Welcome to the June 2013 issue of GuerdonNews®
In this month's issue we:
• Advise that the new Australian executive remuneration disclosure requirements legislation has been shelved
• Summarise a recent research paper, which confirms that "short-termism" in incentive pay structures and investor expectations hurt long-term returns
• Alert you to an amendment of an ASX listing rule requiring discosure of CEO and director employment terms
• Note that new accounting proposals for the treatment of operating leases will impact some executive incentive plans
• Point at likely effects of the EU banker bonus cap
We conclude with the latest on executive and director remuneration disclosure updates available on the GuerdonData® on-line database.
New Australian executive remuneration disclosure requirements legislation has been shelved
Was the preparatory work in vain?
An Australian Treasury source has confirmed to Guerdon Associates that the proposed disclosure requirements will not be enacted before the election.
Pay does make a difference to long term returns
Recent research reveals patterns of pay, ownership and shareholder returns
An award winning article provides further evidence that the structure of executive pay, as well as the investor expectations, can have consequences detrimental to the longer-term returns that could otherwise be achieved.
These results are consistent with Guerdon Associates' prior research that earnings pressure leads executives to focus on short-term behavior that may damage longer term performance.
ASX Listing Rules now specifically require disclosure of material CEO employment terms
What is material to a CEO is not necessarily the same as what is material to the company
An amended ASX Listing Rule requires listed entities to notify the ASX of the material terms or material variation of any employment, service or consultancy agreement made with the CEO or a director.
Previously, information on CEO employment terms was only required if a reasonable person would expect it to have a material effect on the price or value of the entity’s securities.
Laying bare the cost of operating leases and the impact on executive incentive plans
Long term leases might affect capital efficiency metrics in incentive plans
New AASB standards will apply to include operating leases on plant and equipment in the balance sheet.
The new standards will also require application of income/losses and cash flows arising from the use of leased assets in the income and the cash flow statements, respectively.
How the EU cap on bankers’ bonuses will work and its likely impact
Unintended, but not-so-unforseen, consequences may follow
The European Banking Authority (EBA) has approved restrictions on banker bonuses via a mandatory shareholder vote.
Likely consequences include banker increases in base salaries.
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