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Equilar® Releases New Study on Fortune 500 CEO Equity Awards in the Fourth Quarter of 2007

1 February 2008
Source: Equilar

For Release: January 30, 2008

Redwood Shores, CA - Equilar, the market leader for executive compensation benchmarking solutions, today published its latest issue of Executive Compensation Trends. This month’s issue features a study on fourth quarter CEO equity awards at Fortune 500 companies. Key findings include:

  • The Prevalence of Performance-Based Equity Awards Increases: Among Fortune 500 CEOs, the percentage of shares (including stock and options) awarded with performance-based vesting criteria increased from 8.2 percent of all shares granted in Q4 2006 to 14.7 percent of all shares granted in Q4 2007.
  • Stock Option Awards Rise: From Q4 2006 to Q4 2007, the overall number of stock options granted to Fortune 500 chief executives increased by 18.2 percent. This increase was driven, in part, by a 328.5 percent increase in the number of options granted with performance-based vesting criteria.
  • Full-Value Share Awards Fall: From Q4 2006 to Q4 2007, the overall number of full-value shares granted to Fortune 500 chief executives fell by 10.2 percent. This drop was largely fueled by a 96.1 percent decline in the number of performance-based restricted stock units awarded.

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About Equilar, Inc.
Equilar, a NASDAQ strategic alliance partner, is the market leader for benchmarking executive and director compensation. Equilar enables corporations, consulting firms, law firms, investors, individual executives, and members of the media to accurately compare pay packages across public companies using SEC data. Equilar’s products include an award-winning suite of online tools for analyzing compensation and corporate governance trends and independent custom research services. Equilar's research is frequently featured in Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, CNBC, The Financial Times, Fortune, The New York Times, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and other leading media publications. Equilar is based in Redwood Shores, CA and was recently recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing businesses in America.

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