Form of Officers and Key Employees Performance Stock Unit Agreement
EX-10.21 4 a202010-kex1021.htm EX-10.21 Document
OFFICERS’ AND KEY EMPLOYEES’
PERFORMANCE STOCK UNIT AGREEMENT
1.Award of Performance Stock Units
a.Portland General Electric Company (the "Company") hereby grants ___________ performance stock units ("Performance Stock Units") to _____________ ______ ____________ (the "Grantee") in accordance with the terms of this agreement (the "Agreement").
b.A Performance Stock Unit represents the right to receive a share of the Company's common stock ("Share") at a future date and time, subject to and in accordance with the vesting provisions provided herein.
c.The grant is effective as of February 17, 2021 (the "Grant Date").
d.The three-year performance period applicable to this grant is January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023 (the "Performance Period").
e.The grant is made under the Portland General Electric Company Stock Incentive Plan, as amended and restated (the "Plan") and is subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan and this Agreement.
f.Capitalized terms used but not defined in this Agreement shall have the meanings set forth in the Plan unless the context clearly requires an alternative meaning.
2. Performance-Based Vesting
Subject to Section 7 below, at the conclusion of the Performance Period, the Committee shall determine the number of Performance Stock Units that shall vest, if any, by multiplying the Performance Percentage (determined in accordance with the schedule attached as Appendix A) by the number of Performance Stock Units.
Notwithstanding the foregoing or anything in the Agreement to the contrary, in determining performance results, the Committee may disregard or offset the effect of “Extraordinary Items.” For this purpose, “Extraordinary Items” means extraordinary, unusual and/or non-recurring items, including but not limited to, (i) regulatory disallowances or other adjustments, (ii) restructuring or restructuring-related charges, (iii) gains or losses on the disposition of a business or major asset, (iv) changes in regulatory, tax or accounting regulations or laws, (v) resolution and/or settlement of litigation and other legal proceedings or (vi) the effect of a merger or acquisition.
3. Settlement in Shares
The Company shall settle each vested Performance Stock Unit by issuing a Share to the Grantee. Vested Performance Stock Units will be settled as soon as possible following the conclusion of the Performance Period (or as otherwise provided in Section 7), but in no event later than the March 15th of the calendar year following the vesting date.
4. Dividend Equivalent Rights
The Grantee shall be entitled to a Dividend Equivalent Right for each vested Performance Stock Unit. A Dividend Equivalent Right entitles the Grantee to receive an amount equal to any dividends paid
on a Share, which dividends have a record date between the Grant Date and the settlement date of the Performance Stock Unit. At the same time that vested Performance Stock Units are settled, the Company shall settle each Dividend Equivalent Right by issuing Shares to the Grantee. The amount payable with respect to a dividend under a Dividend Equivalent Right shall be paid in a number of Shares determined by using the Fair Market Value of Shares as of the date such dividend is paid to holders of Shares. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the number of Shares to be issued to the Grantee with respect to Dividend Equivalent Rights that vest on a given vesting date shall be determined by rounding to the nearest whole number.
5. Shareholder Rights
The Grantee will not have any shareholder rights with respect to the Performance Stock Units or Dividend Equivalent Rights, including the right to vote or receive dividends, until Shares are issued to the Grantee in settlement of the vested Performance Stock Units and Dividend Equivalent Rights.
6. Termination of Employment
a.If the Grantee's employment and service with the Company and its subsidiaries or Affiliates is terminated (a "Termination") before the expiration of the Performance Period the Grantee will forfeit all unvested Performance Stock Units, except as provided in Section 6(b), Section 6(c) and Section 7 below. The Committee shall determine the date of any Termination.
b.Subject to Section 6(c) and Section 7 below, if, before the expiration of the Performance Period, the Grantee experiences a Termination due to death, disability (as determined under the long-term disability program of the Company or its subsidiary or Affiliate covering the Grantee) or retirement (as determined under the Company's qualified defined benefit pension plan but other than for Cause as defined in Section 7 below), a percentage of the Performance Stock Units may vest at the end of the Performance Period. The number of Performance Stock Units that vest, if any, shall be determined by multiplying (a) the Performance Percentage (determined in accordance with the schedule attached as Appendix A) by (b) the number of Performance Stock Units by (c) the percentage of the Performance Period that the Grantee was actively employed. The Grantee will forfeit any remaining Performance Stock Units.
c.If, before the expiration of the Performance Period, the Grantee satisfies the Rule of 75 on the date of the Grantee’s Termination for reasons other than Cause as defined in Section 7 below (including due to death or disability), a number of Performance Stock Units may vest, with the number vesting, if any, determined by multiplying (a) the Performance Percentage (determined in accordance with the schedule attached as Appendix A) by (b) the number of Performance Stock Units. For purposes of this Agreement, a Grantee satisfies the Rule of 75 at a certain date if, as of that date, (i) the Grantee is at least age 55, (ii) the Grantee has completed no less than five years of service for the Company and/or its subsidiaries or Affiliates, and (iii) the Grantee’s age plus years of service for the Company and/or any of its Subsidiary Corporations or Affiliates is equal to no less than 75.
7. Change in Control
Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of this Agreement:
Any Performance Stock Units that have not previously vested shall be deemed vested at the target level of performance as of the date of any Termination within two years following a Change in Control (i) by the Company or any subsidiary or Affiliate or any successor entity for any reason other than for Cause or (ii) by the Grantee within 90 days after there is (a) a material adverse change in the nature of the Grantee’s duties or responsibilities from those in effect immediately prior to the Change in Control, provided that merely ceasing to be an officer of a public company shall not, by itself, constitute a material adverse change for purposes of this provision, (b) a material reduction in the Grantee’s base compensation or incentive compensation opportunities from those in effect immediately prior to the Change in Control or as they respectively may be increased thereafter from time to time or (c) a mandatory relocation of Grantee’s principal place of work in excess of 50 miles.
Dividend Equivalent Rights shall be determined in accordance with Section 4 hereof as if the date of Termination were the end of the Performance Period.
Any Performance Stock Units that vest pursuant to this Section 7 shall be settled as soon as possible following the Termination but in no event later than 60 days following the date of the Termination.
For purposes of this Section 7, “Cause” means conduct involving one or more of the following: (i) the substantial and continuing failure of the Grantee to perform substantially all of his or her duties to the Company in accordance with the Grantee’s obligations and position with the Company (other than any such failure resulting from incapacity due to physical or mental illness), after 30 days’ notice from the Company, such notice setting forth in reasonable detail the nature of such failure, and in the event the Grantee fails to cure such breach or failure within 30 days of notice from the Company, if such breach or failure is capable of cure; (ii) the violation of a Company policy, which violation could reasonably be expected to result in Termination; (iii) dishonesty, gross negligence, breach of fiduciary duty; (iv) the commission by the Grantee of an act of fraud or embezzlement, as found by a court of competent jurisdiction; (v) the conviction of the Grantee of a felony; or (vi) a material breach of the terms of an agreement with the Company, provided that the Company provides the Grantee with adequate notice of such breach and the Grantee fails to cure such breach, if the breach is reasonably curable, within thirty (30) days after receipt of such notice.
8. Nontransferability of Award
No portion of this award shall be transferable during the Grantee's lifetime. The Grantee may, from time to time, designate one or more beneficiary or beneficiaries (including contingently or successively) to whom any award under this Agreement shall be paid in case of the Grantee's death. Each such designation shall revoke all prior designations by the Grantee, shall be in a form prescribed by the Company and shall be effective only when filed by the Grantee in writing with the Company during the Grantee's lifetime. In the absence of any such designation, in the event of the Grantee's death, awards under this Agreement shall be transferable only by will or the laws of descent and distribution. The transferability of the Shares issued in settlement of the Performance Stock Units and Dividend Equivalent Rights may also be limited in accordance with any legend on the certificate(s) representing such Shares that restricts the transferability of the Shares.
The Company's obligation to deliver certificate(s) representing Shares issued to settle vested Performance Stock Units and Dividend Equivalent Rights shall be subject to the satisfaction of applicable tax withholding requirements, including federal, state and local requirements. Unless, prior to the end of
the Performance Period (or, in the case of a Termination described in Section 7, settlement of the Performance Stock Units and any Dividend Equivalent Rights), the Grantee notifies the Company of the Grantee’s intention to remit (and before the settlement date the Grantee does actually remit) sufficient funds to the Company or the Grantee's employer to satisfy all applicable withholding requirements prior to the date Shares are to be delivered to the Grantee, then, subject to applicable law, the Company or the Grantee's employer shall withhold Shares otherwise deliverable to the Grantee with a Fair Market Value sufficient to satisfy the applicable withholding requirements.
The Committee may from time to time amend the terms of this Agreement to the extent it deems appropriate to carry out the terms and provisions of the Plan. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any amendment materially adverse to the economic interests of the Grantee shall be effective only if consented to by the Grantee in writing.
11. Incorporation of Plan Terms
The terms and conditions of the Plan are incorporated into and made a part of this Agreement. In the event of any difference between the provisions of this Agreement and the terms of the Plan, the terms of the Plan will control.
12. Interpretation of Agreement and Plan
The Committee shall have sole power to interpret and construe any provisions of this Agreement or the Plan. Any such interpretation or construction made by the Committee shall be final and conclusive.
13. Grant Not to Affect Employment
The Performance Stock Units and Dividend Equivalent Rights granted hereunder and Shares issued in settlement of the Performance Stock Units and Dividend Equivalent Rights shall not confer upon the Grantee any right to continue in the employment of the Company or its subsidiaries or Affiliates.
The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement. Unless such an invalid or unenforceable provision can be appropriately reformed or modified, this Agreement shall be construed as if such provision were omitted.
The captions of this Agreement are not part of the provisions hereof and shall have no force or effect.
16. Securities Laws
The Committee may from time to time impose any conditions on the Performance Stock Units, Dividend Equivalent Rights or Shares issued in settlement of the Performance Stock Units or Dividend Equivalent Rights as it deems necessary or advisable to ensure that all rights granted under the Plan satisfy the requirements of applicable securities laws.
17. Award Subject to Recoupment, Reduction or Cancellation
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement to the contrary, Performance Stock Units and Dividend Equivalent Rights granted under this Agreement, shares issued in settlement of such Performance Stock Units and Dividend Equivalent Rights, and proceeds from the sale of such shares, are subject potential cancellation, reduction, recoupment, rescission, payback or other action under the Company’s Incentive Compensation Clawback and Cancellation Policy, as it may be amended from time to time (“Policy”), and Grantee agrees and consents to the Company’s application, implementation and enforcement of (a) the Policy or any similar policy established by the Company that may apply to Grantee and (b) any provision of applicable law or regulatory or stock exchange listing requirement relating to cancellation, reduction, rescission, payback or recoupment of compensation, and expressly agrees that the Company may take such actions as are necessary to effectuate the Policy, any similar policy (as applicable to Grantee) or applicable law or regulatory or exchange listing requirement without further consent or action being required by Grantee. To the extent that there is a conflict between the terms of this Agreement on the one hand and on the other the Policy or any similar policy or applicable law or regulatory or exchange listing requirement, then the terms of the Policy or such policy, law or regulatory or exchange listing requirement shall prevail.
All notices or other communications given hereunder shall be in writing, and any notices or other communications required to be given hereunder shall be sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, or by hand delivery, or expedited delivery service, delivery charges prepaid and with acknowledged receipt of delivery. A notice or other communication shall be deemed given on the date of acceptance or refusal of acceptance shown on such receipt, and shall be addressed, as the case may be, to the Grantee and to the Company at the following applicable address:
a.If to the Grantee, to the most recent address for Grantee that the Company or its subsidiaries have in their records.
b.If to the Company, to:
Portland General Electric Company
Attn: Vice President, Human Resources
121 SW Salmon St
Portland OR 97204
Any party may, by notice given in compliance with this Section, change its address for all subsequent notices. Notice by either party shall be deemed sufficient if signed by such party's counsel and also, in the case of the Company, by any of the Company's officers, if otherwise given in compliance with this Section.
19. Entire Agreement
This Agreement (which incorporates the terms and conditions of the Plan) constitutes the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. This Agreement supersedes all prior discussions, negotiations, understandings, commitments and agreements with respect to such matters.
20. Governing Law and Jurisdiction
This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Oregon. With respect to any suit, action or proceedings relating to this Agreement (the "Proceedings"), each party irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of Oregon and the United States District Court located in Multnomah County, Oregon, and irrevocably waives any objection that it may have at any time to the laying of venue of any Proceedings brought in any such court, waives any claim that such Proceedings have been brought in an inconvenient forum and further waives the right to object, with respect to such Proceedings, that such court does not have jurisdiction over such party. Nothing in this Agreement precludes either party from enforcing in any jurisdiction any judgment, order or award obtained in any such court.
21. Grantee Acknowledgement
Grantee acknowledges that he/she had sufficient time to consider this Agreement and to seek legal consultation and has fully read and understands this Agreement.
[GRANTEE] PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Calculation of Performance Percentage