Keeping with this evening’s Halloween spirit, members of Board of Directors and Compensation Committees should be aware of an allegation that is currently floating within the ominous fog – that some executives of publicly-traded issuers are trick-or-treating with “ghost revenue.” Kidding aside, the allegation (or potential allegation) is that some executive officers are using ghost revenue (i.e., deferred revenue) in order to satisfy otherwise unattainable non-GAAP performance metrics. A grossly-oversimplified explanation of this issue is addressed in the below portions of this post. Continue Reading Compensation Governance: Is Ghost Revenue Real?
To help preserve the business judgment rule defense and make it more difficult for a plaintiff to prove that a director breached his or her fiduciary duties, Compensation Committee members should use tally sheets (a.k.a., “placemats”) when making compensatory decisions and attach such tally sheets to the Committee’s resolutions or minutes. Continue Reading Tally Sheets: A Reminder To Compensation Committees