2002 COMPREHENSIVE STOCK OPTION AND AWARD PLAN
The purpose of this Addendum is to provide criteria for performance objectives applicable to the grant of restricted stock and performance share awards under the Ruddick Corporation 2002 Comprehensive Stock Option and Award Plan to executive officers of Ruddick Corporation and its Affiliates. Such grants will be based upon the level of achievement of financial, business and other performance criteria. This Addendum is intended to permit the payment of bonuses under various plans or arrangements that may qualify as performance-based compensation under Code Section 162(m) and related regulations.
(a) "Affiliate" means a wholly owned subsidiary of Ruddick Corporation or any entity that, directly or indirectly, is controlled by Ruddick Corporation.
(b) "Board" means the Board of Directors of Ruddick Corporation.
(c) "Bonus" means a restricted stock or performance share award made pursuant to the Plan with respect to a particular Performance Period, determined pursuant to Section 8 below.
(d) "Bonus Formula" means as to any Performance Period, the formula established by the Committee pursuant to Section 6 of this Addendum in order to determine the Bonus amounts, if any, to be paid to Participants based upon the level of achievement of targeted goals for the selected Performance Measures. The formula may differ from Participant to Participant or business group to business group. The Bonus Formula shall be of such a nature that an objective third party having knowledge of all the relevant facts could determine whether targeted goals for the Performance Measures have been achieved.
(e) "Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the regulations promulgated thereunder.
(f) "Committee" means the Compensation Committee of the Board consisting of at least two directors who shall qualify as "outside directors" within the meaning of Code Section 162(m).
(g) "Fiscal Year" means the fiscal year of Ruddick Corporation or its Affiliates.
(h) "Participant" means an employee of Ruddick Corporation or its Affiliates who is considered an executive officer of Ruddick Corporation or its Affiliates within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.
Compensation" means compensation that qualifies as "performance-based
compensation" within the meaning of Code Section 162(m) and related
(j) "Performance Measure" means any one or more of the performance criteria listed below. The performance criteria may be applied either individually, alternatively, or in any combination and measured on an absolute basis or relative to a pre-established target as may be specified and approved by the Committee. The performance criteria may include: return on invested capital, net operating profit (before or after tax), operating profit margin, gross margin, operating profit, earnings before income taxes, earnings (which may include earnings before interest and taxes and net earnings, and may be determined in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") or adjusted to include or exclude any or all items), earnings per share (on a GAAP or non-GAAP basis), growth in any of the foregoing measures, stock price, return on equity or average shareholders' equity, total shareholder return, growth in shareholder value relative to the moving average of the S&P 500 Index or another index, return on capital, return on assets or net assets, return on investment, economic value added, market shares, overhead or other expense reduction, credit rating, strategic plan development and implementation, succession plan development and implementation, improvement in workforce, diversity, customer indicators, improvements in productivity, attainment of objective operating goals and employee metrics.
(k) "Performance Period" means any Fiscal Year or such other period as determined by the Committee.
(l) "Plan" means the Ruddick Corporation 2002 Comprehensive Stock Option and Award Plan.
(m) "Predetermination Date" means, for a Performance Period, (i) the earlier of 90 days after commencement of the Performance Period or the expiration of 25% of the Performance Period, provided that the achievement of targeted goals under the selected Performance Measures for the Performance Period is substantially uncertain at such time; or (ii) such other date on which a performance goal is considered to be pre-established pursuant to Code Section 162(m).
The individuals eligible to receive grants of restricted stock and performance shares under the terms of this Addendum for a given Performance Period shall be limited to Participants as defined herein.
4. Plan Administration.
(a) The Committee shall be responsible for the requirements for qualifying compensation as Performance-Based Compensation. Subject to the limitations on Committee discretion imposed under Code Section 162(m), including limits on discretionary bonus increases, the Committee shall have such powers as may be necessary to discharge its duties hereunder. The Committee shall be responsible for the general administration and interpretation of the Plan and for carrying out the provisions of the Plan and this Addendum, including the authority to construe and interpret the terms of the Plan and this Addendum, determine the manner and time of payment of any Bonuses, prescribe forms and procedures for purposes of participation and distribution of Bonuses and adopt rules, regulations and to take such action as it deems necessary or desirable for the proper administration of the Plan and this Addendum. The Committee may delegate its administrative tasks to Ruddick Corporation employees or others as appropriate for proper administration of the Plan and this Addendum.
(b) Any rule or decision by the
Committee or its delegate(s) that is not inconsistent with the provisions of the
Plan and this Addendum shall be conclusive and binding on all persons, and
shall be given the maximum deference permitted by law.
This Addendum shall be effective as of October 2, 2006. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this Addendum shall terminate unless it is approved at the next Ruddick Corporation annual shareholders' meeting following the date that the Board adopts this Addendum. Once approved by Ruddick Corporation's shareholders, this Addendum shall continue until the earlier of (i) a termination under Section 9 of this Addendum, (ii) the date any shareholder approval requirement under Code Section 162(m) ceases to be met or (iii) the date that is five years after the February 15, 2007 shareholder meeting.
Prior to the Predetermination Date for a Performance Period, the Committee shall designate and approve in writing, the following:
(a) Performance Period;
(b) Positions or names of employees who will be Participants for the Performance Period;
(c) Targeted goals for selected Performance Measures during the Performance Period; and
(d) Applicable Bonus Formula for each Participant, which may be for an individual Participant or a group of Participants.
7. Determination of Amount of Bonus.
(a) Calculation. After the end of each Performance Period, the Committee shall certify in writing (to the extent required under Code Section 162(m)) the extent to which the targeted goals for the Performance Measures applicable to each Participant for the Performance Period were achieved or exceeded. The Bonus for each Participant shall be determined by applying the Bonus Formula to the level of actual performance that has been certified by the Committee. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of the Plan and this Addendum, the Committee, in its sole discretion, may eliminate or reduce the Bonus payable to any Participant below that which otherwise would be payable under the Bonus Formula. The aggregate Bonus(es) payable to any Participant during any Fiscal Year shall not exceed $1,500,000.
The Committee may appropriately adjust any evaluation of performance under a Performance Measure to exclude any of the following events that occurs during a Performance Period: (A) the effects of currency fluctuations, (B) any or all items that are excluded from the calculation of earnings as reflected in any Ruddick Corporation press release and Form 8-K filing relating to an earnings announcement, (C) asset write-downs, (D) litigation or claim judgments or settlements, (E) the effect of changes in tax law, accounting principles or other such laws or provisions affecting reported results, (F) accruals for reorganization and restructuring programs, and (G) any other extraordinary or non-operational items.
(b) Right to Receive Payment.
Each Bonus under the Plan and this Addendum shall be paid solely from general
assets of Ruddick Corporation and its Affiliates. The Plan is unfunded and
unsecured; nothing in the Plan or this Addendum shall be construed to create a
trust or to establish or evidence any Participant's claim of any right to
payment of a Bonus other than as an unsecured general creditor with respect to
any payment to which he or she may be entitled.
8. Payment of Bonuses.
(a) Timing of Distributions. Ruddick Corporation and its Affiliates shall distribute amounts payable to Participants as soon as is administratively practicable following the determination and written certification of the Committee for a Performance Period, but in no event later than two and one-half months after the end of the calendar year in which the Performance Period ends.
(b) Payment. The payment of a Bonus, if any (as determined by the Committee at the end of the Performance Period), with respect to a specific Performance Period requires that the employee be an active employee on Ruddick Corporation's or an Affiliate's payroll on the last day of each applicable Performance Period and at the time the payment is made, unless the Participant's employment was earlier terminated due to early, normal or late retirement under the terms of the Ruddick Corporation pension or similar retirement plan.
(c) Code Section 409A. To the extent that any Bonus under the Plan is subject to Code Section 409A, the terms and administration of such Bonus shall comply with the provisions of such Section, applicable IRS guidance and good faith reasonable interpretations thereof, and, to the extent necessary to achieve compliance, shall be modified, replaced, or terminated at the discretion of the Committee.
9. Amendment and Termination.
The Committee may amend, modify, suspend or terminate the Plan, in whole or in part, at any time, including the adoption of amendments deemed necessary or desirable to correct any defect or to supply omitted data or to reconcile any inconsistency in this Addendum or in any Bonus granted under the Plan; provided, however, that no amendment, alteration, suspension or discontinuation shall be made which would (i) increase the amount of compensation payable pursuant to such Bonus, or (ii) cause compensation that is, or may become, payable hereunder to fail to qualify as Performance-Based Compensation. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Committee may amend, modify, suspend or terminate this Addendum if any such action is required by law. To the extent required under applicable law, including Code Section 162(m), amendments shall be subject to shareholder approval. At no time before the actual time of an award to Participants under the Plan and this Addendum shall any Participant accrue any right whatsoever under the Plan or this Addendum except as otherwise stated in the Plan and this Addendum.
Distributions pursuant to the Plan shall be subject to all applicable taxes and contributions required by law to be withheld in accordance with procedures established by Ruddick Corporation.
11. No Additional Participant Rights.
The selection of an individual for participation in the
Plan shall not give such Participant any right to be retained in the employ of
Ruddick Corporation or any of its Affiliates, and the right of Ruddick
Corporation and any such Affiliate to dismiss such Participant or to terminate
any arrangement pursuant to which any such Participant provides services to
Ruddick Corporation or its Affiliates, with or without cause, is specifically
reserved. No person shall have claim to a Bonus under the Plan and this
Addendum, except as otherwise provided for herein, or to continued
participation under the Plan. There is no obligation for uniformity of
treatment of Participants under the Plan. The benefits provided for
Participants under the Plan shall be in addition to and shall in no way
preclude other forms of
compensation to or in respect of such Participants. It is expressly agreed and understood that the employment of a Participant is terminable at the will of either party and, if such Participant is a party to an employment contract with Ruddick Corporation or one of its Affiliates, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Participant's employment agreement.
All obligations of Ruddick Corporation or its Affiliates under the Plan and this Addendum, with respect to awards granted under the Plan and this Addendum, shall be binding on any successor to Ruddick Corporation, 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 or assets of Ruddick Corporation.
The rights of a Participant under the Plan and this Addendum shall not be assignable or transferable by the Participant except by will or the laws of descent and distribution.
If any portion of this Addendum is deemed to be in conflict with applicable law, that portion of the Addendum, and that portion only, will be deemed void under applicable law. All other provisions of this Addendum will remain in effect. Furthermore, if any provision of this Addendum would cause Bonuses not to constitute Performance-Based Compensation, that provision shall be severed from, and shall be deemed not to be a part of, this Addendum, but the other provisions hereof shall remain in full force and effect.
15. Governing Law.
This Addendum shall be governed and construed under the laws of the State of North Carolina.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Ruddick Corporation has caused this Addendum to be executed this 20th day of February, 2007, effective as of October 2, 2006.
By: /s/ John B. Woodlief
Title: Vice President - Finance and
Chief Financial Officer