EX-10.26 5 a2231964zex-10_26.htm EX-10.26

Exhibit 10.26






THIS RESTRICTED STOCK AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”) is made and entered into as of                      (the “Grant Date”) by and between PetroShare Corp., a Colorado corporation with its principal offices at Englewood, Colorado (the “Company”), and                      , an employee of the Company (the “Participant”).




WHEREAS, the Company has adopted the Amended and Restated PetroShare Corp. Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) to permit shares of the Company’s common stock (the “Stock”), to be awarded to certain key salaried employees and non-employee directors of the Company and any affiliate of the Company; and


WHEREAS, the Participant is an employee of the Company, and the Company desires such person to remain in such capacity and to further an opportunity for his or her stock ownership in the Company in order to increase his or her proprietary interest in the success of the Company;


WHEREAS, certain capitalized terms not defined in this Agreement shall have the meaning assigned to them in the Plan;




NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the covenants and agreements herein set forth, the parties hereby mutually covenant and agree as follows:


1.                                      Award of Restricted Stock.  Subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein and the Plan, the Company hereby awards the Participant         shares of Stock (the “Restricted Stock”).


2.                                      Restrictions.  Except as otherwise provided herein, Restricted Stock may not be sold, transferred, pledged, assigned, encumbered or otherwise alienated or hypothecated until the date of release (the “Release Date”) determined as follows:


(a)                                 the Release Date with respect to          of the shares shall be        , so long as the Participant remains continuously employed by the Company at that date;


(b)                                 the Release Date with respect to an additional          shares shall be the first anniversary of the Grant Date if the Participant remains in the employ of the Company at that date; and


(c)                                  the Release Date with respect to the remaining          shares shall be the second anniversary of the Grant Date if the Participant remains in the employ of the Company at that date.



3.                                      Initial Issuance.  The Restricted Stock shall be issued as soon as practicable in the name of the Participant but shares that are subject to the restrictions set forth in Section 2 shall be held in a segregated account by the transfer agent of the Company.  If the shares subject to restrictions are held in certificated form, those certificates shall be endorsed in blank by the Participant.  Unless forfeited as provided herein, shares of Restricted Stock eligible for release pursuant to the terms hereof shall be delivered to the Participant on the applicable Release Date.


4.                                      Transfer After Release Date; Securities Law Restrictions.


(a)                                 On the applicable Release Date as determined in accordance with Section 2, that portion of Restricted Stock shall become free of the restrictions of Section 2 and be freely transferable by the Participant.  Notwithstanding the foregoing or anything to the contrary herein however, the Participant agrees and acknowledges with respect to any Restricted Stock that has not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”) that (i) he will not sell or otherwise dispose of such Stock except pursuant to an effective registration statement under the Act and any applicable state securities laws, or in a transaction which, in the opinion of counsel for the Company, is exempt from such registration, and (ii) a legend will be placed on the certificate(s) for the Restricted Stock to such effect.


(b)                                 Participant understands that the Company is under no obligation to register the Restricted Stock under the Act.  Nor is the Company obligated to comply, or to assist the Participant in complying with, any exemption from such registration requirements, including supplying the Participant with any information necessary to permit routine sales of the Stock under Rule 144 of the Act.


5.                                      Termination of Employment, Death or Disability.


(a)                                 If the Participant’s employment with the Company is terminated for any reason other than death or disability prior to the Release Date, all Restricted Stock that has not been released shall be forfeited to the Company on the date on which such termination of status occurs.


(b)                                 If the Participant’s employment with the Company is terminated by reason of death or disability, all required periods of service applicable to the Restricted Stock that has not then been released shall lapse with respect to a pro rata part of those remaining shares based on the ratio between the number of full months of employment or services completed at the time of termination of services from the Grant Date to the total number of months of employment or continued services required for all of said remaining shares to be released and such portion of the remaining shares shall then be released.


6.                                      Certificate Legend.  In addition to any legends placed on certificates for Restricted Stock under Section 4 of this Agreement, each certificate for shares of Restricted Stock may bear the following legend:







When the restrictions imposed by Section 2 hereof terminate, the Participant shall be entitled to have the foregoing legend removed from the certificates representing such Restricted Stock.


7.                                      Voting Rights; Dividends and Other Distributions.


(a)                                 While the Restricted Stock is subject to restrictions under Section 2 and prior to any forfeiture thereof, the Participant may exercise full voting rights for the Restricted Stock registered in his name and held in a segregated account hereunder.


(b)                                 While the Restricted Stock is subject to the restrictions under Section 2 and prior to any forfeiture thereof, the Participant shall be entitled to receive all dividends and other distributions paid with respect to the Restricted Stock.  If any such dividends or distributions are paid in Stock, such shares shall be subject to the same terms, conditions and restrictions as the shares of Restricted Stock with respect to which they were paid, including the requirement that Restricted Stock be held in a segregated account.


(c)                                  Subject to the provisions of this Agreement, the Participant shall have, with respect to the Restricted Stock, all other rights of holders of Stock.


8.                                      Tax Withholding.


(a)                                 It shall be a condition of the obligation of the Company to issue or release from the segregated account Restricted Stock to the Participant, and the Participant agrees, that the Participant shall pay to the Company upon demand such amount as may be requested by the Company for the purpose of satisfying its liability to withhold federal, state, or local income or other taxes incurred by reason of the award of the Restricted Stock or as a result of the termination of the restrictions on such Stock hereunder.


(b)                                 If the Participant does not make an election under Section 83(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, with respect to the Restricted Stock awarded hereunder, the Participant may satisfy the Company’s withholding tax requirements by electing to have the Company withhold that number of shares of Restricted Stock otherwise deliverable to the Participant from the segregated account hereunder or to deliver to the Company a number of shares of Stock, in each case, having a Fair Market Value (as defined in the Plan) on the Tax Date (as defined below) equal to the minimum amount required to be withheld as a result of the termination of the restrictions on such Restricted Stock.  The election must be made in writing and must be delivered to the Company prior to the Tax Date.  If the number of shares so determined shall include a fractional share, the Participant shall deliver cash in lieu of such fractional share.  All elections shall be made in a form approved by the Committee and shall be subject to disapproval, in whole or in part, by the Committee.  As used herein, “Tax Date” means



the date on which the Participant must include in his or her gross income for federal income tax purposes the fair market value of the Restricted Stock over the purchase price therefor, if any.


9.                                      Powers of Company Not Affected.  The existence of the Restricted Stock shall not affect in any way the right or power of the Company or its shareholders to make or authorize any combination, subdivision or reclassification of the Stock or any reorganization, merger, consolidation, business combination, exchange of shares, or other change in the Company’s capital structure or its business, or any issue of bonds, debentures or stock having rights or preferences equal, superior or affecting the Restricted Stock or the rights thereof, or dissolution or liquidation of the Company, or any sale or transfer of all or any part of its assets or business, or any other corporate act or proceeding, whether of a similar character or otherwise.  Nothing in this Agreement shall confer upon the Participant any right to continue in the employment of the Company, or interfere with or limit in any way the right of the Company to terminate the Participant’s employment at any time.


10.                               Interpretation by Committee.  The Participant agrees that any dispute or disagreement which may arise in connection with this Agreement shall be resolved by the Committee, in its sole discretion, and that any interpretation by the Committee of the terms of this Agreement or the Plan and any determination made by the Committee under this Agreement or the Plan may be made in the sole discretion of the Committee and shall be final, binding, and conclusive. Any such determination need not be uniform and may be made differently among Participants awarded Restricted Stock.


11.                               Miscellaneous.


(a)                                 This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Colorado applicable to contracts made and to be performed therein between residents thereof.


(b)                                 This Agreement may not be amended or modified except by the written consent of the parties hereto.


(c)                                  The captions of this Agreement are inserted for convenience of reference only and shall not be taken into account in construing this Agreement.


(d)                                 Any notice, filing or delivery hereunder or with respect to Restricted Stock shall be given to the Participant at either his or her usual work location or his or her home address as indicated in the records of the Company, and shall be given to the Committee or the Company at 9635 Maroon Circle, Suite 400m Englewood, Colorado, 80112, Attention:  Corporate Secretary.  All such notices shall be given by first class mail, postage prepaid, or by personal delivery.


(e)                                  This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Company and its successors and assigns and shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Participant, except that the Participant may not transfer any interest in any Restricted Stock prior to the release of the restrictions imposed by Section 2.



(f)                                   This Agreement is subject in all respects to the terms and conditions of the Plan.


12.                               Corporate Transaction.  Notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary contained in this Agreement, effective upon a Corporate Transaction (as defined in the Plan), the restrictions imposed upon the Restricted Stock (except for any such shares which were previously forfeited to the Company) by Section 2 of this Agreement shall immediately be deemed to have lapsed and the Release Date shall be deemed to have occurred as of the date of completion of the Corporate Transaction with respect to such Restricted Stock.


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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this instrument to be executed by its duly authorized officer and the Participant has hereunto affixed his or her signature, all as of the day and year first set forth above.















No. of Shares of Restricted Stock:










Grant Date: