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Form 8-K for S Y BANCORP INC


Change in Directors or Principal Officers, Financial Statements and Exhibits


Change in Control Agreement Changes

On December 16, 2013, the Compensation Committee of the Boards of S.Y Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiary, Stock Yards Bank & Trust, approved restatements to Change in Control Severance Agreements with 4 executive officers - David Heintzman, Kathy Thompson, Nancy Davis and Ja Hillebrand.

As restated, the first three agreements no long provide for a "single-trigger" allowing executives to leave employment voluntarily after a change in control and receive severance. Rather, severance is now payable only if the executive is either terminated by the Bank without cause, or has a significant change in duties or authority such that they are deemed to have "good reason" to resign. The restated agreements also eliminate references to tax gross-up provisions which expired early in 2013. The agreement for Mr. Hillebrand was conformed to the same terms as now apply to the other three executives.

These agreement provide for a change in control severance payment for these executives equal to three times the sum of their highest monthly base salary during the six months prior to termination or resignation, plus the highest annual cash bonus paid to them for the current and preceding two fiscal years preceding their termination or resignation. If the severance payable under these agreements would trigger an excise tax (payable by the executive) under
Section 280G of the Code, the amount payable will be reduced below the contract maximum, if that reduction will net an after-tax benefit to the executive that is better than the benefit net of the excise taxes. Each executive also has a right to participate in the Bank's health plans at their cost for three years following severance and is subject to an 18 month prohibition on competing with the Bank in any way within a 50 mile radius of any Bank office, in addition to confidentiality and nonsolicitation covenants of that same duration.

Payment under each of the Severance Agreements is made only if the executive fully releases all claims against S. Y. Bancorp and the Bank.

Clawback Policy Adopted

On December 16, 2013, the Compensation Committee of the Board of S.Y Bancorp, Inc. concluded that all compensation for the Company's top 8 officers which is conditioned upon achievement of certain financial performance should be conditioned on the compensation being recouped if the financial performance on which it was calculated proves to be incorrect or requires restatement.

Currently, the Company grants two types of awards that vary in amount depending upon financial performance - annual cash incentives and 3-year performance-based restricted stock units. To implement its clawback policy, the Committee adopted an amendment to its Annual Cash Bonus Plan and a new form of restricted stock unit grant agreement, to require the recipient of compensation under those programs to repay some or all of an award, or allow the Company to offset the overpayment form other compensation, if the Committee concludes that (i) federal or state law or the listing requirements of the exchange on which the Company's stock is listed for trading so require, (ii) the performance criteria required for the award were not met, or not met to the extent necessary to support the amount of the award that was paid, or (iii) as required by Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, after a restatement of the Company's financial results as reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission.


D. Exhibits

10.1 Form of Amended and Restated Change in Control Severance Agreement
(for David Heintzman, Ja Hillebrand, Kathy Thompson and Nancy Davis)

10.2 Form of Annual Cash Bonus Plan (as amended December 16, 2013)

10.3 Form of RSU award agreement to replace the Restricted Stock award agreement used for executive officers in the past

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