Related Party Transactions with Officers and Directors
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2020
|Related Party Transactions with Officers and Directors||
(13) Related Party Transactions with Officers and Directors
Chief Executive Officer Compensation Arrangement
In December 2019, the Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) of Liberty approved a compensation arrangement (the “CEO Arrangement”) for its President and Chief Executive Officer (the “CEO”). Also in December 2019, each of the Service Companies executed an amendment to each Service Company’s services agreement with Liberty, pursuant to which components of the CEO’s compensation described below will either be paid directly to the CEO by each Service Company or reimbursed to Liberty, in each case based on allocations among Liberty and each of the Service Companies set forth in the service agreement amendments. For 2020, the allocation percentage for Liberty is 44%. Beginning with his 2021 compensation, this percentage will be determined based on a combination of (1) relative market capitalizations, weighted 50%, and (2) a blended average of historical time allocation on a Liberty-wide and CEO basis, weighted 50%, in each case, absent agreement to the contrary by Liberty and the Service Companies in consultation with the CEO. The percentage will then be adjusted annually and following certain events.
The CEO Arrangement provides for a five year employment term which began on January 1, 2020 and ends December 31, 2024, with an annual base salary of $3 million (with no contracted increase), a one-time cash commitment bonus of $5 million (paid in December 2019) and an annual target cash performance bonus of $17 million (with payment subject to the achievement of one or more performance metrics as determined by the applicable company’s Compensation Committee), upfront equity awards and annual equity awards (as described below).
The CEO was entitled to receive term equity awards with an aggregate grant date fair value of $90 million (the “Upfront Awards”) which were granted in two equal tranches. The first tranche consisted of time-vested stock options from each of Liberty, Qurate Retail, Liberty Broadband and GCI Liberty and time-vested restricted stock units from Liberty TripAdvisor (collectively, the “2019 term awards”) that vest, in each case, on December 31, 2023 (except Liberty TripAdvisor’s award of time-vested restricted stock units, which vests on December 15, 2023), subject to the CEO’s continued employment, except under certain circumstances. Liberty’s portion of the 2019 term awards, granted in December 2019, had an aggregate grant date fair value of $19,800,000 and consisted of stock options to purchase 927,334
Series C Liberty SiriusXM common stock (“LSXMK”) shares, 313,342 Series C Liberty Braves (“BATRK”) shares and 588,954 Series C Formula One common stock (“FWONK”) shares, with exercise prices of $47.11, $29.10 and $43.85, respectively. The second tranche of the Upfront Awards consisted of time-vested stock options from each of Liberty, Qurate Retail, Liberty Broadband and GCI Liberty and time-vested restricted stock units from Liberty TripAdvisor (collectively, the “2020 term awards”) that vest, in each case, on December 31, 2024 (except Liberty TripAdvisor’s award of time-vested restricted stock units, which vests on December 7, 2024), subject to the CEO’s continued employment, except under certain circumstances. Liberty’s portion of the 2020 term awards, granted in December 2020, had an aggregate grant date fair value of $19,107,000 and consisted of stock options to purchase 665,140 LSXMK shares, 352,224 BATRK shares and 544,508 FWONK shares, with exercise prices of $42.13, $26.36 and $43.01, respectively.
Beginning in 2020, the CEO received annual equity award grants with an annual aggregate grant date fair value of $17.5 million, consisting of time-vested options and/or performance-based restricted stock units. The CEO elected the portions of his annual equity awards that he desired to be issued in the form of options, performance-based RSUs or a combination of both. The annual equity awards were allocated across Liberty and each of the Service Companies. Vesting of any of these annual performance-based RSUs will be subject to the achievement of one or more performance metrics to be approved by the Compensation Committee of the applicable company with respect to its respective allocable portion of the annual performance-based RSUs. At Liberty, the CEO’s annual equity awards were issued with respect to LSXMK, BATRK and FWONK.
The CEO will be entitled to payments and benefits if his employment is terminated, subject to the execution of releases. Such payments and benefits generally will take the form of cash payments, issuance of fully vested shares and the acceleration of unvested equity awards, depending on the type of termination. In the event that the CEO’s services to a Service Company are discontinued and he remains employed by Liberty following such discontinuation (unless such discontinuation is for cause (as defined in his employment agreement)), the Service Company will be required to make a termination payment to Liberty, as well as provide the CEO with certain payments and benefits upon termination under certain circumstances.
Chairman’s Employment Agreement
On December 12, 2008, the Committee determined to modify its employment arrangements with its Chairman of the Board, to permit the Chairman to begin receiving payments in 2009 while he remains employed by the Company (instead of following his termination) in satisfaction of Liberty’s obligations to him under two deferred compensation plans and a salary continuation plan. Under one of the deferred compensation plans (the “8% Plan”), compensation has been deferred by the Chairman since January 1, 1993 and accrues interest at the rate of 8% per annum compounded annually from the applicable date of deferral. Under the second plan (the “13% Plan”), compensation was deferred by the Chairman from 1982 until December 31, 1992 and accrues interest at the rate of 13% per annum compounded annually from the applicable date of deferral. The amounts owed to the Chairman under the 8% Plan and 13% Plan aggregated approximately $2.4 million and $20 million, respectively, at December 31, 2008. The amount owed to the Chairman under his salary continuation plan aggregated approximately $39 million at December 31, 2008. The Chairman will receiveequal monthly installments as follows: (1) approximately $20,000 under the 8% Plan; (2) approximately $237,000 under the 13% Plan; and (3) approximately $164,000 under the salary continuation plan. Interest ceased to accrue under his salary continuation plan once the payment began.
The entire disclosure for related party transactions. Examples of related party transactions include transactions between (a) a parent company and its subsidiary; (b) subsidiaries of a common parent; (c) and entity and its principal owners; and (d) affiliates.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/disclosureRef