Compensation Committee Charter
Approved by the Board of Directors on July 26, 2016.
The Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors of Aytu BioScience, Inc. (the “Company”) was established pursuant to Article II, Section 15 of the Bylaws of the Company. The Board of Directors will appoint Committee members annually for a term of one year. The Board of Directors may remove or replace any Committee member at any time. The Board of Directors will also appoint the chairperson for the Committee. The Committee will consist of not less than three directors. All Committee members must meet the independence requirements of the listing standards of the Company’s principal stock exchange (subject to any applicable exceptions permitted under such listing standards), if the Company’s stock is listed, and any other applicable laws, rules and regulations governing independence. In determining whether a director is eligible to serve on the Committee, the Company’s Board of Directors must affirmatively determine whether a director has a relationship to the Company which is material to that director’s ability to be independent from management of the Company in connection with the duties of a Compensation Committee member, including, but not limited to (i) the source of compensation of such director, including any consulting, advisory or other compensatory fee paid by the Company to such director, and (ii) whether such director is affiliated with the Company, a subsidiary of the Company or an affiliate of a subsidiary of the Company.
The purpose of the Committee is to discharge the Board’s responsibilities relating to compensation of the Company’s executive officers and employees, and relating to the administration of the Company’s equity compensation, retirement, incentive compensation and benefit plans generally.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Committee shall have the following specific duties and responsibilities:
- The Committee shall have the sole authority to determine the compensation of the Company’s principal executive officer and to review and approve the compensation of the Company’s other executive officers.
- The Committee, to the extent it deems necessary or appropriate, shall:
- Annually review and approve the compensation of the Company’s principal executive officer and other executive officers, including such goals and objectives relevant to the executive officers’ compensation that the Committee, in its discretion, determines are appropriate, evaluate their performance in light of those goals and objectives, and set their compensation based on this evaluation. In determining the compensation of the principal executive officer, the Committee shall not permit the principal executive officer to participate in its deliberations. The Committee shall be entitled to consider the recommendations of the principal executive officer in connection with the compensation of other executive officers and, in the Committee’s discretion, the principal executive officer may participate in the Committee’s deliberations with respect thereto.
- Review and approve the compensation of other officers and employees of the Company that the Committee may specify from time to time, and delegate authority to specified executive officer(s) to review and approve the compensation of other non-executive officer employees.
- The Committee shall annually review the Company’s compensation policies and practices to determine whether they encourage excessive risk-taking. The Committee shall review and evaluate at least annually the relationship between risk management policies and practices and compensation and evaluate compensation policies and practices that could mitigate any such risk.
- The Committee shall annually review with the principal executive officer and any other officer or member of management, as appropriate, the material criteria used by the principal executive officer and management in evaluating employee performance throughout the Company and in establishing appropriate compensation, retention, incentive, severance and benefit policies and programs.
- The Committee shall prepare any analysis or report on executive compensation required to be included in the Company’s proxy statement and periodic reports pursuant to applicable federal securities rules and regulations, and recommend the inclusion of such analysis or report in the Company’s proxy statement and periodic reports.
- The Committee shall annually review the compensation of the Company’s directors and recommend changes to the compensation of the Board of Directors.
- The Committee shall oversee the administration of, and periodically review and make changes to, the incentive compensation plans, equity-based compensation plans, and any material employee benefit, bonus, retirement, severance and other compensation plans of the Company. The Committee may delegate authority to specific executive officer(s) to review and approve equity awards to certain non-officer employees as the Committee may specify from time to time in accordance with the plan under which such awards are made.
- The Committee shall perform such duties and responsibilities as may be assigned to the Committee under the terms of any compensation plan of the Company.
In addition to the specific powers set forth in this charter, the Committee shall have such powers as may be necessary or appropriate for it to efficiently carry out its duties hereunder.
- A majority of the Committee shall constitute a quorum.
- The Committee shall meet at least twice each year, and more frequently as it determines necessary, and at such times and places as it deems appropriate.
- The Committee shall regularly update the Board of Directors about its activities and recommendations.
- The Committee shall have the specific duties, responsibilities and authority required by the listing rules of the Company’s principal stock exchange for such committees.
- To carry out its duties and responsibilities, the Committee, in its sole discretion, may retain and, in the event of such retention, shall be directly responsible for oversight of the work of a compensation consulting firm, legal counsel and other advisors as it deems appropriate to assist it in the evaluation of the compensation of directors, the principal executive officer or the other executive and non-executive officers of the Company, and the fulfillment of its other duties. The Committee shall have sole authority to approve related fees and retention terms of any such consulting firm or other advisor. The Committee may select, or receive advice from, a compensation consultant, legal counsel or other advisor to the Committee, other than in-house legal counsel, if any, only after taking into consideration the following factors:
- the provision of other services to the Company by the person that employs the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser;
- the amount of fees received from the Company by the person that employs the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser, as a percentage of the total revenue of the person that employs the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser;
- the policies and procedures of the person that employs the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser that are designed to prevent conflicts of interest;
- any business or personal relationship of the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser with a member of the Committee;
- any stock of the Company owned by the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser; and
- any business or personal relationship of the compensation consultant, legal counsel, other adviser or the person employing the adviser with an executive officer of the Company;
provided, however, that the Committee is not required to conduct an independence assessment for a compensation adviser that acts in a role limited to the following activities for which no disclosure is required under Item 407(e)(3)(iii) of Regulation S-K: (a) consulting on any broad-based plan that does not discriminate in scope, terms, or operation, in favor of executive officers or directors of the Company, and that is available generally to all salaried employees; and/or (b) providing information that either is not customized for the Company or that is customized based on parameters that are not developed by the adviser, and about which the adviser does not provide advice.
- The Committee shall review and assess the adequacy of this charter annually and recommend changes to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors must approve any amendments to this charter.
- The Committee shall have full access to all books and records of the Company in carrying out its duties under this charter.