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NVE CORP /NEW/ SEC Filing Form DEF 14A 2/2017, submited: 2017-06-19
A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that must be filed by or on behalf of a registrant when a shareholder vote is required. SEC Form DEF 14A is most commonly used in conjunction with an annual meeting proxy. The form should provide security holders with sufficient information to allow them to make an informed vote at an upcoming security holders' meeting or to authorize a proxy to vote on their behalf. It includes information about the date, time and place of the meeting of security holders; revocability of proxy; dissenter's right of appraisal; persons making the solicitation; direct or indirect interest of certain persons in matters to be acted upon; modification or exchange of securities; financial statements; voting procedures; and other details.
All other filed by non-management definitive proxy statements - typically an annual meeting proxy.
Form DEF 14A, which is also known as "definitive proxy statement", is required under Section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. This form is filed with the SEC when a definitive proxy statement is given to shareholders and helps the SEC ensure that shareholders' rights are upheld.
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11409 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344-3617
June 19, 2017
We cordially invite you to attend our 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The meeting will be held at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 11552 Leona Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, 55344, on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time.
The items of business are described in our Proxy Statement.
There is a map with directions to the Annual Meeting in our Proxy Statement if you plan to attend the meeting and vote in person. You may also call us at (952) 829-9217 during normal business hours for directions to the Annual Meeting.
Thank-you for your support of NVE Corporation.
Curt A. Reynders
|Chief Financial Officer and Secretary|
|IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS
FOR THE 2017 ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS TO BE HELD ON AUGUST 3,
1) The Companys Proxy Statement for the 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, 2) Shareholder Letter, and 3) Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2017 are available at www.nve.com/AnnualReports.
EQUITY COMPENSATION PLAN INFORMATION
CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED PERSON TRANSACTIONS
PROPOSAL 1. ELECTION OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board Leadership Structure and Role in Risk Oversight
CEO Succession Planning
Meeting Attendance and Executive Sessions of Independent Directors
Audit Committee Report
The Role of Diversity in Choosing Board Candidates
Shareholder Communications With the Board and Director Attendance at Annual Meetings
Code of Ethics
PROPOSAL 2. ADVISORY RESOLUTION REGARDING NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMPENSATION
PROPOSAL 3. FREQUENCY OF SHAREHOLDER VOTES ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE COMPANY
COMPENSATION EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
Peer Companies and Relative Performance
Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year End
COMPENSATION POLICIES AND PRACTICES AS THEY RELATE TO RISK MANAGEMENT
COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT
PROPOSAL 4. RATIFICATION OF SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
AUDIT COMMITTEE DISCLOSURE
Audit Committee Independence and Preapproval Policy
MAP TO THE 2017 ANNUAL MEETING
11409 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344-3617
This Proxy Statement is furnished to shareholders of NVE Corporation, a Minnesota corporation (NVE or the Company), in connection with the solicitation of proxies by our Board of Directors for use at our Annual Meeting of shareholders to be held on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 11552 Leona Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, 55344, and at any adjournment or postponements of the meeting (the 2017 Annual Meeting), for the purposes set forth in the accompanying Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders. This Proxy Statement and the accompanying form of Proxy were first mailed or made accessible to our shareholders on the Internet on or about June 19, 2017.
Annual Meeting Admission
Proof of ownership (such as a recent brokerage statement or letter from your broker) and a form of photo identification are required for admission to the 2017 Annual Meeting.
Householding of Documents
We are sending only one Letter to Shareholders, Annual Report on Form 10-K, Proxy Statement, and Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials to eligible shareholders who share a single address unless we received instructions to the contrary from any shareholder at that address. This practice, known as householding, is designed to reduce our printing and postage costs. If registered shareholders residing at addresses with other registered shareholders wish to receive separate annual reports, proxy statements, or Notices of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials in the future, they may contact Curt A. Reynders, our Secretary, at telephone number (952) 829-9217, or by mail to the address at the top of this page. You can also request delivery of single copies of our documents if you are receiving multiple copies.
Other Matters and Proposals of Shareholders
Our Board is not aware that any matter other than those described in this Proxy Statement will be presented for action at the 2017 Annual Meeting. If, however, other matters do properly come before the 2017 Annual Meeting, the persons named in our vote form intend to vote the proxied shares in accordance with their best judgment on those matters. If any matters properly come before the shareholders at our 2017 Annual Meeting, but we did not receive notice of it prior to May 7, 2017, the persons named in our vote form for the 2017 Annual Meeting will have the discretion to vote the proxied shares on such matters in accordance with their best judgment.
Proposals of shareholders intended to be presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting must have been received by our Secretary at our executive offices in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, no later than February 19, 2017 for inclusion in our proxy statement and proxy relating to that annual meeting. Proposals must be in accordance with the provisions of Rule 14a-8 promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. We suggest the proposal be submitted by certified mail with return receipt requested. On receiving any such proposal, we will determine whether or not to include it in our proxy statement and proxy in accordance with the regulations governing the solicitation of proxies. Shareholders who intend to present a proposal at the 2017 Annual Meeting without including such proposal in our proxy statement must provide us with notice of such proposal no later than May 7, 2017. We reserve the right to reject, rule out of order, or take other appropriate action with respect to any proposal that does not comply with these and other applicable requirements.
Only shareholders of record at the close of business on June 9, 2017 are entitled to execute proxies or to vote at the 2017 Annual Meeting. As of that date there were outstanding 4,841,010 shares of our common stock, $0.01 par value per share (Common Stock). Each holder of Common Stock is entitled to one vote for each share of Common Stock held with respect to the matters mentioned in this Proxy Statement and any other matters that may properly come before the 2017 Annual Meeting. A majority of the outstanding shares of Common Stock entitled to vote are required to constitute a quorum at the 2017 Annual Meeting. In accordance with Minnesota law, the affirmative vote of a plurality of the voting power of the Common Stock present, in person or by proxy, and entitled to vote at the 2017 Annual Meeting, is required to approve Proposal 1. If there is not a quorum at the 2017 Annual Meeting, our Bylaws specify that each director shall hold office for the term for which he is elected and until his successor shall be elected and qualified. The affirmative vote of a majority of the voting power is required to approve Proposals 2 and 4. Proxies indicating abstention from a vote and broker non-votes will be counted toward determining whether a quorum is present at the 2017 Annual Meeting. Broker non-votes will not be counted toward determining whether a proposal has been approved.
Solicitation and Revocability of Proxies
We will pay the costs and expenses of solicitation of proxies. In addition to the use of the mails, proxies may be solicited by our directors, officers, and regular employees personally or by telephone, but these people will not be specifically compensated for those services.
Proxies are solicited on behalf of the Board of Directors. Any shareholder giving a proxy in such form may revoke it either by submitting a new vote form or by completing a ballot at the meeting at any time before it is exercised. Such proxies, if received in time for voting and not revoked, will be voted at the 2017 Annual Meeting in accordance with the specification indicated thereon. If no specification is indicated on a proxy, such proxy will be voted in favor of Proposals 1, 2, and 4 described in this proxy statement. Persons who hold shares through a broker or other intermediary should consult that party for the procedures to be used for revoking a vote.
If you are a shareholder through a broker or bank, you may vote your shares by mail, Internet, or via telephone. If you are a shareholder of record, you may vote your shares by mail only. If at the close of business on June 9, 2017 your shares were registered directly in your name with our transfer agent, Continental Stock Transfer and Trust Company, then you are a shareholder of record.
Voting by Mail
To vote by mail, mark your selections on the vote form, date and sign your name exactly as it appears on your vote form, and mail the vote form in the enclosed postage-paid envelope.
Internet or Telephone Voting
If you are a shareholder through a broker or bank, you may vote via Internet or telephone by following the instructions in the Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials. Internet and telephone voting is available 24 hours a day until 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on August 2, 2017. You may also revoke your proxy at any time before the 2017 Annual Meeting.
If you are a shareholder through a broker or bank, you can enroll to receive notice of future meetings via e-Delivery at www.proxyvote.com.
We have no securities to be issued under equity compensation plans not approved by our shareholders. The following table summarizes Common Stock that may be issued as of March 31, 2017 on the exercise of options under our 2000 Stock Option Plan, as amended:
|Number of Securities
to be Issued Upon
Warrants, and Rights
Exercise Price of
|Number of Securities
Available for Future Issuance
Under Equity Compensation
Plans (Excluding Securities
Reflected in Column (a))
|Equity compensation plans
approved by security holders
|Equity compensation plans not
approved by security holders
|Total at March 31, 2017||19,000||$57.51||143,230|
The following table shows the number of our shares of Common Stock beneficially owned as of June 9, 2017 by (i) each person or group known by us to beneficially own more than five percent of our outstanding Common Stock, (ii) each director, (iii) each named executive officer set forth in the summary compensation table, and (iv) all of the directors and executive officers as a group.
Name of Beneficial Owner
Number of Shares
Percentage of Common
|Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management, LLC
1800 Avenue of the Stars, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067
|Mairs and Power, Inc.
332 Minnesota St. W-1520, St. Paul, MN 55101
|Wellington Management Group LLP
280 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
55 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10055
|Daniel A. Baker||81,186||1.7||%|
|Curt A. Reynders||10,228||*|
|Peter G. Eames||-||*|
|Terrence W. Glarner||7,200||(6)||*|
|Patricia M. Hollister||9,040||(7)||*|
|Richard W. Kramp||3,000||(8)||*|
|Gary R. Maharaj||3,000||(8)||*|
|All directors and named executive officers as a group (7 persons)||114,654||2.3||%|
|*Less than 1%
|(1)||Includes shares held in trust, by broker, bank or nominee or other indirect
means and over which the individual or member of the group has sole voting or
shared voting and/or investment power. Unless otherwise noted, each individual
or member of the group has sole voting and investment power with respect to the
shares shown in the table above.
|(2)||Based on information contained in Schedule 13F filed with the SEC on
May 8, 2017. According to that Schedule, Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment
Management, LLC (KAR) had sole investment discretion over 129,347
shares and no voting authority for 1,436 of such shares, and shared investment
discretion and voting authority for 479,252 shares. According to that Schedule,
a portion of the holdings reported by KAR are also reported by Virtus Investment
Advisers, Inc. According to a Schedule 13G/A filed by Virtus Investment Advisers,
Inc. with the SEC June 9, 2017, Virtus Investment Advisers, Inc. and Virtus
Equity Trust, on behalf of Virtus KAR Small-Cap Growth Fund had shared voting
and dispositive power for 492,690 shares as of May 31, 2017.
|(3)||Based on information contained in Schedule 13F filed with the SEC on
May 15, 2017. According to that Schedule, Mairs and Power, Inc. had no voting
authority for 58,319 shares. According to Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on
February 14, 2017, various persons have the right to the proceeds from the
sale of the stock.
|(4)||Based on information contained in Schedule 13F filed with the SEC on
May 11, 2017. According to that Schedule, Wellington Management Group LLP
(Wellington) had shared-defined investment discretion for all shares.
According to Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on February 9, 2017, the
securities are owned of record by clients of one or more investment advisers directly
or indirectly owned by Wellington, which was an investment adviser to these clients.
|(5)||Based on information contained in Schedule 13F filed with the SEC on
May 12, 2017, which included nine other investment managers. According to
the Schedule, BlackRock Inc. had no voting authority for a total of 9,801 shares.
|(6)||Includes 5,000 shares issuable on the exercise of options that are currently
|(7)||Includes 8,000 shares issuable on the exercise of options that are currently
|(8)||Consists solely of shares issuable on the exercise of options that are currently exercisable.|
Our Audit Committee reviews and approves our proxy statement and the information it contains.
Since April 1, 2016, there has not been any transaction, or is there any currently proposed transaction, in which we were or are to be a participant and in which any related person had or will have a direct or indirect material interest.
Review and Approval of Related Party Transactions
The audit committee is responsible for reviewing and approving (with the concurrence of a majority of the disinterested members of the Board of Directors) any related party and affiliated party transactions as provided in the Amended and Restated Audit Committee Charter adopted by the Board of Directors of NVE Corporation on May 15, 2008. In addition, NASDAQ Listing Rule 5630(a) provides that all related party transactions must be reviewed for conflicts of interest by the audit committee. In accordance with policies adopted by the audit committee, the following transactions must be presented to the audit committee for its review and approval:
|1.||Any transaction in which the Company was or is to be a participant (within the meaning of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Regulation S-K, Item 404(a)), and a related person (as defined in Regulation S-K Item 404(a)) has or will have a direct or indirect material interest (within the meaning of Regulation S-K Item 404(a)).|
|2.||Any contract or other transaction between the Company and one or more directors of the Company, or between the Company and an organization in or of which one or more directors of the Company are directors, officers, or legal representatives or have a material financial interest within the meaning of Minnesota Statutes, Section 302A.255.|
In addition to the Companys Board of Directors complying with the requirements of Minnesota Statutes, Section 302A.255 with respect to any proposed transaction with a potential directors conflict of interest, all proposed transactions covered by the policy must be approved in advance by a majority of the members of the audit committee. If a proposed transaction covered by the policy involves a member of the audit committee, such member may not participate in the audit committees deliberations concerning, or vote on, such proposed transaction. Prior to approving any proposed transaction covered by the policy, the following information concerning the proposed transaction will be fully disclosed to the audit committee:
|1.||The names of all parties and participants involved in the proposed transaction, including the relationship of all such parties and participants to the Company and any of its subsidiaries.|
|2.||The basis on which the related person is deemed to be a related person within the meaning of Regulation S-K Item 404(a), if applicable.|
|3.||The material facts and terms of the proposed transaction.|
|4.||The material facts as to the interest of the related person in the proposed transaction.|
|5.||Any other information the audit committee requests concerning the proposed transaction.|
The audit committee may require that all or any part of such information be provided to it in writing. The audit committee may approve only those transactions covered by the policy that a majority of the members of the audit committee in good faith determine to be (i) fair and reasonable to the Company, (ii) on terms no less favorable than could be obtained by the Company if the proposed transaction did not involve a director or the related person, and (iii) in the best interests of the Company.
Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, requires our directors and executive officers, and persons who own more than 10% of our Common Stock, to file with the SEC initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership of Common Stock. Executive officers, directors and greater than 10% shareholders are required by SEC regulations to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) reports they file. To our knowledge, based solely on review of the copies of such reports furnished to us during, or with respect to, the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, all reports were filed with the SEC on a timely basis.
There are five nominees to the Board, all of whom are presently directors of the Company and have been nominated for election by the Board. All directors are to be elected at the Annual Meeting to serve until the 2018 annual meeting of shareholders. The Board has no reason to believe that any of the nominees will be unable to serve as a director. The individuals named as proxies intend to vote for the nominees listed in this proxy statement. If any nominee should be unable to serve as a director, the individuals named as proxies intend to vote for the election of such person or persons as the Board may recommend.
Biographical information is provided as follows:
Terrence W. Glarner, age 74, has been a director since 1999 and Chairman of the Board since January 2001. Since 1993, Mr. Glarner has been President of West Concord Ventures, Inc., a venture capital company. Mr. Glarner is also a director of Bremer Financial Corp., a privately held company. He has served as a director of two other publicly traded companies in the past five years, FSI International, Inc. and Aetrium Inc. Mr. Glarner has a B.A. in English from the University of St. Thomas, a J.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Law, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Mr. Glarners extensive experience as a director of publicly traded companies, his experience as a director of semiconductor industry companies, his financial expertise, and his legal training qualify him to serve as Chairman of the Board.
Daniel A. Baker, age 59, has been a director and NVEs President and CEO since 2001. Dr. Baker has 40 years of executive and engineering experience. From 1993 until joining NVE he was President and CEO of Printware, Inc., now known as Printware LLC, which manufactures and markets high-speed imaging systems. Prior to being named President and CEO, he was Printwares Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Product Development. He was a Printware director from 1993 until June 2000. Printware was publicly traded beginning with its initial public stock offering in 1996 through Dr. Bakers tenure. He also served as Director of Electronic Development for Minntech Corporation (now known as Medivators Inc., a Cantel Medical Company) and Director of Engineering for Percom Data Corporation. Dr. Baker holds Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and MBA degrees from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Bakers more than 30 years experience as an executive in publicly traded technology companies, his understanding of our business gained through his role as our President and CEO, and his educational background in engineering and finance qualify him to serve as a director.
Patricia M. Hollister, age 57, has been a director since 2004. She was Director of Finance for TEL FSI, Inc. until retiring in July 2016. TEL FSI designs, manufactures, markets, and supports equipment used in the fabrication of microelectronics. Ms. Hollister served as chief financial officer of FSI International Inc. (FSI) from 1998 until it was acquired by TEL in 2012. FSI was publicly traded until it was acquired. Prior to joining FSI in 1995, Ms. Hollister was employed by KPMG LLP, where she served for more than 12 years on various audit and consulting engagements, most recently as a Senior Manager. Ms. Hollister holds a B.S. in Accounting from St. Cloud State University. Her experience in the semiconductor industry, her experience as an executive officer of a publicly traded company, her experience with audits of publicly traded companies, and her educational background in accounting qualify her to serve as a director and Audit Committee chair.
Richard W. Kramp, age 71, has been a director since August 2014. Mr. Kramp was the CEO and a director of Synovis Life Technologies, Inc., a diversified medical device company, from January 2007 to February 2012. Synovis was publicly traded until it was purchased by Baxter International, Inc. in February 2012. Mr. Kramp served as President of Synovis from June 2006 to January 2007, and from August 2004 to May 2006, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the former interventional business unit of Synovis. Prior to joining Synovis, Mr. Kramp served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Medical CV, Inc., a medical-device company, and before that, as its Vice President of New Product Development. From 1988 to 2003, Mr. Kramp served as President and Chief Operating Officer, and then President and CEO, as well as a director of ATS Medical, Inc. (now part of Medtronic, Inc.). Mr. Kramp served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for St. Jude Medical, Inc., from 1981 to 1988. Prior to that, Mr. Kramp held engineering positions with Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc. (now part of Boston Scientific, Inc.). He was also a director of Vascular Solutions, Inc., a publicly traded medical device company, from May 2013 until its acquisition by Teleflex Corporation in February 2017. He is also a director of AUM Cardiovascular, a privately held early stage medical device company, and previously served on the board of Rochester Medical Corporation when it was a publicly held medical device company. Mr. Kramp holds a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University. Mr. Kramps extensive experience in the medical device industry, his director, executive, sales, marketing, and engineering experience, and his engineering education qualify him to serve as a director.
Gary R. Maharaj, age 53, has been a director since August 2014. Mr. Maharaj has been a director, President, and CEO of SurModics, Inc. since December 2010. SurModics is a publicly traded company that provides technologies to enable the performance and enhance the functionality of medical devices and in vitro diagnostics. Prior to joining SurModics, Mr. Maharaj served as President and CEO of Arizant Inc., a provider of patient temperature management systems in hospital operating rooms, from 2006 to 2010. Previously, Mr. Maharaj served in several senior level management positions for Augustine Medical, Inc. (predecessor to Arizant Inc.) from 1996 to 2006, including Vice President of Marketing, and Vice President of Research and Development. Mr. Maharaj holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of the West Indies. Mr. Maharajs over 29 years experience in the medical technology industry, his experience as an executive officer and director of a publicly traded company, and his scientific and engineering education qualify him to serve as a director.
The Board unanimously recommends a vote FOR each of the director-nominees.
Corporate Governance Guidelines
We operate under written Corporate Governance Guidelines, which are available through the Investors section of our Website (www.nve.com).
Prohibitions of Pledging, Hedging, and Other Derivative Transactions
No director or named executive officer (or such persons designees) is permitted to (i) pledge or margin our securities as collateral for a loan obligation, (ii) engage in short sales or sales against the box or trade in puts, calls or other options on our securities or (iii) purchase any financial instrument or contract that is designed to hedge or offset any risk of decrease in the market value of our securities. This prohibition includes securities granted as compensation or otherwise held.
Board Leadership Structure and Role in Risk Oversight
Our Board currently consists of five directors, including our independent Chairman of the Board, Mr. Glarner, and our CEO, Dr. Baker. We have had separate Chairman and CEO roles since 2001, when Dr. Baker became CEO and Mr. Glarner was elected chairman. We currently believe that separating these roles enhances the accountability of the CEO to the board and strengthens the boards independence from management. According to our bylaws, the CEOs responsibilities include general active management and presiding at meetings of the Board and of the shareholders. Our bylaws do not specify the Chairmans duties, but our practice has been for the Chairman to provide Board oversight, approve board meeting schedules and agendas, preside over independent director meetings, and serve as liaison between the CEO and independent directors.
Our Board oversees management in identifying, prioritizing, and assessing a range of financial, operational, and business risks, and formulating plans to mitigate risks. Our Board considers risks when considering plans and discussing management reports, and our Audit Committee considers risks including those related to our internal controls over financial reporting and risks related to our investments. The Audit Committee meets with our independent registered public accounting firm without the CEO, CFO, or other company management present at least quarterly. We currently believe that our relatively small Board with primarily independent directors and an independent Chairman supports our Boards oversight of risk management, and that such a board can communicate better, be more involved, and act more quickly than a larger board.
The Board has determined that each of our directors and director candidates, except Dr. Baker, are independent as defined under Rule 10A-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and NASDAQ Listing Rule 5605(a)(2). In making this determination, the Board has concluded that none of these members has a relationship that, in the opinion of the Board, would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director. Furthermore, each of our directors has disclosed that they have no agreements or arrangements with any person or entity other than the Company, relating to compensation or other payment in connection with such persons candidacy or service as a director (so-called golden leashes, as defined under NASDAQ Rule 5250(b)(3)).
CEO Succession Planning
At least annually, the Board reviews a formal succession plan addressing the policies and principles for selecting a successor to the CEO and key executive officers, either in an emergency situation or the ordinary course of business. The succession plan includes an assessment of the experience, performance, skills, and planned career paths for possible successors.
Meeting Attendance and Executive Sessions of Independent Directors
The Board met five times in fiscal 2017 (fiscal years referred to in this document end March 31), and each director attended at least 75% of the meetings of the Board and of the committees on which they serve. As a matter of policy, the independent directors meet without the CEO or other company management present at every regular board meeting.
The Board has three standing committees: the Audit, Compensation, and Nominating/Corporate Governance committees, each of which is comprised solely of independent directors. Each committee is governed by a written charter, all of which are available through the Investors section of our Website (www.nve.com). The committees review and assess the adequacy of their charters annually.
The Audit Committee currently consists of three independent directors: Ms. Hollister, Mr. Glarner, and Mr. Maharaj. Our Board has determined that each member meets the criteria of audit committee financial experts as that term is defined under Regulation S-K Item 407, and that they are financially sophisticated under NASDAQ Listing Rule 5605(c)(2)(A). The Audit Committee met four times in fiscal 2017. The primary responsibilities of the Audit Committee are to appoint, compensate, and oversee our auditors. The Audit Committee was also involved in the selection of Grant Thorntons lead engagement partner. The Report of the Audit Committee, including a description of the functions of the Committee, is included in this Proxy Statement. The Audit Committee charter is available on our website at http://www.nve.com/GovernanceLinks/auditcharter.htm.
The Compensation Committee currently consists of Mr. Glarner, Ms. Hollister, and Mr. Kramp, and met once in fiscal 2017. Our Board has determined that each member or proposed member of the Compensation Committee are independent as defined under NASDAQ Listing Rule 5605(d)(2)(A). The Compensation Committee charter prohibits members from accepting directly or indirectly any consulting, advisory or other compensatory fee from the Company. Compensatory fees do not include fees received as a member of the Board or any board committee. The Compensation Committee reviews and sets compensation guidelines for executive officers and other senior management, and the composition and levels of participation in incentive compensation and fringe benefits for all employees. The Compensation Committee also oversees administration of our 2000 Stock Option Plan, as amended. The Compensation Committee charter is available on our website at http://www.nve.com/GovernanceLinks/compcharter.htm.
Compensation Committee Interlocks
No member or proposed member of the Compensation Committee is or has been an officer of NVE. We have no compensation committee interlocksthat is, none of our officers serves as a director or a compensation committee member of a company that has an officer or former officer serving on our Board or Compensation Committee.
Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee
The Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee currently consists of all our independent directors: Mr. Glarner, Ms. Hollister, Mr. Kramp, and Mr. Maharaj. The Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee met five times in fiscal 2017. The Committees functions include selection of candidates for our Board, select members of various committees, and address corporate governance matters. The Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee charter is available on our website at http://www.nve.com/GovernanceLinks/ngccharter.htm.
Our process for identifying and evaluating candidates to be nominated to the Board starts with an evaluation of a candidate by the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee and CEO. Candidates can be forwarded to the Committee by members of our Board or our CEO. The Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee recommends to the Board the slate of directors to serve as managements nominees for election by the shareholders at the Annual Meeting. The Committee will also consider candidates recommended by shareholders. To date we have not engaged any third party to assist in identifying or evaluating potential nominees.
Audit Committee Report
In connection with the financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, the Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed the audited financial statements and the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting with management and Grant Thornton. Grant Thornton represented that its presentations to the Audit Committee included the matters required to be discussed with the independent registered public accounting firm by applicable Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) rules regarding Communication with Audit Committees. Grant Thornton also provided the Audit Committee the letter and written disclosures required by Auditing Standard No. 16, Communications with Audit Committees, and the Audit Committee discussed with Grant Thornton the firms independence. Based on these reviews and discussions, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board that the Companys audited financial statements be included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2017 filed with the SEC. The Board approved this inclusion.
|Patricia M. Hollister||Terrence W. Glarner||Gary R. Maharaj|
In evaluating candidates, the Board will require that candidates possess, at a minimum, a desire to serve on the Companys Board, an ability to contribute to the effectiveness of the Board, an understanding of the function of the board of a public company and relevant industry knowledge and experience. In addition, while not required of any one candidate, the Board would consider favorably industry experience, expertise in business or financial matters, and prior experience serving on the management or boards of publicly traded companies. In evaluating any candidate for director nominee, the Board will also evaluate the contribution of the proposed nominee toward compliance with NASDAQ Stock Market corporate governance requirements concerning board composition.
The Role of Diversity in Choosing Board Candidates
Our goal is to identify the best-qualified director nominees and neither our Board or our Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee have policies requiring the consideration of diversity in identifying nominees. All of our directors and director nominees have extensive experience as either directors or senior managers of publicly traded companies. We believe that our directors experience, independence, diversity in educational backgrounds, and diversity in industry experience contribute to diversity of thought and to an effective Board. Our Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, disability, or sexual preference in selecting director candidates.
Shareholder proposals for nominations to the Board should be submitted to the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee at our offices, 11409 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, 55344. To be considered by the Board for nomination at the next succeeding annual meeting, nominations must be delivered not less than 90 days nor more than 120 days prior to the first anniversary of the mailing of the notice of the preceding years annual meeting. Shareholders proposals must provide the following information for each nominee: (i) the name, age, business address, and residence address of the person; (ii) the principal occupation or employment of the person; (iii) the number of shares of our stock owned by the person; (iv) the written and acknowledged statement of the person that such person is willing to serve as a director; and (v) any other information relating to the person that would be required to be disclosed in a solicitation of proxies for election of directors pursuant to Regulation 14A under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, if the candidate had been nominated by or on behalf of the Board.
Candidates recommended by shareholders will be considered under the same standards as candidates that are identified by the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee. No shareholders submitted director nomination proposals in connection with this years Annual Meeting.
Shareholder Communications With the Board and Director Attendance at Annual Meetings
Shareholders and others who wish to communicate with our Board as a whole or any individual director, may write to them at our offices, 11409 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, 55344. The Secretary will forward any such written communication to the Board, or if indicated, to a specified individual member of the Board, unless the written communication is (i) a personal or similar grievance, a shareholder proposal or related communication, an abusive or inappropriate communication or a communication not related to the responsibilities or duties of the Board, in which case the Secretary has the authority to discard the communication or to take appropriate legal action regarding the communication; or (ii) a request for information about the company, a stock-related matter or any other matter that does not appear to require direct attention by the Board or any individual director, in which case the Secretary will attempt to handle the inquiry or request directly. All such communications will be kept confidential to the extent possible.
We do not have a formal policy regarding attendance by members of the Board at our annual meetings of shareholders, but we encourage our directors to attend. All of our directors except Mr. Kramp attended our 2016 Annual Meeting.
Code of Ethics
We have adopted a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics that applies to all of our employees and directors, including our principal executive officer, principal financial officer, and principal accounting officer. A copy of our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics is available from the Investors section of our Website (www.nve.com).
We intend to post on our Website any amendment to, or waiver from, a provision of our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics that applies to our principal executive officer, principal financial officer, and other employees performing similar functions within four business days following the date of such amendment or waiver.
Our non-employee directors receive cash compensation of $2,000 per quarter, plus an additional $250 per quarter for the Chairman of the Board of Directors and an additional $125 per quarter for the Audit Committee Chair. Directors forfeit unpaid portions of cash compensation upon termination, retirement, disability, or death. In addition to the cash compensation, on each reelection to the Board each non-employee director is automatically granted an immediately vested nonqualified option to purchase 1,000 shares.
The following table summarizes non-employee director compensation in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017:
|Name||Fees Earned or
Paid in Cash ($)
|Terrence W. Glarner||9,000||-||5,500||-||14,500|
|Patricia M. Hollister||8,500||-||5,500||-||14,000|
|Richard W. Kramp||8,000||-||5,500||-||13,500|
|Gary R. Maharaj||8,000||-||5,500||-||13,500|
|*||Grant date fair value of option awards are determined using the Black-Scholes standard option pricing model with the assumptions discussed in Note 6 to the Financial Statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2017. As of March 31, 2017, the named directors held options, all of which were exercisable, to purchase the following numbers of shares: Mr. Glarner, 5,000; Ms. Hollister, 8,000; Mr. Kramp, 3,000; and Mr. Maharaj, 3,000.|
Fees earned or paid in cash for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017 consisted solely of quarterly retainers, the Chairmans fee, and the Audit Committee Chairs fee. We do not provide perquisites to our non-employee Directors.
At the 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, our shareholders voted in favor of an advisory vote regarding the compensation of our Named Executive Officers (NEOs) every year. Following that advisory vote, our Board resolved to hold annual say-on-pay votes, and beginning with the 2012 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, shareholders have had the opportunity approve or not approve the compensation of our NEOs every year.
Shareholders may vote for or against the following resolution (or by abstaining with respect to the resolution):
| ||RESOLVED, that the compensation paid to the companys named executive officers, as disclosed pursuant to Item 402 of Regulation S-K, including the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, compensation tables, and narrative discussion is hereby APPROVED.|
The Board unanimously recommends a vote FOR approval of named executive officer compensation as disclosed in this Proxy Statement.
Because the vote is advisory, it will not be binding on the Board and will not overrule any decision by the Board or require the Board to take any action. However, the Compensation Committee will take the vote into account in future NEO compensation decisions.
SEC rules require shareholders have the opportunity to vote every six calendar years on the frequency of advisory votes on the compensation of our NEOs, similar to Proposal 2 this year. Since the last such vote was in 2011, shareholders have the opportunity this year to vote on the frequency of advisory votes. Shareholders may indicate whether they would prefer that the advisory vote to occur every one, two, or three years. Shareholders may also abstain from voting. Although the vote is non-binding, the Board will consider the outcome in deciding the frequency of executive compensation advisory votes.
The Board unanimously recommends a say-on-pay vote every year. In formulating this recommendation, the Board considered accountability to shareholders and the recommendations of corporate governance service providers. The frequency with the most votes will be considered approved by shareholders.
We have four executive officers. Daniel A. Baker is our principal executive officer and Curt A. Reynders is our principal financial officer. Dr. Bakers biographical information can be found under Proposal 1. Election of Board of Directors. Biographical information for our other executive officers is as follows:
Curt A. Reynders, age 54, has been NVEs Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer since 2006. From 2001 until his promotion to CFO, Mr. Reynders was our controller. Before joining NVE he served in various accounting, auditing, and accounting management positions with public accounting and industry firms. Mr. Reynders earned a B.S. in Accounting and Economics from Morningside College.
Peter G. Eames, age 41, was promoted to Vice President of Advanced Technology from Director of Advanced Technology in fiscal 2017. He has been an NVE employee in various capacities since 2003 when he completed his Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics from the University of Minnesota.
Timothy R. Hazelton, age 52, has been Vice President of Sales since January 2017. He was a senior product manager at Sensonix Incorporated from 2014 until accepting his current position at NVE. Prior to joining Sensonix, Mr. Hazelton was previously an NVE employee in various capacities from 1996 to 2014. He has a BSEE from the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Hazelton is not considered an NEO and his compensation information is therefore not included herein because he was employed for only a portion of fiscal 2017 and consequently his total compensation for fiscal 2017 did not exceed $100,000.
The following table summarizes some of our current NEO compensation best practices:
|What We Do||What We Dont Do|
|CEO and CFO compensation is aligned with performance.
Dr. Baker and Mr. Reynders have performance compensation linked to net income and growth.
Our CEO and CFO have significant exposure to our stock price.
Although they are not required to do so, both our CEO and CFO retain a substantial portion of the shares from the exercise of options they have been granted. As of March 31, 2017, Mr. Baker held company stock with a market value of 23.1 times his fiscal 2017 salary, and Mr. Reynders held a value of 4.9 times his salary.
|We dont overpay.
Our Compensation Committee believes it would be difficult to achieve performance that would result in CEO compensation comparable to public companies with comparable revenues or market capitalization.
We dont unduly dilute our shareholders.
We have a low stock option burn rate and overhang, and none of our NEOs have been granted stock options in the past three years.
We dont have executive perks.
Our NEOs have not received any significant benefits or perquisites other than those offered to all employees. Our NEOs receive no pension benefits, nonqualified deferred compensation, or other post-employment potential payments.
We dont provide golden parachutes.
Like all our employees, our NEOs are employees at will, and dont have change of control or severance agreements.
The principal components of compensation for our CEO and CFO are salary and performance-based compensation based on the Companys income from operations. The Compensation Committee believes that such performance-based compensation incentivizes profitable growth. The principal component of compensation for Vice President of Advanced Technology Dr. Eames is salary.
Pay for Performance
The chart below shows CEO and CFO compensation history and the total shareholder return on our Common Stock for the past five fiscal years. Total shareholder return assumes $100 was invested on March 31, 2012 in our Common Stock with reinvestment of dividends. Although our CEO and CFO total compensation is not directly based on the performance of our Common Stock, it is dependent on financial performance metrics that we expect to drive shareholder value.
CEO Dr. Bakers compensation for the most recent fiscal year consisted primarily of base salary of $290,545 and incentive plan compensation of $82,300. CFO Mr. Reynders total compensation consisted of base salary of $174,327 and incentive compensation of $25,243. Compensation for Dr. Baker and Mr. Reynders increased in fiscal 2017 compared to fiscal 2016 because the companys income from operations increased. Both Dr. Bakers and Mr. Reynders total compensation decreased significantly in fiscal 2016 compared to fiscal 2015 because income from operations decreased.
The Compensation Committee believes it would be difficult to achieve performance that would result in CEO compensation comparable to public companies with comparable revenues or market capitalization. No stock options have been granted to NEOs in the past three fiscal years. All of our employees, including our NEOs, are employees at will, and we have the right to terminate employees at any time, with or without cause.
Compensation Philosophy and Objectives
Our overall philosophy is that compensation levels should be adequate to retain highly qualified personnel but not be unreasonable or excessive. In determining annual compensation for senior managers, we consider the managers position, performance, productivity, recent compensation history, experience, and education. We also take into account whether an employee has options or accumulated wealth from options. The Compensation Committee took into consideration our shareholder say-on-pay vote at our 2016 Annual Meeting and will continue to consider the outcome of say-on-pay votes when making future compensation decisions for our NEOs.
We consider the full range of pay components, including, but not limited to, the desired mix of equity, salary, and performance-based compensation. Performance-based compensation should support goals of profitable growth and improving long-term shareholder value. We consider whether any risks might be created by our compensation polices and practices. At our 2016 Annual Meeting, our shareholders voted for approval of our named executive officer compensation. Although the vote was not binding on the Board, the Compensation Committee took the vote into account in NEO compensation decisions. Our significant compensation and practices and trends are summarized as follows.
Certain of our senior managers sometimes have the opportunity to receive performance-based cash compensation. The Compensation Committee does not set compensation targets, but believes that performance-based compensation is appropriate for those managers if it incentivizes profitable growth, supports our ultimate objective of improving shareholder value, and does not create high pay opportunities relative to comparable companies. The Compensation Committee establishes performance-based compensation criteria at the start of the fiscal year, and has discretion to increase such compensation. The Compensation Committee also has discretion to award bonuses not tied to specific criteria. No such bonuses have been paid to an NEO in the past three fiscal years.
Low Burn Rate and Overhang
Beginning in fiscal 2006, when accounting pronouncements required us to recognize expenses associated with the issuance of options, we have reduced our use of stock options to compensate our NEOs and other employees. No stock options were granted to our NEOs in the past three fiscal years. For fiscal 2017, our burn rate was 0.08%, and our three-year average burn rate from fiscal 2015 through fiscal 2017 was also 0.08%. This was entirely due to options granted to our directors on their election or reelection to our Board. We define burn rate as the number of equity awards granted in the year divided by the undiluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the year. This measures the potential dilutive effect of annual equity grants.
We define overhang as equity awards (options and warrants) outstanding but not exercised, divided by total common shares outstanding. Our overhang as of March 31, 2017 was 0.4%. Including equity awards available to be granted but not granted, our overhang was 3.4%, but since 2006 we have used only a small portion of authorized option shares.
We believe our burn rate and overhang are low in relation to other companies in our industry and reflect a judicious use of equity for compensation.
No Perks Policy
Our senior managers have not received any significant benefits that are not offered to all employees. We offer fringe benefits to all employees, including paid vacations, holidays, 401(k) retirement plans, tuition reimbursement, health insurance, Health Savings Accounts, life insurance, dental insurance, and long-term disability insurance. We believe these benefits help attract and retain employees throughout the Company. The costs of certain of these fringe benefits for our NEOs (see Note 3 to the Summary Compensation Table) are provided as All Other Compensation in the Summary Compensation Table.
No Change in Control Severance Agreements
We have not entered into change of control severance agreements with NEOs or any other employees.
Fiscal 2017 Compensation Decisions
Named Executive Officers Salary
NEOs and other employees receive base salaries to compensate them for services rendered during the fiscal year. Salary levels are typically considered annually as part of our performance review process as well as with promotions or other changes in responsibility. Any changes in our NEOs base salaries are typically effective at the April 1 start of the fiscal year.
For fiscal 2017, Dr. Bakers base salary was $290,545, Mr. Reynders salary was $174,327, and Dr. Eames salary was $150,000. Dr. Bakers base salary increased 3.25% to $300,000 for fiscal 2018, and Mr. Reynders salary also increased 3.25%, to $180,000, and Dr. Eames salary increased 5.5% to $158,250.
Peer Companies and Relative Performance
Our Compensation Committee reviewed performance relative to the following peer group of companies in assessing company and NEO performance for 2017: Clearfield, Inc.; CyberOptics Corp.; Electro-Sensors, Inc.; GSI Technology, Inc.; IntriCon Corporation; MoSys, Inc.; MTS Systems Corporation; Pixelworks, Inc.; Quicklogic Corporation; and Rudolph Technologies, Inc. The Committee approved the group after reviewing potential peer companies including the peer companies identified by Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) in its Proxy Analysis and Benchmark Policy Voting Recommendations for our 2016 Annual Meeting. Inclusion criteria included comparability of business profile, served markets, revenue, number of employees, and market capitalization. The chart below shows two metrics reported by ISS, pretax net margin and return on equity, of the seven profitable constituents of the ten-member peer group:
NVEs return on equity is near the median of the peer group, and our pretax net margin is more than twice that of any company in the peer group. We believe profitability metrics such as pretax net margin are more appropriate for our company than calculations of return such as return on equity because our strong balance sheet distorts such metrics.
The Committee does not rely on peer company compensation data, but does review competitive compensation situationally and reviews trend information such as salary and wage data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Based on such reviews and experience of the Compensation Committee members, the Committee believes the salaries paid both Dr. Baker and Mr. Reynders are lower than comparable positions at public companies with comparable revenues or market capitalization, and that reliance on equity and performance-based compensation provides motivation to facilitate profitable growth and ultimately increase shareholder value.
CEO Performance-Based Compensation
The Compensation Committee does not set compensation targets, but believes that the performance criteria set a high standard, and that it would be difficult to achieve performance that would result in CEO compensation comparable to public companies with comparable revenues or market capitalization and performance. For fiscal 2017, performance-based incentive compensation was 28% of Dr. Bakers salary, compared to 14% of salary in fiscal 2016. Dr. Bakers performance-based compensation was based on performance criteria set by the Compensation Committee at the beginning of the fiscal year, specifically 0.25% of income from operations in fiscal 2017 plus 3% of the increase in income from operations in fiscal 2017 compared to fiscal 2016. Dr. Bakers performance-based compensation had a threshold of positive operating income, meaning no incentive would be paid without income from operations.
CFO Performance-Based Compensation
Mr. Reynders performance-based compensation for fiscal 2017 was based on 0.1% of income from operations in fiscal 2017 plus 0.6% of the increase in income from operations in fiscal 2017 compared to fiscal 2016. Mr. Reynders performance-based compensation had a threshold positive operating income, meaning no incentive would be paid without income from operations. The performance-based compensation criteria were set at the beginning of the fiscal year by the Compensation Committee. The Committee believes that Mr. Reynders performance criteria set a high standard of performance, and that it would be difficult to achieve performance that would result in CFO compensation comparable to public companies with comparable revenues or market capitalization.
The Role of Named Executive Officers in Compensation Decisions
The Compensation Committee makes all compensation decisions for the CEO and his staff, including the NEOs. The Compensation Committee is also responsible for any equity awards to any employee. The CEO annually reviews the performance of each member of his staff. The conclusions reached and recommendations based on these reviews, including salary adjustments and performance-based compensation, if any, are presented to the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee has discretion to change any of the CEOs recommendations. NEOs are not present during deliberations or voting regarding their own compensation.
Tax Implications of Option Awards
Tax Implications of Incentive Stock Option Compensation
Options we award to employees are generally incentive stock options as defined under federal income tax laws. For alternative minimum tax purposes incentive stock options are treated as nonstatutory stock options. Employees realize no taxable income and we are not entitled to a deduction at the time an incentive stock option is granted. If certain statutory employment and holding period conditions are satisfied before the employee disposes of shares acquired from the exercise, no taxable income results from the exercise and we are not entitled to any deduction. If the statutory holding periods are met, any gain or loss realized by the employee is treated as a capital gain or loss and we are not entitled to a deduction.
Except in the event of death, if shares acquired by an employee on the exercise of an incentive stock option are disposed of by the employee before the expiration of the statutory holding periods (a disqualifying disposition), the employee is considered to have realized as compensation, taxable as ordinary income in the year of disposition, an amount, not exceeding the gain realized on such disposition, equal to the difference between the exercise price and the fair market value of the shares on the date of exercise. We are entitled to a deduction at the same time and for the same amount as the employees deemed realized ordinary income. Any gain or loss in excess of the amount treated as compensation is treated as a capital gain or loss. If the employee pays the option price with shares that were originally acquired pursuant to the exercise of an incentive stock option and the statutory holding periods for such shares are not met, the payment shares are considered a disqualifying disposition.
Tax Implications of Nonstatutory Stock Option Compensation
Options awarded to non-employee directors are generally nonstatutory stock options. The director realizes no taxable income, and we are not entitled to a deduction at the time a nonstatutory stock option is granted. At the time shares are transferred to the director on exercise of a nonstatutory stock option, the director realizes ordinary income, and we are entitled to a deduction equal to the excess of the fair market value of the stock on the date of exercise over the option price. On disposition of the shares, any additional gain or loss realized by the director is taxed as a capital gain or loss.
Summary Compensation Table
The following table summarizes the compensation paid to our NEOs in the past three fiscal years:
|Daniel A. Baker||2017||290,545||-||-||82,300||12,504||385,349|
|President and CEO||2016||284,013||-||-||40,869||12,504||337,386|
|Curt A. Reynders||2017||174,327||-||-||25,243||10,541||210,111|
|Chief Financial Officer||2016||170,408||-||-||16,348||10,157||196,913|
|Peter G. Eames(3)
|Vice President, Advanced Technology|
|*Less than $10,000
|(1)||Paid based on performance achieved during the fiscal year under plans approved
by our Compensation Committee at the beginning of the fiscal years and described
in Compensation Discussion and Analysis.
|(2)||Includes contributions made to 401(k) savings plans and Health Savings Accounts
on behalf of NEOs, and life and long-term disability insurance premiums paid on
behalf of NEOs. NEOs participate in these benefit programs under the same terms
as all other employees.
|(3)||Dr. Eames was not an NEO prior to his promotion to Vice President in fiscal 2017.|
Grants of Plan-Based Awards
There were no non-stock grants of incentive plan awards, stock-based incentive plan awards, or awards of options, restricted stock or similar instruments to any of our NEOs in the past fiscal year.
Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year End
None of our NEOs has had any form of equity award other than options, and neither had any equity-based awards outstanding as of March 31, 2017.
Option Exercises and Stock Vested
None of our NEOs exercised any options during fiscal 2017. There was no additional vesting of any NEOs options during the fiscal year, and our NEOs held no options as of the end of the fiscal year.
We have an employment agreement with Dr. Baker that set his initial salary and contains non-competition, confidentiality, and assignment of invention provisions benefiting the Company. The agreement may be terminated by either Dr. Baker or us on thirty days written notice. In addition, we may terminate Dr. Bakers employment for cause or upon his death or incapacity. We have an agreement with Mr. Reynders relating to non-competition, confidentiality, and assignment of invention provisions benefiting the Company.
Our NEOs receive no pension benefits, nonqualified deferred compensation, or other post-employment potential payments. Our NEOs are eligible to participate in our 401(k) retirement plan under the same terms as other employees.
Setting Named Executive Officers Compensation
We have no pre-established policy or target for the allocation between salary and performance-based compensation. The Compensation Committee does not use a comparison with a specific compensation peer group because we do not believe there are public companies of comparable size devoted substantially to all of the same markets in which we compete.
The Compensation Committee Committee charter provides that the Committee may, in its sole discretion, retain or obtain the advice of a compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser. The Committee has not employed such advisers because it does not believe it is a necessary use of company resources, and we believe members of our Compensation Committee, by virtue of experience in compensation management and service on other boards, have reasonable knowledge of compensation practices.
Under Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, in the event of misconduct that results in a financial restatement that would have reduced a previously paid incentive amount, we can recoup those improper payments from our CEO and CFO in what are commonly called clawbacks. We also plan to implement a clawback policy in accordance with Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Act after the SEC or the NASDAQ issues guidance related to such policies.
Fiscal 2017 Named Executive Officer Compensation
For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, the principal components of compensation for NEOs were salary, plus and performance-based compensation for Dr. Baker and Mr. Reynders.
Based on a review by our management and our Compensation Committee, we have determined that we have no employee compensation policies or practices that create risks that are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the company. Dr. Baker and Mr. Reynders hold significant company stock or stock options. Such meaningful ownership in company provides incentives to avoid excessive risks. Other risk-mitigating factors include operational oversight by management and compensation committee, frequent business reviews, and an appropriately balanced pay mix between fixed and variable pay.
We have reviewed and discussed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis required by Regulation S-K Item 402(b) with management and, based on such review and discussions, we recommended to the Board that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this proxy statement.
|Terrence W. Glarner||Patricia M. Hollister||Richard W. Kramp|
Our Audit Committee has selected Grant Thornton LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm to audit our financial statements for fiscal 2017 and recommends that shareholders ratify the selection.
Grant Thornton audited our financial statements from fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2017. At our 2016 Annual Meeting, shareholders ratified the selection of Grant Thornton. Shareholder ratification of our independent registered public accounting firm is not required by our Articles of Incorporation, but our Board is submitting the selection for ratification as a matter of good corporate practice. We expect representatives of Grant Thornton to be at our 2017 Annual Meeting and they will have the opportunity to make a statement if they wish. We also expect them to be available to respond to appropriate questions. If our shareholders fail to ratify the selection Grant Thornton, our Audit Committee will reconsider its engagement. Even if the selection is ratified, the Committee in its discretion may direct the selection of different independent auditors at any time during the year if it determines that such a change would be in our companys and shareholders best interests.
The Board unanimously recommends a vote FOR the ratification of the selection of Grant Thornton LLP.
Fees Billed to Us by Our Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm During Fiscal 2017 and 2016
We incurred total fees from Grant Thornton of $115,000 relating to the audit of the March 31, 2017 financial statements, review of the financial statements included in fiscal 2017 quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other matters directly relating to the fiscal 2017 audit. Fees were $103,400 relating to the audit of the March 31, 2016 financial statements.
Tax, Audit-Related, and All Other Fees
Fees billed to us by to Grant Thornton relating to tax return preparation and other tax compliance matters were $10,375 in fiscal 2017 and $11,094 in fiscal 2016. We did not incur any fees for audit-related services in fiscal 2017 or 2016, and no other fees for services were billed to us by Grant Thornton during fiscal 2017 or 2016.
Audit Committee Independence and Preapproval Policy
To ensure that our independent registered public accounting firm is engaged only to provide audit and non-audit services that are compatible with maintaining its independence, the Audit Committee has a policy that requires the Committee to review and approve all services to be provided by our accounting firm before the firm is engaged to provide those services. The Committee considers non-audit services and fees when assessing auditor independence, and determined that tax return preparation and other tax compliance services is compatible with maintaining our accounting firms independence. To date Grant Thornton has not performed any other audit-related or non-audit services. If it becomes necessary to engage the independent auditor for additional services not contemplated in the original preapproval, the Company will obtain the specific preapproval of the Committee before engaging the auditor. The preapproval policy requires the Audit Committee to be informed of each service performed by the auditor, and the policy does not include any delegation of the Committees responsibilities to management. The Audit Committee may delegate preapproval authority to one or more of its members. The member with such delegated authority will report any preapprovals to the entire Committee at its next scheduled meeting. The Audit Committee approved all fees paid to our accounting firms described in the sections above.
A copy of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, including financial statements, accompanies this Notice of Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement. The Annual Report was filed with the SEC on May 3, 2017. No portion of the Annual Report is incorporated into this proxy statement or is to be considered proxy-soliciting material. On written request we will provide a copy of our Annual Report on Form 10-K without charge to anyone receiving a copy of this proxy statement. Such written requests should be addressed to Curt A. Reynders, our Secretary, at the address on the cover page of this Proxy Statement.
|By Order of the Board of Directors|
Curt A. Reynders
|Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
June 19, 2017
The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR each of the Director nominees, and FOR Proposals 2 and 4, and ONE YEAR for proposal 3:
|1.||Elect five directors.|
|01||Terrence W. Glarner||03||Patricia M. Hollister||05||Gary R. Maharaj|
|02||Daniel A. Baker||04||Richard W. Kramp|
|[ ]||Vote FOR all nominees
(except as marked)
|[ ]||Vote WITHHELD
from all nominees
|Instructions: To withhold authority to vote for any nominee, strike a line through the name(s).|
|2.||Advisory approval of named executive officer compensation.|
|[ ] FOR||[ ] AGAINST||[ ] ABSTAIN|
|3.||Advisory vote on the frequency of votes on executive compensation.|
|[ ] 1 YEAR||[ ] 2 YEARS||[ ] 3 YEARS||[ ] ABSTAIN|
|4.||Ratify the selection of Grant Thornton LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.|
|[ ] FOR||[ ] AGAINST||[ ] ABSTAIN|
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IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE 2017 ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS TO BE HELD ON AUGUST 3, 2017: 1) The Companys Proxy Statement for the 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, 2) Shareholder Letter, and 3) Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2017 are available at www.nve.com/AnnualReports.
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THIS PROXY, WHEN PROPERLY EXECUTED, WILL BE VOTED IN THE MANNER SPECIFIED HEREIN BY THE UNDERSIGNED SHAREHOLDER. IF NO SPECIFICATION IS MADE, THIS PROXY WILL BE VOTED FOR EACH OF THE DIRECTOR NOMINEES, FOR PROPOSALS 2 AND 4, AND ONE YEAR FOR PROPOSAL 3. THE PROXIES ARE AUTHORIZED TO VOTE THIS PROXY IN THEIR DISCRETION WITH RESPECT TO OTHER MATTERS WHICH MAY PROPERLY COME BEFORE THE MEETING.
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