Lakshmi Mittal's salary, perks in 2013 declines 38% at $2.29 mn

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Mar 3 2014, 02:30am hrs
Lakshmi MittalLakshmi Mittal's salary,perks in 2013 declines 38% at $2.29 mn
Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO of world's largest steel-maker ArcelorMittal and one of the richest Indians, took a 38 per cent cut in his salary and perks last year amid his firm reporting second consecutive loss in two years.

As per the annual report of ArcelorMittal for 2013, Mittal was paid USD 2.29 million as salary and perks last year, down 38.29 per cent, from 2012's USD 3.71 million. His base salary declined marginally by 0.57 per cent to USD 1.76 million, while his short term performance related pay went down by over

72 per cent to USD 0.53 million.

However, Mittal was allotted 1,50,576 long term performance share units (PSUs), a jump of 20 times than that of last year's 7,500 PSUs.

Interestingly, pay cheques of all Board members, other than Mittal, rose in 2013 despite the poor performance of the company. This includes Mittal's daughter Vanisha Mittal

Bhatia, who got nearly 7 per cent hike in her compensation at

USD 1,84,000.

The report, however, did not mention compensation given to Mittal's son and company's CFO Aditya Mittal as he is not a

Board member.

In 2013, ArcelorMittal had posted a net loss of USD 2.545

billion. The loss, though lower than 2012's USD 3.352 billion

net loss, was due to poor market conditions, which was largely

witnessed during the first half of the year.

This had led to company's operating profit (EBITDA) and

sales declining by 10 per cent and 5.67 per cent,

respectively. The company has also kept the dividend for 2014

unchanged at USD 0.20 per share.

Lakshmi Mittal, along with his wife Usha Mittal holds 39.39 per cent stake in ArcelorMittal. He is also highest paid among the Board members of ArcelorMittal, the report showed. All the 10 Board members of the company, other than Mittal, are non-executive directors. Of them, eight are independent directors.

In 2013, Mittal's pay cheque was way ahead of the second

best paid Lewis B Kaden, the lead independent director, who

received 6.87 per cent hike in compensation at USD 2,80,000.

Narayanan Vaghul, former chairman of ICICI Bank and an

independent director of ArcelorMittal, was the third highest

paid board member with a compensation of USD 2,33,000.

Cost cutting by the company was also evident on total

salary and wages paid in 2013 to its 2,32,000 workforce, which declined by 3.29 per cent to USD 9.89 billion.