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New Equilar® Study Finds CEO Bonuses Down 4.5 Percent

28 February 2008
Source: Equilar

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 includes studies on CEO bonuses and executive death benefits. Key findings include:

CEO Bonus Trends

  • A study of 108 companies with revenues over $1 billion and fiscal years ending on or after August 31, 2007, finds that the median CEO bonus declined by 4.5 percent from 2006 to 2007. For the same executives, bonuses had increased by 27.1 percent from 2005 to 2006. These companies are among the first to file compensation data for 2007 after the impact of the economic slowdown beginning last summer.
  • Among the sample group, 38.0 percent of CEOs received a smaller bonus in 2007 than in the prior year. From 2005 to 2006, the prevalence of CEOs receiving a smaller bonus than the year before was 28.7 percent.

Fortune 100 Death Benefits and Life Insurance

  • In fiscal year 2006, 17.2 percent of Fortune 100 companies disclosed that their CEO is entitled to receive death benefits. Likewise, 16.1 percent of named executive officers (NEOs) are in-line to receive similar payments. Death benefits are defined as termination payments triggered by death. Typically these payments are structured in a similar fashion to severance and change-in-control benefits where basic payments are set as a multiple of base salary and/or bonus.
  • For the same group, 39.8 percent of CEOs and 40.8 percent of NEOs are eligible to receive life insurance.

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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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