Annex A

 

PACIFICARE HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC.

2005 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

1.    Purposes. The purposes of the PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc. 2005 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) are (i) to encourage outstanding individuals to accept or continue employment or consulting service with PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc. (the “Company”) and its subsidiaries (as defined in Section 3 below) or to serve as directors of the Company and (ii) to furnish maximum incentive to such individuals to improve the performance of the Company, increase stockholder value and strengthen the mutuality of interest between such individuals and the Company’s stockholders by providing such individuals with stock-based Awards (as defined in Section 5 below) tied to the performance of the Company’s Common Stock, par value $.01 per share (the “Common Stock”).

 

2.    Administration. The Plan will be administered by the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Committee”), or a sub-committee thereof, consisting of two or more directors as the Committee may designate from time to time, each of whom shall satisfy such requirements that:

 

(a)    the Securities and Exchange Commission may establish for administrators acting under plans intended to qualify for exemption under Rule 16b-3 or its successor under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”);

 

(b)    the New York Stock Exchange may establish pursuant to its rule-making authority for directors serving in such capacity; and

 

(c)    the Internal Revenue Service may establish for outside directors acting under plans intended to qualify for exemption under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”).

 

The Committee shall have the authority to construe and interpret the Plan and any Awards granted thereunder, to establish and amend rules for Plan administration, to set forth the terms and conditions of any Award and to make all other determinations which it deems necessary or advisable for the administration of the Plan. The determinations of the Committee shall be made in accordance with its judgment as to the best interests of the Company and its stockholders and in accordance with the purposes of the Plan and the charter of the Committee. The Committee may authorize one or more officers of the Company to select persons to participate in the Plan and to determine the number and type of Awards and other rights to be granted to such persons, except with respect to Awards to officers subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act or officers who are or may become “covered employees” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code (“Covered Employees”), as reasonably determined by the Committee, subject to such limitations that may be set forth by the Committee in such authorization.

 

3.    Participation. Participants shall consist of all employees and consultants of the Company and its subsidiaries and all non-employee directors of the Company. Any corporation or other entity in which the Company has a direct or indirect equity interest shall be a subsidiary for purposes of the Plan. Designation of a participant in any year shall not require the Committee (or its designee) to designate that person to receive an Award in any other year or to receive the same type or amount of Award as granted to the participant in any other year or as granted to any other participant in any year. The Committee shall consider all factors that it deems relevant in selecting participants and in determining the type and amount of their respective Awards.

 

4.    Shares Reserved for Awards. There is hereby reserved for grant and issuance under the Plan an aggregate of 4,300,000 shares of Common Stock for the purpose of making Awards under Section 5 of the Plan. Shares subject to the Plan may either be authorized and unissued shares or shares reacquired by the Company. Shares subject to an Award which for any reason expires or terminates unexercised or is not earned in full shall again be

 

made available under the Plan. No participant may receive as an annual average during any three year period more than 500,000 Stock Options (as defined in Section 6), SARs (as defined in Section 7 below), Restricted Stock (as defined in Section 8 below), Restricted Stock Units (as defined in Section 8 below), Performance Stock (as defined in Section 9 below) or any combination thereof under the Plan. For purposes of determining the share reserve and the limit on Awards to a participant under this Section 4, each share of Common Stock issued pursuant to an Award of Restricted Stock, Restricted Stock Units, Performance Stock or Other Stock shall count as 1.5 shares. For SARs settled in stock, both the shares of Common Stock issued pursuant to the Award and shares of Common Stock representing the exercise price of the Award shall be treated as being unavailable for other Awards or other issuances pursuant to the Plan unless the SAR is forfeited, terminated or cancelled without the delivery of shares of Common Stock. The shares reserved for issuance and the limitations set forth above shall be subject to adjustment in accordance with Section 15 hereof. All of the available shares may, but need not, be issued pursuant to the exercise of Incentive Stock Options. At all times the Company will reserve and keep available a sufficient number of shares of Common Stock to satisfy the requirements of all outstanding Awards made under the Plan and all other outstanding but unvested Awards made under the Plan that are to be settled in Common Stock.

 

5.    Awards. The Committee is authorized under this Plan to grant the following types of awards under the Plan subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan: Stock Options, SARs, Restricted Stock, Restricted Stock Units, Performance Stock, Performance Units (as defined in Section 10 below) and Other Stock or Cash Awards (as defined in Section 11 below) (each, an “Award”).

 

6.    Stock Options. A “Stock Option” is a right to purchase a number of shares of Common Stock at such exercise price, at such times and on such other terms and conditions as are specified in or determined pursuant to the documents evidencing the Award. Stock Options may be granted to participants at any time as determined by the Committee. The Committee shall determine the number of shares subject to each Stock Option. The Committee may grant Stock Options as Incentive Stock Options or Stock Options that are not intended to qualify as Incentive Stock Options, as it, in its sole discretion, shall determine. The option price for a Stock Option shall be determined by the Committee but shall not be less than 100% of the Fair Market Value of the Company’s Common Stock on the date the Stock Option is granted. Each Stock Option shall expire at such time as the Committee shall determine at the time of grant. Stock Options shall be exercisable at such time and subject to such terms and conditions as the Committee shall determine; provided, however, that no Stock Option shall be exercisable later than the tenth anniversary of its grant. The option price, upon exercise of any Stock Option, shall be payable to the Company in full by (i) cash payment or its equivalent, (ii) delivery (either actual delivery or by attestation procedures established by the Committee) of previously acquired shares purchased on the open market and held for at least six months having a Fair Market Value at the time of exercise equal to the option price, and (c) such other methods (including share withholding) of payment as the Committee, in its discretion, deems appropriate. In no event shall the Committee cancel any outstanding Stock Option for the purpose of reissuing the Stock Option to the participant at a lower exercise price or reduce the option price of an outstanding Stock Option.

 

Stock Options intended to qualify as Incentive Stock Options (as defined in Section 422 of the Code) may only be granted to employees of the Company, a “parent corporation” (as defined in Section 424(e) of the Code) or a “subsidiary corporation” (as defined in Section 424(f) of the Code), as determined by the Committee. No Incentive Stock Option shall be granted to any person if immediately after the grant of such Award, such person would own stock of the Company, including Common Stock subject to outstanding Awards held by him or her under the Plan or any other plan established by the Company, amounting to more than ten percent of the total combined voting power or value of all classes of stock of the Company, unless the exercise price of any such Stock Option is 110% of the Common Stock’s Fair Market Value on the grant date and the exercise period for any such Stock Option is not more than five years. If and to the extent that any shares of Common Stock are issued under a portion of any Stock Option that exceeds the $100,000 limitation of Section 422 of the Code, such shares shall not be treated as issued under an Incentive Stock Option notwithstanding any designation otherwise.

Certain decisions, amendments, interpretations and actions by the Committee and certain actions by a participant

 

may cause a Stock Option to cease to qualify as an Incentive Stock Option pursuant to the Code and by accepting a Stock Option the participant agrees in advance to such disqualifying action.

 

7.    Stock Appreciation Rights. A “Stock Appreciation Right” or “SAR” is a right to receive value with respect to a specific number of shares of Common Stock equal to or otherwise based on the excess of (i) the Fair Market Value of a share at the time of exercise over (ii) the exercise price of the right, subject to such terms and conditions as are expressed in the documents evidencing the Award. SARs may be granted to a participant at any time as determined by the Committee. A SAR may be granted in tandem with a Stock Option granted under the Plan or on a free-standing basis. The Committee also may, in its discretion, substitute SARs that can be settled only in stock for outstanding Stock Options. The grant price of a tandem or substitute SAR shall be equal to the option price of the related option. The grant price of a free-standing SAR shall be equal to the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock on the date of its grant. A SAR may be exercised upon such terms and conditions and for the term as the Committee in its sole discretion determines; provided, however, that the period during which a SAR may be exercised shall not exceed the option term in the case of a tandem or substitute SAR or ten years in the case of a free-standing SAR and the terms and conditions applicable to a substitute SAR shall be substantially the same as those applicable to the Stock Option which it replaces. Upon exercise of a SAR, the participant shall be entitled to receive payment from the Company in an amount determined by multiplying the excess of the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock on the date of exercise over the grant price of the SAR by the number of shares with respect to which the SAR is exercised. The payment may be made in cash or stock, at the discretion of the Committee, except in the case of a substitute SAR, in which case payment may be made only in stock.

 

8.    Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units. “Restricted Stock” is a grant of shares of Common Stock subject to such conditions as are expressed in the documents evidencing the Award. A “Restricted Stock Unit” is a right to receive, in Common Stock, the Fair Market Value of one share, the grant, issuance, retention and/or vesting of which is subject to such conditions as are expressed in the documents evidencing the Award. Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units may be awarded or sold to participants under such terms and conditions as shall be established by the Committee. Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units shall be subject to such restrictions as the Committee determines, including, without limitation, any of the following: (a) a prohibition against sale, assignment, transfer, pledge, hypothecation or other encumbrance for a specified period; or (b) a requirement that the holder forfeit (or in the case of shares or units sold to the participant, resell to the Company at cost) such shares or units in the event of termination of employment during the period of restriction. All restrictions shall expire at such times as the Committee shall specify.

 

9.    Performance Stock. The Committee shall designate the participants to whom long-term performance stock (“Performance Stock”) is to be awarded and determine the number of shares, the length of the performance period and the other terms and conditions of each such Award. A grant of Performance Stock shall entitle the participant to a payment in the form of shares of Common Stock upon the attainment of performance goals and other terms and conditions specified by the Committee. Notwithstanding satisfaction of any performance goals, the number of shares issued as Performance Stock may be adjusted by the Committee on the basis of such further consideration as the Committee in its sole discretion shall determine. However, the Committee may not, in any event, increase the number of shares earned upon satisfaction of any performance goal by any participant who is a Covered Employee. The Committee may, in its discretion, make a cash payment equal to the Fair Market Value of shares of Common Stock otherwise required to be issued to a participant pursuant to an Award of Performance Stock.

 

10.    Performance Units. The Committee shall designate the participants to whom long-term performance units (“Performance Units”) are to be awarded and determine the number of units and the terms and conditions of each such Award. Each Performance Unit shall entitle the participant to a payment in cash upon the attainment of performance goals and other terms and conditions specified by the Committee. Notwithstanding the satisfaction of any performance goals, the amount to be paid under an Award of Performance Units may be adjusted by the Committee on the basis of such further consideration as the Committee in its sole discretion shall determine.

 

However, the Committee may not, in any event, increase the amount earned under Performance Units upon satisfaction of any performance goal by any participant who is a Covered Employee and the maximum amount earned by a Covered Employee under Performance Units in any calendar year may not exceed $10,000,000.

 

11.    Other Stock or Cash Awards. In addition to the incentives described in Sections 6 through 10 above, the Committee may grant other incentives payable in cash or in Common Stock under the Plan as it determines to be in the best interests of the Company and subject to such other terms and conditions as it deems appropriate.

 

12.    Performance Goals. Awards of Restricted Stock, Restricted Stock Units, Performance Stock, Performance Units and other incentives under the Plan, the vesting of any such Awards or both may be made subject to the attainment of performance goals relating to one or more business criteria within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code, including, but not limited to, cash flow (operating or free), income, operating income or earnings per share (before or after taxes, interest, depreciation or amortization), sales or revenue, stock price, debt, net assets, equity or shareholder equity, market share or total return to stockholders (“Performance Criteria”). Any Performance Criteria may be used to measure the performance of the Company as a whole or any business unit of the Company and may be used in relation to other measures (such as a ratio) or may be measured relative to a peer group or index. Any Performance Criteria may include or exclude special items, such as (i) extraordinary, unusual and/or non-recurring items of gain or loss, (ii) gains or losses on the disposition of a business, (iii) changes in tax or accounting regulations or laws, or (iv) the effect of a merger or acquisition. In all other respects, Performance Criteria shall be calculated in accordance with the Company’s financial statements, generally accepted accounting principles, or under a methodology established by the Committee prior to the issuance of an Award which is consistently applied and identified in the audited financial statements, including footnotes, or the Management’s Discussion and Analysis section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K. The Committee shall certify the extent to which the Performance Criteria have been satisfied, and the amount payable or vested as a result thereof, prior to payment or vesting of any amount that is intended by the Committee to satisfy the requirements for “performance-based compensation” under Section 162 (m) of the Code. The Committee may not in any event increase the amount of compensation payable to a Covered Employee upon the attainment of a performance goal.

 

13.    Covered Service. The service relationship covered under an Award shall be considered terminated at (i) the time when the participant ceases to be an employee of the Company or a subsidiary or the director of the Company, in either case, for any reason, including, but not limited to, a termination by resignation, discharge, death or retirement, and (ii) with respect to a participant who is a consultant, the time when such consultant is no longer retained by the Company or any subsidiary of the Company, but excluding terminations where there is a simultaneous employment or appointment of the participant as an employee or a consultant of the Company or a subsidiary. For purposes of the Plan and any Award hereunder, if an entity ceases to be a subsidiary of the Company, termination of employment or service shall be deemed to have occurred with respect to each participant in respect of such subsidiary who does not continue as an employee or service provider in respect of the Company or another subsidiary after such giving effect to such subsidiary’s change in status. The Committee, in its discretion, shall determine the effect of all other matters and questions relating to termination of service.

 

14.    Change of Control. Except as otherwise determined by the Committee at the time of grant of an Award, upon a Change of Control of the Company, all outstanding Stock Options and SARs shall become vested and exercisable; all restrictions on Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units shall lapse; all performance goals shall be deemed achieved at target levels and all other terms and conditions met; all Performance Stock shall be delivered; all Performance Units and Restricted Stock Units shall be paid out as promptly as practicable; and all Other Stock or Cash Awards shall be delivered or paid. The term “Change of Control” shall mean the occurrence of any of the following:

 

(a)    the acquisition by any Person (as hereinafter defined) of 20% or more of the outstanding Common Stock of the Company (the “Outstanding Company Stock”), provided that, for purposes of this Section 14(a), the following acquisitions shall not constitute a Change of Control: (i) any acquisition by the Company, (ii) any

 

acquisition by any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or maintained by the Company or any Person that controls, is controlled by or is under common control with, the Company or (iii) a Non-Qualifying Business Combination (as hereinafter defined); or

 

(b)    individuals who, as of December 17, 2003 (the “Base Date”) constitute the Board (the “Incumbent Board”), cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board, provided that, for purposes of this Section 14(b), any individual who becomes a director subsequent to the Base Date whose election, or nomination for election by the Company’s stockholders, was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the directors then comprising the Incumbent Board shall be considered as though such individual were a member of the Incumbent Board, excluding, however any such individual who initially assumes office as a result of an actual or threatened election contest with respect to the election or removal of directors or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of a Person other than the Board; or

 

(c)    consummation of a reorganization, merger or consolidation or sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company or the acquisition of assets or stock of another corporation (a “Business Combination”), in each case, unless, following such Business Combination, the Persons who had Beneficial Ownership of the Outstanding Company Stock immediately prior to such Business Combination have Beneficial Ownership immediately following the consummation of such Business Combination, directly or indirectly, of more than 50% of the combined voting power of the then outstanding securities entitled to vote generally in the election of directors of the corporation resulting or surviving from such Business Combination (including, without limitation, a corporation which as a result of such transaction owns the Company or all or substantially all of the Company’s assets either directly or through one or more subsidiaries) in substantially the same proportions as their ownership immediately prior to such Business Combination of the Outstanding Company Stock (a Business Combination that satisfies this exception shall be deemed to be a “Non-Qualifying Business Combination”); or

 

(d)    approval by the stockholders of the Company of a complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company; or

 

(e)    the consummation of any other transaction involving a significant issuance of the Company’s securities, a change in the composition of the Board or other material event that the Board determines to be a Change of Control for purposes of this Section.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this definition, unless otherwise determined by the Board, no Change of Control shall be deemed to have occurred with respect to an Award if (i) a participant is a member of a group that first announces a proposal which, if successful, would result in a Change of Control and which proposal (including any modifications thereof) is ultimately successful, (ii) the participant acquires a two percent (2%) or more equity interest in the entity which ultimately acquires the Company pursuant to the transaction described in clause (i) above or (iii) treatment of an event which is otherwise a Change of Control under this Section 14 with respect to such Award would result in violation of the rules relating to “nonqualified deferred compensation plans” under Section 409A(a) of the Code.

 

For purposes of this definition of Change of Control, “Person” means an individual, partnership, joint venture corporation, trust, unincorporated organization, government (or agency or political subdivision thereof), group (within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) or 14(d)(2) of the Exchange Act) or any other entity, and “Beneficial Ownership” means beneficial ownership within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act.

 

15.    Adjustment. The following provisions will apply if any extraordinary dividend or other extraordinary distribution occurs in respect of the Common Stock (whether in the form of cash, Common Stock, other securities or other property), or any reclassification, recapitalization, stock split (including a stock split in the form of a stock dividend), reverse stock split, reorganization, merger, combination, consolidation, split-up, spin-off, combination, repurchase or exchange of Common Stock or other securities of the Corporation, or any

 

similar, unusual or extraordinary corporate transaction (or event in respect of the Common Stock) or a sale of substantially all the assets of the Corporation occurs. The Committee will, in such manner and to such extent (if any) as it deems appropriate and equitable:

 

(a)    proportionately adjust any or all of (i) the number and type of shares of Common Stock (or other securities) that thereafter may be made the subject of Awards (including the specific maximums and numbers of shares set forth elsewhere in the Plan), (ii) the number, amount and type of shares of Common Stock (or other securities or property) subject to any or all outstanding Awards, (iii) the grant, purchase or exercise price of any or all outstanding Awards, (iv) the securities, cash or other property deliverable upon exercise of any outstanding Awards or (v) the performance standards applicable to any outstanding Awards, or

 

(b)    in the case of an extraordinary dividend or other distribution, recapitalization, reclassification, merger, reorganization, consolidation, combination, sale of assets, split up, exchange or spin off, make provision for a cash payment or for the substitution or exchange of any or all outstanding Awards or the cash, securities or property deliverable to the holder of any or all outstanding Awards based upon the distribution or consideration payable to holders of the Common Stock upon or in respect of such event.

 

The Committee shall value Awards as it deems reasonable in the event of a cash or property settlement and, in the case of Stock Options, SARs or similar rights, may base such settlement solely upon the excess if any of the per share amount payable upon or in respect of such event over the exercise or base price of the Award. With respect to any Award of an Incentive Stock Option, the Committee may make such an adjustment that causes the option to cease to qualify as an Incentive Stock Option without the consent of the affected participant.

 

In any of such events, the Committee may take such action prior to such event to the extent that the Committee deems the action necessary to permit the participant to realize the Awards intended to be conveyed with respect to the underlying shares in the same manner as is or will be available to stockholders generally. In the case of any stock split or reverse stock split, if no action is taken by the Committee, the proportionate adjustments contemplated by clause (a) above shall nevertheless be made.

 

16.    Nontransferability. Each Award made under the Plan shall not be transferable otherwise than by will or the laws of descent and distribution and each Stock Option and SAR shall be exercisable during the participant’s lifetime only by the participant or, in the event of disability, by the participant’s personal representative. In the event of the death of a participant, exercise of any benefit or payment with respect to any benefit shall be made only by or to the executor or administrator of the estate of the deceased participant or the person or persons to whom the deceased participant’s rights under the benefit shall pass by will or the laws of descent and distribution. Notwithstanding the foregoing, at its discretion, the Committee may permit the donative transfer of any Award under the Plan (other than an Incentive Stock Option) by the participant subject to such terms and conditions as may be established by the Committee.

 

17.    Taxes. The Company shall be entitled to withhold the amount of any tax attributable to any amounts payable or shares deliverable under the Plan, after giving the person entitled to receive such payment or delivery notice, and the Company may defer making payment or delivery as to any Award, if any such tax is payable until indemnified to its satisfaction. At the discretion of the Committee, a participant may pay all or a portion of any required withholding taxes arising in connection with the exercise of a Stock Option or SAR or the receipt or vesting of shares hereunder by electing to have the Company withhold shares of Common Stock, having a Fair Market Value equal to the amount required to be withheld. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any fractional share under an Award shall be applied toward tax withholding.

 

18.    Duration, Amendment and Termination. No Award shall be made more than ten years after the approval of the Plan by the stockholders; provided, however, that the terms and conditions applicable to any Award granted on or before such date may thereafter be amended or modified by mutual agreement between the Company and the participant, or such other person as may then have an interest therein. The Board or the Committee may amend the Plan from time to time or terminate the Plan at any time. However, no such action shall reduce the amount of any existing Award or change the terms and conditions thereof without the participant’s consent. No material amendment of the Plan shall be made without shareholder approval.

 

19.    Fair Market Value. The “Fair Market Value” of a share of the Common Stock for a given date for purposes of the Plan means (i) the last reported closing price for a share of Common Stock on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”), (ii) in the absence of reported sales on the NYSE on a given date, the closing price of the NYSE on the last date on which a sale occurred prior to such date; or (iii) if the stock is no longer publicly traded on the NYSE, the value determined in good faith by the Committee. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Committee may determine the Fair Market Value at any time in such other manner as the Committee may deem equitable or as required by applicable law or regulation.

 

20.    Other Provisions.

 

(a)    Awards shall be evidenced by a written agreement between the Company and a participant setting forth such terms, conditions and restrictions as the Committee determines appropriate (whether or not applicable to Awards granted to other participants), including provisions intended to comply with federal or state securities laws and stock exchange requirements, understandings or conditions as to the participant’s employment, requirements or inducements for continued ownership of Common Stock after exercise or vesting of benefits, forfeiture of Awards in the event of termination of employment shortly after exercise or vesting, or breach of non-competition or confidentiality agreements following termination of employment, or provisions permitting the deferral of the receipt of a benefit for such period and upon such terms as the Committee shall determine.

 

(b)    In the event any benefit under the Plan is granted to an employee or consultant who is employed or providing services outside the United States and who is not compensated from a payroll maintained in the United States, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, modify the provisions of the Plan as they pertain to such individuals to comply with applicable law, regulation or accounting rules.

 

(c)    The Committee, in its sole discretion, may permit or require a participant to have amounts or shares of Common Stock that otherwise would be paid or delivered to the participant as a result of the exercise or settlement of an Award under the Plan credited to a deferred compensation or stock unit account established for the participant by the Committee on the Company’s books of account.

 

(d)    A participant’s right, if any, to continue to serve the Company and its subsidiaries as an officer, employee, consultant, director or otherwise, shall not be enlarged or otherwise affected by his designation as a participant under the Plan. Payments and other benefits received by a participant under a benefit made pursuant to the Plan shall not be deemed a part of a participant’s compensation for purposes of the determination of benefits under any other employee retirement or welfare benefit plans or arrangements, if any, provided by the Company or any subsidiary or affiliate, except where the Board or Committee expressly otherwise provides or authorizes in writing. Awards may be made in addition to, in combination with, as alternatives to or in payment of commitments under any other plans or arrangements of the Company or its subsidiaries.

 

21.    Governing Law, Construction and Severability. The Plan and any actions taken in connection herewith shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of Delaware (without regard to applicable Delaware principles of conflict of laws). If a court of competent jurisdiction holds any provision hereunder invalid and unenforceable, the remaining provisions of the Plan will continue in effect. It is the intent of the Company that the benefits and transactions permitted by benefits be interpreted in a manner that, in the case of participants who are or may be subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act, qualify, to the maximum extent compatible with the express terms of the agreements reflecting the benefits, for exemption from matching liability under Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company shall have no liability to any participant or other person for Section 16 consequences of benefits or events in connection with a benefit if a benefit or related event does not so qualify.

 

22.    Shareholder Approval. The Plan was adopted by the Board on February 17, 2005 and will become effective on May 19, 2005, subject to the approval by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the votes cast at the 2005 annual meeting of stockholders of the Company. The Plan and any Awards granted hereunder shall be null and void if shareholder approval is not obtained at the 2005 annual meeting of stockholders.