Welcome to the July 2010 issue of GuerdonNews®
And happy new financial year to our Australian subscribers. In this issue we:
• Express a concern that some relative TSR outcomes post the GFC may not reward good performance consistency and risk management
• Summarise further Australian Taxation Office guidance on employee share scheme taxation
• Review the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) paper on company remuneration reports
• Summarise new employer share plan tax reporting requirements
We conclude with the latest on executive and director remuneration disclosure updates available on the GuerdonData® on-line database and references to Guerdon Associates in the news media.
Taking a hit in the GFC could have unfair executive pay results
Companies whose share price dropped the most during the recent GFC may see their executives receive windfall rewards if they have awarded share based remuneration contingent on relative TSR rankings.
The converse is also true. If the share price was not adversely affected during the GFC, then relative rankings are likely to drop leaving good performance unrewarded as share price recovery occurs in peer companies.
More Australian Taxation Office guidance on taxation of employee share schemes
During June 2010, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) released several guidance notes on employee share scheme taxation.
The guidance covers matters ranging from administration to discussion on what constitutes a real risk of forfeiture for tax deferral purposes.
This article summarises what now constitutes a real risk of forfeiture for tax deferral purposes.
The AICD has a go at fixing remuneration report complexity
On 5 June 2010 the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) released a position paper on company remuneration reporting.
This article provides a brief summary of the AICD’s paper, and suggests areas that may need some hard thinking before progressing too far down a reform track in an era where companies and their shareholders are suffering from perhaps too much regulatory “stimulus”.
New share plan tax reporting requirements to be complied with from 14 July 2010
The deadline for employers to provide employees with an annual share scheme statement is 14 July 2010, while the deadline for the company's ATO share scheme annual report is 14 August 2010.
This article summarises what employers need to provide.
Latest GuerdonData® Updates
Updates to GuerdonData® include disclosures from the following 5 companies:
CSR Limited, James Hardie Industries NV, Programmed Maintenance Services Ltd, Singapore Telecommunications Limited, and SP Ausnet.
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Guerdon Associates in The News
“Macquarie Group Limited; Notice of Annual General Meeting”, ASX ComNews, 18 June 2010
“Bonus resetting rewards failure”, Patrick Durkin, The Australian Financial Review, 2 July 2010, p.3