2009 Equity Incentive Plan
Article 1. Establishment and Purpose
1.1 Establishment of the Plan. EcoSystem Corporation, a Delaware corporation
(the "Company" or "EcoSystem"), hereby establishes an incentive
compensation plan (the "Plan"), as set forth in this document.
1.2 Purpose of the Plan. The purpose of the Plan is to promote the success and
enhance the value of the Company by linking the personal interests of
Participants to those of the Company's shareholders, and by providing
Participants with an incentive for outstanding performance. The Plan is
further intended to attract and retain the services of Participants upon
whose judgment, interest, and special efforts the successful operation of
EcoSystem and its subsidiaries is dependent.
1.3 Effective Date of the Plan. The Plan shall become effective on February 13,
Article 2. Definitions
Whenever used in the Plan, the following terms shall have the meanings set
forth below and, when the meaning is intended, the initial letter of the word is
(a) "Award" means, individually or collectively, a grant under this Plan
of Stock, Nonqualified Stock Options, Incentive Stock Options,
Restricted Stock, or Performance Shares.
(b) "Award Agreement" means an agreement which may be entered into by each
Participant and the Company, setting forth the terms and provisions
applicable to Awards granted to Participants under this Plan.
(c) "Board" or "Board of Directors" means the Company's Board of
(d) "Cause" shall mean willful and gross misconduct on the part of an
Eligible Person that is materially and demonstrably detrimental to the
Company or any Subsidiary as determined by the Committee in its sole
(e) "Change in Control" shall be deemed to have occurred if (i) any
"person" (as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the
Exchange Act), other than (A) a person who on February 13, 2009 was
the beneficial owner of more than 25% of the outstanding Shares, (B) a
trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an employee
benefit plan of the Company or (C) a corporation owned directly or
indirectly by the shareholders of the Company in substantially the
same proportions as their ownership of stock of the Company, is or
becomes the "beneficial owner" (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under said
Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company
representing fifty percent (50%) or more of the total voting power
represented by the Company's then outstanding voting securities, or
(ii) during any period of two (2) consecutive years, individuals who
at the beginning of such period constitute the Board of Directors of
the Company and any new Director whose election by the Board of
Directors or nomination for election by the Company's shareholders was
approved by a vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the Directors then
still in office who either were Directors at the beginning of the
period or whose election or nomination for election was previously so
approved, cease for any reason to constitute a majority thereof, or
(iii) the shareholders of the Company approve a merger or
consolidation of the Company with any other corporation, other than a
merger or consolidation which would result in the voting securities of
the Company outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to
represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into
voting securities of the surviving entity) at least fifty-five percent
(55%) of the total voting power represented by the voting securities
of the Company or such surviving entity outstanding immediately after
such merger or consolidation, or the shareholders of the Company
approve a plan of complete liquidation of the Company or an agreement
for the sale or disposition by the Company of all or substantially all
the Company's assets.
(f) "Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time
(g) "Committee" means the committee or committees, as specified in Article
3, appointed by the Board to administer the Plan with respect to
grants of Awards.
(h) "Consultant" means a natural person under contract with the Company to
provide bona fide services to the Company which are not in connection
with the offer or sale of securities in a capital-raising transaction
and do not directly or indirectly promote or maintain a market for the
(i) "Director" means any individual who is a member of the EcoSystem Board
(j) "Disability" shall mean the Participant's inability to perform the
Participant's normal Employment functions due to any medically
determinable physical or mental disability, which can last or has
lasted 12 months or is expected to result in death.
(k) "Eligible Person" means an Employee, Director or Consultant.
(l) "Employee" means any officer or employee of the Company or of one of
the Company's Subsidiaries. Directors who are not otherwise employed
by the Company shall not be considered Employees under this Plan.
(m) "Employment," with reference to an Employee, means the condition of
being an officer or employee of the Company or one of its
Subsidiaries. "Employment," with reference to a Consultant, means the
condition of being a Consultant. "Employment," with reference to a
Director, means the condition of being a Director. The change in
status of an Eligible Person among the categories of Employee,
Director and Consultant shall not be deemed a termination of
(n) "Exchange Act" means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended
from time to time, or any successor Act thereto.
(o) "Exercise Price" means the price at which a Share may be purchased by
a Participant pursuant to an Option, as determined by the Committee.
(p) "Fair Market Value" shall mean (i) at such time as there are closing
prices quoted for the Shares, the closing price of Shares on the
relevant date, or (if there were no sales on such date) the next
preceding trading date, all as reported on the principal market for
the Shares, or (ii) at such time as there is a public market quoted
without closing prices, the mean of the closing high bid and low asked
on the relevant date, as reported on the principal market for the
Shares, or (iii) at such time as there is no public market for the
Shares, the value determined from time to time by the Board of
(q) "Incentive Stock Option" or "ISO" means an option to purchase Shares
from EcoSystem, granted under this Plan, which is designated as an
Incentive Stock Option and is intended to meet the requirements of
Section 422 of the Code.
(r) "Insider" shall mean an Eligible Person who is, on the relevant date,
an officer, director, or ten percent (10%) beneficial owner of the
Company, as those terms are defined under Section 16 of the Exchange
(s) "Nonqualified Stock Option" or "NQSO" means the option to purchase
Shares from EcoSystem, granted under this Plan, which is not intended
to be an Incentive Stock Option.
(t) "Option" or "Stock Option" shall mean an Incentive Stock Option or a
Nonqualified Stock Option.
(u) "Participant" means a person who holds an outstanding Award granted
under the Plan.
(v) "Performance Share" shall mean an Award granted to an Eligible Person
pursuant to Article 8 herein.
(w) "Plan" means this 2009 Equity Incentive Plan.
(x) "Restricted Stock" means an Award of Stock granted to an Eligible
Person pursuant to Article 7 herein.
(y) "Restriction Period" means the period during which Shares of
Restricted Stock are subject to restrictions or conditions under
(z) "Shares" or "Stock" means the shares of common stock of the Company.
(aa) "Subsidiary" shall mean any corporation in which the Company owns
directly, or indirectly through subsidiaries, more than fifty percent
(50%) of the total combined voting power of all classes of Stock, or
any other entity (including, but not limited to, partnerships and
joint ventures) in which the Company owns more than fifty percent
(50%) of the combined equity thereof.
Article 3. Administration
3.1 The Committee. The Plan and all Awards hereunder shall be administered by
one or more Committees of the Board as may be appointed by the Board for
this purpose. The Board may appoint a Committee specifically responsible
for Awards to Insiders (the "Disinterested Committee") where each Director
on such Disinterested Committee is a "Non-Employee Director" (or any
successor designation for determining who may administer plans,
transactions or awards exempt under Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act), as
that term is used in Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act, as that rule may be
modified from time to time. If no specific Committee is appointed by the
Board, then the Board in its entirety shall be the Committee. Any Committee
may be replaced by the Board at any time.
3.2 Authority of the Committee. The Committee shall have full power, except as
limited by law and subject to the provisions herein, to select the
recipients of Awards; to determine the size and types of Awards; to
determine the terms and conditions of such Awards in a manner consistent
with the Plan; to construe and interpret the Plan and any agreement or
instrument entered into under the Plan; to establish, amend, or waive rules
and regulations for the Plan's administration; and (subject to the
provisions of Article 10 herein) to amend the terms and conditions of any
outstanding Award to the extent such terms and conditions are within the
discretion of the Committee as provided in the Plan. Further, the Committee
shall make all other determinations which may be necessary or advisable for
the administration of the Plan.
No Award may be made under the Plan after December 31, 2014.
All determinations and decisions made by the Committee pursuant to the
provisions of the Plan and all related orders or resolutions of the Board shall
be final, conclusive, and binding on all persons, including the Company, its
stockholders, Eligible Persons, Participants, and their estates and
Subject to the terms of this Plan, the Committee is authorized, and
shall not be limited in its discretion, to use any of the Performance Criteria
specified herein in its determination of Awards under this Plan.
Article 4. Shares Subject to the Plan
4.1 Number of Shares. Subject to adjustment as provided in Section 4.3 herein,
the number of Shares available for grant under the Plan shall not exceed
one hundred million (100,000,000) Shares. The Shares granted under this
Plan may be either authorized but unissued or reacquired Shares.
Without limiting the discretion of the Committee under this section, unless
otherwise provided by the Committee, the following rules will apply for purposes
of the determination of the number of Shares available for grant under the Plan
or compliance with the foregoing limits:
(a) The grant of Stock, a Stock Option or a Restricted Stock Award shall
reduce the Shares available for grant under the Plan by the number of
Shares subject to such Award. However, to the extent the Participant
uses previously owned Shares to pay the Exercise Price or any taxes,
or Shares are withheld to pay taxes, these Shares shall be available
for regrant under the Plan.
(b) With respect to Performance Shares, the number of Performance Shares
granted under the Plan shall be deducted from the number of Shares
available for grant under the Plan. The number of Performance Shares
which cannot be, or are not, converted into Shares and distributed to
the Participant (after any applicable tax withholding) following the
end of the Performance Period shall increase the number of Shares
available for regrant under the Plan by an equal amount.
4.2 Lapsed Awards. If any Award granted under this Plan is canceled,
terminates, expires, or lapses for any reason, Shares subject to such Award
shall be again available for the grant of an Award under the Plan.
4.3 Adjustments in Authorized Plan Shares. In the event of any merger,
reorganization, consolidation, recapitalization, separation, liquidation,
Stock dividend, split-up, Share combination, or other change in the
corporate structure of the Company affecting the Shares, an adjustment
shall be made in the number and class of Shares which may be delivered
under the Plan, and in the number and class of and/or price of Shares
subject to outstanding Awards granted under the Plan, and/or the number of
outstanding Options, Shares of Restricted Stock, and Performance Shares
constituting outstanding Awards, as may be determined to be appropriate and
equitable by the Committee, in its sole discretion, to prevent dilution or
enlargement of rights.
Article 5. Stock Grant
5.1 Grant of Stock. Subject to the terms and provisions of the Plan, the Board
of Directors, at any time and from time to time, may grant Shares of Stock
to Eligible Persons in such amounts and upon such terms and conditions as
the Board of Directors shall determine.
Article 6. Stock Options
6.1 Grant of Options. Subject to the terms and provisions of the Plan, Options
may be granted to Eligible Persons at any time and from time to time, and
under such terms and conditions, as shall be determined by the Committee.
The Committee shall have discretion in determining the number of Shares
subject to Options granted to each Eligible Person. The Committee may grant
ISOs, NQSOs, or a combination thereof. ISOs, however, may be granted only
to Employees and only if this Plan is approved by the shareholders of the
Company within one year after it is adopted by the Board of Directors.
6.2 Form of Issuance. Each Option grant may be issued in the form of an Award
Agreement and/or may be recorded on the books and records of the Company
for the account of the Participant. If an Option is not issued in the form
of an Award Agreement, then the Option shall be deemed granted as
determined by the Committee. The terms and conditions of an Option shall be
set forth in the Award Agreement, in the notice of the issuance of the
grant, or in such other documents as the Committee shall determine. Such
terms and conditions shall include the Exercise Price, the duration of the
Option, the number of Shares to which an Option pertains (unless otherwise
provided by the Committee, each Option may be exercised to purchase one
Share), and such other provisions as the Committee shall determine,
including, but not limited to whether the Option is intended to be an ISO
or a NQSO.
6.3 Exercise Price.
(a) Unless a greater Exercise Price is determined by the Committee, the
Exercise Price for each ISO awarded under this Plan shall be equal to
one hundred percent (100%) of the Fair Market Value of a Share on the
date the Option is granted. If, however, the Eligible Person owns
stock possessing more than ten percent (10%) of the total combined
voting power of all classes of stock of the Company or of its parent
or subsidiary corporations, then the Exercise Price of an ISO shall be
not less than one hundred ten percent (110%) of the Fair Market Value
of a Share on the date the Option is granted.
(b) The Exercise Price of a NQSO shall be determined by the Committee in
its sole discretion.
6.4 Duration of Options. Each Option shall expire at such time as the Committee
shall determine at the time of grant (which duration may be extended by the
Committee); provided, however, that no Option shall be exercisable later
than the tenth (10th) anniversary date of its grant. If, however, the
Eligible Person owns stock possessing more than ten percent (10%) of the
total combined voting power of all classes of stock of the Company or of
its parent or subsidiary corporations, then no Option shall be exercisable
later than the fifth (5th) anniversary date of its grant.
6.5 Vesting of Options. Options shall vest at such times and under such terms
and conditions as determined by the Committee; provided, however, unless a
different vesting period is provided by the Committee at or before the
grant of an Option, the Options will vest on the first anniversary of the
6.6 Exercise of Options. Options granted under the Plan shall be exercisable at
such times and be subject to such restrictions and conditions as the
Committee shall in each instance approve, which need not be the same for
each grant or for each Participant.
Options shall be exercised by delivery of a written notice (including
e-mail and telecopies) to the Secretary of the Company (or, if so provided by
the Company, to its designated agent), which notice shall be irrevocable,
setting forth the exact number of Shares with respect to which the Option is
being exercised and including with such notice payment of the Exercise Price.
When Options have been transferred, the Company or its designated agent may
require appropriate documentation that the person or persons exercising the
Option, if other than the Participant, has the right to exercise the Option. No
Option may be exercised with respect to a fraction of a Share.
6.7 Payment. The Exercise Price shall be paid in full at the time of exercise.
No Shares shall be issued or transferred until full payment has been
Payment may be made:
(a) in cash, or
(b) unless otherwise provided by the Committee at any time, and subject to
such additional terms and conditions and/or modifications as the
Committee or the Company may impose from time to time, and further
subject to suspension or termination of this provision by the
Committee or Company at any time, by delivery of Shares of Stock owned
by the Participant in partial (if in partial payment, then together
with cash) or full payment (if a fractional Share remains after
payment of the Exercise Price in full by previously owned Shares, then
the fractional Share shall be withheld for taxes); provided, however,
as a condition to paying any part of the Exercise Price in Stock, at
the time of exercise of the Option, the Participant must establish to
the satisfaction of the Company that the Stock tendered to the Company
has been held by the Participant for a minimum of six (6) months
preceding the tender; or
If payment is made by the delivery of Shares of Stock, the value of the
Shares delivered shall be equal to the Fair Market Value of the Shares on the
day preceding the date of exercise of the Option.
6.8 Termination of Employment. Unless otherwise provided by the Committee, the
following limitations on exercise of Options shall apply upon termination
(a) Termination by Death or Disability. In the event the Employment of a
Participant shall terminate by reason of death or Disability, all
outstanding Options granted to that Participant shall immediately vest
as of the date of termination of Employment and may be exercised, if
at all, no more than three (3) years from the date of the termination
of Employment, unless the Options, by their terms, expire earlier.
(b) Termination for Cause. If the Employment of a Participant shall be
terminated by the Company for Cause, all outstanding Options held by
the Participant shall immediately be forfeited to the Company and no
additional exercise period shall be allowed, regardless of the vested
status of the Options.
(c) Retirement or Other Termination of Employment. If the Employment of a
Participant shall terminate for any reason other than the reasons set
forth in (a) or (b) above, all outstanding Options which are vested as
of the effective date of termination of Employment may be exercised,
if at all, no more than thirty (30) days from the date of termination
of Employment, unless the Options, by their terms, expire earlier. In
the event of the death of the Participant after termination of
Employment, this paragraph (c) shall still apply and not paragraph
(d) Options not Vested at Termination. Except as provided in paragraph (a)
above, all Options held by the Participant which are not vested on or
before the effective date of termination of Employment shall
immediately be forfeited to the Company (and shall once again become
available for grant under the Plan).
(e) Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Committee may, in its sole
discretion, establish different terms and conditions pertaining to the
effect of termination of Employment, but no such modification shall
shorten the terms of Options issued prior to such modification.
6.9 Restrictions on Exercise and Transfer of Options. Unless otherwise provided
by the Committee:
(a) During the Participant's lifetime, the Participant's Options shall be
exercisable only by the Participant or by the Participant's guardian
or legal representative. After the death of the Participant, an Option
shall only be exercised by the holder thereof (including, but not
limited to, an executor or administrator of a decedent's estate) or
his guardian or legal representative.
(b) No Option shall be transferable except: (i) in the case of the
Participant, only upon the Participant's death; and (ii) in the case
of any holder after the Participant's death, only by will or by the
laws of descent and distribution.
6.10 Competition. Notwithstanding anything in this Article 6 to the contrary, in
the event the Committee determines, in its sole discretion, that a
Participant is engaging in activity competitive with the Company, any
Subsidiary, or any business in which any of the foregoing have a
substantial interest (the "EcoSystem Businesses"), the Committee may cancel
any Option granted to such Participant, whether or not vested, in whole or
in part. Such cancellation shall be effective as of the date specified by
the Committee. Competitive activity shall mean any business or activity if
a substantially similar business activity is being carried on by an
EcoSystem Business, including, but not limited to, representing or
providing consulting services to any person or entity that is engaged in
competition with a EcoSystem Business or that takes a position adverse to a
EcoSystem Business. However, competitive activity shall not include, among
other things, owning a nonsubstantial interest as a shareholder in a
Article 7. Restricted Stock
7.1 Grant of Restricted Stock. Subject to the terms and provisions of the Plan,
the Committee, at any time and from time to time, may grant Shares of
Restricted Stock to Eligible Persons in such amounts and upon such terms
and conditions as the Committee shall determine. In addition to any other
terms and conditions imposed by the Committee, vesting of Restricted Stock
may be conditioned upon the attainment of Performance Goals based on
Performance Criteria in the same manner as provided in Section 8.3, herein
with respect to Performance Shares.
7.2 Restricted Stock Agreement. The Committee may require, as a condition to an
Award, that a recipient of a Restricted Stock Award enter into a Restricted
Stock Award Agreement, setting forth the terms and conditions of the Award.
In lieu of a Restricted Stock Award Agreement, the Committee may provide
the terms and conditions of an Award in a notice to the Participant of the
Award, on the Stock certificate representing the Restricted Stock, in the
resolution approving the Award, or in such other manner as it deems
7.3 Transferability. Except as otherwise provided in this Article 7, the Shares
of Restricted Stock granted herein may not be sold, transferred, pledged,
assigned, or otherwise alienated or hypothecated until the end of the
applicable Restriction Period established by the Committee, if any.
7.4 Other Restrictions. The Committee may impose such other conditions and/or
restrictions on any Shares of Restricted Stock granted pursuant to the Plan
as it may deem advisable including, without limitation, a requirement that
Participants pay a stipulated purchase price for each Share of Restricted
Stock and/or restrictions under applicable Federal or state securities
laws; and may legend the certificates representing Restricted Stock to give
appropriate notice of such restrictions.
The Company shall also have the right to retain the certificates
representing Shares of Restricted Stock in the Company's possession until such
time as all conditions and/or restrictions applicable to such Shares have been
7.5 Removal of Restrictions. Except as otherwise provided in this Article 7,
Shares of Restricted Stock covered by each Restricted Stock grant made
under the Plan shall become freely transferable by the Participant after
the last day of the Restriction Period and completion of all conditions to
vesting, if any. However, unless otherwise provided by the Committee, the
Committee, in its sole discretion, shall have the right to immediately
waive all or part of the restrictions and conditions with regard to all or
part of the Shares held by any Participant at any time.
7.6 Voting Rights, Dividends and Other Distributions. During the Restriction
Period, Participants holding Shares of Restricted Stock granted hereunder
may exercise full voting rights and shall receive all regular cash
dividends paid with respect to such Shares. Except as provided in the
following sentence, in the sole discretion of the Committee, other cash
dividends and other distributions paid to Participants with respect to
Shares of Restricted Stock may be subject to the same restrictions and
conditions as the Shares of Restricted Stock with respect to which they
were paid. If any such dividends or distributions are paid in Shares, the
Shares shall be subject to the same restrictions and conditions as the
Shares of Restricted Stock with respect to which they were paid.
7.7 Termination of Employment Due to Death or Disability. In the event the
Employment of a Participant shall terminate by reason of death or
Disability, unless otherwise provided by the Committee prior to or at the
time of the Award, all Restriction Periods and all restrictions imposed on
outstanding Shares of Restricted Stock held by the Participant shall
immediately lapse and the Restricted Stock shall immediately become fully
vested as of the date of termination of Employment.
7.8 Termination of Employment for Other Reasons. If the Employment of a
Participant shall terminate for any reason other than those specifically
set forth in Section 7.7 herein, all Shares of Restricted Stock held by the
Participant which are not vested as of the effective date of termination of
Employment immediately shall be forfeited and returned to the Company.
Article 8. Performance Shares
8.1 Grants of Performance Shares. A Performance Share is equivalent in value to
a Share of Stock. Subject to the terms of the Plan, Performance Shares may
be granted to Eligible Persons at any time and from time to time, as
determined by the Committee. The Committee shall have complete discretion
in determining the number of Performance Shares awarded to each
8.2 Performance Period. The Performance Period for Performance Shares is the
period over which the Performance Goals are measured. The Performance
Period is set by the Committee for each Award; however, in no event shall
an Award have a Performance Period of less than six months.
8.3 Performance Goals. For each Award of Performance Shares, the Committee
shall establish performance objectives ("Performance Goals") for the
Company, its Subsidiaries, and/or divisions of any of foregoing, based on
the Performance Criteria and other factors set forth below. Performance
Goals shall include payout tables, formulas or other standards to be used
in determining the extent to which the Performance Goals are met, and, if
met, the number of Performance Shares distributed to Participants in
accordance with Section 8.5. All Performance Shares which may not be
converted under the Performance Goals or which are reduced by the Committee
under Section 8.5 or which may not be converted for any other reason after
the end of the Performance Period shall be canceled at the time they would
otherwise be distributable. When the Committee desires an Award to qualify
under Section 162(m) of the Code, as amended, the Committee shall establish
the Performance Goals for the respective Performance Shares prior to or
within 90 days of the beginning of the service relating to such Performance
Goal, and not later than after 25% of such period of service has elapsed.
For all other Awards, the Performance Goals must be established before the
end of the respective Performance Period.
(a) The Performance Criteria which the Committee is authorized to use, in
its sole discretion, are any of the following criteria or any
(1) Financial performance of the Company (on a consolidated basis),
of one or more of its Subsidiaries, and/or a division of any of
the foregoing. Such financial performance may be based on net
income and/or Value Added (after-tax cash operating profit less
depreciation and less a capital charge).
(2) Service performance of the Company (on a consolidated basis), of
one or more of its Subsidiaries, and/or of a division of any of
the foregoing. Such service performance may be based upon
measured customer perceptions of service quality.
(3) The Company's Stock price; return on shareholders' equity; total
shareholder return (Stock price appreciation plus dividends,
assuming the reinvestment of dividends); and/or earnings per
(4) With respect to the Company (on a consolidated basis), to one or
more of its Subsidiaries, and/or to a division of any of the
foregoing: sales, costs, market share of a product or service,
return on net assets, return on assets, return on capital, profit
margin, and/or operating revenues, expenses or earnings.
(5) Completion of a marketing or development project as defined in
the Award Agreement.
(b) Except to the extent otherwise provided by the Committee in full
or in part, if any of the following events occur during a
Performance Period and would directly affect the determination of
whether or the extent to which Performance Goals are met, they
shall be disregarded in any such computation: changes in
accounting principles; extraordinary items; changes in tax laws
affecting net income and/or Value Added; natural disasters,
including floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes; and intentionally
inflicted damage to property which directly or indirectly damages
the property of the Company or its Subsidiaries. No such
adjustment shall be made to the extent such adjustment would
cause the Performance Shares to fail to satisfy the
performance-based exemption of Section 162(m) of the Code.
8.4 Dividend Equivalents on Performance Shares. Unless reduced or eliminated by
the Committee, a cash payment in an amount equal to the dividend payable on
one Share will be made to each Participant for each Performance Share which
on the record date for the dividend had been awarded to the Participant and
not converted, distributed or canceled.
8.5 Form and Timing of Payment of Performance Shares. As soon as practicable
after the applicable Performance Period has ended and all other conditions
(other than Committee actions) to conversion and distribution of a
Performance Share Award have been satisfied (or, if applicable, at such
other time determined by the Committee at or before the establishment of
the Performance Goals for such Performance Period), the Committee shall
determine whether and the extent to which the Performance Goals were met
for the applicable Performance Shares. If Performance Goals have been met,
then the number of Performance Shares to be converted into Stock and
distributed to the Participants shall be determined in accordance with the
Performance Goals for such Awards, subject to any limits imposed by the
Committee. Conversion of Performance Shares shall occur as soon as
reasonably administratively possible following the determination of the
number of Shares to which the Participant is entitled. At any time prior to
the distribution of the Performance Shares, unless otherwise provided by
the Committee, the Committee shall have the authority to reduce or
eliminate the number of Performance Shares to be converted .
8.6 Termination of Employment Due to Death or Disability. Unless otherwise
provided by the Committee prior to or at the time of an Award, if the
Employment of a Participant shall terminate by reason of death or
Disability, the Participant shall receive a distribution of all outstanding
Performance Shares calculated as if all unfinished Performance Periods had
ended with 100% of the Performance Goals achieved, payable in the year
following the date of termination of Employment.
8.7 Termination of Employment for Other Reasons. If the Employment of a
Participant shall terminate for other than a reason set forth in Section
8.6 (and other than for Cause), the number of Performance Shares to be
converted and distributed shall be converted and distributed based upon the
achievement of the Performance Goals and in accordance with all other terms
of the Award and the Plan; however, the Participant may receive no more
than a prorated payout of all Performance Shares, based on the portions of
the respective Performance Periods that have been completed.
8.8 Termination of Employment for Cause. In the event that a Participant's
Employment shall be terminated by the Company for Cause, all Performance
Shares shall be forfeited by the Participant to the Company.
8.9 Nontransferability. Performance Shares may not be sold, transferred,
pledged, assigned, or otherwise alienated or hypothecated, other than by
will or laws of intestacy.
Article 9. Employee Matters
9.1 Employment Not Guaranteed. Nothing in the Plan shall interfere with or
limit in any way the right of the Company or any Subsidiary to terminate
any Participant's Employment at any time, nor confer upon any Participant
any right to continue in the employ of the Company or one of its
9.2 Participation. No Eligible Person shall have the right to be selected to
receive an Award under this Plan, or, having been so selected, to be
selected to receive a future Award.
9.3 Claims and Appeals. Any claim under the Plan by a Participant or anyone
claiming through a Participant shall be presented to the Committee. Any
person whose claim under the Plan has been denied may, within sixty (60)
days after receipt of notice of denial, submit to the Committee a written
request for review of the decision denying the claim. The Committee shall
determine conclusively for all parties all questions arising in the
administration of the Plan.
Article 10. Amendment, Modification, and Termination
10.1 Amendment, Modification, and Termination. The Board of Directors alone
shall have the right to alter, amend or revoke the Plan or any part thereof
at any time and from time to time, provided, however, that the Board of
Directors may not, without the approval of the holders of a majority of the
voting Shares, make any alteration or amendment to the Plan which changes
the aggregate number of shares of Common Stock which may be issued under
the Plan, extend the term of the Plan, or change the employees or class of
employees eligible to receive Awards thereunder. The Board may at any time
suspend or terminate the Plan in whole or in part.
10.2 Awards Previously Granted. No termination, amendment, or modification of
the Plan shall adversely affect in any material way any Award previously
granted under the Plan, without the written consent of the Participant
holding such Award.
Article 11. Change in Control
Upon the occurrence of a Change in Control:
(a) Any and all Options granted hereunder immediately shall become vested
(b) Any Restriction Periods and all restrictions imposed on Restricted
Shares shall lapse and they shall immediately become fully vested;
(c) The 100% Performance Goal for all Performance Shares relating to
incomplete Performance Periods shall be deemed to have been fully
achieved and shall be converted and distributed in accordance with all
other terms of the Award and this Plan; provided, however,
notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Plan, no outstanding
Performance Share may be reduced.
Article 12. Withholding
12.1 Tax Withholding. The Company shall deduct or withhold an amount sufficient
to satisfy Federal, state, and local taxes (including the Participant's
employment tax obligations) required by law to be withheld with respect to
any taxable event arising or as a result of this Plan ("Withholding
12.2 Share Withholding. With respect to withholding required upon the exercise
of Options, upon the lapse of restrictions on Restricted Stock, upon the
distribution of Performance Shares in the form of Stock, or upon any other
taxable event hereunder involving the transfer of Stock to a Participant,
the Company shall withhold Stock having a Fair Market Value on the date the
tax is to be determined in an amount equal to the Withholding Taxes on such
Stock. Any fractional Share remaining after the withholding shall be
withheld as additional Federal withholding.
Prior to the end of any Performance Period a Participant may elect to have
a greater amount of Stock withheld from the distribution of Performance Shares
to pay withholding taxes; provided, however, the Committee may prohibit or limit
any individual election or all such elections at any time.
12.3 Payment In Lieu of Share Withholding. In any situation in which the Company
would be required to withhold Stock pursuant to ss.12.2 above, the
Participant may, in lieu of all or part of such withholding, remit to the
Company an amount in cash sufficient to satisfy the federal, state and
local withholding tax requirements or may direct the Company to withhold
from other amounts payable to the Participant, including salary.
Article 13. Successors
All obligations of the Company under the Plan, with respect to Awards
granted hereunder, shall be binding on any successor to the Company, whether the
existence of such successor is the result of a direct or indirect purchase,
merger, consolidation, or otherwise, of all or substantially all of the business
and/or assets of the Company.
Article 14. Legal Construction
14.1 Severability. In the event any provision of the Plan shall be held illegal
or invalid for any reason, the illegality or invalidity shall not affect
the remaining parts of the Plan, and the Plan shall be construed and
enforced as if the illegal or invalid provision had not been included.
14.2 Requirements of Law. The granting of Awards and the issuance of Shares
under the Plan shall be subject to all applicable laws, rules, and
regulations, and to such approvals by any governmental agencies or national
securities exchanges as may be required.
14.3 Securities Law Compliance. With respect to Insiders, transactions under
this Plan are intended to comply with all applicable conditions of Rule
16b-3 or its successors under the Exchange Act. To the extent any provision
of the plan or action by the Committee fails to comply with a condition of
Rule 16b-3 or its successors, it shall not apply to the Insiders or
14.4 Governing Law. To the extent not preempted by Federal law, the Plan, and
all agreements hereunder, shall be construed in accordance with and
governed by the laws of the State of Delaware.
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