Non-Qualified Stock Option Agreement

Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd. Non-Qualified Stock Option Agreement Pursuant to Amended and Restated Equity Incentive Plan (Amended and Restated Effective January 1, 2013)


EXHIBIT 10.10

 

Option: 2002 EIP-           

 

GRANITE CITY FOOD & BREWERY LTD.

 

NON-QUALIFIED STOCK OPTION AGREEMENT

 

PURSUANT TO AMENDED AND RESTATED EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN (AMENDED AND RESTATED EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2013)

 

AMENDED AND RESTATED STOCK OPTION, dated effective January 1, 2013. Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd., a Minnesota corporation (the “Company”), hereby grants to Steven J. Wagenheim (the “Optionee”), an option (the “Option”) to purchase an aggregate of                shares of Stock (the “Shares”), at the price set forth below, and in all respects subject to the terms, definitions and provisions of the Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd. Amended and Restated Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) adopted by the Company, which is attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference [EIP to be attached].  Unless otherwise defined herein, the terms used herein shall have the meanings assigned to them in the Plan.

 

1.                                      Nature of the Option.  This Option is not intended to qualify as an Incentive Stock Option as defined in Section 422 of the Code.

 

2.                                      Exercise Price.  The exercise price for each share of Stock is $            .

 

3.                                      Exercise of Option.  This Option shall be exercisable during its term in accordance with the provisions of Section 6 of the Plan as follows:

 

(a)                                 Expiration Date.  The Option shall expire on                                  (the “Expiration Date”).  In no event may this Option be exercised after the Expiration Date.

 

(b)                                 Exercisability.  Subject to the remaining terms of this Agreement and the Plan, the Option shall be exercisable and deemed vested cumulatively as follows:                                                                                                   .

 

(c)                                  Limitations on Exercisability.  In the event of Optionee’s death, disability or other termination of employment, the exercisability of the Option is governed by Sections 8, 9, and 10 below, subject to the limitations contained in subsections 3(d), (e) and (f).

 

(d)                                 Written Notice of Exercise.  Any exercise shall be accompanied by a written notice to the Company specifying the number of shares of Stock as to which the Option is being exercised.  Notation of any partial exercise shall be made by the Company on Schedule I hereto.

 

(e)                                  Payment of Purchase Price.  The purchase price of the Shares as to which the Option may be exercised shall be paid in full in cash at the time of exercise, or at the election of Optionee, by a cashless exercise of the Option.  If Optionee requests to effect a cashless exercise of the Option, Company agrees to deliver shares to Optionee on a cashless basis on the following conditions:

 



 

(i)                                     Optionee has not been terminated by the Company for cause;

 

(ii)                                  Upon exercise of the cashless exercise with respect to a particular number of Shares exercisable pursuant to this Option (the “Cashless Shares”), the Company shall deliver to Optionee (without payment by the Optionee of any Exercise Price) that number of shares of the Company’s common stock equal to the quotient obtained by dividing (x) the Exercise Price (as the same may be adjusted pursuant to this Option) by (y) the Cashless Value of one (1) share of the Company’s common stock immediately prior to the exercise.  The total desired shares to be exercised shall be multiplied by the quotient and this product shall be subtracted from the total desired shares to be exercised to yield or result in the total number of shares to be issued upon a cashless exercise.  The “Cashless Value” shall be determined by subtracting the Exercise Price of the exercised Shares from the aggregate Fair Market Value (as defined below) of the exercised Shares.  No fractional Shares shall be issuable upon a  cashless exercise, and if the number of Shares to be issued in accordance with the  foregoing formula is other than a whole number, the Company shall pay to Optionee an amount in cash equal to the Fair Market Value of the resulting fractional Share.

 

(iii)                               The cashless exercise right may be exercised by Optionee  by delivering written notice of Optionee’s intent to elect a Cashless Exercise to Company specifying the total number of Shares of common stock that Optionee will purchase pursuant to such exercise and a date not less than ten (10) business days from the date of such notice for the closing of such purchase.  The closing shall take place at the offices of the Company, through such other means as the Company shall specify.

 

(iv)                              At any closing for a cashless exercise, Optionee shall surrender the original executed copy of this Option in his possession and Company will deliver to Optionee a certificate or certificates for the number of Shares of common stock issuable  pursuant to such cashless exercise, together with cash in lieu of any fraction of a Share.  If any portion of this Option shall not be exercised pursuant to a cashless exercise, such unexercised portion may be exercised only for payment in cash as described above.

 

(iv)                              The “Fair Market Value” of a Share of common stock as of a particular date shall be as defined in the Plan.

 

(f)                                   Compliance with Laws and Regulations.  No Shares will be issued pursuant to the exercise of an Option unless such issuance and such exercise shall comply with all relevant provisions of law and the requirements of any stock exchange or automated quotation system upon which the Shares may then be listed.  Assuming such compliance, for income tax purposes the Shares shall be considered transferred to the Optionee on the date on which the Option is exercised with respect to such Shares.

 

4.                                      Change in Control.  Upon the occurrence of a “Change in Control” (as defined in the Plan), this Option shall become fully vested and exercisable unless this Option is assumed by the surviving corporation or its parent substitutes options with substantially the same economic terms as this Option.  The Board or, where applicable, the Committee shall also have the right to cancel the unexercised portion of this Option in the event of a Change in Control, provided that in exchange for such cancellation, the Optionee will receive a cash payment equal to the Change in Control consideration less the exercise price set forth in Section 2 above.

 

5.                                      Optionee’s Representations.  In the event the Shares purchasable pursuant to the exercise of this Option have not been registered under the Act, at the time this Option is exercised, the Optionee

 

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shall, concurrently with the exercise of all or any portion of this Option, deliver to the Company his Investment Representation Statement in a form acceptable to the Company.

 

6.                                      Restrictions on Exercise.  This Option may not be exercised if the issuance of such Shares upon such exercise or the method of payment of consideration for such shares would constitute a violation of any applicable federal or state securities or other law or regulation, including any rule under Part 207 of Title 12 of the Code of Federal Regulations as promulgated by the Federal Reserve Board.  As a condition to the exercise of this Option, the Company may require Optionee to make any representation and warranty to the Company as may be required by any applicable law or regulation.

 

7.                                      Termination of Status as an Employee.  In the event of termination of Optionee’s employment with the Company, Optionee may, but only within three months after the date of such termination (but in no event later than the date of expiration of the term of this Option as set forth in Section 3 above), exercise this Option to the extent that he was entitled to exercise it at the date of termination.  To the extent that he was not entitled to exercise this Option at the date of termination, or if Optionee does not exercise this Option within the time specified herein, the Option shall terminate.  Notwithstanding the forgoing, if the termination of the employment of Optionee occurs by action of the Company without cause, or by action of Optionee for “Good Reason” as such terms are defined the the Executive Employment Agreement between the Company and Optionee, dated effective January 1, 2013, the Company agrees that (a) the three-month exercise period provided in the first sentence of this Agreement shall not apply; (b) the Option shall, subject to the provisions of Section 10, remain exercisable in accordance with the terms hereof through the Expiration Date; and (c) the Option shall be deemed fully vested and exercisable in full.

 

In the event Optionee terminates employment voluntarily or is terminated for “cause” (as defined in the Plan), then any unvested option shall terminate immediately.  If the employment of Optionee is terminated by the Company or a Related Company for “cause” (as defined in the Plan), then the Committee shall have the right to cancel the Option.

 

8.                                      Disability of Optionee.  Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 7 above, in the event of termination of Optionee’s status as an employee as a result of his Disability, he may, but only within one year from the date of termination of employment (but in no event later than the date of expiration of the term of this Option as set forth in Section 3 above), exercise this Option to the extent he was entitled to exercise it at the date of such termination.  To the extent that he was not entitled to exercise the Option at the date of termination, or if he does not exercise such Option (which he was entitled to exercise) within the time specified herein, the Option shall terminate.

 

9.                                      Death of Optionee.  In the event of the death of Optionee:

 

(a)                                 during the term of this Option and while an employee of the Company and having been in continuous employment (as determined by the Board or the Committee in their sole discretion) since the date of grant of the Option, the Option may be exercised, at any time within one (1) year following the date of death (but in no event later than the date of expiration of the term of this Option as set forth in Section 3 above), by Optionee’s estate or by a person who acquired the right to exercise the Option by bequest or inheritance, but only to the extent Optionee was entitled to exercise the Option at the date of death; or

 

(b)                                 within three months after termination of employment, or following termination of employment if terminated without cause or by Optionee for Good Reason, the Option may be exercised, at any time within nine (9) months following the date of death (but in no event later than the date of expiration of the term of this Option as set forth in Section 3 above), by Optionee’s estate or by a person who acquired the right to exercise the Option by bequest or

 

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inheritance, but only to the extent of the right to exercise that had accrued at the date of termination.

 

10.                               Non-Transferability of Option.  This Option may not be transferred in any manner otherwise than by will or by the laws of descent or distribution and may be exercised during the lifetime of Optionee only by him.  The terms of this Option shall be binding upon the Optionee and his personal representatives, heirs, successors and assigns.

 

11.                               Plan Interpretation.  Optionee hereby agrees to accept as binding, conclusive and final all decisions and interpretations of the Board and, where applicable, the Committee, upon questions arising under the Plan.  In the event of any question or inconsistency between this Agreement and the Plan, the terms and conditions of the Plan shall govern.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this Agreement to be executed by the officer named below and Optionee has executed this Agreement, both effective as of the day and year written below.

 

Date of Grant:

 

 

 

Date of Amendment and Restatement: Effective January 1, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRANITE CITY FOOD & BREWERY LTD.

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

Robert J. Doran

 

 

Chief Executive Officer

 

OPTIONEE ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT NOTHING IN THIS AGREEMENT, NOR IN THE COMPANY’S AMENDED AND RESTATED EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN WHICH IS INCORPORATED HEREIN BY REFERENCE, SHALL CONFER UPON OPTIONEE ANY RIGHT WITH RESPECT TO CONTINUATION OF EMPLOYMENT BY THE COMPANY, NOR SHALL IT INTERFERE IN ANY WAY WITH HIS RIGHT OR THE COMPANY’S RIGHT TO TERMINATE HIS EMPLOYMENT AT ANY TIME, WITH OR WITHOUT CAUSE.

 

Optionee acknowledges receipt of a copy of the Plan and certain information related thereto and represents that he is familiar with the terms and provisions thereof, and hereby accepts this Option subject to all of the terms and provisions thereof.  Optionee has reviewed the Plan and this Option in their entirety, has had an opportunity to obtain the advice of counsel prior to executing this Option and fully understands all provisions of the Option.  Optionee hereby agrees to accept as binding, conclusive and final all decisions or interpretations of the Board and, where applicable, the Committee, upon any questions arising under the Plan.  Optionee further agrees to notify the Company upon any change in the residence address indicated below.

 

 

 

 

Steven J. Wagenheim

 

 

 

Residence Address:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SCHEDULE I — NOTATIONS AS TO PARTIAL EXERCISE

 

Date of Exercise

 

Number of
Purchased Shares

 

Balance of Shares
on Option

 

Authorized
Signature

 

Notation Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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