Severance Agreements With Our Executives
The Corporation has severance agreements (“Severance Agreements”) with each of its five named executive officers under which the executive would receive a lump sum payment equal to his annual base salary in the event the Corporation terminates his employment, other than for cause or mandatory retirement, or the executive voluntarily terminates his employment because of material reductions in his salary or his position, duties and responsibilities. The terminated executive would also receive (i) outplacement services at a cost up to a maximum of 15% of his base salary and (ii) the cost of continued coverage for a limited period under the Corporation’s group health, life insurance and disability plans.
Change of Control Agreements With Our Executives
The Corporation also has agreements with these executives under which each executive would receive, in the event he ceases to be employed by the Corporation within two years following a change of control of the Corporation (for a reason other than death, disability, willful misconduct, or under certain circumstances a voluntary termination of employment by the executive), a lump sum equal to (i) three times the executive’s highest base salary during that year and the prior two years plus (ii) three times the executive’s target bonus under the Annual Incentive Compensation Plan in the year in which the change of control occurs, less (iii) any severance amounts payable under his Severance Agreement. These executives also have a 30-day window period beginning immediately after the first anniversary date of the change of control to voluntarily terminate their employment and still receive their change of control benefits. If the payments trigger an excise tax under the Internal Revenue Code, the Corporation will provide the executive with a tax gross-up payment
to reimburse the executive for any excise taxes, as well
as the presumed income taxes on the gross-up. The Corporation will pay the cost
for the terminated executive to receive continued coverage for a limited period
of time under certain of the Corporation’s insured group medical, dental,
vision, life insurance and long-term disability plans, and for the cost of
continuing executive physicals and financial counseling services for a
similarly limited period. These executives are also eligible to receive
outplacement services at a cost up to a maximum amount of 15% of their base
salary. Except under certain circumstances, these change of control agreements
currently expire on
Other Change of Control Provisions
Although normal compensatory options granted by the Corporation become exercisable in three or four substantially equal annual installments beginning on the first anniversary of the date of grant, they also become exercisable in certain change of control situations. Specifically, such options are exercisable (but not earlier than six months from the date of grant) for a period of 30 days beginning on the date the Corporation’s common shares are purchased pursuant to a third party tender offer or the Corporation’s shareholders approve a merger or similar transaction in which the Corporation will not survive as a publicly held corporation or, in the case of the five named executive officers and certain other employees, the date the employee ceases to be employed if he/she ceases to be employed within two years following a change of control.
The Phelps Dodge Corporation Supplemental Retirement Plan provides for the payment of unreduced benefits to employees who meet liberalized age and length of service requirements and whose employment is terminated by the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries within two years following a change of control of the Corporation. The Phelps Dodge Corporation Supplemental Retirement Plan also provides an additional 36 months of service credit to an executive who, due to his termination of employment within two years following a change of control of the Corporation, becomes entitled to receive payments under his change of control agreement with the Corporation. The Phelps Dodge Corporation Supplemental Savings Plan obligates the Corporation to transfer an amount equal to the deficiency in the assets of the Plan’s trust fund, if any, prior to the day on which a change of control occurs.