Spruce Biosciences, Inc. 2020 Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy
SPRUCE BIOSCIENCES, INC.
NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTOR COMPENSATION POLICY
Each member of the Board of Directors (the Board) who is not also serving as an employee of or consultant to Spruce Biosciences, Inc. (the Company) or any of its subsidiaries (each such member, an Eligible Director) will receive the compensation described in this Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy for his or her Board service upon and following the date of the underwriting agreement between the Company and the underwriters managing the initial public offering of the Companys common stock (the Common Stock), pursuant to which the Common Stock is priced in such initial public offering (the Effective Date). An Eligible Director may decline all or any portion of his or her compensation by giving notice to the Company prior to the date cash may be paid or equity awards are to be granted, as the case may be. This policy is effective as of the Effective Date and may be amended at any time in the sole discretion of the Board.
Annual Cash Compensation
The annual cash compensation amount set forth below is payable to Eligible Directors in equal quarterly installments, payable in arrears on the last day of each fiscal quarter in which the service occurred. If an Eligible Director joins the Board or a committee of the Board at a time other than effective as of the first day of a fiscal quarter, each annual retainer set forth below will be pro-rated based on days served in the applicable fiscal year, with the pro-rated amount paid for the first fiscal quarter in which the Eligible Director provides the service and regular full quarterly payments thereafter. All annual cash fees are vested upon payment.
Annual Board Service Retainer:
All Eligible Directors: $35,000
Executive Chairman of the Board Service Retainer (in addition to Eligible Director Service Retainer): $30,000
Annual Committee Chair Service Retainer (in lieu of Annual Committee Member Service Retainer):
Chair of the Audit Committee: $15,000
Chair of the Compensation Committee: $10,000
Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee: $8,000
Annual Committee Member Service Retainer:
Member of the Audit Committee: $7,500
Member of the Compensation Committee: $5,000
Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee: $4,000
The equity compensation set forth below will be granted under the Companys 2020 Equity Incentive Plan (the Plan), subject to the approval of the Plan by the Companys stockholders.
All stock options granted under this policy will be nonstatutory stock options, with an exercise price per share equal to 100% of the Fair Market Value (as defined in the Plan) of the underlying Common Stock on the date of grant, and a term of ten years from the date of grant (subject to earlier termination in connection with a termination of service as provided in the Plan, provided that upon a termination of service other than for death, disability or cause, the post-termination exercise period will be three months from the date of termination).
1. Initial Grant: For each Eligible Director who is first elected or appointed to the Board following the Effective Date, on the date of such Eligible Directors initial election or appointment to the Board (or, if such date is not a market trading day, the first market trading day thereafter), the Eligible Director will be automatically, and without further action by the Board, granted a stock option to purchase 20,000 shares of Common Stock (the Initial Grant). Each person who, after the Effective Date, served as an employee of, or consultant to, the Company and as a member of the Board, but who later ceases to provide such employment or consulting services shall not be entitled to an Initial Grant. The shares subject to each Initial Grant will vest in equal monthly installments over a three year period such that the option is fully vested on the third anniversary of the date of grant, subject to the Eligible Directors Continuous Service (as defined in the Plan) through each such vesting date and will vest in full upon a Change in Control (as defined in the Plan).
2. Annual Grant: On the date of each annual stockholder meeting of the Company held after the Effective Date, each Eligible Director who continues to serve as a non-employee member of the Board following such stockholder meeting will be automatically, and without further action by the Board, granted a stock option to purchase 10,000 shares of Common Stock (the Annual Grant); provided, however, that if the Eligible Director has not served as member of the Board for 12 months prior to the applicable annual stockholder meeting, the number of shares subject to such individuals Annual Grant will be pro-rated based on the number of full months served on the Board, rounded to the nearest whole share. The shares subject to the Annual Grant will vest on the first anniversary of the date of grant, provided that the Annual Grant will in any case be fully vested on the date of Companys next annual stockholder meeting, subject to the Eligible Directors Continuous Service (as defined in the Plan) through such vesting date and will vest in full upon a Change in Control (as defined in the Plan).
3. Non-Employee Director Compensation Limit: The aggregate value of all compensation granted or paid, as applicable, to any Eligible Director for service as a non-employee member of the Board with respect to any period commencing on the date of the Companys Annual Meeting of Stockholders for a particular year and ending on the day immediately prior to the date of the Companys Annual Meeting of Stockholders for the next subsequent year (the Annual Period), including equity awards granted and cash fees paid by the Company to such Eligible Director, will not exceed (i) $750,000 in total value or (ii) in the event such Eligible Director is first appointed or elected to the Board during such Annual Period, $1,000,000 in total value, in each case calculating the value of any equity awards based on the grant date fair value of such equity awards for financial reporting purposes. The limitations in this section shall apply commencing with the Annual Period that begins on the Companys first Annual Meeting of Stockholders following the Effective Date.