Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (NYSE:WMS) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain OfficersItem 5.02
Appointment of Michael B. Coleman and Ross M. Jones as Directors
On May23, 2018, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (the “Company”), upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (the “Governance Committee”), expanded the size of the Board to eleven directors and appointed Michael B. Coleman as a ClassI director and Ross M. Jones as a ClassIII director. Mr.Coleman will serve as a director until the annual meeting of stockholders to be held in 2020. Mr.Jones will serve as a director until the annual meeting of stockholders to be held in 2019.
Mr.Coleman is a partner at Ice Miller in the Public Affairs and Government Law Group and serves as the firm’s Director of Business and Government Strategies. Mr.Coleman served as Mayor of Columbus, Ohio from 2000 to 2015, the first African-American mayor and the longest-serving mayor in Columbus history. Mr.Coleman’s 25 plus years of experience in public service also includes serving as City Council President for Columbus, Ohio from 1997 to 1999 and as a member of City Council from 1992 to 1999. Prior to his term as Mayor, Mr.Coleman was a partner with the law firm of Schottenstein Zox& Dunn LLP. Mr.Coleman has received numerous national awards and is a frequent public speaker on issues involving economic development, neighborhood revitalization and environmental stewardship. Mr.Coleman has a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati and a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law.
Mr.Jones, a Managing Director at Berkshire Partners since 2000, has over 25 years of private equity experience. During Mr.Jones’ career at Berkshire, he has worked with many companies across a wide range of industries, including advising the Company over a 10-year period prior to its public offering. His prior board experience also includes serving as Chairman of the Board and Nominating& Governance Committee at Bare Escentuals, Inc. and serving as Lead Director and Chairman of the Nominating& Governance and Compensation Committees at Carter’s, Inc. Before joining Berkshire Partners, Mr.Jones worked at a start-up merchant bank, Bain& Co. and in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley& Co. Mr.Jones has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
There were no arrangements or understandings to which either Mr.Coleman or Mr.Jones was appointed as a director, and there are no related party transactions between the Company and either Mr.Coleman or Mr.Jones reportable under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K. Mr.Coleman and Mr.Jones have not been assigned to any committee of the Board at this time, with any committee assignments to occur at a later date following the review and recommendation of the Governance Committee of the Board. In connection with their service as directors of the Company, Mr.Coleman and Mr.Jones each will be entitled to the same compensation and benefits made available to the Company’s non-employee directors generally.
Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Cash Incentive Plan Awards
On May23, 2018 the Compensation and Management Development Committee (the “Compensation Committee”) of the Board recommended and approved, and on May24, 2018 the Board ratified and approved, the award of cash bonuses to each of the named executive officers (each, an “NEO”) of the Company for the fiscal year ended March31, 2018, to the Company’s previously adopted Annual Cash Incentive Plan. The NEOs include (i)D. Scott Barbour, President and Chief Executive Officer (as of September1, 2017), (ii)Joseph A. Chlapaty, former Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer (until his retirement as of September1, 2017), (iii)Scott A. Cottrill, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, (iv)Thomas M. Fussner, former Executive Vice President andCo-ChiefOperating Officer (until his retirement as of March31, 2018), (v)Ronald R. Vitarelli, Executive Vice President, and (vi)Robert M. Klein, Executive Vice President.
The Board and the Compensation Committee based their determinations on a review of previously established performance measures related to the Company’s financial performance (20% weighted for net sales and 60% weighted for Adjusted EBITDA), as well as individual performance measures based upon the performance of the relevant executive as compared to the executive’s annual performance objectives, weighted at 20%. The bonus amounts awarded were based upon the performance measures and percentage weights established under the plan for
fiscal year 2018. The amounts awarded for fiscal year 2018 are as follows: D. Scott Barbour, $595,632; Joseph A. Chlapaty, $1,081,420; Scott A. Cottrill, $413,929; Thomas M. Fussner, $305,985; Ronald R. Vitarelli, $311,513; and Robert M. Klein, $266,397.
Fiscal Year 2019 Base Salary and Annual Cash Incentive Plan Design
The Board and the Compensation Committee also approved base salary adjustments for each of the NEOs for fiscal year 2019. The Board and the Compensation Committee based their determinations on a review of each such NEO’s position and responsibility and on available market data. The base salaries established for fiscal year 2019, to be effective as of June1, 2018, are as follows: Mr.Barbour, $825,000; Mr.Cottrill, $500,000; Mr.Vitarelli, $375,000; and Mr.Klein, $375,000.
The Board and the Compensation Committee also approved the Company’s annual performance measures, weights and minimum, target and maximum amounts for the Annual Cash Incentive Plan for fiscal year 2019, under the Company’s 2017 Omnibus Incentive Plan (the “2017 Incentive Plan”). The Annual Cash Incentive Plan provides annual cash incentive compensation opportunities based on performance measures that generally are similar to the performance measures utilized for fiscal year 2018, as follows:
|•||Total Net Sales— net sales as reflected in the Company’s financial statements.|
|•||Adjusted EBITDA— EBITDA before stock based compensation expense,non-cashcharges and certain other expenses.|
|•||Individual Goal Achievement— performance of the executives versus their respective annual performance objectives.|
For fiscal year 2019, 60% of the incentive award is based upon the achievement of certain levels of Adjusted EBITDA, 20% is based upon achieving certain levels of net sales and 20% is based upon attainment of certain individual performance goals. The foregoing percentages are then multiplied by the NEO’s total target incentive award (calculated as a percentage of annual base salary) to arrive at the target amounts. The Annual Cash Incentive Plan includes a funding trigger that requires the achievement of the established minimum threshold performance level for Adjusted EBITDA in order for any potential payout based on the Total Net Sales or Individual Goal Achievement measures.
For the Adjusted EBITDA and Total Net Sales performance measures, the payouts will range from 50% of target for minimum performance, 50% of target for target performance, and 250% of target for maximum performance, for fiscal year 2019. Payout percentages for performance between the minimum performance goal, the target performance goal and the maximum performance goal are determined using linear interpolation.
In making award determinations under the Annual Cash Incentive Plan, the Compensation Committee shall have full power and authority to interpret the terms and conditions of the Annual Cash Incentive Plan and make all determinations thereunder, as well as the power and authority to make adjustments to the design of the Annual Cash Incentive Plan that it deems necessary or proper in its sole and absolute discretion. Annual cash incentive awards will be paid in a lump sum (less applicable withholdings) within the “applicable2-1/2month period,” as defined in Treasury RegulationsSection1.409A-1(b)(4)following the Company’s March31, 2019 fiscal year end.
Form of Performance Unit Award Agreement
On May23, 2018, the Compensation Committee adopted a form of Performance Unit award agreement for use in connection with the 2017 Incentive Plan.
The form of award agreement is attached as Exhibit10.1 to this Current Report on Form8-Kand incorporated in this Item 5.02 by reference. Such form may be used in connection with future grants of performance units to eligible participants in the 2017 Incentive Plan, in addition to the awards described below.
Non-Qualified Stock Option Grants, Restricted Stock Awards and Performance Unit Awards
On May24, 2018, based upon the recommendation of the Compensation Committee, the Board approved the following equity grants to its named executive officers as referenced below.
Named Executive Officer and Title
|Non-Qualified Stock Options||Shares of RestrictedStock||PerformanceUnits(at TargetPerformance
D. Scott Barbour, President and Chief Executive Officer
Scott A. Cottrill, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Ronald R. Vitarelli, Executive Vice President
Robert M. Klein, Executive Vice President
Each of the foregoing awards was granted in accordance with the applicable form of award agreement described in prior filings (with respect to shares of restricted stock and non-qualified stock options) or described above (with respect to performance units), and will vest in accordance with such form of award agreement.
The restricted stock awards vest in three equal annual installments beginning on May23, 2019, provided that the grantee remains in continuous service with the Company through the relevant vesting date.Upon death or disability all restricted stock not previously vested or forfeited will vest on such date.
The nonqualified stock options provide for the right to purchase the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $25.75 per share, with options becoming vested in three equal annual installments beginning on May23, 2019, provided that the grantee remains in continuous service with the Company through the relevant vesting date. The options have an expiration date of May23, 2028.Upon death or disability all options not previously vested or forfeited will vest on such date.
The performance units vest on March31, 2021, provided that the grantee remains in continuous service with the Company through the vesting date and provided further that certain performance measures are met. Upon death or disability all performance units not previously vested or forfeited will vest on such date. The performance units have a 3-year performance period from April1, 2018 through March31, 2021. For the performance units, 50% of the award is based upon the achievement of certain levels of Return on Invested Capital for the performance period and 50% is based upon the achievement of certain levels of Free Cash Flow for the performance period. For each of the Return on Invested Capital and Free Cash Flow performance measures, the payouts will range from 50% of target for minimum performance, 50% of target for target performance, and 200% of target for maximum performance. For performance below the minimum performance level, the payout percentage will be 0% and for performance above the maximum performance level, the payout percentage will be 200%. Payout percentages for performance between the minimum performance level, the target performance level and the maximum performance level are determined using linear interpolation. The performance units, and any accrued dividend equivalents, will be settled in shares of the Company’s common stock, if the applicable performance and service conditions are satisfied.
In addition to the foregoing, the Company approved additional awards of 116,982 non-qualified stock options, 52,044 shares of restricted stock and 30,970 performance units, which were granted to key employees under the 2017Incentive Plan.
The foregoing awards were made under the 2017 Incentive Plan, which was approved by the Company’s stockholders on July17, 2017.The 2017 Incentive Plan provides for the award of stock options, restricted stock, restricted stock units, stock appreciation rights, phantom stock, cash-based awards, performance awards (which may take the form of performance cash, performance units or performance shares) and other stock-based awards.The 2017 Incentive Plan was included as Exhibit10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on September8, 2017, and is incorporated herein by reference. The above descriptions of the awards are qualified in
their entirety by reference to the full text of the forms of such award agreements, which were included as Exhibits10.2 and 10.3 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on September8, 2017, with respect to shares of restricted stock and non-qualified stock options, respectively, and are included as Exhibits10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K, with respect to performance units, and incorporated herein by reference.
On May30, 2018, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointments of Mr.Coleman and Mr.Jones as referenced in Item 5.02 above. A copy of the Company’s press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and hereby incorporated by reference.
|Item 5.02||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
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About Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (NYSE:WMS)
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. is engaged in designing, manufacturing and marketing of thermoplastic corrugated pipe and related water management products, primarily in North and South America, and Europe. The Company operates through two segments: Domestic and International. The Domestic segment manufactures and markets products throughout the United States. The International segment manufactures and markets products in certain regions outside of the United States, with a focus on its owned facilities in Canada and through its joint ventures with local partners in Mexico, Central America and South America. Its product line includes corrugated high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe, polypropylene (PP) pipe and related water management products. Its products are used across a range of end markets and applications, including non-residential, residential, agriculture and infrastructure applications.