SFBS ServisFirst Bancshares

Filed: 29 Jan 21, 5:08pm










Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 25, 2021


ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)



(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


2500 Woodcrest Place

Birmingham, Alabama

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)


Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (205) 949-0302


Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


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Title of each class 



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Common stock, $0.001 par value per share SFBS The NASDAQ Global Select Market


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


(c)       On January 25, 2021, the board of directors (the “Board”) of ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. (“ServisFirst”) appointed Rodney E. Rushing its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for ServisFirst Bank effective immediately.


(e)       On January 25, 2021 (the “Effective Date”), the board of directors (the “Board”) of ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. (“ServisFirst” and, together with its subsidiaries, the “Company”) and its compensation committee (the “Committee”) approved certain changes to the Company’s executive compensation program. Specifically, as described in greater detail below, the Committee increased base salaries for its named executive officers (the “NEOs”); adopted a formal annual incentive plan, effective for fiscal 2021; and implemented an annual long-term incentive program, which includes a mix of time- and performance-based equity awards. Effective with these changes, Mr. Broughton will no longer participate in the Company’s director compensation program.


These changes were adopted following a comprehensive review of the Company’s previous program, which was conducted by the Committee’s recently-appointed independent compensation consultant, McLagan (a division of Aon plc). The purpose of this review was to evaluate the continued appropriateness of the Company’s program as compared to the programs of its peer companies, with the goal of ensuring that the Company’s pay practices mature in tandem with the Company’s business. The resulting changes, which represent a first step in this process, are designed to (1) ensure that the mix of pay elements reflects current market practice; (2) move executive pay levels closer to the market median, as compared to pay levels at the Company’s peers; and (3) emphasize performance-based and at-risk pay elements, thus increasing the degree of alignment between executive pay and stockholder interests.


Base Salaries. The Board, on the recommendation of the Committee, approved the following base salaries for the Company’s current NEOs, effective as of the NEO’s work anniversary date as noted below:


Named Executive OfficerTitleNew Salary ($)Effective Date
Thomas A. Broughton IIIChairman, President, & CEO675,0001/1/2021
Rodney E. RushingEVP and Chief Operating Officer375,0003/21/2021
William M. FosheeEVP and Chief Financial Officer340,0002/1/2021
Henry F. AbbottSVP and Chief Credit Officer225,0008/22/2021


Annual Incentive Plan. On the Effective Date, the Board, on the recommendation of the Committee, approved the ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. Annual Incentive Plan (the “AIP”), which will be administered by the Committee. The AIP is effective for performance periods beginning January 1, 2021 and will remain in effect until terminated by the Committee. The purpose of the AIP is to provide the framework for annual or short-term cash incentive award opportunities for the Company’s executive officers and key employees. Prior to or shortly after the beginning of each performance period, the Committee will establish the specific performance goals under the AIP and designate each participant’s target award for that period. Once the performance period ends, the Committee will review actual performance against the pre-established goals and determine the amount of any payout to each participant, making adjustments as it deems necessary. The AIP limits the maximum annual award that any one participant may earn under the AIP to $3 million (or a pro rata amount for a performance period of a different duration). The foregoing summary does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the AIP, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 10 to, and incorporated by reference into, this Current Report on Form 8-K.


For fiscal 2021, each of the NEOs has been named as a participant in the AIP, with target awards approved by the Committee as follows:


Fiscal 2021 Target Awards under the AIP
NEOTarget Award
(as a % of Base Salary)
Target Award
Mr. Broughton105%$708,750
Mr. Rushing50%187,500
Mr. Foshee50%170,000
Mr. Abbott50%112,500


Payouts under the 2021 AIP will range between 0-150% of an executive’s target award, depending upon the Company’s achievement of the selected performance criteria. If the threshold performance levels are achieved, 50% of the target award would be earned while 150% of the target award would be earned if the maximum performance levels are met or exceeded. Results that fall between two performance levels (threshold and target or target and maximum) will be pro-rated, while no payout will be earned if results fall below the established thresholds. Additional details regarding the specific performance criteria selected for fiscal 2021, as well as the Company’s actual achievement against those metrics, will be disclosed in the proxy statement for the 2022 annual meeting of stockholders or the Annual Report Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021.




Annual Long-Term Incentive Program. Under its previous program, the Committee made equity awards to executive officers on an as-needed basis. Over the last three years, the only NEOs who have received any equity awards were Mr. Broughton, who received grants by virtue of his participation in the director compensation program, and Mr. Abbott, who received an equity grant in 2020. As part of this restructured program, the Committee intends to make awards of long-term incentives to its executive officers annually, with those awards consisting of a mix of time- and performance-based components.


For fiscal 2021, the Committee granted time-based restricted shares of ServisFirst common stock and performance share units to the NEOs as follows, effective as of the Effective Date:


Restricted Stock

Share Units
Total Target Award Value
(Restricted Stock + PSUs)

Mr. Broughton8,2678,267$709,000
Mr. Rushing2,1872,187188,000
Mr. Foshee1,9831,983170,000


Given the size of his 2020 grant, Mr. Abbott did not receive a grant for 2021 but will be eligible to receive a long-term incentive award in the next cycle. As noted previously, effective with the adoption of this revised program, Mr. Broughton will no longer receive separate compensation (including equity grants) for his service as a director.


These long-term incentive awards were granted under, and subject to all of the terms and conditions of, the ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. Amended and Restated 2009 Stock Incentive Plan, as amended, and one or more award agreements (the “LTI Agreements”). The time-based restricted stock will vest one-third per year on the first three anniversaries of the Effective Date, provided that the NEO remains employed through the applicable vesting date or as otherwise provided in the LTI Agreement. The performance share units (PSUs) represent the opportunity to earn shares of ServisFirst common stock after a three-year period, subject to the NEO’s continued employment through the end of the performance period or as otherwise provided in the LTI Agreement. The actual number of shares earned under the PSUs will range between 0-150%, depending upon the total stockholder return (TSR) of ServisFirst over the three-year period ranked relative to the TSR of certain peer companies over the same period.


The foregoing description of LTI Agreements does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the LTI Agreements, which the Company expects to file as exhibits to its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the current fiscal quarter.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.






10* ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. Annual Incentive Plan, effective January 1, 2021.
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)


*Filed with this Current Report.








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: January 29, 2021 By:/s/Thomas A. Broughton, III
   Thomas A. Broughton, III
   Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer