Incentive Plan

IRONWOOD GOLD CORP. 2010 Equity Incentive Plan


Exhibit 10.1
IRONWOOD GOLD CORP.
 
1.
Purpose of the Plan
 
The purpose of the Plan is to (i) aid the Company and its Subsidiaries and Affiliates in attracting, securing, rewarding, and retaining employees of outstanding ability, (ii) attract members to the Board, (iii) attract consultants to provide services to the Company and its Subsidiaries and Affiliates, as needed, and (iv) motivate such persons to exert their best efforts on behalf of the Company and its Subsidiaries and Affiliates by providing incentives through the granting of Awards.  The Company expects that it will benefit from the added interest, which such persons will have in the welfare of the Company as a result of their proprietary interest in the Company’s success.
 
2.
Definitions
 
The following capitalized terms used in the Plan have the respective meanings set forth in this Section:
 
(a)           Act:  The Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or any successor thereto.
 
(b)           Affiliate:  Any entity (i) 20% or more of the voting equity of which is owned or controlled directly or indirectly by the Company, or (ii) that had been a business, division, or subsidiary of the Company, the equity of which has been distributed to the Company’s stockholders, even if the Company thereafter owns less than 20% of the voting equity.
 
(c)           Award:  An Option or Other Stock-Based Award granted pursuant to the Plan.
 
(d)           Award Agreement:  Any written agreement, contract, or other instrument or document evidencing an Award.
 
(e)           Beneficial Owner or Beneficially Owned:  As such term is defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Act (or any successor rule thereto).
 
(f)           Board:  The board of directors of the Company.
 
(g)           Change of Control:  The occurrence of any of the following events:
 
(i)           any Person becomes the Beneficial Owner, directly or indirectly, of more than forty percent (40%) of the combined voting power of the then-outstanding voting securities of the Company entitled to vote generally in the election of directors (the “Outstanding Company Voting Securities”) other than a Person who was such a Beneficial Owner prior to the Effective Date; provided, however, that the following acquisitions shall not constitute a Change of Control: (A) any acquisition by any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or maintained by the Company or any corporation controlled by the Company, or (B) any acquisition by an entity pursuant to a reorganization, merger, or consolidation, unless such reorganization, merger, or consolidation constitutes a Change of Control under clause (ii) of this Section 2(g);
 
(ii)           the consummation of a reorganization, merger, or consolidation, unless following such reorganization, merger, or consolidation sixty percent (60%) or more of the combined voting power of the then-outstanding voting securities of the entity resulting from such reorganization, merger, or consolidation entitled to vote generally in the election of directors is then Beneficially Owned, directly or indirectly, by all or substantially all of the individuals and entities who were the Beneficial Owners, respectively, of the Outstanding Company Voting Securities immediately prior to such reorganization, merger, or consolidation;
 
 
 

 
 
(iii)           the (i) approval by the stockholders of the Company of a complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company or (ii) sale or other disposition (in one transaction or a series of related transactions) of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries, unless the successor entity existing immediately after such sale or disposition is then Beneficially Owned, directly or indirectly, by all or substantially all of the individuals and entities who were the Beneficial Owners, respectively, of the Outstanding Company Voting Securities immediately prior to such sale or disposition;
 
(iv)           during any period of twenty-four months (not including any period prior to the Effective Date), individuals who at the beginning of such period constitute the Board, and any new director (other than (A) a director nominated by a Person who has entered into an agreement with the Company to effect a transaction described in Sections 2(g)(i), (ii), or (iii) of the Plan, (B) a director whose initial assumption of office occurs as a result of either an actual or threatened election contest subject to Rule 14a-11 of Regulation 14A promulgated under the Act or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of a Person other than the Board, or (C) a director designated by any Person who is the Beneficial Owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing 10% or more of the Outstanding Company Voting Securities other than a Person who was such a Beneficial Owner prior to the Effective Date) whose election by the Board or nomination for election by the Company’s stockholders was approved in advance 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 at least a majority thereof; or
 
(v)           the Board adopts a resolution to the effect that, for purposes hereof, a Change of Control has occurred.
 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the definition of Change of Control for any Award under the Plan that consists of deferred compensation subject to Section 409A of the Code shall be deemed modified to the extent necessary to comply with Section 409A of the Code.
 
(h)            Code:  The Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or any successor thereto.
 
(i)            Committee:  The Compensation Committee of the Board, or any successor thereto or other committee designated by the Board to assume the obligations of the Committee hereunder, or if no such committee shall be designated or in office, the Board.
 
(j)             Company:  Ironwood Gold Corp., a Nevada corporation.
 
(k)            Covered Employee:  An employee of the Company or its Subsidiaries who may be deemed to be a covered employee within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code.
 
(l)            Disability:  Inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death, or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.  The determination whether a Participant has suffered a Disability shall be made by the Committee based upon such evidence as it deems necessary and appropriate.  A Participant shall not be considered disabled unless he or she furnishes such medical or other evidence of the existence of the Disability as the Committee, in its sole discretion, may require.
 
 
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(m)          Effective Date:  The date on which the Plan takes effect, as defined pursuant to Section 26 of the Plan.
 
(n)           Fair Market Value:  On a given date, the arithmetic mean of the high and low prices of the Shares as reported on such date on the Composite Tape of the principal national securities exchange on which such Shares are listed or admitted to trading, or, if no Composite Tape exists for such national securities exchange on such date, then on the principal national securities exchange on which such Shares are listed or admitted to trading, or, if the Shares are not listed or admitted on a national securities exchange, the arithmetic mean of the per Share closing bid price and per Share closing asked price on such date as quoted on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System (or such market in which such prices are regularly quoted), or, if there is no market on which the Shares are regularly quoted, the Fair Market Value shall be the value established by the Committee in good faith.  If no sale of Shares shall have been reported on such Composite Tape or such national securities exchange on such date or quoted on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System on such date, then the immediately preceding date on which sales of the Shares have been so reported or quoted shall be used.
 
(o)           Other Stock-Based Awards:  Awards granted pursuant to Section 8 of the Plan.
 
(p)           Option:  A stock option granted pursuant to Section 7 of the Plan.
 
(q)           Option Price:  The purchase price per Share of an Option, as determined pursuant to Section 7(a) of the Plan.
 
(r)            Participant:  An individual who is selected by the Committee to participate in the Plan pursuant to Section 5 of the Plan.
 
(s)             Performance-Based Awards:  Other Stock-Based Awards granted pursuant to Section 8(b) of the Plan.
 
(t)            Person:  As such term is used for purposes of Section 13(d)(3) or 14(d)(2) of the Act (or any successor section thereto).
 
(u)           Plan:  Ironwood Gold Corp. 2010 Equity Incentive Plan.
 
(v)           Restricted Stock:  Restricted stock granted pursuant to Section 8 of the Plan.
 
(w)           Restricted Stock Unit:  A restricted stock unit representing a right to acquire a fixed number of Shares at a future date, granted pursuant to Section 8 of the Plan.
 
(x)            Securities Act:  The Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any successor thereto.
 
(y)           Shares:  Shares of common stock, par value $0.001 per Share, of the Company, as adjusted pursuant to Section 9 of the Plan.
 
(z)            Subsidiary:  A subsidiary corporation, as defined in Section 424(f) of the Code (or any successor section thereto).
 
 
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(aa)           Termination of Service:  A Participant’s termination of service with the Company or its Subsidiaries and Affiliates.  A Termination of Service of an employee of the Company or any Subsidiary shall not be deemed to have occurred in the case of sick leave, military leave, or any other leave of absence, in each case approved by the Committee or in the case of transfers between locations of the Company or its Subsidiaries.  In the case of “specified employees” (as described in Section 409A of the Code), distributions may not be made before the date which is six months after the date of Termination of Service (or, if earlier, the date of death of the Participant).  A specified employee is a “key employee” as defined in Section 416(i) of the Code without regard to Paragraph (5) thereof, but only if the Company has any stock which is publicly traded on an established securities market or otherwise.
 
3.
Shares Subject to the Plan
 
The maximum number of Shares with respect to which Awards of any and all types may be granted during a calendar year to any Participant shall be limited, in the aggregate, to the number of Shares equal to ten percent (10%) of the number of outstanding Shares of the Company (subject to adjustment in accordance with the provisions of Section 9 hereof).  In accordance with this Section 3, the number of Shares available to grant for Awards will increase any time additional Shares are issued as long as the Plan is in effect.  The Shares may consist, in whole or in part, of authorized and unissued Shares or treasury Shares, including Shares acquired by purchase in the open market or in private transactions.  If any Awards are forfeited, cancelled, terminated, exchanged, or surrendered or such Award is settled in cash or otherwise terminates without a distribution of Shares to the Participant, any Shares counted against the number of Shares reserved and available under the Plan with respect to such Award shall, to the extent of any such forfeiture, settlement, termination, cancellation, exchange or surrender, again be available for Awards under the Plan.
 
4.
Administration
 
(a)           The Plan shall be administered by the Committee, which may delegate its duties and powers in whole or in part to any subcommittee thereof.  If necessary to satisfy the requirements of Section 162(m) of the Code and/or Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Committee shall consist solely of at least two individuals who are each “non-employee directors” within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 under the Act (or any successor rule thereto), “outside directors” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code (or any successor section thereto) and satisfy all applicable independence requirements set forth in any applicable stock exchange or market or quotation system in which the Shares are then traded, listed or quoted.  Any action permitted to be taken by the Committee may be taken by the Board, in its discretion; provided, however, that, to the extent required by any stock exchange or market or quotation system on which the Shares are traded, listed or quoted, any Award approved by the Board shall also have been approved by a majority of the Company’s independent directors (within the meaning of such exchange or market or quotation system).  The Committee may also delegate to a committee consisting of employees of the Company the authority to authorize transfers, establish terms and conditions upon which transfers may be made and establish classes of options eligible to transfer options, as well as to make other determinations with respect to option transfers.
 
(b)           The Committee is authorized to interpret the Plan, to establish, amend, and rescind any rules and regulations relating to the Plan, to make any other determinations that it deems necessary or desirable for the administration of the Plan, and to take the following actions, in each case subject to and consistent with the provisions of the Plan:
 
(i)            to select Participants to whom Awards may be granted;
 
(ii)           to determine the type or types of Awards to be granted to each Participant;
 
 
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(iii)           to determine the type and number of Awards to be granted, the number of Shares to which an Award may relate, the terms and conditions of any Award granted under the Plan (including, but not limited to, any exercise price, grant price, or purchase price, and any bases for adjusting such exercise, grant, or purchase price, any restriction or condition, any schedule for lapse of restrictions or conditions relating to transferability or forfeiture, exercisability or settlement of an Award, and waiver or accelerations thereof, and waivers of performance conditions relating to an Award, based in each case on such considerations as the Committee shall determine), and all other matters to be determined in connection with an Award;
 
(iv)           to determine whether, to what extent, and under what circumstances an Award may be settled, or the exercise price of an Award may be paid, in cash, Shares, other Awards, or other property, or an Award may be cancelled, forfeited, exchanged, or surrendered;
 
(v)            to prescribe the form of each Award Agreement, which need not be identical for each Participant;
 
(vi)           to correct any defect or supply any omission or reconcile any inconsistency in the Plan and to construe and interpret the Plan and any Award, rules and regulations, Award Agreement, or other instrument hereunder, in each case, in the manner and to the extent the Committee deems necessary or desirable; and
 
(vii)          to make all other decisions and determinations as may be required under the terms of the Plan or as the Committee may deem necessary or advisable for the administration of the Plan.
 
(c)           Any decision of the Committee in the interpretation and administration of the Plan, as described herein, shall lie within its sole and absolute discretion and shall be final, conclusive, and binding on all parties concerned (including, but not limited to, Participants and their beneficiaries or successors).  Determinations made by the Committee under the Plan need not be uniform and may be made selectively among Participants, whether or not such Participants are similarly situated.
 
(d)           The Committee shall require payment of any amount it may determine to be necessary to withhold for federal, state, local, or other taxes as a result of the grant, vesting, or the exercise of an Award.  With the approval of the Committee, the Participant may elect to pay a portion or all of such withholding taxes by (i) delivery of Shares or (ii) having Shares withheld by the Company from any Shares that would have otherwise been received by the Participant.  The number of Shares so delivered or withheld shall have an aggregate Fair Market Value on the date of the grant, vesting or exercise of an Award sufficient to satisfy the applicable withholding taxes.  In addition, with the approval of the Committee, a Participant may satisfy any additional tax that the Participant elects to have the Company withhold by delivering to the Company or its designated representative Shares already owned by the Participant.
 
5.
Eligibility
 
Employees of the Company and its Subsidiaries and Affiliates and members of the Board, who are from time to time responsible for, or contribute to, the management, growth, and protection of the business of the Company and its Affiliates, and consultants to the Company and its Subsidiaries, are eligible to be granted Awards under the Plan.  Participants shall be selected from time to time by the Committee, in its sole discretion, from among those eligible, and the Committee shall determine, in its sole discretion, the number of Shares to be covered by the Awards granted to each Participant.  Notwithstanding any provisions of the Plan to the contrary, an Award may be granted to an employee or consultant, in connection with his or her hiring or retention prior to the date the employee or consultant first performs services for the Company or a Subsidiary; provided, however, that any such Award shall not become vested prior to the date the employee or consultant first performs such services.
 
 
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6.
Limitations
 
No Award may be granted under the Plan after the tenth anniversary of the Effective Date, but Awards theretofore granted may extend beyond that date.
 
7.
Terms and Conditions of Options
 
Options granted under the Plan shall be, as determined by the Committee, non-qualified or other stock options for federal income tax purposes, as evidenced by the related Award Agreements, and shall be subject to the foregoing and the following terms and conditions and to such other terms and conditions, not inconsistent therewith, as the Committee shall determine:
 
(a)           Option Price.  The Option Price per Share shall be determined by the Committee, but shall not be less than 100% of the Fair Market Value of the Shares on the date an Option is granted.
 
(b)           Exercisability.  Options granted under the Plan shall be exercisable at such time and upon such terms and conditions as may be determined by the Committee, but in no event shall an Option be exercisable more than ten years after the date it is granted.
 
(c)           Exercise of Options.  Except as otherwise provided in the Plan or in an Award Agreement, an Option may be exercised for all, or from time to time any part, of the Shares for which it is then exercisable.  For purposes of Section 7 of the Plan, the exercise date shall be the date the Company receives a written notice of exercise in accordance with the terms of the Award Agreement and full payment for the Shares with respect to which the Option is exercised, together with (i) any other agreements required by the terms of the Plan and/or Award Agreement or as required by the Committee, and (ii) payment by the Participant of all payroll, withholding or income taxes incurred in connection with such Option exercise (or arrangements for the collection or payment of such tax satisfactory to the Committee are made).  The purchase price for the Shares as to which an Option is exercised shall be paid to the Company in full at the time of exercise at the election of the Participant (A) in cash, (B) in Shares having a Fair Market Value equal to the aggregate Option Price for the Shares being purchased and satisfying such other requirements as may be imposed by the Committee; provided, that, such Shares have been held by the Participant for no less than six months, (C) partly in cash and partly in such Shares, (D) through the delivery of irrevocable instructions to a broker to deliver promptly to the Company an amount equal to the aggregate Option Price for the Shares being purchased, or (E) through such other means as shall be prescribed in the Award Agreement.
 
(d)           Exercisability Upon Termination of Service by Death or Disability.  Upon a Termination of Service by reason of death or Disability, the Option may be exercised within 180 days (or such other period of time not exceeding one year as is determined by the Committee at the time of granting the Option) following the date of death or Termination of Service due to Disability (subject to any earlier termination of the Option as provided by its terms), by the Participant (or in the event the Participant is legally incompetent, by his legal representative or guardian) in the case of Disability, or in the case of death, by the Participant’s estate or by a person who acquired the right to exercise the Option by bequest or inheritance, but in any case only to the extent the Participant was entitled to exercise the Option on the date of his or her Termination of Service by death or Disability.  To the extent that he or she was not entitled to exercise such Option at the date of his or her Termination of Service by death or Disability, or if he or she doe not exercise such Option (which he or she was entitled to exercise) within the time specified herein, the Option shall terminate.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, the Committee may at any time and from time to time prior to the termination of an Option, with the consent of the Participant, extend the period of time during which the Participant may exercise his or her Option following the date of Termination of Service due to death or Disability; provided, however, that the maximum period of time during which an Option shall be exercisable following the date of Termination of Service due to death or Disability shall not exceed the original term of such Option as set forth in the Award Agreement and that notwithstanding any extension of time during which an Option may be exercised, such Option, unless otherwise amended by the Committee, shall only be exercisable to the extent the Participant was entitled to exercise the Option on the date of Termination of Service due to death or Disability.  Any such extension shall be designed to conform to the requirements of Section 409A of the Code so as to avoid the imposition of the additional income tax.
 
 
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(e)           Effect of Other Termination of Service.  Upon a Termination of Service for any reason (other than death or Disability), an unexercised Option may thereafter be exercised during the period ending 90 days after the date of such Termination of Service, but only to the extent to which such Option was vested and exercisable at the time of such Termination of Service and the Participant’s unvested and/or unexercisable Options shall be forfeited.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, either by prior written agreement with the Participant or upon the occurrence of a Termination of Service, accelerate the vesting of unvested Options held by a Participant if such Participant’s Termination of Service is without “cause” (as such term is defined by the Committee in its sole discretion) by the Company.
 
(f)           Nontransferability of Stock Options.  Except as otherwise provided in this Section 7(f), an Option shall not be transferable by the Participant otherwise than by will or by the laws of descent and distribution, and during the lifetime of a Participant an Option shall be exercisable only by the Participant.  An Option exercisable after the death of a Participant or a transferee pursuant to the following sentence may be exercised by the legatees, personal representatives, or distributees of the Participant or such transferee.  The Committee may, in its discretion, authorize all or a portion of the Options previously granted or to be granted to a Participant to be on terms which permit irrevocable transfer for no consideration by such Participant to any child, stepchild, grandchild, parent, stepparent, grandparent, spouse, former spouse, sibling, niece, nephew, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law, including adoptive relationships, of the Participant, any trust in which these persons have more than 50% of the beneficial interest, any foundation in which these persons (or the Participant) control the management of assets, and any other entity in which these persons (or the Participant) own more than 50% of the voting interests (“Eligible Transferees”), provided that (i) the Award Agreement pursuant to which such options are granted must be approved by the Committee, and must expressly provide for transferability in a manner consistent with this Section 7(f) and (ii) subsequent transfers of transferred Options shall be prohibited except those in accordance with the first sentence of this Section 7(f).  The Committee may, in its discretion, amend the definition of Eligible Transferees to conform to the coverage rules of Form S-8 under the Securities Act (or any comparable or successor registration statement) from time to time in effect.  Following transfer, any such Options shall continue to be subject to the same terms and conditions as were applicable immediately prior to transfer.  The events of Termination of Service of Sections 7(d) and 7(e) hereof shall continue to be applied with respect to the original Participant, following which the options shall be exercisable by the transferee only to the extent, and for the periods specified, in Sections 7(d) and 7(e).
 
8.
Other Stock-Based Awards
 
(a)           Generally.  The Committee, in its sole discretion, may grant Awards of unrestricted Shares, Restricted Stock, Restricted Stock Units, and other Awards that are valued in whole or in part by reference to, or are otherwise based on the Fair Market Value of, Shares (collectively, “Other Stock-Based Awards”).  Such Other Stock-Based Awards shall be in such form, and dependent on such conditions, as the Committee shall determine, including, without limitation, the right to receive one or more Shares (or the equivalent cash value of such Shares) upon the completion of a specified period of service, the occurrence of an event and/or the attainment of performance objectives.  Other Stock-Based Awards may be granted alone or in addition to any other Awards granted under the Plan.  Subject to the provisions of the Plan, the Committee shall determine (i) to whom and when Other Stock-Based Awards will be made, (ii) the number of Shares to be awarded under (or otherwise related to) such Other Stock-Based Awards, (iii) whether such Other Stock-Based Awards shall be settled in cash, Shares or a combination of cash and Shares, and (iv) all other terms and conditions of such Awards (including, without limitation, the vesting provisions thereof).
 
 
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(b)           Performance-Based Awards.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, certain Other Stock-Based Awards granted under this Section 8 may be granted to Covered Employees in a manner that will enable the Company to deduct any amount paid by the Company under Section 162(m) of the Code (or any successor section thereto) (“Performance-Based Awards”).  A Covered Employee’s Performance-Based Award shall be determined based on the attainment of one or more pre-established, objective performance goals established in writing by the Committee, for a performance period established by the Committee, (i) at a time when the outcome for that performance period is substantially uncertain and (ii) not later than 90 days after the commencement of the performance period to which the performance goal relates, but in no event after 25% of the relevant performance period has elapsed.  The performance goals shall be based upon one or more of the following criteria: (i) earnings before or after taxes (including earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization); (ii) net income; (iii) operating income; (iv) earnings per Share; (v) book value per Share; (vi) return on stockholders’ equity; (vii) expense management; (viii) return on investment before or after the cost of capital; (ix) improvements in capital structure; (x) profitability of an identifiable business unit or product; (xi) maintenance or improvement of profit margins; (xii) stock price; (xiii) market share; (xiv) revenues or sales; (xv) costs; (xvi) cash flow; (xvii) working capital; (xviii) changes in net assets (whether or not multiplied by a constant percentage intended to represent the cost of capital); and (xix) return on assets.  The foregoing criteria may relate to the Company, one or more of its Affiliates, Subsidiaries, or one or more of its divisions, units, minority investments, partnerships, joint ventures, product lines or products, or any combination of the foregoing, and may be applied on an absolute basis and/or be relative to one or more peer group companies or indices, or any combination thereof, all as the Committee shall determine.  In addition, to the degree consistent with Section 162(m) of the Code (or any successor section thereto), the performance goals may be calculated without regard to extraordinary items or accounting changes.  The maximum amount of a Performance-Based Award to any Covered Employee with respect to a fiscal year of the Company shall be $1,000,000.  The Committee shall determine whether, with respect to a performance period, the applicable performance goals have been met with respect to a given Covered Employee and, if they have, to so certify and ascertain the amount of the applicable Performance-Based Award.  No Performance-Based Awards will be paid for such performance period until such certification is made by the Committee.  The amount of the Performance-Based Award actually paid to a given Covered Employee may be less than the amount determined by the applicable performance goal formula, at the discretion of the Committee.  The amount of the Performance-Based Award determined by the Committee for a performance period shall be paid to the Covered Employee at such time as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion after the end of such performance period; provided, however, that a Covered Employee may, if and to the extent permitted by the Committee and consistent with the provisions of Sections 162(m) and 409A of the Code, elect to defer payment of a Performance-Based Award.
 
(c)           Terms and Conditions of Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units.
 
(i)           Grant.  Each grant of Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units shall be evidenced by an Award Agreement in form approved by the Committee.  The vesting of a Restricted Stock Award or Restricted Stock Unit granted under the Plan may be conditioned upon the completion of a specified period of employment with the Company or a Subsidiary, upon attainment of specified performance goals, and/or upon such other criteria as the Committee may determine in its sole discretion.
 
 
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(ii)           Receipt of Restricted Stock.  As soon as practicable after an Award of Restricted Stock has been made to a Participant, there shall be registered in the name of such Participant the number of Shares of Restricted Stock so awarded.  Except as provided in the applicable Award Agreement, no Shares of Restricted Stock may be assigned, transferred, or otherwise encumbered or disposed of by the Participant until such Shares have vested in accordance with the terms of such Award Agreement.  If and to the extent that the applicable Award Agreement so provides, a Participant shall have the right to vote and receive dividends on the Shares of Restricted Stock granted to him or her under the Plan.  Unless otherwise provided in the applicable Award Agreement, any Shares received as a dividend on such Restricted Stock or in connection with a stock split of the Shares of Restricted Stock shall be subject to the same restrictions as the Restricted Stock.
 
(iii)           Payments Pursuant to Restricted Stock Units.  Restricted Stock Units may not be assigned, transferred, or otherwise encumbered or disposed of by the Participant until such Restricted Stock Units have vested in accordance with the terms of the applicable Award Agreement.  Upon the vesting of the Restricted Stock Unit, certificates for Shares shall be delivered to the Participant or his legal representative on the last business day of the calendar quarter in which such vesting event occurs or as soon thereafter as practicable (but not later than March 15 of the calendar year following the year in which vesting occurs), in a number equal to the Shares covered by the Restricted Stock Unit.
 
(iv)           Effect of Termination of Service.  Upon a Termination of Service for any reason, the Participant shall only be entitled to the Restricted Stock or Restricted Stock Units vested at the time of such Termination of Service, and the Participant’s unvested Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units shall be forfeited.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, either by prior written agreement with the Participant or upon the occurrence of a Termination of Service, accelerate the vesting of unvested Restricted Stock or Restricted Stock Units held by the Participant if such Participant’s Termination of Service is without “cause” (as such term is defined by the Committee in its sole discretion) by the Company.
 
9.
Adjustments Upon Certain Events
 
Notwithstanding any other provisions in the Plan to the contrary, the following provisions shall apply to all Awards granted under the Plan:
 
(a)           Generally.  Subject to any required action by the stockholders of the Company, the number and type of Shares covered by each outstanding Award, and the number and type of Shares which have been authorized for issuance under the Plan but as to which no Awards have yet been granted or which have been returned to the Plan upon cancellation, expiration, or forfeiture of an Award, as well as the exercise or purchase price per Share, as applicable, covered by outstanding Awards, shall be proportionately adjusted for any increase or decrease in the number of issued Shares resulting from a stock split, reverse stock split or combination or the payment of a stock dividend (but only on the Company’s common stock) or reclassification of the Company’s common stock or any other increase or decrease in the number of issued Shares effected without receipt of consideration by the Company (other than increases pursuant to the issuance of Other Stock-Based Awards under Section 8 of the Plan); provided, however, that the conversion of any convertible securities of the Company shall not be deemed to have been effected without the receipt of consideration.  Any such adjustment shall be determined in good faith by the Committee to be appropriate in order to prevent dilution or enlargement of the benefits or potential benefits intended to be made available under the Plan, and the Committee’s determination in that respect shall be final, binding and conclusive.  Except as expressly provided herein, no issue by the Company of shares of stock of any class, or securities convertible into shares of stock of any class, shall affect, and no adjustment by reason thereof shall be made with respect to, the number or price of Shares subject to the Plan or an Award.
 
 
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(b)           Change of Control.  In the event of a Change of Control, if the Committee makes no provision for the assumption of outstanding Awards by the successor corporation, then the Award Agreement shall provide whether (i) none, all or a portion of each Award shall vest, (ii) any Option shall terminate as of a date fixed by the Committee which is at least 30 days after the notice thereof to the Participant and shall give each Participant the right to exercise his or her Option as to all or any part of the Shares, including Shares as to which the Option would not otherwise be exercisable, and/or (iii) cause any Award outstanding as of the effective date of any such event to be cancelled in consideration of a cash payment or grant of an alternative option or award (whether by the Company or any entity that is a party to the transaction), or a combination thereof, to the holder of the cancelled Award, provided that such payment and/or grant are substantially equivalent in value to the Fair Market Value of the cancelled Award as determined by the Committee.
 
10.
“Lockup” Agreement
 
The Committee may in its discretion specify upon granting an Award that upon request of the Company or the underwriters managing any underwritten offering of the Company’s securities, the Participant shall agree in writing that for a period of time (not to exceed 180 days) from the effective date of any registration of securities of the Company, the Participant will not sell, make any short sale of, loan, grant any option for the purchase of, or otherwise dispose of any Shares issued pursuant to the exercise of such Award, without the prior written consent of the Company or such underwriters, as the case may be.
 
11.
Limitation of Liability
 
Each member of the Committee shall be entitled to, in good faith, rely or act upon any report or other information furnished to him or her by any officer or other employee of the Company or any Subsidiary or Affiliate, the Company’s independent certified public accountants, or other professional retained by the Company to assist in the administration of the Plan.  No member of the Committee, nor any officer or employee of the Company acting on behalf of the Committee, shall be personally liable for any action, determination, or interpretation taken or made in good faith with respect to the Plan, and all members of the Committee and any officer or employee of the Company acting on their behalf shall, to the extent permitted by law, be fully indemnified and protected by the Company with respect to any such action, determination, or interpretation.
 
12.
Amendments or Termination
 
(a)           The Board or the Committee may terminate or discontinue the Plan at any time.  The Board or the Committee may amend, modify, or alter the Plan at any time, but no amendment, modification, or alteration shall be made which, (a) without the approval of the stockholders of the Company, would (except as is provided in Section 9 of the Plan), increase the total number of Shares reserved for the purposes of the Plan, change the maximum number of Shares for which Awards may be granted to any Participant, or modify the Plan in any other way to the extent stockholder approval is required by the rules of any stock exchange or market or quotation system on which the Shares are traded, listed, or quoted, or (b) without the consent of a Participant, would impair any of the rights or obligations under any Award theretofore granted to such Participant under the Plan; provided, however, that the Board or the Committee may amend or modify the Plan in such manner as it deems necessary to permit the granting of Awards meeting the requirements of the Code (including, but not limited to, Sections 162(m) to preserve the deductibility of Awards and 409A to comply with its requirements so as to ensure any amounts paid or payable hereunder are not subject to the additional 20% income tax thereunder) or other applicable laws.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, neither the Committee nor the Board may amend, alter, or discontinue the provisions relating to Section 9(b) of the Plan after the occurrence of a Change of Control.
 
 
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(b)           Except as provided in Section 9 of the Plan or expressly provided under the Plan, any amendment, modification, termination, or discontinuance of the Plan shall not affect Awards previously granted, and such Awards shall remain in full force and effect as if the Plan had not been amended, modified, terminated, or discontinued, unless mutually agreed otherwise between the Participant and the Company, which agreement shall be in writing and signed by the Participant and the Company.
 
13.
International Participants
 
The Committee may delegate to another committee or individual, as it may appoint and as may be legally permitted, the authority to take any action consistent with the terms of the Plan, either before or after an Award has been granted, which such other committee or individual deems necessary or advisable to comply with or take advantage of any government laws or regulatory requirements of a foreign country, including but not limited to, modifying or amending the terms and conditions governing any Awards, or establishing any local country plans as sub-plans to the Plan.  In addition, under all circumstances, the Committee (or its appointee) may make non-substantive administrative changes to the Plan as to conform with or take advantage of governmental requirements, statutes, or regulations.
 
14.
No Right to Continued Employment or Service
 
Neither the Plan nor the granting of an Award under the Plan shall impose any obligation on the Company, a Subsidiary, or any Affiliate to continue the employment or service of a Participant or lessen or affect the Company’s, Subsidiary’s, or Affiliate’s right to terminate the employment or service of such Participant.
 
15.
Not Compensation for Benefit Plans
 
No Award payable under the Plan shall be deemed salary or compensation for the purpose of computing benefits under any benefit plan or other arrangement of the Company for the benefit of its employees or directors unless the Company shall determine otherwise.
 
16.
Unfunded Status of Awards
 
The Plan is intended to constitute an “unfunded” plan for incentive compensation.  With respect to any payments not yet made to a Participant pursuant to an Award, nothing contained in the Plan or any Award shall give any such Participant any rights that are greater than those of a general creditor of the Company; provided, however, that the Committee may authorize the creation of trusts or make other arrangements to meet the Company’s obligations under the Plan to deliver cash, Shares, other Awards, or other property pursuant to any Award, which trusts or other arrangements shall be consistent with the “unfunded” status of the Plan unless the Committee otherwise determines with the consent of each affected Participant.
 
17.
Nonexclusivity of the Plan
 
The adoption of the Plan by the Board for approval shall not be construed as creating any limitations on the power of the Board to adopt such other incentive arrangements as it may deem desirable, including, without limitation, the granting of options and other awards otherwise than under the Plan, and such arrangements may be either applicable generally or only in specific cases.
 
 
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18.
Successors and Assigns
 
The Plan shall be binding on all successors and assigns of the Company and a Participant, including, without limitation, the estate of such Participant and the executor, administrator or trustee of such estate, or any receiver or trustee in bankruptcy or representative of the Participant’s creditors.
 
19.
Nontransferability of Awards
 
Except as provided in Section 7(f) of the Plan, an Award shall not be transferable or assignable by the Participant otherwise than by will or by the laws of descent and distribution.  During the lifetime of a Participant, an Award shall be exercisable only by such Participant.  An Award exercisable after the death of a Participant may be exercised by the legatees, personal representatives or distributees of the Participant.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, the Committee, in its sole discretion, shall have the authority to waive this Section 19 or any part thereof to the extent that this Section 19 or any part thereof is not required under the rules promulgated under any law, rule or regulation applicable to the Company.
 
20.
No Rights to Awards; No Stockholder Rights
 
No Participant or employee shall have any claim to be granted any Award under the Plan, and there is no obligation for uniformity of treatment of Participants and employees.  No Award shall confer on any Participant any rights to dividends or other rights of a stockholder with respect to Shares subject to an Award unless and until Shares are duly issued or transferred to the Participant in accordance with the terms of the Award and, if applicable, the satisfaction of any other conditions imposed by the Committee pursuant to the Plan.
 
21.
No Fractional Shares
 
No fractional Shares shall be issued or delivered pursuant to the Plan or any Award, including on account of any action under Section 9 of the Plan.  In the case of Awards to Participants, the Committee shall determine, in its discretion, whether cash, other Awards, scrip certificates (which shall be in a form and have such terms and conditions as the Committee in its discretion shall prescribe), or other property shall be issued or paid in lieu of such fractional Shares or whether such fractional Shares or any rights thereto shall be forfeited or otherwise eliminated.
 
22.
Compliance with Legal and Trading Requirements
 
The Plan, the granting and exercising of Awards thereunder, and the other obligations of the Company under the Plan and any Award Agreement, shall be subject to all applicable federal, state, and foreign laws, rules, and regulations, and to such approvals by any regulatory or governmental agency as may be required.  All certificates for Shares delivered under the Plan pursuant to any Award shall be subject to such stock-transfer orders and other restrictions as the Committee may deem advisable under the rules, regulations and other requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission, any stock exchange or market or quotation system upon which the Shares are then listed, traded or quoted, and any applicable federal or state securities law, and the Committee may cause a legend or legends to be put on any such certificates to make appropriate reference to such restrictions.  No Award granted hereunder shall be construed as an offer to sell securities of the Company, and no such offer shall be outstanding, unless and until the Committee in its sole discretion has determined that any such offer, if made, would comply with all applicable requirements of the U.S. federal securities laws and any other laws to which such offer, if made, would be subject.  The Company, in its discretion, may postpone the issuance or delivery of Shares under any Award until completion of such stock exchange or market or quotation system listing or registration or qualification of such Shares or other required action under any state, federal, or foreign law, rule, or regulation as the Company may consider appropriate, including the Securities Act and the Act, and may require any Participant to make such representations and furnish such information as it may consider appropriate in connection with the issuance or delivery of Shares in compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations.  No provisions of the Plan shall be interpreted or construed to obligate the Company to register any Shares under federal, state, or foreign law.
 
 
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23.
Severability
 
If any provision of the Plan is or becomes or is deemed invalid, illegal, or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, or would disqualify the Plan or any Award under any law deemed applicable by the Committee, such provision shall be construed or deemed amended to conform to applicable laws or if it cannot be construed or deemed amended without, in the determination of the Committee, materially altering the intent of the Plan, it shall be stricken and the remainder of the Plan shall remain in full force and effect.
 
24.
Choice of Law
 
The Plan and all Award Agreements shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Nevada applicable to contracts made and to be performed in the State of Nevada without regard to conflict of laws principles.
 
25.
Conflict
 
To the extent the provisions of the Plan conflicts with the terms and conditions of any written agreement between the Company and a Participant, the terms and conditions of such agreement shall control.
 
26.
Effectiveness of the Plan; Term
 
The Plan shall be effective upon its approval by the Board.  The Plan shall continue in effect for a term of ten (10) years from the Effective Date unless sooner terminated under Section 12 of the Plan.
 
 
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