Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. Amended and Restated 2017 Equity Incentive Plan
AMENDED AND RESTATED
UNIVERSAL STAINLESS & ALLOY PRODUCTS, INC.
2017 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN
Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. sets forth below the terms of its Amended and Restated 2017 Equity Incentive Plan.
The Plan is intended to enhance the ability of the Company and its Affiliates to attract and retain highly qualified officers, Non-employee Directors, employees, consultants and advisors. The Plan is also intended to motivate Participants to serve the Company and its Affiliates and to expend maximum effort to improve the business results and earnings of the Company, by providing Participants with an opportunity to acquire or increase a direct proprietary interest in the operations and future success of the Company. To this end, the Plan provides for the grant of stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, restricted stock units, unrestricted stock, other share-based awards and cash awards. Any of these awards may, but need not, be made as performance incentives to reward attainment of performance goals. Upon becoming effective, the Plan replaces, and no further awards shall be made under, the Prior Plans.
For purposes of interpreting the Plan and related documents (including Award Agreements), the following definitions shall apply:
Acquiror shall have the meaning set forth in Section 15.2.1.
Affiliate means any company or other trade or business that controls, is controlled by or is under common control with, the Company within the meaning of Rule 405 of Regulation C under the Securities Act, including any Subsidiary.
Amendment and Restated Effective Date means May 5, 2021, the date the amendment and restatement of the Plan was approved by the Stockholders.
Annual Incentive Award means a cash-based Performance Award with a performance period that is the Companys fiscal year or other 12-month (or shorter) performance period as specified under the terms of the Award as approved by the Board.
Award means a grant under the Plan of an Option, SAR, Restricted Stock, RSU, Other Share-based Award or cash award.
Award Agreement means a written agreement between the Company and a Participant, or notice from the Company or an Affiliate to a Participant that evidences and sets out the terms of an Award.
Board means the Board of Directors of the Company.
Cause shall be defined as that term is defined in the Participants offer letter or other applicable employment agreement; or, if there is no such definition, Cause means, as determined by the Company in its sole discretion and unless otherwise provided in the applicable Award Agreement: (i) the commission of any act by a Participant constituting financial dishonesty against the Company or its Affiliates; (ii) a Participants engaging in any other act of dishonesty, fraud, intentional misrepresentation, moral turpitude, illegality or harassment that would: (a) adversely affect the business or the reputation of the Company or any of its Affiliates with their respective current or prospective customers, suppliers, lenders or other third parties with whom such entity does or might do business or (b) expose the Company or any of its Affiliates to a risk of civil or criminal legal damages, liabilities or penalties; (iii) the repeated failure by a Participant to follow the directives of the chief executive officer of the Company or any of its Affiliates or the Board; or (iv) any material misconduct, violation of the Companys or Affiliates policies or
willful and deliberate non-performance of duty by the Participant in connection with the business affairs of the Company or its Affiliates. A Separation from Service for Cause shall be deemed to include a determination by the Company in its sole discretion following a Participants Separation from Service that circumstances existing prior to such Separation from Service would have entitled the Company or an Affiliate to have terminated the Participants service for Cause. All rights a Participant has or may have under the Plan shall be suspended automatically during the pendency of any investigation by the Company, or during any negotiations between the Company and the Participant, regarding any actual or alleged act or omission by the Participant of the type described in the applicable definition of Cause.
Change in Control means, unless otherwise provided in the applicable Award Agreement, the consummation of any of the following events:
(i) during any period of 12 consecutive months, the acquisition, other than from the Company, by any individual, entity or group (within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) or Section 14(d)(2) of the Exchange Act), other than the Company or any subsidiary, affiliate (within the meaning of Rule 144 promulgated under the Securities Act) or employee benefit plan of the Company, of beneficial ownership (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act) of more than 50% of the combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities of the Company entitled to vote generally in the election of directors (the Voting Securities); or
(ii) a reorganization, merger, consolidation or recapitalization of the Company (a Business Combination), other than a Business Combination in which more than 50% of the combined voting power of the outstanding voting securities of the surviving or resulting entity immediately following the Business Combination is held by the persons who, immediately prior to the Business Combination, were the holders of the Voting Securities; or
(iii) a complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company, or a sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company; or
(iv) during any period of 24 consecutive months, the Incumbent Directors cease to constitute a majority of the Board; Incumbent Directors means individuals who were members of the Board at the beginning of such period or individuals whose election or nomination for election to the Board by the Stockholders was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the then Incumbent Directors (but excluding any individual whose initial election or nomination is in connection with an actual or threatened proxy contest relating to the election of directors).
Notwithstanding the foregoing, if it is determined that an Award is subject to the requirements of Section 409A and payable upon a Change in Control, the Company will not be deemed to have undergone a Change in Control for purposes of the Plan unless the Company is deemed to have undergone a change in control event for purposes of Section 409A.
Code means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
Committee means the Compensation Committee of the Board, or such other committee as determined by the Board. The Compensation Committee of the Board may designate a subcommittee of its members to serve as the Committee for purposes of the Plan (to the extent the Board has not designated another person, committee or entity as the Committee for purposes of the Plan). The Board will cause the Committee to satisfy the applicable requirements of any securities exchange on which the Common Stock may then be listed. For purposes of Awards to Participants who are subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act, Committee means all of the members of the Compensation Committee who are non-employee directors within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 of the Exchange Act.
Company means Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc., a Delaware corporation, or any of its successors.
Common Stock means the common stock of the Company.
Consultant means a consultant or advisor that provides bona fide services to the Company or any Affiliate and who qualifies as a consultant or advisor under Form S-8.
Detrimental Conduct means, as determined by the Company in its sole discretion, the Participants serious misconduct or unethical behavior, including any of the following: (i) any violation by the Participant of a restrictive covenant agreement that the Participant has entered into with the Company or an Affiliate (covering, for example, confidentiality, non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disparagement, etc.); (ii) any conduct by the Participant that could result in the Participants Separation from Service for Cause; (iii) the commission of a criminal act by the Participant, whether or not performed in the workplace, that subjects, or if generally known would subject, the Company or an Affiliate to public ridicule or embarrassment, or other improper or intentional conduct by the Participant causing reputational harm to the Company, an Affiliate or a client or former client of the Company or an Affiliate; (iv) the Participants breach of a fiduciary duty owed to the Company or an Affiliate or a client or former client of the Company or an Affiliate; (v) the Participants intentional violation, or grossly negligent disregard, of the Companys or an Affiliates policies, rules or procedures; or (vi) the Participant taking or maintaining trading positions that result in a need to restate financial results in a subsequent reporting period or that result in a significant financial loss to the Company or its Affiliates.
Disability shall be defined as that term is defined in the Participants offer letter or other applicable employment agreement; or, if there is no such definition, Disability means, as determined by the Company in its sole discretion and unless otherwise provided in the applicable Award Agreement, the Participant is unable to perform each of the essential duties of the Participants position by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that is potentially permanent in character or that can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months; provided, however, that, with respect to rules regarding expiration of an Incentive Stock Option following termination of the Participants employment, Disability means permanent and total disability as set forth in Code Section 22(e)(3).
Effective Date means May 3, 2017, the date the Plan was initially approved by the Stockholders.
Exchange Act means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
Fair Market Value of a Share as of a particular date means (i) if the Common Stock is listed on a national securities exchange, the closing or last price of the Common Stock on the composite tape or other comparable reporting system for the applicable date, or if the applicable date is not a trading day, the trading day immediately preceding the applicable date or (ii) if the Common Stock is not then listed on a national securities exchange, or the value of the Common Stock is not otherwise determinable, such value as determined by the Board.
Family Member means a person who is a spouse, former spouse, child, stepchild, grandchild, parent, stepparent, grandparent, niece, nephew, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother, sister, brother-in-law or sister-in-law, including adoptive relationships, of the applicable individual, any person sharing the applicable individuals household (other than a tenant or employee), a trust in which any one or more of these persons have more than 50% of the beneficial interest, a foundation in which any one or more of these persons (or the applicable individual) control the management of assets, and any other entity in which one or more of these persons (or the applicable individual) own more than 50% of the voting interests.
Grant Date means the latest to occur of (i) the date as of which the Board approves an Award, (ii) the date on which the recipient of an Award first becomes eligible to receive an Award under Section 6 or (iii) such other date as may be specified by the Board in the Award Agreement.
Incentive Stock Option means an incentive stock option within the meaning of Code Section 422.
New Shares shall have the meaning set forth in Section 15.1.
Non-employee Director means a member of the Board or the board of directors of an Affiliate, in each case who is not an officer or employee of the Company or any Affiliate.
Nonqualified Stock Option means an Option that is not an Incentive Stock Option.
Option means an option to purchase one or more Shares pursuant to the Plan.
Option Price means the purchase price for each Share subject to an Option.
Other Share-based Awards means Awards consisting of Share units, or other Awards, valued in whole or in part by reference to, or otherwise based on, Shares.
Participant means a person who, as a Service Provider, has been granted an Award under the Plan; provided that in the case of the death or Disability of a Participant, the term Participant may refer to the Participants estate or other legal representative acting in a fiduciary capacity on behalf of the Participant under applicable state law and court supervision.
Performance Award means an Award made subject to the attainment of performance goals (as described in Section 12) over a performance period established by the Committee.
Plan means this Amended and Restated Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. 2017 Equity Incentive Plan.
Policy shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3.2.2.
Prior Plans means, collectively, the Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. Omnibus Incentive Plan and the Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. Stock Incentive Plan.
Purchase Price means the purchase price for each Share pursuant to a grant of Restricted Stock.
Restricted Period shall have the meaning set forth in Section 10.1.
Restricted Stock means restricted Shares, awarded to a Participant pursuant to Section 10.
Restricted Stock Unit or RSU means a bookkeeping entry representing the right to receive Shares, awarded to a Participant pursuant to Section 10.
SAR Exercise Price means the per Share exercise price of a SAR granted to a Participant.
SEC means the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
Section 409A means Code Section 409A.
Securities Act means the Securities Act of 1933.
Separation from Service means the termination of the applicable Participants employment with, and performance of services for, the Company and each Affiliate. Unless otherwise determined by the Company in its sole discretion, if a Participants employment or service with the Company or an Affiliate terminates but the Participant continues to provide services to the Company or an Affiliate in a nonemployee director capacity or as an employee or consultant, as applicable, such change in status shall not be deemed a Separation from Service. A Participant employed by, or performing services for, an Affiliate or a division of the Company or an Affiliate shall not be deemed to incur a Separation from Service if such Affiliate or division ceases to be an Affiliate or division of the Company, as the case may be, and the Participant immediately thereafter becomes an employee of (or service provider to), or member of the board of directors of, the Company or an Affiliate or a successor company or an affiliate or subsidiary thereof. Approved temporary absences from employment because of illness, vacation or leave of absence and transfers among the Company and its Affiliates shall not be considered Separations from Service. Notwithstanding the foregoing, with respect to any Award that constitutes nonqualified deferred compensation under Section 409A, Separation from Service shall mean a separation from service as defined under Section 409A.
Service Provider means an employee, officer, Non-employee Director or Consultant of the Company or an Affiliate.
Share means a share of Common Stock.
Stock Appreciation Right or SAR means a right granted to a Participant pursuant to Section 9.
Stockholders means the stockholders of the Company.
Subsidiary means any subsidiary corporation of the Company within the meaning of Code Section 424(f).
Substitute Award means any Award granted in assumption of or in substitution for an award of a company or business acquired by the Company or an Affiliate or with which the Company or an Affiliate combines.
Ten Percent Stockholder means an individual who owns more than 10% of the total combined voting power of all classes of outstanding stock of the Company, its parent or any of its Subsidiaries. In determining stock ownership, the attribution rules of Code Section 424(d) shall be applied.
Termination Date means the date that is 10 years after the Amendment and Restatement Effective Date, unless the Plan is earlier terminated by the Board under Section 5.2.
3. ADMINISTRATION OF THE PLAN
The Board shall have such powers and authorities related to the administration of the Plan as are consistent with the Companys certificate of incorporation and bylaws and applicable law. The Board shall have the power and authority to delegate its responsibilities hereunder to the Committee, which shall have full authority to act in accordance with its charter. With respect to the power and authority of the Board to act hereunder, all references to the Board shall be deemed to include a reference to the Committee, unless such power or authority is specifically reserved by the Board. Except as specifically provided in Section 14 or as otherwise may be required by applicable law, regulatory requirement or the certificate of incorporation or the bylaws of the Company, the Board shall have full power and authority to take all actions and to make all determinations required or provided for under the Plan, any Award or any Award Agreement, and shall have full power and authority to take all such other actions and make all such other determinations that the Board deems to be necessary or appropriate to the administration of the Plan. The Committee shall administer the Plan; provided, however, the Board shall retain the right to exercise the authority of the Committee to the extent consistent with applicable law and the applicable requirements of any securities exchange on which the Common Stock may then be listed. All actions, determinations and decisions by the Board or the Committee under the Plan or any Award Agreement, or with respect to any Award, shall be in the sole discretion of the Board and shall be final, binding and conclusive on all persons. Without limitation, the Board shall have full and final power and authority, subject to the other terms of the Plan, to:
determine the type of types of Awards to be made to Participants;5
determine the number of Shares to be subject to an Award;
establish the terms of each Award (including the Option Price of any Option, the nature and duration of any restriction or condition (or provision for lapse thereof) relating to the vesting, exercise, transfer or forfeiture of an Award or the Shares subject thereto and any terms or conditions that may be necessary to qualify Options as Incentive Stock Options);
prescribe the form of each Award Agreement; and
amend, modify or supplement the terms of any outstanding Award, including the authority, in order to effectuate the purposes of the Plan, to modify Awards to foreign nationals or individuals who are employed outside the United States to recognize differences in local law, tax policy or custom.
3.2 Separation from Service for Cause; Clawbacks; Detrimental Conduct
3.2.1 Separation from Service for Cause
The Company may annul an Award if the Participant incurs a Separation from Service for Cause.
All awards, amounts or benefits received or outstanding under the Plan shall be subject to clawback, cancellation, recoupment, rescission, payback, reduction or other similar action in accordance with the terms of any Company clawback or similar policy (the Policy) or any applicable law related to such actions, as may be in effect from time to time. A Participants acceptance of an Award shall be deemed to constitute the Participants acknowledgement of and consent to the Companys application, implementation and enforcement of any applicable Policy that may apply to the Participant, whether adopted prior to or following the Amendment and Restatement Effective Date, and any provision of applicable law relating to clawback, cancellation, recoupment, rescission, payback or reduction of compensation, and the Participants agreement that the Company may take such actions as may be necessary to effectuate any such policy or applicable law, without further consideration or action.
3.2.3 Detrimental Conduct
Except as otherwise provided by the Board, notwithstanding any provision of the Plan to the contrary, if a Participant engages in Detrimental Conduct, whether during the Participants service or after the Participants Separation from Service, in addition to any other penalties or restrictions that may apply under the Plan, state law or otherwise, the Participant shall forfeit or pay to the Company the following:
(a) any and all outstanding Awards granted to the Participant, including Awards that have become vested or exercisable;
(b) any shares held by the Participant in connection with the Plan that were acquired by the Participant after the Participants Separation from Service and within the 12-month period immediately before the Participants Separation from Service;
(c) the profit realized by the Participant from the exercise of any Options or SARs that the Participant exercised after the Participants Separation from Service or within the 12-month period immediately before the Participants Separation from Service, which profit is the difference between the Option Price of the Option or SAR Exercise Price of the SAR and the Fair Market Value of any shares or cash acquired by the Participant upon exercise of such Option or SAR; and
(d) the profit realized by the Participant from the sale, or other disposition for consideration, of any shares received by the Participant in connection with the Plan after the Participants Separation from Service and within the 12-month period immediately before the Participants Separation from Service and where such sale or disposition occurs in such similar time period.
3.3 Deferral Arrangement
The Board may permit or require the deferral of any Award payment into a deferred compensation arrangement, subject to such rules and procedures as it may establish and in accordance with Section 409A, which may include provisions for the payment or crediting of interest or dividend equivalents, including converting such credits into deferred Share units.
3.4 No Liability
No member of the Board or of the Committee shall be liable for any action or determination made in good faith with respect to the Plan, any Award or Award Agreement.
3.5 Book Entry
Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan to the contrary, the Company may elect to satisfy any requirement under the Plan for the delivery of stock certificates through the use of book entry.
3.6 No Repricing
Notwithstanding any provision of the Plan to the contrary, the repricing of Options or SARs is prohibited without prior approval of the Stockholders. For this purpose, a repricing means any of the following (or any other action that has the same effect as any of the following): (i) changing the terms or conditions of an Option or SAR to lower its Option Price or SAR Exercise Price; (ii) any other action that is treated as a repricing under generally accepted accounting principles; and (iii) repurchasing for cash or canceling an Option or SAR at a time when its Option Price or SAR Exercise Price is greater than the Fair Market Value of the underlying Shares in exchange for another Award, unless the cancellation and exchange occurs in connection with a change in capitalization or similar change under Section 15. A cancellation and exchange under clause (iii) would be considered a repricing regardless of whether it is treated as a repricing under generally accepted accounting principles and regardless of whether it is voluntary on the part of the Participant.
4. STOCK SUBJECT TO THE PLAN
4.1 Authorized Number of Shares
Subject to adjustment under Section 15, the aggregate number of Shares authorized to be issued under the Plan shall not exceed 968,357. In addition, Shares underlying any outstanding award granted under any Prior Plan that, following the Amendment and Restatement Effective Date, expires, or is terminated, surrendered or forfeited for any reason without issuance of Shares shall be available for the grant of new Awards. As provided in Section 1, no new awards shall be granted under the Prior Plans following the Effective Date. Shares issued under the Plan may consist in whole or in part of authorized but unissued Shares, treasury Shares or Shares purchased on the open market or otherwise.
4.2 Share Counting
4.2.1 Any Award settled in cash shall not be counted as issued Shares for any purpose under the Plan.
4.2.2 If any Award expires, or is terminated, surrendered or forfeited, in whole or in part, the unissued Shares covered by such Award shall again be available for the grant of Awards.
4.2.3 If Shares issued pursuant to the Plan are repurchased by, or are surrendered or forfeited to the Company at no more than cost, such Shares shall again be available for the grant of Awards.
4.2.4 If Shares issuable upon exercise, vesting or settlement of an Award, or Shares owned by a Participant (that are not subject to any pledge or other security interest), are surrendered or tendered to the Company in payment of the Option Price or Purchase Price of an Award or any taxes required to be withheld in respect of an Award, in each case, in accordance with the terms of the Plan and any applicable Award Agreement, such surrendered or tendered Shares shall again be available for the grant of Awards.
4.2.5 Substitute Awards shall not be counted against the number of Shares available for the grant of Awards.
4.3 Award Limits
4.3.1 Incentive Stock Options
Subject to adjustment under Section 15, 968,357 Shares available for issuance under the Plan shall be available for issuance as Incentive Stock Options.
4.3.2 Individual Award LimitsShare-Based Awards
Subject to adjustment under Section 15, the maximum number of each type of Award (other than cash-based Performance Awards) granted to any Participant in any calendar year shall not exceed the following number of Shares: (i) Options and SARs100,000 Shares; and (ii) all share-based Performance Awards (including Restricted Stock, RSUs and Other Share-based Awards that are Performance Awards)80,000 Shares.
4.3.3 Individual Award LimitsCash-Based Awards
The maximum amount of cash-based Performance Awards granted to any Participant in any calendar year shall not exceed the following: (i) Annual Incentive Awards: $900,000; and (ii) all other cash-based Performance Awards: $500,000.
4.3.4 Director Awards
The maximum value of Awards granted during any calendar year to any Non-employee Director, taken together with any cash fees paid to such Non-employee Director during the calendar year and the value of awards granted to the Non-employee Director under any other equity compensation plan of the Company or an Affiliate during the calendar year, shall not exceed the following in total value (calculating the value of any Awards or other equity compensation plan awards based on the fair market value as of grant date for financial reporting purposes): (i) $1,000,000 for the Chair of the Board and (ii) $500,000 for each Non-employee Director other than the Chair of the Board.
5. EFFECTIVE DATE, DURATION AND AMENDMENTS
The Plan, as amended and restated, shall be effective as of the Amendment and Restatement Effective Date, provided that it has been approved by the Stockholders. The Plan shall terminate automatically on the 10-year anniversary of the Amendment and Restatement Effective Date and may be terminated on any earlier date as provided in Section 5.2.
5.2 Amendments and Termination of the Plan
The Board may, at any time and from time to time, amend, suspend or terminate the Plan as to any Awards that have not been made. An amendment shall be contingent on approval of the Stockholders to the extent stated by the Board, required by applicable law or required by applicable securities exchange listing requirements. No Awards shall be granted after the Termination Date. The applicable terms of the Plan, and any terms applicable to Awards granted prior to the Termination Date, shall survive the termination of the Plan and continue to apply to such Awards. No amendment, suspension or termination of the Plan or any Award shall, without the consent of the Participant, materially impair rights or obligations under any Award theretofore awarded.
6. AWARD ELIGIBILITY AND LIMITATIONS
6.1 Service Providers
Subject to this Section 6, Awards may be granted to any Service Provider as the Board may determine and designate from time to time.
6.2 Successive Awards
An eligible person may receive more than one Award, subject to such restrictions as are provided herein.
6.3 Stand-Alone, Additional, Tandem, and Substitute Awards
Awards may be granted either alone or in addition to, in tandem with or in substitution or exchange for, any other Award or any award granted under another plan of the Company, any Affiliate or any business entity to be acquired by the Company or an Affiliate, or any other right of a Participant to receive payment from the Company or any Affiliate. Such additional, tandem or substitute or exchange Awards may be granted at any time. If an Award is granted in substitution or exchange for another award, the Board shall have the right to require the surrender of such other award in consideration for the grant of the new Award. Subject to the requirements of applicable law, the Board may make Awards in substitution or exchange for any other award under another plan of the Company, any Affiliate or any business entity to be acquired by the Company or an Affiliate. In addition, Awards may be granted in lieu of cash compensation, including in lieu of cash amounts payable under other plans of the Company or any Affiliate, in which the value of Shares subject to the Award is equivalent in value to the cash compensation (for example, RSUs or Restricted Stock).
6.4 Minimum Vesting Conditions
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Plan, all Awards (other than cash-based Awards) approved under the Plan after the Amendment and Restatement Effective Date shall be subject to a vesting period or performance period, as applicable, of at least one year following the Grant Date; provided, however, that (1) up to five percent (5%) of the maximum limit set forth in Section 4.1 under this Plan may be issued without regard to the foregoing minimum vesting period, (2) the foregoing minimum vesting period shall not apply in the event of death, Disability, or other terminations of employment or service, or to Substitute Awards, and (3) the Committee may waive the restrictions set forth in this sentence in its sole discretion in the event of a Change in Control.
7. AWARD AGREEMENT
The grant of any Award may be contingent upon the Participant executing an appropriate Award Agreement, in such form or forms as the Board may determine. An Award Agreement may be provided in the form of a notice that provides that acceptance of the Award constitutes acceptance of all terms of the Plan and the notice. Award Agreements granted from time to time or at the same time need not contain similar provisions but shall be consistent with the terms of the Plan. Each Award Agreement evidencing an Award of Options shall specify whether such Options are intended to be Nonqualified Stock Options or Incentive Stock Options, and in the absence of such specification, such Options shall be deemed Nonqualified Stock Options.
8. TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF OPTIONS
8.1 Option Price
The Option Price of each Option shall be fixed by the Board and stated in the related Award Agreement. The Option Price of each Option (except those that constitute Substitute Awards) shall be at least the Fair Market Value on the Grant Date; provided, however, that in the event that a Participant is a Ten Percent Stockholder as of the Grant Date, the Option Price of an Option granted to such Participant that is intended to be an Incentive Stock Option shall be not less than 110% of the Fair Market Value on the Grant Date. In no case shall the Option Price of any Option be less than the par value of a Share.
Subject to Section 6.4 and Section 8.3, each Option shall become exercisable at such times and under such conditions (including performance requirements) as stated in the Award Agreement.
Each Option shall terminate, and all rights to purchase Shares thereunder shall cease, upon the expiration of the Option term stated in the Award Agreement not to exceed 10 years from the Grant Date, or under such circumstances and on such date prior thereto as is set forth in the Plan or as may be fixed by the Board and stated in the related Award Agreement; provided, however, that in the event that the Participant is a Ten Percent Stockholder, an Option granted to such Participant that is intended to be an Incentive Stock Option at the Grant Date shall not be exercisable after the expiration of five years from its Grant Date.
8.4 Limitations on Exercise of Option
Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, in no event may any Option be exercised, in whole or in part, (i) prior to the date the Plan is approved by the Stockholders as provided herein or (ii) after the occurrence of an event that results in termination of the Option.
8.5 Method of Exercise
An Option that is exercisable may be exercised by the Participants delivery of a notice of exercise to the Company, setting forth the number of Shares with respect to which the Option is to be exercised, accompanied by full payment for the Shares. To be effective, notice of exercise must be made in accordance with procedures established by the Company from time to time.
8.6 Rights of Holders of Options
Unless otherwise provided in the applicable Award Agreement, an individual holding or exercising an Option shall have none of the rights of a Stockholder until the Shares covered thereby are fully paid and issued to him or her. Notwithstanding the foregoing, and except as set forth in Section 15, until the Shares covered by an Option are fully paid and issued to the holder thereof, no right to receive dividends or distributions will exist with respect to such Shares. Except as provided in Section 15 or, subject to the prior sentence, the related Award Agreement, no adjustment shall be made for dividends, distributions or other rights for which the record date is prior to the date of such issuance.
8.7 Delivery of Stock Certificate
Subject to Section 3.5, promptly after the exercise of an Option by a Participant and the payment in full of the Option Price, such Participant shall be entitled to the issuance of a stock certificate or certificates evidencing his or her ownership of the Shares subject to the Option.
8.8 Limitation on Incentive Stock Options
An Option shall constitute an Incentive Stock Option only (i) if the Participant of such Option is an employee of the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company; (ii) to the extent specifically provided in the related Award Agreement; and (iii) to the extent that the aggregate Fair Market Value (determined at the time the Option is granted) of the Shares with respect to which all Incentive Stock Options held by such Participant become exercisable for the first time during any calendar year (under the Plan and all other plans of the Participants employer and its Affiliates) does not exceed $100,000. This limitation shall be applied by taking Options into account in the order in which they were granted. No Option shall be treated as an Incentive Stock Option unless the Plan has been approved by the Stockholders in a manner intended to comply with the stockholder approval requirements of Code Section 422(b)(1); provided that any Option intended to be an Incentive Stock Option shall not fail to be effective solely on account of a failure to obtain such approval, but rather such Option shall be treated as a Nonqualified Stock Option unless and until such stockholder approval is obtained.
8.9 Early Exercise
An Option may, but need not, include a provision whereby the Participant may elect at any time before the Participants Separation from Service to exercise the Option as to any part or all of the Shares subject to the Option prior to the full vesting of the Option. Any unvested Shares so purchased may be subject to a repurchase option in favor of the Company or to any other restriction the Board determines to be appropriate.
9. TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHTS
9.1 Right to Payment
A SAR shall confer on the Participant a right to receive, upon exercise thereof, the excess of (i) the Fair Market Value on the date of exercise over (ii) the SAR Exercise Price. The Award Agreement for a SAR (except those that constitute Substitute Awards) shall specify the SAR Exercise Price, which shall be fixed on the Grant Date as not less than the Fair Market Value on that date. SARs may be granted alone or in conjunction with all or part of an Option or at any subsequent time during the term of such Option or in conjunction with all or part of any other Award. A SAR granted in tandem with an outstanding Option following the Grant Date of such Option shall have a grant price that is equal to the Option Price; provided, however, that the SARs grant price may not be less than the Fair Market Value on the Grant Date of the SAR to the extent required by Section 409A. Unless otherwise provided in the applicable Award Agreement, an individual holding or exercising a SAR shall have none of the rights of a Stockholder until the Shares covered thereby are fully paid and issued to him or her. Notwithstanding the foregoing, and except as set forth in Section 15, until the Shares covered by a SAR are fully paid and issued to the holder thereof, no right to receive dividends or distributions will exist with respect to such Shares. Except as provided in Section 15 or, subject to the prior sentence, the related Award Agreement, no adjustment shall be made for dividends, distributions or other rights for which the record date is prior to the date of such issuance.
9.2 Other Terms
Subject to Section 6.4, the Board shall determine at the Grant Date or thereafter, the time or times at which and the circumstances under which a SAR may be exercised in whole or in part (including based on achievement of performance goals or future service requirements), the time or times at which SARs shall cease to be or become exercisable following Separation from Service or upon other conditions, the method of exercise, whether or not a SAR shall be in tandem or in combination with any other Award and any other terms of any SAR.
9.3 Terms of SARs
The term of a SAR granted under the Plan shall be determined by the Board; provided, however, that such term shall not exceed 10 years.
9.4 Payment of SAR Amount
Upon exercise of a SAR, a Participant shall be entitled to receive payment from the Company (in cash or Shares, as set forth in the Award Agreement) in an amount determined by multiplying:
the difference between the Fair Market Value on the date of exercise over the SAR Exercise Price; by
the number of Shares with respect to which the SAR is exercised.
10. TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF RESTRICTED STOCK AND RESTRICTED STOCK UNITS
Subject to Section 6.4, At the time of grant, the Board may establish a period of time (a Restricted Period) and any additional restrictions including the satisfaction of corporate or individual performance objectives applicable to
an Award of Restricted Stock or RSUs. Each Award of Restricted Stock or RSUs may be subject to a different Restricted Period and additional restrictions. Neither Restricted Stock nor RSUs may be sold, transferred, assigned, pledged or otherwise encumbered or disposed of during the Restricted Period or prior to the satisfaction of any other applicable restrictions.
10.2 Restricted Stock Certificates
The Company shall issue Shares, in the name of each Participant to whom Restricted Stock has been granted, stock certificates or other evidence of ownership representing the total number of Shares of Restricted Stock granted to the Participant, as soon as reasonably practicable after the Grant Date. The Board may provide in an Award Agreement that either (i) the Secretary of the Company shall hold such certificates for the Participants benefit until such time as the Restricted Stock is forfeited to the Company or the restrictions lapse or (ii) such certificates shall be delivered to the Participant; provided, however, that such certificates shall bear a legend or legends that comply with the applicable securities laws and regulations and make appropriate reference to the restrictions imposed under the Plan and the Award Agreement.
10.3 Rights of Holders of Restricted Stock
Unless otherwise provided in the applicable Award Agreement, holders of Restricted Stock shall have rights as Stockholders, including voting and dividend rights. Except as set forth in Section 15, if the Committee provides that dividends or distributions will be received by holders of Restricted Stock and any such dividends or distributions are paid in cash, such dividends or distributions will be subject to the same provisions regarding forfeitability as the Restricted Stock with respect to which they were paid and if such dividends or distributions are paid in Shares, the Shares will be subject to the same restrictions on transferability and forfeitability as the Restricted Stock with respect to which they were paid.
10.4 Rights of Holders of RSUs
10.4.1 Settlement of RSUs
RSUs may be settled in cash or Shares, as set forth in the Award Agreement. The Award Agreement shall also set forth whether the RSUs shall be settled (i) within the time period specified in Section 409A for short-term deferrals or (ii) otherwise within the requirements of Section 409A, in which case the Award Agreement shall specify upon which events such RSUs shall be settled.
10.4.2 Voting and Dividend Rights
Unless otherwise provided in the applicable Award Agreement, holders of RSUs shall not have rights as Stockholders, including voting or dividend or dividend equivalents rights. Except as set forth in Section 15, if the Committee provides that dividends or distributions will be received by holders of RSUs and any such dividends or distributions are paid in cash, such dividends or distributions will be subject to the same provisions regarding forfeitability as the RSUs with respect to which they were paid and if such dividends or distributions are paid in Shares, the Shares will be subject to the same restrictions on transferability and forfeitability as the RSUs with respect to which they were paid.
10.4.3 Creditors Rights
A holder of RSUs shall have no rights other than those of a general creditor of the Company. RSUs represent an unfunded and unsecured obligation of the Company, subject to the terms of the applicable Award Agreement.
10.5 Purchase of Restricted Stock
The Participant shall be required, to the extent required by applicable law, to purchase the Restricted Stock from the Company at a Purchase Price equal to the greater of (i) the aggregate par value of the Shares represented by such Restricted Stock or (ii) the Purchase Price, if any, specified in the related Award Agreement. If specified in the Award Agreement, the Purchase Price may be deemed paid by services already rendered. The Purchase Price shall be payable in a form described in Section 11 or, if so determined by the Board, in consideration for past services rendered.
10.6 Delivery of Shares
Subject to Section 3.5, upon the expiration or termination of any Restricted Period and the satisfaction of any other conditions prescribed by the Board, the restrictions applicable to Shares of Restricted Stock or RSUs settled in Shares shall lapse, and, unless otherwise provided in the applicable Award Agreement, a stock certificate for such Shares shall be delivered, free of all such restrictions, to the Participant or the Participants beneficiary or estate, as the case may be.
11. FORM OF PAYMENT FOR OPTIONS AND RESTRICTED STOCK
11.1 General Rule
Payment of the Option Price for the Shares purchased pursuant to the exercise of an Option or the Purchase Price for Restricted Stock shall be made in cash or in cash equivalents acceptable to the Company, except as provided in this Section 11.
11.2 Surrender of Shares
To the extent the Award Agreement so provides, payment of the Option Price for Shares purchased pursuant to the exercise of an Option or the Purchase Price for Restricted Stock may be made all or in part through the tender to the Company of Shares, which Shares shall be valued, for purposes of determining the extent to which the Option Price or Purchase Price for Restricted Stock has been paid thereby, at their Fair Market Value on the date of exercise or surrender. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the case of an Incentive Stock Option, the right to make payment in the form of already-owned Shares may be authorized only at the time of grant.
11.3 Cashless Exercise
With respect to an Option only (and not with respect to Restricted Stock), to the extent permitted by law and to the extent the Award Agreement so provides, payment of the Option Price may be made all or in part by delivery (on a form acceptable to the Company) of an irrevocable direction to a licensed securities broker acceptable to the Company to sell Shares and to deliver all or part of the sales proceeds to the Company in payment of the Option Price and any withholding taxes described in Section 17.3.
11.4 Other Forms of Payment
To the extent the Award Agreement so provides, payment of the Option Price or the Purchase Price for Restricted Stock may be made in any other form that is consistent with applicable laws, regulations and rules, including the Companys withholding of Shares otherwise due to the exercising Participant.
12. TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF PERFORMANCE AWARDS
12.1 Performance Conditions
Subject to Section 6.4, The right of a Participant to exercise or receive a grant or settlement of any Award, and the timing thereof, may be subject to such performance conditions as may be specified by the Board. The Board may use such business criteria and other measures of performance as it may deem appropriate in establishing any performance conditions, and may reduce the amounts payable under any Award subject to performance conditions. The Board may determine that Performance Awards shall be granted, exercised or settled upon achievement of any one performance goal or that two or more of the performance goals must be achieved as a condition to grant, exercise or settlement of the Performance Awards. The Committee may determine the extent to which measurement of performance goals may exclude the impact of charges for restructuring, discontinued operations, extraordinary
items, debt redemption or retirement, asset write downs, litigation or claim judgments or settlements, acquisitions or divestitures, foreign exchange gains and losses and other extraordinary, unusual or non-recurring items, and the cumulative effects of tax or accounting changes (each as defined by generally accepted accounting principles and as identified in the Companys financial statements or other SEC filings). Performance goals may differ for Performance Awards granted to any one Participant or to different Participants.
12.1.1 Settlement of Performance Awards; Other Terms
Settlement of Performance Awards may be in cash, Shares, other Awards or other property. The Board may reduce the amount of a settlement otherwise to be made in connection with such Performance Awards.
13. OTHER SHARE-BASED AWARDS
13.1 Grant of Other Share-based Awards
Other Share-based Awards may be granted either alone or in addition to or in conjunction with other Awards. Other Share-based Awards may be granted in lieu of other cash or other compensation to which a Service Provider is entitled from the Company or may be used in the settlement of amounts payable in Shares under any other compensation plan or arrangement of the Company, including any other Company incentive compensation plan. The Board shall have the authority to determine the persons to whom and the time or times at which such Awards will be made, the number of Shares to be granted pursuant to such Awards and all other terms of such Awards. Unless the Board determines otherwise, any such Award shall be confirmed by an Award Agreement, which shall contain such provisions as the Board determines to be necessary or appropriate to carry out the intent of the Plan with respect to such Award.
13.2 Terms of Other Share-based Awards
Any Common Stock subject to Awards made under this Section 13 may not be sold, assigned, transferred, pledged or otherwise encumbered prior to the date on which the Shares are issued, or, if later, the date on which any applicable restriction, performance or deferral period lapses.
14. REQUIREMENTS OF LAW
The Company shall not be required to sell or issue any Shares under any Award if the sale or issuance of such Shares would constitute a violation by the Participant, any other individual or the Company of any provision of any law or regulation of any governmental authority, including any federal or state securities laws or regulations. If at any time the Board determines that the listing, registration or qualification of any Shares subject to an Award upon any securities exchange or under any governmental regulatory body is necessary or desirable as a condition of, or in connection with, the issuance or purchase of Shares hereunder, no Shares may be issued or sold to the Participant or any other individual exercising an Option pursuant to such Award unless such listing, registration, qualification, consent or approval shall have been effected or obtained free of any conditions not acceptable to the Company, and any delay caused thereby shall in no way affect the date of termination of the Award. Specifically, in connection with the Securities Act, upon the exercise of any Option or the delivery of any Shares underlying an Award, unless a registration statement under such Act is in effect with respect to the Shares covered by such Award, the Company shall not be required to sell or issue such Shares unless the Board has received evidence satisfactory to it that the Participant or any other individual exercising an Option may acquire such Shares pursuant to an exemption from registration under the Securities Act. The Company may, but shall in no event be obligated to, register any securities covered hereby pursuant to the Securities Act. The Company shall not be obligated to take any affirmative action in order to cause the exercise of an Option or the issuance of Shares pursuant to the Plan to comply with any law or regulation of any governmental authority. As to any jurisdiction that expressly imposes the requirement that an Option shall not be exercisable until the Shares covered by such Option are registered or are exempt from registration, the exercise of such Option (under circumstances in which the laws of such jurisdiction apply) shall be deemed conditioned upon the effectiveness of such registration or the availability of such an exemption. The
Committee may require the Participant to sign such additional documentation, make such representations and furnish such information as it may consider appropriate in connection with the grant of Awards or issuance or delivery of Shares in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.
14.2 Rule 16b-3
During any time when the Company has a class of equity security registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act, it is the intent of the Company that Awards and the exercise of Options will qualify for the exemption provided by Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act. To the extent that any provision of the Plan or action by the Board or Committee does not comply with the requirements of Rule 16b-3, it shall be deemed inoperative to the extent permitted by law and deemed advisable by the Board, and shall not affect the validity of the Plan. In the event that Rule 16b-3 is revised or replaced, the Board may modify the Plan in any respect necessary to satisfy the requirements of, or to take advantage of any features of, the revised exemption or its replacement.
14.3 Prohibition on Executive Officer Loans
Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan to the contrary, no Participant who is a Non-employee Director or an executive officer of the Company within the meaning of Section 13(k) of the Exchange Act shall be permitted to make payment with respect to any Awards granted under the Plan, or continue any extension of credit with respect to such payment, with a loan from the Company or a loan arranged by the Company in violation of Section 13(k) of the Exchange Act.
15. EFFECT OF CHANGES IN CAPITALIZATION
15.1 Adjustments for Changes in Capital Structure
Subject to any required action by the Stockholders, in the event of any change in the Common Stock effected without receipt of consideration by the Company, whether through merger, consolidation, reorganization, reincorporation, recapitalization, reclassification, stock dividend, stock split, reverse stock split, split-up, split-off, spin-off, combination of shares, exchange of shares or similar change in the capital structure of the Company, or in the event of payment of a dividend or distribution to the Stockholders in a form other than Shares (excepting normal cash dividends) that has a material effect on the Fair Market Value, appropriate and proportionate adjustments shall be made in the number and class of shares subject to the Plan and to any outstanding Awards, and in the Option Price, SAR Exercise Price or Purchase Price per Share of any outstanding Awards, and to the other terms and conditions of outstanding Awards, in order to prevent dilution or enlargement of Participants rights under the Plan. For purposes of the foregoing, conversion of any convertible securities of the Company shall not be treated as effected without receipt of consideration by the Company. If a majority of the Shares that are of the same class as the Shares that are subject to outstanding Awards are exchanged for, converted into or otherwise become (whether or not pursuant to a Change in Control) shares of another corporation (the New Shares), the Board may unilaterally amend the outstanding Awards to provide that such Awards are for New Shares. In the event of any such amendment, the number of Shares subject to, and the Option Price, SAR Exercise Price or Purchase Price per Share of, and the other terms and conditions of, the outstanding Awards shall be adjusted in a fair and equitable manner. Any fractional share resulting from an adjustment pursuant to this Section 15.1 shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number and the Option Price, SAR Exercise Price or Purchase Price per share shall be rounded up to the nearest whole cent. In no event may the exercise price of any Award be decreased to an amount less than the par value, if any, of the stock subject to the Award. The Board may also make such adjustments in the terms of any Award to reflect, or related to, such changes in the capital structure of the Company or distributions as it deems appropriate.
15.2 Change in Control
15.2.1 Consequences of a Change in Control
The Board may provide for any one or more of the following in connection with a Change in Control, which such actions need not be the same for all Participants:
(a) Accelerated Vesting. The Board may provide in any Award Agreement, or in the event of a Change in Control may take such actions as it deems appropriate to provide, for the acceleration of the exercisability, vesting or settlement in connection with a Change in Control of each or any outstanding Award or portion thereof and Shares acquired pursuant thereto upon such terms, including a Participants Separation from Service prior to, upon or following such Change in Control, to such extent as determined by the Board. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Board shall not provide for the acceleration of the vesting of an Award in connection with a dissolution or liquidation of the Company.
(b) Assumption, Continuation or Substitution. In the event of a Change in Control, the surviving, continuing, successor or purchasing corporation or other business entity or parent thereof, as the case may be (the Acquiror), may, without the consent of any Participant, either assume or continue the Companys rights and obligations under each or any Award or portion thereof outstanding immediately prior to the Change in Control or substitute for each or any such outstanding Award or portion thereof a substantially equivalent award with respect to the Acquirors stock, as applicable. For purposes of this Section 15.2.1, an Award denominated in Shares shall be deemed assumed if, following the Change in Control, the Award confers the right to receive, subject to the terms of the Plan and the applicable Award Agreement, for each Share subject to the Award immediately prior to the Change in Control, the consideration (whether stock, cash, other securities or property or a combination thereof) to which a Stockholder as of the Change in Control was entitled; provided, however, that if such consideration is not solely common stock of the Acquiror, the Board may, with the consent of the Acquiror, provide for the consideration to be received upon the exercise or settlement of the Award, for each Share subject to the Award, to consist solely of common stock of the Acquiror equal in Fair Market Value to the per Share consideration received by Stockholders pursuant to the Change in Control. If any portion of such consideration may be received by Stockholders pursuant to the Change in Control on a contingent or delayed basis, the Board may determine such Fair Market Value as of the Change in Control on the basis of the Boards estimate of the present value of the probable future payment of such consideration. Any Award or portion thereof that is neither assumed or continued by the Acquiror in connection with the Change in Control nor exercised or settled as of the Change in Control shall terminate and cease to be outstanding effective as of the Change in Control.
(c) Cash-Out of Awards. The Board may, without the consent of any Participant, determine that, upon the occurrence of a Change in Control, each or any Award or a portion thereof outstanding immediately prior to the Change in Control and not previously exercised or settled shall be canceled in exchange for a payment with respect to each vested Share (and each unvested Share, if so determined by the Board) subject to such canceled Award in (i) cash, (ii) stock of the Company or of a corporation or other business entity that is a party to the Change in Control or (iii) other property that, in any such case, shall be in an amount having a Fair Market Value equal to the Fair Market Value of the consideration to be paid per Share in the Change in Control, reduced by the exercise or purchase price per Share, if any, under such Award. If any portion of such consideration may be received by Stockholders pursuant to the Change in Control on a contingent or delayed basis, the Board may determine such Fair Market Value as of the time of the Change in Control on the basis of the Boards estimate of the present value of the probable future payment of such consideration. If such determination is made by the Board, the amount of such payment (reduced by applicable withholding taxes, if any) shall be paid to Participants in respect of the vested portions of their canceled Awards as soon as practicable following the date of the Change in Control and in respect of the unvested portions of their canceled Awards in accordance with the vesting schedules applicable to such Awards. For avoidance of doubt, if the amount determined pursuant to this Section 15.2.1(c) for an Option or SAR is zero or less, the affected Option or SAR may be cancelled without any payment.
Adjustments under this Section 15 related to Shares or other securities of the Company shall be made by the Board. No fractional Shares or other securities shall be issued pursuant to any such adjustment, and any fractions resulting from any such adjustment shall be eliminated in each case by rounding downward to the nearest whole Share.
16. NO LIMITATIONS ON COMPANY
The making of Awards shall not affect or limit in any way the right or power of the Company to make adjustments, reclassifications, reorganizations or changes of its capital or business structure or to merge, consolidate, dissolve or liquidate, or to sell or transfer all or any part of its business or assets.
17. TERMS APPLICABLE GENERALLY TO AWARDS
17.1 Disclaimer of Rights
No provision in the Plan or in any Award Agreement shall be construed to confer upon any individual the right to remain in the employ or service of the Company or any Affiliate, or to interfere in any way with any contractual or other right or authority of the Company or any Affiliate either to increase or decrease the compensation or other payments to any individual at any time, or to terminate any employment or other relationship between any individual and the Company or any Affiliate. The obligation of the Company to pay any benefits pursuant to the Plan shall be interpreted as a contractual obligation to pay only those amounts described herein, in the manner and under the conditions prescribed herein. The Plan shall in no way be interpreted to require the Company to transfer any amounts to a third party trustee or otherwise hold any amounts in trust or escrow for payment to any Participant or beneficiary under the terms of the Plan.
17.2 Nonexclusivity of the Plan
Neither the adoption of the Plan nor the submission of the Plan to the Stockholders for approval shall be construed as creating any limitations upon the right or authority of the Board or its delegates to adopt such other compensation arrangements as the Board or its delegates determine desirable.
17.3 Withholding Taxes
The Company or an Affiliate, as the case may be, shall have the right to deduct from payments of any kind otherwise due to a Participant any federal, state or local taxes of any kind required by law to be withheld (i) with respect to the vesting of or other lapse of restrictions applicable to an Award, (ii) upon the issuance of any Shares upon the exercise of an Option or SAR or (iii) otherwise due in connection with an Award. At the time of such vesting, lapse or exercise, the Participant shall pay to the Company or the Affiliate, as the case may be, any amount that the Company or the Affiliate may reasonably determine to be necessary to satisfy such withholding obligation. Subject to the prior approval of the Board, the Participant may elect to satisfy such obligations, in whole or in part, (i) by causing the Company or the Affiliate to withhold the minimum required number of Shares otherwise issuable to the Participant as may be necessary to satisfy such withholding obligation or (ii) by delivering to the Company or the Affiliate Shares already owned by the Participant. The Shares so delivered or withheld shall have an aggregate Fair Market Value equal to such withholding obligations. The Fair Market Value of the Shares used to satisfy such withholding obligation shall be determined by the Company or the Affiliate as of the date that the amount of tax to be withheld is to be determined. A Participant who has made an election pursuant to this Section 17.3 may satisfy his or her withholding obligation only with Shares that are not subject to any repurchase, forfeiture, unfulfilled vesting or other similar requirements.
17.4 Other Provisions; Legends
Each Award Agreement may contain such other terms not inconsistent with the Plan as may be determined by the Board. Any stock certificates for any Shares issued under the Plan shall be subject to such stop-transfer orders and other restrictions as the Company in its sole discretion may deem advisable under the rules, regulations and other requirements of the SEC, any securities exchange on which the Common Stock may then be listed and any applicable federal or state securities law, and the Company in its sole discretion may cause a legend or legends to be placed on such certificates to make appropriate reference to such restrictions.
If any provision of the Plan or any Award Agreement shall be determined to be illegal or unenforceable by any court of law in any jurisdiction, the remaining provisions hereof and thereof shall be severable and enforceable in accordance with their terms, and all provisions shall remain enforceable in any other jurisdiction.
17.6 Governing Law
The Plan shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Delaware without regard to the principles of conflicts of law thereof or principles of conflicts of laws of any other jurisdiction that could cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Delaware. For purposes of resolving any dispute that arises directly or indirectly in connection with the Plan, each Participant, by virtue of receiving an Award, shall be deemed to have submitted to and consented to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to have agreed that any related litigation shall be conducted solely in the courts of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania or the federal courts for the United States for the Western District of Pennsylvania, where the Plan is made and to be performed, and no other courts.
17.7 Section 409A
The Plan is intended to comply with Section 409A, and to the maximum extent permitted, the Plan shall be interpreted and administered to be in compliance therewith. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Plan, to the extent required to avoid accelerated taxation and tax penalties under Section 409A, amounts that would otherwise be payable pursuant to the Plan during the six-month period immediately following the Participants Separation from Service shall instead be paid on the first payroll date after the six-month anniversary of the Participants Separation from Service (or the Participants death, if earlier). Notwithstanding the foregoing, neither the Company nor the Committee shall have any obligation to take any action to prevent the assessment of any excise tax or penalty on any Participant under Section 409A and neither the Company nor the Board shall have any liability to any Participant for such tax or penalty.
17.8 Separation from Service
The Board shall determine the effect of a Separation from Service upon Awards, and such effect shall be set forth in the applicable Award Agreement. Without limiting the foregoing, the Board may provide in the Award Agreements at the time of grant, or any time thereafter with the consent of the Participant, the actions that will be taken upon the occurrence of a Separation from Service, including accelerated vesting or termination, depending upon the circumstances surrounding the Separation from Service.
17.9 Transferability of Awards
17.9.1 Transfers in General
Except as provided in Section 17.9.2, no Award shall be assignable or transferable by the Participant to whom it is granted, other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution, and, during the lifetime of the Participant, only the Participant personally (or the Participants personal representative) may exercise rights under the Plan.
17.9.2 Family Transfers
If authorized in the applicable Award Agreement, a Participant may transfer, not for value, all or part of an Award (other than Incentive Stock Options) to any Family Member. For the purpose of this Section 17.9.2, a not for value transfer is a transfer that is (a) a gift, (b) a transfer under a domestic relations order in settlement of marital property rights or (c) a transfer to an entity in which more than 50% of the voting interests are owned by Family Members (or the Participant) in exchange for an interest in that entity. Following a transfer under this Section 17.9.2, any such Award shall continue to be subject to the same terms as were applicable immediately prior to transfer. Subsequent transfers of transferred Awards are prohibited except to Family Members of the original Participant in accordance with this Section 17.9.2 or by will or the laws of descent and distribution.
17.10 Dividends and Dividend Equivalent Rights
If specified in the Award Agreement, the recipient of Restricted Shares or RSUs may be entitled to receive, currently or on a deferred basis, dividends or dividend equivalents with respect to the Common Stock or other securities covered by an Award. The terms of a dividend equivalent right may be set forth in the Award Agreement.
Dividend equivalents credited to a Participant may be paid currently or may be deemed to be reinvested in additional Shares or other securities of the Company at a price per unit equal to the Fair Market Value on the date that such dividend was paid to Stockholders. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in no event will dividends or dividend equivalents on any Restricted Shares or RSUs that are unvested be payable before such Award has become earned and payable.
17.11 Data Protection
A Participants acceptance of an Award shall be deemed to constitute the Participants acknowledgement of and consent to the collection and processing of personal data relating to the Participant so that the Company and the Affiliates can fulfill their obligations and exercise their rights under the Plan and generally administer and manage the Plan. This data shall include data about participation in the Plan and Shares offered or received or purchased or sold under the Plan and other appropriate financial and other data (such as the date on which the Awards were granted) about the Participant and the Participants participation in the Plan.
17.12 Plan Construction
In the Plan, unless otherwise stated, the following uses apply: (i) references to a statute or law refer to the statute or law and any amendments and any successor statutes or laws, and to all valid and binding governmental regulations, court decisions and other regulatory and judicial authority issued or rendered thereunder, as amended, or their successors, as in effect at the relevant time; (ii) in computing periods from a specified date to a later specified date, the words from and commencing on (and the like) mean from and including, and the words to, until and ending on (and the like) mean to and including; (iii) indications of time of day shall be based upon the time applicable to the location of the principal headquarters of the Company; (iv) the words include, includes and including (and the like) mean include, without limitation, includes, without limitation and including, without limitation (and the like), respectively; (v) all references to articles and sections are to articles and sections in the Plan; (vi) all words used shall be construed to be of such gender or number as the circumstances and context require; (vii) the captions and headings of articles and sections have been inserted solely for convenience of reference and shall not be considered a part of the Plan, nor shall any of them affect the meaning or interpretation of the Plan or any of its provisions; (viii) any reference to an agreement, plan, policy, form, document or set of documents, and the rights and obligations of the parties under any such agreement, plan, policy, form, document or set of documents, shall mean such agreement, plan, policy, form, document or set of documents as amended from time to time, and any and all modifications, extensions, renewals, substitutions or replacements thereof; and (ix) all accounting terms not specifically defined shall be construed in accordance with GAAP.
Adopted by the Board: January 28, 2017
Approved by the Stockholders: May 3, 2017
Amendment and Restatement adopted by the Board: March 26, 2021
Amendment and Restatement approved by the Stockholders: May 5, 2021
Scheduled Termination Date: May 5, 2031