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25 Apr 2017
8:40 am

Barclays Africa splashes R191m to retain execs in sell-down

Hilton Tarrant

Yet another cost in the pricey divorce.

FILE PICTURE: Absa Group CEO Maria Ramos. Picture: Desiree Swart.

Barclays Africa has granted special restricted share awards (RSAs) worth R191 million to “retain skills critical during the Barclays Plc sell-down and beyond”. This is revealed in the group’s Remuneration Report, part of its 2016 Integrated Report published at the end of March.

These awards were not only made to top executives at the bank. The group’s remuneration committee says they were granted to “74 key employees, including executive directors and prescribed officers”. The group notes that the awards are in the form of cash, and will be converted to equity “once executives are cleared to deal (as defined in the JSE Listings Requirements) having regard to the sell-down”. The restricted share awards granted in 2016 have not yet been converted from cash.

Group chief executive Maria Ramos received an award of R8 million (equal to 55% of her total fixed remuneration in 2016), deputy chief executive: South Africa Banking David Hodnett received R7 million (58% of pay), while newly-appointed financial director Jason Quinn received R3 million (57% of pay). Quinn was appointed on September 1 2016. Newly-appointed deputy chief executive: Africa Banking Peter Matlare, did not receive any restricted shares. He was appointed on August 1 2016.

Craig Bond, chief executive: Retail and Business Banking and Nomkhita Nqweni, chief executive: Wealth, investment Management and Insurance are the two prescribed officers who were awarded these incentives. Both received R3 million in RSAs (27% of pay in Bond’s case and 40% in Nqweni’s). The Corporate and Investment Banking CEO role is currently vacant, following Stephen van Coller’s resignation effective September 30 2016 (he left to join the MTN Group).

Barclays Africa provides few other details on these awards, but one presumes the remainder of the group’s executive committee also participated (as part of the 74 number). The total of the awards to executive directors and prescribed offices as detailed above is R24 million, meaning the remaining R167 million in RSAs is shared among the 69 other “key employees”. This equates to an average amount of R2.4 million each.

The performance period of the RSAs is for two years, from October 1 2016 to September 30 2018, and the published performance conditions are as follows:

  • Individual performance rating of “strong” or above through to the end of the performance period. This will be measured through the achievement of key business and individual objectives including participant’s contribution to the successful separation from Barclays Plc.
  • Participant remaining an employee of Barclays Africa or Barclays Plc and not being under notice when the payment, award or recommendation is made.
  • The employee not being under investigation or suspension when the award is made.

The remuneration committee, under Paul O’Flaherty, says that “further awards [of restricted share awards] will be granted in 2017 to ensure key skills are protected”.

It must be noted that these restricted share awards are separate to the share-based long-term incentives awarded to executives during 2016.

  Number of shares awarded during 2016 Share price on award
Maria Ramos 96 936  
Share Value Plan 2016-2018 56 312 R146
Role-based pay March 2016 5 566 R146
Role-based pay June 2016 5 593 R145
Role-based pay September 2016 5 578 R146
Role-based pay December 2016 5 117 R159
Non-deferred share award 18 770 R146
David Hodnett 71 245  
Share Value Plan 2016-2018 53 434 R146
Non-deferred share award 17 811 R146
Jason Quinn 10 960  
Share Value Plan 2016-2018 5 480 R146
Non-deferred share award 5 480 R146
Craig Bond 46 583  
Share Value Plan 2016-2018 27 950 R146
Non-deferred share award 18 633 R146
Nomkhita Nqweni 29 045  
Share Value Plan 2016-2018 21 784 R146
Non-deferred share award 7 261 R146

The total remuneration for the group’s four executive directors and three prescribed officers in 2016 was R114.7 million (The amount disclosed for prescribed officers includes remuneration for Van Coller). This is down on the R118.4 million in 2015 (albeit with a change in the composition of this grouping).

The sell-down by Barclays Plc of its stake in Barclays Africa and the separation of the two groups is proving to be a costly, difficult and time-consuming exercise (as I suggested would be the case in October 2016, read: Barclays & Absa: Breaking up is hard to do).

Barclays Africa will receive contributions totaling R12.8 billion (as per the exchange rate at December 31 2016) to fund the separation from Barclays Plc. These comprise a R0.9 billion payment to “cover separation related expenses”, a R3.3 billion payment to terminate the existing Master Services Agreement between the two banks and a R8.6 billion contribution to “fund investment in our operations, technology, rebranding and other separation projects”.

In its annual results, Barclays Africa states that “The separation process will impact our results for a number of years, most notably by increasing our costs, but also our capital base and endowment revenue thereon in the near term”.

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