Form of Restricted Stock Unit Award Notice and Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement under the Zillow Group, Inc. 2020 Incentive Plan
EX-10.3 3 q22020form10-qex103.htm EX-10.3 Document
ZILLOW GROUP, INC.
2020 INCENTIVE PLAN
RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AWARD NOTICE
Zillow Group, Inc. (the “Company”) hereby grants to you a Restricted Stock Unit Award (the “Award”). The Award is subject to all the terms and conditions set forth in this Restricted Stock Unit Award Notice (the “Award Notice”) and the Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement (the “Award Agreement”) and the Zillow Group, Inc. 2020 Incentive Plan (the “Plan”), which are incorporated into the Award Notice in their entirety. Subject to the terms and conditions of the Award Notice and the Award Agreement, the Award will be settled in shares of the Company’s Class C Capital Stock upon vesting.
Number of Restricted Stock Units Subject to Award (the “Units”):
|Vesting Commencement Date:|
Vesting Schedule (subject to continued employment or service):
Additional Terms/Acknowledgement: You acknowledge receipt of, and understand and agree to, the Award Notice, the Award Agreement and the Plan. You further acknowledge that as of the Grant Date, the Award Notice, the Award Agreement and the Plan set forth the entire understanding between you and the Company regarding the Award and supersede all prior oral and written agreements or other communications on the subject. The Award is hereby granted in full satisfaction of the Company’s obligations to grant such Award pursuant to any new hire offer letter, promotion letter, or other communication by the Company, if applicable.
1. Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement (including any appendices thereto)
ZILLOW GROUP, INC.
2020 INCENTIVE PLAN
RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AWARD AGREEMENT
Pursuant to your Restricted Stock Unit Award Notice (the “Award Notice”) and this Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement (together, this “Award Agreement”), Zillow Group, Inc. (the “Company”) has granted to you a Restricted Stock Unit Award (the “Award”) under the Zillow Group, Inc. 2020 Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) for the number of Restricted Stock Units indicated in your Award Notice. Capitalized terms not explicitly defined in this Award Agreement but defined in the Plan have the same definitions as in the Plan.
The details of the Award are as follows:
Subject to the terms of this Award Agreement, the Award will vest as set forth in the Award Notice (the “Vesting Schedule”). Restricted Stock Units that have vested and are no longer subject to forfeiture according to the Vesting Schedule are referred to herein as “Vested Units.” Restricted Stock Units that have not vested and remain subject to forfeiture under the Vesting Schedule are referred to herein as “Unvested Units.” The Unvested Units will vest (and to the extent so vested cease to be Unvested Units remaining subject to forfeiture) in accordance with the Vesting Schedule (the Unvested and Vested Units are collectively referred to herein as the “Units”).
As soon as practicable after Unvested Units become Vested Units, but not later than 60 days after vesting, the Company will settle the Vested Units by issuing to you, for each Vested Unit, one share of Class C Capital Stock. If a vesting date falls on a weekend or any other date on which the Nasdaq Stock Market (“NASDAQ”) is not open, affected Units will vest on the next following NASDAQ business day. The Award will terminate and the Unvested Units will be forfeited upon your Termination of Service as set forth in Section 2.
2. Termination of Service
Upon your Termination of Service for any reason, any portion of the Award that has not vested as provided in Section 1 will immediately be forfeited to the Company without payment of any consideration to you. You will have no further rights, and the Company will have no further obligations to you, with respect to such Unvested Units.
3. Securities Law Compliance
3.1 You represent and warrant that you have been furnished with a copy of the Plan and the plan summary for the Plan.
3.2 You hereby agree that you will in no event sell or distribute all or any part of the shares of Class C Capital Stock that you may receive pursuant to settlement of the Units (the “Shares”) unless (a) there is an effective registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and applicable state securities laws covering any such transaction involving the Shares, or (b) the Company receives an opinion of your legal counsel (concurred in by legal counsel for the Company) stating that such transaction is exempt from registration or the Company otherwise satisfies itself that such transaction is exempt from registration. You understand that the Company has no obligation to you to maintain any registration of the Shares with the Securities and Exchange Commission and has not represented to you that it will so maintain registration of the Shares. Any sale of Shares is also subject to the Company’s Insider Trading Policy.
3.3 You hereby agree to indemnify the Company and hold it harmless from and against any loss, claim or liability, including attorneys’ fees or legal expenses, incurred by the Company as a result of any breach by you of, or any inaccuracy in, any representation, warranty or statement made by you in this Award Agreement or the breach by you of any terms or conditions of this Award Agreement.
4. Transfer Restrictions
Units may not be sold, transferred, assigned, encumbered, pledged or otherwise disposed of, whether voluntarily or by operation of law.
5. No Rights as Shareholder
You will not have any voting, dividend or any other rights as a shareholder of the Company with respect to the Units.
6. Independent Tax Advice
You acknowledge that determining the actual tax consequences to you of receiving or disposing of the Units and the Shares may be complicated. These tax consequences will depend, in part, on your specific situation and may also depend on the resolution of currently uncertain tax law and other variables not within the control of the Company. You are aware that you should consult a competent and independent tax advisor for a full understanding of the specific tax consequences to you of receiving the Units and receiving or disposing of the Shares. Prior to executing the Award Notice, you either have consulted with a competent tax advisor independent of the Company to obtain tax advice concerning the receipt of the Units and the receipt or disposition of the Shares in light of your specific situation or you have had the opportunity to consult with such a tax advisor but chose not to do so.
7. Book Entry Registration of Shares
The Company will issue the Shares by registering the Shares in book entry form with the Company’s transfer agent in your name and any applicable restrictions will be noted in the records of the Company’s transfer agent and in the book entry system.
8.1 You are ultimately responsible for all taxes owed in connection with the Award (e.g., upon vesting and/or upon receipt of the Shares), including any federal, state, provincial, local or foreign taxes of any kind required by law to be withheld by the Company or a Related Company in connection with the Award, including FICA or any other tax obligation (the “Tax Withholding Obligation”), regardless of any action the Company or any Related Company takes with respect to any such Tax Withholding Obligation. The Company makes no representation or undertaking regarding the adequacy of any tax withholding made in connection with the Award. The Company has no obligation to deliver Shares pursuant to the Award until you have satisfied the Tax Withholding Obligation.
8.2 In order to satisfy your obligations set forth in Section 8.1, you previously have or now hereby irrevocably appoint any brokerage firm acceptable to the Company for such purpose (the “Agent”) as your Agent, and authorize the Agent, to:
Sell on the open market at the then prevailing market price(s), on your behalf, as soon as practicable on or after the settlement date for any Vested Units, the minimum number of Shares (rounded up to the next whole number) sufficient to generate proceeds to cover the amount of any Tax Withholding Obligation and all applicable fees and commissions due to, or required to be collected by, the Agent;
|(b)||Remit directly to the Company the cash amount necessary to cover the payment of such Tax Withholding Obligation, as of such date;|
Retain the amount required to cover all applicable brokerage fees, commissions and other costs of sale due to, or required to be collected by, the Agent, relating directly to the sale of Shares referred to in clause (a) above; and
Remit any remaining funds to you.
Any prior written agreement by you to the foregoing terms with respect to the Units is referred to as the “Tax Withholding Agreement.” As of the date of execution of the Tax Withholding Agreement or the Award Notice, as applicable, you represent and warrant that you are not aware of any material nonpublic information with respect to the Company or any securities of the Company; are not subject to any legal, regulatory or contractual restriction that would prevent the Agent from conducting sales as provided herein; do not have, and will not attempt to exercise, authority, influence or control over any sales of Shares effected pursuant to this Section 8.2; and are entering into this Section 8.2 of this Award Agreement in good faith and not as part of a plan or scheme to evade the prohibitions of Rule 10b5-1 (regarding trading of the Company’s securities on the basis of material nonpublic information) under the Exchange Act. It is the intent of the parties that this Section 8.2 comply with the requirements of Rule 10b5-1(c)(1)(i)(B) under the Exchange Act and this Award Agreement will be interpreted to comply with the requirements of Rule 10b5-1(c) of the Exchange Act.
You understand that the Agent may effect sales as provided in clause (a) above jointly with sales for other employees of the Company and that the average price for executions resulting from bunched orders will be assigned to your account. You acknowledge that neither the Company nor the Agent is under any obligation to arrange for such sales at any particular price, and that the proceeds of any such sales may not be sufficient to satisfy your Tax Withholding Obligation. In addition, you acknowledge that it may not be possible to sell Shares as provided by this Section 8.2 due to (i) a legal or contractual restriction applicable to you or the Agent, (ii) a market disruption, or (iii) rules governing order execution priority on the NASDAQ Stock Market or other exchange where the Shares may be traded. In the event of the Agent’s inability to sell any Shares or that number of Shares sufficient to cover your personal tax withholding obligation, you will continue to be responsible for payment to the Company of all federal, state, local and foreign taxes that are required by applicable laws and regulations to be withheld.
You acknowledge that regardless of any other term or condition of this Award Agreement, neither the Agent nor the Company will be liable to you for (a) special, indirect, punitive, exemplary, or consequential damages, or incidental losses or damages of any kind, or (b) any failure to perform or for any delay in performance that results from a cause or circumstance that is beyond the Agent’s reasonable control.
You hereby agree to execute and deliver to the Agent any other agreements or documents as the Agent or the Company reasonably deems necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes and intent of this Section 8.2. The Agent is a third party beneficiary of this Section 8.2.
Notwithstanding the foregoing terms of this Section 8.2, if you are subject to “blackout trading periods” under the Company’s Insider Trading Policy, your agreement to the terms of this Section 8.2 (whether pursuant to a Tax Withholding Agreement or execution of the Award Notice, as applicable) will only be effective if you agree to the terms of this Section 8.2 at a time that is outside of a “blackout period.”
8.3 Notwithstanding the foregoing, to the maximum extent permitted by law, the Company has the right to retain without notice from Shares issuable under the Award or from salary or other amounts payable to you, a number of whole Shares or cash having a value sufficient to satisfy the Tax Withholding Obligation (which Shares may be withheld up to the applicable minimum required tax withholding rate or up to such other applicable rate permitted by the Company that avoids adverse treatment for financial accounting purposes).
8.4 Furthermore, you acknowledge that the Company (a) makes no representations or undertakings regarding the treatment of any Tax Withholding Obligations or tax treatment in connection with any aspect of the Award, including but not limited to, the grant, vesting, the issuance of Shares upon vesting, the subsequent sale of Shares acquired pursuant to the Award and the receipt of any dividends, and (b) does not commit to and is under no obligation to structure the terms of the grant or any aspect of the Award to reduce or eliminate your liability for Tax Withholding Obligations or achieve any particular tax result. Further, if you have become subject to tax in more than one jurisdiction, you acknowledge that the Company (or your employer, as applicable) may be required to withhold or account for Tax Withholding Obligations in more than one jurisdiction.
9. General Provisions
9.1 No Right to Damages. You will have no right to bring a claim or to receive damages if any portion of the Award is cancelled or expires unvested. The loss of existing or potential profit in the Award will not constitute an element of damages in the event of your Termination of Service for any reason even if the termination is in violation of an obligation of the Company or a Related Company to you.
9.2 Recovery of Compensation. In accordance with Section 17.6 of the Plan, the Award is subject to the requirements of (a) Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (regarding recovery of erroneously awarded compensation) and any implementing rules and regulations thereunder, (b) similar rules under the laws of any other jurisdiction, (c) any compensation recovery or clawback policies adopted by the Company to implement any such requirements or (d) any other compensation recovery or clawback policies as may be adopted from time to time by the Company, all to the extent determined by the Committee in its discretion to be applicable to you and/or required by applicable law.
9.3 Assignment. The Company may assign its rights under this Award Agreement at any time, whether or not such rights are then exercisable, to any person or entity selected by the Company’s Board of Directors.
9.4 No Waiver. No waiver of any provision of this Award Agreement will be valid unless in writing and signed by the person against whom such waiver is sought to be enforced, nor will failure to enforce any right hereunder constitute a continuing waiver of the same or a waiver of any other right hereunder.
9.5 Undertaking. You hereby agree to take whatever additional action and execute whatever additional documents the Company may deem necessary or advisable in order to carry out or effect one or more of the obligations or restrictions imposed on either you or the Units pursuant to the express provisions of this Award Agreement.
9.6 Agreement Is Entire Contract. This Award Agreement and the Plan constitute the entire contract between the parties hereto with regard to the subject matter hereof and supersede all prior oral or written agreements on the subject. This Award Agreement is made pursuant to the provisions of the Plan and will in all respects be construed in conformity with the express terms and provisions of the Plan.
9.7 Successors and Assigns. The provisions of this Award Agreement will inure to the benefit of, and be binding on, the Company and its successors and assigns and you and your legal representatives, heirs, legatees, distributees, assigns and transferees by operation of law, whether or not any such person will have become a party to this Award Agreement and agreed in writing to join herein and be bound by the terms and conditions hereof.
9.8 No Employment or Service Contract. Nothing in the Plan or this Award Agreement will be deemed to constitute an employment contract or confer or be deemed to confer any right for you to continue in the employ of, or to continue any other relationship with, the Company or any Related Company or limit in any way the right of the Company or any Related Company to terminate your employment or other service relationship at any time, with or without cause.
9.9 Section 409A Compliance. This Award and any Shares issuable thereunder are intended to qualify for an exemption from or comply with Section 409A of the Code. Notwithstanding any other provision in this Award Agreement and the Plan to the contrary, the Company, to the extent it deems necessary or advisable in its sole discretion, reserves the right, but will not be required, to unilaterally amend or modify this Award Agreement so that the Award qualifies for exemption from or complies with Section 409A of the Code; provided, however, that the Company makes no representations that the Award will be exempt from or comply with Section 409A of the Code and makes no undertaking to preclude Section 409A of the Code from applying to the Award. No provision of this Award Agreement will be interpreted or construed to transfer any liability for failure to comply with Section 409A of the Code from you or any other individual to the Company. By executing the Award Notice, you agree that you will be deemed to have waived any claim against the Company with respect to any such tax consequences.
APPENDIX TO ZILLOW GROUP, INC. 2020 INCENTIVE PLAN
RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AWARD AGREEMENT
(For Canadian Residents)
This Appendix includes country-specific terms that apply if you are residing and/or working in Canada. This Appendix is part of the Award Agreement. Unless otherwise provided below, capitalized terms not explicitly defined in this Appendix but defined in the Plan have the same definitions as in the Plan.
1. Termination of Service. This provision supplements Section 2 of the Award Agreement.
For purposes of the Award, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Plan or the Award Agreement, and subject to any express minimum requirements pursuant to employment standards legislation (or any other applicable legislation) in the jurisdiction where you are employed, “Termination of Service” means the later of (a) the date you receive written notice of termination from or provide written notice of resignation to the Company or a Related Company, which date will not be extended by any notice period or period of pay in lieu of such notice that may be applicable to you, whether statutory, contractual or otherwise, and (b) the date you are no longer actively providing services to the Company or a Related Company (regardless of the reason for such cessation of employment and whether or not later found to be invalid or in breach of the employment laws in the jurisdiction where you are employed). For greater clarity, including with respect to Section 9.1 of the Award Agreement, you are not entitled to damages in lieu of loss of ongoing vesting or loss of Unvested Units arising from the cessation of your employment, including, without limitation, during any period of payment in lieu of notice of termination that may be applicable to you and regardless of whether such period of pay in lieu of notice arises from statute, contract, or otherwise.
2. Tax Reporting. You are required to report the value of any securities you hold, such as shares, stock options and restricted stock units, to Canada Revenue Agency in accordance with applicable tax laws.