Form of Non-Employee Director Award Agreement of Time-Lapse Restricted Stock Units Under the Atmos Energy Corporation 1998 Long-Term Incentive Plan

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Exhibit 10.11(d)


This Award Agreement of Time-Lapse Restricted Stock Units (“Award Agreement”) is dated as of _________, by and between Atmos Energy Corporation, a Texas and Virginia corporation (the "Company"), and you ("Grantee"), pursuant to the Company's 1998 Long-Term Incentive Plan (the "Plan"). Capitalized terms that are used, but not defined, in this Award Agreement have the meanings set forth in the Plan.

1.    Grant and Description of Award.

Pursuant to authorization by the Human Resources Committee of the Board (the "Committee”), which has been designated by the Board to administer the Plan, the Company hereby grants to the Grantee time-lapse restricted stock units (“Units”) under the Plan, for no consideration from the Grantee, with the restrictions set forth below.

[date of grant and number of Units awarded]

Each such Unit will be a notional share of common stock of the Company (“Common Stock”), with the value of each Unit being equal to the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock at any time. No physical certificates representing the number of Units awarded will be issued to the Grantee, but an account will be established and maintained for the Grantee, in which each grant of Units to the Grantee will be recorded. During the time of the restriction period provided for in Section 2 below, the Grantee will not have any of the rights of a shareholder of the Company with respect to the Units, except with respect to the payment of cash dividend equivalents during such period, as provided for in Section 6 below.

2.    Restrictions on Alienation of Units.

The Units may not be sold, transferred, pledged, assigned, or otherwise alienated in any manner, whether voluntarily, by operation of law, or otherwise, until the restrictions on the Units are removed and the Units are delivered to the Grantee in the form of shares of Common Stock in the manner described below in Section 8.

3.    Vesting of Units.

The Grantee will be vested in the Units on the one year anniversary of the date of the grant. However, the Grantee will not be entitled to the removal of the restrictions on such Units provided for in Section 2 above or to a distribution of shares of Common Stock represented by the number of Units until the time provided for in Section 8 below.

Forfeiture of Units.

If the Grantee is not otherwise vested as provided in Section 3 above, all Units granted will be forfeited if the Grantee has a voluntary or involuntary Termination of Service for any reason other than as described below in Section 5. Each Grantee, by his or her acceptance of the Units, agrees to execute any documents requested by the Company in connection with such forfeiture. Such provisions with respect to forfeited Units will be specifically performable by the Company in a court of equity or law. Upon any forfeiture, all rights of the Grantee with respect to the forfeited Units will cease and terminate, without any further obligation on the part of the Company.

Removal of Restrictions.

At the time and on the date of the Grantee's death, Termination of Service due to Total and Permanent Disability, or Termination of Service for any reason following a Change in Control, all Units will be vested and all other restrictions placed on the Units will be removed. The Grantee, or his or her legal representatives, beneficiaries or heirs will then

be entitled to a distribution, as provided in Section 8 below, of shares of Common Stock equal in number to the number of Units set forth in Section 1 above.

Payment of Cash Dividend Equivalents.

Cash dividend equivalents will be paid on the Stock Units to the Grantee by the Company in an amount equal to the cash dividends actually paid each calendar quarter on the Company’s issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock. Such cash dividend equivalents will be paid at the same time such cash dividends are actually paid to the Company’s shareholders and will cease as of the Distribution Date (as defined in Section 8 below).

Adjustment Upon Changes in Stock.

If there is any change in the number of shares of Common Stock outstanding resulting from subdivision, combination, or reclassification of shares, or through merger, consolidation, reorganization, recapitalization, stock dividend, stock split or other change in the corporate structure, an appropriate adjustment in the number of Units with respect to which restrictions have not lapsed will be made by the Committee. Depending upon the change in corporate structure, the Committee will issue additional Units or substitute Units to the Grantee for his or her account, which will have the same restrictions, terms and conditions as the original Units. Any such adjustment will be in accordance with the applicable provisions of Section 14 and/or Section 15 of the Plan.

Distribution of Common Stock or Cash.

As soon as administratively possible, as determined solely by the Company, following the earlier of the date of the occurrence of a termination event described in Section 5 above or the date which is one (1) year from the date of grant of the Units (such date being referred to as the “Distribution Date”), but in no event later than 90 days following the Distribution Date, the Grantee will receive a distribution, as provided herein, of shares of Common Stock equal in number to the number of Units set forth in Section 1 above. Upon a distribution of shares of Common Stock as provided herein, the Company will cause the Common Stock then being distributed to be registered in the Grantee’s name, but will not issue certificates for the Common Stock unless the Grantee requests delivery of the certificates for the Common Stock, in writing in accordance with the procedures established by the Company. The Company will deliver certificates to the Grantee as soon as administratively practicable following the Company’s receipt of a written request from the Grantee for delivery of the certificates. From and after the date of receipt of such distribution, the Grantee or the Grantee's legal representatives, beneficiaries or heirs, as the case may be, will have full rights of transfer or resale with respect to such shares subject to applicable state and federal regulations.


This Award Agreement may be changed or modified without the Grantee's consent or signature, if the Company determines, in its sole discretion, that such change or modification is necessary for purposes of compliance with or exemption from the requirements of Section 409A of the Code and any regulations or other guidance issued thereunder, or otherwise to comply with any law.

Grantee acknowledges that as of the grant date, this Award Agreement and the Plan set forth the entire understanding between Grantee and the Company regarding the acquisition of the Units granted under the Plan and supersede all prior oral and written agreements on this subject. By Grantee’s electronic acceptance and the signature of the Company’s representative below, Grantee and the Company agree that the Units are granted under and governed by this Award Agreement and the Plan. Grantee has reviewed and fully understands all provisions of this Award Agreement and the Plan in their entirety.


    Kevin Akers
President and
Chief Executive Officer