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Section 1: DEFR14A (DEFINITIVE REVISED PROXY STATEMENT)

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 SCHEDULE 14A

 

Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of

the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

(Amendment No. 1)

 

Filed by the Registrant     ☒

Filed by a Party other than the    ☐ Registrant

 

Check the appropriate box:

 

☐ Preliminary Proxy Statement
☐ Confidential, for Use of the Commission Only (as permitted by Rule 14a-6(e)(2))
☒  Definitive Proxy Statement
☐ Definitive Additional Materials
☐ Soliciting Material Pursuant to §240.14a-12

 

OVERSEAS SHIPHOLDING GROUP, INC.
(Name of Registrant as Specified In Its Charter)
 
(Name of Person(s) Filing Proxy Statement, if other than the Registrant)
     
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EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (the “Company”) is filing this revised Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for the Company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on June 6, 2017 to correct certain typographical errors in “APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT OF THE NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTOR INCENTIVE COMPENSATION PLAN (PROPOSAL No. 5)” and Appendix A in the initial Definitive Proxy Statement that was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 24, 2017.

 

 

 

 

OVERSEAS SHIPHOLDING GROUP, INC.

 NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

June 6, 2017

 

To the Stockholders of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.:

 

You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (the “Company”), which will be held in the Chrysler Room at Grand Hyatt New York, 109 East 42nd Street at Park Avenue, New York, New York, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 12:00 P.M., Eastern Time (“ET”).

 

The meeting will be held for the following purposes:

 

(1)To elect eight directors, the names of whom are set forth in the accompanying Proxy Statement, to serve until the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of the Company;

(2)To ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the year 2017;

(3)To approve, by advisory vote, the compensation of the Named Executive Officers for 2016 (as described in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section and in the accompanying compensation tables and narrative in the accompanying Proxy Statement);

(4)To approve, by advisory vote, whether the preferred frequency of future stockholder advisory votes on Named Executive Officer compensation disclosed in the Company’s proxy statements should be every one year, and

(5)To approve an amendment to the Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. Non-Employee Director Incentive Compensation Plan to increase the number of shares of Common Stock by 1.5 million shares;

(6)To transact such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting.

 

Stockholders of record at the close of business on April 17, 2017 are the only stockholders entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting. The stockholders list will be open to the examination of stockholders for any purpose germane to the Annual Meeting, during ordinary business hours for a period of ten days prior to the Annual Meeting, at the Company’s offices, 302 Knights Run Avenue, Suite 1200, Tampa, Florida.

 

We are taking advantage of the Securities and Exchange Commission rules that allow issuers to furnish proxy materials to their stockholders over the Internet. We believe these rules allow us to provide stockholders with the information they need, while lowering the costs of delivery and reducing the environmental impact of our Annual Meeting. If you received a printed copy of the materials, we have enclosed a copy of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 with this notice and the accompanying Proxy Statement.

 

Your vote and that your shares be represented at the meeting are both very important. We urge you to vote as soon as possible by telephone, over the Internet or by marking, signing and returning your proxy or voting instruction card, even if you plan to attend the Annual Meeting in person. If you attend the meeting and wish to vote in person, you may withdraw your proxy and vote in person. Your prompt consideration is greatly appreciated.

   
  By order of the Board of Directors,
   
  SUSAN ALLAN
  Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
  Tampa, Florida
  April 24, 2017

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF

 PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

 TO BE HELD ON JUNE 6, 2017

 

The Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders of the Company to be held on June 6, 2017, the Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 are available at http://ir.osg.com.

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

     
INFORMATION CONCERNING SOLICITATION AND VOTING   1
RECORD DATE, SHARES OUTSTANDING AND VOTING   1
PROPOSALS FOR 2018 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS   2
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS (PROPOSAL NO. 1)   3
OWNERSHIP OF COMMON STOCK BY DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CERTAIN OTHER BENEFICIAL OWNERS   7
SECTION 16(A) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE   9
INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOARD AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE   10
RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS   12
COMMITTEES   12
COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS   14
HUMAN RESOURCES AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT   24
SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE   25
GRANTS OF PLAN-BASED AWARDS   26
OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT FISCAL YEAR END   28
OPTIONS EXERCISED AND STOCK VESTED   29
NONQUALIFIED DEFERRED COMPENSATION   30
POTENTIAL PAYMENTS UPON TERMINATION   30
COMPENSATION COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS AND INSIDER PARTICIPATION   31
DIRECTOR COMPENSATION   31
AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT   33
RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF THE INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM (PROPOSAL NO. 2)   34
ADVISORY VOTE ON APPROVAL OF THE COMPENSATION OF THE NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS (PROPOSAL NO. 3)   36
ADVISORY VOTE ON THE PREFERRED FREQUENCY OF FUTURE STOCKHOLDER ADVISORY VOTES ON COMPENSATION FOR THE NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS (PROPOSAL NO. 4)   37
APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT OF THE NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTOR INCENTIVE COMPENSATION PLAN (PROPOSAL NO. 5)   38
OTHER MATTERS   41
APPENDIX A - OVERSEAS SHIPHOLDING GROUP, INC. NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTOR INCENTIVE COMPENSATION PLAN   A-1

 

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OVERSEAS SHIPHOLDING GROUP, INC.

302 Knights Run Avenue, Suite 1200

Tampa, FL 33602

 

 

 

PROXY STATEMENT

 

 

 

INFORMATION CONCERNING SOLICITATION AND VOTING

 

The accompanying proxy is solicited on behalf of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (the “Company”) for use at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) to be held on June 6, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (ET), or any adjournment or postponement thereof, for the purposes set forth herein and in the accompanying Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The Annual Meeting will be held in the Chrysler Room at Grand Hyatt New York, 109 East 42nd Street at Park Avenue, New York, New York.

 

Any stockholder giving a proxy may revoke it at any time before it is exercised at the meeting. This Proxy Statement and the accompanying proxy will first be sent to stockholders on or about April 24, 2017.

 

Record Date, Shares Outstanding and Voting

 

Only stockholders of record at the close of business on April 17, 2017 (the “Record Date”) will be entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. The Company has one class of voting securities, its Class A Common Stock (the “Common Stock”). As of April 7, 2017, (the “Measurement Date”), 74,112,097 shares were outstanding.

 

All shares represented by the accompanying proxy, if the proxy is duly executed and received by the Company at or prior to the meeting, will be voted at the meeting in accordance with the instructions provided therein. If no such instructions are provided, the proxy will be voted: (1) FOR the election of directors, (2) FOR the ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2017, (3) FOR the approval, in an advisory vote, of the compensation for 2016 of the executive officers named in the Summary Compensation Table in this Proxy Statement (each, a “Named Executive Officer” and collectively, the “Named Executive Officers” or “NEOs”), as described in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section and in the accompanying compensation tables and narrative in this Proxy Statement; (4) FOR the approval, in an advisory vote, of a one year frequency as the preferred frequency of when stockholders vote on compensation of the NEOs; and (5) FOR the approval of an amendment to the Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. Non-Employee Director Incentive Compensation Plan (the “Director Plan”) to increase the number of shares of Common Stock by 1.5 million shares.

 

Each of the election of directors, the ratification of the appointment of the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2017, and the approval of an amendment to the Director Plan requires the affirmative vote (in person or by proxy) of a majority of the votes cast by the holders of the shares of Common Stock present in person or represented by proxy at the meeting and entitled to vote. If the appointment of the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2017 is not ratified, the Audit Committee will reconsider the appointment and review its future selection of an independent registered public accounting firm. The advisory votes on approval of the compensation to the NEOs for 2016 and on the preferred frequency for when stockholders vote on compensation for the NEOs are non-binding, but the Board and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee (the “Compensation Committee”) will review the voting results in connection with their ongoing evaluation of the Company’s compensation program.

 

Your vote and that your shares be represented at the meeting are both very important. We urge you to vote as soon as possible by telephone, over the Internet or by marking, signing and returning your proxy or voting instruction card, even if you plan to attend the Annual Meeting in person.

 

Abstentions and broker non-votes will be counted for purposes of determining the presence or absence of a quorum. Abstentions will be counted in tabulations of the votes cast on each of the proposals presented at the Annual Meeting (and will have the same effect as “AGAINST” votes, except with respect to the election of directors where abstentions will not be counted), whereas broker “non- votes” will not be counted for purposes of determining the number of votes cast.

 

The New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) rules permit brokers to vote for routine matters such as the ratification of the appointment of the independent registered public accounting firm without receiving instructions from the beneficial owner of the shares. NYSE rules prohibit brokers from voting on the election of directors, executive compensation, the preferred frequency of when

 

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stockholders vote on executive compensation, amending the Non-Employee Director Incentive Compensation Plan to increase the number of shares of Common Stock and other non-routine matters without receiving instructions from the beneficial owner of the shares. In the absence of instructions, the shares are viewed as being subject to “broker non-votes.” “Broker non-votes” will be counted for quorum purposes (as they are present and entitled to vote on the ratification of the appointment of the independent registered public accounting firm) but will not affect the outcome of any other matter being voted upon at the Annual Meeting. Under current applicable rules, unless provided with voting instructions, a broker cannot vote shares of Common Stock for the election of directors, or on the advisory votes concerning the approval of the compensation of the Named Executive Officers for 2016, the preferred frequency of when stockholders vote on executive compensation and the amendment of the Non-Employee Director Incentive Compensation Plan to increase the number of shares of Common Stock

 

As all of these matters are very important to the Company, we urge you to vote your shares by telephone, over the Internet or by marking, signing and returning your proxy or voting instruction card.

 

Expenses

 

The cost of soliciting proxies for the meeting will be borne by the Company. The Company will also reimburse brokers and others who are only record holders of the Company’s shares for their reasonable expenses incurred in obtaining voting instructions from beneficial owners of such shares.

 

Proposals for 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

 

Any proposals of stockholders that are intended to be presented at the Company’s 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders must be received at the Company’s principal executive offices no later than December 31, 2017, and must comply with all other applicable legal requirements, in order to be included in the Company’s proxy statement and form of proxy for that meeting.

 

Stockholders who wish to propose a matter for action at the Company’s 2018 Annual Meeting, including the nomination of directors, but who do not wish to have a proposal or nomination included in the proxy statement for that meeting, must notify the Company in writing of the information required by the provisions of the Company’s Amended and Restated By-laws (the “Bylaws”) dealing with stockholder proposals. The notice must be delivered to the Company’s Corporate Secretary between March 8, 2018 and April 7, 2018. Stockholders can obtain a copy of the By-laws by writing the Corporate Secretary at the following address: Corporate Secretary, Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc., 302 Knights Run Avenue, Suite 1200, Tampa, Florida 33602.

 

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ELECTION OF DIRECTORS (PROPOSAL NO. 1)

 

The eight nominees for election at the forthcoming meeting are listed below. The nominees listed below were selected by the Board upon the recommendation of the Corporate Governance and Risk Assessment Committee (the “Governance Committee”). Unless otherwise directed, the proxy will be voted for the election of these nominees, to serve until the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of the Company and until their successors are elected and qualify.

 

Name (age)   Business Experience during the Past Five Years and Other Information   Director Since
         
Douglas D. Wheat (66)   Mr. Wheat has served as Chairman of the Board of the Company since December 19, 2014. He is currently the Managing Partner of Wheat Investments, a private investment firm. From 2007 to 2016, he was the founding and Managing Partner of the private equity company Southlake Equity Group. From 1992 until 2006, Mr. Wheat was President of Haas Wheat & Partners. Prior to the formation of Haas Wheat, Mr. Wheat was a founding member of the merchant banking group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where he specialized in leveraged buyout financing. From 1974 to 1984, Mr. Wheat practiced corporate and securities law in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Wheat is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of International Seaways, Inc. (a former wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company) and is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (“AMN”). He has been a director of AMN since 1999, becoming Chairman in 2007. He previously served as Vice Chairman of Dex Media, Inc. and as Chairman of SuperMedia prior to its merger with Dex One. Mr. Wheat has also previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of several other companies including among others: Playtex Products (of which he also served as Chairman); Dr Pepper/Seven-Up Companies, Inc.; Dr Pepper Bottling of the Southwest, Inc.; Walls Industries, Inc.; Alliance Imaging, Inc.; Thermadyne Industries, Inc.; Sybron International Corporation; Nebraska Book Corporation; ALC Communications Corporation; Mother’s Cookies, Inc.; and Stella Cheese Company. Mr. Wheat received both his Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Kansas. Mr. Wheat’s finance and legal expertise and experience serving on numerous boards of directors make him a valuable asset to the Board.   2014

 

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Name (age)   Business Experience during the Past Five Years and Other Information   Director Since
         
Timothy J. Bernlohr (58)   Mr. Bernlohr is the Founder and Managing Member of TJB Management Consulting, LLC, which specializes in providing project specific consulting services to businesses in transformation, including restructurings, interim executive management and strategic planning services. He has served in that capacity since 2005. He is also the former President and Chief Executive Officer of RBX Industries, Inc. (“RBX”), which was a nationally recognized leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of rubber and plastic materials to the automotive, construction and industrial markets. Prior to joining RBX in 1997, Mr. Bernlohr spent 16 years in the International and Industry Products division of Armstrong World Industries, where he served in a variety of management positions. Mr. Bernlohr currently serves as a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of International Seaways, Inc. (a former wholly- owned subsidiary of the Company), and Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of WestRock Company. Within the past five years, Mr. Bernlohr served as an independent director of the following publicly-held companies: WCI Steel Company; Ambassador’s International; Smurfit Stone Container Corporation; Aventine Renewable Resources; Rock-Tenn Company; Chemtura Corporation and Cash Store Financial Services, Inc. Mr. Bernlohr is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Bernlohr’s experience serving as a chief executive of an international manufacturing company and his varied directorship positions make him a valuable asset to the Board.   2014
         
Joseph I. Kronsberg (34)   Mr. Kronsberg has served in various roles at Cyrus Capital Partners, L.P. since 2006, and he is currently a Principal responsible for certain investments in the financial, shipping and energy sectors. Previously, Mr. Kronsberg worked at Greenhill & Co. as a generalist in its Mergers & Acquisitions and Restructuring departments. He currently serves as a director of International Seaways, Inc. (a former wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company). Mr. Kronsberg has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated summa cum laude. Mr. Kronsberg’s financial expertise and experience in investment management make him a valuable asset to the Board.   2015

 

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Name (age)   Business Experience during the Past Five Years and Other Information   Director Since
         
Anja L. Manuel (42)   Since 2009, Ms. Manuel has served as a founding partner at RiceHadleyGates, LLC, with Condoleezza Rice, Stephen Hadley, and Robert Gates. The firm works with senior executives of major companies to evaluate strategic and political risk, and expand in emerging markets.  She served as Special Assistant to the Under-Secretary for Political Affairs at the U.S. Department of State from 2005 – 2007. Ms. Manuel was an attorney at Wilmer-Hale specializing in international and Supreme Court litigation, and governance issues such as anti- corruption matters and Congressional investigations from 2001-2005, and also from 2007 to 2009. Early in her career she was an investment banker at Salomon Brothers. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Ripple, Inc. and Flexport, Inc. and is a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Risk Committee of Internews. Simon & Schuster recently published her book on India and China. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and holds BA and MA degrees with distinction from Stanford University. Her extensive experience in government relations and governance makes her a valuable asset to the Board.   new nominee
         
Samuel H. Norton (58)   Mr. Norton was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company in December 2016. Prior to this appointment, he served as Senior Vice President and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company’s U.S. Flag Strategic Business Unit since July 2016. Prior to joining OSG, in 2006 Mr. Norton co-founded SeaChange Maritime, LLC, an owner and operator of container ships, and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Norton spent the seventeen-year period ended July 2005 as a senior executive officer at Tanker Pacific Management (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. In 1995, Mr. Norton initiated and led the entry of the Sammy Ofer Group into the container segment, and acquired and operated the first container vessels in the group’s fleet. While at Tanker Pacific, Mr. Norton also conceived and started a related business, Tanker Pacific Offshore Terminals, which owns and operates a fleet of floating, offshore oil storage terminals. Prior to joining the Ofer group, Mr. Norton played a lead role in the Asian distressed assets group of the First National Bank of Boston, a position which acquainted him with the shipping industry and the Ofer family. Mr. Norton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature from Dartmouth College where he graduated in 1981. Mr. Norton’s substantial experience in the shipping industry makes him a valuable asset to the Board.   2014

 

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Name (age)   Business Experience during the Past Five Years and Other Information   Director Since
         
Ronald Steger (63)   Mr. Steger began his career with KPMG, an audit, tax and advisory firm, in 1976 and was admitted into the partnership in 1986. He served as an SEC Reviewing Partner, one of the firm’s most senior audit technical positions, from 2003 to 2013, and has extensive experience serving the needs of a wide variety of Fortune 1000 companies in the technology industry. He has presented to various trade associations and client conferences, was a frequent panelist with KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute and serves on the Advisory Board of ATREG, a global advisory firm specializing in the semiconductor and related advanced technology verticals.  Mr. Steger serves as a director and is on the Audit Committee of Global Eagle Entertainment, Inc. a publicly- traded company which provides wifi connectivity and entertainment content to airlines and the cruise industry. Mr. Steger also serves as a director of International Seaways, Inc. (a former wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company), and as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Effectus Group, an accounting advisory firm based in Silicon Valley. After working for KPMG for 37 years in New York, Munich, Silicon Valley, Orange County, California and Austin, Texas, Mr. Steger retired from the firm on December 31, 2013. Mr. Steger holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Villanova University. Mr. Steger’s extensive financial and accounting expertise makes him a valuable asset to the Board.   2014
         
Gary Eugene Taylor (63)   Mr. Taylor is a former member of the U.S. Congress, having served for 21 years until January 2011. Mr. Taylor served as a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and most recently as Chairman of the Seapower Subcommittee, providing oversight of expenditures for Navy and Marine Corps programs. As Chairman, Mr. Taylor worked with senior Navy leadership to develop a 30-year shipbuilding plan. As a member of the Merchant Marine Committee, Mr. Taylor helped guide passage of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the U.S. law that regulates the shipment of petroleum products in U.S. waters. Mr. Taylor also served as a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He co-chaired the Shipbuilding Caucus, the Coast Guard Caucus, the National Guard and Reserve Caucus and the Expeditionary Warfare Caucus. After leaving Congress, Mr. Taylor worked on business development for E.N. Bisso in the ship assist business on the Mississippi River. From September 2011 until December 2013, Mr. Taylor served as a consultant for Navistar Defense on the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle program. Mr. Taylor has served as a Commissioner on the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission since June 2012, providing oversight for the Port Bienville Industrial Park and Stennis International Airport in Hancock County, Mississippi. He is a graduate of Tulane University. Mr. Taylor’s extensive expertise in shipping regulation makes him a valuable asset to the Board.   2014

 

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Name (age)   Business Experience during the Past Five Years and Other Information   Director Since
         
Ty E. Wallach (45)   Mr. Wallach is a Partner at Paulson & Co. Inc. (“Paulson”) and a CoPortfolio Manager at Paulson’s credit funds. Since joining Paulson in 2008, he has led numerous investments in the debt and equity of distressed and leveraged companies. Prior to joining Paulson, Mr. Wallach was a partner and Managing Director at Oak Hill Advisors, serving most recently as Co-Head of European Investments. He currently serves on the board of directors of International Seaways, Inc. (a former wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company) and ESH Hospitality, Inc., as well as on the boards of two non-profit organizations, Focus for a Future Inc. and New Heights Youth, Inc. Mr. Wallach is a graduate of Princeton University. Mr. Wallach’s substantial financial and investment experience make him a valuable asset to the Board.   2015

 

The Board recommends a vote “FOR” the election of each of the nominees for director named in this Proxy Statement.

 

The Board has determined that each of the director nominees other than Mr. Norton is independent within the meaning of the applicable rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the listing standards of the NYSE, and that each of the director nominees other than Messrs. Norton, Kronsberg, and Wallach is independent under the rules of the SEC and the NYSE relating to audit committees. See “Information About the Board and Corporate Governance — Independence” below.

 

 

 

OWNERSHIP OF COMMON STOCK BY DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
AND CERTAIN OTHER BENEFICIAL OWNERS

 

The tables below set forth certain beneficial ownership information with respect to each director nominee and Named Executive Officer, and each person who is known to the Company to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock of the Company. The information with respect to beneficial ownership by the identified stockholders was prepared based on information supplied by such stockholders in their filings with the SEC. Except as disclosed in the notes to these tables and subject to applicable community property laws, the Company believes that each beneficial owner identified in the table possesses sole voting and investment power over all Common Stock shown as beneficially owned by the beneficial owner.

 

Beneficial ownership for the purposes of the following tables is determined in accordance with the rules and regulations of the SEC. Those rules generally provide that a person is the beneficial owner of shares if such person has or shares the power to vote or direct the voting of shares, or to dispose or direct the disposition of shares or has the right to acquire such powers within 60 days. For purposes of calculating each person’s percentage ownership, shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to options or warrants exercisable within 60 days are included as outstanding and beneficially owned for that person, but are not deemed outstanding for the purposes of computing the percentage ownership of any other person. In some cases, the Company believes that foreign ownership or other restrictions may limit the ability of warrant holders to exercise warrants they hold, meaning that such persons may not be required to report share ownership as they would not be entitled to receive the underlying shares of Common Stock. The percentage of beneficial ownership is based on 74,112,097 shares of the Company’s Common Stock outstanding as of the Measurement Date (April 7, 2017), and excludes any treasury stock. On the Measurement Date, there were 71,818,509 Class A warrants (exercisable for .19 shares of Common Stock) that were not included in that calculation (other than to the extent set forth with respect to any individual stockholder below).

 

Directors and Executive Officers

 

The table below sets forth information as to each director nominee and each of the Named Executive Officers listed in the Summary Compensation Table in this Proxy Statement, and includes the amount and percentage of the Company’s Common Stock of which each director nominee, each Named Executive Officer, and all director nominees and executive officers as a group, was the “beneficial owner” (as defined in regulations of the SEC) on the Measurement Date, all as reported to the Company. The address of each person identified below as of the date of this Proxy Statement is c/o Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc., 302 Knights Run Avenue, Suite 1200, Tampa, Florida 33602.

 

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   Shares of Common Stock
   Beneficially Owned(1)
       Percentage
       Beneficially
Name  Number   Owned
Directors/Nominees        
Douglas D. Wheat   33,883    
Timothy J. Bernlohr   19,887     *
Joseph I. Kronsberg   (2)    *
Anja L. Manuel        *
Samuel H. Norton   204,802(3)    *
Ronald Steger   19,887     
Gary E. Taylor   19,887     *
Chad L. Valerio**   8,432     *
Ty E. Wallach   (4)    *
Gregory A. Wright**   19,887     *

           
   Shares of Common Stock
   Beneficially Owned(1)
        Percentage
        Beneficially
Name  Number   Owned
Other Named Executive Officers          
Christopher W. Wolf   —      
Rick F. Oricchio   112,558     *
Patrick J. O’Halloran   5,198     *
Damon M. Mote   5,103     *
Ian Blackley   103,237     *
Henry P. Flinter        *
James D. Small III   5,526     *
All Directors/Nominees and Executive Officers as a Group (19 persons)   571,202     *

 

 

*Less than 1%

**Mr. Valerio and Mr. Wright are current directors but are not standing for re-election.

 

(1)Includes shares of Common Stock issuable within 60 days of the Measurement Date upon the exercise of options or warrants owned by the indicated stockholders on that date.

(2)Mr. Kronsberg is an employee of Cyrus Capital Partners, L.P. (“CCP”) which beneficially owns 12,024,997 shares of Common Stock, including 14,543 shares which were granted by the Company to CCP under the Company’s non-Employee Director Incentive Compensation Plan. The grant was made to CCP pursuant to agreements between CCP and Mr. Kronsberg under which CCP is required to receive all compensation in connection with Mr. Kronsberg’s directorship. Mr. Kronsberg disclaims beneficial ownership of all Company securities held by CCP except to the extent of his pecuniary interest therein, if any.

(3)Includes options for 99,272 shares of Common Stock.

(4)Mr. Wallach is a Partner at Paulson and a Co-Portfolio Manager at Paulson’s credit funds. Paulson is the investment manager of certain funds and accounts which beneficially own 11,044,482 shares of Common Stock. Mr. Wallach disclaims beneficial ownership of such securities except to the extent of his pecuniary interest therein, if any.

 

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Other Beneficial Owners

 

Set forth below is information regarding stockholders of the Company’s Common Stock that are known by the Company to have been “beneficial owners” (as defined in regulations of the SEC) of 5% or more of the outstanding shares of the Common Stock as of the Measurement Date, as reported to the Company and the SEC.

 

    Shares of Common Stock
    Beneficially Owned*(1)
        Percentage
        Beneficially
Name   Number  Owned
BHR Funds(2)   4,449,264   5.76%
BlueMountain Funds(3)    9,142,048    12.34%
Cyrus Funds(4)    12,024,997    15.67%
Paulson Funds(5)    11,044,482    14.76%

  

*Unless otherwise stated in the notes to this table, the share and percentage ownership information presented is as of the Measurement Date.

 

(1)Includes shares of Common Stock underlying all Class A warrants owned by such person (at the Measurement Date stock exercise ratio of 0.19 shares for every warrant), owned by such person, and assumes gross exercise of warrants without withholding of any shares pursuant to the cashless exercise procedures of the warrants. The Class A warrants are immediately exercisable, but may only be exercised with the Company’s consent and are subject to certain citizenship rules and limitations on exercise, sale, transfer or other disposition.

 

(2)Based on an amendment to a Schedule 13D filed on July 13, 2016 with respect to beneficial ownership of 4,449,264 shares owned by BHR Capital LLC (“BHR Capital”). These shares include 3,078,181 shares issuable upon exercise of 16,200,956 Class A warrants. Of the 4,449,264 shares, 4,050,037 shares are owned by BHR-OSG On-Shore Funding LLC (“BHR-OSG”). BHR Capital is the managing member of BHR-OSG and the investment advisor to three other investment vehicles who hold shares. The business address of BHR Capital and BHR-OSG is 733 Third Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, New York 10017. The principal business of (i) BHR Capital is to serve as the investment advisor to a number of private investment vehicles and to make investment decisions on behalf of those vehicles and (ii) BHR-OSG is to serve as a private investment vehicle.

 

(3)Based on a Form 4 filed on April 6, 2017 and an amendment to a Schedule 13D filed on March 23, 2016 with the SEC by the BlueMountain Funds with respect to beneficial ownership of (i) 9,142,048 shares by BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC (“Investment Manager”), (ii) 9,142,048 shares by BlueMountain GP Holdings, LLC (“GP Holdings”), (iii) 9,142,048 shares by BlueMountain Nautical LLC (“Nautical”), (iv) 9,142,048 shares by BlueMountain Guadalupe Peak Fund L.P. (“Guadalupe”), and (v) 9,142,048 shares by BlueMountain Long/Short Credit GP, LLC (“General Partner”). The principal business of: (i) each of Nautical and Guadalupe is to serve as a private investment fund; (ii) the General Partner is to serve as the general partner of Guadalupe and certain other private funds for which the Investment Manager serves as investment manager; (iii) GP Holdings is to serve as the sole owner of the General Partner and a number of other entities which act as the general partner of private investment funds for which the Investment Manager serves as investment manager (including Guadalupe); and (iv) the Investment Manager is to serve as investment manager to a number of private investment funds (including Guadalupe), to serve as non-member manager of Nautical and to make investment decisions on behalf of such entities. The business address of Nautical, Guadalupe, the General Partner, Investment Manager and GP Holdings is 280 Park Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, New York 10017.

 

(4)Based on a Form 4 filed on June 24, 2016 and an amendment to a Schedule 13D filed on June 23, 2016 with the SEC by Cyrus Capital Partners, L.P. (“CCP”) with respect to beneficial ownership of 12,024,997 shares by each of CCP and Cyrus Capital Partners GP, L.L.C. (“CCPGP”) of which 2,636,376 shares are obtainable upon the exercise of 13,851,382 warrants As the (i) principal of CCP and (ii) principal of CCPGP., the general partner of CCP, Stephen C. Freidheim (“Freidheim”) may be deemed the beneficial owner of 12,016,565 shares of Class A Common Stock. The address of each of CCP, CCPGP and Freidheim is 399 Park Avenue, 39th Floor, New York, NY 10022.

 

(5)Based on an amendment to a Schedule 13D filed on June 29, 2016 with the SEC by Paulson with respect to beneficial ownership of 11,044,482 shares by Paulson. Paulson is the investment advisor, or manager, of PCO Shipping LLC and certain separately managed accounts (collectively, the “Paulson Accounts”), which in the aggregate hold or own 10,309,521 shares of Class A Common Stock and 734,961 shares obtainable upon the exercise of Class A warrants. The address of Paulson and the Paulson Accounts is c/o Paulson & Co. Inc., 1251 Avenue of the Americas, 50th Floor, New York, NY 10020.

 

SECTION 16(a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE

 

Under the securities laws of the United States, the Company’s directors, executive officers and any persons holding more than ten percent (10%) of the Company’s common stock are required to report their ownership of common stock and any changes in that ownership, on a timely basis, to the SEC. Directors, executive officers and beneficial owners of more than 10% of the common stock are also required to furnish the Company with copies of all Section 16(a) reports that they file with the SEC. Based on material provided to the Company, all such reports were filed on a timely basis in 2016 except that (i) each of Messrs. Bernlohr, Norton, Steger, Taylor, Wheat and Wright received shares of Common Stock as a result of stock dividend which did not require filing of a report but each did not reflect such stock dividend in the next required report each filed as a result of an oversight and each filed an amendment to such required report correcting such oversight when it was realized, (ii) Mr. Valerio filed a report disclosing a grant of shares of Common Stock one day late, (iii) each of Messrs. Ian Blackley and Wale Oshodi (the former Vice President and Treasurer of

 

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the Company) had automatic reinvestment of cash dividends on shares of Common Stock on two separate occasions which each did not realize at the time of each reinvestment and each filed reports disclosing such acquisitions of shares shortly after learning of such acquisitions, (iv) Mr. O’Halloran filed his report disclosing his initial ownership of shares of Common Stock one day late, (v) Susan Allan filed a report disclosing a grant of shares of Common Stock six days late and (vi) BHR Funds filed late reports disclosing the sale of shares on nine different dates.

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOARD AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

Corporate Governance Guidelines. The Board has adopted Corporate Governance Guidelines to promote the effective functioning of the Board and its committees, to promote the interests of all stockholders, and to ensure a common set of expectations as to how the Board, its various committees, individual directors and management should perform their functions. The Board believes that ethics and integrity cannot be legislated or mandated by directive or policy and that the ethics, character, integrity and values of the Company’s directors and senior management remain the most important safeguards in quality corporate governance. The Corporate Governance Guidelines are posted on the Company’s website, which is www.osg.com, and are available in print upon the request of any stockholder of the Company. That website and the information contained on that site, or connected to that site, are not incorporated by reference in this proxy statement. Under the Corporate Governance Guidelines, each director is expected to attend all Board meetings and all meetings of committees of which the director is a member. Meeting materials are provided to Board and Committee members prior to meetings, and members are expected to review such materials prior to each meeting.

 

Board Leadership Structure. The Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that the Board selects the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of the Company and may select a Chairman of the Board (the “Chairman”) in the manner it considers in the best interests of the Company. The Guidelines provide that if the Board determines that there should be a Chairman, he or she may be a non- management director or the CEO.

 

The Company currently separates the role of CEO and Chairman. The CEO and the Chairman are in frequent contact with one another and with senior management of the Company. They provide advice and recommendations to the full Board for its consideration. They each review in advance the schedule of Board and committee meetings and establish the agenda for each Board meeting in order to ensure that the interests and requirements of the stockholders, the directors and other stakeholders are appropriately addressed. The Board believes that the existing leadership structure, with the current individuals in their positions, is in the best interests of stockholders.

 

The Board, primarily through its Corporate Governance and Risk Assessment Committee, periodically reviews the Company’s leadership structure to determine if it remains appropriate in light of the Company’s specific circumstances and needs, current corporate governance standards, market practices and other factors the Board considers relevant. The Board retains the right to combine the CEO and Chairman roles in the future if it determines that such a combination would be in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders.

 

Independence. Under the Corporate Governance Guidelines, which incorporate the standards established by the NYSE, the Board must consist of a majority of independent directors. As determined by the Board, as of the date of this Proxy Statement, all of the nominees other than Mr. Samuel H. Norton have been determined to be independent under the Corporate Governance Guidelines for purposes of service on the Board because no relationship was identified that would automatically bar any of them from being characterized as independent, and any relationships identified were not so material as to impair their independence. In addition, the Board has determined that all of the nominees other than Messrs. Norton, Kronsberg, and Wallach are independent for purposes of serving on the Audit Committee. The Board annually reviews relationships that directors may have with the Company to make a determination of whether there are any material relationships that would preclude a director from being independent. See “Related Party Transactions” below.

 

Executive Sessions of the Board. To ensure free and open discussion and communication among the non-management directors, the Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that non-management directors meet in executive session at the time of each regular meeting of the Board; at least one of such executive sessions shall exclude non-management directors who do not qualify as independent. In accordance with the Guidelines, the nonexecutive Chairman of the Board chairs the executive sessions. Any non - management director can request that an additional executive session be scheduled.

 

Board Oversight of Risk Management. While the responsibility for management of the Company’s material risks lies with management of the Company, the Board provides oversight of risk management, directly and indirectly, through its committee structure. The Board performs this oversight role by using several different levels of review. The Board and the Corporate Governance

 

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and Risk Assessment Committee receive regular reports from key members of management responsible for specified areas of material non-financial risk to the Company. In addition, the Board reviews the risks associated with the Company’s strategic plan at an annual strategic planning session and periodically throughout the year as part of its consideration of the strategic direction of the Company.

 

At the committee level, the Audit Committee regularly reviews the financial statements and financial and other internal controls. Further, the Audit Committee meets in private sessions individually with certain members of management and with representatives of the independent registered public accounting firm at the conclusion of every regularly scheduled meeting, where aspects of financial risk management are discussed as necessary. The Corporate Governance and Risk Assessment Committee manages risk associated with Board independence, corporate governance and potential conflicts of interest as well as oversight over non-financial risk assessments associated with the Company’s operations. The Human Resources and Compensation Committee annually reviews executive compensation policies and practices and employee benefits, and associated risks. Both the Audit Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee also rely on the advice and counsel of the Company’s independent registered public accountants and independent compensation consultants, respectively, to raise awareness of any risk issues that may arise during their regular review of the Company’s financial statements, audit work and executive compensation policies and practices, as applicable.

 

Managing risk is an ongoing process inherent in all decisions made by management. The Company has an enterprise risk management program that is designed to ensure that risks are taken knowingly and purposefully. Management is responsible for assessing all the risks and related mitigation strategies for all material projects and initiatives of the Company prior to being submitted for consideration by the Board.

 

Meetings of the Board. The Board held 10 meetings during 2016. Each director attended at least 75% of the total number of meetings of the Board and Board committees of which the director was a member.

 

Annual Meetings of Stockholders. Directors are not required, but are strongly encouraged, to attend the Annual Meeting of Stockholders in person or telephonically. All of the directors of the Company attended the Annual Meeting of Stockholders in 2016.

 

Communications with Board Members. Interested parties, including stockholders, may communicate with any director, with the nonexecutive Chairman of the Board or with the non-management directors as a group by sending a letter to the attention of such director, the nonexecutive Chairman of the Board or such non-management directors as a group, as the case may be, in care of the Company’s Corporate Secretary, 302 Knights Run Avenue, Suite 1200, Tampa, Florida 33602. The Corporate Secretary opens and forwards all such correspondence (other than advertisements and other solicitations) to directors unless the director to whom the correspondence is addressed has requested that the Corporate Secretary forward correspondence unopened. Unless the context otherwise requires, the Corporate Secretary will provide any communication addressed to the Board to the director most closely associated with the nature of the request based on Committee membership and other factors.

 

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics. The Company has adopted a code of business conduct and ethics which is an integral part of the Company’s business conduct compliance program and embodies the commitment of the Company and its subsidiaries to conduct operations in accordance with the highest legal and ethical standards. The Code of Ethics applies to all of the Company’s officers, directors and employees. Each is responsible for understanding and complying with the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics. The Company also has an Insider Trading Policy which prohibits the Company’s directors and employees from purchasing or selling securities of the Company while in possession of material nonpublic information or otherwise using such information for their personal benefit. The Insider Trading Policy also prohibits the Company’s directors and employees from hedging their ownership of securities of the Company. In addition, the Company has an Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy which memorializes the Company’s commitment to adhere faithfully to both the letter and spirit of all applicable anti-bribery legislation in the conduct of the Company’s business activities worldwide. The Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, the Insider Trading Policy and the Anti -Bribery and Corruption Policy are posted on the Company’s website, www.osg.com, and are available in print upon the request of any stockholder of the Company. That website and the information contained on that site, or connected to that site, are not incorporated by reference in this Proxy Statement.

 

Other Directorships and Significant Activities. The Company values the experience directors bring from other boards of directors on which they serve, but recognizes that those boards also present significant demands on a director’s time and availability and may present conflicts and legal issues. The Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that non-management directors refrain from serving on the boards of directors of more than four publicly-traded companies (other than the Company or a company in which the Company has a significant equity interest) absent special circumstances. A member of the Audit Committee may not serve on more than two other audit committees of publicly-traded companies.

 

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The Corporate Governance Guidelines require the CEO and other members of senior management, whether or not they are members of the Board of the Company, to receive the approval of the Governance Committee before accepting outside board membership. The Corporate Governance Guidelines prohibit the CEO from serving on the board of directors of more than one publicly-traded company (other than the Company or a company in which the Company has a significant equity interest).

 

If a director’s principal occupation or business association changes substantially during the director’s tenure as a member of the Board, that director is required by the Corporate Governance Guidelines to inform the Chairman of the Governance Committee of the change and offer to resign from the Board. In such case, such Committee must recommend to the Board the action, if any, to be taken with respect to the offer of resignation, taking into account the appropriateness of continued Board membership.

 

Related Party Transactions

 

Related party transactions may present potential or actual conflicts of interest and create the appearance that Company decisions are based on considerations other than the best interests of the Company and its stockholders. The Company’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics requires all directors, officers and employees who may have a potential or apparent conflict of interest to disclose fully all the relevant facts to the Company’s legal department. In addition to this reporting requirement, to identify related party transactions, each year the Company submits and requires its directors and executive officers to complete Director and Officer questionnaires identifying any transactions with the Company in which the director or officer has an interest. Management and the legal department carefully review the terms of all related party transactions. Management reports to the Board on all proposed related party transactions with directors and executive officers. Upon the presentation of a proposed related party transaction to the Board, the related party (if such related party is a director) is excused from participation and voting on the matter. In deciding whether to approve the related party transaction, the Board determines whether the transaction is on terms that could be obtained in an arm’s length transaction with an unrelated third party. If the related party transaction is not on such terms, it will not be approved.

 

Committees

 

The Company has three standing committees of its Board: the Audit Committee, the Corporate Governance and Risk Assessment Committee, and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Each of these committees has a charter that is posted on the Company’s website and is available in print upon the request of any stockholder of the Company.

 

Audit Committee. The Audit Committee is required to have no fewer than three members all of whom must be and are independent directors under the standards set forth in the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines. During 2016, the Committee consisted of Messrs. Gregory A. Wright (Chairman), Ronald Steger, Samuel H. Norton (until he resigned as a member in July 2016), and Gary Eugene Taylor (from his appointment in July 2016). The Board determined that Messrs. Wright and Steger are audit committee financial experts, as defined by rules of the SEC and NYSE. The Audit Committee met eight times in 2016.

 

The Audit Committee oversees the Company’s accounting, financial reporting process, internal controls and audits and consults with management, internal auditors and the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm on, among other things, matters related to the annual audit, and published financial statements and the accounting principles applied, and the oversight of financial risk assessments associated with the Company’s operations. As part of its duties, the Committee retains the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, subject to stockholder ratification (though the stockholder vote is not binding on the Committee, and the Committee may in its sole discretion terminate the engagement of the firm and direct the appointment of another independent auditor at any time during the year if it determines that such an appointment would be in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders).

 

The Audit Committee maintains direct responsibility for the compensation and oversight of the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm and evaluates the independent registered public accounting firm’s qualifications, performance and independence. The Committee has established policies and procedures for the pre-approval of all services provided by the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm.

 

Corporate Governance and Risk Assessment Committee. The Corporate Governance and Risk Assessment Committee is required to have no fewer than three members, all of whom must be and are independent directors under the standards set forth in the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines. During 2016, the Committee consisted of Ronald Steger (Chairman), Gary Eugene Taylor, and Gregory A. Wright. The Committee met six times in 2016.

 

The Corporate Governance and Risk Assessment Committee assists the Board by identifying and recommending individuals qualified to become Board members to the Board for nomination at the next annual stockholder meeting. It develops and recommends to the Board the establishment of the Company’s corporate governance guidelines, and it provides oversight over non -financial risk

 

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assessments associated with the Company’s operations. The Committee’s risk assessment responsibilities include oversight of the Company’s quality of services and its vessels’ adherence to environmental and regulatory requirements. As part of its duties, the Committee also aids the Board by providing a review of the Board performance on an annual basis.

 

The Corporate Governance and Risk Assessment Committee evaluates prospective nominees identified on its own initiative or referred to it by other Board members, management, stockholders or external sources and all self-nominated candidates. The Committee uses the same criteria for evaluating candidates nominated by stockholders and self-nominated candidates as it does for those proposed by other Board members, management and search consultants.

 

The Corporate Governance and Risk Assessment Committee considers the following criteria for identifying and recommending qualified candidates for membership on the Board, seeking to maintain within these criteria appropriate diversity of individuals on the basis of gender, ethnic heritage, international background and life experiences:

 

judgment, character, age, integrity, expertise, tenure on the Board, skills and knowledge useful to the oversight of the Company’s business;

 

status as “independent” or an “audit committee financial expert” or “financially literate” as defined by the NYSE or the SEC;

 

high level managerial, business or other relevant experience, including, but not limited to, experience in the industries in which the Company operates, and, if the candidate is an existing member of the Board, any change in the member’s principal occupation or business associations;

 

absence of conflicts of interest with the Company;

 

status as a U.S. citizen; and

 

ability and willingness of the candidate to spend a sufficient amount of time and energy in furtherance of Board matters.

 

As part of its annual assessment of Board size, structure and composition, the Corporate Governance and Risk Assessment Committee evaluates the extent to which the Board as a whole satisfies the foregoing criteria. The Committee believes that the current nominees have the requisite character, integrity, expertise, skills, and knowledge to oversee the Company’s business in the best interests of the Company’s stockholders.

 

All the director nominees named in this Proxy Statement have been evaluated under the criteria set forth above and recommended by the Corporate Governance and Risk Assessment Committee to the full Board for election by stockholders at the Annual Meeting. The entire Board recommends that stockholders elect all nominees. With the exception of Ms. Manuel, all nominees for election at the Annual Meeting were previously elected to the Board by the stockholders at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders in 2016. Ms. Manuel was introduced as a candidate by Samuel Norton our Chief Executive Officer.

 

A stockholder may recommend a person as a nominee for director by writing to the Corporate Secretary of the Company. Recommendations must be received by December 31, 2017 in order for a candidate to be considered for election at the 2018 Annual Meeting. Each recommendation for nomination should contain the following information: (a) the name and address of the stockholder who intends to make the nomination and of the person or persons to be nominated; (b) a representation that the stockholder is a holder of record of stock of the Company entitled to vote at such meeting and intends to appear in person or by proxy at the meeting to nominate the person or persons specified in the notice; (c) a description of all arrangements or understandings between the stockholder and each nominee and any other person or persons (naming such person or persons) pursuant to which the nomination or nominations are to be made by the stockholder; (d) such other information regarding each nominee proposed by such stockholder as would have been required to be included in a proxy statement filed pursuant to the proxy rules of the SEC had such nominee been nominated, or intended to be nominated, by the Board; and (e) the consent of each nominee to serve as a director of the Company if so elected.

 

Human Resources and Compensation Committee. The Human Resources and Compensation Committee is required to have no fewer than three members, all of whom must be and are independent directors under the standards set forth in the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines. During 2016, the Committee consisted of Timothy J. Bernlohr (Chairman), Gary Eugene Taylor, Ty E. Wallach, Samuel H. Norton (until he resigned as a member in July 2016), and Ronald Steger (from his appointment in August 2016). The Committee met eight times in 2016.

 

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that the Company’s officers and senior executives are compensated in a manner consistent with the Company’s philosophy and competitive with its peers. As part of its duties, it monitors and oversees the preparation of the Company’s annual Compensation Discussion and Analysis for inclusion in the annual proxy statement, prepares an annual report on executive compensation, and provides guidance with respect to other compensation matters including recommendations for the CEO and the other NEOs.

 

COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

 

This Compensation Discussion and Analysis (“CD&A”) provides information regarding the compensation program for 2016 for individuals who served as executive officers and who are listed in the Summary Compensation Table in this section (collectively, the “Named Executive Officers” or “NEOs”). As disclosed in previous SEC filings, our Company completed a spin-off of its international operations in 2016, effective November 30, 2016 (the “Spin”). As a result of the Spin, we appointed several new executive officers during December 2016. Our NEOs for 2016 are:

 

Samuel H. Norton, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Christopher W. Wolf, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Patrick J. O’Halloran, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Damon M. Mote, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Ian T. Blackley, Former President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Rick F. Oricchio, Former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Henry P. Flinter, Former Co-President and Head of the U.S. Flag Strategic Business Unit

James D. Small III, Former Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel

 

The CD&A describes our compensation philosophy, the objectives of the executive compensation program and policies, the elements of the compensation program and how each element fits into our overall compensation philosophy and strategy. The Human Resources and Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Compensation Committee” or the “Committee”) is responsible for overseeing the compensation arrangements applicable to all of our executive officers, as well as any related employment agreements, which are described under the heading, “Employment Agreements with the Named Executive Officers”.

 

2016 Performance Highlights

 

We have a strong and measurable pay for performance philosophy. Accordingly, it is important to understand our operational and financial performance in fiscal year 2016 and the significant impact of the Spin on our results, as well as on the design of the compensation program. The Company’s performance includes:

 

Successful completion of the Spin of our international business, International Seaways, Inc. (NYSE: INSW) on November 30, 2016.

Net loss from continuing operations for the full year 2016 was ($1.1 million) or ($0.01) per diluted share, compared with net income from continuing operations of $80.6 million, or $0.83 per diluted share, for 2015.

2016 adjusted EBITDA was $176.2 million, up 5% from $168.1 million in 2015. EBITDA represents net income before interest expense, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization expenses. Adjusted EBITDA consists of EBITDA adjusted for the impact of certain items that we do not consider indicative of our ongoing operating performance, as disclosed in our Annual Report for 2016 on Form 10-K.

2016 time charter equivalent (“TCE”) revenues of $446.2 million, down 1% compared with 2015.

Total cash was $206.9 million as of December 31, 2016.

In June 2016, the Company transferred the listing of its Class A common stock to the New York Stock Exchange. In connection with the anticipated Spin, the Board approved the “Reverse Split Amendment” which effected a one (1) for six (6) reverse stock split and corresponding reduction of the number of authorized shares of common stock.

 

Say on Pay Results

 

At our 2016 annual meeting of stockholders, 95.2% of the stockholders who voted on the say-on-pay proposal were in favor of our executive compensation program. In consideration of these results, the Compensation Committee acknowledged the support received from our stockholders and viewed the results as a confirmation of the Company’s existing executive compensation policies and decisions.

 

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ensure that our compensation program is consistent with, and supportive of, our compensation philosophy and strategy.

 

At the 2017 annual meeting of stockholders, we will again hold an annual advisory vote to approve executive compensation as well as a “say-when-on-pay” vote. The Compensation Committee will continue to engage with our stockholders and consider the results from this year’s and future advisory votes on executive compensation as well as feedback from stockholders.

 

Compensation Philosophy and Objectives

 

We believe that a well-designed compensation program is a powerful tool to attract, motivate, retain and reward top executive and managerial talent. We further believe that our compensation program should align the interests of our executives with those of our stockholders in achieving and sustaining increases in stockholder value over the short-and long-term. We have, therefore, structured our compensation program to drive and support these goals. The compensation program is designed with the following objectives in mind:

 

COMPENSATION PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Overall Objectives

●      Attract, motivate, retain and reward highly-talented executives and managers, whose leadership and expertise are critical to our overall growth and success.

●      Align the interests of our executives with those of our stockholders.

●      Support the long-term retention of the Company’s executives to maximize opportunities for teamwork, continuity of management and overall effectiveness.

●      Compensate each executive competitively (1) within the marketplace for talent in which we operate; (2) based upon the scope and impact of his or her position as it relates to achieving our corporate goals and objectives; and (3) based on the potential of each executive to assume increasing responsibility within the Company.

●      Discourage excessive and imprudent risk-taking.

●      Structure the total compensation program to reward the achievement of both the short-term and long-term strategic objectives necessary for sustained optimal business performance.

Pay Mix Objectives ●      Provide a mix of both fixed and variable (“at-risk”) compensation, each of which has a different time horizon and payout form (cash and equity), to reward the achievement of annual and sustained, long-term performance.
Pay-For-Performance Objectives

●      Use our incentive compensation program and plans to align the interests of our executives with those of our stockholders by linking incentive compensation rewards to the achievement of performance goals that maximize stockholder value by:

–      Ensuring our compensation programs are consistent with, and supportive of, our short- and long-term strategic, operating and financial objectives.

–      Placing a significant portion of our executives’ compensation at risk, with payouts dependent on the achievement of both corporate and individual performance goals, which are set annually by the Compensation Committee.

–      Encouraging balanced performance by employing a variety of performance measures to avoid over-emphasis on the short-term or any one metric.

–      Applying judgment and reasonable discretion in making compensation decisions to avoid relying solely on formulaic program design, and to take into account both what has been accomplished and how it has been accomplished in light of the existing commercial environment.

 

Executive Compensation Practices: What We Do and What We Do Not Do

 

It is our goal to maintain an executive compensation program that is competitive, rooted in the principles of pay-for-performance and that conforms to best practices in executive compensation and corporate governance. To this end, the Compensation Committee routinely evaluates our practices and programs with respect to executive compensation in an effort to identify any opportunities for improvement that might exist. The following table summarizes some of the key features of our executive compensation program.

 

WHAT WE DO:
Stock Ownership Guidelines We maintain, and track progress against, stock ownership guidelines for our executives and directors.
Anti-Hedging & Policy We maintain robust policies and procedures for transactions in the Company’s securities that are designed to ensure compliance with all insider trading rules and that prohibit all hedging and short-selling of our stock by all equity participants.
Compensation Recoupment (“Clawback”) Policy The Company may recoup incentives paid or equity-related proceeds provided to executive if it is later determined that a material restatement of financial results is required due to fraud or error, or an executive engaged in misconduct, acted in a manner contrary to the Company’s interest or breached a non-competition agreement.
WHAT WE DO NOT DO:
Excise Tax Gross-Ups We do not provide for excise tax gross-ups.
Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans (“SERPs”) We do not currently provide any SERPs, and our legacy SERP was frozen in November 2012.

 

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Roles in Setting Executive Compensation

 

Role of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee

 

Structure of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee: The Compensation Committee consists of four members of the Board of Directors, each of whom qualifies as independent under the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) listing standards as well as applicable independence standards under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “1934 Act”), and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Recognizing the importance of the independent perspectives, the Compensation Committee meets frequently in executive session, without any members of management present. The Compensation Committee held 8 meetings in 2016.

 

Objectives of the Committee and the Decision-Making Process: The primary goals of our Compensation Committee are to establish our compensation philosophy and strategy and to ensure that all of our executives are compensated in a manner consistent with the articulated philosophy and strategy. The Compensation Committee takes many factors into account when making compensation decisions with respect to the executive officers, including the individual’s performance, tenure and experience; the ability of the individual to affect our long-term growth and success; our overall performance; internal equity among the NEOs; and external, publicly available market data on competitive compensation practices and levels.

 

Role of Outside Advisors: Compensation Committee engaged Lyons Benenson & Company Inc. (“LB&Co.”) in 2016 as its independent compensation consultant to assist and advise the Compensation Committee on all aspects of the Company’s executive and director compensation programs and related corporate governance matters. LB&Co. attended or participated by teleconference in all meetings of the Compensation Committee in 2016.

 

Compensation Consultant Conflict of Interest Assessment: As required by rules adopted by the SEC under the Dodd-Frank Act, the Compensation Committee assessed all relevant factors and determined that the work of LB&Co. did not raise any conflict of interest in 2016. In making this determination, the Compensation Committee considered all relevant factors, including those set forth in Rule 10C-1(b)(4)(i) through (vi) under the 1934 Act.

 

Role of the CEO in Setting Compensation

 

All decisions relating to the CEO’s compensation are made by the Compensation Committee without the CEO present. In making determinations regarding compensation for the executive officers, other than the CEO, the Compensation Committee generally considers the recommendations of the CEO, and the advice received from LB&Co. The CEO recommends the compensation levels for the NEOs and for all others whose compensation is determined by the Compensation Committee. In making his recommendations, the CEO evaluated the performance of each executive, considered each executive’s compensation in relation to our other officers and executives and assessed retention risks. The Compensation Committee reviewed and approved these recommendations and either reported the results to the Board of Directors or recommended actions for the Board to approve.

 

2016 Peer Group

 

In general, we strive for total compensation to be competitive with a select group of companies that the Compensation Committee believes to be an appropriate compensation reference group (the “Peer Group”). The Compensation Committee periodically reviews the Peer Group to affirm that it is comprised of companies that are similar to us in terms of industry focus and scope of operations, size (based on revenues), and the competitive marketplace for talent.

 

For 2016, the Compensation Committee assessed and approved a Peer Group consisting of 15 publicly traded oil shipping and transportation companies. When creating the 2016 Peer Group, LB&Co. considered measures of financial and operating performance; the scope of products and services offered; and the geographic footprint of each of the peer companies. The 2016 Peer Group is set forth below.

 

2016 Peer Group Companies
GATX Corporation Rose Rock Midstream, L.P.
Gener8 Maritime, Inc. SemGroup Corporation
Kirby Corporation Spectra Energy Partners, L.P.
Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. Tallgrass Energy Partners, L.P.
MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. TC PipeLines, L.P.
Martin Midstream Partners, L.P. Tesoro Logistics, L.P.
Matson, Inc. Western Gas Partners, L.P.
MPLX L.P.

 

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While the Compensation Committee believes that the data derived from the Peer Group is helpful, it also recognizes that benchmarking is not necessarily definitive in every case. Furthermore, the Peer Group is limited to those companies for which executive compensation data is publicly available, which necessarily eliminates some of our closest competitors that are privately held and/or incorporated in jurisdictions that do not require public disclosure of executive compensation. The Compensation Committee uses the information from the Peer Group for informational and analytical purposes, and therefore does not target a specific percentile or make compensation decisions based solely on the market data. Rather, consistent with our historical practices, in 2016 we utilized both Company performance and individual performance as the main drivers of decisions on compensation levels in addition to market data.

 

2016 Elements of the Executive Officer Compensation Program

 

The Compensation Committee reviews each element of compensation annually to ensure alignment with our compensation philosophy and objectives, as well as to assess our executive compensation program and levels relative to the competitive landscape. Our executive compensation program consists of the following:

 

Base salary

Annual cash incentive awards

Long-term incentive compensation

Severance arrangements through employment agreements

Retirement benefits generally available to all employees under the Savings Plan

Welfare benefits (e.g., medical, dental, disability and life insurance) also generally available to all employees

 

Base Salary

 

We strive to pay base salaries that are market competitive to attract talented executives and to provide a secure fixed level of compensation. The Compensation Committee annually reviews the base salaries of our executive officers and compares them to the salaries of senior management among the Peer Group, bearing in mind that total estimated direct compensation opportunity is the principal comparative measure of the competitiveness of our program. Based on its own experience and such comparison, the Compensation Committee determines whether the salaries of the NEOs are at levels sufficient to attract, motivate and retain, in concert with other elements of compensation, the executives who are essential to leading the Company and driving stockholder value.

 

Annual adjustments in base salary, if any, take into account individual performance, prior experience, position duties and responsibilities, internal equity and external market practices. The Compensation Committee largely relies on the CEO’s evaluation of each executive’s performance (other than his own) in deciding whether to approve merit increases for any executives in a given year.

 

The following table summarizes 2016 base salaries for our NEOs:

 

Name Position 2016 Salary
Norton President, CEO and Director $395,000
Wolf SVP and CFO $350,000
O’Halloran VP and Chief Operations Officer   $185,000*
Mote VP and Chief Administrative Officer   $185,000*
Blackley Former President, CEO and Director $675,000
Oricchio Former SVP and CFO $475,000
Flinter Former Co-President and Head of the U.S. Flag Strategic Business Unit $425,000
Small Former SVP, Secretary and GC $475,000
 
* On December 5, 2016, the Compensation Committee increased the base salaries of Mr. O’Halloran and Mr. Mote from $185,000 to $205,000 in connection with their promotions to executive officer positions of VP and Chief Operational Officer and VP and Chief Administrative Officer, respectively.

 

2016 Annual (Cash) Incentive Plan

 

Pursuant to the Management Incentive Compensation Plan (“MICP”), executive officers are eligible to receive annual cash incentives based upon the achievement of the specified annual performance goals, which are established and approved by the Compensation Committee during the first quarter of the performance year. Our annual cash incentive plan for 2016 was intended to focus on our critical, short-term financial and operational goals. As in past years, the financial performance measure for 2016 at both the Company and (for the business unit executives) the business unit (“BU”) levels was earnings from shipping operations (“ESO”), which is defined as income from vessel operations before depreciation and amortization and gains and losses from vessel sales (including impairments) reduced by payments for drydockings and expenditures for vessels. The business unit executives’ awards were also

 

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based on quantifiable measures of performance in operational metrics (including safety) and/or commercial metrics. Mr. Norton and Mr. Wolf were not eligible to participate in the Annual Incentive Program in 2016. The following tables sets forth the target bonus, as a percentage of salary, for 2016, and the calculation of the ESO metric:

 

Name 2016 Target Bonus
%
Norton n/a
Wolf n/a
O’Halloran 50%
Mote 50%
Blackley 137.5%
Oricchio 125%
Flinter 112.5%
Small 125%
n/a – not applicable  
CEO (Blackley)
Base
Salary
X Target
Incentive %
X (60% Company ESO
(15% BU Metrics
(25% Individual
x
x
x
Performance Factor 0-150%)
Performance Factor 0-150%)
Performance Factor 0-150%)
= Annual Cash
Incentive Payout

 

CFO (Oricchio) and General Counsel (Small)
Base
Salary
X Target
Incentive %
X (60% Company ESO
(10% BU Metrics
(30% Individual
x
x
x
Performance Factor 0-150%)
Performance Factor 0-150%)
Performance Factor 0-150%)
= Annual Cash
Incentive Payout

 

Business Unit Participants (NEOs and Non-NEOs) (Flinter, O’Halloran and Mote)
Base
Salary
X Target
Incentive %
X (25% Company ESO
(25% BU ESO
(25% BU Metrics
(25% Individual
x
x
x
x
Performance Factor 0-150%)
Performance Factor 0-150%)
Performance Factor 0-150%)
Performance Factor 0-150%)
= Annual Cash
Incentive Payout

 

The funding formula for all of the above performance measures was as follows:

 

  Threshold Target Maximum
Performance Achievement 70% 100% 130%
Payout 50% 100% 150%

 

Target ESO for the Company and U.S. Flag BU
(in thousands)

 

Performance Factor Achievement % Domestic Corporate
50% 70% 124,135 236,868
58.4% 75% 129,542 258,410
66.7% 80% 134,948 279,952
75% 85% 140,355 301,494
83.3% 90% 145,761 323,036
91.7% 95% 151,168 344,578
100% 100% 156,574 366,120
108.4% 105% 161,981 387,662
116.7% 110% 167,387 409,204
125% 115% 172,794 430,746
133.3% 120% 178,200 452,288
141.7% 125% 183,607 473,830
150% 130% 189,013 495,372
Achievement Level (%)   115% 90%
Performance Factor   125% 83.3%

 

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Business Unit Operational Goals

 

For 2016, our U.S. Flag BU performance measures were divided into two equally weighted categories: tanker goals and ATB goals. The goals under each of these categories were (i) lost time injuries frequency, (ii) corrective action closing rate, (iii) loss of containment, (iv) vetting observations, (v) vessels visited, and (vi) officer retention. The U.S. Flag BU performance score was 110%, as certified by the Compensation Committee.

 

Individual Performance Goals

 

Each of our NEOs also had individual performance goals, which were established by the Compensation Committee early in the 2016 performance year. The individual goals for 2016 covered a broad range of performance indicators that generally included the following:

 

Separate the U.S. Flag and International businesses;

Reduce general administrative expenses;

Manage the elimination of Class B Common Stock and warrants for Common Stock;

Develop strategies for capital allocation in light of the impending Spin;

Relocate the New York office without business disruption;

Continuously develop and improve the safety processes, procedures and culture onboard;

Develop and implement retention plans following the Spin to mitigate any flight risk and ensure a smooth workforce transition.

 

At the conclusion of the 2016 performance year, the Compensation Committee assessed the level of achievement of our NEOs relative to their respective individual performance goals. Following this assessment, it was determined that Messrs. Oricchio and Small achieved their individual goals above target levels; Messrs. O’Halloran and Mote achieved their individual goals at target levels. Messrs. Norton and Wolf were not participants in the 2016 Annual Incentive Plan. Nevertheless, in March 2017, the Committee determined that Mr. Norton should receive compensation for his performance in 2016, and granted Mr. Norton an equity award with a grant date value of $100,000. The structure of this grant is as follows: 1/3 time-based RSUs which will vest ratably over a three-year period; 1/3 non-qualified stock options which will vest ratably over a three-year period; 1/6 in performance-based RSUs based on the metric of cumulative return on invested capital (“ROIC”), with 3-year cliff vesting and the possibility of achievement in a range of 80%-120%; 1/6 in performance-based RSUs based on total shareholder return (“TSR”) with the target equal to the 50th percentile of the S&P Transportation Select Index. The ROIC and TSR portions of the grant allow for the possibility of maximum payout at 150%.

 

2016 Actual Annual Incentive Paid

 

Based on the foregoing, the NEOs received the following annual cash incentive payments for 2016:

 

Oricchio - $557,264

Small - $558,363

O’Halloran - $99,229

Mote – $99,229

 

See the “Employment Agreements with the Named Executive Officers” section of this Proxy statement for details on the cash bonus payments made to Mr. Blackley and Mr. Flinter.

 

Equity-Based Compensation

 

Our equity-based compensation program is intended to align the interests of our executives with those of our stockholders, and to focus our executives on the achievement of long-term performance objectives that are aligned with our business strategy, thereby establishing a direct relationship between compensation, long-term operating performance and sustained increases in stockholder value. The Management Incentive Compensation Plan (“MICP”) became effective in September 2014 and provides for grants of nonqualified stock options, incentive stock options, stock appreciation rights, performance units, performance shares and other performance awards, restricted stock units and restricted stock, and other awards valued in whole or in part by reference to, or otherwise based on, our stock. The purpose of the MICP is to attract, motivate, retain and reward highly competent officers, executives, managers and employees by providing them with appropriate incentives and rewards tied to the long -term success of the Company.

 

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Equity awards are granted to motivate and retain executives, consistent with our practices, and to align their interests with stockholders. The MICP contains anti-dilution provisions whereby in the event of various corporate changes in the Company, outstanding awards may be adjusted, as appropriate, in order to prevent dilution or enlargement of rights. Accordingly, the effect of these provisions resulted in a modification of all outstanding awards to reflect the reverse stock split that became effective on June 13, 2016 as well as following completion of the Spin. No additional compensation was recognized in 2016 for financial reporting purposes as a result of these modifications. The number of securities, shares and option exercise prices disclosed herein have been adjusted to reflect the effects of the 2015 stock dividend as referenced in the Form 10-K, the reverse split and the Spin.

 

Performance-based RSUs were issued in October 2015 (the “2015 Award”) to certain of our NEOs. The 2015 Award is earned based on achievement of specific performance targets that the Compensation Committee set at the beginning of each year for 2015, 2016, and 2017. Therefore, each tranche of the 2015 Award is considered a separate award. The 2015 tranche vested at 130%. The performance criteria for the 2016 tranche was return on invested capital (“ROIC”) over the one-year period ending December 31, 2016. Invested capital is calculated net of cash in excess of operating requirements and return is based on pre-tax net income before interest as of December 31, 2016. The Compensation Committee determined that this goal was achieved at 100%. Following the Spin the third tranche of the 2015 Award has been forfeited and cancelled.

 

NEO Value of
2015 Award - 2016 Tranche
Blackley $208,787
Oricchio
Flinter $40,411
Small $101,026

 

During 2016, the Compensation Committee approved long-term incentives for each of our NEOs, outlined in the table below, which values reflect the adjustments described above. Please refer to the Summary Compensation Table, Grants of Plan Based Awards Table and the Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End Table for additional details regarding these grants and the adjustments that are reflected here:

 

NEO Total Grant Date
Value
Stock
Options
Time-Based
RSUs
Performance-Based
RSUs
(3)
Norton (1) $2,643,749 $660,936 $1,982,813
Wolf (2) $500,000 $125,000 $375,000
Blackley $1,500,000 $500,000 $500,000 $500,000
Oricchio $900,000 $300,000 $300,000 $300,000
Flinter $425,000 $141,666 $141,666 $141,667
Small (4) $900,000 $300,000 $300,000 $300,000

 

(1)Mr. Norton received an equity grant on August 3, 2016, comprised of nonqualified stock options and RSUs with an aggregate grant date value equal to the face value of 208,333 shares of Class A common stock of the Company. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the award was time-based vesting RSUs and the remaining twenty-five percent (25%) was time-based vesting stock options, determined using the Black-Scholes present value on the date of grant and with an exercise price equal to the closing price on the date of grant. The RSUs and options shall vest in three substantially equal tranches on January 1 of each of 2017, 2018 and 2019.

 

(2)Represents an initial equity grant for with Mr. Wolf upon his joining the Company. His sign-on equity award will vest ratably on January 1 of each of 2018, 2019 and 2020.

 

(3)Represents grants made on March 30, 2016 pursuant to the terms of each of these NEO’s employment agreements. Each PRSU grant represents a contingent right to receive a share of stock based upon the covered employees being continuously employed through the end of the period over which the performance goals are measured. The award vests as follows: (i) one-third vests on December 31, 2018, subject to OSG’s three-year cumulative earnings per share (“EPS”) performance; (ii) one-third vests on December 31, 2018 subject to our three-year ROIC performance; and (iii) one-third is subject to our three-year TSR performance relative to that of a performance peer group. Vesting is subject in each case to the Compensation Committee’s certification of achievement of the performance targets no later than March 31, 2019. The funding formulas applicable to the PRSUs are as follows:

 

Cumulative EPS And ROIC Threshold Target Maximum
Performance Achievement 70% 100% 130%
Payout 50% 100% 150%

 

TSR Threshold Target Maximum
Performance Achievement 25% percentile 50th percentile 90th percentile
Payout 50% 100% 150%

 

(4)Mr. Small’s awards were generally assumed by INSW in connection with the Spin, except for certain vested performance-based RSUs that will be settled following the end of 2017.

 

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Upon termination of employment for any reason, all unvested PRSUs will be forfeited unless the NEO’s employment agreement provides otherwise.

 

Employment Agreements with the Named Executive Officers

 

We have entered into employment agreements with all of our NEOs except Messrs. O’Halloran and Mote. Under the terms of the agreements, these NEOs are entitled to certain compensation arrangements and severance benefits as detailed in the paragraphs below.

 

Under the terms of the employment agreements, if a NEO’s employment is terminated by the Company for any reason or terminated voluntarily by the executive, he or she is entitled to the following accrued payments: (i) any earned, unpaid base salary through the date of termination, (ii) any earned, unpaid annual bonus applicable to the performance year prior to the termination, (iii) payment for any accrued, but unused vacation through the date of termination and (iv) reimbursement of any business expenses not reimbursed as of the date of termination. If an executive’s employment is terminated by reason of death or disability, we will pay the executive or the executive’s estate the accrued payments and provide for accelerated vesting of any unvested time-based equity awards.

 

On July 17, 2016, Mr. Norton transitioned from a Board member to an employee of the Company, serving as the SVP and Head of the US Flag Business Unit until December 30, 2016, at which time Mr. Norton assumed the positions of President and CEO, following Captain Blackley’s retirement. Mr. Norton’s compensation package reflects a philosophy change for the Company where the compensation package is more heavily weighted on equity than cash. Under the terms of his employment agreement, shares of Company Class A common stock acquired other than pursuant to his initial equity award shall be held by Mr. Norton at least until the earliest to occur of (i) a change in control, (ii) an event of termination of Mr. Norton’s employment by the Company without cause or by Mr. Norton for good reason and (iii) the third anniversary of the date the shares were acquired. In addition, in the event the Company experiences a major safety and/or containment incident which results from gross negligence or willful misconduct of management or results from a violation of federal operation, safety or construction regulations, or if the responsible party fails to report the incident or to cooperate with relevant authorities in responding to such incident, all incentive based compensation other than the initial equity award, to the extent unvested at the time the incident occurs may be cancelled at the discretion of the Compensation Committee, and Mr. Norton will forfeit any rights with respect to such awards without consideration therefor.

 

Mr. Norton’s employment agreement also provides for an annual target bonus of $1,250,000 to be paid in fully vested equity, based on the relative achievement of annual individual and Company performance objectives as determined by the Board, and subject to Mr. Norton’s employment with the Company through the applicable payment date. His agreement provides for severance benefits in the event of a termination of his employment without cause or resignation with good reason as follows: (i) salary continuation for a period of twelve months, (ii) a pro-rata annual bonus based on actual performance for the year of termination, and (iii) accelerated vesting of outstanding and unvested time-based equity awards. The Company also agreed to cover certain travel expenses in 2016 and 2017 relating to Mr. Norton’s travel between Miami and Tampa, Florida, as well as attorney’s fees incurred in connection with entering into the agreement. Mr. Norton agreed to a one-year non-competition and non-solicitation obligation, as well as confidentiality and non- disparagement obligations.

 

Mr. Wolf’s employment agreement provides for an annual target bonus of 15% of his annual salary. His agreement provides for severance benefits in the event of termination of his employment without cause or resignation with good reason as follows: (i) salary continuation for a period of twelve months, (ii) a pro-rata annual bonus based on actual performance for the year of termination, and (iii) accelerated vesting of outstanding and unvested time-based equity awards. Mr. Wolf agreed to a one-year non-competition and non-solicitation obligation, as well as confidentiality and non-disparagement obligations.

 

While he was employed with the Company, Captain Blackley was party to an employment agreement pursuant to which his annual target bonus was 150% of annual salary. On December 29, 2016, Captain Blackley stepped down from his role as Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company, and in connection with his departure from the Company, Captain Blackley entered into a separation agreement with the Company that included a general release and waiver of claims against the Company in addition to the payment of certain benefits, subject to applicable tax withholding that were generally consistent with the terms of his employment agreement, as amended, including: (a) a cash payment of $1,350,000 in substantially equal installments over a period of twenty-four months; (b) a lump sum cash payment of $3,213,879, which is comprised of a lump sum of $2,201,387 and the product of $19,471 for each week of service completed during the year of separation; (c) a lump sum cash payment of $475,000 pursuant to the Company’s Retention Bonus Plan; and (d) any benefits to which Captain Blackley was entitled under the Company’s Supplemental Executive Savings Plan. Captain Blackley also received accelerated vesting of all of his time-based equity grants. Please see the Potential Payments upon Termination section for additional details on Captain Blackley’s compensation at termination.

 

While he was employed with the Company, Mr. Oricchio was party to an employment agreement pursuant to which his annual target bonus was 150% of annual salary. In addition, Mr. Oricchio’s agreement provided for an additional cash payment of $400,000 to be

 

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paid in January of each of 2016 and 2017. On December 29, 2016, Mr. Oricchio retired from his position as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company and in connection with his departure from the Company, Mr. Oricchio entered into a separation agreement with the Company that included a general release and waiver of claims against the Company in addition to the payment of certain benefits, subject to applicable tax withholding that are generally consistent with the terms of his employment agreement, as amended, including: (a) a cash payment of $475,000 in substantially equal installments over a period of twelve months; (b) a lump sum cash payment of $1,012,499; (c) the pro rata portion of Mr. Oricchio’s second anniversary bonus in a lump sum cash payment of $385,753; and (d) Mr. Oricchio’s annual bonus for fiscal year 2016, to be determined based on actual performance of previously established performance metrics and subject to the approval of the Company’s Compensation and Audit Committees. Mr. Oricchio also received accelerated vesting of all of his time-based equity grants. Please see the Potential Payments upon Termination section for additional details on Mr. Oricchio’s compensation at termination.

 

While he was employed with the Company, Mr. Flinter was party to an employment agreement pursuant to which his annual target bonus was 125% of annual salary. On July 29, 2016, Mr. Flinter retired from his position as President of the Company’s U.S. Flag operations, and pursuant to his employment agreement, as amended, all of his unvested stock option awards, time-based RSUs and performance-based RSUs vested in full (per the terms of his agreement, performance-based RSUs vested at target performance). He was also entitled to severance payments under his employment agreement, subject to his signing a waiver and a release of claims, and his complying with his non-solicit, non-compete, non-disclosure and non-disparagement obligations, as follows: twenty-four months of severance payments, made in equal installments, totaling $850,000, a cash bonus of $531,250, $14,711 in unused vacation time, accelerated vesting of all of his time-based equity grants, settlement of 63,652 performance share units in cash, and any benefits to which Mr. Flinter was entitled under the Company’s Supplemental Executive Savings Plan.

 

While he was employed with the Company, Mr. Small was party to an employment agreement pursuant to which his annual target bonus was 125% of annual salary, and he was also entitled to a sign-on bonus of $150,000. His agreement provided for the following severance benefits in the event of termination of his employment without cause or resignation with good reason: (i) salary continuation for twenty-four months, (ii) a lump sum payment in an amount depending on which year the termination occurred and (iii) all outstanding and unvested options, RSUs and other equity-based grants or cash in lieu of grants that in all cases were not performance-based would vest upon a termination without cause, for good reason, by death or disability. As the result of the Spin, Mr. Small’s employment agreement was assigned to INSW. Mr. Small did not receive any severance or other benefits from the Company as a result of his remaining with INSW following the Spin.

 

Additional Information

 

Benefits

 

In general, we provide benefits to our employees that we believe are important to maintain a competitive total compensation program. Benefits are designed to provide a reasonable level of retirement income and to provide a safety net of protection against the financial concerns and catastrophes that can result from illness, disability or death.

 

We provide a tax-qualified defined contribution employee benefit plan to employees under the Savings Plan for Employees of OSG Ship Management, Inc. (the “Savings Plan”). Under the Savings Plan, eligible employees may contribute, on a pre-tax basis, an amount up to the limit imposed by the Internal Revenue Code Section 401(k). In 2016, the Company matched 100% of the first 6% of a participant’s pre-tax contribution (up to the code limit) which was $15,900. In addition, in 2016, the Company contributed to the Savings Plan account of each eligible employee an amount equal to 4% of the employee’s cash compensation up to the limits imposed by the code. Effective January 1, 2017, under the Savings Plan, the Company will match 100% of the first 4% of a participant’s pre - tax contribution and then 50% up to 8% of a participant’s pre-tax contribution (up to the code limit) which for 2017 will be $16,200. The additional 4% contribution under the Savings Plan was discontinued as of January 1, 2017.

 

Prior to our Chapter 11 filing, we sponsored a Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan, or SERP. Upon the Chapter 11 filing, account balances under the SERP, including accruals and earnings thereon, were frozen, and we discontinued future contributions to the SERP. In October 2014, we decided to pay interest on balances from the time of bankruptcy filing until the termination of the participant’s employment at the annual rate of 2.98%.

 

Risk Mitigation

 

As indicated elsewhere in this Proxy Statement, the Compensation Committee believes that a significant portion of our NEOs’ total compensation should be variable and “at risk,” based upon defined performance measures tied to financial and operational goals. To accomplish this, the Compensation Committee uses a balanced weighting of performance measures and metrics in our incentive compensation programs to promote the achievement of our annual operating plan and long-term business strategy, build long-term stockholder value and discourage excessive risk taking by eliminating any inducement to over-emphasize one goal to the detriment of others.

 

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To further ensure we mitigate excessive risk taking, we have adopted:

 

a policy prohibiting hedging by Directors and executives;

a compensation recoupment policy for executive officers; and

stock ownership guidelines for executives and directors.

 

Stock Ownership Guidelines

 

We encourage stock ownership by our executives and non-employee directors to align their interests with the long-term interests of our stockholders. As measured on the January 1st of each fiscal year, directors and officers are required to own and hold stock in an amount equal to a number of shares of common stock priced at the closing price on the last trading day prior to January 1st as set forth in the chart below.

 

Position Target Ownership Multiple
President and CEO Five (5) times rate of annual base salary
EVPs Three (3) times rate of annual base salary
Directors Three (3) times rate of annual board service cash retainer
SVPs Two (2) times rate of annual base salary
VPs One (1) times rate of annual base salary

 

Directors and executives are expected to achieve these ownership levels within the later of five (5) years after: (a) the implementation of these guidelines, or (b) their first becoming eligible to participate in the Company’s Management Incentive Compensation Plan.

 

For purposes of these Stock Ownership Guidelines, ownership comprises all shares of common stock beneficially owned by the director or officer, their spouse, and their minor children, including:

 

(a)shares owned outright or in trust;

(b)time-based vested restricted stock or shares underlying restricted stock units awarded;

(c)vested in-the-money stock options;

(d)performance-based RSUs or restricted stock awarded for which the performance and service criteria has been satisfied;

(e)shares of stock held in any pension or 401(k) plan determined on a net-share-settled basis.

 

In 2016, all of our executives and directors met these guidelines.

 

Incentive Compensation Recoupment Policy for Executive Officers

 

Our Incentive Compensation Recoupment Policy (the “Recoupment Policy”) generally provides that if an executive officer has received incentive compensation based on the achievement of a performance metric and the Board commences action to restate the calculation of such performance metric within five fiscal years due to a material misstatement or inaccuracy, we may require such executive officer to repay all or a portion of the amounts of such incentive compensation that the Board in good faith determines would not have been payable if not for the material misstatement or inaccuracy. Where the Board determines that the executive officer’s fraud, misconduct, negligence or other knowing actual involvement was a contributing factor to the need for the restatement, the five-year look back limitation does not apply. The Compensation Committee is monitoring the proposed regulations under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) relating to incentive compensation recoupment and will amend the Recoupment Policy to the extent necessary to comply with the Dodd-Frank Act.

 

Hedging and Insider Trading

 

Our insider trading policy prohibits our directors and employees from hedging their ownership of our securities, including investing in options, puts, calls, short sales, futures contracts or other derivative instruments relating to our securities, regardless of whether such directors and employees have material nonpublic information about us. In addition, the insider trading policy prohibits our directors and employees from purchasing or selling our securities while in possession of material nonpublic information or otherwise using such information for their personal benefit. Directors and employees are permitted to enter into trading plans under Rule 10b5-1 under the 1934 Act. With the approval of our General Counsel, a 10b5-1 Plan may be entered into during a time when the equity participant is not in possession of material, non-public information. These plans are intended to aid the equity participants in diversifying their portfolios without violating federal securities law.

 

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Consideration of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code

 

Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 162(m)”) limits the deductibility of compensation in excess of $1 million per year paid to the CEO and the three other most highly paid executive officers (other than the CFO). However, Section 162(m) provides an exemption for performance-based compensation. To be performance-based, the compensation must be (i) paid pursuant to a plan approved by stockholders at least once every five years, (ii) based on performance relative to an objective performance measure(s) that was identified in the plan as a possible performance measure, (iii) predicated on a performance goal(s) established no later than the end of the first quarter of the performance period, and, in no case, later than 90 days into the performance period and (iv) administered by a committee of independent directors (as that term is defined within the Section). Our incentive plan has been structured such that compensation paid pursuant to the plan may qualify for the performance-based exemption. The Committee intends to capture the tax deduction whenever possible, but believes that stockholder interests are best served if the Compensation Committee’s discretion and flexibility in awarding compensation is not restricted, even though some compensation awards may result in non-deductible compensation expenses. Such action may be necessary in order for us to meet competitive market pressures and to ensure that we are able to attract and retain top talent to lead the organization successfully.

 

HUMAN RESOURCES AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

 

The Human Resources and Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis (CD&A) with management. Based on this review and discussion, the Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the CD&A be included in this Proxy Statement and incorporated by reference into our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. 

   
  By the Human Resources and Compensation Committee:
   
  Timothy J. Bernlohr, Chairman
  Ronald Steger
  Gary Eugene Taylor
  Ty E. Wallach

 

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SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

 

The following Summary Compensation Table includes individual compensation information for services in all capacities for the Company and our subsidiaries by the NEOs for 2016.

                                     
Name and Principal Position  Year   Salary
(1)
   Bonus
(2)
   Stock
Awards
(3) (4)
   Option
Awards
(3)
   Non-Equity
Incentive
Plan
Compensation
(5)
   Change in
Pension Value
and
Nonqualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings
   All
Other
Compensation
(6)
   Total 
                                              
Samuel H. Norton   2016   $182,308   $   $1,982,809   $660,936   $   $   $16,316    2,842,369 
President and                                             
Chief Executive Officer (7)                                             
                                              
Christopher W. Wolf   2016   $26,923   $   $375,000   $125,000   $   $   $   $526,923 
Senior Vice President and                                             
Chief Financial Officer (7)                                             
                                              
Patrick J. O’Halloran   2016   $185,483   $   $   $   $99,229   $   $32,755   $317,467 
Vice President and                                             
Chief Operations Officer (8)                                             
                                              
Damon M. Mote   2016   $185,483   $   $   $   $99,229   $   $45,379   $330,091 
Vice President and                                             
Chief Administrative Officer (8)                                             
                                              
Ian T. Blackley   2016   $675,000   $475,000   $1,208,787   $533,784   $   $   $3,298,256   $6,190,827 
Former President and   2015   $666,539       $1,161,400   $839,328   $1,230,188   $   $44,894   $3,942,349 
Chief Executive Officer (9)   2014   $493,269       $200,000   $200,000   $819,375   $   $146,086   $1,858,730 
                                              
Rick F. Oricchio   2016   $475,000   $400,000   $600,000   $320,270   $   $   $2,014,590   $3,809,860 
Former Senior Vice President   2015   $465,865       $1,583,075       $850,547   $   $17,041   $2,916,528 
Chief Financial Officer (9) (10)                                             
                                              
Henry P. Flinter   2016   $245,346   $   $323,745    151,238   $   $   $1,644,059   $2,364,388 
Former Co-President and   2015   $385,000       $54,564       $567,875   $   $42,160   $1,049,599 
Head of U.S. Flag SBU (9)   2014   $361,346   $63,180   $200,000   $200,000   $522,156   $   $40,672   $1,387,354 
                                              
James D. Small III   2016   $475,000   $   $701,026   $320,270   $558,363   $   $38,737   $2,093,396 
Former Senior Vice President,   2015   $401,923   $150,000   $664,102   $503,597   $844,757   $   $18,250   $2,582,629 

 

(1)The salary amounts reflect the actual salary received during the year.

 

(2)Mr. Blackley received a retention bonus of $475,000. Mr. Oricchio received a bonus of $400,000 upon his first anniversary of joining the Company. In 2015, Mr. Small received a sign on bonus of $150,000 upon his joining the Company.

 

(3)These amounts represent the aggregate grant date fair value of equity awards granted in the specified fiscal year as calculated pursuant to FASB ASC Topic 718. The equity awards granted in 2014 were made for 2014 performance. In 2015, Messrs. Blackley, Oricchio and Small were the only NEOs who received time-based equity awards, each of which vests ratably on the first three anniversaries of the dates of grant, which are January 20, 2015 for Mr. Blackley; January 12, 2015 for Mr. Oricchio; and March 2, 2015 for Mr. Small. In March 2016, Messrs. Blackley, Oricchio, Flinter and Small received time-based equity awards, which vest ratably on each of the first three anniversaries of March 30, 2016. In 2016, Messrs. Norton and Wolf received time- based equity awards upon hire with the Company. One third of Mr. Norton’s award vests ratably on each of January 1, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Mr. Wolf’s award vests ratably on each of the first three anniversaries of December 14, 2016. Messrs. O’Halloran and Mote did not receive a time-based grant in 2016.

 

(4)Messrs. Blackley, Flinter and Small received a performance-based RSU grant on October 12, 2015. One third of each performance award was scheduled to vest on each of December 31, 2015, 2016 and 2017, subject in each case to the Committee’s certification of achievement of the pre-established performance goals no later than each March 31 following the respective date of vesting. Settlement of the vested performance-based RSUs may be in either shares of common stock or cash, as determined by the Committee in its discretion, and shall occur as soon as practicable following the Committee’s certification of the achievement of the applicable performance goals for 2017 and in any event, no later than April 30, 2018. The number of target RSUs shall be subject to an increase or decrease depending on performance against the applicable performance goals with the minimum number of RSUs vesting equal to zero and the maximum number of RSUs vesting equivalent to 130% of the RSUs awarded. Since performance targets are set annually for the October 2015 grant each tranche of the award is considered to be a separate grant. The amounts in this column represent the aggregate grant date fair value of the 2016 tranche of each such performance RSU award at target, calculated in accordance with accounting guidance, as follows: Mr. Blackley – $208,787, Mr. Flinter - $40,411 and Mr. Small - $101,026. Messrs. Blackley, Oricchio, Flinter and Small received performance RSU grants on March 30, 2016. The performance award is scheduled to vest in full on December 31, 2018, subject to the Committee’s certification of achievement of the performance measures and targets no later than March 31 following the vesting date. Settlement of the vested RSUs may be in either shares of common

  

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stock or cash, as determined by the Committee in its discretion, and shall occur as soon as practicable following the Committee’s certification of the achievement of the applicable performance goals for 2018 and in any event, no later than April 30, 2019. The number of target RSUs shall be subject to an increase or decrease depending on performance against the applicable performance measures and targets with the maximum number of RSUs vesting equivalent to 150% of the RSUs awarded. The amounts in this column represent the aggregate grant date fair value of the 2016 performance RSU award at target, calculated in accordance with accounting guidance, as follows: Mr. Blackley - $500,000, Mr. Flinter - $141,667 and each of Mr. Oricchio and Mr. Small - $300,000. Messrs. O’Halloran and Mote did not receive a performance-based RSU grant in 2016.

 

(5)The amounts in this column reflect the amounts paid in 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively, under the Company’s Cash Incentive Compensation Plan for performance in 2016, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

 

(6)See the “All Other Compensation Table” below for additional information.

 

(7)Mr. Norton joined the Company on July 17, 2016 and Mr. Wolf joined the Company on December 1, 2016.

 

(8)Mr. Mote and Mr. O’Halloran became Executive Officers of the Company on December 5, 2016.

 

(9)Mr. Flinter retired on July 29, 2016, Mr. Small left the Company to join INSW following the completion of the Spin on November 30, 2016, and Messrs. Blackley and Oricchio left the Company on December 29, 2016.

 

(10)Mr. Oricchio joined the Company on January 12, 2015 and Mr. Small joined the Company on March 2, 2015.

 

All Other Compensation Table

 

The following table describes each component of the All Other Compensation column for 2016 in the Summary Compensation Table.

 

Name  Savings Plan Matching Contribution (1)   Qualified Defined Contribution Plan (2)   Life Insurance Premiums (3)   Other (4)   Total 
Samuel H. Norton  $5,469   $5,469   $396   $4,982   $16,316 
Christopher W. Wolf  $   $   $   $   $0 
Patrick J. O’Halloran  $15,900   $10,600   $765   $5,490   $32,755 
Damon M. Mote  $15,900   $10,600   $765   $18,114   $45,379 
Ian T. Blackley  $15,900   $10,600   $1,188   $3,270,568   $3,298,256 
Rick F. Oricchio  $15,900   $10,600   $1,188   $1,986,902   $2,014,590 
Henry P. Flinter  $14,721   $10,600   $693   $1,618,045   $1,644,059 
James D. Small III  $15,900   $10,600   $1,188   $11,049   $38,737 

 

(1)Constitutes the Company’s matching contributions under the Savings Plan, which is described in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis”.

 

(2)Constitutes the Company’s four percent (4%) contributions under the Savings Plan, which is described in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis”.

 

(3)Life insurance premiums represent the cost of term life insurance paid on behalf of the NEO.

 

(4)Includes the following amounts for each NEO under plans and arrangements generally maintained by us for all employees (other than “umbrella” excess liability insurance coverage): (a) medical and dental coverage premiums of $2,400 for Mr. Blackley, $5,118 for Mr. Oricchio, $4,987 for Mr. Flinter, $8,531 for Mr. Small, $3,846 for Mr. Norton, $3,600 for Mr. O’Halloran, and $16,584 for Mr. Mote; (b) long-term and short term disability plan premiums (c) premium for excess liability insurance coverage for each NEO (d) separation payments as follows for Mr. Blackley - $44,135 in unused vacation and $3,213,879 lump sum; (e) separation payments as follows for Mr. Oricchio - $23,750 in unused vacation days, $385,753 pro rated anniversary bonus, $1,012,499 lump sum and a cash bonus of $577,264; (f) separation payments as follows for Mr. Flinter - $14,712 in unused vacation, $392,231 restricted stock paid in cash, $531,250 bonus, and $141,666 in severance payments made during 2016. Also, includes fees of $6,916 paid in 2016 to an accounting firm the Company selected to prepare Mr. Blackley’s 2015 U.S. income tax return and United Kingdom income tax return for the fiscal year ended April 2015 due to his previous foreign assignment. OSG agreed to pay for the provision of certain tax preparation services, in order to ensure that OSG can properly recapture certain foreign tax credits. Mr. Blackley is responsible for paying his U.S. income taxes. Mr. Blackley returned to New York in April 2013. In March 2015, Mr. Blackley repaid $54,053 to OSG with respect to foreign tax credits arising from United Kingdom income taxes paid related to the period of his overseas assignment that were utilized against his 2014 federal income tax liability.

 

GRANTS OF PLAN-BASED AWARDS

 

The following table lists the grants made in fiscal 2016 to the NEOs under the Company’s Management Incentive Compensation Plan. The Management Incentive Compensation Plan contains anti-dilution provisions whereby in the event of any change in the capitalization of the Company, the number and the type of securities underlying outstanding awards must be adjusted, as appropriate, in order to prevent dilution or enlargement of rights. The impact of these provisions resulted in a modification of all outstanding awards. No additional compensation was recognized in 2016 as a result of such modification. The Number of Securities, Shares and Option exercise price have been adjusted to reflect the reverse stock split on June 13, 2016, and the Spin.

 

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                                   All Other       Grant 
               All Other   Option   Exercise   Date 
               Stock Awards:   Awards:   or   Fair 
           Estimated Future Payouts   Number of   Number of   Base   Value of 
       Estimated Future Payouts   Under Equity   Shares of Stock   Securities   Price of   Stock and 
       Under Non-Equity   Incentive Plan Awards   or Stock   Underlying   Option   Option 
       Incentive Plan Awards   (2)   Units   Options   Awards   Awards 
   Grant Date                  Threshold   Target   Maximum   (3)  (4)       (5)
Name  (1)  Threshold   Target   Maximum   (#)   (#)   (#)   (#)   (#)   ($/Sh)      
Samuel H. Norton  8/3/2016   $   $   $                356,255       $   $1,982,813 
   8/3/2016   $   $   $                    297,818   $5.57   $660,936 
                                                       
Christopher W. Wolf (6)  12/14/2016   $   $   $                99,206       $   $375,000 
   12/14/2016   $   $   $                    78,616   $3.73   $125,000 
                                                       
Patrick J. O’Halloran  3/30/2016   $46,278   $92,556   $138,833                       $   $ 
                                                       
Damon M. Mote  3/30/2016   $46,278   $92,556   $138,833                       $   $ 
                                                       
Ian T. Blackley  3/30/2016   $   $   $    70,374    140,748    202,262           $   $708,787 
   3/30/2016   $   $   $                96,447       $   $500,000 
   3/30/2016   $   $   $                    256,761   $5.19   $500,000 
   3/30/2016   $464,063   $928,125   $1,392,188                       $   $ 
                                                       
Rick F. Oricchio  3/30/2016   $   $   $    28,935    57,869    86,804           $   $300,000 
   3/30/2016   $   $   $                57,869       $   $300,000 
   3/30/2016   $   $   $                    154,055   $5.19   $300,000 
   3/30/2016   $296,875   $593,750   $890,625                       $   $ 
                                                       
Henry P. Flinter  3/30/2016   $   $   $    7,873    15,745    21,221           $   $182,078 
   3/30/2016   $   $   $                  11,985       $   $141,666 
   3/30/2016   $   $   $                    31,907   $11.82   $141,666 
   3/30/2016   $239,063   $478,125   $717,188                       $   $ 
                                                       
James D. Small III  3/30/2016   $   $   $    17,392    34,783    50,294           $   $401,026 
   3/30/2016   $   $   $                25,381       $   $300,000 
   3/30/2016   $   $   $                    67,567   $11.82   $300,000 
   3/30/2016   $296,875   $593,750   $890,625                       $   $ 

 

(1)On March 30, 2016, the Board of Director’s approved equity grants under the Company’s Management Incentive Compensation Plan, which is considered the grant date under applicable accounting rules for 2016 share-based grants that were made. The grant date for the Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards is the date on which the Compensation Committee approved the goals under the Company’s Cash Incentive Compensation Plan for 2016. For Messrs. Norton and Wolf, the grant date is the date of award.

 

(2)Messrs. Blackley, Small and Flinter received a performance RSU grant on October 12, 2015. Performance targets are set annually for each tranche of the award and each tranche considered to be a separate grant. The numbers shown in the table represent the 2016 tranche of each such performance RSU award adjusted to reflect the reverse split for all and the Spin for Mr. Blackley only. In addition, on March 30, 2016 Messrs. Blackley and Oricchio were granted 96,447 and 57,869 performance-based RSUs respectively, adjusted to reflect the reverse split and the Spin. On March 30, 2016, Mr. Flinter was granted 11,985 performance-based RSUs - the pre-Spin number of shares is reflected here since Mr. Flinter retired before the Spin. The grants of Messrs. Blackley, Oricchio and Flinter were cancelled upon their termination of employment. On March 30, 2016 Mr. Small received a grant of 25,381 performance-based RSUs in 2016 - the pre-Spin number of shares granted is reflected here since this grant was assumed by INSW.

 

(3)Reflects the post-Spin RSU grant award for Messrs. Blackley, Orrichio, Norton and Wolf and post-reverse split for Messrs. Small and Flinter. For Messrs. Blackley and Oricchio, the March 2016 RSU grants were originally 253,807 and 152,284 units respectively. On June 13, 2016, the reverse split of 6 to 1 was actioned reducing the number of outstanding units to 42,301 and 25,381 respectively. Mr. Norton’s July 2016 grant was originally 156,250 units. Effective as of the Spin, the outstanding awards were adjusted by a factor of 2.28 in order to keep Messrs. Blackley, Oricchio and Norton whole with OSG stock. See further discussion in the Equity-Based Compensation section in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis. The vesting of Messrs. Blackley and Oricchio awards was accelerated at their termination per their agreements. Mr. Wolf’s December RSU grant was made after the Spin therefore no adjustments were made. Mr. Flinter was originally granted 71,912 RSUs in March; his grant was adjusted for the reverse split that occurred in June reducing the number of units granted to 11,985. Mr. Small was originally granted 152,284 RSUs in March - his grant was adjusted for the reverse split that occurred in June reducing the number of units granted to 25,381. These awards were not adjusted for the Spin since Mr. Flinter’s award was cancelled and paid out in cash upon his retirement and Mr. Small’s award was transferred to INSW.

 

(4)Reflects the post-Spin number of Non-Qualified Stock Options (NQSOs) granted to Messrs. Blackley and Oricchio in March 2016, to Mr. Norton in August 2016, to Mr. Wolf in December 2016, and the post-reverse split number of options for Messrs. Flinter and Small (which were granted in March 2016). Messrs. Blackley and Oricchio originally received NQSO grants of 675,676 and 405,405 options, respectively. On June 13, 2016, the reverse split of 6 to 1 was implemented reducing the number of outstanding options to 112,613 and 67,567, respectively. Effective as of the Spin, the outstanding awards were adjusted by a factor of 2.28 in order to keep the NEO whole with OSG stock. See further discussion in the Equity-Based Compensation section in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis. The vesting of these options was accelerated at their termination per their agreements and expire 90 days after termination of employment. Mr. Flinter was originally granted 191,441 NQSOs in March, his grant was adjusted for the reverse split that occurred in June

 

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reducing the number of options granted to 31,907. These options were accelerated and all unexercised options expired 90 days after his retirement date. Mr. Small was granted 405,405 NQSOs in March 2016 - his grant was adjusted for the reverse split that occurred in June reducing the number of options granted to 25,381. His award was assumed by INSW as a result of the Spin.

 

(5)For information with respect to grant date fair values see Note 13, “Capital Stock and Stock Compensation,” to the Company’s consolidated financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.

 

(6)Mr. Wolf’s grant was awarded post-Spin so no adjustments were made to either of his grants.

 

OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT FISCAL YEAR END

 

The following table provides information as of December 31, 2016 concerning the holdings of stock options and stock awards by the NEOs. This table includes unexercised and unvested option and stock awards. The Management Incentive Compensation Plan contains anti-dilution provisions whereby in the event of any change in the capitalization of the Company, the number and the type of securities underlying outstanding awards must be adjusted, as appropriate, in order to prevent dilution or enlargement of rights. The impact of these provisions resulted in a modification of all outstanding awards. No additional compensation was recognized in 2016 as a result of such modification. The Number of Securities, Shares and the Option exercise price have been adjusted to reflect the stock dividend declared by the Company on November 20, 2015, the reverse stock split in June 13, 2016, and the Spin. The market value of the stock awards is based on the market price of the Company’s Class A Common Stock at the close of business on 12/30/2016, which was $3.83 per share. For additional information regarding these awards, see “Compensation Discussion and Analysis.”

 

   Option Awards   Stock Awards 
                                    Equity      
                                    Incentive      
             Equity                      Plan    Equity 
             Incentive                      Awards:    Incentive Plan 
             Plan                      Number of    Awards: 
             Awards:            Number    Market    Unearned    Market or 
             Number of            of    Value of    Shares,    Payout Value 
   Number of    Number of    Securities            Shares or    Shares or    Units    of Unearned 
   Securities    Securities    Underlying            Units of    Units of    or Other    Shares, Units 
   Underlying    Underlying    Unexercised            Stock    Stock    Rights    or Other 
   Unexercised    Unexercised    Unearned          That    That    That    Rights That 
   Options    Options    Options    Option   Option   Have Not    Have     Have Not    Have  
Name   (#)
Exercisable
    (#)
Unexercisable
    (#)
Unexercisable
    Exercise
Price
   Expiration
Date
   Vested
(#)
    Not
Vested
    Vested
(#)
    Not
Vested
 
                                  
Samuel H. Norton      297,818       $5.57   1/1/2027   356,255(3)  $1,364,457       $ 
                                           
Christopher W. Wolf      78,616       $3.73   12/14/2026   99,206(4)  $379,959       $ 
                                           
Patrick J. O’Halloran             $       5,144(5)  $19,702       $ 
                                           
Damon M. Mote.             $       5,144(5)  $19,702       $ 
                                           
Ian T. Blackley  54,866    (1)      $8.43   3/29/2017   (6)  $    (7)  $ 
   259,796    (1)      $7.50   3/29/2017   (6)  $       $ 
   256,761    (1)      $5.19   3/29/2017   (6)  $       $ 
                                           
Rick F. Oricchio  154,055    (1)      $5.19   3/29/2017   (6)  $       $ 
                                           
Henry P. Flinter      (1)      $       (6)  $    (7)  $ 
                                           
James D. Small III      (2)      $    3/2/2025   (6)  $    (7)  $ 
              $   3/30/2026              $ 

 

(1)The option to purchase these shares of Class A common stock was granted pursuant to the Company’s Management Incentive Compensation Plan. The grant vesting for Messrs. Blackley and Oricchio was accelerated upon termination; all unexercised options expire within 90 days of vesting. Mr. Henry Flinter’s grant expired unexercised on October 17, 2016 as a result of his retirement.

 

(2)The option to purchase these shares of Class A common stock was granted pursuant to the 2014 Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. Management Incentive Compensation Plan and will become exercisable as to one third of such shares on each of the first, second and third anniversaries of the award date of March 2, 2015. All Mr. Small’s unexercised options were assumed by INSW as a result of the Spin.

 

(3)Of these RSUs, 118,781 will vest on January 1, 2017, and 118,782 will vest on each of January 1, 2018 and January 1, 2019.

 

(4)Of these RSUs, 33,068 will vest on December 14, 2017 and 33,069 will vest on each of December 14, 2018 and December 14, 2019.

 

(5)These RSUs will vest on December 19, 2017.

 

(6)For Messrs. Blackley and Oricchio, their respective RSUs were accelerated upon termination of employment by the Company. For Mr. Flinter, his RSUs were cancelled and paid in cash as a result of his retirement from the Company. For Mr. Small, his RSUs were assumed by INSW as a result of the Spin.

 

(7)First tranche of 2015 PRSU vested on December 31, 2015 and will be settled in cash or shares no later than March 31 of the year following the end of the performance period which is December 31, 2017. For Mr. Blackley, it is 57,591 RSUs (with a market or payout value of $220,574), Mr. Flinter, it is 11,147 RSUs (with a market or payout value of $42,693), and for Mr. Small, it is 27,866 RSUs (with a market or payout value of $106,727).

 

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OPTIONS EXERCISED AND STOCK VESTED

 

The following table provides information on the vesting of RSUs held by the NEOs in 2016. There were no stock options exercised by the NEOs in 2016. The Management Incentive Compensation Plan contains anti-dilution provisions whereby in the event of any change in the capitalization of the Company, the number and the type of securities underlying outstanding awards must be adjusted, as appropriate, in order to prevent dilution or enlargement of rights. For additional information regarding these awards, see “Compensation Discussion and Analysis.”

 

   Option Awards   Stock Awards 
   Number of       Number of    
   Shares   Value   Shares   Value 
   Acquired   Realized   Acquired   Realized 
   on Exercise   on Exercise   on Vesting   on 
Name  (#)   ($)   (#)   Vesting 
Samuel H. Norton           32,070(1)  $58,047 
Christopher W. Wolf              $ 
Patrick J. O’Halloran           5,144(2)  $25,000 
Damon M. Mote           5,144(2)  $25,000 
Ian T. Blackley           272,901(3)  $1,108,292 
Rick F. Oricchio           355,715(4)  $1,358,161 
James D. Small III           56,410(5)  $118,461 

 

(1)Reflects the vesting of a restricted stock award granted for Mr. Norton’s service as a Director on the Company’s Board prior to becoming an employee of the Company. Market price at time of vesting was $1.81.

 

(2)Reflects the vesting of one-third of the RSUs granted on December 18, 2014 to Mr. O’Halloran and Mr. Mote. The value realized on vesting was computed using the settlement date market price of $4.86 rather than the Volume Weighted Average Price (“VWAP”) price of $3.65.

 

(3)Reflects the vesting of RSUs held by Mr. Blackley of: one-third of the RSUs granted on September 29, 2014 and one-third of the RSUs granted on January 20, 2015, and the acceleration of his outstanding RSUs as a result of his termination per his agreement with the Company. The value realized for the accelerated share vesting was computed using the settlement date market price of $4.86 rather than the VWAP price of $3.65. His unvested PRSUs were forfeited. The value realized on vesting was computed based on the following:

 

 Date of award   Vesting Date  Number of shares acquired on Vesting   Market
Price at
Vesting
   Value
Realized
on Vesting
9/29/2014   9/29/2016   3,348   $10.51   $35,197 
2/10/2015   1/20/2016   94,017   $2.34   $220,000 
9/29/2014   12/29/2016   7,635   $4.86   $37,106 
2/10/2015   12/29/2016   71,454   $4.86   $347,266 
3/30/2016   12/29/2016   96,447   $4.86   $468,732 

 

(4)Reflects the vesting of RSUs held by Mr. Oricchio of one-third of the RSUs granted on January 12, 2015, and the acceleration of his outstanding RSUs as a result of his termination per his agreement with the Company; all his unvested PRSUs were forfeited. The value realized for the accelerated share vesting was computed using the settlement date market price of $4.86 rather than the VWAP price of $3.65.

 

 Date of award   Vesting Date  Number of shares acquired on Vesting   Market Price at Vesting   Value Realized on Vesting
1/12/2015   1/12/2016   169,230   $2.67   $451,844 
1/12/2015   12/29/2016   128,616   $4.86   $625,074 
3/30/2016   12/29/2016   57,869   $4.86   $281,243 

 

(5)Reflects the RSU vesting for Mr. Small of one-third of the RSUs granted on March 2, 2015. Market price at time of vesting was $2.10. Mr. Small’s 2016 tranche of the 2015 PRSU grant was vested by INSW on 12/31/16.

 

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NONQUALIFIED DEFERRED COMPENSATION

 

The following table provides information with respect to the deferral of compensation on a non-tax qualified basis to the Supplemental Plan for each NEO in fiscal 2016. In connection with the Company’s Chapter 11 filing, the Company ceased to provide additional benefits under the Supplemental Plan and account balances under such plan were frozen as of November 14, 2012. The Supplemental Plan was amended in October 2014 to provide for interest at an annual rate of 2.98% from the petition date of November 14, 2012 through the termination date of the participant. The plan remains frozen to new participants.

 

            Aggregate  Aggregate
   Executive  Company  Aggregate  Withdrawals/  Balance at
   Contributions  Contributions  Earnings/Losses  Distributions  December 31,
Name  in 2016  in 2016  in 2016 (1)  in 2016 (2)  2016 (3)
Samuel H. Norton  $   $   $   $   $ 
Christopher W. Wolf  $   $   $   $   $ 
Patrick J. O’Halloran  $   $   $   $   $ 
Damon M. Mote  $   $   $   $   $ 
Ian T. Blackley  $   $   $6,327   $238,434   $ 
Rick F. Oricchio  $   $   $   $   $ 
Henry P. Flinter  $   $   $953   $61,628   $ 
James D. Small III  $   $   $   $   $ 

 

(1)The aggregate earnings constitute accrued interest for the calendar year ended December 31, 2016. There were no executive or Company contributions in 2016.

 

(2)The balances of Messrs. Blackley and Flinter SERP account stopped accruing interest upon their termination with the Company The balance is due and payable after a 6-month deferral period, Mr. Flinter’s balance was paid in February 2017, Mr. Blackley’s will be paid in June 2017.

 

(3)Constitutes the aggregate under the Supplemental Plan for each NEO at the fiscal year end.

 

POTENTIAL PAYMENTS UPON TERMINATION

 

The following table discloses the amounts that would have been payable to each NEO upon termination of their employment, assuming for this purpose that such termination occurred on December 31, 2016. At December 31, 2016, no NEO was eligible for normal retirement at age 65. The table excludes amounts payable pursuant to the Supplemental Plan and pursuant to plans that do not discriminate in favor of executive officers and that are available generally to all salaried employees, such as the Savings Plan.

 

Event(1)  Ian T.
Blackley
  Rick F.
Oricchio
 

James D.

Small III

  Samuel
Norton
  Christopher
Wolf
  Patrick
O’Halloran
  Damon
Mote
                      
Involuntary Termination Without Cause or Voluntary Termination for Good Reason                     
Cash severance payment (2)  $1,350,000   $475,000   $950,000   $395,000   $350,000   $205,000   $205,000 
Pro rata Bonus Payment (3)  $   $557,264   $   $1,250,000   $52,500   $102,500   $102,500 
Retention Bonus Payment (4)  $475,000   $   $   $   $   $   $ 
Equity Awards (5)  $1,108,292   $1,358,161   $385,839   $1,364,457   $379,959   $   $ 
Anniversary Payment (6)  $   $385,753   $   $   $   $   $ 
Lump Sum Payment (7)  $3,213,879   $1,012,499   $1,345,832   $   $   $   $ 
Total  $6,147,171   $3,788,677   $2,681,671   $3,009,457   $782,459   $307,500   $307,500 
                                    
Death / Disability                                   
Pro rata Bonus Payment (3)  $   $   $   $   $   $   $ 
Retention Bonus Payment (4)  $   $   $   $   $   $   $ 
Equity Awards (5)  $   $   $   $1,364,457   $379,959   $   $ 
Total  $   $   $   $1,364,457   $379,959   $   $ 

 

(1)The values in this table reflect estimated payments associated with various termination scenarios except for Messrs. Blackley and Oricchio whose termination date was 12/29/16 and actual payments are reflected in the table.

 

(2)Cash severance payment equal to 24 months of base salary for Messrs. Blackley and Small and 12 months of base salary for Messrs. Oricchio, Norton, Wolf, O’Halloran and Mote.

 

(3)Pro rata bonus is equal to Mr. Norton’s target bonus, pro-rated based on actual performance for the year of termination. For Messrs. Oricchio, Wolf, O’Halloran and Mote the pro rata bonus is equal to the NEO’s Target Bonus, pro-rated based on the portion of the year that the NEO was employed.

 

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(4)Under the Retention Bonus Plan certain employees are eligible to earn a retention award. The participant must have remained employed by the Company through December 19, 2016 (the “Retention Period”). Awards under the Retention Bonus Plan were paid in a lump sum payment following completion the Retention Period. Mr. Blackley was the only Executive Officer eligible for this bonus.

 

(5)For Messrs. Blackley, Oricchio, Small, Norton, and Wolf all option shares and RSUs (and any other equity based grant or cash in lieu of grants) granted to the Executive, to the extent not otherwise vested, shall be vested as of the Date of Separation, as applicable. Any unvested PRSUs will be forfeited in the event of termination. As of December 31, 2016, all options were considered underwater and were therefore not included in the calculation. The grants awarded to Messrs. O’Halloran and Mote do not provide for acceleration. For illustration purposes, Mr. Small’s stock acceleration value is calculated on the assumption that he remained an OSG employee after the Spin and therefore had the OSG Spin factor of 2.28 applied to his outstanding awards.

 

(6)Anniversary payment is a payment made to the executive for each of the first 2 years of the executive’s employment on the respective anniversaries as a pro- rata portion of the anniversary bonus for the year in which the date of separation from service occurs, calculated from the first day of such year up to the date of separation from service.

 

(7)Messrs. Blackley, Oricchio and Small were eligible for the lump sum payment upon termination per their employment agreements with the Company.

 

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

 

During fiscal year 2016, no member of the Compensation Committee was, while a member of the Compensation Committee, an officer or employee of the Company or was formerly an officer of the Company (Mr. Norton was a member of the Compensation Committee prior to his appointment as Senior Vice President of the Company in July 2016). None of the Company’s executive officers served on any board of directors or compensation committee of any other company for which any of the Company’s directors served as an executive officer at any time during fiscal 2016. Please see “Information about the Board and Corporate Governance — Related Party Transactions” for the Company’s policy on related party transactions.

 

DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

 

For the period of Board service from June to December 2016, the Company’s non-executive Chairman of the Board received an annual cash retainer of $182,750 and the Company’s other non-employee directors, except as described below, received an annual cash retainer of $102,000. The Chair of each of the Audit, Compensation and Governance Committees received an additional cash retainer of $25,500, $25,500 and $17,000 respectively. Each member of the Audit and Compensation Committees (other than the committee Chairs and except as described below) received an additional cash retainer of $12,750, and members of the Governance Committee received an additional cash retainer of $8,500. For service during 2017, the Board decreased the annual retainer for each of the Company’s non-employee directors by approximately 22% to $80,000 from $102,000 and reduced such retainer for the Chairman for 2017 to $172,000 from $182,750. The Board also decreased the additional annual retainers for 2017 of each of the Chairs of the Audit and Compensation Committees to $20,000 from $25,500 and decreased the additional annual retainer for 2017 of the Chair of the Governance Committee to $13,000 from $17,000. The Board also decreased the additional annual retainer for 2017 of each member of the Audit and Compensation Committee to $10,000 from $12,750, and decreased the additional annual retainer for 2017 of each member of the Governance Committee to $6,500 from $8,500.

 

During 2016 each of Messrs. Joseph I. Kronsberg, Ty E. Wallach, and Chad L. Valerio, agreed to provide to the Board certain specialized advice and the Company agreed to pay each of them an additional annual retainer of $12,750. Mr. Kronsberg has instructed the Company to pay all cash compensation for his service as a director to his employer, Cyrus Capital Partners. Mr. Wallach agreed to waive all compensation for his service as a director. Mr. Valerio had also instructed the Company to pay all cash compensation for his service as a director to his employer, Blue Mountain until the termination of Mr. Valerio’s employment with Blue Mountain. The Company and Mr. Valerio terminated their agreement with respect to the specialized advice and additional annual retainer as of September 30, 2016. Mr. Valerio instructed the Company to pay him all cash compensation for his services as a director effective as of October 1, 2016.

 

No director received any fee for attending any Board meeting or Board committee meeting. The Company reimburses directors for their reasonable travel and lodging expenses in attending Board and Board committee meetings. All directors’ cash compensation is payable quarterly in advance.

 

Under the 2014 Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. Non-Employee Director Incentive Compensation Plan, the Board has discretion to grant various types of equity-based awards to directors. On June 22, 2016, the Board granted Mr. Wheat, as non-Executive Chairman of the Board, 15,177 shares of Common Stock having a fair market value of $180,000, and granted each other non-employee director, except as described below, and Mr. Kronsberg’s employer, Cyrus Capital Partners (and not Mr. Kronsberg), 8,432 shares of Common Stock having a fair market value of $100,000, in each case vesting on the earlier of (a) June 8, 2017 and (b) the date of the annual

 

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meeting of stockholders of the Company in 2017, subject to the director continuing to provide services to the Company as of such date. Mr.Wallach has agreed to waive all equity compensation for service as a director. Prior to September 2016, Mr. Valerio had agreed to waive all equity compensation for service as a director. In connection with the termination of his employment with Blue Mountain, Mr. Valerio ended his waiver of equity compensation. On October 17, 2016, the Board granted Mr. Valerio 8,432 shares of Common Stock having a fair market value of $83,561 vesting on the earlier of (i) June 8, 2017 and (ii) the date of the annual meeting of stockholders in 2017 and subject to Mr. Valerio continuing to provide services to the Company as of such date.

 

The following table shows the total compensation paid to the Company’s non-employee directors during 2016:

                
         Change in      
         Pension Value      
              and Nonqualified           
              Deferred           
    Fees earned or    Stock    Compensation    All Other      
    Paid in Cash    Awards    Earnings    Compensation    Total 
Name   ($)(1)    ($)    ($)    ($)    ($) 
Timothy J. Bernlohr   127,500    100,000            227,500 
Joseph I. Kronsberg(2)   114,750    100,000            214,750 
Samuel H. Norton(3)   69,640    100,000            169,640 
Ronald Steger   136,948    100,000            236,948 
Gary Eugene Taylor   129,037    100,000            229,037 
Chad L. Valerio(4)   111,563    100,000            211,563 
Ty E. Wallach(5)                    
Douglas D. Wheat   182,750    180,000            362,750 
Gregory A. Wright   136,000    100,000            236,000 

 

 

 

(1)Consists of annual Board fees, annual Board Chairman and annual Chairman of the Audit, Compensation and Governance Committees fees, annual committee member fees and annual special advice fees.

(2)In accordance with Mr. Kronsberg’s instruction, all compensation for his service as a director was paid to his employer, Cyrus Capital Partners, for 2016.

(3)Mr. Norton ceased to be a non-employee director on July 17, 2016 when he was appointed Senior Vice President and Head of the U.S. Flag Strategic Business Unit of the Company.

(4)In accordance with Mr. Valerio’s instruction, all cash compensation for his service as a director was paid to his employer, BlueMountain, which instruction ended as of September 30, 2016 in connection with the termination of Mr. Valerio’s employment with BlueMountain. Mr. Valerio agreed to waive all equity compensation for his service as a director, which waiver ended in connection with the termination of Mr. Valerio’s employment with BlueMountain.

(5)Mr. Wallach agreed to waive all compensation for his service as a director for 2016.

 

Director Stock Ownership Guidelines

 

The Company encourages stock ownership by directors in order to align interests of directors with the long-term interests of the Company’s stockholders. To further stock ownership by directors, the Board believes that regular grants of equity compensation should be a significant component of director compensation.

 

In March 2015, the Board adopted stock ownership guidelines for non-employee directors. Under the stock ownership guidelines, each non-employee director is expected within the later of (i) five years after becoming a director and (ii) March 2020, to own shares of the Company’s common stock (including restricted stock units convertible into shares of stock and stock owned by his spouse and minor children), whose market value would equal at least three times his annual cash base retainer.

 

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AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

 

Management has primary responsibility for preparing the consolidated financial statements of the Company, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for assessing the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting. The Company’s independent registered public accounting firm is responsible for performing independent audits of the Company’s consolidated financial statements in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States (“U.S. GAAS”) and the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on criteria established by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (the “PCAOB”). The Audit Committee’s responsibility is to monitor and oversee these processes on behalf of the Board. The Board has adopted a written Audit Committee Charter describing the Audit Committee’s role and responsibilities, which is posted on the Company’s website at www.osg.com.

 

In fulfilling its oversight responsibilities, the Audit Committee met and held discussions with management and the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm concerning the acceptability and quality of the accounting principles, the reasonableness of significant judgments, and the adequacy and clarity of disclosures in the consolidated financial statements to be included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 (the “2016 Form 10-K”). Management represented to the Audit Committee that such consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. The Audit Committee reviewed and discussed such consolidated financial statements with management and the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee further discussed with the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm the matters required to be discussed by PCAOB Auditing Standards.

 

The Committee also reviewed management’s report on its assessment of the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting and the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm’s report on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

The Company’s independent registered public accounting firm also provided to the Audit Committee the written disclosures and letter required by PCAOB Rule 3526 (Communication with Audit Committees Concerning Independence), and the Audit Committee discussed with the independent registered public accounting firm their independence from the Company and management, and considered the compatibility of non-audit services with the registered public accounting firm’s independence.

 

Based upon the Audit Committee’s discussions with management and the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, the Audit Committee’s review of the representations of management, the certifications of the Company’s chief executive officer and chief financial officer which are required by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and the reports, letters and other communications of the independent registered public accounting firm, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors (and the Board of Directors approved) that the audited consolidated financial statements be included in the 2016 Form 10-K for filing with the SEC.

 

The Audit Committee conducted a comprehensive, competitive process to determine our independent registered public accounting firm for our fiscal year ending December 31, 2017, concluding the process on April 10, 2017 by appointing Ernst & Young LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm for 2017.

 

  By the Audit Committee:
   
  Gregory A. Wright, Chairman
  Ronald Steger
  Gary Eugene Taylor

 

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RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF THE INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
(PROPOSAL NO. 2)

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, certified public accountants (“PwC”), served as our independent registered public accounting firm for the year ended December 31, 2016. Earlier this year, the Audit Committee conducted a comprehensive, competitive process to determine our independent registered public accounting firm for our fiscal year ending December 31, 2017. The Audit Committee considered, among other things, external auditor capability, effectiveness and efficiency of audit services, and appropriateness of fees in the context of audit scope. The Audit Committee invited several accounting firms to participate in the process, including PwC. On April 10, 2017, the Audit Committee approved the engagement of Ernst & Young LLP (“EY”) as our independent registered public accounting firm for our fiscal year ending December 31, 2017 and the dismissal of PwC.

 

The dismissal of PwC as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm did not result from any dissatisfaction with the quality of professional services rendered by PwC.

 

PwC’s audit reports on our consolidated financial statements as of and for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 did not contain an adverse opinion or a disclaimer of opinion and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principles. The audit reports of PwC on the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2016 and 2015 did not contain an adverse opinion, nor were they qualified or modified.

 

During the fiscal years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, and the subsequent interim period through April 10, 2017, there were (i) no disagreements with PwC on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which, if not resolved to PwC’s satisfaction, would have caused PwC to make reference thereto in their reports on the consolidated financial statements for such years, and (ii) no “reportable events” within the meaning of Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.

 

In deciding to engage EY, the Audit Committee reviewed auditor independence and existing commercial relationships with EY, and concluded that EY has no commercial relationship with the Company that would impair its independence. During the fiscal years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, and during the subsequent interim period through April 10, 2017, neither the Company nor anyone acting on its behalf has consulted with EY on any of the matters or events set forth in Item 304(a)(2) of Regulation S-K.

 

Stockholder ratification of the appointment of EY as our independent registered public accounting firm is not required by our Bylaws or other applicable legal requirement. However, the Board is submitting the appointment of EY to the stockholders for ratification as a matter of good corporate practice. If the appointment is not ratified by stockholders, the Audit Committee at its discretion will reconsider its selection of EY as our independent registered public accounting firm. Even if the appointment of EY is ratified, the Audit Committee at its discretion may direct the appointment of a different independent registered certified public accounting firm at any time during the year if it determines that such a change would be in our and our stockholders’ best interests.

 

A representative of EY is expected to attend the Annual Meeting and be afforded an opportunity to make a statement, as well as be available to respond to appropriate questions submitted by stockholders.

 

Fees Paid to the Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

Audit Fees. Audit fees incurred by us to PwC were $4,901,476 and $8,069,139 in 2016 and 2015, respectively. Audit fees include fees for professional services rendered for the audit of our annual financial statements; the review of the financial statements included in our Forms 10-Q for the respective quarters in the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015; Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 attestation procedures; expenses incurred related to the performance of the services noted above; financial audits and reviews for certain of the Company’s subsidiaries; bankruptcy case administration and services associated with documents filed with the SEC.

 

Audit-Related Fees. Audit-related fees incurred by us to PwC were $343,000 and $550,501 in 2016 and 2015, respectively. Audit related fees include fees for matters related to public offerings and accounting consultations related to accounting, financial reporting or disclosure matters, not classified as “audit services.”

 

Tax Fees. Tax fees incurred by us to PwC were $4,702 and $48,538 in 2016 and 2015, respectively. Tax fees include fees relating to the preparation of certain foreign tax returns.

 

All Other Fees. Total other fees incurred by us to PwC were $0 and $1,960 in 2016 and 2015, respectively.

 

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The Audit Committee considered whether the provision of services described above under “All Other Fees” were compatible with maintaining PwC’s independence. The Company does not believe that any reasonable concerns about the objectivity of PwC in conducting the audit of the Company’s financial statements are raised as a result of the fees paid for non-audit-related services.

 

Policy on Audit Committee Pre-Approval of Audit and Permissible Non-Audit Services

 

The Audit Committee has established policies and procedures for pre-approving audit and permissible non-audit work performed by its independent registered public accounting firm. As set forth in the pre-approval policies and procedures, unless a type of service has received general pre-approval, it will require specific pre-approval by the Audit Committee if it is to be provided by the independent auditor. Any proposed services exceeding pre-approved cost levels require specific pre-approval by the Audit Committee.

 

The Audit Committee and the Board of Directors recommend a vote “FOR” such ratification.

 

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ADVISORY VOTE ON APPROVAL OF THE

COMPENSATION OF THE NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

(PROPOSAL NO. 3)

 

As required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), stockholders are being provided with the opportunity to cast an advisory vote on the compensation of the Named Executive Officers for 2016 as described in the section of this Proxy Statement titled “Executive Compensation,” including the CD&A included therein.

 

As more fully described in the CD&A, the Company’s executive compensation program is designed to promote the following objectives:

 

Attract, motivate, retain and reward highly-talented executives and managers, whose leadership and expertise are critical to the Company’s overall growth and success;

 

Compensate each executive based upon the scope and impact of his or her position as it relates to achieving the Company’s corporate goals and objectives, as well as on the potential of each executive to assume increasing responsibility within the Company;

 

Align the interests of the Company’s executives with those of its stockholders by linking incentive compensation rewards to the achievement of performance goals that maximize stockholder value; and

 

Reward the achievement of both the short-term and long-term strategic objectives necessary for sustained optimal business performance.

 

The Compensation Committee and the Board believe that the design of the executive compensation program, and hence the compensation awarded to the Named Executive Officers, fulfills these objectives.

 

Stockholders are urged to read the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of this Proxy Statement and the accompanying compensation tables and narrative which describe in detail how the Company’s compensation policies and procedures implement the Company’s compensation philosophy and disclose the compensation paid to the Named Executive Officers for 2016.

 

Accordingly, at the Annual Meeting, stockholders will be asked to vote on the following resolution:

 

RESOLVED, that the stockholders of the Company hereby approve, in an advisory vote, the compensation of the Named Executive Officers for 2016 as described in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section and in the accompanying compensation tables and narrative in the Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

 

As an advisory vote, the results of the vote will not be binding on the Board or the Company. However, the Board and the Compensation Committee value the opinion of the Company’s stockholders and will consider the outcome of the vote when making future decisions on the compensation of the Named Executive Officers and the Company’s executive compensation principles, policies and procedures. The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Common Stock present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote is required to approve the resolution.

 

The Board recommends a vote “FOR” advisory approval of the resolution set forth above and approval of the compensation of the Named Executive Officers for 2016 as disclosed in this Proxy Statement.

 

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ADVISORY VOTE ON THE PREFERRED FREQUENCY OF FUTURE

STOCKHOLDER ADVISORY VOTES ON COMPENSATION FOR

THE NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

(PROPOSAL NO. 4)

 

In addition to the non-binding stockholder advisory vote on the compensation of the Company’s Named Executives, Section 14A of the Securities Exchange Act (the Dodd-Frank Act) also requires us to submit a non-binding, advisory resolution to stockholders at least once every six years to determine whether advisory votes on executive compensation should be held every one, two or three years. This non-binding advisory vote is commonly referred to as a “say-when-on-pay” vote.

 

After careful consideration, the Board of Directors has determined that submitting the advisory vote on executive compensation to stockholders on an annual basis is most appropriate for the Company and its stockholders. An annual vote is consistent with our past practice, which the Board believes has worked well over the last six years, and it allows our shareholders to provide us with regular, timely and comprehensive feedback on important issues such as our executive compensation programs and policies as disclosed in the Company’s Proxy Statement each year.

 

Stockholders are not voting to approve or disapprove the recommendation of our Board of Directors. Rather, stockholders may cast a vote on their preferred voting frequency by choosing any of the following four options with respect to this proposal: “one year,” “two years,” “three years,” or, if you have no preference, “abstain.” For the reasons discussed above, the Board recommends that our stockholders vote to continue holding the advisory vote on executive compensation annually. The option that receives the most votes at the Annual Meeting will be considered by the Board of Directors in determining the frequency with which we will hold a stockholder vote to approve the compensation of our Named Executive Officers.

 

The Board of Directors recommends that stockholders vote “1 YEAR” as the preferred frequency of the say-when-on-pay proposal.

 

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APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT OF THE 

NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTOR INCENTIVE COMPENSATION PLAN

(PROPOSAL NO. 5)

 

In September 2014, the Company adopted the Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. Non-Employee Director Incentive Compensation Plan (the “Director Plan”). The Director Plan was approved by the stockholders in June 2015. The Director Plan was amended by the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors in March 2017 to limit the maximum number of shares that may be covered by incentive awards granted to any non-employee director in any calendar year to 100,000 shares of Class A Common Stock (the “Common Stock”) of the Company, subject to changes in the Company’s capitalization, and to further limit the amount payable to any non-employee director with respect to any calendar year for all cash incentive awards to $1,000,000. This amendment to the Director Plan did not require stockholder approval. In April 2017, the Board of Directors adopted a second amendment to the Director Plan to increase the number of shares by an additional 1,500,000 authorized for issuance under the plan from 550,000 (giving effect to the adjustments noted in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section) to 2,050,000, subject to stockholder approval. As of April 7, 2017, 178,186 shares of Common Stock remained available for grant under the Director Plan.

 

The Board of Directors believes that the ability to grant equity and other incentives to non-employee directors is critical to the Company’s efforts to attract and retain key talent on the Board and to encourage ownership of shares of Common Stock by non - employee directors.

 

The closing market price per share of the Common Stock as of April 7, 2017 was $3.50 per share.

 

Summary of the Non-Employee Director Incentive Compensation Plan, as amended

 

The following summary of the material terms of the Director Plan, as amended, is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the plan, which is attached as Appendix A and incorporated herein by reference. Unless otherwise indicated, all capitalized terms in the below summary have the meanings given to such terms in the Director Plan.

 

The purpose of the Director Plan is to promote the interests of the Company and its stockholders by providing non -employee directors, who are largely responsible for the management, growth and protection of the business of the Company, with incentives and rewards to encourage them to continue in the service of the Company.

 

Under the Director Plan, the Compensation Committee may grant to non-employee directors of the Company cash-based awards, stock options or other equity-based awards (including stock appreciation rights, phantom stock, restricted stock, restricted stock units, performance shares, deferred share units or share-denominated performance units) with respect to a number of shares of Common Stock of the Company that in the aggregate does not exceed 2,050,000 shares (giving effect to the proposed 1,500,000 share increase), plus the number of shares subject to previously issued awards that are subsequently forfeited, cancelled or returned. The aggregate limit described in this paragraph does not take into account any stock options assumed as of a result of any merger or consolidation involving the Company in which the Company is the surviving corporation. At April 7, 2017, a total of 74,201 shares were subject to outstanding awards under the Director Plan. No awards may be made under the Director Plan after September 23, 2024.

 

The persons eligible to receive awards pursuant to the Director Plan are those non-employee directors of the Company and its subsidiaries whom the Compensation Committee selects from time to time. Approximately nine directors are eligible to participate in the Director Plan.

 

Subject to changes in the Company’s capitalization, the maximum number of shares of Common Stock that may be covered by incentive awards granted to any non-employee director in any calendar year under the Director Plan is 100,000 shares and the maximum amount payable to any non-employee director under the Director Plan with respect to any calendar year for all cash incentive cash awards is $1,000,000.

 

The Compensation Committee administers the Director Plan and is authorized to grant awards, designating the non -employee directors of the Company or its subsidiaries who will be granted the awards, the type of award, the number of shares of Common Stock or amount of cash underlying such awards and the terms and conditions of such awards from time to time. Subject to applicable Delaware law, the Compensation Committee may also from time to time authorize a subcommittee consisting of one or more members of the Board of Directors or employees of the Company to grant awards to persons who are not executive officers of the Company. The Compensation Committee has the full discretionary authority to administer the Director Plan, including the authority to interpret and construe any provision of the Director Plan and the terms of any award granted thereunder.