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Re: Board of Directors 20## Stock Option Grant
Dear <TITLE>. <LAST NAME>:
At the direction of the Governance and Compensation Committee (the Committee) of the Board
of Directors of Airgas, Inc., (the Company) you (the Optionee) are hereby notified that you
have been granted an option (the Option) on <DATE>, (the Grant Date) to purchase shares
of the Companys Common Stock. The terms and conditions of your Option are as set forth below.
1. Grant. The Company hereby grants to the Optionee an Option to purchase on the
terms and conditions hereinafter set forth all or any part of an aggregate of ##,### shares of the
Companys Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share (the Option Shares) at the purchase price of
$##.## per share (the Option Price). This Option is not intended to be an incentive stock
option within the meaning of Section 422(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code).
This Option is granted pursuant to and is subject to the terms and provisions of the Airgas, Inc.
2006 Equity Incentive (Effective August 31, 2006) (the Plan). All questions of interpretation of
the Plan and this Option shall be determined by the Committee, which determinations shall be final,
binding and conclusive.
(a) General Rule. The Option granted hereunder shall be exercisable in full on the
Grant Date and shall terminate in full at 5:00 P.M. local Philadelphia, Pennsylvania time on
<EXPIRATION DATE>, unless sooner terminated under subsection 2 (b) or (c) below, or under
Section 5.4 of the Plan. This Option may be exercised in whole or in part, except that this Option
may in no event be exercised with respect to fractional shares.
(b) Death. If the Optionees service as a member of the Companys Board of Directors
terminates due to the Optionees death, then the Option shall terminate one year from the date of
the Optionees death.
(c) Misconduct. Upon termination of the Optionees service as a member of the
Companys Board of Directors for Misconduct (as defined in the Plan), this Option shall terminate
immediately and cease to be outstanding.
(d) Other than Death or Misconduct. If the Optionees service as a member of the
Companys Board of Directors terminates for any reason other than death or Misconduct while holding
this Option, and it is then exercisable, then the Option shall remain exercisable during the
three-month period following the date of such termination or until the expiration of the Option,
whichever period is shorter.
3. Method of Option Exercise.
(a) Notice. The Optionee may exercise this Option by a written notice of such
exercise to the Companys Secretary (or such other person as the
Company may designate from time to time) pursuant to Section 8 and of payment in full of the Option
Price for the Option Shares to be purchased. Each such notice shall specify the number of Option
Shares to be purchased.
(b) Medium of Payment. The Optionee shall pay for the Option Shares (i) by cash or
check made payable to the Company, (ii) in shares of Common Stock held by the Optionee, provided
that, if such stock was acquired directly from the Company, it has been held for at least six
months prior to such tender; (iii) pursuant to a broker assisted cashless exercise by delivery to
the Company of a properly executed notice of exercise together with irrevocable instructions to a
broker to deliver to the Company promptly the amount of the proceeds of the sale of all or a
portion of the Option Shares or of a loan from the broker to the Optionee necessary to pay the
aggregate exercise price payable for the purchased Option Shares plus all applicable federal, state
and local taxes required to be withheld by the Company by reason of such exercise or (iv) by an
arrangement substantially comparable to the preceding provisions; or (v) by such other forms of
legal consideration as determined by the Committee. If payment is made in whole or in part in
shares of the Companys Common Stock, then the Optionee shall deliver to the Company certificates
registered in the Optionees name representing shares of the Companys Common Stock owned by such
Optionee, free of all liens, claims and encumbrances of every kind and having a fair market value
on the date of delivery that is not greater than the Option Price of the Option Shares with respect
to which such Option is to be exercised, accompanied by stock powers duly endorsed in blank by the
Optionee. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Committee may impose such limitations and
prohibitions on the use of shares of the Companys Common Stock to exercise an Option, as it deems
(c) Securities Laws. Each notice of exercise shall (unless
the Option Shares
are covered by a then current registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended
(the Act)), contain the Optionees acknowledgment in form and substance satisfactory to the
Company that (i) such Option Shares are being purchased for investment and not for distribution or
resale (other than a distribution or resale which, in the opinion of counsel satisfactory to the
Company, may be made without violating the registration provisions of the Act), (ii) the Optionee
has been advised and understands that (A) the Option Shares may not be registered under the Act and
may be restricted securities within the meaning of Rule 144 under the Act and may be subject
to restrictions on transfer and (B) the Company is under no obligation to register the Option
Shares under the Act or to take any action which would make available to the Optionee any exemption
from such registration, and (iii) such Option Shares may not be transferred without compliance with
all applicable federal and state securities laws. Notwithstanding the foregoing, should the
be advised by counsel that issuance of Option Shares should be delayed pending (iv) registration
under federal or state securities laws or (v) the receipt of an opinion that an appropriate
exemption therefore is available, the Company may defer exercise of this Option until either such
event in (iv) or (v) has occurred.
(d) Brokerage Account. Each notice of exercise may instruct the Company, in such form
as the Committee shall prescribe, to deliver Option Shares upon Option exercise to any registered
broker or dealer that the Company approves in lieu of delivery to the Optionee.
4. Transfers. During the Optionees lifetime, the Optionee may transfer this Option
to a spouse or a lineal ascendant or descendant or a trust for the benefit of such a person or
persons or a partnership in which such persons are the only partners, and/or to other persons or
entities according to such terms as the Committee may determine, provided that, in any such
instance set forth above, the transfer is not a transfer for value, as described in the
instructions to SEC Form S-8. At the Optionees death, the Optionee may transfer this Option by
will or by the laws of descent and distribution. If a transfer occurs under this Section, the
transferred Option shall remain subject to all Plan provisions. A transferee shall be required to
furnish proof satisfactory to the Committee of the transfer to the transferee by gift or by will or
laws of descent and distribution.
5. Adjustments on Changes in Common Stock. The number of shares issuable on the
exercise of this Option and the Option Price per Option Share shall be subject to adjustment as
provided in the Plan under Section 5.4.
The Committee shall have the right to amend this Option only in
accordance with the express terms of the Plan.
7. Withholding of Taxes. The Company may deduct from fees or other amounts payable to the
Optionee any amount necessary to satisfy any federal, state and/or local withholding tax
requirements unless the Optionee pays over to the Company an amount sufficient to satisfy such
8. Notices. Any notice to be given to the Company shall be addressed to the Secretary
of the Company (or such other person as the
Company may designate from time to time) at its principal executive office, and any notice to be given to the Optionee shall
be addressed to the Optionee at the address then appearing for the Optionee on the Companys
or at such other address as either party hereafter may designate in writing to the other. Any such
notice shall be deemed to have been duly given when deposited in the United States mail, addressed
as aforesaid, registered or certified mail, and with proper postage and registration or
certification fees prepaid.
Dwight T. Wilson
Sr. VP Human Resources