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UNITED STATES
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Notice of
Annual Meeting of Stockholders
and Proxy Statement
May 14, 2020

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Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Stockholder Meeting to Be Held on May 14, 2020: The proxy statement and annual report to stockholders are available at www.proxyvote.com.

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April 2, 2020
DEAR STOCKHOLDER:
You are cordially invited to attend our 2020 annual meeting of stockholders to be held at 8:30 a.m., Eastern Time, on May 14, 2020, at our offices located at Three Limited Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43230. Our Investor Relations telephone number is (614) 415-7585 should you require assistance in finding the location of the meeting. The formal Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders and proxy statement are attached. If you plan to attend, please bring the Admittance Slip located at the back of this booklet and a picture I.D., and review the attendance information provided. I hope that you will be able to attend and participate in the meeting, at which time I will have the opportunity to review the business and operations of our company.
The matters to be acted upon by our stockholders are discussed in the Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders. It is important that your shares be represented and voted at the meeting. Accordingly, after reading the attached proxy statement, would you kindly sign, date and return the enclosed proxy card or vote by telephone or via the Internet as described on the enclosed proxy card. Your vote is important regardless of the number of shares you own.
 
Sincerely yours,
 
 
 
/s/ Leslie H. Wexner
 
 
 
Leslie H. Wexner
 
Chairman of the Board
* We are actively monitoring the public health and travel concerns relating to COVID-19 and the related recommendations and protocols issued by federal, state and local governments. In the event that it is not possible or advisable to hold our annual meeting at the time, date and place as originally planned, we will announce alternative arrangements for the meeting as promptly as practicable, which may include holding the meeting solely by means of remote communication or adjourning or postponing the meeting. Any such change, including details on how to participate in a remote meeting, would be announced in advance via press release, a copy of which would be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as additional proxy solicitation materials and posted on our website at http://www.lb.com.

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
May 14, 2020
April 2, 2020
TO THE STOCKHOLDERS OF L BRANDS, INC.:
We are pleased to invite you to attend our 2020 annual meeting of stockholders to:
Vote on a proposal to amend the Certificate of Incorporation to remove supermajority voting requirements.
Vote on a proposal to amend the Certificate of Incorporation to provide for the annual election of directors.
Elect the three nominees proposed by the Board of Directors as directors.
Ratify the appointment of our independent registered public accountants.
Vote on a proposal to approve the 2020 Stock Option and Performance Incentive Plan.
Hold an advisory vote to approve named executive officer compensation.
Transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting.
Stockholders of record at the close of business on March 20, 2020 may vote at the meeting. If you plan to attend, please bring the Admittance Slip located at the back of this booklet and a picture I.D., and review the attendance information provided. Your vote is important. Stockholders of record can give proxies by calling a toll-free telephone number, by using the Internet or by mailing their signed proxy cards. Whether or not you plan to attend the meeting, please vote by telephone or via the Internet or sign, date and return the enclosed proxy card in the envelope provided. Instructions are included on your proxy card. You may change your vote by submitting a later dated proxy (including a proxy via telephone or the Internet) or by attending the meeting and voting in person.
 
By Order of the Board of Directors,
 
 
 
/s/ Leslie H. Wexner
 
 
 
Leslie H. Wexner
 
Chairman of the Board

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING AND VOTING
The Board of Directors (the “Board”) is soliciting your proxy to vote at our 2020 annual meeting of stockholders (or at any adjournment of the meeting). This proxy statement summarizes the information you need to know to vote at the meeting. In this proxy statement, “we,” “our,” “L Brands” and the “Company” refer to L Brands, Inc.
We began mailing this proxy statement and the enclosed proxy card, or the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) on or about April 3, 2020 to all stockholders entitled to vote. The Company’s 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K, which includes our financial statements, is being sent with this proxy statement and is available in paper copy by request or in electronic form.
Date, Time and Place of Meeting
Date:
May 14, 2020
Time:
8:30 a.m., Eastern Time
Place:
Three Limited Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43230
Attending the Meeting
Stockholders who plan to attend the meeting in person must bring photo identification and the Admittance Slip located at the back of this booklet. Because of necessary security precautions, bags, purses and briefcases may be subject to inspection. To speed the admissions process, stockholders are encouraged to bring only essential items. Cameras, camcorders or videotaping equipment are not allowed.
We are actively monitoring the public health and travel concerns relating to COVID-19 and the related recommendations and protocols issued by federal, state and local governments. In the event that it is not possible or advisable to hold our annual meeting at the time, date and place as originally planned, we will announce alternative arrangements for the meeting as promptly as practicable, which may include holding the meeting solely by means of remote communication or adjourning or postponing the meeting. Any such change, including details on how to participate in a remote meeting, would be announced in advance via press release, a copy of which would be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as additional proxy solicitation materials and posted on our website at http://www.lb.com.
Shares Entitled to Vote
Stockholders entitled to vote are those who owned Company common stock (which we refer to throughout this proxy statement as “Common Stock”) at the close of business on the record date, March 20, 2020. As of the record date, there were 276,533,315 shares of Common Stock outstanding. Each share of Common Stock that you own entitles you to one vote.
Voting Your Shares
Whether or not you plan to attend the annual meeting, we urge you to vote. Stockholders of record can give proxies by calling a toll-free telephone number, by using the Internet or by mailing their signed proxy cards. The telephone and Internet voting procedures are designed to authenticate stockholders’ identities, to allow stockholders to give their voting instructions and to confirm that stockholders’ instructions have been recorded properly. If you are voting by mail, please complete, sign and date the enclosed proxy card and return it promptly in the envelope provided. If you are voting by telephone or via the Internet, please use the telephone or Internet voting procedures set forth on the enclosed proxy card. Returning the proxy card or voting via telephone or the Internet will not affect your right to attend the meeting and vote.
The enclosed proxy card indicates the number of shares that you own.
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Voting instructions are included on your proxy card. If you properly fill in your proxy card and send it to us or vote via telephone or the Internet in time to vote, one of the individuals named on your proxy card (your “proxy”) will vote your shares as you have directed. If you sign the proxy card or vote via telephone or the Internet but do not make specific choices, your proxy will follow the Board’s recommendations and vote your shares in the following manner:
“FOR” the proposal to amend the Certificate of Incorporation to remove supermajority voting requirements (as described on page 5);
“FOR” the proposal to amend the Certificate of Incorporation to provide for the annual election of directors (as described on page 6);
“FOR” the election of the Board’s three nominees for director (as described on page 7);
“FOR” the ratification of the appointment of our independent registered public accountants (as described on page 16);
“FOR” the proposal to approve the 2020 Stock Option and Performance Incentive Plan (as described on page 17); and
“FOR” on the advisory vote to approve named executive officer compensation (as described on page 26).
If any other matter is properly presented at the meeting, your proxy will vote in accordance with his or her best judgment. At the time this proxy statement went to press, we knew of no other matters to be acted on at the meeting. See “—Vote Necessary to Approve Proposals” for a discussion of the votes required to approve these items.
Certain stockholders received a Notice containing instructions on how to access this proxy statement and our 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K via the Internet. Those stockholders should refer to the Notice for instructions on how to vote.
Revoking Your Proxy
You may revoke your proxy by:
submitting a later dated proxy (including a proxy via telephone or the Internet);
notifying our Secretary at our principal executive offices at Three Limited Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43230, in writing before the meeting that you have revoked your proxy; or
voting in person at the meeting.
Voting in Person
If you plan to vote in person, a ballot will be available when you arrive. However, if your shares are held in the name of your broker, bank or other nominee, you must bring an account statement or letter from the nominee indicating that you were the beneficial owner of the shares at the close of business on March 20, 2020, the record date for voting, as well as a proxy, executed in your favor, from the nominee.
Appointing Your Own Proxy
If you want to give your proxy to someone other than the individuals named as proxies on the proxy card, you may cross out the names of those individuals and insert the name of the individual you are authorizing to vote. Either you or that authorized individual must present the proxy card at the meeting.
Quorum Requirement
A quorum of stockholders is necessary to hold a valid meeting. The presence in person or by proxy at the meeting of holders of shares representing at least one-third of the votes of the Common Stock entitled to vote constitutes a quorum. Abstentions and “broker non-votes” are counted as present for establishing a quorum. A broker non-vote occurs on an item when a broker is not permitted to vote on that item absent instruction from the beneficial owner of the shares and no instruction is given.
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Vote Necessary to Approve Proposals
The proposal to amend the Certificate of Incorporation to remove supermajority voting requirements requires the affirmative vote of at least 75% of the outstanding shares of the Company entitled to vote at the annual meeting.
The proposal to amend the Certificate of Incorporation to provide for the annual election of directors requires the affirmative vote of at least 75% of the outstanding shares of the Company entitled to vote at the annual meeting.
Pursuant to the Company’s Bylaws, each director will be elected by a majority of the votes cast with respect to such director. A majority of the votes cast means that the number of votes “for” a director’s election must exceed 50% of the votes cast with respect to that director’s election. Any “against” votes will count as a vote cast, but “abstentions” will not count as a vote cast with respect to that director’s election. Under Delaware law, if the director is not elected at the annual meeting, the director will continue to serve on the Board as a “holdover director.” As required by the Company’s Bylaws, each director has submitted an irrevocable letter of resignation as director that becomes effective if he or she does not receive a majority of votes cast in an election and the Board accepts the resignation. If a director is not elected, the Nominating & Governance Committee will consider the director’s resignation and recommend to the Board whether to accept or reject the resignation.
The ratification of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accountants requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes present in person or by proxy and voting thereon.
Pursuant to the Company’s bylaws, the approval of the 2020 Stock Option and Performance Incentive Plan (the “2020 Plan”) requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes present in person or by proxy and voting thereon. In addition, the votes necessary to approve the 2020 Plan, including the impact of abstentions (as described under “–– Impact of Abstentions and Broker Non-Votes”) is subject to additional New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) rules. Under NYSE rules, the approval of the 2020 Plan requires a majority of the votes cast “for” the approval of the 2020 Plan.
The advisory vote to approve named executive officer compensation requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes present in person or by proxy and voting thereon. While this vote is required by law, it will neither be binding on the Company or the Board, nor will it create or imply any change in the fiduciary or other duties of, or impose any additional fiduciary or other duties on, the Company or the Board. However, the Compensation Committee will take into account the outcome of the vote when considering future executive compensation decisions.
Impact of Abstentions and Broker Non-Votes
You may “abstain” from voting for any nominee in the election of directors and on the other proposals. Abstentions with respect to the election of directors, the ratification of the appointment of our independent registered public accountants and the advisory vote to approve named executive compensation will be excluded entirely from the vote and will have no effect. Abstentions with respect to the proposal to amend the Certificate of Incorporation to remove supermajority voting requirements and the proposal to amend the Certificate of Incorporation to provide for the annual election of directors will have the same effect as a vote “against” the proposal. Under NYSE rules, “votes cast” on the approval of the 2020 Plan consist of votes “for” or “against” the approval of the 2020 Plan as well as abstentions. As a result, abstentions have the effect of a vote “against” the approval of the 2020 Plan.
In addition, under NYSE rules, if your broker holds your shares in its name, your broker is permitted to vote your shares on the proposal to ratify Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accountants, even if it did not receive voting instructions from you. Your broker may not vote your shares on any of the other matters without specific instruction. A “broker non-vote” occurs when a broker submits a proxy but refrains from voting. Shares represented by broker non-votes are counted as present or represented for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum but are not counted as otherwise present or represented.
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Obtaining Additional Copies of the Proxy Materials
We have adopted a procedure called “householding.” Under this procedure, stockholders who share the same last name and reside at the same mailing address will receive one Notice or one set of proxy materials (if they have elected to receive hard copies of the proxy materials), unless one of the stockholders at that address has notified us that they wish to receive individual copies. Stockholders who participate in householding continue to receive separate control numbers for voting. Householding does not in any way affect dividend check mailings.
If you hold Common Stock and currently are subject to householding, but prefer to receive separate copies of proxy materials and other stockholder communications from the Company, or if you are sharing an address with another stockholder and would like to consent to householding, you may revoke or grant your consent to householding as appropriate at any time by calling toll-free at 1-866-540-7095 or notifying our Secretary at our principal executive offices at Three Limited Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43230.
A number of brokerages and other institutional holders of record have implemented householding. If you hold your shares beneficially in street name, please contact your broker or other intermediary holder of record to request information about householding.
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PROPOSAL 1: PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION TO REMOVE SUPERMAJORITY VOTING REQUIREMENTS
Background
This proposal is a result of the Board’s ongoing review of the Company’s corporate governance practices, including consideration of the vote at the Company’s 2019 annual meeting on a nonbinding stockholder proposal addressing the same topic. After a review of evolving corporate governance practices, and consistent with its strong commitment to the careful consideration of stockholder views, the Board has determined that it is in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders to amend the Company’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the “Charter”) to remove supermajority voting requirements in the Charter. The Board cannot unilaterally adopt the proposal because a stockholder vote is necessary under Delaware law.
Proposed Amendment
If approved, the proposal would amend the Charter to provide for the removal of each supermajority voting requirement (the “Supermajority Amendment”).
The text of the proposed Supermajority Amendment, which would remove Articles EIGHTH and THIRTEENTH and Section 2 of Article FIFTH and Section 1 of Article ELEVENTH of the Charter in their entirety, and modify Articles TENTH and TWELFTH and Section 2 of Article ELEVENTH of the Charter, is attached as Appendix A to this proxy statement.
Required Vote
For the Supermajority Amendment to become effective, this proposal must receive the affirmative vote of at least 75% of the outstanding shares of the Company entitled to vote at the annual meeting. If the Supermajority Amendment does not receive this level of stockholder approval, the Supermajority Amendment will not be implemented and the Company’s current voting requirements will remain in place.
This Proposal 1 for the Supermajority Amendment is separate from, and is not conditioned on, the approval of Proposal 2 on the Declassification Amendment. Your vote on this Proposal 1 does not affect your vote on Proposal 2.
Board Recommendation
The Board recommends a vote FOR the proposed Supermajority Amendment to remove supermajority voting requirements.
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PROPOSAL 2: PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION TO PROVIDE FOR THE ANNUAL ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
Background
This proposal is a result of the Board’s ongoing review of the Company’s corporate governance policies. After a review of evolving corporate governance practices, and consistent with its strong commitment to the careful consideration of stockholder views, the Board has determined that it is in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders to amend the Charter to eliminate the Company’s classified board structure and provide for the annual election of directors. The Board cannot unilaterally adopt the proposal because a stockholder vote is necessary under Delaware law.
Proposed Amendment
If approved, the proposal would amend the Charter to provide for the annual election of all directors (the “Declassification Amendment”).
The Company’s current Charter divides the Board into three classes that are elected for staggered, three-year terms. If the proposed Declassification Amendment is adopted, all directors will be elected on an annual basis beginning at the 2021 annual meeting as follows:
directors who are elected at this annual meeting will serve a one-year term and they, or any successors, will stand for election to a one-year term at the 2021 annual meeting;
directors whose terms expire at the 2021 annual meeting will, or their successors will, stand for election to a one-year term at the 2021 annual meeting; and
directors who have been elected to terms expiring at the 2022 annual meeting will resign immediately following this annual meeting, and shall immediately thereafter be appointed by the Board to serve until the 2021 annual meeting, and they, or their successors, shall stand for election to a one-year term at the 2021 annual meeting.
Furthermore, the Company’s current Charter provides that directors may be removed only for cause, and then upon the affirmative vote of 75% of the Company’s outstanding shares entitled to vote thereon. However, Delaware law provides that the directors of a corporation without a classified board may be removed with or without cause, by the holders of a majority of the shares then entitled to vote. In order to conform to Delaware law, the proposed Declassification Amendment provides that all directors may be removed with or without cause upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the Company’s outstanding shares entitled to vote thereon.
The text of the proposed Declassification Amendment, which would modify Section 1 of Article SIXTH and Article TENTH of the Charter, is attached as Appendix B to this proxy statement.
Required Vote
For the Declassification Amendment to become effective, this proposal must receive the affirmative vote of at least 75% of the outstanding shares of the Company entitled to vote at the annual meeting. If the Declassification Amendment does not receive this level of stockholder approval, the Declassification Amendment will not be implemented and the Company’s current classified board structure will remain in place.
This Proposal 2 for the Declassification Amendment is separate from, and is not conditioned on, the approval of Proposal 1 on the Supermajority Amendment. Your vote on this Proposal 2 does not affect your vote on Proposal 1.
Board Recommendation
The Board recommends a vote FOR the proposed Declassification Amendment to eliminate the Company’s classified board structure.
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PROPOSAL 3: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
The Board has nominated three directors for election at the annual meeting. If you elect the three nominees and approve Proposal 2, they will hold office for a one-year term expiring at the 2021 annual meeting or until their successors have been elected. If you elect the three nominees and do not approve Proposal 2, they will hold office for a three-year term expiring at the 2023 annual meeting or until their successors have been elected.
The Board believes in the necessity of ongoing Board refreshment, and rigorous self-evaluation, diversity and succession planning. We regularly engage with our shareholders and other stakeholders on Board refreshment. We have added five new directors since 2014. Five of our directors are women, including two who are women of color.
The Board has in place a robust process that will allow us to continue to refresh the Board and its leadership significantly over the next several years and beyond. We want a thoughtful approach to succession planning and an orderly transition, and the Board seeks to strike a balanced approach that allows the Board to benefit from the right mix of newer directors who bring fresh perspectives and seasoned directors who bring continuity and deep insight into our business and strategies. The Company believes that an effective Board consists of individuals who possess a variety of complementary skills, a range of tenures and a diversity of perspectives. We intend to refresh our Board and assess our Board succession plans with this in mind. The Nominating and Governance Committee and the Board consider the performance, contributions, skills and experience of our Board members in the broader context of the Board’s overall composition, with a view toward constituting a Board that has the integrity, judgment, skill set, experience and other characteristics to oversee the broad set of challenges that the Company faces and evaluate management on executing the Company’s business strategy.
We believe that our Board as a whole possesses the right mix of qualifications, skills and experience to oversee and address the key issues facing our Company now, and the commitment to Board refreshment to ensure this moving forward.
Set forth below is additional information about the experience and qualifications of each of the nominees for director, as well as each of the current members of the Board, that led the Board to conclude, at the time each individual was nominated to serve on the Board, that he or she would provide valuable insight and guidance as a member of the Board.
Your proxy will vote for each of the nominees unless you specify otherwise. If any nominee is unable to serve, your proxy may vote for another nominee proposed by the Board. We do not know of any nominee of the Board who would be unable to serve as a director if elected.
The Board recommends a vote FOR the election of all of the following nominees of the Board:
Nominees and Directors
Nominees of the Board at the 2020 Annual Meeting
Donna A. James
Director since 2003
Age 62
In April 2006, Ms. James established Lardon & Associates LLC, a business and executive advisory services firm, where she is Managing Director. Ms. James served as the President of Nationwide Strategic Investments, a division of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, from 2003 through March 2006. Ms. James served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Nationwide Financial Services from 2000 until 2003. Ms. James is a director of Boston Scientific Corporation, a developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices. Ms. James served as a director of Marathon Petroleum Corp., a transportation fuels refiner, from 2011 to 2018. Ms. James also served as Chairman of Financial Settlement Services Agency, Inc. from 2005 through 2006, as director of CNO Financial Group, Inc., a holding company for a group of insurance companies, from 2007 to 2011, as director of Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., a nonalcoholic beverages company, from 2005 to 2012 and as a director of Time Warner Cable Inc., a provider of video, data and voice services, from 2009 to 2016. Ms. James’s nomination is supported by her executive experience, financial expertise, service on several boards of directors and experience with respect to corporate diversity and related issues.
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Michael G. Morris
Director since 2012
Age 73
Mr. Morris served as the Chairman of the Board of American Electric Power Company, Inc., one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, from 2012 to April 2014. From January 2004 until November 2011, Mr. Morris served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of American Electric Power Company, Inc. From 1997 until 2003, he served as the President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Northeast Utilities, the largest electric utility in New England. From 2013 to 2017, Mr. Morris served as a director of Spectra Energy Corp., one of North America’s leading natural gas infrastructure companies until its acquisition by Enbridge Inc., from 2017 to 2018, Mr. Morris served as director of Spectra Energy Partners GP, LLC, the general partner of Spectra Energy Partners (DE) GP, LP, the general partner of Spectra Energy Partners, LP, a master limited partnership engaged in the transmission, storage and gathering of natural gas, and the transportation and storage of crude oil, until its acquisition by Enbridge Inc., and from 2018 to 2019, Mr. Morris served as a director of PHL Group, Inc. Mr. Morris currently serves as a director of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., an investment and insurance company, and as the Non-Executive Chairman of the board of directors of Alcoa Corporation, a producer of bauxite, alumina and aluminum. Mr. Morris served as a director of Alcoa Inc., a producer of aluminum, from 2008 to 2016, until Alcoa Inc.’s separation into two standalone, publicly-traded companies, Alcoa Corporation and Arconic Inc. Mr. Morris’s nomination is supported by his broad business experience and management expertise.
Robert H. Schottenstein
Director since 2017
Age 67
Mr. Schottenstein has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of M/I Homes, Inc., one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, since 2004. From 2014 to March 2020 Mr. Schottenstein served on the board of Installed Building Products, Inc., a leading installer of insulation and complementary building products for residential new construction. He also serves on the boards of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus 2020, The Ohio State University Foundation and the Executive Committee of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing. Mr. Schottenstein’s nomination is supported by his management and business experience and involvement in various public policy issues.
Directors Whose Terms Expire at the 2021 Annual Meeting
Stephen D. Steinour
Director since 2014
Age 61
Mr. Steinour has been the Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated, a regional bank holding company, since 2009. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Steinour was a Managing Partner in CrossHarbor Capital Partners, LLC, a recognized leading manager of alternative investments. Mr. Steinour was with Citizens Financial Group from 1992 to 2008, where he served in various executive roles, including President from 2005 to 2007 and Chief Executive Officer from 2007 to 2008. Mr. Steinour currently serves as a director of Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, and his service on such board will conclude on April 28, 2020. Mr. Steinour also serves as a supervisory board member of The Clearing House, a real-time payments platform. He previously served as a trustee of Liberty Property Trust, a real estate investment trust, from 2010 to 2014, and as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, from 2017 to 2019. Mr. Steinour’s nomination was supported by his executive experience, financial expertise and service on several boards of directors.
Abigail S. Wexner
Director since 1997
Age 58
Mrs. Wexner is the chairman, CEO and Founder of Whitebarn Associates, LLC a private investment company. She serves on the boards of Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of high performance thermoplastic corrugated pipe, The Ohio State University, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, the Columbus Partnership, Pelotonia, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, The Wexner Foundation, The Columbus Jewish Federation and the United States Equestrian Team Foundation. She is founder and chair of the board for The Center for Family Safety and Healing, founding board member and vice chair of the board for KIPP Columbus and a past chair of the Governing Committee of the Columbus Foundation. Mrs. Wexner is the wife of Leslie H. Wexner. Mrs. Wexner’s nomination was supported by her executive and legal experience, as well as her expertise with respect to a wide range of diversity, philanthropic and public policy issues.
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Directors Whose Terms Expire at the 2022 Annual Meeting
Patricia S. Bellinger
Director since 2017
Age 59
Ms. Bellinger is the Chief of Staff and Strategic Advisor to the President of Harvard University, an institution of higher education. From 2017 to 2018, she was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, a graduate and professional school. From 2013 to 2017, she was an Adjunct Lecturer and the Executive Director at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and from 2010 to 2013, she was the Executive Director of Executive Education at Harvard Business School, a graduate and professional school. Prior to joining Harvard Business School, Ms. Bellinger was group vice president at British Petroleum, a global energy company, from 2000 to 2007, where she oversaw leadership development programs and established and led British Petroleum’s global diversity and inclusion transformation. Ms. Bellinger served as a director of Pattern Energy Group Inc., a power company, from 2013 until 2018 and Paris-based Sodexo S.A., from 2005 until 2018. She also serves as a director of Paris-based Sonepar, and as a trustee of uAspire. Ms. Bellinger’s nomination was supported by her extensive executive, business and leadership experience and service on several boards of directors.
Sarah E. Nash
Director since 2019
Age 66
Ms. Nash is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Novagard Solutions, Inc., a privately held manufacturer of silicone sealants and conformal coatings, hybrid sealants and foam located in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Nash spent nearly 30 years in investment banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (and predecessor companies), a financial services firm, retiring as Vice Chairman in July 2005. She currently serves on the boards of directors of Blackbaud, Inc., a software company providing technology solutions for the not-for-profit industry, and Knoll, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of lifestyle and workplace furnishings, textiles and fine leathers, and on the boards of directors of privately held HBD Industries, Inc. and Irving Oil Company. Ms. Nash is trustee of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Chair of the International Friends Advisory Board of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and a member of the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution. Ms. Nash holds a BA in political science from Vassar College. Ms. Nash’s nomination was supported by her extensive experience in capital markets, strategic transactions, corporate governance and non-profit organizations.
Anne Sheehan
Director since 2019
Age 63
Ms. Sheehan is the Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee. From 2008 until 2018, Ms. Sheehan served as the Director of Corporate Governance at The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), the largest educator-only pension fund in the world and the second largest pension fund in the United States. She previously served as the Chief Deputy Director for Policy at the California Department of Finance from 2004 to 2008 and as Executive Director at the California Building Industry Foundation from 2000 to 2004. Ms. Sheehan is a founder of the Investor Stewardship Group, serves on the Advisory Board of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, is a member of the Advisory Board of Rock Center for Corporate Governance of Stanford Law School and is a Senior Advisor at PJT Camberview. Ms. Sheehan’s nomination was supported by her extensive experience as a corporate governance professional and her senior management and leadership experience addressing complex legislative, regulatory and public finance issues.
Leslie H. Wexner
Director since 1963
Age 82
Mr. Wexner has been Chief Executive Officer of the Company since he founded the Company in 1963, and Chairman of the Board for 43 years. Mr. Wexner is the husband of Abigail S. Wexner. Mr. Wexner’s nomination was supported by his effective leadership of the Company since its inception.
Retiring Directors
Raymond Zimmerman has determined not to stand for reelection and E. Gordon Gee and Allan R. Tessler have informed the Company that they will retire from the Board effective May 14, 2020, at the conclusion of our annual meeting. We thank them for their years of exceptional commitment and distinguished service to the Company.
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Director Independence
The Board has determined that each of the individuals nominated to serve on the Board, together with Dr. Gee, Messrs. Tessler and Zimmerman and each of the members of the Board who will continue to serve after the 2020 annual meeting of stockholders (except for Abigail S. Wexner and Leslie H. Wexner), has no material relationship with the Company other than in his or her capacity as a director of the Company and that each is “independent” in accordance with applicable NYSE standards. If all director nominees are elected to serve as our directors, independent directors will constitute over 75% of our Board.
In making these determinations, the Board took into account all factors and circumstances that it considered relevant, including, where applicable, the existence of any employment relationship between the director (or nominee) or a member of the director’s (or nominee’s) immediate family and the Company; whether within the past three years the director (or nominee) has served as an executive officer of the Company; whether the director (or nominee) or a member of the director’s (or nominee’s) immediate family has received, during any twelve-month period within the last three years, direct compensation from the Company in excess of $120,000; whether the director (or nominee) or a member of the director’s (or nominee’s) immediate family has been, within the last three years, a partner or an employee of the Company’s internal or external auditors; and whether the director (or nominee) or a member of the director’s (or nominee’s) immediate family is employed by an entity that is engaged in business dealings with the Company. The Board has not adopted categorical standards with respect to director independence. The Board believes that it is more appropriate to make independence determinations on a case-by-case basis in light of all relevant factors.
Board Leadership Structure
On February 20, 2020, L Brands and SP VS Buyer LP (“Sycamore”), an affiliate of Sycamore Partners Management, L.P., entered into a Transaction Agreement (the “Transaction Agreement”) pursuant to which, among other things, L Brands will transfer certain assets and liabilities relating to its business conducted under the Victoria’s Secret and PINK brands to a newly formed subsidiary of L Brands (“VS Holdco”) and sell 55% of the equity interests of VS Holdco to Sycamore (the “Transaction”). L Brands, through its subsidiaries, will retain 45% of the equity interests of VS Holdco.
Mr. Leslie H. Wexner serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of the Company. Upon the closing of the transactions contemplated by the Transaction Agreement (the “Closing”), Mr. Wexner will step down as Chairman of the Board and as CEO and will remain a member of the Board as Chairman Emeritus. Andrew Meslow, the Chief Executive Officer of Bath & Body Works, will be appointed by the Board as our CEO and as a director of the Company, effective upon the Closing.
Allan R. Tessler currently serves as the lead independent director. In July 2012, the Board determined that the lead independent director should be appointed solely by the independent directors, as they deem appropriate, and Mr. Tessler was subsequently reappointed as the lead independent director by them. As lead independent director, Mr. Tessler has the authority to call meetings of the independent directors, at which he serves as the chairman. Mr. Tessler also approves information sent to the Board, including the agenda for Board meetings, and is responsible for approving meeting schedules in order to assure that there is sufficient time for discussion of all agenda items. Upon Mr. Tessler’s retirement, Ms. Nash will serve as lead independent director. Upon the Closing, Ms. Nash will be appointed as the Chair of the Board.
Risk Oversight; Certain Compensation Matters
The Board, directly and through the Audit Committee and other committees of the Board, takes an active role in the oversight of the Company’s policies with respect to the assessment and management of enterprise risk. Among other things, the Board has policies in place for identifying the senior executive responsible for key risks as well as the Board committees with oversight responsibility for particular key risks. In a number of cases, oversight is conducted by the full Board.
Among other things, the Company, including the Compensation Committee of the Board, has evaluated the Company’s compensation structure from the perspective of enterprise risk. The Company, including the Compensation Committee, believes that the Company’s compensation structures are appropriate and do not incentivize inappropriate taking of business risks.
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Cybersecurity Risk
The Board and the Audit Committee take an active role in the oversight of the Company’s cybersecurity and data security policies. Among other things, the Board periodically reviews with members of management of the Company issues relating to information security, fraud, data security and cybersecurity risk and developments as well as the steps management has taken to monitor and control such exposures.
Review of Strategic Plans and Capital Structure
The Board regularly reviews the Company’s strategic plans and capital structure with a view toward long-term value creation, including environmental, social and governance considerations. The Board also conducts a strategic planning retreat at least annually with senior management.
Social Responsibility
The Company is a values-based company and we strive to operate our business according to high standards of social responsibility. The Board reviews issues of social responsibility, including diversity and inclusion, environmental, philanthropic and governance matters, and the Company’s policies, practices and progress with respect to such issues. Key areas of focus and highlights include:
Commitment to improving the communities where we do business. In 2019, we invested more than $13 million in non-profit organizations in our home office communities through the L Brands Foundation.
Empowering and joining our associates in funding research with the goal of ending cancer. Last year, together with associates, we raised more than $4.9 million for the James Cancer Center of The Ohio State University, bringing the 11-year total to $64 million. In addition we have sponsored the world’s largest Komen Race for the Cure corporate team for the last 10 years.
Selection of vendors based on their ability and commitment to meet our safety and quality standards, and to follow our strict ethical labor and environmental standards. The majority of our production comes from the United States, China, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and India and includes many long-term strategic supplier partners.
Reduction of our environmental impact through the use of sustainably-managed materials and the introduction of programs to reduce energy consumption. For example, under the Company’s Forest Products Procurement Policy, we work with our suppliers to source packaging and products, including those made from man-made cellulosic fibers, that include recycled content or are produced with pulp from certified forestry operations, reducing the pressures on endangered forests.
Promotion of environmentally sensitive practices. For example, we have built a chemical management program aimed at eliminating the discharge of 14 priority chemical categories in conjunction with the manufacturing of our apparel products. Additionally, the Company partners with The Better Cotton Initiative (“BCI”) to improve cotton farming globally. By the end of 2021, 50% of the Company’s cotton will be sourced through BCI.
Recruitment, retention and advancement of talent that reflects the customers we serve and our communities. The Company earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign 2020 Corporate Equality Index.
Human Capital Management
The Board recognizes that attracting, developing and retaining the best people is crucial to all aspects of the Company’s activities and long-term success and has oversight of the development and implementation of our human capital management programs, including diversity and inclusion practices and initiatives, recruiting, retention and career development and progression. Among other things, the Board reviews with members of management of the Company issues relating to human capital management such as employee engagement, workforce planning and demographics, diversity and inclusion strategies and our corporate culture.
Succession Planning
The Board and its Nominating & Governance Committee have developed policies and principles governing succession planning with respect to the CEO and senior management.
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Information Concerning Board Meeting Attendance
Our Board held 12 meetings in fiscal year 2019. During fiscal year 2019, all of the directors attended 75% or more of the total number of meetings of the Board and of the committees of the Board on which they served (which were held during the period in which they served).
Committees of the Board
Audit Committee
The Audit Committee of the Board is instrumental in the Board’s fulfillment of its oversight responsibilities relating to (i) the integrity of the Company’s financial statements, (ii) the Company’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, (iii) the qualifications, independence and performance of the Company’s independent auditors and (iv) the performance of the Company’s internal audit function. The current members of the Audit Committee are Ms. James (Chair), Ms. Nash and Messrs. Tessler and Zimmerman. The Board has determined that each of the Audit Committee members meets the independence, expertise and experience standards established by the NYSE and the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) for service on the Audit Committee of the Board and for designation as an “audit committee financial expert” within the meaning of the regulations promulgated by the Commission.
The Report of the Audit Committee can be found on page 58 of this proxy statement. The Audit Committee held 13 meetings in fiscal year 2019.
Compensation Committee
The Compensation Committee of the Board (i) oversees the Company’s compensation and benefits philosophy and policies generally, (ii) evaluates the CEO’s performance and oversees and sets compensation for the CEO, (iii) oversees the evaluation process and compensation structure for other members of the Company’s senior management and (iv) fulfills the other responsibilities set forth in its charter. The current members of the Compensation Committee are Mr. Morris (Chair), Dr. Gee and Mr. Schottenstein. The Board has determined that each of the current Compensation Committee members is “independent” in accordance with applicable NYSE standards.
The Report of the Compensation Committee can be found on page 53 of this proxy statement. The Compensation Committee held 11 meetings in fiscal year 2019.
Nominating & Governance Committee
The Nominating & Governance Committee actively engages in the ongoing review of the composition of the Board and opportunities for Board refreshment. Based on its review, the Nominating & Governance Committee identifies and recommends to the Board candidates who are qualified to serve on the Board and its committees. The Nominating & Governance Committee also considers and reviews the qualifications of any individual nominated for election to the Board by stockholders. It is responsible for proposing a slate of candidates for election as directors at each annual meeting of stockholders. We have added five new directors since 2014 who bring a diversity of skills, attributes and perspectives to the Board. In addition to ongoing Board refreshment, we believe that a variety of director tenures is beneficial to ensure Board quality and continuity of experience, as reflected in the current composition of our Board.
The Nominating & Governance Committee develops and recommends to the Board criteria and procedures for the selection and evaluation of new individuals to serve as directors and committee members. In assessing director nominees, the Nominating & Governance Committee takes into account the qualifications of existing directors for continuing service or re-nomination, which may be affected by, among other things, the quality of their contributions, their attendance records, changes in their primary employment or other business affiliations, the number of boards of publicly held companies on which they serve or other competing demands on their time and attention. While the Board has not established any specific minimum qualifications for director nominees, as indicated in the Company’s corporate governance principles, the directors and any potential nominees should possess the integrity, judgment, skills, experience and other characteristics that are deemed necessary or desirable for the effective performance of the Board’s oversight function. Certain of the skills, qualifications and particular areas of expertise considered with respect to the members of the Board at the time each Director was nominated are summarized in the director biographies found on pages 7 through 9 of this proxy statement. Although the Nominating & Governance Committee does not use formal quantitative or similar criteria with regard to diversity in its selection process, the Company’s
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corporate governance principles provide that the Board will be composed of members of diverse backgrounds and, accordingly, the Committee considers the diversity of experience, background and expertise of the current directors and areas where new directors might add additional perspectives, as factors in the selection of Board nominees. Five of our directors are women, including two who are women of color. The Company will continue to require that the initial pool of candidates identified to be considered for any future Board vacancy include persons reflecting a diversity of race, ethnicity and gender. In addition, in connection with the use of a third-party search firm to identify external candidates who are qualified to serve as potential successors to the CEO, the Board will instruct such third-party search firm to take into consideration the Company’s commitment to diversity as defined above.
The Nominating & Governance Committee does not have a formal policy on the consideration of director candidates recommended by stockholders. The Board believes that it is more appropriate to provide the Nominating & Governance Committee flexibility in evaluating stockholder recommendations. In the event that a director nominee is recommended by a stockholder, the Nominating & Governance Committee will give due consideration to the director nominee and will use the same criteria used for evaluating Board director nominees, in addition to considering the information relating to the director nominee provided by the stockholder.
The Company engaged a search firm to assist the Nominating & Governance Committee in identifying and evaluating potential directors.
The Nominating & Governance Committee also develops and recommends to the Board, and regularly reviews, a set of corporate governance principles for the Company to ensure they reflect evolving best practices, monitors compliance with those principles and stays abreast of developments in the area of corporate governance. A proxy access bylaw was adopted in November 2016, permitting up to 20 stockholders owning 3% or more of the outstanding shares of Common Stock continuously for at least three years to nominate the greater of two directors or up to 20% of the Board and include those nominees in our proxy materials. The Nominating & Governance Committee also reviews and periodically makes recommendations to the Board regarding the structure, practices, policies and activities of the Board and its committees. Each Board committee’s charter is reviewed at least annually. To ensure that the Board, Board committees and individual directors remain effective, the Nominating & Governance Committee oversees a robust annual evaluation of the Board, each Board committee and each individual director and recommends ways to improve performance. At least annually, each of the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Nominating & Governance Committee evaluates its own performance and reports to the Board on such evaluation. The full Board also engages in self-evaluation at least annually. As a result of the Board’s review of evolving corporate governance practices, and consistent with its strong commitment to the careful consideration of stockholder views, the Board has submitted proposals to stockholders at this annual meeting to amend the Charter to remove supermajority voting requirements and to declassify the Board. The current members of the Nominating & Governance Committee are Mr. Tessler (Chair) and Mses. James and Sheehan. The Board has determined that each of the current Nominating & Governance Committee members is “independent” in accordance with applicable NYSE standards.
The Nominating & Governance Committee held 7 meetings in fiscal year 2019.
Executive Committee
The Executive Committee of the Board may exercise, to the fullest extent permitted by law, all of the powers and authority granted to the Board. Among other things, the Executive Committee may declare dividends, authorize the issuance of stock and authorize the seal of the Company to be affixed to papers that require it. The current members of the Executive Committee are Messrs. Wexner (Chair) and Tessler.
Finance Committee
The Finance Committee of the Board periodically reviews the Company’s financial position and financial arrangements with banks and other financial institutions. The Finance Committee also makes recommendations on financial matters that it believes are necessary, advisable or appropriate. The current members of the Finance Committee are Mr. Tessler (Chair), Mses. Nash and Wexner and Mr. Zimmerman.
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Inclusion Committee
The Inclusion Committee of the Board is instrumental in the Board’s fulfillment of its oversight responsibilities relating to, among other things, (i) the Company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and (ii) the performance of the Company’s Office of Inclusion. The current members of the Inclusion Committee are Mrs. Wexner (Chair), Ms. Bellinger, Dr. Gee and Ms. James.
Retiring Committee Members
Effective as of the annual meeting, Dr. Gee and Messrs. Tessler and Zimmerman will conclude service on the Board and the respective Committees on which they serve.
Meetings of the Company’s Non-Management Directors
The non-management directors of the Board meet in executive session in connection with each regularly scheduled Board meeting. Mr. Tessler serves as the chair of those meetings, which neither Mr. Wexner nor Mrs. Wexner attends.
Communications with Stockholders
The Board believes that it is important to understand stockholder perspectives on the Company and foster long-term relationships with stockholders and, to that end, we have a policy of robust engagement with stockholders, with continuing outreach to and dialogue with all of our major investors on a range of issues, including corporate governance matters and environmental and social goals and initiatives. Such engagements with investors have been highly constructive. The Board also provides a process for interested parties to send communications to the full Board, the non-management members of the Board, the lead independent director and the members of the Audit Committee. Any director may be contacted by writing to him or her c/o L Brands, Inc., Three Limited Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43230 or emailing at boardofdirectors@lb.com. Any stockholder wishing to contact Audit Committee members may send an email to auditcommittee@lb.com. Communications that are not related to a director’s duties and responsibilities as a Board member, a non-management director or an Audit Committee member may be excluded by the Office of the General Counsel, including, without limitation, solicitations and advertisements; junk mail; product-related communications; job referral materials such as resumes; surveys; and any other material that is determined to be illegal or otherwise inappropriate. The directors to whom such information is addressed are informed that the information has been removed and that it will be made available to such directors upon request.
Attendance at Annual Meetings
The Company does not have a formal policy regarding attendance by members of the Board at the Company’s annual meeting of stockholders. However, it encourages directors to attend and historically nearly all have done so. All of the then-current Board members attended the 2019 annual meeting, except for Dr. Gee and Mr. Tessler. Each director is expected to dedicate sufficient time, energy and attention to ensure the diligent performance of his or her duties, including by attending meetings of the Board and the committees of which he or she is a member.
Code of Conduct, Related Person Transaction Policy and Associated Matters
The Company has a code of conduct that is applicable to all employees of the Company, including the CEO and Chief Financial Officer, and to members of the Board. Any amendments to the code or any waivers from any provisions of the code granted to executive officers or directors will be promptly disclosed to stockholders through posting on the Company’s website at www.lb.com.
Under the Company’s Related Person Transaction Policy (the “Policy”), subject to certain exceptions, directors and executive officers of the Company are required to notify the Company of the existence or potential existence of any financial or commercial transaction, agreement or relationship involving the Company in which a director or executive officer or his or her immediate family members has a direct or indirect material interest. Each such transaction must be approved by the Board or a committee consisting solely of independent directors after consideration of all material facts and circumstances.
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The Company is engaged in several projects designed to increase our speed and agility in producing products that satisfy our customers. In the case of our beauty, personal care and home fragrance businesses, the development of supplier facilities in close proximity to our headquarters and distribution facilities in central Ohio has been an integral part of capturing the many business benefits of speed and agility. The New Albany Company, a business beneficially owned by Mr. and Mrs. Wexner, is in the business of developing real estate, including industrial parks, and has sold land (and may in the future sell land) to certain vendors or third party developers in connection with the continuing development of an industrial park focused on the foregoing business categories in New Albany, Ohio. The Audit Committee monitors such vendor and third party transactions on an ongoing basis to assure that they are in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders generally.
Copies of the Company’s Code of Conduct, Corporate Governance Principles, Policy and Committee Charters
The Company’s code of conduct, corporate governance principles and Policy, as well as the charters of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating & Governance Committee of the Board, are available on the Company’s website at www.lb.com. Stockholders may also request a copy of any such document from: L Brands, Inc., Attention: Investor Relations, Three Limited Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43230.
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PROPOSAL 4: RATIFICATION OF THE APPOINTMENT
OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS
The Audit Committee has appointed Ernst & Young LLP to serve as the Company’s independent registered public accountants for the fiscal year ending January 30, 2021. Ernst & Young LLP has been retained as the Company’s independent registered public accountants continuously since 2003.
The Audit Committee is responsible for the appointment, compensation, retention and oversight of the Company’s independent registered public accountants. The Audit Committee is responsible for approving the fees associated with the Company’s retention of Ernst & Young LLP. In accordance with Commission rules, Ernst & Young LLP’s lead engagement partner rotates every five years. The Audit Committee is directly involved in the selection of Ernst & Young LLP’s lead engagement partner. In addition, the Audit Committee evaluates Ernst & Young LLP’s qualifications, performance and independence and presents its conclusions on these matters to the Board on at least an annual basis, and annually considers whether to continue its engagement of Ernst & Young LLP.
The members of the Audit Committee and the Board believe that the continued retention of Ernst & Young LLP to serve as the Company’s independent registered public accountants is in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders. We are asking you to ratify Ernst & Young LLP’s appointment, although your ratification is not required. A representative of Ernst & Young LLP will be present at the meeting, will have the opportunity to make a statement and will be available to respond to appropriate questions.
Additional information concerning the Company’s engagement of Ernst & Young LLP is included on page 59.
The Board recommends a vote FOR the ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accountants.
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PROPOSAL 5: 2020 STOCK OPTION AND PERFORMANCE INCENTIVE PLAN
On May 26, 2011, our stockholders approved our 2011 Stock Option and Performance Incentive Plan (the “2011  Plan”) and on May 21, 2015 our stockholders approved the 2015 Stock Option and Performance Incentive Plan, which amended and restated the 2011 Plan (the “2015 Plan”). After thorough review of the terms set forth in our 2011 Plan and 2015 Plan, including the share pools underlying the potential awards for our participants under each plan, the Board determined that it would be in the best interests of L Brands and its stockholders to approve the 2020 Plan, and recommends that our stockholders approve the 2020 Plan. The Board believes that an effective equity compensation program is a key component of our compensation philosophy and requests that the stockholders approve the 2020 Plan.
The Board believes that the 2020 Plan will be an important factor in attracting and retaining high caliber employees. The 2015 Plan, along with its predecessor plans, has served as an important part of the Company’s overall compensation program through its enabling of granting stock options and other equity-based awards to employees and advisors.
The 2020 Plan includes 6,400,000 shares of Common Stock for which stockholder approval is being requested (see “Number of Authorized Shares” below). As of April 1, 2020, there were 5,333,119 shares of Common Stock available for future awards under the 2015 Plan, not including shares of our Common Stock that may be forfeited, terminated, surrendered or canceled without the delivery of shares of Common Stock under outstanding awards. There are no shares remaining available for grant under predecessor plans including the 1993 Stock Option and Performance Incentive Plan (the “1993 Plan”), although awards remain outstanding and subject to payment or forfeiture under the 1993 Plan. As of April 1, 2020, there were 5,180,433 options to purchase the Common Stock outstanding and no stock appreciation rights outstanding. The options have a weighted average exercise price of $52.22 per share and a weighted average remaining term of 5.9 years. There were 7,938,791 shares of Common Stock outstanding in connection with unvested full value awards as of April 1, 2020. There were 276,533,315 shares of Common Stock outstanding on March 20, 2020, the record date for the 2020 annual meeting.
A copy of the 2020 Plan is attached hereto as Appendix C and the following summary of the material terms of the 2020 Plan does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by the terms of the 2020 Plan. In the event that the 2020 Plan is not approved by our stockholders, awards will continue to be made under the 2015 Plan.
The Board of Directors Recommends a Vote FOR Approval of the 2020 Stock Option and Performance Incentive Plan.
Purpose of the 2020 Plan
The purpose of the 2020 Plan is to attract and retain the best available executive and key management associates, consultants and other advisors for L Brands and its subsidiaries and affiliates and to encourage the highest level of performance by such associates, consultants and other advisors, thereby enhancing the value of L Brands for the benefit of its stockholders. The 2020 Plan is also intended to motivate executive and key management associates, consultants and other advisors to contribute to our future growth and profitability and to reward their performance in a manner that provides them with a means to increase their holdings of Common Stock and aligns their interest with the interests of our stockholders.
Administration of the 2020 Plan
The 2020 Plan will be administered by the Compensation Committee of the Board. The Compensation Committee will be composed of directors who qualify as “non-employee directors” within the meaning of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) and “independent” to the extent required by applicable law or rules of the NYSE. The Compensation Committee has the power in its discretion to grant awards under the 2020 Plan, to determine the terms thereof, to interpret the provisions of the 2020 Plan and to take action as it deems necessary or advisable for the administration of the 2020 Plan.
Number of Authorized Shares
The 2020 Plan provides for awards with respect to a maximum of 11,733,119 shares of Common Stock to associates of L Brands and its subsidiaries and affiliates (composed of 6,400,000 shares for which stockholder approval is being requested, which constitutes 2.3% of L Brands’ outstanding 276,533,315 shares of Common Stock as of March 20, 2020, plus 5,333,119 previously authorized and unissued shares under the 2015 Plan as of April 1,
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2020), plus Returned Shares (as defined below), plus shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of Substitute Awards. The number and class of shares available under the 2020 Plan and/or subject to outstanding awards may be adjusted by the Compensation Committee to prevent dilution or enlargement of rights in the event of various changes in the capitalization of L Brands. “Substitute Awards” are awards granted in assumption of or in substitution for any outstanding awards granted by a company acquired by L Brands or with which L Brands combines. Shares of Common Stock granted under the 2020 Plan or its predecessors, other than under Substitute Awards, attributable to: (i) unexercised Options (as hereinafter defined) and stock appreciation rights (“SARs”) which expire or are terminated, surrendered or cancelled (other than in connection with the exercise of SARs); (ii) shares of our Common Stock subject to certain restrictions (“Restricted Shares”) which are forfeited to the Company, including shares relating to Restricted Share Units (as hereinafter defined); (iii) units representing shares of Common Stock (“Performance Units”) which are not earned and paid; and (iv) awards settled in cash in lieu of shares of Common Stock, may be available for subsequent award under the 2020 Plan at the Compensation Committee’s discretion (“Returned Shares”). The following shares of Common Stock may not again be made available for issuance as awards under the 2020 Plan: (i) shares of Common Stock not issued or delivered as a result of the net settlement of an outstanding SAR or Option, (ii) shares of Common Stock used to pay the exercise price or withholding taxes related to an outstanding Option or SAR, or (iii) shares of Common Stock repurchased on the open market with the proceeds of the Option exercise price.
Eligibility and Participation
Eligibility to participate in the 2020 Plan is limited to associates, consultants, directors and other advisors or individuals who provide services to (i) the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, or (ii) any joint venture in which the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates holds at least a 20% interest, and who, in each case, are selected to participate in the 2020 Plan by the Compensation Committee. Currently, approximately 5,800 individuals are within the classes eligible to participate in the 2020 Plan. The Company anticipates that approximately 28% of those eligible will participate in the 2020 Plan. Participation in the 2020 Plan is at the discretion of the Compensation Committee and shall be based upon the person’s present and potential contributions to the success of the Company and its subsidiaries and such other factors as the Compensation Committee deems relevant. No non-employee director of the Company may be granted in any calendar year awards covering more than 50,000 shares of Common Stock (unless the grant of any award in excess of this limit is approved by disinterested directors).
Certain Limitations
Awards granted under the 2020 Plan shall be subject to a minimum one-year vesting period following the grant date of such award; provided that the following actions and awards shall not be subject to the foregoing minimum vesting requirement: (i) the acceleration of awards in connection with certain corporate transactions, (ii) the grant of Substitute Awards or (iii) the grant of awards relating to 5% of the shares available for issuance under the 2020 Plan; and, provided further, that the foregoing restriction does not apply to the provision for accelerated exercisability or vesting of an award in cases of involuntary termination without cause, retirement, death or disability.
Type of Awards Under the 2020 Plan
The 2020 Plan provides that the Compensation Committee may grant awards to eligible participants in any of the following forms, subject to such terms, conditions and provisions as the Compensation Committee may determine to be necessary or desirable: (i) incentive stock options (“ISOs”), (ii) nonstatutory stock options (“NSOs”), (iii) SARs, (iv) Restricted Shares, (v) Restricted Share Units, (vi) Performance Units and (vii) shares of unrestricted Common Stock (“Unrestricted Shares”).
Grant of Options and SARs
The Compensation Committee may award ISOs and/or NSOs (collectively, “Options”) to eligible participants. ISOs may be awarded only to eligible associates. SARs may be awarded either in tandem with Options (“Tandem SARs”) or on a stand-alone basis (“Nontandem SARs”). Tandem SARs shall be awarded by the Compensation Committee at the time the related Option is granted.
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Exercise Price
The exercise price with respect to an Option is determined by the Compensation Committee at the time of grant. The exercise price determined with respect to an Option shall also be applicable in connection with the exercise of any Tandem SAR granted with respect to such Option. At the time of grant of a Nontandem SAR, the Compensation Committee will specify the base price of the shares of Common Stock to be issued for determining the amount of cash or number of shares of Common Stock to be distributed upon the exercise of such Nontandem SAR. Except with respect to Substitute Awards, neither the per share Option exercise price of Common Stock nor the base price of Nontandem SARs will be less than 100% of the fair market value per share of the Common Stock underlying the award on the date of grant. Information as to awards granted under the 2011 Plan to named executive officers (“NEOs”) and other participants in respect of our 2014 fiscal year is set forth elsewhere in this proxy statement.
Vesting
The Compensation Committee may determine at the time of grant and at any time thereafter, the terms under which Options and SARs shall vest and become exercisable; provided, however, that each Option granted under the 2020 Plan shall have a minimum vesting period of one year.
Special Limitations on ISOs
No ISO may be granted to an associate who owns, at the time of the grant, stock representing more than 10% of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock of L Brands (a “10% Stockholder”), unless the exercise price per share of Common Stock for the shares subject to such ISO is at least 110% of the fair market value per share of Common Stock on the date of grant and such ISO award is not exercisable more than five years after its date of grant. In addition, the total fair market value of shares of Common Stock subject to ISOs which are exercisable for the first time by an eligible associate in a given calendar year shall not exceed $100,000, valued as of the date of the ISOs’ grant. ISOs may not be granted more than 10 years after the date of adoption of the 2020 Plan by the Board.
Exercise of Options and SARs
An Option may be exercised by giving notice in such manner as the Compensation Committee may permit stating the number of shares of Common Stock with respect to which the Option is being exercised, and tendering payment therefor. The Compensation Committee may, at its discretion, accept shares of Common Stock as payment (valued at their fair market value on the date of exercise).
Tandem SARs are exercisable only to the extent that the related Option is exercisable and shall be subject to the same exercise period as the related Option. Upon the exercise of all or a portion of Tandem SARs, the related Option shall be cancelled with respect to an equal number of shares of Common Stock. Similarly, upon exercise of all or a portion of an Option, the related Tandem SARs shall be cancelled with respect to an equal number of shares of Common Stock. Nontandem SARs shall be exercisable for the period determined by the Compensation Committee.
Until the issuance of shares of Common Stock upon the exercise of an Option, surrender or exchange of Tandem SARs or exercise of Nontandem SARs, no right to vote or receive dividends or any other rights as a shareholder shall exist with respect to the shares of Common Stock that are subject to the Option, Tandem SAR or Nontandem SAR.
Surrender or Exchange of SARs
Upon the surrender of a Tandem SAR and cancellation of the related unexercised Option, the participant will be entitled to receive shares of Common Stock having an aggregate fair market value equal to (A) the excess of (i) the fair market value of one share of Common Stock as of the date the Tandem SAR is exercised over (ii) the exercise price per share specified in such Option, multiplied by (B) the number of shares of Common Stock subject to the Option, or portion thereof, which is surrendered. Upon surrender of a Nontandem SAR, the associate will be entitled to receive shares of Common Stock having an aggregate fair market value equal to (A) the excess of (i) the fair market value of one share of Common Stock as of the date on which the Nontandem SAR is exercised over (ii) the base price of the shares covered by the Nontandem SAR multiplied by (B) the number of shares of Common Stock covered by the Nontandem SAR, or the portion thereof being exercised. The Compensation Committee, in its discretion, may cause all or any portion of L Brands’ obligation to a participant in respect of the exercise of an SAR to be satisfied in cash in lieu of Common Stock. Any fractional shares resulting from the exercise of an SAR will be paid in cash.
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Expiration of Options
Options will expire at such time as the Compensation Committee determines; provided, however, that no Option may be exercised more than 10 years from the date of grant, unless an ISO is held by a 10% Stockholder, in which case such ISO may not be exercised more than five years from the date of grant.
Expiration of SARs
SARs will expire at such time as the Compensation Committee determines; provided, however, that no SAR may be exercised more than 10 years from the date of grant.
Treatment of Options and SARs upon a Termination of Employment
Except as the Compensation Committee may at any time provide, Options and SARs may be exercised at any time within one year (30 days if termination of employment is for cause, as defined in the 2020 Plan) after the termination of a participant’s employment (other than by death or total disability), to the extent then exercisable, but in no case later than the term specified in the grant. Except as the Compensation Committee may at any time provide, upon the death of a participant while employed by L Brands or its subsidiaries or affiliates, Options and SARs shall become fully exercisable and shall remain exercisable for one year following such participant’s death, but in no case later than the term specified in the grant.
Except as the Compensation Committee may at any time provide, in the event that a participant to whom an Option or SAR has been granted under the 2020 Plan shall become totally disabled, as defined in the 2020 Plan, any Options or SARs that are not vested shall continue to vest during the period of such participant’s total disability, and, upon becoming vested, shall be exercisable for one year after the applicable vesting date, but in no case later than the term specified in the grant. Any Options or SARs exercisable on the date of a participant’s termination due to total disability, which occurs after nine months of absence due to the total disability, shall be exercisable for one year following the date of the participant’s termination of employment but in no case later than the term specified in the grant. In the event of the participant’s death following the participant’s termination of employment due to total disability, any unvested Options or SARs shall become fully exercisable and shall remain exercisable for one year following such participant’s death, but in no case later than the term specified in the grant.
Restricted Shares
Restricted Shares granted to participants under the 2020 Plan may not be sold, transferred, pledged or otherwise encumbered or disposed of during the restricted period established by the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee may also impose additional restrictions on a participant’s right to dispose of or to encumber Restricted Shares, which may include satisfaction of performance objectives. Performance objectives under the 2020 Plan will be determined by the Compensation Committee and will be based on any one or more of the following: price of Common Stock or the common stock of any affiliate, stockholder return, return on equity, return on investment, return on capital, sales productivity, comparable store sales growth, economic profit, economic value added, net income, operating income, gross margin, sales, free cash flow, earnings per share, operating Company contribution or market share. These factors shall have a minimum performance standard below which no payments will be made, and a maximum performance standard at or above which no incremental payments will be made. These performance goals may be based on an analysis of historical performance and growth expectations for the business, financial results of other comparable businesses, and progress towards achieving the long-range strategic plan for the business. These performance goals and determination of results shall be based entirely on financial measures. The Compensation Committee may not use any discretion to modify award results except as permitted under Section 162(m) of the Code.
Holders of Restricted Shares may not exercise the rights of a stockholder, such as the right to vote the shares or receive dividends and other distributions, prior to the vesting of the shares. In the event of a payment of a dividend or other distribution in connection with the Common Stock, participants holding Restricted Shares may receive dividend or other distribution equivalents, with such equivalents to be subject to the same restrictions and vesting conditions as the underlying Restricted Shares. The Compensation Committee may, in its discretion, specify in the applicable award agreement that any or all dividend or other distribution equivalents paid on Restricted Shares prior to vesting be credited to the participant in cash or in a number of additional Restricted Shares having an aggregate
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fair market value equal to the dividend per share paid on the Common Stock multiplied by the number of Restricted Shares credited to such participant’s account at the time the dividend was declared, subject to such terms and conditions, including such restrictions, of the applicable Restricted Shares.
Upon the death of a participant, any performance conditions applicable to the Restricted Shares will be deemed to have been satisfied at target, and the restrictions applicable to Restricted Shares held by such participant will lapse. Except as the Compensation Committee may at any time provide, upon termination of the participant’s employment with the Company, Restricted Shares granted to such participant shall be forfeited.
Restricted Share Units
A “Restricted Share Unit” represents the right to receive a share of Common Stock (or cash equivalent, if applicable) in the future, provided that the restrictions and conditions designated by the Compensation Committee at the time of the grant are satisfied. During the restricted period with respect to such Restricted Share Units, participants shall not have the right to vote or receive dividends with respect to such Restricted Share Units. After the end of the restricted period, and prior to the time that shares of Common Stock are transferred to the participant, the participant shall be credited with “dividend equivalents” with respect to each outstanding Restricted Share Unit in an amount equal to the amount the participant would have received as dividends if the Restricted Share Units were actual shares of Common Stock. Such dividend equivalents will be converted into additional Restricted Share Units based on the value of the Common Stock on the dividend payment date, in accordance with the procedures established by the Compensation Committee.
Restricted Share Units may not be transferred, assigned, pledged or hypothecated except by will or applicable laws of descent and distribution. Upon the death of a participant, any performance conditions applicable to the Restricted Share Units will be deemed to have been satisfied at target, and the restrictions applicable to Restricted Share Units held by such participant will lapse. Except as the Compensation Committee may at any time provide, upon termination of the participant’s employment with the Company, Restricted Share Units granted to such participant shall be forfeited.
Performance Units
The Compensation Committee may award to participants Performance Units which will have a specified value or formula-based value at the end of a performance period. Performance Units so awarded will be credited to an account established and maintained for the participant. The Compensation Committee will determine performance periods and performance objectives in connection with each grant of Performance Units.
Vesting of awards of Performance Units will occur upon achievement of the applicable objectives within the applicable performance period. The Compensation Committee may, at its discretion, permit vesting in the event performance objectives are partially met, or grant additional vested Performance Units in the event performance objectives are surpassed. Payment of vested Performance Units may be made in cash, Common Stock or any combination thereof, as determined by the Compensation Committee.
No voting or dividend rights attach to the Performance Units; however, the Compensation Committee may credit a participant’s Performance Unit account with additional Performance Units equivalent to the fair market value of any dividends on an equivalent number of shares of Common Stock, payment of which shall be subject to prior satisfaction of the applicable performance objectives.
Performance Units may not be transferred, assigned, pledged or hypothecated except by will or applicable laws of descent and distribution. Upon the death of a participant, the Compensation Committee may determine, on or before the date of grant, that Performance Units will become partially or fully vested prior to the end of the performance period. However, such a determination will not change the date on which payment is made.
No Transferability of Awards
Awards granted under the 2020 Plan may not be transferred, assigned, pledged or hypothecated except by will or applicable laws of descent and distribution, provided that the Committee may determine that NSOs may be transferred to or for the benefit of members of a participant’s immediate family.
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Unrestricted Shares
Unrestricted Shares may also be granted at the discretion of the Compensation Committee. Except as required by applicable law, no payment will be required for Unrestricted Shares.
Tax Withholding
The Compensation Committee may require payment, or withhold payments made under the 2020 Plan, in order to satisfy applicable withholding tax requirements.
Effect of Change in Control
In the event a participant’s employment or service is terminated by L Brands other than for cause or without good reason during the 24-month period beginning on the date of a change in control, (i) Options and SARs granted to any participant which are not yet exercisable shall become fully exercisable, (ii) any restrictions applicable to any Restricted Shares and Restricted Share Units awarded to such participant shall be deemed to have been satisfied at target and the restricted period, if any, applicable to such Restricted Shares and Restricted Share Units held by such participant shall be deemed to have expired and (iii) any performance objectives applicable to any Performance Units awarded to such participant shall be deemed to have been satisfied at target and the performance period, if any, as applicable to such Performance Units held by such participant shall be deemed to have expired.
Term of the 2020 Plan
Unless earlier terminated by the Board, the 2020 Plan will terminate on May 14, 2030.
Clawback of Awards
The Compensation Committee may terminate without payment all outstanding awards under the 2020 Plan or claw back compensation paid out under the 2020 Plan if (1) required by applicable law or (2) (i) a participant engaged in fraudulent conduct or activities relating to the Company, (ii) a participant has knowledge of such conduct or activities, or (iii) a participant, based upon the participant’s position, duties or responsibilities, should have had knowledge of such conduct or activities.
Amendment and Termination
The Board may suspend, amend, modify or terminate the 2020 Plan; provided, however, that L Brands’ stockholders shall be required to approve any amendment that would constitute a “material revision” under applicable NYSE rules. Other than in connection with a corporate transaction involving the Company, the terms of outstanding awards may not be amended to reduce the exercise price of Options or SARs or cancel Options or SARs in exchange for cash, other awards or Options or SARs with an exercise price less than the original Option or SAR without stockholder approval.
Awards granted prior to a termination of the 2020 Plan shall continue in accordance with their terms following such termination. No amendment, suspension or termination of the 2020 Plan shall adversely affect the rights of a participant in awards previously granted without such participant’s consent, except to the extent any such action is required by applicable law or stock exchange rules.
New Plan Benefits
Any awards granted under the 2020 Plan will be at the discretion of the Compensation Committee. Therefore, it is not possible at present to determine the amount or form of any award that will be available for grant to any individual during the term of the 2020 Plan or that would have been granted during the last fiscal year had the 2020 Plan been in effect.
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As an example, set forth below is a summary of the awards that were made in respect of fiscal 2019 pursuant to the 2015 Plan.
Name and Position
Options
Performance
Units
Restricted Stock
Units
Leslie H. Wexner
Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer
30,233(1)
25,194(3)
15,116(5)
Stuart B. Burgdoerfer
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
38,654(2)
32,212(4)
19,327(6)
Charles C. McGuigan
Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executive Officer/President, Mast Global
55,834(2)
46,528(4)
27,917(6)
Shelley M. Milano
Chief Human Resources Officer
38,654(2)
32,212(4)
19,327(6)
James L. Bersani
President, Real Estate
34,359(2)
28,633(4)
17,180(6)
All Executive Officers as a Group
​197,734
​164,779
98,867
All Current Directors who are Not Executives Officers as a Group
0
0
0
All Associates Other than Executive Officers as a Group
​321,727
0
​3,897,598
(1)
Reflects Options granted on January 29, 2020, with an exercise price of $23.22 per share. Options vest ratably on each of the first three anniversaries of the grant date (i.e., January 29, 2021, January 29, 2022 and January 29, 2023).
(2)
Reflects Options granted on March 28, 2019, with an exercise price of $27.94 per share. Options vest ratably on each of the one-, two- and three-year anniversaries of the grant date (i.e., March 28, 2020, March 28, 2021 and March 28, 2022).
(3)
Reflects grants of performance-based RSUs granted on January 29, 2020. Subject to the achievement of the applicable performance conditions, the performance-based RSUs will vest on the three-year anniversary of the grant date (i.e., January 29, 2023).
(4)
Reflects grants of performance-based RSUs granted on March 28, 2019. Subject to the achievement of the applicable performance conditions, the performance-based RSUs will vest on the three-year anniversary of the grant date (i.e., March 28, 2022).
(5)
Reflects grants of time-based RSUs granted on January 29, 2020. The time-based RSUs will vest on the three-year anniversary of the grant date (i.e., January 29, 2023).
(6)
Reflects grants of time-based RSUs granted on March 28, 2019. The time-based RSUs will vest on the three-year anniversary of the grant date (i.e., March 28, 2022).
Equity Compensation Plan Information
The following table presents certain information with respect to our equity compensation plans as of February 1, 2020, as required by Item 201(d) of Regulation S-K under the Exchange Act.
Plan category
(a) Number of
securities to be issued
upon exercise of
outstanding options,
warrants and rights
(b) Weighted-average
exercise price of
outstanding options,
warrants and rights
(c) Number of securities
remaining available for
future issuance under
equity compensation
plan (excluding securities
reflected in column (a))
Equity compensation plans approved by security holders(1)
14,341,674
$51.87(2)
5,326,219
Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders
Total
14,341,674
$51.87
5,326,219
(1)
Includes the following plans: L Brands, Inc. 2015 Stock Option and Performance Incentive Plan, L Brands, Inc. 2011 Stock Option and Performance Incentive Plan and L Brands, Inc. 1993 Stock Option and Performance Incentive Plan (2009 Restatement). There are no shares remaining available for grant under the 2011 Plan or 1993 Plan.
(2)
Does not include outstanding rights to receive Common Stock upon the vesting of restricted share awards or settlement of deferred stock units.
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Federal Income Tax Consequences
Stock Options
There will be no federal income tax consequences to the participant or the Company upon the grant of either an ISO or an NSO under the 2020 Plan. Upon exercise of an NSO, a participant generally will recognize ordinary income in an amount equal to (i) the fair market value, on the date of exercise, of the acquired shares of Common Stock, less (ii) the exercise price of the NSO. Subject to Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) and the participant including such compensation in income or L Brands satisfying applicable reporting requirements, the Company will be entitled to a tax deduction in the same amount.
Upon the exercise of an ISO, a participant recognizes no immediate taxable income. Income recognition is deferred until the participant sells the shares of Common Stock. If the ISO is exercised no later than three months after the termination of a participant’s employment, and the participant does not dispose of the shares acquired pursuant to the exercise of the ISO within two years from the date the ISO was granted and within one year after the exercise of the ISO, the gain on the sale will be treated as long-term capital gain. Certain of these holding periods and employment requirements are liberalized in the event of a participant’s death or disability while employed by the Company. The Company is not entitled to any tax deduction with respect to the grant or exercise of ISOs, except that if the Common Stock is not held for the full term of the holding period outlined above, the gain on the sale of such Common Stock, being the lesser of: (i) the fair market value of the Common Stock on the date of exercise minus the exercise price or (ii) the amount realized on disposition minus the exercise price, will be taxed to the participant as ordinary income and, subject to Section 162(m) of the Code and the participant including such compensation in income and L Brands satisfying applicable reporting requirements, the Company will be entitled to a deduction in the same amount. The excess of the fair market value of the Common Stock acquired upon exercise of an ISO over the exercise price therefor constitutes a tax preference item for purposes of computing the “alternative minimum tax” under the Code.
Stock Appreciation Rights
There will be no federal income tax consequences to either the participant or the Company upon the grant of an SAR. However, the participant generally will recognize ordinary income upon the exercise of an SAR in an amount equal to the aggregate amount of cash and the fair market value of the shares of Common Stock received upon exercise. Subject to Section 162(m) of the Code and the participant including such compensation in income and the Company satisfying applicable reporting requirements, the Company will be entitled to a deduction equal to the amount includible in the participant’s income.
Restricted Shares
There will be no federal income tax consequences to either the participant or the Company upon the grant of Restricted Shares until expiration of the restricted period and the satisfaction of any other conditions applicable to the Restricted Shares. At that time, the participant generally will recognize taxable income equal to the then fair market value for the Common Stock and, subject to Section 162(m) of the Code and the participant including such compensation in income and the Company satisfying applicable reporting requirements, the Company will be entitled to a corresponding deduction.
Performance Units and Restricted Share Units
There will be no federal income tax consequences to the participant or the Company upon the grant of Performance Units or Restricted Share Units. Participants generally will recognize taxable income at the time when payment for the Performance Units or Restricted Share Units is received in an amount equal to the aggregate amount of cash and the fair market value of shares of Common Stock acquired. Subject to Section 162(m) of the Code and the participant including such compensation in income and the Company satisfying applicable reporting requirements, the Company will be entitled to a deduction equal to the amount includible in the participant’s income.
Unrestricted Shares
Participants generally will recognize taxable income at the time Unrestricted Shares are received. Subject to Section 162(m) of the Code and the participant including such compensation in income and L Brands satisfying applicable reporting requirements, the Company will be entitled to a deduction equal to the amount includible in the participant’s income.
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Special rules may apply to participants who are subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act.
Required Vote
See “Information About the Annual Meeting and Voting—Vote Necessary to Approve Proposals” for a discussion of the vote required to adopt the 2020 Plan.
The Board of Directors Recommends a Vote FOR Approval of the 2020 Plan.
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PROPOSAL 6: ADVISORY VOTE TO APPROVE NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICER
COMPENSATION
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act requires us to provide an advisory stockholder vote to approve the compensation of the Company’s NEOs, as such compensation is disclosed pursuant to the disclosure rules of the Commission. After the Company’s 2017 annual meeting, the Board determined to hold this advisory “say-on-pay” vote every year. Accordingly, the Company is providing its stockholders with the opportunity to cast an advisory vote on the fiscal 2019 compensation of our NEOs as disclosed in this proxy statement, including the Compensation Discussion and Analysis (the “CD&A”), the compensation tables and other narrative executive compensation disclosures.
Stockholders are being asked to vote on the following resolution:
“RESOLVED, that the stockholders approve the compensation of the Company’s executive officers named in the 2019 Summary Compensation Table, as disclosed pursuant to Item 402 of Regulation S-K (which disclosure includes the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the compensation tables and other narrative executive compensation disclosures).”
We are committed to aligning our executive compensation with our Company’s performance. In connection with the Company’s continued decline in performance, the Compensation Committee reduced our CEO’s target and actual compensation each year since 2016. These actions by the Compensation Committee resulted in CEO compensation that decreased significantly more than the decline in performance. Specifically, when comparing fiscal 2019 CEO pay with performance:
On a one year basis (from February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020) our stock price is down 15% and adjusted operating income is down 14% while actual CEO direct compensation is down 20%.
On a three year basis (from January 27, 2017 through January 31, 2020) our stock price is down 61% and adjusted operating income is down 40% while actual CEO direct compensation is down 79%.
On a five year basis (from January 30, 2015 to January 31, 2020) our stock price is down 73% and adjusted operating income is down 37% while actual CEO direct compensation is down 87%.
CEO target and actual compensation for fiscal 2019 is near the lowest among our peers.
Although the advisory stockholder vote on executive compensation is non-binding, the Compensation Committee has considered and will continue to consider the outcome of the vote and feedback received from stockholders when making compensation decisions for NEOs. In 2019, 98.7% voted in favor of our executive compensation program.
Please refer to the CD&A for a detailed discussion of the Company’s executive compensation principles and practices and the fiscal 2019 compensation of our NEOs.
Board Recommendation
Mr. Wexner’s total compensation for fiscal 2019 was $3.8 million, which is well below the median of our peers. In addition, 2020 target pay is 37% below the median. In summary, there is alignment between our performance, our stockholders’ interests and our CEO’s pay.
The Board recommends a vote FOR this proposal.
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COMPENSATION-RELATED MATTERS
Compensation Discussion and Analysis
Executive Summary
We are committed to aligning our executive compensation with our Company’s performance. In connection with the Company’s continued decline in performance, the Compensation Committee reduced our CEO’s target and actual compensation each year since 2016. As illustrated by the chart below, these actions by the Compensation Committee, resulted in CEO compensation that decreased significantly more than the decline in performance. Specifically, when comparing fiscal 2019 CEO pay with performance:
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On a one year basis (from February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020) our stock price is down 15% and adjusted operating income is down 14% while actual CEO direct compensation is down 20%.
 •
On a three year basis (from January 27, 2017 to January 31, 2020) our stock price is down 61% and adjusted operating income is down 40% while actual CEO direct compensation is down 79%.
 •
On a five year basis (from January 30, 2015 to January 31, 2020) our stock price is down 73% and adjusted operating income is down 37% while actual CEO direct compensation is down 87%.
CEO target and actual compensation for fiscal 2019 is near the lowest among our peers. The unfolding COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the economy and our business will be taken into account in reviewing and setting the compensation of NEOs as we go forward.


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Fiscal 2019 Overview
Financial performance in 2019 was below our expectations. Operating income declined while growth across our brands was mixed as growth at Bath & Body Works was more than offset by declines at Victoria’s Secret.
At Bath & Body Works, an aligned, experienced leadership team and strong customer response to our merchandise assortments, driven by a close connection to our customers and a fast and agile supply chain, resulted in another record year, on top of a record 2018. In 2019, Bath & Body Works’ comparable sales increased 10% and operating income increased 11%. Sales in the digital channel increased 32%. We ended the year with more than 800 newly remodeled stores, which include the White Barn store design. These stores present a new, compelling store experience for the brand and customers alike, driving sales growth.
Victoria’s Secret underperformed in 2019 due to a poor assortment which reduced traffic and resulted in increased promotion that negatively impacted margin rates. Our team is working hard to improve the assortment. Victoria’s Secret segment comparable sales declined 7% for the year, and adjusted operating income decreased significantly.
In Victoria’s Secret Lingerie (“VSL”), comparable sales declined in the high-single digit range in 2019, and the merchandise margin rate declined significantly. John Mehas joined the business in mid-February 2019 as the new CEO for Victoria’s Secret Lingerie. John is an experienced and talented fashion merchant leader, and he is focused on getting close to our customers and improving the merchandise assortment.
PINK comparable sales declined in the low-double digit range in 2019, and the merchandise margin rate declined significantly. Amy Hauk moved from Bath & Body Works to join PINK as CEO late in 2018. Growth in bras and panties was more than offset by a decline in apparel, particularly in tops. Amy and her team are focused on making adjustments to the merchandise assortment to emphasize merchandise to which our customers are responding positively.
Victoria’s Secret Beauty had a good year and a solid holiday performance, with positive low-single digit comparable sales and an improvement in the merchandise margin rate.
Outside North America, we opened 59 net new stores in 2019, ending the year with 812 stores. Revenue in our international segment was flat in 2019 compared to last year, but adjusted operating income increased, driven by growth in our Bath & Body Works franchise business.
Pay for Performance
At L Brands, we recognize that our business is the ultimate change business. Our focus is on speed and agility, responding to change. Our compensation program reflects this philosophy, rewarding strong performance and significantly reducing compensation when performance does not meet our high expectations.
The Compensation Committee oversees our compensation program, ensuring that pay is aligned with performance. Over the last four years, CEO compensation has decreased significantly following performance that was challenged by changes intended to simplify the business and accelerate growth.
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The following chart illustrates how CEO compensation has aligned with performance. Over the last five years, CEO compensation has decreased significantly in line with the decline in total shareholder return:

The significant decrease in CEO compensation for fiscal 2019 resulted in CEO compensation that was significantly below the 25th percentile of our peer group (discussed below under the heading “Compensation Comparison”):

While these charts show how the compensation paid to Mr. Wexner, our CEO, by the Company aligns with performance, it is also important to note that Mr. Wexner is the beneficial owner of 17.40% of the Common Stock. Accordingly, his personal wealth is tied directly to our stock price performance, which provides direct alignment with stockholder interests.
Stockholder Advisory Vote
In 2019, 98.7% of our stockholders voted in favor of our executive compensation program. The Compensation Committee considers this vote and other stockholder feedback when making compensation decisions for NEOs. We have a policy of robust engagement with stockholders, with continuing outreach to and dialogue with our major investors on a range of issues, including executive compensation matters. As indicated by the high-level support for our executive compensation program in 2019, the feedback from stockholders in 2019 regarding executive compensation indicated understanding and support for our compensation outcomes.
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The Company reviewed its long-term compensation practices considering market practice and stockholder interests. As a result, the Compensation Committee redesigned the long-term performance-based equity incentive program, making changes to more closely align the program with policies that are deemed best practices (such as multiple performance metrics and performance period of three years). The key features of the re-designed program are as follows:
 •
Long-term equity incentives were granted as a mix of 50% performance stock units (“PSUs”), 30% time-vested restricted stock units (“RSUs”) and 20% stock options.
 •
PSUs are subject to achievement of two metrics – revenue growth and operating income as a percent of sales, each relative to our peer group and weighted equally at 50%.
 •
Performance will be evaluated based on a scale, and payout will be interpolated between threshold, target and maximum:
 •
Payout at threshold performance is 50% and is set at the 30th percentile of our peer group.
 •
Payout at target performance is 100% and is set at the 50th percentile of our peer group.
 •
Payout at maximum performance is 150% and is set at the 80th percentile of our peer group.
 •
The performance period for both metrics is three years, and 100% of both RSUs and PSUs vest after three years.
We continue the following compensation practices in accordance with our corporate governance principles and in response to stockholder and advisory firm feedback:
No tax gross-ups for NEOs upon a change in control.
“No hedging” policy governing stock trading.
Adopted a policy that discourages pledging of Company stock and requires advance approval by our General Counsel.
None of the Company’s stock held by our NEOs or Board members is pledged.
No re-pricing of stock options without stockholder approval.
Double trigger vesting of equity awards upon a change in control.
Clawback policy as described under “—Compensation Governance—Recovery of Compensation.”
Stock ownership guidelines set at five times base salary for our CEO and three times base salary for other NEOs. Members of our Board must maintain ownership of at least the number of shares of Common Stock received as Board compensation over the previous four years.
Stock plan that requires a vesting period of at least one year.
Conclusion
Executive Summary
We are committed to aligning our executive compensation with our Company’s performance. In connection with the Company’s continued decline in performance, the Compensation Committee reduced our CEO’s target and actual compensation each year since 2016. These actions by the Compensation Committee, resulted in CEO compensation that decreased significantly more than the decline in performance. Specifically, when comparing fiscal 2019 CEO pay with performance:
 •
On a one year basis (from February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020) our stock price is down 15% and adjusted operating income is down 14% while actual CEO direct compensation is down 20%.
 •
On a three year basis (from January 27, 2017 to January 31, 2020) our stock price is down 61% and adjusted operating income is down 40% while actual CEO direct compensation is down 79%.
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On a five year basis (from January 30, 2015 to January 31, 2020) our stock price is down 73% and adjusted operating income is down 37% while actual CEO direct compensation is down 87%.
CEO target and actual compensation for fiscal 2019 is near the lowest among our peers. The unfolding COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the economy and our business will be taken into account in reviewing and setting the compensation of NEOs as we go forward.
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Executive Compensation Philosophy
Guiding Principles
The Compensation Committee has built an executive compensation program based on the following clear and purposeful guiding principles:
Compensation Component
Our Principles
Pay Level
Attract and retain superior leaders in a highly competitive market for talent.
Pay competitively and equitably.
Recognize depth and scope of accountability and complexity of responsibility.
Pay Mix
Emphasize performance-contingent, long-term equity-based compensation over fixed compensation.
Pay for Performance
Recognize and reward enterprise, brand and individual performance.
Align executives’ interests with stockholders’ interests.
Require executives to own a significant amount of Common Stock.
Set Spring and Fall goals that reflect the seasonal nature of our business and incentivize goal achievement in each season.
Create long-term stockholder value through regular achievement of short-term goals while pursuing our longer-term strategy of growth in North America and internationally.
Retain and incentivize high-performers through long-term equity incentive awards.
Connecting Pay and Performance
Two key elements of our program’s design connect pay to performance. First, our incentive goals are designed to challenge our NEOs to achieve a high level of performance to earn incentives at target. When our NEOs hit and exceed these goals, we compensate them accordingly.
Second, to further connect NEOs’ pay to performance, we employ a pay mix philosophy that places greater emphasis on performance-based and equity compensation over base salary. The following charts illustrate our pay mix philosophy which consists of a lower percentage of base salary compared to performance-based pay at target.

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To assess whether the Company’s compensation program reflects our financial results as designed, the Compensation Committee’s independent compensation consultant, Willis Towers Watson, tested the alignment of pay delivered over multiple timeframes relative to our peer group with performance measured by specific metrics that are important to our Company and its stockholders.
Based on this analysis, Willis Towers Watson and the Compensation Committee concluded that our CEO compensation is aligned with performance and that the executive compensation program’s design responds to changes in our business and results.
Compensation Comparison
We compare our NEO compensation with publicly available data on executive compensation.
We define our peer group, with the help of Willis Towers Watson, to generally include:
Businesses that are generally similar to the Company in total revenue, market capitalization, global locations, business and/or merchandise focus;
Retailers that compete with the Company for executive talent;
Specialty and department store retailers; and
Companies with brands that have emotional content.
We review our peer group annually and did not make any changes in 2019. Our peer group consists of the following companies:
Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
J. C. Penney Company, Inc.
Ross Stores, Inc.
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
Kohl’s Corporation
Starbucks Corporation
Avon Products, Inc.
Macy’s, Inc.
Tapestry Inc.
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.
NIKE, Inc.
The TJX Companies, Inc.
The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.
Nordstrom, Inc.
Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
The Gap, Inc.
Ralph Lauren Corporation
 
We do not specifically set our NEOs’ compensation against our peer group. Instead, we consider peer group comparisons as one of several factors in applying our pay philosophy and setting the pay of our NEOs. Our peer group is used by Willis Towers Watson, the Compensation Committee’s independent compensation consultant, to analyze the effectiveness of our compensation program at delivering pay for performance on a relative basis.
Stock Ownership Guidelines
The Compensation Committee encourages Common Stock ownership by our NEOs through stock ownership guidelines which promote a long-term focus on performance, discourage inappropriate risk-taking and align the interests of our NEOs with those of our stockholders. Stock ownership guidelines can be met through direct or beneficial ownership of Common Stock, including Common Stock held under our stock and retirement plans.
Our CEO is required to maintain ownership of Common Stock with a value of five times his base salary. As the beneficial owner of 48,121,098 shares of Common Stock (17.40% of shares outstanding), Mr. Wexner’s stock ownership far exceeds this minimum requirement.
Other NEOs are required to maintain beneficial ownership of Common Stock with a value of three times the NEO’s base salary within five years of becoming subject to the ownership guideline. All of our NEOs are in compliance with this guideline.
Members of our Board must maintain ownership of at least the number of shares of Common Stock received as Board compensation over the previous four years. All members of our Board are in compliance with this policy.
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Compensation for NEOs
Compensation Setting Process
The Compensation Committee makes all decisions regarding Mr. Wexner’s compensation, and Mr. Wexner makes compensation recommendations for the other NEOs. The Compensation Committee oversees the evaluation process and compensation structure for the other NEOs and approves all NEO stock awards.
Target compensation for the NEOs is reviewed annually and is designed to reward historical performance, incentivize future performance and be competitive with the external market for talent. The unfolding COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the economy and our business will be taken into account in reviewing and setting the compensation of NEOs as we go forward.
Compensation Components
The three principal elements of our executive compensation programs are base salary, short-term performance-based cash incentive compensation and long-term performance-based equity incentive compensation. Each NEO’s base salary is set considering the factors below and all our NEOs, including our CEO, participate in the same short-term performance-based cash incentive compensation. The size and grant timing of long-term performance-based equity incentive compensation for our CEO is different from the other NEOs but the other key terms of the award are the same, including vesting and performance requirements. Other elements of compensation that may be paid to NEOs include retirement and other post-employment benefits and perquisites. Our CEO is not eligible for post-employment benefits under a severance or change in control agreement. Additional information about each of these compensation components is provided below.
Base Salary
The following factors are considered in determining base salary adjustments:
Scope and responsibility of the NEO’s position;
Achievement of seasonal and annual business goals;
Level of overall compensation paid by competitors for comparable positions;
Recruitment, retention and development of leadership talent;
The Company’s challenging expectations for future growth; and
The appropriate balancing of our NEOs’ base salary against their incentive compensation.
Mr. Wexner’s base salary decreased 10% in fiscal 2019 on top of a decrease of 50% in fiscal 2018. Minimal or no changes were made to the base salaries of the other NEOs. Mr. Burgdoerfer and Mr. McGuigan have not received a base salary increase since 2016.
NEO
2019 Base
Salary ($)
2018 Base
Salary ($)
Increase
(%)
Mr. Wexner
900,000
1,000,000
-10.0%
Mr. Burgdoerfer
900,000
900,000
0.0%
Mr. McGuigan
1,300,000
1,300,000
0.0%
Ms. Milano
900,000
900,000
0.0%
Mr. Bersani
800,000
770,000
3.9%
Short-Term Performance-Based Cash Incentive Compensation
This program focuses on achievement of six-month goals, reflecting the seasonal nature of our business and the fact that achievement of our short-term goals season after season creates long-term value for our stockholders.
Our operations consist of two principal selling seasons: Spring (the first and second quarters) and Fall (the third and fourth quarters). Fall, including the holiday season, is weighted more heavily because of its importance to our profitability.
Short-term performance-based cash incentive compensation targets are set at a percentage of base salary with the amount earned ranging from zero to double the target incentive, based on the extent to which financial goals are achieved or exceeded.
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The financial incentive provided by the short-term performance-based incentive compensation plan is a key component in driving the performance of the Company. For fiscal 2019, our NEOs’ focus on maximizing operating income was especially important given strategic initiatives that were expected to put pressure on operating income. Accordingly, target percentages for each of the NEOs were increased to incent future performance and place further emphasis on the performance-based component of their compensation package:
NEO
Fiscal 2019
Target
Fiscal 2018
Target
Mr. Wexner
167%
150%
Mr. Burgdoerfer
180%
170%
Mr. McGuigan
180%
170%
Ms. Milano
130%
120%
Mr. Bersani
140%
130%
While the target percent for Mr. Wexner increased, the increase is the result of the decrease in his base salary. The dollar target for fiscal 2019 remained unchanged from fiscal 2018 at $1,500,000 and his total cash compensation at target is down 4%.
The pre-established, objective financial goals for fiscal 2019 were based solely on adjusted operating income, subject to adjustment for extraordinary items pursuant to the 2015 Incentive Compensation Performance Plan (the “2015 ICPP”) and approved by the Compensation Committee. Operating income is used because it is a performance measure over which executives can have significant impact and is also directly linked to the Company’s long-term growth plan and performance that drives stockholder value. When evaluating operating income goals, the Compensation Committee compares the increase in operating income relative to the change in the incentive payments to associates at target.
Operating income goals are set at the beginning of each six-month season based on:
An analysis of historical performance;
Income goals for that brand;
Financial results of other comparable businesses; and
Progress toward achieving our strategic plan.
Short-term performance incentive payouts for all the NEOs were based on the following operating income goals and weighting:
Short-Term Performance Incentive Goal Weighting and Metric
80% weighted average of major brand operating income:
55% Victoria’s Secret operating income
30% Bath & Body Works operating income
15% Other operating income
20% Total L Brands operating income
The table below shows the operating income goals required to earn short-term performance-based incentive compensation at target and actual performance by season:
 
Fiscal 2019 Spring Season
Fiscal 2019 Fall Season
 
Operating Income
Goal
Actual
Performance(1)
Operating Income
Goal
Actual
Performance(1)
Total L Brands
$402 million
$328 million
$1,086 million
$894 million
Victoria’s Secret
190 million
49 million
315 million
62 million
Bath & Body Works
286 million
337 million
811 million
866 million
Other(2)
105 million
111 million
185 million
184 million
(1)
Actual performance presents operating income on an adjusted basis which removes certain special items which are not indicative of our ongoing operations due to their size and nature. The Company uses adjusted financial information as key performance measures of results for purposes of evaluating performance internally, which may not correspond to amounts reported externally.
(2)
Other includes business unit operating income that is an internal performance measure and does not correspond to amounts reported externally.
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Spring and Fall season goals for Victoria’s Secret were set below prior year actual results to provide meaningful performance incentives during a time of continued operating income pressure. Performance-based incentive compensation paid to our NEOs did not include any payout based on Victoria Secret’s performance. Spring season goals for Bath & Body Works were set slightly below prior year actual results to account for the expected impact of China tariffs and investments in sourcing and logistics. To earn threshold payout, performance goals average approximately 50% to 90% of target. To earn maximum payout, performance goals average approximately 115% to 155% of target. Performance below threshold results in no payout. Performance between threshold and target and target and maximum is interpolated to determine payout percentage beginning at 20% at threshold up to 200% at maximum.
Payouts for fiscal 2019 performance are set forth below and in the “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” column of the 2019 Summary Compensation Table below. The performance targets were set for these awards and the payouts were made before the recent events of the COVID-19 crisis unfolded.
Total Fiscal 2019 Incentive Payout
 
Fiscal 2019 Target
Incentive
($)
Fiscal 2019
Spring Incentive
Payout
($)
Fiscal 2019
Fall Incentive
Payout
($)
Total Fiscal 2019
Payout
($)
Percent of Fiscal
2019 Target
(%)
Mr. Wexner
1,500,000
473,400
558,900
1,032,300
69%
Mr. Burgdoerfer
1,620,000
511,272
603,612
1,114,884
69%
Mr. McGuigan
2,340,000
738,504
871,884
1,610,388
69%
Ms. Milano
1,170,000
369,252
435,942
805,194
69%
Mr. Bersani
1,120,000
353,472
417,312
770,784
69%
Long-Term Equity Compensation
Stock awards are made to our NEOs under the 2015 Plan. Our equity-based long-term performance-based incentive program is comprised of a mix of three types of awards: PSUs, time-vested RSUs and stock options providing a balance of performance incentive, alignment with stockholders and retention. Our long-term performance-based equity incentive program is designed to:
Incentivize achievement of key performance metrics (through the performance requirement);
Align executive rewards with those realized by stockholders (through the market value of our stock);
Retain superior executive talent (through the time vesting requirements); and
Reward exceptional individual performance (through annual determination of the size of the award).
For the NEOs other than Mr. Wexner, individual performance (including contribution to the achievement of business goals, execution of retail fundamentals and accomplishment of talent and cultural objectives), company performance, competitive practice, the Company’s overall equity compensation expense budget, stockholder dilution, internal equity and retention risk are all considered in determining the size of their equity awards. The size and timing of Mr. Wexner’s equity award is determined on a different basis, as described in detail below.
Equity awards are granted on the date the award is approved, unless the effective date of the reason for the award (such as hire date) is later than the approval date. In this case, the grant date is the later date.
Performance Stock Units
Performance stock units incentivize executive performance through the achievement of growth and profitability metrics. The two metrics are three-year revenue growth and three-year cumulative operating income as a percent of cumulative sales, each relative to our peer group and weighted equally at 50%.
Performance will be evaluated based on a scale, and payout will be interpolated between threshold, target and maximum:
Payout at threshold performance is 50% and is set at the 30th percentile of our peer group.
Payout at target performance is 100% and is set at the 50th percentile of our peer group.
Payout at maximum performance is 150% and is set at the 80th percentile of our peer group.
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The performance period for both metrics is three years, and PSUs vest after three years.
Time-Vested RSUs
Time-vested RSUs ensure market competitiveness of the executive compensation package and to retain executives over the long-term. Time-vested RSUs granted to each NEO in fiscal 2019 cliff vest after three years, subject to continued employment.
Stock Options
Stock options by their nature are performance-based, aligning executive interests with stockholder interests by creating a direct link between compensation and stockholder return. Stock options granted in fiscal 2019 to each NEO vest in equal installments over three years, subject to continued employment. The exercise price is equal to the closing price of our Common Stock on the grant date.
Below is a summary of the time-vested RSUs, PSUs and stock options awarded in fiscal 2019. These awards were made before the COVID-19 crisis arose.
 
Target Value of
Performance Stock
Unit Award
($)
Value of Time-
Vested
RSU Award
($)
Value of Stock
Option Award
($)
Total Fiscal
2019 Equity
Award Value
($)
Mr. Wexner(1)
496,322
297,785
126,676
920,783
Mr. Burgdoerfer
787,906
472,738
238,495
1,499,139
Mr. McGuigan
1,138,075
682,850
344,496
2,165,421
Ms. Milano
787,906
472,738
238,495
1,499,139
Mr. Bersani
700,363
420,223
211,995
1,332,581
(1)
While the equity award mix and performance requirement are the same, the amount and timing of Mr. Wexner’s equity award are determined on a different basis than that of our other NEOs, as described in detail in the section “CEO Compensation”.
Retirement and Other Post-Employment Benefits
Retirement and other post-employment benefits consist of qualified and non-qualified defined contribution retirement plan benefits and termination benefits.
Qualified Defined Contribution Retirement Plan
The qualified plan is available to all associates who meet certain age and service requirements. Associates can contribute up to the amounts allowable under Section 401 of the Code. The Company matches associates’ contributions according to a predetermined formula and contributes additional amounts based on a percentage of the associates’ eligible annual compensation and years of service. Associates’ contributions and Company matching contributions to the qualified plan vest immediately. Additional Company contributions and the related investment earnings are subject to vesting based on years of service.
Non-Qualified Defined Contribution Deferred Compensation and Supplemental Retirement Plan
The non-qualified plan is available to all associates who meet certain age, service, job level and compensation requirements. The non-qualified plan is an unfunded plan which provides benefits beyond the Code limits for qualified defined contribution plans. The Company does not set aside assets to fund liabilities of the non-qualified plan. Assets that may be used to satisfy such liabilities are general assets of the Company, subject to the claims of the Company’s creditors.
Associates can contribute to the non-qualified plan up to a maximum percentage of eligible compensation. The Company matches associates’ contributions and contributes additional amounts based on a percentage of the associates’ eligible compensation and years of service.
The plan also permits participating associates to defer additional compensation which the Company does not match.
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Associates’ contributions to the non-qualified plan and the related interest accruals vest immediately. Company contributions and credits to the non-qualified plan and the related interest are subject to vesting based on years of service.
Termination Benefits: Severance and Change in Control Agreements
We have entered into severance and change in control agreements with all of our NEOs other than Mr. Wexner. See “Retirement and Other Post-Employment Benefits—Estimated Post-Employment Payments and Benefits” below for a description of estimated benefits in certain termination situations, including a change in control.
Upon a change in control, equity awards will only vest if the executive’s employment is terminated by the executive for good reason or by the Company other than for cause within 24 months of the change in control. None of our NEOs is entitled to a tax gross-up upon a change in control.
Perquisites
We provide our NEOs with minimal perquisites that the Compensation Committee has determined are reasonable and in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders. These perquisites include the reimbursement of financial planning costs of up to $9,500 per year and supplemental disability and life insurance coverage provided by the Company for associates at the Vice President level and above, including the NEOs. In addition, to the extent that corporate provided aircraft is used by any NEO for personal purposes, the NEO has reimbursed the Company based on the greater of the amount established by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) as reasonable for personal use or the aggregate incremental cost associated with the personal use of the corporate owned aircraft as determined by an independent, third party aircraft costing service.
CEO Compensation
Overview of CEO Pay
Mr. Wexner’s compensation reflects the Company’s performance. Total compensation, as disclosed in the 2019 Summary Compensation Table, decreased 17% from fiscal 2018 to 2019 while adjusted operating income(1) decreased 14%. Over the three-year period from fiscal 2016 to fiscal 2019, CEO compensation decreased 79% while total shareholder return decreased 22%.
(1)
Operating income determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) for L Brands decreased 79%. The reconciliation of the adjusted measure to the comparable GAAP figure is on pages 28 to 29 of the Company’s 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K (the “2019 10-K”).
CEO Stock Award Determination Overview
Mr. Wexner’s fiscal 2019 stock grant was awarded near the end of the Fall season when Mr. Wexner’s and the Company’s performance was substantially determined for the fiscal year. This stock award recognizes financial, strategic and operational performance for the fiscal year and incentivize future performance. The stock award was granted with a target value of $1.17 million (77% below target) as a combination of stock options, time-vested RSUs and PSUs. Stock options vest in equal installments over three years and time-vested RSUs and PSUs vest 100% after three years, each subject to continued employment and achievement of the applicable performance requirement.
Mr. Wexner’s stock award is subject to performance in two ways:
The Compensation Committee goes through a rigorous quantitative and qualitative evaluation of historical performance to determine the size of the award; and
Once granted, 70% of the award is subject to performance of the Company. PSUs, which represent 50% of Mr. Wexner’s total equity award, must be earned based on the attainment of quantitative performance metrics and the value of stock options is contingent on the stock price increasing.
The rigorous quantitative and qualitative evaluation that is used to determine the size of the award relative to target includes an analysis of:
Absolute and relative total shareholder return over one and three years;
Absolute and relative return on invested capital over one and three years;
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Sales and operating income growth;
Earnings per share;
Performance against pre-established financial targets;
Leadership talent development; and
Success in fostering a high-performance culture.
While the size of Mr. Wexner’s stock award is determined on a quantitative and qualitative basis, once the size of the grant is determined, 70% of the award is subject to future performance of the Company. PSUs, which represent 50% of Mr. Wexner’s total equity award, must be earned based on the attainment of two quantitative performance metrics and the ultimate value of stock options is contingent on the stock price increasing. The performance metrics for PSUs are the same as the metrics required for the other NEOs: three-year revenue growth and three-year cumulative operating income as a percentage of cumulative sales, each relative to our peer group and weighted equally at 50%.
CEO Termination Benefits
Due to his unique role as the founder of the Company, Mr. Wexner is not covered by a severance or change in control agreement. However, all of Mr. Wexner’s unvested stock options will vest upon death and all conditions applicable to the RSUs and PSUs, including the performance condition will be deemed to have been satisfied. Subject to the achievement of pre-established performance conditions, PSUs and RSUs will continue to vest upon Mr. Wexner’s total disability. Upon retirement from his service with the Company, RSUs and PSUs will vest pro rata based on the fraction of whole months worked from the grant date over the full vesting period (i.e., one-third will vest if 12 full months are completed from the grant date for a grant that would otherwise vest over three years), subject to the achievement of performance conditions. In the event of a change in control, unvested RSU and PSU awards will vest if Mr. Wexner’s service is terminated other than for cause within 24 months of the change in control.
In connection with the Transaction, Mr. Wexner announced his resignation, effective as of the Closing. At this time, the Company has not entered into any severance arrangements with Mr. Wexner in connection with his resignation.
CEO Perquisites
The Board of Directors has approved a security program (the “Security Program”) that provides security services to Mr. Wexner and his family. The Security Program is for the benefit of the Company and is appropriate given the risks associated with Mr. Wexner’s position. We periodically hire a third party to review our Security Program to verify that a bona fide Company oriented security concern exists and that the Security Program costs are reasonable and consistent with these concerns. The Security Program requires Mr. Wexner to use corporate provided aircraft, or private aircraft that is in compliance with the Security Program, whether the purpose of the travel is business or personal.
The cost of security services which are not business related have been reimbursed to the Company by Mr. Wexner. In addition, to the extent that corporate provided aircraft is used by Mr. Wexner for personal purposes, he has reimbursed the Company as noted above under the heading “—Compensation for NEOs—Perquisites”.
Compensation Governance
Compensation Committee
Our executive compensation program is overseen by the Compensation Committee. All of our Compensation Committee members are appointed by our Board and meet independence and other NYSE requirements. Compensation Committee members are selected based on their knowledge and experience in compensation matters from both their professional experience and their roles on other boards.
As part of its self-evaluation process, the Compensation Committee considers prevailing best practices and compliance with the highest governance standards. During fiscal 2019, the Compensation Committee also continued to engage with the full Board to maximize its effectiveness. The role of the Compensation Committee and information about its meetings are set forth in this proxy statement.
The Compensation Committee participated in the preparation of this CD&A and recommended to the Board that it be included in this proxy statement.
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The Compensation Committee, together with the Company, also evaluates the Company’s compensation structure from the perspective of enterprise risk. The Company’s compensation structure includes risk mitigating factors such as a mix of pay that is balanced between long- and short-term, and fixed and variable payouts under the 2015 Plan and 2015 ICPP. Based on this evaluation, the Compensation Committee believes that the Company’s compensation structures are appropriate and do not incentivize inappropriate taking of business risks.
The Compensation Committee is governed by a charter which is available on our website at www.lb.com.
Committee Meetings and Delegation
Members of Company management, including the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Financial Officer, attend the Compensation Committee meetings along with the Chief Human Resources Officer, who generally prepares meeting materials, and the Corporate Secretary, who records the minutes of the meeting. Members of Company management, including the CEO, do not play a role in recommending CEO compensation. The Compensation Committee regularly meets in executive session without management present.
The Compensation Committee may delegate its authority to subcommittees or the Chair of the Compensation Committee. In accordance with its charter, the Compensation Committee has delegated to our Chief Human Resources Officer, the authority to make stock awards under the provisions of the 2015 Plan with a value up to $400,000 in any year to any associate who is not a Section 16 officer of the Company or a senior leadership team member.
Independent Compensation Consultant
As permitted by its charter, the Compensation Committee retained Willis Towers Watson as its independent executive compensation consultant and has the sole authority to retain and terminate any independent executive compensation consultant.
The Compensation Committee, considering recommendations from our management team, determines the work to be performed by the consultant. The consultant works with management to gather data required in preparing analyses for Compensation Committee review. Specifically, the services the consultant provides include:
Assisting in evaluation of CEO and other NEO compensation;
Informing the Compensation Committee of changing market practices;
Consulting on our executive compensation strategy and program design;
Analyzing alignment of pay and performance;
Assisting in the selection of our peer group; and
Assisting in the preparation and review of this disclosure.
In addition to the services provided at the request of the Compensation Committee, a separate division of Willis Towers Watson provides a call center tracking system for which we pay quarterly software usage fees and provides compensation survey reports. For fiscal 2019, these fees totaled $138,044. The fees paid to Willis Towers Watson for its services to the Compensation Committee in fiscal 2019 were $94,788. Total fees paid to Willis Towers Watson for the fiscal year were $232,832. The Compensation Committee, in its sole discretion, engaged Willis Towers Watson; such engagement was not made or recommended by management. The Compensation Committee did not participate in management’s decision to engage Willis Towers Watson for its call center tracking system. The Compensation Committee has determined that the provision of this work by Willis Towers Watson is not material and does not impair the independence and objectivity of advice provided to the Compensation Committee on executive compensation matters.
The Compensation Committee reviews and approves the provision of additional services by Willis Towers Watson to the Company and evaluates the performance and independence of Willis Towers Watson, specifically considering independence factors identified by the Commission. This evaluation includes a review of written representations from Willis Towers Watson confirming their independence. Based on its evaluation, the Compensation Committee believes that there are no conflicts of interest that could impair Willis Towers Watson’s ability to provide independent, objective advice to the Compensation Committee regarding executive compensation matters.
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In addition to consulting provided by Willis Tower Watson, the Compensation Committee engaged David Kollat, who served as the Chair of the Committee until May 2019, as an advisor to the Compensation Committee. Dr. Kollat’s services included consulting related to CEO compensation, establishment of short-term, performance-based incentive compensation goals and the drafting of this CD&A. Compensation paid to Dr. Kollat in connection with his services to the Compensation Committee is disclosed in the section “Fiscal 2019 Director Compensation.”
Tax Deductibility
Section 162(m) of the Code generally does not allow a tax deduction to public companies for compensation paid to certain executive officers that is more than $1 million during the tax year. Section 162(m) of the Code provided an exemption from this deduction limitation for compensation that qualified as “performance-based compensation.” However, as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, this exemption was repealed, effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017, subject to transition relief for certain arrangements in place as of November 2, 2017. The Company intends to administer grandfathered compensation in accordance with the transition relief to the extent reasonably practicable. Going forward, non-grandfathered annual compensation in excess of $1 million for our covered senior executives will generally not be deductible. The Compensation Committee continues to have the flexibility to pay non-deductible compensation if it believes it is in the best interests of the Company.
Recovery of Compensation
Under the 2015 ICPP and the 2015 Plan, the Compensation Committee has the power and authority to recover previously awarded bonuses or equity-based compensation or profits if (i) required by applicable law with respect to a participant, (ii) a participant engaged in fraudulent conduct or activities (or had knowledge of such conduct or activities) relating to the Company or (iii) a participant should have had knowledge of such conduct or activities based on his or her position, duties or responsibilities.
Tally Sheets
To assess the reasonableness of the compensation of our NEOs, the Compensation Committee annually reviews a three-year history of all of the components of the NEOs’ compensation, including salary, short-term incentive compensation, realized and unrealized gains on stock options and RSUs, the cost to the Company of all perquisites, benefits earned and accrued under the Company’s non-qualified deferred compensation and supplemental executive retirement plan, and potential payouts under several potential severance and change-in-control scenarios. Based on this review, the Compensation Committee concluded that compensation components individually and in aggregate are reasonable, encourage retention, incentivize performance and are in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders.
Conclusion
We are committed to aligning our executive compensation with our Company’s performance. In connection with the Company’s continued decline in performance, the Compensation Committee reduced our CEO’s target and actual compensation each year since 2016. These actions by the Compensation Committee, resulted in CEO compensation that decreased significantly more than the decline in performance. Specifically, when comparing fiscal 2019 CEO pay with performance:
 •
On a one year basis (from February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020) our stock price is down 15% and adjusted operating income is down 14% while actual CEO direct compensation is down 20%.
 •
On a three year basis (from January 27, 2017 to January 31, 2020) our stock price is down 61% and adjusted operating income is down 40% while actual CEO direct compensation is down 79%.
 •
On a five year basis (from January 30, 2015 to January 31, 2020) our stock price is down 73% and adjusted operating income is down 37% while actual CEO direct compensation is down 87%.
CEO target and actual compensation for fiscal 2019 is near the lowest among our peers. The unfolding COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the economy and our business will be taken into account in reviewing and setting the compensation of NEOs as we go forward.
With these actions to reduce CEO pay, Mr. Wexner’s total compensation for fiscal 2019 was $3.8 million, which is well below the median of our peers. In addition, 2020 target pay is 37% below the median. In summary, there is alignment between our performance, our stockholders’ interests and our CEO’s pay. Accordingly, we recommend stockholders vote FOR the executive compensation program as outlined in Proposal 6.
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2019 Summary Compensation Table
The following table sets forth information concerning total compensation earned by or paid to our CEO, Chief Financial Officer and our three other most highly compensated NEOs during the fiscal year ended February 1, 2020.
Name and Principal Position
Year
Salary
($)
Bonus
($)(1)
Stock
Awards
($)(2)(3)
Option
Awards
($)(2)(3)
Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation ($)(4)
Change in
Pension
Value and
Non-qualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings
($)(5)
All Other
Compensation
($)(6)
Total ($)
Leslie H. Wexner
Chairman of the Board, CEO
2019
$900,000
$0
$794,107
$126,676
$1,032,300
$676,394
$253,744
$3,783,221
2018
1,000,000
0
952,729
244,137
1,383,900
638,289
334,255
4,553,310
2017
2,000,000
0
920,767
253,420
1,112,320
601,942
807,128
5,695,577
Stuart B. Burgdoerfer
Executive Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer
2019
900,000
0
1,260,644
238,495
1,114,884
89,235
303,913
3,907,171
2018
900,000
0
1,748,530
117,737
1,411,578
79,008
260,080
4,516,933
2017
900,000
0
1,616,479
83,980
1,022,040
70,437
316,520
4,009,456
Charles C. McGuigan
Chief Operating Officer,
CEO/President, Mast Global
2019
1,300,000
0
1,820,925
344,496
1,610,388
139,555
428,769
5,644,133
2018
1,300,000
0
2,059,168
169,926
2,038,946
123,879
369,008
6,060,927
2017
1,300,000
0
2,434,972
121,308
1,476,280
110,693
451,336
5,894,589
Shelley M. Milano
Chief Human Resources Officer
2019
900,000
0
1,260,644
238,495
805,194
18,876
191,411
3,414,620
2018
849,846
0
1,357,942
114,894
996,408
8,979
133,123
3,461,192
James L. Bersani
President, Real Estate
2019
794,231
0
1,120,586
211,995
770,784
180,374
233,514
3,311,484
2018
766,923
0
1,775,448
98,009
923,523
164,461
202,717
3,931,081
(1)
Performance-based incentive compensation bonuses are disclosed in this table under the Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation column. None of our NEOs received a nonperformance-based award in fiscal 2019.
(2)
The value of stock and option awards reflects the aggregate grant date fair value, excluding estimated forfeitures, computed in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 718 Compensation—Stock Compensation, for each award. Stock options are valued using the Black-Scholes option pricing model. See Note 20 to the Company’s financial statements filed in the 2019 10-K for the related assumptions for stock options granted during fiscal 2019, 2018 and 2017 and for a discussion of our assumptions in determining the aggregate grant date fair value of these awards. Awards vest over time and, therefore, are not realizable on an annual basis, nor is the ultimate value determinable without reference to future performance.
(3)
Stock and option awards were granted to each NEO under the Company’s 2015 Plan. Awards are long-term compensation and generally vest over three to five years and are not realizable on an annual basis.
(4)
Represents the aggregate of the non-equity performance-based incentive compensation for the applicable fiscal Spring and Fall selling seasons. Incentive compensation targets are set based on a percentage of base salary and are paid seasonally based on the achievement of operating income results. The following table illustrates the amount of the compensation which is paid in cash and voluntarily deferred:
 
Paid in Cash
($)
Deferred
Cash
($)
Total
($)
Mr. Wexner
$1,004,689
$27,611
$1,032,300
Mr. Burgdoerfer
1,076,103
38,781
1,114,884
Mr. McGuigan
1,563,126
47,262
1,610,388
Ms. Milano
621,588
183,606
805,194
Mr. Bersani
737,903
32,881
770,784
(5)
The Company does not sponsor a defined benefit retirement plan (tax-qualified or non-qualified). For fiscal 2019, the amounts shown represent the amount by which earnings on each NEO’s non-qualified plan balance at an annual effective rate of 5.59% exceed 120% of the applicable federal long-term rate at the time the rate was set in October 2018.
(6)
The following table details all other compensation paid to each NEO during our last fiscal year:
 
Financial
Planning
Services
Provided to
Executive
($)
Incremental
Company Cost
to Provide
Supplemental
Life and
Disability
Insurance
Coverage
($)
Company
Contributions to
the Executive’s
Qualified and
Non-Qualified
Retirement Plan
Account
($)
Total
($)
Mr. Wexner
$0
$1,977
$251,767
$253,744
Mr. Burgdoerfer
9,500
2,664
291,749
303,913
Mr. McGuigan
0
2,582
426,187
428,769
Ms. Milano
0
2,400
189,011
191,411
Mr. Bersani
9,500
2,145
221,869
233,514
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Grants of Plan-Based Awards for Fiscal 2019
The following table provides information relating to plan-based awards and opportunities granted to the NEOs during the fiscal year ended February 1, 2020.
 
 
Estimated Future Payouts Under
Non-Equity Incentive Plan
Awards(1)
Estimated Future Payouts
Under Equity Incentive Plan
Awards(2)
All Other
Stock
Awards:
Number
of Shares
of Stock
or Units
(#)(3)
All Other
Option
Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Options
(#)(4)
Exercise
or Base
Price of
Option
Awards
($/Sh)
Grant
Date Fair
Value of
Stock and
Option
Awards
($)(5)
Name
Grant
Date
Threshold
($)
Target
($)
Maximum
($)
Threshold
(#)
Target
(#)
Maximum
(#)
Leslie H. Wexner
1/29/2020
30,233
$23.22
$126,676
1/29/2020
15,116
$297,785
1/29/2020
12,597
25,194
37,791
$496,322
$300,000
$1,500,000
$3,000,000
Stuart B. Burgdoerfer
3/28/2019
38,654
$27.94
$238,495
3/28/2019
19,327
$472,738
3/28/2019
16,106
32,212
48,318
$787,906
$324,000
$1,620,000
$3,240,000
Charles C. McGuigan
3/28/2019
55,834
$27.94
$344,496
3/28/2019
27,917
$682,850
3/28/2019
23,264
46,528
69,792
$1,138,075
$468,000
$2,340,000
$4,680,000
Shelley M. Milano
3/28/2019
38,654
$27.94
$238,495
3/28/2019
19,327
$472,738
3/28/2019
16,106
32,212
48,318
$787,906
$234,000
$1,170,000
$2,340,000
James L. Bersani
3/28/2019
34,359
$27.94
$211,995
3/28/2019
17,180
$420,223
3/28/2019
14,317
28,633
42,950
$700,363
$224,000
$1,120,000
$2,240,000
(1)
Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards represent the Threshold, Target and Maximum opportunities under the 2015 ICPP for the 2019 Spring and Fall seasons. The actual amount earned under this plan is disclosed in the 2019 Summary Compensation Table in the “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” column.
(2)
Equity Incentive Plan Awards were granted pursuant to the Company’s 2015 Plan. The awards will vest at the end of the three year performance period, with the number of shares to be awarded determined based on the Company’s relative achievement of (i) revenue growth during the three year performance period and (ii) cumulative operating income as a percentage of cumulative sales, in each case as set forth under the heading “Long-Term Equity Compensation”.
(3)
All Other Stock Awards were granted pursuant to the Company’s 2015 Plan. Grant dates were established on the date the grants were approved by the Compensation Committee. Awards vest 100% on the third anniversary of the grant, subject to continued employment.
(4)
Option Awards were granted pursuant to the Company’s 2015 Plan. Option grant dates were established on the date the grants were approved by the Compensation Committee and the exercise price is the closing price of Common Stock on the grant date. Option Awards vest in three equal installments on the first through third anniversaries of the grant date, subject to continued employment.
(5)
The value of stock and option awards reflects the grant date fair value under ASC Topic 718 Compensation—Stock Compensation for each award. Options are valued using the Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following weighted average assumptions as set forth in the Company’s financial statements filed in the 2019 10-K: dividend yield of 4.4%, volatility of 40%, risk free interest rate of 2.2% and expected life of 3.2 years. RSUs and PSUs are valued based on the fair market value of a share of Common Stock on the date of grant, adjusted for anticipated dividend yields.
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Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End for Fiscal 2019
The following table provides information relating to outstanding equity awards granted to the NEOs as of fiscal year end, February 1, 2020.
 
Option Awards
Restricted Stock Awards
Name
Grant
Date
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
Exercisable
(#)
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
Unexercisable
(#)
Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Unearned
Options
(#)
Option
Exercise
Price
($)
Option
Expiration
Date
Grant
Date
Number of
Shares or
Units of
Stock
That
Have Not
Vested
(#)
Market
Value of
Shares or
Units of
Stock
That
Have Not
Vested
($)(21)
Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Number of
Unearned
Shares,
Units or
Other
Rights
That
Have Not
Vested
(#)
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Market
or Payout
Value of
Unearned
Shares,
Units or
Other
Rights
That
Have Not
Vested
($)(25)
Leslie H. Wexner
1/31/2013
161,559
0
0
45.03
1/31/2023
3/29/2013
55,129
0
0
41.88
3/29/2023
1/30/2014
124,191
0
0
49.38
1/30/2024
3/31/2014
42,585
0
0
54.21
3/31/2024
1/28/2015
124,539
0
0
81.11
1/28/2025
4/02/2015
18,426
7,899(1)
0
91.17
4/02/2025
1/27/2016
91,588
39,253(2)
0
91.71
1/27/2026
3/31/2016
10,932
16,400(3)
0
87.81
3/31/2026
1/25/2017
37,834
56,750(4)
0
61.85
1/25/2027
3/31/2017
4,777
19,108(5)
0
47.10
3/31/2027
1/30/2019
0
40,894(6)
0
27.51
1/30/2029
1/29/2020
0
30,233(7)
23.22
1/29/2030
1/28/2015
0
0
37,363(8)
865,327
4/02/2015
0
0
7,899(9)
182,941
1/27/2016
0
0
78,505(10)
1,818,176
3/31/2016
0
0
16,400(11)
379,824
1/25/2017
0
0
75,667(12)
1,752,448