EX-10.8 2 d415498dex108.htm FORM OF MANAGEMENT INCENTIVE PLAN OF THE COMPANY Form of Management Incentive Plan of the Company

Exhibit 10.8

 

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INDUSTRIES INC.

FISCAL YEAR 20__

MANAGEMENT INCENTIVE PLAN


AEP INDUSTRIES INC.

FISCAL YEAR 20[    ] MANAGEMENT INCENTIVE PLAN

ADMINISTRATION

The Fiscal Year 20    Management Incentive Plan (the “MIP” or “Plan”) will be administered by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Compensation Committee); provided, that, the Compensation Committee may delegate any of the foregoing powers to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Company or the Board of Directors, if (i) such delegation would not limit the deductibility of Plan awards under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or any successor law (“Section 162(m)”) or (ii) the Compensation Committee determines it is in the best interests of the Company not to comply with the performance-based exception specified in Section 162(m) (the Compensation Committee, together with the CEO, CFO or Board to the extent delegated such powers pursuant to this section, the “Administrator”).

The awards payable under this Plan are intended to qualify as “performance based compensation” within the meaning of Section 162(m), so that the Company’s payment of awards under the Plan are tax deductible.

Subject to the terms of the Plan, applicable law and the listing standards of the Nasdaq Global Stock Market (or other national securities exchange, as applicable), the Administrator is authorized to interpret the Plan, to make, amend and rescind any rules and regulations relating to the Plan and to make all other determinations necessary or advisable for the Plan’s administration, including, without limitation in order to comply with the performance-based exception of Section 162(m). Interpretation and construction of any provision of the Plan by the Administrator will be final and conclusive.

PLAN OVERVIEW

Each participant will have a target incentive opportunity, stated as a percentage of salary (a “bonus target”). An earned bonus will be 0% to 200% of the individual’s bonus target based on MIP Adjusted EBITDA compared to the MIP Earnings Target.

The performance goal for each participant is dependent upon job classification, with the intent to capture that portion of the Company’s business the performance of which a participant can reasonably influence. Certain executive officers will have a performance goal related to the Company as a whole, while other participants will have a performance goal related to various segments or divisions of the Company’s operations.

 

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MIP EARNINGS TARGET AND MIP ADJUSTED EBITDA DEFINED

The MIP Earnings Target is based upon budgeted MIP Adjusted EBITDA, plus an additional dollar amount (recommended by management based on subjective factors) to further motivate MIP participants.

MIP Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, discontinued operations, non-core business operating income, annual change in LIFO reserve, gain or loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment, non-operating income (expense) and share-based compensation expense, all as adjusted to remove foreign exchange effect.

CALCULATION PROCEDURES FOR MIP ADJUSTED EBITDA

The following procedures will be utilized in calculating MIP Adjusted EBTIDA:

 

   

Extraordinary items outside the ordinary course of business, such as a gain (provision) for the sale or acquisition of assets or a business, will be excluded from MIP Adjusted EBITDA to the extent not included in budgeted MIP Adjusted EBITDA; provided, however, the Committee may elect to include extraordinary items to the extent of cash received. Exclusions will be approved as of a reasonable date following the occurrence of such matter.

 

   

Amounts will be calculated in the business unit’s primary currency. In cases where “currency exchange rates” have an impact on business unit earnings, the exchange rate used to calculate budgeted MIP Adjusted EBITDA will be used to calculate MIP Adjusted EBITDA in order to eliminate the effect of currency exchange rate variations.

 

   

Accounting policy changes required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or the U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board that are approved following the approval of budgeted MIP Adjusted EBITDA will not be utilized to calculate MIP Adjusted EBITDA. Exclusions will be approved as of a reasonable date following the occurrence of such change.

 

   

Inter-unit management fees in effect on the date the MIP Earnings Target is approved by the Administrator will be included in MIP Adjusted EBTIDA.

 

   

Inter-unit royalty fees in effect on the date the MIP Earnings Target is approved by the Administrator will be excluded from MIP Adjusted EBTIDA.

 

   

Vendor pricing credits will be included in MIP Adjusted EBITDA in the fiscal year in which credits are earned, provided that the Company provides the Committee with sufficient and quantifiable support relating to such credit amounts if such credits are not included in the fiscal year-end financial statements. Any vendor pricing credits included in MIP Adjusted EBITDA for a fiscal year will be excluded from MIP Adjusted EBITDA in the following fiscal year.

 

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EARNED BONUS DETERMINATION

An earned bonus will be 0% to 200% of the individual’s bonus target based on MIP Adjusted EBITDA compared to the MIP Earnings Target, as shown below:

 

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The bonus target is earned for achieving 100% of the applicable MIP Earnings Target.

 

   

No bonus is earned for achieving less than 80% of the applicable MIP Earnings Target.

 

   

50% of the bonus target is earned for achieving 80% of the applicable MIP Earnings Target.

 

   

The maximum of 200% of the bonus target is earned for achieving 120% or more of the applicable MIP Earnings Target.

 

   

There is a linear increase in the earned bonus from threshold to budget and from budget to maximum, each based on the above graph.

 

   

Performance will be treated on an absolute basis (i.e., if the applicable MIP Earnings Target is a loss of $100, then MIP Adjusted EBITDA of a loss of $90 would be deemed the achievement of 110% of MIP Earnings Target).

 

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The following sets forth a sample calculation if a participant has a salary of $70,000 and a bonus target of 20%, and the MIP Adjusted EBITDA is 110% of the MIP Earnings Target:

 

Salary

   $ 70,000   

Bonus Target

     20%, or $14,000   

MIP Adjusted EBITDA as a % of MIP Earnings Target

     110

% of Bonus Target Earned

     150

Earned Bonus in $

   $ 21,000   
  

 

 

 

The maximum amount payable to any participant with respect to an award under the Plan in any fiscal year is $4,000,000.

NO SEPARATE INCENTIVE COMPONENTS FOR PARTICIPANTS

In your prior employment or otherwise, you may have participated in an incentive program that included other subjective or critical performance measures such as:

 

•   Market Share

  

•   Sale of assets at an attractive price

•   Number or type of customers

  

•   Health and safety improvements

•   Quality

  

•   New sales/promotion tracking system

•   Customer satisfaction

  

•   New financial control system

•   New product introduction

  

•   Improved distribution system

AEP believes that everyone in the Company should be motivated to perform in the best interests of the Company and that additional, subjective performance measures are not necessary or appropriate for MIP purposes.

However, officers of the Company and the Administrator are authorized under the Plan to reduce the earned bonus of any individual within a business unit whose activities during the period has been counterproductive to the efforts of the business unit or who has not, for other reasons, added to the profit making goals of this Plan.

If you have any questions concerning this Plan, contact your manager or your Human Resources Manager.

 

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ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINES

1. Base Salary for Bonus Calculations. A participant’s annual Base Salary in effect for fiscal 20    , as reflected in the Company’s payroll records on October 31, 20    will be used to calculate the earned bonus. For purposes of clarity, no changes in annual Base Salary for fiscal 20    , whether implemented on or prior to October 31, 20    , will be used to calculate the earned bonus.

2. Eligibility. Except as specified in paragraph 5 below, a participant must be an active employee as of October 31, 20    (or a participant who voluntarily terminates employment must be an active employee on the bonus payout date) to be eligible to receive payment for an earned bonus under the Plan.

3. Pro Rata Bonus Eligibility. Eligibility for a pro rata bonus is detailed in paragraphs 4, 5, and 6 below. A pro rata bonus will apply changes in bonus targets and changes in performance goals on a pro rata basis. A pro rata bonus will be earned only for all or none of a fiscal quarter. Further, a pro rata bonus will be earned only if the applicable performance goal is satisfied for the applicable fiscal year.

4. New Hires, Transfers or Promotions During the Plan Period. For all pro rata matters in this paragraph, (i) effective dates as of the first through the fifteenth of the first month in the fiscal quarter will result in the participant being eligible for the Plan for the full fiscal quarter and (ii) effective dates on or after the sixteenth day of the first month in the fiscal quarter will result in the participant being eligible for the Plan in the next full fiscal quarter.

For New Hires or participants added to the Plan in the first through third fiscal quarters, the effective date will be the date of hire. Fourth fiscal quarter New Hires are not eligible to be a participant in the Plan. For Promotions and Transfers, the effective date will be the date of promotion or transfer.

5. Termination During the Plan Period. If a participant’s employment is terminated due to a Voluntary Termination, no bonus will be earned by or paid to the participant.

If a participant’s employment is terminated due to an Involuntary Termination due to unsatisfactory performance or cause (as determined by officers of the Company or the Administrator), no bonus will be earned by or paid to the participant. For purposes of this Plan, “cause” for termination includes achieving business results at the expense of violations of laws, regulations or Company policies and procedures.

If a participant’s employment is terminated due to an Involuntary Termination due to job elimination or reorganization (as determined by officers of the Company or the Administrator), the bonus will be earned and paid on a pro rata basis. If the termination date is on or prior to the fifteenth of the last month in the fiscal quarter, the participant’s bonus will exclude such fiscal quarter. If the termination date is on the sixteenth through the last day of the last month of the fiscal quarter, the participant’s bonus will include such fiscal quarter. Bonus payments for such terminated employees will be made approximately at the same time as they are made to other Plan participants who continue to work for the Company through the end of the fiscal year.

 

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6. Death or Disability During the Plan Period. If a participant’s employment is terminated due to death, the bonus will be earned and paid (to the estate of the participant) on a pro rata basis. If the termination date is on or prior to the fifteenth of the last month in the fiscal quarter, the participant’s bonus will exclude such fiscal quarter. If the termination date is on the sixteenth through the last day of the last month of the fiscal quarter, the participant’s bonus will include such fiscal quarter. Bonus payments will be made approximately at the same time as they are made to other Plan participants who continue to work for the Company through the end of the fiscal year.

A participant’s disability of 30 calendar days or less will not have an impact on the participant’s eligibility to earn a bonus under the Plan.

If a participant’s disability lasts more than 30 calendar days, then a bonus may be earned only for fiscal quarters in which the participant works more than 60 calendar days.

7. Adding Participants to the Plan. New participants may be added to this Plan during the fiscal year as recommended by the appropriate Vice President/Group Manager and with the approval of the CEO and/or CFO (although new officers of the Company may only be added to this Plan by the Administrator). The criteria for participation will be based on both similar job classification as the list of current participants in this Plan and a responsibility level commensurate with the participant’s ability to influence goal outcomes. Approval will be required for both the addition of a participant to the Plan and the proposed participant’s bonus target.

8. Timing of Payments. Financial results will need to be finalized as appropriate by the Company’s Vice President, Controller (or other person having similar responsibilities) and the independent auditors before bonuses can be calculated and paid. Further, no payments will be made unless and until the Administrator certifies in writing or resolves to approve payments generally in accordance with the Plan.

Earned bonuses will be paid in local currency as soon as possible after the end of fiscal 20    , but no later than January 15, 20    .

9. All Plan Payments Subject to Discretion. Notwithstanding the attainment of financial results, all earned bonuses under the Plan are subject to reduction or elimination by the Administrator. For example, a reduction in any and all earned bonuses may be made if earnings are achieved in ways that are considered undesirable (such as reducing budgeted advertising expenditures to the detriment of the business); see also, “—No Separate Incentive Components for Participants.”

 

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