FelCor Announces Corporate Governance Enhancements

FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated (NYSE: FCH) today announced that its Board of Directors (the "Board") has approved and implemented several stockholder-friendly corporate governance initiatives. The initiatives follow the Board's ongoing review of evolving corporate governance practices and investor preferences, as well as discussions with various institutional stockholders.

"Today's announcement underscores FelCor's ongoing commitment to high standards of corporate governance, corporate ethics and shareholder engagement," said Christopher J. Hartung, FelCor's Lead Director and governance committee chair. "We strongly believe that regularly reviewing our corporate governance and soliciting open and constructive feedback from our stockholders supports our efforts to build long-term shareholder value."

The initiatives include:
  • Amending and restating FelCor's 2014 Equity Compensation Plan to impose minimum vesting and post-vesting holding periods and to prohibit cash buyouts of underwater options
  • Adding a new section to FelCor's Bylaws to provide proxy access to director candidates nominated by shareholders that meet certain ownership thresholds and satisfy other criteria
  • Amending FelCor's Bylaws to delete a section that had reserved for the Board the exclusive power to amend FelCor's Bylaws (stockholders will be able to propose binding amendments to FelCor's Bylaws assuming they approve a corresponding charter amendment at next year's annual meeting)
  • Amending FelCor's Corporate Governance Guidelines to, among other things, provide for annual individual director reviews and principles for evaluating and managing individual and average director tenure
  • Adopting a Lead Director Charter to formalize and further clarify the robust function, authority and responsibilities of FelCor's Lead Director
  • Amending FelCor's Insider Trading and Disclosure Policy to add a comprehensive anti-hedging policy and clarifying language regarding Regulation FD compliance.

Detailed descriptions of each of the initiatives can be found in a current report on Form 8-K to be filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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