Remuneration

Detailed information on the compensation of the Board of Directors and the management.

Alma Media applies the Finnish Corporate Governance Code 2015 for listed companies, issued by the Securities Market Association on 1 October 2015, in its unaltered form.

The Finnish Corporate Governance Code for listed companies can be reviewed on the website of the Securities Market Association or on Alma Media's page.

Remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors

The Annual General Meeting of Alma Media Corporation decides on the remuneration of the Board members. The General Meeting of Shareholders of Alma Media Corporation, held on 17 March 2015, decided, on proposal of the Board of Directors of Alma Media Corporation, to set up the Nomination Committee composed of Alma Media’s Shareholders. The Nomination Committee’s duties include preparing proposals related to the election and remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors to the Annual General Meeting.

In accordance with the proposal of the Board of Directors, the AGM decided 22.3.2017 that the remuneration of the Board of Directors be kept unchanged, and that the following annual remuneration be paid to the members of the Board of Directors to be elected at the Annual General Meeting for the term of office ending at the close of the Annual General Meeting 2018: to the Chairman of the Board of Directors, EUR 40,000 per year; to the Vice Chairman, EUR 32,000 per year, and to members EUR 27,000 per year.

Additionally, and in accordance with the resolution of the 2016 Annual General Meeting, the Chairmen of the Board and its Committees will be paid a fee of EUR 1,000, Vice Chairmen a fee of EUR 700 and members a fee of EUR 500 for each Board and Committee meeting that they attend. The Board members’ travel expenses will be compensated in accordance with the company’s travel policy.

The members of the Board shall, as decided by the Annual General Meeting, acquire a number of Alma Media Corporation shares corresponding to approximately 40% of the full amount of the annual remuneration for Board members, taking into account tax deduction at source, at the trading price on the regulated market arranged by the Helsinki Stock Exchange. Members of the Board are required to arrange the acquisition of the shares within two weeks of the release of the first quarter 2017 interim report or, if this is not possible due to insider trading regulations, as soon as possible thereafter. If it was not possible to acquire the shares by the end of 2017 for a reason such as pending insider transactions, the remuneration shall be paid in cash. Shares acquired in this way may not be transferred until the recipient’s membership of the Board has expired. The company is liable to pay any asset transfer taxes which may arise from the acquisition of shares.

The members of the Board of Directors were paid the following fees (EUR) for their work on the Board and its committees in 2016, with comparison data from the previous financial period:

YearNamePositionBoard meetings
 
 
Audit
Committee
Nomination and Compensation CommitteeFees
total
      Annual feeAnnual fee paid
in shares, no. of shares*
Meeting
fees
     
2016Harri
Suutari
Chair-
man
40,000 6,015 14,000 -    500 54,500
2015Harri
Suutari
Chair-
man
33,000 5,936 20,000 - - 53,000
2016Petri
Niemisvirta
Deputy
Chair-
man
32,000 3499  9,100 - 2,000 43,100
2015Petri
Niemisvirta
Deputy
Chair-
man
27,000 3,532 14,000 - 4,000 45,000
2016Matti
Korkiatupa
Member
since 17 March 2016
27,000 2953   5,500 2,000 - 34,500
2016Niklas
Herlin
Member 27,000 2,953  7,000 -  1,000 35,000
2015Niklas
Herlin
Member 22,000 2,878 10,000 - 2,000 34,000
2016Esa
Lager
Member 27,000 3,580 7,000 5,000    500 39,500
2015Esa
Lager
Member 22,000 3,906 10,000 6,000 2,000 40,000
2016Perttu
Rinta
Member
until 17 March 2016
- -  1,500    500 -    2,000
2015Perttu
Rinta
Member 22,000 2,878 10,000 3,000 - 35,000
2016Erkki
Solja
Member
until 17 March 2016
- -  1,500 -   500    2000
2015Erkki
Solja
Member 22,000 2,878 9,500 - 1,500 33,000
2016Catharina
Stackelberg-
Hammarén
Member 27,000 2,953  7,000 2,500 - 36,500
2015Catharina
Stackelberg-
Hammarén
Member 22,000 2,878 9,500 3,000 - 34,500
2016Mitti Storckovius
.
Member
since 17 March 2016
27,000 4,232  5,500      500 33,000


* The number of shares corresponds to approximately 40% of the full amount of the annual fee after taxation

In the financial year 2016, the fees paid on an accrual basis to the Board members totalled EUR 280,100.

Members of the Board of Directors of Alma Media Corporation do not have an employment relationship with the company. They are not included in the option programmes, share-based incentive plans or other incentive programmes of Alma Media and have not received any other financial benefits. 

Remuneration of the President and CEO and the top management

The Board of Directors of Alma Media Corporation decides on the salary and reward scheme of the parent company’s President and CEO and the CEO’s direct subordinates, on the basis of the proposal of the Nomination and Compensation Committee.
 
The reward scheme of the President and CEO of Alma Media Corporation and other senior management consists of a fixed monetary salary (monthly salary), fringe benefits (company car and mobile telephone benefit, and housing benefit for the President & CEO), an incentive bonus related to the achievement of financial and operational targets (short-term reward scheme), a stock option scheme and  a share-based incentive scheme for key employees of the Group (long-term reward scheme), as well as a pension benefit for management. Eligibility for remuneration programmes is determined by the job.
 
The principles of Alma Media's management incentive programme follow the terms and conditions of Alma Media's incentive programme, based on the principle of continuous improvement of performance. The incentive bonus for members of the Group Executive Team and heads of business units may be no more than 40% of their respective annual salaries. The incentive bonus of Alma Media Corporation’s President and CEO may be up to 60% of his annual salary.
 
The incentive bonus is defined for each calendar year based on three criteria: meeting Alma Media Group's financial targets (weight 40%), meeting the business unit's financial targets (weight 40%) and meeting personal performance targets (weight 20%).
 
In 2016, the President and CEO of Alma Media Corporation received a total of EUR 690,428 in salary, rewards and benefits, of which EUR 195,043 were based on the incentive bonus scheme. The total amount of salaries, rewards and benefits paid to other members of the Group Executive Team was EUR 1,643,150, of which EUR 206,914 were based on the incentive bonus scheme.

 Annual salaryPerformance-based bonusesFringe benefitsOption benefitsShare-based payments
President & CEO
2016445,783 195,043 49,601    
2015402,210 102,509 48,166    
2014429,475 20,000 47,478 830  
Group Executive Team
20161,349,769 206,914 86,467    
20151,297,042 136,732 82,093    
20141,264,934 41,000 82,026 583  

Share-based incentive plan

The Board of Directors of Alma Media Corporation has approved the establishment of a new long-term share-based incentive programme for the key management of Alma Media (below LTI 2015).

The objective of LTI 2015 is to align the interests of the participants with those of AlmaMedia’s shareholders by creating a long-term equity interest for the participants and, thus, to increase the company value in the long term as well as to drive performance culture, to retain participants and to offer them with competitive compensation for excellent performance in the company.

LTI 2015 consists of annually commencing individual plans, each subject to separate Board approval. Each of the individual plans consists of three main elements: an investment in Alma Media shares as a precondition for the key management member’s participation in LTI 2015, matching shares based on the above share investment and the possibility to earn performance matching shares.

The matching share plan 

In the matching share plan the participant receives a fixed amount of matching shares against an investment in Alma Media shares.

In the first matching share plan, which commenced in 2015 (LTI 2015 I) the participant will receive two matching shares for each invested share free of charge after a two-year vesting period, provided that the other conditions stipulated for the receipt of the share based incentive by the terms of the plan are still satisfied at the time.

The performance matching plan 

The performance matching plan comprises a five-year performance period in total. The potential share rewards will be delivered in tranches after three and five years if the performance targets set by the Board of Directors are attained.

The performance measures used in the first performance matching plan commencing in the year 2015 are based on the company’s profitable growth and share value. If the performance targets set by the Board of Directors are attained in full, the participant will receive in total four matching shares for each invested share free of charge, provided that the other conditions stipulated for the receipt of the share based incentive by the terms of the plan are still satisfied at the time.

Share-based incentive scheme LTI 2015 II, launched in 2016

During the reporting year 2016, the Board of Directors of Alma Media Corporation decided to launch the next share-based incentive programme to begin in 2016 (LTI 2015 II) based on the LTI 2015 arrangement.

The main terms of the 2016 incentive scheme correspond to those of the share-based incentive scheme that began in 2015.

Share-based incentive scheme
LTI 2015
Based on share investment (shares max)Performance matching (shares max)Maximum number of people entitled to participate
Launched in 2015
 LTI 2015 I
159,000 318,000 35
Launched in 2016
LTI 2015 II
195,000 390,000 43

The Board of Directors has estimated that no new shares will be issued in connection with LTI 2015. Therefore, the plan will have no dilutive effect on the number of the company’s registered shares.

The Annual General Meeting of Alma Media Corporation held on 17 March 2016 authorised the Board of Directors to decide on the repurchase of a maximum of 824,000 shares in one or more lots, and further authorised the Board of Directors to decide on a share issue by transferring
shares in possession of the company to implement incentive programmes.

The allocation and maximum reward potential of the share-based incentive scheme for the President and CEO and the Group Executive Team: The information covers LTI 2015 I and LTI 2015 II:

  Based on share investment (shares max)  Performance matching (shares max) 
  2015201620152016
Kai Telanne, President and CEO30,000 34,000 60,000 68,000
Santtu Elsinen*-   6,000   12,000
Kari Juutilainen10,000 - 20,000 -
Virpi Juvonen 4,000   6,000  8,000 12,000
Kari Kivelä10,000 10,000 20,000 20,000
Mikko Korttila 6,000  8,000 12,000 16,000
Juha-Petri Loimovuori10,000 13,000 20,000 26,000
Raimo Mäkilä10,000 13,000 20,000 26,000
Juha Nuutinen 6,000   8,000 12,000 16,000

Share-based incentive scheme LTI 2015 III, launched in 2017

The Board of Directors of Alma Media Corporation decided to launch the next share-based incentive programme to begin in 2017 (LTI 2015 III) based on the LTI 2015 arrangement.

The main terms of the 2017 incentive scheme correspond to those of the share-based incentive schemes that began in 2015 and in 2016.

Severance pay

The period of notice of the President and CEO of Alma Media Corporation, Mr Telanne, is six months. In addition, he has a director contract under which he is entitled to a compensation corresponding to his base salary for 12 months if he is dismissed by the employer without being in breach of contract. This compensation corresponding to the 12-month salary is not paid if the President and CEO resigns on his own initiative. Alma Media’s Board of Directors decides on the appointment and, as necessary, dismissal of the President and CEO.

The period of notice for the other members of Alma Media Group's Executive Team is six months. In addition, members of the Executive Team will receive a compensation corresponding to their respective basic salaries for six months in the event that the dismissal is initiated by the employer without the members' own fault or negligence.

The terms of employment of the other members of the Executive Team are decided on by the Board of Directors based on the proposal of the Nomination and Compensation Committee. The President and CEO appoints and, if necessary, dismisses the other members of the Executive Team. Based on the President and CEO’s proposal, the Board of Directors confirm the appointment and dismissal of the Editors‐in-Chief of newspapers and magazines with significant revenue and circulation.

Pension agreements

The CEO of Alma Media Corporation and members of the Group Executive Team have a defined contribution group pension plan. Pension accumulates at a rate of 15–37% of annual earnings depending on when the person in question became a member of the Group Executive Team. The retirement age is 60, at which time the contributions end. The pension is determined on the basis of the insurance savings accrued by the time of retirement. Retirement can be postponed up to 70 years of age. In such cases, the pension is determined by the accrued savings adjusted with the value development of the investments.

The terms and conditions of the group pension plan for Alma Media’s President and CEO and the other members of the Executive Team give the insured persons, after three-year insurance coverage, the right to receive a premium-free policy corresponding to the savings accrued until the termination of employment (paid-up policy). The paid-up policy includes old-age pension after retirement age, coverage for incapacity for work and coverage in the event of death. In 2016, the expenses related to the group pension plan for Alma Media's President and CEO totalled EUR 213,225 and for the other members of the Group Executive Team EUR 389,679. In total, the group pension plan expenses amounted to EUR 602,904.

Kai Telanne has held the position of President and CEO at Alma Media Corporation since 2005. The curriculum vitaes of the members of the Group Executive Team, available on CEO and group management page, include information on when they have started in their current positions.