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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

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CARDTRONICS, INC.

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING  OF STOCKHOLDERS AND PROXY STATEMENT

 

April 10,  2014

 

Dear Stockholder:

 

Notice is hereby given that the 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (“Annual Meeting”) of Cardtronics, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Cardtronics”), will be held on Wednesday, May 21,  2014, at 5:00 p.m., central daylight time, at 3250 Briarpark Drive, Suite 400, Houston, Texas 77042. At the Annual Meeting, stockholders will be asked to:

 

1.Elect two Class I directors to the Board of Directors to serve until the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders;

 

2.Adopt a resolution in which they approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Named Executive Officers as disclosed in the Proxy Statement;

 

3.Ratify the Audit Committee’s selection of KPMG LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm of Cardtronics for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014;  

 

4.Adopt a resolution to amend our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to remove plurality voting for the election of directors;

 

5. Increase the maximum number of shares that can be granted as equity incentive awards under the Amended and Restated 2007 Stock Incentive Plan (the “2007 Plan”);  

 

6.Approve the modification to material terms of the 2007 Plan for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended;  and

 

7.Transact such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any adjournments or postponements of the meeting.

 

Only stockholders of record at the close of business on March 25, 2014 are entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting. A list of stockholders will be available commencing May 1,  2014 and may be inspected at our offices during normal business hours prior to the Annual Meeting. The list of stockholders also will be available for review at the Annual Meeting. In the event there are not sufficient votes for a quorum or to approve the items of business at the time of the Annual Meeting, the Annual Meeting may be adjourned in order to permit further solicitation of proxies.

 

The proxy materials include this Notice, the Proxy Statement, the Annual Report to Stockholders for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, and the enclosed proxy card. The Proxy Statement tells you about the agenda and related matters for the Annual Meeting. It also describes how the Board of Directors operates, gives information about its director candidates, and provides information about the other items of business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting.

 

Even if you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, please sign, date, and return the enclosed proxy card as promptly as possible to ensure that your shares are represented. If you attend the Annual Meeting, you may withdraw any previously submitted proxy and vote in person.

 

Sincerely,

 

/s/ Michael E. Keller

 

Michael E. Keller

General Counsel and Secretary

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING  THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS  FOR THE 2014 ANNUAL MEETING  OF STOCKHOLDERS TO BE HELD ON MAY 21, 2014

 

The Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders, Proxy Statement for  the Annual Meeting, and the Annual Report to Stockholders  for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 are available at  www.cardtronics.com.

 

 


 

PROXY STATEMENT

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING 

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PROPOSAL NO. 1:  ELECTION OF CLASS I DIRECTORS 

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PROPOSAL NO. 2:  ADVISORY VOTE TO APPROVE NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMPENSATION 

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PROPOSAL NO. 3:  RATIFICATION OF THE SELECTION OF THE INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM 

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PROPOSAL NO. 4:  AMENDMENT OF OUR AMENDED AND RESTATED CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION 

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PROPOSAL NO. 5:  INCREASE OF THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF SHARES THAT CAN BE GRANTED AS EQUITY INCENTIVE AWARDS UNDER THE AMENDED AND RESTATED 2007 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN 

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PROPOSAL NO. 6:  APPROVAL OF THE MODIFICATION TO MATERIAL TERMS OF THE 2007 PLAN FOR PURPOSES OF SECTION 162(M) OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986, AS AMENDED 

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE 

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STOCK OWNERSHIP MATTERS 

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EXECUTIVE OFFICERS 

24

COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS 

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COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT 

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION 

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DIRECTOR COMPENSATION 

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COMPENSATION COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS AND INSIDER PARTICIPATION 

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CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED PERSON TRANSACTIONS 

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AUDIT MATTERS 

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PROPOSALS FOR THE 2015 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS 

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OTHER MATTERS 

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ANNUAL REPORT TO STOCKHOLDERS 

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DIRECTIONS TO 2014 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS 

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APPENDIX A (FOURTH AMENDED AND RESTATED CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION OF CARDTRONICS, INC.) 

 

APPENDIX B (SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF THE SECOND AMENDED AND RESTATED 2007 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN) 

 

APPENDIX C (SECOND AMENDED AND RESTATED 2007 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN) 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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CARDTRONICS, INC.

 

3250 Briarpark Drive, Suite 400

Houston, Texas 77042

 

 

 

PROXY STATEMENT

 

 

These proxy materials are furnished to you in connection with the solicitation of proxies by the Board of Directors  (the “Board”) of Cardtronics, Inc., for use at our 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and any adjournments or postponements of the meeting (the “Annual Meeting”). The Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday,  May 21, 2014, at 5:00 p.m., central daylight time, at our principal executive offices, which are located at 3250 Briarpark Drive, Suite 400, Houston, Texas 77042. Directions to our offices are set forth on the last page of this Proxy Statement.

 

On or about April 10, 2014, we mailed a Notice of Internet Availability to our stockholders of record and beneficial owners who owned shares of our common stock at the close of business on March 25, 2014. The Notice of Internet Availability contains information on how to access the proxy materials and vote online. The Notice of Annual Meeting, this Proxy Statement, and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 (“Annual Report”) are available to you in the Investor Relations section of our website at www.cardtronics.com or, upon your request paper version of these materials will be delivered to you by mail.

 

ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING

 

What is the purpose of the 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders?

 

At the Annual Meeting, our stockholders will be asked to (1) elect two Class I directors to serve until the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders; (2) adopt a resolution in which they  approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Named Executive Officers as disclosed in this Proxy Statement; (3) ratify the Audit Committee’s selection of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014; (4) adopt a resolution to amend our  Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to remove plurality voting for the election of directors; (5) increase the maximum number of Shares that can be granted as equity incentive awards under the Amended and Restated 2007 Stock Incentive Plan (“the “2007 Plan”); (6) approve the modification to material terms of the 2007 Plan for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”);  and (7) transact such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting. Each of the above matters that will be submitted to the stockholders for their approval (each a “Proposal”) is described in more detail on pages 6 to 15 herein.

 

Why did I receive these proxy materials?

 

You received these proxy materials from us in connection with the solicitation by our Board of proxies to be voted at the Annual Meeting because you owned our common stock at the close of business on March 25, 2014. We refer to this date as the “record date.”

 

This Proxy Statement contains important information for you to consider when deciding how to vote your shares at the Annual Meeting. Please read this Proxy Statement carefully.

 

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What is a proxy?

 

A proxy is your legal designation of another person to vote the shares that you own. That other person is called a proxy. If you designate someone as your proxy in a written document, that document is also called a proxy or a proxy card. Our Board has appointed J. Chris Brewster and Michael E. Keller (the “Proxy Holders”) to serve as proxies for the Annual Meeting.

 

If you are a stockholder of record (as discussed in more detail below) and you properly complete and submit a proxy, your shares will be voted by the Proxy Holders in accordance with your instructions on the proxy. If you complete and submit a proxy, but do not indicate any contrary voting instructions, the Proxy Holders will vote in accordance with the recommendations of the Board. See “What are the recommendations of the Board?” below for additional information.

 

If you are a street name stockholder, in some cases, your shares may be voted even if you do not provide your broker, bank, or other nominee with voting instructions. At the Annual Meeting, except for Proposal No. 3 (Ratification of the Selection of the Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm), brokers will not have discretionary authority to vote on any of the proposals in the absence of timely instructions from the beneficial owners.  See “What is the effect of abstentions and broker non-votes and what vote is required to approve each proposal discussed in this Proxy Statement?” below for additional information.

 

What does it mean if I receive more than one proxy card?

 

If you receive more than one proxy card, then you own our common stock through multiple accounts with our transfer agent and/or brokers, banks, or other nominees. Please sign and return all proxy cards to ensure that all of your shares are voted at the Annual Meeting.

 

What is the  difference between holding shares as a “stockholder  of record and holding shares in street name”?

 

Stockholder of Record. If your shares are registered directly in your name with our transfer agent, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., you are considered a “stockholder of record” with respect to those shares, and you are receiving these proxy materials directly from us. As the stockholder of record, you have the right to mail your proxy directly to us or to vote in person at the Annual Meeting.

 

Street Name Stockholder. If your shares are held in a stock brokerage account, by a bank or other holder of record (commonly referred to as being held in “street name”), you are the “beneficial owner” with respect to those shares and these proxy materials are being forwarded to you by that custodian, which is considered, with respect to those shares, the stockholder of record. As the beneficial owner, you have the right to direct your broker, bank, or other nominee how to vote and you are also invited to attend the Annual Meeting. However, since you are not the stockholder of record, you may not vote these shares in person at the Annual Meeting unless you obtain a signed proxy from the stockholder of record giving you the right to vote the shares. Your broker, bank, or other nominee has provided voting instructions for you to use in directing the broker, bank, or other nominee how to vote your shares. If you fail to provide sufficient instructions to your broker, bank, or other nominee, the stockholder of record may be prohibited from voting your shares as discussed elsewhere in this Proxy Statement.

 

How many votes must be present to hold the Annual Meeting?

 

There must be a quorum for the Annual Meeting to be held. A quorum is the presence at the Annual Meeting, in person or by proxy, of the holders  of a majority  of the outstanding shares  of  common stock entitled to vote as of the record  date. Abstentions and broker non-votes will be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum at the Annual Meeting. As of the record  date, there were 44,481,159 shares of our common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. Consequently, the presence of the holders of at least 22,240,580 shares of common stock, in person or by proxy, is required to establish a quorum for the Annual Meeting.

 

If less than a quorum is represented at the Annual Meeting, the presiding officer of the meeting or the holders of a majority of the issued and outstanding stock, (on an as converted basis) present in person or represented by proxy, at the Annual Meeting, may adjourn the meeting and the proxy holders will vote the proxies they have been authorized at the Annual Meeting in favor of such an adjournment. In the event a quorum is present at the Annual Meeting but sufficient votes to approve any of the items proposed by our Board have not been received, the presiding officer of the meeting or the persons named as proxies may propose one or more adjournments of the Annual Meeting to permit further solicitation of proxies. A stockholder vote may be taken on one or more of the proposals in this proxy statement prior to such adjournment if sufficient proxies have been received and it is otherwise appropriate.

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How many votes do I have?

 

You are entitled to one vote for each share of common stock that you owned on the record date on all matters considered at the Annual Meeting.

 

How do I vote my shares?

 

Stockholder of Record. Shares held directly in your name as the stockholder of record can be voted in person at the Annual Meeting or you can provide a proxy to be voted at the Annual Meeting by signing and dating the enclosed proxy card and returning it in the enclosed postage-paid envelope. If you plan to vote in person at the Annual Meeting, please bring proof of identification. Even if you currently plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we recommend that you also submit your proxy as described above so that your vote will be counted if you later decide not to attend the Annual Meeting.

 

Street Name Stockholder. If you hold your shares in “street name”, please follow the instructions provided by your bank, broker, or other holder of record (the record holder). Shares held in street name may be voted in person by you at the Annual Meeting only if you obtain a signed proxy from the record holder giving you the right to vote the shares. If you hold your shares in street name and wish to simply attend the Annual Meeting, please bring proof of ownership and identification.

 

What are the recommendations of the Board?

 

Our Board recommends that you vote:

 

FOR the election of the two nominated Class I directors;

 

FOR the resolution in which the stockholders approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Named Executive Officers as disclosed in this Proxy Statement;

 

FOR the proposal to ratify the Audit Committee’s selection of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014;

FOR the proposal to amend our Certificate of Incorporation to remove plurality voting for the election of directors;

 

FOR the proposal to increase the maximum number of shares that can be granted as equity incentive awards under the 2007 Plan; and

 

FOR the proposal to approve the modification to material terms of the 2007 Plan for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Code.

 

Can I change my vote after I return my proxy card?

 

Yes. Even after you have returned your proxy card, you may revoke your proxy at any time before it is exercised by (1) submitting a written a notice of revocation to our General Counsel and Secretary, Michael E. Keller, by mail to Cardtronics, Inc., 3250 Briarpark Drive, Suite 400, Houston, Texas 77042 or by facsimile at (832) 308-4761 no later than May 20,  2014;  (2) mailing in a new proxy card bearing a later date but no later than May 20,  2014;  or (3) attending the Annual Meeting and voting in person, which suspends the powers of the Proxy Holders.

 

If you are a “street name” stockholder, you may change your vote by submitting new voting instructions to your bank, broker, or nominee in accordance with that entity’s procedures.

 

Could other matters be decided at the Annual Meeting?

 

At the time this Proxy Statement was filed, we did not know of any matters to be raised at the Annual Meeting other than those referred to in this Proxy Statement. With respect to any other matter that properly comes before the Annual Meeting, the Proxy Holders will vote the proxies as recommended by our Board or, if no recommendation is given, in their own discretion.

 

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What is the effect of abstentions and broker non-votes and what vote is required to approve each proposal discussed in this Proxy Statement?

 

Abstentions and Broker Non-Votes. Abstentions and broker non-votes are counted for purposes of determining the presence or absence of a quorum for the transaction of business. Abstentions occur when stockholders are present at the Annual Meeting but choose to withhold their vote for any of the matters upon which the stockholders are voting. Broker non-votes occur when other holders of record (such as banks and brokers) that hold shares on behalf of beneficial owners do not receive voting instructions from the beneficial owners before the Annual Meeting and do not have discretionary authority to vote those shares if they do not receive timely instructions from the beneficial owners.

 

Election of Directors.  A plurality of the votes cast is required for the election of directors. This means that the two Class I director nominees receiving the highest number of affirmative votes will be elected to our Board. You may vote “FOR” or “WITHHOLD AUTHORITY” for each Class I director nominee. If you “WITHHOLD AUTHORITY,” your votes will be counted for purposes of determining the presence or absence of a quorum, but will have no legal effect on the election of directors under Delaware law or our Bylaws. Broker non-votes are not treated as entitled to cast a vote and therefore will have no impact on the proposal.

 

Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation. The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote on the item is required to approve this proposal. You may vote “FOR,” “AGAINST” or “ABSTAIN” on this proposal. If you “ABSTAIN,” your votes will be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum, and the abstention will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” the proposal. Broker non-votes are not treated as entitled to vote and therefore will have no impact on the proposal.

 

Ratification of the Appointment of the Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.  The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote on the item is required to approve this proposal. You may vote “FOR,” “AGAINST” or “ABSTAIN” on this proposal. If you “ABSTAIN,” your votes will be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum, and the abstention will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” the proposal. This proposal is considered a “routine” matter, so if you are a street name stockholder, your broker, bank, trust or other holder of record is permitted to vote your shares on this proposal even if the broker does not receive voting instructions from you.

 

Amendment to our Certificate of Incorporation.  Under the terms of our Certificate of Incorporation, the affirmative vote of the holders of no less than 66 2/3% of the shares represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote on the item is required to approve this proposal. You may vote “FOR,” “AGAINST” or “ABSTAIN” on this proposal. If you “ABSTAIN,” your votes will be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum, and the abstention will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” the proposal. Broker non-votes are not treated as entitled to vote and therefore will have no impact on the proposal. 

 

Increase in Shares Available Under the 2007 Plan. The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote on the item is required to approve this proposal. You may vote “FOR,” “AGAINST” or “ABSTAIN” on this proposal. If you “ABSTAIN,” your votes will be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum, and the abstention will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” the proposal. Broker non-votes are not treated as entitled to vote and therefore will have no impact on the proposal.

 

Modification to Material Terms of the 2007 Plan. The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote on the item is required to approve this proposal. You may vote “FOR,” “AGAINST” or “ABSTAIN” on this proposal. If you “ABSTAIN,” your votes will be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum, and the abstention will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” the proposal. Broker non-votes are not treated as entitled to vote and therefore will have no impact on the proposal.

 

Who is participating in this proxy solicitation and who will pay for its cost?

 

We will bear the entire cost of soliciting proxies, including the cost of the preparation and distribution of this Proxy Statement, the proxy card, and any additional information furnished to our stockholders. In addition to this solicitation, our directors, officers, and other employees may solicit proxies by use of mail, telephone, facsimile, electronic means, in person or otherwise. These persons will not receive any additional compensation for assisting in the solicitation, but may be reimbursed for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses in connection with the solicitation.

 

We have retained Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. (“Broadridge”) to aid in the distribution of

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proxy materials and to provide voting and tabulation services for the Annual Meeting. For these services, we will pay Broadridge a fee of approximately $46,000 and reimburse it for certain expenses. In addition, we will reimburse brokerage firms, nominees, fiduciaries, custodians, and other agents for their expenses in distributing proxy materials to the beneficial owners of our common stock.

 

May I propose actions for consideration at the next annual meeting of stockholders or nominate individuals to serve as directors?

 

You may submit proposals for consideration at future stockholder meetings, including director nominations. Please see “Corporate Governance – Our Board – Director Selection and Nomination Process” and “Proposals for the 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders” for more details.

 

What is “householding” and how does it affect me?

 

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has implemented rules regarding the delivery of proxy materials to households. This method of delivery, often referred to as “householding,” permits us to send a single Annual Report and/or a single Proxy Statement to any household at which two or more different stockholders reside where we believe the stockholders are members of the same family or otherwise share the same address or where one stockholder has multiple accounts. In each case, the stockholder(s) must provide express or implied prior consent to the householding process. Under the householding procedure, each stockholder continues to receive a separate notice of any meeting of stockholders and proxy card. Householding reduces the volume of duplicate information our stockholders receive and reduces our expenses. We may institute householding in the future and will notify our registered stockholders who will be affected by householding at that time.

 

Many banks, brokers, and other holders of record have instituted householding. If you or your family have one or more “street name” accounts under which you beneficially own our common stock, you may have received householding information from your bank, broker, or other holder of record in the past. Please contact the holder of record directly if you have questions, require additional copies of this Proxy Statement or our Annual Report or wish to revoke your decision to household and thereby receive multiple copies. You should also contact the holder of record if you wish to institute householding. These options are available to you at any time.

 

Whom should I contact with questions about the Annual Meeting?

 

If you have any questions about this Proxy Statement or the Annual Meeting, please contact our General Counsel and Secretary, Michael E. Keller, at 3250 Briarpark Drive, Suite 400, Houston, Texas 77042 or by telephone at (832) 308-4000.

 

Where may I obtain additional information about Cardtronics, Inc.?

 

We refer you to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 filed with the SEC on February 18,  2014. Our Annual Report, including audited financial statements, is available on our website at www.cardtronics.com. Our Annual Report is not part of the proxy solicitation material. 

 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT CARDTRONICS, INC., PLEASE CONTACT OUR GENERAL COUNSEL AND SECRETARY, MICHAEL E. KELLER, AT 3250 BRIARPARK DRIVE, SUITE 400, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77042.

 

On the following pages, we have set forth the six proposals that are being submitted to the stockholders for their approval. Following each proposal is a summary of the proposal as well as the Board’s recommendation in support thereof.

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PROPOSAL NO. 1:

ELECTION OF CLASS I DIRECTORS

 

Our Director Nominees

 

Our Board currently has nine director positions that are divided into three classes, with one class to be elected at each Annual Meeting of Stockholders to serve for a three-year term. The term of our Class I directors expires at the 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders; the term of our Class II directors expires at the 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders; and the term of our Class III directors expires at the 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders; with each director to hold office until his or her successor is duly elected and qualified or until the earlier of his or her death, retirement, resignation or removal. Our Class I directors are Jorge M. Diaz and G. Patrick Phillips; our Class II directors are J. Tim Arnoult, Dennis F. Lynch, and Juli C. Spottiswood; and our Class III directors are Julie Gardner, Steven A. Rathgaber and Mark Rossi. Our Board currently has one vacant director position. 

 

Effective March 5, 2014, acting upon the recommendation of the Nominating & Governance Committee, the Board nominated Jorge M. Diaz and G. Patrick Phillips for re-election as Class I directors at the Annual Meeting. Each nominee is currently a director, has consented to being named a nominee in this Proxy Statement, and has indicated a willingness to serve if elected. Class I directors elected at the Annual Meeting will serve for a term to expire at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, with each director to hold office until his successor is duly elected and qualified or until his earlier death, retirement, resignation or removal. We did not pay any third-party fees to assist in the process of identifying or evaluating these candidates.

 

Unless authority to vote for a particular nominee is withheld, the shares represented by the enclosed proxy will be voted FOR the election of each of Jorge M. Diaz and G. Patrick Phillips as Class I directors. In the event that any nominee becomes unable or unwilling to serve, the shares represented by the enclosed proxy will be voted for the election of such other person as the Board may recommend in his place. We have no reason to believe that any nominee will be unable or unwilling to serve as a director.

 

A plurality of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting is required to elect each nominee as a Class I director.

 

Stockholders may not cumulate their votes in the election of our directors.

 

The names and certain information about the Class I director nominees, including their ages as of the Annual Meeting date, positions with Cardtronics, Inc., as well as the specific experience, qualifications, attributes and skills that led the Board to the conclusion that the director should be nominated to serve on the Board in light of our business, are set forth below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

 

Age

 

Position

Jorge M. Diaz

 

49

 

Class I Director

G. Patrick Phillips

 

64

 

Class I Director

 

Jorge M. Diaz has served as a director of our company since December 2004. Mr. Diaz is the Division President and Chief Executive Officer of Fiserv Output Solutions, a division of Fiserv, Inc. (“Fiserv”), and has held that position since April 1994. Fiserv Output Solutions provides card production services, statement processing and electronic document distribution services. In January 1985, Mr. Diaz co-founded National Embossing Company, a predecessor company to Fiserv Output Solutions. Mr. Diaz sold National Embossing Company to Fiserv in April 1994. Mr. Diaz serves as a director for the local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club, a national non-profit organization.

 

Mr. Diaz’ extensive experience in the electronic funds transfer processing industry, as well as his long-standing association with our company, makes him uniquely qualified to serve on our Board, our Compensation Committee, and our Nominating & Governance Committee.

 

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G. Patrick Phillips has served as a director of our company since February 2010. Mr. Phillips retired from Bank of America in 2008, after a 35-year career, most recently serving as President of Bank of America’s Premier Banking and Investments group from August 2005 to March 2008. During his tenure at Bank of America, Mr. Phillips led a variety of consumer, commercial, wealth management and technology businesses. Mr. Phillips also serves on the board of directors of USAA Federal Savings Bank where he serves as Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee. Mr. Phillips previously served as a director of Visa USA and Visa International from 1990 to 2005 and 1995 to 2005, respectively. Mr. Phillips received a Masters of Business Administration from the Darden School (of business) at the University of Virginia in 1973 and graduated from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina in 1971.

 

Mr. Phillips’ extensive experience in the banking industry and the electronic payments industry makes him uniquely qualified to serve on our Board, our Audit Committee, and as Chairman of our Compensation Committee.

 

OUR BOARD RECOMMENDS THAT STOCKHOLDERS VOTE “FOR” EACH OF THE CLASS I DIRECTOR NOMINEES IDENTIFIED ABOVE.

 

Continuing Directors

 

In addition to the Class I directors to be elected at the Annual Meeting, the directors who will continue to serve on our Board after the Annual Meeting, their ages as of the Annual Meeting date, positions with Cardtronics, Inc., as well as the specific experience, qualifications, attributes and skills that led the Board to the conclusion that the director should serve on the Board in light of our business are set forth below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

 

Age

 

Position

J. Tim Arnoult

 

65

 

Class II Director

Dennis F. Lynch

 

65

 

Class II Director

Juli C. Spottiswood

 

47

 

Class II Director

Julie Gardner

 

56

 

Class III Director

Steven A. Rathgaber

 

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Class III Director

Mark Rossi

 

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Class III Director

 

J. Tim Arnoult has served as a director of our company since January 2008. Mr. Arnoult provides over 30 years of banking, payments and information technology experience to our Board. From 1979 to 2006, Mr. Arnoult served in various positions at Bank of America, N.A., including President of Global Treasury Services in 2005 and 2006, President of Global Technology and Operations from 2000 to 2005, President of Central U.S. Consumer and Commercial Banking from 1996 to 2000, and President of Private Banking from 1992 to 1996. In September 2012, Mr. Arnoult was elected to serve on the board of directors for Stellus Capital Investment Corporation. Mr. Arnoult is also experienced in the integration of complex mergers including NationsBank and Bank of America in 1998 and Bank of America and Fleet Boston in 2004. Mr. Arnoult has been retired since 2006. Mr. Arnoult holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Business Administration degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Mr. Arnoult has experience serving as a director for public and private companies as well as significant nonprofit and industry association boards, including the board of Visa USA. We believe Mr. Arnoult’s broad financial services background, including international responsibilities, and past directorship experience make him wellqualified to serve on our Board, as Chairman of our Nominating & Governance Committee, on our Audit Committee, and on our Finance Committee.

 

Dennis F. Lynch has served as a director of our company since January 2008 and Chairman of the Board since November 2010. Mr. Lynch has over 30 years of experience in the payments industry and has led the introduction and growth of various card products and payment solutions. Mr. Lynch is currently a director on the board of Fiserv, a global technology provider to banks, credit unions, lenders and investment firms. Mr. Lynch is also currently a director and was previously the chairperson (from 2009 through 2011) of the Secure Remote Payments Council, a cross-industry group dedicated to accelerating more secure methods of conducting consumer payments in the internet/mobile marketplace. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Lynch served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RightPath Payments Inc., a company providing business-to-business payments via the internet. From 1994 to 2004, Mr. Lynch served in various positions with NYCE Corporation, including serving as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1996 to 2004, and as a director from 1992 to 2004. Prior to joining NYCE Corporation, Mr. Lynch served in a variety of information technology and products roles, ultimately managing Fleet Boston’s consumer payments portfolio. Mr. Lynch has served on a number of boards, including the board of Open Solutions, Inc., a publicly-traded company delivering core banking products to the financial services market, from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Lynch was also a founding director of YANKEE24 Network, and electronic payments network serving the New

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England region and served as its Chairman from 1988 to 1990. Additionally, Mr. Lynch has served on the Executive Committee and the board of the Electronic Funds Transfer Association. Mr. Lynch received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Rhode Island.

 

Mr. Lynch’s extensive experience in the payment industry and his leading role in the introduction and growth of various card products and payment solutions make him a valuable asset to our Board. We leverage Mr. Lynch’s knowledge of card products and payment solutions in developing our strategies for capitalizing on the proliferation of prepaid debit cards. Additionally, Mr. Lynch’s service on a number of corporate boards and his experience as the Chief Executive Officer of NYCE Corporation, provide him with the background and leadership skills necessary to serve as Chairman of our Board and as a member of our Compensation Committee, our Nomination & Governance Committee, and our Finance Committee.

 

Juli C. Spottiswood has served as a director of our company since May 2011. Ms. Spottiswood is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer and a director on the board of Parago, Inc., a global engagement management company which provides innovative incentive programs to drive behavior and promote loyalty for consumers, channel sales partners, and employees. Ms. Spottiswood assisted with the formation of Parago, Inc. in 1999 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer in 2007. Ms. Spottiswood has spearheaded dramatic improvements for the consumer rebating experience: introducing a variety of payment methods like prepaid cards and PayPal, a choice of submission methods including online or point-of-sale from some merchants, customer service interaction via web chat and dramatically reduced turn times. Ms. Spottiswood also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association, a nonprofit association formed to promote the use of prepaid rebate cards as an alternative payment vehicle. In 2009, Ms. Spottiswood was the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Southwest region.

 

Ms. Spottiswood has expansive business and financial services experience, which includes experience as an accountant with Arthur Andersen. Her knowledge of the payment industry and innovation makes her an exceptional asset to our Board, to our Finance Committee, and as Chairman of our Audit Committee.

 

Julie Gardner was appointed as a director of our company on October 24, 2013.  Ms. Gardner has over 25 years of marketing experience in the retail industry and was cited by Forbes in 2012, as the 11th most influential Chief Marketing Officer in the world.  From 2006 to 2012, Ms. Gardner served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Kohl's Corporation after serving as Chief Brand Officer from 2003 to 2006 and Senior Vice President of Marketing from 1999 to 2003. From 1985 to 1999, Ms. Gardner served in various positions for Eckerd Corporation, a retail drug store chain, including serving as Chief Marketing Officer from 1994 to 1999, Advertising Director from 1991 to 1994 and several management roles from 1985 to 1991. Ms. Gardner currently serves as a trustee for the Milwaukee Art Museum, is an ambassador for the TED organization and serves on the executive committee for the Retail Marketing and Advertising Association. Ms. Gardner received her Bachelor of Science in Technical Communications from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

 

Ms.  Gardner has expansive marketing and advertising experience in the retail industry and we believe her experience and her background with rapid business expansion, as well as her insights with drugstore chains, a key retailer constituent of Cardtronics, make her well-qualified to serve on our Board and as a member of our Nominating & Governance Committee.

 

Steven A. Rathgaber has been our Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and has served as a director of our company since February 1, 2010. From January 1991 to January 2010, Mr. Rathgaber was employed by NYCE Payments Network, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (“NYCE”), which is an electronic funds transfer and debit card processing business. Mr. Rathgaber most recently served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of NYCE, a role he assumed in September 2004. From April 1989 to January 1991, Mr. Rathgaber served as a founding partner of Veritas Venture, a start-up software development company. From May 1981 to March 1989, Mr. Rathgaber served in a number of executive-level roles within Automatic Data Processing, Inc., and from January 1977 to April 1981, Mr. Rathgaber held numerous positions within Citibank. Mr. Rathgaber served on the board of Everlink Payment Services, a joint venture between the United States-based NYCE and Celero, a Canadian credit union processing company, from the company’s inception in September 2003 until December 2009. Mr. Rathgaber presently serves on the Advisory Board of a private equity firm, Platform Partners, based in Houston, Texas. Mr. Rathgaber also served as Chairman of the Everlink board from June 2004 until May 2006. Mr. Rathgaber holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. John’s University.

 

The Board has concluded that Mr. Rathgaber should continue to serve as a director for our company based upon the following reasons, among others: (1) his current position as our Chief Executive Officer enables him to bring invaluable operational, financial, regulatory, and governance insights to the Board; and (2) his considerable role in the management of our company enables him to continually educate and advise the Board on our business, industry and related opportunities and challenges.

 

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Mark Rossi has served as a director of our company since November 2010. Mr. Rossi is a founder and Senior Managing Director of Cornerstone Equity Investors, L.L.C., a Connecticut based private equity firm. The investment principals of Cornerstone have funded approximately 100 companies in a variety of industries but with a  particular emphasis on technology and telecommunications, health care services and products, and business services. Cornerstone and its predecessor firm have provided financing to a large number of successful companies including Dell Computer, Health Management Associates, Linear Technology, Micron Technology, Novatel Wireless, Inc., and Equitrac, Inc.  Prior to the formation of Cornerstone Equity Investors in 1996, Mr. Rossi was President of Prudential Equity Investors, Inc., the private equity arm of Prudential Insurance Company of America. Mr. Rossi’s industry focus is on business services and technology companies. Mr. Rossi is involved in a number of community and philanthropic activities. He is a founding member of Project Y.E.S.S. (Young Executives Supporting Schools), and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. After graduating with highest honors from Saint Vincent College in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, Mr. Rossi earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where he was an F.C. Austin Scholar.

 

Mr. Rossi has extensive financial services experience, is a member of the board of directors of several companies, and serves as Chairman of the board of directors of Maxwell Technologies Inc. (a publicly traded company), which makes him well-qualified to serve on our Board, our Compensation Committee, and as Chairman of our Finance Committee.

 

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PROPOSAL NO. 2:

ADVISORY VOTE TO APPROVE NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMPENSATION

 

Pursuant to Section 14A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) we are asking stockholders to approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of our Named Executive Officers as disclosed in this Proxy Statement in accordance with the compensation disclosure rules of the SEC. We believe that it is appropriate to seek the views of stockholders on the design and effectiveness of our executive compensation program, and we value your opinion. Based on the stockholder vote on the frequency of an advisory vote on executive compensation that took place at our 2011 Annual Meeting, the Board determined to hold the vote on executive compensation annually until the next stockholder vote on the frequency of such advisory vote. Thus, our stockholder advisory vote to approve executive compensation currently takes place annually, and the next such vote will take place at our 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.  As described in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of this Proxy Statement, the Compensation Committee has structured our executive compensation program to achieve the following key objectives as described below.  Stockholders are given an opportunity to cast an advisory vote on the frequency of “say-on-pay” votes every six years, with the next opportunity expected to occur in connection with our Annual Meeting in 2017:

 

 

 

Objectives

How Our Executive Compensation Program Achieves The Objectives

The primary objectives of our executive compensation program are to attract, retain, and motivate qualified individuals who are capable of leading our company to meet its business objectives and to increase overall stockholder value.

We believe our executive compensation program aligns the interests of management with those of our investors  and creates incentives for and rewards performances of the individuals based on our overall success and the  achievement of individual performance objectives.  Specifically, our compensation program provides management with the incentive to achieve or maximize certain company-level performance measures. Each year, based upon the expected circumstances and conditions confronting us for that  year, the Compensation Committee selects performance metrics that it believes will produce the best return for our stockholders given the then-current conditions. For 2013, the  Compensation Committee selected (1) Adjusted Operating Income, as defined below in the  Compensation Discussion and  Analysis or CD&A; (2) Adjusted Earnings per Share, as defined below in the CD&A; and (3) Revenues, as reported in our audited financial statements.

 

We urge stockholders to read the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of this Proxy Statement, which describes in more detail how our executive compensation policies and procedures operate and are designed to achieve our compensation objectives, as well as the Summary Compensation Table for 2013 and other related compensation tables and narrative discussions, which provide detailed information of the compensation of our Named Executive Officers. The Compensation Committee and the Board believe that the policies and procedures articulated in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of this Proxy Statement are effective in achieving our goals and that the compensation of our Named Executive Officers reported in this Proxy Statement has contributed to our long-term success.

 

In accordance with Section 14A of the Exchange Act, and as a matter of good corporate governance, we are asking stockholders to adopt the following resolution at the 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders:

 

“RESOLVED, that the stockholders of Cardtronics, Inc. approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of Cardtronics Inc.s Named Executive Officers as disclosed in the Proxy Statement for the 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Cardtronics, Inc. pursuant to the compensation disclosure rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, compensation tables, and narrative discussion.”

 

This advisory vote, commonly referred to as a “say-on-pay” vote, is not binding on our Board or our Compensation Committee, will not overrule any decisions made by our Board or our Compensation Committee, or require our Board or our Compensation Committee to take any action. Although the vote is non-binding, our Compensation Committee will take into account the outcome of the vote when considering future executive compensation decisions. In particular, to the extent there is any significant vote against our Named Executive Officers’ compensation as disclosed in this Proxy Statement, we will consider our stockholders’ concerns and our Compensation Committee will evaluate whether any actions are necessary to address those concerns.

 

OUR BOARD RECOMMENDS THAT STOCKHOLDERS VOTE “FOR” THE ADOPTION OF THE ADVISORY RESOLUTION APPROVING NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMPENSATION.

 

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PROPOSAL NO. 3:

RATIFICATION OF THE SELECTION OF THE

INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

The Audit Committee has selected KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm to conduct our audit for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014.

 

We engaged KPMG LLP to serve as our independent registered public accounting firm and to audit our consolidated financial statements beginning with the fiscal year ended December 31, 2001. The engagement of KPMG LLP for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014 has been recommended by our Audit Committee and approved by our Board. Our Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed the audited consolidated financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, and has recommended, and our Board has approved, their inclusion therein. See “Audit Matters—Report of the Audit Committee” included elsewhere in this Proxy Statement.

 

Although stockholder ratification of the selection of KPMG LLP is not required, our Audit Committee and our Board consider it desirable for our stockholders to vote upon this selection. However, if the selection is not ratified, the Audit Committee will consider whether it is appropriate to select another independent registered public accounting firm. Even if the selection is ratified, our Audit Committee may, in its discretion, direct the appointment of a different independent registered public accounting firm at any time during the year if it believes that such a change would be in the best interests of us and our stockholders.

 

A representative of KPMG LLP is expected to be present at the Annual Meeting and will have an opportunity to make a statement if the representative desires to do so and will be available to respond to appropriate questions from stockholders at the Annual Meeting.

 

OUR BOARD RECOMMENDS THAT STOCKHOLDERS VOTE “FOR” THE RATIFICATION OF THE SELECTION OF KPMG LLP AS OUR INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31,  2014.

 

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PROPOSAL NO. 4:

AMENDMENT OF OUR CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION

 

Article V of our Third Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation currently provides that elections of directors are determined by a plurality of the votes cast by the stockholders entitled to vote.  Under plurality voting, a stockholder cannot vote “against” a director.  Instead, a stockholder can vote “for” a director or “withhold” its vote for that director.  A withhold vote is counted only for purposes of determining the presence or absence of a quorum but has no legal effect on the election of directors.  Accordingly, a director who receives one “for” vote is elected even if all other ballots are marked “withhold.”  Stockholders are being asked at this Annual Meeting to approve and adopt an amendment to our Certificate of Incorporation to eliminate the plurality voting standard.

 

Based upon the recommendation of the Nominating & Governance Committee, our Board is submitting this Proposal No. 4 to our stockholders as part of its ongoing evaluation of its corporate governance practices.  In determining whether to recommend a vote for the approval of Proposal No. 4, the Board considered the arguments in favor of and against maintaining the existing plurality voting standard. The Board recognizes that, in recent years, many public companies have eliminated plurality voting in favor of majority voting for uncontested elections of directors. The Board has also considered the views of some of our stockholders, who believe that a majority voting standard offers a better process for boards and stockholders in that it ensures accountability and the opportunity for a positive mandate. Accordingly, after careful consideration, the Board has determined that it would be in the best interests of our stockholders to amend the Certificate of Incorporation to eliminate the plurality voting standard. 

 

If Proposal No. 4 is approved by the affirmative vote of at least 66 2/3% of the shares represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote, the Board will separately amend our Bylaws at the Board meeting immediately following the Annual Meeting to adopt a majority voting standard, which will apply to future uncontested elections of directors. At this Annual Meeting, the existing plurality voting standard will apply to the Class I directors currently up for re-election. If this proposal is not approved, the proposed amendment to our Certificate of Incorporation will not be implemented and the current plurality voting standard will remain in place.

 

This summary of the proposed amendment to our Certificate of Incorporation is qualified in its entirety by reference to the text of the proposed amendment attached as Appendix A to this proxy statement, with deletions indicated by strike outs and additions indicated by underlining.

 

OUR BOARD RECOMMENDS THAT STOCKHOLDERS VOTE “FOR” THE AMENDMENT OF THE COMPANY’S CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION TO REMOVE THE PLURALITY VOTING STANDARD.

 

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PROPOSAL NO. 5:

INCREASE OF THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF SHARES THAT CAN BE GRANTED AS EQUITY INCENTIVE AWARDS UNDER THE AMENDED AND RESTATED 2007 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN

 

General

A summary description of the Amended and Restated 2007 Stock Incentive Plan (herein the “2007 Plan”), as proposed to be modified by the amendment described below, is set forth in Appendix B, except as specifically noted therein. 

 

Description of the Proposed Amendment

 

The 2007 Plan was originally approved by our Board and our stockholders at our 2007 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.  The 2007 Plan provides for the granting of various types of equity incentive awards, including incentive stock options intended to qualify under Section 422 of the Code, nonqualified stock options, restricted stock awards, performance awards, phantom stock awards, restricted stock unit awards, annual incentive awards and bonus stock awards, to our officers, directors, employees and consultants.  The 2007 Plan was originally adopted with a reservation of 3,179,393 shares of our common stock to be used in connection with the granting of awards pursuant to the 2007 Plan.  On April 23, 2010, our Board approved the first amendment to the 2007 Plan in the form of an amendment and restatement that, among other administrative changes to the plan, authorized an additional 2,000,000 shares of our common stock to be utilized for awards pursuant to the 2007 Plan, which our stockholders approved at the 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.  On March 25, 2014, our Board approved a second amendment to the 2007 Plan in the form of a second amendment and restatement of the 2007 Plan to increase the number of shares of our common stock to be utilized for awards by an additional 4,500,000 shares of common stock, along with certain administrative changes that are intended to impact the plan’s compliance with Section 162(m) of the Code and which are described in greater detail within Proposal No. 6 (the “Amendment”).  If our stockholders approve this Proposal No. 5, we intend to file, pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, a registration statement on Form S-8 to register the additional shares available for issuance under the 2007 Plan. 

 

Reason for the Proposed Amendment

 

The use of equity-based awards under the 2007 Plan has been a key component of our compensation program since its adoption in 2007.  The awards granted under the 2007 Plan assist us in attracting and retaining capable, talented individuals to serve in the capacity of employees, officers and directors.  The 2007 Plan authorized us to issue up to 5,179,393 shares of common stock.  As of March 25, 2014,  there were 1,699,342 shares available for issuance as awards under the 2007 Plan. Accordingly, our Board has determined that there are not sufficient shares available for issuance under the 2007 Plan to meet our needs for future grants during the coming years, and an increase in available shares is necessary to continue granting incentive and reward opportunities to eligible participants while assisting us in retaining a competitive edge in the dynamic business environment in which we operate

 

Consequences of Failure to Approve the Proposal

Our stockholders are only voting to approve the increase in the number of shares of common stock approved for issuance under the 2007 Plan within this Proposal No. 5.  The 2007 Plan shall continue regardless of the outcome of the stockholder vote.  Further, failure of our stockholders to approve this Proposal No. 5 will not affect the rights of existing award holders under the 2007 Plan or under any previously granted awards under the 2007 Plan.  However, if this Proposal No. 5 is not approved, we do not expect to be able to issue further meaningful or valuable equity-based incentive awards pursuant to the 2007 Plan in future periods.  As such awards have traditionally been a fundamental element of our compensation philosophy of “pay for performance,” and we believe that such awards further our goal of providing a long-term incentive for our employees and directors by motivating them to increase the value of our common stock, we will be required to reevaluate our compensation program in general.

 

OUR BOARD RECOMMENDS THAT STOCKHOLDERS VOTE “FOR” THE APPROVAL OF INCREASE IN THE SHARES THAT CAN BE GRANTED AS EQUITY INCENTIVE AWARDS UNDER THE 2007 PLAN.

 

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PROPOSAL NO. 6:

APPROVAL OF THE MODIFICATION TO MATERIAL TERMS OF THE 2007 PLAN FOR PURPOSES OF SECTION 162(M) OF THE CODE

 

General

 

Except as specifically described below, a summary description of the 2007 Plan, as proposed to be modified by the Amendment, is set forth in Appendix B.    

 

Description of the Proposed Amendment

 

In addition to the increase in shares available for the 2007 Plan that is described above in Proposal No. 5, the Amendment also modifies certain provisions of the 2007 Plan that are primarily related to the plan’s intended compliance with Section 162(m) of the Code. The Amendment modifies the annual award limitations for any individual participant of the 2007 Plan, which is considered to be a modification of a material term of the 2007 Plan under Section 162(m) of the Code (see further discussion on the relevance of material term modifications in the “– Reason for the Proposed Amendment section below).  Following the adoption of the Amendment, no award may be granted in any fiscal year to any eligible participant with regard to shares of common stock equaling more than 1,500,000 shares, and no payment may be made in cash with respect to awards that are not related to common stock in excess of $3,500,000.

 

The Amendment also updates the business criteria that may be used for performance awards under the 2007 Plan, which is also considered to be a material amendment under Section 162(m) of the Code (such awards are described under the heading “Performance Awards and Annual Incentive Awards” within the summary description  of the 2007 Plan found in Appendix B).  Following the adoption of the Amendment, one or more of the following business criteria for us, on a consolidated basis, and/or for our specified subsidiaries or business or geographical units, shall be used in establishing performance goals for performance awards that are intended to meet the “performance-based compensation” criteria of Section 162(m) of the Code: (i) earnings per share; (ii) revenues; (iii) cash flow; (iv) cash flow from operations; (v) free cash flow; (vi) return on net assets; (vii) return on assets; (viii) return on investment; (ix) return on capital; (x) return on equity; (xi) economic value added; (xii) operating margin; (xiii) contribution margin; (xiv) net income; (xv) net income per share; (xvi) pretax earnings; (xvii) pretax earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization; (xviii) pretax operating earnings before stock-based compensation, intangible asset amortization expense, loss on disposal of assets, and extraordinary or non-recurring items; (xix) total stockholder return; (xx) debt reduction; (xxi) market share; (xxii) change in the fair market value of the common stock; (xxiii) operating income; (xxiv) gross margin and gross margin percentage; (xxv) pretax operating earnings before interest expense, stock-based compensation, intangible asset amortization and extraordinary or non-recurring items; (xxvi) adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share as reported in public filings; (xxvii)  any of the above goals determined on an absolute or relative basis or as compared to the performance of a published or special index deemed applicable by the Compensation Committee of our Board including, but not limited to, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Stock Index or a group of comparable companies; (xxviii) any of the above metrics presented as a percentage of revenues; and (xxix) any of the above criteria applied to operating segments within the company. The business criteria shall be subject to adjustment for changes in accounting standards required by the Financial Accounting Standards Board after the goal is established, and, to the extent provided for in any award agreement, shall be subject to adjustment for specified significant extraordinary items or events, or nonrecurring transactions or events. In this regard, business criteria based on the price of our common stock shall be proportionately adjusted for any changes in the price due to a stock split, recapitalization or similar corporate transaction. The 2007 Plan administrator, in its sole discretion, may provide for an adjustable performance award value based upon the level of achievement of performance measures and/or provide for a reduction in the value of a performance award during the performance period.

 

Reason for the Proposed Amendment

 

The use of equity-based awards under the 2007 Plan has been a key component of our compensation program since its adoption in 2007.  The awards granted under the 2007 Plan assist us in attracting and retaining capable, talented individuals to serve in the capacity of employees, officers and directors.  We also desire to ensure the deductibility of awards granted under the 2007 Plan for U.S. federal income tax purposes, and the deductibility of awards granted to certain employees after this meeting will potentially be limited unless this Proposal No. 6 is approved by our stockholders. The awards under the 2007 Plan are intended to qualify for exemption from the deduction limitations of Section 162(m) of the Code by providing “performance-based compensation” to “covered employees” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code. Under Section 162(m) of the Code, the federal income tax deductibility of compensation paid to our Chief Executive Officer and three other most highly compensated officers (other than our principal financial officer) determined pursuant to the executive compensation disclosure rules under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (our “Covered Employees”) may be limited to the extent such compensation exceeds $1,000,000 in any taxable year. However, we may deduct compensation paid to our Covered Employees in excess of

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that amount if it qualifies as “performance-based compensation” as defined in Section 162(m) of the Code. In addition to certain other requirements, in order for awards under the 2007 Plan to constitute “performance-based compensation,” the material terms of the 2007 Plan must be disclosed to and approved by our stockholders on a regular basis or any time that an amendment is made to a material term of the plan. Under the regulations of Section 162(m) of the Code, the material terms of the 2007 Plan are (i) the maximum amount of compensation that may be paid to a participant under the 2007 Plan in any fiscal year, (ii) the employees eligible to receive compensation under the 2007 Plan, and (iii) the business criteria on which the performance goals are based. The Amendment does not alter the eligibility provisions of the 2007 Plan in any manner, although certain of the remaining material terms have been amended and restated in the Amendment to improve the 2007 Plan’s compliance with Section 162(m) of the Code. We intend for certain awards under the 2007 Plan to continue to qualify for exemption from the deduction limitations of Section 162(m) of the Code. Accordingly, we are asking stockholders to approve the Amendment so that awards under the 2007 Plan that are intended to qualify as “performance-based compensation” within the meaning of Section 162(m) may be fully deductible. 

 

Consequences of Failure to Approve the Proposal

 

With respect to this Proposal No. 6 our stockholders are only voting to approve (i) the maximum amount of compensation that may be paid to a participant under the 2007 Plan in any fiscal year, (ii) the employees eligible to receive compensation under the 2007 Plan, and (iii) the business criteria on which the performance goals are based for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Code. The 2007 Plan shall continue regardless of the outcome of the stockholder vote. Further, failure of our stockholders to approve this Proposal No. 6 will not affect the rights of existing award holders under the 2007 Plan or under any previously granted awards under the 2007 Plan. However, if this Proposal No. 6 is not approved, certain awards granted to Covered Employees in future years may not be deductible to the extent they exceed $1,000,000, meaning that we may be limited in our ability to grant awards that are both deductible and satisfy our compensatory objectives.

 

OUR BOARD RECOMMENDS THAT STOCKHOLDERS VOTE “FOR” THE APPROVAL OF THE MODIFCATION TO MATERIAL TERMS OF THE 2007 PLAN FOR PURPOSES OF SECTION 162(M) OF THE CODE.

 

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

The remainder of this Proxy Statement sets forth important information regarding our corporate governance; stock ownership by our directors, executive officers, and other persons owning more than 5% of our stock; executive officers; compensation practices for executive officers and directors; related person transactions; audit matters; procedures for submitting proposals for the 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders; and directions to our offices.

 

Our Governance Practices

 

We are committed to good corporate governance. Our Board has adopted several governance documents, which include our Corporate Governance Principles, Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, Financial Code of Ethics, Related Persons Transactions Policy, Whistleblower Policy, and charters for each standing committee of our Board. Each of these documents is available on our website at www.cardtronics.com and you may also request a copy of each document at no cost by writing (or telephoning) the following: Cardtronics, Inc., Attention: General Counsel and Secretary, 3250 Briarpark Drive, Suite 400, Houston, Texas 77042, (832) 308-4000.

 

Code of Ethics

 

Our Board has adopted a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (“Code of Ethics”) for our directors, officers, and employees. In addition, our Board has adopted a Financial Code of Ethics for our principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer, and other accounting and finance officers. We intend to disclose any amendments to or waivers of these codes on behalf of our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, Controller, and persons performing similar functions, on our website at www.cardtronics.com promptly following the date of any amendment or waiver. Since becoming a publicly traded company on December 10, 2007, we have not granted to any officer or employee a waiver to our Code of Ethics or our Financial Code of Ethics.

 

Our Board

 

Board Size

 

Our Board of Directors currently has nine director positions that are divided into three classes, with one class to be elected at each Annual Meeting of Stockholders to serve for a three-year term. The term of our current Class I directors expires in 2014; the term of our Class II directors expires in 2015; and the term of our Class III directors expires in 2016. Each director holds his or her office until a successor is duly elected and qualified or until the earlier of his or her death, retirement, resignation, or removal. Our Class I directors are Jorge M. Diaz, and G. Patrick Phillips; our Class II directors are J. Tim Arnoult, Dennis F. Lynch, and Juli C. Spottiswood; and our Class III directors are Steven A. Rathgaber, Julie Gardner and Mark Rossi. Our Board currently has one vacant director position.

 

The Nominating & Governance Committee of our Board considers and makes recommendations to our Board concerning the appropriate size and needs of our Board and considers candidates to fill new positions created by expansion or vacancies that occur by resignation, retirement, or any other reason.

 

Pursuant to the provisions of our Bylaws, any vacancy may be filled only by a majority vote of the directors then in office, although less than a quorum, or a sole remaining director. Any director so chosen to fill a vacancy will hold office until the next election of the class for which such director was designated at the time of his or her appointment and until his or her successor is duly elected and qualified, unless sooner displaced.  

 

Director Independence

 

As required under the listing standards of The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“NASDAQ”), a majority of the members of our Board must qualify as “independent,” as affirmatively determined by our Board. Our Board has delegated this responsibility to the Nominating & Governance Committee. Pursuant to its charter, the Nominating & Governance Committee determines whether or not each director and each prospective director is independent.

 

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The Nominating & Governance Committee evaluated all relevant transactions or relationships between each director, or any of his or her family members, and our company, senior management and independent registered accounting firm. Based on this evaluation, the Nominating & Governance Committee has determined that all of our directors are independent under the applicable standards set forth by the NASDAQ and SEC, with the exception of Mr. Rathgaber, our executive officer.

 

In making these independence determinations, the Nominating & Governance Committee, in conjunction with our Board, considered the following relationships and transactions and found that they did not impact the independence of the applicable directors:

 

Jorge M. Diaz. Mr. Diaz is an executive officer with Fiserv Output Solutions, a division of Fiserv. Fiserv serves as one of our vendors with respect to the processing of our ATM transactions, network hosting, network sponsorship, maintenance, cash management, and cash replenishment.  The amounts paid to Fiserv for the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012, and 2011 were immaterial.

 

Dennis F. Lynch.  In 2012, Mr. Lynch, the chairman of our Board, was elected to the board of directors of Fiserv.  As noted above, we have a business relationship with Fiserv but that relationship is not material.  Prior to joining Fiserv’s board of directors,  Mr. Lynch disclosed his nomination to that board to the Nominating &  Governance Committee. After a review of the relationship between our company and Fiserv, our Nominating & Governance Committee determined that Mr. Lynch’s service on Fiserv’s board did not create a conflict of interest with his service on our Board.

 

G. Patrick Phillips.  Mr. Phillips serves on the board of directors of USAA Federal Savings Bank (“USAA”) where he serves as Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee. USAA is one of many financial institutions that brand our ATMs and is a customer of our Allpoint network, the largest surcharge-free ATM network within the U.S (based on the number of participating ATMs).  The amounts received from USAA for the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012, and 2011 were immaterial.

 

Board Leadership Structure; Role in Risk Oversight

 

The Board has determined that having a non-executive director serve as Chairman of the Board is in the best interest of our stockholders at this time. Our CEO is responsible for setting our strategic direction and providing us day-to-day leadership, while the Chairman of the Board provides guidance to our CEO and sets the agenda for Board meetings and presides over meetings of the full Board as well as the executive sessions of independent directors. We believe this structure ensures a greater role for the non-executive directors in the oversight of our company and active participation of the non-executive directors in setting agendas and establishing priorities and procedures for the work of the Board.

 

Risk is inherent with every business, and how well a business manages risk can ultimately determine its success. We face a number of risks, including economic and regulatory risks, and others, such as the impact of competition, change in consumer behavior, and technological changes. Management is responsible for the day-to-day management of risks our company faces, while our Board, as a whole and through its committees, has the responsibility for the oversight of risk management. In its risk oversight role, our Board has the responsibility to satisfy itself that the risk management processes designed and implemented by management are adequate and functioning as designed.

 

Our Board believes that establishing the right “tone at the top” and that full and open communication between management and our Board are essential for effective risk management and oversight. Our Chairman has regular discussions with our CEO and other executive officers to discuss strategy and risks facing us, and the Board is regularly updated by our management on strategic matters involving our operations.

 

While our Board is ultimately responsible for risk oversight, each of our Board committees assists our Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities in certain areas of risk. The Audit Committee assists our Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to risk management in the areas of financial reporting, internal controls, and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and, in accordance with the NASDAQ Listing Standards, discusses policies with respect to risk assessment and risk management. The Compensation Committee assists our Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the management of risks arising from our compensation policies and programs as described in more detail in “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” below. The Nominating & Governance Committee assists our Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the management of risks associated with Board organization, membership and structure, succession planning for our directors and executive officers, and corporate governance.

 

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Meetings

 

Meetings. Our Board held a total of eight meetings (four quarterly and four special meetings) and also acted through either electronic secured voting or unanimous written consent two times during the year ended December 31, 2013.  During 2013, each director attended at least 75% of the aggregate of the total number of meetings of the Board and the total number of meetings held by all Board committees on which such person served.

 

Executive Sessions; Presiding Director.  According to our Corporate Governance Principles, our independent directors must meet in executive session at each quarterly meeting and did so during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013. The Chairman of the Board presides at these meetings and is responsible for preparing an agenda for these executive sessions.

 

Annual Meeting Attendance.  All of our directors attended our 2013 annual meeting held on May 15, 2013, except for Mr. Robert P. Barone who resigned from the Board effective as of June 28, 2013. We do not have a formal policy regarding director attendance at annual meetings. However, our directors are expected to attend all Board and committee meetings, as applicable, and to meet as frequently as necessary to properly discharge their responsibilities.

 

Limitation on Public Company Board Service

 

Members of our Audit Committee are prohibited from serving on the audit committees of more than two other public companies. In addition, our Board monitors the number of public company boards on which each director serves and develops limitations on such service as appropriate to ensure the ability of each director to fulfill his or her duties, as required by applicable securities laws and NASDAQ listing standards.

 

Board and Committee Self-Evaluation

 

Our Board and each standing committee of our Board conduct an annual self-evaluation to determine whether they are functioning effectively. The Nominating & Governance Committee leads the Board’s self-evaluation effort by conducting an annual evaluation of the Board’s performance. Similarly, each committee reviews the results of its evaluation to determine whether any changes need to be made to the committee or its procedures.

 

Director Selection and Nomination Process

 

The Nominating & Governance Committee is responsible for establishing criteria for selecting new directors and actively seeking individuals to become directors for recommendation to our Board. In addition to having a proven track record of high business ethics and integrity, the present criteria for director qualifications include: (1) possessing the qualifications of an “independent” director in accordance with applicable NASDAQ listing rules; (2) capacity to devote sufficient time to learn and understand our marketplace and industry and to prepare for and attend our meetings; (3)  commitment to enhancing stockholder value;  (4)  ability to develop productive working relationships with other board members and management; and (5)  demonstrated skills, background, and competencies that complement and add diversity to the Board. The Nominating & Governance Committee does not require that a successful candidate possess each and every criteria.

 

The Nominating & Governance Committee may consider candidates for our Board from any reasonable source, including from a search firm engaged by the Nominating & Governance Committee or stockholder recommendations, provided that the procedures set forth above are followed. The Nominating & Governance Committee does not intend to alter the manner in which it evaluates candidates based on whether the candidate is recommended by a stockholder or not. However, in evaluating a candidate’s relevant business experience, the Nominating & Governance Committee may consider previous experience as a member of our Board. Any invitation to join our Board must be extended by our Board.

 

The Nominating & Governance Committee did not receive stockholder nominations for the Annual Meeting.

 

Stockholders or a group of stockholders may recommend potential candidates for consideration by the Nominating & Governance Committee by sending a written request to our General Counsel and Secretary, Michael E. Keller, at 3250 Briarpark Drive, Suite 400, Houston, Texas 77042, generally not later than 120 calendar days prior to the first anniversary of the date of the previous year’s annual meeting. The written request must include the following:

the name and address of the person or persons to be nominated;

 

the number and class of all shares of each class of our stock owned of record and beneficially by each nominee, as reported to the nominating stockholder by the nominee;

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the information regarding each such nominee required by paragraphs (a), (d), (e), and (f) of Item 401 of Regulation S-K adopted by the SEC;

 

a signed consent by each nominee to serve as our director, if elected;

 

the nominating stockholder’s name and address;

 

the number and class of all shares of each class of our stock owned of record and beneficially by the nominating stockholder; and

 

in the case of a person that holds our stock through a nominee or street name holder of record, evidence establishing such indirect ownership of stock and entitlement to vote such stock for the election of directors at an annual meeting.

 

From time to time, the Nominating & Governance Committee may request additional information from the nominee or the nominating stockholder.

 

The stockholder recommendation procedures described above do not preclude a stockholder of record from making proposals at any annual stockholder meeting, provided that they comply with the requirements described in the section entitled “Proposals for the 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.”

 

Communications from Stockholders and Interested Parties

 

Our Board welcomes communications from our stockholders and other interested parties. Stockholders and any other interested parties may send communications to our Board, any committee of our Board, the Chairman of our Board or any director in particular to: c/o Cardtronics, Inc., 3250 Briarpark Drive, Suite 400, Houston, Texas 77042, Attention: General Counsel and Secretary.

 

Our Secretary (or any successor to the duties thereof) will review each such communication received from stockholders and other interested parties and will forward the communication, as expeditiously as reasonably practicable, to the addressees if: (1) the communication complies with the requirements of any applicable policy adopted by us relating to the subject matter of the communication, and (2) the communication falls within the scope of matters generally considered by our Board. To the extent the subject matter of a communication relates to matters that have been delegated to a committee of our Board to or to an executive officer, our Secretary may forward such communication to the executive or the chairman of the committee to which such matter has been delegated. The acceptance and forwarding of communications to the members of our Board or an executive does not imply or create any fiduciary duty of our Board members or executive to the person submitting the communications.

 

Committees of Our Board

 

General

 

Board Committees. Our Board currently has four standing committees: an Audit Committee, a Compensation Committee, a Nominating & Governance Committee, and a Finance Committee. Each committee is comprised of independent directors as currently required under the applicable SEC’s rules and regulations and the NASDAQ listing standards, and each committee is governed by a written charter approved by the Board. These charters form an integral part of our corporate governance policies, and a copy of each charter is available on our website at www.cardtronics.com.

 

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The table below provides the current composition of each committee of our Board:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

 

Audit Committee

 

Compensation Committee

 

Nominating & Governance Committee

 

Finance Committee

J. Tim Arnoult

 

X

 

 

 

 X*

 

X

Jorge Diaz

 

 

 

X

 

X

 

 

Dennis F. Lynch

 

 

 

X

 

X

 

X

G. Patrick Phillips

 

X

 

 X*

 

 

 

 

Steven A. Rathgaber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Rossi

 

X

 

X

 

 

 

 X*

Juli C. Spottiswood

 

   X*

 

 

 

 

 

X

Julie Gardner

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

____________

 *

Committee Chairman.

 

Audit Committee. Our Nominating & Governance Committee, in its business judgment, has determined that the Audit Committee is comprised entirely of directors who satisfy the standards of independence established under the applicable SEC rules and regulations and NASDAQ listing standards and our Corporate Governance Principles. In addition, the Board, in its business judgment, has determined that each member of the Audit Committee satisfies the financial literacy requirements of the NASDAQ listing standards and that its Chairman, Ms. Spottiswood, qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” within the meaning of the SEC’s rules and regulations. For information regarding the business experience of Ms. Spottiswood, please read “Proposal No. 1: Election of Class I Directors—Continuing Directors” above.

 

The Audit Committee is appointed by our Board to:

 

assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to our accounting and financial reporting process (including management’s development and maintenance of a system of internal accounting and financial reporting controls) and audits of our financial statements;

 

assist the Board in overseeing the integrity of our financial statements;

 

assist the Board in overseeing our compliance with legal and regulatory requirements;

 

assist the Board in overseeing the qualifications, independence and performance of our independent registered public accounting firm engaged for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or performing other audit, review, or attest services;

 

assist the Board in overseeing the effectiveness and performance of our internal audit function;

 

prepare the Annual Audit Committee Report for inclusion in our proxy statement for our annual meeting of stockholders; and

 

perform such other functions as our Board may assign to the Audit Committee from time to time.

 

Pursuant to its charter, the Audit Committee has the authority, at our expense, to retain professional advisors, including legal, accounting, or other consultants, to advise the Audit Committee in connection with the exercise of its powers and responsibilities. The Audit Committee may require any of our officers or employees, our outside legal counsel, or our independent registered public accounting firm to attend a meeting of the Audit Committee or to meet with any members of, or consultants to, the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee is responsible for the resolution of any disagreements between the independent registered public accounting firm and management regarding our financial reporting. The Audit Committee meets periodically with management and the independent registered public accounting firm in separate executive sessions, as needed, to discuss any matter that the Audit Committee or each of these groups believe should be discussed privately. The Audit Committee makes regular reports to our Board.

 

The Report of the Audit Committee is set forth below under the “Audit Matters—Report of the Audit Committee” section included below.

 

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The Audit Committee held nine meetings during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

 

Compensation Committee. Our Nominating & Governance Committee, in its business judgment, has determined that all four directors on the Compensation Committee satisfy the standards of independence established under the applicable SEC rules and regulations, NASDAQ listing standards, and our Corporate Governance Principles.

 

The Compensation Committee is delegated all authority of our Board as may be required or advisable to fulfill the purposes of the Compensation Committee as set forth in its charter. Pursuant to its charter, the Compensation Committee may  form and  delegate some  or all of its authority to subcommittees when it deems appropriate. The Compensation Committee also has the authority to delegate responsibility for the day-to-day management of executive compensation to our senior officers.

 

Pursuant to its charter, the purposes of the Compensation Committee are to:

 

oversee the responsibilities of the Board relating to compensation of our directors and executive officers;

 

produce the annual Compensation Committee Report for inclusion in our proxy statement and Annual Report on Form 10-K, as applicable, in accordance with applicable rules and regulations; and

 

design, recommend, and evaluate our director and executive compensation plans, policies, and programs.

 

In addition, the Compensation Committee works with our executive officers, including our Chief Executive Officer, to implement and promote our executive compensation strategy. See “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” and “Executive Compensation”  for additional information on the Compensation Committee’s processes and procedures for the consideration and determination of executive compensation and “Director Compensation” for additional information on its consideration and determination of director compensation.

 

The Report of the Compensation Committee is set forth under the “Compensation Committee Report” section included below.

 

The Compensation Committee held thirteen meetings during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

 

Nominating & Governance Committee. The Nominating & Governance Committee identifies individuals qualified to become members of our Board, makes recommendations to our Board regarding director nominees for the next annual meeting of stockholders, and develops and recommends corporate governance principles to our Board. The Nominating & Governance Committee, in its business judgment, has determined that it is comprised entirely of directors who satisfy the applicable standards of independence established under the SEC’s rules and regulations, NASDAQ listing standards, and our Corporate Governance Principles. For information regarding the Nominating & Governance Committee’s policies and procedures for identifying, evaluating and selecting director candidates, including candidates recommended by stockholders, see “Corporate Governance—Our Board—Director Selection and Nomination Process” above.

 

The Nominating & Governance Committee is delegated all authority of our Board as may be required or advisable to fulfill the purposes of the Nominating & Governance Committee as set forth in its charter. More particularly, the purpose of the Nominating & Governance Committee is to serve as an independent and objective body to: 

 

assist the Board by identifying individuals qualified to become Board members and to recommend that the Board select the director nominees for election at the annual meetings of stockholders or for appointment to fill vacancies on the Board;

 

recommend to the Board director nominees for each committee of the Board;

 

advise the Board about appropriate composition of the Board and its committees;

 

advise the Board about and recommend to the Board appropriate corporate governance practices and to assist the Board in implementing those practices;

 

lead the Board in its annual review of the performance of the Board and its committees; and

 

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perform such other functions as our Board may assign to the Nominating & Governance Committee from time to time.

 

The Nominating & Governance Committee held five meetings during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

 

Finance Committee.  Our Nominating & Governance Committee, in its business judgment, has determined that the Finance Committee is comprised entirely of directors who satisfy the applicable standards of independence established under the NASDAQ listing standards and our Corporate Governance Principles. To assist the Finance Committee, the following members of our management are invited to all meetings: Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, and our Treasurer. The Finance Committee assists our management with respect to derivative arrangements, significant financing arrangements and investment decisions, and reviewing and approving certain acquisitions/investments above management’s approval level. The Finance Committee will review and recommend to the Board an Interest Rate Risk Management Policy and any changes thereto at least annually.

 

The Finance Committee does not hold regular meetings but will convene upon the request of the Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer. The Finance Committee held four meetings during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

 

STOCK OWNERSHIP MATTERS

 

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

 

Section 16(a) of the Act requires our executive officers, directors, and persons who own more than 10% of a registered class of our equity securities to file reports of ownership on Form 3 and changes in ownership on Form 4 or Form 5 with the SEC. Such executive officers, directors and 10% stockholders are also required by securities laws to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file.

 

Based solely on our review of copies of these reports, or written representations from reporting persons, we believe that during the year ended December 31, 2013,  all of our executive officers, directors and greater than 10% holders filed the reports required to be filed under Section 16(a) on a timely basis under Section 16(a).

 

Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans

 

The following table sets forth information as of December 31, 2013, with respect to the compensation plans under which our common units are authorized for issuance, aggregated as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plan Category

 

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))

 

 

(a)

 

(b)

 

(c)

Equity compensation plans approved by security holders (1)

 

 

69,600 

 

 

 

$

8.72 

 

 

 

1,594,494 

 

Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders (2)

 

 

210,575 

 

 

 

$

9.96 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

280,175 

 

 

 

$

9.66 

 

 

 

1,594,494 

 

____________

 

 

 

(1)

Represents our 2007 Stock Incentive Plan. For additional information on the terms of this plan, see “Executive Compensation — Narrative Disclosure to Summary Compensation Table and Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table — Equity Incentive Awards — 2007 Plan.”

 

 

(2)

Represents our 2001 Stock Incentive Plan. For additional information on the terms of this plan, see “Executive Compensation — Narrative Disclosure to Summary Compensation Table and Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table — Equity Incentive Awards — 2001 Plan.”

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Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management

 

The following table sets forth information regarding the beneficial ownership of our common stock as of March 25, 2014 for:

each person known by us to beneficially own more than 5% of our common stock;

 

each of our directors and director nominees;

 

each of our Named Executive Officers (as such term is defined by the SEC); and

 

all directors and executive officers as a group.

 

Footnote 1 to the following table provides a brief explanation of what is meant by the term “beneficial ownership.” The number of shares of common stock and the percentages of beneficial ownership are based on 44,481,159 shares of common stock outstanding as of March 25, 2014, and the number of shares owned and acquirable within 60 days at March 25, 2014 by the named person assuming no other person exercised options, with the exception of the amounts reported in filings on Schedule 13G, which amounts are based on holdings as of December 31, 2013, or as otherwise disclosed in such filings.

 

To our knowledge and except as indicated in the footnotes to this table and subject to applicable community property laws, the persons named in this table have the sole voting power with respect to all shares of common stock listed as beneficially owned by them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name and Address of Beneficial Owners(1) (2)

 

Shares Beneficially Owned (3)

 

Restricted Stock Units (4)

 

Total

 

Percent of Common Stock Beneficially Owned

5% Stockholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BlackRock, Inc. (5)

 

4,366,416 

 

 

4,366,416 

 

9.8%

The Vanguard Group, Inc. (6)

 

2,920,107 

 

 

2,920,107 

 

6.6%

Turner Investments, L.P. (7)

 

1,476,374 

 

 

1,476,374 

 

3.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directors and Named Executive Officers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steven A. Rathgaber

 

198,394 

 

114,381 

 

312,775 

 

*

J. Chris Brewster

 

154,410 

 

53,114 

 

207,524 

 

*

Jorge M. Diaz

 

60,877 

 

2,811 

 

63,688 

 

*

Michael H. Clinard

 

33,955 

 

52,843 

 

86,798 

 

*

Dennis F. Lynch

 

28,755 

 

2,811 

 

31,566 

 

*

Mark Rossi

 

18,667 

 

2,811 

 

21,478 

 

*

G. Patrick Phillips

 

16,655 

 

2,811 

 

19,466 

 

*

J. Tim Arnoult

 

13,843 

 

2,811 

 

16,654 

 

*

Juli C. Spottiswood

 

9,365 

 

2,811 

 

12,176 

 

*

Julie Gardner

 

490 

 

2,811 

 

3,301 

 

*

David W. Dove

 

 

75,000 

 

75,000 

 

*

Jonathan Simpson-Dent

 

 

30,000 

 

30,000 

 

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All directors and executive officers as a group (17 persons)

 

715,513 

 

428,887 

 

1,144,400 

 

1.6%

____________

   

 

 

*  

Less than 1.0% of our outstanding common stock

 

 

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(1)

“Beneficial ownership” is a term broadly defined by the SEC in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act and includes more than the typical forms of stock ownership, that is, stock held in the person’s name. The term also includes what is referred to as “indirect ownership” meaning ownership of shares as to which a person has or shares investment or voting power, or a person who, through a trust or proxy, prevents the person from having beneficial ownership. For the purpose of this table, a person or group of persons is deemed to have “beneficial ownership” of any shares as of March 25,  2014, if that person or group has the right to acquire such shares within 60 days after March 25,  2014.  

 

 

(2)

The address for each Named Executive Officer and director set forth in the table, unless otherwise indicated, is c/o Cardtronics, Inc., 3250 Briarpark Drive, Suite 400, Houston, Texas 77042. The address of BlackRock, Inc. is 40 East 52nd Street, New York, New York 10022. The address of The Vanguard Group, Inc. is 100 Vanguard Blvd., Malvern, PA 19355. The address of Turner Investments, L.P. is 1205 Westlakes Drive, Suite 100, Berwyn, PA 19312.

 

 

(3)

Amounts shown include common stock and restricted stock awards beneficially owned, and stock options that are currently exercisable or will be exercisable within 60 days of March 25, 2014 as follows: 89,227 shares for Mr. Brewster, 485 shares for Mr. Clinard, and 27,742 shares for Mr. Diaz.

 

 

(4)

Restricted Stock Units do not carry voting rights and may not be sold. They do, however, represent an economic ownership of our common stock, as each unit is convertible to one share of common stock upon passage of time. Performance-based Restricted Stock Units that are granted but not yet earned are not included.

 

 

(5)

As reported on Schedule 13G/A, dated as of December 31, 2013 and filed with the SEC on January 31, 2014, BlackRock, Inc. has sole voting power over 4,230,892 shares and sole dispositive power over 4,366,416 shares.

 

 

(6)

As reported on Schedule 13G/A, dated as of December 31, 2013 and filed with the SEC on February 11, 2014, the Vanguard Group, Inc. has sole voting power over 63,695 shares, sole dispositive power over 2,860,112 shares, and shared dispositive power over 59,995 shares. Vanguard Fiduciary Trust Company (“VFTC”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Vanguard Group, Inc., is the beneficial owner of 59,995 of such shares as a result of its serving as investment manager of collective trust accounts. Vanguard Investments Australia, Ltd. (“VIA”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Vanguard Group, Inc., is the beneficial owner of 3,700 shares as a result of its serving as investment manager of Australian investment offerings.

 

 

(7)

As reported on Schedule 13G, dated as of December 31, 2013 and filed with the SEC on February 12, 2014, Turner Investments, L.P. has sole voting power over 1,189,074 shares and sole dispositive power over 1,476,374 shares.

 

 

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 

Our executive officers are appointed by the Board on an annual basis and serve until removed by the Board or their successors have been duly appointed. The following table sets forth the name, age, and position of each person who is currently an executive officer of Cardtronics:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

 

Age

 

Position

Steven A. Rathgaber

 

60

 

Chief Executive Officer

J. Chris Brewster

 

65

 

Chief Financial Officer

David W. Dove

 

67

 

Group President – Enterprise Growth

Michael H. Clinard

 

47

 

President – Global Services

Rick Updyke

 

55

 

President – North America

Jonathan Simpson-Dent

 

47

 

Managing Director – Cardtronics Europe

P. Michael McCarthy

 

48

 

Senior Executive Vice President – Chief Information Officer

Gerardo Garcia

 

55

 

Chief Information Security Officer

E. Brad Conrad

 

41

 

Chief Accounting Officer

Michael E. Keller

 

61

 

General Counsel

 

There are no family relationships among any of our directors or executive officers.

 

The following biographies describe the business experience of our executive officers:

 

Steven A. Rathgaber – Mr. Rathgaber’s biographical information is located under “Proposal No. 1:  Election of Class I Directors—Continuing Directors.”

 

J. Chris Brewster has served as our Chief Financial Officer since February 2004. From September 2002 until February

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2004, Mr. Brewster provided consulting services to various businesses. From October 2001 until September 2002, Mr. Brewster served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Imperial Sugar Company, a NASDAQ-quoted refiner and marketer of sugar and related products. From March 2000 to September 2001, Mr. Brewster served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of WorldOil.com, a privately-held Internet, trade magazine, book and catalog publishing business. From January 1997 to February 2000, Mr. Brewster served as a partner of Bellmeade Capital Partners, LLC, a merchant banking firm specializing in the consolidation of fragmented industries. From March 1992 to September 1996, Mr. Brewster served as Chief Financial Officer of Sanifill, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange-listed environmental services company. From May 1984 to March 1992, Mr. Brewster served as Chief Financial Officer of National Convenience Stores, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange-listed operator of 1,100 convenience stores. Mr. Brewster holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

 

David W. Dove has served as our Group President of Enterprise Growth since August 2013. Mr. Dove has over 30 years of payments and retail financial services industry experience and previously served our company as a strategy consultant since 2009, as part of his role as Managing General Partner of Dove Capital Partners LLC.  Prior to Dove Capital Partners, Mr. Dove founded and ran the Dove Consulting Group for more than 25 years. Serving as Chief Executive Officer for the Dove Consulting Group,  Mr. Dove grew the business into a well-known and respected advisor in the payments and consumer packaged goods industries. In 2005, Mr. Dove sold the firm to the U.S. consulting subsidiary of Hitachi, becoming the Managing Vice President of their Financial Services and Strategy practices.  Mr. Dove holds a Master’s degree in aeronautics & astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Masters of Business Administration from the Boston University School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from North Carolina State University.

 

Michael H. Clinard has served as our President of Global Services since June 2008. Prior to such time, Mr. Clinard served as our Chief Operating Officer following his original employment with us in August 1997. Mr. Clinard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Howard Payne University. Mr. Clinard also serves as a director and Vice President of the ATM Industry Association.

 

Rick Updyke has served as President of North America operations since August 2012. Prior to such time, Mr. Updyke served as the President of our U.S. Business Group from October 2010 to August 2012, as President of Global Development from June 2008 to October 2010 and as our Chief Strategy and Development Officer following his original employment with us in July 2007. From February 1984 to July 2007, Mr. Updyke held various positions with Dallas-based 7-Eleven, Inc., a convenience store retail company, most recently serving as Vice President of Corporate Business Development from February 2001 to July 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management information systems from Texas Tech University and a Masters of Business Administration from Amberton University.

 

Jonathan Simpson-Dent has served as the Managing Director of Cardtronics Europe since August 2013, in connection with the acquisition of Cardpoint Limited. In this position,  Mr. Simpson-Dent leads our business in the European region, driving growth for the company in this key international market. Prior to his employment with us, Mr. Simpson-Dent held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Cardpoint Limited, where he served since February 2012. Mr. Simpson-Dent is a seasoned leader in both private equity and public company environments, and brings with him 25 years of strategy development expertise. Prior to joining Cardpoint Limited, Mr. Simpson-Dent held various executive- and senior-level management positions with the European divisions of PepsiCo and McKinsey & Company. Simpson-Dent is Cambridge University-educated, a certified Chartered Accountant and a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

 

P. Michael McCarthy has served as Senior Executive Vice President – Chief Information Officer (“CIO”) since January 2013. Prior to such time, Mr. McCarthy held various senior positions in IT and business management with Fidelity National Information Services (“FIS”) including senior vice president and CIO serving FIS’s credit card and retail payment business. Prior to that, Mr. McCarthy served as senior vice president and general manager of credit card services and also served as CIO at NYCE Payments Network. Mr. McCarthy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Bellevue University, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Benedictine University.

 

Gerardo Garcia has served as Chief Information Security Officer since January 2014. Prior to such time, Mr. Garcia served as the CIO from March 2004 to January 2014.  Prior to joining us,  Mr. Garcia held various senior positions in IT management, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of e-Business with ALLTEL Information Services and also serving as Director of Technology, Consumer Banking Group at First Union (now Wells Fargo). Mr. Garcia holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting with a concentration in Business Data Systems from the University of Texas in San Antonio.

 

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E. Brad Conrad has served as Chief Accounting Officer since October 2010. From April 2008 to October 2010, Mr. Conrad served as our Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller.  Prior to joining us, Mr. Conrad held various management positions in the accounting and reporting function at Consolidated Graphics, Inc., an international commercial printing company that was acquired by RR Donnelley in January 2014.   Prior to such time, Mr. Conrad held several finance and accounting roles at Peregrine Systems, Inc., a  software company acquired by Hewlett Packard in 2005. Mr. Conrad began his career with KPMG LLP in its audit practice.  Mr. Conrad holds a Masters in Professional Accounting and a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Texas and is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of Texas.

 

Michael E. Keller has served as General Counsel since September 2001. Prior to such time, Mr. Keller was in private practice in the Houston area with primary focus in the corporate sector. Mr. Keller holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served five years on active duty with the U.S. Army. After completing his military service, Mr. Keller earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas, graduating with honors in 1983.

 

COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

 

The Compensation Discussion and Analysis (or “CD&A”) set forth below provides an explanation of our compensation programs, including the objectives of such programs and the rationale for each element of compensation, for our Chief Executive Officer, our Chief Financial Officer, and our three other most highly compensated executive officers serving as of December 31, 2013 (collectively, the “Named Executive Officers”). For the year ended December 31, 2013, our Named Executive Officers were as follows:

 

 

 

 

Name

 

Position

Steven A. Rathgaber

 

Chief Executive Officer

J. Chris Brewster

 

Chief Financial Officer

David W. Dove

 

Group President – Enterprise Growth

Michael H. Clinard

 

President – Global Services

Jonathan Simpson-Dent

 

Managing Director – Cardtronics Europe

 

This CD&A also describes the actions and decisions of the Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors as it relates to 2013 compensation decisions. The discussion is divided into the following sections:

 

Executive Summary

 

Role of Compensation Committee, Compensation Consultant, and Management

 

Elements of Total Compensation

 

Factors Considered in Setting Executive Pay

 

2013 Compensation Decisions

 

Other Compensation and Tax Matters

 

Executive Summary

 

Compensation Program Philosophy and Design.  The primary objectives of our executive compensation program are to attract, retain, and motivate qualified individuals who are capable of leading our company to meet its business objectives and to increase overall stockholder value. To achieve these objectives, our Compensation Committee’s philosophy has been to implement a total compensation program that aligns the interests of management with those of our investors and to provide a compensation program that creates incentives for and rewards performances of the individuals based on our overall success and the achievement of individual performance objectives, without encouraging excessive risk-taking. 

 

The framework of our executive compensation program is set forth below:

 

we provide our Named Executive Officers with annual compensation that includes three primary elements: (i) base salary, (ii) annual non-equity incentive plan awards, and (iii) long-term equity-based incentive awards; 

 

our annual non-equity incentive plans are tied to specific pre-established financial performance goals;

 

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the cash awards under our non-equity incentive plan are capped at 200% of target;

 

we have a compensation recoupment (“clawback”) policy that applies to all participants in our annual non-equity incentive plan;

 

75% of restricted stock unit awards (“RSUs”) under our long-term incentive plan to the Named Executive Officers are performance-based, contingent upon the achievement of certain pre-established company financial performance goals, and the remaining 25% of the RSUs are time-based, requiring four years of service to be rewarded with total value;

 

earned performance-based RSUs are subject to additional time-based vesting requirements which require four years of service to be rewarded with total value;

 

the number of performance-based restricted stock units that can be earned by each Named Executive Officer is capped at 200% of target, with total share grants subject to the company-wide equity funding pool, as approved by our Compensation Committee;

 

our Compensation Committee, which is comprised solely of independent directors, reviews and approves all elements of Named Executive Officer compensation;

 

our Compensation Committee reviews our compensation program annually to ensure that it does not incent excessive risk-taking;

 

our Compensation Committee retains an independent compensation consultant to advise on executive compensation matters and best practices; and

 

our executives officers and directors are subject to stock ownership requirements.

 

Prior Year Say on Pay Results. At the May 15, 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the “Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation” proposal (the “say on pay” vote) received support from approximately 89% of votes cast. The Compensation Committee considered these results and, based on the overwhelming support from stockholders, determined that the results of the vote did not call for any significant changes to our executive compensation plans and programs already in place for 2013 or for the 2014 fiscal year.

 

2013 Performance.  We had strong financial performance during 2013, including approximately 12% growth in Revenues and 20% growth in Adjusted Earnings per Share (defined later in this proxy). This strong performance was primarily attributable to the growth in our ATM operating revenues, due to the combination of: (i) contributions from businesses acquired over the past year; (ii) increased transactions per ATM; (iii) ATM unit growth expansion; (iv) growth of our surcharge-free network, Allpoint; and, (v) increased revenues from our bank branding arrangements. The Compensation Committee considered these results in relation to our 2013 performance goals, and the foreign currency exchange movements in authorizing the payouts of incentives under our non-equity incentive plan and under our equity plan, as described below and in detail later in this CD&A.

 

Cash Incentives Earned for 2013 Performance.  For 2013, payments under our annual non-equity incentive plan were reflective of our performance and the achievement of certain performance goals. As discussed further in “2013 Compensation Decisions – Non-Equity Incentive Plan” below, we met our 2013 company-level Adjusted Operating Income financial target of $119.3 million, with actual results of $119.3 million. With respect to our Revenues financial metric, we achieved Revenues results of $832.9 million, which was below the target goal of $847.4 million but above the threshold level. As a result of the combination of the achievement  of the Adjusted Operating Income metric at target level and the slight under-performance on the Revenue metric, the Compensation Committee approved actual payout amounts for our Named Executive Officers that was below our target payout amounts but was more than the threshold payout amount, except for Mr. Simpson-Dent who was approved the maximum payout amount in recognition of his achievements during 2013.  

 

Equity Awards Earned for 2013 Performance.  For 2013, grants under our long-term incentive plan (“LTIP”) also reflect our performance and achievement of certain performance goals. As discussed further in “2013 Compensation Decisions – 2013 Long-Term Incentive Plan” below, we exceeded the target level for the Adjusted Earnings per Share metric. For the Revenue metric, actual results were below the target level but above the threshold level. As a result of the combination of over-performance on the Adjusted Earnings per Share metric and under-target performance on the Revenue metric,  our Named Executive Officers that received a grant in 2013 under our LTIP earned 106% of the target number of restricted share units, except for Mr. Brewster who received an additional discretionary grant of 4,000 units. The awards will vest based on continued employment with the

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company (or to an employee’s qualified retirement date, if earlier) and will be fully vested in January 2017.  

 

Role of Compensation Committee, Compensation Consultant, and Management

 

Compensation Committee.  The Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors is responsible for establishing all compensation programs for our executive officers (including each of the Named Executive Officers) as well as oversight for other broad-based employee benefits programs. The Compensation Committee receives information and advice from third-party compensation consultants as well as from our human resources department and management to assist in making decisions regarding compensation matters.

 

Compensation Consultant.    The Compensation Committee has sole authority to retain and terminate the services of a compensation consultant who reports to the Compensation Committee. The role of the compensation consultant is to advise the Compensation Committee in its oversight role, advise management in the executive compensation design process and provide independent compensation data and analysis to facilitate the annual review of our compensation programs. The compensation consultant attends Compensation Committee meetings as requested by the Compensation Committee.

 

During 2013, the Compensation Committee retained Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC (“Meridian”) as its independent advisor. Meridian is an independent compensation consulting firm and does not provide any other services to us outside of matters pertaining to executive officer and director compensation and applicable corporate governance. Meridian reports directly to the Compensation Committee, which is the sole party responsible for determining the scope of services performed by Meridian and the directions given to Meridian regarding the performance of such services. Meridian was not given a specific list of instructions, but rather was engaged to provide the Compensation Committee with information and advice that might assist the Compensation Committee in performing its duties. During 2013,  the services provide by Meridian included:

 

updating the Compensation Committee on regulatory changes affecting our compensation program;

 

providing information on market trends, practices, and other data;

 

reviewing the company’s Peer Group (as defined in “Elements of Total Compensation – Peer Company Compensation Analysis”) and conducted a competitive analysis of compensation for our Named Executive Officers and our Board of Directors;

 

assisting in reviewing and designing program elements; and

 

providing overall guidance and advice about the efficacy of each element of our compensation program and its fit within the Compensation Committee’s developing compensation philosophy.

 

While the Meridian guidance has been a valuable resource for the Compensation Committee in identifying compensation trends and determining competitive compensation packages for our executives, the Compensation Committee is not bound to adhere to any advice or recommendations that Meridian may provide to the Compensation Committee.

 

In March 2014, the Compensation Committee considered the independence of Meridian in light of new SEC rules and proposed NASDAQ listing standards. The Compensation Committee requested and received a letter from Meridian addressing the consulting firm's independence, including the following factors: (1) other services provided to us by the consultant; (2) fees paid by us as a percentage of the consulting firm's total revenue; (3) policies or procedures maintained by the consulting firm that are designed to prevent a conflict of interest; (4) any business or personal relationships between the individual consultants involved in the engagement and a member of the Compensation Committee; (5) any company stock owned by the individual consultants involved in the engagement; and (6) any business or personal relationships between our executive officers and the consulting firm or the individual consultants involved in the engagement. The Compensation Committee discussed these considerations, among other things, and concluded that the work of Meridian did not raise any conflict of interest.

 

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Role of the Chief Executive Officer in Executive Compensation Decisions.    Our CEO works very closely with our Compensation Committee; however, except for providing a self-evaluation report to the Compensation Committee, he does not make, participate in, provide input for, or make recommendations about his own compensation. Our CEO sets our strategic direction and strives to promote compensation programs that motivate employee behavior, consistent with our strategic objectives. Under the direction of the Compensation Committee, and in coordination with the compensation consultant, our CEO coordinates the annual review of the compensation programs for the executive officers. This review includes an evaluation of each officer's historical pay and career development, individual and corporate performance, competitive practices and trends and various compensation issues. Based on the results of this review, our CEO makes recommendations to the Compensation Committee regarding each element of compensation for each of the executive officers, other than himself. Our CEO also provides the Compensation Committee with his evaluation of performance of each executive officer other than himself during the prior year for their consideration. The Compensation Committee also meets in executive session, independently of the CEO and other members of senior management, to review not only compensation issues related to the CEO, but those of all Named Executive Officers and other executive employees. Other than the CEO, none of our other Named Executive Officers provides direct recommendations to the Compensation Committee or participates in the executive compensation setting process; however, our Chief Financial Officer provides information and recommendations to our Compensation Committee when it sets incentive performance goals.

 

Elements of Total Compensation

 

The table below summarizes the elements of our compensation program, the form in which each element is paid, the purpose or objective of each element, key features of the element, and any performance metrics associated with each element.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Element

 

Form of Compensation

 

 

Purpose/Objective

 

 

Key Features

 

 

Performance Metric(s)

Base Salary

 

Cash — fixed

 

To provide an executive officer with a fixed income stream, based upon the executive’s roles and responsibilities within our organization and relative skills and experience, consistent with market for comparable positions

 

Initial salaries for executive officers are set by the Compensation Committee based on responsibilities and market data. Amounts are reviewed annually by our Compensation Committee, with adjustments made based on the executive’s individual performance and our company’s performance for the year. Additional factors considered may include other achievements or accomplishments, any mitigating priorities that may have resulted in a change in the goals, market conditions, participation in the development of other company employees, as well as any additional responsibilities that were assumed by the executive during the period.

 

Not performance-based

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards

 

Cash — variable

 

To reward operating results consistent with the non-equity incentive compensation plan and to provide a strong motivational tool to achieve earnings and other related pre-established performance objectives

 

The Compensation Committee establishes a threshold, a target, and a maximum possible payout for each executive.

 

Amounts are paid after year end once the Compensation Committee has determined the company’s performance and each executive’s performance relative to pre-established performance goals, which reflects the Compensation Committee’s desire that the Plan pay amounts relative to actual performance and to provide for substantially increased rewards when performance targets are exceeded.

 

Performance metrics are selected on an annual basis that the Compensation Committee believes will produce the best return for our stockholders given the then-current conditions. For 2013, the Compensation Committee selected Revenues and Adjusted Operating Income, defined in the “2013 Compensation Decisions – Non-Equity Incentive Plan” section below. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Long-Term Incentive Awards

 

Performance-based restricted stock units (RSUs), time-based RSUs, and stock options — variable

 

To create a strong financial incentive for achieving or exceeding performance goals, to tie the interests of management to the interests of stockholders, to encourage a significant equity stake in our company, and to attract and retain our executive talent base in future years

 

 

 

2013 LTIP:  Under our 2013 LTIP, the size of an award is based on an analysis of competitive pay that translates an award into a percentage of base salary. Equity awards granted under the 2013 LTIP were comprised of 75% of the units being performance-based and 25% of the units being time-based.

 

RSUs granted to new hires are typically not performance-based and generally vest ratably over four years. During 2013, Mr. Dove and Mr. Simpson-Dent received RSUs in conjunction with their hiring and relocation. Mr. Dove’s grants included both time-based RSUs and performance-based RSUs.

 

Performance-based RSUs: The performance-based RSUs (except for those granted to Mr. Dove, which have unique performance and vesting periods) are earned based on performance achievement over a one-year period followed by vesting requirements based on continued employment (or to an employee’s qualified retirement date, if earlier), over 24, 36, and 48 months from January 31st of the grant year, at the rate of 50%, 25%, and 25%, respectively. 

 

Time-based RSUs: The time-based RSUs are earned at the time of issuance and vest in accordance with the same schedule as performance-based RSUs.

 

Stock options: We did not grant stock options to our Named Executive Officers during 2013, and have not done so in the past few years, although certain of our executives still hold outstanding stock options.

 

75% of RSUs granted under our 2013 Long-Term Incentive Plan are performance-based awards. For 2013, the Compensation Committee selected Revenue and Adjusted Earnings per Share as the two performance metrics.

 

Time-based RSUs, restricted stock awards and stock options are not performance-based in the sense that we assign specific performance metrics to the awards, but stock options will not provide the holder with value unless our stock price increases above the exercise price of that award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discretionary Bonuses

 

Cash — variable

 

To reward an executive for significant contributions to a company initiative or when the executive has performed at a level above what was expected

 

Granted at the discretion of our Compensation Committee, discretionary bonuses are not a recurring element of our executive compensation program. During 2013, Mr. Dove received a discretionary bonus, which he received in conjunction with his hiring and relocation, and Mr. Simpson-Dent received a discretionary bonus to increase his payout level under the Annual Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards to maximum in recognition of his achievements during 2013.

 

Varies, but typically relates to performance with respect to special projects that require significant time and effort on the part of the executive. Payments made in conjunction with significant relocation are not performance-based.

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Health, Life, Retirement Savings and Other Benefits

 

Eligibility to participate in benefit plans generally available to our employees, including retirement, health, life insurance and disability plans — generally fixed

 

Plans are part of our broad-based employee benefits program, which is designed to allow us to remain competitive in the market in terms of attracting and retaining employees and, in the case of our 401(k) plan, to assist our employees in providing for their retirement

 

Under our 401(k) plan, for 2013, we matched 50% of employee contributions up to 4% of the employee’s salary (for a maximum matching contribution of 2% of the employee’s salary by us). Employees immediately vest in their contributions while our matching contributions vest at a rate of 20% per year. We do not provide any supplemental retirement benefits to our Name Executive Officers. For Mr. Dent, we provided retirement, health, and life insurance benefits that are customarily provided to executives in the U.K.

 

Not performance-based

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Severance and Change in Control Agreements

 

Payment of compensation and for benefit coverage costs in the form of separation payments — subject to compliance with restrictive covenants and related conditions. Levels are fixed for duration of employment agreements

 

To provide the executive with assurances against certain types of terminations without cause or resulting from change-in-control where the terminations were not based upon cause. This type of protection is intended to provide the executive with a basis for keeping focus and functioning in the stockholders’ interests at all times

 

Governed by the terms of employment agreements with certain Named Executive Officers, these agreements and our severance terminology are described in the “Executive Compensation — Narrative Disclosure to Summary Compensation Table and Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table — Employment-Related Agreements of Named Executive Officers” section below. These agreements provide for severance compensation to be paid if the officer’s employment is terminated under certain conditions, such as following a corporate change, involuntary termination, termination by us “without cause,” death or disability, each as defined in the applicable executive’s agreement.

 

Not performance-based

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Limited Perquisites

 

Cash — fixed

 

To provide the executive with additional benefits considered necessary or customary for the executive’s position

 

Very limited in nature and not guaranteed to be provided to any Named Executive Officer in any given year. However, during 2013, we agreed to reimburse Mr. Dove for certain moving expenses incurred to commence his employment with us. Additionally, we provided Mr. Simpson-Dent with a monthly car allowance. No other Named Executive Officers received any significant perquisites during 2013.  

 

Not performance-based

 

Factors Considered in Setting Executive Pay

 

Tally Sheets.   The Compensation Committee reviews “tally sheets” for each executive which are prepared by management and reviewed by Meridian. The tally sheets contain information related to prior years’ compensation, outstanding equity awards (both vested and unvested), and various termination scenarios. The tally sheets enable the Compensation Committee to review and evaluate various components of the executive pay programs, understand the magnitude of potential payouts as a result of certain employment terminations, and consider changes to our plans and programs in light of emerging trends.

 

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Other Factors.   In determining the level of total compensation to be set for each compensation component, our Compensation Committee considers a number of factors, including market competitiveness analyses of our compensation levels compared with those paid by comparable companies, our most recent annual performance, each individual Named Executive Officer’s performance, the desire to generally maintain internal equity and consistency among our executive officers, tally sheets (as discussed above) and any other considerations that the Compensation Committee deems to be relevant. While our Compensation Committee reviews the total compensation package we provide to each of our Named Executive Officers, our Board and the Compensation Committee view each element of our compensation program as serving a specific purpose and, therefore, as distinct elements. In other words, a significant amount of compensation paid to an executive in the form of one element will not necessarily cause us to reduce another element of the executive’s compensation. Accordingly, we have not adopted any formal or informal policy for allocating compensation between long-term and short-term, between cash and non-cash or among the different forms of non-cash compensation.

 

Peer Company Compensation Analysis.  The Compensation Committee has historically identified and analyzed the compensation practices of a group of companies we consider to be our peers. The base Peer Group used for its market analyses for 2013 compensation decisions included the following companies, which we refer to as the “Peer Group”:

 

 

 

ACI Worldwide, Inc.

Jack Henry & Associates Inc.

Acxiom Corp

Neustar Inc.

CSG Systems International Inc.

Outerwall, Inc.

Earthlink Inc.

Sapient Inc.

Euronet Worldwide, Inc. 

SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc.

Fair Isaac Corp

TNS, Inc.

Global Cash Access Holdings, Inc. 

WEX, Inc.

Global Payments Inc.

 

 

This group was compiled based on a combination of the following factors: (i) companies that have the same GICS (Global Industry Classification Standard) classification; (ii) companies that generate a similar amount of revenues;  (iii) companies with similar market value; and (iv) companies that provide services that are similar to the services we provide. The Compensation Committee believes that using a Peer Group provides meaningful reference points for competitive practices, types of equity awards used, and equity usage levels for the executives as well as the total amount of shares set aside for equity programs. The Compensation Committee’s goal is to provide a total compensation package that is competitive with prevailing practices in our industry and within the Peer Group. 

 

In addition to studying the compensation practices and trends at companies that are considered peers, the Compensation Committee has also determined that it is beneficial to our understanding of general industry compensation market data from surveys to consider the best practices in compensation policies from other companies that are not necessarily peers or limited to our industry. The Compensation Committee does not react to or structure our compensation programs on market data alone, and it has not historically utilized any true “benchmarking” techniques when making compensation decisions. Furthermore, the Compensation Committee did not use the Peer Group to establish a particular range of compensation for any element of pay in 2013; rather, Peer Group and other survey market data were used as general guidelines in the Committee’s deliberations.

 

2013 Compensation Decisions

 

Base Salaries.  In its review of the base salary of each of our Named Executive Officers for 2013, the Compensation Committee generally considered the market data available for the aforementioned Peer Group. The Compensation Committee evaluated the results of the market data available and the performance of the executive and made adjustments to the base salaries of certain Named Executive Officers, as deemed necessary, to bring their base salaries comparable to our peers. 

 

The following table reflects base salary amounts for our 2013 Named Executive Officers for 2013 and 2012:  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Named Executive Officer

 

2013 Base Salary (1)

 

2012 Base Salary

 

Percentage Increase

Steven A. Rathgaber

 

$

595,000 

 

 

$

575,000 

 

 

3.5%

J. Chris Brewster

 

$

375,000 

 

 

$

363,363 

 

 

3.2%

David W. Dove

 

$

500,000 

 

 

$

N/A

(2)

 

N/A

Michael H. Clinard

 

$

404,914 

 

 

$

404,914 

 

 

0.0%

Jonathan Simpson-Dent

 

$

400,086 

(3)

 

$

N/A

(2)

 

N/A

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(1)

The amounts presented in the “2013 Base Salary” column above were effective as of March 24, 2013 and, therefore, vary from the amounts presented in the “Salary” column of the “Summary Compensation Table for 2013” below.

 

 

(2)

Mr. Dove and Mr. Simpson-Dent joined Cardtronics in 2013.

 

 

(3)

The base salary for Mr. Simpson-Dent has been converted from pounds sterling to United States dollars using the exchange rate of approximately $1.60, the average effective rate for the days he was employed with Cardtronics in 2013.

 

Non-Equity Incentive Plan.  Each year, management proposes and the Compensation Committee approves a non-equity incentive compensation plan (the “Cash Bonus Plan”). Under the Cash Bonus Plan, each executive officer has a threshold, a target, and a maximum possible payout, which are set by the Compensation Committee in its discretion. For our Named Executive Officers, the 2013 and 2012 threshold, target, and maximum annual incentive payout amounts were as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Incentive Payout as a % of Base Salary

 

2012 Incentive Payout as a % of Base Salary

Named Executive Officer

 

Threshold

 

Target

 

Maximum

 

Threshold

 

Target

 

Maximum

Steven A. Rathgaber

 

50.0 

%

 

100.0 

%

 

200.0 

%

 

50.0 

%

 

100.0 

%

 

200.0 

%

J. Chris Brewster

 

32.5 

%

 

65.0 

%

 

130.0 

%

 

32.5 

%

 

65.0 

%

 

130.0 

%

David W. Dove

 

40.0 

%

 

80.0 

%

 

160.0 

%

 

N/A

(1)

 

N/A

(1)

 

N/A

(1)

Michael H. Clinard

 

32.5 

%

 

65.0 

%

 

130.0 

%

 

32.5 

%

 

65.0 

%

 

130.0 

%

Jonathan Simpson-Dent

 

20.0 

%

 

40.0 

%

 

60.0 

%

 

N/A

(1)

 

N/A

(1)

 

N/A

(1)

____________

 

 

 

(1)

Mr. Dove and Mr. Simpson-Dent joined Cardtronics in 2013.

 

The Compensation Committee did not adjust the potential payout percentages for any of our Named Executive Officers from 2012 to 2013, since the Compensation Committee concluded the current levels of payout were appropriate for similar executive positions at a company of our size, based on market compensation information compiled by Meridian.

 

Under the 2013 Cash Bonus Plan, two components factor into whether a participant’s award will be paid, as well as what level of payout may be achieved: (1) performance qualifiers; and (2) performance metrics, both of which are further described below. 

 

Performance Qualifiers.  Performance qualifiers are minimum levels of company performance that must be attained in order for payouts under the Cash Bonus Plan to occur. Amounts of potential payouts under the Cash Bonus Plan are not adjusted based on the level of performance achieved, but rather act as absolute prerequisites that must be met before we will make payments under the Cash Bonus Plan. For 2013, the qualifiers were (i) our achievement of our threshold level of fiscal year corporate Adjusted Operating Income, which is described in greater detail below, (ii) our compliance with all material public company regulations and reporting requirements for the fiscal year, and (iii) the participant’s achievement of the minimum performance standards established by his superior or the Board.

 

Performance Metrics.  Performance metrics are key metrics designated as critical to our success. For 2013, the metrics for the Cash Bonus Plan were (i) Adjusted Operating Income and (ii) Revenues. Adjusted Operating Income is defined as “Income from Operations” under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) as reported in our 2013 consolidated financial statements or as reported in the financial statements for a division of the company, plus “Loss on Disposal of Assets” and “Stock-based Compensation Expense” and other adjustments as reported in the reconciliation of non-GAAP measures included in our 2013 consolidated financial statements or as reported in the division’s financial statements, calculated in the same manner as in our consolidated financial statements. Revenues is defined as “Total Revenues” under GAAP as reported in our 2013 consolidated financial statements or as reported in the division’s financial statements, calculated in the same manner as in our consolidated financial statements. Adjusted Operating Income and Revenues were selected as we believe these two metrics are appropriate indicators of success and sustainable business performance that translate into increased stockholder value and are easily understandable and measurable.

 

The following table provides (i) the 2013 pre-established threshold, target, and maximum performance levels for each of our performance metrics, and (ii) our performance results for each metric, as adjusted for the effects of foreign currency exchange rate movements from budget and the pro forma impact of a material acquisition consummated during the year.

 

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Performance Metric

 

Threshold

 

Target

 

Maximum

 

Performance Results Achieved

 

 

(In thousands)

Global Adjusted Operating Income

 

$

114,525 

 

$

119,297 

 

$

128,841 

 

$

119,263 

Global Revenues

 

$

830,417 

 

$

847,364 

 

$

881,259 

 

$

832,935 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Adjusted Operating Income

 

$

113,827 

 

$

118,570 

 

$

128,056 

 

$

120,210 

U.S. Revenues

 

$

659,448 

 

$

672,906 

 

$

699,822 

 

$

665,709 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.K. Adjusted Operating Income

 

£

 

£

344 

 

£

1,548 

 

£

2,683 

U.K. Revenues

 

£

75,287 

 

£

77,615 

 

£

81,496 

 

£

82,214 

 

When establishing the appropriate threshold, target, and maximum performance levels for the performance measures, we typically set the target level which requires growth from the prior year, and is reflective of the Board-approved budget.  Our goal for each performance measure is to establish a target level of performance that we are not certain to attain, so that achieving or exceeding the target level requires significant effort by our executive officers. Once the target levels are set, the Compensation Committee sets the threshold and maximum amounts. Taking a variety of business factors into account, the Compensation Committee sets the threshold at what it considers to be the lowest level of acceptable performance and the maximum at what the Compensation Committee views would be outstanding performance versus budget. Performance below threshold for a metric will result in no incentive payout for that metric. After achievement of the qualifying factors, a threshold level of performance for a given metric will result in 50% of the target opportunity being earned for that metric; performance at the target level for a metric will result in 100% of the target opportunity being earned for that metric; and performance at or above the maximum level for a metric will result in 200% of the target opportunity being earned.

 

The Compensation Committee retains absolute discretion in determining the extent to which any actual payouts are made under the Cash Bonus Plan. Furthermore, the Compensation Committee retains the right to make adjustments to actual performance results to take into account the occurrence of any material event, such as a material acquisition, which would impact the calculation of these performance metrics. The Compensation Committee exercised the operating discretion that is provided within the 2013 Cash Bonus Plan during the 2013 year to adjust the actual performance results. These adjustments included: (i) the neutralization of foreign currency exchange rate changes as compared to the annual budget; (ii) the pro forma impact of a material acquisition consummated during the year; and, (iii) other adjustments related to certain costs that had the net effect of reducing the calculated performance measures.  Additionally, the Compensation Committee awarded Mr. Simpson-Dent a discretionary amount to increase his payout to the pro-rated maximum level for 2013.

 

In addition to setting and potentially adjusting the performance levels for each performance metrics, the Compensation Committee also determines the relative weightings of each performance metrics for each Named Executive Officer, which were as follows for 2013: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted Operating Income

 

Revenues

Named Executive Officer

 

Worldwide

 

U.S. Division

 

U.K. Division

 

Worldwide

 

U.S. Division

 

U.K. Division

Steven A. Rathgaber

 

50.0 

%

 

 

 

 

 

50.0 

%

 

 

 

 

J. Chris Brewster

 

50.0 

%

 

 

 

 

 

50.0 

%

 

 

 

 

David W. Dove

 

50.0 

%

 

 

 

 

 

50.0 

%

 

 

 

 

Michael H. Clinard

 

50.0 

%

 

 

 

 

 

50.0 

%

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Simpson-Dent

 

25.0 

%

 

 

 

25.0 

%

 

25.0 

%

 

 

 

25.0 

%

 

For the specific amount paid to each Named Executive Officer under the 2013 Cash Bonus Plan, see the “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” column of our “Summary Compensation Table for 2013” included in the “Executive Compensation” section below.

 

Recoupment.  The 2013 Cash Bonus Plan contains a recoupment policy pursuant to which any payouts made to participants must be returned to us if the operating or financial results used to calculate the payout are later restated. Under this policy, an executive who engages in fraud or other misconduct leading to the restatement is required to repay any cash payout for the period in question. 

 

2013 Long-Term Incentive Plan.  We have two stockholder-approved long-term equity incentive plans: (i) the 2007 Stock Incentive Plan (the “2007 Plan”); and (ii) the 2001 Stock Incentive Plan (the “2001 Plan”). The purpose of each of these plans is to provide directors and employees of our company and our affiliates with additional equity-based incentive and reward

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opportunities that are designed to enhance the profitable growth of our company and affiliates. For additional details of these plans, see the “Executive Compensation – Narrative Disclosure to Summary Compensation Table and Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table – Equity Incentive Awards” section below. Pursuant to and subject to the terms and conditions of our 2007 Plan, which expressly allows for annual equity awards to be made to eligible employees, in March 2013, the Compensation Committee approved the 2013 Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “2013 LTIP”), an equity-based sub-program underneath our 2007 Plan providing for the granting of 75% performance-based RSUs and 25% time-based RSUs. The performance-based RSUs are earned based on performance achievement over a one-year period followed by vesting requirements based on continued employment (or to an employee’s qualified retirement date, if earlier),  over 24, 36, and 48 months from January 31st of the grant year, at the rate of 50%, 25%, and 25%, respectively. The time-based RSUs are earned at the time of issuance and vest in accordance with the same schedule as performance-based RSUs.

 

Under the 2013 LTIP, the size of our 2013 awards was based on a competitive long-term equity compensation that is translated into a percentage of base salary. For example, our CFO was granted RSUs with a target value approximately equal to 1.5x his base salary (based on a 20-day average stock price in December 2012). Under the 2013 LTIP, the total number of RSUs earned was subject to an annual share pool limitation established by the Compensation Committee. RSUs were then earned based on the achievement of a Revenue performance metric and an Adjusted Earnings per Share performance metric, with each metric being equally weighted. Revenues is defined as “Total Revenues” under GAAP as reported in our 2013 consolidated financial statements and Adjusted Earnings per Share is defined as Adjusted Net Income per share as reported in our filings with the SEC.  These two measures were selected as we believe they are the best measures of sustainable business performance and drive increased stockholder value. 

 

The following table provides (i) the 2013 pre-established threshold, target, and maximum performance levels for each of our performance metrics, and (ii) our performance results for each metric, on an adjusted basis for the effects of foreign currency exchange rate movements from prior year and the pro forma impact of a material acquisition consummated during the year. The two targeted amounts for Revenue and Adjusted Earnings per Share were set based on our intermediate-term growth objectives. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance Metric

 

Threshold

 

Target

 

Maximum

 

Performance Results Achieved

 

 

(In thousands)

Revenue

 

$

830,417

 

$

847,364

 

$

881,259

 

$

832,935

Adjusted Earnings per Share

 

$

1.69

 

$

1.78

 

$

1.92

 

$

1.86

 

If we did not meet a given threshold amount for a metric, all of the awards would be forfeited with respect to that metric. If we achieved our Revenue and Adjusted Earnings per Share performance levels at the threshold, target, or maximum levels of performance, then 50%, 100% or 200% of the targeted number of RSUs would be deemed earned, respectively.  The Compensation Committee retains the right to make adjustments to actual performance results, similar to the Cash Bonus Plan, and exercised the operating discretion in 2013 by adjusting the actual performance results with the same adjustments made to the Cash Bonus Plan as described above.

 

The Compensation Committee believes that this long-term incentive design is competitive and allows us to attract and retain our executive talent base in future years. In addition to serving as a retention tool, these grants were also made to incentivize the executives to work towards achieving certain levels of Revenue and Adjusted Earnings per Share in 2013. 

 

In March 2013, our Compensation Committee awarded the following target number of RSUs under the 2013 LTIP to our Named Executive Officers: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Named Executive Officers:

 

Time-based RSUs

 

Performance-based RSUs

Steven A. Rathgaber

 

 

16,459 

 

 

 

49,376 

 

J. Chris Brewster

 

 

7,193 

 

 

 

21,579 

 

David W. Dove

 

 

N/A

(1)

 

 

N/A

(1)

Michael H. Clinard

 

 

7,767 

 

 

 

23,301 

 

Jonathan Simpson-Dent

 

 

N/A

(1)

 

 

N/A

(1)

____________

 

 

 

(1)

Mr. Dove and Mr. Simpson-Dent joined Cardtronics in 2013.

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We achieved Adjusted Earnings per Share that was between target and maximum for the 2013 year, and achieved slightly above the threshold for the Revenue metric, thus resulting in 106% of target number of RSUs “earned” for each participant. In addition, the Committee granted an additional discretionary grant of 4,000 units to Mr. Brewster. However, in each case, RSU awards remain subject to the additional time-based vesting requirements discussed above. Pursuant to the terms of the 2013 LTIP, vesting is contingent upon continued employment (or to an employee’s qualified retirement date, if earlier),  over 24, 36, and 48 months from January 31st of the grant year, at the rate of 50%, 25%, and 25%, respectively. For information regarding the fair value of these awards, see the “Stock Awards” column and the related footnotes of our “Summary Compensation Table for 2013” included in the “Executive Compensation” section below.

 

Other Compensation and Tax Matters

 

Stock Ownership Guidelines.  We have a stock ownership policy (the “Policy”) for senior executives and outside directors (collectively the “Participants”), requiring the Participants to maintain a stated level of stock ownership in the company. This Policy was implemented in May 2011 to align the interests of Participants with those of our stockholders. The Policy was based on market trend information regarding executive and director stock ownership policies, including design approaches, types of stock counted towards ownership, time provided to Participants to meet goals, and common multiples of base salary.

 

The Policy applies to our common stock acquired by Participants on or after June 1, 2011 (the “Policy Date”) or the Participant’s hire date, excluding shares acquired in the open market (the “Covered Shares”). Under the terms of the Policy, Participants must attain target levels of ownership (set forth below) in Covered Shares before they no longer are required to adhere to the holding requirement (also set forth below), unless ownership falls below these levels. The total stock value of the Participant’s Covered Shares must equal or exceed the specified target value.

 

 

 

 

Position

 

Target Ownership Level

Outside Directors

 

3x annual retainer

CEO

 

3x base salary

Designated executives

 

2x base salary

Designated senior managers

 

1x base salary

 

Prior to attaining the above target ownership levels, a Participant is prohibited from selling, gifting, or otherwise transferring more than 50% of any of the shares subject to the Policy, unless those shares are tendered to us in payment of (i) a stock option exercise price or (ii) the minimum state and federal income tax withholding obligations of the Participant that automatically arise upon the lapsing of any restrictions on any restricted stock (or other equity award). If a Participant wishes to sell unrestricted Covered Shares in excess of the allowable amount and is under the target ownership level, the individual must request an exception and have it approved by the Compensation Committee, who has complete discretion to allow or disallow any such sales.

 

Participants are not subject to a time period to attain their target ownership level, since this will be achieved through the retention of a specified percentage of equity grants each year through our incentive plans. If a Participant receives a raise in his or her base salary, leading to an increase in the ownership requirement, the Participant’s future equity grants will continue to be subject to the holding requirement until the new target ownership level is attained. It is anticipated that actual levels of stock ownership will fluctuate over time based on the change in pay rates and the value of the underlying shares. Accordingly, on a periodic basis, the Compensation Committee will review the target ownership levels to determine if any adjustments are appropriate. Furthermore, in response to unusual circumstances and in its sole discretion, the Compensation Committee may grant temporary relief or a waiver to individuals and/or categories of Participants so as to permit them to sell unrestricted Covered Shares even if such sale results in that Participant falling below his or her prescribed target ownership level. All of our Named Executive Officers are currently in compliance with the Policy.

 

Equity Granting and Exercise Policy and Policy against Backdating. Under the terms of the governing option agreements, the exercise price of each stock option awarded to employees under our 2007 Plan is calculated as the average of the high and the low sales prices of our stock on the date of grant to ensure that options are not granted at less than their fair market value. We do not backdate options and have a specific company policy in place along with a notification system administered by our legal department to be mindful of black-out periods during which the exercise of options or other sales of stock would be prohibited or would violate insider trading rules.

 

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Board and Compensation Committee meetings are generally scheduled several months in advance. The meeting dates on which options, restricted stock, or any other rewards are granted are not established in regard to planned releases of earnings or any other major announcements. Also, the Compensation Committee does not currently believe that it would be appropriate to recommend the re-pricing or discounting of options to any of our employees in the event of a decline in our share price.

 

Tax Deductibility of Compensation.  Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) Section 162(m) limits the amount of non-performance-based compensation paid to certain "covered employees"  as defined in Section 162(m) of the Code to $1,000,000. Our "covered employees" for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Code include, as of the last day of the applicable taxable year, our CEO (or the individual acting as our CEO) and the three most highly compensated Named Executive Officers (other than our Chief Financial Officer). Section 162(m) of the Code will limit certain deductions for compensation payments made to these covered employees unless the specifics of the plans impacted have been previously submitted to our stockholders for approval as “performance-based compensation.” Although the Compensation Committee attempts to establish and maintain compensation programs that optimize the tax deductibility of compensation, the Compensation Committee retains discretion to authorize payment of compensation that may not be fully tax deductible when it believes this would be in our best interest. 

 

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

 

The Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed the disclosure set forth above under the heading “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” with management and, based on the review and discussions, has recommended to the Board that the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” be included in this Proxy Statement and incorporated by reference into Cardtronics’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

 

Respectfully submitted by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Cardtronics, Inc.,

 

G. Patrick Phillips, Chairman

Jorge M. Diaz

Dennis F. Lynch

Mark Rossi

 

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

Summary Compensation Table for 2013

 

The following table discloses the compensation paid to or earned by our Named Executive Officers serving during the applicable period:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name & Principal Position

 

Year

 

Salary

 

Bonus

 

Stock Awards (1)

 

Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation

 

All Other Compensation (2)

 

Total

Steven A. Rathgaber

 

2013

 

$  

590,507 

 

$  

 

$  

1,805,689 

 

$  

467,286 

 

$  

5,694