Ahlstrom Corporation STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE January 30, 2014 at 13.45
Ahlstrom's Board of Directors approved long-term share-based incentive plan 2014-2018
Ahlstrom's Board of Directors has today approved a long-term share-based incentive plan for the Executive Management Team and other key employees, consisting of approximately 50 persons as part of the remuneration and commitment program. The aim of the plan is to align the objectives of the shareholders and the key employees in order to increase the value of the company.
The plan consists of earning periods beginning on January 1, 2014; on January 1, 2015 and on January 1, 2016, and potential rewards will be paid after the end of each earning period. The shares received as reward may not be transferred during a restriction period that ends three years after the beginning of the earning period.
If the targets set by the Board of Directors for the earning periods are achieved, the plan offers an opportunity to receive Ahlstrom shares and a cash proportion which the company uses for taxes and tax-related costs arising from the reward to be paid. The potential reward from the first earning period will be based on the Ahlstrom Group's net sales, earnings per share and percentage of sales from new products. As a rule, no reward will be paid if a key employee's employment or service ends before reward payment.
If the targets are achieved in full for the first earning period of year 2014, the gross reward to be paid will correspond to a value of a maximum total of 390 000 shares and a cash proportion used for taxes and tax-related costs arising from the reward to be paid.
The Board of Directors decided that the President & CEO must hold 40 percent of the shares received on the basis of the plan as long as his service as the President and CEO continues, and the other members of the Executive Management Team must hold 40 percent of the shares received on the basis of the plan for two years after the end of a three-year earning period or after the end of the restriction period.
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Ahlstrom in brief
Ahlstrom is a high performance fiber-based materials company, partnering with leading businesses around the world to help them stay ahead. We aim to grow with a product offering for clean and healthy environment. Our materials are used in everyday applications such as filters, medical fabrics, life science and diagnostics, wallcoverings and food packaging. In 2013, Ahlstrom's net sales from the continuing operations amounted to EUR 1 billion. Our 3,500 employees serve customers in 24 countries. Ahlstrom's share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. More information available at www.ahlstrom.com.