Buffett’s Takeover Gives Lubrizol Chief $97 Million Payout
Hambrick, 56, may receive cash payments of about $73 million on his stock options and about $24 million on his so- called performance-share units, Lubrizol said in a March 25 regulatory filing. Hambrick, who also serves as chairman, accepted the $135-a-share acquisition from Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) this month.
Buffett, 80, called Hambrick “a talented CEO” and said he plans to leave the manager in charge after Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire completes the purchase. The takeover price was 28 percent higher than Lubrizol’s stock on the last trading day before the deal was announced March 14. Lubrizol closed at $32.60 on April 26, 2004, the day Hambrick was promoted to CEO.
“Lubrizol’s board has supported and approved the change- in-control agreements that it deemed necessary and appropriate in attracting and retaining top talent,” the company said today in a statement. “These agreements, if they are triggered in connection with the merger agreement with Berkshire Hathaway, will be honored.”
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