Main Features of the Remuneration Plan for the Executive Board
The full Supervisory Board is responsible for establishing the remuneration paid to members of the Executive Board of Sartorius AG. The total value of the remuneration of an Executive Board member reflects the scope of the responsibilities of the Executive Board member concerned, the Executive Board member’s personal performance, the company’s economic
situation and sustainable progress. In addition, the extent to which this amount of remuneration is typical is considered, taking into account peer companies and the remuneration structure in place in other areas of the company and in similar companies.
Remuneration is comprised of both fixed nonperformance-based components and of variable performance-based components, and is reviewed regularly to ensure that it remains appropriate. The variable performance-based remuneration components consist of those to be paid annually and of multi-year components intended to have a long-term incentive.
Fixed non-performance-based remuneration is paid in the year in which it is granted. For 100% target achievement, the variable annual and long-term performance-based components generally represent half of total remuneration, which excludes Pension commitments under a defined benefit plan as well as fringe benefits.
Variable Performance-Based Remuneration
The portion of the variable performance-based remuneration that is paid annually is based on the following weighted components: sales revenue | order intake, underlying EBITDA and the ratio of net debt to EBITDA. Minimum target achievement is required for these components. The amount to be paid out depends on the degree to which the target is achieved, which the Supervisory Board defines by setting each individual subordinate target. A cap is provided for each variable component to be paid out. Variable performance-based remuneration is calculated upon approval of the company’s annual financial Statements for the respective fiscal year and not settled and paid out until the following fiscal year.
Multi-year Components as Long-term Incentives
Weighted components determined by multi-year assessment depend on the development of consolidated net profit in a multi-year period, on the one hand, and on the development of the company’s share prices, on the other hand. Multi-year components providing a long-term incentive are based on a three-year average of consolidated net profit and on a four-year average of share prices, respectively. These components are paid out after two fiscal years for net profit and at the earliest after three fiscal years for share prices.