PLAINS EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION COMPANY

 

2004 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN

 

(As Adopted February 4, 2004 and Amended April 7, 2004)


 

1. Purpose.

 

The purpose of this Plan is to strengthen Plains Exploration & Production Company, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), by providing an incentive to its employees, officers, consultants and directors and thereby encouraging them to devote their abilities and industry to the success of the Company’s business enterprise. It is intended that this purpose be achieved by extending to employees (including future employees who have received a formal written offer of employment), officers, consultants and directors of the Company and its Subsidiaries and Affiliates an added long-term incentive for high levels of performance and unusual efforts through the grant of Incentive Stock Options, Nonqualified Stock Options, SARs, Performance Units and Performance Shares, Share Awards, Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units (as each term is herein defined).

 

2. Definitions.

 

For purposes of the Plan:

 

2.1 “Adjusted Appreciation Value” means, in the event of a Change in Control, the appreciation in the Adjusted Fair Market Value of a Share for purposes of determining payments to be made to a Grantee, and shall be measured by determining the amount equal to the Adjusted Fair Market Value of a Share on the exercise date minus the exercise price of the SAR being exercised.

 

2.2 “Adjusted Fair Market Value” means, in the event of a Change in Control, the greater of (a) the highest price per Share paid to holders of the Shares in any transaction (or series of transactions) constituting or resulting in a Change in Control or (b) the highest Fair Market Value of a Share during the ninety (90) day period ending on the date of a Change in Control.

 

2.3 “Affiliate” means any entity, directly or indirectly, controlled by, controlling or under common control with the Company or any corporation or other entity acquiring, directly or indirectly, all or substantially all the assets and business of the Company, whether by operation of law or otherwise.

 

2.4 “Agreement” means the written agreement between the Company and an Optionee or Grantee evidencing the grant of an Option or Award and setting forth the terms and conditions thereof.

 

2.5 “Appreciation Value” means the appreciation in the Fair Market Value of a Share for purposes of determining payments to be made to a Grantee, and shall be measured by determining the amount equal to the Fair Market Value of a Share on the exercise date minus the exercise price of the SAR being exercised.

 

2.6 “Award” means a grant of SARs, Restricted Stock or Restricted Stock Units, a Performance Award, a Share Award or any or all of them.

 

2.7 “Board” means the Board of Directors of the Company.

 

2.8 “Cause” means:

 

(a) for purposes of Section 6.4, the commission of an act of fraud or intentional misrepresentation or an act of embezzlement, misappropriation or conversion of assets or opportunities of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries; and

 

(b) in the case of an Optionee or Grantee whose employment with the Company, Subsidiary or Affiliate is subject to the terms of an employment agreement between such Optionee or Grantee and the Company, Subsidiary or Affiliate, which employment agreement includes a definition of “Cause”, the term “Cause” as used in this Plan or any Agreement shall have the meaning set forth in such employment agreement during the period that such employment agreement remains in effect; and

 

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(c) in all other cases, (i) intentional failure to perform reasonably assigned duties, (ii) dishonesty or willful misconduct in the performance of duties, (iii) involvement in a transaction in connection with the performance of duties to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates which transaction is adverse to the interests of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates and which is engaged in for personal profit or (iv) willful violation of any law, rule or regulation in connection with the performance of duties (other than traffic violations or similar minor offenses) provided, however, that following a Change in Control clause (i) of this Section 2.8(c) shall not constitute “Cause.”

 

2.9 “Change in Capitalization” means any increase or reduction in the number of Shares, or any change (including, but not limited to, in the case of a spin-off, dividend or other distribution in respect of Shares, a change in value) in the Shares or exchange of Shares for a different number or kind of shares or other securities of the Company or another corporation, by reason of a reclassification, recapitalization, merger, consolidation, reorganization, spin-off, split-up, issuance of warrants or rights or debentures, stock dividend, stock split or reverse stock split, cash dividend, property dividend, combination or exchange of shares, repurchase of shares, change in corporate structure or otherwise.

 

2.10 A “Change in Control” shall mean the occurrence of any of the following:

 

(a) The acquisition by any “Person” (as the term person is used for purposes of Section 13(d) or 14(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “1934 Act”)) of “Beneficial Ownership” (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the 1934 Act) of any securities of the Company which generally entitles the holder thereof to vote for the election of directors of the Company (the “Voting Securities”) which, when added to the Voting Securities then “Beneficially Owned” by such Person, would result in such Person either “Beneficially Owning” fifty percent (50%) or more of the combined voting power of the Company’s then outstanding Voting Securities or having the ability to elect fifty percent (50%) or more of the Company’s directors; provided, however, that for purposes of this paragraph (a) of Section 2.10, a Person shall not be deemed to have made an acquisition of Voting Securities if such Person; (i) becomes the Beneficial Owner of more than the permitted percentage of Voting Securities solely as a result of open market acquisition of Voting Securities by the Company which, by reducing the number of Voting Securities outstanding, increases the proportional number of shares Beneficially Owned by such Person; (ii) is the Company or any corporation or other Person of which a majority of its voting power or its equity securities or equity interest is owned directly or indirectly by the Company (a “Controlled Entity”); (iii) acquires Voting Securities in connection with a “Non-Control Transaction” (as defined in paragraph (c) of this Section 2.10); or (iv) becomes the Beneficial Owner of more than the permitted percentage of Voting Securities as a result of a transaction approved by a majority of the Incumbent Board (as defined in paragraph (b) below); or

 

(b) The individuals who, as of the Effective Date, are members of the Board (the “Incumbent Board”), cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board; provided, however, that if either the election of any new director or the nomination for election of any new director by the Company’s stockholders was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the Incumbent Board, such new director shall be considered as a member of the Incumbent Board; provided further, however, that no individual shall be considered a member of the Incumbent Board if such individual initially assumed office as a result of either an actual or threatened “Election Contest” (as described in Rule 14a-11 promulgated under the 1934 Act) or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of a Person other than the Board (a “Proxy Contest”) including by reason of any agreement intended to avoid or settle any Election Contest or Proxy Contest; or

 

(c) The consummation of a merger, consolidation or reorganization involving the Company (a “Business Combination”), unless (i) the stockholders of the Company, immediately before the Business Combination, own, directly or indirectly immediately following the Business Combination, at least fifty percent (50%) of the combined voting power of the outstanding voting securities of the corporation resulting from the Business Combination (the “Surviving Corporation”) in substantially the same proportion as their

 

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ownership of the Voting Securities immediately before the Business Combination, and (ii) the individuals who were members of the Incumbent Board immediately prior to the execution of the agreement providing for the Business Combination constitute at least a majority of the members of the Board of Directors of the Surviving Corporation, and (iii) no Person (other than (x) the Company or any Controlled Entity, (y) a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under one or more employee benefit plans or arrangements (or any trust forming a part thereof) maintained by the Company, the Surviving Corporation or any Controlled Entity, or (z) any Person who, immediately prior to the Business Combination, had Beneficial Ownership of fifty percent (50%) or more of the then outstanding Voting Securities) has Beneficial Ownership of fifty percent (50%) or more of the combined voting power of the Surviving Corporation’s then outstanding voting securities (a Business Combination described in clauses (i), (ii) and (iii) of this paragraph shall be referred to as a “Non-Control Transaction”);

 

(d) A complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company; or

 

(e) The sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company to any Person (other than a transfer to a Controlled Entity).

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, if Optionee’s or Grantee’s employment is terminated and Optionee or Grantee reasonably demonstrates that such termination (x) was at the request of a third party who has indicated an intention or has taken steps reasonably calculated to effect a Change in Control and who effectuates a Change in Control or (y) otherwise occurred in connection with, or in anticipation of, a Change in Control which actually occurs, then for all purposes hereof, the date of a Change in Control with respect to Optionee or Grantee shall mean the date immediately prior to the date of such termination of employment.

 

A Change in Control shall not be deemed to occur solely because (A) fifty percent (50%) or more of the then outstanding Voting Securities is Beneficially Owned by (x) a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under one or more employee benefit plans or arrangements (or any trust forming a part thereof) maintained by the Company or any Controlled Entity or (y) any corporation which, immediately prior to its acquisition of such interest, is owned directly or indirectly by the stockholders of the Company in substantially the same proportion as their ownership of stock in the Company immediately prior to such acquisition or (B) Plains Resources Inc. distributes to its stockholders all of the capital stock of the Company then held by it.

 

2.11 “Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

 

2.12 “Committee” means a committee, as described in Section 3.1, appointed by the Board from time to time to administer the Plan and to perform the functions set forth herein.

 

2.13 “Company” means Plains Exploration and Production Company.

 

2.14 “Director” means a director of the Company.

 

2.15 “Disability” means: (a) in the case of an Optionee or Grantee whose employment with the Company or a Subsidiary is subject to the terms of an employment agreement between such Optionee or Grantee and the Company or Subsidiary, which employment agreement includes a definition of “Disability”, the term “Disability” as used in this Plan or any Agreement shall have the meaning set forth in such employment agreement (b) the term “Disability” as used in the Company’s long-term disability plan, if any; or (c) in all other cases, the term “Disability” as used in this Plan or any Agreement shall mean a physical or mental infirmity which impairs the Optionee’s or Grantee’s ability to perform substantially his or her duties for a period of one hundred eighty (180) consecutive days.

 

2.16 “Division” means any of the operating units or divisions of the Company designated as a Division by the Committee.

 

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2.17 “Eligible Individual” means any of the following individuals who is designated by the Committee as eligible to receive Options or Awards subject to the conditions set forth herein: (a) any director, officer or employee of the Company, Subsidiary or Affiliate, (b) any individual to whom the Company or Subsidiary or Affiliate has extended a formal, written offer of employment, or (c) any consultant or advisor of the Company, Subsidiary or Affiliate.

 

2.18 “Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

 

2.19 “Fair Market Value” on any date means the closing sales prices of the Shares (i) on the day before such date, or (ii) on such date if an Agreement so provides, on the principal national securities exchange on which such Shares are listed or admitted to trading, or, if such Shares are not so listed or admitted to trading, the average of the per Share closing bid price and per Share closing asked price on such date as quoted on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System or such other market in which such prices are regularly quoted, or, if there have been no published bid or asked quotations with respect to Shares on such date, the Fair Market Value shall be the value established by the Board in good faith and, in the case of an Incentive Stock Option, in accordance with Section 422 of the Code.

 

2.20 “Grantee” means a person to whom an Award has been granted under the Plan.

 

2.21 “Incentive Stock Option” means an Option satisfying the requirements of Section 422 of the Code and designated by the Committee as an Incentive Stock Option.

 

2.22 “Nonemployee Director” means a director of the Company who is a “nonemployee director” within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act.

 

2.23 “Nonqualified Stock Option” means an Option which is not an Incentive Stock Option.

 

2.24 “Option” means a Nonqualified Stock Option, an Incentive Stock Option, a Formula Option, or any or all of them.

 

2.25 “Optionee” means a person to whom an Option has been granted under the Plan.

 

2.26 “Outside Director” means a director of the Company who is an “outside director” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

2.27 “Parent” means any corporation which is a parent corporation (within the meaning of Section 424(e) of the Code) with respect to the Company.

 

2.28 “Performance Awards” means Performance Units, Performance Shares or either or both of them.

 

2.29 “Performance-Based Compensation” means any Option or Award that is intended to constitute “performance based compensation” within the meaning of Section 162(m)(4)(C) of the Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

2.30 “Performance Cycle” means the time period specified by the Committee at the time Performance Awards are granted during which the performance of the Company, or a Subsidiary Affiliate or Division will be measured.

 

2.31 “Performance Objectives” has the meaning set forth in Section 11.

 

2.32 “Performance Shares” means Shares issued or transferred to an Eligible Individual under Section 11.

 

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2.33 “Performance Units” means Performance Units granted to an Eligible Individual under Section 11.

 

2.34 “Plan” means the Plains Exploration & Production Company 2004 Stock Incentive Plan, as amended and restated from time to time.

 

2.35 “Retained Distribution” means any securities or other property (other than regular cash dividends) distributed by the Company in respect of Restricted Stock during any Restricted Period.

 

2.36 “Restricted Period” means the period designated by the Committee during which Restricted Stock may not be sold, assigned, pledged or otherwise encumbered.

 

2.37 “Restricted Stock” means Shares issued or transferred to an Eligible Individual pursuant to Section 9.

 

2.38 “Restricted Stock Unit” means a right to receive one Share or a cash amount equal to the Fair Market Value of one Share or a combination thereof, as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion, subject to the terms of the Plan and the applicable Agreement.

 

2.39 “SAR” means a right to receive the Appreciation Value of a Share.

 

2.40 “Share Award” means an Award of Shares granted pursuant to Section 11.

 

2.41 “Shares” means the common stock, par value $.01 per share, of the Company and any other securities into which such shares are changed or for which such shares are exchanged.

 

2.42 “Subsidiary” means (i) except as provided in subsection (ii) below, any corporation which is a subsidiary corporation within the meaning of Section 424(f) of the Code with respect to the Company, and (ii) in relation to the eligibility to receive Options or Awards other than Incentive Stock Options and continued employment for purposes of Options and Awards (unless the Committee determines otherwise), any entity, whether or not incorporated, in which the Company directly or indirectly owns 50% or more of the outstanding equity or other ownership interests.

 

2.43 “Ten-Percent Stockholder” means an Eligible Individual, who, at the time an Incentive Stock Option is to be granted to him or her, owns (within the meaning of Section 422(b)(6) of the Code) stock possessing more than ten percent (10%) of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock of the Company, or of a Parent, Subsidiary or Affiliate.

 

3. Administration.

 

3.1 The Plan shall be administered by the Committee, which shall hold meetings at such times as may be necessary for the proper administration of the Plan. The Committee shall keep minutes of its meetings. A quorum shall be a majority of the members of the Committee and a majority of a quorum may authorize any action. Any decision or determination reduced to writing and signed by all of the members of the Committee shall be as fully effective as if made by a vote at a meeting duly called and held. The Committee shall consist of one (1) or more Directors and may consist of the entire Board. If the Committee consists of less than the entire Board, then with respect to any Option or Award to an individual who is subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act, the Committee shall consist of at least two (2) Directors each of whom shall be a Nonemployee Director and to the extent necessary for any award under the Plan to qualify as performance-based compensation for the purposes of Section 162(m) of the Code, the Committee shall consist of at least two (2) Directors each of whom shall be an Outside Director. For purposes of the preceding sentence, if one or more members of the Committee is not a Nonemployee Director and an Outside Director but recuses himself or herself or abstains from voting with respect to a particular action taken by the Committee, then the Committee, with respect to that action, shall be

 

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deemed to consist only of the members of the Committee who have not recused themselves or abstained from voting. Subject to applicable law, the Committee may delegate its authority under the Plan to any other person or persons.

 

3.2 No member of the Committee shall be liable for any action, failure to act, determination or interpretation made in good faith with respect to this Plan or any transaction hereunder. The Company hereby agrees to indemnify each member of the Committee for all costs and expenses and, to the extent permitted by applicable law, any liability incurred in connection with defending against, responding to, negotiating for the settlement of or otherwise dealing with any claim, cause of action or dispute of any kind arising in connection with any actions in administering this Plan or in authorizing or denying authorization to any transaction hereunder.

 

3.3 Subject to the express terms and conditions set forth herein, the Committee shall have the power from time to time to:

 

(a) determine those Eligible Individuals to whom Options shall be granted under the Plan and the number of such Options to be granted and to prescribe the terms and conditions (which need not be identical) of each such Option, including the exercise price per Share, the vesting schedule and the duration of each Option, and make any amendment or modification to any Option Agreement consistent with the terms of the Plan;

 

(b) select those Eligible Individuals to whom Awards shall be granted under the Plan and to determine the number of Shares in respect of which each Award is granted, the terms and conditions (which need not be identical) of each such Award, and make any amendment or modification to any Award Agreement consistent with the terms of the Plan;

 

(c) to construe and interpret the Plan and the Options and Awards granted hereunder and to establish, amend and revoke rules and regulations for the administration of the Plan, including, but not limited to, correcting any defect or supplying any omission, or reconciling any inconsistency in the Plan or in any Agreement, in the manner and to the extent it shall deem necessary or advisable, including so that the Plan and the operation of the Plan complies with Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act, the Code to the extent applicable and other applicable law, and otherwise to make the Plan fully effective. All decisions and determinations by the Committee in the exercise of this power shall be final, binding and conclusive upon the Company, its Subsidiaries, the Optionees and Grantees, and all other persons having any interest therein;

 

(d) to determine the duration and purposes for leaves of absence which may be granted to an Optionee or Grantee on an individual basis without constituting a termination of employment or service for purposes of the Plan;

 

(e) to exercise its discretion with respect to the powers and rights granted to it as set forth in the Plan; and

 

(f) generally, to exercise such powers and to perform such acts as are deemed necessary or advisable to promote the best interests of the Company with respect to the Plan.

 

4. Stock Subject to the Plan; Grant Limitations.

 

4.1 The maximum number of Shares that may be made the subject of Options and Awards granted under the Plan is 5,000,000: provided, however, that in the aggregate, not more than 5,000,000 of the allotted Shares may be made the subject of Restricted Stock awards or Restricted Stock Units under Section 9 and 10 of the Plan respectively (other than Shares of Restricted Stock made in settlement of Performance Units pursuant to Section 11.1(b)). The maximum number of Shares that may be the subject of Options and Awards granted to an Eligible Individual in any one calendar year period may not exceed 300,000 Shares. The maximum dollar amount of cash or the Fair Market Value of Shares that any Eligible Individual may receive in any calendar year in respect of Performance Units denominated in dollars may not exceed $1,000,000. The Company shall reserve for the purposes of the Plan, out of its authorized but unissued Shares or out of Shares held in the Company’s treasury, or partly out of each, such number of Shares as shall be determined by the Board.

 

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4.2 In connection with the grant of an Option or an Award (other than the grant of a Performance Unit denominated in dollars), the number of Shares shall be reduced by the number of Shares in respect of which the Option or Award is granted or denominated; provided, however, that if any Option is exercised by tendering Shares, either actually or by attestation, as full or partial payment of the exercise price, the maximum number of Shares available under Section 4.1 shall be increased by the number of Shares so tendered. In connection with the exercise of an Award of SARs, the maximum number of Shares available under Section 4.1 shall be increased by the number of Shares equal to the number of SARs being exercised minus the number of Shares that are issued upon such exercise, provided that if the number of Shares issued is greater than the number of SARs being exercised, the amount equal to the difference between those numbers shall be subtracted from the maximum number of Shares available under the Plan.

 

4.3 Whenever any outstanding Option or Award or portion thereof expires, is canceled, is settled in cash (including the settlement of tax withholding obligations using Shares) or is otherwise terminated for any reason without having been exercised or payment having been made in respect of the entire Option or Award, the Shares allocable to the expired, canceled, settled or otherwise terminated portion of the Option or Award may again be the subject of Options or Awards granted hereunder.

 

4.4 In no event may more than 5,000,000 Shares be issued upon the exercise of Incentive Stock Options granted under the Plan.

 

5. Option Grants for Eligible Individuals.

 

5.1 Authority of Committee. Subject to the provisions of the Plan, the Committee shall have full and final authority to select those Eligible Individuals who will receive Options, and the terms and conditions of the grant to such Eligible Individuals shall be set forth in an Agreement. Subject to applicable law and regulations, Incentive Stock Options may be granted only to Eligible Individuals who are employees of the Company or any Subsidiary or Affiliate.

 

5.2 Exercise Price. The purchase price or the manner in which the exercise price is to be determined for Shares under each Option shall be determined by the Committee and set forth in the Agreement; provided, however, that the exercise price per Share under each Option shall not be less than 100% of the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date the Option is granted (110% in the case of an Incentive Stock Option granted to a Ten-Percent Stockholder).

 

5.3 Maximum Duration. Options granted hereunder shall be for such term as the Committee shall determine, provided that an Incentive Stock Option shall not be exercisable after the expiration of ten (10) years from the date it is granted (five (5) years in the case of an Incentive Stock Option granted to a Ten-Percent Stockholder) and a Nonqualified Stock Option shall after the expiration of ten (10) years from the date it is granted; provided, however, that unless the Committee provides otherwise an Option (other than an Incentive Stock Option) may, upon the death of the Optionee prior to the expiration of the Option, be exercised for up to one (1) year following the date of the Optionee’s death even if such period extends beyond ten (10) years from the date the Option is granted. The Committee may, subsequent to the granting of any Option, extend the term thereof, but in no event shall the term as so extended exceed the maximum term provided for in the preceding sentence.

 

5.4 Vesting. Subject to Section 7.4, each Option shall become exercisable in such installments (which need not be equal) and at such times as may be designated by the Committee and set forth in the Agreement. To the extent not exercised, installments shall accumulate and be exercisable, in whole or in part, at any time after becoming exercisable, but not later than the date the Option expires. The Committee may accelerate the exercisability of any Option or portion thereof at any time.

 

5.5 Limitations on Incentive Stock Options. The terms of any Incentive Stock Option granted under the Plan shall comply in all respects with the provisions of Section 422 of the Code, including but not limited to the

 

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requirement that no Incentive Stock Option shall be granted more than ten years after the effective date of the Plan. An Option shall be treated as an Incentive Stock Option only to the extent that the aggregate Fair Market Value (determined at the time the Option is granted) of the shares with respect to which all Incentive Stock Options held by an Optionee (under the Plan and all other plans of the Company, its Parent or any Subsidiary), become exercisable for the first time during any calendar year does not exceed $100,000. This limitation shall be applied by taking Options into account in the order in which they were granted. To the extent this limitation is exceeded, an Option shall be treated as a Nonqualified Stock Option regardless of its designation as an Incentive Stock Option. Should any Incentive Stock Option remain exercisable after three months after employment terminates for any reason other than Disability or death, or after one year if employment terminates due to Disability, the Option shall immediately be converted to a Nonqualified Stock Option. In order to obtain the benefits of an Incentive Stock Option under the Code, no sale or other disposition may be made of any shares upon exercise of such Option until the later of one year from the date of issuance of the shares acquired pursuant to the exercise of the Option, or two years from the grant date of the Option. The Company shall have no liability in the event it is determined that any Option intended to be an Incentive Stock Option fails to qualify as such, whether such failure is a result of a disqualifying disposition or the terms of this Plan or any governing Agreement.

 

6. Grants for Nonemployee Directors and Outside Directors.

 

6.1 Grant. In its discretion, the Committee may elect to grant Options (and other Awards) to Nonemployee Directors or Outside Directors under any terms or conditions it deems reasonable.

 

7. Terms and Conditions Applicable to All Options.

 

7.1 Non-Transferability. No Option shall be transferable by the Optionee otherwise than by will or by the laws of descent and distribution or, in the case of an Option other than an Incentive Stock Option, pursuant to a domestic relations order (within the meaning of Rule 16a-12 promulgated under the Exchange Act), and an Option shall be exercisable during the lifetime of such Optionee only by the Optionee or his or her guardian or legal representative. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Committee may set forth in the Agreement evidencing an Option (other than an Incentive Stock Option) at the time of grant or thereafter, that the Option may be transferred to members of the Optionee’s immediate family, to trusts solely for the benefit of such immediate family members and to partnerships in which such family members and/or trusts are the only partners, and for purposes of this Plan, a transferee of an Option shall be deemed to be the Optionee. For this purpose, immediate family means the Optionee’s spouse, parents, children, stepchildren and grandchildren and the spouses of such parents, children, stepchildren and grandchildren. The terms of an Option shall be final, binding and conclusive upon the beneficiaries, executors, administrators, heirs and successors of the Optionee.

 

7.2 Method of Exercise. The exercise of an Option shall be made only by a written notice delivered in person or by mail or telecopy to the Secretary of the Company at the Company’s principal executive office (or through such other notification method that the Committee may adopt), specifying the number of Shares to be exercised and, to the extent applicable, accompanied by payment therefor and otherwise in accordance with the Agreement pursuant to which the Option was granted. The exercise price for any Shares purchased pursuant to the exercise of an Option shall be paid, in either of the following forms (or any combination thereof): (a) cash or (b) the transfer, either actually or by attestation, to the Company of Shares that have been held by the Optionee for at least six (6) months (or such lesser period as may be permitted by the Committee) prior to the exercise of the Option, such transfer to be upon such terms and conditions as determined by the Committee or (c) a combination of cash and the transfer of Shares; provided, however, that the Committee may determine that the exercise price shall be paid only in cash. In addition, Options may be exercised through a registered broker-dealer pursuant to such cashless exercise procedures which are, from time to time, deemed acceptable by the Committee. Any Shares transferred to the Company as payment of the exercise price under an Option shall be valued at their Fair Market Value on the day preceding the date of exercise of such Option. If requested by the Committee, the Optionee shall deliver the Agreement evidencing the Option to the Secretary of the Company

 

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who shall endorse thereon a notation of such exercise and return such Agreement to the Optionee. No fractional Shares (or cash in lieu thereof) shall be issued upon exercise of an Option and the number of Shares that may be purchased upon exercise shall be rounded to the nearest number of whole Shares. Notwithstanding the foregoing, to the extent that the Committee determines that a cashless exercise or other method of exercise hereunder by an Optionee would be deemed under applicable law, regulation or exchange requirement, to be an impermissible extension of credit or arrangement of credit by the Company for the benefit of an officer, or to be prohibited for any other reason, such method of exercise shall not be permitted with respect to such Optionee.

 

7.3 Rights of Optionees. No Optionee shall be deemed for any purpose to be the owner of any Shares subject to any Option unless and until (a) the Option shall have been exercised pursuant to the terms thereof, (b) the Company shall have issued and delivered Shares to the Optionee, and (c) the Optionee’s name shall have been entered as a stockholder of record on the books of the Company. Thereupon, the Optionee shall have full voting, dividend and other ownership rights with respect to such Shares, subject to such terms and conditions as may be set forth in the applicable Agreement.

 

7.4 Effect of Change in Control. In the event of a Change in Control, all Options outstanding on the date of such Change in Control shall become immediately and fully exercisable. In addition, to the extent set forth in an Agreement evidencing the grant of an Option, an Optionee will be permitted to surrender to the Company for cancellation within ninety (90) days after such Change in Control any Option or portion of an Option to the extent not yet exercised and the Optionee will be entitled to receive a cash payment in an amount equal to the excess, if any, of (a) (i) in the case of a Nonqualified Stock Option, the greater of (A) the Fair Market Value, on the day preceding the date of surrender, of the Shares subject to the Option or portion thereof surrendered or (B) the Adjusted Fair Market Value of the Shares subject to the Option or portion thereof surrendered or (ii) in the case of an Incentive Stock Option, the Fair Market Value, on the day preceding the date of surrender, of the Shares subject to the Option or portion thereof surrendered, over (b) the aggregate exercise price for such Shares under the Option or portion thereof surrendered. The Committee has the discretion to modify an Option to include the provision set forth in the preceding sentence. In the event that the Committee requires exercise of Options at the time of such Change in Control, they shall be cancelled effective as of the Change in Control. The Committee may require cancellation of Options in the Agreement evidencing the Options or by resolution at the time of a Change in Control. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Plan or any Agreement, the Committee may require such cancellation without an Optionee’s consent even if the cancellation is a modification of the terms of an Option. In the event an Optionee’s employment or service with the Company and its Subsidiaries terminates following a Change in Control, each Option held by the Optionee that remains outstanding after the Change in Control and that was exercisable as of the date of termination of the Optionee’s employment or service shall, notwithstanding any shorter period set forth in the Agreement evidencing the Option, remain exercisable for a period ending not before the earlier of (x) the first anniversary of the termination of the Optionee’s employment or service or (y) the expiration of the stated term of the Option.

 

8. SARs.

 

8.1 Grant. The Committee may in its discretion, either alone or in connection with the grant of an Option, grant SARs to Eligible Individuals in accordance with the Plan, the terms and conditions of which shall be set forth in an Agreement. If granted in connection with an Option, a SAR shall cover the same Shares covered by the Option (or such lesser number of Shares as the Committee may determine) and shall, except as provided in this Section 8, be subject to the same terms and conditions as the related Option. A SAR may be granted (i) at any time if unrelated to an Option, or (ii) if related to an Option, at the time of grant.

 

8.2 SAR Related to an Option.

 

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related Option may be transferable. A SAR granted in connection with an Option shall be exercisable only if the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date of exercise exceeds the purchase price specified in the related Option Agreement.

 

(b) Amount Payable. Upon the exercise of SARs related to an Option, the Grantee shall be entitled to receive an amount determined by multiplying (A) the Appreciation Value of a Share, by (B) the number of SARs being exercised. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Committee may limit in any manner the amount payable with respect to any SAR by including such a limit in the Agreement evidencing the SAR at the time it is granted.

 

(c) Treatment of Related Options and SARs Upon Exercise. Upon the exercise of a SAR granted in connection with an Option, the Option shall be canceled to the extent of the number of Shares as to which the SAR is exercised, and upon the exercise of an Option granted in connection with a SAR, the SAR shall be canceled to the extent of the number of Shares as to which the Option is exercised or surrendered.

 

8.3 SAR Unrelated to an Option. The Committee may grant SARs unrelated to Options. SARs unrelated to Options shall contain such terms and conditions as to exercisability (subject to Section 8.7), vesting and duration as the Committee shall determine, but in no event shall they have a term of greater than ten (10) years. Upon exercise of a SAR unrelated to an Option, the Grantee shall be entitled to receive an amount determined by multiplying (A) the Appreciation Value of a Share, by (B) number of SARs being exercised. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Committee may limit in any manner the amount payable with respect to any SAR by including such a limit in the Agreement evidencing the SAR at the time it is granted.

 

8.4 Method of Exercise. The exercise of an Award of SARs shall be made only by a written notice delivered in person or by mail or telecopy to the Secretary of the Company at the Company’s principal executive office (or through such other notification method that the Committee may adopt), specifying the number of SARs with respect to which the Award is being exercised. If requested by the Committee, the Grantee shall deliver the Agreement evidencing the SARs being exercised and the Agreement evidencing any related Option to the Secretary of the Company who shall endorse thereon a notation of such exercise and return such Agreement to the Grantee.

 

8.5 Form of Payment. Payment of the amount determined under Sections 8.2(b) or 8.3 shall be made solely in cash.

 

8.6 Effect of Change in Control. In the event of a Change in Control, all outstanding SARs shall become immediately and fully exercisable. In addition, to the extent set forth in an Agreement evidencing the grant of a SAR unrelated to an Option (including as such Agreement may be amended in the Committee’s sole discretion prior the Change in Control), a Grantee will be entitled to receive a payment from the Company in cash (provided that the SARs have any Appreciation Value), as the Committee shall determine, with a value equal to (A) the greater of (x) the aggregate Appreciation Value, on the date of exercise, of the unexercised SARS and (y) the aggregate Adjusted Fair Market Value, on the date of exercise, of the unexercised SARs. In the event that the Committee requires exercise of SARs at the time of such Change in Control (even if they have no Appreciation Value), they shall be cancelled effective as of the Change in Control. The Committee may require cancellation of SARs in the Agreement evidencing the SARs or by resolution at the time of a Change in Control. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Plan or any Agreement, the Committee may require such cancellation without a Grantee’s consent even if the cancellation is a modification of the terms of the SARs. In the event a Grantee’s employment or other service with the Company terminates following a Change in Control and any SARs remain outstanding after the Change in Control, each SAR held by the Grantee that was exercisable as of the date of termination of the Grantee’s employment or other service shall remain exercisable for a period ending not before the earlier of the first anniversary of (A) the termination of the Grantee’s employment or (B) the expiration of the stated term of the SAR.

 

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8.7 Non-Transferability. No SARs shall be transferable by the Grantee otherwise than by will or by the laws of descent and distribution or pursuant to a domestic relations order (within the meaning of Rule 16a-12 promulgated under the Exchange Act), and SARs shall be exercisable during the lifetime of such Grantee only by the Grantee or his or her guardian or legal representative. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Committee may set forth in the Agreement evidencing an Award of SARs at the time of grant or thereafter, that the SARs may be transferred to members of the Grantee’s immediate family, to trusts solely for the benefit of such immediate family members and to partnerships in which such family members and/or trusts are the only partners, and for purposes of this Plan, a transferee of an Award of SARs shall be deemed to be the Grantee. For this purpose, immediate family means the Grantee’s spouse, parents, children, stepchildren and grandchildren and the spouses of such parents, children, stepchildren and grandchildren. The terms of an Award shall be final, binding and conclusive upon the beneficiaries, executors, administrators, heirs and successors of the Grantee.

 

9. Restricted Stock.

 

9.1 Grant. The Committee may grant Awards to Eligible Individuals of Restricted Stock, which shall be evidenced by an Agreement between the Company and the Grantee. Each Agreement shall contain such restrictions, terms and conditions as the Committee may, in its discretion, determine and (without limiting the generality of the foregoing) such Agreements may require that an appropriate legend be placed on Share certificates. Awards of Restricted Stock shall be subject to the terms and provisions set forth below in this Section 9.

 

9.2 Rights of Grantee. Shares of Restricted Stock granted pursuant to an Award hereunder shall be issued in the name of the Grantee as soon as reasonably practicable after the Award is granted provided that the Grantee has executed an Agreement evidencing the Award, the appropriate blank stock powers and, in the discretion of the Committee, an escrow agreement and any other documents which the Committee may require as a condition to the issuance of such Shares. If a Grantee shall fail to execute the Agreement evidencing a Restricted Stock Award, or any documents which the Committee may require within the time period prescribed by the Committee at the time the Award is granted, the Award shall be null and void. At the discretion of the Committee, Shares issued in connection with a Restricted Stock Award shall be deposited together with the stock powers with an escrow agent (which may be the Company) designated by the Committee. Unless the Committee determines otherwise and as set forth in the Agreement, upon delivery of the Shares to the escrow agent, the Grantee shall have all of the rights of a stockholder with respect to such Shares, including the right to vote the Shares and to receive all dividends or other distributions paid or made with respect to the Shares (other than Retained Distributions). The Company shall retain custody of all Retained Distributions made or declared with respect to the Restricted Stock and such Retained Distributions shall be subject to the same restrictions on terms and conditions as are applicable to the Restricted Stock.

 

9.3 Non-transferability. Until all restrictions upon the Shares of Restricted Stock awarded to a Grantee shall have lapsed in the manner set forth in Section 9.4, such Shares and Retained Distribution shall not be sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of and shall not be pledged or otherwise hypothecated.

 

9.4 Lapse of Restrictions.

 

(a) Generally. Restrictions upon Shares of Restricted Stock awarded hereunder shall lapse at such time or times and on such terms and conditions as the Committee may determine (the “Restricted Period”). The Agreement evidencing the Award shall set forth any such restrictions.

 

(b) Effect of Change in Control. Unless the Committee shall determine otherwise at the time of the grant of an Award of Restricted Stock, the restrictions upon Shares of Restricted Stock shall lapse upon a Change in Control. The Agreement evidencing the Award shall set forth any such provisions.

 

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declared or paid on such Shares by the Company shall be (a) deferred until the lapsing of the restrictions imposed upon such Shares and (b) held by the Company for the account of the Grantee until such time. In the event that dividends are to be deferred, the Committee shall determine whether such dividends are to be reinvested in Shares (which shall be held as additional Shares of Restricted Stock) or held in cash. If deferred dividends are to be held in cash, there may be credited at the end of each year (or portion thereof) interest on the amount of the account at the beginning of the year at a rate per annum as the Committee, in its discretion, may determine. Payment of deferred dividends in respect of Shares of Restricted Stock (whether held in cash or as additional Shares of Restricted Stock), together with interest accrued thereon, if any, shall be made upon the lapsing of restrictions imposed on the Shares in respect of which the deferred dividends were paid, and any dividends deferred (together with any interest accrued thereon) in respect of any Shares of Restricted Stock shall be forfeited upon the forfeiture of such Shares.

 

9.6 Delivery of Shares. Upon the lapse of the restrictions on Shares of Restricted Stock, the Committee shall cause a stock certificate to be delivered to the Grantee with respect to such Shares, free of all restrictions hereunder.

 

10. Restricted Stock Units.

 

10.1 Grant. The Committee may grant Awards of Restricted Stock Units to Eligible Individuals, which shall be evidenced by an Agreement between the Company and the Grantee. Each Agreement shall contain such restrictions, terms and conditions as the Committee may, in its discretion, determine, subject to the terms and provisions set forth below in this Section 10.

 

10.2 Rights of Grantees. Until all restrictions upon the Restricted Stock Units awarded to a Grantee shall have lapsed in the manner set forth in Section 10.5, the Grantee shall not be a shareholder of the Company, nor have any of the rights or privileges of a shareholder of the Company, including, without limitation, rights to receive dividends and voting rights.

 

10.3 Restricted Stock Unit Account. The Company shall establish and maintain a separate account (“Restricted Stock Unit Account”) for each Grantee who has received a grant of Restricted Stock Units, and such account shall be credited for the number of Restricted Stock Units granted to such Grantee. Unless otherwise provided in an applicable Restricted Stock Unit Agreement, a Grantee’s Restricted Stock Unit Account shall be credited for any securities or other property (including regular cash dividends) distributed by the Company in respect of its Shares. Any such property shall be subject to the same vesting schedule as the Restricted Stock Units to which they relate.

 

10.4 Non-transferability. Until all restrictions upon the Restricted Stock Units awarded to a Grantee shall have lapsed in the manner set forth in Section 10.5, such Restricted Stock Units and any related securities, cash dividends or other property credited to a Restricted Stock Unit Account shall not be sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of and shall not be pledged or otherwise hypothecated.

 

10.5 Vesting.

 

(a) Generally. Restricted Stock Units awarded hereunder and any related securities, cash dividends or other property credited to the Restricted Stock Unit Account shall vest at such time or times and on such terms and conditions as the Committee may determine. The Agreement evidencing the Award of Restricted Stock Units shall set forth any such terms and conditions.

 

(b) Effect of Change in Control. Unless the Committee shall determine otherwise at the time of the grant of an Award of Restricted Stock Units, the Restricted Stock Units and any related securities, cash dividends or other property credited to the Restricted Stock Unit Account shall vest upon a Change in Control. The Agreement evidencing the Award of Restricted Stock Units shall set forth any such provisions.

 

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10.6 Payment or Delivery of Shares and Other Property. As soon as practicable after each vesting date of an Award of Restricted Stock Units, payment shall be made in Shares or in cash or in a combination thereof (based upon the Fair Market Value of the Shares on the day all restrictions lapse), as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion. If payment is made in Shares, the Committee shall cause a stock certificate to be delivered to the Grantee with respect to such Shares free of all restrictions hereunder. Any securities, cash dividends or other property credited to a Restricted Stock Unit Account other than Restricted Stock Units shall be paid in kind, or, in the discretion of the Committee, in cash.

 

11. Performance Awards.

 

11.1 Performance Units. The Committee, in its discretion, may grant Awards of Performance Units to Eligible Individuals, the terms and conditions of which shall be set forth in an Agreement between the Company and the Grantee. Performance Units may be denominated in Shares or a specified dollar amount and, contingent upon the attainment of specified Performance Objectives within the Performance Cycle, represent the right to receive payment as provided in Section 11.3(c) of (i) in the case of Share-denominated Performance Units, the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date the Performance Unit was granted, the date the Performance Unit became vested or any other date specified by the Committee, (ii) in the case of dollar-denominated Performance Units, the specified dollar amount or (iii) a percentage (which may be more than 100%) of the amount described in clause (i) or (ii) depending on the level of Performance Objective attainment; provided, however, that, the Committee may at the time a Performance Unit is granted specify a maximum amount payable in respect of a vested Performance Unit. Each Agreement shall specify the number of Performance Units to which it relates, the Performance Objectives which must be satisfied in order for the Performance Units to vest and the Performance Cycle within which such Performance Objectives must be satisfied.

 

(a) Vesting and Forfeiture. Subject to Sections 11.3(c) and 11.4, a Grantee shall become vested with respect to the Performance Units to the extent that the Performance Objectives set forth in the Agreement are satisfied for the Performance Cycle.

 

(b) Payment of Awards. Subject to Section 11.3(c), payment to Grantees in respect of vested Performance Units shall be made as soon as practicable after the last day of the Performance Cycle to which such Award relates unless the Agreement evidencing the Award provides for the deferral of payment, in which event the terms and conditions of the deferral shall be set forth in the Agreement. Subject to Section 11.4, such payments may be made entirely in Shares valued at their Fair Market Value, entirely in cash, or in such combination of Shares and cash as the Committee in its discretion shall determine at any time prior to such payment; provided, however, that if the Committee in its discretion determines to make such payment entirely or partially in Shares of Restricted Stock, the Committee must determine the extent to which such payment will be in Shares of Restricted Stock and the terms of such Restricted Stock at the time the Award is granted.

 

11.2 Performance Shares. The Committee, in its discretion, may grant Awards of Performance Shares to Eligible Individuals, the terms and conditions of which shall be set forth in an Agreement between the Company and the Grantee. Each Agreement may require that an appropriate legend be placed on Share certificates. Awards of Performance Shares shall be subject to the following terms and provisions:

 

(a) Rights of Grantee. The Committee shall provide at the time an Award of Performance Shares is made the time or times at which the actual Shares represented by such Award shall be issued in the name of the Grantee; provided, however, that no Performance Shares shall be issued until the Grantee has executed an Agreement evidencing the Award, the appropriate blank stock powers and, in the discretion of the Committee, an escrow agreement and any other documents which the Committee may require as a condition to the issuance of such Performance Shares. If a Grantee shall fail to execute the Agreement evidencing an Award of Performance Shares, the appropriate blank stock powers and, in the discretion of the Committee, an escrow agreement and any other documents which the Committee may require within the time period prescribed by the Committee at the time the Award is granted, the Award shall be null and void. At the

 

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discretion of the Committee, Shares issued in connection with an Award of Performance Shares shall be deposited together with the stock powers with an escrow agent (which may be the Company) designated by the Committee. Except as restricted by the terms of the Agreement, upon delivery of the Shares to the escrow agent, the Grantee shall have, in the discretion of the Committee, all of the rights of a stockholder with respect to such Shares, including the right to vote the Shares and to receive all dividends or other distributions paid or made with respect to the Shares.

 

(b) Non-transferability. Until any restrictions upon the Performance Shares awarded to a Grantee shall have lapsed in the manner set forth in Sections 11.2(c) or 11.4, such Performance Shares shall not be sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of and shall not be pledged or otherwise hypothecated, nor shall they be delivered to the Grantee. The Committee may also impose such other restrictions and conditions on the Performance Shares, if any, as it deems appropriate.

 

(c) Lapse of Restrictions. Subject to Sections 11.3(c) and 11.4, restrictions upon Performance Shares awarded hereunder shall lapse and such Performance Shares shall become vested at such time or times and on such terms, conditions and satisfaction of Performance Objectives as the Committee may, in its discretion, determine at the time an Award is granted.

 

(d) Treatment of Dividends. At the time the Award of Performance Shares is granted, the Committee may, in its discretion, determine that the payment to the Grantee of dividends, or a specified portion thereof, declared or paid on Shares represented by such Award which have been issued by the Company to the Grantee shall be (i) deferred until the lapsing of the restrictions imposed upon such Performance Shares and (ii) held by the Company for the account of the Grantee until such time. In the event that dividends are to be deferred, the Committee shall determine whether such dividends are to be reinvested in shares of Stock (which shall be held as additional Performance Shares) or held in cash. If deferred dividends are to be held in cash, there may be credited at the end of each year (or portion thereof) interest on the amount of the account at the beginning of the year at a rate per annum as the Committee, in its discretion, may determine. Payment of deferred dividends in respect of Performance Shares (whether held in cash or in additional Performance Shares), together with interest accrued thereon, if any, shall be made upon the lapsing of restrictions imposed on the Performance Shares in respect of which the deferred dividends were paid, and any dividends deferred (together with any interest accrued thereon) in respect of any Performance Shares shall be forfeited upon the forfeiture of such Performance Shares.

 

(e) Delivery of Shares. Upon the lapse of the restrictions on Performance Shares awarded hereunder, the Committee shall cause a stock certificate to be delivered to the Grantee with respect to such Shares, free of all restrictions hereunder.

 

11.3 Performance Objectives.

 

(a) Establishment. Performance Objectives for Performance Awards may be expressed in terms of (i) revenue, (ii) net income, (iii) operating income; (iv) earnings per Share, (v) Share price, (vi) pre-tax profits, (vii) net earnings, (viii) return on equity or assets, (ix) sales, (x) market share, (xi) total Shareholder return, (xii) total Shareholder return relative to peers or (xiii) any combination of the foregoing. Performance Objectives may be in respect of the performance of the Company, any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, any of its Divisions or segments or any combination thereof. Performance Objectives may be absolute or relative (to prior performance of the Company or to the performance of one or more other entities or external indices) and may be expressed in terms of a progression within a specified range. The Performance Objectives with respect to a Performance Cycle shall be established in writing by the Committee by the earlier of (x) the date on which a quarter of the Performance Cycle has elapsed or (y) the date which is ninety (90) days after the commencement of the Performance Cycle, and in any event while the performance relating to the Performance Objectives remain substantially uncertain.

 

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Compensation, the Committee may provide for the manner in which performance will be measured against the Performance Objectives (or may adjust the Performance Objectives), include or exclude items to measure specific objectives, such as losses from discontinued operations, extraordinary, unusual or nonrecurring gains and losses, the cumulative effect of accounting changes, acquisitions or divestitures or other corporate transactions, core process redesigns, structural changes/outsourcing, and foreign exchange impacts.

 

(c) Determination of Performance. Prior to the vesting, payment, settlement or lapsing of any restrictions with respect to any Performance Award that is intended to constitute Performance-Based Compensation made to a Grantee who is subject to Section 162(m) of the Code, the Committee shall certify in writing that the applicable Performance Objectives have been satisfied to the extent necessary for such Award to qualify as Performance Based Compensation.

 

11.4 Effect of Change in Control. In the event of a Change in Control, unless otherwise determined by the Committee and set forth in the Agreement evidencing the Award:

 

(a) With respect to Performance Units, the Grantee shall (i) become vested in all outstanding of the Performance Units as if all Performance Objectives had been satisfied at the maximum level and (ii) be entitled to receive in respect of all Performance Units which become vested as a result of a Change in Control a cash payment within ten (10) days after such Change in Control.

 

(b) With respect to Performance Shares, all restrictions shall lapse immediately on all outstanding Performance Shares as if all Performance Objectives had been satisfied at the maximum level.

 

(c) The Agreements evidencing Performance Shares and Performance Units shall provide for the treatment of such Awards (or portions thereof), if any, which do not become vested as the result of a Change in Control, including, but not limited to, provisions for the adjustment of applicable Performance Objectives.

 

11.5 Non-transferability. Until the vesting of Performance Units or the lapsing of any restrictions on Performance Shares, as the case may be, such Performance Units or Performance Shares shall not be sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of and shall not be pledged or otherwise hypothecated.

 

12. Other Share Based Awards.

 

The Committee may grant a Share Award to any Eligible Individual on such terms and conditions as the Committee may determine in its sole discretion. Share Awards may be made as additional compensation for services rendered by the Eligible Individual or may be in lieu of cash or other compensation to which the Eligible Individual is entitled from the Company.

 

13. Effect of a Termination of Employment.

 

Unless set forth in this Plan, the Agreement evidencing the grant of each Option and each Award shall set forth the terms and conditions applicable to such Option or Award upon a termination or change in the status of the employment or other service of the Optionee or Grantee by the Company, or a Subsidiary, Affiliate or Division (including a termination or change by reason of the sale of a Subsidiary, Affiliate or Division), which shall be as the Committee may, in its discretion, determine at the time the Option or Award is granted or thereafter. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the terms of any employment agreement require that Options or Awards granted to an individual receive a specific treatment upon termination of employment, such terms shall be deemed to have been included in the Optionee’s or Grantee’s Agreement evidencing the Option or Award as of the date of grant of such Option or Award provided that such terms do not conflict with any of the terms of the Plan.

 

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14. Adjustment Upon Changes in Capitalization.

 

(a) In the event of a Change in Capitalization, the Committee shall conclusively determine the appropriate adjustments, if any, to (i) the maximum number, exercise price and class of Shares or other stock or securities with respect to which Options or Awards may be granted under the Plan, (ii) the maximum number, exercise price and class of Shares or other stock or securities that may be issued upon exercise of Incentive Stock Options, (iii) the maximum number, exercise price and class of Shares or other stock or securities with respect to which Options or Awards may be granted to any Eligible Individual in any one calendar year period, (iv) the number, exercise price and class of Shares or other stock or securities which are subject to outstanding Options or Awards granted under the Plan and (v) the Performance Objectives. As appropriate, such adjustment may include substituting stock or securities of another Company for the Shares covered by the original Option or Award.

 

(b) Any such adjustment in the Shares or other stock or securities subject to: (i) outstanding Options or Awards that are intended to qualify as Performance-Based Compensation shall be made in such a manner as not to adversely affect the treatment of the Options or Awards as Performance-Based Compensation, or (ii) outstanding Incentive Stock Options (including any adjustments in the exercise price) shall be made, to the extent possible, in such manner as not to constitute a modification as defined by Section 424(h)(3) of the Code and as permitted by Sections 422 and 424 of the Code.

 

(c) If, by reason of a Change in Capitalization, a Grantee of an Award shall be entitled to, or an Optionee shall be entitled to exercise an Option with respect to, new, additional or different shares of stock or securities of the Company or any other corporation, such new, additional or different shares shall thereupon be subject to all of the conditions, restrictions and performance criteria which were applicable to the Shares subject to the Award or Option, as the case may be, prior to such Change in Capitalization.

 

15. Effect of Certain Transactions.

 

Subject to Sections 7.4, 8.7, 9.4(b), 10.5(b) and 11.4 or as otherwise provided in an Agreement, in the event of (a) the liquidation or dissolution of the Company or (b) a merger or consolidation of the Company (a “Transaction”), the Plan and the Options and Awards issued hereunder shall continue in effect in accordance with their respective terms, except that following a Transaction either (i) each outstanding Option or Award shall be treated as provided for in the agreement entered into in connection with the Transaction or (ii) if not so provided in such agreement, each Optionee and Grantee shall be entitled to receive in respect of each Share subject to any outstanding Options or Awards, as the case may be, upon exercise of any Option or payment or transfer in respect of any Award, the same number and kind of stock, securities, cash, property or other consideration that each holder of a Share was entitled to receive in the Transaction in respect of a Share; provided, however, that such stock, securities, cash, property, or other consideration shall remain subject to all of the conditions, restrictions and performance criteria which were applicable to the Options and Awards prior to such Transaction. The treatment of any Option or Award as provided in this Section 15 shall be conclusively presumed to be appropriate for purposes of Section 11.

 

16. Interpretation.

 

Following the required registration of any equity security of the Company pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act:

 

(a) The Plan is intended to comply with Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act and the Committee shall interpret and administer the provisions of the Plan or any Agreement in a manner consistent therewith. Any provisions inconsistent with such Rule shall be inoperative and shall not affect the validity of the Plan.

 

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to exercise any discretion otherwise authorized hereunder with respect to such Options or Awards if the ability to exercise such discretion or the exercise of such discretion itself would cause the compensation attributable to such Options or Awards to fail to qualify as Performance-Based Compensation.

 

17. Termination and Amendment of the Plan or Modification of Options and Awards.

 

The Plan shall terminate on the day preceding the tenth anniversary of the date of its adoption by the Board and no Option or Award may be granted thereafter. The Board may sooner terminate the Plan and the Board may at any time and from time to time amend, modify or suspend the Plan or any Agreement hereunder; provided, however, that:

 

(a) no such amendment, modification, suspension or termination shall: (i) impair or adversely alter any Options or Awards theretofore granted under the Plan, except with the consent of the Optionee or Grantee (unless expressly provided for and only to the extent provided for in Sections 7.4, 8.7, 14(b)(ii), or 15, (ii) deprive any Optionee or Grantee of any Shares which he or she may have acquired through or as a result of the Plan, or (iii) constitute a repricing of any Option or substitute a new Option for a previous Option which substitution would constitute a repricing, and

 

(b) to the extent necessary under any applicable law, regulation or exchange requirement, no amendment shall be effective unless approved by the stockholders of the Company in accordance with applicable law, regulation or exchange requirement.

 

18. Non-Exclusivity of the Plan.

 

The adoption of the Plan by the Board shall not be construed as amending, modifying or rescinding any previously approved incentive arrangement or as creating any limitations on the power of the Board to adopt such other incentive arrangements as it may deem desirable, including, without limitation, the granting of stock options otherwise than under the Plan, and such arrangements may be either applicable generally or only in specific cases.

 

19. Limitation of Liability.

 

As illustrative of the limitations of liability of the Company, but not intended to be exhaustive thereof, nothing in the Plan shall be construed to:

 

(a) give any person any right to be granted an Option or Award other than at the sole discretion of the Committee;

 

(b) give any person any rights whatsoever with respect to Shares except as specifically provided in the Plan;

 

(c) limit in any way the right of the Company or any Subsidiary or Affiliate to terminate the employment of any person at any time; or

 

(d) be evidence of any agreement or understanding, expressed or implied, that the Company will employ any person at any particular rate of compensation or for any particular period of time.

 

20. Regulations and Other Approvals; Governing Law.

 

20.1 Except as to matters of federal law, the Plan and the rights of all persons claiming hereunder shall be construed and determined in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware without giving effect to conflicts of laws principles thereof.

 

20.2 The obligation of the Company to sell or deliver Shares with respect to Options and Awards granted under the Plan shall be subject to all applicable laws, rules and regulations, including all applicable federal and state securities laws, and the obtaining of all such approvals by governmental agencies as may be deemed necessary or appropriate by the Committee.

 

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20.3 The Board may make such changes as may be necessary or appropriate to comply with the rules and regulations of any government authority, or to obtain for Eligible Individuals granted Incentive Stock Options the tax benefits under the applicable provisions of the Code and regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

20.4 Each Option and Award is subject to the requirement that, if at any time the Committee determines, in its discretion, that the listing, registration or qualification of Shares issuable pursuant to the Plan is required by any securities exchange or under any state or federal law, or the consent or approval of any governmental regulatory body is necessary or desirable as a condition of, or in connection with, the grant of an Option or Award or the issuance of Shares, no Options or Awards shall be granted or payment made or Shares issued, in whole or in part, unless listing, registration, qualification, consent or approval has been effected or obtained free of any conditions as acceptable to the Committee.

 

20.5 Notwithstanding anything contained in the Plan or any Agreement to the contrary, in the event that the disposition of Shares acquired pursuant to the Plan is not covered by a then current registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and is not otherwise exempt from such registration, such Shares shall be restricted against transfer to the extent required by the Securities Act and Rule 144 or other regulations thereunder. The Committee may require any individual receiving Shares pursuant to an Option or Award granted under the Plan, as a condition precedent to receipt of such Shares, to represent and warrant to the Company in writing that the Shares acquired by such individual are acquired without a view to any distribution thereof and will not be sold or transferred other than pursuant to an effective registration thereof under said Act or pursuant to an exemption applicable under the Securities Act or the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder. The certificates evidencing any of such Shares shall be appropriately amended or have an appropriate legend placed thereon to reflect their status as restricted securities as aforesaid.

 

21. Miscellaneous.

 

21.1 Multiple Agreements. The terms of each Option or Award may differ from other Options or Awards granted under the Plan at the same time, or at some other time. The Committee may also grant more than one Option or Award to a given Eligible Individual during the term of the Plan, either in addition to, or in substitution for, one or more Options or Awards previously granted to that Eligible Individual unless such substitution would constitute a repricing.

 

21.2 Withholding of Taxes.

 

(a) At such times as an Optionee or Grantee recognizes taxable income in connection with the receipt of Shares or cash hereunder (a “Taxable Event”), the Optionee or Grantee shall pay to the Company an amount equal to the federal, state and local income taxes and other amounts as may be required by law to be withheld by the Company in connection with the Taxable Event (the “Withholding Taxes”) prior to the issuance, or release from escrow, of such Shares or the payment of such cash. The Company shall have the right to deduct from any payment of cash to an Optionee or Grantee an amount equal to the Withholding Taxes in satisfaction of the obligation to pay Withholding Taxes. The Committee may provide in the Agreement at the time of grant, or at any time thereafter, that the Optionee or Grantee, in satisfaction of the obligation to pay Withholding Taxes to the Company, may elect to have withheld a portion of the Shares then issuable to him or her having an aggregate Fair Market Value equal to the Withholding Taxes.

 

(b) If an Optionee makes a disposition, within the meaning of Section 424(c) of the Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder, of any Share or Shares issued to such Optionee pursuant to the exercise of an Incentive Stock Option within the two-year period commencing on the day after the date of the grant or within the one-year period commencing on the day after the date of transfer of such Share or Shares to the Optionee pursuant to such exercise, the Optionee shall, within ten (10) days of such disposition, notify the Company thereof, by delivery of written notice to the Company at its principal executive office.

 

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21.3 Substitute Options and Awards. The Committee shall have the authority to substitute Options and Awards under this Plan for any options and awards that are transferred to the Company or an Affiliate whether such transfer occurs due to a Change in Control or any other corporate action or transaction that the Committee deems appropriate for such substitution. The number of Shares covered by such substitute Options or Awards shall not reduce the aggregate number of Shares available for grant under the Plan; and shall not be subject to the other limitations set forth in Section 4.1 unless required by applicable law. The date of grant of any replacement Option or Award shall relate back to the initial option or award being assumed or replaced, and service with the acquired business shall constitute service with the Company or its Affiliates the date it was adopted.

 

21.4 Effective Date. The effective date of this Plan shall be the date it was adopted by the Board; provided, however, that any Options or Awards granted hereunder prior to the date that the Company’s stockholders approve the Plan shall be contingent on such approval, and no Incentive Stock Options may be granted hereunder unless approval by the Company’s Stockholders occurs within twelve (12) months of adoption of the Plan by the Board. Unless the Company determines to submit Section 11 of the Plan and the definition of Performance Objectives to the Company’s stockholders at the first stockholder meeting that occurs in the fifth year following the year in which the Plan was last approved by stockholders (or any earlier meeting designated by the Board), in accordance with the requirements of Section 162(m) of the Code, and such stockholder approval is obtained, then no further Performance Awards may be made to Grantees who are subject to Section 162(m) of the Code under Section 11 after the date of such annual meeting, but the remainder of the Plan will continue in effect.

 

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