EX-10.(X) 6 f06409exv10wxxy.htm EXHIBIT 10.(X) exv10wxxy

Exhibit 10(x)


(Includes Amendments through February 22, 2005)


     The Wells Fargo & Company PartnerShares Stock Option Plan is intended to enhance the profitability and value of the Company by providing performance-based incentives and additional equity ownership opportunities to Eligible Employees of the Company and its Affiliates.


     2.1 General Definitions. As used herein, the following capitalized terms have the following respective meanings.

  (a)   “Affiliate” means any corporation or limited liability company, a majority of the voting stock or membership interest of which is directly or indirectly owned by the Company, and any partnership or joint venture designated by the Committee in which any such corporation or limited liability company is a partner or joint venturer.
  (b)   “Award” means any Option and any Stock Right granted to an Eligible Employee pursuant to Section 6.1 of the Plan, including all rights and interests that arise out of or are otherwise related to such Option or Stock Right.
  (c)   “Award Notice” means the document or other communication provided to or otherwise made available to a Participant which describes the Award granted to the Participant and sets forth the terms, conditions and restrictions specific to the Award.
  (d)   “Board” means the Company’s board of directors.
  (e)   “Committee” means any PartnerShares Committee or PartnerShares Committees, each consisting of one or more members of the Board, as designated from time to time by the Board to administer the Plan.
  (f)   “Common Stock” means the Company’s common stock, par value $1-2/3 per share.
  (g)   “Company” means Wells Fargo & Company.



  (h)   “Disability” means a disability that (i) the Company determines, based on medical evidence satisfactory to the Company, that the Participant has become unable due to injury or illness to perform the duties of any occupation for which the Participant is qualified and such condition is expected to last for at least 12 months or to result in death, (ii) results in the Participant becoming eligible for Social Security disability benefits, or (iii) would entitle a Participant to receive a disability benefit under any long-term disability plan maintained by the Company or an Affiliate, as from time to time in effect, whether or not the Participant is then participating in such plan. The determination of whether a Participant has satisfied the definition of Disability will not be made until the Participant incurs a termination of employment.
  (i)   “Eligible Employee” means, unless otherwise provided herein, any employee of the Company or an Affiliate other than (i) an employee who is subject to Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended from time to time, (ii) a leased employee, (iii) any person classified by the Company or an Affiliate as an independent contractor as of the date of an Award regardless of whether the person is subsequently determined by any court or governmental agency to then have been an employee, and (iv) any other employees excluded by the Committee in its discretion. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the definition of Eligible Employee in effect at the time of any prior Award shall apply to that Award. If a Participant’s employer ceases to be an Affiliate, the Participant shall thereupon cease to be an Eligible Employee and a Participant.
  (j)   “Fair Market Value” as of any date means the immediately preceding trading day’s New York Stock Exchange-only closing price of a share of Common Stock.
  (k)   “Option” means an option granted under the Plan to purchase shares of Common Stock and having such terms, conditions and restrictions as the Committee determines.
  (l)   “Participant” means an Eligible Employee who is granted an Award under the Plan.
  (m)   “Plan” means the Wells Fargo & Company PartnerShares Stock Option Plan, as amended from time to time.
  (n)   “Retirement” means termination of employment after reaching the earlier of (i) age 55 with 10 completed years of service, or (ii) age 65, or (iii) 80 points (with one point credited for each completed age year and one point credited for each completed year of service). For purposes of this definition, a Participant is credited with one year of service after



      completion of each full 12-month period of employment with the Company or an Affiliate as determined by the Company or Affiliate.
  (o)   “Share” means a share of Common Stock.
  (p)   Stock Right” means an award under the Plan of Common Stock or cash measured by the value of Common Stock and in each case subject to such terms, conditions and restrictions as the Committee determines.

     2.2 Other Definitions. Other capitalized terms used herein and not defined above are defined where they first appear.

     2.3 Conflicting Provisions. In the event of any conflict or other inconsistency between the terms of the Plan and the terms of any Award Notice, the terms of the Plan will control.


     3.1 Number of Shares. An aggregate of 54,000,000 Shares (as adjusted to reflect a 1997 stock split, consisting of 14,000,000 Shares authorized on July 23, 1996, 24,000,000 Shares authorized on September 23, 1997, 24,000,000 Shares authorized on November 2, 1998 and 5,000,000 Shares authorized on September 26, 2000, 7,000,000 Shares authorized on February 26, 2002, and reduced by 20,000,000 Shares effective February 22, 2005) are available for Awards and as a basis for calculating Awards under the Plan. Shares issued with respect to Awards may be treasury or new issue Common Stock or a combination of treasury or new issue Common Stock, as the Company determines.

     3.2 Reusage of Shares. Shares identified with Awards that for any reason terminate or expire unexercised will thereafter be available for other Awards under the Plan. Shares used as a basis for calculating cash amounts that are used to pay any portion of the purchase price of an Award or any portion of a Participant’s income tax withholding resulting from an Award, will also thereafter be available for Awards or as a basis for calculating Awards under the Plan.

     3.3 Adjustments. Any change in the number of outstanding shares of Common Stock occurring by reason of a stock split, stock dividend, spin-off, split-up, recapitalization or other similar event will be reflected proportionally in (a) the aggregate number of Shares available for Awards under the Plan as set forth in Section 3.1, (b) the number of Shares identified with Awards then outstanding, and (c) the purchase price and such other terms, as appropriate, of Awards then outstanding. The number of Shares, if any, identified with an Award, after giving effect to any such adjustment, will be rounded down to the nearest whole Share, and the purchase price of each Award, after giving effect to any such adjustment, will be rounded down to the nearest whole cent.




     The Committee will have discretionary authority to select Participants from among Eligible Employees and determine the Award or Awards each Participant will receive. The Award or Awards to each Participant need not be identical. In making such selections and determinations, the Committee will consider such factors as it deems relevant to effect the purpose of the Plan. No Eligible Employee will be entitled to receive any additional Awards or otherwise further participate in the Plan solely because the Eligible Employee was previously granted an Award.


     Subject to the terms of the Plan, the Committee: (a) will have discretionary authority to determine which Eligible Employees will be Participants to whom Awards will be granted, the type and amount of each Award to be granted, the date of issuance and duration of each Award, the purchase price of each Award, and such other Award terms, conditions and restrictions and any subsequent amendments to the terms, conditions and restrictions as the Committee deems advisable; (b) may adopt such rules or guidelines as it deems appropriate to determine Eligible Employees, Participants, the terms of Awards and what other conditions or restrictions should apply to Awards made under the Plan; and (c) shall have the sole authority and responsibility to interpret and construe the terms of the Plan, including but not limited to, the entitlement of employees, Participants and beneficiaries to Options and Shares under the Plan.


     6.1 Types. The Committee may grant Options and Stock Rights under the Plan having such terms, conditions and restrictions as the Committee determines.

     6.2. Price. The Committee will determine the purchase price of each Share subject to an Option, provided that such purchase price will not be less than the Fair Market Value on the date the Option is granted and in any event will not be less than the par value of the Share subject to the Option.

     6.3 Exercise Term. The Committee will determine the term of each Award, provided that (a) no Award will be exercisable after ten years from the date of grant, (b) no Award will be exercisable unless a registration statement for the Shares, if any, underlying the Award is then in effect under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or unless in the opinion of legal counsel registration under such Act is not required, (c) except pursuant to Section 7.3 of the Plan or as determined by the Committee in the case of death, Disability or Retirement pursuant to Section 7.1.1 of the Plan, no Award shall become exercisable within six months after the date of grant, and (d) the Committee may



delay exercise of an Award to the extent the Committee deems it in the best interests of the Company.

     6.4 Payment of Purchase Price. Upon exercise of an Option or Stock Right that requires a payment from the Participant to the Company, the amount due the Company must be paid by cash unless the Committee determines otherwise. The Committee may, either at the time an Option is granted or any time before it is exercised, subject to such limitations as the Committee may determine, authorize payment of the Option purchase price by delivery to the Company of irrevocable instructions to a broker, or some other communication as is authorized by the Company’s Executive Vice President of Human Resources, requiring prompt delivery to the Company of the amount of sale proceeds to pay the Option purchase price and all applicable withholding taxes resulting from the exercise of the Option.

     6.5 Award Notice. Each Award will be evidenced by an Award Notice containing the following: (a) the terms, conditions and restrictions of the Award; (b) if an Option, the purchase price and acceptable methods of payment of the purchase price; (c) the Award’s duration; (d) the effect on the Award of the Participant’s death, Disability, Retirement or other termination of employment; and (c) the restrictions against transfer, if any, on the Award or the Shares subject to the Award. The form of the Award Notice may be different for each Option grant or other Award.

     6.6 Withholding Taxes. The Company and its Affiliates have the right to withhold, at the time any distribution is made under the Plan, whether in cash or in Shares, or at the time any Award is exercised, all amounts necessary to satisfy federal, state and local withholding requirements related to such distribution or exercise. Any required withholding may be satisfied by cash or, if permitted by the Committee, by the Company’s withholding of Shares having a Fair Market Value equal to the amount required to be withheld.


     7.1 Termination of Employment.

          7.1.1 Due to Death, Disability or Retirement. If a Participant ceases to be an Eligible Employee by reason of the Participant’s Disability or Retirement, the Participant’s Awards will be exercisable for such period or periods as the Committee determines. If a Participant ceases to be an Eligible Employee by reason of the Participant’s death, the person or persons surviving at the time of the Participant’s death in the first of the following classes of beneficiaries in which there is a survivor, shall be entitled to exercise the Participant’s Awards for such period or periods as the Committee determines. If a person in the class surviving dies before exercising the Participant’s Awards, that person’s right to receive and exercise the Awards will lapse and the exercise entitlement will be determined as if that person predeceased the Participant.



  (a)   Participant’s surviving spouse;
  (b)   Equally to the Participant’s children, except that if any of the Participant’s children predecease the Participant but leave descendants surviving, such descendants shall take by right of representation the share their parent would have taken if living;
  (c)   Participant’s surviving parents equally;
  (d)   Participant’s surviving brothers and sisters equally; or
  (e)   Representative of the Participant’s estate.

          7.1.2 Other than Due to Death, Disability or Retirement. Except as otherwise determined by the Committee, if a Participant ceases to be an Eligible Employee for any reason other than death, Disability or Retirement, including because the Participant’s employer is no longer an Affiliate, all of the Participant’s Awards will terminate without notice of any kind.

          7.1.3 Intercompany Transfers. Transfers of a Participant’s employment between the Company and an Affiliate or between Affiliates will not by itself constitute termination of the Participant’s Eligible Employee status for purposes of any Award.

     7.2 Nontransferability. Except as otherwise determined by the Committee, (a) an Award may be exercised during a Participant’s lifetime only by the Participant or the Participant’s legal guardian or legal representative, (b) an Award may be exercised after the Participant’s death only as provided in Section 7.1.1 of the Plan, and (c) no Award may be assigned or otherwise transferred by the Participant to whom it was granted.

     7.3 Change in Control. On the date that (a) substantially all of the assets of the Company are acquired by another corporation, (b) there is a reorganization of the Company involving an acquisition of the Company by another entity, or (c) a majority of the Board shall be persons other than persons (i) for whose election proxies shall have been solicited by the Board or (ii) who are then serving as directors appointed by the Board to fill vacancies on the Board caused by death or resignation (but not by removal) or to fill newly-created directorships, then (1) all Options and other Awards that require exercise by Participants and/or payment by Participants to the Company will become immediately exercisable in full and (2) with respect to all other Awards, all conditions or restrictions to the receipt thereof will immediately terminate.

     7.4 No Employment Contract. Neither the adoption of the Plan nor the grant of any Award will (a) confer upon any Eligible Employee any right to continued employment with the Company or any Affiliate or (b) interfere in any way with the right of the Company or any Affiliate to terminate at any time the employment of any Eligible Employee.



     7.5 Amendment or Termination of Plan. The Board or the Human Resources Committee of the Board may at any time terminate, suspend or amend the Plan.

     7.6 Duration of the Plan. The Plan will become effective upon its approval by the Board and, unless earlier terminated, will remain in effect until all Shares available for issuance under the Plan have been issued.

     7.7 Reservation of Board Authority. Any action under the Plan required or permitted to be taken by the Committee may be taken by the Board or any other duly authorized committee of the Board.