Target Number of PSUs subject to Award:
Date of Grant:
ACCELERON PHARMA INC.
2013 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN
PERFORMANCE-BASED RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AWARD AGREEMENT
This agreement (including any exhibits hereto, this “Agreement”) evidences an award (this “Award”) of performance-based restricted stock units (the “PSUs”) granted by Acceleron Pharma Inc. (the “Company”) to the undersigned (the “Participant”) pursuant and subject to the terms and conditions of the Acceleron Pharma Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan (as amended from time to time, the “Plan”), which is incorporated herein by reference. Except as otherwise defined herein, all capitalized terms used herein have the same meaning as in the Plan.
On the date of grant set forth above (the “Date of Grant”), the Company granted to the Participant this Award consisting of the target number of PSUs set forth above (the “Target Award”) and giving the Participant the conditional right to receive, on the terms and conditions provided herein and in the Plan, one share of Stock with respect to each PSU forming part of this Award, in each case, subject to adjustment pursuant to Section 7 of the Plan in respect of transactions occurring after the date hereof. The percentage of the Target Award that may be earned by the Participant will be determined in accordance with Exhibit A hereto.
2. Earned PSUs. The PSUs shall be eligible to become earned as set forth on Exhibit A, subject to the Compensation Committee determining, in its sole discretion, the level of achievement of the applicable performance milestones.
3. Vesting Conditions; Termination of Employment; Change in Control.
Vesting Conditions. Except as provided in Section 3(b) below, this Award shall vest on the later of (1) “Final Determination Date” (as such term is defined in Exhibit A) and (2) [●] as to any PSUs that are then determined to have been earned; provided, that no PSUs shall vest pursuant to this Section 3(a) unless the Participant has remained in continuous Employment from the Date of Grant through such date. For purposes of this Agreement, “Employment” means, unless otherwise determined by the Administrator, the Participant’s employment with the Company or one of its Affiliates. Unless otherwise determined by the Administrator, the Participant’s Employment will terminate at such time as the Participant ceases to be an employee of the Company and its Affiliates.
Termination of Employment. Automatically and immediately upon the termination of the Participant’s Employment for any reason, all outstanding PSUs shall terminate and be forfeited for no consideration. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Participant’s Employment is terminated by the Company or its Affiliates without Cause and in the absence of any Cause Circumstances, any PSUs that have been determined to be earned on any Determination Date prior to, or are determined to be earned in connection with, such termination shall vest as of immediately prior to such termination. “Cause Circumstances” means a termination of the Participant’s Employment that occurred in circumstances that in the determination of the Administrator would have entitled the Company or its Affiliates to terminate the Participant’s Employment for Cause.
Change in Control. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Plan or this Agreement, in the event of a Change in Control (as such term is defined in Exhibit A hereto), any PSUs that are determined to be earned in connection with such Change in Control shall vest as of immediately prior to the consummation of the Change in Control, subject to the Participant’s continued Employment through such Change in Control.
4. Delivery of Shares.
The Company shall, as soon as practicable upon the vesting of any PSU hereunder but in no event later than thirty (30) days following the date of vesting, transfer one (1) share of Stock to the Participant (or, in the event of the Participant’s death, to the person to whom this Award has passed by will or the laws of descent and distribution) for each PSU that vests pursuant to Section 3 above. No shares of Stock will be transferred pursuant to this Award unless and until all legal requirements applicable to the issuance or transfer of such shares have been satisfied. Subject to the immediately preceding sentence and to Section 7 of the Plan, any shares of Stock to be transferred in connection with PSUs vesting under Section 3(c) shall be transferred on a basis that to the satisfaction of the Administrator is consistent with the Participant being treated as a shareholder with respect to such shares in connection with the Change in Control.
5. Forfeiture; Recovery of Compensation.
The Administrator may cancel, rescind, withhold or otherwise limit or restrict this Award at any time if the Participant is not in compliance with all applicable provisions of this Agreement and the Plan. By accepting this Award, the Participant expressly acknowledges and agrees that his or her rights under this Award, and those of any permitted transferee of this Award, including the right to any shares of Stock acquired under this Award or proceeds from the disposition thereof, are subject to Section 6(a)(5) of the Plan (including any successor provision). Nothing in the preceding sentence shall be construed as limiting the general application of Section 11 of this Agreement.
6. Dividends; Other Rights.
This Award shall not be interpreted to bestow upon the Participant any equity interest or ownership in the Company or any Affiliate prior to the date on which the Company delivers shares of Stock (if any) to the Participant. The Participant is not entitled to vote any shares of Stock by reason of the granting of this Award nor is the Participant entitled to receive or be credited with any dividends declared and payable on any share of Stock prior to the date on which any such share is delivered to the Participant hereunder. The Participant shall have the rights of a shareholder only as to those shares of Stock, if any, that are actually delivered under this Award.
7. Certain Tax Matters.
The Participant expressly acknowledges that because this Award consists of an unfunded and unsecured promise by the Company to deliver Stock in the future, subject to the terms hereof, it is not possible to make a so-called “83(b) election” with respect to this Award. This Award is intended to be exempt from Section 409A as a “short term deferral” arrangement and shall be so construed, but in no event shall the Company or any of its Affiliates have any liability relating to the failure or alleged failure of any payment or benefit under this Agreement to comply with, or be exempt from, the requirements of Section 409A.
8. Covered Transaction.
In the event of a Covered Transaction that is not a Change in Control, the Award shall be subject to Section 7(a) of the Plan.
No shares of Stock will be delivered pursuant to this Award unless and until the Participant shall have remitted to the Company in cash or by check an amount sufficient to satisfy any federal, state or local withholding tax requirements or tax payments, or shall have made other arrangements satisfactory to the Administrator with respect to such taxes.
The Participant acknowledges and agrees that the minimum federal, state and local tax withholding due in connection with the vesting and settlement of the PSUs (or portion thereof) may, in the Administrator’s sole discretion, be satisfied by the Company, pursuant to such procedures as it may specify from time to time, withholding a number of shares of Stock otherwise deliverable upon settlement of the PSUs (or portion thereof) having an aggregate fair market value sufficient to satisfy all or part, as determined by the Administrator, of such federal, state and local withholding tax requirements. In addition, the Administrator hereby reserves the discretion to use any one or more methods permitted by the Plan to satisfy the Participant’s obligations with respect to the federal, state and local withholding tax requirements attributable to the PSUs being settled. The Participant authorizes the Company and its subsidiaries to withhold any amounts due in respect of any required tax withholdings or payments from any amounts
otherwise owed to the Participant. Nothing in this Section 9(b) shall be construed as relieving the Participant of any liability for satisfying his or her obligation under the preceding provisions of this Section 9.
If the Participant does not satisfy the Participant’s obligations with respect to the federal, state and local withholding tax requirements within sixty (60) days following the vesting of this Award, the Administrator may, in its discretion, cancel this Award for no consideration payable to the Participant.
10. Transfer of Award.
This Award may not be transferred except as expressly permitted under Section 6(a)(3) of the Plan.
11. Effect on Employment.
Neither the grant of this Award, nor the issuance of Stock upon the vesting of this Award, will give the Participant any right to be retained in the employ or service of the Company or any of its Affiliates, affect the right of the Company or any of its Affiliates to discharge or discipline the Participant at any time, or affect any right of the Participant to terminate his or her Employment at any time.
12. Provisions of the Plan.
This Agreement is subject in its entirety to the provisions of the Plan, which are incorporated herein by reference. A copy of the Plan as in effect on the Date of Grant has been furnished to the Participant. By accepting all or any part of this Award, the Participant agrees to be bound by the terms of the Plan and this Agreement. In the event of any conflict between the terms of this Agreement and the Plan, the terms of the Plan shall control (except as otherwise expressly provided herein).
The Participant acknowledges and agrees that (i) this Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be an original and all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument, (ii) this agreement may be executed and exchanged using facsimile, portable document format (PDF) or electronic signature, which, in each case, shall constitute an original signature for all purposes hereunder and (iii) such signature by the Company will be binding against the Company and will create a legally binding agreement when this Agreement is countersigned by the Participant.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this Agreement to be executed by its duly authorized officer.
ACCELERON PHARMA INC.
Acknowledged and Agreed:
In connection with grants of PSUs under the 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, it is the Company’s policy to provide the recipient with a copy of the Prospectus for the Plan. Please sign below to acknowledge receipt of the Prospectus. If you have not received the Prospectus, please contact a representative of the Company.
I acknowledge receipt of a Prospectus for the 2013 Equity Incentive Plan.
General. The PSUs will be eligible to be earned subject to the terms and conditions of Section 3 of this Exhibit A based on achievement of the Milestones (as defined below).
Definitions. The terms set forth below, as used in this Exhibit A, shall have the following meanings:
“Change in Control” means (i) the acquisition of beneficial ownership (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)) directly or indirectly by any “person” (as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Exchange Act) of securities of the Company representing a majority or more of the combined voting power of the Company’s then outstanding securities, other than an acquisition of securities for investment purposes pursuant to a bona fide financing of the Company; (ii) a merger or consolidation of the Company with any other corporation in which the holders of the voting securities of the Company prior to the merger or consolidation do not own more than 50% of the total voting securities of the surviving corporation; or (iii) the sale or disposition by the Company of all or substantially all of the Company’s assets other than a sale or disposition of assets to an entity whose equity interests are held, directly or indirectly, entirely by the same persons and in the same proportions as the equity interests of the Company.
“Determination Date” shall mean any date on which the Compensation Committee determines, based on the achievement of one or more Milestones, whether any PSUs have been earned, which determinations are expected to occur on at least a calendar quarter basis.
“Final Determination Date” shall mean the last Determination Date on which the Compensation Committee determines the number of earned PSUs, which date shall occur not later than thirty (30) days after the close of the Performance Period and may, for the avoidance of doubt, be a Determination Date prior to the end of the Performance Period if the Compensation Committee determines on or prior to such date (i) that all of the Milestones have been achieved or (ii) no further Milestones are capable of being achieved or reasonably likely to be achieved (in which case the Compensation Committee shall resolve that such Determination Date is the “Final Determination Date”).
“Performance Period” means the period beginning on the Performance Period Start Date and ending on the Performance Period End Date or, if earlier than the Performance Period End Date, immediately prior to the consummation of a Change in Control.
“Performance Period End Date” means [●].
“Performance Period Start Date” means [●].
Earning of PSUs. No portion of the PSUs shall be earned unless one or more of the Milestones is achieved during the Performance Period. If one or more of the Milestones is achieved during the Performance Period, the number of PSUs that are earned shall be equal to the Target Award multiplied by the “Percentage of Target Award Earned” set forth in the table below opposite the applicable number of Milestones achieved during the Performance Period.
Number of Milestones Achieved During Performance Period
Percentage of Target Award Earned
Notwithstanding the foregoing, if a Change in Control is consummated prior to the Performance Period End Date, the number of PSUs that become earned shall be equal to the greater of (i) the Target Award multiplied by the “Percentage of Target Award Earned” set forth in the table above opposite the applicable number of Milestones achieved during the Performance Period or (ii) the number of PSUs equal to 100% of the Target Award.
Determinations by Compensation Committee. No PSUs shall be earned or shall vest until the Compensation Committee determines that one or more of the Milestones has been achieved. On each Determination Date, the Compensation Committee shall determine the extent to which, if any, the Milestones have been achieved and the number of PSUs that are earned hereunder. No PSUs may be earned hereunder following the Final Determination Date. PSUs that are earned shall vest and be settled as set forth in Section
3 and 4 of this Agreement, with any PSUs rounded down to the nearest whole number of shares of Stock and any fractional PSUs shall be disregarded. All determinations under this Exhibit A shall be made by the Compensation Committee and will be final and binding on the Participant.