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UNITED STATES

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THE McCLATCHY COMPANY

2100 Q Street

Sacramento, California 95816

 

April 5, 2019

 

To our Shareholders:

 

I am pleased to invite you to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of The McClatchy Company (the “Company”) on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., Pacific Time, to be held virtually by means of a live webcast.  You will be able to attend the Annual Meeting, vote your shares electronically and submit your questions during the live webcast of the meeting by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/MNI2019 and entering your 16-digit control number included in the notice containing instructions on how to access Annual Meeting materials, your proxy card, or the voting instructions that accompanied your proxy materials. You will not be able to attend the Annual Meeting in person.

 

At this year’s meeting, you are being asked to: (i) elect directors for the coming year; (ii) ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as McClatchy’s independent registered public accounting firm; (iii) approve an amendment to The McClatchy Company 2012 Omnibus Incentive Plan, as amended and restated (the “2012 Incentive Plan”) to increase the number of shares of Class A Common Stock authorized for issuance under the 2012 Incentive Plan; and (iv) consider a shareholder proposal described in the Proxy Statement, if properly presented at the Annual Meeting.  The notice of meeting and Proxy Statement that follow this letter describe these items in detail. Please take the time to read these materials carefully.

 

Your Board of Directors unanimously recommends that you vote in accordance with the Board’s recommendations on the four  (4) proposals included in the Proxy Statement.

 

As noted above, you will be able to attend, vote and submit questions from your home or any remote location by following the instructions on www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/MNI2019.

 

Whether or not you plan to attend, it is important that your shares be represented. Even if you plan to attend the meeting, please complete, sign, date and return the enclosed proxy card or submit your proxy by telephone or over the internet to ensure that your shares will be represented at the meeting. Even if you have voted by internet, telephone or proxy card, you may still vote electronically if you attend the virtual annual meeting, which will revoke votes by proxy previously submitted, and only your meeting vote will be counted for purposes of determining shareholder approval. If you are the beneficial owner of shares held through a broker or other nominee, you may vote in accordance with the instructions provided by your broker or nominee.

 

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Sincerely,

 

 

 

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Craig I. Forman

 

President and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 


 

 

THE McCLATCHY COMPANY

2100 Q Street

Sacramento, California 95816

 

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS OF
THE McCLATCHY COMPANY

TO BE HELD MAY 16, 2019

 

To our Shareholders:

 

The 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of The McClatchy Company will be held virtually by means of a live webcast on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., Pacific Time, for the following purposes:

 

1.To elect eleven (11) directors to serve until the next annual meeting and until their successors are elected or appointed and qualified or until their earlier resignation or removal;

 

2.To ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as McClatchy’s independent registered public accounting firm for the 2019 fiscal year;

 

3.To approve an amendment to The McClatchy Company 2012 Omnibus Incentive Plan, as amended and restated (the “2012 Incentive Plan”) to increase the number of shares of Class A Common Stock authorized for issuance under the 2012 Incentive Plan;

 

4.To consider a shareholder proposal described in the Proxy Statement, if properly presented at the Annual Meeting; and

 

5.To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting.

 

The Board of Directors of McClatchy has chosen the close of business on March 21, 2019, as the record date to identify those shareholders entitled to notice of and to vote at the virtual Annual Meeting. This notice, the attached Proxy Statement and the enclosed proxy card for the meeting are first being made available to shareholders on or about April 5, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

By Order of the Board of Directors

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Billie S. McConkey, Corporate Secretary

April 5, 2019

 

 

YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT!

 

WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE VIRTUAL ANNUAL MEETING, PLEASE COMPLETE, SIGN, DATE AND RETURN THE ENCLOSED PROXY IN THE ENCLOSED REPLY ENVELOPE OR SUBMIT YOUR PROXY BY TELEPHONE OR OVER THE INTERNET AS DIRECTED ON YOUR PROXY. THE SUBMISSION OF YOUR PROXY WILL NOT LIMIT YOUR RIGHT TO ATTEND OR VOTE ELECTRONICALLY AT THE VIRTUAL ANNUAL MEETING.

 


 

 

EXPLANATORY NOTE

The McClatchy Company (“McClatchy” or the “Company”) is a “smaller reporting company,” as defined in Item 10 of Regulation S-K promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and has elected to provide in this Proxy Statement certain scaled disclosures permitted under the Exchange Act for smaller reporting companies. Under the scaled disclosure obligations, the Company is not required to provide, among other things, a Compensation Discussion and Analysis, a compensation committee report and certain other tabular and narrative disclosures relating to executive compensation.

 

 


 

 

 

 

THE McCLATCHY COMPANY

2100 Q Street

Sacramento, California 95816

 

PROXY STATEMENT

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

The enclosed proxy card is solicited on behalf of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of The McClatchy Company, a Delaware corporation, with its principal executive offices at 2100 Q Street, Sacramento, California 95816 (“McClatchy” or the “Company”). This proxy card is for use at McClatchy’s 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) to be held virtually by means of a live webcast on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., Pacific Time.

 

This Proxy Statement contains important information regarding the Annual Meeting, the proposals on which you are being asked to vote, information you may find useful in determining how to vote and voting procedures.

 

As of the close of business on March 21, 2019, the record date, there were outstanding 5,460,617 shares of McClatchy’s Class A Common Stock and 2,428,191 shares of McClatchy’s Class B Common Stock. The Board is first making available this Proxy Statement and form of proxy card to shareholders on or about April 5, 2019.

 

Classes of Stock and Voting Rights

 

In accordance with McClatchy’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation, the Company is authorized to issue shares of two classes of Common Stock: Class A Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share, and Class B Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share. Class A shareholders have the right, voting as a separate class, to elect that number of directors constituting 25% (or the nearest larger whole number) of the total number of members of the Board of Directors and to remove any director elected by the Class A shareholders. On all matters other than the election and removal of Class A directors, holders of Class A Common Stock vote together with holders of Class B Common Stock as a single class where each share of Class A Common Stock entitles the holder to one-tenth (1/10) of a vote.

 

Class B shareholders have the right, voting as a separate class, to elect that number of directors not elected by the Class A shareholders and to remove any director elected by the Class B shareholders. On all matters on which Class B shareholders are entitled to vote, each share of Class B Common Stock entitles the holder to one vote.

 

Form of Ownership

 

For each share that you own, regardless of the class from which it issues, your name or the name of someone appointed by you (for example, a broker or other nominee) appears in the Company’s records as the owner of that share. If your name appears in the Company’s records, you are considered the record owner of that share. If the name of someone appointed by you appears in the Company’s records, you are considered the beneficial owner of that share. Because ownership status is determined by reference to a particular share, a shareholder who owns more than one share may be both a shareholder of record and a beneficial owner.

 

Methods of Voting

 

You may vote at the virtual Annual Meeting or by submitting a proxy through the mail, by telephone or over the internet.

 

Voting at the Virtual Annual Meeting

 

If you were the record owner of at least one share of McClatchy’s Class A or B Common Stock as of the close of business on March 21, 2019, the record date, or if you hold a valid proxy from the record owner of at least

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one share of McClatchy’s Class A or B Common Stock as of the close of business on the record date, you are entitled to attend the virtual Annual Meeting and vote electronically. Instructions on how to vote during the Annual Meeting webcast are posted at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/MNI2019.  Shareholders will be able to log into the virtual Annual Meeting platform beginning at 8:45 a.m., Pacific Time, on May 16, 2019. We recommend that shareholders log in approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the Annual Meeting. The virtual Annual Meeting will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m., Pacific Time, on May 16, 2019. Votes submitted during the Annual Meeting must be received no later than the closing of the polls announced at the Annual Meeting.

 

Even if you plan to attend the virtual Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors encourages you to complete, sign, date and submit a proxy card. You may revoke your proxy at any time prior to the close of the polls at the virtual Annual Meeting (see the section entitled “Revoking Your Proxy” below). If you attend the virtual Annual Meeting and vote electronically, your vote at the meeting will revoke any proxies previously submitted. Simply attending the meeting will not revoke your proxy.

 

Voting by Proxy

 

If you are a record owner, you may submit a proxy in any or all of the methods described below. The proxy last executed by you and submitted electronically prior to the close of the polls at the meeting will revoke all previously submitted proxies.

 

If you authorize the McClatchy proxy holders to vote on your behalf, your shares will be voted in accordance with your directions. If you do not provide voting directions, your shares will be voted FOR each of the Class A nominees for director proposed by the Board of Directors if you hold Class A shares; FOR each of the Class B nominees for director proposed by the Board of Directors if you hold Class B shares; and FOR the ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as McClatchy’s independent registered public accounting firm;  FOR the approval of the amendment to The McClatchy Company 2012 Omnibus Incentive Plan, as amended and restated (the “2012 Incentive Plan”), to increase the number of shares of Class A common stock authorized for issuance under the 2012 Incentive Plan; and AGAINST the shareholder proposal to implement a majority vote in the Company’s governance documents.    Whether or not you provide voting directions, your proxy, when properly executed, will be voted in the discretion of the proxy holders upon such other matters as may properly come before the meeting and postponement or adjournment thereof.

 

If you are the beneficial owner of shares held through a broker or other nominee, your broker or nominee should provide you with information regarding the methods by which you can direct your broker or nominee to vote your shares. Your broker or nominee might send you, for example, a voting instruction card, similar to the Company’s proxy card, to be completed, signed, dated and returned to your broker or nominee by a date in advance of the meeting, and/or information on how to communicate your voting instructions to your broker or nominee by telephone or over the internet.

 

Submitting Proxy by Mail. By completing, signing, dating and returning the proxy card in the enclosed prepaid and addressed envelope, you are authorizing the individuals named on the proxy card to vote your shares at the meeting in the manner you indicate. We encourage you to sign and return the proxy card even if you plan to attend the virtual Annual Meeting. In this way, your shares will be voted if you are unable to attend the meeting. If you received more than one proxy card, it is a likely indication that your shares are held in multiple accounts. Please sign and return all proxy cards to ensure that all of your shares are voted.

 

Submitting Proxy by Telephone. To submit a proxy by telephone, please follow the instructions included on your proxy card. If you submit a proxy by telephone, you do not need to complete and mail your proxy card.

 

Submitting Proxy on the Internet. To submit a proxy on the internet, please follow the instructions included on your proxy card. If you submit a proxy on the internet, you do not need to complete and mail your proxy card.

 

Revoking Your Proxy

 

You may revoke your proxy at any time prior to the close of voting at the meeting by doing any one of the following:

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complete, sign, date and submit another proxy (a properly executed, valid proxy will revoke any previously submitted proxies);

 

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provide written notice of the revocation to McClatchy’s corporate secretary; or

 

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attend the virtual Annual Meeting and vote electronically by no later than the closing of the polls at the meeting.

 

Quorum Requirement

 

A quorum, which under McClatchy’s By-Laws, as Amended and Restated (the “By-Laws”), is a majority of the voting power of the issued and outstanding capital stock of the Company, must be present in person or represented by proxy in order to hold the meeting and to conduct business; provided that, when any specified action is required to be voted upon by a class of stock voting as a class, the holders of a majority of the shares of such class shall be requisite and shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of such specified action. Shares are counted as being present at the meeting if you appear at the virtual Annual Meeting or if you have your shares represented by proxy, either through the mail, by telephone or over the internet. If any broker non-votes (as described below) are present at the meeting, they will be counted as present for the purpose of determining a quorum.

 

Broker Non-Votes

 

If you are the beneficial owner of shares held through a broker, bank or other nominee, and your broker, bank or other nominee transmits proxy materials to you, but you do not return voting instructions, applicable regulations of the NYSE American LLC (“NYSE American”) permit your broker, bank or other nominee to vote your shares on certain routine matters without your instruction. Such regulations also list various non-routine matters as to which your broker, bank or other nominee may not vote your shares without your instruction. A vote that your broker, bank or other nominee does not have authority to cast pursuant to applicable regulations is known as a “broker non-vote.” To the extent that broker non-votes are applicable with respect to matters at the Annual Meeting, they will be treated as shares present for purposes of determining a quorum, but will not be treated as shares present and entitled to vote on that matter. If you hold your shares through a broker, bank or other nominee it is critical that you cast your vote if you want it to count in the vote of Items 1, 3 and 4 of this Proxy Statement. Your broker, bank or other nominee will have discretion to vote any uninstructed shares on Item 2 of this Proxy Statement.

 

Votes Required for the Proposals

 

Only Class A shareholders are entitled to vote on the nominees for Class A director. If you are a Class A shareholder, with respect to each nominee for Class A director, you may vote for the nominee or you may withhold your vote. If you withhold your vote with respect to any or all nominees for Class A director, your vote will be counted as present for purposes of determining a quorum but will not be counted as a vote in favor of the proposal. The three nominees for Class A director receiving the highest number of votes from Class A shareholders, in person or by proxy, will be elected as the Class A directors.

 

Only Class B shareholders are entitled to vote on the nominees for Class B director. If you are a Class B shareholder, with respect to each nominee for Class B director, you may vote for the nominee or you may withhold your vote. If you withhold your vote with respect to any or all nominees for Class B director, your vote will be counted as present for purposes of determining a quorum but will not be counted as a vote in favor of the proposal. The eight nominees for Class B director receiving the highest number of votes from Class B shareholders, in person or by proxy, will be elected as the Class B directors.

 

In accordance with McClatchy’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation, on all matters other than the election of directors presented at the meeting holders of Class A Common Stock vote together with holders of Class B Common Stock as a single class where each share of Class A Common Stock entitles the holder to one-tenth (1/10) of a vote, and each share of Class B Common Stock entitles the holder to one vote.  If you abstain from voting with respect to a particular proposal, your vote will be counted as present for purposes of determining a quorum and present at the meeting and entitled to vote on the subject matter. With respect to Items  2, 3 and 4 in this Proxy Statement, under the

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Delaware General Corporation Law and applicable NYSE American rules, the affirmative vote of the majority of shares present in person or represented by proxy at the meeting and entitled to vote is required and an abstention has the same effect as a vote against the proposal.  With respect to election of directors, abstentions will have no effect on the outcome of the proposal since director nominees are elected by a plurality of the votes cast by the applicable class of McClatchy common shareholders.

 

Voting Confidentiality

 

Proxies, ballots and voting tabulations are handled on a confidential basis to protect your voting privacy. Information will not be disclosed except as required by law.

 

Voting Results

 

Preliminary voting results will be announced at the meeting and the final voting results will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) in a Current Report on Form 8-K within four business days of the Annual Meeting. After the report is filed, you may obtain a copy by:

 

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visiting our website at www.mcclatchy.com;

 

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contacting our Investor Relations department at (916) 321-1931; or

 

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viewing our Current Report on Form 8-K on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

 

Proxy Solicitation Costs

 

McClatchy will bear the entire cost of solicitation, including the preparation, assembly, printing and mailing of the proxy materials. McClatchy will reimburse brokerage houses and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries for their reasonable out-of-pocket expenses for forwarding proxy and solicitation material to McClatchy shareholders. Employees of McClatchy and its subsidiaries may also solicit proxies personally and by telephone. The expense for this would be nominal.

Attending the Virtual Annual Meeting

McClatchy will be hosting this year’s Annual Meeting live over webcast at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/MNI2019.  This year’s Annual Meeting will be a completely virtual meeting. A summary of the information you need to attend the Annual Meeting online is provided below:

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All shareholders can attend the Annual Meeting over the Internet at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/MNI2019;

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Shareholders will be able to access the virtual Annual Meeting platform 15 minutes prior to the Annual Meeting, which will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m., Pacific Time, on May 16, 2019;

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Only shareholders as of the record date may vote or submit questions while attending the Annual Meeting (by using the 16-digit control number provided in your Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, your proxy card, or the voting instructions that accompanied your proxy materials);

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Instructions on how to attend the Annual Meeting are posted at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/MNI2019; and

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A replay of the Annual Meeting will be available online for approximately 12 months following the meeting date.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE VIRTUAL ANNUAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON MAY 16, 2019. This Proxy Statement and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2018 are available at www.proxyvote.com.

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PROPOSALS

 

Item 1. Election of Directors

 

Overview

 

In accordance with McClatchy’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, Class A shareholders have the right, voting as a separate class, to elect that number of directors constituting 25% (or the nearest larger whole number) of the total number of members of the Board of Directors. Class B shareholders have the right, voting as a separate class, to elect that number of directors not elected by the Class A shareholders. Only Class A shareholders are entitled to vote on the nominees for Class A director, and only Class B shareholders are entitled to vote on the nominees for Class B director.

 

At the 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, eleven (11) directors are to be elected to serve until the 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and until their successors are elected or appointed and qualified or until their earlier resignation or removal.  Vijay Ravindran, a Class B director, will serve on the Board until the 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, after which time the size of the Board will be decreased to an eleven-person Board.  In 2018,  all of the nominees for election are directors of McClatchy who were elected by shareholders at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. If any director nominee is unable or declines to serve as a director at the time of the annual meeting, the Board may, by resolution, provide for a lesser number of directors or designate a substitute director to fill the vacancy.

 

A brief biography for each nominee for director, grouped by class, appears below. In addition, certain individual qualifications and skills of our directors that contribute to the Board’s effectiveness as a whole are described below. Following the biographies of director nominees, the section entitled “Other Executive Officers” contains a brief biography for each of McClatchy’s non-director executive officers. Although the biographies of McClatchy’s non-director executive officers are presented under the section entitled “Proposals,” no action with respect to McClatchy’s non-director executive officers is sought from, or is to be taken by, the shareholders. The biographies of McClatchy’s non-director executive officers are presented under this section merely for convenient reference.

 

Voting Matters

 

Only Class A shareholders are entitled to vote on the nominees for Class A director. If you are a Class A shareholder, with respect to each nominee for Class A director, you may vote for the nominee or you may withhold your vote. If you withhold your vote with respect to any or all nominees for Class A director, your vote will be counted as present for purposes of determining a quorum but will not be counted as a vote in favor of the proposal. The three nominees for Class A director receiving the highest number of votes from Class A shareholders, in person or by proxy, will be elected as the Class A directors.

 

Only Class B shareholders are entitled to vote on the nominees for Class B director. If you are a Class B shareholder, with respect to each nominee for Class B director, you may vote for the nominee or you may withhold your vote. If you withhold your vote with respect to any or all nominees for Class B director, your vote will be counted as present for purposes of determining a quorum but will not be counted as a vote in favor of the proposal. The eight nominees for Class B director receiving the highest number of votes from Class B shareholders, in person or by proxy, will be elected as the Class B directors.

 

Abstentions and broker non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of Item 1 since the director nominees are elected by a plurality of the votes cast by the applicable classes of McClatchy common shareholders.

 

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE “FOR” EACH OF THE NOMINEES.

 

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Nominees for Class A Director

 

Elizabeth Ballantine,  70, has been a director of McClatchy since March 1998. Prior to joining the Board of Directors, Ms. Ballantine was a director of Cowles Media Company, a position she had held since 1993. Since 1999, Ms. Ballantine has been president of EBA Associates, a consulting firm. From 1993 to 1999, she was an attorney in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin and Oshinsky LLP. From 1990 until 1993, she worked as a private consultant advising clients on international business investments. Ms. Ballantine is a life trustee of Grinnell College in Iowa and was chair of the Governing Board of the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. Since December 2004, Ms. Ballantine has been a director of the mutual funds of the Principal Financial Group of Des Moines, Iowa. She also serves on the board of directors of Durango Herald, Inc. of Durango, Colorado. Ms. Ballantine has significant experience and knowledge of media and publishing stemming from her service on the board of directors of Cowles Media Company as well as her involvement with her family-owned newspaper in Durango, Colorado.

 

Anjali Joshi,  58, has been a director of McClatchy since July 31, 2017.  Ms. Joshi is currently Vice President for Product Management at Google, Inc., and has held various positions there since 2006, including Search and News. Prior to joining Google, Ms. Joshi served as Executive Vice President of Engineering for Covad Communications, Inc. from 1998 to 2003. Ms. Joshi also held positions at AT&T Bell Labs working in the areas of voice and high-speed data from 1990 to 1998. Ms. Joshi’s experience as an accomplished technology and digital executive brings additional platform experience and technical acumen to the Board as the Company transitions into the digital landscape.  

 

Maria Thomas, 55,  has been a director of McClatchy since August 2016.  Since 2017 Ms. Thomas has been an angel investor and founder of Axios Ventures, LLC.  Prior to that, in 2016, Ms. Thomas served as the interim CEO and strategic advisor to Glamsquad, a NYC-based startup offering beauty services on demand.  From February 2013 to August 2015, Ms. Thomas served as Chief Marketing and Consumer Officer for SmartThings, a pioneer in the consumer Internet of Things arena.  She helped SmartThings navigate its two year journey from launch on Kickstarter to a $200 million sale to Samsung.  From 2008 to 2010, Ms. Thomas was the first non-founder CEO at Etsy, where under her leadership, Etsy became a trusted global brand with seven million customers and a trusted e-commerce platform serving hundreds of thousands of sellers with gross merchandise sales of more than $300 million.  From 2001 to 2008, she was SVP and GM of NPR Digital.  She was a driving force behind NPR’s successful transformation from a radio-only company to a best-in-class, multimedia enterprise. Ms. Thomas currently serves on the board of directors and the compensation committee of Control4Corp, a public company that provides personalized automation and control solutions, since February 2018 and the privately held digital textile printing and e-commerce company, Spoonflower.  Ms. Thomas started her career on Wall Street as a financial analyst and spent seven years with World Bank Group as an Investment Officer with the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s private sector arm.  Ms. Thomas’ deep digital management and product experience, her work with investors and venture capitalists, and background in media make her uniquely suited to helping McClatchy develop new business models for public service journalism. Ms. Thomas’ expertise also qualifies her to serve as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined by Item 407(d)(5)(ii) of Regulation S-K.

 

Nominees for Class B Director

 

Leroy Barnes, Jr.,  67, has been a director of McClatchy since September 2000. Mr. Barnes is the retired vice president and treasurer of PG&E Corporation, a position he held from 2001 to 2005. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Barnes was vice president and treasurer of Gap, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Barnes held various executive positions with Pacific Telesis Group/SBC Communications. Earlier in his career, Mr. Barnes was a consultant at Touche Ross & Co., a predecessor of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Barnes is also a member of the boards of directors of Frontier Communications, Inc. since May 2005, and Principal Funds, Inc. and Principal Variable Contracts, Inc., each since March 2012. He has also been a trustee of Principal ETF, Inc. since December 2014. Mr. Barnes had also served as a member of the board of directors of Herbalife, Ltd. from December 2004 to February 2015. Mr. Barnes’ experience as a finance executive at other publicly-traded companies as well as his service on other boards position him to critically review and oversee various managerial, strategic, financial and compliance-based considerations applicable to McClatchy. Mr. Barnes’ expertise also qualifies him to serve as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined by Item 407(d)(5)(ii) of Regulation S-K.

 

Molly Maloney Evangelisti,1  66, has been a director of McClatchy since July 1995. She worked in various capacities for The Sacramento Bee from October 1978 to December 1996, including the oversight of special projects.

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As a longtime McClatchy employee, with nearly 20 years of hands-on experience at The Sacramento Bee, Ms. Evangelisti has an extensive knowledge of the Company’s people and business.

 

Craig I. Forman, 57, has been President and Chief Executive Officer of McClatchy since January 2017 and a director of McClatchy since July 2013. Prior to his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Forman was a private investor and entrepreneur. From 2006 until 2009, Mr. Forman served as president of consumer access and audience business of the Atlanta-based internet services provider Earthlink. Earlier, Mr. Forman served as the Vice President and general manager for Yahoo’s media and information divisions, overseeing Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Sports and Yahoo! Finance.  Mr. Forman led internet and new media divisions at Time Warner, a cable television company, was the vice president for product development and editor at the search engine Infoseek, and was the director and editor of international business information services for Dow Jones, a publishing and financial information firm. Since 2009, Mr. Forman has served as a director on a variety of public and private company boards. Until March 2015, Mr. Forman was the executive chairman of the board of Appia, Inc., a Durham, N.C., based mobile-applications marketer and distributor. In connection with the completion of Digital Turbine, Inc.’s merger with Appia, Inc. in March 2015, Mr. Forman was appointed to Digital Turbine, Inc.’s board of directors; he resigned from the Digital Turbine board upon his appointment as McClatchy’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Forman has served on the board of Yellow Media, Inc., a Canadian publisher of print and digital business directories, since 2012. Previously, Mr. Forman served as executive chairman of WHERE, Inc., a leading mobile-advertising technology network, until it was acquired by eBay Inc. in 2011. Mr. Forman began his career as a foreign correspondent and editor for The Wall Street Journal. He worked as a deputy bureau chief in The Wall Street Journal’s London bureau and later served as bureau chief in the newspaper’s Tokyo bureau. Mr. Forman’s digital, business and media experience, which focused on helping companies successfully navigate and thrive in the digital landscape, and extensive knowledge of the Company, make him a valuable asset to the Company. This experience and his knowledge of the Company’s day-to-day operations as President and Chief Executive Officer put him in a position to work proactively with the Board to develop and implement the Company’s business strategy in the coming years.

 

Brown McClatchy Maloney,1  63, has been a director of McClatchy since September 2004. Mr. Maloney is the owner of Radio Pacific and the operator of KONP radio, an ABC affiliate, and two additional radio stations in western Washington State. Mr. Maloney is also the owner of Olympic View Properties and Cedar Ridge Properties, both Washington state real estate companies. In addition, Mr. Maloney serves as a member of the board of directors of The Seattle Times Company. From 1988 through November 2011, he was the owner of Olympic View Publishing, a weekly newspaper company in Washington State. From 1974 to 1987, prior to his ownership of Olympic View Publishing and Radio Pacific, Mr. Maloney held various circulation and advertising positions at the Anchorage Daily News,  The Sacramento Bee and The Fresno Bee. He served as the president of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association from 1996 to 1997 and is the former president of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation. Mr. Maloney’s ownership of various newspapers and radio stations provides him with valuable insight into McClatchy’s business strategy and industry challenges. He also has valuable executive leadership, management and entrepreneurial experience.

 

Kevin S. McClatchy,1  56, has been a director of McClatchy since September 1998, and non-executive Chairman of the Board since May 2012. From 1996 to 2007, he was the managing general partner and chief executive officer of the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball team. From 1994 to 1995, he was president of the Northern California Sports Development Group and The Modesto A’s, a minor league baseball team. Mr. McClatchy held various positions with McClatchy from 1990 to 1994, including serving as sales director for The Newspaper Network, Inc., advertising director at the Amador Ledger Dispatch and sales representative for The Sacramento Bee. As a former senior executive officer of a professional and minor league sports franchise, Mr. McClatchy has demonstrated leadership capability and extensive knowledge of the complex financial, operational and personnel issues facing large organizations. In addition, his years of experience working at McClatchy have given him extensive knowledge of its business.

 

William McClatchy,1  57, has been a director of McClatchy since September 2004. Mr. McClatchy is an entrepreneur, journalist and currently a real estate investor.  He formerly managed Index Investing’s ETFzone.com, a website supplying content concerning exchange-traded index funds. In 1999, Mr. McClatchy co-founded indexfunds.com, a website for index investing content. From 1987 through 1991, Mr. McClatchy served in a variety of editorial positions for computer magazines, including staff writer at PC Week and MAC Week, and microcomputing editor at Information Week. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. McClatchy worked as a reporter for The Fresno Bee.  

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Mr. McClatchy’s founding of a financial and investing website, in conjunction with his continued involvement in the digital world as editor of ETFzone.com, positions him to offer unique knowledge and perspective of McClatchy’s digital business and assets.

 

Theodore R. Mitchell, 63,  assumed the Presidency of the American Council on Education on September 1, 2017.  Prior to that he was the Under Secretary of the United States Department of Education from May 2014 until January 2017, responsible for all post-secondary and adult education policy programs as well as the $1.3 trillion Federal Student Aid Portfolio. Prior to his federal service, Dr. Mitchell served for ten years as CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund, a national investor in education technology from September 2005 to May 2014. He served, as well, as President of the California State Board of Education, President of Occidental College, and in a variety of leadership roles at UCLA, including Vice Chancellor. Dr. Mitchell was deputy to the President and to the Provost at Stanford University and began his career as a professor at Dartmouth College where he also served as Chair of the Department of Education. Dr. Mitchell served as a McClatchy Director from September 2001 until May 2014. Dr. Mitchell was re-elected to the Board of McClatchy in May 2017.  Dr. Mitchell has also been serving on the board of overseers of TIAA, a major financial services company, since December 2018.  Dr. Mitchell’s experience as a leader in education, business and public policy provides the Board with valuable insights into the needs of McClatchy’s communities and its business development strategy.

 

Clyde W. Ostler, 72,  has been a director of McClatchy since May 2013. In March 2011, Mr. Ostler retired from Wells Fargo and Company as a Group Executive Vice President, Vice Chairman of Wells Fargo Bank California and President of Wells Fargo Family Wealth. During his 40-year tenure with Wells Fargo, Mr. Ostler served in a number of capacities including Vice Chairman in the Office of the President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Auditor, Head of Retail Branch Banking, Head of Information Technology, Head of Institutional and Personal Investments and Head of Internet Service. Mr. Ostler was a member of Wells Fargo’s management committee for over 25 years. He has served on a number of for-profit and not-for-profit boards. He is currently a member of the board of directors and chair of the Audit Committee of EXLService Holdings, Inc., a position he has held since December 2007. From May 2002 to November 2006, Mr. Ostler served on the board of directors of Mercury Interactive Corporation and from November 1999 to November 2004, was a member of the board of directors of BARRA, Inc. Mr. Ostler is currently on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Directors’ Advisory Council. Mr. Ostler has extensive experience serving on boards of directors of public companies and his years of senior executive experience at a large financial institution give him significant executive leadership, management and financial oversight experience. His experience and background qualify him to serve as one of the Board’s “audit committee financial experts” as defined by Item 407(d)(5)(ii) of Regulation S-K.

 


1Molly Maloney Evangelisti and Brown McClatchy Maloney are siblings. Kevin S. McClatchy and William McClatchy are cousins to each other and to Ms. Evangelisti and Mr. Maloney.

 

Other Executive Officers

 

Elaine Lintecum, 63, has been Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of McClatchy since May 2012, prior to which she was Treasurer of McClatchy since December 2002. Ms. Lintecum joined McClatchy in 1988 as the corporate analyst responsible for external financial reporting and for SEC compliance. She was promoted to investor relations manager in 1993, was named assistant treasurer and director of treasury services in 2000 and became Treasurer in 2002. Prior to joining McClatchy, Ms. Lintecum worked for Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, a predecessor of Deloitte & Touche LLP, as a certified public accountant. Ms. Lintecum serves on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Times Company, The Ponderay Newsprint Company and the River City Bank.

 

Scott Manuel, 43, has been Vice President, Customer and Product since October 9, 2017. Prior to joining McClatchy, Mr. Manuel held various positions beginning in 2010 at Thomson Reuters, which included Vice President, Technology Strategy & Architecture – Healthcare, Intellectual Property & Science, Vice President, Global Data Center Operations and his last position was Vice President, Head of Strategic Product Management & Delivery - Applied Innovation.

 

Billie S. McConkey, 48,  is McClatchy’s Vice President of People,  General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, roles she has held since 2015. Ms. McConkey worked with McClatchy as special employment counsel from 2006 until

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March 2015. Previously, from 2000 to 2006, Ms. McConkey was special labor counsel for Knight Ridder, Inc. and from 1998 to 2000, Ms. McConkey was vice president, labor and employment counsel for Central Newspapers, Inc. Ms. McConkey was also an associate at the law firms, Brown & Bain P.A. (a predecessor of Perkins Coie LLP) and Bryan Cave LLP from 1995 to 1998.

 

Andrew Pergam, 40, has been Vice President, News Operations and New Ventures at McClatchy since November 1, 2016. He began his professional career as an on-air television reporter in Connecticut in 2001. He transitioned into management in 2008, leading digital efforts at an NBC-owned property. In 2010, he returned to Washington, D.C. as editorial director of a journalism institute based at American University. The following year he joined The Washington Post, where as a senior editor and head of video, he helped reshape the operation and launch a number of new initiatives. Mr. Pergam joined McClatchy in 2014 to develop a comprehensive video strategy across all markets with responsibilities in editorial, product and revenue areas. In his current role, Mr. Pergam continues to build the video operation and has taken on business development and corporate development functions, including management and growth of the company’s portfolio of strategic investments. He sits on the board of Matter, a venture fund and media accelerator, and advises a number of other startups.

 

Mark Zieman, 58, has been Vice President, Operations of McClatchy since June 2011, and has assumed additional responsibilities in his role as Vice President, Operations since June 30, 2015, overseeing McClatchy’s 30 local media properties, and the corporate advertising and production teams. Prior to his corporate appointment, Mr. Zieman served as president and publisher of The Kansas City Star from March 2008 to June 2011, and as editor, managing editor and an investigative reporter at The Kansas City Star from 1986 to 2008.

 

Item 2. Ratification of Deloitte &Touche LLP as McClatchy’s Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

Overview

 

The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors has appointed, subject to ratification by the shareholders, Deloitte & Touche LLP as its independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 29, 2019. Representatives of Deloitte & Touche LLP will be present at the Annual Meeting and will have an opportunity to make a statement if they desire. They will also be available at the Annual Meeting of shareholders to respond to appropriate questions.

 

Fees Billed to McClatchy by Deloitte & Touche LLP

 

The following table shows the fees paid or accrued by McClatchy for the audit and other services provided by Deloitte & Touche LLP for fiscal 2018 and 2017:  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

2018

 

2017

Audit Fees(1)

    

$

2,690,000

    

$

3,121,080

Audit-Related Fees(2)

 

 

115,000

 

 

60,000

Tax Fees

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

All Other Fees

 

 

 200,000

 

 

 —

Total

 

$

 3,005,000

 

$

3,181,080


(1)

Audit fees represent fees for professional services provided in connection with the audit of our financial statements and our controls over financial reporting and review of our quarterly financial statements and audit services provided in connection with other statutory or regulatory filings.

 

(2)

Audit-related fees consisted primarily of accounting consultations, employee benefit plan audits and other attestation services.

 

In considering the services provided by Deloitte & Touche LLP, the Audit Committee discussed the nature of the services with the independent auditors and management and determined that the services were compatible with the provision of independent audit services permitted under the rules and regulations of the SEC and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. All of the amounts reflected in the table above were approved according to the Audit Committee’s pre-approval policy described below.

 

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Audit Committee Pre-approval Policy

 

To ensure the independence of our independent accountants and to comply with applicable securities laws, the NYSE American Listed Company Rules, and the Audit Committee charter, the Audit Committee is responsible for reviewing, deliberating and, if appropriate, pre-approving all audit, audit-related, and non-audit services to be performed by the independent accountants. For that purpose, the Audit Committee has established a policy and related procedures regarding the pre-approval of all audit, audit-related, and non-audit services to be performed by our Company’s independent accountants (the “Pre-Approval Policy”).

 

The Pre-Approval Policy provides that our Company’s independent accountants may not perform any audit, audit-related, or non-audit service for McClatchy, subject to those exceptions that may be permitted by applicable law, unless: (1) the service has been pre-approved by the Audit Committee; or (2) subject to the procedure established by the Audit Committee or by the chairman of the Audit Committee if the fees for services involved are less than $50,000.

 

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE “FOR” RATIFICATION OF THE APPOINTMENT OF DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP AS MCCLATCHY’S INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM.

 

Item 3.  To approve an amendment to the 2012 Incentive Plan to increase the number of shares of Class A Common Stock authorized for issuance under the 2012 Incentive Plan. 

   

We are asking our shareholders to consider and to approve an amendment (the “Amendment”) to The McClatchy Company 2012 Incentive Plan, as amended and restated (the “2012 Incentive Plan”). 

   

Upon recommendation of the Compensation Committee, on March 20, 2019, the Board adopted the Amendment, subject to approval by the shareholders at the Annual Meeting.  If approved by our shareholders, the Amendment would increase the number of shares of our Class A Common Stock reserved for issuance under the 2012 Incentive Plan by 750,000 shares.  The Amendment makes no other changes to the existing terms of the 2012 Incentive Plan.

   

The purpose of the 2012 Incentive Plan is to (i) provide incentives to eligible persons to motivate them to expend maximum effort to improve the business result and earnings of the Company by providing an opportunity to acquire or increase a direct proprietary interest in the operations and future success of the Company and (ii) provide a means of recruiting, rewarding, and retaining key personnel.  To this end, the 2012 Incentive Plan provides for the grant of stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, restricted stock units (including deferred stock units), unrestricted stock, dividend equivalent rights, performance shares, other performance-based awards, and cash incentive awards.

   

If the shareholders fail to approve the Amendment, the 2012 Incentive Plan will continue, and compensatory equity-based compensation will continue under the 2012 Incentive Plan to the extent shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock are available for issuance thereunder. As of March 20, 2019, there were 90,406 shares available for future grants under the 2012 Incentive Plan (without giving effect to additional shares that may become available upon the future expiration, forfeiture, or cancellation of outstanding awards). The Board and the Compensation Committee believe that, if the Amendment is not approved, our ability to align the interests of key personnel with shareholders through equity-based compensation would be compromised, disrupting our compensation program and impairing our ability to recruit, retain, and reward key personnel, or requiring us to shift our compensation plan to include more cash compensation.    

   

Summary of the Material Terms of the 2012 Incentive Plan, as amended by the Amendment 

   

A summary of the material terms of the 2012 Incentive Plan, as amended by the Amendment, is set forth below. This summary is qualified in its entirety by the detailed provisions of the 2012 Incentive Plan, as amended by the Amendment, a copy of which is attached as Appendix A to this Proxy Statement and which is incorporated by reference into this proposal.  We encourage our shareholders to read and refer to the complete plan document in Appendix A for a more complete description of the 2012 Incentive Plan, as amended by the Amendment. 

   

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Amendment Date; Amendment, Suspension, and Termination.  The 2012 Incentive Plan originally became effective as of January 24, 2012 (the “Effective Date”), was amended and restated as of March 23, 2017, and will be further amended as of May 16, 2019 (the “Amendment Date”), subject to approval by our shareholders on such date. Unless terminated sooner in accordance with the terms of the 2012 Incentive Plan or extended with shareholder approval, the 2012 Incentive Plan will terminate on the day before the tenth anniversary of the Effective Date, January 23, 2022.  Our Board may amend, suspend, or terminate the 2012 Incentive Plan at any time; provided that no amendment, suspension, or termination may impair the rights or obligations under outstanding awards, without the consent of the grantee.  Our shareholders must approve any amendment to the 2012 Incentive Plan to the extent determined by the Board or if such approval is required under applicable law or NYSE American regulations.  Our shareholders also must approve any amendment that changes the no re-pricing, option pricing, and stock appreciation right pricing provisions of the 2012 Incentive Plan.

   

Administration of the 2012 Incentive Plan.  The 2012 Incentive Plan generally is administered by a committee consisting of two or more directors of the Company. Each such director is required to qualify as an “independent director” under the New York Stock Exchange listing rules, a “non-employee director” within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act, and an “outside director” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code. At this time, the committee is the Compensation Committee and may be a subcommittee of the Compensation Committee that satisfies the foregoing requirements. The Board is also authorized to appoint one or more committees of the Board consisting of one or more directors of the Company who need not be non-employee directors. Any such committees would be authorized to administer the 2012 Incentive Plan with respect to participants in the 2012 Incentive Plan who are not Company “officers” within the meaning of Rule 16a-1(f) under the Exchange Act or Company directors and, in this capacity, would be authorized to grant awards under the 2012 Incentive Plan to such participants and to determine all terms of such awards. The Compensation Committee may delegate to a designated officer the power and authority to grant awards to non-executive employees. References below to the Compensation Committee include a reference to the Board, another committee appointed by the Board, or designated officer for those periods in which the Board, such other committee appointed by the Board, or designated officer is acting.

   

Eligibility.  All of our employees and the employees of our subsidiaries and affiliates are eligible to receive awards under the 2012 Incentive Plan. In addition, our non-employee directors and certain consultants and advisors to the Company and its affiliates may receive awards under the 2012 Incentive Plan, other than incentive stock options.  Approximately six executive officers, eleven non-employee directors, and 3,158 employees of the Company and its subsidiaries are eligible to participate in the 2012 Incentive Plan as of the date hereof. 

   

Share Authorization and Limits.  If the Amendment to the 2012 Incentive Plan is approved by our shareholders, an additional 750,000 shares of Class A Common Stock will be reserved for issuance under the 2012 Incentive Plan, and the maximum number of shares of Class A Common Stock that may be issued under the 2012 Incentive Plan, consisting of authorized but unissued shares or issued shares that have been reacquired by the Company, will be equal to the sum of (i) 1,750,000 shares of Class A Common Stock (which includes the original share pool of 500,000 shares, plus the 500,000 share pool added as of March 23, 2017, plus the new share pool of 750,000 shares), plus (ii) the number of shares of Class A Common Stock available for future awards under the prior plan as of May 16, 2012, plus (iii) the number of shares of Class A Common Stock related to awards outstanding under the prior plan as of May 16, 2012 that thereafter terminate by expiration or forfeiture, cancellation, or otherwise without the issuance of such shares of Class A Common Stock.  The maximum number of shares of Class A Common Stock available for issuance pursuant to incentive stock options granted under the Plan will be the same as the number of shares of common stock available for issuance under the Plan.

   

Shares of Class A Common Stock that are subject to awards will be counted against the 2012 Incentive Plan’s share limit as of the date of grant as one share for every one share subject to the award. If any awards terminate, expire, or are canceled, forfeited, exchanged, or surrendered without having been exercised or paid or if any awards are forfeited or expire or otherwise terminate without the delivery of any shares of Class A Common Stock or are settled in cash in lieu of shares of Class A Common Stock, the shares subject to such awards will again be available for purposes of the 2012 Incentive Plan.  However, the number of shares of Class A Common Stock available for issuance under the 2012 Incentive Plan will not be increased by the number of shares of common stock (i) tendered, withheld, or subject to an award surrendered in connection with the exercise of an option, (ii) deducted or delivered from payment of an award payment in connection with the Company’s tax withholding obligations, (iii) purchased by the

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Company with proceeds from option exercises, or (iv) not issued upon the net settlement or net exercise of a stock-settled stock appreciation right.

   

The maximum number of shares of Class A Common Stock subject to options or stock appreciation rights that may be granted under the 2012 Incentive Plan to any person in a calendar year is 150,000 shares. The maximum number of shares subject to awards other than options or stock appreciation rights that may be granted under the 2012 Incentive Plan to any person in a calendar year is 150,000 shares. The maximum amount that may be paid for a single cash-settled performance-based award for any performance period is $5 million.  

   

The number and kinds of shares of common stock for which awards may be made under the 2012 Incentive Plan, including the limits described above, and the number of shares and exercise prices of outstanding awards will be adjusted proportionately and accordingly by the Compensation Committee if the number of outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock is increased or decreased or the shares of Class A Common Stock are changed into or exchanged for a different number of shares or kind of capital stock or other securities of the Company on account of any recapitalization, reclassification, stock split, reverse stock split, spin-off, combination of stock, exchange of stock, stock dividend, or other distribution payable in capital stock, or other increase or decrease in shares of common stock effected without receipt of consideration by the Company.

   

Fair Market Value Determination.  For so long as our Class A Common Stock remains listed on the NYSE American (or listed on any other established securities exchange or traded on any other securities market), the fair market value of a share of Class A Common Stock will be the closing price for a share as quoted on such exchange or market for such date. If there is no reported closing price on such date, the fair market value of a share of Class A Common Stock will be the closing price of the Class A Common Stock on the last preceding date for which such quotation exists.  If our Class A Common Stock is not listed on an established securities exchange or traded on an established securities market, the Compensation Committee will determine the fair market value in good faith by reasonable application of a reasonable valuation method, in a manner consistent with Section 409A of the Code.  On March 21, 2019, the closing price of our Class A Common Stock as reported on the NYSE American was $5.33 per share.

   

Options.  The 2012 Incentive Plan authorizes our Compensation Committee to grant incentive stock options (as defined in Section 422 of the Code) and options that do not qualify as incentive stock options (“non-qualified options”).  To the extent that the aggregate fair market value of shares of Class A Common Stock determined on the date of grant with respect to which incentive stock options are exercisable for the first time during any calendar year exceeds $100,000, the option will be treated as a non-qualified option. The exercise price of each option will be determined by the Compensation Committee, provided that the exercise price will be equal to or greater than 100% of the fair market value of the shares of Class A Common Stock on the date of grant. If we were to grant incentive stock options to any 10 percent shareholder, the exercise price may not be less than 110% of the fair market value of our Class A Common Stock on the date of grant.

   

The term of an option cannot exceed ten years from the date of grant. If we were to grant incentive stock options to any 10 percent shareholder, the term cannot exceed five years from the date of grant. The Compensation Committee determines at what time or times each option may be exercised and the period of time, if any, after retirement, death, disability, or termination of employment during which options may be exercised. Options may be made exercisable in installments. The vesting and exercisability of options may be accelerated by the Compensation Committee.  Awards of options are nontransferable, except for transfers by will or the laws of descent and distribution.

   

Stock Appreciation Rights.  The 2012 Incentive Plan authorizes our Compensation Committee to grant stock appreciation rights that provide the grantee with the right to receive, upon exercise of the stock appreciation right, cash, shares of Class A Common Stock, or a combination of the foregoing. The amount that the recipient will receive upon exercise of the stock appreciation right generally will equal the excess of the fair market value of our Class A Common Stock on the date of exercise over the stock appreciation right’s exercise price, which must be equal to or greater than 100% of the fair market value of our Class A Common Stock on the date of grant. Stock appreciation rights will become exercisable in accordance with terms determined by our Compensation Committee. Stock appreciation rights may be granted in tandem with an option grant or independently from an option grant. The term of a stock appreciation right cannot exceed ten years from the date of grant.  Awards of stock appreciation rights are nontransferable, except for transfers by will or the laws of descent and distribution. 

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Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units.  The 2012 Incentive Plan also authorizes the Compensation Committee to grant restricted stock and restricted stock units (including deferred stock units).  Subject to the provisions of the 2012 Incentive Plan, the Compensation Committee will determine the terms and conditions of each award of restricted stock and restricted stock units, including the restricted period for all or a portion of the award, the restrictions applicable to the award, and the purchase price (if any) for the shares of Class A Common Stock subject to the award.  Restricted stock and restricted stock units may vest solely by the passage of time and/or pursuant to achievement of performance goals, and the restrictions and/or the restricted period may differ with respect to each award of restricted stock and restricted stock units.  An award will be subject to forfeiture if events specified by the Compensation Committee occur before the lapse of the restrictions.  During the period, if any, when shares of restricted stock and restricted stock units are non-transferable or forfeitable or prior to the satisfaction of any other restrictions prescribed by the Compensation Committee, a grantee is prohibited from selling, transferring, assigning, pledging, or otherwise encumbering or disposing of his or her shares of restricted stock or restricted stock units.    

   

A grantee of restricted stock will have all the rights of a shareholder, including the right to vote the shares and receive dividends or distributions on the shares, except to the extent limited by the Compensation Committee or the 2012 Incentive Plan.  Grantees of restricted stock units will have no voting or dividend rights or other rights associated with share ownership, although the Compensation Committee may award dividend equivalent rights on such units.  Grantees will not vest in dividends paid on restricted stock or in dividend equivalent rights paid on restricted stock units unless the underlying awards vest.

   

Dividend Equivalent Rights.  The 2012 Incentive Plan authorizes our Compensation Committee to grant dividend equivalent rights, which are rights entitling the grantee to receive credits for dividends or distributions that would be paid if the grantee had held a specified number of shares of Class A Common Stock underlying the right.  The Compensation Committee may grant dividend equivalent rights to a grantee in connection with an award under the 2012 Incentive Plan, or without regard to any other award, except that no dividend equivalent rights may be granted in connection with, or related to, an option or stock appreciation right. Dividend equivalent rights may be settled in cash, shares of Class A Common Stock, or a combination of the foregoing, in a single installment or in multiple installments, as determined by the Compensation Committee. A dividend equivalent right granted as a component of another award may provide that the dividend equivalent right will be settled upon exercise, settlement, or payment of, or lapse of restrictions on, the other award, and that the dividend equivalent right will expire or be forfeited or annulled under the same conditions as the other award, and a dividend equivalent right granted as a component of another award also may contain terms and conditions that are different from the terms and conditions of the other award, except in each case that dividend equivalent rights credited as a component of another award may not vest unless the underlying award vests.

   

Performance-Based Awards.  The 2012 Incentive Plan authorizes the Compensation Committee to grant performance-based awards, ultimately payable in shares of Class A Common Stock or cash, in such amounts and upon such terms as determined by the Compensation Committee. Each grant of a performance-based award will have an initial cash value or an actual or target number of shares of Class A Common Stock that is established by the Compensation Committee at the date of grant. The Compensation Committee may set performance goals in its discretion that, depending on the extent to which they are met, will determine the value and/or number of performance-based awards that will be paid out to a grantee. The Compensation Committee will establish the performance periods for these performance-based awards.  

   

Form of Payments.  The exercise price for any option or the purchase price (if any) for restricted stock or vested restricted stock units is generally payable (i) in cash or cash equivalents, (ii) to the extent the award agreement provides, by the surrender of shares of common stock (or attestation of ownership of shares of common stock) with an aggregate fair market value, on the date of such surrender, of the exercise price or purchase price, (iii) to the extent permissible by applicable law and to the extent the award agreement provides, by payment through a broker in accordance with procedures set forth by the Company, or (iv) to the extent the award agreement provides and/or unless otherwise specified in an award agreement, any other form permissible by applicable law, including net exercise, net withholding, and service rendered to the Company or our affiliates.

   

Change in Control.  If the Company experiences a change in control: (i) immediately before the change in control, all outstanding options and stock appreciation rights will vest, and all outstanding restricted stock, restricted

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stock units, and dividend equivalent rights will vest, and all shares of Class A Common Stock and/or cash subject to such awards will be delivered, and (ii) at the Compensation Committee’s discretion, either (a) all options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, restricted stock units, and dividend equivalent rights will be terminated and cashed out or redeemed for securities of equivalent value, and/or all options and stock appreciation rights will become exercisable for a period before the change in control, or (b) the Company may make a provision in writing for the assumption and continuation of such awards.  Performance-based awards will vest (i) if less than half of the performance period has lapsed, at target or (ii) if half or more of the performance period has lapsed, at actual if determinable or at target if actual is not determinable. 

   

In summary, a change in control occurs under the 2012 Incentive Plan if:

   

 

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The sale, lease, conveyance or other disposition of all or substantially all of the Company’s assets to any “person” (as such term is used in Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act), entity, or group of persons acting in concert;

   

 

· 

 

Any “person” or group of persons (other than any member of the McClatchy family or any entity or group controlled by one or more members of the McClatchy family) becoming the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing 50% or more of the total voting power represented by the Company’s then outstanding voting securities;

   

 

· 

 

A merger or consolidation of the Company with any other corporation, other than a merger or consolidation that would result in the voting securities of the Company outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into voting securities of the surviving entity or its controlling entity) at least 50% of the total voting power represented by the voting securities of the Company or such surviving entity (or its controlling entity) outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation;

   

 

· 

 

A contest for the election or removal of members of the Board that results in the removal from the Board of at least 50% of the incumbent members of the Board; or

   

 

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The occurrence of a “Rule 13e-3 transaction” as such term is defined in Rule 13e-3 under the Exchange Act.

   

No Repricing.  Except in connection with certain corporate transactions involving the Company, we may not: (i) amend the terms of outstanding options or stock appreciation rights to reduce the exercise price of such outstanding options or stock appreciation rights; (ii) cancel outstanding options or stock appreciation rights in exchange for or substitution of options or stock appreciation rights with an exercise price that is less than the exercise price of the original options or stock appreciation rights; or (iii) cancel outstanding options or stock appreciation rights with an exercise price above the current fair market value in exchange for cash or other securities, in each case, unless such action (a) is subject to and approved by the Company’s shareholders or (b) would not be deemed to be a repricing under the rules of the NYSE American or any established stock exchange or securities market on which our Class A Common Stock is listed or publicly traded.

   

Summary of U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences

   

The U.S. federal income tax consequences of awards under the 2012 Incentive Plan for participants and the Company will depend on the type of award granted.  The following summary description of U.S. federal income tax consequences is intended only for the general information of shareholders and is not intended to be exhaustive. A participant in the 2012 Incentive Plan should not rely on this description and instead should consult his or her own tax advisor for the application of federal, state, local, or foreign income, employment, and other taxes to the grantee’s own particular circumstances.

   

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Incentive Stock Options.  The grant of an incentive stock option will not be a taxable event for the grantee or for the Company. A grantee will not recognize taxable income upon exercise of an incentive stock option (except that the alternative minimum tax may apply), and any gain (or loss) realized upon a disposition of our Class A Common Stock received pursuant to the exercise of an incentive stock option will be taxed as long-term capital gain (or loss) if the grantee holds the shares of Class A Common Stock for at least two years after the date of grant and for one year after the date of exercise (the “holding period requirement”). We will not be entitled to any business expense deduction with respect to the exercise of an incentive stock option, except as discussed below.

   

For the exercise of an incentive stock option to qualify for the foregoing tax treatment, the grantee generally must be our employee or an employee of our subsidiary from the date the incentive stock option is granted through a date within three months before the date of exercise of the option.

   

If all of the foregoing requirements are met except the holding period requirement mentioned above, the grantee will recognize ordinary income upon the disposition of the Class A Common Stock in an amount generally equal to the excess of the fair market value of the Class A Common Stock at the time the option was exercised over the option exercise price (but not in excess of the gain realized on the sale). The balance of the realized gain, if any, will be capital gain. If we comply with applicable reporting requirements and with the restrictions of Section 162(m) of the Code, we will be allowed a business expense deduction to the extent the grantee recognizes ordinary income.

   

Non-Qualified Options.  The grant of a non-qualified option will not be a taxable event for the grantee or the Company. Upon exercising a non-qualified option, a grantee will recognize ordinary income in an amount equal to the difference between the exercise price and the fair market value of the Class A Common Stock on the date of exercise. Upon a subsequent sale or exchange of shares acquired pursuant to the exercise of a non-qualified option, the grantee will have taxable capital gain or loss, measured by the difference between the amount realized on the disposition and the tax basis of the shares of Class A Common Stock (generally, the amount paid for the shares plus the amount treated as ordinary income at the time the option was exercised).

   

If we comply with applicable reporting requirements and with the restrictions of Section 162(m) of the Code, we will be entitled to a business expense deduction in the same amount and generally at the same time as the grantee recognizes ordinary income.

   

A grantee who has transferred a non-qualified option to a family member by gift will realize taxable income at the time the non-qualified option is exercised by the family member. The grantee will be subject to withholding of income and employment taxes at that time. The family member’s tax basis in the shares of Class A Common Stock will be the fair market value of the shares of Class A Common Stock on the date the non-qualified option is exercised. The transfer of vested non-qualified options will be treated as a completed gift for gift and estate tax purposes. Once the gift is completed, neither the transferred options nor the shares acquired on exercise of the transferred options will be includable in the grantee’s estate for estate tax purposes.

   

In the event a grantee transfers a non-qualified option to his or her ex-spouse incident to the grantee’s divorce, neither the grantee nor the ex-spouse will recognize any taxable income at the time of the transfer. In general, a transfer is made “incident to divorce” if the transfer occurs within one year after the marriage ends or if it is related to the end of the marriage (for example, if the transfer is made pursuant to a divorce order or settlement agreement). Upon the subsequent exercise of such non-qualified option by the ex-spouse, the ex-spouse will recognize taxable income in an amount equal to the difference between the exercise price and the fair market value of the shares of Class A Common Stock at the time of exercise. Any distribution to the ex-spouse as a result of the exercise of the option will be subject to employment and income tax withholding at this time.

   

Stock Appreciation Rights.    The grant of a stock appreciation right will not be a taxable event for the grantee or the Company. Upon exercising a stock appreciation right, a grantee will recognize ordinary income in an amount equal to the difference between the exercise price and the fair market value of the Class A Common Stock on the date of exercise. If we comply with applicable reporting requirements and with the restrictions of Section 162(m) of the Code, we will be entitled to a business expense deduction in the same amount and generally at the same time as the grantee recognizes ordinary income.

   

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Restricted Stock.  A grantee who is awarded restricted stock will not recognize any taxable income for U.S. federal income tax purposes in the year of the award, provided that the shares of Class A Common Stock are subject to restrictions (that is, the shares of restricted stock are nontransferable and subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture). However, the grantee may elect under Section 83(b) of the Code to recognize compensation income in the year of the award in an amount equal to the fair market value of the Class A Common Stock on the date of the award (less the purchase price, if any), determined without regard to the restrictions. If the grantee does not make such Section 83(b) election, the fair market value of the Class A Common Stock on the date the restrictions lapse (less the purchase price, if any) will be treated as compensation income to the grantee and will be taxable in the year the restrictions lapse and dividends paid while the Class A Common Stock is subject to restrictions will be subject to withholding taxes. If we comply with applicable reporting requirements and with the restrictions of Section 162(m) of the Code, we will be entitled to a business expense deduction in the same amount and generally at the same time as the grantee recognizes ordinary income.

   

Restricted Stock Units and Deferred Stock Units.  The grant of a restricted stock unit or deferred stock unit will not be a taxable event for the grantee or the Company. A grantee who is awarded restricted stock units or deferred stock units will be required to recognize ordinary income in an amount equal to the fair market value of shares issued, or in the case of a cash-settled award, the amount of the cash payment made, to such grantee at the end of the restriction period or, if later, the payment date. If we comply with applicable reporting requirements and with the restrictions of Section 162(m) of the Code, we will be entitled to a business expense deduction in the same amount and generally at the same time as the grantee recognizes ordinary income.

   

Dividend Equivalent Rights.  Participants who receive dividend equivalent rights will be required to recognize ordinary income in an amount distributed to the grantee pursuant to the award. If we comply with applicable reporting requirements and with the restrictions of Section 162(m) of the Code, we will be entitled to a business expense deduction in the same amount and generally at the same time as the grantee recognizes ordinary income.

   

New Plan Benefits

   

No awards have been granted pursuant to the 2012 Incentive Plan that are contingent upon the approval by our shareholders of the Amendment to the 2012 Incentive Plan.  We anticipate that other equity-based awards may be granted in the future in the discretion of the Committee under the 2012 Incentive Plan out of the additional shares of Class A Common Stock to be reserved for issuance in connection with the approval of the Amendment; however, the number of shares of Stock that may be so granted will be based upon various prospective factors, including the nature of services to be rendered by our employees, officers, non-employee directors and contractors, and their potential contributions to our success. Accordingly, the number, type, and grantee(s) of actual future awards cannot be determined at this time.

   

Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans

   

The following table summarizes McClatchy’s equity plan information as of December 30, 2018.  Pursuant to the provisions of the 2004 Stock Incentive Plan and the 2012 Incentive Plan, the number of shares of Class A Common Stock subject to outstanding stock appreciation rights (SARs) and restricted stock units (RSUs), the per share exercise price of outstanding SARs, and the total number of shares reserved and available for issuance were adjusted in connection with the one-for-ten reverse stock split that occurred on June 7, 2016.  Accordingly, the share totals and exercise prices shown in the table below reflect the post-reverse stock split holdings.

   

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Equity Compensation Plan Information 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Securities Remaining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available for Future

 

 

 

Securities to be Issued

 

  Weighted Average

 

Issuance under Equity

 

 

 

upon Exercise of

 

Exercise Price of

 

Compensation Plans

 

 

 

Outstanding Options,

 

Outstanding Options,

 

(excluding securities

 

 

 

Warrants and

 

Warrants and Rights

 

reflected in column

 

 

 

Rights (#)(1)

 

($/Share)(3)

 

(a)) (#)

 

Plan Category

    

(a)

    

(b)  

    

(c)  

 

Equity compensation plans approved by shareholders

 

  

 

 

  

 

  

2004 Stock Incentive Plan

 

81,725

 

$

34.71

  

 —

  

2012 Omnibus Incentive Plan

 

363,175

 

$

25.46

  

372,367

  

Total

 

444,900

(2)  

 

 

  

372,367

  


(1)

Amount includes RSUs and SARs.

 

(2)

Of this total, outstanding SARs awards total 113,300, and the 331,600 balance consists of outstanding RSU awards. The 113,300 SARs outstanding are underwater (that is, their exercise price is greater than the Company’s stock price). No SARs have been issued since 2013. Such SARs have ten-year terms and exercise prices ranging from $24.60 to $40.80.

 

(3)

The weighted average prices relate only to outstanding SARs.

 

Registration with the SEC 

   

If the Amendment to the 2012 Incentive Plan is approved by our shareholders, we intend to file a Registration Statement on Form S-8 relating to the additional shares available under the 2012 Incentive Plan with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to the Securities Act as soon as is practicable after such approval.

   

THE BOARD RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE “FOR” THE APPROVAL OF THE AMENDMENT TO THE 2012 INCENTIVE PLAN TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF SHARES OF CLASS A COMMON STOCK AUTHORIZED FOR ISSUANCE UNDER THE 2012 INCENTIVE PLAN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 4. Shareholder Proposal

 

Kenneth Steiner, 14 Stoner Ave., 2M, Great Neck, NY 11021, who holds no less than 300 shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock, has submitted the following proposal for consideration at the Annual Virtual Shareholder Meeting. The proposal, along with the supporting statement (the “Shareholder Proposal”), is included below. The Company disclaims any responsibility for the content of this Shareholder Proposal, the text of which, in accordance with rules of the SEC, is printed verbatim from its submission, with only minor formatting changes.

After careful consideration, the Board of Directors unanimously recommends that you vote AGAINST the Shareholder Proposal set forth below.

Proposal 4 – Simple Majority Vote

RESOLVED, Shareholders request that our board take each step necessary so that each voting requirement in our charter and bylaws (that is explicit or implicit due to default to state law) that calls for a greater than simple majority vote be eliminated, and replaced by a requirement for a majority of the votes cast for and against applicable proposals, or a simple majority in compliance with applicable laws. If necessary, this means the closest standard to a majority of the votes cast for and against such proposals consistent with applicable laws. This includes taking the steps necessary to adjourn the annual meeting to solicit the votes necessary for approval if the votes for approval are lacking during the annual meeting.

Adjourn appears 8-times in the company governing documents. Shareholders are willing to pay a premium for shares of companies that have excellent corporate governance. Supermajority voting requirements have been

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found to be one of 6 entrenching mechanisms that are negatively related to company performance according to “What Matters in Corporate Governance” by Lucien Bebchuk, Alma Cohen and Allen Ferrell of the Harvard Law School. Supermajority requirements are used to block initiatives supported by most shareowners but opposed by a status quo management.

This proposal topic won from 74% to 88% support at Weyerhaeuser, Alcoa, Waste Management, Goldman Sachs, FirstEnergy, McGraw-Hill and Macy’s. The proponents of these proposals included Ray T. Chevedden and William Steiner. The votes would have been higher than 74% to 88% if all shareholders had equal access to independent proxy voting advice.

Currently a 1%-minority can frustrate the will of our 66%-shareholder majority in an election in which 67% of shares cast ballots. In other words, a 1%-minority have the power to prevent 66% of shareholders from taking important action such as eliminating 67%-voting thresholds in our governing documents. This is especially important since our stock fell from $64 in 2014 to $7 in 2018.

Please vote yes:

Simple Majority Vote — Proposal 4

 

 

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ STATEMENT IN OPPOSITION TO SHAREHOLDER PROPOSAL

 

The Board has given careful consideration to the non-binding, advisory shareholder proposal seeking to impose a majority voting standard in our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the “Charter”) and Amended and Restated Bylaws (the “Bylaws” and together with the Charter, the “Governance Documents”). As described below, the Board believes that the actions requested by the proponent are not in the best interests of all of our shareholders and unanimously recommends a vote “AGAINST” this proposal.

 

Under the Company’s Governance Documents, nearly all matters voted on by our shareholders already rely on a majority voting standard. There are no provisions in the Company’s Bylaws requiring a supermajority vote. Additionally, there is only one provision in the Company’s Charter that requires a supermajority vote, related to an indemnification rights provision for the directors and officers of the Company. Article Seventh of the Charter requires the affirmative vote of the holders of at least 66 2/3% of the voting power of all the then outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock, voting together as a single class, to amend or repeal the Article Seventh.

 

The purpose of the supermajority voting standard is not to preclude change but to ensure that certain fundamental changes only occur with a broader shareholder consensus than a majority.

Contrary to the argument made in the Shareholder Proposal, our one and only supermajority voting provision has nothing to do with a 1% minority frustrating the outcome of a vote, something that could be said of any election where the outcome is decided by less than 1% (regardless of whether the election is based on a plurality, a majority, or a supermajority voting standard). The provision is simply about ensuring that there is a broad consensus of support before an amendment to the aforementioned indemnification rights provision is adopted that could impact the Company’s mission and long-term objectives. While the proponents’ supporting statement suggests that our one non-majority voting standard is an impediment to stock price performance, it fails to provide any tangible connection between the non-majority voting provision and the price of our stock. As a result, this statement is demonstrably false and misleading, and in any event does not constitute a basis for depriving shareholders of the benefits of the one supermajority provision we have in place.

 

Furthermore, it is important to consider our capital and corporate governance structure. On all matters other than the election and removal of Class A and Class B directors, holders of Class A Common Stock vote together with holders of Class B Common Stock as a single class where each share of Class A Common Stock entitles the holder to one-tenth (1/10) of a vote. This voting structure and the supermajority provision in Article Seventh of our Charter

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were both implemented before our initial public offering, and all of our investors who purchased shares of our Class A Common Stock in our initial public offering and after were aware of our capital and corporate governance structure.  Such information is disclosed in detail in our public filings with the SEC and, thus, decisions to purchase our stock are voluntarily made because of, or in spite of, our capital and corporate governance structure.

 

The Board believes that implementation of the shareholder’s proposal to implement a majority voting standard in the Company’s Governance Documents would adversely impact the Company’s carefully considered corporate governance practices, which have served shareholders well.

 

FOR THE REASONS SET FORTH ABOVE, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT SHAREHOLDERS VOTE “AGAINST” THE PROPOSAL TO IMPLEMENT A MAJORITY VOTING STANDARD.

 

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND BOARD MATTERS

 

General Board Matters

 

The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the Company’s affairs for the benefit of McClatchy’s shareholders. The principal functions of the Board and its Committees are described in our Corporate Governance Guidelines, which are available on our website at www.mcclatchy.com.

 

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and Anti-Hedging Policy

 

The Company has adopted a written code of business conduct and ethics that applies to all of our officers, directors and employees, as well as a code of ethics for senior officers that applies to our principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions. Our code of business conduct and ethics prohibits officers, directors and employees from engaging in any hedging transactions involving the Company’s stock or any options to purchase Company stock or stock appreciation rights (“SARs”) related to the Company’s stock (i) granted to the employee or director by the registrant as part of the compensation of the employee or director, or (ii) held, directly or indirectly, by the employee or director.   Our codes of business conduct and ethics can be found on our website at www.mcclatchy.com. Any waivers of the code of ethics for senior officers or directors will be posted on our website.

 

Board Independence

 

The Board has determined that each of the current director nominees, other than Mr. Forman, President and Chief Executive Officer, has no material relationship with the Company and is “independent” within the meaning of the NYSE American listing standards, as currently in effect. Accordingly, the Board has affirmatively determined that Messrs. Barnes, Maloney, K. McClatchy, W. McClatchy, Mitchell,  Ostler and Ravindran, and Mmes. Ballantine, Evangelisti, Joshi and Thomas are independent within the meaning of the NYSE American listing standards. In making its independence determination with respect to the directors who are members of the McClatchy family, the Board considered the overall nature of these familial relationships and concluded that these relationships were not material with respect to the independence of the directors who are members of the McClatchy family. Furthermore, the Board has determined that each of the members of the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, the Committee on the Board and the Nominating Committee is “independent” within the meaning of the NYSE American listing standards, as currently in effect.

 

Board Structure and Committee Composition

 

As of the date of this Proxy Statement, our Board has twelve directors.  After the Annual Meeting, the Board will decrease the size of the Board to eleven directors. The Board has the following five committees: (1) Audit Committee, (2) Compensation Committee, (3) Committee on the Board, (4) Nominating Committee and (5) Pension and Savings Plans Committee. The membership and function of these committees are described below. Each committee operates under a written charter that has been approved by the Board. These charters are available on our website at www.mcclatchy.com and are also available in print to any shareholder requesting copies.

 

The Board of Directors met sixteen  (16) times during fiscal 2018. No director attended fewer than 75% of the aggregate number of meetings of the Board and any committee on which such director served (during the period he or she was a member). All directors attended the 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, with the exception of Brown Maloney McClatchy. The Board has no formal policy regarding attendance at the Company’s annual meetings of shareholders.

 

Leadership Structure

 

Our Board is committed to adopting governance policies and practices that promote the most effective and ethical management of the Company. In that regard, the Board believes that it is important to retain maximum flexibility to determine the Company’s optimal leadership structure and to choose the best qualified person(s) to serve in the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Accordingly, the Company’s By-Laws and Corporate Governance Guidelines grant the Board discretion in combining or separating the positions of Chairman of

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the Board and Chief Executive Officer, as the Board deems appropriate in light of the Company’s prevailing circumstances. Currently, the Board believes that it is in the best interests of the Company to separate the roles of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

 

The Board has determined that the designation of Mr. Kevin McClatchy, as an independent, non-executive Chairman is the current optimal leadership structure for the Company because it provides the Board with independent leadership and allows the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, to concentrate on the Company’s business operations. 

 

Compensation Committee

 

Dr. Theodore Mitchell serves as the chairman and Ms. Molly Maloney Evangelisti, Ms. Anjali Joshi and Mr. Clyde Ostler serve as members of the Compensation Committee.  As set forth in its charter, the Compensation Committee reviews and approves goals and objectives relevant to Chief Executive Officer compensation and evaluates the Chief Executive Officer’s performance in light of those goals and objectives. The Compensation Committee also determines the compensation of the Chief Executive Officer and the other executive officers and recommends to the Board compensation of the non-employee directors, administers McClatchy’s incentive compensation and equity-based plan, provides a description of the processes and procedures for the consideration and determination of executive and director compensation for inclusion in the Proxy Statement, and annually reviews the Compensation Committee charter and performance.

 

The Compensation Committee meets in September each year to consider compensation trends and best practices in compensation policies and their applicability to McClatchy. The Compensation Committee generally meets again in December each year to determine the salary and bonus targets for the executive officers for the following fiscal year. The Chief Executive Officer then determines the particular bonus goals for the other executive officers within the targets established by the Compensation Committee. In January, the Compensation Committee meets to determine the bonus award for the prior fiscal year for the Chief Executive Officer and to set the CEO bonus formula for the current fiscal year. In addition, in January the Chief Executive Officer reviews the estimated bonus awards for the other executive officers with the Compensation Committee and with input from the Compensation Committee determines the amount of the bonus paid to the other executive officers for the prior fiscal year based on whether the goals have been attained. The Compensation Committee makes all equity and other long-term incentive grants to executive officers, including the named executive officers (“NEOs”), at its February meeting each year.

 

For assistance and objective data in determining the compensation of the executive officers, the Compensation Committee engaged Exequity, an independent outside executive compensation consultant, and Pay Governance, a new independent executive compensation consultant hired beginning on July 31, 2018, to analyze general market trends in executive compensation and the compensation of the Company’s executive officers, including the NEOs, compared to competitive information pulled from the Towers Watson Executive Compensation Data Bank Media Survey, a comprehensive survey of the compensation paid by other media companies, as well as compensation reported in the proxy statements of our peers. The Compensation Committee also engaged Pay Governance in 2018 to review the Company’s executive compensation disclosure and discuss best practices for such disclosure, advise the Company on its compensation programs for executives and whether any modifications to the Company’s peer group should be made. 

 

Pay Governance does not determine or recommend the amount or form of executive officer or non-employee director compensation, but instead provides requested data and advice to the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee believes that the work of Pay Governance did not raise a conflict of interest and did not impair Pay Governance’s ability to provide independent advice to the Compensation Committee concerning executive compensation matters. In making this determination, the Compensation Committee considered, among other things, the following factors: (1) other services provided to us by Pay Governance; (2) fees paid by the Company as a percentage of Pay Governance’s total revenue; (3) policies or procedures maintained by Pay Governance that are designed to prevent a conflict of interest; (4) any business or personal relationships between Pay Governance consultants involved in the engagement and a member of the Compensation Committee; (5) any Company stock owned by the individual Pay Governance consultants involved in the engagement; and (6) any business or personal relationships between our executive officers and Pay Governance or the individual consultants involved in the engagement.

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Pursuant to a delegation by the Compensation Committee during 2018, the Chief Executive Officer had the authority to grant a limited number of restricted stock units (“RSUs”) under the 2012 Incentive Plan to non-executive employees. The Compensation Committee determines the total number of RSUs and other awards that the Chief Executive Officer is permitted to grant annually. The grants to such non-executive employees are made at the discretion of the Chief Executive Officer.

 

The Compensation Committee is comprised solely of non-employee directors of McClatchy, all of whom are independent pursuant to the NYSE American listing rules. The Compensation Committee held five  (5) meetings during fiscal 2018.

 

Audit Committee

 

Mr. Leroy Barnes, Jr. serves as the chairman and Ms. Elizabeth Ballantine, Mr. Clyde Ostler and Ms. Maria Thomas serve as members of the Audit Committee.  Mr. Barnes serves on the audit committees of the McClatchy Company and Frontier Communications, as well as three investment companies that are part of the Principal Funds, Inc. “fund complex.” The Committee on the Board reviews and makes a recommendation to the Board as to whether service on these audit committees impairs Mr. Barnes’ ability to fulfill his duties as a member of the Audit Committee. The Board has designated Mr. Barnes, Mr. Ostler and Ms. Thomas who qualify as “independent” within the meaning of the NYSE American listing standards, as currently in effect, as “audit committee financial experts” as defined by Item 407(d)(5)(ii) of Regulation S-K. The Audit Committee has been established in accordance with Section 10A(m)(1) and Rule 10A-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Among other things, the Audit Committee appoints, evaluates and determines the compensation of McClatchy’s independent auditors; reviews and approves the scope of the annual audit, and the financial statements; reviews McClatchy’s disclosure controls and procedures, internal controls, information security policies, internal audit function, and corporate policies with respect to financial information and (if provided by the Company) earnings guidance, oversees investigations into complaints concerning financial matters; reviews other risks that may have a significant impact on McClatchy’s financial statements; prepares the Audit Committee report for inclusion in the annual proxy statement; and annually reviews the Audit Committee charter and the Committee’s performance. The Audit Committee works closely with management and oversees McClatchy’s independent auditors. The Audit Committee has the authority to obtain advice and assistance from, and receive appropriate funding from McClatchy for outside legal, accounting or other advisers as the Audit Committee deems necessary to carry out its duties. The Audit Committee regularly meets separately with members of management, the director of internal audit and McClatchy’s independent auditors. The Audit Committee held eleven (11) meetings during fiscal 2018.  The report of the Audit Committee is included in this Proxy Statement on page 38.

 

Committee on the Board

 

Mr. Kevin S. McClatchy serves as the chairman and Ms. Elizabeth Ballantine, Mr. Leroy Barnes, Jr., and Ms. Molly Maloney Evangelisti serve as members of the Committee on the Board. The Committee on the Board advises the Board of Directors with respect to corporate governance issues and such other matters relating to directors as may be deemed appropriate, including development of corporate governance principles applicable to McClatchy, evaluation of the composition and organization of the Board and its committees, and recommendation of qualifications, expertise and characteristics for potential Board members. The Committee on the Board annually reviews its charter and performance. The Committee on the Board held one (1) meeting during fiscal 2018.

 

Nominating Committee

 

Mr. Brown McClatchy Maloney serves as the chairman and Ms. Elizabeth Ballantine and Mr.  Kevin McClatchy serve as members of the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee conducts searches and evaluates and proposes nominees for election to the Board based on criteria approved by the Board. The Nominating Committee evaluates and recommends the proposal for the Board slate for election by the shareholders and will consider recommendations from shareholders for director candidates, as described below. The Nominating Committee annually reviews its charter and the Committee’s performance. The Nominating Committee held one  (1) meeting during fiscal 2018.

 

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Pension and Savings Plans Committee

 

Mr. Clyde Ostler serves as the chairman and Mr. Leroy Barnes, Jr. and Mr. William McClatchy serve as members of the Pension and Savings Plans Committee. The Pension and Savings Plans Committee reviews McClatchy’s pension funding policy and objectives, monitors the investment of the assets in McClatchy’s 401(k) and pension plans, and recommends appropriate related action to the Board of Directors. The Pension and Savings Plans Committee annually reviews its charter and the Committee’s performance. The Pension and Savings Plans Committee held three  (3) meetings during fiscal 2018.

 

Board of Directors’ Role in Risk Oversight

 

The Board has an active role, as a whole and also at the committee level, in overseeing management of the Company’s risks. The Board regularly reviews information regarding the Company’s credit, liquidity and operations, as well as the risks associated with each. Various committees of the Board also have responsibility for risk management. In particular, the Audit Committee focuses on assessing and mitigating financial risk, including internal controls, and receives an annual risk assessment report from the Company’s internal control compliance manager. The Compensation Committee is responsible for overseeing the management of risks relating to the Company’s executive compensation plans and arrangements.

 

The Committee on the Board and the Nominating Committee assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the management of risks associated with Board organization, membership and structure, succession planning and corporate governance. In addition, the Committee on the Board manages risks associated with the independence of the Board of Directors and potential conflicts of interest. While each committee is responsible for evaluating certain risks and overseeing the management of such risks, the entire Board of Directors is regularly informed through committee reports about such risks.

 

Consideration of Director Nominees

 

Shareholder Nominees

 

Any shareholder nominations proposed for consideration by the Nominating Committee for Board membership should include the nominee’s name and qualifications and should be addressed to:

 

Corporate Secretary

The McClatchy Company

2100 Q Street

Sacramento, CA 95816

 

Director Qualifications

 

Under our Corporate Governance Guidelines, the Committee on the Board is responsible for reviewing with the Board the appropriate skills and characteristics of Board members, as well as the composition of the Board as a whole. In assessing a candidate, the Nominating Committee will consider skills; diversity; independence; experience in areas such as operations, journalism, finance, digital media and marketing; geography and the general needs of the Board. The Nominating Committee does not have a formal policy with respect to diversity; however, the Board and the Nominating Committee believe that it is essential that the Board members represent diversity, such as diversity of gender; race and national origin; education; professional experience; and differences in viewpoints and skills. The Nominating Committee does not assign specific weights to particular criteria and no particular criterion is necessarily applicable to all nominees. The Nominating Committee believes that the current directors, considered as a group, provide a significant composite mix of diversity that allows the Board to fulfill its responsibilities.

 

Identifying and Evaluating Nominees for Directors

 

The Nominating Committee utilizes a variety of methods for identifying and evaluating nominees for director. In the event vacancies are anticipated or otherwise arise, the Nominating Committee considers various potential candidates for director. Candidates may come to the attention of the Nominating Committee through current Board

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members, professional search firms, shareholders or other persons. These candidates are evaluated at meetings of the Nominating Committee and may be considered at any point during the course of the year. The Nominating Committee will consider properly submitted nominees of shareholders, as discussed above. The nominees standing for election at the 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders were recommended by the Nominating Committee in early 2019.

 

Executive Sessions

 

Executive sessions of non-management directors are held at each regular meeting of the Board. In addition, at least once each year, the independent directors meet in executive session. The executive sessions of the Board are scheduled and chaired by the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Kevin McClatchy. Any non-management director may also request that additional executive sessions be scheduled.

 

Communication with the Board

 

Individuals may communicate with the Board by addressing correspondence to:

 

The Board of Directors

The McClatchy Company

c/o Corporate Secretary

2100 Q Street

Sacramento, CA 95816

 

All communication received will be reviewed and processed by the corporate secretary and communicated to the Board of Directors as appropriate. If you wish to contact only non-management directors, please direct correspondence to the chairperson of the Committee on the Board at the address above.

 

 

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PRINCIPAL SHAREHOLDERS

 

Class A Common Stock

 

The following table shows information about the beneficial ownership of shares of Class A Common Stock as of March 21, 2019, by each director and nominee for director; McClatchy’s President and Chief Executive Officer; McClatchy’s Chief Financial Officer; McClatchy’s other named executive officer other than the Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer; all directors, nominees for director and executive officers of McClatchy as a group; and each person known by McClatchy to beneficially own more than 5% of the outstanding shares of the Class A Common Stock.

 

Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the rules of the SEC and generally includes voting or investment power with respect to securities. All shares of Class A Common Stock subject to options, SARs or RSUs that are exercisable or vest within 60 days following the record date are deemed beneficially owned by the person holding those options, SARs or RSUs. Also, each holder of Class B Common Stock is deemed to be the beneficial owner of the same number of shares of Class A Common Stock under the SEC rules, on the basis that he or she has the right, subject to the terms of the shareholders’ agreement described later in this Proxy Statement, to convert Class B Common Stock into Class A Common Stock. See the section entitled “Agreement Among Class B Shareholders.” For purposes of calculating the percentage of outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock beneficially owned by each shareholder, the shares of Class A Common Stock deemed to be owned by each shareholder because of his or her ownership of either Class B Common Stock or options to acquire Class A Common Stock are treated as outstanding only for that shareholder. As a result, the column showing the percentage of deemed beneficial ownership of Class A Common Stock does not necessarily reflect the beneficial ownership of Class A Common Stock actually outstanding as of the close of business on the record date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deemed Beneficial Ownership

 

 

 

 

 

of Class A Common Stock(2)

 

 

 

Number of

 

Number of

 

 

 

Directors and Nominees for Director; Named Executive Officers;

    

Shares

    

Shares

    

 

 

Directors and Executive Officers as a Group; Beneficial Owners of More

 

of Class A

 

of Class A

 

Percent of

 

Than 5% of Total Shares of Class Outstanding(1)

 

Common Stock

 

Common Stock

 

Class

 

Kevin McClatchy

 

24,620

 

1,410,319

(3)(4)  

20.60

%

William McClatchy

 

13,505

 

1,304,003

(3)(5)  

19.32

%

Theodore Mitchell

 

14,620

 

1,264,618

(3)  

18.85

%

Molly Maloney Evangelisti

 

31,007

 

485,087

 

8.20

%

Craig Forman

 

66,625

 

66,625

 

1.22

%

Mark Zieman

 

23,188

 

34,863

(6)  

*

 

Elaine Lintecum

 

22,506

 

29,256

(7)  

*

 

Elizabeth Ballantine

 

23,343

 

24,728

 

*

 

Clyde Ostler

 

23,000

 

23,000

 

*

 

Leroy Barnes, Jr.

 

22,425

 

22,425

 

*

 

Brown McClatchy Maloney

 

22,355

 

22,755

 

*

 

Maria Thomas

 

14,500

 

14,500

 

*

 

Anjali Joshi

 

9,000

 

9,000

 

*

 

Vijay Ravindran (8)

 

4,500

 

4,500

 

*

 

Chatham Asset Management, LLC

 

1,094,034

(9)  

N/A

 

20.03

%

Cobas Asset Management, SGIIC, SA

 

990,790

(10)  

N/A

 

18.14

%

Bluestone Financial Ltd.

 

470,000

(11)  

N/A

 

8.61

%

Royce & Associates, LP

 

456,432

(12)  

N/A

 

8.36

%

Bestinver Gestion S.A., SGIIC

 

308,025

(13)  

N/A

 

5.64

%

All executive officers and directors as a group (17 persons)

 

341,968

 

2,242,457

(14)  

30.48

%


*Represents less than 1%.

 

(1)

All addresses are c/o The McClatchy Company, 2100 Q Street, Sacramento, CA 95816, except as follows: (i) Chatham Asset Management, LLC, 26 Main Street, Suite 204, Chatham, New Jersey 10151; (ii) Cobas Asset Management SGIIC SA, Jose Abascal, 45 st. 28003 Madrid, Spain; (iii) Bluestone Financial Ltd., Vanterpool Plaza, 2nd Floor, Wickhams Cay I, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; (iv) Royce

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& Associates, LLC, 745 Fifth Avenue, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10151; and (v) Bestinver Gestion S.A., SGIIC, Madrid, Spain, Calle Juan de Mena, no. 8, 28014. 

 

(2)

Represents all shares of Class A Common Stock plus (i) all shares of Class A Common Stock subject to options that are exercisable or vest within 60 days following the record date and (ii) shares of Class A Common Stock deemed to be owned because of the shareholder’s ownership of Class B Common Stock. Applicable percentage of ownership is based on 5,460,617 shares of Class A Common Stock outstanding as of March 21, 2019, for such shareholder or group of shareholders, as applicable.

 

(3)

Includes 1,249,998 shares of Class B Common Stock held under three separate trusts, all of which hold 416,666 shares each. Each of the trusts has different income beneficiaries. Kevin McClatchy, William McClatchy, and Theodore R. Mitchell share joint voting and investment control with respect to these trusts. Kevin McClatchy and William McClatchy disclaim beneficial ownership of the shares held in trusts for which they are not beneficiaries.

 

(4)

Includes 44,952 shares of Class B Common Stock held by a trust of which Kevin McClatchy is one of three trustees but not a beneficiary. Kevin McClatchy has joint voting and investment control with the other trustees with respect to this trust. Kevin McClatchy disclaims beneficial ownership of these shares.

 

(5)

Includes 40,500 shares of Class B Common stock held by William McClatchy as custodian for his minor child. William McClatchy has sole voting and investment control with respect to these shares. William McClatchy disclaims beneficial ownership of these shares.

 

(6)

Includes 11,675 shares subject to SARs which are currently exercisable or exercisable within 60 days.

 

(7)

Includes 6,750 shares subject to SARs which are currently exercisable or exercisable within 60 days.

 

(8)

Mr. Ravindran will no longer serve as a director after the Annual Meeting.

 

(9)

Based on a Form 4 filed on March 25, 2019 by Chatham Asset Management, LLC. Chatham Asset Management, LLC is the investment manager to Chatham Asset High Yield Master Fund, Ltd., a Cayman Islands exempted company ("Chatham Master Fund"), and other affiliated funds. Anthony Melchiorre is the managing member of the Chatham Asset Management, LLC. As of March 21, 2019, Chatham Master Fund held 539,714 shares of Class A Common Stock of McClatchy and certain other affiliated funds held an aggregate of 554,320 shares of Class A Common Stock of McClatchy.

 

(10)

Based on a Schedule 13G/A filed on February 13, 2019. Cobas Asset Management, SGIIC, SA, has sole voting power with respect to 990,790 shares.

 

(11)

Based on a Schedule 13D/A filed on March 20, 2019. Bluestone Financial Ltd. has sole voting power with respect to 470,000 shares.

 

 

(12)

Based on a Schedule 13G/A filed on January 15, 2019. Royce & Associates, LP has sole voting power and sole dispositive power with respect to 456,432 shares.

 

(13)

Based on a Schedule 13G filed on September 29, 2015. Bestinver Gestion S.A., SGIIC has sole voting power and sole dispositive power with respect to 3,080,257 shares, adjusted to 308,025 shares reflecting the one-for-ten reverse stock split that occurred in June 2016.

 

(14)

Includes those shares subject to SARs indicated in notes (6) and (7).

 

Class B Common Stock

 

The following table shows information about the beneficial ownership of shares of Class B Common Stock as of March 21, 2019, if applicable, held by each director and nominee for director; McClatchy’s Chief Executive Officer; McClatchy’s Chief Financial Officer; McClatchy’s most highly compensated executive officer other than the Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer; all directors, nominees for director and executive officers of McClatchy as a group; and each person known by McClatchy to beneficially own more than 5% of the outstanding shares of the Class B Common Stock. Pursuant to the shareholders’ agreement described below, only current holders of shares of Class B Common Stock of McClatchy; any lineal descendant of Charles K. McClatchy (1858 to 1936); or a trust for the exclusive benefit of, or in which all of the remainder beneficial interests are owned by, one or more lineal descendants of Charles K. McClatchy may hold shares of Class B Common Stock of McClatchy. Accordingly, other than as listed below, no officer or director beneficially owns shares of the Class B Common Stock.

 

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Number of

    

    

 

 

 

Shares

 

 

 

 

 

of Class B

 

 

 

Directors and Nominees for Director; Named Executive Officers;

 

Common Stock

 

 

 

Directors and Executive Officers as a Group;

 

Beneficially

 

Percent of

 

Beneficial Owners of More Than 5% of Total Shares of Class Outstanding(1)

 

Owned

 

Class

 

Kevin McClatchy

 

1,294,950

(2)(3)  

53.33

%

William McClatchy

 

1,290,498

(2)(4)  

53.15

%

Theodore Mitchell

 

1,249,998

(2)  

51.48

%

Molly Maloney Evangelisti

 

452,850

 

18.65

%

All executive officers and directors as a group (17 persons)

 

1,879,049

(5)  

77.38

%


(1)

All addresses are c/o The McClatchy Company, 2100 Q Street, Sacramento, CA 95816.

 

(2)

Includes 1,249,998 shares of Class B Common Stock held under three separate trusts, all of which hold 416,666 shares each. Each of the trusts has different income beneficiaries. Kevin McClatchy, William McClatchy, and Theodore R. Mitchell share joint voting and investment control with respect to these trusts.

 

(3)

Includes 44,952 shares of Class B Common Stock held by a trust of which Kevin McClatchy is one of three trustees but not a beneficiary. Kevin McClatchy has joint voting and investment control with respect to this trust. Kevin McClatchy disclaims beneficial ownership of these shares.

 

(4)

Includes 40,500 shares of Class B Common stock held by William McClatchy as custodian for his minor child. William McClatchy has sole voting and investment control with respect to these shares. William McClatchy disclaims beneficial ownership of these shares.

 

(5)

Includes those shares of Class B Common Stock indicated in notes (2), (3), and (4) above.

 

Agreement Among Class B Shareholders

 

The holders of shares of Class B Common Stock are parties to an agreement, the intent of which is to preserve control of the Company by the McClatchy family. Under the terms of the agreement, the Class B shareholders have agreed to restrict the transfer of any shares of Class B Common Stock to one or more “Permitted Transferees,” subject to certain exceptions. A “Permitted Transferee” is generally any current holder of shares of Class B Common Stock of McClatchy; any lineal descendant of Charles K. McClatchy (1858 to 1936); or a trust for the exclusive benefit of, or in which all of the remainder beneficial interests are owned by, one or more lineal descendants of Charles K. McClatchy.

 

Generally, Class B shares can be converted into shares of Class A Common Stock and then transferred freely (unless following conversion, the outstanding shares of Class B Common Stock would constitute less than 25% of the total member of all outstanding shares of common stock of the Company, in which case additional steps must be taken). In the event that a Class B shareholder attempts to transfer any shares of Class B Common Stock in violation of the agreement, or upon the happening of certain other events enumerated in the agreement as “Option Events,” each of the remaining Class B shareholders has an option to purchase a percentage of the total number of shares of Class B Common Stock proposed to be transferred equal to such remaining Class B shareholder’s ownership percentage of the total number of outstanding shares of Class B Common Stock. If all the shares proposed to be transferred are not purchased by the remaining Class B shareholders, McClatchy has the option of purchasing the remaining shares. The agreement can be terminated by the vote of the holders of 80% of the outstanding shares of Class B Common Stock who are subject to the agreement. The agreement will terminate on September 17, 2047, unless terminated earlier in accordance with its terms.

 

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DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

 

The following table sets forth the annual compensation paid or accrued by McClatchy to or on behalf of our non-employee directors for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fees

 

 

 

 

 

Non Equity

 

Nonqualified

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earned

 

Stock

 

Option

 

Incentive Plan

 

Deferred

 

All Other

 

 

 

 

 

or Paid in

 

Awards

 

Awards

 

Compensation

 

Compensation

 

Compensation

 

 

 

Name

 

Cash ($)(1)

 

($)(2)

 

($)(3)

 

($)

 

Earnings ($)

 

($)

 

Total ($)

(a)

    

(b)

    

(c)

    

(d)

    

(e)

    

(f)

    

(g)

    

(h)

Elizabeth Ballantine

 

$

86,000

 

$

37,170

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

$

123,170

Leroy Barnes, Jr.

 

$

135,500

 

$

37,170

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

$

172,670

Molly Maloney Evangelisti

 

$

77,000

 

$

37,170

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

$

114,170

Anjali Joshi

 

$

68,000

 

$

37,170

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

$

105,170

Brown McClatchy Maloney

 

$

76,500

 

$

37,170

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

$

113,670

Kevin McClatchy

 

$

254,500

 

$

37,170

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

$

291,670

William McClatchy

 

$

69,500

 

$

37,170

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

$

106,670

Theodore Mitchell

 

$

86,500

 

$

37,170

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

$

123,670

Clyde Ostler

 

$

132,000

 

$

37,170

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

$

169,170

Vijay Ravindran (4)

 

$

48,750

 

$

37,170

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

$

85,920

Maria Thomas (5)

 

$

111,500

 

$

37,170

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

$

148,670


(1)

Includes annual retainer, committee chair fees and committee meeting fees.

 

(2)

Reflects the aggregate grant date fair market value of an award of 4,500 shares of Class A Common Stock to each non-employee director on September 27, 2018, computed in accordance with ASC Topic 718. Pursuant to the McClatchy Director Deferral Program, as described below, Messrs. W. McClatchy, Mitchell, K. McClatchy and Ostler,  and Ms. Thomas elected to defer their 2018 award until which time they terminate from the Board.

 

(3)

No director received an option award in fiscal year 2018.

 

(4)

Mr. Ravindran joined the Board in January 2018.

 

(5)

In 2018, $20,750 of the cash retainer was issued to Axios Ventures LLC, a fund founded by Ms. Thomas. 

 

Director Compensation Arrangements

 

We use a combination of cash and stock-based compensation to attract and retain qualified individuals to serve on our Board. Generally, the Compensation Committee reviews the compensation of our non-employee directors on a regular basis with the last review occurring in September 2018. In determining director compensation, we have considered publicly-available data from companies within our industry, data collected by our Human Resources Department regarding trends in director compensation and competitive data prepared by Pay Governance, our independent outside compensation consultant. We also consider the significant amount of time that our directors devote to the business of the Company.

 

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For 2018, the Compensation Committee reviewed the current Board and Committee retainer arrangements and determined that they would remain the same as for the prior year. These fees are summarized below:

Board and Committee Retainers for the Fiscal Year Ended December 30, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Type of Compensation

 

Amount

Annual Cash Retainer

 

$

65,000

Annual Equity Target Retainer

 

$

65,000

Chairman of the Board Annual Retainer

 

$

175,000

Audit Committee Chair Annual Retainer

 

$

15,000

Compensation Committee Chair Annual Retainer

 

$

12,500

Committee on the Board Chair Annual Retainer

 

$

10,000

Nominating Committee Chair Annual Retainer

 

$

10,000

Pension and Savings Plans Committee Chair Annual Retainer

 

$

10,000

 

In addition to the payments set forth above, McClatchy reimburses non-employee directors for reasonable expenses incurred by them in connection with the business and affairs of McClatchy.

 

Pursuant to the McClatchy Director Deferral Program under the 2012 Incentive Plan, directors may elect to defer receipt of their stock awards until their termination of service.

 

The Board adopted director stock ownership guidelines in 2012. The Board believes that it is important to align the interests of the non-employee members of the Board with the long-term interests of the Company’s shareholders. Accordingly, the guidelines require that each non-management director shall own a minimum of 1,500 shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock. For those directors on the Board as of November 28, 2012, the target date for such ownership was December 31, 2012. For subsequently elected directors, the target date for achieving the desired ownership level is five (5) years from the date that Board service commences. Shares issuable upon vesting of restricted stock or restricted stock units shall count towards achievement of the minimum guideline amount. As of the date of this Proxy Statement, all directors are in compliance with the Company’s stock ownership guidelines.

 

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

Summary Compensation Table. The following tables set forth the compensation paid to or accrued by McClatchy for the NEOs for each of the last two completed fiscal years.  For this purpose, our NEOs include Craig I. Forman, our President and Chief Executive Officer, Elaine Lintecum, our Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, and Mark Zieman, our Vice President, Operations. 

 

Summary Compensation Table 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonqualified

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Equity

 

Deferred

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Option

 

Incentive Plan

 

Compensation

 

All Other

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salary

 

Bonus

 

Stock

 

Awards

 

Compensation

 

Earnings

 

Compensation

 

Total

Name and Principal Position

 

Year

 

($)

 

($)

 

Awards

 

($)

 

($)

 

($)

 

($)

 

($)

(a)

 

(b)

 

(c)

 

(d)(2)

 

(e)(3)

 

(f)

 

(g)(4)

 

(h)

 

(i)(5)

 

(j)

Craig I. Forman (1)

 

2018

 

$

980,769

 

$

75,000

 

$

606,661

 

$

 —

 

$

1,000,000

 

$

 —

 

$

215,020

 

$

2,877,450

President and

 

2017

 

$

823,846

 

$

900,000

 

$

552,694

 

$

 —

 

$

 —

 

$

 —

 

$

81,880

 

$

2,358,420

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

Elaine Lintecum

 

2018

 

$

479,841

 

$

550,000

 

$

148,321

 

$

 —

 

$

84,678

 

$

 —

 

$

73,357

 

$

1,336,197

Vice President, Finance

 

2017

 

$

475,000

 

$

 —

 

$

145,256

 

$

 —

 

$

147,700

 

$

 —

 

$

4,588

 

$

772,544

and Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

Mark Zieman

 

2018

 

$

678,846

 

$

675,000

 

$

214,141

 

$

 —

 

$

137,039

 

$

 —

 

$

99,600

 

$

1,804,626

Vice President,

 

2017

 

$

675,000

 

$

 —

 

$

205,770

 

$

 —

 

$

218,781

 

$

 —

 

$

20,561

 

$

1,120,112

Operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


(1)

Mr. Forman was appointed to serve as the Company's President and CEO in January 2017. As discussed in more detail below, Mr. Forman’s total actual realized compensation was approximately $2.3 million in 2018 and approximately $1.8 million in 2017. Please see the “CEO Actual Compensation Realized” table immediately below this 2018 Summary Compensation Table.

 

(2)

Amounts shown in column (d) for 2018 reflect (i) $75,000 each for Mr. Forman and Ms. Lintecum for the successful completion of the debt refinance on July 16, 2018,  and (ii)  for each of Ms. Lintecum and Mr. Zieman, cash retention payments paid pursuant to The McClatchy Company 2017 Senior Executive Retention Plan based on their continued service through each of the applicable vesting dates, January 25, 2018 and July 25, 2018.  Amounts shown in column (d) for 2017 for Mr. Forman reflect his bonus under the CEO Bonus Plan for fiscal year 2017 pursuant to the Forman Employment Agreement (defined below).

 

(3)

Amounts shown in column (e) reflect the dollar amount recognized for financial statement reporting purposes for RSUs awarded in 2018 and 2017. Values of stock awards reflect the aggregate grant date fair value computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718 using the assumptions included in footnote 10 to the Company’s audited financial statements contained in its Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2018.

 

(4)

Amounts shown in column (g) reflect the amounts earned under the CEO Short-term Incentive Non-equity Income Plan for Mr. Forman and the MBO Plan for Ms. Lintecum and Mr. Zieman, described in the section entitled “Semi-Annual Cash Bonus”  below.

 

(5)

Amounts in column (i) for 2018 include the benefits, received by each NEO, enumerated below.

 

·

Premiums to continue life insurance coverage under the McClatchy Group Executive Life Insurance Plan at a level not otherwise available under McClatchy’s standard life insurance coverage;

 

·

Premiums to provide long-term disability coverage at a level greater than that provided under McClatchy’s standard long-term disability program;

 

·

Company-paid premiums toward the cost of health coverage under McClatchy’s group health insurance plan;

 

·

Company contributions to each NEO’s account under McClatchy’s 401(k) plan, Bonus Recognition Plan, and Benefit Restoration Plan;

 

·

Company contributions to each NEO’s account under McClatchy’s Executive Supplemental Retirement Plan, which for 2018 was $98,077 for Mr. Forman, $47,984 for Ms. Lintecum, and $67,885 for Mr. Zieman;

 

·

Pursuant to the Forman Employment Agreement (defined below), Mr. Forman was entitled to receive a monthly housing allowance equal to $5,000 per month; and

 

·

For Ms. Lintecum only, reimbursement of fees related to a vacation cancelled and foregone during the refinance process in July 2018.

 

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CEO Actual Compensation Realized. The supplemental table below sets forth the 2018 and 2017 compensation for Mr. Forman, our CEO, and is not a substitute for the Summary Compensation Table above. "Total Actual Compensation Realized" reports the actual value realized during the year on equity compensation, including the vesting of restricted stock units granted in prior years. This differs from "Total" compensation as set forth in the Summary Compensation Table, which as noted above presents the grant date fair value of the entire grant of all equity awards granted in that year. We believe this supplemental table more accurately reflects the actual value that Mr. Forman receives each year from his equity compensation as compared to the Summary Compensation Table presented above because these equity awards vest over time. We further believe this table provides important context to our shareholders regarding the total actual compensation realized by Mr. Forman each year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vesting of

 

Non-Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock

 

Incentive Plan

 

All Other

 

 

 

 

 

Salary

 

Bonus

 

Awards

 

Compensation

 

Compensation

 

Total

Year

    

($)

    

($)

    

($)(1)

    

($)

    

($)(2)

    

($)

2018

 

$

980,769

 

$

75,000

 

$

184,114

 

$

1,000,000

 

$

82,828

 

$

2,322,711

2017

 

$

823,846

 

$

900,000

 

$

 —

 

$

 —

 

$

81,880

 

$

1,805,726


(1)

Amounts based on the closing price of our Class A Common Stock on the date of vesting. Stock awards granted to Mr. Forman in February 2017 vested in January and March 2018.  The January 2018 vesting is the first of two equal tranches which vest in January 2018 and 2019.  The March 2018 vesting was the first of three equal tranches which vest in March 2018, 2019 and 2020. 

 

(2)

Amounts include compensation realized by Mr. Forman. Primarily, these payments during 2018 or 2017 represent such things as (i) Company-paid premiums for life insurance,  long-term disability coverage and health care coverage, (ii) Company contributions to Mr. Forman’s account under McClatchy’s 401(k) plan, and (iii) other monthly housing allowance costs.

 

Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal 2018 Year End. The following table sets forth information concerning the outstanding equity awards held by the NEOs as of December 30, 2018. 

 

Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal 2018 Year-End

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incentive

 

Incentive

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incentive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plan Awards:

 

Plan Awards:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock Awards

 

  Market

 

Number of

 

Market or

 

 

Option Awards

 

 

 

Awards:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of

 

Value of

 

Unearned

 

Payout Value

 

 

Number of

 

Number of

 

Number of

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares or

 

Shares or

 

Shares, Units

 

of Unearned

 

 

Securities

 

Securities

 

Securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Units of

 

Units of

 

or Other

 

Shares, Units

 

 

Underlying

 

Underlying

 

Underlying

 

  Option

 

 

 

Stock

 

Stock That

 

Rights That

 

or Other

 

 

Unexercised

 

Unexercised