SunTrust Banks, Inc.
2009 Stock Plan
SunTrust Banks, Inc. (SunTrust), a Georgia corporation, upon the recommendation of the Governance and Nominating Committee of its Board of Directors and pursuant to action of the Compensation Committee (Committee) in accordance with the SunTrust Banks, Inc. 2009 Stock Plan (Plan), has granted restricted stock units (the Restricted Stock Units) as an incentive for Grantee to promote the interests of SunTrust and its Subsidiaries. Each Restricted Stock Unit represents the right to receive a payment in cash equal to the Fair Market Value of SunTrust Common Stock, $1.00 par value, at a future date and time, subject to the terms of this Restricted Stock Unit Agreement.
Name of Grantee
Number of Restricted Stock Units
Closing Price of SunTrust Stock on Grant Date
This Non-Employee Director Restricted Stock Unit Agreement (the Agreement) evidences this grant, which has been made subject to all the terms and conditions set forth on the attached Terms and Conditions and in the Plan.
SUNTRUST BANKS, INC.
§ 1. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Grant of Restricted Stock to the Grantee is effective as of [Grant Date] (Grant Date).
§ 2. VESTING. All Restricted Stock Units subject to this Agreement shall vest upon the earlier of (a) the first (1st) anniversary of the Grant Date, and (b) the next annual meeting of shareholders of the Company (Vesting Date), provided that Grantee is an active member of SunTrusts Board of Directors (Board) on that date and such Restricted Stock Units have not previously vested or been forfeited pursuant to § 3.
§ 3. ACCELERATED VESTING.
(a) If the Grantees membership on the Board terminates prior to the Vesting Date and the date of a Change in Control as a result of the Grantees (i) death, (ii) disability within the meaning of Section 22(e)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code)) or (iii) attainment of mandatory retirement age for Board members, then a pro-rata number of Restricted Stock Units shall be vested on the date of such termination. The pro-rata number of Restricted Stock Units shall equal the product of: (A) the number of Restricted Stock Units subject to this Agreement; multiplied by (B) a fraction, the numerator of which is equal to the number of days from the Grant Date through the date of such termination of membership on the Board, and the denominator of which is equal to the number of days from the Grant Date through the Vesting Date. In the event of such pro-rata vesting, any Restricted Stock Units (and related Dividend Equivalent Rights (as defined below)) subject to this Agreement that do not vest pursuant to this §3(a) shall terminate and be completely forfeited on such date.
(b) If there is a Change in Control followed by the involuntary termination of the Grantees membership on the Board prior to the Vesting Date, and if such termination is not a Termination for Cause (as defined below), then all Restricted Stock Units (and related Dividend Equivalent Rights) subject to this Agreement shall become vested on the date of such termination.
(c) If the Grantees membership on the Board terminates prior to the Vesting Date for any reason other than those described in § 3(a) or § 3(b), then any Restricted Stock Units that are not then vested (and related Dividend Equivalent Rights) shall be completely forfeited on the date of such termination.
(d) For purposes of this Agreement, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth below:
(i) Termination for Cause means termination of membership on the Board which is made primarily because of (A) Grantees commission of a felony, or Grantees perpetration of a dishonest act, misappropriation of funds, embezzlement, criminal conduct or common law fraud against SunTrust or any Subsidiary, or (B) any other willful act or omission of the Grantee which is materially injurious to the financial condition or business reputation of SunTrust or any Subsidiary.
(ii) Dividend Equivalent Right means a right that entitles the Grantee to receive an amount equal to any dividends paid on a share of Stock, which dividends have a record date between the Grant Date and the date the Restricted Stock Units are paid.
§ 4. GRANTEES RIGHTS PRIOR TO PAYMENT.
(a) The Grantee shall be entitled to a Dividend Equivalent Right for each Restricted Stock Unit subject to this Agreement that vests. Amounts deemed received pursuant to such Dividend Equivalent Rights shall be treated as though they were reinvested in Restricted Stock Units and as part of this grant on the date related dividends are paid, so that they shall be forfeited or payable at the same time as the Restricted Stock Units.
(b) Neither the Plan, this Agreement nor the Restricted Stock Units give the Grantee any rights as a shareholder of SunTrust, including the right to vote or receive dividends. The Grantee is an unsecured general creditor of SunTrust with respect to any cash payment relating to vested Restricted Stock Units, and any payment provided pursuant to this Agreement shall be made from SunTrusts general assets.
(c) No Restricted Stock Units granted pursuant to this Agreement shall be deemed transferable by the Grantee other than by will or by the laws of descent and distribution prior to the time the Restricted Stock Units become payable to the Grantee or to his or her beneficiary.
§ 5. PAYMENT OF AWARD.
(a) Unless the Restricted Stock Units subject to this Agreement are deferred pursuant to the SunTrust Banks, Inc. Directors Deferred Compensation Plan (the Deferred Compensation Plan), the value of the vested Restricted Stock Units (and related Dividend Equivalent Rights) shall be paid in a cash lump sum on the Vesting Date. For purposes of the preceding sentence, the value of each vested Restricted Stock Unit will equal the Fair Market Value of a share of Stock on the Vesting Date. In the event the Restricted Stock Units subject to this Agreement are deferred, such Restricted Stock Units (and related Dividend Equivalent Rights) shall be paid in accordance with the terms of the Deferred Compensation Plan.
(b) To the extent that Grantee does not vest in any Restricted Stock Units, all interest in such Restricted Stock Units (and related Dividend Equivalent Rights) shall be forfeited. The Grantee has no right or interest in any Restricted Stock Unit or related share of Stock that is forfeited.
§ 6. WITHHOLDING. Upon the payment of any Restricted Stock Units, SunTrusts obligation to deliver cash to settle the vested Restricted Stock Units and Dividend Equivalent Rights shall be subject to the satisfaction of applicable tax withholding requirements, including federal, state, and local requirements. The Grantee must pay to SunTrust any applicable federal, state or local withholding tax due as a result of such payment.
§ 7. NO SERVICE RIGHTS. Nothing in the Plan or this Agreement or any related material shall give the Grantee the right to continue as a member of the Board of SunTrust or any Subsidiary or adversely affect the right of SunTrust or any Subsidiary to terminate the Grantees membership on the Board with or without cause at any time.
§ 8. MISCELLANEOUS.
(a) This Agreement shall be subject to all of the provisions, definitions, terms and conditions set forth in the Plan and any interpretations, rules and regulations promulgated by the Committee from time to time, all of which are incorporated by reference in this Agreement.
(b) The Plan and this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Georgia (without regard to its choice-of-law provisions).
(c) If one or more of the provisions of this Agreement shall be held invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby and the invalid, illegal or unenforceable provisions shall be deemed null and void; however, to the extent permissible by law, any provisions which could be deemed null and void shall first be construed, interpreted or revised retroactively to permit this Agreement to be construed so as to foster the intent of this Agreement and the Plan.
(d) This Agreement (which incorporates the terms and conditions of the Plan) and, in the event the Restricted Stock Units are deferred, the Deferred Compensation Plan constitute the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. This Agreement and the Deferred Compensation Plan, if applicable, supersede all prior discussions, negotiations, understandings, commitments and agreements with respect to such matters.
(e) The Restricted Stock Units and related Dividend Equivalent Rights are intended to comply with Code Section 409A and official guidance issued thereunder. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, this Agreement shall be interpreted, operated and administered in a manner consistent with this intention.