Form of Oxford Industries, Inc. Restricted Stock Award Agreement
Oxford Industries, Inc.
RESTRICTED STOCK award agreement
This Restricted Stock Award Agreement (this “Agreement”) is entered into as of June __, 2020 (the “Effective Date”), by and between <<Name>> (“Participant”) and Oxford Industries, Inc., a Georgia corporation (the “Company”), pursuant to the Oxford Industries, Inc. Amended and Restated Long-Term Stock Incentive Plan (the “LTIP”). All capitalized terms have the meanings set forth in the LTIP unless otherwise specifically provided herein.
WHEREAS, Participant is presently employed by the Company or a Subsidiary; and
WHEREAS, the Nominating, Compensation & Governance Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors of the Company has determined that it is appropriate and in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders to incent certain selected employees of the Company and/or its Subsidiaries, including Participant, to remain as employees of the Company and/or its Subsidiaries and to further align the interests of the shareholders of the Company and its key employees, such as Participant, by providing these employees with a proprietary interest in the long-term growth and financial success of Oxford; and
WHEREAS, the Committee has granted to Participant Restricted Shares pursuant to Article 7 of the LTIP and subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement; and
WHEREAS, subject to the terms and conditions of the LTIP, this Agreement sets forth the terms and conditions of such grant of Restricted Shares from the Company to Participant.
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing, and of the mutual covenants and agreements of the parties set forth in this Agreement, and of other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto, intending to be legally bound, agree as follows:
|1.||Award of Restricted Stock|
Pursuant to the LTIP, effective on June __, 2020 (the “Grant Date”), the Company has granted to Participant <<NUMBER>> Restricted Shares, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. The Company shall cause to be issued to Participant such Restricted Shares in Participant’s name, subject to the vesting and forfeiture conditions of this Agreement.
|(i)||“Change of Control Termination” means either (x) Participant’s involuntary Separation from Service that occurs after a Change of Control and that is instituted by the Company or a Subsidiary (whichever employs Participant) other than for Cause, or (y) Participant’s Separation from Service that occurs after a Change of Control and that is instituted by Participant on account of Good Reason.|
|(ii)||“Change of Control” shall be deemed to occur as of the first day that any one or more of the following conditions is satisfied: (v) any “person” (as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)), other than the Company or any Subsidiary or any employee benefit plan sponsored or maintained by the Company or any Subsidiary (including any trustee of such plan acting as trustee), becomes the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing at least 50% of the total voting power represented by the Company’s then outstanding voting securities; (w) the commencement by an entity, person or group (other than the Company or a Subsidiary) of a tender offer or an exchange offer for more than 50% of the outstanding capital stock of the Company; (x) the effective time of (1) a merger or consolidation of the Company with one or more corporations as a result of which the holders of the outstanding voting stock of the Company immediately prior to such merger or consolidation hold less than 50% of the voting stock of the surviving or resulting corporation, or (2) a transfer of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company other than to an entity of which the Company owns at least 80% of the voting stock; (y) individuals who, as of the Effective Date, constitute the Board (the “Incumbent Board”) cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board; provided, however, that any individual becoming a director subsequent to the date hereof whose election, or nomination for election by the Company’s shareholders, was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the directors then comprising the Incumbent Board shall be considered as though such individual were a member of the Incumbent Board, but excluding, for this purpose, any such individual whose initial assumption of office occurs as a result of an actual or threatened election contest with respect to the election or removal of directors or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of a “person” (as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Exchange Act) other than the Board; or (z) approval by the shareholders of the Company of a complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Change of Control shall not be deemed to have occurred (A) if its sole purpose is to change the state of the Company’s incorporation; (B) if its sole purpose is to create a holding company that will be owned in substantially the same proportions by the persons who held the Company’s securities immediately before such transaction; or (C) with respect to Participant, if Participant is part of a purchasing group that effects a Change of Control.|
|(iii)||“Cause” shall mean any one or more of the following: (w) Participant’s willful failure to substantially perform his or her duties with the Company or applicable Subsidiary (other than any such failure resulting from Participant’s Disability), after a demand for substantial performance is delivered to Participant that specifically identifies the manner in which the Company believes that Participant has not substantially performed his or her duties, and Participant has failed to remedy the situation within fifteen (15) business days of such notice; (x) gross negligence in the|
|performance of Participant’s duties which results in material financial harm to the Company; (y) Participant’s conviction of, or plea of guilty or nolo contendere, to any felony or any other crime involving the personal enrichment of Participant at the expense of the Company or shareholders of the Company; or (z) Participant’s willful engagement in conduct that is demonstrably and materially injurious to the Company, monetarily or otherwise.|
|(iv)||“Good Reason” means any of the following conditions to which Participant does not consent: (x) a material diminution in Participant’s compensation opportunities; (y) a material diminution in Participant’s authority, duties or responsibilities; or (z) a material change in the geographic location at which Participant must perform the services hereunder. To Separate from Service on account of Good Reason, Participant must, within ninety (90) days after the initial existence of such condition, give the Company or the Subsidiary (whichever is his or her employer) written notice describing the condition that Participant believes constitutes Good Reason hereunder and declaring his or her intention to terminate for Good Reason. The Company or its Subsidiary (whichever was notified) will have thirty (30) days to remedy the condition and prevent the Separation from Service for Good Reason. If the condition is not cured within such thirty (30)-day period, Participant’s employment shall be deemed to be terminated, such that s/he has a Separation from Service for Good Reason, effective as of the end of such thirty (30)-day period.|
|(v)||“Section 409A” shall mean Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.|
|(vi)||“Separation from Service” shall mean a “separation from service” within the meaning of Section 409A.|
|3.||Voting and Dividend Rights|
Subject to Section 2(c), from and after the Grant Date, Participant will have all voting rights and rights to dividends paid in cash with respect to the Restricted Shares pursuant to this Agreement. Such dividends will be paid to Participant on each date a cash dividend is payable to the Company’s shareholders.
|4.||Custody of Certificates|
Custody of all stock certificates, if any, evidencing Restricted Shares hereunder shall be retained by the Company, or its designated agent, for so long as such Restricted Shares are not vested. The Company shall place a legend on each certificate or other record evidencing any Restricted Shares restricting the transfer of such Shares represented thereby. As soon as practicable after the Vesting Date, the Company shall remove the restrictive legend and deliver to Participant stock certificates or other rights evidencing such Shares and the absence of any forfeiture or transfer restrictions applicable to such Shares.
Participant hereby agrees that, at any time upon the Company’s request, Participant shall deliver to the Company a stock power, endorsed in blank, with respect to the Restricted Shares not then vested. The Company shall use such stock power to cancel any Restricted Shares that are not vested pursuant to this Agreement. The Company shall return such stock power to Participant with respect to any Restricted Shares that vest hereunder.
Restricted Shares granted and evidenced under this Agreement will be subject to adjustment or substitution in accordance with Section 10 of the LTIP.
|7.||Code Section 409A Compliance|
To the extent applicable, it is intended that all Restricted Shares granted and evidenced under this Agreement will be exempt from, or alternatively in compliance with, the provisions of Section 409A. All Restricted Shares granted and evidenced under this Agreement will be interpreted and administered in a manner consistent with this intent, and any provision that would cause an award or this Agreement or any rights of Participant hereunder to fail to satisfy Section 409A will have no force and effect until amended to comply with Section 409A (which amendment may be retroactive to the extent permitted by Section 409A and may be made by the Company without Participant’s consent). Without limitation of the foregoing, if any provision of this Agreement would cause compensation to be includible in Participant’s income pursuant to Section 409A, then the Company may amend this Agreement in such a way as to cause substantially similar economic results without causing such inclusion; any such amendment shall be made by providing notice of such amendment to Participant, and shall be binding on Participant.
Except as provided in this Agreement, Restricted Shares granted and evidenced under this Agreement are not transferable and are subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture. Participant may, within the thirty (30) day period after the Grant Date, in Participant’s sole discretion make an election with the Internal Revenue Service under Section 83(b) of the Code. If Participant makes such an election, Participant will promptly file a copy of such election with the Company.
Participant’s interest in this Agreement and any Restricted Shares are not transferable. Without limitation of the foregoing, no Restricted Shares or other rights pursuant to this Agreement may be anticipated, alienated, encumbered, sold, pledged, assigned, transferred or subjected to any charge or legal process, and any sale, pledge, assignment or other attempted transfer shall be null and void.
|11.||Electronic Delivery and Signature|
Participant consents and agrees to electronic delivery of any LTIP documents, proxy materials, annual reports and other related documents. If the Company establishes procedures for an electronic signature system for delivery and acceptance of any LTIP documents (including documents relating to any award or grant made under this Agreement) which comply with applicable laws, Participant consents to such procedures and agrees that Participant’s electronic signature is the same as, and shall have the same force and effect as, Participant’s manual signature. Participant consents and agrees that any such procedures and delivery may be effected by a third party engaged by the Company to provide administrative services related to the LTIP or this Agreement, including any Restricted Shares granted and evidenced under this Agreement.
The Company and any Subsidiary which acts as Participant’s employer shall have the right to (a) make deductions from the number of Shares otherwise deliverable to Participant pursuant to this Agreement (and any other amounts payable under this Agreement) in an amount sufficient to satisfy withholding of any federal, state, local or foreign taxes required by law, (b) make deductions from compensation otherwise payable to Participant, pursuant to this Agreement or otherwise, in an amount sufficient to satisfy withholding of any federal, state, local or foreign taxes required by law, including in respect of any dividends earned and payable to Participant in respect of Restricted Shares granted and evidenced under this Agreement, (c) take such other action as may be necessary or appropriate to satisfy any tax or similar required withholding obligations, and/or (d) enter into such elections as the Company may require or request immediately before (or within the prescribed time limits) any Shares are issued to Participant pursuant to this Agreement for the purposes of any taxes.
|13.||No Guarantee of Employment|
Any Restricted Shares granted and evidenced under this Agreement will not be considered salary or other compensation for the purposes of any severance pay or similar allowance, except where required by law. This Agreement shall not confer upon Participant any right with respect to continuance of employment with the Company or a Subsidiary, nor shall it interfere in any way with any right that the Company or a Subsidiary would otherwise have to terminate Participant’s employment at any time. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement:
(a)the LTIP and this Agreement shall not form any part of any contract of employment between Participant and the Company or any Subsidiary, and they shall not confer on Participant any legal or equitable rights (other than those constituting the Restricted Shares) against the Company or any Subsidiary, directly or indirectly, or give rise to any cause of action in law or in equity against the Company or any Subsidiary;
(b)the benefits to Participant under this Agreement shall not form any part of Participant’s wages or remuneration or count as pay or remuneration for pension fund or other purposes (unless otherwise specified in such plans); and
(c)except as otherwise expressly set forth herein, in no circumstances will Participant on ceasing to hold office or employment with the Company or any Subsidiary be entitled to any compensation for any loss of any right or benefit or prospective right or benefit under this Agreement which Participant might otherwise have enjoyed whether such compensation is claimed by way of damages for wrongful dismissal or other breach of contract or by way of compensation for loss of office or otherwise.
Information about Participant and Participant’s interest in any Restricted Shares or Shares granted hereunder or in Participant’s interest in this Agreement may be collected, recorded and held, used, transferred and disclosed for any purpose relating to the administration of Participant’s rights pursuant to this Agreement. Participant understands and acknowledges that such processing of the information (which may include Participant’s personal data) may need to be carried out by the Company, Subsidiaries and third party administrators whether such persons are located within Participant’s country or elsewhere, where data protection laws may not be comparable to Participant’s country of residence. Participant consents to the processing and transfer of information relating to Participant and receipt of the Restricted Shares and/or Shares under this Agreement in any one or more of the ways referred to above.
This Agreement will be construed, administered and governed in all respects under and by the applicable laws of the State of Georgia, without regard to any conflicts or choice of law rule or principle.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Agreement has been executed and delivered by the Company on the terms and conditions set forth above.
OXFORD INDUSTRIES, INC.
I hereby agree to the terms and conditions of this Agreement as a condition of the award made to me.