Restricted Stock Unit Agreement, dated October 29, 2019, between Qualstar Corporation and Steven N. Bronson
RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AGREEMENT
QUALSTAR CORPORATION 2017 STOCK OPTION AND Incentive Plan
Notice Of RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT Grant
You have been granted the following Restricted Stock Units (“RSUs”) for shares of common stock, no par value per share (“Common Stock”), of Qualstar Corporation (the “Company”):
Name of Recipient:
Steven N. Bronson
Total Number of RSUs:
For 50,000 shares of Common Stock
Value of Stock on Grant Date:
October 29, 2019
For each of the fiscal years ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2020, RSUs for 25,000 shares of the Company’s Common Stock shall vest and become issuable subject to the Company’s achievement of financial and performance objectives for the applicable fiscal year established by the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors. Whether recipient’s RSUs for the applicable fiscal year become vested and issuable shall be determined solely in the discretion of the Compensation Committee, or if such committee does not then exist at the time of determination, the Company’s Board of Directors (excluding Executive). Subject to Sections 9.7(b) and 9.7(d) of that certain Employment Agreement entered into on April 13, 2019 by and between the Company and Steven N. Bronson (as the same may be amended, restated or supplemented from time to time, the “Employment Agreement”), any such RSUs shall not be earned by or vest in recipient until the date such number, if any, is determined by the Compensation Committee.
By your signature and the signature of the Company’s representative below, you and the Company agree that the RSUs are granted under and governed by the terms and conditions of the Qualstar Corporation 2017 Stock Option and Incentive Plan (a copy of which has been provided to you) and the Restricted Stock Unit Agreement, which is attached hereto, both of which are made a part of this document.
|By:||/s/ Steven Bronson||By:||/s/ Lounanne Negrete|
|Name:||Steven Bronson||Its:||Chief Financial Officer|
|Date:||October 29, 2019||Date:||October 29, 2019|
2017 STOCK OPTION AND INCENTIVE PLAN
Restricted Stock Unit Agreement
1. Terms. Unless provided otherwise in the Notice of Restricted Stock Unit Grant (“Notice of Grant”), the following standard terms and conditions (“Standard Terms”) apply to Restricted Stock Units (“RSUs”) granted to you under the Qualstar Corporation 2017 Stock Option and Incentive Plan (the “2017 Plan”). Your Notice of Grant, these Standard Terms, the 2017 Plan and that certain Employment Agreement entered into on April 13, 2019 by and between the Company and Steven N. Bronson (as the same may be amended, restated or supplemented from time to time, the “Employment Agreement”), constitute the entire understanding between you and the Company. Capitalized and other terms used herein without definition shall have the meanings ascribed thereto in the 2017 Plan.
2. Vesting of RSUs.
(a) Provided that you continuously provide Service (as defined below) to the Company from the Grant Date specified in the Notice of Grant through each vesting date specified in the Notice of Grant, the RSUs shall vest and be converted into the right to receive the number of shares of Common Stock specified on the Notice of Grant with respect to such vesting date, except as otherwise provided in these Standard Terms. If a vesting date falls on a weekend or any other day on which The Nasdaq Stock Market (“NASDAQ”) is not open, affected RSUs shall vest on the next following NASDAQ business day.
(b) RSUs will vest to the extent provided in and in accordance with the terms of the Notice of Grant and these Standard Terms. Upon termination of your Service for any reason, any unvested RSUs (after giving effect to any acceleration of vesting resulting from such termination of Service) will be cancelled.
(c) For the purposes of these Standard Terms, the term “Service” means service to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries as an employee, Non-Employee Director or Consultant.
3. Conversion into Common Stock.
(a) Shares of Common Stock will be issued or become free of restrictions as soon as practicable following vesting of the RSUs, provided that you have satisfied your tax withholding obligations as specified under Section 8 of these Standard Terms and you have completed, signed and returned any documents and taken any additional action that the Administrator deems appropriate to enable it to accomplish the delivery of the shares of Common Stock. The shares of Common Stock will be issued in your name (or may be issued to your executor or personal representative, in the event of your death or disablement), and may be effected by recording shares on the stock records of the Company or by crediting shares in an account established on your behalf with a brokerage firm or other custodian, in each case as determined by the Administrator. In no event will the Company be obligated to issue a fractional share.
(b) Notwithstanding the foregoing, (i) the Company shall not be obligated to deliver any shares of Common Stock during any period when the Administrator determines that the conversion of an RSU or the delivery of shares hereunder would violate any federal, state or other applicable laws and/or may issue shares subject to any restrictive legends that, as determined by the Company’s counsel, is necessary to comply with securities or other regulatory requirements, and (ii) the date on which shares are issued may include a delay in order to provide the Company such time as it determines appropriate to address tax withholding and other administrative matters.
(c) The number of shares of Common Stock into which RSUs convert as specified in the Notice of Grant shall be adjusted for stock splits and similar matters as specified in and pursuant to the 2017 Plan.
4. Change in Control. In the event there occurs a Change in Control (as defined in the Employment Agreement) with respect to the Company that results in the termination of recipient’s employment for Good Reason (as defined in the Employment Agreement) or without Cause (as defined in the Employment Agreement) within one hundred eighty (180) days after the effective date of the Change in Control and subject to the conditions specified in the Employment Agreement, then all RSUs issued to you hereunder but not yet vested as of the Separation Date (as defined in the Employment Agreement) shall immediately fully vest and be earned.
5. Leaves of Absence. For any purpose under these Standard Terms, your Service shall be deemed to continue while you are on a bona fide leave of absence, to the extent required by applicable law. To the extent applicable law does not require such a leave to be deemed to continue your Service such Service shall be deemed to continue if, and only if, expressly provided in writing by the Administrator.
6. Termination of Service.
(a) Upon your voluntary termination of your Employment Agreement pursuant to Section 9.1 thereof, all unvested RSUs shall be cancelled on the Separation Date.
(b) In the event your employment is terminated by the Company for Cause (as defined in the Employment Agreement), all unvested RSUs shall be cancelled on the Separation Date.
(c) If your employment is terminated by you for Good Reason pursuant to Section 9.5 of the Employment Agreement, or by the Company without Cause pursuant to Section 9.6 of the Employment Agreement, then, subject to the terms and conditions of the Employment Agreement, all RSUs issued to you by the Company but not yet vested as of the Separation Date shall immediately fully vest and be earned.
7. Death and Disability.
If your Employment Agreement is terminated due to your death or Disability (as defined in the Employment Agreement) pursuant to Sections 9.2 or 9.3 thereof, then all RSUs issued to you by the Company but not yet vested as of the Separation Date shall immediately fully vest and be earned as of the Separation Date provided that you satisfy the conditions for Severance in Section 9.7(d) of the Employment Agreement.
8. Tax Withholding.
(a) To the extent required by applicable federal, state or other law, you shall make arrangements satisfactory to the Company for the satisfaction of any withholding tax obligations that arise by reason of vesting of an RSU and, if applicable, any sale of shares of Common Stock. The Company shall not be required to issue or lift any restrictions on shares of Common Stock or to recognize any purported transfer of shares of Common Stock until such obligations are satisfied. The Administrator may permit these obligations to be satisfied by having the Company withhold a portion of the shares of Common Stock that otherwise would be issued to you upon vesting of the RSUs, or to the extent permitted by the Administrator, by tendering shares of Common Stock previously acquired.
(b) You are ultimately liable and responsible for all taxes owed by you in connection with your RSUs, regardless of any action the Administrator or the Company takes or any transaction pursuant to this Section 8 with respect to any tax withholding obligations that arise in connection with your RSUs. The Company makes no representation or undertaking regarding the treatment of any tax withholding in connection with the grant, issuance, vesting or settlement of your RSUs or the subsequent sale of any of the shares of Common Stock underlying your RSUs that vest. The Company does not commit and is under no obligation to administer the 2017 Plan in a manner that reduces or eliminates your tax liability.
9. Transferability; Rights as a Stockholder.
(a) Unless otherwise provided by the Administrator, each RSU shall be transferable only:
(i) pursuant to your will or upon your death to your beneficiaries;
(ii) by gift to your Immediate Family (defined below), corporations whose only shareholders are you or members of your Immediate Family, partnerships whose only partners are you or members of your Immediate Family, limited liability companies whose only members are you or members of your Immediate Family, or trusts established solely for the benefit of you or members of your Immediate Family;
(iii) by gift to a foundation in which you and/or members of your Immediate Family control the management of the foundation’s assets; or
(iv) for charitable donations;
provided that such permitted assignee shall be bound by and subject to all of the terms and conditions of the Notice of Grant, these Standard Terms and the 2017 Plan relating to the transferred RSUs and shall execute an agreement satisfactory to the Company evidencing such obligations; and provided, further, that you shall remain bound by the terms and conditions of the Notice of Grant, these Standard Terms and the 2017 Plan.
(b) For purposes of these Standard Terms, “Immediate Family” is defined as your spouse or domestic partner, children, grandchildren (including any adopted and step children or grandchildren), parents, grandparents or siblings. Any purported assignment, transfer or encumbrance that does not qualify under Section 9(a) above shall be void and unenforceable against the Company. Any RSU transferred by you pursuant to this section shall not be transferable by the recipient except by will or the laws of descent and distribution. The transferability of RSUs is subject to any applicable laws of your country of residence or employment.
(c) You will have the rights of a stockholder only after shares of Common Stock have been issued to you following vesting of your RSUs and satisfaction of all other conditions to the issuance of those shares as set forth in these Standard Terms and the Employment Agreement. RSUs shall not entitle you to any rights of a holder of Common Stock and there are no voting or dividend rights with respect to your RSUs. RSUs shall remain terminable pursuant to these Standard Terms at all times until they vest and convert into shares. As a condition to having the right to receive shares of Common Stock pursuant to your RSUs, you acknowledge that unvested RSUs shall have no value for purposes of any aspect of your Service relationship with the Company.
10. Disputes. Any question concerning the interpretation of these Standard Terms, your Notice of Grant, the RSUs or the 2017 Plan, any adjustments required to be made thereunder, and any controversy that may arise under the Standard Terms, your Notice of Grant, the RSUs or the 2017 Plan shall be determined by the Administrator (including any person(s) to whom the Administrator has delegated its authority) in its sole and absolute discretion. Such decision by the Administrator shall be final and binding unless determined to have been arbitrary and capricious.
11. Amendments. The 2017 Plan and RSUs may be amended or altered by the Administrator to the extent provided in the 2017 Plan and in the Employment Agreement.
12. Other Matters.
(a) Except as set forth in the Employment Agreement, any prior agreements, commitments or negotiations concerning the RSUs are superseded by these Standard Terms and your Notice of Grant. You hereby acknowledge that a copy of the 2017 Plan has been made available to you. The grant of RSUs to you in any one year, or at any time, does not obligate the Company or any Subsidiary to make a grant in any future year or in any given amount and should not create an expectation that the Company or any Subsidiary might make a grant in any future year or in any given amount.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of these Standard Terms, if any changes in the financial or tax accounting rules applicable to the RSUs covered by these Standard Terms shall occur which, in the sole judgment of the Administrator, may have an adverse effect on the reported earnings, assets or liabilities of the Company, the Administrator may, in its sole discretion, modify these Standard Terms or cancel and cause a forfeiture with respect to any unvested RSUs at the time of such determination.
(c) Nothing contained in these Standard Terms creates or implies an employment contract or term of employment upon which you may rely.
(d) Notwithstanding any provision of these Standard Terms, the Notice of Grant or the 2017 Plan to the contrary, if, at the time of your termination of employment with the Company, you are a “specified employee” as defined in Section 409A of the Code, and one or more of the payments or benefits received or to be received by you pursuant to the RSUs would constitute deferred compensation subject to Section 409A, no such payment or benefit will be provided under the RSUs until the earliest of (A) the date which is six (6) months after your “separation from service” for any reason, other than death or “disability” (as such terms are used in Section 409A(a)(2) of the Code), (B) the date of your death or “disability” (as such term is used in Section 409A(a)(2)(C) of the Code) or (C) the effective date of a “change in the ownership or effective control” of the Company (as such term is used in Section 409A(a)(2)(A)(v) of the Code). The provisions of this Section 12(d) shall only apply to the extent required to avoid your incurrence of any penalty tax or interest under Section 409A of the Code or any regulations or Treasury guidance promulgated thereunder. In addition, if any provision of the RSUs would cause you to incur any penalty tax or interest under Section 409A of the Code or any regulations or Treasury guidance promulgated thereunder, the Administrator may reform such provision to maintain to the maximum extent practicable the original intent of the applicable provision without violating the provisions of Section 409A of the Code.
(e) Notwithstanding any provision of these Standard Terms, the Notice of Grant or the 2017 Plan to the contrary, if the Company determines, based upon the advice of the tax advisors for the Company, that part or all of the consideration, compensation or benefits to be paid to you pursuant to the RSUs constitute “parachute payments” under Section 280G(b)(2) of the Code, then, if the aggregate present value of such parachute payments, singularly or together with the aggregate present value of any consideration, compensation or benefits to be paid to you under any other plan, arrangement or agreement which constitute “parachute payments” (collectively, the “Parachute Amount”) exceeds 2.99 times your “base amount,” as defined in Section 280G(b)(3) of the Code (the “Base Amount”), the amounts constituting “parachute payments” which would otherwise be payable to you or for your benefit shall be reduced to the extent necessary so that the Parachute Amount is equal to 2.99 times the Base Amount (the “Reduced Amount”). In the event of a reduction of the payments that would otherwise be paid to you, then the Company may elect which and how much of any particular entitlement shall be eliminated or reduced and shall notify you promptly of such election; provided, however, that the aggregate reduction shall be no more than as set forth in the preceding sentence of this Section 12(e). Within ten (10) days following such election, the Company shall pay you such amounts as are then due pursuant to the RSUs and shall pay you in the future such amounts as become due pursuant to the RSUs. As a result of the uncertainty in the application of Section 280G of the Code at the time of a determination hereunder, it is possible that payments will be made by the Company which should not have been made (“Overpayment”) or that additional payments which are not made by the Company pursuant to this Section 12(e) should have been made (“Underpayment”). In the event of a final determination by the Internal Revenue Service, a final determination by a court of competent jurisdiction or a change in the provisions of the Code or regulations or tax law, that an Overpayment has been made, any such Overpayment shall be treated for all purposes as a loan to you that you shall repay to the Company together with interest at the applicable federal rate provided for in Section 7872(f)(2) of the Code. In the event of a final determination by the Internal Revenue Service, a final determination by a court of competent jurisdiction or a change in the provisions of the Code or regulations or tax law pursuant to which an Underpayment arises under this Agreement, any such Underpayment shall be promptly paid by the Company to you or for your benefit, together with interest at the applicable federal rate provided for in Section 7872(f)(2) of the Code.
(f) Because these Standard Terms relate to terms and conditions under which you may be issued shares of Common Stock, an essential term of these Standard Terms is that it shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, without regard to choice of law principles of California or other jurisdictions. Any action, suit, or proceeding relating to these Standard Terms or the RSUs granted hereunder shall be brought in the state or federal courts of competent jurisdiction in the State of California.
(g) Copies of the Company’s Annual Report to Stockholders for its latest fiscal year and the Company’s latest quarterly report are available, without charge, at the Company’s business office.
(h) Any notice required by these Standard Terms shall be given in writing and shall be deemed effective upon personal delivery or upon deposit with the United States Postal Service, by registered or certified mail, with postage and fees prepaid. Notice shall be addressed to you at the address set forth in the records of the Company. Notice shall be addressed to the Company at:
1267 Flynn Road
Camarillo, CA 93012