W I T N E S S E T H:
WHEREAS, the Company sponsors the AMN Healthcare Equity Plan, as amended and restated (as may be amended from time to time, the “Plan”), and desires to afford the Grantee the opportunity to share in the appreciation of the Company’s common stock, par value $.01 per share (“Stock”), thereunder, thereby strengthening the Grantee’s commitment to the welfare of the Company and Affiliates and promoting an identity of interest between stockholders and the Grantee.
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the covenants and agreements herein contained, the parties hereto hereby agree as follows:
The following definitions shall be applicable throughout the Agreement. Where defined terms are not defined herein, their meaning shall be that set forth in the Plan.
(a) “Accelerated End Date” means the date that is five calendar days (or such shorter period as may be established by the Committee in its sole discretion) prior to a Change in Control.
(b) “Accumulated Shares” means, for a given day, and for a given Peer Company or the Company, the sum of (i) one share of common stock of the applicable company (as included on the Russell 2000), plus (ii) a cumulative number of shares of common stock purchased with dividends declared on the common stock, assuming same day reinvestment of the dividends into shares of common stock at the closing price on the ex-dividend date, for ex-dividend dates during the Opening Average Period or for the period between __________, 20__ and the last day of the Closing Average Period, as the case may be.
(c) “Affiliate” means (i) any entity that directly or indirectly is controlled by, or is under common control with, the Company and (ii) any entity in which the Company has a significant equity interest, in either case as determined by the Committee.
(d) “Cause” means the Company or an Affiliate having “cause” to terminate a Grantee’s employment or service, as defined in any existing employment, consulting or any other agreement between the Grantee and the Company or a Subsidiary or Affiliate, or, in the absence of such an employment, consulting or other agreement, upon (i) the Committee’s
determination that the Grantee has ceased to perform his/her duties to the Company or an Affiliate (other than as a result of his/her incapacity due to physical or mental illness or injury), which failure amounts to an intentional and extended neglect of his/her duties to such party, (ii) the Committee’s determination that the Grantee has engaged or is about to engage in conduct injurious to the Company or an Affiliate, (iii) the Grantee having been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or no contest to, a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude or (iv) the failure of the Grantee to follow the lawful instructions of the Board or the Grantee’s direct superiors; provided, however, that in the instances of clauses (i), (ii) and (iv), the Company or Affiliate, as applicable, must give the Grantee twenty (20) days’ prior written notice of the defaults constituting “cause” hereunder.
(e) “Change in Control” means:
(i) the acquisition by any individual, entity or group (within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) or 14(d)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)) (a “Person”) of beneficial ownership (within the meaning of Rule 13d‑3 promulgated under the Exchange Act) of a majority of the combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities of the Company entitled to vote generally in the election of directors;
(ii) the sale of all or substantially all of the business or assets of the Company; or
(iii) the consummation of a merger, consolidation or similar form of corporate transaction involving the Company that requires the approval of the Company’s stockholders, whether for such transaction or the issuance of securities in the transaction (a “Business Combination”), if immediately following such Business Combination: (x) a Person is or becomes the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of a majority of the combined voting power of the outstanding voting securities eligible to elect directors of the Parent Corporation (or, if there is no Parent Corporation, the Surviving Corporation), or (y) the Company’s stockholders prior to the Business Combination thereafter cease to beneficially own, directly or indirectly, a majority of the combined voting power of the outstanding voting securities eligible to elect directors of the Parent Corporation (or, if there is no Parent Corporation, the Surviving Corporation), counting for this purpose only voting securities of the Parent Corporation (or, if there is no Parent Corporation, the Surviving Corporation) received by such stockholders in connection with the Business Combination. “Surviving Corporation” shall mean the corporation resulting from a Business Combination, and “Parent Corporation” shall mean the ultimate parent corporation that directly or indirectly has beneficial ownership of a majority of the combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities of the Surviving Corporation entitled to vote generally in the election of directors.
(f) “Closing Average Period” means (i) in the absence of a Change in Control, the ninety (90)-day period ending on the last day of the Performance Period; or (ii) in the case of a Change in Control, the ninety (90)-day period ending on the Accelerated End Date.
(g) “Closing Average Share Value” means, for each of the Peer Companies and the Company, the average, over the days in the Closing Average Period, of the closing price of its common stock multiplied by the Accumulated Shares for each day during the Closing Average Period.
(h) “Committee” means the Compensation and Stock Plan Committee of the Board or a similar committee performing the functions of a compensation committee and which is comprised of not less than two Non-Employee Directors who are independent.
(i) “Credited Service” means the performance of Service on a substantially full time basis for a continuous twelve-month period. For this purpose, substantially full time basis shall mean that the employee or consultant provides regular and recurring services to the Company of at least 32 hours each week. The taking of approved paid time off or legally mandated leave, such as FMLA, does not interrupt this period of Credited Service.
(j) “Grant Date” means ______________ ___, 20__, which is the date specified in the authorization of this PRSU grant.
(k) “Grantee” shall have the meaning set forth in the introductory paragraph of this Agreement.
(l) “Opening Average Period” means the ninety (90)-day period ended on ______________ ___, 20__.
(m) “Opening Average Share Value” means, for each of the Peer Companies and the Company, the average during the Opening Average Period of the closing price of its common stock multiplied by the Accumulated Shares for each trading day during the Opening Average Period.
(n) “Peer Companies” means the companies included in the Russell 2000 on ______________ ___, 20__. In the event of a merger, acquisition or business combination transaction of a Peer Company with or by another Peer Company, the surviving entity shall remain a Peer Company. In the event of a merger of a Peer Company with an entity that is not a Peer Company, or the acquisition or business combination transaction by or with a Peer Company, or with an entity that is not a Peer Company, in each case where the Peer Company is the surviving entity and remains publicly traded, the surviving entity shall remain a Peer Company. In the event of a merger or acquisition or business combination transaction of a Peer Company by or with an entity that is not a Peer Company, a “going private” transaction involving a Peer Company or the liquidation of a Peer Company, where the Peer Company is not the surviving entity or is otherwise no longer publicly traded, the company shall no longer be a Peer Company. In the event of a bankruptcy of a Peer Company, such company shall remain a Peer Company.
(o) “Performance Period” means _________ ___, 20__ through the earlier of (i) the Accelerated End Date and (ii) _________ ___, 20__.
(p) “Relative Total Shareholder Return” or “Relative TSR” means the Company’s TSR relative to the TSR of the Peer Companies. Relative TSR will be determined by ranking the Company and the Peer Companies from highest to lowest according to their respective TSRs. After this ranking, the percentile performance of the Company relative to the Peer Companies will be determined as follows:
where: “P” represents the percentile performance, which will be rounded, if necessary, to the nearest whole percentile by application of regular rounding.
“N” represents the remaining number of Peer Companies, plus the Company.
“R” represents Company’s ranking among the Peer Companies.
Example: If there are 1000 remaining Peer Companies, and the Company ranked 500th, the performance would be at the 50th percentile: .50 = 1 – ((500-1)/(1001-1)).
(q) “Performance Restricted Stock Unit” or “PRSU” means an award granted under Section 2.
(r) “Service” means the performance of services for the Company (or any Affiliate) by a person in the capacity of an officer or other employee or key person (including consultants).
(s) “Total Shareholder Return” or “TSR” means for each of the Company and the Peer Companies, the company’s total shareholder return, which will be calculated by dividing (i) the Closing Average Share Value by (ii) the Opening Average Share Value, and then subtracting one (1).
(t) “Vesting Date” means the date on which the Committee determines the TSR or Relative TSR.
2. Grant of Performance Restricted Stock Units. Subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein, the Company hereby grants to the Grantee ______ PRSUs, which shall be the target number. The actual number of PRSUs that vest may be more or less than the target number, as determined in accordance with the (the “Vesting Table”) set forth on Schedule I.
3. Vesting Schedule. No PRSUs may be settled until they shall have vested. Except as otherwise set forth in this Agreement or in the Plan, the PRSUs will vest in accordance with the Vesting Table, based on the Company’s achievement of Total Shareholder Return and Relative Total Shareholder Return for the Performance Period. Any fractional share resulting from the application of the percentages in the Vesting Table shall be rounded to the nearest whole number of shares. The Committee shall determine the Total Shareholder Return and Relative TSR, if any, within 30 days after the earlier of the (i)
Accelerated End Date and (ii) the Performance Period. On the Vesting Date, all PRSUs that do not vest shall be automatically forfeited to the Company and the right to receive any PRSUs that do not vest shall be automatically forfeited.
4. Settlement and Deferral of PRSUs.
(a) Each vested PRSU entitles the Grantee to receive one share of Stock on the “Settlement Date,” which shall be the later of (i) the Vesting Date, and (ii) the end of the deferral period specified by the Grantee. The deferral period shall be no less than three (3) years and five (5) days from the Grant Date. Such deferral election shall be made within 30 days of the Grant Date. This deferral period will apply only to the deferral election made on the specific deferral election form. In addition, any such deferral must apply to receipt of all shares of Stock earned with respect to the entire Grant. (If no deferral period is specified on the deferral election form, Stock will be issued as soon as practicable upon vesting of the PRSUs). If the Grantee wishes to elect to delay his original Settlement Date, such election must be made at least twelve (12) months in advance of the Settlement Date and the new Settlement Date must be at least five (5) years after the original Settlement Date.
(b) Shares of Stock underlying the PRSUs shall be issued and delivered to the Grantee in accordance with paragraph (a) and upon compliance to the satisfaction of the Committee with all requirements under applicable laws or regulations in connection with such issuance and with the requirements hereof and of the Plan. The determination of the Committee as to such compliance shall be final and binding on the Grantee. The shares of Stock delivered to the Grantee pursuant to this Section 4 shall be free and clear of all liens, fully paid and non-assessable.
(c) Until such time as shares of Stock have been issued to the Grantee pursuant to paragraph (b) above, and except as set forth in d 5 below regarding dividend equivalents, the Grantee shall not have any rights as a holder of the shares of Stock underlying this Grant including but not limited to voting rights.
(d) The Grantee may be required to pay to the Company or any Affiliate, and the Company or any Affiliate shall have the right and is hereby authorized to withhold from any shares of Stock or other property deliverable under the PRSU or from any compensation or other amounts owing to the Grantee the amount (in cash, Stock or other property) of any required tax withholding and payroll taxes in respect of a PRSU vesting or settlement and to take such other action as may be necessary in the opinion of the Company to satisfy all obligations for the payment of such taxes.
(e) Without limiting the generality of clause (d) above, in the Committee’s sole discretion the Grantee may satisfy, in whole or in part, the foregoing withholding liability (but no more than the minimum required withholding liability) by having the Company withhold from the number of shares of Stock otherwise issuable pursuant to the settlement of the PRSU a number of shares with a Fair Market Value equal to such withholding liability.
5. Dividend Equivalents. If on any date the Company shall pay any cash dividend on shares of Stock of the Company, the number of PRSUs credited to the Grantee pursuant to the Vesting Table shall, as of such date, be increased by an amount determined by the following formula:
W = (X multiplied by Y) divided by Z, where:
W = the number of additional PRSUs to be credited to the Grantee on such dividend payment date;
X = the aggregate number of PRSUs (whether vested or unvested) credited to the Grantee as of the record date of the dividend;
Y = the cash dividend per share amount; and
Z = the Fair Market Value per share of Stock (as determined under the Plan) on the dividend payment date.
6. Termination of Employment.
(a) If, prior to the Settlement Date, the Grantee shall undergo: a termination of full-time employment if an employee (and also termination of Service if a director); or cessation of providing Credited Service if a consultant, each other than for Cause, the PRSUs which are not vested at the date of such termination shall expire on such date. In the event of such termination, if there are any deferred vested PRSUs, regardless of the Grantee’s deferral election, the Company, as soon as practicable following the effective date of termination shall issue shares of Stock to Grantee (or Grantee’s designated beneficiary or estate executor in the event of Grantee’s death) with respect to any such deferred vested PRSUs for which shares of Stock had not yet been issued to Grantee. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Grantee is a specified employee (as defined in Section 409A of the Code), any distribution on account of termination of employment shall be delayed six months and a day after the Grantee’s separation from service (within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder) after such termination of employment.
(b) If, prior to the Settlement Date, the Grantee is terminated from the employment or service with the Company for Cause, all PRSUs then held by such Grantee (whether or not vested) shall expire immediately upon such cessation of employment or service.
7. Company; Grantee.
(a) The term “Company” as used in this Agreement with reference to employment shall include the Company, its Subsidiaries and its Affiliates, as appropriate.
(b) Whenever the word “Grantee” is used in any provision of this Agreement under circumstances where the provision should logically be construed to apply to the beneficiaries, the executors, the administrators, or the person or persons to whom the PRSUs
may be transferred by will or by the laws of descent and distribution, the word “Grantee” shall be deemed to include such person or persons.
8. Non-Transferability. The PRSUs are not transferable by the Grantee other than to a designated beneficiary upon death, by will or the laws of descent and distribution, to a trust solely for the benefit of the Grantee or his/her immediate family or in the case of the PRSUs being held by such a trust, by the trustee.
9. Forfeiture for Non-Compete Violation.
(a) Non-Compete. The Grantee agrees that during the term of Grantee’s employment and for a period of two years thereafter (the “Coverage Period”) the Grantee will not engage in, consult with, participate in, hold a position as shareholder, director, officer, consultant, employee, partner or investor, or otherwise assist any business entity (i) in any State of the United States of America or (ii) in any other country in which the Company has business activities, in either case, that is engaged in any activities which are competitive with the business of providing healthcare or other personnel on a temporary or permanent placement basis to hospitals, healthcare facilities, healthcare provider practice groups or other entities, clinical workforce management services, home healthcare services and any and all business activities reasonably related thereto in which the Company or any of its divisions, affiliates or subsidiaries are then engaged.
(b) Non-Solicit. The Grantee agrees that during the Coverage Period, Grantee shall not solicit, attempt to solicit or endeavor to entice away from the Company any person who, at any time during the term of Grantee’s employment was a traveling nurse, physician, allied healthcare professional or other healthcare professional, employee, customer, client or supplier of the Company.
(c) Confidential and Proprietary Information. The Grantee agrees that Grantee will not, at any time make use of or divulge to any other person, firm or corporation any confidential or proprietary information concerning the business or policies of the Company or any of its divisions, affiliates or subsidiaries. For purposes of this Agreement, any confidential information shall constitute any information designated as confidential or proprietary by the Company or otherwise known by the Grantee to be confidential or proprietary information including, without limitation, customer information. Grantee acknowledges and agrees that for purposes of this Agreement, “customer information” includes without limitation, customer lists, all lists of professional personnel, names, addresses, phone numbers, contact persons, preferences, pricing arrangements, requirements and practices. Grantee’s obligation under this Section 9(c) shall not apply to any information which (i) is known publicly; (ii) is in the public domain or hereafter enters the public domain without the fault of Grantee; or (iii) is hereafter disclosed to Grantee by a third party not under an obligation of confidence to the Company. Grantee agrees not to remove from the premises of the Company, except as an employee of the Company in pursuit of the business of the Company or except as specifically permitted in writing by the Company, any document or other object containing or reflecting any such confidential or proprietary information. Grantee recognizes that all such information, whether developed by the Grantee or by someone else, will be the sole exclusive property of the Company. Upon
termination of employment, Grantee shall forthwith deliver to the Company all such confidential or proprietary information, including without limitation all lists of customers, pricing methods, financial structures, correspondence, accounts, records and any other documents, computer disks, computer programs, software, laptops, modems or property made or held by Grantee or under Grantee’s control in relation to the business or affairs of the Company or any of its divisions, subsidiaries or affiliates, and no copy of any such confidential or proprietary information shall be retained by Grantee.
(d) Forfeiture for Violations. If the Grantee shall at any time violate the provisions of Section 9(a), (b), or (c), the Grantee shall immediately forfeit his/her PRSUs (whether vested or unvested) and any issuance of shares of Stock which occurs after (or within six months before) any such violation shall be void ab initio.
10. Rights as Stockholder. The Grantee or a transferee of the PRSUs shall have no rights as a stockholder with respect to any share of Stock covered by the PRSUs until the Grantee shall have become the holder of record of such share and no adjustment shall be made for dividends or distributions or other rights in respect of such share of Stock for which the record date is prior to the date upon which Grantee shall become the holder of record thereof.
11. Effect of Change in Control.
(a) In the event of a Change in Control, the PRSUs shall vest in accordance with Section 3. Company shall issue shares of Stock to the Grantee to settle the vested PRSUs, if any, on the Settlement Date of such PRSU.
(b) The obligations of the Company under this Agreement shall be binding upon any successor corporation or organization resulting from the merger, consolidation or other reorganization of the Company, or upon any successor corporation or organization succeeding to substantially all of the assets and business of the Company. The Company agrees that it will make appropriate provisions for the preservation of the Grantee’s rights under this Agreement in any agreement or plan which it may enter into or adopt to effect any such merger, consolidation, reorganization or transfer of assets.
12. Notice. Every notice or other communication relating to this Agreement shall be in writing, and shall be mailed to or delivered to the party for whom it is intended at such address as may from time to time be designated by it in a notice mailed or delivered to the other party as herein provided, provided that, unless and until some other address be so designated, all notices or communications by the Grantee to the Company shall be mailed or delivered to the Company at its principal executive office, and all notices or communications by the Company to the Grantee may be given to the Grantee personally or may be mailed to Grantee at Grantee’s address as recorded in the records of the Company.
13. No Right to Continued Employment. This Agreement shall not be construed as giving the Grantee the right to be retained in the employ or service of the Company, a Subsidiary or an Affiliate. Further, the Company or an Affiliate may at any time dismiss the
Grantee or discontinue any consulting relationship, free from any liability or any claim under this Agreement, except as otherwise expressly provided herein.
14. Binding Effect. Subject to Section 7 hereof, this Agreement shall be binding upon the heirs, executors, administrators and successors of the parties hereto.
15. Amendment of Agreement. The Committee may, to the extent consistent with the terms of this Agreement, waive any conditions or rights under, amend any terms of, or alter, suspend, discontinue, cancel or terminate, any portion of the PRSUs heretofore granted, prospectively or retroactively; provided that any such waiver, amendment, alteration, suspension, discontinuance, cancellation or termination that would impair the rights of the Grantee in respect of any PRSUs already granted shall not to that extent be effective without the consent of the Grantee.
16. PRSUs Subject to Plan and 2005 Amended and Restated Executive Nonqualified Excess Plan, as amended. By entering into this Agreement, the Grantee agrees and acknowledges that the Grantee has received and read a copy of the Plan and a copy of the Company’s 2005 Amended and Restated Executive Nonqualified Excess Plan. The PRSUs are subject to the terms of both plans. The terms and provisions of the plans as they may be amended from time to time are hereby incorporated herein by reference. In the event of a conflict between any term or provision contained herein and a term or provision of either the Plan or the Company’s 2005 Amended and Restated Executive Nonqualified Excess Plan, the applicable terms and provisions of the applicable plan will govern and prevail.
17. Governing Law. This Agreement shall be construed and interpreted in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Delaware without regard to the principles of conflicts of law thereof, or principles of conflicts of laws of any other jurisdiction which could cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Delaware.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the day and year first above written.
AMN HEALTHCARE SERVICES, INC.
Name: Susan R. Salka
Title: President and CEO