EX-10.1 2 dex101.htm ECONOMIC VALUE ADDED INCENTIVE COMPENSATION PLAN Economic Value Added Incentive Compensation Plan

Exhibit 10.1

Effective 6-29-09




As adopted by the Compensation Committee on April 20, 2004 and amended through August 11, 2009




I. Plan Objectives


  A. To promote the maximization of shareholder value over the long term by providing incentive compensation to key employees of Briggs & Stratton Corporation (the “Company”) in a form which is designed to financially reward participants for an increase in the value of the Company to its shareholders.


  B. To provide competitive levels of compensation to enable the Company to attract and retain employees who are able to exert a significant impact on the value of the Company to its shareholders.


  C. To encourage teamwork and cooperation in the achievement of Company goals.


  D. To recognize differences in the performance of individual participants.


II. Plan Administration

The Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Committee”) shall be responsible for the design, administration, and interpretation of the Plan.


III. Definitions


  A. “Accrued Bonus” means the bonus, which may be negative or positive, which is calculated in the manner set forth in Section V.A.


  B. “Actual EVA” means the EVA as calculated for the relevant Plan Year.


  C. “Base Salary” means the amount of a Participant’s base compensation earned during the Plan Year without adjustment for bonuses, salary deferrals, value of benefits, imputed income, special payments, amounts contributed to a savings plan or similar items.


  D. “Capital” means the Company’s weighted average monthly operating capital for the Plan Year, calculated as follows:


   Current Assets
-    Non-operating Investments
+    Bad Debt Reserve
+    LIFO Reserve
-    Deferred Tax Liabilities or Assets Classified as Current Assets
-    Current Noninterest-Bearing Liabilities
+    Warranty Reserve
+    Environmental Reserve
+    Property, Plant, Equipment, Net
-    Construction in Progress
+    Other Assets (not including prepaid Pension Costs)
(+/-)    Unusual Capital Items


  E. “Capital Charge” means the deemed opportunity cost of employing Capital in the Company’s businesses, determined as follows:

Capital Charge = Capital X Cost of Capital



  F. Cost of Capital” means the weighted average of the cost of equity and the after tax cost of debt for the relevant Plan Year on a market value basis. The Cost of Capital will be determined (to the nearest tenth of a percent) by the Committee prior to each Plan Year, consistent with the following methodology:


  a) Cost of Equity = Risk Free Rate + (Business Risk Index X Average Equity Risk Premium)


  b) Debt Cost of Capital = Debt Yield X (1 - Tax Rate)


  c) The weighted average of the Cost of Equity and the Debt Cost of Capital is determined by reference to the actual debt-to-capital ratio

where the Risk Free Rate is the average daily closing yield rate on 10 year U.S. Treasury Bonds for the month of March immediately preceding the relevant Plan Year, the Business Risk Index is determined by using an average of the Beta available in the four (4) most recent Value Line reports on the Company. The Average Equity Risk Premium is 6%, the Debt Yield is the weighted average yield of all borrowing included in the Company’s permanent capital, and the tax rate is the combination of the relevant federal and state income tax rates.


  G. Designated Key Contributor” means those Participants named by the Chief Executive Officer as a Designated Key Contributor under the Plan.


  H. “Divisional EVA Performance Factor” means an Individual Performance Factor calculated in the same manner as the Company Performance Factor as set forth in Section VI.A., except that EVA, Actual EVA, Target EVA, EVA Leverage Factor, NOPAT, Capital, Capital Charge and other relevant terms shall be defined by reference to the particular operating division, service division or sales group, not by reference to the entire Company.


  I. “Economic Value Added” or “EVA” means the NOPAT that remains after subtracting capital Charge, expressed as follows:




Less: Capital Charge

Equals: EVA


EVA may be positive or negative.


  J. “EVA Leverage Factor” means the expected deviation in EVA from the average EVA, generally reflected as a percentage of capital employed. For purposes of this Plan, the Company’s EVA Leverage Factor is determined to be $27 million.


  K. “Key Managers” mean those Participants designated as Key Managers by the Committee with respect to any Plan Year.


  L. “NOPAT” means cash adjusted net operating profits after taxes for the Plan Year, calculated as follows:


   Pretax Income
+    Interest Expense
-    Normal Pension Costs
+/-    Pension Income/Expense
+/-    Change in LIFO Reserve
+/-    Change in Bad Debt Reserve
+/-    Change in Post Retire Health Care Reserve
+/-    Change in Warranty Reserve
+/-    Other Income & Expense on Non-Operating Investments
+/-    Unusual Charges
+/-    Amortization of Unusual Income or Expense Items
-    Cash Taxes on the above (+/-changes in Deferred Taxes)


  M. “Plan Year” means the one year period coincident with the Company’s fiscal year.



  N. “Senior Executives” means those Participants designated as Senior Executives by the Committee with respect to any Plan Year.


  O. “Target EVA” means the target level of EVA for the Plan Year, determined as follows:


Target EVA   =    

Prior Year

Target EVA


Prior Year

Actual EVA



IV. Eligibility


  A. Eligible Positions. In general, all Company Officers, Division General Managers, Key Managers and members of the corporate operations group, and certain direct reports of such individuals may be eligible for participation in the Plan. However, actual participation will depend upon the contribution and impact each eligible employee may have on the Company’s value to its shareholders, as determined by the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, and approved by the Committee.


  B. Nomination and Approval. Each Plan Year, the Chief Executive Officer of the Company will nominate eligible employees of the Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates to participate in the Plan for the next Plan Year. The Committee will have the final authority to select Plan participants (the “Participants”) among the eligible employees nominated by the Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Continued participation in the Plan is contingent on approval of the Committee. Selection normally will take place, and will be communicated to each Participant, prior to the beginning of the pertinent Plan Year.


V. Individual Participation Levels


  A. Calculation of Accrued Bonus. Each Participant’s Accrued Bonus will be determined as a function of the Participant’s Base Salary, the Participant’s Target Incentive Award (provided in paragraph V.B., below), Company Performance Factor (provided in Section VI.A.) and the Individual Performance Factor (provided in Section VI.B.) for the Plan Year. Each Participant’s Accrued Bonus will be calculated as follows:


30%   Participant’s
Base Salary
  x     Target
  x     Company
  +     70%   Participant’s
Base Salary
  x     Target
  x     Individual

In no case may the Accrued Bonus exceed three times the Target Incentive Award or be less than negative one times the Target Incentive Award.


  B. Target Incentive Awards. The Target Incentive Awards will be determined according to the following schedule:


Executive Position

   Target Incentive Award
(% of Base Salary)

Chief Executive Officer


Chief Operating Officer


Executive Vice President & Senior Vice Presidents


Other Elected Officers


Division General Managers


Key Managers


Designated Key Contributors


All Others




VI. Performance Factors


  A. Company Performance Factor Calculation. For any Plan Year, the Company Performance Factor will be calculated as follows:


Company Performance Factor

  =   1.00   +   Actual EVA - Target EVA   
        EVA Leverage Factor   


  B. Individual Performance Factor Calculation. Determination of the Individual Performance Factor will be the responsibility of the individual to whom the participant reports. This determination will be subject to approval by the Committee and should be in conformance with the process set forth below:


  (1) Quantifiable Supporting Performance Factors. The Individual Performance Factor of the Accrued Bonus calculation will be based on the accomplishment of individual, financial and/or other goals (“Supporting Performance Factors”). Whenever possible, individual performance will be evaluated according to quantifiable benchmarks of success. These Supporting Performance Factors will represent an achievement percentage continuum that ranges from 50% to 150% of the individual target award opportunity, and will be enumerated from .5 to 1.5 based on such continuum. Provided, however, that if the Quantifiable Supporting Performance Factor is based on divisional EVA and is calculated in the same manner as the Company Performance Factor as set forth in Section VI.A. with respect to such division (such Supporting Performance Factor referred to herein as a Divisional EVA Performance Factor), then the Supporting Performance Factor may be unlimited, if so approved by the Committee. A Quantifiable Supporting Performance Factor may also be unlimited if the Quantifiable Supporting Performance Factor as approved by the Committee for such individual is the same as the Company Performance Factor determined in accordance with Section VI.A.


  (2) Non-Quantifiable Supporting Performance Factors. When performance cannot be measured according to a quantifiable monitoring system, an assessment of the Participant’s overall performance may be made based on a Non-Quantifiable Supporting Performance Factor (or Factors). The person to whom the Participant reports will evaluate the Participant’s performance, and this evaluation will determine the Participant’s Supporting Performance Factor (or Factors) according to the following schedule:



Performance Rating



Performance Factor


   1.3 - 1.5


   1.1 - 1.3


   .9 - 1.1


   .5 - .9




  (3) Aggregate Individual Performance Factor. The Individual Performance Factor to be used in the calculation of the Accrued Bonus shall be equal to the average (or weighted average) of one or more Quantifiable and/or Non-Quantifiable Supporting Performance Factors according to relative importance, except that the Non-Quantifiable Supporting Performance Factor shall account for no more than 15% of the Accrued Bonus.


VII. Change in Status During the Plan Year


  A. New Hire, Transfer, Promotion, Demotion

A newly hired employee or an employee transferred, promoted, or demoted during the Plan Year to a position qualifying for participation (or leaving the participating class) may accrue (subject to discretion of the Committee) a pro rata Accrued Bonus based on the percentage of the Plan Year (actual weeks/full year times a full year award amount for that position) the employee is in each participating position.



  B. Discharge

An employee discharged during the Plan Year shall not be eligible for an Accrued Bonus, even though his or her service arrangement or contract extends past year-end, unless the Committee determines that the conditions of the termination indicate that a prorated Accrued Bonus is appropriate. The Committee shall have full and final authority in making such a determination.


  C. Resignation

An employee who resigns during the Plan Year to accept employment elsewhere (including self-employment) will not be eligible for an Accrued Bonus.


  D. Death, Disability, Retirement

If a Participant’s employment is terminated during a Plan Year by reason of death, disability, or normal or early retirement under the Company’s retirement plan, a tentative Accrued Bonus will be calculated as if the Participant had remained employed as of the end of the Plan Year. The final Accrued Bonus will be calculated by multiplying the tentative Accrued Bonus by a proration factor. The proration factor will be equal to the number of full weeks of employment during the Plan Year divided by fifty-two. For purposes of this section, the date a participant is deemed to be terminated pursuant to disability shall be the date the employee begins receiving a monthly Long Term Disability Benefit under the Company's Group Insurance Plan.

Each employee may name any beneficiary or beneficiaries (who may be named contingently or successively) to whom any benefit under this Plan is to be paid in case of the employee’s death.

Each such designation shall revoke all prior designations by the employee, shall be in the form prescribed by the Committee, and shall be effective only when filed by the employee in writing with the Committee during his or her lifetime.

In the absence of any such designation, benefits remaining unpaid at the employee’s death shall be paid to the employee’s estate.


  E. Leave of Absence

An employee whose status as an active employee is changed during a Plan Year as a result of a leave of absence may, at the discretion of the Committee, be eligible for a pro rata Accrued Bonus determined in the same way as in paragraph D. of this Section.


VIII. Bonus Paid and Bonus Bank

All or a portion of the Accrued Bonus will be either paid to the Participant or credited to or charged against the Bonus Bank as provided in this Article.


  A. Participants Who Are Not Senior Executives. All positive Accrued Bonuses of Participants who are not Senior Executives for the Plan Year shall be paid in cash, less amounts required by law to be withheld for income and employment tax purposes, during the 60 day period following the end of the Plan Year in which the Accrued Bonus was earned. Participants who are not Senior Executives shall not be charged or otherwise assessed for negative Accrued Bonuses nor shall such Participants have any portion of their Accrued Bonuses banked.


  B. Participants Who Are Senior Executives. The Total Bonus Payout to Participants who are Senior Executives for the Plan Year shall be as follows:


   Accrued Bonus


   Extraordinary Bonus Accrual


   Bank Payout


   Total Bonus Payout



The Total Bonus Payout for each Plan Year, less amounts required by law to be withheld for income tax and employment tax purposes, shall be paid during the 60 day period following the end of the Plan Year in which it was earned.


  C. Establishment of a Bonus Bank. To encourage a long term commitment to the enhancement of shareholder value by Senior Executives, “Extraordinary Bonus Accruals” shall be credited to an “at risk” deferred account (“Bonus Bank”) for each such Participant, and all negative Accrued Bonuses shall be charged against the Bonus Bank, as determined in accordance with the following:


  1. “Bonus Bank” means, with respect to each Senior Executive, a bookkeeping record of an account to which Extraordinary Bonus Accruals are credited, and negative Accrued Bonuses debited as the case may be, for each Plan Year, and from which bonus payments to such Senior Executive are debited.


  2. “Bank Balance” means, with respect to each Senior Executive, a bookkeeping record of the net balance of the amounts credited to and debited against such Senior Executive’s Bonus Bank. The Bank Balance shall initially be equal to zero.


  3. “Extraordinary Bonus Accrual” shall mean the amount of the Accrued Bonus for any year that exceeds the Senior Executive’s Target Incentive Award.


  4. Annual Allocation. Each Senior Executive’s Extraordinary Bonus Accrual or negative Accrued Bonus is credited or debited to the Bonus Bank maintained for that Senior Executive or paid to the executive in accordance with the following rules: (a) if the Bank Balance is zero or positive when the Extraordinary Bonus Accrual or negative Accrued Bonus is calculated, 100% of any Extraordinary Bonus Accrual or negative Accrual Bonus shall be credited or debited to the Bank Balance, (b) if the Bank Balance has a deficit that is 50% or less of the Extraordinary Bonus Accrual when the accrual is calculated, the deficit shall be eliminated and the Bank Balance shall be credited with the amount by which the Extraordinary Bonus Accrual exceeds the deficit, and (c) if the Bank Balance has a deficit that is more than 50% of the Extraordinary Bonus Accrual when the accrual is calculated, 50% of the Extraordinary Bonus Accrual shall be applied to reduce the deficit and 50% shall be paid directly to the Senior Executive. Such Annual Allocation will occur as soon as possible after the conclusion of each Plan Year. Although a Bonus Bank may as a result of negative Accrual Bonuses have a deficit, the deficit may never exceed one times a Senior Executive’s Target Incentive Award for the most recently completed Plan Year, and no Senior Executive shall be required, at any time, to reimburse his/her Bonus Bank for such deficit other than by crediting an Extraordinary Bonus Accrual to a deficit balance.


  5. “Available Balance” means that the Bank Balance at the point in time immediately after the Annual Allocation has been made.


  6. “Payout Percentage” means the percentage of the Available Balance that may be paid out in cash to the Participant. The Payout Percentage will equal 33%.


  7. “Bank Payout” means the amount of the Available Balance that may be paid out in cash to the Senior Executive for each Plan Year. The Bank Payout is calculated as follows:

Bank Payout = Available Balance X Payout Percentage

The Bank Payout is subtracted from the Bank Balance.


  8. Treatment of Available Balance Upon Termination


  a) Resignation or Termination With Cause. Senior Executives leaving voluntarily to accept employment elsewhere (including self-employment) or who are terminated with cause will forfeit their Available Balance.



Retirement, Death, Disability or Termination Without Cause. In the event of a Senior Executive’s normal or early retirement under the Company’s retirement plan, death, disability, or termination without cause, the




Available Balance, less amounts required by law to be withheld for income tax and employment tax purposes, shall be paid to the Senior Executive on or before the end of the second month following the end of the Plan Year in which the termination for one of such events occurred.


  c) For purposes of this Plan “cause” shall mean:


  (i) any act or acts of the Participant constituting a felony under the laws of the United States, any state thereof or any foreign jurisdiction;


  (ii) any material breach by the Participant of any employment agreement with the Company or the policies of the Company or the willful and persistent (after written notice to the Participant) failure or refusal of the Participant to comply with any lawful directives of the Board;


  (iii) a course of conduct amounting to gross neglect, willful misconduct or dishonesty; or


  (iv) any misappropriation of material property of the Company by the Participant or any misappropriation of a corporate or business opportunity of the Company by the Participant.


IX. Administrative Provisions


  A. Amendments, Suspension, Termination and Recovery. The Committee shall have the right to modify or amend this Plan from time to time, or suspend it or terminate it entirely. The Committee may suspend or terminate an Accrued Bonus for a Plan Year at any time prior to its payment to the Participant or its credit to or charge to the Bonus Bank as provided in Article VIII. The Committee may also recover all or any portion of a Total Bonus Payout to a Senior Executive or Key Manager with respect to (1) a Plan Year for which there occurs within the three (3) years following the award a material restatement of the Company’s annual report filed with the SEC due to the negligence or misconduct of one or more persons, and (2) any subsequent Plan Year in which an Accrued Bonus was materially affected by the restatement. Such recovery may include without limitation reducing the Participant’s Bank Balance.


  B. Interpretation of Plan. Any decision of the Committee with respect to any issues concerning individual selected for awards, the amount, terms, form and time of payment of awards, and interpretation of any Plan guideline, definition, or requirement shall be final and binding.


  C. Effect of Award on Other Employee Benefits. By acceptance of a bonus award, each recipient agrees that such award is special additional compensation and that it will not affect any employee benefit, e.g., life insurance, etc., in which the recipient participates, except as provided in paragraph D. below.


  D. Retirement Programs. Awards made under this Plan shall be included in the employee’s compensation for purposes of the Company Retirement Plans and Savings Plan.


  E. Right to Continued Employment; Additional Awards. The receipt of a bonus award shall not give the recipient any right to continued employment, and the right and power to dismiss any employee is specifically reserved to the Company. In addition, the receipt of a bonus award with respect to any Plan Year shall not entitle the recipient to an award with respect to any subsequent Plan Year.


  F. Adjustments to Performance Goals. When a performance goal is based on Economic Value Added or other quantifiable financial or accounting measure, it may be necessary to exclude significant nonbudgeted or noncontrollable capital investments or gains or losses from actual financial results in order to properly measure performance. The Committee will decide those items that shall be considered in adjusting actual results. For example, some types of items that may be considered for exclusion are:


  (1) Any gains or losses which will be treated as extraordinary in the Company’s financial statements.


  (2) Profits or losses of any entities acquired by the Company during the Plan Year, assuming they were not included in the budget and/or the goal.



  (3) Material gains or losses not in the budget and/or the goal which are of a nonrecurring nature and are not considered to be in the ordinary course of business. Some of these would be as follows:


  (a) Gains or losses from the sale or disposal of real estate or property.


  (b) Gains resulting from insurance recoveries when such gains relate to claims filed in prior years.


  (c) Losses resulting from natural catastrophes, when the cause of the catastrophe is beyond the control of the Company and did not result from any failure or negligence on the Company’s part.


  (4) Capital incurred for a major acquisition for a reasonable period following such acquisition.


  G. Vesting. All amounts due but unpaid to any Participant under this plan shall vest, subject to the terms of this EVA Plan, upon actual termination of employment of the Participant.


X. Miscellaneous


  A. Indemnification. Each person who is or who shall have been a member of the Committee or of the Board, or who is or shall have been an employee of the Company, shall not be liable for, and shall be indemnified and held harmless by the Company from any loss, cost, liability, or expense that may be imposed upon or reasonably incurred by him or her in connection with any claim, action, suit, or proceeding to which he or she may be a party by reason of any action taken or failure to act under this Plan. The foregoing right of indemnification shall not be exclusive of any other rights of indemnification to which such persons may be entitled under the Company’s Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws, as a matter of law, or otherwise, or any power that the Company may have to indemnify them or hold them harmless.


  B. Expenses of the Plan. The expenses of administering this Plan shall be borne by the Company.


  C. Withholding Taxes. The Company shall have the right to deduct from all payments under this Plan any Federal or state taxes required by law to be withheld with respect to such payments.


  D. Governing Law. This Plan shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the State of Wisconsin.


  E. Section 409A. To facilitate compliance with Internal Revenue Code Section 409A, a payment otherwise required to be paid under this Plan shall be neither accelerated nor deferred nor shall there otherwise be a change in the time at which any payment due hereunder is to be paid, except pursuant to a specific written amendment adopted by the Board of Directors of Briggs & Stratton Corporation, which amendment is consistent with the requirements of applicable regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 409A. Further, no individual shall be deemed to have a termination of employment for purposes of this Plan unless such termination of employment also constitutes a separation from service within the meaning of Code Section 409A.