EQIX Equinix

Filed: 24 Feb 21, 4:10pm

Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): February 18, 2021

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
One Lagoon DriveRedwood City,California94065
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)(Zip Code)
(650) 598-6000
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per shareEQIXThe NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On February 18, 2021, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Equinix, Inc. (“Equinix”) approved the Equinix 2021 Annual Incentive Plan (the “2021 Plan”) for eligible employees of Equinix, including executive officers.

Under the 2021 Plan, an annual target bonus amount is assigned to each executive officer. The annual target bonus amounts under the 2021 Plan will be a percentage of each executive’s base salary, ranging from 90% to 150% depending on the executive’s position, and to the extent earned will be payable in fully vested restricted stock units (“RSUs”) under Equinix’s 2020 Equity Incentive Plan. As in 2020, this payment in fully vested RSUs for 2021 allows Equinix to retain more cash in the business to fund our investments and also aligns the executives’ incentives with our shareholders’ interests. For executives, awards are capped at the target payout, with no greater payout for over-performance.

The actual annual bonus is determined on the basis of Equinix’s performance against revenue (weighted at 50%) and adjusted funds from operations per share of common stock outstanding (“AFFO/Share”) (weighted at 50%) goals, based on the Board-approved operating plan, adjusted from time to time throughout the plan year (the “Goals”).

Performance may be adjusted for the impact of one-time events affecting the operating plan, including but not limited to expansion projects or acquisitions not contemplated in the approved operating plan, and for the impact of fluctuations in foreign currencies against the foreign currency rates applied in the operating plan. 100% of the 2021 Plan will be funded if the Goals are met. For every 1% below the Goal for revenue, the revenue portion of the bonus pool shall be reduced by 20%, and for every 1% below the Goal for AFFO/Share, the AFFO/Share portion of the bonus pool shall be reduced by 20%. No bonuses will be paid if revenue and AFFO/Share are 95% or less of the Goals. In addition, at its discretion, the Compensation Committee may reduce or eliminate the actual award that otherwise would be payable.


    Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

DATE: February 24, 2021


           Keith D. Taylor
 Chief Financial Officer