Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (date of earliest event reported):  November 8, 2011



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Item 5.02.     Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers


Variable Compensation Plan 2011 Performance Metrics


On October 4, 2011, the Compensation and H.R. Committee (the “Committee”) of the Coherent Board of Directors established performance metrics for fiscal year 2012 under its Variable Compensation Plan (the “VCP”).  The fiscal year 2012 performance metrics are based upon achieving semi-annual (each six month period of the fiscal year) adjusted EBITDA dollar targets, subject to achieving certain thresholds.  For purposes of the VCP, “adjusted EBITDA” is defined as operating income adjusted for VCP, depreciation, amortization, stock compensation expense, major restructuring charges and certain non-operating income or expense items.


The amount each participant may receive can vary between 0% and 200% of the targeted amount.  If the Company fails to meet at least the thresholds for both adjusted EBITDA dollar and revenue for a particular semi-annual period, the participant would not receive any bonus for that particular period.  The adjusted EBITDA dollar and revenue achievement are calculated after the conclusion of each applicable semi-annual fiscal period and the threshold is equal to 80% of the Board-approved operating budget.


On November 8, 2011 the Committee determined to maintain the fiscal year 2012 target bonuses in the VCP for the named executive officers at the same levels used for fiscal year 2010 and 2011 (expressed as a percentage of their respective base salaries): John Ambroseo: 100%; Helene Simonet: 70%; Mark Sobey: 60%; Luis Spinelli: 50%; and Bret DiMarco: 50%.


Fiscal 2012 Salaries


The Committee also determined to maintain the salaries for the named executive officers for fiscal year 2012 at the same level as fiscal year 2011.


Additionally, the Committee granted time-based and performance-based restricted stock units to the named executive officers, which were disclosed in previously filed Form 4s.






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.





Date: November 15, 2011





/s/ Bret M. DiMarco


Bret M. DiMarco


Executive Vice President and


General Counsel