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L-Blast | February 2018

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Dear All,

It has been a long, cold winter and we are ready for Spring and some much needed sunshine! Proxy season is in full swing and we at NFPCCmp;A have been busy helping our public clients with proxy and CD&A disclosures. Compensation decisions don’t end with the numbers and approvals – the communication to shareholder and stakeholders is just as critical.

While on the subject of proxies, we have a great article to share with you on CEO salaries that directly relates to the CEO pay ratios companies are now required to disclose. The article provides insightful information about some of the effects that unjustified CEO salaries can have on employee retention and overall business performance. As a reminder, NFPCCmp;A’s CEO pay ratio specialists are available to assist you in the development of the ratio and how to disclose within the proxy.

The next piece is an NFPCCmp;A original on the subject of incentive plans for non-profit companies. While we encourage non-profits to use incentive plans, in this article we provide some guiding principles and considerations to ensure goals are met while avoiding the delicate issues non-profits often face.

Lastly, we would like to share an article on Tesla’s Elon Musk and his controversial compensation plan. It gives an in-depth look at Musk’s package and explains the strategy behind it.

We appreciate each and every one of you. As always, let us know if there is a particular subject you’d like to learn more about.

Sincerely,

Brent Longnecker and the NFPCCmp;A Team
Chairman and CEO
Longnecker & Associates


Paying for Performance in Not for Profits

With the recent passage of the 2017 Tax Act, more scrutiny continues to be applied to not for profit (NFP) organization compensation. This follows recent actions from various state and federal agencies upping the ante on not for profit compensation. As such, we believe there will be more pressure for NFP organizations to prove pay for performance.

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If the CEO’s High Salary Isn’t Justified to Employees, Firm Performance May Suffer

Researcher Ethan Rouen discovers that rank-and-file employees understand the boss deserves a big salary, but only when the number is fully explained.

It’s no surprise that business executives make more money than lower-level employees. But when that pay disparity between a CEO and the average worker is perceived as unfair, the result may be more than unhappy workers: A firm’s performance can deteriorate.

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Why Elon Musk’s Compensation Plan Wouldn’t Work for Most Executives

Elon Musk’s new pay package has attracted almost as much divided opinion as Elon Musk himself. Advocates have claimed that it is “radical” and “bold,” praise often used to describe Tesla. Others argue that it is a publicity stunt. But, as with most things, the reality is likely in between these extremes.

The structure of Musk’s contract is actually not too different from other executives’. Effectively, Musk is being given the standard package of performance-vesting equity.

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2018 Midstream and Upstream Surveys Launch April 1st

Keep your compensation programs competitive by participating in NFPCCmp;A’s Midstream and Upstream Industry Compensation surveys and find out what it takes to attract, motivate and retain your teams. The surveys will provide current compensation trends as they relate to pay policies and practices, annual incentive measures and metrics, long-term incentive eligibility, vehicles and distributions, and new-hire and retention bonuses and grants.

Surveys are scheduled to launch April 1st and final survey results will be available only to participating organizations. You don’t want to miss out!

Click below to learn more about the surveys or contact Josh Whittaker at 281.378.1368

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Contact NFPCCmp;A for Help with Your Proxy Statement

The deadline to disclose the CEO Pay Ratio in proxy statements is quickly approaching and NFPCCmp;A is here to help. Our internal experts have evaluated the rule, and understand the various alternatives available. Additionally, we are here to assist in developing your CD&A disclosures and can advise on what areas you should concentrate on when putting together your statement.

GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR 2018 PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY SHAREHOLDER OUTREACH ENGAGEMENTS.

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