EX-10.3 4 ex1032013plan-awardagreeme.htm EXHIBIT Ex 10.3 2013Plan-AwardAgreement-Options-SwissExecutive

Exhibit 10.3

AWARD AGREEMENT - Swiss Executive
(For Non-Qualified Stock Option)

To:    Insert Name                    Number:     Insert Grant Number
(Name of Optionee)
Date of Grant: Insert Date

There hereby is granted to you, as a key employee of Invacare Corporation (“Invacare”) or of a subsidiary, an option to purchase XX,XXX Invacare Common Shares, no par value, at an exercise price of $XX.XX per share. This option is granted to you pursuant to the Invacare Corporation 2013 Equity Compensation Plan (the “Plan”) and is subject to the terms and conditions set forth below. This option is not an incentive stock option, as defined in Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”). Please acknowledge acceptance of the terms of this option by signing below.     

/s/ A. Malachi Mixon, III
A. Malachi Mixon, III
Chairman of the Board

You shall be entitled to exercise this option with respect to the percentage of shares indicated on or after the date shown opposite such percentage, rounded to the nearest whole share:

Cumulative Maximum
Percentage of Optioned
Shares which may be    
purchased by exercise        Date beginning on which portion of
of the Option         Option may be exercised
25%             _______________
50%              _______________
75%             _______________
100%              _______________

To the extent that the option becomes exercisable with respect to any shares, as shown above, the option may thereafter be exercised by you either with respect to all or any number of such shares at any time or from time to time prior to the expiration of the option. However, no fractional shares may be purchased. Except as provided herein, the option may not be exercised unless you are an employee at the time of exercise.

The term of the option shall be for a period of ten (10) years commencing on the Date of Grant as set forth above. The option shall expire at the close of regular business hours at Invacare's principal office on the last day of the term of the option, or, if earlier, on the applicable expiration date provided in this Agreement.

(a) Your option shall not be affected by any temporary leave of absence approved in writing by Invacare and described in Section 1.421-
7(h) of the Federal Income Tax Regulations. If you cease to be an employee for any reason other than death or Retirement (as defined below), (in which case you shall become a Retired Employee), you may exercise your option only to the extent of such purchase rights as may exist pursuant to Paragraph I as of the date you cease to be an employee and which have not been exercised. Upon your ceasing to be an employee, other than by Retirement, such purchase rights shall in any event terminate upon the earlier of (a) three (3) months [one (1) year if you ceased to be an employee, because of a disability (as such term is defined in Section 72(m) (7) of the Code)] after the date you ceased to be an employee, or (b) the last day of the term of the option. If you become a Retired Employee, you retain your unexercised purchase rights that exist pursuant to Paragraph I as of the date you cease to be an employee until the option terminates pursuant to Paragraph II. For purposes of this Agreement, “Retirement” means a voluntary termination of your employment with Invacare after you have attained either (i) age fifty-five (55) with ten (10) years of service to Invacare or (ii) age sixty-five (65) with five (5) years of service to Invacare.

(b) If you die while you are an employee, a Retired Employee
or within three (3) months of your having ceased to be an employee, a personal representative may exercise the option to the extent of your purchase rights as may exist pursuant to Paragraph I at the date of your death and which have not been exercised; provided, however, that such purchase rights shall in any event terminate upon the earlier of: (i) one (1) year after you cease to be an employee, unless you are a Retired Employee in which case your personal representative shall have one (1) year subsequent to your death; or (ii) the last day of the term of the option.

(c) If Invacare’s Compensation and Management Development Committee (the “Committee”) finds that you intentionally committed an act materially inimical to the interests of Invacare or a subsidiary, your unexercised purchase rights will terminate as of the time you committed such act, as determined by the Committee.

The Committee may cancel your option at any time if you are not in compliance with all applicable provisions of this Agreement or the Plan or if you, without the prior written consent of the Committee, engage in any of the following activities: (i) you render services for an organization, or engage in a business, that is, in the judgment of the Committee, in competition with Invacare; or (ii) you disclose to anyone outside of Invacare, or use for any purpose other than Invacare's business, any confidential information or material relating to Invacare, whether acquired by you during or after employment with Invacare, in a fashion or with a result that is or may be injurious to the best interests of Invacare, as determined by the Committee.

The Committee may, in its discretion and as a condition to the exercise of your option, require you to represent in writing that you are in compliance with all applicable provisions of this Agreement and the Plan and have not engaged in any activities referred to in clauses (i) and (ii) above.

The option may be exercised by delivering to the Invacare Finance Department, at Invacare's principal office, a completed Notice of Exercise of Option (obtainable from the Finance Department) setting forth the number of shares with respect to which your option is being exercised. The option may be exercised only on a full cashless exercise basis, meaning that you must simultaneously exercise the option and sell the shares, using the proceeds from such sale to pay the purchase price and any applicable income taxes or other taxes, and receive the remaining proceeds, if any, in cash.


This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of any successor of Invacare and your heirs, estate and personal representative. Your option shall be transferable to (1) certain people or entities that you designate, in accordance with and pursuant to procedures established by the Committee, or by (2) will or the laws of descent and distribution, and your option may be exercised during your lifetime only by you, or such permitted transferee under clause (1) of the preceding sentence, provided that a guardian or other legal representative, who has been duly appointed may, except as otherwise provided in the Plan, exercise the option on your behalf. Your personal representative shall act in your place with respect to exercising the option or taking any other action pursuant to the Agreement.

Subject to Section 4.06 of the Plan, in the event that, subsequent to the date of this Agreement, the outstanding common shares of Invacare are, as a result of a stock split, stock dividend, combination or exchange of shares, exchange of other securities, reclassification, reorganization, redesignation, merger, consolidation, recapitalization, liquidation, dissolution, sale of assets or other such change, including, without limitation, any transaction described in Section 424(a) of the Code, increased, decreased, changed into or exchanged for a different number or kind of shares of stock or other securities of Invacare or another entity or converted into cash, then, except as otherwise provided below, (i) there shall automatically be substituted for each Invacare common share subject to an unexercised option, the amount of cash or other securities into which each outstanding Invacare common share shall be converted or exchanged and (ii) the option price per common share or unit of securities shall be increased or decreased proportionally so that the aggregate purchase price for any securities subject to the option shall remain the same as immediately prior to such event. Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of this Paragraph VI, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, make other adjustments or amendments to the securities subject to options and/or amend the provisions of the Plan and/or this Agreement (including, without limitation, accelerating the date on which unexercised options shall expire or terminate), to the extent appropriate, equitable and in compliance with the provisions of Sections 409A, 162(m) and 424(a) of the Code to the extent applicable and any such adjustment or amendment shall be final, binding and conclusive. Any such adjustment or amendment shall provide for the elimination of fractional shares.

This Agreement is subject to all of the terms, conditions and provisions of the Plan (all of which are incorporated herein by reference) and to such rules, regulations, and interpretations related to the Plan as may be adopted by the Committee and as may be in effect from time to time. In the event and to the extent that this Agreement conflicts or is inconsistent with the terms, conditions, and provisions of the Plan, the Plan shall control, and this Agreement shall be deemed to be modified accordingly. The Committee has authority to interpret and construe any provision of this Agreement and its interpretation and construction shall be binding and conclusive.

The liability of Invacare under this Agreement and any distribution of shares made hereunder is limited to the obligations set forth herein with respect to such distribution and no term or provision of this Agreement shall be construed to impose any liability on Invacare, its officers, employees or any subsidiary with respect to any loss, cost or expense which you may incur in connection with or arising out of any transaction in connection with this Agreement.

You agree that, as a condition to your exercise of this Option, Invacare may make appropriate provision for tax withholding with respect to the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

X. ADJUSTMENT AND RECAPTURE POLICY. You acknowledge that this award and any payment made hereunder is subject to Invacare’s Executive Compensation Adjustment and Recapture Policy. In addition, you acknowledge that the Plan will be administered in compliance with Section 10D of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, any applicable rules or regulations promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission or any national securities exchange or national securities association on which Invacare’s shares may be traded, and any policy of Invacare adopted pursuant to such law, rules, or regulations. This agreement may be amended to further such purpose without your consent.

XI. SECTION 409A OF THE CODE. It is intended that this Agreement and the compensation and benefits hereunder meet the requirements for exemption from Section 409A of the Code (“Section 409A”), and this Agreement shall be so interpreted and administered. In addition to the general amendment rights of Invacare with respect to the Plan, Invacare specifically retains the unilateral right (but not the obligation) to make, prospectively or retroactively, any amendment to this Agreement or any related document as it deems necessary or desirable to more fully address issues in connection with exemption from (or compliance with) Section 409A and other laws. In no event, however, shall this section or any other provisions of this Agreement be construed to require Invacare to provide any gross‑up for the tax consequences of any provisions of, or payments under, this Agreement. Except as may be provided in another agreement to which Invacare is bound, Invacare and its affiliates shall have no responsibility for tax or legal consequences to you (or your beneficiaries) resulting from the terms or operation of this Agreement or the Plan


The undersigned hereby accepts the terms of the stock option granted herein and acknowledges receipt of a copy of the Invacare Corporation 2013 Equity Compensation Plan.

_________________________ ___________________
(Signature of Optionee)          (Date)