There is no requirement for companies quoted on AIM to produce a formal Remuneration Report. As a consequence, this Remuneration Report is produced for information purposes in order to give shareholders and other users of the financial statements greater transparency about the way in which the Directors of Inland Homes are remunerated.
This report sets out the remuneration paid to the Directors for the year ended 30 June 2017 and sets out the remuneration policy for the forthcoming financial year and beyond.
Composition and role of the Remuneration Committee
The Board have established a Remuneration Committee which currently consists of Simon Bennett, independent Non-Executive Director, who is Chairman of the committee and Terry Roydon, the Company's Non-Executive Chairman. The role of the Remuneration Committee is to determine the specific remuneration package for each of the Executive Directors and no Director is involved in any decisions that will affect his own remuneration. The Remuneration Committee has access to information provided by the three Executive Directors of Inland Homes, namely Stephen Wicks, Chief Executive, Nishith Malde, Group Finance Director and Paul Brett, Land Director and independent advice from external consultants, where it considers this to be appropriate.
The Remuneration Committee meets formally three times a year and on such other occasions as may be required.
Policy for Executive Directors' remuneration
The policy for Executive Directors' remuneration is designed to attract, motivate and retain high calibre individuals with a competitive remuneration package. The remuneration policy takes into account the overall performance of the Company and the individual Executive Directors and the prevailing pay structures in the markets in which Inland Homes operates.
The Executive Directors' remuneration is designed to provide a balance between fixed and variable rewards, although it is recognised that it is common industry practice for total remuneration to be significantly influenced by annual bonuses and long term incentive plans. Consequently, remuneration packages for individual Executive Directors comprise a basic salary, deferred bonus plan, a long term incentive plan and benefits in kind. In agreeing the basic salary and annual bonuses, in addition to the factors outlined above, the Remuneration Committee takes into account the aggregate remuneration to be received by the individual Executive.
In 2013, in line with best corporate governance and market practice, the Remuneration Committee introduced a new deferred bonus plan and a long term incentive plan for the Company's Executive Directors, which have been designed to incentivise the Executive Directors to grow the business and maximise returns to shareholders. The latter is known as The Inland Homes plc 2013 Growth Plan ("2013 LTIP"), which will operate for a period of six years and which was approved by shareholders in general meeting in December 2013. The key elements of the scheme are set out below.
The basic salaries of the Executive Directors are reviewed on an annual basis. The Remuneration Committee seeks to establish a basic salary for each position commensurate with the individual's responsibilities and performance, taking into account comparable salaries for similar companies of a similar size in the same market.
Deferred Bonus Plan
The Deferred Bonus Plan came into effect on 1 July 2013. Executive Directors can earn up to 100% of basic annual salary as an annual bonus. The plan provides for 50% of an Executive Director's bonus to be mandatorily deferred into ordinary shares in the Company. Under these arrangements, bonuses would be based on a percentage of the individual Executive Director's base salary as follows:
- 50% of salary for "on target" performance; and
- a further 50% of salary for "out-performance".
For example, for achieving 90% of on target performance there will be a discretionary bonus of up to 25% of salary (and pro-rata between 90% and 100% of on target performance) and there will be no bonus for less than 90% of on target performance.
The target is measured by reference to two equally weighted performance measures, namely:
- profit before taxation as compared with brokers' market forecasts following the announcement of the preliminary results of the previous accounting period; and
- net debt levels.
Once the quantum of the Executive Directors' bonuses has been calculated, these will be settled as to 50% in cash and as to 50% by the issue of ordinary shares of the Company. The issue of any ordinary shares awarded under the Deferred Bonus Plan will be deferred for three years and will be subject to forfeiture in the event that an Executive leaves the Company as a "bad leaver", but would not be subject to further performance conditions.
Long Term Incentive Plans
The Company operates both an unapproved share option scheme, which is open to all employees of Inland Homes and the 2013 LTIP for the Executive Directors.
Awards under the unapproved share option scheme are made on a periodic basis to the Company's Executive Directors and employees. The share options in this scheme vest three years after the date of grant and have an exercise period of seven years. The schemes are equity-settled.
The following is a summary of the principal features and terms of the 2013 LTIP:
1. Creation of Growth Shares
The plan operates by reference to rights attached to a special class of share in a newly established intermediate holding company (Inland Homes 2013 Limited) between the Company and the Group's trading subsidiaries. The special class of shares are called "Growth Shares". The Growth Shares are qualifying shares for the purposes of the Employee Shareholder Status scheme, a recently introduced proposal by the Government, the aim of which is to provide tax benefits to employees and Directors who achieve growth for their employing companies.
The awards in relation to the Growth Shares will be subject to performance targets ("Performance Targets") and when such Performance Targets are achieved, a relevant proportion of the Growth Shares will be awarded.
2. Vesting and Exchange of Growth Shares
Subject to the Performance Targets being met, the awards in relation to the Growth Shares will vest in accordance with the Articles of Association of Inland Homes 2013 Limited if and when each Performance Target is met. After vesting, the Growth Shares may be realised by being exchanged for a fixed number of the Company's ordinary shares.
The Growth Shares will not carry any entitlement to dividends, capital or voting unless and until they vest and are exchanged for shares in the Company.
3. Performance Targets
Vesting will only occur if specific Performance Targets (which are linked to the share price of Inland Homes plc over six consecutive performance periods) are met or exceeded for 15 working days in the relevant performance period. Each annual performance period ends 20 working days after the announcement of preliminary results for each year, usually therefore in October of each year.
The target share prices for the 2013 LTIP are based on compounded growth being achieved and accordingly, if the Performance Target is missed in one period, the participants' awards can still vest if the required compound percentage of growth is achieved in subsequent periods. For instance, if in the first period the Performance Target for that period is not met, then the related number of Growth Shares which could have vested may still vest in the following period or periods, provided that the Performance Target for those periods is achieved, as the target gets increasingly more stretching.
The first Performance Target has been set at a price of 60.5 pence per ordinary share (the "First Target Performance Price"), which has been set at a 30% premium to the share price of 46.5 pence per ordinary share (the "Initial Base Price"), being the mid price at the close of business on 20 December 2013, the date 2013 LTIP was adopted.
The table below shows the accounting periods and the total number of ordinary shares in the Company that would be issuable on exchange for vested Growth Shares assuming the Performance Target for each year of the respective years is achieved:
|Start date of accounting period||Performance target (Inland Homes plc share price)||Total number of Inland Homes plc shares|
|1 July 2013||30% above Initial Base Price||2,000,000|
|1 July 2014||15% compounded||2,000,000|
|1 July 2015||10% compounded||2,000,000|
|1 July 2016||10% compounded||2,000,000|
|1 July 2017||10% compounded||2,000,000|
|1 July 2018||10% compounded||1,350,504|
The total number of shares in the Company which may become issuable on the exchange of Growth Shares (assuming vesting in full) is 11,350,504, equivalent to 5.6% of the current issued share capital of the Company. In order for the maximum of 11,350,504 ordinary shares in the Company to become issuable under the 2013 LTIP, the price for each Inland Homes ordinary share, in the absence of a takeover, will have had to have more than doubled before the end of the final performance period (being 20 working days after the announcement of the preliminary results for the year ending 30 June 2019), when compared with the Initial Base Price of 46.5 pence per ordinary share. This increase is approximately equivalent to a 14% annual compound rise in the ordinary share price.
5. Change of Control
The 2013 LTIP will allow realisation from three years after the award, provided the Performance Targets have been met. As is customary, the 2013 LTIP does provide for early vesting of Growth Shares in the event of a takeover of Inland Homes before the expiry of the plan, such that all the Growth Shares will vest, provided that the offer price is greater than the share price required to achieve the Performance Target for the relevant performance period in which the takeover occurs.
The Executive Directors who will participate in the 2013 LTIP and their allocations of Growth Shares, is as follows: Stephen Wicks 47%, Nishith Malde 38% and Paul Brett 15%. In addition, any awards to the Executive Directors under the 2013 LTIP are subject to good and bad leaver provisions.
Depending on the exact terms of each individual Executive Director's service contract with the Company, they are entitled to a range of benefits including either a car allowance or a fully expensed company car, contributions to pension schemes, private fuel, private health care insurance, permanent health insurance and death in service insurance.
Service contracts and notice periods
Each of the Executive Directors are employed on rolling contracts subject to one year's notice from either Inland Homes or the Executive Director in relation to Stephen Wicks and Nishith Malde, and three months' notice in relation to Paul Brett, and contain confidentiality provisions and restrictive covenants for the Company's protection.
The Executive Directors' service contracts do not provide specifically for any termination payments, although the Company might make payments in lieu of notice. For this purpose, such payments would consist of basic salary and other benefits for the relevant period and depending on the circumstances, any awards due under the 2013 LTIP.
Inland Homes has two independent Non-executive Directors, namely Terry Roydon, the Chairman and Head of the Audit Committee and Simon Bennett, Head of the Remuneration Committee. Both Non-executive Directors have letters of appointment, initially for a three year period and thereafter on six months' notice from either Inland Homes or the individual and contain confidentiality provisions for the Company's benefit.
The Non-executive Directors' letters of appointment do not provide specifically for any termination payments, although the Company might make payments in lieu of notice.
Non-executive fees are determined by the Executive Directors, having regard to the requirement to attract high calibre individuals with the right experience, the time requirements and the responsibilities incumbent on an individual acting as a Non-executive Director for a company, such as Inland Homes, listed on AIM. The Non-executive Directors are not eligible for annual discretionary bonuses and do not participate in the Company's long term incentive plans.
The current service contracts of the Executive Directors, the letters of appointment of the Non-executive Directors and the Rules of the 2013 LTIP are available for inspection at the Company's registered office during normal office hours and at the Company's Annual General Meeting ("AGM") until the conclusion of the AGM.
Directors' emoluments for the year ended 30 June 2017
A review of the financial results for the year ended 30 June 2017, as more fully set out in the Chairman's Statement, the Chief Executive's Review and the Finance Director's Review, demonstrates that Inland Homes has had another good year with a 12.2% increase in net asset value to £130.6 million (2016 restated*: £116.3 million) and an EPRA net asset value for the Group at 30 June 2017 of 96.22p per ordinary share (2016 restated*: 92.34p). Turnover for the year at £90.7 million was lower than the previous year (2016: £101.9 million) and profit before tax and the revaluation surplus at £18.1 million showed an increase of 15.3% (2016 restated*: £15.7 million), whereas profit before tax, which includes the revaluation surplus on the Group's investment properties of £1.5m (2016: £18.0 million), showed a decline (2017: £19.6 million: 2016 restated* £33.7million). In light of the results recorded by the Group, the following bonuses have been awarded by the Remuneration Committee to the Executive Directors, as follows:
In accordance with the rules of the Deferred Bonus Plan, further details of which are set out above, these bonuses will be settled as to 50% in cash and as to 50% in ordinary shares of the Company. The ordinary shares awarded in respect of these bonuses will be deferred for three years and will be subject to forfeiture in the event that an Executive Director leaves the Company as a "bad leaver", but are not subject to any further performance conditions. The award of ordinary shares of the Company will be granted on terms that, when they vest, the number of ordinary shares subject to the award shall be increased by deeming the net dividends paid on the ordinary shares from the date of the award until the date of vesting to have been cumulatively reinvested in additional ordinary shares.
* Further information can be found in note 29 to the accounts
Directors' remuneration table (audited)
The remuneration of each of the Directors during the year ended 30 June 2017 is set out in detail below:
|S D Wicks*||348||131||29||–||508||83||591||560|
* S Wicks and N Malde have taken their pension entitlement as part of their salaries. During the period no LTIPs vested.
Directors' interests in shares and the unapproved share option scheme and the 2013 LTIP (audited)
Directors' interests in the Company's ordinary shares are disclosed in the Directors' Report. The share options held by the Directors in the unapproved share option scheme are set out below:
|Options exercisable 28 March 2010 to 27 March 2017 at 50.0p||–||–||700,000|
|Options exercisable 17 December 2012 to 16 December 2019 at 16.5p||–||–||400,000|
|Options exercisable 22 November 2013 to 21 November 2020 at 18.25p||–||1,500,000||–|
|Total options outstanding at 30 June 2016||–||1,500,000||1,100,000|
|Exercised during the year||–||–||(700,000)|
|Total options outstanding at 30 June 2017||–||1,500,000||400,000|
During the year, P Brett exercised 700,000 share options at a price of 50p pence per share. The market price of the shares on the date of admission to AIM were 59.25 pence per share, resulting in a gain of £64,750.
The initial price for determination of awards under the 2013 LTIP was 46.5 pence per ordinary share. In aggregate, to date, the conditions for the issue of 6,000,000 of the 11,350,504 new ordinary shares that can be issued in exchange for vested Growth Shares have been met in accordance with the rules of the 2013 LTIP.
|Ordinary shares of|
Since the start of the financial year the Inland Homes share price has traded between a low of 50.25 pence per ordinary share and a high of 73.25 pence per ordinary share. The performance target under the 2013 LTIP for the financial year ending on 30 June 2017, which would have earned the equivalent of a further 2,000,000 ordinary shares, was not achieved as the Inland Homes plc share price did not exceed the necessary threshold price of 84.2 pence per ordinary share for the qualifying period. Under the terms of the 2013 LTIP, the awards in this period can be earned in future periods if the share price exceeds the threshold price for the qualifying period. The threshold price for the new financial year, which commenced on 1 July 2017 and ends on 30 June 2018, which would earn a further 2,000,000 ordinary shares, is 92.6 pence per ordinary share.
Under the terms of the 2013 LTIP, there remain a total of 5,350,504 new ordinary shares that can be issued in exchange for vested Growth Shares, once the conditions have been met in accordance with the rules of the 2013 LTIP.