This award of RSUs is granted under the Governing Plan specified above, and is governed by the terms and conditions of that Plan and by policies, practices, and procedures (“Procedures”) of the Compensation Committee (that administers the Plan) that are in effect from time to time during the vesting period. Also, this award is subject to the terms and restrictions of FHNC’s Compensation Recovery Policy (“Policy”) as in effect during the vesting period. Amendments to any of those documents after the Grant Date may apply to this award.
This 2020 award is intended to be long-term. It was granted on the special and explicit condition that your employment will not terminate, directly or indirectly, by your action or by FHNC’s, in connection with FHNC’s currently-pending merger with IBERIABANK Corporation (“IBKC”). If your employment does terminate prior to the Vesting Date in a manner connected with the IBKC merger, then the condition of grant will have failed for this award. In that case, this award will forfeit entirely unless FHNC’s CEO or EVP of Human Resources approves pro-rated treatment of this award in writing. If pro-rated treatment is approved, then a portion of this award will be paid to you, in shares or cash equivalent (at FHNC’s election), after your departure, and only the remainder will forfeit. The portion paid will be in proportion to the ratio of (i) the time from January 1, 2020 through your last day of employment, to (ii) the three-calendar-year period 2020-2022. This condition does not apply to any other merger or strategic transaction involving FHNC, and does not affect any earlier Executive RSU award you may have been granted.
This award also is subject to possible reduction or forfeiture in advance of vesting in accordance with the Governing Plan, the Procedures, and the Policy. As of the Grant Date, the Procedures provide (among other things) that: (a) forfeiture generally will occur immediately upon termination of employment-you must remain continuously employed by FHNC or one of its subsidiaries through the close of business on the Vesting Date; but (b) if your termination of employment occurs because of your death, permanent disability, or approved retirement (normal or early), the RSUs generally will be forfeited pro-rata in proportion to the part of the vesting period during which you are not employed. The Committee or its delegate will document death or determine whether disability or retirement status has been achieved and apply pro-rationing. RSUs may be suspended pending any such determinations and approvals. In any of those cases in (b), vesting of the non-forfeited RSUs will accelerate unless, in the case of approved retirement, the Committee determines otherwise.
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. The Committee’s general requirements to approve retirement are described in the Procedures.
Other forfeiture provisions apply to this RSU 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. 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, or if already vested you must pay in cash to FHNC the gross pre-tax value of this award measured at vesting, 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 RSU 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.
The Committee reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to waive forfeiture or accelerate vesting in whole or part. You have no right to any waiver or acceleration. If a request for a waiver were granted, only the units not covered by the waiver would forfeit.
RSUs are not shares of stock, have no voting rights, and are not transferable. Each RSU that vests will result in one share of FHNC common stock being issued to you, subject to withholding for taxes. Subject to provisions of the Governing Plan, the Committee may choose to pay all or a portion of vested RSUs in cash, based on the fair market value of FHNC common stock on the Vesting Date.
Your RSUs will accrue cash dividend equivalents to the extent cash dividends are paid on common shares prior to vesting. From the Grant Date until the Vesting Date, dividend equivalents accumulate (without interest) as if each RSU were an outstanding share. To the extent that RSUs vest, the accumulated dividend equivalents associated with vested RSUs will be paid in cash shortly after vesting. Dividend equivalents associated with forfeited RSUs likewise are forfeited. Stock splits and stock dividends will result in a proportionate adjustment to the number of RSUs as provided in the Plan and Procedures.