Investment bankers at Barclays have been grumbling about their lack of compensation for well over a year. It likely came as a frustration then to see their boss, investment banking head Rich Ricci, celebrating a massive financial windfall this week along with other top executives.
Ricci cashed in 5.7 million shares worth more than $26.6 million, the bank announced on Wednesday. The awards are not new; they are deferred shares related to performance bonuses awarded from 2009 to 2011, after the financial crisis hit. Chief executive Antony Jenkins, who’s newer to Barclays, received 1.8 million shares valued at roughly $8.5 million. He sold roughly half the stock to pay the tax liability.
In total, nine top Barclays executives were paid around $61 million in bonuses, despite the fact that the bank is cutting staff – particularly in the investment banking division – and clawing back hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses from bankers with ties to the Libor rate-fixing scandal. Barclays has also recently overhauled its pay practices, but the rules don’t affect the vesting of previously awarded bonuses.
The news is likely a sore spot for Barclays’ U.S. investment bankers, who helped carry other regions with strong revenue numbers in 2012 but who felt they were disrespected come bonus time. When asked for comment regarding Ricci’s pay package, one U.S. banker responded via text with a derisive message that’s not printable.
Barclays fired roughly 5% of its poorer-performing U.S. investment bankers days before bonuses were announced, then later announced plans to cut 3,700 jobs globally, with roughly half of the cuts affecting the firm’s corporate and investment banking divisions.
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