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Disclosure Requirements, SEC Compliance & Creating Effective Disclosures

The compensation disclosure consultants at Longnecker & Associates help company leadership report effective executive compensation disclosures through comprehensive advisory, disclosure review, and annual disclosure analysis. Headquartered in Houston, Texas; our consulting firm has offices in Dallas, Texas; and Denver, Colorado to better serve you. Contact L&A to see how we can help ensure your disclosure statements align with the SEC’s guidelines and requirements.

The SEC requires public companies to clearly and concisely disclose compensation paid to CEOs and other high-ranking executives in their organizations. This information is typically found in the company’s annual proxy statement, the annual report on Form 10-K, and in filed registration statements for public sales of securities.

The three segments of executive compensation disclosures that our consulting firm highly recommends advisory services for include:

  1. Executive Compensation Proxy Statement
  2. Summary Compensation Table
  3. Compensations Discussion & Analysis

Hiring third party executive comp consultants like L&A means no conflict of interest, and more in-depth reporting and data analysis. We can help construct more effective, SEC compliant compensation disclosures.

A company’s proxy statement contains the most comprehensive data regarding executive pay. In the proxy statement, companies are required to disclose:

  • The amount and type of compensation paid to its CEO, CFO and the three other highest paid executives,
  • The ratio of CEO compensation to the median compensation of its employees,
  • Practices used in determining this compensation and,
  • How these compensation practices relate to corporate performance.

These disclosures are included succinctly in the Summary Compensation Table and provide a complete overview of a company’s compensation practices in one place. The summary compensation is required by the SEC to serve as the main executive comp report index.

The CD&A (Compensation Discussion & Analysis) section of a proxy statement explains and support the Summary Compensation Table. It contains a more in-depth report explaining all the components of the organization’s executive compensation programs. In addition to disclosure advisory, we also provide CD&A consulting services for public companies.

The compensation consulting experts at L&A are here to assist you with every aspect of your Proxy Statement, whether it be CEO pay ratio calculation, CD&A disclosures and everything in between. We can ensure your statement meets all SEC requirements and is an accurate representation of your company’s compensation practices.

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