ALIMERA SCIENCES, INC.
2019 OMNIBUS INCENTIVE PLAN
As Amended Pursuant to Stockholder Approval on June 15, 2021
Alimera Sciences, Inc. (the “Company”) has established the Alimera Sciences, Inc. 2019 Omnibus Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) to attract, retain and motivate directors, officers, employees and consultants of the Company and its Subsidiaries who are or will be responsible for or contribute to the management, growth or profitability of the business of the Company and its Subsidiaries by enabling such individuals to participate in the future success and growth of the Company and to associate their interests with those of the Company and its stockholders.
“Agreement” means a written agreement, including an agreement in electronic form (including any amendment or supplement thereto), between the Company and a Participant specifying the terms and conditions of an Award issued to such Participant.
“Applicable Exchange” means the Nasdaq Global Market or such other securities exchange as may at the applicable time be the principal market for the Common Stock.
“Award” means, individually or collectively, any Incentive Stock Option, Non-Qualified Stock Option, Stock Appreciation Right, Restricted Stock Award, Restricted Stock Unit Award, Cash Award or Other Stock-Based Award granted pursuant to the terms of this Plan.
“Board” means the board of directors of the Company.
“Cash Award” has the meaning set forth in Article IX of this Plan.
“Cause” means, unless otherwise provided in an Agreement, (x) “Cause” as defined in any Individual Agreement to which the Participant is a party, or (y) if there is no such Individual Agreement or if it does not define Cause:
(a) the Participant’s failure to perform his or her responsibilities and duties or failure to comply with policies, standards and/or regulations of the Company or its Subsidiaries;
(b) the commission of an act by the Participant constituting dishonesty or fraud in connection with the Participant’s employment with the Company or its Subsidiaries;
(c) the Participant’s being arrested, indicted, or charged with a misdemeanor (other than a minor offense that does not reflect or impact upon the Company or its Subsidiaries) or felony;
(d) the Participant’s habitual absenteeism;
(e) the Participant is determined to have been on the job while under the influence of alcohol, unauthorized or illegal drugs (under federal or state law), prescription drugs that have not been prescribed for the Participant, or other substances that have the potential to impair the Participant’s judgment or performance;
(f) the commission of an act by the Participant involving gross negligence or moral turpitude that brings or could bring the Company or its Subsidiaries into public disrepute or disgrace or causes material harm to any customer relations, operations or business prospects of the Company or its Subsidiaries;
(g) the Participant bringing firearms or weapons into the workplace;
(h) the Participant’s engagement in conduct that is in material contravention of any federal, state or local law or ordinance other than a minor offense that does not reflect or impact upon the Company or its Subsidiaries;
(i) the Participant’s engagement in conduct that is, in the view of the Committee, unbecoming to or inconsistent with the Participant’s duties and responsibilities;
(j) the Participant engaging in sexual or any other form of illegal harassment or discrimination; or
(k) the Participant’s breach or threatened breach of any of restrictive covenants set forth in a plan, agreement or arrangement of the Company or its Subsidiaries that is applicable to the Participant.
Notwithstanding the general rule of Section 3.3, following a Change in Control, any determination by the Committee as to whether “Cause” exists shall be subject to de novo review.
“Change in Control” means the occurrence of the following, unless otherwise provided in an Agreement:
(a) any “person” as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Exchange Act (other than (i) the Company, (ii) any Subsidiary, (iii) any trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of the Company or of any Subsidiary, or (iv) any company owned, directly or indirectly, by the stockholders 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 Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act), together with all Affiliates and Associates (as such terms are used in Rule 12b-2 of the General Rules and Regulations under the Exchange Act) of such person, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing thirty percent (30%) or more of the combined voting power of the Company’s then outstanding securities;
(b) the consummation of a reorganization, merger, statutory share exchange or consolidation or similar transaction involving the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company, or the acquisition of assets or securities of another entity by the Company or any of its subsidiaries (a “Business Combination”), in each case, unless, following such Business Combination: (i) all or substantially all of the individuals and entities who were the beneficial owners of the Company’s outstanding voting securities immediately prior to such Business Combination beneficially own, directly or indirectly, at least fifty (50%) of the combined voting power of the voting securities of the entity resulting from such Business Combination (including an entity that, as a result of such transaction, owns the Company or all or substantially all of the Company’s assets either directly or through one or more subsidiaries) in substantially the same proportions as their ownership, immediately prior to such Business Combination, of the Company’s outstanding voting securities; (ii) a “person” as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Exchange Act (excluding any entity resulting from such Business Combination or any employee benefit plan (or related trust) of the Company or such entity resulting from such Business Combination) beneficially owns, directly or indirectly, more than thirty percent (30%) of the combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities of such entity, except to the extent that such ownership existed prior to the Business Combination; and (iii) at least a majority of the members of the board of directors (or, for a noncorporate entity, equivalent body or committee) of the entity resulting from such Business Combination were members of the Board at the time of the execution of the initial agreement, or of the action of the Board, providing for such Business Combination;
(c) during any period of two consecutive years (not including any period prior to the Effective Date of this Plan), individuals who at the beginning of such period constitute the Board, and any new director (other than a director designated by a person who has conducted or threatened a proxy contest, or has
entered into an agreement with the Company to effect a transaction described in clause (a), (b) or (d) of this definition) whose election by the Board or nomination for election by the Company’s stockholders was approved by a vote of at least two-thirds (2/3rds) 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 at least a majority thereof; or
(d) the stockholders of the Company approve a plan of complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company.
“Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time, and any successor thereto, the Treasury Regulations thereunder and other relevant interpretive guidance issued by the Internal Revenue Service or the Treasury Department. Reference to any specific section of the Code shall be deemed to include such regulations and guidance, as well as any successor provision of the Code.
“Committee” means the compensation committee of the Board or such other committee of the Board as it may designate.
“Common Stock” means the common stock, $.01 par value per share, of the Company.
“Company” has the meaning set forth in Article I of this Plan.
“Date of Grant” means (a) the date on which the Committee by resolution selects an Eligible Individual to receive a grant of an Award and determines the number of Shares, or the formula for earning a number of Shares, to be subject to such Award or the cash amount subject to such Award, or (b) such later date as the Committee shall provide in such resolution.
“Director Programs” has the meaning set forth in Article V of this Plan.
“Disaffiliation” means a Subsidiary’s ceasing to be a Subsidiary for any reason (including as a result of a public offering, or a spinoff or sale by the Company, of the stock of the Subsidiary) or a sale of a division of the Company.
“Eligible Individuals” means directors, officers, employees and consultants of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.
“Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
“Exercise Price” means the price per share for Common Stock that may be purchased upon the exercise of an Option or the price at which an SAR may be exercised; provided, however, that the Exercise Price per share may not be less than the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock that may be purchased on the Date of Grant.
“Fair Market Value” means, except as otherwise determined by the Committee, the closing sales price of a Share on the Applicable Exchange on the measurement date, or, if Shares were not traded on the Applicable Exchange on such measurement date, then on the next preceding date on which Shares were traded on the Applicable Exchange, as reported by such source as the Committee may select. If there is no regular public trading market for Shares, the Fair Market Value of a Share shall be determined by the Committee in good faith and, to the extent applicable, such determination shall be made in a manner that satisfies Sections 409A and 422(c)(1) of the Code
“Full-Value Award” means any Award other than an Option or SAR.
“Good Reason” means, unless otherwise provided in an Agreement, (x) “Good Reason” as defined in any Individual Agreement to which the Participant is a party, or (y) if there is no such Individual Agreement or if it does not define Good Reason: without the Participant’s express written consent the occurrence of any of the following circumstances unless such circumstances are fully corrected within thirty (30) days after the Participant notifies the Company in writing of the existence of such circumstances as hereinafter provided:
(a) A material diminution in the Participant’s authority, duties, or responsibilities immediately prior to such diminution;
(b) A material diminution in the budget (if any) over which the Participant retains authority;
(c) A material diminution in the Participant’s base salary as in effect immediately prior to the Change in Control or as it may be increased from time to time, except for across-the-board salary reductions for similarly situated management personnel of the Company and its Subsidiaries;
(d) The Company requiring the Participant to be based more than fifty (50) miles from the Participant’s last assigned area of responsibility, except for required travel on Company business; or
(e) Any action or inaction that constitutes a material breach by the Company or its Subsidiaries of an agreement between the Participant and the Company or its Subsidiaries.
The Participant shall notify the Company in writing that the Participant believes that one or more of the circumstances described above exists, and of the Participant’s intention to effect a Termination of Service for Good Reason as a result thereof, within ninety (90) days of the time that the Participant gains knowledge of such circumstances. The Participant shall not effect such Termination of Service until thirty (30) days after the Participant delivers the notice described in the preceding sentence, and the Participant may do so only if the Company and its Subsidiaries have not corrected in all material respects the circumstances described in such notice.
“Incentive Stock Option” means an Option that is intended to qualify as an “incentive stock option” under Section 422 of the Code.
“Individual Agreement” means an employment, consulting or similar agreement between a Participant and the Company or its Subsidiaries. If a Participant is party to both an employment agreement and a change in control agreement, the employment agreement shall be the relevant “Individual Agreement” prior to a Change in Control, and, the change in control agreement shall be the relevant “Individual Agreement” after a Change in Control.
“Non-Qualified Stock Option” means an Option other than an Incentive Stock Option.
“Option” means an instrument that entitles the holder to purchase from the Company a stated number of Shares at a designated Exercise Price.
“Other Stock-Based Award” means Awards of Common Stock and other Awards that are valued in whole or in part by reference to, or are otherwise based upon, Common Stock, including unrestricted stock, dividend equivalents, and convertible debentures.
“Participant” means an Eligible Individual who has received an Award.
“Performance Goals” means the performance goals established by the Committee in connection with the grant of Awards. Such goals may be based on the attainment of specified levels of one or more of the following measures (or such other measures as may be determined by the Committee): stock price; revenue; earnings (including earnings before taxes, earnings before interest and taxes or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization); earnings per share; total stockholder return; operating earnings per share; return on equity; return on assets or operating assets; liquidity; market share; objective customer service measures or indices; economic value added; stockholder value added; embedded value added; pre- or after-tax income; net income; cash flow (before or after dividends); cash flow per share (before or after dividends); gross margin; return on capital (including return on total capital or return on invested capital); cash flow return on investment; cost control; overhead; gross profit; operating profit; cash generation; unit volume; assets; asset quality; cost saving levels; regulatory compliance or achievement of regulatory approvals; achievement of balance sheet or income statement objectives; improvements in capital structure; budget comparisons or strategic business objectives, consisting of one or more objectives based on meeting specific cost targets, business expansion goals and goals relating to acquisitions or divestitures; in each case with respect to the Company or any one or more Subsidiaries, divisions, business units or
business segments thereof, either in absolute terms or relative to the performance of one or more other companies (including an index covering multiple companies).
“Plan” means the Alimera Sciences, Inc. 2019 Omnibus Incentive Plan.
“Prior Plans” means the Alimera Sciences, Inc. 2010 Equity Incentive Plan, the Alimera Sciences, Inc. 2004 Incentive Stock Plan and the Alimera Sciences, Inc. 2005 Incentive Stock Plan, each as amended.
“Restricted Stock” means an Award granted pursuant to Article VII of this Plan.
“Restricted Stock Unit” has the meaning set forth in Article VIII of this Plan.
“Rule 16b-3” means Rule 16b-3, as promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission under Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act, or any successor rule or regulation.
“SAR” means a stock appreciation right that entitles the Participant to receive, in cash, Common Stock or a combination thereof, value equal to (or otherwise based on) the difference between (i) the Fair Market Value of a specified number of Shares at the time of exercise, and (ii) the Exercise Price for such shares as established by the Committee.
“Share” means a share of Common Stock.
“Subsidiary” means any corporation, partnership, joint venture, limited liability company or other entity during any period in which at least a fifty (50%) voting or profits interest is owned, directly or indirectly, by the Company or any successor to the Company.
“Term” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.5 of this Plan.
“Termination of Service” means the termination of the applicable Participant’s employment with, or performance of services for, the Company and any of its Subsidiaries. Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, (a) if a Participant’s employment with the Company and its Subsidiaries terminates but such Participant continues to provide services to the Company and its Subsidiaries in a non-employee capacity, such change in status shall not be deemed a Termination of Service and (b) a Participant employed by, or performing services for, a Subsidiary or a division of the Company and its Subsidiaries shall also be deemed to incur a Termination of Service if, as a result of a Disaffiliation, such Subsidiary or division ceases to be a Subsidiary or division, as the case may be, and the Participant does not immediately thereafter become an employee of, or service provider for, the Company or another Subsidiary. Temporary absences from employment because of illness, vacation or leave of absence and transfers among the Company and its Subsidiaries shall not be considered Terminations of Service. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this definition, with respect to any Award that constitutes “nonqualified deferred compensation” subject to Section 409A of the Code, a Participant shall not be considered to have experienced a “Termination of Service” unless the Participant has experienced a “separation from service” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code and Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(h) (a “Separation from Service”).
3.1Committee. This Plan shall be administered by the Committee, which shall be composed of not fewer than two directors, and shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Board. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Plan, the Committee shall have absolute authority to grant Awards to Eligible Individuals pursuant to the terms of this Plan. Among other things, the Committee shall have the authority, subject to the terms of this Plan, to take the following actions:
(a) select the Eligible Individuals who shall receive Awards;
(b) determine the number of Shares to be covered by each Award or the amount of cash or other property subject to an Award not denominated in Shares;
(c) approve the form of any Agreement and determine the terms and conditions of any Award made hereunder, including the Exercise Price, any vesting conditions, restrictions or limitations and any vesting acceleration, based on such factors as the Committee shall determine;
(d) modify, amend or adjust the terms and conditions (including any Performance Goals) of any Award;
(e) determine to what extent and under what circumstances Shares, cash or other property payable with respect to an Award shall be deferred;
(f) determine under what circumstances an Award may be settled in cash, Shares, other property or a combination of the foregoing;
(g) adopt, alter and repeal such administrative rules, guidelines and practices governing this Plan as it shall from time to time deem advisable;
(h) establish any “blackout” period that the Committee in its sole discretion deems necessary or advisable;
(i) interpret the terms and provisions of this Plan and any Award issued under this Plan (and any Agreement relating thereto);
(j) decide all other matters that must be determined in connection with an Award; and
(k) otherwise administer this Plan.
(a) The Committee may act only by a majority of its members then in office, except that the Committee may, to the extent not prohibited by applicable law or the listing standards of the Applicable Exchange, allocate all or any portion of its responsibilities and powers to any one or more of its members and may delegate all or any part of its responsibilities and powers to any person or persons selected by it; provided that (i) any resolution of the Committee authorizing such person(s) must specify the total number of Shares subject to Awards that such person(s) may grant and the specific responsibilities and/or powers so delegated and (ii) the Committee may not authorize any person to designate himself or herself as the recipient of an Award. The Committee may revoke any such allocation or delegation at any time.
(b) The full Board may exercise any authority granted to the Committee. To the extent that any permitted action taken by the Board conflicts with action taken by the Committee, the Board action shall control.
3.3Discretion of the Committee. Any determination made by the Committee with respect to any Award shall be made in the sole discretion of the Committee at the time of the Award or, unless in contravention of any express term of this Plan, at any time thereafter. All decisions made by the Committee pursuant to the provisions of this Plan shall be binding and conclusive on all persons, including the Company, the Participants and Eligible Individuals. Any determination made by the Committee or pursuant to delegated authority under the provisions of this Plan, including conditions for grant or vesting and the adjustment of Awards pursuant to Article XI, need not be the same for each Participant.
3.4Section 16(b). The provisions of this Plan are intended to ensure that no transaction under this Plan is subject to (and not exempt from) the short-swing recovery rules of Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act (“Section 16(b)”). Accordingly, the composition of the Committee shall be subject to such limitations as the Board deems appropriate to permit transactions pursuant to this Plan to be exempt (pursuant to Rule 16b-3 promulgated
under the Exchange Act) from Section 16(b), and no delegation of authority by the Committee shall be permitted if such delegation would cause any such transaction to be subject to (and not exempt from) Section 16(b).
GENERAL TERMS OF AWARDS
4.1Eligibility. Any Eligible Individual may receive one or more Awards as determined by the Committee.
4.2Awards. Each Award shall be subject to such conditions, restrictions and contingencies as the Committee shall determine. The Committee shall specify the number of Shares subject to each Award and the Exercise Price (if applicable). All Awards granted under this Plan shall be evidenced by Agreements, which shall be subject to applicable provisions of this Plan and to such other provisions as the Committee may adopt. The effectiveness of an Award shall be subject to the Agreement’s being signed by the Company and the Participant receiving the Award unless otherwise provided in the Agreement. Agreements may be amended only in accordance with Section 12.3.
4.3Nontransferability. In addition to any other restrictions set forth in this Plan or imposed by the Committee, all Awards shall be nontransferable except by will or by the laws of descent and distribution. At the discretion of the Committee, an Award may be forfeited immediately upon the Award becoming subject to any obligation or liability of the Participant or to any lien, charge or encumbrance.
4.4Compliance with Law and Approval of Regulatory Bodies. No Award shall be exercisable, no Common Stock shall be issued, no certificates for Shares shall be delivered and no payment shall be made under this Plan except in compliance with all applicable Federal and state laws and regulations (including withholding tax requirements) and the rules of any Applicable Exchange. The Company may rely on an opinion of its counsel as to such compliance. Any share certificate issued to evidence Common Stock for which an Award is exercised or issued may bear such legends and statements as the Committee may deem advisable to assure compliance with Federal and state laws and regulations. No Award shall be exercisable (to the extent applicable), no Common Stock shall be issued, no certificate for Shares shall be delivered, and no payment shall be made under this Plan until the Company has obtained such consent or approval as the Committee may deem advisable from regulatory bodies having jurisdiction over such matters.
SHARES SUBJECT TO PLAN; OTHER LIMITS
5.1Plan Maximums. Subject to adjustment as provided in Section 5.3 and Article XI, the total number of Shares available for delivery pursuant to Awards granted under this Plan is 1,500,000. Delivery of Shares pursuant to an Award shall reduce the number of Shares available for delivery pursuant to Awards under this Plan by one Share for each such Share delivered. The maximum number of Shares that may be granted pursuant to Options intended to be Incentive Stock Options shall be 1,500,000 Shares. From and following the Effective Date, no new awards may be granted under the Prior Plans, it being understood that (a) awards outstanding under any such Prior Plans as of the Effective Date shall remain in full force and effect under such plans according to their respective terms; (b) to the extent that any such award is forfeited, terminates, expires or lapses without being exercised (to the extent applicable), or is settled for cash, the Shares subject to such award not delivered as a result thereof shall not be available for Awards under this Plan; (c) any Shares that would otherwise be available for awards under any such Prior Plans as of the Effective Date, and any Shares that would otherwise be made available in the future for awards under any such Prior Plans under any “evergreen” provision of any such plans, shall not be available or reserved for such use; and (d) dividend equivalents may continue to be issued under such Prior Plans in respect of awards granted thereunder that are outstanding as of the Effective Date.
5.2Director Limit. Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary in this Plan, in any other incentive compensation plan of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, or any other compensatory policy or program of the Company applicable to its non-employee directors (collectively, the “Director Programs”), the aggregate grant date
fair value (computed as of the date of grant in accordance with applicable financial accounting rules) of all awards plus the total cash retainers and other payments granted under the Director Programs to any individual, non-employee director for any single calendar year beginning on or after January 1, 2019 shall not exceed $400,000; provided, however, that the limitation described in this sentence shall be determined without regard to grants of awards under the Director Programs paid to a non-employee director during any period in which such individual was an employee or consultant (other than grants of awards paid for service in their capacity as a non-employee director). For the avoidance of doubt, (a) any compensation that is deferred shall be counted toward this limit for the year in which it was first earned, and not when paid or settled if later; and (b) any severance and other payments such as consulting fees paid to a non-employee director for such director’s prior or current service to the Company or any Subsidiary other than serving as a director shall not be deemed to be payments granted or made under the Director Programs and therefore shall not be taken into account in applying the $400,000 limit provided above.
5.3Rules for Calculating Shares Delivered. To the extent that any Award is forfeited, terminates, expires or lapses instead of being exercised, or if any Award is settled for cash, the Shares subject to such Award not delivered as a result thereof shall again be available for issuance in connection with other Awards under this Plan. For the avoidance of doubt, to the extent that any Shares subject to an award under the Prior Plans are forfeited, terminate, expire or lapse without being exercised (to the extent applicable), or are settled for cash, the Shares subject to such award not delivered as a result thereof shall not be available for Awards under this Plan. If the Exercise Price of any Option or SAR and/or if the tax withholding obligations relating to any Option or SAR are satisfied by delivering Shares (either actually or through attestation) or withholding Shares relating to such Option or SAR, the gross number of Shares subject to such Option or SAR shall nonetheless be deemed to have been granted for purposes of the first sentence of Section 5.1. Shares purchased on the open market with the proceeds of the exercise of an Option or SAR shall not be available for issuance in connection with other Awards under this Plan. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the tax withholding obligations relating to any Full-Value Award are satisfied by delivering Shares (either actually or through attestation) or withholding Shares relating to such Full-Value Award, such delivered or withheld Shares shall again be available for issuance in connection with other Awards under this Plan.
5.4Limitation on Dividend Reinvestment and Dividend Equivalents. Reinvestment of dividends in additional Shares of Restricted Stock at the time of any dividend payment, and the payment of Shares with respect to dividends to Participants holding Awards of Restricted Stock Units, shall be permissible only if sufficient Shares are available under this Article V for such reinvestment or payment (taking into account then-outstanding Awards). If sufficient Shares are not available for such reinvestment or payment, such reinvestment or payment shall be made in the form of cash-settled Restricted Stock Units equal in number to the Shares that would have been obtained by such payment or reinvestment.
OPTIONS AND STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHTS
6.1Grants. The Committee shall specify the number of Shares covered by the Options or SARs and the Exercise Price thereof in the applicable Agreement. An Option may be granted with or without a related SAR. An SAR may be granted with or without a related Option.
6.2Incentive Stock Options and Non-Qualified Stock Options. The Committee shall designate at the time an Option is granted, and the applicable Agreement shall indicate, whether the Option is intended to be treated as an Incentive Stock Option or a Non-Qualified Stock Option. No Option that is intended to be an Incentive Stock Option shall be invalid for failure to qualify as an Incentive Stock Option under Section 422 of the Code, and any such Option that fails to qualify as an Incentive Stock Option shall be treated as a Non-Qualified Stock Option. For purposes of determining the applicability of Section 422 of the Code, or in the event that the terms of any Option provide that it may be exercised only during employment or within a specified period of time after Termination of Service, the Committee may decide to what extent leaves of absence for governmental or military service, illness, temporary disability, or other reasons shall not be deemed interruptions of continuous employment.
6.3Additional Rules for Incentive Stock Options. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, no Option that is intended to qualify as an Incentive Stock Option may be granted to an Eligible Individual
who at the time of such grant owns stock possessing more than ten percent (10%) of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock of the Company or of any Subsidiary, unless at the time such Option is granted the Exercise Price is at least one hundred ten percent (110%) of the Fair Market Value of a Share and such Option by its terms is not exercisable after the expiration of five (5) years from the date such Option is granted. In addition, the aggregate Fair Market Value of the Shares (determined at the time the Option to acquire Shares is granted) for which Incentive Stock Options are exercisable for the first time by an optionee during any calendar year, under all of the incentive stock option plans of the Company and of any Subsidiary, may not exceed $100,000. To the extent an Option that by its terms was intended to be an Incentive Stock Option exceeds this $100,000 limit, the portion of the Option in excess of such limit shall be treated as a Non-Qualified Stock Option.
6.4Vesting. The Committee may prescribe that a Participant’s rights in Options or SARs shall be forfeitable or otherwise restricted for a period of time and/or until certain financial performance objectives are satisfied as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion and set forth in the applicable Agreement.
6.5Exercise. The period in which an Option or SAR may be exercised (the “Term”) shall be determined by the Committee on the Date of Grant, but no Option or SAR shall be exercisable after the expiration of ten (10) years from the Date of Grant of such Option or SAR. Subject to the terms of this Plan, a vested Option or SAR may be exercised, in whole or in part, at any time or during the Term thereof in accordance with such requirements as the Committee shall determine and as reflected in the corresponding Agreement; provided, however, that an SAR that is related to an Option may be exercised only to the extent that the related Option is exercisable and when the Fair Market Value per Share exceeds the Exercise Price per Share of the related Option. A partial exercise of an Option or SAR shall not affect the right of the Participant thereafter to exercise the Option or SAR from time to time in accordance with this Plan and the corresponding Agreement with respect to remaining Shares subject to the Option or SAR. The exercise of an Option shall result in the termination of a related SAR to the extent of the number of Shares with respect to which the Option is exercised, and the exercise of an SAR shall result in the termination of a related Option to the extent of the number of Shares with respect to which the SAR is exercised.
6.6Method of Exercise. Subject to the provisions of this Article VI, vested Options and vested SARs may be exercised, in whole or in part, by giving written notice of exercise to the Company specifying the number of Shares subject to the Option or SAR to be purchased. In the case of the exercise of an Option, such notice shall be accompanied by payment in full of the aggregate purchase price (which shall equal the product of such number of Shares subject to such Options multiplied by the applicable Exercise Price) by certified or bank check or such other instrument or process as the Committee may permit in its sole discretion. If approved by the Committee, payment in full or in part may be made as follows:
(a) In the form of unrestricted Shares (by delivery of such Shares or by attestation) already owned by the Participant of the same class as the Common Stock subject to the Option (based on the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock on the date the Option is exercised); provided, however, that, in the case of an Incentive Stock Option, the right to make a payment in the form of already owned Shares may be authorized only at the time the Option is granted;
(b) To the extent permitted by applicable law, by delivering a properly executed exercise notice to the Company, together with a copy of irrevocable instructions to a broker to deliver promptly to the Company the amount of sale or loan proceeds necessary to pay the aggregate Exercise Price, and any applicable Federal, state, local or foreign withholding taxes; provided that, to facilitate the foregoing, the Company may, to the extent permitted by applicable law, enter into agreements for coordinated procedures with one or more brokerage firms; or
(c) By instructing the Company to withhold a number of unrestricted Shares having a Fair Market Value (based on the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock on the date the applicable Option is exercised) equal to the product of (i) the Exercise Price multiplied by (ii) the number of Shares in respect of which the Option shall have been exercised.
6.7Delivery; Stockholder Rights. No Shares will be delivered pursuant to the exercise of an Option until the Exercise Price therefor has been fully paid and applicable taxes have been withheld. No Participant shall
have any rights as a stockholder with respect to Shares subject to an Option or an SAR until such Option or SAR is exercised and such Shares are issued.
6.8Dividends and Dividend Equivalents. Dividends and dividend equivalents shall not be paid or accrued on Options or SARs, provided that Stock Options and SARs may be adjusted under certain circumstances in accordance with the terms of Article X.
6.9Prohibition on Repricing. In no event may any Option or SAR granted under this Plan be amended, other than pursuant to Articles X or XI, to decrease the Exercise Price thereof, be cancelled in exchange for cash or other Awards or in conjunction with the grant of any new Option or SAR with a lower exercise price, or otherwise be subject to any action that would be treated, under the Applicable Exchange listing standards or for accounting purposes, as a “repricing” of such Option or SAR, unless such amendment, cancellation or action is approved by the Company’s stockholders.
7.1Nature of Award. Shares of Restricted Stock are actual Shares issued to a Participant that are subject to vesting or forfeiture provisions and may be awarded alone or in addition to other Awards granted under this Plan.
7.2Book Entry Registration or Certificated Shares. Awards shall be evidenced in such manner as the Committee may deem appropriate, including book-entry registration or issuance of one or more stock certificates. Any certificate issued in respect of Restricted Stock shall be registered in the name of such Participant and shall bear an appropriate legend referring to the terms, conditions and restrictions applicable to such Award, substantially in the following form:
“The transferability of this certificate and the shares of stock represented hereby are subject to the terms and conditions (including forfeiture) of the Alimera Sciences, Inc. 2019 Omnibus Incentive Plan and the applicable award agreement, dated as of [insert date]. Copies of such plan and award agreement are on file at the offices of Alimera Sciences, Inc., 6120 Windward Parkway, Suite 290, Alpharetta, GA 30005.”
The Committee may require that the certificates evidencing such Shares be held in custody by the Company until the restrictions thereon have lapsed and that, as a condition of any Award of Restricted Stock, the applicable Participant shall have delivered a stock power, endorsed in blank, relating to the Shares subject to such Award.
7.3Terms and Conditions. Restricted Stock shall be subject to the following terms and conditions:
(a) Before or at the time of grant, the Committee shall condition (i) the vesting of an Award of Restricted Stock upon the continued service of the applicable Participant, or (ii) the grant or vesting of an Award of Restricted Stock upon the attainment of Performance Goals or the attainment of Performance Goals and the continued service of the applicable Participant.
(b) Subject to the provisions of this Plan and the applicable Agreement, during the period, if any, set by the Committee, commencing with the Date of Grant of such Restricted Stock Award for which such vesting restrictions apply (the “Restriction Period”), and until the expiration of the Restriction Period, the Participant shall not be permitted to sell, assign, transfer, pledge or otherwise encumber Shares of Restricted Stock.
7.4Stockholder Rights. Except as otherwise provided in this Plan and the applicable Agreement, prior to the time that Shares of Restricted Stock have fully vested and become transferable, a Participant shall have all rights of a stockholder with respect to such Shares of Restricted Stock, including the right to receive dividends; provided, however, that dividends payable with respect to Shares of Restricted Stock shall be subject to the same vesting conditions applicable to such Shares and shall, if vested, be delivered or paid at the same time as such Shares.
RESTRICTED STOCK UNITS
8.1Nature of Award. Restricted stock units and deferred share rights (together, “Restricted Stock Units”) are awards denominated in Shares that will be settled, subject to the terms and conditions of the Restricted Stock Units, in an amount in cash, Shares or a combination of both, based upon the Fair Market Value of a specified number of Shares.
8.2Terms and Conditions. Restricted Stock Units shall be subject to the following terms and conditions:
(a) Before or at the time of grant, the Committee shall condition (i) the vesting of Restricted Stock Units upon the continued service of the applicable Participant, or (ii) the grant or vesting of Restricted Stock Units upon the attainment of Performance Goals or the attainment of Performance Goals and the continued service of the applicable Participant. An Award of Restricted Stock Units shall be settled as and when the Restricted Stock Units vest, or at a later time specified by the Committee in the applicable Agreement, or, if the Committee so permits, in accordance with an election of the Participant.
(b) Subject to the provisions of this Plan and the applicable Agreement, during the Restriction Period, if any, set by the Committee, the Participant shall not be permitted to sell, assign, transfer, pledge or otherwise encumber Restricted Stock Units.
8.3Stockholder Rights. A Participant who has received an Award of Restricted Stock Units shall have no rights as a stockholder with respect to such Restricted Stock Units. Subject to Section 5.4, the Committee may provide in an applicable Agreement for dividend equivalents or the adjustment of an Award of Restricted Stock Units to reflect deemed reinvestment in additional Restricted Stock Units of the dividends that would be paid and distributions that would be made with respect to the Award of Restricted Stock Units if it consisted of actual Shares; provided, however, that dividend equivalents credited with respect to any Award of Restricted Stock Units shall be subject to the same vesting conditions applicable to such Award and shall, if vested, be delivered or paid at the same time as such Award.
OTHER STOCK-BASED AWARDS; CASH AWARDS
9.1Other Stock-Based Awards. The Committee may grant to Eligible Individuals Other Stock-Based Awards, either alone or in conjunction with other Awards granted under this Plan.
9.2Cash Awards. The Committee may grant to Eligible Individuals Awards that are denominated and payable in cash (“Cash Awards”) in such amounts and subject to such terms and conditions consistent with the terms of this Plan as the Committee shall determine.
ADJUSTMENT UPON CHANGE IN COMMON STOCK
10.1Corporate Transactions. In the event of a merger, consolidation, acquisition of property or shares, stock rights offering, liquidation, disposition for consideration of the Company’s direct or indirect ownership of a Subsidiary (including by reason of a Disaffiliation), or similar event affecting the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (each, a “Corporate Transaction”), the Committee or the Board may in its discretion make such substitutions or adjustments as it deems appropriate and equitable to (a) the aggregate number and kind of Shares or other securities reserved for issuance and delivery under this Plan; (b) the various maximum limitations set forth in Article V upon certain types of Awards and upon the grants to individuals of certain types of Awards; (c) the number and kind of Shares or other securities subject to outstanding Awards; (d) the Performance Goals applicable to outstanding Awards; and (e) the Exercise Price of outstanding Awards. In the event of a Corporate Transaction,
such adjustments may include (i) the cancellation of outstanding Awards in exchange for payments of cash, property or a combination thereof having an aggregate value equal to the value of such Awards, as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion (it being understood that in the event of a Corporate Transaction with respect to which stockholders of Common Stock receive consideration other than publicly traded equity securities of the ultimate surviving entity, any such determination by the Committee that the value of an Option or SAR shall for this purpose be deemed to equal the excess, if any, of the value of the consideration being paid for each Share pursuant to such Corporate Transaction over the Exercise Price of such Option or SAR shall be deemed conclusively valid); (ii) the substitution of other property (including cash or other securities of the Company and securities of entities other than the Company) for the Shares subject to outstanding Awards; and (iii) in connection with any Disaffiliation, arranging for the assumption of Awards, or replacement of Awards with new awards based on other property or other securities (including other securities of the Company and securities of entities other than the Company), by the affected Subsidiary or division or by the entity that controls such Subsidiary or division following such Disaffiliation (as well as any corresponding adjustments to Awards that remain based upon Company securities).
10.2Share Changes. In the event of a stock dividend, stock split, reverse stock split, reorganization, share combination or recapitalization or similar event affecting the capital structure of the Company, or a Disaffiliation, separation or spinoff, in each case without consideration, or other extraordinary dividend of cash or other property to the Company’s stockholders (each, a “Share Change”), the Committee or the Board shall make such substitutions or adjustments as it deems appropriate and equitable to (a) the aggregate number and kind of Shares or other securities reserved for issuance and delivery under this Plan; (b) the various maximum limitations set forth in Article V upon certain types of Awards and upon the grants to individuals of certain types of Awards; (c) the number and kind of Shares or other securities subject to outstanding Awards; (d) the Performance Goals applicable to outstanding Awards; and (e) the Exercise Price of outstanding Awards.
10.3Performance Goals. The Committee may adjust the Performance Goals applicable to any Awards or in calculating the outcomes may provide for exclusion of the impact of an event or occurrence that the Committee determines should appropriately be excluded, including to reflect any unusual or non-recurring events and other extraordinary items, impact of charges for restructurings, discontinued operations and the cumulative effects of accounting or tax changes, each as defined by generally accepted accounting principles or as identified in the Company’s financial statements, notes to the financial statements, management’s discussion and analysis or other portions of the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
10.4Section 409A of the Code; Incentive Stock Options. Notwithstanding the foregoing: any adjustments made pursuant to this Article X to (a) Incentive Stock Options shall be made in accordance with Section 424(h) of the Code unless the Committee determines otherwise; (b) Awards that are considered “nonqualified deferred compensation” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code shall be made in compliance with the requirements of Section 409A of the Code; and (c) Awards that are not considered “nonqualified deferred compensation” subject to Section 409A of the Code shall be made in such a manner as intended to ensure that after such adjustments, either (i) the Awards continue not to be subject to Section 409A of the Code or (ii) there does not result in the imposition of any penalty taxes under Section 409A of the Code in respect of such Awards.
CHANGE IN CONTROL
11.1Effect of a Change in Control. Upon the occurrence of a Change in Control, unless otherwise provided in the applicable Agreement: (a) all then-outstanding Options and SARs shall become fully vested and exercisable, and all Full-Value Awards (other than performance-based Full-Value Awards) and all Cash Awards (other than performance-based Cash Awards) shall vest in full, be free of restrictions, and be deemed to be earned and payable in an amount equal to the full value of such Award, except in each case to the extent that another Award meeting the requirements of Section 11.2 (any award meeting the requirements of Section 11.2, a “Replacement Award”) is provided to the Participant to replace such Award (any award intended to be replaced by a Replacement Award, a “Replaced Award”), and (b) any performance-based Full-Value Award or Cash Award that is not replaced by a Replacement Award shall be vested and be deemed to be earned and payable in accordance with the applicable Award agreement.
11.2Replacement Awards. An Award shall meet the conditions of this Section 11.2 (and hence qualify as a Replacement Award) if: (a) it is of the same type as the Replaced Award; (b) it has a value equal to the value of the Replaced Award as of the date of the Change in Control, as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion consistent with Section 10.1; (c) the underlying Replaced Award was an equity-based award, it relates to publicly traded equity securities of the Company or the entity surviving the Company following the Change in Control; (d) it contains terms relating to vesting (including with respect to a Termination of Service) that are substantially identical to those of the Replaced Award; and (e) its other terms and conditions are not less favorable to the Participant than the terms and conditions of the Replaced Award (including the provisions that would apply in the event of a subsequent Change in Control) as of the date of the Change in Control. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, a Replacement Award may take the form of a continuation of the applicable Replaced Award if the requirements of the preceding sentence are satisfied. If a Replacement Award is granted, the Replaced Award shall not vest upon the Change in Control. The Committee, as constituted immediately before the Change in Control, shall determine in its sole discretion whether the conditions of this Section 11.2 are satisfied.
11.3Termination of Service. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Plan to the contrary and unless otherwise determined by the Committee and set forth in the applicable Agreement, upon a Termination of Service of a Participant by the Company following a Change in Control and under the circumstances as set forth in the Agreement, all Replacement Awards held by such Participant shall vest in full, be free of restrictions, with any Awards subject to performance-based vesting to be calculated as set forth in the individual Agreement.
11.4Section 409A of the Code. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Plan, any Agreement or any Individual Agreement, with respect to any Award that constitutes “nonqualified deferred compensation” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code, a Change in Control shall not constitute a settlement or distribution event with respect to such Award, or an event that otherwise changes the timing of settlement or distribution of such Award, unless the Change in Control also constitutes an event described in Section 409A(a)(2)(A)(v) of the Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder. For the avoidance of doubt, this Section 11.4 shall have no bearing on whether an Award vests pursuant to the terms of this Plan or the applicable Agreement or Individual Agreement.
EFFECTIVE DATE, TERMINATION AND AMENDMENT
12.1Effective Date. This Plan was approved by the Board on April 25, 2019, subject to and contingent upon approval by the Company’s stockholders. This Plan will be effective as of the date of such approval by the Company’s stockholders (the “Effective Date”).
12.2Duration of Plan. This Plan shall terminate on the tenth anniversary of the Effective Date (the “Expiration Date”). All Awards outstanding as of the Expiration Date shall continue to have full force and effect in accordance with the provisions of this Plan and the documents evidencing such Awards.
12.3Amendments. The Committee may amend, alter or discontinue this Plan or an Award, provided that no amendment, alteration or discontinuation shall be made that would materially impair the rights of the Participant with respect to a previously granted Award without such Participant’s consent, except to the extent necessary to comply with applicable law, including Section 409A of the Code, Applicable Exchange listing standards or accounting rules. In addition, no amendment shall be made without the approval of the Company’s stockholders to the extent such approval is required by applicable law or the listing standards of the Applicable Exchange or as contemplated by Section 6.9.
13.1Limitations on Participant Rights. Neither a Participant nor any other person shall, by reason of participation in this Plan, acquire any right in or title to any assets, funds or property of the Company or any Subsidiary whatsoever, including any specific funds, assets or other property that the Company or any Subsidiary, in
its sole discretion, may set aside in anticipation of a liability under this Plan. A Participant shall have only a contractual right to the Common Stock, cash or other property, if any, payable under this Plan, unsecured by any assets of the Company or any Subsidiary, and nothing contained in this Plan shall constitute a guaranty that the assets of the Company or any Subsidiary shall be sufficient to pay any benefits to any person. This Plan does not constitute a contract of employment, and selection as a Participant shall not give such Participant the right to be retained in the employ of the Company or any Subsidiary, nor any right or claim to any benefit under this Plan, unless such right or claim has specifically accrued under the terms of this Plan.
13.2Clawback Policy. An Award shall be subject to the terms of any clawback or recoupment policy that the Company may adopt that, by its terms, is applicable to such Award.
(a) Withholding. All issuances, payments and distributions under this Plan are subject to withholding of all applicable taxes, and the Committee may condition the delivery of any Shares, cash or other property under this Plan on satisfaction of applicable withholding obligations. The Committee, in its discretion, and subject to such requirements as the Committee may impose prior to the occurrence of such withholding, may permit such withholding obligations to be satisfied through cash payment by the Participant, through the surrender of Shares that the Participant already owns, or through the surrender of Shares to which the Participant is otherwise entitled under this Plan; provided, however, in no event shall the fair market value of the Shares withheld or surrendered exceed the maximum statutory amount required to be withheld or such lesser amount as is necessary to avoid liability accounting treatment. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any Shares withheld or surrendered in excess of the minimum statutory rate shall not be recycled back into the Share pool pursuant to Section 5.3 above.
(b) Section 409A of the Code. This Plan and Awards granted hereunder are intended to comply with the requirements of Section 409A of the Code or an exemption or exclusion therefrom and, with respect to amounts that are subject to Section 409A of the Code, it is intended that this Plan be administered in all respects in accordance with Section 409A of the Code. Each payment under any Award shall be treated as a separate payment for purposes of Section 409A of the Code. In no event may a Participant, directly or indirectly, designate the calendar year of any payment to be made under any Award. Notwithstanding any provision of this Plan or any Agreement to the contrary, if a Participant is a “specified employee” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code (as determined in accordance with the methodology established by the Company), then solely to the extent necessary in order to avoid the imposition of taxes thereunder, amounts that constitute “nonqualified deferred compensation” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code that would otherwise be payable during the six (6)-month period immediately following a Participant’s Separation from Service shall instead be paid or provided on the first business day following the date that is six (6) months following the Participant’s Separation from Service or any earlier date permitted by Section 409A of the Code. If the Participant dies following the Separation from Service and prior to the payment of any amounts delayed on account of Section 409A of the Code, such amounts shall be paid to the personal representative of the Participant’s estate within thirty (30) days following the date of the Participant’s death. In no event will the Company or any Subsidiary reimburse a Participant for any taxes imposed or other costs incurred as a result of Section 409A of the Code.
13.4Unfunded Plan. No Award issued or made hereunder, to the extent it requires the payment of cash, shall be required to be funded prior to being due and payable, and the Company shall not be required to segregate any assets that may at any time be represented by an Award under this Plan.
13.5Rules of Construction. Headings are given to the articles and sections of this Plan for ease of reference. The reference to any statute, regulation or other provision of law shall be construed to refer to any amendment to or successor of such provision of law. Whenever the words “include,” “includes” or “including” are used in this Plan, they shall be deemed to be followed by the words “but not limited to” and the word “or” shall be understood to mean “and/or.”
13.6Governing Law and Interpretation. This Plan and all Awards made and actions taken thereunder shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, without reference to principles of conflict of laws.
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