2.1Remuneration of the Board of Directors
The remuneration of the Board of Directors consists of an annual board retainer fee paid in cash and Restricted Share Units (RSUs), and additional committee fees paid in cash only, based on the below table:
in CHF 1 000
Board chair retainer fee
Board member retainer fee
Committee chair fee
Committee member fee
An RSU is a personal award to receive one common registered share of Cicor per RSU. The number of granted RSUs is determined by dividing the relevant gross compensation amount by the average closing price of the Cicor share of the last 10 trading days immediately prior to the AGM that marks the beginning of the term of office. The shares are usually transferred to the beneficiaries on the first trading day after the Annual General Meeting (AGM) that marks the end of the term of office and are then subject to a three-year blocking period, during which they may not be sold or otherwise disposed of. The blocking period is lifted immediately on the date of a Board member’s demise.
2.2Remuneration of the Group Management
The remuneration of the Group Management consists of a basic remuneration, a variable, performance-related bonus according to the short-term incentive plan (STI) and the participation in the long-term incentive plans.
The basic remuneration for the members of the Group Management may comprise a monthly salary, a lump sum for entertainment and car expenses, other benefits as per individual agreement and the relevant social security contributions. Other benefits as per individual agreement include contributions to professional development. The monthly salary is determined on a discretionary basis, taking into account the individual’s duties, amount of responsibility, qualifications and experience required. Cicor does not provide members of the Group Management with a company vehicle.
2.2.2Short-term incentive plan
The STI-Plan is a simple and clear plan aimed at motivating managers and specialists to focus their efforts on specific financial and individual objectives. It promotes initiative and coordinated efforts and rewards the performance of individuals and the company. The STI-Plan for the Group Management consists of financial and individual objectives. Financial objectives include sales growth (30%), EBITDA (30%) and operating free cash flow (25%) and account for a total of 85%, and individual objectives for a total of 15% of the target amount. The Board of Directors approves the financial and the individual objectives of members of the Group Management and of all STI-Plan participants at their meeting at year-end for the following year. Financial targets are based on the annual budget and the payout is based on the actual financial results. A financial result on target entitles to a payout of 100% of the target amount, at the lower threshold the payout is 50%, while below the lower threshold there is no payout. When the financial or individual objectives are overachieved, the maximum payout is capped at 150% of the target amount. The Remuneration Committee (RC) confirms the overall STI-Plan payout based on the true performance taking into account the actual business and commercial environment. It makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors for a final decision in February. At this meeting, the RC also recommends to the Board of Directors the aggregate maximum amount for variable performance-related compensation for the Group Management that is submitted to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders for approval.
2.2.3Long-term incentive plans
For the Cicor Group, recruitment, motivation and long-term retention of top talent are key to achieving its goals. Cicor maintains two long-term incentive plans (LTI-Plans) which are designed to retain and motivate senior executives, highly skilled and other important employees by creating long-term performance incentives. These plans reward beneficiaries for their contribution to the company’s long-term success and creation of shareholder value. The LTI-Plans thus link part of the annual performance-based remuneration of Cicor’s management to the long-term development of the company. Cicor currently maintains a Performance Stock Option Plan and Performance Share Plan.
Performance Stock Option Plan (PSOP)
Members of the executive committee (EC) may be invited to participate in the Performance Stock Option Plan (PSOP), upon individual nomination by the Board of Directors. Participants receive a grant of non-tradable performance stock options of Cicor at the beginning of a year which is determined by the Board of Directors. The performance stock options vest after a three-year vesting period if the participant is still in active employment with Cicor, but depending on the achievement of the performance condition. The performance condition is relative TSR, which compares the share price evolution and dividend payments of Cicor with a predefined peer group1) of eleven listed companies in the EMS industry that are comparable to Cicor. If Cicor outperforms at least half of the peer companies, 50% of the performance stock options will vest. The vesting percentage can go up to 100% for being the best performing company, and down to 0% if more than 75% of the peer companies performed better than Cicor. Once vested, the stock options may be exercised for a period of four years. The gain realized by the participants corresponds to the difference between the share price of the Cicor share at the time of exercise and the exercise price of the stock option.
Performance Share Plan (PSP)
Members of the executive committee and leadership team, as well as other selected key managers, may be invited to participate in the Performance Share Plan (PSP), upon individual nomination by the CEO and approval by the Board of Directors. Participants receive a grant of performance share units (PSU). A PSU is a conditional right to receive Cicor shares after a vesting period of three years if the Group meets certain performance targets over the vesting period and if participants are in active employment with Cicor at the end of the three-year vesting period. The performance conditions are reaching specific levels of revenue growth and EBITDA margin for Cicor Group. Depending on the achievement of these performance conditions, each PSU may be converted into up to two Cicor shares, which is the upper cap if the performance conditions are overfulfilled, or the PSU may lapse if the lower cap of the performance conditions are not reached.
Management Incentive Plan (MIP)
On 12 November 2021, the Company announced that a share-based special management incentive plan (MIP) was introduced for key managers of the Cicor Group. The program is fully sponsored by One Equity Partners (OEP), the anchor shareholder of Cicor, and is administered solely by the Board of Directors of the Cicor Group. This guarantees strict compliance with the common governance and transparency guidelines. The special management incentive plan does not give rise to any obligations to OEP by Cicor or by the employees concerned and creates no additional costs or liabilities for the Company or all other shareholders. The goal of the plan is to create stronger alignment between Company shareholders and management.
Under the MIP, the key managers have the possibility to purchase share appreciation rights (SAR). One SAR needs to be purchased at CHF 1.00. Upon the full exit of OEP, one SAR pays the difference between the average weighted exit price OEP receives per share in Cicor minus the reference share price, which is set at CHF 60.00 per share, minus costs incurred by OEP. The costs incurred by OEP also include the costs incurred by the Cicor Group because OEP has to reimburse these costs. The current size of the MIP is 40 000 SARs, whereby some are reserved for future key managers that join the Cicor Group. The Plan provides for customary vesting and forfeiture rules. The MIP was approved in a consultative vote by the 2022 Annual General Meeting.
The former LTI has been discontinued in financial year 2021 and was replaced by the Performance Stock Option Plan and the Performance Share Plan in financial year 2022. No shares were awarded by the Group Management in financial year 2022 based on the former LTI. Information on the former LTI is disclosed in the 2021 remuneration report.
2.3Employment contracts and special benefits
No member of the Group Management has an employment contract with a notice period of more than twelve months. None of these employment contracts involve any severance payments.
2.4Number of external mandates and functions
According to the Articles of Incorporation, Board members may not have or perform more than three mandates in other listed companies and not more than 15 in non-listed companies. Members of the Group Management may not have or perform more than one mandate in another listed company and not more than three in non-listed companies. Mandates or employment relationships with associated companies outside the Cicor Group that entail sitting on a management or administrative body or a function in executive management are deemed a single mandate under this provision.