The principles of remuneration in use at the Tornos Group provide a transparent, competitive and performance-related salary framework. Both basic annual salary and variable remuneration components are influenced by the performance appraisal conducted each year.
The members of the Board of Directors receive remuneration in the form of a fixed annual salary. In addition, they participate in the Tornos Group’s option and stock purchasing program. The members of the General Management receive fixed and variable annual remuneration. In addition, they participate in the Tornos Group’s option and stock purchasing programme.
In the event of a change of control, the blocking periods specified in the Tornos Group’s option and stock purchasing program become null and void.
Remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors
The remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors is set annually by the Board of Directors on the basis of a proposal made by the Remuneration Committee. In this respect, the role played by the member concerned within the organization of the Board of Directors on the one hand, and their participation in the committees of the Board of Directors on the other, are of crucial importance.
On this basis, and taking into account the experience of previous years with regard to the time spent in meetings of the Board of Directors and committees, and on advisory and preparatory work, an estimate of the time spent is calculated for the various post holders, on the basis of which lump sum fees payable in cash are calculated. The basis for calculating these lump sum fees is therefore an estimate of the time spent and a daily rate based on the fees charged by a consultant for similar services (senior strategy and management consultant). In addition to the fixed remuneration, members of the Board of Directors may be allocated options or shares as part of the shareholding plan. Members of the Board of Directors do not have the right to severance pay or any benefits relating to the termination of their mandate.
Remuneration of the members of the General Management
The fixed remuneration paid to members of the General Management is determined annually with reference to the Towers Watson Data Services survey of the salaries of Swiss managers (“Compensation Report Switzerland”) on the one hand; however, contractual matters are withheld. On the other, the individual performance of the person concerned is evaluated by the Remuneration Committee. That committee assesses the remuneration of each member of the General Management and submits a proposal to the Board of Directors for approval. The variable components are factored in when determining the fixed remuneration.
Variable remuneration is dependent on profitability criteria and on the achievement of annual individual qualitative and quantitative targets by the person concerned. The applicable financial criteria for the members of the General Management are the EBIT margin, new orders, and operational performance. Depending on the position in question, part of the variable remuneration may be linked to specific financial or non-financial targets. On average, variable remuneration ranges between 20% and 25% of the fixed salary. However, it may be twice as high and reach nearly 55% of the fixed remuneration if the individual targets are significantly exceeded, the EBIT margin is 12% or more, or new orders exceed the target by 20% or more.
Evaluation of “Management and Board Participation Plan 2007 (MBP 07)”
The remuneration for shares acquired is based on the number of shares acquired multiplied by the difference of the actual market price of the share minus a discount of 11% for the vesting period, and the acquisition price paid by the management. The purchasing price is the weighted average price paid at SIX Swiss Exchange within the 12 months (May 1 to April 30) preceding the purchase of the shares minus a discount of 25%. There is a restriction period of two years after purchasing the shares during which the shares are held in an escrow deposit.
The remuneration through options acquired is based on the number of options granted free of charge multiplied by the fair value of the option. The fair value of the option is estimated applying the Black-Scholes valuation model. The options are vested for two years and can only be exercised during the third year following the acquisition of the options.