Lincoln Financial Giving Stock to Employees After High Earnings

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By Kristen Ricaurte Knebel

Lincoln Financial Group is giving certain employees a one-time stock grant following a “record-setting” 2017, a move that will result in 100 percent of employees owning company stock, the company announced Feb. 28.

All “non-officer” level full- and part-time employees will be offered a one-time grant of 20 shares of company stock, a company spokesman told Bloomberg Law. This offer is partially because of high earnings in 2017. Those earnings include annuity sales of $6.7 billion, an increase of 8 percent from 2016, and net flows of $1.3 billion for retirement plan services, up 137 percent from 2016, according to Lincoln’s fourth quarter and year-end earnings.

The grant is being made available to about 92 percent of Lincoln’s employees. The remaining 8 percent are “primarily officer level employees who already receive equity as part of their compensation,” the spokesman said.

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