SOUTH JORDAN, Utah--()--HEADWATERS INCORPORATED (NYSE: HW), a building products company dedicated to improving lives through innovative advancements in construction materials, has been recognized by a prominent commentator on executive compensation issues for the comprehensive nature of the Company's 2013 Proxy Statement.
“To me, this is the baseline standard for this type of disclosure to which we should all strive.”
Mark Borges, a Principal for Compensia and former special counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, wrote about Headwaters January 8, 2013, in his popular "Proxy Disclosure Blog" on CompensationStandards.com. Headwaters has no commercial relationship with Mr. Borges or his firm.
Entitled “Headwaters’ ‘Best Practices’ List,” the article says, “Numerous companies include a list of their corporate governance and executive compensation ‘best practices’ at the beginning of their Compensation Discussion and Analysis. The list provided by Headwaters, Inc. in its recently-filed definitive proxy statement, however, is one of the most extensive I've ever seen.”
Mr. Borges also calls attention to charts that Headwaters uses to illustrate the pay mix of its chief executive officer and other named executive officers. Commenting on the charts, Mr. Borges wrote, “To me, this is the baseline standard for this type of disclosure to which we should all strive.”
In recent years, increased attention has been given to executive compensation, especially the link between executive pay and company performance. Headwaters’ most recent (February 2012) Management Say on Pay non-binding advisory vote passed by a 95% to 5% margin, which the Company’s Board of Directors Compensation Committee considers as supportive of the steps taken to strengthen its executive compensation programs. There have been no major changes since the last say on pay advisory vote, except the Committee did add a feature to Headwaters' 2013 short term bonus program to strengthen the tie between pay and exemplary performance, and not merely improvements in Headwaters' end markets. The Company tied its 2013 above-target bonus compensation to peer company EBITDA performance levels. This new provision should insure that Headwaters will not over pay management merely because new residential construction and other end markets improve.
About Headwaters Incorporated
Headwaters Incorporated is improving lives through innovative advancements in construction materials through application, design, and purpose. Headwaters is a diversified growth company providing products, technologies and services to the heavy construction materials, light building products, and energy technology industries. Through its coal combustion products, building products, and energy businesses, the Company has been able to improve sustainability by transforming underutilized resources into valuable products. www.headwaters.com
Forward Looking Statements
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Although Headwaters believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions within the bounds of its knowledge of its business and operations, there can be no assurance that our results of operations will not be adversely affected by such factors. Unless legally required, we undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements for any reason. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Our internet address is www.headwaters.com. There we make available, free of charge, our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and any amendments to those reports, as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such material with, or furnish it to, the SEC. Our reports can be accessed through the investor relations section of our web site.