Long-term, share-based incentive plan for senior executives in the Volvo Group, comprising the years 2011-2013
For the past several years, with the exception of 2010, Volvo has had yearly incentive plans for the senior executives of the Group. Initially, this was in the form of option programs. Since 2004, Volvo’s incentive programs have been share-based. The Annual General Meeting of AB Volvo held on April 6, 2011 decided to implement a new share-based incentive plan for senior executives comprising the years 2011-2013, according to a proposal from the Board. The value of the plan for the participants depends on the Group’s future return on equity and the price trend of the Volvo share.
Scope in time and sphere of participants
The proposed share plan is long-term and covers the three years, 2011 to 2013, but comprises three yearly plans for each year, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Invitations to participate will be made annually to one yearly plan at a time. A maximum of 300 senior executives will be invited to participate in each yearly plan.
Personal savings in Volvo shares
Participants in the plan are offered to invest a maximum of 10% to 15% of their gross monthly salary in Volvo shares (”Investment Shares”). Within the stated maximum limits, the participants individually decide how large a percentage of the salary they wish to invest in Volvo shares. The percentage that a participant chooses for the first yearly plan in which he or she is invited to participate will apply as a minimum level also for future yearly plans in which the participant is invited to participate (exceptions may be granted by the CEO).
The chosen investment amount will be deducted from the net salary monthly and will be invested quarterly in Volvo shares through an external administrator of the plan.
Under the condition that the participants retain the Investment Shares for at least three years from the investment date and at the end of the three-year period is employed within the Volvo Group (exceptions may be granted by the CEO), they will be allotted one Volvo share (a ”Matching Share”) for each Investment Share. However, allotment of Matching Shares for a yearly plan will not be made if the Annual General Meeting in the following year decides not to distribute dividends to the shareholders.
In addition to the Matching Shares, the participants in a yearly plan may be allotted additional Volvo shares, (”Performance Shares”), if the main terms for allotment of Matching Shares are fulfilled and the Volvo Group’s return on equity for the fiscal year in question amounts to at least 10% according to the Volvo Group’s Annual Report. The plan has a cap that is reached if the Volvo Group’s return on shareholders’ equity for the respective fiscal year amounts to 25%. At a return on equity of 10%, one Performance Share is allotted. Thereafter, the allotment of Performance Shares is proportionate within the interval 10-25%.
At maximum allotment of Performance Shares during a yearly plan, the CEO is allotted seven shares, other members of the Group Executive Committee six shares and other participants in the plan five shares each for each Investment Share they have invested in
and held during the three-year period.
In the event of exceptional conditions, the Board of AB Volvo is entitled to limit or omit allotment of Performance Shares if such a measure is considered to be reasonable and consistent with the company’s responsibility towards its shareholders, employees and other interested parties.
Group Executive Committee’s holdings of Volvo shares
Participating members of the Group Executive Committee are expected to invest in and to retain on an ongoing basis, Volvo B shares at least to such extent that their respective holding of Investment Shares, together with Matching Shares and Performance Shares allotted and shares otherwise purchased, corresponds to a value of two annual base salaries for the CEO and one annual base salary for other members of the Group Executive Committee.
The aim is to offer senior executives in Belgium, France, Japan, China, Sweden and the US participation in the share plan. For administrative, legal, tax and cost reasons, participants in other countries will be offered to participate in a cash version of the share plan, which does not involve any savings nor any matching element. The performance element is based on fictive investment shares and comprises a cash allotment amounting to the value of a maximum of five Volvo shares per fictive Investment Share if the financial goals that apply for the share plan are fulfilled. A three-year qualification period also applies for the cash version of the plan.
Under the condition that (i) all 300 participants should receive allotment of actual shares (and that consequently no participant should be included in the cash version of the plan) (ii) all participants invest maximally during each yearly plan (iii) the current salary level of the 300 intended participants in each yearly plan is unchanged throughout the entire plan (iv) the return on equity for the Volvo Group reaches at least 25% for all three years 2011-2013 and that (v) the price of the Volvo B share is fixed at SEK 115 during the entire plan, the total number of Volvo shares to be allotted as Matching Shares and Performance Shares in accordance with the plan will amount to approximately 9,742,050 (of which 3,247,350 for each yearly plan, respectively).
Allotment of Volvo shares in the plan will be implemented through the transfer of treasury shares to the participants.
Cost and dilution
It is difficult to predict the total cost for the plan since this depends on a number of future factors such as the investment level of the participants, the outcome of return on equity for the Volvo Group and the price trend of the Volvo share. Accordingly, an estimate of the final cost must be based on assumptions regarding these factors. Based on the assumptions stated in Financing above, the estimated cost amounts to app. SEK 485.5 M for each yearly plan and a maximum dilution is estimated to amount to app. 0.48%.