The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have adopted amendments to Form 51-102F6 – Statement of Executive Compensation which will apply in respect of financial years ending on or after October 31, 2011. The amendments come largely as a result of CSA Staff’s targeted compliance review of executive compensation disclosure and recent international developments in the area of executive compensation. The amendments range from drafting changes to clarify existing disclosure requirements to new substantive requirements. The substantive amendments to Form 51-102F6 include:
- requiring a company that relies on the exemption from disclosing performance goals or similar conditions in its Compensation Discussion and Analysis (CD&A) on the basis that disclosure would “seriously prejudice the interests of the company” to explicitly state that it is relying on the exemption and explain why disclosing the relevant performance goals or similar conditions would seriously prejudice the company’s interests;
- requiring companies to disclose whether the board of directors has considered the implications of the risks associated with the company’s compensation policies and practices;
- requiring companies to disclose whether any named executive officer (NEO) or director is permitted to purchase financial instruments that are designed to hedge or offset a decrease in the market value of equity securities granted as compensation or held, directly or indirectly, by the NEO or director;
- requiring increased disclosure of information about compensation advisors retained by the company, including a description of the advisor’s mandate, any other work performed for the company and a breakdown of all fees paid to compensation advisors for each service provided; and
- requiring companies to disclose the methodology used to calculate grant date fair value of all equity-based awards, including key assumptions and estimates used for each calculation and why the company chose that methodology, regardless of whether there are any differences with the accounting fair value.