determinations and approvals. In any of those cases in (b), the non-forfeited PSUs will vest or not vest based on combined achievement of the performance goals over the time periods covered by this award.
Normal retirement occurs at or after age 65 with at least 5 years of service, and early retirement occurs at or after age 55 with at least 15 years of service. In the case of retirement: retirement treatment must be approved by the Committee; the Committee may impose conditions to receiving such treatment; and the Committee may deviate from pro-rationing treatment. The Committee’s general requirements to approve retirement are described in the Procedures.
Other forfeiture provisions apply to this award. Currently the Governing Plan and Policy provide for forfeiture of this award or recovery of amounts paid if you engage in certain types of misconduct or if performance data is materially false or misleading and you are substantially responsible for its accuracy. This award is subject to forfeiture or recovery to the extent required by applicable capital conservation rules or other regulatory requirements. Also, this award will be forfeited, whether or not it is vested or paid, if during the restriction period applicable to this award: (1) you are terminated for Cause as defined in the Governing Plan; or (2) you, either on your own behalf or on behalf of any other person or entity, in any manner directly or indirectly solicit, hire, or encourage any person who is then an employee or customer of FHNC or any and all of its subsidiaries or affiliates to leave the employment of, or to end, diminish, or move any of his, her, or its accounts or relationships with, FHNC or any and all of its subsidiaries or affiliates. The restriction period for this award begins on the Grant Date and ends on the second anniversary of the Vesting Date. By accepting this PSU award, you acknowledge that FHNC may reduce or offset other amounts owed to you, including but not limited to wages, bonuses, or commissions owed, among other things, to satisfy any repayment obligation.
PSUs are not shares of stock, have no voting rights, and are not transferable. Each PSU that vests and is paid will result in one share of FHNC common stock being issued to you, subject to withholding for taxes, as provided below. Subject to provisions of the Governing Plan, the Committee may choose to pay all or a portion of vested PSUs in cash, based on the fair market value of FHNC common stock on the Vesting Date. PSUs will accrue cash dividend equivalents to the extent cash dividends are paid on common shares prior to the Payment Date. From the Grant Date until the Payment Date, dividend equivalents accumulate (without interest) as if each PSU were an outstanding share. To the extent that PSUs are paid, the accumulated dividend equivalents associated with those PSUs (accrued through the Payment Date) will be paid in cash as provided below. Dividend equivalents associated with forfeited PSUs likewise are forfeited. Stock splits and stock dividends will result in a proportionate adjustment to
the number of PSUs as provided in the Plan and Procedures. If within two years after vesting FHNC discovers an error in any amount vested or paid which, had it been known, would have resulted in a change in the amount of 5% or more: if the error favored FHNC, FHNC will pay you (on the Payment Date) the difference in shares, subject to applicable taxes; or, if the error favored you, FHNC will reduce your shares and dividend equivalents by an amount equal to the pre-tax difference.
This award is not fully vested until the performance and service requirements both are fulfilled. Performance vesting will occur when the Committee makes a final determination of the extent (measured as a percentage of Target) to which the combined performance goals of this award are achieved, as provided above and in Exhibit A. Service vesting-fulfillment of the requirement that you remain continuously employed with FHNC-will occur on the Vesting Date.
Vesting may be accelerated by the Committee as provided in the Governing Plan. If vesting has fully occurred or is accelerated, payment may be accelerated by the Committee. You have no right to any acceleration of vesting or payment by action of the Committee.
Payment of this award will occur on the Payment Date, after a two-year mandatory Deferral Period. During the Deferral Period FHNC will retain the vested units and all vested dividend equivalents, without interest, until the Payment Date. During the Deferral Period neither this award nor any rights associated with it may be transferred in any manner other than by will or the laws of intestacy.
If a Change in Control occurs and you experience a Qualifying Termination (all as defined in the Plan), then vesting and payment will be accelerated as provided in the Plan. The amount paid will be, without pro-rationing: (a) the Target number of PSUs, if the Change in Control occurs before the end of the ROTCE Performance Period or the Committee is unable, for any other reason, to fairly determine actual performance results; or (b) the greater of the Target number of PSUs or the number determined by the Committee based partly on actual C-ROTCE performance results and partly by assuming TSR rank performance of 100%, if the Change in Control occurs after the end of the ROTCE Performance Period and before the Vesting Date and if the Committee determines that it can fairly determine actual performance results. In the case of (b), payment may be reasonably delayed to allow the Committee to obtain information necessary to make its determinations.
If a Change in Control (as defined in the Plan) occurs before the end of the Performance Period and there is no Qualifying Termination, then this award may be modified, converted, or canceled by the Committee or otherwise without your consent. The Committee is permitted to exercise discretion in a Change in Control situation in different ways for different persons, and in different ways