October 6, 2021

Agenda – The Largest Equity Grants of 2020

A year that included both a market recession and a rebound, 2020 saw equity compensation for named executive officers increase by 3.7% at companies in the S&P 500.

While median equity comp was up for executives in 2020, financial performance was not. At S&P 500 companies, the median revenue shrank by 0.7% in 2020 compared with 2019, according to data from Farient Advisors. Median earnings per share at S&P 500 companies also decreased in 2020, down 1.3% from 2019, said Eric Hoffman, vice president and leader of information services at Farient.

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