COLDWATER CREEK INC.
STOCK OPTION AGREEMENT
A. The Board has adopted the Plan for the purpose of retaining the
services of select individuals who provide valuable services to the Corporation
(or any Parent or Subsidiary).
B. Optionee is an individual who is to render such services to the
Corporation (or a Parent or Subsidiary), and this Agreement is executed pursuant
to, and is intended to carry out the purposes of, the Plan in connection with
the Corporation's grant of an option to Optionee.
C. All capitalized terms in this Agreement shall have the meaning
assigned to them in the attached Appendix.
NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby agreed as follows:
1. GRANT OF OPTION. The Corporation hereby grants to Optionee, as
of the Grant Date, an option to purchase up to the number of Option Shares
specified in the Grant Notice. The Option Shares shall be purchasable from time
to time during the option term specified in Paragraph 2 at the Exercise Price.
2. OPTION TERM. This option shall have a term of ten (10) years
measured from the Grant Date and shall accordingly expire at the close of
business on the Expiration Date, unless sooner terminated in accordance with
Paragraph 5, 6 or 17.
3. LIMITED TRANSFERABILITY. This option shall be neither
transferable nor assignable by Optionee other than by will or by the laws of
descent and distribution following Optionee's death and may be exercised, during
Optionee's lifetime, only by Optionee. However, if this option is designated a
Non-Statutory Option in the Grant Notice, then this option may also be assigned
in accordance with the terms of a Qualified Domestic Relations Order. If so
assigned, the assigned option shall be exercisable only by the person or persons
who acquire a proprietary interest in the option pursuant to such Qualified
Domestic Relations Order. The terms applicable to the assigned option (or
portion thereof) shall be the same as those in effect for this option
immediately prior to such assignment and shall be set forth in such documents
issued to the assignee as the Plan Administrator may deem appropriate.
4. DATES OF EXERCISE. This option shall become exercisable for the
Option Shares in a series of installments as specified in the Grant Notice. As
the option becomes exercisable for one or more installments, those installments
shall accumulate, and the option shall remain exercisable for the accumulated
installments until the Expiration Date or sooner termination of the option term
under Paragraph 5, 6 or 17.
5. CESSATION OF SERVICE. The option term specified in Paragraph 2
shall terminate and this option shall ceases to be outstanding prior to the
Expiration Date should any of the following provisions become applicable:
(i) Should Optionee cease to remain in Service for any
reason (other than death, Disability or Misconduct) while this option
is outstanding, then Optionee shall have a period of three (3) months
(commencing with the date of such cessation of Service) during which
to exercise this option, but in no event shall this option be
exercisable at any time after the Expiration Date.
(ii) Should Optionee die while this option is
outstanding, then the personal representative of Optionee's estate or
the person or persons to whom the option is transferred pursuant to
Optionee's will or in accordance with the laws of descent and
distribution shall have the right to exercise this option. Such right
shall lapse and this option shall cease to be outstanding upon the
EARLIER of (i) the expiration of the twelve (12)month period measured
from the date of Optionee's death or (ii) the Expiration Date.
(iii) Should Optionee cease Service by reason of
Disability while this option is outstanding, then Optionee shall have
a period of twelve (12) months (commencing with the date of such
cessation of Service) during which to exercise this option. In no
event shall this option be exercisable at any time after the
(iv) During the applicable post-Service exercise
period, this option may not be exercised in the aggregate for more
than the number of Option Shares for which the option is exercisable
at time of Optionee's cessation of Service. Upon the expiration of
such limited exercise period or (if earlier) upon the Expiration Date,
this option shall terminate and cease to be outstanding for any of
those Option Shares for which the option has not been exercised.
However, this option shall, immediately upon Optionee's cessation of
service, terminate and cease to be outstanding with respect to any
Option Shares for which this option is not otherwise at that time
(v) Should Optionee's Service be terminated for
Misconduct, then this option shall immediately terminate and cease to
6. SPECIAL ACCELERATION OF OPTION.
(a) In the event of a Corporate Transaction, this option, to the
extent outstanding at the time of such transaction but not otherwise fully
exercisable, shall automatically accelerate so that this option shall,
immediately prior to the specified effective date for the Corporate Transaction,
become fully exercisable for all of the shares of Common Stock at the time
subject to this option and may be exercised for all or any portion of those
shares as fully-vested shares of Common Stock. No such acceleration of this
option, however, shall occur if and to the extent: (i) this option is, in
connection with the Corporate Transaction, either to be assumed by the successor
corporation (or parent thereof) or to be replaced with a comparable option to
purchase shares of the capital stock of the successor corporation (or parent
thereof) or (ii) this option is to be replaced with a cash incentive program of
the successor corporation which preserves the spread existing on the Option
Shares at the time of the Corporate Transaction (the excess of the Fair Market
Value of the Option Shares over the aggregate Exercise Price payable for such
shares) and provides for subsequent pay-out in accordance with the same exercise
schedule in effect for the option pursuant to the option exercise schedule set
forth in the Grant Notice. The determination of option comparability under
clause (i) shall be made by the Plan Administrator, and such determination shall
be final, binding and conclusive.
(b) This option shall terminate and cease to be outstanding
immediately upon the consummation of such Corporate Transaction, except to the
extent assumed by the successor corporation or parent thereof in connection with
such Corporate Transaction. To the extent this option is assumed in connection
with a Corporate Transaction, appropriate adjustments shall be made, immediately
after such Corporate Transaction, so that the option shall apply to the number
and class of securities which would have been issuable to Optionee in
consummation of such Corporate Transaction had the option been exercised
immediately prior to such Corporate Transaction, and appropriate adjustments
shall also be made to the Exercise Price, PROVIDED the aggregate Exercise Price
shall remain the same.
(c) This Agreement shall not in any way affect the right of the
Corporation to adjust, reclassify, reorganize or otherwise change its capital or
business structure or to merge, consolidate, dissolve, liquidate or sell or
transfer all or any part of its business or assets.
7. ADJUSTMENT IN OPTION SHARES. Should any change be made to the
Common Stock by reason of any stock split, stock dividend, recapitalization,
combination of shares, exchange of shares or other change affecting the
outstanding Common Stock as a class without the Corporation's receipt of
consideration, appropriate adjustments shall be made to (i) the total
number and/or class of securities subject to this option and (ii) the Exercise
Price in order to reflect such change and thereby preclude a dilution or
enlargement of benefits hereunder.
8. STOCKHOLDER RIGHTS. The holder of this option shall not have any
stockholder rights with respect to the Option Shares until such person shall
have exercised the option, paid the Exercise Price and become the holder of
record of the purchased shares.
9. MANNER OF EXERCISING OPTION.
(a) In order to exercise this option with respect to all or any
part of the Option Shares for which this option is at the time exercisable,
Optionee (or any other person or persons exercising the option) must take the
(i) Execute and deliver to the Corporation a Purchase
Agreement for the Option Shares for which the option is exercised.
(ii) Pay the aggregate Exercise Price for the purchased
shares in one or more of the following forms:
(A) cash or check made payable to the Corporation; or
(B) a promissory note payable to the Corporation, but
only to the extent authorized by the Plan Administrator in accordance
with Paragraph 14.
Should the Common Stock be registered under Section 12(g) of
the 1934 Act at the time the option is exercised, then the Exercise
Price may also be paid as follows:
(C) in shares of Common Stock held by Optionee (or any
other person or persons exercising the option) for the requisite
period necessary to avoid a charge to the Corporation's earnings for
financial reporting purposes and valued at Fair Market Value on the
Exercise Date; or
(D) through a special sale and remittance procedure
pursuant to which Optionee (or any other person or persons exercising
the option) shall concurrently provide irrevocable written
instructions (I) to a Corporation-designated brokerage firm to effect
the immediate sale of the purchased shares and remit to the
Corporation, out of the sale proceeds available on the settlement
date, sufficient funds to cover the aggregate Exercise Price payable
for the purchased shares plus all applicable Federal, state and local
income and employment taxes required to be withheld by the Corporation
by reason of such exercise and (II) to
the Corporation to deliver the certificates for the purchased shares
directly to such brokerage firm in order to complete the sale.
Except to the extent the sale and remittance procedure is
utilized in connection with the option exercise, payment of the
Exercise Price must accompany the Purchase Agreement delivered to the
Corporation in connection with the option exercise.
(iii) Furnish to the Corporation appropriate
documentation that the person or persons exercising the option (if
other than Optionee) have the right to exercise this option.
(iv) Execute and deliver to the Corporation such
written representations as may be requested by the Corporation in
order for it to comply with the applicable requirements of Federal and
state securities laws.
(v) Make appropriate arrangements with the Corporation
(or Parent or Subsidiary employing or retaining Optionee) for the
satisfaction of all Federal, state and local income and employment tax
withholding requirements applicable to the option exercise.
(b) As soon as practical after the Exercise Date, the
Corporation shall issue to or on behalf of Optionee (or any other person or
persons exercising this option) a certificate for the purchased Option Shares,
with the appropriate legends affixed thereto.
(c) In no event may this option be exercised for any fractional
10. CALL RIGHT/REPURCHASE RIGHTS.
(a) THIS OPTION SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A CALL RIGHT EXERCISABLE BY
THE CORPORATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH IN ARTICLE
SIX OF THE PLAN AND THE ADDENDUM ATTACHED TO THIS AGREEMENT.
(b) ALL OPTION SHARES ACQUIRED UPON THE EXERCISE OF THIS OPTION
SHALL BE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN REPURCHASE RIGHTS AND RIGHTS OF FIRST REFUSAL
EXERCISABLE BY THE CORPORATION AND ITS ASSIGNS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PURCHASE
11. COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS AND REGULATIONS.
(a) The exercise of this option and the issuance of the Option
Shares upon such exercise shall be subject to compliance by the Corporation and
Optionee with all applicable requirements of law relating thereto and with all
applicable regulations of any stock exchange (or the Nasdaq National Market if
applicable) on which the Common Stock may be listed for trading at the time of
such exercise and issuance.
(b) The inability of the Corporation to obtain approval from any
regulatory body having authority deemed by the Corporation to be necessary to
the lawful issuance and sale of any Common Stock pursuant to this option shall
relieve the Corporation of any liability with respect to the non-issuance or
sale of the Common Stock as to which such approval shall not have been obtained.
The Corporation, however, shall use its best efforts to obtain all such
12. SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS. Except to the extent otherwise provided
in Paragraphs 3 and 6, the provisions of this Agreement shall inure to the
benefit of, and be binding upon, the Corporation and its successors and assigns
and Optionee, Optionee's permitted assigns and the legal representatives, heirs
and legatees of Optionee's estate.
13. NOTICES. Any notice required to be given or delivered to the
Corporation under the terms of this Agreement shall be in writing and addressed
to the Corporation at its principal corporate offices. Any notice required to
be given or delivered to Optionee shall be in writing and addressed to Optionee
at the address indicated below Optionee's signature line on the Grant Notice.
All notices shall be deemed effective upon personal delivery or upon deposit in
the U.S. mail, postage prepaid and properly addressed to the party to be
14. FINANCING. The Plan Administrator may, in its absolute
discretion and without any obligation to do so, permit Optionee to pay the
Exercise Price for the purchased Option Shares by delivering a promissory note.
The terms of any such promissory note (including the interest rate, the
requirements for collateral and the terms of repayment) shall be established by
the Plan Administrator in its sole discretion.(1)
15. CONSTRUCTION. This Agreement and the option evidenced hereby are
made and granted pursuant to the Plan and are in all respects limited by and
subject to the terms of the Plan. All decisions of the Plan Administrator with
respect to any question or issue arising under the Plan or this Agreement shall
be conclusive and binding on all persons having an interest in this option.
(1) Authorization of payment of the Exercise Price by a promissory note under
such provisions may, under currently proposed Treasury Regulations, result in
the loss of incentive stock option treatment under the Federal tax laws.
16. GOVERNING LAW. The interpretation, performance and enforcement
of this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Idaho without
resort to that State's conflict-of-laws rules.
17. STOCKHOLDER APPROVAL.
(a) The grant of this option is subject to approval of the Plan
by the Corporation's stockholders within twelve (12) months after the adoption
of the Plan by the Board. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT TO
THE CONTRARY, THIS OPTION MAY NOT BE EXERCISED IN WHOLE OR IN PART UNTIL SUCH
STOCKHOLDER APPROVAL IS OBTAINED. In the event that such stockholder approval
is not obtained, then this option shall terminate in its entirety and Optionee
shall have no further rights to acquire any Option Shares hereunder.
(b) If the Option Shares covered by this Agreement exceed, as of
the Grant Date, the number of shares of Common Stock which may without
stockholder approval be issued under the Plan, then this option shall be void
with respect to such excess shares, unless stockholder approval of an amendment
sufficiently increasing the number of shares of Common Stock issuable under the
Plan is obtained in accordance with the provisions of the Plan.
18. ADDITIONAL TERMS APPLICABLE TO AN INCENTIVE OPTION. In the event
this option is designated an Incentive Option in the Grant Notice, the following
terms and conditions shall also apply to the grant:
(i) This option shall cease to qualify for favorable
tax treatment as an Incentive Option if (and to the extent) this
option is exercised for one or more Option Shares: (i) more than three
(3) months after the date Optionee ceases to be an Employee for any
reason other than death or Disability or (ii) more than twelve (12)
months after the date Optionee ceases to be an Employee by reason of
(ii) No installment under this option shall qualify for
favorable tax treatment as an Incentive Option if (and to the extent)
the aggregate Fair Market Value (determined at the Grant Date) of the
Common Stock for which such installment first becomes exercisable
hereunder would, when added to the aggregate value (determined as of
the respective date or dates of grant) of any earlier installments of
Common Stock and or other securities for which this option or any
other Incentive Options granted to Optionee prior to the Grant Date
(whether under the Plan or any other option plan of the Corporation or
any Parent or Subsidiary) first become exercisable during the same
calendar year, exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) in the
aggregate. Should such One Hundred Thousand Dollar ($100,000)
limitation be exceeded in any calendar year,
this option shall nevertheless become exercisable for the excess shares in
such calendar year as a Non-Statutory Option.
(iii) Should the exercisability of this option be
accelerated upon a Corporate Transaction, then this option shall
qualify for favorable tax treatment as an Incentive Option only to the
extent the aggregate Fair Market Value (determined at the Grant Date)
of the Common Stock for which this option first becomes exercisable in
the calendar year in which the Corporate Transaction occurs does not,
when added to the aggregate value (determined as of the respective
date or dates of grant) of the Common Stock or other securities for
which this option or one or more other Incentive Options granted to
Optionee prior to the Grant Date (whether under the Plan or any other
option plan of the Corporation or any Parent or Subsidiary) first
become exercisable during the same calendar year, exceed One Hundred
Thousand Dollars ($100,000) in the aggregate. Should the applicable
One Hundred Thousand Dollar ($100,000) limitation be exceeded in the
calendar year of such Corporate Transaction, the option may
nevertheless be exercised for the excess shares in such calendar year
as a Non-Statutory Option.
(iv) Should Optionee hold, in addition to this option,
one or more other options to purchase Common Stock which become
exercisable for the first time in the same calendar year as this
option, then the foregoing limitations on the exercisability of such
options as Incentive Options shall be applied on the basis of the
order in which such options are granted.
The following definitions shall be in effect under the Agreement:
A. AGREEMENT shall mean this Stock Option Agreement.
B. BOARD shall mean the Corporation's Board of Directors.
C. CODE shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
D. COMMON STOCK shall mean the Corporation's common stock.
E. CORPORATE TRANSACTION shall mean either of the following stockholder-
approved transactions to which the Corporation is a party:
(i) a merger or consolidation in which securities
possessing more than fifty percent (50%) of the total combined voting
power of the Corporation's outstanding securities are transferred to a
person or persons different from the persons holding those securities
immediately prior to such transaction, or
(ii) the sale, transfer or other disposition of all or
substantially all of the Corporation's assets in complete liquidation
or dissolution of the Corporation.
F. CORPORATION shall mean Coldwater Creek Inc. a Delaware corporation.
G. DISABILITY shall mean the inability of Optionee to engage in any
substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or
mental impairment which is expected to result in death or has lasted or can be
expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve (12) months.
H. DOMESTIC RELATIONS ORDER shall mean any judgment, decree or order
(including approval of a property settlement agreement) which provides or
otherwise conveys, pursuant to applicable State domestic relations laws
(including community property laws), marital property rights to any spouse or
former spouse of the Optionee.
I. EMPLOYEE shall mean an individual who is in the employ of the
Corporation (or any Parent or Subsidiary), subject to the control and direction
of the employer entity as to both the work to be performed and the manner and
method of performance.
J. EXERCISE DATE shall mean the date on which the option shall have been
exercised in accordance with Paragraph 9 of the Agreement.
K. EXERCISE PRICE shall mean the exercise price per share as specified in
the Grant Notice.
L. EXPIRATION DATE shall mean the date on which the option expires as
specified in the Grant Notice.
M. FAIR MARKET VALUE per share of Common Stock on any relevant date shall
be determined in accordance with the following provisions:
(i) If the Common Stock is not at the time listed or
admitted to trading on any national securities exchange but is traded
on the Nasdaq National Market, the Fair Market Value shall be the
closing selling price per share on the date in question, as such price
is reported by the National Association of Securities dealers through
the Nasdaq National Market. If there is no reported closing selling
price for the Common Stock on the date in question, then the closing
selling price on the last preceding date for which such quotation
exists shall be determinative of Fair Market Value.
(ii) If the Common Stock is at the time listed or admitted
to trading on any national securities exchange, then the Fair Market
Value shall be the closing selling price per share on the date in
question on the exchange determined by the Plan Administrator to be
the primary market for the Common Stock, as such price is officially
quoted in the composite tape of transactions on such exchange. If
there is no reported sale of Common Stock on such exchange on the date
in question, then the Fair Market Value shall be the closing selling
price on the exchange on the last preceding date for which such
(iii) If the Common Stock is on the date in question
neither listed nor admitted to trading on any national securities
exchange nor traded on the Nasdaq National Market, then the Fair
Market Value of the Common Stock on such date shall be determined by
the Plan Administrator after taking into account such factors as the
Plan Administrator shall deem appropriate.
X. XXXXX DATE shall mean the date of grant of the option as specified in
the Grant Notice.
X. XXXXX NOTICE shall mean the Notice of Grant of Stock Option
accompanying the Agreement, pursuant to which Optionee has been informed of the
basic terms of the option evidenced hereby.
P. INCENTIVE OPTION shall mean an option which satisfies the requirements
of Code Section 422.
Q. MISCONDUCT shall mean the commission of any act of fraud, embezzlement
or dishonesty by Optionee, any unauthorized use or disclosure by Optionee of
confidential information or trade secrets of the Corporation (or any parent or
subsidiary), or any other intentional misconduct by Optionee adversely affecting
the business or affairs of the Corporation (or any parent or subsidiary) in a
material manner. The foregoing definition shall not be deemed to be inclusive
of all the acts or omissions which the Corporation (or any parent or subsidiary)
may consider as grounds for the dismissal or discharge of the Optionee or any
other person in the Service of the Corporation (or any parent or subsidiary).
R. 1933 ACT shall mean the Securities Act of 1933, as amended from time
S. 1934 ACT shall mean the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
T. NON-STATUTORY OPTION shall mean an option not intended to satisfy the
requirements of Code Section 422.
U. OPTION SHARES shall mean the number of shares of Common Stock subject
to the option.
V. OPTIONEE shall mean the person to whom the option is granted as
specified in the Grant Notice.
W. PARENT shall mean any corporation (other than the Corporation) in an
unbroken chain of corporations ending with the Corporation, provided each such
corporation in the unbroken chain (other than the Corporation) owns, at the time
of the determination, stock possessing fifty percent (50%) or more of the total
combined voting power of all classes of stock in one of the other corporations
in such chain.
X. PLAN shall mean the Corporation's 1996 Stock Option/Stock Issuance
Y. PLAN ADMINISTRATOR shall mean either the Board or a committee of Board
members, to the extent the committee is at the time responsible for the
administration of the Plan.
Z. PURCHASE AGREEMENT shall mean the stock purchase agreement in
substantially the form of Exhibit B to the Grant Notice.
AA. QUALIFIED DOMESTIC RELATIONS ORDER shall mean a Domestic Relations
Order which substantially complies with the requirements of Code Section 414(p).
The Plan Administrator
shall have the sole discretion to determine whether a Domestic Relations Order
is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order.
BB. SERVICE shall mean the Optionee's performance of services on a
periodic basis for the Corporation (or any Parent or Subsidiary) in the capacity
of an Employee, a non-employee member of the board of directors or a consultant.
CC. SUBSIDIARY shall mean any corporation (other than the Corporation) in
an unbroken chain of corporations beginning with the Corporation, provided each
such corporation in the unbroken chain (other than the last corporation in such
chain) owns, at the time of the determination, stock possessing fifty percent
(50%) or more of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock in one
of the other corporations in such chain.