SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 6, 2023
EQUITY LIFESTYLE PROPERTIES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
|(Commission File No.)||(IRS Employer Identification Number)|
|Two North Riverside Plaza||Chicago,||Illinois||60606|
|(Address of Principal Executive Offices)||(Zip Code)|
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
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|Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:|
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock, $0.01 Par Value||ELS||New York Stock Exchange|
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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers;
Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
(e) 2023 Executive Bonus Plan
On February 6, 2023, the Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (the “Compensation Committee”) of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (referred to herein as “we,” “us,” and “our”) approved the Executive Bonus Plan for 2023 (the “Plan”). Under the Plan, the bonus potential is based on the achievement of certain performance targets. The bonus potential under the Plan is as follows:
|Marguerite Nader||President and Chief Executive Officer||290% of annual salary|
|Paul Seavey||Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer||220% of annual salary|
|Patrick Waite||Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer||220% of annual salary|
|David Eldersveld||Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary||220% of annual salary|
Under the Plan, payment of 70% of the bonus potential is contingent upon the achievement of certain operational targets, including goals related to core community base rental income, core resort base rental income, site and member optimization, core net operating income and expense control, and working capital. The Compensation Committee will have discretion at the end of 2023 to determine an appropriate award based on an evaluation of each of the established goals. Payment of the remaining 30% of the bonus potential is at the discretion of the Compensation Committee based on its assessment of various strategic initiatives, in each case, established for the executive officer team, as a whole, including the discretion to apportion the aggregate discretionary bonus amount amongst the eligible executives. The amount paid to each executive officer is subject to the discretion of the Compensation Committee. In addition, if the executive officers exceed by specified amounts certain operational targets relating to Normalized FFO, core community base rental income and core resort base rental income, the total bonus potential may be increased by up to an additional $563,416, which would be shared amongst the eligible executive officers. Bonus payments will be made in cash and will be paid subsequent to the year ending December 31, 2023, after finalization of our results of operations and upon review and approval by the Compensation Committee.
Item 8.01 Other Events
On February 7, 2023, the Board declared a first quarter 2023 dividend of $0.4475 per common share, representing, on an annualized basis, a dividend of $1.79 per common share. The dividend will be paid on April 14, 2023 to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 31, 2023.
This Report includes certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used, words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “believe,” “project,” “intend,” “may be” and “will be” and similar words or phrases, or the negative thereof, unless the context requires otherwise, are intended to identify forward-looking statements and may include, without limitation, information regarding our expectations, goals or intentions regarding the future, and the expected effect of our acquisitions. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to:
•our ability to control costs and real estate market conditions, our ability to retain customers, the actual use of sites by customers and our success in acquiring new customers at our properties (including those that we may acquire);
•our ability to maintain historical or increase future rental rates and occupancy with respect to properties currently owned or that we may acquire;
•our ability to attract and retain customers entering, renewing and upgrading membership subscriptions;
•our assumptions about rental and home sales markets;
•our ability to manage counterparty risk;
•our ability to renew our insurance policies at existing rates and on consistent terms;
•home sales results could be impacted by the ability of potential homebuyers to sell their existing residences as well as by financial, credit and capital markets volatility;
•results from home sales and occupancy will continue to be impacted by local economic conditions, including an adequate supply of homes at reasonable costs, lack of affordable manufactured home financing and competition from alternative housing options including site-built single-family housing;
•impact of government intervention to stabilize site-built single-family housing and not manufactured housing;
•effective integration of recent acquisitions and our estimates regarding the future performance of recent acquisitions;
•the completion of future transactions in their entirety, if any, and timing and effective integration with respect thereto;
•unanticipated costs or unforeseen liabilities associated with recent acquisitions;
•the effect of Hurricane Ian on our business including, but not limited to the following: (i) the timing and cost of recovery, (ii) the impact of the condition of properties and homes on occupancy demand and related rent revenue and (iii) the timing and amount of insurance proceeds;
•our ability to obtain financing or refinance existing debt on favorable terms or at all;
•the effect of inflation and interest rates;
•the effect from any breach of our, or any of our vendors’, data management systems;
•the dilutive effects of issuing additional securities;
•the outcome of pending or future lawsuits or actions brought by or against us, including those disclosed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission; and
•other risks indicated from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
In addition, these forward-looking statements are subject to risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of which are unknown, including the duration of the pandemic, the extent of the adverse health impact on the general population and on our residents, customers, and employees in particular, its impact on the employment rate and the economy, the extent and impact of governmental responses, and the impact of operational changes we have implemented and may implement in response to the pandemic.
For further information on these and other factors that could impact us and the statements contained herein, refer to our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the “Risk Factors” section in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
These forward-looking statements are based on management's present expectations and beliefs about future events. As with any projection or forecast, these statements are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. We are under no obligation to, and expressly disclaim any obligation to, update or alter our forward-looking statements whether as a result of such changes, new information, subsequent events or otherwise.
We are a fully integrated owner of lifestyle-oriented properties and own or have an interest in 448 properties located predominantly in the United States consisting of 170,965 sites as of January 30, 2023. We are a self-administered, self-managed, real estate investment trust with headquarters in Chicago.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
|EQUITY LIFESTYLE PROPERTIES, INC.|
|Date: February 9, 2023||By: /s/ Paul Seavey|
|Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer|