UPDATE 3-JPMorgan CEO Dimon gets $16 mln in stock, options

* Dimon, others receive stock, option packages for 2009

* Dimon will not take cash bonus
(Adds background on Dimon)

By Elinor Comlay

NEW YORK, Feb 5 (BestGrowthStock) – JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM.N>,
which reported $11.7 billion in profit in 2009, awarded Chief
Executive Jamie Dimon a compensation package worth about $16

Bankers’ compensation has been a hot-button issue amid the
financial crisis, as the U.S. government spent billions in
taxpayer funds to prop up the banking system. JPMorgan, which
in the summer returned the $25 billion it received from the
U.S. Treasury, said Dimon, 53, will not take a cash bonus for
the second year running.

The 195,704 shares Dimon received on Wednesday are
restricted until January 2013, while the 563,562 so-called
stock appreciation rights or options expire in January 2020 and
have an exercise price of $43.20, according to an SEC filing.

The 195,704 shares were worth about $7.9 million at the
market close on Wednesday. The options, according to a commonly
used valuation method, could be worth around $8 million,
according to compensation consultant Alan Johnson.

Dimon’s total compensation for 2009 will be higher than
last year, when he also did not get stock or option awards, but
it is a far cry from the almost $30 million in cash, stock and
options he received for 2007.

Pay for Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive at investment
banking rival Goldman Sachs Group (GS.N: ), could overshadow
Dimon’s compensation.

Goldman is expected to slash Blankfein’s bonus from the
record $67.9 million he received two years ago, but he is still
in the running to get more than $40 million for 2009, according
to one compensation consultant. [ID:nN01100894] Goldman has not
yet released details of its executives’ pay.

Other top executives at JPMorgan also received payouts of
restricted stock and options on Wednesday, according to filings
with the Securities and Exchange Commission. JPMorgan’s
operating committee will receive about 75 percent of their
total 2009 compensation in restricted stock and options, a
spokesman said.

Separately, Dimon on Wednesday acquired about $10 million
in JPMorgan stock through exercising expiring options.


Dimon, who joined JPMorgan from Bank One after
orchestrating the Chicago bank’s sale in 2004, has guided the
bank profitably through the financial crisis. JPMorgan also
picked up troubled Bear Stearns in March 2008 and failed
Seattle thrift Washington Mutual later that year.

Named Banker of the Year by American Banker magazine in
December, Dimon has a reputation for being a straight-talker
and he has been outspoken in his criticism of the Troubled
Asset Relief Program and more recent proposals from Washington,
such as capping the size of financial firms.

At a conference in San Francisco last month, Dimon defended
the bank’s pay policies and said he was “tired” of his
employees being vilified over bonuses.

But Dimon also talks frequently about JPMorgan’s need to be
a “good corporate citizen” and his willingness to admit the
bank made mistakes during the crisis has helped the
second-largest U.S. bank’s image.

When Wall Street executives appeared before a U.S.
commission probing the financial crisis in January, Blankfein
bore the brunt of criticism.

Shares in both JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs Group
outperformed the broad KBW Banks Index in 2009. JPMorgan shares
climbed 32 percent that year, while Goldman Sachs stock
doubled. The KBW Banks Index (.BKX: ) fell 3.6 percent in 2009.

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(Reporting by Elinor Comlay; additional reporting by Steve
Eder, editing by Dave Zimmerman)

UPDATE 3-JPMorgan CEO Dimon gets $16 mln in stock, options