Exelon Corporation Non-Employee Director Deferred Stock Unit Plan, as amended and restated effective September 25, 2019
EX-10.1 3 ex10120190930q3.htm EXHIBIT 10.1 Exhibit
NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTORS’ DEFERRED STOCK UNIT PLAN
(As Amended and Restated Effective September 25, 2019)
1. Purpose. The purpose of the Plan is to provide a means whereby the Company may, through the grant of Units relating to Common Stock, offer a reward and an incentive to the members of the board of directors of the Company, motivate such directors to exert their best efforts on behalf of the Company and further to align the economic interest of such individuals with those of the Company’s shareholders. This Plan is intended to constitute a non-qualified deferred compensation plan. The Plan is a restatement of the Plan as in effect as of January 1, 2009, as amended and restated effective January 1, 2011.
2. Definitions. Whenever used in this Plan, the following terms will have the respective meanings set forth below:
2.01 “Account” means the Company’s record established pursuant to Section 5, which reflects the number of Units standing to the credit of a Participant under the Plan.
2.02 “Beneficiary” means the person(s) designated by a Participant to receive any benefits payable under this Plan after the Participant’s death. The Company’s Secretary shall provide a form for this purpose. If the Participant is not survived by a designated Beneficiary, the Participant’s Beneficiary shall be the Participant’s spouse, if living, or otherwise the Participant’s estate. If one or more Beneficiaries survive the Participant, but all designated Beneficiaries die before the entire balance payable under the Plan has been distributed, any remaining balance shall be paid to the estate of the last surviving Beneficiary. In the absence of contrary proof, the Participant shall be deemed to have survived any designated Beneficiary. A Participant may change his Beneficiary designation at any time until his death by filing a written Beneficiary designation with the Secretary, in the manner specified by the Secretary.
2.03 “Board” means the Board of Directors of the Company.
2.04 “Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
2.05 “Committee” means a Committee appointed by the Board or, if no such Committee is currently appointed, the Secretary of the Company.
2.06 “Common Stock” means the common stock of the Company.
2.07 “Company” means, prior to October 20, 2000, PECO Energy Company, and thereafter Exelon Corporation and any successor thereto.
2.08 “Director” means a member of the Board who is not an employee of the Company or any of its subsidiaries or other entities controlling or controlled by it.
2.09 “Dividend Equivalent” means an amount determined by multiplying the number of Units credited to a Participant’s Account on the record date for the payment of a dividend on the Common Stock, by the per share cash dividend, or the per share Fair Market Value of any stock dividend, or the per share fair market value (as determined by the Committee) of any dividend in consideration other than cash or Common Stock, paid by the Company on its Common Stock with respect to such dividend record date.
2.10 “Effective Date” means January 1, 1997.
2.11 “Fair Market Value” of Common Stock means the closing sales price thereof on the national securities exchange or quotation service through which the Common Stock is listed or traded on the day on which Fair Market Value is being determined. In the event that there are no Common Stock transactions on the national securities exchange
or quotation service through which the Common Stock is listed or traded on such day, the Fair Market Value will be determined as of the immediately preceding day on which there were Common Stock transactions.
2.12 “Participant” means any Director who is eligible to participate in the Plan under Section 4. An individual shall remain a Participant until that individual has received full distribution of any amount credited to the Participant’s Account.
2.13 “Plan” means, prior to October 20, 2000, the PECO Energy Company Non-Employee Directors’ Deferred Stock Unit Plan, and thereafter the Exelon Corporation Non-Employee Directors’ Deferred Stock Unit Plan, as the same is set forth herein, and as it may be amended from time to time.
2.14 “Plan Year” means the calendar year.
2.15 “Separates from Service” or “Separation from Service” means the Director’s termination of service as a member of the Board (and the board of directors of all subsidiaries, if applicable) for any reason other than death. A Separation from Service shall be determined in accordance with Section 409A of the Code and shall be deemed to have occurred when the Director’s service to the Company ceases, without reference to any compensation continuation arrangement that may be applicable.
2.16 “Unit” means a single unit granted to a Participant which represents a phantom interest equivalent to one share of Common Stock.
2.17 “Unit Value” means, at any time, unless otherwise specified in the Plan, the value of each Unit issued under the Plan, which value shall be equal to the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock on such date.
3. Administration. The Plan shall be administered by the Committee or its designee, which shall have full power and authority to interpret the Plan, to prescribe, amend and rescind any rules, forms and procedures as it deems necessary or appropriate for the proper administration of the Plan and to make any other determinations, including factual determinations, and take such other actions as it deems necessary or advisable in carrying out its duties under the Plan. All decisions and determinations by the Committee or its designee shall be final and binding on the Company, Participants, Directors, Beneficiaries and any other persons having or claiming an interest hereunder. Any other provisions of the Plan notwithstanding, the Board may perform any function of the Committee under the Plan, including, without limitation, actions for the purpose of ensuring that transactions under the Plan by Participants who are subject to Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, in respect of the Company are exempt under Rule 16b-3. In any case in which the Board is performing a function of the Committee under the Plan, each reference to the Committee herein shall be deemed to refer to the Board (unless the context shall otherwise require).
4. Participation. Each Director of the Company shall become a Participant in the Plan on the later of (i) the Effective Date or (ii) the date such individual first becomes a Director.
5. Award of Units.
5.01 Initial Award of Units. Each Director who is a Participant on the Effective Date is granted a number of Units equal to (i) the present value of benefits accrued by that Director through December 31, 1996 under the PECO Energy Company Directors’ Retirement Plan (the “Retirement Plan”) (or, if the Participant is credited with fewer than five Years of Service under the Retirement Plan as of December 31, 1996, the present value of the product of 10% of the Participant’s 1996 retainer and the number of Years of Service with which the Participant is credited under the Retirement Plan as of December 31, 1996), as determined by an actuary appointed by the Board, divided by (ii) the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock on December 31, 1996.
5.02 Annual Award of Units. On the last day of each calendar quarter beginning before April 1, 1999, each Participant who is a Director on that date shall receive an award of 178.75 Units. On the last day of each calendar quarter beginning after March 31, 1999 and before October 1, 2000, each Participant who is a Director on that date shall receive an award of 250 Units. On the last day of each calendar quarter beginning after September 30, 2000, each Participant who is a Director on that date shall receive an award of a number of Units equal to the quotient of $12,500 divided by the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock on the date for the payment of a dividend occurring in such calendar quarter. Such awarded Units shall be credited to each Participant’s Account as specified in Section 5.04 below. The Board may review the annual award under this Section 5.02 periodically and amend the Plan to adjust such award if and to the extent appropriate.
5.03 Dividend Equivalents. From the date of grant of each Unit to a Participant until the Participant’s Account has been fully distributed, the Company shall credit to each Participant’s Account on each date for the payment of a dividend by the Company on its Common Stock, a number of Units equal to (i) the Dividend Equivalent for such dividend payment date, divided by (ii) the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock on such dividend payment date. If Units are awarded under Section 5.02 and this Section 5.03 as of the same date, the award under this Section 5.03 shall be determined before any Units are credited to a Participant’s Account under Section 5.02.
5.04 Accounts. The Company shall keep records to reflect the number of Units credited to each Participant hereunder; provided, however, that (i) this Plan shall be unfunded, (ii) the Company shall not be required to establish any special or separate fund or to make any other segregation of assets to assure redemption of Units granted under this Plan, and (iii) no Participant or any other person shall under any circumstances acquire any property interest in any specific assets of the Company. Fractional Units shall accumulate in the Participant’s Account and shall be added together to create whole Units. Nothing contained in this Plan and no action taken pursuant hereto shall create or be construed to create a fiduciary relationship between the Company and any Participant or any other person. To the extent that any person acquires a right to receive payment from the Company hereunder, such right shall be no greater than the right of any unsecured general creditor of the Company.
5.05 Adjustments. If there is any change in the number of shares of Common Stock outstanding (i) by reason of a spin-off, recapitalization, stock split, or combination or exchange of shares, (ii) by reason of a merger, reorganization or consolidation in which the Company is the surviving corporation, (iii) by reason of a reclassification or change in par value, or (iv) by reason of any other extraordinary or unusual event affecting the outstanding Common Stock as a class without the Company’s receipt of consideration, the number of Units credited to Participants’ Accounts shall be appropriately adjusted by the Committee to reflect any increase or decrease in the number of issued shares of Common Stock to preclude, to the extent practicable, the enlargement or dilution of rights and benefits under this Plan. Any adjustments determined by the Committee shall be final, binding and conclusive. If and to the extent that any such change in the number of shares of Common Stock outstanding is effected solely by application of a mathematical formula (e.g., a 2-for-1 stock split), the adjustment described in this Section 5.05 shall be made and shall occur automatically by application of such formula, without further action by the Committee.
6. Events Requiring Redemption of Units.
6.01 Separation from Service.
(a) The Units credited to a Participant’s Account shall be distributed to the Participant in, or beginning in, the month of April of the year next beginning after the occurrence of one of the following distribution events, as the Participant shall direct in a benefit distribution election form submitted in accordance with procedures established by the Company (a “Benefit Distribution Election Form”): (i) the Participant’s Separation from Service or (ii) the Participant’s 72nd birthday. Distributions shall be paid in a lump sum payment or in annual installments over a period of up to 10 years, as the Participant shall direct in his or her
Benefit Distribution Election Form. Except as provided in Section 6.01(c), any distribution shall be paid in the form of whole shares of Common Stock and cash in an amount equal to the Unit Value of any remaining fractional Unit. If a Participant elects to receive installments, Dividend Equivalents will be credited to such Participant’s Account in accordance with Section 5 until the full amount of the Participant’s Account has been distributed. Each installment payment shall include shares of Common Stock equal to the largest number of whole Units determined by dividing the Participant’s total Account balance as of such payment date by the number of payments remaining in the installment period, and the last such installment shall also include cash in an amount equal to the Unit Value of any remaining fractional Unit. In the event a Participant who has elected a distribution event based on his or her 65th or 72nd birthday continues to serve as a Director after the date such distributions commence, then in the year prior to the year in which such distributions commence such Director shall file a new Benefit Distribution Election Form governing any amounts credited to his or her Deferral Account after the date such distributions commence. If the Director does not file such new Benefit Distribution Election Form, then the Director shall be deemed to have elected to receive a lump sum distribution of any such amounts upon the Director’s separation from service.
(b) Except as permitted under Section 6.01(c) or 6.01(d), each Director must submit a Benefit Distribution Election Form not later than 30 days after the date on which such Director first becomes eligible to participate in the Plan (provided that a Director who participated in the Plan prior to January 1, 2009 and had not commenced distributions must have submitted such form not later than December 31, 2008). If a Director does not submit a Benefit Distribution Election Form during this period, then such Director shall be deemed to have elected to receive his or her Account balance in the form of a lump sum payable upon the Director’s Separation from Service.
(c) Notwithstanding Sections 6.01(a) and 6.01(b), each Participant who had not commenced and was not scheduled to commence the receipt of distributions under the Plan on or before December 31, 2007 was permitted to submit a Benefit Distribution Election Form on or before June 30, 2007 which provided for the payment of such Participant’s Account (i) at any of the times and in any of the forms permitted under Section 6.01(a) of the Plan or (ii) in a lump sum payment in the first quarter of 2008; provided that such election did not cause any payment to be made in 2007 and did not apply to any payment that otherwise would be paid in 2007. If a Participant elected to receive a lump sum payment of his or her Account in the first quarter of 2008, such payment was paid in cash, shares of Common Stock, or any combination thereof, at the election of the Participant, provided that such Participant was permitted to elect to receive such payment in cash only to the extent the Participant had otherwise satisfied his or her share ownership requirements under the Company’s share ownership policy. The special election right set forth in this Section was intended to comply with the transition rule set forth in IRS Notice 2005-1, Q&A-19(c), and extended in the preamble to regulations proposed under Section 409A of the Code and IRS Notice 2006-79, which permits participants in deferred compensation plans to change the date on which deferred compensation is payable.
(d) A Participant may elect to change the time and/or method of his or her distributions payable under the Plan in accordance with procedures prescribed by the Committee; provided that, in accordance with Section 409A of the Code, any such change in a distribution election (i) shall not be effective until 12 months after it is submitted to the Committee, (ii) must be submitted to the Committee at least 12 months prior to the date on which such distributions were previously scheduled to commence and (iii) must provide for distributions to commence at least five years after the date on which such distributions were previously scheduled to commence.
6.02 Death. If a Participant dies before any Units credited to his or her Account have been redeemed in accordance with Section 6.01, whether death occurs before or after a Separation from Service, the Company shall redeem all of the Units credited to the Participant’s Account as of the date of his or
her death and distribute to the Participant’s Beneficiary as soon as practicable, in a single distribution, shares of Common Stock equal to the number of whole Units credited to the Participant’s Account as of the date of his or her death and cash in an amount equal to the Unit Value of any remaining fractional Unit.
6.03 Common Stock for Redemption of Units. Shares distributed to redeem Units may be authorized but unissued shares of Common Stock or reacquired shares of Common Stock, including treasury shares and shares purchased by the Company on the open market for purposes of the Plan.
7.01 Transferability. No Unit awarded under this Plan may be transferred, assigned, pledged or encumbered by the Participant, and a Unit may be redeemed during the lifetime of a Participant only from such Participant.
7.02 No Rights as Shareholder. No Participant shall have any rights as a shareholder of the Company, including the right to any cash dividends, or the right to vote, as a result of the grant to the Participant, or the Participant’s holding of, any Units.
7.03 Adjustment Upon Acquisitions, Dispositions or other Events not in the Ordinary Course of Business. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, if the Company’s financial performance is affected by any event that is of a non-recurring nature, including an acquisition or disposition of the assets or stock of a business, the Board, in its sole discretion, may make such adjustments in the number of Units or the Unit Value of each Unit for the then current Plan Year as it shall determine to be equitable and appropriate in order to make the value of each Unit, as nearly as may be practicable, equivalent to the value of the Unit immediately prior to such event.
7.04 No Rights to Service. Nothing in this Plan, and no action taken pursuant hereto, shall affect the Participant’s term of service as a Director.
7.05 Notices. Any notice hereunder to be given to the Company shall be in writing and shall be delivered in person to the Secretary of the Company, or shall be sent by registered mail, return receipt requested, to the Secretary of the Company at the Company’s executive offices, and any notice hereunder to be given to the Participant shall be in writing and shall be delivered in person to the Participant, or shall be sent by registered mail, return receipt requested, to the Participant at his last address as shown in the employment records of the Company. Any notice duly mailed in accordance with the preceding sentence shall be deemed given on the date postmarked.
7.06 Termination and Amendment of the Plan/Modification of Units. The Plan may be altered, amended, suspended, or terminated at any time by the Board, provided that, except as otherwise provided herein or as permitted under Section 409A of the Code, no such action shall result in the distribution of amounts credited to the Accounts of any Participant at any time other than as provided in the Plan or as permitted under Section 409A of the Code, nor shall such action reduce the Units credited to any Participant’s Account. To the extent permitted under Section 409A of the Code, the Board may, in its discretion, terminate the Plan and accelerate the payment of all Accounts:
(a) within 12 months of a corporate dissolution taxed under Section 331 of the Code, or with the approval of a bankruptcy court pursuant to 11 U.S.C. §503(b)(1)(A), provided that the payments with respect to each such Account are included in the Director’s gross income in the later of (i) the calendar year in which the Plan termination occurs or (ii) the first calendar year in which the payments are administratively practicable;
(b) in connection with a “change in control event,” as defined in, and to the extent permitted under, Treasury regulations promulgated under Section 409A of the Code; or
(c) upon any other termination event permitted under Section 409A of the Code.
7.07 Incompetents. If the Committee shall find that any person to whom any payment is payable under this Plan is unable to care for his affairs because of illness or accident, or is a minor, any payment due (unless a prior claim therefor shall have been made by a duly appointed guardian, committee or other legal representative) may be paid to the spouse, a child, a parent, or a brother or sister, or to any person deemed by the Committee to have incurred expense for such person otherwise entitled to payment, in such manner and proportions as the Committee may determine. Any such payment shall be a complete discharge of the liabilities of the Company under this Plan.
7.08 Compliance with Section 409A of the Code. The Plan is intended to comply with the provisions of Section 409A of the Code and shall be interpreted and construed accordingly. The Company shall have the discretion and authority to amend the Plan at any time to satisfy any requirements of Section 409A of the Code or guidance provided by the U.S. Treasury Department to the extent applicable to the Plan.
7.09 Binding Effect. This Plan shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Company, its successors and assigns and the Participant and his heirs, executors, administrators and legal representatives.
7.10 Governing Law. This Plan shall be construed in accordance with, and governed by, the law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the extent not preempted by applicable federal law.
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