Black Box Corporation
BLACK BOX CORP (Form: DEF 14A, Received: 06/21/2012)

 

 

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BLACK BOX CORPORATION

1000 Park Drive

Lawrence, Pennsylvania 15055

 

 

Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders

to be held on August 7, 2012

 

 

To the Stockholders of

Black Box Corporation:

The Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of Black Box Corporation (the “Company”) will be held at the offices of the Company at 1000 Park Drive, Lawrence, Pennsylvania 15055 on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, to consider and act upon the following matters:

 

 

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The election of the seven (7) persons nominated by our Board of Directors and named in the attached proxy statement to serve as members of our Board of Directors;

 

 

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The ratification of the appointment of BDO USA, LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm of the Company for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013; and

 

 

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A non-binding advisory vote to approve the compensation of our named executive officers, as disclosed in the proxy statement.

Stockholders also will be asked to consider such other matters as may properly come before the Annual Meeting. Our Board of Directors has established the close of business on Monday, June 11, 2012 as the record date for the determination of the stockholders entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting.

If you plan to attend the Annual Meeting in person, please note that you may be required to present a valid picture identification such as a driver’s license or passport.

IT IS REQUESTED, WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING, THAT YOU COMPLETE, DATE AND SIGN THE ENCLOSED PROXY CARD AND RETURN IT IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE.

 

  

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  

Michael McAndrew, Secretary

June 19, 2012


BLACK BOX CORPORATION

1000 Park Drive

Lawrence, Pennsylvania 15055

 

 

PROXY STATEMENT FOR ANNUAL MEETING

OF STOCKHOLDERS

August 7, 2012

This proxy statement is being furnished to the holders of common stock, par value $.001 per share (“Common Stock”), of Black Box Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Company,” “we,” “our” or “us”), in connection with the solicitation by our Board of Directors (“Board of Directors” or “Board”) of proxies to be voted at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) scheduled to be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, at the offices of the Company at 1000 Park Drive, Lawrence, Pennsylvania 15055, or at any adjournment thereof. This proxy statement and form of proxy were first mailed to stockholders on or about June 21, 2012.

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Annual Meeting to Be Held on August 7, 2012:

This proxy statement and the Company’s 2012 Annual Report to stockholders are available for you to review online at www.proxydocs.com/bbox.

Only holders of Common Stock of record as of the close of business on Monday, June 11, 2012, are entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting and at any adjournment thereof. On that date, 17,250,717 shares of Common Stock, each entitled to one (1) vote per share, were outstanding.

All shares of Common Stock represented by valid proxies received by the Secretary of the Company prior to the Annual Meeting will be voted as specified in the form of proxy. If no specification is made, the shares will be voted FOR each of the nominees named below for election as director; FOR ratification of the appointment of BDO USA, LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 (“Fiscal 2013”); and FOR approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of our named executive officers as required to be disclosed in this proxy statement. Unless otherwise indicated by the stockholder, the proxy card also confers discretionary authority on the Board-appointed proxies to vote the shares represented by the proxy on any matter that is properly presented for action at the Annual Meeting of which our management had no knowledge prior to the mailing of this proxy statement. A stockholder giving a proxy has the power to revoke it at any time prior to its exercise by delivering to the Secretary of the Company a written revocation or a duly-executed proxy bearing a later date (although no revocation shall be effective until actual notice thereof has been given to the Secretary of the Company) or by attending the Annual Meeting and voting his or her shares in person.

Under our Second Restated Certificate of Incorporation, as amended (“Certificate of Incorporation”), Amended and Restated By-laws, as amended (“By-laws”), and applicable state law, abstentions and broker non-votes (which arise from proxies delivered by brokers and others where the record holder has not received direction on voting and does not have discretionary authority to vote on one or more matters) are each included in the determination of the number of shares present for purposes of determining a quorum. At the Annual Meeting, directors will be elected by a plurality vote and all other matters will be decided by the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast. Abstentions and broker non-votes are not votes cast and will not be included in calculating the number of votes necessary for approval of the matter.

Our Board of Directors unanimously recommends a vote FOR each of the nominees named below for election as director; FOR ratification of the appointment of BDO USA, LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for Fiscal 2013; and FOR approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of our named executive officers as required to be disclosed in this proxy statement.


ANNUAL MEETING MATTERS

Proposal 1 – Election of Directors

Our By-laws provide that the number of directors constituting our entire Board shall be nine (9), or such other number as shall be fixed by the stockholders or by our Board. At present, our Board has fixed the number of directors at seven (7) members. All of our directors stand for election each year. Therefore, seven (7) directors are to be elected at the Annual Meeting to hold office for a term of one (1) year and until their respective successors are elected and qualified, subject to the right of our stockholders to remove any director as provided in our By-laws. Stockholders may fill any vacancy in the office of a director. In the absence of a stockholder vote, a vacancy in the office of a director may be filled by the remaining directors then in office, even if less than a quorum, or by the sole remaining director. Any director elected by our Board to fill a vacancy will serve until his or her successor is elected and qualified or until his or her earlier death, resignation or removal. If our Board increases the number of directors, it may fill any vacancy so created.

The holders of Common Stock have one (1) vote for each share owned as of the record date in the election of directors. The seven (7) nominees receiving the greatest number of affirmative votes will be elected as directors for terms expiring in 2013.

Upon recommendation of the Nominating Committee of our Board of Directors (“Nominating Committee”), our Board has nominated the following seven (7) persons for election to the position of director at the Annual Meeting: William F. Andrews, R. Terry Blakemore, Richard L. Crouch, Thomas W. Golonski, Thomas G. Greig, William H. Hernandez and Edward A. Nicholson, Ph.D. These nominees are all of the directors currently on our Board. All of these nominees/directors are independent under the listing standards of The NASDAQ Stock Market (“NASDAQ”) except for R. Terry Blakemore as a result of his position as our President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”).

The persons named as proxies on the enclosed proxy card were selected by our Board and have advised our Board that, unless authority is withheld, they intend to vote the shares represented by them at the Annual Meeting FOR the election to our Board of Directors of each of our Board’s nominees named above.

Our Board knows of no reason why any nominee for director would be unable to serve as director. If, at the time of the Annual Meeting, any of the named nominees is unable or unwilling to serve as a director, the persons named as proxies intend to vote for such substitute as may be nominated by our Board of Directors.

The following sets forth certain information concerning our Board’s nominees for election to our Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting:

William F. Andrews , 80, was elected as a director on May 18, 1992. Mr. Andrews currently is Chairman of the Executive Committee of Corrections Corporation of America (private prisons) and Chairman of Katy Industries, Inc. (diversified manufacturing company). He has been a principal with Kohlberg & Co., a private investment company, since 1995. He is also a director of Corrections Corporation of America, Katy Industries, Inc. and Trex Company, Inc., all publicly-held companies, and SVP Holdings Limited.

Qualifications:     Mr. Andrews has been a director of the Company for over 20 years and provides the Board with his vast knowledge and experience of the Company. He is a respected business leader with a diverse business background, bringing to the Board multiple perspectives, including those of an investor and an executive. Mr. Andrews has served on the boards of over twenty (20) public and private companies and has been the Chairman of seven (7) public companies, currently serving as Chairman for two (2) public companies. Additionally, Mr. Andrews’ service as a chief executive officer of other publicly-traded companies and in leadership roles on public company boards has resulted in valuable experience in the processes and policies needed to effectively govern a publicly-traded enterprise.

R. Terry Blakemore , 55, was selected to be a director on October 13, 2007 and was named President and CEO of the Company on the same date. He was elected as a director by our stockholders on August 12, 2008. He had served in the capacity of Interim President and CEO of the Company from May 21, 2007. Previously, on May 15, 2007, our Board had named Mr. Blakemore a Senior Vice President of the Company. Prior to becoming

 

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a Senior Vice President, Mr. Blakemore served as a manager of business development and, prior thereto, as a manager of the Company’s Voice Communications business unit. Mr. Blakemore has been with the Company for 13 years.

Qualifications:     Mr. Blakemore is our President and CEO and provides the Board with significant insight and direction regarding the strategic development and day-to-day operations of the Company. He also provides the Board with his more than 25 years of experience in the telephony services industry, the Company’s primary services offering. Mr. Blakemore serves as a key liaison between the Board and our key management and facilitates the implementation of the Board’s strategic decisions.

Richard L. Crouch , 65, was elected as a director on August 10, 2004. Mr. Crouch was a General Partner with the firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1979 to 2004, having served as an Audit Partner principally assigned to public companies. He served in various capacities for the firm, including service as a regional accounting, auditing and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) services consultant. He retired from the firm on July 2, 2004.

Qualifications:     Mr. Crouch adds significant financial reporting and management expertise as a result of his more than 25 years of experience with a large public accounting firm which provided him with exposure to and interaction with a variety of industries and companies. He is one of our Audit Committee financial experts. His tenure as an SEC services consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP gives Mr. Crouch first-hand insight into the financial reporting and disclosure obligations of the Company, which is a vitally important qualification for service on our Board.

Thomas W. Golonski , 69, was selected to be a director on February 11, 2003 and was elected by our stockholders on August 12, 2003. Mr. Golonski served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of National City Bank of Pennsylvania and Executive Vice President of National City Corporation from 1996 to 2005. He retired from National City in 2005. Mr. Golonski is a director of several educational and health care organizations and active in other charitable organizations.

Qualifications:     In Mr. Golonski’s 18 years as the top executive for National City Bank, he was directly responsible for all management functions including human resources, financial and strategic planning and board development. He also has substantial experience in organizational governance issues gained during his tenure on the boards of a university and two (2) regional hospitals. He adds significantly to the collective financial, operational and strategic planning expertise of our Board.

Thomas G. Greig , 64, was elected as a director on August 10, 1999 and appointed as non-executive Chairman of the Board in May 2004. Mr. Greig has been a Senior Managing Director of Liberty Capital Partners, a private equity partnership, since 1998. He is also a director of publicly-held Rudolph Technologies, Inc. and a number of privately-held companies.

Qualifications:     Mr. Greig brings 39 years of financial experience to our Board. His career has included over 25 years in a corporate finance environment and 14 years of investment management and private equity experience. He has served as an audit committee member for numerous companies, both privately-held and public and a public not-for-profit foundation. As a result, he has significant expertise and insight into finance and corporate governance issues that are invaluable to our Board.

William H. Hernandez , 64, was selected to be a director on December 3, 2009 and was elected by our stockholders on August 10, 2010. Mr. Hernandez was the Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of PPG Industries, Inc. (“PPG”) from 1995 until October 15, 2009. Prior to assuming those duties in 1995, Mr. Hernandez served as PPG’s Controller from 1990 to 1994 and as Vice President and Controller from 1994. From 1974 until 1990, Mr. Hernandez held a number of positions at Borg-Warner Corporation. Mr. Hernandez is a Certified Management Accountant. Mr. Hernandez is a director of USG Corporation, Eastman Kodak Company and Albermarle Corporation, all publicly-held companies.

Qualifications:     Mr. Hernandez contributes to the Board’s broad experience in corporate finance, risk management, operations, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and executive compensation. In particular, Mr. Hernandez is highly qualified in the fields of accounting, internal controls, investor relations and economics,

 

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all of which contribute to effective service on the Board and its committees. Mr. Hernandez serves on the boards of other public companies through which he has gained additional experience in risk management and corporate governance.

Edward A. Nicholson, Ph.D. , 72, was elected as a director on August 10, 2004. Dr. Nicholson served as President of Robert Morris University from 1989 to 2005 and is presently a Professor of Management at Robert Morris University. He is also a director of Brentwood Bank and several regional economic, charitable and cultural organizations. He has served a number of businesses and government agencies as a consultant in the areas of long-range planning, organization design and labor relations.

Qualifications:     Dr. Nicholson brings to our Board a broad range of academic, business and government experience. As President of Robert Morris University, Dr. Nicholson was directly responsible for all management functions of the university. His experience as a consultant in the areas of long-range planning, organization design and labor relations, as well as his service as a director of many organizations, provide valuable insights to our Board.

Our Board of Directors unanimously recommends that our stockholders vote FOR each of our Board’s nominees for election to our Board.

Proposal 2 – Ratification of the Appointment of the Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

In May 2012, the Audit Committee of our Board (“Audit Committee”) appointed BDO USA, LLP (“BDO”) as our independent registered public accounting firm for Fiscal 2013. As a sound governance matter, our Audit Committee has determined to submit the appointment to our stockholders for ratification at the Annual Meeting.

The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast in person or by proxy at the Annual Meeting is required for the ratification by our stockholders of such appointment. Unless otherwise directed by our stockholders, proxies will be voted FOR the ratification of the appointment of BDO as our independent registered public accounting firm for Fiscal 2013. In the event that this appointment is not ratified by the stockholders, our Audit Committee will consider this vote in determining its future appointment of our independent registered public accounting firm. Even if the appointment is ratified, our Audit Committee, in its discretion, may change the appointment at any time during the year if it determines that such change would be in our and our stockholders’ best interests.

A representative of BDO is expected to be present at the Annual Meeting, will not be making a statement but will be available to respond to appropriate questions.

Our Board of Directors unanimously recommends that our stockholders vote FOR approval of the ratification of the appointment of BDO as our independent registered public accounting firm.

Proposal 3 – Advisory Vote to Approve the Compensation of our Named Executive Officers

Our stockholders have the opportunity to vote to approve, on a non-binding, advisory basis, the compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in this proxy statement as required by Section 14A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). This “Say on Pay” vote is not intended to address any specific item of compensation, but rather the overall compensation of our named executive officers and our compensation philosophy, policies and practices as disclosed in this proxy statement pursuant to the compensation disclosure rules of the SEC, including the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” (“CD&A”) section set forth in this proxy statement under the caption “Executive Compensation and Other Information” and the compensation tables and narrative following the CD&A.

At our 2011 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the Company held an advisory (non-binding) vote to determine the frequency of future “Say on Pay” votes. Based on the voting results for this proposal at the 2011 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the Board determined that the advisory vote to approve the compensation of our named executive officers will be conducted annually, until the next advisory vote is held to determine the frequency of the “Say on Pay” vote, which will occur no later than our 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

 

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We believe that our CD&A and other compensation disclosures included in the proxy statement evidence a sound and prudent compensation philosophy and set of policies and practices and that our compensation decisions are consistent with that philosophy and those policies and practices.

In light of the foregoing considerations, we are asking our stockholders to indicate their approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in this proxy statement pursuant to the compensation disclosure rules of the SEC, including the CD&A and the compensation tables and narrative following the CD&A. Although this is an advisory vote which will not be binding on the Compensation Committee of the Board (“Compensation Committee”) or the Board, the Compensation Committee and the Board will carefully review the results of the stockholder vote and consider stockholders’ concerns in future determinations concerning executive compensation.

Our Board of Directors unanimously recommends that our stockholders vote FOR approval of the compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in this proxy statement.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND CERTAIN BOARD COMMITTEES

Our Board of Directors held six (6) meetings during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 (“Fiscal 2012”). During Fiscal 2012, each director attended not fewer than seventy-five percent (75%) of the aggregate of the total number of meetings of our Board and the total number of meetings of each committee on which such director served during the period in which such director served on our Board and such committee. Executive sessions of the non-employee members of our Board are scheduled for each regular Board meeting and many committee meetings and many regular Board meetings and certain committee meetings include such an executive session.

Stockholders can communicate with our Board or individual directors by writing to the Company’s Secretary at: Black Box Corporation, 1000 Park Drive, Lawrence, Pennsylvania 15055. Our Board believes that our annual meetings also are appropriate for stockholder communications with our Board. Our Board strongly encourages board member attendance at all meetings, including annual meetings with stockholders. All current directors attended the Annual Meeting of Stockholders held in August 2011.

Board Leadership Structure and Role in Oversight of Risk Management

We have separate CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors positions. Our Board believes this is currently the most appropriate structure for us because it allows each person to focus on their respective roles. By retaining these separate roles, our CEO can focus solely on the strategic direction of the Company and the day-to-day leadership and performance of the Company, while the Chairman of our Board of Directors focuses on providing guidance to the CEO and presiding over meetings of the Board. Our Board has adopted a resolution that the Chairman of the Board shall be an independent director under the applicable SEC and NASDAQ rules. Our Board believes this leadership structure has enhanced our Board’s oversight of, and independence from, our management, the ability of our Board to carry out its roles and responsibilities on behalf of our stockholders and our overall corporate governance.

Our management is responsible for the day-to-day management of the risks we face, while our Board, as a whole and through its committees, has responsibility for the oversight of risk management. No single Board committee, however, is responsible for overall risk oversight. Rather, each Board committee identifies and assesses Company risk, as appropriate, within its given area of responsibility, and any such identified risk is reported to the Board as part of the governance process. Our internal audit department conducts an annual risk assessment to identify the most significant risks to which we are subject. The results of this assessment are compiled and reported to our Audit Committee and internal audit makes recommendations regarding remedial actions where necessary. Our Audit Committee subsequently reports the results of the assessment, as well as any remediation of the material risks identified in the risk assessment, to our Board.

Our Board of Directors has four (4) standing committees: the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, the Nominating Committee and the Governance Committee of the Board (“Governance Committee”).

 

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Audit Committee

Our Audit Committee consists of Mr. Richard L. Crouch, as chair, Mr. Thomas G. Greig and Mr. William H. Hernandez. Each member of this committee is independent under NASDAQ’s listing standards for audit committee members.

Our Audit Committee’s duties include:

 

   

sole authority and direct responsibility over the selection (subject to stockholder ratification if the committee so elects) of our independent registered public accounting firm

   

evaluation, retention and replacement of our independent registered public accounting firm

   

responsibility for determining the compensation and other terms of engagement of such independent auditors

Our Audit Committee has such other duties and responsibilities as are set forth in its written charter adopted by our Board, a copy of which is posted in the “About – Investor Relations – Corporate Governance” section of our Web site at http://www.blackbox.com. These other duties and responsibilities include pre-approval of all audit services and permitted non-audit services, oversight of the independent auditors, review of financial statements and SEC filings, review of the lead audit partner, review of the auditors’ independence, discussions with the auditors regarding the planning and scope of the audit, discussions regarding our internal controls over financial reporting and the establishment of procedures for the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints regarding accounting, internal controls and auditing and the confidentiality thereof. Our Audit Committee has delegated authority for pre-approval of audit services and permitted non-audit services to its chair, subject to subsequent ratification of such pre-approval at the next subsequent regular meeting of our Audit Committee.

All services performed by BDO during Fiscal 2012 that were required to be pre-approved under the SEC’s and NASDAQ’s rules and the Audit Committee’s charter were either pre-approved by our Audit Committee or pre-approved by our Audit Committee chair and later ratified by our Audit Committee.

Our Board has determined that all of the members of our Audit Committee, Messrs. Crouch, Greig and Hernandez, qualify as audit committee financial experts within the meaning of SEC regulations and that they have the requisite level of financial sophistication required under NASDAQ’s listing standards. Our Board has also determined that Messrs. Crouch, Greig and Hernandez are independent within the meaning of SEC regulations.

Our Audit Committee met nine (9) times in Fiscal 2012.

Compensation Committee

Our Compensation Committee consists of Mr. Thomas W. Golonski, as chair, Mr. William F. Andrews and Edward A. Nicholson, Ph.D. Each member of this committee is independent under NASDAQ’s listing standards.

Our Compensation Committee’s duties include:

 

   

reviewing and recommending to our Board the total compensation of our executive officers

   

administering our stock option plans and our long-term incentive plan

Our Compensation Committee operates under a written charter adopted by our Board, a copy of which is posted in the “About – Investor Relations – Corporate Governance” section of our Web site. For a description of our Compensation Committee’s processes and procedures for the consideration and determination of executive officer compensation, see the CD&A section of this proxy statement.

For Fiscal 2012, our Compensation Committee engaged Pay Governance, LLC (“PayGovernance”), as its independent consultants, to provide assistance with respect to our executive compensation programs. Such services included: (i) providing a competitive assessment of the total direct compensation ( e.g. , sum of base salary, annual bonus and long-term incentive opportunity) for our named executive officers and other key employees relative to a peer group and general survey data; (ii) providing an assessment of the appropriateness of incentive plan targets; (iii) advising our Compensation Committee regarding design changes to compensatory programs and the development of new programs based on the Company’s strategic goals, competitive assessment and regulatory changes; (iv) assisting our Compensation Committee in analyzing the effectiveness of the

 

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Company’s compensation programs; (v) a review of our management’s proposals on behalf of our Compensation Committee; (vi) an analysis of the Company’s share utilization for equity-based compensation in view of institutional investor guidelines; (vii) informing our Compensation Committee of emerging trends in executive compensation; (viii) advising on stock ownership or retention guidelines for our named executive officers; and (ix) the other services described below in the CD&A section of this proxy statement, including assisting our Compensation Committee in conducting a risk assessment regarding our compensation practices and policies. The scope of services of any executive compensation consultants is approved by our Compensation Committee or its chair. As noted below, PayGovernance also was engaged by our Governance Committee during Fiscal 2012 to provide information regarding competitive director compensation data. During Fiscal 2012, PayGovernance performed no other services for the Company. During Fiscal 2012, Towers Watson & Co. (“Towers Watson”) was engaged to perform a calculation of the results of the performance criteria of certain of our performance share awards and performed no other services.

Our Compensation Committee met six (6) times in Fiscal 2012.

Nominating Committee

Our Nominating Committee consists of Edward A. Nicholson, Ph.D., as chair, Mr. Richard L. Crouch and Mr. Thomas G. Greig. Each member of this committee is independent under NASDAQ’s listing standards.

Our Nominating Committee’s duties include:

 

   

identifying and evaluating potential candidates for any Board vacancies, including any individuals recommended by committee members, other Board members, our management or our current stockholders or identified by third-party executive search firms

   

recommending to our Board individuals to be nominated for election as directors by stockholders at our annual meeting

   

recommending to our Board, from time to time, individuals to be elected by it to fill Board vacancies

This committee considers the independence, experience relative to our business and the needs of our Board, diversity and the ability to represent our stockholders in evaluating potential nominees. Potential Board members should show a willingness to fully participate in Board meetings, a proven track record of career accomplishments, the ability to make sound judgments and leadership qualities. Although the Company does not have a specific diversity policy as it relates to the evaluation of potential Board members, the Nominating Committee charter provides that the Nominating Committee is to consider diversity when evaluating candidates. Accordingly, the Nominating Committee strives to identify potential Board members with a diverse array of talents, backgrounds and perspectives.

It is our Nominating Committee’s policy to consider stockholder proposals for nominees for election as directors that are nominated in accordance with our Certificate of Incorporation and our By-laws, and other applicable laws, including the rules and regulations of the SEC and any stock market on which our stock is listed for trading or quotation. Generally, such recommendations made by a stockholder entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the meeting at which such proposed nominee is to be considered are required to be written and received by the Secretary of the Company within a prescribed time period prior to the annual or special meeting. See the “Stockholder Nominations and Proposals” section of this proxy statement for a description of the procedures to be followed in order to submit a recommendation for a nominee.

Our Nominating Committee operates under a written charter adopted by our Board, a copy of which is posted in the “About – Investor Relations – Corporate Governance” section of our Web site.

Our Nominating Committee met four (4) times in Fiscal 2012.

Governance Committee

Our Governance Committee consists of Mr. William F. Andrews, as chair, Mr. Thomas W. Golonski and Mr. William H. Hernandez. Each member of this committee is independent under NASDAQ’s listing standards.

 

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Our Governance Committee’s duties include:

 

   

responsibility for reviewing, on an ongoing basis, the corporate governance practices and principles established and implemented by our Board and our management

   

monitoring trends and regulatory requirements in corporate governance and recommending to our Board any changes in our corporate governance practices and functions based upon such trends and regulatory requirements

   

performing an annual evaluation of the objectives and performance of the members of our Board in connection with its review of the compensation paid to Board members

   

overseeing our management’s continuity planning process and advising the Board regarding our management’s succession planning

During Fiscal 2012, our Governance Committee engaged PayGovernance to provide information regarding competitive director compensation data, including identification of an appropriate peer group for comparison purposes, an analysis of director compensation levels and compensation vehicles and programs and market-competitive compensation data. In Fiscal 2012, PayGovernance also advised on stock ownership or retention guidelines for our non-employee directors.

Our Governance Committee operates under a written charter adopted by our Board, a copy of which is posted in the “About – Investor Relations – Corporate Governance” section of our Web site.

Our Governance Committee met seven (7) times in Fiscal 2012.

 

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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES RELATED TO THE APPROVAL

OF TRANSACTIONS WITH RELATED PERSONS

Our policies and procedures for review, approval or ratification of transactions with related persons are not contained in a single policy or procedure; instead, relevant aspects of such program are drawn from various corporate documents. Most importantly, our Audit Committee’s charter provides that our Audit Committee must review and, if appropriate, approve or ratify all transactions between us and any related persons.

Our Standards of Business Conduct require that all of our and our subsidiaries’ directors, officers and employees refrain from activities that might involve a conflict of interest. Additionally, our Code of Ethics provides that each of our and our subsidiaries’ directors, officers and employees must openly and honestly handle any actual, apparent or potential conflict between that individual’s personal and business relationships and our interests. Before making any investment, accepting any position or benefit, participating in any transaction or business arrangement or otherwise acting in a manner that creates or appears to create a conflict of interest, such person must make a full disclosure of all relevant facts and circumstances to, and obtain the prior written approval of, our Chief Financial Officer or our General Counsel. Our Chief Financial Officer and our General Counsel make reports to our Audit Committee, pursuant to the terms of its charter, regarding compliance with our Code of Ethics. Further, our Chief Financial Officer makes reports to our Audit Committee with respect to proposed related-party transactions for which that committee’s approval would be required.

We did not participate in any transactions with related persons during Fiscal 2012 and there are no currently-proposed transactions with related persons.

COMPENSATION OF DIRECTORS

The following table sets forth the compensation of our non-employee directors in Fiscal 2012:

DIRECTOR COMPENSATION – FISCAL 2012

 

 

Name (1)

 

Fees Earned
or Paid

in Cash (2)(3)

($)

 

   

Stock 

Awards (4)(5)(6)    

          ($)          

 

Total

($)

 

William F. Andrews

    62,500        100,085     162,585  

 

Richard L. Crouch

    80,500        100,085     180,585  

 

Thomas W. Golonski

    74,000        100,085     174,085  

 

Thomas G. Greig

    140,500        100,085     240,585  

 

William H. Hernandez

    67,500        100,085     167,585  

 

Edward A. Nicholson, Ph.D.

    65,500        100,085     165,585  

 

 

 

  (1)

R. Terry Blakemore was a director during Fiscal 2012. The compensation received by Mr. Blakemore for Fiscal 2012 is reported in the Summary Compensation Table – Fiscal 2012, Fiscal 2011 and Fiscal 2010 and other tables in this proxy statement. He did not receive any additional compensation in connection with his service on our Board.

 

  (2)

For Fiscal 2012, each non-employee director received an annual fee of $35,000, paid quarterly. Our non-executive Chairman of the Board also received an annual fee of $75,000, paid quarterly. The chairperson of each of our Audit Committee and Compensation Committee received an annual fee of $15,000, paid quarterly. The chairperson of each of our Nominating Committee and Governance Committee received an annual fee of $7,500, paid quarterly. These fees remain in effect as of the date of this proxy statement. In addition, the Company maintains directors’ and officers’ liability insurance and directors are reimbursed customary expenses for attending meetings of the Board, Board committees and stockholders.

 

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  (3)

During Fiscal 2012, each director received a fee of $2,000 for each Board meeting attended in person and a fee of $1,000 for each Board meeting attended by telephone. Audit Committee members received a fee of $1,500 for each meeting of the committee attended in person or by telephone during Fiscal 2012. Members of our Compensation Committee, Governance Committee and Nominating Committee received a fee of $1,000 for each meeting of the respective committee attended in person or by telephone during Fiscal 2012. These fees remain in effect as of the date of this proxy statement.

 

  (4)

These restricted stock unit awards were granted under the 2008 Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “Incentive Plan”). As of March 31, 2012, there were 911,813 shares of Common Stock available for issuance under the Incentive Plan (subject to appropriate adjustments in the event of stock splits, stock dividends and similar dilutive events).

 

  (5)

The values in this column are based on the aggregate grant date fair values of these awards computed in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification Topic 718 (“FASB ASC Topic 718”), excluding the effect of estimated forfeitures. In May 2011, based on the advice of its compensation consultants as to the majority practice, and to be consistent with the methodology to be used by the Compensation Committee in determining the equity awards to be made to our named executive officers, the Governance Committee modified the methodology for determining the size of the annual equity award for non-employee directors to be recommended by the Governance Committee from a fixed share-based number to a fixed dollar amount converted into shares (rounded to the nearest ten shares) based on the fair market value of the Common Stock on the date of grant. This methodology ensures that an increase in the price of the Common Stock will not result in an automatic increase in non-employee director compensation. Consistent with the foregoing, in May 2012, our Compensation Committee approved, based on the recommendation of our Governance Committee after its review of information provided by its compensation consultants, and after Board approval, an immediately-vested restricted stock unit award with a value of $100,000 for each non-employee director. This amount is consistent with the value of the equity award in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011 (“Fiscal 2011”) and the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010 (“Fiscal 2010”). Based on the closing price of the Common Stock on the date of grant (and rounding to the nearest ten shares), this grant resulted in a restricted stock unit award to each non-employee director on May 15, 2012 for 4,530 shares of the Common Stock which vested immediately upon grant. Such grant was consistent with the recommendation of the compensation consultants.

 

  (6)

The following table sets forth the outstanding stock options (all of which are exercisable) held by each non-employee director as of March 31, 2012:

 

Name  

      Outstanding      
Options

(#)

 

 

William F. Andrews

  37,000

 

Richard L. Crouch

  26,000

 

Thomas W. Golonski

  37,000

 

Thomas G. Greig

  37,000

 

William H. Hernandez

 

 

Edward A. Nicholson, Ph.D.

  26,000

To further achieve the objective of more closely aligning the interests of our non-employee directors with those of our stockholders, upon the recommendation of our Governance Committee after discussions with our Governance Committee’s compensation consultants, our Board adopted stock retention guidelines for our non-employee directors requiring them to hold, until retirement, but subject to diversification at age 60, 50% of the net, after-tax shares of Common Stock issued to them pursuant to performance share awards and restricted stock awards/units. All of our non-employee directors are in compliance with these ownership guidelines.

 

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION AND OTHER INFORMATION

COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

Executive Summary

The following provides an overview of our executive compensation philosophy and programs as detailed further in this Compensation Discussion and Analysis:

 

   

The objectives of our executive compensation program are to link pay with performance by rewarding the achievement of our short- and long-range goals, recognizing individual executive performance and contributions and promoting increased value creation for our stockholders.

   

We target base salaries below the market median, while generally targeting annual cash incentives and long-term equity incentives modestly above the market median, providing for total compensation at slightly above the market median but with a substantial majority of total compensation being at-risk and based on pre-established performance goals.

   

The compensation program for our named executive officers consists of the following three (3) primary components: base salary, a cash-based annual incentive award with multiple performance metrics and equity-based long-term incentive awards consisting of stock options, restricted stock units and performance share awards.

   

Our Compensation Committee and other Board members attend and participate in strategic planning meetings presented by our named executive officers and other key business leaders prior to the Board review and approval of the Company’s operating plan for the fiscal year. This reviewed and approved operating plan then forms the basis for the determination of the appropriate performance measures for our annual and certain long-term incentive awards.

   

Our annual incentive program is based on four (4) measures of annual financial performance: operating earnings per share, adjusted operating margin percent, adjusted EBITDA and receivables days sales outstanding (“DSOs”), which are critical to successful performance of the business consistent with our pay-for-performance philosophy. This award is 100% “at-risk.”

   

Our long-term incentive program is intended to drive the achievement of critical long-term business objectives and align our management’s interests with those of our stockholders. The mix of long-term awards serves a number of compensation objectives, with 50% of the target value of each named executive officer’s long-term incentive award granted in the form of performance shares, 30% of the value granted in the form of stock options and 20% of the value granted in the form of time-vested restricted stock units. Thus, 80% of our long-term incentive awards are “at-risk.”

   

All of our long-term equity awards are settled in stock and, as a result, link the named executive officer’s compensation to future stock price performance and, if earned, increase the named executive officer’s stock ownership. The named executive officers are subject to stock retention guidelines described herein with respect to these performance share awards and restricted stock units, thus aligning the interests of our named executive officers with those of our stockholders.

   

Our named executive officers are not provided with perquisites (other than an automobile benefit to the Senior Vice President who is a local national in Japan, which is a customary practice in that country).

   

In Fiscal 2012, we faced challenges from a decrease in our government business and delays in projects in our commercial business. In addition, our stock price declined significantly. Accordingly, our management recommended to our Compensation Committee, and our Board, at the recommendation of our Compensation Committee, approved the use of negative discretion to significantly decrease the payouts that otherwise would have been made to our named executive officers under our annual cash incentive bonus plan for Fiscal 2012 (the “FY12 Annual Incentive Plan”).

   

In addition, for Fiscal 2013, at the recommendation of our management, our Compensation Committee and our Board approved actions that evidence our commitment to a compensation structure that pays for performance in alignment with our compensation philosophy, including the following:

  ¡

Base salaries and target incentives for our named executive officers were unchanged from their Fiscal 2012 levels;

 

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  ¡

Payout ranges for the annual incentive award generally were adjusted to implement a higher threshold and lower maximum in an effort to better align the payout with Company performance; and

  ¡

In response to a decrease in our stock price, awards under the Long-Term Incentive Program for Fiscal 2013 (the “FY13 LTIP”) were adjusted to limit share amounts to not more than 110% of the number of shares (rounded to the nearest ten shares) awarded under the Long-Term Incentive Program for Fiscal 2012 (the “FY12 LTIP”). As a result, the FY13 LTIP opportunity for each of the named executive officers is approximately 25% less than the FY12 LTIP opportunity due to the application of this 110% share limit.

   

Our Compensation Committee, with the assistance of our compensation consultants, again undertook a “realizable pay-for-performance” analysis of our CEO’s compensation in order to evaluate alignment of our CEO’s compensation with performance as measured by actual compensation paid and performance relative to our peer group of companies. This analysis is described below.

Role of Our Compensation Committee and Our Compensation Philosophy

Our Compensation Committee evaluates and recommends to our Board our compensation philosophy and practices and is charged with administering our compensation program for our named executive officers: R. Terry Blakemore, our President and Chief Executive Officer; Michael McAndrew, our Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary; Kenneth P. Davis, our Vice President – Voice Communications North, Europe and Latin America and Francis W. Wertheimber, our Senior Vice President. As previously disclosed, Mr. Wertheimber will be retiring from the Company effective June 30, 2012.

Our Compensation Committee believes that the total executive compensation package paid to our named executive officers should be designed to pay-for-performance by rewarding the achievement of our short- and long-range goals, recognizing individual executive performance and contributions and promoting increased value creation for our stockholders.

Objectives of Our Compensation Program

In line with our philosophy, our Compensation Committee has developed the following objectives for our compensation program which are to:

 

   

attract, develop and retain high quality executives to manage and grow our business

   

link a significant portion of an executive’s pay to the performance of the organization through the use of at-risk performance-based compensation

Our compensation program rewards our named executive officers and other key employees for:

 

   

outstanding contributions to the achievement of our goals and overall success, particularly growth in stock price, annual profits and cash flow

   

successful completion of acquisitions of targeted companies and their integration into the Company

The Compensation Committee has identified a number of key performance metrics that it believes represents value creation for our stockholders. These metrics have been incorporated into the incentive arrangements for our named executive officers in Fiscal 2011, Fiscal 2012 and Fiscal 2013 as follows:

 

Performance Metric   Annual Incentive Cash Bonus  

Equity-Based Long-Term Incentive

 

 

Operating earnings per share

  X    

 

Adjusted operating margin percent

  X    

 

Adjusted EBITDA

  X   X

 

DSOs

  X    

 

Total Shareholder Return (“TSR”)

      X

 

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Components of Our Executive Compensation Program

Our Compensation Committee has designed a compensation package that includes the following elements positioned against the competitive market as follows:

 

   

base salary positioned below the market median

   

annual incentive cash bonus opportunity positioned modestly above the market median

   

long-term incentive values positioned modestly above the market median

In designing our compensation program, our Compensation Committee, in line with our pay-for-performance philosophy, had historically placed more emphasis upon at-risk, variable compensation in the form of annual performance cash bonuses and/or grants of stock options. Our Compensation Committee’s and Board’s philosophy has been to approve below-market base salaries and modestly above-market incentive compensation opportunities for our named executive officers. Our Compensation Committee’s goal is to deliver total compensation to our named executive officers (base salary plus annual cash bonus plus long-term incentives) modestly above the market median with a focus on performance-based incentives.

Beginning in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008 (“Fiscal 2008”) our Compensation Committee extensively re-evaluated the nature and structure of our executive compensation program and the relative mix of cash and equity incentives to be awarded to our named executive officers and other key employees. In connection with this evaluation, our Compensation Committee retained the services of outside compensation consultants to assist with a review of peer and broad market executive compensation data and to help us determine how our executive compensation program, given our philosophy and culture, should be structured to achieve our objectives. The structure of our executive program that was established for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009 (“Fiscal 2009”), providing for a base salary, an annual cash incentive and a long-term incentive, provided the foundation for the executive compensation decisions made for Fiscal 2012 and Fiscal 2013 described below. The elements and objectives of our compensation program are presented in the following chart:

 

           

Compensation  

Element  

 

  Description         Form         Objective

 

Base salary  

 

 

Fixed payment positioned below the median of competitive market data as adjusted for level of responsibility, experience and qualifications

     

 

¡    Cash

     

 

¡    Support talent retention and attraction

¡    Provide a dependable source of income

 

Annual  

Incentive  

Plan (AIP)  

 

 

Variable based on the achievement of annual financial objectives with the ability to utilize negative discretion to adjust payout

   

 

¡    Cash

     

 

¡    Link pay with Company performance

¡    Drive the achievement of short-term business objectives

¡    Incent the achievement of our annual operating plan

 

Long-Term  

Incentive  

Program  

Awards  

 

 

Variable based on the achievement of longer-term financial goals and stockholder value creation

     

 

¡    50% - performance share awards payable in Common Stock; 30% - stock options granted at fair market value; 20% - time-vested restricted stock units payable in Common Stock

     

 

¡    Link pay with Company and stock price performance

¡    Drive the achievement of longer-term business objectives and goals and focus on stock price appreciation

¡    Align with stockholder interests

¡    Build ownership in the Company through increased holdings of Common Stock

 

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Overview of Annual Setting of Executive Compensation

Beginning in Fiscal 2008, our Compensation Committee sought the advice of outside compensation consultants to assist it with collecting and reviewing information regarding the executive compensation programs of a selected group of peer companies (the list of which for Fiscal 2012 is below) and to provide it with more general survey data regarding executive compensation practices for Fiscal 2009 and beyond. The role of the outside compensation consultants in our executive compensation processes and procedures is described under the caption “Board of Directors and Certain Board Committees – Compensation Committee” in this proxy statement. Our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer also consult with our Compensation Committee regarding each element of our executive compensation program. At our Compensation Committee’s request, these executives provide recommendations to our Compensation Committee related to appropriate financial performance metrics and goals for the Company to align compensatory programs with our overall business strategy. Our Compensation Committee also reviews with our Chief Executive Officer each element of compensation to be paid to our named executive officers (other than our Chief Executive Officer) and other key employees. Our Compensation Committee generally holds special meetings to prepare for its annual compensation recommendations. Our Compensation Committee is provided with and reviews survey data provided by our compensation consultants, our management’s recommendations, tally sheets of our named executive officer’s historical compensation and other data and utilizes the committee members’ collective knowledge of industry and market pay practices of similarly-situated executives, along with our overall compensation philosophy, in connection with determining its executive compensation recommendations for each executive officer. At certain of its meetings, the Compensation Committee holds executive sessions, which exclude our management and, subject to the Compensation Committee’s discretion, include its independent consultants. Our Compensation Committee then submits its recommendations to our Board for review and approval.

We do not have a policy of reducing awards based upon the amounts realized from prior compensation. Our Compensation Committee believes that the intended value of an award on its grant date reflects both the possible upside and the possible downside of any such award. Likewise, we do not have a policy of increasing awards based upon amounts not realized from prior compensation awards.

Relationship between Pay and Performance

One of the main objectives of our compensation philosophy is to align our named executive officers’ compensation with the performance of the Company (“pay-for-performance”). Our Compensation Committee recently reviewed the relationship between our Chief Executive Officer’s realizable compensation and the Company’s performance from Fiscal 2010 through Fiscal 2012. The analysis, which was prepared by the Compensation Committee’s compensation consultants, compared our Chief Executive Officer’s realizable compensation and the Company’s performance, relative to a peer group, in order to assess whether the Company’s performance and realizable compensation for our Chief Executive Officer are aligned. The peer group utilized for this analysis is the same peer group utilized for the Fiscal 2013 compensation decisions identified below.

Realizable compensation is defined as (i) base salary, (ii) actual bonus earned, (iii) aggregate current value of restricted stock grants made during the period, (iv) aggregate in-the-money value of stock option grants made during the period and (v) for performance plans, the actual payouts for awards beginning and ending during the three-year performance period and the estimated payout for unvested awards granted during the three-year performance period. Realizable compensation was calculated in the same manner for our CEO and the CEOs of our peer group companies. The realizable value of long-term equity-based awards was valued using each company’s closing stock price on March 31, 2012.

Financial and shareholder performance for the Company and the peer group were evaluated over the same three-year period as realizable compensation using the following four (4) performance measures: TSR; revenue growth; EBITDA growth; and operating margin. These measures were selected because they are used in the Company’s short-term and/or long-term incentive plans and were considered by the Compensation Committee’s compensation consultants to be reasonable indicators of Company performance. The Company’s percentile ranking for each performance measure relative to the peer group was averaged to form a composite performance ranking.

 

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Over the three-year period, our CEO’s realizable compensation ranked at the 22 nd percentile of the peer group while our composite performance ranked at the 37 th percentile of the peer group. This means that our CEO’s realizable compensation is positioned well below the middle of the peer group while our performance was ranked below the middle of the peer group. The Compensation Committee observed that the relatively low positioning of realizable compensation ( i.e. , the 22 nd percentile) is attributable to the following factors:

 

   

At March 31, 2012, the stock options granted to our CEO during the three-year period (assuming none were exercised) had no intrinsic value as compared to the grant date fair value of $2,514,034. An increase in the Company’s stock price will improve the relative positioning of realizable compensation for any outstanding stock options; and

   

The performance share awards granted during the three-year period based on adjusted EBITDA goals are trending below target, in the aggregate, and the performance share awards based on TSR performance over the three-year period are trending below threshold.

Based on this analysis and the above observations, the Compensation Committee is satisfied with the alignment of our CEO’s realizable compensation with the performance of the Company. The chart below provides an illustration of this realizable pay-for-performance analysis.

 

 

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Summary of Fiscal 2012 Executive Compensation Decisions

In making Fiscal 2012 compensation decisions relating to our named executive officers, our Compensation Committee considered our executive compensation philosophy of paying below-market base salaries and modestly above-market incentive compensation. Our compensation consultants provided a comprehensive, current assessment of a peer group first developed in Fiscal 2009 and modified in Fiscal 2012 as noted below (the “Fiscal 2012 Peer Group”) and survey data relating to these positions to develop overall compensatory arrangements for these executives. Our Compensation Committee also reviewed our management’s recommendations related to appropriate financial performance metrics and goals for the Company to align compensatory programs with our overall business strategy. Our Compensation Committee considered summary information of the total compensation paid to our named executive officers during the prior three (3) fiscal years and summary data of each named executive officer’s stock awards and stock options position. Our Compensation Committee discussed with our Chief Executive Officer proposals relating to the compensation of our named executive officers (other than the Chief Executive Officer). After discussions with our Chief Executive Officer and the outside compensation consultants, our Compensation Committee recommended to our Board for approval the Fiscal 2012 total direct compensation of the named executive officers, other than for our Chief Executive Officer, described below and, in the case of our Chief Executive Officer, after review of Fiscal 2012 Peer Group and survey data with the compensation consultants in the absence of our Chief Executive Officer, our Compensation Committee recommended to our Board for approval the Fiscal 2012 total direct compensation of our Chief Executive Officer described below. Our Compensation Committee believes that the incentive compensation of the named executive officers (annual cash bonus and long-term incentive compensation) described below, combined with Fiscal 2012 base salaries, provides for compensation opportunity for each executive above median as compared to similarly-situated executives as reflected in the data provided by the consultants, consistent with our executive compensation philosophy.

Results of 2011 Stockholder Vote on Named Executive Officer Compensation

At our August 2011 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, we held an advisory vote to approve the compensation of our named executive officers in accordance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. At the meeting, our stockholders overwhelmingly approved the compensation of our named executive officers, with over 95% of votes cast in favor of approving the compensation paid to our named executive officers. As we evaluated our compensation policies and practices throughout the remainder of 2011 and the early part of 2012, in connection with the Compensation Committee’s determination of Fiscal 2013 executive compensation, we were mindful of the strong support our stockholders expressed for our pay-for-performance philosophy, which is designed to link the compensation paid to our named executive officers to the Company’s financial performance and stockholder value. Accordingly, the Compensation Committee decided to retain our general approach to executive compensation, with an emphasis on performance-based incentive compensation components that reward our executives only when they deliver value to the Company and our stockholders.

Use of Market Compensation Data

In order to make informed decisions regarding compensation matters for our named executive officers, the Compensation Committee’s compensation consultants provide market compensation data for each executive position using peer group data as disclosed in each company’s proxy statement and, in some instances, survey data.

A peer group of companies was first developed in Fiscal 2009, after discussions among our Compensation Committee, the compensation consultants and our management, for use, along with survey data, to assess whether each of the named executive officers’ total compensation (base salary, annual bonus and long-term incentive compensation) was competitive relative to similarly-situated executives. The Fiscal 2012 Peer Group, shown below, is the same peer group utilized in Fiscal 2011 except that three (3) companies (ADC Telecommunications, Inc., CommScope Inc. and Nu Horizons Electronics Corp.) were removed as a result of being acquired and a fourth company was removed as a result of a significant disconnect from the Company

 

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based on market capitalization. In their place, ADTRAN, Inc., Finisar Corporation, Qlogic Corporation and Tellabs, Inc. were added for Fiscal 2012 after a review and analysis of the peer group selection criteria discussed earlier by our compensation consultants and discussions among our Compensation Committee, the compensation consultants and our management.

 

Acxiom Corporation

  Gartner, Inc.  

ADTRAN, Inc.

  MasTec, Inc.  

ARRIS Group, Inc.

  MAXIMUS, Inc.  

Belden Inc.

  Novell, Inc.  

CIBER, Inc.

  Plantronics, Inc.  

Ciena Corporation

  Polycom, Inc.  

Cincinnati Bell Inc.

  Qlogic Corporation  

Dycom Industries, Inc.

  SAVVIS, Inc.  

Finisar Corporation

  Tellabs, Inc.  

These companies were selected based on the following criteria presented by our compensation consultants and agreed upon by our Compensation Committee:

 

   

similarity in industry (competitors for business and/or talent);

   

size in terms of revenues (approximately one-half to twice our revenues);

   

number of employees;

   

structure of the business defined in terms of asset turnover (revenue/assets) and profit margin; and

   

financial performance in relation to the Company’s financial performance in terms of market capitalization, total shareholder return, return on capital and profitability.

In selecting peer companies, the Compensation Committee takes a collective view of the selection criteria and does not rely on any single metric. The Compensation Committee believes that the peer companies represent businesses that are our competitors and represent companies of similar size and complexity to us.

In some instances, the outside compensation consultants also presented our Compensation Committee with broad survey data which was supplemented with data from the Fiscal 2012 Peer Group for the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer and the Vice President positions for market target annual and long-term incentives, which was based on executive-position match, as another means by which our Compensation Committee could assess and judge the compensation paid to our named executive officers. When utilized, the survey data is further size adjusted using regression equations based on the revenue responsibility of the executive position.

Base Salaries .    A review was conducted of our named executive officers’ base salaries in light of their performance and the survey and Fiscal 2012 Peer Group data presented by our compensation consultants and our compensation philosophy to pay below-market base salaries. Following such review, it was determined that the current base salaries of our named executive officers continued to align with our compensation philosophy of paying base salaries below the market median and, therefore, were considered appropriate for Fiscal 2012. Accordingly, no change was made in the base salaries of our named executive officers for Fiscal 2012. These base salaries were positioned from 8% to 18% below the market median based on the survey data presented by our compensation consultants.

Fiscal 2012 Annual Cash Bonus Program .    At the recommendation of our Compensation Committee, in May 2011, our Board approved the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan. The FY12 Annual Incentive Plan was similar to our annual cash incentive plan for Fiscal 2011. The main objective of the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan was to motivate our named executive officers to achieve the Company’s overall operating plan and was implemented after strategic planning meetings attended by the Compensation Committee and other Board members at which the Company’s operating plan for Fiscal 2012 was presented by our management and then reviewed and

 

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approved by our Board. The performance goals for the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan and the actual Company achievement of such performance goals were as follows:

 

            FY12 Annual Incentive Plan Performance Goals
     

Actual FY12      

Annual      

Incentive      

Plan      

Performance      

 

Actual FY12      

Performance as      

a Percent of      

Target Goal      

 

Threshold (80%        

of Target,        

except for DSOs        

which is 90% of        

Target)        

 

  Target        

Maximum (120% of    

Target, except for    

DSOs which is    

110% of Target)    

 

Operating earnings per share

  $3.35         84%       $3.20       $4.00        $4.80  

 

Adjusted operating margin percent

  9.2%         86%       8.6%       10.8%        13.0%  

 

Adjusted EBITDA ($ in millions)

  $104.7         81%       $103       $129        $155  

 

DSOs

  80         98%       86       78        70  

For the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan, “operating earnings per share” was net income plus “Reconciling Items” (as defined below) divided by weighted average common shares outstanding (diluted); “adjusted operating margin percent” was “adjusted operating income” divided by total revenues with “adjusted operating income” meaning operating income plus Reconciling Items; “adjusted EBITDA” was net income plus provision for income taxes, interest, depreciation and amortization plus Reconciling Items; and “DSOs” was an internal management calculation based on the balances in net accounts receivable, cost in excess of billings and billings in excess of costs at the end of the measurement period. DSOs essentially measures the average number of days for the Company to receive payment after revenue has been recognized. These performance goals were equally weighted. For the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan, “Reconciling Items” were: (i) amortization of intangible assets on acquisitions; (ii) stock-based compensation expense; (iii) asset write-up depreciation expense on acquisitions; (iv) expenses, settlements, judgments and fines associated with material litigation ($500,000 or greater per matter); (v) changes in fair value of any interest-rate swaps; (vi) certain pension plan funding expenses; (vii) the impact of any goodwill impairment; and (viii) the effect of changes in tax laws or accounting principles affecting reported results. The Compensation Committee considered other performance metrics as potential performance measures for the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan but concluded that the foregoing metrics were appropriate and consistent with our compensation objectives. The Compensation Committee retained negative discretion to decrease any payout that would otherwise be made under the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan.

Pursuant to the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan design, the achievement of the performance goals at the threshold level would have resulted in a payout of 50% of targeted annual bonus, the achievement of the performance goals at the target level would have resulted in a payout of 100% of targeted annual bonus and the achievement of the performance goals at the maximum level would have resulted in a payout of 150% of targeted annual bonus. The targeted annual bonus award levels under the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan for our named executive officers were as follows: our Chief Executive Officer – 100% of base salary, or $600,000; our Chief Financial Officer – 100% of base salary, or $350,000; our Vice President – 100% of base salary, or $330,000; and our Senior Vice President – approximately 50% of base salary, or $133,000. The foregoing amounts reflect the cash bonus that the executive would have received if each performance goal was achieved at the target level.

 

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In Fiscal 2012, our operating earnings per share were $3.35 (1) , or 84% of the target, our adjusted operating margin percent was 9.2% (2) , or 86% of the target, our adjusted EBITDA was $104.7 million (3) , or 81% of the target, and our DSOs were 80 days (4) , or 98% of the target. Such performance would have resulted in a payout under the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan of 66% of each named executive officer’s targeted annual bonus. However, in light of the Company’s performance in Fiscal 2012 resulting from the challenges due to a decrease in our government business and delays in projects in our commercial business, our management recommended to our Compensation Committee, and our Board, at the recommendation of our Compensation Committee, approved, the use of negative discretion to decrease the payouts that otherwise would have been made to our named executive officers under the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan to 35% of each named executive officer’s targeted compensation. In consideration of the appropriate payout level for the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan, management presented, and the Compensation Committee considered, the payout that would have occurred under the plan had the threshold level been established at 85% of target instead of 80% (other than DSOs which would remain at 90%) and had the maximum levels been established at 115% of target instead of 120% (other than DSOs which would remain at 110%). Had such ranges been utilized in the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan, the payout would have been 35% of target instead of 66% of target. Accordingly, at the recommendation of management and our Compensation Committee, the Board approved a payout at 35% of target resulting in the following payouts under the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan: $210,000 to our Chief Executive Officer; $123,000 to our Chief Financial Officer; $116,000 to our Vice President; and $46,000 to our Senior Vice President.

No Long-Term Incentive Program Payouts.     There were no payouts under any long-term incentive programs since May 2011 as the Long-Term Incentive Program for Fiscal 2010 utilized a performance period of two (2) fiscal years ended March 31, 2011 due to the economic uncertainty at the time that program was established in May 2009 and the Long-Term Incentive Program for Fiscal 2011 (the “FY11 LTIP”) was approved utilizing a performance period of three (3) fiscal years which will end March 31, 2013. Accordingly, no long-term incentive program had a performance period that ended at March 31, 2012.

Fiscal 2012 Long-Term Incentive Program.     In connection with its Fiscal 2012 compensation decisions, the Compensation Committee, with the assistance of our compensation consultants, reviewed the equity-based long-term incentive awards utilized in the FY11 LTIP in order to determine whether they remained appropriate to achieve our objectives consistent with our compensation philosophy. These objectives for the long-term incentive program included facilitating the achievement of long-range goals, promoting value creation for our stockholders, providing certain long-term incentive that is independent of the Company’s stock price and providing an overall above-median compensation opportunity through the use of above-market long-term compensation along with below-market base salaries. After consideration and input from our management and our compensation consultants, our Compensation Committee recommended, and our Board approved, the FY12 LTIP in a form substantially similar to the FY11 LTIP. Accordingly, the FY12 LTIP is comprised of a restricted stock unit grant payable in shares of Common Stock representing 20% of the award, a stock option grant representing 30% of the award and a Performance Award representing, at the target level payout at the time of grant, 50% of the award and payable in shares of Common Stock. In a change from prior years, based on the recommendation of its compensation consultants as to the majority practice, the Compensation Committee recommended, and the Board approved, the FY12 LTIP awards based on a dollar value, and also approved the

 

  (1)  

Operating earnings per share of $3.35 was computed as net income (loss) of $(247.7) million plus Reconciling Items, after-tax, of $307.3 million, divided by weighted average common shares outstanding (diluted) of approximately 17.8 million.

  (2)  

Adjusted operating margin percentage of 9.2% was computed as operating income (loss) of $(239.7) million plus Reconciling Items, pre-tax, of $340.3 million, divided by total revenues of $1,087.5 million.

  (3)  

Adjusted EBITDA of $104.7 million was computed as net income (loss) of $(247.7) million plus provision for income taxes of $1.7 million, interest of $5.1 million, depreciation and amortization of $18.5 million and Reconciling Items (other than amortization costs already excluded) of $327.1 million.

  (4)  

DSOs of 80 days includes “Costs/estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts” and “Billings in excess of costs/estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts” as reflected on our balance sheet at March 31, 2012.

 

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methodology for determining the number of shares under each award based on such dollar value. Since the number of shares payable under these awards was determined as of the date of grant, the named executive officers are at risk for market changes in the value of Common Stock during the performance period which will affect the value of the Performance Award.

The restricted stock units and stock options granted pursuant to the FY12 LTIP will vest in equal increments over three (3) years. The payout on 50% of the dollar value of the Performance Awards will be based on the Company’s performance relative to a cumulative adjusted EBITDA (as defined above) goal (the “FY12 EBITDA Goal”) and the payout on the remaining 50% of the dollar value of the Performance Awards will be based on the Company’s TSR relative to the Fiscal 2012 Peer Group’s TSR, in each case for the three (3) fiscal years ending March 31, 2014. With respect to the Performance Awards based on the FY12 EBITDA Goal, the achievement of 75% of the FY12 EBITDA Goal will result in a payout of 50% of such Performance Awards, the achievement of 100% of the FY12 EBITDA Goal will result in a payout of 100% of such Performance Awards and the achievement of 120% of the FY12 EBITDA Goal will result in a payout of 150% of such Performance Awards. With respect to the Performance Awards based on relative TSR, and in a change from prior years, the ranking of the Company’s TSR in the 35 th percentile (increased from the 25 th percentile) of the peer group’s TSR will result in a payout of 50% of such Performance Awards, the ranking of the Company’s TSR in the 55 th percentile (increased from the median or 50 th percentile) of the peer group’s TSR will result in a payout of 100% of such Performance Awards, the ranking of the Company’s TSR in the 75 th percentile of the peer group’s TSR will result in a payout of 150% of the targeted Performance Award and the ranking of the Company’s TSR in the 100 th percentile of the peer group’s TSR will result in a payout of 200% of the targeted Performance Award. A new provision added for Fiscal 2012 requires that, if the Company’s TSR over the performance period is negative, the award is capped at 100% regardless of the Company’s performance relative to the peer group.

Following Board review and approval, on May 17, 2011, our Compensation Committee approved the following targeted amounts and awards (rounded to the nearest ten shares) under the FY12 LTIP to the Company’s named executive officers: our Chief Executive Officer – $2,324,000 comprised of a restricted stock unit award for 14,350 shares of the Common Stock, a stock option grant for 56,150 shares of the Common Stock and Performance Awards for 34,030 shares of the Common Stock; our Chief Financial Officer – $1,162,000 comprised of a restricted stock unit award for 7,180 shares of the Common Stock, a stock option grant for 28,080 shares of the Common Stock and Performance Awards for 17,010 shares of the Common Stock; our Vice President – $800,000 comprised of a restricted stock unit award for 4,940 shares of the Common Stock, a stock option grant for 19,330 shares of the Common Stock and Performance Awards for 11,710 shares of the Common Stock; and our Senior Vice President – $350,000 comprised of a restricted stock unit award for 2,160 shares of the Common Stock, a stock option grant for 8,460 shares of the Common Stock and Performance Awards for 5,120 shares of the Common Stock. Key, non-executive officer employees are also participating in the FY12 LTIP generally on the same relative basis as the executive officers. All such awards were granted on the approval date of May 17, 2011.

At the time of grant, the FY12 EBITDA Goal for the Performance Awards was likely to be achieved at 75% of target, was challenging but achievable at 100% of target (but will require successful implementation of our mergers & acquisitions program) and was remotely achievable at 120% of target.

Based on the survey data discussed above, the FY12 LTIP opportunity for the Chief Executive Officer was positioned 11% above the market median, the FY12 LTIP opportunity for the Chief Financial Officer was positioned 58% above the market median, the FY12 LTIP opportunity for the Vice President was positioned 46% below the market median and the FY12 LTIP opportunity for the Senior Vice President was positioned 189% above the market median.

Description of Compensation Practices and Policies for Fiscal 2013

In connection with our Fiscal 2013 compensation decisions, our Compensation Committee again engaged our outside compensation consultants to undertake a comprehensive market assessment to provide our Compensation Committee with context and market insights for making compensation decisions. This review included a discussion of current market trends in executive compensation.

 

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Similar to the decision-making process for Fiscal 2012, in making Fiscal 2013 compensation decisions relating to our named executive officers, our Compensation Committee considered our executive compensation philosophy of paying below-market base salaries and modestly above-market incentive compensation. In connection with its comprehensive review, our compensation consultants reviewed our prior compensation decisions and advised our Compensation Committee that our executive compensation decisions were aligned with this compensation philosophy.

For the Fiscal 2013 compensation decisions, our Compensation Committee reviewed peer group data developed by our compensation consultants at the request of our Compensation Committee. The peer group utilized for Fiscal 2013 compensation decisions was the Fiscal 2012 Peer Group except that two (2) companies (Novell, Inc. and SAVVIS, Inc.) were removed as a result of being acquired. In their place, Comtech Telecommunications Corp., Intermec, Inc. and NETGEAR, Inc. were added for Fiscal 2013 after a review and analysis of the peer group selection criteria discussed earlier by our compensation consultants and discussions among our Compensation Committee, the compensation consultants and our management (the “Fiscal 2013 Peer Group”). Our compensation consultants also presented and our Compensation Committee reviewed broad survey data as supplemented with data from the Fiscal 2013 Peer Group for the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer and the Vice President positions for market target annual and long-term incentives. Our compensation consultants presented this data to the Compensation Committee in relation to the positions held by our named executive officers to develop overall compensatory arrangements for these executives. Our Compensation Committee also reviewed our management’s recommendations related to appropriate financial performance metrics and goals for the Company to align compensatory programs with our overall business strategy. Our Compensation Committee considered summary information of the total compensation paid to our named executive officers during the prior three (3) fiscal years and summary data of each named executive officer’s stock awards and stock options position. Our Compensation Committee discussed with our Chief Executive Officer proposals relating to the compensation of our named executive officers (other than the Chief Executive Officer). After discussions with our Chief Executive Officer and the outside compensation consultants, our Compensation Committee recommended to our Board for approval the Fiscal 2013 total direct compensation of the named executive officers, other than for our Chief Executive Officer, described below and, in the case of our Chief Executive Officer, after review of peer group and survey data with the compensation consultants in the absence of our Chief Executive Officer, our Compensation Committee recommended to our Board for approval the Fiscal 2013 total direct compensation of our Chief Executive Officer described below. Our Compensation Committee believes that the incentive compensation of the named executive officers (annual cash bonus and long-term incentive compensation) described below, combined with Fiscal 2013 base salaries, provides for compensation opportunity for each executive above median as compared to similarly-situated executives as reflected in the data provided by the consultants, consistent with our executive compensation philosophy.

Base Salaries .    A review was conducted of our named executive officers’ base salaries in light of their performance and the survey and peer group data presented by our compensation consultants and our compensation philosophy to pay below-market base salaries. Following such review, it was determined that the current base salaries of our named executive officers continued to align with our compensation philosophy of paying base salaries below the market median and, therefore, were considered appropriate for Fiscal 2013. Accordingly, no change was made in the base salaries of our named executive officers for Fiscal 2013. These base salaries are positioned from 9% to 15% below the market median based on the survey data presented by our compensation consultants.

Annual Cash Bonus Program .    At the recommendation of our Compensation Committee, in May 2012, our Board approved an annual cash incentive bonus plan for Fiscal 2013 (the “FY13 Annual Incentive Plan”) similar to the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan, although the threshold and maximum ranges were adjusted as discussed below. The main objective of the FY13 Annual Incentive Plan is to motivate our named executive officers to achieve the Company’s overall operating plan. The performance goals for the FY13 Annual Incentive Plan (operating earnings per share, adjusted operating margin percent, adjusted EBITDA and DSOs) are the same as for the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan. The FY13 Annual Incentive Plan performance goals approved by the

 

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Compensation Committee represent growth over the Fiscal 2012 actual results. The Compensation Committee retained negative discretion to decrease any payout that would otherwise be made under the FY13 Annual Incentive Plan.

The performance goals for the FY13 Annual Incentive Plan will be equally weighted. In a change from the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan to more appropriately align payment with performance as noted above, under the FY13 Annual Incentive Plan, the achievement of the performance goals at 85% of target (90% of target for the DSOs performance goal) will result in a payout of 50% of targeted annual bonus, the achievement of the performance goals at 100% of target will result in a payout of 100% of targeted annual bonus and the achievement of the performance goals at 115% of target (110% of target for the DSOs performance goal) will result in a payout of 150% of targeted annual bonus. At the time of grant, these performance goals were likely to be achieved at 85% of target (90% of target for the DSOs performance goal), were challenging but achievable at 100% of target and were remotely achievable at 115% of target (110% of target for the DSOs performance goal).

Our Board made targeted annual bonus awards under the FY13 Annual Incentive Plan to the Company’s named executive officers as follows: our Chief Executive Officer – 100% of base salary, or $600,000; our Chief Financial Officer – 100% of base salary, or $350,000; and our Vice President – 100% of base salary, or $330,000. No award was made to our Senior Vice President who is retiring as of June 30, 2012. Key, non-executive employees are also participating in the FY13 Annual Incentive Plan generally on the same terms as the named executive officers.

Total Cash Compensation.     Total cash compensation is comprised of base salary and annual cash bonus opportunity. Based on the survey data discussed above, the target total cash compensation for the Chief Executive Officer is positioned 15% below the market median, the target total cash compensation for the Chief Financial Officer is positioned 13% above the market median (although, as previously noted, our Chief Financial Officer also performs some functions that are comparable to a chief operating officer) and the target total cash compensation for the Vice President is positioned 8% above the market median.

Fiscal 2013 Long-Term Incentive Program.     In connection with its Fiscal 2013 compensation decisions, the Compensation Committee considered the elements used under the FY12 LTIP described above and concluded that such elements provided appropriate long-term incentives. After consideration and input from our management and our compensation consultants, our Compensation Committee recommended, and our Board approved, the FY13 LTIP in a form substantially similar to the FY12 LTIP, except that the methodology for determining the number of shares for the various compensation vehicles comprising the FY13 LTIP was adjusted as described below. Accordingly, the FY13 LTIP is comprised of a restricted stock unit grant payable in shares of Common Stock representing 20% of the award, a stock option grant representing 30% of the award and a Performance Award representing, at the target level payout at the time of grant, 50% of the award and payable in shares of Common Stock.

Beginning with the FY12 LTIP, and based on the recommendation of its compensation consultants as to the majority practice, the Compensation Committee recommended, and the Board approved, the FY12 LTIP awards based on a dollar value, and also approved a methodology for determining the number of shares under each award based on such dollar value. The same methodology was applied with respect to the FY13 LTIP awards, except that our management recommended to our Compensation Committee, and our Board, at the recommendation of our Compensation Committee, approved, a limitation such that the number of shares to be issued for the FY13 LTIP awards could not be more than 110% of the number of shares for such awards under the FY12 LTIP (rounded to the nearest ten shares). This was in recognition of the fact that, due to the decrease in the price of the Common Stock, an adjustment was appropriate for the FY13 LTIP awards to balance the increase in the number of shares that would be awarded under customary methodologies with the need to provide competitive executive compensation.

Following Board review and approval, on May 15, 2012, our Compensation Committee approved the following targeted amounts and awards under the FY13 LTIP, adjusted to limit share amounts to not more than 110% of the number of shares for the awards under the FY12 LTIP (rounded to the nearest ten shares), to the Company’s named executive officers. The FY13 LTIP opportunity for each of the named executive officers is approximately 25% less than the FY12 LTIP opportunity due to the application of the 110% share limit discussed

 

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above. In addition, based on the peer group and survey data discussed above, the FY13 LTIP opportunity for the Chief Executive Officer is positioned 16% below the market median, the FY13 LTIP opportunity for the Chief Financial Officer is positioned 18% above the market median and the FY13 LTIP opportunity for the Vice President is positioned 18% below the market median.

Key, non-executive officer employees are also participating in the FY13 LTIP generally on the same relative basis as the executive officers. All such awards were granted on May 15, 2012. Since the number of shares payable under these awards was determined as of the date of grant, the named executive officers are at risk for market changes in the value of Common Stock during the performance period which will affect the value of the Performance Award.

At the time of grant, the cumulative adjusted EBITDA goal for the Performance Awards based on such performance metric was likely to be achieved at 75% of target, was challenging but achievable at 100% of target (but will require successful implementation of our mergers & acquisitions program) and was remotely achievable at 120% of target.

Executive Stock Ownership Guidelines

To further achieve the objective of building our named executive officers’ ownership in shares of Common Stock, thereby more closely aligning the interests of our named executive officers with those of our stockholders, the Company has executive stock ownership guidelines that utilize a retention approach. Under these guidelines, our named executive officers are required to hold, until retirement, but subject to diversification at age 60, 50% of the net, after-tax shares of Common Stock issued to them pursuant to performance share awards and restricted stock awards/units. Our compensation consultants have advised that this retention guideline approach should result in our named executive officers owning more shares at a greater value than they would own if we had adopted a traditional ownership guideline approach that requires an executive to own shares that are valued as a multiple of such executive’s base salary. All of our named executive officers are in compliance with these ownership guidelines.

Retirement Benefits

We generally do not have a Company-funded post-retirement medical benefits program or a defined benefit pension program for our key employees. Messrs. Blakemore and McAndrew participate in the Retirement and Security Program of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (the “NTCA Plan”), a multiple employer pension plan in which the subsidiary of the Company that employs Mr. Blakemore and Mr. McAndrew participates as a contributing employer. Mr. Blakemore participated in such plan at the time of the Company’s acquisition of this subsidiary in 1999 and Mr. McAndrew participated in such plan following his relocation to the same office as Mr. Blakemore. Mr. Wertheimber is a citizen of Japan and, under Japanese law, must enroll in Japan’s national pension system to which we make contributions. Mr. Davis participates in a defined contribution plan similar to most Company employees.

Perquisites

The Company does not provide any perquisites to executives who reside in the United States. The Company does provide an automobile benefit to the Senior Vice President who is a local national in Japan, which is a customary practice in that country. As previously disclosed, the Senior Vice President will be retiring from the Company effective June 30, 2012.

Change-in-Control and Employment Termination Arrangements

We entered into agreements with Mr. Wertheimber in November 2004, with Messrs. McAndrew and Blakemore in May 2007 and with Mr. Davis in January 2011 in connection with his election as an executive officer of the Company (at which time Mr. Davis voluntarily terminated a severance agreement that generally provided for a severance payment equal to his annual salary). In October 2007, our Board approved a revised compensatory arrangement for Mr. Blakemore in connection with his election to the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer. After discussion, our Compensation Committee and Board determined to amend

 

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Mr. Blakemore’s agreement to provide that severance would be due to Mr. Blakemore upon termination of employment by us (other than due to death, disability, retirement or for cause) or by Mr. Blakemore for good reason, in each case prior to a change-in-control of the Company. Our Compensation Committee and Board approved this amendment to our Chief Executive Officer’s agreement as an inducement for him to accept the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer with us. Mr. McAndrew’s agreement was amended and restated in December 2008 to comply with Section 409A (“Section 409A”) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) (or certain exceptions thereto).

The agreements with Messrs. Blakemore, Davis, McAndrew and Wertheimber generally provide for certain benefits to these named executive officers in the event that their respective employment is terminated within two (2) years of a change-in-control either by (i) us for a reason other than cause, death, disability or retirement or (ii) the named executive officer’s resignation for good reason.

Our Compensation Committee and our Board approved these agreements and change-in-control and employment termination provisions in our compensation arrangements to reduce the distraction regarding the impact of such a transaction on the personal situation of a named executive officer and to provide incentives to them to remain with us through the consummation of a change-in-control transaction, if any. The level of severance provided, should the executive be terminated prior to or within two (2) years following a change-in-control, aligns with the level commonly provided in the market.

For a more detailed description of the change-in-control arrangements with our named executive officers, see the Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change-in-Control section of this proxy statement.

Other Matters

Section 409A generally provides that amounts deferred under nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements will be subject to accelerated income recognition, interest and substantial penalties unless the arrangement satisfies certain design and operational requirements. We have modified our compensatory arrangements as necessary so that compensation payable under the arrangements is not subject to taxation under Section 409A. These amendments were not intended to increase the benefits payable under our plans and arrangements.

Section 162(m) of the Code (“Section 162(m)”) provides that a publicly-traded corporation may not deduct from its federal income taxes compensation in excess of $1 million for amounts paid to each of its chief executive officer or to any of the three (3) highest compensated officers other than the chief executive officer unless such excess compensation is “performance-based.” Among other requirements, for compensation to be “performance-based” for purposes of Section 162(m), the performance goals must be pre-established and objective. The awards made pursuant to the FY11 LTIP, the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan, the FY12 LTIP, the FY13 Annual Incentive Plan and the FY13 LTIP were issued pursuant to the Incentive Plan and, other than the restricted stock units, are intended to be “performance-based” for purposes of Section 162(m). Our Compensation Committee or Board also may provide incentive compensation that is not “performance-based” for purposes of Section 162(m) and therefore not deductible for federal income tax purposes to the extent that non-deductible compensation is in excess of the $1 million limitation.

Risk Assessment

In Fiscal 2011, the Compensation Committee reviewed our compensation policies and practices in order to assess whether such compensation policies and practices are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company. In order to assist in such review, the Compensation Committee engaged our compensation consultants. Our compensation consultants reviewed our pay philosophy, program design, program governance and administration and mitigating factors that offset risk. Our compensation consultants concluded that:

 

   

our compensation philosophy, while emphasizing above-market variable compensation components, does not promote an inappropriate level of risk;

   

our incentive design is appropriate and serves to reward appropriate risk taking;

   

governance and plan administration is appropriate;

 

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mitigating factors, including a stock retention policy and Compensation Committee discretion, are present;

   

certain pay practices that may promote risk are not present;

   

none of the elements reviewed indicate a critical issue or appear to promote material risk; and

   

appropriate levels of approval, review and governance exist to mitigate the risk of inappropriate actions.

Based on such review, in Fiscal 2011, our Compensation Committee recommended to the Board, and our Board concluded, that our compensation policies and practices are not reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company. In Fiscal 2012 and Fiscal 2013, our Compensation Committee confirmed with our compensation consultants that, at the present time, there is no basis for a contrary conclusion. Management also reported to our Compensation Committee and Board regarding our compensation programs generally in connection with such assessment.

Report of the Compensation Committee

Our Compensation Committee reviewed and discussed with our management the Compensation Discussion and Analysis set forth in this proxy statement. Based on the foregoing review and discussions, our Compensation Committee recommended to our Board that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this proxy statement.

The information contained in this report does not constitute soliciting material and should not be deemed filed or incorporated by reference into any other Company filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except to the extent the Company specifically incorporates it by reference into such filing.

 

   Compensation Committee:
   Thomas W. Golonski, Chairman
   William F. Andrews
   Edward A. Nicholson, Ph.D.

 

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SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE – FISCAL 2012, FISCAL 2011 AND FISCAL 2010

The following table sets forth cash compensation paid by us and our subsidiaries, as well as other compensation paid or accrued during Fiscal 2012, Fiscal 2011 and Fiscal 2010 to (i) R. Terry Blakemore, our President and CEO, (ii) our principal financial officer, Michael McAndrew and (iii) Kenneth P. Davis and Francis W. Wertheimber, our other executive officers at the end of Fiscal 2012 (each, a “named executive officer”). Such compensation was paid for services rendered in all capacities to us and our subsidiaries:

 

Name and Principal Position   Year    

  Salary

  ($)

   

Bonus

($)

   

Stock
Awards (1)

($)

   

Option
Awards (2)

($)

   

Non-Equity
Incentive
Plan
Compensation

($)

   

Change in    

Pension    

Value and    

Nonqualified    

Deferred    

Compensation    

Earnings    

($)    

 

 

All Other    

Compensation    

($)    

 

 Total

 ($)

 

R. Terry Blakemore,

    President and

    Chief Executive Officer (3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 

2011 

2010 

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

602,308

598,077

552,115

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

600,000

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,626,883 

1,389,000 

1,994,560 

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

697,158 

934,848 

882,028 

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

210,000     

636,000     

429,000     

 

  

  

  

 

 

110,149 (4)   

239,320 (4)   

149,986 (4)   

 

 

25,558 (5)         

25,434 (5)         

20,656 (5)         

 

 

3,272,056    

3,822,679    

4,628,345    

 

Kenneth P. Davis,

    Vice President – Voice

    Communications North,

    Europe and Latin America (6)

 

 

 

 

 

2012 

2011 

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

330,000

298,269

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

75,000

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

559,902 

209,760 

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

240,001 

140,227 

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

116,000     

166,000     

 

  

  

 

 

—     

—     

 

 

 5,097 (7)         

 5,636 (7)         

 

 

1,251,000    

   894,892    

 

Michael McAndrew,

    Executive Vice President,

    Chief Financial Officer,

    Treasurer and Secretary (3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 

2011 

2010 

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

351,346

358,750

315,000

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

150,000

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

813,423 

694,500 

498,640 

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

348,641 

467,424 

223,798 

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

123,000     

371,000     

197,000     

 

  

  

  

 

 

133,400 (4)   

—     

—     

 

 

25,125 (7)          

 5,373 (7)         

 4,980 (7)         

 

 

1,794,935    

1,897,047    

1,389,418    

 

Francis W. Wertheimber,

    Senior Vice President (8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 

2011 

2010 

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

376,425

374,774

333,465

 

(8)  

(8)  

(8)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

75,000

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

244,802 

209,760 

249,320 

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

105,039 

140,227 

105,317 

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

46,000     

140,000     

104,000     

 

  

  

  

 

 

—     

—     

—     

 

 

45,980 (9)(10)    

41,942 (9)(10)    

33,559 (9)(10)    

 

 

   818,246    

   906,703    

   900,661    

 

 

 

  (1)

Reflects the aggregate grant date fair value with respect to awards of restricted stock units and performance shares for each named executive officer computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. The assumptions underlying the valuation of these awards is set forth in Note 14 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for Fiscal 2012 (“2012 Form 10-K”). The amount presented reflects the payout of the performance share awards at target. If these performance awards were to be paid out at the maximum amount, the value of all stock awards for Fiscal 2012 for Messrs. Blakemore, Davis, McAndrew and Wertheimber would be $2,498,431, $859,875, $1,249,016 and $375,914, respectively.

 

  (2)

Reflects the dollar amount recognized for financial statement reporting purposes in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. For Fiscal 2012, the weighted-average assumptions underlying the valuation of the stock options under the Black-Scholes option pricing model are as follows: expected life of 4.84 years; volatility of 45.28%; a risk-free interest rate of 1.73%; and a dividend yield of 0.714%. For Fiscal 2011, the weighted-average assumptions underlying the valuation of the stock options under the Black-Scholes option pricing model are as follows: expected life of 4.93 years; volatility of 41.38%; a risk-free interest rate of 2.30%; and a dividend yield of 0.819%. For Fiscal 2010, the weighted-average assumptions underlying the valuation of the stock options under the Black-Scholes option pricing model are as follows: expected life of 4.96 years; volatility of 45.50%; a risk-free interest rate of 2.70%; and a dividend yield of 0.881%.

 

  (3)

As previously disclosed, the Company announced that Mr. Blakemore will resign as President and CEO of the Company, effective March 31, 2013, and subsequently retire from the Company and, effective April 1, 2013, Mr. McAndrew will become President and CEO of the Company.

 

  (4)

Messrs. Blakemore and McAndrew (since April 1, 2011) each participate in the NTCA Plan. One of our subsidiaries is a member of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, which sponsors the NTCA Plan, a multiple employer pension plan in which such subsidiary participates as a

 

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contributing employer. The amount in this column for Fiscal 2012 represents the aggregate change in actuarial present value of each participant’s accumulated benefits under the NTCA Plan from December 31, 2010 to December 31, 2011 (the last day of the NTCA Plan’s most-recently completed fiscal year), the amount in this column for Fiscal 2011 represents the aggregate change in actuarial present value of Mr. Blakemore’s accumulated benefits under the NTCA Plan from December 31, 2009 to December 31, 2010 and the amount in this column for Fiscal 2010 represents the aggregate change in actuarial present value of Mr. Blakemore’s accumulated benefits under the NTCA Plan from December 31, 2008 to December 31, 2009. For more information regarding the NTCA Plan and the assumptions used to calculate this amount, see the Pension Benefits Table and the Understanding Our Pension Benefits Table sections in this proxy statement.

 

  (5)

Represents the Company’s contributions to the NTCA Plan ($24,328 in Fiscal 2012) and payments for life insurance premiums.

 

  (6)

Mr. Davis was elected an executive officer during Fiscal 2011 and, in accordance with the SEC’s rules, only his compensation for Fiscal 2012 and Fiscal 2011 is presented in this proxy statement.

 

  (7)

Represents the Company’s contributions to the NTCA Plan for Mr. McAndrew ($24,141 in Fiscal 2012), amounts paid by us for Mr. Davis under a 401(k) plan and payments for both Messrs. Davis and McAndrew for life insurance premiums.

 

  (8)

As previously disclosed, Mr. Wertheimber will be retiring from the Company effective June 30, 2012.

 

  (9)

Represents amounts paid in Japanese yen and converted to U.S. dollars using an exchange rate as of March 30, 2012 of 0.012074 U.S. dollars for each Japanese yen for Fiscal 2012, an exchange rate as of March 31, 2011 of 0.012021 U.S. dollars for each Japanese yen for Fiscal 2011 and an exchange rate as of March 31, 2010 of 0.010696 U.S. dollars for each Japanese yen for Fiscal 2010. The difference between the amount of base salary as approved by the Compensation Committee and the Board and the amount paid to Mr. Wertheimber as shown in this table is due to the fact that Mr. Wertheimber’s base salary was approved in U.S. dollars and converted to and paid to him in Japanese yen on the basis of a different fixed exchange rate, but the amounts paid to him in Japanese yen were converted to U.S. dollars for purposes of this table based on the exchange rates noted above.

 

  (10)

Mr. Wertheimber is a resident of Japan and, under Japanese law, must enroll in Japan’s national pension system to which we make contributions. For Fiscal 2012, we contributed to this pension system on his behalf and provided payments for life insurance premiums. We also provided him with a vehicle allowance and paid certain other vehicle-related expenses totaling $38,247 for Fiscal 2012.

 

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GRANTS OF PLAN-BASED AWARDS – FISCAL 2012

The following table sets forth each grant of awards made to our named executive officers in Fiscal 2012 under plans established by us:

 

Name   Grant Date       Estimated Future Payouts Under
Non-Equity Incentive  Plan Awards
    Estimated Future Payouts Under
Equity Incentive Plan Awards
   

All Other
Stock
Awards:
Number of
Shares of
Stock or
Units

(#) (1)

 

   

All Other
Option
Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Options

(#)

   

Exercise or
Base
Price of
Option
Awards

($/Sh)

   

 Grant Date
 Fair Value of
 Stock and
 Option
 Awards

 ($)

             

Threshold
($)

 

     Target
($)
    Maximum
($)
     Threshold
(#)
    Target
(#)
    Maximum
(#)
                               

R. Terry Blakemore

   
 
 
 
 
05/17/2011    
05/17/2011 (2)
05/17/2011 (3)
05/17/2011 (4)
05/17/2011 (5)
  
  
  
  
  
   

 

 

 

 

—     

300,000 

—     

—     

—     

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—     

600,000

—     

—     

—     

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—      

900,000 

—      

—      

—      

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—      

—      

8,970   

8,045   

—      

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—      

—      

17,940   

16,090   

—      

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—     

—     

26,910  

32,180  

—     

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—      

—      

—      

—      

14,350   

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

56,150   

—      

—      

—      

—      

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

32.39    

—       

—       

—       

—       

  

  

  

  

  

 

697,158    

—         581,077    

581,010    

464,797    

Kenneth P. Davis

   
 
 
 
 
05/17/2011    
05/17/2011 (2)
05/17/2011 (3)
05/17/2011 (4)
05/17/2011 (5)
  
  
  
  
  
   

 

 

 

 

—     

165,000 

—     

—     

—     

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—     

330,000

—     

—     

—     

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—      

495,000 

—      

—      

—      

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—      

—      

3,085   

2,770   

—      

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—      

—      

6,170   

5,540   

—      

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—     

—     

9,255  

11,080  

—     

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—      

—      

—      

—      

4,940   

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

19,330   

—      

—      

—      

—      

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

32.39    

—       

—       

—       

—       

  

  

  

  

  

 

240,001    

—        

199,846    

200,049    

160,007    

Michael McAndrew

   
 
 
 
 
05/17/2011    
05/17/2011 (2)
05/17/2011 (3)
05/17/2011 (4)
05/17/2011 (5)
  
  
  
  
  
   

 

 

 

 

—     

175,000 

—     

—     

—     

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—     

350,000

—     

—     

—     

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—      

525,000 

—      

—      

—      

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—      

—      

4,485   

4,020   

—      

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—      

—      

8,970   

8,040   

—      

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—     

—     

13,455  

16,080  

—     

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—      

—      

—      

—      

7,180   

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

28,080   

—      

—      

—      

—      

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

32.39    

—       

—       

—       

—       

  

  

  

  

  

 

348,641    

—        

290,538    

290,324    

232,560    

Francis W.

Wertheimber

   
 
 
 
 
05/17/2011    
05/17/2011 (2)
05/17/2011 (3)
05/17/2011 (4)
05/17/2011 (5)
  
  
  
  
  
   
 

 

 

 

—     
66,500 

—     

—     

—     

  
  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—     

133,000

—     

—     

—     

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—      

199,500 

—      

—      

—      

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—      

—      

1,350   

1,210   

—      

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—      

—      

2,700   

2,420   

—      

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—     

—     

4,050  

4,840  

—     

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

—      

—      

—      

—      

2,160   

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

8,460   

—      

—      

—      

—      

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

32.39    

—       

—       

—       

—       

  

  

  

  

  

 

105,039    

—        

87,453    

87,386    

69,962    

 

 

 

  (1)

As of March 31, 2012, there were 911,813 shares of Common Stock available for issuance under the Incentive Plan (subject to appropriate adjustments in the event of stock splits, stock dividends and similar dilutive events). No dividends or dividend equivalents are paid on any of the awards shown in this table. See the CD&A section of this proxy statement for a more detailed discussion of the terms of the compensation awards granted to our named executive officers.

 

  (2)

The amounts listed in this row represent the estimated future payouts under the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan which was recommended by our Compensation Committee and approved by our Board on May 17, 2011. For a description of the FY12 Annual Incentive Plan, see the CD&A section of this proxy statement. For the actual amount paid pursuant to these awards, see the 2012 row of the “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” column of the Summary Compensation Table – Fiscal 2012, Fiscal 2011 and Fiscal 2010 in this proxy statement. As discussed in CD&A, negative discretion was utilized in determining the amount of these awards.

 

  (3)

The amounts listed in this row represent the threshold, target and maximum payments that may be made to Messrs. Blakemore, Davis, McAndrew and Wertheimber pursuant to the Performance Awards under the FY12 LTIP for the three (3) fiscal years ending March 31, 2014, based on achievement of the FY12 EBITDA Goal. Those awards were recommended by our Compensation Committee and approved by our Board on May 17, 2011. For a description of the FY12 LTIP, see the CD&A section of this proxy statement.

 

  (4)

The amounts listed in this row represent the threshold, target and maximum payments that may be made to Messrs. Blakemore, Davis, McAndrew and Wertheimber pursuant to the Performance Awards under the FY12 LTIP for the three (3) fiscal years ending March 31, 2014, based on achievement of

 

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TSR. This award was recommended by our Compensation Committee and approved by our Board on May 17, 2011. For a description of the FY12 LTIP, see the CD&A section of this proxy statement.

 

  (5)

The amounts reported in this row represent the number of time-based restricted stock units granted in Fiscal 2012. These awards vest ratably in three (3) annual installments beginning one year after the grant date.

 

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OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT FISCAL YEAR-END – FISCAL 2012

The following table sets forth all unexercised stock options and stock awards which have been awarded by us to our named executive officers and are outstanding as of March 31, 2012:

 

      Option Awards     Stock Awards  
Name  

Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options

(#)

Exercisable

   

Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options

(#)

Unexercisable

   

Option
Exercise Price

($)

    Option
Expiration
Date
   

Number of
Shares or
Units of
Stock That
Have Not
Vested

(#) (10)

   

Market
Value of
Shares or
Units of
Stock that
Have Not

Vested

($) (11)

   

Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Number of
Unearned
Shares,
Units or
Other Rights
That Have
Not Vested

(#) (12)

   

Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Market or
Payout
Value of
Unearned
Shares,
Units or
Other Rights
That Have
Not Vested

($) (11)

 

 

R. Terry Blakemore

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—        

—        

  6,667    

60,000    

25,000    

80,000    

44,666    

26,666    

—        

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—          

—          

—          

—          

—          

—          

22,334 (1)     

53,334 (2)     

56,150 (3)     

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—          

—          

34.290      

39.770      

28.710      

28.930      

33.110      

32.210      

32.390      

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—        

—        

08/11/2014  

10/31/2015  

05/27/2018  

05/28/2018  

05/26/2019  

05/17/2020  

05/17/2021  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—       

30,351     

—       

—       

—       

—       

—       

—       

—       

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—      

774,254  

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

61,030    

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,556,875  

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Kenneth P. Davis

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—        

—        

       28    

10,000    

10,000    

15,000    

10,000    

  3,334    

  6,666    

  4,000    

—        

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—          

—          

—          

—          

—          

—          

—          

—          

  3,334 (1)     

  8,000 (4)     

19,330 (5)     

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—          

—          

29.815      

40.260      

36.035      

39.770      

28.710      

28.930      

33.110      

32.210      

32.390      

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—        

—        

04/01/2013  

09/29/2013  

08/11/2014  

10/30/2015  

05/27/2018  

05/28/2018  

05/26/2019  

05/17/2020  

05/17/2021  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—       

  7,407     

—       

—       

—       

—       

—       

—       

—       

—       

—       

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—      

188,953  

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15,710    

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   400,762  

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Michael McAndrew

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—        

—        

20,000    

50,000    

10,000    

27,500    

20,000    

11,333    

13,333    

—        

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—          

—          

—          

—          

—          

—          

—          

  5,667 (1)     

26,667 (6)     

28,080 (7)     

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—          

—          

42.930      

39.770      

38.965      

28.710      

28.930      

33.110      

32.210      

32.390      

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—        

—        

10/01/2013  

10/31/2015  

06/15/2016  

05/27/2018  

05/28/2018  

05/26/2019  

05/17/2020  

05/17/2021  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—       

13,848     

—       

—       

—       

—       

—       

—       

—       

—       

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—      

353,262  

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30,510    

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   778,310  

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Francis W. Wertheimber

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—        

—        

25,000    

  5,000    

35,000    

50,000    

50,000    

50,000    

10,000    

  5,333    

  4,000    

—        

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—          

—          

—          

—          

—          

—          

—          

—          

—          

  2,667 (1)     

  8,000 (8)     

  8,460 (9)     

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—          

—          

44.370      

44.910      

40.550      

34.290      

39.770      

28.710      

28.930      

33.110      

32.210      

32.390      

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

—        

—        

11/13/2012  

12/19/2012  

10/01/2013  

08/11/2014  

10/31/2015  

05/27/2018  

05/28/2018  

05/26/2019  
05/17/2020  

05/17/2021  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  
  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—       

4,494     

—       

—       

—       

—       

—       

—       

—       

—       

—       

—       

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—      

114,642  

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  9,120    

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

—        

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   232,651  

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

—      

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

 

 

  (1)

These options vested on May 26, 2012.

 

  (2)

These options vested/vest in two (2) annual installments of 26,667 and 26,667 on May 17, 2012 and May 17, 2013, respectively.

 

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  (3)

These options vested/vest in three (3) annual installments of 18,716, 18,717 and 18,717 on May 17, 2012, May 17, 2013 and May 17, 2014, respectively.

 

  (4)

These options vested/vest in two (2) annual installments of 4,000 and 4,000 on May 17, 2012 and May 17, 2013, respectively.

 

  (5)

These options vested/vest in three (3) annual installments of 6,443, 6,443 and 6,444 on May 17, 2012, May 17, 2013 and May 17, 2014, respectively.

 

  (6)

These options vested/vest in two (2) annual installments of 13,333 and 13,334 on May 17, 2012 and May 17, 2013, respectively.

 

  (7)

These options vested/vest in three (3) annual installments of 9,360, 9,360 and 9,360 on May 17, 2012, May 17, 2013 and May 17, 2014, respectively.

 

  (8)

These options vested/vest in two (2) annual installments of 4,000 and 4,000 on May 17, 2012 and May 17, 2013, respectively.

 

  (9)

These options vested/vest in three (3) annual installments of 2,820, 2,820 and 2,820 on May 17, 2012, May 17, 2013 and May 17, 2014, respectively.

 

  (10)

This column includes unvested restricted stock unit awards as of March 31, 2012. Messrs. Blakemore, Davis, McAndrew and Wertheimber were granted 16,000, 2,400, 4,000 and 2,000 restricted stock units, respectively, on May 26, 2009 (July 29, 2009 with respect to Mr. Davis). Each such award vests in three (3) installments, 1/3 of which vested on each of May 26, 2010, May 26, 2011 and May 26, 2012. In addition, Messrs. Blakemore, Davis, McAndrew and Wertheimber were granted 16,000, 2,500, 8,000 and 2,500 restricted stock units, respectively, on May 11, 2010. Each such award vests in three (3) installments, 1/3 of which vested on each of May 11, 2011 and May 11, 2012 and with 1/3 vesting on May 11, 2013. In addition, Messrs. Blakemore, Davis, McAndrew and Wertheimber were granted 14,350, 4,940, 7,180 and 2,160 restricted stock units, respectively, on May 17, 2011. Each such award vests in three (3) installments, 1/3 of which vested on May 17, 2012 and with 1/3 vesting on each of May 17, 2013 and May 17, 2014.

 

  (11)

These values are based on a market price of $25.51 per share, the closing market price per share of the Common Stock on NASDAQ on March 30, 2012.

 

  (12)

This column shows the number of unvested performance shares (for which the performance conditions had not been satisfied) as of March 31, 2012 based on achieving performance goals at the target levels. Performance share awards with respect to the following number of shares (measured at target) are scheduled to vest in the first quarter of Fiscal 2014, assuming the achievement of the pre-approved performance objectives: Mr. Blakemore: 27,000 shares; Mr. Davis: 4,000 shares; Mr. McAndrew: 13,500 shares; and Mr. Wertheimber: 4,000 shares. Performance share awards with respect to the following number of shares (measured at target) are scheduled to vest in the first quarter of Fiscal 2014, assuming the achievement of the pre-approved performance objectives: Mr. Blakemore: 34,030 shares; Mr. Davis: 11,710 shares; Mr. McAndrew: 17,010 shares; and Mr. Wertheimber: 5,120 shares.

 

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OPTION EXERCISES AND STOCK VESTED – FISCAL 2012

This table shows the value (before applicable federal, state and/or local income taxes) realized by our named executive officers from stock options that were exercised and from stock awards that vested during Fiscal 2012.

 

      Option Awards     Stock Awards
Name  

  Number of

  Shares

  Acquired

  on Exercise

  (#)

 

   

  Value Realized on
Exercise

($)

   

  Number of    

  Shares    

  Acquired on    

  Vesting    

  (#)    

 

   

 Value Realized

 on Vesting

 ($) (1)

 

R. Terry Blakemore

    —             —                  31,266           1,028,338

 

Kenneth P. Davis

    —             —                  4,723              155,405

 

Michael McAndrew

    —             —                  9,149              303,549

 

Francis W. Wertheimber

    —             —                  4,075              134,356

 

 

 

  (1)

These values are based on the closing market price per share of the Common Stock on the date of vesting of the particular stock award ($32.60 for the performance share awards that vested on May 26, 2011, $32.03 for the restricted stock unit awards that vested on May 26, 2011 and $34.87 for the restricted stock unit awards that vested on May 11, 2011).

PENSION BENEFITS – FISCAL 2012

The following table provides information with respect to each plan that provides for specified retirement payments or benefits, or payments or benefits that will be provided primarily following retirement, to our named executive officers, including tax-qualified defined benefit plans and supplemental employee retirement plans, but excluding defined contribution plans:

 

Name   Plan Name    

 Number of
 Years
 Credited
 Service

 (#)

   

Present      

Value of      

Accumulated      

Benefit      

($)      

 

 

  Payments   

  During Last   

  Fiscal Year   

  ($)   

 

R. Terry Blakemore

     NTCA Plan         31 (1)        2,061,965 (2)        24,328  

 

Kenneth P. Davis

           —       —       —  

 

Michael McAndrew

     NTCA Plan         0.75 (3)           133,400 (4)        24,141  

 

Francis W. Wertheimber

           —       —       —  

 

 

 

  (1)

Mr. Blakemore commenced participation in the NTCA Plan in October 1985 and was granted service credit back to March 1981. This additional service credit granted to him only has the effect of making him retirement eligible, without any benefit reduction, at an earlier date and does not result in any augmentation of benefits paid to him.

 

  (2)

The actuarial present value of Mr. Blakemore’s accumulated benefits under the NTCA Plan was computed as of December 31, 2011 (the last day of the most recently completed fiscal year of the NTCA Plan). The amount was computed using the following assumptions and valuation methods: (i) a retirement age of 55 (the earliest age at which he could retire without any benefit reduction due to age), (ii) an annual increase of 2.0% of compensation, (iii) the 2012 mortality table provided in Internal Revenue Service Notice 2008-85 and (iv) a discount rate of 7.50%.

 

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  (3)

Mr. McAndrew commenced participation in the NTCA Plan on April 1, 2011.

 

  (4)

The actuarial present value of Mr. McAndrew’s accumulated benefits under the NTCA Plan was computed as of December 31, 2011 (the last day of the most recently completed fiscal year of the NTCA Plan). The amount was computed using the following assumptions and valuation methods: (i) a retirement age of 65, (ii) an annual increase of 2.0% of compensation, (iii) the 2012 mortality table provided in Internal Revenue Service Notice 2008-85 and (iv) a discount rate of 7.50%.

UNDERSTANDING OUR PENSION BENEFITS TABLE

The Retirement and Security Program of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association

The NTCA Plan is a multiple employer pension plan which is the main pension plan for over 370 employers who are members of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (of which one of our subsidiaries is a member). The NTCA Plan will pay retirement benefits to Mr. Blakemore and Mr. McAndrew based on each of their respective years of service with us and their respective compensation. As a qualified plan, the NTCA Plan is subject to various requirements on coverage, funding, vesting and the amount of compensation which may be taken into account in calculating benefits.

Normal Retirement .    The “normal retirement benefit” under the NTCA Plan is the benefit which will be received at the normal retirement date, which is the first day of the month containing the participant’s 65th birthday. The normal retirement benefit is expressed as a life annuity with ten (10) years certain.

The normal retirement benefit is the sum of the basic normal retirement benefit that the participant has accrued on the basis of active participation and certain other types of benefits such as fixed benefits, supplemental benefits and benefit upgrades. The basic normal retirement benefit increases as the participant’s average compensation increases and is based on: (i) “High-5 Compensation” which means the average of the participant’s W-2+ Compensation (defined below) for the five (5) years of the last ten (10) years during which the participant’s W-2+ Compensation was the highest (“W-2+ Compensation” means W-2 wages, including any bonuses, overtime and commissions, plus pre-tax 401(k) contributions, Section 125 contributions (cafeteria plan contributions) and Section 457 contributions (contributions to a non-qualified deferred compensation plan adopted after 1986 by a tax-exempt employer) and, effective for plan years beginning after December 31, 2000, Section 132(f)(4) income (qualified transportation fringe benefit income), but excluding income attributable to employer-sponsored group term life insurance over $50,000), (ii) total accruals, which is generally the sum of certain contribution percentages (both employer and employee) made on the participant’s behalf plus contribution percentages added through program upgrades, rollovers and prior service benefits, (iii) the applicable program actuarial factor and (iv) the applicable uplift multiplier.

Additionally, the maximum annual pension which the participant accrues may never exceed 100% of the participant’s average W-2+ Compensation (taxable compensation prior to January 1, 1998) for the participant’s “High-3” (“High-3” compensation refers to the average of the highest three (3) consecutive years of the participant’s W-2+ Compensation) years before retirement.

Early Retirement.     The NTCA Plan permits early retirement on or after the first day of the month in which the participant reaches the age of 55 pursuant to the “Rule-of-85.” The Rule-of-85 allows certain plan participants to retire early (before the age of 65 but not before age 55) without an actuarial reduction in their accrued benefits for retiring before age 65. Under this formula, the sum of a participant’s age at retirement and number of years of service must equal or exceed 85 in order for the participant to be eligible for “Rule-of-85” benefits. Mr. Blakemore has reached age 55 and will be entitled to unreduced retirement benefits upon his retirement pursuant to the “Rule-of-85.” Mr. McAndrew will not be entitled to an unreduced early retirement benefit under the NTCA Plan.

Late Retirement.     The NTCA Plan permits late retirement (retirement after the age of 65). If a participant retires late, the participant’s retirement benefits automatically will be increased by one-quarter of one percent (.25%) for each month the participant delays retirement beyond age 65. Additionally, if a participant continues working after his 65 th birthday, benefits may increase through additional accruals and higher High-5 Compensation.

 

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Forms of Payment.     The NTCA Plan provides for the following forms of payment options: (i) 10-years certain and life thereafter, (ii) 5-years certain and life thereafter, (iii) life only, (iv) if married, a qualified joint and survivor annuity (with 50% of the monthly amount payable during the participant’s lifetime continued after the participant’s death to his surviving spouse for the life of the surviving spouse), (v) if married, a qualified joint and survivor annuity (with 66 2/3% of the monthly amount payable during the participant’s lifetime continued after the participant’s death to his surviving spouse for the life of the surviving spouse), (vi) a qualified joint and survivor annuity (with 75% of the monthly amount payable during the participant’s lifetime continued after the participant’s death to his surviving spouse for the life of the surviving spouse), (vii) if married, a qualified joint and survivor annuity (with 100% of the monthly amount payable during the participant’s lifetime continued after the participant’s death to his surviving spouse for the life of the surviving spouse), (viii) if married, a qualified joint and survivor annuity under (iii) - (vii) (with the annuity that is payable guaranteed for ten (10) years following retirement and then payable at 50%, 66 2/3%, 75% or 100% to the spouse (if the participant predeceases the surviving spouse)), (ix) an annuity under (i) - (viii) that is supplemented by a certain amount between the time of retirement and either age 62 or normal social security retirement age, and then actuarially reduced once that age is reached, (x) a combination of a partial single sum and any one of the foregoing annuity options, (xi) a guaranteed annuity option or (xii) a single lump sum.

POTENTIAL PAYMENTS UPON TERMINATION OR CHANGE-IN-CONTROL

We do not have employment agreements with our named executive officers. We entered into an agreement with Francis W. Wertheimber in November 2004, an agreement with Michael McAndrew and R. Terry Blakemore in May 2007, an amended and restated agreement with Mr. Blakemore in October 2007, an amended and restated agreement with Mr. McAndrew in December 2008 and an agreement with Mr. Davis in January 2011, which agreements provide for certain benefits to the named executive officers in the event of a qualifying termination of their employment as described below. The original term of each of the agreements is five (5) years with an automatic renewal on a one-year basis thereafter absent notice of nonrenewal six (6) months prior to the renewal date; provided, however, that if a Change-in-Control (as defined below) occurs during the initial or any renewal period, the agreement will survive until the second anniversary of the date of the Change-in-Control.

Each of the above-mentioned agreements contains a provision prohibiting the respective named executive officer from competing with us during his employment with us and for five (5) years thereafter. Specifically, without our prior written consent, the named executive officers may not directly or indirectly engage in, assist or have an active interest in (whether as proprietor, partner, investor, stockholder, officer, director or any type of principal whatsoever), or enter the employ of or act as agent for, or advisor or consultant to, any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation or business organization, entity or enterprise which is or is about to become directly or indirectly engaged in any business that is competitive with any of our businesses in which the named executive officer is or was engaged.

Our named executive officers are also bound, during the term of their agreement and at all times thereafter, by restrictive covenants with respect to confidential information, as more fully described in their respective agreements. They are not permitted, unless authorized in writing by us, to disclose or cause to be disclosed such confidential information or to authorize or permit such disclosure of the confidential information to any unauthorized third party, or to use the confidential information (i) for their own benefit or advantage, (ii) for the benefit or advantage of any third party or (iii) in any manner which is intended to injure or cause loss, whether directly or indirectly, to us. At any time upon our request, and immediately upon termination, the named executive officers must surrender all written or otherwise tangible documentation representing such confidential information to us.

A description of the other material terms of these agreements and estimates of the payments and benefits which each named executive officer would receive upon a qualifying termination are set forth below. The estimates have been calculated assuming a termination date of March 31, 2012, and are based upon the closing price of our Common Stock on NASDAQ on March 30, 2012 ($25.51). Due to the number of factors that affect the nature and amount of any benefits provided upon the events discussed below, such as the timing during the year of any triggering event and our stock price, the actual amounts to be paid or distributed may be different.

 

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Termination Payments and Benefits Outside of a Change-in-Control

R. Terry Blakemore :

Under the terms of his agreement, if Mr. Blakemore’s employment with the Company is terminated (i) due to his death or Disability (as defined below), (ii) by Mr. Blakemore other than for Good Reason for Termination (as defined below) or (iii) by us due to Cause for Termination or in accordance with Retirement (each as defined below), then, except as otherwise set forth below, we have no payment obligations to him other than as provided by our various policies, procedures and practices generally applicable to all employees.

If, however, Mr. Blakemore’s employment with the Company is involuntarily terminated during the term of his agreement and prior to a Change-in-Control (i) by us other than due to his death or Disability or in accordance with Retirement or (ii) by Mr. Blakemore for Good Reason for Termination other than at a time when we could have terminated him due to Cause for Termination (as defined below), then Mr. Blakemore is entitled to receive a payment equal to his base salary at the rate in effect on the termination date for the period equal to twelve (12) months from the termination date. Such payment is to be made to Mr. Blakemore in the form of a lump sum, subject to all applicable withholdings, within sixty (60) days following the termination date; provided, however, that in order for Mr. Blakemore to terminate his employment for Good Reason for Termination, (i) he must deliver a notice of termination to us within ninety (90) days of the event constituting Good Reason for Termination, (ii) the event must remain uncorrected for thirty (30) days following the date on which Mr. Blakemore gives us notice of his intent to terminate (the “Notice Period”) and (iii) the termination date must occur within sixty (60) days after the expiration of the Notice Period.

Named Executive Officers other than Mr. Blakemore :

The agreements with Messrs. Davis, McAndrew and Wertheimber do not provide for any benefits outside of a change-in-control context. If their respective employment is terminated due to death or Disability or by them or by us at any time prior to a Change-in-Control, then we have no payment obligations to them other than as provided by our various policies, procedures and practices generally applicable to all employees.

Certain Definitions :

The following definitions are contained in the agreements with Messrs. Blakemore, Davis, McAndrew and Wertheimber:

Cause for Termination : Named executive officer’s deliberate and intentional failure to devote his best efforts to the performance of duties, gross misconduct materially and demonstrably injurious to us, conviction of criminal fraud, embezzlement against us or a felony involving moral turpitude, continuing failure after notice to adhere to the nondisclosure and noncompete portions of the agreements (described above) or willful failure to follow instructions of our Board. For purposes of this definition, no act, or failure to act, on the named executive officer’s part shall be considered “deliberate and intentional” or to constitute gross misconduct unless done, or omitted to be done, by the named executive officer not in good faith and without reasonable belief that the named executive officer’s action or omission was in the best interests of the Company.

Change-in-Control : a change-in-control of the Company is deemed to occur if:

 

    i.

it is reportable as such by SEC rules;

   ii.

twenty percent (20%) or more of the combined voting power of our then-outstanding capital stock is acquired, coupled with or followed by a change in a majority of the members of our Board; or

  iii.

we sell all or substantially all of our assets or merge, consolidate or reorganize with another company and (x) upon conclusion of the transaction less than fifty-one percent (51%) of the outstanding securities entitled to vote in the election of directors of the acquiring company or resulting company are owned by the persons who were our stockholders prior to the transaction, and following the transaction there is a change in a majority of the members of our Board or (y) following the transaction, a person or group would be the owner of twenty percent (20%) or more of the combined voting power of the acquiring company or resulting company, and there is a change in a majority of the members of our Board.

 

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Disability : incapacity due to physical or mental illness or injury which causes a named executive officer to be unable to perform his duties to us during ninety (90) consecutive days or one hundred twenty (120) days during any six (6) month period.

Good Reason for Termination (with respect to Mr. Blakemore) : a material negative change in Mr. Blakemore’s service relationship with us and any Affiliate of ours, taken as a whole, without his consent, on account of one or more of the following conditions: (i) a material diminution in his base compensation; (ii) a material diminution in his authority, duties or responsibilities; or (iii) after a Change-in-Control has occurred, a change in the geographic location at which Mr. Blakemore must report to and perform the majority of his services of more than fifty (50) miles. For purposes of Mr. Blakemore’s agreement, “Affiliate” means, with respect to any person or legal entity, any other person or legal entity controlling, controlled by or under common control with such person or legal entity.

Good Reason for Termination (with respect to Messrs. Davis and McAndrew) : a material negative change in Mr. Davis’ or Mr. McAndrew’s service relationship with us and any Affiliate of ours, taken as a whole, without his consent, on account of one or more of the following conditions: (i) a material diminution in his base compensation; (ii) a material diminution in his authority, duties or responsibilities; or (iii) a change in the geographic location at which Mr. Davis or Mr. McAndrew must report to and perform the majority of his services of more than fifty (50) miles. For purposes of Mr. Davis’ and Mr. McAndrew’s agreements, “Affiliate” means, with respect to any person or legal entity, any other person or legal entity controlling, controlled by or under common control with such person or legal entity.

Good Reason for Termination (with respect to Mr. Wertheimber) : our failure to have any successor assume the agreement or the occurrence of any of the following after a Change-in-Control: (i) the assignment of new duties materially and substantially inconsistent with prior duties, responsibilities and status, or a material change in reporting responsibilities, titles or offices, (ii) reduction in base salary, (iii) failure to continue comparable incentive compensation, (iv) failure to continue comparable stock option and other fringe benefits, (v) relocation beyond fifty (50) miles or (vi) any purported termination of the named executive officer other than for Cause for Termination, Disability or Retirement or made without a specified written notice of termination.

Retirement : termination of the named executive officer’s employment after age sixty-five (65) or in accordance with any mandatory retirement arrangement with respect to an earlier age agreed to by such named executive officer.

Termination Payments and Benefits After a Change-in-Control

The agreements with Messrs. Blakemore, Davis, McAndrew and Wertheimber provide for payments and other benefits if such named executive officer is terminated within two (2) years following a Change-in-Control either by (i) us other than for Cause for Termination, death, Disability or Retirement or (ii) the individual’s resignation for Good Reason for Termination.

In addition to any accrued but unpaid benefits, the agreements entitle each named executive officer to an amount of cash equal to the sum of:

 

   

two (2) times (three (3) times in the case of Mr. Blakemore) the sum of his then current annual base salary in the year of termination (or, if greater, (x) in the case of termination for Good Reason for Termination, the named executive officer’s salary preceding the date giving rise to his Good Reason for Termination or (y) the named executive officer’s salary for the year in effect on the date of the Change-in-Control)

   

two (2) times (three (3) times in the case of Mr. Blakemore) the greatest of (x) one third (1/3) of the aggregate cash bonuses or awards received by the named executive officer as incentive compensation or bonus during the three (3) calendar years immediately preceding the date of termination, (y) in the case of termination for Good Reason for Termination, one third (1/3) of the aggregate cash bonuses or awards received by the named executive officer as incentive compensation or bonus during the three (3) calendar years preceding the date giving rise to the named executive officer’s Good Reason for Termination or (z) one third (1/3) of the aggregate cash bonuses or awards received by the named

 

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executive officer as incentive compensation or bonus during the three (3) calendar years preceding the date of the Change-in-Control

   

an amount equal to the total cash award or bonus that would have been received by the named executive officer under any long-term incentive plan, assuming that, in addition to any goals met prior to the termination date, all goals that were to be measured after such date were achieved and the named executive officer remained employed, less any portion of the cash award or bonus for that award period previously paid to the named executive officer

   

medical insurance and other similar benefits for the period of eighteen (18) months (two (2) years in the case of Mr. Wertheimber) following the termination date, as if such named executive officer remained in our continuous employ during such period

   

unvested options will vest and remain outstanding in accordance with their respective terms

Such payments are to be made to Messrs. Blakemore, Davis, McAndrew and Wertheimber on or before the sixtieth (60 th ) day following the termination date.

In addition, the restricted stock unit awards granted under the FY12 LTIP vest immediately prior to a change-in-control (as defined in the Incentive Plan). Similarly, the performance share awards granted under the FY12 LTIP provide that, if a change-in-control (as defined in the Incentive Plan) occurs prior to the conclusion of the applicable performance period, then the employee is entitled to one share of Common Stock for each performance share, and if the change-in-control occurs following the conclusion of the applicable performance period but before the settlement of the performance share award, then the employee is entitled to receive the number of shares of Common Stock determined based upon achievement of the applicable performance goals.

Estimated Termination and Change-in-Control Payments

R. Terry Blakemore :

The following table sets forth the potential payments, (1) in addition to accrued benefits, that Mr. Blakemore would be entitled to receive assuming that his employment was terminated on March 31, 2012 pursuant to the terms described above:

 

Type of Termination  

Salary    

($)    

 

Bonus

($)

   

LTIP Payment

($)

   

Medical and 

Other Similar 

Benefit 

Continuation 

($) 

 

   

Acceleration of 

Unvested Stock 

Options (2)(3)  

($) 

   

Acceleration of

Unvested Stock

Awards (4)

($)

   

Total  

($)  

 

Qualifying termination prior to
a Change-in-Control

  600,000                  —                  —                   —                    —                 600,000  

 

Qualifying termination
following a
Change-in-Control

   1,800,000           1,995,000        —                  26,582 (5)             0                    2,331,129            6,152,711  

 

 

 

  (1)

The payments shown reflect the maximum amount that would have been paid. Mr. Blakemore’s agreement contains a provision which could have the effect of reducing such payments based on the effect of excise taxes applicable to such payments under the Code.

 

  (2)

Represents the value of the acceleration of unvested options as of March 31, 2012 based on the difference between the exercise price of the unvested options and $25.51, the closing price of the Common Stock on NASDAQ on March 30, 2012.

 

  (3)

In addition, each of the Company’s 1992 Stock Option Plan, as amended (the “Employee Plan”), and the Incentive Plan provides that, regardless of employment termination, in the event of a “change-in-control,” all then-outstanding options will vest immediately and become exercisable. For purposes of the Employee Plan and the Incentive Plan, a “change-in-control” of the Company occurs if (i) any person becomes the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of our securities representing (a) fifty percent (50%) or more of the combined voting power of our then-outstanding securities or

 

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(b) twenty-five percent (25%) or more but less than fifty percent (50%) of the combined voting power of our then-outstanding securities if such transaction(s) giving rise to such beneficial ownership are not approved by our Board; or (ii) at any time a majority of the members of our Board have been elected or designated by any such person; or (iii) our Board approves a sale of all or substantially all of our assets or any merger, consolidation, issuance of securities or purchase of assets, the result of which would be the occurrence of any event described in clause (i) or (ii) above.

 

  (4)

The numbers in this column represent 30,351 shares of Common Stock to be received upon vesting of outstanding restricted stock units and 61,030 shares of Common Stock to be received upon vesting of outstanding performance share awards, assuming a payout at the target performance level, at a value of $25.51 per share, the closing price of the Common Stock on NASDAQ on March 30, 2012.

 

  (5)

Represents the value of continued health, dental and vision benefits for an eighteen (18) month period based on COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) rates as of March 31, 2012.

Estimated Change-in-Control Payments

The following table sets forth the potential payments (1) , in addition to accrued benefits, that the named executive officers, other than Mr. Blakemore, would be entitled to receive assuming that the named executive officer’s employment was terminated on March 31, 2012 pursuant to the terms described above in connection with a Change-in-Control:

 

Name  

   Salary     

($)  

 

    Bonus     

    ($)     

 

 LTIP Payment

($)

   

 Medical and 
 Other Similar 
 Benefit 
 Continuation 

 ($) 

 

   

 Acceleration of 
 Unvested Stock 
 Options (2)(3)  

 ($) 

   

 Acceleration of 
 Unvested Stock 
 Awards (4)  

 ($) 

   

Total

($)

 

Kenneth P. Davis

   660,000          287,567          —                  19,536 (5)              0                      589,715            1,556,818

 

Michael McAndrew

   700,000          579,333          —                  26,159 (5)              0                      1,131,573            2,437,065

 

Francis W. Wertheimber

   752,851 (6)       266,000 (6)       —                  16,655 (7)              0                      347,293            1,382,799

 

 

 

  (1)

The payments shown reflect the maximum amount that would have been paid. The agreement with each of Messrs. Davis, McAndrew and Wertheimber contains a provision which could have the effect of reducing such payments based on the effect of excise taxes applicable to such payments under the Code.

 

  (2)

Represents the value of the acceleration of unvested options as of March 31, 2012 based on the difference between the exercise price of the unvested options and $25.51, the closing price of the Common Stock on NASDAQ on March 30, 2012.

 

  (3)

In addition, each of the Employee Plan and the Incentive Plan provides that, regardless of employment termination, in the event of a “change-in-control,” all then-outstanding options will vest immediately and become exercisable. For purposes of the Employee Plan and the Incentive Plan, a “change-in-control” of the Company occurs if (i) any person becomes the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of our securities representing (a) fifty percent (50%) or more of the combined voting power of our then-outstanding securities or (b) twenty-five percent (25%) or more but less than fifty percent (50%) of the combined voting power of our then-outstanding securities if such transaction(s) giving rise to such beneficial ownership are not approved by our Board; or (ii) at any time a majority of the members of our Board have been elected or designated by any such person; or (iii) our Board approves a sale of all or substantially all of our assets or any merger, consolidation, issuance of securities or purchase of assets, the result of which would be the occurrence of any event described in clause (i) or (ii) above.

 

  (4)

The numbers in this column represent: (1) for Mr. Davis, 7,407 shares of Common Stock to be received upon vesting of outstanding restricted stock units and 15,710 shares of Common Stock to be received upon vesting of outstanding performance share awards, assuming a payout at the target performance

 

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level, at a value of $25.51 per share, the closing price of the Common Stock on NASDAQ on March 30, 2012; (2) for Mr. McAndrew, 13,848 shares of Common Stock to be received upon vesting of outstanding restricted stock units and 30,510 shares of Common Stock to be received upon vesting of outstanding performance share awards, assuming a payout at the target performance level, at a value of $25.51 per share, the closing price of the Common Stock on NASDAQ on March 30, 2012; and (3) for Mr. Wertheimber, 4,494 shares of Common Stock to be received upon vesting of outstanding restricted stock units and 9,120 shares of Common Stock to be received upon vesting of outstanding performance share awards, assuming a payout at the target performance level, at a value of $25.51 per share, the closing price of the Common Stock on NASDAQ on March 30, 2012.

 

  (5)

Represents the value of continued health, dental and vision benefits for an eighteen (18) month period based on COBRA rates as of March 31, 2012.

 

  (6)

For Mr. Wertheimber, this value represents a conversion from Japanese yen to U.S. dollars using an exchange rate on March 30, 2012.

 

  (7)

Represents the value of continued medical and similar benefits for a two (2) year period beginning on March 31, 2012 based on rates determined under the Japanese health care system and is converted from Japanese yen to U.S. dollars using an exchange rate on March 30, 2012.

REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The following is the report of our Audit Committee with respect to the audited financial statements for Fiscal 2012 included in the 2012 Form 10-K. The information contained in this report shall not be deemed to be “soliciting material” or to be “filed” with the SEC, nor shall such information be incorporated by reference into any future filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except to the extent that the Company specifically incorporates it by reference in such filing.

Review with Management

Our Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed the Company’s audited financial statements with our management.

Review and Discussions with Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

Our Audit Committee has discussed with BDO, the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for Fiscal 2012, the matters required to be discussed by SAS 61, as amended (Codification of Statements on Accounting Standards), which includes, among other items, matters related to the conduct of the audit of the financial statements.

Our Audit Committee has also received written disclosures and the letter from BDO required by applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (which relates to the accountant’s independence from the Company and its related entities) and has discussed with BDO its independence from the Company.

Conclusion

Based on the review and discussions referred to above, our Audit Committee recommended to our Board that the Company’s audited financial statements be included in its 2012 Form 10-K.

 

   Audit Committee:
  

Richard L. Crouch, Chairman

Thomas G. Greig

   William H. Hernandez

 

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EQUITY PLAN COMPENSATION INFORMATION

The following table sets forth information about our equity compensation plans as of March 31, 2012:

 

      (a)     (b)     (c)  
Plans  

Number of Securities to Be
Issued Upon Exercise of
Outstanding Options,
Warrants and Rights

(#)

   

Weighted-Average
Exercise Price of
Outstanding Options,
Warrants and Rights

($)

   

    Number of Securities

    Remaining Available for

    Future Issuance Under Equity

    Compensation Plans

    (Excluding Securities

    Reflected in Column (a))

    (#)

 

 

 

Equity compensation plans approved
by security holders

    3,290,221 (1)                34.95 (2)                911,813               

 

Equity compensation plans not
approved by security holders

    —                        —                    —                     

 

Total

    3,290,221 (1)                34.95 (2)                911,813               

 

 

 

  (1)

Includes both vested and unvested options. Also includes outstanding restricted stock units and performance share awards at the target level of performance. See the CD&A section of this proxy statement for a discussion of our restricted stock units and performance share awards.

 

  (2)

Does not take into account the outstanding restricted stock units and performance share awards.

SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS

The following table sets forth information publicly available in Schedules 13D and 13G as filed with the SEC, as of March 31, 2012, regarding the beneficial ownership of our Common Stock by all stockholders known by us to be beneficial owners of more than five percent (5%) of our outstanding Common Stock:

 

     

Number of 

Shares 

 

   

   Percent of

   Shares (6)

 

 

 

FMR LLC (1)
82 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA 02109

    1,810,640         10.4%    

 

BlackRock, Inc. (2)
40 East 52
nd Street, New York, NY 10022

    1,465,418           8.4%    

 

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (3)
Palisades West, Building One, 6300 Bee Cave Road, Austin, TX 78746

    1,432,455           8.2%    

 

Heartland Advisors, Inc. (4)
789 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202

    1,068,705           6.1%    

 

The Vanguard Group, Inc. (5)
100 Vanguard Boulevard, Malvern, PA 19355

    942,971           5.4%    

 

 

 

  (1)

Includes 1,810,640 shares beneficially owned by Fidelity Management & Research Company (“Fidelity”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of FMR LLC and a registered investment adviser, of which 1,800,840 shares are owned by one investment company, Fidelity Low-Priced Stock Fund. Edward C. Johnson 3d, Chairman of FMR LLC, FMR LLC and the funds each has sole power to dispose of the 1,810,640 shares owned by the funds. Neither FMR LLC nor Edward C. Johnson 3d has the sole power to vote or direct the voting of the shares owned directly by the funds, which power resides with the funds’ Boards of Trustees. Fidelity carries out the voting of the shares under written guidelines established by the funds’ Boards of Trustees. This information is derived from Amendment No. 14 to FMR LLC’s Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on February 14, 2012.

 

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  (2)

BlackRock, Inc. has sole voting power and sole dispositive power with respect to all 1,465,418 shares. This information is derived from Amendment No. 2 to BlackRock, Inc.’s Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on February 10, 2012.

 

  (3)

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (“Dimensional”) is a registered investment adviser that furnishes investment advice to four registered investment companies and serves as investment manager to certain other commingled group trusts and separate accounts. Dimensional beneficially owns 1,432,455 shares, of which it has sole voting power with respect to 1,408,368 shares and sole dispositive power with respect to 1,432,455 shares. This information is derived from Amendment No. 6 to Dimensional’s Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on February 14, 2012.

 

  (4)

Heartland Advisors, Inc. (“Heartland”) is a registered investment advisor, which is controlled by its president, William J. Nasgovitz, who disclaims beneficial ownership of these shares. Heartland has shared voting power and shared dispositive power with respect to all 1,068,705 shares. The Heartland Value Plus Fund, a series of the Heartland Group, Inc., a registered investment company, owns 1,050,000 of these shares, which are held in an account managed by Heartland. The remaining shares are owned by various other accounts managed by Heartland on a discretionary basis. This information is derived from Heartland’s Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on February 10, 2012.

 

  (5)

The Vanguard Group, Inc. (“Vanguard”) is a registered investment advisor and Vanguard Fiduciary Trust Company (“VFTC”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vanguard. Vanguard beneficially owns 942,971 shares, of which it has sole voting power with respect to 24,679 shares and sole dispositive power with respect to 918,292 shares. VFTC is the beneficial owner of 24,679 shares as a result of its serving as an investment manager of collective trust accounts. VFTC directs the voting of these shares. This information is derived from Vanguard’s Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on February 9, 2012.

 

  (6)

Based on 17,479,596 shares outstanding as of March 31, 2012.

 

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF MANAGEMENT

The following table sets forth certain information available to us, as of March 31, 2012, regarding the shares of our Common Stock beneficially owned by: (i) each of our directors; (ii) each of our named executive officers; and (iii) all of our directors and executive officers as a group:

 

      

      Number of      

      Shares      

 

   

    Percent of
     Shares (4)

 

 

 

William F. Andrews (1)

     56,091            *        

 

R. Terry Blakemore (2)

     357,002            2.0%     

 

Richard L. Crouch (1)

     37,090            *        

 

Kenneth P. Davis (2)

     79,976            *        

 

Thomas W. Golonski (1)

     46,590            *        

 

Thomas G. Greig (1)

     81,091            *        

 

William H. Hernandez

     6,090            *        

 

Michael McAndrew (2)

     196,487            1.1%     

 

Edward A. Nicholson, Ph.D. (1)

     35,090            *        

 

Francis W. Wertheimber (2)

     250,782            1.4%     

 

All directors and executive officers as a group of ten (10) persons (3)

     1,146,289            6.2%     

 

 

 

  (1)

Includes for Messrs. Andrews, Crouch, Golonski, Greig and Dr. Nicholson: 37,000, 26,000, 37,000, 37,000 and 26,000 shares, respectively, pursuant to rights to acquire such shares as a result of vested options, as of March 31, 2012 or within sixty (60) days thereafter, granted under the Company’s 1992 Director Stock Option Plan, as amended (the “Director Plan”).

 

  (2)

Includes for Messrs. Blakemore, Davis, McAndrew and Wertheimber: 310,716, 72,805, 180,526 and 243,820 shares, respectively, pursuant to rights to acquire such shares as a result of vested options, as of March 31, 2012 or within sixty (60) days thereafter, granted under the Employee Plan and the Incentive Plan. Also includes for Messrs. Blakemore, Davis, McAndrew and Wertheimber 15,450, 3,279, 6,394 and 2,220 shares, respectively, pursuant to grants of restricted stock units under the Incentive Plan, which vested within sixty (60) days from March 31, 2012.

 

  (3)

Includes for all directors and executive officers as a group 998,210 shares pursuant to rights to acquire such shares as a result of vested options and restricted stock units, as of March 31, 2012 or within sixty (60) days thereafter, granted under the Employee Plan, the Director Plan and the Incentive Plan.

 

  (4)

Based on 17,479,596 shares outstanding as of March 31, 2012.

The difference between the amounts set forth in the above table and the amounts indicated in the footnotes are shares owned outright either directly or indirectly.

 

*

Represents less than 1% of our outstanding Common Stock.

 

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INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS

Fees Billed to Us by BDO during Fiscal 2012 and Fiscal 2011

Audit Fees: An aggregate of $1,789,141 was billed for professional services rendered and for expenses for the audit of our annual financial statements for Fiscal 2012 and our internal controls over financial reporting, statutory audits required internationally and the review of financial statements included in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q during Fiscal 2012. An aggregate of $1,770,000 was billed for professional services rendered and for expenses for the audit of our annual financial statements for Fiscal 2011 and our internal controls over financial reporting, statutory audits required internationally and the review of financial statements included in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q during Fiscal 2011.

Audit-Related Fees:     No audit-related fees were billed by BDO during Fiscal 2012 or Fiscal 2011.

Tax Fees:     No tax fees were billed by BDO during Fiscal 2012. Tax fees of $47,500 were billed by BDO in Fiscal 2011.

All Other Fees:     BDO did not render any other professional services to us during Fiscal 2012 or Fiscal 2011.

All services performed by BDO that are required to be pre-approved under the SEC’s and NASDAQ’s rules and the Audit Committee’s charter are approved by our Audit Committee or its chair prior to BDO’s engagement for such services. In the case of an approval by the chair of our Audit Committee, such approval is presented for ratification by our Audit Committee at its next regular meeting.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

FORM 10-K ANNUAL REPORT TO THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

A copy of the 2012 Form 10-K is available to stockholders. A stockholder may obtain such copy free of charge on our Web site at http://www.blackbox.com or by writing to the Investor Relations Department, Black Box Corporation, 1000 Park Drive, Lawrence, Pennsylvania 15055 (a copy of any exhibits thereto will be provided upon payment of a reasonable charge limited to our cost of providing such exhibits).

SOLICITATION OF PROXIES

We will pay the expenses in connection with the printing, assembling and mailing to the holders of our Common Stock the Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders, this proxy statement and the accompanying form of proxy. In addition to the use of the mails, our directors, officers or regular employees may solicit proxies personally or by telephone, facsimile or email. We may request the persons holding stock in their names, or in the names of their nominees, to send proxy material to, and obtain proxies from, their principals, and will reimburse such persons for their expense in so doing.

STOCKHOLDER NOMINATIONS AND PROPOSALS

Stockholders who believe they are eligible to have their proposals included in our proxy statement for the annual meeting expected to be held in August 2013, in addition to other applicable requirements established by the SEC, must ensure that their proposals are received by the Secretary of the Company not later than February 21, 2013.

 

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Our By-laws establish an advance notice procedure for stockholders to make nominations for the position of director and to propose business to be transacted at an annual meeting. Our By-laws provide that notice of nominations for director and proposals for business must be given to the Secretary of the Company not later than 150 days prior to the anniversary date of the prior year’s annual meeting. For the annual meeting expected to be held in August 2013, notice of nominations and proposals under this provision must be received by March 10, 2013.

Such notice must set forth in reasonable detail information concerning the nominee (in the case of a nomination for election to our Board) or the substance of the proposal (in the case of any other stockholder proposal), and shall include: (i) the name and residence address and business address of the stockholder who intends to present the nomination or other proposal or of any person who participates or is expected to participate in making such nomination and of the person or persons, if any, to be nominated and the principal occupation or employment and the name, type of business and address of the business and address of the corporation or other organization in which such employment is carried on of each such stockholder, participant and nominee; (ii) a representation that the proponent of the proposal is a holder of record of our stock entitled to vote at such meeting and intends to appear in person or by proxy at the meeting to present the nomination or other proposal specified in the notice, including the number of shares of each class of our stock which are beneficially owned by the proponent as of the date of the notice and the proponent’s agreement to notify us in writing of the number of shares of each class of our stock which are beneficially owned by the proponent as of the record date promptly (but in no event later than five (5) business days) after the later of the record date or the date that the record date is first publicly disclosed along with a description of any agreement, arrangement or understanding (including any derivative securities or short positions, profit interests, options, warrants, stock appreciation or similar rights, hedging transactions, swaps or borrowed or loaned shares, the effect or intent of which is to mitigate loss to, manage risk or benefit of share price changes for or increase or decrease the voting power of the proponent or any of the proponent’s affiliates or associates with respect to any shares of our stock) that has been entered into as of the date of the proponent’s notice, by or on behalf of such proponent or any affiliate or associate of such proponent, with respect to any shares of our stock, and the proponent’s agreement to notify us in writing of any such agreement, arrangement or understanding in effect as of the record date for the meeting promptly (but in no event later than five (5) business days) after the later of the record date or the date that the record date is first publicly disclosed; (iii) a description of all agreements, arrangements or understandings between the proponent and any other person or persons (naming such person or persons) pursuant to which the nomination or other proposal is to be made by the proponent; (iv) such other information regarding each proposal and each nominee as would have been required to be included in a proxy statement filed pursuant to the proxy rules of the SEC had the nomination or other proposal been made by our Board and (v) the consent of each nominee, if any, to serve as a director on our Board, if elected. Within fifteen (15) days following the receipt by the Secretary of a notice of nomination or proposal pursuant hereto, the Secretary will advise the proponent in writing of any deficiencies in the notice and of any additional information we require to determine the eligibility of the proposed nominee or the substance of the proposal. A proponent who has been notified of deficiencies in the notice of nomination or proposal and/or of the need for additional information must cure such deficiencies and/or provide such additional information within fifteen (15) days after receipt of the notice of such deficiencies and/or the need for additional information. The presiding officer of a meeting of stockholders may, in his or her sole discretion, refuse to acknowledge a nomination or other proposal presented by any person that does not comply with the foregoing procedure and, upon his or her instructions, all votes cast for such nominee or with respect to such proposal may be disregarded.

Our By-laws do not limit or restrict the ability of a stockholder to present any proposal made by such stockholder in accordance with SEC requirements. A copy of our By-laws is available upon request.

 

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OTHER MATTERS

Our management does not intend to present nor, in accordance with our By-laws, has it received proper notice from any person who intends to present, any matter for action by stockholders at the Annual Meeting to be held on August 7, 2012, other than as stated in the Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders accompanying this proxy statement. The enclosed proxy, however, confers discretionary authority with respect to the transaction of any other business that properly may come before the meeting, and it is the intention of the persons named in the enclosed proxy to vote on any such matters in accordance with their best judgment.

 

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PROXY

BLACK BOX CORPORATION

1000 Park Drive

Lawrence, Pennsylvania 15055

This Proxy is Solicited on Behalf of the

Board of Directors of the Company

The undersigned stockholder hereby appoints R. Terry Blakemore and Thomas G. Greig, and each of them, as proxies for the undersigned, each with full power of substitution for and in the name of the undersigned to act for the undersigned and to consider and vote, as designated on the reverse, all of the shares of stock of Black Box Corporation (the “Company”) that the undersigned is entitled to vote at the 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of the Company (the “Annual Meeting”) to be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, at the offices of the Company at 1000 Park Drive, Lawrence, Pennsylvania 15055, on the following matters:

Unless otherwise specified in the squares provided, the proxies shall vote in the election of directors FOR the nominees listed, FOR proposal number 2 and FOR proposal number 3, and shall have discretionary power to vote upon such other matters as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.

(Continued and to be signed on the reverse side)

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ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS OF

BLACK BOX CORPORATION

August 7, 2012

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS:

The proxy statement and Company’s 2012 Annual Report to stockholders are available at www.proxydocs.com/bbox

Please sign, date and mail your proxy card in the envelope provided as soon as possible.

Should you require directions to the Annual Meeting, please call Investor Relations at 724-873-6788.

Please detach along perforated line and mail in the envelope provided.

20730300000000000000 9 080712

The Board of Directors recommends a vote “FOR” each of the nominees listed,

“FOR” proposal number 2 and “FOR” proposal number 3.

PLEASE SIGN, DATE AND RETURN PROMPTLY IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE. PLEASE MARK YOUR VOTE IN BLUE OR BLACK INK AS SHOWN HERE X

1. Election of seven (7) members of the Board of Directors:

FOR ALL NOMINEES

WITHHOLD AUTHORITY

FOR ALL NOMINEES

FOR ALL EXCEPT

(See instructions below)

NOMINEES:

William F. Andrews

R. Terry Blakemore

Richard L. Crouch

Thomas W. Golonski

Thomas G. Greig

William H. Hernandez

Edward A. Nicholson, Ph.D.

INSTRUCTIONS: To withhold authority to vote for any individual nominee(s), mark “FOR ALL EXCEPT” and fill in the circle next to each nominee you wish to withhold, as shown here:

FOR AGAINST ABSTAIN

2. Ratification of the appointment of BDO USA, LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm of the Company for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

FOR AGAINST ABSTAIN

3. Advisory Vote to Approve Named Executive Officer Compensation.

The Board of Directors has established the close of business on Monday, June 11, 2012 as the record date for the determination of the stockholders entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting.

To change the address on your account, please check the box at right and indicate your new address in the address space above. Please note that changes to the registered name(s) on the account may not be submitted via this method.

Signature of Stockholder

Date:

Signature of Stockholder

Date:

Note: Please sign exactly as your name or names appear on this Proxy. When shares are held jointly, each holder should sign. When signing as executor, administrator, attorney, trustee or guardian, please give full title as such. If the signer is a corporation, please sign by duly authorized officer, giving full title as such. If signer is a partnership, please sign in partnership name by authorized person.


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ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS OF

BLACK BOX CORPORATION

August 7, 2012

PROXY VOTING INSTRUCTIONS

INTERNET - Access “www.voteproxy.com” and follow the on-screen instructions. Have your proxy card available when you access the web page.

TELEPHONE - Call toll-free 1-800-PROXIES (1-800-776-9437) in the United States or 1-718-921-8500 from foreign countries from any touch-tone telephone and follow the instructions. Have your proxy card available when you call.

Vote online/by phone until 12:00 AM EDT the day of the meeting.

MAIL - Sign, date and mail your proxy card in the envelope provided as soon as possible.

IN PERSON - You may vote your shares in person by attending the Annual Meeting. Should you require directions to the Annual Meeting, please call Investor Relations at 724-873-6788.

COMPANY NUMBER

ACCOUNT NUMBER

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS:

The proxy statement and Company’s 2012 Annual Report to stockholders are available at www.proxydocs.com/bbox

Please detach along perforated line and mail in the envelope provided IF you are not voting via telephone or the Internet.

20730300000000000000 9 080712

The Board of Directors recommends a vote “FOR” each of the nominees listed,

“FOR” proposal number 2 and “FOR” proposal number 3.

PLEASE SIGN, DATE AND RETURN PROMPTLY IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE. PLEASE MARK YOUR VOTE IN BLUE OR BLACK INK AS SHOWN HERE

1. Election of seven (7) members of the Board of Directors:

FOR ALL NOMINEES

WITHHOLD AUTHORITY

FOR ALL NOMINEES

FOR ALL EXCEPT

(See instructions below)

NOMINEES:

William F. Andrews

R. Terry Blakemore

Richard L. Crouch

Thomas W. Golonski

Thomas G. Greig

William H. Hernandez

Edward A. Nicholson, Ph.D.

INSTRUCTIONS: To withhold authority to vote for any individual nominee(s), mark “FOR ALL EXCEPT” and fill in the circle next to each nominee you wish to withhold, as shown here:

FOR AGAINST ABSTAIN

2. Ratification of the appointment of BDO USA, LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm of the Company for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

FOR AGAINST ABSTAIN

3. Advisory Vote to Approve Named Executive Officer Compensation.

The Board of Directors has established the close of business on Monday, June 11, 2012 as the record date for the determination of the stockholders entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting.

To change the address on your account, please check the box at right and indicate your new address in the address space above. Please note that changes to the registered name(s) on the account may not be submitted via this method.

Signature of Stockholder

Date:

Signature of Stockholder

Date:

Note: Please sign exactly as your name or names appear on this Proxy. When shares are held jointly, each holder should sign. When signing as executor, administrator, attorney, trustee or guardian, please give full title as such. If the signer is a corporation, please sign by duly authorized officer, giving full title as such. If signer is a partnership, please sign in partnership name by authorized person.