Form of Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement

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EX-10.1 2 formofrestrictedstockunita.htm FORM OF RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AGREEMENT Exhibit

Exhibit 10.1
Restricted Stock Unit Agreement

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Participant: [_______________]
Grant Date: [_______________]
Number of Restricted Stock Units granted: [_______________]
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THIS RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AWARD AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”), dated as of the Grant Date specified above, is entered into by and between Express, Inc., a Delaware corporation organized in the State of Delaware (the “Company”), and the Participant specified above, pursuant to the Express, Inc. 2018 Incentive Compensation Plan, as in effect and as amended from time to time (the “Plan”), which is administered by the Committee; and WHEREAS, it has been determined under the Plan that it would be in the best interests of the Company to grant the Restricted Stock Units (“RSUs”) provided herein to the Participant.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and promises hereinafter set forth and for other good and valuable consideration, the parties hereto hereby mutually covenant and agree as follows:
1.Incorporation By Reference; Plan Document Receipt. This Agreement is subject in all respects to the terms and provisions of the Plan (including, without limitation, any amendments thereto adopted at any time and from time to time unless such amendments are expressly intended not to apply to the award provided hereunder), all of which terms and provisions are made a part of and incorporated in this Agreement as if they were each expressly set forth herein. Any capitalized term not defined in this Agreement shall have the same meaning as is ascribed thereto in the Plan. The Participant hereby acknowledges receipt of a true copy of the Plan and that the Participant has read the Plan carefully and fully understands its content. In the event of any conflict between the terms of this Agreement and the terms of the Plan, the terms of the Plan shall control.

2.Grant of Restricted Stock Unit Award. The Company hereby grants to the Participant, as of the Grant Date specified above, the number of RSUs specified above. Except as otherwise provided by the Plan, the Participant agrees and understands that nothing contained in this Agreement provides, or is intended to provide, the Participant with any protection against potential future dilution of the Participant’s interest in the Company for any reason. Subject to Section 5, the Participant shall not have the rights of a stockholder in respect of the shares underlying this Award until such shares are delivered to the Participant in accordance with Section 4.

3.Vesting and Payment.

(a)The RSUs subject to this grant shall become unrestricted and vested pursuant to the schedule set forth in the table below, provided the Participant is then employed by the Company and/or one of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates on the applicable vesting date. There shall be no proportionate or partial vesting in the periods prior to each vesting date and all vesting shall occur only on the appropriate vesting date, subject to the Participant’s continued service with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries on each applicable vesting date.
Vesting Date
Cumulative Percentage of RSUs Vested

(b)Death or Disability Terminations. Notwithstanding Section 3(a), in the event of Termination due to (i) the Participant’s death or (ii) the Participant’s Disability, the unvested RSUs outstanding hereunder as of the date of such Termination shall become fully vested as of the date of such Termination. For purposes hereof, the term “Disability” shall mean Participant is disabled as determined in accordance with the Company’s long- term disability plan applicable to Participant or, in the absence of such a plan, as determined by the Committee, for a period of at least six (6) months in any twelve (12) month calendar period.

(c)Retirement. Notwithstanding Sections 3(a) and 3(b), in the event of the Participant’s Termination due to “Retirement” (as defined below), the number of unvested RSUs subject to this grant that shall become unrestricted and vested at the time of Termination shall be determined on a pro rata basis by multiplying the number of unvested RSUs outstanding hereunder that are scheduled to become vested on the vesting date immediately following the date of such Termination by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of days in which the Participant was employed by the Company or its Subsidiaries for the period commencing on the vesting date immediately preceding the date of such Termination and continuing through the date of such Termination, and the denominator of which is the number of days in the period commencing on the vesting date immediately preceding the date of such Termination and ending on the vesting date immediately following the date of such Termination. For purposes hereof, the term “Retirement” shall mean any Termination by the Participant, other than a Termination for Cause, death or Disability, at or after age fifty- five (55) and when the Participant has at least ten (10) years of full-time continuous service with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

(d)Effect of Detrimental Activity. The provisions of Section 10.4 of the Plan regarding Detrimental Activity shall apply to the RSUs.

(e)Forfeiture. Subject to Sections 3(b) and 3(c), all unvested RSUs shall be immediately forfeited upon the Participant’s Termination for any reason.

4.Delivery of Shares.

(a)General. Subject to Section 4(b) and the provisions of the Plan, the Company shall deliver to the Participant on the applicable vesting date the number of shares of Common Stock equal to the number of RSUs that vested on such date. In no event shall a Participant be entitled to receive any shares with respect to any unvested or forfeited portion of the RSU. For avoidance of doubt, in the event of a distribution in connection with Retirement, such distribution may be delayed pursuant to Section 14.16 of the Plan if the Participant is a “specified employee” at the time of such Retirement.

(b)Blackout Periods. If the Participant is subject to any Company “blackout” policy or other trading restriction imposed by the Company on the date such distribution would otherwise be made pursuant to Section 4(a), such distribution shall be instead made on the earlier of (i) the date the Participant is not subject to any such policy or restriction and (ii) the later of (A) the end of the calendar year in which such distribution would otherwise have been made and (B) a date that is immediately prior to 2.5 months following the date such distribution would otherwise have been made.

(c)Fractional Shares. In lieu of delivering any fractional shares of Common Stock to Participant pursuant to this Agreement, the Company shall first aggregate any such fractional amounts due to be delivered to Participant at such time and then round down for fractional amounts less than one- half and round up for fractional amounts equal to or greater than one- half. No cash settlements shall be made with respect to fractional shares eliminated by rounding.

5.Dividends and Other Distributions. Participants holding RSUs shall be entitled to receive all dividends and other distributions paid with respect to such shares, provided that any such dividends or other distributions will be subject to the same vesting requirements as the underlying RSUs and shall be paid at the time the RSUs becomes vested pursuant to Section 3, and provided, further, that such dividends or distributions shall be accumulated and deemed reinvested in additional shares of Common Stock based on the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock at the time of the dividend or distribution and shall be paid only in shares of Common Stock. Any such shares shall be subject to the same restrictions on transferability and forfeitability as the RSUs with respect to which they were paid.

6.Non- transferability. The RSUs, and any rights and interests with respect thereto, issued under this Agreement and the Plan shall not be sold, exchanged, transferred, assigned or otherwise disposed of in any way by the Participant (or any beneficiary(ies) of the Participant), other than by testamentary disposition by the Participant or the laws of descent and distribution. Any attempt to sell, exchange, transfer, assign, pledge, encumber or otherwise dispose of or hypothecate in any way the RSUs, or the levy of any execution, attachment or similar legal process upon the RSUs, contrary to the terms and provisions of this Agreement and/or the Plan shall be null and void and without legal force or effect.

7.Governing Law. All questions concerning the construction, validity and interpretation of this Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Delaware, without regard to the choice of law principles thereof.

8.Withholding of Tax. The Company shall have the power and the right to deduct or withhold, or require the Participant to remit to the Company, an amount sufficient to satisfy any federal, state, local and foreign taxes of any kind (including, but not limited to, the Participant’s FICA and SDI obligations) which the Company, in its sole discretion, deems necessary to be withheld or remitted to comply with the Code and/or any other applicable law, rule or regulation with respect to the RSUs and, if the Participant fails to do so, the Company may otherwise refuse to issue or transfer any shares of Common Stock otherwise required to be issued pursuant to this Agreement. Any statutorily required minimum withholding obligation with regard to the Participant may, unless not permitted by the Committee, be satisfied by reducing the amount of cash or shares of Common Stock otherwise deliverable to the Participant hereunder, and any additional tax withholding up to the maximum permissible withholding may be satisfied similarly provided such reduction or shares would not cause adverse accounting or tax consequences to the Company.

9.Entire Agreement; Amendment. This Agreement, together with the Plan, contains the entire agreement between the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter contained herein, and supersedes all prior agreements or prior understandings, whether written or oral, between the parties relating to such subject matter. The Committee shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to modify or amend this Agreement from time to time in accordance with and as provided in the Plan. This Agreement may also be modified or amended by a writing signed by both the Company and the Participant. The Company shall give written notice to the Participant of any such modification or amendment of this Agreement as soon as practicable after the adoption thereof.

10.Notices. Any notice hereunder by the Participant shall be given to the Company in writing and such notice shall be deemed duly given only upon receipt thereof by the Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Any notice hereunder by the Company shall be given to the Participant in writing and such notice shall be deemed duly given only upon receipt thereof at such address as the Participant may have on file with the Company.

11.No Right to Employment. Any questions as to whether and when there has been a Termination and the cause of such Termination shall be determined in the sole discretion of the Committee. Nothing in this Agreement shall interfere with or limit in any way the right of the Company, its Subsidiaries or its Affiliates to terminate the Participant’s employment or service at any time, for any reason and with or without cause.

12.Transfer of Personal Data. The Participant authorizes, agrees and unambiguously consents to the transmission by the Company (or any Subsidiary) of any personal data information related to the RSU awarded under this Agreement for legitimate business purposes (including, without limitation, the administration of the Plan). This authorization and consent is freely given by the Participant.

13.Compliance with Laws. This issuance of RSUs (and the shares underlying the RSUs) pursuant to this Agreement shall be subject to, and shall comply with, any applicable requirements of any foreign and U.S. federal and state securities laws, rules and regulations (including, without limitation, the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the 1934 Act and in each case any respective rules and regulations promulgated thereunder) and any other law or regulation applicable thereto. The Company shall not be obligated to issue this RSU or any of the shares pursuant to this Agreement if any such issuance would violate any such requirements.

14.Binding Agreement; Assignment. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of, be binding upon, and be enforceable by the Company and its successors and assigns. The Participant shall not assign (except as provided by Section 6 hereof) any part of this Agreement without the prior express written consent of the Company.

15.Headings. The titles and headings of the various sections of this Agreement have been inserted for convenience of reference only and shall not be deemed to be a part of this Agreement.

16.Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, but all of which shall constitute one and the same instrument.

17.Further Assurances. Each party hereto shall do and perform (or shall cause to be done and performed) all such further acts and shall execute and deliver all such other agreements, certificates, instruments and documents as either party hereto reasonably may request in order to carry out the intent and accomplish the purposes of this Agreement and the Plan and the consummation of the transactions contemplated thereunder.

18.Severability. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provisions of this Agreement in any jurisdiction shall not affect the validity, legality or enforceability of the remainder of this Agreement in such jurisdiction or the validity, legality or enforceability of any provision of this Agreement in any other jurisdiction, it being intended that all rights and obligations of the parties hereunder shall be enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.

19.Acquired Rights. The Participant acknowledges and agrees that: (a) the Company may terminate or amend the Plan at any time; (b) the award of RSUs made under this Agreement is completely independent of any other award or grant and is made at the sole discretion of the Company; (c) no past grants or awards (including, without limitation, the RSUs awarded hereunder) give the Participant any right to any grants or awards in the future whatsoever; and (d) any benefits granted under this Agreement are not part of the Participant’s ordinary salary, and shall not be considered as part of such salary in the event of severance, redundancy or resignation.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the date first written above.