VALMONT 1999 STOCK PLAN
NAME AND PURPOSE
1.1 Name. The name of the plan shall be the Valmont 1999 Stock Plan (the “Plan”).
1.2. Purpose of Plan. The purpose of the Plan is to foster and promote the long-term financial success of the Company and increase stockholder value by (a) motivating superior performance by means of stock incentives, (b) encouraging and providing for the acquisition of an ownership interest in the Company by Employees and (c) enabling the Company to attract and retain the services of a management team responsible for the long-term financial success of the Company.
2.1 Definitions. Whenever used herein, the following terms shall have the respective meanings set forth below:
2.2 Gender and Number. Except when otherwise indicated by the context, words in the masculine gender used in the Plan shall include the feminine gender, the singular shall include the plural, and the plural shall include the singular.
ELIGIBILITY AND PARTICIPATION
Except as otherwise provided in Section 7.1, the only persons eligible to participate in the Plan shall be those Employees selected by the Committee as Participants.
POWERS OF THE COMMITTEE
4.1 Power to Grant. The Committee shall determine the Participants to whom Awards shall be granted, the type or types of Awards to be granted, and the terms and conditions of any and all such Awards. The Committee may establish different terms and conditions for different types of Awards, for different Participants receiving the same type of Awards, and for the same Participant for each Award such Participant may receive, whether or not granted at different times.
4.2 Administration. The Committee shall be responsible for the administration of the Plan. The Committee, by majority action thereof, is authorized to prescribe, amend, and rescind rules and regulations relating to the Plan, to provide for conditions deemed necessary or advisable to protect the interests of the Company, and to make all other determinations necessary or advisable for the administration and interpretation of the Plan in order to carry out its provisions and purposes. Determinations, interpretations, or other actions made or taken by the Committee pursuant to the provisions of the Plan shall be final, binding, and conclusive for all purposes and upon all persons.
STOCK SUBJECT TO PLAN
5.1 Number. Subject to the provisions of Section 5.3, the number of shares of Stock subject to Awards (including Director Awards) under the Plan may not exceed 1,700,000 shares of Stock. The shares to be delivered under the Plan may consist, in whole or in part, of treasury Stock or authorized but unissued Stock, not reserved for any other purpose. The maximum number of shares of Stock with respect to which Awards may be granted to any one Employee under the Plan is 40% of the aggregate number of shares of Stock available for Awards under Section 5.1.
5.2 Cancelled, Terminated or Forfeited Awards. Any shares of Stock subject to an Award which for any reason are cancelled, terminated or otherwise settled without the issuance of any Stock shall again be available for Awards under the Plan. In the event a Participant pays the exercise price of an Option pursuant to Section 6.4 by transferring or having withheld shares of stock, only the net number of Shares shall be considered utilized under the Plan and the balance shall again be available for Award under the Plan.
5.3 Adjustment in Capitalization. In the event of any Stock dividend or Stock split, recapitalization (including, without limitation, the payment of an extraordinary dividend), merger, consolidation, combination, spin-off, distribution of assets to stockholders, exchange of shares, or other similar corporate change, (i) the aggregate number of shares of Stock available for Awards under Section 5.1 and (ii) the number of shares and exercise price with respect to Options and the number, prices and dollar value of other Awards, may be appropriately adjusted by the Committee, whose determination shall be conclusive. If, pursuant to the preceding sentence, an adjustment is made to the number of shares of Stock authorized for issuance under the Plan, a corresponding adjustment shall be made with respect to Director Awards granted pursuant to Section 7.1.
6.1 Grant of Options. Options may be granted to Participants at such time or times as shall be determined by the Committee. Options granted under the Plan may be of two types: (i) Incentive Stock Options and (ii) Nonstatutory Stock Options. The Committee shall have complete discretion in determining the number of Options, if any, to be granted to a Participant. Each Option shall be evidenced by an Option agreement that shall specify the type of Option granted, the exercise price, the duration of the Option, the number of shares of Stock to which the Option pertains, the exercisability (if any) of the Option in the event of death, retirement, disability or termination of employment, and such other terms and conditions not inconsistent with the Plan as the Committee shall determine. Options may also be granted in replacement of or upon assumption of options previously issued by companies acquired by the Company by merger or stock purchase, and any options so replaced or assumed may have the same terms including exercise price as the options so replaced or assumed.
6.2 Option Price. Nonstatutory Stock Options and Incentive Stock Options granted pursuant to the Plan shall have an exercise price which is not less than the Fair Market Value on the date the Option is granted.
6.3 Exercise of Options. Options awarded to a Participant under the Plan shall be exercisable at such times and shall be subject to such restrictions and conditions as the Committee may impose, subject to the Committee’s right to accelerate the exercisability of such Option in its discretion. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no Option shall be exercisable for more than ten years after the date on which it is granted.
6.4 Payment. The Committee shall establish procedures governing the exercise of Options, which shall require that written notice of exercise be given and that the Option price be paid in full in cash or cash equivalents, including by personal check, at the time of exercise or pursuant to any arrangement that the Committee shall approve. The Committee may, in its discretion, permit a Participant to make payment (i) in Stock already owned by the Participant valued at its Fair Market Value on the date of exercise (if such Stock has been owned by the Participant for at least six months) or (ii) by electing to have the Company retain Stock which would otherwise be issued on exercise of the Option, valued at its Fair Market Value on the date of exercise. As soon as practicable after receipt of a written exercise notice and full payment of the exercise price, the Company shall deliver to the Participant a certificate or certificates representing the acquired shares of Stock. The Committee may permit a Participant to elect to pay the exercise price upon the exercise of an Option by authorizing a third party to sell shares of Stock (or a sufficient portion of the shares) acquired upon exercise of the Option and remit to the Company a sufficient portion of the sale proceeds to pay the entire exercise price and any required tax withholding resulting from such exercise.
6.5 Incentive Stock Options. Notwithstanding anything in the Plan to the contrary, no term of this Plan relating to Incentive Stock Options shall be interpreted, amended or altered, nor shall any discretion or authority granted under the Plan be so exercised, so as to disqualify the Plan under Section 422 of the Code, or, without the consent of any Participant affected thereby, to cause any Incentive Stock Option previously granted to fail to qualify for the Federal income tax treatment afforded under Section 421 of the Code.
6.6 Replacement Options. The Committee may grant a replacement option (a “Replacement Option”) to any Employee who exercises all or part of an option granted under this Plan using Qualifying Stock (as herein defined) as payment for the purchase price. A Replacement Option shall grant to the Employee the right to purchase, at the Fair Market Value as of the date of said exercise and grant, the number of shares of stock equal to the sum of the number of whole shares (i) used by the Employee in payment of the purchase price for the option which was exercised and (ii) used by the Employee in connection with applicable withholding taxes on such transaction. A Replacement Option may not be exercised for six months following the date of grant, and shall expire on the same date as the option which it replaces.
Qualifying Stock is stock which has been owned by the Employee for at least six months prior to the date of exercise and has not been used in a stock-for-stock swap transaction within the preceding six months.
7.1 Amount of Award. Each Eligible Director shall receive a non-discretionary Award of 2,000 shares of stock each year; such Award shall be made annually on the date of and following completion of the Company’s annual stockholders’ meeting (commencing with the 1999 annual stockholders’ meeting). Each Eligible Director shall be issued a common stock certificate for such number of shares. Termination of the director’s services for any reason other than (i) death, (ii) retirement from the Board at mandatory retirement age, or (iii) resignation or failure to stand for re-election, in any such case with the prior approval of the Board, will result in forfeiture of the Stock. If the Stock is forfeited, the director shall return the number of forfeited shares of Stock, or equivalent value, to the Company. The number of shares of Stock awarded to an Eligible Director annually shall be appropriately adjusted in the event of any stock changes as described in Section 5.3. In addition, each Eligible Director shall receive a non-discretionary Award of a Nonqualified Stock Option for 4,000 shares of Stock exercisable at the Fair Market Value of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant; such Award shall be made annually on the date of and following completion of the Company’s annual stockholders’ meeting (commencing with the 1999 annual stockholders’ meeting). The number of nonqualified options awarded to a director shall be appropriately adjusted in the event of any stock changes as described in Section 5.3.
7.2 No Other Awards. An Eligible Director shall not receive any other Award under the Plan.
STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHTS
8.1 SAR’s In Tandem with Options. Stock Appreciation Rights may be granted to Participants in tandem with any Option granted under the Plan, either at or after the time of the grant of such Option, subject to such terms and conditions, not inconsistent with the provisions of the Plan, as the Committee shall determine. Each Stock Appreciation Right shall only be exercisable to the extent that the corresponding Option is exercisable, and shall terminate upon termination or exercise of the corresponding Option. Upon the exercise of any Stock Appreciation Right, the corresponding Option shall terminate.
8.2 Other Stock Appreciation Rights. Stock Appreciation Rights may also be granted to Participants separately from any Option, subject to such terms and conditions, not inconsistent with the provisions of the Plan, as the Committee shall determine.
9.1 Grant of Restricted Stock. The Committee may grant Restricted Stock to Participants at such times and in such amounts, and subject to such other terms and conditions not inconsistent with the Plan as it shall determine. Each grant of Restricted Stock shall be subject to such restrictions, which may relate to continued employment with the Company, performance of the Company, or other restrictions, as the Committee may determine. Each grant of Restricted Stock shall be evidenced by a written agreement setting forth the terms of such Award. A maximum of 20% of the shares of Stock available for issuance under the Plan may be issued as Restricted Stock.
9.2 Removal of Restrictions. The Committee may accelerate or waive such restrictions in whole or in part at any time in its discretion.
10.1 Grant of Stock Bonuses. The Committee may grant a Stock Bonus to a Participant at such times and in such amounts, and subject to such other terms and conditions not inconsistent with the Plan, as it shall determine.
AMENDMENT, MODIFICATION, AND TERMINATION OF PLAN
11.1 General. The Board may from time to time amend, modify or terminate any or all of the provisions of the Plan, subject to the provisions of this Section 11.1. The Board may not change the Plan in a manner which would prevent outstanding Incentive Stock Options granted under the Plan from being Incentive Stock Options without the consent of
the optionees concerned. Furthermore, the Board may not make any amendment which would (i) materially modify the requirements for participation in the Plan or (ii) increase the number of shares of Stock subject to Awards under the Plan pursuant to Section 5.1, in each case without the approval of a majority of the outstanding shares of Stock entitled to vote thereon. No amendment or modification shall affect the rights of any Employee with respect to a previously granted Award, nor shall any amendment or modification affect the rights of any Eligible Director pursuant to a previously granted Director Award.
11.2 Termination of Plan. No further Options shall be granted under the Plan subsequent to December 31, 2009, or such earlier date as may be determined by the Board.
12.1 Nontransferability of Awards. Except as otherwise provided by the Committee, no Awards granted under the Plan may be sold, transferred, pledged, assigned, or otherwise alienated or hypothecated, other than by will or by the laws of descent and distribution.
12.2 Beneficiary Designation. Each Participant under the Plan may from time to time name any beneficiary or beneficiaries (who may be named contingent or successively) to whom any benefit under the Plan is to be paid or by whom any right under the Plan is to be exercised in case of his death. Each designation will revoke all prior designations by the same Participant shall be in a form prescribed by the Committee, and will be effective only when filed in writing with the Company. In the absence of any such designation, Awards outstanding at death may be exercised by the Participant’s surviving spouse, if any, or otherwise by his estate.
12.3 No Guarantee of Employment or Participation. Nothing in the Plan shall interfere with or limit in any way the right of the Company or any Subsidiary to terminate any Participant’s employment at any time, nor confer upon any Participant any right to continue in the employ of the Company or any Subsidiary. No Employee shall have a right to be selected as a Participant, or, having been so selected, to receive any future Awards.
12.4 Tax Withholding. The Company shall have the power to withhold, or require a Participant or Eligible Director to remit to the Company, an amount sufficient to satisfy federal, state, and local withholding tax requirements on any Award under the Plan, and the Company may defer issuance of Stock until such requirements are satisfied. The Committee may, in its discretion, permit a Participant to elect, subject to such conditions as the Committee shall impose, (i) to have shares of Stock otherwise issuable under the Plan withheld by the Company or (ii) to deliver to the Company previously acquired shares of Stock, in each case having a Fair Market Value sufficient to satisfy all or part of the Participant’s estimated total federal, state and local tax obligation associated with the transaction.
12.5 Change of Control. On the date of a Change of Control, all outstanding options and stock appreciation rights shall become immediately exercisable and all restrictions with respect to Restricted Stock shall lapse. “Change of Control” shall mean:
12.6 Company Intent. The Company intends that the Plan comply in all respects with Rule 16b-3 under the Act, and any ambiguities or inconsistencies in the construction of the Plan shall be interpreted to give effect to such intention.
12.7 Requirements of Law. The granting of Awards and the issuance of shares of Stock shall be subject to all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, and to such approvals by any governmental agencies or securities exchanges as may be required.
12.8 Effective Date. The Plan shall be effective upon its adoption by the Board subject to approval by the Company’s stockholders at the 1999 annual stockholders’ meeting.
AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO THE
VALMONT 1999 STOCK PLAN
Effective April 26, 2004, Section 5.2 of the Valmont 1999 Stock Plan is amended and restated in its entirety to read as follows:
“5.2 Cancelled, Terminated or Forfeited Awards. Any shares of Stock subject to an Award which for any reason are cancelled, terminated or otherwise settled without the issuance of any Stock shall again be available for Awards under the Plan. In the event a Participant pays the exercise price of an Option pursuant to Section 6.4 by transferring or having withheld shares of stock, only the net number of Shares shall be considered utilized under the Plan and the balance shall again be available for Award under the Plan. Notwithstanding the immediately preceding sentence, the number of shares available for Awards under the Plan shall not be increased by the number of any previously issued shares surrendered in connection with the exercise of an Award, more than ten years after the date of the most recent shareholder approval of the Plan.”