THIS AGREEMENT is entered into this 1st
day of June, 2009, between Callon Petroleum
, a Delaware
corporation (the Company
) and Steven B. Hinchman
employee of the Company. The Compensation Committee (the Committee
) of the Company has
authorized the grant of shares of common stock of the Company, par value $0.01 per share
), set forth below to Grantee.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants herein contained, the parties do
hereby agree as follows:
1. Grant. Subject to all of the terms, conditions and provisions of this Agreement, the
Company hereby grants 100,000 Shares (the Time Shares) and 100,000 Shares (the
Performance Shares) of common stock. Shares issued shall consist of authorized but unissued
shares or issued shares of common stock reacquired by the Company. The Company will issue only
such number of shares of the Company net of the number of shares sufficient to satisfy tax
withholding requirements valued at the average of the opening and closing NYSE market price on the
date of vesting unless Grantee elects to pay such withholdings in cash on terms acceptable to the
2. Time Shares Vesting. Subject to paragraphs (4), (5), (6), and (7) hereof, the Time Shares
shall vest 100% and become freely tradable on the fourth anniversary following the award date,
provided that Grantee maintains continuous employment through such anniversary date. If the
Company terminates Grantees employment without Cause prior to such fourth anniversary date, the
Time Shares will vest in proportion to such elapsed time from the award date to the termination
3. Performance Shares Adjustment. The Performance Shares shall be subject to an adjustment in
accordance with the procedures and calculations as explained in Exhibit A attached to and deemed a
part of this Agreement (the Adjusted Performance Shares).
4. Change in Control. Notwithstanding paragraph (2) and (3) hereof, upon involuntary
termination of employment (other than for Cause, as defined herein) within twenty-four (24)
months immediately following a Change in Control, all unvested portions of the Time Shares shall
automatically vest and the Performance Shares shall be adjusted in accordance with the peer company
comparison from the date of this award to the date of termination. For purposes hereof, a Change
in Control shall have occurred if any of the following occur:
(a) Change in Ownership. A change in ownership of the Company occurs on the
date that any Person (as defined in below), other than (1) the Company or any of
its subsidiaries, (2) a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an
employee benefit plan of the Company or any of its Affiliates, (3) an underwriter
temporarily holding stock pursuant to an offering of such stock, or (4) a
corporation owned, directly or indirectly, by the shareholders of the Company in
substantially the same proportions as
their ownership of the Companys stock, acquires ownership of the Companys stock
that, together with stock held by such Person, constitutes more than fifty percent
(50%) of the total fair market value or total voting power of the Companys stock.
However, if any Person is considered to own already more than fifty percent (50%) of
the total fair market value or total voting power of the Companys stock, the
acquisition of additional stock by the same Person is not considered to be a Change
of Control; or
(b) Change in Effective Control. Even though the Company may not have
undergone a change in ownership under paragraph (a) above, a change in the effective
control of the Company occurs on the date during any twelve (12) month period when a
majority of members of the Board of Directors (the Board) is replaced by directors
whose appointment or election is not endorsed by a majority of the Board before the
date of the appointment or election; provided, however, that any such director shall
not be considered to be endorsed by the Board if his or her initial assumption of
office occurs as a result of an actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or
consents by or on behalf of a Person other than the Board; or
(c) Change in Ownership of Substantial Portion of Assets. A change in the
ownership of a substantial portion of the Companys assets occurs on the date that a
Person acquires (or has acquired during the twelve (12) month period ending on the
date of the most recent acquisition by such Person) assets of the Company, that have
a total gross fair market value equal to at least eighty percent (80%) of the total
gross fair market value of all of the Companys assets immediately before such
acquisition or acquisitions. However, there is no Change in Control when there is
such a transfer to an entity that is controlled by the shareholders of the Company
immediately after the transfer, through a transfer to (i) a shareholder of the
Company (immediately before the asset transfer) in exchange for or with respect to
the Companys stock; (ii) an entity, at least fifty percent (50%) of the total value
or voting power of the stock of which is owned, directly or indirectly, by the
Company; (iii) a Person that owns directly or indirectly, at least fifty percent
(50%) of the total value or voting power of the Companys outstanding stock; or (iv)
an entity, at least fifty percent (50%) of the total value or voting power of the
stock of which is owned by a Person that owns, directly or indirectly, at least
fifty percent (50%) of the total value or voting power of the Companys outstanding
For purposes of this paragraph (4),
(i) Person shall have the meaning given in Section 7701(a)(1) of the
Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code). Person shall
include more than one Person acting as a group as defined by the final
Treasury Regulations issued under Section 409A of the Code.
(ii) Affiliate shall have the meaning set forth in Rule 12b-2 promulgated
under Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
The provisions of this paragraph (4) shall be interpreted in accordance with the requirements
of the final Treasury Regulations issued under Section 409A of the Code, it being the intent of the
parties that this paragraph (4) shall be in compliance with the requirements of said Section of the
Code and said Regulations.
5. Termination of Employment upon Death. Notwithstanding paragraph (2) hereof, in the event
Grantees employment with the Company is terminated due to the death of Grantee, all unvested
portions of the Time Shares and the Performance Shares shall automatically vest and become freely
tradable by Grantees estate or by a person who acquires the rights to the Time Shares and the
Performance Shares by bequest or inheritance.
6. Termination of Employment upon Disability or Retirement. Notwithstanding paragraph (2)
hereof, in the event Grantees employment with the Company is terminated due to the Disability or
Retirement of Grantee, all unvested portions of the Time Shares and the Performance Shares shall
automatically vest and become freely tradable. For purposes hereof, Disability of Grantee shall
be the physical or mental inability of Grantee to carry out the normal and usual duties of his
employment on a full-time basis for an entire period of six (6) continuous months together with the
reasonable likelihood as determined by the Board (excluding Grantee) of the Company that Grantee,
upon the advice of a qualified physician, will be unable to carry out the normal and usual duties
of his employment. For purposes hereof, Retirement shall be the voluntary termination of
employment from the Company on any date after Grantee attains the normal retirement age of seventy
7. Termination of Employment for Cause. Notwithstanding paragraph (2) hereof, if Grantees
employment is terminated for Cause, upon written Notice of Termination for Cause given by the
Company to Grantee, all unvested portions of the Time Shares and the Performance Shares granted
hereunder shall be cancelled, shall not vest and shall be returned to the Company. As used herein,
Cause shall mean any of the following events: (i) misconduct or neglect of duties which in the
business judgment of the Board (excluding Grantee) has adversely affected the Company; (ii) the
commission by Grantee of an act of fraud or embezzlement; (iii) the commission by Grantee of
any other action with the intent to injure the Company; (iv) theft or conviction of a felony or any
crime involving dishonesty or moral turpitude; (v) Grantee having misappropriated the property of
the Company; (vi) Grantee having violated any law or regulation relating to the business of the
Company which results in injury to the Company; or (vii) failure or refusal to perform employment
duties (other than any such failure resulting from Grantees incapacity due to physical or mental
Termination for Cause shall require the vote of a majority of the members of the Committee,
8. Involuntary Termination without Cause. Notwithstanding paragraph (3) hereof, upon
involuntary termination of employment without Cause, all unvested portions of the Performance
Shares shall be adjusted in accordance with the peer company comparison from the date of this
award to the date of termination.
9. Termination of Employment. For purposes of paragraphs (4), (5), (6), and (8) hereof, such
termination of employment shall constitute a separation from service (as such term is defined in
final Treasury Regulations issued under Section 409A of the Code and any other guidance issued
thereunder). Notwithstanding paragraph (2) hereof, if Grantees employment with the Company is
terminated other than pursuant to paragraphs (4), (5), (6), and (8) hereof, all unvested portions
of the Shares granted hereunder shall be cancelled, shall not vest and shall be returned to the
10. Notice of Termination. Any termination of Grantees employment by the Company or by
Grantee (other than termination pursuant to paragraph (5) above) shall be communicated by written
Notice of Termination to the other party hereto. For purposes of this Agreement, a Notice of
Termination shall mean a notice which shall indicate the specific termination provision in this
Agreement relied upon and shall set forth the facts and circumstances to provide a basis for
termination of Grantees employment under the provision so indicated.
11. No Employment Commitment. Grantee acknowledges that neither the grant of Time Shares,
Performance Shares and if applicable, Adjusted Performance Shares nor the execution of this
Agreement by the Company shall be interpreted or construed as imposing upon the Company an
obligation to retain his services for any stated period of time, which employment shall continue to
be at the pleasure of the Company at such compensation as it shall determine, unless otherwise
provided in a written employment agreement.
12. Non-Transferability, Voting Rights and Dividends. The unvested portion of the Time
Shares, Performance Shares and if applicable, Adjusted Performance Shares granted hereunder may not
be sold, assigned, transferred, pledged, or otherwise encumbered. The unvested portion of the Time
Shares, Performance Shares and if applicable, Adjusted Performance Shares shall not have
any rights as a stockholder, including the right to dividends, with respect thereto unless and until
certificates for shares of common stock are issued to him or her.
13. Grantees Agreement. Grantee expressly and specifically agrees that:
(a) With respect to the calendar year in which the Time Shares, Performance Shares and if
applicable, Adjusted Performance Shares vest, Grantee shall include in his gross income for federal
income tax the fair market value equal to the average of the opening and closing price NYSE market
price of the common stock on the date of vesting;
(b) Unless otherwise specifically provided in a written employment agreement, the grant of
Time Shares, Performance Shares and if applicable, Adjusted Performance Shares is special incentive
compensation which shall not be taken into account as wages or salary in determining the amount
of payment or benefit to Grantee under any 401(k), pension plan, thrift, stock or deferred
compensation plan of the Company, as the case may be; and
(c) On behalf of Grantees beneficiary, such grant shall not affect the amount of any life
insurance coverage available to such beneficiary under any life insurance plan covering employees
of the Company or any subsidiary.
14. Delivery of Shares. The delivery of Shares which vest under the terms of this Agreement
shall be made upon the earlier of: (a) sixty (60) days following the date on which the right to
such Shares vests under paragraph (2) hereof, or (iii) the date of Grantees termination of
employment under paragraphs (4), (5), (6), or (8) hereof.
15. Six Month Delay. To the extent (i) any delivery of Shares to which Grantee becomes
entitled under this Agreement in connection with Grantees termination of employment with the
Company constitute deferred compensation subject to Section 409A of the Code, and (ii) Grantee is
deemed at the time of such termination of employment to be a specified employee under Section
409A of the Code, then such delivery shall not be made or commence until the earliest of (A) the
expiration of the six (6) month period measured from the date of Grantees separation from
service (as such term is defined in final Treasury Regulations issued under Section 409A of the
Code and any other guidance issued thereunder) with the Company; or (B) the date of Grantees death
following such separation from service. Upon the expiration of the applicable deferral period, any
delivery which would have otherwise been made during that period in the absence of this paragraph
(15) shall be delivered to Grantee or Grantees beneficiary. Grantee has reviewed with Grantees
own tax advisors the tax consequences of this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby.
Grantee is relying solely on his or her tax advisors and not on any statements or representations
of the Company or any of its agents and understands that Grantee (and not the Company) shall be
responsible for Grantees own tax
liability that may arise as a result of this Agreement or the
transactions contemplated hereby, except as otherwise specifically provided in this Agreement.
16. Adjustment of Number of Shares and Related Matters.
(a) In the event of any change in the outstanding common stock by reason of a stock dividend
or distribution, recapitalization, merger, consolidation, split-up, combination, exchange of shares
or the like, the Board in its sole discretion may appropriately adjust the number of shares of
common stock subject to this Agreement, and any and all other matters deemed appropriate by the
Board, including the types of securities subject to this Agreement.
(b) The existence of this Agreement shall not affect in any way the right or power of the
Company or its stockholders to make or authorize any or all adjustments, recapitalizations,
reorganizations or other changes in the Companys capital structure or its business, or any merger
or consolidation of the Company, or any issue of bonds, debentures, preferred or prior preference
stock ahead of or affecting the common stock or the rights thereof, or the dissolution or
liquidation of the Company, or any sale or transfer of all or any part of its assets or business,
or any other corporate act or proceeding, whether of a similar character or otherwise.
(c) After a merger of one or more corporations into the Company, or after a consolidation of
the Company and one or more corporations in which the Company shall be the surviving corporation,
unless otherwise provided by the Board, the number of shares of common stock, other securities or
consideration to be received with respect to unvested Shares shall continue to be subject to this
Agreement, including vesting provisions thereof.
(d) If the Company has a Change in Control (as defined above) under circumstances where the
Company is not the surviving corporation, while unvested Shares remain outstanding, then the Board
may waive any limitations set forth in or imposed pursuant to this Agreement with respect to the
Shares such that the vesting of such Shares shall occur upon such Change in Control.
17. Rights as Shareholder. Grantee will have no rights as a shareholder with respect to any
shares covered by this Agreement until the issuance of a certificate or certificates to Grantee for
the Shares. Grantee, by his execution of this Agreement, agrees to execute any documents requested
by the Company in connection with the issuance of a certificate or certificates for the Shares.
Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (16) hereof, no adjustment shall be made for dividends or
other rights for which the record date is prior to the issuance of such certificate or
18. Grantees Representations. Notwithstanding any of the provisions hereof, Grantee hereby
agrees that the Company will not be obligated to issue any Shares to Grantee hereunder, if the
issuance of such Shares shall constitute a violation by Grantee or the Company of any provision
of any law or regulation of any governmental authority. Any determination in this connection by the
Company shall be final, binding, and conclusive. The obligations of the Company and the rights of
Grantee are subject to all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.
19. Grantees Acknowledgments. Grantee hereby accepts this Agreement subject to all the terms
and provisions hereof. Grantee hereby agrees to accept as binding, conclusive, and final all
decisions or interpretations of the Committee or the Board, as appropriate, upon any questions
arising under this Agreement.
20. Law Governing
. This Agreement shall be governed by, construed, and enforced in accordance
with the laws of the State of Delaware
(excluding any conflict of laws rule or principle of
law that might refer the governance, construction, or interpretation of this agreement to
the laws of another state).
21. Legal Construction. In the event that any one or more of the terms, provisions, or
agreements that are contained in this Agreement shall be held by any arbitrator to be invalid,
illegal, or unenforceable in any respect for any reason, the invalid, illegal, or unenforceable
term, provision, or agreement shall not affect any other term, provision, or agreement that is
contained in this Agreement and this Agreement shall be construed in all respects as if the
invalid, illegal, or unenforceable term, provision, or agreement had never been contained herein.
22. Covenants and Agreements as Independent Agreements. Each of the covenants and agreements
that are set forth in this Agreement shall be construed as a covenant and agreement independent of
any other provision of this Agreement. The existence of any claim or cause of action of Grantee
against the Company, whether predicated on this Agreement or otherwise, shall not constitute a
defense to the enforcement by the Company of the covenants and agreements that are set forth in
23. Entire Agreement. This Agreement supersedes any and all other prior understandings and
agreements, either oral or in writing, between the parties with respect to the subject matter
hereof and constitute the sole and only agreements between the parties with respect to the said
subject matter. All prior negotiations and agreements between the parties with respect to the
subject matter hereof are merged into this Agreement. Each party to this Agreement acknowledges
that no representations, inducements, promises, or agreements, orally or otherwise, have been made
by any party or by anyone acting on behalf of any party, which are not embodied in this Agreement
and that any agreement, statement or promise that is not contained in this Agreement shall not be
valid or binding or of any force or effect.
24. Parties Bound. The terms, provisions, and agreements that are contained in this Agreement
shall apply to, be binding upon, and inure to the benefit of the parties and their respective
heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives, and permitted successors and assigns,
subject to the limitation on assignment expressly set forth herein.
25. Modification. No change or modification of this Agreement shall be valid or binding upon
the parties unless the change or modification is in writing and signed by the parties.
26. Headings. The headings that are used in this Agreement are used for reference and
convenience purposes only and do not constitute substantive matters to be considered in construing
the terms and provisions of this Agreement.
27. Gender and Number. Words of any gender used in this Agreement shall be held and construed
to include any other gender, and words in the singular number shall be held to include the plural,
and vice versa, unless the context requires otherwise.
28. Notice. Any notice or other communication required or given hereunder shall be in writing
and shall be deemed to have been effectively given only if delivered personally or sent by
certified or registered mail, postage prepaid, to the Company at its principal office and to
Grantee at his address as listed on the Companys records or to such other address as the parties
shall designate in writing.
29. Tax Requirements. The Company makes no commitment or guarantee that any federal, state or
local, tax treatment, United States or foreign, will apply or be available to Grantee. Grantee is
hereby advised to consult immediately with his own tax advisor regarding the tax consequences of
this Agreement, including, without limitation, any possible tax consequences of this
Agreement in connection with Section 409A of the Code. The Company shall have the power and the
right to deduct or withhold, or require Grantee to remit to the Company, an amount sufficient to
satisfy any federal, state, and local taxes, domestic or foreign, required by law or regulations to
be withheld with respect to any taxable event arising in connection with the Shares. With respect
to tax withholding required upon the vesting of the Shares, or upon any other taxable event arising
as a result of the Shares, Grantee may elect, subject to the approval of the Company in its
discretion, to satisfy the withholding requirement, in whole or in part, by having the Company
withhold the number of Shares having a fair market value on the date the tax is to be determined
equal to the minimum withholding taxes which could be imposed on the transaction, as determined by
the Company. All such elections shall be made in writing, signed by Grantee, and shall be subject
to any restrictions or limitations that the Company, in its discretion, deems appropriate. The
Company, in its discretion, may require that any payments due under this paragraph (29) be made
prior to the delivery of any certificate representing shares of common stock. The Company may, in
its sole discretion, withhold any taxes due in connection with the Shares from any other cash
remuneration otherwise paid by the Company to Grantee.
[Signature page follows]
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Agreement is executed and entered into effective on the day and year first
||Agreed to and Accepted
||/s/ Steven B. Hinchman
||Steven B. Hinchman
Performance Shares Adjustment
Subject to (2) and (3) below, on June 1, 2012, Callons Total Shareholder Return will be
calculated and compared to the same calculated total shareholder return of the selected group of
peer companies listed below. The number of Performance Shares awarded will be retroactively
adjusted in accordance with payout percentage based on Callons relative ranking with the peer
companies as shown in the table below.
For purposes of this calculation, Callons total shareholder return and that of the peer
companies will be adjusted if necessary for stock splits and the percent increase or decrease will
be calculated as follows:
(EP + CD) - BP = % increase or decrease
Ending price (EP) equals the average daily closing price on the NYSE during the month of
Beginning price (BP) equals the NYSE closing price on June 1, 2009.
Cash Dividends (CD) equals the cash dividends paid from June 1, 2009 thru
December 31, 2011.
The resulting percentage for Callon and the peer companies will then be ranked. Based on the
relative ranking, the number of Performance Shares awarded will be adjusted in accordance with the
|1 or 2
|3 or 4
|5, 6 or 7
|8 or 9
|10 or 11
ATP Oil and Gas Corp.
Brigham Exploration Co.
Mariner Energy Inc.
Newfield Exploration Co.
Petroquest Energy Inc.
Plains Exploration & Production Co.
Stone Energy Co.
Swift Energy Co.
W & T Offshore Inc.
Vesting provisions applicable to Adjusted Performance Shares:
(1) Subject to (2) and (3) below, Adjusted Performance Shares shall vest 100% and
become freely tradable on the third anniversary following the award date.
(2) Upon an involuntary termination of employment (other than for Cause), including
an involuntary termination of employment (other than for Cause) within twenty-four
(24) months immediately following a Change in Control, or upon Death or termination
of employment due to Disability of Grantee, the performance period will end on the
effective date of the event and the adjustment described above will be calculated.
The Adjusted Performance Shares shall vest 100% and become freely tradable on that
(3) Upon Retirement on any date after Grantee attains the normal retirement age of
70 years, the performance period will end on the effective date of the event and the
adjustment described above will be calculated. The Adjusted Performance Shares
shall vest 100% and become freely tradable on that date.
(4) For purposes of paragraphs (2) and (3) hereof, such termination of employment
shall constitute a separation from service (as such term is defined in final
Treasury Regulations issued under Section 409A of the Code and any other guidance
issued thereunder). Notwithstanding paragraph (1) hereof, if Grantees employment
with the Company is terminated other than pursuant to paragraphs (2) or (3) hereof,
all unvested portions of the Adjusted Performance Shares granted hereunder shall be
cancelled, shall not vest and shall be returned to the Company.
Note: In the event one or more of the listed peer companies is involved in a merger/acquisition,
the named peer company(s) will be adjusted either by replacing said peer company(s) with a suitable
replacement or in the event no suitable replacement is determined, said peer company(s) will drop
to the bottom of the ranking.