3.4.1Management Board Remuneration Policy

The Remuneration Policy 2022 (RP 2022) became effective January 1, 2022. Full details and the principles and rationale for the RP 2022 are available on SBM Offshore’s website in the remuneration policy section under Corporate Governance Documents.

The Company remunerates members of the Management Board for long-term value creation. RP 2022 is based on competitive remuneration aligned with the long-term performance of SBM Offshore. It is built on six reward principles: simplicity, flexibility, predictability, competitiveness, alignment and, most importantly, driving the right results.

This remuneration report has been drafted in accordance with the EU Shareholder Rights’ Directive (SRD II) as implemented in the Netherlands.

Explanation of RP 2022

SBM Offshore believes the oceans will provide the world with safe, sustainable and affordable energy for generations to come. Our mission is to share our experience to make it happen. In executing our strategy we are guided by our Core Values: Integrity, Care, Entrepreneurship and Ownership.

The underlying principles of the remuneration policy of the Management Board of SBM Offshore N.V. support the vision and ambition and aim for long-term value creation for the Company through the Value Creation Stake balanced with pay for performance through the Short-Term Incentive (STI) .

The Company’s strategy is aimed at the optimization, transformation and innovation of SBM Offshore’s business processes in order to grow in size and create value. This is reflected in the STI performance areas of Profitability, Growth and Sustainability Performance. Through the STI performance areas, Management Board remuneration is directly linked to the success of the Company and the value delivered to shareholders. Sustainability is an integral part of our strategy, and is explicitly expressed through the Sustainability performance area.

Employment conditions and pay of the Company’s employees within SBM Offshore are taken into account when formulating the remuneration policy, for instance through the internal pay-ratio analysis. Employment conditions for Management Board members may differ from those applicable to employees, also because Management Board members have a service contract rather than an employment relationship. The principles of the remuneration policy are used as a guideline for employment conditions at SBM Offshore as a whole.

The four components of the remuneration package of Management Board members under RP 2022 are: (1) Base Salary, (2) STI, (3) Value Creation Stake and (4) Pension and Benefits.

1. Base salary

The Base Salary is set by the Supervisory Board and is a fixed component paid in cash. Depending on internal and external developments such as market movements, the Supervisory Board may adjust Base Salary levels.

2. Short-Term Incentive

The objective of the STI is to provide a direct alignment of pay with short-term operational performance. The STI key performance indicators focus on three performance areas: (i) Profitability, (ii) Growth and (iii) Sustainability Performance. The Supervisory Board, upon the recommendation of the A&RC, determines for each of the performance measures the specific performance targets and their relative weighting at the beginning of the financial year.

The three performance areas are specified as follows for RP 2022:

  • Underlying Directional EBITDA is used as an indicator of overall short-term Profitability.
  • Number of contracts positioning the Company to grow or Order Intake is used as an operational indicator of top line growth.
  • Sustainability Performance combines safety, environmental and social performance to underline the responsibility in how SBM Offshores operates and includes safety targets and specific targets for a number of UN Sustainable Development Goals.

If the Supervisory Board is of the opinion that another measure would be more qualified as an indicator for Profitability, Growth or Sustainability Performance, it will inform the shareholders in the remuneration report. Performance measures will never be adjusted retrospectively.

Performance ranges – threshold, target and maximum – are set for each of the key performance indicators. The STI is set at a target level of 100% of the Base Salary for the CEO and 75% of the Base Salary for any other member of the Management Board. The threshold pay-out is at 0.5 times target and maximum pay-out will not exceed 1.5 times target. A linear pay-out line applies between threshold and maximum. Below threshold, the pay-out is zero. The Supervisory Board may adjust the outcome of the STI down by up to 10%, which adjustment will be reported on in the remuneration report.

At the end of the performance year, the performance is reviewed by the Supervisory Board and the pay-out level is determined. The performance measures, target setting and realization are published in this remuneration report. For reasons of commercial and/or market sensitivity, these details are not published at the start of the performance period. In general, details regarding order intake and project performance will not be shared. The STI is payable in cash after the publication of the Annual Report for the performance year.

3. Value Creation Stake

The Value Creation Stake is an award of restricted shares to create direct alignment with long-term shareholder value. The awarded shares must be held for at least five years. After retirement or termination, the holding period will not be longer than two years. The gross annual grant value for each of the Management Board members is 175% of Base Salary. The number of shares is determined by a four-year average share price (volume-weighted). The Value Creation Stake has a variable element to the extent that the share price develops during the holding period. The Supervisory Board retains the discretion not to award the Value Creation Stake in case of an underpin event. RP 2022 introduces a clearly defined and observable underpin. The underpin serves as a mechanism to ensure an acceptable threshold level of performance and avoid vesting in case of circumstances as defined as underpin event. The underpin is evaluated each year at moment of vesting and in case the criteria are not met, the entitlement to the Value Creation Stake grant at that time will forfeit.

Two pillars have been defined when Supervisory Board is considering withholding the Value Creation Stake – in full or in part:

  • Event(s) that threaten long-term continuity of the Company; and
  • Where circumstances of the event(s) are/were within control of the incumbent Management Board.

These two pillars are the umbrella criteria: in case an event does not qualify under these pillars, the underpin test does not come into play. Underpins shall be assessed in determining the amount of Value Creation Stake vesting in a year:

  • Safety event resulting in the loss of multiple lives and/or significant oil damage to the environment and/or loss of an FPSO; and/or
  • Compliance issue resulting in the Company being unable to operate in one or more of its primary markets; and/or
  • Significant project impairment due to insufficient oversight or gross negligence or deliberate omissions. This relates to large projects with a value exceeding US$1 billion.

All members of the Management Board are required to build up Company stock of at least 350% of Base Salary. The value of the share ownership is determined at the date of grant.

4. Pension and Benefits

In principle, the Management Board members are responsible for their own pension arrangements and receive a pension allowance equal to 25% of their Base Salary for this purpose.

The Management Board members are entitled to additional benefits, such as a company car allowance, medical and life insurance and (dependent on the personal situation of the Management Board member) a housing allowance and school fees.

key elements employment agreements

Each of the Management Board members has entered into a four-year service contract with the Company, the terms of which have been disclosed in the explanatory notice of the General Meeting at which the Management Board member was (re-)appointed. Next to his service contract, Bruno Chabas has an employment contract with Offshore Energy Development Corporation S.A.M., in relation to a split pay-out of his remuneration.

Adjustment of remuneration and claw-back

The service contracts with the Management Board members contain an adjustment clause giving discretionary authority to the Supervisory Board to adjust the payment of the STI , if a lack of adjustment would produce an unfair or unintended result as a consequence of extraordinary circumstances during the period in which the performance criteria have been, or should have been achieved. However, the Supervisory Board has determined that upward adjustments will not be considered based on earlier shareholder feedback.

A claw-back provision is included in the service contracts enabling the Company to recover the Value Creation Stake, STI and/or LTI (as granted under RP 2015) on account of incorrect financial data.

Severance Arrangements

The Supervisory Board will determine the appropriate severance payment for Management Board members in accordance with the relevant service contracts and Corporate Governance Code. The current Corporate Governance Code provides that the severance payment will not exceed a sum equivalent to one times annual Base Salary. This also applies in a situation of a change in control.


SBM Offshore does not grant loans, advance payments or guarantees to its Management Board members.