EX-10.18 3 a2020sarscheduleofterm.htm EX-10.18 Document
Carrier Global Corporation
2020 Long-Term Incentive Plan
Stock Appreciation Right Award
Schedule of Terms
(Rev. May 2020)
This Schedule of Terms describes the material features of the Participant’s Founders Grant Stock Appreciation Right Award (the “SAR Award” or the “Award”) granted under the Carrier Global Corporation 2020 Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “LTIP”), subject to this Schedule of Terms, the Award Agreement, and the terms and conditions set forth in the LTIP. The LTIP Prospectus contains further information about the LTIP and this Award and is available on the Company’s internal employee website and at www.ubs.com/onesource/CARR.
A Stock Appreciation Right (a “SAR”) represents the right to receive the appreciation in one share of Common Stock of Carrier Global Corporation (the “Common Stock”) measured from the date of grant to the date of exercise. The appreciation, upon exercise, is generally paid to the Participant in the form of shares of Common Stock. SARs generally vest if the Participant remains employed by the Company through the applicable vesting date schedule set forth on the Award Agreement (see “Vesting” below), or upon an earlier Termination of Service under limited circumstances that result in accelerated vesting (see “Termination of Service” below). “Company” means Carrier Global Corporation (the “Company”), together with its subsidiaries, divisions and affiliates. “Termination Date” means the date a Participant’s employment ends, or, if different, the date a Participant ceases providing services to the Company as an employee, consultant, or in any other capacity. For the avoidance of doubt, absences from employment by reason of notice periods, garden leaves, or similar paid leaves associated with a Termination of Service shall not be recognized as service in determining the Termination Date. All references to termination of employment in this Schedule of Terms will be deemed to refer to “Termination of Service” as defined in the LTIP. “Committee” means the Compensation Committee of the Board. Capitalized terms not otherwise defined in this Schedule of Terms have the same meaning as defined in the LTIP.
Acknowledgement and Acceptance of Award
The number of SARs awarded and the SAR grant price are set forth in the Award Agreement. An LTIP Award recipient (a “Participant”) must affirmatively acknowledge and accept the terms and conditions of the SAR Award within 150 days following the Grant Date. A failure to acknowledge and accept the SAR Award within such 150-day period may result in forfeiture of the SAR Award, effective as of the 150th day following the Grant Date.
Participants must acknowledge and accept the terms and conditions of this SAR Award electronically via the UBS One Source website at www.ubs.com/onesource/CARR.
Exercise Price (or “Grant Price”)
The Grant Price represents the Fair Market Value of the Company’s Common Stock on the date of grant. “Fair Market Value” means, as of any given date, the closing price of the Common Stock on the New York Stock Exchange.
Vesting and Expiration
SARs will vest and expire (if unexercised) in accordance with the schedule set forth in the Award Agreement, subject to the Participant’s continued employment with the Company through each applicable vesting date. SARs will be forfeited in the event of Termination of Service prior to the vesting date, except in certain earlier terminations involving Disability, Change-in-Control Termination, or Death (see “Termination of Service” below).
SARs may be exercised on or after the vesting date until the earlier of the:
(i) Expiration date specified in the Award Agreement, at which time the SARs and all associated rights lapse; or
(ii) Last day permitted on or following Termination of Service as specified in “Termination of Service” below.
SARs may also be forfeited and value realized from exercised SARs may be recouped by the Company under certain circumstances (see “Forfeiture of Award and Repayment of Realized Gains” below).
No Shareowner Rights
A SAR is the right to receive the appreciation in a share of Common Stock, subject to continued employment and certain other conditions which appreciation is generally paid to the Participant in shares of Common Stock.. The holder of a SAR has no voting, dividend, or other rights accorded to owners of Common Stock, unless and until SARs are exercised and settled in Common Stock.
Exercise and Payment
While a Participant is employed by the Company, the Participant may exercise SARs on or after the vesting date until the expiration date. The value a Participant will realize upon the exercise of a SAR is the difference between the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock at the time of exercise and the Grant Price. The Participant will generally receive shares of Common Stock as soon as administratively practicable following exercise. The value of the SARs may instead be paid in cash if the Committee so determines, including where local law restricts the distribution of Common Stock.
It is the responsibility of the Participant, or a designated representative, to track the expiration of the Award and exercise SARs in a timely manner. The Company assumes no responsibility for, and will make no adjustments with respect to, SARs that expire unexercised. Any communication from the Plan Administrator or the Company to the Participant with respect to expiration is provided as a courtesy only.
Termination of Service
The treatment of SARs upon Termination of Service depends upon the reason for termination, as detailed in the following sections. Unvested SARs that do not vest on Termination of Service as specified below will be forfeited on Termination of Service.
Absences from employment because of notice periods, garden leaves, or similar paid leaves associated with a Termination of Service will not be recognized as service in determining the Termination Date.
Retirement. There will be no accelerated vesting of SARs in the event of Retirement prior to the applicable vesting date. All unvested SARs will be forfeited as of the Termination Date due to Retirement. However, Retirement eligibility may entitle the Participant upon Retirement to an exercise period for vested SARs of up to the expiration of their term. For this purpose, Retirement means either a Normal Retirement or Early Retirement as defined below:
• “Normal Retirement” means retirement on or after age 65;
• “Early Retirement” means retirement on or after:
o Age 55 with 10 or more years of continuous service as of the Termination Date; or
o Age 50, but before age 55, and the Participant’s age and continuous service as of the Termination Date adds up to 65 or more (“Rule of 65”).
Upon Retirement, vested SARs may be exercised as detailed in the chart below:
|Retirement Type||Company Written Consents to Early Retirement *||Exercise Period|
|Normal Retirement (age 65)||N/A||SARs may be exercised until the expiration of their term|
|Early Retirement on or after age 55 + 10 years of continuous service as of the Termination Date||Yes||SARs may be exercised until the expiration of their term|
|No||SARs may be exercised for three (3) years following the Termination Date or until the expiration of the SAR, whichever is earlier|
|Early Retirement on or after age 50, but prior to age 55 + years of service = 65+ as of the Termination Date||Yes||SARs may be exercised for five (5) years following the Termination Date or until the expiration of the SAR, whichever is earlier|
|No||SARs may be exercised for three (3) years following the Termination Date or until the expiration of the SAR, whichever is earlier|
|* The Company’s written consent to the Participant’s Retirement will be at the sole discretion of the Company based on its ability to effectively transition the Participant’s responsibilities as of the Termination Date and such other factors as it may deem appropriate.|
Service used to determine eligibility for Normal or Early Retirement means “Continuous Service” as determined under the Carrier Retirement Savings Plan. A Participant will not receive Retirement treatment with respect to any Award in the event of involuntary termination by the Company for Cause.
The calculation to determine Early Retirement will include partial years, rounded down to the nearest full month.
Involuntary Termination. A Participant who is involuntarily terminated (other than for a Change-in-Control Termination) will forfeit all unvested SARs as of the Termination Date. Upon involuntary termination for reasons other than Cause, vested SARs may be exercised for one (1) year following the Termination Date or until the expiration of the SAR, whichever is earlier. Vested SARs that are not exercised will expire without value at the close of the NYSE on the first anniversary of the Termination Date, or the expiration date, whichever comes first. In the event that the date falls on a weekend or market holiday, the SARs will be cancelled at the end of the last trading day prior to such date.
Involuntary Termination for Cause. If the Participant’s termination results from an involuntary termination by the Company for Cause (as defined in the LTIP), both vested and unvested SARs will be forfeited as of the Termination Date regardless of the Participant’s Retirement eligibility. In addition, value realized from previously exercised SARs is subject to repayment in the event of termination for Cause or certain other occurrences (see “Forfeiture of Award and Repayment of Realized Gains” below).
Voluntary Termination. A Participant who voluntarily terminates employment (other than for a Change-in-Control Termination) is not entitled to vesting and will forfeit all unvested SARs as of the Termination Date. Vested SARs may be exercised for up to ninety (90) days from the
Termination Date or until the expiration of the SAR (if earlier). Unexercised SARs will expire without value at the close of the NYSE on the ninetieth (90th) day following the Termination Date, or the expiration date, whichever comes first. In the event that the date falls on a weekend or market holiday, the SARs will be cancelled at the end of the last trading day prior to the 90th day.
Disability. If a Participant incurs a Disability (as defined in the LTIP), vested SARs may be exercised for up to three (3) years from the Termination Date (or until the expiration of the SAR, if earlier). While a Participant remains disabled under a Company sponsored long-term disability plan, unvested SARs will remain eligible to vest on the earlier of (i) the vesting date specified in the Award Agreement; or (ii) 29 months following the date a Participant incurs a Disability, and may then be exercised for three (3) years following the vesting date.
Death. If a Participant dies while actively employed by the Company, or after incurring a Disability, all unvested SARs will vest as of the date of death and become exercisable. A Participant’s estate will have three (3) years from the date of death (or until the expiration of the SAR, if earlier) to exercise all outstanding SARs, provided however, that if a SAR expires prior to the expiration of the three-year extension period, the SAR will be deemed to be exercised by the Participant’s estate as of the SAR expiration date with net proceeds (where applicable) held for distribution to the estate.
Different tax rules may apply when the estate or heir exercises the deceased Participant’s SARs. A personal tax or financial advisor should be consulted under this scenario.
Change-in-Control Termination. If a Participant’s termination results from an involuntary termination by the Company for reasons other than for Cause, or due to the Participant’s voluntary termination for “Good Reason,” in each case, within 24 months following a Change-in-Control in accordance with Section 10(d) of the LTIP (such Termination of Service, a “CIC Termination”), then all unvested SARs will vest and become exercisable as of the Termination Date and all vested SARs will be exercisable until the third anniversary of the Termination Date (or until the expiration of the SAR, if earlier).
Forfeiture of Award and Repayment of Realized Gains
SARs, whether or not vested, will be immediately forfeited and a Participant will be obligated to repay to the Company the value realized from the prior exercise of SARs upon the occurrence of any of the following events:
(i) Termination for Cause (as defined in the LTIP);
(ii) A determination that the Participant engaged in conduct that could have constituted the basis for a Termination for Cause, including determinations made within three years following the Termination Date;
(iii) Within twenty-four months following the Termination Date, the Participant:
(A) Solicits a Company employee, or individual who had been a Company employee within the previous three months, for an opportunity outside of the Company; or
(B) Publicly disparages the Company, its employees, directors, products, or otherwise makes a public statement that is materially detrimental to the interests of the Company or such individuals; or
(iv) At any time during the twelve-month period following the Termination Date the Participant becomes employed by, consults for, or otherwise renders services to any business entity or person (A) engaged in activities that compete with the Company or the business unit that employed the Participant; or (B) that is a material customer of or a material supplier to the Company or the business unit that employed the Participant, unless, in either case, the Participant has first obtained the consent of the Chief Human Resources Officer or her or his delegate. This restriction applies to competitors, customers, and suppliers of each business unit that employed the Participant within the two-year period prior to the Termination Date. The determination of status of competitors, customers, and suppliers will be made by the Chief Human Resources Officer (or her or his delegate) in her or his sole discretion.
The Participant agrees that the foregoing restrictions are reasonable and that the value of the LTIP awards is reasonable consideration for accepting such restrictions and forfeiture contingencies. However, if any portion of this section is held by competent authority to be unenforceable, this section shall be deemed amended to limit its scope to the broadest scope that such authority determines is enforceable, and as so amended shall continue in effect. The Participant acknowledges that this Award shall constitute compensation in satisfaction of these covenants. Further details concerning the forfeiture of Awards and the obligation to repay gains realized from LTIP Awards are set forth in Section 14(i) of the LTIP, which can be located at www.ubs.com/onesource/CARR.
If the Company engages in a transaction affecting its capital structure, such as a merger, distribution of a special dividend, spin-off of a business unit, stock split, subdivision or consolidation of shares of Common Stock or other events affecting the value of Common Stock, SAR Awards may be adjusted as determined by the Committee, in its sole discretion.
Further information concerning capital adjustments is set forth in Section 3(e) of the LTIP, which can be located at www.ubs.com/onesource/CARR.
In the event of a Change-in-Control or restructuring of the Company, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, take certain actions with respect to outstanding Awards to assure fair and equitable treatment of LTIP Participants. Such actions may include the acceleration of vesting, canceling an outstanding Award in exchange for its equivalent cash value (as determined by the Committee), or providing for other adjustments or modifications to outstanding Awards as the Committee may deem appropriate. Further details concerning Change-in-Control are set forth in Section 10 of the LTIP, which can be located at www.ubs.com/onesource/CARR.
Awards Not to Affect Certain Transactions
SAR Awards do not in any way affect the right of the Company or its shareowners to effect: (i) any adjustments, recapitalizations, reorganizations or other changes in the Company’s capital or business structure; (ii) any merger or consolidation of the Company; (iii) any issue of bonds, debentures, shares of stock preferred to, or otherwise affecting the Common Stock of the Company or the rights of the holders of such Common Stock; (iv) the dissolution or liquidation of the Company; (v) any sale or transfer of all or any part of its assets or business; or (vi) any other corporate act or proceeding.
Taxes / Withholding
The Participant is responsible for all income taxes, social insurance contributions, payroll taxes, payment on account or other tax-related items attributable to any Award (“Tax-Related Items”). The provisions of Section 14(d) (Required Taxes) of the LTIP apply to this Award; provided that, if the Participant is an individual covered under Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, at the time that a taxable event occurs, then the Company’s withholding obligations with respect to such taxable event will be satisfied by the Company withholding shares of Common Stock subject to the SAR Award having a Fair Market Value on the date of exercise equal to the amount required to be withheld for tax purposes (calculated using the minimum statutory withholding rate, except as otherwise approved by the Committee). The Company shall have the right to deduct directly from any payment or delivery of shares due to a Participant or from a Participant’s regular compensation to effect compliance with all Tax-Related Items, including withholding and reporting with respect to the exercise of any SAR. Acceptance of an Award constitutes affirmative consent by a Participant to such reporting and withholding. The Participant acknowledges that the ultimate liability for all Tax-Related Items is and remains the Participant’s responsibility and may exceed the amount actually withheld by the Company. Further, if the Participant has become subject to tax in more than one jurisdiction between the date of grant and the date of any relevant taxable event, the Participant acknowledges that the Company may be required to withhold or account for Tax-Related Items in more than one jurisdiction. In those countries where there is no withholding on account of such Tax-Related Items, Participants must pay the appropriate taxes as required by any country where they are subject to tax. In those instances where Company is required to calculate and remit withholding on Tax-Related Items after shares have already been delivered, the Participant shall pay the Company any amount of Tax-Related Items that the Company is required to pay. The Company may refuse to distribute an Award if a Participant fails to comply with his or her obligations in connection with Tax-Related Items.
Important information about the U.S. Federal income tax consequences of LTIP Awards can be found in the LTIP Prospectus at www.ubs.com/onesource/CARR.
Unless otherwise approved by the Committee or its delegate, no assignment or transfer of any right or interest of a Participant in any SAR Award, whether voluntary or involuntary, by operation of law or otherwise, is permitted except by will or the laws of descent and distribution. Any other attempt to assign such rights or interest shall be void and without force or effect.
Nature of Payments
All Awards made pursuant to the LTIP are in consideration of services performed for the Company. Any gains realized pursuant to such Awards constitute a special incentive payment to the Participant and will not be taken into account as compensation for purposes of any of the employee benefit plans of the Company. Awards are made at the discretion of the Committee. Receipt of a current Award does not guarantee receipt of a future Award.
Right of Discharge Reserved
Nothing in the LTIP or in any SAR Award shall confer upon any Participant the right to continued employment or service for any period of time, or affect any right that the Company may have to terminate the employment of any Participant at any time for any reason.
The Board of Directors of the Company has delegated the administration and interpretation of the Awards granted pursuant to the LTIP to the Compensation Committee. The Committee establishes such procedures as it deems necessary and appropriate to administer Awards in a manner that is consistent with the terms of the LTIP. The Committee has, consistent with its charter and subject to certain limitations, delegated to the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Human Resources Officer (and to such subordinates as he or she may further delegate) the authority to grant, administer, and interpret Awards, provided that, such delegation will not apply with respect to employees of the Company who are covered under Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and to members of the Company’s Executive Leadership Group. Awards to these individuals will be granted, administered, and interpreted exclusively by the Committee. The Committee’s decision or that of its delegate on any matter related to an Award shall be binding, final, and conclusive on all parties in interest.
The Company maintains electronic records for the purpose of administering the LTIP and individual Awards. In the normal course of plan administration, electronic data may be transferred to different sites within the Company and to outside service providers. Acceptance of an Award constitutes consent by the Participant to the collection, use, processing, transmission, and holding of personal data, in electronic or other form, as required for the implementation, administration, and management of this Award and the LTIP by the Company or its third-party administrators within or outside the country in which the Participant resides or works. All such collection, use, processing, transmission, and holding of data will comply with applicable privacy protection requirements. If you do not want to have your personal data shared, you may choose to not accept this Award.
Company Compliance Policies
Participants must comply with the Company’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Policies and Procedures. Violations can result in the forfeiture of Awards and the obligation to repay previous gains realized from LTIP Awards. The Carrier Code of Ethics and Corporate Policy Manual are available online on the Company’s internal home page.
This Schedule of Terms provides a summary of terms applicable to the SAR Award. This Schedule of Terms and each Award Agreement are subject in all respects to the terms of the LTIP, which can be located at www.ubs.com/onesource/CARR. In the event that any provision of this Schedule of Terms or any Award Agreement is inconsistent with the terms of the LTIP, the terms of the LTIP shall govern. Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined herein shall have the meanings as defined in the LTIP. Any question concerning administration or interpretation arising under the Schedule of Terms or any Award Agreement will be determined by the Committee or its delegates, and such determination shall be final, binding, and conclusive upon all parties in interest. If this Schedule of Terms or any other document related to this Award is translated into a language other than English and a conflict arises between the English and translated version, the English version will control.
The LTIP, this Schedule of Terms, and the Award Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware.
Questions concerning the LTIP or Awards and requests for LTIP documents can be directed to:
Stock Plan Administrator
Carrier Global Corporation
Attn: Stock Plan Administrator
13995 Pasteur Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
The Company and / or its approved Stock Plan Administrator will send any Award-related communications to the Participant’s email address or physical address on record. It is the responsibility of the Participant to ensure that both the e-mail and physical address on record are up-to-date and accurate at all times to ensure delivery of Award-related communications.