(a)To the extent that achievement of a given Performance Goal is below 100% of the target level set forth on Exhibit A, the number of Performance Shares to be Vested and issued will be reduced ratably by 2.5% for each 1% of shortfall up to a maximum downward adjustment to 80% of the target performance level (the "Threshold Performance Level"). At the Threshold Performance Level, 50% of the applicable portion of the Target Number of Performance Shares will be issued. If achievement of a given Performance Goal is below the Threshold Performance Level set forth on Exhibit A, no Performance Shares will Vest with respect to that Performance Goal.
(b)To the extent that achievement of a given Performance Goal is above 100% of the target level set forth on Exhibit A, the number of Performance Shares to be Vested and issued will be increased ratably by 2.5% for each 1% of overachievement, with a maximum upward adjustment to 140% of the target performance level set forth on Exhibit A. In no event will the total number of Performance Shares issued under the Award exceed 200% of the Target Number of Performance Shares specified above.
3.4Employment Requirement. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, in the event that Participant ceases to be an employee of Corporation or a Subsidiary prior to the Vesting Date for any reason, all unvested Performance Shares will be forfeited immediately. For purposes of this Agreement, "employment" includes periods of illness or other leaves of absence authorized by the Committee.
3.5Settlement. Unless previously forfeited pursuant to Section 3.4 or as otherwise provided by this Agreement, the Award will be settled on a settlement date (the "Settlement Date") selected by the Committee as soon as practicable after the Vesting Date, and in no case later than the 15th day of the third month following the later of the end of the calendar year or the end of Corporation's taxable year in which the Vesting Date occurs, by the delivery to the Participant of an unrestricted certificate for the number of Shares that Vested on the Vesting Date.
3.6Other Documents. Participant will be required to furnish to Corporation before settlement such other documents or representations as Corporation may require to assure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
3.7Performance Shares Not Transferable. Neither the Performance Shares, nor this Agreement, nor any interest or right in the Performance Shares or this Agreement, may be sold, pledged, assigned, or transferred in any manner other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution, unless and until the Performance Shares have been settled as provided in this Agreement. Neither the Performance Shares nor any interest or right in the Performance Shares will be liable for the debts, obligations, contracts or engagements of Participant or his or her successors in interest or will be subject to disposition by transfer, alienation, anticipation, pledge, encumbrance, assignment or any other means whether such disposition be voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law by judgment, levy, attachment, garnishment or any other legal or equitable proceedings (including bankruptcy), and any attempted disposition will be null and void and of no effect, except to the extent that such disposition is permitted by the preceding sentence. Shares issued upon settlement of Performance Shares may be subject to additional transfer restrictions as provided in this Agreement.
3.8Rights as Stockholder. Prior to the issuance of a certificate for Shares in settlement of the Performance Shares, Participant will have no rights as a stockholder of Corporation with respect to this Agreement or the Performance Shares.