Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Stock Based Compensation

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Stock Based Compensation
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Stock Based Compensation [Abstract]  
Stock Based Compensation

10. STOCK BASED COMPENSATION

The Company established the 2005 Award and Option Plan (the "Plan") which replaced the expired 1995 Award and Option Plan for the purpose of attracting and retaining the Company's executive officers and other key employees. 1,500,000 shares were authorized for issuance under the Plan. Options granted under the Plan vest ratably over four and eight years, and must be exercised within ten years from the date of grant. The exercise price for qualified incentive stock options must be at least equal to the fair market value of the common shares at the date of grant. As of December 31, 2011, options for 317,263 shares were outstanding under the Plans and options for 811,436 shares of common stock were available for future issuance. The Company may also grant other stock-based awards under the Plan, including restricted stock and performance-based vesting restricted stock awards.

The Company also established the 2009 Outside Directors' Stock Option and Award Plan (the Non-employee Plan) which replaced the 1995 Outside Directors' Stock Option Plan for the purpose of attracting and retaining the services of experienced and knowledgeable outside directors. The Non-employee Plan provides for the initial granting of options to purchase 3,500 shares of common stock and for the annual granting of options to purchase 2,000 shares of common stock to each eligible director. Such options vest over a one-year period for initial awards and immediately upon subsequent grants. In addition, each outside director receives non-vested shares annually equal to 80% of the annual fees paid to them. During the restriction period, the non-vested shares may not be sold, transferred, or otherwise encumbered. The holder of the non-vested shares has all rights of a holder of common shares, including the right to vote and receive dividends. During 2011, 3,116 non-vested shares were issued to outside directors. Such non-vested shares vest over a one-year period. The total shares reserved under the Non-employee Plan is 150,000. The exercise price for options granted under the Non-employee Plan is equal to the fair market value at the date of grant. As of December 31, 2011, options for 47,005 common shares and non-vested shares of 17,521 were outstanding under the Non-employee Plans and options for 115,684 shares of common stock were available for future issuance.

A summary of the Company's stock option activity and related information for the years ended December 31 follows:

 

     2011      2010      2009  
     Options     Weighted
average

exercise
price
     Options     Weighted
average

exercise
price
     Options     Weighted
average

exercise
price
 

Outstanding at beginning of year:

     387,318     $ 41.72        397,468     $ 40.78        360,688     $ 43.06  

Granted

     20,000       40.47        20,000       35.49        51,500       23.99  

Exercised

     (28,050     25.96        (25,650     23.18        (4,225     21.46  

Forfeited

     (15,000     44.29        (4,500     36.86        (10,495     44.53  
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Outstanding at end of year

     364,268     $ 42.76        387,318     $ 41.72        397,468     $ 40.78  

Exercisable at end of year

     220,293     $ 44.25        197,447     $ 42.89        159,701     $ 40.71  

 

A summary of the Company's stock options outstanding at December 31, 2011 follows:

The intrinsic value of stock options exercised during the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010, and 2009, were $396,532, $382,576, and $50,188 respectively.

The aggregate intrinsic value is calculated as the difference between the exercise price of the underlying awards and the quoted price of the Company's common stock at December 31, 2011, or the price on the date of exercise for those exercised during the year. As of December 31, 2011, there was approximately $0.7 million of total unrecognized compensation cost related to stock option compensation arrangements granted under our stock award plans. That cost is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of approximately 3.6 years. The weighted average remaining contractual life of all options is 6.2 years, and for exercisable options is 5.7 years.

Non-vested stock

The Company has also issued 533,486 shares of non-vested stock to employees which vest over one to nine year periods. During the restriction period, the non-vested shares may not be sold, transferred, or otherwise encumbered. The holder of the non-vested shares has all rights of a holder of common shares, including the right to vote and receive dividends. For issuances of non-vested stock during the year ended December 31, 2011, the fair market value of the non-vested stock on the date of grant ranged from $28.66 to $41.07. During 2011, 106,602 shares of non-vested stock were issued to employees and directors with an aggregate fair value of $3.7 million. The Company charges additional paid-in capital for the market value of shares as they are issued. The unearned portion is then amortized and charged to expense over the vesting period. The Company uses the average of the high and low price of its common stock on the date the award is granted as the fair value for non-vested stock awards.

A summary of the status of unvested shares of stock issued to employees and directors as of and during the years ended December 31 follows:

 

     2011      2010      2009  
    
Non-
vested
Shares
    Weighted
average

grant
date fair
value
    
Non-
vested
Shares
    Weighted
average

grant
date fair
value
    
Non-

vested
Shares
    Weighted
average

grant
date fair
value
 

Unvested at beginning of year:

     192,776     $ 39.34        154,593     $ 39.79        130,807     $ 44.79  

Granted

     106,602       35.02        78,152       37.03        59,590       29.70  

Vested

     (52,744     37.19        (39,969     36.55        (35,349     41.25  

Forfeited

     —          —           —          —           (455     43.95  
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Unvested at end of year

     246,634     $ 37.93        192,776     $ 39.34        154,593     $ 39.79  

 

Compensation expense of $1.5 million, $1.3 million and $1.4 million was recognized for the vested portion of non-vested stock grants in 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively. The fair value of non-vested stock that vested during 2011, 2010 and 2009 was $2.0 million, $1.5 million and $1.5 million, respectively. The total unrecognized compensation cost related to non-vested stock was $7.8 million at December 31, 2011, and the remaining weighted-average period over which this expense will be recognized was 4.1 years.

Performance-based vesting restricted stock

The Company granted a total of 42,040 performance shares under the Plan during 2011 which are included above. Performance shares granted are based upon the Company's performance over a three year period depending on the Company's total shareholder return relative to a group of peer companies. Performance based nonvested shares are recognized as compensation expense based on fair value on date of grant, the number of shares ultimately expected to vest and the vesting period. For accounting purposes, the performance shares are considered to have a market condition. The effect of the market condition is reflected in the grant date fair value of the award and, thus compensation expense is recognized on this type of award provided that the requisite service is rendered (regardless of whether the market condition is achieved). The Company estimated the fair value of each performance share granted under the Plan on the date of grant using a Monte Carlo simulation that uses the assumptions noted in Note 2.

Compensation expense of $0.1 million was recognized for the performance shares granted in 2011. The total unrecognized compensation cost related to non-vested performance shares was $1.2 million at December 31, 2011 and the weighted-average period over which this expense will be recognized is 2 years.

Deferred compensation plan for directors

Under the Deferred Compensation Plan for Directors, non-employee Directors may defer all or part of their Directors' fees that are otherwise payable in cash. Directors' fees that are deferred under this plan are credited to each Directors' account under the plan in the form of Units. The number of Units credited is determined by dividing the amount of Directors' fees deferred by the closing price of the Company's Common Stock on the New York Stock Exchange on the day immediately preceding the day upon which Directors' fees otherwise would be paid by the Company. A Director is credited with additional Units for dividends on the shares of Common Stock represented by Units in such Directors' Account. A Director may elect to receive the shares in a lump sum on a date specified by the Director or in quarterly or annual installments over a specified period and commencing on a specified date. The Directors may not elect to receive cash in lieu of shares. Under this plan there were a total of 45,025 units outstanding at December 31, 2011. Fees that were earned and credited to Directors' accounts are recorded as compensation expense which totaled $0.2 million, $0.2 million and $0.1 million in 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively.