LMI Aerospace, Inc.
LMI AEROSPACE INC (Form: DEF 14A, Received: 04/30/2010 16:31:05)
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC  20549

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LMI Aerospace, Inc.
411 Fountain Lakes Blvd.
St. Charles, Missouri  63301

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

To Be Held on June 22, 2010
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IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS TO BE HELD ON JUNE 22, 2010

THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OUR 2009 ANNUAL REPORT ARE AVAILABLE AT http://ir.lmiaerospace.com/annuals.cfm.


TO OUR SHAREHOLDERS:

The 2010 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of LMI Aerospace, Inc., a Missouri corporation (the “Company”), will be held at 411 Fountain Lakes Blvd., St. Charles, Missouri 63301, beginning at 10:00 a.m. local time on June 22, 2010 for the following purposes:

1.  
to elect two Class III Directors for a term expiring in 2013, and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified;
 
2.  
to ratify the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to serve as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm; and

3.  
to transact such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any adjournment thereof.

The Board of Directors has fixed the close of business on April 22, 2010 as the record date for the determination of shareholders entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting and any adjournment thereof.  A list of all shareholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting, arranged in alphabetical order and showing the address of and number of shares registered in the name of each shareholder, will be open during usual business hours for the examination by any shareholder for any purpose germane to the Annual Meeting for ten days prior to the Annual Meeting at the office of the Company set forth above.

A copy of the Company’s annual report for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, accompanies this notice.

 
By Order of the Board of Directors,
   
 
LAWRENCE E. DICKINSON
 
Secretary
St. Charles, Missouri
May 4 , 2010

 
 

 
WHETHER OR NOT YOU INTEND TO BE PRESENT AT THE ANNUAL MEETING, PLEASE MARK, SIGN, DATE AND RETURN YOUR PROXY IN THE ENCLOSED POSTAGE PREPAID ENVELOPE SO THAT YOUR SHARES MAY BE REPRESENTED AND VOTED AT THE MEETING ACCORDING TO YOUR WISHES.  YOUR PROXY WILL NOT BE USED IF YOU ATTEND AND VOTE AT THE MEETING IN PERSON.

 
 

 

LMI Aerospace, Inc.
411 Fountain Lakes Blvd.
St. Charles, Missouri  63301

PROXY STATEMENT

SOLICITATION OF PROXIES

The enclosed proxy is solicited by the Board of Directors of LMI Aerospace, Inc. (the “Company”) to be voted at the 2010 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of the Company to be held at 411 Fountain Lakes Blvd., St. Charles, MO 63301, beginning at 10:00 a.m. local time on June 22, 2010, or at any adjournment thereof, for the purposes set forth herein and the accompanying Notice of Annual Meeting.  The Notice of Annual Meeting, this Proxy Statement and the enclosed form of proxy are first being mailed or given to shareholders on or about May 4 , 2010.  Whether or not you expect to attend the Annual Meeting in person, please return your executed proxy in the enclosed envelope, and the shares represented thereby will be voted in accordance with your wishes. The proxy statement is also available at http://ir.lmiaerospace.com/annuals.cfm .

Solicitation of proxies is being made by the Company and will be made primarily by mail.  In addition to solicitation by mail, officers, directors and employees of the Company may solicit personally, by mail or telephone if proxies are not promptly received.  The cost of solicitation will be borne by the Company and will include reimbursement paid to banks, brokers and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries for their reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of forwarding solicitation materials to the beneficial owners of the Company’s common stock.

The Company’s principal office is located at 411 Fountain Lakes Blvd., St. Charles, Missouri 63301.

REVOCATION OF PROXY

If, after sending in your proxy, you decide to vote in person or desire to revoke your proxy for any other reason, you may do so by notifying the Secretary of the Company, Lawrence E. Dickinson, in writing at the principal office of the Company of such revocation at any time prior to the voting of the proxy.  A properly executed proxy with a later date will also revoke a previously furnished proxy.

RECORD DATE

The close of business on April 22, 2010 (the “Record Date”) has been fixed as the record date for the determination of the holders of shares of Common Stock entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting.  Only shareholders of record on the Record Date will be entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting or any adjournment thereof.  As of the Record Date, there were outstanding 11,764,494 shares of Common Stock, par value $0.02 per share.

ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN UNDER PROXY

Unless otherwise directed by the giver of the proxy or no voting instruction is given by the beneficial owner of shares with respect to the election of directors (see below), the persons named in the enclosed form of proxy, that is, Ronald S. Saks, or, if unable or unwilling to serve, Lawrence E. Dickinson, will vote:
 
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1.    
FOR the election of each of the persons named herein as a nominee for Class III Director of the Company for a term expiring at the 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and until his successor has been duly elected and qualified;

2.    
FOR the ratification of the engagement of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm; and

3.    
According to such person’s judgment on the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any adjournment thereof.

Should the nominees named herein for election as directors become unavailable for any reason, it is intended that the persons named in the proxy will vote for the election of such other person in his stead as may be designated by the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors is not aware of any reason that might cause a nominee to be unavailable to serve.

VOTING SECURITIES AND VOTING RIGHTS

Each share of Common Stock outstanding on the Record Date is entitled to one vote on all matters to be acted on at the Annual Meeting, including the election of directors.  There are no cumulative voting rights.

A majority of the outstanding shares of Common Stock as of the Record Date present or represented by proxy will constitute a quorum at the Annual Meeting.  The affirmative vote of a majority of the shares of Common Stock present in person or represented by proxy at the Annual Meeting and entitled to vote is required to elect a person nominated for director.  Shares present at the Annual Meeting represented by proxies that are marked “WITHHOLD AUTHORITY” with respect to the election of a person to serve on the Board of Directors will be counted as shares present and entitled to vote and will have the same effect as a vote against the nominee as to which such direction applies.  Only the shares represented at the Annual Meeting will affect the election of a director.

The vote required for the approval of Proposal 2—Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm, and for any other matter properly brought before the Annual Meeting, will be the affirmative vote of the majority of the shares of Common Stock present in person or represented by proxy at the Annual Meeting and entitled to vote on the proposal.  Shares present at the Annual Meeting that abstain (including proxies that deny discretionary authority on any matters properly brought before the Annual Meeting) will be counted as shares present and entitled to vote and will have the same effect as a vote against any such matter.  Only the shares of Common Stock entitled to vote and represented at the Annual Meeting will affect the outcome as to any such matter.

If you hold shares through a broker, follow the voting instructions you receive from your broker.  If you do not submit voting instructions to your broker, your broker can only vote your shares with respect to “discretionary” items.  The ratification of the appointment of the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm is a discretionary item.   Due to recent rule changes, the election of directors is no longer considered a discretionary item.  Therefore, your shares will not be voted for director elections if your broker does not receive directions from you but will be counted for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum.  If you hold your shares through a broker, it is critically important that you submit your voting instructions if you want your shares to count in the election of directors.

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Votes will be counted by duly appointed inspectors of election, whose responsibilities are to ascertain the number of shares outstanding and the voting power of each, determine the number of shares represented at the Annual Meeting and the validity of proxies and ballots, count all votes and report the results to the Company.
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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS

The following table sets forth information as of December 31, 2009 (except for Mr. Saks who is shown as of March 31, 2010) with respect to each person or group known by the Company to be the beneficial owner of more than five percent of its outstanding shares of Common Stock.  This table is based on Schedules 13G and, in the case of Mr. Saks, his Section 16 filings filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as other information delivered to or obtained by the Company.  Beneficial ownership of shares has been determined in accordance with Rule 13d-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), under which a person is deemed to be the beneficial owner of securities if he or she has or shares voting or investment power with respect to such securities or has the right to acquire ownership thereof within 60 days. Accordingly, the amounts shown in the tables do not purport to represent beneficial ownership for any purpose other than compliance with the reporting requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Name and Address of
  Beneficial Owner
Amount and Nature
of
Beneficial
Ownership
Percentage
of
Class
     
Ronald S. Saks
411 Fountain Lakes Blvd.
St. Charles, MO 63301
              1,891,575 (1)
         16.1%
     
FMR LLC
82 Devonshire Street
Boston, MA 02109
              1,103,642 (2)
           9.5%
     
Bank of America Corporation
100 North Tryon Street, Floor 25
Bank of America Corporate Center
Charlotte, NC 28255
                585,650 (3)
           5.0%


(1)   
Includes 114,866 shares of Common Stock held of record by Charles Schwab Trust Company as trustee of the Company’s Profit Sharing Plan for the benefit of Mr. Saks. Also included are 1,776,709 shares of Common Stock deemed beneficially owned by Mr. Saks and held of record by the Ronald S. Saks Revocable Trust U/T/A dated June 21, 1991, of which Mr. Saks, as trustee, maintains voting and investment authority.  Mr. Saks reported sole voting power of 1,891,575 shares; no shared voting power; sole dispositive power of 1,891,575 shares; and no shared dispositive power.

(2)  
As reflected on Schedule 13G filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission dated February 12, 2010, provided by FMR LLC to the Company in accordance with the Exchange Act. FMR LLC, a parent holding company, reported no sole voting power; no shared voting power; sole dispositive power of 1,103,642 shares; and no shared dispositive power as of December 31, 2009.
 
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(3)  
As reflected on Schedule 13G filed jointly with the Securities and Exchange Commission dated January 29, 2010, by Bank of America Corporation, Bank of America, N.A., and Columbia Management Advisors, LLC, Bank of America Corporation, a parent holding company, reported no sole voting power; shared voting power of 487,255 shares; no sole dispositive power; and shared dispositive power of 585,650 shares as of December 31, 2009.  Bank of America N.A., a national bank association, reported no sole voting power; shared voting power of 485,955 shares; no sole dispositive power; and shared dispositive power of 584,339 shares as of December 31, 2009.  Columbia Management Advisors, LLC, an investment advisor, reported sole voting power of 485,955 shares; no shared voting power; sole dispositive power of 245,922 shares; and shared dispositive power of 338,417 shares as of December 31, 2009.
 
 
SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF MANAGEMENT

Under regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, persons who have the power to vote or to dispose of our shares, either alone or jointly with others, are deemed to be beneficial owners of those shares.  The following table sets forth, as of March 31, 2010, the beneficial ownership of the outstanding Common Stock of each current director (including the nominees for election as directors) and named executive officer set forth herein, and the executive officers and directors as a group.

Name of
Beneficial Owner
Amount and
Nature of
Beneficial
Ownership (1)
Percentage of Class
Ronald S. Saks
           1,891,575(2)
              16.1%
Joseph Burstein
              546,977(3)
                4.6%
Sanford S. Neuman
              245,231(4)
                2.1%
Lawrence E. Dickinson
                86,437(5)
                   *
Thomas G. Unger
                27,681(6)
                   *
Ryan P. Bogan
                21,751(7)
                   *
Robert T. Grah
                20,383(8)
                   *
John S. Eulich
                17,081(9)
                   *
John M. Roeder
              15,681(10)
                   *
Judith W. Northup
              12,681(11)
                   *
     
All directors and executive officers as
a group (12 in group)
       2,948,965(12)
              25.1%

* Less than 1%.

(1)  
Reflects the number of shares outstanding on March 31, 2010, and with respect to each person, assumes the exercise of all stock options held by such person that are exercisable currently or within 60 days of March 31, 2010 (such options being referred to hereinafter as “currently exercisable options”).

(2)  
See Note (1) to the table “Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners.”
 
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(3)  
Includes 538,746 shares of Common Stock reported as held of record by the Joseph Burstein Revocable Trust U/T/A dated August 20, 1983, for which Mr. and Mrs. Burstein, as co-trustees, share voting and dispositive power.  Also includes 8,231 shares of restricted stock vesting between June 2010 and June 2012.

(4)
Includes 233,300 shares held of record by a revocable trust established by Mr. Neuman for his benefit of which Mr. Neuman, as trustee, has voting and investment power and 13,700 shares held by certain trusts of which Mr. Neuman, as trustee, has voting and investment power. Also includes 8,231 shares of restricted stock vesting between June 2010 and June 2012.

(5)
Includes 53,432 shares of Common Stock held of record by Charles Schwab Trust Company as trustee of the Company’s Profit Sharing Plan for the benefit of Mr. Dickinson, and 1,100 shares of Common Stock directly or indirectly owned by Mr. Dickinson’s child, who maintains a principal residence at Mr. Dickinson’s residence. Mr. Dickinson has disclaimed beneficial ownership of such shares owned by his child. Also includes 15,000 shares of restricted stock vesting between January 2011 and February 2013 and 3,500 shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of currently exercisable options to purchase such shares.
 
 
(6)
Includes 8,231 shares of restricted stock vesting between June 2010 and June 2012.

(7)
Includes 78 shares of Common Stock held of record by Charles Schwab Trust Company as trustee of the Company’s Profit Sharing Plan for the benefit of Mr. Bogan and 17,336 shares of restricted stock vesting between July 2010 and July 2012.

(8)
Includes 78 shares of Common Stock held of record by Charles Schwab Trust Company as trustee of the Company’s Profit Sharing Plan for the benefit of Mr. Grah and 13,000 shares of restricted stock vesting between January 2011 and February 2013.

(9)
Includes 8,231 shares of restricted stock vesting between June 2010 and June 2012.

(10)
Includes 8,231 shares of restricted stock vesting between June 2010 and June 2012.

(11)
Includes 8,231 shares of restricted stock vesting between June 2010 and June 2012.

(12)
Includes 180,454 shares of Common Stock held of record by Charles Schwab Trust Company as trustee of the Company’s Profit Sharing Plan for the benefit of non-director executive officers of the Company and 3,500 shares subject to currently exercisable options held by non-director executive officers of the Company.  Also includes 66,836 shares of restricted stock held by a non-director executive officer of the Company and 49,386 shares of restricted stock held by directors of the Company.
 
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PROPOSAL 1 - ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

INFORMATION ABOUT THE NOMINEES AND CURRENT DIRECTORS

The Company’s Amended and Restated By-laws provide for a division of the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board of Directors” or the “Board”) into three classes.  One of the classes is elected each year to serve a three-year term.  The terms of the current Class III Directors expire at the Annual Meeting.

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The Company’s Amended and Restated By-laws currently specify that the number of directors shall be not less than three or more than nine, subject to amendment by the Board of Directors. The number of directors currently authorized is nine; however, there is one vacancy for a Class II and one vacancy for a Class III Director on the Board of Directors.  The Company’s Amended and Restated By-laws provide that vacancies on the Board of Directors may be filled by the remaining members of the Board of Directors.  There are no established term limits for service as a director of the Company.  Pursuant to its charter, the Corporate Governance and Nominating (“CG&N”) Committee recommends to the Board of Directors persons to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors intends to continue to seek qualified individuals to fill the vacancies.  Proxies solicited by the Company for the election of directors cannot be voted for a greater number of persons than the number of nominees named in the proxy.

Two directors are to be elected at the Annual Meeting.  The Board of Directors, after recommendation by the CG&N Committee, has designated Messrs. Saks and Burstein as nominees for re-election as Class III Directors of the Company at the Annual Meeting.  If elected such nominees will serve until the expiration of their terms at the 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, and until their successors are elected and qualified.  The nominees have consented to being named in this Proxy Statement and to serve if elected.  The Board of Directors has no reason to believe that either nominee will be unable or unwilling to serve if elected.
 
Majority Voting Procedure

The Company’s Corporate Governance Principles, which are described in greater detail below, reflect, among other things, a majority voting procedure for the election of directors in an uncontested election.  Although Missouri law requires that directors be elected by a majority of the shares voted at a meeting, the failure of a director of a Missouri corporation to receive the required majority vote may not necessarily result in the relinquishment of his or her directorship.  The new majority vote principle requires that each director submit a contingent resignation in writing to the Chairman of the Board of Directors that becomes effective only if the director nominee fails to receive a majority of the votes cast.  The term “votes cast” includes votes to withhold authority and shares for which no voting instructions have been given by the beneficial owners thereof.  In such case, the CG&N Committee decides whether to recommend to the Board of Directors acceptance or rejection of the resignation or if other actions should be taken.  The Board of Directors in turn must act on the tendered resignation, taking into account the CG&N Committee’s recommendation, and publicly disclose its decision and reasons for such decision within 90 days from the date of the certification of the election results.  A director who tenders his or her resignation under this policy may not participate in the consideration by the CG&N Committee concerning its recommendation to the Board of Directors or in the Board of Directors’ decision on whether or not to accept or reject the resignation or take any other action.

Directors Qualifications

Pursuant to its charter, the CG&N Committee considers the knowledge, experience, integrity and judgment of possible candidates for nomination as a director; their potential contribution to the Board’s diversity of backgrounds, experience and competencies; and their ability to devote sufficient time and effort to their duties as directors.

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The CG&N Committee reviews, at least annually, the size, structure, independence and membership of the Board of Directors and its committees to assure that the proper skills, independence and experience are represented on the Board and its committees.  In conducting its review, the Committee considers the contributions of existing directors and the overall needs of the Company and regularly determines whether, in the aggregate, the directors satisfy the Company’s Corporate Governance Principles, a set of guidelines adopted by the Board of Directors regarding, among other things, director qualifications and responsibilities.  These principles establish certain characteristics, experience and skill requirements for potential candidates for the Board of Directors, including, but not limited to, a candidate’s personal and business ethics, financial literacy, business experience, demonstrated record of achievement and other directorships.  The Company’s Corporate Governance Principles are available on its website at http://www.lmiaerospace.com, and can be obtained free of charge by written request to the attention of the Secretary of the Company at the address appearing on the first page of this Proxy Statement or by telephone at (636) 946-6525.

Potential candidates are evaluated by the CG&N Committee through personal interviews and a thorough review of such criteria.  In general, it is expected that each director of the Company will have the highest personal and professional ethics, integrity and values and will consistently exercise sound and objective business judgment.  In addition, it is expected that the Board of Directors as a whole will be made up of individuals with significant senior management and leadership experience, a long-term and strategic perspective and the ability to advance constructive debate.

Among other criteria, the experience set deemed necessary for the Board of Directors as a whole includes financial and managerial expertise, experience with manufacturing operations, an understanding of the aerospace and defense industries, knowledge of strategic planning, familiarity with legal, corporate, governmental and regulatory issues, experience as a director of other public companies, independence and diversity , whether in experience and background or based on race, gender or national origin.
 
Board of Directors Nominees

The following table sets forth for each director, such director’s age, principal occupation for at least the last five years, present position with the Company, qualifications to serve on the Board of Directors, the year in which such director was first elected or appointed a director (each serving continuously since first elected or appointed), directorships with other companies whose securities are registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the class of such director.

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Class III:  To be elected to serve as Director until 2013

Name
 
Age
 
Principal Occupation
 
Service as
Director Since
 
Ronald S. Saks
66
Mr. Saks has served as our Chief Executive Officer since 1984 and served as our President from 1984 to 2006. Prior to his employment with the Company, Mr. Saks was an Executive Vice President with Associated Transports, Inc. for eight years and was a Tax Manager with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co., now known as KPMG LLP, for eight years prior thereto.   His financial and managerial background together with his leadership role with the Company since 1984 provides Mr. Saks with valuable insights into the Company’s operations, challenges and opportunities.
 
1984
Joseph Burstein
82
Mr. Burstein has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company since 1984. From 1984 through January 1989, Mr. Burstein served as a Vice President of the Company, after which he retired as an officer of the Company.   Mr. Burstein has extensive entrepreneurial and managerial experience, including an executive role in the Company, providing valuable insight in long-term strategic planning, the operations of the Company and supervision of management in implementing corporate policy and goals. Such background and experience is particularly relevant to his service on the Compensation Committee and the CG&N Committee.
1984

 
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Class II:  To continue to serve as Director until 2012
 
Name
 
Age
 
Principal Occupation
 
Service as
Director Since
 
Thomas G. Unger
61
Since early 1998, Mr. Unger has been a director of Fife Fabrication, Inc., a manufacturer of sheet metal parts and assemblies. Prior thereto, Mr. Unger was the Chief Executive Officer of Tyee Aircraft, Inc., a supplier of rods, struts and engineered tubular components for the aircraft and aerospace industries, from 1982 to 1998.  His extensive executive and financial experience, particularly in the manufacturing of sheet metal parts and assemblies, provides Mr. Unger with a broad understanding of the Company’s business and is particularly relevant to his service as a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee.  
 
1999
John M. Roeder
67
Mr. Roeder has acted as a financial consultant since 1999. Prior thereto, he was an Office Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen LLP, then an international accounting firm.  Mr. Roeder is also the Director in Residence at The Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance of The University of Texas at Dallas – School of Management.   Mr. Roeder is a member of the board of directors and the audit committee of Fiduciary/Claymore MLP Opportunity Fund which is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Roeder was a member of the board of directors and the audit committee for Fiduciary/Claymore Dynamic Equity Fund, which was traded on the New York Stock Exchange.   His extensive experience in, among other things, corporate finance, accounting, and strategic planning is particularly relevant to his service as Chair of the Audit Committee.
2003

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Class I:  To continue to serve as Director until 2011

Name
 
Age
 
Principal Occupation
 
Service as
Director Since
 
Sanford S. Neuman
74
Mr. Neuman has served as a Director and Assistant Secretary of the Company since 1984.  Mr. Neuman is Chairman of the law firm, Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, L.C. and was the Managing Member of Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, L.C. from May 2000 until he was elected Chairman on March 31, 2005. He has been a Member of Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, L.C. for more than thirty years.   Mr. Neuman’s legal background together with his leadership role in the management of a major St. Louis law firm and his long association with the Company give him valuable insight into the Board’s supervisory responsibilities of management and corporate government matters, including legal and regulatory compliance. Such background and experience are particularly relevant to Mr. Neuman’s service as Chair of the CG&N Committee.
 
1984
John S. Eulich
59
Mr. Eulich was elected as a Director of the Company on August 22, 2005. Mr. Eulich has also served on the Board of Directors of Enterprise Financial Services Corp. since March 11, 2010. He has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of INDEECO (Industrial Engineering and Equipment Company, Inc.), a manufacturer of electric heaters and controls, since November 2, 2005. From July 1, 2003 through October 2005, Mr. Eulich operated a private consulting business. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Eulich served as the President of Graphic Microsystems, Inc., a manufacturer of printing controls equipment, and served as Managing Director of Van Dam Machine B.V., both affiliated companies of Mark Andy, Inc., from 2000 to 2003.   Mr. Eulich’s extensive executive experience, particularly in manufacturing, finance, marketing and human resources, is particularly relevant to his service as Chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee.
 
2005
 
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Judith W. Northup
59
Ms. Northup was appointed to serve as a Director of the Company on May 2, 2006.  Ms. Northup served as an executive officer of Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc., a large aircraft manufacturer and assembler, from 1997 until her retirement on March 1, 2006.  She served as Vice President, Office of the President from February 2005 until her retirement.  Ms. Northup served as Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Vought from April 2004 to February 2005.  She also previously served as its Vice President, Human Resources, Administration and Information Services, as well as Vice President, Material.  Ms. Northup is a member of the board of directors and compensation and nominating committee of Exostar, a provider of secure collaboration and integrated supply-chain solutions to the aerospace and defense industries. Her extensive executive experience in the aerospace and defense industries, including operational experience, particularly in manufacturing, supply-chain management, human resources and corporate governance, provides valuable and relevant insight into the Company’s business operations and long-term strategic goals and business plans and is particularly relevant to her service as a member of the Audit Committee and the CG&N Committee.
2006


THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THE CLASS III DIRECTORS.
 
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INFORMATION CONCERNING THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEES

Board Leadership Structure
 
The Board of Directors is committed to effective and independent oversight of management and effective corporate governance.  The Board leadership structure promotes effective governance through an independent Chairman of the Board and a separate designated Lead Director of the Board as well as through committee composition and structure.
 
The Board believes that strong, independent leadership and oversight of management are the best means of achieving an effective Board of Directors.  Accordingly, our leadership structure separates the roles of the Chief Executive Officer from those of the Chairman of the Board and a separate Lead Director, both independent directors.  The primary role of our Chairman of the Board is to preside at all meetings of the Board at which the Chairman is physically present.  In his/her absence, the Lead Director presides at Board meetings.  It is the role of the Director to approve the agenda for all Board meetings and to set the agenda for and leads sessions of the independent directors.  The Lead Director has the authority to call executive sessions of the independent directors and serves as liaison between the independent directors and the Chief Executive Officer.  

Board Oversight of Risk

The goal of the Company’s risk management function is to identify, analyze and manage material risk inherent in the implementation of the Company’s business plan and strategy.  Management is responsible for the identification and management of risks while it is the directors’ responsibility to oversee and hold management accountable.

The Board oversees an overall enterprise approach to risk management that supports the operational and strategic objectives of the Company.  The Board delegates oversight of certain considerations of risk to its committees within each of their respective areas of responsibility.  Financial risk oversight falls within the purview of the Audit Committee; compensation and benefit risks are under the oversight of the Compensation Committee; and governance matters, including the implementation of and compliance with the Company’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and the review and approval of related person transactions, are under the oversight of the CG&N Committee.

Management is responsible for the day-to-day risk management.  Management provides information to the Board in its presentations and other communications at least quarterly, at regularly scheduled Board meetings, or more frequently, if circumstances warrant.  The Company’s Risk Management Guidelines require a discussion of risks identified by management as being relevant to any report being given to, or any matter being considered by the Board for action thereon.  A current copy of such guidelines is available on the Company’s website, http://www.lmiaerospace.com , and can be obtained free of charge by written request to the attention of the Secretary of the Company at the address appearing on the first page of this Proxy Statement or by telephone at (636) 946-6525.

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Determination of Director Independence

Rules of The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC require that a majority of the Board of Directors be “independent,” as defined in NASDAQ Marketplace Rule 5605(a)(2).  Under the NASDAQ rules, the Board of Directors must make an affirmative determination that a director is independent by determining that the director has no relationships that, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director.  The Board of Directors has reviewed the independence of its directors under the NASDAQ rules.  During this review, the Board of Directors considered transactions and relationships between each director or any member of his or her family and the Company.  Consistent with the review and recommendation of the CG&N Committee, the Board of Directors has determined that Messrs. Unger, Burstein, Eulich, Roeder and Neuman and Ms. Northup are independent under NASDAQ Rule 5605(a)(2).
 
Board of Directors and Committee Meetings; Annual Meetings; Corporate Governance

The Board of Directors meets throughout the year on a set schedule and holds special meetings and acts by written consent from time to time as appropriate.  Regularly scheduled meetings include sessions for the independent directors to meet without management present, and the Lead Director chairs these sessions.  During 2009, eight meetings of the Board of Directors were held. Except for Mr. Burstein, each director attended in person or by phone 75% or more of the aggregate   of the total number of meetings of the Board of Directors held during that portion of the 2009 fiscal year during which he or she was a director. Each director attended in person or by phone 75% or more of the aggregate of the total number of meetings held during the period by all committees of the Board of Directors on which he or she served during that portion of the 2009 fiscal year.

The Company has no policy with regard to directors’ attendance at annual meetings of its shareholders; however, all of the Company’s directors attended the 2009 annual shareholders’ meeting, either in person or by telephone.

The Board of Directors has three standing committees, the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, and the CG&N Committee.  The Board of Directors has adopted a written charter for each committee.  A current copy of each such charter is available on the Company’s website, http://www.lmiaerospace.com, and can be obtained free of charge by written request to the attention of the Secretary of the Company at the address appearing on the first page of this Proxy Statement or by telephone at (636) 946-6525.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is currently comprised of Messrs. Roeder (Chair), Unger and Eulich and Ms. Northup, each of whom is “independent” in accordance with the NASDAQ standards, as well as the independence requirements for audit committee members under Rule 10A-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act.  In addition, the Board of Directors has determined that Messrs. Roeder and Unger are qualified as an “audit committee financial expert” as that term is defined in the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The Audit Committee evaluates significant matters relating to the audit and internal controls of the Company, including selecting and appointing the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm and reviewing the scope and results of the audits conducted by such firm, and performs other functions or duties provided in the Audit Committee Charter.  During the 2009 fiscal year, the Audit Committee held five meetings.  The Audit Committee has adopted a complaint monitoring procedure to enable confidential and anonymous reporting to the Audit Committee of concerns regarding, among other things, questionable accounting or auditing matters.

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Compensation Committee

The Compensation Committee is currently comprised of Messrs. Eulich (Chair), Unger and Burstein.  The Board of Directors has determined that each member of the Compensation Committee is independent in accordance with the NASDAQ independence standards, is a non-employee director within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act and is an outside director within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Compensation Committee reviews the Company’s remuneration policies and practices, including executive compensation, and administers the Company’s share-based compensation plans.  During the 2009 fiscal year, the Compensation Committee held four meetings.

CG&N Committee
 
The CG&N Committee is currently comprised of Messrs. Neuman (Chair) and Burstein and Ms. Northup, each of whom is independent in accordance with NASDAQ’s standards.  During the 2009 fiscal year, the CG&N Committee, which was established in February 2009, held two meetings.

The primary responsibilities of the CG&N Committee in fulfilling its oversight of the Company’s governance and nominating principles and procedures include:

·     
the periodic review of the Company’s Corporate Governance Principles, which are discussed below, and the making of any recommendations to the Board of Directors for changes thereto;
 
·     
the monitoring for compliance with the Company’s Corporate Governance Principles;
 
·     
the review, at least annually, of the size, structure, independence and membership of the Board of Directors and its committees to assure that the proper skills, independence and experience are represented on the Board of Directors and its committees;
 
·     
the evaluation of proposed nominees for election to the Board of Directors, including nominees recommended by shareholders;
 
·     
the oversight of and advice to management with respect to the implementation of conflicts of interest and ethics policies; and
 
·     
the review of succession plans relating to positions held by elected corporate officers, including the Chief Executive Officer.
 
In considering candidates for Board of Directors membership, the CG&N Committee evaluates recommendations from members of the Board of Directors, management and shareholders.  The CG&N Committee will give appropriate consideration to written recommendations from shareholders regarding the nomination of qualified persons to serve as directors of the Company, provided that such recommendations contain sufficient information regarding proposed nominees so as to permit the CG&N Committee to properly evaluate each nominee’s qualifications to serve as a director.  Nominations must be addressed to the Secretary of the Company at its address appearing on the first page of this Proxy Statement.
 
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Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

All directors, officers and employees of the Company, including its Chief Executive Officer and its Chief Financial Officer, are required to comply with the Company’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics to ensure that the Company’s business is conducted in a legal and ethical manner.  The Code of Business Conduct and Ethics covers all areas of business conduct, including employment policies and practices, conflicts of interest and the protection of confidential information, and requires strict adherence to all laws and regulations applicable to the conduct of our business.  Directors, officers and employees are required to report any conduct that they believe in good faith to be an actual or apparent violation of our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.  The CG&N Committee oversees and advises management with respect to management’s implementation of the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for any changes, amendments and modifications. The Company, through the Audit Committee, has procedures in place to receive, retain and treat complaints received regarding accounting, internal accounting control or auditing matters and to allow for the confidential and anonymous submission of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters.  The Company’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics can be found on its website, http://www.lmiaerospace.com, and can be obtained free of charge by written request to the attention of the Secretary of the Company at the address appearing on the first page of this Proxy Statement or by telephone at (636) 946-6525.

Director Compensation

The following table presents the compensation of our non-employee directors for the year ended December 31, 2009:

Name
 
Fees Earned or Paid in
Cash ($) (1)
 
Stock
Awards (2)
($)
 
Total
($)
 
 
 Joseph Burstein
32,000
48,004 (3)
80,004
 
 John S. Eulich
32,000
48,004 (4)
80,004
 
 Brian D. Geary
16,000
      -    (5)
16,000
 
 Sanford S. Neuman
32,000
48,004 (6)
80,004
 
 Judith W. Northup
32,000
48,004 (7)
80,004
 
 John M. Roeder
32,000
48,004 (8)
80,004
 
 Thomas G. Unger
32,000
48,004 (9)
80,004

(1)  
This column represents the payment of a $32,000 annual fee to each director, except for Mr. Geary, whose annual fee was prorated as a result of his resignation from the Board of Directors as of June 20, 2009.
 
(2)  
This column represents the grant date fair value of restricted stock awarded to each director during the 2009 fiscal year computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. Pursuant to SEC rules, the amounts shown exclude the impact of estimated forfeitures related to service-based vesting conditions.

(3)  
At December 31, 2009, Mr. Burstein held 8,231 shares of restricted stock vesting between June 2010 and June 2012.
 
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(4)  
At December 31, 2009, Mr. Eulich held 8,231 shares of restricted stock vesting between June 2010 and June 2012.

(5)  
Mr. Geary resigned from the Board of Directors as of June 20, 2009, thereby forfeiting all of his remaining unvested shares of restricted stock.

(6)  
At December 31, 2009, Mr. Neuman held 8,231 shares of restricted stock vesting between June 2010 and June 2012.

(7)  
At December 31, 2009, Ms. Northup held 8,231 shares of restricted stock vesting between June 2010 and June 2012.

(8)  
At December 31, 2009, Mr. Roeder held 8,231 shares of restricted stock vesting between June 2010 and June 2012.

(9)  
At December 31, 2009, Mr. Unger held 8,231 shares of restricted stock vesting between June 2010 and June 2012.

Narrative for Director Compensation Table
 
In fiscal year 2009, each of our non-employee directors, except for Mr. Geary, whose annual fee was prorated as a result of his resignation from the Board of Directors as of June 20, 2009, was paid an annual fee consisting of cash in the amount of $32,000 plus a grant of 4,990 shares of restricted stock, having a fair value of $48,004 on the award date.  All of such shares of restricted stock vest (and the restrictions lapse) over a period of three years and are subject to forfeiture until vested.  Our directors do not receive additional per meeting fees, nor do they receive additional compensation for service on committees.
 
Equity or Other Security Ownership Requirements or Guidelines
 
The Board of Directors established a guideline with respect to share ownership by our directors.  This guideline provides that, effective for fiscal year 2009, directors are expected to own at least 5,000 shares of our common stock, which ownership may be phased in over a five-year period commencing on the later of (a) the 2009 Annual Meeting or (b) the date upon which the director in question is first elected or appointed to the Board of Directors.  All of our current directors meet this guideline.  The guideline is not applicable to executive officers.

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

During the 2009 fiscal year, no member of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors was or had been an officer or employee of the Company or had any relationship requiring disclosure under the rules or regulations of the SEC. During 2009, no executive officer of the Company served as a member of the Compensation Committee or as a director of another entity, one of whose executive officers served on the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors or as a director of the Company.  

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COMPENSATION OF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

2009 Compensation Discussion and Analysis

Overview

The Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors generally administers our compensation programs, including our equity incentive program, and approves our executive officers’ compensation.  It has the authority to retain outside counsel and such other experts or consultants as it deems necessary to discharge its duties.  Our Board of Directors appoints the members of the Compensation Committee, which currently consists of Messrs. John S. Eulich, its Chair, Joseph Burstein and Thomas G. Unger, all of whom are independent directors.  The duties, responsibilities and authority of the Compensation Committee are prescribed in the Compensation Committee Charter.  The Compensation Committee Charter is reviewed periodically and revised by the Board of Directors as appropriate.   Our Compensation Committee Charter can be found on our website at http://www.lmiaerospace.com under the heading “Investors – Corporate Governance – Compensation Committee Charter.”

Our Executive Compensation Objectives

We believe that establishing and fairly implementing a comprehensive executive compensation program is critical to attracting and retaining talented and dedicated management.  Accordingly, our overall compensation philosophy consists of offering our executives and other members of our management team compensation and benefits that enable us to attract, retain and motivate highly skilled people who work together as a team to achieve our financial and strategic business objectives.  In furtherance of this compensation philosophy, our executive compensation program is designed to:

·     
provide fair and reasonable compensation that meets the competitive environment for executive talent;
·     
help motivate the members of our executive team to achieve excellent performance; and
·     
align the interests of our executive team members with those of our shareholders in order to promote the long-term success of the Company.

To meet these objectives, our executive compensation program is designed to achieve a balance of cash and stock-based remuneration through (a) a fair and competitive base salary and annual cash bonuses payable in connection with achieving short-term performance goals and (b) long-term equity-based compensation payable in connection with the achievement of long-term performance goals.  Our compensation program also provides a mix of guaranteed compensation and incentive-based compensation and strikes a balance between the use of short-term incentives and longer-term incentives that are consistent with our short-term and longer-term strategic initiatives as a means of discouraging risk taking for short-term benefits at the expense of long-term performance goals.

Compensation Committee Process

While all decisions regarding executive compensation are ultimately made by our Compensation Committee, in practice, the Compensation Committee generally relies heavily on the recommendations of the Chief Executive Officer with respect to all of our executive officers, other than the Chief Executive Officer himself.  In particular, the Compensation Committee relies on the Chief Executive Officer’s assessment of each executive officer’s individual performance measured by the officer’s contributions to the achievement of our strategic and financial objectives as well as his or her level of responsibility and level of specialized experience and knowledge.

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Determinations by our Compensation Committee are not made in accordance with strict formulas that measure weighted qualitative and quantitative factors.  Rather, such determinations are more subjective in nature and take into account not only the recommendations of our Chief Executive Officer based on the criteria described above but also such other factors deemed relevant by the Compensation Committee to blend competitive ranges with our own internal policies and practices, including internal equity, responsibilities relative to other executives, additional duties undertaken and potential for advancement.   While the Compensation Committee has not engaged an independent compensation consultant in the past, it could decide to do so in the future.  The use by our Compensation Committee of other outside resources and references, such as industry benchmarks, has historically been somewhat limited.

Employment Agreements

The Company has entered into a written employment agreement with each of our executive officers identified in the summary compensation table, whom we refer to as our named executive officers.  The Company has also entered into written employment agreements with other key personnel in an effort to retain such personnel.

  Other than our former Chief Operating Officer, James McQueeney, and our current President and Chief Executive Officer of D3 Technologies, Inc., Ryan P. Bogan, our named executive officers have entered into three-year employment agreements with terms that began on January 1, 2008 and expire on January 1, 2011.  This three-year term allows the Compensation Committee to align the base salary and bonus elements of executive compensation with the long-term equity-based compensation element of executive compensation.  Pursuant to his written resignation, Mr. McQueeney’s employment agreement terminated on January 17, 2010, and the term of Mr. Bogan’s employment agreement commenced on July 31, 2007 and expires on January 1, 2011.

Each named executive officer’s employment agreement establishes, among other terms, (a) his base salary and the annual increases in his base salary, (b) his applicable performance goal for purposes of determining whether an annual incentive bonus has been earned and the formula for determining the amount of such bonus and (c) the circumstances under which severance is payable to him upon the termination of his employment and the terms of such severance.

Elements of our Executive Compensation Program
 
Our executive compensation program consists of three basic elements, namely, base salary, annual incentive cash bonus and long-term incentive equity-based compensation.  Consistent with our executive officer compensation objectives and philosophy, we have structured each element of our compensation package as set forth below.  Each element of compensation is designed to achieve a specific purpose and to contribute to a total package that is competitive, appropriately performance-based and valued by our executives.  There is no pre-determined policy or target for allocating among these three components.

The following discussion analyzes compensation for 2009, as well as the 2010 objectives, for our named executive officers.  Our named executive officers, who are determined based on total compensation calculated under SEC regulations, consist of the following persons:

·     
Ronald S. Saks, Chief Executive Officer;
·     
Robert T. Grah, Vice President, Central Operations and Acting Chief Operating Officer of the Aerostructures segment;
·     
Lawrence E. Dickinson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer;
 
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·     
Ryan P. Bogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of D3 Technologies, Inc.; and
·     
James McQueeney, Former President and Chief Operating Officer (1)
_______________________
 
(1)
Mr. McQueeney’s employment as the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer commenced on July 6, 2009 and ended on January 17, 2010.

Base Salary

Base salaries for our named executive officers are designed to provide competitive compensation to each executive based on position, scope of responsibility, business and leadership experience and performance. We seek to keep a relative balance between the range of base salaries for our named executive officers and that of our plant general managers, based primarily on the overall responsibility of a corporate executive in relation to the responsibility of a plant general manager for one operating unit.  A relative balance is also maintained among the members of our executive management team with the difference in base salaries being within a relatively narrow range.

The increase in base salary set forth in the employment agreement of each named executive officer is designed to result in a 3% to 3.5% increase in each named executive officer’s base salary in a specified year over the amount of base salary required to be paid under these agreements in the previous year.  These scheduled increases reflect the expected average base salary increase throughout the ranks of our employees and were intended to align the increases in the named executive officers’ base salaries with the expected increases in our other employees’ base salaries. Under certain circumstances, the Compensation Committee may approve, subject to the consent of the named executive officer, an increase or decrease in a named executive officer’s base salary in response to circumstances that warrant such a change.

In 2009, the base salaries actually paid to our named executive officers were as follows, reflecting the increases specified below over the base salaries actually paid in 2008:

Named Executive Officer
2008 Salary
2009 Salary
Increase
Ronald S. Saks (1)
$285,516
$302,041
5.8%
Robert T. Grah
$237,065
$244,060
3.0%
Lawrence E. Dickinson
$215,632
$222,003
3.0%
Ryan P. Bogan (2)
$181,125
$183,138
1.1%
James McQueeney (3)
                      $0
$146,731
N/A
_______________________
 
(1)
To align the base salary of the Chief Executive Officer with the base salary of Mr. McQueeney, in connection with his employment with the Company as its President and Chief Operating Officer, effective as of July 1, 2009, Mr. Saks’s base salary for 2009 was raised from $294,081 to $310,000.

 
(2)
Mr. Bogan requested and was granted, effective as of October 1, 2009, a reduction of 10%   in his $187,464 2009 base salary in order to reflect his camaraderie with the employees of the Engineering Services segment in light of the employee layoffs and salary reductions experienced by the employees of the Engineering Services segment in 2009.

 
(3)
Mr. McQueeney’s $300,000 2009 base salary was prorated for the period of July 6, 2009 through December 31, 2009, during which period he was employed by the Company as its President and Chief Operating Officer.  

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Except with respect to the increase in Mr. Saks’s salary effective as of July 1, 2009 noted in footnote (1) above and the decrease in Mr. Bogan’s salary effective as of October 1, 2009 noted in footnote (2) above, all of the increases in the base salary paid in 2009 were required by the terms of the named executive officers’ employment agreements.
 
In 2010, the base salaries actually paid to our named executive officers are expected to be as follows, reflecting the increases specified below over the base salaries actually paid in 2009:

Named Executive Officer
2009 Salary
2010 Salary
Increase
Ronald S. Saks (1)
$302,041
$319,300
5.7%
Robert T. Grah
$244,060
$251,265
3.0%
Lawrence E. Dickinson
$222,003
$228,565
3.0%
Ryan P. Bogan (2)
$183,138
$194,026
5.9%
James McQueeney (3)
$146,731
  $12,875
N/A
_______________________
 
(1)  
Mr. Saks’ salary increase represents a 3% increase over the $310,000 salary that went into effect on July 1, 2009.

 
(2) 
Mr. Bogan’s voluntary 2009 base salary reduction was terminated effective as of January 1, 2010, resulting in an expected increase in his 2010 base salary to $194,026, the 2010 base salary specified in his employment agreement.  The 5.9% increase in his base salary reflects the increase from the base salary actually paid to Mr. Bogan in 2009.

 
(3) 
Mr. McQueeney’s $300,000 2009 base salary was prorated for the period of July 6, 2009 through December 31, 2009, during which period he was employed by the Company as its President and Chief Operating Officer.  The actual salary amount paid to Mr. McQueeney with respect to this period was $146,731. As Mr. McQueeney’s employment as the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer ended on January 17, 2010, only $12,875 of his $309,000 2010 annual salary was actually paid to him in 2010.
 
Annual Incentive Cash Bonus

  We use our annual incentive cash bonus program, as set forth in the named executive officers’ employment agreements, to provide our named executive officers with short-term incentives in furtherance of our compensation goals and objectives.  This bonus program is tied to a pre-established operating performance goal rather than appreciation in share value. We believe that this approach encourages our named executive officers’ team effort to maximize total performance.

The performance goals were initially established by the Compensation Committee and are set forth in each named executive officer’s employment agreement.  The performance goals for our named executive officers other than Messrs. Saks, Bogan and McQueeney are based on annual income from operations for the Aerostructures segment.  The performance goal for Mr. Saks (Mr. McQueeney's employment with the Company having been terminated in 2010) is currently based on the combined annual income from operations of the Aerostructures segment and Engineering Services segment, and the performance goal for Mr. Bogan is currently based on annual income from operations of the Engineering Services segment.  In determining the appropriate performance goals, the Compensation Committee attempted to set goals that would help the executive officers to focus their efforts in a manner that best promoted the overall success and growth of the Company.  The Compensation Committee believes that a performance goal reflecting financial results based on direct operating performance most appropriately incentivizes management for both short-term and long-term results.

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The Board of Directors adopts an operating budget for the Company each year, after receiving and considering input and recommendations from the Company’s management.  Each year’s annual budget reflects the Company’s expectations for annual income from operations for the Aerostructures segment and the Engineering Services segment, based on expectations of revenues and operating margins for each segment.  Under the employment agreements of Messrs. Saks, Grah and Dickinson, no incentive bonus can be earned until a minimum threshold of 60% of the budgeted amount for annual income from operations is achieved by the Aerostructures segment (in the case of Messrs. Grah and Dickinson) or by the Aerostructures and Engineering Services segments combined (in the case of Mr. Saks).  If the applicable minimum threshold is achieved, the employment agreements provide that each named executive officer earns a cash bonus equal to 5% of his base salary, plus a percentage of the amount by which the applicable annual income from operations for the subject year exceeds the minimum threshold, plus, in the case of Mr. Saks, a percentage of the amount by which the applicable annual income from operations for the subject year exceeds the budgeted amount.

Under his employment agreement, Mr. Bogan is eligible for an incentive bonus if annual income from operations for the Engineering Services segment in the amount of $3 million is achieved.  The employment agreement of Mr. Bogan provides that, if the minimum threshold is achieved, Mr. Bogan earns a bonus equal to 0.7% of annual income from operations of the Engineering Services segment.

There is no cap on the amount of bonus that can be earned by our named executive officers under their employment agreements, but the intent of the annual cash bonus provisions of their employment agreements is to provide an annual cash bonus that is roughly equivalent to 25% to 35% of the named executive officer’s salary.

In 2009, with respect to Messrs. Grah and Dickinson, the budgeted amount of income from operations for the Aerostructures segment was $17.5 million, and the minimum threshold was $10.5 million.  With respect to Messrs. Saks and McQueeney, the combined budgeted amount of income from operations of both the Aerostructures and Engineering Services segments was $26 million, and the minimum threshold was $15.6 million.  As described above, with respect to Mr. Bogan, the threshold was $3 million in income from operations of the Engineering Services segment.

In 2009, all of the applicable minimum thresholds were exceeded, resulting in each named executive officer receiving the bonus described below:

 
 
Named Executive Officer
Bonus at
Threshold
Amount as a
Percentage
of Base
Salary (2)
Additional Bonus as a
Percentage of Excess over
Threshold Amount (2)
 
 
 
 
2009 Cash Bonus
Total 2009
Bonus as a
Percentage
of Base
Salary Paid
in 2009
Ronald S. Saks
Chief Executive Officer
5% (3)
0.65% for amounts exceeding
threshold but not the budget
and 1.00% for amounts
exceeding the budget (4)
 
 
 
$58,139
19.25%
 
Robert T. Grah
Vice President, Central
Operations and Acting
Chief Operating Officer of
the Aerostructures Segment
5% (5)
0.50%
 
 
 
 
 
$28,847
11.82%
 
Lawrence E. Dickinson
Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer
5% (6)
0.40%
 
 
 
$24,415
11.00%
 
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Ryan  P. Bogan
President and CEO of D3
Technologies, Inc.
N/A (7)
       0.70% (7)
 
 
 
$73,432
40.10%
James McQueeney,
President and Chief
Operating Officer (1)
5% (8)
0.65% for amounts exceeding
threshold but not the budget
and 1.00% for amounts
exceeding the budget (4)
 
 
 
$0
N/A
_______________________
(1)    
Mr. McQueeney did not receive a cash bonus for 2009.
 
(2)    
Except for Mr. Bogan, the total bonus for each executive consists of two components: (a) 5% of the executive’s base salary if the minimum threshold is achieved, plus (b) the applicable percentage of the annual income from operations of the Company (in the case of Messrs. Saks and McQueeney) or the Aerostructures segment (in the case of Messrs. Grah and Dickinson) in excess of the applicable threshold.  Mr. Bogan’s annual incentive bonus is 0.7% of annual income from operations of the Engineering Services segment if the minimum threshold is achieved.

(3)    
The threshold for Mr. Saks’s incentive bonus was 60% of the combined budget for annual income from operations of the Aerostructures segment and the Engineering Services segment.

(4)    
Based on the combined budget for annual income from operations of the Aerostructures segment and the Engineering Services segment.

(5)    
The threshold for Mr. Grah’s incentive bonus was 60% of the budget for annual income from operations of the Aerostructures segment.

(6)    
The threshold for Mr. Dickinson’s incentive bonus was 60% of the budget for annual income from operations of the Aerostructures segment.

(7)    
The threshold for Mr. Bogan’s incentive bonus was $3 million of annual income from operations of the Engineering Services segment.

(8)    
The threshold for Mr. McQueeney’s incentive bonus was 60% of the combined budget for annual income from operations of the Aerostructures segment and the Engineering Services segment.

The Compensation Committee also has the authority to award additional discretionary cash bonuses under the 2005 Long-Term Incentive Plan based on extraordinary performance or circumstances.  Such cash bonus awards are not, however, common, and no such bonuses were made in 2009.

Long-Term Incentive Compensation
 
The long-term incentive awards for our named executive officers are made under our 2005 Long-Term Incentive Plan under which the Compensation Committee may, among other things, grant or award stock options, shares of restricted stock, restricted stock units and other stock-based or cash awards, subject to certain limitations and restrictions as set forth in the plan.  Our use of stock-based awards for our executive officers is the primary means by which we provide our named executive officers a long-term incentive that becomes more valuable to the executive to the extent our share value increases, thereby aligning each executive’s interest with the interest of our shareholders.

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The annual grants under the plan to our executive officers primarily consist of grants of restricted stock awards.  Prior to 2005, we granted stock options that generally vested over a number of years.  Since such time, no stock options have been granted.  We believe that utilization of restricted stock awards provides long-term incentives comparable to the use of stock options while also offering the advantage of reduced market risk to the executive and reduced potential dilution of outstanding shares compared to utilization of an option having the same fair value on the date of grant.  Moreover, the Company’s expense for the issuance of restricted stock, which is fixed at the market value on the day of grant, is spread over the vesting period while the expense for stock options involves the use of theoretical assumptions to create a hypothetical value and expense for the options. However, the Company may issue stock options in the future if it determines circumstances become more beneficial to do so.

In addition to the annual grants of restricted stock typically made by the Company, under the plan, equity grants may also be made to new executive officers upon the commencement of their employment and, on occasion, to executive officers in connection with a significant change in job responsibility, extraordinary performance or other reasons.  In connection with Mr. McQueeney’s employment with the Company, the Compensation Committee awarded to Mr. McQueeney, effective as of July 6, 2009, 18,957 shares of restricted stock pursuant to the 2005 Long-Term Incentive Plan having an aggregate grant date fair value of $179,902.  These restricted shares would have vested on the third anniversary of the award date but were forfeited when Mr. McQueeney’s employment terminated effective as of January 17, 2010.
 
It is the policy of the Compensation Committee that, with respect to all equity-based compensation for the executive officers, (a) the award dates for each grant shall be specified by the Compensation Committee at a duly convened meeting as of a date on or after the date of its action, (b) the exercise price shall be determined by reference to the closing price and (c) the value of the grant shall be determined by reference to the average of the high and low prices of our common stock on the specified award date.
 
In February 2009, the Compensation Committee awarded shares of restricted stock to certain executive officers.  In determining the number of shares of restricted stock to be awarded to executive officers in 2009, the Compensation Committee evaluated (a) each executive officer’s job responsibility, past performance and anticipated future contributions, (b) the value of the grant and potential appreciation to the executive officer in relation to the other elements of his or her total compensation, (c) corporate performance and (d) the executive officer’s existing vested and unvested equity holdings.  The Compensation Committee awarded shares of restricted stock to the Company’s named executive officers in February 2009 as follows:  Mr. Grah 3,000 shares and Mr. Dickinson 5,000 shares.

Based primarily on discussions with our Chief Executive Officer and taking into account his significant ownership of our common stock, the Compensation Committee has determined that grants or awards of equity-based compensation to our Chief Executive Officer would not serve the primary purpose of these grants or awards of providing him long-term incentives.  Accordingly, our Chief Executive Officer has not received stock options or shares of restricted stock in the past and did not receive any in 2009.  Our Chief Executive Officer has indicated his concurrence with this determination by the Compensation Committee.

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In February 2010, the Compensation Committee awarded additional shares of restricted stock to management as a means of providing additional incentive and serving as a retention mechanism for key employees in view of the current economic environment and the uncertainty within the aerospace industry, which present unique challenges to the Company’s achievement of its business plan for 2010 and beyond.  Such awards included an award of 5,000 shares to Lawrence E. Dickinson, our Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and 5,000 shares to Robert T. Grah, our Vice President, Central Operations and acting Chief Operating Officer of the Aerostructures segment.  No other named executive officers have received grants of shares of restricted stock in 2010.

Benefit Programs and Executive Perquisites
 
In addition to the three basic elements of our executive compensation program described above, our executives participate in other benefit programs, such as group term life and health benefits, disability programs, and our Profit Sharing and 401(k) Plan, all of which are available to all of our full-time employees.

Historically, we have not offered perquisites to our executive officers other than the use of a Company furnished automobile or an automobile allowance in lieu thereof.

Change in Control and Severance Practices
 
Under the 2005 Long-Term Incentive Plan, stock-based compensation vests immediately in the event of a change in control of the Company.  In addition, the employment agreement of each of our named executive officers provides for the payment of severance if such executive’s employment is terminated in connection with a change in control of the Company or if such executive’s employment is terminated for certain other reasons.  Severance in connection with a change in control is typically determined based on whether the termination of the named executive officer’s employment was involuntary or for good reason and on the executive’s length of service to the Company.

With respect to terminations of employment outside of the context of a change in control, the employment agreement of each of our named executive officers provides for severance payments in the event of certain terminations, depending on the reason for the termination.  The amount of severance eligibility varies depending on the length of service.  For additional information regarding the payment of severance in connection with changes of control and otherwise, please see the section below entitled “Compensation of Executive Officers – Executive Compensation Tables – Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control.”

The severance arrangements with each of our executive officers are considered to be a necessary part of the process in the recruitment and retention of qualified executives.  These severance arrangements allow our executives to focus on shareholder interests in considering strategic alternatives and assist the Company in providing income protection for executives in the event of an involuntary termination of employment.  

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Tax and Accounting Implications

Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code generally precludes a public company from taking a federal income tax deduction for annual compensation in excess of $1 million per individual paid to its chief executive officer or the other named executive officers.  Under Section 162(m), certain compensation, including “performance-based compensation,” is excluded from this deduction limitation.  Our intent is to structure compensation paid to our executives to be deductible; however, from time to time, the Compensation Committee may award compensation that may not be deductible if it determines that such awards are consistent with our compensation philosophy and in the best interest of our shareholders.  We believe that all of the 2009 compensation paid to our executive officers is fully deductible.

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

In fulfilling its duties and responsibilities, the Compensation Committee reviewed and discussed with management the Compensation Discussion and Analysis set forth in this proxy statement.

In reliance on the review and discussions referred to above, the Compensation Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009 and the Company’s 2010 proxy statement.


Respectfully submitted,
 
COMPENSATION COMMITTEE OF THE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
LMI AEROSPACE, INC.
 
John S. Eulich, Chair of the Compensation Committee
Joseph Burstein, Member
Thomas G. Unger, Member

Notwithstanding anything set forth in any of our previous filings under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that might incorporate future filings, including this proxy statement, in whole or in part, the preceding report shall not be deemed incorporated by reference in any such filings.

Executive Compensation Tables

Summary Compensation Table

The following table summarizes the total compensation paid to or earned by the Company's Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and each of the three most highly compensated executive officers, whose 2009 total compensation exceeded $100,000 in each instance, referred to collectively as the named executive officers, for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007:
 
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Name and Principal
Position
Year
Salary
($)
Stock
Awards (1)
($)
Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation
(2)
($)
All Other
Compensation
($)
Total
($)
Ronald S. Saks
Chief Executive Officer
2009
302,041
-
58,139
 7,091
367,271
 
2008
285,516
-
94,035
 6,333
385,884
 
2007
277,200
-
96,112
 6,364
379,676
James McQueeney
Former Chief Operating
Officer (3)
2009
      146,731 (4)
    179,902 (5)
-
     31,253 (6)
      357,886 (6)
Robert T. Grah
Acting Chief Operating
Officer; Vice President,
Central Operations
2009
244,060
36,240
28,847
  7,935
317,082
 
2008
237,065
    128,000 (7)
34,776
  7,035
406,876
 
2007
209,694
      21,424 (7)
65,125
  6,035
302,278
Lawrence E. Dickinson
Vice President, Chief
Financial Officer and
Secretary
2009
222,003
60,400
24,415
  3,430
310,248
 
2008
215,632
    128,000 (7)
29,120
  3,191
375,943
 
2007
190,704
      18,128 (7)
53,403
  3,793
266,028
Ryan  P. Bogan
President and CEO of D3
Technologies, Inc. (8)
2009
183,138
-
73,432
      16,929 (9)
273,499
 
2008
181,125
-
81,906
 8,077
271,108


(1)  
This column represents the aggregate grant date fair value of restricted shares awarded to each officer during the 2009 fiscal year computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718.  Pursuant to SEC rules, the amounts shown exclude the impact of estimated forfeitures related to service-based vesting conditions.

(2)  
The amounts represent cash bonus awarded under our named executive officers’ employment agreements for the year reported. Compensation was paid in the first quarter of the ensuing year.

(3)  
Mr. McQueeney was not employed by the Company in 2007 and 2008.

(4)  
Mr. McQueeney’s base salary was prorated for the period of July 6, 2009 through December 31, 2009, during which period he was employed by the Company as its President and Chief Operating Officer.

(5)  
Consists of the grant date fair value of 18,957 shares of unvested restricted stock held by Mr. McQueeney at December 31, 2009. Such shares were forfeited as a result of the termination of Mr. McQueeney’s employment with the Company in January 2010.
 
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(6)  
Includes $14,751 for relocation expenses, $13,916 for life insurance premiums, $2,327 for auto expense reimbursement and $259 for group term life insurance.  Does not include a payment of $90,000 made to Mr. McQueeney in January 2010 in connection with the termination of his employment with the Company in consideration for undertakings by Mr. McQueeney and his release of the Company in all matters relating to Mr. McQueeney’s employment with the Company.

(7)  
2008 and 2007 stock awards have been restated to be consistent with the 2009 presentation.

(8)  
Mr. Bogan was not a named executive officer in 2007.
 
(9)  
Includes $9,115 for accrued vacation, $5,769 for auto expense reimbursement, $1,624 for life insurance and $421 for group term life insurance.
 
Grants of Plan-Based Awards

The following table provides information on the 2009 grants of plan-based awards to the named executive officers. The information consists of estimated cash bonus awards to be earned in 2010 under our named executive officers’ employment agreements and shares of restricted stock awarded in 2009 under the 2005 Long-Term Incentive Plan discussed above. Ronald S. Saks, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, does not hold any stock options or shares of restricted stock.  As a result of his resignation from his employment with the Conpany effective on January 17, 2010, Mr. McQueeney's shares of restricted stock were forfeited on that date and he will not receive a cash bonus for 2010. 

   
Estimated Future Payouts Under
Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards
All Other Stock
Awards: Number
of
Shares of Stock or
Units (#)
Grant Date Fair
Value of Stock
and Option
Awards
($)
Name
Grant
Date
Threshold
(1) ($)
Target
(2) ($)
Maximum
( 3) ($)
 
Ronald S. Saks
 
15,500 (4)
78,368
-
-
-
 
James McQueeney
07/06/09
-
-
-
    18,957 (5)
    179,902 (5)
 
Robert T. Grah
02/09/09
-
-
-
3,000
36,240
 
 
 
12,369 (6)
50,529
-
-
-
 
Lawrence E. Dickinson
02/09/09
-
-
-
5,000
60,400
 
 
 
11,264 (6)
41,792
-
-
-
 
Ryan P. Bogan
 
21,000 (7)
35,700
-
-
-

(1)     
Represents estimated payouts of annual incentive cash bonuses for fiscal year 2010 assuming the applicable minimum threshold is met but not exceeded.
 
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(2)     
Represents estimated payouts of annual incentive cash bonuses for fiscal year 2010 assuming the 2010 budget for annual income from operations is met but not exceeded.  Except for Mr. Bogan, the total bonus for each executive consists of two components:  (a) 5% of the executive’s base salary if the minimum threshold is achieved, plus (b) the applicable percentage of the annual income from operations of the Company (in the case of Mr. Saks) or the Aerostructures segment (in the case of Messrs. Grah and Dickinson) in excess of the applicable threshold, plus (c) a percentage (0.65% for Mr. Saks, 0.50% for Mr. Grah and 0.40% for Mr. Dickinson) of the amount by which the applicable annual income from operations of the Company (with respect to Mr. Saks) or of the Aerostructures segment (with respect to Messrs. Grah and Dickinson) for the subject year exceeds the threshold, plus (d) with respect to Mr. Saks 1.00% of the amount by which the applicable annual income from operations of the Company for the subject year exceeds the budget for annual income from operations.  Mr. Bogan’s annual incentive cash bonus is 0.70% of annual income from operations of the Engineering Services segment if the minimum threshold is achieved.

(3)     
In accordance with the employment agreement for each respective named executive officer, there is no limitation on the amount of non-equity incentive plan awards that can be earned by each named executive officer.

(4)     
Represents 5% of the base salary if the threshold of 60% of the 2010 combined budget for annual income from operations of the Aerostructures segment and the Engineering Services segment is met.

(5)     
Shares were forfeited as a result of the termination of Mr. McQueeney’s employment with the Company in January 2010.

(6)     
Represents 5% of the base salary if the threshold of 60% of the 2010 budget for annual income from operations of the Aerostructures segment is met.

(7)     
Represents 0.70% of annual income from operations of the Engineering Services segment if the threshold of $3 million is met.

Narrative for Summary Compensation Table and Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table

The employment agreement of each of our named executive officers provides that such executive officer will receive a performance bonus if the applicable minimum threshold is achieved.  Under the employment agreement of Mr. Saks, the minimum threshold is 60% of the combined amount for annual income from operations of the Aerostructures segment and the Engineering Services segment budgeted by the Board of Directors during the annual budget process.  Under the employment agreements of Messrs. Grah and Dickinson, the minimum threshold is 60% of the budgeted amount for annual income from operations of the Aerostructures segment.  Under the employment agreement of Mr. Bogan, the minimum threshold is $3 million of annual income from operations of the Engineering Services segment.  Annual income from operations for the purposes of employment agreements of our named executive officers is essentially income from operations of the applicable segment for any given fiscal year with certain adjustments, including the exclusion of income and losses from acquisitions.

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If the applicable minimum threshold is achieved, the employment agreement of each of our named executive officers, other than Mr. Bogan, provides that such named executive officer earns a bonus equal to 5% of his base salary, plus a percentage of the amount by which the annual income from operations for the subject year of the applicable segment or segments exceeds the minimum threshold, plus, in the case of Mr. Saks, a percentage of the amount by which the applicable annual income from operations for the subject year exceeds the budgeted amount.  The specified percentage is 0.65 (1.0 for amounts exceeding the Company’s budget for annual income from operations) for Mr. Saks, 0.50 for Mr. Grah, and 0.40 for Mr. Dickinson.  Mr. Bogan’s annual incentive bonus is 0.70% of annual income from operations of the Engineering Services segment if the minimum threshold is achieved.

The applicable minimum thresholds for each of our named executive officers for 2009 were as follows:  $15.6 million combined annual income from operations of the Aerostructures segment and Engineering Services segment for Mr. Saks; $10.5 million annual income from operations of the Aerostructures segment for Messrs. Grah and Dickinson; and $3 million annual income from operations of the Engineering Services segment for Mr. Bogan.  Because the minimum threshold for annual income from operations was exceeded in 2009 with respect to both segments, each of the named executive officers received bonuses.  We have disclosed the amounts paid to each named executive officer under our annual incentive bonus program under the Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation column of the Summary Compensation Table.  Messrs. Saks, Grah, Dickinson and Bogan earned cash awards under our annual incentive bonus program in the amounts of $58,139, $28,847, $24,415 and $73,432, respectively, in 2009.

For fiscal year 2010, our executive officers are eligible to receive awards under employment agreements based on the calculations described above.  We have disclosed estimated payouts under our annual incentive bonus program for 2010 under the Estimated Future Payouts Under Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards columns in the Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table calculated assuming that the Company achieves, but does not exceed, its budgeted annual income from operations for fiscal year 2010.

Our Compensation Committee made awards of the Company’s restricted stock to our executive officers in fiscal year 2009 under our 2005 Long-Term Incentive Plan.  Pursuant to the terms of the 2005 Long-Term Incentive Plan, our Compensation Committee has broad discretion to award to our executive officers shares of restrictive stock of our Company, among other types of cash-based and equity-based awards, subject to limitations and restrictions as set forth in the plan.  In 2009, Messrs. Grah and Dickinson were awarded 3,000 and 5,000 shares of restricted stock, respectively.  The aggregate grant date fair value of restricted stock of our named executive officers for the 2009 fiscal year were $36,240 and $60,400 for Messrs. Grah and Dickinson, respectively, which we reported in the Stock Awards column of the Summary Compensation Table.  The shares awarded to the named executive officers for the 2009 fiscal year vest according to a three-year cliff vesting schedule.   In connection with Mr. McQueeney’s employment with the Company, the Compensation Committee awarded to Mr. McQueeney, effective as of July 6, 2009, 18,957 shares of restricted stock pursuant to the 2005 Long-Term Incentive Plan having an aggregate grant date fair market value of $179,902.  These shares were forfeited in January 2010 in connection with the termination of Mr. McQueeney’s employment with the Company.
 
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Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End

The following table provides information on unexercised stock options and unvested restricted stock awards granted to the named executive officers that were outstanding as of December 31, 2009. Ronald S. Saks, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, does not hold any stock options or shares of restricted stock. There were no unexercisable stock options outstanding at December 31, 2009.

 
Option Awards
Stock Awards
Name
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
Exercisable (#)
Option
Exercise
Price
($)
Option
Expiration
Date
Number of Shares
or Units of Stock
That Have Not
Vested (1) (#)
Market Value of Shares
or Units of Stock That
Have Not Vested (2) ($)
 
James McQueeney
-
-
-
18,957
252,128
 
Robert T. Grah
-
-
-
8,000
106,400
 
Lawrence E. Dickinson
3,500
2.00
1/18/2011
-
-
 
 
-
-
-
10,000
133,000
 
Ryan P. Bogan
-
-
-
17,336
230,569

 
(1)
Of the 8,000 unvested shares owned by Mr. Grah at December 31, 2009, 5,000 shares will vest on January 2, 2011 and the remaining 3,000 shares will vest on February 9, 2012. Of the 10,000 unvested shares owned by Mr. Dickinson at December 31, 2009, 5,000 shares will vest on January 2, 2011 and the remaining 5,000 shares will vest on February 9, 2012. Of the 17,336 unvested shares owned by Mr. Bogan at December 31, 2009, 4,337 shares will vest on July 31, 2010, 5,782 shares will vest on July 31, 2011 and the remaining 7,217 shares will vest on July 31, 2012. The 18,957 unvested shares held by Mr. McQueeney at December 31, 2009 were forfeited as a result of the termination of Mr. McQueeney’s employment with the Company in January 2010.

 
(2)  
Market value of unvested shares is based on closing market price of $13.30 per share on December 31, 2009.
 
Option Exercises and Stock Vested

The following table provides information on stock options that were exercised by our named executive officers during 2009 and shares of restricted stock held by our named executive officers that vested during 2009. Ronald S. Saks, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, does not hold any stock options or shares of restricted stock.

 
Option Awards
Stock Awards
Name
Number of
Shares Acquired
on Exercise (#)
Value Realized
on Exercise (1)
($)
Number of
Shares Acquired
on Vesting (#)
Value Realized
on Vesting (2)
($)
 
Robert T. Grah
-
-
650
$7,144
 
Lawrence E. Dickinson
4,000
$43,480
550
$6,045
 
Ryan P. Bogan
-
-
2,891
$26,628

(1)   
Represents the aggregate intrinsic value realized upon exercise of the options.
(2)  
Represents the aggregate market value of the restricted stock at vesting.

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Pension Benefits

None of our named executive officers are covered by a defined pension benefit plan or other similar benefit plan that provides for payments or other benefits.

Nonqualified Deferred Compensation

We do not provide our executives with any nonqualified deferred compensation plans.

Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control

Other than our former Chief Operating Officer, James McQueeney, and our current President and Chief Executive Officer of D3 Technologies, Inc., Ryan P. Bogan, our named executive officers have entered into three-year employment agreements with terms that began on January 1, 2008 and expire on January 1, 2011.  The term of Mr. McQueeney’s employment agreement terminated effective as of January 17, 2010, and the term of Mr. Bogan’s employment agreement commenced on July 31, 2007 and expires on January 1, 2011.  Each employment agreement automatically renews for additional one-year periods unless terminated by either us or the employee by October 31 of the then-current term.

The employment agreements may be terminated upon: (a) our dissolution, (b) by us in the event we determine that the employee is not performing the duties required of him under his employment agreement to our satisfaction, (c) the death or permanent disability of the employee, (d) ten days’ written notice by us upon the employee’s breach of his employment agreement, (e) by us in the event that the employee engages in conduct which is dishonest, felonious, or is otherwise harmful to the Company, or (f) by the employee upon 30 days’ written notice to us.

If employment is terminated for any of the reasons set forth in clauses (c) through (f) above, the named executive officers will only receive their base salary accrued but unpaid as of the date of the termination. If employment is terminated for any reason other than those set forth in clauses (c) through (f) above and other than in connection with a change of control of the Company, the officers will receive six months of base salary if their term of service to us is less than five years or twelve months of their base salary if their term of service to us is five years or longer.  Except under limited circumstances, such severance pay will be paid in equal monthly installments commencing immediately after the termination.

If, pursuant to a change in control of the Company, a named executive officer’s employment agreement is involuntarily terminated or the executive elects to terminate his employment for a good reason as determined by the Company, the employee will receive a lump sum severance payment in an amount equal to two times his annual base salary and any reasonably anticipated performance bonus for the fiscal year in which he was terminated on a prorated basis. If an executive voluntarily terminates his employment within 90 days of a change in control without good reason, he will receive either six months of his annual base salary if his term of service to us was less than five years or twelve months of his annual base salary if his term of service to us was five years or longer.

The following table indicates the potential payments that would have been received by our named executive officers upon the occurrence of the identified events as of December 31, 2009:
 
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Name
Benefit
Termination:
Voluntary or
For Cause (1)
Termination:
Without Cause
(2) ($)
Change in Control:
Involuntary or for
Good Reason (3) ($)
Change in
Control:
Voluntary (3) ($)
Ronald S. Saks
 
Restricted Stock
-
-
-
-
Severance
-
310,000 (4)
678,139 (4)
310,000 (4)
James McQueeney
 
Restricted Stock
-
-
252,128 (5)
252,128 (5)
Severance
-
-
-
-
Robert T. Grah
 
Restricted Stock
-
-
106,400 (5)
106,400 (5)
Severance
-
244,060 (4)
516,967 (4)
244,060 (4)
Lawrence E. Dickinson
 
Restricted Stock
-
-
133,000 (5)
133,000 (5)
Severance
-
222,003 (4)
468,421 (4)
222,003 (4)
Ryan P. Bogan
 
Restricted Stock
-
-
230,569 (5)
230,569 (5)
Severance
-
  84,359 (4)
410,868 (4)
  84,359 (4)

(1)     
A voluntary or for cause termination is a termination described in clauses (c) through (f) of the second paragraph of this section.

(2)     
A termination without cause is any termination other than a voluntary or for cause termination or a termination in connection with a change in control.

(3)     
No accelerated benefit will be paid to the extent that it would constitute an excess parachute payment under Section 280G(b)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  As of December 31, 2009, there were no named executive officers who would have received payments that would constitute excess parachute payments.

(4)     
Amount is based on salary in effect at December 31, 2009 for each of the named executive officers.

(5)     
The restricted stock value is calculated using the closing market price of $13.30 per share on December 31, 2009, multiplied by the number of shares that would have become vested as a result of the change in control on that date.

 
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AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

The responsibilities of the Audit Committee are provided in its Charter, which has been approved by the Board of Directors of the Company.

In fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the December 31, 2009 financial statements, the Audit Committee, among other things, has:

·    
reviewed and discussed with management the Company’s audited financial statements as of and for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, including a discussion of the quality and acceptability of our financial reporting and internal controls;

·    
discussed with the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, who is responsible for expressing an opinion on the conformity of those audited financial statements with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, its judgment as to the quality, not just the acceptability, of the accounting principles utilized, the reasonableness of significant accounting judgments and estimates and such other matters as are required to be discussed with the Audit Committee under generally accepted auditing standards, including Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61, Communication with Audit Committees , as amended, by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in Rule 3200T;

·    
discussed with the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm its independence from management and the Company, received and reviewed the written disclosures in the letter from the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm as required by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and considered the compatibility of non-audit services with the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm’s independence; and

·    
discussed with the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm the overall scope and plans for its audit.

Based on the reviews and discussions referred to above, the Audit Committee has recommended to the Board of Directors that the audited financial statements referred to above be included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009.

 
Respectfully submitted,
   
 
AUDIT COMMITTEE OF THE
 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
 
LMI AEROSPACE, INC.
   
 
John M. Roeder, Chair of the Audit Committee
 
John S. Eulich, Member
 
Judith W. Northup, Member
 
Thomas G. Unger, Member

Notwithstanding anything set forth in any of our previous filings under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that might incorporate future filings, including this proxy statement, in whole or in part, the preceding report shall not be deemed incorporated by reference in any such filings.

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CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED-PARTY TRANSACTIONS

The CG&N Committee is responsible for review, approval, ratification or other appropriate action regarding all transactions involving the Company in which a related person has a direct or indirect material interest and the amount involved exceeds $120,000.  We have developed and implemented policies and procedures to obtain information from our directors and executive officers about related person transactions to assure that all such transactions are brought to the attention of, and appropriately reviewed by, the CG&N Committee.  As required by SEC rules, transactions that are determined to be directly or indirectly material to a related person are disclosed in our proxy statement.

All directors and executive officers annually complete, sign and submit a directors’ and officers’ questionnaire designed to, among other things, identify related person transactions on both an actual and potential conflicts of interest basis.  Our directors and officers are also required to update their information if there are any changes during the year.  Under the Company’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, our directors and officers are required to immediately disclose all relevant facts and circumstances to our Compliance Officer for his initial review.  If the Compliance Officer determines that there appears to be an actual or potential conflict, he will refer the matter to the CG&N Committee to determine whether the related person has a material interest in the transaction requiring its approval, ratification, rescission or other action determined to be appropriate by the CG&N Committee.

Sanford S. Neuman, a director of the Company, is the Chairman and a Member of the law firm Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, L.C., which has provided legal services to the Company in prior years and is expected to provide legal services to the Company in the future.


SECTION 16(a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE

Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires the Company’s executive officers, the Company’s directors and persons who beneficially own more than 10% of a registered class of the Company’s equity securities to file reports of ownership and changes in ownership with the SEC.  Such individuals are required by SEC regulation to furnish the Company with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file. Based solely on its review of the copies of such forms furnished to the Company or written representations that no reports were required to be filed, the Company believes that each of its executive officers, directors and greater than 10% beneficial owners complied with all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to them with respect to transactions during the 2009 fiscal year.


PROPOSAL 2 – RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF
INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”), as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm to audit the consolidated financial statements of the Company for the current fiscal year ending December 31, 2010.

PwC’s report on the financial statements of the Company for the past fiscal year contained no adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion and was not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope, or accounting principles. The financial statements of the Company for fiscal years ending December 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively, were audited by BDO Seidman, LLP (“BDO”), whose report on such statements contained no adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion and was not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope, or accounting principles.
 
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In connection with the Company’s audit for each of the three most recent fiscal years, there were no disagreements with PwC or BDO on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosures or auditing scope or procedure, which disagreements, if not resolved to the satisfaction of PwC or BDO, would have caused either firm to make reference thereto in their report in the financial statements for such years.
 
During the Company’s most recent fiscal year, there were no reportable events as defined in Regulation S-K, Item 304(a)(1)(v).
 
A proposal will be presented at the Annual Meeting to ratify the appointment of PwC as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm.  One or more of the representatives of that firm are expected to be present at the Annual Meeting to respond to appropriate questions and to make a statement if they desire to do so.  Neither the Company’s Amended and Restated By-laws nor its other governing documents or law require shareholder ratification of the selection of PwC as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm.  However, the Audit Committee is submitting the selection of PwC to the shareholders for ratification as a matter of good corporate practice.  If the shareholders fail to ratify the selection, the Audit Committee will reconsider whether or not to retain that firm.  Even if the selection is ratified, the Audit Committee in its discretion may direct the appointment of a different independent registered public accounting firm at any time during the year if the Audit Committee determines that such a change would be in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders.
 
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THE RATIFICATION OF PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP AS THE COMPANY’S INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM.

FEES BILLED BY INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

The following table sets forth the amount of audit fees, tax fees, audit-related fees and all other fees billed or expected to be billed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the Company’s current independent registered public accounting firm, and by BDO Seidman, LLP, the Company’s former independent registered public accounting firm, for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively:

 
2009
2008
     
Audit Fees (1)
$533,078
$562,117
Tax Fees (2)
49,481
--
Audit-Related Fees
24,250
15,343
All Other Fees (3)
      4 ,212
           --
Total Fees
$ 611,021
$ 577,460


(1)      
Includes annual financial statement audit, audit of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting and quarterly review services.

(2)     
Includes fees associated with federal, state and international tax compliance and consulting services.  During 2008, tax fees were not paid to BDO as the firm did not serve as the Company’s tax service provider.

(3)     
Includes services associated with government contracting compliance.
 
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PRE-APPROVAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
 
The Audit Committee has adopted a policy that requires advance approval of all audit, audit-related, tax and other services performed by the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm. All of the fees listed above were pre-approved in accordance with this policy.  The policy provides for pre-approval by the Audit Committee of specifically defined audit and permitted non-audit services. Unless the specific service has been previously pre-approved with respect to that year, the Audit Committee must approve the permitted service before the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm is engaged to perform it. The Audit Committee has delegated to its Chair the authority to approve permitted services provided that he reports any decisions to the Committee at its next scheduled meeting. The Audit Committee, after review and discussion with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and BDO Seidman, LLP of the Company’s pre-approval policies and procedures, determined that the provision of these services in accordance with such policies and procedures was compatible with maintaining each firm’s independence.

ANNUAL REPORT

The Annual Report of the Company for the 2009 fiscal year accompanies this Notice of Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement.

FUTURE PROPOSALS

Shareholder proposals intended to be presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders must be received by the Company not later than January 4, 2011 or earlier than December 4, 2010 for inclusion in the Company’s proxy statement and proxy relating to that meeting.  Upon receipt of any such proposal, the Company will determine whether or not to include such proposal in the proxy statement and proxy in accordance with regulations governing the solicitation of proxies.

Shareholder proposals and nominations for directors made outside of Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act may be considered at the 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders only if timely notice is given to the Company by March 20, 2011.  Such notice must include a description of the proposed business and the reasons therefor.  The Board of Directors or the presiding officer at the Annual Meeting may reject any such proposals that are not made in accordance with these procedures or that are not a proper subject for shareholder action in accordance with applicable law.  These requirements are separate from the procedural requirements a shareholder must meet to have a proposal included in the Company’s proxy statement.

COMMUNICATION WITH THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A shareholder who wishes to communicate with our Board of Directors, specific individual directors or the non-employee directors as a group, may do so by directing a written request addressed to such director(s) in care of the Corporate Secretary at the address appearing on the first page of this proxy statement.  Such communication will be directed to the intended director, group of directors or the entire Board of Directors, as the case may be.

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HOUSEHOLDING OF MATERIALS

In some instances, only one copy of this Proxy Statement or annual report is being delivered to multiple shareholders sharing an address, unless the Company has received instructions from one or more of the shareholders to continue to deliver multiple copies.  We will deliver promptly upon oral or written request a separate copy of the proxy statement or annual report, as applicable, to any shareholder at your address.  If you wish to receive a separate copy of the proxy statement or annual report, you may call us at (636) 946-6525 or send a written request to LMI Aerospace, Inc., 411 Fountain Lakes Blvd., St. Charles, Missouri 63301, Attention: Secretary.  Alternatively, shareholders sharing an address who now receive multiple copies of the proxy statement or annual report may request delivery of a single copy also by calling us at the number or writing to us at the address listed above.

OTHER BUSINESS

The Board of Directors knows of no other business that will be presented for consideration at the Annual Meeting other than as set forth in the Notice that accompanies this Proxy Statement.  However, if any other matters properly come before the Annual Meeting, it is the intention of the persons named in the accompanying proxy to vote on such matters in accordance with their best judgment.


 
By Order of the Board of Directors,
 
LAWRENCE E. DICKINSON
 
Secretary
   


St. Charles, Missouri
May 4, 2009
 
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PROXY

LMI AEROSPACE, INC.
ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
June 22, 2010

The undersigned hereby appoints Ronald S. Saks, or if Ronald S. Saks is unable or declines to exercise such rights hereunder, the undersigned appoints Lawrence E. Dickinson, with full power of substitution, the true and lawful attorney and proxy of the undersigned to vote all the shares of Common Stock, $0.02 par value per share, of LMI Aerospace, Inc. owned by the undersigned at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held at 411 Fountain Lakes Blvd., St. Charles, Missouri 63301, beginning at 10:00 a.m. local time, June 22, 2010, and at any adjournment thereof, on the following items of business as set forth in the Notice of Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement:

1.             ELECTION OF DIRECTORS:

Nominees:          Ronald S. Saks                               Joseph Burstein

 
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FOR all nominees (or such other person designated by the Board of Directors to replace any unavailable nominee)

 
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WITHHOLD AUTHORITY to vote for all nominees

 
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FOR ALL EXCEPT ______________________ (Instruction: To withhold authority to vote for any individual nominee, mark the “FOR ALL EXCEPT” box and write that nominee’s name in the space provided.)

2.  
RATIFICATION OF THE ENGAGEMENT OF PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP AS INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM:

 
¨
FOR
¨
AGAINST
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ABSTENTION

3.             OTHER MATTERS

In his discretion with respect to the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting.

THIS PROXY IS SOLICITED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.  THE SHARES REPRESENTED BY THIS PROXY WILL BE VOTED AS SPECIFIED.  IF NO CHOICE IS SPECIFIED, THIS PROXY WILL BE VOTED FOR THE DIRECTORS NOMINATED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, FOR THE RATIFICATION OF PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP, AND IN THE DISCRETION OF THE PROXY HOLDER ON SUCH OTHER MATTERS AS MAY PROPERLY COME BEFORE THE ANNUAL MEETING OR ANY ADJOURNMENTS OR POSTPONEMENTS THEREOF.

 
DATE
 
, 2010
   
   
   
   

 
 

 
Please date and sign exactly as your name appears on the envelope.  In the case of joint holders, each should sign.  When signing as attorney, executor, etc., give full title.  If signer is a corporation or other entity, execute in full corporate or company name by authorized officer.