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$865MM in CEO Compensation While Shareholders Suffer $640BN In Losses

Issued by: The Corporate Library

Date: Apr. 3, 2006

The Corporate Library Study - Pay for Failure: the Compensation Committees Responsible - Highlights 11 of the Largest Companies in the U.S. That Combined High Levels of CEO Compensation and Poor Performance over the Past Five Years.      

PORTLAND, Maine --  A newly released study by The Corporate Library ("TCL") of executive incentive compensation practices finds that the gap between pay and performance over the past five years is most pronounced at 11 of the largest U.S. companies. At the 11 companies in the study, Pay for Failure: The Compensation Committees Responsible, The Corporate Library found that compensation committees authorized a total of $865 million in pay to CEOs who presided over an aggregate loss of $640 billion in shareholder value. The 11 companies are some of the biggest household names in Corporate America. They are:

AT&T Inc. (T)

BellSouth Corporation (BLS)

Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ)

Home Depot, Inc. (The) (HD)

Lucent Technologies Inc. (LU)

Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK)

Pfizer Inc. (PFE)

Safeway Inc. (SWY)

Time Warner Inc. (TWX)

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ)

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)

Each of the 11 companies: received a high risk rating from The Corporate Library; paid their CEOs in excess of $15MM in the last two available fiscal years; had a negative return to stockholders over the last five years; and underperformed their peers over the same period. "Our research shows that the link between long-term value growth and long-term incentive awards is broken at too many companies - if it was ever forged properly in the first place," says one of the report's authors, TCL Senior Research Associate Paul Hodgson.

The study examines in detail the incentive policies at each of the 11 companies; finding high proportions of fixed pay, poorly chosen performance metrics, and rewards for below median performance. The report also looks at the make-up of the compensation committees at the companies, listing the members by name, along with their compensation. The report also gives examples of Pay for Success compensation.

About The Corporate Library, LLC

The Corporate Library, headquartered in Portland, ME, is the leading resource for independent corporate governance and compensation information and analysis of U.S. top corporations. Founded in 1999, it continues to be the authority on corporate governance matters, as evidenced by the frequency with which key media, business and government leaders seek its unique insight and objective perspectives. Additional information on The Corporate Library and its suite of online corporate governance data and analysis products can be found on its website [click here].

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