SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
DATE OF REPORT (Date of earliest event reported): February 9, 2021
Commission File Number 0-17071
FIRST MERCHANTS CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)||(IRS Employer Identification No.)|
200 East Jackson Street
P.O. Box 792
Muncie, IN 47305-2814
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12 (b) of the Act:
|Title of Each Class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock, $0.125 state value per share||FRME||Nasdaq Global Select Market|
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ITEM 5.02 DEPARTURE OF DIRECTORS OR CERTAIN OFFICERS; ELECTION OF DIRECTORS; APPOINTMENT OF CERTAIN OFFICERS; COMPENSATORY ARRANGEMENTS OF CERTAIN OFFICERS
(e) On February 9, 2021, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of First Merchants Corporation (the “Corporation”) adopted the Corporation’s 2021 Senior Management Incentive Compensation Program (the “SMICP”), a non-equity incentive compensation plan, applicable to the Corporation’s named executive officers and other senior management employees. Under the SMICP, the Board established the following schedule for the Corporation’s named executive officers, setting forth the percentage of base salary that will be paid if the executive’s goals are met or exceeded.
|Executive||Potential SMICP Cash Payment as Percentage of 2021 Base Salary at the Following Performance Levels|
|Threshold|| Target ||Maximum |
|Mark K. Hardwick, Chief Executive Officer||30.0 ||%||60.0 ||%||120.0 ||%|
|Michael J. Stewart, President||27.5 ||%||55.0 ||%||110.0 ||%|
|Michele M. Kawiecki, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer||20.0 ||%||40.0 ||%||80.0 ||%|
|John J. Martin, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer||22.5 ||%||45.0 ||%||90.0 ||%|
|Stephan H. Fluhler, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer||20.0 ||%||40.0 ||%||80.0 ||%|
The Board determined that the goal for each of Hardwick, Stewart, Kawiecki and Martin will be the Corporation’s operating earnings, calculated on a diluted GAAP basis. Due to the nature of his responsibilities, Mr. Fluhler’s performance payment will be based 70% on the Corporation’s operating earnings and 30% on the Corporation’s consolidated efficiency ratio (defined as noninterest expense, excluding foreclosed property expense, amortization of intangibles and goodwill impairments, as a percent of the sum of tax equivalent net interest income and noninterest income, excluding security gains and nonrecurring items), with certain reduced threshold, target and maximum payment percentages being applicable to the efficiency ratio metric. In all cases, a minimum threshold (below which participants do not receive payments), a target amount and a maximum amount was set by the Board for each goal.
Following the end of the fiscal year, the Compensation and Human Resources Committee of the Board will approve the payouts under the SMICP. Credit is given proportionately for performance falling between the threshold and maximum levels, but is not given for performance that is not at least at the threshold level, or for that portion of performance that exceeds the maximum level. Participants must be employed when the payments are made, except in the case of death, disability or retirement, to be eligible for a payment under the program. The SMICP has a “clawback” provision that provides for recovery of any payment made to a participant who is an executive officer if the payment is based on a materially inaccurate financial statement or if otherwise appropriate under applicable law.
The foregoing summary does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the SMCIP, which is incorporated herein by reference as Exhibit 10.1.
ITEM 9.01 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS.
Exhibit No. Description of Exhibit
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
DATE: February 12, 2021
FIRST MERCHANTS CORPORATION
By: /s/ Michele M. Kawiecki
Michele M. Kawiecki
Chief Financial Officer