What are Enterprise Management Incentive options and Long-Term Incentive Plans?

Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) options and Long-Term Incentive Plans (LTIPs) are two types of employee compensation plans that companies use to incentivise their employees and align their interests with those of the company.


In this article, we will explore the differences between these two plans and how they can benefit both companies and employees.


EMI Options

EMI options are tax-advantaged options that allow employees to purchase shares in the company they work for at a discounted price. For companies, EMI options can be a useful way to attract and retain talented employees. By offering the opportunity to own a stake in the company, businesses can align the interests of their employees with the success of the business. These options are designed to incentivise employees to work towards increasing the value of the company, as the value of their options will increase in tandem with the company’s success. EMI options are typically granted to key employees, such as senior executives or top-performing staff, and can be an effective way to align their interests with those of the company.

One of the key benefits of EMI options is that they can be tax-efficient for employees.


LTIPs are another type of share-based incentive scheme, but they differ from EMI options in several ways. Firstly, LTIPs are typically granted to a broader range of employees, rather than just senior executives or top performers. This can help to create a sense of shared ownership and alignment amongst all employees, not just the highest earners.

Another key difference between LTIPs and EMI options is the vesting period. LTIPs typically have longer vesting periods than EMI options, which can range from three to five years or longer. This means that employees may have to wait several years before they are able to exercise their options and acquire shares in the company.

The benefits of LTIPs for employees are similar to those of EMI options, in that they provide a direct financial incentive for employees to work towards the long-term success of the company. However, the longer vesting period can also encourage employees to stay with the company for the long-term, as they have a vested interest in seeing the company succeed.

Benefits for Companies

Both EMI options and LTIPs can provide significant benefits for companies as well as employees. By aligning employee interests with those of the company, these schemes can help to improve employee retention rates, boost productivity and performance, and create a more engaged and committed workforce.

Additionally, these schemes can be a cost-effective way to incentivise employees, particularly compared to other forms of employee compensation, such as bonuses or salary increases. This can be particularly important for companies operating in competitive industries where it can be difficult to attract and retain top talent.

In conclusion, EMI options and LTIPs are two powerful tools that companies can use to incentivise and align their employees with the long-term success of the company. Whilst there are some key differences between these schemes, both can provide significant benefits for both employees and companies.

If you are considering implementing an EMI or LTIP scheme in your company, please contact 0121 233 4333 or email Gareth O’Hara, Senior Partner and Head of Corporate on [email protected] or Kiran Munawar, Solicitor on [email protected] to ensure that you are making the most of these valuable incentives.

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