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Apple’s Tim Cook collects his biggest-ever bonus

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook collected his biggest-ever annual bonus for fiscal 2018 after the iPhone maker posted record revenue and profit, and its market value temporarily eclipsed US$1-trillion.

Cook received a $12-million bonus for the year ended 29 September, the Cupertino, California-based company said on Tuesday in a filing. He also got a $3-million salary and shares worth $121-million from his 10-year stock award, bringing his total haul to $136-million, along with perks of about $682 000. The bonus was linked to revenue and operating income targets, both of which rose 16% from a year earlier.

Repeating that feat may be challenging. Last week, Apple disclosed lower-than-anticipated demand for iPhones in China and elsewhere, and cut its revenue forecast for the first time in almost two decades. The announcement punished the stock, which has tumbled 12% since then.

Four other Apple executives got bonuses of $4-million, bringing their total pay to about $26.5-million each, including salary and stock awards. Part of the equity is linked to stock-return goals, while the remainder vests as long as the person remains on the job.

The bulk of Cook’s pay comes from the big stock award he received in 2011, when he succeeded Steve Jobs as CEO. It pays out in annual increments. The number of shares he receives partially depends on the performance of Apple’s stock compared to other S&P 500 companies. In August, Cook collected 560 000 shares because Apple outperformed more than two-thirds of the firms over three years.

Apple shares returned 49% in its last fiscal year, including reinvested dividends, almost triple the S&P.

Details about what the company paid chief design officer Jony Ive, considered by some to be the firm’s most important employee, weren’t disclosed.  — Reported by Anders Melin, with assistance from Mark Gurman, (c) 2019 Bloomberg LP

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