Form of 2021 Restricted Stock Award Agreement
CONCHO RESOURCES INC.
2019 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN
RESTRICTED STOCK AGREEMENT
THIS RESTRICTED STOCK AGREEMENT (this Agreement) is made on <award_date> (the Date of Grant), between CONCHO RESOURCES INC., a Delaware corporation (the Company), and <first_name> <last_name> (the Employee).
1. Award. Pursuant to the CONCHO RESOURCES INC. 2019 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN (the Plan), as of the Date of Grant, <shares_awarded> shares (the Restricted Shares) of the Companys common stock, par value $0.001 per share, shall be issued as hereinafter provided in the Employees name subject to certain restrictions thereon. The Restricted Shares shall be issued upon acceptance hereof by the Employee and upon satisfaction of the conditions of this Agreement. The Employee acknowledges receipt of a copy of the Plan, and agrees that this award of Restricted Shares shall be subject to all of the terms and provisions of the Plan, including future amendments thereto, if any, pursuant to the terms thereof.
2. Definitions. Capitalized terms used in this Agreement that are not defined below or in the body of this Agreement shall have the meanings given to them in the Plan. In addition to the terms defined in the body of this Agreement, the following capitalized words and terms shall have the meanings indicated below:
(a) Cause shall have the meaning assigned to such term under the Severance Plan.
(b) Change of Control shall have the meaning assigned to such term under the Severance Plan.
(c) Disability shall have the meaning assigned to such term under the Severance Plan.
(d) Earned Shares means the Restricted Shares after the lapse of the Forfeiture Restrictions without forfeiture.
(e) Forfeiture Restrictions shall have the meaning specified in Section 3(a) hereof.
(f) Qualifying Termination shall have the meaning assigned to such term under the Severance Plan.
(g) Severance Plan shall mean that certain Concho Resources Inc. Executive Severance Plan, as amended from time to time in accordance with the terms thereof.
3. Restricted Shares. The Employee hereby accepts the Restricted Shares when issued and agrees with respect thereto as follows:
(a) Forfeiture Restrictions. The Restricted Shares may not be sold, assigned, pledged, exchanged, hypothecated or otherwise transferred, encumbered or disposed of, and in the event of termination of the Employees employment with the Company for any reason other than as described in Section 3(b) below, the Employee shall, for no consideration, forfeit to the Company all Restricted Shares. The prohibition against transfer and the obligation to forfeit and surrender Restricted Shares to the Company upon termination of employment as provided in the preceding sentence are herein referred to as the Forfeiture Restrictions. The Forfeiture Restrictions shall be binding upon and enforceable against any transferee of Restricted Shares.
(b) Lapse of Forfeiture Restrictions. Provided that the Employee has been continuously employed by the Company from the Date of Grant through the lapse date set forth in the following schedule, the Forfeiture Restrictions shall lapse with respect to a percentage of the Restricted Shares determined in accordance with the following schedule: <vesting_schedule>
Notwithstanding the foregoing, (i) subject to Section 3.4 (relating to a release agreement) of the Severance Plan, if the Employees employment with the Company is terminated by the Company without Cause, and not by reason of death or Disability, then the Forfeiture Restrictions shall lapse with respect to a pro-rated number of then unvested Restricted Shares based upon the number of days that the Employee was employed by the Company during the vesting period applicable to such unvested Restricted Shares divided by the total number of days in such vesting period, (ii) if the Employees employment with the Company is terminated by reason of death or Disability, then the Forfeiture Restrictions shall lapse with respect to 100% of the Restricted Shares effective as of the date of such termination, and (iii) subject to the provisions of Section 3.4 (relating to a release agreement) and Section 3.5 (relating to parachute payments) of the Severance Plan, if the Employees employment with the Company shall be subject to an Qualifying Termination within the two-year period beginning on the date upon which a Change of Control occurs, then the Forfeiture Restrictions shall lapse with respect to 100% of the Restricted Shares effective as of the date of such Qualifying Termination. Any shares with respect to which the Forfeiture Restrictions do not lapse in accordance with the preceding provisions of this Section 3(b) shall be forfeited to the Company for no consideration as of the date of the termination of the Employees employment with the Company.
(c) Certificates. A certificate evidencing the Restricted Shares shall be issued by the Company in the Employees name, pursuant to which the Employee shall have all of the rights of a stockholder of the Company with respect to the Restricted Shares, including, without limitation, voting rights and the right to receive dividends (provided, however, that dividends paid in shares of the Companys stock shall be subject to the Forfeiture Restrictions and further provided that dividends that are paid other than in shares of the Companys stock shall be paid no later than the end of the calendar year in which the dividend for such class of stock is paid to stockholders of such class or, if later, the 15th day of the third month following the date the dividend is paid to stockholders of such class of stock). Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company may, in its discretion, elect to complete the delivery of the Restricted Shares by means of electronic, book-entry statement, rather than issuing physical share certificates. The Employee may not sell, transfer, pledge, exchange, hypothecate or otherwise dispose of the stock until the Forfeiture Restrictions have expired, and a breach of the terms of this Agreement shall cause a forfeiture of the Restricted Shares. The certificate, if any, shall be delivered upon issuance to the Secretary of the Company or to such other depository as may be designated by the Committee as a depository for safekeeping until the forfeiture of such Restricted Shares occurs or the Forfeiture Restrictions lapse pursuant to the terms of the Plan and this Agreement. At the Companys request, the Employee shall deliver to the Company a stock power, endorsed in blank, relating to the Restricted Shares. Upon the lapse of the Forfeiture Restrictions without forfeiture, the Company shall cause a new certificate or certificates to be issued without legend (except for any legend required pursuant to applicable securities laws or any other agreement to which the Employee is a party) in the name of the Employee in exchange for the certificate evidencing the Restricted Shares or, as may be the case, the Company shall issue appropriate instructions to the transfer agent if the electronic, book-entry method is utilized.
(d) Corporate Acts. The existence of the Restricted Shares shall not affect in any way the right or power of the Board or the stockholders of the Company to make or authorize any adjustment, recapitalization, reorganization or other change in the Companys capital structure or its business, any merger or consolidation of the Company, any issue of debt or equity securities, the dissolution or liquidation of the Company or any sale, lease, exchange or other disposition of all or any part of its assets or business or any other corporate act or proceeding. The prohibitions of Section 3(a) hereof shall not apply to the transfer of Restricted Shares pursuant to a plan of reorganization of the Company, but the stock, securities or other property received in exchange therefor shall also become subject to the Forfeiture Restrictions and provisions governing the lapsing of such Forfeiture Restrictions applicable to the original Restricted Shares for all purposes of this Agreement, and the certificates, if any, representing such stock, securities or other property shall be legended to show such restrictions.
(e) Conoco Merger. In the event that a Change of Control occurs as a result of the consummation of the transactions described in that certain Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of October 18, 2020, among ConocoPhillips, a Delaware corporation (Parent), Falcon Merger Sub Corp., a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned Subsidiary of Parent, and the Company (as amended, the Conoco Merger Agreement), at the Effective Time, the Restricted Shares shall, in accordance with Section 3.2(a) of the Conoco Merger Agreement, be cancelled and converted into a Parent Restricted Stock Award in respect of a number of whole shares of Parent Common Stock (rounded up to the nearest whole share) equal to the product of (x) the number of shares of the Companys common stock subject to such Restricted Shares multiplied by (y) the Exchange Ratio. As converted , the Parent Restricted Stock Award shall vest one-third per year on the first, second and third anniversaries of the Date of Grant and shall otherwise be subject to substantially the terms and conditions set forth herein, including, but not limited to, accelerated vesting upon a Qualifying Termination as described in Section 3(b) hereof. Capitalized terms used, but not defined in this Section 3(e) shall have the meanings set forth in the Conoco Merger Agreement. [In addition, in the event transactions contemplated by the Conoco Merger Agreement are completed, the Succession Restricted Shares that were granted to you on January 2, 2019 shall vest in three equal installments on each of January 2, 2022, 2023 and 2024, subject to such other terms and conditions of the applicable award agreement (including immediate vesting acceleration upon a Qualifying Termination (as defined therein).]1
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4. Withholding of Tax. To the extent that the receipt of the Restricted Shares or the lapse of any Forfeiture Restrictions results in compensation income or wages to the Employee for federal, state or local tax purposes, the Employee shall deliver to the Company at the time of such receipt or lapse, as the case may be, such amount of money as the Company may require to meet its minimum obligation under applicable tax laws or regulations, and if the Employee fails to do so, the Company is authorized to withhold from any cash or stock remuneration (including withholding any Restricted Shares or Earned Shares distributable to the Employee under this Agreement) then or thereafter payable to the Employee any tax required to be withheld by reason of such resulting compensation income or wages. The Employee acknowledges and agrees that the Company is making no representation or warranty as to the tax consequences to the Employee as a result of the receipt of the Restricted Shares, the lapse of any Forfeiture Restrictions or the forfeiture of any Restricted Shares pursuant to the Forfeiture Restrictions.
5. Status of Stock. The Employee agrees that the Restricted Shares and Earned Shares issued under this Agreement will not be sold or otherwise disposed of in any manner which would constitute a violation of any applicable federal or state securities laws. The Employee also agrees that (a) the certificates, if any, representing the Restricted Shares and Earned Shares may bear such legend or legends as the Committee deems appropriate in order to reflect the Forfeiture Restrictions and to assure compliance with the terms and provisions of this Agreement and applicable securities laws, (b) the Company may refuse to register the transfer of the Restricted Shares or Earned Shares on the stock transfer records of the Company if such proposed transfer would constitute a violation of the Forfeiture Restrictions or, in the opinion of counsel satisfactory to the Company, of any applicable securities law, and (c) the Company may give related instructions to its transfer agent, if any, to stop registration of the transfer of the Restricted Shares.
6. Employment Relationship. For purposes of this Agreement, the Employee shall be considered to be in the employment of the Company as long as the Employee remains an employee of either the Company or an Affiliate. Without limiting the scope of the preceding sentence, it is specifically provided that the Employee shall be considered to have terminated employment with the Company at the time of the termination of the Affiliate status of the entity or other organization that employs the Employee. Nothing in the adoption of the Plan, nor the award of the Restricted Shares thereunder pursuant to this Agreement, shall confer upon the Employee the right to continued employment by the Company or affect in any way the right of the Company to terminate such employment at any time. Unless otherwise provided in a written employment agreement or by applicable law, the Employees employment by the Company shall be on an at-will basis, and the employment relationship may be terminated at any time by either the Employee or the Company for any reason whatsoever, with or without cause or notice. Any question as to whether and when there has been a termination of such employment, and the cause of such termination, shall be determined by the Committee or its delegate, and its determination shall be final.
7. Notices. Any notices or other communications provided for in this Agreement shall be sufficient if in writing. In the case of the Employee, such notices or communications shall be effectively delivered if hand delivered to the Employee at the Employees principal place of employment or if sent by registered or certified mail to the Employee at the last address the Employee has filed with the Company. In the case of the Company, such notices or communications shall be effectively delivered if sent by registered or certified mail to the Company at its principal executive offices.
8. Entire Agreement; Amendment. This Agreement replaces and merges all previous agreements and discussions relating to the same or similar subject matters between the Employee and the Company and constitutes the entire agreement between the Employee and the Company with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement. This Agreement may not be modified in any respect by any verbal statement, representation or agreement made by any employee, officer, or representative of the Company or by any written agreement unless signed by an officer of the Company who is expressly authorized by the Company to execute such document.
9. Binding Effect; Survival. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of any successors to the Company and all persons lawfully claiming under the Employee. The provisions of Section 5 shall survive the lapse of the Forfeiture Restrictions without forfeiture.
10. Controlling Law. This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Texas, without regard to conflicts of law principles thereof, or, if applicable, the laws of the United States.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this Agreement to be duly executed by an officer thereunto duly authorized, and the Employee has executed this Agreement, all as of the date first above written.
|CONCHO RESOURCES INC.|
|Name:||Timothy A. Leach|
|Title:||Chief Executive Officer|