Sears former CEO's compensation shrank in 2012

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 29, 2013 at 5:07 pm •  Published: March 29, 2013
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The company announced plans last year to restore profitability by aggressively cutting costs, reducing inventory, selling off some assets and spinning off others.

Sears reported a loss of $930 million, or $8.78 per share, for its 2012 fiscal year. The company's adjusted loss from continuing operations was $2.03 per share. Its annual revenue fell 4 percent to $39.85 billion from $41.57 billion.

The Associated Press formula calculates an executive's total compensation during the last fiscal year by adding salary, bonuses, perks, above-market interest that the company pays on deferred compensation and the estimated value of stock and stock options awarded during the year. The AP formula does not count changes in the present value of pension benefits. That makes the AP total slightly different in most cases from the total reported by companies to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The value that a company assigned to an executive's stock and option awards for 2012 was the present value of what the company expected the awards to be worth to the executive over time. Companies use one of several formulas to calculate that value. However, the number is just an estimate, and what an executive ultimately receives will depend on the performance of the company's stock in the years after the awards are granted. Most stock compensation programs require an executive to wait a specified amount of time to receive shares or exercise options.