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  • Another Day, Another Excessively Paid CEO - SeekingAlpha 1/16/07

    Another Day, Another Excessively Paid CEO
    SeekingAlpha 1/16/07

    Another Day, Another Excessively Paid CEO

    David Phillips (10Q Detective) submits: Accounting fraud and executive peccadilloes aside, there are few business activities the news media—including us—delights in exposing as much as excessive executive compensation. Add Disney CEO Bob Iger’s just announced $24.9 million pay package for fiscal year ended September 2006 to that growing list.

    According to its Proxy, filed late on Friday, the entertainment-media conglomerate revealed that Messer. Iger’s compensation included $2 million in salary, a $15 million cash bonus, and a $4.3 million payout from the vesting of performance options. Messer. Iger also received $666,000 expense reimbursements for auto benefits ($14,400), personal air travel ($67,879), and security ($578,656); and, $2.92 million in Disney stock options granted (exercise price – $24.87 per share) during the company's fiscal year, ended Sept. 30.

    Prior to taking over from Mike Eisner in October 2005, Iger was Disney’s President and COO. He received $9.24 million in salary and cash bonus, $500,000 in restricted stock, 274,241 stock options, and other compensation of $1.02 million.

    In setting the target bonus for Iger, the Compensation Committee heavily weighted his bonus to the Company’s actual performance against each of the performance goals established at the outset of the year. Performance goals for fiscal 2006 bonuses were based upon the following four corporate financial measures: operating income; free cash flow; economic profit (net operating profit after tax, minus a charge for capital employed in the business, based on the cost of capital); and, earnings per share.
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    Re: Another Day, Another Excessively Paid CEO - SeekingAlpha 1/16/07

    WHOA!! Did anyone else catch this part?

    Messer. Iger also received $666,000 expense reimbursements for auto benefits ($14,400), personal air travel ($67,879), and security ($578,656)


    Almost $600,000 for security? What kind of enemies does this man have?
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    • #3
      Re: Another Day, Another Excessively Paid CEO - SeekingAlpha 1/16/07

      Originally posted by BlueSkyDriveBy View Post
      WHOA!! Did anyone else catch this part?

      Messer. Iger also received $666,000 expense reimbursements for auto benefits ($14,400), personal air travel ($67,879), and security ($578,656)


      Almost $600,000 for security? What kind of enemies does this man have?
      I don't know, but for $600,000 he could have his own version of the Pope Mobile as he tools around the Disney lot...

      It does make you wonder... Does Disney have a secrite service?

      Walt's "badge" he showed off in that DL 10th Aniversary show may not have been far from truth...
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        Re: Another Day, Another Excessively Paid CEO - SeekingAlpha 1/16/07

        Originally posted by cellarhound View Post
        I don't know, but for $600,000 he could have his own version of the Pope Mobile as he tools around the Disney lot...
        :lol:
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        • #5
          Re: Another Day, Another Excessively Paid CEO - SeekingAlpha 1/16/07

          Another excerpt from the original article:


          Employment Agreement
          The value of unexercised in-the-money options that Iger holds, exercisable and unexercisable was valued at an additional $14.4 million and $7.1 million, respectively (as of 9/30/06).



          So... even when WDC sucks canal water, Iger is still
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          • #6
            Re: Another Day, Another Excessively Paid CEO - SeekingAlpha 1/16/07

            And yet, no one seems to mind when Johnny Depp gets paid $20 million each for POTC2 and POTC3.
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              Re: Another Day, Another Excessively Paid CEO - SeekingAlpha 1/16/07

              Things like this are why Tomororwland is why it is, etc. You see, this is NOT Mr. Iger's park - it's Walt Disney's. If Disney was getting this pay, he'd put it right back into his 'baby' - so to speak.

              I highly doubt Mr. Iger will put any of his EXTREME pay back into the betterment of Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom - because it's not 'his'.

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                Re: Another Day, Another Excessively Paid CEO - SeekingAlpha 1/16/07

                Originally posted by Disneyland Daddy View Post
                Things like this are why Tomororwland is why it is, etc. You see, this is NOT Mr. Iger's park - it's Walt Disney's. If Disney was getting this pay, he'd put it right back into his 'baby' - so to speak.

                I highly doubt Mr. Iger will put any of his EXTREME pay back into the betterment of Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom - because it's not 'his'.
                Technically, Disneyland belongs to the shareholders. Iger owns a lot of Disney shares as does Steve Jobs, the largest single shareholder along with many other disney shareholders.
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                  Re: Another Day, Another Excessively Paid CEO - SeekingAlpha 1/16/07

                  Originally posted by BlueSkyDriveBy View Post
                  So... even when WDC sucks canal water, Iger is still guaranteed a cash bonus of no less than $7.25 million.

                  What is more upsetting is Iger was "handed" the job... There was no compitition no real barganing for pay...

                  Me? I am willing to do the same job for $500 thousand a year (this is matches compensation that Costco CEO makes) with a stock option incentive capped at $1 mill, with an expense account of up to $250,000 and keys to the company retreat house in Colorado.

                  Yeah, that would about do it for me... I could live comfortably on that...

                  Of course I could flip out and do what Steve Jobs does, and take one dollar.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Another Day, Another Excessively Paid CEO - SeekingAlpha 1/16/07

                    ummm walt would have put it into his pocket actually he would have put it into wed or retlaw and then his pocket. That was how things were done when he was alive.

                    Iger may have been "handed " the job but from what I can see under his rule the stock has increased at least 50%. I believe his contract is for five years so lets see how he does for the rest of the deal. I do think that his bonus should be attached to performance and not have a guaranteed amount. frankly I don't like bonuses per say. I think instead salaries should be evaluated on an annual basis and if the CEO hits certain performance targets then his salary for the next year is increased based on the target amounts. that way part of the salary is performance based and part isn't.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Another Day, Another Excessively Paid CEO - SeekingAlpha 1/16/07

                      When Iger's compensation is recorded in the accounting spreadsheets, essentially it will be recorded as "employee compensation." It is plain wrong to pay any individual that much money. Yet the mindless and ethically challenged "experts" on Wall Street think paying such a large pecentage of total employee compensation to a single individual is just fine. And companies that don't follow that policy get punished:

                      Case in point: reduce Iger's pay to $500k and spend the left over $24 million on raises for hourly employees. This will cause said Wall Street schmucks to have a brain aneurysm and tell everyone the company (Disney) is being mismangaged and the stock price will plumment. Even though not one penny more is being spent on employee compensation.

                      This same scenario is being played out in companies all across the USA and in Europe. The middle class is being eliminated before our very eyes. Soon there will only be the rich and the very poor. They are spending as much as they always have on labor, only its being concentrated in the upper crust of management.

                      As more people realize this, Mr. Iger's need for security is bound to go up. Maybe thats why he spends so much money on it. I feel sorry for anyone who has to live in fear like that.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Another Day, Another Excessively Paid CEO - SeekingAlpha 1/16/07

                        Originally posted by DisneyDarian View Post
                        As more people realize this, Mr. Iger's need for security is bound to go up. Maybe thats why he spends so much money on it.
                        Could also explain why the shareholder meeting is not being held in Orlando this year, as was promised at the last shareholder meeting in Anaheim. Iger's afraid of too many disgruntled WDW cast members showing up with pesky questions, eh?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Another Day, Another Excessively Paid CEO - SeekingAlpha 1/16/07

                          Originally posted by cellarhound View Post
                          Me? I am willing to do the same job for $500 thousand a year (this is matches compensation that Costco CEO makes) with a stock option incentive capped at $1 mill, with an expense account of up to $250,000 and keys to the company retreat house in Colorado.
                          Costco CEO makes $350k+$103k in 'other' comp.. and is sitting on 1.2 million stock option shares.. valued last Dec at 15.4 MILLION. He also sold a cool 12.7 million's worth last year. So 500k is a bit decieving. CEOs almost never get pure salary.. their whole life is performanced based.

                          Plus, I don't know how fair of a comparison that is.. the CEO of a retailer vs the CEO of a global entertainment conglomerate (with 5x the profit revenue too).

                          Disney is a top brand in the world.. you would expect the management to be getting top-grade pay when they perform.

                          And as for the Steve Jobs comment about $1.. yet just another form of creative compensation. The $1 doesn't count the millions Apple awarded him in terms of other compensation (options, a jet, the expenses to run the jet, etc)

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