For all the hubbub over Twitter (NYSE: TWTR ) spending on 19th century log cabins for its cafeteria, the company's policy for compensating board members is anything but excessive. Fool contributor Tim Beyers explains why in the following video.
In an exhibit to its 10-K annual filing, Twitter revealed the details for how it plans to compensate its directors for their service. Each member will earn $12,500 quarterly, or $50,000 per year. Those who serve on the Audit and Compensation committees also earn extra fees, while extra director is also eligible for annual awards of restricted stock valued at up $225,000. Pretty standard stuff, all in all.
So what's the big deal? Board members get to choose how they're compensated. They can either opt for cash payments, or exchange those payments in favor of adding to their annual award of restricted shares, in effect betting on Twitter right alongside everyday shareholders.
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