Altra Industrial Motion
Altra Industrial Motion Corp. (Form: DEF 14A, Received: 03/27/2015 10:28:18)

 

 

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Altra Industrial Motion Corp.

300 Granite Street, Suite 201

Braintree, Massachusetts 02184

www.altramotion.com

 

March 27, 2015

Dear Fellow Stockholders:

 

You are cordially invited to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Altra Industrial Motion Corp. (“Altra”) to be held at 9:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Boston Marriott Quincy, 1000 Marriott Drive, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169. You will find directions to the meeting on the back cover of the accompanying Proxy Statement.

 

The Notice of Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement describe the matters to be acted upon at the meeting. We will also report on matters of interest to Altra stockholders.

 

Your vote is important. Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting in person, we encourage you to submit a proxy so that your shares will be represented and voted at the meeting. You may submit a proxy by calling a toll-free telephone number, by accessing the internet or by completing and mailing the enclosed proxy card in the return envelope provided. If you do not vote by one of the methods described above, you still may attend the Annual Meeting and vote in person.

 

Thank you for your continued support of Altra.

 

 
Sincerely,
 
Carl R. Christenson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

 

 
 

 

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

Altra Industrial Motion Corp.

300 Granite Street, Suite 201

Braintree, Massachusetts 02184

 

March 27, 2015

 

The 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Altra Industrial Motion Corp. (“Altra”, the “Company”, "we" or "our") will be held as follows:

 

DATE: Thursday, April 30, 2015
TIME: 9:00 a.m. EDT
LOCATION: Boston Marriott Quincy, 1000 Marriott Drive, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169
PURPOSE: To consider and act upon the following proposals:
  1. The election of the 7 nominees for director named in the accompanying Proxy Statement;
  2. The ratification of the selection of the independent registered public accounting firm;
  3. An advisory vote to approve the compensation of Altra’s named executive officers (“Say on Pay”); and
  4. Such other business as may properly come before the meeting.

 

Shares represented by properly executed proxies that are hereby solicited by the Board of Directors of Altra will be voted in accordance with the instructions specified therein. Shares represented by proxies that are not limited to the contrary will be voted in favor of the election as directors of the persons nominated pursuant to Proposal 1 in the accompanying Proxy Statement and in favor of Proposal 2 and Proposal 3.

 

Stockholders of record at the close of business on March 17, 2015 will be entitled to vote at the meeting.

 

 
By order of the Board of Directors,
 
Glenn E. Deegan
Vice President, Legal and Human Resources,
General Counsel and Secretary

 

It is important that your shares be represented and voted, whether or not you plan to attend the meeting.

 

YOU CAN VOTE:

 

1. BY MAIL :
  Promptly return your signed and dated proxy/voting instruction card in the enclosed envelope.

 

2. BY TELEPHONE :
  Call toll-free 1-800-690-6903 and follow the instructions.

 

3. BY INTERNET :
  Access “www.proxyvote.com” and follow the on-screen instructions.

 

4. IN PERSON :
  You may attend the Annual Meeting and vote in person.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS

FOR THE STOCKHOLDER MEETING TO BE HELD ON APRIL 30, 2015

 

Altra’s proxy statement, form of Proxy Card and 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K are available at http://ir.altramotion.com/financials.cfm.

 

 
 

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION     1  
         
OWNERSHIP OF ALTRA COMMON STOCK     3  
         
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS (Proposal 1)     6  
         
BOARD OF DIRECTORS     8  
         
OUR EXECUTIVE OFFICERS     16  
         
COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS     17  
         
COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT     28  
         
COMPENSATION OF NAMED EXECUTIVES     29  
         
REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE     37  
         
RATIFICATION OF SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM (Proposal 2)     38  
         
ADVISORY VOTE TO APPROVE THE COMPENSATION OF THE COMPANY’S NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS (“SAY ON PAY”) (Proposal 3) 40  
         
STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS FOR 2016 ANNUAL MEETING     41  

 

 

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PROXY STATEMENT

2015 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

Thursday, April 30, 2015

 

ALTRA INDUSTRIAL MOTION CORP.

300 Granite Street, Suite 201

Braintree, Massachusetts 02184

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Proxy Solicitation

 

These proxy materials are being mailed or otherwise sent to stockholders of Altra Industrial Motion Corp. (“Altra”, the “Company”, “we” or “our”) on or about March 27, 2015, in connection with the solicitation of proxies by Altra’s Board of Directors (the “Board of Directors” or the “Board”) for the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Altra to be held at 9:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the Boston Marriott Quincy, 1000 Marriott Drive, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169. Directors, officers and other Altra employees also may solicit proxies by telephone or otherwise, but will not receive compensation for such services. Altra pays the cost of soliciting your proxy and reimburses brokers and other nominees their reasonable expenses for forwarding proxy materials to you.

 

Stockholders Entitled to Vote

 

Stockholders of record at the close of business on March 17, 2015, are entitled to notice of and to vote at the meeting. As of such date, there were 26,389,612 shares of Altra common stock outstanding, each entitled to one vote.

 

How to Vote

 

Stockholders of record described above may cast their votes by:

 

(1) signing, completing and returning the enclosed proxy card in the enclosed postage-paid envelope;

 

(2) calling toll-free 1-800-690-6903 and following the instructions;

 

(3) accessing “www.proxyvote.com” and following the instructions; or

 

(4) attending the Annual Meeting and voting in person.

 

Revocation of Proxies

 

A proxy may be revoked at any time before it is voted by delivering written notice of revocation to the Corporate Secretary of Altra at the address set forth above, by delivering a proxy bearing a later date, or by voting in person at the meeting.

 

Quorum; Required Vote

 

The holders of a majority of the shares entitled to vote at the meeting must be present in person or represented by proxy to constitute a quorum. Proxies received but marked as withheld, abstentions, or those treated as broker non-votes will be included in the calculation of the number of shares considered to be present at the Annual Meeting in determining a quorum. If a quorum is not present at the Annual Meeting, we will be forced to reconvene the Annual Meeting at a later date.

 

Your shares may be voted if they are held in the name of a brokerage firm or bank (a “broker”), even if you do not provide the broker with voting instructions. Brokers have the authority, under applicable rules, to vote shares on certain “routine” matters for which their customers do not provide voting instructions. The ratification of the appointment of the independent registered public accounting firm of the Company is considered a routine matter. The election of directors and the advisory vote to approve the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers (“Say on Pay”) are not considered routine matters. Broker non-votes are shares held by brokers or nominees for which instructions have not been received from the beneficial owners, or persons entitled to vote, and the broker is barred from exercising its discretionary authority to vote the shares because the proposal is a non-routine matter.

 

Election of Directors: Proposal 1 . A plurality of the votes cast is required for the election of directors. You may vote “FOR” all or some of the nominees or your vote may be “WITHHELD” with respect to one or more of the nominees. Votes “WITHHELD” and broker non-votes with respect to the election of directors will have no effect upon election of directors. You may not cumulate your votes for the election of directors.

 

 

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Ratification of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm: Proposal 2 . Ratification of the selection of our independent registered public accounting firm requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast for or against the matter. You may vote “FOR,” “AGAINST” or “ABSTAIN” in connection with Proposal 2. Abstentions and broker non-votes will have no effect on this proposal.

 

Advisory Vote to Approve the Compensation of our Named Executive Officers: Proposal 3. The approval of Proposal 3, regarding the compensation of our named executive officers, requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast for or against the matter. You may vote “FOR,” “AGAINST” or “ABSTAIN” in connection with Proposal 3. Abstentions and broker non-votes have no effect on this proposal. Because the vote on the Say on Pay proposal is advisory, it will not be binding on the Board of Directors or the Company. However, the Compensation Committee will take into account the outcome of the Say on Pay vote when considering future executive compensation arrangements.

 

If you provide specific instructions with regard to certain items, your shares will be voted as you instruct on such items. If no instructions are indicated, the shares will be voted as recommended by the Board of Directors.

 

Other Matters

 

The Board of Directors is not aware of any matters to be presented at the meeting other than those set forth in the accompanying notice. If any other matters properly come before the meeting, the persons named in the proxy will vote on such matters in accordance with their best judgment.

 

Additional Information

 

Additional information regarding the Company appears in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, a copy of which, including the financial statements and schedules thereto, but not the exhibits, accompanies this Proxy Statement. In addition, such report and the other reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) are available, free of charge, through the Investor Relations section of our internet website at http://www.altramotion.com. Printed copies of these documents and any exhibit to our Form 10-K may be obtained, without charge, by contacting the Corporate Secretary, Altra Industrial Motion Corp., 300 Granite Street, Suite 201, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184, telephone (781) 917-0600.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE STOCKHOLDER

MEETING TO BE HELD ON APRIL 30, 2015

 

Altra’s proxy statement, form of Proxy Card and 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K are available at http://ir.altramotion.com/financials.cfm.

 

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OWNERSHIP OF ALTRA COMMON STOCK

 

Securities Owned by Certain Beneficial Owners and Management

 

The following table sets forth certain information as of March 17, 2015, regarding the beneficial ownership of shares of our common stock by: (i) each person or entity known to us to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of our common stock; (ii) each of our named executive officers; (iii) each member of our Board of Directors; and (iv) all members of our Board of Directors and executive officers as a group.

 

Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with rules adopted by the SEC. In computing the number of shares beneficially owned by a person and the percentage ownership of that person, shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of stock options or warrants or the conversion of other securities held by that person that are currently exercisable or convertible, or are exercisable or convertible within 60 days of March 17, 2015, are deemed to be issued and outstanding. These shares, however, are not deemed outstanding for the purposes of computing percentage ownership of each other stockholder. Percentage of beneficial ownership is otherwise based on 26,389,612 shares of common stock outstanding as of March 17, 2015.

 

    Securities Beneficially Owned  

 

 

Name and Address of Beneficial Owner

 

Shares of Common

Stock Beneficially

Owned

   

Percentage of

Common Stock

Outstanding

 
Principal Securityholders:                
Wellington Management Group, LLP (2)     3,621,507       13.7 %
Macquarie Group Limited. (3)     1,547,475       5.9 %
The Vanguard Group, Inc. (4)     1,538,539       5.8 %
BlackRock, Inc. (5)     1,525,496       5.8 %
JP Morgan Chase & Co. (6)     1,374,454       5.2 %
Earnest Partners, LLC (7)     1,361,815       5.2 %
Named Executive Officers:                
Carl R. Christenson (1)     478,196       1.8 %
Christian Storch (1)     88,007       *  
Gerald Ferris (1) (8)     79,244       *  
Glenn Deegan (1)     36,345       *  
Craig Schuele (1)     86,689       *  
Directors:                
Edmund M. Carpenter (1)     33,387       *  
Lyle G. Ganske (1) (9)     27,970       *  
Michael S. Lipscomb (1)     30,061       *  
Larry McPherson (1)     78,470       *  
Thomas W. Swidarski (1)     1,483       *  
James H. Woodward Jr. (1)     37,389       *  
All directors and executive officers as a group (12 persons)     999,604       3.8 %

 

 

 

*   Represents beneficial ownership of less than 1%.

 

(1) Except as otherwise noted below, each of these individuals’ address of record is c/o Altra Industrial Motion Corp., 300 Granite Street, Suite 201, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184. To our knowledge, except as indicated in the footnotes to this table and pursuant to applicable community property laws, the persons listed in the table have sole investment and voting power with respect to all Company securities owned by them.
   
(2) The address of Wellington Management Group LLP is c/o the Wellington Management Company, LLP, 280 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210. Information and share amounts listed are derived from Wellington Management Group LLP’s Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on February 12, 2015.
   
(3) The address of Macquarie Group Limited is No. 1 Martin Place, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  The shares are deemed beneficially owned due to Macquarie Group Limited’s ownership of Macquarie Bank Limited, Macquarie Investment Management Limited, Delaware Management Holdings Inc. and Delaware Management Business Trust.  Information and share amounts listed

 

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are derived from Macquarie Group Limited’s Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on February 13, 2015, in which Macquarie Group Limited states that it has sole voting power and sole dispositive power over 1,547,475 shares of Altra’s common stock.

 

(4) The address of The Vanguard Group, Inc. is 100 Vanguard Blvd., Malvern, PA 19355. A portion of the shares are held by Vanguard Fiduciary Trust Company and Vanguard Investments Australia, Ltd., each of which is a subsidiary of The Vanguard Group, Inc. Information and share amounts listed are derived from The Vanguard Group, Inc.’s Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on February 11, 2015, in which The Vanguard Group, Inc. states that it has sole voting power over 38,684 shares of Altra’s common stock, sole dispositive power over 1,502,055 and shared dispositive power over 36,484 shares of Altra’s common stock.

 

(5) The address of BlackRock, Inc. is 40 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022. Shares are held by BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited, BlackRock Advisors, LLC, BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited, BlackRock Fund Advisors, BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A., BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Limited, BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Ltd, and BlackRock Investment Management, LLC, each of which is a subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. Information and share amounts listed are derived from BlackRock, Inc.’s Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on February 2, 2015, in which BlackRock, Inc. states that it has sole voting power over 1,463,394 shares of Altra’s common stock and sole dispositive power over 1,525,496 shares of Altra’s common stock.
   
(6) The address of JPMorgan Chase & Co. is 270 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017.  Shares are held by JP Morgan Chase Bank, National Association; J.P. Morgan Investment Management, Inc.; JPMorgan Asset Management (UK) Limited; and J.P. Morgan Trust Company of Delaware.  Information and share amounts listed are derived from JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on January 23, 2015, in which JPMorgan Chase & Co. states that it has sole voting power over 1,211,139 shares of Altra’s common stock, shared voting power over 27,337 shares of Altra’s common stock, sole dispositive power over 1,323,317 shares of Altra’s common stock and shared dispositive power over 27,337 shares of Altra’s common stock.
   
(7) The address of Earnest Partners, LLC is 1180 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 2300, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.  Information and share amounts listed are derived from Earnest Partners, LLC’s Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on February 17, 2015, in which Earnest Partners, LLC states that it has sole voting power over 457,395 shares of Altra’s common stock, shared voting power over 167,099 shares of Altra’s common stock and sole dispositive power over 1,361,815 shares of Altra’s common stock.

 

(8) Includes 300 shares held by Mr. Ferris’ children for which Mr. Ferris does not have voting or investment power.

 

(9)

Includes 500 shares as to which Mr. Ganske shares voting and investment power with his wife and includes 3,486 shares held in trust for the benefit of Mr. Ganske’s daughters, for which Mr. Ganske’s wife serves as trustee and for which Mr. Ganske does not have voting or investment power.

 

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Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

 

Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires Altra’s directors, executive officers and beneficial owners of more than 10% of Altra’s equity securities (“10% Owners”) to file initial reports of their ownership of Altra’s equity securities and reports of changes in such ownership with the SEC. Directors, executive officers and 10% Owners are required by SEC regulations to furnish Altra with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file. Based solely on a review of copies of such forms and written representations from Altra’s directors, executive officers and 10% Owners, Altra believes that for the fiscal year of 2014, all of its directors, executive officers and 10% Owners were in compliance with the disclosure requirements of Section 16(a) except for the following: (i) Thomas W. Swidarski was late in filing a report on Form 3 following his election to the Board on April 24, 2014; and (ii) Carl Christenson was late in filing a report on Form 4 for a transaction that occurred on June 5, 2014.

 

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PROPOSAL 1. ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

The current Board of Directors is made up of seven directors each of whom’s term expires at the 2015 Annual Meeting. The following directors have been nominated by the Company’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee for re-election to serve for a term of one year until the 2016 Annual Meeting and until their successors have been duly elected and qualified:

 

Edmund M. Carpenter

Carl R. Christenson

Lyle G. Ganske

Michael S. Lipscomb

Larry McPherson

Thomas W. Swidarski

James H. Woodward Jr.

 

All of the nominees for election have consented to being named in this Proxy Statement and to serve if elected. Biographical information for each of the nominees as of the most recent practicable date, is presented below.

 

The Board of Directors recommends that stockholders vote FOR the election of Messrs. Carpenter, Christenson, Ganske, Lipscomb, McPherson, Swidarski and Woodward.

 

NOMINEES FOR DIRECTOR

 

Edmund M. Carpenter , 73, has been a director since March 2007. Mr. Carpenter currently serves as an operating partner to Genstar Capital. Mr. Carpenter was President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnes Group Inc. from 1998 until his retirement in December 2006. Prior to joining Barnes Group Inc., Mr. Carpenter was Senior Managing Director of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice from 1996 to 1998, and Chief Executive Officer of General Signal from 1988 to 1995. Prior to joining General Signal Corporation, Mr. Carpenter held various executive positions at ITT Corporation, including President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining ITT, he held executive positions with Fruehauf Corporation and served as a partner in the management services division of Touche Ross & Company. He began his career at Michigan Bell Telephone Company. He has served as a director at Campbell Soup Company since 1990. He holds both an M.B.A. and a B.S.E. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan. Having served as CEO of a diversified global manufacturing and logistical services company, Mr. Carpenter presents valuable insight into organizational and operational management issues crucial to a public manufacturing company.

 

Carl R. Christenson , 55, has been our Chairman since April 2014, our Chief Executive Officer since January 2009 and a director since July 2007. Prior to his current position, Mr. Christenson served as our President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2005 to December 2008. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Christenson was the President of Kaydon Bearings, a manufacturer of custom-engineered bearings and a division of Kaydon Corporation. Prior to joining Kaydon, Mr. Christenson held a number of management positions at TB Wood’s Incorporated and several positions at the Torrington Company. Mr. Christenson has served as a director at OM Group, Inc., a NYSE listed technology-driven diversified industrial company, since 2014. Mr. Christenson holds a M.S. and B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic. In addition to more than twenty five years of experience in manufacturing companies, Mr. Christenson brings vast knowledge of the Company’s business, structure, history and culture to the Board and the CEO position.

 

Lyle G. Ganske , 56, has been a director since November 2007. Mr. Ganske is a Partner and Co-chair of Business Development at Jones Day. He is an advisor to significant companies, focusing primarily on M&A, takeovers, takeover preparedness, corporate governance, executive compensation, and general corporate counseling. Mr. Ganske has been involved in 44 transactions that each had a value in excess of $1 billion and 48 proxy contests and battles for corporate control. He has experience in transactions involving regulated industries, including telecom and energy. Mr. Ganske received his J.D. from Ohio State University and his B.S.B.A. at Bowling Green State University. He currently serves on the boards of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and Flashes of Hope. Mr. Ganske is the former chair of Business Volunteers Unlimited and the Commission on Economic Inclusion. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Resilience Capital, a private equity firm. In addition to his substantial legal skills and expertise, Mr. Ganske brings to the Company’s Board well-developed business and financial acumen critical to a dynamic public company.

 

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Michael S. Lipscomb , 68, has been a director since November 2007. Mr. Lipscomb has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SIFCO Inc., a NYSE company in the aerospace business, since January 2015 and as Chief Executive Officer since 2010. In this role, Mr. Lipscomb has led SIFCO through three acquisitions and a divestiture resulting in compounded annual sales and EBITDA growth of 6.5% and 22%, respectively. Mr. Lipscomb also serves as Chief Executive Officer/principal of Aviation Component Solutions, a privately held company in the aerospace/aftermarket business and as Chief Executive Officer/principal of JC Carter Nozzles, a privately held supplier of refueling nozzles to the LNG market. Mr. Lipscomb also serves as a Board member of both Integrity Organics, a green company in the waste reclamation business, and The Ruhlin Company, an integrated ESOP-owned construction company. Previously, Mr. Lipscomb was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Argo-Tech, a leading supplier to the aerospace industry, where he led the company through five bank refinances, four high yield bond offerings, and successfully managed the sale of the company to Eaton Corporation in March of 2007. During his career, Mr. Lipscomb served as a co-founder of Argo-Tech, as a Managing Director at TRW, and in various operational and engineering management roles at the Utica Tool Company. Mr. Lipscomb received his MBA from Clemson – Furman University and his B.S. from Clemson University and previously served on the boards of Argo-Tech, MAMCO Enterprises, Ruhlin Construction Company, Duradyne, and SIFCO (Audit Committee Chair 2002-2006). Mr. Lipscomb brings to the Company’s Board a depth of global industrial operating experience and knowledge of organizational management essential to a public manufacturing company.

 

Larry McPherson , 69, has been a director since January 2005. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. McPherson was a Director of NSK Ltd. from 1997 until his retirement in 2004 and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NSK Europe from January 2002 to December 2003. In total he was employed by NSK Ltd. for 22 years during which time he was responsible for the major expansion of manufacturing operations in the U.S. and the reorganization and consolidation of European operations. Mr. McPherson served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NSK Americas for the six years prior to his European assignment. Mr. McPherson serves as a board member of McNaughton and Gunn, Inc., a privately owned printing company. Mr. McPherson earned his MBA from Georgia State and his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University. Mr. McPherson contributes to the Company’s Board significant organizational and operational management skills combined with a wealth of experience in global manufacturing businesses.

 

Thomas W. Swidarski, 56, has been a director since April 2014. Mr. Swidarski previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Diebold, Incorporated, a $3 billion global leader in designing, manufacturing and distributing self-service technologies (ATMs) in over 100 countries, from October 12, 2005 to January 19, 2013. Mr. Swidarski served as Senior Vice President of Financial Self-Service Group of Diebold, Incorporated, from 2001 to September 2005 and served as its Chief Operating Officer from October 12, 2005 to December 2005. Mr. Swidarski also held various strategic development and marketing positions at Diebold since 1996. Prior to Diebold, he held various positions within the financial industry for nearly 20 years focusing on marketing, product management, retail bank profitability, branding and retail distribution. Mr. Swidarski served as a Director of Diebold, Incorporated from December 12, 2005 to January 8, 2013. He holds a BA in marketing from the University of Dayton and an MBA in business management from Cleveland State University. Having served as Chief Executive Officer of a global provider of technology and services to a wide range of businesses, Mr. Swidarski brings to the Company’s Board valuable insight into organizational management, global business, financial matters and marketing matters.

 

James H. Woodward, Jr. , 62, has been a director since March 2007. From March 2009 to October 2011, Mr. Woodward served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Accuride Corporation. Previously, Mr. Woodward served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Joy Global Inc. from January 2007 until February 2008. Prior to joining Joy Global Inc., Mr. Woodward was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of JLG Industries, Inc. from August 2000 until its sale in December 2006. Prior to JLG Industries, Inc., Mr. Woodward held various financial and operational positions at Dana Corporation since 1982. Mr. Woodward is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.A. degree in Accounting from Michigan State University. Mr. Woodward’s depth and breadth of exposure to complex issues from his long and distinguished career in the manufacturing industry make him a skilled advisor who provides critical insight into organizational and operational management, global business and financial matters.

 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Board of Directors Composition

 

Our bylaws provide that the size of the Board of Directors shall be determined from time to time by our Board of Directors. Our Board of Directors currently consists of seven members. Each of our executive officers and directors, other than non-employee directors, devotes his or her full time to our affairs. Our non-employee directors devote the amount of time to our affairs as necessary to discharge their duties. Edmund M. Carpenter, Lyle G. Ganske, Michael S. Lipscomb, Larry McPherson, and Thomas W. Swidarski are each “independent” within the meaning of the Marketplace Rules of the NASDAQ Global Market (the “NASDAQ Rules”) and the federal securities laws and collectively constitute a majority of our Board of Directors.

 

Committees of the Board of Directors

 

Pursuant to our bylaws, our Board of Directors is permitted to establish committees from time to time as it deems appropriate. To facilitate independent director review and to make the most effective use of our directors’ time and capabilities, our Board of Directors has established the following committees: the Audit Committee, the Personnel and Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. The charter of each of the committees discussed below is available on our website at ir.altramotion.com/corporate-governance.cfm. Printed copies of these charters may be obtained, without charge, by contacting the Corporate Secretary, Altra Industrial Motion Corp., 300 Granite Street, Suite 201, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184, telephone (781) 917-0600. The membership and function of each committee are described below.

 

Audit Committee

 

The primary purpose of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board’s oversight of:

 

the integrity of our financial statements and reporting;

 

our independent auditors’ qualifications, independence and performance;

 

our internal controls and risk management;

 

our compliance with legal and regulatory requirements;

 

the performance of our internal audit function;

 

the preparation of all reports and disclosure required or appropriate including the disclosure required by Item 407(d)(3)(i) of Regulation S-K; and

 

legal, ethical and regulatory compliance including application of our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.

 

The Audit Committee was established in accordance with Section 3(a)(58)(A) of the Exchange Act and currently consists of Messrs. Ganske, Carpenter and Lipscomb. Mr. Ganske serves as chairman of our Audit Committee. Mr. Carpenter, Mr. Lipscomb and Mr. Ganske qualify as independent “audit committee financial experts” as such term has been defined by the SEC in Item 407 of Regulation S-K. We believe that the composition of our audit committee meets the criteria for independence under, and the functioning of our audit committee complies with the applicable requirements of, the NASDAQ Rules and federal securities law.

 

Personnel and Compensation Committee

 

The primary purpose of our Personnel and Compensation Committee (the “Compensation Committee”) is to establish and review our overall compensation philosophy and policy, to establish and review our director compensation philosophy and policy, and to review and approve corporate goals and objectives relevant to compensation of the Company’s executive officers. In addition, the Compensation Committee oversees our employee benefit plans and practices and produces a report on executive compensation as required by SEC rules. The Compensation Committee may form, and delegate any of its responsibilities to, a subcommittee so long as such subcommittee is solely comprised of one or more members of the Compensation Committee.

 

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The Compensation Committee has the authority, pursuant to its charter, to retain outside counsel, compensation consultants or other advisors to assist it in carrying out its activities. The Compensation Committee retains Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc. (“Cook & Co.”), as the Compensation Committee’s independent compensation consultant.

 

Messrs. Carpenter, McPherson and Swidarski serve on the Compensation Committee, each of whom is a non-employee member of our Board of Directors and independent within the meaning of the NASDAQ Rules. Mr. Carpenter serves as chairman of the Compensation Committee. We believe that the composition of our Compensation Committee meets the criteria for independence under, and the functioning of our Compensation Committee complies with the applicable requirements of, the NASDAQ Rules.

 

Compensation Policies and Practices Regarding Risk Taking

 

The Company has considered its compensation policies and practices for its employees and concluded that the policies and practices do not give rise to risks that are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company. This conclusion was based on the assessment performed by the Company’s management and was reviewed by the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors.

 

Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

 

The primary purpose of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is to:

 

identify and recommend to the Board individuals qualified to serve as directors of our company and on committees of the Board;

 

advise the Board with respect to Board composition, procedures and committees;

 

develop and recommend to the Board a set of corporate governance principles and guidelines applicable to us; and

 

oversee the evaluation of the Board and our management.

 

Messrs. McPherson, Ganske and Lipscomb serve on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, each of whom is a non-employee member of our Board of Directors and independent within the meaning of the NASDAQ Rules. Mr. McPherson serves as chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. We believe that the composition of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee meets the criteria for independence under, and the functioning of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee complies with the applicable requirements of, the NASDAQ Rules. Please see the section entitled “Corporate Governance” herein for further discussion of the roles and responsibilities of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

 

Board, Committee and Annual Meeting Attendance

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, the Board and its Committees held the following aggregate number of regular and special meetings:

 

Board     6  
Audit Committee     5  
Personnel and Compensation Committee     3  
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee     3  

 

Each of our directors attended 75% or more of the aggregate number of the meetings of the Board and of the Committees on which he served during the year.

 

The independent members of the Board, and each of the three standing committees of the Board, met in independent director sessions without the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer or members of management present at least four (4) times during 2014.

 

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The Board has adopted a policy pursuant to which directors are expected to attend the Annual Meeting of Stockholders in the absence of a scheduling conflict or other valid reason. All seven of our directors serving at such time attended the 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders in person.

 

Board Leadership Structure and Board Oversight of Risk Management

 

Pursuant to our bylaws, our Board of Directors determines the best board leadership structure for the Company from time to time by appointing the Chairman of the Board. As part of our annual board self-evaluation process, the Board evaluates our leadership structure to ensure that it provides the optimal structure for the Company and stockholders. While we recognize that different board leadership structures may be appropriate for companies in different situations, we believe our current leadership structure, with Mr. Christenson serving as Chairman and CEO and with independent Board leadership provided by the appointment of a Lead Director, is the optimal structure for the Company.

 

Lyle Ganske, who has served on the Board since 2007, currently serves as the Lead Director. The Board believes that a Lead Director improves the Board’s overall performance by improving the efficiency of the Board’s oversight and governance responsibilities and by enhancing the relationship between the Chief Executive Officer and the independent directors. The Lead Director acts as an intermediary between the Board and senior management. Among other things, the Lead Director is responsible, along with the Chairman, for facilitating communication among Directors and between the Board and the Chief Executive Officer, for working with the Chief Executive Officer and the Board to set the agenda for Board meetings, and for working with the Chief Executive Officer to provide an appropriate information flow to the Board. The Lead Director is also responsible for presiding over and setting the agenda for executive sessions of the Board and independent director meetings. The Lead Director is expected to foster a cohesive Board that cooperates with the Chief Executive Officer towards the ultimate goal of creating shareholder value.

 

Our Board of Directors currently has six members (five of which are independent) in addition to the Chairman and CEO. A number of the members of our Board of Directors are currently serving or have served as members of senior management of other public companies and have served as directors of other public companies. We have three board committees comprised solely of independent directors. We believe that the number of independent, experienced directors that make up our Board of Directors, along with the oversight of the Board of Directors by the Lead Director, provides our management with appropriate oversight, leadership and guidance. In addition, our non-employee directors meet in executive session, led by our Lead Director, without management present as frequently as they deem appropriate, typically at the time of each regular board meeting.

 

Our Board is responsible for overseeing our risk management. The Board’s role in the Company’s risk oversight process includes receiving regular reports from members of senior management on areas of material risk to the Company, including operational, financial, legal and regulatory, and strategic and reputational risks. The full Board (or the appropriate committee in the case of risks that are under the purview of a particular committee) receives these reports from the appropriate person within the Company to enable the Board to understand our risk identification, risk management and risk mitigation strategies. When a committee receives the report, the chairman of the relevant committee reports on the discussion to the full Board during the committee reports portion of the next Board meeting. This enables the Board and its Committees to coordinate the risk oversight role, particularly with respect to risk interrelationships. The Audit Committee also discusses guidelines and policies to govern the process by which risk management is handled. The Audit Committee discusses the Company’s major risk exposures and the steps management has taken to monitor and control such exposures. The Board believes that the work undertaken by the full Board, together with the work undertaken by the Audit Committee and the other committees, enables the Board to effectively oversee the Company’s risk management function.

 

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Director Compensation

 

In 2014, the Compensation Committee engaged the services of Cook & Co., an independent compensation consultant, to review the design and competitiveness of the Company’s non-employee director compensation program. Cook & Co.’s review found that while the Company’s non-employee director compensation program structure was generally consistent with peer group policies and emerging trends, total director compensation was below the 25 th percentile of peer group practice.

 

Standard Board Fees

 

Our non-employee directors receive the following standard cash compensation:

 

· Annual Retainer Fee: $60,000 (payable in equal quarterly installments);
· Lead Director: $5,000
· Chairman of the Audit Committee: $8,000;
· Chairman of the Compensation Committee: $5,000; and
· Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee: $5,000.

 

Directors may elect to receive, in lieu of their regular cash compensation as outlined above, an amount of shares of Company stock equal in value to the cash compensation that otherwise would be paid at the time such cash compensation would otherwise have been payable.

 

In addition, each of the non-employee directors will receive grants of restricted stock with an annual value equal to $60,000 paid in four equal quarterly installments with each such quarterly grant vesting immediately.

 

All members of our Board of Directors are reimbursed for their usual and customary expenses incurred in connection with attending all Board and other committee meetings.

 

The following table sets forth information concerning compensation paid to our non-employee directors during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

 

Non-Employee Director Compensation Table

 

 

 

Name

 

 

Fees Earned or

Paid in Cash ($)

   

 

Stock

Awards ($)(1)(2)

   

Non-Equity

Incentive Plan

Compensation ($)

   

 

All Other

Compensation ($)

   

 

 

Total ($)

 
Edmund M. Carpenter     65,000       90,000                   155,000  
Lyle G. Ganske     73,000 (3)     90,000                   163,000  
Michael S. Lipscomb     60,000       90,000                   150,000  
Larry McPherson     65,000       90,000                   155,000  
Thomas W. Swidarski     30,000 (4)     30,000                   60,000  
James H. Woodward Jr.     60,000 (3)     90,000                   150,000  

 

 

 

(1) These amounts reflect the aggregate grant date fair value of restricted stock awards granted in fiscal year 2014 in accordance with ASC Topic 718. For additional information on the valuation assumptions regarding the restricted stock awards, refer to Note 10 to our financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2014, which are included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 filed with the SEC.

 

(2) Effective in the third quarter of 2014, the Company’s non-employee director compensation policy was modified to provide that stock grants would be paid in four equal quarterly installments and the first such payment was made during that quarter.  Previously, non-employee directors received a single annual stock grant in February of each year.  No change was made to the aggregate value of the annual stock grants made to non-employee directors.

 

(3) Mr. Ganske and Mr. Woodward have elected to receive, in lieu of regular cash compensation, an amount of shares of Company stock equal in value to the cash compensation that otherwise would be paid at the time such cash compensation would otherwise have been payable. As a result, for 2014, all of Mr. Ganske’s and Mr. Woodward’s respective cash retainers were paid in shares of Company stock.
   

 

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(4) Mr. Swidarski was elected to the Board at the Company’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on April 24, 2014.

 

Stock Ownership Guidelines

 

Our Board of Directors established stock ownership guidelines applicable to the Company’s non-employee directors pursuant to which each non-employee director should retain the value of Company stock equivalent to three (3) times his annual cash retainer. All of the Company’s non-employee directors have a five (5) year period to accumulate these specific values.

 

The following categories satisfy a participant’s ownership guidelines: (i) shares of common stock owned directly; (ii) shares of common stock owned indirectly (e.g., by a spouse or a trust); (iii) shares of common stock represented by amounts invested in a 401(k) plan or deferred compensation plan maintained by the Company or an affiliate; and (iv) restricted stock (vested and unvested), earned performance shares (vested and unvested), restricted stock units (vested and unvested), or phantom stock. Unexercised options, unearned performance shares, and pledged shares are not counted toward meeting the guidelines.

 

The Company’s Board of Directors has the discretion to enforce the stock ownership guidelines on a case-by-case basis. Violations of the Company’s stock ownership guidelines may, without limitation and in the Board’s discretion, result in the participant not receiving future grants of long-term incentive plan awards or annual equity retainer or result in the participant being required to retain all or a portion of future grants of long-term incentive plan awards or annual equity retainers until compliance is achieved.

 

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation.

 

During our last completed fiscal year, no member of the Compensation Committee was an employee, officer or former officer of Altra. None of our executive officers served on the board of directors or compensation committee of any entity in 2014 that had an executive officer serving as a member of our Board or Compensation Committee.

 

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions

 

Transactions with Directors and Management

 

Under our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, all transactions involving a conflict of interest, including holding a financial interest in a significant supplier, customer or competitor of the Company, are generally prohibited. However, holding a financial interest of less than 2% in a publicly held company and other limited circumstances are excluded transactions. Our directors and officers are prohibited from using his or her position to influence the Company’s decision relating to a transaction with a significant supplier, customer or competitor to which he or she is affiliated. Our Audit Committee Charter provides that the Audit Committee shall review, discuss and approve any transactions or courses of dealing with related parties that are significant in size or involve terms or other aspects that differ from those that would likely be negotiated with independent parties.

 

Indemnification Agreements

 

We have entered into indemnification agreements with each of our directors and executive officers. We believe that these agreements are necessary to attract and retain qualified persons as directors and executive officers. These agreements require us to indemnify these individuals to the fullest extent permitted under Delaware law against liabilities that may arise by reason of their service to us, and to advance expenses incurred as a result of any proceeding against them as to which they could be indemnified. We also intend to enter into indemnification agreements with our future directors and executive officers.

 

Corporate Governance

 

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee’s Role and Responsibilities

 

Primary responsibility for Altra’s corporate governance practices rests with the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (the “Governance Committee”). The Governance Committee is responsible for, among other things, (i) overseeing the Company’s policies and procedures for the Board’s nomination of persons to stand for election to serve on the Board of Directors by stockholders and consideration of any stockholder nominations of persons to stand for election to the Board of Directors; (ii) identifying, screening and reviewing individuals qualified to serve as directors and recommending candidates for nomination for election or to fill vacancies; (iii) reviewing annually the composition and size of the Board; (iv) aiding the Board and its committees in their annual self-evaluations; (v) developing, recommending and overseeing implementation of the Company’s corporate governance guidelines and principles; (vi) reviewing, monitoring and addressing conflicts of interest of directors and executives officers; and (vii) reviewing on a regular basis the overall corporate governance of the Company and recommending improvements when necessary. Described below are some of the

 

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significant corporate governance practices that have been instituted by the Board of Directors at the recommendation of the Governance Committee.

 

Director Independence

 

The Governance Committee annually reviews the independence of all directors and reports its findings to the full Board. The Governance Committee has determined that the following director nominees are independent within the meaning of the NASDAQ Rules and relevant federal securities laws and regulations: Edmund M. Carpenter, Lyle G. Ganske, Michael S. Lipscomb, Larry McPherson and Thomas W. Swidarski.

 

Board Evaluation

 

The Board of Directors has adopted a policy whereby the Governance Committee will assist the Board and its committees in evaluating their performance and effectiveness on an annual basis. As part of this evaluation, the Governance Committee assesses the progress in the areas targeted for improvement during previous evaluations, and develops recommendations to enhance the respective Board or committee effectiveness over the next year.

 

Director Nomination Process

 

The Governance Committee reviews the skills, characteristics and experience of potential candidates for election to the Board of Directors and recommends nominees for director to the full Board for approval. In addition the Governance Committee assesses the overall composition of the Board of Directors, including factors such as size, composition, diversity, skills, significant experience and time commitment to Altra.

 

It is the Governance Committee’s policy to utilize a variety of means to identify prospective nominees for the Board, and it considers referrals from other Board members, management, stockholders and other external sources such as retained executive search firms. The Governance Committee utilizes the same criteria for evaluating candidates irrespective of their source.

 

The Governance Committee believes that any nominee must meet the following minimum qualifications:

 

Candidates should be persons of high integrity who possess independence, forthrightness, inquisitiveness, good judgment and strong analytical skills.

 

Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to devote the time required for Board duties including, but not limited to, attendance at meetings.

 

Candidates should possess a team-oriented ethic consistent with Altra’s core values, and be committed to the interests of all stockholders as opposed to those of any particular constituency.

 

The Governance Committee seeks nominees with a broad diversity of experience, professions, skills, geographic representation and backgrounds. Accordingly, when considering director candidates, the Governance Committee will seek individuals with backgrounds and qualities that, when combined with those of Altra’s other directors, provide a blend of skills and experience that will further enhance the Board’s effectiveness. The Committee does not assign specific weights to particular criteria and no particular criterion is necessarily applicable to all prospective nominees. Nominees are not discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or any other basis proscribed by law.

 

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To recommend a candidate for consideration, a stockholder should submit a written statement of the qualifications of the proposed nominee, including full name and address, to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chairman, c/o Altra Industrial Motion Corp., 300 Granite Street, Suite 201, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184.

 

Corporate Governance Guidelines

 

The Governance Committee has developed and recommended the Company’s Statement of Governance Principles, Policies and Procedures (the “Governance Principles”) which has been approved by our full Board. Altra’s Governance Principles are available on the Company’s website at http://ir.altramotion.com/corporate-governance.cfm .

 

Majority Voting Policy in Uncontested Director Elections

 

Our Board has adopted a majority voting policy in uncontested director elections which is set forth in Altra’s Governance Principles. Under the policy, any nominee for Director who receives a greater number of votes “withheld” from his or her election than votes “for” his or her election (a “Majority Withheld Vote”) in an election of Directors that is not a contested election is expected to tender his or her resignation as a Director to the Board promptly following the certification of the election results. The Governance Committee will consider each resignation tendered under the policy and recommend to the Board whether to accept or reject it. The Board will act on each tendered resignation, taking into account the Governance Committee’s recommendation, within 90 days following the certification of the election results.

 

Business Conduct and Compliance

 

Altra maintains a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the “Code of Ethics”) that is applicable to all directors, officers and employees of the Company. It sets forth Altra’s policies and expectations on a number of topics, including conflicts of interest, protection and proper use of company assets, relationships with customers and vendors (business ethics), accounting practices, and compliance with laws, rules and regulations. A copy of the Code of Ethics is available on the Company’s website at http://ir.altramotion.com/corporate-governance.cfm . Individuals can report suspected violations of the Altra Industrial Motion Corp. Code of Ethics anonymously by contacting the Altra Compliance and Ethics Hotline at (800) 826-6762.

 

Altra also maintains policies regarding insider trading and communications with the public (the “Insider Trading Policy”) and procedures for the Audit Committee regarding complaints about accounting matters (the “Whistleblower Policy”). The Insider Trading Policy sets forth the Company’s limitations regarding trading in Company securities and the handling of non-public material information. The policy is applicable to directors, officers and employees of Altra and is designed to help ensure compliance with federal securities laws. The Insider Trading Policy prohibits the pledging of shares effective as of February 12, 2013, but this prohibition does not apply to pledges of the Company’s securities in effect prior to February 12, 2013. The Insider Trading Policy does require, however, that existing pledges be minimized and terminated as soon as practicable. The Whistleblower Policy was established to set forth the Audit Committee’s procedures to receive, retain, investigate and act on complaints and concerns of employees and stockholders regarding accounting, internal accounting controls and auditing matters, including complaints regarding attempted or actual circumvention of internal accounting controls. Accounting complaints may be made directly to the Chairman of the Audit Committee in writing as follows: Audit Committee Chairman, c/o Altra Industrial Motion Corp., 300 Granite Street, Suite 201, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184. A copy of the Audit Committee’s Whistleblower Policy and procedures may be requested from the Corporate Secretary, Altra Industrial Motion Corp., 300 Granite Street, Suite 201, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184.

 

Succession Planning

 

The Board of Directors recognizes that a sudden or unexpected change in leadership could cause the Company to experience management transition issues that could adversely affect the Company’s operations, relations with employees and results. In 2008, the Governance Committee implemented a succession plan for the departure of Mr. Michael L. Hurt as our Chief Executive Officer and the appointment of Mr. Christenson to that position. The Governance Committee is in the process of developing a new succession plan for the Chief Executive Officer position.

 

Communication with Directors

 

Stockholders or other interested parties wishing to communicate with the Board, the non-employee directors, or any individual director may do so by contacting the Lead Director of the Board by mail, addressed to Lead Director, c/o Altra Industrial Motion Corp., 300 Granite Street, Suite 201, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184.

 

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All communications to the Board will remain unopened and be promptly forwarded to the Lead Director, who shall in turn forward them promptly to the appropriate director(s). Such items as are unrelated to a director’s duties and responsibilities as a Board member may be excluded from this policy by the Lead Director, including, without limitation, solicitations and advertisements; junk mail; product-related communications; job referral materials such as resumes; surveys; and material that is determined to be illegal or otherwise inappropriate. Before being discarded, the director(s) to whom such information is addressed is generally informed that the information has been removed, and that it will be made available to such director(s) upon request.

 

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OUR EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 

The following table sets forth names, ages and positions of the persons who are our executive officers as of March 17, 2015:

 

Name   Age   Position
Carl R. Christenson   55   Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Christian Storch   55   Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Glenn E. Deegan   48   Vice President, Legal and Human Resources, General Counsel and Secretary
Gerald P. Ferris   65   Vice President of Global Sales
Todd B. Patriacca   45   Vice President of Finance, Corporate Controller and Treasurer
Craig Schuele   51   Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
         

Carl R. Christenson , 55, has been our Chairman since April 2014, our Chief Executive Officer since January 2009, and a director since July 2007. Prior to his current position, Mr. Christenson served as our President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2005 to December 2008. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Christenson was the President of Kaydon Bearings, a manufacturer of custom-engineered bearings and a division of Kaydon Corporation. Prior to joining Kaydon, Mr. Christenson held a number of management positions at TB Wood’s Incorporated and several positions at the Torrington Company. Mr. Christenson has served as a director at OM Group, Inc., a NYSE listed technology-driven diversified industrial company, since 2014. Mr. Christenson holds a M.S. and B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic.

 

Christian Storch , 55, has been our Chief Financial Officer since December 2007. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Storch was the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Standex International Corporation. Mr. Storch also served on the Board of Directors of Standex International from October 2004 to December 2007. Mr. Storch also served as Standex International’s Treasurer from 2003 to April 2006 and Manager of Corporate Audit and Assurance Services from July 1999 to 2003. Prior to Standex International, Mr. Storch was a Divisional Financial Director and Corporate Controller at Vossloh AG, a publicly held German transport technology company. Mr. Storch has also previously served as an Audit Manager with Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Mr. Storch holds a degree in business administration from the University of Passau, Germany.

 

Glenn E. Deegan , 48, has been our Vice President, Legal and Human Resources, General Counsel and Secretary since June 2009. Prior to his current position, Mr. Deegan served as our General Counsel and Secretary since September 2008. From March 2007 to August 2008, Mr. Deegan served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Averion International Corp., a publicly held global provider of clinical research services. Prior to Averion, from June 2001 to March 2007, Mr. Deegan served as Director of Legal Affairs and then as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of MacroChem Corporation, a publicly held specialty pharmaceutical company. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Deegan served as Assistant General Counsel of Summit Technology, Inc., a publicly held manufacturer of ophthalmic laser systems. Mr. Deegan previously spent over six years engaged in the private practice of law and also served as law clerk to the Honorable Francis J. Boyle in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Mr. Deegan holds a B.S. from Providence College and a J.D. from Boston College.

 

Gerald P. Ferris , 65, has been our Vice President of Global Sales since May 2007 and held the same position with Power Transmission Holdings, LLC, our Predecessor, since March 2002. He is responsible for the worldwide sales of our broad product platform. Mr. Ferris joined our Predecessor in 1978 and since joining has held various positions. He became the Vice President of Sales for Boston Gear in 1991. Mr. Ferris holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Stonehill College.

 

Todd B. Patriacca , 45, has been our Vice President of Finance, Corporate Controller and Treasurer since February 2010. Prior to his current position, Mr. Patriacca served as our Vice President of Finance, Corporate Controller and Assistant Treasurer since October 2008 and previous to that, as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller since May 2007 and as Corporate Controller since May 2005. Prior to joining us, Mr. Patriacca was Corporate Finance Manager at MKS Instrument Inc., a semi-conductor equipment manufacturer since March 2002. Prior to MKS, Mr. Patriacca spent over ten years at Arthur Andersen LLP in the Assurance Advisory practice. Mr. Patriacca is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.A. in History from Colby College and an M.B.A. and an M.S. in Accounting from Northeastern University.

 

Craig Schuele , 51, has been our Vice President of Marketing and Business Development since May 2007 and held the same position with our Predecessor since July 2004. Prior to his current position, Mr. Schuele has been our Vice President of Marketing since March 2002, and previous to that he was our Director of Marketing. Mr. Schuele joined our Predecessor in 1986 and holds a B.S. degree in Management from Rhode Island College.

 

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COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

 

The following discussion provides an overview and analysis of our compensation programs and policies and the major factors that shape the creation and implementation of those policies. In this discussion and analysis, and in the more detailed tables and narrative that follow, we will discuss compensation and compensation decisions for fiscal 2014 relating to the following persons, whom we refer to as our named executive officers:

 

Carl R. Christenson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer;

 

Christian Storch, Chief Financial Officer;

 

Gerald P. Ferris, Vice President of Global Sales;

 

Glenn E. Deegan, Vice President, Legal and Human Resources, General Counsel and Secretary; and

 

Craig Schuele, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development.

 

Personnel and Compensation Committee

 

The Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors, as further discussed in this Proxy Statement under the caption “Committees of the Board of Directors,” has responsibility for establishing, implementing and monitoring adherence with the Company’s compensation program. The role of the Compensation Committee is to oversee, on behalf of the Board and for the benefit of the Company and its stockholders, the Company’s compensation and benefit plans and policies, to review and approve equity grants to directors and executive officers and to determine and approve annually all compensation relating to the CEO and the other executive officers of the Company. The Compensation Committee utilizes the Company’s Human Resources Department and reviews data from market surveys and proxy statements to assess the Company’s competitive position with respect to base salary, annual incentives and long-term incentive compensation. The Compensation Committee has the authority to engage the services of independent compensation consultants and engaged Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc. (“Cook & Co.”) in 2011 and again in 2014 (with respect to 2015 compensation) to conduct reviews of the competitiveness of the Company’s executive and non-employee director compensation programs. The Compensation Committee meets a minimum of two times annually to review executive compensation programs, determine compensation levels and performance targets, review management performance, and approve final executive bonus distributions.

 

Objectives of Our Compensation Programs

 

We believe that compensation paid to executive officers should be closely aligned with the performance of the Company on both a short-term and long-term basis, and that such compensation should assist the Company in attracting and retaining key executives critical to the Company’s success. To this end, our compensation program for executive officers is structured to achieve the following objectives:

 

Recruiting and Retention of Talented Professionals

 

We believe that it is primarily the dedication, creativity, competence and experience of our workforce that enables us to compete, given the realities of the industry in which we operate. We aim to compensate our executives at competitive levels in order to attract and retain highly qualified professionals critical to our success. There are many important factors in attracting and retaining qualified individuals. Compensation is one of them but not the only one.

 

Alignment of Individual and Short-Term and Long-Term Organizational Goals

 

We seek to align the short-term interests of our executives with those of our stockholders by structuring a significant portion of executive compensation as a performance-based bonus. In particular, the level of cash incentive compensation is determined by the use of annual performance targets, which we believe encourages superior short-term performance and operating results for the organization.

 

We strive to align the long-term interests of our executives with those of our stockholders and foster an ownership mentality in our executives by giving them a meaningful stake in our success through our equity incentive programs. Our equity compensation program for executives is designed to link the long-term compensation levels of our executives to the creation of lasting stockholder value.

 

Rewarding Meaningful Results

 

We believe that compensation should be structured to encourage and reward performance that leads to meaningful results for the Company. Both our cash and equity incentive compensation programs are tied primarily to each executive’s contribution to sales and earnings growth and working capital management of Altra. Our strategy is to compensate our executives at competitive levels, with the

 

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opportunity to earn above-median compensation for above-market performance as compared to our peer group, through programs that emphasize performance-based incentive compensation in the form of annual cash payments and equity-based awards.

 

Elements of Compensation

 

Total compensation for our executive officers consists of the following elements of pay:

 

Base salary;

 

Annual cash incentive bonus dependent on our financial performance and achievement of individual objectives;

 

Long-term incentive compensation through grants of equity-based awards, which have traditionally been in the form of restricted stock and performance share awards;

 

Participation in retirement benefits through a 401(k) Savings Plan;

 

Severance benefits payable upon termination under specified circumstances to our key executive officers;

 

Medical and dental benefits that are available to substantially all our employees. We share the expense of such health benefits with our employees, with the cost depending on the level of benefits coverage an employee elects to receive. Our health plan offerings are the same for our executive officers and our other non-executive employees; and

 

Our named executive officers are provided with the same short-term and long-term disability insurance benefits as our other salaried employees. Additionally, our named executive officers are provided with life insurance and supplemental long-term disability benefits that are not available to all salaried employees.

 

What We Reward, Why We Pay Each Element of Compensation and How Each Element Relates to Our Compensation Objectives

 

Base salary, as well as other benefits such as 401(k) participation, severance, health care and life and disability insurance, are intended to provide a level of income and benefits commensurate with the executive’s position, responsibilities and contributions to the Company. We believe the combined value of base salary, annual cash incentives and other fringe benefits should be competitive with the salary, bonus and general benefits provided to similarly situated executives in the industry.

 

We compensate our executives through programs that emphasize performance-based incentive compensation. We have structured annual cash and long-term non-cash compensation to motivate executives to achieve the business goals set by us and reward the executives for achieving such goals.

 

Through our annual cash bonus program, we attempt to tailor performance goals to each individual executive officer and to our current priorities and needs. Through our long-term, non-cash incentive compensation, we attempt to align the interests of our executive officers with those of our stockholders by rewarding our executives based on increases in our stock price over time through awards of restricted stock and performance shares.

 

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How We Determine the Amounts We Pay

 

The Compensation Committee utilizes the Company’s Human Resources Department and reviews data from market surveys and proxy statements to assess the Company’s competitive position with respect to base salary, annual incentives and long-term incentive compensation. The Compensation Committee engaged Cook & Co. in 2011 and again in 2014 (with respect to 2015 compensation) to assist the Compensation Committee in identifying comparable companies for benchmarking purposes (our “compensation peer group”) and to conduct reviews of the competitiveness of the Company’s executive and non-employee director compensation programs.

 

The Compensation Committee established the below compensation peer group in 2011, which was used for 2014 compensation decisions. This is the same peer group used by the Company for 2012 and 2013. 

             
Actuant Corporation   CLARCOR Inc.   ESCO Technologies, Inc.   L.B. Foster Company
Blount International, Inc.   Colfax Corporation   The Gorman-Rupp Company   NN, Inc.
Chart Industries, Inc.   Columbus McKinnon Corp.   JBT Corporation   RBC Bearings Incorporated
Circor International, Inc.   EnPro Industries, Inc.   Kaydon Corporation   Robbins & Myers, Inc.

 

We believe that our compensation peer group for 2014 is representative of the market in which we compete for talent. The size of the group has been established so as to provide sufficient benchmarking data across the range of senior positions in our Company. Our compensation peer group companies were chosen because they are similar to Altra in terms of size, industry and business mix. We believe the quality of these organizations will allow Altra to maintain a high level of continuity in the peer group, providing a consistent measure for benchmarking compensation. Our revenues and market capitalization are in the median range of the peer companies.

 

The Compensation Committee received a report from Cook & Co. during early 2012 (the “2012 Cook & Co. Report”), which indicated that certain of the Company’s executive officers received base salary compensation below median levels for the Company’s compensation peer group. Cook & Co. recommended that the Compensation Committee consider increasing certain executive officer base salaries to more closely reflect market median levels as part of the Company’s annual salary review process. The 2012 Cook & Co. Report also indicated that the total target annual compensation (the sum of base salary and target bonus) and the total target direct compensation (the sum of base salary, target bonus and the annualized grant date present value of long-term incentive grants) for the Company’s executive officers were below market median levels. Cook & Co. recommended that the Compensation Committee consider evaluating whether modifications to the Company’s target bonus and long-term incentive opportunities were warranted by factors such as internal parity considerations, retention needs, affordability, and external competition for talent.

 

Base Salary

 

Base salaries for executives are determined by the Compensation Committee or the Board based upon job responsibilities, level of experience, individual performance, comparisons to the salaries of executives in similar positions at other companies within the compensation peer group, as well as internal comparisons of the relative compensation paid to the members of our executive team.

 

In addition, our CEO makes recommendations to the Compensation Committee with respect to the base compensation of our executives other than himself. In the case of the CEO, the Compensation Committee evaluates his performance and makes a recommendation of base compensation to the Board. These recommendations are then evaluated, discussed, modified as appropriate and ultimately approved by the Compensation Committee or the Board. Pursuant to the employment agreements the Company has entered into with Messrs. Christenson and Storch, the Board may not reduce, but may increase, their base salaries so long as their employment agreements are in effect. For further discussion of the employment agreements, see the section entitled “Employment Agreements” in this Proxy Statement.

 

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On February 12, 2014, the Compensation Committee approved the 2014 compensation for the following named executive officers after a review of competitive market data and consideration of the 2012 Cook & Co. Report, current market and economic conditions, as well as performance of the Company and the performance and experience of the individual executive. For the year 2014, the named executive officers received base salaries as set forth in the table below.

 

       
Named Executive Officer   2014 Base Salary  
Carl R. Christenson   $ 612,000  
Christian Storch   $ 390,150  
Gerald P. Ferris   $ 236,487  
Glenn E. Deegan   $ 270,300  
Craig Schuele   $ 222,360  

 

Annual Cash Incentives

 

Our executive officers are eligible to participate in the Company’s Management Incentive Compensation Program (“MICP”). Under the MICP, the Compensation Committee establishes an annual target bonus opportunity for each of our executive officers based upon the Company’s achievement of certain financial performance targets. The financial performance targets in 2014 were based on adjusted EBITDA, working capital management, and sales and earnings per share (“sales/EPS”) growth goals. The adjusted EBITDA target consists of earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and is adjusted further for certain non-recurring costs, including, but not limited to, inventory fair value adjustments recorded in connection with acquisitions. The adjusted EBITDA target for fiscal 2014 was approximately $123.8 million. The working capital management target is based on the number of working capital turns for the year. The working capital management target for fiscal 2014 was approximately 4.15 turns. The sales/EPS growth component of the MICP is based on the growth of sales and non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share. The baselines for measuring sales/EPS growth for the 2014 MICP were budgeted 2014 net sales of approximately $824 million and budgeted 2014 non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share of $1.95. Our executive officers are not entitled to a bonus under the MICP if the Company does not achieve at least 80% of the adjusted EBITDA target.

 

The Compensation Committee annually establishes a target bonus opportunity for each executive officer which represents the percentage of base salary to be received by the executive officer as a cash bonus if the Company meets its adjusted EBITDA and working capital management targets. This target percentage is then adjusted upwards or downwards by plotting actual adjusted EBITDA results on an established adjusted EBITDA target performance grid (“EBITDA Multiplier”). The resulting percentage is then further adjusted upwards or downwards by plotting actual working capital turns on an established working capital turns performance grid (“Working Capital Turns Multiplier”). The resulting percentage may then be further adjusted upward, but not downward, by plotting actual sales and non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share on an established sales/EPS performance grid (“Sales/EPS Multiplier”).

 

The Company’s actual results for fiscal 2014 were: (i) adjusted EBITDA of approximately $113.9 million which was less than the adjusted EBITDA target and resulted in an EBITDA Multiplier of 0.88, (ii), working capital turns of approximately 4.26 which was greater than the working capital management target and resulted in a Working Capital Multiplier of 1.01, and (iii) sales of approximately $820 million and non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share of $1.83 which resulted in a Sales/EPS Multiplier of 1.0. Based upon these results, the Compensation Committee approved bonuses to each of Messrs. Christenson, Storch, Ferris, Deegan and Schuele as set forth in the table below.

                         
Officer   2014 Target Bonus -
Percentage
of Base Salary
    2014 Actual Bonus
Payout $
    2014 Actual Bonus
Payout – Percentage
of Base Salary
    2014 Actual Bonus
Payout – Percentage
of Target Bonus
 
Carl R. Christenson     75 %   $ 407,959       67 %     89 %
Christian Storch     55 %   $ 190,721       49 %     89 %
Gerald P. Ferris     50 %   $ 105,095       44 %     89 %
Glenn E. Deegan     50 %   $ 120,121       44 %     89 %
Craig Schuele     45 %   $ 88,935       40 %     89 %

 

Any bonuses earned are fully paid in cash following the end of the year earned and after the completion of the consolidated financial statement audit.

 

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To further clarify the bonus calculation, the following is an example calculation for Mr. Christenson:

 

Base Salary   Target %     Target $     EBITDA
Multiplier
    Working Capital
Turns Multiplier
    Sales/EPS
Growth
Multiplier
    Bonus
Payment(1)
 
$612,000     75 %   $ 459,000       0.88       1.01       1.0     $ 407,959  

 

 

 

(1) (407,959 = 459,000 * 0.88 * 1.01 * 1.0)

 

Discretionary Bonus

 

In addition to the amounts earned under the MICP, the Compensation Committee has recognized that certain special situations may arise where the Company may benefit from an employee significantly exceeding expectations and that such performance may warrant additional compensation. The Compensation Committee therefore granted our CEO the authority to award up to an aggregate of $300,000 worth of additional discretionary bonuses in 2014 to Company employees for services the CEO determines to be beneficial to the Company and above and beyond the scope of such employee’s regular services. No named executive officers received discretionary bonuses during 2014.

 

Long-Term Incentive Compensation

 

We believe that equity-based compensation ensures that our executives have a continuing stake in the long-term success of the Company. We issue equity-based compensation in the form of restricted stock, which generally vests ratably over a period of years, and performance shares, which generally includes a measurement period for the applicable performance metric of at least one year and may also vest ratably over a period of years after the amount of the award is fixed. The purpose of these equity incentives is to encourage stock ownership, offer long-term performance incentive and to more closely align the executive’s compensation with the return received by the Company’s stockholders.

 

The 2012 Cook & Co. Report noted, among other things, that the total target direct compensation (the sum of base salary, target bonus and the annualized grant date present value of long-term incentive grants) for the Company’s executive officers were below market median levels. The 2012 Cook & Co. Report further noted that, on average, the Company’s compensation peer group delivered their long term incentive awards using components such as stock options or performance share awards that had not historically been offered by the Company. As a result, the 2012 Cook & Co. Report further recommended that consideration be given to incorporating performance share awards into the Company’s long term incentive program. After considering the information and recommendations contained in the 2012 Cook & Co. Report and additional competitive market data, the Compensation Committee decided to add a performance share component to the Company’s long term incentive award program beginning in 2013.

 

The Compensation Committee awards long-term incentive grants to the Company’s executive officers as a component of total compensation to further align executive officers’ compensation with the long-term performance of the Company and to aid in retention.

 

The Compensation Committee has established a target long-term incentive opportunity for each executive officer which represents a percentage of base salary to be received annually by the executive officer as a grant of time vested restricted stock. In setting the target percentage of base salary for the restricted stock award grant, the Compensation Committee considers compensation peer group benchmarking data and recommendations and data provided by Cook & Co. The Compensation Committee may then adjust the incentive grant upwards or downwards in its discretion. For 2014, Messrs. Christenson, Storch, Ferris, Deegan and Schuele have target restricted stock award grant percentages equal to 150%, 50%, 35%, 35% and 35% of their respective base salary. On February 12, 2014 and, the Compensation Committee approved the following grants of restricted stock for each of the named executive officers set forth below:

 

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Officer   2014 Number of
Restricted Shares
Granted(1)
    2014 Stock Value
at Time of Grant
 
Carl R. Christenson     27,643     $ 918,024  
Christian Storch     5,874     $ 195,076  
Gerald P. Ferris     2,493     $ 82,793  
Glenn E. Deegan     5,861     $ 194,644  
Craig Schuele     3,850     $ 127,859  

 

 

 

(1) Shares vest in equal annual installments on August 15, 2014, August 15, 2015, August 15, 2016 and August 15, 2017.

 

The Compensation Committee did not adjust any of the above grants from the target percentage with the exception of Mr. Deegan’s 2014 grant, which included an additional discretionary award of 3,012 shares, and Mr. Schuele’s 2014 grant, which included an additional discretionary award of 1,506 shares.

 

The Compensation Committee has also established a target long-term incentive opportunity for each executive officer which represents a percentage of base salary to be received annually by the executive officer as a performance share award. In setting the target percentage of base salary for the performance share award grant, the Compensation Committee considered compensation peer group benchmarking data and data contained in the 2012 Cook & Co. Report. For 2014, Messrs. Christenson, Storch, Ferris, Deegan and Schuele had target performance share award grant percentages equal to 20% of their respective base salaries.

 

For performance share awards granted in 2014, the performance objective was a targeted amount of return on invested capital (“ROIC”) of 11.4% established by the Compensation Committee of the Company over a measurement period of one year beginning on January 1, 2014 and ending on December 31, 2014. Award payouts for the performance shares were based on the percentage of the performance target achieved. The percentage of the award earned at the end of the performance cycle based on the performance target can range between 0% for achievement of less than approximately 78% of the performance target and 200% for achievement of approximately 109% of the performance target. Actual 2014 ROIC was approximately 10.8%, or 95% of the target established by the Compensation Committee, resulting in an award payout for each participant of approximately 76% of such participant’s target award. Accordingly, effective as of February 26, 2015, the Compensation Committee fixed the amount of the 2014 performance share awards at 76% of target based upon achievement of the target performance objective. The awards were paid in restricted common stock, which restricted stock will vest in three equal installments upon the initial issuance date, on the first anniversary of the issuance date, and on the second anniversary of the issuance date.

 

Information regarding the 2014 Performance Share grants to named executive officers is set forth in the table below.

 

Officer   2014 Target
Number of
Performance
Shares Granted
    2014 Actual
Performance
Shares Awarded
 
Carl R. Christenson     3,686       2,802  
Christian Storch     2,350       1,786  
Gerald P. Ferris     1,425       1,083  
Glenn E. Deegan     1,628       1,238  
Craig Schuele     1,340       1,019  

 

Discretionary Equity Incentive Compensation

 

In addition to long-term equity-based compensation, the Compensation Committee has recognized that certain special situations may arise where the Company may benefit from an employee significantly exceeding expectations and that such performance may warrant additional compensation. The Compensation Committee therefore granted our CEO the authority to award up to an aggregate of 25,000 shares of restricted stock in 2014 to Company employees, on such terms, including vesting periods, as the CEO may determine in his discretion, for services the CEO determines to be beneficial to the Company and above and beyond the scope of such employee’s regular services. No named executive officers received discretionary stock awards granted by our CEO during 2014. As noted above, Messrs. Deegan and Schuele received discretionary awards approved by the Compensation Committee.

 

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Other Benefits

 

We have a 401(k) plan in which the named executive officers currently participate. We also have a frozen defined benefit plan from which Messrs. Ferris and Schuele are eligible to receive benefits. We also provide life, disability, medical and dental insurance as part of our compensation package. The Compensation Committee considers all of these plans and benefits when reviewing the total compensation of our executive officers.

 

For 2014, the 401(k) plan offered a company match of $0.50 for every $1.00 contributed by a named executive officer to the plan, up to 6% of the executive officer’s eligible compensation subject to applicable IRS maximums. For 2014, the Company also contributed an amount equal to 3% of a named executive officer’s eligible compensation to their account regardless of the amount of the contributions made by the named executive officer.

 

Messrs. Ferris and Schuele previously participated in the Colfax PT Pension Plan; however on December 31, 1998 participation in and benefits accrued under such plan were frozen. Under the provisions of the plan, upon reaching the normal retirement age of sixty-five, Mr. Ferris will receive annual payments of approximately $38,661 and Mr. Schuele will receive annual payments of approximately $10,814. As part of its acquisition of Power Transmission Holding LLC from Colfax Corporation, the Company assumed certain liabilities of the Colfax PT Pension Plan, including such future payments to Messrs. Ferris and Schuele.

 

The named executive officers are provided with the same short-term and long-term disability benefits as our other salaried employees. Additionally, the named executive officers are provided with life insurance and supplemental long-term disability benefits that are not available to all salaried employees.

 

Perquisites

 

We do not provide the named executive officers with perquisites or other personal benefits such as company vehicles, club memberships, financial planning assistance, tax preparation or other similar benefits with the exception of Mr. Ferris, our Vice President of Global Sales, who as a sales executive has use of a company-leased automobile.

 

Stock Ownership Guidelines

 

The Compensation Committee has established stock ownership guidelines for certain of the Company’s senior executive positions, including those held by Messrs. Christenson, Storch, Ferris, Deegan and Schuele, pursuant to which such executives should retain the value of Company stock equal to the following:

 

· Carl R. Christenson - five times (5x) annual base salary.
· Christian Storch - three times (3x) annual base salary.
· Other named executive officers - one time (1x) annual base salary.

 

The following categories satisfy a participant’s ownership guidelines: (i) shares of common stock owned directly; (ii) shares of common stock owned indirectly (e.g., by a spouse or a trust); (iii) shares of common stock represented by amounts invested in a 401(k) plan or deferred compensation plan maintained by the Company or an affiliate; and (iv) restricted stock (vested and unvested), earned performance shares (vested and unvested), restricted stock units (vested and unvested), or phantom stock. Unexercised options, unearned performance shares, and pledged shares are not counted toward meeting the guidelines. All of these executive officers have a five (5) year period to accumulate the specific values referenced above. As of March 17, 2015, all of our named executive officers were in compliance with the stock ownership guidelines.

 

The Company’s Board of Directors has the discretion to enforce the stock ownership guidelines on a case-by-case basis. Violations of the Company’s stock ownership guidelines may, without limitation and in the Board’s discretion, result in the participant not receiving future grants of long-term incentive plan awards or annual equity retainer or result in the participant being required to retain all or a portion of future grants of long-term incentive plan awards or annual equity retainer until compliance is achieved.

 

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Tax and Accounting Considerations

 

Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended generally places a limit of $1,000,000 on the amount of compensation that we may deduct in any one year with respect to our Chief Executive Officer and each of the next three most highly compensated executive officers other than our Chief Financial Officer. The Compensation Committee considers the anticipated tax treatment to the Company and its executive officers when reviewing the executive compensation programs. However, the Compensation Committee will not necessarily seek to limit executive compensation to amounts deductible under Section 162(m), as the Compensation Committee wishes to maintain flexibility to structure our executive compensation programs in ways that best promote the interests of the Company and its stockholders.

 

Change of Control Matters, Employment Contracts and Other Agreements

 

Employment Agreements

 

Two of our named executive officers, Messrs. Christenson and Storch, have entered into employment agreements with us. Mr. Christenson entered into his employment agreement in early January 2005, which was subsequently amended on March 3, 2009 (with such amendment effective as of January 1, 2009). The initial term of Mr. Christenson’s amended employment agreement expired on December 31, 2013, but the term of the agreement automatically renews for successive one-year terms unless either Mr. Christenson or Altra terminates the agreement upon 6 months prior notice to such renewal date. Mr. Storch entered into his employment agreement in December 2007, which was subsequently amended on November 5, 2012. The initial term of Mr. Storch’s amended employment agreement expired on December 31, 2013, but the term of the agreement automatically renews for successive one-year terms unless either Mr. Storch or Altra terminates the agreement upon 6 months prior notice to such renewal date. Each of the employment agreements contain usual and customary restrictive covenants, including 12 month non-competition provisions and non-solicitation/no hire of employees or customers provisions, non-disclosure of proprietary information provisions and non-disparagement provisions. In the event of a termination without “cause” or departure for “good reason,” Messrs. Christenson and Storch are entitled to severance equal to 12 months’ salary, continuation of medical and dental benefits for the 12-month period following the date of termination, and an amount equal to their pro-rated bonus for the year of termination. In addition, upon such termination, all of Mr. Christenson’s unvested equity awards, and fifty percent of Mr. Storch’s unvested equity awards, received from our Incentive Plan shall automatically vest. Any payments upon termination are subject to certain conditions including compliance with the non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure and non-disparagement provisions described above. Under the terms of his employment agreement, upon his death or disability, fifty percent of Mr. Storch’s unvested equity awards received from the Company’s Incentive Plan shall automatically vest.

 

Under the agreements, each of Messrs. Christenson and Storch is also eligible to participate in all compensation or employee benefit plans or programs and to receive all benefits and perquisites for which the Company’s salaried employees generally are eligible under any current or future plan or program on the same basis as other senior executives of the Company.

 

Change of Control Provisions

 

Pursuant to the terms of the employment agreements discussed above under the caption “Employment Agreements,” we provide benefits to Messrs. Christenson and Storch upon termination of employment from the Company under certain circumstances. The benefits described under the caption “Employment Agreements” are in addition to the benefits to which the executives would be entitled upon a termination of employment generally (i.e. vested retirement benefits accrued as of the date of termination, stock awards that are vested as of the date of termination and the right to elect continued health coverage pursuant to COBRA).

 

The Company has entered into change of control agreements, effective as of February 16, 2015, with each of our named executive officers (collectively, the “Executives”). These agreements replaced prior change of control agreements which were effective as of October 28, 2008, to, among other things, (a) change the multiple of base salary and target bonus that certain Executives would be entitled to receive and (b) replace the golden parachute excise tax gross-up provision with a “net-better cutback” provision. The change of control agreements provide that, subject to certain conditions, including compliance with non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure and non-disparagement provisions, in the event that (a) the Executive is terminated without cause or such Executive terminates employment for good reason within 24 months following a change of control of the Company (as defined in the change of control agreements) or (b) the Executive is terminated without cause in anticipation of a change of control of the Company within 90 days prior to such change of control (each, a “triggering event”), such Executive will be entitled to certain benefits. Such benefits include (i) a lump sum amount payable in cash equal to the sum of (A) a multiple (shown below for each of the named executive officers) of the Executive’s annual base salary then in effect and (B) a multiple (shown below for each of the “named executive officers”) of the Executive’s target bonus amount for the year of termination and (ii) continuation of medical and dental benefits for up to 18 months (period shown below for each of the “named executive officers”) following the date of termination. In addition, upon termination following a change of control, the Executive will be entitled to an amount equal to such Executive’s pro-rated bonus for the year of

 

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termination and all of such Executive’s outstanding equity incentive awards will automatically vest in full and be exercisable as of the date of termination.

 

Executive   Title   Multiple of Base
Salary  and Target
Bonus as of 12/31/14
    Current Multiple of Base
Salary  and Target
Bonus
    Medical 
and  Dental

Continuation
                 
Carl R. Christenson   Chairman and Chief Executive Officer   2x     3x     18 Months
                     
Christian Storch   Chief Financial Officer   2x     2x     18 Months
                     
Gerald P. Ferris   Vice President of Global Sales   1.5x     2x     18 Months
                     
Glenn E. Deegan   Vice President, Legal and Human Resources, General Counsel and Secretary   1.5x     2x     18 Months
                     
Craig Schuele   Vice President of Marketing and Business Development   1.5x     2x     18 Months

 

Because Messrs. Christenson and Storch also have employment agreements with the Company, the change of control agreements for these Executives provide that in the event of a triggering event, such Executive shall be entitled to receive benefits and payments under only one of the employment agreement or the change of control agreement, whichever is more favorable to the Executive at the time of such triggering event.

 

As more fully discussed in the caption “2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan” in this Proxy Statement, the Compensation Committee has the authority to affect immediate vesting of various employee incentive awards upon a change of control of Altra. The Compensation Committee may provide that any time prior to a change in control, any outstanding stock options, stock appreciation rights, stock units and unvested cash awards shall immediately vest and become exercisable and any restriction on restricted stock awards or stock units shall immediately lapse. In addition, the Compensation Committee may provide that all awards held by participants who are in our service at the time of the change of control, shall remain exercisable for the remainder of their terms notwithstanding any subsequent termination of a participant’s service.

 

Executive Severance Policy

 

The Compensation Committee has approved an Executive Severance Policy, effective as of November 1, 2008, applicable to certain executive officers of the Company, including three named executive officers, Gerald P. Ferris, Glenn E. Deegan and Craig Schuele (collectively for the purposes of this subsection, the “Participants”). The Executive Severance Policy provides that, subject to certain conditions including compliance with non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure and non-disparagement provisions, in the event that a Participant is terminated without cause by the Company, such Participant will be entitled to continue receiving his base salary and medical and dental benefits for a period of 12 months following such termination. In the event a Participant enters into a written agreement with the Company regarding severance, including a change of control agreement, the terms and conditions of such written agreement shall control with respect to the termination circumstances covered by such agreement and the Participant shall not be eligible to receive benefits under this policy.

 

Amounts payable to our named executive officers due to termination of employment or a change of control under any employment agreements or otherwise are disclosed in further detail in the table entitled “Potential Post-Employment Payments to Named Executive Officers” contained in this Proxy Statement.

 

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Indemnification Agreements

 

We have entered into indemnification agreements with each of our directors and executive officers. We believe that these agreements are necessary to attract and retain qualified persons as directors and executive officers. These agreements require us to indemnify these individuals to the fullest extent permitted under Delaware law against liabilities that may arise by reason of their service to us, and to advance expenses incurred as a result of any proceeding against them as to which they could be indemnified. We also intend to enter into indemnification agreements with our future directors and executive officers.

 

Retirement

 

As part of the acquisition of Power Transmission Holding LLC (“PTH”) from Colfax Corporation, we agreed to assume active pension plan liabilities of PTH, including certain liabilities under its Colfax PT Pension Plan. Messrs. Ferris and Schuele previously participated in the Colfax PT Pension Plan; however, on December 31, 1998, their participation in and benefits accrued under such plan were frozen. Under the provisions of the plan, upon reaching the normal retirement age of 65, Mr. Ferris will receive annual payments of approximately $38,661 and Mr. Schuele will receive annual payments of approximately $10,814. These amounts were determined from a formula set forth in the plan and are based upon (i) a participant’s years of service, (ii) a participant’s compensation at the time the plan was frozen, and (iii) a standard set of benefit percentage multipliers. The assumed liabilities of the Colfax PT Pension Plan, including the retirement benefits payable to Messrs. Ferris and Schuele, will be managed under the Altra Industrial Motion, Inc. Retirement Plan, which has been frozen at identical levels to the Colfax PT Pension Plan.

 

2015 Compensation Structure

 

In the second half of 2014, the Compensation Committee engaged Cook & Co. to assist it in assessing and recommending changes to the Company’s compensation peer group and to conduct reviews of the competitiveness of the Company’s executive and non-employee director compensation programs. The Compensation Committee received a series reports from Cook & Co. during the second half of 2014 (the “2014 Cook & Co. Reports”), which among other things: (i) recommended certain changes to the Company’s compensation peer group; (ii) indicated that certain executive officer base salaries were below, and in some case were significantly below, median market levels and could be increased to more closely reflect market median levels as part of the Company’s annual salary review process; and (iii) that the total target annual compensation (the sum of base salary and target bonus) and the total target direct compensation (the sum of base salary, target bonus and the annualized grant date present value of long-term incentive grants) for the Company’s executive officers were below, and in some cases were significantly below, market median levels.

 

Based on its review of the compensation of the Company’s executives, and taking into account the findings and recommendations in the 2014 Cook & Co. Reports, the Compensation Committee has approved certain changes to compensation levels and structure for 2015 including, without limitation, the following:

 

· The Company’s compensation peer group has been modified for 2015 consistent with the recommendations contained in the 2014 Cook & Co. Reports;
· Modifications to 2015 base salary, total target annual compensation and total target direct compensation levels were made to move the compensation of the Company’s executives closer to market median levels and peer group practice;
· Although the general structure of the Company’s Management Incentive Compensation Program was retained, a provision was added to limit the maximum award under the plan to 2.0x the target award for the Company’s executives; and
· The Company’s 2015 long term incentive program was modified to include a performance share component based on relative total shareholder return measured over a three (3) year period to better align executive compensation with the return received by the Company’s stockholders

 

Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation

 

We conducted advisory votes on executive compensation at our 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Annual Meetings. While these votes were not binding on the Company, our Board of Directors or our Compensation Committee, we believe that it is important for our stockholders to have an opportunity to vote on this proposal on an annual basis as a means to express their views regarding our executive compensation philosophy, our compensation policies and programs, and our decisions regarding executive compensation, all as disclosed in our proxy statement. Our Board of Directors and our Compensation Committee value the opinions of our stockholders and, to the extent there is any significant vote against the compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in the proxy statement, we will consider our stockholders’ concerns and the Compensation Committee will evaluate whether any actions are necessary to address those concerns. In addition to our annual advisory vote to approve executive compensation, we are committed to ongoing engagement with our stockholders on executive compensation and corporate governance issues. These engagement efforts take place

 

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throughout the year through meetings, telephone calls and correspondence involving our senior management, directors and representatives of our stockholders.

 

At the 2014 Annual Meeting, approximately 95% of the votes cast on the advisory vote on executive compensation proposal were in favor of our named executive officer compensation as disclosed in the proxy statement, and as a result our named executive officer compensation was approved. The Board of Directors and Compensation Committee reviewed these final vote results and took them into account in evaluating our executive compensation policies and decisions. As noted above, the Compensation Committee did engage Cook & Co. in 2011 and again in 2014 to assist in identifying an updated and expanded compensation peer group and in reviewing the competitiveness of the Company’s executive compensation programs.

 

We have determined that our stockholders should vote on a Say-on-Pay proposal each year, consistent with the preference expressed by our stockholders at the 2011 Annual Meeting. It is expected that the next such vote will occur at the 2016 Annual Meeting of stockholders. Accordingly, our Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR Proposal 3 at the Annual Meeting . For more information, see “Proposal 3. Advisory Vote to Approve the Compensation of the Company’s Named Executive Officers (“Say on Pay”)” in this proxy statement.

 

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COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

 

The Personnel and Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed with management the Compensation Discussion and Analysis included in this Proxy Statement. Based on this review and discussion, the Personnel and Compensation Committee has recommended to the Board that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this Proxy Statement and incorporated by reference into our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

 
Personnel and Compensation Committee:
 
Edmund M. Carpenter (Chairman)
Larry McPherson
Thomas W. Swidarski

 

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COMPENSATION OF NAMED EXECUTIVES

 

The following table summarizes all compensation paid during fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014 to our principal executive officer, our principal financial officer and our three other most highly compensated executive officers who were serving as executive officers at December 31, 2014. We refer to these executive officers as the named executive officers.

Summary Compensation Table

 

                              Non-Equity                
                      Stock       Incentive Plan     All Other       Total  
Name & Principal Position   Year     Salary     Bonus     Awards (1)       Compensation(2)     Compensation       Compensation  
Carl R. Christenson     2014     $ 612,000     $ -     $ 1,040,436   (3)   $ 407,959     $ 29,680   (8)   $ 2,090,075  
President and Chief Executive     2013       600,000       -       1,020,000         295,313       26,072         1,941,385  
Officer     2012       575,000       -       862,500         425,795       24,929         1,888,224  
                                                             
Christian Storch     2014       390,150       -       273,120   (4)     190,721       29,320   (9)     883,311  
Vice President and Chief     2013       382,500       -       267,750         138,059       23,583         811,892  
Financial Officer     2012       371,527       -       185,764         183,414       24,569         765,274  
                                                             
Gerald Ferris     2014       236,487       -       130,117   (5)     105,095       30,935   (10)     502,634  
Vice President of Global Sales     2013       231,850       -       127,518         76,076       21,914         457,358  
      2012       225,101       -       78,785         111,127       25,499         440,512  
                                                             
Glenn Deegan     2014       270,300       -       248,710   (6)     120,121       28,405   (11)     667,536  
Vice President, Legal and     2013       265,000       -       145,750         86,953       25,392         523,095  
Human Resources, General     2012       250,000       -       117,545         111,077       24,569         503,191  
Counsel and Secretary                                                            
                                                             
Craig Schuele     2014       222,360       -       172,360   (7)     88,935       27,850   (12)     511,505  
Vice President, Marketing and     2013       218,000       -       119,900         64,378       22,047         424,325  
Business Development     2012       210,000       -       73,500         93,305       23,729         400,534  

 

(1) This amount reflects (i) the aggregate grant date fair value of restricted stock awards granted in fiscal years 2014, 2013 and 2012 and (ii) the value at the grant date based upon the probable outcome of the performance conditions for performance shares granted in fiscal years 2014 and 2013. For additional information on the valuation assumptions regarding the restricted stock awards, refer to Note 10 to our financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2014, which are included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014.

 

(2) Paid in March of the subsequent year under the Company's Management Incentive Compensation Program.

 

(3) Restricted Stock awards represented $918,024 and performance shares represent $122,412 based upon the probable outcome of the performance conditions as of the grant date. The maximum value of the performance shares that could have been granted based on achievement of the target performance objective was $244,800. On February 26, 2015, based upon actual 2014 results for the target performance objective, the Compensation Committee fixed the award of shares at $93,054.

 

(4) Restricted Stock awards represented $195,076 and performance shares represent $78,044 based upon the probable outcome of the performance conditions as of the grant date. The maximum value of the performance shares that could have been granted based on achievement of the target performance objective was $156,060. On February 26, 2015, based upon actual 2014 results for the target performance objective, the Compensation Committee fixed the award of shares at $59,313.

 

(5) Restricted Stock awards represented $82,793 and performance shares represent $47,324 based upon the probable outcome of the performance conditions as of the grant date. The maximum value of the performance shares that could have been granted based on achievement of the target performance objective was $94,594. On February 26, 2015, based upon actual 2014 results for the target performance objective, the Compensation Committee fixed the award of shares at $35,966.

 

(6) Restricted Stock awards represented $194,644 and performance shares represent $54,066 based upon the probable outcome of the performance conditions as of the grant date. The maximum value of the performance shares that could have been granted based on achievement of the target performance objective was $108,120. On February 26, 2015, based upon actual 2014 results for the target performance objective, the Compensation Committee fixed the award of shares at $41,113.

 

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(7) Restricted Stock awards represented $127,859 and performance shares represent $44,501 based upon the probable outcome of the performance conditions as of the grant date. The maximum value of the performance shares that could have been granted based on achievement of the target performance objective was $88,944. On February 26, 2015, based upon actual 2014 results for the target performance objective, the Compensation Committee fixed the award of shares at $33,841.

 

(8) Represents our 401 (k) contribution of $15,600 and premiums paid for medical, dental, life and disability benefits.

 

(9) Represents our 401 (k) contribution of $15,600 and premiums paid for medical, dental, life and disability benefits.

 

(10) Represents our 401 (k) contribution of $13,712 and premiums paid for medical, dental, life and disability benefits.

 

(11) Represents our 401 (k) contribution of $15,600 and premiums paid for medical, dental, life and disability benefits.

 

(12) Represents our 401 (k) contribution of $14,512 and premiums paid for medical, dental, life and disability benefits.

 

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The following table presents information regarding grants of plan-based awards to our named executive officers during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

Grants of Plan-Based Awards

 

                      All Other        
                      Stock Awards:        
                  Estimated Future Payouts     Number of     Grant Date  
                  Under Equity Incentive     Shares of     Fair Value  
                    Plan Awards     Stock or     of Stock &  
                  Threshold     Target     Maximum     Units     Option  
Name       Award Type   Grant Date     (#)     (#)     (#)     (#)     Awards($)(1)  
Carl R. Christenson       2014 LTIP Restricted Stock     2/12/2014                               27,643     $ 918,024  
Carl R. Christenson   (2)   2014 LTIP Performance Share Award     2/12/2014       73       3,686       7,372               122,412  
Christian Storch       2014 LTIP Restricted Stock     2/12/2014                               5,874       195,076  
Christian Storch   (2)   2014 LTIP Performance Share Award     2/12/2014       47       2,350       4,700               78,044  
Gerald P. Ferris       2014 LTIP Restricted Stock     2/12/2014                               2,493       82,793  
Gerald P. Ferris   (2)   2014 LTIP Performance Share Award     2/12/2014       28       1,425       2,850               47,324  
Glenn E. Deegan       2014 LTIP Restricted Stock     2/12/2014                               5,861       194,644  
Glenn E. Deegan   (2)   2014 LTIP Performance Share Award     2/12/2014       32       1,628       3,256               54,066  
Craig Schuele       2014 LTIP Restricted Stock     2/12/2014                               3,850       127,859  
Craig Schuele   (2)   2014 LTIP Performance Share Award     2/12/2014       26       1,340       2,680               44,501  

 

(1) These amounts reflect the aggregate grant date fair value of awards in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. For additional information on the valuation assumptions regarding the restricted stock awards, refer to Note 10 to our financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2014, which are included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 filed with the SEC.

 

(2) Award represents performance shares. Award payouts for the performance shares are based on the percentage of the performance target achieved. The amount of the performance share award was fixed in February 2015.

 

The following table presents information concerning the number and value of restricted stock that has not vested for our named executive officers outstanding as of the end of the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

 

Outstanding Equity at Fiscal Year-End

 

    Option Awards     Stock Awards  
                            Number of     Market Value  
    Number of     Number of                 Shares or     of Shares  
    Securities     Securities                 Units of     or Units of  
    Underlying     Underlying     Option           Stock That     Stock That  
    Unexercised     Unexercised     Exercise     Option     Have Not     Have Not  
    Options (#)     Options (#)     Price     Expiration     Vested     Vested  
Name   Exercisable     Unexercisable     ($)     Date     (#)     ($)  
Carl R. Christenson     -       -       -       -       54,994 (1)   $ 1,561,280  
Christian Storch     -       -       -       -       14,172 (2)   $ 402,343  
Gerald P. Ferris     -       -       -       -       6,685 (3)   $ 189,787  
Glenn E. Deegan     -       -       -       -       9,868 (4)   $ 280,153  
Craig Schuele     -       -       -       -       7,408 (5)   $ 210,313  

 

(1) 1,046 restricted shares will vest in February 2015, 26,202 restricted shares will vest in August 2015, 1,046 restricted shares will vest in February 2016, 16,103 restricted shares will vest in August 2016 and 6,911 will vest in August 2017. 3,686 performance shares are included using the target number of shares.

 

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(2) 667 restricted shares will vest in February 2015, 5,597 restricted shares will vest in August 2015, 666 restricted shares will vest in February 2016, 3,423 restricted shares will vest in August 2016 and 1,469 will vest in August 2017. 2,350 performance shares are included using the target number of shares.

 

(3) 404 restricted shares will vest in February 2015, 2,375 restricted shares will vest in August 2015, 405 restricted shares will vest in February 2016, 1,452 restricted shares will vest in August 2016 and 624 will vest in August 2017. 1,425 performance shares are included using the target number of shares.

 

(4) 462 restricted shares will vest in February 2015, 3,437 restricted shares will vest in August 2015, 462 restricted shares will vest in February 2016, 2,413 restricted shares will vest in August 2016 and 1,466 will vest in August 2017. 1,628 performance shares are included using the target number of shares.

 

(5) 380 restricted shares will vest in February 2015, 2,602 restricted shares will vest in August 2015, 380 restricted shares will vest in February 2016, 1,743 restricted shares will vest in August 2016 and 963 will vest in August 2017. 1,340 performance shares are included using the target number of shares.

 

The following table presents information concerning the vesting of restricted stock for our named executive officers during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. The Company has not granted any options.

 

Option Exercises and Stock Vested

 

    Option Awards     Stock Awards  
    Number of           Number of        
    Shares Acquired     Value Realized     Shares  Acquired     Value Realized  
    on Exercise     on Exercise     on Vesting     on Vesting  
Name   (#)     ($)     (#)     ($)  
Carl R. Christenson     -       -       36,221     $ 1,197,351  
Christian Storch     -       -       8,318       276,102  
Gerald P. Ferris     -       -       3,651       121,485  
Glenn E. Deegan     -       -       4,824       160,324  
Craig Schuele     -       -       3,783       125,774  

 

Pension Benefits

 

The following table presents information concerning payments or other benefits for our named executive officers in connection with their retirement.*

 

        Number of     Present Value        
        Years Credited     of Accumulated     Payments  
        Service     Benefit     During Last  
Name   Plan Name   (#)     ($)     Fiscal Year($)  
Carl R. Christenson   -     -       -       -  
Christian Storch   -     -       -       -  
Gerald P. Ferris(1)   Altra Industrial     20.66     $ 496,932       -  
    Motion, Inc.                        
    Retirement Plan                        
Glenn E. Deegan   -     -       -       -  
Craig Schuele (1)   Altra Industrial     12.33       94,416       -  
    Motion, Inc.                        
    Retirement Plan                        

 

* For further discussion of the valuation method and material assumptions used in quantifying the present value of accumulated benefit, see Note 8 of our Consolidated Financial Statements contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

 

(1) Reflects pension benefits accrued for Mr. Ferris and Mr. Schuele under PTH’s Colfax PT Pension Plan, which Altra assumed in

 

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connection with its acquisition of PTH. Mr. Ferris’ and Mr. Schuele’s participation in and benefits accrued under such plan were frozen since December 31, 1998. The Altra Industrial Motion, Inc. Retirement Plan manages the assumed liabilities under the Colfax PT Pension Plan. Under the provisions of the Colfax PT Pension Plan, upon reaching the normal retirement age of 65, Messrs. Ferris and Schuele will receive annual payments of approximately $38,661 and $10,814, respectively. Mr. Ferris and Mr. Schuele are eligible to receive a reduced annual payment in the event of his early retirement. For further discussion, please see the section of this Proxy Statement entitled “Retirement.”

 

2004 Equity Incentive Plan

 

The Company had a 2004 Equity Incentive Plan, or the Prior Plan, that expired in 2014. As of March 11, 2014, there were 265,103 shares subject to outstanding awards under the Prior Plan. The Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors administers the Prior Plan and had discretion to establish the specific terms and conditions for each award. Our employees, consultants and directors were eligible to receive awards under our Prior Plan. Stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, stock units and cash awards could have constituted performance-based awards in accordance with Section 162(m) of the Code at the discretion of the Compensation Committee. Any grant of restricted stock under the Prior Plan may be subject to vesting requirements, as provided in its applicable award agreement, and will generally vest in equal annual installments over a period of years. The Compensation Committee may have provided that any time prior to a change in control, any outstanding stock options, stock appreciation rights, stock units and unvested cash awards shall immediately vest and become exercisable and any restriction on restricted stock awards or stock units shall immediately lapse. In addition, the Compensation Committee may have provided that all awards held by participants who are in our service at the time of the change of control, shall remain exercisable for the remainder of their terms notwithstanding any subsequent termination of a participant’s service. All awards are subject to the terms of any agreement effecting a change of control. Other than Mr. Christenson’s and Mr. Storch’s outstanding equity awards issued under the Prior Plan, upon a participant’s termination of employment (other than for cause), unless the Board or Compensation Committee provides otherwise: (i) any outstanding stock options or stock appreciation rights issued under the Prior Plan may be exercised 90 days after termination, to the extent vested, (ii) unvested restricted stock awards and stock units issued under the Prior Plan shall expire and (iii) cash awards and performance-based awards issued under the Prior Plan shall be forfeited. Under the terms of Mr. Christenson’s employment agreement, in the event his employment is terminated by us other than for cause, or terminates for good reason, all of his outstanding equity awards shall vest automatically. Under the terms of Mr. Storch’s employment agreement, in the event his employment is terminated by us other than for cause, or terminates for good reason, fifty percent (50%) of his outstanding equity awards shall vest automatically.

 

2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan

 

In April 2014, the stockholders approved our 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan, or Incentive Plan, which permits the grant of stock options (including incentive stock options and non-qualified stock options), stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, deferred stock, dividend equivalents, bonus stock, awards in lieu of cash obligations, cash awards, performance awards and other awards that are denominated or payable in, valued by reference to, or otherwise based on or related to shares of our common stock. The maximum number of shares of our common stock originally available for delivery pursuant to the grant of awards (“Awards”) under the terms of the Incentive Plan was 750,000. In addition, shares of our common stock subject to Awards, or awarded under the Prior Plan and outstanding as of the effective date of the Incentive Plan (except for substitute awards), that terminate without being exercised, expire, are forfeited or canceled, are exchanged for Awards that do not involve shares of common stock, are not issued on the stock settlement of a stock appreciation right, are withheld by the Company or tendered by a participant (either actually or by attestation) to pay an option exercise price or to pay the withholding tax on any Award, or are settled in cash in lieu of shares will again be available for Awards under the Incentive Plan. The maximum number of shares that may be subject to “incentive stock options” (within the meaning of Section 422 of the Code) is 500,000 shares

 

The Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors administers the Incentive Plan and has discretion to establish the specific terms and conditions for each Award. Our officers, directors, employees, consultants and other persons who provide services to us are eligible to receive Awards under our Incentive Plan. The Compensation Committee is authorized to grant performance awards to participants on terms and conditions established by the Compensation Committee in accordance with Section 162(m) of the Code. Any grant of restricted stock under the Incentive Plan may be subject to vesting requirements, as provided in its applicable award agreement, and will generally vest in equal annual installments over a period of years.

 

The Compensation Committee may, in its discretion, accelerate the exercisability, the lapsing of restrictions or the expiration of deferral or vesting periods of any Award. If so provided in the Award agreement or otherwise determined by the Compensation Committee, vesting shall occur automatically in the case of a “change in control” of us, as defined in the Incentive Plan (including the cash settlement of stock appreciation rights, which may be exercisable in the event of a change in control), except in the event that a successor entity assumes or substitutes an Award. In addition, the Compensation Committee may provide in an Award agreement that

 

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the performance goals relating to any performance award will be deemed to have been met upon the occurrence of any “change in control.” The Compensation Committee may provide that any time prior to a change in control, any outstanding stock options, stock appreciation rights, stock units and unvested cash awards shall immediately vest and become exercisable and any restriction on restricted stock awards or stock units shall immediately lapse. In addition, the Compensation Committee may provide that all awards held by participants who are in our service at the time of the change of control, shall remain exercisable for the remainder of their terms notwithstanding any subsequent termination of a participant’s service. All awards shall be subject to the terms of any agreement effecting a change of control. Other than Mr. Christenson’s and Mr. Storch’s outstanding equity awards, upon a participant’s termination of employment (other than for cause), unless the Board or Compensation Committee provides otherwise: (i) any outstanding stock options or stock appreciation rights may be exercised 90 days after termination, to the extent vested, (ii) unvested restricted stock awards and stock units shall expire and (iii) cash awards and performance-based awards shall be forfeited. Under the terms of his employment agreement, in the event Mr. Christenson’s employment is terminated by us other than for cause, or terminates for good reason, all of his outstanding equity awards shall vest automatically. Under the terms of his employment agreement, in the event Mr. Storch’s employment is terminated by us other than for cause, or terminates for good reason, fifty percent (50%) of his outstanding equity awards shall vest automatically.

 

The following table presents information concerning our 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan as of December 31, 2014.

 

Equity Compensation Plan Information

 

              Number of Securities
              Remaining Available for
        Weighted-Average     Future Issuance Under
    Number of Securities to   Exercise Price of     Equity Compensation
    be Issued Upon Exercise of   Outstanding Options,     Plans (Excluding
    Outstanding Options,   Warrants and     Securities Reflected
Plan Category   Warrants and Rights(a)   Rights(b)     in Column (a))(c)
Equity compensation                
plans approved by                
security holders(1)   -   $ -     767,002
                 
Equity compensation                
plans not approved by                
security holders   n/a     n/a     n/a
                 
Total   -   $ -     767,002

 

(1) The 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan was approved by the Company’s stockholders at the 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

 

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Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change-In-Control

 

The applicable employment agreement, change of control agreement, or executive severance policy control payments to the named executive officers upon termination or a change in control of the Company. Please refer to “Change of Control Matters, Employment Contracts, and Other Agreements” in the “Compensation Discussion & Analysis” section in this Proxy Statement for a detailed discussion of the terms of each of these agreements.

 

The estimated payments and benefits that would be provided to each named executive officer as a result of a termination (i) upon death or disability, (ii) without cause or for good reason, (iii) involuntary with cause or voluntary without good reason, or (iv) upon a change in control are set forth in the table below. Calculations for this table are based on the assumption that the termination took place on December 31, 2014 and the individual was employed for the full year of fiscal 2014. The amounts in the table below do not include payments and benefits to the extent they are provided on a non-discriminatory basis to salaried employees generally upon termination of employment.

 

          Carl R. Christenson                 Christian Storch        
          Termination                       Termination              
          Without     Involuntary                 Without     Involuntary        
          Cause     for  Cause/                 Cause     for  Cause/        
    Death or     or for     Voluntary     Change in     Death or     or for     Voluntary     Change in  
    Disability     Good Reason     Termination     Control     Disability     Good Reason     Termination     Control  
    Incremental and Earned Compensation  
Cash Severance(1)   $ -     $ 612,000     $ -     $ 1,224,000     $ -     $ 390,150     $ -     $ 780,300  
Health Insurance(1)     -       16,035       -       24,053       -       16,035       -       24,053  
Restricted Stock(2)     164,037       1,561,280       -       1,561,280       253,452       201,172       -       402,343  
Performance Bonus(1)     407,959       407,959       407,959       1,325,959       190,721       190,721       190,721       619,886  
Total     571,996       2,597,274       407,959       4,135,291       444,173       798,078       190,721       1,826,582  

 

          Gerald P. Ferris(3)                 Glenn E. Deegan        
          Termination                       Termination              
          Without     Involuntary                 Without     Involuntary        
          Cause     for Cause/                 Cause     for Cause/        
    Death or     or for     Voluntary     Change in     Death or     or for     Voluntary     Change in  
    Disability     Good Reason     Termination     Control     Disability     Good Reason     Termination     Control  
    Incremental and Earned Compensation  
Cash Severance(1)   $ -     $ 236,487     $ -     $ 354,731     $ -     $ 270,300     $ -     $ 405,450  
Health Insurance(1)     -       16,035       -       24,053       -       16,035       -       24,053  
Restricted Stock(2)     63,423       -       -       189,787       72,451       -       -       280,153  
Performance Bonus(1)     -       -       -       282,460       -       -       -       322,846  
Total     63,423       252,522       -       851,031       72,451       286,335       -       1,032,502  

 

          Craig Schuele(3)                                
          Termination                                      
          Without     Involuntary                                
          Cause     for Cause/                                
    Death or     or for     Voluntary     Change in                          
    Disability     Good Reason     Termination     Control                          
    Incremental and Earned Compensation                          
Cash Severance(1)   $ -     $ 222,360     $ -     $ 333,540                          
Health Insurance(1)     -       16,035       -       24,053                                  
Restricted Stock(2)     59,619       -       -       210,313                                  
Performance Bonus(1)     -       -       -       239,028                                  
Total     59,619       238,395       -       806,934                                  

 

(1) Cash severance, health insurance and performance bonus amounts payable upon termination as reflected herein were determined by the terms of the applicable employment agreement (with respect to Messrs. Christenson and Storch), executive severance policy (with respect to Messrs. Ferris, Deegan and Schuele), or change of control agreement, which are further discussed in this Proxy Statement under the captions “Executive Severance Policy” and “Change of Control Provisions.”

 

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(2) The restricted stock values were determined using the number of shares that will immediately vest upon termination per the applicable agreement multiplied by Altra’s stock price at December 31, 2014.

 

(3) Mr. Ferris and Mr. Schuele will be entitled to receive certain annual pension payments upon reaching the normal retirement age of 65 or a reduced benefit if earlier than normal retirement age, as further described in this Proxy Statement under the caption “Retirement.”

 

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REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE

 

The Audit Committee reviews Altra’s financial reporting process on behalf of the Board of Directors and reports to the Board on audit, financial and related matters. Altra’s management has the primary responsibility for the financial statements and the reporting process, including the system of internal controls. Deloitte & Touche LLP (the independent external auditor for fiscal year ended December 31, 2014) was responsible for performing an independent audit of the Company’s consolidated financial statements in accordance with generally accepted auditing principles and to issue a report thereon. The Audit Committee oversees these processes.

 

In this context, the Audit Committee has met and held discussions with Altra’s management and the independent auditor. Management has represented to the Audit Committee that the Company’s consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, and the Audit Committee reviewed and discussed the consolidated financial statements with management and the independent auditor. The Audit Committee also discussed with the independent auditor the matters required to be discussed by Statement on Auditing Standards No.  61 , as amended, Communication with Audit Committees.

 

In addition, the Audit Committee discussed with the independent auditor such auditor’s independence from the Company and its management, and the independent auditor provided to the Audit Committee the written disclosures and communications required by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding the independent auditor’s communication with the Audit Committee concerning independence.

 

The Audit Committee discussed with the Company’s internal audit staff and independent auditor the overall scope and plans for their respective audits. The Audit Committee met with the internal audit staff and the independent auditor, with and without management present, to discuss the results of their examinations, their evaluations of Altra’s internal controls, and the overall quality of Altra’s financial reporting.

 

Based on the reviews and discussions with management and the independent auditor referred to above, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors has approved, that the audited financial statements be included in Altra’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, and filed with the SEC.

 

AUDIT COMMITTEE

 

Lyle G. Ganske (Chairman)

Edmund M. Carpenter

Michael S. Lipscomb

 

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PROPOSAL 2. RATIFICATION OF SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT

REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

Deloitte & Touche LLP (“D&T”) has been selected by the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors to audit the accounts of Altra and its subsidiaries for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2015. D&T served as our independent auditor for fiscal years 2009-2014. At the Annual Meeting, the stockholders are being asked to ratify the appointment of D&T as Altra’s independent auditor for fiscal year 2015. If ratification is withheld, the Audit Committee will reconsider its selection. A representative of D&T will attend our Annual Meeting to respond to appropriate questions and will have the opportunity to make a statement if the representative desires to do so.

 

Audit Fees

 

The aggregate professional fees billed or to be billed by D&T for the audit of our annual financial statements for fiscal 2014 and 2013 and fees billed or to be billed for audit related services, tax services and all other services rendered by D&T for these periods are as follows (in thousands):

 

    Deloitte & Touche
LLP
 
    2014     2013  
Audit Fees(1)   $ 2,096     $ 2,103  
Audit Related Fees(2)     0       0  
Tax Fees(3)     49       37  
All Other Fees(4)     652       2  
                 
Total   $ 2,797     $ 2,142  

 

 

 

(1) Audit Fees for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 were for professional services provided for the audit of the Company’s consolidated financial statements, statutory audits, audit of internal controls, consents and assistance with review of documents filed with the SEC.

 

(2) There were no Audit Related Fees for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013.

 

(3) Tax Fees for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 were for services related to tax compliance, including the preparation of tax returns; and tax planning and tax advice, including assistance with acquisitions, mergers and foreign operations.

 

(4) Other fees for fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 were for services related to the evaluation of and assistance with proposed acquisitions and DART software subscription. Other Fees for the fiscal year ended December 31 2013 were for DART software subscription.

 

Pre-Approval of Audit and Non-Audit Services

 

Altra’s Audit Committee is responsible for appointing Altra’s independent auditor and approving the terms of the independent auditor’s services. The Audit Committee has established a policy for the pre-approval of all audit and permissible non-audit services to be provided by the independent auditor, as described below and must pre-approve any internal control related service, including any changes in the nature, scope or extent of such services.

 

Audit Services

 

Under the policy, the Audit Committee is to approve the engagement of Altra’s independent auditor each fiscal year and pre-approve each audit and audit-related service to be performed by such independent auditor, including, but not limited to, the audit of Altra’s financial statements and the provision of an attestation report on management’s evaluation of Altra’s internal controls over financial reporting. As noted above, the Audit Committee must specifically approve, in advance, any proposed change in the nature, scope or extent of any internal control related service.

 

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Non-Audit Services

 

In accordance with the pre-approval policy, the Audit Committee must pre-approve non-audit services that may be performed by the independent auditor during the fiscal year. The Audit Committee will approve the provision of only those non-audit services deemed permissible under the federal securities laws and regulations. The Audit Committee may delegate to the Chair of the Audit Committee the authority to approve additional permissible non-audit services to be performed by the independent auditor, provided that the full Audit Committee shall be informed of such approval at its next scheduled meeting.

 

All services performed by D&T in fiscal year 2014 were pre-approved by the Audit Committee pursuant to the foregoing pre-approval policy.

 

The Board of Directors recommends that the stockholders vote FOR Proposal 2.

 

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PROPOSAL 3. ADVISORY VOTE TO APPROVE THE COMPENSATION OF THE COMPANY’S NAMED EXECUTIVE

OFFICERS (“SAY ON PAY”)

 

Background of the Proposal

 

The Dodd-Frank Act requires all public companies to hold a separate non-binding advisory stockholder vote to approve the compensation of named executive officers as described in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the executive compensation tables and any related information in each such company’s proxy statement (commonly known as a “Say on Pay” proposal). Pursuant to Section 14A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, we are holding a separate non-binding advisory vote to approve Say on Pay at the Annual Meeting.

 

Say on Pay Proposal

 

As discussed in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of this proxy statement, our executive compensation program is primarily structured to compensate our executives at competitive levels, with the opportunity to earn above-median compensation for above-market performance as compared to our peer group. We compensate our executives through programs that emphasize performance-based incentive compensation in the form of annual cash payments and equity-based awards. We have structured annual cash and long-term non-cash compensation to motivate executives to achieve the business goals set by us and reward the executives for achieving such goals. This approach supports the Company’s pay-for-performance philosophy by providing a compensation package that is generally weighted toward variable, performance-based incentives, thus ensuring the highest degree of accountability at the senior levels of the organization. The Board of Directors believes that our compensation program for our named executive officers is appropriately based upon our performance and the individual performance and level of responsibility of the named executive officers. We urge you to read the “Executive Compensation” section of this proxy statement for details on the Company’s executive compensation programs.

 

The Say on Pay proposal is set forth in the following resolution:

 

“RESOLVED, that the compensation paid to Altra Industrial Motion Corp.’s named executive officers, as disclosed pursuant to Item 402 of Regulation S-K, including the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, compensation tables and narrative discussion is hereby APPROVED.”

 

Because your vote on this proposal is advisory, it will not be binding on the Board of Directors, the Compensation Committee or the Company. However, the Compensation Committee will take into account the outcome of the vote when considering future executive compensation arrangements.

 

The Board of Directors recommends that the stockholders vote FOR Proposal 3.

 

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STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS FOR 2016 ANNUAL MEETING

 

Requirements for Stockholder Proposals to Be Considered for Inclusion in Altra’s Proxy Materials

 

Any proposal or director nomination that a stockholder wishes to submit for inclusion in Altra’s proxy materials for the 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders pursuant to and in accordance with Rule 14a-8 of the Exchange Act must be received by Altra not later than November 28, 2015.

 

Requirements for Stockholder Proposals to Be Brought Before the Annual Meeting

 

Altra’s bylaws provide that any proposal or director nomination that a stockholder wishes to propose for consideration at an annual meeting, but does not seek to include in Altra’s Proxy Statement and related materials, must be received by the Company no later than the close of business on the 90th day nor earlier than the close of business on the 120th day prior to the first anniversary of the preceding year’s Annual Meeting. Absent specific circumstances set forth in our bylaws, to be considered at the 2016 Annual Meeting such proposal must be delivered to Altra no earlier than January 1, 2016 and no later than January 31, 2016. In addition, any stockholder proposal to Altra must set forth the information required by Altra’s bylaws with respect to each matter the stockholder proposes to bring before the annual meeting. The proxy solicited by the Board of Directors for the 2016 Annual Meeting will confer discretionary authority to vote on any proposal presented by a stockholder at the meeting that was not included in the proxy materials for such meeting.

 

Any stockholder proposals or notices submitted to Altra in connection with the 2016 Annual Meeting should be addressed to: Corporate Secretary, Altra Industrial Motion Corp., 300 Granite Street, Suite 201, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184.

 

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DIRECTIONS TO THE

BOSTON MARRIOTT QUINCY

 

Boston Marriott Quincy

1000 Marriott Drive,

Quincy, MA 02169 U.S.A.

Phone: (617) 472-1000

Fax: (617) 472-7095

FROM LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:

 

Take 93 S to Exit #7 (Rt. 3).

Immediately take Exit 18/19 (Braintree/Quincy).

Bear left off ramp Exit 19 (‘T’ Station/Quincy).

Follow to traffic light and turn left onto Center St.

Take immediate left into Crown Colony Park.

Hotel is 1/4 mile on left.

 

FROM PROVIDENCE AIRPORT:

 

I-95 North to I-93 North.

Take Exit 7, Rt. 3 South (Braintree/Cape Cod).

Take first Exit 18, turn left off ramp.

Stay left until traffic light.

Take left at light, and left into Crown Colony Park.

Left onto Marriott Drive.

 

FROM ROUTE 3 (PLYMOUTH/CAPE COD):

 

Take Exit 19.

Stay left until traffic light.

Take left at light.

Left into Crown Colony Park.

Left onto Marriott Drive

 

FROM POINTS WEST:

 

From Mass Turnpike (Rt 90): Rt 95 S to 93 N to Exit 7.

Immediately take Exit 18/19 (Braintree/Quincy).

Bear left off ramp Exit 19 (‘T’ Station/Quincy).

Follow to traffic light and turn left onto Center St.

Take immediate left into Crown Colony Park.

Hotel is 1/4 mile on left.

 

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ALTRA INDUSTRIAL MOTION CORP.

300 Granite Street

Suite 201

Braintree, MA 02184

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOTE BY INTERNET - www.proxyvote.com

Use the Internet to transmit your voting instructions and for electronic delivery of information up until 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time the day before the meeting date. Have your proxy card in hand when you access the web site and follow the instructions to obtain your records and to create an electronic voting instruction form.

 

ELECTRONIC DELIVERY OF FUTURE PROXY MATERIALS

If you would like to reduce the costs incurred by our company in mailing proxy materials, you can consent to receiving all future proxy statements, proxy cards and annual reports electronically via e-mail or the Internet. To sign up for electronic delivery, please follow the instructions above to vote using the Internet and, when prompted, indicate that you agree to receive or access proxy materials electronically in future years.

 

VOTE BY PHONE - 1-800-690-6903

Use any touch-tone telephone to transmit your voting instructions up until 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time the day before the meeting date. Have your proxy card in hand when you call and then follow the instructions.

 

VOTE BY MAIL

Mark, sign and date your proxy card and return it in the postage-paid envelope we have provided or return it to Vote Processing, c/o Broadridge, 51 Mercedes Way, Edgewood, NY 11717.

 

 

TO VOTE, MARK BLOCKS BELOW IN BLUE OR BLACK INK AS FOLLOWS:
        KEEP THIS PORTION FOR YOUR RECORDS
        DETACH AND RETURN THIS PORTION ONLY
THIS PROXY CARD IS VALID ONLY WHEN SIGNED AND DATED.

                                             
            For All   Withhold All   For All Except       To withhold authority to vote for any individual nominee(s), mark “For All Except” and write the number(s) of the nominee(s) on the line below.                
                               
        The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR the following:                                
                       
        1.      Election of Directors   ¨   ¨   ¨                
                Nominees                                    
       
        01    Edmund M. Carpenter            02    Carl R. Christenson            03    Lyle G. Ganske            04    Michael S. Lipscomb            05    Larry McPherson    
        06    Thomas W. Swidarski            07    James H. Woodward, Jr.    
           
        The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR proposals 2 and 3.   For   Against   Abstain
           
        2.      To ratify the selection of Deloitte & Touche LLP as Altra Industrial Motion Corp.’s independent registered public accounting firm to serve for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2015.   ¨   ¨   ¨
           
        3.      Advisory vote to approve named executive officer compensation.   ¨   ¨   ¨
           
        NOTE:  In their discretion the proxies are authorized to vote upon such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any postponement or adjournment thereof.            
                       
        For address change/comments, mark here.           ¨                        
      (see reverse for instructions)   Yes   No                            
      Please indicate if you plan to attend this meeting   ¨   ¨                            
      Please sign exactly as your name(s) appear(s) hereon. When signing as attorney, executor, administrator, or other fiduciary, please give full title as such. Joint owners should each sign personally. All holders must sign. If a corporation or partnership, please sign in full corporate or partnership name, by authorized officer.                        
                     
                                         
        Signature [PLEASE SIGN WITHIN BOX]       Date           Signature (Joint Owners)   Date            

 

 

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ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS OF

 

ALTRA INDUSTRIAL MOTION CORP.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

 

Please date, sign and mail your proxy card in the

envelope provided as soon as possible, or you can vote

by internet or phone.

 

 

 

 

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Annual Meeting:  The Notice & Proxy Statement, Annual Report with 10-K is/are available at  www.proxyvote.com .

 

 

                     

     

 

ALTRA INDUSTRIAL MOTION CORP.

This proxy is solicited by the Board of Directors

Annual Meeting of Stockholders

4/30/2015 9:00 AM EDT

 

THIS PROXY, WHEN PROPERLY EXECUTED AND RETURNED IN A TIMELY MANNER, WILL BE VOTED AS YOU SPECIFY ON THE REVERSE SIDE. IF NO CHOICE IS SPECIFIED, THEN THIS PROXY WILL BE VOTED IN FAVOR OF ELECTING THE SEVEN NOMINEES NOTED HEREON TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND IN FAVOR OF PROPOSALS 2 AND 3. IN THEIR DISCRETION, THE PROXIES APPOINTED HEREIN ARE AUTHORIZED TO VOTE UPON SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY PROPERLY COME BEFORE THE MEETING OR ANY POSTPONEMENT OR ADJOURNMENT THEREOF.

 

By signing the proxy, you revoke all prior proxies, acknowledge receipt of the notice of the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held April 30, 2015 and the proxy statement, and appoint, Carl R. Christenson and Christian Storch, and each of them with full power of substitution, to vote all shares of Common Stock of Altra Industrial Motion Corp. you are entitled to vote, either on your behalf or on behalf of an entity or entities, at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Altra Industrial Motion Corp., to be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. EDT at The Boston Marriott Quincy, 1000 Marriott Drive, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169, and at any adjournment or postponement thereof, with the same force and effect as if you were personally present thereat.

 

    Address change/comments:

 

       
                 
                 
       

 

 

 

 

       
    (If you noted any Address Changes and/or Comments above, please mark corresponding box on the reverse side.)        
     

 

Continued and to be signed on reverse side