TWIN DISC, INCORPORATED
1328 Racine Street, Racine, Wisconsin 53403
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
OCTOBER 19, 2001
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO THE
SHAREHOLDERS OF TWIN DISC, INCORPORATED
The Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Twin Disc, Incorporated, a Wisconsin corporation will be held at 2 P.M. (Central Daylight Time) on Friday, October 19, 2001 at the Corporate Offices, 1328 Racine Street, Racine, Wisconsin for the following purposes:
1. Election of three Directors to serve until the Annual Meeting in 2004.
2. To transact any other business that may properly come before the meeting.
Only holders of record of shares of common stock of the Corporation at the close Of business on August 31, 2001, shall be entitled to vote at the meeting.
A proxy appointment and proxy statement are enclosed herewith. The proxy appointment shows the form in which your shares are registered. Your signature should be in the same form.
FRED H. TIMM
September 18, 2001
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE MEETING IN PERSON, PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN YOUR PROXY APPOINTMENT IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE BEFORE THE DEADLINE STATED IN THE PROXY STATEMENT. IF YOUR PROXY APPOINTMENT IS NOT RECEIVED BY THE SECRETARY BEFORE THAT DEADLINE, IT WILL BE RULED INVALID. SHOULD YOU FIND IT CONVENIENT TO ATTEND THE MEETING PERSONALLY, AND DESIRE TO VOTE IN PERSON, YOU MAY REQUEST BEFORE ANY VOTE THAT YOUR PROXY APPOINTMENT BE RETURNED TO YOU IN ORDER THAT YOU MAY VOTE IN PERSON.
YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT!
PLEASE SIGN, DATE AND RETURN
THE ENCLOSED PROXY APPOINTMENT
2001 Proxy Statement
TWIN DISC, INCORPORATED
September 18, 2001
DATE, TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING
This proxy statement is furnished in connection with the solicitation by the Board of Directors of the Corporation of proxies for use at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held at 2 P.M. (Central Daylight Time), at the Corporate Offices, 1328 Racine Street, Racine, Wisconsin on Friday, October 19, 2001, or any adjournment thereof. Holders of common stock of record at the close of business on the 31st day of August 2001, are entitled to vote at the meeting and each shareholder shall have one vote for each share of common stock registered in the shareholder's name. Shares represented by a signed proxy appointment will be voted in the manner specified in the form of proxy or, if no specification is made, in favor of each of the propositions mentioned therein. The presence of a majority of the outstanding shares of common stock of the Corporation, either in person or represented by a signed proxy appointment, will constitute a quorum at the meeting. The Corporation intends to mail this statement to shareholders on or before September 18, 2001.
The enclosed proxy appointment form must be signed and delivered to the Secretary either in person, by mail, or by messenger. Appointment forms transmitted by facsimile, telex, telegram, or electronic means will not be accepted. Furthermore, appointment forms must be received by the Secretary not less than 48 hours prior to the date of the meeting. PROXY APPOINTMENT FORMS NOT MEETING THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS WILL BE RULED INVALID.
The proxy appointment form must be signed in handwriting. The signature must be sufficiently legible to allow the inspector to distinguish it as representing the name of the registered shareholder, or must be accompanied by a rubber stamp facsimile or hand-printed name, including the shareholders surname and either the shareholders first or middle name as represented on the corporate records, and any titles, offices or words indicating agency which appear in the Corporate records.
The person giving the proxy may revoke it before it is exercised, either in person, by mail, or by messenger, by submitting a later dated proxy appointment form to the Secretary at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date of the meeting. The person giving the proxy may also revoke it by openly stating the revocation at the meeting, by voting at the meeting in person, or by delivering a signed written statement revoking the proxy to the Secretary prior to the date of the meeting. Appointment forms or revocations transmitted by facsimile, telex, telegram, or electronic means will not be accepted. ANY ATTEMPTED REVOCATIONS NOT MEETING THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS WILL BE RULED INVALID.
The record date with respect to this solicitation is August 31, 2001. On August 31, 2001, there were outstanding 2,807,832 shares of common stock of the Corporation entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. There also are 200,000 shares of no-par preferred stock authorized, of which 50,000 shares have been designated Series A Junior Preferred Stock, but none are outstanding.
SHAREHOLDER PROPOSALS FOR 2002
If a shareholder wishes to present a proposal for consideration for inclusion in the Notice of the Meeting and Proxy Statement for the 2002 Annual Meeting, the proposal must be received at the Corporation's principal executive offices no later than May 21, 2002. Shareholder proposals received later than August 4, 2002 will be considered untimely, and will not be considered at the Corporation's 2002 Annual Meeting.
PERSONS MAKING THE SOLICITATION
The proxy is being solicited by the Corporation's Board of Directors and will be voted in favor of the Directors' recommendations on each and all matters properly brought before the meeting, unless the undersigned shareholder specifically instructs the holder or holders of the proxy to the contrary. With regard to the election of directors, votes may be cast in favor or withheld; votes that are withheld will be excluded entirely from the vote and will have no effect. Abstentions may be specified on all proposals submitted to shareholders (other than the election of directors). Abstentions and "broker non-votes" are counted for purposes of determining the presence or absence of a quorum for the transaction of business. Under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange, Inc., brokers who hold shares in street name for customers may have authority to vote on certain items when they have not received instructions from beneficial owners. A "broker non-vote" occurs on an item submitted for shareholder approval when the broker does not have authority to vote on the item in the absence of instructions from the beneficial owner. Such "broker non-votes" will have no effect on the outcome of the election of directors. The approval of a majority of the votes cast on a particular matter shall be an act of the shareholders.
PRINCIPAL SHAREHOLDERS, DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Based upon the records of the Corporation and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission as of July 31, 2001, the following table sets forth the persons or group of persons having beneficial ownership (as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission) of more than 5% of the issued and outstanding common stock of the Corporation. Nature of Beneficial Amount Percent of Name Address Ownership Owned Class - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Michael E. Batten 3419 Michigan Blvd. Power to vote 540,489<F1> 19.2% Racine, WI Beneficial 140,213<F2> 5.0% Fidelity Management 82 Devonshire St. Power to vote & 265,800 9.5% and Research Corp. Boston, MA dispose of stock Dimensional Fund 1299 Ocean Ave. Power to vote & 213,500 7.6% Advisors Santa Monica, CA dispose of stock Artisan Partners 1000 N. Water St. Power to vote & 192,400 6.9% Limited Milwaukee, WI dispose of stock Shufro Rose 745 Fifth Ave. Power to vote & 190,700 6.8% & Co. LLC New York, NY Dispose of stock <F1> Held as trustee under various trusts. <F2> Includes 2,600 shares owned by the wife of Michael E. Batten and 59,500 subject to currently exercisable stock options.
DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Based upon the records of the Corporation and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission as of July 31, 2001, the following table sets forth the number of shares of common stock of the Corporation beneficially owned by each of the Directors of the Corporation, each of the executive officers named in the Summary Compensation Table and the number of shares beneficially owned by all Directors and executive officers of the Corporation as a group.
Amount and Nature Name of of Beneficial Percent of Beneficial Owner Ownership <F4> Class - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Michael E. Batten 678,644 <F5> 24.2% Michael H. Joyce 41,200 <F6> 1.5% James E. Feiertag 5,000 <F6> *<F3> John A. Mellowes 3,000 <F6> *<F3> James O. Parrish 29,743 <F6> 1.0% Paul A. Pelligrino 9,006 <F6> *<F3> Paul J. Powers 7,200 <F6> *<F3> David B. Rayburn 1,000 <F6> *<F3> David L. Swift 4,700 <F6> *<F3> George E. Wardeberg 3,400 <F6> *<F3> David R. Zimmer 5,578 <F6> *<F3> All Directors and Executive Officers as a group (14 persons) 832,493 <F6> 29.2% <F3> * Denotes ownership of less than one percent of shares outstanding. <F4> Shares listed include any shares owned by a spouse, minor children and immediate relatives who share the same household as a Director or officer. Inclusion of any such shares is not to be considered an admission of beneficial ownership. <F5> Includes 2,600 shares held by Mr. Batten's wife, 538,431 shares held by him as trustee under various family trusts, and 59,500 shares subject to presently exercisable stock options. <F6> Shares subject to currently exercisable stock options included in the above are as follows: Mr. Parrish 22,300, Mr. Powers 6,900, Mr. Joyce 36,500, Mr. Rayburn 1,000, Mr. Swift 4,500, Mr. Zimmer 4,500, Mr. Pelligrino 9,000, Mr. Feiertag 5,000, Mr. Mellowes 3,000, Mr. Wardeberg 3,200, and all Directors and executive officers as a group 186,450.
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
Three directors are to be elected for a term to expire at the annual meeting following the fiscal year ended June 30, 2004. Shares of common stock represented by properly executed proxy appointments in the accompanying form will be voted for the nominees listed for the term indicated unless authority to do so is withheld.
The nominees for the Board of Directors and the Directors whose terms will continue and the class to which he has been or is to be elected are as set forth below. Each nominee and each Director was elected to his present term of office by a vote of shareholders at a meeting for which proxies were solicited.
Served as Principal Occupation Director Name of Director and other Public Continuously and Current Age Company Directorships Since - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - NOMINEES FOR DIRECTORS FOR TERMS TO EXPIRE IN 2004: James O. Parrish . . . . . . Vice President-Finance December 1982 Age 61 & Treasurer Twin Disc, Incorporated Paul J. Powers . . . . . . . Retired Chairman, President and July 1992 Age 66 Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Intertech, Corp., Youngstown, Ohio (A leading manufacturer of hydraulic components, pre-engineered buildings and stamped metal products) Director of Global Marine Incorporated, First Energy Corporation, and York International Corporation John A. Mellowes . . . . . . Chairman and October, 1999 Age 63 Chief Executive Officer, Charter Manufacturing Co., Mequon, Wisconsin (A privately held producer of bar, rod wire and wire parts)
DIRECTORS WHOSE TERMS EXPIRE IN 2003: Michael H. Joyce . . . . . . President and October 1991 Age 60 Chief Operating Officer, Twin Disc, Incorporated David B. Rayburn . . . . . . Executive Vice President - Operations July 2000 Age 53 Modine Manufacturing Company, Racine, Wisconsin (A manufacturer of heat exchange equipment) George E. Wardeberg . . . . Vice Chairman July 1997 Age 66 Wisconsin Energy Corporation Milwaukee, Wisconsin (A holding company with subsidiaries in utility and non-utility businesses) Also Director, Marshall & Ilsley Corporation DIRECTORS WHOSE TERMS EXPIRE IN 2002: Michael E. Batten . . . . . Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, May 1974 Age 61 Twin Disc, Incorporated Also Director, Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Sensient Technologies Corporation David L. Swift . . . . . . . Former Chairman, President and July 1995 Age 64 Chief Executive Officer, Acme-Cleveland Corporation, Pepper Pike, Ohio (A manufacturer of diversified industrial products) Also Director, Alltrista Corporation, LESCO, Inc. and Cuno Incorporated David R. Zimmer. . . . . . . Chief Executive Officer, July 1995 Age 55 Twitchell Corporation, Dothan, AL (A privately held manufacturer and marketer of highly engineered, synthetic yarns, fabrics, extrusions, and coatings) Also Director, Detrex Corporation
DIRECTOR COMMITTEES AND ATTENDANCE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS AND ATTENDANCE
The Corporation's Board of Directors met 6 times during the year ended June 30, 2001. There were two absences from these meetings.
DIRECTORS COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND ATTENDANCE
The Executive Selection and Salary and Audit Committees met 1 and 3 times respectively, during the year. The Director Nominating and Board Affairs Committee did not meet during the year. The Pension and Finance Committees met 2 times during the year. Each Director attended at least 75% of the meetings requiring his attendance.
DIRECTOR COMMITTEE FUNCTIONS
The Audit Committee reviews with the Corporation's Internal Auditor and Independent Public Accountants their activities, reports and comments, and recommends to the Board any action which it deems appropriate. The Committee recommends to the Board the selection of auditors.
The Finance Committee considers management's proposed financial policies and actions, and makes appropriate recommendations to the Board regarding:
Debt and capital structure, acquisitions, capital budgets, dividend policy and other financial matters.
Nominating and Board Affairs Committee
The Nominating and Board Affairs Committee recommends nominees for the Board to the Board of Directors. The Committee will consider nominees recommended by shareholders in writing to the Secretary. In addition, the Committee reviews proposed changes in corporate structure and governance, committee structure and function, and meeting schedules, making recommendations to the Board as appropriate.
Executive Selection and Salary Committee The Executive Selection and Salary Committee reviews nominees for Corporate offices and related compensation levels, making recommendations to the Board of Directors as considered necessary.
The Pension Committee reviews and recommends to the Board for approval the pension funds' professional advisors and auditors. The Committee annually reviews actuarial assumptions, actuarial valuations, investment performance, funding policies and investment policies.
The Directors' committees are currently comprised of the following Directors; the Chairman of the Committee is listed first:
Executive Selection Nominating and and Audit Finance Pension Salary Board Affairs - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Swift Wardeberg Zimmer Powers Mellowes Mellowes Powers Mellowes Swift Powers Rayburn Rayburn Rayburn Zimmer Zimmer Wardeberg Swift Wardeberg Joyce Parrish
COMPENSATION OF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
The following table sets forth the compensation received by the Corporation's Chief Executive Officer and the 4 most highly paid executive officers for the 3 fiscal years ended June 30, 1999, 2000, and 2001, respectively.
SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE Annual Long-Term Compensation Compensation - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Name and Stock All Other Principal Position Year Salary Bonus <F7> Options Compensation<F8> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Michael E. Batten 2001 $358,721 $174,141 6,000 $17,366 Chairman and 2000 345,000 119,800 6,000 12,503 Chief Executive 1999 345,000 - 9,000 21,539 Officer Michael H. Joyce 2001 $267,107 $103,785 3,000 $ 8,665 President and 2000 263,154 59,400 3,000 5,921 Chief Operating 1999 259,100 - 4,500 7,532 Officer James O. Parrish 2001 $180,312 $ 52,553 2,500 $ 9,454 Vice President 2000 171,600 35,700 2,000 9,720 Finance & 1999 169,425 - 2,500 8,878 Treasurer Paul A. Pelligrino 2001 $141,949 $ 34,446 2,000 $ 6,220 Vice President 2000 134,846 24,400 2,000 6,068 Engineering 1999 129,615 - 2,500 6,728 James E. Feiertag 2001 $135,404 $ 39,645 5,000 $59,184 Vice President 2000 - - - - Manufacturing 1999 - - - - <F7> Represents annual incentive bonuses determined by the Board of Directors. See"Board Executive Selection and Salary Committee Report on Executive Compensation-Annual Incentives". Bonuses represent amounts earned during the fiscal year and are paid in the subsequent fiscal year. <F8> Amounts are comprised of Corporation's 401(k) matching contributions and Corporation paid life insurance includible in income, included for Mr. Feiertag is a one-time bonus and upon commencement of employment.
The following table summarizes option grants during fiscal year 2001 to the executive officers named in the Summary Compensation Table above, and the potential realizable values at assumed annual rates of stock price appreciation for the applicable 5 or 10 year option term.
OPTION GRANTS IN LAST FISCAL YEAR Potential Realizable Value at Assumed Annual Rates of Stock Price Appreciation Individual Grants or Option Term ---------------------------------- ----------------------------- % of Total Options Options Granted to Exercise Expiration Name Granted<F9> Employees Price<F10> Date 5% 10% ----------- ---------- --------- -------- ---------- -------- -------- M. Batten 3,000 8.4% $17.8125 8/04/05 $ 14,764 $ 85,166 M. Batten 3,000 8.4% 19.5937 8/04/10 36,968 93,683 M. Joyce 3,000 8.4% 17.8125 8/04/10 33,607 85,166 J. Parrish 2,500 7.0% 17.8125 8/04/10 28,005 70,971 P. Pelligrino 2,000 5.6% 17.8125 8/04/10 22,404 56,777 J. Feiertag 5,000 14.1% 17.8125 10/23/10 49,132 124,511 <F9> During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2001, a total of 42,550 options were granted to officers, key employees and directors, with 35,550 granted under the 1998 Incentive Compensation Plan, and 7,000 options granted under the 1998 Stock Option Plan for Non-Employee Directors. <F10> The exercise price is the fair market value on the date of grant, except for incentive stock options granted to Mr. Batten which are exercisable at 110% of the fair market value at date of grant.
AGGREGATED OPTION EXERCISES IN
LAST FISCAL YEAR AND YEAR-END OPTION VALUES
The following table provides information on option exercises in fiscal
2001 by the named executive officers and the value of such officers'
unexercised options at June 30, 2001.
Total Number Total Value of Unexercised of Unexercised, Options Held In-the-Money Options Shares Value at Fiscal Year End Held at Fiscal Year End Acquired on Real- Exer- Unexer- Exer- Unexer- Name Exercise ized cisable cisable cisable cisable ---- ----------- ----- --------- --------- --------- ----------- M. Batten 0 N/A 59,500 0 $ 0 $ 0 M. Joyce 0 N/A 36,500 0 0 0 J. Parrish 0 N/A 22,300 0 925 0 P. Pelligrino 0 N/A 9,000 0 0 0 L. Feiertag 0 N/A 5,000 0 1,125 0 Retirement Income Plan The Twin Disc, Inc., Retirement Plan for Salaried Employees provides non- contributory benefits based upon both years of service and the employees' highest consecutive 5-year average annual compensation during the last 10 calendar years of service. The non-contributory benefits were frozen as of December 31, 1996. The Plan is integrated with Social Security. The following table presents the non-contributory benefits payable for life under the Plan to employees assuming normal retirement in the current year. AVERAGE HIGH NON-CONTRIBUTORY PENSION BASED ON 5-YEAR ANNUAL YEARS OF CREDIT SERVICE COMPENSATION 10 YEARS 20 YEARS 25 YEARS 30 YEARS 40 YEARS $ 50,000 $ 9,469 $18,939 $20,984 $22,214 $25,166 75,000 14,669 29,338 32,639 34,717 39,230 100,000 19,869 39,738 44,294 47,219 53,293 150,000 30,270 60,538 67,604 72,225 81,420
The values reflected in the table represent the application of the Plan formula to the appropriate amounts of compensation and years of service. Benefits payable under the Plan, however, must be in compliance with the applicable guidelines or maximum prescribed in the Internal Revenue Code and in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), as currently stated or as adjusted from time to time. As of December 31, 1996, the credited years of service for each of the Corporation's executive officers named in the Summary Compensation Table is as follows: Mr. Batten 27 years; Mr. Joyce 6 years; Mr. Parrish 23 years; and Mr. Pelligrino 30 years. Mr. Feiertag was not an employee as of December 31, 1996, therefore has no accrued benefit under the Plan.
Effective January 1, 1997, the Plan was amended to add a cash balance formula for post-January 1, 1997, accruals. Benefits under the Plan are generally equal to the sum of the benefits as frozen on December 31, 1996, plus benefits that accumulate under the cash balance formula beginning on January 1, 1997. Benefits under the cash balance formula are generally stated as a lump sum amount, but may be distributed as a lump sum or an annuity. Accruals under the cash balance formula are based on a percentage of compensation, from 4.5% to 6.5% based on years of service, with interest credits at the thirty year U.S. Treasury Bond rate with a minimum guaranty of 3%. To record these pay credits and interest credits, a hypothetical account balance is maintained for each participant. The hypothetical account balance for each named executive as of June 30, 2001, is as follows: Mr. Batten $70,393; Mr. Joyce $50,602; Mr. Parrish $65,272; Mr. Pelligrino $60,053; and Mr. Feiertag $9,015. If the named executives continue in their respective positions and retire at the normal retirement age of 65, their estimated annual pension amount under cash balance portion of the Plan would be: Mr. Batten $10,682; Mr. Joyce $8,913; Mr. Parrish $11,010; Mr. Pelligrino $7,227; and Mr. Feiertag $21,778.
Supplemental Retirement Benefit Plan
A supplemental retirement benefit is extended to qualified management. The supplemental retirement benefit is calculated as a single life annuity at an amount approximating 50% of the highest rate of pay attained during a specified period. The benefit is payable in the form of a single life annuity, contingent annuity, 10-year temporary annuity, a single lump sum payment, or two payments. The contingent annuity provides for payments to continue to the surviving spouse at a rate equal to 50% of the rate previously paid to the participant. In the event of death of a plan member after attaining a retirement age but prior to retirement, the surviving spouse will receive a lump sum benefit.
Compensation of Directors
Outside Directors of the Corporation (non-corporation employees) are paid an annual retainer of $10,000. In addition, outside Directors receive a $1,300 fee for each board meeting and each committee meeting attended. Directors who are officers do not receive any fees in addition to their remuneration as officers.
Outside Directors (non-Corporation employees) are eligible to participate in the 1988 Non-Qualified Stock Option Plan for Officers, Key Employees and Directors and the 1998 Stock Option Plan for Non-Employee Directors.
Outside Directors (non-Corporation employees) who reach the age of 68 or who retire from full-time employment are required to retire from the Board of Directors effective as of the completion of their current term. Retired outside directors are entitled to a retirement benefit for a limited period equal to the sum of:
a) The annual retainer at the time of retirement.
b) 6 monthly fees for Director Meetings at the rate prevailing at the time of retirement.
The Corporation has entered into agreements with certain of its key executives, including Messrs. Batten, Joyce, Parrish, Pelligrino and Feiertag. The agreements provide for severance benefits to be paid to the executive following a change in control of the Corporation (as defined in those agreements) and a termination (as defined in those agreements) of the employment of the executive. Upon the occurrence of the events, as specified in the agreements, which would entitle the executive to the payment of severance benefits, the maximum contingent liability of the Corporation for the payment of such severance benefits would be approximately $2,902,000. Severance benefits for an executive officer would generally consist of the sum of the executive's highest annual base salary between the change in control and the date of termination plus the executive's most recent annual bonus times the lesser of 1.50 (2.75 for Messrs. Batten, Joyce and Parrish) or the number of whole and fractional years between the termination date and his normal retirement date. In addition, the executive would be entitled to the cash value of any shares of common stock subject to unexercised stock options held by the executive and a continuance of fringe benefits for 24 months following termination. The agreements are specifically designed to assure that benefits will not exceed the limitations and provisions of Sec. 280(g) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Board Executive Selection and Salary Committee Report on Executive Compensation
The Corporation's primary business objective is to maximize shareholder value over the long term. To accomplish this objective, the Corporation has developed a comprehensive business strategy that emphasizes maximizing long-term cash flow and earnings, maintaining leadership or becoming the leader in its markets, and providing products of the highest quality.
The Executive Selection and Salary Committee of the Board of Directors (the "Committee") is comprised of 3 independent directors, none of whom has interlocking or other relationships which might be considered conflicts of interest. The Committee establishes compensation programs which are designed to foster the Corporation's business objectives. The Committee approves the design of, assesses the effectiveness of, and administers executive compensation programs in support of compensation policies.
Committee members believe that the compensation program should target compensation levels at rates that are reflective of current market practices. Offering market-comparable pay opportunities allows the Corporation to maintain a stable, successful management team.
Competitive market data is provided by an independent compensation consultant. The data provided compares the Corporation's compensation practices to a group of comparative companies. The Corporation's market for compensation comparison purposes is comprised of a group of companies that have national and international business operations and similar sales volumes, market capitalizations, employment levels, and lines of business. In establishing a comparative group for compensation purposes, the Committee exercises its judgment and makes its decision after considering the factors it deems relevant.
The companies chosen for the comparative group used for compensation purposes are not necessarily the same companies which comprise the peer group index in the Performance Graph included in this proxy statement. The Committee believes that the Corporation's most direct competitors for executive talent include many companies in geographical areas in which the Corporation operates as well as many of the companies that are included in the peer group established for comparing shareholders returns.
The key elements of the Corporation's executive compensation are base salary, annual incentives, long-term compensation, and benefits. These key elements are addressed separately below. In determining compensation, the Committee considers all elements of an executive's total compensation package, including severance plans, insurance, and other benefits, with the objective of being competitive but not trend setting.
The Committee regularly reviews each executive's base salary. Base salaries are targeted at market levels, based upon the Committee's analysis of marketplace practices. Base salaries for executives are initially determined by evaluating executives' levels of responsibility, prior experience, breadth of knowledge, internal equity issues, and external pay practices.
Base salaries offer stability to executives and allow the Corporation to attract competent executive talent and maintain an effective management team. They also allow executives to be rewarded for individual performance based on the Corporation's evaluation process which encourages the development of executives. Pay for individual performance rewards executives for achieving goals which may not be immediately evident in common financial measurement.
Increases to base salaries are driven primarily by individual performance. Individual performance is evaluated based on sustained levels of individual contribution to the Corporation. When evaluating individual performance, the Committee considers the executive's effort in promoting Corporate values; improving product quality; developing relationships with customers, suppliers, and employees; demonstrating leadership abilities among coworkers; and other goals. Overall, executive salaries were increased at rates comparable to the increases provided at other companies and are near market levels.
As reflected in the Summary Compensation Table on page 8, Mr. Batten's base salary was increased in fiscal year 2001 by $13,721. In determining Mr. Batten's base salary in 2001, the Committee considered the Company's financial performance for the year, Mr. Batten's individual performance, and his long-term contributions to the success of the Corporation. The Committee also compared Mr. Batten's base salary to the base salaries of CEOs at comparative companies.
The Twin Disc Incentive Bonus Program (the "Annual Plan") promotes the Corporation's pay-for-performance philosophy by providing executives with direct financial incentives in the form of annual cash bonuses to achieve corporate, business unit, and individual performance goals. Annual bonus opportunities allow the Corporation to communicate specific goals that are of primary importance during the coming year and motivate executives to achieve these goals.
Eligibility to participate in the Annual Plan, as well as the individual payout percentages assigned to each eligible executive's position, are determined annually by Mr. Batten, as chief executive officer, subject to the approval of the Committee.
Each year, the Committee approves specific goals relating to each executive's bonus opportunity. Eligible executives are assigned threshold and target bonus levels based on a percentage of base salary. Executives earn bonuses to the extent to which preestablished goals are achieved.
In fiscal year 2001 bonus awards were granted as earnings targets were attained indicating prior long-term decisions are providing favorable results. Corporate goals in 2001 were based on target earnings and return on net assets employed.
Target bonus awards are established at levels approximating marketplace practices for each executive. Targets are considered by the Committee to be achievable, but to require above average performance from each of the executives.
In fiscal year 2001, Mr. Batten received a bonus under the Annual Plan of $174,141. This reflects achievements towards the Corporation's goals relating to earnings and return on net assets employed in fiscal year 2001.
Long-term incentives are provided pursuant to the Corporation's 1988 Non- Qualified Stock Option Plan for Officers, Key Employees and Directors, the 1988 Incentive Stock Option Plan, the 1998 Incentive Compensation Plan and the 1998 Stock Option Plan for Non-Employee Directors.
In keeping with the Corporation's commitment to provide a total compensation package which includes at-risk components of pay, the Committee makes annual decisions regarding appropriate stock option grants for each executive. When awarding stock options, the Committee considers executives' levels of responsibility, prior experience, historical award data, various performance criteria, and compensation practices at comparator companies. Consistent with the above stated goals, Mr. Batten received options to purchase 6,000 shares in fiscal year 2001.
Stock options are granted at an option price not less than the fair market value of the Corporation's common stock on the date of grant. Accordingly, stock options have value only if the stock price appreciates from the date the options are granted. This design focuses executives on the creation of shareholder value over the long term and encourages equity ownership in the Corporation.
Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code, enacted in 1993, generally disallows a tax deduction to public companies for compensation over $1 million paid to the Company's CEO and four other most highly compensated executive officers. Qualifying performance-based compensation will not be subject to the deduction limit if certain requirements are met. The compensation of the Corporation's CEO and the four other most highly compensated executive officers currently does not approach the disqualifying threshold. In the future, in the event the disqualifying threshold becomes an issue, the Committee will weigh all the facts and circumstances in existence at the time.
Executive Selection and Salary Committee Paul J. Powers, Chairman David L. Swift David R. Zimmer July 26, 2001
Audit Committee Report
The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors has developed an updated charter for the Committee, which is reproduced as an appendix to this proxy statement. The charter reflects standards set forth in new SEC regulations and New York Stock Exchange rules. All members of the Audit Committee are independent, as defined in Sections 303.01(B)(2)(a) of the listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange.
The Committee has implemented procedures to ensure that during the course of each fiscal year it devotes the attention that it deems necessary or appropriate to each of the matters assigned to it under the Committee's charter. To carry out its responsibilities, the Committee met three times during fiscal 2000-2001.
As part of its responsibilities, and as set forth in its charter, the Audit Committee met with both management and the Corporation's independent accountants to review and discuss the audited financial statements prior to their issuance and to discuss significant accounting issues. Management advised the Committee that all financial statements were prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and the Committee discussed the statements with both management and the independent accountants. The Committee's review included discussion with the independent accountants of matters required to be discussed pursuant to Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61 (Communication with Audit Committee).
The Committee received the written disclosures and the letter required from the independent accountants as required by the Independence Standards Board Standard No. 1 (Independence Discussions with Audit Committee). The Committee also discussed with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP matters relating to its independence.
On the basis of these reviews and discussions, the Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the Board approve the inclusion of the Corporation's audited financial statements in the Corporation's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2001, for filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
David L. Swift, Chairman
John A. Mellowes
David B. Rayburn
George E. Wardeberg
July 26, 2001
INDEPENDENT PUBLIC AUDITORS
The firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP has audited the Corporation's books annually since 1928. Representatives of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP are expected to be present at the meeting and, while no formal statement will be made by them, they will be available to respond to appropriate questions.
CORPORATE PERFORMANCE GRAPH
The following table compares total shareholder return over the last 5 fiscal years to the Standard & Poor's Diversified Machinery Index and the Russell 2000 index. The S&P Diversified Machinery Index consists of a broad range of manufacturers. The Russell 2000 Index consists of a broad range of 2,000 Companies. The Corporation believes, because of the similarity of its business with those companies contained in the S&P Diversified Machinery Index, that comparison of shareholder return with this index is appropriate. Total return values for the Corporation's common stock, the S&P Diversified Machinery Index and the Russell 2000 Index were calculated based upon an assumption of a $100 investment on June 30, 1996 and based upon cumulative total return values assuming reinvestment of dividends on a quarterly basis.
Comparison of Five-Year Cumulative Total Return Twin Disc, Inc.; S&P Diversified Machinery; and Russell 2000
06/30/96 06/30/97 06/30/98 06/30/99 06/30/00 06/30/01 -------- -------- -------- -------- -------- -------- Twin Disc 100.00 126.79 136.68 94.17 83.60 81.12
S&P Div. Mach. 145.19 209.12 209.39 214.32 129.52 132.28 Russell 2000 100.00 116.34 135.54 137.57 157.28 158.31
SECTION 16 (a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP
Based solely on a review of the copies of such forms furnished to the Corporation and representations from executive officers and Directors, the Corporation believes that during the period from July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001, all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to its executive officers, Directors and greater than ten (10%) beneficial owners were complied with.
Aggregate fees, including out-of-pocket expenses, for professional services rendered by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP ("PricewaterhouseCoopers") in connection with (i) the audit of the Company's consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended June 30, 2001, including statutory audits of the financial statements of the Company's affiliates that are relied on in performance of the audit of the Company's consolidated financial statements, and (ii) the limited reviews of the Company's quarterly financial statements were $246,000.
FINANCIAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION FEES
During the year ended June 30,2001, PricewaterhouseCoopers rendered no professional services to the Company in connection with the design and implementation of financial information systems.
ALL TOTAL FEES
In addition to the other fees described above, aggregate fees, including out-of-pocket expenses, of $459,000 were paid to PricewaterhouseCoopers during the year ended June 30, 2001, primarily for the following professional services: tax-related services, due diligence for acquisitions, and other non-recurring audit services.
The Audit Committee has determined that the provision of services for (a) financial information systems design and implementation fees listed above, if any, and (b) all other fees listed above, is compatible with maintaining PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP's independence.
The Corporation will bear the cost of the solicitation of proxies. The firm of Georgeson Shareholder Communications Inc., New York, NY has been retained to assist in solicitation of proxies for the Annual Meeting at a fee not to exceed $7,000 plus expenses.
Management does not know of any other business to come before the meeting. However, if any other matters properly come before the meeting, it is the intention of the persons named in the accompanying form of proxy to vote upon such matters in their discretion in accordance with the authorization of the proxy.
If you do not contemplate attending in person, we respectfully request that you fill in, sign and return the accompanying proxy at your early convenience. However, remember that in order to have your proxy validated, it must be delivered to the Secretary either in person, by mail, or by messenger, and it must be received by the Secretary not less than forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date of the meeting.
TWIN DISC, INCORPORATED
AUDIT COMMITTEE CHARTER
The audit committee shall be comprised of only independent directors. An independent director is free of any relationship that could influence his or her judgment as a committee member. When there is any doubt about independence the director should recuse themselves from any decisions that might be influenced by that relationship.
The primary function of the audit committee is to assist the board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by reviewing published financial information, the systems of internal controls, and all audit processes.
1. The audit committee provides open avenues of communication among the internal auditor, the independent accountants and the board of directors.
2. The audit committee must report committee actions to the full board of directors and may make appropriate recommendations.
3. The audit committee has the power to conduct or authorize investigations into matters within the committee's scope of responsibilities. The committee is authorized to retain independent counsel, accountants or others it needs to assist in an investigation.
4. The committee will meet at least three times each year. The audit committee chairman has the power to call a committee meeting whenever he or she thinks there is a need. The committee may ask members of management or others to attend the meeting and is authorized to receive all pertinent information from management.
Responsibilities for engaging independent accountants and appointing the internal auditor
1. The audit committee will select the independent accountants for company audits. The committee's selection is subject to approval by the full board of directors and the shareholders. The audit committee also will review and set fees paid to the independent accountants and review and approve dismissal of the independent accountants.
2. The audit committee will review and have veto power over the appointment, replacement, reassignment or dismissal of the internal auditor.
3. The audit committee will confirm and assure the independence of the internal auditor and the independent accountants, including a review of management consulting services provided by the independent accountants and the fees paid for them.
4. The audit committee will consider, in consultation with the independent accountants and the internal auditor, their audit scope and procedural plans.
5. The audit committee will consider recommendations by management or the independent accountants to engage additional accountants. The audit committee will decide which firm, if any, is to be engaged.
6. The audit committee will make sure that the internal auditor and the independent accountants coordinate the internal and external audits. The purpose of coordinating these efforts is to assure completeness of coverage, reduce redundancy and use audit resources effectively.
Responsibilities for reviewing internal audits, the annual external audit and the review of quarterly and annual financial statements
1. The audit committee will ensure that the independent accountants view the board of directors as their client, that they will be available to the full board of directors at least annually and that they will provide the audit committee with a timely analysis of significant financial reporting issues.
2. The audit committee will require management, the internal auditor and the independent accountants to report significant risks and exposures and will assess management's steps to minimize them.
3. The audit committee will review the following with the independent accountants and the internal auditor:
a. The adequacy of the company's internal controls, including computerized information system controls and security.
b. Significant findings and recommendations made by the independent accountants or internal auditor, together with management's responses to them.
4. Shortly after the annual examination is completed, the audit committee will review the following with management and the independent accountants:
a. The company's annual financial statements and related footnotes.
b. The independent accountant's audit of and report on the financial statements.
c. The independent accountant's qualitative judgments about the appropriateness, not just the acceptability, of accounting principles and financial disclosures and how aggressive (or conservative) the accounting principles and underlying estimates are.
d. Any serious difficulties or disputes with management encountered during the course of the audit.
e. Other findings that GAAS requires the independent accountants to discuss with the committee.
5. The audit committee will consider and review with management and the internal auditor:
a. Any difficulties the internal auditor encountered while conducting audits, including any restrictions on the scope of their work or access to required information.
b. Any changes to the planned scope of management's internal audit plan considered advisable.
c. The internal audit department's budget and staffing.
1. Review and update the committee's charter annually.
2. Review policies and procedures covering officers' expense accounts and perquisites, including their use of corporate assets, and consider the results of any review of those areas by the internal auditor and the independent accountants.
3. Review, with the internal auditor and the independent accountants, the results of their examination of compliance with the company's guidelines for business conduct.
4. Review legal and regulatory matters that may have a material effect on the organization's financial statements, compliance policies and programs and reports from regulators.
5. Meet with the internal auditor, the independent accountants and management in separate executive sessions to discuss any matters the committee or these groups believe should be discussed privately.
Audit Committee Charter