Remuneration for our Board Directors and Audit & Supervisory Board Members

Remuneration principles

i.Set remuneration levels that will attract outstanding management talent globally
ii.Make remuneration plans highly performance-based
iii.Tie remuneration to medium and long-term enterprise value
iv.Make the remuneration decision process highly objective and transparent

Remuneration levels

Remuneration levels are set using benchmarks linked to executive compensation levels at enterprises in Japan and overseas of comparable business type and scale, as compiled by outside database services.

Remuneration structure

Remuneration consists of the following four types. The stock option plan as a long-term incentive was introduced after being approved at the General Meeting of Shareholders on June 19, 2019.

  Form Performance-based
indicators for FY2019
Overview of
payment method
indicator for FY2018.
Fixed remuneration Cash - A base amount*1 is paid in cash. -
Short-term incentive*2 Cash FY2019 Adjusted EBITDA*3 The base amount*1 is increased or decreased by an amount calculated by multiplying the growth rate from past years by a fixed coefficient, and is paid in cash. FY2018
Stock FY2019 Adjusted EBITDA FY2019 Adjusted EPS The base amount*1 is multiplied by a payment ratio within the range of 0% to 150% based on degree of target achievement, and our shares equivalent to the above calculation is granted. FY2018
EBITDA & 3-year
Adjusted EPS from FY2016 to FY2018.
Stock - Stock options are allotted
equivalent to the base amount*1.

BIP trust (Long-term incentive)

Recruit Holding's shares in an amount equivalent to cash reflecting performance-based indicators in the base amount*1 are purchased on the market and held in a trust account, then turned over to the recipient upon retirement.

Stock options (Long-term incentive)

Stock options are allotted equivalent to the base amount*1.
After a period prescribed by the Board of Directors has elapsed, the recipient by exercising the stock options can obtain Company shares at their closing price on the day of allotment (profits are realized only when the share price goes up).

Percentages to be paid

Board Directors(excluding External Board Directors)

These percentages show the average remuneration ratio of five Board Directors for FY2019.

Board Directors(excluding External Board Directors)

External Board Directors, Audit & Supervisory Board Members

Remuneration consists of fixed remuneration only, which is not tied to financial performance. This considers the importance of their role of oversight from an independent, objective standpoint.

How is remuneration determined?

Recruit Holdings has established an Evaluation Committee and Remuneration Committee, each chaired by an External Board Director and having a majority of outside members, as advisory bodies to the Board of Directors for the purpose of enhancing objectivity and transparency of remuneration for Board Directors and Audit & Supervisory Board Members. Regarding the amount of individual remuneration, remuneration for Board Directors is determined by the Board of Directors, taking into account the reports by the Evaluation Committee and the Remuneration Committee, while remuneration for Audit & Supervisory Board Members is determined based on consultation among the Audit & Supervisory Board Members, within remuneration ranges approved by the General Meeting of Shareholders.

Total remuneration for FY2018 and FY2017*4

Total remuneration for FY2018 and FY2017

*1 The above "base amount" is decided separately for each type of remuneration and based on each role.
*2 Short-term incentive, in addition to the above, reflects the individual performance evaluation for the fiscal year.
*3 Recruit Holdings decided to change the management KPI from EBITDA to adjusted EBITDA (such EBITDA is adjusted to exclude the main impact of the IFRS 16 adoption) to ensure comparability with the prior management KPI from Q1 FY2019 when Recruit Group started to adopt IFRS 16 and changed its accounting policy. Adjusted EBITDA = operating income + depreciation and amortization (excluding depreciation of right-of-use assets) ± other operating income/expense.
Adjusted EPS = adjusted profit / (number of shares issued at the end of the period - number of treasury stock at the end of the period).
Adjusted profit = profit attributable to owners of the parent ± adjustment items (excluding non-controlling interests) ± tax reconciliation related to certain adjustment items.
Adjustment items = amortization of intangible assets by acquisitions ± nonrecurring income/losses.
* With the aim of attracting and retaining outstanding management talent globally, Recruit Holdings may adopt a remuneration structure differing from the structure described above, in cases where personnel were recruited based on standards of markets with significantly different hiring practices and laws and regulations.
*4 The remuneration amounts shown above are actual expenses recorded in each fiscal year, and calculated based on IFRS Standards.
*5 Two External Board Directors indicate Mr. Ohyagi and Mr. Shingai before General Meeting of Shareholders held on June 19, 2018, and Mr. Izumiya and Mr. Totoki after the same General Meeting of Shareholders.