EX-10.4 5 htbx_ex10z4.htm RESTRICTED STOCK AGREEMENT Restricted Stock Agreement
HEAT BIOLOGICS, INC.
RESTRICTED STOCK AGREEMENT
2018 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN
THIS RESTRICTED STOCK AGREEMENT (the Agreement) is made and entered into as of (the Grant Date), by and between Heat Biologics, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company), and _________ (the Participant).
Subject to the Additional Terms and Conditions attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference as part of this Agreement, the Company hereby awards as of the Grant Date to the Participant the shares of the Companys restricted Common Stock (the Restricted Stock) described below (the Restricted Stock Award) pursuant to the Heat Biologics, Inc. 2018 Stock Incentive Plan (the Plan). Capitalized terms that are not otherwise defined in this Agreement shall have the meanings given to such terms in the Plan.
Total Number of Shares of
Restricted Stock Awarded:
The Restricted Stock shall vest according to the Vesting Schedule attached hereto as Schedule 1. The Restricted Stock that become vested on each Vesting Date pursuant to the Vesting Schedule are herein referred to as the Vested Restricted Stock.
The Restricted Stock is awarded under and governed by the terms and conditions of this Restricted Stock Agreement and the Plan, which is incorporated herein by reference. By signing below, the Participant accepts the Restricted Stock Award, acknowledges receipt of a copy of the Plan and this Restricted Stock Agreement, and agrees to the terms thereof.
HEAT BIOLOGICS, INC.:
ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF
HEAT BIOLOGICS, INC.
RESTRICTED STOCK AGREEMENT
1. Restricted Stock Held in Plan Name. The 2018 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN (the Plan)
Restricted Stock shall be issued in the name of the Plan and held for the account and benefit of the Participant. The Committee (as defined in the Plan) shall cause periodic statements of account to be delivered to the Participant, at such time or times as the Committee may determine in its sole discretion, showing the number of Restricted Stock held by the Plan on behalf of the Participant. Subject to other Additional Terms and Conditions, the Committee shall cause one or more certificates to be delivered to the Participant as soon as administratively practicable following the date that all or any portion of the Restricted Stock become Vested Restricted Stock.
2. Condition to Delivery of Vested Restricted Stock.
(a) If Participant makes a timely election pursuant to Section 83(b) of the Code, it is a condition to receiving the Vested Restricted Stock that Participant must deliver to the Company, within thirty (30) days of making the election pursuant to said Section 83(b) as to all or any portion of the Restricted Stock, either cash or a certified check payable to the Company in the amount of all of the tax withholding obligations (whether federal, state or local), imposed on the Company by reason of the making of an election pursuant to said Section 83(b).
(b) If the Participant does not make a timely election pursuant to Section 83(b) of the Code as to all of the Restricted Stock, the Participant may notify the Company in writing, which notice must be received by the Company at least thirty (30) days prior to the date Restricted Stock become Vested Restricted Stock (or such later date as the Committee may permit), that the Participant wishes to pay in cash all of the tax withholding obligations (whether federal, state or local) imposed on the Company by reason of the vesting of some or all of the Restricted Stock. As a condition to receiving the Vested Restricted Stock, Participant must deliver to the Company no later than three (3) business days of the vesting either cash or a certified check payable to the Company in the amount of all of the tax withholding obligations (whether federal, state or local) imposed on the Company by reason of the vesting of the Vested Restricted Stock to which the election applies.
(c) If the Participant does not make a timely election pursuant to Section 83(b) of the Code as provided in Section 2(a), or deliver a timely election to make a supplemental payment with cash or by certified check for tax withholding obligations as provided in Section 2(b) as to all or a portion of the Vested Restricted Stock, Participant will be deemed to have elected to have the actual number of Vested Restricted Stock reduced by the smallest number of whole shares of underlying Common Stock which, when multiplied by the fair market value of the underlying Common Stock, as determined by the Committee, on the date of the vesting event is sufficient to satisfy the amount of the tax withholding obligations imposed on the Company by reason of the vesting of such Vested Restricted Stock (the Withholding Election). Participant understands and agrees that Participants acceptance of this Restricted Stock Award will be deemed to be Participants election to make a Withholding Election pursuant to this Section 2(c) and such other consistent terms and conditions prescribed by the Committee.
(d) In addition to the provisions of Sections 2(a)-(c), if Participant is terminated by the Company other than for Cause and has not made a timely election pursuant to Section 83(b) of the Code, Participant will be deemed to have elected to have the actual number of Restricted Stock that will vest pursuant to the terms of the Plan reduced by the smallest number of whole shares of the underlying Common Stock which, when multiplied by the fair market value of the underlying Common Stock, as determined by the Committee, is sufficient to satisfy the amount of the tax withholding obligations imposed on the Company by reason of the vesting of such Restricted Stock. The date for the withholding will be the date the tax withholding obligation is imposed on the Company, as determined by the Company. A stock certificate for such Restricted Stock (net of any tax withholdings) will be issued and held by the Company and delivered to Participant after the Vesting Date or as otherwise provided herein. Participant understands and agrees that Participants acceptance of this Restricted Stock Award will be deemed to be Participants election to make a tax withholding election pursuant to this Section 2(d) and such other consistent terms and conditions prescribed by the Committee.
(e) The Committee reserves the right to give no effect to a withholding election under Sections 2(b), (c) or (d) in which case the Participant will remain obligated as a condition to receiving the Vested Restricted Stock to satisfy applicable tax withholding obligations with cash or by a certified check in the manner provided by the Committee. If the Committee elects not to give effect to a withholding election under Sections 2(b), (c) or (d), it shall provide the Participant with written notice reasonably in advance of the applicable vesting event.
3. Rights as Stockholder. The Restricted Stock will be held for the Participant by the Company until a disposition of the Restricted Stock occurs in accordance with Section 4(d). Participant shall have all the rights of a stockholder on shares of Restricted Stock that vest. With respect to unvested Restricted Stock: (a) Participant shall have the right to vote such shares at any meeting of stockholders of the Company; (b) Participant shall have and the right to receive, free of vesting restrictions (but subject to applicable withholding taxes) all cash dividends paid with respect to such shares; and (c) any non-cash dividends and other non-cash proceeds of such shares, including stock dividends and any other securities issued or distributed in respect of such shares shall be subject to the same vesting and forfeiture conditions, and the terms of Section 4(d), as the shares of Restricted Stock to which they relate, and the term Restricted Stock when used in this Agreement shall also include any related stock dividends and other securities issued or distributed in respect of such shares.
4. Vesting, Forfeiture and Restrictions on Transfer of Restricted Stock.
(a) Generally. The shares of Restricted Stock which have become Vested Restricted Stock pursuant to the Vesting Schedule shall be considered as fully earned by the Participant, subject to the further provisions of this Section 4 and any applicable provisions of any employment agreement between the Participant and the Company (Employment Agreement), provided that the Company shall continue to hold the shares of Vested Restricted Stock on behalf of the Participant or instruct the transfer agent to hold the shares of Vested Restricted Stock on behalf of the Participant or pending disposition pursuant to Section 4(d). Any Restricted Stock that do not become Vested Restricted Stock in accordance with the Vesting Schedule or the provisions of this Section 4 as of the Participants termination of employment (Termination of Employment) (as described in Section 7 of the Plan) with the Company and/or its affiliates will be forfeited and transferred back to the Company.
(b) Vesting and Forfeitures upon Termination of Employment or Service and/or Change in Control.
(i) Termination by Participant. Except as provided in Section 4(b)(ii), upon a Termination of Employment prior to the Vesting Date effected by the Participant for any reason other than Good Reason (as defined in the Employment Agreement) all unvested Restricted Stock shall be forfeited as of the effective date of such Termination of Employment.
(ii) Termination of Employment or Service; Change in Control. Subject to the provisions of Section 7 (Termination of Employment) of the Plan, the Restricted Stock shall become vested to the extent and at the time or times set forth in the Vesting Schedule. In the event that Participant resigns from employment with the Company for Good Reason pursuant to the Employment Agreement, or Participants employment is terminated without cause or for disability or death, then all Restricted Stock shall thereupon become fully vested. In addition, in the event of a Change in Control, all Restricted Stock shall become fully vested immediately prior to the effective date of a Change in Control provided Participant is still employed by, or providing services to, the Company or any of its subsidiaries immediately prior to the effective date of the Change in Control.
(c) Certain Breaches of Employment Agreement. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, if, at any time, an arbitrator or court of competent jurisdiction makes a final determination that the Participant has breached any of the terms, provisions and restrictions imposed upon Participant under the Employment Agreement (if any), all of the Restricted Stock, other than any shares of Restricted Stock that have become Vested Restricted Stock, shall be forfeited. Such forfeiture shall occur without limiting the Companys other rights and remedies available under the Employment Agreement.
(d) Restrictions on Transfer of Restricted Stock. If at any time after the Restricted Stock grant date, the Participant (or the Participants transferee by will or the laws of descent and distribution) desires to sell or otherwise dispose of any shares of Vested Restricted Stock, Participant (or such transferee) shall send to the Companys principal place of business a written notice offering (email notice to be acceptable) to sell to the Company the shares of Vested Restricted Stock the Participant (or such transferee) desires to sell (the Offered Shares) at a price per share equal to the lower of (i) closing price per share of the Companys common stock on the date of such notice or on the next business day following the date of such notice (as reported by NASDAQ or such other exchange on
which shares of the Companys common stock are traded) and (ii) seventeen (17) times the closing price per share of the Companys common stock on the date of the Restricted Stock grant, as reported by NASDAQ (the Initial Price Per Share). The Company shall have five business days in which to exercise such option to acquire Participants (or such transferees) Offered Shares and must consummate such transaction by remitting the purchase price for the Offered Shares to the Participant (or such transferee) within five business days thereafter. If (i) the Company does not provide Participant (or such transferee) with funds to acquire all of the Offered Shares prior to the expiration of such period, or (ii) the Company notifies the Participant (or such transferee) that it will not exercise its option (the earlier of (i) and (ii) being referred to as the Option Termination Date), then the Participant (or such transferee) shall be free to sell or otherwise dispose of such Offered Shares , so long as Participant (or such transferee) complies with all applicable laws and the Companys insider trading policy if applicable, and the acquirer of such shares will acquire such shares without any restrictions other than those required by law; provided, however, that if the Offered Shares are sold by the Participant (or such transferee) at a price per share in excess of seventeen (17) times the Initial Price Per Share (such excess being referred to as the Excess, Participant (or such transferee) shall remit to the Company the Excess received by Participant (or such transferee) within three business days following such sale or disposition. The Initial Price Per Share shall be subject to adjustment to reflect any merger, consolidation, reorganization, recapitalization, reincorporation, stock split, stock dividend or other similar change in capitalization.
(e) Legends. Subject to Section 5 below, Participant agrees that the Company may endorse any certificates for Restricted Stock or Vested Restricted Stock with such legends to reflect the restrictions provided for herein or otherwise required by applicable federal or state securities laws. The Company need not register a transfer of the Restricted Stock and may also instruct its transfer agent not to register the transfer of the Restricted Stock unless the conditions specified in any legends are satisfied.
5. Removal of Legend and Transfer Restrictions. Any restrictions, restrictive legends and any related stop transfer instructions may be removed at the direction of the Committee and the Company shall issue necessary replacement certificates or instruct the transfer agent to remove such restrictions or legends without that portion of the legend to the Participant as of the date that the Committee determines that such legend(s) and/or instructions are no longer applicable. In the event that the Company does not exercise an option set forth in Section 4(d), the legend shall be removed on the Option Termination Date and the Company shall instruct the transfer agent to take all action necessary to remove all legends other than those required by law within five days of the Option Termination Date. Unless otherwise determined at the time of the Grant of the Restricted Stock and as set forth in this Restricted Stock Agreement, the vesting schedule for the Restricted Stock will be subject to the provisions of the Plan.
6. Change in Capitalization.
(a) The number and kind of Restricted Stock shall be proportionately adjusted to reflect a merger, consolidation, reorganization, recapitalization, reincorporation, stock split, stock dividend or other change in the capital structure of the Company in accordance with the terms of the Plan. All adjustments made by the Committee under this Section shall be final, binding, and conclusive upon all parties.
(b) The existence of the Plan and the Restricted Stock Award shall not affect the right or power of the Company to make or authorize any adjustment, reclassification, reorganization or other change in its capital or business structure, any merger or consolidation of the Company, any issue of debt or equity securities having preferences or priorities as to the Common Stock or the rights thereof, the dissolution or liquidation of the Company, any sale or transfer of all or part of its business or assets, or any other corporate act or proceeding.
7. Governing Law. Except to the extent preempted by any applicable federal law, this Agreement shall be construed and administered in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, without reference to its principles of conflicts of law. The parties shall resolve all disputes, controversies and differences which may arise between the parties, out of or in relation to or in connection with this Agreement or the breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity thereof, including the determination of the scope or applicability of this Agreement to arbitrate, after discussion in good faith attempting to reach an amicable solution. Such discussion will begin immediately after one party has delivered to the other party a request for discussion. If the dispute, controversy, or claim cannot be resolved within 14 days following the date on which the request for discussion is delivered, then it will be finally settled by arbitration held in Durham, North Carolina in accordance with the latest Rules of the American Arbitration Association. Such arbitration shall be conducted by one arbitrator appointed as follows: each party will appoint one arbitrator and the appointed arbitrators shall appoint the deciding arbitrator. The arbitration proceeding must take place within 30 days of such arbitration request, with a final adjudication granted within 7
days of the arbitration proceeding. The decision of the tribunal shall be final and may not be appealed. The arbitral tribunal may, in its discretion award fees and costs as part of its award. Judgment on the arbitral award may be entered by any court of competent jurisdiction, including any court that has jurisdiction over either of the party or any of their assets.
8. Successors. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the heirs, legal representatives, successors, and permitted assigns of the parties.
9. Notice. Except as otherwise specified herein, all notices and other communications under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been given if personally delivered or if sent by registered or certified United States mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed to the proposed recipient at the last known address of the recipient. Any party may designate any other address to which notices shall be sent by giving notice of the address to the other parties in the same manner as provided herein.
10. Severability. In the event that any one or more of the provisions or portion thereof contained in this Agreement shall for any reason be held to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable in any respect, the same shall not invalidate or otherwise affect any other provisions of this Agreement, and this Agreement shall be construed as if the invalid, illegal or unenforceable provision or portion thereof had never been contained herein.
11. Entire Agreement. Subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan, and the applicable provisions of the Employment Agreement (if any), this Agreement expresses the entire understanding and agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter. In the event of any conflict between the provisions of the Plan and the terms of this Agreement, the provisions of the Plan will control. The Restricted Stock Award has been made pursuant to the Plan and an administrative record is maintained by the Committee indicating under which plan the Restricted Stock Award is authorized.
12. Violation. Any disposition of the Restricted Stock or any portion thereof shall be a violation of the terms of this Agreement and shall be void and without effect.
13. Headings. Paragraph headings used herein are for convenience of reference only and shall not be considered in construing this Agreement.
14. Specific Performance. In the event of any actual or threatened default in, or breach of, any of the terms, conditions and provisions of this Agreement, the party or parties who are thereby aggrieved shall have the right to specific performance and injunction in addition to any and all other rights and remedies at law or in equity, and all such rights and remedies shall be cumulative.
15. No Right to Continued Retention. Neither the establishment of the Plan nor the award of Restricted Stock hereunder shall be construed as giving Participant the right to a continued service relationship with the Company or an affiliate.
16. Definitions. Any terms which are capitalized herein but not defined herein shall have the meaning set forth in the Plan.
TO HEAT BIOLOGICS, INC.
RESTRICTED STOCK AWARD
(Under the 2018 Stock Incentive Plan)
Provided that the Participant continues to be employed by the Company or any affiliate on the applicable Vesting Date described in this Schedule 1, the Restricted Stock shall become Vested Restricted Stock as follows:
Percentage of Restricted Stock Vesting
Notwithstanding the foregoing vesting schedule, the events described in Section 4(b)(ii) of the Additional Terms and Conditions to the Agreement, the Plan, and any change in control provisions of any Employment Agreement, provide for accelerated vesting of all or a portion of the Restricted Stock to the extent and in the manner described by such provisions. Except as otherwise provided in Section 4(b)(ii) of the Additional Terms and Conditions to the Agreement, the Plan, and any change in control provisions of any Employment Agreement, all Restricted Stock shall be forfeited if the Participant experiences a Termination of Employment prior to the Vesting Date.
The provisions of this Vesting Schedule are subject to, and limited by, all applicable provisions of the Agreement.
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