Form of Restricted Stock Award Agreement under the 2021 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan
FORM OF RESTRICTED STOCK AWARD AGREEMENT
LATHAM GROUP, INC.
2021 OMNIBUS EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN
RESTRICTED STOCK AWARD AGREEMENT
THIS RESTRICTED STOCK AWARD AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”), is entered into as of [__________], 20[__] (the “Date of Grant”), by and between Latham Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and [________] (the “Participant”).
Capitalized terms used in this Agreement and not otherwise defined herein have the meanings ascribed to such terms in the Latham Group, Inc. 2021 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan, as amended, restated or otherwise modified from time to time in accordance with its terms (the “Plan”).
WHEREAS, the Company has adopted the Plan, pursuant to which shares of restricted stock (the “Restricted Shares”) may be granted; and
WHEREAS, the Committee has determined that it is in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders to grant the Restricted Shares provided for herein to the Participant on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein.
NOW, THEREFORE, for and in consideration of the premises and the covenants of the parties contained in this Agreement, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto, for themselves, their successors and assigns, hereby agree as follows:
1.Grant of Restricted Shares.
2.Vesting; Settlement. Except as may otherwise be provided herein, subject to the Participant’s continued employment with, or engagement to provide services to, the Company and any of its Affiliates, the Restricted Shares shall vest as follows: [_____] (any date on which Restricted Shares vest, a “Vesting Date”). Any fractional Restricted Shares resulting from the application of the vesting schedule shall be aggregated and the Restricted Shares resulting from such aggregation shall vest on the final Vesting Date. Upon vesting, the Restricted Shares shall no longer be subject to the transfer restrictions pursuant to Section 14(b) of the Plan or cancellation pursuant to Section 6 hereof.
3.Issuance. The Restricted Shares shall be issued by the Company and shall be registered in the Participant’s name on the stock transfer books of the Company promptly after the date hereof in book-entry form, subject to the Company’s directions at all times prior to the date the Restricted Shares vest. As a condition to the receipt of the Restricted Shares, the Participant shall at the request of the Company deliver to the Company one or more stock powers, duly endorsed in blank, relating to the Restricted Shares. The Committee may cause a legend or legends to be put on any stock certificate relating to the Restricted Shares to make appropriate reference to such restrictions as the Committee may deem advisable under the Plan or as may be required by the rules, regulations, and other requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission, any exchange that lists the Restricted Shares, and any applicable federal or state laws.
4.Rights as a Stockholder; Dividends. The Participant shall be the record owner of the Restricted Shares and shall have all rights of a stockholder of the Company, including, if applicable, the right to vote the Restricted Shares and to receive any dividends upon vesting of such Restricted Shares, subject to the restrictions set forth in the Plan and this Agreement. Any cash or in-kind dividends paid with respect to unvested Restricted Shares shall be withheld by the Company and shall be paid to the Participant, without interest, only when, and if, such Restricted Shares vest.
5.[Section 83(b) Election. As a condition subsequent to the issuance of the Restricted Shares, the Participant shall file an election under Section 83(b) of the Code within 30 days of the Date of Grant and shall promptly provide written evidence of any such election to the Company. The Participant acknowledges and agrees that the Company shall bear no responsibility or liability for any tax consequences to the Participant relating to Section 83 of the Code or to the making of (or failure to make) an election pursuant to Section 83(b) of the Code with respect to the Restricted Shares.]1
6.Termination of Employment. Except as set forth herein, if the Participant’s employment with, or engagement to provide services to, the Company or any of its Affiliates terminates for any reason, all unvested Restricted Shares shall be canceled immediately and the Participant shall not be entitled to receive any payments with respect thereto.
7.Compliance with Legal Requirements.
1 Include if applicable.
8.Clawback. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Committee may cancel this Restricted Share award if the Participant, without the consent of the Company, has engaged in or engages in activity that is in conflict with or adverse to the interest of the Company or any Affiliate while employed by, or otherwise providing services to, the Company or any Affiliate, including fraud or conduct contributing to any financial restatements or irregularities, or violates the covenants set forth on Exhibit A attached hereto or any other non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disparagement or non-disclosure covenant or agreement with the Company or any Affiliate (after giving effect to any applicable cure period set forth therein), as determined by the Committee. In such event, the Participant will forfeit any compensation, gain or other value realized thereafter on the vesting of the Restricted Shares, the sale or other transfer of the Restricted Shares, or the sale of shares of Common Stock acquired in respect of the Restricted Shares, and must promptly repay such amounts to the Company. If the Participant receives any amount in excess of what the Participant should have received under the terms of this Agreement for any reason (including without limitation by reason of a financial restatement, mistake in calculations or other administrative error), all as determined by the Committee, then the Participant shall be required to promptly repay any such excess amount to the Company. To the extent required by applicable law and/or the rules and regulations of the Nasdaq or any other securities exchange or inter-dealer quotation system on which the Common Stock is listed or quoted, or if so required pursuant to a written policy adopted by the Company, the Restricted Shares shall be subject (including on a retroactive basis) to clawback, forfeiture or similar requirements (and such requirements shall be deemed incorporated by reference into this Agreement).
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Restricted Stock Award Agreement has been executed by the Company and the Participant as of the day first written above.
LATHAM GROUP, INC.
[Signature Page to [______________] Restricted Stock Award Agreement]
During the Participant’s employment with, or other engagement to provide services to, the Company or any of its Affiliates and for a period of twenty-four (24) months thereafter (the “Restricted Period”), the Participant shall not, either directly or indirectly, for himself or herself or on behalf of or in conjunction with any other Person:
solicit or attempt to solicit, recruit or attempt to recruit, hire or attempt to hire or in any way persuade any officer, director, employee, agent, or contract worker of the Latham Companies to end such Person’s relationship with any Latham Company; or
solicit or attempt to solicit any business related to the business of the Latham Companies from any Person who is or was a customer or vendor of any Latham Company or an actively sought prospective customer or prospective vendor with whom the Participant had material business contact (through sales calls, presentations, or other business dealings) at any time during the five (5) year period preceding the termination of Participant’s employment.
During the Restricted Period, the Participant shall not, either directly or indirectly, individually or through any other person, firm, corporation or other entity, whether as owner, partner, investor, operator, manager, officer, director, consultant, agent, employee, co-venturer, advisor, representative or otherwise, engage, participate, assist or invest or actively prepare to engage, participate, assist or invest in the pool industry, or any other industries in which the Company or any of its Affiliates have done business during the Participant’s employment with the Company or which the Company or any of its Affiliates were actively considering during such period. The restrictions set forth this Paragraph 2 shall apply to any conduct in North America and any other geographical area in which the Company or any of its Affiliates operate or provide services or are actively preparing to operate or provide services as of the date of Participant’s employment with the Company or any of its Affiliates.
The Participant hereby agrees to hold in confidence all Confidential Information and Trade Secrets of the Latham Companies that came into the Participant’s knowledge during the period of time during which the Participant was employed by, or otherwise providing services to, the Company or any of its Affiliates and will not disclose, publish or make use of such Confidential Information or Trade Secrets without the prior written consent of the Company for as long as the information remains Confidential Information or a Trade Secret. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the provisions of this paragraph will not prevent the Participant from making a disclosure that (a) is made in the ordinary course of the Participant’s duties with the Company or any of its Affiliates; (b) is made (i) in confidence to a Federal, State or local government official, either directly or indirectly, or to an attorney and (ii) solely for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of law; or (c) is made in a complaint or other document filed in a lawsuit or other proceeding, if such filing is made under seal. Further, Confidential Information or Trade Secrets shall not include information (x) that otherwise becomes generally known in the industry or to the public through no act of the Participant or any Person or entity acting by or on the Participant’s behalf or (y) information that the Participant can demonstrate to have had rightfully in the Participant’s possession prior to the date on which the Participant first provided services to any Latham Company.
During the period of time during which the Participant is employed by, or otherwise providing services to, the Company or any of its Affiliates and thereafter, the Participant shall not, directly or indirectly, take any action, or encourage others to take any action, to disparage or criticize any Latham Company or their respective Affiliates, employees, officers, directors, products, services, customers or owners.
For purposes of this Exhibit A:
“Confidential Information” shall be defined as any data or information (other than Trade Secrets) that is valuable to the Latham Companies (or, if owned by someone else, is valuable to that third party) and not generally known to the public or to competitors in the industry, including, but not limited to, any non-public information (regardless of whether in writing or retained as personal knowledge) pertaining to research and development; product costs, designs and processes; equityholder information; pricing, cost, or profit factors; quality programs; annual budget and long-range business plans; marketing plans and methods; contracts and bids; business ideas and methods, store concepts, inventions, innovations, developments, graphic designs, website designs, patterns, specifications, procedures, databases and personnel.
The “Latham Companies” shall be defined as the Company and its direct and indirect subsidiaries and parent companies, and any Person in which the Company has a twenty percent or greater ownership interest, whether existing on the Date of Grant or thereafter acquired or formed.
“Trade Secret” means trade secret as defined by applicable state law. In the absence of such a definition, Trade Secret means information including, but not limited to, any technical or nontechnical data, formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, drawing, process, financial data, financial plan, product plan, list of actual or potential customers or suppliers or other information similar to any of the foregoing, which (a) derives economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable by proper means by, other persons who can derive economic value from its disclosure or use and (b) is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy.
Prior to accepting any offer of employment during the Restricted Period, the Participant shall inform such employers of all covenants in this Exhibit A and, within two (2) business days of accepting an offer of employment with another employer, shall notify the Company of the name and address of the new employer and the title of the position accepted.
The covenants in this Exhibit A are severable and separate, and the unenforceability of any specific covenant shall not affect the provisions of any other covenant. If any provision of this Exhibit A relating to the time period, scope, or geographic area of the restrictive covenants shall be declared by a court of competent jurisdiction or arbitrator to exceed the maximum time period, scope, or geographic area, as applicable, that such court or arbitrator deems reasonable and enforceable, then this Agreement shall automatically be considered to have been amended and revised to reflect such determination.
All of the covenants in this Exhibit A shall be construed as an agreement independent of any other provisions in Exhibit A, and the existence of any claim or cause of action the Participant may have against any Latham Company, whether predicated on this Exhibit A or otherwise, shall not constitute a defense to the enforcement by any Latham Company of such covenants.
This Exhibit A shall be construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, without regard to principles of conflicts of laws thereof, or principles of conflicts of laws of any other jurisdiction that could cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Delaware.
All disputes between or among any Persons arising out of or in any way connected with this Exhibit A shall be solely and finally settled by the Committee, acting in good faith, the determination of which shall be final. Any matters not covered by the preceding sentence shall be solely and finally settled in accordance with the Plan, and the Participant and the Company consent to the personal jurisdiction of the United States federal and state courts sitting in Wilmington, Delaware, as the exclusive jurisdiction with respect to matters arising out of or related to the enforcement of the Committee’s determinations and resolution of matters, if any, related to the Plan or this Exhibit A not required to be resolved by the Committee. Each such Person hereby irrevocably consents to the service of process of any of the aforementioned courts in any such suit, action or proceeding by the mailing of copies thereof by registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, to the last known address of such Person, such service to become effective ten (10) days after such mailing.
Each party hereto hereby waives, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any right it may have to a trial by jury in any legal proceeding directly or indirectly arising out of or relating to this Exhibit A or the transactions contemplated (whether based on contract, tort or any other theory). Each party hereto (A) certifies that no representative, agent or attorney of any other party has represented, expressly or otherwise, that such other party would not, in the event of litigation, seek to enforce the foregoing waiver and (B) acknowledges that it and the other parties hereto have been induced to enter into this Agreement by, among other things, the mutual waivers and certifications in this section.
The Participant has carefully read and considered the provisions of this Exhibit A and, having done so, agrees that the restrictive covenants in this Exhibit A impose a fair and reasonable restraint on the Participant and are reasonably required to protect the interests of the Latham Companies and their respective officers, directors, employees, and equityholders.
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