SOURCE: Equilar

October 02, 2007 14:13 ET

Equilar® Releases New Studies on Executive 10b5-1 Trading Plans and Clawback Policies

REDWOOD SHORES, CA--(Marketwire - October 2, 2007) - Equilar, the market leader for executive compensation benchmarking solutions, today published its latest issue of Executive Compensation Trends. This month's issue includes studies on Rule 10b5-1 stock trading plans for executive officers at Fortune 500 companies and clawback policies at Fortune 100 companies.

Fortune 500 Rule 10b5-1 Stock Trading Plans

--  From 2005 to 2006, the prevalence of Fortune 500 companies disclosing
    active 10b5-1 stock trading plans for executive officers increased from
    25.6 percent to 28.7 percent. More strikingly, the number of executives
    completing transactions pursuant to a 10b5-1 plan increased by 31.2 percent
    over the same period.
--  The prevalence of Fortune 500 companies with a CEO who completed at
    least one transaction pursuant to a 10b5-1 plan increased from 12.4 percent
    in 2005 to 16.1 percent in 2006.
--  Rule 10b5-1 stock trading plans allow executives, directors and other
    corporate insiders to sell equity at predetermined prices or dates, thereby
    minimizing the risk of insider trading accusations.
    

Fortune 100 Clawback Policies

--  The prevalence of Fortune 100 companies disclosing clawback policies
    increased from 17.6 percent in 2005 to 42.1 percent in 2006.
--  In 2006, 77.5 percent of all disclosed clawback policies at Fortune
    100 companies listed financial restatements and/or ethical misconduct as
    the primary trigger for the recoupment of compensation.
--  Clawback policies, or compensation recovery policies, allow companies
    to recoup previously earned compensation from executives. Common triggers
    for a clawback include ethical misconduct, financial restatements, or the
    violation of a non-compete agreement.
    

To learn more about these and other findings or to receive a complete copy of Equilar's Executive Compensation Trends newsletter, please call 1-877-441-6090 or visit www.equilar.com.

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