Further, we estimate that Spark’s top 5 executives (the Company has not disclosed the compensation of its CIO/CLC since 2007) make approximately $3.5mn a year in total compensation and have collected approximately $12.3mn over the last 3.5 years. Over the same period, revenue declined from $65.2mn to $45.4mn, and enterprise value fell by approximately 70%. In 2009, the top 5 executives’ total compensation equated to 8% of sales and 35% of Adjusted EBITDA. Based on our research, calculating total compensation for only the top three executives, we believe the Spark Board has compensated management in the 92nd percentile of their peer group 1 for delivering 39th percentile returns on a one year basis. On a longer term basis, under Mr. Berger’s leadership since taking over the business in 2007, the stock price has fallen 46%.It would appear that this management team is grossly overpaid for dramatic underperformance. At a minimum, we urge the Board to better align executive compensation with corporate performance and shareholder value creation.
Osmium Partners Demands Action At Spark Networks To Maximize Shareholder Value
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