Form of Director Non-Qualified Stock Option Award Agreement

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EX-10.3 4 tm2037310d1_ex10-3.htm EXHIBIT 10.3


Exhibit 10.3






THIS AWARD is made as of the Grant Date, by Berry Global Group, Inc. (the “Company”) to ____________________________________ (the “Optionee”). Upon and subject to the Terms and Conditions attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference, the Company hereby awards as of the Grant Date to Optionee a nonqualified stock option (the “Option”), as described below, to purchase the Option Shares.


A.Grant Date: [DATE].


B.Type of Option: Nonqualified Stock Option.


C.Plan (under which granted): Berry Global Group, Inc. 2015 Long-Term Incentive Plan.


D.Option Shares: All or any part of __________ shares of the Company’s common stock (the “Common Stock”), subject to adjustment as provided in the attached Terms and Conditions.


E.Exercise Price: $______ per share, subject to adjustment as provided in the attached Terms and Conditions. The Exercise Price is, in the judgment of the Committee, not less than 100% of the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock on the Grant Date.


F.Option Period: The Option may be exercised only during the Option Period which commences on the Grant Date and ends on the earliest of:


(i)the tenth (10th) anniversary of the Grant Date; or


(ii)two (2) years following the date the Optionee ceases to be an employee, director, or contractor of the Company and all Affiliates for any reason other than Termination of Employment (or other termination of service) by the Company or any Affiliate with Cause.


Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Option shall cease to be exercisable upon the earliest of:


(i)the date the Company or an Affiliate determines that the Optionee’s employment or service will be terminated for Cause if the Optionee contemporaneously or thereafter ceases to be an employee, director, or contractor of the Company or an Affiliate due to Termination of Employment (or other termination of service) by the Company or any Affiliate with Cause; or


(ii)the date the Optionee violates any non-solicitation or non-compete agreement with the Company or an Affiliate.


The Option may only be exercised as to the Vested Option Shares (as defined below). Note that other restrictions to exercising the Option, as described in the attached Terms and Conditions, may apply.


G.Vesting Schedule: Subject to the terms and conditions of the Agreement and the Plan, the Award shall vest in full on the first anniversary of the Grant Date subject to the Optionee’s continued service with the Company or an Affiliate through such date; provided, however, that if the Optionee experiences a Separation from Service after the Grant Date, other than for Cause, prior to the first anniversary, the vesting of the Award shall be accelerated to that earlier date. The Option Shares that become vested pursuant to this Vesting Schedule are herein referred to as the “Vested Option Shares.”


H.Separation from Service for Cause. If the Optionee experiences a Separation from Service for Cause, then the Award is cancelled as of the date the Company or an Affiliate determines that the Optionee’s employment or service will be terminated for Cause and the Optionee forfeits all rights thereto and the Option Shares, whether or not Vested Option Shares, issuable thereunder.





IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed and sealed this Award as of the Grant Date set forth above.













1.     Exercise of Option. Subject to the provisions provided herein or in the Award made pursuant to the Berry Global Group, Inc. 2015 Long-Term Incentive Plan:


(a)   the Option may be exercised with respect to all or any portion of the Vested Option Shares at any time during the Option Period by the delivery of (i) a notice of exercise in the form and manner required by the Secretary of the Company, which shall be actually delivered to the Company or its designee prior to or at the time of exercise, as required by the Company and communicated to the Optionee, and (ii) payment to the Company of the Exercise Price multiplied by the number of shares being purchased (the “Purchase Price”) in the manner provided in Subsection (b). Upon acceptance of such notice by the Company and receipt of payment in full of the Purchase Price and any tax withholding liability, to the extent applicable, the Company shall cause to be issued a certificate representing the Option Shares purchased.


(b)   The Purchase Price shall be paid in full upon the exercise of an Option and no Option Shares shall be issued or delivered until full payment therefor has been made. Payment of the Purchase Price for all Option Shares purchased pursuant to the exercise of an Option shall be made:


(i)    in cash or certified check equal to the Purchase Price;


(ii)   by delivery to the Company of a number of shares of Common Stock owned by the Optionee prior to the date of the Option’s exercise, having a Fair Market Value, as determined under the Plan, on the date of exercise either equal to the Purchase Price or in combination with cash equal to the Purchase Price;


(iii)  if permitted by the Committee, by having the number of shares of Common Stock to be issued upon exercise reduced by the number of whole shares of Common Stock having a Fair Market Value equal to the Purchase Price;


(iv)  to the extent permitted by the Committee, by receipt of the Purchase Price in cash from a broker, dealer or other “creditor” as defined by Regulation T issued by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System following delivery by the Optionee to the Committee of instructions in a form acceptable to the Committee regarding delivery to such broker, dealer or other creditor of that number of Option Shares with respect to which the Option is exercised; or


(v)   in any combination of the foregoing.


2.     Rights as Shareholder. The Optionee shall not be deemed to be the holder of, or to have any of the rights of a holder with respect to any Option Shares subject to the Option until (i) the Option shall have been exercised pursuant to the terms of this Agreement and the Optionee shall have paid the full exercise price for the number of Option Shares in respect of which the Option was exercised, (ii) the Company shall have issued and delivered the Option Shares to the Optionee, and (iii) the Optionee’s name shall have been entered as a shareholder of record on the books of the Company. The Company shall make no adjustment for any dividends or distributions or other rights on or with respect to Option Shares for which the record date is prior to the issuance of that stock certificate, except as the Plan or this Award otherwise provides.


3.     Restriction on Transfer of Option and Option Shares. Except to the extent waived by the Committee, the Option evidenced hereby is nontransferable other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution governing the state in which the Optionee is domiciled at the time of the Optionee’s death and shall be exercisable during the lifetime of the Optionee only by the Optionee (or in the event of his Disability, by his legal representative) and after his death, only by legal representative of the Optionee’s estate, or if no such legal representative is appointed within ninety (90) days of the Optionee’s death, by the person(s) taking under the laws of descent and distribution governing the state in which the Optionee is domiciled at the time of the Optionee’s death. Any such disposition not made in accordance with this Award shall be deemed null and void.





4.     Changes in Capitalization.


(a)   The number of Option Shares and the Exercise Price shall be proportionately adjusted for nonreciprocal transactions between the Company and the holders of capital stock of the Company that causes the per share value of the shares of Common Stock underlying the Option to change, such as a stock dividend, stock split, spinoff, rights offering, or recapitalization through a large, nonrecurring cash dividend (each, an “Equity Restructuring”).


(b)   In the event of a merger, consolidation, extraordinary dividend, sale of substantially all of the Company’s assets or other material change in the capital structure of the Company, or a tender offer for shares of Common Stock, or a Change in Control, that in each case is not an Equity Restructuring, the Committee shall take such action to make such adjustments in the Option or the terms of this Award as the Committee, in its sole discretion, determines in good faith is necessary or appropriate, including, without limitation, adjusting the number and class of securities subject to the Option, with a corresponding adjustment in the Exercise Price, substituting a new option to replace the Option, accelerating the termination of the Option Period or terminating the Option in consideration of a cash payment to the Optionee in an amount equal to the excess of the then Fair Market Value of the Option Shares over the aggregate Exercise Price of the Option Shares. Any determination made by the Committee pursuant to this Section 4(b) will be final and binding on the Optionee. Any action taken by the Committee need not treat all optionees equally.


(c)   No fractional shares shall be created in making any adjustment pursuant to this Section 4. Instead, any adjustment pursuant to this Section 4 that would otherwise result in the issuance of a fractional share of Common Stock shall be further adjusted to round down the numbers of Option Shares to the next lowest share of Common Stock.


(d)   The existence of the Plan and this Award shall not affect in any way the right or power of the Company to make or authorize any adjustment, reclassification, reorganization or other change in its capital or business structure, any merger or consolidation of the Company, any issue of debt or equity securities having preferences or priorities as to the Common Stock or the rights thereof, the dissolution or liquidation of the Company, any sale or transfer of all or any part of its business or assets, or any other corporate act or proceeding.


5.     Special Limitations on Exercise. Any exercise of the Option is subject to the condition that if at any time the Committee, in its discretion, shall determine that the listing, registration or qualification of the shares covered by the Option upon any securities exchange or under any state or federal law is necessary or desirable as a condition of or in connection with the delivery of shares thereunder, the delivery of any or all shares pursuant to the Option may be withheld unless and until such listing, registration or qualification shall have been effected. The Optionee shall deliver to the Company, prior to the exercise of the Option, such information, representations and warranties as the Company may reasonably request in order for the Company to be able to satisfy itself that the Option Shares are being acquired in accordance with the terms of an applicable exemption from the securities registration requirements of applicable federal and state securities laws.


6.     Legend on Stock Certificates.  Certificates evidencing the Option Shares, to the extent appropriate at the time, shall have noted conspicuously on the certificates a legend intended to give all persons full notice of the existence of the conditions, restrictions, rights and obligations set forth in this Award and in the Plan.


7.     Clawback. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, this Award and any Common Stock issued pursuant to this Award is expressly subject to any “clawback policy” applicable to non-employee directors of the Company that may hereafter be adopted by the Company, as the same may be amended from time to time, or any recoupment permitted or required by law.


8.     Governing Laws.  This Award shall be construed, administered and enforced according to the laws of the State of Delaware; provided, however, no option may be exercised and no shares of Common Stock shall be issued except, in the reasonable judgment of the Board of Directors, in compliance with exemptions under applicable state securities laws of the state in which the Optionee resides, and/or any other applicable securities laws.






9.     Successors. This Award shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the heirs, legal representatives, successors and permitted assigns of the parties.


10.   Notice.  Except as otherwise specified herein, all notices and other communications under this Award shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been given if personally delivered or if sent by registered or certified United States mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed to the proposed recipient at the last known address of the recipient. Any party may designate any other address to which notices shall be sent by giving notice of the address to the other parties in the same manner as provided herein.


11.   Severability. In the event that any one or more of the provisions or portion thereof contained in this Award shall for any reason be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, the same shall not invalidate or otherwise affect any other provisions of this Award, and this Award shall be construed as if the invalid, illegal or unenforceable provision or portion thereof had never been contained herein.


12.   Entire Agreement. Subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan, this Award expresses the entire understanding and agreement of the parties. This Award may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original but all of which shall constitute one and the same instrument.


13.   Violation. Except as provided in Section 3, any transfer, pledge, sale, assignment, or hypothecation of the Option or any portion thereof shall be a violation of the terms of this Award and shall be void and without effect.


14.   Headings. Paragraph headings used herein are for convenience of reference only and shall not be considered in construing this Award.


15.   Specific Performance. In the event of any actual or threatened default in, or breach of, any of the terms, conditions and provisions of this Award, the party or parties who are thereby aggrieved shall have the right to specific performance and injunction in addition to any and all other rights and remedies at law or in equity, and all such rights and remedies shall be cumulative.


16.   No Right to Continued Service. Neither the establishment of the Plan nor the award of Option Shares hereunder shall be construed as giving the Optionee the right to continued employment or other service relationship with the Company.


17.   Definitions. As used in this Award,


(a)   “Cause” means “Cause” as defined in the Company’s bylaws that are in effect at the date that an action constituting “Cause” occurs, or if no such definition or agreement exists, (i) willful and continued failure (other than such failure resulting from his incapacity during physical or mental illness) by the Optionee to substantially perform his duties with the Company or an Affiliate; (ii) willful misconduct by the Optionee; (iii) gross negligence by the Optionee causing material harm to the Company or an Affiliate; (iv) any act by the Optionee of fraud, misappropriation, dishonesty or embezzlement; (v) commission by the Optionee of a felony or any other crime involving moral turpitude or dishonesty; or (vi) illegal drug use.


(b)   Other capitalized terms that are not defined herein have the meaning set forth in the Plan, except where the context does not reasonably permit.