PHILADELPHIA SUBURBAN CORPORATION
762 W. Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010
Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders
To Be Held May 16, 2002
TO THE SHAREHOLDERS OF
PHILADELPHIA SUBURBAN CORPORATION:
Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of
PHILADELPHIA SUBURBAN CORPORATION will be held at the Springfield Country
Club, 400 West Sproul Road, Springfield, Pennsylvania 19064, at 10:00 A.M.,
local time, on Thursday, May 16, 2002, for the following purposes:
1. To elect three directors to the class of directors for terms expiring
at the 2005 Annual Meeting;
2. To transact such other business as may properly come before the
meeting or any adjournments thereof.
Only shareholders of record at the close of business on March 25, 2002 will
be entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting and at any
By order of the Board of Directors,
ROY H. STAHL
April 8, 2002
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PHILADELPHIA SUBURBAN CORPORATION
762 W. Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010
This proxy statement is furnished in connection with the solicitation of
proxies by the Board of Directors of Philadelphia Suburban Corporation (the
"Company") to be used at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held
Thursday, May 16, 2002 and at any adjournments thereof. This proxy statement
and the enclosed proxy are being mailed to shareholders on or about April 8,
The cost of soliciting proxies will be paid by the Company, which has
arranged for reimbursement, at the rate suggested by the New York Stock
Exchange, of brokerage houses, nominees, custodians and fiduciaries for the
forwarding of proxy materials to the beneficial owners of shares held of
record. In addition, the Company has retained the firm of Georgeson
Shareholder Communications, Inc., to assist in the solicitation of proxies
from (i) brokers, bank nominees and other institutional holders, and (ii)
individual holders of record. The fee to Georgeson Shareholder Communications,
Inc. for normal proxy solicitation is $4,000 plus expenses, which will be paid
by the Company. Directors, officers and regular employees of the Company may
also solicit proxies, although no additional compensation will be paid by the
Company for such efforts.
The Annual Report to Shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2001,
including financial statements and other information with respect to the
Company and its subsidiaries, is being mailed with this proxy statement by
combined first class bulk mailing to shareholders of record as of March 25,
2002. Additional copies of the Annual Report may be obtained by writing to the
PURPOSE OF THE MEETING
As the meeting is the Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the shareholders of
the Company will be requested to elect three directors to hold office as
provided by law and the Company's Bylaws.
VOTING AT THE MEETING
Holders of shares of the Company's Common Stock of record at the close of
business on March 25, 2002 are entitled to vote at the meeting. As of that
date, there were 68,558,123 shares of Common Stock outstanding and entitled to
be voted at the meeting. Each shareholder entitled to vote shall have the
right to one vote on each matter presented at the meeting for each share of
Common Stock outstanding in such shareholder's name.
The holders of a majority of the shares entitled to vote, present in person
or represented by proxy at the meeting, constitute a quorum. Directors are to
be elected by a plurality of the votes cast at the meeting. The affirmative
vote of a majority of the votes cast by those shareholders present in person
or represented by proxy at
the meeting is required to take action with respect to any other matter that
may properly be brought before the meeting. Shares cannot be voted at the
meeting unless the holder of record is present in person or by proxy. The
enclosed proxy card is a means by which a shareholder may authorize the voting
of his or her shares at the meeting if they are unable to attend in person.
Alternatively, under the Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law and the
Pennsylvania Electronic Transaction Act, you may vote electronically, over the
Internet, following the instructions set out on the proxy card. The shares of
Common Stock represented by each properly executed proxy card or electronic
proxy will be voted at the meeting in accordance with each shareholder's
direction. Shareholders are urged to specify their choices by marking the
appropriate boxes on the enclosed proxy card or electronic proxy; if the proxy
card or electronic proxy is signed, but no choice has been specified, the
shares will be voted as recommended by the Board of Directors. If any other
matters are properly presented to the meeting for action, the proxy holders
will vote the proxies (which confer discretionary authority to vote on such
matters) in accordance with their best judgment.
With regard to the election of directors, votes may be cast in favor or
withheld; votes that are withheld will be excluded entirely from the vote and
will have no effect, other than for purposes of determining the presence of a
quorum. Abstentions may not be specified for the election of directors.
Brokers that are member firms of the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") and who
hold shares in street name for customers, but have not received instructions
from a beneficial owner, have the authority under the rules of the NYSE to
vote those shares with respect to the election of directors, but not for any
other matter. Proxies received from brokers with respect to shares held in
street name, even if such shares are not voted by brokers, will be considered
present and entitled to vote at the meeting.
Execution of the accompanying proxy or voting electronically will not affect
a shareholder's right to attend the meeting and vote in person. Any
shareholder giving a proxy or voting electronically has the right to revoke
the proxy or the electronic vote by giving written notice of revocation to the
Secretary of the Company at any time before the proxy is voted by executing a
proxy bearing a later date, which is voted at the meeting, or by attending the
meeting and voting in person.
Your proxy vote is important. Accordingly, you are asked to complete, sign
and return the accompanying proxy card or vote electronically regardless of
whether or not you plan to attend the meeting.
(Proposal No. 1)
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
Voting on Proposal No. 1
The Board of Directors is divided into three classes. One class is elected
each year to hold office for a three-year term and until successors of such
class are duly elected and qualified, except in the event of death,
resignation or removal. The Company is required by its Articles of
Incorporation and Bylaws to maintain the size of its classes of directors as
nearly equal in number as possible.
In January 2002, Mr. Richard Heckmann submitted his offer to resign from the
Board of Directors due to scheduling difficulties in attending meetings of the
Board of Directors. After reviewing Mr. Heckmann's offered resignation, the
Corporate Governance Committee voted to recommend and, at its February 5, 2002
meeting, the Board of Directors voted to accept his resignation. In accordance
with the requirement of the Articles of Incorporation to maintain the size of
classes of directors as nearly equal as possible, the Corporate Governance
Committee voted to recommend and, at its February 5, 2002 meeting, the Board
of Directors approved: (i) the election of Mr. Richard Smoot, who was a member
of the class of directors with terms expiring at the 2003 Annual Meeting of
shareholders, to the class of directors with terms expiring at the 2004 Annual
Meeting of shareholders; (ii) a reduction in the size of the Board of
Directors from ten members to nine members; (iii) a reduction in the size of
the class of directors with terms expiring at the 2003 Annual Meeting of
shareholders from four to three; and (iv) the nomination of Mr. G. Fred
DiBona, Mr. John E. Menario and Mrs. Mary C. Carroll for election to the class
of directors to be elected at the 2002 Annual Meeting of shareholders.
Therefore, three directors, Messrs. DiBona and Menario and Mrs. Carroll,
will stand for election by a plurality of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting
and six directors will continue to serve until either the 2003 and 2004 Annual
Meetings, depending on the period remaining in their terms. At the meeting,
proxies in the accompanying form, properly executed, will be voted for the
election of the three nominees listed below, unless authority to do so has
been withheld in the manner specified in the instructions on the proxy card.
Discretionary authority is reserved to cast votes for the election of a
substitute should any nominee be unable or unwilling to serve as a director.
Each nominee has stated his or her willingness to serve and the Company
believes that all nominees will be available to serve.
The Board of Directors recommends that the shareholders vote FOR the
election of Messrs. DiBona and Menario and Mrs. Carroll as directors. For
detailed information on each nominee, see pages 6 and 7.
General Information Regarding the Board of Directors and its Committees
The Board of Directors held seven meetings in 2001. The Company's Bylaws
provide that the Board of Directors, by resolution adopted by a majority of
the whole Board, may designate an Executive Committee and one or more other
committees, with each such committee to consist of two or more directors. The
Board of Directors annually elects from its members the Executive, Audit,
Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits, Corporate Governance, and
Pension Committees. Each director except Mr. Heckmann attended at least 75% of
the aggregate of all meetings of the Board and the Committees on which they
served in 2001.
Executive Committee. The Company's Bylaws provide that the Executive
Committee shall have and exercise all of the authority of the Board in the
management of the business and affairs of the Company, with certain
exceptions. The Executive Committee is intended to serve in the event that
action by the Board of Directors is necessary or desirable between regular
meetings of the Board, or at a time when convening a meeting of the entire
Board is not practical, and to make recommendations to the entire Board with
respect to various matters. The Executive Committee met twice in 2001. The
Executive Committee currently has five members, and the Chairman of the
Company serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee.
Audit Committee. The Audit Committee is composed of three directors who are
not officers of the Company or any of its subsidiaries. The Audit Committee is
required to meet at least twice each year and met two times during 2001. The
Committee operates pursuant to a written charter, a copy of which was attached
as Appendix A to the Proxy Statement for the 2001 Annual Meeting of
shareholders. The primary responsibilities of the Audit Committee are to
monitor the integrity of the Company's financial reporting process and systems
of internal controls, including the review of the Company's annual audited
financial statements, and to monitor the independence of the Company's
independent accountants. The Audit Committee has concurrent authority with the
Board of Directors to select, evaluate and, where appropriate, replace the
Company's independent accountants.
Two members of the Committee are "independent" as defined by the rules of
the New York Stock Exchange. The Board of Directors has determined, in its
business judgment, that in the case of Mr. Smoot, who has been an executive
officer of a bank with whom the Company has banking relationships, these
relationships do not interfere with the exercise of his independent judgment.
The Audit Committee has considered the extent and scope of non-audit
services provided to the Company by its outside accountants and has determined
that such services are compatible with maintaining the independence of the
Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Committee. The Executive
Compensation and Employee Benefits Committee is composed of three members of
the Board who are not officers of the Company or any of its subsidiaries. The
Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Committee has the power to
administer the Company's 1988 Stock Option Plan and to administer and make
awards of stock options, dividend equivalents and restricted stock under the
Company's 1994 Equity Compensation Plan. In addition, the Executive
Compensation and Employee Benefits Committee reviews the recommendations of
the Company's Chief Executive Officer as to appropriate compensation of the
Company's officers (other than the Chief Executive Officer) and key personnel
and recommends to the Board the compensation of such officers and the
Company's Chief Executive Officer for the ensuing year. The Executive
Compensation and Employee Benefits Committee held four meetings in 2001.
Corporate Governance Committee. The Corporate Governance Committee is
responsible for identifying qualified nominees for directors and developing
and periodically reviewing the Corporate Governance Guidelines by which the
Board of Directors is organized and executes its responsibilities. The
Corporate Governance Committee has three members and held two meetings during
It is the present policy of the Corporate Governance Committee to consider
nominees who are recommended by shareholders as additional members of the
Board or to fill vacancies on the Board. Shareholders desiring to submit the
names of, and any pertinent data with respect to, such nominees should send
this information in writing to the Chairman of the Corporate Governance
Committee in care of the Company. See "Requirements for Advance Notification
Pension Committee. The Pension Committee serves as the Plan Administrator
for the Company's qualified benefit plans. The Committee reviews and
recommends to the Board any actions to be taken by the Board in the
discharge of the Board's fiduciary responsibilities under the Company's
qualified benefit plans and meets periodically with the Company's investment
advisors. The Committee consists of three members and met two times in 2001.
The current members of the Committees of the Board of Directors are as
Executive Compensation and
Executive Committee Employee Benefits Committee Audit Committee
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Nicholas DeBenedictis* John F. McCaughan* Richard L. Smoot*
G. Fred DiBona, Jr. G. Fred DiBona, Jr. John E. Menario
John F. McCaughan Alan R. Hirsig Alan R. Hirsig
Richard L. Smoot
Richard H. Glanton, Esq
Pension Committee Committee
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Requirements for Advance Notification of Nominations
Nominations for election of directors may be made at the Annual Meeting by
any shareholder entitled to vote for the election of directors, provided that
written notice (the "Notice") of the shareholder's intent to nominate a
director at the meeting is filed with the Secretary of the Company prior to
the Annual Meeting in accordance with provisions of the Company's Amended and
Restated Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.
Section 4.13 of the Company's Bylaws requires the Notice to be received by
the Secretary of the Company not less than 14 days nor more than 50 days prior
to any meeting of the shareholders called for the election of directors, with
certain exceptions. These notice requirements do not apply to nominations for
which proxies are solicited under applicable regulations of the Securities and
Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The Notice must contain or be accompanied by the
(1) the name and residence of the shareholder who intends to make the
(2) a representation that the shareholder is a holder of record of voting
stock and intends to appear in person or by proxy at the meeting to nominate
the person or persons specified in the Notice;
(3) such information regarding each nominee as would have been required
to be included in a proxy statement filed pursuant to the SEC's proxy rules
had each nominee been nominated, or intended to be nominated, by the
management or the Board of Directors of the Company;
(4) a description of all arrangements or understandings among the
shareholder and each nominee and any other person or persons (naming such
person or persons) pursuant to which the nomination or nominations are to be
made by the shareholder; and
(5) the consent of each nominee to serve as a director of the Company if
Pursuant to the above requirements, appropriate Notices in respect of
nominations for directors must be received by the Secretary of the Company no
later than May 2, 2002.
Information Regarding Nominees and Directors
For each of the three nominees for election as directors at the 2002 Annual
Meeting and the six directors in the classes of directors whose terms of
office are to expire either at the 2003 Annual Meeting or the 2004 Annual
Meeting, as set forth herein, there follows information as to the positions
and offices with the Company held by each, the principal occupation of each
during the past five years, and certain directorships of public companies and
other organizations held by each.
Richard H. Glanton, Esq.* G. Fred DiBona, Jr.*
Mary C. Carroll Nicholas DeBenedictis
Nicholas DeBenedictis Mary C. Carroll
NOMINEES FOR ELECTION AT ANNUAL MEETING
G. Fred DiBona, Jr. .......... Mr. DiBona has served since 1990 as President and Chief Executive Officer of
Villanova, PA Independence Blue Cross, the Delaware Valley region's largest health insurer.
Director since 1993 He also serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of most of
Independence Blue Cross' subsidiaries and affiliates. Between 1987 and 1990,
Mr. DiBona served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Pennsylvania
Blue Shield's holding company, Keystone Ventures, Inc. Mr. DiBona is also a
director of Independence Blue Cross and its subsidiaries, Magellan Health
Services, Inc., Exelon Corporation, Tasty Baking Company, CorCell, Inc.,
Eclipsys Corporation, NaviMedix, Inc. and various civic and charitable
organizations. Age: 51.
Mary C. Carrol................ Ms. Carroll is a consultant and an advisor to businesses, government agencies
Bryn Mawr, PA and other organizations, such as the Amos Tuck School of Business, and is a
Director since 1981 well-recognized civic volunteer. She is a founder, director or trustee of
various civic and charitable organizations, including the Metropolitan YMCA
and the National Parks Mid-Atlantic Council. Age: 61.
John E. Menario............... Mr. Menario has served as Assistant to the President of Banknorth.Group, Inc., a
Portland, ME financial services company since 1996. He served as Senior Executive Vice
Director since 1999 President and Chief Operating Officer of Peoples Heritage Financial Group, Inc.,
from 1990 to 1996. Mr. Menario is also a director of Morse, Payson & Noyes
Insurance. Age: 66.
DIRECTORS CONTINUING IN OFFICE WITH TERMS EXPIRING IN 2003
Richard H. Glanton, Esq. ..... Mr. Glanton has been a partner in the law firm of Reed Smith LLP in
Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia since 1986. Mr. Glanton is also a director of CGU Corporation of
Director since 1995 North America, Exelon Corporation. Wackenhut Corrections Corporation the
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau and Lincoln University. Age: 55.
Alan R. Hirsig................ Mr. Hirsig retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of ARCO Chemical
Haverford, PA Company in 1998, a position he held since 1991. From 1984 to 1990, Mr. Hirsig
Director since 1997 was President of ARCO Chemical European Operations. Mr. Hirsig is a director
of Celanese, A.G., Checkpoint Systems, Inc. and Hercules, Inc., as well as a
trustee of Bryn Mawr College, the YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity, the
Rosenbach Museum and Library and the Curtis Institute of Music. Age: 62.
John F. McCaughan............. In 1998, Mr. McCaughan retired as President of the BetzDearborn, Inc.
Doylestown, PA Foundation, having served in that capacity since 1995. From 1995 to 1996, Mr.
Director since 1984 McCaughan was Chairman of Betz Laboratories, Inc., which provides
engineered chemical treatment of water, wastewater and process systems. Mr.
McCaughan was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Betz Laboratories
from 1982 to 1994. He is also a director of Penn Mutual Life Insurance
Company, Petroferm, Inc. and numerous charitable organizations. Age: 66.
DIRECTORS CONTINUING IN OFFICE WITH TERMS EXPIRING IN 2004
Nicholas DeBenedictis......... Mr. DeBenedictis has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company since
Ardmore, PA July 1992 and Chairman of the Board since May 1993. He also serves as
Director since 1992 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company's principal subsidiaries,
Pennsylvania Suburban Water Company and Consumers Water Company.
Between April 1989 and June 1992, he served as Senior Vice President for
Corporate Affairs of PECO Energy Company (now known as Exelon). From
December 1986 to April 1989, he served as President of the Greater Philadelphia
Chamber of Commerce and from 1983 to 1986 he served as the Secretary of the
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. Mr. DeBenedictis is a
director of Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company, P.H. Glatfelter Company
and Met-Pro Corporation and a member of the advisory boards of PNC Bank in
Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Pennoni Associates. He also serves
on the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the
Pennsylvania Business Roundtable, and Hahnemann/MCP University and is a
Trustee of Drexel University. Age: 56.
Andrew D. Seidel.............. Mr. Seidel is President and Chief Executive Officer of United States Filter
Palm Desert, CA Corporation (US Filter), a global provider of water and wastewater systems and
Director since 2000 services. Mr. Seidel was President and Chief Operating Officer of US Filter from
April 1999 to April 2001. Mr. Seidel was President and Chief Operating Officer
of the Water and Wastewater Group of US Filter from February 1998 until the
acquisition of US Filter by Vivendi Water in April 1999. He previously served
as Executive Vice President of US Filter's Wastewater Group from July 1995 to
February 1998 and as Senior Vice President --Wastewater Group and General
Manger of US Filter, Inc., in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, from September 1993 to
July 1995. Previously, he had served as Vice President of Membralox Group
from December 1992. Mr. Seidel is also a director of Vivendi Environment, S.A.
OWNERSHIP OF COMMON STOCK
The following table sets forth certain information as of January 31, 2002
with respect to shares of Common Stock of the Company beneficially owned by
each director, nominee for director and executive officer and by all
directors, nominees and executive officers of the Company as a group. This
information has been provided by each of the directors and officers at the
request of the Company. Beneficial ownership of securities as shown below has
been determined in accordance with applicable guidelines issued by the
Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Beneficial ownership includes the
possession, directly or indirectly, through any formal or informal
arrangement, either individually or in a group, of voting power (which
includes the power to vote, or to direct the voting of, such security) and/or
investment power (which includes the power to dispose of, or to direct the
disposition of, such security). The shareholdings reflect the Company's 5-for-
4 stock split effected in the form of a stock dividend distributed on December
1, 2001 to shareholders of record on November 16, 2001.
Richard L. Smoot.............. Mr. Smoot has served as Regional Chairman Advisory Board Philadelphia and
Radnor, PA Southern New Jersey, The PNC Financial Services Group since 2001. From
Director since 1997 1991 through 2000, Mr. Smoot served as President and Chief Executive Officer
of PNC Bank in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and its predecessor,
Provident National Bank. He also served as Executive Vice President
responsible for Operations and Data Processing for the Bank from 1987 to
1991. Before joining PNC Bank in 1987, Mr. Smoot served 10 years as First
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of
Philadelphia. Mr. Smoot is Chairman of The Philadelphia Orchestra and The
Settlement Music School. Mr. Smoot is also a director of P.H. Glatfelter
Company and Southco Inc. Age: 61.
Sole voting Shared voting Total and
and/or sole and/or shared percent of class
Beneficial Owner investment power(1) investment power outstanding(2)
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(1) Includes shares held under the Company's Thrift Plan.
(2) Percentages for each person or group are based on the aggregate of the
shares of Common Stock outstanding as of March 1, 2002 (68,486,101 shares)
and all shares issuable to such person or group upon the exercise of
outstanding stock options exercisable within 60 days of January 31, 2002.
Percentage ownership of less than 1% of the class then outstanding as of
March 1, 2002 has not been shown.
(3) The shareholdings indicated are owned of record by Mrs. Carroll's husband.
Mrs. Carroll disclaims beneficial ownership of those shares.
(4) The shareholdings indicated include 5,221 shares owned of record by Mr.
Coulter's wife. Mr. Coulter disclaims beneficial ownership of those shares.
(5) The shareholdings indicated include 1,490 shares owned of record by Mr.
DeBenedictis' wife. Mr. DeBenedictis disclaims beneficial ownership of
(6) The shareholdings indicated include 77 shares held by Mr. Menario's wife.
Mr. Menario disclaims beneficial ownership of those shares.
(7) Mr. Seidel is President and Chief Executive Officer of United States Filter
Corporation and a director of Vivendi Environment S.A., which together with
their affiliates own 11,510,137 shares of the Company. Consequently, Mr.
Seidel may be deemed to share voting power for the shares held by Vivendi
Environment S.A. and its affiliates.
(8) The shareholdings indicated do not include approximately 697,000 shares
held by PNC Bank, National Association, or its affiliates as trustee of the
Philadelphia Suburban Corporation Thrift Plan and Philadelphia Suburban
Water Company Personal Savings Plan for Local 473 Employees. Mr. Smoot is
Regional Chairman Adivisory Board Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, The
PNC Financial Services Group. Mr. Smoot disclaims beneficial ownership of
(9) The shareholdings indicated include 482,407 shares exercisable under the
1988 Stock Option Plan and the 1994 Equity Compensation Plan on or before
April 1, 2002.
(10) The shareholdings indicated include 200,468 shares (i) held in joint
ownership with spouses, (ii) held as custodian for minor children or (iii)
owned by family members.
The following table sets forth certain information as of March 1, 2002,
except as otherwise indicated, with respect to the ownership of shares of
Common Stock of the Company by certain beneficial owners of 5% or more of the
Company's total outstanding shares.
Mary C. Carroll............................................ 7,228 1,733(3) 8,961
Morrison Coulter........................................... 89,240 6,918(4) 96,158
Nicholas DeBenedictis...................................... 418,781 130,354(5) 549,135
G. Fred DiBona, Jr......................................... 7,875 -- 7,875
Richard H. Glanton, Esq.................................... 5,316 -- 5,316
Alan R. Hirsig............................................. 7,540 -- 7,540
John F. McCaughan.......................................... 13,997 -- 13,997
John E. Menario............................................ 3,971 4,214(6) 8,185
Richard R. Riegler......................................... 88,348 -- 88,348
Andrew D. Seidel(7)........................................ 875 -- 875
David P. Smeltzer.......................................... 59,018 3,124 62,142
Richard L. Smoot(8)........................................ 4,312 -- 4,312
Roy H. Stahl............................................... 89,563 62,646 152,209
All directors and executive officers as a group
(13 persons).............................................. 796,064(9) 208,989(10) 1,005,053(1.5%)
Amount and Nature Outstanding
Beneficial Owner of Beneficial Ownership Shares
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(1) Based on the Schedule 13D of Vivendi dated August 7, 2000. The shares held
have been adjusted for the 5-for-4 stock splits in the form of stock
distributions effective December 1, 2000 and December 1, 2001.
REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
The Audit Committee is appointed by the Board of Directors to assist the
Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities. Management has primary
responsibility for the Company's financial statements and the reporting
process, including the system of internal controls. The Audit Committee
fulfills its oversight responsibilities as set forth in its charter by, among
other things: reviewing the Company's audited financial statements prior to
submission to the public, including discussions with management and the
independent auditors of any significant issues regarding accounting
principles, practices and judgments; reviewing the integrity of the Company's
financial reporting processes and controls; selecting and evaluating the
independent accountants; and reviewing all relationships between the
independent accountants and the Company.
In carrying out its responsibilities, the Audit Committee has: reviewed and
discussed the Company's audited financial statements with management;
discussed with the outside accountants the matters required to be discussed by
Statements on Auditing Standards No. 61; discussed the written disclosures and
the letter from the outside auditors required by Independence Standards Board
Standard No. 1; and discussed with the outside accountants the outside
Based on these reviews and discussions, the Audit Committee recommended to
the Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors has approved, that the
Company's audited financial statements be included in the Company's Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2001. The Committee also
recommended, and the Board of Directors has approved, the selection of
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company's independent accountants for 2002.
Richard L. Smoot
John E. Menario
Alan R. Hirsig
REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS COMMITTEE
Philadelphia Suburban Corporation's executive compensation program is
designed to motivate its senior executives to achieve the Company's goals of
providing its customers with high quality, cost-effective, reliable water
services and providing the Company's shareholders with a market-based return
on their investment.
Toward that end, the program:
o Provides compensation levels that are competitive with those provided by
companies with which the Company may compete for executive talent.
o Motivates key senior executives to achieve strategic business initiatives
and rewards them for their achievement.
o Creates a strong link between stockholder and financial performance and
the compensation of the Company's senior executives.
In administering the executive compensation program, the Executive
Compensation and Employee Benefits Committee (the "Committee") attempts to
strike an appropriate balance among the above-mentioned objectives, each of
which is discussed in greater detail below.
At present, the executive compensation program is comprised of three
components: base salary, annual cash incentive opportunities and equity
incentive opportunities. In determining the relative weighting of compensation
components and the target level of compensation for the Company's executives,
the Committee considers compensation programs of a peer group of companies.
Because of the limited number of investor-owned water utilities from which
comparable compensation data is available, the Committee utilizes survey data
from a composite market ("Composite Market") compiled by a nationally
recognized compensation consulting firm in assessing the competitiveness of
the components of the Company's compensation program. The Composite Market for
the base salary and annual cash incentive elements of the program consists of
50% water utilities, 25% other utilities and 25% general industrial
businesses. There are eleven water utilities in the water utilities portion of
the Composite Market. Due to continued consolidation in the investor-owned
water utility industry, only two of the companies in the Composite Market are
publicly traded companies of comparable size to the Company. Consequently, as
of the proxy statement filed in 2000, the Company began using the Dow Jones
Utility Index instead of the Edward Jones Water Utility Index as the peer
group for the stock performance chart in the Company's proxy. None of the
water utilities in the Composite Market are in the Dow Jones Utility Index.
Competitive compensation levels are targeted at the median of the third
quartile range of compensation levels in the Composite Market, except for
equity incentives, which are targeted at the 50th percentile of the
compensation consulting firm's data base of general industrial organizations,
including utilities, that have long-term incentive programs.
To ensure that its pay levels are competitive, the Company, with the
assistance of its compensation consultant, regularly compares its executive
compensation levels with those of other companies and sets its salary
structure in line with competitive data from the Composite Market. Individual
salaries are considered for adjustment annually and any adjustments are based
on general movement in external salary levels, individual performance, and
changes in individual duties and responsibilities.
Cash Incentive Awards
The annual cash incentive plan is based on target incentive awards for each
executive, which are stated as a percentage of their base salaries. Annual
incentive awards for executive officers are calculated by a formula that
multiplies the executive's target incentive percentage times a Company rating
factor based on the Company's overall financial performance and an individual
rating factor based on the executive's performance against established
objectives. These factors can range from 0% to 125% for the Company rating
factor and 0% to 150% for the individual rating factor. Each of these
percentages are correlated with defined objectives and approved by the
Committee each year. Regardless of the Company's financial performance, the
Committee retains the authority to determine the final Company rating factor,
and the actual payment and amount of any bonus is always subject to the
discretion of the Committee.
As part of its review of the total compensation package for the Company's
officers, the Committee, with the assistance of a nationally-recognized
compensation consulting firm, reviewed the Company's equity incentive
compensation program. Given the importance of dividends to a utility investor,
the consultant recommended using a combination of stock options with dividend
equivalents to best link executive long-term incentives to corporate
performance and shareholder interests.
Under the terms of the Company's 1994 Equity Compensation Plan, which was
approved by the shareholders at the 1994 Annual Meeting, the Committee and the
Board of Directors may grant stock options, dividend equivalents and
restricted stock to officers, directors and key employees, and stock options
to key consultants of the Company and its subsidiaries who are in a position
to contribute materially to the successful operation of the business of the
Company. The purpose of the Plan is to help align executive compensation with
shareholder interests by providing the participants with a long-term equity
interest in the Company. The Plan, we believe, provides the Company the
ability to attract and retain employees of significant abilities.
Summary of Actions Taken by the Committee
Under the Company's salary program, the base salary budget is based on
salary levels for comparable positions in the Composite Market. The projected
overall annual increase is based on annual salary budget
increase data reported by published surveys. Under these guidelines, actual
salary increases are determined based on a combination of an assessment of the
individual's performance and the individual's salary compared to the market.
In the case of executive officers named in this Proxy Statement, the
determination of salary levels is made by the Committee, subject to approval
by the Board of Directors.
Mr. DeBenedictis' salary for 2001 was consistent with the target level for
the CEO position within the Composite Market. Mr. DeBenedictis' salary for
2002, which was approved by the Board of Directors on February 5 and effective
on April 1, 2002, is consistent with published salary survey information on
salary levels and projected annual salary increases for 2002 and is based on
the Committee's favorable assessment of his and the Company's performance.
Annual Incentive Award
At its February 4, 2002 meeting, the Committee determined the annual cash
incentive awards to be made to the participants in the annual incentive plan.
The awards were based on the Company's performance compared to its financial
goal for 2001 as well as the participants' achievement of their individual
objectives. The incentive awards to the Company's officers were approved by
the Board of Directors on February 5, 2002. Mr. DeBenedictis' annual incentive
compensation for 2001 was based on the Company's earnings and the Committee's
assessment of Mr. DeBenedictis' individual performance. Mr. DeBenedictis'
achievements in 2001 included growing revenues by 12%, increasing the customer
base by 4% through 20 acquisitions and growth ventures, aggressively pursuing
low interest financing and managing the operations efficiently (operating
expense to revenue ratio dropped to 36.4%, one of the lowest in the water
industry) and effectively.
Effective March 19, 2002, the Committee approved management's recommendation
to reduce the performance period for the dividend equivalents granted in 2000
and 2001 by one year based on the Company's performance against the 2001
measurement criteria established by the Committee for this purpose at its
March 5, 2001 meeting. The measurement criteria involve targets for earnings
per share, dividends, total return to shareholders over a five-year period and
Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code generally precludes the
deduction for federal income tax purposes of more than $1 million in
compensation paid to the Chief Executive Officer and the other officers named
in the Summary Compensation Table in any one year, subject to certain
specified exceptions. Given the nature of the stock option grants and the
level of other compensation paid to the Chief Executive Officer and the other
executive officers named in the Summary Compensation Table, the deduction
limitation is presently inapplicable to the Company. The Committee will
address this limitation if and when it becomes applicable to the Company's
John F. McCaughan
G. Fred DiBona, Jr.
Alan R. Hirsig
The foregoing report of the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits
Committee shall not be deemed incorporated by reference by any general
statement incorporating by reference this proxy statement into any filing
under the Securities Act of 1933 or Securities Exchange Act of 1934, except to
the extent that the Company specifically incorporates this information by
reference, and shall not otherwise be deemed filed under such Acts.
SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE
The following Summary Compensation Table shows compensation paid by the
Company for services rendered during the years 2001, 2000 and 1999 for the
Company's Chief Executive Officer and the other four most highly compensated
executive officers of the Company.
SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE
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Long Term Compensation
Annual Compensation Awards Payouts
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Other Restricted Under- All Other
Annual Stock lying LTIP Compen-
Name and Compen- Award(s) Options/ Payouts sation
Principal Position Year Salary($)(1) Bonus($)(2) sation($)(3) ($)(4) SAR's(#)(5) ($) ($)(6)
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(1) Salary deferred at the discretion of the executive and contributed to the
Company's Thrift Plan or Executive Deferral Plan is included in this
(2) Includes cash bonuses for services rendered during the specified year,
regardless of when paid.
(3) Company matching contributions under the Company's Thrift Plan and
Executive Deferral Plan are included in this column.
(4) Mr. DeBenedictis was awarded a grant of 31,250 shares of restricted stock
on May 15, 2000 under the Company's 1994 Equity Compensation Plan. The fair
market value of the shares awarded on May 15, 2000
was $15.002 per share based on the average of the opening and closing
prices on the New York Stock Exchange on that date. One-third of the
restricted stock grant will be released to Mr. DeBenedictis each year on
the anniversary of the grant and he is entitled to receive the dividends on
the restricted shares pending their release. At year-end 2001, the value of
the 20,834 shares still subject to restrictions was $469,807 based on the
closing price for the stock on December 31, 2001 of $22.55.
(5) Option award numbers have been restated to reflect the December 2000 and
December 2001 5-for-4 stock splits in the form of stock distributions.
(6) Includes: (a) the dollar value, on a term loan approach, of the benefit of
the whole-life portion of the premiums for a split dollar life insurance
policy on Mr. DeBenedictis maintained by the Company, projected on an
actuarial basis ($8,877); (b) Company payments on behalf of Mr.
DeBenedictis to cover the premium attributable to the term life insurance
portion of the split dollar life insurance policy ($1,215); (c) the amounts
accrued for the named executive's accounts in 2001 in connection with the
dividend equivalent awards made from 1997 through 2001 (Messrs.
DeBenedictis $126,120, Stahl $27,602, Smeltzer $19,720, Riegler $25,224,
and Coulter $33,908); (d) the value of group term life insurance maintained
by the Company on the named executives (Messrs. DeBenedictis $3,031, Stahl
$595, Smeltzer $315, Riegler $1,514 and Coulter $4,731); and (e) earnings
in 2001 on amounts deferred under the Company's Executive Deferral Plan
(DeBenedictis $62,222 and Stahl $819 and Riegler $33). The Company will be
reimbursed for the amount of the premiums paid under the split dollar
program for Mr. DeBenedictis upon his death or repaid such premiums by Mr.
DeBenedictis if he leaves the Company
COMPARATIVE STOCK PERFORMANCE
The graph below compares the cumulative total shareholder return on the
Common Stock of the Company for the last five years with the average
cumulative total return of a peer group of companies and the cumulative total
return on the S&P 500 over the same period, assuming a $100 investment on
January 1, 1996 and the reinvestment of all dividends. The Dow Jones Utility
Index consists of the following companies: American Electric Power Company;
Consolidated Edison, Inc.; NiSource Inc.; Exelon Corporation; TXU Corporation;
Edison International; Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated; Dominion
Resources, Inc; Reliant Energy, Incorporated; Williams Companies, Inc.; Duke
Energy Corporation; PG&E Corporation; AES Corporation; and The Southern
COMPARISON OF FIVE YEAR CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN
AMONG PSC, S&P 500 AND DOW JONES UTILITY INDEX
Dow Jones S&P 500
PSC Utilities Composite
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Dec-96 100.00 100.00 100.00
Dec-97 153.91 123.00 133.35
Dec-98 212.13 146.22 171.49
Dec-99 153.13 137.41 207.50
Dec-00 234.25 207.17 188.62
Dec-01 276.21 152.75 166.17
The foregoing comparative stock performance graph shall not be deemed
incorporated by reference by any general statement incorporating by reference
this proxy statement into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as
amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except to the
extent that the Company specifically incorporates this information by
reference, and shall not otherwise be deemed filed under such Acts.
STOCK OPTION GRANTS IN 2001
The following table sets forth information concerning individual grants of
stock options under the Company's 1994 Equity Compensation Plan during 2001 to
each executive officer identified in the Summary Compensation Table who
received options during the period.
OPTION GRANTS IN LAST FISCAL YEAR
N. DeBenedictis ........... 2001 321,554 287,625 5,250 62,500 212,027
CEO 2000 311,904 271,440 5,250 468,800 62,500 167,067
1999 295,048 258,750 4,800 62,500 153,439
M. Coulter ................ 2001 180,115 73,713 5,250 18,750 38,639
President-PSW Div. 2000 171,467 66,626 5,100 18,750 30,954
1999 155,641 65,950 4,669 18,750 24,508
R. Stahl .................. 2001 193,546 79,569 5,250 18,750 29,016
Exec. V.P. & 2000 183,480 60,517 5,250 12,500 24,679
Gen. Counsel 1999 170,594 60,861 4,800 12,500 23,378
D. Smeltzer ............... 2001 156,067 56,962 4,681 12,500 20,035
Sr. V.P.-Finance & CFO 2000 148,467 55,687 4,454 12,500 15,720
1999 130,516 45,619 3,915 9,375 12,524
R. Riegler ................ 2001 171,658 51,154 5,148 12,500 26,771
Sr. V.P.-Eng.& 2000 165,427 51,737 4,963 12,500 24,256
Environ. Aff. 1999 158,049 49,797 4,741 12,500 23,148
Individual Grant Value
Number of Total
Securities Options/SAR's Exercise
Underlying Granted to or Base Grant Date
Options/SAR's Employees Price Expiration Present
Name Granted (#)(1) in Fiscal Year ($/Sh)(2) Date Value ($) (3)
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(1) The options listed in this column are qualified stock options granted at an
exercise price equal to the fair market value of the Company's common stock
on the date of grant under the Company's 1994 Equity Compensation Plan.
Grants become exercisable in installments of one-third per year commencing
on the first anniversary of the grant date. An equal number of dividend
equivalents, with a four-year accumulation period, were awarded to the
named individuals under the 1994 Equity Compensation Plan. The accrued
value of the dividend equivalent awards for 1997 through 2001 is shown on
the Summary Compensation Table.
(2) The exercise price for options granted is equal to the mean of the high and
low sale prices of the Company's common stock on the New York Stock
Exchange composite tape on the date the option is granted.
(3) The values in this column were determined using Black-Scholes Option
Pricing Model. The actual value of stock options, if any, that may be
realized will depend on the difference between the exercise price and the
market price on the date of exercise. The estimated values under the Black-
Scholes model are based on assumptions as to such variables as interest
rates, stock price volatility and dividend yield. The key assumptions used
in the Black-Scholes model valuation of the stock options are (i) an
assumed dividend yield of 2.6%, (ii) a risk free rate of return of 5.0%,
(iii) volatility of 32.7%, (iv) an exercise date of 5.2 years from the date
of grant, and (v) no reduction in values to reflect non-transferability or
other restrictions on the options. These assumptions are not a forecast of
future dividend yield, stock performance or volatility.
Stock Option Exercises in 2001 and Value of Options at Year-End 2001
The following table sets forth information concerning the number of stock
options exercised under the Company's 1988 Stock Option Plan and the 1994
Equity Compensation Plan during 2001 by each executive officer listed below
and the number and value of unexercised options as of December 31, 2001,
indicating in each case the number and value of those options that were
exercisable and unexercisable as of that date.
AGGREGATE OPTION/SAR EXERCISES IN LAST FISCAL YEAR
AND YEAR-END OPTION/SAR VALUES
DeBenedictis.................. 62,500 11.66% 19.10 3/6/2011 348,750
Coulter....................... 18,750 3.5% 19.10 3/6/2011 104,625
Stahl......................... 18,750 3.5% 19.10 3/6/2011 104,625
Smeltzer...................... 12,500 2.33% 19.10 3/6/2011 69,750
Riegler....................... 12,500 2.33% 19.10 3/6/2011 69,750
Number of Securities Value of Unexercised
Underlying Unexercised In-the-Money
Options/SAR's at Options/SAR's at
Shares Fiscal Year-End (#) Fiscal Year-End ($)(1)
Acquired Value --------------------------- ---------------------------
Name on Exercise(#) Realized($) Exercisable Unexercisable Exercisable Unexercisable
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(1) Based on the average of the high and low price on the New York Stock
Exchange -- Composite Transactions of the Company's Common Stock on
December 31, 2001 ($22.905).
CERTAIN COMPENSATION PLANS
The Retirement Plan for Employees of the Company (the "Retirement Plan") is
a defined benefit pension plan. In general, participants are eligible for
normal pension benefits upon retirement at age 65 and are eligible for early
retirement benefits upon retirement at age 55 with ten years of credited
service. Under the terms of the Retirement Plan, a participant becomes fully
vested in his or her accrued pension benefit after five years of credited
service. Benefits payable to employees under the Retirement Plan are based
upon "final average compensation", which is defined as the average cash
compensation through the five highest consecutive years of the last ten full
years preceding retirement.
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, ("ERISA")
imposes maximum limitations on the annual amount of pension benefits that may
be paid under, and the amount of compensation that may be taken into account
in calculating benefits under, a qualified, funded defined benefit pension
plan such as the Retirement Plan. The Retirement Plan complies with these
ERISA limitations. Effective December 1, 1989, the Board of Directors adopted
an Excess Benefits Plan for Salaried Employees (the "Excess Plan"). The Excess
Plan is a nonqualified pension benefit plan that is intended to provide an
additional pension benefit to participants in the Retirement Plan and their
beneficiaries whose benefits under the Retirement Plan are adversely affected
by these ERISA limitations. In addition, deferred compensation is excluded
from the Retirement Plan Compensation, but is included in the calculation of
the Excess Benefits Plan. The benefit under the Excess Plan is equal to the
difference between (i) the amount of the benefit the participant would have
been entitled to under the Retirement Plan absent such ERISA limitations and
including deferred compensation, and (ii) the amount of the benefit actually
payable under the Retirement Plan.
The following tabulation shows the estimated annual pension payable pursuant
to the Retirement Plan and the Excess Plan to employees, including employees
who are directors or officers of the Company, upon retirement after selected
periods of service. This table is provided for illustrative purposes only and
does not reflect pension benefits presently due under the Retirement Plan or
DeBenedictis ........ 229,473 3,296,010 213,577 124,997 3,014,331 940,392
Coulter ............. 24,998 267,656 31,245 37,498 305,516 282,107
Stahl ............... 26,562 377,360 62,493 31,248 832,339 214,131
Smeltzer ............ 6,250 108,275 29,165 23,957 350,335 178,107
Riegler ............. 14,681 164,407 36,243 24,998 394,364 188,069
Average Salary Estimated Annual Pension Based on Service of
During Five Years ------------------------------------------------------
Preceding Retirement 15 Years 20 Years 25 Years 30 Years 35 Years
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The Company's contributions to the Retirement Plan are computed on the basis
of straight life annuities. The following executive officers listed in Summary
Compensation Table have the indicated number of completed years of service
under the Retirement Plan, and would, upon retirement at age 65 on March 31,
2002, be entitled to a pension based on the remuneration level listed in the
$100,000 $ 24,500 $ 32,700 $ 40,800 $ 43,300 $ 45,800
125,000 31,200 41,700 52,100 55,200 58,300
150,000 38,000 50,700 63,300 67,100 70,800
175,000 44,700 59,700 74,600 78,900 83,300
200,000 51,500 68,700 85,800 90,800 95,800
225,000 58,200 77,700 97,100 102,700 108,300
250,000 65,000 86,700 108,300 114,600 120,800
300,000 78,500 104,700 130,800 138,300 145,800
350,000 92,000 122,700 153,300 162,100 170,800
400,000 105,500 140,700 175,800 185,800 195,800
450,000 119,000 158,700 198,300 209,600 220,800
500,000 132,500 176,700 220,800 233,300 245,800
Covered Years of
Name Remuneration Credited Service
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A Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan or SERP has been established for
Mr. DeBenedictis. This Plan, which is nonqualified and unfunded, was approved
by the Board of Directors in 1992 and is intended to provide Mr. DeBenedictis
with a total retirement benefit, in combination with the Retirement Plan and
Excess Plan, that is commensurate with the retirement benefits for the chief
executive officers of other companies. Under the terms of the SERP, Mr.
DeBenedictis will be eligible to receive a benefit at normal retirement equal
to the difference between (i) the benefit to which he would otherwise be
entitled under the Retirement Plan assuming he had 25 years of service and
absent the ERISA limitations referred to above, and (ii) the benefit payable
to him under the Retirement Plan and the Excess Plan. Under the terms of Mr.
DeBenedictis' SERP, if his employment is terminated for any reason prior to
age 65, he is entitled to receive a supplemental retirement benefit equal to
the difference between (i) the benefit to which he would otherwise be entitled
under the Retirement Plan assuming he was credited with two years of service
for each of his first seven years of credited service and (ii) the benefit
payable to him under the Retirement Plan and the Excess Plan. If Mr.
DeBenedictis retires from the Company at age 65, the SERP is projected to
provide an annual benefit of $124,334.
CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS
Employment Contracts and Termination of Employment and Change of Control
Under the terms of Mr. DeBenedictis' employment arrangement, if his
employment is terminated by the Company for any reason other than his
disability, death or for cause, he will be entitled to receive a severance
payment equal to twelve months of his base compensation paid in twelve equal
monthly installments without offset. In the event that the employment of any
of the executive officers named in the Summary Compensation Table set forth
above is terminated, actually or constructively, within two years following a
change of control of the Company, the executive officers will be entitled to
certain payments and benefits under agreements with the Company. Under the
terms of these agreements, the Chief Executive Officer will be entitled to
three times his average annual compensation and the other executive officers
will be entitled to two times their average annual compensation, plus certain
benefits for a period of three years for the Chief Executive Officer and two
years for the other executive officers. The agreement with the Chief Executive
Officer also provides for reimbursement to him for the tax effects of certain
payments and the transfer to him of a split dollar life insurance policy
maintained by the Company on his life. Under the terms of the 1994 Equity
Compensation Plan approved by the
shareholders, outstanding stock options will become immediately exercisable,
accrued dividend equivalents will become immediately payable and the
restrictions on restricted stock grants shall immediately lapse upon certain
change of control events.
Compensation of Directors
Directors who are full-time employees of the Company do not receive a
retainer or fees for service on the Board of Directors or Committees of the
Board. Members of the Board of Directors who are not full-time employees of
the Company or any of its subsidiaries ("Non-employee Directors") receive an
annual retainer fee of $12,000, plus an annual grant of 875 shares of the
Company's Common Stock. Directors also receive a fee of $1,000 for attendance
at each meeting of the Board of Directors of the Company, including Committee
meetings. In addition, each Committee Chairman who is a Non-employee Director
receives an annual retainer fee of $2,500. All directors are reimbursed for
reasonable expenses incurred in connection with attendance at Board or
Committee meetings. Directors are eligible to defer part or all of their fees
under the Company's Director Deferral Plan. Amounts deferred accrue interest
at the prime interest rate plus 0.5% or may be deemed invested in the
Company's Common Stock at a 5% discount. Amounts deferred are not funded. In
2001, Mr. Glanton deferred $10,250 of his fees, which accrued earnings of
$1,162 in 2001.
Richard H. Glanton, a director, is a partner in the law firm of Reed Smith,
LLP, which firm has provided legal services to the Company in 2001.
Total fees for the 2001 fiscal year from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the
Company's current independent accountants, were $359,315 for audit fees and
$144,255 for all other non-audit services, including tax services. There were
no fees billed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP during 2001 for financial system
design and implementation services.
Representatives of PricewaterhouseCoopers are expected to be present at the
meeting and will be available to respond to appropriate questions.
SHAREHOLDER SUGGESTIONS AND PROPOSALS FOR 2003 ANNUAL MEETING
Consideration of certain matters is required at the Annual Meeting of
Shareholders, such as the election of directors. In addition, pursuant to
applicable regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, shareholders
may present resolutions, which are proper subjects for inclusion in the proxy
statement and for consideration at the Annual Meeting, by submitting their
proposals to the Company on a timely basis. In order to be included for the
2003 Annual Meeting, resolutions must be received by December 9, 2002.
The Company receives many shareholder suggestions which are not in the form
of resolutions. All are given careful consideration. We welcome and encourage
your comments and suggestions. Your correspondence should be addressed as
Roy H. Stahl
Philadelphia Suburban Corporation
762 W. Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
The Company will provide without charge, upon written request, a copy of the
Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2001. Please direct your requests to
Roy H. Stahl, Secretary, Philadelphia Suburban Corporation, 762 W. Lancaster
Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.
COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION 16(a) OF THE EXCHANGE ACT
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Act") requires
the Company's officers and directors, and persons who own more than 10% of a
registered class of the Company's equity securities (a 10% Shareholder), to
file reports of ownership and changes in ownership with the Securities and
Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Officers, directors and 10% Shareholders are
required by the SEC regulations to furnish the Company with copies of all
Section 16(a) forms they file.
Based solely on its review of the copies of such forms received by it, or a
written representation from certain reporting persons that no Form 5's were
required for those persons, the Company believes that, during the period
January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001, all filing requirements applicable
to its officers and directors have been complied with the exception of a Form
4 with respect to the exercise of stock options by Mr. Stahl that was filed
The Board of Directors is not aware of any other matters which may come
before the meeting. However, if any further business should properly come
before the meeting, the persons named in the enclosed proxy will vote upon
such business in accordance with their judgment.
By Order of the Board of Directors,
ROY H. STAHL
April 8, 2002
Enclosed are materials relating to Philadelphia Suburban Corporation's 2002
Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The Notice of the Meeting and Proxy Statement
describe the formal business to be transacted at the meeting.
Your vote is important to us. Please complete, sign and return the attached
proxy card in the accompanying postage-paid envelope, or vote electronically
through the Internet by following the instructions set out on the proxy card,
whether or not you expect to attend the meeting.
Chairman & President
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PHILADELPHIA SUBURBAN CORPORATION
Proxy for Annual Meeting of Shareholders, May 16, 2002
The undersigned hereby appoints David P. Smeltzer, Roy H. Stahl and Mark J.
Kropilak, or a majority of them or any of one of them acting singly in the
absence of the others, with full power of substitutions, the proxy or proxies of
the undersigned, or attend the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Philadelphia
Suburban Corporation, to be held at the Springfield Country Club, 400 West
Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064, at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, May 16, 2002 and
any adjournments thereof, and, with all powers and undersigned would possess, if
present, to vote all shares of Common Stock of the undersigned in Philadelphia
Suburban Corporation, including any shares held in the Dividend Reinvestment
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Nicholas DeBenedictis ................. $546,260 10
Morrison Coulter ...................... $214,168 41
Roy H. Stahl .......................... $233,327 20
Richard R. Riegler .................... $210,461 32
David P. Smeltzer ..................... $167,410 15
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