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UNITED STATES
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IHOP CORP.
450 NORTH BRAND BOULEVARD
GLENDALE, CALIFORNIA 91203

April 23, 2004

Dear Fellow IHOP Shareholders:

Please join us at our annual meeting of shareholders on May 25, 2004, where we will ask you to vote on the election of two Class I directors and one Class III director and the ratification of the selection of our independent public accountants.

In addition to the formal items of business at our Annual Meeting, we will review the major Company developments over the past year and share with you our plans for the future. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and express your views to the senior management of IHOP Corp. Members of the Board of Directors and representatives of both our independent public accountants for the prior fiscal year, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and for the current fiscal year, Ernst & Young LLP, are expected to be present.

Whether or not you are able to attend the Annual Meeting in person, it is important that your shares be represented. You can vote your shares using the Internet or a toll-free telephone number, or by completing and returning the enclosed proxy card by mail. Instructions on each of these voting methods are outlined in the enclosed Proxy Statement. Please vote as soon as possible. The enclosed Proxy Statement is being first sent or given to shareholders on or about April 23, 2004.

We look forward to seeing you on May 25th.

Sincerely yours,


Larry Alan Kay
Chairman of the Board

 

Julia A. Stewart
President and Chief Executive Officer


NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
TO BE HELD MAY 25, 2004

To the Shareholders of IHOP Corp.:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the "Meeting") of IHOP Corp., a Delaware corporation (the "Company"), will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Glendale, 100 West Glenoaks Boulevard, Glendale, California, on Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at 10:00 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time, for the following purposes:

        (1)   To elect two Class I directors and one Class III director,

        (2)   To approve and ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP, as the Company's independent public accountants for the year ending December 31, 2004, and

        (3)   To transact such other business as may properly come before the Meeting or any adjournment thereof.

Only shareholders of record at the close of business on March 26, 2004, the record date for the Meeting, are entitled to notice of and to vote at the Meeting and any adjournment thereof. A list of such shareholders will be available for examination at the principal executive offices of the Company located at 450 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, California 91203, at least ten days prior to the Meeting.

To assure that your interests will be represented, whether or not you plan to attend the Meeting, please complete, sign and date the accompanying proxy card and promptly return it in the pre- addressed envelope provided, which requires no postage if mailed in the United States. All shareholders are cordially invited to attend the Meeting in person. If you attend the Meeting, you may vote in person if you wish, even if you have previously returned your proxy card.

By Order of the Board of Directors,

Mark D. Weisberger
Secretary

April 23, 2004
Glendale, California


Table of Contents

Voting on Matters before the Annual Meeting   1

Where To Find More Information On IHOP Corp.

 

2

Principal Holders of Common Stock

 

3

Stock Ownership of Management and Directors

 

4

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

 

5

Proposal 1. Election of Two Class I Directors and One Class III Director

 

6

Board of Directors and Corporate Governance

 

7

Board Committees

 

10

Director's Compensation

 

11

Executive Officers of the Company

 

12

Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

 

14

Compensation of Executive Officers

 

15

Compensation Committee Report

 

17

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

 

19

Audit Committee Report

 

20

Audit and Related Fees.

 

22

Company Stock Performance Graph

 

23

Proposal 2. Ratification of Selection of Independent Public Accountants

 

24

Proposals of Shareholders

 

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Other Business

 

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Voting on Matters before the Annual Meeting

 Q:    What am I voting on?

 A:    There are two items that shareholders are asked to vote on at the 2004 Annual Meeting:

Proposal 1:  Election of two Class I Directors and one Class III director.

Proposal 2:  Ratification of the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as independent public accountant for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2004.

 Q:    Who is entitled to vote?

 A:    Only shareholders of record at the close of business on March 26, 2004 (the "Record Date"), will be entitled to receive notice of, and to vote at, the Meeting. As of the Record Date, there were outstanding 21,364,239 shares of Common Stock, par value $.01 per share (the "Common Stock"), of the Company. Each shareholder of record is entitled to one vote for each share of Common Stock held by such holder and may vote such shares either in person or by proxy. The presence in person or by proxy of 10,682,120 shares of common stock will constitute a quorum at the Meeting.

 Q:    How do I cast my vote?

 A:    If you hold your shares as a registered shareholder, you can vote in person at the Annual Meeting or you can vote by mail, telephone or on the Internet.

If your stock is held through a broker or bank you will receive voting instructions from your bank or broker describing how to vote your stock. The availability of telephone or Internet voting will depend upon the bank's or broker's voting processes.

Whichever method you use, each valid proxy received in time will be voted at the Annual Meeting by the persons named on the proxy card in accordance with your instructions. To ensure that your proxy is voted, it should be received by the close of business on May 23, 2004.

If you submit a proxy card without giving instructions, your shares will be voted as recommended by the Board of Directors.

Mellon Investor Services has been engaged as the independent inspector of election to tabulate shareholder votes at the Meeting.

 Q:    How does the Board of Directors recommend voting?

 A:    The Board of Directors recommends voting:

FOR each nominee to the Board of Directors; and

The Audit Committee of the Board recommends voting:

FOR ratification of Ernst & Young, LLP as independent public accountants.

 Q:    How will my stock be voted on other business brought up at the Annual Meeting?

 A:    By submitting your proxy card, you authorize the persons named on the proxy card to use their discretion in voting on any other matter brought before the Annual Meeting. The Company does not know of any other business to be considered at the Annual Meeting.

 Q:    Can I change my vote or revoke my proxy?

 A:    Yes. You can change your vote or revoke your proxy at any time before it is voted at the Annual Meeting by executing a later-voted proxy by telephone, mail or the Internet or by voting by ballot at the meeting.

 Q:    Will abstentions or broker non-votes affect the voting results?

 A:    Assuming a quorum is present, directors shall be elected by a plurality of the votes cast in the election of directors. Other matters submitted for shareholder approval shall be decided by the vote of the holders of a majority of the stock represented and entitled to vote at the Meeting. Abstentions and broker non-votes will be counted and will have the same effect as "no" votes.

 Q:    What is the date of distribution of this Proxy Statement and the proxies solicited hereby?

 A:    We are sending this Proxy Statement and the proxies to our shareholders beginning on or about April 23, 2004.

 Q:    What are the costs of this proxy solicitation?

 A:    The Board of Directors of the Company is soliciting your proxy for use at the Annual Meeting, and at any adjournment thereof. The Company will bear the cost of this proxy solicitation, including the reimbursement to banks and brokers for reasonable expenses of sending out proxy materials to the beneficial owners of our common stock. In addition, officers of the Company may solicit proxies in person or by mail, telephone, e-mail or fax.

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Where to Find More Information on IHOP Corp.

Documents Filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC")

This Proxy Statement is accompanied by the Company's 2003 Annual Report, which includes the Company's consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2003.

You can obtain any of the documents that we file with the SEC (including an additional copy of our 2003 Annual Report on Form 10-K) by contacting us or the SEC (see below for information on contacting the SEC). To obtain documents from us, please direct requests in writing or by telephone to:
We will send you the requested documents without charge, excluding exhibits.

If you would like to request documents from us, including any documents we may subsequently file with the SEC prior to the Meeting, please do so by May 1, 2004, so that you will receive them before the Meeting.

Additional Information

There are a number of other sources for additional information on IHOP Corp.

The Securities and Exchange Commission. We file reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC, much of which can be accessed through the SEC's Web site (http://www.sec.gov) or can be reviewed and copied at the SEC's Public Reference Room at 450 Fifth Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call 1-800-732-0330 for further information on the Public Reference Room.

The New York Stock Exchange. Reports and other information on the Company can be reviewed at the office of the New York Stock Exchange at 20 Broad Street, New York, NY 10005.

The IHOP Corp. Web site. Our Web site at http://www.ihop.com provides ongoing information about the Company and its performance along with copies of the charters of our board committees, and our corporate governance guidelines and ethics policies. Please note that information contained on our Web site does not constitute part of this Proxy Statement.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

You should rely only on the information contained in this Proxy Statement to vote on the Proposals at the Annual Meeting. We have not authorized anyone to provide you with information that is different from what is contained in this Proxy Statement. This Proxy Statement is dated April 23, 2004. You should not assume that the information contained in this Proxy Statement is accurate as of any date other than such date, and the mailing of this Proxy Statement to shareholders shall not create any implication to the contrary.

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Principal Holders of Common Stock

The following table sets forth the only persons who, to the knowledge of management, owned beneficially on February 29, 2004, more than 5% of the outstanding shares of the company's Common Stock.

Name and Address

  Shares
Owned

  Percent
of Class

 
Southeastern Asset Management, Inc.,
Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund,
and O. Mason Hawkins(1)
Southeastern Asset Management, Inc.
6075 Poplar Avenue, Suite 900
Memphis, TN 38119
  3,124,100   14.7 %

MSD Capital, L.P.
MSD SBI, L.P.(2)
645 Fifth Avenue, 21st Floor
New York, New York 10022

 

2,100,100

 

9.9

%

Neuberger Berman, Inc.
Neuberger Berman, LLC
Neuberger Berman Management, Inc.
Neuberger Berman Genesis Fund(3)
605 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10158

 

1,661,792

 

7.8

%

FMR Corp., Edward C. Johnson 3d
and Abigail P. Johnson(4)
82 Devonshire Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02109

 

1,500,000

 

7.0

%

Transamerica Investment Management, LLC(5)
1150 S. Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

1,107,165

 

5.1

%

(1)
In Amendment No. 1 to Schedule 13G, dated February 6, 2004, jointly filed by Southeastern Asset Management, Inc., Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund and Mr. O. Mason Hawkins, such persons report that, at December 31, 2003, Southeastern Asset Management, Inc. possesses sole power to vote or to direct the vote with respect to 50,000 of these shares, no power to vote or direct the vote for 96,000 of these shares, shared power to vote or to direct the vote with respect to 2,978,100 of these shares, sole power to dispose or direct the disposition of 146,000 of these shares and shared power to dispose or direct the disposition of 2,978,100 of these shares. Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund possessed shared power to vote or to direct the vote and shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition of 2,978,100 of these shares. Mr. Hawkins possessed no power to vote or to direct the vote and no power to dispose or to direct the disposition of any of these shares.

(2)
In Amendment No. 1 to Schedule 13G dated February 17, 2004, MSD Capital, L.P. and MSD SBI, L.P. jointly reported that as of December 31, 2003 they possessed shared power to vote or direct the vote and shared power to dispose or direct the disposition of these shares.

(3)
In Amendment No. 2 to Schedule 13G dated February 13, 2004, Neuberger Berman, Inc., Neuberger Berman, LLC, Neuberger Berman Management, Inc. and Neuberger Berman Genesis Fund jointly reported that as of December 31, 2003 one or more of them possessed sole power to vote or to direct the vote with respect to 32,500 of these shares, shared power to vote or direct the vote of 1,183,000 of these shares, and shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition of all of these shares.

(4)
In Amendment No. 7 to Schedule 13G, dated February 16, 2004, jointly filed by FMR Corp., Edward C. Johnson 3d, and Abigail P. Johnson such persons report that, as of December 31, 2003, they possessed no power to vote or to direct the vote of any of these shares and the sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of all of these shares.

(5)
In its Schedule 13G filed August 13, 2003, Transamerica Investment Management, LLC reported that it possessed shared power to vote or direct the vote and shared power to dispose or direct the disposition of these shares.

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Stock Ownership of Management and Directors

The following table shows the beneficial ownership, reported to the Company as of February 29, 2004, including shares as to which a right to acquire ownership exists (by the exercise of stock options) within the meaning of Rule 13-d3(d)(1) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, of each director, each nominee for election as director, the chief executive officer and the four other most highly compensated executive officers of the company during 2003 and all directors and executive officers of the Company, as a group.

Name and Address(1)

  Shares Owned(2)(3)(4)
  Percent
of Class

H. Frederick Christie   41,001   *
Richard J. Dahl   0  
Frank Edelstein   41,001   *
Michael S. Gordon   65,001   *
Neven C. Hulsey   20,001   *
Larry Alan Kay   38,478   *
Caroline W. Nahas   36,001   *
Patrick W. Rose   40,901   *
Julia A. Stewart   117,014   *
Thomas G. Conforti   13,334   *
Richard C. Celio   43,393   *
Gregg Nettleton   12,847   *
Mark D. Weisberger   25,053   *
All directors and executive officers as a group (16 persons)   551,035   *

*
Represents less than 1% of the outstanding Common Stock

(1)
The address for each of the directors and named executive officers is:

IHOP Corp.
450 N. Brand Boulevard
Glendale, California 91203

(2)
Subject to applicable community property laws and similar statutes.

(3)
Share amounts for each of the directors, named executive officers and for all directors and executive officers as a group include shares subject to options that are exercisable within 60 days of the date of this Proxy Statement, as follows:

Name

  No. Shares
H. Frederick Christie   30,001
Richard J. Dahl   0
Frank Edelstein   30,001
Michael S. Gordon   30,001
Neven C. Hulsey   10,001
Larry Alan Kay   15,834
Caroline W. Nahas   30,001
Patrick W. Rose   30,001
Julia A. Stewart   116,667
Richard C. Celio   30,001
Thomas G. Conforti   13,334
Gregg Nettleton   12,500
Mark D. Weisberger   19,168
All directors and executive officers as a group (16 persons)   400,677

(4)
Each of the named executive officers participate in the International House of Pancakes Employee Stock Ownership Plan (the "ESOP"). Mr. Conforti and Mr. Weisberger possess shared investment power over the shares held by the ESOP by virtue of their membership on the Administrative Committee of the ESOP. The

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Name

  No. Shares
Julia A. Stewart   347
Richard C. Celio   3,070
Thomas G. Conforti   0
Gregg Nettleton   347
Mark D. Weisberger   5,885
All directors and executive officers as a group (16 persons)   20,992

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

The Company's directors and executive officers and the beneficial holders of more than 10% of the Common Stock are required to file reports with the SEC of changes in their ownership of Company stock. Based on its review of such reports, the Company believes that all such filing requirements were met during 2003.

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Proposal 1. Election of Two Class I Directors and One Class III Director

The Board of Directors of the Company is divided into three classes of directors. Class I directors currently serve until the Meeting, Class II directors until the Annual Meeting of Shareholders in 2005 and Class III directors until the Annual Meeting of Shareholders in 2006 (in each case, and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified). At the Meeting, two Class I directors will be elected for three-year terms and one Class III director will be elected for a two year term. In February, 2004, Richard J. Dahl was appointed to fill the vacant board seat in Class III left upon the retirement of former Chairman of the Board, Richard K. Herzer. In accordance with the by-laws of the Company, Mr. Dahl has been nominated to serve as a Class III director for a term coincident with the terms of the other Class III directors. Shares of Common Stock represented by the enclosed Proxy, if returned duly executed and unless instructions to the contrary are indicated thereon, will be voted for the nominees listed below.

The Board of Directors upon recommendation of the Nominating Committee has designated the three nominees listed below for election as Class I and Class III directors of the Company for terms expiring in 2007 (in the case of the Class I directors) and 2006 (in the case of the Class III director). As indicated below, Ms. Nahas and Mr. Edelstein have been nominated in Class I. Mr. Hulsey has chosen not to stand for re-election. The Board of Directors has amended the Company's by-laws to reduce the number of Class I directors from three to two. Accordingly, Class I now consists of two directors, Classes II and III continue to consist of three directors each. The enclosed Proxy will be voted as specified thereon or, if no instructions are given, for the Board's nominees; however, the persons designated to vote Proxies reserve full discretion to vote the Common Stock represented by the Proxies for the election of the remaining nominees and any substitute nominee or nominees designated by the Board of Directors in the event the nominee who would otherwise receive the votes is unavailable or unable to serve as a candidate for election as a director. The Board of Directors has no reason to believe that any of the nominees will be unavailable or unable to serve if elected.

Information about the Nominees and Other Directors

Nominees—Terms to Expire 2007 (Class I)

Frank Edelstein (age 78). Mr. Edelstein has served on the Company's board of directors since 1987. He is an independent consultant and has served on the boards of directors of Ceradyne, Inc. since 1987 and Arkansas Best Corp. since 1988.

Caroline W. Nahas (age 55). Ms. Nahas has served on the Company's board of directors since 1992. She has held the position of Managing Director, Southwest Region, of Korn/Ferry International or similar positions since May 1998. She served as a member of the Executive Committee of Korn/Ferry International from December 1995 until August 1998. Ms. Nahas has served as a director of Whittier Holdings, Inc. since 2000.

Nominee—Terms to Expire 2006 (Class III)

Richard J. Dahl (age 52). Mr. Dahl currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dole Food Company, Inc. Prior to joining Dole in 2002, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Pacific Century Financial Corporation (formerly known as Bancorp Hawaii, Inc.) from August 1994 to March 2002. Mr. Dahl serves on the board of directors of Dole Food Company, Inc. and several of its subsidiaries and affiliates.

Director—Term to Expire 2004 (Class I)

Neven C. Hulsey (age 69). Mr. Hulsey has served on the Company's board of directors since 1987. He is currently retired. Mr. Hulsey served as Chairman of Earle M. Jorgensen Company from February 1997 to February 1998 and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Earle M. Jorgensen Company from March 1990 to February 1997.

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Continuing Directors—Terms to Expire 2005 (Class II)

Michael S. Gordon (age 68). Mr. Gordon has served on the Company's board of directors since 1987. He has served as Chairman of StoneCreek Capital, Inc. (formerly The Gordon+Morris Group, Inc.) since January 2002. He served as Chairman or Co-Chairman of StoneCreek Capital, Inc. from 1992 to 2001.

Larry Alan Kay (age 57). Mr. Kay was named Chairman of the Board of the Company's board of directors in January 2003. He has served on the board of directors since 1987. Mr. Kay is a private consultant and investor. He served as Publisher, Fi: The Magazine of Music & Sound, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Fi, L.L.C. from October 1995 until May 1998.

Julia A. Stewart (age 48). Ms. Stewart has served on the Company's board of directors since December 2001. She has served as the Company's Chief Executive Officer and President since May 2002 and had served as the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer from December 2001 until May 2002. Ms. Stewart served as President, Domestic Division, of Applebee's International, Inc. from October 1998 to August 2001. She served as National Vice President, Franchise and License, of Taco Bell Corp. from January 1997 to October 1998 and as Western Region Vice President—Operations of Taco Bell Corp. from October 1995 to January 1997. Ms. Stewart has served on the board of directors of Avery Dennison Corporation since January, 2003.

Continuing Directors—Terms to Expire 2006 (Class III)

H. Frederick Christie (age 70). Mr. Christie has served on the Company's board of directors since 1992. He is an independent consultant and has served on the boards of directors of Ducommun, Incorporated since 1985, Southwest Water Co. since 1995 and Valero L.P. since 2002. Beginning in 1972, he has served as a director or trustee of the following mutual funds operated by Capital Research and Management Company: American Mutual Fund, AMCAP Fund, U.S. Government Securities Fund, American High Income Trust, American High Income Municipal Bond Fund, American Variable Insurance Series, The Bond Fund of America, Capital Income Builder, Capital World Bond Fund, Capital World Growth and Income Fund, Cash Management Trust of America, Intermediate Bond Fund of America, Limited Term Tax Exempt Bond Fund of America, The New Economy Fund, SMALL CAP World Fund, The Tax Exempt Bond Fund of America, The Tax Exempt Fund of California, The Tax Exempt Money Fund of America, and The U.S. Treasury Money Fund of America.

Patrick W. Rose (age 61). Mr. Rose has served on the Company's board of directors since 1992. He is currently a private investor. Mr. Rose served as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Van Camp Seafoods, Inc., from March 1995 to August 1997. He has served on the board of directors of Riviana Foods, Inc. since 1995.

Board of Directors and Corporate Governance

The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the direction, affairs and management of the Company.

The Company has implemented a number of changes to its corporate governance practices in response to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the changes to the corporate governance listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE").

The following highlights some of the corporate governance initiatives taken by the Board, both in response to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the NYSE rules and otherwise:

Corporate Governance Principles.    The NYSE rules require listed companies to adopt corporate governance principles. The current version of the Company's corporate governance principles, reflecting the following and other provisions, is included in this Proxy Statement as Appendix I. It

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can also be found on the Corporate Governance portion of the Investor Information section of our website, http://www.ihop.com.

Director Attendance at Annual Meetings.    All directors are expected to attend the Company's annual meeting of shareholders. All of the directors attended the Company's 2003 annual meeting.

Independent Directors.    The NYSE rules require listed companies to have a board of directors with at least a majority of independent directors. The Company has now, and has had for many years, a majority of independent directors.

Under the NYSE rules, a director qualifies as "independent" upon the Board affirmatively determining that he or she has no material relationship with the Company (either directly or as a partner, shareholder or officer of an organization that has a relationship with the Company). Based upon a review of the directors' backgrounds and business activities, the Board has determined that each of the directors, other than Julia Stewart, has no material relationship with the Company and therefore that they qualify as independent.

Board Committees.    Both the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the NYSE rules require the Company to have an audit committee comprised solely of independent directors, and the NYSE rules also require the Company to have a compensation committee and a nominating and corporate governance committee, each of which is comprised solely of independent directors. The Company is in compliance with these requirements

Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, members of an audit committee must have no affiliation with the issuer, other than the Board seat, and receive no compensation in a capacity other than as a director/committee member. Each member of our Audit Committee meets this independence standard.

The current charters of all three of the Company's Board Committees can be found on the Corporate Governance portion of the Investor Information section of our Web site, http://www.ihop.com.

Audit Committee Financial Experts.    Rules promulgated by the SEC under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act require the Company to disclose annually whether our Audit Committee has one or more "audit committee financial experts," as defined by the SEC. The Board has determined that Mr. Dahl qualifies as an audit committee financial expert and is independent, as defined in The New York Stock Exchange rules.

Code of Ethics for Chief Executive and Senior Financial Officers.    The Board has adopted a code of ethics that applies to the Company's CEO and senior financial officers, as required by the SEC. The current version of such code of ethics can be found on the Corporate Governance portion of the Investor Information section of our Web site, http://www.ihop.com.

Non-Management Directors.    The NYSE rules require that the non-management directors of a listed company meet periodically in executive sessions. The Company's non-management directors meet separately at the end of each regular meeting of the Board. The Chairman of the Board is not a member of management and presides during executive sessions.

Interested parties may express their concerns to the Company's non-management directors by contacting the Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, care of the Corporate Secretary, IHOP Corp., 450 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, California 91203. The Corporate Secretary will relay all such correspondence to the Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Communications with the Board.    Shareholders may communicate with the Board of Directors care of the Corporate Secretary, IHOP Corp., 450 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, California 91203. The Corporate Secretary will relay all such correspondence to the entire Board of Directors.

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Senior Management Evaluation.    In consultation with all non-management directors, the Compensation Committee annually evaluates the performance of our CEO.

Corporate Financial Ethics Hotline.    The Company has established a corporate financial ethics hotline to allow any employee to lodge a complaint, confidentially and anonymously, about any accounting, internal control or auditing matter that is of concern.

Board Meetings and Attendance

Board Meetings (including telephonic conference calls) in 2003: 11

Board Committees: Three standing committees: Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Corporate Governance. See Board Committees for descriptions of the principal functions of the committees and membership.

Total Committee Meetings in 2003: 15.

2003 Attendance: Each director attended 75% or more of the total number of meetings held by the Board and all Committees on which he or she served.

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Board Committees



Name of Committee
and Members


 

Principal Functions of the Committee


 

Meetings in
2003



Audit
Michael S. Gordon, Chairman
Richard J. Dahl
Larry Alan Kay
    Responsible for the appointment, compensation, retention and oversight of the work of any registered public accounting firm engaged for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or performing other audit, review or attest services for the Company.   10
      Reviews with management and the independent auditors the Company's quarterly and annual financial statements and other financial disclosures, the adequacy of internal controls and major issues regarding accounting principles and practices, including any changes resulting from amendments to SEC or Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") rules.    
      Meets at each meeting with the Company's director of internal audit and the independent auditors in separate executive sessions.    
      Reviews the performance of the Company's independent auditors.    
      Prepares the report to shareholders included in the annual Proxy Statement.    


Compensation
Frank Edelstein, Chairman
Neven C. Hulsey

 


 

Oversees the Company's compensation and employee benefit plans and practices, including its executive compensation plans and its incentive-compensation and equity-based plans.

 

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Caroline W. Nahas
Patrick W. Rose
    Reviews at least annually the goals and objectives of the Company's executive compensation plans, and amend, or recommend that the Board amend, these goals and objectives if the Committee deems it appropriate.    
      Evaluates annually the performance of the CEO and other executive officers in light of the goals and objectives of the Company's executive compensation plans, and either as a committee or, together with the other independent directors, determines and approves the CEO's compensation based on this evaluation and makes recommendations to the Board with respect to the compensation of the other executive officers.    
      Evaluates annually the appropriate level of compensation for Board and Committee service by non-employee members of the Board.    
      Produces a Committee report on executive compensation as required by the SEC to be included in the Company's annual proxy statement or annual report on Form 10-K.    


Nominating and Corporate Governance
H. Frederick Christie, Chairman

 


 

Identifies and recommends to the Board individuals qualified to serve as directors of the Company and on committees of the Board.

 

0*
Michael S. Gordon
Patrick W. Rose
    Advises the Board with respect to the Board composition, procedures and committees.    
      Develops and recommends to the Board a set of corporate governance principles applicable to the Company.    
      To oversee the evaluation of the Board and the Company's management.    

*
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee held its first meeting on January 13, 2004.

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Director's Compensation

Director's Compensation is paid only to non-employee Directors.

Annual Retainers:    

Chairman of the Board:

 

$75,000

Committee Chairs:

 

$35,000

Regular Directors:

 

$30,000

Meeting Fees:

 

$1,000 per Board or Committee meeting attended, including telephonic meetings (with no additional payment when more than one meeting is attended on the same day).

Expenses:

 

Reasonable expenses are reimbursed for attendance at Board and Committee meetings and other Company events.

Stock Options:

 

Non-employee directors participate in the Stock Option Plan for Non-Employee Directors, as amended in 1994 (the "Non-Employee Directors Plan"). Under the Non-Employee Directors Plan, non-employee directors receive annual options to purchase 5,000 shares of the Company's common stock at an option exercise price equal to the closing price of the Company's common stock on the New York Stock Exchange on the day after the Company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

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Executive Officers of the Company

The following table sets forth certain information with respect to each person who is an executive officer of the Company:

Executive Officer

  Age
  Position and Offices with the Company
Julia A. Stewart   48   Director, Chief Executive Officer and President
Richard C. Celio   53   Vice President, Franchise Development
Thomas G. Conforti   45   Chief Financial Officer
Robin L. Elledge   45   Vice President, Human Resources
Rand M. Ferris   47   Vice President, Franchise Operations
Mark D. Weisberger   48   Vice President, Legal, Secretary and General Counsel

Executive officers of the Company are appointed by the Board of Directors and serve at the Board's discretion.

See "Information about the Nominees and Continuing Directors" above for additional information concerning Ms. Stewart.

Mr. Celio served as Vice President, Development from March 1997 until June, 2003 at which point he assumed the position of Vice President Franchise Development.

Mr. Conforti was elected Chief Financial Officer in December 2002. He served as Chief Financial Officer of KB Home from March 2001 to June 2001. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of eMind.Com LLC from March 2000 to March 2001. Mr. Conforti has served and continues to serve as a member of the board of directors of eMind.Com LLC since March 2000. He served as Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer from April 1999 to March 2000, as Executive Vice President, Global Licensing from May 1998 to June 1999 and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from July 1997 to April 1998 of the Consumer Products Division of The Walt Disney Company.

Ms. Elledge has served as Vice President, Human Resources since March 2000. She had served as the Company's Director of Training from October 1995 to March 2000.

Mr. Ferris has served as Vice President-Franchise Operations since July, 2003. He had served as Division Vice President, Operations, West from May 1996 to July 2003.

Mr. Weisberger has served as Vice President, Legal, Secretary and General Counsel since January 1994.

Employment Agreements

Each of the executive officers are parties to employment agreements with the Company. The agreements provide for base salaries, participation in a bonus program, car allowances or a company car, and certain other perquisites and benefit programs available to other employees. In addition, the Board of Directors may, at its discretion, increase any executive officer's base salary during the term of such officer's employment agreement. The executive officers received upon hiring incentive grants of stock options, and in the case of Mr. Celio, stock options and an award of restricted stock. The employment agreements generally call for initial employment terms of two years (one year for Mr. Weisberger) and provide for automatic successive one-year extensions unless the Company or the officer gives notice to the contrary more than 90 days prior to the expiration of the then current term of the agreement.

In the event of a change in control of the Company, the employment periods of Ms. Stewart and the other executive officers will automatically be extended, for two years from the date of such change in control. For purposes of the employment agreements, a "change in control" will be deemed to have occurred if (i) any person acquires 25% or more of the combined voting power of

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the Company's then outstanding securities; (ii) in any two consecutive years individuals who at the beginning of the period constitute the board, plus any directors approved by a vote of at least two- thirds of the directors then still in office who either were directors at the beginning of the period or whose election or nomination for election was previously so approved, cease for any reason to constitute a majority thereof; (iii) the shareholders approve certain merger or consolidation transactions other than (a) a merger or consolidation which would result in the voting securities of the Company continuing to represent at least 75% of the combined voting power of the voting securities of the Company or surviving entity immediately after such merger or consolidation or (b) a merger or consolidation effected to implement a recapitalization of the Company in which no person acquires more than 50% of the combined voting power of the Company's then outstanding securities; or (iv) the shareholders approve a plan of complete liquidation of the Company or an agreement for the sale or disposition by the Company of all or substantially all of the Company's assets.

Each executive officer is entitled to receive compensation through the date of termination if such officer's employment is terminated (i) by the Company for "cause" or "disability" or (ii) by the officer for any reason, other than a "voluntary termination" or for "good reason" following a change in control of the Company. For purposes of the employment agreements, "cause" means willful failure to substantially perform one's duties, willful misconduct or the commission of acts of dishonesty, fraud, misrepresentation or moral turpitude as would prevent the effective performance of the employee's duties. "Disability" is defined to mean the employee's absence from the full-time performance of his or her duties for 90 consecutive days or 180 days within any 12 month period as a result of incapacity due to physical or mental illness. "Good reason" includes, generally, a material breach of the agreement, an adverse change in the officer's duties or responsibilities from those in effect prior to such change in control, a reduction of the officer's salary or benefits, or relocation of the officer outside of Southern California or failure of the Company to pay the officer his or her compensation or to continue in effect any compensation plan or benefit plan as in effect immediately prior such change in control. A "voluntary termination" may occur upon an uncorrected material breach of the agreement by the Company.

Ms. Stewart's employment agreement provides that the Company extend to her an interest free personal loan in the amount of $600,000. The personal loan is forgiven in increments of $100,000 annually, commencing on December 31, 2002 and would automatically be forgiven upon a change in control or in the event of her termination by the Company for any reason other than for cause. The agreement further provides that if Ms. Stewart is terminated for cause or terminates her employment other than in a voluntary termination, she agrees to repay any amount outstanding on such loan within 60 days of such termination.

If an executive officer's employment is terminated (i) by the Company other than for cause or disability, (ii) by the officer in a "voluntary termination" or for "good reason" or (iii) by reason of the officer's death, then the officer (or, in the event of such officer's death, his or her designated payee) will be entitled to receive (i) a lump sum payment of the salary and bonus payments that would have been payable to such officer through (a) in the case of death or a voluntary termination, the term of the agreement, (b) in the case of termination by the employee for "good reason" following a change in control, a period of 24 months, and (c) in any other instance, a period of 12 months and (ii) continuing insurance benefits for the same period at no cost to the officer (or designated payee), subject to reduction under certain circumstances. In addition, if the Company does not elect to extend Ms. Stewart's agreement, she will be entitled to the compensation and benefits described above for a period of 12 months and her options shall become vested and immediately exercisable. Payments and benefits under each employment agreement would be reduced to the extent they are not deductible under Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code").

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Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Our Nominating and Governance Committee is comprised of three non-employee, independent directors, H. Frederick Christie (Chairman), Michael S. Gordon and Patrick W. Rose. The Committee operates under a written charter adopted by the Board of Directors, which can be found in the Corporate Governance portion of the Investor Relations section of our corporate Web site, http://www.ihop.com. The chart set forth in "Board Committees" describes some of the principal functions of the Committee under its charter.

The Committee will consider director candidates recommended by shareholders. Shareholders wishing to recommend director candidates for consideration by the Committee may do so by writing to the Corporate Secretary, giving the recommended nominee's name, biographical data and qualifications, accompanied by the written consent of the recommended nominee.

Consistent with its charter, the Committee considers various criteria in Board candidates, including, among others, experience, interpersonal skills, expertise, diversity, personal and professional integrity, character, business judgment, business philosophy, time availability in light of other commitments, dedication, conflicts of interest and such other relevant factors that the Committee considers appropriate in the context of the needs of the Board. The Committee also considers whether a potential nominee would satisfy the NYSE's criteria of director "independence"; the NYSE's "financial management expertise" standard; and the SEC's definition of "audit committee financial expert".

Whenever a vacancy exists on the Board due to expansion of the Board's size or the resignation or retirement of an existing director, the Committee begins its process of identifying and evaluating potential director nominees. The Committee considers recommendations of management, shareholders and others. The Committee has sole authority to retain and terminate any search firm to be used to identify director candidates, including approving its fees and other retention terms.

At the Meeting, Mr. Dahl is the only director nominee who was not previously elected by our shareholders. He was brought to the attention of senior management and the Board by Korn/Ferry International, an executive recruiting firm, which had been engaged to conduct a search for suitable candidates. Mr. Dahl met with several members of the board of directors, the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer. After consulting with these directors and members of senior management, and upon the adoption of a resolution of the Committee, the Chairman of the Committee recommended the election of Mr. Dahl to the Board of directors. Mr. Dahl was unanimously elected to the Board in February 2004.

        Neven Hulsey, a Class I director, has determined not to stand for re-election when his term expires at the 2004 Annual Meeting.

The Committee engaged a consulting firm, Mercer Delta Organizational Consulting, for a fee to assist the Committee in conducting an evaluation and assessment of the directors whose term expires in 2004 for purposes of determining whether to recommend them for nomination for re-election to the Board of Directors. After reviewing the assessment reports and other materials prepared by Mercer Delta, the Committee determined to recommend to the Board that Ms. Nahas and Mr. Edelstein be nominated to run for re-election to the Board of Directors. The Board accepted the Committee's recommendation and has nominated Ms. Nahas and Mr. Edelstein for re-election.

The Committee did not receive any recommendations from stockholders proposing candidates for election to the Board at the 2004 Annual Meeting.

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Compensation of Executive Officers

The following Summary Compensation Table sets forth information concerning compensation earned in the fiscal years ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001 by the Company's Chief Executive Officer and its next four most highly compensated executive officers (the "Named Executives").

SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

 
   
   
   
   
  Long-Term
Compensation Awards

   
 
  Annual Compensation
   
  Securities
Underlying
Options/
SARs
(Number)

   
 
  Restricted
Stock
Awards
(Number)

   
Name and
Principal Position

  Year
  Salary($)
  Bonus($)
  Other Annual
Compensation($)(1)

  All Other
Compensation
($)(2)

Julia A. Stewart
President and Chief
Executive Officer
  2003
2002
2001
  498,143
441,667
35,417
  885,000

  129,025
244,309
(3)
(3)


  50,000

150,000
  13,616
242,997

Richard C. Celio
Vice President, Franchise and Development

 

2003
2002
2001

 

265,850
256,250
242,000

 

178,890

94,325

 




 




 

20,000
15,000
5,000

 

14,735
14,425
570,339

Thomas G. Conforti
Chief Financial Officer

 

2003
2002
2001

 

327,438
19,792

 

284,538


 




 




 


40,000

 

14,998


Gregg Nettleton
Chief Marketing Officer

 

2003
2002
2001

 

293,750
127,099

 

255,000


 




 




 

17,500
20,000

 

134,024
10,118

Mark D. Weisberger
Vice President, Legal,
Secretary and General Counsel

 

2003
2002
2001

 

250,512
241,250
227,125

 

171,598

88,550

 




 




 

17,500
15,000
5,000

 

573,765
14,089
145,856

(1)
While each of the named individuals received perquisites or other personal benefits in the years shown, in accordance with applicable regulations, the value of these benefits is not indicated other than for Ms. Stewart, because they did not exceed in the aggregate the lesser of $50,000 or 10% of the individual's salary and bonus in 2003.

(2)
Amounts include the value of shares contributed to the ESOP for 2003 on behalf of the Named Executives as well as the value of forfeitures allocated to their accounts from employees who withdrew from the ESOP prior to vesting as follows: Ms. Stewart, $11,870; Mr. Celio, $11,884; Mr. Nettleton, $11,870 and Mr. Weisberger, $11,884. It also includes the value of premiums for life insurance as follows for 2003: Ms. Stewart, $1,380; M. Celio, $2,851; Mr. Conforti, $1,192; Mr. Nettleton, $1,114 and Mr. Weisberger, $2,519. The 2003 amounts for Ms. Stewart and Mr. Nettleton also include sums paid for relocation of $366 and $121,040, respectively. The 2003 amounts also include value realized from the exercise of stock options by Mr. Weisberger in the amount of $559,362 and $13,806 in medical expense reimbursements for Mr. Conforti.

(3)
On December 26, 2001, the Company loaned $1.2 million to Ms. Stewart. A portion of the loan ($600,000) is a personal loan. Pursuant to her employment agreement, this personal loan is interest free and automatically forgiven in annual increments of $100,000. The other portion of the loan ($600,000) was an interest free bridge loan to be used as a portion of the down payment on a new home. In early 2002, $490,000 of this loan was repaid and $110,000, which represents the decline in value of her former residence, was forgiven by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. The 2003 amount includes the forgiveness of $100,000 on her personal loan and imputed interest of $29,025. The 2002 amount includes the forgiveness of $100,000 on her personal loan and $110,000 on the bridge loan, as described above, and $34,309 in imputed interest on these interest free loans.

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Stock Options and Stock Appreciation Rights

The following table provides information with respect to the Named Executives concerning grants of stock options during the year ended December 31, 2003.


Option/SAR Grants in Last Fiscal Year

 
  Individual Grants
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
  Potential Realizable
Value at Assumed
Annual Rates of Stock
Price Appreciation for
Option Term

 
   
  Percent of
Total
Options/SARs
Granted to
Employees in
Fiscal Year

   
   
 
  Number of
Securities
underlying
options/SARs
Granted(#)(1)

   
   
 
  Exercise
or Base
Price
($/SH)

   
Name

  Expiration Date
  5%($)
  10%($)
Julia A. Stewart   50,000   17.4 % $ 24.00   3/20/2013   $ 754,674   $ 1,912,491
Richard C. Celio   20,000   7.0 % $ 24.00   3/20/2013   $ 301,869   $ 764,996
Thomas G. Conforti   0         3/20/2013        
Gregg Nettleton   17,500   6.1 % $ 24.00   3/20/2013   $ 264,136   $ 669,372
Mark D. Weisberger   17,500   6.1 % $ 24.00   3/20/2013   $ 264,136   $ 669,372

(1)
Options with respect to one-third of the shares subject to options vested and became exercisable on March 20, 2004; options with respect to an additional one-third of the shares subject to options vest and become exercisable on March 20, 2005; and options with respect to the remaining shares vest and become exercisable on March 20, 2006. In the event of a "Change in Control," as such term is defined in the IHOP Corp. 2001 Stock Incentive Plan, options awarded under such plan not previously exercisable and vested shall become fully exercisable and vested.

(2)
The potential realizable values illustrate values that might be realized upon exercise immediately prior to the expiration of the term of these options using 5% and 10% appreciation rates, as required by the Securities and Exchange Commission, compounded annually. These values do not, and are not intended to, forecast possible future appreciation, if any, of the Company's stock price. Additionally, these values do not take into consideration the provisions of the options providing for vesting over a period of years or termination of options following termination of employment.

The following table provides information with respect to the Named Executives concerning: (a) the exercise of stock options during the year ended December 31, 2003, and (b) unexercised stock options held at December 31, 2003. There were no Stock Appreciation Rights outstanding at December 31, 2003. No stock options have been repriced, amended or replaced.


Aggregated Option/SAR Exercises in Last Fiscal Year, and Fiscal Year-End Option/SAR Values

 
   
   
  Number of Securities
Underlying Unexercised
Options/SARs at
Fiscal Year-End

  Value of Unexercised
in-the-Money
Options/SARs at
Fiscal Year-End(1)

Name

  Shares
Acquired on
Exercise(#)

  Value
Realized($)(2)

  Exercisable(#)
  Unexercisable(#)
  Exercisable($)
  Unexercisable($)
Julia A. Stewart         100,000   100,000   $ 1,114,600   $ 1,281,300
Richard C. Celio         16,668   31,666   $ 287,742   $ 416,891
Thomas G. Conforti         13,334   26,666   $ 188,676   $ 377,324
Gregg Nettleton         6,667   30,833   $ 83,538   $ 420,462
Mark D. Weisberger   34,166   $ 559,362   6,668   29,166   $ 78,943   $ 380,691

(1)
Represents the difference between $38.48, the closing price of the Company's stock at December 31, 2003, and the exercise price of the option, multiplied by the number of shares subject to option.

(2)
Represents the difference between the closing price of the Company's stock on the exercise date and the option exercise price.

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Equity Compensation Plan Information

 
  (a)
  (b)
  (c)
Plan Category

  Number of securities to
be issued upon exercise
of options, warrants
and rights

  Weighted-average
exercise price of
outstanding options,
warrants and rights

  Number of securities
remaining available for
future issuance under equity
compensation plans
(excluding securities
reflected in column (a))

Equity Compensation Plans approved by security holders   1,008,043   $ 24.09   598,416

Equity Compensation Plans approved by security holders

 


 

 


 

   
 
 

Total

 

1,008,043

 

$

24.09

 

598,416
   
 
 

Compensation Committee Report

The following Compensation Committee Report on Executive Compensation and the performance graph included elsewhere in this proxy statement do not constitute soliciting material and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference by any general statement incorporating by reference this Proxy Statement into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, except to the extent the Company specifically incorporates this information by reference, and shall not otherwise be deemed filed under such Acts.

The Compensation Committee.    Executive compensation decisions are made by the four-member Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. Each member of the Compensation Committee is a non-employee director. The Compensation Committee administers the executive incentive plans, reviews compensation plans, programs and policies, monitors the performance and compensation of executive officers and other key employees and makes recommendations and reports to the Board of Directors. All executive compensation decisions made by the Compensation Committee are reviewed by the entire Board of Directors, except for decisions regarding awards under the IHOP Corp. 2001 Stock Incentive Plan, which are made solely by the Compensation Committee.

Compensation Philosophy.    The Company's philosophy regarding compensation is based on several objectives, including: (i) linking executives' interests with those of the Company's shareholders; (ii) instilling an ownership culture throughout the Company and officer group; (iii) attracting and facilitating retention of high caliber executive talent; and (iv) paying for performance and rewarding executives for achievement of both annual and longer term Company financial and key operating goals. The Company maintains a compensation program designed to attract and retain highly-qualified executives and to motivate management. We seek to tie each executive's "at risk" compensation, to the extent feasible, directly to his or her contribution to the Company's success in achieving its performance objectives.

The Company's executive compensation program consists of three main components: (1) base salary, (2) bonus, and (3) long-term incentives in the form of stock options or other stock-based awards. The bonus and long-term incentives constitute the "at risk" portion of the compensation program. The Named Executives' compensation for 2003 reflected the Compensation Committee's commitment to coordinating pay with Company and individual performance. In establishing specific compensation levels for the Named Executives in 2003, the Compensation Committee considered information provided by compensation consultants, surveys of compensation programs offered by comparable companies, statistical information generated by the Company's Human Resources Department and evaluations of the individual performances of the Named Executives.

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Federal Income Tax Considerations.    The Compensation Committee has considered the impact of section 162(m) of the Code. This section disallows tax deductions for any publicly-held corporation for individual compensation to certain executives of such corporation exceeding $1 million in any taxable year, except for certain performance-based compensation which has been approved by shareholders. It is the intent of the Company and the Compensation Committee to qualify to the maximum extent possible its executives' compensation for deductibility under applicable tax laws, while recognizing that there may be situations in which compensation for certain executives in excess of the 162(m) limit may be warranted. The Compensation Committee believes that the Company's compensation programs provide the necessary incentives and flexibility to promote the Company's performance-based compensation philosophy while being consistent with Company objectives.

Salaries.    The general policy of the Compensation Committee is to establish executive base salaries that are (i) competitive and consistent with those provided to others holding similar positions in the restaurant and franchising industries, and (ii) consistent with each executive's actual and expected contributions to the Company's short-term and long-term success. In April 2003, Ms. Stewart was awarded a nine percent salary increase in recognition of her leadership in connection with the transformation of the Company's business model and related restructuring efforts. In December 2003, she received an additional 20 percent salary increase in recognition of her and the Company's outstanding performance in 2003, and as a result of a competitive survey conducted by a consultant engaged by the Compensation Committee. The survey indicated that Ms. Stewart's compensation was significantly below the compensation levels for CEO's of other similar companies. Salary increases for the other senior executives effected during 2003 ranged from about three percent to about nine percent, and were based on similar considerations including individual performance, position, tenure, experience and competitive data in compensation surveys of comparable companies.

Bonus Awards.    Pursuant to the IHOP Corp. Executive Incentive Plan (the "Incentive Plan") the amount of any bonus is targeted as a percentage of salary. The percentage of the targeted bonus actually earned is determined according to a formula that compares the Company's actual earnings per share for the 2003 fiscal year to a specified target (before income taxes and contributions to the ESOP) in the Company's budget as approved by the Board of Directors at the beginning of the year. The Board of Directors' budget approval process considers short-term profits and the Company's long-term development and objectives, giving greater weight to those activities intended to result in recurring success and lesser weight to extraordinary and non-recurring items. The formula for determining Ms. Stewart's bonuses was based solely on the Company's achievement of a targeted profit amount and those of the other Named Executives under the Incentive Plan were based on a combination of individual performance of certain pre-defined independent business objectives and achievement of a targeted profit amount.

Long-Term Incentives.    The Named Executives participate in the IHOP Corp. 1991 and 2001 Stock Incentive Plans which are aimed at promoting the acquisition and ownership of the Company's stock. Under the program, grants may be made of stock options or other long-term stock based incentives. In 2003, the Committee granted options to purchase shares of the Company's common stock to each of the Named Executives (see "Stock Options and Stock Appreciation Rights"). In determining the amounts of the individual option awards, the Compensation Committee considered several factors including primarily the officers' actual and potential contributions to the Company's long-term success, and the size of awards provided to others holding similar positions in the restaurant industry. The option exercise prices for options granted to the Named Executives in 2003 were set at the fair market value of the Company's stock on the date of grant.

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THIS REPORT IS SUBMITTED BY THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Frank Edelstein
Neven C. Hulsey
Caroline W. Nahas
Patrick W. Rose

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

As of December 31, 2003, the members of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors were Frank Edelstein (Chairman), Neven C. Hulsey, Caroline W. Nahas and Patrick W. Rose. None of the Company's executive officers or directors served on the board of directors of any entities whose directors or officers served on the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. No current or past executive officers of the Company serve on the Compensation Committee.

Ms. Nahas is the Managing Director, Southwest Region, of Korn/Ferry International ("Korn/Ferry"). In 2003, Korn/Ferry was retained by the Company to provide executive and director search services. The Company paid Korn/Ferry $78,848 in connection with this engagement. The Board of Directors believes that these services were supplied on terms that are comparable to those which it could have obtained from unaffiliated third parties.

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Audit Committee Report

The following Audit Committee Report does not constitute soliciting material and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference by any general statement incorporating by reference this Proxy Statement into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, except to the extent the Company specifically incorporates this information by reference, and shall not otherwise be deemed filed under such Acts.

The Audit Committee is comprised of three non-employee directors, Michael S. Gordon (Chairman), Richard J. Dahl, and Larry Alan Kay. In addition, H. Frederick Christie served as a member of the Audit Committee through 2003. He resigned from the Audit Committee in February 2004 in order to reduce the number of audit committees on which he serves. The Audit Committee operates under a written charter adopted by the Board of Directors. A copy of the charter is attached to this Proxy Statement as Appendix A. It can also be found in the Investor Relations portion of the Corporate Governance section of the Company's corporate Web site, http://www.ihop.com.

The Board of Directors has determined that:

each Audit Committee member is "independent" under the corporate governance listing standards of the NYSE and is "financially literate" as defined by the NYSE;

the Audit Committee satisfies the "financial management expertise" standard, as required by the NYSE; and

Mr. Dahl is an "audit committee financial expert" as defined by the SEC.

Management has the primary responsibility for the financial statements and the financial reporting process, including the system of internal controls over financial reporting. The Company's independent public accountants for 2003, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP ("PWC"), were responsible for performing an independent audit of the Company's consolidated financial statements in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and for issuing a report thereon. The Audit Committee is responsible for assisting the Board in monitoring:

the integrity of the Company's financial statements

the Company's compliance with legal and regulatory requirements

the Company's independent auditors' qualifications and independence, and

the performance of the Company's independent auditors and the Company's internal audit function.

It is the Committee's policy to review and approve in advance all proposed audit and non-audit services to be provided by the independent accountants.

During 2003, the Audit Committee met eight times and held separate discussions with management, the Company's internal auditors and PWC. The Audit Committee discussed the Company's interim financial information contained in each quarterly earnings announcement with the Company's Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, Controller and PWC prior to public release. The Audit Committee reviewed the Company's quarterly financial statements with management and PWC.

Management has represented to the Audit Committee that the Company's consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The Audit Committee reviewed and discussed with management and

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PWC the Company's 2003 annual consolidated financial statements. The Committee has also discussed the following with PWC:

the matters required to be discussed by Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61, as amended (Communication with Audit Committees), which include, among other items, matters related to the conduct of the audit of the Company's annual consolidated financial statements;

the critical accounting policies and practices used in the preparation of the Company's annual consolidated financial statements, alternative treatments of financial information within generally accepted accounting principles that PWC discussed with management, the ramifications of using such alternative treatments, and the treatment preferred by PWC; and

other written communications between PWC and management.

In addition, the Audit Committee has received and reviewed the written disclosures and the letter from PWC required by Independence Standards Board Standard No. 1 (Independence Discussions with Audit Committees), and has discussed with PWC that firm's independence from the Company and management, including all relationships between the firm and the Company.

The Audit Committee has considered whether the provision of non-audit services by PWC in 2003 is compatible with maintaining the auditors' independence.

The Audit Committee discussed with the Company's internal auditors, PWC and management the overall scope and plans for their respective audits. The Audit Committee met with the internal auditors and PWC, with and without management present, to discuss the results of their respective audits, the evaluations of the Company's internal controls over financial reporting, and the overall quality of the Company's financial reporting. The Audit Committee also discussed with PWC whether there were any audit problems or difficulties, and management's response.

In reliance on the reviews and discussions referred to above, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors, and the Board has approved, that the audited consolidated financial statements be included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003, for filing with the SEC.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (or its predecessor Coopers and Lybrand, LLP) served as the Company's independent accountants for the last 21 years. In early 2004, the Audit Committee considered whether it would be appropriate to discontinue the relationship with PWC and engage another independent accountant. While the Audit Committee has been consistently pleased with the performance and professionalism of PWC, it was felt that after 21 years it would be beneficial to engage a new auditor who could bring a fresh perspective to the review and audit of the Company's financial statements. Accordingly, the decision was made to engage Ernst & Young, LLP as the Company's new independent accountants.

The Audit Committee also has recommended, subject to stockholder approval, the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company's independent auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2004.

THIS REPORT IS SUBMITTED BY THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michael S. Gordon
Richard J. Dahl
Larry Alan Kay

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The following table sets forth information concerning the fees billed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to the Company for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2003 and 2002.

Fees Billed By Independent Accountant
For Fiscal Years Ended December 31, 2002 and December 31, 2003

Type of Fee

  2002
  2003
Audit Fees   $ 242,461   $ 233,612
Audit-Related Fees   $ 22,388   $ 26,794
Tax Fees   $ 93,786   $ 22,138
All Other Fees   $ 8,350   $ 3,500

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Company Stock Performance Graph

The following graph shows a comparison of the cumulative total return to shareholders for the Company, the S&P 500 Composite Index (the "S&P 500") and the Value-Line Restaurants Index (the "Restaurant Index") from December 31, 1998 through December 31, 2003. The graph assumes an initial investment in stock of $100 and subsequent reinvestment of any dividends.


Comparison of Cumulative Total Return*
December 31, 1998 through December 31, 2003

GRAPHIC

Assumes $100 invested at the close of trading December 31, 1998 in IHOP Corp. common stock, the S&P 500, and the Restaurant Index.


*
Cumulative total return assumes reinvestment of dividends.

 
  12/31/98
  12/31/99
  12/31/00
  12/31/01
  12/31/02
  12/31/03
IHOP Corp.   $ 100.00   $ 83.57   $ 108.61   $ 146.73   $ 120.19   $ 197.33
S&P 500 Index   $ 100.00   $ 119.62   $ 107.49   $ 93.47   $ 71.63   $ 90.53
Restaurant Index   $ 100.00   $ 120.74   $ 116.26   $ 133.99   $ 123.43   $ 182.40

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Proposal 2. Ratification of Selection of Independent Public Accountants

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (or its predecessor Coopers and Lybrand, LLP) had served as the Company's independent accountants for the last 21 years. In early 2004, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors considered whether it would be appropriate to discontinue the relationship with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and engage another independent accountant. While the Audit Committee has been consistently pleased with the performance and professionalism of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, it was felt that after 21 years it would be beneficial to engage a new auditor who could bring a fresh perspective to the review and audit of the Company's financial statements. On April 12, 2004, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors dismissed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company's independent accountant. The Company engaged Ernst & Young, LLP on April 15, 2004.

The reports of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP on our financial statements for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2002 and 2003 did not contain an adverse opinion or a disclaimer of opinion, nor were such reports qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principle.

In connection with their audit of the financial statements of IHOP Corp. as of and for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2002 and 2003 and through April 12, 2004, the Company did not have any disagreement with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which disagreements if not resolved to the satisfaction of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP would have caused them to make reference thereto in their report on the financial statements for such years. During the period of time from January 1, 2002 through April 12, 2004, there were no "reportable events," as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Representatives of both PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Ernst & Young LLP are expected to be present at the Meeting and will have an opportunity to make a statement if they desire to do so and are expected to be available to respond to appropriate questions. Unless otherwise indicated thereon, the persons named in the Proxy will vote all proxies in favor of ratifying the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company's independent public accountants. If shareholders do not ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP, the selection of independent public accountants will be reconsidered by the Board of Directors.

Proposals of Shareholders

No proposals of shareholders were received by the Company for presentation at the 2004 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The Board of Directors will make provision for presentation of proposals of shareholders at the 2005 Annual Meeting of Shareholders provided such proposals are submitted by eligible shareholders who have complied with the Bylaws of the Company and the relevant regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. In order for any such proposals to be included in the proxy materials for consideration at the 2005 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the proposal should be mailed to Mark D. Weisberger, Secretary, IHOP Corp., 450 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, California 91203, and must be received no later than December 21, 2004. Shareholders who intend to present a proposal at the 2005 Annual Meeting of Shareholders without inclusion of such proposal in the Company's proxy materials are required to provide notice of such proposal to the Company no earlier than February 13, 2005 nor later than March 15, 2005. The Company reserves the right to reject, rule out of order, or take other appropriate action with respect to any proposal that does not comply with these and other applicable requirements.

Other Business

The management of the Company is not aware of any other matters to be brought before the Meeting. However, if any other matters are properly brought before the Meeting, the persons named

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in the enclosed form of Proxy will have discretionary authority to vote all proxies with respect to such matters in accordance with their best judgment.

By Order of the Board of Directors,

Mark D. Weisberger
Secretary

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT PROXIES BE RETURNED PROMPTLY. THEREFORE, WHETHER OR NOT YOU EXPECT TO ATTEND THE MEETING IN PERSON, YOU ARE URGED TO COMPLETE, SIGN, DATE AND RETURN THE PROXY IN THE ENCLOSED, PRE-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE, WHICH REQUIRES NO POSTAGE IF MAILED IN THE UNITED STATES.

The date of this Proxy Statement is April 23, 2004.

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Appendix A

CHARTER OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
IHOP CORP.
AS AMENDED AND RESTATED BY THE BOARD AS OF APRIL 2, 2004


I.      PURPOSE OF THE COMMITTEE

        The purpose of the Audit Committee (the "Committee") of the Board of Directors (the "Board") of IHOP Corp. (the "Corporation") is to provide assistance to the Board in fulfilling its legal and fiduciary obligations with respect to matters involving the accounting, auditing, financial reporting, internal control and legal compliance functions of the Corporation and its subsidiaries, including, without limitation, (a) assisting the Board's oversight of (i) the integrity of the Corporation's financial statements, (ii) the Corporation's compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, (iii) the Corporation's independent auditors' qualifications and independence, and (iv) the performance of the Corporation's independent auditors and the Corporation's internal audit function, and (b) preparing the report required to be prepared by the Committee pursuant to the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") for inclusion in the Corporation's annual proxy statement.

II.    COMPOSITION OF THE COMMITTEE

        The Committee shall consist of three or more directors as determined from time to time by the Board. Each member of the Committee shall be qualified to serve on the Committee pursuant to the requirements of the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE"), and any additional requirements that the Board deems appropriate.

        No director may serve as a member of the Committee if such director serves on the audit committee of more than two other public companies, unless the Board determines that such simultaneous service would not impair the ability of such director to effectively serve on the Committee. Any such determination must be disclosed in the Corporation's annual proxy statement or report on Form 10-K.

        The chairperson of the Committee shall be designated by the Board, provided that if the Board does not so designate a chairperson, the members of the Committee, by a majority vote, may designate a chairperson.

        Any vacancy on the Committee shall be filled by majority vote of the Board. No member of the Committee shall be removed except by majority vote of the Board.

        Each member of the Committee must be financially literate, as such qualification is interpreted by the Board in its business judgment, or must become financially literate within a reasonable period of time after his or her appointment to the Committee. In addition, at least one member of the Committee must be designated by the Board to be the "audit committee financial expert," as defined by the SEC pursuant to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (the "Act").

III.   MEETINGS OF THE COMMITTEE

        The Committee shall meet as often as it determines necessary to carry out its duties and responsibilities, but no less frequently than once every fiscal quarter. The Committee, in its discretion, may ask members of management or others to attend its meetings (or portions thereof) and to provide pertinent information as necessary. The Committee should meet separately on a periodic basis with (i) management, (ii) the director of the Corporation's internal auditing department or other person responsible for the internal audit function and (iii) the Corporation's

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independent auditors, in each case to discuss any matters that the Committee or any of the above persons or firms believe warrant Committee attention.

        A majority of the members of the Committee present in person or by means of a conference telephone or other communications equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other shall constitute a quorum.

        The Committee shall maintain minutes of its meetings and records relating to those meetings.

IV.    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COMMITTEE

        In carrying out its duties and responsibilities, the Committee's policies and procedures should remain flexible, so that it may be in a position to best address, react or respond to changing circumstances or conditions. The following duties and responsibilities are within the authority of the Committee and the Committee shall, consistent with and subject to applicable law and rules and regulations promulgated by the SEC, NYSE, or any other applicable regulatory authority:

Selection, Evaluation and Oversight of the Auditors

        (a)   Be directly responsible for the appointment, compensation, retention and oversight of the work of any registered public accounting firm engaged for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or performing other audit, review or attest services for the Corporation, and each such registered public accounting firm must report directly to the Committee (the registered public accounting firm engaged for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report for inclusion in the Corporation's Annual Report on Form 10-K is referred to herein as the "independent auditors");

        (b)   Review and, in its sole discretion, approve in advance the Corporation's independent auditors' annual engagement letter, including the proposed fees contained therein, as well as all audit and, as provided in the Act and the SEC rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, all permitted non-audit engagements and relationships between the Corporation and such independent auditors (which approval should be made after receiving input from the Corporation's management, if desired). Approval of audit and permitted non-audit services will be made by the Committee or by one or more members of the Committee as shall be designated by the Committee and the person(s) granting such approval shall report such approval to the Committee at the next scheduled meeting;

        (c)   Review the performance of the Corporation's independent auditors, including the lead partner and reviewing partner of the independent auditors, and, in its sole discretion (subject, if applicable, to shareholder ratification), make decisions regarding the replacement or termination of the independent auditors when circumstances warrant;

        (d)   Obtain at least annually from the Corporation's independent auditors and review a report describing:

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        The Committee should present its conclusions with respect to the above matters, as well as its review of the lead partner and the reviewing partner of the independent auditors, and its views on whether there should be a regular rotation of the independent auditors, to the Board.

        (e)   Evaluate the independence of the Corporation's independent auditors by, among other things:

Oversight of Annual Audit and Quarterly Reviews

        (f)    Review and discuss with the independent auditors their annual audit plan, including the timing and scope of audit activities, and monitor such plan's progress and results during the year;

        (g)   Review with management, the Corporation's independent auditors and the director of the Corporation's internal auditing department, the following information which is required to be reported by the independent auditor:

        (h)   Review with management, the Corporation's independent auditors and, if appropriate, the director of the Corporation's internal auditing department, the following:

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        (i)    Resolve all disagreements between the Corporation's independent auditors and management regarding financial reporting;

        (j)    Review on a regular basis with the Corporation's independent auditors any problems or difficulties encountered by the independent auditors in the course of any audit work, including management's response with respect thereto, any restrictions on the scope of the independent auditor's activities or on access to requested information, and any significant disagreements with management. In connection therewith, the Committee should review with the independent auditors the following:

Oversight of the Financial Reporting Process and Internal Controls

        (k)   Review:

        (l)    Review with the chief executive officer, chief financial officer and independent auditors, periodically, the following:

        (m)  Discuss guidelines and policies governing the process by which senior management of the Corporation and the relevant departments of the Corporation, including the internal auditing department, assess and manage the Corporation's exposure to risk, as well as the Corporation's

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major financial risk exposures and the steps management has taken to monitor and control such exposures;

        (n)   Review with management the progress and results of all internal audit projects, and, when deemed necessary or appropriate by the Committee, direct the Corporation's chief executive officer to assign additional internal audit projects to the director of the Corporation's internal auditing department;

        (o)   Review with management the Corporation's administrative, operational and accounting internal controls, including any special audit steps adopted in light of the discovery of material control deficiencies;

        (p)   Receive periodic reports from the Corporation's independent auditors, management and director of the Corporations's internal auditing department to assess the impact on the Corporation of significant accounting or financial reporting developments that may have a bearing on the Corporation;

        (q)   Review and discuss with the independent auditors the results of the year-end audit of the Corporation, including any comments or recommendations of the Corporation's independent auditors and, based on such review and discussions and on such other considerations as it determines appropriate, recommend to the Board whether the Corporation's financial statements should be included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K;

        (r)    Establish and maintain free and open means of communication between and among the Committee, the Corporation's independent auditors, the Corporation's internal auditing department and management, including providing such parties with appropriate opportunities to meet separately and privately with the Committee on a periodic basis;

        (s)   Review the type and presentation of information to be included in the Corporation's earnings press releases (especially the use of "pro forma" or "adjusted" information not prepared in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles), as well as financial information and earnings guidance provided by the Corporation to analysts and rating agencies (which review may be done generally (i.e., discussion of the types of information to be disclosed and type of presentations to be made), and the Committee need not discuss in advance each earnings release or each instance in which the Corporation may provide earnings guidance);

Miscellaneous

        (t)    Establish clear hiring policies by the Corporation for employees or former employees of the Corporation's independent auditors;

        (u)   Meet periodically with the general counsel, and outside counsel when appropriate, to review legal and regulatory matters, including (i) any matters that may have a material impact on the financial statements of the Corporation and (ii) any matters involving potential or ongoing material violations of law or breaches of fiduciary duty by the Corporation or any of its directors, officers, employees or agents or breaches of fiduciary duty to the Corporation;

        (v)   Prepare the report required by the rules of the SEC to be included in the Corporation's annual proxy statement;

        (w)  Review and approve in advance any services provided by the Corporation's independent auditors to the Corporation's executive officers or members of their immediate family;

        (x)   Establish procedures for (i) the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by the Corporation regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, and (ii) the

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confidential, anonymous submission by employees of the Corporation of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters;

        (y)   Secure independent expert advice to the extent the Committee determines it to be appropriate, including retaining, with or without Board approval, independent counsel, accountants, consultants or others, to assist the Committee in fulfilling its duties and responsibilities, the cost of such independent expert advisors to be borne by the Corporation;

        (z)   Report regularly to the Board on its activities, as appropriate. In connection therewith, the Committee should review with the Board any issues that arise with respect to the quality or integrity of the Corporation's financial statements, the Corporation's compliance with legal or regulatory requirements, the performance and independence of the Corporation's independent auditors, or the performance of the internal audit function; and

        (aa)  Perform such additional activities, and consider such other matters, within the scope of its responsibilities, as the Committee or the Board deems necessary or appropriate.

V.     EVALUATION OF THE COMMITTEE

        The Committee shall, on an annual basis and in coordination with the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, evaluate its performance. The evaluation shall address all matters that the Committee considers relevant to its performance, including a review and assessment of the adequacy of this Charter, and shall be conducted in such manner as the Committee deems appropriate.

        The Committee shall deliver to the Board a report, which may be oral, setting forth the results of its evaluation, including any recommended amendments to this Charter.

VI.   INVESTIGATIONS AND STUDIES; OUTSIDE ADVISERS

        The Committee may conduct or authorize investigations into or studies of matters within the Committee's scope of responsibilities, and may retain, at the Corporation's expense, such independent counsel or other consultants or advisers as it deems necessary.

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        While the Committee has the duties and responsibilities set forth in this Charter, the Committee is not responsible for preparing or certifying the financial statements, for planning or conducting the audit or for determining whether the Corporation's financial statements are complete and accurate and are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

        In fulfilling their responsibilities hereunder, it is recognized that members of the Committee are not full-time employees of the Corporation, it is not the duty or responsibility of the Committee or its members to conduct "field work" or other types of auditing or accounting reviews or procedures or to set auditor independence standards, and each member of the Committee shall be entitled to rely on (i) the integrity of those persons and organizations within and outside the Corporation from which it receives information and (ii) the accuracy of the financial and other information provided to the Committee, in either instance absent actual knowledge to the contrary.

        Nothing contained in this Charter is intended to create, or should be construed as creating, any responsibility or liability of the members of the Committee, except to the extent otherwise provided under applicable federal or state law.

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IHOP CORP.
450 North Brand Boulevard • Glendale, California 91203
This Proxy/Voting Instruction is Solicited on Behalf of the Board of Directors.

        The undersigned hereby appoints Michael S. Gordon, Larry Alan Kay and Julia A. Stewart as Proxies, each with the power to appoint his or her substitute, and hereby authorized them to represent and to vote, as designated below, all the shares of common stock of IHOP Corp. held of record by the undersigned at the close of business on March 26, 2004, at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 25, 2004, or any adjournment thereof.

        This Proxy/Voting Instruction when properly executed will be voted in the manner directed herein by the undersigned shareholder. If no direction is made, this Proxy will be voted FOR the nominees listed on the reverse and FOR Proposal 2. If you have a beneficial interest in shares held by Smith Barney Corporate Trust Company, as Trustee ("Trustee") of the International House of Pancakes Employee Stock Ownership Plan (the "ESOP") then this card also constitutes your voting instructions to the Trustee of the ESOP and if you do not sign and return this card, such shares will be voted by the Trustee in the same proportions as the shares for which the Trustee receives valid voting instructions.

(continued and to be signed on the other side)


Address Change/Comments (Mark the corresponding box on the reverse side)



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    Mark here for Address
Change or Comments
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ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

   
 
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FOR all nominees listed (except as marked to the contrary) o   WITHHOLD AUTHORITY to vote for all nominees listed o   2. PROPOSAL TO APPROVE AND RATIFY THE APPOINTMENT OF ERNST & YOUNG LLP as the independent accountants of the Company.   o   o   o
Nominees: 01 Frank Edelstein, 02 Caroline W. Nahas, 03 Richard J. Dahl   3. In their discretion the Proxies are authorized to vote upon such other business as may properly come before the Meeting or any adjournment thereof.
                           
INSTRUCTION: To withhold authority to vote for any individual nominee, indicate that nominee's name below):     I PLAN TO ATTEND
THE MEETING
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Signature or Signatures, if held jointly     Dated     , 2004
 
   
   

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Appendix A
CHARTER OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF IHOP CORP. AS AMENDED AND RESTATED BY THE BOARD AS OF APRIL 2, 2004