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Mettler-Toledo International Inc.
March 15, 2023
Dear Fellow Shareholder:
You are cordially invited to attend the 2023 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Mettler-Toledo International Inc. to be held on Thursday, May 4, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. Please see the Secretary’s notice of the meeting and the proxy statement which appear on the following pages for more details and a description of the matters to be acted upon at the meeting.
We have distributed a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials instead of delivering paper copies to shareholders who have elected to receive such notice. The notice provides information about accessing the proxy materials online and describes the voting methods available to all shareholders. Shareholders receiving the notice will also have the opportunity to request a paper copy of the proxy materials through the instructions provided. Any shareholders that do not receive the notice will receive a paper copy of all proxy materials through the mail. To change the way you receive proxy statements in the future please make a request in the appropriate space on the proxy card.
Please sign and return your proxy as soon as possible so that your vote will be counted. You may also vote over the Internet or by telephone by following the instructions on your proxy card.
Robert F. Spoerry
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|TABLE OF CONTENTS|
|NOTICE TO SHAREHOLDERS OF ANNUAL MEETING||3|
|ABOUT THE MEETING AND VOTING||4|
|PROPOSAL 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS||6|
|BOARD OF DIRECTORS—GENERAL INFORMATION||9|
|BOARD OF DIRECTORS—OPERATION||17|
|AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT||19|
|PROPOSAL 2: RATIFICATION OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM||21|
|NOMINATING & CORPORATE GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE REPORT||22|
|COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS||23|
|COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT||41|
|PROPOSAL 3: ADVISORY VOTE TO APPROVE EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION||42|
|PROPOSAL 4: ADVISORY VOTE ON THE FREQUENCY OF ADVISORY VOTES TO APPROVE EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION||43|
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|Mettler-Toledo International Inc. Notice to Shareholders of Annual Meeting|
|Date & Time||Your Vote is Important!|
|Thursday, May 4, 2023||Location||Who Can Vote||Annual Report||Date of Mailing|
|8AM Eastern Time||
record at the close of
trading on March 6,
2023 are entitled to
vote at the Annual
copy of our 2022
Report is enclosed
or about March 15,|
|Items of Business|
|1.||To elect eight directors|
|2.||To ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as independent registered public accounting firm|
|3.||Advisory vote to approve executive compensation|
|4.||Advisory vote on the frequency of advisory votes to approve executive compensation|
|5.||To transact any other business properly brought before the meeting|
By order of the Board of Directors
|Michelle M. Roe|
|General Counsel and Secretary|
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON MAY 4, 2023:
This proxy statement and our 2022 Annual Report are available at the Internet address set out on your proxy card.
Whether or not you plan to attend this Annual Meeting, please complete the enclosed proxy card and promptly return it in the accompanying envelope. You may also vote over the Internet or by telephone by following the instructions on your proxy card.
This proxy statement is furnished in connection with the solicitation of proxies by Mettler-Toledo International Inc. on behalf of the Board of Directors for the 2023 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
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|About the Meeting and Voting|
Proposals to be Voted on
Shareholders will vote on the following proposals at the meeting. The board has not received proper notice of, and is not aware of, any additional business to be transacted at the meeting other than as indicated below.
|1.||The election of eight directors for one-year terms|
|2.||The ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the company’s independent registered public accounting firm|
|3.||Advisory vote to approve executive compensation|
|4.||Advisory vote on the frequency of advisory votes to approve executive compensation|
We know of no other matter to be brought before the annual meeting. If other matters requiring a vote of the shareholders come before the meeting, it is the intention of the persons named in the proxy to vote the proxies with respect to those matters in accordance with their reasonable judgment.
Shareholders Entitled to Vote
Each share of common stock outstanding as of the close of business on March 6, 2023 (the “record date”) is entitled to one vote at the annual meeting on each matter properly brought before the meeting. As of the record date, 22,070,068 shares of common stock were outstanding.
A quorum needs to be present at the meeting in order to hold the meeting. A quorum is a majority of the company’s outstanding shares of common stock as of the record date. Your shares are counted as present at the meeting if you attend the meeting and vote in person, vote by Internet, vote by telephone, or properly return a proxy card by mail.
If you do not provide a proxy or vote the shares yourself, your shares will not be voted. Proxies that are signed and returned but do not contain instructions will be voted “FOR” proposals one, two, and three, and for a frequency of every year for proposal four.
How to Vote
BY PROXY — You may vote your shares by proxy. If you vote your shares by proxy, you are legally designating another person to vote your shares in accordance with your instructions. To vote by proxy, complete, sign, and return the enclosed proxy card by mail as described on your proxy card. Alternatively, you may vote over the Internet or by telephone by following the instructions on your proxy card.
AT THE MEETING — You may vote your shares by attending the meeting and voting your shares in person. The meeting is being held at the offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP at the address indicated in the Notice to Shareholders.
Even if you plan to attend the meeting, we encourage you to vote your shares by proxy. This will enable us to receive votes in advance of the meeting to ensure that a quorum is present for the meeting. If you vote by proxy and subsequently decide to change your vote, you may revoke your proxy at any time before the polls close at the meeting. However, you may only do this by signing another proxy with a later date, completing a written notice of revocation and returning it to the address on the proxy card before the meeting, or voting in person at the meeting.
Vote Tabulation; Voting Results
The company appoints an independent inspector of election, who also tabulates the voting results. The meeting’s voting results will be disclosed promptly following the meeting in a Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Abstentions and Broker Non-Votes
Abstentions and “broker non-votes” will be treated as shares that are present and entitled to vote for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum at the meeting. However, abstentions and “broker non-votes” do not constitute a vote “for” or “against” any matter and thus will be disregarded in any calculation of votes cast, but will have the effect of a negative vote if an item requires the approval of a majority of a quorum or of a specified proportion of all issued and outstanding shares. Brokers holding shares of record for customers are generally not entitled to vote on “non-routine” matters unless they receive voting instructions from their customers. A “broker non-vote” occurs when a broker does not receive such instructions.
The only routine matter presented to the shareholders at the annual meeting is the ratification of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as independent registered public accounting firm. As a result, if you do not vote your shares, your broker has the authority to vote on your behalf with respect to that proposal but not on any other matter presented to shareholders.
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|Election of Directors|
The nominees for the Board of Directors are listed below. If elected, each nominee will hold office until next year’s annual meeting of shareholders and until their successors have been duly elected and qualified. All nominees are currently directors. The Board of Directors has no reason to believe any nominee would be unable or unwilling to serve if elected. In the event a nominee is unable to serve, the persons designated as proxyholders for the company will vote for the remaining nominees and for such other persons the Board of Directors may nominate.
A director is elected if a majority of the votes cast with respect to the director are voted “FOR.” However, if the number of nominees exceeds the number of directors to be elected, a director is elected by the affirmative vote of a plurality of the votes cast. Votes cast shall include votes for or against a director. An abstention shall not count as a vote cast with respect to a director. If a majority fails to reelect an incumbent director when a majority vote is required, he or she shall continue to serve until the next annual meeting and until his or her successor is duly elected; or until the Board of Directors accepts his or her resignation, which the director must tender, or removes him or her, if earlier. If the Board of Directors accepts an incumbent director’s resignation, or if a non-incumbent nominee for director is not elected, the Board of Directors, in its sole discretion, may fill any resulting vacancy, or may decrease the size of the Board of Directors, in each case pursuant to the provisions of Sections 1 and 2 of Article II of the company’s by-laws.
Qualifications of Director Nominees
The members of our Board of Directors have had diverse backgrounds and experiences during the course of their careers. These individual backgrounds and experiences better enable the board to perform its duties.
Roland Diggelmann is 55 years old and has been a director since August 2022. He serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees. He most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of Smith & Nephew Plc from 2019-2022. Prior to this role, he was CEO of Roche Diagnostics from 2012 to 2018 and managing director of the Asia Pacific region from 2008 to 2012.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Diggelmann served in various senior management roles at Zimmer Holdings, Centerpulse, and Sulzer Medica. He is a Director and serves on the Nomination and Compensation Committee at Sonova Holding AG, and is a Swiss citizen.
Mr. Diggelmann brings over 10 years of executive experience serving customers in the pharma/life science industry, a key end market for our company. His experience as a CEO of multinational companies, his extensive international expertise, as well as his knowledge as a public company director will provide valuable insights.
Domitille Doat-Le Bigot is 50 years old and has been a director since February 2020. She serves on the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee. She has a Master’s in Business Administration from the ESSEC Business School and the Melbourne Business School. She has been Chief Digital Officer at Eurazeo, since April 2021. She is currently a member of the Advisory Digital Board at Carlsberg Group and until 2020 was a member of its board.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Doat-Le Bigot served as Chief Digital Officer at Danone from 2016 to 2021, and from 2014 to 2016 she served as Deputy General Manager and Head of Technology and Data in Shanghai and Paris at Fred & Farid Group, an international independent digital agency. Prior to 2014 she served in creative management and digital production and design positions at Cisco and Ubisoft Entertainment.
Ms. Doat-Le Bigot has extensive professional experience in digital strategies and transformation, working for a wide range of companies across four continents. We benefit from her subject matter expertise with data-driven, interactive strategies, and her broad international experience.
Elisha W. Finney is 61 years old and has been a director since November 2017. She serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. She has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Georgia, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Golden Gate University.
Ms. Finney is a Director and the Chair of the Audit Committee of NanoString Technologies, Inc., and a Director at ICU Medical, Inc. and Viatris Inc, where she is a member of the Audit Committee for both companies. She previously was a Director of Cutera, Inc. until June 2019 and iRobot Corporation until November 2021.
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Ms. Finney was the Chief Financial Officer of Varian Medical Systems Inc. from 1999 until her retirement in June 2017. She joined Varian in 1988 and served in a variety of finance roles prior to her appointment as CFO.
Ms. Finney is an experienced CFO. Under her financial leadership, Varian achieved and sustained decades-long growth in revenues and profitability. She also has significant leadership and corporate governance experience from her time at Varian, and her service on other boards of directors.
Richard Francis is 54 years old and has been a director since May 2016. He serves on the Compensation Committee. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Manchester Metropolitan University. He is Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., since January 2023. He is a Director of Purespring Therapeutics, a kidney focused AAV gene therapy company, since January 2023.
From February 2021 until December 2022, Mr. Francis was Chief Executive Officer of Purespring Therapeutics. From 2014 until March 2019, Mr. Francis was Division Head and Chief Executive Officer of Sandoz, the Generics Division of Novartis, and was a member of the Executive Committee of Novartis. Prior to that, Mr. Francis spent 13 years at Biogen Idec, where he held various global and country leadership positions. Immediately prior to leaving Biogen in 2014, Mr. Francis was Senior Vice President of their US commercial organization. From 1998 to 2001, he held various marketing roles at Sanofi.
Mr. Francis has in-depth knowledge of the generics, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industry sectors, which are important market segments for the company. He also has significant leadership and international expertise and will provide useful insights to our global organization.
Michael A. Kelly is 66 years old and has been a director since July 2008. He serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees. He has completed executive education at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Director of HERC Holdings Inc., where he is Chair of the Compensation Committee.
Mr. Kelly spent many years as an executive at 3M Company, serving as Executive Vice President of the Electronics and Energy Business from October 2012 to January 2016, and Executive Vice President of the Display and Graphics Business from October 2006 to October 2012. He served in various management positions in the U.S., Singapore, Korea, and Germany since he joined 3M in 1981.
In his role as the Executive Vice President of 3M’s Electronics and Energy Business, Mr. Kelly had global responsibility for all operational and strategic elements of a $6 billion business, including the Electronic Materials, Electrical Markets, Communications Markets, Renewable Energy, and Display Materials Systems Businesses of 3M. Mr. Kelly’s business also encompassed all film manufacturing for 3M. As a result of running this complex and highly technical set of global businesses, Mr. Kelly has experience in several topics relevant to the company, including strategic planning, restructuring, shifting business focus to emerging markets, and operational matters generally.
Thomas P. Salice is 63 years old and has been a director since October 1996. He serves as Chair of the Compensation and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committees. He has a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard University. Mr. Salice is a co-founder, principal, and Managing Member of SFW Capital Partners, LLC. Mr. Salice was a Director of Waters Corporation until July 2022, and he is currently a Director of the privately-held companies Caron Products and Services Inc., Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc., Micromeritics Instrument Corporation, and Pion Inc.
Mr. Salice has been a Managing Member of SFW Capital Partners since January 2005. From June 1989 to December 2004, he served in a variety of capacities with AEA Investors, Inc., including Managing Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Vice-Chair.
Mr. Salice has more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry, including as an investor in the analytical tools sectors and related service businesses, which has given him extensive operational, industry, and strategic knowledge in key company business areas. Mr. Salice has in-depth experience in strategic planning, corporate finance, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, and other areas that are relevant to the board.
Robert F. Spoerry is 67 years old and has been a director since October 1996. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the company since May 1998. He has a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
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Mr. Spoerry was President and Chief Executive Officer of the company from 1993 to 2007 and served as its Executive Chair in 2008, and has been its non-executive Chair since 2009. Mr. Spoerry is also a Director and member of the Nomination and Compensation Committee of Bystronic AG (formerly known as Conzzeta Holding AG), and also Sonova Holding AG, where he serves as Chair, since March 2011.
As a former President and CEO of the company, Mr. Spoerry has long-standing experience in the global precision instrument industry and a deep knowledge of the company, including its organization, products, markets, customers, and competitors. He has a strong technical background and experience with innovation-driven companies. Mr. Spoerry has broad international experience across industries and businesses relevant to the company, including by virtue of his service on several other boards of directors.
Mr. Spoerry’s deep understanding of the company, its markets, customers, and competitors, which was developed over more than 35 years of service, is a unique and valuable qualification that we believe provides a substantial benefit to the company and its shareholders.
Ingrid Zhang is 50 years old and has been a director since February 2023. She is currently the President of China, Innovative Medicines at Novartis. Prior to this role, she was President Novartis Pharmaceuticals China from 2017 to 2022, and held several other leadership positions with increasing responsibilities at Novartis since 2011. Prior to Novartis, Ms. Zhang held various senior management roles with AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and McKinsey & Company.
Ms. Zhang is a very accomplished business leader and brings extensive knowledge from serving customers in the pharmaceutical industry, an important market for our company. Her experience in developing effective strategies to navigate the dynamic Chinese market provides valuable insights.
The Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR the election of each
the directors listed above. Proxies will be voted “FOR” each nominee unless otherwise
specified in the proxy.
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|Board of Directors—General Information|
Board Structure; Board Leadership Structure
The company’s by-laws require the Board of Directors to consist of between five and ten directors. As of the annual meeting, the number of directors will be fixed at eight, consisting of an independent, non-executive Board Chair, and seven other independent directors. Each director holds a one-year term until the next annual meeting of shareholders. The board has three committees: the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, and the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee.
The primary tasks of the board include oversight of the company’s strategy and governance matters, review of the company’s financial matters, and evaluation of how the company executes against targets. Management’s tasks include setting strategy and running the company’s operations. The Board Chair functions as an important liaison between management and the board, helping ensure the board fulfills its oversight responsibilities.
Though the Board Chair is independent, because he is a former CEO of the company, the board has also established a lead independent director (the Presiding Director) who oversees executive sessions of the other independent directors and all meetings of directors at which the Board Chair is not present. Mr. Salice currently serves as the Presiding Director.
Corporate Governance Highlights; Corporate Governance Guidelines
We recognize the importance of a good framework for sound, long-term oriented governance. We generally align our corporate governance with the best practice principles set out in the Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance (Commonsense Principles 2.0). We highlight our following best practices with regard to governance:
|✓||100% of the board is independent|
|✓||Presiding Director as independent lead director|
|✓||Separate Non-Executive Board Chair and CEO roles|
|✓||Independent Audit, Compensation, and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committees|
|✓||Regular executive sessions of independent directors|
|✓||Annual board and committee self- evaluation|
|✓||Policy limiting directorships|
|✓||Annual director elections|
|✓||Mandatory director retirement at age 72|
|✓||Regular director refreshment|
|✓||Majority voting in uncontested elections|
|✓||No poison pill in effect|
|✓||Stock ownership guidelines for directors|
|✓||Multiple avenues for shareholders to communicate with the board|
|✓||Board oversight of strong ethics program and annual publication of Corporate Responsibility Report|
The board has established corporate governance guidelines that contribute to the overall operating framework of the board and the company. These guidelines cover topics including director qualifications, the director nomination process, the responsibilities of directors (including with respect to leadership development and management succession), meetings of non-management directors, and director compensation. The guidelines are available on the company’s website at www.mt.com under “About Us / Investor Relations / Corporate Governance” and are available in print to any shareholder who requests them. Shareholders may request copies free of charge from Investor Relations, Mettler-Toledo International Inc., 1900 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240, USA, telephone +1 614 438 4794.
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Responsibility of the Board of Directors in Risk Oversight Generally
The Board of Directors plays a critical role in the oversight of risks, such as those related to Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) topics and cybersecurity.
The board is involved in the oversight of the company’s risk management process, as follows. Each year, under the direction and supervision of the company’s Chief Financial Officer, the company conducts a comprehensive enterprise risk assessment, which includes details of the company’s management of enterprise-wide risk topics, such as those related to ESG topics and cybersecurity. The Board of Directors receives the full results of the annual enterprise risk assessment, including an evaluation of the risks presented and a detailed description of the actions taken by the company to mitigate these risks. The Audit Committee reviews the results of the enterprise risk assessment in detail with management on an annual basis and reports on its review to the Board of Directors each year.
The company operates an ethics and compliance program to reinforce performance with integrity and compliance with the company’s code of conduct and relevant laws and regulation. As part of the board’s risk oversight responsibilities, the company provides a comprehensive update to the board on an annual basis on the ethics and compliance program and presents an annual certification update to the Audit Committee on business ethics and compliance.
The company’s code of conduct governs all actions of the company’s Board of Directors, executive officers, and employees. The board did not approve any waiver of the code of conduct by an executive officer or director in 2022. A copy of the code of conduct is available at www.mt.com under “About Us / Investor Relations / Corporate Governance” and is available in print to any shareholder who requests it.
In its risk oversight role, the board oversees the company’s management of its cybersecurity program. The company provides a comprehensive update to the board on cybersecurity (and other important information security topics) at least annually and also as part of the annual enterprise risk assessment described above. The company also provides the board additional updates on cybersecurity topics, as relevant. Additionally, all employees must complete quarterly online training on cybersecurity and other information security topics.
Domitille Doat-Le Bigot provides valuable expertise and insights related to cybersecurity in her role on the Board of Directors. In her current role as Chief Digital Officer of Eurazeo, Ms. Doat-Le Bigot has oversight of cybersecurity matters, including management of a team responsible for IT and cyber-related topics such as SOC implementations, training, audits, remediation plans, insurance, and infrastructure
investment. Ms. Doat-Le Bigot also has deep knowledge with regard to ISO 27001 certifications. She has earned a professional certificate in cybersecurity from IBM, which requires annual re-certifications. Ms. Doat-Le Bigot also is a GIAC Certified Incident Handler (“GCIH”), related to a variety of critical information security topics. Ms. Doat-Le Bigot’s knowledge and experience provide valuable perspectives related to the board’s oversight of cybersecurity risk management topics.
The company also operates a sustainability program, GreenMT, which is described in more detail in the following section on the Responsibility of the Board of Directors in Risk Oversight Related to ESG Topics.
The Board of Directors is knowledgeable about the content and operation of each of the above-described company programs so as to exercise reasonable oversight regarding the implementation and effectiveness of these programs.
Responsibility of the Board of Directors in Risk Oversight Related to Environmental, Social, and Governance Topics
The company operates a sustainability program, GreenMT, which seeks to keep its operations sustainable over the long-term, help customers to be sustainable in their businesses, promote global best practices within its supply chain, attract, develop and retain the best employees, and follow governance best practices. For more information about GreenMT or to access a copy of our most recent Corporate Responsibility Report, please visit www.mt.com under “About Us / Sustainability.”
The Board of Directors exercises oversight of the company’s management of ESG matters, and ESG-related updates are a periodic agenda item at board meetings. Relevant board committees additionally review ESG-related topics on a frequent basis. As described in the previous section related to the role of the board in risk oversight generally, the company’s annual enterprise risk assessment addresses ESG-related risks. The board also conducts regular shareholder engagement on ESG topics.
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Given the importance of ESG topics, oversight responsibility of the company’s ESG strategy rests with the full board and is not delegated to a committee. The CEO and members of senior management have direct responsibilities related to ESG matters. The structure of board and senior management oversight of ESG topics at the company is set forth below:
Each of the three board committees has various responsibilities to assist the board in its ESG oversight role, as follows:
|■||The Compensation Committee assists the board in reviewing and monitoring the compensation of senior management, such as the annual cash incentive program, which includes comprehensive and specific performance targets related to important ESG topics. For more information, please see the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, in the section titled Compensation Program Elements – Annual Cash Incentive.|
|■||The Audit Committee assists the board with oversight of the company’s performance of the enterprise risk assessment, including the company’s management and mitigation of potential risks, such as those related to ESG topics.|
|■||The Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee assists the board in reviewing and evaluating policies, practices, and initiatives of the board and the company (in the board’s oversight role, for the latter), with respect to certain ESG initiatives, including diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives.|
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Management and the Compensation Committee have evaluated the company’s compensation programs generally at different levels throughout the organization. Among other things, we considered that for executives who have the largest potential incentive compensation, a significant portion of total compensation is comprised of stock options that vest over five years and have a ten-year life, which drives emphasis on long-term performance. We also considered the applicability of the various situations described in Item 402(s) of Regulation S-K. We concluded from our evaluation that risks arising from our compensation policies and practices for our employees are not reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the company.
Related Party Transactions
During 2022, the company did not engage in any related party transactions involving directors or the company’s officers, or affiliates of directors or the company’s officers. The board has established a written policy that requires disinterested members of the Audit Committee to review and approve all related party transactions between the company and directors or officers, or affiliates of directors or officers. Disinterested members of the Audit Committee will approve only those transactions that it determines in its business judgment are fair and reasonable to the company and in (or not inconsistent with) the best interests of the company and its shareholders, and that do not impact the related party’s independence.
Board Composition; Director Qualifications
Our company employs people of more than 100 nationalities, reflecting the global diversity of our business. We sell our products in more than 140 countries, and we have a direct presence in approximately 40 countries. We have representation on our board from several different countries located within Europe, the Americas, and Asia, which reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate as a multinational corporation with a significant global presence.
Members of the Board of Directors must demonstrate integrity, dedication, reliability, knowledge of corporate affairs, a general understanding of the company’s business, and an ability to work well together, and represent a diverse array of skills, experiences, expertise, industry knowledge, perspectives, and characteristics (such as, and including but not limited to, gender, race/ethnicity, age, geographic location, and nationality). We provide additional details in the Director Qualifications section of our corporate governance guidelines available at www.mt.com under “About Us / Investor Relations / Corporate Governance.”
The Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee evaluates current and prospective directors according to a skills and experience competency matrix to ensure that the board has an appropriate mix of relevant skills and experience. The matrix includes criteria relating to categories such as executive management expertise, industry-specific know-how, strategic thinking (including M&A), international/ regional experiences, technology and product development (hardware and software), digital expertise, IT expertise, financial expertise, sales/marketing expertise, service expertise, HR expertise, gender diversity, race/ethnicity diversity, and expertise in legal, regulatory, compliance, and corporate governance.
The members of our board provide valuable insights and perspectives given their different areas of expertise, which they have gained from each of their diverse backgrounds and experiences as more fully described in the Qualifications of Director Nominees section of this Proxy Statement.
The Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee evaluates each board member against the criteria in the skills and experience competency matrix. The Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee uses this information, including when they identify potential gaps, to help inform profiles for new director searches. Among other important criteria, the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee considers gender or other diversity criteria as part of its search criteria for new directors.
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Our Board of Directors is committed to periodically reviewing its composition to ensure that a variety of skills, experience, diversity, and tenure are represented. As previously set forth herein, our Board of Directors believes each director contributes to the overall diversity of the board by providing a diverse array of skills, experiences, expertise, industry knowledge, perspectives, and characteristics (such as, and including but not limited to, gender, race/ethnicity, age, geographic location, and nationality).
Director Nominee Diversity
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Independence of the Board
The board uses the following criteria in evaluating independence: (i) independence under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange; and (ii) no relationships with the company (other than as a director or shareholder) or only immaterial relationships. The independence criteria are contained in the company’s corporate governance guidelines. The board solicits information from directors as to any relationship the director or his/her immediate family member has with the company that might affect the director’s independence.
The Board of Directors has determined that the following types of relationships are categorically immaterial:
|■||Commercial business relationships where METTLER TOLEDO buys from or sells to companies where directors serve as employees, or where their immediate family members serve as executive officers, and where the annual purchases or sales are less than the greater of $1 million or 2% of either company’s consolidated gross revenues.|
In light of these criteria, the board has determined that all nominees for director are independent.
Executive Sessions of Directors
The board schedules regular executive sessions, typically as part of each board meeting. The Presiding Director leads the executive sessions.
Director Attendance at Board Meetings and the Annual Meeting
The board expects that its members will attend all meetings of the board and the annual meeting of shareholders. The Board of Directors met four times in 2022. Each director attended 100% of all board and committee meetings for which the director was a member. All directors, except Mr. Diggelmann and Ms. Zhang who were not yet directors, attended the 2022 annual meeting of shareholders.
Policy Limiting Director Service on Other Public Company Boards; Director Resignation
The board has adopted a policy that directors may not serve on more than five public company boards. The board also has a policy that directors will offer their resignation upon a change in professional position or in circumstances that might affect a director’s ability to serve on the board. In such circumstances, the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee takes the lead on determining the appropriate course of action.
Director Competencies; Self-Evaluation; Board Refreshment; Director Retirement Policy
The board has developed the skills and experience competency matrix described above to identify relevant skills and help determine to what extent directors possess needed skills. Each year, the board conducts a self-evaluation in which each individual director completes a self-evaluation with respect to the board and its committees. The Board Chair then holds an individual discussion with each director. The full board then reviews the consolidated results of the self-evaluation.
The board recognizes the importance of periodic board refreshment and maintains an appropriate balance of age, tenure, diversity, experience, and perspectives on the board. As a result, the Board of Directors has adopted a policy pursuant to which directors will not stand for re-election at the annual meeting that follows their 72nd birthday. Fifty percent of the board has been refreshed in recent years.
Director Share Ownership
The company’s equity ownership guidelines call for non-employee directors to hold company shares with a value equal to five times their cash retainer within five years of their appointment to the board. All directors currently comply with the ownership guidelines. Additional information provided in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis–Equity Ownership Guidelines, applies to director share ownership.
Contacting the Board of Directors
Interested parties, including shareholders, may contact the Board of Directors, the Presiding Director individually, or the non-management directors as a group via: EMAIL to PresidingDirector@mt.com; or REGULAR MAIL to Mettler-Toledo International Inc., 1900 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43240, Attention: Presiding Director.
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Directors (except for the Board Chair, Mr. Spoerry, whose compensation is described separately below) are compensated by an annual cash retainer and committee member fees. Directors are reimbursed for traveling costs and other reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred in attending board and committee meetings. Directors also receive an annual stock option grant and a grant of stock. All directors are required to retain the shares received from a grant of stock for three years following the date of grant.
The following provides an overview of the elements of 2022 director compensation:
|Annual cash retainer||$ 80,000|
|Annual grant of stock options—approximate value||$100,000|
|Annual grant of stock—approximate value||$ 50,000|
|Annual grant of stock to the Presiding Director–approximate value||$ 50,000|
|Committee member fees:|
|■ Audit||$ 12,000|
|■ Compensation||$ 9,000|
|■ Nominating & Corporate Governance||$ 6,000|
|Committee Chair fees:|
|■ Audit||$ 25,000|
|■ Compensation||$ 20,000|
|■ Nominating & Corporate Governance||$ 10,000|
As Board Chair, Mr. Spoerry receives an annual cash retainer, a grant of stock options, and a grant of stock. For 2022, his annual cash retainer was $300,000. For equity grants awarded to Mr. Spoerry in November 2022, his grant of stock options has a grant date approximate value of $333,000, and his grant of stock has a grant date approximate value of $167,000. All directors are required to retain the shares received from the grant of stock for three years following the date of grant.
Mr. Spoerry’s compensation is specifically structured to appropriately and competitively recognize and reward the substantial contributions he makes to the company and its shareholders. As a former President and CEO of the company, Mr. Spoerry has long- standing experience in the global precision instrument industry and a deep knowledge of the company, including its organization, culture, products, markets, customers, and competitors. He has a strong technical background and experience with innovation-driven companies. Mr. Spoerry has broad international experience across industries and businesses relevant to the company, including by virtue of his service on several other boards of directors. This is particularly important given the fact that the company is a US public company with headquarters and substantial operations in Switzerland.
Mr. Spoerry devotes a substantial amount of his time to his service as Board Chair. His deep understanding of the company, which was developed over more than 35 years of service, is a unique and valuable qualification that we believe provides a substantial benefit to the company and its shareholders. Mr. Spoerry’s duties and responsibilities are extensive and include, but are not limited to, the following:
|■||Board and committee operations, including coordinating meeting agendas and topics with management and committee chairs; contribution to and participation on several committees; developing the board’s skills and experience competency matrix; and conducting board evaluations and new director recruitment;|
|■||CEO interactions, including serving as an advisor to the CEO on key strategic and operational matters; also providing guidance and support to the new CEO during his early tenure with the company; and|
|■||Third-party interactions, encompassing responses to shareholder inquiries and requests on corporate governance and other ESG topics as well as supporting M&A activities upon request from the CEO.|
The Compensation Committee’s independent compensation consultant, Pearl Meyer & Partners, benchmarked the Board Chair’s compensation relative to comparably sized and situated companies in Switzerland and found the Board Chair’s compensation to be competitive and reasonable in relation to Mr. Spoerry’s scope of duties and responsibilities.
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Actual amounts paid to each director with respect to 2022 are set out in the following table.
2022 Director Compensation
Paid in Cash
|Wah-Hui Chu||$ 98,000||$ 0||$ 0||$ 98,000|
|Domitille Doat-Le Bigot||86,000||50,261||100,244||236,505|
|Olivier A. Filliol(3)||80,000||50,261||100,244||$ 1,808,987||2,039,492|
|Elisha W. Finney||105,000||50,261||100,244||255,505|
|Michael A. Kelly||101,000||50,261||100,244||251,505|
|Thomas P. Salice||110,000||100,521||100,244||310,765|
|Robert F. Spoerry||300,000||166,718||332,955||799,673|
|(1)||Represents the grant date fair value of stock awards and option awards, respectively, computed in accordance with ASC 718 Compensation – Stock Compensation (“ASC 718”).|
The valuation assumptions associated with such awards are discussed in Note 12 to the company’s consolidated financial statements included in the Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022. Directors must retain stock awards for three years following the date of grant.
At December 31, 2022, each director held stock options (vested and unvested) with respect to the following number of shares:
|Domitille Doat-Le Bigot||762|
|Olivier A. Filliol||149,776|
|Elisha W. Finney||1,945|
|Michael A. Kelly||5,332|
|Thomas P. Salice||5,332|
|Robert F. Spoerry||26,865|
|(2)||Tax equalization payment, the principle of which is to leave the individual in exactly the same position (i.e., no better and no worse) as if they had not become subject to U.S. Taxation on a portion of their income. See “Compensation Discussion and Analysis – Tax Equalization Agreements” for a description of how the tax equalization functions.|
|(3)||At December 31, 2022, Mr. Filliol held 4,632 performance shares granted on November 7, 2019, which vested on January 9, 2023, and a maximum possible award of 2,766 unearned performance share units, granted on November 5, 2020. All of Mr. Filliol’s unearned and unvested performance share unit awards were granted as part of the company’s executive compensation program during his service as the company’s CEO. Please see the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, below, for more details on this program.|
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|Board of Directors—Operation|
The Board of Directors has three committees: the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, and the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee. Each committee has the authority to engage advisors or consultants as it deems appropriate to carry out its responsibilities. The membership and meetings of the committees are described in the following table.
& Corporate |
|Domitille Doat-Le Bigot||X|
|Elisha W. Finney||X|
|Michael A. Kelly||X||X|
|Thomas P. Salice||X||X|
|Total meetings in 2022||4||5||4|
|(1)||Ms. Finney and Mr. Diggelmann are considered “financial experts” as determined by the Board of Directors pursuant to the relevant SEC definition, and all Audit Committee members are independent and financially literate. Mr. Diggelmann was appointed to the Audit Committee on November 3, 2022. The board has determined, in accordance with applicable requirements of the New York Stock Exchange, that the simultaneous service of Ms. Finney on the audit committees of four public companies, and chairing two of these audit committees, does not impair her ability to effectively serve on the Audit Committee. Mr. Chu will serve on the Audit Committee through his last day of service on May 4, 2023. Our Chief Financial Officer, Board Chair, Chief Executive Officer, Head of Internal Audit, and General Counsel attend Audit Committee meetings at the request of the Audit Committee and give reports to and answer inquiries from the Audit Committee.|
|(2)||All Compensation Committee members are independent. Mr. Diggelmann was appointed to the Compensation Committee on November 3, 2022.|
|(3)||All Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee members are independent. Mr. Chu will serve on the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee through his last day of service on May 4, 2023. The Board of Directors has appointed Ms. Zhang to the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee, effective May 4, 2023.|
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Each committee of the Board of Directors has a written charter setting forth the responsibilities of the committee in detail. The charters are reviewed annually and updated as necessary to comply with relevant regulations. The committee charters can be found on the company’s website at www.mt.com under “About Us / Investor Relations / Corporate Governance” and are available free of charge in print to any shareholder who requests them. The primary functions of the committees are as follows:
|■||Oversees the accounting and financial reporting process of the company||■||Discharges the responsibilities of the company’s Board of Directors relating to compensation of the company’s executives||■||Identifies, screens, and recommends qualified candidates to serve as directors of the company|
|■||Assists with board oversight of the integrity of the company’s consolidated financial statements, and the sufficiency of the independent registered public accounting firm’s review of the company’s consolidated financial statements||■||Reviews and monitors compensation arrangements so that the company continues to retain, attract, and motivate quality employees||■||Develops and recommends to the board corporate governance guidelines applicable to the company|
|■||Assists with board oversight of the performance of the company’s internal audit function||■||Reviews an annual report on executive compensation for inclusion in the company’s proxy statement||■||Advises the board on the structure and membership of committees of the board|
|■||Oversees the appointment, engagement, and performance of the company’s independent registered public accounting firm||■||Reviews the Compensation Discussion and Analysis included in the company’s proxy statement||■||Reviews and evaluates polices, practices, and initiatives of the board and the company (in the board’s oversight role, for the latter), with respect to certain ESG topics, including diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives|
|■||Assists with board oversight of the company’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and of the enterprise risk assessment, which addresses topics, among others, such as those related to ESG and cybersecurity||■||Reviews and monitors the compensation of senior management, such as the annual cash incentive program, which includes performance targets related to ESG||■||Leads the board in its annual review of the board’s performance|
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|Audit Committee Report|
The Audit Committee assists the board in overseeing the accounting and financial reporting processes of the company and audits of the consolidated financial statements of the company. The Audit Committee operates pursuant to a written charter, a copy of which can be found on the company’s website at www.mt.com under “About Us / Investor Relations / Corporate Governance.” In discharging its oversight role, the Audit Committee discussed the audited consolidated financial statements contained in the 2022 annual report separately with the company’s independent registered public accounting firm and the company’s management and reviewed the company’s internal controls and financial reporting.
The company’s independent registered public accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), is responsible for auditing the company’s consolidated financial statements as well as the company’s internal control over financial reporting. PwC issues an integrated audit report that includes opinions as to (1) whether the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position, results of operations, and cash flows of the company and its subsidiaries in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, and (2) whether the company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting.
Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
In reviewing the company’s audited consolidated financial statements with PwC, the Audit Committee discussed the matters required to be discussed by the applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, including Auditing Standard Section 1301, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, as amended, and other matters including, without limitation:
|■||Understanding the terms of the audit, including the objectives of the audit and the related responsibilities of both PwC and management;|
|■||PwC’s responsibilities under PCAOB Standards and related rules, including the nature, scope, and results of their audits;|
|■||The written disclosures and confirming letter from PwC regarding their independence required under relevant Public Company Accounting Oversight Board rules;|
|■||Certain matters regarding the company’s accounting policies, practices, and critical accounting estimates;|
|■||The auditor’s evaluation of the quality of the company’s financial reporting;|
|■||Information related to significant unusual transactions, including the business rationale for such transactions;|
|■||An overview of the overall audit strategy, including timing of the audit, significant risks the auditor identified, and significant changes to the planned audit strategy or identified risks;|
|■||Any material weaknesses or significant deficiencies in internal controls over financial reporting; and|
|■||The extent of any significant accounting adjustments.|
In reviewing the company’s audited consolidated financial statements with the company’s management, the Audit Committee discussed several of the same topics listed above with management, including, without limitation, the process used by management in formulating accounting estimates and the reasonableness of those estimates.
Based on the review and discussions referred to above, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors, and the board approved, that the audited consolidated financial statements be included in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022.
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Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm Fees
|Tax Fees||All Other Fees|
Audit Fees—Represents fees for (i) the audit of the annual consolidated financial statements and internal control over financial reporting,
(ii) review of consolidated financial statements included in quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and (iii) audit services provided in connection with statutory audits and certain regulatory filings.
Audit-Related Fees—For 2022 and 2021, represents fees for employee benefit plan audits and attestation services related to financial reporting.
Tax Fees—Represents fees for tax consultation and compliance-related services.
Other Fees—Represents fees for software licenses for technical financial accounting and reporting application.
The Audit Committee has determined that PwC’s provision of the services included in the categories “Audit-Related Fees,” “Tax Fees,” and “Other Fees” is compatible with PwC maintaining its independence. All non-audit services were approved in advance by the Audit Committee pursuant to the procedures described below.
Audit Committee Approval of Non-Audit Services
The Audit Committee approves all non-audit services PwC provides in accordance with the following framework:
|■||The Audit Committee is considered to have pre-approved any project in an approved category that is less than $100,000 in fees. Specific projects in excess of this amount and any potential projects not included in the pre-approval framework are presented to the Audit Committee Chair for advance approval.|
|■||On a quarterly basis, PwC reports all non-audit services outside of the pre-approval framework to the Audit Committee and any proposals for non-audit services in the upcoming quarter.|
|■||The Audit Committee reviews all non-audit fees at least annually.|
The independent registered public accounting firm ensures that all audit and non-audit services provided to the company have been approved by the Audit Committee. Each year, the company’s management and the independent registered public accounting firm confirm to the Audit Committee that every non-audit service being proposed is permissible.
Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm for 2023
The Audit Committee has appointed PwC as the company’s independent registered public accounting firm to audit and report on the company’s consolidated financial statements and internal control over financial reporting for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023 and to perform such other services as may be required of them.
Respectfully submitted by the members of the Audit Committee:
Elisha W. Finney, Chair
Michael A. Kelly
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|Ratification of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm|
You are being asked to ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) as the company’s independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee has appointed PwC, independent public accountants, to audit and report on the company’s consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023 and to perform such other services as may be required of them. PwC’s appointment is ratified if a majority of votes cast, excluding abstentions, with respect to this proposal are voted “FOR.”
Auditor Attendance at Annual Meeting
Representatives of PwC are expected to be present at the annual meeting. They will have the opportunity to make a statement if they desire to do so and will be available to respond to appropriate shareholder questions.
Limitation on Amount of Audit Fees
We have no existing direct or indirect understandings or agreements with PwC that place a limit on current or future years’ audit fees. Please see the Audit Committee Report above for further details concerning PwC’s fees.
Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR ratification of the appointment
of PwC as independent registered public accounting firm. Proxies will be voted “FOR”
ratification of the appointment of PwC unless otherwise specified in the proxy.
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|Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee Report|
The Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee assists the board in identifying and recommending individuals to be nominated for election to the Board of Directors by shareholders. The committee is responsible for advising the board on the structure and membership of committees of the board as well as developing corporate governance guidelines applicable to the operation of the company. The Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee operates pursuant to a written charter, a copy of which can be found on the company’s website at www.mt.com under “About Us / Investor Relations / Corporate Governance.” We describe below the committee’s process to nominate directors to the board, the committee’s adoption of additional corporate governance best practices, and the committee’s engagement in other activities in 2022 related to corporate governance.
Director Nomination Process
The Board of Directors should be composed of successful individuals who demonstrate integrity, dedication, reliability, knowledge of corporate affairs, a general understanding of the company’s business, and an ability to work well together, and represent a diverse array of skills, experiences, expertise, industry knowledge, perspectives, and characteristics (such as, and including but not limited to, gender, race/ethnicity, age, geographic location, and nationality). Longer-term board succession will also be considered, taking into account the demographics of respective board members. The Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee evaluates current and prospective directors according to a skills and experience competency matrix (described under Board of Directors – General Information – Board Composition; Director Qualifications) to ensure that the Board has an appropriate mix of relevant skills and experience.
|1.||When there is an actual or anticipated board vacancy, the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee will, together with the Board Chair and the Chief Executive Officer, determine the specific qualifications, competencies, and skills that are desired for potential candidates to fill that vacancy.|
|2.||Candidates’ names may be suggested by any of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee or other board members, or by third parties engaged for that purpose by the Committee, or by shareholders pursuant to applicable rules and regulations.|
|3.||The Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee will receive all candidates’ names. The Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee will assess candidates who meet the specific qualifications, competencies, and skills relevant to the specific vacancy, as well as the candidate’s impact on the overall diversity of the board, and these candidates will be required to provide information regarding their background, experience, independence, and other information.|
|4.||As a general rule, members of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee, the Board Chair, the Chief Executive Officer, and in appropriate cases other board members, will interview candidates who are under active consideration.|
|5.||Following these interviews, the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee will consider each candidate.|
|6.||The Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee will ensure that each candidate meets the specific qualifications, qualities, and skills that are desired for candidates to fill the relevant vacancy. The Committee will also ensure that all candidates otherwise satisfy the list of director qualifications set out in the Company’s corporate governance guidelines.|
|7.||The Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee will then propose a candidate to the full board for consideration as a new director. The full board will then, as applicable, vote to appoint the candidate as a director or nominate the candidate to stand for election as a director.|
Summary of 2022 Activities
During 2022, the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee regularly reviewed best practice corporate governance topics and approved updates to the corporate governance guidelines. The Committee conducted and completed two new director searches in 2022 related to director refreshment, and the board announced the appointments of Mr. Roland Diggelmann and Ms. Ingrid Zhang to the Board of Directors, effective August 2022 and February 2023, respectively. With regard to the current director nominees, the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee has recommended to the board that eight current directors be nominated for election at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
Respectfully submitted by the members of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee:
Thomas P. Salice, Chair
Domitille Doat-Le Bigot
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|Compensation Discussion and Analysis|
This Compensation Discussion and Analysis describes our executive compensation program, focusing on the compensation of our named executive officers.
Our 2022 Named Executive Officers
|Patrick Kaltenbach||President and Chief Executive Officer|
|Shawn P. Vadala||Chief Financial Officer|
|Marc de La Guéronnière||Head of European and North American Market Organizations|
|Gerhard Keller||Head of Process Analytics|
|Richard Wong||Head of Asia and Pacific Market Organizations|
Primary Elements of our Executive Compensation Program
|Pay Element||Base Salary||Cash Incentive||Stock Options||Performance Share Units|
|5-year vesting pro rata; cliff vesting for performance options||3-year performance period, cliff vesting|
|EPS, net cash flow, sales, individual targets, including quantitative ESG targets||
Stock price appreciation, EPS growth for performance options
Relative total shareholder return (rTSR)
Objectives of our Executive Compensation Programs
|■||Ensure compensation reflects performance. The company links pay to performance in part by setting challenging, objectively measurable targets, and paying cash incentives designed to reward achievement of those targets. At the same time, when performance is only at or below target, compensation tends to be below market.|
|■||Focus executives on achieving financial and operating objectives that provide long-term shareholder value creation. The company does this in part by linking long-term compensation to the company’s long-term performance. The annual cash incentive is also tied to relevant metrics, including growth in earnings per share.|
|■||Align executives’ interests with those of the company’s shareholders. The company does this with its long-term incentives, including various performance-based equity grants, and by enforcing the equity ownership guidelines described below.|
|■||Attract and retain the best talent. Total compensation must be competitive in the global personnel market in which we operate.|
Our Executive Compensation Program Follows Best Practices
|■||We consult independent compensation consultants to ensure our executive compensation is in line with industry and market standards.|
|■||We deploy a mix of short- and long-term incentives to ensure compensation aligns with performance and motivates long-term shareholder value creation.|
|■||Our long-term incentives include various performance-based equity incentives.|
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|■||Our short-term incentives include ESG targets.|
|■||We have an executive compensation clawback policy to ensure that amounts are not erroneously awarded.|
|■||We maintain executive share ownership guidelines that align executives’ interests with shareholders’.|
|■||We have a policy related to the hedging and pledging of company securities by the board and the company’s executives officers.|
|■||We responsibly manage the use of equity compensation.|
Results of 2022 Say-on-Pay Vote
In establishing executive compensation policies the Compensation Committee considers, among other things, the results of the Advisory Vote to Approve Executive Compensation from the prior year’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The result of last year’s advisory vote was very positive with 88% of votes cast in favor of the company’s compensation of its named executive officers.
Our Executive Compensation is Aligned with Performance
In the 20-year period ending December 31, 2022, the company’s total return to shareholders has been 4,409%, compared with 548% for the S&P 500. Based on the quality of leadership of the management team, and the overall performance of the company, the committee believes management’s compensation is appropriate.
Key Components of 2022 Executive Compensation
|■||Salaries – Base salaries for our named executive officers were reviewed in light of salary market data, local market conditions, and individual performance. Base salaries for our named executive officers were moderately increased as a result of this assessment. Full details on the amounts the named executive officers received are provided in the Summary Compensation Table below.|
|■||Annual Cash Incentives – The average target achievement for our named executive officers in 2022 was 105%, resulting in incentive payments of between 58% and 76% of base salary.|
|■||Long-Term Incentives – The total value of equity granted to Mr. Kaltenbach decreased 55% compared to 2021, due to extraordinary grants he received in the prior year period, specifically in January 2021 upon joining the company, which were intended to provide him with partial replacement compensation related to his prior employment, and a pro rata equity grant in April 2021 for the 2021 fiscal year upon becoming CEO. The total value of equity granted to the other named executive officers, excluding first-time named executive officers, increased by between 2% and 7%.|
DISCUSSION & ANALYSIS
Role of the Compensation Committee
The Compensation Committee oversees our executive compensation program and evaluates and sets the compensation of the directors. In carrying out its duties, the Compensation Committee receives information and recommendations from the Board Chair, the Head of Human Resources, and the Chief Executive Officer. No executive officer plays a role in making compensation decisions with respect to his or her own compensation.
Role of Independent Compensation Consultant
Pursuant to its charter, the Compensation Committee has the sole authority to retain, terminate, obtain advice from, and compensate its outside advisors, including its compensation consultants. The company has provided appropriate funding to the Compensation Committee to do so. In 2022, the Compensation Committee retained independent compensation consultant Pearl Meyer & Partners (PM&P) as its independent compensation consultant.
PM&P reports directly to the Compensation Committee, and the Compensation Committee may replace PM&P or hire additional consultants at any time. PM&P attends meetings of the Compensation Committee, as requested, and communicates with the Chair of the Compensation Committee between meetings; however, the Compensation Committee makes all decisions regarding the compensation of the company’s executive officers.
PM&P provides various executive compensation services to the Compensation Committee at its request with respect to the company’s executive officers and other key employees, as well as the Board of Directors and Board Chair. The services PM&P provides include advising the Compensation Committee on the principal aspects of the executive compensation program and evolving best practices, and providing market information and analysis regarding the competitiveness of the company’s program design and awards in relation to the company’s performance.
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Role of our Compensation Peer Group
In evaluating the competitiveness of the company’s executive compensation, the Compensation Committee periodically conducts both broad-based surveys of executive compensation and surveys of the compensation of executives in the instruments and electronics industries. In 2021, the Compensation Committee utilized the services of PM&P and Willis Towers Watson (“WTW”) to provide US and certain non-US compensation data, respectively, using confidential surveys relating to CEO and senior executive compensation at technology companies in comparable industries, including scientific instruments firms, and firms of similar size to the company. In 2021, PM&P also provided data on peer company compensation at the following peer companies:
|Bio-Rad Laboratories||Bruker Corp.|
|IDEX Corp.||Intuitive Surgical|
The Compensation Committee also reviewed data provided by WTW related to CEO and other executive compensation data from certain Swiss and other non-US industrial public companies of a similar size and international organizational structure as the company.
Independence of Compensation Consultants
The Compensation Committee reviews the services provided by its outside consultants on an annual basis and believes that PM&P is independent in providing executive compensation consulting services. The Compensation Committee has conducted a specific review of its relationship with PM&P, and has determined that the work of PM&P for the Committee in 2022 did not raise any conflicts of interest, consistent with the guidance provided under the Dodd-Frank Act, or applicable rules and regulations of the SEC and the NYSE. In making this determination, the Compensation Committee noted that during 2022:
|■||PM&P did not provide any services to the company or its management related to executive compensation other than service to the Compensation Committee, and its services were limited to executive compensation consulting. Specifically, PM&P did not provide, directly or indirectly through affiliates, any non-executive compensation services, including, but not limited to, pension consulting or human resource outsourcing;|
|■||Fees from the company were less than 1% of the total revenue of PM&P during the year of 2022;|
|■||PM&P maintains a Conflicts Policy, which has been provided to the Compensation Committee, with specific policies and procedures designed to ensure independence;|
|■||With regard to whether any of the individuals on the PM&P team assigned to the company has any business or personal relationship with members of the Compensation Committee outside of the engagement, the Compensation Committee has reviewed the following information with PM&P, which the company and PM&P believe does not impact the independence of PM&P:|
|–||Mr. Van Putten, the lead consultant from PM&P providing services to the company’s Compensation Committee, assists SFW Capital Partners, where Mr. Salice is Managing Member, with respect to compensation matters at one of SFW Capital Partners’ portfolio companies.|
|■||None of the PM&P consultants working on the company engagement, or at PM&P, had any business or personal relationship with executive officers of the company; and|
|■||None of the PM&P consultants working on the company engagement directly own company stock.|
The Compensation Committee monitors the independence of compensation consultants on an annual basis.
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Compensation Program Elements
The company’s compensation program consists of three main elements: base salary, an annual cash incentive, and long-term incentive compensation. The majority of executive compensation is performance-based, and is paid in the form of the annual cash incentive and long-term incentive compensation. Our goal is to ensure that the three main elements of compensation are carefully considered and fair, and that executives are motivated to further the interests of shareholders, both short-term and long-term.
Each year the Compensation Committee separately reviews each of the three elements, as well as total compensation. The Committee takes into account the company’s growth and performance, individual executive performance, and developments in the markets in which we compete for talent.
The company’s goal is to pay base salaries that are approximately at or somewhat below the median. Based on market data, we believe base salaries for our executive officers are generally slightly lower than those at peer companies. Although a competitive base salary is necessary and appropriate to attract and retain high quality talent, we believe the majority of executive compensation should be paid in ways that link pay with performance. We accomplish this through the annual cash incentive and long-term incentives.
The Compensation Committee considered its review of the salary market data referred to above, local market conditions, and individual performance in setting base salaries for 2022. The Compensation Committee increased the base salary for Mr. Kaltenbach by 6%, Mr. de La Guéronnière by 2%, Mr. Keller by 1.5%, and Mr. Vadala by 8%, in each case effective April 1, 2022. Mr. Wong is a first-time named executive officer.
Annual Cash Incentive
We link pay with performance through our cash incentive plan, called POBS Plus. The purpose of the incentive plan is to provide an incentive to key employees of the company to reward them for driving the success of the company as measured based on objective financial criteria. The incentive plan is administered by the Compensation Committee. At the end of each year, the Compensation Committee establishes the performance targets on which each participant’s incentive is based for the coming year. The targets used relate closely to our annual plan and budget, which are approved by the full Board of Directors each year. The targets are set taking into account the economic environment, the health of the company’s end-user markets, and the challenges and opportunities of the company’s various businesses. See “2022 Threshold, Target, Maximum, and Actual Performance” below.
In addition, between 12 and 25 percent of the incentive for each participant in the POBS Plus incentive plan is based on individual objective performance targets relating to the company’s annual business objectives. Individual performance targets for each senior management participant in the POBS Plus incentive plan also include comprehensive and specific quantitative and qualitative targets related to important environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) topics, as follows:
|■||Targets for key environmental areas related to greenhouse gas emissions, waste reduction and recycling, and sustainable products and services.|
|■||Targets for key social areas related to responsible supply chain and employee topics, such as employee voluntary turnover, workforce diversity, and employee safety; and|
|■||Targets for key governance matters related to corporate governance and public company ESG reporting best practices.|
The Compensation Committee directly evaluates the Chief Executive Officer’s performance on his individual targets, and reviews the CEO’s recommendation on the individual target performance of the other executive officers. The Compensation Committee reviews the audited results of the company’s performance against each participant’s performance targets and determines the incentive payment, if any, earned by each participant.
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|Cash Incentive Payment as % of Base Salary|
|Achievement vs. Target Levels|
|Name||<90%||100% (Target)||130% (Maximum)|
|Shawn P. Vadala||—||45%||157.5%|
|Other Named Executive Officers||—||45%||160.5%|
The plan provides that targets for 100% achievement should be challenging and ambitious, but also realistic and attainable such that it is possible to achieve and exceed them. The impact of over- or under-achieving targets on the annual incentive can be significant. The company and Board of Directors therefore approach the target setting process with care and consideration. We believe targets are set consistently with the philosophy of the POBS Plus plan that they be challenging and ambitious. In the last five years the average target achievement for named executive officers was 109%.
|2022 Threshold, Target, Maximum, and Actual Performance|
|2022 Performance Targets||Threshold||Target||Maximum||Actual|
|Adjusted Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share(1)||$ 37.50||$ 38.68||$ 42.22||$ 39.39|
|Net Cash Flow(2)||$ 938.8 million||$ 989.5 million||$1,141.6 million||$ 884.4 million|
|Group Sales (at budgeted currency rates)(3)||$3,844.8 million||$3,924.1 million||$4,162.0 million||$4,051.0 million|
|(1)||Excludes purchased intangible amortization (net of tax) of $19.8 million, acquisition transaction costs (net of tax) of $0.7 million, and restructuring charges (net of tax) of $7.8 million. Adjusted EPS was also reduced to restate our actual tax rate to our budgeted tax rate before non-recurring items and exclude operating results not considered in the target.|
|(2)||Represents cash flow from operations before tax payments and voluntary pension payments less capital expenditures, restructuring payments, and excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements. Excludes operating results that were not included in the target.|
|(3)||Excludes acquisition operating results that were not included in the target.|
The 2022 weighted performance relative to targets resulted in the following incentive payments as a percent of base salary under the POBS Plus plan for 2022 for each named executive officer:
|Mr. de La Guéronnière||76%|
Another method we have historically used to link pay with performance is awarding stock options, which we believe aligns management’s long-term interests with those of the company’s shareholders. Named executive officers’ stock options generally vest over five years, 20% per year, starting on the first anniversary of the date of grant. The company has, in the past, also granted performance options with cliff vesting of five years or longer, none of which remain unvested. All options have a term of ten years. We expect future grants will similarly have vesting schedules of five years and terms of ten years.
Named executive officers also generally receive target awards of performance share units, under which the individual will earn shares of common stock in the future if certain performance conditions (including market criteria) are met. The company’s performance share units are based on relative total shareholder return (rTSR) over a three-year period, specifically, the company’s relative performance against each of the companies that make up the S&P 500 Healthcare Index and the S&P 500 Industrials Index. The units have three- year cliff vesting. The company must achieve at least a 30th percentile performance for the performance share units to start vesting. The units will vest at 100% if the company achieves a 60th percentile performance, and the units will vest at 200% if the company’s relative performance is at the 75th percentile or better.
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The vesting schedule is shown in this table (linear interpolation is applied between the points shown):
|rTSR Percentile Rank||Shares Earned as % of Target|
The vesting percentage of the performance share units is capped at 100% of target when the company’s absolute TSR is negative.
In determining the amount of each named executive officer’s equity grants the Compensation Committee evaluates the relative importance of the individual’s job, the contribution and performance of the individual, their years of service, and their total compensation, as well as competitive information about equity as described above relative to each individual. In 2021, Mr. Kaltenbach additionally received restricted stock units and a stock option grant upon joining the company on January 25, 2021. These one-time grants were intended to provide him with partial replacement compensation related to his prior employment. In 2021, Mr. Kaltenbach also received performance share units and a stock option grant upon assuming the CEO role on April 1, 2021, which grants were pro rata for the 2021 fiscal year upon him becoming CEO. With respect to the named executive officers in 2022, the factors discussed above led to equity grants with the grant date fair values described in the table “Grant of Plan-Based Awards.”
The Compensation Committee believes that past performance is just one factor to take into account in determining the size of future awards.
Equity Grant Practices and Policy
The Compensation Committee approves all equity grants. Equity grants are typically made once each year when the overall annual compensation review takes place (typically in late October or early November each year). The Compensation Committee and Board meeting dates are set several years in advance, and the grants are made on the meeting date. In the past, the Committee has also made initial grants to individual executive officers at the time they started serving as executive officers. All options have an exercise price equal to the closing price of the company’s shares on the New York Stock Exchange on the date of grant.
Equity Ownership Guidelines
The Compensation Committee feels it is important for senior executives to have a significant portion of their ongoing compensation tied to the interests of shareholders. The Compensation Committee has implemented equity ownership guidelines for executive officers that call for the individuals to accumulate equity ownership as follows:
|Category||Value of Equity Ownership Required|
|CFO||3x base salary|
|Other executive officers||2x base salary|
The following types of equity count towards the ownership requirement: shares held directly, vested restricted stock units (if any), and the in-the-money value of vested stock options. Individuals have five years from the date of appointment as an officer to meet the ownership requirement, which five-year period in the case of Mr. Kaltenbach requires ownership equal to $750,000, $1,500,000, $2,500,000, $4,000,000, and $5,500,000 on the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth anniversaries of his start date, respectively. If an individual does not meet the requirement within the relevant time periods, the Compensation Committee has the discretion not to make further equity grants to that person. If an individual has met their requirement but subsequently falls below due to a drop in share price, they will have 24 months to rebuild their ownership, subject to Compensation Committee discretion. All officers satisfy the equity ownership guidelines.
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The board believes it is good corporate governance and in the interests of shareholders to have a recoupment or “clawback” policy concerning incentive-based compensation, specifically with regard to the company’s variable cash compensation, the POBS Plus plan. As a matter of basic fairness, the board wishes to correct for errors in the event of certain accounting restatements affecting incentive-based compensation to ensure that amounts are not erroneously awarded.
The board has adopted a clawback policy that applies to all executive officers and certain other individuals. In the event the company is required to prepare an accounting restatement due to the material noncompliance of the company with any financial reporting requirement under the securities laws (other than a restatement caused by a change in applicable accounting rules or interpretations), the board will review the specific facts and circumstances and take such actions as it considers appropriate in its sole discretion with respect to the incentive-based compensation of covered individuals as follows:
With respect to POBS Plus cash incentives, the board will determine the amount that would have been due under the restated financial results, and whether to seek reimbursement of any excess amount that was paid (net of any taxes paid but taking into account any deductions that may be taken upon repayment) for cash incentives paid within the three-year period prior to the determination of the necessary restatement.
Company Equity Hedging and Pledging Policy
The board and the company’s executive officers, and their designees, are prohibited from any transaction hedging the ownership of company securities, including trading in publicly-traded options, puts, calls, or other derivative instruments that are directly related to company securities, and are also generally restricted from transactions pledging ownership of company securities. This policy does not apply to employees who are not executive officers.
Share Purchase Plan
Under the Share Purchase Plan, executive officers may purchase company shares using all or a portion of their cash incentive payable under the POBS Plus plan, subject to approval of the Compensation Committee. The issue price for shares under the plan will be equal to the New York Stock Exchange closing price on the date of issuance, which occurs on or shortly before March 15 of each year. All shares issued pursuant to the plan are restricted for a period of five years from the date of issuance, during which time they may not be sold, assigned, transferred, or otherwise disposed of, nor may they be pledged or otherwise hypothecated, except in the case of death or disability.
Mr. Kaltenbach purchased shares with a value of $159,653 from his cash incentive paid on March 15, 2022.
Tax Equalization Agreements
The company is a party to tax equalization agreements with Messrs. Kaltenbach and Keller, who are non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. residents who pay income tax on their earnings in Switzerland. The individuals do not receive any cash benefit from the agreements, the principle of which is to leave the employee in exactly the same position (i.e., no better and no worse off) as if they had not become subject to U.S. Taxation on a portion of their income. Under the tax equalization agreements, the company has agreed to pay taxes borne by these executives in respect of incremental taxation being due in the United States by virtue of their work for the company there. Because the individuals are left no better and no worse off than had they not become subject to U.S. Taxation, the Compensation Committee does not believe it is appropriate to take into account the U.S. Taxes paid by the company under the tax equalization agreements when determining the employees’ compensation each year. In cases where the individual’s Swiss taxes are lower as a result of the company having paid these U.S. Tax amounts, the individual must make a payment to the company under the tax equalization agreement.
The company is a party to employment agreements with each of the named executive officers. These agreements provide for a base salary subject to adjustment and participation in our cash incentive plan and other employee benefit plans. Each agreement prohibits the executive from competing with the company for a period of 6-12 months after termination of employment. The agreements have no fixed term. They have an effective term of 6-12 months because they may be terminated without cause by either party and during the notice period the executive is entitled to full compensation under the agreement, including payment of base salary, target cash incentive, and continuation of benefits.
The equity compensation arrangements are separately described in the sections below entitled “Grants of Plan-Based Awards” and “Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End.” The operation of the employment agreements in the context of a termination or a change in control is separately described below under “Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control.”
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CEO Pay Ratio
This information is provided in accordance with the requirements of Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, enacted in July 2010.
For this disclosure we identified our median employee as of December 31, 2020, looking at compensation between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. The total employee population considered was approximately 16,500 people; we did not exclude any employees. We used year-end local payroll records to identify the median employee. We did not apply any material assumptions, adjustments, or estimates, did not apply cost of living adjustments, and did not use statistical sampling.
Mr. Kaltenbach’s annual total compensation for 2022 was $6,223,115, as disclosed in the Summary Compensation Table below. Our median employee’s annual total compensation, calculated consistent with Summary Compensation Table rules, for 2022 was $60,647. Accordingly, the ratio of our CEO’s pay to our median employee is 103:1.
The pay ratio is influenced by the mix of geographies where the company has operations, and the nature of the work employees perform in the different countries. Approximately 40% of the company’s total workforce is located in low cost countries, including in China, India, Mexico, South East Asia, and Eastern Europe. Many of these employees are involved in assembly and manufacturing tasks, particularly in China and Mexico.
Almost all of our employees in the United States, Canada, and China are employed full-time. This is in line with industry practice in these regions. In Europe, we have a number of countries with a larger population of part-time employees (up to approximately 20 percent), in line with local practices.
Salary levels are driven by market and competitive conditions and are overseen by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors in the case of senior executive salaries, and by the Global Head of Human Resources in most other cases. The Compensation Committee and the Global Head of Human Resources are responsible for establishing compensation arrangements that allow the company to retain, attract, and motivate employees.
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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TABLES
Summary Compensation Table(1)
Base Salary ($)
Stock Awards ($)(3)
Option Awards ($)(4)
Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation ($)(5)
All Other Compensation ($)(6)
|President and Chief||2021||783,980||3,611,726||5,721,581||1,252,878||338,094||11,708,259|
|Shawn P. Vadala||2022||428,000||469,612||939,792||304,328||29,525||2,171,257|
|Chief Financial Officer||2021||404,000||440,560||880,897||595,092||27,325||2,347,874|
|Marc de La Guéronnière||2022||267,521||366,460||733,933||203,018||61,765||1,632,697|
|Head of EU and NA||2021||263,496||359,765||720,918||345,549||61,765||1,751,493|
|Head of Process Analytics||2021||322,124||163,114||326,033||486,698||43,727||1,341,696|
|Head of Asia and Pacific|
|(1)||All amounts shown were paid in Swiss francs, except amounts paid to Mr. Vadala and U.S. Tax equalization payments, which were paid in U.S. dollars, amounts paid to Mr. de La Guéronnière, which were paid in Euros, and amounts paid to Mr. Wong, which were paid in Singapore dollars. For purposes of this table, all amounts paid in Swiss francs were converted to U.S. dollars at a rate of CHF 0.9546 to $1.00, amounts paid in Euros were converted to U.S. dollars at a rate of EUR 0.9503 to $1.00, and amounts paid in Singapore dollars were converted to U.S. dollars at a rate of SGD 1.3786 to $1.00, in each case the respective average exchange rate in 2022.|
|(2)||Mr. Kaltenbach’s 2021 compensation, as displayed in the Summary Compensation Table above, includes January 2021 equity grants for partial replacement compensation related to his prior employment, and pro rata equity grants for fiscal year 2021 upon his assumption of CEO responsibilities in April 2021, both of which were extraordinary one-time grants related to the company’s recent CEO transition. Excluding these grants, which is necessary for a proper understanding of Mr. Kaltenbach’s ordinary compensation structure, Mr. Kaltenbach’s total compensation in 2021 was$6,375,819, consisting of $783,980 in base salary, $1,333,876 in stock awards, $2,666,991 in option awards, $1,252,878 in non-equity incentive plan compensation, and $338,094 in all other compensation.|
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|(3)||With respect to Mr. Kaltenbach, this represents the aggregate grant date fair value of restricted stock units he received in January 2021 for partial replacement compensation related to his prior employment, performance share units he received upon assuming CEO responsibilities in April 2021 that were pro rata for fiscal year 2021, and performance share units he received in November 2021 as part of the company’s ordinary grant cycle. For all other values in this column, this represents the aggregate grant date fair value of performance share units each individual received during the company’s ordinary grant cycle. Grant date fair values in all cases are computed in accordance with ASC 718. The valuation assumptions associated with such awards are discussed in Note 12 to the company’s consolidated financial statements included in the Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022. The following table lists the value of each officer’s performance share unit awards assuming the highest level of performance conditions will be achieved:|
Value of Award
|Shawn P. Vadala||11/2021||881,121|
|Marc de La Guéronnière||11/2021||719,531|
|(4)||Represents the aggregate grant date fair value of stock option awards for each individual computed in accordance with ASC 718. The valuation assumptions associated with such awards are discussed in Note 12 to the company’s consolidated financial statements included in the Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022.|
|(5)||Amounts shown are the annual cash incentive earned under the company’s POBS Plus incentive plan. $159,653 of Mr. Kaltenbach’s 2021 cash incentive was paid in the form of company shares pursuant to the Share Purchase Plan described above.|
|(6)||Includes tax equalization payments and other miscellaneous benefits as set out below. As described in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis above, the individuals do not receive any cash benefit from the tax equalization payments. The principle of the tax equalization is to leave the employee in exactly the same position (i.e., no better and no worse) as if they had not become subject to U.S. Taxation on a portion of their income. As such, the Compensation Committee does not believe it is appropriate to include these tax equalization amounts when determining the employees’ compensation each year or in other calculations of an employee’s compensation, for example when comparing compensation between individuals or across compensation categories. Negative amounts represent payments by the individual to the company, for example as a result of lower Swiss taxes being due by virtue of the U.S. Tax payments.|
Miscellaneous personal benefits, none of which individually exceeds $25,000 in value unless otherwise stated, include children allowances, tax equalization calculation, the company’s contribution to certain Swiss insurances beyond what is available to all employees, the value of meals in the company cafeteria, the company’s contributions to individual retirement accounts, and allowances for expenses (in the case of Messrs. Kaltenbach and Keller) and transportation (in the case of Messrs. Vadala, de La Guéronnière, and Wong). In Mr. Kaltenbach’s case, miscellaneous benefits include one-time relocation expenses of $45,030 in 2021. In Mr. Keller’s case, miscellaneous benefits include a one-time service anniversary award of $38,144 in 2021.
|Shawn P. Vadala||2022||n.a.||19,525||n.a.||10,000||0|
|Marc de La||2022||n.a.||47,576||n.a.||14,189||0|
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Grants of Plan-Based Awards
|Estimated Future Payouts||All Other|
|Under Non-Equity Incentive||Option|
|Plan Awards(1)||Estimated Future Payouts Under||Awards:||Grant Date|
|[POBS Plus Cash Incentive]||Equity Incentive Plan Awards(2)||Number of||Exercise or||Fair Value|
|Securities||Base Price||of Stock|
|Underlying||of Option||and Option|
|Shawn P. Vadala||0||196,200||686,700||11/03/2022||0||346||692||2,100||1,225.87||1,409,404|
|(1)||Represents the range of cash incentive payments possible under the company’s POBS Plus incentive plan in respect of the 2022 fiscal year. The maximum incentive possible is 169.4% of base salary for Mr. Kaltenbach, 157.5% of base salary for Mr. Vadala, and 160.5% of base salary for the other named officers. The target cash incentive is 50% of base salary for Mr. Kaltenbach and 45% of base salary for the other named officers. The actual incentive earned in each year is included in the “Summary Compensation Table” above.|
|(2)||Represents the range of stock awards possible under grants of performance share units made under the Mettler-Toledo International Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan (Amended and Restated Effective as of May 6, 2021). Based on satisfaction of the performance conditions these awards may increase up to the maximum (200% of the target) or decrease to zero. The number of units actually received will depend on the company’s total shareholder return relative to the total shareholder return of each of the other companies in the S&P 500 Healthcare Index and the S&P 500 Industrials Index. Total shareholder return will be measured over a three-year period beginning on the date of grant. Each unit received will be settled with one share of common stock shortly after the performance period closes.|
|(3)||Option awards made under the Mettler-Toledo International Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan (Amended and Restated Effective as of May 6, 2021). The option grants vest in five equal annual installments starting on the first anniversary of the date of grant.|
|(4)||The grant date fair value of each award has been computed in accordance with ASC 718. The performance share units had grant date fair values of $1,357.26 per share. The options had grant date fair values of $447.52 per share. For the performance share units the company used a Monte Carlo model to determine fair value. For the options the company used the Black-Scholes option pricing model, based upon the following assumptions: estimated time until exercise of 6.4 years; a risk-free interest rate of 4.35%; a volatility rate of 26%; and no dividend yield. The actual value of the performance share units and stock options may significantly differ from that calculated by these models, and depends on the company’s relative share price performance and the excess of the market value of the common stock over the exercise price at the time of exercise, respectively.|
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Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End
|Option Awards(1)||Stock Awards|
|Shawn P. Vadala||992||1,433,886||1,862||2,691,428|
|Marc de La Guéronnière||876||1,266,214||1,536||2,220,211|
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|(1)||Each of the options vests ratably over five years starting from the first anniversary of the date of grant.|
|(2)||For all named executive officers except Mr. Kaltenbach, includes performance share units (PSUs) granted on November 7, 2019, which vested on January 9, 2023. For Mr. Kaltenbach, includes 810 unvested restricted stock units, which vest ratably over three years from the first anniversary of the January 25, 2021 grant date. The market value figures shown above are calculated using the closing share price of $1,445.45 on December 30, 2022.|
|(3)||Includes PSUs that have a three-year performance period from the grant date and vest each January following satisfaction of the performance criteria. Unearned units shown are the maximum award possible under each grant. The market value figures shown above are calculated using the closing share price of $1,445.45 on December 30, 2022.|
|Shawn P. Vadala||PSU||11/05/2020||592|
|Marc de La Guéronnière||PSU||11/05/2020||524|
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Option Exercises and Stock Vested in Fiscal 2022
|Option Awards||Stock Awards|
|Shawn P. Vadala||4,080||4,459,530||1,046||1,613,340|
|Marc de La Guéronnière||1,173||1,173,094||928||1,431,338|
Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control
The named executive officers are not entitled to any payment upon a change in control or upon termination of employment, regardless of the type of termination.
The company may terminate the employment of each of the named executive officers after giving the requisite 6-12 months’ notice. Named executive officers continue receiving their base salary, cash incentive, and benefits during the contractual notice period. Equity grants continue to vest as scheduled so long as an individual remains employed. Named executive officers forfeit unvested equity grants, and vested equity grants in a termination for cause, on the last day of employment.
Stock option grants to the named executive officers do not accelerate and do not vest automatically upon a change in control.
A prorated portion of performance share units granted to named executive officers in 2020, whose vesting is described in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis above, would vest based upon the actual performance level achieved through the date of a change in control. Assuming a change of control event occurred as of December 31, 2022 that resulted in consideration per share equal to the share price on December 31, 2022 and the highest level of performance conditions were achieved, the named executive officers would receive the following values for their performance share units: Mr. Kaltenbach $0; Mr. Vadala $570,471; Mr. de La Guéronnière $504,944; Mr. Keller $227,417, and Mr. Wong $217,781.
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Pay Versus Performance
|(1) (2)||(1) (2)||(2) (3)||(2) (3)||(4)||(3) (5)||(6)||(7)||(8)|
|Average||Value of Initial Fixed $100|
|Summary||Average||Investment Based On:|
|Table Total||Actually Paid|
|for Non-PEO||to Non-PEO||Adjusted|
|Table Total for||Actually Paid to||Officers||Officers||Shareholder||Shareholder||($, in||Per Share|
|Year||PEO ($)(1) (2)||PEO ($)(2) (3)||($)(4)||($)(3) (5)||Return||Return(6)||thousands)(7)||($)(8)|
|PEO – 1||PEO – 2||PEO – 1||PEO – 2|
The equity award adjustments for each applicable year include the addition (or subtraction, as applicable) of the following, as shown in the table below:
|PEO – 1|
|PEO – 2|
The grant date fair value of equity awards represents the total of the amounts reported in the “Stock Awards” and “Option Awards” columns in the Summary Compensation Table for the applicable year. The equity award adjustments for each applicable year include the addition (or subtraction, as applicable) of the following: (i) the year-end fair value of any equity awards granted in the applicable year that are outstanding and unvested as of the end of the year; (ii) the amount of change as of the end of the applicable year (from the end of the prior fiscal year) in fair value of any awards granted in prior years that are outstanding and unvested as of the end of the applicable year; (iii) for awards granted in prior years that vest in the applicable year, the amount equal to the change as of the vesting date (from the end of the prior fiscal year) in fair value. The valuation assumptions used to calculate fair values did not materially differ from those disclosed at the time of grant.
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|(5)||The dollar amounts reported in column (e) represent the average amount of “Compensation Actually Paid” to the NEOs as a group (excluding the PEOs) for the corresponding year. Compensation Actually Paid is calculated pursuant to the requirements of Item 402(v) of Regulation S-K, adjusting Summary Compensation table totals to reflect equity award valuation changes at certain points over time. It does not reflect dollar amounts actually paid to our NEOs. The NEOs included for purposes of these calculations are described in footnote 4.|
The equity award adjustments for each applicable year include the addition (or subtraction, as applicable) of the following, as shown in the table below:
|(7)||The dollar amounts reported represent the amount of net income reflected in the company’s audited financial statements for the applicable year.|
Adjusted earnings per share is a non-GAAP measure. For 2022, excludes purchased intangible amortization (net of tax) of $19.8 million, acquisition transaction costs (net of tax) of $0.7 million, and restructuring charges (net of tax) of $7.8 million. Adjusted EPS was also reduced in 2022 to restate our actual tax rate to our budgeted tax rate before non-recurring items and exclude operating results not considered in the target. For 2021, excludes purchased intangible amortization (net of tax) of $16.3 million, acquisition charges (net of tax) of $8.2 million pertaining to increased contingent consideration and transaction costs, and restructuring charges (net of tax) of $4.2 million. Adjusted EPS was also reduced in 2021 to restate our actual tax rate to our budgeted tax rate before non-recurring items and exclude operating results not considered in the target. For 2020, excludes restructuring charges (net of tax) of $8.5 million, and purchased intangible amortization (net of tax) of $11.2 million. Adjusted EPS was also reduced $0.15 per share in 2020 for an adjustment to restate our actual tax rate to our budgeted tax rate before non-recurring items.
Most Important Financial Performance Measures
The most important financial performance measures used by the company to link executive compensation actually paid to the company’s NEOs (including the PEOs), for the most recently completed fiscal year, to the company’s performance are as follows:
|Most Important Measures for Determining NEO Pay|
Analysis of the Information Presented in the Pay Versus Performance Table
We deploy a mix of short- and long-term incentives to our named executive officers to ensure compensation aligns with performance. We list the performance measures most important to achieving this alignment in the table above. We discuss each measure, and its role in determining named executive officer compensation, more fully in the earlier Compensation Discussion and Analysis section titled Compensation Program Elements.
The charts below describe, during the three-year period between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2022, the relationship between “Compensation Actually Paid,” which is derived from calculations mandated by Item 402(v) of Regulation S-K, and certain financial performance metrics. During this period, the company’s financial performance has improved as a percentage of 2020, while Compensation Actually Paid has decreased compared to 2020.
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Compensation Actually Paid and Net Income
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Compensation Actually Paid and Adjusted non-GAAP Earnings Per Share
The following chart describes the relationship between our TSR and that of our peer group: the SIC Code 3826 Index – Laboratory Analytical Instruments, assuming an investment of $100.00 on December 31, 2019.
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|Compensation Committee Report|
The Compensation Committee assists the board in reviewing and monitoring the compensation of the company’s executives. The Compensation Committee operates pursuant to a written charter, a copy of which can be found on the company’s website at www.mt.com under “About Us / Investor Relations / Corporate Governance.”
The Compensation Committee is responsible for establishing compensation arrangements that allow the company to retain, attract, and motivate employees. The Compensation Committee reviews the company’s total compensation budget, and sets the annual compensation of the company’s executive officers, including the Chief Executive Officer. It also evaluates and sets the compensation of the directors. In carrying out its duties, the Compensation Committee receives input and recommendations from the Board Chair, Head of Human Resources, and the Chief Executive Officer regarding the amount and form of executive and director compensation.
The Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed with management the Compensation Discussion and Analysis contained in this Proxy Statement. On the basis of such review and discussions, the Compensation Committee recommended to the Board of Directors, and the board approved, that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this Proxy Statement.
|Respectfully submitted by the members of the Compensation Committee:|
|Thomas P. Salice, Chair|
|Michael A. Kelly|
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|Advisory Vote to Approve Executive Compensation|
Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act enacted in July 2010 (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), the shareholders of the company are entitled to vote at the annual meeting to approve the compensation of the company’s named executive officers, as disclosed in this proxy statement pursuant to Item 402 of Regulation S-K under the Securities Act and the Exchange Act.
As described more fully in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section of this proxy statement and accompanying tables and narratives, our compensation program consists of three main elements: base salary, an annual cash incentive, and long-term incentive compensation. Our goal is to ensure that the three main elements of compensation are carefully considered and fair, and that executives are motivated to further the interests of shareholders, both short-term and long-term. The company has in the past sought approval from shareholders regarding the incentive plans that we use to motivate, retain, and reward our executives. Those incentive plans, including the POBS Plus Incentive System for Group Management and the 2013 Equity Incentive Plan (Amended and Restated Effective as of May 6, 2021), make up a majority of the pay that the company provides to our executives.
We have a long track record of delivering superior results for our shareholders. In the 20-year period ending December 31, 2022, the company’s total return to shareholders has been 4,409%, compared with 548% for the S&P 500. Our executive compensation programs have played a material role in our ability to drive strong financial results and attract and retain a highly qualified team to run the company.
We believe our executive compensation programs are transparent, consistent with current best practices, appropriately benchmarked to peers, and effective in supporting our company and our business objectives.
|■||Our compensation programs are substantially tied to the achievement of key business objectives and to long-term shareholder returns.|
|■||Both our short-term and our long-term incentives are performance-based. Our short-term incentives include ESG targets.|
|■||Performance is objectively measured.|
|■||Targets are set at challenging levels.|
|■||Stock options granted to executives have a ten-year term and vest over five years, which helps management focus on sustainable and long-term value creation.|
|■||We carefully monitor the compensation of executives from companies of similar size and complexity to help us to ensure our programs are within the range of market practices.|
The company seeks your advisory vote on our executive compensation programs. Shareholder advisory votes on our executive compensation programs will occur annually. After the 2023 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the next such shareholder advisory vote will occur at the 2024 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. We ask that you support the compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section and the accompanying tables and narratives contained in this proxy statement. Because your vote is advisory, it will not be binding on the Board of Directors. However, the board will review the voting results and take such results into consideration when making future decisions regarding executive compensation. An abstention shall not count as a vote cast with respect to this proposal. We ask our shareholders to vote “FOR” the following resolution at the annual meeting:
“RESOLVED, that the compensation paid to the company’s named executive officers, as disclosed pursuant to Item 402 of Regulation S-K, including the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, compensation tables and narrative discussion, is hereby APPROVED.”
The Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR the approval of the compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in this proxy statement pursuant to the compensation and disclosure rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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|Advisory Vote on The Frequency of Advisory Votes to Approve Executive Compensation|
The Dodd-Frank Act requires us, not less frequently than once every six years, to provide our shareholders a separate non-binding advisory vote on the frequency of submission to shareholders of a “Say on Pay” advisory vote on the compensation of our named executive officers, as disclosed pursuant to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s compensation and disclosure rules, such as Proposal Three. Accordingly, we are asking shareholders to vote on whether the advisory vote should occur every three years, every two years, or every year.
This vote is advisory, and will not be binding on the company, our Board of Directors, or our Compensation Committee. Although the Board of Directors will consider the voting results, it may ultimately decide that it is in the best interests of our shareholders and the company to hold an advisory vote on executive compensation on a different schedule than the option approved by our shareholders. You may cast your vote for your preferred frequency by indicating your choice that future Say on Pay Proposals should be submitted to shareholders every three years, every two years, or every year, or you may choose to abstain from voting on this issue, in response to the resolution set forth below:
“RESOLVED, that whichever of the three frequency choices of: every three years, every two years or every year receives the most shareholder votes will be considered the shareholders’ preferred frequency in regard to how often a “Say on Pay Proposal” should be submitted to the shareholders in future company proxy statements prepared in connection with our annual meeting.”
If no voting specification (for every three years, every two years, every year or an abstention from voting) is made, your vote will count as a vote for a frequency of every year for the future non-binding shareholder vote on the compensation of our named executive officers.
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This table shows how much of the company’s common stock is owned by directors, executive officers, and owners of more than 5% of the company’s common stock as of the record date March 6, 2023 (December 31, 2022 in the case of 5% shareholders):
|Shares Beneficially Owned(1)|
of Beneficial Owner
100 Vanguard Blvd.
Malvern, PA 19355
55 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10055
|Robert F. Spoerry(3)||238,374||23,710||262,084||1.2%|
|Domitille Doat-Le Bigot||112||427||539||*|
|Olivier A. Filliol||71||105,265||105,336||*|
|Elisha W. Finney||267||1,610||1,877||*|
|Michael A. Kelly||1,628||4,997||6,625||*|
|Thomas P. Salice(5)||75,047||4,997||80,044||*|
|Named Executive Officers:|
|Shawn P. Vadala||4,900||14,505||19,405||*|
|Marc de La Guéronnière||876||9,657||10,533||*|
and Executive Officers as a Group
|*||The percentage of shares of common stock beneficially owned does not exceed one percent of the outstanding shares.|
|(1)||Calculations of percentage of beneficial ownership are based on 22,070,068 shares of common stock outstanding on March 6, 2023. Information regarding 5% shareholders is based solely on Schedule 13Gs filed by the holders. For the directors and officers, the calculations assume the exercise by each individual of all options for the purchase of common stock held by such individual that are exercisable within 60 days of the date hereof.|
|(2)||Represents shares subject to stock options that are exercisable within 60 days.|
|(3)||Includes 221,826 shares held by Mr. Spoerry’s children (with respect to which Mr. Spoerry has beneficial ownership, including full voting and dispositive control) and 10,000 shares held by Mr. Spoerry’s spouse.|
|(4)||Includes 1,000 shares held by M&W Consultants Limited, in which Mr. Chu has voting and investment power.|
|(5)||Includes 21,555 shares held by a family foundation and over which Mr. Salice shares voting and investment power with his spouse as trustees, and 53,194 shares owned by limited liability companies in which Mr. Salice has voting and investment power. Mr. Salice disclaims beneficial ownership of the shares held by the family foundation and the limited liability companies except to the extent of his pecuniary interests therein.|
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Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation
The Compensation Committee is comprised of Messrs. Salice, Diggelmann, Francis, and Kelly, none of whom were officers or employees of the company or its subsidiaries or had any relationship requiring disclosure by the company under Item 404 of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation S-K during 2022. No interlocking relationship exists between the members of Mettler-Toledo’s Board of Directors or the Compensation Committee and the board of directors or compensation committee of any other company, nor has any such interlocking relationship existed in the past.
Availability of Form 10-K and Annual Report to Shareholders
The company’s Annual Report to shareholders for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, including consolidated financial statements, accompanies this proxy statement. The Annual Report is not to be regarded as proxy soliciting material or as a communication by means of which any solicitation is to be made.
The Annual Report is available on the company’s website at www.mt.com under “About Us / Investor Relations / Annual Report.” Upon written request, the company will furnish, without charge, to each person whose proxy is being solicited a copy of the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, as filed with the SEC. Requests in writing for copies of any such materials should be directed to Investor Relations, Mettler-Toledo International Inc., 1900 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43240-2020, USA, telephone +1 614 438 4794.
Electronic Delivery of Annual Report and Proxy Statement
If you wish to receive future annual reports, proxy statements and other materials, and shareholder communications electronically via the Internet, please follow the directions on your proxy card for requesting such electronic delivery. An election to receive materials electronically will continue until you revoke it. You will continue to have the option to vote your shares by mail, by telephone, or via the Internet.
How to Submit Shareholder Proposals
Shareholders may present proposals which may be proper subjects for inclusion in the proxy statement and for consideration at an annual meeting. To be considered, proposals must be submitted on a timely basis. We must receive proposals for next year’s annual meeting no later than November 15, 2023. Proposals and questions related thereto should be submitted in writing to the Secretary of the company. Proposals may be included in the proxy statement for next year’s annual meeting if they comply with certain rules and regulations promulgated by the SEC and in connection with certain procedures described in our by-laws, a copy of which may be obtained from the Secretary of the company. Any proposal submitted outside the processes of these rules and regulations will be considered untimely for the purposes of Rule 14a-4 and Rule 14a-5.
Expenses of Solicitation
The cost of soliciting proxies will be borne by the company. In addition to the solicitation of proxies by use of the mail, some of our officers, directors, and employees, none of whom will receive additional compensation therefore, may solicit proxies in person or by Internet or other means. As is customary, we will, upon request, reimburse brokerage firms, banks, trustees, nominees, and other persons for their out- of-pocket expenses in forwarding proxy materials to their principals.
Delivery of Documents to Shareholders Sharing an Address
If you are the beneficial owner, but not the record holder, of shares of METTLER TOLEDO stock, your broker, bank, or other nominee may only deliver one copy of this proxy statement and our 2022 annual report to multiple shareholders who share an address unless that nominee has received contrary instructions from one or more of the shareholders. We will deliver promptly, upon written or oral request, a separate copy of this proxy statement and our 2022 annual report to a shareholder at a shared address to which a single copy of the documents was delivered. A shareholder who wishes to receive a separate copy of the proxy statement and annual report should submit this request by writing to Investor Relations, Mettler-Toledo International Inc., 1900 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240, USA or by calling +1 614 438 4794. Shareholders sharing an address who are receiving multiple copies of proxy materials and annual reports and who wish to receive a single copy of such materials in the future should contact their broker, bank, or other nominee to request that only a single copy of each document be mailed to all shareholders at the shared address in the future.
We know of no other matter to be brought before the annual meeting. If any other matter requiring a vote of the shareholders should come before the meeting, it is the intention of the persons named in the proxy to vote the proxies with respect to any such matter in accordance with their reasonable judgment.
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1.1 - Robert F. Spoerry 1.2 - Roland Diggelmann 1.3 - Domitille Doat-Le Bigot 1.4 - Elisha W. Finney 1.5 - Richard Francis 1.6 - Michael A. Kelly 1.7 - Thomas P. Salice 1.8 - Ingrid Zhang For Against Abstain For Against Abstain For Against Abstain 1 U P X 4. ADVISORY VOTE ON THE FREQUENCY OF ADVISORY VOTES TO APPROVE EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION 1 Year 2 Years 3 Years Abstain METTLER-TOLEDO INTERNATIONAL INC. Using a black ink pen, mark your votes with an X as shown in this example. Please do not write outside the designated areas. 03RCMA + + A Proposals — The Board of Directors recommend a vote FOR all the nominees listed, FOR Proposals 2 and 3 and for 1 YEAR on Proposal 4. 2. RATIFICATION OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM 3. ADVISORY VOTE TO APPROVE EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION 1. ELECTION OF DIRECTORS For Against Abstain Please sign exactly as name(s) appears hereon. Joint owners should each sign. When signing as attorney, executor, administrator, corporate officer, trustee, guardian, or custodian, please give full title. Date (mm/dd/yyyy) — Please print date below. Signature 1 — Please keep signature within the box. Signature 2 — Please keep signature within the box. B Authorized Signatures — This section must be completed for your vote to count. Please date and sign below. qIF VOTING BY MAIL, SIGN, DETACH AND RETURN THE BOTTOM PORTION IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE.q 2023 Annual Meeting Proxy Card For Against Abstain Online Go to www.investorvote.com/MTD or scan the QR code — login details are located in the shaded bar below. Save paper, time and money! Sign up for electronic delivery at www.investorvote.com/MTD Phone Call toll free 1-800-652-VOTE (8683) within the USA, US territories and Canada You may vote online or by phone instead of mailing this card. Votes submitted electronically must be received by 11:59pm, Eastern Time, on May 3, 2023. Your vote matters – here’s how to vote!
Small steps make an impact. Help the environment by consenting to receive electronic delivery, sign up at www.investorvote.com/MTD Notice of 2023 Annual Meeting of Shareholders Proxy Solicited by Board of Directors for Annual Meeting — May 4, 2023 The undersigned hereby appoints Robert F. Spoerry and Shawn P. Vadala, and each of them, Proxies for the undersigned, each with the power of substitution, to represent and vote the shares of the undersigned, with all the powers which the undersigned would possess if personally present, at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Mettler-Toledo International Inc. to be held on May 4, 2023 or at any postponement or adjournment thereof. Shares represented by this proxy will be voted by the Proxies according to the directions marked on the reverse side. If no such directions are indicated, the Proxies will have authority to vote FOR the election of the Board of Directors, FOR items 2 and 3 and for 1 YEAR on Proposal 4. In their discretion, the Proxies are authorized to vote upon such other business as may properly come before the meeting. (Items to be voted appear on reverse side) Proxy - Mettler-Toledo International Inc. qIF VOTING BY MAIL, SIGN, DETACH AND RETURN THE BOTTOM PORTION IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE.q Change of Address — Please print new address below. Comments — Please print your comments below. C Non-Voting Items + + You can view the 2022 Annual Report to Stockholders and the 2023 Proxy Statement on the Internet at: www.mt.com/proxyonline