The Myth of CGT Tax Advantages
3 May 2021It's a common misconception that capital gains tax (CGT) treatment produces a better outcome than the tax deferral through an Employee Share Scheme. Using worked examples, here we demonstrate that ESS tax can produce an outcome equivalent to an effective CGT rate of nil/0%.
Reasonable Remuneration – Not Just Passing the Pub Test
28 January 2021During 2020 there was heightened public debate about instances of remuneration practices that did not seem to be reasonable and did not meet the requirements for shareholder approval. This responsibility rests with the Board – and breaches can lead not just to reputational damage but fines and disqualifications.
Many Moving Parts: ASX Listing Rules Changes Etc.
14 December 2020It is difficult to stay on top of all the rules, regulations and guidelines that need to be understood to effectively govern/oversee KMP remuneration. GRG’s complimentary Remuneration Committee Companion is designed to help you stay ahead of these issues and avoid the pitfalls.
9 December 2020Recent government legislation and regulations support succession planning by unlisted companies with the transfer of equity from existing owners to employees over time. Understanding these provisions and the methods of implementation allows a successful ownership transition without expensive external financing options.
Variable Remuneration: A Commentary on Market Practices
3 November 2020Our 2020 GRG Variable Remuneration Guide analysed the short and long term variable remuneration designs and practices of companies in the ASX200. Unfortunately their practices do not always reflect the good governance and modern approaches to variable remuneration that we would expect from Australia's largest corporations. However recent encouraging signs include a rapid rise in the use of financial return metrics and the abandonment of SIPs.
How Have FY20 STVR Awards Gone So Wrong?
30 September 2020The current COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis have generated questions about FY20 STVR awards both in the media and for the current AGM season. Should STVR awards be paid? Should the quantum of STVR awards otherwise payable be moderated? How can companies that received government-funded JobKeeper payments still be paying executives bonuses? The logical answers can be derived from a review of the fundamental principles that should drive all STVR awards regardless of external circumstances.
Remuneration Benchmarking and Advice
1 September 2020While ASX listed companies have access to publicly disclosed KMP remuneration data, using it can be a burden so most rely on the proprietary databases of consultants such as GRG. However, not all databases are equal and it's important to understand the differences so that you can have confidence in the data.
Equity Remuneration in Micro Resources Companies
14 August 2020Since 2015 unlisted start-up companies have been able to access a specific tax concession for employee share schemes. Employees and directors of ASX listed Micro Resources Companies can also qualify for tax deferral on rights and options in their remuneration packages. The same provision can also apply to other small ASX listed companies in industry sectors such as technology and medical, during development stages.
The Power of Deep Data
30 June 2020Big data is arguably the buzzword of the decade, but its real power lies in how it's analysed and applied. As a case study, we use the latest market data from the largest database of KMP remuneration in Australia, to show how deep data that is also narrow can produce valid and reliable answers.
Rights Plans Better than Share Purchase Loan Plans
15 May 2020Share Purchase Loan Plan (SPLPs) are often believed to be more tax efficient for executives than Rights Plans, because SPLP share price gains are generally 50% capital gains tax free whereas Rights are 100% taxed under the employee share scheme (ESS) taxing provisions. We debunk that commonly held belief.
Remuneration and Financial Crisis Management
8 April 2020No business will be immune from the adverse effects of COVID-19 beyond the short term. With lessons from the GFC and the innovations since, we explore the key governance and practical issues for remuneration to be considered by boards and executives in tight times – as well as golden opportunities.