Members of the Board of Management of E.ON SE and certain executives of the E.ON Group receive share-based payment as part of their voluntary long-term variable compensation. Share-based payment can only be granted if the qualified executive owns a certain minimum number of shares of E.ON stock, which must be held until maturity or full exercise. The purpose of such compensation is to reward their contribution to E.ON’s growth and to further the long-term success of the Company. This variable compensation component, comprising a long-term incentive effect along with a certain element of risk, provides for a sensible linking of the interests of shareholders and management.
The following document, an abstract of the 2011 Annual Report, includes a report on the E.ON SE, Düsseldorf, Germany (prior to November 15, 2012: E.ON AG) Stock Appreciation Rights plan, which ended in 2005, and on the E.ON Share Performance Plan, which was introduced in 2006 and modified in 2010 and 2011 for subsequent tranches.