Upper Saddle River, N.J. - March 8, 2004 - Compensation Resources, Inc. released the results of a hut they latterly conducted of 642 companies skin the usage of Long-Term Incentives (LTI). Since 2001, the US company sector has been agitated by disclosures of mismanagement, deprived business firm organization and unlimited antisocial acts, all rotary on all sides and involving the ostensible excesses of Executive Compensation. The ensuing media frenzy, city outcry, and indignant protests of shareholders and organization investors, has resulted in both momentous and far stretch changes to Executive Compensation. These have integrated the enactment of the Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOA), the forthcoming and awaited expensing of commonplace options by the Financial Standards Accounting Board (FASB), and ever expanding examination and denunciation of organization by their Compensation Committees and Boards.

Although furthermost of the disapproval was levied at in public traded companies, one of the changes wedged the Not for Profit (NFP) sector, as all right as in private owned companies. To a consistent extent, all commercial enterprise sectors essential vie in the selfsame bazaar for executives, and they must that's why offer similar, if not the aforementioned Executive Compensation Packages.

The grades of the hut known more than a few of the contact of these changes. 32.4% of the participants indicated that they have denaturised their LTI strategy for 2004, with the largest alteration (36.8%) occurring among publicly-traded companies. Of the responses, the utmost regular purpose given was the want to focus LTI to friction match their conglomerate strategy, time the publicly-traded companies much oftentimes indicated that they were desire alternatives to horses options.

The public sector indicated that the firm carrying out was the opening cause in influential awards (69%), whereas the publicly listed companies and not-for-profit sector indicated that private activities was the most operative factor, by 57.9% and 50.0% respectively.

The chamber likewise discovered what we had extended been suspected, that the magnitude of the awards was maximum oft based on a pct of remnant earnings. This was indicated by 43.7% of all companies, near publicly-traded companies indicating 52.6% used this know-how. Interestingly, an corresponding pct of companies (18.3%) indicated that rewards are supported on a permanent utility supported on pay grades or unobjective finding.

Beginning in the mid-1990's, Long-Term Incentives became the large mechanism of maximum executive pay programs at least possible for the publically traded sector, following in nonpareil nodule in the cipher of timeworn options that were acknowledged to executives. Since the babble busted in 2001, companies have been want distance to regenerate the lost merit of those options, and attempting to state their essential plus tho' the use of alternative Long-Term Incentive Programs. The change of state of Sarbones-Oxley Act and changes to the account standards, made the quest for alternatives even more than intense, and in galore ways, more industrious. An intriguing data point of this office was that the plus of LTI as a per centum of the complete apology package, at most minuscule among the involved companies, has dropped to a large extent to 33% for publicly-traded firms, and single 6% for esoteric companies, and 4% of NFPs. Given the in progress wavering relating to the expensing of unoriginal options, this is not extremely unexpected as other than studies have shown that frequent companies have shrunken the magnitude of opportunity grants and narrow the involution in those programs. Time will william tell if LTI programs will regain their rank as the central component of the Executive Compensation Package sometime FASB clarifies its class and the pigs activity improves.

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