2005 INCENTIVE PLAN
The purpose of this 2005 Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) of PerkinElmer, Inc., a Massachusetts corporation (the “Company”), is to advance the interests of the Company’s shareholders by enhancing the Company’s ability to attract, retain and motivate persons who are expected to make important contributions to the Company, and by providing such persons with equity ownership opportunities and performance-based incentives that are intended to align their interests with those of the Company’s shareholders. Except where the context otherwise requires, the term “Company” shall include any of the Company’s present or future parent or subsidiary corporations as defined in Sections 424(e) or (f) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and any regulations promulgated thereunder (the “Code”) and any other business venture (including, without limitation, joint venture or limited liability company) in which the Company has a controlling interest, as determined by the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”).
All of the Company’s employees, officers and non-employee directors serving on the Board are eligible to receive options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock and other stock-based or cash awards (each, an “Award”) under the Plan. Each person who receives an Award under the Plan is deemed a “Participant”.
3. Administration and Delegation
(a) Administration by Board of Directors. The Plan will be administered by the Board. The Board shall have authority to grant Awards and to adopt, amend and repeal such administrative rules, guidelines and practices relating to the Plan as it shall deem advisable. The Board may correct any defect, supply any omission or reconcile any inconsistency in the Plan or any Award in the manner and to the extent it shall deem expedient to carry the Plan into effect and it shall be the sole and final judge of such expediency. All decisions by the Board shall be made in the Board’s sole discretion and shall be final and binding on all persons having or claiming any interest in the Plan or in any Award. No director or person acting pursuant to the authority delegated by the Board shall be liable for any action or determination relating to or under the Plan made in good faith.
(b) Appointment of Committees. To the extent permitted by applicable law, the Board may delegate any or all of its powers under the Plan to one or more committees or subcommittees of the Board (a “Committee”). During such time as the common stock of the Company (the “Common Stock”) is registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), the Board shall appoint one such Committee of not less than two members, each member of which shall be an “outside director” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code, a “non-employee director” as defined in Rule16b-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act, and an “independent director” within the meaning of Section 303A of the New York Stock Exchange Listed Company Manual. All references in the Plan to the “Board” shall mean the Board or a Committee of the Board to the extent that the Board’s powers or authority under the Plan have been delegated to such Committee. Unless otherwise determined by the Board, the Committee shall be the Compensation and Benefits Committee.
4. Stock Available for Awards
(a) Number of Shares. Subject to adjustment under Section 10, Awards may be made under the Plan for up to 5.4 million shares of Common Stock.
(b) Share Counting.
(1) Options and SARs. Subject to adjustment under Section 10, an Award of an Option or SAR (each as defined below) shall be counted against the share limit specified in Section 4(a) as one share for each share of common stock subject to the Option or SAR (provided that, for share counting purposes, the combination of an Option in tandem with an SAR shall be treated as a single Award).
(2) Awards other than Options and SARs. Subject to adjustment under Section 10, and except as otherwise provided in the next sentence of this Section 4(b), any Award that is settled in Common Stock
(other than an Option or SAR) shall be counted against the share limit specified in Section 4(a) as one share for each share of common stock issued upon settlement of such Award. Subject to adjustment under Section 10, to the extent the aggregate Awards that are settled in Common Stock (other than Options and SARs) exceed 1 million shares, such excess Awards shall be counted against the share limit specified in Section 4(a) as three shares for each share of common stock issued upon settlement of such Awards.
(3) Cash Awards. Awards settled in cash shall not count against the share limit specified in Section 4(a).
(c) Lapses. If any Award expires or is terminated, surrendered or cancelled without having been fully exercised or is forfeited in whole or in part (including as the result of shares of Common Stock subject to such Award being repurchased by the Company at the original issuance price pursuant to a contractual repurchase right) or results in any Common Stock not being issued, the unused Common Stock covered by such Award shall again be available for the grant of Awards under the Plan. However, in the case of Incentive Stock Options (as hereinafter defined), the foregoing provisions shall be subject to any limitations under the Code. Subject to adjustment under Section 10, any Common Stock that again becomes available for grant pursuant to the preceding sentence shall be added back as one share, except that any Common Stock that again becomes available for grant in connection with an Award described in the second sentence of Section 4(b)(2), shall be added back as three shares.
(d) Sub-limits. Subject to adjustment under Section 10, the following sub-limits on the number of shares subject to Awards shall apply:
(1) Section 162(m) Per-Participant Limit. Subject to adjustment under Section 10, the maximum number of shares of Common Stock with respect to which Options or SARs may be granted under the Plan in any calendar year to any single Participant shall be 800,000, except that for the calendar year in which falls either (i) the date on which a Participant’s employment at the Company commences or (ii) the effective date of a Participant’s promotion to a more senior position within the Company (as determined in the discretion of the Board), the maximum number of shares of Common Stock with respect to which Options or SARs may be granted under the Plan in such calendar year to such a newly hired or newly promoted Participant shall be 1,500,000. For purposes of the foregoing limits, any combination of an Option in tandem with an SAR shall be treated as a single Award, with shares of Common Stock attributable only to the Option counting towards the foregoing calendar-year share limits. Subject to adjustment under Section 10, the maximum number of shares of Common Stock with respect to which Performance Awards settled in Common Stock (other than Options or SARs) may be granted under the Plan in any calendar year to any Participant shall be 500,000. In addition to the foregoing annual grant limits on Options/SARs and on Performance Awards settled in Common Stock (other than Options or SARs), no single Participant may in any calendar year receive a payment in excess of $15,000,000 pursuant to a Performance Award under the Plan payable in cash. Of the $15,000,000 annual cash limit, the maximum payment which may be made to any single Participant in any calendar year pursuant to a cash-based annual bonus Performance Award under the Plan shall not exceed $5,000,000, and the maximum payment which may be made to any single Participant in any calendar year pursuant to a cash-based long-term incentive Performance Award under the Plan shall not exceed $10,000,000 for each calendar year of a multi-year Award. The per-Participant limits described in this Section 4(d)(1) shall be construed and applied consistently with Section 162(m) of the Code or any successor provision thereto, and the regulations thereunder (“Section 162(m)”).
(2) Limit on Awards to Non-Employee Directors. Subject to adjustment under Section 10, the maximum number of shares of Common Stock with respect to which Awards may be granted to any single non-employee director shall be 50,000 per calendar year.
5. Stock Options
(a) General. The Board may grant options to purchase Common Stock (each, an “Option”) and determine the number of shares of Common Stock to be covered by each Option, the exercise price of each Option and the terms, conditions and limitations applicable to the exercise of each Option, including conditions relating to applicable federal or state securities laws, as it considers necessary or advisable. An Option which is not intended to be an Incentive Stock Option (as hereinafter defined) shall be designated a “Nonstatutory Stock Option”.
(b) Incentive Stock Options. An Option that the Board intends to be an “incentive stock option” as defined in Section 422 of the Code (an “Incentive Stock Option”) shall only be granted to employees of the Company, any of the Company’s present or future parent or subsidiary corporations as defined in Sections 424(e) or (f) of the Code, and any other entities the employees of which are eligible to receive Incentive Stock Options under the Code, and shall be subject to and shall be construed consistently with the requirements of Section 422 of the Code. The Company shall have no liability to a Participant, or any other party, if an Option (or any part thereof) that is intended to be an Incentive Stock Option is not an Incentive Stock Option, or for any action taken by the Board pursuant to Section 12(d), including without limitation the conversion of an Incentive Stock Option to a Nonstatutory Stock Option.
(c) Exercise Price. The Board shall establish the exercise price of each Option and specify such exercise price in the applicable option agreement; provided, however, that the exercise price shall not be less than 100% of the fair market value of the Common Stock, as determined by the Board, at the time the Option is granted.
(d) Minimum Vesting. Except in limited situations as determined by the Board (including termination of employment, changes in control of the Company as defined in the Option award, and awards to new hires), Options subject solely to a future service requirement shall have a vesting period of not less than three years from the date of grant (but permitting partial vesting, on a pro rata or other basis, over such time).
(e) Limitation on Repricing. Unless such action is approved by the Company’s shareholders: (1) no outstanding Option granted under the Plan may be amended to provide an exercise price per share that is lower than the then-current exercise price per share of such outstanding Option (other than adjustments pursuant to Section 10) and (2) the Board may not cancel any outstanding Option and grant in substitution therefore new Awards under the Plan covering the same or a different number of shares of Common Stock and having an exercise price per share lower than the then-current exercise price per share of the cancelled Option.
(f) Duration of Options. Each Option shall be exercisable at such times and subject to such terms and conditions as the Board may specify in the applicable option agreement; provided, however, that no Option will be granted for a term in excess of 10 years.
(g) Exercise of Option. Options may be exercised by delivery to the Company of a written notice of exercise signed by the proper person or by any other form of notice (including electronic notice) approved by the Board together with payment in full as specified in Section 5(h) for the number of shares for which the Option is exercised. Shares of Common Stock subject to the Option will be delivered by the Company following exercise either as soon as practicable or, subject to such conditions as the Board shall specify in the applicable option agreement, on a deferred basis (with the Company’s obligation to be evidenced by an instrument providing for future delivery of the deferred shares at the time or times specified by the Board).
(h) Payment Upon Exercise. Common Stock purchased upon the exercise of an Option granted under the Plan shall be paid for as follows:
(1) in cash or by check, payable to the order of the Company;
(2) except as the Board may otherwise provide in an option agreement, by (i) delivery of an irrevocable and unconditional undertaking by a creditworthy broker to deliver promptly to the Company sufficient funds to pay the exercise price and any required tax withholding or (ii) delivery by the Participant to the Company of a copy of irrevocable and unconditional instructions to a creditworthy broker to deliver promptly to the Company cash or a check sufficient to pay the exercise price and any required tax withholding;
(3) when the Common Stock is registered under the Exchange Act, by delivery of shares of Common Stock owned by the Participant valued at their fair market value as determined by (or in a manner approved by) the Board (“Fair Market Value”), provided (i) such method of payment is then permitted under applicable law, (ii) such Common Stock, if acquired directly from the Company, was owned by the Participant for such minimum period of time, if any, as may be established by the Board in its discretion and (iii) such Common Stock is not subject to any repurchase, forfeiture, unfulfilled vesting or other similar requirements; or
(4) by any combination of the above permitted forms of payment.
(i) Substitute Options. In connection with a merger or consolidation of an entity with the Company or the acquisition by the Company of property or stock of an entity, the Board may grant Options in substitution for any options or other stock or stock-based awards granted by such entity or an affiliate thereof. Substitute Options may be granted on such terms as the Board deems appropriate in the circumstances, notwithstanding any limitations on Options contained in the other sections of this Section 5 or in Section 2. Substitute Options shall not count against the overall share limit set forth in Section 4(a), except as may be required by reason of Section 422 and related provisions of the Code.
6. Stock Appreciation Rights.
(a) General. The Board may grant stock appreciation rights (each, an “SAR”), which are Awards entitling the holder, upon exercise, to receive a number of shares of Common Stock determined in whole or in part by reference to appreciation, from and after the date of grant, in the fair market value of a share of Common Stock. SARs may be granted alone or in tandem with other Awards, including Options, and shall generally be subject to the terms and conditions applicable to Options as set forth in Sections 5(c), (d), (e) and (f). The date as of which such appreciation or other measure is determined shall be the exercise date unless another date is specified by the Board in the SAR.
(b) Exercise. SARs may be exercised by delivery to the Company of a written notice of exercise signed by the proper person or by any other form of notice (including electronic notice) approved by the Board, together with any other documents required by the Board.
(c) Payment. SARs may be settled in stock, cash or a combination of cash and stock. In the event SARs are settled in shares of stock, the entire number of shares covered by the grant will be counted against the share limit specified in Section 4(a) (as such amount may be adjusted under Section 10).
7. Restricted Stock.
(a) General. The Board may grant Awards entitling recipients to acquire shares of Common Stock, subject to the right of the Company to repurchase all or part of such shares at their issue price or other stated or formula price from the recipient in the event that conditions specified by the Board in the applicable Award are not satisfied prior to the end of the applicable restriction period or periods established by the Board for such Award (each, a “Restricted Stock Award”).
(b) Terms and Conditions. Subject to Section 7(c) below, the Board shall determine the terms and conditions of a Restricted Stock Award, including the conditions for repurchase (or forfeiture) and the issue price, if any.
(c) Minimum Vesting. Except (1) with respect to no more than ten percent of the shares granted as Restricted Stock Awards and (2) in limited situations as determined by the Board (including termination of employment, changes in control of the Company as defined in the Option award, and awards to new hires), Restricted Stock Awards subject solely to a future service requirement shall have a vesting period of not less than three years from the date of grant (but permitting partial vesting, on a pro rata or other basis, over such time). The Board may waive its right to repurchase shares of Common Stock (or waive the forfeiture thereof) or may remove or modify any part or all of the restrictions applicable to a Restricted Stock Award only in extraordinary circumstances which shall include, without limitation: death or disability of the Participant; estate planning needs of the Participant; a merger, consolidation, sale, reorganization, recapitalization, or change in control of the Company; or any other nonrecurring significant event affecting the Company, a Participant or the Plan.
(d) Stock Certificates. Any stock certificates issued in respect of a Restricted Stock Award shall be registered in the name of the Participant and, unless otherwise determined by the Board, deposited by the Participant, together with a stock power endorsed in blank, with the Company (or its designee). At the expiration of the applicable restriction periods, the Company (or such designee) shall deliver the certificates no longer subject to such restrictions to the Participant or if the Participant has died, to the beneficiary designated, in a manner determined by the Board, by a Participant to receive amounts due or exercise rights of the Participant in the event of the Participant’s death (the “Designated Beneficiary”). In the absence of an effective designation by a Participant, “Designated Beneficiary” shall mean the Participant’s estate.
(e) Deferred Delivery of Shares. The Board may, at the time any Restricted Stock Award is granted, provide that, at the time Common Stock would otherwise be delivered pursuant to the Award, the Participant shall instead receive an instrument evidencing the right to future delivery of Common Stock at such time or times, and on such conditions, as the Board shall specify in the applicable Award. The Board may at any time accelerate the time at which delivery of all or any part of the Common Stock shall take place. The Board may also permit an exchange of unvested shares of Common Stock that have already been delivered to a Participant for an instrument evidencing the right to future delivery of Common Stock at such time or times, and on such conditions, as the Board shall specify in the applicable Award.
8. Other Stock-Based Awards.
Other Awards of shares of Common Stock, and other Awards that are valued in whole or in part by reference to, or are otherwise based on, shares of Common Stock or other property, may be granted hereunder to Participants (“Other Stock Unit Awards”), including without limitation Awards entitling recipients to receive shares of Common Stock to be delivered in the future. Such Other Stock Unit Awards shall also be available as a form of payment in the settlement of other Awards granted under the Plan or as payment in lieu of compensation to which a Participant is otherwise entitled. Other Stock Unit Awards may be paid in shares of Common Stock or cash, as the Board shall determine. Subject to the provisions of the Plan, the Board shall determine the conditions of each Other Stock Unit Awards, including any purchase price applicable thereto. At the time any Award is granted, the Board may provide in the applicable Award agreement that, at the time Common Stock would otherwise be delivered pursuant to the Award, the Participant will instead receive an instrument evidencing the Participant’s right to future delivery of the Common Stock.
9. Performance Awards.
(a) Administration. This Section 9 shall be administered by a Committee approved by the Board, all of the members of which are “outside directors” as defined by Section 162(m) (the ”Section 162(m) Committee”).
(b) Grants. The Section 162(m) Committee may grant Awards entitling recipients to receive shares of Common Stock, cash, or any combination thereof, based on Company performance over a specified period (each, a “Performance Award”). The Section 162(m) Committee may grant any number of Performance Awards to any particular Participant and a Performance Award may have a performance period that overlaps the performance period of another Performance Award.
(c) Terms and Conditions. Each Performance Award shall establish the performance period over which the performance goals of the Company must be achieved; the performance goals which must be achieved; and the amount of the award which will be earned or forfeited based on the extent to which the performance goals are achieved for the performance period. The Section 162(m) Committee may establish objective formulas for determining the size of the Performance Award based on the level of achievement of the performance goals over the performance period.
(d) Performance Goals. The performance goals which the Section 162(m) Committee may establish with respect to any Performance Award may include any one or more of (1) earnings per share, (2) return on average equity or average assets with respect to a pre-determined peer group, (3) earnings, (4) earnings growth, (5) revenues, (6) expenses, (7) stock price, (8) market share, (9) return on sales, assets, equity or investment, (10) regulatory compliance, (11) improvement of financial ratings, (12) achievement of balance sheet or income statement objectives, (13) economic value added, (14) total shareholder return, (15) net operating profit after tax, (16) pre-tax or after-tax income, (17) cash flow, (18) margin or (19) such other objective goals established by the Section 162(m) Committee, and may be absolute in their terms or measured against or in relationship to other companies comparably, similarly or otherwise situated. Such performance goals may be adjusted to exclude any one or more of (i) extraordinary items, (ii) gains or losses on the dispositions of discontinued operations, (iii) the cumulative effects of changes in accounting principles, (iv) the writedown of any asset, and (v) charges for restructuring and rationalization programs. Such performance goals may be particular to a Participant or the department, branch, line of business, subsidiary or other unit in which the Participant works and may cover such period as may be specified by the Section 162(m) Committee.
(e) Additional Section 162(m) Per-Participant Limits. Performance Awards shall be subject to the per-participant limits set forth in Section 4(d)(1).
(f) Payment. At the end of the performance period with respect to which a Performance Award is granted, the Section 162(m) Committee shall determine the amount, if any, to be paid to the Participant based on the level of the performance goals established by the Section 162(m) Committee for purposes of the Performance Award, and shall authorize the Company to pay the Participant the amount so determined. The Section 162(m) Committee may at any time, in its sole discretion, cancel a Performance Award or reduce or eliminate the amount payable with respect to a Performance Award without the consent of the Participant, and the Section 162(m) Committee may not waive the achievement of the applicable performance goals except in the case of death or disability of the Participant.
(g) Performance-Based Compensation. In the case of a Performance Award to an officer likely to be a “covered participant” within the meaning of Section 162(m), the Section 162(m) Committee shall have the power to impose such other restrictions on Performance Awards as it may deem necessary or appropriate to ensure that such Awards satisfy all requirements for “performance-based compensation” within the meaning of Section 162(m)(4)(C) of the Code, or any successor provision thereto.
10. Adjustments for Changes in Common Stock and Certain Other Events.
(a) Changes in Capitalization. In the event of any stock split, reverse stock split, stock dividend, recapitalization, combination of shares, reclassification of shares, spin-off or other similar change in capitalization or event, or any distribution to holders of Common Stock other than an ordinary cash dividend, (1) the number and class of securities available under this Plan, (2) the share counting provisions of Sections 4(b) and (c), (3) the sub-limits set forth in Section 4(d), (4) the number and class of securities (including without limitation securities to be delivered on a deferred basis pursuant to Section 5(g)) and exercise price per share of each outstanding Option, (5) the share- and per-share provisions of each Stock Appreciation Right, (6) the repurchase price per share subject to each outstanding Restricted Stock Award, (7) the number of securities to be delivered on a deferred basis pursuant to Section 7(e) and (8) the share- (including without limitation the number of securities to be delivered in the future pursuant to the last sentence of Section 8) and per-share-related provisions of each outstanding Other Stock Unit Award or Performance Award (if applicable), shall be appropriately adjusted by the Company (or substituted Awards may be made, if applicable) to the extent determined by the Board. If this Section 10(a) applies and Section 10(c) also applies to any event, Section 10(c) shall be applicable to such event, and this Section 10(a) shall not be applicable.
(b) Reorganization Events.
(1) Definition. A “Reorganization Event” shall mean: (i) any merger or consolidation of the Company with or into another entity as a result of which all of the Common Stock of the Company is converted into or exchanged for the right to receive cash, securities or other property or is cancelled, (ii) any exchange of all of the Common Stock of the Company for cash, securities or other property pursuant to a share exchange transaction or (3) any liquidation or dissolution of the Company.
(2) Consequences of a Reorganization Event on Awards Other than Restricted Stock Awards. In connection with a Reorganization Event, the Board shall take any one or more of the following actions as to all or any outstanding Awards (other than Restricted Stock Awards) on such terms as the Board determines: (i) provide that Awards shall be assumed, or substantially equivalent Awards shall be substituted, by the acquiring or succeeding corporation (or an affiliate thereof), (ii) upon written notice to a Participant, provide that the Participant’s unexercised Options or other unexercised Awards shall become exercisable in full and will terminate immediately prior to the consummation of such Reorganization Event unless exercised by the Participant within a specified period following the date of such notice, (iii) provide that outstanding Awards shall become realizable or deliverable, or restrictions applicable to an Award shall lapse, in whole or in part prior to or upon such Reorganization Event, (iv) in the event of a Reorganization Event under the terms of which holders of Common Stock will receive upon consummation thereof a cash payment for each share surrendered in the Reorganization Event (the “Acquisition Price”), make or provide for a cash payment to a Participant equal to (A) the Acquisition Price times the number of shares of Common Stock subject to the
Participant’s Options or other Awards (to the extent the exercise price does not exceed the Acquisition Price) minus (B) the aggregate exercise price of all such outstanding Options or other Awards, in exchange for the termination of such Options or other Awards, (v) provide that, in connection with a liquidation or dissolution of the Company, Awards shall convert into the right to receive liquidation proceeds (if applicable, net of the exercise price thereof) and (vi) any combination of the foregoing.
For purposes of clause (i) above, an Option shall be considered assumed if, following consummation of the Reorganization Event, the Option confers the right to purchase, for each share of Common Stock subject to the Option immediately prior to the consummation of the Reorganization Event, the consideration (whether cash, securities or other property) received as a result of the Reorganization Event by holders of Common Stock for each share of Common Stock held immediately prior to the consummation of the Reorganization Event (and if holders were offered a choice of consideration, the type of consideration chosen by the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Common Stock); provided, however, that if the consideration received as a result of the Reorganization Event is not solely common stock of the acquiring or succeeding corporation (or an affiliate thereof), the Company may, with the consent of the acquiring or succeeding corporation, provide for the consideration to be received upon the exercise of Options to consist solely of common stock of the acquiring or succeeding corporation (or an affiliate thereof) equivalent in fair market value to the per share consideration received by holders of outstanding shares of Common Stock as a result of the Reorganization Event.
To the extent all or any portion of an Option becomes exercisable solely as a result of clause (ii) above, the Board may provide that upon exercise of such Option, the Participant shall receive shares subject to a right of repurchase by the Company or its successor at the Option exercise price. Such repurchase right (x) shall lapse at the same rate as the Option would have become exercisable under its terms and (y) shall not apply to any shares subject to the Option that were exercisable under its terms without regard to clause (ii) above.
(3) Consequences of a Reorganization Event on Restricted Stock Awards. Upon the occurrence of a Reorganization Event other than a liquidation or dissolution of the Company, the repurchase and other rights of the Company under each outstanding Restricted Stock Award shall inure to the benefit of the Company’s successor and shall apply to the cash, securities or other property which the Common Stock was converted into or exchanged for pursuant to such Reorganization Event in the same manner and to the same extent as they applied to the Common Stock subject to such Restricted Stock Award. With respect to the occurrence of a Reorganization Event involving the liquidation or dissolution of the Company, the Board may specify the effect of a liquidation or dissolution on any Restricted Stock Award granted under the Plan at the time of the grant of such Restricted Stock Award.
11. General Provisions Applicable to Awards
(a) Transferability of Awards. Except as the Board may otherwise determine or provide in an Award, Awards shall not be sold, assigned, transferred, pledged or otherwise encumbered by the person to whom they are granted, either voluntarily or by operation of law, except by will or the laws of descent and distribution or, other than in the case of an Incentive Stock Option, pursuant to a qualified domestic relations order, and, during the life of the Participant, shall be exercisable only by the Participant. References to a Participant, to the extent relevant in the context, shall include references to authorized transferees.
(b) Documentation. Each Award shall be evidenced in a written instrument in such form as the Board shall determine; such written instrument may be in the form of an agreement signed by the Company and the Participant or a written or electronic confirming memorandum from the Company to the Participant. Each Award may contain terms and conditions in addition to those set forth in the Plan.
(c) Board Discretion. Except as otherwise provided by the Plan, each Award may be made alone or in addition or in relation to any other Award. The terms of each Award need not be identical, and the Board need not treat Participants uniformly.
(d) Termination of Status. The Board shall determine the effect on an Award of the disability, death, retirement, authorized leave of absence or other change in the employment or other status of a Participant and the extent to which, and the period during which, the Participant, or the Participant’s legal representative, conservator, guardian or Designated Beneficiary, may exercise rights under the Award.
(e) Withholding. Each Participant shall pay to the Company, or make provision satisfactory to the Company for payment of, any taxes required by law to be withheld in connection with an Award to such Participant no later than the date of the event creating the tax liability. Except as the Board may otherwise provide in an Award, for so long as the Common Stock is registered under the Exchange Act, Participants may satisfy such tax obligations in whole or in part by delivery of shares of Common Stock, including shares retained from the Award creating the tax obligation, valued at their Fair Market Value; provided, however, except as otherwise provided by the Board, that the total tax withholding where stock is being used to satisfy such tax obligations cannot exceed the Company’s minimum statutory withholding obligations (based on minimum statutory withholding rates for federal and state tax purposes, including payroll taxes, that are applicable to such supplemental taxable income). Shares surrendered to satisfy tax withholding requirements cannot be subject to any repurchase, forfeiture, unfulfilled vesting or other similar requirements. The Company may, to the extent permitted by law, deduct any such tax obligations from any payment of any kind otherwise due to a Participant.
(f) Amendment of Award. Except as otherwise provided in Section 5(e), the Board may amend, modify or terminate any outstanding Award, including but not limited to, substituting therefor another Award of the same or a different type, changing the date of exercise or realization, and converting an Incentive Stock Option to a Nonstatutory Stock Option, provided that the Participant’s consent to such action shall be required unless the Board determines that the action, taking into account any related action, would not materially and adversely affect the Participant.
(g) Conditions on Delivery of Stock. The Company will not be obligated to deliver any shares of Common Stock pursuant to the Plan or to remove restrictions from shares previously delivered under the Plan until (1) all conditions of the Award have been met or removed to the satisfaction of the Company, (2) in the opinion of the Company’s counsel, all other legal matters in connection with the issuance and delivery of such shares have been satisfied, including any applicable securities laws and any applicable stock exchange or stock market rules and regulations, and (3) the Participant has executed and delivered to the Company such representations or agreements as the Company may consider appropriate to satisfy the requirements of any applicable laws, rules or regulations.
(h) Acceleration. Except as provided in Sections 5(d), 7(c) or 9(f), the Board may at any time provide that any Award shall become immediately exercisable in full or in part, free of some or all restrictions or conditions, or otherwise realizable in full or in part, as the case may be.
(a) No Right To Employment or Other Status. No person shall have any claim or right to be granted an Award, and the grant of an Award shall not be construed as giving a Participant the right to continued employment or any other relationship with the Company. The Company expressly reserves the right at any time to dismiss or otherwise terminate its relationship with a Participant free from any liability or claim under the Plan, except as expressly provided in the applicable Award.
(b) No Rights As Shareholder. Subject to the provisions of the applicable Award, no Participant or Designated Beneficiary shall have any rights as a shareholder with respect to any shares of Common Stock to be distributed with respect to an Award until becoming the record holder of such shares. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event the Company effects a split of the Common Stock by means of a stock dividend and the exercise price of and the number of shares subject to such Option are adjusted as of the date of the distribution of the dividend (rather than as of the record date for such dividend), then an optionee who exercises an Option between the record date and the distribution date for such stock dividend shall be entitled to receive, on the distribution date, the stock dividend with respect to the shares of Common Stock acquired upon such Option exercise, notwithstanding the fact that such shares were not outstanding as of the close of business on the record date for such stock dividend.
(c) Effective Date and Term of Plan. The Plan shall become effective on the date on which it is adopted by the Board, but no Award may be granted unless and until the Plan has been approved by the Company’s shareholders. No Awards shall be granted under the Plan after the completion of 10 years from the earlier of (1) the date on which the Plan was adopted by the Board or (2) the date the Plan was approved by the Company’s shareholders, but Awards previously granted may extend beyond that date.
(d) Amendment of Plan. The Board may amend, suspend or terminate the Plan or any portion thereof at any time; provided that, to the extent required by Section 162(m), no Award granted to a Participant that is intended to comply with Section 162(m) after the date of such amendment shall become exercisable, realizable or vested, as applicable to such Award, unless and until such amendment shall have been approved by the Company’s shareholders if required by Section 162(m) (including the vote required under Section 162(m)); and provided further that, without approval of the Company’s shareholders, no amendment may (1) increase the number of shares authorized under the Plan (other than pursuant to Section 10), (2) materially increase the benefits provided under the Plan, (3) materially expand the class of participants eligible to participate in the Plan, (4) expand the types of Awards provided under the Plan or (5) make any other changes that require shareholder approval under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange. In addition, if at any time the approval of the Company’s shareholders is required as to any other modification or amendment under Section 422 of the Code or any successor provision with respect to Incentive Stock Options, the Board may not effect such modification or amendment without such approval.
(e) Provisions for Foreign Participants. The Board may modify Awards granted to Participants who are foreign nationals or employed outside the United States or establish subplans or procedures under the Plan to recognize differences in laws, rules, regulations or customs of such foreign jurisdictions with respect to tax, securities, currency, employee benefit or other matters.
(f) Governing Law. The provisions of the Plan and all Awards made hereunder shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without regard to any applicable conflicts of law.