Form of Strategic Performance Unit Grant Agreement under the DCP Midstream, LP 2016 Long-Term Incentive Plan

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DCP Midstream, LP
2016 Long-Term Incentive Plan
Form of Strategic Performance Unit Award Agreement

Awardee:  __________
Award Date:   __________
(also known as Grant Date)
Performance Period:  __________

1.Award of Strategic Performance Units (also known as Grant). DCP Services, LLC (the “Company”) hereby grants to you Performance Awards hereafter referred to as Strategic Performance Units (“SPUs”) allocated as __________ DCP common units under the DCP Midstream, LP Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) on the terms and conditions set forth herein. The number of SPUs has been determined based on the average closing price of the DCP common units during the last twenty trading days immediately prior to the Performance Period Date and includes a tandem Dividend Equivalent Right (“DER”) grant with respect to each SPU. The Company will establish a DER bookkeeping account for you with respect to each SPU granted that shall be credited with an amount equal to the cash dividends, expressed in US dollars, made during the Performance Period with respect to the DCP common units. Unless otherwise defined herein, terms used, but not defined, in this Award Agreement shall have the same meaning as set forth in the Plan.
2.Performance Goals and Vesting. The SPUs are considered “Vested” once they are no longer forfeitable. The SPUs granted hereunder shall become Vested only if (i) the performance goals set forth in the “Performance Schedule” attached hereto are achieved at the end of the Performance Period and (ii) you have not ceased to be an Employee for any reason (a “Termination of Service”) prior to the end of the Performance Period, except as provided in Paragraph 3 below. To the extent the performance goals are not achieved, the SPUs shall be forfeited automatically at the end of the Performance Period without payment.
3.Contingent Vesting Events. You may become contingently Vested prior to the end of the Performance Period as provided below, but unless the performance goals for the Performance Period are achieved, you will not become entitled to a payment with respect to SPUs.
(a) Death, Disability, Retirement or Layoff. If you incur a Termination of Service after the first anniversary of your initial Award Date for the year as a result of your death, disability, Retirement or layoff, a percentage of your SPUs will become contingently Vested in a pro-rata share (rounded to the nearest whole SPU) based on the number of days in the Performance Period that have lapsed through the date of your Termination of Service over the total number of days in the Performance Period. The number of your SPUs that do not become contingently Vested as provided above will be forfeited automatically on the date of your Termination of Service without payment.
(b) Other Terminations of Service. If your Termination of Service occurs prior to the end of the Performance Period for any reason other than as provided in Paragraph 3(a) above, all of your SPUs and DERs shall be forfeited without payment automatically upon the date of your Termination of Service.
4.Payments.
(a) SPUs. As soon as administratively practicable after the last day of the Performance Period the Committee will determine whether, and the extent to which, the performance goals set forth on the Performance Schedule have been achieved and the number of your SPUs that have become Vested as a result of such achievement. The Company will then pay you in cash an amount equal to the



average closing price of your Vested SPUs based on the last twenty trading days immediately prior to the end of the Performance Period, less any taxes the Company is required to withhold from such payment. Payment will be made as soon as practicable after the end of the Performance Period, but no later than 2½ months following the end of the calendar year in which the Performance Period terminates, less all applicable taxes required to be withheld therefrom, unless deferred into the Executive Deferred Compensation Plan in accordance with Code Section 409A.
(b) DERs. As soon as administratively practicable after the end of the Performance Period (but no later than 2½ months following the end of the Plan year in which the Performance Period terminates), the Company shall pay you in cash, with respect to each SPU that became Vested at the end of the Performance Period, an amount equal to the DERs credited to your DER account during the Performance Period with respect to such Vested SPUs, less any taxes the Company is required to withhold from such payment.
5.Limitations Upon Transfer. All rights under this Award Agreement shall belong to you alone and may not be transferred, assigned, pledged, or hypothecated by you in any way (whether by operation of law or otherwise), other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution or by a beneficiary designation form filed with the Company in accordance with the procedures established by the Company for such designation, and shall not be subject to execution, attachment, or similar process. Upon any attempt by you to transfer, assign, pledge, hypothecate, or otherwise dispose of such rights contrary to the provisions in this Award Agreement or the Plan, or upon the levy of any attachment or similar process upon such rights, such rights shall immediately become null and void.
6.Binding Effect. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of any successor or successors of the Company and upon any person lawfully claiming under you.
7.Entire Agreement. This Agreement along with the Plan constitutes the entire agreement of the parties with regard to the subject matter hereof, and contains all the covenants, promises, representations, warranties and agreements between the parties with respect to the SPUs granted hereby. Without limiting the scope of the preceding sentence, all prior understandings and agreements, if any, among the parties hereto relating to the subject matter hereof are hereby null and void and of no further force and effect.
8.Modifications. Any modification of this Agreement shall be effective only if it is in writing and signed by both you and an authorized officer of the Company.
9.Governing Law. This award shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Colorado, without regard to conflicts of laws or principles thereof.
10.Plan Controls. By accepting this Award, you acknowledge and agree that the SPUs are granted under and governed by the terms and conditions of this Award Agreement and the Plan, a copy of which has been furnished to you. In the event of any conflict between the Plan and this Award Agreement, the terms of the Plan shall control. All decisions or interpretations of the Committee upon any questions relating to the Plan or this Award Agreement are binding, conclusive and final on all persons.
        




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