive Officer is terminated without cause or resigns for good reason within ninety (90) days prior to or up to twenty-four (24) months following such change-in-control, our employment agreements with our Named Executive Officers provide for the immediate vesting of any unvested options and restricted stock held by such Named Executive Officer. The benefits are only payable upon a double trigger there must be a change-in-control and a termination or resignation for good reason. We believe this approach to be in our best interests in that it (1) provides a retention incentive to our Named Executive Officers who may be faced with the potential of job loss following a change-in-control and (2) affords any successor entity the opportunity to retain any or all Named Executive Officers following such a change-in-control.
In the event of a termination as a result of a change-in-control of the Company, each of Messrs. Bisaro, Joyce and Buchen is also entitled to receive a gross-up payment to compensate for any excise tax imposed on the Named Executive Officer under the Internal Revenue Code (the IRC). Each of these executives employment agreements were entered into prior to 2010, and none were amended in 2010.
Section 162(m) of the IRC provides a $1,000,000 deduction limit on compensation paid to the reporting executives of publicly held corporations, unless the compensation qualifies as performance based compensation based on certain performance, disclosure, stockholder approval and other requirements being met. The options granted under the Incentive Award Plan generally comply with these performance-based compensation requirements. We have not historically designed our long-term equity incentives and our annual cash incentive award programs to comply with the performance-based compensation requirements.
We periodically review the potential consequences of Section 162(m) and may structure the performance-based portion of our executive compensation to comply with certain exemptions of Section 162(m). However, we reserve the right to use our judgment to authorize compensation payments that do not comply with the exemptions of Section 162(m) when we believe that such payments are appropriate and in the best interests of our stockholders.
Section 409A of the IRC requires that nonqualified deferred compensation be deferred and paid under plans or arrangements that satisfy the requirements of the statute with respect to the timing of deferral elections, timing of payments and certain other matters. Failure to satisfy these requirements can expose employees and other service providers to accelerated income tax liabilities and penalty taxes and interest on their vested compensation under such plans. Accordingly, as a general matter, it is our intention to design and administer our compensation and benefits plans and arrangements for all of our employees and other service providers, including the Named Executive Officers, so that they are either exempt from, or satisfy the requirements of, Section 409A. With respect to our compensation and benefit plans that are subject to Section 409A, in accordance Section 409A and regulatory guidance issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), we are currently operating such plans in compliance with Section 409A based upon our good faith, reasonable interpretation of the statute and the IRSs regulatory guidance.
Sections 280G and 4999 of the IRC impose certain adverse tax consequences on compensation treated as excess parachute payments. An executive is treated as having received excess parachute payments if he receives compensatory payments or benefits that are contingent on a change-in-control, and the aggregate amount of such payments and benefits equal or exceeds three times the executives base amount. The portion of the payments and benefits in excess of one times base amount are treated as excess parachute payments and are subject to a 20% excise tax, in addition to any applicable federal income and employment taxes. Also, our compensation deduction in respect of the executives excess parachute payments is disallowed. If we were to be subject to a change-in-control, certain amounts received by our executives (for example, amounts attributable to the accelerated vesting of stock options) could be excess parachute payments under Sections 280G and 4999 of the IRC. As discussed below under Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change-in-Control, we provide certain of our executive officers with tax gross up payments in the event of a change-in-control, but did not enter into any such agreements in 2010.
Risk Oversight; Assessment of Compensation Risk
The Boards role in the Companys risk oversight process includes receiving regular reports from members of senior management on areas of material risk to the Company, including operational, financial, legal and regulatory, and strategic and reputational risks. The full Board (or the appropriate committee in the case of risks that are under the purview of a particular committee) receives these reports from the appropriate risk owner within the organization to enable it to understand our risk identification, risk management and risk mitigation strategies. When a committee receives the report, the Chairman of the relevant committee reports on the discussion to the full Board
during the next Board meeting. This enables the Board and its committees to coordinate their oversight of risk and identify risk interrelationships. Pursuant to its charter, the Audit Committee is responsible for discussing with management the Companys major areas of financial risk exposure, and reviewing the Companys risk assessment and risk management policies.
The Compensation Committee, with the assistance of senior management and our independent compensation consultant, reviewed the elements of employee compensation to determine whether any portion of employee compensation encouraged excessive risk taking. Among other things, it considered the following:
Based on the above, we have determined that risks arising from these policies and practices for our employees are not reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company. In addition, the Compensation Committee believes that the mix and design of the elements of executive compensation do not encourage management to assume excessive risks.
The Compensation Committee of Watson has reviewed and discussed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis required by Item 402(b) of Regulation S-K with management and, based on such review and discussions, the Compensation Committee recommended to the Board that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this proxy statement and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.
THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
Ronald R. Taylor, Chairman
Christopher W. Bodine
Michael J. Fedida
Catherine M. Klema
SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE
The following table sets forth certain information regarding the annual and long-term compensation for services rendered to the Company in all capacities for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010 of our Named Executive Officers. For purposes of determining the three most highly compensated executive officers, the amounts shown in column (g) below were excluded.
GRANTS OF PLAN-BASED AWARDS
The following table provides information about equity and non-equity awards granted to Named Executive Officers for 2010:
OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT FISCAL YEAR-END
The following table sets forth the outstanding equity awards for the Companys Named Executive Officers at December 31, 2010:
The following table sets forth certain information with respect to each Named Executive Officer concerning the vesting of stock awards during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010:
The following table sets forth the executive contributions, employer matches, earnings, withdrawals/distributions and account balances, where applicable, for the Named Executive Officers in the Executive Deferred Compensation Plan (the Deferred Plan), an unfunded, unsecured deferred compensation plan.
Executive Severance and Change-in-Control Agreements
Each of our Named Executive Officers is party to an employment agreement or arrangement pursuant to which he is entitled to certain payments and benefits in the event of (i) an involuntary termination without cause, (ii) the resignation of the executive for good reason or (iii) a qualifying termination in connection with a change-in-control. With certain exceptions footnoted in the table that follows, these agreements generally provide that under these circumstances our Named Executive Officers are entitled to receive:
(1) lump sum cash payments ranging from between 24 and 36 months of the executives then base salary;
(2) with certain exceptions, a multiple of the executives annual bonus, which, depending on the executive and the type of termination, as noted in the table below, may be determined on the basis of such executives target bonus or the greater of target bonus or such executives prior year actual bonus. Messrs. Joyce and Buchen (as well as Mr. Bisaro, but only in the case of a termination without cause or for good reason) are also entitled to a prorated bonus for the year in which the termination occurs;
(3) continued group health benefits (medical, dental and vision) for the executive and the executives dependents for a period of between 18 and 36 months; and
(4) for the Named Executive Officers other than Mr. Bisaro, outplacement services for one year with a nationally recognized service selected by us.
Unless we determine that any severance payments should be delayed in consideration of Section 409A of the Internal Revise Code of 1986, cash payments are to be paid within 30 days of termination.
In the event of a qualifying termination in connection with a change-in-control, a Named Executive Officer is entitled to accelerated vesting with respect to all of his stock equity awards. Such executive is entitled to exercise any vested options for a period of 90 days following termination; provided that the terms of certain option awards permit executives with at least five years of service to the Company as of the date of any such termination to exercise such options for up to one year following termination.
Change-in-Control Gross-Up Payment
Pursuant to their respective employment agreements or arrangements, each of our Named Executive Officers, other than Messrs. Wilkinson and Stewart, is also entitled to receive a tax gross-up payment to compensate him for any excise taxes payable with respect to the payments and benefits made under his employment agreement in the event of a qualifying termination in connection with a change-in-control.
If any of Messrs. Bisaro, Joyce or Buchen breaches a non-solicitation provision of his employment agreement applicable, then any severance payments or other benefits being provided to such Named Executive Officer will immediately cease.
Estimated Termination Payments
In accordance with the requirements of the rules of the SEC, the table below indicates the amount of compensation payable by us to each Named Executive Officer upon (i) an involuntary termination without cause; (ii) the resignation of the executive for good reason; or (iii) a qualifying termination in connection with a change-in-control. The amounts assume that such termination was effective as of December 31, 2010 and thus includes amounts earned through such date and are only estimates of the amounts that would actually be paid to such executives upon their termination. The definitions of change-in-control, cause and good reason and descriptions of the payments and benefits appear after the table.
The table does not include certain amounts that the Named Executive Officer is entitled to receive under certain plans or arrangements that do not discriminate in scope, terms or operation, in favor of our Named Executive Officers and that are generally available to all salaried employees, such as payment of accrued vacation. The table also does not include the accrued and vested accounts of the executive under our Deferred Plan. These amounts are generally distributed to our executives upon a termination of employment, regardless of the reason, in accordance with his or her election under the applicable plan. The accrued and vested amounts under the Deferred Plan are set forth in the table under Nonqualified Deferred Compensation on page 38.
For Messrs. Bisaro and Joyce, a change-in-control generally means (i) a sale of assets representing 50% or more of our net book value and fair market value; (ii) our liquidation or dissolution; (iii) a merger, consolidation or other transaction involving us after the completion of which our stockholders before the transaction represent less than 50% of the voting power of our stockholders following the transaction; (iv) the acquisition by a person or group of more than 50% of the combined voting power of Watson; or (v) the replacement of the majority of our incumbent directors by individuals not approved by a majority of our incumbent Board.
For Messrs. Buchen, Wilkinson and Stewart, a change-in-control generally means (i) a sale of assets representing 50% or more of our net book value and fair market value; (ii) our liquidation or dissolution; (iii) a merger, consolidation or other transaction involving us after the completion of which our stockholders before the transaction represent less than 60% of the voting power of our stockholders following the transaction; (iv) the acquisition by a person or group of more than 30% of the combined voting of Watson; or (v) the replacement of the majority of our incumbent directors by individuals not approved by a majority of our incumbent Board.
For Mr. Bisaro, a qualifying termination means, within 90 days before or within 12 months following a change-in-control, (i) we terminate Mr. Bisaro other than for cause or (ii) Mr. Bisaro terminates his employment with us for good reason.
For Messrs. Joyce and Buchen, a qualifying termination means, within 90 days before or within 24 months following a change-in-control, (i) we terminate the executive other than for cause or (ii) the executive terminates his employment with us for good reason.
For Messrs. Wilkinson and Stewart, a qualifying termination means, within 12 months following a change-in-control, (i) we terminate the executive other than for cause or (ii) the executive terminates his employment with us for good reason.
For Mr. Bisaro, a termination for good reason means that Mr. Bisaro has terminated his employment with us because (i) we failed to re-elect him to, or removed him from, the position of President and Chief Executive Officer; (ii) of a material diminution of his duties, and responsibilities, taken as a whole; (iii) we failed to appoint or re-nominate him as a member of our Board of Directors; (iv) the assignment of his duties are materially inconsistent
with, or materially impair his ability to perform, the duties customarily assigned to a President and Chief Executive Officer; (v) we changed our reporting structures such that he reports to someone other than the Board of Directors; (vi) we materially breached our obligations under his employment agreement; (vii) we failed to obtain an assumption of his employment agreement by any successor or assignee; or (viii) we cause him to commit fraud or expose him to criminal liability.
For Mr. Buchen, a termination for good reason generally means that he has terminated his employment with us because of (i) a material reduction in his then existing annual base salary, (ii) a material reduction in the package of benefits and incentives, taken as a whole, provided to him or (iii) a material diminution of his duties, responsibilities, authority, or reporting structure; (iv) a request that he materially relocate such that the distance of his one-way commute is increased by more than thirty-five (35) miles; (v) we materially breached our obligations under his employment agreement; or (vi) we failed to obtain the assumption of his employment agreement by any successor or assign.
For Mr. Joyce, a termination for good reason means that he has terminated his employment with us because (i) after a change-in-control, (a) of a material reduction of his then existing annual base salary, (b) of a material reduction in his package of benefits and incentives, taken as a whole, (c) of a material diminution of his duties and responsibilities, taken as a whole, or (d) a requirement that he relocate such that the distance of his one-way commute is increased by more than thirty-five (35) miles; (ii) we materially breached our obligations under his employment agreement; or (iii) we failed to obtain the assumption of his employment agreement by any successor or assign.
For Messrs. Wilkinson and Stewart, a termination for good reason means that such executive has terminated his employment with us because (i) after a change-in-control, (a) there is a material reduction of his then existing annual base salary or (b) the Company decides to relocate his principal work site such that his one-way commuting distance increases by more than 50 miles; or (ii) in the absence of a change-of-control, the Company decides to relocate his principal work site such that his one-way commuting distance increases by more than 50 miles.
For Mr. Bisaro, a termination for cause means that we have terminated Mr. Bisaro because (i) his fraud, misrepresentation embezzlement or other act of material misconduct against us; (ii) his gross neglect, willful malfeasance or gross misconduct in connection with this employment; (iii) his conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendere to a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude; (iv) his willful and knowing violations of any rules or regulations of any governmental body material to our business; (v) his failure to cooperate, if requested by the Board, with any internal or external investigation or inquiry into our business practices; or (vi) his substantial and willful failure to render services in accordance with the terms of his employment agreement.
For the remainder of the Named Executive Officers, a termination for cause means that we have terminated the executive because of (i) the executives conviction for any felony; or (ii) the executives gross misconduct, material violation of our policies, or material breach of the executives duties to us, which the executive fails to correct within thirty (30) days after the executive is given written notice by our chief executive officer or another designated officer. In the case of Messrs. Wilkinson and Stewart cause also includes their unsatisfactory performance of their duties.
Equity Compensation Plan Information as of December 31, 2010
The following table sets forth information regarding outstanding options and shares reserved for future issuance under the Watsons equity compensation plans as of December 31, 2010:
As of December 31, 2010 there were 3,076,043 stock options outstanding with a weighted average exercise price of $36.63 and a weighted average term of 3.2 years. Also, as of this date there were 2,317,895 restricted shares outstanding. Shareholder Proposal No. 3, if approved, will increase the number of shares available for future equity grants from 5,241,885 to 8,241,885 (3,000,000 additional shares) retroactive to January 1, 2011.
Except for Mr. Tabatznik, all members of the Board of Directors who are not full-time employees of the Company received a directors fee of $50,000 and a grant of 5,000 shares of our restricted stock, vesting over one year, for 2010. In addition, in 2010 directors were paid $2,000 for each Board of Directors meeting personally attended and $1,000 for each meeting attended telephonically. Directors (other than Mr. Tabatznik) were also paid $1,500 for each Committee meeting personally attended and $1,000 for each Committee meeting attended telephonically. Andrew L. Turner received an additional annual fee of $75,000 as our nonexecutive Chairman of the Board. Additionally, the Chairman of each of the Regulatory Compliance Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee received an additional annual fee of $7,000. The Chairman of each of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee received an additional annual fee of $10,000. All directors were reimbursed for expenses incurred in connection with attending Board of Directors and Committee meetings. Michel J. Feldmans law firm receives his directors fees. Our Chief Executive Officer does not receive additional compensation for his service as a director.
The following table sets forth the annual compensation to each person who served as a non-employee director during 2010:
STOCK OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS
The following table sets forth, as of March 18, 2011, the name, address (where required) and beneficial ownership of each person (including any group as defined in Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act) known by us to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of our common stock:
STOCK OWNERSHIP OF DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
The following table sets forth, as of March 18, 2011, the amount of common stock beneficially owned by each of the directors (including nominees) and Named Executive Officers, and by all of our directors and executive officers (including Named Executive Officers) as a group. No individual director, nominee or Named Executive Officer beneficially owned more than 1% of Watsons common stock. The total beneficial ownership by directors and executive officers as a group represented less than 2% of outstanding shares. Unless otherwise indicated in the footnotes to this table and pursuant to applicable community property laws, we believe the persons named in this table have sole voting and investment power with respect to all shares of common stock reflected in this table. As of
March 18, 2011, 126,400,372 shares of our common stock were issued and outstanding. No shares have been pledged as security by any of our executive officers.
PROPOSAL NO. 2 APPROVAL OF AMENDMENT AND RESTATEMENT OF
THE COMPANYS ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION.
Our articles of incorporation provide that the Board of Directors will be divided into three classes. One class is elected each year for a three-year term, expiring at our annual meeting of stockholders. There are currently four Class I directors, three Class II directors and four Class III directors.
In light of recent developments in corporate governance, the Board of Directors carefully reviewed the advantages and disadvantages of having a classified board of directors. As a result of this review, the Board of Directors has determined that a classified board of directors is no longer in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders. The Board of Directors believes that all directors should be equally accountable at all times for the Companys performance and subject each year to the opinions of our stockholders regarding their performance as a director. On January 18, 2011, the Board of Directors unanimously approved, subject to stockholder approval at the Meeting, the amendment and restatement of our articles of incorporation for the purpose of eliminating the current three-tiered classification of the Board of Directors.
If the amendment and restatement of our articles of incorporation is approved, the current classification system will be phased out over three years:
(i) the directors elected at the Meeting will serve for a three-year term and stand for election at our 2014 Annual Meeting, for a one-year term;
(ii) the directors previously elected at our 2010 Annual Meeting will serve out their current three-year term and will stand for election at our 2013 Annual Meeting, for a one-year term;
(iii) the directors previously elected at our 2009 Annual Meeting will serve out their current three-year term and will stand for election at our 2012 Annual Meeting, for a one-year term; and
(iv) all other directors who may be appointed after the Meeting would be appointed for an initial term ending at the next Annual Meeting.
If the amendment and restatement of our articles of incorporation is not approved, the Board of Directors will remain classified.
In addition to providing for the declassification of the Board of Directors, the amendment and restatement of our articles of incorporation also provides for the deletion of certain provisions of our articles of incorporation, including provisions related to the non-assessability of fully paid capital stock, the name and address of the incorporator and the perpetual existence of the Company. We believe these deleted provisions are no longer necessary in our articles of incorporation.
The text of the proposed amendment and restatement of our articles of incorporation is attached to this Proxy Statement as Appendix A.
Required Vote for Approval of the Amendment and Restatement of Articles of Incorporation
The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of common stock entitled to vote is required to approve the foregoing amendment and restatement of our articles of incorporation.
The Board of Directors believes that the proposed amendment and restatement of our articles of incorporation is in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders and, therefore, unanimously recommends a vote FOR this proposal.
PROPOSAL NO. 3 APPROVAL OF THE FOURTH AMENDMENT AND RESTATEMENT
OF THE 2001 INCENTIVE AWARD PLAN.
We are asking our stockholders to approve the Fourth Amendment and Restatement of the 2001 Incentive Award Plan of Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the (the Restated Plan). On March 2, 2011, our Compensation Committee and our Board or Directors unanimously approved the Restated Plan, subject to Stockholder approval at the Meeting. The material amendments reflected in the Restated Plan:
In 2007, our stockholders approved the adoption of the Second Amendment and Restatement of the 2001 Incentive Award Plan, which authorized us to issue up to 19,728,333 shares of our common stock pursuant to awards under the Incentive Award Plan. As of December 31, 2010, there were 5,241,885 shares remaining available for grant or issuance under the Incentive Award Plan.
Upon stockholder approval of the Amendment, the aggregate number of shares that will remain available for issuance under the Incentive Award Plan after December 31, 2010 will be equal to 8,241,885.
If our stockholders approve the proposed increase in authorized shares, such approval will be considered approval of the Incentive Award Plan, as amended, for purposes of Section 162(m) and Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code). If the proposed increase is not approved by the stockholders, the Incentive Award Plan (as in effect immediately prior to the adoption of the increase) will remain in full force and effect.
By seeking stockholder approval of the Restated Plan, the Company is seeking approval of the material terms of performance criteria under the Restated Plan for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code. Stockholder approval of such terms would preserve the Companys ability to deduct compensation associated with future performance-based awards made under the Restated Plan under Section 162(m). Section 162(m) limits the deductions a publicly-held company can claim for compensation in excess of $1 million paid in a given year to its chief executive officer and its three other most highly-compensated executive officers (other than its chief financial officer) (these officers are generally referred to as the Covered Employees). Performance-based compensation that meets certain requirements is not counted against the $1 million deductibility cap. Stock options and stock appreciation rights qualify as performance-based compensation if they are granted at an exercise price equal to the fair market value of our common stock on the date of grant. Other awards that the Company may grant under the Restated Plan may qualify as performance-based compensation if the payment, retention or vesting of the award is subject to the achievement during a performance period of performance goals selected by the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee retains the discretion to set the level of performance for a given performance measure under a performance-based award. For such awards to qualify as performance-based compensation, the shareholders must approve the material terms of the performance criteria every five years.
For a discussion of the performance criteria for which approval is being sought, please see the discussion under Performance-Based Awards below.
If the Restated Plan is not approved, its provisions will not become effective. In that case, the Third Amendment and Restatement of the 2001 Incentive Award Plan as in existence prior to its amendment and restatement in March 2011 will continue in effect.
The Restated Plan is not subject to the provisions of ERISA, and is not a qualified plan under Section 401(a) of the Code.
The principal features of the Restated Plan are summarized below, but the summary is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Restated Plan and the various award agreements used thereunder. The proposed Restated Plan is attached as Appendix B to this proxy statement.
Summary of the Restated Plan
The following is a general summary under current law of the material federal income tax consequences to an employee, director or consultant granted an award under the Restated Plan. This summary deals with the general federal income tax principles that apply and is provided for general information only. Alternative minimum tax and other kinds of taxes, such as state, local and foreign income taxes and federal employment taxes, are not discussed. Tax laws are complex and subject to change and may vary depending on individual circumstances and from locality to locality.
The foregoing summary with respect to federal income taxation is not intended to be complete and does not take into account federal employment tax or state, local or foreign tax implications.
New Plan Benefits Under the Restated Plan
Because the grant of awards under the Restated Plan is subject to the discretion of the Administrator, the number of awards that may be granted to employees and directors under the Restated Plan for the upcoming year cannot be determined at this time. Future option exercise prices under the Restated Plan are also not determinable because they will be based upon the fair market value of shares of our common stock on the grant date. However, for the sake of illustration, the following sets forth the grants that such individuals received under the predecessor plan to the Fourth Amendment and Restatement of the 2001 Incentive Award Plan in March, 2011 (excluding the settlement in March 2011 of any 2010 Performance Awards):
Required Vote for Approval of the Amendment
In order to approve the proposed Restated Plan: (i) greater than 50% in interest of all securities entitled to vote on the proposal must cast a vote on the proposal, and (ii) a majority of such votes cast must vote for the Amendment. Votes for and against and abstentions count as votes cast, while broker non-votes do not count as votes cast. All outstanding shares, including broker non-votes, count as shares entitled to vote. Thus, the total sum of votes for, plus votes against, plus abstentions, which is referred to as the NYSE Votes Cast, must be greater than 50% of the total outstanding shares of our common stock. Once satisfied, the number of votes for the proposal must be greater than 50% of NYSE Votes Cast. Thus, abstentions have the same affect as a vote against the proposal. Brokers do not have discretionary authority to vote shares on this proposal without direction from the beneficial owner. Thus, broker non-votes will likely result on this proposal and broker non-votes could impair our ability to satisfy the requirement that votes cast represent over 50% of our outstanding shares of our common stock.
The Board of Directors unanimously recommends a vote FOR approval of the proposed Fourth Amended and Restated 2001 Incentive Award Plan of Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
PROPOSAL NO. 4 ADVISORY VOTE ON THE COMPENSATION
OF OUR NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
The recently enacted Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (the Dodd-Frank Act) enables our stockholders to vote to approve, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the compensation of our Named Executive Officers as disclosed in this Proxy Statement in accordance with the SECs rules.
We are asking our stockholders to provide advisory approval of the compensation of our Named Executive Officers (which consist of our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and our next three highest paid executives), as such compensation is described in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section, the tabular disclosure regarding such compensation and the accompanying narrative disclosure set forth in this Proxy Statement, beginning on page 15. Our executive compensation programs are designed to enable us to attract, motivate and retain executive talent, who are critical to our success. These programs link compensation to the achievement of pre-established corporate financial performance objectives and other key objectives within each executives area of responsibility and provide long-term incentive compensation that focuses our executives efforts on building stockholder value by aligning their interests with those of our stockholders. The following is a summary of some of the key points of our executive compensation program. We urge our stockholders to review the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section of this Proxy Statement and executive-related compensation tables for more information.
Our board believes that the information provided above and within the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section of this Proxy Statement demonstrates that our executive compensation program was designed appropriately and is working to ensure that managements interests are aligned with our stockholders interests to support long-term value creation.
The following resolution will be submitted for a stockholder vote at the Meeting:
RESOLVED, that the stockholders of Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.s Named Executive Officers, as disclosed in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, compensation tables and narrative discussion set forth in this Proxy Statement.
The say-on-pay vote is advisory, and therefore not binding on the Company, the Compensation Committee or our board. However, the Compensation Committee will consider the outcome of the vote in deciding whether to take any action as a result of the vote and when making future compensation decisions for Named Executive Officers.
Our Board of Directors recommends that stockholders vote FOR adoption of the resolution approving the compensation of the Companys Named Executive Officers, as described in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section and the related tabular and narrative disclosure set forth in this proxy statement.
PROPOSAL NO. 5 ADVISORY VOTE ON THE FREQUENCY OF AN
ADVISORY STOCKHOLDER VOTE ON THE COMPENSATION OF
OUR NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS (FREQUENCY VOTE)
The Dodd-Frank Act also enables our stockholders to indicate how frequently they believe we should seek an advisory vote on the compensation of our Named Executive Officers. We are seeking an advisory, non-binding determination from our stockholders as to the frequency with which stockholders would have an opportunity to provide an advisory approval of our executive compensation program. We are providing stockholders the option of selecting a frequency of one, two or three years, or abstaining.
While we will continue to monitor developments in this area, the Board currently plans to seek an advisory vote on executive compensation every year. We believe that this frequency is appropriate because it will enable our stockholders to vote, on an advisory basis, on the most recent executive compensation information that is presented in our proxy statement, leading to a more meaningful and coherent communication between Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and our stockholders on the compensation of our Named Executive Officers.
The Boards determination was further based on the premise that this recommendation could be modified in future years if it becomes apparent that an annual frequency vote is not meaningful, is burdensome or is more frequent than recommended by best corporate governance practices.
We will consider stockholders to have expressed a non-binding preference for the frequency that receives the highest number of favorable votes. Due to the non-binding nature of this preference, the Board may decide that it is in the best interests of our stockholders and the Company to hold a non-binding, advisory vote on the compensation of our Named Executive Officers more or less frequently than the option preferred by our stockholders.
Our Board of Directors recommends that stockholders vote FOR 1 Year as the frequency for which stockholders shall have an advisory vote on the compensation of the Companys Named Executive Officers as described in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section and the related tabular and narrative disclosure set forth in the proxy statement.
The firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP has audited our consolidated financial statements since our inception and the Board of Directors recommends that the stockholders ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to audit our consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2011. Representatives of that firm are expected to be present at the Meeting with the opportunity to make a statement if they desire to do so and are expected to be available to respond to appropriate questions from stockholders.
We have been informed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP that neither the firm nor any of its members or their associates has any direct financial interest or material indirect financial interest in us or our affiliates.
Stockholder ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm is not required by our Bylaws or otherwise. However, the Board of Directors is submitting the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to the stockholders entitled to vote at the Meeting for ratification as a matter of good corporate practice. If the stockholders fail to ratify the appointment, the Audit Committee will reconsider whether or not to retain that firm. Even if the appointment is ratified, the Audit Committee in its discretion may direct the appointment of a different independent registered public accounting firm at any time during the year if it determines that such a change would be in our best interests and in the best interests of our stockholders.
In order to ratify the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Companys independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2011, the affirmative vote of a majority of the stock voting in person or by proxy on this proposal is required. Abstentions, which do not represent voting power, will have no effect on this proposal. The ratification of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is a matter on which a broker or other nominee has discretionary voting authority, and thus, broker non-votes will not result from this proposal.
The Board of Directors unanimously recommends a vote FOR ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for 2011.
The aggregate fees billed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, our independent registered public accounting firm, in fiscal years 2010 and 2009 were as follows:
Audit Fees include professional services rendered in connection with the annual audits of our financial statements and internal control over financial reporting, the review of the financial statements included in our Form 10-Qs covering quarterly periods during the related year and for Sarbanes-Oxley advisory time. Additionally, Audit Fees include other services that only an independent registered public accounting firm can reasonably provide, such as services associated with SEC registration statements or other documents filed with the SEC.
Audit-Related Fees include accounting consultations and review procedures related to accounting, financial reporting or disclosure matters not classified as Audit Fees.
Tax Fees include tax compliance for our foreign subsidiaries, tax advice in connection with certain acquisitions and other tax advice and tax planning services. Tax Fees in 2010 include $1,100,000 for tax advice provided in connection with the integration of recent international acquisitions and $250,000 for services provided in connection with an IRS audit, transfer pricing and other tax compliance. Tax Fees in 2009 include $650,000 for services in connection with the Arrow Acquisition and $143,200 for services provided in connection with the IRS audit.
All Other Fees in 2010 and 2009 include subscription fees for an accounting and auditing research reference tool.
The Audit Committee believes that the provision of all non-audit services rendered is compatible with maintaining PricewaterhouseCoopers LLPs independence.
The Audit Committee approved all audit and non-audit services provided by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in 2010. The Audit Committee has adopted a policy to pre-approve all audit and certain permissible non-audit services provided by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Pre-approval is generally provided for up to one year, and any pre-approval is detailed as to type of services to be provided by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the estimated fees related to these services. During the approval process, the Audit Committee considers the impact of the types of services and the related fees on the independence of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and management are required to periodically report to the full Audit Committee regarding the extent of services provided by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, in accordance with the pre-approval policy and the fees for the services performed. During the year, circumstances may arise when it may become necessary to engage PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for additional services not contemplated in the pre-approval. In those instances, the Audit Committee requires specific pre-approval by the Audit Committee or its delegate, the Audit Committee chair, before engaging PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for such services.
The following Report of the Audit Committee does not constitute soliciting material and should not be deemed filed or incorporated by reference into any other Company filing under the Securities Act or under the Exchange Act, except to the extent we specifically incorporate this Report by reference therein.
The primary function of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight of:
Additionally, the Audit Committee serves as an independent and objective party that:
The Audit Committee Charter describes in greater detail the full responsibilities of the Audit Committee, and is available under the Investors section of our website at http://www.watson.com. The Audit Committee reviews the Audit Committee Charter annually prior to Watsons Annual Stockholders Meeting and at such other times as deemed appropriate by the Audit Committee.
The Audit Committee schedules its meetings and implements procedures designed to ensure that during the course of each fiscal year it devotes appropriate attention to each of the matters assigned to it under the Audit Committee Charter. To this end, the Audit Committee met each quarter, and five times in total, during 2010. In addition to the foregoing, the Audit Committee makes itself available to Watson and its internal and external auditors during the course of the year to discuss any issues believed by such parties to warrant the attention of the Audit Committee.
In carrying out its responsibilities, the Audit Committee acts in an oversight capacity. Management has the primary responsibility for the financial reporting process, including the system of internal controls, and for preparation of consolidated financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Watsons independent registered public accounting firm is responsible for auditing those financial statements and expressing an opinion as to their conformity with generally accepted accounting principles. In performing its oversight responsibilities in connection with Watsons 2010 audit, the Audit Committee has:
Based on the review and discussions above, the Audit Committee has recommended that the Board of Directors include the audited consolidated financial statements in Watsons Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.
Fred G. Weiss, Chairman
Michel J. Feldman
Albert F. Hummel
Ronald R. Taylor
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), requires our directors and officers, and persons who own more than 10% of a registered class of our equity securities to file with the SEC reports of ownership and changes in ownership of our common stock and our other equity securities. Officers, directors and greater-than-10% stockholders are required by SEC regulations to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file.
Based solely on review of the copies of such reports furnished to us or written representations that no other reports were required, we believe that during the 2010 fiscal year all filing requirements applicable to our officers, directors and greater-than-10% beneficial owners were complied with and all filings were timely filed.
We review all relationships and transactions in which we and our directors and executive officers or their immediate family members are participants to determine whether such persons have a direct or indirect material interest. Pursuant to our written Related Person Transaction Policies and Procedures, our legal department is primarily responsible for the implementation of processes and controls to obtain information from the directors and executive officers with respect to related person transactions and for then determining, based on the facts and circumstances, whether we or a related person has a direct or indirect material interest in the transaction. In determining whether a proposed transaction is a related person transaction, our legal department assesses:
(i) the related persons relationship to us;
(ii) the related persons interest in the transaction;
(iii) the material facts of the proposed transaction, including the proposed aggregate value of such transaction or, in the case of indebtedness, the amount of principal that would be involved;
(iv) the benefits to us of the proposed transaction;
(v) if applicable, the availability of other sources of comparable products or services; and
(vi) whether the proposed transaction is on terms that are comparable to the terms available to an unrelated third party or to employees generally.
If our legal department determines that the proposed transaction is a related person transaction, the proposed transaction is submitted to our Nominating and Corporation Governance Committee for consideration. The Nominating and Corporation Governance Committee may only approve or ratify those transactions that are in, or are not inconsistent with, our best interests and the best interests of our stockholders, as the Nominating and Corporation Governance Committee determines in good faith.
As required under SEC rules, we disclose in our proxy statement any related person transactions determined to be directly or indirectly material to us or a related person. No reportable transactions occurred in 2010, except as described below.
On December 2, 2009, we acquired Arrow No. 7 Ltd. as part of our acquisition of the Arrow Group. Arrow No. 7 had an existing lease for a four story office building in London with Jacques Ltd. The lease is for our premises at 7 Cavendish Square in London, provides for an annual rental payment of £291,915 and has a term which expires in 2016 (with an option to extend for an additional ten years). Mr. Tabatznik, who is one of our directors, may be deemed to have an indirect, non-controlling discretionary beneficial interest in Jacques Ltd.
STOCKHOLDERS PROPOSALS FOR THE 2012 ANNUAL MEETING
We expect to hold the 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 11, 2012. Under Rule 14a-8 of the Exchange Act, stockholder proposals to be included in the proxy statement for the 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders must be received by our Secretary at its principal executive offices no later than December 2, 2011 and must comply with the requirements of Rule 14a-8 of the Exchange Act.
In addition, our Bylaws provide that rather than including a proposal in our proxy statement as discussed above, a stockholder may commence his or her own proxy solicitation for the 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or may seek to nominate a candidate for election as a director. Additionally, a stockholder may propose business for consideration at such meeting by delivering written notice to our Secretary at our principal executive offices not less than seventy (70) days nor more than ninety (90) days prior to the first anniversary of the preceding years annual meeting. Accordingly, the stockholder must provide written notice to our Secretary no earlier than February 13, 2012 and no later than March 4, 2012 in order to provide timely notice. Such notice must contain information required in our Bylaws.
As of the date of this proxy statement, the Board of Directors knows of no other business that will be presented for consideration at the Meeting. If other proper matters are presented at the Meeting, however, it is the intention of the proxy holders named in the enclosed form of proxy to take such actions as shall be in accordance with their best judgment.
By Order of the Board of Directors
David A. Buchen,
Parisppany, New Jersey
April 1, 2011
AMENDED AND RESTATED ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
WATSON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
Section 1.1 The name of the Corporation is Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Section 2.1 The purpose of the corporation is to engage in any lawful act or activity for which a corporation may be organized under the Nevada General Corporation Law.
AUTHORIZED CAPITAL STOCK
Section 3.1 The Corporation is authorized to issue a total of Five Hundred and Two Million Five Hundred Thousand (502,500,000) shares of stock, Five Hundred Million (500,000,000) shares of which shall be classified as common stock, $.0033 par value per share, and Two Million Five Hundred Thousand (2,500,000) shares of which shall be classified as preferred stock, no par value per share. The holders of both classes of stock shall not be entitled to exercise cumulative voting or preemptive rights.
Section 3.2 The voting powers, designations, preferences, limitation, restrictions, relative rights and distinguishing designation in respect of the shares of the preferred stock shall be as stated in the resolution or resolutions providing for the issuance of such preferred stock adopted or to be adopted by the Board of Directors of the Corporation pursuant to the authority hereby expressly vested in the Board of Directors of the Corporation by these Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 4.1 The members of the governing board shall be called directors of the Corporation. The number of directors of the Corporation shall be as set forth in the By-Laws of the Corporation. Commencing with the 2012 annual meeting of the stockholders of the Corporation, the directors whose terms expire on or after the 2012 meeting shall be elected annually for terms expiring at the next succeeding annual meeting. Directors elected at the 2009 annual meeting of stockholders shall hold office until the 2012 annual meeting of stockholders; directors elected at the 2010 annual meeting of stockholders shall hold office until the 2013 annual meeting of stockholders and directors elected at the 2011 annual meeting shall hold office until the 2014 annual meeting of stockholders. A director shall hold office until his successor shall be elected and qualified, subject, however, to prior death, resignation, retirement, disqualification or removal from office. The annual meeting of stockholders shall be held each year on a date and at a time designated by the Board of Directors of the Corporation.
Section 4.2 Subject to the rights, if any, of holders of any series of Preferred Stock then outstanding, any vacancy on the Board of Directors that results from an increase in the number of directors or by reason of the vacancy may be filled by a majority of the Board of Directors then in office, provided that a quorum is present, and any other vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors may be filled by a majority of the directors then in office, even if less than a quorum.
LIABILITY FOR BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY
Section 5.1 No director or officer of the Corporation shall be personally liable to the Corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director or officer, except for liability (a) for acts or omissions which involve intentional misconduct, fraud or a knowing violation of law; or (b) the payment of distributions in violation of Section 78.300 of the Nevada General Corporation law.
Section 5.2 Any repeal or modification of this Article V by the stockholders of the Corporation shall be prospective only, and shall not adversely affect any right or protection of a director or officer of the Corporation existing at the time of such repeal or modification.
Section 6.1 To the extent not prohibited by law, the Corporation shall indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative, except an action by or in the right of the Corporation, by reason of the fact that he is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the Corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, against expenses, including attorneys fees, judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by him in connection with the action, suit or proceeding if he acted in good faith and in a manner which he reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the Corporation, and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, has no reasonable cause to believe his conduct was unlawful. The termination of any action, suit or proceeding by judgment, order, settlement, conviction, or upon a plea nolo contendere or its equivalent, does not, of itself, create a presumption that the person did not act in good faith and in a manner which he reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the Corporation, and that, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, he had reasonable cause to believe that his conduct was unlawful.
Section 6.2 To the extent not prohibited by law, the Corporation shall indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action or suit by or in the right of the Corporation to procure a judgment in its favor by reason of the fact that he is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the Corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise against expenses, including amounts paid in settlement and attorneys fees actually and reasonably incurred by him in connection with the defense or settlement of the action or suit if he acted in good faith and in a manner which he reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the Corporation. Indemnification may not be made for any claim issue or matter as to which such a person has been adjudged by a court of competent jurisdiction, after exhaustion of all appeals therefrom to be liable to the Corporation or for amounts paid in settlement to the Corporation, unless and only to the extent that the court in which the action or suit was brought or other court of competent jurisdiction determines upon application that in view of all the circumstances of the case, the person is fairly and reasonably entitled to indemnity for such expenses as the court deems proper, all subject to the restrictions set forth in Section 78.751 of the Nevada General Corporation Law.
Section 6.3 To the extent that a director, officer, employee or agent of the Corporation has been successful on the merits or otherwise in defense of any action, suit or proceeding referred to in Sections 6.1 and 6.2 of Article VI, or in defense of any claim, issue or matter therein, he must be indemnified by the Corporation against expenses, including attorneys fees, actually and reasonably incurred by him in connection with the defense.
Section 6.4 Any indemnification under Sections 6.1 and 6.2 or Article VI, unless ordered by a court or advanced pursuant to Section 6.5 of Article VI, may be made by the Corporation only as authorized in the specific case upon determination that indemnification of the director, officer, employee or agent is proper in the circumstances by (a) the stockholders of the Corporation; (b) the Board of Directors by majority vote of a quorum consisting of directors who were not parties to the act, suit or proceeding; (c) independent legal counsel in a written
opinion if a majority vote of a quorum consisting of directors who were not parties to the act, suit or proceeding so orders; or (d) independent legal counsel in a written opinion if a quorum consisting of directors who were not parties to the act, suit or proceeding cannot be obtained.
Section 6.5 The Corporation shall, from time to time, reimburse or advance to any director or officer or other person entitled to indemnification hereunder the funds necessary for payment of expenses, including attorneys fees and disbursements, incurred in connection with any proceeding, in advance of the final disposition of such proceeding; provided, however, that, if required by the Nevada General Corporation Law, such expenses incurred by or on behalf of any director or officer may be paid in advance of the final disposition of the action, suit or proceeding only upon receipt of an undertaking by or on behalf of the director or officer to repay the amount if it is ultimately determined by a court of competent jurisdiction that he is not entitled to be indemnified by the Corporation. The provisions of this Section 6.5 do not affect any rights to advancement of expenses to which corporate personnel other than directors or officers may be entitled under any contract or otherwise by law.
Section 6.6 The indemnification and advancement of expenses authorized in or ordered by a court pursuant to this Article VI does not exclude any other rights to which a person seeking indemnification or advancement of expenses may be entitled under these Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation, or any By-Laws, agreement, vote of stockholders or disinterested directors or otherwise, for either an action in his official capacity or an action in another capacity while holding his office, except that indemnification, unless ordered by a court pursuant to Section 6.2 or for the advancement of expenses made pursuant to Section 6.5, may not be made to or on behalf of any director or officer if a final adjudication establishes that his acts or omissions involved intentional misconduct, fraud or a knowing violation of the law and was material to the cause of action (b) continues as to a person who has ceased to be a director or officer (or other person indemnified hereunder) and shall inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors and administrators of such person.
Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Nevada corporation, adopted the 2001 Incentive Award Plan of Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the Plan), effective as of February 12, 2001 (the Effective Date), for the benefit of its eligible Employees, Consultants and Directors. The Plan was subsequently amended effective as of May 16, 2001, May 19, 2003, and August 4, 2003, May 13, 2005, and November 3, 2006. The Plan was amended and restated in its entirety to provide for certain additional types of awards to eligible Employees, Consultants and Directors, effective as of May 4, 2007. The Plan was subsequently amended and restated effective as of May 7, 2010 to add Section 3.6, titled Foreign Holders, which sets forth certain provisions related to for awards that may be made to eligible Employees, Consultants and Directors outside of the United States.
The Plan is hereby subsequently amended and restated to increase the number of shares available for awards under the Plan and to make certain other administrative changes in terms. This amendment and restatement of the Plan is effective as of March 2, 2011, subject to the approval of this amendment and restatement of the Plan by the stockholders of the Company. If this amendment and restatement of the Plan is not so approved, this amendment and restatement of the Plan shall be null and void and of no further force and effect, and the Plan (as in effect prior to such amendment and restatement) shall continue in full force and effect in accordance with the terms and conditions thereof.
The purposes of the Plan are as follows:
(1) To provide an additional incentive for Directors, key Employees and Consultants (as such terms are defined below) to further the growth, development and financial success of the Company by personally benefiting through the ownership of Company stock and/or rights which recognize such growth, development and financial success.
(2) To enable the Company to obtain and retain the services of Directors, key Employees and Consultants considered essential to the long range success of the Company by offering them an opportunity to own stock in the Company and/or rights which will reflect the growth, development and financial success of the Company.
Wherever the following terms are used in the Plan they shall have the meanings specified below, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. The singular pronoun shall include the plural where the context so indicates.
1.1. Administrator shall mean the entity that conducts the general administration of the Plan as provided herein. With reference to the administration of the Plan with respect to Awards granted to Independent Directors, the term Administrator shall refer to the Board. With reference to the administration of the Plan with respect to any other Award, the term Administrator shall refer to the Committee unless the Board has assumed the authority for administration of the Plan generally as provided in Section 11.1. With reference to the duties of the Committee under the Plan which have been delegated to one or more persons pursuant to Section 11.5, the term Administrator shall refer to such person(s) unless the Committee or the Board has revoked such delegation.
1.2. Award shall mean an Option, a Restricted Stock award, a Restricted Stock Unit award, a Dividend Equivalents award, a Deferred Stock award, a Stock Payment award or a Stock Appreciation Right, which may be awarded or granted under the Plan (collectively, Awards).
1.3. Award Agreement shall mean a written or electronic agreement executed by an authorized officer of the Company and the Holder which shall contain such terms and conditions with respect to an Award as the Administrator shall determine, consistent with the Plan.
1.4. Award Limit shall mean five hundred thousand (500,000) shares of Common Stock, as adjusted pursuant to Section 12.3; provided, however, that each share of Common Stock subject to an Award shall be counted as one share against the Award Limit.
1.5. Board shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.
1.6. Change in Control shall mean the occurrence of any of the following:
(a) a sale of assets representing fifty percent (50%) or more of the net book value and of the fair market value of the Companys consolidated assets (in a single transaction or in a series of related transactions);
(b) a liquidation or dissolution of the Company;
(c) a merger or consolidation involving the Company or any subsidiary of the Company after the completion of which: (i) in the case of a merger (other than a triangular merger) or a consolidation involving the Company, the stockholders of the Company immediately prior to the completion of such merger or consolidation beneficially own (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act, or comparable successor rules), directly or indirectly, outstanding voting securities representing less than sixty percent (60%) of the combined voting power of the surviving entity in such merger or consolidation, and (ii) in the case of a triangular merger involving the Company or a subsidiary of the Company, the stockholders of the Company immediately prior to the completion of such merger beneficially own (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act, or comparable successor rules), directly or indirectly, outstanding voting securities representing less than sixty percent (60%) of the combined voting power of the surviving entity in such merger and less than sixty percent (60%) of the combined voting power of the parent of the surviving entity in such merger;
(d) an acquisition by any person, entity or group (within the meaning of Section 13(d) or 14(d) of the Exchange Act or any comparable successor provisions), other than any employee benefit plan, or related trust, sponsored or maintained by the Company or an affiliate of the Company and other than in a merger or consolidation of the type referred to in subsection (c), of beneficial ownership (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act, or comparable successor rules) of outstanding voting securities of the Company representing more than thirty percent (30%) of the combined voting power of the Company (in a single transaction or series of related transactions); or
(e) in the event that the individuals who, as of the Effective Date, are members of the Board (the Incumbent Board), cease for any reason to constitute at least fifty percent (50%) of the Board; provided, that if the election, or nomination for election by the Companys stockholders, of any new member of the Board is approved by a vote of at least fifty percent (50%) of the Incumbent Board, such new member of the Board shall be considered as a member of the Incumbent Board.
1.7. Code shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
1.8. Committee shall mean the Compensation Committee of the Board, or another committee or subcommittee of the Board, appointed as provided in Section 11.1.
1.9. Common Stock shall mean the common stock of the Company, par value $0.0033 per share.
1.10. Company shall mean Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Nevada corporation.
1.11. Consultant shall mean any consultant or adviser if: (a) the consultant or adviser renders bona fide services to the Company; (b) the services rendered by the consultant or adviser are not in connection with the offer or sale of securities in a capital-raising transaction and do not directly or indirectly promote or maintain a market for the Companys securities; and (c) the consultant or adviser is a natural person who has contracted directly with the Company to render such services.
1.12. Deferred Stock shall mean rights to receive Common Stock awarded under Section 8.4 of the Plan.
1.13. Director shall mean a member of the Board.
1.14. Dividend Equivalent shall mean a right to receive the equivalent value (in cash or Common Stock) of dividends paid on Common Stock, awarded under Section 8.2 of the Plan.
1.15. DRO shall mean a domestic relations order as defined by the Code or Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, or the rules thereunder.
1.16. Employee shall mean any officer or other employee (as defined in accordance with Section 3401(c) of the Code) of the Company, or of any corporation which is a Subsidiary.
1.17. Exchange Act shall mean the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
1.18. Fair Market Value means, as of any date, the value of a share of Common Stock determined as follows:
(a) If the Common Stock is listed on any established stock exchange (such as the New York Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ Global Market and the NASDAQ Global Select Market) or any national market system, including without limitation any market system of The NASDAQ Stock Market, the value of a share of Common Stock shall be the closing sales price for a share of Common Stock as quoted on such exchange or system for such date, or if there is no closing sales price for a share of Common Stock on the date in question, the closing sales price for a share of Common Stock on the last preceding date for which such quotation exists, as reported in The Wall Street Journal or such other source as the Administrator deems reliable;
(b) If the Common Stock is regularly quoted by a recognized securities dealer but closing sales prices are not reported, the value of a share of Common Stock shall be the mean of the high bid and low asked prices for such date or, if there are no high bid and low asked prices for a share of Common Stock on the date in question, the high bid and low asked prices for a share of Common Stock on the last preceding date for which such information exists, as reported in The Wall Street Journal or such other source as the Administrator deems reliable; or
(c) If the Common Stock is neither listed on an established stock exchange or a national market system nor regularly quoted by a recognized securities dealer, the value of a share of Common Stock shall be established by the Administrator in good faith.
1.19. Holder shall mean a person who has been granted or awarded an Award.
1.20. Incentive Stock Option shall mean an option which conforms to the applicable provisions of Section 422 of the Code and which is designated as an Incentive Stock Option by the Administrator.
1.21. Independent Director shall mean a member of the Board who is not an Employee.
1.22. Full Value Award shall mean any Award other than an Option or Stock Appreciation Right.
1.23. Non-Qualified Stock Option shall mean an Option which is not designated as an Incentive Stock Option by the Administrator.
1.24. Option shall mean a stock option granted under Article IV of the Plan. An Option granted under the Plan shall, as determined by the Administrator, be either a Non-Qualified Stock Option or an Incentive Stock Option; provided, however, that Options granted to Independent Directors and Consultants shall be Non-Qualified Stock Options.
1.25. Performance Criteria shall mean the criteria (and adjustments) that the Committee selects for an Award, determined as follows
(a) The Performance Criteria that shall be used pursuant to this Plan are limited to any one or more of the following business criteria: (i) net earnings (either before or after one or more of the following: (A) interest, (B) taxes, (C) depreciation and (D) amortization); (ii) gross or net sales or revenue; (iii) net income (either before or after taxes); (iv) adjusted net income; (v) operating income, earnings or profit; (vi) cash flow (including, but not limited to, operating cash flow and free cash flow); (vii) return on assets; (viii) return on capital; (ix) return on stockholders equity; (x) total stockholder return; (xi) return on sales; (xii) gross or net profit or operating margin; (xiii) costs (including, but not limited to, cost reductions or savings); (xiv) funds
from operations; (xv) expenses; (xvi) working capital; (xvii) earnings per share; (xviii) adjusted earnings per share; (xix) price per share of Common Stock; (xx) regulatory body approval for commercialization of a product; (xxi) implementation or completion of critical projects; (xxii) market share; and (xxiii) economic value, any of which may be measured either in absolute terms or as compared to any incremental increase or decrease or as compared to results of a peer group or to market performance indicators or indices.
(b) The Committee may, in its sole discretion, provide that one or more objectively determinable adjustments shall be made to one or more of the Performance Criteria. Such adjustments may include one or more of the following: (i) items related to a change in accounting principle; (ii) items relating to financing activities; (iii) expenses for restructuring or productivity initiatives; (iv) other non-operating items; (v) items related to acquisitions; (vi) items attributable to the business operations of any entity acquired by the Company during an applicable performance period; (vii) items related to the disposal of a business or segment of a business; (viii) items related to discontinued operations that do not qualify as a segment of a business under generally accepted accounting standards; (ix) items attributable to any stock dividend, stock split, combination or exchange of stock occurring during an applicable performance period; (x) any other items of significant income or expense which are determined to be appropriate adjustments; (xi) items relating to unusual or extraordinary corporate transactions, events or developments, (xii) items related to amortization of acquired intangible assets; (xiii) items that are outside the scope of the Companys core, on-going business activities; (xiv) items related to acquired in-process research and development; (xv) items relating to changes in tax laws; (xvi) items relating to major licensing or partnership arrangements; (xvii) items relating to asset impairment charges; (xviii) items relating to gains or losses for litigation, arbitration and contractual settlements; or (xix) items relating to any other unusual or nonrecurring events or changes in applicable laws, accounting principles or business conditions. For all Awards intended to qualify as performance-based compensation as described in Section 162(m)(4)(C) of the Code, such determinations shall be made within the time prescribed by, and otherwise in compliance with, Section 162(m) of the Code.
1.26. Plan shall mean the 2001 Incentive Award Plan of Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., as amended.
1.27. Restricted Stock shall mean Common Stock awarded under Article VII of the Plan.
1.28. Restricted Stock Units shall mean rights to receive Common Stock awarded under Section 8.5 of the Plan.
1.29. Rule 16b-3 shall mean Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act, as such Rule may be amended from time to time.
1.30. Section 162(m) Participant shall mean any key Employee designated by the Administrator as a key Employee whose compensation for the fiscal year in which the key Employee is so designated or a future fiscal year may be subject to the limit on deductible compensation imposed by Section 162(m) of the Code.
1.31. Securities Act shall mean the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
1.32. Stock Appreciation Right shall mean a stock appreciation right granted under Article IX of the Plan.
1.33. Stock Payment shall mean: (a) a payment in the form of shares of Common Stock, or (b) an option or other right to purchase shares of Common Stock, as part of a deferred compensation arrangement, made in lieu of all or any portion of the compensation, including without limitation, salary, bonuses and commissions, that otherwise would become payable to a key Employee, Independent Director or Consultant in cash, awarded under Section 8.3 of the Plan.
1.34. Subsidiary shall mean any corporation in an unbroken chain of corporations beginning with the Company if each of the corporations other than the last corporation in the unbroken chain then owns stock possessing fifty percent (50%) or more of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock in one of the other corporations in such chain.
1.35. Substitute Award shall mean an Option granted under this Plan upon the assumption of, or in substitution for, outstanding equity awards previously granted by a company or other entity in connection with a corporate transaction, such as a merger, combination, consolidation or acquisition of property or stock; provided,
however, that in no event shall the term Substitute Award be construed to refer to an award made in connection with the cancellation and repricing of an Option.
1.36. Termination of Consultancy shall mean the time when the engagement of a Holder as a Consultant to the Company or a Subsidiary is terminated for any reason, with or without cause, including, but not by way of limitation, by resignation, discharge, death or retirement, but excluding terminations where there is a simultaneous commencement of employment with the Company or any Subsidiary, or any parent thereof. The Administrator, in its absolute discretion, shall determine the effect of all matters and questions relating to Termination of Consultancy, including, but not by way of limitation, the question of whether a Termination of Consultancy resulted from a discharge for good cause, and all questions of whether a particular leave of absence constitutes a Termination of Consultancy. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, the Company or any Subsidiary has an absolute and unrestricted right to terminate a Consultants service at any time for any reason whatsoever, with or without cause, except to the extent expressly provided otherwise in writing.
1.37. Termination of Directorship shall mean the time when a Holder who is an Independent Director ceases to be a Director for any reason, including, but not by way of limitation, a termination by resignation, removal, failure to be elected, death or retirement. The Board, in its sole and absolute discretion, shall determine the effect of all matters and questions relating to Termination of Directorship with respect to Independent Directors.
1.38. Termination of Employment shall mean the time when the employee-employer relationship between a Holder and the Company or any Subsidiary is terminated for any reason, with or without cause, including, but not by way of limitation, a termination by resignation, discharge, death, disability or retirement; but excluding: (a) terminations where there is a simultaneous reemployment or continuing employment of a Holder by the Company or any Subsidiary, or any parent thereof, (b) at the discretion of the Administrator, terminations which result in a temporary severance of the employee-employer relationship, and (c) at the discretion of the Administrator, terminations which are followed by the simultaneous establishment of a consulting relationship by the Company or a Subsidiary, or any parent thereof, with the former employee. The Administrator, in its absolute discretion, shall determine the effect of all matters and questions relating to Termination of Employment, including, but not by way of limitation, the question of whether a Termination of Employment resulted from a discharge for good cause, and all questions of whether a particular leave of absence constitutes a Termination of Employment; provided, however, that, with respect to Incentive Stock Options, unless otherwise determined by the Administrator in its discretion, a leave of absence, change in status from an employee to an independent contractor or other change in the employee-employer relationship shall constitute a Termination of Employment if, and to the extent that, such leave of absence, change in status or other change interrupts employment for the purposes of Section 422(a)(2) of the Code and the then applicable regulations and revenue rulings under said Section.
SHARES SUBJECT TO PLAN
2.1. Shares Subject to Plan.
(a) The shares of stock subject to Awards shall be Common Stock. Subject to adjustment as provided in Section 12.3, the aggregate number of such shares of Common Stock which may be issued pursuant to Awards under the Plan after December 31, 2010 shall not exceed 8,241,885 shares. The shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of such Options or rights or upon any such Awards may be either previously authorized but unissued shares or treasury shares. The aggregate number of shares of Common Stock available for issuance under the Plan pursuant to this Section 2.1 shall be reduced by one share for each share of Common Stock subject to each Award granted under the Plan after December 31, 2010.
(b) The maximum number of shares which may be subject to Awards granted under the Plan to any individual in any fiscal year of the Company shall not exceed the Award Limit. To the extent required by Section 162(m) of the Code, shares subject to Awards which are canceled continue to be counted against the Award Limit.
2.2. Add-Backs. In the event that after December 31, 2010 (a) an Award expires or is canceled, forfeited, settled in cash or otherwise terminated without delivery to the Holder of all or a portion of the shares of Common
Stock subject to the Award(including on payment in shares on exercise of a Stock Appreciation Right), such shares shall, to the extent of such cancellation, forfeiture, expiration, cash settlement or termination, will again be available for Awards; (b) shares of Common Stock that have been issued in connection with any Award (e.g., Restricted Stock) that is canceled, forfeited, or settled in cash such that those shares are returned to the Company, such shares, to the extent of such cancellation, forfeiture, or cash settlement will again be available for Awards; and (c) shares of Common Stock are withheld or surrendered in payment of the exercise price or taxes relating to any Award, the shares tendered or withheld will again be available for available for Awards; provided, however, that, no shares shall become available pursuant to this Section 2.2 to the extent that (x) the transaction resulting in the return of shares occurs more than ten years after the date of the most recent shareholder approval of the Plan, or (y) such return of shares would constitute a material revision of the Plan subject to stockholder approval under then applicable rules of the New York Stock Exchange (or any other applicable exchange or quotation system). In addition, in the case of any Award granted in substitution for an award of a company or business acquired by the Company or an Affiliate, shares of Common Stock issued or issuable in connection with such substitute Award shall not be counted against the number of shares reserved under the Plan, but shall be available under the Plan by virtue of the Companys assumption of the plan or arrangement of the acquired company or business. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section 2.2, no shares of Common Stock may again be optioned, granted or awarded if such action would cause an Incentive Stock Option to fail to qualify as an incentive stock option under Section 422 of the Code.
GRANTING OF AWARDS
3.1. Award Agreement. Each Award shall be evidenced by an Award Agreement. Award Agreements evidencing Awards intended to qualify as performance-based compensation as described in Section 162(m)(4)(C) of the Code shall contain such terms and conditions as may be necessary to meet the applicable provisions of Section 162(m) of the Code. Award Agreements evidencing Incentive Stock Options shall contain such terms and conditions as may be necessary to meet the applicable provisions of Section 422 of the Code.
3.2. Provisions Applicable to Section 162(m) Participants.
(a) The Committee, in its discretion, may determine whether an Award is to qualify as performance-based compensation as described in Section 162(m)(4)(C) of the Code.
(b) Notwithstanding anything in the Plan to the contrary, the Committee may grant any Award to a Section 162(m) Participant, including a Restricted Stock award, a Restricted Stock Unit award, a Dividend Equivalent award, a Deferred Stock award or a Stock Payment award, the restrictions with respect to which lapse upon the attainment of performance goals which are related to one or more of the Performance Criteria and any Award described in Article VIII that vests or becomes exercisable or payable upon the attainment of performance goals which are related to one or more of the Performance Criteria.
(c) To the extent necessary to comply with the performance-based compensation requirements of Section 162(m)(4)(C) of the Code, with respect to any Award granted under Articles VII and VIII which may be granted to one or more Section 162(m) Participants, no later than ninety (90) days following the commencement of any fiscal year in question or any other designated fiscal period or period of service (or such other time as may be required or permitted by Section 162(m) of the Code), the Committee shall, in writing, (i) designate one or more Section 162(m) Participants, (ii) select the Performance Criteria applicable to the fiscal year or other designated fiscal period or period of service, (iii) establish the various performance targets, in terms of an objective formula or standard, and amounts of such Awards, as applicable, which may be earned for such fiscal year or other designated fiscal period or period of service, and (iv) specify the relationship between Performance Criteria and the performance targets and the amounts of such Awards, as applicable, to be earned by each Section 162(m) Participant for such fiscal year or other designated fiscal period or period of service. Following the completion of each fiscal year or other designated fiscal period or period of service, the Committee shall certify in writing whether the applicable performance targets have been achieved for such fiscal year or other designated fiscal period or period of service. In determining the amount earned by a Section 162(m) Participant, the Committee shall have the right to reduce (but not to increase) the amount payable at a given level of performance to take into account additional factors that the Committee may deem
relevant to the assessment of individual or corporate performance for the fiscal year or other designated fiscal period or period of service.
(d) Furthermore, notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, any Award which is granted to a Section 162(m) Participant and is intended to qualify as performance-based compensation as described in Section 162(m)(4)(C) of the Code shall be subject to any additional limitations set forth in Section 162(m) of the Code (including any amendment to Section 162(m) of the Code) or any regulations or rulings issued thereunder that are requirements for qualification as performance-based compensation as described in Section 162(m)(4)(C) of the Code, and the Plan shall be deemed amended to the extent necessary to conform to such requirements.
3.3. Limitations Applicable to Section 16 Persons. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, the Plan, and any Award granted or awarded to any individual who is then subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act, shall be subject to any additional limitations set forth in any applicable exemptive rule under Section 16 of the Exchange Act (including any amendment to Rule 16b-3 of the Exchange Act) that are requirements for the application of such exemptive rule. To the extent permitted by applicable law, the Plan and Awards granted or awarded hereunder shall be deemed amended to the extent necessary to conform to such applicable exemptive rule.
3.4. Consideration. In consideration of the granting of an Award under the Plan, the Holder shall agree, in the Award Agreement, to remain in the employ of (or to consult for or to serve as an Independent Director of, as applicable) the Company or any Subsidiary for a period of at least one year (or such shorter period as may be fixed in the Award Agreement or by action of the Administrator following grant of the Award) after the Award is granted (or, in the case of an Independent Director, until the next annual meeting of stockholders of the Company).
3.5. At-Will Employment. Nothing in the Plan or in any Award Agreement hereunder shall confer upon any Holder any right to continue in the employ of, or as a Consultant for, the Company or any Subsidiary, or as a Director of the Company, or shall interfere with or restrict in any way the rights of the Company and any Subsidiary, which are hereby expressly reserved, to discharge any Holder at any time for any reason whatsoever, with or without cause, except to the extent expressly provided otherwise in a written employment agreement between the Holder and the Company and any Subsidiary.
3.6. Foreign Holders. Notwithstanding any provision of the Plan to the contrary, in order to comply with the laws in other countries in which the Company and any Subsidiary of the Company operate or have Employees, Independent Directors or Consultants, or in order to comply with the requirements of any foreign stock exchange or applicable laws, the Administrator, in its sole discretion, shall have the power and authority to: (a) determine which Subsidiaries shall be covered by the Plan; (b) determine which Employees, Independent Directors or Consultants outside the United States are eligible to participate in the Plan; (c) modify the terms and conditions of any Award granted to Employees, Independent Directors or Consultants outside the United States to comply with applicable foreign laws or listing requirements of any such foreign stock exchange; (d) establish subplans and modify exercise procedures and other terms and procedures, to the extent such actions may be necessary or advisable (any such subplans and/or modifications shall be attached to the Plan as appendices); provided, however, that no such subplans and/or modifications shall increase the share limitations contained in Article II or expand the classes of persons to whom Awards may be granted under the Plan; and (e) take any action, before or after an Award is made, that it deems advisable to obtain approval or comply with any necessary local governmental regulatory exemptions or approvals or listing requirements of any such foreign stock exchange. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Administrator may not take any actions hereunder, and no Awards shall be granted, that would violate the Code, the Exchange Act, the Securities Act or any other securities law or governing statute or any other applicable law.
GRANTING OF OPTIONS TO EMPLOYEES,
CONSULTANTS AND INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS
4.1. Eligibility. Any Employee or Consultant selected by the Administrator pursuant to Section 4.4(a)(i) shall be eligible to be granted an Option. Each Independent Director of the Company shall be eligible to be granted Options at the times and in the manner set forth in Section 4.5.