SEAWAY VALLEY CAPITAL CORPORATION
2008 Employee Equity Plan
Article 1. Establishment and Purpose
1.1 Establishment of the Plan. Seaway Valley Capital Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the Company or Seaway Valley Capital), hereby establishes an incentive compensation plan (the Plan), as set forth in this document.
1.2 Purpose of the Plan. The purpose of the Plan is to promote the success and enhance the value of the Company by linking the personal interests of Participants to those of the
Company's shareholders, and by providing Participants with an incentive for outstanding performance. The Plan is further intended to attract and retain the services of Participants upon whose judgment, interest, and special efforts the successful operation of Seaway Valley Capital and its subsidiaries is dependent.
1.3 Effective Date of the Plan. The Plan shall become effective on September 24, 2008.
Article 2. Definitions
Whenever used in the Plan, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth below and, when the meaning is intended, the initial letter of the word is capitalized:
(a) Award means, individually or collectively, a grant under this Plan of Stock, Stock Options, or Restricted Stock.
(b) Award Agreement means an agreement which may be entered into by each Participant and the Company, setting forth the terms and provisions applicable to Awards granted to Participants under this Plan.
(c) Board or Board of Directors means the Companys Board of Directors.
(d) Cause shall mean willful and gross misconduct on the part of an Eligible Person that is materially and demonstrably detrimental to the Company or any Subsidiary as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion.
(e) Change in Control shall be deemed to have occurred if (i) any person (as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Exchange Act), other than (A) a person who on September 24, 2008 was the beneficial owner of more than 25% of the outstanding Shares, (B) a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of the Company or (C) a corporation owned directly or indirectly by the shareholders of the Company in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of stock of the Company, is or becomes the beneficial owner (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under said Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing fifty percent (50%) or more of the total voting power represented by the Company's then outstanding voting securities, or (ii) during any period of
two (2) consecutive years, individuals who at the beginning of such period constitute the Board of Directors of the Company and any new Director whose election by the Board of Directors or nomination for election by the Company's shareholders was approved by a vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) 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, or (iii) the shareholders of the Company approve a merger or consolidation of the Company with any other corporation, other than a merger or consolidation which would result in the voting securities of the Company outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into voting securities of the surviving entity) at least fifty-five percent (55%) of the total voting power represented by the voting securities of the Company or such surviving entity outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation, or the shareholders of the Company 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 the Companys assets.
(f) Code means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time.
(g) Committee means the committee or committees, as specified in Article 3, appointed by the Board to administer the Plan with respect to grants of Awards.
(h) Consultant means a natural person under contract with the Company to provide bona fide services to the Company which are not in connection with the offer or sale of securities in a capital-raising transaction and do not directly or indirectly promote or maintain a market for the Companys securities.
(i) Director means any individual who is a member of the Seaway Valley Capital Board of Directors.
(j) Disability shall mean the Participants inability to perform the Participants normal Employment functions due to any medically determinable physical or mental disability, which can last or has lasted 12 months or is expected to result in death.
(k) Eligible Person means an Employee, Director or Consultant.
(l) Employee means any officer or employee of the Company or of one of the Company's Subsidiaries. Directors who are not otherwise employed by the Company shall not be considered Employees under this Plan.
(m) Employment, with reference to an Employee, means the condition of being an officer or employee of the Company or one of its Subsidiaries. Employment, with reference to a Consultant, means the condition of being a Consultant. Employment, with reference to a Director, means the condition of being a Director. The change in status of an Eligible Person among the categories of Employee, Director and Consultant shall not be deemed a termination of Employment.
(n) Exchange Act means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended from time to time, or any successor Act thereto.
(o) Exercise Price means the price at which a Share may be purchased by a Participant pursuant to an Option, as determined by the Committee.
(p) Insider shall mean an Eligible Person who is, on the relevant date, an officer, director, or ten percent (10%) beneficial owner of the Company, as those terms are defined under Section 16 of the Exchange Act.
(q) Option or Stock Option shall mean an option to purchase Shares granted hereunder.
(r) Participant means a person who holds an outstanding Award granted under the Plan.
(s) Plan means this 2008 Employee Equity Plan.
(t) Restricted Stock means an Award of Stock granted to an Eligible Person pursuant to Article 7 herein.
(u) Restriction Period means the period during which Shares of Restricted Stock are subject to restrictions or conditions under Article 7.
(v) Shares or Stock means the shares of common stock of the Company.
(w) Subsidiary shall mean any corporation in which the Company owns directly, or indirectly through subsidiaries, more than fifty percent (50%) of the total combined voting power of all classes of Stock, or any other entity (including, but not limited to, partnerships and joint ventures) in which the Company owns more than fifty percent (50%) of the combined equity thereof.
Article 3. Administration
3.1 The Committee. The Plan and all Awards hereunder shall be administered by one or more Committees of the Board as may be appointed by the Board for this purpose. The Board may appoint a Committee specifically responsible for Awards to Insiders (the Disinterested Committee) where each Director on such Disinterested Committee is a Non-Employee Director (or any successor designation for determining who may administer plans, transactions or awards exempt under Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act), as that term is used in Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act, as that rule may be modified from time to time. If no specific Committee is appointed by the Board, then the Board in its entirety shall be the Committee. Any Committee may be replaced by the Board at any time.
3.2 Authority of the Committee. The Committee shall have full power, except as limited by law and subject to the provisions herein, to select the recipients of Awards; to determine the size and types of Awards; to determine the terms and conditions of such Awards in a manner consistent with the Plan; to construe and interpret the Plan and any agreement or instrument entered into under the Plan; to establish, amend, or waive rules and regulations for the Plan's administration; and to amend the terms and conditions of any outstanding Award to the extent such terms and conditions are within the discretion of the Committee as provided in the Plan.
Further, the Committee shall make all other determinations which may be necessary or advisable for the administration of the Plan.
No Award may be made under the Plan after December 31, 2014.
All determinations and decisions made by the Committee pursuant to the provisions of the Plan and all related orders or resolutions of the Board shall be final, conclusive, and binding on all persons, including the Company, its stockholders, Eligible Persons, Participants, and their estates and beneficiaries.
Subject to the terms of this Plan, the Committee is authorized, and shall not be limited in its discretion, to use any of the Performance Criteria specified herein in its determination of Awards under this Plan.
Article 4. Shares Subject to the Plan
4.1 Number of Shares. Subject to adjustment as provided in Section 4.3 herein, the number of Shares available for grant under the Plan shall not exceed one billion (1,000,000,000) Shares. The Shares granted under this Plan may be either authorized but unissued or reacquired Shares.
4.2 Lapsed Awards. If any Award granted under this Plan is canceled, terminates, expires, or lapses for any reason, Shares subject to such Award shall be again available for the grant of an Award under the Plan.
4.3 Adjustments in Authorized Plan Shares. In the event of any merger, reorganization, consolidation, recapitalization, separation, liquidation, Stock dividend, split-up, Share combination, or other change in the corporate structure of the Company affecting the Shares, an adjustment shall be made in the number and class of Shares which may be delivered under the Plan, and in the number and class of and/or price of Shares subject to outstanding Awards granted under the Plan, and/or the number of outstanding Options and Shares of Restricted Stock constituting outstanding Awards, as may be determined to be appropriate and equitable by the Committee, in its sole discretion, to prevent dilution or enlargement of rights.
Article 5. Stock Grant
5.1 Grant of Stock. Subject to the terms and provisions of the Plan, the Board of Directors, at any time and from time to time, may grant Shares of Stock to Eligible Persons in such amounts and upon such terms and conditions as the Board of Directors shall determine.
Article 6. Stock Options
6.1 Grant of Options. Subject to the terms and provisions of the Plan, Options may be granted to Eligible Persons at any time and from time to time, and under such terms and conditions, as shall be determined by the Committee. The Committee shall have discretion in determining the number of Shares subject to Options granted to each Eligible Person.
6.2 Form of Issuance. Each Option grant may be issued in the form of an Award Agreement and/or may be recorded on the books and records of the Company for the account of
the Participant. If an Option is not issued in the form of an Award Agreement, then the Option shall be deemed granted as determined by the Committee. The terms and conditions of an Option shall be set forth in the Award Agreement, in the notice of the issuance of the grant, or in such other documents as the Committee shall determine. Such terms and conditions shall include the Exercise Price, the duration of the Option, the number of Shares to which an Option pertains (unless otherwise provided by the Committee, each Option may be exercised to purchase one Share), and such other provisions as the Committee shall determine.
6.3 Exercise Price. The Exercise Price of an Option shall be determined by the Committee in its sole discretion.
6.4 Duration of Options. Each Option shall expire at such time as the Committee shall determine at the time of grant (which duration may be extended by the Committee); provided, however, that no Option shall be exercisable later than the tenth (10th) anniversary date of its grant. If, however, the Eligible Person owns stock possessing more than ten percent (10%) of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock of the Company or of its parent or subsidiary corporations, then no Option shall be exercisable later than the fifth (5th) anniversary date of its grant.
6.5 Vesting of Options. Options shall vest at such times and under such terms and conditions as determined by the Committee; provided, however, unless a different vesting period is provided by the Committee at or before the grant of an Option, the Options will vest on the first anniversary of the grant.
6.6 Exercise of Options. Options granted under the Plan shall be exercisable at such times and be subject to such restrictions and conditions as the Committee shall in each instance approve, which need not be the same for each grant or for each Participant.
Options shall be exercised by delivery of a written notice (including e-mail and telecopies) to the Secretary of the Company (or, if so provided by the Company, to its designated agent), which notice shall be irrevocable, setting forth the exact number of Shares with respect to which the Option is being exercised and including with such notice payment of the Exercise Price. When Options have been transferred, the Company or its designated agent may require appropriate documentation that the person or persons exercising the Option, if other than the Participant, has the right to exercise the Option. No Option may be exercised with respect to a fraction of a Share.
6.7 Termination of Employment. Unless otherwise provided by the Committee, the following limitations on exercise of Options shall apply upon termination of Employment:
(a) Termination by Death or Disability. In the event the Employment of a Participant shall terminate by reason of death or Disability, all outstanding Options granted to that Participant shall immediately vest as of the date of termination of Employment and may be exercised, if at all, no more than three (3) years from the date of the termination of Employment, unless the Options, by their terms, expire earlier.
(b) Termination for Cause. If the Employment of a Participant shall be terminated by the Company for Cause, all outstanding Options held by the Participant shall immediately be
forfeited to the Company and no additional exercise period shall be allowed, regardless of the vested status of the Options.
(c) Retirement or Other Termination of Employment. If the Employment of a Participant shall terminate for any reason other than the reasons set forth in (a) or (b) above, all outstanding Options which are vested as of the effective date of termination of Employment may be exercised, if at all, no more than thirty (30) days from the date of termination of Employment, unless the Options, by their terms, expire earlier. In the event of the death of the Participant after termination of Employment, this paragraph (c) shall still apply and not paragraph (a), above.
(d) Options not Vested at Termination. Except as provided in paragraph (a) above, all Options held by the Participant which are not vested on or before the effective date of termination of Employment shall immediately be forfeited to the Company (and shall once again become available for grant under the Plan).
(e) Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, establish different terms and conditions pertaining to the effect of termination of Employment, but no such modification shall shorten the terms of Options issued prior to such modification.
6.9 Restrictions on Exercise and Transfer of Options. Unless otherwise provided by the Committee:
(a) During the Participant's lifetime, the Participants Options shall be exercisable only by the Participant or by the Participants guardian or legal representative. After the death of the Participant, an Option shall only be exercised by the holder thereof (including, but not limited to, an executor or administrator of a decedent's estate) or his guardian or legal representative.
(b) No Option shall be transferable except: (i) in the case of the Participant, only upon the Participants death; and (ii) in the case of any holder after the Participants death, only by will or by the laws of descent and distribution.
6.10 Competition. Notwithstanding anything in this Article 6 to the contrary, in the event the Committee determines, in its sole discretion, that a Participant is engaging in activity competitive with the Company, any Subsidiary, or any business in which any of the foregoing have a substantial interest (the Seaway Valley Capital Businesses), the Committee may cancel any Option granted to such Participant, whether or not vested, in whole or in part. Such cancellation shall be effective as of the date specified by the Committee. Competitive activity shall mean any business or activity if a substantially similar business activity is being carried on by a Seaway Valley Capital Business, including, but not limited to, representing or providing consulting services to any person or entity that is engaged in competition with a Seaway Valley Capital Business or that takes a position adverse to a Seaway Valley Capital Business. However, competitive activity shall not include, among other things, owning a non-substantial interest as a shareholder in a competing business.
Article 7. Restricted Stock
7.1 Grant of Restricted Stock. Subject to the terms and provisions of the Plan, the Committee, at any time and from time to time, may grant Shares of Restricted Stock to Eligible Persons in such amounts and upon such terms and conditions as the Committee shall determine.
7.2 Restricted Stock Agreement. The Committee may require, as a condition to an Award, that a recipient of a Restricted Stock Award enter into a Restricted Stock Award Agreement, setting forth the terms and conditions of the Award. In lieu of a Restricted Stock Award Agreement, the Committee may provide the terms and conditions of an Award in a notice to the Participant of the Award, on the Stock certificate representing the Restricted Stock, in the resolution approving the Award, or in such other manner as it deems appropriate.
7.3 Transferability. Except as otherwise provided in this Article 7, the Shares of Restricted Stock granted herein may not be sold, transferred, pledged, assigned, or otherwise alienated or hypothecated until the end of the applicable Restriction Period established by the Committee, if any.
7.4 Other Restrictions. The Committee may impose such other conditions and/or restrictions on any Shares of Restricted Stock granted pursuant to the Plan as it may deem advisable including, without limitation, a requirement that Participants pay a stipulated purchase price for each Share of Restricted Stock and/or restrictions under applicable Federal or state securities laws; and may legend the certificates representing Restricted Stock to give appropriate notice of such restrictions.
The Company shall also have the right to retain the certificates representing Shares of Restricted Stock in the Company's possession until such time as all conditions and/or restrictions applicable to such Shares have been satisfied.
7.5 Removal of Restrictions. Except as otherwise provided in this Article 7, Shares of Restricted Stock covered by each Restricted Stock grant made under the Plan shall become freely transferable by the Participant after the last day of the Restriction Period and completion of all conditions to vesting, if any. However, unless otherwise provided by the Committee, the Committee, in its sole discretion, shall have the right to immediately waive all or part of the restrictions and conditions with regard to all or part of the Shares held by any Participant at any time.
7.6 Voting Rights, Dividends and Other Distributions. During the Restriction Period, Participants holding Shares of Restricted Stock granted hereunder may exercise full voting rights and shall receive all regular cash dividends paid with respect to such Shares. Except as provided in the following sentence, in the sole discretion of the Committee, other cash dividends and other distributions paid to Participants with respect to Shares of Restricted Stock may be subject to the same restrictions and conditions as the Shares of Restricted Stock with respect to which they were paid. If any such dividends or distributions are paid in Shares, the Shares shall be subject to the same restrictions and conditions as the Shares of Restricted Stock with respect to which they were paid.
7.7 Termination of Employment Due to Death or Disability. In the event the Employment of a Participant shall terminate by reason of death or Disability, unless otherwise provided by the Committee prior to or at the time of the Award, all Restriction Periods and all restrictions imposed on outstanding Shares of Restricted Stock held by the Participant shall immediately lapse and the Restricted Stock shall immediately become fully vested as of the date of termination of Employment.
7.8 Termination of Employment for Other Reasons. If the Employment of a Participant shall terminate for any reason other than those specifically set forth in Section 7.7 herein, all Shares of Restricted Stock held by the Participant which are not vested as of the effective date of termination of Employment immediately shall be forfeited and returned to the Company.
Article 8. Employee Matters
8.1 Employment Not Guaranteed. Nothing in the Plan shall interfere with or limit in any way the right of the Company or any Subsidiary to terminate any Participant's Employment at any time, nor confer upon any Participant any right to continue in the employ of the Company or one of its Subsidiaries.
8.2 Participation. No Eligible Person shall have the right to be selected to receive an Award under this Plan, or, having been so selected, to be selected to receive a future Award.
8.3 Claims and Appeals. Any claim under the Plan by a Participant or anyone claiming through a Participant shall be presented to the Committee. Any person whose claim under the Plan has been denied may, within sixty (60) days after receipt of notice of denial, submit to the Committee a written request for review of the decision denying the claim. The Committee shall determine conclusively for all parties all questions arising in the administration of the Plan.
Article 9. Amendment, Modification, and Termination
9.1 Amendment, Modification, and Termination. The Board of Directors alone shall have the right to alter, amend or revoke the Plan or any part thereof at any time and from time to time, provided, however, that the Board of Directors may not, without the approval of the holders of a majority of the voting Shares, make any alteration or amendment to the Plan which changes the aggregate number of shares of Common Stock which may be issued under the Plan, extend the term of the Plan, or change the employees or class of employees eligible to receive Awards thereunder. The Board may at any time suspend or terminate the Plan in whole or in part.
9.2 Awards Previously Granted. No termination, amendment, or modification of the Plan shall adversely affect in any material way any Award previously granted under the Plan, without the written consent of the Participant holding such Award.
Article 10. Change in Control
Upon the occurrence of a Change in Control:
(a) Any and all Options granted hereunder immediately shall become vested and exercisable;
(b) Any Restriction Periods and all restrictions imposed on Restricted Shares shall lapse and they shall immediately become fully vested.
Article 11. Withholding
11.1 Tax Withholding. The Company shall deduct or withhold an amount sufficient to satisfy Federal, state, and local taxes (including the Participant's employment tax obligations) required by law to be withheld with respect to any taxable event arising or as a result of this Plan (Withholding Taxes).
11.2 Share Withholding. With respect to withholding required upon the exercise of Options, upon the lapse of restrictions on Restricted Stock, or upon any other taxable event hereunder involving the transfer of Stock to a Participant, the Company shall withhold Stock having a Fair Market Value on the date the tax is to be determined in an amount equal to the Withholding Taxes on such Stock. Any fractional Share remaining after the withholding shall be withheld as additional Federal withholding.
11.3 Payment In Lieu of Share Withholding. In any situation in which the Company would be required to withhold Stock pursuant to §11.2 above, the Participant may, in lieu of all or part of such withholding, remit to the Company an amount in cash sufficient to satisfy the federal, state and local withholding tax requirements or may direct the Company to withhold from other amounts payable to the Participant, including salary.
Article 12. Successors
All obligations of the Company under the Plan, with respect to Awards granted hereunder, shall be binding on any successor to the Company, whether the existence of such successor is the result of a direct or indirect purchase, merger, consolidation, or otherwise, of all or substantially all of the business and/or assets of the Company.
Article 13. Legal Construction
13.1 Severability. In the event any provision of the Plan shall be held illegal or invalid for any reason, the illegality or invalidity shall not affect the remaining parts of the Plan, and the Plan shall be construed and enforced as if the illegal or invalid provision had not been included.
13.2 Requirements of Law. The granting of Awards and the issuance of Shares under the Plan shall be subject to all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, and to such approvals by any governmental agencies or national securities exchanges as may be required.
13.3 Securities Law Compliance. With respect to Insiders, transactions under this Plan are intended to comply with all applicable conditions of Rule 16b-3 or its successors under the Exchange Act. To the extent any provision of the plan or action by the Committee fails to comply with a condition of Rule 16b-3 or its successors, it shall not apply to the Insiders or transactions thereby.
13.4 Governing Law. To the extent not preempted by Federal law, the Plan, and all agreements hereunder, shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the State of Delaware.