Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Stock Based Compensation

Stock Based Compensation
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2020
Share-based Payment Arrangement [Abstract]  

WashREIT maintains short-term (“STIP”) and long-term (“LTIP”) incentive plans that allow for stock based awards to officers and non-officer employees. Stock based awards are provided to officers and non-officer employees, as well as trustees, under the Washington Real Estate Investment Trust 2016 Omnibus Incentive Plan which allows for awards in the form of restricted shares, restricted share units, options and other awards up to an aggregate of 2,400,000 shares over the ten-year period in which the plan will be in effect. Restricted share units are converted into shares of our stock upon full vesting through the issuance of new shares.

On February 14, 2020, the board of trustees adopted an Amended and Restated Executive Officer Short-Term Incentive Plan (the “Officer STIP”) and an Amended and Restated Executive Officer Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “Officer LTIP”). Upon adoption by the board of trustees, both plans became effective for the performance periods beginning January 1, 2020.

Officer LTIP

Under the Officer LTIP, as revised, all named executive officers will have the opportunity to receive awards based on (i) the achievement of performance measures, which will be established for each performance period, and (ii) continued employment with the Company. The aggregate weighting for the performance measures and the time-based measures, as determined by the Compensation Committee, will total 100%. The performance measures will consist of one or more shareholder return measures and one or more strategic measures. The awards earned under the Officer LTIP, if any, are payable in our common shares of beneficial interest. Each participant’s total award under the Officer LTIP with respect to a performance period will be stated as a percentage of the participant’s annual base salary determined as of the beginning of that performance period, which percentage will depend upon the participant’s position and the degree of achievement of threshold, target, and high performance goals for the performance period which, except as otherwise determined by the Compensation Committee, will be as set forth in the table below:

President and Chief Executive Officer
Executive Vice President
Senior Vice President

Any time-based awards under the Officer LTIP will be subject to a three-year vesting schedule, with any award vesting in one-third increments on each December 15 of the applicable performance period if the participant remains employed by the Company on each of such dates. The Officer LTIP provides that following a performance period, 100% of any performance-based award will vest immediately upon grant.

Each year, the Compensation Committee will establish the threshold, target and high performance goals for each performance measures. Upon or following completion of a performance period, the degree of achievement of each performance measures will be determined by the Compensation Committee in its discretion.

If a Change in Control (as defined in the Officer LTIP) occurs during a performance period while the participant is employed, the Officer LTIP provides that all time-based awards which are unvested will become vested, and the participant will receive a pro-rated portion of the shareholder return measure-based awards and the strategic measure-based awards will be calculated at target.

Total Compensation Expense

Total compensation expense recognized in the consolidated financial statements for all outstanding share based awards was $1.8 million and $2.8 million for the 2020 Quarter and 2019 Quarter, respectively.

Restricted Share Awards

The total fair values of restricted share awards vested was $0.4 million and $1.3 million for the 2020 Quarter and 2019 Quarter, respectively.

The total unvested restricted share awards at March 31, 2020 was 503,600 shares, which had a weighted average grant date fair value of $29.99 per share. As of March 31, 2020, the total compensation cost related to unvested restricted share awards was $11.9 million, which we expect to recognize over a weighted average period of 27 months.