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UNITED STATES

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One Williams Center

Tulsa, Oklahoma 74172

February 24, 2020

To our Limited Partners:

You are cordially invited to attend the 2020 annual meeting of limited partners of Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. to be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020 in the Williams Resource Center at One Williams Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, commencing at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.

At this year’s meeting, you will be asked to elect three Class III directors to our general partner’s board of directors, approve an advisory resolution on our executive compensation and ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2020. The board of directors of our general partner unanimously recommends you approve each of these proposals. I urge you to read our proxy statement for further details about the proposals.

This year, instead of mailing a printed copy of the proxy materials, including our Annual Report and Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, we are providing access to these materials via the internet. On March 4, 2020, we will mail the Notice (as defined in the proxy materials) to all unitholders of record at the close of business on February 24, 2020 and post our proxy materials on our website. As described in the Notice, you may request a printed set of the proxy materials if you do not wish to access the materials on our website. In addition, the Notice provides information regarding how you may request to receive proxy materials by mail or by email on an ongoing basis.

Your vote is important to us and our business. Except on the independent auditor proposal, your broker cannot vote your units on your behalf until it receives your voting instructions. Whether or not you plan to attend the annual meeting, please cast your vote by following the internet or telephone voting instructions contained in the Notice. Alternatively, you may request a printed copy of the proxy materials and vote by mail by completing, signing and returning the proxy card. We look forward to your participation.

 

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Sincerely,

 

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Michael N. Mears

Chairman of the Board, President and

Chief Executive Officer of the General Partner


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Notice of Annual Meeting of Limited Partners

 

To the Limited Partners of Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.:

 

The annual meeting of limited partners of Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. will be held in the Williams Resource Center at One Williams Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74172, on April 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time to consider the following matters:

 

1.  The election of three Class III directors to our general partner’s board of directors to serve until the 2023 annual meeting of limited partners;

 

2.  An advisory vote on executive compensation;

 

3.  The ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2020; and

 

4.  The transaction of any other business as may properly come before the annual meeting or any adjournments thereof, including, without limitation, the adjournment of the annual meeting in order to solicit additional votes from unitholders with respect to the foregoing proposals.

 

Only unitholders of record at the close of business on February 24, 2020 are entitled to attend or vote at the annual meeting or any recommencement thereof following any adjournments.

 

     

Date:

April 23, 2020

 

Time:

10:00 a.m. Central Time

 

Place:

Williams Resource Center

One Williams Center

Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

Record Date:

February 24, 2020

 

By Order of the Board of Directors

of Magellan GP, LLC,

general partner of

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.

 

 

LOGO

 

Suzanne H. Costin

Secretary

 

Tulsa, Oklahoma

February 24, 2020

 

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials

for our Annual Meeting to Be Held on April 23, 2020

     
 

This notice together with our proxy statement, form of proxy card and 2019 annual report are available at www.magellanlp.com/Investors/SECFilings.aspx.

     
     
 

Your vote is important! Except on the independent auditor proposal, your broker cannot vote your units on your behalf until it receives your voting instructions. For your convenience, internet and telephone voting are available. The instructions for voting by internet or telephone are set forth in the Notice. If you prefer, you may request a printed copy of the proxy materials, including the proxy card, and vote by mail by completing, signing and returning the proxy card in a postage-paid envelope.

 

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Follow the instructions on the Notice to vote by internet.

 

Follow the instructions on the Notice to vote by phone.

 

Complete your proxy card and return it by mail.

 

Attend the Annual Meeting and vote in person.

   
                     


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Proxy Statement

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Proposals

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Outstanding Common Units Held on Record Date

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Quorum Required

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Broker Non-Votes and Abstentions

     2  

How to Vote

     2  

Revoking Your Proxy or Changing Your Internet or Telephone Vote

     3  

Solicitation and Mailing of Proxies

     3  

Other Matters for the 2020 Annual Meeting

     4  

Director Election Proposal

     5  

Board Diversity

     5  

Class III Director Nominees — If Elected, Term Expires at the 2023 Annual Meeting of Limited Partners

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Class I Directors  — Term Expires at the 2021 Annual Meeting of Limited Partners

     7  

Class II Directors — Term Expires at the 2022 Annual Meeting of Limited Partners

     9  

Executive Compensation Proposal

     11  

Independent Auditor Proposal

     12  

Audit Fees

     12  

Audit-Related Fees

     12  

Tax Fees

     12  

All Other Fees

     12  

Corporate Governance

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Director Independence

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Risk Oversight

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Meetings of the Board of Directors and its Committees

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Board Committees

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2019 Report of the Audit Committee

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Director Nominations

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Communications to our Board of Directors

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Code of Ethics

     18  

Prohibition on Hedging

     18  

Executive Officers of Our General Partner

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Compensation of Directors and Executive Officers

     21  

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

     21  

Overview of our Executive Compensation

     21  

Overview of 2019 Magellan Financial Performance

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Role of Unitholder “Say on Pay” Advisory Votes

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Role of the Compensation Committee

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Role of the Compensation Consultant

     24  

Role of Management

     24  

2019 Executive Compensation

     25  

Executive Officer and Independent Director Equity Ownership Guidelines

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Deductibility of Executive Compensation

     35  

Compensation Committee Report

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Summary Compensation Table

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Grants of Plan-Based Awards

     38  

Narrative Disclosure to Summary Compensation Table and Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table

     38  

Outstanding Equity Awards at 2019 Fiscal Year-End

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Units Vested

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2019 Pension Benefits

     40  

Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change-in-Control

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CEO Pay Ratio

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Director Compensation Table

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Narrative to Director Compensation Table

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Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans

     47  

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management

     48  

Transactions with Related Persons, Promoters and Certain Control Persons

     49  

Review, Approval or Ratification of Transactions with Related Persons

     49  

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

     49  

Unitholder Proposals for 2021 Annual Meeting of Limited Partners

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Where You Can Find More Information About Us

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MAGELLAN MIDSTREAM PARTNERS, L.P.

Proxy Statement

For Annual Meeting of Limited Partners

To Be Held on April 23, 2020

These proxy materials, which we will make available to our unitholders beginning on or about March 4, 2020, are being furnished to you in connection with the solicitation of proxies by and on behalf of the board of directors of Magellan GP, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, acting in its capacity as the general partner of Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, for use at Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.’s 2020 annual meeting of limited partners and at any recommencement thereof following any adjournments (the “annual meeting”). The annual meeting will be held in the Williams Resource Center on April 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time at One Williams Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74172. Holders of record of our common units at the close of business on February 24, 2020 are entitled to notice of, and are entitled to vote at, the annual meeting and any recommencement thereof following any adjournments, unless such adjournment is for more than 45 days, in which event our general partner’s board of directors will be required to set a new record date. Unless otherwise indicated, the terms “Partnership,” “Magellan,” “our,” “we,” “us” and similar terms refer to Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. together with its subsidiaries.

Proposals

At our annual meeting, we are asking our unitholders to consider and act upon the election of three Class III directors to serve on our general partner’s board of directors until our 2023 annual meeting (the “Director Election Proposal”), an advisory vote on executive compensation (the “Executive Compensation Proposal”) and the ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2020 (the “Independent Auditor Proposal”).

Director Election Proposal

Directors serving on our general partner’s board of directors are elected by a plurality of the votes cast by the holders of our outstanding common units. A plurality occurs when more votes are cast for a candidate than those cast for an opposing candidate. Each common unit entitles the holder thereof as of the record date to one vote. On the Director Election Proposal, you may (1) vote for the election of all nominees named herein, (2) withhold authority to vote for all nominees named herein or (3) vote for the election of one or more of the nominees and withhold authority to vote for one or more of the nominees.

Executive Compensation Proposal

The Executive Compensation Proposal is an advisory vote by our unitholders required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”). Although the advisory vote is non-binding, our compensation committee and the board of directors of our general partner will review the results and give serious consideration to the outcome of the vote. On the Executive Compensation Proposal, you may (1) vote for the resolution, (2) vote against the resolution or (3) abstain from voting on the resolution.

Independent Auditor Proposal

The independent registered public accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP has been appointed by our audit committee to conduct the 2020 audit of our financial statements. Although unitholder ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP is advisory and not required, our audit committee and general partner’s

 

 

 

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board of directors will review the results and give serious consideration to the outcome of the vote. On the Independent Auditor Proposal, you may (1) vote for the proposal, (2) vote against the proposal or (3) abstain from voting on the proposal.

Outstanding Common Units Held on Record Date

As of the record date, there were 227,724,127 outstanding common units that were entitled to notice of and are entitled to vote at the annual meeting.

Quorum Required

The presence, in person or by proxy, of the holders, as of the record date, of a majority of our outstanding common units is necessary to constitute a quorum for purposes of voting on the proposals at the annual meeting. Withheld and abstention votes will count as present for purposes of establishing a quorum at the annual meeting.

Broker Non-Votes and Abstentions

A “broker non-vote” occurs when a bank, broker or other holder of record holding units for a beneficial owner does not vote on a particular proposal because the record holder does not have discretionary voting power for that particular item and has not received instructions from the beneficial owner. Under the applicable rules of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”), brokers are permitted to vote a client’s proxy in their own discretion as to the Independent Auditor Proposal, but not on the other proposals if the broker has not received instructions from the unitholder. Accordingly, brokers may vote FOR the Independent Auditor Proposal without receiving instructions from the beneficial owner, but may not vote on the other proposals without receiving instructions from the beneficial owner. If you own units through a broker, you must give the broker instructions to vote your units in the Director Election Proposal and Executive Compensation Proposal or your units will not be voted. For purposes of the Director Election Proposal, only votes FOR or WITHHELD count; abstentions and broker non-votes are not counted.

How to Vote

You may vote by internet, telephone, mail or in person at the annual meeting. Even if you plan to attend the annual meeting, we encourage you to vote by following the internet or telephone voting instructions on the Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) or request a printed copy of the proxy materials and complete, sign and mail your proxy card in advance of the annual meeting.

Internet

If you want to vote using the internet, please go to the website set forth on the Notice and follow the on-screen instructions. You will need the control number contained on the Notice. Voting by internet is the fastest and lowest cost option for voting your proxy.

Telephone

If you want to vote using the telephone, please dial the toll-free telephone number set forth on the Notice and follow the audio instructions. You will need the control number contained on the Notice.

Mail

If you want to vote using the mail, please follow the instructions on the Notice to request a printed set of the proxy materials then mail your completed, signed and dated proxy card in the enclosed postage-paid return envelope as soon as possible so your units will be represented at the annual meeting.

 

 

    

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In Person

If you plan to attend the annual meeting and wish to vote in person, we will give you a ballot at the meeting. However, if your units are held in the name of a broker, you must obtain from the brokerage firm an account statement, letter or other evidence satisfactory to us of your beneficial ownership of the units as of the record date.

Revoking Your Proxy or Changing Your Internet or Telephone Vote

You may revoke your proxy before it is voted at the annual meeting as follows:

 

 

by delivering, before or at the annual meeting, a new proxy with a later date;

 

 

by delivering, on or before the business day prior to the annual meeting, a notice of revocation to the Secretary of our general partner at the address set forth in the notice of the annual meeting;

 

 

by attending the annual meeting in person and voting, although your attendance at the annual meeting, without actually voting, will not by itself revoke a previously granted proxy; or

 

 

if you have instructed a broker to vote your units, you must follow the directions received from your broker to change those instructions.

You may change your internet vote or telephone vote as often as you wish by following the procedures for internet or telephone voting. The last known vote in the internet and telephone voting systems as of the beginning of the annual meeting at 10:00 a.m. Central Time on April 23, 2020 will be counted.

Solicitation and Mailing of Proxies

The expense of preparing, printing and mailing the Notice and the proxies solicited in connection with our annual meeting will be borne by us. In addition to the use of the mail, proxies may be solicited by representatives of our general partner in person or by telephone, electronic mail or facsimile transmission. We expect the expenses of such solicitation by representatives of our general partner to be nominal. We will also request brokerage firms, banks, nominees, custodians and fiduciaries to forward the Notice to the beneficial owners of our common units as of the record date and will provide reimbursement for the cost of forwarding the Notice in accordance with customary practice. We have retained Morrow Sodali LLC to aid in the solicitation of proxies. The fees of Morrow Sodali are $10,500, plus reimbursement of its reasonable out-of-pocket costs.

Only one Notice will be delivered to multiple unitholders sharing an address, unless we have received contrary instructions from one or more of the unitholders. Unitholders at a shared address to which a single copy of the Notice was delivered who would like to receive a separate or additional copy of the Notice or proxy materials (including with respect to those materials or other communications that may be delivered to unitholders in connection with future annual or special meetings of unitholders) should contact Morrow Sodali at the contact information set forth below, and, upon receipt of such request, a separate copy of the Notice or proxy materials will be promptly provided. Unitholders who currently receive multiple copies of the Notice or proxy materials at their shared address and would like to request only one copy of any future materials or other communications should notify Morrow Sodali of the same at the contact information set forth below. If you have questions about the annual meeting or need additional copies of this Notice, proxy statement or additional proxy cards, please follow the instructions set forth in the Notice or contact our proxy solicitation agent as follows:

Morrow Sodali LLC

470 West Avenue

Stamford, Connecticut 06902

Email: MMP.info@investor.morrowsodali.com

Phone (unitholders): (800) 662-5200

Phone (banks and brokerage firms): (203) 658-9400

 

 

 

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Other Matters for the 2020 Annual Meeting

We are not aware of any matters to be acted upon at the annual meeting other than the proposals included in the Notice and described in our proxy statement. If any other matter requiring a vote of unitholders arises, including a question of adjourning the annual meeting, the persons named as proxies in the proxy card will have the discretion to vote thereon according to their best judgment of what they consider to be in our best interests. The proxy card confers discretionary authority to take action with respect to any additional matters that may come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.

 

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials

for our Annual Meeting to Be Held on April 23, 2020

 

This proxy statement together with a form of proxy and our 2019 annual report to

unitholders are available at www.magellanlp.com/Investors/SECFilings.aspx.

 

 

 

    

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Director Election Proposal

We are a limited partnership. We do not have our own board of directors. We are managed and operated by the officers of, and are subject to the oversight of the board of directors of, our general partner, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ours.

The total number of directors on our general partner’s board of directors is currently set at nine, with eight independent directors and one management director. Proxies cannot be voted for a greater number of persons than the number of director nominees named. The terms of the directors of our general partner’s board are “staggered”, and the directors are divided into three classes. One class of directors is elected at each annual meeting, and upon election directors in that class serve for a term of three years, subject to a director’s earlier resignation, death or removal. If a director is elected to our general partner’s board of directors to fill a vacancy, that director must be elected by our unitholders at the next annual meeting, regardless of the class in which the director is placed.

The Chairman of our general partner’s board of directors is also our President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”). Our general partner’s board of directors believes this board leadership structure is appropriate because our CEO works closely with our management team on a daily basis and is in the most knowledgeable position to determine the timing for board meetings and propose agendas for those meetings. However, any director can establish agenda items for a board meeting. Additionally, our general partner’s board of directors has appointed Barry R. Pearl as lead director to preside at meetings of our independent directors and provide independent oversight of management. Our Corporate Governance Guidelines require the independent directors to annually elect an independent director to serve as lead director and exercise the duties set forth in such guidelines, which may be found on our website at https://www.magellanlp.com/AboutUs/Guidelines.aspx. In addition, Mr. Pearl receives calls intended for our general partner’s board of directors through our Action Line. For more information about contacting our general partner’s board of directors, please see the section below entitled “Corporate Governance — Communications to our Board of Directors.”

At the annual meeting, our unitholders will consider and act upon a proposal to elect three Class III directors to our general partner’s board of directors to serve until the 2023 annual meeting. Each nominee has consented to serve as a director if so elected. The persons named as proxies in the proxy card, who have been designated by the board of directors of our general partner, intend to vote for the election of the director nominees unless otherwise instructed by a unitholder in a proxy card. If any nominee becomes unable for any reason to stand for election as a director of our general partner, the persons named as proxies in the proxy card will vote for the election of such other person or persons as the board of directors of our general partner may recommend and propose to replace such nominee.

Board Diversity

 

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Information concerning the Class III director nominees, along with information concerning the current Class I and Class II directors whose terms of office will continue after the annual meeting, is set forth below.

CLASS III DIRECTOR NOMINEES — If Elected, Term Expires at the 2023 Annual Meeting of Limited Partners

 

Chansoo Joung

Independent Director

 

Biographical Information

Mr. Joung has served as an independent director of our general partner’s board of directors since May 21, 2019. From 2005 to 2015, Mr. Joung worked first as a partner then as senior advisor at Warburg Pincus LLC, where he managed investments across the energy and clean energy sectors. From 1987 to 2004, he held increasingly senior positions at Goldman Sachs, culminating his 17-year career there as head of the Americas Energy and Power investment banking group. Mr. Joung currently serves on the board of directors of Apache Corporation, where he is chair of the audit committee and a member of the corporate governance and nominating committee. He also served on the board of Targa Resources Partners LP from 2007 to 2011 and Targa Resources Corporation from 2010 to 2011.

 

Qualifications

Mr. Joung is qualified to serve on our general partner’s board of directors because of his extensive finance experience in the energy industry. His nomination was recommended by our general partner’s board of directors.

     

LOGO

 

Director Since: 2019

 

Age: 59

 

Committees Served:

 

 Compensation

 

 Nominating and Governance

 

Michael N. Mears

Chairman of the Board, President and CEO

 

Biographical Information

Mr. Mears currently serves as Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of our general partner and has served in such capacities since 2011. From 2008 through 2011, he served as Chief Operating Officer (“COO”). Mr. Mears was a Senior Vice President (“SVP”) of our general partner from 2007 through 2008 and a Vice President from 2004 to 2007. Prior to joining Magellan in 2004, he served as a Vice President of subsidiaries of The Williams Companies, Inc. (“Williams”) from 1996 to 2004. Mr. Mears also worked in various management positions with Williams Pipe Line Company (now known as Magellan Pipeline Company, L.P.) since joining Williams in 1985. He currently serves on the board of directors of Sempra Energy.

 

Qualifications

Mr. Mears is qualified to serve on our general partner’s board of directors because of his extensive commercial and operational experience in the energy industry, including his familiarity with our business as a result of his positions as President and CEO. His nomination was recommended by our general partner’s board of directors.

     

LOGO

 

Director Since: 2011

 

Age: 57

 

Committees Served:

 

None

 

 

    

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James R. Montague

Independent Director

 

Biographical Information

Mr. Montague has served as an independent director of our general partner’s board of directors since 2003. He has been retired since 2003. From 2001 to 2002, Mr. Montague served as President of EnCana Gulf of Mexico, Inc., an oil and gas exploration and production business. From 1996 to 2001, he served as President of two subsidiaries of International Paper Company: IP Petroleum Company, an oil and gas exploration and production company, and GCO Minerals Company, a company that manages International Paper’s mineral holdings. From 2006 to 2017, Mr. Montague served as a director of Atwood Oceanics, Inc. From 2001 to 2012, he served as a director of the general partner of Penn Virginia Partners, L.P.

 

Qualifications

Mr. Montague is qualified to serve on our general partner’s board of directors because of his extensive experience in various sectors of the petroleum industry. His nomination was recommended by our general partner’s board of directors.

     

LOGO

 

Director Since: 2003

 

Age: 72

 

Committees Served:

 

 Compensation (Chair)

 

 Nominating and Governance

CLASS I DIRECTORS — Term Expires at the 2021 Annual Meeting of Limited Partners

 

Robert G. Croyle

Independent Director

 

Biographical Information

Mr. Croyle has served as an independent director of our general partner’s board of directors since 2009. From 2006 until 2009, he served as an independent director of the general partner of Magellan Midstream Holdings, L.P. (“MGG”), a former publicly traded affiliate. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Administrative Officer of Rowan Companies, Inc., a major international offshore and land drilling contractor from 2002 until 2006, and as Executive Vice President from 1993 to 2002. Prior to 1993, Mr. Croyle served as Vice President and General Counsel of Rowan Companies, Inc. He served as a director of Rowan Companies, Inc. from 1998 until 2013 and served as a director of Boots & Coots International Well Control, Inc. from 2007 until its acquisition by Halliburton in 2010.

 

Qualifications

Mr. Croyle is qualified to serve on our general partner’s board of directors because of his knowledge of the energy industry and extensive management and legal experience.

     

LOGO

 

Director Since: 2009

 

Age: 77

 

Committees Served:

 

 Compensation

 

 Nominating and Governance (Chair)

 

 

 

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Stacy P. Methvin

Independent Director

 

Biographical Information

Ms. Methvin has served as an independent director of our general partner’s board of directors since 2015. From 2011 until her retirement in 2012, Ms. Methvin was Vice President, Refining Margin Optimization of Shell Oil Company (“Shell”), and from 2009 until 2010, she was Vice President, Global Distribution of Shell. She held various other operational and management roles in the upstream, downstream and chemical businesses during her tenure at Shell and its subsidiaries that began in 1979, including President, Shell Louisiana E&P Company, President, Shell Deer Park Refining Company, President, Shell Pipeline Company LP, President, Shell Chemical LP, and Vice President, Strategy and Portfolio for the downstream business. She currently serves as a director of Pioneer Natural Resources Co., where she is chair of the health, safety and environmental committee and a member of the compensation and leadership development committees, and Vice Chair of Marquard & Bahls AG, where she is a member of the audit and compensation committees.

 

Qualifications

Ms. Methvin is qualified to serve on our general partner’s board of directors because of her extensive experience in various sectors of the petroleum and energy industry.

     

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Director Since: 2015

 

Age: 63

 

Committees Served:

 

 Audit

 

 Nominating and Governance

 

Barry R. Pearl

Independent Director

 

Biographical Information

Mr. Pearl has served as an independent director of our general partner’s board of directors since 2009. Mr. Pearl served as Executive Vice President of Kealine LLC (and its WesPac Midstream LLC affiliate), a private developer and operator of petroleum infrastructure facilities from 2007 to 2016. From 2006 to 2007, he was an energy consultant. From 2002 to 2005, he served as President and CEO of TEPPCO Partners, L.P. (“TEPPCO”), a refined products, crude oil and natural gas pipeline company, and as COO and President from 2001 to 2002. In addition, Mr. Pearl served as a director of the general partner of TEPPCO from 2002 through 2005. From 1998 to 2001, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of Maverick Tube Corporation. Mr. Pearl served in various executive positions for Santa Fe Pacific Pipeline Partners, L.P., a refined products pipeline company, from 1984 to 1998, including Vice President of Operations, SVP of Business Development and Planning and CFO. He currently serves as a director of Kayne Anderson MLP/Midstream Investment Company, where he is a member of the audit and nomination and governance committees, and Kayne Anderson Midstream/Energy Fund, where he is a member of the audit and nomination and governance committees. Mr. Pearl served as a director of the general partner of Targa Resources Partners, LP from 2007 until 2016 and as a director of Seaspan Corporation from 2006 until 2010.

 

Qualifications

Mr. Pearl is qualified to serve on our general partner’s board of directors because of his extensive operational and financial experience within the energy and publicly traded partnership sector.

     

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Age: 70

 

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CLASS II DIRECTORS — Term Expires at the 2022 Annual Meeting of Limited Partners

 

Walter R. Arnheim

Independent Director

 

Biographical Information

Mr. Arnheim has served as an independent director of our general partner’s board of directors since 2009. From 2006 until 2009, he served as an independent director of the general partner of MGG. From 2000 until 2002, he was Executive Director of the Washington National Opera and was previously employed by Mobil Corporation for 32 years in a number of positions of increasing responsibility including Vice President of Planning and Treasurer. He currently serves as President of Mozaik Investment, a private equity firm, and on the board of directors of Opera Lafayette. In 2004 and 2005, Mr. Arnheim served on the board of directors of Spinnaker Exploration until its acquisition by Norsk Hydro.

 

Qualifications

Mr. Arnheim is qualified to serve on our general partner’s board of directors because of his extensive energy-related experience in finance and strategic planning.

     

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Director Since: 2009

 

Age: 75

 

Committees Served:

 

 Audit (Chair)

 

 Nominating and Governance

 

Lori A. Gobillot

Independent Director

 

Biographical Information

Ms. Gobillot has served as an independent director of our general partner’s board of directors since 2016. She is a founding partner of InVista Advisors LLC, a consulting and project management firm. From 2010 until 2012, she served as Vice President, Integration Management at United Airlines, Inc., where she managed the company’s merger integration planning and implementation efforts following the merger with Continental Airlines, Inc. Prior to the merger, Ms. Gobillot served as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Continental Airlines since 2006 and held various roles in Legal and Corporate Real Estate at Continental Airlines. Before joining Continental Airlines, she was an attorney with the law firm of Vinson & Elkins. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Gobillot worked in real estate development with Trammell Crow Company and Senterra Development and as a consultant with Arthur Andersen. She currently serves on the board of directors of Republic Airways Holdings Inc., where she is the chair of the compensation committee. From 2012 through October 2019, Ms. Gobillot also served on the board of directors of Bristow Group Inc.

 

Qualifications

Ms. Gobillot is qualified to serve on our general partner’s board of directors because of her extensive project management and legal experience at a capital intensive and highly regulated airline, and her experience in real estate.

     

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Age: 58

 

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Edward J. Guay

Independent Director

 

Biographical Information

Mr. Guay has served as an independent director of our general partner’s board of directors since 2016. Mr. Guay is currently the managing member of Anattah Advising, LLC, an advisory and principal investment firm primarily in the energy sector. From 2014 to 2015, Mr. Guay was CEO of BOE Midstream, LLC, a private midstream company that owns and operates crude oil terminal and pipeline assets in the Bakken. He was CFO of Saddle Butte Pipeline, LLC, a private crude oil and gas gathering company, from 2012 until 2013 when it was acquired by Targa Resource Partners LP. Prior to 2012, Mr. Guay spent 22 years in investment banking, primarily advising midstream and other energy companies. This included five years as head of midstream investment banking for Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., LLC; eight years with Goldman, Sachs & Co., most recently as managing director; five years with Salomon Smith Barney; and three years with Wertheim Schroder & Co.

 

Qualifications

Mr. Guay is qualified to serve on our general partner’s board of directors because of his extensive finance experience and management experience in the crude oil industry.

     

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Director Since: 2016

 

Age: 52

 

Committees Served:

 

 Audit

 

 Nominating and Governance

 

 
 

The Board of Directors of our General Partner unanimously recommends unitholders vote “FOR” the election of Chansoo Joung, Michael N. Mears and James R. Montague to Class III of our General Partner’s Board of Directors.

 
         
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Executive Compensation Proposal

We are seeking advisory unitholder approval of the compensation of our named executive officers (“NEOs”) as disclosed in the section of this proxy statement entitled “Compensation of Directors and Executive Officers.” Our compensation philosophy is designed to link each executive officer’s compensation to the achievement of our business and strategic goals, align their interests with those of our unitholders, recognize individual contributions and attract, motivate and retain highly-talented executive officers. Consistent with this philosophy, the components of our executive officers’ compensation include a base salary, a short-term non-equity award, a long-term equity award and a benefits package. We urge you to read the section below entitled “Compensation Discussion and Analysis,” which discusses in detail how our executive compensation program reflects our compensation philosophy. Our compensation committee and our general partner’s board of directors believe our executive compensation program is effective in implementing our compensation philosophy and in achieving its goals.

This Executive Compensation Proposal provides our unitholders with the opportunity to approve or not approve, on an advisory basis, our executive compensation program through the following resolution:

RESOLVED that the unitholders of Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (the “Partnership”) approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Partnership’s NEOs, as described in the section of the proxy statement entitled “Compensation of Directors and Executive Officers,” in accordance with the compensation disclosure rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (including the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the executive compensation tables and the related footnotes and narratives accompanying the tables).

Although the advisory vote is non-binding, our compensation committee and general partner’s board of directors will review the results and give serious consideration to the outcome of the vote in future determinations concerning our executive compensation program.

 

 
 

The Board of Directors of our General Partner unanimously recommends unitholders vote “FOR” the approval of the Executive Compensation Proposal.

 
         
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Independent Auditor Proposal

The audit committee of our general partner’s board of directors is directly responsible for the appointment, compensation (including approval of the audit fees), retention and oversight of Ernst & Young LLP (“EY”), our independent registered public accounting firm that audited our financial statements and our internal control over financial reporting for 2019. In its oversight role of EY, our audit committee:

 

 

Reviews all non-audit services and engagements provided by EY specifically with regard to the impact on the firm’s independence;

 

 

Conducts an annual assessment of EY’s service quality and working relationship with our management;

 

 

Conducts regular private meetings separately with each of EY and our management; and

 

 

At least annually obtains and reviews a report from EY describing all relationships between the independent registered public accounting firm and our Partnership.

EY was engaged as our independent registered public accounting firm in 1999. Our audit committee has appointed EY to continue serving as our independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2020. Our general partner’s board of directors and audit committee believe the continued retention of EY as our independent registered public accounting firm is in our best interests and the best interests of our unitholders. A representative of EY will attend our annual meeting and will have the opportunity to make a statement if he or she desires to do so and to respond to appropriate questions.

Audit Fees

The aggregate fees billed for professional services rendered by EY for the audit of our annual consolidated financial statements for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2018 and 2019, for reviews of our consolidated financial statements included in our Forms 10-Q for 2018 and 2019, for consultation concerning financial accounting and reporting standards during 2018 and 2019, for procedures related to registration statements and other Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings in 2018 and 2019 and for an audit of internal control over financial reporting for 2018 and 2019 were $2,024,956 and $1,854,754, respectively.

Audit-Related Fees

There were no fees billed during fiscal years 2018 and 2019 for audit-related services by EY that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit or review of our financial statements and are not reported under the caption “Audit Fees.”

Tax Fees

The aggregate fees billed in fiscal years 2018 and 2019 for professional services rendered by EY for tax advice and compliance were $80,725 and $121,185, respectively. These services included consultation concerning tax planning and compliance.

All Other Fees

No fees were billed in fiscal years 2018 and 2019 for products and services provided by EY other than as set forth above.

Our general partner’s board of directors has adopted an audit committee charter, which is available on our website at www.magellanlp.com/AboutUs/BoardCommittees.aspx. The charter requires our audit committee to approve in advance all audit and non-audit services to be provided by our independent registered public accounting firm. All services reported in the Audit, Audit-Related, Tax and All Other Fees categories above were approved by our audit committee.

 

 

    

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Although unitholder ratification of the appointment of EY as our independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2020 is advisory and not required, our audit committee and general partner’s board of directors will review the results and give serious consideration to the outcome of the vote.

 

 
 

The Board of Directors of our General Partner unanimously recommends unitholders vote “FOR” the Independent Auditor Proposal.

 
         
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Director Independence

The NYSE rules do not require the boards of directors of publicly traded limited partnerships to be made up of a majority of independent directors. However, with the exception of our Chairman, Michael N. Mears, all of our directors are independent and meet the independence and financial literacy requirements of the NYSE and the SEC. Based on all relevant facts and circumstances, including a review of all of our business relationships with companies where our directors may also serve as a director or officer, our general partner’s board of directors affirmatively determined on January 22, 2020, after recommendation by the chairman of our nominating and governance committee, that our independent directors have no material relationship with us or our general partner and meet the following categorical standards contained in our Corporate Governance Guidelines, which may be found on our website at www.magellanlp.com/AboutUs/Guidelines.aspx:

 

 

A director will not be considered independent if the director is, or has been within the last three years, our employee, or if an immediate family member of a director is, or has been within the last three years, an executive officer of us; provided, however, that employment as an interim Chairman or CEO or other executive officer will not disqualify a director from being considered independent following that employment.

 

 

A director who has received, or has an immediate family member who has received, during any twelve-month period within the last three years, more than $120,000 in direct compensation from us, other than director and committee fees and pension or other forms of deferred compensation for prior service (provided such compensation is not contingent in any way on continued service), will not be considered independent; provided, however, that the following need not be considered in determining independence under this test: (i) compensation received by a director for former service as an interim Chairman or CEO or other executive officer and (ii) compensation received by an immediate family member of a director for service as our employee (other than an executive officer).

 

 

A director will not be considered independent if: (i) the director or an immediate family member is a current partner of a firm that is our internal or external auditor; (ii) the director is a current employee of such a firm; (iii) the director has an immediate family member who is a current employee of such a firm and personally works on our audit; or (iv) the director or an immediate family member was within the last three years a partner or employee of such a firm and personally worked on our audit within that time.

 

 

A director or immediate family member who is, or has been within the last three years, employed as an executive officer of another company where any of our present executive officers at the same time serves or served on that company’s compensation committee will not be considered independent.

 

 

A director who is a current employee, or whose immediate family member is a current executive officer, of a company that has made payments to, or received payments from, us or our general partner for property or services in an amount which, in any of the last three fiscal years, exceeds the greater of $1.0 million, or 2% of such other company’s consolidated gross revenues, will not be considered independent; provided, however, that charitable organizations will not be considered “companies” for purposes of this test.

Risk Oversight

Our general partner’s board of directors oversees our enterprise risk management practices through an annual enterprise risk assessment and through our asset integrity risk program known as the System Integrity Plan (“SIP”). Our SIP is a comprehensive program that helps us identify and minimize the risks inherent in our operations and assets. It is a process-focused approach that defines how we design, construct, operate, maintain and manage our assets. It furthers our commitment to continuous improvement of environmental, health and safety performance. Our general partner’s board of directors receives a report each quarter regarding safety and environmental performance.

 

 

    

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Our internal audit group annually conducts an enterprise risk assessment based on the “Internal Control Framework,” which was updated in May 2013 and adopted by the Partnership as of September 30, 2014 and the “Enterprise Risk Management Framework” — Integrated Frameworks issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission, also known as the COSO frameworks. The COSO frameworks effectively identify, assess and assist management and our general partner’s board in managing the risks our businesses face, including strategic, operations, financial reporting, compliance and corporate governance risks. Our internal audit group presents the results of this enterprise risk management assessment annually to the audit committee of our general partner’s board of directors. Our audit committee uses the results of this assessment to set the annual audit schedule for our internal audit group, which reports to our audit committee on a quarterly basis.

As part of our annual enterprise risk assessment, we conduct a compliance and ethics risk assessment to identify, validate and perform an analysis of whether or not we have unacceptable exposure to any laws and regulations applicable to our businesses such as environmental, pipeline safety, employment practices and financial reporting rules and regulations. Our Compliance and Ethics Officer uses the results of this assessment together with input from various internal subject-matter experts to develop focus areas for our Compliance and Ethics Program each year. In addition, in 2015, in response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (“FERC’s”) increased exercise of its power to conduct audits of oil pipeline companies, we assembled a team of subject matter experts to examine and document the procedures already in place and to seek to identify any other procedures that might be required to enable us to demonstrate our compliance with the FERC’s rules governing oil pipelines. Our general partner’s board of directors receives an annual report from our Compliance and Ethics Officer as to the actions we have taken in response to the identified focus areas.

Our general partner’s board of directors has developed a Delegation of Authority policy that specifically limits the maximum financial obligations that can be committed by the officers of our general partner and employees providing services to the Partnership and its subsidiaries. In addition, the policy identifies certain transactions or activities that can be approved only by our general partner’s board of directors. Our general partner’s board of directors has reserved exclusive authority over the approval of any amendments to our Commodity Management Policy. Our Commodity Management Policy specifically prescribes the type of commodity-related activities that can occur and also prescribes certain maximum commodity exposure limits, above which mitigation plans must be submitted to management. Our general partner’s board of directors periodically receives updates from management on commodity-related activities and exposures and also periodically reviews this policy for any needed amendments.

In addition, each quarter in connection with regularly-scheduled board meetings and annually at a strategic planning board meeting, our executive officers report to our general partner’s board of directors on the various material risks facing us and our risk mitigation strategies. Our general partner’s board of directors and the audit committee routinely meet with our Associate Vice President, Information Technology, and with external advisors recognized as experts in cybersecurity to assess cybersecurity risks and to evaluate the status of our cybersecurity efforts, which include a broad range of tools and training initiatives that work together to protect the data and systems used in our businesses. Based on the information provided through these various processes, our general partner’s board of directors actively evaluates the risks facing us and provides guidance as to the appropriate risk management strategy.

Meetings of the Board of Directors and its Committees

The board of directors of our general partner held 11 board meetings, eight audit committee meetings, five compensation committee meetings and two nominating and governance committee meetings, which is a total of 26 meetings during 2019. During 2019, no director attended fewer than 75% of: (1) the total number of meetings of our general partner’s board of directors held during the period for which he or she was a director; and (2) the total number of meetings held by all committees of the board on which such director served during

 

 

 

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the periods that such director served. Our general partner’s board of directors does not have a policy with respect to the board members’ attendance at annual meetings. At our 2019 annual meeting of limited partners, all of our directors were in attendance.

Board Committees

Our general partner’s board of directors has a standing audit committee, compensation committee and nominating and governance committee. Only independent directors serve on these committees. The table below indicates the members of each board committee:

 

Director

   Audit
Committee
   Compensation
Committee
   Nominating
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Governance
Committee

Walter R. Arnheim

   Chair      

Robert G. Croyle

         Chair

Lori A. Gobillot

        

Edward J. Guay

        

Chansoo Joung

        

Stacy P. Methvin

        

James R. Montague

      Chair   

Barry R. Pearl

        

Audit Committee. Our audit committee, among other things, reviews our external financial reporting, retains our independent registered public accounting firm, approves and pre-approves services provided by the independent registered public accounting firm, participates in the selection of the independent registered public accounting firm’s lead partner of the Partnership’s account and reviews procedures for internal auditing and the adequacy of our internal accounting controls.

2019 Report of the Audit Committee

The audit committee of the board of directors of Magellan GP, LLC, acting in its capacity as the general partner of the Partnership, provides independent, objective oversight of the financial reporting functions and internal control systems of the Partnership. The board of directors has determined that each of the four members of the audit committee satisfies the independence, financial literacy and expertise requirements of the NYSE, and at least one of the members of the audit committee, Walter R. Arnheim, the chairman of the audit committee, is an audit committee financial expert as defined by the SEC. The responsibilities of the audit committee are set forth in its written charter adopted by the board of directors, which is available at www.magellanlp.com/AboutUs/BoardCommittees.aspx.

The Partnership’s independent registered public accounting firm, Ernst & Young LLP (“EY”), is responsible for expressing an opinion on the conformity of the audited financial statements with generally accepted accounting principles. The audit committee understands the need for EY to maintain objectivity and independence in its audit of the Partnership’s financial statements and internal controls over financial reporting. In its role of financial reporting oversight, the audit committee:

 

 

reviewed and discussed with management and EY the audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019, and management’s assessment of the effectiveness of the Partnership’s internal control over financial reporting;

 

 

reviewed with EY matters required to be discussed pursuant to auditing standards adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) and the applicable requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”);

 

 

    

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discussed various matters with EY related to the Partnership’s consolidated financial statements, including critical accounting policies and practices used, and other material written communications between EY and management;

 

 

received written disclosures and the letter from EY required by PCAOB Rule 3526, “Communication with Audit Committees Concerning Independence,” and discussed with EY its independence from the Partnership and its management; and

 

 

received written material addressing EY’s internal quality control procedures and other matters, as required by the NYSE listing standards.

Based on the reviews and discussions referred to above, the audit committee recommended to the board of directors that the audited financial statements be included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 for filing with the SEC.

Dated: February 13, 2020

Submitted By:

Audit Committee

Walter R. Arnheim, Chair

Edward J. Guay

Stacy P. Methvin

Barry R. Pearl

The foregoing report shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference by any general statement or reference to this proxy statement into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except to the extent we specifically incorporate this information by reference, and shall not otherwise be deemed filed under those Acts.

Compensation Committee — Interlocks and Insider Participation.  The members of our compensation committee during the last fiscal year were Ms. Gobillot and Messrs. Croyle, Joung and Montague. No member of our compensation committee has ever served as an officer or employee of the Partnership or our general partner. Our compensation committee approves all components of our general partner’s executive officers’ compensation and benefits and makes recommendations to our general partner’s board of directors with respect to directors’ compensation. Our general partner’s board of directors has adopted a written charter for our compensation committee, which is available on our website at www.magellanlp.com/AboutUs/BoardCommittees.aspx.

Nominating and Governance Committee.  The primary purposes of our nominating and governance committee are to identify and recommend the nomination of individuals qualified to become directors, develop and recommend to our general partner’s board of directors our corporate governance guidelines, encourage directors to participate in continuing education programs, oversee the evaluation of our general partner’s board of directors and its standing committees, oversee the succession planning for the CEO and executive officer positions of our general partner and assist our general partner’s board of directors in its oversight responsibilities regarding our governance. Our general partner’s board of directors has adopted a written charter for our nominating and governance committee, which is available on our website at www.magellanlp.com/AboutUs/BoardCommittees.aspx.

Director Nominations

The minimum qualifications our nominating and governance committee believes a candidate must meet in order to be recommended for nomination as a director are set forth in our Corporate Governance Guidelines,

 

 

 

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which have been approved by our general partner’s board of directors and are available on our website at www.magellanlp.com/AboutUs/Guidelines.aspx. In addition, our general partner’s board of directors has approved certain criteria for assessing director qualifications, which criteria are used when considering new candidates for election to the board. The criteria includes the review and consideration of the current composition of the board, the expertise and talents of the current board members, the independence standards of the NYSE and SEC, the need for financial, energy industry or other specialized expertise and the experience, skills and diversity of a candidate that would best complement those already represented on the board.

Our general partner’s board of directors relies on the nominating and governance committee to identify and evaluate nominees for director. Nominees recommended by unitholders will be evaluated by our nominating and governance committee in the same manner as nominees recommended by a member of our nominating and governance committee. For more information on how to nominate an individual to our general partner’s board of directors, please see the section in this proxy statement entitled “Unitholder Proposals for 2021 Annual Meeting of Limited Partners.” While our general partner’s board of directors has not adopted a formal policy with respect to director diversity, it considers it important to have a diversity of background, professional experience and education represented on our board and takes into consideration these attributes when evaluating a nominee.

Communications to our Board of Directors

The non-management members of our general partner’s board of directors meet regularly following quarterly board meetings. The lead director at non-management board member meetings is Barry R. Pearl. You may send communications to our general partner’s board of directors by calling our Action Line at 1-888-475-9501. All messages received for our general partner’s board of directors will be forwarded directly to Mr. Pearl.

Code of Ethics

Our general partner’s board of directors has adopted a code of ethics that applies to our general partner’s principal executive officer, Michael N. Mears, and principal financial and accounting officer, Jeff L. Holman, and a code of business conduct that applies to all officers and directors of our general partner and to our employees. You may view the code of ethics on our website at www.magellanlp.com/AboutUs/CodeOfEthics.aspx. The code of business conduct may be viewed on our website at www.magellanlp.com/AboutUs/Governance.aspx.

Prohibition on Hedging

In order to further align our management team with the interests of our unitholders, our independent directors, executive officers and all other officers of our general partner are prohibited from purchasing financial instruments (including prepaid variable forward contracts, equity swaps collars and exchange funds) or otherwise engaging in transactions that hedge or offset any change in the value of Magellan’s common units held directly or indirectly by such individual, including units granted as a component of compensation or otherwise.

 

 

    

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Executive Officers of Our General Partner

Michael J. Aaronson, 45, currently serves as SVP, Business Development and has served in such capacity since 2016. He served as Vice President, Crude Oil Business Development from 2015 through March 2016. From 2014 through 2015, he served as Vice President, Crude Oil Transportation and Storage, from 2012 through 2013, he served as Director, Crude Oil Transportation and Storage and, from 2011 through 2012, he served as Director, Business Development. Prior to joining Magellan, Mr. Aaronson served as Vice President and CFO for Exterran GP LLC from 2010 through 2011. Prior to that, he served as Managing Partner of Boulder OAK Investment Fund, a private investment company, from 2009 to 2010. From 1997 to 2009, he served in positions of increasing responsibility with the Global Energy & Power Investment Banking Group of Merrill Lynch & Co., a financial management and advisory firm, including as Vice President beginning in 2004 and as Director beginning in 2007.

Robert L. Barnes, 55, currently serves as SVP, Commercial — Crude Oil of our general partner and has served in such capacity since 2014. He previously served as Vice President, Commercial — Crude Oil and Marine Terminals, for Magellan from 2011 to 2014. From 2007 through 2011, he served as Vice President, Terminals, and, from 2004 through 2007, as Director, Marine Terminal Services. Prior to joining Magellan, he worked in various staff and management positions within marketing, business and commercial development, operations and environmental since joining Williams in 1987.

Jeff L. Holman, 49, currently serves as SVP, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of our general partner effective May 1, 2019. He previously served as Vice President, Finance and Treasurer from 2018 to 2019. From 2016 through 2018, he served as Vice President, Finance, Treasurer and Controller, from 2010 through 2016 as Vice President, Finance and Treasurer, from 2007 through 2010 as Vice President, Finance and Assistant Treasurer and various other treasury positions. Prior to joining Magellan in 2004, Mr. Holman held various accounting and treasury positions with Williams and MAPCO Inc. (“MAPCO”) beginning his career in 1994.

Lisa J. Korner, 58, currently serves as SVP, Human Resources and Administration of our general partner and has served in such capacity since 2007. She was previously Vice President, Human Resources and Administration from 2006 to 2007, and she served as Director, Human Resources from 2004 to 2006. Prior to joining Magellan in 2004, she served as Executive Director of Human Resources Strategy and Human Resources — Information Systems for Williams from 2001 to 2002 and served as Director of Human Resources for Williams from 1999 to 2001. Ms. Korner also worked in various human resources management positions with Williams and MAPCO since 1989.

Melanie A. Little, 50, currently serves as SVP, Operations of our general partner and has served in this capacity since July 1, 2017. She served in Vice President level positions from 2011 to 2017 in Crude Oil Commercial and Operations. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Little was Director of Transportation Services for Refined Products and Marine. From 2004 to 2007, she served in Environmental, Health and Safety management roles at Magellan. Prior to joining Magellan in 2004, she worked for Williams as Manager of Environmental Compliance. Prior to joining Williams, she held project management positions in the areas of civil construction and environmental remediation projects on behalf of the U.S. Army. She currently serves on the board of directors of Diversified Gas & Oil PLC.

Douglas J. May, 49, currently serves as SVP, General Counsel, Compliance and Ethics Officer and Assistant Secretary of our general partner and has served in such capacities since 2012. He served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of our general partner from 2011 until 2012. Prior to joining Magellan in 2011, Mr. May was a shareholder at the Tulsa, Oklahoma office of GableGotwals law firm. He was elected a GableGotwals shareholder in 2003 and served on the firm’s board of directors from 2008 until 2011. Prior to joining GableGotwals in 2001, Mr. May held various legal positions with Williams and served as an associate attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

 

 

 

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Michael N. Mears, 57, currently serves as Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of our general partner and has served in such capacities since 2011. From 2008 through 2011, he served as COO. Mr. Mears was a SVP of our general partner from 2007 through 2008 and a Vice President from 2004 to 2007. Prior to joining Magellan in 2004, he served as a Vice President of subsidiaries of Williams from 1996 to 2004. Mr. Mears also worked in various management positions with Williams Pipe Line Company (now known as Magellan Pipeline Company, L.P.) since joining Williams in 1985. He currently serves on the board of directors of Sempra Energy.

Aaron L. Milford, 46, currently serves as COO of our general partner effective May 1, 2019. He served as SVP and CFO from 2015 to 2019. Mr. Milford served as Vice President, Crude Oil Business Development from 2014 to 2015. From 2013 through 2014, he served as Director, Crude Oil Business Development, from 2011 through 2012, as Director, Commercial Development, and from 2007 through 2010, as Director, Business Development. Prior to joining Magellan in 2004, Mr. Milford worked for Williams since 1995 in various staff and management positions including the areas of financial planning, business development and mergers and acquisitions.

Michael C. Pearson, 57, currently serves as SVP, Technical Services of our general partner effective September 1, 2019. He was previously Vice President, Asset Integrity from 2017 through 2019. From 2010 through 2017, he served in various other Vice President level positions in Asset Integrity, Technical Services and Operations and, from 2003 through 2010, served in management roles in Asset Integrity, Technical Services and Operations at Magellan. Prior to joining Magellan, Mr. Pearson worked in leadership roles in technical services and engineering with MAPCO and Williams since 1989.

Jeff R. Selvidge, 59, currently serves as SVP, Commercial — Refined Products of our general partner and has served in such capacity since 2014. He was SVP, Commercial from 2011 to 2014 and Vice President, Transportation from 2007 to 2011. From 2004 through 2007, he served as Director, Transportation Marketing and Development. Prior to joining Magellan in 2004, he worked for Williams in a variety of roles in the commercial group since joining Williams in 1990. From 1985 through 1990, Mr. Selvidge worked for Conoco in various midstream positions including Engineer, District Engineer for the West Texas/Rockies area and Business Development in the natural gas gathering, processing and natural gas liquids business.

 

 

    

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Compensation Discussion and Analysis

This section describes the compensation package of our NEOs as well as the objectives and principles that make up our executive compensation programs, the compensation decisions we have recently made under those programs and the factors we considered in making those decisions. Our compensation program is administered by our compensation committee and consists of the following four components: (i) base salary; (ii) the Magellan Midstream Partners’ Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “LTIP”); (iii) an annual non-equity incentive program (“AIP”); and (iv) health and retirement benefits. The objective of our compensation program is to compensate our NEOs in a manner that: (i) links our executive officers’ compensation to business objectives, achievements and strategic goals; (ii) aligns our executive officers’ interests with those of our unitholders; (iii) recognizes individual contributions; and (iv) attracts, motivates and retains highly-talented executives.

Our NEOs for 2019 include the following executive officers: our CEO, CFO (former and current) and the top four other highest paid executive officers of our general partner as follows:

 

NEO

   Title

Michael N. Mears

   CEO and President

Aaron L. Milford

   COO and Former CFO

Jeff L. Holman

   SVP, CFO and Treasurer

Douglas J. May

   SVP, General Counsel and Compliance and Ethics Officer

Lisa J. Korner

   SVP, Human Resources and Administration

Jeff R. Selvidge

   SVP, Commercial — Refined Products

Robert L. Barnes

   SVP, Commercial — Crude Oil

Overview of our Executive Compensation

We believe target compensation for our NEOs should be competitive with our peer group and any rewards should be directly linked to the rewards of our unitholders. Our executive compensation program includes a mix of fixed and variable pay with performance periods ranging from one to three years. Performance metrics for short- and long-term incentive programs include a balance of both financial and operational targets that align with our growth strategy.

Currently, our CEO’s compensation is heavily weighted towards long-term performance with performance goals aligned with our unitholders’ interests with approximately 15% in base salary, approximately 20% based on annual performance metrics and the remaining approximately 65% weighted toward long-term equity performance and time-based awards as follows:

 

                                                                                                            2019 CEO Compensation                                                                                                        

Cash Compensation

   Equity Compensation

$850,000

   $1,062,500    $1,912,500    $1,912,500

Annual Salary

14.8%

   AIP Performance-Based Award 18.5%    LTIP Performance-Based Award 33.3%    LTIP Time-Based Award 33.3%

Compensation for our other NEOs is similarly weighted toward long-term performance.

The following discussion and analysis is designed to provide insight into our compensation philosophy, practices, plans and decisions. In summary:

 

 

In addition to being market competitive, we believe compensation should be competitive with our peer group and based on the performance of our Partnership and the individual executive officer.

 

 

 

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We do not maintain formal employment agreements with our executive officers, thus base salaries and the receipt of AIP and LTIP awards are determined according to the compensation philosophy and review processes instituted by our compensation committee.

 

 

Our executive officers are not guaranteed severance payments upon termination of employment except pursuant to the terms of the Magellan Executive Severance Plan, which contains a “double trigger” provision. (See the section below entitled “Termination, Severance or Change-in-Control Provisions” for more information.)

 

 

Our compensation program is designed to drive performance that creates long-term value for our unitholders. Our executive officers and board of directors are subject to equity ownership guidelines, and the guidelines have no provision to protect against losses sustained through ownership of the units.

 

 

Our compensation committee establishes both short-term financial and operational goals used as the performance metrics for the AIP and a long-term financial goal as the performance metric for the LTIP.

 

 

Our compensation committee exercises its judgment and discretion when reviewing the Partnership’s performance compared to pre-determined financial and operational performance metrics and individual performance.

 

 

Our compensation committee assesses the risk for how we compensate our NEOs, and the review supports our belief that our compensation program structures are not likely to result in a material adverse impact to the financial success of the Partnership.

 

 

    

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Overview of 2019 Magellan Financial Performance

The following graph compares the total unitholder return performance of our common units with the performance of (i) the Standard & Poor’s 500 Stock Index (“S&P 500”) and (ii) the Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index (“AMZI”). The graph assumes that $100 was invested in our common units and each comparison index beginning on December 31, 2014 and that all distributions or dividends were reinvested on a quarterly basis. The AMZI is a composite of energy infrastructure master limited partnerships, whose constituents earn the majority of their cash flow from midstream activities involving energy commodities and whose trading volume and market capitalization meet certain additional criteria.

 

LOGO

 

     12/31/2014      12/31/2015      12/31/2016      12/31/2017      12/31/2018      12/31/2019  

MMP

   $ 100      $ 86      $ 100      $ 98      $ 84      $ 98  

AMZI

   $ 100      $ 68      $ 81      $ 74      $ 65      $ 69  

S&P 500

   $ 100      $ 101      $ 114      $ 138      $ 132      $ 174  

Role of Unitholder “Say on Pay” Advisory Votes

At our last annual meeting, over 95% of our voting unitholders approved our executive compensation program. Although this “say on pay” vote is advisory and non-binding, our compensation committee values the input of our unitholders and considers the outcome of the vote when determining our executive compensation program. Our compensation committee believes the voting results confirm the unitholders’ support of our approach to executive compensation, and, accordingly, we did not materially change our approach to executive compensation during 2019. At our 2017 annual meeting, unitholders voted in favor of a proposal to hold a

 

 

 

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“say on pay” vote on an annual basis. Our compensation committee will consider future unitholders’ input when making future compensation decisions for our NEOs.

Role of the Compensation Committee

The role of our compensation committee is to assist our general partner’s board of directors in fulfilling its responsibility to motivate the executive officers of our general partner and key employees toward the achievement of certain business objectives as well as to ensure alignment of their focus with the long-term interests of our unitholders. Our compensation committee does so by recommending appropriate compensation for these executive officers and key employees.

Our executive compensation plans and policies are designed by our compensation committee to be consistent with our broader compensation philosophy and strategy, leveraging the various components of compensation in order to incent excellent performance. Each year, the components that make up our compensation package for our NEOs and other executive officers are reviewed by our compensation committee to ensure the appropriate allocation between cash and equity compensation. The committee establishes the incentive performance measures and goals for each year and verifies the achievement of results against those goals.

In making decisions about total compensation for our executive officers, our compensation committee takes into account a number of factors including the competitive market for talent as well as the particular executive officer’s role, responsibilities, experience and performance and recommendations made by our CEO. Our compensation committee also engages independent executive compensation consultants, attorneys or advisers as needed to assist in the determination of compensation for our executive officers. Our compensation committee also reviews the results of the advisory vote of our unitholders approving our executive compensation program at our most recent annual meeting of limited partners.

Role of the Compensation Consultant

Our compensation committee engaged the independent executive compensation consulting firm of Longnecker & Associates (“L&A”) to assist with the annual evaluation of executive compensation and independent director compensation for 2019. L&A does not provide any other services to us or to our general partner’s board of directors other than serving as the independent consultant for our compensation committee. Our compensation committee also conducted an assessment to determine L&A’s independence and concluded no conflict of interest currently exists or existed during 2019. L&A’s role is to assist our compensation committee by:

 

 

Providing advice on executive compensation matters related to our business strategy, historical compensation philosophy, prevailing market practices and unitholders’ interests;

 

 

Providing advice on relevant regulatory mandates regarding executive compensation;

 

 

Providing advice on our compensation peer group for competitive benchmarking;

 

 

Providing advice on competitive market data on independent director compensation;

 

 

Reviewing the Compensation Discussion and Analysis disclosures in our proxy statement;

 

 

Working with our management team as required from time to time to discuss executive compensation issues and prepare for our compensation committee meetings; and

 

 

Providing advice as to the appropriate level of compensation relative to achievement of established performance metrics and goals in our short-term and long-term incentive compensation programs.

Role of Management

Each year our executive management team presents our annual strategic and financial plan to our general partner’s board of directors for approval. The presentation includes a review of the historical and projected financial performance of our Partnership, the projected capital expenditure plan and a projected consolidated three-year strategic and financial plan. The performance metrics and targets for our AIP and LTIP are

 

 

    

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recommended by our CEO to our compensation committee based on the strategic and financial plan approved by our general partner’s board of directors.

The executive compensation group within our human resources department, including our SVP, Human Resources and Administration, supports our compensation committee in the execution of its responsibilities and manages the development of materials for each compensation committee meeting. The CEO considers individual and company performance relating to the performance metrics and also makes recommendations to our compensation committee regarding base salaries, AIP and LTIP awards for executive officers, including all NEOs, other than himself. The committee reviews, discusses, modifies and approves, as appropriate, these compensation recommendations. No member of the executive management team, including the CEO, has a role in determining his or her own compensation.

2019 Executive Compensation

Our executive compensation program takes into account marketplace compensation for executive talent, internal pay equity with our employees, past practices of the company, individual performance and the talent, skills and experience each executive officer contributes to Magellan. Our NEOs serve without employment agreements. All compensation for these executive officers is established by our compensation committee as herein described.

Market Analysis

With the assistance of our independent compensation consultant, L&A, we reviewed peer data from 17 companies or master limited partnerships (“MLPs”), as well as third-party survey information, to evaluate the compensation for each individual executive position. In the past, Magellan exclusively utilized midstream companies for inclusion in the executive compensation peer group. However, as Magellan has experienced significant growth over the past ten years, and at the same time, the midstream industry has experienced consolidation through mergers and acquisitions, the pool of relevant peer companies for Magellan’s executive compensation has decreased. In 2017, the compensation committee, in consultation with L&A, expanded the pool of potential peer companies to include other segments of the energy industry that are financially comparable, compete directly for talent or are a peer of several of the midstream companies in the current executive compensation peer group. The following companies were selected for our 2019 executive compensation peer group:

 

Midstream Energy Companies

Buckeye Partners, L.P.

   Enable Midstream Partners, L.P.    Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.

Energy Transfer, L.P.

   EnLink Midstream Partners, L.P.    Enterprise Products Partners, L.P.

NuStar Energy, L.P.

   ONEOK, Inc.    Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.

Targa Resources Corporation

   The Williams Companies, Inc.   

Upstream Energy Companies

Concho Resources, Inc.

   Continental Resources, Inc.    Devon Energy Corporation

Utilities Energy Companies

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

   NiSource Inc.    WEC Energy Group, Inc.

There was no change to the executive compensation peer group from 2018 to 2019.

Market competitive pay for each NEO was determined by evaluating base salaries and target incentive awards from our peer group and targeting the market median. When this information was not available, we reviewed third-party survey information from Aon, Longnecker, Mercer and TowersWatson for energy companies of similar size to us and Economic Research Institute.

 

 

 

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Internal Analysis

Similar to previous years, an internal pay equity ratio of the CEO’s total target compensation compared to total compensation of all other NEOs, as well as to each level of compensation in our Partnership, was evaluated and determined to be appropriate by our compensation committee. The required CEO pay ratio disclosure is located after the section in this proxy statement entitled “Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change-in-Control.”

Tally Sheets

In addition to the market analysis, our compensation committee reviewed internal tally sheets for each executive officer. These tally sheets are designed to show the total compensation awarded and realized, which includes what has been paid to each executive officer as well as what would be paid to the executive officer following termination of his or her employment under various scenarios. Our compensation committee believes these tally sheets provide a comprehensive picture of an executive’s total compensation along with providing the committee with a better understanding of how each component of our compensation package fits together and assist the committee in evaluating the appropriate amount of each NEO’s compensation.

2019 Base Salary

Base salary is a major part of compensation for all of our employees. However, it becomes a smaller percentage of total compensation as an employee rises through the ranks. Base salary is important to provide individual financial stability for personal planning purposes. There are also motivational and reward aspects to base salary, as base salary can be increased or decreased to account for considerations such as individual performance and time in the position. The position comparison we perform considers peer market data from the executive compensation peer group and third-party survey data.

Base salary for each NEO is determined by evaluating the base salaries of our executive officers compared to data from our peer group when available and external third-party survey information. In evaluating 2019 base salaries for our NEOs, our compensation committee determined the base salary for Mr. Mears was significantly lower than the 50th percentile of market data. Therefore, Mr. Mears’ base salary was increased to become more closely aligned to the 50th percentile of the market data. Mr. Milford and Mr. Holman received promotional increases in 2019. All other NEOs received increases comparable to all other employees in the organization with additional market adjustments as deemed necessary.

 

NEO

  

2019 Base Salary

After Increases
and Promotions

    

Ratio to the 50th
Percentile

of Market Data

 

Michael N. Mears, CEO

   $ 850,000        0.93  

Aaron L. Milford, COO and Former CFO

   $ 525,000        0.92  

Jeff L. Holman, CFO

   $ 400,000        0.74  

Douglas J. May

   $ 425,184        0.94  

Lisa J. Korner

   $ 414,864        0.96  

Jeff R. Selvidge

   $ 368,424        0.95  

Robert L. Barnes

   $ 368,424        0.95  

Long-Term Equity Incentive Compensation

Our compensation committee believes it is important to allocate a significant percentage of the total compensation of each NEO to long-term performance and risks similar to those experienced by our unitholders. Our compensation committee accomplishes this objective by structuring a larger percentage of our NEO’s compensation in the form of long-term variable incentive compensation rather than in the form of base salary. Our compensation committee further believes properly structured long-term performance-based compensation

 

 

    

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encourages long-term management strategies that will benefit our unitholders. Our LTIP has been designed to: (i) aid in the retention of key employees, including our NEOs, who are important to the success of our Partnership; (ii) motivate employee contributions toward long-term growth through ownership in our Partnership; and (iii) align potential increases in compensation to long-term increases in unitholder value.

Using the equity compensation philosophy described above, as well as the information gathered from the market analysis, it has been the practice of our compensation committee to grant phantom units to our NEOs during the first quarter of each year. Our LTIP awards consist of both performance-based and time-based unit awards. Our compensation committee believes combining these two forms of awards is an effective way to focus attention on unitholder return and help us retain our executive talent in a competitive market. Performance-based and time-based unit awards are subject to forfeiture if employment is terminated for any reason other than for change-in-control, retirement, death or disability prior to the end of the vesting period. In the event of a grantee’s termination due to death, disability or retirement, the number of performance-based and time-based units awarded will be prorated based upon the completed months of employment during the vesting period, and the award will be paid following the end of the vesting period with the performance-based units payout based upon the actual achievement of the performance goals. The awards do not have an early, or accelerated, vesting feature except when there is a change-in-control combined with an associated actual or constructive termination. The change-in-control provisions of our LTIP are discussed in the section below entitled “Termination, Severance or Change-in-Control Provisions.”

2019 LTIP Awards

Our compensation committee utilized the market data from third-party surveys and our peer group to establish the appropriate 2019 LTIP target awards for each NEO. In evaluating 2019 target awards, our compensation committee determined the LTIP target award for Mr. Mears was significantly lower than the 50th percentile of market data. Therefore, Mr. Mears’ LTIP target award was increased to become closer aligned to the 50th percentile of the market data. All other NEOs received target awards in line with the median of the market data and consistent with our objectives to keep compensation opportunities tied to unitholder interest. To better align with market practices and ensure retention of our executives, our compensation committee also determined the performance-based and time-based awards should be split evenly. The following table sets forth the total 2019 LTIP target award level for each NEO expressed both as a percentage of their annual base salary after increases and promotions and a target value of the award along with the number of units awarded:

 

            Performance-Based Award      Time-Based Award  

NEO

  

2019

Base

Salary

(a)

    

LTIP

    Target    

(b)

    Target
Award Value
(a * b)
    

Units

   Awarded(1)  

    

LTIP

    Target    

(c)

   

Target

    Award    

Value

(a * c)

     Units
Awarded
(1)
 

Michael N. Mears, CEO

   $ 850,000        225   $ 1,912,500        33,766        225   $ 1,912,500        33,766  

Aaron L. Milford, COO and Former CFO(2)

   $ 525,000        150   $ 787,500        13,904        150   $ 787,500        13,904  

Jeff L. Holman, CFO(3)

   $ 400,000        125   $ 500,000        8,828        125   $ 500,000        8,828  

Douglas J. May

   $ 425,184        100   $ 425,184        7,507        100   $ 425,184        7,507  

Lisa J. Korner

   $ 414,864        100   $ 414,864        7,325        100   $ 414,864        7,325  

Jeff R. Selvidge

   $ 368,424        100   $ 368,424        6,505        100   $ 368,424        6,505  

Robert L. Barnes

   $ 368,424        100   $ 368,424        6,505        100   $ 368,424        6,505  

 

(1) 

The closing price of our common units on January 2, 2019 ($56.64) was used to calculate the number of performance-based and time-based LTIP units awarded to each of our NEOs in 2019.

 

(2) 

The 2019 LTIP award for Mr. Milford was prorated based on the effective date of his promotion on May 1, 2019 and includes 12,845 performance-based units and 12,845 time-based units.

 

(3) 

The 2019 LTIP award for Mr. Holman was prorated based on the effective date of his promotion on May 1, 2019 and includes 6,328 performance-based units and 7,210 time-based units.

 

 

 

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The 2019 LTIP units vest on December 31, 2021, subject to the Partnership’s achievement of the performance metric as of the vesting date as adjusted for our total unitholder return performance, as described in the next section, and the recipient’s continued employment through the vesting date.

2019 LTIP Awards Performance Metric

For the 2019 performance-based LTIP awards, our compensation committee continued to use distributable cash flow (“DCF”) per unit as the primary metric to measure the Partnership’s long-term performance. As DCF is not a generally accepted accounting principle (“GAAP”), a reconciliation of DCF to net income, which is the nearest comparable GAAP financial measure, is shown in Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations Distributable Cash Flow in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.

In order to focus the NEOs on the business objective of year-over-year growth in cash flow generated by our core businesses, the performance metric excludes the impact of certain commodity-related activities. As a further link between our NEOs’ equity compensation and the return realized by our unitholders, our compensation committee included the potential for an additional payout, or a reduction in payout, of up to 50% of the award based on our total unitholder return (“TUR”) compared to a selected group of large cap MLPs identified below (the “Performance Peer Group”). Our compensation committee approved the performance metric goals and payout levels for the 2019 performance-based LTIP awards as follows:

 

Performance Metric

   Threshold
50%
Payout
    Target
100%
Payout
    Stretch
200%
Payout
 

2021 DCF excluding commodity-related activities (per common unit outstanding)

   $ 4.29     $ 4.76     $ 5.41  

Compound Annual Growth Rate over 2018 actual performance

     1.1     4.6     9.1

The payout percentage for performance results between threshold, target and stretch payouts will be interpolated. If the performance results are below the threshold level, the payout percentage will be 0%, and, if above the stretch level, the maximum payout will be 200%, before any adjustment for the TUR results.

The TUR adjustment is determined at the end of the vesting period and will be based on (i) how we performed against our DCF metric and (ii) our three-year TUR as compared to the three-year TUR of the Performance Peer Group. If we outperform the 50th percentile of our Performance Peer Group, the payout will be adjusted up to a maximum of an additional 50%. If we perform below the 50th percentile of our Performance Peer Group, the payout will be adjusted down by as much as 50%. However, if our performance results reach threshold payout level, the TUR adjustment will not take the final payout level below the threshold payout level of 50% in order to maintain a retention element to the awards. The TUR adjustment increases linearly within each TUR adjustment range for performance above the 50th percentile, and decreases linearly within each TUR adjustment range for performance below the 50th percentile of our Performance Peer Group. The potential TUR adjustments are as follows:

 

Performance Metric Results

   TUR Adjustment
Range
   Final Performance
Metric Range

Above Threshold but Below Target Results

   +/- 20%    50% - 120% Payout

At or Above Target but Below Stretch Results

   +/- 30%    70% - 230% Payout

Stretch Results

   +/-  50%    150% - 250% Payout

 

 

    

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Our compensation committee selected the following large-cap MLPs, which comprised the Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index as of January 1, 2019, as the Performance Peer Group for the 2019 performance-based LTIP awards:

 

2019 LTIP Awards Performance Peer Group

Andeavor Logistics, L.P.

   Antero Midstream Partners, L.P.

Buckeye Partners, L.P.

   Crestwood Equity Partners, L.P.

Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P.

   DCP Midstream Partners, L.P.

Enable Midstream Partners, L.P.

   Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.

EnLink Midstream Partners, L.P.

   Enterprise Products Partners, L.P.

EQM Midstream Partners, L.P.

   Genesis Energy, L.P.

Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

   MPLX, L.P.

NGL Energy Partners, L.P.

   NuStar Energy, L.P.

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.

   Phillips 66 Partners, L.P.

Shell Midstream Partners, L.P.

   Tallgrass Energy, L.P.

TC Pipelines, L.P.

   Western Gas Partners, L.P.

The 2019 LTIP awards also include the right to receive distribution equivalents for the three-year vesting period equal to the cumulative per unit distributions earned and paid to our unitholders during that period. The distribution equivalents will be determined and settled at the end of the vesting period based on the number of units paid to each recipient after the performance metric results have been determined.

2017 LTIP Awards Vesting

The 2017 LTIP awards for our NEOs vested December 31, 2019. The performance metric for the 2017 performance-based LTIP awards was DCF per unit excluding certain commodity-related activities. The table below sets forth the final performance metric result for the 2017 performance-based LTIP awards:

 

Performance Metric

   Threshold
50%
Payout
    Target
100%
Payout
    Stretch
200%
Payout
    Actual
Result
    Calculated
Payout
Percentage
 

2019 DCF excluding commodity-related activities (per common unit outstanding)

   $ 3.76     $ 4.07     $ 4.62     $ 4.93       200.0

Compound Annual Growth Rate over 2016 actual performance

     3.5     6.3     10.9     13.3  

The 2017 performance-based LTIP awards included the potential for an additional payout, or a reduction in payout, of up to 50% of the award based on our TUR compared to a selected group of large cap MLPs. The 2017 Performance Peer Group included the following:

 

2017 LTIP Awards Performance Peer Group

DCP Midstream Partners, L.P.

   Enterprise Products Partners, L.P.

EQT Midstream Partners, L.P.

   Genesis Energy, L.P.

MPLX, L.P.

   NGL Energy Partners, L.P.

NuStar Energy, L.P.

   Phillips 66 Partners, L.P.

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.

   Shell Midstream Partners, L.P.

TC Pipelines, L.P.

   Western Gas Partners, L.P.

The 2017 Performance Peer Group was adjusted during the performance period to reflect the midstream industry consolidation through mergers and acquisitions. Spectra Energy Corporation and Sunoco Logistics

 

 

 

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Partners, L.P. were eliminated due to mergers with Enbridge Inc. and Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., respectively. Antero Midstream Partners, L.P., Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, L.P., Buckeye Partners, L.P., Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P., Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., EnLink Midstream Partners, L.P., ONEOK Partners, L.P., Tallgrass Energy Partners, L.P., Tesoro Logistics, L.P. and Williams Partners, L.P. were eliminated due to acquisition or reorganization. We were the third highest performer based on TUR in this 2017 Performance Peer Group, which provided an additional payout of 33.33% to the calculated payout percentage based on DCF for a total award payout of 233.33%.

The 2017 LTIP awards included distribution equivalent rights equal to the distributions paid to our unitholders during the vesting period. The cumulative distributions paid to our unitholders during the vesting period were $10.495 per unit. The 2017 performance-based LTIP awards vested for each NEO as follows:

 

NEO

   Grant Date     

2017
Performance-
Based LTIP
Award

(a)

     Calculated
Payout
Percentage
(b)
   

Vested 2017
Performance-
Based LTIP
Award

(a * b) = (c)

     Distribution
Equivalents
on Vested
Units
 

Michael N. Mears, CEO

     02/01/2017        25,810        233.33     60,223      $ 632,040  

Aaron L. Milford, COO and Former CFO

     02/01/2017        9,877        233.33     23,047      $ 241,878  

Jeff L. Holman, CFO

     02/01/2017        1,976        233.33     4,611      $ 48,392  

Douglas J. May

     02/01/2017        7,901        233.33     18,436      $ 193,486  

Lisa J. Korner

     02/01/2017        7,704        233.33     17,976      $ 188,658  

Jeff R. Selvidge

     02/01/2017        6,716        233.33     15,671      $ 164,467  

Robert L. Barnes

     02/01/2017        6,519        233.33     15,211      $ 159,639  

The 2017 time-based LTIP awards for each NEO vested as follows:

 

NEO

   Grant Date      2017
Time-Based
LTIP Award
     Distribution
Equivalents
on Vested
Units
 

Michael N. Mears, CEO

     02/01/2017        6,453      $ 67,724  

Aaron L. Milford, COO and Former CFO

     02/01/2017        2,470      $ 25,923  

Jeff L. Holman, CFO

                 $  

Douglas J. May

     02/01/2017        2,634      $ 27,644  

Lisa J. Korner

     02/01/2017        2,568      $ 26,951  

Jeff R. Selvidge

     02/01/2017        2,239      $ 23,498  

Robert L. Barnes

     02/01/2017        2,173      $ 22,806  

All payouts under our LTIP, including the distribution equivalents, are excluded for consideration under the terms of our pension plans and the Magellan 401(k) Plan.

Annual Non-Equity Incentive Program

All employees, including our NEOs, are eligible for participation in the AIP, which is designed to provide a flexible, annual pay-for-performance reward system that is paid out in cash. Our AIP fosters a collaborative culture by linking each employee to the Partnership’s financial performance metrics and providing specific focus on operational, safety and environmental stewardship. It also puts more compensation “at risk” for individual performance to encourage our employees to perform at a high level. Each year, our executive officers present an annual and three-year strategic and financial business plan to our general partner’s board of directors. During this review, our general partner’s board of directors discusses the financial targets as well as operational and

 

 

    

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strategic goals of our Partnership. Once the annual business plan is adopted, it is used as the basis for setting the performance metrics and targets of the AIP for that year.

Our compensation committee establishes a funding metric to ensure certain levels of profitability are met before any AIP payments are made. If the funding metric is not attained, no AIP payout would be made, regardless of whether the relevant financial, safety, environmental and other performance targets have been reached. However, funding of our AIP ultimately remains at the discretion of our compensation committee, regardless of funding metric results.

2019 AIP Target Levels

Our compensation committee utilized the market data from third-party surveys and our peer group to establish the appropriate 2019 AIP target levels for each NEO. With the exception of Mr. Mears, the compensation committee determined our existing target level payouts are in line with the market data and consistent with our objectives to keep compensation opportunities tied to unitholders interests. Mr. Mears’ AIP target level was adjusted to be competitive with the 50th percentile of the market data.

The 2019 AIP NEO targets expressed as a percentage of base salary were as follows:

 

NEO

   2019 AIP Target  

Michael N. Mears, CEO

     125.0

Aaron L. Milford, COO and Former CFO(1)

     90.0

Jeff L. Holman, CFO(1)

     80.0

Douglas J. May

     70.0

Lisa J. Korner

     70.0

Jeff R. Selvidge

     70.0

Robert L. Barnes

     70.0

 

  (1) 

The 2019 AIP targets for Mr. Milford and Mr. Holman were prorated based on the effective date of their promotions on May 1, 2019 and were 88.4% and 68.3%, respectively.

 

2019 AIP Metrics

The funding and performance metrics of our 2019 AIP were the same for all participating employees, including our NEOs. The funding metric for our 2019 AIP was $910 million in DCF, which was the approximate amount of DCF required to maintain our 2019 distributions at the fourth quarter 2018 level for a full year. Actual DCF generated through October 2019 exceeded the funding metric established by our compensation committee. Therefore, in December 2019, our compensation committee exercised its discretion to fund our AIP for 2019.

The performance metrics selected for the 2019 AIP included components that could be influenced by most employees providing services to our Partnership, thereby creating a clear line-of-sight for employees between performance and compensation. Each performance metric was chosen to reflect its importance to our Partnership and was weighted by our compensation committee to reflect our major financial and operational objectives for the year. In addition, each performance metric has an established threshold amount below which no payout would be made. This is in line with our compensation committee’s perspective that it is inappropriate to pay annual non-equity incentive compensation for results that do not meet minimum performance expectations.

Threshold, target and stretch performance levels were set for each performance metric. After the initial funding metric was met, payout percentages for each performance metric were determined based on actual results attained for each metric multiplied by the weight assigned to that metric. If actual results are below threshold,

 

 

 

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the payout percentage is 0%; if actual results are at threshold, the payout percentage is 50%; if actual results are at target, the payout percentage is 100%; and if actual results are at or above stretch, the payout percentage is 200%. The payout percentage for results between threshold, target and stretch are interpolated. The payout percentage for each metric is then multiplied by the weight of the metric to calculate the total AIP payout result.

Our program metrics remained unchanged from 2018, continuing the focus on growth in our core business as well as our operational performance, safety and environmental stewardship. The performance metrics and associated weights for the 2019 AIP were as follows:

 

 

EBITDA less Maintenance Capital — 65% Weight. This metric, which excludes commodity-related activities, focused attention on the ultimate means by which our operations provide a return to our partners; specifically, generating DCF from our core business. In addition to the funding metric, the target goal for this metric is set high enough to ensure we generate sufficient cash flow to maintain or increase the distributions we paid to our unitholders during the previous year.

 

 

Commodity-Related Activities — 10% Weight. Commodity margins reflect the contribution our commodity-related activities make to distributable cash, but also recognize most employees cannot directly impact the performance of these activities and commodity price changes can significantly influence results.

 

 

Environmental & Safety Performance — 25% Weight. This discretionary portion of the payout focused attention on environmental stewardship, regulatory compliance and the health and safety of our employees. The compensation committee assessed a number of lagging indicators and progress toward operational initiatives that serve as leading indicators to improve our health and safety record and environmental stewardship.

When an acquisition occurs during the year, the AIP includes a provision explaining how financial performance metrics will be adjusted based on the financial information presented when receiving approval for the acquisition. When an internal growth project is approved during the year, the AIP financial performance metrics are not adjusted in the same manner because growth projects generally require several months to complete.

2019 AIP Metric Results

The financial metric goals used for the AIP were established utilizing the 2019 strategic and financial plan projections approved by our general partner’s board of directors in January 2019. The table below provides the weights used for each performance metric of the 2019 AIP and the threshold, target and stretch levels established for 2019 performance. In January 2020, our compensation committee approved the calculated payout of 183.75% based upon our actual results and certain adjustments. The discretionary adjustments resulted in an increase in the overall payout of 9.75%. Our compensation committee made the decision to adjust the financial metrics to ensure consistency between the established goals and calculated performance.

2019 Annual Non-Equity Incentive Program Performance Metrics and Year-end Results

($ in millions)

 

Performance Metric

   Weight
   

2019 Adjusted

Results

     Threshold
     Target      Stretch     

Calculated

Payout

Percentage

 

EBITDA less Maintenance Capital

     65.0     $1,286.8      $ 1,149.0      $ 1,234.0      $ 1,279.0        130.00

Commodity-Related Activities

     10.0     $   196.5      $ 119.0      $ 154.0      $ 189.0        20.00

Environmental & Safety Performance

     25.0     Above Target        - Discretionary-        33.75
  

 

 

         

 

 

 
     100     Total Calculated Payout Percentage        183.75
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

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committee meeting, our CEO recommended to our compensation committee a payout to all NEOs, excluding his own 2019 AIP payout, without an increase or decrease for personal performance. Based on this recommendation and our compensation committee’s assessment of all NEOs’ performance at achieving the business goals for the year, our compensation committee awarded 100% of the portion of the total calculated payout percentage as above identified (183.75%). All payouts under our AIP are eligible for consideration under the terms of our pension plans and the Magellan 401(k) Plan, subject to Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) limitations.

The calculations for our NEO’s 2019 AIP payouts are as follows:

 

NEO

   2019
Actual
Base
Salary
(1)(a)
     2019 AIP
Target
(b)
    2019
Calculated
Payout
Percentage
(c)
    2019 Calculated
Payout Amount
(a * b * c)
 

Michael N. Mears, CEO

   $ 840,769        125.0     183.75   $ 1,931,141  

Aaron L. Milford, COO and Former CFO

   $ 507,046        88.4     183.75   $ 823,620  

Jeff L. Holman, CFO

   $ 352,391        68.3     183.75   $ 442,255  

Douglas J. May

   $ 423,663        70.0     183.75   $ 544,937  

Lisa J. Korner

   $ 413,380        70.0     183.75   $ 531,710  

Jeff R. Selvidge

   $ 367,106        70.0     183.75   $ 472,190  

Robert L. Barnes

   $ 367,106        70.0     183.75   $ 472,190  

 

(1) 

The actual base salary included in this table reflects the actual wages paid during 2019.

Benefits

The employee benefits available to eligible participants, including our NEOs, are designed to be competitive within the energy industry and are comprised of a pension plan, 401(k) plan and health and welfare plan. Our NEOs participate in these programs on a non-discriminatory basis on the same terms as our non-executive employees. Our NEOs do not participate in a supplemental employment retirement benefit (“SERP”) or a non-qualified deferred compensation arrangement.

Perquisites

Mr. Mears has a country club membership, which is primarily used for business purposes. He is reimbursed for the monthly dues and any expenses associated with use for business purposes through normal expense statements. These reimbursed costs are not considered a part of his total compensation. Mr. Mears is personally responsible for all expenses he incurs that are not for business purposes. In addition to the country club membership, Mr. Mears also has an annual membership to a downtown dining club, used primarily for business purposes, and subsidized parking at our corporate offices.

Termination, Severance or Change-in-Control Provisions

None of our NEOs have an employment contract or agreement, whether written or unwritten, providing for payments at, following or in connection with any termination of employment or a change-in-control in our general partner other than the Magellan Executive Severance Plan, the AIP and other provisions in our LTIP that apply to our NEOs associated with position elimination or a change-in-control of our general partner.

 

 

 

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Magellan Executive Severance Plan

The Magellan Executive Severance Plan provides a single lump sum payment of severance benefits to our NEOs based on years of service for the following termination events:

 

 

Position Elimination — Benefits payable to the NEO are two weeks of base salary pay for every completed year of service with a minimum of six weeks of base salary and a maximum of fifty-two weeks of base salary. The NEO will also receive subsidized COBRA benefits for the first three months following termination; and

 

 

Change-in-Control — As defined in the plan, to receive severance pay benefits due to a change-in-control, the NEO must resign voluntarily for good reason or be terminated involuntarily for other than performance reasons within two years following a change-in-control. Benefits payable to the CEO are three times the sum of annual base salary and target AIP amount and benefits payable to all other NEOs are two times the sum of annual base salary and target AIP amount. The NEO will also receive subsidized COBRA benefits for the first 12 months following termination.

Long-Term Equity Incentive Plan

To be eligible to receive a payment for outstanding performance-based or time-based unit awards under the LTIP, our NEOs must remain employed during the three-year vesting period or terminate employment as a result of a change-in-control. Exceptions to this requirement are made when employment is terminated as a result of retirement, long-term disability or death prior to the end of the vesting period, when a prorated award is paid at the end of the vesting period. Performance-based and time-based units awarded will be paid upon vesting, with the number of performance-based units paid based upon the Partnership’s achievement of the performance metric goals. Termination of employment for any other reason prior to the end of the vesting period will result in forfeiture of the NEO’s performance-based and time-based unit awards.

The change-in-control provisions of our LTIP state that in the event a participant, including any of our NEOs, resigns voluntarily for good reason or is terminated involuntarily for other than performance reasons within two years following a change-in-control as defined in the LTIP, all performance-based and time-based awards granted to that NEO will immediately vest and all performance criteria associated with performance-based awards will be deemed to have been achieved at the maximum level.

Annual Non-Equity Incentive Program

To be eligible to receive a payout from the AIP, our NEOs must be employed during the calendar year, including the last day of the calendar year, and remain employed until such time the award is actually paid, which is typically in February of the following calendar year. Exceptions to this employment requirement are made when employment is terminated as a result of retirement, long-term disability or death, when the payout is based on the NEO’s eligible earnings and typically paid in February of the following calendar year. Any NEO who terminates employment for any other reason prior to the distribution of the payout will forfeit any amounts payable under the AIP.

Executive Officer and Independent Director Equity Ownership Guidelines

We believe significant ownership in Magellan by our executive officers and our independent directors leads to a stronger alignment of interests with our unitholders. Our equity ownership guidelines require each executive officer to own common units of Magellan, the intrinsic value of which is equal to or greater than a multiple of such executive officer’s base salary. The guidelines also require each independent director to own common units of Magellan, either directly or through our deferred compensation plan for directors, the intrinsic value of which

 

 

    

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is equal to or greater than a multiple of such independent director’s annual equity retainer. The table below sets forth the required multiples for our executive officers and independent directors:

 

     Ownership Requirement

Chief Executive Officer

   6 times Base Salary

All Other Executive Officers

   3 times Base Salary

Independent Directors

   3 times Annual Equity Retainer

Executive officers and independent directors are required to achieve the applicable ownership requirement within five years of becoming subject to these guidelines and, until the applicable ownership requirement is achieved, may not sell or otherwise distribute any units received as compensation or as an annual retainer, as applicable. As of June 30, 2019, the annual testing date for compliance with this policy, all NEOs and independent directors were in compliance with these guidelines. These guidelines do not protect the executive officers or independent directors from any losses sustained through ownership of the units.

Deductibility of Executive Compensation

We are a limited partnership and not a corporation for United States federal income tax purposes. Therefore, the compensation paid to our NEOs is not subject to the deduction limitations under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Compensation Committee Report

We have reviewed and discussed the foregoing section entitled “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” with management. Based on this review and discussion, we have recommended to the board of directors the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this Proxy Statement and be incorporated by reference into Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.

Submitted By:

Compensation Committee

Robert G. Croyle

Lori A. Gobillot

Chansoo Joung

James R. Montague, Chair

The foregoing report shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference by any general statement or reference to this proxy statement into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except to the extent we specifically incorporate this information by reference, and shall not otherwise be deemed filed under those acts.

 

 

 

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Summary Compensation Table

The following table provides a summary of the total compensation expense awarded to, earned by or paid to our NEOs:

 

Name and Principal Position

   Year      Salary     

Unit

Awards(1)

    

Non-Equity

Incentive

Program

Compensation

     Change in
Pension
Value
(2)
     All Other
Compensation
(3)
     Total  

Michael N. Mears

CEO and President

     2019      $ 840,769      $ 4,195,088      $ 1,931,141      $ 209,530      $ 33,687      $ 7,210,215  
     2018      $ 761,923      $ 2,984,493      $ 1,362,928      $ 134,754      $ 32,846      $ 5,276,944  
     2017      $ 697,115      $ 2,653,437      $ 996,039      $ 106,156      $ 31,237      $ 4,483,984  

Aaron L. Milford

COO and Former CFO

     2019      $ 507,046      $ 1,603,281      $ 823,620      $ 170,282      $ 16,800      $ 3,121,029  
     2018      $ 441,346      $ 1,162,854      $ 631,584      $ 83,977      $ 16,337      $ 2,336,098  
     2017      $ 366,346      $ 1,015,465      $ 418,748      $ 82,587      $ 16,200      $ 1,899,346  

Jeff L. Holman

SVP, CFO and Treasurer

     2019      $ 352,391      $ 854,193      $ 442,255      $ 172,566      $ 16,800      $ 1,838,205  

Douglas J. May

SVP, General Counsel and Compliance

and Ethics Officer

     2019      $ 423,663      $ 932,669      $ 544,937      $ 104,304      $ 16,800      $ 2,022,373  
     2018      $ 410,615      $ 850,342      $ 514,156      $ 53,917      $ 16,500      $ 1,845,530  
     2017      $ 397,116      $ 864,975      $ 397,179      $ 50,908      $ 16,200      $ 1,726,378  

Lisa J. Korner

SVP, Human Resources and Administration

     2019      $ 413,380      $ 910,058      $ 531,710      $ 254,791      $ 16,800      $ 2,126,739  
     2018      $ 400,615      $ 829,749      $ 501,634      $ 112,577      $ 16,500      $ 1,861,075  
     2017      $ 384,808      $ 843,383      $ 384,869      $ 136,057      $ 16,200      $ 1,765,317  

Jeff R. Selvidge

SVP, Commercial - Refined Products

     2019      $ 367,106      $ 808,181      $ 472,190      $ 237,844      $ 16,800      $ 1,902,121  
     2018      $ 355,038      $ 736,904      $ 444,564      $ 158,788      $ 16,500      $ 1,711,794  
     2017      $ 337,231      $ 735,250      $ 337,285      $ 115,426      $ 15,981      $ 1,541,173  

Robert L. Barnes

SVP, Commercial - Crude Oil

     2019      $ 367,106      $ 808,181      $ 472,190      $ 225,213      $ 16,800      $ 1,889,490  

 

(1) 

The amounts reported in the Unit Awards column reflect the grant date fair value of unit awards in the years indicated as calculated in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718 reflecting the probable outcome of any performance conditions. If the awards are ultimately earned at the maximum level, the value of the award at the time of grant would be as set forth in the table below. For a discussion of the assumptions made in the valuation, see Note 14 — Long Term Incentive Plan to our consolidated financial statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019. The actual value an executive officer may realize from an unit award is contingent upon the satisfaction of the vesting conditions of the award and the closing price of our common units at the end of the vesting period.

 

     Maximum Grant Date Value  

NEO

  

2017 LTIP

Award

    

2018 LTIP

Award

    

2019 LTIP

Award

 

Michael N. Mears, CEO

   $ 4,790,505      $ 5,386,908      $ 6,338,892  

Aaron L. Milford, COO and Former CFO

   $ 1,833,281      $ 2,098,903      $ 2,422,517  

Jeff L. Holman, CFO

   $      $      $ 1,264,713  

Douglas J. May

   $ 1,519,178      $ 1,493,058      $ 1,409,289  

Lisa J. Korner

   $ 1,481,274      $ 1,456,883      $ 1,375,123  

Jeff R. Selvidge

   $ 1,291,334      $ 1,293,880      $ 1,221,184  

Robert L. Barnes

   $      $      $ 1,221,184  

 

(2) 

This column represents the change in pension value for our NEOs’ accumulated benefit in the pension plan from December 31, 2018 to December 31, 2019. Benefits are assumed to commence as of the earliest age that an individual could retire without a reduction in benefits. For more details regarding these amounts, see the narrative to the “2019 Pension Benefits” table in this proxy statement.

 

 

    

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(3) 

All Other Compensation includes Magellan 401(k) Plan matching contributions and perquisites. All Other Compensation details are as follows:

 

NEO

  401(k) Plan
Matching
Contributions
    Perquisites(1)     Total All
Other
Compensation
 

Michael N. Mears, CEO

  $ 16,800     $ 16,887     $ 33,687  

Aaron L. Milford, COO and Former CFO

  $ 16,800     $     $ 16,800  

Jeff L. Holman, CFO

  $ 16,800     $     $ 16,800  

Douglas J. May

  $ 16,800     $     $ 16,800  

Lisa J. Korner

  $ 16,800     $     $ 16,800  

Jeff R. Selvidge

  $ 16,800     $     $ 16,800  

Robert L. Barnes

  $ 16,800     $     $ 16,800  

 

  (1) 

The total perquisites provided to Mr. Mears represent $1,800 for parking, $1,062 for membership to a dining club used primarily for business purposes and $14,025 for reimbursed fees for a country club membership primarily used for business purposes.

 

 

 

 

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Grants of Plan-Based Awards

The following table sets forth information relating to the plan-based awards granted to our NEOs in 2019:

 

          Estimated Future Payouts Under
Non-Equity Incentive Plan
Awards(1)
    Estimated Future Payouts
Under
Equity Incentive Plan Awards
   

Grant Date

Fair Value
of Performance-
Based Equity

Incentive Plan

Awards(3,4)

    All
Other
Time-
Based
Unit
Awards
(# Units)
    Grant Date
Fair Value
of Time-
Based
Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards(5,6)
 

NEO

  Grant Date    

Threshold

($)

   

Target

($)

   

Maximum

($)

   

Threshold

(# Units)

   

Target(2)

(# Units)

   

Maximum

(# Units)

 

Michael N. Mears,

    CEO

    02/01/2019     $ 525,481     $ 1,050,961     $ 2,101,922       16,883       33,766       84,415     $ 2,143,803       33,766     $ 2,051,285  

Aaron L. Milford,

    COO and Former CFO

   

 

02/01/2019

 

05/01/2019

 

 

 

 

 

$

 

224,115

 

 

 

 

$

 

448,229

 

 

 

 

$

 

896,458

 

 

   

 

5,363

 

1,060

 

 

 

   

 

10,726

 

2,119

 

 

 

   

 

26,815

 

5,298

 

 

 

  $

 

$

680,994

 

138,244

 

 

 

   

 

10,726

 

2,119

 

 

 

  $

 

$

651,605

 

132,438

 

 

 

Jeff L. Holman, CFO

    02/01/2019             663       1,325       3,313     $ 84,124       3,973     $ 241,360  
    05/01/2019     $ 120,342     $ 240,683     $ 481,366       2,502       5,003       12,508     $ 326,396       3,237     $ 202,313  

Douglas J. May

    02/01/2019     $ 148,282     $ 296,564     $ 593,128       3,754       7,507       18,768     $ 476,619       7,507     $ 456,050  

Lisa J. Korner

    02/01/2019     $ 144,683     $ 289,366     $ 578,732       3,663       7,325       18,313     $ 465,064       7,325     $ 444,994  

Jeff R. Selvidge

    02/01/2019     $ 128,487     $ 256,974     $ 513,948       3,253       6,505       16,263     $ 413,002       6,505     $ 395,179  

Robert L. Barnes

    02/01/2019     $ 128,487     $ 256,974     $ 513,948       3,253       6,505       16,263     $ 413,002       6,505     $ 395,179  

 

(1) 

For Messrs. Milford and Holman, the non-equity incentive estimate of future payouts includes proration of incentive potential based on their former and current positions.

 

(2) 

For the LTIP awards granted to all NEOs in 2019, target level payout is 100% of the total units awarded with a 50% payout for threshold performance and a 200% payout for stretch performance. The LTIP awards also include the potential for up to an additional 50% payout based upon TUR adjustment as described in the above section of this proxy statement entitled “Compensation Discussion and Analysis.”

 

(3) 

The fair value of the 2019 performance-based LTIP awards granted February 1, 2019 was $63.49 per unit. The fair value of these awards was based on the closing price of our common units on the date of grant plus an adjustment for the fair value of the market component of the award reflecting the probable outcome of the applicable performance conditions.

 

(4) 

The fair value of the 2019 performance-based LTIP awards granted May 1, 2019 was $65.24 per unit. The fair value of these awards was based on the closing price of our common units on the date of grant plus an adjustment for the fair value of the market component of the award reflecting the probable outcome of the applicable performance conditions.

 

(5) 

The fair value of the 2019 time-based LTIP awards granted February 1, 2019 was $60.75 per unit, the closing price of our common units on the date of the grant.

 

(6) 

The fair value of the 2019 time-based LTIP awards granted May 1, 2019 was $62.50 per unit, the closing price of our common units on the date of the grant.

Narrative Disclosure to Summary Compensation Table and Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table

In January 2019, our compensation committee set the targets and performance metrics for the 2019 AIP and the 2019 LTIP awards. A discussion of the material terms of the 2019 AIP and 2019 LTIP awards can be found above in the section entitled “Compensation Discussion and Analysis.”

 

 

    

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Outstanding Equity Awards at 2019 Fiscal Year-End

The following table sets forth all outstanding unvested equity awards held by our NEOs as of December 31, 2019:

 

            Equity Time-Based Awards      Equity Performance-Based
Awards
 

NEO

   Equity
Award
Vesting Date
    

Number of
Time-Based
Units That
Have Not
Vested

(#)

     Market Value
of Time-
Based Units
That Have
Not Vested
(1)
($)
     Number of
Unearned
Performance-
Based Units
That Have Not
Vested (#)
     Market Value of
Unearned
Performance-
Based Units
That Have Not
Vested
(1)(2) ($)
 

Michael N. Mears, CEO:

              

2018 award

     12/31/2020        8,133      $ 567,501        32,531      $ 4,728,333  

2019 award

     12/31/2021        33,766      $ 2,225,432        33,766      $ 4,450,865  
     

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

        41,899      $ 2,792,933        66,297      $ 9,179,198  
     

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Aaron L. Milford, COO and Former CFO:

              

2018 award

     12/31/2020        3,169      $ 221,125        12,675      $ 1,842,336  

2019 award (February)

     12/31/2021        10,726      $ 706,924        10,726      $ 1,413,847  

2019 award (May)

     12/31/2021        2,119      $ 137,529        2,119      $ 275,057  
     

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

        16,014      $ 1,065,578        25,520      $ 3,531,240  
     

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Jeff L. Holman, CFO:

              

2018 award

     12/31/2020             $        2,113      $ 307,161  

2019 award (February)

     12/31/2021        3,973      $ 261,851        1,325      $ 174,655  

2019 award (May)

     12/31/2021        3,237      $ 210,089        5,003      $ 649,414  
     

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

        7,210      $ 471,940        8,441      $ 1,131,230  
     

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Douglas J. May:

              

2018 award

     12/31/2020        2,901      $ 202,425        8,703      $ 1,264,996  

2019 award

     12/31/2021        7,507      $ 494,768        7,507      $ 989,535  
     

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

        10,408      $ 697,193        16,210      $ 2,254,531  
     

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Lisa J. Korner:

              

2018 award

     12/31/2020        2,831      $ 197,540        8,492      $ 1,234,294  

2019 award

     12/31/2021        7,325      $ 482,773        7,325      $ 965,545  
     

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

        10,156      $ 680,313        15,817      $ 2,199,839  
     

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Jeff R. Selvidge:

              

2018 award

     12/31/2020        2,514      $ 175,420        7,542      $ 1,096,205  

2019 award

     12/31/2021        6,505      $ 428,728        6,505      $ 857,457  
     

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

        9,019      $ 604,148        14,047      $ 1,953,662  
     

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Robert L. Barnes:

              

2018 award

     12/31/2020        2,514      $ 175,420        7,542      $ 1,096,205  

2019 award

     12/31/2021        6,505      $ 428,728        6,505      $ 857,457  
     

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

        9,019      $ 604,148        14,047      $ 1,953,662  
     

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) 

Represents the market value of the units based on the closing price per unit of our common units of $62.87 on December 31, 2019, plus the distribution equivalents earned through December 31, 2019. LTIP awards are typically granted in February unless otherwise above noted. The table below provides the distribution equivalents earned for each outstanding equity award:

 

Award

  Distribution Equivalent  

February 2018

  $ 6.9075  

February 2019

  $ 3.0375  

May 2019

  $ 2.0325  

 

 

 

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(2) 

Our Partnership’s actual 2019 DCF per unit, excluding commodity-related activities, was between target and stretch for the 2018 performance-based LTIP awards. If December 31, 2019 was the end of the vesting period for this unit award, the TUR performance metric related to the 2018 LTIP awards would have resulted in an additional 8.30% payout. Therefore, the market value of the payout amounts included in this column assumes a stretch payout and a 8.30% TUR adjustment. For the 2019 performance-based LTIP award, the Partnership’s DCF per unit, excluding commodity-related activities, was between target and stretch. If December 31, 2019 was the end of the vesting period for this unit award, the TUR performance metric would have resulted in no additional payout. Therefore, the market value of the payout amounts included in this column assumes a stretch payout for the 2019 performance-based LTIP award and no additional TUR adjustment.

Units Vested

The 2017 LTIP awards granted to our NEOs vested on December 31, 2019. See the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of this proxy statement for detailed information regarding the 2017 LTIP metric results. The values realized on vesting of our NEOs’ 2017 LTIP awards were based on the December 31, 2019 closing price of our common units of $62.87 as follows:

 

    Performance-Based Awards     Time-Based Awards        

NEO

 

  Number of  

  Units  

  Acquired on  

  Vesting  

   

Unit Value
Realized

on Vesting
($62.87 per
unit)

(a)

   

  Distribution  

  Equivalents  

  Realized on  

  Vesting(1)   

  (b)  

   

  Number  

  of Units  
  Vested  

   

  Unit Value  

  Realized  

  on Vesting  

  ($62.87 per  

  unit)  

  (c)  

   

  Distribution  

  Equivalents  

  Realized on  

   Vesting(1)  

  (d)  

   

  Total Value  

  Realized  

  on Vesting  

  (a)+(b)+(c)+(d)  

 

Michael N. Mears, CEO

    60,223     $ 3,786,220     $ 632,040       6,453     $ 405,700     $ 67,724     $ 4,891,684  

Aaron L. Milford, COO and Former CFO

    23,047     $ 1,448,965     $ 241,878       2,470     $ 155,289     $ 25,923     $ 1,872,055  

Jeff L. Holman, CFO

    4,611     $ 289,894     $ 48,392           $     $     $ 338,286  

Douglas J. May

    18,436     $ 1,159,071     $ 193,486       2,634     $ 165,600     $ 27,644     $ 1,545,801  

Lisa J. Korner

    17,976     $ 1,130,151     $ 188,658       2,568     $ 161,450     $ 26,951     $ 1,507,210  

Jeff R. Selvidge

    15,671     $ 985,236     $ 164,467       2,239     $ 140,766     $ 23,498     $ 1,313,967  

Robert L. Barnes

    15,211     $ 956,316     $ 159,639       2,173     $ 136,617     $ 22,806     $ 1,275,378  

 

(1) 

Distribution equivalent rights related to the 2017 LTIP awards were $10.4950/unit for awards granted in February 2017.

2019 Pension Benefits

Our NEOs participate in a pension plan which we sponsor. This pension plan is a non-contributory, tax-qualified defined benefit plan subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and the participants in the plan are generally salaried employees. Our NEOs participate in this pension plan on the same terms as other participants.

For employees hired before January 1, 2016 and age 35 or older as of January 1, 2016, the pension benefit formula is a final average pay formula. For employees hired on or after January 1, 2016 or younger than 35 as of January 1, 2016, the pension benefit will be based upon a cash balance formula. All of our NEOs were hired prior to January 1, 2016; therefore, their accrued benefit is determined by utilizing the final average pay formula taking into consideration years of service (including, if applicable, years of service with Williams, a former employer of some of our NEOs) projected to age 65, final average pay and Social Security-covered compensation wages. The benefit is then offset by the benefit payable at normal retirement age from Williams’ pension plan (a predecessor’s pension plan), if any. The benefit is earned by the participant based upon a service ratio, the numerator of which is years of service since December 31, 2003 and the denominator of which is the total years of service possible up to age 65 from January 1, 2004.

Regardless of which formula is used to calculate the pension benefit, the plan offers single life annuity, joint and survivor life annuity and lump sum payment options. Compensation eligible for consideration under the plan includes base salary and our AIP awards up to the IRS limits, but excludes amounts payable in respect of LTIP awards. We do not provide a SERP benefit for our NEOs for any reason, including due to compensation limits imposed by the IRS.

 

 

    

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The present value of accumulated benefits for our NEOs under the pension plan as of December 31, 2019 was as follows:

 

Name

  Plan Name     Number
of Years
of
Credited
Service
    Present Value of
Accumulated
Benefit
 

Michael N. Mears, CEO

    Magellan Pension Plan       34     $ 866,660  

Aaron L. Milford, COO and Former CFO

    Magellan Pension Plan       24     $ 575,727  

Jeff L. Holman, CFO

    Magellan Pension Plan       21     $ 621,906  

Douglas J. May

    Magellan Pension Plan       9     $ 338,993  

Lisa J. Korner

    Magellan Pension Plan       30     $ 1,062,443  

Jeff R. Selvidge

    Magellan Pension Plan       29     $ 990,164  

Robert L. Barnes

    Magellan Pension Plan       32     $ 937,988  

The present value of accumulated benefits for each NEO was calculated based on benefits accrued through December 31, 2019. The calculation assumes the participant will commence the benefit at age 62 (earliest retirement age where the benefit is not reduced) and elect a lump sum distribution. The present value assumptions are a 3.08% discount rate applicable to active participants in the final average pay formula, lump sum rates from the November 2019 IRS full yield curve, and the 2021 IRS 417(e)(3) prescribed mortality table. For disclosures of all significant assumptions used by the pension plan, please refer to Note 9 — Employee Benefit Plans to our consolidated financial statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019. No payments to NEOs under the pension plan were made in 2019.

 

 

 

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Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change-in-Control

The amount of compensation payable to our NEOs in each termination event is listed in the table below. For purposes of severance analysis, we assumed: (i) each NEO’s employment was terminated on December 31, 2019; (ii) payouts relative to the 2019 AIP were based on 2019 metric results; and (iii) payouts under the LTIP are based on actual results, if known, or target level of performance and $62.87 per unit, the closing price of our common units on December 31, 2019. For more information regarding these potential payouts, please see the section in this proxy statement entitled “Compensation Discussion and Analysis — Termination, Severance or Change-in-Control Provisions.”

Potential Benefits and Payments Upon Termination or Change-in-Control

As of December 31, 2019

 

Separation or Termination Event

   AIP      LTIP      Severance
Benefits
     Subsidized
COBRA
Benefits
     Total  

Michael N. Mears, CEO

              

Voluntary Termination

   $      $      $      $      $  

Normal or Early Retirement(1)

   $ 1,931,141      $ 10,642,136      $      $      $ 12,573,277  

Involuntary Not for Cause Termination

   $      $      $ 850,000      $ 4,978      $ 854,978  

For Cause Termination(2)

   $      $      $      $      $  

CIC and Involuntary/Good Reason Termination(3)

   $      $ 18,923,029      $ 5,737,500      $ 19,914      $ 24,680,443  

Death or Disability(4)

   $ 1,931,141      $ 10,642,136      $      $      $ 12,573,277  

Aaron L. Milford, COO and Former CFO

              

Voluntary Termination

   $      $      $      $      $  

Normal or Early Retirement(1)

   $ 823,620      $ 4,090,099      $      $      $ 4,913,719  

Involuntary Not for Cause Termination

   $      $      $ 484,615      $ 4,978      $ 489,593  

For Cause Termination(2)

   $      $      $      $      $  

CIC and Involuntary/Good Reason Termination(3)

   $      $ 7,259,838      $ 1,995,000      $ 19,914      $ 9,274,752  

Death or Disability(4)

   $ 823,620      $ 4,090,099      $      $      $ 4,913,719  

Jeff L. Holman, CFO

              

Voluntary Termination

   $      $      $      $      $  

Normal or Early Retirement(1)

   $ 442,255      $ 974,678      $      $      $ 1,416,933  

Involuntary Not for Cause Termination

   $      $      $ 323,077      $ 4,978      $ 328,055  

For Cause Termination(2)

   $      $      $      $      $  

CIC and Involuntary/Good Reason Termination(3)

   $      $ 2,208,913      $ 1,440,000      $ 19,914      $ 3,668,827  

Death or Disability(4)

   $ 442,255      $ 974,678      $      $      $ 1,416,933  

Douglas J. May

              

Voluntary Termination

   $      $      $      $      $  

Normal or Early Retirement(1)

   $ 544,937      $ 3,017,562      $      $      $ 3,562,499  

Involuntary Not for Cause Termination

   $      $      $ 147,179      $ 4,978      $ 152,157  

For Cause Termination(2)

   $      $      $      $      $  

CIC and Involuntary/Good Reason Termination(3)

   $      $ 4,998,097      $ 1,445,626      $ 19,914      $ 6,463,637  

Death or Disability(4)

   $ 544,937      $ 3,017,562      $      $      $ 3,562,499  

 

 

    

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Separation or Termination Event

   AIP      LTIP      Severance
Benefits
     Subsidized
COBRA
Benefits
     Total  

Lisa J. Korner

              

Voluntary Termination

   $      $      $      $      $  

Normal or Early Retirement(1)

   $ 531,710      $ 2,943,335      $      $      $ 3,475,045  

Involuntary Not for Cause Termination

   $      $      $ 414,864      $ 4,978      $ 419,842  

For Cause Termination(2)

   $      $      $      $      $  

CIC and Involuntary/Good Reason Termination(3)

   $      $ 4,875,830      $ 1,410,538      $ 19,914      $ 6,306,282  

Death or Disability(4)

   $ 531,710      $ 2,943,335      $      $      $ 3,475,045  

Jeff R. Selvidge

              

Voluntary Termination

   $      $      $      $      $  

Normal or Early Retirement(1)

   $ 472,190      $ 2,589,385      $      $      $ 3,061,575  

Involuntary Not for Cause Termination

   $      $      $ 368,424      $ 4,978      $ 373,402  

For Cause Termination(2)

   $      $      $      $      $  

CIC and Involuntary/Good Reason Termination(3)

   $      $ 4,305,590      $ 1,252,642      $ 19,914      $ 5,578,146  

Death or Disability(4)

   $ 472,190      $ 2,589,385      $      $      $ 3,061,575  

Robert L. Barnes

              

Voluntary Termination

   $      $      $      $      $  

Normal or Early Retirement(1)

   $ 472,190      $ 2,550,796      $      $      $ 3,022,986  

Involuntary Not for Cause Termination

   $      $      $ 368,424      $ 4,978      $ 373,402  

For Cause Termination(2)

   $      $      $      $      $  

CIC and Involuntary/Good Reason Termination(3)

   $      $ 4,267,001      $ 1,252,642      $ 19,914      $ 5,539,557  

Death or Disability(4)

   $ 472,190      $ 2,550,796      $      $      $ 3,022,986  

 

(1) 

Amounts assume the NEO retires from the organization at age 55 or later and has at least five years of vesting service with the organization.

 

(2)

Cause is defined under the LTIP as (i) willful failure to perform duties, (ii) gross negligence or willful misconduct, which results in a significantly adverse effect upon Magellan, (iii) willful violation or disregard of our Code of Business Conduct or other published policy or (iv) conviction of a crime involving an act of fraud, embezzlement, theft or any other act constituting a felony or causing material harm to Magellan.

 

(3) 

A termination within two years following a change-in-control that occurs on an involuntary basis without cause or on a voluntary basis for Good Reason. Good Reason is defined under the Magellan Executive Severance Plan as (i) a reduction of more than 10% in base salary or incentive compensation opportunities, (ii) a significant reduction in the authority, duties or responsibilities of the NEO or his direct supervisor, (iii) a significant reduction in the budget over which the NEO retains authority, (iv) transfer of principal place of employment more than 50 miles or (v) any other action or inaction that constitutes a material breach by us.

 

(4) 

Death or Disability — Disability is defined as the qualification requirements for benefits under the Magellan Long-Term Disability Plan.

CEO Pay Ratio

We identified the median employee by examining only annual base salaries for all employees, excluding our CEO, who were employed by us on December 1, 2019. We included all employees, whether employed on a full-time or part-time basis, and did not make any estimates, assumptions or adjustments to any annual base salaries.

After identifying the median employee based on annual base salaries, we calculated annual total compensation for such employee using the same methodology we used for our NEOs as set forth in the above 2019 Summary Compensation Table. The total compensation of the median employee was $155,264 including base salary, overtime pay, non-equity incentive program pay, change in pension value and company 401(k) match. The annual total compensation of our CEO was $7,210,215. The resulting pay ratio is 47:1.

 

 

 

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Director Compensation Table

Amounts earned by the independent members of our general partner’s board of directors for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 were as follows:

 

                                 Director

  

Retainer

and Fees

Paid or

Deferred

      

Equity

Retainer

Paid or

Deferred(1)

      

Total

($)

 

Walter R. Arnheim

   $ 126,500        $ 120,000        $ 246,500  

Robert G. Croyle

   $ 120,000        $ 120,000        $ 240,000  

Lori A. Gobillot

   $ 102,000        $ 120,000        $ 222,000  

Edward J. Guay

   $ 106,500        $ 120,000        $ 226,500  

Chansoo Joung

   $ 59,448        $ 73,973        $ 133,421  

Stacy P. Methvin

   $ 106,500        $ 120,000        $ 226,500  

James R. Montague

   $ 120,000        $ 120,000        $ 240,000  

Barry R. Pearl

   $ 129,500        $ 120,000        $ 249,500  

 

 

    

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(1)

Amounts reported in this column for equity retainers represent the aggregate grant date fair value of units granted pursuant to our LTIP during 2019 determined in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. In 2019, grants of non-deferred units, deferred units and distribution equivalents on deferred units granted in 2019 or previous years were provided to the independent directors as follows:

 

Director and Grant Date

   Compensation Type    Method of Payment   

Number

of Units

     Weighted
Average
Grant
Date Unit
Price
    

Grant Date

Fair Value

 

Walter R. Arnheim

              

January 2019

   Equity Retainer    Paid in Deferred Units      2,119      $ 56.631      $ 120,000  

Various Dates

   Distribution Equivalents    Paid in Deferred Units      5,581      $ 61.456      $ 342,983  
        

 

 

       

 

 

 

Total

           7,700         $ 462,983  
        

 

 

       

 

 

 

Robert G. Croyle

              

January 2019

   Equity Retainer    Paid in Non-Deferred Units      2,119      $ 56.631      $ 120,000  

Various Dates

   Distribution Equivalents    Paid in Deferred Units      2,241      $ 61.456      $ 137,723  
        

 

 

       

 

 

 

Total

           4,360         $ 257,723  
        

 

 

       

 

 

 

Lori A. Gobillot

              

January 2019

   Equity Retainer    Paid in Non-Deferred Units      2,119      $ 56.631      $ 120,000  

Various Dates

   Distribution Equivalents    Paid in Deferred Units      296      $ 61.463      $ 18,193  
        

 

 

       

 

 

 

Total

           2,415         $ 138,193  
        

 

 

       

 

 

 

Edward J. Guay

              

January 2019

   Equity Retainer    Paid in Deferred Units      2,119      $ 56.631      $ 120,000  

Various Dates

   Distribution Equivalents    Paid in Deferred Units      537      $ 61.458      $ 33,003  
        

 

 

       

 

 

 

Total

           2,656         $ 153,003  
        

 

 

       

 

 

 

Chansoo Joung

              

January 2019

   Equity Retainer    Paid in Deferred Units      1,179      $ 62.742      $ 73,973  

Various Date

   Cash Retainer & Meeting Fees    Paid in Deferred Units      802      $ 64.773      $ 51,948  

Various Dates

   Distribution Equivalents    Paid in Deferred Units      59      $ 62.373      $ 3,680  
        

 

 

       

 

 

 

Total

           2,040         $ 129,601  
        

 

 

       

 

 

 

Stacy P. Methvin

              

January 2019

   Equity Retainer    Paid in Deferred Units      2,119      $ 56.631      $ 120,000  

Various Date

   Cash Retainer & Meeting Fees    Paid in Deferred Units      1,723      $ 61.811      $ 106,500  

Various Dates

   Distribution Equivalents    Paid in Deferred Units      434      $ 61.516      $ 26,698  
        

 

 

       

 

 

 

Total

           4,276         $ 253,198  
        

 

 

       

 

 

 

James R. Montague

              

January 2019

   Equity Retainer    Paid in Non-Deferred Units      2,119      $ 56.631      $ 120,000  

Various Dates

   Distribution Equivalents    Paid in Deferred Units      2,465      $ 61.455      $ 151,486  
        

 

 

       

 

 

 

Total

           4,584         $ 271,486  
        

 

 

       

 

 

 

Barry R. Pearl

              

January 2019

   Equity Retainer    Paid in Non-Deferred Units      2,119      $ 56.631      $ 120,000  

Various Dates

   Distribution Equivalents    Paid in Deferred Units      1,229      $ 61.457      $ 75,530  
        

 

 

       

 

 

 

Total

           3,348         $ 195,530  
        

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Compensation of Directors and Executive Officers

 

Narrative to Director Compensation Table

In 2019, independent directors of our general partner’s board of directors received: (1) a cash retainer of $75,000; (2) an equity retainer of our common units valued at $120,000 and (3) meeting fees of $1,500 for each board of directors and committee meeting attended. The lead director and the chairman of our audit committee each received an additional annual cash retainer of $20,000 and the chairman of our compensation committee and the chairman of our nominating and governance committee received an additional annual cash retainer of $15,000. Each director is reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses in connection with attending board of directors or committee meetings. Each director is indemnified by us for actions associated with being a director of our general partner to the extent permitted under Delaware law.

Independent directors may elect annually to defer payment of each component of their compensation under our deferred compensation plan for directors. All deferred compensation amounts are credited to the director’s account under the plan in the form of phantom units, with distribution equivalent rights. In 2019, Messrs. Arnheim and Guay elected to defer their equity compensation. Ms. Methvin and Mr. Joung elected to defer meeting fees and equity compensation. Ms. Gobillot and Messrs. Croyle, Montague and Pearl elected not to defer compensation for 2019. The following table presents each director’s deferral balance status:

Director Compensation

Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan

 

Name

  

Beginning

Balance

January 1,
2019

     2019 Deferred
Compensation
    

2019

Distribution

Equivalents

    

Market

Value

Gain/

(Loss) &
Distributions

   

Ending

Balance

December 31,

2019

 

Walter R. Arnheim

             

Market Value

   $ 4,609,907      $ 120,000      $ 342,983      $ 490,459     $ 5,563,349  

Number of Units

     80,789        2,119        5,581          88,489  

Robert G. Croyle

             

Market Value

   $ 1,900,672      $      $ 137,723      $ 196,758     $ 2,235,153  

Number of Units

     33,310               2,241          35,551  

Lori A. Gobillot

             

Market Value

   $ 251,015      $      $ 18,193      $ 25,978     $ 295,186  

Number of Units

     4,399               296          4,695  

Edward J. Guay

             

Market Value

   $ 334,944      $ 120,000      $ 33,003      $ 48,125     $ 536,072  

Number of Units

     5,870        2,119        537          8,526  

Chansoo Joung

             

Market Value

   $      $ 125,920      $ 3,680      $ (1,289   $ 128,311  

Number of Units

            1,981        59          2,040  

Stacy P. Methvin

             

Market Value

   $ 185,449      $ 226,500      $ 26,698      $ 34,485     $ 473,132  

Number of Units

     3,249        3,842        434          7,525  

James R. Montague

             

Market Value

   $ 2,089,538      $      $ 151,486      $ 216,231     $ 2,457,255  

Number of Units

     36,619               2,465          39,084  

Barry R. Pearl

             

Market Value

   $ 1,042,716      $      $ 75,530      $ 107,967     $ 1,226,213  

Number of Units

     18,274               1,229          19,503  

 

 

    

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Securities Authorized For Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans

The following table provides information concerning securities that may be issued pursuant to our LTIP as of December 31, 2019:

 

Plan Category

  

Number of Securities

to be Issued upon

Exercise/Vesting of

Outstanding Options,

Warrants and

Rights(1)

    

Number of Securities

Remaining

Available for Future

Issuance Under Equity

Compensation Plans

(Excluding Securities

Reflected in the 1st

Column of this Table)

 

Equity Compensation Plans Approved by Unitholders

     1,215,582        1,670,077  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

     1,215,582        1,670,077  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

  (1) 

This amount includes units held in reserve for potential performance results. Taxes are withheld from the award to at least cover the participant’s mandatory minimum tax withholdings. Units withheld to satisfy tax withholding obligations count against the maximum number of units available under the LTIP and do not replenish the maximum number of units available.

 

 

 

 

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Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management

The following table sets forth, as of February 14, 2020, the number of our common units beneficially owned by: (1) each person who is known to us to beneficially own more than 5% of our common units; (2) the current directors and nominees of our general partner’s board of directors; (3) the current NEOs of our general partner; and (4) all current directors and executive officers of our general partner as a group. We obtained certain information in the table from filings made with the SEC.

 

Name and Address of Beneficial Owner, Director, Nominee or NEO

  

Our

Common

Units

    

Percentage

of

Common

Units

 

Tortoise Capital Advisors, L.L.C.(1)

     16,920,669        7.4

ALPS Advisors, Inc.(2)

     12,600,650        5.5

Walter R. Arnheim(3)

     5,204        *  

Robert G. Croyle(3)

     5,668        *  

Lori A. Gobillot(3)

     2,119        *  

Edward J. Guay(3)

     2,000        *  

Chansoo Joung

     6,910        *  

Stacy P. Methvin(3)

     5,894        *  

James R. Montague(3)

     23,862        *  

Barry R. Pearl(3)

     19,738        *  

Michael N. Mears(3)

     190,238        *  

Aaron L. Milford(3)

     39,055        *  

Jeff L. Holman(3)

     25,181        *  

Douglas J. May(3)

     54,912        *  

Lisa J. Korner(3)

     86,186        *  

Jeff R. Selvidge(3)

     24,280        *  

Robert L. Barnes(3)

     65,235        *  

All Current Directors and Executive Officers as a Group (18 persons)

     670,913        *  

 

  *

Represents less than 1% of common units outstanding.

 

  (1) 

A filing with the SEC on February 14, 2020 indicates, as of December 31, 2019, Tortoise Capital Advisors, L.L.C., an investment advisor in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(E) of the Exchange Act, may be deemed to be the beneficial owner of the number of common units above indicated. The address of Tortoise Capital Advisors, L.L.C. is 5100 W. 115th Place, Leawood, Kansas 66211.

 

 

  (2) 

A filing with the SEC on February 7, 2020 indicates, as of December 31, 2019, ALPS Advisors, Inc., an investment adviser in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(E) of the Exchange Act, may be deemed to be the beneficial owner of the number of common units above indicated, which are owned by the funds for which it provides investment advice. Alerian MLP ETF, an investment company registered under Section 8 of the Investment Company Act of 1940, is one of the funds advised by ALPS Advisors, Inc. Alerian MLP ETF indicated in the February 7, 2020 SEC filing it is the beneficial owner of and has shared voting and investment power over 12,531,594 common units, which is approximately 5.5% of the common units outstanding. The address of ALPS Advisors, Inc. and Alerian MLP ETF is 1290 Broadway, Suite 1100, Denver, Colorado 80203.

 

 

  (3) 

The contact address for our directors, nominees and NEOs is One Williams Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74172.

 

 

    

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Transactions with Related Persons, Promoters and Certain Control Persons

Review, Approval or Ratification of Transactions with Related Persons

Recognizing related person transactions present a heightened risk of conflicts of interest and improper valuation, our general partner’s board of directors has adopted a written policy, which must be followed in connection with all related person transactions involving us or our subsidiaries. Under this policy, any related person transaction may be entered into or continue only if approved as follows:

 

 

By a specially appointed conflicts committee of our general partner’s board of directors, if the related person transaction is between our general partner or any of its affiliates, on the one hand, and us, any operating partnerships, any partner or assignee, on the other hand;

 

 

If the related person transaction is in the normal course of our business and is (a) on terms no less favorable to us than those generally being provided to or available from unrelated third parties or (b) fair to us, taking into account the totality of the relationships between the parties involved (including other transactions that may be particularly favorable or advantageous to us), then the CEO of our general partner has authority to approve the transaction. The CEO’s signature on an authorization for expenditure form with a related person is conclusive evidence of his approval pursuant to the policy. If we will be entering into several transactions of the same type over a period of time with a related person, the CEO may pre-approve all such transactions, but must review such pre-approvals not less than annually; or

 

 

Any other related person transaction may be approved by a majority of the disinterested directors on our general partner’s board of directors.

We are not aware of any related person transactions required to be reported under applicable SEC rules for 2019.

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, requires the directors and executive officers of our general partner and persons who beneficially own more than 10% of our common units to file ownership and changes in ownership reports with the SEC and the NYSE. The SEC regulations also require a copy of all these filed Section 16(a) forms must be furnished to us by the directors and executive officers of our general partner and persons beneficially owning more than 10% of our common units. Based on a review of the copies of these forms and amendments thereto with respect to 2019, we are not aware of any late filings.

Unitholder Proposals For 2021 Annual Meeting of Limited Partners

Any common unitholder entitled to vote at our 2021 annual meeting of limited partners can nominate persons for election to the board of directors of our general partner or submit other proposals for consideration at the annual meeting by complying with the notice procedures discussed below. Your ability to nominate persons for election to our general partner’s board of directors is limited by the NYSE listing requirements regarding the independence and experience of directors of our general partner’s board or committees thereof. SEC rules set forth standards as to what proposals are required to be included in a proxy statement for a meeting. In no event

 

 

 

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are limited partners allowed to vote on matters that would cause the limited partners to be deemed to take part in the management and control of our business and affairs so as to jeopardize the limited partners’ limited liability under the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act or the law of any other state in which we are qualified to do business.

As required by the SEC rules, the deadline for submitting any proposal for consideration at our 2021 annual meeting is October 27, 2020. However, our limited partnership agreement allows a unitholder to nominate a person to our general partner’s board of directors between December 9, 2020 and December 24, 2020. To submit a proposal, written notice must be delivered to our general partner at One Williams Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74172 and must include: (1) information regarding the proposal or as to each person whom the unitholder proposes to nominate for election or re-election as a director of our general partner, all information relating to such nominee that is required to be disclosed in solicitations of proxies for the election of directors in an election contest, or is otherwise required, in each case pursuant to Regulation 14A under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (including such person’s written consent to being named in the proxy statement as a nominee and to serving as a director of our general partner if elected); and (2) as to the unitholder giving the notice: (i) the name and address of such unitholder; and (ii) the number of units which are owned by the unitholder.

Where You Can Find More Information About Us

We file annual, quarterly and current reports and proxy statements with the SEC. Our SEC filings are available to the public over the internet at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. We also maintain a website at www.magellanlp.com through which our SEC filings may be accessed.

You may request a copy of the audit, compensation and nominating and governance committee charters and Corporate Governance Guidelines of our general partner’s board of directors and our code of ethics, code of business conduct, annual report or SEC filings without charge, or directions to our annual meeting by calling or writing to us at the following address:

Investor Relations Department

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.

One Williams Center

Tulsa, Oklahoma 74172

Local phone: (918) 574-7000

Toll-free phone: (877) 934-6571

If you would like to request documents from us, please do so at least 10 business days before the date of the annual meeting in order to receive timely delivery of the documents before the annual meeting. Each of these documents are also available on our website at www.magellanlp.com/aboutus.

You should rely only on the information contained in this proxy statement to vote your units at the annual meeting. We have not authorized anyone to provide you with information that is different from what is contained in this proxy statement. The information contained in this document is applicable as of the date indicated on the cover of this document unless the information specifically indicates another date applies.

 

 

    

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A Proposals – The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR all nominees and FOR Proposals 2 and 3.

 

1.  Election of Directors:

   For                        Withhold

                     01 – Chansoo Joung

        

                     02 – Michael N. Mears

        

                     03 – James R. Montague

        

 

2.  Advisory Resolution to Approve Executive Compensation

                           For            Against            Abstain    
           

 

3.  Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm for 2020

                           For            Against            Abstain    
           

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Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.

Notice of 2020 Annual Meeting of Limited Partners

Proxy Solicited by Board of Directors for Annual Meeting – April 23, 2020, 10:00 a.m. Central Time

Douglas J. May and Michael N. Mears, or either of them, each with the power of substitution, are hereby authorized to represent and vote the units of the undersigned, with all the powers which the undersigned would possess if personally present, at the Annual Meeting of Limited Partners of Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. to be held on April 23, 2020 or at any postponement or adjournment thereof.

Units represented by this proxy will be voted by the unitholder. If no such directions are indicated, the Proxies will have authority to vote FOR the Election of Directors and FOR items 2 and 3.

In their discretion, the Proxies are authorized to vote upon such other business as may properly come before the meeting.

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C Non-Voting Items

 

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