CALGARY, April 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) today set the record straight on inaccurate statements made by William Ackman, Chief Executive Officer of Pershing Square, regarding director compensation.
Roger Phillips, Chair of the Governance Committee of Canadian Pacific's Board of Directors, expressed surprise that Mr. Ackman made poorly informed comments about the compensation of CP directors during his recent appearance on Business News Network (BNN), "Mr. Ackman seems to have this completely backward."
During the interview Mr. Ackman said:
"The only stock they [CP Board members] own in the company is stock they were granted for serving on the board of directors. They didn't reach into their pockets and buy stock on speculation they'll be successful. These directors get paid for acting in our best interest."
Mr. Ackman asserted that CP's directors had little of their own money at risk and the deferred stock units they held were "given to them."
"To the contrary," Phillips said, "rather than receive 100 per cent of their fees in cash for their service as directors, it is obligatory that a substantial portion of the competitively-established director compensation be received in the form of deferred share units (DSU), which have the same value as shares and cannot be converted to cash until a director retires from the board. In this way, director compensation is aligned with the interests of CP shareholders as the director experiences the same gains or suffers the same losses that shareholders do, but without the freedom of selling stock when she or he wishes."
Phillips added that on a voluntary basis, directors may also choose to receive up to 100 per cent of their cash compensation in the form of DSUs. In 2011, more than 92 per cent of directors' compensation was paid in DSUs. Collectively, the 14 non-management directors were paid only $202,080 in cash. The balance of directors' fees of $2,507,200 was paid in deferred share units. Eleven of the 14 directors received their compensation entirely in the form of DSUs. Earned over the last 10 years, the non-management directors now hold approximately $25M in shares and DSUs.
"This is not only testimony to the directors' faith in the long-term prospects for the company, but demonstrates how well their compensation aligns with long-term share value," said Phillips. "As a Board, we are always open to improving our compensation plan. Industry-leading compensation consultants currently rate our program very highly."
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