Compensation for the financial year 2020

Audited by PwC Switzerland

Board of Directors

The Members of the Board of Directors received cash compensation of CHF 1.009 million in the year under review (previous year: CHF 1.143 million). In addition, a total of 1’396 GF registered shares with a total market value of CHF 1.591 million were allocated (previous year: 1’501 GF shares with a market value of CHF 1.472 million). Together with other benefits, the total compensation paid to the Board of Directors in 2020 amounted to CHF 2.726 million (previous year: CHF 2.735 million).

     

Compensation Members of the Board of Directors 2020

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Cash compensation 1

Share-based compensation

 

 

 

 

Basis fee

Committee fees

Number of shares

Share-based compensation 2

Other benefits 3

Total compensation 2020 4

Total compensation 2019 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yves Serra

67

142

257

293

22

524

181

Chairman Board of Directors 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chairman Nomination and Sustainability Committee 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vice-Chairman Board of Directors 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member Audit Committee 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andreas Koopmann

20

57

88

100

8

185

589

Chairman Board of Directors 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chairman Nomination Committee 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hubert Achermann

67

104

150

171

15

357

309

Vice-Chairman Board of Directors 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independent Lead Director 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chairman Audit Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member Nomination and Sustainability Committee 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roman Boutellier

20

6

44

50

3

79

246

Member Compensation Committee 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riet Cadonau

67

19

150

171

13

270

249

Member Compensation Committee 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member Nomination Committee 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Hackel

47

20

107

122

10

199

84

Member Audit Committee 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roger Michaelis

67

22

150

171

14

274

284

Member Nomination and Sustainability Committee 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member Audit Committee 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eveline Saupper

67

38

150

171

14

290

270

Chairwoman Compensation Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasmin Staiblin

67

26

150

171

14

278

249

Member Audit Committee 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member Compensation Committee 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zhiqiang Zhang

67

19

150

171

13

270

274

Member Compensation Committee 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member Nomination Committee 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

556

453

1’396

1’591

126

2’726

2’735

(all in CHF 1'000 and stated in gross amounts, except "Number of shares" column)

1 Includes a temporary reduction in cash compensation implemented in 2020 in order to contribute to a solidarity-fund of the GF Corporation intended to mitigate hardship caused by short-time work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2 The share-based compensation consists in the allocation of a fixed number of shares. The amount of the share-based compensation is calculated based on the share value on 31 December 2020, i.e. CHF 1'140.00.

3 Other benefits represent employer contributions to social insurance funds.

4 The total compensation includes the cash compensation (basis and committee fees), the share-based compensation and the contribution to social insurance funds.

5 Until 15 April 2020

6 As of 16 April 2020

The total compensation paid to the Board of Directors for the year 2020 was slightly lower compared with the previous year. Although the value of the shares increased (CHF 1’140.00 on 31 December 2020 compared with CHF 983.00 on 31 December 2019), the number of board members declined by one compared with the previous year, which contributed to a slightly lower compensation overall.

Except for the Board Vice-Chairmanship fee that was discontinued after the 2019 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting and the implementation of the Independent Lead Director fee in 2020, the compensation system for the Board of Directors was unchanged compared with the previous year.

At the 2019 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting, shareholders approved a maximum aggregate compensation amount of CHF 3.750 million (based on a share value of CHF 1’600.00) for the Board of Directors for the compensation period from the 2019 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting until the 2020 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. For this period, the effective compensation amounted to CHF 2.774 million (based on a share value of CHF 983.00 for the period in 2019 and CHF 1’140.00 for the period in 2020) and is thus within the approved limits.

At the 2020 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting, shareholders approved a maximum aggregate compensation amount of CHF 3.450 million for the Board of Directors for the compensation period from the 2020 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting until the 2021 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. This compensation period is not yet completed, a conclusive assessment will be provided in the 2021 Compensation Report.

In the reporting year, no further compensation was paid to Members of the Board of Directors and no compensation was paid to parties closely related to Members of the Board of Directors.

Executive Committee

The Members of the Executive Committee received cash, share-based compensation, social security, pension contributions, and other compensation amounting to CHF 7.415 million for the year under review (previous year: CHF 7.488 million) compared with a total amount of CHF 10.531 million approved by the shareholders at the 2019 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting.

Under the LTI plan, 1’764 performance shares with a total value at grant of CHF 1.977 million were granted to Members of the Executive Committee for the year under review (previous year: 1’644 performance shares with a total value of CHF 1.628 million).

Compensation Members of the Executive Committee 2020

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Fixed salary in cash 2

Short-term incentive (STI) in cash 3

EPS dependent performance shares PS(EPS)

rTSR dependent performance shares PS(rTSR)

Share-based remuneration (LTI) 4

Social insurance funds 5

Pension funds 6

Other compen- sation 7

Total compen- sation 2020 8

Total compen- sation 2019 9

Executive Committee 1

2’948

1’466

882

882

1’977

407

541

76

7’415

7’488

Of whom Andreas Müller, CEO (highest individual compensation)

811

540

350

350

798

133

146

71

2’499

2’006

(all in CHF 1'000 and stated in gross amounts, except the "EPS dependent performance shares" and "rTSR dependent performance shares" columns stated as number of shares)

1 The compensation of the Executive Committee in 2020 includes an overlap in compensation for Ivan Filisetti (Executive Committee member since 1 July 2020) and Pascal Boillat (retired by end of September 2020).

2 Includes a temporary reduction in fixed salary implemented in 2020 in order to contribute to a solidarity-fund of the GF Corporation intended to mitigate hardship caused by short-time work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

3 The STI is based on the STI plan. The STI for the 2020 financial year was approved by the Board of Directors on 25 February 2021. Payment will be made in March 2021.

4 The share-based compensation is based on the LTI plan. The disclosed value corresponds to the grant value of the 2020 LTI (that is granted on 1 January 2021) and is calculated based on the share value on 31 December 2020, i.e. CHF 1'140.00. The value of the share based compensation for Pascal Boillat is calculated on the date of his retirement (30 September 2020), i.e. CHF 959.00.

5 The social insurance funds expenses represent employer social security contributions. The amounts indicated are based on the compensation amounts disclosed in the table (including the value at grant of the share-based remuneration).

6 The pension funds expenses represent employer pension funds contributions.

7 Based on the company's regulation for all employees, the CEO received a jubilee premium for 25 years of employment with the company. A further member of the Executive Committee received a retirement gift that is reflected in the table based on its fair value.

8 The total compensation includes the fixed salary, the STI, the share-based compensation, social and pension contributions, as well as other compensation.

9 Compensation for Andreas Müller was not for the full financial year as CEO as he started in this position on 18 April 2019; the same applies to the compensation for Mads Joergensen who started as CFO on 18 April 2019.

The total compensation for the CEO and the other Members of the Executive Committee in 2020 was lower than in 2019. The change in the compensation was due to the following factors:

The ratio between fixed and awarded variable compensation in 2020 was as follows:

CEO Compensation for 2020

Amounts in CHF 1’000

Executive Committee Compensation for 2020

Amounts in CHF 1’000

No compensation was paid to parties closely related to Members of the Executive Committee.

Performance in 2020

Short-term incentive 2020

The achievement of the business objectives for the 2020 short-term incentive is as follows:

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Strategic goal

Hurdle 1

Achievement/ payout factor 2

Business Objectives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporation level

 

 

25%

Organic sales growth

3-5%

1%

0%

EBIT margin

9-10%

6%

63%

ROIC

20-24%

14%

0%

 

 

 

 

Division level

 

 

 

Organic sales growth

Not disclosed 3

Not disclosed 3

0%

EBIT margin

Not disclosed 3

Not disclosed 3

0%-133%

ROIC

Not disclosed 3

Not disclosed 3

0%

1 Achievements below the hurdle result in zero payout for the respective business objective; for the organic sales growth objective, the payout for reaching the hurdle starts at 0%, while it starts at 50% for reaching the hurdle for the objectives EBIT margin and ROIC.

2 Adjusted for items relating to structural measures, mainly in the division GF Casting Solutions

3 Those targets and hurdles are not disclosed as they are considered commercially sensitive and confidential

Weighted achievement/payout factor

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The overall payout amounts to 64% of target for the CEO and to 49% to 96% of target for the other EC members.

Shareholdings of the Members of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee

The information on shareholdings of the Members of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee is included in the section Compensation and shareholdings.

Loans to Members of the governing bodies

Neither GF Ltd nor its Corporate Companies granted any guarantees, loans, advances, or credit facilities to Members of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee or related parties in the year under review. As of 31 December 2020, no loans to Members of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee or related parties were outstanding.

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