Grants of Plan-Based Awards at Fiscal Year-end 2016

The following table provides information about awards granted to our named executives during fiscal year 2016.

            Estimated Possible Payouts Under Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards(2)   Estimated Future Payouts
Under Equity Incentive
Plan Awards(3)
  All Other
Option
Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Options
(#)
  Exercise
or Base
Price of
Option
Awards
($/Sh)(4)
  Grant Date
Fair Value ($)(5)
Name   Grant
Date
  Plan Awards(1)   Threshold
($)
  Target
($)
  Maximum
($)
  Threshold
(#)
  Target
(#)
  Maximum
(#)
      Stock
Awards
  Option
Awards
Mr. Wilson     Annual cash incentive   1,800,000   3,600,000   10,000,000                            
02/11/2016   PSAs         0 86,650 173,300     5,400,028  
02/11/2016   Stock options               295,324 62.32   3,600,000
Mr. Shebik     Annual cash incentive   481,899   963,798   5,400,000                            
02/11/2016 PSAs       0 26,476 52,952     1,649,984  
02/11/2016 Stock options             90,238 62.32   1,100,001
Mr. Civgin     Annual cash incentive   485,717   971,434   5,400,000                            
02/11/2016 PSAs       0 23,107 46,214     1,440,028  
02/11/2016 Stock options             78,753 62.32   959,999
Ms. Fortin     Annual cash incentive   284,800   569,600   5,400,000                            
02/11/2016 PSAs       0 15,043 30,086     937,480  
02/11/2016 Stock options             51,272 62.32   625,006
Mr. Winter     Annual cash incentive   923,668   1,847,336   7,200,000                            
02/11/2016 PSAs       0 30,809 61,618     1,920,017  
02/11/2016 Stock options             105,004 62.32   1,279,999
(1) Awards under the Annual Executive Incentive Plan and the 2013 Equity Incentive Plan.
(2) The amounts in these columns consist of the threshold, target, and maximum annual cash incentive awards for the named executives. The threshold amount for each named executive is 50% of target, as the minimum amount payable (subject to individual performance) if threshold performance is achieved. If the threshold is not achieved, the payment to the named executives would be zero. The target amount is based upon achievement of the performance measures listed under the Earned Annual Cash Incentive Awards caption on page 48. The maximum amount is based on the maximum amount that could be paid to a named executive to qualify the annual cash incentive award as deductible under section 162(m). The maximum amount payable to any named executive who served as CFO during the year is an amount equal to 15% of the 162(m) award pool described on pages 64-65. The maximum amount payable to the CEO and the three most highly compensated executives, excluding any named executive who served as CFO during the year, is the lesser of a stockholder-approved maximum of $10 million under the Annual Executive Incentive Plan or a percentage, which varies by executive, of the award pool. The award pool is equal to 1.0% of Adjusted Operating Income with award opportunities capped at 35% of the pool for Mr. Wilson, 20% for Mr. Winter, and 15% of the pool for each other named executive. Adjusted Operating Income is defined on pages 64-65. For a description of the ranges of performance established by the committee for the 2016 annual incentive, which are lower than the section 162(m) limits, see page 48.
(3) The amounts shown in these columns reflect the threshold, target, and maximum PSAs for the named executives. The threshold amount for each named executive is 0% payout. The target and maximum amounts are based upon achievement of the performance measures listed under the Performance Stock Awards caption on page 49.
(4) The exercise price of each option is equal to the closing sale price on the New York Stock Exchange on the grant date or, if there was no such sale on the grant date, then on the last previous day on which there was a sale.
(5) The aggregate grant date fair value of the PSAs was $62.32 and stock option award was $12.19, computed in accordance with FASB ASC 718 based on the probable satisfaction of the performance conditions. The assumptions used in the valuation are discussed in footnotes 1 and 2 to the Summary Compensation Table on page 50.

PERFORMANCE STOCK AWARDS ("PSAs")

PSAs represent our promise to transfer shares of common stock in the future if certain performance measures are met. For the awards granted in 2016, performance is measured in a single three-year measurement period, and the actual number of PSAs that vest will vary from 0% to 200% of that period's target PSAs based on Average Adjusted Operating Income ROE (70%) and Earned Book Value (30%) for the measurement period. For a definition of how those measures are calculated, see pages 64-66. Each PSA represents Allstate's promise to transfer one fully vested share in the future for each PSA that vests. Vested PSAs will be converted into shares of Allstate common stock and dividend equivalents accrued on these shares will be paid in cash. No dividend equivalents will be paid prior to vesting. PSAs will vest following the end of the three-year performance cycle if the performance conditions are met, subject to continued employment (other than in the event of death, disability, retirement, or a qualifying termination following a change in control).

STOCK OPTIONS

Stock options represent an opportunity to buy shares of our stock at a fixed exercise price at a future date. We use them to align the interests of our executives with long-term stockholder value, as the stock price must appreciate from the grant date for the executives to profit.

Under our stockholder-approved equity incentive plan, the exercise price cannot be less than the closing price of a share on the grant date. Stock option repricing is not permitted. In other words, without an event such as a stock split, if the committee cancels an award and substitutes a new award, the exercise price of the new award cannot be less than the exercise price of the cancelled award.

All stock option awards have been made in the form of non-qualified stock options. The options granted to the named executives beginning in 2014 become exercisable over three years. One-third of the stock options will become exercisable on the anniversary of the grant date for each of the three years. The change to the vesting schedule beginning in 2014 was made to reflect current market practice. For the vesting schedule for other option grants, see footnote 1 to the Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-end 2016 table. All of the options expire ten years from the grant date, unless an earlier date has been approved by the committee in connection with certain change-in-control situations or other special circumstances such as termination, death, or disability.