UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 20549

 

SCHEDULE 14A

(Rule 14a-101)

 

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SECURITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL CORPORATION

(Name of Registrant as Specified In Its Charter)

 

_________________________________________

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SECURITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL CORPORATION

 

121 West Election Road, Suite 300

Draper, Utah 84020

 

May 15, 2020

 

Dear Stockholders:

 

On behalf of the Board of Directors (the “Board”), it is my pleasure to invite you to attend the Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of Security National Financial Corporation (the “Company”) to be held on Friday, June 26, 2020, beginning at 10:00 a.m., Mountain Daylight Time, at 121 West Election Road, Suite 300, Draper, Utah 84020.  The formal notice of the Annual Meeting and the Proxy Statement have been made a part of this invitation.

 

The matters to be addressed at the meeting will include (1) the election of eight directors; (2) the approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers; (3) the approval of the amendment to the Security National Financial Corporation Amended and Restated 2013 Stock Option and Other Equity Incentive Awards Plan (the “2013 Plan”) to authorize an additional 500,000 shares of Class A Common Stock to be available for issuance under the plan, of which up to 350,000 shares of Class C Common Stock may be issued as an alternative to up to 350,000 shares of Class A Common Stock; (4) to approve an amendment to the Security National Financial Corporation Amended and Restated 2014 Director Stock Option Plan (the “2014 Director Plan”) to authorize an additional 100,000 shares of Class A Common Stock to be made available for issuance under the plan; (5) the ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accountants for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020; and (6) the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting, or any adjournments or postponements thereof.  Please refer to the Proxy Statement for detailed information on each of the proposals and the Annual Meeting. I will also report on the Company’s business activities and answer any stockholder questions.  

 

The Company will be providing access to its proxy materials over the Internet under the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s “notice and access” rules.  Accordingly, on or about May 15, 2020, you will receive a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, which will provide instructions on how to access the Company’s Proxy Statement and 2019 Annual Report online.  This approach conserves natural resources and reduces the Company’s printing and distribution costs, while providing a timely and convenient method of accessing the materials and voting.  The notice also contains instructions on how to receive a paper copy of the Company’s proxy materials, including the Proxy Statement, the 2019 Annual Report, and a proxy card.

 

The Company intends to hold its Annual Stockholders Meeting in person. However, the Company is actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Company is sensitive to the public health and travel concerns that our stockholders may have and the protocols that federal, state, and local governments may impose. In the event it is not possible or advisable to hold the Company’s Annual Meeting entirely in person, the Company will announce alternative arrangements for the meeting as promptly as practicable, which may include the use of the Internet. Please monitor the Company’s Annual Meeting website at www.securitynational.com for updated information. If you are planning to attend the Company’s Annual Meeting, please check the Company’s website one week prior to the meeting date. As always, the Company encourages you to vote your shares prior to the Annual Meeting.

 

Your vote is important. Regardless of whether you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, please promptly submit your proxy over the Internet by following the instructions found on your notice. As an alternative, you may follow the procedures outlined in your notice to request a paper proxy card to submit your vote by mail.

 

Thank you for your support of Security National Financial Corporation.  We look forward to your attendance at the Annual Meeting.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

 

/s/ Scott M. Quist 

Scott M. Quist

Chairman of the Board, President,  

  and Chief Executive Officer


 

 

 

SECURITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL CORPORATION

 

121 West Election Road, Suite 300

Draper, Utah 94020

 

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

TO BE HELD ON JUNE 26, 2020

 

Dear Stockholders:

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of Security National Financial Corporation (the “Company”), a Utah corporation, will be held on Friday, June 26, 2020, at 121 West Election Road, Suite 300, Draper, Utah 84020, beginning at 10:00 a.m., Mountain Daylight Time, to consider and act upon the following:

 

1.To elect a Board of Directors consisting of eight directors (three directors to be elected exclusively by the Class A common stockholders voting separately as a class, and the remaining five directors to be elected by the Class A and Class C common stockholders voting together) to serve until the next Annual Meeting and until their successors are elected and qualified; 

 

2.To approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers;  

 

3.To approve the amendment to the Security National Financial Corporation Amended and Restated 2013 Stock Option and Other Equity Incentive Awards Plan to authorize an additional 500,000 shares of Class A Common Sock to be available for issuance under the plan, of which up to 350,000 shares of Class C Common Stock may be issued as an alternative to up to 350,000 shares of Class A Common Stock; 

 

4.To approve an amendment to the Security National Financial Corporation Amended and Restated 2014 Director Stock Option Plan to authorize an additional 100,000 shares of Class A Common Stock to be made available for issuance thereunder. 

 

5.To ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accountants for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020; and 

 

6. To transact such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any adjournments or postponements thereof. 

 

The foregoing items of business are more fully described in the Proxy Statement accompanying this Notice.

 

The Board of Directors has fixed the close of business on May 1, 2020, as the record date for determining stockholders entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting and any adjournments or postponements thereof.  A list of such stockholders will be available for examination by a stockholder for any purpose relevant to the meeting during ordinary business hours at the offices of the Company at 121 West Election Road, Suite 100, Draper, Utah 84020 during the 20 days prior to the meeting.

By order of the Board of Directors,

 

 

/s/ Jeffrey R. Stephens 

Jeffrey R. Stephens

Senior General Counsel

and Secretary

May 15, 2020

Draper, Utah

 

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Security National Financial Corporation

Annual Meeting to be held on June 26, 2020

 

The Proxy Statement and the Company’s 2019 Annual Report are available at www.securitynational.com/shareholders


Security National Financial Corporation

Proxy Statement

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

General Information ..........................................................................................................................................

 

Record Date and Voting Information ...............................................................................................................

 

Internet Availability of Proxy Materials............................................................................................................

 

Voting Shares at the Annual Meeting ..............................................................................................................

 

Contingency Plan for Annual Meeting .............................................................................................................

 

Proposal 1 - Election of Directors .....................................................................................................................

The Nominees ..........................................................................................................................................

The Board of Directors, Board Committees, and Meetings .....................................................................

Executive Officers....................................................................................................................................

Corporate Governance .............................................................................................................................

 

Compensation of Executive Officers and Directors......................................................................................... 10 

Summary Compensation Table ............................................................................................................... 10 

Supplemental All Other Compensation Table ........................................................................................ 11 

Grants of Plan-Based Awards ...............................................................................................................12 

Outstanding Equity Awards ........................................ ...........................................................................13 

Option Awards Vesting Schedule ...........................................................................................................14 

 

Amended and Restated 2013 Stock Option and Other Equity Incentive Awards Plan ..................................17 

 

Amended and Restated 2014 Director Stock Option Plan ..............................................................................20 

 

Compliance with Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ...................................................... 21 

 

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management .............................................................22 

 

Report of the Compensation Committee ..........................................................................................................24 

 

Report of the Audit Committee ........................................................................................................................25 

 

Proposal 2 - Approval, on an Advisory Basis, of the Compensation of the Company’s Named

            Executive Officers ........................................................................................................................26 

 

Proposal 3 and Proposal 4 - Approval of Amendments and Restatements to 2013 Stock Option and Other

Equity Incentive Awards Plan and 2014 Director Stock Option Plan ..............................................................27 

 

Outstanding Stock Options and Equity Overhang.............................................................................................30 

 

Three Year Burn Rate .......................................................................................................................................30 

 

2013 Plan Equity Awards .................................................................................................................................31 

 

Proposal 5 - Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accountants .............................32 

 

Annual Report and Financial Statements .........................................................................................................33 


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SECURITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL CORPORATION

121 West Election Road, Suite 100

Draper, Utah 84020

 

PROXY STATEMENT

 

For Annual Meeting of Stockholders

To Be Held on Friday, June 26, 2020

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

This Proxy Statement is furnished in connection with the solicitation of proxies by the Board of Directors of Security National Financial Corporation (the “Company”) for use at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) to be held on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 121 West Election Road, Suite 300, Draper, Utah 84020, beginning at 10:00 a.m., Mountain Daylight Time, or at any adjournments or postponements thereof.  The shares covered by the enclosed proxy, if such is properly executed and received by the Board of Directors prior to the meeting, will be voted in favor of the proposals to be considered at the Annual Meeting, and in favor of the election of the nominees to the Board of Directors (three nominees to be elected by the Class A common stockholders voting separately as a class, and five nominees to be elected by the Class A and Class C common stockholders voting together) as listed unless such proxy specifies otherwise, or the authority to vote in the election of directors is withheld.  

 

A proxy may be revoked at any time before it is exercised by giving written notice to the Secretary of the Company at 121 West Election Road, Suite 100, Draper, Utah, 84020, Attention: Jeffrey R. Stephens, by submitting in writing a proxy bearing a later date, by authorizing a proxy again on a later date on the Internet or by telephone, or by attending the Annual Meeting and voting in person.  Stockholders may vote their shares in person if they attend the Annual Meeting, even if they have executed and returned a proxy.  This Proxy Statement and accompanying proxy card are being mailed to stockholders on or about May 15, 2020.

 

If a stockholder wishes to assign a proxy to someone other than the directors' proxy committee, all names appearing on the proxy card must be crossed out and the name(s) of another person or persons (not more than two) inserted.  The signed card must be presented at the meeting by the person(s) representing the stockholder.

 

The cost of this solicitation will be borne by the Company.  The Company may reimburse brokerage firms and other persons representing beneficial owners of shares for their expenses in forwarding solicitation materials to such beneficial owners. Proxies may also be solicited by certain of the Company's directors, officers, and regular employees, without additional compensation.

 

The matters to be brought before the Annual Meeting are (1) to elect directors to serve for the ensuing year;  (2) to approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers; (3) to approve an amendment to the Security National Financial Corporation Amended and Restated 2013 Stock Option and Other Equity Incentive Awards Plan (the “2013 Plan”) to authorize an additional 500,000 shares of Class A Common Stock to be available for issuance under the plan, of which up to 350,000 shares of Class C Common Stock may be issued as an alternative to up to 350,000 shares of Class A Common Stock; (4) to approve an amendment to the Security National Financial Corporation Amended and Restated 2014 Director Stock Option Plan (the “2014 Director Plan”) to authorize an additional 100,000 shares of Class A Common Stock to be made available for issuance under the plan; (5) to ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accountants for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020; and (6) to transact such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting.

 

RECORD DATE AND VOTING INFORMATION

 

Only holders of record of common stock at the close of business on May 1, 2020, will be entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting.  As of December 31, 2019, there were issued and outstanding (including treasury stock) 16,107,779 shares of Class A common stock, $2.00 par value per share, and 2,500,887 shares of Class C common stock, $2.00 par value per share, resulting in a total of 18,608,666 shares of Class A and Class C common stock.  


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A majority of the outstanding shares of Class A and Class C common stock (or 9,304,334 shares) will constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at the meeting.  A list of the Company’s stockholders will be available for review at the Company’s executive offices during regular business hours for a period of 20 days before the Annual Meeting.

 

Proxies received at any time before the Annual Meeting, and not revoked or superseded before being voted, will be voted at the Annual Meeting.  If a proxy indicates a specification, it will be in accordance with the specification.  If no specification is indicated, the proxy will be voted for approval of the election of the directors recommended by the Board of Directors; for approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers; for approval of an amendment to the 2013 Plan to authorize an additional 500,000 shares of Class A Common Stock to be available for issuance under the plan, of which up to 350,000 shares of Class C Common Stock may be issued as an alternative to up to 350,000 shares of Class A Common Stock; for approval of an amendment to the 2014 Director Plan to authorize an additional 100,000 shares of Class A common stock to be available for issuance thereunder; for ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accountants for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020; and, in the discretion of the persons named in the proxy, to transact such other business that may properly come before the meeting, or any adjournments or postponements of the meeting. You may also vote in person by ballot at the Annual Meeting.

 

The Company's Articles of Incorporation provide that the Class A common stockholders and Class C common stockholders have different voting rights in the election of directors.  The Class A common stockholders voting separately as a class will be entitled to vote for three of the eight directors to be elected (the nominees to be voted upon by the Class A common stockholders separately consist of Messrs. Scott M. Quist, H. Craig Moody, and S. Andrew Quist.

 

The remaining five directors will be elected by the Class A and Class C common stockholders voting together (the nominees to be so voted upon consist of Messrs. John L. Cook, Gilbert A. Fuller, Robert G. Hunter, M.D.,  H. Craig Moody, Jason G. Overbaugh, and Norman G. Wilbur), with the Class A common stockholders having one vote per share and the Class C common stockholders having ten votes per share.  For the other business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting, the Class A and Class C common stockholders will vote together with the Class A common stockholders having one vote per share and the Class C common stockholders having ten votes per share. The Class A common stockholders will receive a different form of proxy than the Class C common stockholders.

 

INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS

 

The Company will be providing access to its proxy materials over the Internet under the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s “notice and access” rules.  Accordingly, on or about May 15, 2020, stockholders will receive a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, which will provide instructions on how to access the Company’s Proxy Statement and 2019 Annual Report online. This is designed to reduce the Company’s printing and mailing costs and the environmental impact of its proxy materials.  The notice also contains instructions on how to receive a paper copy of the Company’s proxy materials, including the Proxy Statement, the 2019 Annual Report, and a proxy card.

 

Regardless of whether stockholders plan to participate in the Annual Meeting, stockholders should promptly submit their proxy over the Internet by following the instructions found on the notice. As an alternative, stockholders may follow the procedures outlined in the notice to request a paper proxy card in order to submit their vote by mail.

 

VOTING SHARES AT THE ANNUAL MEETING

 

Holders of record of the Company’s shares of Class A and Class C common stock as of the close of business on the record date, May 1, 2020, are entitled to receive notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting. The outstanding shares of Class A and Class C common stock constitute the only classes of securities entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting and each share of Class A common stock entitles the holder to one vote and each share of Class C common stock entitles the holder to ten votes. There are three ways to authorize a proxy to vote the shares held by the holders of Class A common stock and Class C common stock:


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1.Vote by Internet - Holders of shares of Class A and Class C common stock can use the Internet at www.voteproxy.com to transmit voting instructions and for electronic delivery of information up until 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on June 25, 2020. Such stockholders should have their proxy card in hand when they access the Company’s website and follow the instructions to obtain their records and to create an electronic voting instruction form; 

 

2. Vote by Telephone - Stockholders located in the United States can authorize their proxy by touch-tone telephone by calling 1-800-690-6903 to transmit their voting instructions up until 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on June 25, 2020. Stockholders should have their proxy card in hand when they call and then follow the instructions; or 

 

3.Vote by Mail - Stockholders receiving proxy materials by mail may authorize a proxy by mail by signing and dating the proxy, then returning it in the postage-paid envelop that has been provided, or return it to Vote Processing, c/o Broadridge, 51 Mercedes Way, Edgewood, New York 11717. 

 

If the holders of shares of Class A and Class C common stock are held in the name of a bank, broker or other holder of record, such stockholders will receive instructions from the holder of record. Stockholders must follow the instructions of the holder of record in order for shares to be voted. Internet and telephone proxy authorization also will be offered to stockholders owning shares through certain banks and brokers. If such shares are not registered in the  stockholder’s own name and the stockholder plans to vote such shares in person at the Annual Meeting, such stockholder should contact such stockholder’s broker or agent to obtain a legal proxy or broker’s proxy card and submit it by mail or bring it to the Annual Meeting in order to vote.

 

Shares will be voted as the stockholder of record instructs. The persons named as proxies on the proxy card will vote as recommended by the Company’s Board of Directors on any matter for which a stockholder has not given instructions. The Board of Directors’ recommendations appear at the end of each of the proposals.

 

REVOKING A PROXY

 

Stockholders of record may revoke their proxy and change votes any time before their votes are cast by:

 

1.Giving written notice of revocation to the attention of Jeffrey R. Stephens, Senior General Counsel and Secretary, Security National Financial Corporation, 121 West Election Road, Suite 100, Draper, Utah 84020 prior to the Annual Meeting. 

 

2.Authorizing a proxy again on a later date on the Internet or by telephone (only the latest Internet or telephone proxy submitted prior to the Annual Meeting will be counted);  

 

3.Signing and forwarding to the Company a later-dated proxy; or 

 

4.Attending the Annual Meeting and voting shares of the Company’s Class A common stock or Class C common stock in person. 

 

CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR ANNUAL MEETING

 

The Company intends to hold its Annual Stockholders Meeting in person. However, the Company is actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Company is sensitive to the public health and travel concerns that its stockholders may have and the protocols that federal, state, and local governments may impose. In the event it is not possible or advisable to hold the Company’s Annual Meeting entirely in person, the Company will announce alternative arrangements for the meeting as promptly as practicable, which may include the use of the Internet. Please monitor the Company’s Annual Meeting website at www.securitynational.com/shareholders  for updated information. If you are planning to attend the Company’s Annual Meeting, please check the Company’s website one week prior to the meeting date. As always, the Company encourages you to vote your shares prior to the Annual Meeting.


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ELECTION OF DIRECTORS 

 

PROPOSAL 1

The Nominees

 

The Company’s Board of Directors consists of eight directors.  All directors are elected annually to serve until the next annual meeting of the stockholders and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified, or until their earlier resignation or removal.  The nominees for the upcoming election of directors include five independent directors, as defined in the applicable rules for companies whose stock is traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market, and three members of the Company’s senior management.  All of the nominees for director have served as directors since the 2018 Annual Meeting.

 

The nominees to be elected by the holders of Class A common stock are as follows:  

 

NameAgeDirector Since    Position(s) with the Company 

 

Scott M. Quist661986Chairman of the Board, President, and  

   Chief  Executive Officer

H. Craig Moody681995Director 

S. Andrew Quist392013   Vice President, General Counsel, and  

    Director

 

The nominees for election by the holders of Class A and Class C common stock, voting together, are as follows:

 

       NameAgeDirector Since    Position(s) with the Company 

 

John L. Cook652013Director 

Gilbert A. Fuller792012Director 

Robert G. Hunter, M.D.601998Director 

Jason G. Overbaugh452013  Vice President, National Marketing Director  

      of Life Insurance, and Director 

Norman G. Wilbur811998Director 

 

 

The following is a description of the business experience of each of the nominees and directors.

 

Scott M. Quist has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since 2012.  Mr. Scott Quist also serves as the Company’s President, a position he has held since 2002.  He has additionally served as a director of the Company  since 1986.  From 1993 to 2013, Mr. Quist served as Treasurer and a director of the National Alliance of Life Companies (NALC), a national trade association of over 200 life insurance companies, and as its President from 1990 to 2000.  From 1986 to 1991, Mr. Quist was Treasurer and a director of The National Association of Life Companies, a trade association of 642 insurance companies until its merger with the American Council of Life Companies.  Mr. Quist has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Forum 500 Section (representing small insurance companies) of the American Council of Life Insurance.  He has also served as a regional director of Key Bank of Utah since 1993.  Mr. Quist holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University and received his law degree also from Brigham Young University.  Mr. Quist’s significant expertise and deep understanding of the technical, organizational and strategic business aspects of the insurance industry, his management expertise, his 18 year tenure as President of the Company and 33 year tenure as a director, and his years of business and leadership experience led the Board of Directors to conclude that Mr. Quist should serve as Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

 

S. Andrew Quist has served as a director of the Company since 2013. Mr. Andrew Quist has also served as a Vice President of the Company since 2010.  In addition, from 2007 to 2017, he served as the Company’s Associate General Counsel and since 2017 as the Company’s General Counsel,  where  his  responsibilities  have included the Company’s  regulatory matters and acquisitions.   In addition, Mr. Quist has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since 2010, and as Vice President from 2008 to 2010 of C&J Financial, LLC, which funds the purchase of funeral and burial policies from funeral homes after the death of the insureds.  Mr. Quist has


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also served since 2013 as a director of the National Alliance of Life Companies (NALC), a national trade association of over 200 life insurance companies. From 2014 to 2016, he served as President of the NALC.  Mr. Quist previously served as President of the Utah Life Convention, a consortium of Utah domestic life insurers. Mr. Quist holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University and received his law degree from the University of Southern California.  Mr. Quist is a member of the State Bar of California. Mr. Quist’s expertise in insurance, legal, and regulatory matters led the Board of Directors to conclude that he should serve as a director of the Company.

 

Jason G. Overbaugh has served as a director of the Company since 2013.  Mr. Overbaugh has also served as a Vice President and the Assistant Secretary of the Company from 2002 to 2013.  Mr. Overbaugh has additionally served as Vice President and National Marketing Director of Security National Life Insurance Company since 2006. From 2003 to 2006, he served as a Vice President of Security National Life Insurance Company with responsibilities as an investment manager over construction lending and commercial real estate investments. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Overbaugh served as a Vice President of Memorial Estates, Inc., with responsibilities over operations and sales.  Mr. Overbaugh has served since 2007 as a director of the LOMA Life Insurance Council, a trade association of life insurance companies.  He is also a member of the NFDA Trade Association.  Mr. Overbaugh received a B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Utah.  Mr. Overbaugh’s expertise in insurance and marketing, and his 23 years of experience with the Company in its insurance, real estate, and mortuary and cemetery operations led the Board of Directors to conclude that he should serve as a director of the Company.

 

John L. Cook has served as a director of the Company since 2013.  Mr. Cook has served since 1982 as co-owner and operator of Cook Brothers Painting, Inc., a painting company that provides painting services for contractors and builders of residential and commercial properties.  In addition, Mr. Cook attended the University of Utah.  As a director Mr. Cook adviseds the Board concerning the Company’s investments in commercial and residential real estate projects. Moreover, Mr. Cook’s extensive background in construction and building is important as the Company continues to acquire new real estate holdings and develop its current portfolio of undeveloped land.  Mr. Cook’s years of experience in the construction industry and with construction projects led the Board of Directors to conclude that he should serve as a director of the Company.  

 

Gilbert A. Fuller has served as a director of the Company since 2012.  From 2006 until his retirement in 2008, Mr. Fuller served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary of USANA Health Sciences, Inc., a multinational manufacturer and direct seller of nutritional supplements. Mr. Fuller joined USANA in 1996 as the Vice President of Finance and served in that role until 1999 when he was appointed as its Senior Vice President.  Mr. Fuller has served as a member of the Board of Directors of USANA since 2008.  Mr. Fuller received a B.S. degree in Accounting and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Utah.  Mr. Fuller’s accounting, finance, and corporate strategy expertise and his years of financial, accounting and business experience with public and private companies, including USANA Health Sciences, Inc., which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, where he served as an executive officer and continues to serve as a director, led the Board of Directors to conclude that he should serve as a director of the Company.

 

Robert G. Hunter, M.D. has served as a director of the Company since 1998.  Dr. Hunter is currently a practicing physician in private practice. Dr. Hunter is Department Head of Otolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery at Intermountain Medical Center and a past President of the medical staff of the Intermountain Medical Center.  He is also a delegate to the Utah Medical Association and has served as a delegate representing the State of Utah to the American Medical Association.  Dr. Hunter holds a B.S. degree in Microbiology from the University of Utah and received his medical degree from the University of Utah College of Medicine.  Dr. Hunter’s medical expertise and experience, and his administrative and leadership experience from serving in a number of administrative positions in the medical profession led the Board of Directors to conclude that he should serve as a director of the Company.

 

H. Craig Moody has served as a director of the Company since 1995.  Mr. Moody is owner of Moody & Associates, a political consulting and real estate company.  He is a former Speaker and House Majority Leader of the House of Representatives of the State of Utah.  From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Moody was Co-Chairman of the Utah Legislative Audit Committee.  Mr. Moody received a B.S. degree in Political Science from the University of Utah.  Mr. Moody’s real estate and governmental affairs expertise and years of business and leadership experience led the Board of Directors to conclude he should serve as a director of the Company.

 

Norman G. Wilbur has served as a director of the Company since 1998.  Mr. Wilbur worked for J.C. Penney's regional offices in budget and analysis.  His final position was Manager of Planning and Reporting for J.C. Penney's stores.  After 36 years with J.C. Penney's, Mr. Wilbur opted for early retirement in 1997.  Mr. Wilbur received a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Utah.  Mr. Wilbur’s financial expertise and business experience from a


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successful career at J.C. Penney’s led the Board of Directors to conclude he should serve as a director.  In addition, the Board of Directors’ determination that Mr. Wilbur is the Audit Committee “financial expert” lends further support to his financial acumen and qualification for serving as a director of the Company.

 

The Board of Directors recommends that stockholders vote “FOR” the election of each of the director nominees.

 

The Board of Directors, Board Committees, and Meetings

 

The Company's Bylaws provide that the Board of Directors shall consist of not less than five nor more than twelve.  The term of office of each director is for a period of one year or until the election and qualification of his successor.  A director is not required to be a resident of the State of Utah or a stockholder of the Company.  The Board of Directors held a total of five meetings during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.  Each of the directors attended  75% or more of the meetings of the Board of Directors during 2019.

 

The size of the Board of Directors of the Company is eight members.  A majority of the Board of Directors must qualify as “independent” as that term is defined in Rule 4200 of the listing standards of The Nasdaq Stock Market.  The Board of Directors has affirmatively determined that five of the eight members of the Board of Directors, namely Messrs. John L. Cook, Gilbert A. Fuller, Robert G. Hunter, M.D., H. Craig Moody, and Norman G. Wilbur are independent under the listing standards of The Nasdaq Stock Market.

 

Unless authority is withheld by your proxy, it is intended that the Class A or Class C common stock represented by your proxy will be voted for the respective nominees listed above.  If any nominee should not serve for any reason, the proxy will be voted for such person as shall be designated by the Board of Directors to replace such nominee.   The Board of Directors has no reason to expect that any nominee would be unable to serve.  There is no arrangement between any of the nominees and any other person or persons pursuant to which he or she was or is to be selected as a director.  There is no family relationship between or among any of the nominees, except that Scott M. Quist is the father of S. Andrew Quist the uncle of Jason G. Overbaugh.

 

There are four committees of the Board of Directors, which meet periodically during the year: the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, the Executive Committee, and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

 

The Audit Committee directs the auditing activities of the Company's internal auditors and outside public accounting firm and approves the services of the outside public accounting firm.  The Audit Committee consists of Messrs.  John L. Cook, Gilbert A. Fuller, H. Craig Moody, and Norman G. Wilbur (Chairman of the committee).  During 2019, the Audit Committee met on three occasions.

 

The Compensation Committee is responsible for recommending to the Board of Directors for approval the annual compensation of each executive officer of the Company and the executive officers of the Company's subsidiaries, developing policy in the areas of compensation and fringe benefits, contributions under the Employee Stock Ownership Plan, contributions under the 401(k) Retirement Savings Plans, Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan, granting of options under the stock option plans, and creating other employee compensation plans.  The Compensation Committee consists of Messrs. John L. Cook, Gilbert A. Fuller, Robert G. Hunter, M.D., H. Craig Moody, and Norman G. Wilbur (Chairman of the Committee).  During 2019, the Compensation Committee met on two occasions.

 

The Executive Committee reviews Company policy, major investment activities and other pertinent transactions of the Company.   The Executive Committee consists of Messrs. Gilbert A. Fuller, H. Craig Moody, S. Andrew Quist, and Scott M. Quist (Chairman of the committee).  During 2019, the Executive Committee met on one occasion. 

 

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee identifies individuals qualified to become Board members consistent with the criteria approved by the Board, recommends to the Board the persons to be nominated by the Board for election as directors at a meeting of stockholders, and develops and recommends to the Board a set of corporate governance principles.  The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee consists of Messrs. John


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L. Cook, Gilbert A. Fuller, Robert G. Hunter, M.D., H. Craig Moody (Chairman of the committee), and Norman G. Wilbur.  The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is composed solely of independent directors, as defined in the listing standards of The Nasdaq Stock Market.  During 2019, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee met on two occasions.

 

Director Nominating Process

 

The process for identifying and evaluating nominees for directors include the following steps: (1) the members of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, including the Chairman, the Chairman of the Board or other board members identify a need to fill vacancies or add newly created directorships; (2) the Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee initiates a search and seeks input from Board members and senior management and, if necessary, obtains advice from legal or other advisors (but does not hire an outside search firm); (3) director candidates,  including any candidates proposed by stockholders, are identified and presented to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee; (4) initial interviews with candidates are conducted by the Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee; (5) the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee meets to consider and approve final candidate(s) and conduct further interviews as necessary; and (6) the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee makes recommendations to the Board for inclusion in the slate of directors at the annual stockholders meeting.  The evaluation process will be the same whether the nominee is recommended by a stockholder or by a member of the Board of Directors.

 

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will consider nominees proposed by stockholders.  To recommend a prospective nominee for the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee's consideration, stockholders may submit the candidate's name and qualifications to: Jeffrey R. Stephens, Senior General Counsel and  Secretary, Security National Financial Corporation, 121 West Election Road, Suite 100, Draper, Utah 84020.

 

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee operates pursuant to a written charter.  The full text of the charter is published on the Company's website at www.securitynational.com.  Stockholders may also obtain a copy of the charter without charge by writing to:  Jeffrey R. Stephens, Senior General Counsel and Secretary, Security National Financial Corporation, 121 West Election Road, Suite 100, Draper, Utah 84020.

 

Meetings of Non-Management Directors

 

The Company's independent directors meet regularly in executive session without management.  The Board of Directors has designated a lead director to preside at executive sessions of independent directors.  Mr. H. Craig Moody is currently the lead director.

 

Stockholder Communications with the Board of Directors

 

Stockholders who wish to communicate with the Board of Directors or a particular director may send a letter to Jeffrey R. Stephens, Senior General Counsel and Secretary, Security National Financial Corporation, 121 West Election Road, Suite 100, Draper, Utah 84020. The mailing envelope must contain a clear notation indicating that the enclosed letter is a “Stockholder-Board Communication” or “Stockholder-Director Communication.”  All such letters must identify the author as a stockholder and clearly state whether the intended recipients are all members of the Board or just certain specified individual directors.  The Secretary will make copies of all such letters and circulate them to the appropriate director or directors.  


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Executive Officers

 

The following table sets forth certain information with respect to the executive officers of the Company (the business biographies for Scott M. Quist, Jason G. Overbaugh, and S. Andrew Quist are set forth above):

 

Name

Age

Title

Scott M. Quist

66

Chairman of the Board, President,

 

 

    Chief Executive Officer, and Director

Garrett S. Sill

49

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

S. Andrew Quist1

39

Vice President, General Counsel, and Director

Jason G. Overbaugh1

45

Vice President, National Marketing Director

 

 

    of  Life Insurance, and Director

Jeffrey R. Stephens

66

Senior General Counsel and Secretary

Stephen C. Johnson

63

Vice President – Mortgage Operations

Adam G. Quist1

34

Vice President – Memorial Services, Assistant Secretary,

 

 

    and General Counsel

________________

 

1  Scott M. Quist is the father of  S. Andrew Quist and Adam G. Quist, and the uncle of Jason G. Overbaugh.

 

Garrett S. Sill has served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company since 2013.  From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Sill served as Vice President and Assistant Treasurer of Security National Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company.  From 2002 to 2011, Mr. Sill was Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of SecurityNational Mortgage Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company.  Mr. Sill is a certified public accountant, having been licensed since 2002.  He holds  a B.A. degree in Accounting from Weber State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah.  Mr. Sill also serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the School of Accounting and Taxation at Weber State University.

 

Jeffrey R. Stephens has served as Senior General Counsel of the Company since 2017, as General Counsel from 2006 to 2017, and as Secretary of the Company since 2008.  Mr. Stephens was in private practice from 1981 to 2006 in the States of Washington and Utah.  Mr. Stephens holds a B.A. degree in Geography from the University of Utah and received his law degree from Brigham Young University. Mr. Stephens is a member of the Utah State Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association.  

 

Stephen C. Johnson began serving as the Vice President of Mortgage Operations of the Company and as the President of SecurityNational Mortgage since 2016.  Prior to Mr. Johnson’s appointment as President of SecurityNational Mortgage. Mr. Johnson served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of SecurityNational Mortgage. Mr. Johnson has over 30 years of experience at the executive management level in the mortgage banking industry. Mr. Johnson holds a B.A. degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree in International Management and Finance from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird).

 

Adam G. Quist has served as Vice President – Memorial Services and Assistant Secretary of the Company since 2015. From 2015 to 2017, he also served as the Company’s Associate General Counsel. Since 2017, Mr. Quist has served as the Company’s General Counsel. Mr. Quist has also served since 2015 as Vice President of Memorial Estates, Inc. (“Memorial Estates”) and since 2016 as Chief Operating Officer of Memorial Estates. Additionally, Mr. Quist has further served since 2015 as Vice President of Memorial Mortuary, Inc. (“Memorial Mortuary”) and since 2016 as Chief Operating Officer of Memorial Mortuary. Both Memorial Estates and Memorial Mortuary are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Company. Mr. Quist holds a B.S. degree and a Master’s degree in Accounting with an emphasis on taxation from Brigham Young University. He received his law degree from the University of Utah.  Mr. Quist is a member of the Utah State Bar.

 

The Board of Directors of the Company has a written procedure that requires disclosure to the Board of any material interest or any affiliation on the part of any of its officers, directors or employees that is in conflict or may be in conflict with the Company's interests.


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All executive officers and directors of the Company hold office until the next Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until their successors have been elected and qualified.

 

Corporate Governance

 

Corporate Governance Guidelines.  The Board of Directors has adopted the Security National Financial Corporation Corporate Governance Guidelines. These guidelines outline the functions of the board, director qualifications and responsibilities, and various processes and procedures designed to insure effective and responsive governance.  The Board of Directors has also adopted a written committee charter for the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee. The guidelines and committee charters are reviewed from time to time in response to regulatory requirements and best practices and are revised accordingly. The full text of the guidelines and committee charters is published on the Company's website at www.securitynational.com.  A copy of the Corporate Governance Guidelines may also be obtained at no charge by written request to the attention of Jeffrey R. Stephens, Senior General Counsel and Secretary, Security National Financial Corporation, 121 West Election Road, Suite 100, Draper, Utah 84020.

 

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.   All of the Company's officers, employees, and directors are required to comply with the Company's  Code of Business Conduct and Ethics to help insure that the Company's business is conducted in accordance with appropriate standards of ethical behavior.  The Company's Code of Business Conduct and Ethics covers all areas of professional conduct, including customer relationships, conflicts of interest, insider trading, financial disclosures, intellectual property and confidential information, as well as requiring adherence to all laws and regulations applicable to the Company's business.  Employees are required to report any violations or suspected violations of the Code.  The Code includes an anti-retaliation statement.  The full text of the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics is published on the Company's website at www.securitynational.com.  A copy of the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics may also be obtained at no charge by written request to the attention of Jeffrey R. Stephens, Senior General Counsel and Secretary, Security National Financial Corporation, 121 West Election Road, Suite 100, Draper, Utah 84020.


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COMPENSATION OF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

 

SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

 

The following table sets forth compensation information for fiscal years 2019 and 2018 for (i) the Company's Chief Executive Officer, (ii) the Company's Chief Financial Officer, and (iii) the Company's three other executive officers, who, based on their total compensation, were the most highly compensated in 2019.  The Company refers to them in this Proxy Statement collectively as the “Named Executive Officers.”

 

Name and

Principal

Position

Year

Salary($)

Bonus($)

Stock

Awards($)

Option

Awards($)

Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compen-sation($)

Change in Pension

Value and Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Earnings($)(1)

All Other Compen-

sation($)(2)

Total($)

 

Scott M. Quist

Chairman, President

and Chief Executive

Officer

 

 

2019

2018

 

 

$528,498

489,174

 

 

$131,300

124,500

 

 

 

 

 

$ 48,012

47,221

 

 

$727,810

660,895

 

Garrett S. Sill

Chief Financial

Officer and

Treasurer

 

 

2019

2018

 

 

$223,373

214,165

 

 

 

 $ 36,200

25,457

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$31,534

27,107                                        

 

$291,107

266,729

 

 

Stephen C. Johnson

Vice President of

Mortgage Operations

 

2019

2018

 

 

$325,84

361,284

 

 

$ 87,617

17,900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    $ 8,279

18,257

 

 

  $421,737

397,441

 

S. Andrew Quist

Vice President and

General Counsel

 

2019

2018

 

 

$245,440

221,228

    

 

 $ 92,325

41,075

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    $ 31,279

27,163

 

 

$369,044

289,446

 

 

Jeffrey R. Stephens

Senior General

Counsel and      

Secretary

 

2019

2018

 

 

$197,205

190,250

 

 

 

$ 15,875

13,525

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     $ 23,201

24,434

 

 

$236,281

228,209

 

 

____________________

 

(1)The amounts indicated under “Change in Pension Value and Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Earnings”  consist of amounts that the Company contributed into a trust for the benefit of the Named Executive Officers under the Company's Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan. 

(2) The amounts indicated under “All Other Compensation” consist of the following amounts that the Company paid for the benefit of the Named Executive Officers: 

(a) payments related to the operation of automobiles for Scott M. Quist ($7,200 for each of the years 2019 and 2018); and Garrett S. Sill, Stephen C. Johnson, S. Andrew Quist, and Jeffrey R. Stephens ($-0- for each of the years 2019 and 2018).  However, such payments do not include the furnishing of an automobile by the Company to Scott M. Quist nor the  payment  of  insurance  and  property taxes with  respect to the automobile operated by such executive officer; 

(b)group life insurance premiums that the Company paid to a group life insurance plan for Scott M. Quist, Garrett S. Sill, Stephen C. Johnson, S. Andrew Quist, and Jeffrey R. Stephens ($176 for 2019 and $178 for 2018); 


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(c) life insurance premiums that the Company paid for the benefit of Scott M. Quist ($14,934 for each of the years 2019 and 2018); and Garrett S. Sill, Stephen C. Johnson, S. Andrew Quist, and  Jeffrey R. Stephens ($-0- for each of the years 2019 and 2018); 

(d) medical insurance premiums that the Company paid to a medical insurance plan for Scott M. Quist  ($14,251 for 2019 and $13,658 for 2018); Garrett S. Sill ($20,508 for 2019 and $19,657 for 2018); Stephen C. Johnson ($7,652 for 2019 and $6,790 for 2018); S. Andrew Quist ($20,508 for 2019 and $19,654 for 2018); and Jeffrey R. Stephens ($14,251 for 2019 and $18,140 for 2018);  

(e) long term disability insurance premiums that the Company paid to a provider of such insurance for Scott M. Quist,  Garrett S. Sill, Stephen C. Johnson, S. Andrew Quist, and Jeffrey R. Stephens ($251 for each of the years 2019 and 2018);  

(f)   contributions that the Company made to defined contribution plans for Scott M. Quist ($11,200 for 2019 and $11,000 for 2018); Garrett S. Sill ($10,599 for 2019 and $9,248 for 2018); Stephen C. Johnson ($-0- for 2019 and $10,838 for 2018); S. Andrew Quist ($10,344 for 2019 and $7,080 for 2018); and Jeffrey R. Stephens ($8,523 for 2019 and $5,865 for 2018); and

(g)contributions that the Company made to health savings accounts for Scott M. Quist, Garrett S. Sill, S. Andrew Quist, and Jeffrey R. Stephens ($-0- for each of the years 2019 and 2018); and Stephen C. Johnson ($200 for each of the years 2019 and 2018). 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL ALL OTHER COMPENSATION TABLE

 

The following table sets forth all other compensation provided to the Named Executive Officers for fiscal years 2019 and 2018.

 

Name of

Executive Officer

Year

Perks

and

Other

Personal

Benefits

Tax

Reimburse-

ments

Discounted

Securities

Purchases

Payments/

Accruals

on Termin-

ation Plans

Registrant

Contribu-

tions to

Defined

Contribu-

tion

Plans

Insurance

Premiums

Dividends

or Earnings

on Stock

or Option

Awards

Other

 

Scott M. Quist

 

2019

2018

 

 

$   7,200

7,200

 

         –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    

 

 $ 11,200

  11,000

 

$ 29,612

  29,021

 

 –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    

 

Garrett S. Sill

 

2019

2018

 

 –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    

 

 $ 10,599

    7,021

 

$ 20,935

  20,086

 

 

 –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    

 

Stephen C. Johnson

 

2019

2018

 

 

 –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    

 

 $         –         

   10,838

 

$   8,279

    7,419

 

 –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    

 

S. Andrew Quist

 

2019

2018

 

 

 –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    

 

 $ 1,034

7,080

 

$ 20,935

  20,083

 

 –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    

 

Jeffrey R. Stephens

 

2019

2018

 

 –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    

 

 $ 8,523

5,865

 

$ 14,678

  18,569

 

 –    

         –    

 

 –    

         –    


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GRANTS OF PLAN-BASED AWARDS

 

The following table sets forth certain information regarding options granted to the Named Executive Officers during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name of

Executive

   Officer   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grant

  Date  

 

 

Estimated Future Payouts Under

Equity Incentive Plan

                    Awards                     

 

All Other

Awards:

Number of

Securities

Underlying

Options(1)

(#)

 

 

Exercise

or Base

Price of

Option

Awards

($/Sh)(2)  

 

 

 

Closing Price on Grant Date

($/Sh)(2)

 

Grant

Date Fair

Value of

Stock and

Option

Awards

    ($)     

 

Threshold

($)

 

Target

($)

 

Maximum

($)

 

Scott M.

Quist

 

12/6/19   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         52,500 (1)   

 

 

 $ 5.44 (2)

 

$ 5.19 (2)

 

$ 40,006

 

Garrett S. Sill

 

12/6/19     

 

 

 

 

        26,250 (1)

 

$ 5.19 (2)

 

$ 5.19 (2)

 

$ 24,900

 

Stephen C. Johnson

 

12/6/19   

 

 

 –  

 

 

         10,500 (1)   

 

 $ 5.19 (2)

 

$ 5.19 (2)

 

$   9,960

 

S. Andrew Quist

 

12/6/19  

 

 

 

 

          42,000 (1)        

 

$ 5.19 (2)

 

$ 5.19 (2)

 

 $ 39,839

 

Jeffrey R. Stephens

 

12/6/19   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            7,875 (1)  

 

 

  $ 5.19 (2)  

  

 

$ 5.19 (2)

 

  $   7,470  

________________

 

(1)    The stock options have been adjusted for the 5% annual stock dividend declared on December 6, 2019 and paid on February 7, 2020.

(2)    Prices have been adjusted for the effect of the 5% annual stock dividend declared on December 6, 2019 and paid on February 7, 2020.


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OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS

 

       The following table sets forth information concerning outstanding equity awards held by Named Executive Officers at December 31, 2019.

 

 

 

Option Awards

 

Stock Awards

Name of

Executive

Officer

Option Grant

Date

Number of Securities Underlying Unexercised Options Exercisable (1)

(#)

Number of Securities Underlying Unexercised Options Unexercisable (1)

(#)

Option Exercise Price(2)

($)

Option Expiration

Date

 

Stock Award Grant Date

Number of Shares or Units of Stock That Have Not Vested

(#)

Market Value of Shares or Units of Stock That Have Not Vested

($)

Equity Incentive Plan Awards:  Number of Unearned Shares, Units or Other Rights That Have Not Vested

(#)

Equity Incentive Plan Awards: Market or Payout Value of Unearned Shares, Units or Other Rights That Have Not Vested

($)

 

Scott M. Quist

 

12/4/15

12/2/16

12/1/17

11/30/18

12/6/19

 

127,629 (3)

97,241 (4)

86,822

77,175

 

52,500 (7)(8)

 

$5.72

6.30

4.77

5.48

5.44

 

 12/4/20

 12/2/21

 12/2/22

11/30/23

 12/6/24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garrett S. Sill

 

12/6/13

7/2/14

12/5/14

12/4/15

12/2/16

12/1/17

11/30/18

12/6/19

 

5,629

5,361

10,721

12,763

12,155

17,365 (5)

22,050 (6)

 

 

 

26,250 (7)(8)

 

$   3.38

3.16

3.70

5.20

5.73

4.33

4.98

5.19

 

 12/6/23

   7/2/24

 12/5/24

 12/4/25

 12/2/26

 12/1/27

11/30/28

12/6/29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen C. Johnson

 

4/13/12

12/6/13

 7/2/14

12/5/14

12/4/15

12/2/16

12/1/17

12/6/19

 

 

      4,432

      4,221

      4,020

      8,041

    12,763

      6,078

    11,576           

 

10,500 (8)

 

$    1.04

3.38

3.17

3.70

5.20

5.73

4.33

5.19

 

 4/13/22

 12/6/23

   7/2/24

 12/5/24

 12/4/25

 12/2/26

12/1/27

 12/6/29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S. Andrew Quist

 

4/13/12

12/6/13

 7/2/14

12/5/14

12/4/15

12/2/16

12/1/17

11/30/18

12/6/19

 

     22,162

     14,071

     13,401

     26,803

     25,527

     24,311

     23,153 (5)

27,563 (6)

 

 

42,000 (7)(8)

 

$   1.04

  3.38

3.16

3.70

5.20

5.73

4.33

4.98

5.19

 

 4/13/22

 12/6/23

   7/2/24

 12/5/24

 12/4/25

 12/2/26

 12/1/27

11/30/28

 12/6/29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey R. Stephens

 

4/13/12

12/6/13

 7/2/14

12/5/14

12/4/15

12/2/16

12/1/17

11/30/18

12/6/19

 

3,695

3,519

      3,351

      6,701

      6,382

     6,078

      5,789

      8,269

– 

 

7,875 (8)

 

$   1.04

3.38

3.16

3.70

5.20

5.73

4.33

4.98

5.19

 

 4/13/22

 12/6/23

   7/2/24

 12/5/24

 12/4/25

 12/2/26

 12/1/27

11/30/28

 12/6/29

 

 

 

 

 

 


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_________________

 

 

(1)Except for options granted to Scott M. Quist that have five year terms, such option grants have ten year terms.  The vesting of any unvested shares is subject to the recipient’s continuous employment.  This reflects the equivalent of Class A common shares. 

(2)Exercise prices have been adjusted for the annual stock dividends. 

(3)On December 4, 2015, Scott Quist was granted stock options to purchase 100,000 shares of Class A common stock at an exercise price of $5.72 per share or 100,000 shares of Class C common stock at an exercise price of $5.72 per share, or 100,000 shares of Class C common stock at an exercise price of $5.72 per share, or any combination thereof. 

(4)On December 2, 2016, Scott Quist was granted options to purchase 80,000 shares of Class A common stock at an exercise price of $6.30 per share or 80,000 shares of Class C common stock at an exercise price of $6.30 per share, or any combination thereof. 

(5)On December 1, 2017, Garrett S. Sill was granted stock options to purchase 15,000 shares of Class A common stock at an exercise price of $4.33 per share or 15,000 shares of Class C common stock at an exercise price of $4.33 per share, or any combination thereof.  Also on December 1, 2017, S. Andrew Quist was granted stock options to purchase 20,000 shares of Class A common stock at an exercise price of $4.33 per share or 20,000 shares of Class C common stock at an exercise price of $4.33 per share, or any combination thereof. 

(6)On November 30, 2018, Garrett S. Sill was granted stock options to purchase 20,000 shares of Class A common stock at an exercise price of $4.98 per share or 20,000 shares of Class C common stock at an exercise price of $4.98 per share, or any combination thereof. Also on November 30, 2018, S. Andrew Quist was granted stock options to purchase 25,000 shares of Class A common stock at an exercise price of $4.98 per share or 25,000 shares of Class C common stock at an exercise price of $4.98 per share, or any combination thereof.  

(7)On December 6, 2019, Scott M. Quist was granted stock options to purchase 50,000 shares of Class A common stock at an exercise price of $5.44 per share or 50,000 shares of shares of Class C common stock at an exercise price of $5.44 per share, or any combination. Also on December 6, 2019, Garrett S. Sill was granted stock options to purchase 25,000 shares of Class A common stock at an exercise price of $5.19 per share or 25,000 shares of Class C common stock at an exercise price of $5.19 per share, or any combination thereof.  Also on November 30, 2018, S. Andrew Quist was granted stock options to purchase 40,000 shares of Class A common stock at an exercise price of $5.19 per share or 40,000 shares of Class C common stock at an exercise price of $5.19 per share, or any combination thereof.  

(8)Stock options vest at the rate of 25% of the total number of shares subject to the options on March 1, 2019 and 25% of the total number of shares on the last day of each three month period thereafter.     

 

 

OPTION AWARDS VESTING SCHEDULE

 

The following table sets forth the vesting schedule of unexercisable options reported in the “Number of Securities Underlying Unexercised Options – Unexercisable” column of the table above.

 

    Grant Date   

                                                         Vesting                                                         

 4/13/12

These options vested 25% per quarter over a one-year period after the grant date.

 12/6/13

These options vested 25% per quarter over a one-year period after the grant date.

  7/2/14

These options vested 25% per quarter over a one year period after the grant date.

 12/5/14

These options vested 25% per quarter over a one year period after the grant date.

 12/4/15

These options vested 25% per quarter over a one year period after the grant date.

  12/2/16

These options vested 25% per quarter over a one year period after the grant date.

  12/1/17

These options vested 25% per quarter over a one year period after the grant date.

 11/30/18

These options vested 25% per quarter over a one year period after the grant date.

12/6/19

These options vest 25% per quarter over a one year period after the grant date.

       

 

OPTION EXERCISES AND STOCK VESTED

 

The following table sets forth all stock options exercised and value received upon exercise, and all stock awards vested and value realized upon vesting, by the Named Executive Officers during the year ended December 31, 2019.

 

 

 

Option Awards

 

Stock Awards

Name

Number of

Shares Acquired

on Exercise

(#)

Value Realized

on Exercise

($)

 

Number of

Shares Acquired

on Vesting

(#)

Value Realized

on Vesting

($)

 

Scott M. Quist

Garrett S. Sill

Stephen C. Johnson

S. Andrew Quist

Jeffrey R. Stephens

 

 

191,443

    –    

    –    

    –    

     –     

 

       $208,673

    –    

    –    

    –    

    –    

 

 

 

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

 

 

– 

– 

– 

– 

– 


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PENSION BENEFITS

 

The Company does not have a defined benefit pension plan for any of the named Executive Officers.

 

 

EQUITY COMPENSATION PLAN INFORMATION

 

The following table sets forth certain information as of December 31, 2019 with respect to compensation plans (including individual compensation arrangements) under which the Company’s equity securities are authorized for issuance, aggregated as follows:

 

*All compensation plans previously approved by security holders; and  

*All compensation plans not previously approved by security holders.  

 

 

 

A

B

C

Plan Category

Number of Securities to

be Issued upon Exercise

of Outstanding Options,

Warrants and Rights

Weighted Average

Exercise Price of

Outstanding Options,

Warrants and Rights

Number of Securities

Remaining Available for

Future Issuance under

Equity Compensation Plans

(Excluding Securities

Reflected in Column A)

 

 

 

 

Equity compensation plans

approved by stockholders(1)

1,680,185 (2)

$  4.41 (2)

205,664 (3)

Equity compensation plans not approved by stockholders

0

-

0

________________

 

(1)  This reflects the Security National Financial Corporation 2013 Amended and Restated Stock Option and other Equity Incentive Awards Plan (the “2013 Plan”), and the Security National Financial Corporation 2014 Amended and Restated Director Stock Option Plan (the “2014 Director Plan”). The 2013 Plan was approved by the stockholders at the annual stockholders meeting held on July 12, 2013, which reserved 450,000 shares of Class A common stock, of which up to 150,000 shares of Class C common stock could be issued as an alternative to up to 150,000 shares of Class A common stock.  The 2014 Director Plan was approved by stockholders at the annual stockholders meeting held on July 2, 2014, which reserved 150,000 shares of Class A common stock for issuance thereunder. The 2013 Plan was amended by the stockholders at the annual stockholders meeting held on July 1, 2015 to authorize an additional 450,000 shares of Class A common stock to be available for issuance under the plan, of which up to 200,000 Class C common shares may be issued as an alternative to up to 200,000 shares of Class A common stock. The 2013 plan was further amended by the stockholders at the annual stockholders meeting held on June 29, 2017 to authorize an additional 500,000 shares of Class A common stock to be available for issuance under the plan, of which up to 250,000 Class A common shares may be issued as an alternative to up to 250,000 shares of Class C common stock.

 

(2)  The weighted average exercise prices reflect solely the shares of Class A common stock that will be issued upon exercise of outstanding options.

 

(3)  This number includes 84,554 shares of Class A common stock available for future issuance under the 2013 Plan and 5,110 shares of Class A common stock available for future issuance under the 2014 Director Plan.


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Employment Agreement with Scott M. Quist

 

On December 4, 2012, the Company entered into an employment agreement with Scott M. Quist, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. The agreement was for a six-year term beginning on December 4, 2012 and ending on December 4, 2018. Under the terms of the Agreement, the Board of Directors may, in its sole discretion, extend the term of the agreement for an additional four year term provided that Mr. Quist has continued to perform his duties with usual and customary care, diligence, and prudence commensurate with his position with the Company. In addition, Mr. Quist is required to perform such additional duties as may be assigned to him from time to time by the Company’s Board of Directors.

 

Effective December 4, 2018, the Board members approved a motion to extend Mr. Quist’s employment agreement for an additional four-year term ending December 2022. Mr. Quist abstained from voting on the motion to extend his employment agreement for the additional four year term. Under the terms of the employment agreement, Mr. Quist is to devote his full time to the Company, serving as  Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer at not less than his current salary and benefits.  The Company also agrees to maintain a group term life insurance policy of not less than $1,000,000 and a whole life insurance policy in the amount of $500,000 on Mr. Quist’s life.  In the event of disability, Mr. Quist’s salary would be continued for up to five years at 75% of his then current level of compensation.

 

In the event of a sale or merger of the Company and Mr. Quist is not retained in his current position, the Company would be obligated to continue paying Mr. Quist’s current compensation and benefits for seven years following the merger or sale.  The employment agreement further provides that Mr. Quist is entitled to receive annual retirement benefits beginning (i) one month from the date of his retirement (to commence no sooner than age 65), (ii) five years following complete disability, or (iii) upon termination of his employment without cause.  These retirement benefits are to be paid for a period of twenty years in annual installments in the amount equal to 75% of his then current level of compensation.  In the event that Mr. Quist dies prior to receiving all retirement benefits thereunder, the remaining benefits are to be paid to his heirs.  The Company expensed $660,000 and $660,000 during the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, to cover the present value of anticipated retirement benefits under the employment agreement. The liability accrued was $5,722,837 and $5,191,670 as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. 

 

Employee 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan

 

In 1995, the Company’s Board of Directors adopted a 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan. Under the terms of the 401(k) plan, effective as of January 1, 1995, the Company made discretionary employer matching contributions to its employees who choose to participate in the plan.  The plan allows the Board to determine the amount of the contribution at the end of each year. During the period from January 1, 1995 to December 31, 2007 the Board adopted a contribution formula specifying that such discretionary employer matching contributions would equal 50% of the participating employee’s contribution to the plan to purchase the Company’s stock up to a maximum discretionary employee contribution of ½ of 1% of participating employees’ compensation, as defined by the plan.

 

All persons who have completed at least one year’s service with the Company and satisfy other plan requirements are eligible to participate in the 401(k) plan.  All Company matching contributions are invested in the Company’s Class A common stock.  Also, the Company may contribute at the discretion of the Company’s Board of Directors an Employer Profit Sharing Contribution to the 401(k) plan.  The Employer Profit Sharing Contribution is to be divided among three different classes of participants in the plan based upon the participant’s title in the Company.  All amounts contributed to the plan are deposited into a trust fund administered by an independent trustee.


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Beginning January 1, 2008, the Company elected to be a “Safe Harbor” Plan for its matching 401(k) contributions.  The Company will match 100% of up to 3% of an employee’s total annual compensation and 50% of 4% to 5% of an employee’s annual compensation.  The match is in shares of the Company’s Class A common stock.  The Company’s contribution for 2019 and 2018 was $695,560 and $1,480,913, respectively, under the “Safe Harbor” plan.

 

Stock Repurchase Plan

 

On September 7, 2018, the Board approved the Security National Financial Stock Repurchase Plan that authorized the repurchase of 300,000 shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock in the open market. The repurchased shares of Class A common stock will be held as treasury shares to be used as the Company’s employer matching contribution to the Employee 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan.

 

Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

 

Effective January 1, 1980, the Company adopted an employee stock ownership plan (the “ESOP Plan”) for the benefit of career employees of the Company and its subsidiaries. Under the ESOP Plan, the Company used discretionary power to make contributions on behalf of all eligible employees into a trust created under the ESOP Plan.  Employees became eligible to participate in the ESOP Plan when they have attained the age of 19 and have completed one year of service (a twelve-month period in which the employee completes at least 1,040 hours of service).   

 

The Company's contributions under the ESOP Plan were allocated to eligible employees on the same ratio that each eligible employee's compensation bears to total compensation for all eligible employees during each year. Benefits under the ESOP Plan vested as follows: 20% after the second year of eligible service by an employee and an additional 20% each year thereafter of eligible service until 100% vested. Benefits under the ESOP Plan will be paid out in one lump sum or in installments in the event the employee becomes disabled, reaches the age of 65, or is terminated by the Company or demonstrates financial hardship.

 

On November 25, 2019, the Company distributed a notice of intent to terminate the ESOP Plan to all current plan participants. The Company also filed Form 5310, an application for determination for terminating plan, with the IRS on December 6, 2019. The Company is awaiting approval of its application from the IRS prior to its final distribution of the ESOP Plan assets to the participants. At December 31, 2019, the ESOP Plan held 495,618 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock and 307,491 shares of the Company’s Class C common stock. The trustees of the trust fund under the ESOP Plan are Scott M. Quist (Chairman), S. Andrew Quist, and Robert G. Hunter, who each serve as a director of the Company.

 

Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan

 

In 2001, the Company's Board of Directors adopted a Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan and this plan was amended in 2005 and later amended in 2019. Under the terms of the plan,  the  Company  will  provide  deferred  compensation for a select group of management or highly compensated employees, within the meaning of Sections 201(2), 301(a)(3), and 401(a)(1) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended.  The Board has appointed a committee of the Company to be the plan administrator and to determine the employees who are eligible to participate in the plan.  The employees who participate may elect to defer a portion of their compensation into the plan.  The Company may contribute into the plan at the discretion of the Company's Board of Directors.  The Company did not make any contributions for 2019 or 2018. The investment committee of the Company’s Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan consists of Scott M. Quist, Stephen C. Johnson, and Garrett S. Sill.


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NON-QUALIFIED DEFERRED COMPENSATION 

 

The following table sets forth contributions to the deferred compensation account of the Named Executive Officers in fiscal 2019 and the aggregate balance of deferred compensation of the Named  Executive Officers at December 31, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Name

 

Executive

Contributions

In Last

Fiscal Year

($)

 

Registrant

Contributions

In Last

Fiscal Year

($)

 

 

Aggregate

Earnings in Last

Fiscal Year

($)

 

 

Aggregate Withdrawals/

Distributions

($)

 

 

Aggregate

Balance at Last

Fiscal Year End

($)

 

Scott M. Quist

Garrett S. Sill

Stephen C. Johnson

S. Andrew Quist

Jeffrey R. Stephens

 

 

 

 

 

 $ 566,241

   –    

 $  37,319

  – 

  – 

 

2013 Stock Option and Other Equity Incentive Awards Plan

 

On August 24, 2013, the Company adopted the Security National Financial Corporation 2013 Stock Option Plan, which reserved 450,000 shares of Class A common stock to be made available for issuance thereunder, of which up to 150,000 shares of Class C common stock could be issued as an alternative to up to 150,000 shares of Class A common stock. The 2013 Plan provides for the grant of options and the award or sale of stock to officers, directors, and employees of the Company. Both incentive stock options, as defined under Section 422A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and non-qualified options may be granted under the 2013 Plan. The 2013 Plan was approved by the stockholders at the Company’s Annual Meeting that was held on July 12, 2013.

 

On July 1, 2015, the stockholders approved an amendment to the 2013 Plan to authorize an additional 450,000 shares of Class A common stock under the 2013 Plan, of which up to 200,000 shares of Class C common stock may be issued as an alternative to up to 200,000 shares of Class A common stock. On June 29, 2017, the stockholders approved an amendment to the 2013 Plan to authorize an additional 500,000 shares of Class A common stock to be available for issuance under the plan, of which up to 250,000 shares of Class C common stock may be issued as an alternative to up to 250,000 shares of Class A Common Stock.

 

The 2013 Plan is to be administered by the Board of Directors or by a committee designated by the Board. The terms of options granted or stock awards or sales affected under the 2013 Plan are to be determined by the Board of Directors or its committee. No options may be exercised for a term of more than ten years from the date of the grant. Options intended as incentive stock options may be issued only to employees, and must meet certain conditions imposed by the Internal Revenue Code, including a requirement that the option exercise price be no less than the fair market value of the option shares on the date of grant. The 2013 Plan provides that the exercise price for non-qualified options will not be less than at least 50% of the fair market value of the stock subject to such option as of the date of grant of such options, as determined by the Company’s Board of Directors.

 

The 2013 Plan also provides that if the shares of common stock shall be subdivided or combined into a greater or smaller number of shares or if the Company shall issue any shares of common stock as a stock dividend on its outstanding common stock, the number of shares of common stock deliverable upon the exercise of options shall be increased or decreased proportionately, and appropriate adjustments shall be made in the purchase price to reflect such subdivision, combination or stock dividend.  In addition, the number of shares of common stock reserved for purposes of the plan shall be adjusted by the same proportion.  No options may be exercised for a term of more than ten years from the date of grant. 


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The 2013 Plan further provides that an option shall be exercised by giving written notice to the Company. Such notice shall identify the option being exercised and specify the number of shares as to which such option is being exercised, accompanied by payment of the purchase price. The purchase price may be made either in cash or by check or, at the discretion of the Board, through delivery of shares of common stock having a fair market value equal as of the date of the exercise to the cash exercise price of the option or, at the discretion of the Board, through the use of some of the shares for which the option is being exercised (a cashless transaction), or by any combination of the foregoing means of payment.  

 

On December 4, 2015, the Board of Directors approved a resolution to amend the 2013 Plan to include additional equity incentive awards. These additional incentive awards in the plan consist of Stock Appreciation Rights (SARs), Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), and Performance Share Awards. Stock Appreciation Rights are awards that entitle the recipient to receive cash or stock equal to the excess of the Company’s stock price on the date the SAR is exercised over the Company’s stock price on the date the SAR was granted times the number of shares of stock with respect to which the SAR is exercised. Restricted Stock Units entitle the recipient to receive RSUs that require the Company on the distribution dates to transfer to the recipient one unrestricted, fully transferable share of stock for each RSU scheduled to be paid out on that date. Performance Share Awards entitle the recipient to receive stock based on the Company meeting certain performance goals. As amended, the 2013 Plan is now entitled, the “Security National Financial Corporation Amended and Restated 2013 Stock Option and Other Equity Incentive Awards Plan.”

 

The 2013 Plan has a term of ten years. The Board of Directors may amend or terminate the 2013 Plan at any time, from time to time, subject to approval of certain modifications to the 2013 Plan by the stockholders of the Company as may be required by law or the 2013 Plan.

 

Stock Purchase Plan

 

On September 11, 2015, the Board of Directors approved the Security National Financial Corporation Stock Purchase Plan for the mutual benefit of the Company and its stockholders. Under the terms of the plan, the Company  has the option to purchase shares of Class A common stock from its officers and directors who exercise the stock options granted to them under any of the Company’s stock option plans with the proceeds from such purchases to be used to pay the taxes owed by such officers and directors as a result of the exercise of their stock options. Additionally, the officers and directors who exercise their stock options may, in their discretion, request that the Company purchase shares of their Class A common stock with the proceeds from such sale to be used to pay the taxes owed by such officers and directors as a result of the exercise of their stock options.

 

The Company is authorized under the plan to purchase no more than 60,000 shares of Class A common stock in any calendar year to pay the taxes owed by the officers and directors who exercise their stock options under the Stock Purchase Plan. The Company’s purchase price for the Class A common stock under the Stock Purchase Plan shall be equal to the closing sales price of the Company’s Class A common stock as reported by The Nasdaq National Market on the day that the applicable stock options are exercised by such officers and directors. The Company may only purchase shares of Class A common stock from the officers and directors exercising their stock options under the Stock Purchase Plan during the “Trading Window” as defined in the Company’s Insider Trading Policy and Guidelines.  


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DIRECTOR COMPENSATION FOR FISCAL 2018

 

The following table sets forth the compensation of the Company's non-employee directors for fiscal 2019.

 

Name

Fees

Earned or

Paid In

Cash

($)

Stock

Awards

($)

Option

Awards

($)

Non-Equity

Incentive Plan

Compensation

($)

Change in

Pension Value

and

Nonqualified

Deferred

Compensation

Earnings

All Other

Compensation

($)

Total

($)

 

John L. Cook (1)

Gilbert A. Fuller (2)

Robert G. Hunter, M.D. (3)

H. Craig Moody (4)

Norman G. Wilbur (5)

 

 

$ 23,850

23,850

21,600

23,850

23,850

 

 

 

$  5,976

5,976

5,976

5,976

5,976

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$ 29,826

29,826

27,576

29,826

26,826

 

              _________________________________________

 

(1) Mr. Cook has options to purchase 45,289 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock.

(2) Mr. Fuller has options to purchase 46,767 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock.

(3) Dr. Hunter has options to purchase 73,239 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock.

(4) Mr. Moody has options to purchase 72,773 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock.

(5) Mr. Wilbur has options to purchase 30,505 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock.

 

Director Compensation

 

Directors of the Company (but not including directors who are employees) are currently paid a director’s fee of $21,600 per year by the Company for their services and are reimbursed for their expenses in attending board and committee meetings. An additional director fee of $750 is paid to each audit committee member for each audit committee meeting attended. Each director is provided with an annual grant of stock options to purchase 1,000 shares of Class A common stock, which occurred under the 2000 Director Stock Option Plan for years 2000 to 2005, under the 2006 Director Stock Option Plan and under the 2014 Director Plan for years 2006 to 2018.  During 2019, each director was granted options to purchase an additional 1,000 shares of Class A common stock.

 

2014 Director Stock Option Plan

 

On May 16, 2014, the Company adopted the Security National Financial Corporation 2014 Director Stock Option Plan.  The 2014 Director Plan was approved by the stockholders at the Company’s Annual Meeting that was held on July 2, 2014. The 2014 Director Plan provides for the grant by the Company of options to purchase up to an aggregate of 150,000 shares of Class A common stock to be made available for issuance under the plan. The 2014 Director Plan also provides that each member of the Company's Board of Directors who is not an employee or paid consultant of the Company is automatically eligible to receive options to purchase the Company's Class A common stock under the plan. The 2014 Director Plan  replaces the Company’s 2006 Director Stock Option Plan, which was terminated on July 2, 2014.

 

Additionally, on December 1, 2017, Section 4(b)(ii) of the 2014 Director Plan was amended to provide that effective as of December 7, 2014, and annually each year thereafter during the term of the plan on a day as determined each year by the Board, each outside director shall automatically receive an option to purchase 1,000 shares of Class A common stock. Also, each new outside director who joins the Board on or after the effective date shall automatically be granted an option to purchase 1,000 shares of Class A common stock upon the date on which such person first becomes an outside director, whether through election by the shareholders of the Company, appointment by the Board to fill a vacancy, or termination of employment by the Company while remaining as a director (a one-time grant) and an annual


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grant of an option to purchase 1,000 shares of Class A common stock each year thereafter during the term of the plan on a day as determined each year by the Board.

 

On March 27, 2020, the Board approved an amendment to the 2014 Director Plan to provide for the cashless exercise of stock options. Prior to the approval of the amendment, the consideration for the shares to be issued upon the exercise of a stock option under the 2014 Director Plan included either cash, check, or at the discretion of the Board, through delivery of shares of common stock having a fair market value equal to the cash exercise price of the option, or a combination of the foregoing methods of payment. As amended, at the discretion of the Board, the consideration for exercising the option may also include the use of some or all of the shares for which the option is exercised (cashless exercise of the option), or by any combination of the foregoing methods of payment. As a result of the approval of the amendment, the 2014 Director Plan is now entitled, the “Security National Financial Corporation Amended and Restated 2014 Director Stock Option Plan.”

 

The options granted to outside directors shall vest in four equal quarterly installments over a one year period from the date of grant, until such shares are fully vested. The primary purposes of the 2014 Director Plan are to enhance the Company's ability to attract and retain well-qualified persons for service as directors and to provide incentives to such directors to continue their association with the Company.

 

In the event of a merger of the Company with or into another company, or a consolidation, acquisition of stock or assets, or other change in control transaction involving the Company, each option granted under the 2014 Director Plan becomes exercisable in full, unless such option is assumed by the successor corporation. In the event the transaction is not approved by a majority of the “Continuing Directors” (as defined in the 2014 Director Plan), each option becomes fully vested and exercisable in full immediately prior to the consummation of such transaction, whether or not assumed by the successor corporation.

 

Compliance with Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, requires the Company’s executive officers, directors and persons who own more than 10% of a registered class of the Company’s equity securities to file reports of ownership and periodic changes in ownership of the Company’s shares of Class A and Class C common stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Such persons are also required to furnish the Company with copies of all Section 16(a) reports they file.

 

Based solely on its review of the copies of stock reports received by the Company with respect to fiscal 2019, or written representations from certain reporting persons, the Company believes that its directors, executive officers, and greater than 10% beneficial owners complied with all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to them, except that each of the executive officers and directors, through an oversight, filed one late Form 4 report disclosing the granting of stock options on December 6, 2019.


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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

 

The following table sets forth security ownership information of the Company's Class A and Class C common stock as of March 31, 2019 (i) for persons who own beneficially more than 5% of the Company's outstanding Class A or Class C common stock, (ii) for each director of the Company, and (iii) for all executive officers and directors of the Company as a group.

 

 

 

Class A

Common Stock

Class C

Common Stock

Class A and

Class C

Common Stock

Name and Address (1)

Amount Beneficially Owned

Percent of

Class

Amount Beneficially Owned

Percent of

Class

Amount Beneficially Owned

Percent of

Class

George R. and Shirley C. Quist

Family Partnership, Ltd. (2)

1,443,659

9.2%

856,553

34.4%

     2,300,212

12.6%

401(k) Retirement Savings

Plan (3)

2,132,195

13.6%

     –

*

2,132,195

11.7%

Scott M. Quist (4)(5)(6)(7)(8)

517,812

3.3%

1,495,547

54.8%

2,013,359

10.8%

M3 Funds, LLC (9)

1,073,409

6.7%

     –

*

1,073,409

5.8%

Non-Qualified Deferred

Compensation Plan (10)

931,140

5.9%

     –

*

931,140

5.1%

Employee Stock Ownership

Plan (ESOP) (11)

520,399

3.3%

322,866

13.0%

843,265

4.6%

Jason G. Overbaugh (12)

270,581

1.7%

58,591

2.3%

329,172

1.8%

S. Andrew Quist (6)(13)

27,657

1.3%

61,216

2.4%

268,813

1.5%

Associated Investors (14)

85,087

*

132,853

5.3%

217,940

1.2%

Estate of George R. Quist

128,061

*

79,539

3.2%

207,600

1.2%

Garrett S. Sill (5)(7)(15)

120,079

*

45,977

1.8%

166,056

*

Jeffrey R. Stephens (16)

136,755

*

     –

*

136,755

*

Adam G. Quist (17)

57,624

*

48,602

1.9%

106,226

*

H. Craig Moody (18)

104,481

*

     –

*

104,481

*

Stephen C. Johnson (5)(7)(19)

85,722

*

     –

*

85,722

*

Robert G. Hunter, M.D. (6)(20)

80,901

*

     –

*

80,901

*

Gilbert A. Fuller (21)

42,745

*

     –

*

42,745

*

John L. Cook (22)

40,563

*

     –

*

40,563

*

Norman G. Wilbert (23)

26,462

*

     –

*

26,462

*

All directors and executive

officers (12 persons)

1,691,382

10.3%

1,709,933

59.4%

3,401,315

17.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*   Less than 1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (1)Unless otherwise indicated, the address of each listed stockholder is c/o Security National Financial Corporation, 121 West Election Road, Suite 100, Draper, Utah 84020. 

 (2)This stock is owned by the George R. and Shirley C. Quist Family Partnership, Ltd., of which Scott M. Quist is the managing general partner and, accordingly, exercises sole voting and investment powers with respect to such shares. 

 (3)The investment committee of the 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan consists of Scott M. Quist, Stephen C. Johnson and Garrett S. Sill, who exercise shared voting and investment powers with respect to such shares. 

 (4)Mr. Scott Quist is the Company’s Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer. Includes  options  to  purchase 163,997 shares of Class A common stock and 237,995 shares of Class C common stock that are currently exercisable or will become exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2020. Mr. Quist’s options to purchase 237,995 shares of Class C common stock may also, at Mr. Quist’s election, consist of options to purchase 237,995 shares of Class A common stock, or any combination thereof. Mr. Quist has elected to purchase Class C common shares with respect to such options to the extent there are sufficient authorized but unissued Class C common shares available for issuance with respect to such options.  Otherwise, Mr. Quist will elect to purchase shares of Class A common stock with respect to such options. 


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 (5)Does not include 2,132,195 shares of Class A common stock owned by the Company’s 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, of which Scott M. Quist, Stephen C. Johnson, and Garrett S. Sill are members of the investment committee and, accordingly, exercise shared voting and investment powers with respect to such shares.   

 (6)Does not include 520,390 shares of Class A common stock and 322,866 shares of Class C common stock owned by the Company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), of which Scott M. Quist, S. Andrew Quist, and Robert G. Hunter are the trustees and, accordingly, exercise shared voting and investment powers with respect to such shares. 

 (7)Does not include 931,140 shares of Class A common stock owned by the Company’s Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan, of which Scott M. Quist, Stephen C. Johnson, and Garrett S. Sill are members of the investment committee and, accordingly, exercise shared voting and investment powers with respect to such shares. 

 (8)Does not include 85,087 shares of Class A common stock and 132,853 shares of Class C common stock owned by Associated Investors, a Utah general partnership, of which Scott M. Quist is the managing partner and, accordingly, exercises sole voting and investment powers with respect to such shares.  

 (9)Based solely on the Schedule 13G/A filed on February 12, 2020, Jason A. Stock, Manager of M3 Partners, LP, a Delaware limited partnership, and M3 Funds, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, General Partner of M3 Partners, LP; Jason A. Stock, Manager of M3 Funds, LLC; Jason A. Stock, Managing Director of M3F, Inc., a Utah corporation; Jason A. Stock, individually, and William C. Waller, individually, collectively exercise  shared voting and investment powers with respect to 1,073,409 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock, or 6.7% of the outstanding shares of Class A common stock. The address for all entities and individuals filing the Schedule 13G/A is 10 Exchange Place, Suite 510, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111.  

(10)The  investment  committee of  the  Company’s  Non-Qualified  Deferred Compensation Plan consists of Scott M.  Quist, Stephen C. Johnson, and Garrett S. Sill, who exercise shared voting and investment powers with respect  to such shares.   

(11)The trustees of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) are Scott M. Quist, S. Andrew Quist, and Robert G. Hunter, who exercise shared voting and investment powers with respect to such shares. 

(12)Mr. Overbaugh is the Company’s Vice President, National Marketing Director of Life Insurance, and a director.  Includes options to purchase 104,113 shares of Class A common stock and options to purchase 58,591 shares of Class C common stock that are exercisable or will become exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2020. The options to purchase 58,591 shares of Class C common stock may also, at Mr. Overbaugh’s election, consist of options to purchase 58,591 shares of Class A common stock, or any combination thereof.  Mr. Overbaugh has elected to purchase Class C common shares with such options to the extent there are sufficient authorized but unissued Class C common shares available for issuance with respect to such options. Otherwise, Mr. Overbaugh will elect to purchase shares of Class A common stock with respect to such options. 

(13)Mr. Andrew Quist is the Company’s Vice President,  General Counsel, and a director.  Includes options to purchase 126,275 shares of Class A common stock and options to purchase 61,216 shares of Class C common stock  that are exercisable or will become exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2020. The options to purchase 61,216 shares of Class C common stock may also, at Mr. Quist’s election, consist of options to purchase 61,216 shares of Class A common stock, or any combination thereof.  Mr. Andrew Quist has elected to purchase Class C common shares with such options to the extent there are sufficient authorized but unissued Class C common shares available for issuance with respect to such options. Otherwise, Mr. Quist will elect to purchase shares of Class A common stock with respect to such options. 

(14)The managing general partner of Associated Investors is Scott M. Quist, who exercises sole voting and investment powers with respect to such shares. 

(15)Mr. Sill is the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Includes options to purchase 46,629 shares of Class A common stock and options to purchase 45,977 shares of Class C common stock that are currently  exercisable or will become exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2020. The options to purchase 45,977 shares of Class C common stock may also, at Mr. Sill’s election, consist of options to purchase 45,977 shares of Class A common stock, or any combination thereof.  Mr. Sill has elected to purchase Class C common shares with such options to the extent there are sufficient authorized but unissued Class C common shares available for issuance with respect to such options. Otherwise, Mr Sill will elect to purchase shares of Class A common stock with respect to such options. 


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(16)Mr. Stephens is the Company’s Senior General Counsel and Secretary.  Includes options to purchase 45,752 shares of Class A common stock granted to Mr. Stephens that are currently exercisable or will become exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2020.  

(17)Mr. Moody is a director of the Company. Includes options to purchase 58,738 shares of Class A common stock granted to Mr. Moody that are currently exercisable or will become exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2019. 

(18)Mr. Adam Quist is Vice President – Memorial Services, Assistant Secretary, and General Counsel of the Company. Includes options to purchase 23,770 shares of Class A common stock and options to purchase 23,770 shares of Class C common stock that are currently exercisable or will become exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2020. The options to purchase 45,602 shares of Class C common stock may also, at Mr. Quist’s election, consist of options to purchase 48,602 shares of Class A common stock, or any combination thereof.  Mr. Adam Quist has elected to purchase Class C common shares with such options to the extent there are sufficient authorized but unissued Class C common shares available for issuance with respect to such options. 

(19)Mr. Johnson is the Company’s Vice President of Mortgage Operations. Includes options to purchase 48,697 shares of Class A common stock granted to Mr. Johnson that are currently exercisable or will become exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2020. 

(20)Dr. Hunter is a director of the Company. Includes options to purchase 68,513 shares of Class A common stock granted to Dr. Hunter that are currently exercisable or will become exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2019.  

(21)Mr. Fuller is a director of the Company. Includes options to purchase 42,041 shares of Class A common stock granted to Mr. Fuller that are currently  exercisable, or will become exercisable, within 60 days of March 31, 2020. 

(22)    Mr. Cook is a director of the Company.  Includes  options  to  purchase 42,041  shares  of  Class A common  stock granted  to Mr. Cook that are currently exercisable or will become exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2020.

(23)Mr. Wilbur is a director of the Company. Includes options to purchase 25,779 shares of Class A common stock granted to Mr. Wilbur that are currently exercisable or will become exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2020. 

 

The Company’s executive officers and directors, as a group, own beneficially approximately 17.5% of the outstanding shares of the Company’s Class A and Class C common stock.

 

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions and Director Independence

 

The Company’s Board of Directors has a written procedure, which requires disclosure to the Board of any material interest or any affiliation on the part of its officers, directors or employees that is in conflict or may be in conflict with the interests of the Company. 

 

REPORT OF THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE 

 

Compensation Discussion and Analysis      

 

Under rules established by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”), the Company is required to provide certain data and information in regard to the compensation and benefits provided to its Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and the three other most highly compensated executive officers.  In fulfillment of this requirement, the Compensation Committee, at the direction of the Board of Directors, has prepared the following report for inclusion in this Proxy Statement.  

 

Executive Compensation Philosophy.  The Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors is composed of five directors, all of whom are independent, outside directors.  The Compensation Committee is responsible for setting and administering  the  policies  and  programs  that govern both annual compensation and stock ownership programs for the executive officers of the Company.  The Company’s executive compensation


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policy is based on principles designed to ensure that an appropriate relationship exists between executive pay and corporate performance, while at the same time motivating and retaining executive officers.

 

Executive Compensation Components.  The key components of the Company’s compensation program are base salary, an annual incentive award, and equity participation.  These components are administered with the goal of providing total compensation that is competitive in the marketplace, rewards successful financial performance, and aligns executive officers’ interests with those of stockholders.  The Compensation Committee reviews each component of executive compensation on an annual basis.

 

Base Salary.  Base salaries for executive officers are set at levels believed by the Compensation Committee to be sufficient to attract and retain qualified executive officers.  Base pay increases are provided to executive officers based on an evaluation of each executive’s performance, as well as the performance of the Company as a whole.  In establishing base salaries, the Compensation Committee not only considers the financial performance of the Company, but also the success of the executive officers in developing and executing the Company’s strategic plans, developing management employees and exercising leadership.  The Compensation Committee believes that executive officer base salaries for 2019 were reasonable as compared to amounts paid by companies of similar size.  

 

Annual Incentive.  The Compensation Committee believes that a significant proportion of total cash compensation for executive officers should be subject to attainment of specific Company financial performance.  This approach creates a direct incentive for executive officers to achieve desired performance goals and places a significant percentage of each executive officer’s compensation at risk.  Consequently, each year the Compensation Committee establishes potential bonuses for executive officers based on the Company’s achievement of certain financial performance.  The Compensation Committee believes that executive officer annual bonuses for 2019 were reasonable as compared to amounts paid by companies of similar size.    

 

Stock Options. The Compensation Committee believes that equity participation is a key component of its executive compensation program.  Stock options are granted to executive officers primarily based on the officer’s actual and potential contribution to the Company’s growth and profitability and competitive marketplace practices.  Option grants are designed to retain executive officers and motivate them to enhance stockholder value by aligning the financial interests of executive officers with those of stockholders.  Stock options also provide an effective incentive for management to create stockholder value over the long term since the full benefit of the compensation package cannot be realized unless an appreciation in the price of the Company’s Class A common stock occurs over a number of years.  

 

Compensation of Chief Executive Officer.  Consistent with the executive compensation policy and components described above, the Compensation Committee determined the salary, bonus and stock options received by Scott M. Quist,  Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, for services rendered in 2019.  Mr. Quist had received a base salary of $528,498 for 2019.  Under the Compensation Committee’s rules, the Chief Executive Officer may not be present during voting or deliberations related to his compensation.

 

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE

 

Norman G. Wilbur, Chairman

John L. Cook

Gilbert A. Fuller

Robert G. Hunter, M.D.

H. Craig Moody

               


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REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE

 

The Company has an Audit Committee consisting of four non-management directors: John L. Cook, Gilbert A. Fuller, H. Craig Moody, and Norman G. Wilbur (Chairman of the committee).  Each member of the Audit Committee is considered independent and qualified in accordance with applicable independent director and audit committee listing standards.  The Company's Board of Directors has adopted a written charter for the Audit Committee.

 

During the year 2019, the Audit Committee met three times.  The Audit Committee has met with management and discussed the Company's internal controls, the quality of the Company's financial reporting, the results of internal and external audit examinations, and the audited financial statements.  In addition, the Audit Committee met with the Company's independent registered public accountants, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and discussed all matters required to be discussed by the auditors with the Audit Committee under the Statement on Auditing Standards No. 114 (communication with audit committees).  The Audit Committee reviewed and discussed with the auditors their annual written report on their independence from the Company and its management, which is made under Independence Standards Board Standard No. 1 (Independence Discussions with Audit Committees) and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Rule No. 3526 (Communication with Audit Committees Concerning Independence), and considered with the auditors whether the non-audit services provided by them to the Company during 2019 was compatible with the auditors' independence.

 

In performing these functions, the Audit Committee acts only in an oversight capacity.  In its oversight role, the Audit Committee relies on the work and assurances of the Company's management, which is responsible for the integrity of the Company's internal controls and its financial statements and reports, and the Company's independent auditors, who are responsible for performing an independent audit of the Company's financial statements in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards and for issuing a report on these financial statements.

 

Pursuant to the reviews and discussions described above, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the audited financial statements be included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 for filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

AUDIT COMMITTEE

 

Norman G. Wilbur, Chairman

John L. Cook

Gilbert A. Fuller

H. Craig Moody

 

 

APPROVAL, ON AN ADVISORY BASIS, OF THE COMPENSATION OF THE

COMPANY’S NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 

PROPOSAL 2

 

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, or the Dodd-Frank Act, enables the Company’s stockholders to vote to approve, on an advisory (nonbinding) basis, the compensation of the Named Executive Officers as disclosed in this Proxy Statement in accordance with the SEC’s rules.  Thus, pursuant to Section 14A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Company is asking stockholders for an advisory approval of the compensation of the Company’s Named Executive Officers as described in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the compensation tables, and related narrative discussion included in this Proxy Statement.

 

As discussed in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the Company designs its compensation programs to maintain a performance- and achievement-oriented environment throughout the Company.  The goals of the


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Company’s executive compensation program are to provide total compensation that is competitive in the market place and that rewards successful financial performance in order to attract, retain, and motivate highly-qualified executive officers and other key employees who contribute to the Company’s long-term success, to align executive compensation with the Company’s business objectives and performance, and to motivate executive officers to enhance long-term stockholder value.

 

Consistent with these goals and as discussed in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the Compensation Committee has designed guiding principles to ensure that an appropriate relationship exists between executive pay and corporate performance, while at the same time motivating and retaining executive officers.

 

 

The Company is asking its stockholders to indicate their support for the compensation of the Company’s Named Executive Officers as described in this Proxy Statement.  This proposal, commonly known as a “say-on-pay” proposal, gives the stockholders the opportunity to express their views on the compensation of the Named Executive Officers.  This vote is not intended to address any specific item of compensation, but rather the overall compensation of the Company’s Named Executive Officers and the philosophy, policies, and practices described in this Proxy Statement.  Accordingly, the Board of Directors asks the stockholders to vote “FOR” the following resolution at the Annual Meeting:

 

“RESOLVED, that the Company’s stockholders approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Named Executive Officers, as disclosed in the Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders pursuant to the compensation disclosure rules of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the 2019 Summary Compensation Table, and the other related tables and disclosures.”

 

The say-on-pay vote is advisory, and therefore not binding on the Company, the Board of Directors, or the Compensation Committee. The Board of Directors and the Compensation Committee value the opinions of the Company’s stockholders and will take into account the outcome of this vote in considering future compensation arrangements for the Named Executive Officers.

 

The Board of Directors recommends that the stockholders vote “FOR” approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation paid to the Company’s Named Executive Officers.

 

APPROVAL OF AMENDMENTS AND RESTATEMENTS TO THE SECURITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL CORPORATION AMENDED AND RESTATED 2013 STOCK OPTION AND OTHER EQUITY INCENTIVE AWARDS PLAN, AND THE SECURITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL CORPORATION

AMENDED AND RESTATED 2014 DIRECTOR STOCK OPTION PLAN

 

PROPOSAL 3 AND PROPOSAL 4

 

The Board of Directors is requesting that the Company’s stockholders approve an amendment to the Security National Financial Corporation Amended and Restated 2013 Stock Option and Other Equity Incentive Awards Plan (the “2013 Plan”) and the Security National Financial Corporation Amended and Restated 2014 Director Stock Option Plan (the “2014 Director Plan”) at the Annual Meeting to be held on June 26, 2020. On  March 27, 2020,  the  Board  approved the amendment to the 2013 Plan and the amendment to the 2014 Director Plan. The amendment to the 2013 Plan provides for the reservation of an additional 500,000 shares of Class A common stock to be available for issuance under the 2013 Plan, of which up to 350,000 shares of Class C common stock may be issued as an alternative to up to 350,000 shares of Class A common stock. The amendment to the 2014 Director Plan provides for the reservation of an additional 100,000 shares of Class A common stock to be available for issuance under the 2014 Director Plan.

 

Subject to stockholder approval of the amendment to the 2013 Plan, the 500,000 shares of Class A common stock to be reserved for issuance under the 2013 Plan represent approximately 2.7% of the total outstanding shares of Class A common stock as of March 31, 2020 on a fully converted basis. Subject to stockholder approval of the


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amendment to the 2014 Director Plan, the 100,000 shares of Class A common stock to be reserved for issuance under the 2014 Director Plan, together with the 500,000 shares of Class A common stock reserved for issuance under the 2013 Plan, represent approximately 3.72% of the total outstanding shares of Class A common stock as of March 31, 2020 on a fully converted basis.

 

On December 31, 2019, there were 16,107,779 shares of Class A common stock and 2,500,887 shares of Class C common stock issued and outstanding. Thus, if the stockholders approve the amendments to the 2013 Plan and the 2014 Director Plan, including the reservation of the additional 500,000 shares of Class A common stock for issuance under the 2013 Plan and the reservation of the additional 100,000 Class of common stock under the 2014 Director Plan, the holders of Class A common stock could realize up to a 1.8% dilution with respect to their shares. Assuming all the Class C common stockholders whose shares may be converted to Class A common shares at a conversion rate of one-for-one, convert their Class C common shares to Class A common shares, the Class A and Class C common stockholders could realize up to a 3.12% dilution with respect to their shares on a fully converted basis.

 

The stockholders are being asked to approve the amendments to the 2013 Plan and the 2014 Director Plan and the reservation of shares for issuance under the plans at the Annual Meeting.  The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Class A and Class C common stock entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting will be required to approve the amendments to the 2013 Plan and the 2014 Director Plan.

 

The Board believes that approving the amendments to the 2013 Plan and the 2014 Director Plan are in the best interest of the stockholders.  The Board has unanimously approved the proposed amendments to the 2013 Plan and the 2014 Director Plan and recommends that the Company’s stockholders adopt and approve the proposed amendments to the 2013 Plan and the 2014 Director Plan at the Annual Meeting to provide the Company with the continued ability to grant a variety of equity awards to help attract, motivate and retain officers, directors and employees of the Company and its subsidiaries.  If the stockholders approve the amendments to the 2013 Plan and the 2014 Director Plan at the Annual Meeting, the amendments will be effective as of the date of the Annual Meeting.

 

The purpose of the amendments to the 2013 Plan and the 2014 Director Plan is to promote the success and enhance the value of the Company by aligning the financial interests of the officers, employees and members of the Board with those of stockholders and by providing these individuals with an incentive to work to enhance stockholder value.  The 2013 Plan and the 2014 Director Plan also provide an incentive for officers, directors and employees to create stockholder value over the long term since the full value of their compensation package cannot be realized unless an appreciation in the price of the Company’s Class A common stock occurs over a number of years.  The 2013 Plan and the 2014 Director Plan are also intended to provide the Company with flexibility in creating ways to attract, motivate, and retain the services of its officers, directors and employees.

 

As explained in greater detail in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section of this Proxy Statement, the Company grants its officers and employees equity participation in the Company.  The 2013 Plan and the 2014 Director Plan provide officers, directors,  and employees with opportunities to purchase stock in the Company pursuant to incentive stock options, and officers, directors, employees and consultants of the Company with opportunities to purchase stock in the Company pursuant to non-qualified options, stock awards, and direct purchasers of stock in the Company. Neither the Board nor the Compensation Committee has retained any consultant to provide any analysis or opinion in connection with the amendment to the 2013 Plan or the amendment to the 2014 Director Plan.

 

In order to continue to make grants in accordance with the compensation philosophy adopted by the Board and the Compensation Committee, the Board has approved and is requesting the stockholders to approve the amendment to the 2013 Plan and the amendment to the 2014 Director Plan. The Board believes that the availability of such equity incentives has served, and will continue to serve, an important part in the implementation of the Company’s growth strategy.


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The Board’s rationale for reserving an additional 500,000 Class A common shares for issuance under the 2013 Plan, of which up to 350,000 shares of Class C common stock may be issued in substitution for up to 350,000 shares of Class A common stock, is that this number of shares is similar to the number of shares the Board initially reserved for the Company’s 2013 Plan for purposes of motivating the Company’s officers, directors and employees to accomplish the Company’s goals while balancing the dilutive effect of such additional shares to the stockholders. When the 2013 Plan was adopted, the Board initially reserved 450,000 shares of Class A common stock for issuance under the plan, of which up to 150,000 shares of Class C common stock could be issued in substitution for up to 150,000 shares of Class A common stock.

 

The Board’s rationale for reserving an additional 100,000 Class A common shares for issuance under the 2014 Director Plan is for purposes of motivating the Company’s outside directors to accomplish the Company’s goals while balancing the dilutive effect of such additional shares to the stockholders. When the 2014 Director Plan was adopted, the Board initially reserved 150,000 shares of Class A common stock for issuance under the plan.

 

It may be desirable, however, within the next several years for the Board to propose additional amendments to the 2013 Plan or the 2014 Director Plan to authorize additional shares of Class A common stock to be made available for issuance under the plans.  Such amendments would be subject to stockholder approval at an annual or special meeting of the stockholders. The 2013 Plan, for instance, was amended on July 1, 2015 and June 29, 2017 to authorize additional shares of Class A and Class C common stock to be made available for issuance under the plan. The 2014 Director Plan has not been amended to authorize additional shares since it was adopted on July 2, 2014.

 

The Board believes that while the Company’s officers and employees are compensated in a variety of ways, including salary, health insurance, 401(k) and cafeteria plans, granting stock options represent an important form of compensation in furtherance of the objective of increasing the price of the Company’s Class A common stock and thus enhancing stockholder value.

 

As of December 31, 2019, the Company had a total of 89,664 Class A common shares available for grant under equity incentive plans, consisting of 84,554 Class A common shares available for grant under the 2013 Plan, and 5,110 Class A common shares available for grant under the 2014 Director Plan.

 

Assuming stockholder approval of the amendments to the 2013 Plan and the 2014 Director Plan, and based on the equity awards currently outstanding under the 2013 Plan and the 2014 Director Plan, the Company would have a total of 689,664 Class A common shares available for grant under all plans, consisting of a total of 584,554 Class A common shares available for grant under the 2013 Plan, of which up to 350,000 shares of Class C common stock may be issued in as an alternative to up to 350,000 shares of Class A common stock, and 105,110 shares of Class A common stock available for grant under the 2014 Director Plan.  The number of shares available for grant under the 2013 Plan and the 2014 Director Plan will increase in connection with the cancellation or forfeiture of awards outstanding under such plans and for the issuance of stock dividends, but such increases would not have a dilutive effect on the stockholders’ shares of Class A and Class C common stock.


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Outstanding Stock Options and Equity Overhang

 

The following tables provide information about the Company’s  outstanding stock options as of December 31, 2019.  Approximately 81.4% of outstanding stock options were exercisable on that date and approximately 77.4% of exercisable options had exercise prices above the closing price on that date.  On December 31, 2019, the closing price of the Company’s Class A common stock on The Nasdaq National Market was $5.57 per share.

 

 

Aggregate Options Outstanding(1)(2)

Aggregate Options Exercisable (1)(2)

Range of

Exercise Prices

Number Outstanding

as of

December 31, 2019

(in thousands)

Weighted Average Remaining Contractual Life

(in years)

Weighted Average Exercise Price

Number Exercisable as of December 31, 2019

(in thousands)

Weighted Average Exercise Price

 

Under  $2.00

$2.01 - $3.00

$3.01 - $4.00

$4.01 - $5.00

$5.01 and above

 

 

 10,929

       -0-

   358,785

   406,002

   910,504

 1,766,220

 

1.80

-0-

6.03

7.07

5.54

5.80

 

$1.00

-0-

$3.62

$4.72

$5.52

$4.72

 

90,929

-0-

234,285

406,002

706,531

1,437,747

 

$1.00

-0-

$2.53

$4.72

$5.60

$4.72

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(1) Adjusted for annual 5% stock dividends.

(2) Assumes all shares of Class C common stock are converted into shares of Class A common stock at a conversion rate of one share of Class A common stock for each share of Class C common stock.

 

As of December 31, 2019, the sum of (i) the total number of stock options and other equity awards granted and outstanding plus (ii) the shares available for grant under all active equity plans (but not giving effect to the proposed amendments to the 2013 Plan and the 2014 Director Plan), as a percentage of the Company’s outstanding shares of Class A common stock (also referred to as the Company’s “equity overhang”), was equal to 10.94%.

 

Three-Year Burn Rate

 

The Board reviews the Company’s equity programs annually in its effort to balance the Board’s goal of including the use of equity in its compensation programs to attract, motivate and retain its executive officers, directors and employees, with the stockholders’ interest in limiting dilution due to the equity plans.  The following table provides information on the Company’s annual share usage.

 

 

2017

2018

2019

3-Year

Average

 

Stock options granted (1)

Restricted stock awarded or purchased

Total number of shares cancelled

Weighted average of Class A common shares outstanding (1)

Net Burn Rate (2)

Equity awards made to Named Executive Officers, and non-employee directors (as a percentage of equity awards granted under the 2013 Plan and the 2014 Director Plan) (1)

_________________

 

 225,158

       – 

  43,070

16,087,748

  1.13%

    80%

 

  255,780

   80,923

17,195,900

1.02%

     55%

 

 274,050

 –

  11,405

18,117,843

1.45%

      62%

 

 251,663

    –  

  45,133

17,132,830

  1.20%

   66%

        (1)  Adjusted for annual 5% stock dividends.

        (2)  Burn rate is equal to the stock options granted plus restricted stock awards and purchases, minus the number of shares cancelled, divided by weighted average of common shares outstanding.

 

 


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2013 Plan Equity Awards

 

Equity awards under the 2013 Plan are subject to the discretion of the Board and the Compensation Committee. There are no projections under consideration by the Board or the Compensation Committee for future equity awards under the 2013 Plan.  Therefore, it is not possible to determine the awards that will be made in the future to participants in the 2013 Plan.  As of December 31, 2019, the Company had made the following equity grants consisting of stock options under the 2013 Plan: 

 

 

 

 

Number of Equity

Awards

Granted Under

      2013 Plan (1)    

 

Scott M. Quist

Garrett S. Sill  

Stephen C. Johnson

S. Andrew Quist

Jeffrey R. Stephens

All executive officers as a group

All non-executive officer employees as a group

 

466,367

124,794

  62,199

216,829

 51,714

1,217,024   

229,672

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(1) Adjusted for annual 5% stock dividends

 

APPROVAL OF THE SECURITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL CORPORATION AMENDED AND RESTATED

2013 STOCK OPTION AND OTHER EQUITY INCENTIVE AWARDS PLAN

 

PROPOSAL 3

 

Dilutive Impact of Amendment to 2013 Plan

 

Neither the Board nor the Compensation Committee have any future plans under consideration to again amend and restate the 2013 Plan to authorize additional shares of Class A or Class C common stock to be made available for issuance under the 2013 Plan.  In addition, there are not any projections under consideration for future stock options or other equity awards to be made available under the 2013 Plan.  There can be no assurance, however, that there will be no additional amendments proposed to the 2013 Plan in the future to make additional common shares available for issuance under the plan.

 

Any future amendment, if any, to the 2013 Plan to reserve additional shares for issuance thereunder would require stockholder approval at an annual or special meeting of the stockholders.  Stockholders would be furnished with a proxy statement in connection with any such amendment, explaining the reasons for the amendment and the dilutive impact of the amendment on the stockholders’ common shares.   

 

Vote Required

 

The Board is requesting stockholders of record at the close of business on May 1, 2020 to approve the amendment to the 2013 Plan, including the reservation of 500,000 shares of Class A common stock to be made available for issuance under the plan, of which up to 350,000 shares of Class C common stock may be issued as an alternative to up to 350,000 shares of Class A common stock.  The affirmative vote of a majority of the Class A and Class C shares of common stock presented in person or represented by proxy, and entitled to vote on the proposal at the Annual Meeting, is required for approval of the amendment to the 2013 Plan.


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The Board of Directors recommends that the stockholders vote “FOR” approval of the amendment to the 2013 Plan and the reservation of 500,000 shares of Class A common stock to be made available for issuance under the 2013 Plan, of which up to 350,000 shares of Class C common stock may be issued as an alternative to up to 350,000 shares of Class A common stock.

 

APPROVAL OF THE SECURITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL CORPORATION

AMENDED AND RESTATED 2014 DIRECTOR STOCK OPTION PLAN

 

PROPOSAL 4

 

Dilutive Impact of Amendment to 2014 Director Plan

 

Neither the Board nor the Compensation Committee have any future plans under consideration to again amend and restate the 2014 Director Plan to authorize additional shares of Class A or Class C common stock to be made available for issuance under the 2014 Director Plan.  In addition, there are not any projections under consideration for future stock options or other equity awards to be made available under the 2014 Director Plan.  There can be no assurance, however, that there will be no additional amendments proposed to the 2014 Director Plan in the future to make additional common shares available for issuance under the 2014 Director Plan.

 

Any future amendment, if any, to the 2014 Director Plan to reserve additional shares for issuance thereunder would require stockholder approval at an annual or special meeting of the stockholders.  Stockholders would be furnished with a proxy statement in connection with any such amendment, explaining the reasons for the amendment and the dilutive impact of the amendment on the stockholders’ common shares.   

 

Vote Required

 

The Board is requesting stockholders of record at the close of business on May 1, 2020 to approve the amendment to the 2014 Director Plan, including the reservation of 100,000 shares of Class A common stock to be made available for issuance under the plan.  The affirmative vote of a majority of the Class A and Class C shares of common stock presented in person or represented by proxy, and entitled to vote on the proposal at the Annual Meeting, is required for approval of the amendment to the 2014 Director Plan.

 

The Board of Directors recommends that the stockholders vote “FOR” approval of the amendment to the 2014 Director Plan and the reservation of 100,000 shares of Class A common stock to be made available for issuance under the plan.

 

RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF

INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS

 

PROPOSAL 5

 

The independent public accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP has been the Company’s independent registered public accountants since June 1, 2017. The Audit Committee recommended and the Board of Directors appointed Deloitte & Touche LLP for purposes of auditing the consolidated financial statements of the Company for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020.  It is anticipated that representatives of Deloitte & Touche LLP will be present at the Annual Meeting and will be provided an opportunity to make statement if they desire.

 

The Board of Directors recommends that stockholders vote “FOR” ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accountants for fiscal year ending December 31, 2020.


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PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTING FEES AND SERVICES

 

Audit fees for the fiscal year 2019 for the annual audit of the financial statements and employee benefit plans and related quarterly reviews by the Company’s independent registered public accountants were $917,200.  In addition, there were $26,250 in audit-related fees and $92,350 in tax preparation fees during fiscal 2019.

 

Audit fees for the fiscal year 2018 for the annual audit of the financial statements and employee benefit plans and related quarterly reviews by the Company’s independent registered public accountants were $778,738. In addition, there were $25,500 in audit related fees and $90,800 in tax preparation fees during fiscal 2018.   

 

OTHER MATTERS

 

The Company knows of no other matters to be brought before the Annual Meeting, but if other matters properly come before the meeting, it is the intention of the persons named in the enclosed form of Proxy to vote the shares they represent in accordance with their judgment. 

 

ANNUAL REPORT AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Stockholders are referred to the Company's Annual Report, including financial statements, for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.  The 2019 Annual Report is not included with this Proxy Statement. Please go online to review the Company’s 2019 Annual Report at www.securitynational.com/shareholders.  The Company will provide, without charge to each stockholder upon request, the 2019 Annual Report as filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.  Such requests should be directed to Jeffrey R. Stephens, Senior General Counsel and Secretary, by email at contact@securitynational.com or by regular mail at Security National Financial Corporation, 121 West Election Road, Suite 100, Draper, Utah 84020.

 

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF STOCKHOLDER'S PROPOSALS

FOR ANNUAL MEETING TO BE HELD IN JUNE 2021

 

Any proposal by a stockholder to be presented at the Company's Annual Meeting of Stockholders expected to be held in June 2021 must be received at the offices of the Company, 121 West Election Road, Suite 100, Draper, Utah 84020, no later than December 31, 2020.

 

By order of the Board of Directors,

 

 

/s/ Jeffrey R. Stephens 

Jeffrey R. Stephens

Senior General Counsel

  and Secretary

May 15, 2020

Salt Lake City, Utah


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