EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION
2001 EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLAN
FOR UNITED STATES EMPLOYEES
(As Amended and Restated May 7, 2020)
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
2001 Employee Stock Purchase Plan
For United States Employees
(As Amended and Restated May 7, 2020)
ARTICLE I -- PURPOSE
The Edwards Lifesciences Corporation 2001 Employee Stock Purchase Plan for United States Employees is intended to provide a method whereby employees of Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (the “Company”) and its participating subsidiary companies authorized by the Committee (or an officer designated by the Committee pursuant to Section 9.02) to extend the benefits of the Plan to their Eligible Employees will have an opportunity to acquire a proprietary interest in the Company through the purchase of shares of the Company’s common stock. It is the intention of the Company to have the Plan qualify as an "employee stock purchase plan" under Section 423 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, although the Company makes no undertaking or representation to maintain such qualification. The provisions of the Plan shall be construed so as to extend and limit participation in a manner consistent with the requirements of Code Section 423.
The Plan was initially adopted by the Board on February 8, 2001, and subsequently approved by the stockholders on May 10, 2001. The Plan was subsequently amended and restated by the Board on February 20, 2003, September 13, 2005, February 15, 2007, July 9, 2009, November 10, 2009, February 21, 2013, February 23, 2017 and May 7, 2020.
ARTICLE II -- DEFINITIONS
"Base Pay" shall mean regular straight-time earnings plus commissions and payments in lieu of regular earnings (such as vacation, sick pay and holiday pay). In the case of a part-time hourly employee, such employee's base pay during an Offering shall be determined by multiplying such employee's hourly rate of pay by the number of regularly scheduled hours of work for such employee during such Offering.
“Change in Control” of the Company shall mean the occurrence of any one of the following events:
Any “Person”, as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Exchange Act (other than the Company, any corporation owned, directly or indirectly, by the stockholders of the Company in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of stock of the Company, and any trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of the Company or such proportionately owned corporation), is or becomes the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing thirty percent (30%) or more of the combined voting power of the Company’s then outstanding securities; or
During any period of not more than twenty-four (24) months, individuals who at the beginning of such period constitute the Board of Directors of the Company, and any new director (other than a director designated by a Person who has entered into an agreement with the Company to effect a transaction described in Sections 2.02(a), 2.02(c), or 2.02(d) of this Section 2.02) whose election by the Board or nomination for election by the Company’s stockholders was approved by a vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the directors then still in office who either
were directors at the beginning of the period or whose election or nomination for election was previously so approved, cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority thereof; or
The consummation of a merger or consolidation of the Company with any other entity, other than: (i) a merger or consolidation which would result in the voting securities of the Company outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into voting securities of the surviving entity) more than sixty percent (60%) of the combined voting power of the voting securities of the Company or such surviving entity outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation; or (ii) a merger or consolidation effected to implement a recapitalization of the Company (or similar transaction) in which no Person acquires more than thirty percent (30%) of the combined voting power of the Company’s then outstanding securities; or
The Company’s stockholders approve a plan of complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company, or an agreement for the sale or disposition by the Company of all or substantially all of the Company’s assets (or any transaction having a similar effect).
“Code” shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
"Committee" shall mean the individuals appointed by the Company to administer the Plan as described in Article IX.
“Company” shall mean Edwards Lifesciences Corporation.
“Corporate Affiliate” shall mean any parent or subsidiary corporation or limited liability company of the Company (as determined in accordance with Code section 424), whether now existing or subsequently established.
"Eligible Employee" means, unless local laws prohibit such employee’s participation in the Plan, any regular employee of a Participating Company who is scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week.
2.08. Enrollment Period
"Enrollment Period" shall mean with respect to any Offering, the period designated by the Committee prior to such Offering during which Eligible Employees may authorize payroll deductions through a Subscription. Unless the Committee determines otherwise, the Enrollment Period with respect to any Offering shall end on the twenty-fifth day of the month immediately preceding the Offering Commencement Date and any Subscription received after such date shall be deemed to be an enrollment in the next following Offering.
“Exchange Act” shall mean the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended from time to time, or any successor thereto.
The “Fair Market Value” of a share of Stock on a given day shall be determined as follows: (i) if the Stock is listed on any established stock exchange or a national market system (a) for any date of determination except the Purchase Date, Fair Market Value shall be the closing sales price for such stock (or the closing bid, if no sale is reported) as quoted on such exchange or system for the last market trading day prior to the time of determination, as reported in The Wall Street Journal or such other source as the Committee deems reliable; (b) for the Purchase Date, Fair Market Value shall be the closing sales price for such stock (or the closing bid, if no sale is reported) as quoted on such exchange or system on the Purchase Date, as reported in The Wall Street Journal or such other source as the Committee deems reliable, or (ii) in the absence of an established market for the Stock, the Fair Market Value thereof shall be determined in good faith by the Committee.
“Offering” shall mean the quarterly offering of the Company’s Stock, the duration of which shall not exceed twenty seven (27) months.
Offering Commencement Date
“Offering Commencement Date” shall mean June 1, 2001 and, unless determined otherwise by the Committee, the first day of each calendar quarter thereafter.
"Offering End Date" shall mean, with respect to each Offering beginning prior to July 1, 2007, the first to occur of the day preceding the second annual anniversary of the Offering Commencement Date or the day preceding July 1, 2007, unless determined otherwise by the Committee prior to the Offering Commencement Date or such date as determined pursuant to Section 6.04. “Offering End Date” shall mean, with respect to each Offering beginning on or after July 1, 2007, the day preceding the first annual anniversary of the Offering Commencement Date, unless determined otherwise by the Committee prior to the Offering Commencement Date or such date as determined pursuant to Section 6.04.
“Participant” shall mean an Eligible Employee who has elected to participate in an Offering by entering a Subscription during the Enrollment Period for such Offering.
“Participating Company” shall mean the Company and each Corporate Affiliate as may be authorized from time to time by the Committee to extend the benefits of the Plan to their Eligible Employees and set forth in Appendix A to this Plan.
"Plan" shall mean the Edwards Lifesciences Corporation 2001 Employee Stock Purchase Plan for United States Employees, as amended from time to time.
“Purchase Date” shall mean with respect to any Offering, the last day of each calendar quarter (or such other dates determined by the Committee prior to the Offering Commencement Date or pursuant to Section 6.04) during the period beginning with the Offering Commencement Date for such Offering and ending with the Offering End Date; provided, however, if any such day is not a business day, the Purchase Date shall be the next preceding business date on which shares of Stock are traded.
“Stock” shall mean the common stock, par value $1.00, of the Company.
“Subscription” shall mean an Eligible Employee’s authorization for payroll deductions made in the form and manner specified by the Committee (which may include enrollment by submitting forms, by voice response, internet access or other electronic means). Unless withdrawn earlier in accordance with Section 6.02, each Subscription shall be in effect for the duration of the Offering to which it applies. No more than one Subscription may be in effect for an Eligible Employee during any calendar quarter.
ARTICLE III -- ELIGIBILITY AND PARTICIPATION
Any individual who is an Eligible Employee on an Offering Commencement Date shall be eligible to participate in the Offering commencing on such date, subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan.
For purposes of participation in the Plan, a Participant on a leave of absence shall be deemed to be an employee for a period of up to 90 days or, if longer, during the period the Participant’s right to reemployment is guaranteed by statute or contract. If the leave of absence is paid, deductions authorized under any Subscription in effect at the time the leave began will continue. If the leave of absence is unpaid, no deductions or contributions will be permitted during the leave. If such a Participant returns to active status within 90 days or the guaranteed reemployment period, as applicable, payroll deductions under the Subscription in effect at the time the leave began will automatically begin again upon the Participant's return to active status, unless the Subscription has expired. If the Participant does not return to active status within 90 days or the guaranteed reemployment period, as applicable, the Participant shall be treated as having terminated employment for all purposes of the Plan. If such terminated Participant later returns to active employment as an Eligible Employee or if a Participant returns to active employment as an Eligible Employee after the Subscription has expired, such individual will be treated as a new employee and will be eligible to participate in Offerings commencing after his or her reemployment date by filing a Subscription during the applicable Enrollment Period for such Offering.
Restrictions on Participation
Notwithstanding any provisions of the Plan to the contrary, no Eligible Employee shall be granted a right to purchase Stock:
if, immediately after the grant, such employee would own Stock, and/or hold outstanding options to purchase Stock, possessing 5% or more of the total combined voting power or value of all classes of the Company’s stock (for purposes of this paragraph, the rules of Section 424(d) of the Code shall apply in determining stock ownership of any employee); or
which permits the employee’s rights to purchase Stock under all employee stock purchase plans of the Company to accrue at a rate which exceeds $25,000 in Fair Market Value of the Stock (determined at the time such right to purchase Stock is granted) for each calendar year in which such right is outstanding (as computed to comply with Section 423(b)(8) of the Code).
Further, with respect to any Offering, in no event shall an employee be granted a right to purchase in excess of 10,000 shares of Stock, subject to adjustment pursuant to Section 10.03.
Commencement of Participation
An Eligible Employee may become a Participant in any Offering by entering a Subscription during the Enrollment Period for such Offering. Payroll deductions for such Offering shall commence on the applicable Offering Commencement Date and shall end on the applicable Offering End Date unless withdrawn by the Participant or sooner terminated in accordance with Article VII. Only one Subscription may be in effect with respect to any Participant at any one time.
Participation After Rehire
An Eligible Employee’s Subscription will automatically terminate on the date he or she is no longer an employee of any Participating Company. If the Eligible Employee terminates employment with a Subscription in effect with respect to an Offering and is rehired prior to the Offering End Date for that Offering, the Subscription will not be reinstated and the Eligible Employee will not be allowed to again make payroll deductions under such Offering. The Eligible Employee may elect to participate in Offerings commencing after his or her reemployment date by entering a Subscription during the applicable Enrollment Period for such Offering. Notwithstanding the foregoing, an Eligible Employee’s transfer from one Participating Company to another shall not terminate such Eligible Employee’s Subscription.
An Eligible Employee’s transfer from one Participating Company under this Plan to another shall not terminate such Eligible Employee’s Subscription.
If an Eligible Employee transfers to a Corporate Affiliate that is not a Participating Company under this Plan, the employee will be treated as a terminated Participant under this Plan. The employee may become eligible to participate in the Company’s stock purchase plan for international employees if the employee is transferred to a subsidiary or affiliate of the Company that is designated to participate in the stock purchase plan for international employees subject to the terms and conditions set forth in that plan.
ARTICLE IV -- OFFERINGS
The Plan commenced with an Offering beginning on June 1, 2001 and, unless determined otherwise by the Committee, will continue in operation with a new Offering commencing on the first day of each calendar quarter thereafter. Eligible Employees may not have in effect more than one Subscription at a time.
Participants may subscribe to any Offering by entering a Subscription during the Enrollment Period for such Offering in such manner as the Committee may prescribe (which may include enrollment by submitting forms, by voice response, internet access or other electronic means).
A Subscription that is in effect on an Offering End Date will automatically be deemed to be a Subscription for the Offering that commences immediately following such Offering End Date, provided that the Participant is still an Eligible Employee and has not withdrawn the Subscription. Under the foregoing automatic enrollment provisions, payroll deductions will continue at the level in effect immediately prior to the new Offering Commencement Date, unless changed in advance by the Participant in accordance with Section 5.03.
The purchase price per share of Stock under each Offering shall be the lower of:
85% of the Fair Market Value of the Stock on the Offering Commencement Date; or
85% of the Fair Market Value of the Stock on the Purchase Date.
Such purchase price may only be paid with accumulated payroll deductions in accordance with Article V.
ARTICLE V -- PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS
Amount of Deduction
An Eligible Employee’s Subscription shall authorize payroll deductions at a rate, in whole percentages, of no less than 1% and no more than 12% of Base Pay on each payday that the Subscription is in effect.
All payroll deductions made with respect to a Participant shall be credited to his or her recordkeeping account under the Plan. A Participant may not make any separate cash payment into such account. No interest will accrue or be paid on any amount withheld from a Participant’s pay under the Plan or credited to the Participant’s account. Except in the case that any purchase limits set forth under the Plan would be exceeded, all amounts in a Participant’s account will be used to purchase shares of Stock and no cash refunds shall be made from such account. Shares of Stock issued may be whole shares and/or fractional shares. Any amounts that are withheld but unable to be applied to the purchase of Stock because of the limitations of Section 3.03 shall be returned to the Participant without interest and will not be used to purchase shares with respect to any other Offering under the Plan.
Changes in Payroll Deductions
During an Offering, a Participant may change his or her level of payroll deduction with respect to such Offering within the limits described in Section 5.01 in accordance with procedures established by the Committee (including, without limitation, rules relating to the frequency of such changes); provided, however, if the Participant reduces his or her payroll deductions to zero, it shall be deemed to be a withdrawal of the Subscription and the Participant may not thereafter participate in such Offering but must wait until the next Offering to resubscribe to the Plan. Any such discontinuance or change in level shall be effective as soon as administratively practicable.
ARTICLE VI -- EXERCISE OF RIGHTS TO PURCHASE STOCK
A Participant’s right to purchase Stock with respect to any Offering will be automatically exercised on each Purchase Date for the Offering. The right to purchase Stock will be exercised by using the accumulated payroll deductions in the Participant’s account as of each such Purchase Date to purchase the number of shares of Stock that may be purchased at the purchase price on such date, determined in accordance with Section 4.02.
Withdrawal From Offering
A Participant may not withdraw the accumulated payroll deductions in his or her account during an Offering. If the Participant withdraws his or her Subscription with respect to any Offering, the accumulated payroll deductions in the Participant’s account at the time the Subscription is withdrawn will be used to purchase shares of Stock at the next Purchase Date for the Offering to which the Subscription related, in accordance with Section 6.01.
Stock purchases under the Plan will be held in an account in the Participant’s name in uncertificated form unless certification is requested by the Participant. Furthermore, Stock to be delivered to a Participant under the Plan will be registered in the name of the Participant.
If pursuant to a Change in Control rights to purchase Stock are not assumed or otherwise continued in full force and effect, then each right to purchase Stock under each Offering in effect at the time of the Change in Control shall automatically be exercised, immediately prior to the effective date of any Change in Control, by applying the payroll deductions of each Participant for the Offering in which such Change in Control occurs to the purchase of shares of Stock at a purchase price per share equal to eighty-five percent (85%) of the lower of (i) the Fair Market Value per share of Stock on the start date of the applicable Offering or (ii) the Fair Market Value per share of Stock immediately prior to the effective date of such Change in Control.
ARTICLE VII -- WITHDRAWAL
Effect on Subsequent Participation
The Committee shall have the authority to decide the Participant’s eligibility to participate in any succeeding Offering if Participant withdraws from any Offering.
Termination of Employment
Subject to the following provisions of this Section 7.02, upon termination of the Participant's employment for any reason that results in the Participant not qualifying as an Eligible Employee, any Subscription then in effect will be deemed to have been withdrawn and any payroll deductions credited to the Participant’s account will be used to purchase Stock on the next Purchase Date for the Offering with respect to which such deductions relate. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Participant has a Subscription in effect on the Participant’s termination of employment, payroll deductions (at the rate in effect on the termination date) shall continue to be made from Base Pay earned prior to termination of employment, if any, that is paid to the Participant after such termination of employment and before the earlier of (i) the three-month anniversary of such termination of employment, or (ii) the Offering End Date of such Offering. Any such payroll deduction shall be used to purchase Stock on the next Purchase Date for the Offering after the deduction is made.
Effect of Hardship Rules
At the discretion of the Company, the Company may cancel or suspend a Participant from participating in the Plan if the Participant claims a hardship with respect to his/her participation in any applicable benefit program and pursuant to the applicable benefit program, the Participant cannot be permitted to continue to participate in the Plan. If cancellation or suspension is required, the Company will determine whether accumulated contributions should be refunded or may be held to purchase shares on the next Purchase Date and when the Participant will become eligible to participate in the Plan in the future.
ARTICLE VIII -- STOCK
The maximum number of shares which may be issued under the Plan, subject to adjustment upon changes in capitalization of the Company as provided in Section 10.03, shall be Thirty Six Million Three Hundred Thousand (36,300,000) shares. If the total number of shares for which rights to purchase Stock are exercised on any Purchase Date exceeds the maximum number of shares available for issuance, the Company shall make a pro rata allocation of the shares available for delivery and distribution in as nearly a uniform manner as shall be practicable and as it shall determine to be equitable, and the balance of payroll deductions credited to the account of each Participant under the Plan shall be returned to him as promptly as possible.
Participant's Interest in Rights to Purchase Stock
The Participant will have no interest in Stock covered by a right to purchase Stock under the Plan until such right has been exercised.
ARTICLE XI -- ADMINISTRATION
Appointment of Committee
The Company’s Board of Directors shall appoint a Committee to administer the Plan. No member of the Committee who is not an Eligible Employee shall be eligible to purchase Stock under the Plan.
Authority of Committee
Subject to the express provisions of the Plan, the Committee shall have plenary authority in its discretion to interpret and construe any and all provisions of the Plan, to adopt rules and regulations for administering the Plan, to adopt sub-plans creating additional rules and restrictions for participation and to make all other determinations deemed necessary or advisable for administering the Plan. The Committee shall also have full power and authority to determine whether, to what extent and under what circumstances any Eligible Employee’s participation in the Plan shall be cancelled or suspended as a result of 401(k) hardship rules or similar rules, as determined at the sole discretion of the Committee. The Committee's determination on the foregoing matters shall be conclusive. The Committee shall also have the authority to determine if and when the employees of Corporate Affiliates organized or acquired after the Effective Date shall be eligible for participation in the Plan. The Committee may delegate to an officer its authority under this Section 9.02 to determine if and when the employees of a Corporate Affiliate shall be eligible or ineligible for participation in the Plan.
Rules Governing the Administration of the Committee
The Company’s Board of Directors may from time to time appoint members of the Committee in substitution for or in addition to members previously appointed and may fill vacancies, however caused, in the Committee. The Committee may select one of its members as its Chairman and shall hold its meetings at such times and places as it shall deem advisable and may hold telephonic meetings. A majority of its members shall constitute a quorum. All determinations of the Committee shall be made by a majority of its members. The Committee may correct any defect or omission or reconcile any inconsistency in the Plan, in the manner and to the extent it shall deem desirable. Any decision or determination reduced to writing and signed by a majority of the members of the Committee shall be as fully effective as if it had been made by a majority vote at a meeting duly called and held. The Committee may appoint a secretary and shall make such rules and regulations for the conduct of its business as it shall deem advisable.
Each Participant shall receive a statement of his account showing the number of shares of Stock held and the amount of cash credited to such account. Such statements will be provided as soon as administratively feasible following the end of each calendar quarter.
ARTICLE X -- MISCELLANEOUS
Neither payroll deductions credited to a Participant's account nor any rights with regard to the exercise of a right to purchase Stock or to receive Stock under the Plan may be assigned, transferred, pledged, or otherwise disposed of in any way by the Participant other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution. Any such attempted assignment, transfer, pledge or other disposition shall be without effect. During a Participant’s lifetime, rights to purchase Stock that are held by such Participant shall be exercisable only by that Participant.
10.02. Use of Funds
All payroll deductions received or held by the Participating Company under this Plan may be used by the Participating Company for any corporate purpose and the Participating Company shall not be obligated to segregate such payroll deductions.
10.03. Adjustment Upon Changes in Capitalization
In the event of a stock split, stock dividend, recapitalization, reclassification or combination of shares, merger, spin-off or similar event, the Committee shall adjust equitably (a) the number and class of shares or other securities that are reserved for sale under the Plan, (b) the number and class of shares or other securities that are subject to outstanding rights to purchase Stock, (c) the maximum number of shares of Stock that can be purchased by a Participant with respect to any Offering and (d) the appropriate market value and other price determinations applicable to rights to purchase Stock. The Committee shall make all determinations under this Section 10.03, and all such determinations shall be conclusive and binding.
10.04. Amendment and Termination
The Company’s Board of Directors shall have complete power and authority to terminate or amend the Plan at any time and for any reason; provided, however, that the Company’s Board of Directors shall not, without the approval of the stockholders of the Company in accordance with Section 423 of the Code, (i) increase the maximum number of shares which may be issued under any Offering (except pursuant to Section 10.03); (ii) amend the requirements as to the class of employees eligible to purchase stock under the Plan; or (iii) permit members of the Committee who are not Eligible Employees to purchase stock under the Plan.
Upon termination of the Plan, the date of termination shall be considered a Purchase Date, and any cash remaining in Participant accounts will be applied to the purchase of Stock, unless determined otherwise by the Company’s Board of Directors. Upon termination of the Plan, the Company’s Board of Directors shall have authority to establish administrative procedures regarding the exercise of outstanding rights to purchase Stock or to determine that such rights shall not be exercised.
10.05. Effective Date
This Plan became effective as of June 1, 2001.
10.06. No Employment Rights
The Plan does not, directly or indirectly, create in any employee or class of employees any right with respect to continuation of employment with the Company or any Corporate Affiliate, and it shall not be deemed to interfere in any way with the right of the Company or any Corporate Affiliate employing such person to terminate, or otherwise modify, an employee's employment at any time.
10.07. Effect of Plan
The provisions of the Plan shall, in accordance with its terms, be binding upon, and inure to the benefit of, all successors of each employee participating in the Plan, including, without limitation, such employee's estate and the executors, administrators or trustees thereof, heirs and legatees, and any receiver, trustee in bankruptcy or representative of creditors of such employee.
10.08. Governing Law
The law of the State of California will govern all matters relating to this Plan except to the extent it is superseded by the laws of the United States.
LIST OF PARTICIPATING COMPANIES
Following is a list of Participating Companies as of February 23, 2017:
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
Edwards Lifesciences International Assignments Inc.
Edwards Lifesciences LLC
Edwards Lifesciences (U.S.) Inc.