EnLink believes in rewarding employees and officers for strong execution that drives business results.
The compensation of our executives is determined and approved by our Governance and Compensation Committee, which includes independent directors, and the overall EnLink Board of Directors (Board). This determination includes an analysis of:
- The compensation practices of other companies in our industry;
- The competitive market for executive talent;
- The evolving demands of the business;
- The specific challenges that we may face; and
- Individual and group contributions made by our executives to EnLink
Overall, compensation is targeted at the market median (50th percentile) for each executive role. Our executive compensation program is grounded in a pay-for-performance philosophy, which drives individual performance and rewards contributions in support of our business strategies and achievements. Variable compensation in the form of short- and long-term incentives directly tied to the performance of the company constitutes roughly 80% of the total compensation paid to our leadership team.
EnLink’s long-term incentives, issued in the form of restricted unit awards, comprise 60% of our executive’s total compensation. These restricted units are subject to a three-year cliff vesting schedule and are typically awarded as 50% time-based awards and 50% performance-based stock awards. Since 2019, our performance-based awards have been based on two key variables: EnLink’s achievement of unit price performance (total shareholder return) relative to a defined peer group approved by the Board and cash flow performance goals.
Long-term incentives to our executive officers foster a strong culture of ownership, aligning the interests of our leaders with those of our stakeholders. On December 31, 2021, our CEO, due to his long tenure at the company, held approximately five times the most commonly reported level of stock unit ownership for chief executive officers at S&P 100 companies¹, while the remainder of our executive leadership team held on average approximately two times² the reported holdings for executive officers other than the CEO.
Short-Term Incentives (Annual Bonus)
EnLink’s 2021 Short-Term Incentive Program, which is approved by the Board, rewards all EnLink employees for achievement of key metrics directly tied to our strategic initiatives. This bonus program primarily measures our ability to maximize financial performance with additional focus on operational efficiencies, management of capital projects, and an ongoing, proactive commitment to safety and sustainability in all aspects of our business.
In recognition of the ongoing importance of sustainability, the 2021 “Safety and Sustainability” category in EnLink’s Short-Term Incentive Program added an additional environmental metric – Reportable Environmental Incident Rate – and increased the Safety and Sustainability category weighting by 50% so that it now constitutes a total of 15% of the 2021 program.
The components included in our bonus program are key to driving our success. Tying the compensation of our leaders and employees directly to these targets motivates our teams to focus on delivering results in a way that is consistent with EnLink’s values.
- As reported in the Willis Towers Watson’s study of executive stock ownership guidelines at S&P 100 companies, published December 2021; https://www.wtwco.com/en-US/Insights/2021/12/S-P-100-executive-stock-ownership-guidelines-2021
- Common unit ownership for our executive leadership team excludes Pablo Mercado who was appointed Executive Vice President & CFO effective July 13, 2020 and has not been an NEO for more than three years.
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