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December 9, 2005
Dear Fellow Stockholder:
On behalf of the Board of Directors and management of Home Federal Bancorp, Inc., we cordially invite you to attend the Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m., local time, on January 23, 2006 at The Nampa Civic Center, Home Federal Room, 311 3rd Street South, Nampa, Idaho.
The matters expected to be acted upon at the meeting are described in the attached proxy statement. In addition, we will report on our progress during the past year, and address your questions and comments.
We encourage you to attend the meeting in person. Whether or not you plan to attend, please read the enclosed proxy statement and then complete, sign and date the enclosed proxy card and return it in the accompanying postpaid return envelope as promptly as possible. This will save us the additional expense of soliciting proxies and will ensure that your shares are represented at the annual meeting.
Your Board of Directors and management are committed to the continued success of Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. and the enhancement of your investment. As President, I want to express my appreciation for your confidence and support.
/s/ Daniel L. Stevens
Daniel L. Stevens
HOME FEDERAL BANCORP, INC.
500 12TH AVENUE SOUTH
NAMPA, IDAHO 83651
Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of stockholders of Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. will be held at The Nampa Civic Center, Home Federal Room, 311 3rd Street South, Nampa, Idaho, on January 23, 2006 at 3:00 p.m., local time. A proxy card and a proxy statement for the annual meeting are enclosed.
The annual meeting is for the purpose of considering and voting on the following proposals:
Proposal 1. Election of three directors of Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. for three-year terms; and
Proposal 2. Ratification of the appointment of Moss Adams LLP as Home Federal Bancorp, Inc.'s
independent auditors for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006.
Stockholders also will transact such other business as may properly come before the annual meeting, or any adjournment or postponement thereof. As of the date of this notice, we are not aware of any other business to come before the annual meeting.
The Board of Directors has fixed the close of business on November 29, 2005 as the record date for the
annual meeting. This means that stockholders of record at the close of business on that date are entitled to receive
notice of and to vote at the meeting and any adjournment thereof. To ensure that your shares are represented at
the meeting, please take the time to vote by signing, dating and mailing the enclosed proxy card which is
solicited on behalf of the Board of Directors. The proxy will not be used if you attend and vote at the annual
meeting in person. Regardless of the number of shares you own, your vote is very important. Please act today.
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
/s/ T. Blake Burgess
T. Blake Burgess
December 9, 2005
The Board of Directors of Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. is using this proxy statement to solicit proxies from our stockholders for use at the annual meeting of stockholders. We are first mailing this proxy statement and the enclosed form of proxy to our stockholders on or about December 9, 2005.
The information provided in this proxy statement relates to Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Home Federal Bank. Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. may also be referred to as "Home Federal" or the "Company." References to "we," "us" and "our" refer to Home Federal and, as the context requires, Home Federal Bank.
Time and Place of the Annual Meeting
Our annual meeting will be held as follows:
Date: Monday, January 23, 2006
Time: 3:00 p.m., local time
Place: Nampa Civic Center, Home Federal Room, 311 3rd Street South, Nampa, Idaho
Matters to Be Considered at the Annual Meeting
At the meeting, you will be asked to consider and vote upon the following proposals:
Proposal 1. Election of three directors of Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. for three-year terms; and
Proposal 2. Ratification of the appointment of Moss Adams LLP as our independent auditors for the
fiscal year ending September 30, 2006.
You also will transact any other business that may properly come before the annual meeting. As of the date of this proxy statement, we are not aware of any other business to be presented for consideration at the annual meeting other than the matters described in this proxy statement.
Who is Entitled to Vote?
We have fixed the close of business on November 29, 2005 as the record date for stockholders entitled to notice of and to vote at our annual meeting. Only holders of record of Home Federal's common stock on that date are entitled to notice of and to vote at the annual meeting. You are entitled to one vote for each share of Home Federal common stock you own. On November 29, 2005, there were 15,152,114 shares of Home Federal common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the annual meeting.
What if My Shares Are Held in "Street Name" by a Broker?
If you are the beneficial owner of shares held in "street name" by a broker, your broker, as the record holder of the shares, is required to vote the shares in accordance with your instructions. If you do not give instructions to your broker, your broker may nevertheless vote the shares with respect to discretionary items, but will not be permitted to vote
your shares with respect to non-discretionary items, pursuant to current industry practice. In the case of non-discretionary items, the shares not voted will be treated as "broker non-votes." The proposals to elect directors and ratify auditors described in this proxy statement are considered discretionary items under the rules of The Nasdaq Stock Market.
How Will My Shares of Common Stock Held in the Employee Stock Ownership Plan Be Voted?
We maintain an employee stock ownership plan ("ESOP") which owns 3.28% of Home Federal's common stock. Employees of Home Federal and Home Federal Bank participate in the ESOP. Each ESOP participant may instruct the trustee of the plan how to vote the shares of Home Federal common stock allocated to his or her account under the ESOP by completing the voting instruction card distributed by the ESOP trustee. If an ESOP participant properly executes the voting instruction card, the ESOP trustee will vote the participant's shares in accordance with the participant's instructions. Unallocated shares of Home Federal common stock held by the ESOP will be voted by trustee in the same proportion as shares for which the trustee has received voting instructions. Allocated shares for which proper voting instructions are not received will be voted by the trustee as directed by the ESOP administrator.
How Many Shares Must Be Present to Hold the Meeting?
A quorum must be present at the meeting for any business to be conducted. The presence at the meeting, in person or by proxy, of at least a majority of the shares of Home Federal common stock entitled to vote at the annual meeting as of the record date will constitute a quorum. Proxies received but marked as abstentions or broker non-votes will be included in the calculation of the number of shares considered to be present at the meeting.
What if a Quorum Is Not Present at the Meeting?
If a quorum is not present at the scheduled time of the meeting, a majority of the stockholders present or represented by proxy may adjourn the meeting until a quorum is present. The time and place of the adjourned meeting will be announced at the time the adjournment is taken, and no other notice will be given unless the adjourned meeting is set to be held after February 22, 2006. An adjournment will have no effect on the business that may be conducted at the meeting.
Vote Required to Approve Proposal 1: Election of Directors
Directors are elected by a plurality of the votes cast, in person or by proxy, at the annual meeting by holders of Home Federal common stock. Pursuant to our charter, stockholders are not permitted to cumulate their votes for the election of directors. Votes may be cast for or withheld from each nominee. Our Board of Directors unanimously recommends that you vote "FOR" the election of each of management's director nominees.
Vote Required to Approve Proposal 2: Ratification of the Appointment of Our Independent Auditors
Ratification of the appointment of Moss Adams LLP as our independent auditors for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006 requires the affirmative vote of the majority of shares cast, in person or by proxy, at the annual meeting by holders of Home Federal common stock. Our Board of Directors unanimously recommends that you vote "FOR" the proposal to ratify the appointment of Moss Adams LLP as our independent auditors for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006.
How Do I Vote at the Annual Meeting?
Proxies are solicited to provide all stockholders of record on the voting record date an opportunity to vote on matters scheduled for the annual meeting and described in these materials. Shares of Home Federal common stock can only be voted if the stockholder is present in person or by proxy at the annual meeting. To ensure your representation at the annual meeting, we recommend you vote by proxy even if you plan to attend the annual meeting. You can always change your vote at the meeting if you are a stockholder of record.
Voting instructions are included on your proxy card. Shares of Home Federal common stock represented by properly executed proxies will be voted by the individuals named on the proxy card in accordance with the stockholder's instructions. Where properly executed proxies are returned to us with no specific instruction as how to vote at the annual meeting, the persons named in the proxy will vote the shares "FOR" the election of each of management's director nominees and "FOR" ratification of the appointment of Moss Adams LLP as our independent auditors for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006. If any other matters are properly presented at the annual meeting for action, the persons named in the enclosed proxy and acting thereunder will have the discretion to vote on these matters in accordance with their best judgment. We do not currently expect that any other matters will be properly presented for action at the annual meeting.
You may receive more than one proxy card depending on how your shares are held. For example, you may hold some of your shares individually, some jointly with your spouse and some in trust for your children. In this case, you will receive three separate proxy cards to vote.
May I Revoke My Proxy?
You may revoke your proxy before it is voted by:
* submitting a new proxy with a later date;
* notifying the Secretary of Home Federal in writing before the annual meeting that you have
your proxy; or
* voting in person at the annual meeting.
If you plan to attend the annual meeting and wish to vote in person, we will give you a ballot at the annual meeting. However, if your shares are held in "street name," you must bring a validly executed proxy from the nominee indicating that you have the right to vote your shares.
The following table sets forth, as of November 29, 2005, the voting record date, information regarding share ownership of:
* those persons or entities (or groups of affiliated person or entities) known by management to
beneficially own more than five percent of Home Federal's common stock other than directors and
* each director and director nominee of Home Federal;
* each executive officer of Home Federal or Home Federal Bank named in the Summary
Table appearing under "Executive Compensation" below (known as "named executive officers"); and
* all current directors and executive officers of Home Federal and Home Federal Bank as a group.
Persons and groups who beneficially own in excess of five percent of Home Federal's common stock are required to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), and provide a copy to Home Federal, reports disclosing their ownership pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. To our knowledge, no other person or entity, other than the one set forth below, beneficially owned more than five percent of the outstanding shares of Home Federal's common stock as of the close of business on the voting record date.
Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the rules and regulations of the SEC. In accordance with Rule 13d-3 of the Securities Exchange Act, a person is deemed to be the beneficial owner of any shares of common stock if he or she has voting and/or investment power with respect to those shares. Therefore, the table below includes shares owned by spouses, other immediate family members in trust, shares held in retirement accounts or funds for the benefit of the named individuals, and other forms of ownership, over which shares the persons named in the table may possess voting and/or investment power. In addition, in computing the number of shares beneficially owned by a person and the percentage ownership of that person, shares of common stock subject to outstanding options that are currently exercisable or exercisable within 60 days after the voting record date are included in the number of shares beneficially owned by the person and are deemed outstanding for the purpose of calculating the person's percentage ownership. These shares, however, are not deemed outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of any other person.
The address of each of the beneficial owners is the same address as Home Federal. As of the voting record date, there were 15,152,114 shares of Home Federal common stock outstanding.
||Number of Shares
|Percent of Common
|Beneficial Owners of More Than 5% Other
than Directors and Named Executive Officers
|Home Federal MHC||8,979,246||59.04%|
|Daniel L. Stevens(1)||122,573||*|
|N. Charles Hedemark||36,924||*|
|Fred H. Helpenstell, M.D.||41,924||*|
|Thomas W. Malson||36,924||*|
|Richard J. Navarro||1,000||*|
|James R. Stamey||21,924||*|
|Robert A. Tinstman||36,924||*|
|Named Executive Officers|
|Robert A. Schoelkoph||52,861||*|
|Roger D. Eisenbarth||43,817||*|
|Lynn A. Sander||37,913||*|
|Directors and Executive Officers of Home Federal
and Home Federal Bank as a group (12 persons)
Our Board of Directors consists of seven members and is divided into three classes. Approximately one-third of the directors are elected annually to serve for a three-year period or until their respective successors are elected and qualified. A majority of the Board of Directors is comprised of independent directors, in accordance with the requirements for companies quoted on The Nasdaq Stock Market. The Board of Directors has determined that all of the members of the Board of Directors are independent, except for Mr. Stevens, who serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Home Federal and Home Federal Bank.
On September 8, 2005, Director Richard J. Schrandt announced that he would retire from the Board of Directors effective October 31, 2005. The Nominating Committee conducted a search for a qualified candidate to fill the vacancy created by Director Schrandt's retirement. On October 24, 2005, the Board of Directors, at the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, approved the appointment of Richard J. Navarro effective November 1, 2005 to serve the remainder of Director Schrandt's term and to stand for election at the annual meeting.
The table below sets forth information regarding each director of Home Federal and each nominee for director, including his age, position and term of office. The Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors selects nominees for election as directors. All of our nominees currently serve as Home Federal directors. Each nominee has consented to being named in this proxy statement and has agreed to serve if elected. If a nominee is unable to stand for election, the Board of Directors may either reduce the number of directors to be elected or select a substitute nominee. If a substitute nominee is selected, the proxy holders will vote your shares for the substitute nominee, unless you have withheld authority. At this time, we are not aware of any reason why a nominee might be unable to serve if elected.
The Board of Directors recommends you vote "FOR" the election of Messrs. Helpenstell, Navarro and Stevens each for a three-year term.
||Position(s) Held with Home Federal
and Home Federal Bank
|Fred H. Helpenstell, M.D.||74||Director||1991||2009(2)|
|Richard J. Navarro||53||Director||2005||2009(2)|
|Daniel L. Stevens||62||Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer||1996||2009(2)|
|Directors Continuing in Office|
|James R. Stamey||62||Director||2001||2007|
|Robert A. Tinstman||59||Director||1999||2007|
|N. Charles Hedemark||63||Director||1983||2008|
|Thomas W. Malson||75||Director||1986||2008|
Set forth below is the principal occupation of each nominee for director and each director continuing in office. All nominees and directors have held their present positions for at least five years unless otherwise indicated.
Fred H. Helpenstell, M.D. is a retired physician. Dr. Helpenstell earned his Bachelors Degree in chemistry and zoology from Grinnell College, Iowa and his medical degree from the University of Illinois Medical School. After becoming an orthopedic surgeon, he opened a practice in Idaho. He served on the Idaho State Board of Medical Examiners from 1968 to 1975 and was President of the Board of Directors of Mercy Medical Center in Nampa. After
volunteering his orthopedic skills in Nepal, he spent seven years as chair of the Nepal Program for Health Volunteers Overseas. Dr. Helpenstell is a director of Terry Reilly Health Services, the Boise Philharmonic Association and the Boise Philharmonic Foundation.
Richard J. Navarro is a Certified Public Accountant and consultant providing financial management services to various businesses since 2003. Mr. Navarro previously worked for Albertson's, Inc., one of the world's largest food and drug retailers, for 28 years and held several management positions including Senior Vice President and Controller from 1999 to 2003. Mr. Navarro currently serves on the Board of Directors of TitleOne Corporation and the Boise State University Foundation. He is also the past Chairman of the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho. Mr. Navarro is a graduate of Boise State University and the Executive Financial Management Program at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.
Daniel L. Stevens is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and Home Federal Bank, positions he has held since joining Home Federal Bank in 1995. Mr. Stevens became a director in 1996 and has served as Chairman of the Board since 2001. He has been in the financial services industry for over 30 years and has served as a senior officer or chief executive officer for four other mutual and stock thrifts during his career. He is past Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank ("FHLB") of Seattle. He served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Financial Operations Committee of the FHLB of Seattle. Mr. Stevens was a director of the FHLB of Seattle from 1996 until 2004. He is a director of America's Community Bankers and serves on America's Community Bankers FHLB System Committee and chairs the America's Community Bankers Credit Union Committee. He is an immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and serves as a director and treasurer for the Idaho Bankers Association, and the Midwest Conference of Community Bankers. He is a director of the Boise State University Foundation, and past Chairman of the United Way of Treasure Valley and the Nampa Neighborhood Housing Services Board of Directors.
James R. Stamey is a retired banker, having been employed by U.S. Bank from 1985 until 2001, where he last served as President of U.S. Bank, Idaho and Executive Vice President and Manager of Corporate Banking of the Intermountain Region. Mr. Stamey is President of the Library Foundation. He also served as President of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry and served on the Board of Directors for the Boise Philharmonic, the Idaho Bankers Association and the Boise Rotary Club.
Robert A. Tinstman is the Executive Chairman of the James Construction Group, LLC, a construction company. From May 1999 until May 2002, he was a Consultant for Tinstman and Associates. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Morrison-Knudsen Company from 1995 until February 1999, where he had been employed since May 1974. Mr. Tinstman is also a director of IDACORP, Inc. and CNA Surety Corporation.
N. Charles Hedemark retired as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Intermountain Gas Company, a natural gas utility company, in July 2005, where he was employed since 1965. Mr. Hedemark is a graduate of Albertson College of Idaho and the Executive Program at Stanford University. He is a director and past Chairman of Blue Cross of Idaho. Mr. Hedemark is also a director of the Capitol City Development Corporation, the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Ada County, and past President of the Northwest Gas Association.
Thomas W. Malson has been the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Robertson Supply, Inc., a wholesale pipe distributor, located in Nampa, Idaho since 1959.
The Boards of Directors of Home Federal and Home Federal Bank conduct their business through meetings of the Boards and through their committees. Both Boards generally meet on a monthly basis, holding additional special
meetings as needed. During the year ended September 30, 2005, the Board of Directors of Home Federal held 12 regular meetings, and the Board of Directors of Home Federal Bank held 12 regular meetings and one special meeting. No director of Home Federal or Home Federal Bank attended fewer than 75% of the total meetings of the Boards and committees on which that person served during this period.
Committees and Committee Charters
The Board of Directors of Home Federal has standing Audit, Loan, Compensation, and Nominating Committees. The Board has adopted written charters for its Audit and Nominating Committees. You may obtain a copy of these documents free of charge by writing to: T. Blake Burgess, Secretary, Home Federal Bancorp, Inc., 500 12th Avenue South, Nampa, Idaho 83651, or by calling (208) 466-4634. Our Audit Committee and Nominating Committee charters were attached to last year's proxy statement as Appendices A and B, respectively, and are also available on our website at www.myhomefed.com.
The Audit Committee consists of Directors Tinstman (Chairman), Hedemark, Navarro and Stamey. The Committee meets quarterly and on an as needed basis to evaluate the effectiveness of Home Federal's internal controls for safeguarding its assets and ensuring the integrity of the financial reporting. The Committee also appoints the independent auditors and reviews the audit report prepared by the independent auditors. The Audit Committee met eight times during the year ended September 30, 2005.
Each member of the Audit Committee is "independent" in accordance with the requirements for companies quoted on The Nasdaq Stock Market. Prior to his retirement on October 31, 2005, Director Schrandt had been designated by the Board of Directors as the "audit committee financial expert," as defined by the SEC. Director Navarro, who was appointed by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors to fill Director Schrandt's vacancy, has been designated by the Board of Directors as the "audit committee financial expert," as defined by the SEC. Director Navarro is a certified public accountant and was Senior Vice President and Controller of Albertson's, Inc. from 1999 to 2003.
The Nominating Committee consists of Directors Stamey (Chairman), Tinstman, Hedemark and Malson. The Nominating Committee and its Chair are appointed annually by the Board of Directors. Members of the Committee are selected from the pool of directors who are not up for election during the appointment year. The Nominating Committee meets annually and on an as needed basis, and is responsible for selecting qualified individuals to fill expiring director's terms and openings on the Board of Directors. Final approval of director nominees is determined by the full Board, based on the recommendations of the Nominating Committee. This Committee met once during the year ended September 30, 2005 and met on November 15, 2005 to determine the nominees for election at the annual meeting. Nominating Committee members receive no additional fees for serving on the Committee.
In its deliberations for selecting candidates for nominees as director, the Nominating Committee considers the candidate's knowledge of the banking business and involvement in community, business and civic affairs, and also considers whether the candidate would provide for adequate representation of Home Federal Bank's market area. Any director nominated by the Committee must be highly qualified with regard to some or all the attributes listed in the preceding sentence. In searching for qualified director candidates to fill vacancies on the Board, the Committee solicits its current Board of Directors for names of potentially qualified candidates. Additionally, the Committee may request that members of the Board of Directors pursue their own business contacts for the names of potentially qualified candidates. The Committee would then consider the potential pool of director candidates, select the top candidate based on the candidates' qualifications and the Board's needs, and conduct an investigation of the proposed candidate's background to ensure there is no past history that would cause the candidate not to be qualified to serve as a director of Home Federal. The Committee will consider director candidates recommended by the Company's stockholders. If a stockholder has submitted a proposed nominee, the Committee would consider the proposed nominee, along with any
other proposed nominees recommended by members of the Board of Directors, in the same manner in which the Committee would evaluate its nominees for director. For a description of the proper procedure for stockholder nominations, see "Stockholder Proposals" in this proxy statement.
The Compensation Committee is comprised of Directors Hedemark (Chairman), Helpenstell and Malson. The Compensation Committee meets annually and on an as needed basis regarding the personnel, compensation and benefits related matters of Home Federal.
The Committee also meets, outside of the presence of Mr. Stevens, to discuss his compensation and make its recommendation to the full Board, which then votes on Mr. Stevens' compensation. Mr. Stevens makes recommendations to the Compensation Committee regarding the compensation of all other executive officers. The Committee considers the recommendations of Mr. Stevens and makes its recommendation to the full Board, which then votes on executive compensation. Mr. Stevens only votes in case of a tie. This Committee met six times during the year ended September 30, 2005.Corporate Governance
The Board of Directors has adopted a written Code of Ethics that applies to our directors, officers and employees. You may obtain a copy of the Code of Ethics free of charge by writing to: T. Blake Burgess, Secretary, Home Federal Bancorp, Inc., 500 12th Avenue South, Nampa, Idaho 83651, or by calling (208) 466-4634. In addition, our Code of Ethics was filed with the SEC as Exhibit 14 to the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2004 and is available on our website at www.myhomefed.com.
The Board of Directors maintains a process for stockholders to communicate with the Board of Directors. Stockholders wishing to communicate with the Board of Directors should send any communication to Daniel L. Stevens, Chairman of the Board, Home Federal Bancorp, Inc., 500 12th Avenue South, Nampa, Idaho 83651. Any such communication should state the number of shares beneficially owned by the stockholder making the communication.
We do not have a policy regarding Board member attendance at annual meetings of stockholders. All of
the members of the Board of Directors attended the 2004 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
Directors of Home Federal are currently not compensated, but serve and are compensated by Home Federal Bank. Board members receive an annual retainer of $15,000 and $750 for each Board meeting attended and $250 for each committee meeting attended ($300 for the chair of each committee). It is not anticipated that separate directors' fees will be paid to directors of Home Federal until such time as these persons devote significant time to the separate management of Home Federal's affairs, which is not expected to occur until we become actively engaged in additional businesses other than holding the stock of Home Federal Bank. We may determine that such compensation is appropriate in the future.
Deferred Incentive Plan. Home Federal Bank maintains a nonqualified deferred incentive plan for directors, which was amended effective October 21, 2005. The plan was amended to include the directors' deferrals of the annual retainer in the death benefit. All members of the Board of Directors participate in the plan. The plan provides an incentive award percentage determined by reference to Home Federal Bank's return on assets and return on equity for
the year. Each year, the percentage is determined and multiplied by the participant's directors' fees for the year. The resulting amount is set aside in an unfunded deferral account for that participant. Participants may also elect to defer all or a part of their directors' fees into the deferral account under the plan. The deferral accounts are credited annually with an earnings percentage equal to Home Federal Bank's return on equity percentage for the year. Upon the participant's termination of service, the value of the participant's combined deferral accounts will begin to be paid. Hardship distributions are permitted. The plan also provides a death benefit equal to the director deferrals and interest credit on such amounts plus the greater of the value of the participant's deferral accounts, or a fixed death benefit ranging from $38,000 to $231,000, as set forth in the particular participant's agreement. All benefits are paid over 120 months, and during that period, the deferral account is adjusted for interest. For the year ended September 30, 2005, $225,000 was credited to the deferral accounts of all of the participants, with each participant being allocated the amount required under the plan.
Director Retirement Plan. Home Federal adopted a director retirement plan, effective October 1, 2004 that replaces the Director Indexed Retirement Plan and the Split Dollar Death Benefits. The plan is an unfunded nonqualified retirement plan for directors. All members of the Board of Directors participate in the plan. A director is entitled to a stated annual benefit of $500 for each completed year of service for a period of 15 years upon separation from service. In the event the director dies after separation from service, but before receiving the full 15 years of annual benefits, the remaining payments shall be paid to his or her beneficiaries. For the year ended September 30, 2005, $149,000 was credited to the accounts of all the participants, with each participant being allocated the amount required under the plan.
Split Dollar Death Benefits. Home Federal Bank has also entered into life insurance split dollar agreements with each of the members of the Board of Directors, except for Director Malson, whereby their beneficiaries will receive certain death benefits if the director should die while a member of the Board. Home Federal Bank has purchased life insurance policies for each participant in order to provide the benefit, and it pays all premiums due on the policies. Home Federal Bank is entitled to an amount equal to the greater of the cash value of the insurance policies or the aggregate premiums paid by it less any outstanding indebtedness to the insurer. These agreements were terminated effective October 1, 2004.
Stock Benefit Plans. Pursuant to the Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. 2005 Stock Option and Incentive Plan, which was approved by stockholders at last year's annual meeting, 22,357 stock options were granted to each of Home Federal's directors on July 19, 2005. The options were granted at an exercise price of $12.20 and vest pro rata over a five year period following the July 19, 2005 grant date with the first 20% installment vesting on July 19, 2006. For information concerning the stock options granted to the President and Chief Executive Officer and the four other most highly compensated executive officers who received total annual salary and bonus in excess of $100,000, also known as "named executive officers," see "Executive Compensation -- Summary Compensation Table" below.
Home Federal awarded restricted shares of its common stock to directors on October 3, 2005 under the Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. 2005 Recognition and Retention Plan, which was approved by stockholders at last year's annual meeting. The plan provides for the award of Home Federal common stock in the form of restricted stock to directors, officers and key employees. Dividends are paid on such awards if and when declared and paid by Home Federal on the common stock.
Each director of Home Federal received 11,924 restricted shares of Home Federal common stock under the Recognition and Retention Plan, which shares had a value on the award date of $151,435. The restricted shares vest pro rata over a five year period following the October 3, 2005 award date, with the first 20% installment vesting on October 3, 2006. For information concerning the restricted shares awarded to the President and Chief Executive Officer and the four other most highly compensated executive officers who received total annual salary and bonus in excess of $100,000, also known as "named executive officers," see "Executive Compensation -- Summary Compensation Table" below.
The following table sets forth a summary of certain information concerning the compensation paid by
Home Federal Bank, including amounts deferred to future periods by the officers, for services rendered in all
capacities during the year ended September 30, 2005 to the President and Chief Executive Officer and the four other
most highly compensated executive officers who received total annual salary and bonus in excess of $100,000, also
known as "named executive officers."
|Name and Principal Position
|Daniel L. Stevens||2005||$226,000||$113,000||$946,442||163,950||$236,070|
|Chairman of the Board, President and||2004||205,008||51,252||--||--||184,714|
|Chief Executive Officer of Home||2003||184,008||118,780||--||--||172,160|
|Federal and Home Federal Bank|
|Robert A. Schoelkoph||2005||113,400||45,360||378,574||74,523||69,448|
|Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer||2004||108,080||21,600||--||--||56,374|
|of Home Federal and Senior Vice||2003||100,011||64,559||--||--||55,061|
|President and Chief Financial|
|Officer of Home Federal Bank|
|Roger D. Eisenbarth||2005||109,200||43,680||302,857||59,618||90,865|
|Senior Vice President and Chief Credit||2004||104,004||20,801||--||--||74,475|
|Officer of Home Federal Bank||2003||96,000||61,970||--||--||71,464|
|Lynn A. Sander||2005||104,790||41,916||302,857||59,618||41,277|
|Senior Vice President of Retail||2004||99,604||20,801||--||--||33,415|
|Banking of Home Federal Bank||2003||88,082||56,858||--||--||22,884|
|Senior Vice President of Operations||2004||90,000||18,000||--||--||16,266|
|and Information Technology of||2003||68,005||34,848||--||--||3,400|
|Home Federal Bank|
(footnotes continued on following page)
(5) For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2005, includes the following amounts for Messrs. Stevens, Schoelkoph and
Eisenbarth and Ms. Sander and Ms. Wardwell, respectively: compensation credited under deferred incentive
agreement of $93,400, $28,997, $36,910, $13,791 and $6,940; accruals under salary continuation agreements of $132,140,
$31,482, $45,405, $19,727 and $9,810; employer matching contributions to 401(k) savings plan of $6,531, $4,970, $4,550,
$3,758 and $4,167; and employer contributions for welfare benefits of $4,000, $4,000, $4,000, $4,000 and $4,000.
Option Grants in Last Fiscal Year
The following table sets forth information concerning the grant of stock options to the Chief Executive Officer and the named executive officers during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2005.
||Potential Realizable Value
at Assumed Annual Rates
of Stock Price Appreciation
for Option Term (2)
|Daniel L. Stevens||163,950||36.67%||$12.20||7/19/15||$1,257,497||$3,187,188|
|Robert A. Schoelkoph||74,523||16.67||12.20||7/19/15||571,591||1,448,727|
|Roger D. Eisenbarth||59,618||13.33||12.20||7/19/15||457,270||1,158,974|
|Lynn A. Sander||59,618||13.33||12.20||7/19/15||457,270||1,158,974|
|(1)||The reported option grants vest at the rate of 20% per annum. Options will become immediately exercisable in the event of a change in control of Home Federal.|
|(2)||The potential values set forth under these columns result from calculations required by the SEC's rules and are not intended to forecast future price appreciation of Home Federal's common stock. It is important to note that options have value to the listed executives only if the stock price increases above the exercise price shown in the table during the effective option period. In order for the listed executives to realize the potential values set forth in the 5% and 10% columns in the table, the price per share of the common stock would need to be approximately $19.87 and $31.64, respectively, as of the expiration of the options.|
Option Exercise/Value Table
The following information with respect to options exercised during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2005, and remaining unexercised at the end of the fiscal year, is presented for the Chief Executive Officer and the named executive officers.
at Fiscal Year End(#)
|Value of Unexercised|
at Fiscal Year End($)(1)
|Daniel L. Stevens||--||$ --||--||163,950||$ --||$81,975|
|Robert A. Schoelkoph||--||--||--||74,523||--||37,262|
|Roger D. Eisenbarth||--||--||--||59,618||--||29,809|
|Lynn A. Sander||--||--||--||59,618||--||29,809|
Employment Agreements and Other Compensatory Arrangements
Employment Agreements for Chief Executive Officer. Home Federal and Home Federal Bank have entered into separate three-year employment agreements with Daniel L. Stevens. Under the employment agreements, the aggregate base salary level for Mr. Stevens is $235,000, which may be increased at the discretion of the Board of Directors or an authorized committee of the Board. On each anniversary of the initial date of the employment agreements, the term of the agreements will be extended for an additional year unless notice is given by the Board to Mr. Stevens at least 90 days prior to the anniversary date. The agreements may be terminated by Home Federal or Home Federal Bank, as appropriate, at any time, by Mr. Stevens if he is assigned duties inconsistent with his initial position, duties and responsibilities, or upon the occurrence of certain events. If Mr. Stevens' employment is terminated without cause or upon his voluntary termination following the occurrence of an event described in the preceding sentence, Home Federal or Home Federal Bank, as appropriate, would be required to honor the terms of the agreement through the expiration of the then current term, including payment of cash compensation and continuation of employee benefits.
The employment agreements also provide for a severance payment and other benefits if Mr. Stevens is involuntarily terminated within 12 months following a change in control of Home Federal. The agreements authorize severance payments on a similar basis if Mr. Stevens voluntarily terminates his employment following a change in control because he is assigned duties inconsistent with his position, duties and responsibilities immediately prior to the change in control. The agreements define the term "change in control" in the same manner as described above under "Directors' Compensation."
The maximum value of the severance benefits under Mr. Stevens' employment agreements is 2.99 times his average annual compensation during the five-year period prior to the effective date of the change in control (known as the base amount). The employment agreements provide that the value of the maximum benefit be distributed in the form of a lump sum cash payment equal to 2.99 times Mr. Stevens' base amount, and continued coverage under the health, life and disability programs of Home Federal and Home Federal Bank for a 36-month period following the change in control, the total value of which does not exceed 2.99 times his base amount. Assuming that a change in control had occurred at September 30, 2005 and that Mr. Stevens elected to receive a lump sum cash payment, he would be entitled to a payment of approximately $605,000. Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code provides that severance payments (either separately or in conjunction with other payments made on account of a change in control) that equal or exceed three times an individual's base amount will result in the individual receiving "excess parachute payments" if the payments are conditioned upon a change in control. Individuals receiving parachute payments in excess of 2.99 times of their base amount are subject to a 20% excise tax on the amount by which the value of the individual's change in control benefits exceed one times the individual's base amount (the excess parachute payment). If excess parachute payments are made, Home Federal and Home Federal Bank would not be entitled to deduct the amount of these excess payments. The employment agreements provide that severance and other payments that are subject to a change in control will be reduced as much as necessary to ensure that no amounts payable to Mr. Stevens will be considered excess parachute payments.
Severance Agreements for Executive Officers. Home Federal Bank has entered into three-year change in control severance agreements with each of Robert A. Schoelkoph, Roger D. Eisenbarth, Lynn A. Sander and Karen Wardwell. On each anniversary of the initial date of the severance agreements, the term of each agreement may be extended for an additional year at the discretion of the Board or an authorized committee of the Board. The severance agreements also provide for a severance payment and other benefits if the executive is involuntarily terminated after a change in control of Home Federal. Each agreement also authorizes severance payments if the executive voluntarily terminates employment following a change in control because of being assigned duties inconsistent with the executive's position, duties, responsibilities and status immediately prior to the change in control. The agreement defines the term "change in control" in the same manner as described above under "Directors' Compensation." The severance benefit is equal to 2.99 times the executive's average annual compensation during the five-year period prior to the effective date of the change in control (known as the base amount). This amount will be paid to the executive in a cash lump sum within 25 days after the later of the date of the change in control or the date of the executive's termination. Home Federal Bank also will continue to pay, for the remaining term of the executive's agreement, the life, health and disability coverage of the executive and his/her eligible dependents. Assuming that a change in control had occurred at September 30, 2005
and that each executive elected to receive a lump sum cash payment, Messrs. Schoelkoph and Eisenbarth and Ms. Sander and Ms. Wardwell would be entitled to payments of approximately $318,000, $306,000, $290,000 and $247,000, respectively. Plan benefits are reduced to the extent necessary to avoid the payment of an excise tax under Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code.
Deferred Incentive Plan for Executive Officers. Home Federal Bank maintains an unfunded nonqualified deferred incentive plan for designated executive employees. Participation in the plan is at the discretion of the Board of Directors. The plan provides an incentive award percentage determined by reference to Home Federal Bank's return on assets and return on equity for the year. Each year, the percentage is determined and multiplied by the participant's base salary for the year. The resulting amount is set aside in an unfunded deferral account for that participant. The deferral account is credited annually with an earnings percentage equal to the percentage increase in Home Federal Bank's net worth over the year. Upon the participant's termination of employment after the participant's normal retirement date or disability, or an involuntary termination within 24 months following a change in control of Home Federal, the value of the participant's deferred account will begin to be paid. The agreement defines the term "change in control" in the same manner as described above under "Directors' Compensation." Upon the participant's termination of employment after the participant's early retirement date, the value of the participant's deferral account, reduced to reflect the early commencement of benefits, and further reduced by ten percent for each year of service less than ten, will begin to be paid. Upon the participant's termination of employment prior to the participant's early retirement date, the value of the participant's deferral account, reduced by ten percent for each year of service less than ten, will be paid beginning on the participant's normal retirement date. Hardship distributions are permitted. A death benefit also is provided under the plan equal to the greater of the value of the participant's deferral account, or $683,000, $613,000, $490,000, $707,000 and $707,000 for Messrs. Stevens, Schoelkoph and Eisenbarth and Ms. Sander and Ms. Wardwell, respectively. All benefits are paid over 180 months, and during that period, the deferral account is adjusted for interest. Benefits are reduced to the extent necessary to avoid the payment of an excise tax under Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code.
Salary Continuation Plan for Executive Officers. Home Federal Bank maintains an unfunded nonqualified deferred compensation plan for designated executive employees. Participation in the plan is at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Under the plan, if the participant makes the required contributions, then upon the participant's normal retirement date (age 65), the plan will pay a monthly benefit equal to 50% of the average of the participant's final 36 months of base salary (the final salary benefit), plus the participant's deferral account balance. The participant's deferral account balance is the sum of the participant's elective deferrals plus interest credited at prime minus one percent. The plan provides a reduced monthly benefit if the participant terminates employment as a result of early retirement (before age 65). The early retirement benefit is the participant's vested accrual balance plus the deferral account balance as defined above. Vesting occurs at a rate of ten percent per plan year. The plan also provides a disability benefit, which is the same as the early retirement benefit except that the benefit is fully vested. There is also a change in control benefit (if the participant is involuntarily terminated within 24 months following the change in control) equal to (1) the participant's accrual balance determined as of the end of the month preceding the change in control, (2) the participant's deferral account balance as defined above and (3) 2.99 times the participant's base annual salary as of the change in control. Plan benefits are reduced to the extent necessary to avoid the payment of an excise tax under Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code. The agreement defines the term "change in control" in the same manner as described above under "Directors' Compensation." In the event of the participant's death, the participant's beneficiary would receive the sum of the participant's projected benefit and the participant's deferral account balance as defined above. The participant's projected account is the final salary benefit the participant would have received had the participant attained age 65, assuming a 4% annual increase in the participant's base salary. The final salary benefit paid in connection with a participant's normal retirement will be paid in monthly payments over 180 months and other payments based on accrual balances will be paid over 180 months, with interest credited on unpaid amounts at 7.5% per year. Final salary benefits begin upon the participant's termination of service after the participant's normal retirement date, death or disability. Final salary benefits paid on account of early retirement begin upon the participant's attainment of age 65. The participant's deferral account balance will be paid in a lump sum within 90 days of the participant's termination of employment. Under the agreements, Messrs. Stevens, Schoelkoph and Eisenbarth and Ms. Sander and Ms. Wardwell would receive monthly benefits of approximately $10,200, $7,300, $5,500, $7,000 and $7,000, respectively, upon retirement or after attaining the normal retirement age.
The following Report of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors shall not be deemed to be soliciting material or to be incorporated by reference by any general statement incorporating by reference this proxy statement into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Securities Exchange Act, except to the extent Home Federal specifically incorporates this report therein, and shall not otherwise be deemed filed under these Acts.
The Audit Committee reports as follows with respect to Home Federal's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2005:
* The Audit Committee has completed its review and discussion with management of Home Federal's fiscal 2005
audited financial statements;
* The Audit Committee has discussed with Moss Adams LLP, Home Federal's independent
auditors, the matters
required to be discussed by Statement on Auditing Standards ("SAS") No. 61, Communication with Audit
Committees, as amended by SAS No. 90, Audit Committee Communications, including matters related to the
conduct of the audit of Home Federal's financial statements;
* The Audit Committee has received written disclosures, as required by Independence Standards
No. 1, Independence Discussions with Audit Committee, indicating all relationships, if any, between the
independent auditor and its related entities and Home Federal and its related entities which, in the auditors'
professional judgment, reasonably may be thought to bear on the auditors' independence, and the letter from the
independent auditors confirming that, in its professional judgment, it is independent from Home Federal and its
related entities, and has discussed with the auditors the auditors' independence from Home Federal; and
* The Audit Committee has, based on its review of Home Federal's 2005 audited financial
discussions with management and the independent auditors, recommended to the Board of Directors that Home
Federal's audited financial statements for the year ended September 30, 2005 be included in the Annual Report on
Audit Committee: Robert A. Tinstman (Chairman)
N. Charles Hedemark
Richard J. Navarro
James R. Stamey
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in any of Home Federal's previous filings under the Securities Act or the Securities Exchange Act that might incorporate future filings, including this proxy statement, in whole or in part, the following Report of the Compensation Committee shall not be incorporated by reference into any such filings.
Report of the Compensation Committee
Under rules established by the SEC, Home Federal is required to provide certain data and information in regard to the compensation and benefits provided to the Chief Executive Officer and other executive officers of Home Federal and Home Federal Bank. The disclosure requirements for the Chief Executive Officer and other executive officers include the use of tables and a report explaining the rationale and considerations that led to the fundamental executive compensation decisions affecting those individuals.
The Compensation Committee administers all policies that govern executive compensation for Home Federal, and is responsible for evaluating the performance of the Chief Executive Officer while the Chief Executive Officer evaluates the performance of other senior officers and makes recommendations to the Compensation Committee regarding their compensation levels. Home Federal's executive compensation policies are intended to retain and attract key executives who are vital to Home Federal's success by providing a compensation package that is competitive in the financial industry and motivational to each executive.
In making its recommendations, the Compensation Committee considers numerous factors, including the past service of the employee, the present and potential contributions of the employee to Home Federal's success, and those other factors the Committee deems relevant, including the employee's years of service and position with Home Federal or Home Federal Bank. In addition the Committee, in its discretion, may review compensation reports prepared by third parties of companies and banks that are of a similar size and in a similar location in order to make its recommendations. The Committee does not apply a formula assigning specific weights to any of these factors when making its determination.
Currently, the compensation for executive officers consists principally of a base salary and cash incentive. In addition, Home Federal maintains a 401(k) savings plan for all qualifying employees and provides opportunities for employee ownership of Home Federal's common stock through participation in the ESOP. Home Federal and Home Federal Bank have also entered into employment agreements with the Chief Executive Officer and severance agreements with the executive officers, and maintain a deferred incentive plan and a salary continuation plan on their behalf.
In determining the compensation to be paid to the Company's executive officers in 2005, the Compensation Committee employed compensation policies designed to align executive officer compensation with the Company's overall business strategy, values, and performance. These policies are intended to reward executives for long-term strategic management and the enhancement of shareholder value and to support a performance-oriented environment that rewards achievement of company goals.
The Company's compensation program for executive officers currently includes the following: (1) a base salary structure that reflects the responsibilities relating to the individual's position and individual performance, (2) an annual incentive plan which closely aligns compensation with the Company's financial performance, (3) restricted shares of stock and stock options granted through the Company's recognition and stock option plans, and (4) executive benefits including a salary continuation plan and a deferred compensation plan. The Committee believes this approach best serves the interest of stockholders by ensuring that executive officers are compensated and retained in a manner that advances both the short- and long-term interests of stockholders.
Particularly for the 2005 compensation review, the Committee engaged the services of a compensation consultant (Clark Consulting, Inc.) to assist the Compensation Committee. The consultant prepared a detailed analysis and competitive compensation review of the top executive officers of the Company. This analysis included a study of base compensation levels, as well as short-term and long-term incentive opportunities and actual awards and payments made. The consultant developed a proxy peer analysis, which included 24 financial services organizations of similar size and financial scope. The findings from the study show that Home Federal Bank is paying base salaries slightly below market, while the annual incentive payouts moved total cash closer to the market median. Equity awards brought the total compensation package above market for the top four executives; however, a significant portion of the equity was a one time grant designed as a reward for achieving key milestones including becoming a publicly traded financial institution.
Base Salary. The Board of Directors approves an annual base salary for all senior officers and executive officers, based upon recommendations from the Compensation Committee. Annual base salaries are generally effective October 1st of each year. Factors considered in setting base salaries include the executive's performance, the overall performance of Home Federal and Home Federal Bank, and compensation levels in the financial industry, among other factors.
Annual Incentive. Home Federal Bank maintains a discretionary incentive plan for employees. The incentive award percentage is determined by reference to its net income before taxes. Each year, the percentage is determined and multiplied by the participant's base salary for the year. Awards are paid as soon as practicable following the end of the performance period. Under the plan and for the year ended September 30, 2005, Chief Executive Officer Daniel L. Stevens received $113,000, and the remaining employees received 11.55% of the Home Federal Bank's net income, distributed based on the ratio of each employee's salary to total employees' salaries.
401(k) Savings Plan and Trust. The Company maintains a tax-qualified 401(k) savings plan for the benefit of employees with one year of service who have attained age 21. Home Federal's annual discretionary contribution historically has been 5% of the employee's first 10% contribution.
Long-Term Incentive Compensation. Long-term incentive compensation is provided primarily in the form of restricted stock and stock option grants awarded under the Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. 2005 Stock Option and Incentive Plan and the Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. 2005 Recognition and Retention Plan, respectively. The purpose of long-term incentive compensation is to promote the long-term interest of the Company and its stockholders by providing a means for attracting and retaining directors and employees of the Company, to align the interests of directors and employees with the interests of stockholders, and to provide an incentive to directors and employees to improve the long-term performance of the Company.
The initial grants of stock options and restricted stock were made in July 2005 and October 2005, respectively, consistent with the adoption of the stock option plan and recognition plan by the Company's stockholders in June 2005. In determining the initial grants, the Compensation Committee considered the stock option and restricted stock award practices of recently completed mutual savings institutions to stock savings institution conversions. The size of the individual grants of stock options and restricted stock to directors and employees was based upon the respective individual's role and position within the Company, his or her past performance and contributions to the Company, and an evaluation of competitive market data. The Compensation Committee granted a total of 581,278 stock options that were distributed as follows; 23.1% to non-employee directors, 28.2% to the Chief Executive Officer, and 48.7% to other executive officers. In addition, a total of 253,380 shares of the Company's common stock were awarded under the recognition plan, distributed as follows: 28.2% to non-employee directors, 29.4% to the Chief Executive Officer, and 42.4% to other executive officers. The stock options and restricted stock awarded both vest over a five-year period from the date of the award or grant.
Executive Officer Compensation. During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2005, the base salary of the Company's Chief Executive Officer, Daniel L. Stevens, was $226,000. In addition, he received an incentive bonus of $113,000 and was credited with $236,070 in other compensation as set forth in the Summary Compensation Table above. This resulted in total compensation of $575,070, which represents a 30.4% increase from the previous year. The Board of Directors believes that Mr. Stevens' compensation is appropriate based on Home Federal's compensation policy, consideration of salaries for similar positions in the financial industry and Home Federal Bank's performance during the fiscal year.
Compensation Committee: N. Charles Hedemark (Chair)
Fred H. Helpenstell, M.D.
Thomas W. Malson
Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation
With the exception of Daniel L. Stevens, who serves as an ex-officio member of the Compensation Committee, no members of the Compensation Committee were officers or employees of the Company or any of its subsidiaries during the year ended September 30, 2005, were formerly Company officers or had any relationships otherwise requiring disclosure.
Performance Graph. The following graph compares the cumulative total stockholder return on the Company's common stock with the cumulative total return on the Russell 2000 Index and the SNL Thrift MHCs Index, a peer group index. The graph assumes that total return includes the reinvestment of all dividends, and that the value of the investment in Home Federal's common stock and each index was $100 on December 7, 2004, the initial day of trading for Home Federal's common stock. The initial offering price for Home Federal's common stock was $10.00 per share, and is the base amount used in the graph. The closing price of Home Federal's common stock on December 7, 2004, its initial day of trading, was $12.49.
|Home Federal Bancorp, Inc.||$100.00||$100.48||$ 97.28||$ 99.95||$102.54|
|Russell 2000 Index||100.00||104.31||98.74||103.00||107.84|
|SNL Thrift MHCs Index||100.00||99.35||96.77||99.38||99.54|
*Source SNL Financial LC, Charlottesville, VA
The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors has appointed Moss Adams LLP as the independent public accounting firm to audit Home Federal's financial statements for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006. Moss Adams LLP served as Home Federal's independent auditors for the fiscal year ended September 30. 2005. In making its determination to appoint Moss Adams LLP as the independent auditors for the 2006 fiscal year, the Audit Committee considered whether the providing of services (and the aggregate fees billed for those services) by Moss Adams LLP, other than audit services, is compatible with maintaining the independence of the independent auditors. You are asked
to ratify this appointment at the annual meeting. If the appointment of Moss Adams LLP is not ratified by our stockholders, the Audit Committee may appoint other independent auditors or may decide to maintain its appointment of Moss Adams LLP.
The Audit Committee operates under a written charter adopted by the Board of Directors. In fulfilling its oversight responsibility of reviewing the services performed by Home Federal's independent auditors, the Committee carefully reviews the policies and procedures for the engagement of the independent auditors. The Audit Committee also discussed with Moss Adams LLP the overall scope and plans for the audit, and the results of its audit. The Committee also reviewed and discussed with Moss Adams LLP the fees paid, as described below.
A representative of Moss Adams LLP is expected to attend the meeting to respond to appropriate questions and will have an opportunity to make a statement if he or she so desires.
The Board of Directors of the Company unanimously recommends that you vote "FOR" the ratification of the appointment of Moss Adams LLP as independent auditors for the Company for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006.
The following table sets forth the aggregate fees billed to Home Federal and Home Federal Bank by Moss Adams LLP for professional services rendered for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2005 and 2004.
|Audit Fees||$ 85,000||$ 68,121|
|All Other Fees||--||--|
The Audit Committee pre-approves all audit and permissible non-audit services to be provided by the independent auditors and the estimated fees for these services. All of the services provided by Moss Adams LLP after the date of Home Federal's registration with the SEC described above were approved by the Audit Committee. Services provided prior to the date of registration did not require pre-approval.
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act requires our directors and executive officers, and persons who own more than 10% of Home Federal's common stock to report their initial ownership of the common stock and any subsequent changes in that ownership to the SEC. Specific due dates for these reports have been established by the SEC and we are required to disclose in this proxy statement any late filings or failures to file.
Home Federal became a public company on December 6, 2004, upon completion of its minority stock offering in connection with the mutual holding company reorganization of Home Federal Bank. Based solely on its review of the copies of such forms we have received and written representations provided to us by the above referenced persons, we believe that, during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2005, all filing requirements applicable to our reporting
officers, directors and greater than 10% stockholders were properly and timely complied with, except for two filings of a Form 4, Statement of Change in Beneficial Ownership of Securities, by Ms. Lynn A. Sander, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking of Home Federal Bank, and Denis J. Trom, Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Ms. Sander inadvertently failed to file a Form 4 within the required two day period for transactions on December 21, 2004 and January 6, 2005, which were subsequently reported on a Form 4 filed on March 22, 2005. Mr. Trom inadvertently failed to file a Form 4 within the required two day period for a transaction on July 8, 2005, which was subsequently filed on September 7, 2005.
We have followed a policy of granting loans to our officers and directors, which fully complies with all applicable federal regulations. Loans to directors and executive officers are made in the ordinary course of business and on the same terms and conditions as those of comparable transactions with non-insider employees prevailing at the time, in accordance with our underwriting guidelines, and do not involve more than the normal risk of collectibility or present other unfavorable features. However, employees, directors and officers receive a preferred rate on six-month and one-year adjustable rate mortgages, and on certain types of consumer loans.
All loans we make to our directors and executive officers are subject to federal regulations restricting loans and other transactions with affiliated persons of Home Federal. Loans and available lines of credit to all directors and executive officers and their associates totaled approximately $987,000 at September 30, 2005, which was 0.97% of our equity at that date. All loans to directors and executive officers were performing in accordance with their terms at September 30, 2005. Total deposits of directors and executive officers were approximately $1.8 million at September 30, 2005.
In order to be eligible for inclusion in the proxy materials for next year's annual meeting of stockholders, any stockholder proposal to take action at such meeting must be received at the executive office at 500 12th Avenue South, Nampa, Idaho 83651, no later than August 15, 2006. Any such proposals shall be subject to the requirements of the proxy rules adopted under the Securities Exchange Act, and as with any stockholder proposal (regardless of whether included in our proxy materials), our charter and bylaws.
To be considered for presentation at next year's annual meeting, although not included in the proxy materials for that meeting, any stockholder proposal must be stated in writing and received at our executive office at least five days prior to next year's annual meeting of stockholders. All business so stated, proposed and filed shall be considered at the annual meeting, but no other proposal shall be acted upon at the annual meeting. Any stockholder may make any other proposal at the annual meeting and the same may be discussed and considered, but unless stated in writing and filed with the secretary at least 60 days before the meeting, the proposal will be laid over for action at an adjourned, special or annual meeting of the stockholders taking place 30 days or more thereafter.
We will pay the cost of soliciting proxies. In addition to this mailing, our directors, officers and employees may also solicit proxies personally, electronically or by telephone. We will also reimburse brokers and other nominees for their expenses in sending these materials to you and obtaining your voting instructions.
Annual Reports and Financial Statements
Our annual report to stockholders, including financial statements, has been mailed to all stockholders of record as of the close of business on the record date. Any stockholder who has not received a copy of the annual report may obtain a copy by writing to the Secretary, Home Federal Bancorp, Inc., 500 12th Avenue South, Nampa, Idaho 83651. The annual report is not to be treated as part of the proxy solicitation material or as having been incorporated herein by reference.
a copy our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30,
2005 is available to each record and beneficial owner of Home Federal's common
stock without charge upon written request to the Secretary at the address given
We are not aware of any business to come before the annual meeting other than those matters described in this proxy statement. However, if any other matter should properly come before the meeting, it is intended that holders of the proxies will act in accordance with their best judgment.
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
T. Blake Burgess
December 9, 2005
HOME FEDERAL BANCORP, INC.
ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
JANUARY 23, 2006
The undersigned hereby appoints the Board of Directors of Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") with full powers of substitution to act as attorneys and proxies for the undersigned, to vote all shares of common stock of the Company which the undersigned is entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, to be held at the Nampa Civic Center located at 311 3rd Street South, Nampa, Idaho, on Monday, January 23, 2006, at 3:00 p.m., local time, and at any and all adjournments thereof, as follows:
|1.||The election as director of the nominees listed below for||[ ]||[ ]|
|a three-year term (except as marked to the contrary below).|
|Fred H. Helpenstell, M.D.|
|Richard J. Navarro|
|Daniel L. Stevens|
|INSTRUCTIONS: To withhold your vote|
|for any individual nominee, write the|
|nominee's name on the line below.|
|2||The ratification of the appointment of Moss Adams LLP
as auditors for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006.
|[ ]||[ ]||[ ]|
|3||In their discretion, upon such other matters as may
properly come before the meeting.
The Board of Directors recommends a vote "FOR" the listed propositions.
This proxy also provides voting instructions to the trustees of the Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. 401(k) Savings Plan and Trust and the Employee Stock Ownership Plan for participants with shares allocated to their accounts.
THIS PROXY IS SOLICITED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Should the undersigned be present and elect to vote at the annual meeting or at any adjournment thereof and after notification to the Secretary of the Company at the annual meeting of the stockholder's decision to terminate this proxy, then the power of said attorneys and proxies shall be deemed terminated and of no further force and effect.
The undersigned acknowledges receipt from the Company prior to the execution of this proxy of the Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders, a Proxy Statement dated December 9, 2005 and the 2005 Annual Report to Stockholders.
|Dated: ______________________, 200__|
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