Synaptics Inc. has a market cap of $976.6 million; its shares were traded at around $28.83 with a P/E ratio of 22.7 and P/S ratio of 2.1. Synaptics Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 24.6% over the past 10 years.SYNA is in the portfolios of John Hussman of Hussman Economtrics Advisors, Inc., David Dreman of Dreman Value Management, Richard Perry of Perry Capital, Richard Perry of Perry Capital, Kenneth Fisher of Fisher Asset Management, LLC, John Buckingham of Al Frank Asset Management, Inc., Bruce Kovner of Caxton Associates, Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors.
Highlight of Business Operations:The aggregate market value of Common Stock held by nonaffiliates of the registrant (28,377,263 shares), based on the closing price of the registrants Common Stock as reported on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on December 26, 2008 of $14.66, was $416,010,676. For purposes of this computation, all officers, directors, and 10% beneficial owners of the registrant are deemed to be affiliates. Such determination should not be deemed to be an admission that such officers, directors, or 10% beneficial owners are, in fact, affiliates of the registrant.
The three most determinative factors in our executive compensation program are compensation levels at comparable companies, individual performance, and company performance. The most important component of competitive compensation levels is compensation levels at Northern California-based high-technology companies with revenue between $200 million and $1.0 billion, which we consider comparable companies; the most important component of company performance is operating profit; and the most important component of individual performance is achieving individual goals that are set at the beginning of each year but vary from year to year and position by position, but generally include financial and operating performance, product success, timely product delivery, forecasting accuracy, customer satisfaction, cost reduction, leadership, team building, and employee retention. The Compensation Committee has discretion in determining compensation matters.
We take into account the tax effect of our compensation. Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code currently limits the deductibility for federal income tax purposes of compensation in excess of $1.0 million paid to each of any publicly held corporations chief executive officer and three other most highly compensated executive officers (excluding the chief financial officer). We may deduct certain types of compensation paid to any of these individuals only to the extent that such compensation during any fiscal year does not exceed $1.0 million. Qualifying performance-based compensation is not subject to the deduction limits if certain requirements are met.
In connection with our fiscal 2009 incentive compensation program, we reviewed the Executive Radford Benchmark Survey, a leading international compensation survey covering more than a thousand high-tech companies. We benchmarked our compensation levels with Northern California-based high-growth technology companies with revenue of between $200 million and $1.0 billion. We believe that this group of companies represents our primary competition for attracting and retaining our executives. Examples of such companies included in the Executive Radford Benchmark Survey are Akamai Technologies, Avocent, Cymer, Epicor Software, F5 Network, Mattson Technology, MKS Instruments, Novatel Wireless, Opnext, Red Hat, Silicon Image, Silicon Laboratories, SIRF Technology Holdings, Super Micro Computer, and TriQuint Semiconductor.
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