Currently, CD&A disclosures on compensation targets are exempt from Regulation G requirements, resulting in CD&A references to non-GAAP financials that the CII contends aren’t always clear and may mislead investors. The group isn’t asking that companies be prevented from using non-GAAP financial criteria for awarding compensation. But, since GAAP is the standard, the CII says deviations from that need to be clear and put in proper context.

“It is imperative that the SEC require at least the level of transparency in proxy statement CD&As as in other corporate documents,” the CII said in its April 29, 2019, petition to the SEC.

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