2017 Radford Performance-Based Equity Study - US Software

Explore the current state of performance shares in the US software market


With the adoption of performance-based stock awards in long-term incentive plans continually increasing among technology companies, more and more organzations continue to seek out ways to make these programs more effective. However, performance-based equity programs are not static and there has been substantial changes in practices over time. 

To that end, this study examines how performance share plan design has shifted as prevalence has grown among 50 leading US public software companies.

The cost to purchase this study is $750.

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What's covered in this study?

The 2017 Radford Performance-Based Equity Report for US Software Companies explores the current state of performance shares in the US software market, including prevalence and equity mix, plan design and the alignment of pay with performance. Full contents include: 

Section 1: Introduction

  • About this Study

Section 2: Prevalence of Performance-Based Equity Plans
& Equity Mix

  • More Companies Adopt Performance-Based Equity Plans
  • Performance Shares Account for Larger Portion of Equity Vehicle Mix
  • Value Delivered for Different Equity Vehicles

Section 3: Plan Design

  • Operating vs. Market Metrics
  • Minimum and Maximum Payout Thresholds
  • Length of Performance-Based Equity Periods

Section 4: Alignment of Pay to Performance

  • Measuring the Effectiveness of TSR-Based Plans

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Who participated in the study?

The US Software Edition of this study includes data from 50 companies, including: 

  • Activision Blizzard
  • Adobe Systems
  • Akamai Technologies
  • Alphabet
  • Altaba
  • Angie’s List
  • Aspen Technology
  • Autodesk.
  • Bankrate
  • Barracuda Networks
  • Blucora
  • Bottomline Technologies (de)
  • BroadSoft
  • CA
  • Cadence Design Systems
  • CDK Global
  • Citrix Systems
  • Cornerstone OnDemand
  • eBay
  • Electronic Arts
  • Ellie Mae
  • Facebook
  • Fiserv
  • Gigamon
  • GrubHub
  • Guidewire Software
  • HubSpot
  • IAC/InterActiveCorp
  • Imperva
  • Intuit
  • Liquidity Services
  • LogMein
  • Microsoft 
  • NIC
  • Nuance Communications
  • Oracle 
  • Progress Software Corporation
  • Proofpoint
  • Red Hat
  • RingCentral
  • Salesforce.com
  • Shutterstock
  • Silver Spring Networks
  • Stamps.com
  • Symantec
  • Synchronoss Technologies
  • Synopsys
  • Twitter
  • VMware
  • Zendesk

Report Pricing

The 2017 Radford Performance-Based Equity Study - US Software Companies Edition can be purchased via credit card for $750.