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2023  

Notice of Annual Meeting and

Proxy Statement


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Semtech Corporation

200 Flynn Road

Camarillo, California 93012

 

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

To Be Held June 8, 2023

 

 

To Our Stockholders:

Notice is hereby given that the 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Semtech Corporation (the “Company”) will be held at the Sonesta Select Camarillo hotel, 4994 Verdugo Way, Camarillo, California 93012 on Thursday, June 8, 2023 at 11:00 a.m., Pacific Time. The purposes of the meeting are to:

 

  1.

elect ten directors nominated by the Company’s Board of Directors to hold office until the next annual meeting and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified;

 

  2.

ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm for the Company for fiscal year 2024;

 

  3.

approve, on an advisory basis, executive compensation;

 

  4.

approve, on an advisory basis, the frequency of future advisory votes on executive compensation; and

 

  5.

transact any other business which may properly come before the 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or any adjournments or postponements thereof.

The record date for the determination of the stockholders entitled to notice of and to vote at the 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders was the close of business on April 14, 2023. Holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock as of the record date must be present in person or by proxy in order to transact business at the meeting. A list of the stockholders as of the record date will be available for inspection by any stockholder at the Company’s offices located at 200 Flynn Road, Camarillo, California 93012, during ordinary business hours beginning on May 29, 2023.

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on June 8, 2023: This Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the Proxy Statement and our Annual Report to Stockholders for fiscal year 2023, including our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2023, are available at www.proxyvote.com. These materials are also available on our website at https://investors.semtech.com/ar2023 which does not have “cookies” that identify visitors to the site. Our proxy materials can be accessed without requiring the use of a control number.

YOUR VOTE IS VERY IMPORTANT. Whether or not you plan to attend the 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, we urge you to vote and submit your proxy by the Internet, telephone or mail using the instructions on the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, or your proxy card or voting instruction form if you received a paper copy of the proxy materials in order to ensure the presence of a quorum.

By Order of the Board of Directors

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Charles B. Ammann

Secretary

April 28, 2023

Camarillo, California


ATTENDING THE 2023 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

For stockholders of record, the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials or proxy card is your ticket to the 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Please present your ticket together with picture identification when you reach the registration area at the 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

For stockholders who hold shares through a broker, bank or other nominee, please use a copy of your latest account statement showing your investment in our common shares as of the record date as your admission ticket for the meeting. Please present your account statement together with picture identification when you reach the registration area at the 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. If you hold your shares through a broker, bank or other nominee, you will receive instructions from your broker, bank or nominee that you must follow in order to submit your voting instructions and have your shares voted at the Annual Meeting. A copy of your account statement is not sufficient for this purpose.


Table of Contents

 

 

     Page  
Proxy Statement Summary      1  
Election of Directors (Proposal Number 1)      3  
Corporate Governance      10  

Code of Conduct

     10  

Corporate Governance Guidelines

     10  

Independence

     10  

Board Leadership Structure

     10  

Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability

     11  

Human Capital and Culture

     11  

The Board’s Role in Risk Oversight and Management

     12  

Policy on Hedging and Pledging

     13  

Risk Assessment of Compensation Programs

     13  

Evaluation of Chief Executive Officer Performance

     14  

Annual Board Evaluation

     14  

Director Attendance at Meetings

     14  

Continuing Education

     15  

Overboarding Policy

     15  

Committees

     15  

Audit Committee

     16  

Compensation Committee

     16  

Nominating and Governance Committee

     17  

Corporate Governance Materials

     18  
Transactions with Related Parties      19  
Contacting the Board of Directors      20  
Director Nominations      21  
Stockholder Proposals      24  
Director Compensation      25  
Beneficial Ownership of Securities      29  
Executive Officers      31  
Compensation Discussion and Analysis      34  

Fiscal Year 2023 Business Highlights

     34  

Fiscal Year 2023 Chief Executive Officer Compensation

     36  

Fiscal Year 2023 Named Executive Officer (Other than CEO) Compensation

     37  

2022 Nonbinding Advisory Vote Results; Stockholder Engagement

     38  

Fiscal Year 2024 Executive Officer Compensation

     38  

Our Guiding Compensation Principles

     39  

Components of our Fiscal Year 2023 Executive Compensation Program

     45  

Compensation Committee Report

     64  

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

     64  

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

       Page  

Executive Compensation

     65  

Summary Compensation Table

     65  

Grants of Plan-Based Awards in Fiscal Year 2023

     67  

Description of Fiscal Year 2023 Plan-Based Awards

     69  

Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End 2023

     70  

Option Exercises and Stock Vested in Fiscal Year 2023

     72  

Nonqualified Deferred Compensation – Fiscal Year 2023

     72  

Potential Payments on Termination or Change in Control

     73  

CEO Pay-Ratio Disclosure

     81  

Pay versus Performance

     82  
Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans      86  
Report of the Audit Committee      87  
Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm (Proposal Number 2)      88  
Advisory (Non-Binding) Vote on Executive Compensation (Proposal Number 3)      90  
Advisory (Non-Binding) Vote Regarding the Frequency of Future Advisory Votes on Executive Compensation (Proposal Number 4)      91  
Questions and Answers Regarding the Annual Meeting      92  
Other Matters      97  
Exhibit A-Reconciliations of non-GAAP Financial Measures      A-1  

 

Semtech Corporation 2023 Proxy Statement


Special Note

Regarding Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

This Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders and Proxy Statement contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our operations, industry, financial condition, performance, operating results, and liquidity. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical information or statements of current condition and relate to matters such as future financial performance, future operational performance, the anticipated impact of specific items on future earnings, and our plans, objectives and expectations. Statements containing words such as “may,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “estimate,” “should,” “will,” “designed to,” “projections,” or “business outlook,” or other similar expressions constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those projected. Potential factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: uncertainties related to the Company’s chief executive officer transition, including disruptions and uncertainties related thereto, the potential impact on the Company’s business and future strategic direction resulting from the chief executive officer transition, and the Company’s ability to retain other key members of senior management; the inherent risks, costs and uncertainties associated with integrating the Sierra Wireless acquisition successfully and risks of not achieving all or any of the anticipated benefits, or the risk that the anticipated benefits may not be fully realized or take longer to realize than expected; the uncertainty surrounding the impact and duration of supply chain constraints and any associated disruptions; future responses to and effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic or other similar health crises; export restrictions and laws affecting the Company’s trade and investments, and tariffs or the occurrence of trade wars; worldwide economic and political disruptions, including as a result of inflation and the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine; competitive changes in the marketplace including, but not limited to, the pace of growth or adoption rates of applicable products or technologies; downturns in the business cycle; decreased average selling prices of the Company’s products; the Company’s reliance on a limited number of suppliers and subcontractors for components and materials; changes in projected or anticipated end-user markets. Additionally, forward-looking statements should be considered in conjunction with the cautionary statements contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, including, without limitation, information under the captions “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and those set forth under “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, as such risk factors may be amended, supplemented or superseded from time to time by other reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). In light of the significant risks and uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking information included therein and herein that may cause actual performance and results to differ materially from those predicted, any such forward-looking information should not be regarded as representations or guarantees by the Company of future performance or results, or that its objectives or plans will be achieved, or that any of its operating expectations or financial forecasts will be realized. Reported results should not be considered an indication of future performance. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking information contained herein, which reflect management’s analysis only as of the date hereof.

These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated or future events, or otherwise.

In addition to regarding forward-looking statements with caution, you should consider that the preparation of the consolidated financial statements requires us to draw conclusions and make interpretations, judgments, assumptions and estimates with respect to certain factual, legal, and accounting matters. Our consolidated financial statements might have been materially impacted if we had reached different conclusions or made different interpretations, judgments, assumptions or estimates.

 

Semtech Corporation 2023 Proxy Statement


SEMTECH CORPORATION

ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

June 8, 2023

 

PROXY
STATEMENT
SUMMARY
  

This Proxy Statement Summary highlights information contained elsewhere in this Proxy Statement, which is first being sent or made available to stockholders on or about April 28, 2023. This summary does not contain all of the information you should consider, so please read the entire proxy statement carefully before voting.

 

References in this Proxy Statement to “we,” “our,” “us” or “Semtech” refer to Semtech Corporation.

2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

 

Date and Time

 

  

Location

 

   Record Date

Thursday, June 8, 2023
11:00 a.m., Pacific Time

  

Sonesta Select Camarillo hotel,

4994 Verdugo Way, Camarillo, California 93012

   April 14, 2023

Matters To Be Voted Upon

The following table summarizes the proposals to be voted upon at the 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on June 8, 2023 (the “Annual Meeting”) and voting recommendations of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) with respect to each proposal.

 

  Proposals

 

   Board
Recommendation

 

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Reference

 

 

  1.  Elect ten directors nominated by the Company’s Board of Directors to hold office until the next annual meeting and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified

 

  

 

FOR each
nominee

  

 

3

  2.  Ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm for the Company for fiscal year 2024

 

   FOR    88

  3.  Approve, on an advisory basis, executive compensation

 

   FOR    90

  4.  Approve, on an advisory basis, the frequency of future advisory votes on executive compensation

   ONE YEAR    91

 

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PROXY STATEMENT SUMMARY

 

Director Nominees

 

  Name   Age   Director Since   Independent   Committee Membership

Rockell N. Hankin

  76   1988   Yes   Nominating and Governance
Committee Chair

Martin S.J. Burvill

  64   2020   Yes   Compensation Committee

Rodolpho C. Cardenuto

  63   2018   Yes   Audit Committee

Gregory M. Fischer

  59   2023   Yes   Nominating and Governance Committee

Saar Gillai

  56   2018   Yes   Compensation Committee

Ye Jane Li

  55   2016   Yes   Compensation Committee

Paula LuPriore

  65   2020   Yes   Audit Committee

Mohan R. Maheswaran

  59   2006   No  

Sylvia Summers

  70   2013   Yes  

Audit Committee

Nominating and Governance Committee

Paul V. Walsh, Jr.

  58   2023   Yes  

Audit Committee

Nominating and Governance Committee

Fiscal Year 2023 Business Highlights

 

Record Net Sales

 

$757M

 

Increased approximately $16 million, or 2%, from fiscal year 2022, with growth in Infrastructure and Industrial end markets. Includes 18 days of Sierra Wireless.

 

Record LoRa-Enabled Revenue

 

$187M

 

Grew 40% over fiscal year 2022, with cumulative LoRa connected end points of approximately 300M units.

 

Record Signal Integrity Product Group Revenue

 

$304M

 

Increased approximately $13 million, or 4.5%, from fiscal year 2022, driven by continued growth of PON-X.

 

Record Semtech Organic Non-GAAP Diluted EPS

 

Up 8%

 

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share increased to $2.80 from $2.61 in fiscal year 2022.1

 

 

1 

See Exhibit A for a reconciliation of non-GAAP diluted earnings per share to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

 

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ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

(Proposal Number 1)

Our business operates under the direction of our Board, which currently consists of twelve directors. Our Board, upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Governance Committee, has nominated ten directors to be elected at the Annual Meeting, each to serve until the following annual meeting of stockholders and until his or her respective successor is elected and qualified. With the exception of Messrs. Fischer and Walsh, all of the nominees were elected to their present terms of office by the stockholders at our 2022 annual meeting of stockholders. With the exception of Messrs. Fischer and Walsh in connection with the Cooperation Agreement (defined and described below), there are no arrangements or understandings between any nominee and any other person for selection as a nominee.

On March 17, 2023, we entered into a cooperation agreement (the “Cooperation Agreement”) with Lion Point Capital, LP and certain of its affiliates (“Lion Point”), pursuant to which, among other things, our Board agreed to appoint two new independent directors selected from a group of candidates provided by Lion Point in accordance with the terms of the Cooperation Agreement. Each of Messrs. Fischer and Walsh were appointed to the Board in accordance with the Cooperation Agreement. Accordingly, Messrs. Fischer and Walsh will be standing for election by our stockholders for the first time at the Annual Meeting. Further, under the terms of the Cooperation Agreement, the Board has commenced a search for two additional new independent directors, and will confer with Lion Point in good faith, and appoint those two new independent directors to the Board in accordance with the Cooperation Agreement.

Mr. Bruce C. Edwards and Mr. James T. Lindstrom are not standing for re-election. Messrs. Edwards and Lindstrom will continue to serve as directors until the Annual Meeting.

All of the nominees have consented to be named as nominees, and have indicated their intent to serve if elected. Unless a stockholder directs otherwise in its proxy it is intended that the proxies solicited by management will be voted for the election of the nominees listed in the following table. Proxies cannot be voted for a greater number of persons than the number of nominees named in this Proxy Statement. If any nominee is unable to serve, or for good cause will not serve, the named proxy holders will vote the shares for such other person, if any, as shall be designated by the Board or the Board may reduce the number of directors constituting the Board. Our Board currently has no knowledge or reason to believe that any of the nominees will be unable or unwilling to serve for good cause if elected.

 

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ELECTION OF DIRECTORS (Proposal Number 1)

 

Our Board has a breadth of experience and reflects a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds.

Snapshot of Board Diversity(1)

 

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(1)

This above represents our Board diversity assuming election to the Board of the director nominees named in this Proxy Statement at the Annual Meeting.

Our Board understands and appreciates the value and enrichment provided by a diverse board. As such, we actively seek diverse director candidates (see “Corporate Governance – Criteria and Diversity for Board Membership”).

 

  Board Diversity Matrix (as of April 28, 2023)

 

  Total Number of Directors

       12
      Female    Male    Non-Binary   

Did Not  

Disclose  

Gender  

  Part I: Gender Identity

 

  Directors

       3        9              

  Part II: Demographic Background

 

African American or Black

                           

Alaskan Native or American Indian

                           

Asian

       1        1              

Hispanic or Latinx

              1              

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

                           

White

       2        6              

Two or More Races or Ethnicities

              1              

LGBTQ+

                           

Did Not Disclose

Demographic Background

                           

 

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ELECTION OF DIRECTORS (Proposal Number 1)

 

 

  

 

The Board recommends a vote FOR the election of each of the nominees listed below

 

  

 

Rockell N. Hankin

Age 76

Director since 1988

Chairman of the Board since 2006

Nominating & Governance Committee Chair

Private investor from January 2006 to date. Chief Executive Officer and Principal, Hankin & Co., a diversified business advisory and investment banking firm from June 1986 through December 2005. Chairman of the Board of the Kavli Foundation.

Mr. Hankin has spoken on corporate governance issues including at the Duke Capital Markets Director’s Education Institute, UCLA’s Director Certification Program, the University of Maryland Directors’ Institute and various other corporate governance programs.

Qualifications: Mr. Hankin’s qualifications to serve as a member of the Board include his 33 years of experience as Director of the Company which we believe provides our Board with specific expertise and insight into our business, his experience as a former chairman or a former director of other public and private companies and his advisory and corporate governance expertise.

 

Martin S.J. Burvill

Age 64

Director since October 2020

Compensation Committee

Held a variety of positions at Verizon Communications from 2006 through his retirement in 2019. From 2016 through 2019 Mr. Burvill was President, Business Markets, which provides fixed and mobile (4G/5G) networking, Internet of Things (IoT), security, and Cloud/IT services to U.S. Small and Medium Businesses (SMB’s) and state and local governments. From 2012 through 2016 he was Senior Vice President Global Operations of Verizon Enterprise. Prior to 2012 he was Vice President, Europe, and Vice President Global Solutions of Verizon Enterprise. Previously held executive positions at MCI Communications, Nexagent, Internap, Racal Telecom, British Telecom and S.I.T.A.

Highly experienced in serving the needs of regulated and non-regulated industries, and national / local governments, Mr. Burvill has extensive leadership and transformation skills including: P&L ownership, sales, marketing, operations, product management, digital transformation, cloud-based services, cybersecurity, mergers and acquisitions, and a diverse set of other corporate functions. Mr. Burvill worked in numerous countries around the world, including the United States, and in Europe, Asia, and South America. He serves on multiple private and institutional boards, including Chairman of the Board of OKIN BPS, a leading business process outsourcer, since 2022; Independent Director of Nexar Inc., a leading vision / AI data services based provider of solutions for optimizing commercial and leisure based road transportation, since 2022; and the Dean’s Advisory Board and the Institute for International Economic Policy Executive Circle — both at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Qualifications: Mr. Burvill’s qualifications to serve as a member of the Board include his extensive expertise in general management, business transformation, network services, digital transformation, Cloud-based services, cybersecurity, and a diverse set of other corporate functions.

 

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ELECTION OF DIRECTORS (Proposal Number 1)

 

Rodolpho C. Cardenuto

Age 63

Director since September 2018

Audit Committee

President, Applications Group of Vonage, a global business cloud communications company, since December 2019. Senior Vice President, Sales of Magic Leap, a private company focused on augmented reality products, from January 2019 until November 2019. President of SAP Americas, Inc. Global Partner Operations organization from 2014 to December 2018. Joined SAP in 2008 as President of SAP Latin America and the Caribbean and also served as President of SAP Americas in 2013. Held executive positions at Hewlett-Packard Company from 2001 to 2007, and prior to 2001, executive positions at Vesper, Nextel, and Hewlett-Packard Brasil Ltda.

Chairman of the Board of MIGNOW since February 2020, a private company specializing in SAP migration software.

Qualifications: Mr. Cardenuto’s qualifications to serve as a member of the Board include his more than 25 years of extensive and high level experience in the technology industry as well as his experience with global operations.

 

 

Gregory M. Fischer

Age 59

Director since April 2023

Nominating & Governance Committee

Most recently served as Senior Vice President and General Manager at Broadcom Inc., a public company and an American designer, developer, manufacturer, and global supplier of a wide range of semiconductor and infrastructure software products, from 2014 to May 2021, and as Vice President and General Manager of the Carrier Access Business from 2004 to 2014. Previously, Mr. Fischer served as Vice President and General Manager of the Video Products Business Unit at Conexant Systems, Inc., an American-based software developer and fabless semiconductor company, from 2002 to 2004, and as Director of Product Marketing and Business Development, from 1997 to 2002. Earlier in his career, Mr. Fischer served as Manager of Corporate Business Development at Rockwell International Corporation (n/k/a Rockwell Automation, Inc.), a major American manufacturing conglomerate involved in aircraft, the space industry, defense and commercial electronics, components in the automotive industry, printing presses, avionics and industrial products, from 1994 to 1997, and served in several design engineering and program management positions at Rockwell Collins Avionics Co. (before being purchased by Raytheon Technologies Corporation), an avionics technology company, from 1985 to 1994. Mr. Fischer has served as an independent advisor to Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc., a professional services firm, since December 2021, and AlphaSights Ltd., an information services company specializing in connecting clients with experts, since December 2021. Mr. Fischer has also served as President at Fischer Family Community Outreach, a foundation dedicated to feeding, clothing and housing indigent residents of San Diego County, since 2017.

Qualifications: Mr. Fischer’s qualifications to serve as a member of the Board include 30 years of experience operating and scaling wireline and wireless semiconductor businesses through multiple economic and technology cycles. Mr. Fischer has also led M&A and post-merger strategies, focusing on product line integration and operating expense management to achieve profitable franchise growth. Mr. Fischer was appointed to the Board pursuant to the Cooperation Agreement.

 

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Saar Gillai

Age 56

Director since September 2018

Compensation Committee

Independent board director and CEO advisor to multiple start-ups since January 2020. Executive mentor at The Exco Group since October 2020. Chief Executive Officer and Director of Teridion, a Cloud-based networking company, from October 2017 to December 2019. Senior Vice President and General Manager of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Communications Solutions Business from October 2014 to October 2016. Senior Vice President, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of HP Cloud from November 2012 to October 2014. Previously held executive positions at 3Com, Enfora, Tropos Networks, and Cisco Systems.

Chairman of the Board of Liquid Instruments, a private company focused on next generation test equipment since March 2021. Director of Xilinx, a public company and the leading provider of All Programmable FPGAs, SoCs, MPSoCs and 3D ICs from May 2016 to February 2022 (acquired by AMD). Director of SpaceIQ, a private company and provider of smart IWMS/CAFM facility management software from July 2017 to August 2019 (acquired by WeWork).

Qualifications: Mr. Gillai’s qualifications to serve as a member of the Board include his senior executive and board experience in both startups and public companies and his over 30 years of experience in the technology industry.

 

Ye Jane Li

Age 55

Director since 2016

Compensation Committee

Strategic Advisor, Diversis Capital, LLC, a private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies, since 2013. Chief Operating Officer, Huawei Enterprise USA, Inc., a company that markets IT products and solutions to datacenters and enterprises from 2012 to 2015. Previously, General Manager at Huawei Symantec USA, Inc. from 2010 to 2012. Consultant in 2009 to The Gores Group, a private equity firm focusing on the technology sector. Executive Vice President and General Manager at Fujitsu Compound Semiconductor Inc. and its Joint Venture with Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., Eudyna Devices Inc., from 2004 to 2009. Prior to 2004, held executive and management positions with NeoPhotonics Corporation, Novalux Inc. and Corning Incorporated.

Director of PDF Solutions, Inc. since November 2021, a public company that provides comprehensive data solutions designed to empower organizations across the semiconductor ecosystem to improve the yield and quality of their products and operational efficiency for increased profitability. Director of CTS Corporation since May 2020, a public company and a leading designer and manufacturer of products that sense, connect and move. Director of Knowles Corporation since February 2018, a public company and leading supplier of advanced micro-acoustic, audio processing, and precision device solutions. Director of ServicePower since July 2017, a private company that provides mobile workforce management software solutions. Director of Women in Cable TV and Telecommunications from 1998 to 2001, a non-profit organization promoting women’s leadership in Cable TV and Telecommunications industries.

Qualifications: Ms. Li’s qualifications to serve as a member of the Board include her senior executive level experience in a wide range of technology companies from telecommunication components and systems, to semiconductor to IT and datacenters representing a variety of market segments Semtech serves, as well as her experience as a director of private and public companies. Her background and experience also provides the Board with invaluable insights into Asian markets, which are important strategic markets for us.

 

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Paula LuPriore

Age 65

Director since October 2020

Audit Committee

CEO and Co-founder of Wujitech, Inc., a private Cloud-based company delivering bio-analytic software solutions since 2010. From 2002 through 2010 she served at Asyst Technologies, Inc., a public robotic automation, technology and manufacturing company for the semiconductor industry, most recently as Interim CEO, and previously as EVP and COO. Ms. LuPriore began her career as a software engineer at IBM and spent 23 years leading various organizations across product engineering, strategy, marketing, and technical sales. Her leadership roles included various Senior Executive roles such as VP of IBM’s Storage Networking Division where she led the product group targeting the Network Attached Storage (NAS) market.

Director of Wujitech, Inc., a private company since 2011. In 2015, she served as an Independent Director of PCS Edventures Inc., a publicly traded technology company that designs and delivers education products and services for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) market. Her role on the Board included serving on the audit and compensation committees.

Qualifications: Ms. LuPriore’s qualifications to serve as a member of the Board include her extensive experience as a Senior Executive in public global technology companies with a strong background in technology, product, strategy, and business operations. Her broad set of experience spans Information Technology Enterprise Software and Hardware, Semiconductor, and Networking markets, bringing expertise in Data Center, Cloud Computing, and Consulting Services across various industries in domestic and international markets.

 

Mohan R. Maheswaran

Age 59

Director since 2006

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since April 2006. He was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Intersil Corporation (“Intersil”), a company that designs and manufactures analog semiconductors, from June 2002 until March 2006, responsible for managing and overseeing the design, development, applications and marketing functions for Intersil’s Analog Signal Processing Business unit. From June 2001 to May 2002, he was Vice President of Marketing, Business Development and Corporate Strategy for Elantec Semiconductor, Inc., a company that designed and manufactured analog integrated circuits before its acquisition by Intersil in May 2002. He was previously employed by Elantec Semiconductor as Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Strategy from January 2001 to June 2001; by Allayer Communications, a communications integrated circuit startup acquired by Broadcom Corporation; and by IBM Microelectronics, Texas Instruments Incorporated, Hewlett-Packard Company and Nortel Communications.

Qualifications: Mr. Maheswaran’s qualifications to serve as a member of the Board include his years of senior executive, management, and development experience at analog semiconductor companies. Mr. Maheswaran’s current position as our President and Chief Executive Officer also brings to the Board knowledge of the day-to-day operations of the Company, which provides invaluable insight to our Board as it reviews the Company’s strategic and financial plans.

 

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Sylvia Summers

Age 70

Director since 2013

Audit Committee

Nominating and Governance Committee

Prior to retirement, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Trident Microsystems, Inc., a company that delivers integrated circuits to the digital TV and set top box markets, from 2007 through 2011. Previously Executive Vice President and General Manager at Spansion Ltd. from 2003 to 2007 and Group Vice President at Cisco Systems, Inc. from 2001 to 2002.

Director of Aristocrat Leisure Limited, a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and a leading provider of gaming solutions, since September 2016. Previously served as a director of public companies, including Headwaters, Inc. from 2013 to 2017, Alcatel-Lucent from 2015 to 2016, JNI Corporation from 2001 to 2003, Riverstone Networks Inc. from 2002 to 2006 and Gadzoox Networks, Inc. from 2001 to 2003 where she served on the audit and compensation committees.

Qualifications: Ms. Summers’ qualifications to serve as a member of the Board include her senior executive level experience in technology-related industries and experience as a director of several public companies, which we believe provides our Board with valuable executive-level insights and board-level experience.

 

Paul V. Walsh , Jr.

Age 58

Director since 2023

Audit Committee

Nominating and Governance Committee

Prior to retirement, served as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Treasurer, at Allegro MicroSystems, Inc., a publicly traded global semiconductor company that designs and manufactures advanced sensor and power management integrated circuits for the automotive and industrial end markets (“Allegro”), from 2014 to February 2022. Prior to joining Allegro, Mr. Walsh served as the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Rocket Software, Inc., a global software development firm, from 2013 to 2014. From 2004 to 2013, Mr. Walsh served in several senior financial leadership roles at Silicon Laboratories Inc., a publicly traded global technology company that designs and manufacturers semiconductors, other silicon devices and software, including as: Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, from 2011 to 2013; Chief Accounting Officer and Vice President of Finance, from 2006 to 2011; Interim Chief Financial Officer in 2006; Corporate Controller, from 2005 to 2006; and Director of Finance, Worldwide Operations, from 2004 to 2005. Earlier in his career, Mr. Walsh held several finance and operations positions at PerkinElmer, Inc., a publicly traded diagnostics, life science research, food, environmental and industrial testing services and technology provider, from 2003 to 2004, Teradyne, Inc., a publicly traded automatic test equipment designer and manufacturer, from 2000 to 2003, and Analog Devices, Inc., a publicly traded semiconductor company specializing in data conversion, signal processing and power management technology, from 1992 to 2000. Mr. Walsh began his career as a mechanical engineer at R.G. Vanderweil Engineers LLP, a mechanical and electrical engineering firm, from 1987 to 1990. Mr. Walsh currently serves as an adviser to the board of directors and audit committee of Anokiwave, Inc., a late-stage semiconductor company, since October 2022, and as an adjunct professor at Brown University in its School of Professional Studies’ Master’s in Technology Leadership (MTL) program, since April 2022. Mr. Walsh has served on the board of directors of Nitero, Inc., a venture-backed startup semiconductor company, from 2012 to 2015, Grande Communications Networks, LLC, a broadband communications provider of cable and internet services (“Grande”), from 2008 to 2010, including as chairman of Grande’s audit committee, and the Eanes Independent School District, from 2011 to 2013.

Qualifications: Mr. Walsh’s qualifications to serve as a member of the Board include his extensive experience in the global semiconductor industry, across nearly 30 years as well as serving as Chief Financial Officer for two of those public companies, which we believe provides our Board with valuable executive-level insights and broad and diverse operational industry experience. Mr. Walsh was appointed to the Board pursuant to the Cooperation Agreement.

 

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Code of Conduct

The Board has adopted a written Core Values and Code of Conduct (“Code of Conduct”) that applies to our directors and employees of the Company, including our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer. The Code of Conduct, which is the Company’s written “code of conduct” within the meaning of the Nasdaq Listing Rules applicable to companies whose stock is listed for trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) and which constitutes the Company’s “code of ethics” within the meaning of Section 406 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, expresses the Company’s commitment to the highest standards of ethical business conduct. Our Code of Conduct can be found on the Company’s website at https://investors.semtech.com under “Governance.”

Corporate Governance Guidelines

The Board has adopted written Corporate Governance Guidelines that set forth key principles that guide its actions. Some of these principles are discussed below. Our Corporate Governance Guidelines can be found on the Company’s website at https://investors.semtech.com under “Governance.”

Independence

Our Board has determined that each of Messrs. Hankin, Burvill, Cardenuto, Edwards, Fischer, Gillai, Lindstrom, and Walsh and each of Mses. Li, LuPriore and Summers, are independent under applicable Nasdaq rules and the Board is comprised of a majority of independent directors. The Board determined that Mr. Maheswaran does not meet the independence standards due to his employment by the Company.

In making these determinations, our Board considered the relationships that each director has with us and all other facts and circumstances our Board deemed relevant in determining independence, including the recommendation of Messrs. Fischer and Walsh by Lion Point as described above.

Board Leadership Structure

The Board does not have a policy regarding the separation of the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. The Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board are separate positions under the Board’s current leadership structure. The Chief Executive Officer establishes the corporate direction and strategy, and is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the Company. The Chief Executive Officer is subject to certain Board-established grants of authority, an annual business plan approved by the Board, and a Board Review Policy, under which the Board reserves for its action certain material, key strategic, or related matters, and notes matters of Company action on which the Board is to be kept informed. The Chairman of the Board provides guidance to the Chief Executive Officer, presides over the meetings of the stockholders and directors, and guides the Board in fulfilling its obligations. The Chairman of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer hold meetings on a regular basis to discuss both near term and longer range strategic matters. The Chairman of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer collaborate on the preparation of the agenda for each regular Board meeting to set matters to be presented to the Board for its information, attention and action as necessary. Following each meeting of the Board after the independent directors have met in executive session per the Board’s standard practice, the Chairman of the Board meets with the Chief Executive Officer to provide feedback on matters raised during the meeting of the Board, and on matters considered for further action or follow-up. On behalf of the Board, the Chairman of the Board also provides one-on-one performance feedback to the Chief Executive Officer. The Board feels this structure facilitates efficient management oversight and enables the Board to effectively meet its governance duties.

 

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability

The Company and the Board are focused on corporate social responsibility and sustainability. The Company’s Environmental, Social and Governance Committee, consisting of members of management representing various functional groups, works to identify additional ways that the Company can foster a diverse and inclusive work environment, improve employee health and safety, engage our surrounding communities and minimize our environmental impact. The committee reports its findings to the Board at least semi-annually. The Company has designated Julie McGee, our Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, to be responsible for environmental, social and governance related matters. In addition, the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board has oversight over the Company’s corporate responsibility and sustainability principles, programs and practices, including environmental and social affairs, and programs and initiatives focused on the Company’s culture, diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Company also aims to contribute to the communities where we live and work, and believes that this commitment helps in our efforts to attract and retain employees. We offer our employees the opportunity to give back to their local communities or contribute to charities and provide opportunities to facilitate participation by our employees in these initiatives.

Additional information regarding our policies and practices related to environmental, social and governance matters, including the Company’s Environmental Management Manual, Environmental Key Performance Indicators and Supplier Code of Conduct, can be found on the Company’s website at https://investors.semtech.com under “ESG.” In addition, the Company will publish its first ESG report in April of 2023 demonstrating the Company’s commitment to U.N. Sustainability Goals with a focus on the social benefits of its product portfolio.

Human Capital and Culture

The Board oversees the Company’s human capital, with focus on culture, the health, safety and wellness of the Company’s employees and the development of talent. The Board considers Chief Executive Officer succession and development, and the Compensation Committee considers and discusses with the Chief Executive Officer succession and development planning for other executive positions, diversity initiatives, and employee engagement. We expect all directors and employees of the Company (including our executive officers) to uphold our Code of Conduct. Our focus on innovation gives us a unique appreciation to the importance of recruitment, retention and the professional development of our employees. The health and wellbeing of our employees and their families remains our highest priority, and supporting and improving the local communities in which our employees are located is an important part of our culture.

 

   

Talent. The Company’s talent strategy involves our efforts to achieve an optimal balance of internal development, supplemented by external hires. We believe this approach contributes to and enhances our employee loyalty and commitment. We support and develop our employees through global training and development programs targeted at building and strengthening our employees’ leadership and professional skills.

 

   

Compensation. Our pay-for-performance philosophy incentivizes individual and team performance that directly contributes to the achievement of Company objectives. We provide compensation packages that include a competitive base salary, annual incentive bonuses, and long-term equity awards, as appropriate. Our compensation program is designed to attract, reward and retain those highly-talented individuals who possess the critical skills necessary to support our business objectives, contribute to the achievement of our annual strategic goals and create long-term value for our stockholders. We believe that a compensation program that rewards employees both for short-term and long-term performance aligns employees’ and our stockholders’ interests.

 

   

Health & Wellbeing. We provide our employees and their families’ access to a variety of flexible and convenient health and welfare programs, including benefits that support their physical and mental health through tools and resources to help them improve or maintain their health status. In addition, in 2021 we

 

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  launched the Semtech Women’s Leadership Council to oversee initiatives to attract, develop, promote and retain female talent and in 2022, we introduced a new financial wellbeing program for our U.S. based employees. We plan to expand this program and other elements of our health and wellbeing initiatives in calendar year 2023.

 

   

Diversity & Inclusion. The Company is committed to efforts to increase diversity and foster an inclusive work environment through the Company’s core values and principles. The Company also provides training to all employees to improve their understanding of behaviors that can be perceived as discriminatory, exclusionary and/or harassing, and encourage employees to report such behaviors to management or via an anonymous hotline.

As we announced in a Form 8-K filed with the SEC on March 16, 2023, Mr. Maheswaran announced that he intends to retire as our Chief Executive Officer. The Board has already commenced a formal comprehensive search for the Company’s next Chief Executive Officer and retained a leading executive search firm to assist in the search.

The Board’s Role in Risk Oversight and Management

The Board actively oversees risk management of the Company, including having the Audit Committee provide oversight over the Company’s information technology and cybersecurity policies and procedures. Management reports to the Board on information security matters on a quarterly basis. In addition, the Audit Committee oversees management’s risk assessments which are conducted regularly to mitigate potential information and security risks. We have not experienced a significant security breach in the past three years. We also provide our employees annually with cybersecurity awareness training.

The Audit Committee serves as the focal point at the Board level for overseeing the Company’s overall risk management process. Among its duties, the Audit Committee reviews with management (a) the Company’s policies with respect to risk assessment and management of risks that may be material to the Company, (b) the Company’s system of disclosure controls and system of internal controls over financial reporting, and (c) the Company’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. The Audit Committee is also responsible for reviewing major legislative and regulatory developments that could materially impact the Company’s contingent liabilities and risks.

The Company periodically conducts enterprise risk assessment evaluations with Audit Committee oversight and participation. The results of the enterprise risk assessment conducted in fiscal year 2021 were reported to the Audit Committee Chair and were presented to the Board for evaluation, identification of matters for additional attention, and overall risk management. The Audit Committee continues to oversee fulfillment of management initiatives instituted to address risks identified in the enterprise risk assessment process.

Our other Board committees also consider and address risk as they perform their respective committee responsibilities. Our Compensation Committee oversees the management of risks relating to our compensation arrangements with senior officers. Our Nominating and Governance Committee oversees the nomination of individuals with the judgment, skills, integrity, and independence necessary to oversee the key risks associated with our company, as well as risks inherent in our corporate structure. All committees report to the Board as appropriate, including when a matter rises to the level of a material or enterprise level risk. After receiving a report from a committee, the Board provides guidance as it deems necessary. In addition, the oversight and review of other strategic risks are conducted directly by the full Board.

Specific Company management functions are responsible for day-to-day risk management. Our accounting, finance, legal, operations, and internal audit areas serve as the primary monitoring and testing functions for company-wide policies and procedures, and manage the day-to-day oversight of the risk management strategy for the ongoing business of the Company. This oversight includes identifying, evaluating, and addressing potential risks that may exist at the enterprise, strategic, financial, operational, international, and compliance and reporting levels.

 

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The Board believes that its grants of authority to the Chief Executive Officer and under the Board Review Policy for the Chief Executive Officer as noted above in “Board Leadership Structure” serve to oversee and manage risks by ensuring that the Board is kept well informed on material matters, and is the ultimate approving authority for selected matters. The Board also receives regular reports from the Chief Executive Officer reporting on areas involving operational, human resources, legal, compliance, financial and strategic short-, intermediate- and long-term risks, as well as reports from senior officers of the Company on selected matters as requested from time to time by the Board as part of its recurring meeting and educational process. The Board receives such reports from the Chief Executive Officer and senior executives to enable the Board to understand the identification, management and mitigation strategies for the reported risks.

We believe the division of risk management responsibilities described above is an effective approach for addressing the risks facing the Company and that our Board leadership structure supports this approach.

Policy on Hedging and Pledging

The Company recognizes that hedging against losses in Company stock is not appropriate or acceptable trading activity for individuals employed by or serving the Company. The Company has adopted stock ownership guidelines (as described below in the section titled “Compensation Discussion and Analysis”) that, among other things, are intended to align the interests of stockholders, and the Company’s directors and officers. In keeping with the intent of the stock ownership guidelines, as well as for the purpose of clearly outlining the Company’s position on acceptable trading activity, the Company has incorporated prohibitions on various hedging activities within its stock trading guidelines, which guidelines apply to directors, officers and employees. The stock trading guidelines prohibit directors, officers and employees or their designees from purchasing financial instruments (including prepaid variable forward contracts, equity swaps, collars and exchange funds), or otherwise engaging in transactions, that hedge or offset, or are designed to hedge or offset, any decrease in the market value of the securities of the Company. The guidelines prohibit all short sales of Company stock and any trading in derivatives (such as put and call options) that relate to Company securities. The guidelines also prohibit pledging any Company stock or equity awards as collateral for any margin account, or other form of credit arrangement.

Risk Assessment of Compensation Programs

In compliance with SEC disclosure requirements, we have evaluated our compensation policies and practices to determine if any of our programs create risks that are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company. We have concluded that our compensation policies and practices do not create such risks. We evaluated our executive compensation program, as well as our broad-based compensation and benefits programs on a worldwide basis. We focused on looking at whether any program’s elements, criteria, purposes or objectives create undesired or unintended risk of a material nature. While all programs were evaluated, primary review and attention was placed on programs having potential for variable payouts where an individual participant or small groups of participants might have the ability to directly affect, control or impact payout results. We believe that all compensation programs are structured with a combination of appropriate controls, objective measurement variables, review authorities and/or payment methodologies that, in the aggregate, are designed and administered so that there is not any reasonable likelihood of material adverse risks to the Company arising from or caused by any of our compensation programs. In addition, “claw-back” rights and provisions in applicable executive compensation plans as discussed below in our “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” are additional safeguards that encourage executives to not take unnecessary or excessive risks.

In particular, base salaries are fixed in amount and are, therefore, not susceptible to encouraging unnecessary or excessive risk taking. Although the performance-based, short-term annual cash incentives for our executives focus on achievement of short-term individual performance and business-related goals, which could encourage taking of short-term risks at the expense of long-term goals, this element of

 

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compensation is offset and balanced by the Company’s use of long-term, multi-year incentive programs that are designed to align our executives’ interests with those of the Company’s stockholders. Our Compensation Committee also retains discretion to reduce or eliminate short-term annual cash incentives for our executives. We believe that long-term, multi-year incentive programs do not encourage unnecessary or excessive risk taking because the ultimate value of these programs is tied to the value of the Company’s stock, awards with performance-based vesting components are balanced with awards that have a value based solely on our stock price with long-term vesting schedules and no performance-based vesting components, and the grant dates, vesting dates and any applicable performance measurement periods are staggered over multiple years to ensure that executives have a significant stake in the long-term performance of the Company’s stock.

Evaluation of Chief Executive Officer Performance

In concert with our Compensation Committee in accordance with that Committee’s charter, the Board of Directors oversees and evaluates the performance of the Chief Executive Officer on an ongoing basis. Such evaluation includes regular assessment of his performance against goals and objectives established in connection with his compensation programs, as well as his overall performance in leading and managing the Company.

Annual Board Evaluation

Pursuant to our Corporate Governance Guidelines and the charter of the Nominating and Governance Committee, the Nominating and Governance Committee at least annually reviews, discusses and assesses the performance and effectiveness of the Board and the individual directors and makes relevant recommendations to the Board. The Nominating and Governance Committee also considers the self-evaluations of each standing committee and evaluates the need for any restructuring of the committees. The evaluation process is designed to facilitate ongoing, systematic examination of the Board’s effectiveness and accountability, and to identify opportunities for improving its operations and procedures.

In general, at the end of each fiscal year the Board completes an evaluation process focusing on the effectiveness of the performance of the Board as a whole and the background and skills of each director. The Chairman of the Board separately interviews each of the individual directors to document their views on Board operations and performance, including the performance of their fellow directors. The Chairman reports the results of these interviews to the entire Board. In addition, each director completes self-assessments regarding the effectiveness of each committee on which such director serves, which are reviewed by the Nominating and Governance Committee and reported to the entire Board.

Director Attendance at Meetings

Directors are expected to devote sufficient time to the Board and its committees and to carry out their duties and responsibilities effectively. It is expected that each director will be available to attend all meetings of the Board and any committees on which the director serves, as well as the Company’s annual meeting of stockholders. During the Company’s last fiscal year, the Board held seven regularly scheduled meetings and 18 committee meetings. Each of our directors attended 75% or more of the aggregate of the meetings of the Board and the meetings of the committees of the Board on which such director served during the period that such director served in the last fiscal year. As is our practice, the independent directors met in an executive session without management present at several of these meetings. It is the policy of the Company that all of the directors attend the annual meetings of stockholders unless important personal reasons prohibit it. Each director then in office attended last year’s Annual Meeting held in June 2022 in person or by telephone.

 

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Continuing Education

Each director is expected to take steps reasonably necessary to enable the director to function effectively on the Board and Board committees on which the director serves, including becoming and remaining well informed about the Company, the industry, and business and economic trends affecting the Company. Each director is also expected to take steps reasonably necessary to keep informed on principles and practices of sound corporate governance. The Company provides each director with membership in the National Association of Corporate Directors. Each director is required to participate, at the Company’s expense, in a minimum amount of director education during a given two-year period. A “two-year” period ends each even numbered fiscal year of the Company.

Overboarding Policy

Our directors are generally limited to serving on the boards of directors of not more than three total public companies, excluding our Company, directors who are executive officers of the Company may serve on the boards of no more than one other public company and up to two private companies (with the approval of the Board), and directors who are chief executive officers or senior executives of public corporations or large non-profit entities may serve on the Boards of no more than one other public company. Directors are expected to advise the Company in advance of accepting an invitation to serve on the board of another public company or any assignment to the audit committee or compensation committee of the board of any public company. Our Nominating and Governance Committee reviews this policy periodically as part of its review of our Corporate Governance Guidelines.

Committees

The Board has an Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, and Nominating and Governance Committee. Committee assignments and designations of committee chairs are made annually by a vote of the Board at the annual organizational meeting of directors held in conjunction with the annual meeting of stockholders. The written charters of these committees are available under “Governance” on our website at https://investors.semtech.com. All committees are authorized to engage advisors as deemed necessary to carry out their duties and each committee is charged with conducting an annual self-evaluation and assessment of its charter. Current committee assignments are set forth in the following table:

 

  Director    Audit    Compensation    Nominating and
Governance

Rockell N. Hankin, Chairman of the Board

        

Chair

Martin S.J. Burvill

     

  

Rodolpho C. Cardenuto

  

     

Bruce C. Edwards

     

Chair

  

Gregory M. Fischer

        

Saar Gillai

     

  

Ye Jane Li

     

  

James T. Lindstrom

  

Chair

     

Paula LuPriore

  

     

Sylvia Summers

  

     

Paul V. Walsh, Jr.

  

     

Number of meetings during fiscal year 2023

  

8

  

5

  

5

 

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Audit Committee

We have a separately-designated standing Audit Committee established in accordance with Section 3(a)(58)(A) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). The Audit Committee consists of five Board members, each of whom the Board has affirmatively determined is independent as defined by Nasdaq and SEC rules applicable to audit committee members, is financially sophisticated as defined by Nasdaq rules, and is an audit committee financial expert as defined by SEC rules.

The Audit Committee’s responsibilities are set forth in a written charter and include assisting the Board in overseeing the:

 

   

accounting and financial reporting processes of the Company;

 

   

Company’s internal audit function;

 

   

integrity of the Company’s financial statements and systems of internal controls and disclosure controls;

 

   

audits of the Company’s financial statements;

 

   

appointment, compensation, retention and work of the auditor;

 

   

Company’s financial risk; and

 

   

Company’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and the Company’s Code of Conduct.

The Audit Committee meets periodically with the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm outside the presence of Company management. The Audit Committee has the authority and resources appropriate to discharge its duties and responsibilities, including the authority to select, engage and terminate independent counsel and other advisors as it deems necessary to carry out its duties without seeking approval of the Board or management.

The Audit Committee may also delegate to subcommittees such authority as it deems appropriate. The Audit Committee has no current intention to delegate any of its authority to any other committee or subcommittee, except as disclosed under the heading “Policy On Audit Committee Pre-Approval Of Audit And Permissible Non-Audit Services.”

The Audit Committee has adopted a policy regarding pre-approval of services to be provided by the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, which is described below under the heading “Policy On Audit Committee Pre-Approval Of Audit And Permissible Non-Audit Services,” and procedures for the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, which are described below under the heading “Contacting The Board Of Directors.”

Compensation Committee

The Compensation Committee’s written charter requires that its members satisfy the independence requirements of Nasdaq and applicable law. The Compensation Committee consists of four Board Members, each of whom the Board has affirmatively determined satisfies these independence requirements. The Compensation Committee charter sets forth the purpose and responsibilities of the Compensation Committee, which include the following:

 

   

reviewing and approving goals and objectives for our Chief Executive Officer, and evaluating his performance against those goals and objectives;

 

   

determining (or recommending to the Board for determination) all elements of the Chief Executive Officer’s compensation and that of our other executive officers;

 

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reviewing the Company’s management development programs and succession plans;

 

   

periodically reviewing the Company’s executive incentive programs and benefit plans;

 

   

carrying out all responsibilities and functions assigned to it by the documents governing the Company’s incentive programs and benefit plans;

 

   

making and approving equity awards; and

 

   

reviewing and making recommendations to the Board with respect to the compensation of our directors who are not also employed by the Company or one of our subsidiaries (“Non-Employee Directors”).

The Compensation Committee has the authority and resources appropriate to discharge its duties and responsibilities, including the authority to select, engage and terminate independent counsel, consultants and other advisors as it deems necessary to carry out its duties without seeking approval of the Board or management. The Compensation Committee may also delegate to subcommittees such authority as it deems appropriate. The Compensation Committee has no current intention to delegate any of its authority to any other committee or subcommittee.

In fiscal year 2023, the Compensation Committee retained Compensia, Inc. (“Compensia”) to assist it in reviewing our compensation programs and the evaluation of specific compensation-related matters. As discussed under “Compensation Discussion and Analysis —Our Guiding Compensation Principles— Role of Committee Advisors” below, the Compensation Committee has assessed the independence of Compensia, Inc. and has concluded that its engagement of Compensia, Inc. does not raise any conflict of interest with the Company. The services provided by Compensia, Inc. in fiscal year 2023 are also discussed in that section.

Nominating and Governance Committee

The Nominating and Governance Committee’s written charter charges it with assisting the Board by:

 

   

identifying and evaluating individuals qualified to become members of the Board;

 

   

recommending to the Board director nominees for election at each annual meeting and to fill vacancies on the Board;

 

   

making recommendations to the Board regarding the Board offices of Chair and Vice Chair, assignments to Board committees and committee chairs;

 

   

overseeing the effectiveness of and recommending changes to the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines;

 

   

making other recommendations to the Board regarding corporate governance matters and nomination and evaluation matters relating to the directors;

 

   

overseeing the evaluation of the Board;

 

   

overseeing the Company’s corporate responsibility and sustainability principles, programs and practices, including environmental and social affairs, and programs and initiatives focused on the Company’s culture, diversity, equity and inclusion; and

 

   

taking such other actions within the scope of its charter as the Committee deems necessary or appropriate.

The Nominating and Governance Committee consists of six Board members, each of whom the Board has affirmatively determined is independent as defined by Nasdaq rules. The Nominating and Governance Committee has the authority and resources appropriate to discharge its duties and responsibilities, including the authority to select, engage and terminate independent counsel, consultants and other advisors as it deems necessary to carry out its duties without seeking approval of the Board or management. The

 

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Nominating and Governance Committee may also delegate to subcommittees such authority as it deems appropriate. The Nominating and Governance Committee has no current intention to delegate any of its authority to any other committee or subcommittee.

Corporate Governance Materials

The following materials are available free of charge under the “Investors” page of the Company’s website at www.semtech.com or by sending a request for a paper copy to the Company’s Secretary at the Company’s headquarters at 200 Flynn Road, Camarillo, California, 93012:

 

   

Bylaws

 

   

Core Values and Code of Conduct

 

   

Corporate Governance Guidelines

 

   

Audit Committee Charter

 

   

Compensation Committee Charter

 

   

Nominating and Governance Committee Charter

 

   

Director Nominations Policy

 

   

Director Compensation Policy

 

   

Director Stock Ownership Guidelines

 

   

Executive Stock Ownership Guidelines

 

   

Related-Persons Transaction Policy

 

   

Board Committee Assignments

 

   

Stock Trading Guidelines

 

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TRANSACTIONS WITH RELATED PARTIES

We have adopted a written Related-Person Transaction Policy, approved by the Audit Committee and the Board, which provides guidelines for the disclosure, review, ratification and approval of transactions with our directors, executive officers, 5% stockholders and their immediate family members in which the amount involved exceeds or reasonably can be expected to exceed $120,000. The policy supplements our other policies or procedures that may be applicable to a transaction, including our Code of Conduct. Under the Code of Conduct, all directors and employees are expected to avoid actual or apparent conflicts between personal interests and interests of the Company. The policy is administered by the Audit Committee and related-person transactions are approved or ratified by the Audit Committee in accordance with the terms of the policy. In making its determination, the Audit Committee is to take into account all relevant factors and material facts it deems significant including:

 

   

the amount involved and the approximate dollar value of the amount of the related person’s interest in the transaction without regard to the amount of any profit or loss;

 

   

the nature of the interest of the related person;

 

   

whether the transaction may involve a conflict of interest and whether entering into the transaction would be consistent with the Company’s Code of Conduct;

 

   

whether the transaction involves the provision of goods or services to the Company that are readily available from unaffiliated third parties upon better terms;

 

   

whether there are business reasons and potential benefits to the Company to enter into the transaction;

 

   

whether the transaction was or will be undertaken in the ordinary course of business of the Company;

 

   

in the event the related person is a director, an immediate family member of a director or an entity in which a director is a partner, stockholder or executive officer, the impact of the transaction on a director’s independence;

 

   

whether it is a single transaction or a series of ongoing, related transactions;

 

   

whether the transaction is fair to the Company; and

 

   

any other information regarding the transaction or the related person in the context of the proposed transaction that would be material to investors in light of the circumstances of the particular transaction.

Since January 31, 2022, there has not been nor is there currently proposed any transaction or series of similar transactions to which we were or are to be a party in which the amount involved exceeds $120,000 and in which any of our directors, executive officers, persons who we know hold more than 5% of our common stock, or any member of the immediate family of any of the foregoing persons had or will have a direct or indirect material interest other than certain compensation agreements, which are described elsewhere in this Proxy Statement.

 

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CONTACTING THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

General Business Matters

Our Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for stockholders to speak directly with the Board regarding appropriate matters. Stockholders also may communicate with the Board, or any committee or director, about Company business by writing to such party in care of the Company’s Secretary at the Company’s headquarters at 200 Flynn Road, Camarillo, California, 93012. Stockholders are encouraged to include evidence of their holdings with their communications. The Company’s Secretary will forward communications as applicable to the Chairman of the Board, the applicable committee chair, or individual named director if a communication is directed to an individual director. Any communication deemed to involve an accounting matter will be sent to the Chair of the Audit Committee. Advertisements, solicitations or hostile communications will not be presented.

Accounting Matters

The Audit Committee has established procedures for the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters (“Accounting Matters”). Employees with concerns regarding Accounting Matters may report their concerns in writing to our Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer or Chief Legal Officer. Employees may also report concerns regarding Accounting Matters anonymously directed to the Audit Committee via the on-line confidential reporting system maintained by the Company. Non-employee complaints regarding Accounting Matters may be reported by writing to the Audit Committee in care of the Company’s Secretary at the Company’s headquarters at 200 Flynn Road, Camarillo, California 93012.

 

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DIRECTOR NOMINATIONS

Criteria and Diversity for Board Membership

All persons nominated to serve as a director of the Company should possess the minimum qualifications, skills and attributes as determined by our Board. The qualifications, attributes and skills noted below are illustrative but not exhaustive. The Nominating and Governance Committee will also consider the contributions that a candidate can be expected to make to the Board based on the totality of the candidate’s background, credentials, experience and expertise, the diversity and composition of the Board at the time, and other relevant circumstances.

Key qualifications include:

 

   

Business Understanding. Candidates must have a general appreciation regarding major issues facing public companies of a size and operational scope similar to the Company, including regulatory obligations and governance concerns of a public issuer; strategic business planning; competition in a global economy; and basic concepts of corporate finance.

 

   

Experience or Achievement. Candidates must have demonstrated achievement in one or more fields of business, professional, governmental, community, scientific or educational endeavor.

 

   

Integrity. All candidates must be individuals of personal integrity and ethical character.

 

   

Absence of Conflicts of Interest. Candidates should not have any interests that would materially impair their ability to (i) exercise independent judgment, or (ii) otherwise discharge the fiduciary duties owed as a director to the Company and its stockholders.

 

   

Fair and Equal Representation. Candidates must be able to represent fairly and equally all stockholders of the Company without favoring or advancing any particular stockholder or other constituency of the Company.

 

   

Oversight. Candidates are expected to have sound judgment, based on management or policy-making experience that demonstrates an ability to function effectively in an oversight role.

 

   

Available Time. Candidates must be prepared to devote adequate time to the Board and its committees. It is expected that each candidate will be available to attend all meetings of the Board and any committees on which the candidate will serve, as well as the Company’s annual meeting of stockholders.

 

   

Diversity. Although we do not have a formal diversity policy, when considering diversity in evaluating candidates, the Nominating and Governance Committee focuses on whether candidates can contribute varied perspectives, skills, experiences and expertise to the Board. The Nominating and Governance Committee will seek to promote an appropriate diversity on the Board of professional background, experience, expertise, perspective, age, gender and ethnicity.

Evaluation of Nominees

The Nominating and Governance Committee will identify potential candidates for Board membership, when applicable, through professional search firms and personal referrals. Candidacy for Board membership requires the final approval of the Board. Each year, the Board proposes a slate of director nominees for consideration by our stockholders, who elect the members of the Board at the annual meeting of stockholders. Stockholders may also propose nominees for consideration by the Nominating and Governance Committee by submitting the names and supporting information regarding proposed candidates to the Company’s Secretary in accordance with the procedure for submitting stockholder nominations set forth under “Recommendation of a Director Candidate for Consideration by the Nominating and Governance Committee” below. Candidates are evaluated by the Nominating and Governance Committee through recommendations, resumes, personal interviews, reference checks and other information deemed appropriate by the Nominating and Governance Committee. The Nominating and Governance Committee will evaluate director candidates proposed by our stockholders in the same manner and using the same criteria as used for any other director candidate.

 

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Recommendation of a Director Candidate for Consideration by the Nominating and Governance Committee

The Nominating and Governance Committee will consider recommendations for director nominations submitted by stockholders. Submissions for the 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “2024 Annual Meeting”) must be received no later than March 10, 2024; must otherwise be made in accordance with our Director Nominations Policy; and must contain the following information as specified in the policy:

 

  (a)

as to each person whom the stockholder proposes to nominate for election as a director:

 

  (i)

the information required by Item 401 of SEC Regulation S-K (generally providing for disclosure of the name, address, any arrangements or understanding regarding nomination and five year business experience of the proposed nominee, any directorships held during the past five years, as well as information regarding certain types of legal proceedings within the past ten years involving the nominee);

 

  (ii)

the information required by Item 403 of SEC Regulation S-K (generally providing for disclosure regarding the proposed nominee’s ownership of securities of the Company); and

 

  (iii)

the information required by Item 404 of SEC Regulation S-K (generally providing for disclosure of transactions between the Company and the proposed nominee valued in excess of a specified limit and certain other types of business relationships with the Company).

 

  (b)

as to such stockholder giving notice:

 

  (i)

the name and address, including telephone number, of the recommending stockholder;

 

  (ii)

the number of the Company’s shares owned by the recommending stockholder and the time period for which such shares have been held;

 

  (iii)

if the recommending stockholder is not a stockholder of record, a statement from the record holder of the shares verifying the holdings of the stockholder and a statement from the recommending stockholder of the length of time that the shares have been held; and

 

  (iv)

a statement from the stockholder as to whether the stockholder has a good faith intention to continue to hold the reported shares through the date of the Company’s next annual meeting of stockholders.

 

  (c)

additional items:

 

  (i)

describe all relationships between the proposed nominee and the recommending stockholder and any agreements or understandings between the recommending stockholder and the nominee regarding the nomination;

 

  (ii)

describe all relationships between the proposed nominee and any of the Company’s competitors, customers, suppliers, or other persons with special interests regarding the Company;

 

  (iii)

a statement supporting the stockholder’s view that the proposed nominee possesses the minimum qualifications prescribed by the Company for nominees, and briefly describing the contributions that the nominee would be expected to make to the board and to the governance of the Company;

 

  (iv)

state whether, in the view of the stockholder, the nominee, if elected, would represent all stockholders and not serve for the purpose of advancing or favoring any particular stockholder or other constituency of the Company; and

 

  (v)

the consent of the proposed nominee to be interviewed by the Committee, if the Committee chooses to do so in its discretion (and the recommending stockholder must furnish the

 

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  proposed nominee’s contact information for this purpose), and, if nominated and elected, to serve as a director of the Company.

The Nominating and Governance Committee will only consider candidates who satisfy the Company’s minimum qualifications for director, as set forth above and in our Director Nominations Policy, including that directors represent the interests of all stockholders. One of the factors that will be taken into account in considering a stockholder recommendation is the size and duration of the recommending stockholder’s ownership interest in the Company and whether the stockholder intends to continue holding that interest through the applicable annual meeting date. Stockholders should be aware that it is the general policy of the Company to re-nominate qualified incumbent directors.

 

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STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS

Stockholder Proposals to be Included in Next Year’s Proxy Statement

The Company must receive stockholder proposals for the 2024 Annual Meeting no later than December 30, 2023 in order to be considered for inclusion in the Company’s proxy materials. Stockholder proposals must be submitted in writing to the Company’s Secretary at the Company’s headquarters at 200 Flynn Road, Camarillo, California 93012. Any proposal must comply with the requirements of Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act as to form and substance established by the SEC for such proposal to be included in the Company’s proxy statement. If we change the date of the 2024 Annual Meeting by more than 30 days from the anniversary of this year’s meeting, stockholder proposals must be received a reasonable time before we begin to print and mail our proxy materials for the 2024 Annual Meeting.

Stockholder Proposals Not Intended for Inclusion in Next Year’s Proxy Statement and for Nomination of Director Candidates

Under the Company’s Bylaws, a stockholder who wishes to nominate one or more persons for election to our Board of Directors at the 2024 Annual Meeting or present a proposal at the 2024 Annual Meeting, but whose stockholder proposal will not be included in the proxy materials we distribute for such meeting, must deliver written notice not later than the close of business on March 10, 2024 nor earlier than the open of business on February 9, 2024. However, in the event that the 2024 Annual Meeting is called for a date that is not within twenty-five (25) days before or after the anniversary of the prior year’s annual meeting, notice by a stockholder to be timely must be received not later than the close of business on the tenth (10th) day following the day on which notice of the meeting was mailed or public disclosure was made, whichever occurs first. Notice must be a proper matter for stockholder action under Delaware law and the stockholder delivering the notice must be a stockholder of record on the date the required notice is given to the Company and on the record date for the meeting. The required notice must be submitted in writing to the Company’s Secretary at the Company’s headquarters at 200 Flynn Road, Camarillo, California 93012 and must contain the information set forth in our Bylaws.

In addition, a stockholder who intends to solicit proxies in support of director nominees other than our nominees at the 2024 Annual Meeting must provide written notice to the Company setting forth the information required by Rule 14a-19 under the Exchange Act, unless the required information has been provided in a preliminary or definitive proxy statement previously filed by the stockholder. Such written notice must be provided in accordance with Rule 14a-19 no later than April 9, 2024. If we change the date of the 2024 Annual Meeting by more than 30 days from the date of this year’s Annual Meeting, your written notice must be provided by the later of sixty (60) days prior to the date of the 2024 Annual Meeting or the tenth (10th) day following the day on which public announcement of the date of the 2024 Annual Meeting is first made. The notice requirement under Rule 14a-19 is in addition to the applicable notice requirements under our Bylaws as described above.

 

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DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

DIRECTOR COMPENSATION POLICY

Non-Employee Directors receive a cash retainer and equity-based compensation for their services on the Board, their committee service, and their role as Chair of the Board or any committee.

Cash Retainer Fees

During fiscal year 2023, the annual cash retainer fees payable to Non-Employee Directors were as follows:

 

  Description       Annual Retainer   

Annual Retainer

    

$

55,000

Additional Retainer for Chairman of the Board

    

$

70,000

Committee Chair Retainer

    

Audit Committee

    

$

25,000

Compensation Committee

    

$

20,000

Nominating and Governance Committee

    

$

10,000

Committee Retainer

    

Audit Committee

    

$

10,000

Compensation Committee

    

$

10,000

Nominating and Governance Committee

    

$

5,000

The committee retainer is payable to each member of a committee who is not also the Chair of that committee. The Chair of a committee is entitled to receive only the committee chair retainer for that particular committee. Fees are paid quarterly in advance. Directors are also reimbursed for their reasonable expenses incurred in connection with their services.

Equity Award Grants

The equity awards made to Non-Employee Directors in fiscal year 2023 were made from our 2017 Long-Term Equity Incentive Plan, as amended and restated April 21, 2022 (the “2017 Plan”). Non-Employee Directors receive equity awards on the following terms:

Annual Stock Unit Awards. On each July 1, each Non-Employee Director then in office is automatically granted two awards of restricted stock units. The first award (the “Annual Non-Deferred RSU Award”) is for a number of restricted stock units determined by dividing $90,000 by the per-share closing price (in regular trading) of the Company’s common stock on the Nasdaq Stock Market on the grant date (or as of the last trading day preceding such date if the date of grant is not a trading day), rounded down to the nearest whole unit. Each Annual Non-Deferred RSU Award vests in full on the earlier of (1) the one-year anniversary of the date of grant and (2) the date immediately preceding the date of the annual meeting of the Company’s stockholders for the year following the year of grant of the award, subject to the Non-Employee Director’s continued service to the Company through such vesting date. To the extent then vested, restricted stock units subject to an Annual Non-Deferred RSU Award are paid in an equal number of shares of the Company’s common stock as soon as practicable following (and in all events within two and one-half months after) the earlier to occur of (1) the one-year anniversary of the date of grant, or (2) the Non-Employee Director’s separation from service on the Board.

The second award of restricted stock units (the “Annual Deferred RSU Award”) is for a number of restricted stock units determined by dividing $90,000 by the per-share closing price (in regular trading) of the Company’s common stock on the Nasdaq Stock Market on the grant date (or as of the last trading day preceding such date if the date of the grant is not a trading day), rounded down to the nearest whole unit.

 

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Each Annual Deferred RSU Award vests in full on the earlier of (1) the one-year anniversary of the date of grant and (2) the date immediately preceding the date of the annual meeting of the Company’s stockholders for the year following the year of grant of the award, subject to the Non-Employee Director’s continued service to the Company through such vesting date. To the extent then vested, restricted stock units subject to an Annual Deferred RSU Award are paid in cash as soon as practicable following (and in all events within two and one-half months after) the Non-Employee Director’s separation from service on the Board, with the cash payment for each vested restricted stock unit based on the per-share closing price (in regular trading) of the Company’s common stock on the Nasdaq Stock Market on the payment date.

Outstanding and unvested Annual Non-Deferred RSU Awards and Annual Deferred RSU Awards accelerate and vest (1) in full upon a change in control of the Company or should the Non-Employee Director’s service with the Company terminate due to the director’s death or disability, or (2) as to a pro-rata portion of the Annual Non-Deferred RSU Award or the Annual Deferred RSU Award, as applicable, should the Non-Employee Director’s service with the Company terminate due to any reason other than the director’s death or disability. In such circumstances, any pro-rata vesting is determined by multiplying (a) the total number of restricted stock units subject to the Annual Non-Deferred RSU Award or the Annual Deferred RSU Award, as applicable, by (b) a fraction (not greater than one), the numerator of which is the number of calendar days in the period beginning with the applicable grant date of the award through and including the date of the director’s termination of services, and the denominator of which is the number of calendar days in the period beginning with the applicable grant date of the award through and including the first July 1 that occurs after the applicable grant date of the award. Any restricted stock units subject to the Annual Non-Deferred RSU Award or the Annual Deferred RSU Award, as applicable, that are not vested on the date of the Non-Employee Director’s termination of service with the Company (after giving effect to any accelerated vesting as described above) will be forfeited upon the Non-Employee Director’s termination of service as a director for any reason.

Non-Employee Directors are entitled to receive dividend equivalents with respect to outstanding and unpaid restricted stock units subject to Annual Non-Deferred RSU Awards and Annual Deferred RSU Awards. Dividend equivalents, if any, are paid in the form of a credit of additional restricted stock units that are subject to the same vesting, payment and other provisions as the underlying restricted stock units.

Initial Equity Awards. Each Non-Employee Director who is initially elected or appointed to the Board (and who was not an employee of the Company or one of its subsidiaries immediately prior to joining the Board) receives an initial non-deferred restricted stock unit award (“Initial Non-Deferred RSU Award”) and an initial deferred restricted stock unit award (“Initial Deferred RSU Award”). However, if such a Non-Employee Director is initially elected or appointed to the Board on a July 1, the Non-Employee Director will not receive an Initial Non-Deferred RSU Award or an Initial Deferred RSU Award as the Non-Employee Director would be entitled to an Annual Non-Deferred RSU Award and an Annual Deferred RSU Award by virtue of being in office on such July 1.

Initial Non-Deferred RSU Awards and Initial Deferred RSU Awards have the same terms and conditions as the Annual Non-Deferred RSU Awards and Annual Deferred RSU Awards, respectively, last granted by the Company prior to the date that the new Non-Employee Director is elected or appointed to the Board, except that the number of restricted stock units subject to each such initial award is determined by dividing the applicable dollar amount set forth above for the applicable annual award by the per-share closing price (in regular trading) of the Company’s common stock on the Nasdaq Stock Market on the grant date (or as of the last trading day preceding such date if the date of grant is not a trading day) of such initial award, multiplying that number of units by the Initial Fraction (as defined below), and rounding the number of units so produced down to the nearest whole unit. For clarity, the vesting dates of each such Initial Non-Deferred RSU Award and Initial Deferred RSU Award correspond with the vesting dates applicable to the Annual Non-Deferred RSU Awards and Annual Deferred RSU Awards last granted by the Company prior to the date that the new Non-Employee Director is elected or appointed to the Board. The Initial Fraction is the fraction (not greater

 

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than one) determined by dividing (1) the number of days in the period beginning with the date that the Non-Employee Director is elected or appointed to the Board through and including the June 30 that coincides with or next follows that date, by (2) the number of calendar days in the calendar year that includes such June 30 (either 365 or 366).

Stock Ownership Guidelines and Equity Award Holding Period Requirements

To further our objective of aligning the interests of our Non-Employee Directors with those of our stockholders, the Company maintains stock ownership guidelines for our Non-Employee Directors. Under these guidelines, each of our Non-Employee Directors is to maintain a level of equity ownership of the Company (which may include shares of the Company’s stock owned by the director, by the director’s spouse or minor children residing with the director, or in a trust for estate or tax planning purposes that is revocable by the director or the director’s spouse, restricted stock, and restricted stock units) that has a value equal to three times the Non-Employee Director’s annual cash retainer for service on the Board (not including any additional retainer paid for participation on any committee of the Board or for serving as Chair of any such committee). The applicable ownership level is expected to be achieved within four years of the Non-Employee Director joining the Board. As of the end of fiscal year 2023, each of our then Non-Employee Directors met their required level of equity ownership of the Company under our stock ownership guidelines or was still within the initial four-year compliance period.

The Board from time to time may amend our compensation policy for Non-Employee Directors.

DIRECTOR COMPENSATION – FISCAL YEAR 2023

The following table presents information regarding the compensation of individuals who were Non-Employee Directors during fiscal year 2023 for their services during that year. The compensation paid to Mr. Maheswaran, who is our current Chief Executive Officer, is presented below under “Executive Compensation,” including in the Summary Compensation Table and the related explanatory tables. Mr. Maheswaran is our only employee director and does not receive any additional compensation for his services as a director.

 

NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTOR COMPENSATION – FISCAL YEAR 2023 (1)
  Name    Fees Earned or
Paid in Cash
($)
   Stock
Awards (1)
($)
   All Other
Compensation
($)
  

     Total     

($)

Rockell N. Hankin, Chairman of the Board

    

 

135,000

    

 

179,920

    

 

                    –

    

 

314,920

Martin S.J. Burvill

    

 

65,000

    

 

179,920

    

 

    

 

244,920

Rodolpho C. Cardenuto

    

 

65,000

    

 

179,920

    

 

    

 

244,920

Bruce C. Edwards

    

 

80,000

    

 

179,920

    

 

    

 

259,920

Saar Gillai

    

 

65,000

    

 

179,920

    

 

    

 

244,920

Ye Jane Li

    

 

65,000

    

 

179,920

    

 

    

 

244,920

James T. Lindstrom

    

 

85,000

    

 

179,920

    

 

    

 

264,920

Paula LuPriore

    

 

65,000

    

 

179,920

    

 

    

 

244,920

Sylvia Summers

    

 

70,000

    

 

179,920

    

 

    

 

249,920

 

(1)

The amounts and values noted do not necessarily correspond to any actual value that will be realized by a recipient. The stock award amounts reflected in the table, and the grant-date values discussed below in this footnote, are computed in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 718 based on assumptions set forth in Note 11 to the financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 30, 2023. The awards are valued as of the grant date disregarding any estimate of forfeitures related to service-based vesting conditions. None of our Non-Employee Directors forfeited any Company equity awards in fiscal year 2023. On July 1, 2022, each Non-Employee Director then in office was awarded as his or her Annual Deferred RSU Award 1,731 restricted stock units that settle in cash and as his or her Annual Non-Deferred RSU Award 1,731 restricted stock units that settle in shares. The fair value of each such restricted stock unit on the grant date was $51.97 and the fair value of the awards on the grant date were $89,960 for each Annual Deferred RSU Award and $89,960 for each Annual Non-Deferred RSU Award.

 

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The following table presents the number of outstanding and unexercised option awards and number of outstanding stock units held by each of our Non-Employee Directors as of January 29, 2023:

 

    Number of Shares Subject to
Outstanding Option Awards
at Fiscal Year End
  Number of Outstanding
Restricted Stock Units-
Cash Settled At Fiscal Year End
  Number of Outstanding
Restricted Stock Units-Share
Settled At Fiscal Year End

Name

  Vested   Unvested   Total   Vested   Unvested   Total   Vested   Unvested   Total

Chairman Hankin

   

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

42,287

   

 

1,731

   

 

44,018

   

 

0

   

 

1,731

   

 

1,731

Mr. Burvill

   

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

2,425

   

 

1,731

   

 

4,156

   

 

0

   

 

1,731

   

 

1,731

Mr. Cardenuto

   

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

5,527

   

 

1,731

   

 

7,258

   

 

0

   

 

1,731

   

 

1,731

Mr. Edwards

   

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

42,287

   

 

1,731

   

 

44,018

   

 

0

   

 

1,731

   

 

1,731

Mr. Gillai

   

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

5,527

   

 

1,731

   

 

7,258

   

 

0

   

 

1,731

   

 

1,731

Ms. Li

   

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

12,388

   

 

1,731

   

 

14,119

   

 

0

   

 

1,731

   

 

1,731

Mr. Lindstrom

   

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

42,287

   

 

1,731

   

 

44,018

   

 

0

   

 

1,731

   

 

1,731

Ms. LuPriore

   

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

2,425

   

 

1,731

   

 

4,156

   

 

0

   

 

1,731

   

 

1,731

Ms. Summers

   

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

19,261

   

 

1,731

   

 

20,992

   

 

0

   

 

1,731

   

 

1,731

 

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BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

The table below indicates the number of shares of the Company’s common stock beneficially owned as of April 14, 2023, the Record Date for the Annual Meeting, by each person known to the Company to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of the outstanding shares of our common stock, each of our directors, each of our NEOs (as defined herein) and all directors and executive officers as a group. Unless otherwise noted, all information regarding stockholders who are not directors or officers of the Company is based on the Company’s review of information filed with the SEC on Schedule 13D or 13G, which information is as of December 31, 2022. The amounts and percentages of common stock beneficially owned are reported on the basis of regulations of the SEC governing the determination of beneficial ownership of securities. Under the rules of the SEC, a person is deemed to be a “beneficial owner” of a security if that person has or shares “voting power,” which includes the power to vote or to direct the voting of such security, or “investment power,” which includes the power to dispose of or direct the disposition of such security. A person is also deemed to be a beneficial owner of any securities of which that person has a right to acquire beneficial ownership within 60 days. Unless otherwise indicated below, to the Company’s knowledge, all persons listed have sole voting and investment power with respect to their shares.

Unless otherwise noted below, the address of each beneficial owner listed in the table is in care of Semtech Corporation, 200 Flynn Road, Camarillo, California 93012.

 

     Beneficial Ownership of
Common Stock
  Name and Address of Beneficial Owner    Number of Shares     % (8)  

BlackRock Inc. (1)
55 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10055

       9,321,050       14.6

The Vanguard Group, Inc. (2)
100 Vanguard Blvd., Malvern, PA 19355

       7,465,678       11.7

State Street Corporation (3)

One Lincoln Street, Boston, MA 02111

       3,437,608       5.4

Rockell N. Hankin, Chairman of the Board

       140,748       *  

Martin S.J. Burvill, Director

       4,018       *  

Rodolpho C. Cardenuto, Director

       6,732       *  

Bruce C. Edwards, Director (4)

       36,507       *  

Gregory M. Fischer, Director

       888       *  

Saar Gillai, Director

       6,732       *  

Ye Jane Li, Director

       9,623       *  

James T. Lindstrom, Director

       27,295       *  

Paula LuPriore, Director

       4,018       *  

Sylvia Summers, Director

       29,008       *  

Paul V. Walsh, Jr., Director

       888       *  

Mohan R. Maheswaran, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

       164,452       *  

Emeka N. Chukwu, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

       126,732       *  

Charles B. Ammann, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

       17,095       *  

Gary M. Beauchamp, Executive Vice President and General Manager,

Signal Integrity Products Group

       25,791       *  

Asaf Silberstein, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

       70,852       *  

Chris H. Chang, Former Senior Vice President, Sales, Asia Pacific (5)

       16,726       *  

Alistair W. Fulton, Former Senior Vice President, General Manager, Wireless and Sensing Products Group (6)

       20,167       *  

All Current Directors and Executive Officers as a group (23 persons including those named above) (7)

       766,277       1.2

 

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*

Less than 1%

 

(1)

As reported in Amendment No. 15 to Schedule 13G filed on January 27, 2023 by BlackRock Inc. to reflect its beneficial ownership as of December 31, 2022. BlackRock Inc. reported sole voting power with respect to 9,062,164 shares and sole dispositive power with respect to 9,321,050 shares, as the parent company of the following subsidiaries which hold the shares: BlackRock Life Limited, BlackRock Advisors, LLC, Aperio Group, LLC, BlackRock (Netherlands) B.V., BlackRock Fund Advisors, BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A., BlackRock Asset Management Ireland Limited, BlackRock Financial Management, Inc., BlackRock Japan Co., Ltd., BlackRock Asset Management Schweiz AG, BlackRock Investment Management, LLC, BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited, BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited, BlackRock (Luxembourg) S.A., BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Limited and BlackRock Fund Managers Ltd.

 

(2)

As reported in Amendment No.13 to Schedule 13G filed February 9, 2023 by The Vanguard Group to reflect its beneficial ownership as of December 31, 2022. The Vanguard Group reported shared voting power over 128,224 shares, sole dispositive power over 7,272,685 shares and shared dispositive power over 192,993 shares as the parent company of the following subsidiaries which hold the shares: Vanguard Asset Management, Limited, Vanguard Fiduciary Trust Company, Vanguard Global Advisors, LLC, Vanguard Group (Ireland) Limited, Vanguard Investments Australia Ltd., Vanguard Investments Canada Inc., Vanguard Investments Hong Kong Limited, and Vanguard Investments UK, Limited.

 

(3)

As reported in Schedule 13G filed January 31, 2023 by State Street Corporation to reflect its beneficial ownership as of December 31, 2022. State Street Corporation reported shared voting power over 3,274,051 shares and shared dispositive power over 3,437,608 shares as the parent holding company of the following subsidiaries which hold the shares: SSGA Funds Management, Inc., State Street Global Advisors Europe Limited, State Street Global Advisors Limited, State Street Global Advisors Trust Company, and State Street Global Advisors, Australia, Limited.

 

(4)

The reported shares include shares held in family trusts under which voting and/or dispositive power is shared: Mr. Edwards (34,776 shares). Other shares reported under “All Directors and Executive Officers as a group” may be held jointly by executive officers and their spouses, held solely by their spouses, held in revocable family trusts in which voting and/or dispositive powers may be shared with or rest in others, or held by other persons through whom they are deemed to have beneficial ownership of the shares.

 

(5)

Based solely on the Form 4 filed on March 28, 2022 by Mr. Chang. Mr. Chang served as the Company’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Sales, Asia Pacific until his separation from employment with the Company on September 8, 2022.

 

(6)

Based solely on the Form 4 filed on August 22, 2022 by Mr. Fulton. Mr. Fulton served as the Company’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Wireless and Sensing Products Group until his separation from employment with the Company on September 8, 2022.

 

(7)

The ownership percentage is based on 63,957,748 shares outstanding as of April 14, 2023 and the numerator and denominator include the shares, shown above, which the holder has the right to acquire within 60 days thereof through the exercise of stock options or vesting of restricted stock. Although the shares that could be acquired by a holder are deemed to be outstanding in calculating the ownership percentage of that holder and of the group, they are not deemed to be outstanding as to any other holder. No named holder holds unvested restricted stock as to which the holder has voting power but no dispositive power and shares that could be acquired within 60 days of our Record Date of April 14, 2023 through the exercise of stock options.

 

(8)

No shares of common stock held by a director, director nominee or officer have been pledged as security. The Company is not aware of any arrangements or pledge of common stock that could result in a change of control of the Company.

 

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EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 

Name

  Age as of
April 17, 2023
  Position

Mohan R. Maheswaran

 

59

  President and Chief Executive Officer

Emeka N. Chukwu

 

60

  Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Charles B. Ammann

 

68

  Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

Gary M. Beauchamp

 

63

  Executive Vice President and General Manager, Signal Integrity Products Group

Ross Gray

 

53

  Vice President and General Manager, IoT Connected Services Group

Julie McGee

 

58

  Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief ESG Officer

Tom Mueller

 

62

  Executive Vice President and General Manager, IoT System Products Group

Norris Powell

 

58

  Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Madhu Rayabhari

 

56

  Senior Vice President and General Manager, Advanced Protection and Sensing Products Group

Michael W. Rodensky

 

62

  Senior Vice President, Global Sales

Asaf Silberstein

 

53

  Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

J. Michael Wilson

 

67

  Executive Vice President and Chief Quality Officer

Mr. Maheswaran joined the Company in April 2006 as President and Chief Executive Officer. He was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Intersil Corporation (“Intersil”), a company that designs and manufactures analog semiconductors, from June 2002 until March 2006, responsible for managing and overseeing the design, development, applications and marketing functions for Intersil’s Analog Signal Processing Business unit. From June 2001 to May 2002, he was Vice President of Marketing, Business Development and Corporate Strategy for Elantec Semiconductor, Inc., a company that designed and manufactured analog integrated circuits before its acquisition by Intersil in May 2002. He was Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Strategy of Elantec Semiconductor from January 2001 to June 2001. Mr. Maheswaran has also been employed by Allayer Communications, a communications integrated circuit startup company acquired by Broadcom Corporation; IBM Microelectronics; Texas Instruments Incorporated; Hewlett-Packard Company and Nortel Communications.

Mr. Chukwu has been our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since February 2014. Prior to his promotion, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since August 2011. He previously served as the Company’s Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from November 2006. He previously had been employed in various financial positions at Intersil Corporation, a company that designs and manufactures analog semiconductors, since 2002. His most recent position at Intersil was Vice President, Finance, in which capacity he served since February 2006 with responsibility for all financial management affairs of the corporation’s business units and worldwide operations. He served as the Controller of Intersil’s Analog Signal Processing Group and Worldwide Operations from May 2002 through January 2006, responsible for financial planning, budget management, and related financial oversight functions. From July 1997 through April 2002, he was the Corporate Controller of Elantec Semiconductor, Inc., a manufacturer of analog integrated circuits that was acquired by Intersil in 2002.

Mr. Ammann joined the Company in January 2014 as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, and in April 2021 his role expanded to become Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary. From April 2021 until the transition of the role to Ms. McGee in December 2022, Mr. Ammann also served as the Company’s Chief Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Officer. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Ammann served as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of publicly-traded United Online, Inc. where he had been since August 2006. Before working for United Online, Mr. Ammann served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of publicly-traded TV Guide, Inc. from 1999 until its acquisition by Gemstar International Group Limited, at which time Mr. Ammann’s responsibilities expanded as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of the

 

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combined Gemstar-TV Guide International entity. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Ammann served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, and oversaw the administrative operations, of publicly-traded United Video Satellite Group, Inc. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Ammann held the position of Vice President of Administration and General Counsel of Flint Industries, Inc., a privately-owned conglomerate based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Ammann was an attorney at the law firm Gable & Gotwals, from 1980 to 1990, and was a partner for his last five years with that firm.

Mr. Beauchamp has been our Executive Vice President and General Manager, Signal Integrity Products Group since February 2014. Prior to his promotion, Mr. Beauchamp served as our Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Gennum Products Group from March 2012, following Semtech’s acquisition of Gennum Corporation. Mr. Beauchamp’s group provides high-performance analog solutions to the data communications and video markets. Prior to his role at Semtech, Mr. Beauchamp was Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mixed Signal and Optical Products, for Gennum Corporation, which he joined in 2000. Between 1990 and 2000, Mr. Beauchamp held several management positions at COM DEV International.

Mr. Gray joined the Company as Vice President and General Manager of the IoT Connected Services Group in January 2023, following Semtech’s acquisition of Sierra Wireless. Mr. Gray is responsible for all managed connectivity and Cloud services for the IoT market. Most recently at Sierra Wireless, he served as Vice President for Connectivity Solutions from July 2020 to January 2023. Mr. Gray held several roles at Sierra Wireless since December of 2000 including product and marketing roles in embedded modules, software, Cloud, and connectivity solutions, and led areas of strategy and market development including M&A. Ross has extensive global experience leading international teams and customers, including several years based in Europe.

Ms. McGee is Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief ESG Officer for the Company. She joined the Company in 2022 from Intel Corporation (“Intel”), where she began her career as a college intern in 1988, rising to Vice President of Marketing in 2013. Ms. McGee served in many executive roles over her 30 years at Intel, including Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Chief of Staff to Intel’s Chairman of the Board and led several corporate wide efforts including transformation of Intel’s global brand, marketing and partner marketing strategy, supply chain shift to disaggregated manufacturing and complex technology integrations including the Olympics games, bringing 5G, AI, drones and eSports technologies to the global stage. She has held positions in finance, strategy, supply chain, communications and marketing across the PC, Data Center, Networking and IoT business segments.

Mr. Mueller joined the Company as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the IoT System Products Group in January 2023, following Semtech’s acquisition of Sierra Wireless. Mr. Mueller is responsible for the systems business for Semtech’s LoRa® and cellular products. Most recently at Sierra Wireless, he served as Vice President of Products, overseeing the Product and Services portfolio from March 2022 to January 2023. Mr. Mueller joined Sierra Wireless as Vice President, Enterprise Networking Products in October 2017 from General Electric, where he served as Vice President of Product Management in businesses focused on industrial cybersecurity and IoT, and as Vice President and General Manager of the Industrial Communications business. Prior to that, he held product management and leadership roles at ABB focused on customers in industrial infrastructure markets. He has worked and lived in Canada, the U.S. and Germany.

Mr. Powell joined the Company in September 2020 as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to joining Semtech, from January 2017 to September 2020, Mr. Powell served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Syniverse, a leading provider of mobile connectivity in areas of messaging, intelligent roaming, partner management, and fraud and revenue assurance. Before Syniverse, between 2015 and 2017, he served as Vice President of Human Resources at CSM Bakery Solutions, a provider of bakery

 

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ingredients, finished products and services. Additionally, Mr. Powell served as Chief Human Resources Officer at B/E Aerospace (now Collins Aerospace), and in senior human resources roles with Acergy (now SubSea 7) and Alstom.

Mr. Rayabhari is Senior Vice President and General Manager of our Advanced Protection and Sensing Products Group since December 2022. Mr. Rayabhari had been promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Protection Products Group effective March 8, 2022, having previously served as Vice President and General Manager of the Protection Products Group since October 2020. From 2015 to 2020, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for the Protection Products Group. Previously, he had been the Vice President of Marketing and Applications for Power Products since joining Semtech in 2012. Prior to joining Semtech, Mr. Rayabhari had served in senior management roles at Geo Semiconductor, Microsemi and PowerDsine. He also previously held various marketing, applications and product development roles at Fairchild Semiconductor and National Semiconductor. He brings over 25 years of semiconductor industry experience.

Mr. Rodensky is Senior Vice President, Global Sales. Mr. Rodensky assumed global sales responsibility in September 2022, having previously been promoted to Vice President, Sales – Americas and EMEA effective March 3, 2020. Before that, he was Vice President of Sales – Americas since joining the Company in 2006. Mr. Rodensky brings over 25 years of experience in executive-level semiconductor sales and marketing management to his role at Semtech. Before joining Semtech, he was Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Vitesse Semiconductor. Mr. Rodensky has held executive-level global sales roles at several public and private semiconductor companies, including Maker Communications, SolarFlare Communications, and Telephotonics, as well as senior sales management positions at Philips, Advanced Micro Devices, and Conexant Systems.

Mr. Silberstein became Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in March 2023. Mr. Silberstein was previously Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations and Information Technology since March 2019. Mr. Silberstein was Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations and Information Technology from November 2016 to March 2019. His role was expanded in November 2016 to include the area of Information Technology. Mr. Silberstein was promoted to Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations in February 2013. He became Vice President, Worldwide Operations in March 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Silberstein was Vice President, Operations, a position he held since he joined the Company in December 2010. Prior to joining the Company, he was employed from 2007 to 2010 at Microsemi Corporation (“Microsemi”) as Vice President Global Operations in its Analog Mixed Signal Division. Prior to Microsemi, he was Vice President Operations from 2000 to 2005 and Chief Operating Officer from 2005 to 2007 at PowerDsine, Israel, when PowerDsine was acquired by Microsemi. He has also previously served in various positions at 3Com and ECI Telecom.

Mr. Wilson became Executive Vice President and Chief Quality Officer in March 2019. Mr. Wilson had previously been our Executive Vice President, Quality and Reliability since February 2013. Prior to his promotion, Mr. Wilson was Senior Vice President, Quality and Reliability, a position he held since November 2011. Mr. Wilson was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in May 2008 after serving as Senior Vice President of Power Management Products since June 2007 and serving as Vice President of that unit since 2001. He joined us as the result of the 1995 acquisition of ECI Semiconductor where he was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He has more than 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry in a broad range of technical and management positions.

There are no family relationships between or among any of our executive officers or directors.

 

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COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

This section contains a discussion of the material elements of compensation awarded to, earned by or paid to our Chief Executive Officer, our Chief Financial Officer, our three other most highly-compensated executive officers who were still serving as executives at the end of fiscal year 2023, and two former executive officers, for services rendered during fiscal year 2023. These individuals are listed below and are referred to as our “Named Executive Officers,” or “NEOs,” in this Proxy Statement. Our NEOs still serving as executive officers at the end of fiscal year 2023 are:

 

Name    Title

Mohan R. Maheswaran

   President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”)

Emeka N. Chukwu

   Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”)

Charles Ammann

   Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

Gary M. Beauchamp

   Executive Vice President and General Manager, Signal Integrity Products Group

Asaf Silberstein

   Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Silberstein was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer on March 9, 2023. Mr. Silberstein served as the Company’s Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations and Information Technology throughout fiscal year 2023.

Our NEOs also include two former executive officers, Chris Chang, who served as our Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Sales, Asia Pacific until his separation from employment with the Company on September 8, 2022, and Alistair Fulton, who served as our Senior Vice President and General Manager, Wireless and Sensing Products Group until his separation from employment with the Company on September 8, 2022.

FISCAL YEAR 2023 BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

 

Fiscal year 2023 was a year of many accomplishments and many challenges for Semtech. We achieved record net revenue of $756.5 million for the year and completed the largest acquisition in our history—the acquisition of Sierra Wireless, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) solution provider—for $1.3 billion on January 12, 2023. During fiscal year 2023, we continued to develop and deliver highly differentiated and innovative technology platforms that enable a smarter, more connected and sustainable planet.

We are focused on three high growth end markets: Infrastructure, High-End Consumer, and Industrial. Following the acquisition of Sierra Wireless, we have a more diversified geographic footprint with a broader array of product offerings. In fiscal year 2023, like much of the technology market, we experienced a very strong first half of the year followed by a weakening second half, predominantly due to a decline in the China consumer and infrastructure markets and a generally weaker global consumer market. Despite these global macroeconomic challenges, we posted record net sales for the year, record non-GAAP gross margin of 65%, and record non-GAAP EPS of $2.80.1

 

1 

As used in this Proxy Statement, “non-GAAP operating income” means our operating income, adjusted to exclude from the applicable financial measure, as reported for purposes of our financial statements, items such as share-based compensation, restructuring, integration, transaction and other acquisition-related expenses, intangible amortization and impairments, and other items which would not otherwise have been incurred by the Company in the normal course of the Company’s business operations or are not reflective of the Company’s core results over time. As used in this Proxy Statement, “non-GAAP EPS” means non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, and “non-GAAP gross margins” means our gross margin determined in accordance with GAAP but without taking share-based compensation into account. The Compensation Committee believes that the items excluded for purposes of these non-GAAP measures do not reflect the primary operating performance of the Company. The Company reports the exclusions reflected in the calculation of non-GAAP amounts each quarter when it publicly reports its earnings. See Exhibit A for a reconciliation of each of non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share and non-GAAP gross margin to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

 

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Our loT System Products Group achieved record revenues in fiscal year 2023, up 47% driven by record LoRa-enabled revenue. Additionally, we achieved record end point sales for LoRa technology as global adoption of LoRa continues to grow. At the end of fiscal year 2023 there were over 300 million connected LoRa end points. We believe the strategic acquisition of Sierra Wireless will position us for growth in the rapidly growing IoT connectivity market and accelerate the adoption of our highly innovative and diversified LoRa technology. With the complexity of end-to-end IoT connectivity slowing adoption, this acquisition will allow us to expand network coverage to all IoT use cases, bring LoRa and cellular together to utilize the best of both and facilitate innovation in the ecosystem. We are excited about the opportunities ahead and believe we are well positioned to be a key player in the IoT market. We were recognized as 2022 Global IoT Hardware Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan for Market Leadership in IoT.

Our broad portfolio of low power and low latency optical connectivity solutions targeted at the hyperscale data center, wireless base station and passive optical networking (“PON”) markets led to another year of record revenues for our Signal Integrity Products Group. Near the end of fiscal year 2023, a major North American hyperscale data center provider selected us for a new, high volume, multi-year program.

Finally, the drive to reduce electronic waste and extend the life of high-end electronics has continued to expand the market for our Advanced Protection and Sensing Products Group in the high-end consumer end market as well as in the Industrial, Technology and Automotive (ITA) segments, which had record revenue growth (up 9% for fiscal year 2023). Our Advanced Protection and Sensing Products Group is also diversifying into new markets and we continue to develop highly innovative and high-quality protection and sensing solutions. We believe we are well positioned to take advantage of secular trends over the next several years to continue our growth in this area.

Early in fiscal year 2023, we reviewed our portfolio and decided to divest our High-Reliability Discrete Diodes and Assemblies business. We sold this business during the year for approximately $26 million, net of cash disposed, in an all-cash transaction. Due to softening demand in the second half of the year, we pivoted quickly to a greater focus on preserving our operating income. We reduced our organic headcount (excluding Sierra Wireless) and identified additional cost savings opportunities.

We believe we are well positioned to take advantage of several secular trends over the next several years including the ongoing need for increased bandwidth, the need to reduce the power consumed by electronic systems and the need to reduce electronic waste by reducing electronic system failures. We expect these secular trends to drive future growth in our target markets. Our investment priorities are:

 

   

Our global human capital investments to hire, retain and advance the best and most talented engineers, managers and executives in our industry;

 

   

Our primary growth engines that will drive revenue growth and margin expansion over the next three years;

 

   

Our integration of Sierra Wireless, delivering on the targeted $50 million of cost synergies;

 

   

Developing new innovative and disruptive technology platforms that will drive growth in future years;

 

   

Our supply chain, to ensure continued flexibility in supporting the demand for our products;

 

   

Our channel, brand and other strategic and tactical initiatives that strengthen and share the company’s vision; and

 

   

Support of our balance sheet, financial model and capital structure.

In fiscal year 2023 we advanced our Environmental, Social and Governance strategy by defining goals and focus areas which will result in our first ESG report in April of 2023 demonstrating our commitment to U.N. Sustainability Goals with a focus on the social benefits of our product portfolio. In fiscal year 2023 we

 

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continued the work of the Semtech Women’s Leadership Council to elevate and empower women, and advise us in our efforts to identify, attract and retain top female talent for key engineering, technical and leadership positions. In fiscal year 2023 we advanced the number of women in our leadership team and continue to focus on expanding our overall diversity.

As we enter fiscal year 2024, we continue to face the challenges we encountered in the second half of fiscal year 2023. These challenges resulted in decreased demand, particularly in China, and an increase of inventory in the supply chain. We believe, however, that our investments and the actions we have taken position us well to support our long-term growth. Our Board of Directors and our management team believe that our strategy to expand gross margins, reduce debt, and drive revenue growth and non-GAAP operating income remains sound and will provide the Company with significant growth opportunities in key market segments that will drive long-term shareholder value.

FISCAL YEAR 2023 CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMPENSATION

 

In March 2019, our Compensation Committee approved a unique equity compensation program for our Chief Executive Officer in recognition of his exceptional contributions to our success as well as the critical role he plays in executing our strategic plan. As described in more detail in the “Fiscal Year 2020 CEO Equity Incentive Awards” section below, the program consists of a mix of time-vesting restricted stock units (“RSUs”) as well as shares that are eligible to vest based upon stock price appreciation (“Absolute Stock Price PSUs”) and our total shareholder return (“TSR”) relative to the SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF index (“Relative TSR PSUs”). These awards were granted in March 2019 and represent Mr. Maheswaran’s long-term incentive opportunity for fiscal years 2020-2023. Accordingly, Mr. Maheswaran was not granted any new equity awards in fiscal year 2023.

Mr. Maheswaran was eligible to earn an annual bonus under the CEO Bonus Plan for fiscal year 2023, which was determined based on three factors:

 

   

45% weighted to our non-GAAP operating income achievement relative to plan

 

   

35% weighted to our net revenue growth achievement relative to plan

 

   

20% weighted to an evaluation of Mr. Maheswaran’s individual performance

The Compensation Committee has maintained a mix of absolute and relative financial performance and individual performance measurements in the CEO Bonus Plan and in Mr. Maheswaran’s equity awards to ensure that Mr. Maheswaran’s performance is evaluated broadly in the context of both short- and long-term objectives that drive shareholder value.

 

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FISCAL YEAR 2023 NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICER (OTHER THAN CEO) COMPENSATION

 

The structure of compensation awarded to our Named Executive Officers, other than our CEO, in fiscal year 2023 was consistent with the approach in fiscal year 2022. In addition to base salary, there were three components of the short- and long-term incentive opportunity awarded to our other Named Executive Officers.

 

Compensation Component

   Summary of Key Terms

Annual Bonus Plan

  

  50% of the bonus was based on our achievement of non-GAAP operating income relative to plan

  50% of the bonus was determined based on an evaluation of each executive’s individual performance and contributions to strategic objectives that are critical for supporting long-term shareholder value creation

Relative TSR PSUs

  

  Between 0% and 200% of the target number of units is eligible to vest based on our relative TSR performance during equally weighted 1-, 2-, and 3-year performance periods

  Our TSR performance is measured as a percentile rank against a comparison group of companies included in the S&P Semiconductor Select Industry Index

  Our TSR must rank at least 75th percentile for the maximum number of shares to vest

Time Vesting RSUs

  

  Shares vest annually over a three-year vesting period measured from the date of grant of the awards

For fiscal year 2023, our NEOs (other than our CEO) earned annual cash incentive payouts between 73.5% and 100% of their target incentive for the year (in the case of our CEO, 25.6% of his target incentive for the year) based on Company performance and their individual performance, as discussed below.

In addition, there were three tranches of Relative TSR PSUs which had been granted in fiscal years 2021, 2022, and 2023 for which the performance period ended on January 29, 2023 (the last day of our fiscal year 2023). No portion of these awards vested for the performance periods ending in 2023, and these portions of the awards were forfeited in their entirety.

 

Grant Year

   Performance Period   

Percent of  
Target RSUs  

Earned  

Fiscal Year 2021

   Fiscal years 2021 – 2023 (3 years)        0 %

Fiscal Year 2022

   Fiscal years 2022 – 2023 (2 years)        0 %

Fiscal Year 2023

   Fiscal year 2023 (1 year)        0 %

Our Chief Executive Officer did not hold any of the Relative TSR PSU awards noted above. As discussed in more detail below, Mr. Maheswaran held Relative TSR PSUs that were awarded in March 2019 and covered four different vesting periods (the one-, two-, three- and four-year periods beginning with fiscal year 2020). All of the Relative TSR PSUs subject to this award were forfeited without payment. Mr. Maheswaran also holds Absolute Stock Price PSUs granted in March 2019. No portion of the Absolute Stock Price PSUs vested in fiscal year 2023 and the portion of the award that remains outstanding will only vest if, during any period of 30 consecutive trading days that ends not later than March 5, 2024 and while Mr. Maheswaran is still employed by the Company, the average per-share closing price of the Company’s common stock equals or exceeds $95.00.

Our Compensation Committee believes the outcomes of our incentive programs are consistent with a strong pay-for-performance culture, recognizing the target to below target earnings on our short-term incentive program and the award forfeitures under our long-term incentive program.

 

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2022 NONBINDING ADVISORY VOTE RESULTS; STOCKHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

 

The Company’s stockholders are provided with an opportunity to cast an annual non-binding advisory vote on the Company’s executive compensation program through a say-on-pay proposal. At the Company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders held in June 2022, approximately 83% of the votes cast approved the executive compensation for our NEOs as described in our Proxy Statement for that Annual Meeting.

After consideration of the positive result of the say-on-pay vote at the Company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders held in June 2022 and feedback received from stockholders, the Compensation Committee determined that the Company’s executive compensation policies would be similar for fiscal year 2023 to those in effect for fiscal year 2022, and that certain changes to further align pay with performance would be made for fiscal year 2024. As described in more detail below, we modified our fiscal year 2024 Executive Bonus Plan and CEO Bonus Plan in order to emphasize pay-for-performance using objective performance measures and to provide consistency within the management team. Also as described in more detail below, our fiscal year 2024 equity award mix for certain executives included Relative TSR PSUs as well as Performance-Based Units under which vesting is based on our net revenue and non-GAAP operating income over a three year performance.

As part of its annual process, the Compensation Committee will continue to reach out to and engage with the Company’s stockholders to seek their feedback or to review their voting guidelines and to consider the outcome of the Company’s say-on-pay proposals when making future compensation decisions for the NEOs.

FISCAL YEAR 2024 EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMPENSATION

 

During fiscal year 2023, our Compensation Committee, with support from our management team and Compensia, the Compensation Committee’s independent compensation consultant, initiated a process of evaluating our approach to executive compensation to ensure ongoing alignment with our company objectives, desired pay-for-performance culture, and competitive market practice. This review included input from our investors (provided during ongoing investor outreach efforts) as well as market data and input from Compensia. Following this review, our Compensation Committee approved the following key incentive plan design features applicable to our Named Executive Officers for fiscal year 2024:

Fiscal Year 2024 Bonus Plan: 70% of the annual bonus opportunity for our executive officers will be tied to corporate financial metrics, 20% of the bonus opportunity will be based upon strategic and operating goals and objectives for the year, and 10% will be based on individual performance. These changes represent a shift from a 50/50 weighting on corporate financial metrics and individual performance for our NEOs other than our CEO for fiscal year 2023 (corporate and individual performance were weighted 80% and 20%, respectively, for our CEO for fiscal year 2023). The Compensation Committee believes these changes, including an increased emphasis on concrete, measurable goals, will support a strong-pay-performance culture and emphasize goals that are critical for building long-term shareholder value.

Fiscal Year 2024 Long-Term Incentives: The annual equity awards for fiscal year 2024 were granted in a mix of approximately 55% time-vesting RSUs, 22.5% relative TSR PSUs, and 22.5% financial PSU (based on the award values approved by the Compensation Committee; the award values were converted into a number of RSUs, or target number of PSUs, based on the closing price of a share of Company common stock on the awards’ grant date). This weighting reflects a transition from an approximate equal weighting of time-vesting RSUs and Relative TSR PSUs for the long-term incentives granted to our NEOs in fiscal year 2023 (other than our CEO who did not receive an equity award in fiscal year 2023). Performance measurement for the relative TSR PSUs granted in fiscal year 2024 is similar to the approach in fiscal year 2023, including 1-, 2- and 3-year performance periods. The benchmark for relative TSR comparisons will be the Russell 3000, which represents a change from the S&P Semiconductor Select Industry Index for

 

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Relative TSR PSUs granted in fiscal year 2023. This change is aligned with our company profile following the acquisition of Sierra Wireless and is consistent with the performance measurement methodology of relative TSR plans among many comparable companies. Financial PSUs are equally weighted between revenue growth and non-GAAP operating income growth goals, both measured over 3-year performance periods. The Compensation Committee views this balance of relative and absolute performance measurement, both over multi-year performance periods, as an effective approach for reinforcing key business objectives and aligning the long-term interests of our executives with those of our shareholders.

OUR GUIDING COMPENSATION PRINCIPLES

 

Core Philosophy

Our Compensation Committee believes that Company growth, financial performance, and increasing stockholder value depend to a significant degree on our ability to structure a compensation program that enables us to: (1) align the interests of our executives with the interests of our stockholders; (2) hold our executives accountable for performance, with appropriate performance-based rewards earned in return for superior performance and the risk of reduced or no payment or vesting for those awards if performance falls short of targeted levels; and (3) attract, retain, and motivate qualified and high-performing executives.

Core Components of Compensation and Compensation Levels

To achieve our executive compensation objectives, we have three primary components to our executive compensation program: (1) base salary; (2) annual cash incentive opportunities; and (3) long-term equity incentive awards. In setting specific base salary, target annual cash incentive and equity award levels for each NEO, the Compensation Committee considers our core executive compensation philosophy and considers and assesses, among other factors it may consider relevant, the following:

 

   

The compensation levels at our Peer Group of companies (described below) for comparable positions;

 

   

Various subjective factors relating to the individual recipient – the executive’s scope of responsibility, prior experience, past performance, advancement potential, impact on results, and compensation level relative to other Company executives; and

 

   

For equity awards, the executive’s historical total compensation, including prior equity grants, tenure with the Company, the number and value of unvested shares and the timing of vesting of those awards, the expense to the Company for equity grants under applicable accounting standards, equity expense measured as a percentage of non-GAAP operating income, and the potential dilutive effect such grants may have on existing stockholders.

The Compensation Committee gives no single factor any specific weight. Each executive’s compensation level, as well as the appropriate mix of equity award types and other compensation elements, ultimately reflects the Compensation Committee’s business judgment in consideration of these factors and stockholder interests.

The Compensation Committee assesses executive compensation developments at companies in our Peer Group, and in the market generally, and has the right to change our executive compensation philosophy, components, levels, and structure from time to time as it may determine are in the best interests of the Company and our stockholders.

 

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COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

 

The following table presents the key elements of our executive compensation programs:

 

   

Key Elements of Compensation

Element

  Purpose   Characteristics

Annual salary

  To attract and retain qualified executives.   Provide a stable source of income and be competitive with the applicable market.

Short-term annual cash incentives

  To attract and retain qualified executives; to motivate and reward achievement of annual business and individual goals and objectives designed to increase stockholder value.   This element involves annual performance-based cash awards. The amount earned (if any) varies based on actual results achieved relative to pre-determined annual target goals and individual performance.

Long-term equity incentives

  To align interests of executives with stockholders; to reward performance over time based on stock price and other specified performance criteria; and to provide an additional retention incentive through multi-year vesting schedules.   Performance-based awards make up a significant component — the amount realized (i.e., the value ultimately received by the recipient) depends on the achievement of performance goals and/or is directly tied to our stock price; awards subject to time-based vesting requirements provide retention value.

Other compensation and benefits

  To provide competitive and customary benefits (e.g., health insurance, life insurance, 401(k) retirement, and deferred compensation plans).   Company sponsored/subsidized benefit plans as provided to the general employee population, as well as Company matching contributions to selected employee contributory plans.

Distribution of Compensation

The Compensation Committee distributes compensation among each of the core elements on the basis of the element’s usefulness to meet one or more of our compensation objectives. The Compensation Committee believes that for our executive officers, a significant proportion of total compensation should consist of (1) variable, performance-based components, such as annual cash incentives, which can increase or decrease to reflect changes in corporate and individual performance on an annual basis, and (2) equity compensation, which is structured to reinforce and encourage management’s commitment to enhancing profitability and stockholder value over the long-term, with a greater emphasis placed on long-term performance and linking executives’ interests to our stockholders’ interests through equity compensation

For fiscal year 2023, total compensation (based on the compensation amounts reported in the Summary Compensation Table except as noted below) for the Company’s NEOs was distributed as follows:

 

LOGO    LOGO

 

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Since the fiscal year 2020 equity awards for Mr. Maheswaran were intended as his only long-term incentive opportunity for fiscal years 2020-2023, and Mr. Maheswaran was not granted any new equity awards in fiscal year 2023, one-quarter of the grant date fair value of the fiscal year 2020 equity awards for Maheswaran has been included in presenting the allocation of his fiscal year 2023 compensation in the chart above.

Pay-for-Performance Philosophy

Our compensation program is designed to drive behavior that supports sustained stockholder returns and effective pay-for-performance outcomes over time. To achieve this objective, the executive compensation program approved by our Compensation Committee: (1) emphasizes, as noted above, both performance-based compensation (through annual cash incentives and performance-based stock awards) and equity compensation (through time-based and performance-based stock awards); (2) balances short-term performance incentives provided by the annual cash incentive plan with long-term performance incentives provided by equity awards; (3) balances the use of absolute performance metrics versus relative performance metrics evaluated against selected peers; and (4) balances the use of formula-based performance criteria versus criteria involving the exercise of judgment by the Compensation Committee.

The Compensation Committee believes that executive compensation should be based primarily on objectively determinable factors both for the Company on its own, as well as in comparison to peer companies. Performance goals include non-GAAP operating income, net revenue growth, and TSR, both on an absolute basis and relative to selected peer companies. The Compensation Committee also believes that executive compensation should have a component based additionally, although not primarily, on subjective factors, such as leadership, how well each executive helps the Company achieve its strategic goals, each executive’s ability to attract, retain and develop key talent, and how each executive’s efforts contribute to enhancing the Company’s relationship and status with the investor community. The use of both objective and subjective factors, however, does not prevent the Compensation Committee from adjusting compensation up or down if, after considering all of the relevant circumstances, it believes total compensation can be structured to better serve our stockholders’ interests.

Our executive compensation philosophy has historically reflected a combination of rigorous performance goals and short- and long-term incentive opportunities that are at least equal to the median for comparable positions in our Peer Group. As an example of the rigor of our executive compensation goals, and as explained in more detail below, the bonus plan applicable to our NEOs pays 80% of the financial component of the bonus plan when achieving 100% of the non-GAAP operating income goal of the plan. Our NEOs would receive 100% payout for this portion of their target annual cash incentive only upon achievement of 105% of the non-GAAP operating income goal under the plan.

 

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BEST PRACTICES

We also believe that stockholder interests are further served by other executive compensation-related practices that we follow. These practices include:

 

  No Minimum Payouts. We do not have minimum payment levels under our Executive Bonus Plan, our CEO Bonus Plan or for our performance-based equity awards.

 

  Long-Term Equity Incentives. All of our equity incentive awards have multi-year vesting and/or performance requirements, with a significant portion of the target value of equity (or 85% of the target value of equity in the case of the last equity awards granted to our CEO) granted to our named executive officers having both time- and performance-vesting requirements.

 

  No Material Perks. We do not provide significant perquisites.

 

  No Tax Gross-Ups. We do not pay taxes on our executives’ behalf through “gross-up” payments (including excise tax gross-up payments in connection with a change in control transaction).

 

  Executive Change in Control Retention Plan Has No Single-Trigger Benefits. Our Executive Change in Control Retention Plan has a double-trigger provision (benefits require both a change in control and termination of employment) rather than a single-trigger provision (under which benefits would be triggered automatically by any change in control).

 

  No Re-Pricing of Stock Options. We prohibit re-pricing of “underwater” stock options (stock options where the exercise price is below the then-current market price of our stock) without stockholder approval.

 

  Executives Subject to Stock Ownership Guidelines. Our executive officers are subject to stock ownership guidelines, under which the executives are expected to acquire and maintain a specified level of equity ownership in the Company. The CEO’s targeted level of ownership is five times his annual base salary, while our other NEOs’ targeted level of ownership is two times their annual base salary.

 

  Equity Award Holding Period Requirements. Our stock ownership guidelines include equity award holding period requirements. If an executive officer’s level of ownership of Company common stock does not satisfy the targeted level under our stock ownership guidelines, the executive officer is expected to hold at least 50% of the net vested shares acquired upon the exercise, payment or vesting of any Company equity award granted to the executive officer after August 17, 2016.

 

  Clawback Policy. The Company maintains a “clawback” policy that allows our Board of Directors or the Compensation Committee to require reimbursement or cancellation of awards or payments made under our cash and equity incentive plans to the Company’s officers in certain circumstances where the amount of the award or payment was determined based on the achievement of financial results that were subsequently the subject of an accounting restatement due to material noncompliance with applicable securities laws.

 

  Anti-Hedging Policy. Our Stock Trading Guidelines prohibit our officers and directors from engaging in hedging transactions in relation to the Company’s stock or equity awards (including unvested equity awards) and from using the Company’s stock as collateral for any margin account or other form of credit arrangement.

 

  Anti-Pledging Policy. Our Stock Trading Guidelines prohibit our officers and directors from pledging any Company stock that they own.

 

  Stockholder Engagement. We seek annual stockholder feedback on our executive compensation program.

 

  Independent Compensation Consultant. Our Compensation Committee retains an independent compensation consultant for independent advice and market data.

 

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Role of Management, Consultants and Others in Determining Compensation

All decisions regarding compensation of our executive officers are made by the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee provides regular updates to the Board regarding its decisions.

Our CEO provides recommendations to the Compensation Committee regarding the compensation of our executive officers (other than for himself). Our CEO further participates in the executive compensation decision-making process as follows:

 

   

Presents overall results of the Company’s performance and achievement of historical and go-forward business objectives and goals from management’s perspective;

 

   

Provides evaluations for other executive officers (including our NEOs, other than himself); and

 

   

Reviews peer group information and compensation recommendations and provides feedback regarding the potential impact of proposed compensation decisions (other than regarding himself).

Our CFO evaluates the financial implications of the Company’s compensation programs. Other executive officers (including other NEOs) may periodically participate in the compensation process and in Compensation Committee meetings at the invitation of the Compensation Committee to advise on performance and/or activity in areas with respect to which these executive officers have particular knowledge or expertise. None of our NEOs are members of the Compensation Committee or otherwise had any role in determining the compensation of the NEOs.

Role of Committee Advisors

The Compensation Committee may engage the services of outside advisors, experts and others to assist the Compensation Committee. Additionally, the Compensation Committee evaluates our compensation policies and practices in comparison to the published standards and guidelines of third-party proxy advisory services used by many institutional investors. During fiscal year 2023, the Compensation Committee engaged the services of Compensia as an independent executive compensation advisor.

During fiscal year 2023, Compensia provided support on the following matters:

 

   

the review and analysis of the compensation for our executive officers, including our CEO and the other NEOs;

 

   

the research, development, and review of our compensation and CEO Bonus peer groups;

 

   

the determination of payouts under our performance-based equity awards and CEO bonus plan; and

 

   

advised the Compensation Committee on trends in compensation plans, compensation governance, and relevant regulatory matters.

During fiscal year 2024, Compensia has also provided advice with respect to Mr. Maheswaran’s Transition and Retirement Agreement, described below.

Compensia did not provide any additional services or products to the Company during fiscal year 2023 beyond the services relating to its support of the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee reviewed the services provided by Compensia and considered the factors prescribed by the SEC and The Nasdaq Stock Market to assess the independence of compensation advisors. Based on its review, the Compensation Committee determined that no conflicts of interest exist between the Company and Compensia and believes that Compensia is independent.

 

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Role of Peer Companies

The Compensation Committee considers various factors and criteria when determining annual salary, target annual cash incentive levels and target annual long-term incentive award values for executives, including compensation practices at selected peer companies and industry survey data provided by our compensation consultant. The applicable group of peer companies is selected annually for use as the comparative pool by the Compensation Committee during the course of the fiscal year. The peer company information assists the Compensation Committee and the Company in identifying and understanding how our competitors and industry-comparable companies compensate their executives in applicable compensation elements, and in determining how the Company’s compensation packages compare to industry and market-competitive amounts. In addition to aiding us with compensation related actions and decisions, this peer company evaluation is also informative in relation to providing compensation information that supports potential recruitment and retention of executives by the Company. Because the peer companies do not universally report data for positions comparable to each of our NEOs, the Compensation Committee also reviewed market data from the Radford Global Technology survey. The Compensation Committee refers to the survey data generally and does not focus on any particular company within the survey (other than the peer companies noted below).

In selecting our fiscal year 2023 peer group companies, the Compensation Committee focused on publicly-traded companies based in the U.S. that are similar to us in terms of industry, general size and business characteristics, and, like us, focus their business on analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and integrated circuits. Because of consolidation in the industry, there are fewer publicly-traded companies in the semiconductor industry based in the U.S. To increase the number of companies that could potentially be considered as peer companies, the Compensation Committee also considered publicly-traded companies based in the U.S. that are similar to us in terms of the other factors noted above, but are in an expanded industry profile that included manufacturers of equipment used to make semiconductors. Additionally, the Compensation Committee generally sought to limit the group of peer companies to those that have annual revenue between 33% and 300% of the Company’s annual revenue and market capitalization between 25% and 400% of the Company’s market capitalization at the time of the peer selection. The Compensation Committee selected the following companies as the peer group of companies for purposes of its fiscal year 2023 executive compensation determinations (collectively, the “Peer Group”):

 

Ambarella, Inc.

   Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.

Azenta, Inc. (f/k/a Brooks Automation)

   Power Integrations, Inc.

Cirrus Logic, Inc.

   Silicon Laboratories Inc.

Diodes Incorporated

   SunPower Corporation

FormFactor, Inc.

   Synaptics, Incorporated

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation

   Universal Display Corporation

MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc.

   Wolfspeed, Inc. (f/k/a Cree, Inc.)

MaxLinear, Inc.

  

Based on the Committee’s review of the industry and the revenue and market capitalization criteria noted above, the Compensation Committee included Azenta, Inc., FormFactor, Inc., SunPower Corporation, and Universal Display in the Peer Group for fiscal year 2023. In addition, Inphi Corporation and Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. were removed from the Peer Group for fiscal year 2023 because they were acquired and ceased to be publicly-traded. Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. was removed from the Peer Group for fiscal year 2023 because its revenues and market capitalization were considered by the Committee to be no longer similar to Semtech.

 

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COMPONENTS OF OUR FISCAL YEAR 2023 EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION PROGRAM

 

Annual Salary

Annual salaries are intended to provide a base level of compensation to executive officers for serving as the senior management of the Company and are paid to our executives in recognition of the skills, experience and day-to-day contributions the executive makes to the Company. Salaries for our NEOs are generally reviewed by the Compensation Committee on an annual basis. Each review does not necessarily result in an adjustment. However, as deemed appropriate at any time to help ensure ongoing market competitiveness in annual salary as an element of total compensation, the Compensation Committee may elect to provide for adjustments in annual salary. In setting base salary levels for our NEOs, the Compensation Committee considers the factors noted above under “Core Components of Compensation and Compensation Levels” and prior changes to the executive’s compensation. For newly-hired executives, the Compensation Committee also considers the executive’s compensation history and the compensation required to attract the executive to the Company. There is no specific weighting applied to any of these factors in setting annual salaries and the process ultimately relies on the subjective exercise of the Compensation Committee’s judgment.

In March 2022, the Compensation Committee approved salary increases for two of our NEOs as detailed below:

 

  Named Executive Officer    FY22
Annual
Salary
   FY23
Annual
Salary

Mr. Maheswaran

     $ 680,000      $ 750,000

Mr. Chukwu

     $ 430,000      $ 430,000

Mr. Ammann

     $ 405,000      $ 405,000

Mr. Beauchamp (1)

     $ 420,000      $ 420,000

Mr. Silberstein

     $ 410,000      $ 410,000

Mr. Chang

     $ 375,000      $ 375,000

Mr. Fulton

     $ 385,000      $ 405,000

 

(1)

For purposes of this table, Mr. Beauchamp’s annual base pay is converted from Canadian dollars (CAD) to U.S. dollars (USD) using a conversion rate of 1 CAD = 0.78243 USD which was the CAD to USD conversion rate as of January 30, 2022, the conversion rate used by the Compensation Committee when it set fiscal year 2023 base salaries for our executive officers in March 2022.

The Compensation Committee determined to approve salary increases for each of our NEOs primarily to provide them with competitive salary levels taking into consideration the compensation data for similar positions at the Peer Group companies.

On March 9, 2023, Mr. Silberstein’s rate of base salary was increased to $455,000 annually in connection with his appointment as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Executive Bonus Plan

Annual cash incentive awards are designed to motivate executive officers to achieve certain strategic, operational, and financial goals which can be evaluated on an annual basis. Annual cash incentive goal setting is done as part of the annual fiscal year business planning activity of the Company. Company business goals are established at the beginning of each fiscal year by an interactive process between the Board and management. The end result of this annual business planning process is the Company’s fiscal year Annual Business Plan (“ABP”).

 

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As part of the process used by the Compensation Committee in reviewing the fiscal year ABP, the Compensation Committee reviews the goals of each NEO with respect to their business unit or corporate function. The Compensation Committee also reviews the fiscal year ABP in light of available business intelligence, forecasts, and projections with the objective that, in the judgment of the Compensation Committee, superior performance would be required to achieve the key financial objectives established for the program. For the CEO, the Board weighs three factors: (1) non-GAAP Operating Income Performance, (2) net revenue growth (year-over-year), and (3) the evaluation of the CEO’s individual performance by the Board of Directors. The Compensation Committee believes that this approach results in having consistent financial performance targets apply for annual cash incentive purposes from the senior executive level to the middle management and functional professional employees serving the Company.

Each executive has a target annual cash incentive potential that is set as a percentage of annual base salary. That target annual cash incentive is set by the Compensation Committee for each executive officer position after considering the factors noted above under “Core Components of Compensation and Compensation Levels” and the target annual cash incentive levels of comparable positions among our Peer Group. There is no specific weighting applied to any of these factors in setting the target annual cash incentive levels and the process ultimately relies on the subjective exercise of the Compensation Committee’s judgment.

As noted above, the Compensation Committee sets what it believes to be aggressive annual business plan goals for the cash incentive plan. The approach of the Compensation Committee is to set business plan goals such that, in its judgment, achievement of those goals will result in the Company generally outperforming its peer group of companies. Because the Compensation Committee believes the goals established for the annual bonus plan are rigorous and will be achieved only if the Company performs at a high level, the Compensation Committee sets the target opportunity for the annual cash incentive plan above the median for comparable positions in our Peer Group to provide appropriate incentives for strong performance. Consistent with this approach, annual cash incentives for our NEOs generally paid out below targeted levels for fiscal year 2020, below targeted levels for fiscal year 2021, at or slightly below targeted levels for fiscal year 2022, and at or below targeted levels for fiscal year 2023. Also, as explained in more detail below, even if the Company achieved 100% of the target level of the key financial goal, the program only pays 80% for that portion of the target annual cash incentive. An NEO would receive 100% payout for the key financial goal portion of their target annual cash incentive upon achievement of 105% of plan.

Executive Bonus Plan (excluding CEO)

Our NEOs (other than our CEO) participate in an annual cash incentive program (referred to herein as the “Executive Bonus Plan”). The Executive Bonus Plan provides each executive with an opportunity to earn an annual cash incentive based on the Company’s performance in relation to certain pre-established annual financial goals as well as the executive’s individual performance.

 

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For fiscal year 2023, the target annual cash incentive potential (expressed as a percentage of base salary) for each of our NEOs (other than our CEO) was as follows:

 

  Named Executive Officer    Target Annual Cash
Incentive as
Percentage of Base
Salary

Mr. Chukwu

       80 %

Mr. Ammann

       80 %

Mr. Beauchamp

       80 %

Mr. Silberstein

       80 %

Mr. Chang

       75 %

Mr. Fulton

       80 %

These target incentives for fiscal year 2023 were the same as the fiscal year 2022 level for each NEO, except that the Compensation Committee, taking into consideration the compensation data for similar positions at the Peer Group companies, the Company’s executive compensation philosophy, and internal pay equity considerations, raised Mr. Fulton’s target incentive from 75% to 80% of his base salary.

Under the Executive Bonus Plan, each executive’s target annual cash incentive for fiscal year 2023 was scored in two parts. Fifty percent (50%) of the target annual cash incentive potential was based on the Company’s attainment of a key financial goal for the fiscal year (the “Company Performance Portion”) as set by the Compensation Committee. The remaining fifty percent (50%) of the executive’s target annual cash incentive potential was based on the executive’s individual performance for the fiscal year (the “Individual Performance Portion”). The Compensation Committee believed that allocating 50% of the annual target incentive for the NEOs (other than the CEO) to the individual performance component provides it with the flexibility to incentivize and reward achievements that promote the long-term growth and success of the Company, and that the allocation between Company and individual performance creates an appropriate balance between achieving short-term (one year) financial objectives and longer term infrastructure and product expansion goals.

The Compensation Committee retains broad discretion to adjust (up or down, including withholding entirely) part or all of a proposed annual cash incentive payment.

Company Performance Portion of Fiscal Year 2023 Executive Bonus Plan (excluding CEO)

As described above, the financial goals are established by the Compensation Committee for the applicable fiscal year. For fiscal year 2023, the key financial performance goal established by the Compensation Committee was non-GAAP operating income. The Compensation Committee believes non-GAAP operating income is currently the best measure of the Company’s core operating performance, as it reflects the essential results of ongoing base business functions and results without the impact (positive or negative) of extraordinary and non-operational matters. The Compensation Committee further believes that non-GAAP operating income, as the metric used for the fiscal year financial performance goal, focuses performance on the parallel objectives of increasing revenue and controlling operating expenses.

The target set for fiscal year 2023 non-GAAP operating income was $272,259,000 which was approximately 34% higher than our non-GAAP operating income achieved for fiscal year 2022 as taken into account in determining fiscal year 2022 bonuses for the NEOs. In the judgment of the Compensation Committee in light of available business intelligence, forecasts and projections at the time it established this goal, superior performance would be required to achieve the goal. The Compensation Committee also established a scoring matrix to determine the percentage of the Company Performance Portion payable based on actual

 

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fiscal year 2023 non-GAAP operating income performance against the fiscal year 2023 goal of $272,259,000 as follows:

 

  Non-GAAP Operating Income as a Percentage of the Target    Percentage of
Company Performance
Portion Payable

Below 80% of the target

       0 %

80% of the target

       50 %

85% of the target

       60 %

95% of the target

       70 %

100% of the target

       80 %

105% of the target

       100 %

110% of the target

       110 %

115% of the target

       120 %

120% of the target

       125 %

125% of the target

       130 %

130% of the target

       135 %

135% of the target

       140 %

140% of the target

       145 %

145% of the target or above

       150 %

For fiscal year 2023, the non-GAAP operating income achieved was $210,655,000, resulting in no payout for the Company Performance Portion of the Executive Bonus Plan.2

Individual Performance Portion of Fiscal Year 2023 Executive Bonus Plan (excluding CEO)

For each executive’s Individual Performance Portion of the Executive Bonus Plan, the Compensation Committee receives and considers the CEO’s subjective managerial assessment of the executive. The CEO evaluates several key executive performance criteria in his overall evaluation of individual executive performance with no specific weight being applied to any one factor. Matters evaluated include:

 

(1)

performance of the business or functional unit or department the executive is responsible for managing,

 

(2)

the executive’s contributions to achievement of the Company’s financial and operational goals and strategic objectives,

 

(3)

the ability of the executive to lead and develop key subordinates, and

 

(4)

related individualized and function-specific managerial observations and impressions of executive job performance.

Based on the individual performance assessment, an executive may receive from 0% to 200% of the target for the Individual Performance Portion as recommended by the CEO (for NEOs other than himself) and approved by the Compensation Committee.

The Individual Performance Portion for each NEO reflects the Compensation Committee’s assessment of the performance of the department or business unit the executive is responsible for, the executive’s individual performance as assessed by the CEO, and the executive’s contributions to the Company’s overall operating performance.

 

2 

See Exhibit A for a reconciliation of non-GAAP operating income to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

 

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In assessing the Individual Performance Portion for the NEOs for fiscal year 2023, the Board and the Compensation Committee noted the significant contributions required of the entire executive team to close the Company’s acquisition of Sierra Wireless as well as the contributions of the entire executive team to the Company’s record net sales for the year, record non-GAAP gross margin of 65%, and non-GAAP EPS of $2.80 (up 7% over fiscal year 2022) in the face of global macroeconomic challenges.3 The following additional NEO achievements in fiscal year 2023 were highlighted in the Individual Performance Portion determinations:

 

  NAMED EXECUTIVE

  OFFICER

  KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Mr. Chukwu

 

   Continued to upgrade the Finance organization as well as its processes and systems, enabling us to complete the acquisition of Sierra Wireless

   Significant contributions to the Sierra Wireless diligence process and integration, and raising the funds necessary to support our acquisition of Sierra Wireless at a time when there were many uncertainties in the global economy

   Drove the divestiture of our High-Reliability Discreet Diodes business

   Significant contributions to capital management and tax strategy

   His leadership of the Company’s financial performance helped the Company achieve record financial results

 

 

Mr. Ammann

 

 

   Significant contributions in negotiating all aspects of the Sierra Wireless acquisition

   Negotiated our new credit facility and convertible debt offering

   Heavily involved, along with Human Resources, in human capital management and the integration of Sierra Wireless employees

   Continued to build and mentor a strong legal team, responsible for every Company legal matter

   Drove the legal process associated with the divestiture of our High-Reliability Discreet Diodes business

 

 

Mr. Beauchamp

 

 

   Through Mr. Beauchamp’s leadership, the Company’s Signal Integrity Products Group delivered record revenue in fiscal year 2023 and made significant progress on certain critical customer programs

   Continued to drive multiple key development programs including our CMOS Tri-Edge platform, our FiberEdge platform, our New Copper Edge platform, our New DSP platform, our 25GPON platform, our 5G Wireless platform, and our LiDar program for Mobileye

 

 

Mr. Silberstein

 

 

   Significant contributions in the first half of the year to overcome numerous supply chain challenges to meet demand, and significant contributions in the second half of the year managing the supply chain to adjust to changing demand

   Significant contributions to Sierra Wireless integration plans and, following closing of the acquisition, implementation of those plans

   His organization executed at a very high level, and continued to improve its processes and systems

 

 

3 

See Exhibit A for a reconciliation of each reconciliation of each of non-GAAP EPS and non-GAAP gross margin to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

 

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After consideration of the factors and accomplishments described above, the Committee approved the following incentive amounts for the NEOs under the Individual Performance Portion: Mr. Chukwu – $252,840 (147% of the target for the Individual Performance Portion); Mr. Ammann – $249,480 (154% of the target for the Individual Performance Portion); Mr. Beauchamp – $322,425 (200% of the target for the Individual Performance Portion); and Mr. Silberstein – $328,000 (200% of the target for the Individual Performance Portion).

Total Fiscal Year 2023 Executive Bonus Plan Payments (excluding CEO)

The combination of the Company Performance Portion and the Individual Performance Portion for each NEO resulted in the following annual cash incentive payments to the NEOs for fiscal year 2023 under the Executive Bonus Plan. Messrs. Chang and Fulton were not considered for, and did not earn, payments under the Executive Bonus Plan for fiscal year 2023 because they separated from employment during the fiscal year.

 

  NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICER    TARGET
BONUS
   ACHIEVED
BONUS

Mr. Chukwu

     $ 344,000      $ 252,840

Mr. Ammann

     $ 324,000      $ 249,480

Mr. Beauchamp (1)

     $ 322,425      $ 322,425

Mr. Silberstein

     $ 328,000      $ 328,000

 

(1)

Mr. Beauchamp’s target bonus amount is converted from Canadian dollars (CAD) to U.S. dollars (USD) using a conversion rate of 1 CAD = 0.75122 USD which was the CAD to USD conversion rate as of January 29, 2023.

CEO Bonus Plan

The Company maintains an annual cash incentive plan for our CEO (the “CEO Bonus Plan”). The CEO Bonus Plan was established in recognition of the unique role of the CEO and the desire to provide him an incentive to achieve additional goals that are not measured in the Executive Bonus Plan. Under the CEO Bonus Plan, the CEO has a target annual cash incentive potential expressed as a percentage of base salary, which the CEO is eligible to receive based on the achievement of certain financial goals and on the Board’s assessment of the CEO’s overall performance. The CEO Bonus Plan provides that, depending on performance, the CEO’s annual cash incentive payout in any year may range from 0% to 200% of the CEO’s target annual cash incentive potential. For fiscal year 2023, the target annual cash incentive for Mr. Maheswaran was 125% of his annual base salary (or $937,500).

The CEO Bonus Plan contained three weighted factors for fiscal year 2023: (1) non-GAAP Operating Income Performance; (2) net revenue growth (year-over-year); and (3) the evaluation of the CEO’s individual performance by the Board. These factors and their weighting are described below.

 

   

Non-GAAP Operating Income Performance – 45% of the CEO’s annual cash incentive was based on the Company’s attainment of non-GAAP operating income of $272,000,000, which was approximately 34% higher than our non-GAAP operating income achieved for fiscal year 2022 as taken into account in determining the fiscal year 2022 bonus for the CEO. This portion of the CEO Bonus Plan used the same non-GAAP operating income target as under the Company Performance Portion of the Executive Bonus Plan as discussed above. Attainment of this portion of the CEO Bonus Plan is calculated by reference to the following chart indicating the level of Company performance and the corresponding percentage of attainment.

 

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  Non-GAAP Operating Income as a Percentage of the Target    Percentage of
Attainment

Below 73% of the target

       0 %

73% of the target

       50 %

85% of the target

       60 %

95% of the target

       70 %

100% of the target

       80 %

105% of the target

       100 %

110% of the target

       110 %

115% of the target

       120 %

120% of the target

       125 %

125% of the target

       130 %

130% of the target

       135 %

135% of the target

       140 %

140% of the target

       145 %

145% of the target

       150 %

150% of the target or better

       200 %

 

   

Net Revenue Growth – 35% of the CEO’s annual cash incentive was based on net revenue growth goals. Attainment of this portion of the CEO Bonus Plan is calculated using the following formula (with the provision that the resulting percentage cannot be greater than 200% or less than 0%):

 

Attainment
Percentage
   =    100% multiplied by   

(Fiscal year 2023 net revenue

            minus fiscal year 2022 net revenue)                

(Net revenue from the 2023 Annual Business Plan

minus fiscal year 2022 net revenue)

 

   

Board of Directors CEO Performance Evaluation – 20% of the CEO’s annual cash incentive is based on the assessment by the Board (excluding the CEO) of the CEO’s overall performance and leadership.

Evaluation of the CEO’s individual performance by the Board involves, by its nature, subjective judgments made in good faith and takes into consideration such things as strategy development and execution, stockholder relations, and value creation along with other factors.

As noted above for the Executive Bonus Plan, the Compensation Committee retains broad discretion (up or down, including withholding entirely) part or all of a proposed annual cash incentive payment to the CEO.

Fiscal Year 2023 CEO Bonus Plan Targets and Results

Our actual performance against the goals established for fiscal year 2023 under the CEO Bonus Plan are discussed below.

Non GAAP Operating Income Performance – The non-GAAP operating income goal for the CEO Bonus Plan is the same as that set forth for the Executive Bonus Plan described above under “Executive Bonus Plan – Company Performance Portion of Fiscal Year 2023 Executive Bonus Plan (excluding CEO).” For fiscal year 2023, the non-GAAP operating income goal was set at $272,259,000 as a part of the ABP process. This goal was approximately 34% higher than our non-GAAP operating income achieved for fiscal year 2022 and taken into account under our fiscal year 2022 CEO Bonus Plan. At the time the fiscal year 2023 non-GAAP operating income goal was set, the Compensation Committee’s

 

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judgment was that this goal would be difficult to achieve. For fiscal year 2023, the non-GAAP operating income achieved was $210,655,000, resulting in 77.37% achievement of the goal and approximately a 54% payout for this portion of the CEO Bonus Plan.4

Net Revenue Growth (Year-over-Year) – The net revenue goal established by the Board in the Company’s fiscal year 2023 ABP was $841,177,000, which reflected revenue growth of approximately 14% above actual fiscal year 2022 net revenue. The Compensation Committee believed that, in the general economic environment at the time the net revenue growth goal was being established, with the global business forecasts available to us, achieving that specified level of net revenue would be challenging. The net revenue taken into account under the CEO Bonus Plan for fiscal year 2023 was $741,532,000, resulting in a less than a 1% payout for this portion of the CEO Bonus Plan.

Board of Directors CEO Individual Performance Evaluation – In addition to considering financial results, the Board also evaluated the CEO’s individual performance for fiscal year 2023. Following this review, the Compensation Committee determined that the payout of the individual performance component of the CEO Bonus Plan would be approximately 92% of the target opportunity. This payout reflected the Committee’s assessment of key non-financial accomplishments during the year, including successful completion of our acquisition of Sierra Wireless and continued progress toward long-term strategic objectives despite a global downturn in the second half of fiscal year 2023.

Based on the scoring of the individual component of the CEO Bonus Plan described above, Mr. Maheswaran’s annual bonus for fiscal year 2023 would be equal to $400,000, or 42.7% of target for the year. However, the Compensation Committee, taking into consideration input from our Board and the fact that the CEO Bonus Plan achieved a bonus accrual at a lower threshold performance level than under the Executive Bonus Plan, determined to exercise negative discretion and reduced the total CEO bonus to $240,000, or 25.6% of target. This decision reflected the Compensation Committee’s assessment of the different performance thresholds under the CEO and Executive Bonus Plans and the challenges presented by the global slowdown in semiconductor demand, particularly in China, and the impact this would have on the Company’s business operations going into fiscal year 2024.

Equity Incentive Awards

The Compensation Committee believes that equity incentive awards serve to align the interests of executives with those of the Company’s stockholders, complement annual cash incentives by motivating executives to create and sustain value in the Company, and encourage our executives to avoid taking excessive risks that might have a significant short term or prolonged negative impact on our stock price.

The following discussion of equity awards generally applies to the equity awards granted in fiscal year 2023 to our Named Executive Officers other than our CEO. Our CEO did not receive any new equity awards in fiscal year 2023.

The equity award vehicles used in fiscal year 2023 for the Named Executive Officers who received new awards were:

 

   

time-based restricted stock unit awards that vest in three equal annual installments (“Time-Based Units”); and

 

   

restricted stock units that vest based on our TSR percentile rank against a comparison group of companies over 1-, 2- and 3-year performance periods (“Performance-Based Units”).

In granting equity awards, the Compensation Committee considers the factors noted above under “Core Components of Compensation and Compensation Levels” and the value of such awards in comparison to

 

4 

See Exhibit A for a reconciliation of non-GAAP operating income to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

 

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awards to comparable executives within our Peer Group. There is no specific weighting applied to any of these factors and the process ultimately relies on the Compensation Committee’s judgment. After consideration of these factors, the Compensation Committee determined that our Named Executive Officers who received new awards in fiscal year 2023 would receive Time-Based RSUs and Performance-Based RSUs with the grant date fair value of the awards approximately balanced between the two types of awards.

Our equity incentive awards are subject to multi-year vesting. The Time-Based Units and Performance-Based Units awarded to our Named Executive Officers in fiscal year 2023 vest over three years. This multi-year element serves as a significant “holding period” in terms of requiring the executive to retain the underlying equity interest until some future date following the grant date of the award. The Compensation Committee believes that the inclusion of this vesting period component further aligns the long-term interests of the executive with the long-term interests of the Company’s stockholders and functions as a retention incentive for the executive.

Restricted Stock Unit Awards

Our restricted stock unit awards represent a contingent right to receive one share of our common stock or, in the Compensation Committee’s discretion, the payment of cash for each unit in an amount equal to the fair market value of our common stock. The Compensation Committee believes that grants of restricted stock units are particularly useful to motivate executives to avoid undue risk and to align their interests with those of our stockholders, since our grants of restricted stock unit awards have intrinsic economic value which correlates directly to our stock price. Thus, the value of a restricted stock unit award can go up or down depending on the changes to our stock price over time. While restricted stock unit awards will always have some intrinsic value as long as our stock remains marketable, we believe our executives are motivated to seek to increase the intrinsic value through Company performance that is reflected in favorable and sustainable increases in our stock price. We also believe that actions or business decisions carrying risks that might reduce our stock price are discouraged by the correlation between the intrinsic value of these awards and the growth of our stock price. In addition, the Time-Based Units serve as a retention incentive over the multi-year vesting period. Time-Based Units granted to our NEOs in fiscal year 2023 vest annually over three years from the date of grant, subject to the executive’s continued employment with the Company.

Performance-Based Restricted Stock Units

The Performance-Based Units granted to the NEOs in fiscal year 2023 are eligible to vest based on the Company’s TSR relative to a comparison group of companies included in the S&P Semiconductor Select Industry Index (the “Index”). The Compensation Committee believed that relative TSR would be an effective measure for evaluating our performance over a sustained time horizon while adjusting for broader market conditions in a volatile industry sector. The availability of an index comprised of a group of comparable semiconductor companies provides a strong benchmark for comparison of our relative TSR performance, and the use of relative TSR as a performance metric supplements the financial metrics we use to evaluate performance under our bonus plan. The Index was selected for purposes of this relative measure because of its focus on the semiconductor industry.

A target number of Performance-Based Units is covered by each award, with one-third of the target number of units allocated to each of the three performance periods covered by the award (with the first period consisting of our 2023 fiscal year, the second period consisting of our 2023 and 2024 fiscal years, and the third period consisting of our 2023, 2024 and 2025 fiscal years). Between 0% and 200% of the target number of units allocated to each of those periods is eligible to vest based on our relative TSR performance through the end of that period determined as follows:

 

  TSR Percentile Rank    Award Multiplier

75th or greater

       200 %

50th

       100 %

25th

       50 %

Less than 25th

       0 %

 

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The TSR Percentile Rank for a performance period is the percentile ranking of our TSR for that performance period as compared to the TSRs achieved by the companies comprising the Comparison Group for that performance period. The “Comparison Group” means each of the companies included in the Index as of the first day of the performance period that remains a publicly traded company through the last day of the performance period, with any company included in the Index as of the first day of the performance period that does not remain a publicly traded company through the last day of the performance period as a result of such company’s bankruptcy, insolvency or liquidation included but its TSR for that performance period is deemed to be -100%. For these purposes, TSR for both the Company and the Comparison Group companies is calculated based on the average closing prices over the 30-trading-day period preceding the performance period and the 30-trading day period ending with the last day of the performance period and assuming in each case that all dividends issued over the performance period are reinvested as of the payment date. The Award Multiplier for a performance period determined based on the TSR Percentile Rank for that performance period is applied to the target number of shares allocated to the applicable performance period. If the TSR Percentile Rank falls between two levels in the table above, the Award Multiplier will be determined using straight line interpolation between those levels. In addition, if the Company’s TSR for a particular performance period is negative, the Award Multiplier for that performance period is capped at 100%.

Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Equity Incentive Awards

For fiscal year 2023, the Compensation Committee granted our NEOs (with the exception of the CEO, who did not receive new equity awards in fiscal year 2023) annual Time-Based Units and Performance-Based Units covering the number of shares of our common stock set forth in the following table (with PSUs shown at the target number of units). As noted above, the Compensation Committee believed that this mix of awards was consistent with our performance-based philosophy as a substantial portion of each NEO’s total annual equity awards was performance-based.

 

  Executive    Time-Based Units    Performance-Based
Units
(Target)

Mr. Chukwu

   17,572    14,377

Mr. Ammann

   13,578    12,780

Mr. Beauchamp

   15,974    14,377

Mr. Silberstein

   15,974    13,578

Mr. Chang

   11,981    11,182

Mr. Fulton

   15,974    13,578

Vesting of Fiscal Year 2023, 2022 and 2021 Performance-Based Awards

As noted above, the first performance period for the fiscal year 2023 Performance-Based Units awarded to our NEOs consisted of our 2023 fiscal year, the second performance period for the fiscal year 2022 Performance-Based Units awarded to our NEOs consisted of our 2022 and 2023 fiscal years, and the third performance period for the fiscal year 2021 Performance-Based Units awarded to our NEOs consisted of our 2021, 2022 and 2023 fiscal years.

Our Performance-Based Units granted in fiscal year 2022 are similar to our Performance-Based Units granted in fiscal year 2023.

Our Performance-Based Units granted in fiscal year 2021 are also similar to our Performance-Based Units granted in fiscal year 2023, except that performance-based vesting for the Performance-Based Units granted in fiscal year 2021 is measured using the chart below based on the Company’s TSR for the applicable performance period relative to the TSR of the SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF for that performance period. A target number of Performance-Based Units is covered by each award, with one-third

 

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of the target number of units allocated to each of the three performance periods covered by the award. Between 0% and 200% of the target number of units allocated to each of those periods is eligible to vest based on our relative TSR performance through the end of that period determined as follows:

 

  Relative TSR Percentage    Award Multiplier

+50% or greater

   200%

+25%

   150%

0%

   100%

-30%

   25%

Less than -30%

   0%

The Relative TSR Percentage for a performance period is equal to our TSR for that period minus the TSR of the SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF for that performance period. The Award Multiplier is applied to the target number of shares allocated to the applicable performance period. If the Relative TSR Percentage falls between two levels in the table above, the Award Multiplier will be determined using straight line interpolation between those levels. In addition, if the Company’s TSR for a particular performance period is negative, the Award Multiplier for that performance period is capped at 100%.

All of the Performance-Based Units allocated to performance periods ending in fiscal year 2023 were forfeited in their entirety. Our TSR Percentile Rank (or Relative TSR Percentage as to the Performance-Based Units granted in fiscal year 2021) and Award Multiplier for the applicable performance periods are shown in the table below.

 

Year of Grant    Measurement Period    % of Target
Award Tied to
Period
  Semtech
TSR
 

Index

TSR

  Relative TSR
Percentage /
TSR
Rank (as
applicable)
 

Award Multiplier

(% of Target Units
Vesting)

Fiscal Year 2021

   3 years Ending FYE23    33 1/3%   -42.65%   67.76%   -110.40%   0.00%

Fiscal Year 2022

   2 years Ending FYE23    33 1/3%   -59.86%     34 out of 34   0.00%

Fiscal Year 2023

   1 year Ending FYE23    33 1/3%   -63.22%     38 out of 39   0.00%

The remaining one-third of the target number of Performance-Based Units granted in fiscal year 2022 remain outstanding and eligible to vest based on our relative TSR performance during the three-year performance period consisting of our fiscal years 2022-2024.

The remaining two-thirds of the target number of Performance-Based Units granted in fiscal year 2023 remain outstanding and eligible to vest based on our relative TSR performance during two- and three-year performance periods consisting of our fiscal years 2023-2024 and our fiscal years 2023-2025, respectively.

Fiscal Year 2020 CEO Equity Incentive Awards and Absolute Stock Price PSUs

In March 2019, our Compensation Committee approved a unique equity compensation program for our Chief Executive Officer in recognition of his exceptional contributions to our success as well as the critical role he plays in executing our strategic plan. As described in more detail below, the program was heavily weighted to performance-based equity. The Compensation Committee intended that the award represented Mr. Maheswaran’s entire long-term equity incentive award opportunity for fiscal years 2020-2023 and, in fact, Mr. Maheswaran was not granted any other equity awards in fiscal years 2020-2023.

The March 2019 award granted to Mr. Maheswaran consisted of the following three distinct components:

 

   

RSUs that vested annually over a four-year vesting period measured from the date of grant of the awards.

 

 

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Performance-Based Units that followed the design of the Performance-Based Units awarded to our NEOs in fiscal year 2020, except that the vesting period of the award was extended from three years to four years (“Relative TSR PSUs”). These Performance-Based Units were eligible to vest based on the Company’s TSR relative to the TSR of the SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (NYSE:XSD), applying the same vesting schedule and methodology as applied to the Performance-Based Units granted to our NEOs in fiscal year 2020, except that the award consisted of four performance periods (with one-quarter of the target number of units covered by the award allocated to each of the four periods, and with the first period consisting of our 2020 fiscal year, the second period consisting of our 2020 and 2021 fiscal years, the third period consisting of our 2020, 2021 and 2022 fiscal years, and the fourth period consisting of our 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 fiscal years). Between 0% and 200% of the target number of units allocated to each of those periods was eligible to vest based on our relative TSR performance through the end of that period.

 

   

The other type of Performance-Based Unit awarded to Mr. Maheswaran in fiscal year 2020 was subject to the attainment of pre-established absolute stock price levels (“Absolute Stock Price PSUs”). Specifically, this award was eligible to vest during the period commencing March 5, 2019 and ending March 5, 2024 (the “Performance Period”) as follows: 30% of the restricted stock units covered by the award would vest if, during any period of 30 consecutive trading days that commences and ends during the Performance Period, the average per-share closing price of the Company’s common stock equals or exceeds $71.00; and the award will vest in full if, during any period of 30 consecutive trading days that commences and ends during the Performance Period, the average per-share closing price of the Company’s common stock equals or exceeds $95.00. If a change in control of the Company occurs during the Performance Period: 30% of the award would vest if the $71.00 vesting level under the awards was not previously attained and the Company’s stockholders become entitled to receive per-share consideration in the transaction having a value equal to or greater than $71.00; the awards will vest in full if the Company’s stockholders become entitled to receive per-share consideration in the transaction having a value equal to or greater than $95.00; and there will be proportionate vesting (between 30% and 100% of the unvested portion of the award) if the Company’s stockholders become entitled to receive per-share consideration in the transaction having a value between $71.00 and $95.00.

All four tranches of the Relative TSR PSUs awarded to Mr. Maheswaran in March 2019 (corresponding to the fiscal year 2020 measurement period, the fiscal years 2020 and 2021 measurement period, the fiscal years 2020, 2021 and 2022 measurement period, and the fiscal years 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 measurement period) have been forfeited because the threshold level of relative TSR performance required in order for any portion of these tranches to vest was not achieved.

The Absolute Stock Price PSUs corresponding to the $71.00 vesting level (30% of the total Absolute Stock Price PSUs awarded) vested on January 8, 2021 based on the average closing prices of the Company’s common stock for the period of 30 consecutive trading days ending on that date ($71.0013). The Absolute Stock Price PSUs corresponding to the $95.00 vesting level have not vested and remain outstanding.

We awarded Absolute Stock Price PSUs to certain of our executive officers (other than Mr. Maheswaran) in fiscal year 2022. These awards are similar to the Absolute Stock Price PSUs awarded to Mr. Maheswaran in fiscal year 2020, as discussed above, except that the Absolute Stock Price PSUs awarded to our other executive officers in fiscal year 2022 do not have vesting goals tied to achievement of a $71.00 stock value. The Absolute Stock Price PSUs awarded in fiscal year 2022 are entirely performance-based and vest if, during any period of 30 consecutive trading days that commences and ends during a performance period ending March 5, 2024, the average per-share closing price of the Company’s common stock equals or exceeds $95.00. If a change in control of the Company occurs during the performance period, the Absolute Stock Price PSUs will vest in full if the Company’s stockholders become entitled to receive per-share consideration in the transaction having a value equal to or greater than $95.00, and there will be

 

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proportionate vesting (between 0% and 100%) if the Company’s stockholders become entitled to receive per-share consideration in the transaction having a value between $71.00 and $95.00. No portion of these Absolute Stock Price PSUs has vested.

Fiscal Year 2024 Equity Awards

As mentioned above, our equity awards for our NEOs in fiscal year 2024 consist of three types of awards: Time-Based Units, Relative TSR PSUs, and Performance-Based Units that include vesting requirements based on financial measures.

The terms of the Time-Based Units awarded to our NEOs in fiscal year 2024 are similar to those awarded to our NEOs in fiscal year 2023, with vesting generally scheduled to occur annually over three years from the date of grant.

The Performance-Based Units granted to our NEOs in fiscal year 2024 include Performance-Based Units that are similar to the Performance-Based Units granted to our NEOs in fiscal year 2023, under which vesting is based on our TSR relative to a comparison group of companies over 1-, 2- and 3-year performance periods each starting with the year of grant, except that the comparison group of companies used for purposes of the fiscal year 2024 awards is based on the companies included in the Russell 3000 index (“Fiscal 2024 Relative TSR PSUs”).

The Performance-Based Units granted to our NEOs in fiscal year 2024 also include Performance-Based Units under which vesting is based on our net revenue and non-GAAP operating income over a three year performance period (“Fiscal 2024 Financial Measure PSUs”). One-third of the “target” number of Fiscal 2024 Financial Measure PSUs subject to each award is allocated to each of fiscal years 2024, 2025 and 2026. Of the Performance-Based Units allocated to each fiscal year, the vesting of half is based on our net revenue performance for that fiscal year and vesting of the other half is based on our non-GAAP operating income for that fiscal year. Between 0% and 200% of the Performance-Based Units allocated to a particular financial measure for a fiscal year may become eligible to vest based on actual performance.

In March 2023, the Compensation Committee granted our NEOs (other than, as discussed below, Mr. Maheswaran, and other than Messrs. Chang and Fulton who were not employed with us at the time of grant) the following number of Time-Based Units, Fiscal 2024 Relative TSR PSUs (shown at the targeted level of vesting), and Fiscal 2024 Financial Measure PSUs (shown at the targeted level of vesting) for fiscal year 2024:

 

  Executive    Time-Based Units   

Fiscal 2024 Relative TSR
PSUs

(Target)

  

Fiscal 2024 Financial
Measure PSUs

(Target)

Mr. Maheswaran

        

Mr. Chukwu

   32,770    13,406    13,406

Mr. Ammann

   27,308    11,171    11,171

Mr. Beauchamp

   27,308    11,171    11,171

Mr. Silberstein

   36,411    14,895    14,895

Mr. Maheswaran did not receive regular annual equity awards in March 2023 in light of his retirement announcement, but received a Time-Based RSU award scheduled to vest over a transition period, all as discussed in more detail below.

 

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Other Compensation

Perquisites and Benefits

During fiscal year 2023, we did not provide any significant perquisites to our NEOs. The Company provides our NEOs with certain benefits on the same terms made available to our other employees generally, including participation in our 401(k) retirement plan, health care plans, life insurance plans, and other welfare benefit programs. The Company also reimburses each NEO for the cost of an annual physical exam. The Compensation Committee believes that this benefit helps protect the health of the executive team at a relatively small cost to the Company.

In addition to the standard benefits offered to all of our employees generally, our U.S.-based executives and other employees who are specifically approved by the Compensation Committee are eligible to participate in our Executive Nonqualified Excess Plan, as amended and restated (our “Deferred Compensation Plan”), which allows our executives to elect to defer annual salary and/or annual cash incentive income. The Deferred Compensation Plan is unfunded and unsecured; however, the Company maintains life insurance policies on the lives of certain current and former participants in the plan, the benefit and accrued value of which is intended to cover a majority of the plan’s accrued liability. For fiscal year 2023, the Company matched, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to the first 10% of employee base salary contributions for our CEO, our Chief Financial Officer and our Chief Legal Officer, up to the first 8% for participants at the Vice President level, and up to the first 5% for all other participants. The Compensation Committee believes that providing the NEOs with this deferred compensation opportunity is a cost-effective way to permit the executives to receive the tax benefits associated with delaying income tax on the compensation deferred, even though the related deduction for the Company is also deferred. For more information on our Deferred Compensation Plan, please see “Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan-Fiscal Year 2023” in this Proxy Statement.

Severance; CEO Offer Letter

The Compensation Committee evaluates the level of severance benefits, if any, to be provided to an NEO on a case-by-case basis. Mr. Maheswaran was our only NEO covered by an agreement with the Company that provided for severance benefits outside the context of a change in control transaction.

In November 2019, the Company entered into an amended and restated offer letter with Mr. Maheswaran (the “Offer Letter”). The Compensation Committee determined that continuing to provide Mr. Maheswaran with certain severance and other protections under the Offer Letter was appropriate in light of his position within the Company, his overall compensation package and the post-employment restrictions he would be subject to after he no longer works for the Company. The Offer Letter has now been replaced by Mr. Maheswaran’s Transition and Retirement Agreement, described below.

The Offer Letter provided for a five-year term commencing November 20, 2019, which would automatically be extended for additional one-year periods thereafter unless either party gave written notice at least 90 days in advance that the term will not be extended. Under the Offer Letter, Mr. Maheswaran would continue to serve as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, would be nominated for re-election to the Board in connection with any expiration of his term in office as a member of the Board (unless such nomination is prohibited by law or an applicable listing standard), would receive an annual base salary of not less than $620,000 (subject to annual review by the Compensation Committee, but the Compensation Committee could not decrease such annual base salary rate), would receive Company equity awards in the discretion of the Compensation Committee, and would participate in the Company’s Chief Executive Officer Bonus Plan with an annual target bonus of not less than 125% of his base salary. Mr. Maheswaran was also entitled to participate in the Company’s benefit plans made generally available to the Company’s salaried employees and to participate in the Deferred Compensation Plan, with the Company matching the first 10% of his contributions to that plan.

 

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Pursuant to the terms of the Offer Letter, in the event Mr. Maheswaran’s employment with us terminated for reasons other than death, disability or “cause,” or if he terminated his employment for “good reason” within 90 days of an event giving rise to good reason, he would be entitled to 12 months of his annual salary, up to 12 months continued welfare benefits (medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance), and, except as otherwise provided in the applicable award agreement, 12 months accelerated vesting of any outstanding and unvested equity awards that are subject only to time-based vesting requirements as of the severance date. The terms “cause” and “good reason” are defined in the Offer Letter. These severance benefits would be contingent on Mr. Maheswaran’s execution of a release agreement which, among other things, releases the Company from liability relating to his employment and the termination of his employment, and Mr. Maheswaran’s agreement and compliance with a one-year post-termination non-competition covenant (which restricts Mr. Maheswaran from being employed by one of the members of the Company’s Peer Group if such company cannot reasonably satisfy the Company that it will preclude and prevent disclosure of the Company’s confidential information).

Mr. Maheswaran’s Retirement

On March 16, 2023, Mr. Maheswaran announced that he intends to retire as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. In connection with his retirement, the Company entered into a Transition and Retirement Agreement with Mr. Maheswaran on March 14, 2023 (the “Transition and Retirement Agreement”). Pursuant to the Transition and Retirement Agreement, Mr. Maheswaran has agreed to provide transition support to the Company for a period of 18 months. Mr. Maheswaran will continue to serve as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer until the earlier of September 14, 2024 or a date determined by the Board. At such time, Mr. Maheswaran’s retirement as an officer and employee of the Company will be effective and he will also retire as a member of the Board. Following his retirement and through September 14, 2024, Mr. Maheswaran will continue to provide transition support to the Company as a consultant. Mr. Maheswaran will continue to be paid his base salary (at the current rate of $750,000 annually) through his retirement date and, pursuant to the Transition and Retirement Agreement, Mr. Maheswaran will be eligible to receive a target annual bonus for fiscal year 2024 ($937,500), pro-rated for the portion of fiscal year 2024 that he serves as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. No cash compensation is payable for the period of time Mr. Maheswaran provides consulting services under the Transition and Retirement Agreement. The Transition and Retirement Agreement also includes a general release of any claims by Mr. Maheswaran.

In connection with the Transition and Retirement Agreement, the Company granted Mr. Maheswaran a restricted stock unit award with respect to 232,635 shares of the Company’s common stock. The restricted stock units are scheduled to vest in six substantially equal installments (on a quarterly basis) over the 18-month transition period, with vesting subject to Mr. Maheswaran’s continued service, and his compliance with his other obligations under the Transition and Retirement Agreement, through the applicable vesting date. The outstanding and unvested restricted stock units subject to the award will accelerate and become fully vested upon Mr. Maheswaran’s death, a change in control of the Company, or if the Company terminates Mr. Maheswaran’s services during the 18-month transition period in certain circumstances not provided for in the Transition and Retirement Agreement.

The Transition and Retirement Agreement provides that Mr. Maheswaran will not be entitled to severance benefits under his Offer letter or under any Company severance plan or policy.

Change in Control Benefits

Equity Plan Change in Control Benefits

Under the terms of our stockholder approved equity incentive plans, if there is a change in control of the Company and the successor entity does not assume the obligation for the stock options or other equity-based awards, or the awards do not otherwise remain outstanding after the transaction, then the unvested stock options and other equity based awards (other than Performance-Based Units, described below)

 

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generally will become fully vested as a result of the transaction. If the successor entity does assume the obligation for stock options or other equity-based awards in the change in control transaction, then in the event of a loss of employment within 12 months following a “change in control,” due to termination of employment by the Company without “cause” or a “constructive termination” of the participant (as those terms are defined in the applicable plan), certain then unvested stock options and other equity based awards, but not including Performance-Based Units granted under the Company’s 2008 Long-Term Equity Incentive Plan (the “2008 Plan”), its 2013 Long-Term Equity Incentive Plan (the “2013 Plan”) and its 2017 Long-Term Equity Incentive Plan (the “2017 Plan”), will become fully vested.

As to our Performance-Based Units awarded in fiscal years 2020 through 2023, in the event of a change in control in which the Company’s stock ceases to be publicly-traded, the number of units subject to any portion of the award as to which the performance period did not end before the closing of the change in control will become “fixed” based on the Company’s TSR relative to the TSR of the Index (or the Comparison Group, as applicable) for a shortened performance period ending with the change in control. In such circumstances, a prorated portion (based on the portion of the performance period elapsed before the transaction) of the number of units that become fixed on the change in control will accelerate and be paid upon the closing of the transaction. The balance of the units will remain subject to the time-based vesting condition applicable to the awards through the end of the original applicable performance periods (unless the awards were to be terminated in connection with the transaction and not assumed by an acquiring company, in which case these units would also vest on the closing of the transaction). If the executive’s employment terminates in circumstances on or after a change in control that entitle the executive to severance benefits under the Semtech Corporation Executive Change in Control Retention Plan described below or the executive’s offer letter, the time-based vesting conditions applicable to the award would no longer apply and the remaining units subject to the award (after giving effect to the performance measurement on the change in control) would accelerate and become payable on the separation.

The Absolute Stock Price PSUs will terminate in the event of a change in control in which the Company’s stock ceases to be publicly-traded to the extent the awards do not vest, as described above, based on the per-share consideration that the Company’s stockholders become entitled to receive in the transaction.

Deferred Compensation Plan

Our Deferred Compensation Plan provides for vesting of account balances attributable to Company matching contributions on involuntary termination of employment within 18 months of a change in control.

Executive Change in Control Retention Plan

The Compensation Committee believes that providing severance protections to our executive officers should a change in control occur is in the best interests of the Company and our stockholders in order to provide additional retention incentives to the selected executive officers and to encourage them to remain employed with the Company during an important time when their prospects for continued employment following a change in control transaction are often uncertain. Accordingly, we maintain the Semtech Corporation Executive Change in Control Retention Plan (the “CIC Plan”). Mr. Maheswaran’s Offer Letter includes severance protections, discussed above. Accordingly, he does not participate in the CIC Plan. Mr. Beauchamp has an individual letter agreement and also does not participate in the CIC Plan.

The CIC Plan provides for certain severance benefits if the participant’s employment with the Company terminates in certain circumstances in connection with a “change in control” (as defined in the CIC Plan). If the CIC Plan participant’s employment is terminated by the Company other than for “cause” (as defined in the CIC Plan) or by the participant for “good reason” (as such terms are defined in the CIC Plan), in either case during a “change in control window,” the participant will be entitled to receive certain severance benefits. For these purposes, a “change in control window” is defined as the period (1) beginning on the earlier of (a) 90 days prior to a change in control or (b) the execution of a definitive agreement to effect a transaction that, if consummated in accordance with the proposed terms, would constitute a change in

 

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control (provided that the transaction with the party to the definitive agreement is actually consummated within one year following the execution of such definitive agreement and such transaction actually constitutes a change in control), and (2) ending on the second anniversary of such change in control. A more detailed description and discussion of the CIC Plan is found below in this Proxy Statement in the report on Executive Compensation, under the heading “Potential Payments on Termination or Change in Control.”

The CIC Plan does not provide for automatic accelerated vesting of equity awards upon a change in control transaction. The CIC Plan does not include a tax “gross-up” provision. Instead, if any payment or benefit received by a participant in the CIC Plan in connection with a change in control of the Company would have been subject to any excise taxes imposed under Section 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Excise Tax”), such payments and benefits will either be reduced (but not below zero) as necessary to avoid the participant incurring any such Excise Tax or be paid in full (with the participant paying any Excise Tax due), whichever places the participant in the best after-tax position (taking into account federal, state and local income taxes and the Excise Tax).

A more detailed description of the CIC Plan is found below in this Proxy Statement in the report on Executive Compensation, under the heading “Potential Payments on Termination or Change in Control.”

CEO Change in Control Arrangements

As noted above, Mr. Maheswaran does not participate in the CIC Plan. Severance protections for Mr. Maheswaran were provided in his Offer Letter. Mr. Maheswaran’s Offer Letter provided that he would be entitled to certain enhanced severance benefits if, within a “change in control window” (which is defined the same as described for the CIC Plan above), his employment with us was terminated for reasons other than death, disability or “cause,” or if he had terminated his employment for “good reason” within 90 days of an event giving rise to good reason. In the event the employment of Mr. Maheswaran was terminated under such circumstances, he would have been entitled to cash severance benefits equal to two times his annual salary, two times his target annual cash incentive, a prorated annual cash incentive for the fiscal year of the termination, up to 24 months continued welfare benefits (medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance), accelerated vesting of his unvested Deferred Compensation Plan balance, and except as otherwise provided in the applicable award agreement, full accelerated vesting of any outstanding and unvested equity awards that are subject only to time-based vesting requirements as of the severance date. As noted above, Mr. Maheswaran’s Transition and Retirement Agreement provides that he will not be entitled to any severance under his Offer Letter or under any Company severance plan or policy.

These severance benefits are contingent on Mr. Maheswaran’s execution of a release agreement which, among other things, releases the Company from liability relating to his employment and the termination of his employment. In addition, Mr. Maheswaran’s Offer Letter provides that, except as provided in the applicable award agreement, upon a change in control of the Company, all outstanding and unvested performance vesting equity awards shall be deemed to meet the target level of performance for any open performance period, and will remain subject to any time-based vesting requirements (subject to accelerated vesting upon certain terminations of employment as provided above).

We believe it is appropriate to provide these protections for Mr. Maheswaran for the same reasons we provide benefits under the CIC Plan to the other NEOs as described above. As described above, Mr. Maheswaran’s Offer Letter also provides severance protections should his employment be terminated in certain circumstances outside of a change in control window.

Mr. Maheswaran is not entitled to a tax gross-up for any Excise Tax. Instead, Mr. Maheswaran’s payments and benefits payable in connection with a change in control will either be reduced, but not below zero, as necessary to avoid Mr. Maheswaran incurring any such Excise Tax or be paid in full, with Mr. Maheswaran paying any Excise Tax due, whichever places Mr. Maheswaran in the better after-tax position.

 

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For more information on our severance and change in control arrangements with the NEOs, including a more detailed description of Mr. Maheswaran’s Offer Letter, please see “Potential Payments on Termination or Change in Control” below in this Proxy Statement.

Separation Agreements with Messrs. Chang and Fulton

We terminated Mr. Chang’s employment, and Mr. Fulton’s employment, effective as of September 8, 2022. In connection with their respective terminations from employment, we negotiated and entered into a Separation and General Release Agreement with each of Messrs. Chang and Fulton (the “Change Separation Agreement” and the “Fulton Separation Agreement”, respectively). The Separation and General Release Agreements are described in the “Potential Payments on Termination or Change in Control” section below.

Other Compensation Policies

Stock Ownership Guidelines and Equity Award Holding Period Requirements

To further our objective of aligning the interests of management with those of our stockholders, the Company maintains stock ownership guidelines for our executive officers. Under these guidelines, each of our executive officers is to maintain a level of equity ownership of the Company (which may include shares of the Company’s stock owned by the executive, by the executive’s spouse or minor children residing with the executive, or in a trust for estate or tax planning purposes that is revocable by the executive or the executive’s spouse, restricted stock, and restricted stock units) that has a value equal to two times (five times in the case of the CEO) the annual base salary of such executive officer. Our stock ownership guidelines also include equity award holding period requirements such that if an executive officer’s level of ownership of Company common stock does not satisfy the targeted level under our stock ownership guidelines, the executive officer is expected to hold at least 50% of the net vested shares acquired upon the exercise, payment or vesting of any Company equity award granted to the executive officer after August 17, 2016. For this purpose, the “net vested shares” generally means the number of shares acquired pursuant to the award less the number of any shares sold or withheld to pay the exercise price of the award (in the case of stock options) or any applicable tax withholding obligations in connection with the exercise, payment or vesting of the award. The applicable ownership level is expected to be achieved within five years of the effective date of the guidelines for officers serving as of the adoption of the guidelines. As of the end of fiscal year 2023, each of our NEOs who was then still a Company executive officer met their required level of equity ownership of the Company under our stock ownership guidelines.

Description of Employment Arrangements

All of our NEOs are employed on an at-will basis and none of our NEOs are employed under the terms of an employment agreement for a fixed term. We do, however, issue written offer letters from time to time to prospective executives that set forth their initial terms of compensation and other material terms including, in the case of Mr. Maheswaran, post-termination severance obligations, in the case of Mr. Beauchamp, acceleration of certain equity awards upon a change in control of the Company, and we provide certain severance protections under the CIC Plan, as described above under “Other Compensation – Severance.”

Section 162(m) Considerations

Federal income tax law (specifically, Section 162(m) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code) generally prohibits a publicly-held company from deducting compensation paid to a current or former named executive officer that exceeds $1 million during the tax year. Certain awards granted before November 2, 2017 that were based upon attaining pre-established performance measures that were set by the Company’s Compensation Committee under a plan approved by the Company’s stockholders, as well as amounts payable to former executives pursuant to a written binding contract that was in effect on November 2, 2017, may qualify for an exception to the $1 million deductibility limit.

 

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As one of the factors in its consideration of compensation matters, the Compensation Committee notes this deductibility limitation. However, the Compensation Committee has the flexibility to take any compensation-related actions that it determines are in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders, including awarding compensation that may not be deductible for tax purposes. There can be no assurance that any compensation will in fact be deductible.

Clawback Policy

The Company maintains a “clawback” policy that allows our Board of Directors or the Compensation Committee to require reimbursement or cancellation of awards or payments made under our cash and equity incentive plans to the Company’s officers in certain circumstances where the amount of the award or payment was determined based on the achievement of financial results that were subsequently the subject of an accounting restatement due to material noncompliance with applicable securities laws.

 

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COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

The Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed with management the disclosures contained in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section of this Proxy Statement. Based on this review and our discussions, the Compensation Committee has recommended to our Board of Directors that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section be included in this Proxy Statement, portions of which are incorporated by reference in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2023. Respectfully submitted by THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE

Bruce C. Edwards, Chair         Martin S.J. Burvill         Saar Gillai         Ye Jane Li        

This Compensation Committee Report does not constitute soliciting material, and shall not be deemed to be filed or incorporated by reference into any other Company filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or the Exchange Act, except to the extent that the Company specifically incorporates the Compensation Committee Report by reference therein.

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS AND INSIDER PARTICIPATION

The Compensation Committee members whose names appear on the Compensation Committee Report above comprised the Compensation Committee during fiscal year 2023. No member of our Compensation Committee during fiscal year 2023 was an executive officer or employee of the Company, and no member of the Compensation Committee had any relationship requiring disclosure by the Company under the SEC’s rules requiring disclosure of certain relationships and related-party transactions. None of our executive officers now serve, or served during fiscal year 2023, as a director or a member of a compensation committee (or other committee performing an equivalent function) of another entity that had one of its executive officers serving on our Board or Compensation Committee during fiscal year 2023 or currently.

 

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The following table presents information regarding compensation of our NEOs for service during fiscal years 2021-2023.

 

SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE – FISCAL YEARS 2021-2023

 

  Name and
  Principal Position
  Year    

Salary

($)

   

Bonus

($)

   

Stock

Awards (1)

($)

   

Option

Awards (1)

($)

   

Non-Equity

Incentive Plan

Compensation (2)

($)

   

All Other

Compensation

(3)

($)

   

Total

($)

 

Mohan R. Maheswaran (4)

    2023       741,654       –                  –            240,000            82,565            1,064,219  

President and

Chief Executive Officer

    2022       676,423       –                  –            915,272            75,483            1,667,178  
    2021       647,000       –                  –            799,378            73,575            1,519,953  

Emeka N. Chukwu

    2023       430,000       –            2,070,702       –            252,840            50,520            2,804,062  

Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer

    2022       427,616       –            2,284,527       –            337,980            50,531            3,100,654  
    2021       410,000       –            1,487,363       –            269,124            50,088            2,216,575  

Charles B. Ammann (5)

    2023       405,000       –            1,712,846       –            249,480            50,413            2,417,739  

Executive Vice President,
Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

               

Gary M. Beauchamp (6)

    2023       403,095       –            1,970,668       –            322,425            30,996            2,727,184  

Executive Vice President and
General Manager, Signal Integrity
Products Group

    2022       417,550       –            1,877,010       –            334,195            25,699            2,654,454  
   

 

2021

 

 

 

   

 

397,203

 

 

 

   

 

–     

 

 

 

   

 

1,205,972

 

 

 

   

 

–     

 

 

 

   

 

304,489     

 

 

 

   

 

33,474     

 

 

 

   

 

1,941,138

 

 

 

Asaf Silberstein

    2023       410,000       –            1,916,714       –            328,000            43,344            2,698,058  

Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer

    2022       408,808       –            1,705,408       –            327,180            42,141            2,483,537  
    2021       400,001       –            1,125,584       –            265,760            41,263            1,832,608  

Chris Chang (5)(7)

    2023       237,981       –            1,504,990       –            –            696,025            2,438,996  

Senior Vice President, Corporate
Marketing and Sales, Asia Pacific

               

Alistair W. Fulton (7)

    2023       254,635       –            1,916,714       –            –            792,754            2,964,103  

Senior VP and General Manager,
Wireless and Sensing Products
Group

    2022       380,827       –            1,877,010       –            288,028            39,944            2,585,809  

 

(1)

The amounts and values noted do not necessarily correspond to any actual value that will be realized by a recipient. The stock award and option award amounts reflected in the table, and the grant-date values noted below, are computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718 for the stock and option awards granted to the NEOs in the corresponding fiscal year based on the assumptions set forth in Note 10 to the financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 30, 2023 and on the assumptions in similar footnotes to the financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K filed in prior years.

 

 

For the Performance-Based Units granted during fiscal years 2021 through 2023, the grant-date values of the awards reported in the Summary Compensation Table above were calculated using a Monte Carlo simulation pricing model (which probability weights multiple potential outcomes) as of the grant date of the awards. For more information on the assumptions made in the Monte Carlo simulation pricing model, refer to the Share-Based Compensation note to the financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year in which the awards were granted. If we achieve the highest level of performance under the Performance-Based Units granted in each of those fiscal years (other than the Absolute Stock Price PSUs granted to Mr. Maheswaran in fiscal year 2020 and the Absolute Stock Price PSUs granted to other NEOs in fiscal year 2022), the Performance-Based Units would vest and be paid at 200% of the target level. The Absolute Stock Price PSUs granted to Mr. Maheswaran in fiscal year 2020 and to other NEOs in fiscal year 2022 cannot vest as to more than 100% of the target number of shares subject to the award. The following tables present, as to each of the Performance-Based Units granted to our NEOs in fiscal years 2023, 2022, and 2021 (other than the Absolute Stock Price PSUs): (a) the grant date fair value of the award calculated using the Monte Carlo simulation pricing model (the value included in the stock award column of the table above as compensation for the NEOs in that year) and (b) the “Maximum Value” of the award as of the grant date calculated by multiplying the number of shares subject to the award that would vest if the highest level of performance was achieved by the closing price of a share of common stock of the Company on the date of grant of the award.

 

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Fiscal Year 2023 Performance-Based Restricted Stock Units
    Aggregate Grant Date Fair Value    
    (Based on Monte Carlo Simulation)   Maximum Value
  Name   ($)   ($)

Mr. Maheswaran

   

Mr. Chukwu

  970,695   1,800,000

Mr. Ammann

  862,863   1,600,056

Mr. Beauchamp

  970,695   1,800,000

Mr. Silberstein

  916,741   1,699,966

Mr. Chang

  754,980   1,399,986

Mr. Fulton

  916,741   1,699,966

 

Fiscal Year 2022 Performance-Based Restricted Stock Units
    Aggregate Grant Date Fair Value    
    (Based on Monte Carlo Simulation)   Maximum Value
  Name   ($)   ($)

Mr. Maheswaran

   

Mr. Chukwu

  1,023,882   2,047,764

Mr. Beauchamp

  808,316   1,616,632

Mr. Silberstein

  754,451   1,508,902

Mr. Fulton

  808,316   1,616,632

 

Fiscal Year 2021 Performance-Based Restricted Stock Units
    Aggregate Grant Date Fair Value    
    (Based on Monte Carlo Simulation)   Maximum Value
  Name   ($)   ($)

Mr. Maheswaran

   

Mr. Chukwu

  671,290   1,342,580

Mr. Beauchamp

  544,292   1,088,584

Mr. Silberstein

  508,010   1,016,020

Mr. Fulton

  580,570   1,161,140

 

  

The first, second and third tranches of the Performance-Based Units granted in fiscal year 2021 (each consisting of one-third of the target number of units subject to the award and relating to performance during fiscal year 2021, the two-year period of fiscal years 2021 and 2022, and three-year period of fiscal years 2021, 2022 and 2023) were determined to vest at a rate of 40.90%, 0% and 0%, respectively. The first and second tranches of the Performance-Based Units granted in fiscal year 2022 (each consisting of one-third of the target number of units subject to the award and relating to performance during fiscal year 2022 and the two-year period of fiscal years 2022 and 2023) were determined to vest at a rate of 58.82% and 0%, respectively (excluding the Absolute Stock Price PSUs granted to our NEOs, other than Mr. Maheswaran, in fiscal year 2022). No portion of the Absolute Stock Price PSUs granted to our NEOs, other than Mr. Maheswaran, in fiscal year 2022 has vested. The first tranche of the Performance-Based Units granted in fiscal year 2023 (consisting of one-third of the target number of units subject to the award and relating to performance during fiscal year 2023) was determined to vest at a rate of 0%.

 

(2)

Amounts set forth in the “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” column for fiscal year 2023 reflect the amounts paid to our CEO under our CEO Bonus Plan and amounts paid to our other NEOs under the terms of our Executive Bonus Plan. The amounts shown for each fiscal year represent amounts earned for performance in the applicable fiscal year. Actual payment is made in the following fiscal year.

 

(3)

Amounts presented in the “All Other Compensation” column for fiscal year 2023 include Company contributions to our 401(k) plan and our Deferred Compensation Plan for our NEOs, and to a group retirement saving program for Mr. Beauchamp, as indicated in the table below. Amounts presented in the “All Other Compensation” column for Mr. Beauchamp for fiscal year 2023 also include an auto benefit of $12,235 and a medical plan benefit of $3,877. Amounts presented in the “All Other Compensation” column for Mr. Chang for fiscal year 2023 also include cash severance of $656,250, and $14,517 for reimbursement of Mr. Chang’s premiums to continue healthcare benefits under COBRA for twelve (12) months following his separation date, provided pursuant to the Chang Separation Agreement. Amounts presented in the “All Other Compensation” column for Mr. Fulton for fiscal year 2023 also include cash severance of $729,000, and $35,381 for reimbursement of Mr. Fulton’s premiums to continue healthcare benefits under COBRA for twelve (12) months following his separation date, provided pursuant to the Fulton Separation Agreement.

 

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

Employer Contributions to Compensation Plans
  Name  

401(k) Plan

($)

  Deferred Compensation Plan
($)
 

Group Retirement Saving

Program (Canada)

($)

Mr. Maheswaran

  8,400   74,165  

Mr. Chukwu

  7,520   43,000  

Mr. Ammann

  9,913   40,500  

Mr. Beauchamp

      14,884

Mr. Silberstein

  9,913   33,431  

Mr. Chang

  4,887   20,371  

Mr. Fulton

  9,335   19,038  

 

(4)

As discussed in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis above, the fiscal year 2020 stock award for Mr. Maheswaran was intended to represent Mr. Maheswaran’s entire long-term equity incentive award opportunity for fiscal years 2020-2023, and the Compensation Committee did not award Mr. Maheswaran any other equity award during fiscal years 2020-2023. Approximately 85% of the total fiscal year 2020 stock award for Mr. Maheswaran (based on the grant date value of the target number of shares subject to the awards) was subject to absolute and multi-year relative stock price-based vesting requirements.

 

(5)

Compensation is shown for Messrs. Ammann and Chang only for fiscal year 2023 as they were not named executive officers for fiscal years 2022 and 2021.

 

(6)

As Mr. Beauchamp is headquartered in Canada and is paid in Canadian Dollars, the amounts reflected under “Base Salary,” “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” and “All Other Compensation” are U.S. Dollar equivalents at the applicable exchange rate between the Canadian Dollar and the U.S. Dollar, which was 0.75122 U.S. Dollars to one Canadian Dollar as of January 29, 2023, for fiscal year 2023, 0.78243 U.S. Dollars to one Canadian Dollar as of January 30, 2022, for fiscal year 2022, and 0.78249 U.S. Dollars to one Canadian Dollar as of January 31, 2021, for fiscal year 2021.

 

(7)

Mr. Fulton’s employment with the Company, and Mr. Chang’s employment with the Company, ended on September 8, 2022.

Grants of Plan-Based Awards in Fiscal Year 2023

The following table presents information regarding the equity and non-equity incentive awards granted to the NEOs during fiscal year 2023. The material terms of each award are described below under “Description of Fiscal Year 2023 Plan-Based Awards.”

 

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GRANTS OF PLAN-BASED AWARDS – FISCAL YEAR 2023 (1)

 

       

 

Estimated Future Payouts
Under Non-Equity Incentive
Plan Awards (2)

  Estimated Future Payouts
Under Equity Incentive Plan
Awards (3)
  All Other
Stock
Awards:
Number of
Shares of
Stock or
Units
(4)
(#)
  All Other
Option
Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Options
(#)
  Exercise
or Base
Price
of Option
Awards
($/Sh)
  Grant
Date Fair
Value of
Stock and
Option
Awards
(5)
($)
  Name   Grant
Date
  Threshold
($)
  Target
($)
  Maximum
($)
  Threshold
(#)
  Target
(#)
  Maximum
(#)

Mr. Maheswaran

                                           

Annual Incentive

      N/A       257,813       937,500       1,875,000                                           – 

RSU

      N/A                                                             – 

PSU

      N/A                                                             – 

Mr. Chukwu

                                           

Annual Incentive

      N/A       86,000       344,000       602,000                                           – 

RSU

      3/8/2022                                           17,572                   1,100,007 

PSU

      3/8/2022                               14,377       28,754                         970,695 

Mr. Ammann

                                           

Annual Incentive

      N/A       81,000       324,000       567,000                                           – 

RSU

      3/8/2022                                           13,578                   849,983 

PSU

      3/8/2022                               12,780       25,560                         862,863 

Mr. Beauchamp

                                           

Annual Incentive

      N/A       78,923       315,693       552,462                                           – 

RSU

      3/8/2022                                           15,974                   999,972 

PSU

      3/8/2022                               14,377       28,754                         970,695 

Mr. Silberstein

                                           

Annual Incentive

      N/A       82,000       328,000       574,000                                           – 

RSU

      3/8/2022                                           15,974                   999,972 

PSU

      3/8/2022                               13,578       27,156                         916,741 

Mr. Chang

                                           

Annual Incentive

      N/A       72,188       288,750       505,313                                           – 

RSU

      3/8/2022                                           11,981                   750,011 

PSU

      3/8/2022                               11,182       22,364                         754,971 

Mr. Fulton

                                           

Annual Incentive

      N/A       72,188       288,750       505,313                                           – 

RSU

      3/8/2022                                           15,974                   999,972 

PSU

      3/8/2022                               13,578       27,156                         916,741 

 

Legend   
    RSU    Time-Based Units    PSU    Performance-Based Units (other than APSUs)

 

(1)

All equity awards were made pursuant to the 2017 Plan.

 

(2)

The Non-Equity Incentive Plan Award granted to Mr. Maheswaran was granted pursuant to the terms of our CEO bonus plan. All Non-Equity Incentive Plan awards made to our other NEOs were granted pursuant to the terms of our Executive Bonus Plan. All Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards were paid to our executives in fiscal year 2024 for their performance in fiscal year 2023. There is no guaranteed minimum bonus under the applicable plan. For each NEO, the “Threshold” represents the amount which would be paid assuming no amount is attributed to their individual performance and each factor attributed to Company performance is paid at the lowest level at which any payout may be made; the “Target” represents the executive’s base salary multiplied by the target award percentage established for the executive; and the “Maximum” represents the maximum amount payable pursuant to the applicable plan assuming the maximum amount is attributed to the executive’s individual performance and each factor attributed to Company performance is paid at the maximum level. As Mr. Beauchamp is headquartered in Canada, the amounts reflected are for the U.S. Dollar equivalents at the exchange rate between the Canadian Dollar and the U.S. Dollar as of January 29, 2023, which was 0.75122 U.S. Dollars to one Canadian Dollar.

 

(3)

These columns represent awards of Performance-Based Units. There is no guaranteed minimum payout for these awards.

 

(4)

The awards reflected in this column represent Time-Based Units.

 

(5)

The valuation of equity awards is computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718 and based on assumptions set forth in Note 11 to the financial statements filed with the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 30, 2023. The awards are valued as of the date of grant, disregarding any estimate of forfeitures related to service-based vesting conditions. The Performance-Based Units included in this table that vest are settled 100% in shares. Also see footnote (1) to the Summary Compensation Table above.

 

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Description of Fiscal Year 2023 Plan-Based Awards

Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards

As described above in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, we maintain two non-equity incentive plans applicable to our NEOs: our CEO Bonus Plan for Mr. Maheswaran and our Executive Bonus Plan for our other NEOs. These plans generally provide a cash payout only in the event certain pre-established Company and business unit performance objectives are met. Under the plans, each NEO has a targeted bonus potential expressed as a percentage of the NEO’s base salary. In fiscal year 2023, payouts to Mr. Maheswaran were based on our non-GAAP operating income, net revenue growth, EPS growth compared to certain peer companies, and our Board’s assessment of his individual performance. For our other NEOs, payouts were based on our non-GAAP operating income and assessments of business unit and individual performance by our CEO and the Compensation Committee. The applicable performance criteria and targets in place for fiscal year 2023 under our CEO Bonus Plan and the criteria for assessing performance under our Executive Bonus Plan, and the payouts under these plans for our NEOs for fiscal year 2023, are discussed in detail above in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis. Awards under these plans are generally only paid to executives who are employed by the Company on the date awards are paid, which generally occurs in the first quarter following the end of the applicable fiscal year.

Equity Incentive Plan Awards

In fiscal year 2023, we granted two types of equity incentive awards to our NEOs (other than our CEO, who did not receive new equity awards in fiscal year 2023): Time-Based Units (“RSUs”) and Performance-Based Units (“PSUs”). The material terms of the RSUs and PSUs are described in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis under the heading “Summary of our Current Executive Compensation Programs – Equity Incentive Awards.”

All equity awards granted in fiscal year 2023 were granted under, and subject to, the terms and conditions of the 2017 Plan and the award agreements applicable to such awards. The RSUs awarded to our NEOs in fiscal year 2023 vest over three years from the date of their grant. The PSUs awarded to our NEOs in fiscal year 2023 generally vest over three years from the date of grant based on our percentile ranking against a comparison group of companies based on the companies included in the S&P Semiconductor Select Industry Index at the start of the applicable performance period, when we are ranked against those companies based on TSR performance for the applicable performance period. TSR will be measured for three measurement periods – the Company’s fiscal year 2023, fiscal years 2023 and 2024, and fiscal years 2023, 2024 and 2025. Vested RSUs and PSUs are payable in an equal number of shares of our common stock.

None of the equity incentive awards granted to our NEOs in fiscal year 2023 entitles the recipient to dividend rights, except that awards of RSUs and PSUs include a right to be credited with dividend equivalents, should we pay a dividend on our common stock, that are subject to the same vesting and payment terms as the underlying units to which they relate. As described more fully under the heading “Potential Payments On Termination or Change in Control” below, under certain circumstances the vesting of some or all of our equity awards to our NEOs may be accelerated on the executive’s termination from the Company or on a change in control of the Company.

 

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Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End 2023

The following table presents information regarding the outstanding equity awards held by each NEO as of January 29, 2023:

 

OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT FISCAL YEAR-END 2023

(split-adjusted)

    Option Awards       Stock Awards

Name

(Grant Date – Award Type)

  Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(#)
Exercisable
  Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(#)
Unexercisable
  Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Unearned
Options
(#)
  Option
Exercise
Price
(Per
Share)
($)
  Option
Expiration
Date
       Number of
Shares or
Units of
Stock
That
Have Not
Vested
(#)
  Market Value
of Shares
or Units
of Stock
That
Have Not
Vested (1)($)
  Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Number of
Unearned
Shares,
Units or
Other
Rights
That Have
Not
Vested
(#)
  Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Market or
Payout
Value of
Unearned
Shares,
Units
or Other
Rights
that
Have Not
Vested (2)
($)

MR. MAHESWARAN

                                       

3/5/2019 – APSU (3)

                                                  224,000       7,425,600

3/5/2019 – RSU (5)

                                      17,500       580,125      

TOTAL

                                                                  17,500       580,125       224,000       7,425,600

MR. CHUKWU

                                       

3/8/2022 – PSU (4)

                                                  9,585       317,743

3/8/2022 – RSU (5)

                                      17,572       582,512            

3/9/2021 – APSU (6)

                                                  7,042       233,442

3/9/2021 – PSU (4)

                                                  4,460       147,849

3/9/2021 – RSU (5)

                                      8,920       295,698            

3/3/2020 – RSU (5)

                                      6,852       227,144            

TOTAL