YUPI INTERNET, INC.
STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN
The purpose of this Plan is to promote the interests of the Company by
providing the opportunity to purchase Shares or to receive compensation which is
based upon appreciation in the value of Shares to Employees and Key Persons in
order to attract and retain Employees and Key Persons by providing an incentive
to work to increase the value of Shares and a stake in the future of the Company
which corresponds to the stake of each of the Company's shareholders. The Plan
provides for the grant of Incentive Stock Options, Non-Qualified Stock Options,
Restricted Stock Awards and Stock Appreciation Rights to aid the Company in
obtaining these goals.
Each term set forth in this Section shall have the meanings set forth
opposite such term for purposes of this Plan and, for purposes of such
definitions, the singular shall include the plural and the plural shall include
the singular, and reference to one gender shall include the other gender.
2.1 BOARD means the Board of Directors of the Company.
2.2 CODE means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
2.3 COMMITTEE means the Compensation Committee of the Board.
2.4 COMMON STOCK means the $.0001 par value per share common stock of
2.5 COMPANY means Yupi Internet, Inc., a Florida corporation, and any
successor to such organization.
2.6 EMPLOYEE means an employee of the Company, a Subsidiary or a
2.7 EXCHANGE ACT means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
2.8 EXERCISE PRICE means the price which shall be paid to purchase one
(1) Share upon the exercise of an Option granted under this Plan.
2.9 FAIR MARKET VALUE means the price at which the Committee, acting in
good faith, determines through any reasonable valuation method that a Share
might change hands between a
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willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy or
to sell and both having reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts.
2.10 ISO means an option granted under this Plan to purchase Shares
which is intended by the Company to satisfy the requirements of Code Section 422
as an incentive stock option.
2.11 KEY PERSON means (i) a member of the Board who is not an Employee,
(ii) a consultant, distributor or other person who has rendered valuable
services to the Company, a Subsidiary or a Parent, (iii) a person who has
incurred, or is willing to incur, financial risk in the form of guaranteeing or
acting as co-obligor with respect to debts or other obligations of the Company,
or (iv) a person who has extended credit to the Company. Key Persons are not
limited to individuals and, subject to the preceding definition, may include
corporations. partnerships, associations and other entities.
2.12 NON-ISO means an option granted under this Plan to purchase Shares
which is not intended by the Company to satisfy the requirements of Code Section
2.13 OPTION means an ISO or a Non-ISO.
2.14 PARENT means any corporation which is a parent of the Company
(within the meaning of Code Section 424).
2.15 PARTICIPANT means an individual who receives a Stock Incentive
2.16 PLAN means the Yupi Internet, Inc. Stock Incentive Plan, as
amended from time to time.
2.17 SHARE means a share of the Common Stock of the Company.
2.18 STOCK INCENTIVE means an ISO, a Non-ISO, a Restricted Stock Award
or a Stock Appreciation Right.
2.19 STOCK INCENTIVE AGREEMENT means an agreement between the Company
and a Participant evidencing an award of a Stock Incentive.
2.20 SUBSIDIARY means any corporation which is a subsidiary of the
Company (within the meaning of Code Section 424(f).
2.21 SURRENDERED SHARES means the Shares described in Section 8.2 which
(in lieu of being purchased) are surrendered for cash or Shares, or for a
combination of cash and Shares, in accordance with Section 8.
2.22 TEN PERCENT SHAREHOLDER means a person who owns (after taking into
account the attribution rules of Code Section 424(d)) more than ten percent
(10%) of the total combined voting power of all classes of shares of either the
Company, a Subsidiary or a Parent.
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SHARES SUBJECT TO STOCK INCENTIVES
The total number of Shares that may be issued pursuant to Stock
Incentives under this Plan shall not exceed Ten Million Shares (10,000,000) as
adjusted pursuant to Section 11. Such Shares shall be reserved, to the extent
that the Company deems appropriate, from authorized but unissued Shares, and
from Shares which have been reacquired by the Company. Furthermore, any Shares
subject to a Stock Incentive which remain after the cancellation, expiration or
exchange of such Stock Incentive thereafter shall again become available for use
under this Plan, but any Surrendered Shares which remain after the surrender of
an ISO or a Non-ISO under Section 8 shall not again become available for use
under this Plan.
The effective date of this Plan shall be the date it is adopted by the
Board, provided the shareholders of the Company approve this Plan within twelve
(12) months after such effective date. If such effective date comes before such
shareholder approval, any Stock Incentives granted under this Plan before the
date of such approval automatically shall be granted subject to such approval.
This Plan shall be administered by the Board. The Board, actin in its
absolute discretion, shall exercise such powers and take such action as
expressly called for under this Plan. The Board shall have the power to
interpret this Plan and, subject to Section 13 to take such other action in the
administration and operation of the Plan as it deems equitable under the
circumstances. The Board's actions shall be binding on the Company, on each
affected Employee or Key Person, and on each other person directly or indirectly
affected by such actions.
The Board may delegate its authority under the Plan, in whole or in
part, to a Committee appointed by the Board consisting of not less than two (2)
directors, each of whom does not while a member of the Committee, or has not
during the one (1) year prior to serving as a member of the Committee. received
equity securities of the Company, Parent or Subsidiary, pursuant to this Plan or
any other plan of the Company, Parent or Subsidiary, except as may be permitted
under Section 16(b)(3) of the Exchange Act. The Committee (if appointed) shall
act according to the policies and procedures set forth in the Plan and to those
policies and procedures established by the Board, and the Committee shall have
such powers and responsibilities as are set forth by the Board. Reference to the
Board in this Plan shall specifically include reference to the Committee where
the Board has delegated it authority to the Committee, and any action by the
Committee pursuant to a delegation of authority by the Board shall be deemed an
action by the Board under the Plan. Notwithstanding the above, the Board may
assume the powers and responsibilities granted to the Committee at any time, in
whole or in part.
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Except as provided below, only Employees shall be eligible for the
grant of Stock Incentives under this Plan, but no Employee shall have the right
to be ranted a Stock Incentive under this Plan merely as a result of his or her
status as an Employee. Key Persons may be eligible, subject to written approval
by the Board, for the grant of Stock Incentives under this Plan, but only if the
Key Person has provided valuable services to the Company, a Subsidiary or a
Parent, and only if the Stock Incentive is not an ISO.
TERMS OF STOCK INCENTIVES
7.1 TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ALL STOCK INCENTIVES.
(a) The Committee, in its absolute discretion, shall grant
Stock Incentives under this Plan from time to time and shall have the right to
grant new Stock Incentives in exchange for outstanding Stock Incentives. Stock
Incentives shall be granted to Employees or Key Persons selected by the
Committee, and the Committee shall be under no obligation whatsoever to grant
Stock Incentives to all Employees or Key Persons, or to grant all Stock
Incentives subject to the same terms and conditions. Each grant of a Stock
Incentive shall be evidenced by a Stock Incentive Agreement.
(b) The number of Shares as to which a Stock Incentive shall
be granted shall be determined by the Committee in its sole discretion, subject
to the provisions of Section 3 as to the total number of shares available for
grants under the Plan.
(c) Each Stock Incentive shall be evidenced by a Stock
Incentive Agreement executed by the Company and the Participant, which shall be
in such form and contain such terms and conditions as the Committee in its
discretion may, subject to the provisions of the Plan, from time to time
(d) The date a Stock Incentive is granted shall be the date on
which the Committee has approved the terms and conditions of the Stock Incentive
Agreement and has determined the recipient of the Stock Incentive and the number
of Shares covered by the Stock Incentive and has taken all such other action
necessary to complete the grant of the Stock Incentive.
7.2 TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF OPTIONS. Each grant of an Option shall be
evidenced by a Stock Incentive Agreement which shall:
(I) specify whether the Option is an ISO or Non-ISO; and
(II) incorporate such other terms and conditions as the
Committee, acting in its absolute discretion, deems consistent with the terms of
this Plan, including (without limitation) a restriction on the number of Shares
subject to the Option which first become exercisable or subject to surrender
during any calendar year.
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In determining Employee(s) or Key Person(s) to whom an Option
shall be granted and the number of Shares to be covered by such Option, the
Committee may take into account the recommendations of the President of the
Company and its other officers, the duties of the Employee or Key Person, the
present and potential contributions of the Employee or Key Person to the success
of the Company, the anticipated number of years of service remaining before the
attainment by the Employee of retirement age, and other factors deemed relevant
by the Committee, in its sole discretion, in connection with accomplishing the
purpose of this Plan. An Employee or Key Person who has been granted an Option
to purchase Shares, whether under this Plan or otherwise, may be granted one or
more additional Options.
If the Committee grants an ISO and a Non-ISO to an Employee on
the same date, the right of the Employee to exercise or surrender one such
Option shall not be conditioned on his or her failure to exercise or surrender
the other such Option.
(a) EXERCISE PRICE. Subject to adjustment in accordance with
Section 11 and the other provisions of this Section, the Exercise Price shall be
as set forth in the applicable Stock Incentive Agreement. With respect to each
grant of an ISO to a Participant who is not a Ten Percent Shareholder, the
Exercise Price shall not be less than the Fair Market Value on the date the ISO
is granted. With respect to each grant of an ISO to a Participant who is a Ten
Percent Shareholder, a Ten Percent Shareholder shall not be less than one
hundred ten percent (110%) of the Fair Market Value on the date the ISO is
granted. If a Stock Incentive is a Non-ISO, the Exercise Price for each Share
shall be no less than the minimum price required by applicable state law, or by
the Company's governing instrument, or $0.01, whichever price is greater.
(b) OPTION TERM. Each Option granted under this Plan shall be
exercisable in whole or in part at such time or times as set forth in the
related Stock Incentive Agreement, but no Stock Incentive Agreement shall:
(i) make an Option exercisable before the date such
Option is granted; or
(ii) make an option exercisable after the earlier of
(A) the date such Option is exercised in
(B) the date which is the tenth (10th)
anniversary of the date such Option is granted. if such Option is a Non-ISO or
an ISO granted to a non-Ten Percent Shareholder. or the date which is the fifth
(5th) anniversary of the date such Option is granted, if such Option is an ISO
granted to a Ten Percent Shareholder.
A Stock Incentive Agreement may provide for the exercise of an
Option after the employment of an Employee has terminated for any reason
whatsoever, including death or disability.
(c) PAYMENT. Payment for all shares of Stock purchased
pursuant to exercise of an Option shall be made in cash or, if the Stock
Incentive Agreement provides, by delivery to the Company of a number of Shares
which have been owned by the holder for at least six (6)
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months prior to the date of exercise having an aggregate Fair Market Value of
not less than the product of the Exercise Price multiplied by the number of
Shares the Participant intends to purchase upon exercise of the Option on the
date of delivery. In addition, the Stock Incentive Agreement may provide for
cashless exercise through a brokerage transaction following registration of the
Company's equity securities under Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934. Except as provided in subparagraph (f) below, payment shall be made at the
time that the Option or any part thereof is exercised, and no Shares shall be
issued or delivered upon exercise of an Option until full payment has been made
by the Participant. The holder of an Option, as such, shall have none of the
rights of a stockholder.
Notwithstanding the above, and in the sole discretion of the
Committee, an Option may be exercised as to a portion or all (as determined by
the Committee) of the number of Shares specified in the Stock Incentive
Agreement by delivery to the Company of a promissory note, such promissory note
to be executed by the Participant and which shall include, with such other terms
and conditions as the Committee shall determine, provisions in a form approved
by the Committee under which: (i) the balance of the aggregate purchase price
shall be payable in equal installments over such period and shall bear interest
at such rate (which shall not be less than the prime bank loan rate as
determined by the Committee) as the Committee shall approve, and (ii) the
Participant shall be personally liable for payment of the unpaid principal
balance and all accrued but unpaid interest.
(d) CONDITIONS TO EXERCISE OF AN OPTION. Each Option granted
under the Plan shall be exercisable at such time or times, or upon the
occurrence of such event or events, and in such amounts, as the Committee shall
specify in the Stock Incentive Agreement; provided, however, that subsequent to
the grant of an Option, the Committee, at any time before complete termination
of such Option, may accelerate the time or times at which such Option may be
exercised in whole or in part.
(e) NONTRANSFERABILITY OF OPTIONS. Except as provided in
subparagraph (f) below, an Option shall not be transferable or ASSIGNABLE except
by will or by the laws of descent and distribution and shall be exercisable,
during the Participant's lifetime, only by the Participant, or in the event of
the disability of the Participant, by the legal representative of the
(f) SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR CERTAIN SUBSTITUTE OPTIONS.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section, any Option in
substitution for a stock option previously issued by another entity, which
substitution occurs in connection with a transaction to which Code Section
424(a) is applicable, may provide for an exercise price computed in accordance
with such Code Section and the regulations thereunder and may contain such other
terms and conditions as the Committee may prescribe to cause such substitute
Option to contain as nearly as possible the same terms and conditions (including
the applicable vesting and termination to in termination provisions) as those
contained in the previously issued stock option being replaced thereby.
7.3 TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHTS. A Stock
Appreciation Right may be granted in connection with all or any portion of a
previously or contemporaneously granted Option or not in connection with an
Option. A Stock Appreciation Right shall entitle the Participant to receive upon
exercise or payment the excess of: (I) the Fair Market Value of a
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specified number of Shares at the time of exercise, over (II) a specified price
which shall be not less than the Exercise Price for that number of Shares in the
case of a Stock Appreciation Right granted in connection with a previously or
contemporaneously granted Option., or in the case of any other Stock
Appreciation Right not less than one hundred percent (100%) of the Fair Market
Value of that number of Shares at the time the Stock Appreciation Right was
granted. A Stock Appreciation Right granted in connection with an Option may
only be exercised to the extent that the related Option has not been exercised.
The exercise of a Stock Appreciation Right shall result in a pro rata surrender
of the related Option to the extent the Stock Appreciation Right has been
(a) PAYMENT. Upon exercise or payment of a Stock Appreciation
Right, the Company shall pay to the Participant the appreciation in cash or
Shares (at the aggregate Fair Market Value on the date of payment or exercise)
as provided in the Stock Incentive Agreement or, in the absence of such
provision, as the Committee may determine.
(b) CONDITIONS TO EXERCISE. Each Stock Appreciation Right
granted under the Plan shall be exercisable at such time or times, or upon the
occurrence of such event or events, and in such amounts, as the Committee shall
specify in the Stock Incentive Agreement; provided, however, that subsequent to
the grant of a Stock Appreciation Right, the Committee, at any time before
complete termination of such Stock Appreciation Right, may accelerate the time
or times at which such Stock Appreciation Right may be exercised in whole or in
(c) NONTRANSFERABILITY OF STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHT. A Stock
Appreciation Right shall not be transferable or assignable except by will or by
the laws of descent and distribution and shall be exercisable, during the
Participant's lifetime, only by the Participant, or in the event of the
disability of the Participant, by the legal representative of the Participant.
7.4 TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF RESTRICTED STOCK AWARDS. Shares awarded
pursuant to Restricted Stock Awards shall be subject to restrictions for periods
determined by the Committee. The Committee shall have the power to permit, in
its discretion, an acceleration of the expiration of the applicable restriction
period with respect to any part or all of the Shares awarded to a Participant.
The Committee may require a cash payment from the Participant in an amount no
greater than the aggregate Fair Market Value of the Shares awarded determined at
the date of grant in exchange for the grant of a Restricted Stock Award or may
grant a Restricted Stock Award without the requirement of a cash payment.
SURRENDER OF OPTIONS
8.1 GENERAL RULE. The Committee, acting in its absolute discretion, may
incorporate a provision in a Stock Incentive Agreement to allow an Employee or
Key Person to surrender his or Option in whole or in part in lieu of the
exercise in whole or in part of that Option on any date that:
(a) the Fair Market Value of the Shares subject to such Option
exceeds Exercise Price for such Shares, and
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(b) the Option to purchase such Shares is otherwise
8.2 PROCEDURE. The surrender of an Option in whole or in part shall be
effected by the delivery of the Stock Incentive Agreement to the Committee,
together with a statement signed by the Participant which specifies the number
of Shares ("Surrendered Shares") as to which the Participant surrenders his or
her Option and how he or she desires payment be made for such Surrendered
8.3 PAYMENT. A Participant in exchange for his or her Surrendered
Shares shall receive a payment in cash or in Shares, or in a combination of cash
and Shares, equal in amount on the date such surrender is effected to the excess
of the Fair Market Value of the Surrendered Shares on such date over the
Exercise Price for the Surrendered Shares. The Committee, acting in its absolute
discretion, can approve or disapprove. a Participant's request for payment in
whole or in part in cash and can make that payment in cash or in such
combination of cash and Shares as the Committee deems appropriate. A request for
payment only in Shares shall be approved and made in Shares to the extent
payment can be made in whole shares of Shares and (at the Committee's
discretion) in cash in lieu of any fractional Shares.
8.4 RESTRICTIONS. Any Stock Incentive Agreement which incorporates a
provision to allow a Participant to surrender his or her Option in whole or in
part also shall incorporate such additional restrictions on the exercise or
surrender of such Option as the Committee deems necessary to satisfy the
conditions to the exemption under Rule 16b-3 (or any successor exemption) to
Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act.
Each Stock Incentive Agreement may provide that, upon the receipt of
Shares as a result of he surrender or exercise of a Stock Incentive, the
Participant shall, if so requested by the Company, hold such Shares for
investment and not with a view of resale or distribution to the public and, if
so requested by the Company. shall deliver to the Company a written statement
satisfactory to the Company to that effect. Each Stock Incentive Agreement may
also provide that, if so requested by the Company, the Participant shall make a
written representation to the Company that he or she will not sell or offer to
sell any of such Shares unless a registration statement shall be in effect with
respect to such Shares under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended ("1933
Act"), and any applicable state securities law or, unless he or she shall have
furnished to the Company an opinion, in form and substance satisfactory to the
Company, of legal counsel acceptable to the Company, that such registration is
not required. Certificates representing the Shares transferred upon the exercise
or surrender of a Stock Incentive granted under this Plan may at the discretion
of the Company bear a legend to the effect that such Shares have not been
registered under the 1933 Act or any applicable state securities law and that
such Shares may not be sold or offered for sale in the absence of an effective
registration statement as to such Shares under the 1933 Act and any applicable
state securities law or an opinion, in form and substance satisfactory to the
Company, of legal counsel acceptable to he Company, that such registration is
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LIFE OF PLAN
No Stock Incentive shall be GRANTED under this Plan on or after the
(a) the tenth (10th) anniversary of the effective date of this
Plan (as determined under Section 4 of this Plan), in which event this Plan
otherwise thereafter shall continue in effect until all outstanding Stock
Incentives have been surrendered or exercised in full or no longer are
(b) the date on which all of the Shares reserved under
Section 3 of this Plan have (as a result of the surrender or exercise of Stock
Incentives granted under this Plan) been issued or no longer are available for
use under this Plan, in which event this Plan also shall terminate on such date.
The number of Shares reserved under Section 3 of this Plan, and the
number of Shares subject to Stock Incentives granted under this Plan, and the
Exercise Price of any Options, shall be adjusted by the Committee in an
equitable manner to reflect any change in the capitalization of the Company,
including, but not limited to, such changes as stock dividends or stock splits.
Furthermore, the Committee shall have the right to adjust (in a manner which
satisfies the requirements of Code Section 424(a)) the number of Shares reserved
under Section 3, and the number of Shares subject to Stock Incentives granted
under this Plan, and the Exercise Price of any Options in the event of any
corporate transaction described in Code Section 424(a) which provides for the
substitution or assumption of such Stock Incentives. If any adjustment under
this Section creates a fractional Share or a right to acquire a fractional
Share, such fractional Share shall be disregarded, and the number of Shares
reserved under this Plan and the number subject to any Stock Incentives granted
under this Plan shall be the next lower number of Shares, rounding all fractions
downward. An adjustment made under this Section by the Committee shall be
conclusive and binding on all affected persons and, further, shall not
constitute an increase in the number of Shares reserved under Section 3.
SALE OR MERGER OF THE COMPANY
If the Company agrees to sell substantially all of its assets for cash
or property, or for a combination of cash and property, or agrees to any merger,
consolidation, reorganization, division or other transaction in which Shares are
converted into another security or into the right to receive securities or
property and such agreement does not provide for the assumption or substitution
of the Stock Incentives granted under this Plan, each Stock Incentive at the
direction and discretion of the Committee, or as is otherwise provided in the
Stock Incentive Agreements, may be canceled unilaterally by the Company in
exchange for the whole Shares (or, subject to satisfying the conditions to the
exemption under Rule 16b-3 or any successor exemption to Section 16(b) of the
Exchange Act, for the whole Shares and the cash in lieu of a fractional Share)
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each Participant otherwise would receive if he or she had the right to surrender
or exercise his or her outstanding Stock Incentive in full and he or she
exercised that right exclusively for Shares on a date fixed by the Committee
which comes before such sale or other corporate transaction.
AMENDMENT OR TERMINATION
This Plan may be amended by the Board from time to time to the extent
that the Board deems necessary or appropriate; provided, however, no such
amendment shall be made absent the approval of the shareholders of the Company:
(a) to increase the number of Shares reserved under Section 3, except as set
forth in Section 11, (b) to extend the maximum life of the Plan under Section 10
or the maximum exercise period under Section 7, (c) to decrease the minimum
Exercise Price under Section 7, or (d) to change the designation of Employees or
Key Persons eligible for Stock Incentives under Section 6. The Board also may
suspend the granting of Stock Incentives under this Plan at any time and may
terminate this Plan at any time, provided, however, the Company shall not have
the right to modify, amend or cancel any Stock Incentive granted before such
suspension or termination unless: (I) the Participant consents in writing to
such modification, amendment or cancellation, or (II) there is a dissolution or
liquidation of the Company or a transaction described in Section 11 or Section
14.1 SHAREHOLDER RIGHTS. No Participant shall have any rights as a
shareholder of the Company as a result of the grant of a Stock Incentive to him
or to her under this Plan or his or her exercise or surrender of such Stock
Incentive pending the actual delivery of Shares subject to such Stock Incentive
to such Participant.
14.2 NO GUARANTEE OF CONTINUED RELATIONSHIP. The grant of a Stock
Incentive to a Participant under this Plan shall not constitute a contract of
employment and shall not confer on a Participant any rights upon his or her
termination of employment or relationship with the Company in addition to those
rights, if any, expressly set forth in the Stock Incentive Agreement which
evidences his or her Stock Incentive.
14.3 WITHHOLDING. The exercise or surrender of any Stock Incentive
granted under this Plan shall constitute a Participant's full and complete
consent to whatever action the Committee directs to satisfy the federal and
state tax withholding requirements, if any, which the Committee in its
discretion deems applicable to such exercise or surrender.
14.4 TRANSFER. The transfer of an Employee between or among the
Company, a Subsidiary or a Parent shall not be treated as a termination of his
or her employment under this Plan.
14.5 CONSTRUCTION. This Plan shall be construed under the laws of the
State of Georgia.