Share-based long-term incentive schemes
YIT has implemented a long-term share-based incentive scheme to support the company’s strategy of profitable growth and supplement the already available incentive schemes. The scheme aims at encouraging employees to engage in goal-oriented work, rewarding good performance and committing employees to long-term persistent work. Members of YIT’s Board of Directors are not included in the share-based incentive scheme.
The first scheme consisted of three earnings periods, i.e. the calendar years 2010, 2011 and 2012. Shares were handed over in 2011, 2012 and 2013 based on the performance in the previous year. A total of approximately 700,000 shares could be rewarded annually, of which a maximum of 20,000 to the President and CEO.
The taxes and tax-like payments arising from the share rewards were covered by a monetary bonus under the terms of the scheme. Employees included in the incentive scheme were obligated to not transfer their shares within two years of having obtained them for the shares based on performance in 2010 and three years for the shares based on performance in 2011 and 2012, i.e. throughout the duration of the commitment period. If the employment of an employee was terminated during the commitment period, the employee had to return any shares obtained as rewards to the company free of charge. In the case of shares granted for 2010 and 2011, the commitment period has ended.
During 2016, a total of 2 186 shares were returned to the company in accordance with the terms and conditions.
The earnings periods of the second incentive scheme are the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. Any bonus will be determined on the basis of the indicators decided annually by YIT’s Board of Directors for each earnings period and their target levels. Return on investment is the key indicator in the scheme. An additional target related to the Group’s cash flow was set for 2014. The targets for 2015 were Return on investment and Net debt and for 2016 were return on investment and Earnings per share . YIT’s Board of Directors also decides on the approximately 200 key persons from different YIT countries to be included in the incentive scheme for each earnings period. The same employees are not automatically covered by the scheme during all earnings periods.
A total of approximately 650,000 (2014 and 2015) and 700,000 (2016) shares can be rewarded annually, of which a maximum of 25,000 to the President and CEO and 78 000 to the Group Management Board (excluding CEO, earning period 2016). The shares to be granted are already held by YIT as a rule. There is a two-year commitment period associated with each earnings period, after which the shares are transferred to key persons still employed by YIT Group. Shares will be handed over in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The employer will cover the taxes and tax-like fees charged to the key employees covered by the scheme in connection with the handing over of the shares. Under all circumstances, the Board has the right to amend the bonuses in a reasonable manner.