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DESTINATION XL GROUP, INC.

Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders

to be held on August 9, 2018

Notice is hereby given that the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Destination XL Group, Inc. (the “Company”) will be held at the corporate offices of the Company, 555 Turnpike Street, Canton, Massachusetts 02021 at 9:30 A.M., local time, on Thursday, August 9, 2018 for the following purposes:

 

1.

To elect nine directors to serve until the next Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until their respective successors have been duly elected and qualified.

 

2.

To approve, on an advisory basis, named executive officer compensation.  

 

3.

To approve and adopt an amendment to the Company’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation to modify certain protective transfer restrictions designed to preserve our ability to utilize our net operating loss (“NOL”) carryforwards.

 

4.

To ratify the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending February 2, 2019.

 

5.

To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.

These proposals are more fully described in the Proxy Statement following this Notice.

The Board of Directors recommends that you vote (i) FOR the election of all nine nominees to serve as directors of the Company, (ii) FOR the approval, on an advisory basis, of named executive officer compensation, (iii) FOR the approval of the amendment to our Certificate of Incorporation, and (iv) FOR the ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending February 2, 2019.

Along with the attached Proxy Statement, we are sending you a copy of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018.

The Board of Directors has fixed the close of business on June 26, 2018 as the record date for the determination of the stockholders entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting.  Accordingly, only stockholders of record at the close of business on that date will be entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting.  A list of the stockholders of record as of the close of business on June 26, 2018 will be available for inspection by any of our stockholders for any purpose germane to the Annual Meeting during normal business hours at our principal executive offices, 555 Turnpike Street, Canton, Massachusetts 02021, beginning on July 26, 2018 and at the Annual Meeting.

Stockholders are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting in person.  Regardless of whether you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, please mark, date, sign and return the enclosed proxy to ensure that your shares are represented at the Annual Meeting.

By order of the Board of Directors,

/s/ ROBERT S. MOLLOY

ROBERT S. MOLLOY

Secretary

Canton, Massachusetts

July 13, 2018

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be Held on August 9, 2018:

The Proxy Statement and 2018 Annual Report to Stockholders are available at:

http://investor.destinationxl.com/financial-information/annual-reports

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

Page

Information About the Annual Meeting and Voting

 

1

Proposal 1: Election of Directors

 

3

Corporate Governance

 

8

Committees of the Board

 

9

Director Compensation

 

12

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

 

15

Summary Compensation Table

 

27

Proposal 2: Advisory Vote to Approve Named Executive Officer Compensation

 

38

Proposal 3: Approval and Adoption of Amendment to Certification of Incorporation

 

39

Proposal 4: Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

41

Report of the Audit Committee

 

42

Security Ownership

 

43

Delivery of Documents to Stockholders Sharing an Address

 

46

Stockholder Proposals

 

46

Other Matters

 

47

Appendix A – Proposed Amendment the Restated Certificate of Incorporation

 

A-1

Appendix B – Non-GAAP Financial Measures

 

B-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

DESTINATION XL GROUP, INC.

555 Turnpike Street

Canton, Massachusetts 02021

(781) 828-9300

Proxy Statement

Annual Meeting of Stockholders

August 9, 2018

INFORMATION ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING AND VOTING

Purpose and Distribution of Proxy Materials

This Proxy Statement and the enclosed form of proxy are being mailed to our stockholders on or about July 13, 2018, in connection with the solicitation by the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Destination XL Group, Inc. (the “Company”) of proxies to be used at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, to be held at the Company’s corporate headquarters located at 555 Turnpike Street, Canton, Massachusetts 02021 at 9:30 A.M., local time, on Thursday, August 9, 2018 and at any and all adjournments thereof (the “Annual Meeting”). This Proxy Statement describes the matters to be voted on at the Annual Meeting and contains other required information.

Stockholders Entitled to Vote

Only holders of record of our common stock, par value $0.01 per share, at the close of business on June 26, 2018, the record date for the Annual Meeting, will be entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting.  On that date, there were 49,143,012 shares of common stock issued and outstanding.  Each share is entitled to one vote at the Annual Meeting.

How to Vote

Stockholders of record may vote by mail or in person at the meeting.  If you choose to vote by mail, please complete and mail the enclosed proxy card in the enclosed postage prepaid envelope.  If your shares are held in a stock brokerage account or by a bank, you must follow the voting procedures of your broker or bank.

Voting Instructions

When a proxy is returned properly executed, the shares represented will be voted in accordance with the stockholder’s instructions.

Stockholders are encouraged to vote on the matters to be considered. However, if no instructions have been specified by a stockholder, the shares covered by an executed proxy will be voted (i) FOR the election of all nine nominees to serve as directors of the Company, (ii) FOR the approval, on an advisory basis, of named executive officer compensation, (iii) FOR the approval of an amendment to our Restated Certificate of Incorporation, (iv) FOR the ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm, for the fiscal year ending February 2, 2019 and (v) in the discretion of the proxies named in the proxy card with respect to any other matters properly brought before the Annual Meeting. We are not aware of any other matter that may be properly presented at the Annual Meeting.

If your shares are held in a stock brokerage account or by a bank, you must follow the voting procedures of your broker or bank.  If you do not give voting instructions to your broker or bank, your broker or bank does not have discretion to vote your shares on the proposals in this Proxy Statement, except for Proposal 4 to ratify the appointment of our independent registered public accounting firm. A broker “non-vote” occurs when the a broker or bank who is the record holder of the shares does not vote on a particular proposal, either because it does not have discretionary voting power to vote the shares or has not received voting instructions from the beneficial owner.  A broker or bank does not have discretion to vote uninstructed shares on the proposals in this Proxy Statement, except for Proposal 4 to ratify the appointment of our independent registered public accounting firm, which is considered a “routine” proposal.  

As a result, if you are not the record holder of your shares, it is critical that you provide instructions to your broker or bank if you want your vote to count.


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Revoking Your Proxy or Changing Your Vote

You may revoke your proxy at any time before it has been exercised as follows:

 

by attending the Annual Meeting and voting in person; or

 

by filing with the Secretary of the Company, c/o the Company at 555 Turnpike Street, Canton, Massachusetts 02021, either an instrument in writing revoking the proxy or another duly executed proxy bearing a later date.

If you are not a record holder and your shares are held by your broker or bank, you must contact your broker or bank to change your vote or obtain a legal proxy to vote your shares if you wish to cast your vote in person at the Annual Meeting.

Quorum Requirements

In order to carry on the business of the Annual Meeting, we must have a quorum. This means at least a majority of the outstanding shares of common stock eligible to vote must be represented at the Annual Meeting, either by proxy or in person. Abstentions and broker non-votes will be counted as present or represented at the Annual Meeting for purposes of determining the presence or absence of a quorum.

Approval of a Proposal

The affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of common stock entitled to vote is required for Proposal 3 in order to approve the amendment to our Certificate of Incorporation.  A majority of the votes properly cast is required for approval of all other matters.  However, as described in more detail in Proposal 2 below, Proposal 2 is an advisory vote and non-binding. Votes cast means the votes actually cast “for” or “against” a particular proposal, whether in person or by proxy.  

With respect to Proposal 3, abstentions and broker non-votes will have the effect of votes “against” Proposal 3. With respect to all other matters presented at the Annual Meeting, abstentions and non-votes will not be deemed to be votes “cast” with respect to such matters and will not count as votes “for” or “against” such matter. Votes will be tabulated by our transfer agent subject to the supervision of persons designated by the Board of Directors as inspectors.

 

 

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PROPOSAL 1

ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

In June 2018, in accordance with our Fourth Amended and Restated By-Laws (the “By-Laws”), our Board increased the number of members of the Board of Directors from nine directors to ten directors with the appointment of Lionel F. Conacher to the Board.  Oliver Walsh, who was elected a director in August 2017, has decided not to stand for re-election in order to focus on a new endeavor, but will remain on the Board until the Annual Meeting.  The Board has determined not to fill the resulting vacancy at this time, and the size of the Board will be reduced from ten directors to nine directors effective at the Annual Meeting.

At the Annual Meeting, nine nominees will be elected to serve on the Board until the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until their respective successors have been duly elected and qualified.  Accordingly, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee has recommended, and our Board has nominated, Seymour Holtzman, David A. Levin, John E. Kyees, Jack Boyle, Lionel F. Conacher, Willem Mesdag, Ward K. Mooney, Mitchell S. Presser and Ivy Ross as nominees, all of whom currently serve as members of our Board.  Each of the nominees has agreed to stand for re-election and to serve if elected.

Unless a proxy shall specify that it is not to be voted for a nominee, it is intended that the shares represented by each duly executed and returned proxy will be voted in favor of the election as directors of Seymour Holtzman, David A. Levin, John E. Kyees, Jack Boyle, Lionel F. Conacher, Willem Mesdag, Ward K. Mooney, Mitchell S. Presser and Ivy Ross.  Although management expects all nominees to serve if elected, proxies will be voted for a substitute if a nominee is unable or unwilling to accept nomination or election.  Cumulative voting is not permitted.

Vote Needed for Approval

The affirmative vote of a majority of the shares of common stock properly cast at the Annual Meeting, in person or by proxy, is required for the election of each of the nominees. Any abstentions and broker non-votes will not be counted as votes cast on this proposal and, accordingly, will have no effect.

Recommendation

Our Board recommends that you vote “FOR”

the election of the nine individuals named above as directors of our Company.

Set forth below is certain information regarding our current directors, including information furnished by them as to their principal occupations and business experience for the past five years, certain directorships held by each director within the past five years, their respective ages as of June 15, 2018 and the year in which each became a director of our Company:

 

Name (1)

 

Age

 

Director

Since

 

Audit (2)

 

Compensation (3)

 

Nominating and

Corporate

Governance (4)

 

Cybersecurity

and

Data Privacy (5)

 

Marketing Strategy (6)

Seymour Holtzman, Executive Chairman of the Board and Director

 

82

 

2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David A. Levin,  President and Chief Executive Officer

 

67

 

2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John E. Kyees, Lead Independent Director

 

71

 

2010

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

C

 

 

Jack Boyle, Director

 

50

 

2017

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

Lionel F. Conacher (7)

 

56

 

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willem Mesdag, Director

 

64

 

2014

 

X

 

C

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ward K. Mooney, Director

 

69

 

2006

 

C

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mitchell S. Presser, Director

 

53

 

2007

 

 

 

X

 

C

 

 

 

 

Ivy Ross, Director

 

62

 

2013

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

 

C

C= current member and committee chairperson

X= current member of the committee

 

 

(1)

Oliver Walsh notified the Company that he would not stand for re-election at the Annual Meeting.   Mr. Walsh will continue to serve on the Marketing Strategy and the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committees until August 9, 2018.

 

(2)

Mr. Mooney has been Chairman of the Audit Committee since June 1, 2017.  Mr. Kyees was appointed to the Audit Committee on June 1, 2017.

 

(3)

Mr. Mesdag has been Chairman of the Compensation Committee since February 2, 2017. Mr. Kyees was a member of the Compensation Committee until February 2, 2017 and his seat was not filled.  Mr. Presser was appointed to the Compensation Committee on August 3, 2017.

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(4)

Ms. Ross was appointed to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee on April 1, 2017.  Mr. Boyle was appointed to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee on August 3, 2017.

 

(5)

Mr. Presser was a member of the Cybersecurity and Data Security Committee until August 3, 2017.

 

(6)

The Marketing Committee was formed by the Board of Directors on August 3, 2017.

 

(7)

Mr. Conacher was appointed a director of the Company on June 11, 2018, and will be appointed to serve on committees following the Annual Meeting.

 

Seymour Holtzman has served as our Executive Chairman of the Board since August 2014. From April 2000 to August 2014, Mr. Holtzman served as our Chairman of the Board.  Mr. Holtzman has been involved in the retail business for over 40 years. For many years, he has been the president and chief executive officer of Jewelcor, Incorporated, a former New York Stock Exchange listed company that operated a chain of retail stores. From 1986 to 1988, Mr. Holtzman was chairman of the board and also chief executive officer of Gruen Marketing Corporation, an American Stock Exchange listed company involved in the nationwide distribution of watches. For at least the last five years Mr. Holtzman has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Jewelcor Management, Inc., a company primarily involved in investment and management services.  Mr. Holtzman is the chief executive officer and an indirect owner of C.D. Peacock, Inc., a Chicago, Illinois retail jewelry establishment, and is the managing member of Luxury Swiss, LLC, a retail Rolex watch establishment. Mr. Holtzman was formerly an officer of Homeclick LLC, which is currently the subject of an assignment for the benefit of creditors insolvency proceeding. Mr. Holtzman is a successful entrepreneur with extensive experience working with public companies and provides valuable insight to the Board with respect to strategic planning.

David A. Levin has been our President and Chief Executive Officer and a director since April 2000.  From 1999 to 2000, he served as the executive vice president of eOutlet.com. Mr. Levin was president of Camp Coleman, a division of The Coleman Company, from 1998 to 1999.  Prior to that, Mr. Levin was president of Parade of Shoes, a division of J. Baker, Inc., from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Levin was also president of Prestige Fragrance & Cosmetics, a division of Revlon, Inc., from 1991 to 1995.  Mr. Levin has worked in the retail industry for over 30 years. In May 2017, Mr. Levin joined the board of directors of Lumber Liquidators, a publicly-traded company. Mr. Levin previously served on the board of directors of Christopher & Banks Corporation, a publicly-traded company. Mr. Levin has extensive knowledge of our Company and valuable experience in merchandising and marketing initiatives.  In his role as Chief Executive Officer he also acts as a liaison between the Board and management.

Jack Boyle has been a director since August 2017.  Since December 2017, Mr. Boyle has been the co-president of North America direct to consumer/omni channel for Fanatics, Inc., a market leader for officially licensed sports merchandise, and originally joined the company as president of merchandising in June 2012. Prior to Fanatics, Inc., from February 2005 to June 2012, Mr. Boyle was the executive vice president, general merchandising manager of women’s apparel, intimate, cosmetics and accessories for Kohl’s Corporation. From October 2003 to February 2005, he served as senior vice president, divisional merchandise manager of women’s apparel for Kohl’s Corporation, vice president of junior sportswear from July 2000 to October 2003 and vice president of planning/allocation for women's apparel from December 1999 to July 2000.  From June 1990 to December 1999, Mr. Boyle held various merchandise positions, including divisional merchandise manager of women’s at May Company.  Mr. Boyle brings to the board extensive experience in merchandising, brand management and omni-channel leadership.

Lionel F. Conacher was appointed a director in June 2018.  Since January 2011, Mr. Conacher has been a senior advisor for Altamont Capital Partners LLC (“ACP”), a private equity firm.  Prior to joining ACP, from April 2008 until July 2010, Mr. Conacher was the president and chief operating officer of Thomas Weisel Partners, an investment bank.  Additionally, Mr. Conacher served as the chairman of Wunderlich Securities, an investee company of ACP, from December 2013 until July 2017.  He currently is a member of the board of directors of Dakine, a designer and manufacturer of sportswear and sports equipment for the snowboard, ski, surf, skate, bike, kite, and wind communities, and Mervin Manufacturing, a leading designer and manufacturer of snow boards and other board sports equipment.  Mr. Conacher brings extensive financial and operational experience to the Board.

John E. Kyees has been a director since May 2010 and has been the Company’s Lead Independent Director since February 2017.  From February 2014 until May 2014, Mr. Kyees served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of the Company.  In 2010, Mr. Kyees retired as the chief investor relations officer from Urban Outfitters, Inc., a retail chain, after serving as chief financial officer from 2003 to 2010. Mr. Kyees serves as lead independent director and chairman of the audit committee of Vera Bradley, Inc., a publicly-traded company. Mr. Kyees is also a director and chairman of the audit committee of Arhaus Furniture, a privately-held retailer.  Mr. Kyees previously served as director and a member of the audit committee of Hot Topic, Inc., a formerly publicly-traded company. Mr. Kyees previously served as a director and member of the audit committee of Teavana, a publicly-traded company. Mr. Kyees previously served as a director and member of the audit committee of Rackwise, Inc., a publicly-traded company.  Mr. Kyees brings to the Board extensive executive-level retail experience having served as chief financial officer for several prominent retailers.  His insight with respect to merchandising, operational activities and finance is an asset to our Board.

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Willem Mesdag has been a director since January 2014.  Since January 2005, Mr. Mesdag has been the managing partner of Red Mountain Capital Partners LLC, an investment management firm. Prior to founding Red Mountain in 2005, Mr. Mesdag was a partner and managing director of Goldman Sachs & Co., which he joined in 1981. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he was a securities lawyer at Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, which he joined in 1978. He also serves on the boards of Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc., and Yuma Energy, Inc., both of which are publicly-traded companies.  He previously served on the boards of 3i Group plc, Cost Plus, Inc., Encore Capital Group, Inc., Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc. and Skandia Group AB, all of which are publicly-traded companies. Having had an extensive career in international investment banking and finance, Mr. Mesdag brings to the Board significant knowledge and experience related to business and financial issues and corporate governance.

Ward K. Mooney has been a director since July 2006. Mr. Mooney was a co-founder of Crystal Financial LLC, formerly Crystal Capital, and served as its CEO from April 2010 until his retirement in December 2017.  From April 2006 to April 2010, Mr. Mooney was the Senior Managing Partner of Crystal Capital.  Prior to April 2006, Mr. Mooney was the president of Bank of America Retail Finance Group and managing partner of Back Bay Capital, which Mr. Mooney co-founded and both of which were formerly Bank of Boston businesses.  Mr. Mooney provides the Board with valuable insight with respect to his extensive experience as a lender in the retail industry.  The Board has determined that Mr. Mooney’s extensive knowledge and experience in finance qualifies him as an audit committee financial expert.

Mitchell S. Presser has been a director since May 2007.  Since July 2014, Mr. Presser has been a partner and the head of U.S. M&A at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.  From January 2014 until July 2014, Mr. Presser was a senior advisor to Paine Schwartz Partners (formerly Paine & Partners, LLC), a private equity firm.  From November 2006 to December 2013, Mr. Presser was a founding partner of Paine & Partners, LLC.  Prior to that, Mr. Presser was a partner with the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, specializing in mergers & acquisitions.  Mr. Presser has served as a director on the boards of several privately-held companies.  Mr. Presser’s extensive experience in private equity and strategic planning provides valuable insight to the Board.

Ivy Ross has been a director since January 2013.  In May 2014, Ms. Ross joined Google as head of Glass and is currently a vice president, design for hardware products at Google.  From July 2011 until April 2014, Ms. Ross was the chief marketing officer of Art.com from where she oversaw the company's marketing, branding, merchandising and user-experience functions. Prior to Art.com, from June 2008 to June 2011, Ms. Ross was EVP of marketing for the Gap brand, and also acted as the creative catalyst for all brands within Gap, Inc. Ms. Ross also has held senior creative and product design positions at Disney Stores North America, Mattel, Calvin Klein, Coach, Liz Claiborne, Swatch Watch and Avon. She also has served on Proctor and Gamble’s design board since its inception.  With her industry insight and marketing expertise, Ms. Ross provides a valuable perspective to the Board as we continue to build our DXL brand.

All directors hold office until the next Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until their respective successors have been duly elected and qualified or until their earlier death, resignation or removal.

Current Non-Director Executive Officers

Peter H. Stratton, Jr., 46, has been our Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since November 2017.  Prior to that, Mr. Stratton served as our Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from June 2014 to November 2017.  From August 2009 to June 2014, Mr. Stratton was our Senior Vice President of Finance, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer.  Mr. Stratton joined the Company in June 2009 as Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Stratton served as the senior director of corporate accounting at BearingPoint, Inc. from May 2007 to June 2009.  Prior to May 2007, Mr. Stratton held various finance and accounting leadership positions at Legal Sea Foods, Inc., Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc. and Cintas Corporation.

Francis Chane, 55, has been our Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Customer Fulfillment since June 2011.  Mr. Chane joined the Company in June 2008 as our Vice President of Distribution & Logistics. Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Chane was the vice president operations & facilities for Redcats USA, a division of the French multi-national company PPR, from 1999 to June 2008.  Prior to that, Mr. Chane held various leadership positions with WearGuard Corporation, a division of Aramark Corporation.

John F. Cooney, 35, has been our Vice President of Finance and Managing Director, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer since May 2018 and was our Vice President of Finance, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer since May 2015 and our Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller since June 2014.  From November 2010 until June 2014, Mr. Cooney was our Director of Financial Accounting and Reporting.  Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Cooney was an audit manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, which he joined in August 2004.

Jim Davey, 53, joined the Company in March 2018 as our Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.  Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Davey was vice-president of global marketing for Timberland, a VF corporation brand.  From August 2009 to March 2012, Jim oversaw global brand marketing, communications, digital marketing, and creative services for Timberland’s footwear and

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apparel businesses and from March 2012 to March 2018, was additionally responsible for all Timberland’s North American wholesale, retail, and e-commerce marketing. Prior to joining Timberland, Mr. Davey was senior vice-president of marketing and retail development for Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products and served as their vice-president of hard lines from 2001 to 2009.   Prior to 2001, he held senior marketing positions with Polaroid and LEGO Systems, Inc.  Mr. Davey has over 25 years of experience building lifestyle brands in categories from toys to entertainment to footwear and apparel.  

Anthony J. Gaeta, 48, has been our Senior Vice President of Store Sales and Operations since November 2017. Mr. Gaeta joined the Company in April 2010 as a Zone Vice President and was promoted to Vice President of Store Operations and Training in November 2013 before being named to his current position. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Gaeta was a regional manager for Men’s Wearhouse from September 2007 until April 2011 and, prior to that, a regional vice president for After Hours Formalwear from March 2006 until September 2007. Mr. Gaeta has over 25 years of retail sales management experience.

Mary S. Luttrell, 56, has been our Senior Vice President of Marketing since January 2017.  From November 2012 until January 2017, Ms. Luttrell was our Vice President of Brand and Marketing. From April 2006 until November 2012, Ms. Luttrell was our Vice President of Advertising.  Ms. Luttrell originally joined the Company in October 2000 and held prior positions of Senior Marketing Manager (October 2000 until February 2001) and Advertising Director (February 2001 until April 2006).  Prior to joining the Company in October 2000, Ms. Luttrell was the manager of media advertising at Hills department stores and worked on the advertising agency side managing many retail accounts.

Robert S. Molloy, 58, has been our Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary since May 2018, having previously served as the Company’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel since April 2010 and Secretary of the Company since May 2014.  From February 2008 until April 2010, Mr. Molloy was our Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Molloy served as the vice president, assistant general counsel at Staples, Inc. from May 1999 to February 2008.  Prior to May 1999, Mr. Molloy was a trial attorney.

Brian S. Reaves, 57, has been our Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer since November 2017.  Prior to that, Mr. Reaves served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer since November 2014.  From May 2010 until November 2014, Mr. Reaves was our Senior Vice President of Store Sales and Operations.  Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Reaves was the vice president – outreach and group sales for David’s Bridal from 2007 to 2009.  Before that, Mr. Reaves was the senior vice president of sales for The Bridal Group from 2004 to 2007.

Walter E. Sprague, 69, has been our Senior Vice President of Human Resources since May 2006.  From August 2003 through April 2006, Mr. Sprague was our Vice President of Human Resources.  Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Sprague was the managing director northeast for Marc-Allen Associates, a nationwide executive recruiting firm.  From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Sprague was the assistant vice president – senior director of human resources for Foot Locker Inc. and, prior to that, the assistant vice president – senior director of human resources for Woolworth Corporation, the predecessor company to Foot Locker Inc.

Allison Surette, 37, has been our Senior Vice President General Merchandise Manager since May 2018.  Prior to that, Ms. Surette was Vice President Merchandise Manager of Private Label, Active, Young Men’s and Outerwear since September 2016.  Ms. Surette joined the Company in May 2006 as an Associate Planner and in June 2008 she transitioned into Merchandising as an Associate Buyer for Branded Collections.  From October 2010 to January 2014, she served as a Buyer of Traditional Branded Collections and Buyer of Private Label Sportshirts and Outerwear. From January 2014 to September 2016, she was the Senior Buyer of Private Label Sportshirts and Outerwear. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Surette was a planner for TJX from June 2003 until May 2006.

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Former Non-Director Executive Officers

Angela Chan, 51, was our Senior Vice President, Chief Sourcing Officer and Global Business Development from January 2017 to January 2018.  Prior to that, Ms. Chan was our Senior Vice President and Chief Sourcing Officer since February 2015.  From March 2013 to February 2015, Ms. Chan was our Senior Vice President of Global Sourcing and Product Development. Prior to that, from May 2010 to March 2013, Ms. Chan was our Vice President of Global Sourcing.  Ms. Chan joined the Company in February 2009 as our Director of Global Sourcing. Prior to joining our Company, from October 2007 to December 2008 Ms. Chan was the senior product manager for Redcats USA.  From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Chan was an independent retail consultant and analyst with the Gerson Lehrman Group and in 2006, she held the positions of director and executive vice president of global sourcing for Rocawear.  Prior to that, Ms. Chan was the founder & partner of several apparel manufacturing companies & franchise restaurants. She also held various merchandising management positions with Macy’s corporate in New York and Hong Kong.

Kenneth M. Ederle, 53, was our Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer from April 2013 until May 2018. From April 2015 to November 2017, his role also included Planning and Allocation.  Prior to that, from May 2011 until April 2013, Mr. Ederle was our Senior Vice President – General Merchandising Manager DXL. Mr. Ederle served as our Vice President, General Merchandise Manager of Rochester Clothing from August 2008 until May 2011.  From January 2008 to August 2008, Mr. Ederle was our Merchandise Manager of Sportswear for Rochester Clothing and prior to that was one of our Merchandise Managers for Casual Male from November 2006 to December 2007.  Prior to joining the Company in 2006, Mr. Ederle was a senior buyer and senior planner for Limited Brands.

Sahal S. Laher, 42, was our Senior Vice President, Chief Digital and Information Officer from January 2017 until May 2018. Prior to joining the Company, from March 2013 until January 2017, he served as executive vice president of digital, innovation and technology, global CIO for Brook Brothers Group. Prior to that, from April 2009 to February 2013, he was the global chief information officer at Stride Rite Corporation. Mr. Laher also held senior strategic consulting positions at Deloitte Consulting, Andersen Consulting and Data General Corporation.

Peter E. Schmitz, 58, was our Senior Vice President and Chief Real Estate Officer from June 2013 until May 2018.  Prior to that, Mr. Schmitz was our Senior Vice President, Real Estate and Store Development.  Prior to joining the Company in August 2007, Mr. Schmitz was the vice president of real estate for Brooks/Eckerd Pharmacy Chain from October 1995 to August 2007.

There are no family relationships between any of our directors and executive officers.

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Board of Directors

Our Board is currently comprised of ten members, but will be reduced to nine members at the Annual Meeting, when Mr. Walsh steps down at the end of his term. 

Our Board met 13 times during our fiscal year ended February 3, 2018 (“fiscal 2017”).  All directors attended at least 75% of the Board meetings and meetings of the committees of the Board on which each director served. We believe that it is important for the members of the Board to attend Annual Meetings of Stockholders. Last year, all members of the Board attended the Annual Meeting of Stockholders held on August 3, 2017.

Corporate Governance Highlights

We comply with the corporate governance requirements imposed by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the SEC and Nasdaq. To assist the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities, we have adopted certain Corporate Governance Guidelines (the "Governance Guidelines"). Many features of our corporate governance principles are discussed in other sections of this proxy statement, but some of the highlights are:

 

Annual Election of Directors.  Our directors are elected annually for a term of office to expire at the next Annual Meeting (subject to the election and qualification of their successors).

 

Majority Vote for Uncontested Director Elections.  Under our By-Laws, in an uncontested election, a majority of the votes properly cast is required for the election of our directors.  In the case of a contested election, a plurality vote will be required for the election of directors.  If a nominee for director does not receive the approval of a majority of the votes properly cast in an uncontested election, our By-Laws provide that the director will promptly tender to the Board his or her offer of resignation. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board will then consider the resignation offer and make a recommendation to the Board whether to accept or reject the resignation.

 

Independent Board and Committees.  The majority of our Board is comprised of independent directors.  All members of our Board’s Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance committees are independent directors, and none receives compensation from us other than for service on our Board or its committees. Pursuant to a temporary consulting agreement, Mr. Walsh served as our Interim Chief Marketing Officer from August 2017 to December 2017, during which time he was not considered an independent director and did not receive any director compensation.

 

Lead Independent Director. On February 2, 2017, the Board approved the addition of a Lead Independent Director position, if the Chairman of the Board is not independent.  Accordingly, on February 2, 2017, Mr. Kyees was appointed Lead Independent Director.   

 

Independent Executive Sessions.  Our Board holds executive sessions on at least a semi-annual basis, where independent directors meet without the Executive Chairman or Mr. Levin. In addition, periodically throughout the year, the full Board, including the Executive Chairman, may meet without management participation.

 

Stock Ownership Guidelines.  Each non-employee director is required to receive at least 50% of his or her retainer in equity, in the form of options, shares or deferred stock or any combination thereof.  Such equity may not be sold by the director without the approval of the Board while each director is still serving on the Board.  While we do not have any required guidelines for stock ownership for members of senior management, we do encourage our senior management to have ownership in our Company.

 

No Hedging of Company Securities.  Our Insider Trading Policy prohibits our directors, officers and employees from engaging in various hedging activities with Company securities, including short sales and any transaction involving a publicly traded option, such as a put, call or other derivative security.

 

No Stockholder Rights Plan.  We do not currently have a stockholder rights plan in effect and are not currently considering adopting one.

 

Vote Required for Merger or Business Combination.  A majority vote of the outstanding shares entitled to vote is needed for the stockholders to approve a merger or business combination.

 

Claw-back Policy.  Our employment agreements with members of our senior management and our long-term incentive plans contain claw-back provisions that provide for remedies in the event we learn, after the senior executive is terminated by us other than for “justifiable cause,” that the senior executive could have been terminated for “justifiable cause.” Although the final rules have not yet been promulgated, the Dodd-Frank Act will also require that we implement a policy providing for the recovery of erroneously paid incentive-based compensation following a required accounting restatement.  

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Directors Overboarding Policy. No director can serve on more than five public company boards. In addition, no director who is a named executive officer can serve on more than one public company board besides that of our Company.

Independent Directors

A majority of the members of the Board are “independent” under the rules of the Nasdaq Global Select Market (“Nasdaq”).  The Board has determined that the following directors are independent: Messrs. Boyle, Conacher, Kyees, Mesdag, Mooney, Presser and Ross.  Mr. Walsh has been an independent director of the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee and the Marketing Strategy Committee.  However, during the period August 14, 2017 to December 18, 2017, he served as our Interim Chief Marketing Officer, and during that time he was not deemed independent and did not receive any compensation for his services as a director.

Committees of the Board

Our Board has five standing committees: the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee and the Marketing Strategy Committee.  Each committee is comprised of directors who are “independent” under the rules of Nasdaq.

Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (the “Nominating Committee”) has a written charter, which can be found under “Corporate Governance– Charters & Policies” on the Investor Relations page of our website at http://investor.destinationxl.com. The Nominating Committee was established to perform functions related to governance of our Company, including, but not limited to, planning for the succession of our CEO and such other officers as the Nominating Committee shall determine from time to time, recommending to the Board individuals to stand for election as directors, overseeing and recommending the selection and composition of committees of the Board, and developing and recommending to the Board a set of corporate governance principles applicable to our Company. The Nominating Committee has the authority to retain independent advisors, with all fees and expenses to be paid by the Company.  The current members of the Nominating Committee are Messrs. Presser and Boyle and Ms. Ross, each of whom is “independent” under the rules of Nasdaq.  The Nominating Committee met eight times during fiscal 2017.  

The Board's current policy with regard to the consideration of director candidates recommended by stockholders is that the Nominating Committee will review and consider any director candidates who have been recommended by stockholders in compliance with the procedures established from time to time by the Nominating Committee, and conduct inquiries it deems appropriate.  The Nominating Committee will consider for nomination any such proposed director candidate who is deemed qualified by the Nominating Committee in light of the minimum qualifications and other criteria for Board membership approved by the Nominating Committee from time to time.

While the Nominating Committee does not have a formal diversity policy for Board membership and identifies qualified candidates without regard to race, color, disability, gender, national origin, religion or creed, it does seek to ensure the fair representation of all stockholder interests on the Board.  In that regard, in considering candidates for the Board, the Nominating Committee considers, among other factors, diversity with respect to viewpoint, skills and experience.  The Board believes that the use of these general criteria, along with the minimum qualifications listed below, will result in nominees who represent a mix of backgrounds and experiences that will enhance the quality of the Board.

At a minimum, the Nominating Committee must be satisfied that each nominee, both those recommended by the Nominating Committee and those recommended by stockholders, meets the following minimum qualifications:

 

The nominee should have a reputation for integrity, honesty and adherence to high ethical standards.

 

The nominee should have demonstrated business acumen, experience and ability to exercise sound judgments in matters that relate to our current and long-term objectives and should be willing and able to contribute positively to our decision-making process.

 

The nominee should have a commitment to understand our Company and our industry and to regularly attend and participate in meetings of the Board and its committees.

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The nominee should have the interest and ability to understand the sometimes conflicting interests of the various constituencies of ours, which includes stockholders, employees, customers, governmental units, creditors and the general public, and to act in the interests of all of our stakeholders.

 

The nominee should not have, nor appear to have, a conflict of interest that would impair the nominee's ability to represent the interests of all of our stockholders and to fulfill the responsibilities of a director.

The current procedures to be followed by stockholders in submitting recommendations for director candidates can be found in Section 4.15 of our By-Laws.  

Except where we are legally required by contract or otherwise to provide third parties with the ability to nominate directors, the Nominating Committee is responsible for identifying and evaluating individuals, including nominees recommended by stockholders, believed to be qualified to become Board members and recommending to the Board the persons to be nominated by the Board for election as directors at any annual or special meeting of stockholders and the persons to be elected by the Board to fill any vacancies on the Board. The Nominating Committee may solicit recommendations from any or all of the following sources: non-management directors, the CEO, other executive officers, third-party search firms or any other source it deems appropriate.  The Nominating Committee will review and evaluate the qualifications of any such proposed director candidate, and conduct inquiries it deems appropriate.  The Nominating Committee will evaluate all such proposed director candidates in the same manner, with no regard to the source of the initial recommendation of such proposed director candidate.  Accordingly, there are no differences in the manner in which the Nominating Committee evaluates director nominees recommended by stockholders.  In identifying and evaluating candidates for membership on the Board, the Nominating Committee will take into account all factors it considers appropriate, which may include strength of character, mature judgment, career specialization, relevant technical skills, diversity, and the extent to which the candidate would fill a present need on the Board.

Audit Committee

We have a separately-designated standing Audit Committee established in accordance with section 3(a)(58)(A) of the Exchange Act.  The Audit Committee is currently comprised of Messrs. Kyees, Mesdag and Mooney.  Each of the members of the Audit Committee is independent, as independence for Audit Committee members is defined under the rules of Nasdaq.  Messrs. Mooney and Kyees each qualify as an audit committee financial expert under the rules of the SEC.  

The Audit Committee operates under a written charter, which can be found under “Corporate Governance- Charters & Policies” on the Investor Relations page of our website at http://investor.destinationxl.com.

The purpose of the Audit Committee is to (i) assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities to the shareholders, potential shareholders and the investment community; (ii) oversee the audits of our financial statements and our relationship with our independent registered public accounting firm; (iii) promote and further the integrity of our financial statements and oversee the qualifications, independence and performance of our independent registered public accounting firm (including being solely responsible for appointing, determining the scope of, evaluating and, when necessary, terminating the relationship with the independent registered public accounting firm); and (iv) provide the Board and the independent registered public accounting firm, unfiltered access to each other on a regular basis. The Audit Committee has the authority to retain independent advisors, with all fees and expenses to be paid by the Company.  The Audit Committee meets at least quarterly and as often as it deems necessary in order to perform its responsibilities. During fiscal 2017, the Audit Committee met six times.

For additional information regarding the Audit Committee, see the “Report of the Audit Committee” included elsewhere in this Proxy Statement.

Compensation Committee

The primary purpose of the Compensation Committee is to discharge the Board’s responsibilities relating to executive compensation.  The Compensation Committee also reviews and independently approves, or makes recommendations to the full Board, all stock-based compensation awards to our executive officers under our equity incentive plans.  The Compensation Committee has the authority to retain independent advisors, with all fees and expenses to be paid by the Company.  The Compensation Committee met six times during fiscal 2017.  The current members of the Compensation Committee are Messrs. Mesdag, Mooney and Presser, each of whom is “independent” under the rules of the Nasdaq. Mr. Kyees served on the Compensation Committee until February 2, 2017 and his seat was not filled.

The Compensation Committee operates under a written charter, which can be found under “Corporate Governance – Charters & Policies” on the Investor Relations page of our website at http://investor.destinationxl.com.

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The Compensation Discussion and Analysis recommended by the Compensation Committee to be included in the Proxy Statement is included in this Proxy Statement.  Among other things, the Compensation Discussion and Analysis describes in greater detail the Compensation Committee’s role in the executive compensation process.

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee

On January 28, 2016, upon the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, the Board of Directors approved the formation of the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee (the “Cybersecurity Committee”) to oversee the monitoring and management of cyber risk and data privacy in the Company.  The Cybersecurity Committee has the authority to retain independent advisors, with all fees and expenses to be paid by the Company.   The current members of the Cybersecurity Committee are Messrs. Kyees and Walsh and Ms. Ross.  The Cybersecurity Committee met three times during fiscal 2017.  

The Cybersecurity Committee operates under a written charter, which can be found under “Corporate Governance –Charters & Policies” on the Investor Relations page of our website at http://investor.destinationxl.com.

Marketing Strategy Committee

On August 3, 2017, the Board of Directors approved the formation of the Marketing Strategy Committee to assist the Board in its oversight of the strategic goals and objectives of the Company’s marketing and brand development programs, including digital and social media initiatives and the alignment of those initiatives with the Company’s strategic goals.  The current members of the Marketing Strategy Committee are Ms. Ross, Messrs. Boyle and Walsh.  The Marketing Strategy Committee met five times during fiscal 2017.  

Board Leadership Structure

We currently separate the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. Since 2002, Mr. Holtzman has served as our Chairman and since August 2014 as Executive Chairman. The responsibilities of the Executive Chairman are to preside at all meetings of the Board and stockholders of the Company and perform any such duties and functions as may from time to time be assigned by the Board.  

Separating the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman allows our Chief Executive Officer to focus on our day-to-day business, while allowing the Board to provide independent advice to and oversight of management. Although Mr. Holtzman is not an independent director, our Board believes that having Mr. Holtzman serve as Executive Chairman allows the Company to draw upon his wealth of retail experience,  extensive knowledge of the Company and history of innovative and strategic thinking.

In February 2017, the Board established the Lead Independent Director role and revised the Corporate Governance Guidelines to add the position if the Chairman of the Board is not independent, and appointed Mr. Kyees as Lead Independent Director.

As described above, our Board also has five standing committees. Our Board delegates substantial responsibility to each Board committee, which reports their activities and actions back to the full Board. We believe that the independent committees of our Board and their chairpersons are an important aspect of the leadership structure of our Board.

Risk Oversight

Our Board, as a whole and through its committees, has responsibility for the oversight of risk management. With the oversight of our full Board, our executive officers are responsible for the day-to-day management of the material risks we face. The involvement of the full Board in setting our business strategy is a key part of its oversight of risk management and in determining what constitutes an appropriate level of risk for us. The full Board receives updates from our executive officers and outside advisors regarding certain risks our Company faces, including various operating risks and corporate governance best practices. At least annually, our senior management team meets to review our identified risks and compensating controls as well as any potential new risks.  The results of this risk assessment are then presented to the full Board.

In addition, our Board committees each oversee certain aspects of risk management. For example, our Audit Committee is responsible for overseeing the management of risks associated with the Company’s financial reporting, accounting and auditing matters; our Compensation Committee oversees risks associated with our compensation policies and programs; our Cybersecurity Committee oversees the management of risks associated with cyber risk and data privacy issues; and our Nominating Committee oversees the management of risks associated with director independence, conflicts of interest, composition and organization of our Board, and director succession planning. Our Board committees report their findings to the full Board.

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Corporate Governance Guidelines

The Board has adopted Corporate Governance Guidelines, which set forth our governance principles relating to, among other things:

 

director independence;  

 

director qualifications and responsibilities;  

 

board structure and meetings; and

 

management succession.

A copy of the Governance Guidelines can be found under “Corporate Governance –Charters & Policies” on the Investor Relations page of our corporate website, which is at http://investor.destinationxl.com.

Code of Ethics

We have adopted a Code of Ethics for Directors, Officers and Financial Professionals (the “Code of Ethics”). The full text of the Code of Ethics can be found under “Corporate Governance –Charters & Policies” on the Investor Relations page of our corporate web site, which is at http://investor.destinationxl.com. We intend to satisfy the disclosure requirement under Item 5.05 of Form 8-K regarding any amendment to, or waiver from, a provision of our Code of Ethics by posting such information on our website.  We also have a Code of Ethics for all of our associates.  Annually, our directors and associates, including our officers, certify that they have read and are in compliance with our Code of Ethics.  

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

None of the members of the Compensation Committee who served on the Compensation Committee during fiscal 2017 was at any time during fiscal 2017 or at any other time an officer or employee of our Company, other than Mr. Kyees, who was a member of the Compensation Committee until February 2, 2017.  Mr. Kyees served as the Company’s interim CFO from February 2014 until May 2014.  None of our executive officers serves as a member of the board of directors or compensation committee of any other entity that has one or more executive officers serving as a member of our Board or Compensation Committee.

Director Compensation

The Compensation Committee is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations to our Board of Directors with respect to the compensation paid to our non-employee directors.

In January 2010, the Company established a Non-Employee Director Stock Purchase Plan to provide a convenient method for its non-employee directors to acquire shares of the Company’s common stock at fair market value by voluntarily electing to receive shares of common stock in lieu of cash for service as a director.  The substance of this plan is now encompassed within the Company’s Third Amended and Restated Non-Employee Director Compensation Plan (the “Non-Employee Director Compensation Plan”). There are 500,000 shares authorized for issuance under this plan for the sole purpose of satisfying elections to receive shares of common stock in lieu of cash for service as a director, of which 291,409 shares remain available for future issuances at February 3, 2018.  The Non-Employee Director Compensation Plan is a stand-alone plan and is not a sub-plan under our 2016 Incentive Compensation Plan (the “2016 Plan”).  Accordingly, shares issued under this plan do not reduce the shares available for issuance under the 2016 Plan.

For fiscal 2017, our Non-Employee Director Compensation Plan provided that non-employee directors receive an annual retainer of $102,250, which is paid in quarterly installments of $25,562.50.  Each director receives $1,500 for participation in each in-person meeting of the Board and its committees and $750 for participation in each telephonic meeting.  In addition, the Chairperson of the Audit Committee receives annual compensation of $10,000, and the Chairpersons of the Compensation Committee, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee and Marketing Strategy Committee each receive annual compensation of $5,000, which is paid quarterly.  Upon the initial election to the Board, a non-employee director will receive a stock option grant of 15,000 shares under the 2016 Plan.    

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Each non-employee director is required to receive 50% of his or her annual retainer in equity, in the form of stock options, stock or deferred shares.  Because the Non-Employee Director Compensation Plan is not a shareholder-approved plan and the acquisition of equity must be voluntary under NASDAQ rules, we cannot utilize shares under this plan to satisfy this mandated election.  Therefore, in fiscal 2017 any grants of equity to satisfy this required election were issued from the 2016 Plan.  Any voluntary election of shares, above this 50% retainer requirement, was issued from the Non-Employee Director Compensation Plan. Stock options and deferred shares were issued from the 2016 Plan.

On February 2, 2017, the Board approved the addition of a Lead Independent Director position, if the Chairman of the Board is not independent.  On February 2, 2017, the Board appointed Mr. Kyees as Lead Independent Director.  Pursuant to the Non-Employee Director Compensation Plan, the Lead Independent Director will receive an additional annual retainer of $18,000, to be paid quarterly.

We believe that our Non-Employee Director Compensation Plan will support our ongoing efforts to attract and retain exceptional directors to provide strategic guidance to our Company.  We believe that the total compensation that our non-employee directors receive is in line with our current peer group.

Director Compensation Table

The following table sets forth the compensation paid to our directors during fiscal 2017.  David A. Levin is not included in the following table as he is a Named Executive Officer and, accordingly, received no compensation for his services as a director.  Compensation earned by Mr. Levin is included below in the “Summary Compensation Table.

2017 DIRECTOR COMPENSATION TABLE

Name

 

Fees Earned or

Paid in Cash

($)(1)

 

 

Stock

Awards

($)(2)

 

 

Option

Awards

($)(3)(4)

 

 

All Other

Compensation

($)

 

 

Total

($)

 

Seymour Holtzman, Executive Chairman

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

281,583

 

(5)

$

281,583

 

John E. Kyees, Lead Independent Director

 

$

89,875

 

 

$

51,125

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

141,000

 

Jack Boyle

 

$

27,032

 

 

$

12,781

 

 

$

9,690

 

 

$

 

 

$

49,503

 

Lionel F. Conacher (6)

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

Willem Mesdag

 

$

80,375

 

 

$

51,125

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

131,500

 

Ward K. Mooney

 

$

80,125

 

 

$

51,125

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

131,250

 

Mitchell S. Presser

 

$

81,625

 

 

$

51,125

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

132,750

 

Ivy Ross

 

$

79,375

 

 

$

51,125

 

 

$

 

 

$

3,750

 

(7)

$

134,250

 

Oliver Walsh, former director (8)

 

$

3,750

 

 

$

 

 

$

9,690

 

 

$

127,400

 

 

$

140,840

 

Alan S. Bernikow, former director

 

$

17,282

 

 

$

12,781

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

30,063

 

Jesse Choper, former director

 

$

56,094

 

 

$

38,344

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

94,438

 

George T. Porter, Jr., former director

 

$

50,094

 

 

$

38,344

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

88,438

 

 

(1)

All non-employee directors are required to receive at least 50% of their annual retainer in the form of equity. For fiscal 2017, Mr. Presser elected to receive all compensation, including his retainer, in unrestricted shares of our common stock and Mr. Mesdag elected to receive all compensation, including his retainer, in deferred stock. Because Messrs. Boyle and Walsh, were not elected directors until August 3, 2017, they were unable to make an irrevocable election of equity prior to the start of 2017, and therefore, all fees earned were paid in cash.  Messrs. Bernikow, Choper, Mooney and Ms. Ross elected to receive 50% of their retainer in unrestricted shares of our common stock and Messrs. Kyees and Porter elected to receive 50% of their retainer in deferred stock.  As for committee meetings, Messrs. Bernikow, Choper, Porter and Ms. Ross elected to receive cash for all meetings. Mr. Kyees elected to receive his fees for meetings in a combination of 50% cash and 50% deferred shares of our common stock and Mr. Mooney elected to receive his fees in a combination of 50% cash and 50% in unrestricted shares of common stock.  If a director is entitled to a chairperson fee, Messrs. Choper and Porter and Ms. Ross elected to receive any fees in cash, Mr. Mooney elected a combination of 50% cash and 50% unrestricted shares and Mr. Kyees elected a combination of 50% cash and 50% deferred stock.  The number of shares issued as payment for an earned director fee is determined by taking the director fee earned and dividing by the consolidated closing price of our common stock on the grant date.  For quarterly retainer fees, the grant date is the first business day of each respective quarter.  For meetings, the grant date is the last business day of the month in which the meeting occurred and for a director’s re-election to the board, the grant date is the last business day of the month in which such re-election occurs.  Mr. Holtzman did not receive any payment for director meetings.

 

(2)

Represents the portion of each director’s quarterly retainer that is required to be in the form of equity.  

 

(3)

Messrs. Boyle and Walsh were elected directors of the Company on August 3, 2017 and, accordingly, each received a stock option grant to purchase 15,000 shares of the Company stock.  The amount in the Option Award column reflects the aggregate grant date fair value of the stock option computed in accordance with ASC Topic 718.  The fair value is estimated as of the date of grant using a Black-Scholes valuation model.  Additional information regarding the assumptions used to estimate fair value of all stock option grants is included in Note A to the Consolidated Financial Statement contained in our

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Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018. There were no other grants to any of the directors in fiscal 2017.  Each director had the following number of stock options outstanding at February 3, 2018:  Mr. Kyees: 43,648; Mr. Boyle: 15,000; Mr. Mesdag: 15,000; Mr. Mooney: 25,000; Mr. Presser: 25,000; Ms. Ross: 15,000; Mr. Walsh 15,000; Mr. Bernikow 25,000; Mr. Choper: 25,000 and Mr. Porter 44,136.

 

(4)

In connection with the retirement of Messrs. Bernikow, Choper and Porter, the Board of Directors approved the modification of their outstanding options to extend the expiration date until July 31, 2018.  In fiscal 2017, the Company recorded additional compensation of $16,932 in connection with these modifications.

 

(5)

Mr. Holtzman received compensation from us pursuant to Employment and Chairman Compensation Agreement.  See “Executive Chairman Compensation” below for additional information.

 

(6)

Mr. Conacher was not a director during fiscal 2017 and therefore received no compensation.

 

(7)

Ms. Ross received a cash payment of $3,750, paid in three quarterly installments, to serve as Chair to the Company’s Interim Marketing Advisory Group, prior to the formation of the Marketing Advisory Committee on August 3, 2017.

 

(8)

On August 17, 2017, Mr. Walsh entered into a temporary consulting agreement with the Company to serve as the Interim Chief Marketing Officer, while the Company searched for a Chief Marketing Officer.  Pursuant to the terms of the temporary consulting agreement, Mr. Walsh was entitled to receive compensation at a rate of $7,000 per week plus reimbursement for all business and travel expenses.  Because of the related party relationship, the temporary consulting agreement was approved by the Company’s Audit Committee. The temporary consulting agreement ended on December 18, 2017.  For fiscal 2017, Mr. Walsh received total compensation pursuant to the temporary consulting agreement, excluding reimbursement of expenses, of $127,400. While Mr. Walsh was serving as Interim Chief Marketing Officer he did not receive any director compensation for this attendance at board meetings or committee meetings.

 

Executive Chairman Compensation

Mr. Holtzman is compensated for his services pursuant to an Employment and Chairman Compensation Agreement.  Pursuant to that agreement, Mr. Holtzman serves as both an employee of the Company, reporting to the Board of Directors, and as Executive Chairman, with the duties of the Chairman of the Board set forth in our By-Laws.  The initial term of the agreement is for two years.  The agreement can be automatically extended for an additional one-year term on each anniversary date. Accordingly, the current expiration date of the agreement is August 7, 2019.  As compensation, Mr. Holtzman receives an annual base salary of $24,000 for his employment services and an annual compensation of $200,000 for his services as Executive Chairman. 

 

Section 6.2(A) of our By-Laws states that the Chairman of the Board is to preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and stockholders of the Corporation and perform such other duties and functions as may from time to time be assigned by the Board of Directors


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Compensation Discussion and Analysis

Executive Summary

This Compensation Discussion and Analysis provides a summary of our executive compensation philosophy and programs, and discusses the compensation paid to our Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), our Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) and other executive officers for fiscal 2017 (collectively, our “Named Executive Officers”).  While not mandated by SEC rules, we have voluntarily chosen to disclose the compensation of Mr. Reaves because two of our three most highly compensated executive officers in fiscal 2017 left the Company in May 2018.

Our Named Executive Officers for fiscal 2017 were:

 

 

David A. Levin, President and CEO

 

Peter H. Stratton, Jr., Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

 

Brian S. Reaves, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer

 

Robert S. Molloy, Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary

 

Kenneth M. Ederle, Former Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer

 

Sahal S. Laher, Former Senior Vice President, Chief Digital and Information Officer

 

On March 23, 2018, we announced Mr. Levin’s plan to retire as President, CEO and director of the Company by the end of 2018.  In connection with this announcement, we entered into a Transition Agreement with Mr. Levin, which modifies and supplements certain terms of Mr. Levin’s existing employment agreement.  See “Employment Agreements-Chief Executive Officer” below for a detailed discussion of the transition and its associated costs.

On May 16, 2018, we committed to a corporate restructuring plan (“Restructuring”) to better align the Company’s expense structure with its revenues.  The Restructuring eliminated approximately 56 corporate positions, which represented 15% of the Company’s corporate workforce, or 2% of its total workforce. Approximately 36 corporate employees were notified of their terminations on May 16, 2018, including Messrs. Ederle and Laher, and 20 open corporate positions will not be filled.

Fiscal 2017 Financial Highlights

The Company’s key objective for fiscal 2017 was to grow revenue through new marketing initiatives to build brand awareness, increase store traffic, acquire new customers and grow our e-commerce business.  We significantly increased our marketing budget in fiscal 2017 in order to drive traffic to our stores and website through enhanced media and digital strategies. While our aided brand awareness increased to 42% by the end of fiscal 2017 from 34% at the end of fiscal 2016, our marketing initiatives did not drive the increase in customer traffic we had anticipated and resulted in comparable sales growth of 0.9%.  For fiscal 2017, we increased the number of customers by 3.2% from fiscal 2016.  

For fiscal 2017, we had a net loss of $(18.8) million, or $(0.39) per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $(2.3) million, or $(0.05) per diluted share, in fiscal 2016.  The decrease of $(0.34) per diluted share was primarily due to an increase of $11.3 million, or $(0.23) per diluted share, in marketing expense and $3.7 million, or $(0.08) per diluted share, of impairment charges.  EBITDA excluding impairment charges (“Adjusted EBITDA”), a non-GAAP measure, decreased $14.5 million to $17.1 million, compared to $31.6 million in fiscal 2016, primarily due to the increase in marketing expense and, to a lesser extent, increases in store payroll and other supporting costs associated with a larger DXL store base and e-commerce initiatives.  EBITDA in fiscal 2016 benefited from a significantly reduced marketing budget, which had a negative impact on brand awareness, customer traffic and customer acquisition.

After accounting for the increased marketing expense, inventory management and a reduction in capital expenditures, we generated $8.4 million of free cash flow, a non-GAAP measure, in fiscal 2017, compared to $5.8 million in fiscal 2016, with which we reduced our total debt by $3.7 million and repurchased $4.7 million of our common stock. Please see “Appendix B-Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a reconciliation of Net Loss to EBITDA and Cash Flow from Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow.

 

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Fiscal 2017 Executive Compensation Highlights

We believe that the compensation of our Named Executive Officers should be aligned with the performance of the Company.  The Company’s financial performance in fiscal 2017 did not meet expectations and, consequently, total compensation earned by our Named Executive Officers in fiscal 2017 decreased significantly from fiscal 2016. We do believe, however, that our executives have implemented several key initiatives that will be beneficial to revenue growth and profitability in fiscal 2018, including restructuring our corporate cost base, improving our inventory efficiency, driving in-store and e-commerce conversion, growing our direct business and building brand awareness.  The following table shows total compensation earned for each Named Executive Officer for fiscal 2017, compared to fiscal 2016.

    

Named Executive Officer

 

Fiscal 2017 (1)

 

 

Fiscal 2016

 

 

%  Change

 

David A. Levin

 

$

1,665,320

 

 

$

2,132,001

 

 

 

(21.9

)%

Peter H. Stratton, Jr.

 

$

611,119

 

 

$

629,989

 

 

 

(3.0

)%

Brian S. Reaves

 

$

518,574

 

 

$

613,118

 

 

 

(15.4

)%

Robert S. Molloy

 

$

573,061

 

 

$

698,522

 

 

 

(18.0

)%

Kenneth M. Ederle

 

$

640,025

 

 

$

767,168

 

 

 

(16.6

)%

Sahal S. Laher

 

$

1,098,903

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Mr. Stratton received a salary increase in May 2017 to bring him in line with external peers and, in November 2017, Messrs. Stratton and Reaves each received a salary adjustment in connection with their respective promotions to Executive Vice President.

Realizable Pay of CEO

The following chart shows the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA over the past five years in relation to Mr. Levin’s compensation on both a Total Direct Compensation (“TDC”) basis, as reported in the Summary Compensation Table, and also on a Realized Pay basis.  Realized Pay reflects base salary, cash-based Annual Incentive Compensation paid and cash-based Long-Term Incentive earned, plus the value realized upon vesting of any Restricted Shares and Options exercised.  We believe that Mr. Levin’s TDC and Realized Pay correlate to the Company’s financial performance.

 

Executive Compensation Philosophy and Objectives

Our Compensation Committee is responsible for establishing, implementing and monitoring adherence to the Board’s compensation philosophy, which is to ensure that executive compensation is fair, reasonable, competitive and consistent with the interests of the Company’s stockholders.  

The Compensation Committee believes that an effective executive compensation program will:

 

Attract, retain and engage the executive talent the Company requires to perform in line with the Board’s expectations;

 

Recognize and reward the achievement of specific annual and long-term performance objectives goals through a combination of cash and stock-based compensation; and

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Align the Company’s executives’ interests with those of its stockholders.

When reviewing compensation, the Compensation Committee emphasizes total direct compensation.  Total direct compensation consists of total cash compensation (base salary and annual performance-based cash incentive awards), long-term incentive awards (which are primarily stock-based) and other compensation (which includes 401(k) match and other benefits).  Every year, we assess the effectiveness of our compensation plans and are continually working to strengthen our overall compensation program by adjusting performance metrics to better align compensation with performance that drives stockholder value.  We also compare our performance metrics to those used by our peers, and take into consideration the recommendations of proxy advisory services.

Key Features of Our Executive Compensation Program

 

We believe that the Company’s executive compensation program includes key features that align the compensation for the Named Executive Officers with the interests of our stockholders.

 

What We Do

What We Don’t Do

   Focus on performance-based pay

   No re-pricing of underwater options

   Balance short-term and long-term incentives

   No hedging of Company stock

   Use multiple targets for performance awards

   No tax gross-up on severance payments

   Cap all incentive awards at 150% payout

   No active supplemental executive retirement plan

   Extended long-term incentive plan to three years beginning Fiscal 2018

 

   Require “double-trigger” change-in-control provisions

 

   “Claw-back” policy

 

   Seek to mitigate undue risk in compensation plans

 

   Utilize an independent compensation consultant

 

   Provide executives with very limited perquisites

 

Use of Compensation Consultants

The Compensation Committee has the authority to retain compensation consultants and other outside advisors to assist in carrying out its duties, including the compensation of our Named Executive Officers. The Compensation Committee may accept, reject or modify any recommendations by compensation consultants or other outside advisors.

The Compensation Committee periodically consults with Sibson Consulting (“Sibson”), an independent firm that specializes in benefits and compensation, with respect to the structure and competitiveness of the Company’s executive compensation program compared to its proxy peer group. The Compensation Committee has assessed Sibson’s independence, and has concluded that no conflict of interest exists with respect to the services that it performs.  In early fiscal 2018, the Compensation Committee engaged Sibson to evaluate the compensation of our CEO in comparison to the fiscal 2018 proxy peer group.

In fiscal 2017, at the request of the Compensation Committee, the Company engaged Korn Ferry Hay Group (“Korn Ferry”), an independent compensation consultant, to review the base salaries and annual incentives for the Company’s senior executives other than its CEO. Korn Ferry compared the compensation of our senior executives to that of 23 retail companies, with whom we believe we compete directly when hiring executive-level talent (“market peers”).

Fiscal 2017 Target Compensation

CEO Compensation.  The Compensation Committee is responsible for determining the target compensation of our CEO.  Working with Sibson, the Compensation Committee compared each element of the CEO’s compensation (base salary, annual and long-term incentive compensation (“Direct Compensation”)) to published survey data and data from its proxy peer groups.  The following table illustrates that Mr. Levin’s target Direct Compensation for fiscal 2017 was at 91% of the 2017 median of the 2018 proxy peer group.  Mr. Levin’s actual Direct Compensation in fiscal 2017 was at 61% of the median target compensation of that peer group.

 

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Other Named Executive Officers.  Our CEO and our Senior Vice President of Human Resources are primarily responsible for determining the compensation paid to our other Named Executive Officers, subject to the review and approval of the Compensation Committee.  Our other Named Executive Officers are provided with a competitive base salary and an opportunity to earn performance awards each year, which are driven by our overall financial targets. As part of the Sibson engagement, Sibson reviewed Mr. Levin’s compensation in relation to the compensation paid to our other Named Executive Officers, and concluded that the relationship was within the median of the 2018 proxy peer group.  In addition, Korn Ferry reviewed the base salaries and annual incentive compensation plan for the Company’s senior executives other than its CEO, and concluded that the target Direct Compensation of such executives was between the 25th percentile and the median of its market peer group. See “Compensation Components, Fiscal 2017 Compensation Decisions”.

Our Peers

When determining peer companies for use in reviewing and establishing compensation for our Named Executive Officers, we focus primarily on public companies within the specialty retail apparel business with similar revenue and/or market capitalization.  The companies in the fiscal 2017 peer group are listed below.

 

bebe, inc.

Cato Group

MarineMax, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big 5 Sporting Goods

Christopher & Banks

Sportsman’s Warehouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Nile

Citi Trends

Tilly’s Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boot Barn Holding, Inc.

Destination Maternity

Zumiez, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Buckle

Hibbett Sports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

Kirkland’s, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For fiscal 2018, we updated our peer group to create a better alignment with our Company’s revenues and/or market capitalization with the median of the peer group.  As a result, we removed larger companies, including MarineMax, Inc., Big 5 Sporting Goods, The Buckle and Hibbett Sports.  In addition, we removed Blue Nile, which went private, and bebe, inc., which filed for bankruptcy.  We added Trans World Entertainment, Movado Group, Tile Shop Holdings, Francesca’s Holding Corp., Vince Holding Corp. and Vera Bradley.

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In order to develop an appropriate peer group, we consider companies with a range of revenues and market capitalizations that may differ from those included by independent analysts such as Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS).  We do so because we believe that companies doing business in specialty retail markets with omni-channel distribution models provide a better benchmark for total shareholder return.  An independent analyst may include a company that falls within the same Standard & Poor’s GICS code with similar revenue and market capitalization but with a different business model, business risks, geographic locations, customer base and industry traffic trends and which, consequently, may have nothing in common with our Company.  For example, a company that owns automotive dealerships is within the same GICS code as our Company, but clearly has a distinctively different business model and is not affected by the same trends that affect specialty retail apparel.

Say-on-Pay and Shareholder Engagement

At our 2017 Annual Meeting, stockholders voted on a non-binding advisory proposal as to the frequency with which we should conduct an advisory vote on executive compensation (a "say-on-pay proposal"). At that meeting, and in accordance with the recommendation of our Board, 95.6% of votes cast voted for the “one-year” frequency for advisory votes on executive compensation.  We intend to hold such vote every year, until the next “say-on-pay” frequency vote, which will not be until our 2023 Annual Meeting.  

At our 2017 Annual Meeting, stockholders had an opportunity to cast a non-binding advisory vote on executive compensation as disclosed in the 2017 Proxy Statement. Of the votes cast on the say-on-pay proposal, 94.0% voted in favor of the proposal. The Compensation Committee considered the results of the 2017 advisory vote and believes that it affirms support of our stockholders for our approach to executive compensation, namely to align short- and long-term incentives with the Company’s financial performance. We will continue to consider the outcome of subsequent say-on-pay votes when making future compensation decisions for our executive officers.

Members of management regularly engage with our institutional investors throughout the year, including with its top six institutional investors, who hold approximately 70% of our outstanding common stock and include affiliates of the Company who are represented on the Board and hold approximately 25%.  The Chairman of the Compensation Committee and the Lead Independent Director also make themselves available for discussions with our stockholders. The Board and management carefully consider the feedback from our engagements when reviewing our executive compensation program.  

Risk Assessment/Claw-Back

We believe that the Company’s compensation programs do not provide incentives for unnecessary risk-taking by our employees. Our performance-based annual and long-term incentive awards are also designed to align executives with preserving stockholder value. Based on these considerations, among others, we do not believe that our compensation policies and practices create risks that are likely to have a material adverse effect on our Company.

Our employment agreements with each of our Named Executive Officers include a “claw-back” provision that permits us to demand full repayment of all amounts paid to the executive in the event we learn, after the executive’s termination, that the executive could have been terminated for “justifiable cause.”  

Compensation Components and Fiscal 2017 Compensation Decisions

We believe that our executive compensation policies and practices appropriately align the interests of our executives with those of our stockholders and emphasize the shared responsibility of our executive officers for the Company’s financial performance. Accordingly, the compensation of our Named Executive Officers is heavily weighted toward “at-risk” performance-based compensation.

The primary components of compensation for our Named Executive Officers include base salary (“fixed compensation”), annual performance-based cash incentives and long-term incentives (“at-risk compensation”). The annual weight of each component leads to the following allocation of potential compensation that each executive can earn.

 

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The components of executive compensation are as follows:

 

Base salary

Base salary represents the fixed component of an executive’s annual compensation.  In order to attract and retain top executive talent, we believe that it is important that our base salary be competitive, generally at or near the median of our industry peers.

Base salaries are reviewed annually and adjustments are influenced by the Company’s performance in the previous fiscal year and the executive’s contribution to that performance. The executive’s performance is measured by various factors, including, but not limited to, achievement of specific individual and department goals.  Additionally, adjustments may consider an individual’s promotion that may have occurred during the fiscal year, and any modifications in the individual's level of responsibility.

The Compensation Committee expects the CEO’s base salary to be at or near the peer group median, and to be approximately one-third of his target Direct Compensation.  Our CEO and our Senior Vice President of Human Resources determine the base salary of our other Named Executive Officers, subject to the review and approval of the Compensation Committee.  In doing so, they rely on published industry compensation surveys and target the peer group median.

The following is a summary of each Named Executive Officer’s base salary for fiscal 2018, compared to fiscal 2017, and based on a 52-week period:

 

 

Fiscal 2018

 

 

Fiscal 2017

 

 

% change

 

David A. Levin (1)

$

811,200

 

 

$

811,200

 

 

 

 

Peter H. Stratton, Jr. (2)

$

395,000

 

 

$

370,000

 

 

 

6.8

%

Brian S. Reaves (2)

$

400,000

 

 

$

300,000

 

 

 

33.3

%

Robert S. Molloy (3)

$

375,000

 

 

$

345,000

 

 

 

8.7

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Mr. Levin’s base salary is stated in his employment agreement and has remained unchanged since fiscal 2010 and is modestly above the median of the 2018 proxy peer group.  

 

(2)

Mr. Stratton received a salary increase in May 2017 to bring him in line with external peers and in November 2017, Messrs. Stratton and Reaves each received a salary adjustment in connection with their respective promotions to Executive Vice President and added responsibilities.  

 

(3)

Mr. Molloy received a salary adjustment in May 2018 in connection with his additional responsibilities.

 

 

Performance-based Annual Incentive Plan

The Compensation Committee believes that a substantial portion of each Named Executive Officer’s compensation should tie directly to our Company’s financial performance.  Our Annual Incentive Plan (“AIP”) provides for an annual performance-based cash incentive for all executives as well as certain non-executive employees.  

For fiscal 2017, Mr. Levin’s target participation in the AIP was at 100% of his annual salary, whereas our other Named Executive Officers’ target participation in the AIP was at 40% of their respective salaries.

The performance metrics in our 2017 AIP reflected the Board’s objective to drive profitability and free cash flow through revenue growth at acceptable margins. Key areas of focus for fiscal 2017 were the growth of our direct business and our

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customer base through new marketing initiatives.  Specific performance metrics for “Sales”, “Direct Comparable Sales”, and “Customer Count” were intended to drive revenue, whereas specific performance metrics for “Adjusted EBITDA”, “Merchandise Margin” and “Free Cash Flow” were intended to drive profitability and free cash flow.  

The 2017 AIP targets approved by the Compensation Committee and actual results against these targets were as follows:

2017 Annual Incentive Plan

 

 

Metric

 

Award %
Attributable to Target

 

Minimum/Maximum

Potential Payout

 

2017 Target

2017 Actual

Payout %

Target 1

 

Sales

 

20.0%

 

100% payout at set target, with 50% payout at 98.9% of set target and 150% payout at 101.1%.

 

 

$475.0 million

$468.0 million

Target 2

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

20.0%

 

100% payout out at set target, with 50% payout at 88.9% of set target and 150% payout at 111.1%.

 

 

$27.0 million

$17.1 million

Target 3

 

Merchandise Margin

 

20.0%

 

Target must be achieved for a minimum payout of 100%, with 125% payout at 102.2% of target and 150% of payout at 104.2% of target.

 

 

**

70 basis points

above

minimum

113.3%

Target 4

 

Free Cash Flow

 

20.0%

 

100% payout at set target, with 50% payout at 85.7% of target and 150% payout at 114.3% of target.

 

 

$17.5 million

$8.4 million

Target 5

 

Direct Comparable Sales

 

10.0%

 

100% payout at set target, with 50% payout at 65.5% of target and 150% payout at 134.5% of target.

 

 

14.5%

8.4%

Target 6

 

Customer Counts

 

10.0%

 

100% payout at set target, with 50% payout at 99.0%% of target and 150% of payout at 101.0% of target.

 

1,530,000

1,535,544

118.5%

** Merchandise margin is a component of gross margin, net of occupancy costs and is not disclosed because we believe it would be a competitive disadvantage to do so.

 

The performance targets were derived from the Company’s operating plan for fiscal 2017, and the Compensation Committee believed that it was possible, with an approximate 50% probability, to meet or exceed each of the targets.  As a result of achieving some of the performance targets for fiscal 2017, as shown above, on March 31, 2018 the Compensation Committee approved a cash bonus payout of 34.5% of target under the 2017 AIP.  The total cash award paid to 103 participants was approximately $1.3 million, with $546,252 of that amount being paid to the Named Executive Officers.  

Changes to AIP for Fiscal 2018

The Compensation Committee modified the 2018 AIP performance metrics in keeping with the Board’s objective to drive profitability and free cash flow through revenue growth at acceptable margins.  In addition to overall financial and operating performance metrics, we added specific departmental metrics for our marketing, digital, store operations and merchandising, as well as a discretionary component based on individual performance targets.  The overall financial and operating performance metrics will represent 80% of the AIP for our executives, including our Named Executive Officers, whereas they will represent 60% of the AIP for certain departmental employees and the departmental metrics will represent 20%. For all employees, the remaining 20% of the AIP award will be discretionary based on individual performance targets. We believe that these modifications will better align the compensation of our employees with their contribution to our business results.  

 


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The 2018 AIP performance metrics, as they relate to our Named Executive Officers and as approved by the Compensation Committee are as follows:

2018 Annual Incentive Plan

 

 

 

Metric

 

Award %
Attributable to
Target

 

Minimum/Maximum

Potential Payout

Target 1

 

Sales

 

25.0%

 

100% payout at set target, with 50% payout at 98.5% of set target and 150% payout at 102.1% of target.

 

Target 2

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

25.0%

 

100% payout at set target, with 50% payout at 86.0% of set target and 150% payout at 120.0% of target.

 

Target 3

 

Gross Margin (dollars)

 

15.0%

 

100% payout at set target, with 50% payout at 96.9% of set target and 150% payout at 103.1% of target.

 

Target 4

 

Free Cash Flow

 

15.0%

 

100% payout at set target, with 50% payout at 76.9% of target and 150% payout at 123.1% of target.

 

Target 5

 

Discretionary – Personal Goals

 

20.0%

 

Discretionary, based upon individual performance, as evaluated by the CEO (except with respect to the CEO whose individual performance will be evaluated by the Compensation Committee).

The target levels for each performance metric are derived from the Company’s annual operating plan and budget for the fiscal year, and are intended to be achievable, with an approximate 50% probability.  The likelihood of achieving the 2018 targets reflects the challenges inherent in achieving the goals and objectives of an ambitious operating plan and budget.  

For fiscal 2018, Mr. Levin’s participation in the annual incentive plan is at 100% of his annual salary (as stipulated in his employment contract), whereas Messrs. Stratton and Reaves, as Executive Vice Presidents, will participate at 55% of their respective salaries and Mr. Molloy, as a Senior Vice President, will participate at 40% of his salary.

Assuming we achieve 100% of the 2018 AIP targets and each participant earns 100% of their individual performance target, the total payout under the 2018 AIP would be approximately $4.0 million, of which $1.4 million would be paid to Messrs. Levin, Stratton, Reaves and Molloy as set forth below.  The remaining amount would be paid to approximately 90 other participants.  The cost of the 2018 AIP is reflected in the Adjusted EBITDA metric for the 2018 AIP.

Named Executive Officer

 

Fiscal 2018

Potential Payout

at Target

 

David A. Levin

 

$

811,200

 

Peter H. Stratton, Jr.

 

$

217,250

 

Brian S. Reaves

 

$

220,000

 

Robert S. Molloy

 

$

150,000

 

 

Long-term incentive plans

The Company’s long-term incentive plans are designed to ensure that the interests of our executives are aligned with those of our stockholders to create sustainable shareholder value and to promote executive retention.  

 

In March 2016, the Compensation Committee approved the Destination XL Group, Inc. Long-Term Incentive Plan (“LTIP”). Under the terms of that LTIP, which govern the “2016-2017 LTIP” and “2017-2018 LTIP” discussed below, the Compensation Committee established performance targets covering two overlapping two-year performance periods (each a “Performance Period”).  In June 2018, as discussed more fully below under “Amended LTIP”, the Compensation Committee amended the LTIP for grants made starting in fiscal 2018 to, among other things, change the performance period from a two-year to a three-year period.  

 


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Existing LTIP cycles

 

Under the 2016-2017 LTIP and the 2017-2018 LTIP, each participant is entitled to receive an award based on his or her “Target Cash Value” which is defined as the participant’s annual base salary (on the participant’s effective date) multiplied by his or her LTIP percentage, which is 100% for the Company’s CEO and 70% for other senior executives.

 

For each participant, 50% of the Target Cash Value is subject to time-based vesting and 50% is subject to performance-based vesting.  In addition to being subject to forfeiture, the time-based vesting portion of the award vests in two installments with 50% vesting on April 1 following the fiscal year-end which marks the end of the applicable Performance Period and 50% vesting on April 1 of the succeeding year. The performance-based vesting portion of the award is subject to the achievement of the performance target(s) for the applicable Performance Period.  Any award for performance will be granted after the end of the Performance Period and will vest on August 31 following the end of the applicable Performance Period.  There is no opportunity to earn any awards for performance in the first year of a Performance Period.

 

2016-2017 Performance Period

On March 15, 2016, the Compensation Committee established two performance targets for the 2016-2017 Performance Period under the LTIP (the “2016-2017 LTIP”), each weighted 50%, and further approved that all awards under the 2016-2017 LTIP would be issued in restricted stock units (“RSUs”).  With the substantial store growth over the past several years, depreciation costs have increased sharply, which has had a negative impact on net income (loss) and, therefore, Adjusted EBITDA has been a more meaningful performance measure. The cash-over- cash return metric was established as a performance goal for fiscal 2017 to reflect the rigorous cash flow hurdle that every store opening had to meet.  The following is a summary of the performance targets under the 2016-2017 Performance Period and actual performance achieved:

 

 

 

Metric

 

Award %
Attributable to Target

 

Minimum/Maximum

Potential Payout

 

2017 Target

2017 Actual

Payout %

Target 1

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

50.0%

 

100% payout at set target, with 50% payout at 85.0% of set target and 150% payout at 115.0%.

 

 

$41.9 million

$17.1 million

Target 2

 

DXL Comparable Store Marginal Cash-Over-Cash Return*

 

50.0%

 

100% payout out at set target, with 50% payout at 92.3% of set target and 150% payout at 107.7%.

 

 

65.0%

60.4%

54.4%

 

* DXL Comparable Store Marginal Cash-Over-Cash Return is defined as the aggregate of each comparable DXL store’s four-wall cash flow for fiscal 2017 divided by the aggregate capital investment, net of any tenant allowance, for each comparable DXL store.

 

The minimum threshold for the Adjusted EBITDA target was not achieved, but the Company did achieve its DXL Comparable Store Marginal Cash-Over-Cash Return for a payout of 54.4% of target, resulting in a blended payout of performance-based compensation of 27.2% of target.  Accordingly, subsequent to the end of fiscal 2017, on March 21, 2018 the Compensation Committee approved the grant of RSU awards totaling $0.5 million, with a grant date of April 2, 2018, with $0.3 million of that amount being awarded to the Named Executive Officers.  The awards are subject to further vesting through August 31, 2018.

 

 


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2017-2018 Performance Period

On March 31, 2017, the Compensation Committee established two performance targets under the LTIP (the “2017-2018 LTIP”), each weighted 50%, and further approved that all awards under the 2017-2018 LTIP would be issued in RSUs. The performance targets for the 2017-2018 Performance Period are:

 

 

 

Metric

 

Award %
Attributable to Target

 

Minimum/Maximum

Potential Payout

 

 

 

 

Target 1

 

Total Company Comparable Sales

(Two-year stack, which is the sum of Total Company Comparable Sales for fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018, with an annual minimum comp requirement in fiscal 2018)

 

 

50.0%

 

100% payout at set target, with 50% payout at 60.6% of set target and 150% payout at 136.4%.

 

 

 

 

 

Target 2

 

Modified ROIC (Operating Income divided by Invested Capital, defined as Total Debt plus Stockholders’ Equity and excludes any deduction of Cash)

 

50.0%

 

100% payout at set target, with 50% payout at 31.3% of set target and 150% payout at 171.9%.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the 2017-2018 Performance Period, the metrics reflect the Company’s initiatives to drive comparable sales through increased customer acquisition and retention while earning an acceptable return on the capital invested in the business.  As with our AIP and 2016-2017 LTIP, we will disclose our targets under the 2017-2018 LTIP once the performance period has ended.

 

Amended LTIP

Pursuant to the Second Amended and Restated LTIP approved in June 2018 (the “Amended LTIP”), beginning with grants in fiscal 2018, the performance period for awards will be three years. In addition to extending the performance term, the determination of awards that would vest in the case of a termination without justifiable cause or resignation for good reason were modified so that (1) awards are forfeited if the termination occurs during the first year of the performance period, (2) unvested awards would vest on a pro-rata basis if the termination occurs in the second or third year of the performance period, and (3) in the case of a termination occurring in connection with a change in control of the Company, unvested awards would vest on a pro-rata basis for time-based awards and on a pro-rata basis, at target, for performance-based awards.  

Under the Amended LTIP, a participant’s “Target Cash Value” remains unchanged and is defined as the participant’s one-year annual base salary (on the participant’s effective date) multiplied by his or her long-term incentive program percentage, which is 100% for the Company’s executive officer and 70% for other senior executives.

Because of the change in performance period under the Amended LTIP, our associates will not have an opportunity to receive a payout of any performance-based compensation until fiscal 2021, as illustrated in the “Vesting of Awards by Fiscal Year” table below.  In addition, the vesting of the time-based portion of awards under the Amended LTIP was modified so that the awards vest equally over four years, with the first 25% vesting on the latter of one year from the date of grant or April 1 following the end of the first year of the performance period and annually on April 1 thereafter.

The following table illustrates the components of the existing LTIP awards and future awards under the Amended LTIP with the respective vesting dates, illustrating that the time-based portion of the LTIP acts as a retention tool:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vesting of Awards by Fiscal Year:

 

 

 

 

 

% of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approval date

 

Performance Period

 

total award

 

 

Fiscal 2018

 

Fiscal 2019

 

Fiscal 2020

 

Fiscal 2021

 

Fiscal 2022

 

3/15/2016

 

2016-2017 LTIP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time-Based Awards, vests April 1, subject to forfeiture

 

 

50

%

 

 

50

%

 

50

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance-Based Awards- vests August 31, if achieved

 

 

50

%

 

 

100

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/31/2017

 

2017-2018 LTIP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time-Based Awards, vests April 1, subject to forfeiture

 

 

50

%

 

 

 

 

50

%

 

50

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance-Based Awards- vests August 31, if achieved

 

 

50

%

 

 

 

 

100

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiscal 2018(1)

 

2018-2020 LTIP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time-Based Awards, vests April 1(2), subject to forfeiture

 

 

50

%

 

 

 

 

25

%

 

25

%

 

25

%

 

25

%

 

 

Performance-Based Awards- vests August 31, if achieved

 

 

50

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

100

%

 

 

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(1)

For illustration purposes only.  The Compensation Committee approved the Amended LTIP on June 20, 2018 but performance targets for the 2018-2020 performance period have not yet been established. Under the Amended LTIP, the Compensation Committee must set performance targets no later than the expiration of 25% of the applicable performance period.  

 

(2)

The first tranche of time-based awards vest on April 1 following the end of the first year of the performance period or one year from the date of grant, whichever is later.

 

 

Discretionary Cash and Equity Awards

In particular circumstances, we may utilize cash signing bonuses and equity-based awards when certain employees join the Company.  

With the exception of the cash signing bonus and grant of equity awards to Mr. Laher in connection with his hiring, there were no discretionary cash or equity awards granted to our Named Executive Officers in fiscal 2017.

 

Other Compensation

In addition to our life insurance programs available to all of our employees, we also pay the insurance premium for an additional $2.0 million life insurance policy for Mr. Levin to the benefit of his designated beneficiaries.  

We offer our senior executives, including our Named Executive Officers, supplemental disability insurance and long-term care and pay a portion of the premiums, which we do not do for our other employees.

Our Named Executive Officers also receive benefits under certain group health, long-term disability and life insurance plans, which are generally available to all of our eligible employees.

After six months of service with us, all of our employees, including our Named Executive Officers, are eligible to participate in our 401(k) Plan, and after one year of employment are eligible for a Company match.  Historically, our employees have been eligible to receive a Company match, which matched 100% of the first 1% of deferred compensation and 50% of the next 5% (with a maximum contribution of 3.5% of eligible compensation).  In May 2018, in connection with our cost reduction initiatives, the Board of Directors ratified and approved the recommendation of our management team to suspend any further employer contributions to the 401(k) Plan, effective July 1, 2018, until the end of calendar year 2019 at the latest.  

We have employment agreements with our CEO and all of our other Named Executive Officers.  Upon termination of employment, each executive is entitled to receive severance payments under his or her employment agreement(s) and under the Company’s incentive programs in the event of a termination without justifiable cause.  These employment agreements and incentive programs, as they relate to terminations, are discussed in detail below in the section “Employment Agreements” following the “Summary Compensation Table.”  Our employment agreements do not contain any tax gross-ups pursuant to Section 280(g) of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

Tax Implications

Prior to the passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 (“Tax Act”), Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended generally disallowed a tax deduction for compensation in excess of $1.0 million a year to certain officers, including the Chief Executive Officer, unless such excess compensation qualified as “performance-based compensation.” The Tax Act, among other things, repealed the performance-based compensation exemption with respect to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017, subject to certain transition rules. In addition, the Tax Act expanded the group of officers whose compensation is subject to the Section 162(m) deduction limitations. Accordingly, other than with respect to certain grandfathered compensation, the $1.0 million deduction limitation now applies to (i) anyone serving as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer at any time during the taxable year, (ii) the top three other highest compensated executive officers of the Company serving at the end of the taxable year and (iii) any individual who had been a covered employee for any taxable year of the Company that started after December 31, 2016. We previously considered the effect of Section 162(m) when structuring our executive compensation and, when feasible, complied with exemptions in Section 162(m) so that the compensation remained tax deductible to us.


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COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

We, the Compensation Committee of the Company, have reviewed and discussed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis required by Item 402(b) of Regulation S-K with management and, based on this review and discussion, recommend to the Board of Directors that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this Proxy Statement.

 

 

The Compensation Committee

 

 

Willem Mesdag, Chairman

 

 

Mitchell S. Presser

 

Ward K. Mooney

 

 

 

John E. Kyees * (former member)

 

 

 

* Mr. Kyees, a current director, served on the Compensation Committee until February 2, 2017.    

 

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Summary Compensation Table.  The following Summary Compensation Table sets forth certain information regarding compensation paid or accrued by us with respect to our "Named Executive Officers" for fiscal 2017.

SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

 

Name and Principal Position

 

Year

 

Salary ($)

 

 

Bonus ($)

 

 

Stock

Awards

($) (1) (2)

 

 

Non-Equity

Incentive Plan

Compensation

($)(1)(3)

 

 

All Other

Compensation

($)(4)

 

 

Total ($)

 

David A. Levin

 

2017

 

$

826,800

 

 

 

 

 

$

515,923

 

 

$

285,246

 

 

$

37,351

 

 

$

1,665,320

 

President and Chief Executive

 

2016

 

$

811,200

 

 

 

 

 

$

610,834

 

 

$

670,052

 

 

$

39,915

 

 

$

2,132,001

 

Officer

 

2015

 

$

811,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

1,174,618

 

 

$

40,472

 

 

$

2,026,290

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter H. Stratton, Jr.

 

2017

 

$

374,904

 

 

 

 

 

$

158,496

 

 

$

52,997

 

 

$

24,722

 

 

$

611,119

 

Executive Vice President, Chief

 

2016

 

$

333,462

 

 

 

 

 

$

157,649

 

 

$

113,574

 

 

$

25,305

 

 

$

629,989

 

Financial Officer and Treasurer

 

2015

 

$

285,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

170,272

 

 

$

24,565

 

 

$

479,837

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian S. Reaves

 

2017

 

$

313,462

 

 

 

 

 

$

133,560

 

 

$

44,850

 

 

$

26,702

 

 

$

518,574

 

Executive Vice President and

 

2016

 

$

300,000

 

 

 

 

 

$

153,703

 

 

$

131,963

 

 

$

27,452

 

 

$

613,118

 

Chief Customer Officer

 

2015

 

$

300,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

188,260

 

 

$

27,028

 

 

$

515,288

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert S. Molloy

 

2017

 

$

345,000

 

 

 

 

 

$

152,642

 

 

$

48,526

 

 

$

26,893

 

 

$

573,061

 

Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative

 

2016

 

$

341,923

 

 

 

 

 

$

174,808

 

 

$

154,130

 

 

$

27,661

 

 

$

698,522

 

Officer, General Counsel and Secretary

 

2015

 

$

335,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

212,732

 

 

$

27,259

 

 

$

574,991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth M. Ederle

 

2017

 

$

390,000

 

 

 

 

 

$

173,628

 

 

$

54,855

 

 

$

21,542

 

 

$

640,025

 

Former Senior Vice President and Chief

 

2016

 

$

390,000

 

 

 

 

 

$

194,058

 

 

$

161,246

 

 

$

21,864

 

 

$

767,168

 

Merchandising Officer

 

2015

 

$

380,769

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

236,348

 

 

$

21,850

 

 

$

638,967

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahal S. Laher

 

2017

 

$

408,654

 

 

$

200,000

 

(5)

$

415,064

 

 

$

59,778

 

 

$

15,407

 

 

$

1,098,903

 

Former Senior Vice President, Chief

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital and Information Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

The amounts reflect the fair value, as of grant date, of awards computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718, and not the actual amounts paid to or realized by the Named Executive Officers during the applicable fiscal year.  Additional information regarding the assumptions used to estimate the fair value of awards is included in Note A to Consolidated Financial Statements contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018.

 

(2)

The amounts shown in the Stock Award column for fiscal 2017 represent the fair value, as of grant date, of (a) time-based restricted stock units (RSUs) granted pursuant to the 2017-2018 LTIP and (b) RSUs earned for the partial achievement of performance targets under the 2016-2017 LTIP. See “2017 Stock Awards Compensation” below for a breakdown of stock awards.  See “Grants of Plan-Based Awards” for more information regarding equity awards granted in fiscal 2017.

The fair value associated with the performance-based component of the equity awards granted under the 2017-2018 LTIP was determined based on the probable outcome of the performance conditions as of the service-inception date. Because the achievement of the performance targets under the 2017-2018 LTIP was not deemed probable as of the service-inception date, no value was attributed to the performance-based portion of these awards.  The following reflects the fair values of the performance-based portion of the 2017-2018 LTIP assuming the highest level of performance conditions will be achieved for each of the Named Executive Officers:

 

 

 

David A. Levin

$

608,400

 

Peter H. Stratton, Jr.

$

186,375

 

Brian S. Reaves

$

157,500

 

Robert S. Molloy

$

181,125

 

Kenneth M. Ederle

$

204,750

 

Sahal S. Laher

$

223,125

 

  

 

(3)

Represents cash awards earned under the 2017 AIP.

 

(4)

See table “All Other Compensation” below for a breakdown of 2017 amounts reflected in this column.

 

(5)

Represents a cash signing bonus paid to Mr. Laher in connection with his hiring.

 

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The following table is a supplement to the Summary Compensation Table and provides a breakdown of the stock awards granted to each Named Executive Officer in fiscal 2017.

2017 Stock Awards Compensation

Name

 

2016-2017

LTIP (1)

 

 

2017-2018

LTIP (2)

 

 

Discretionary (3)

 

 

Total Stock

Awards

 

David A. Levin

 

$

110,323

 

 

$

405,600

 

 

$

 

 

$

515,923

 

Peter H. Stratton, Jr.

 

$

33,246

 

 

$

125,250

 

 

$

 

 

$

158,496

 

Brian S. Reaves

 

$

28,560

 

 

$

105,000

 

 

$

 

 

$

133,560

 

Robert S. Molloy

 

$

31,892

 

 

$

120,750

 

 

$

 

 

$

152,642

 

Kenneth M. Ederle

 

$

37,128

 

 

$

136,500

 

 

$

 

 

$

173,628

 

Sahal S. Laher

 

$

101,314

 

 

$

148,750

 

 

$

165,000

 

 

$

415,064

 

 

(1)

Represents RSUs granted in March 2018 earned for performance targets achieved under the 2016-2017 LTIP.  The potential value of this award at threshold, target and maximum was previously reported in the “2016 Grants of Plan-Based Awards” under “Estimated Future Payouts Under Equity Incentive Plan Awards” as of the service inception date of April 16, 2016.  Mr. Laher’s award was forfeited in connection with his termination of employment.

 

(2)

Represents the grant of time-based RSUs issued, which will vest in two tranches with the first 50% vesting on April 1, 2019 and the remaining 50% vesting on April 1, 2020.  Mr. Laher’s award was forfeited in connection with his termination of employment.

 

(3)

Represents the grant of 50,000 unvested RSAs that vest ratably over three years, with the first one-third vesting on January 30, 2018. In connection with Mr. Laher’s termination of employment, the unvested RSAs of 33,333 were forfeited.  

The following table sets forth the components of 2017 All Other Compensation column listed above in the Summary Compensation Table.

 

Name

 

Auto

Allowance

 

 

401(k)

Match

 

 

Life

Insurance

Premiums

 

 

Long-Term

Healthcare

Premiums

 

 

Supplemental

Disability

Insurance

 

 

Total

Other

Compensation

 

David A. Levin

 

$

10,000

 

 

$