In 2015, the Board of Directors of Alma Media Corporation approved the establishment of a long-term share-based incentive scheme for the key management of Alma Media (hereinafter referred to as “LTI 2015”).
The objective of LTI 2015 is to align the interests of the participants with those of Alma Media’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 participation in the scheme, matching shares based on the above share investment and the possibility of earning performance-based matching shares.
The Board of Directors of Alma Media Corporation has decided on four individual plans based on the LTI 2015 share-based incentive scheme: LTI 2015 I, LTI 2015 II, LTI 2015 III and LTI 2015 IV. The main terms of the incentive schemes correspond to those of the LTI 2015 share-based incentive scheme that was launched in 2015.
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 LTI 2015 I matching share plan, the participant receives 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 performance matching plan 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.
Payment of the incentive is contingent on the participant holding on to the shares invested in the plan and remaining employed by the Group for the five-year duration of the plans. The incentives are paid partly in cash and partly in shares. The cash component is intended to cover taxes incurred by the participant from the incentive.
The fair value of the reward is expensed until the matching shares are paid. The fair value of the share component is determined on the date on which the target group has agreed to the conditions of the plan. The financing cost arising from the obligation to hold shares and dividends expected during the vesting period have been deducted from the value of the share. The fair value of the plan based on the total shareholder return of the share also takes the market-based earning criteria into consideration. The cash component of the incentive is remeasured on each reporting date during the vesting period based on the price of the share on the date in question.
|Share-based incentive scheme|
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|Launched in 2015|
LTI 2015 I
|Launched in 2016 |
LTI 2015 II
|Launched in 2017 |
LTI 2015 III
|Launched in 2018 |
LTI 2015 IV