Form DEF 14A RH For: Jul 15
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TO OUR PEOPLE, PARTNERS, AND SHAREHOLDERS,
Fiscal 2020 was an outstanding year for Team RH. We achieved record results across every key metric of our business while continuing to elevate the RH brand and create strategic separation in our industry. The emergence of RH as luxury brand generating luxury margins arrived sooner than later, demonstrating the desirability of our proprietary products, and the power of our operating model.
RH has also become one of the top performing consumer stocks of the past decade. Since our IPO on November 2, 2012 at $24 per share, RH’s stock price appreciation has outperformed through the end of our fiscal 2020 Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Nike, Starbucks, LVMH, Home Depot, Hermès and just about everyone else but Tesla. Warren Buffett says, “Time favors the well-managed company.” We believe our performance has and will continue to prove that point.
As we move past this deadly and disruptive virus, we do so with gratitude for those who put their lives at risk to protect ours. We also turn this corner knowing that we used our time wisely to reimagine and reinvent ourselves once again.
While proud of what we accomplished and all that was done, I’m inspired by what we’ve imagined and who we’ve become. We enter this new decade with a compelling vision for the future, a team passionate about bringing that vision to life, and the strongest brand and business model in our industry. In this letter I will highlight the strategic separation we’ve created and the key strategies we are pursuing in our quest to become one of the most admired brands in the world.
We have built the most comprehensive and compelling collection of luxury home furnishings under one brand in the world. Our products are presented across multiple collections, categories, and channels that we control, and their desirability and exclusivity has enabled us to achieve industry leading revenues and margins. Our customers know them as RH Interiors, RH Modern, RH Beach House, RH Ski House, RH Outdoor, RH Rugs, RH Baby & Child, RH Teen, and Waterworks. The strategic separation we’ve created will continue to expand with the introduction of RH Contemporary in 2021, plus RH Couture Upholstery, RH Bespoke Furniture, and RH Color over the next several years.
Our ability to transform our legacy stores into multi-dimensional Design Galleries has proven that we can double our retail revenue and profitability in markets with legacy stores which will enable the RH brand to reach $5 to $6 billion of revenues with a mid-twenties operating margin in North America. These inspiring and disruptive physical experiences render our products more valuable while creating massive strategic separation and unmatched brand awareness, enabling us to gain market share at lower advertising costs. This presents a conundrum for our competition who are closing or downsizing their stores while we build the largest specialty stores in the history of our industry.
The fact is most retail stores are archaic windowless boxes that lack any sense of humanity. There’s generally no fresh air or natural light, plants die in most retail stores, and I’m sure it’s not the best environment for humans either. That’s why we don’t build retail stores, we create inspiring spaces that blur the lines between residential and retail, indoors and outdoors, home and hospitality. Spaces that are filled with fresh air and natural light, with garden courtyards, rooftop parks, restaurants and wine bars. Spaces that activate all of the senses, and spaces that cannot be replicated online.
Our strategy is to digitally reimagine the RH brand and business model both internally and externally. Internally regarding how we innovate, curate, and integrate all the dynamic aspects of our brand and business model, and externally as we introduce our customers to The World of RH, a new digital portal presenting our Products, Places, Services and Spaces. This multi-year effort began internally this year with the reimagination of our Center of Innovation & Product Leadership, which will incorporate digitally integrated visuals and decision data designed to amplify the creative process from product ideation to product presentation. Our external efforts will begin this fall with the launch of phase one of our new digital portal, The World of RH, which will include rich, immersive content with simplified navigation and search functionality, all designed to enhance the shopping experience and render our product and brand more desirable and valuable. We believe we can create similar strategic separation online as we have with our Galleries offline, focusing our creativity and reconceptualizing what a website can and should be.
We are beginning to evolve the brand beyond curating and selling product, towards conceptualizing and selling spaces, by building an ecosystem of products, services, places, and spaces designed to elevate and establish the RH brand as a thought leader, taste and place maker.
Our Products are the core of our ecosystem and include RH Interiors, RH Contemporary, RH Modern, RH Beach House, RH Ski House, RH Baby & Child, RH Teen, and Waterworks.
Our Services, RH Interior Design, RH Contract, RH Trade, and RH In-Your Home extend the brand into adjacent businesses that amplify the core. We are also exploring the opportunity to expand our services to include Architecture and Landscape Architecture as we receive constant inquiries regarding the design of our Galleries and Gardens.
Our Places include RH Galleries, designed to elevate and render our product and brand more valuable, RH Restaurants, which further elevate the experience while driving high quality, incremental traffic to our Galleries, RH Guesthouses, where our goal is to create a new market for travelers seeking privacy and luxury in the $200 billion hotel industry and RH Residences, fully furnished luxury homes, condominiums, and apartments with integrated services that will deliver taste and time value to wealthy and affluent, time-starved consumers.
Our Spaces, conceptualized to inspire customers and elevate the brand, will initially include Plane & Yacht Design and Charter where customers can access our design experience, view our work online, and charter RH1 & RH2 our private planes, and RH3 our luxury yacht which is available in the Mediterranean and Caribbean where the wealthy and affluent visit and vacation. We will also be opening our first RH Bath House & Spa as part of our Aspen Guesthouse, as well as other exciting spaces we will be introducing over the next several years.
We believe these immersive experiences inspire customers to dream, design, dine, travel, and live in a world thoughtfully curated by RH, creating an impression and connection unlike any other brand on the planet.
We believe RH has a significant opportunity to expand internationally. Analyzing the major luxury brands, the data suggests that RH has the long term potential to become a $20 to 25 billion global brand in its current form, and possibly larger if aspects of our ecosystem become meaningful revenue streams. Our view is the competitive environment globally is more fragmented and primed for disruption than the North American market, and there is no direct competitor of scale that possesses the product, operational platform, and brand of RH.
Our global expansion begins in the Spring of 2022 with the opening of RH England, The Gallery at Aynhoe Park, a 73 acre historic estate designed in 1615 by Sir John Soane, arguably one of the most respected and celebrated architects of his time. RH England will feature The Aynhoe Architectural Library, The Aynhoe Organic Gardens, The RH Restaurant & Orangery, and a Champagne & Caviar Cellar among other unique experiences. Pending reopening plans for France, our goal is to open RH Paris, The Gallery on the Champs-Elysées in the Fall of 2022. RH Paris is entered through magnificent 18 foot gates that lead you down a decomposed granite path lined with majestic hedges to a romantic garden where you encounter the 18 foot brass doors that open to the six floors connected by traversing cast brass staircases and a glass elevator. RH Paris will include a glass enclosed terrace restaurant inspired by the Grand Palais, and a Champagne and Caviar Bar on the top floor with an intimate rooftop garden and views of the Eiffel Tower.
In total we have secured five locations in Europe including London, Munich, and Dusseldorf, and are in final negotiations for an additional five locations, which will open over the next two to three years.
CLIMBING THE LUXURY MOUNTAIN WHILE BUILDING A BRAND WITH NO PEER
Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Cartier, Tiffany, and the rest of the finest luxury brands in the world were all born on the top of the luxury mountain. Never has a brand started at the base as we have, and made the climb to the peak. We believe RH can be the first to make the climb, knowing very well those at the top don’t necessarily want us to. In order to make the climb, we understand that our work has to be so extraordinary that it creates a forced reconsideration of our brand, requiring those at the top of the mountain to tip their hat in respect.
It is not a climb for the faint of heart, requiring imagination, innovation, and a great deal of persistence and perspiration. We have to be willing to endure short-term pain to drive long-term gain, as we did moving from a promotional to a membership model, redesigning our operating platform, eliminating our holiday assortments, or managing the business with a bias for earnings versus revenues as we built a durable platform to support long-term high-quality growth.
We also understand the strategies we are pursuing – opening the largest specialty retail experiences in our industry, while most are shrinking the size of their retail footprint or closing stores; moving from a promotional to a membership model, while others are increasing promotions, positioning their brands around price versus product; continuing to mail inspiring Source Books, while many are eliminating catalogs; and refusing to follow the herd in self-promotion on social media, instead allowing our brand to be defined by the taste, design, and quality of the products and experiences we are creating – are all in direct conflict with conventional wisdom and the plans being pursued by many in our industry.
We believe when you step back and consider: one, we are building a brand with no peer; two, we are creating a customer experience that cannot be replicated online; and three, we have total control of our brand from concept to customer, you realize what we are building is extremely rare in today’s retail landscape and we would argue, will also prove to be equally valuable.
THIS IS A TIME TO BE DEFINED BY OUR VISION, NOT BY A VIRUS
As we move forward past the dark days of the pandemic, let this be a pivot point where we once again rise up. It is not a time to shelter and shrink, it is a time to expand and shine. It is not a time to revert back to old ways and former days, it is a time to reimagine new ways and brighter days. It is not a time to do less, it is a time to do more with less. It is not a time to be victims of our current reality, it is a time to be visionaries, destroying today’s reality to create tomorrow’s future.
Let this be a time we look back upon and remember our resurrection. A time we reimagined and reinvented ourselves once again. A time Team RH unleashed the greatest display of innovation our industry has ever seen.
A time we once again become, unimaginable.
This is a time to be defined by our vision, not by a virus.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
July 15, 2021 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time
RH, 15 Koch Road, Corte Madera, CA 94925
Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Annual Shareholder Meeting to be Held on July 15, 2021 (the “Annual Meeting”): The Company’s 2021 Notice and Proxy Statement, its fiscal 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K and its proxy card are available for review online at www.proxyvote.com
We are holding the Annual Meeting for the following purposes, which are more fully described in the proxy statement:
|1.||To elect the three nominees named in the proxy statement to our board of directors;|
|2.||To vote, on an advisory basis, on our named executive officer compensation;|
|3.||To ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending January 29, 2022; and|
|4.||To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.|
Only shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 24, 2021 are entitled to notice and to vote at the Annual Meeting or any postponement or adjournment thereof. A list of shareholders entitled to vote will be available for inspection at our offices for ten days prior to the Annual Meeting. If you would like to view this shareholder list, please contact the Corporate Secretary at (415) 945-4998.
We intend to hold our Annual Meeting in person. However, in the event we determine it is not possible or advisable to hold our Annual Meeting in person due to health or other considerations related to COVID-19 or other reasons, we will announce alternative arrangements for the meeting as promptly as practicable, which may include holding the meeting solely by means of remote communication. If we take this step, we will announce the decision to do so via a press release and details about how to participate will be posted on our website and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as additional proxy materials. Please monitor our website at ir.rh.com for updated information. As always, we encourage you to vote your shares prior to the Annual Meeting.
Each share of stock that you own represents one vote, and your vote as a shareholder of RH is very important. For questions regarding your stock ownership, you may contact the Corporate Secretary at (415) 945-4998 or, if you are a registered holder, our transfer agent, Computershare Investor Services, by email through their website at www.computershare.com/contactus or by phone at (800) 962-4284 (within the U.S. and Canada) or (781) 575-3120 (outside the U.S. and Canada).
The Board of Directors has approved the proposals described in the accompanying proxy statement and recommends that you vote “FOR” the election of all nominees for director in Proposal 1, “FOR” the approval of compensation of our named executive officers in Proposal 2 and “FOR” the ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Proposal 3.
By order of the board of directors,
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Your Vote Is Important. Instructions for submitting your proxy are provided in the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, the proxy statement and your proxy card. It is important that your shares be represented and voted at the Annual Meeting. Please submit your proxy through the Internet, by telephone, or by completing the enclosed proxy card and returning it in the enclosed envelope. You may revoke your proxy at any time prior to its exercise at the Annual Meeting.
Certain forward-looking statements and non-GAAP financial measures are included in this proxy statement including in the letter from our Chairman and CEO. Please see the section titled “Forward Looking Statements” for further information and Annex A for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures referenced in this proxy statement.
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PROXY STATEMENT SUMMARY
INFORMATION ABOUT SOLICITATION AND VOTING
The accompanying proxy is solicited on behalf of the board of directors of RH (the “Company”) for use at the Company’s 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) to be held at the Company’s headquarters located at 15 Koch Road, Corte Madera, CA 94925 on July 15, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. (Pacific Time), and any adjournment or postponement thereof.
On or about June 1, 2021, we will mail to our shareholders a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials containing instructions on how to access our 2021 Notice and Proxy Statement and our fiscal 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 30, 2021 (the “2020 Annual Report”) via the Internet and vote online. The Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials also contains instructions on how you can receive a paper copy of the proxy materials. Our 2020 Annual Report, Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials and our proxy card are first being made available online on or about June 1, 2021.
ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING
What is the purpose of the Annual Meeting?
At our Annual Meeting, shareholders will vote upon the three proposals described in this proxy statement.
Why did I receive a one-page notice in the mail regarding the Internet availability of proxy materials instead of a full set of proxy materials?
In accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, instead of mailing a printed copy of our proxy materials to all shareholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting, we are furnishing the proxy materials to our shareholders over the Internet. Accordingly, on or about June 1, 2021, the Company will mail a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) to the Company’s shareholders, other than those who previously requested electronic or paper delivery. If you received a Notice by mail, you will not receive a printed copy of the proxy materials. Instead, the Notice will instruct you as to how you may access and review the proxy materials and submit your vote on the Internet or by telephone. If you received a Notice by mail and would like to receive a printed copy of the proxy materials, please follow the instructions for requesting such materials included in the Notice. On the date of mailing of the Notice, all shareholders will have the ability to access all of our proxy materials on a website referred to in the Notice. These proxy materials will be available free of charge. We encourage shareholders to take advantage of the availability of the proxy materials on the Internet to help reduce the cost of the physical printing and mailing of materials.
What proposals are scheduled to be voted on at the Annual Meeting?
Shareholders will be asked to vote on three proposals. The proposals are:
|1.||The election to our board of directors of the three nominees named in this proxy statement;|
|2.||An advisory vote on our named executive officer compensation; and|
|3.||The ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending January 29, 2022 (“fiscal 2021”).|
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What is the recommendation of the board of directors on each of the proposals scheduled to be voted on at the Annual Meeting?
The board of directors recommends that you vote:
FOR each of the nominees to the board of directors (Proposal 1);
FOR the advisory vote on named executive officer compensation (Proposal 2); and
FOR the ratification of the appointment of PwC as our independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal 2021 (Proposal 3).
Could other matters be decided at the Annual Meeting?
Our Bylaws require that we receive advance notice of any proposal to be brought before the Annual Meeting by shareholders of the Company. There are no shareholder proposals to be voted on at the Annual Meeting. If any other matter were to come before the Annual Meeting, the proxy holders appointed by our board of directors will have the discretion to vote on those matters for you.
Who can vote at the Annual Meeting?
Shareholders as of the record date for the Annual Meeting, the close of business on May 24, 2021, are entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. At the close of business on the record date, there were 21,030,274 shares of the Company’s common stock outstanding and entitled to vote.
Shareholder of Record: Shares Registered in Your Name
If on May 24, 2021, your shares were registered directly in your name with our transfer agent, Computershare Investor Services, then you are considered the shareholder of record with respect to those shares.
As a shareholder of record, you may vote at the Annual Meeting or vote by proxy. Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we urge you to vote over the Internet or by telephone, or, if you request paper proxy materials, by filling out and returning the proxy card.
Beneficial Owner: Shares Registered in the Name of a Broker or Nominee
If on May 24, 2021, your shares were held in an account with a brokerage firm, bank or other nominee, then you are the beneficial owner of the shares held in street name. As a beneficial owner, you have the right to direct your nominee on how to vote the shares held in your account, and your nominee has enclosed or provided voting instructions for you to use in directing it on how to vote your shares. However, the organization that holds your shares is considered the shareholder of record for purposes of voting at the Annual Meeting. Because you are not the shareholder of record, you may not vote your shares at the Annual Meeting unless you request and obtain a valid proxy from the organization that holds your shares giving you the right to vote the shares at the Annual Meeting.
How do I vote?
If you are a shareholder of record, you may:
VOTE IN PERSON—we will provide a ballot to shareholders who attend the Annual Meeting and wish to vote in person;
VOTE BY MAIL—if you request a paper proxy card, simply complete, sign and date the enclosed proxy card, then follow the instructions on the card; or
VOTE VIA THE INTERNET or VIA TELEPHONE—follow the instructions on the Notice of Internet Availability or proxy card and have the Notice or proxy card available when you access the Internet website or place your telephone call.
Votes submitted via the Internet or by telephone must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on July 14, 2021. Submitting your proxy, whether via the Internet, by telephone or by mail if you requested a paper proxy card, will not affect your right to vote at the Annual Meeting should you decide to attend the meeting.
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If you are not a shareholder of record, please refer to the voting instructions provided by your nominee to direct it how to vote your shares.
Your vote is important. Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we urge you to vote by proxy to ensure that your vote is counted. You may still attend the Annual Meeting if you have already voted by proxy.
What if I return my proxy card directly to the Company, but do not provide voting instructions?
If a signed proxy card is returned to us without any indication of how your shares should be voted on a particular proposal at the meeting, your shares will be voted in accordance with the recommendations of our board of directors stated above. For example, if you return a signed proxy card with no indication of your vote on any of the proposals, your votes will be cast “FOR” the election of the three director nominees named in this proxy statement, “FOR” the approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of our named executive officers, and “FOR” the ratification of the appointment of PwC as our independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal 2021.
If you hold your shares in street name and do not vote, and your broker does not have discretionary power to vote your shares, your shares may constitute “broker non-votes” (as described below) and may not be counted in determining the number of shares necessary for approval of a proposal. However, shares that constitute broker non-votes will be counted for the purpose of establishing a quorum for the Annual Meeting. Voting results will be tabulated and certified by the inspector of elections appointed for the Annual Meeting.
What is the quorum requirement for the Annual Meeting?
A majority of our outstanding shares as of the record date must be present at the Annual Meeting in order to hold the meeting and conduct business. This presence is called a quorum. Your shares are counted as present at the meeting if you are present and vote in person at the meeting or if you have properly submitted a proxy.
How are abstentions and broker non-votes treated?
Abstentions (i.e., shares present at the meeting and voted “abstain”) are counted for purposes of determining whether a quorum is present, and have no effect on the election of directors (Proposal 1), on the advisory vote to approve our named executive officer compensation (Proposal 2), or on the ratification of appointment of auditors (Proposal 3).
Broker non-votes occur when shares held by a broker for a beneficial owner are not voted because (i) the broker did not receive voting instructions from the beneficial owner, and (ii) the broker lacked discretionary authority to vote the shares. Broker non-votes are counted for purposes of determining whether a quorum is present. Note that if you are a beneficial holder and do not provide specific voting instructions to your broker, the broker that holds your shares will not be authorized to vote on the election of directors (Proposal 1) nor will the broker be authorized to vote on an advisory basis to approve our named executive officer compensation (Proposal 2). Ratification of the appointment of auditors (Proposal 3) is considered to be a routine matter and, accordingly, if you do not instruct your broker, bank or other nominee on how to vote the shares in your account for Proposal 3, brokers will be permitted to exercise their discretionary authority to vote for the ratification of the appointment of auditors. Accordingly, we encourage you to provide voting instructions to your broker, whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting.
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What is the vote required for each proposal?
The votes required to approve each proposal are as follows:
Proposal 1. Shareholders’ choices for Proposal 1 (Election of Directors) are limited to “for” and “withhold.” A plurality of the shares of common stock voting in person or by proxy is required to elect each of the three nominees for director under Proposal 1. Under plurality voting, the three nominees receiving the largest number of votes cast (votes “FOR”) will be elected. Because the election of directors under Proposal 1 is considered to be a non-routine matter under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”), if you do not instruct your broker, bank or other nominee on how to vote the shares in your account for Proposal 1, brokers will not be permitted to exercise their voting authority and uninstructed shares may constitute broker non-votes. Abstentions and broker non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of Proposal 1 because the election of directors is based on the votes actually cast.
Proposal 2. The affirmative vote of a majority of votes cast, whether in person or by proxy, is required to approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of our named executive officers described under Proposal 2 (Advisory Vote to Approve Executive Compensation). Because the advisory vote under Proposal 2 is considered to be a non-routine matter under the rules of the NYSE, if you do not instruct your broker, bank or other nominee on how to vote the shares in your account for Proposal 2, brokers will not be permitted to exercise their voting authority and uninstructed shares may constitute broker non-votes. Abstentions and broker non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of Proposal 2 because the advisory vote is based on the votes actually cast.
Proposal 3. The affirmative vote of a majority of votes cast, whether in person or by proxy, is required to ratify the selection of the independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal 2021 under Proposal 3 (Ratification of Appointment of Auditors). Proposal 3 is considered to be a routine matter under the rules of the NYSE and, accordingly, if you do not instruct your broker, bank or other nominee on how to vote the shares in your account for Proposal 3, brokers will be permitted to exercise their discretionary authority to vote for the ratification of the appointment of auditors. Abstentions and broker non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of Proposal 3 because the ratification of appointment of auditors is based on the votes actually cast.
How can I get electronic access to the proxy materials?
The Notice will provide you with instructions regarding how to use the Internet to:
View the Company’s proxy materials for the Annual Meeting; and
Instruct the Company to send future proxy materials to you by email.
The Company’s proxy materials are also available at ir.rh.com. This website address is included for reference only. The information contained on the Company’s website is not incorporated by reference into this proxy statement.
Choosing to receive future proxy materials by email will save the Company the cost of printing and mailing documents to you. If you choose to receive future proxy materials by email, you will receive an email message next year with instructions containing a link to those materials and a link to the proxy voting website. Your election to receive proxy materials by email will remain in effect until you terminate it.
Who is paying for this proxy solicitation?
The Company is paying the costs of the solicitation of proxies. Proxies may be solicited on behalf of the Company by our directors, officers, associates (we refer to our employees as associates) or agents in person or by telephone, facsimile or other electronic means. We will also reimburse brokerage firms and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries, upon request, for their reasonable expenses incurred in sending proxies and proxy materials to beneficial owners of our common stock. We have retained the services of Alliance Advisors LLC (“Alliance”) to assist in the solicitation of proxies for a fee of approximately $25,500 plus reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. We may engage Alliance for additional solicitation work and incur fees greater than $25,500 depending on a variety of factors, including preliminary voting results and recommendations from Institutional Shareholder Services.
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What does it mean if I receive more than one proxy card?
If you receive more than one proxy card, your shares are registered in more than one name or are registered in different accounts. Please complete, sign and return each proxy card to ensure that all of your shares are voted.
How can I change my vote after submitting my proxy?
A shareholder who has given a proxy may revoke it at any time before it is exercised at the meeting by:
Delivering to the Corporate Secretary of the Company (by any means, including facsimile) a written notice stating that the proxy is revoked;
Signing and delivering a proxy bearing a later date;
Voting again over the Internet or by telephone; or
Attending and voting at the Annual Meeting (although attendance at the meeting will not, by itself, revoke a proxy).
Please note, however, that if your shares are held of record by a broker, bank or other nominee and you wish to revoke a proxy, you must contact that firm to revoke any prior voting instructions.
Where can I find the voting results?
The final results will be tallied by the inspector of elections and filed with the SEC in a current report on Form 8-K within four business days of the Annual Meeting.
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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF TOP
SHAREHOLDERS & LEADERSHIP
The following table sets forth information as of May 24, 2021, regarding the beneficial ownership of our common stock by: each person or group who is known by us to own beneficially more than 5% of our outstanding shares of our common stock; each of our named executive officers; each of our current directors; and all of our current executive officers and directors as a group.
Beneficial ownership for the purposes of the following table is determined in accordance with the rules and regulations of the SEC. Percentage of beneficial ownership is based on 21,030,274 shares of common stock outstanding as of May 24, 2021. Except as disclosed in the footnotes to this table and subject to applicable community property laws, we believe that each shareholder identified in the table possesses sole voting and investment power over all shares of common stock shown as beneficially owned by the shareholder. Unless otherwise indicated in the table or footnotes below, the address for each beneficial owner is c/o RH, 15 Koch Road, Corte Madera, CA 94925.
FMR LLC(3) 245 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
BlackRock, Inc.(4) 55 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10055
Berkshire Hathaway Inc.(5) 3555 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68131
The Vanguard Group(6) 100 Vanguard Blvd., Malvern, PA 19355
T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.(7) 100 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
D1 Capital Partners L.P.(8) 9 West 57th Street, 36th Floor, New York, NY 10019
Miller Value Partners, LLC(9) One South Street, Suite 2550, Baltimore, MD 21202
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.(10) 200 West Street, New York, NY 10282
All current executive officers and directors as a group (12 persons)(22)
Represents beneficial ownership of less than 1% of our outstanding common stock.
|(1)||Under the rules of the SEC, our named executive officers include our principal executive officer, principal financial officer and the next three most highly compensated executive officers.|
|(2)||Includes 5,576,826 shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of options that are exercisable within 60 days of May 24, 2021. As of May 24, 2021, 700,000 of these options are subject to selling restrictions.|
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|(3)||Based on the Schedule 13G/A filed by FMR LLC on February 8, 2021.|
|(4)||Based on the Schedule 13G/A filed by BlackRock, Inc. on February 1, 2021.|
|(6)||Based on the Schedule 13G/A filed by Vanguard Group, Inc. on February 10, 2021.|
|(7)||Based on the Schedule 13G/A filed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. on April 12, 2021.|
|(8)||Based on the Schedule 13G filed by D1 Capital Partners, L.P. and Daniel Sundheim on February 16, 2021. Per the Schedule 14G filed by D1 Capital Partners, L.P. and Daniel Sundheim, Mr. Sundheim may be deemed to beneficially own the reported securities by virtue of the fact that he indirectly controls the D1 Capital Partners, L.P.|
|(9)||Based on the Schedule 13G/A filed by Miller Value Partners, LLC on February 14, 2019.|
|(10)||Based on the Schedule 13G/A filed by The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. on February 12, 2019.|
|(11)||Includes 456 restricted stock awards that vest on July 22, 2021.|
|(12)||Includes 456 restricted stock awards that vest on July 22, 2021.|
|(13)||Includes 361,600 shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of options that are exercisable within 60 days of May 24, 2021.|
|(15)||Includes 456 restricted stock awards that vest on July 22, 2021.|
|(16)||Includes 456 restricted stock awards that vest on July 22, 2021.|
|(17)||Includes 84,250 shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of options that are exercisable within 60 days of May 24, 2021 and 3,000 restricted stock units that vest on June 16, 2021.|
|(18)||Includes 189,000 shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of options that are exercisable within 60 days of May 24, 2021 and 6,000 restricted stock units that vest on June 16, 2021.|
|(19)||Includes 6,953 shares of common stock held by the Rowghani Keshavarz Living Trust and 456 restricted stock awards that vest on July 22, 2021.|
|(20)||Includes 456 restricted stock awards that vest on July 22, 2021.|
|(21)||Includes 182,000 shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of options that are exercisable within 60 days of May 24, 2021. Mr. Stanchak retired and left the Company on May 16, 2021.|
|(22)||Includes 6,419,676 shares of common stock our executive officers and directors have a right to acquire upon the exercise of options that are exercisable within 60 days of May 24, 2021, 3,192 restricted stock awards that vest on July 22, 2021 and 9,000 restricted stock units that vest on June 16, 2021.|
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Chairman and Chief
Director since 2013
Class III Director:
Continuing in office until
Gary Friedman has served as our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, and Founder of the RH brand as we know it today since January 2014. Previously, Mr. Friedman served as our Co-Chief Executive Officer and Director from July 2013 to January 2014, and as Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer from May 2010 to October 2012. From October 2012 to July 2013, Mr. Friedman served as Chairman Emeritus, Creator and Curator on an advisory basis, and as Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors from March 2001 to October 2012, during which time he served as our Chairman from March 2005 to June 2008. Mr. Friedman joined RH from Williams-Sonoma, Inc. where he spent 14 years serving as President and Chief Operating Officer from May 2000 to March 2001, as Chief Merchandising Officer of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and President of Retail from 1995 to 2000, and as Executive Vice President of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and President of the Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn brands from 1993 to 2000 during which time Mr. Friedman was responsible for transforming Pottery Barn from a $50 million dollar table top and accessories business, into a billion dollar plus home furnishings lifestyle brand. Mr. Friedman also developed and rolled out the revolutionary Williams-Sonoma Grande Cuisine stores, growing the brand from less than $100 million to almost $1 billion. Lastly, while at Williams-Sonoma Mr. Friedman spent several years conceptualizing and developing the West Elm brand which launched shortly after he left the company. Mr. Friedman joined Williams-Sonoma in 1988 as Senior Vice President of Stores and Operations. Mr. Friedman began his retail career in 1977 as a stock-boy at the Gap store in Santa Rosa, California. He spent eleven years with Gap, and held the positions of Store Manager, District Manager and Regional Manager overseeing 63 stores in Southern California.
Mr. Friedman was selected to our board of directors because of his leadership in re-conceptualizing and developing the RH brand and business into the leading luxury home brand in the North American market, his deep and unmatched expertise in developing and rapidly growing many of the leading consumer brands in the home furnishings space, and his extensive knowledge of building and leading complex multi-branded and multi-channel organizations.
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Director since 2009
Class I Director:
Continuing in office until the 2022 annual meeting
Mark Demilio has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2009 and currently serves as the board’s Lead Independent Director. Mr. Demilio currently serves as a member of the board of directors and Chairman of the audit committee of SCP Health, a privately-held provider of emergency medicine and hospitalist services through physician staffing and management since September 2015. Since January 2021, Mr. Demilio has been serving as a consultant to Spinnaker Medical, a privately held special purpose acquisition company. Mr. Demilio served as a member of the board of directors of Cosi, Inc., a national restaurant chain, from April 2004 to May 2017, served on its audit committee, its compensation committee and its nominating and corporate governance committee, and served for a time as Chairman of the board of directors of Cosi and as the interim Chief Executive Officer of Cosi. From June 2018 through December 2020, Mr. Demilio was a member of the board of directors and Chairman of the audit committee of Nurse Assist, a medical device manufacturer and distributer. From February 2014 through March 2016, Mr. Demilio served as a member of the board of directors and Chairman of the audit committee of The Paslin Company, a private company that designs, assembles and integrates robotic assembly lines for the automotive industry.
From December 2000 until his retirement in October 2008, Mr. Demilio served as the Chief Financial Officer of Magellan Health Services, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed managed specialty healthcare company that managed the delivery of behavioral healthcare treatment services, specialty pharmaceuticals and radiology services. Mr. Demilio has also been the General Counsel for Magellan Health Service, the Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel of Youth Services International, Inc., an attorney specializing in corporate and securities law with the law firms of Miles & Stockbridge and Piper & Marbury, a financial analyst for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield of Maryland and a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen LLP.
Mr. Demilio was selected to our board of directors because he possesses particular knowledge and experience in accounting, finance and capital structure, strategic planning and leadership of complex organizations and board practices of other major corporations.
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COMPANY LEADERSHIP, DIRECTORS & OFFICERS
Director since 2014
Class I Director:
Continuing in office until
Leonard Schlesinger was appointed to our board of directors in April 2014. Dr. Schlesinger has served as the Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, a role he returned to in July 2013 after having served as the President of Babson College from July 2008 until July 2013 and having held various positions at public and private companies. From 1999 to 2007, Dr. Schlesinger held various executive positions at Limited Brands, Inc. (now L Brands, Inc.), an NYSE-listed company, including Vice Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Operating Officer. While at Limited Brands, he was responsible for the operational and financial functions across the enterprise including Express, Limited Stores, Victoria’s Secret Beauty, Bath and Body Works, C.O. Bigelow, Henri Bendel and the White Barn Candle Company. Dr. Schlesinger also previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Au Bon Pain Co., Inc. and as a director of numerous public and private retail, consumer products and technology companies. Dr. Schlesinger has also held leadership roles at leading MBA and executive education programs and other academic institutions, including twenty years at Harvard Business School where he served as the George Fisher Baker Jr. Professor of Business Administration. Dr. Schlesinger holds a Doctor of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in American Civilization from Brown University.
Dr. Schlesinger was selected to our board of directors because he possesses extensive leadership, operational, financial and business expertise from his significant and broad experience with numerous private and public retail companies.
Director since 2010
Class III Director:
Continuing in office until
Carlos Alberini has served on our board of directors since June 2010. Mr. Alberini currently serves as a member of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer of Guess?, Inc., an NYSE-listed specialty retailer of apparel and accessories, since February 2019. Mr. Alberini previously served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucky Brand from February 2014 to February 2019. Mr. Alberini served as our Co-Chief Executive Officer from June 2010 through October 2012 and from July 2013 through January 2014, and he served as our sole Chief Executive Officer from October 2012 through July 2013. Mr. Alberini was President and Chief Operating Officer of Guess from December 2000 to June 2010. From May 2006 to July 2006, Mr. Alberini served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of Guess. Mr. Alberini served as a member of the board of directors of Guess from December 2000 to September 2011. Prior to Guess, Mr. Alberini served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Footstar, Inc., a retailer of footwear from October 1996 to December 2000. From May 1995 to October 1996, Mr. Alberini served as Vice President of Finance and Acting Chief Financial Officer of the Melville Corporation, a retail holding corporation. From 1987 to 1995, Mr. Alberini was with The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., an operator of department stores, in various capacities, including Corporate Controller, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Prior to that, Mr. Alberini served in various positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an audit firm.
Mr. Alberini was selected to our board of directors because he possesses particular knowledge and experience in retail and merchandising, branded consumer goods, accounting, financing and capital finance, board practices of other large retail companies and leadership of complex organizations.
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Director since 2016
Class III Director:
Continuing in office until
Keith Belling has served on our board of directors since April 2016, and previously served as an advisor to the board of directors from May 2015 to April 2016. Mr. Belling is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of RightRice, a next generation rice brand that launched in February 2019, in Whole Foods Markets nationwide and on Amazon. Mr. Belling is also the co-founder and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of popchips, inc. (“popchips”) a leading better-for-you snack food business that launched in 2007. He previously served as popchips’ Chief Executive Officer from 2007 through 2012, leading the company to sales and distribution at over 30,000 retail stores across North America and the United Kingdom and served as the Chairman of the Board from 2007 through 2019. Mr. Belling has served as an advisor to several innovative consumer, real estate and technology companies, including Modern Meadow Inc., Olly Nutrition, and LBA Realty LLC. Mr. Belling also has founded other businesses, including e-commerce company AllBusiness.com, a leading small business portal, founded in 2008, where Mr. Belling formerly served as Chief Executive Officer and which was acquired by NBCi. Mr. Belling was a real estate attorney with Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he represented a diverse clientele including developers and real estate investors.
Mr. Belling was selected to our board because of his experience as a founder, leader, and entrepreneur of several innovative consumer companies, as well as his background and experience in the real estate sector.
Director since 2012
Class I Director:
Continuing in office until
Eri Chaya serves as our President, Chief Creative and Merchandising Officer and Director. Ms. Chaya leads product curation and integration, brand creative and business development for RH Interiors, Modern, Beach House, Ski House, Outdoor, Baby & Child and TEEN, across the Company’s physical, digital and print channels of distribution. Ms. Chaya served as RH’s Co-President, Chief Creative and Merchandising Officer and Director from May 2016 to November 2017, Chief Creative Officer from April 2008 to May 2016 and Vice President of Creative from July 2006 to April 2008. Ms. Chaya has been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Prior to RH, Ms. Chaya was a creative director at Goodby, Silverstein and Partners, an international advertising agency, and a creative director at Banana Republic.
Ms. Chaya was selected to our board of directors because of her extensive knowledge and experience in design, product development, brand development, marketing and advertising.
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COMPANY LEADERSHIP, DIRECTORS & OFFICERS
Director since 2016
Class II Director:
Continuing in office until
Hilary Krane has served on our board of directors since her appointment in June 2016. Ms. Krane is currently Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for NIKE, Inc. and has served in executive roles since 2010. Prior to joining NIKE, Inc., Ms. Krane was General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs at Levi Strauss & Co. from 2006 to 2010. From 1996 to 2006, she was a partner and assistant general counsel at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Ms. Krane has been a director at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Portland Branch since January 2018. Ms. Krane holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.
Ms. Krane was selected to our board of directors because of her extensive operational, compliance and business experience contributing to the growth and development of innovative and iconic global brands.
Director since 2013
Class II Director:
Continuing in office until
Katie Mitic is currently Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of SomethingElse, Inc., a direct-to-consumer beverage company. From 2012 to 2017, Ms. Mitic was the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Sitch, Inc., a startup building innovative mobile consumer products.
Prior to Sitch, Ms. Mitic served in executive leadership positions at innovative growth companies, including Facebook, Inc. and Palm, Inc. As Director of Platform & Mobile Marketing at Facebook, she grew developer products and partnerships globally. As Senior Vice President, Product Marketing at Palm, she expanded the company’s product lines and international footprint up until its acquisition by Hewlett-Packard. Earlier in her career, Ms. Mitic worked at NetDynamics (acquired by Sun Microsystems), where she launched the industry’s first application server, at Four11, where she built the industry-leading email service RocketMail (now Yahoo! Mail) and at Yahoo!, where she served as Vice President and General Manager. She currently serves on the board of directors, compensation committee and nominating and governance committee of eBay, Inc. She also serves on the board of directors and audit committee of TCV Acquisition Corp., a publicly held special purpose acquisition company. Additionally, she serves as a board member on private and non-profit boards including Headspace, DVx Ventures, and LeanIn.Org.
Ms. Mitic received her B.A. from Stanford University and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Ms. Mitic was selected to our board of directors because of her extensive leadership, operational and entrepreneurial experience with innovative growth companies and global consumer technology companies.
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Director since 2015
Class II Director
Continuing in office until
Ali Rowghani was appointed to our board of directors on January 22, 2015. Mr. Rowghani is currently the Managing Director of the YCombinator Continuity Fund, which invests in growth-stage startups. Mr. Rowghani has served in executive leadership positions at innovative growth companies, including Twitter, Inc. and Pixar Animation Studios, Inc. At Twitter, Mr. Rowghani was hired as the Company’s first Chief Financial Officer in March 2010, and later served as Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for business development, platform, media, product, and business analytics, from December 2012 to June 2014.
Prior to Twitter, from June 2002 to February 2010, Mr. Rowghani served in various leadership roles at Pixar, including Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, reporting to Pixar founder and President, Ed Catmull.
Mr. Rowghani holds a B.A. in International Relations and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Mr. Rowghani was selected to our board of directors because he possesses extensive operational, financial and leadership experience, and because of his expertise in scaling innovative and high-growth companies.
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COMPANY LEADERSHIP, DIRECTORS & OFFICERS
Below is a list of the names and ages, as of May 24, 2021, of our executive officers and a description of their business experience.
Gary Friedman has served as our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, and Founder of the RH brand as we know it today since January 2014. Previously, Mr. Friedman served as our Co-Chief Executive Officer and Director from July 2013 to January 2014, and as Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer from May 2010 to October 2012. From October 2012 to July 2013, Mr. Friedman served as Chairman Emeritus, Creator and Curator on an advisory basis, and as Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors from March 2001 to October 2012, during which time he served as our Chairman from March 2005 to June 2008. Mr. Friedman joined RH from Williams-Sonoma, Inc. where he spent 14 years serving as President and Chief Operating Officer from May 2000 to March 2001, as Chief Merchandising Officer of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and President of Retail from 1995 to 2000, and as Executive Vice President of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and President of the Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn brands from 1993 to 2000 during which time Mr. Friedman was responsible for transforming Pottery Barn from a $50 million dollar table top and accessories business, into a billion dollar plus home furnishings lifestyle brand. Mr. Friedman also developed and rolled out the revolutionary Williams-Sonoma Grande Cuisine stores, growing the brand from less than $100 million to almost $1 billion. Lastly, while at Williams-Sonoma Mr. Friedman spent several years conceptualizing and developing the West Elm brand which launched shortly after he left the company. Mr. Friedman joined Williams-Sonoma in 1988 as Senior Vice President of Stores and Operations. Mr. Friedman began his retail career in 1977 as a stock-boy at the Gap store in Santa Rosa, California. He spent eleven years with Gap, and held the positions of Store Manager, District Manager and Regional Manager overseeing 63 stores in Southern California.
Eri Chaya serves as our President, Chief Creative and Merchandising Officer and Director. Ms. Chaya leads product curation and integration, brand creative and business development for RH Interiors, Modern, Beach House, Ski House, Outdoor, Baby & Child and TEEN, across the Company’s physical, digital and print channels of distribution. Ms. Chaya served as RH’s Co-President, Chief Creative and Merchandising Officer and Director from May 2016 to November 2017, Chief Creative Officer from April 2008 to May 2016 and Vice President of Creative from July 2006 to April 2008. Ms. Chaya has been a member of the RH Board of Directors since 2012. Prior to RH, Ms. Chaya was a creative director at Goodby, Silverstein and Partners, an international advertising agency, and a creative director at Banana Republic.
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and Values Officer
DeMonty Price serves as our President, Chief Operating, Service and Values Officer. Mr. Price leads service and operations across the Company’s Galleries, outlets, distribution centers, care centers and home delivery network, as well as ensure a deep commitment to the Company’s values and beliefs throughout the organization. Mr. Price served as Co-President, Chief Operating, Service and Values Officer from May 2016 to November 2017. Mr. Price joined RH in 2002 and served as the Company’s Chief Service and Values Officer from September 2015 to May 2016, and Senior Vice President of Retail Galleries and Operations, and the Company’s Chief Values Officer from June 2006 to September 2015. Prior to RH, Mr. Price was with Williams-Sonoma, Inc. for four years in various field leadership roles, as well as with Gap Inc. and NIKE, Inc.
Jack Preston serves as our Chief Financial Officer and leads all financial functions including strategic and financial planning, accounting, treasury, tax, internal audit and investor relations across the Company’s multiple businesses and brands. Mr. Preston served as RH’s Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Strategy Officer from August 2014 to March 2019, and Senior Vice President, Finance and Strategy from April 2013 to August 2014. Prior to RH, Mr. Preston worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch for over 12 years, where he most recently served as a Director in the consumer and retail investment banking group. Mr. Preston holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.
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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE & DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE
We have a number of policies and practices related to corporate governance and oversight of our business. A number of the more important policies and procedures are described in this section of the proxy statement.
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE GUIDELINES
Our Corporate Governance Guidelines specify the distribution of rights and responsibilities of our board of directors and detail the rules and procedures for making decisions on corporate affairs. In general, the shareholders elect our board of directors, which is responsible for overall governance of our Company, including selection and oversight of key leadership, and leadership is responsible for running our day-to-day operations.
Our Corporate Governance Guidelines are available on the Investor Relations section of our website, which is located at ir.rh.com, by clicking on “Corporate Governance.” The contents of our website are not incorporated by reference into this proxy statement and are not soliciting materials.
CODE OF ETHICS & CODE OF BUSINESS CONDUCT
We have adopted a code of ethics for our chief executive officer and senior financial officers. We have also adopted a code of business conduct applicable to our associates, officers and directors. Copies of these codes are available on the Investor Relations section of our website, which is located at ir.rh.com, by clicking on “Corporate Governance.” We expect that any amendment to or waiver of the requirements of the code of ethics for our chief executive officer and senior financial officers will be disclosed on our website and any waiver of the requirements of the code of business conduct relating to our executive officers and directors will be promptly disclosed to shareholders, in each case as required by applicable law or NYSE listing requirements.
COMPENSATION COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS & INSIDER PARTICIPATION
No member of the compensation committee has served as one of our officers or been employed as one of our associates at any time. None of our executive officers serves as a member of the compensation committee of any other company that has an executive officer serving as a member of our board of directors. None of our executive officers serves as a member of the board of directors of any other company that has an executive officer serving as a member of our compensation committee. None of our directors or executive officers are members of the same family.
DELINQUENT SECTION 16(A) REPORTS
Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) requires the Company’s directors, executive officers and any person who owns more than 10% of the Company’s common stock to file initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in beneficial ownership with the SEC. Such persons are required by SEC regulation to furnish the Company with copies of all Section 16(a) forms that they file. Except as set forth herein, based solely on its review of the copies of such forms furnished to the Company and written representations from the directors and executive officers, the Company believes that all Section 16(a) filing requirements were met in a timely manner in fiscal 2020. On July 27, 2020, the Form 4 filed on behalf of Mr. Alberini to report the grant of restricted stock was filed one business day late due to a third party change to Mr. Alberini’s EDGAR codes.
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COMPOSITION & QUALIFICATIONS OF OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our board of directors consists of nine directors, including our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Our certificate of incorporation provides that, subject to any rights applicable to any then-outstanding preferred stock, our board of directors shall consist of such number of directors as determined from time to time by resolution adopted by a majority of the total number of authorized directors whether or not there exist any vacancies in previously authorized directorships. Subject to any rights applicable to any then-outstanding preferred stock, any additional directorships resulting from an increase in the number of directors may only be filled by the directors then in office, unless otherwise required by law or by a resolution passed by our board of directors. The term of office for each director will be until his or her successor is elected at our Annual Meeting or his or her death, resignation or removal, whichever is earliest to occur.
Our board of directors is divided into three classes, with each director serving a three-year term, and one class being elected at each year’s annual meeting of shareholders. Our directors by class are as follows:
Class I: Eri Chaya, Mark Demilio and Leonard Schlesinger, with a term expiring at the 2022 annual meeting.
Class II: Hilary Krane, Katie Mitic and Ali Rowghani, with a term expiring at the 2023 annual meeting.
Class III: Gary Friedman, Carlos Alberini and Keith Belling, with a term expiring at the 2021 annual meeting.
NAME/ CURRENT POSITION
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NAME/ CURRENT POSITION
We believe our board of directors should be composed of individuals with sophistication and experience in many substantive areas that impact our business. We believe experience, qualifications, or skills in the following areas are most important: (i) business expertise in general and specific familiarity with high growth business models; (ii) experience building high value and luxury brands; (iii) industry knowledge of retail and consumer; and (iv) domain expertise in specialized areas such as merchandising and advertising; sales and distribution; accounting, finance, and capital structure; strategic planning and leadership of complex organizations; legal/regulatory and government affairs; people leadership; and board practices of other major corporations. We believe that all our current board members possess the professional and personal qualifications necessary for board service, and have highlighted selected noteworthy attributes for each board member in their individual biographies and as otherwise summarized above.
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BOARD ASSESSMENT & DIVERSITY
Our board of directors strongly believes its effectiveness is enhanced by being comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds, skills and experience that are relevant to the role of the board of directors and the needs of the business. Accordingly, the board regularly reviews the changing needs of the business and the skills and experience resident in its members, with the intention that the board will be periodically “renewed” as certain directors rotate off and new directors are recruited. The board’s commitment to diversity and “renewal” will be tempered by the need to balance change with continuity and experience.
Our current board composition is highly diverse in the areas of gender, age, ethnicity and business experience. We believe that our commitment to diversity is demonstrated by the current composition of our board.
The State of California adopted legislation, Senate Bill 826, requiring companies headquartered in the state to meet specific gender diversity requirements on their board by the end of 2019. Three of our nine directors are female. Based on our board composition, we were already in compliance with the requirements of this legislation in advance of the law becoming effective.
We believe that our approach to board qualifications and selection criteria is effective in identifying strong candidates to meet the needs of the Company and its constituencies and has resulted in a diverse board of directors.
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Board Members Self-Identifying from Underrepresented Communities
We believe our board also meets the standards set by the State of California in Assembly Bill 979, which requires us to have one director from underrepresented communities by December 31, 2021, and three by December 31, 2022. At least three of our directors have indicated that they are from underrepresented groups.
One director self-identified as Hispanic and/or Latino.
Two directors self-identified as either being of Asian and/or Middle Eastern heritage.
See the graphic under “— Composition and Qualifications of our Board of Directors” above for further information regarding the composition and experience of our current board.
BOARD LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE; LEAD INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
Our Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that the roles of Chairman of our board of directors and Chief Executive Officer may be either separate or combined, and our board of directors exercises its discretion in combining or separating these positions as it deems appropriate. Our board of directors believes that the combination or separation of these positions should continue to be considered as part of our succession planning process. Currently, the roles are combined, with Mr. Friedman serving as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of our board of directors.
In July 2013, the board of directors created the position of Lead Independent Director and adopted a Lead Independent Director Charter, which is available on the Investor Relations section of our website, which is located at ir.rh.com, by clicking on “Corporate Governance.” The Lead Independent Director Charter provides that the Lead Independent Director shall serve in a lead capacity to coordinate the activities of the other non-employee directors, to help facilitate communication between the board of directors and leadership and perform such other duties and functions as directed by the board from time to time. The Lead Independent Director presides over executive sessions of non-management directors.
Mr. Demilio currently serves as our Lead Independent Director. We believe the appointment of Mr. Demilio as our Lead Independent Director is beneficial to the Company due to Mr. Demilio’s breadth of experience and ability to facilitate communication between leadership and the board of directors and devote significant time to the Company.
Our Corporate Governance Guidelines provide the flexibility for our board of directors to modify our leadership structure in the future as appropriate. We believe that our Company is well served by this flexible leadership structure.
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In accordance with our Corporate Governance Guidelines, the board of directors affirmatively determines that each independent director has no material relationship with the Company (either directly or as a partner, shareholder or officer of an organization that has a relationship with the Company) and meets the standards for independence as defined by applicable law and the rules of the NYSE.
Our board of directors undertook its annual review of the independence of our directors and considered whether any director has a material relationship with us that could compromise that director’s ability to exercise independent judgment in carrying out that director’s responsibilities. Our board of directors affirmatively determined that each of Mr. Alberini, Mr. Demilio, Ms. Krane, Ms. Mitic, Mr. Rowghani and Dr. Schlesinger is an “independent director,” as defined under the applicable rules of the NYSE and the SEC, and that the other members of the board are not independent. The board’s independence determination was based on information provided by our current directors. In particular, in making its determination that Mr. Alberini is an independent director, the board of directors considered that under the rules of the NYSE and the SEC, Mr. Alberini could be deemed independent for membership on the board of directors after February 2017 given that his prior service as the Company’s Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer had occurred more than three years prior to such date. In addition, as of February 2019, Mr. Alberini also meets the enhanced independence standard for a director who has not served as an employee of the Company for more than five years. In reaching its conclusions regarding the independence of Mr. Alberini, the board of directors further considered Mr. Alberini’s time away from the management of RH, the fact that he had served as the chief executive officer of Lucky Brands, and the fact that he subsequently left Lucky Brands and is now serving as the chief executive officer of Guess?, Inc., a publicly traded company, listed on the NYSE, along with other prior and existing relationships between the Company and Mr. Alberini.
Further, the board of directors determined that each member of the board of directors’ audit committee, compensation committee and nominating and corporate governance committee satisfies independence standards applicable to each committee on which he or she serves. Although the board of directors determined that Mr. Alberini is an independent director under the applicable rules of the NYSE and the SEC, the board of directors has elected not to appoint Mr. Alberini to any of the committees of the Company that are required under applicable rules of the NYSE or SEC to be composed entirely of independent directors.
During fiscal 2020, our board of directors held a total of six meetings, one of which was held solely among our non-executive directors, and one of which was held solely among our independent directors. Additionally, our independent directors met in regularly scheduled executive sessions presided over by our Lead Independent Director. During fiscal 2020, all of our director nominees and all of our incumbent directors attended at least 75% of the total meetings such directors were eligible to attend during the period in terms of the board, the committees of the board on which they served and independent or non-executive board meetings.
Agendas and topics for board and committee meetings are developed through discussions among leadership and members of our board of directors and its committees. Information and data that are important to the issues to be considered are distributed in advance of each meeting. Board meetings and background materials focus on key strategic, operational, financial, governance and compliance matters applicable to us.
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COMMITTEE COMPOSITION & MEETINGS
In fiscal 2020, the board had the following standing committees: an audit committee; a compensation committee; and a nominating and corporate governance committee. All board committees are composed of independent directors. Committee membership and the number of meetings each committee held in fiscal 2020 are as follows:
NOM. & CORP.
Number of Meetings in Fiscal 2020
|(1)||Designated by the board as an “audit committee financial expert.”|
|(2)||Mr. Demilio is currently the board’s Lead Independent Director.|
|(3)||Committee members had various informal meetings in fiscal 2020.|
Our board of directors has delegated various responsibilities and authorities to its three different committees, as described below and in the committee charters. The board committees regularly report on their activities and actions to the full board of directors as they deem appropriate and as the board of directors may request. Each member of the audit committee, the compensation committee and the nominating and corporate governance committee was appointed by our board of directors, which reviews committee composition from time to time.
The audit committee was established for the primary purpose of assisting the board of directors in overseeing the accounting and financial reporting processes of the Company and audits of its financial statements. The audit committee is responsible for, among other matters:
Appointing, retaining, compensating, evaluating, terminating and overseeing our independent registered public accounting firm;
Delineating relationships between our independent registered public accounting firm and our Company consistent with the rules of the NYSE and requesting information from our independent registered public accounting firm and leadership to determine the presence or absence of a conflict of interest;
Reviewing with our independent registered public accounting firm the scope and results of their audit;
Approving all audit and permissible non-audit services to be performed by our independent registered public accounting firm;
Overseeing the financial reporting process and discussing with leadership and our independent registered public accounting firm the interim and annual financial statements that we file with the SEC;
Reviewing and monitoring our accounting principles, accounting policies, financial and accounting controls and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements;
Establishing procedures for the confidential anonymous submission of concerns regarding questionable accounting, internal controls or auditing matters; and
Reviewing and approving related-person transactions.
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Our audit committee currently consists of Mr. Demilio, Ms. Krane and Ms. Mitic. Rule 10A-3 of the Exchange Act, and NYSE rules require us to have at least three audit committee members, all of whom are independent. Our board of directors has affirmatively determined that each of Mr. Demilio, Ms. Krane and Ms. Mitic meets the definition of “independent director” for purposes of serving on our audit committee under Rule 10A-3 of the Exchange Act and NYSE rules. In addition, our board of directors has determined that Mr. Demilio qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert,” as such term is defined in Item 407(d)(5) of Regulation S-K.
Our board of directors has adopted a written charter for the audit committee, which is available on the Investor Relations section of our website, which is located at ir.rh.com, by clicking on “Corporate Governance.” The audit committee conducts an annual self-evaluation of its performance, as set forth in its charter.
The compensation committee was established for the primary purpose of assisting the board of directors in discharging its responsibilities relating to the compensation of the Company’s directors and executive officers, as further described in “Executive Compensation—Compensation Discussion & Analysis—Compensation Committee Review of Compensation.” The compensation committee is responsible for, among other matters:
Reviewing key associate compensation goals, policies, plans and programs;
Reviewing and approving the compensation of our Chief Executive Officer and other executive officers;
Reviewing and approving or recommending the compensation of our directors;
Reviewing employment agreements and other similar arrangements between us and our executive officers; and
Appointing and overseeing any independent compensation consultants.
Our compensation committee currently consists of Mr. Demilio and Dr. Schlesinger. Our board of directors has affirmatively determined that each member of the compensation committee meets applicable independence requirements for membership on a compensation committee in accordance with applicable rules of the NYSE.
Our board of directors adopted a written charter for the compensation committee, which is available on the Investor Relations section of our website, which is located at ir.rh.com, by clicking on “Corporate Governance.” The compensation committee conducts an annual self-evaluation of its performance, as set forth in its charter.
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
The nominating and corporate governance committee was established for the primary purpose of assisting the board of directors in discharging its responsibilities relating to the election of directors. The nominating and corporate governance committee is responsible for, among other matters:
Identifying individuals qualified to become members of our board of directors, consistent with criteria approved by our board of directors;
Overseeing the organization of our board of directors to discharge the board’s duties and responsibilities properly and efficiently; and
Developing and recommending to our board of directors a set of corporate governance guidelines and principles.
Our nominating and corporate governance committee currently consists of Messrs. Demilio and Rowghani. Our board of directors has affirmatively determined that each member of the nominating and corporate governance committee meets applicable independence requirements for membership on a nominating and corporate governance committee in accordance with applicable rules of the NYSE.
Our board of directors adopted a written charter for the nominating and corporate governance committee, which is available on the Investor Relations section of our website, which is located at ir.rh.com, by clicking on “Corporate Governance.” The nominating and corporate governance committee conducts an annual self-evaluation of its performance, as set forth in its charter.
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DIRECTOR NOMINATIONS; COMMUNICATION WITH DIRECTORS
Criteria for Nomination to the Board
In accordance with its charter, the nominating and corporate governance committee will consider candidates submitted by the Company’s shareholders, as well as candidates recommended by directors and leadership, for nomination to our board of directors. The nominating and corporate governance committee considers qualifications for the board of directors’ membership, which may include, among others:
The highest personal and professional integrity;
Demonstrated exceptional ability and judgment;
Broad experience in business, finance or administration;
Familiarity with the Company’s industry;
Ability to serve the long-term interests of the Company’s shareholders;
Sufficient time available to devote to the affairs of the Company;
Ability to provide continuing service to promote stability and continuity in the boardroom and provide the benefit of familiarity and insight into the Company’s affairs that directors would accumulate during their tenure;
Ability to help the board of directors work as a collective body; and
Experience, areas of expertise, as well as other factors relative to the overall composition of the board of directors.
The nominating and corporate governance committee further reviews and assesses the activities and associations of each candidate to ensure there is no legal impediment, conflict of interest, or other consideration that might hinder or prevent service on our board of directors. In making its selection, the nominating and corporate governance committee bears in mind that the foremost responsibility of a director of a company is to represent the interests of the shareholders as a whole.
Each director’s individual biography set forth above includes the key individual attributes, experience and skills of each director that led to the conclusion that each director should continue to serve as a member of our board of directors at this time, as reflected in the summary above. We believe the range of tenures of our directors creates a synergy between institutional knowledge and new perspectives.
Shareholder Proposals for Nominees
In accordance with its charter, the nominating and corporate governance committee will consider potential nominees properly submitted by shareholders. Shareholders seeking to do so should provide the information set forth in the nominating and corporate governance committee’s charter regarding director nominations. The nominating and corporate governance committee will apply the same criteria for candidates proposed by shareholders as it does for candidates proposed by leadership or other directors.
To be considered for nomination by the nominating and corporate governance committee at next year’s annual meeting of shareholders, submissions by shareholders must be submitted in writing and must be received by the Corporate Secretary between February 1, 2022 and March 3, 2022 to ensure adequate time for meaningful consideration by the nominating and corporate governance committee. Each submission must include the following information:
The candidate’s name, age, business address and residence address;
The candidate’s biographical information, including educational information, principal occupation or employment, past work experience (including all positions held during the past five years), personal references, and service on boards of directors or other material positions that the candidate currently holds or has held during the prior three years;
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The class and number of shares of the Company which are beneficially owned by the candidate;
Any potential conflicts of interest that might prevent or otherwise limit the candidate from service as an effective member;
Any other information pertinent to the qualification of the candidate;
The name and record address of the shareholder making the recommendation; and
The class and number of shares of the Company which are beneficially owned by such shareholder and the period of time such shares have been held, including whether such shares have been held in excess of one year prior to the date of the recommendation.
Information regarding requirements that must be followed by a shareholder who wishes to make a shareholder nomination for election to our board of directors for next year’s annual meeting is described in this proxy statement under “Proposals — Additional Information — Shareholder Proposals for the 2022 Annual Meeting.”
Communicating with Members of the Board of Directors
Any shareholder or any other interested party who wishes to communicate directly with (i) our entire board of directors, (ii) the non-management directors as a group, or (iii) the Lead Independent Director, may do so by corresponding with the Lead Independent Director at the following address: Lead Independent Director, c/o RH, Legal Dept., 15 Koch Road, Corte Madera, CA 94925, Attn: Corporate Secretary. All communications will be received, processed and then directed to the appropriate member(s) of our board other than, at the board’s request, certain items unrelated to the board’s duties, such as customer complaints, spam, junk mail, solicitations, employment inquires and similar items.
SHAREHOLDER OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
We actively engage with major shareholders of the Company, which has been a practice of the Company since our initial public offering in 2012. At our prior year annual meeting, approximately 98.6% of the votes cast by our shareholders supported our say-on-pay proposal. We are committed to the interests of our shareholders and the delivery of shareholder value through our focus on financial performance, including through capital allocation, optimization of free cash flow and increasing the gross margins of the business. We believe that, as part of this commitment, it is important to maintain an ongoing dialogue with shareholders, including with respect to feedback on our executive compensation programs. In 2016, we launched a formalized annual shareholder outreach program in order to solicit additional input from shareholders with respect to corporate governance and executive compensation practices. This shareholder outreach effort has continued in each subsequent year. Along with our annual shareholder outreach program, throughout the year, members of our leadership team, including our Chief Financial Officer and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer engage in regular shareholder and investor communications, in which we receive feedback.
As part of our shareholder outreach efforts, we have provided explanations of our organizational and leadership structures and our constant efforts to continue evolving our leadership structure in order to refine the organizational design and improve its alignment with the evolution of the business. In particular, we have highlighted that numerous business initiatives like the membership program have resulted in simplification of some aspects of our business, while other new initiatives require on-going leadership focus and efforts, and that the shifts in focus and responsibilities of our business and executive officers are designed to attune the organizational and leadership structures to the transformation of our business. This formalized shareholder outreach program is designed to solicit feedback from the Company’s shareholders with respect to a number of topics related to our executive pay practices and corporate governance policies. This effort supplements the ongoing communications between our leadership and shareholders. We continue to receive feedback from our investors under our shareholder outreach program throughout the year.
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We regularly engage in an annual shareholder outreach campaign in order to solicit the views of investors that we believe represent approximately 50% or more of our issued and outstanding shares as of the prior calendar year. We hold these discussions with shareholders with the objective of procuring feedback on topics that are of interest to these investors. The bulk of the feedback we receive in connection with the outreach campaign focuses on topics of governance and compensation practices as well as commentary on our proxy statement disclosures. Our practice and our ability to solicit 50% or more of our voting shares, depends in part on the concentration or lack of concentration of voting shares within our shareholder base. For example, as our shareholder base becomes more dispersed, our ability to solicit the views of approximately more than 50% may become more challenging. Since 2016, we have consistently reached out to and solicited the views of more than 50% of our issued and outstanding shares.
In 2020, we solicited the views of institutional investors that we believe represented approximately 50% of our issued and outstanding shares owned by institutional investors as of December 31, 2019, and had discussions with and received feedback from investors representing approximately 29% of such outstanding shares.
In 2020, inasmuch as we had contacts with a large number of our investors in our prior annual shareholder outreach campaigns, a number of our investors that had been previously contacted indicated there was not a need to have a further round of conversations in the current annual shareholder outreach campaign with respect to governance and compensation practices as their positions on the topics discussed had not changed in any significant way from previous conversations.
In 2021, we solicited the views of institutional investors that we believe represented approximately 49% of our issued and outstanding shares owned by institutional investors as of December 31, 2020, and had discussions with and received feedback from investors representing approximately 24% of such outstanding shares. As was the case in 2020, a number of our investors that had been previously contacted indicated there was not a need to have a further round of conversations in the current annual shareholder outreach campaign with respect to governance and compensation practices as their positions on the topics discussed had not changed in any significant way from previous conversations.
In addition to the general feedback noted in the chart below, investors have expressed appreciation of our outreach efforts and acknowledged our quick reaction and responsiveness to the “against” vote recommendation two years ago from two proxy advisory firms on our say-on-pay proposal. The results of the shareholder outreach campaign, including concerns and feedback we received, were provided to our board of directors.
Shareholders requested that we make our proxy statement more readable and make the information presented more accessible.
We have continued to fine tune our proxy statement presentation, including providing more information in tables and charts rather than within lengthy narrative form in order to make the proxy statement easier to read and the information more accessible.
Shareholders requested increased transparency into the metrics used in our annual (short-term) cash bonus or Leadership Incentive Program, or “LIP.”
We have provided additional disclosure in our CD&A in order to explain the reasons we chose certain compensation metrics and to show how our program is aligned with shareholder interests.
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Given our focus on innovation and business transformation as one of our key strategies, and our goal to use a performance metric that is objectively measurable, we have selected stock price performance as the key performance metric for these awards with a reliance on using out of the money stock price hurdles at the date of the grant. We believe that stock price appreciation is an appropriate performance metric inasmuch as stock price as a performance metric (i) measures the overall performance of the business, (ii) aligns well with our short-term and long-term goals, and (iii) is transparent, understandable and accessible to our shareholders and other key stakeholders, including our associates.
Shareholders requested information related to other performance metrics such as total shareholder return (“TSR”) and ROIC.
After receiving this feedback from shareholders, we have been providing additional information regarding key metrics such as ROIC in our Form 10-K and as well as in our earnings releases and we disclose similar information here in our proxy statement for convenience.
We have included a stock performance table above to disclose a measure of total shareholder return.
Although we do not use ROIC or TSR as direct metrics as part of our long-term incentive strategy, we believe that the stock price performance metric that we do use in equity awards is likely to be well aligned with other metrics such as ROIC or TSR.
Please see “—Fiscal 2020 Business Highlights” included in this proxy statement.
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In 2018, we included disclosure about our newly adopted stock ownership guidelines.
Please see the “Corporate Governance” and “Environmental, Social & Governance” sections of this proxy statement.
Shareholders requested further disclosure about our independence determinations with respect to our directors.
We expanded our disclosures regarding our independence determinations with respect to our directors, in particular regarding our determination that Mr. Alberini is an independent director and our determinations regarding his appointment to any committees.
Shareholders also expressed a preference that equity awards granted to the executive officers of RH in particular be tied to performance metrics rather than simple time based metrics based on continued service.
Our compensation program relies on equity and equity upside as a key method to align incentives between the leadership team and our investors. For example, we consider stock option awards, which only have value if the stock goes higher, a key component of our compensation program.
Based on discussions and compensation reviews in prior years, we structured the 2017 Stock Option Award and 2020 Stock Option Award to Mr. Friedman to require substantial stock price appreciation from the price of our common stock on the date of grant in order to release restrictions on the shares underlying the award. We also required a four year service period for the Chief Executive Officer in order to assure that these price objectives would be measured on a sustained basis rather than at a single moment in time.
We believe the four year structure of the award aligns and incentivizes Mr. Friedman to take a multi-year and long-term approach in leading the Company.
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Shareholders requested further disclosure about the nature of our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer’s multi-year awards and further explanation around the period that the award is intended to cover.
In those circumstances where we make a multi-year equity award to an executive officer, we intend to disclose details concerning the multi-year nature of the award.
We have followed a practice of making multi-year equity awards to our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer based upon a four year cycle.
We have provided substantial additional disclosure concerning these multi-year awards and the performance metrics used in each of these awards. In particular, we provided a multi-year equity award to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in the second fiscal quarter of 2013 and in the second quarter of fiscal 2017.
The 2017 award included performance requirements linked to stock price objectives well in excess of the stock price on the date of the grant with the objective of measuring stock price performance over a minimum service period from the date of the grant. We believe that the 2017 grant was very successful due to the alignment of the performance objectives with long term stock price appreciation over a minimum four year service period and the stock price performance during this period substantially exceeded the stock price thresholds set forth in the award.
Based upon the experience we had with the 2017 award, we granted our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer an additional multi-year equity award in fiscal 2020 that is designed to track the methodology of the 2017 award. The 2020 award includes a new minimum four year service period commencing in May, 2021 on the date at which the 2017 award performance hurdles will all have been achieved. We have included enhanced disclosure concerning these multi-year equity awards to our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in our CD&A in order to explain the intent and details behind these large equity awards as well as the fact that we have not granted further equity awards to Mr. Friedman in fiscal 2018 or fiscal 2019.
The multi-year structure arose out of a purposefully driven conversation and discussion between the compensation committee and Mr. Friedman and is believed to incentivize Mr. Friedman and align him with a long-term view in leading the Company.
Shareholders requested increased transparency around peer group or other competitive measurements used by the Company for our pay-for-performance alignment.
We have enhanced our disclosure regarding the use of a “market check” as one of the compensation factors that we have employed to assess our compensation practices.
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Shareholders requested increased clarity regarding changes in our senior leadership structure and roles.
As a result of the ongoing evolution of our business, we continuously adjust the structure and operation of our executive leadership team to meet the needs of our business and optimize the outcome of our initiatives. We frequently implement changes to our organizational design in order to more closely align our leadership structure with the changing needs of the business. We have launched numerous initiatives that have become integral to the ongoing development of our business including, among others: (i) our membership program; (ii) the introduction of RH Hospitality in many of our new Gallery locations; (iii) the transformation of our real estate both through the introduction of new Galleries and changes in the real estate development model; (iv) ongoing restructuring and improvements to our distribution centers, transportation network and supply chain; (v) the introduction and expansion of design services as part of our Gallery operations; (vi) improvements in our home delivery and outlet model including the introduction of reverse logistics; (vii) improvements in our product assortment including the introduction of new categories such as RH Modern, RH Beach House and RH Ski House; and (viii) expansion of our business into international markets. While some of these initiatives such as the ongoing development of RH Hospitality have required us to add incremental leadership positions, others have simplified our business.
Our efforts architecting a new operating platform, inclusive of our distribution center network redesign, the redesign of our reverse logistics and outlet business, and the reconceptualization of our home delivery and customer experience, are driving lower costs and reductions in inventory levels. Likewise, the adoption of a membership model has resulted in simplification in our business and corresponding reduction in certain leadership personnel. Many of the efforts to improve our organizational design have resulted in changes in our home office operations and increased responsibilities for our executive leadership team.
We have provided ongoing disclosure concerning the roles of our senior leadership personnel including Ms. Chaya and Mr. Price. Over the last several years, we have increased the scope of responsibility for our named executive officers including Ms. Chaya and Mr. Price, each of whom works closely with our Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Chaya, our President, Chief Creative and Merchandising Officer oversees our product assortment and merchandising as well as related parts of our business including our Source Books and web presence. Mr. Price, our President, Chief Operating, Service and Values Officer, oversees our Gallery operations, Human Resources, distribution centers and supply chain, outlet and call center operations. The compensation committee determined to increase the base salaries for these named executive officers for fiscal 2020, as discussed below, in light of the increased responsibilities of such named executive officers and in order to incentivize them to continue to drive operational performance through these initiatives.
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BOARD’S ROLE IN RISK OVERSIGHT
Our board of directors is responsible for overseeing our risk management process. Our board of directors focuses on our general risk management strategy, including the most significant risks facing us, and oversees the implementation of risk mitigation strategies by leadership. Our board of directors is also apprised by leadership of particular risk management matters in connection with the board’s general oversight and approval of corporate matters and significant transactions. In addition, each of the board committees is responsible for risk management under its area of responsibility and consistent with its charter and such other responsibilities as may be delegated to them by the board of directors from time to time. See “Environmental, Social and Governance– Board Oversight of Cybersecurity Matters.”
DIRECTOR & EXECUTIVE STOCK OWNERSHIP GUIDELINES
Our board has adopted stock ownership guidelines applicable to all directors and executive officers of the Company in order to further align the financial interest of our directors and executive officers with the interest of our investors. The guidelines provide that executive officers should own RH stock with a value at least equal to six times annual base salary for the Chief Executive Officer and two times annual base salary for our other executive officers. The guidelines provide that non-management directors should own RH stock with a value at least equal to two times the amount of the annual cash retainer paid to directors. Executive officers and directors are expected to achieve the stock ownership levels under these guidelines by the later of five years from the effective date of the guideline or the date of their hire, promotion or appointment, except for the Chief Executive Officer for whom these guidelines were effective immediately upon their adoption in May 2018.
All executive officers and non-management directors are in compliance with the guidelines.
Our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Friedman, has consistently maintained a significant equity ownership interest in the Company and, as of May 24, 2021, beneficially owns approximately 28% of the Company’s common stock which, based on the average closing price for RH stock for fiscal 2020, was valued at approximately 1,384.7 times his annual base salary for fiscal 2020(1), far above the multiple of six times salary minimum ownership requirement. Additional information regarding the shareholdings of our other named executive officers and directors is set forth in this proxy statement in the section entitled “Security Ownership of Top Shareholders & Leadership.”
|(1)||Based on shares owned directly, shares owned indirectly and reported as beneficially owned for Section 16 reporting purposes, and the “in the money” value of stock options, restricted stock and restricted stock units that are no longer subject to vesting or selling restrictions.|
STOCK TRADING PRACTICES
We maintain an insider trading policy that, among other things, prohibits our officers, including our named executive officers, directors and associates from trading during quarterly blackout periods and contains other restrictions on trading activities designed to avoid circumstances where Company insiders may be deemed to have traded on material nonpublic information.
Under the insider trading policy, we also prohibit short sales, hedging and similar transactions designed to decrease the risks associated with holding the Company’s securities, pledging the Company’s securities as collateral for loans and transactions involving derivative securities relating to our common stock. Our insider trading policy also requires that all associates with titles of vice president or higher, including our named executive officers, and all members of our board of directors pre-clear any proposed open market transactions.
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10b5-1 Trading Plans
Each of our executive officers and directors may enter into a written plan (“10b5-1 Trading Plan”) for the automatic trading of securities in accordance with Rule 10b5-1 of the Exchange Act. It has been the practice of the named executive officers to disclose on Form 4 filed with the SEC whether any sale or other transfer of shares reported has been made pursuant to a 10b5-1 Trading Plan.
All 10b5-1 Trading Plans entered into by our executive officers and directors must comply with our insider trading policy, and any 10b5-1 Trading Plan must be pre-cleared in advance by the Company’s corporate compliance officer. A number of members of our leadership team and directors have adopted 10b5-1 Trading Plans.
ANNUAL MEETING ATTENDANCE
We do not have a policy that requires our directors to attend the annual meeting of shareholders. Two of our directors attended the 2020 annual meeting.
COMPENSATION OF DIRECTORS
We compensate all non-employee members of our board of directors as follows:
Annual cash retainer
$135,000 annual cash (paid quarterly in advance)
Lead Independent Director
$30,000 annual cash (paid quarterly in advance)(1)
Audit committee chairman
$80,000 annual cash (paid quarterly in advance)
Audit committee member
$25,000 annual cash (paid quarterly in advance)
Compensation committee chairman
$75,000 annual cash (paid quarterly in advance)
Compensation committee member
$20,000 annual cash (paid quarterly in advance)
Nominating & corporate governance committee chairman
$25,000 annual cash (paid quarterly in advance)
Nominating & corporate governance committee member
$15,000 annual cash (paid quarterly in advance)
Board meeting attendance fees
Annual equity grant of restricted stock
Aggregate value of $125,000(2)
|(1)||In March 2016, upon his appointment as Lead Independent Director, Mr. Demilio received a stock option for 20,000 shares, which vests in five equal installments over five years, subject to his continuing service as the Lead Independent Director. In May 2020, in connection with his service as Lead Independent Director, Mr. Demilio received a refresh stock option for 30,000 shares, which vests in five equal installments over five years, subject to his continuous service as the Lead Independent Director.|
|(2)||Based on the average closing price of our common stock on the date of grant, determined using the closing prices for the ten consecutive trading days prior to and inclusive of the date of grant, which shares vest in full on the one-year anniversary of the date of grant. Grants are made for service for the period between the annual meeting of shareholders for the fiscal year in which the grant was made and the annual meeting of shareholders for the following fiscal year.|
Annual equity grants described above are granted on the date of the annual meeting of shareholders each year.
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Mr. Friedman and Ms. Chaya, as current officers of the Company, did not receive any compensation for board service for fiscal 2020. All directors receive reimbursement for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with meetings of our board of directors.
The following table shows the compensation earned by all non-employee directors during fiscal 2020:
|(1)||Reflects the aggregate grant date fair value of the awards of restricted stock made in fiscal 2020, computed in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification Topic 718, Stock-Based Compensation (“FASB ASC 718”). See Note 18—Stock-Based Compensation in our audited consolidated financial statements contained in our 2020 Annual Report. Amounts shown do not reflect compensation actually received or that may be realized in the future by the director.|
At January 30, 2021, the last day of our 2020 fiscal year, the aggregate number of unvested restricted stock awards and unexercised stock options held by each of our directors during fiscal 2020, other than Mr. Friedman and Ms. Chaya, is set forth below. Information regarding equity awards held by Mr. Friedman and Ms. Chaya is set forth in the table entitled “Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End” in this proxy statement in the section titled “Executive Compensation.”
|(1)||All restricted stock awards listed above vest as to 100% of the shares on July 22, 2021.|
|(2)||Mr. Demilio was granted options to purchase 20,000 shares of stock in connection with his appointment as Lead Independent Director on March 9, 2016. Such options vested pro rata over five years such that they were fully vested on March 9, 2021. Mr. Demilio was granted options to purchase 30,000 shares of stock on May 5, 2020. Such options vest pro rata over five years such that they will be fully vested on May 5, 2025, subject to Mr. Demilio’s continued service as Lead Independent Director.|
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Fiscal 2020 Business Highlights
To assist you in reviewing the proposals to be acted upon at our Annual Meeting, we call your attention to certain headlines about the Company’s 2020 operational and financial performance set forth below that are relevant to the matters discussed in this proxy statement.
Below we highlight certain aspects of the Company’s strong recent performance including fiscal 2020 financial performance and stock price performance as well as our approach to equity compensation for our executive officers in relation to the Company’s business performance. The following business highlights are only a summary. For more complete information about these topics, please review the 2020 Annual Report and the entirety of this proxy statement.
Fiscal 2020 Financial Performance
We achieved record financial performance during fiscal 2020 despite the difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic which required us to close all of our physical retail and Hospitality locations in March 2020.
GAAP diluted earnings per share of $9.96 compared to $9.07 last year, adjusted diluted earnings per share of $17.83 compared to $11.66 last year, an increase of 53%.
GAAP net income of $271.8 million compared to $220.4 million last year, adjusted net income of $462.9 million compared to $276.3 million last year, an increase of 68%.
GAAP operating margin of 16.4% versus 13.7% last year, adjusted operating margin of 21.8% versus 14.3% last year, an increase of 750 basis points.
GAAP net revenues and adjusted net revenues both increased 8% to $2.85 billion.
OTHER FINANCIAL MEASURES
We generated $405 million of free cash flow in 2020.
Our substantial cash flow during fiscal 2020 enabled us to reduce the amount of our outstanding indebtedness during the year. We completed convertible debt financings in fiscal 2014, fiscal 2015, fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2019. Following repayment of the first two of these convertible note issuances at maturity during fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2020, respectively, $685 million in aggregate principal amount of convertible notes remained outstanding as of the end of fiscal 2020 on January 30, 2021. As of January 30, 2021, we also had no outstanding borrowings and $271.9 million of availability under our revolving line of credit facility, net of $15.4 million in outstanding letters of credit.
In fiscal 2020, we also achieved industry leading ROIC(2) of 53%, while in fiscal 2019 we achieved ROIC of 35%.
|(1)||Reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures for adjusted net revenues, adjusted operating margin, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share are provided in the tables included in Annex A to this proxy statement.|
|(2)||We define Return on Invested Capital (or “ROIC”) as adjusted operating income after-tax for the most recent twelve-month period, divided by the average of beginning and ending debt and equity less cash and equivalents as well as short and long-term investments for the most recent twelve month period. ROIC is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP, and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Our method of determining ROIC may differ from other companies’ methods and therefore may not be comparable.|
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Equity Compensation Framework
We believe that compensation paid to our executive officers should be structured to align with the performance of the business. We achieve this alignment in part by providing a substantial portion of compensation to our executive officers in the form of equity awards. This approach generally aligns executive compensation with shareholder stock price appreciation. In addition, we have structured the equity awards made to our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer to have a substantial performance component. Performance for these purposes is measured by stock price appreciation over a minimum four year service period. We believe that our approach to equity compensation for our executive officers has contributed to our overall business performance and the appreciation in our share price.
We believe that compensation paid to our executive officers should be closely aligned with the performance of the Company, on both a short-term and long-term basis. The compensation committee’s decision-making regarding executive compensation in any given fiscal year is informed in part by the financial performance of the Company as well as the strategic and business initiatives pursued by the Company during the year and over time. The Company undergoes an annual process to assess the compensation of its senior leadership team to assure that there is strong alignment with the Company’s performance goals and long-term business strategy.
In terms of the cash compensation for our executive officers, our decisions about base salaries for our executive officers during fiscal 2020 were influenced by the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, we determined to defer salaries for all of the executive officers until business conditions stabilized later in fiscal 2020 and we also delayed the annual salary increases for fiscal 2020.
See “Business Highlights—Response to COVID Pandemic with respect to Compensation Matters” below for additional information regarding the base salaries of our executive officers.
In terms of equity compensation for our executive officers, we generally used back-end loaded seven-year vesting periods for our equity awards rather than five-year vesting periods. We believe these longer vesting periods provide motivation for these executives to take a sustainable approach in creating long-term shareholder value and allow for these equity awards to create a retention structure over a seven year period as opposed to a shorter timeframe.
See “Executive Compensation—Compensation Discussion & Analysis” below for additional information regarding the fiscal 2020 equity awards to our executive officers.
2020 Stock Option Award to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
In 2020, the Company granted a multi-year stock option award (the “2020 Stock Option Award”) to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer that is tied to the Company’s future stock price performance and the continuing service of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer over time. The Company has determined that linking the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer’s equity award to future stock price performance is an important construct to align the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer’s compensation with the overall financial performance of the Company over time.
In fiscal 2017, the compensation committee determined to grant to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer a multi-year equity award under the 2012 Stock Incentive Plan to purchase 1,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock with performance conditions tied to stock price performance, which the compensation committee determined to be a transparent and accessible measure of overall value that aligned the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer’s compensation with a long-term view in leading the Company and with the returns experienced by investors over time.
The 2017 multi-year stock option award structure was implemented as a result of the compensation committee’s extensive efforts to create an award that created strong alignment between the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and the objectives of the Company’s shareholders. In its fiscal 2019 annual review of executive compensation, the compensation committee affirmed the effectiveness of the multi-year equity structure. The Company’s financial and operational performance improved and its stock price performed exceptionally well during the years following the 2017 multi-year stock option award to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. The 2017 multi-year stock option award required substantial stock price appreciation from the Company’s share price on the date of grant: the stock price performance targets in Mr. Friedman’s 2017 multi-year stock option award were set at $100, $125 and $150 per share, measured over a minimum four year time period from the date of grant and represented premiums to the grant-
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date stock price of 105.7%, 157.1% and 208.5%, respectively. As of February 2, 2018, the last trading day of fiscal 2017, the closing price of the Company’s common stock was $92.04 per share, a substantial increase over the price at the time of the equity award to Mr. Friedman in May 2017. As of February 1, 2019, the last trading day of fiscal 2018, the closing price of the Company’s common stock had further increased to $133.64 per share, and as of January 31, 2020, the last trading day of fiscal 2019, the closing price of the Company’s common stock had further increased to $208.75 per share.
The 2020 Stock Option Award has the same overall time-based and performance-based structure as the 2017 multi-year stock option award made to Mr. Friedman, except that the stock price performance levels, the exercise price and the number of shares covered by the new award have been adjusted to take into account current market conditions including the RH common stock price and the number of RH shares outstanding. Based on the strong performance of the Company’s stock price since the date of the 2017 multi-year stock option award, the compensation committee concluded in fiscal 2020 that all of the performance hurdles under the award would be met in May 2021. Mindful of this positive outcome, the 2020 Stock Option Award was structured to resume with a new four year performance period that commences upon completion of the performance measurement period for the 2017 multi-year stock option award. Accordingly, the new award provides for the continuation of essentially the same performance methodology used in the 2017 multi-year stock option award using enhanced stock price levels that are substantially above the RH stock price at the time of 2020 grant.
See “Executive Compensation—Compensation Discussion & Analysis” below for additional information regarding the equity compensation of our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Share Price Performance
We have achieved extremely strong share price appreciation measured both in the short term as well as the long term. We believe our executive compensation strategy with respect to equity grants is strongly aligned with our share price performance and has contributed to the strong financial returns that we have generated for investors.
Measured at the end of fiscal 2020, our share price increased more than 100% during fiscal 2020 as a result of our strong financial performance. The share price has also appreciated substantially when measured over the medium and long term through the end of fiscal 2020 as described further in the table below. Since our initial public offering in 2012, our share price has increased more than 1900%.
(1)Stock prices are rounded to the nearest whole dollar amount.
(2)Measured from the IPO price.
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Response to COVID Pandemic with respect to Compensation Matters
The COVID-19 outbreak in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 caused disruption to our business operations. In our initial response to the COVID-19 health crisis we undertook immediate adjustments to our business operations including temporarily closing all of our retail locations and restaurants, curtailing expenses and delaying investments including scaling back some inventory orders while we assessed the status of our business.
In April 2020, we announced organizational changes and expense reductions in response to the business conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, including the temporary furlough of a large number of team members, the termination of certain jobs, and temporary salary reductions for leadership positions across the Company. The salary deferral program covered the substantial majority of the leadership team across the business including all of our executive officers. In total, approximately 800 of our personnel participated in the salary deferral program with the percentage of salary deferred generally increasing based upon the seniority of leadership position within RH as follows: (i) 10% of salary for leaders and salaried team members; (ii) 20% for leaders at the level of director; (iii) 30% for leaders at the level of vice president; (iv) 40% of salary for senior vice presidents and various chief titles; and (v) 100% of salary for the executive leadership team including the chief executive officer, chief financial officer and other executives with the title of President which included all of our named executive officers. We also delayed the implementation of annual salary increases for our chief financial officer and the named executive officers while we continued to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the performance of the business.
We released these salary deferrals later in 2020 when conditions had improved and the Company’s business was recovering substantially from the pandemic low point in April, 2020. We also implemented the annual salary increases for our chief financial officer and the named executive officers on a retroactive basis dating back to July, 2020, which was the time these would have otherwise gone into effect. See “Executive Compensation—Compensation Discussion & Analysis” below for additional information regarding the base salaries and equity compensation of our named executive officers.
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environmental, social & governance
Our environmental, social and certain other governance efforts are implemented through our Compliance and Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) programs, which are designed to align our approach to environmental, social and governance issues with the interests of our people, customers and shareholders and their respective environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) concerns.
Our CSR programs consist of and are organized under four key components:
Product Safety & Compliance
Responsible Sourcing & Vendor Compliance
Environmental & Sustainability
We believe that these four key components of our CSR programs enhance and elevate our brand presence and are aligned with the Company’s long-term strategic goals as a provider of luxury home furnishings.
In order to implement our CSR programs, we collaborate and work with a variety of third-parties, many of which are non-profit organizations that provide and/or monitor standards addressing various aspects of ESG concerns. We work directly with some of these organizations or we rely upon vendors that adhere to standards set by these kinds of third parties. Some of these third-party organizations that we rely upon as part of our CSR programs include among others, Habitat for Humanity, Good360, UL, GoodWeave, and Fair Working Conditions. More information on our CSR program and ESG efforts and the work we do with these kinds of third parties is available on the Investor Relations section of our website, which is located at ir.rh.com, by clicking on “Environmental, Social & Governance” under the governance section of the site.
We observe a number of practices that are designed to support environmental stewardship through sustainability. We seek to address environmental considerations through our CSR programs including issues related to deforestation, waste, energy use, recycling and conservation of resources used in building materials.
We have strategically aligned our sustainability and environmental programs with the materials we use to make our products, the paper we use to print our Source Books and the iconic buildings we chose to renovate and restore as part of our portfolio of Design Galleries.
We have pioneered a number of product collections that incorporate the use of recycled and repurposed wood from older buildings where these materials can be procured. We also work with our vendors to support responsible wood sourcing practices and compliance with applicable regulations concerning the origin of new wood and other product inputs.
Our Source Books are printed – and have been printed for a number of years – on Forest Stewardship Council (or FSC) Certified Catalog Paper. FSC is a third party certification organization that evaluates those who manage the care of forests. Using FSC certified paper in the production of our Source Books is designed to assure that paper is not contributing to destructive practices in forestry such as illegal logging, conversion of natural forests to other land uses, the liquidation of high conservation value forests, civil rights violations and genetic modification of forest species.
This proxy statement as well as previous proxy statements have also been printed with FSC Paper.
We also promote a paperless alternative to Source Books through the presentation of our product assortment digitally. Our associates use iPads and other devices to showcase our product assortment to our customers in our Galleries. This service allows our customers to shop our entire merchandise assortment in our retail Galleries.
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We work closely with our delivery network, distribution centers, home office facilities teams, Galleries and outlets to divert packaging and other forms of waste from the landfills. We have instituted recycling and composting programs and a number of other initiatives to reuse and repurpose materials in lieu of traditional waste practices.
In 2015, we established a program with Habitat for Humanity to donate products in support of this organization as part of our philanthropy efforts. We donate to Habitat for Humanity merchandise that does do not meet our “first quality” standards and these “second quality” and “third quality” products are diverted from landfills and used by Habitat for Humanity. Our program with Habitat for Humanity started in Tracy, California and now includes Galleries, Outlets and distribution centers across the US and Canada. In 2019, Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver awarded RH a Community Donor Award as a Silver Level Donor.
We require certain RH Baby & Child merchandise to have received GREENGUARD Gold certification, the highest level of certification under GREENGUARD, requiring that such products meet strict chemical emissions limits and screening procedures.
Waste & Packaging
We work closely with our delivery centers, distribution centers, home office facilities teams, Galleries and outlets to assist them in finding resources and other options to help divert waste from landfills. We have proactively instituted product diversion programs resulting in more than 660,000 pounds (330 tons) of waste diverted from landfills in 2019 and 639,000 pounds (320 tons) diverted in 2020.
We have guidelines and procedures in place with our in-sourced home delivery teams and our third-party home delivery partners to offer to collect and recycle packaging materials from our customers at the time of the product delivery and installation process.
Across our Galleries and Showrooms, Outlets, distribution centers, our manufacturing site and our home offices, we have been steadily lowering our energy consumption throughout our U.S. and Canadian operations.
Number of Locations
|(1)||Consists of 128 locations consisting of 6 DCs, 66 Galleries, 14 HDCs, 31 Outlets and 8 other facilities in the U.S. and 2 Galleries and 1 Outlet in Canada|
|(2)||Consists of 129 locations consisting of 4 DCs, 66 Galleries, 16 HDCs, 32 Outlets and 8 other facilities in the U.S. and 2 Galleries and 1 Outlet in Canada|
|(3)||Consists of 133 locations consisting of 3 DCs, 65 Galleries, 19 HDCs, 32 Outlets and 11 other facilities in the U.S. and 2 Galleries and 1 Outlet in Canada|
The table above was derived from information provided to us by ENGIE Insight Service Inc., our third-party energy infrastructure and building services provider that helps manage our energy usage in certain of our select locations and facilities. We do not currently have data for all of our facilities as some of our locations, for example, are part of an integrated multi-tenant commercial complex such as a mall or shopping center where energy usage is co-mingled with other tenants and is managed by our landlord. We collect and use the data referenced above in order to monitor our energy usage and to conserve energy at these locations. We cannot assure that the results shown for our locations monitored by ENGIE Services are representative of other locations for which we do not have the same access to data regarding energy use.
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We believe our greatest energy savings impact has been driven by elements of our lighting campaign. Through a targeted approach to our lighting systems, we have expanded the use of LED bulbs in many of our Galleries. We anticipate further gains can be achieved through the continuation of this imitative during 2021 resulting in the conversion of more of our lighting to energy efficient LED alternatives.
We have also been reviewing potential options to include renewable sources in our energy portfolio.
As part of our real estate development projects, we address energy efficiency as one important factor in our development efforts. Some of our new Galleries have incorporated more energy efficient alternatives including in some instances LEED certified standards. As an example, in September 2016, we opened RH Austin, The Gallery at The Domain at 11720 Domain Boulevard which is a LEED Gold Certified building. In 2015, we opened our distribution center in Patterson, California which is also a LEED Gold Certified building. In 2020, we opened another distribution center in Ontario, California which is also a LEED Certified building.
Architectural & Design Legacy
As part of our development of new Galleries, RH has updated and renovated a number of historic buildings including among others our Gallery locations in Boston, Chicago, Greenwich, San Francisco (under development) and New York. These projects enable RH to preserve important architectural contributions and have the additional benefit of reusing and repurposing substantial amounts of legacy building materials that are preserved in these Gallery redesigns. In contrast to new construction, these redesigned historical buildings rely on substantial amounts of the original building materials where possible. In many instances, we have been able to preserve substantial elements of the original building and super structure as well as important design elements of the historic features of these locations. By preserving a significant portion of the original building, we are able to conserve the amount of new building materials that are used in these projects.
RH has great respect for architectural design and history and has reestablished the relevance of several historic and landmark buildings, giving them renewed purpose and bringing them to modern use. It is often the case that developing a new building from the ground up is more economical than restoring and renovating a historic building. When we choose to renovate historic landmark buildings, we approach the project as an investment in our brand elevation and real estate transformation strategy as well as an investment in a long-term sustainable approach to Gallery development. Many of these landmark buildings are in a state of disrepair at the time we take possession of them and through our careful restoration we redevelop them into Galleries that reinforce our luxury brand aesthetic and highly differentiated, elevated customer experience.
In April 2013, we opened RH Boston, The Gallery at the Historic Museum of Natural History at 234 Berkeley Street in Boston, Massachusetts. We restored this landmark building that was originally designed in 1862 by distinguished architect William G. Preston and was only the second building to be erected in Boston's famous Back Bay. Our restoration efforts earned us the Preservation Achievement Award through the Boston Preservation Alliance.
In May 2014, we opened RH Greenwich, The Gallery at the Historic Post Office at 310 Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut. We restored this storied neoclassical building that was originally built in 1917. This building sits in the heart of Greenwich Avenue’s Historic District and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In October 2015, we opened RH Chicago, The Gallery at the Three Arts Club at 1300 North Dearborn Parkway on Chicago’s famed Historic Gold Coast. We restored this landmark building, which was designed in 1914 by distinguished architectural firm Holabird & Roche and was inaugurated as a residence for young women studying music, drama and the visual arts. We restored the entire structure with great respect for its original vision in collaboration with the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. The Gold Coast district, where RH Chicago is located, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Three Arts Club was named a Chicago Landmark in 1981.
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In September 2018, we opened RH New York, The Gallery in the Historic Meatpacking District at the intersection of Little West 12th Street, Ninth Avenue and Gansevoort Street. We restored this historic landmark building that was originally owned by John Jacob Astor in the late 19th century. The Meatpacking District, where RH New York is located, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In December 2018, we reopened Ma(i)sonry as RH Wine Vault as part of RH Yountville in the heart of wine country at 6711 Washington Street, Yountville, California. We restored this landmark building, which was originally designed in 1902 by its owner and vintner Charles Rovegno with the help of Angelo Brovelli, a local mason responsible for many of Napa County's idyllic stone bridges. This historic structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as on the Napa County Historic Resources Inventory.
We are developing RH Guesthouse at 55 Gansevoort Street in New York, NY. The 55 Gansevoort building is located in the Gansevoort Market Historic District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our restoration of this historic landmark building, which dates to 1887 and was designed by architect Joseph M. Dunn, is underway.
We are developing RH San Francisco, The Gallery at the Historic Bethlehem Steel Building at the corner of Illinois & 20th Streets, San Francisco, CA. The Historic Bethlehem Steel Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We look forward to bringing life back to this historic building through our restoration of this San Francisco landmark.
We are developing RH England, The Gallery at the Historic Aynhoe Park. The earliest records indicate that a London mercer bought the manor of Aynhoe in 1545. The manor house at Aynhoe Park has been remodeled many times since it was built. We acquired Aynhoe Park in 2020 and intend to continue to redevelop, restore and breathe new life into this iconic historic site, which is considered to be a building of exceptional interest under the National Heritage List for England.
We care about the well-being of our people, customers, and communities, which is an important factor that influences our actions in many areas of our business operations. Our CSR programs are designed in part to support the ethical treatment of people including our associates, customers, vendors and other stakeholders. We seek to promote workplace health and favorable working conditions for our people.
Our goal is to have the most qualified person in every position. We have a policy that prohibits us from discriminating against any applicant or associate. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, discipline, job assignments, benefits, transfer and discharge.
RH is committed to providing a productive work environment free of unlawful harassment. Our company policies prohibit any form of harassment that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, abusive or offensive work environment.
We maintain an open door policy where our associates are encouraged to stop by to discuss any suggestions or address any concerns they might have. We believe that most work-related obstacles can be best addressed through open and honest communications.
We maintain an anonymous hotline where submitted complaints, concerns and grievances are reviewed and addressed with the objective that no associate submitting such complaints will be disciplined, penalized or otherwise retaliated against for raising a good-faith concern either through the hotline or under our open door policy.
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In late March 2020, RH closed all retail and restaurant operations in response to public health considerations in light of the COVID outbreak. In April 2020, the Company initiated a workforce restructuring in response to COVID, which included a permanent layoff of approximately 440 associates, a temporary furlough of over 2,000 of our personnel, and a salary deferral program for most of our leaders.
In April 2020, the Company implemented its salary deferral program for the substantial majority of the leadership positions across the business. In total, approximately 800 of our personnel participated in the salary deferral program with the percentage of salary deferred generally increasing based upon the seniority of leadership position within RH as follows: (i) 10% of salary for leaders and salaried team members; (ii) 20% for leaders at the level of director; (iii) 30% for leaders at the level of vice president; (iv) 40% of salary for senior vice presidents and various chief titles; and (v) 100% of salary for the executive leadership team including the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and other executives with the title of President. These salary deferrals were released later in 2020 when conditions had improved and the Company’s business was recovering substantially from the pandemic low point in April 2020.
In connection with our COVID restructuring in response to the pandemic, all associates who were laid off were offered severance benefits to assist with their transition. For those associates placed on temporary furlough, RH subsidized the associate and employer portions of health benefit premiums during the furlough. We also provided resources and facilitated the process of unemployment claims, in cooperation with the state agencies charged with administering these unemployment insurance programs.
Beginning in May 2020, and continuing over the next several months, RH began reopening its retail and restaurant locations subject to the requirements of applicable local health restrictions. In 2021, nearly all of our locations have been reopened subject to episodic closures and capacity restrictions, based upon local conditions.
In connection with the reopening, we have undertaken a variety of steps to protect the health, safety and well-being of our associates and customers in response to COVID-19. We have continued to operate our locations in accordance with applicable local restrictions including capacity limitations on building occupancy and seating in our restaurants as dictated by circumstances in place at each location.
We continue to monitor capacity in our locations to ensure social distance can be maintained between customers and associates. We have required all visitors to wear facial coverings while visiting RH locations to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for both our associates and customers, and we maintain signage that reminds customers not to visit if they have any COVID symptoms.
With respect to our on-going operations, we have implemented written policies, procedures, and signage in response to COVID, taking into account guidance from the CDC and local health authorities. Among other things, we conducted daily health screenings of our associates and vendors prior to entering their workplaces. Our entry procedures have included a standard health questionnaire drawn from CDC guidance and a temperature check. Associates who failed the screening were sent home. We invested significant resources in enhanced sanitation and personal protective equipment (“PPE”) for all facilities. The majority of our home office workforce worked remotely for significant portions of 2020. For those who could not perform remote work, RH made adjustments to its physical workspaces to address social distancing between workers and required facial coverings to be worn.
With respect to its associates, RH continues to update its policies and operating procedures in response to changing conditions and evolving factors including the latest virus trends, vaccine distribution, and government guidance, and we have dedicated resources to assisting associates with obtaining COVID tests and healthcare as necessary.
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We believe deeply that the “right” people are our greatest asset. Our success is thus dependent upon our ability to retain continued service of our key personnel, particularly our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and to attract, retain and motivate qualified leaders and associates across all parts of our organization, including Galleries, Hospitality, distribution centers, home delivery centers and customer delight centers.
Team RH is approximately 5,000 people comprised of full-time, part-time and temporary associates, with about 44% based in our retail and outlet locations as of January 30, 2021.
For us, the provision of a comprehensive benefits program is an investment in our associates. We recognize the value our associates bring to RH, and we are committed to offering an array of opportunities from which they can choose. In addition to select perks, including discounts on tickets, technology and more, RH offers the following to eligible associates:
|●||Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance|
|●||Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts|
|●||Transit and Parking Benefits (Pre-Tax)|
|●||Health Savings Account|
|●||Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance|
|●||Employee Assistance Program|
|●||401(K) Retirement Savings Plan|
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We maintain a diverse workforce. RH is an equal opportunity employer, and we believe in meritocratic hiring. We strongly believe our performance is enhanced by our workforce being comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds, skills and experience that align with the needs of our business.
We believe this approach naturally leads to a gender and ethnically diverse workforce. We believe that our commitment to diversity is demonstrated by the composition of our workforce.
The following charts present the gender, racial and ethnic composition of our workforce over the past four fiscal years.
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Racial and Ethnic Diversity
For topics related to the composition of our board and its diversity please refer to “—Composition and Qualifications of our Board of Directors” under the section “Corporate Governance.”
We expect our values and principles to be maintained throughout our business, including our supply chain. We require our vendors to adhere to our Vendor Code of Conduct (the “Vendor Code of Conduct”), which can be found on our Investor Relations section of our website, which is located at ir.rh.com under “Environmental, Social & Governance” as well as other requirements. Our Vendor Code of Conduct is designed to promote the principles of fair and ethical treatment of workers, compliance with all applicable local laws, rules and regulations, and transparency to allow for accountability and reasonable substantiation of compliance.
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Through our Vendor Code of Conduct as well as other requirements including our vendor operations manual, our vendors must agree to adhere to numerous workplace standards and principles including compliance with laws and requirements relating to wages and compensation, the support of freedom of association, the prevention of unlawful discrimination and the promotion of the health, safety and dignity of people that work for vendors participating in our supply chain.
To monitor compliance of vendors with the Vendor Code of Conduct and other applicable requirements necessary to promote the production of safe products that meet RH’s standards in appropriate working conditions, we rely on our Social Compliance and Product Safety programs. Both of these programs leverage third-party organizations in order to monitor that our vendors are adhering to our expected standards.
We have partnered with international non-profit organizations, Fair Working Conditions and GoodWeave, and most recently also with Label STEP to audit for working conditions and compliance with labor standards. Our approach includes working with mission-minded organizations that can audit our suppliers’ factories and can take other measures to support our vendors in complying with standards related to working conditions and responsible practices.
Our suppliers are expected to certify and acknowledge adherence to our Vendor Code of Conduct and other requirements which set forth numerous vendor obligations and rules related to compliance with applicable working conditions and other standards in support of responsible business practices. Vendors in our network must participate in our Social and Vendor Compliance Program, which authorizes RH and its agents access to conduct inspections and audits of vendors’ facilities.
We have partnered with Benchmark International to monitor for products made with endangered plant species or plant species that are harvested illegally. Benchmark International is an accredited, independent auditing and testing lab with world-wide expertise in the areas of Lacey Act & EUTR compliance, TSCA compliance and wood testing.
We have established guidelines around the use in our supply chain of conflict minerals (which we define to include columbite-tantalite (coltan), cassiterite, gold, wolframite, and their derivatives, which are limited to tantalum, tin and tungsten) sourced from central African countries to address concerns over the exploitation and trade of minerals that supports ongoing conflicts in the region.
We require our vendors to conduct their sourcing in compliance with local and internationally recognized laws with respect to animal welfare. We monitor certain animal and natural products such as those made with down feathers. We also comply with and monitor bans in certain states and municipalities on the sale of fur, and we monitor supply chain traceability with regard to the sources of our Belgian linen.
We maintain a product safety and compliance program in support of our efforts to sell products that are safe and to protect our customers and our people. We seek to maintain consistent quality of our manufacturers’ products through a range of measures to assess quality and address problems in order to promote prompt responses to any identified issues. Our quality assurance measures include a variety of monitoring procedures and practices such as inspection of pre-production samples, site visits of our vendors’ production facilities and inspection of inbound shipments at our distribution facilities.
The RH Product Safety & Compliance Team works in partnership with our vendors, third-party laboratories, and technical experts in connection with testing for regulatory, industry, and brand standards. We believe that partnering with accredited labs across the globe helps RH to monitor products and materials for issues of safety and quality.
As part of the adoption of any new product, the RH Product Safety & Compliance team reviews products at the individual SKU level as well as across collections of similar products to address product testing requirements and establish the appropriate test protocols to be applied. We work closely with third-party testing laboratories to execute the product testing in accordance to RH’s specifications.
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In addition to certifications and testing, we actively monitor CPSC and other industry related safety alerts and product recalls are listed on our website. Often these recalls are conducted on a voluntary basis to avoid any potential harm. As such, our notices provide detailed updates of the products that are recalled, the reason, and the reimbursement, replacement or refund opportunities.
The GREENGUARD standard is used to determine organic emissions from building materials, finishes and furnishings. We require certain RH Baby & Child merchandise to have received GREENGUARD Gold certification, the highest level of certification under GREENGUARD, requiring that such products meet strict chemical emissions limits and screening them for over 10,000 chemicals and more than 360 volatile organic compounds (VOCs). We are in the process of expanding our offering of GREENGUARD certified collections to include additional products beyond those currently offered under this standard.
We have partnered with UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and have designated UL as a preferred lab partner for third party testing. UL provides regulatory, safety, quality and advisory services to RH and its supply chain partners with the objective that our testing protocols meet industry standards and legal requirements. We believe that partnering with UL helps address our objective that products sold by RH meet our customers’ expectations of safety and quality.
RH also monitors various chemicals that may be hazardous to human health and/or the environment.
RH follows a number of approaches in relation to charitable donations and other aspects of philanthropy. As part of various Gallery Development projects, RH has donated products and design services to civic centers, local charities and schools in order to engender community goodwill. Over the last five years, we have donated close to $43.5 million of product at cost to a variety of charities and non-profit organizations related to the communities where we live and work. Additionally, RH sponsors local community charities in connection with Gallery opening events. We have made numerous donations to third party charities in connection with our business operations. Examples of non-profit organizations to whom we have made donations include Art Institute Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Children’s Choir, The Denver Art Museum, Children’s Hospital Colorado, RxArt, The Art of Elysium, Moffitt Cancer Center, Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, Just Keep Livin’ Foundation, After-School All-Stars Las Vegas, Seattle Art Museum, Norton Museum of Art, SickKids Foundation, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation, The First Art Museum, Free Arts NYC, Friends of the Highline, Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Columbus Museum of Art and 3Arts.
In 2017, we partnered with Good360 on a disaster recovery project in Lafayette, Louisiana to help flood victims. RH donated close to $300,000 of product at cost and sent volunteers to assist with the project to help get families and individuals back into their homes after massive flooding. This donation project earned RH the Circle of Good Award from Good360. The award is given to corporate and nonprofit partners who go above and beyond in creating meaningful, measurable and sustainable impact in the lives of those in need.
RH also provides local donations to communities where our associates live and work, and in the case of the northern California wildfires in recent years, donated goods to help support rest areas for first responders, temporary shelters for fire victims, and the relief and rebuilding efforts of those who were affected by the fires. Other examples of organizations to whom we have made donations include: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, UCSF Dec My Room, San Francisco Toy Program, SchoolsRule Marin, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, PlumpJack Foundation, Slide Ranch, The BreastFest, Dress for a Cure, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, 826DC, 826Valencia, Homeward Bound of Marin, Gilead House, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Bay Area and many local schools and smaller nonprofit organizations close to our Galleries, distribution centers and corporate office.
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Rain Room donation to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
As part of the launch of our contemporary art program in 2013, RH acquired the first edition of Rain Room by the art collective Random International in 2012. The Rain Room was exhibited at London’s Barbican Centre, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). In 2016, we ultimately decided to donate the Rain Room to LACMA as part of LACMA’s permanent collection.
We have numerous governance policies and practices as noted above in this proxy statement in the section entitled “Corporate Governance” regarding our board of directors and overall governance framework.
At RH, we’re committed to conducting our affairs in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations of the countries in which we do business. Our Code of Business Conduct (the “Code of Conduct”) applies to everyone at RH including our associates, officers and directors in addition to certain independent contractors, consultants and advisors who work at our facilities or on the Company’s behalf. We also have a Code of Ethics for our Chief Executive Officer and Senior Financial Officers that promotes honest and ethical conduct and compliance.
Our Code of Conduct is designed to promote honest and ethical conduct, including (i) the promotion of honest and ethical business practices, (ii) the handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships, (iii) compliance with governmental laws, rules and regulations, (iv) prompt internal reporting of violations, and (v) accountability for adherence to the requirements of the Code of Conduct. A few of the topics and issues covered by our Code of Conduct include:
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RH’s Chief Compliance Officer oversees and administers the Company’s corporate and compliance policies with the objective of (i) fostering a culture that integrates compliance and ethics into business processes and practices and (ii) maintaining and monitoring a system for reporting and investigating potential compliance and ethics concerns.
The Chief Compliance Officer reports regularly to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors and/or the Nominating and Governance Committee as appropriate with regard to (i) the Company’s compliance with applicable laws and regulations, (ii) relevant topics concerning the Company’s corporate governance, and (iii) any other material matters within the responsibility of the Chief Compliance Officer.
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We further discuss some of our compliance and governance policies and practices below.
Our anti-corruption policy supplements our Code of Conduct and requires compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the growing body of international anti-corruption laws and prohibits the Company and our affiliates, directors, officers, associates, agents and representatives from unduly influencing officials or foreign governments and political officials. Oversight for this policy falls under RH’s Chief Compliance Officer.
We require our vendors to comply with our anti-corruption standards including periodically renewing certifications to the Company of the vendor’s compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.K. Bribery Act and other applicable anti-corruption laws and regulations.
As part of our broader anti-corruption efforts, we have adopted processes and procedures with the objective of avoiding transactions with countries sanctioned by the U.S. government. Among other compliance measures, we monitor business activity and third parties to reduce the risk of conducting transactions with sanctioned parties, specifically including persons and entities identified on the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”).
We additionally have an expenditure and signature authority policy that is refreshed annually by our Board of Directors that covers the expenditure limits of our associates, including executives by level, and that further typically limits associates from binding the Company to contractual obligations outside of their principal areas of responsibilities.
Conflict Minerals Policy
We seek to source safe, quality products made in a manner consistent with our values of ethical business conduct, the use of responsible social and environmental practices and the protection of human rights. We maintain a Conflict Minerals Policy that is incorporated into our Vendor Operations Manual, which our suppliers are able to access via a secure website. We expect that our direct suppliers will comply with our Conflict Minerals Policy and that they will (i) provide appropriate information and conduct necessary due diligence to facilitate our disclosures under Form SD regarding sources of conflict minerals within our supply chain pursuant to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, (ii) implement and communicate to their relevant personnel and suppliers policies that are consistent with our Conflict Minerals Policy, (iii) put in place procedures and contractual provisions for the traceability of conflict minerals, working with their suppliers as applicable, (iv) use reasonable efforts to source conflict minerals from smelters and refiners that have been validated by a recognized, independent third party as DRC conflict free, and (v) adopt a risk management strategy with respect to identified risks in the supply chain that is consistent with our Conflict Minerals Policy.
Information Security and Information Security Incident Response Plan
The safeguarding of confidential and sensitive information, including proprietary information, is critical to ensuring the success of our business as well as the continued availability of our information assets.
RH’s approach to the identification, monitoring and management of data security risks has been developed pursuant to a number of different approaches to mitigate cybersecurity threats including the adoption of technical, policy and administrative cybersecurity controls as well as reliance on RH’s Information Security Incident Response Plan and cybersecurity training.
The Company conducts various risks assessments in the area of cybersecurity including periodic independent information security risk audits. Through these assessments, the Company seeks to evaluate its information security posture against a benchmark prescribed by independent third-party firms with expertise in this area.
The type of sensitive information RH may address in its business operations includes, without limitation, data related to our customers, associates, temporary associates, contractors, or the personal identity of a business partner or other content specific to an individual. Some examples of this information includes credit or debit card numbers and other similar sensitive information.
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Our Privacy Policies detail how we collect, use, disclose and safeguard the information our customers’ provide us through our websites and mobile software systems, as well as our physical properties such as our Galleries, outlets, distribution centers, etc. We uphold our customers’ privacy rights through a number of measures. We offer our customers opportunities to unsubscribe to promotion communications, opt-out of information transfers to third-parties, and request deletion of personal information.
Our information security incident response plan provides a framework for our response to a cyber-security incident, and includes procedures to identify, assess and mitigate the source of a cyber-security breach, to minimize damage where possible and to restore normal operations as promptly as practicable.
At RH, we categorize our data assets and tailor our security architecture to protect them using a criticality approach. By using an industry-accepted critical security controls framework to measure our cyber-security and protocols, we are able to monitor the use and performance of our:
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Cyber Liability Insurance Policy
RH maintains a cyber liability insurance policy that covers certain losses and liabilities arising from cyber-attacks and data breaches. Subject to its terms and limitations, our policy includes coverage for business interruption and other costs associated with a covered breach event such as forensic consultants, notice to affected individuals and certain defense and litigation proceedings. The coverage limits and self-insured retentions are reviewed on an annual basis.
Board Oversight of Cybersecurity Matters
The Audit Committee assumes primary responsibility at the board level for the monitoring and oversight of cybersecurity issues and risks related to information security. The Company regularly reports to the Audit Committee, typically on a quarterly basis, regarding information security and cybersecurity matters including the results of risk assessments and third party audits as well as the Company’s adoption of security enhancements to mitigate risk related to cybersecurity threats. See “Corporate Governance—Board’s Role in Risk Oversight.” Ms. Mitic, a member of our Audit Committee, has specific applicable experience that relates to the importance of information security around personal information of consumers. We believe that Ms. Mitic’s current experience at eBay, Inc. as well as her prior experience at Yahoo! and Facebook, is particularly relevant in relation to our Board’s review and monitoring of cybersecurity topics.
Our investment policy requires that investment assets held by RH meet the objective of safety and preservation of principal while providing sufficient liquidity to meet the operating cash requirements of the Company, with the objective of investing funds at favorable yields with minimum risk.
U.S. Sanctions Compliance Policy
Our U.S. sanctions compliance policy requires that we screen our vendors to reduce the risk of transactions with countries and parties that are embargoed and sanctioned by the U.S. government.
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Our SOX whistleblower policy addresses the reporting of certain categories of misconduct including misconduct related to accounting practices, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, and prohibits retaliation against those reporting such misconduct. Submissions may be made on an anonymous basis. We also have other programs to allow for reporting of potential misconduct in other aspects of our business.
Disclosure Committee & Charter
We have a Disclosure Committee to assist the CEO and CFO in fulfilling their responsibility for oversight of the establishment, maintenance, review and evaluation of controls and other procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in its publicly filed reports pursuant to the Exchange Act of 1934 is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in applicable rules and forms, that the Company’s public disclosures are materially accurate and complete and otherwise comply with applicable disclosure requirements, and that there exists an open avenue of communication regarding disclosure such that senior leadership can make informed decisions relating to materiality and disclosure obligations.
Membership of the Committee is designated by our CEO and includes executives representing key areas of the Company’s operations that may be relevant to the Company’s filings with the SEC and other public disclosures, including senior representatives from the following key areas of the Company: finance and accounting, legal, tax, compliance, risk, internal audit.
Chief Compliance Officer & Charter
In 2020, the Board formally established a charter that sets forth certain responsibilities and requirements applicable to our Chief Compliance Officer, inclusive of overseeing and administering the Company’s corporate and compliance policies with the objective of fostering a culture that integrates compliance and ethics into business processes and practices and maintaining and monitoring a system for reporting and investigating potential compliance and ethics concerns. The Chief Compliance Officer is expected to report regularly to the Audit Committee and/or the Nominating and Governance Committee as appropriate with regard to compliance with applicable laws and regulations, relevant topics concerning corporate governance, and any other material matters within the responsibility of the Chief Compliance Officer.
Other Appropriate Uses of Corporate Funds
To provide further assurance around the appropriate use of corporate funds for business purposes and to further assist with mitigation of risks around conflicts of interest and corruption, we have adopted several policies and guidelines that cover such items as (i) the authority of our associates to bind the company to certain contractual obligations, and (ii) limitations and controls around expenditures related to travel, entertaining and gifting and other expenses.
We generally do not use corporate funds to make contributions to support or oppose federal, state or local political parties, candidates or campaigns or offer our Galleries in support of such efforts. Our statement on political activity is available on the Investor Relations section of our website, which is located at ir.rh.com under “Corporate Governance.”
Our Continued Efforts & Innovation
One of our core values is innovation. We value innovation, taking risks and boldly going where no company has gone before. We believe you’re either striving to get better, or allowing yourself to get worse – there is no such thing as staying the same. The power of innovation comes from leveraging the creative minds and spirit of all of our people, at all levels of the organization. We strive to build an environment that encourages people to challenge conventional thinking, and to ask “why?” and “why not?” We embrace those people who have the courage to put forth new ideas and breathe new life into our company. Innovation is at the core of what we do.
We continue to evolve and innovate our CSR programs and our approach to ESG matters.
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COMPENSATION DISCUSSION & ANALYSIS
We align our executive compensation practices to the business objectives of our Company in order to drive ongoing improvements in our financial performance. This compensation discussion and analysis (“CD&A”) explains the strategy, design, and decision-making processes of our compensation programs and practices in the fiscal year ended January 30, 2021 (“fiscal 2020”) for our named executive officers. This CD&A is intended to provide perspective on the compensation information contained in the compensation tables that follow this discussion. This CD&A also discusses how the fiscal 2020 compensation of our named executive officers aligns with the key goals of our compensation philosophy, namely, attracting and retaining the best talent and driving financial performance. We also discuss how we use our compensation programs, including equity programs, to encourage an ownership and stakeholder perspective among our named executive officers by providing them with a long-term interest in the growth and financial performance of our Company that aligns with the interests of our shareholders.
We believe that continually analyzing and refining our compensation program enables us to achieve the key goals of our compensation philosophy and supports ongoing improvements in our financial performance.
The following table shows the total shareholder return for our common stock during the five fiscal year periods indicated below. The first row of the table indicates the cumulative return of an investor purchasing one share of RH common stock at the market close on January 29, 2016 and its value (percentage increase or decrease) at the associated fiscal year ends indicated in the table. The table then assumes a scenario where $100 was invested at the market close on January 29, 2016 in RH common stock, which is equivalent to 1.62 shares (if fractional shares were permitted), and its value (percentage increase or decrease) at the associated fiscal year ends indicated in the table.
Value of 1 share
Value of a $100 Investment
This table is supplemental to the stock performance graph presented in our 2020 Annual Report.
The following table sets forth, for fiscal 2020, our named executive officers, as defined in Item 402 of Regulation S- K promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended:
(1) Mr. Stanchak retired and left the Company on May 16, 2021.
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We believe that compensation paid to our executive officers should be:
Closely aligned with the performance of the Company, on both a short-term and long-term basis;
Linked to specific, measurable results intended to create value for shareholders;
Transparent, accessible and understandable by all stakeholders to understand what drives our executives; and
Tailored to achieve the key goals of our compensation program and philosophy.
Our executive compensation programs are aligned with our shareholders’ interests, with performance-based compensation being tied primarily to our annual earnings before taxes and our long-term stock price performance.
In the case of our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, we have structured his multi-year stock option award granted during fiscal 2020 to require substantial stock price appreciation from the Company’s share price on the date of grant, as described further below. Mr. Friedman’s base salary has remained unchanged since it was last increased in June 2013 when he returned to the Company, at the time, as our Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Friedman’s bonus opportunity was not changed for fiscal 2018, fiscal 2019 or fiscal 2020.
The compensation committee has also continued to focus on balancing the alignment of our executive compensation program with our financial performance, providing incentives for retention purposes, rewarding the continued transformation of the business in fiscal 2020, and tailoring our compensation arrangements to match changes in our executive leadership. In March 2021, the compensation committee reviewed the Company’s financial results related to the LIP targets, as described further below, set in the prior year and determined that the Company had exceeded the 200% achievement level with respect to the Company’s financial objectives. As a result, the compensation committee determined that the amount of the payout under the LIP would be set at the maximum level of 200%. In addition, although the base salaries for our named executive officers were not increased during fiscal 2020 from fiscal 2019 salary levels, in fiscal 2021 we increased the base salaries for certain named executives as discussed further below.
2020 Stock Option Award to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
On October 18, 2020, the compensation committee granted a stock option to Mr. Friedman under the 2012 Stock Incentive Plan to purchase 700,000 shares of the Company’s common stock (the “2020 Stock Option Award”), with certain selling restrictions tied to stock price appreciation, with a ten year term and an exercise price of $385.30 per share which was the market price for RH’s common stock effective on the date of the grant. Selling restrictions attached to the shares only lapse upon the achievement of both certain time-based service period requirements and certain stock price-based performance objectives, as further described below. The compensation committee believes that the combination of time-based restrictions and performance-based restrictions tied to stock price appreciation creates a strong alignment between Mr. Friedman and the objectives of the Company’s shareholders.
The 2020 Stock Option Award has the same overall time-based and performance-based structure as the multi-year 2017 stock option award made to Mr. Friedman, except that the stock price performance levels, the exercise price and the number of shares covered by the new award have been adjusted to take into account current market conditions including the RH common stock price and the number of RH shares outstanding. The 2017 multi-year stock option award structure was implemented as a result of the compensation committee's extensive efforts to create an award that created strong alignment between Mr. Friedman and the objectives of the Company's shareholders. As the RH stock price substantially exceeded the performance hurdles under the 2017 award granted to Mr. Friedman, the board of directors and the compensation committee concluded that the 2017 award was a successful incentive structure for the Chief Executive Officer using a combination of both time-based and performance-based restrictions. Mindful of this positive outcome, the 2020 Stock Option Award provides for the continuation of this performance methodology at enhanced price levels that are substantially above the RH stock price at the time of grant.
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The chart below summarizes the key considerations and review process undertaken by the compensation:
Key Considerations in Granting the Award
Determining the Performance Metric
Key Considerations Related to the Multi-Year Structure of the Award
Input from Independent Advisors
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Based upon the above described key considerations and review process, the compensation committee structured the 2020 Stock Option Award to include selling restrictions on the underlying shares, which selling restrictions only lapse upon the achievement of both certain time-based service period requirements and certain stock price-based performance objectives, as further described below. The compensation committee believes that the combination of time-based restrictions and performance-based restrictions tied to stock price appreciation creates a strong alignment between Mr. Friedman and the objectives of the Company's stockholders.
The 2020 Stock Option Award contains the same overall structure as the last multi-year award granted to Mr. Friedman in 2017 by utilizing both time-based service period requirements and performance-based metrics. The 2020 Stock Option Award includes RH stock price performance targets of $500, $650 and $800 per share, which represent a substantial premium above the prevailing RH common stock price at the time of the grant.
The 2020 Stock Option Award is the third multi-year stock option award provided to Mr. Friedman since the 2012 initial public offering, with the previous two awards covering successive four year time periods from 2013 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2021, respectively. Consistent with this expectation the compensation committee did not grant Mr. Friedman an additional equity award in fiscal 2018 or fiscal 2019.
Given that the stock price performance metrics for the 2017 Stock Option Award had been achieved, and in order to continue to incentive Mr. Friedman towards the Company’s long-term strategic and key value driving goals as well as to continue to incentivize Mr. Friedman to continue to drive the Company’s financial performance, the compensation committee determined to grant Mr. Friedman the 2020 Stock Option Award to cover the successive four year period upon the expiration of the time-based service requirements of the 2017 Stock Option Award. The time period for the new award commenced in May 2021, which was the date at which the performance time period for the 2017 award had been completed and satisfied. Accordingly, the 2020 Stock Option Award provides a continuation of the stock price performance methodology of the 2017 award for four successive performance years commencing in May 2021 through May 2025 at enhanced price levels.
The RH stock price has substantially exceeded the performance hurdles under the 2017 award granted to Mr. Friedman. The board of directors and the compensation committee concluded that the 2017 award was a successful incentive structure for the Chief Executive Officer using a combination of both time-based restrictions and performance-based restrictions to create strong alignment between the Chief Executive Officer and the Company’s shareholders. The 2020 Stock Option award provides for the continuation of this performance methodology at enhanced price levels that are substantially above the current RH stock price.
The following table quantifies the stock price appreciation from the date of grant that would be required to achieve each performance target under the 2020 Stock Option Award:
PRICE TARGET ($)
PREMIUM TO GRANT