Proxy Statement (definitive) (def 14a)

Date : 04/26/2019 @ 2:14PM
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Proxy Statement (definitive) (def 14a)



UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

SCHEDULE 14A

(RULE 14a-101)

Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

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IMAGEN 1

Arias 3751, 7th Floor

Buenos Aires, Argentina C1430CRG

April 26, 2019 

Dear Stockholder:

You are cordially invited to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of MercadoLibre, Inc., which will be held at 12:00 p.m ., Eastern Time, on Monday, June 10, 2019. We are pleased to note that this year’s annual meeting will be a completely virtual meeting of stockholders. You will be able to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting, vote, and submit your questions during the meeting via the Internet by visiting   www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/MELI201 9 .

We are pleased to use the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule that allows companies to furnish proxy materials to their stockholders primarily over the Internet. We believe that this electronic process should expedite your receipt of our proxy materials, lower the costs of our Annual Meeting, and help to conserve natural resources. On or about April 26, 2019 , we first mailed to our stockholders a Notice of Internet Availability containing instructions on how to access our 2019 Proxy Statement and 2018 Annual Report and how to vote. The notice also included instructions on how to receive a paper copy of our proxy materials, including the proxy statement, proxy card and 2018 Annual Report.

Thank you and we look forward to your attendance at the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or receiving your proxy vote. On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to express our appreciation for your continued interest in MercadoLibre.

Sincerely yours,

/s/ Marcos Galperin

Marcos Galperin

Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

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Arias 3751, 7th Floor
Buenos Aires, Argentina C1430CRG

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
TO BE HELD ON JUNE 10, 2019

To Our Stockholders:

Notice is hereby given that the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of MercadoLibre, Inc. (the “ 2019 Annual Meeting ”) will be held at 12:00 p.m. , Eastern Time, on June 10, 2019. The Annual Meeting can be accessed by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/MELI2019 , where stockholders will be able to listen to the meeting live, submit questions and vote online. The meeting is called for the following purposes:

1.

To elect the three Class III directors nominated and recommended by our board of directors, each to serve until the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or until such time as their respective successors are elected and qualified;

2.

To approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of our named executive officers for fiscal year 2018;

3.

To consider and vote upon a proposal to approve the adoption of the Amended and Restated 2009 Equity Compensation Plan (the “ Amended and Restated 2009 Plan ”), which contains terms substantially similar to the terms of the MercadoLibre 2009 Equity Compensation Plan (the “ 2009 Plan ”) scheduled to expire in June 2019. The Amended and Restated 2009 Plan, as proposed, will have reserved for issuance 1,000,000 shares of our common stock;

4.

To ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Co. S.A. as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019; and

5.

To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting.

Our board of directors has fixed the close of business on April 15, 2019 as the record date for determining the stockholders entitled to notice of and to vote at the 2019 Annual Meeting. Only stockholders of record as of the close of business on April 15, 2019 are entitled to notice of and to vote at the 2019 Annual Meeting and at any adjournment or postponement thereof. We ask that as promptly as possible you vote via the Internet, by telephone or, if you requested to receive printed proxy materials, by mailing a proxy or voting instruction card.

Whether or not you plan to attend the meeting, please read our 2019 Proxy Statement for important information on each of the proposals, and our practices in the areas of corporate governance and executive compensation. Our 2018 Annual Report to Stockholders contains information about MercadoLibre and our financial performance. Voting on the Internet or by telephone is fast and convenient, and your vote is immediately confirmed and tabulated. Using the Internet or telephone saves us money by reducing postage and proxy tabulation costs. Please provide your voting instructions by the Internet, telephone, or by returning a proxy card or voting instruction card.



 

 



 

 

     Buenos Aires, Argentina

    April 26, 2019

 

        By order of the board of directors,

 

        /s/ Jacobo Cohen Imach

 

        Jacobo Cohen Imach

        Sr. Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary



Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the 2019 Annual Meeting. The Notice of Meeting and Proxy Statement for the 2019 Annual Meeting and our 2018 Annual Report to Stockholders are available electronically at www.proxyvote.com .





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MercadoLibre, Inc.
Arias 3751, 7th Floor
Buenos Aires, Argentina C1430CRG

PROXY STATEMENT

INTERNET AVAILAB ILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS

Under U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“ SEC ”) rules, we are furnishing proxy materials to our stockholders primarily via the Internet, instead of mailing printed copies of those materials to each stockholder. On or about April 26, 2019, we first mailed to our stockholders (other than those who previously requested electronic or paper delivery of the proxy statement) a Notice of Internet Availability containing instructions on how to access our proxy materials, including our proxy statement and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 (“ 2018 Annual Report ”). The Notice of Internet Availability also instructs you on how to access your proxy card to vote through the Internet or by telephone.

This process is designed to expedite stockholders’ receipt of proxy materials, lower the cost of the annual meeting, and help conserve natural resources. However, if you would prefer to receive printed proxy materials, please follow the instructions included in the Notice of Internet Availability. If you have previously elected to receive our proxy materials electronically, you will continue to receive these materials via e-mail unless you elect otherwise.



ATTENDING THE 2019 ANNUAL MEETING

Listening on the Internet

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Live webcast available at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/MELI2019

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Webcast starts at 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time

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Replay available until June 1 0 , 2020

QUESTIONS



 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

For questions regarding:

 

You may contact:



 

 

2019 Annual Meeting

 

MercadoLibre Investor Relations by going to

http://investor.mercadolibre.com/contactus.cfm and submitting your question or request



 

Voting Stock Ownership

 

Computershare

P.O. Box 43078, Providence, RI 02940, USA



 

 



 

Telephone:

1-888-313-1478 (U.S. investors)



 

 

1-781-575-3100 (Non-U.S. investors)



 

Web: www.computershare.com/investor







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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE PROXY MATERIALS AND OUR 2019 ANNUAL MEETING

Q:   Why am I receiving these materials?

A: Our board of directors is providing these proxy materials to you in connection with our board’s solicitation of proxies for use at our 2019 Annual Meeting which will take place on June 10, 2019. Stockholders are invited to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting and are requested to vote on the proposals described in this proxy statement.

Q:   What information is contained in these materials?

A:   The information included in this proxy statement relates to the proposals to be voted on at the 2019 Annual Meeting, the voting process, the compensation of our directors and our named executive officers, and certain other required information.

Q:   Why did I receive a notice in the mail regarding the Internet availability of proxy materials instead of a full set of proxy materials?

A: In accordance with SEC rules, we may furnish proxy materials, including this proxy statement and our 2018 Annual Report, which includes our audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018, to our stockholders by providing access to these documents on the Internet instead of mailing printed copies. On or about April 26, 2019, we first mailed to our stockholders (other than those who previously requested electronic or paper delivery) a Notice of Internet Availability containing instructions on how to access our proxy materials, including our proxy statement and our 2018 Annual Report. The Notice of Internet Availability also instructs you on how to access your proxy card to vote through the Internet, by telephone or by mail. You will not receive printed copies of the proxy materials unless you request them. Instead, the Notice of Internet Availability will instruct you as to how you may access and review all of the proxy materials on the Internet. If you would like to receive a paper or electronic copy of our proxy materials, including a copy of our 2018 Annual Report, you should follow the instructions in the notice for requesting these materials.

Q:   How do I get electronic access to the proxy materials?

A:   The Notice of Internet Availability will provide you with instructions regarding how to:

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view our proxy materials for the 2019 Annual Meeting on the Internet; and

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instruct us to send our future proxy materials to you electronically by e-mail.



Choosing to receive your future proxy materials by e-mail will save us the cost of printing and mailing documents to you and will reduce the impact of printing and mailing these materials on the environment. If you choose to receive future proxy materials by e-mail, you will receive an e-mail next year with instructions containing a link to those materials and a link to the proxy voting site. Your election to receive proxy materials by e-mail will remain in effect until you terminate it.



Q:   What proposals will be voted on at the 2019 Annual Meeting?

A:   There are four proposals scheduled for a vote at the 2019 Annual Meeting:

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the election of the three Class III directors nominated and recommended by our board, each to serve until the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or until such time as their respective successors are elected and qualified;

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the approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of our named executive officers for fiscal year 2018;

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the approval of the adoption of the Amended and Restated 2009 Plan, which contains terms substantially similar to the terms of the 2009 Plan scheduled to expire in June 2019. The Amended and Restated 2009 Plan, as proposed, will have reserved for issuance 1,000,000 shares of our common stock; and

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the ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Co. S.A. as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019.



Q:   What are our board’s voting recommendations?

A:   Our board recommends that you vote your shares:

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“FOR” the election of the three Class III directors nominated and recommended by our board;

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“FOR” the approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of our named executive officers for fiscal year 2018;

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“FOR” the adoption of the Amended and Restated 2009 Plan; and

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“FOR” the ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Co. S.A. as our independent registered public accounting firm for 2019.

Q:   How many shares are entitled to vote?

A:   Each share of our common stock outstanding as of the close of business on April 15, 2019, the record d ate, is entitled to one vote at the 2019 Annual Meeting.   Each share of our preferred stock outstanding as of the close of business on the record date is entitled to vote on par with shares of our common stock on an as-converted basis. At the close of business on April 15, 2019, 49,526,972 shares of our common stock were outstanding and entitled to vote (including shares of our Preferred Series A stock on an as-converted basis, assuming no adjustments to the conversion price between the record date and the date of the Annual Meeting) . You may vote all of the shares owned by you as of the close of business on the record date and each share of common stock held by you on the record date represents one vote. These shares include shares that are (1) held of record directly in your name and (2) held for you as the beneficial owner through a stockbroker, bank or other nominee.

Q:   What is the difference between holding shares as a stockholder of record and as a beneficial owner?

A: Most stockholders of MercadoLibre hold their shares beneficially through a stockbroker, bank or other nominee rather than directly in their own name. There are some distinctions between shares held of record and shares owned beneficially, specifically:

Shares held of record

If your shares are registered directly in your name with our transfer agent, Computershare, you are considered the stockholder of record with respect to those shares, and the Notice of Internet Availability was sent directly to you. As the stockholder of record, you have the right to grant your voting proxy directly to us. If you requested to receive printed proxy materials, we have enclosed or sent a proxy card for you to use. Each stockholder of record is entitled to vote by proxy as described in the Notice of Internet Availability and below.

Shares held in brokerage account or by a bank

If your shares are held in a stock brokerage account or by a bank or other nominee, you are considered the beneficial owner of shares held in street name, and the Notice of Internet Availability was forwarded to you by your broker or nominee who is considered, with respect to those shares, the stockholder of record. As the beneficial owner or nominee, you have the right to direct your broker or other nominee on how to vote the shares in your account.

Q:   Can I attend the 2019 Annual Meeting?

A:   You are invited to participate in the 2019 Annual Meeting if you are a stockholder of record or a beneficial owner at the close of business on April 15, 2019 . Any stockholder can attend the 2019 Annual Meeting via the Internet at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/MELI2019 . We e ncourage you to access the Annual Meeting online prior to its start time. Instructions on how to attend and participate via the Internet, including how to demonstrate proof of stock ownership, are posted at http://investor.mercadolibre.com.

Q:   How can I vote my shares?

A:   Whether you hold shares directly as the stockholder of record or beneficially in street name, you may vote as follows:

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If you are a stockholder of record, you may vote by proxy over the Internet or by telephone by following the instructions provided in the Notice of Internet Availability, or, if you requested to receive printed proxy materials, you can also vote by mail pursuant to instructions provided on the proxy card. You may also attend the Annual Meeting at 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on June 10, 2019 via the Internet at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/MELI2019 and vote during the Annual Meeting using the control number we have provided to you.



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If you hold shares beneficially in street name, you may also vote by proxy over the Internet or by telephone by following the instructions provided in the Notice of Internet Availability, or, if you requested to receive printed proxy materials, you can also vote by mail by following the voting instruction card provided to you by your broker, bank, trustee or nominee.



Under Delaware law, votes cast by Internet or telephone have the same effect as votes cast by submitting a written proxy card.

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Q:   Can I change my vote or revoke my proxy?

A:   If you are the stockholder of record, you may change your proxy instructions or revoke your proxy at any time before your proxy is voted at the 2019 Annual Meeting. Proxies may be revoked by any of the following actions:

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filing a timely written notice of revocation with our Corporate Secretary at our principal executive office (Arias 3751, 7th Floor, Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1430CRG);

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granting a new proxy bearing a later date (which automatically revokes the earlier proxy) using any of the methods described above (and until the applicable deadline for each method); or

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attending the 2019 Annual Meeting online and voting via the Internet using the control number we have provided to you (attendance at the meeting will not, by itself, revoke a proxy).



If your shares are held through a brokerage account or by a bank or other nominee, you may change your vote by:

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submitting new voting instructions to your broker, bank, or nominee following the instructions they provided; or

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if you have obtained a legal proxy from your broker, bank, or nominee giving you the right to vote your shares, by attending the 2019 Annual Meeting and voting in person.



Q:   How are votes counted?

A: Election of three Class III Directors. In the election of three Class III directors, you may vote “for” any or all of the nominees for Class III directors or you may “withhold” your vote with respect to any or all of the nominees for Class III director. Only votes “for” will be counted in determining whether a plurality has been cast in favor of a nominee for Class III director.

Advisory Vote to Approve our Named Executive Officers’ Compensation for 2018. In the approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of our named executive officers for fiscal year 2018, you may vote “for,” “against” or “abstain.” If you elect to abstain from voting, the abstention will have the same effect as a vote against this proposal.

Approval of the adoption of the Amended and Restated 2009 Plan.   In the approval of the adoption of the Amended and   Restated 2009 Plan, you may vote “for,” “against” or “abstain.” If you abstain from voting, it will have the same effect as a vote against this proposal.

Ratification of Appointment of Independent Auditor . In the proposal to ratify the appointment of our independent registered public accounting firm for 2019, you may vote “for,” “against” or “abstain.” If you abstain from voting, it will have the same effect as a vote against this proposal.

No cumulative voting rights are authorized, and dissenter’s rights are not applicable to these matters.

If you sign and return your proxy card or broker voting instruction card without giving specific voting instructions, your shares will be voted “FOR” the election of the three Class III directors nominated and recommended by our board and named in this proxy statement, “FOR” approval of our executive compensation, “FOR” the approval of the adoption of the Amended and Restated 2009 Plan, “FOR” the ratification of the approval of our independent auditors, and at the discretion of the proxies in any other matters properly brought before the 2019 Annual Meeting.

If you are a beneficial holder and do not return a voting instruction card, your broker is only authorized to vote on the ratification of the approval of our independent auditors. See “What are broker non-votes and what effect do they have on the proposals?”

Q:   Who will count the votes?

A:   A representative of Broadridge will tabulate the votes at the 2019 Annual Meeting and act as the inspector of elections.

Q:   What is the quorum requirement for the 2019 Annual Meeting?

A:   The quorum requirement for holding the 2019 Annual Meeting and transacting business is a majority of the outstanding shares entitled to vote. The shares may be present in person or represented by proxy at the 2019 Annual Meeting. Both abstentions and broker non-votes are counted as present for the purpose of determining the presence of a quorum.

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Q:   What is the voting requirement to approve each of the proposals?

A:   Election of three Class III Directors. The Class III directors will be elected by a plurality of the votes of the shares present in person or by means of remote communication or represented by proxy and entitled to vote on the matter, meaning that the three Class III director nominees receiving the highest number of “FOR” votes will be elected.

Advisory Vote to Approve our Named Executive Officers’ Executive Compensation for 2018. The affirmative vote of a majority of the shares present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote on the matter is required to approve our named executive officers’ compensation for fiscal year 2018. This vote is advisory and will not be binding on the company, the board of directors or the compensation committee.

Adoption of the Amended and Restated 2009 Plan. The affirmative vote of a majority of the shares present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote on the matter is required to adopt our Amended and Restated 2009 Equity Compensation Plan.

Ratification of Appointment of Independent Auditor. The vote of a majority of the shares present in person or represented by proxy is required to ratify the appointment of our independent registered public accounting firm for 2019.

Q: What are broker non-votes and what effect do they have on the proposals?

A:   Generally, broker non-votes occur when shares held by a broker, bank or other nominee in “street name” for a beneficial owner are not voted with respect to a particular proposal because (1) the broker, bank or other nominee has not received voting instructions from the beneficial owner and (2) the broker, bank or other nominee lacks discretionary voting power to vote those shares. A broker, bank or other nominee is entitled to vote shares held for a beneficial owner on “routine” matters without instructions from the beneficial owner of those shares, but is not entitled to vote shares held for a beneficial owner on any non-routine matter without instruction from the beneficial owner. The ratification of the appointment of our independent registered public accounting firm is considered to be a routine matter for which brokers, banks or other nominees holding shares in street name may exercise discretionary voting power in the absence of voting instructions from the beneficial owner. As a result, broker non-votes will not arise in connection with, and thus will have no effect on, this proposal.

Unlike the proposal to ratify the appointment of our independent auditors, the election of directors, the advisory vote on our named executive officers’ compensation for fiscal year 2018, and the adoption of our Amended and Restated 2009 Plan are each considered a “non-routine” matter. As a result, brokers, banks or other nominees holding shares in street name that have not received voting instructions from their clients cannot vote on their clients’ behalf on these proposals. Therefore, it is very important that you provide your broker, bank or other nominee who is holding your shares in street name with voting instructions with respect to these proposals in one of the manners set forth in this proxy statement. Under Delaware law, broker non-votes that arise in connection with the election of directors or the advisory vote on our named executive officers’ compensation for fiscal year 2018 will have no effect on these proposals.

Q:   Where can I find the voting results of the 2019 Annual Meeting?

A:   We will announce final voting results in a current report on Form 8-K that will be filed with the SEC within four business days after the 2019 Annual Meeting and that will also be available on our investor relations website at http://investor.mercadolibre.com .

Q:   Who will bear the cost of soliciting votes for the 2019 Annual Meeting?

A:   We will pay the entire cost of preparing, assembling, printing, mailing, and distributing these proxy materials. If you choose to access the proxy materials and/or vote over the Internet, you are responsible for any Internet access charges you may incur. If you choose to vote by telephone, you are responsible for telephone charges you may incur. In addition to the mailing of these proxy materials, the solicitation of proxies or votes may be made in person, by telephone or by electronic communication by our directors, officers and employees, who will not receive any additional compensation for such solicitation activities.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS







 

 INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS

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 ATTENDING THE 2019 ANNUAL MEETING

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 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE PROXY MATERIALS AND OUR 2019 ANNUAL MEETING

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 PROPOSAL ONE: ELECTION OF THREE CLASS III DIRECTORS

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 INFORMATION ON OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

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 DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

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 SECTION 16(a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE

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 EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

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 BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF OUR COMMON STOCK

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 EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

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 PROPOSAL TWO: ADVISORY VOTE TO APPROVE THE COMPANY’S EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

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 COMPENSATION COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS AND INSIDER PARTICIPATION

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 CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS

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 AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

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 PROPOSAL THREE: ADOPTION OF THE AMENDED AND RESTATED 2009 EQUITY COMPENSATION PLAN

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 PROPOSAL FOUR: RATIFICATION OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

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 HEADQUARTERS INFORMATION

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 OTHER MATTERS

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 STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS FOR 2020 ANNUAL MEETING

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 APPENDIX A: AMENDED AND RESTATED 2009 EQUITY COMPENSATION PLAN

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PROPOSAL ONE:
ELECTION OF THREE CLASS III DIRECTORS

Our certificate of incorporation provides for our board to be divided into three classes, with each class having a three-year term. In accordance with our certificate of incorporation and bylaws, the number of directors that constitutes our board of directors is fixed from time to time by a resolution duly adopted by our board. Our board currently consists of nine members. Information as to the directors currently comprising each class of directors and the current term expiration date of each class of directors is set forth in the following table:



 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 Class

  

Directors Comprising

Class

  

Current Term Expiration

Date

Class I

  

Susan Segal

Mario Eduardo Vázquez

Alejandro Nicolás Aguzin

  

2020 Annual Meeting



 

 

Class II

  

Nicolás Galperin

Meyer Malka

Javier Olivan

  

2021 Annual Meeting



 

 

Class III

  

Emiliano Calemzuk

Marcos Galperin

Roberto Balls Sallouti

  

2019 Annual Meeting



A director elected to fill a vacancy (including a vacancy created by an increase in the size of our board) will serve for the remainder of the term of the class of directors in which the vacancy occurred and until his or her successor is elected and qualified, or until his or her earlier death, resignation or removal. As discussed in greater detail below in “Information on our Board of Directors—Director Independence and Family Relationships,” our board has determined that seven of the nine current members of our board are independent directors within the meaning of the listing standards of The NASDAQ Global Select Market (the  “ NASDAQ ”) and our corporate governance guidelines.

The terms of our three Class III directors are set to expire at the 2019 Annual Meeting. The nominating and corporate governance committee recommended, and our board nominated, each of Emiliano Calemzuk, Marcos Galperin and Roberto Balls Sallouti as nominees for re-election as Class III directors of our Company at the 2019 Annual Meeting. If elected at the 2019 Annual Meeting, each of the Class III director nominees will serve until our 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until his successor is duly elected and qualified, or until his earlier death, resignation, or removal.

If any of the nominees is unexpectedly unavailable for election, shares represented by validly delivered proxies will be voted for the election of a substitute nominee proposed by our nominating and corporate governance committee or our board may determine to reduce the size of our board. Each person nominated for election and named above has agreed to serve if elected.

Set forth below is biographical information for the nominees, as well as the key attributes, experience and skills that the board believes each nominee brings to the board.

Nominees for Election as Class III Directors



Class III Directors



Emiliano Calemzuk , age 45 , joined our board in August 2007, has served as chairman of the nominating and corporate governance committee since 2007 and has served as a member of the compensation committee since 2008. Mr. Calemzuk was appointed as our lead independent director in February 2016. Mr. Calemzuk is the CEO and co- founder of RAZE, a new media venture. Prior to that position, b etween 1998 and 2012 Mr Calemzuk had a successfu l career at News Corporation/Fox . He last served as CEO of Shine Group Americas (Unit of 21st Century Fox) from September 2010 to January 2012. From 2007 to 2010, Calemzuk served as President of Fox Television Studios. Prior to joining Fox Television Studio s, Calemzuk was President of Fox International Channels Europe, based in Rome from 2002 to 2007. Before working in Italy, Calemzuk was based in Los Angeles where he served as Vice President and Deputy Managing Director of Fox Latin American Channels overseein g all operating divisions of Fox across 19 countries. Born in 1973 in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Calemzuk is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Key Attributes, Experience and Skills:



Mr. Calemzuk contributes significant leadership experience in media, marketing and promotions. His service as President of Fox Television Studios provides valuable business, leadership and management experience, including expertise leading a large organization with global operations, giving him a keen understanding of the issues facing a multinational business such as MercadoLibre. Similarly, he has led the growth of international operations of Fox in both Latin America and Italy. In particular, he is a leader in alternative entertainment and technology genres, uniquely positioning him to provide thought leadership and guidance as MercadoLibre adapts to a changing technology and entertainment world. Mr. Calemzuk is a Latin American who currently works for a major corporation in the United States, bringing insights from both cultures to our board.

Marcos Galperin , age 48 , is one of our co-founders and has served as our chairman, president and chief executive officer and one of our directors since our inception in October 1999. Mr. Galperin serves on the boards of Endeavor, a non-profit organization that selects mentors and accelerates high impact entrepreneurs around the world; Televisa, a media company in Mexico; Onapsis, a cyber-security company; and Globant S.A. (NYSE: GLOB), a technology service provider focused on delivering software solutions by leveraging emerging technologies and trends that is listed on the NYSE, where he also serves as a member of the Compensation and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees. Prior to working with us, Mr. Galperin worked in the fixed income department of J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. in New York from June to August 1998 and at YPF S.A., an integrated oil company, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he was a Futures and Options Associate and managed YPF’s currency and oil derivatives program from 1994 to 1997. Mr. Galperin received an MBA from Stanford University and graduated with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Galperin is the brother of Nicolás Galperin, a Class II Director.

Key Attributes, Experience and Skills:



Mr. Galperin brings leadership and extensive experience and knowledge of our company and industry to the board. As the founder, chief executive officer and president of our company, Mr. Galperin has the most long-term and valuable hands-on knowledge of the issues, opportunities and challenges facing us and our business. In addition, Mr. Galperin brings his broad strategic vision for our company to the board. Mr. Galperin’s service as our chairman, president and chief executive officer provides a critical link between management and the board, enabling the board to perform its oversight function with the benefits of management’s perspectives on the business.

Roberto Balls Sallouti ,   47, has served as a member of the board of directors since October 2014. Roberto Sallouti is the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of BTG Pactual, a Brazilian financial company operating in investment banking and global wealth and asset management markets in Latin America. Mr. Sallouti joined BTG Pactual in 1994, and became a partner in 1998. He was named Chief Operating Officer in 2008, having previously been responsible for the firm’s Fixed Income Division and joint head of the Latin American FICC group at UBS AG. He was named Chief Executive Officer in 2015. In 2008, he co-founded BTG Investments, which acquired Banco Pactual back from UBS in 2009. Mr. Sallouti holds a bachelor of science degree in economics, with concentrations in finance and marketing, from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Key Attributes, Experience and Skills:



Mr. Sallouti brings a deep understanding of financial markets, investment banking activities, accounting and business management.  He also has more than 15 years of experience in the implementation, management and improvement of background and support structures in financial institutions. Our board believes that his knowledge of Brazilian and Latin American economies and markets, coupled with the professional network that he has developed in Latin America throughout his career in investment banking, makes him an asset to our company.







THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THE ELECTION
OF THE NOMINEES FOR CLASS III DIRECTORS NAMED ABOVE

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INFORMATION ON OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Our business is managed by our employees under the direction and oversight of our board. Except for our chief executive officer, none of the members of our board is an employee of MercadoLibre. Our board members remain informed of our business through discussions with management, materials we provide to them, and their participation on the board and in board committee meetings.

We believe open, effective, and accountable corporate governance practices are key to our relationship with our stockholders. Our board has adopted corporate governance guidelines that, along with the charters of our board committees and our code of business conduct and ethics, provide the framework for the governance of our company. A complete copy of our corporate governance guidelines, the charters of our board committees, and our code of business conduct and ethics may be found on our investor relations website at http://investor.mercadolibre.com. Information contained on or connected to our website is not part of this proxy statement. The board regularly reviews corporate governance developments and modifies these policies as warranted. Any changes in these governance documents will be reflected on the same location of our website.

Board of Directors



The following is biographical information on the remainder of our continuing directors, as well as the key attributes, experience and skills that the board believes such continuing directors bring to the board.

Class I Directors



Susan Segal ,   66 , joined our board in April 2012 and has served as a member of the audit committee since 2012. Ms. Segal has been president and chief executive officer of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas since August 2003, after having worked in the private sector for more than 30 years. Prior to her current position, Ms. Segal was a founding partner of her own investment advisory firm focused primarily on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market. Previously, she was a partner and Latin American Group Head at JPMorgan Partners/Chase Capital Partners, where she pioneered early stage venture capital investing in Latin America. Prior to joining Chase Capital Partners, Ms. Segal was a senior managing director focused on Emerging Markets Investment Banking and Capital Markets at Chase Bank and its predecessor banks. She was actively involved in developing investment banking, building an emerging-market bond-trading unit for Latin America and was also involved in the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s and early 1990s both chairing and sitting on various advisory committees. Ms. Segal is on the Board of Directors of Scotiabank, where she serves as chairperson of the Corporate Governance Committee and member of the Risk Committee. Additionally, she is a director and chairperson of Scotiabank USA, a non-public subsidiary of Scotiabank. She also serves as a director of the Tinker Foundation and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. She is also a Board member of Vista Oil and Gas. In 1999, she was awarded the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins Grado de Gran Oficial in Chile and in 2009 President Uribe of Colombia honored her with the Cruz de San Carlos. In 2012, she was awarded the Order of the Mexican Aztec Eagle in Mexico and in 2019 she was awarded Peru’s Order of “Merit for Distinguished Services” in the rank of Grand Official. Ms. Segal received a master’s in business administration from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College. Ms. Segal previously served as a director of our company from 1999 to 2002.

Key Attributes, Experience and Skills:



Ms. Segal’s impressive experience includes her background studying the economies of Latin American countries. She is also well-versed in Latin America’s prospects for growth, integration, and economic and social development, and she is knowledgeable about economic inclusion, social empowerment, markets, overall business environment, diversity issues and risk assessment. Her background includes experience in trade, private equity, venture capital, social media, and infrastructure. Ms. Segal’s decades of experience in Latin America have enabled her to create an extensive network among Latin America’s political and business leaders. Given the increasing political and other challenges involved with doing business across national borders in Latin America, the board believes that Ms. Segal’s prior experience and extensive knowl edge of these affairs qualify her to serve as a director of our company.

Mario Eduardo Vázquez , age 83 , joined our board in May 2008, has served as chairman of the audit committee since May 2008 and has served as a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee since March 2009. He is also a member of the compensation committee. Mr. Vázquez serves as a member of the board of directors and as the president of the audit committee of Globant S.A. (NYSE: GLOB) and Despegar.com, Corp, and as President of the compensation committee and corporate governance and nominating committee of Globant S.A. Mr. Vázquez served as the chief executive officer of Grupo Telefónica in Argentina from June 2003 to November 2006, and served as a member of the board of directors of Telefónica S.A. Spain from November 2000 to November 2006. He has also served as a regular member of the board of directors of Telefónica Argentina S.A. and Telefónica Holding Argentina S.A., and as alternate member of the board of directors of Telefónica de Chile S.A until 2012. Mr. Vázquez served as a member of the board of directors of YPF S.A. and as the president of the Audit Committee of YPF S.A until 2012. Since November 2006, Mr. Vázquez has pursued personal interests in addition to his service as a director. Mr. Vázquez spent 23 years as a partner and general director of Arthur Andersen for Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay (Pistrelli, Diaz y Asociados and Andersen Consulting—Accenture), where he served for a total of 33 years until his retirement in 1993. Mr. Vázquez previously taught as a professor of Auditing at the Economics School of the University of Buenos Aires. Mr. Vázquez received a degree in accounting from the University of Buenos Aires.

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Key Attributes, Experience and Skills:



Mr. Vázquez was chosen to join our board specifically to serve our audit committee as its audit committee financial expert. We targeted a director with financial and auditing experience specific to Latin American businesses. Mr. Vázquez worked in auditing for Arthur Andersen for 33 years total, including 23 years as a partner and general director, in many of our markets, including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. He also brings an academic perspective to the position from his time as a professor of Auditing at the Economics School of the University of Buenos Aires. Finally, Mr. Vázquez has employed these skills as a board member of several other technology and other companies, thus has important experience serving as a director and audit committee member.

Alejandro Nicolás Aguzin , aged 50, joined our Board in January 2017 and has served as a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee since February 2018. Mr. Aguzin is the Chairman and CEO of J.P. Morgan Asia Pacific, overseeing the firm’s overall activities across Asia Pacific, as well as CEO of International Private Bank, J.P. Morgan. He chairs the Asia Pacific Management Committee, and is also a member of J.P. Morgan’s firmwide Corporate & Investment Bank Management Committee. Mr. Aguzin was previously the CEO for J.P. Morgan Latin America, responsible for overseeing all of J.P. Morgan’s activities in Latin America. He was also the Head of Investment Banking Coverage, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets in the region. He joined J.P. Morgan in 1990 in Buenos Aires as a financial analyst in the Credit Group and has spent his career advising clients on strategic and corporate finance transactions. In 1991, he moved to New York, where he worked in the Corporate Finance Services Group and focused primarily on cross-border mergers and acquisitions for U.S. clients. In 1992, he returned to Buenos Aires in the Investment Banking team where he participated in several privatizations, capital markets and advisory transactions. In 1996, he moved to the Latin America Mergers & Acquisitions Group in New York, being appointed head of the group in 2000. In 2002, he expanded his responsibilities and was appointed head of Latin America Investment Banking Coverage, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets, formerly known as Latin America Investment Banking. In 2005, he was appointed CEO for Latin America. During 2008 and 2009, in addition to his responsibilities as CEO for Latin America and head of Latin America Investment Banking, Mr. Aguzin served as Senior Country Officer for Brazil. He holds a bachelor degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

Key Attributes, Experience and Skills:

Mr. Aguzin brings a deep understanding of financial markets and investment banking activities which provide valuable business experience and critical insights on the roles of finance and strategic transactions in our business. Our board believes that his knowledge of the Latin American and Asian economies and markets, coupled with the professional network that he has developed in those regions throughout his career in investment banking, makes him an asset to our company.



Class II Directors

Nicolás Galperin , 50 , joined our board in 1999 . Mr. Galperin worked at Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated, an investment bank, from 1994 to 2006, and his last position was managing director and head of trading and risk management for the Londo n emerging markets trading desk, as well as a trader of high-yield bonds, emerging markets bonds and derivatives in New York and London. Mr. Galperin founded Onslow Capital Management Limited, an investment management company that was based in London, in 2006, and worked at the company until its closure in 2018. Mr. Galperin is now an investor based in London. Mr. Galperin graduated with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Galperin is the brother of Marcos Galperin, our chairman, president, chief executive officer and Class III Director nominee.

Key Attributes, Experience and Skills:



Mr. Galperin’s career in investment banking and investment management, including serving in various leadership roles at Morgan Stanley and Onslow Capital Management, provide valuable business experience and critical insights on the roles of finance and strategic transactions in our business. His particular focus on emerging capital markets and his leadership in risk management contribute key skills to our board. Based in London, Mr. Galperin brings experience with both Latin American and European businesses. In addition to this global business perspective, Mr. Galperin’s extensive experience in banking and investments includes an understanding of financial statements, corporate finance, accounting and capital markets and fixed income products and derivatives.

Meyer “Micky” Malka Rais , 44, joined our board in March 2013 and has served as chairman of the compensation committee and as a member of the audit committee since then. Mr. Malka is the managing partner and founder   of Ribbit Capital LP, a venture capital fund focused on investing in innovative companies in the financial services sector, a position he has held since May 2012. Mr. Malka has more than twenty years of experience building and investing in technology and financial services across three continents. Mr. Malka currently serves on the boards of several companies, including Credit Karma , Inc. ,   a free credit and financial management platform ; LendingHome Corporation ,   the largest online marketplace for home mortgages; Invoice2go , Inc. ,   which offers invoicing solutions to small businesses on mobile applications ; and Brex, Inc., a payments company offering the first corporate credit card for startups, among others . In 1991, at the age of 18, Mr. Malka co-founded Heptagon Group, a securities and investment broker dealer servicing the

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Venezuelan and U.S. markets, where he served as chief operating officer. In 1998, Mr. Malka developed the online brokerage Patagon.com, Inc., which became Latin America’s first comprehensive Internet-based financial services portal and dealer until its acquisition in March 2000 by the Spanish bank Banco Santander. In 2003, he co-founded Banco Lemon, a Brazilian retail bank serving the underbanked population, which went on to become one of the largest private microfinance institutions in Brazil until 2009 when it was acquired by Banco do Brasil, Latin America’s largest bank. In July 2008, Mr. Malka co-founded and was co-chief executive officer of Bling Nation Ltd., a Palo Alto-based mobile payments private company, until July 2011 when it evolved into Lemon Inc, which was then acquired by LifeLock in 2013. In May 2011, Mr. Malka co-founded Banco Bracce, a Brazilian financial banking institution specializing in lending for mid-sized companies in Brazi l. Banco Bracce was sold in 2014 . Mr. Malka graduated with a degree in economics from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela in 1996 and currently resides in Palo Alto, California.

Key Attributes, Experience and Skills:



Mr. Malka is an entrepreneur who brings deep industry expertise and expansive operational experience to our board. He has spent his career in the financial products and payments industries, and he has gained deep understanding of the transformative role that technology can play in these industries. From co-founding one of the earliest online brokerages in Latin America to creating a microfinance bank with thousands of branches throughout Brazil, to co-founding one of the earliest mobile payments companies in the United States, Mr. Malka has been at the forefront of bringing fundamentally transformative technologies to financial services. Serving as both an executive and a board member at companies of all stages of growth, he understands how to manage the transition from a rapidly growing start-up to a successful public company, while preserving the entrepreneurial spirit necessary to continually innovate. His deep industry expertise and diverse professional experiences give him critical business insights into the challenges and opportunities presented to our business.

Javier Olivan , 41, joined our board in December 2012. Mr. Olivan is the Vice President of Central Product Services at Facebook, Inc. (NYSE: FB). Since 2007, Mr. Olivan has been responsible for Facebook’s international efforts, setting strategy and driving the growth of their global user base through product, marketing and internationalization initiatives. Among other teams, Mr. Olivan also oversees all ads products, integrity products, social good products, growth analytics, growth marketing and data science efforts. He is also working closely with Facebook’s Internet.org initiative, working with mobile operators to accelerate the adoption of the internet around the world. Prior to working at Facebook, Inc., Mr. Olivan was a product manager at Siemens Mobile where he led a cross-functional team charged with the development and market launch of handset devices. Earlier in his career, Mr. Olivan worked for NTT Corporation in Japan as a research and development engineer and was responsible for developing software that enabled high-quality wireless video transmission to mobile devices. Mr. Olivan holds a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University and master’s degrees in both electrical and industrial engineering from the University of Navarra.

Key Attributes, Experience and Skills:



Mr. Olivan contributes extensive knowledge in creating and growing internet usage across the globe and over various platforms (web and mobile). He also has a deep understanding of how social networks work, which uniquely positions him to provide thoughtful counsel to us as we explore opportunities at the intersection of commerce and social media.



Director Independence and Family Relationships

NASDAQ rules require listed companies to have a board of directors with at least a majority of independent directors. Under NASDAQ’s rules, in order for a director to be deemed independent, our board must determine that the individual does not have a relationship that would interfere with the director’s exercise of independent judgment in carrying out his or her responsibilities as a director of our company. As part of our corporate governance guidelines, our board has adopted guidelines setting forth categories of relationships that it has deemed material for purposes of making a determination regarding a director’s independence. On an annual basis, each member of our board is required to complete a questionnaire designed to provide information to assist our board in determining whether the director is independent under NASDAQ rules and our corporate governance guidelines. Our board has determined that each of Messrs. Calemzuk, Malka, Olivan, Vázquez, Sallouti, Aguzin and Ms. Segal, is independent under the listing standards of NASDAQ and our corporate governance guidelines. Our governance guidelines require any director who has previously been determined to be independent to inform the chairman of our board and our corporate secretary of any change in circumstance that may cause his or her status as an independent director to change.

Other than our chief executive officer and Mr. Nicolás Galperin, who are brothers, there are no family relationships among our officers and directors, nor are there any arrangements or understandings between any of our directors or officers or any other person pursuant to which any officer or director was or is to be selected as an officer or director.

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Board Leadership Structure

We do not have a fixed policy with respect to the separation of the offices of the chairman of the board and chief executive officer and believe that any determination in this regard is part of the executive succession planning process. The board understands that there is no single, generally accepted approach to providing board leadership and, in light of the competitive and dynamic environment in which we operate, the appropriate board leadership structure may vary from time to time as circumstances warrant.

Mr. Galperin currently serves as both our chairman and our president and chief executive officer. Our board believes service in these dual roles is in the best interests of our company and our stockholders. Mr. Galperin co-founded our company, has served as chief executive officer since our inception and is the only member of management on the board. The board is confident that he possesses the most thorough knowledge of the issues, opportunities and challenges facing us and our business and, accordingly, is the person best positioned to develop agendas that ensure that the board’s time and attention are focused on the most critical matters. His combined role enables decisive leadership, ensures clear accountability, and enhances our ability to communicate our message and strategy clearly and consistently to our stockholders, employees and users.

Because the board also believes that strong, independent board leadership is a critical aspect of effective corporate governance, the board has established the position of lead independent director. The lead independent director is an independent director elected annually by the board. Mr. Calemzuk currently serves as the lead independent director, a position to which he was appointed in February 2016. As lead independent director, he chairs and has authority to call formal closed sessions of the independent directors, leads board meetings in the absence of the chairman, and leads the annual board self-assessment process. In addition, the lead independent director, together with the chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee, conducts interviews to confirm the continued qualification and willingness to serve of each director whose term is expiring at an annual meeting prior to the time at which directors are nominated for re-election.

Our board will continually evaluate the current leadership structure of the board with the goal of maximizing its effectiveness.

Ris k O versight

Our board of directors provides various forms of risk oversight. As part of this process, the board seeks to identify, prioritize, source, manage and monitor our critical risks. To this end, our board periodically, and at least annually, reviews the material risks faced by us, our risk management processes and systems and the adequacy of our policies and procedures designed to respond to and mitigate these risks.

The board has generally retained the primary risk oversight function and has an active role, in its entirety and also at the committee level, in overseeing management of our material risks. The board regularly reviews information regarding our operations, strategic plans and liquidity, as well as the risks associated with each. The audit committee oversees management of financial and internal control risks as well as the risks associated with related party transactions. Our head of internal audit reports directly to the audit committee. The compensation committee is responsible for overseeing the management of risks relating to our executive compensation plans and arrangements. The nominating and corporate governance committee oversees the management of risks associated with the composition and independence of our board and oversees our corporate governance policies and procedures related to risk management, including our whistleblower procedures, insider trading policy and corporate governance guidelines. While each committee is responsible for evaluating certain risks and overseeing the management of such risks, the entire board of directors is regularly informed through committee reports about such risks.

Stockholder Communications with our Board

Stockholders may communicate with our board, board committees or individual directors, including the lead independent director, c/o Corporate Secretary, Arias 3751, 7th Floor, Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1430CRG. The nominating and corporate governance committee has delegated responsibility for initial review of stockholder communications to our manager of investor relations. In accordance with the committee’s instructions, our investor relations team will summarize all correspondence and make it available to each member of our board. In addition, the manager of investor relations will forward copies of all stockholder correspondence to each member of the nominating and corporate governance committee, except for communications that are (a) advertisements or promotional communications, (b) solely related to complaints by users with respect to ordinary course of business customer service and satisfaction issues, or (c) clearly unrelated to our business, industry, management, or board or committee matters.

Attendance at Annual Meetings

We do not have a policy regarding director attendance at annual meetings of our stockholders . No members of our board of directors were able to attend our 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders in person.

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Formal Closed Sessions

At the conclusion of each regularly scheduled board meeting, the independent directors have the opportunity to meet without our management or the other directors. The lead independent director leads these discussions.

Board Compensation

Board compensation is determined by our board following a recommendation from our compensation committee. Only the directors who our board determines to be independent directors receive compensation for their service. Current board compensation is described under the heading “Director Compensation” below.

Outside Advisors

The board and each of its committees may retain outside advisors and consultants of their choosing at our expense. The board does not need to obtain management’s consent to retain outside advisors.

Conflicts of Interest

We expect our directors, executives and employees to conduct themselves with the highest degree of integrity, ethics and honesty. MercadoLibre’s credibility and reputation depend upon the good judgment, ethical standards and personal integrity of each director, executive, and employee. In order to better protect MercadoLibre and its stockholders, we periodically review our code of business conduct and ethics to ensure that it provides clear guidance to our employees and directors.

Transparency

We believe it is important that our stockholders understand our governance practices. In order to help ensure the transparency of our practices, we have posted information regarding our corporate governance procedures on our investor relations website at http://investor.mercadolibre.com .

Board Effectiveness and Director Performance Reviews

It is important to us that our board and its committees are performing effectively and in the best interests of our company and our stockholders. The board and each committee performs an annual self-assessment to evaluate its effectiveness in fulfilling its obligations. As part of this annual self-assessment, directors are able to provide feedback on the performance of other directors. Our lead independent director follows up on this feedback and takes such further action with directors receiving comments and other directors as he deems appropriate.

Succession Planning

The board recognizes the importance of effective executive leadership to MercadoLibre’s success, and meets to discuss executive succession planning at least annually. As part of this process, our board reviews the capabilities of our senior leadership as set out in written succession planning documents and identifies and discusses potential successors for members of our executive staff, including the chief executive officer. Our nominating and corporate governance committee leads the succession planning process for our chief executive officer and other senior officers and performs a similar analysis with respect to the rest of our board.

Auditor Independence

We have taken a number of steps to ensure the continued independence of our independent registered public accounting firm. Our independent registered public accounting firm reports directly to the audit committee, and we limit the use of our auditors for non-audit services. The fees for services provided by our auditors in 2018 and 2017 and our policy on pre-approval of non-audit services are described under the section below entitled “Proposal Four: Ratification of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.”

Corporate Hotline

We have established a corporate telephone hotline and Internet site to allow any employee to confidentially and anonymously lodge a complaint about any accounting, internal control, auditing or other matter of concern.

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Board Committees

Board committees help our board perform effectively and efficiently, but do not replace the oversight of our board as a whole. There are currently three principal standing board committees: the audit committee, the compensation committee and the nominating and corporate governance committee. Each committee meets regularly and has a written charter that has been approved by our board, which is available on our investor relations website at http://investor.mercadolibre.com . In addition, at each regularly scheduled board meeting, a member of each committee reports on any significant matters addressed by the committee subsequent to the board’s most recent prior meeting. Each committee performs an annual self-assessment to evaluate its effectiveness in fulfilling its obligations.

The following table lists the current members of each of our three principal standing board committees:



 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

Audit

 

Compensation

 

Nominating &
Corporate
Governance

Emiliano Calemzuk*

  

 

 

X

 

Chair

Meyer Malka*

  

X

 

Chair

 

 

Susan Segal*

  

X

 

 

 

 

Mario Vázquez*

  

Chair

 

X

 

X

Nicolás Aguzin*

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

* Independent Director.



Audit Committee

The audit committee, which met four times and took seven actions by unanimous written consent during fiscal year 2018, is comprised of Mr. Vázquez (Chairman), Mr. Malka and Ms. Segal. Our board has determined that each of the directors serving on our audit committee is independent as defined under the rules of the SEC and as defined in the Listing Rules of NASDAQ, and that Mr. Vázquez is an “audit committee financial expert,” as defined under the rules of the SEC. The audit committee is responsible for:

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reviewing the performance of our independent registered public accounting firm and making recommendations to our board regarding the appointment or termination of our independent registered public accounting firm;

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considering and approving, in advance, all audit and non-audit services to be performed by our independent registered public accounting firm;

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overseeing management’s establishment and maintenance of our accounting and financial reporting processes, including our internal controls and disclosure controls and procedures, and the audits of our financial statements;

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establishing procedures for the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by us regarding accounting, internal control or auditing matters and the confidential, anonymous submission by our employees of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters;

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investigating any matter brought to its attention within the scope of its duties and engaging independent counsel and other advisers as the audit committee deems necessary;

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determining compensation of the independent registered public accounting firm, compensation of advisors hired by the audit committee and ordinary administrative expenses;

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reviewing annual and quarterly financial statements prior to their release;

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preparing the report required by the rules and regulations of the SEC to be included in our annual proxy statement;

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reviewing and assessing the adequacy of the committee’s formal written charter on an annual basis;

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reviewing and discussing with management our major risk exposures, including financial, operational, privacy, security, cybersecurity, competition, legal and regulatory risks, and the steps we have taken to detect, monitor and actively manage such exposures;

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reviewing significant legal, compliance and regulatory matters that could have a material impact on our financial statements or our business, including material notices to or inquiries received from governmental agencies;

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receiving and considering the independent auditors’ comments as to controls, adequacy of staff, and management performance and procedures in connection with audit and financial controls;

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reviewing the experience and qualifications of senior members of the internal audit function on an annual basis, including the responsibilities, staffing, budget and quality control procedures of the internal audit function; and

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handling such other matters that are specifically delegated to the audit committee by our board from time to time.



For more information, please see “Audit Committee Report” beginning on page 39 of this proxy statement.

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Compensation Committee

The compensation committee, which met twice and took one action by unanimous written consent during fiscal year 2018, is comprised of Messrs. Malka (Chairman), Calemzuk and Vazquez. Our board has determined that each of the directors serving on our compensation committee is independent as defined in the Listing Rules of NASDAQ. Pursuant to its charter, the compensation committee is responsible for:

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recommending to our board for determination, the compensation and benefits of all of our executive officers and key employees;

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recommending to our board for determination, the compensation and benefits of non-employee directors;

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monitoring and reviewing our compensation and benefit plans to ensure that they meet corporate objectives;

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administering our stock plans and other incentive compensation plans and preparing recommendations and periodic reports to our board concerning these matters;

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preparing the report required by the rules and regulations of the SEC to be included in our annual proxy statement and assisting management in the preparation of the compensation discussion and analysis included in this proxy statement; and

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such other matters that are specifically delegated to the compensation committee by our board from time to time.



Our board has adopted a written charter for our compensation committee, which is posted on our investor relations website at http://investor.mercadolibre.com.

Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

The nominating and corporate governance committee, which met once during fiscal year 2018, is comprised of Messrs. Calemzuk (Chairman), Aguzin and Vázquez. Our board has determined that each of the directors serving on our nominating and corporate governance committee is independent as defined in the Listing Rules of NASDAQ. The nominating and corporate governance committee is responsible for:

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recommending to our board for selection, nominees for election to our board;

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making recommendations to our board regarding the size and composition of the board, committee structure and membership and retirement procedures affecting board members;

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monitoring our performance in meeting our obligations of fairness in internal and external matters and our principles of corporate governance;

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reviewing correspondence received from stockholders; and

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such other matters that are specifically delegated to the nominating and corporate governance committee by our board from time to time.



Our board has adopted a written charter for our nominating and corporate governance committee, which is posted on our investor relations website at http://investor.mercadolibre.com . That charter requires the nominating and corporate governance committee to consider the desired composition of our board, including such factors as expertise and diversity, and our corporate governance guidelines provide that, in consideration of the composition of our board, diversity of backgrounds and expertise should be emphasized.

Other Committees

From time to time, our board may establish other committees as circumstances warrant. Those committees will have the authority and responsibility as delegated to them by our board.

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

Our board has adopted a code of business conduct and ethics that applies to our officers, directors and employees. Among other matters, our code of business conduct and ethics is designed to deter wrongdoing and to promote:

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honest and ethical conduct, including the ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships;

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full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in our SEC filings and other public communications;

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compliance with applicable governmental laws, rules and regulations;

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prompt internal reporting of violations of the code to appropriate persons identified in the code; and

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accountability for adherence to the code.



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Our audit committee must approve any waiver of the code of business conduct and ethics for our executive officers or directors, and any waiver shall be promptly disclosed. We intend to satisfy the disclosure requirement under Item 5.05 of Form 8-K relating to amendments to or waivers from any provision of the code of business conduct and ethics applicable to our chief executive officer and chief financial officer by posting the required information on our investor relations section of our website at http://investor.mercadolibre.com .

Director Nominations

Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee . The nominating and corporate governance committee of our board performs the functions of a nominating committee. The nominating and corporate governance committee’s charter describes the committee’s responsibilities, including identifying, reviewing, evaluating and recommending director candidates for nomination by our board. Our corporate governance guidelines also contain information concerning the responsibilities of the nominating and corporate governance committee with respect to identifying and evaluating director candidates. Both documents are published on our investor relations website at http://investor.mercadolibre.com .

Director Candidate Recommendations and Nominations by Stockholders . The nominating and corporate governance committee’s charter provides that the committee will consider director candidates recommended by stockholders. The charter of the nominating and corporate governance committee provides that it will evaluate all candidates for election to our board, regardless of the source from which the candidate was first identified, based on the totality of the merits of each candidate and not based upon minimum qualifications or attributes. Stockholders should submit any such recommendations for the consideration of our nominating and corporate governance committee through the method described under “Stockholder Communications” above. In addition, any stockholder of record entitled to vote for the election of directors may nominate persons for election to our board if that stockholder complies with the notice procedures summarized in “Stockholder Proposals for 2020 Annual Meeting” beginning on page 45 of this proxy statement.

Process for Identifying and Evaluating Director Candidates . The nominating and corporate governance committee evaluates all director candidates in accordance with the criteria described in our corporate governance guidelines and the nominating and corporate governance committee charter. The committee evaluates any candidate’s qualifications to serve as a member of our board based on the skills and characteristics of individual board members as well as the composition of our board as a whole. In addition, the nominating and corporate governance committee will evaluate a candidate’s independence, skills, experience, reputation, integrity, potential for conflicts of interest and other appropriate qualities in the context of our board’s needs.

Director diversity. We do not have a formal policy about diversity of our board membership, but the nominating and corporate governance committee will consider a broad range of factors when nominating individuals for election as directors, including differences of viewpoint, professional experience, education, skill, other personal qualities and attributes, race, gender and national origin. The nominating and corporate governance committee neither includes nor excludes any candidate from consideration solely based on the candidate’s diversity traits.

Directors Attendance at Meetings of our Board of Directors and Board Committees

Our board held five meetings and took five actions by written consent during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018. All of our directors attended 75% or more of the aggregate of all meetings of the board of directors and the board committees on which th ey served during 2018.

 

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DIRECTOR COMPENSATION  

On August 2, 2016, our board, upon the recommendation of the compensation committee, adopted a director compensation program that sets compensation for our independent directors for the period from June 2016 to June 2019. For 2018, each independent director receives an annual fee for board services com prised of a non-adjustable board service award and an adjustable board service award. The non-adjustable board service award consists of a fixed cash payment of $60,000. The adjustable board service award consists of a fixed cash amount of $100,000 adjusted to reflect the annual change in the average closing trading price of our stock.

The compensation committee reviews our director compensation policy with the primary objective of matching compensation levels to the relative demands associated with serving on our board and its various committees. The compensation committee will review the Director Compensation Program for the period after June 10, 2019.

Directors who are not classified as independent directors by our board do not receive any compensation for their service as directors on our board. We reimburse our non-employee directors for travel and other reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred in attending meetings of our board and its committees.

Director Compensation for 2018

The following table summarizes compensation earned by our non-employee directors for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018:



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

 

 

Fees Earned or Paid in Cash (1)

 

 

Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation (2)

 

 

Total

Emiliano Calemzuk

 

$

81,913 

 

$

108,561 

 

$

190,474 

Nicolás Galperin (3)

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

Meyer Malka

 

 

81,913 

 

 

108,561 

 

 

190,474 

Javier Olivan

 

 

60,000 

 

 

108,561 

 

 

168,561 

Susan Segal

 

 

60,000 

 

 

108,561 

 

 

168,561 

Mario Eduardo Vázquez

 

 

81,913 

 

 

108,561 

 

 

190,474 

Roberto Balls Sallouti

 

 

60,000 

 

 

108,561 

 

 

168,561 

Alejandro Nicolás Aguzin

 

 

60,000 

 

 

108,561 

 

 

168,561 

Total

 

$

485,739 

 

$

759,927 

 

$

1,245,666 



(1 ) The amounts in this column include all fees earned for calendar year 2018, as described above, and additional retainers for committee chairs and the lead independent director, with the chair of each of the audit committee, the compensation committee and the nominating and corporate governance committee and the lead independent director receiving an additional cash retainer in the amount of $21,913, $21,913, $7,304 and $14,609, respectively.

(2) The amounts in this column include the adjustable board service award earned under the 2017 Director Program for the period from January to June 2018. The adjustable board service award under the 2018 Director Program is not determinable until the date of the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, so it was calculated considering (a) the average closing sale price of our common stock on NASDAQ during the 30 trading day period preceding the 2018 year end divided by (b) the average closing sale price of our common stock on NASDAQ during the 30 trading day period preceding the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

(3) Mr. Nicolás Galperin is not an independent director and did not receive any compensation for his services on our board in 2018 in accordance with our policy not to compensate non-independent directors.

SECTION 16(a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE

Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “ Exchange Act ”), requires our officers and directors, and persons who own more than 10% of a registered class of our equity securities, to file reports of ownership and changes in ownership of our common stock with the SEC. Officers, directors and greater-than-10% stockholders are required by SEC regulations to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) reports that they file.

Based solely upon review of the copies of such reports furnished to us or prepared by us and written representations that no other such reports were required, we believe that during the period from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to our officers, directors and greater-than-10% beneficial owners were complied with on a timely basis,   with the exception of one transaction for Mr. Calemzuk which was reported on a Form 4 filed on April 10, 2019 .

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EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

Our executive officers serve at the discretion of our board, and serve until their successors are elected and qualified or until their earlier death, resignation or removal. The following table contains information regarding our executive officers as of March 1, 2019 .



 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

 

 

Age

 

 

Position

Marcos Galperin

  

 

48

  

  

Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

Pedro Arnt

  

 

45

  

  

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Stelleo Tolda

  

 

51

  

  

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Osvaldo Giménez

  

 

49

  

  

Executive Vice President—Payments

Daniel Rabinovich

  

 

41

  

  

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Marcelo Melamud

  

 

49

  

  

Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer



For biographical information on our chief executive officer, please see the biographical description provided above under the caption “Information on Our Board of Directors and Corporate Governance.”

Pedro Arnt has served as our chief financial officer since June 1, 2011. Prior to his appointment as chief financial officer, Mr. Arnt served in various capacities since joining MercadoLibre in December 1999. He initially led the business development and marketing teams as vice president, and later managed our customer service operations. He then held the position of vice president of strategic planning, treasury and investor relations, actively participating in our transition from a private to a public company, and playing an important role in capital markets, corporate finance, strategic planning and treasury initiatives. Prior to joining MercadoLibre, Mr. Arnt worked for The Boston Consulting Group. He is a Brazilian citizen and holds a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Haverford College and a master’s degree from the University of Oxford.

Stelleo Tolda has served as our chief operating officer since April 1, 2009. Prior to his appointment as chief operating officer, Mr. Tolda served as a senior vice president and as our country manager of Brazil since 1999. In that role he guided MercadoLibre to its current position as the leading e-commerce marketplace in Brazil. Before joining MercadoLibre, Mr. Tolda worked at Lehman Brothers Inc. in the United States in 1999, and at Banco Pactual and Banco Icatu in Brazil, from 1996 to 1997 and 1994 to 1996, respectively. He holds a master’s in business administration from Stanford University, and a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, also from Stanford.

Osvaldo Giménez is an executive vice president and has been responsible for MercadoPago operations since February 2004. Mr. Giménez joined MercadoLibre in January 2000 as country manager of Argentina and Chile. Before joining us, Mr. Giménez was an associate in Booz Allen and Hamilton and worked for Santander Investments in New York. Mr. Giménez received a master’s in business administration from Stanford University and graduated from Buenos Aires Technological Institute with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.

Daniel Rabinovich is an executive vice president and has served as our chief technology officer since January 2011. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Rabinovich served as our vice president of product development since January 2009, having joined MercadoLibre in March 2000 as an application architect. Before joining us, he worked in the application architecture team at PeopleSoft. Mr. Rabinovich holds a master’s degree in Technological Services Management from the Universidad de San Andres and graduated with honors from Buenos Aires University with a degree in information systems.

Marcelo Melamud is a senior vice president and has served as our chief accounting officer since August 15, 2008. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Melamud served as our vice president—administration and control since April 2008. From July 2004 through March 2008, he served as the director of finance of MDM Hotel Group, a developer, owner and operator of Marriott branded hotels in Miami, Florida. From July 1998 through July 2004, Mr. Melamud worked in various finance roles for Fidelity Investments, a provider of investment products and services. During his work at Fidelity Investments, Mr. Melamud served as the director of finance of the World Trade Center Boston/Seaport Hotel and he also served as the director of finance of MetroRed Telecom Group Ltd., a fiber-optic telecommunication provider of data, value added and hosting services within Latin America. Mr. Melamud received his master’s in business administration from the Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and is a certified public accountant in Argentina.

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BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF OUR COMMON STOCK

The following tables set forth information, as of April 15 , 2019 , regarding the beneficial ownership of our common stock. This information is based solely on SEC filings made by the individuals and entities by that date and upon information submitted to us by our directors and executive officers.

· each person that is known by us to be a beneficial owner of more than 5% of our outstanding equity securities;

· each of our named executive officers;

· each of our directors; and

· all directors and executive officers as a group.

Except as indicated in the footnotes to this table, we believe that each stockholder identified in the table possesses sole voting and investment power over all shares shown as beneficially owned by the stockholder. Shares of common stock subject to options that are currently exercisable or exercisable within 60 days of the date of this proxy statement are considered outstanding and beneficially owned by the person holding the options for the purposes of computing the percentage ownership of that person but are not treated as outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of any other person. Unless indicated otherwise in the footnotes, the address of each individual listed in the table is c/o MercadoLibre, Inc., Arias 3751, 7th Floor, Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1430CRG.



 

 

 

 

 



 

Total Common Stock (1)

Name and Address of Beneficial Owner

 

Number

 

Percentage

Five percent stockholders (1):

 

 

 

 

Baillie Gifford & Co. (2)

 

5,208,620 

 

10.56 

%

Galperin Trust (3)

 

4,000,000 

 

8.11 

%

EuroPacific Growth Fund (4)

 

3,424,500 

 

6.94 

%

Capital Research Global Investors (5)

 

2,739,040 

 

5.55 

%



 

 

 

 

 

Directors and executive officers:

 

 

 

 

 

Marcos Galperin

 

 

 

Pedro Arnt

 

19,129 

 

*

 

Osvaldo Giménez

 

18,385 

 

*

 

Daniel Rabinovich

 

 

 

Stelleo Tolda (6)

 

91,003 

 

*

 

Marcelo Melamud

 

 

 

Emiliano Calemzuk

 

2,669 

 

*

 

Nicolás Galperin

 

 

 

Javier Olivan

 

 

 

Meyer Malka (7)

 

51,686 

 

*

 

Susan Segal

 

 

 

Mario Vázquez

 

2,354 

 

*

 

Roberto Balls Sallouti

 

 

 

Alejandro Nicolás Aguzin

 

10,000 

 

*

 

All directors and executive officers as a group (14 persons)

 

195,226 

 

*

 



* Indicates less than 1% ownership

(1) Based on an aggregate amount of 49,318,513 shares of our common stock issued and outstanding as of April 15, 2019.

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  (2) According to a Schedule 13G/A filed on February 8, 2019 by Baillie Gifford & Co., Calton Square, 1 Greenside Row, Edinburgh, EH1 3AN, Scotland, UK (“ Baillie Gifford ”), an investment adviser registered under Section 203 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Baillie Gifford is the beneficial owner of 5,208,620 shares of our common stock. Baillie Gifford has sole voting power over 2,171,645   shares of our common stock and sole dispositive power over 5,208,620 shares of our common stock. Securities reported on the Schedule 13G/A as being beneficially owned by Baillie Gifford are held by Baillie Gifford and/or one or more of its investment adviser subsidiaries, which may include Baillie Gifford Overseas Limited, on behalf of investment advisory clients, which may include investment companies registered under the Investment Company Act, employee benefit plans, pension funds or other institutional clients.

  (3) According to a Schedule 13G/A filed on February 14, 2017 jointly by the Galperin Trust,   Alpenstrasse 15, Zug, CH-6304,Switzerland (the “ Trust ”), Meliga No. 1 Limited Partnership (“ Meliga LP ”) and Volorama Stichting (each a “ Reporting Person ”), each Reporting Person is the beneficial owner of 4,000,000 shares of our common stock, resulting from a gifts of an aggregate of 4,253,225 shares of common stock (the “ Sch13 Shares ”) by Marcos Galperin and his spouse (collectively, the “ Settlors ”) in connection with an estate planning transaction and according to Mr. Galperin’s Form 4 filed on February 24, 2015 relating to Mr. Galperin’s gift of 456,662 shares of common stock (together with the Sch13 Shares, the “ Galperin Trust Shares ”) to the Trust. Meliga LP sold 253,225 shares of Common Stock on August 5, 2016. The Trust is an irrevocable trust formed under New Zealand law by the Settlors that was established for the benefit of Mr. Galperin’s children and parents and certain charitable organizations. Intertrust Suisse Trustee GMBH (the “ Trustee ”) acts as the independent trustee of the Trust. As part of the estate planning transaction, the Trust concurrently transferred the Galperin Trust Shares to Meliga LP, a New Zealand limited partnership in which the Trust owns an approximately 99.999% limited partnership interest. Volorama Stichting, a Dutch foundation based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, serves as the general partner (the “ General Partner ”) of Meliga LP. Pursuant to the limited partnership agreement of Meliga LP, the Galperin Trust Shares may not be voted or disposed of without the approval of the Trust (as limited partner) and the General Partner. In addition, pursuant to the settlement deed of the Trust, the Trustee is required to obtain the majority consent of a protective committee comprised of three individuals prior to taking any action with respect to voting or disposing of any of the Galperin Trust Shares. The Reporting Persons have shared voting power over 4,000,000 shares of our common stock and shared dispositive power over 4,000,000 shares of our common stock.

  (4) According to a Schedule 13G filed on February 14, 2019 by EuroPacific Growth Fund, 333 South Hope Street, Los   Angeles, California 90071 (“EuroPacific”), an investment company registered under Section 8 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, EuroPacific is the beneficial owner of 3,424,500 shares of our common stock. EuroPacific is advised by Capital Research and Management Company, which manages equity assets for various investment companies through three divisions: Capital Research Global Investors, Capital World Investors, and Capital International Investors. EuroPacific’s shares may also be reflected in a filing made by Capital Research Global Investors, Capital International Investors and/or Capital World Investors.

  (5) According to a Schedule 13G filed on February 14, 2019 by Capital Research Global Investors, 333 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, California 90071 (“ Capital Research ”), an investment adviser registered under Section  240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(E) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Capital Research is the beneficial owner of 2,739,040 shares of our common stock. Capital Research has sole voting power over 2,739,040 shares of our common stock and sole dispositive power over 2,739,040 shares of our common stock. Capital Research is a division of Capital Research and Management Company.

  (6) Includes 91,003 shares held by Tool, Ltd., of which Stelleo Tolda owns all of the outstanding equity.

  (7) Includes 49,978 shares of common stock owned of record by Ribbit Capital IV, L.P. (“Fund IV”) for itself and as nominee for Ribbit Founder Fund IV, L.P. (“FF IV”). Mr. Malka is the sole director of Ribbit Capital GP IV, Ltd., the genera l partner of each of Fund IV and FF IV, and as such, may be deemed to hold voting and investment power with respect to such shares. Mr. Malka disclaims beneficial ownership with regard to such shares, except to the extent of his proportionate pecuniary interest therein.



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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

In this section, we describe and discuss our executive compensation program, including our philosophy to align our executive officers’ incentive compensation with stockholder value creation, the material elements of and total compensation paid to each of our named executive officers in 2018 and the processes used by our compensation committee when making compensation decisions.

The named executive officers in this proxy statement are:

·

Marcos Galperin, President and Chief Executive Officer

·

Pedro Arnt, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

·

Stelleo Tolda, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

·

Osvaldo Giménez, Executive Vice President—Payments

·

Daniel Rabinovich, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer



The Executive Summary below provides an overview of our performance during 2018 and its correlation to our compensation decisions and practices.

Executive Summary

Our Business

Founded in 1999, MercadoLibre is the leading e-commerce company in Latin America. Through its six integrated e-commerce platforms including MercadoLibre, MercadoPago and MercadoEnvíos, it offers technology solutions that enable companies and individuals to buy, sell, announce, send and pay for goods and services over the internet. MercadoLibre serves millions of users, providing compelling technology-based solutions that democratize commerce and money, thus contributing to the development of a large and growing digital economy.



Executive Compensation Program Philosophy and Objectives

We operate in a rapidly evolving and highly competitive market that requires a highly qualified executive management team with strong operational skills. Our executive compensation philosophy is designed to align the compensation of our named executive officers with our business objectives and reward performance over both the short and long term. In evaluating the individual components of overall compensation for each of our named executive officers, the compensation committee reviews not only the individual elements of compensation, but also total compensation. By design, a significant portion of the compensation awarded under our executive compensation program is contingent upon company performance, in the case of our president and chief executive officer, and both individual and company performance, in the case of our other named executive officers. The committee remains committed to this philosophy of pay-for-performance and will continue to review executive compensation programs for the best methods to promote stockholder value through employee incentives.

We are committed to providing an executive compensation program that supports the following goals and philosophies:

·

aligning our management team’s interests with stockholders’ expectations;

·

effectively compensating our management team for actual performance over the short and long term;

·

attracting and retaining an experienced and effective management team;

·

motivating and rewarding our management team to produce growth and performance for our stockholders that is sustainable and consistent with prudent risk-taking and based on sound corporate governance practices; and

·

providing market competitive levels of target (i.e., opportunity) compensation.



Consideration of 2017 Stockholder Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation

At the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, stockholders approved our 2017 advisory vote on executive compensation with approximately 89.14% of the votes cast in favor. We believe that overwhelming support of our stockholders for the 2018 say-on-pay vote proposal indicates that our stockholders are generally supportive of our approach to executive compensation. In the future, we will continue to consider the outcome of our say-on-pay votes and other stockholder feedback when making compensation decisions regarding our named executive officers.  



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Structure of Our 2018 Executive Compensation Program

As discussed in more detail beginning on page 26 , our 2018 executive compensation program is comprised of three different compensation elements:



 

 

 



 

Element of Pay

Description of Element

Base Salary

Annual fixed cash compensation established based on the scope of the responsibilities and individual experience of our named executive officers, taking into account competitive market compensation.

Annual Bonus

Annual cash bonuses to compensate named executive officers for achieving short-term financial and operational goals during the preceding fiscal year.

Long-Term Retention Plan Bonus (“ LTRP ”)

Long-term cash incentive paid over a six-year period through annual fixed payments as well as annual variable payments that depend on the value of our stock over the six-year period over which the bonus is paid.



Highlights of Our Executive Compensation Program in 2018

In making its compensation decisions for the 2018 performance year, the compensation committee recognized our company’s 2018 results and the contributions and accomplishments of the named executive officers to our continuing growth story. The following is a summary of the highlights of our 2018 executive compensation program:

·

Base salary represents a relatively small percentage of total direct compensation for our named executive officers, with a significant portion of our named executive officers’ compensation based on the company’s demonstrated performance. As illustrated below, 95.2% of our chief executive officer’s total target direct compensation for our 2018 fiscal year was performance based and 91.3% of our other named executive officers’ average total target direct compensation was performance based.

·

A significant portion of the compensation awarded under our 2018 executive compensation program is contingent upon both individual and company performance, in the case of our named executive officers. In 2018, subject to satisfaction of Minimum Eligibility Conditions (described under “2018 Annual Bonus and 2018 LTRP Bonus Performance Elements” below), the total amount of our chief executive officer’s annual bonus was based on pre-determined company performance criteria. For each of our other named executive officers, subject to satisfaction of the Minimum Eligibility Conditions, the cash award was partially based on pre-determined company performance criteria and partially based on qualitative assessment of individual performance.

·

The bonuses granted to our named executive officers under our 2018 LTRP are paid out over a period of six years and subject to forfeiture if a named executive officer retires, resigns or terminates his employment for any reason, or if a named executive officer takes certain specified actions that could adversely affect our business. In addition, similar to the annual bonus, the 2018 LTRP bonus is tied directly to the satisfaction of minimum performance objectives. In the event the minimum performance objectives are satisfied, approximately 50% of the cash payable under the 2018 LTRP will move in tandem with increases or decreases in our stock price during the six year period over which the bonus is paid.

·

We continue to provide no executive perquisites.

How Compensation Decisions are Made

Role of the Compensation Committee

Our compensation committee reviews and sets all compensation programs applicable to our executive officers and directors, our overall compensation strategy for all employees, and the specific compensation of our executive officers on an annual basis. In the course of this review, the compensation committee considers our current compensation programs and whether to modify them or introduce new programs or elements of compensation in order to better meet our overall compensation objectives. The compensation committee has the authority to select, retain and terminate special counsel and other experts (including compensation consultants), as the committee deems appropriate. Our compensation committee has, from time to time, engaged compensation consultants to assist the compensation committee in reviewing and developing recommendations related to fixed and performance-based to compensation for our named executive officers as well as the market terms for our LTRP agreements.

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Role of Executive Officers and Consultants  

While the compensation committee determines our overall compensation philosophy and sets the compensation of our executive officers, it looks to our chief executive officer and the senior vice president of human resources and the compensation consultants retained by the committee, if any, to work within the compensation philosophy to make recommendations to the compensation committee with respect to both overall guidelines and specific compensation decisions. Each of our chief executive officer and our vice president of human resources provides the board and the compensation committee with their perspective on the performance of our executive officers as part of the annual personnel review and succession planning discussions and recommends to the compensation committee specific salary amounts for executive officers, other than the chief executive officer, and recommendations on other compensation programs, which the compensation committee considers before making final compensation determinations. Our senior vice president of human resources works closely with the chairman of our compensation committee and attends certain compensation committee meetings to provide perspectives on the competitive landscape and the needs of the business, information regarding our performance, and technical advice.

The compensation committee establishes compensation levels for our chief executive officer on its own or in consultation with the compensation consultants it retains, if any, and our chief executive officer is not present during any of these discussions.

Competitive Considerations

To set total compensation guidelines, the compensation committee reviews market data of companies against which the compensation committee believes our company competes for executive talent. The committee believes that it is necessary to consider this market data in making compensation decisions in order to attract and retain top-notch executive talent.

To facilitate making external compensation comparisons we initially established together with Mercer Consulting,   our compensation peers in 2013. Mercer Consulting provided the compensation committee with competitive market data by analyzing proprietary third-party surveys and publicly-disclosed documents of companies in specified peer groups. In making 2018 peer group determinations, the compensation committee reviewed the peer groups selected in 2013 and some companies  were changed base d on the size of revenue and market cap italization .  Accordingly, the compensation peers used to inform our 2018 compensation decisions were:



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Factset

Citrix Systems

Twitter

Intuit

Red Hat

TripAdvisor

eBay

Verizon

Symantec

NetApp

Match Group

 



We also pa rticipate and analyze different surveys of market compensation practices in our industry and broadly across all industries. To determining 2018 executive officer compensation, o ur compensation committee takes in consideration information about compensation peers and market survey to craft competitive compensation packages appropriate for our particular executives.

Elemen ts of C ompensation

The following table summarizes the various elements of compensation paid to our named executive officers, in each of 2018, 2017 and 2016. Due to the SEC’s reporting requirements, the information set forth in the table below may not correspond with the amounts included in the table under the caption “Summary Compensation Table” below. However, we believe the following summary to be a more accurate reflection of the compensation actually paid in each of these years to our named executive officers.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elements of Compensation Paid to Named Executive Officers in 2018, 2017 and 2016



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in U.S.

 

Year

 

Base

 

Annual

 

Long Term Retention Plans (Cash)(2)

 

Total

dollars)

 

 

 

Salary ($)(1)

 

Bonus ($)(1)(*)

 

2009 ($)

 

2010 ($)

 

2011 ($)

 

2012 ($)

 

2013 ($)

 

2014 ($)

 

2015 ($)

 

2016 ($)

 

2017 ($)

 

($)(**)

Marcos Galperin

 

2018

 

552,767

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

723,710

 

628,065

 

2,506,501

 

1,846,079

 

1,752,605

 

1,936,829

 

1,470,151

 

11,416,707

President and

 

2017

 

732,889

 

1,014,770

 

-

 

843,577

 

626,667

 

546,445

 

2,182,227

 

1,628,300

 

1,549,899

 

1,704,417

 

1,312,991

 

12,142,185

CEO

 

2016

 

602,195

 

833,684

 

327,565

 

559,323

 

427,844

 

379,231

 

1,517,874

 

1,182,162

 

1,134,639

 

1,228,313

 

-

 

8,192,830



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pedro Arnt

 

2018

 

216,709

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

350,182

 

303,902

 

472,098

 

347,708

 

330,102

 

364,800

 

276,902

 

2,662,403

Executive VP

 

2017

 

270,037

 

311,581

 

-

 

26,388

 

303,226

 

264,409

 

411,021

 

306,689

 

291,922

 

321,026

 

247,301

 

2,753,600

and CFO

 

2016

 

228,077

 

253,606

 

49,135

 

17,496

 

207,021

 

183,499

 

285,890

 

222,659

 

213,708

 

231,352

 

-

 

1,892,445



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stelleo Tolda

 

2018

 

243,915

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

350,182

 

303,902

 

472,098

 

347,708

 

330,102

 

364,800

 

309,042

 

2,721,749

Executive VP

 

2017

 

264,788

 

366,630

 

-

 

408,183

 

303,226

 

264,409

 

411,021

 

306,689

 

291,922

 

321,026

 

276,006

 

3,213,899

and COO

 

2016

 

220,298

 

325,025

 

163,783

 

270,640

 

207,021

 

183,499

 

285,890

 

222,659

 

213,708

 

231,352

 

-

 

2,323,876



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osvaldo Giménez

 

2018

 

227,165

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

175,091

 

303,902

 

472,098

 

347,708

 

330,102

 

364,800

 

309,042

 

2,529,908

Executive VP - Payments

 

2017

 

283,068

 

326,617

 

-

 

204,091

 

151,613

 

264,409

 

411,021

 

306,689

 

291,922

 

321,026

 

276,006

 

2,836,462



 

2016

 

239,078

 

319,006

 

60,272

 

135,320

 

103,511

 

183,499

 

285,890

 

222,659

 

213,708

 

231,352

 

-

 

1,994,295



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Rabinovich

 

2018

 

216,709

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

55,657

 

120,753

 

472,098

 

347,708

 

442,101

 

488,572

 

370,851

 

2,514,449

Executive VP and

 

2017

 

270,037

 

311,581

 

-

 

26,388

 

48,194

 

105,060

 

411,021

 

306,689

 

390,967

 

429,945

 

331,207

 

2,631,090

CTO

 

2016

 

228,077

 

253,606

 

49,135

 

17,496

 

32,903

 

72,912

 

285,890

 

222,659

 

286,217

 

309,846

 

-

 

1,758,742

(*) Please note that the values above, have excluded any allowance.

(**) The table above may not total due to rounding.

(1) Base salaries in respect of fiscal year 2018 are paid in Argentine pesos except for Stelleo Tolda whose base salary is paid in Brazilian Reales   but disclosed above in U.S. dollars in each case, at the average exchange rate for the year ended December 31, 2018.

(2) For a description of our LTRPs, as defined below, see “—Elements of Compensation—Long-Term Retention Plans” and “—Prior Long-Term Retention Plans” below.

Base Salary

Base salaries for our named executive officers are established based on the scope of their responsibilities and individual experience, taking into account competitive market compensation paid by the above peer companies for similar positions. Base salaries are reviewed at least annually for merit increases and cost of living adjustments, and adjusted from time to time to realign salaries with market levels based on the peer review and after taking into account individual responsibilities, performance and experience.

In reviewing base salaries for 2018, the compensation committee considered the comparative market data previously prepared by Mercer . The committee believes that each named executive officer’s salary level is appropriate in light of his roles and responsibilities within our company.

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Annual Bonus

In addition to base salaries, each of our named executive officers is eligible to receive annual cash bonuses. The compensation committee uses annual cash bonuses to compensate named executive officers for achieving short-term financial and operational goals and, in the case of our named executive officers other than our president and chief executive officer, for achieving individual annual performance objectives during the preceding fiscal year. These objectives are generally established in the first half of the year and vary depending on the individual named executive officer, but relate generally to financial and operational targets as well as a cultural alignment assessment carried out by the chief executive officer for the rest of the named executive officers. If established objective thresholds for the annual performance period are not met, the executive does not receive a bonus under our annual cash bonus program for the year. After the end of each fiscal year, our actual performance is compared to the objectives established by our board of directors during the prior year to determine the annual cash bonus award payout.

A portion of each named executive officer’s annual bonus was based upon our company’s achievement of certain pre-determined goals for performance. For 2018, the compensation committee selected the following as the corporate performance (the “ Consolidated Corporate Performance ”) measures:

·

Net revenues minus bad debt (excluding Venezuela), defined as our net revenues for 2018, less the portion of our bad debt that is uncollectible and after adjustments for unusual items as determined by the compensation committee, in each case, excluding Venezuela net revenues minus bad debt;

·

Net income (excluding Venezuela), defined as our net income in 2018, excluding Venezuela net income, and after adjustments for unusual items as determined by the compensation committee;

·

Competitive NPS, which stands for Net Promoter Score and is defined as a metric of our Marketplace customers’ satisfaction, calculated as the percentage of promoters (customers who would likely recommend MercadoLibre ) minus the percentage of detractors (customers who would not likely recommend MercadoLibre). This metric is measured by Ipsos, a global market research consultant, through anonymous surveys that compare MercadoLibre with its main e-commerce competitors in each country.

The Consolidated Corporate Performance measure is calculated as a weighted average of the financial metrics described above (as set forth below in “ Weighting of 2018 Annual Bonus and 2018 LTRP Bonus Components”), which are converted from the local currency into to U.S. dollars at the previous year’s applicable exchange rate, in order to mitigate the impact of fluctuations in local currencies on the company’s operational performance.

The financial results of the corporate performance matrix 2018 were not achieved and according to them neither our Chief Executive Officer nor our named executive officers will receive Annual Bonus payment. 

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Long-Term Retention Plans

2018 Long-Term Retention Plan

The compensation committee makes annual grants of long-term incentive to focus its executives on the company’s long-term goals, in particular its share growth. The LTRP is designed to assist us in the retention of key employees that have valuable industry experience and developed competencies.   As the company did not achieve the Minimum Eligibility Conditions for 2018 (as described below), the named executive officers will not receive the target amount of the 2018 LTRP award, which would have been paid as follows:

·

a cash payment equal to 16.66% of half of his or her 2018 LTRP bonus once a year for a period of six years, (the “ Annual Fixed Payment ”); and

·

on each date our company pays the Annual Fixed Payment to the named executive officer, he or she will also receive a cash payment equal to the product of (i) 16.66 % of half of the applicable 2018 LTRP bonus and (ii) the quotient of (a) the Applicable Year Stock Price (as defined below) over (b) $270.84, the average closing price of our common stock on the NASDAQ during the final 60 trading days of 2017. For purposes of the 2018 LTRP, the “Applicable Year Stock Price” is the average closing price of our common stock on the NASDAQ during the final 60 trading days of the fiscal year preceding the fiscal year in which the applicable payment date occurs, for so long as our common stock is listed on the NASDAQ.

2018 LTRP Bonus

The following table sets forth the nominal target value of the 2018 LTRP bonus and the portion of the 2018 LTRP bonus paid out for 2018 for each named executive officer:





 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Nominal Target Value of 2018 LTRP Bonus

 

 

Portion of 2018 LTRP Bonus Paid Out in respect of 2018

Marcos Galperin

 

$

5,946,400 

 

$

 -

Pedro Arnt

 

$

1,120,000 

 

$

 -

Stelleo Tolda

 

$

1,250,000 

 

$

 -

Osvaldo Giménez

 

$

1,250,000 

 

$

 -

Daniel Rabinovich

 

$

1,500,000 

 

$

 -



Weighting of 2018 Annual Bonus and 2018 LTRP Bonus Performance Measures

The following table describes the components of each named executive officer’s 2018 annual bonus and 2018 LTRP bonus and the percentage weight of each element:



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Marcos

 

 

Pedro

 

 

Stelleo

 

 

Osvaldo

 

 

Daniel

 



 

Galperin

 

 

Arnt

 

 

Tolda

 

 

Giménez

 

 

Rabinovich

 

Consolidated Performance—Constant Dollars (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Revenues Minus Bad Debt (excluding Venezuela) (2)

 

60.0 

%

 

60.0 

%

 

60.0 

%

 

60.0 

%

 

60.0 

%

Net Income (excluding Venezuela) (3)

 

30.0 

 

 

30.0 

 

 

30.0 

 

 

30.0 

 

 

30.0 

 

Competitive NPS (4)

 

10.0 

 

 

10.0 

 

 

10.0 

 

 

10.0 

 

 

10.0 

 

Overall Performance (5)

 

100.0 

%

 

100.0 

%

 

100.0 

%

 

100.0 

%

 

100.0 

%

Individual Performance Multiplier (6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above Expectations

 

1.2 

 

 

1.2 

 

 

1.2 

 

 

1.2 

 

 

1.2 

 

Meet Expectations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below Expectations

 

0.5 

 

 

0.5 

 

 

0.5 

 

 

0.5 

 

 

0.5 

 



(1) Constant Dollars: financial metrics translated to U.S. dollars at the previous year’s applicable exchange rate, which is intended to isolate the operational performance from fluctuations in local currencies.

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(2) Net Revenues Minus Bad Debt is defined as our net revenues, less bad debt charges and after adjustments for unusual items, if any, as determined by the compensation committee.

(3) Net Income is defined as our net income after adjustments for unusual items, if any, as determined by the compensation committee.

(4) Competitive   NPS stands for Net Promoter Score and is a standard customer satisfaction metric, calculated as the percentage of promoters (customers likely to recommend MercadoLibre ) minus the percentage of detractors (customers not likely to recommend MercadoLibre). This metric is measured by Ipsos, a global market research consultant, through anonymous surveys that compare MercadoLibre with its main e-commerce competitors in each country.

(5) Overall Performance for our named executive officers is equal to the Weighted Average for the Consolidated Performance—Constant Dollars.

(6) Individual Performance Multiplier is set as a multiplier for the annual bonus for each executive officer based on the qualitative assessment of individual performance for the 2018 fiscal year.



2018 Annual Bonus and 2018 LTRP Bonus Performance Elements

The following table sets forth the target award levels for the various performance metrics (the “ Minimum Eligibility Conditions ”) included in the company performance goals for 2018 and actual performance realized against those objectives:





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metrics

 

2018 Actual

 

 

2018

 

 

Minimum as

 

 

% of Objective

 



 

(in MM)

 

 

Objective (in MM)

 

 

percentage of Plan (1)

 

 

(2)

 

Consolidated Performance—Constant Dollars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Revenues Minus Bad Debt (excluding Venezuela)

 

1,772.7 

 

 

1,929.3 

 

 

79.8 

%

 

91.9 

%

Net Income (excluding Venezuela)

 

23.5 

 

 

115.2 

 

 

90.0 

%

 

20.4 

%

Competitive NPS

 

58.4 

%

 

59.9 

%

 

95.0 

%

 

97.5 

%

Weighted average - Overall Performance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

84.4 

%

 

71.0 

%

Individual Performance Multiplier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Messrs. Galperin, Arnt, Tolda, Gimenez and Rabinovich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.0 

 

(1)

T he minimum weighted average as percentage of Plan to meet the minimum eligible cond itions was established at 84.4%. D ue to the 71.0% achievement ,   neither our Chief Executive Officer nor o ur named executive officers will receive an Annua l Bonus or LTRP 2018 payment.

(2)

Percentage of objective cannot be higher than 110%.

 



Other Compensation and Benefits

Prior Long-Term Retention Plans . Our prior LTRPs, like our 2018 LTRP, provide our named executive officers, along with other members of senior management, the opportunity to receive certain cash payments subject to achievement of the Minimum Eligibility Conditions. If the Minimum Eligibility Conditions are achieved, each named executive officer is generally eligible to receive a fixed payment, payable in equal annual installments over a 6-8 year period and a variable payment on the same payment schedule, whose amount fluctuates based on the ratio of our average stock price for a period of trading days over the average stock price for a period of trading days in the year the LTRP award was granted to the named executive officer.

Equity awards. In 2009, our board adopted and our stockholders approved the 2009 Equity Compensation Plan. As of December 31, 2018, we had approximately 232,825 shares of common stock available for issuance under the 2009 Equity Compensation Plan. No awards were granted under the Plan in 2018.

Other compensation and benefits . We maintain broad-based benefits that are provided to certain full-time employees, including our named executive officers, including health insurance, extra vacation days, mobile telephones, executive education sponsorship programs, parking spaces and subsidized English, Spanish and/or Portuguese lessons. We also provide life insurance policies for some of our employees in Brazil and Argentina, including our named executive officers. We do not sponsor or maintain any pension plans for any of our employees.

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Employment agreements. We have entered into employment agreements with each named executive officer as described below under “Employment Agreements.” Certain named executive officers may also receive benefits in the event of a change in control of our company as described under “Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control.”

Life insurance and retirement benefits . We provide life insurance policies for each named executive officer , except for Mr. Galperin, providing for coverage of up to $755,000 , with twice the level of coverage in the event of the named executive officer’s accidental death or disability. For Mr. Tolda provides for coverage of up to R$9,855,600. We also provide a retirement benefit for our named executive officers, except for Mr. Galperin, which consists of monthly company contributions equal to 5% of the named executive officer’s base salary plus annual bonus and are credited with interest at a rate equal to 2-2.5%.

Compensation Committee Report

The compensation committee of the board has reviewed and discussed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section of this proxy statement with management and, based on such review and discussions, the compensation committee recommended to the board of directors that it be included in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, as incorporated by reference from this proxy statement.



 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

April 2 2 , 2019

  

 

  

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE

Meyer Malka (Chairman)

Emiliano Calemzuk

Mario Vazquez



Relationship of Compensation Practices to Risk Management

When structuring our overall compensation practices for our employees generally, consideration is given as to whether the structure creates incentives for risk-taking behavior and therefore impacts our risk management practices. Attention is given to the elements and the mix of pay as well as ensuring that employees’ awards align with stockholders’ value.

The compensation committee is responsible for overseeing the management of risks relating to our executive compensation plans and arrangements, as discussed on page 15 . The compensation committee has assessed our compensation policies and practices for our employees in 2018 and has concluded that these policies and practices ensure appropriate levels of risk-taking, while avoiding unnecessary risks that could have a material adverse effect on our company.

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Summary Compensation Table

The following table sets forth compensation information for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016 for our named executive officers.





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

Non-Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

Incentive Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

Compensation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name and Principal Position

 

Year

 

Salary ($) (1)

 

($) (2)  

 

 

All Other Compensation ($)

 

 

Total ($)

Marcos Galperin

 

2018 

 

552,767 

 

8,142,465  (3)

 

 -

 

 

8,695,232 

President and Chief

 

2017 

 

732,889 

 

11,539,116 

 

 

 -

 

 

12,272,005 

Executive Officer

 

2016 

 

602,195 

 

8,190,567 

 

 

 -

 

 

8,792,762 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pedro Arnt

 

2018 

 

216,709 

 

1,861,055  (3)

 

26,170  (4)

 

2,103,934 

Executive Vice

 

2017 

 

270,037