EX-99 4 ex99.htm EXHIBIT 99

Exhibit 99

NBT BANCORP INC.

2018 OMNIBUS INCENTIVE PLAN
 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

     
Page
       
1.
PURPOSE
1
2.
DEFINITIONS
1
3.
ADMINISTRATION OF THE PLAN
6
 
3.1
Committee.
6
 
3.2
Board.
7
 
3.3
Terms of Awards.
7
 
3.4
No Repricing Without Stockholder Approval.
8
 
3.5
Deferral Arrangement.
9
 
3.6
No Liability.
9
 
3.7
Share Issuance/Book-Entry.
9
4.
STOCK SUBJECT TO THE PLAN
9
 
4.1
Number of Shares Available for Awards.
9
 
4.2
Adjustments in Authorized Shares.
10
 
4.3
Share Usage.
10
5.
EFFECTIVE DATE, DURATION AND AMENDMENTS
11
 
5.1
Effective Date and Term.
11
 
5.2
Amendment and Termination of the Plan.
11
6.
AWARD ELIGIBILITY AND LIMITATIONS
11
 
6.1
Eligible Grantees.
11
 
6.2
Successive Awards and Substitute Awards.
12
 
6.3
Limitation on Shares of Stock Subject to Awards and Cash Awards.
12
7.
AWARD AGREEMENT
13
8.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF OPTIONS
13
 
8.1
Option Price.
13
 
8.2
Vesting.
13
 
8.3
Term.
13
 
8.4
Termination of Service.
14
 
8.5
Limitations on Exercise of Option.
14
 
8.6
Method of Exercise.
14
 
8.7
Rights of Holders of Options.
14
 
8.8
Delivery of Stock.
14
 
8.9
Transferability of Options.
15
 
8.10
Family Transfers.
15
 
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8.11
Limitations on Incentive Stock Options.
15
 
8.12
Notice of Disqualifying Disposition.
15
9.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHTS
16
 
9.1
Right to Payment and Grant Price.
16
 
9.2
Other Terms.
16
 
9.3
Term.
16
 
9.4
Rights of Holders of SARs.
16
 
9.5
Transferability of SARS.
17
 
9.6
Family Transfers.
17
10.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF RESTRICTED STOCK AND STOCK UNITS
17
 
10.1
Grant of Restricted Stock or Stock Units.
17
 
10.2
Restrictions.
17
 
10.3
Restricted Stock Certificates.
18
 
10.4
Rights of Holders of Restricted Stock.
18
 
10.5
Rights of Holders of Stock Units.
18
 
10.6
Termination of Service.
19
 
10.7
Purchase of Restricted Stock.
19
 
10.8
Delivery of Stock.
19
11.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF UNRESTRICTED STOCK AWARDS
20
12.
FORMS OF PAYMENT FOR OPTIONS AND RESTRICTED STOCK
20
 
12.1
General Rule.
20
 
12.2
Surrender of Shares of Stock.
20
 
12.3
Cashless Exercise.
20
 
12.4
Other Forms of Payment.
20
13.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF DIVIDEND EQUIVALENT RIGHTS
21
 
13.1
Dividend Equivalent Rights.
21
 
13.2
Termination of Service.
21
14.
 
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF PERFORMANCE SHARES, PERFORMANCE AWARDS AND ANNUAL INCENTIVE AWARDS
21
 
14.1
Grant of Performance Shares.
21
 
14.2
Value of Performance Shares.
21
 
14.3
Earning of Performance Shares.
21
 
14.4
Form and Timing of Payment of Performance Shares.
22
 
14.5
Performance Conditions.
22
 
14.6
Evaluation of Performance.
23
15.
PARACHUTE LIMITATIONS
24
16.
REQUIREMENTS OF LAW
25
 
16.1
General.
25
 
16.2
Rule 16b-3.
26
17.
EFFECT OF CHANGES IN CAPITALIZATION
26
 
17.1
Changes in Stock.
26
 
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17.2
Reorganization in Which the Company Is the Surviving Entity Which does not Constitute a Corporate Transaction.
27
 
17.3
Corporate Transaction in which Awards are not Assumed.
27
 
17.4
Corporate Transaction in which Awards are Assumed.
28
 
17.5
Adjustments.
29
 
17.6
No Limitations on Company.
29
18.
GENERAL PROVISIONS
29
 
18.1
Disclaimer of Rights.
29
 
18.2
Nonexclusivity of the Plan.
30
 
18.3
Withholding Taxes.
30
 
18.4
Captions.
31
 
18.5
Other Provisions.
31
 
18.6
Number and Gender.
31
 
18.7
Severability.
31
 
18.8
Governing Law.
31
 
18.9
Section 409A of the Code.
32
 
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NBT BANCORP INC.
 
2018 OMNIBUS INCENTIVE PLAN

NBT Bancorp Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), sets forth herein the terms of its 2018 Omnibus Incentive Plan (the “Plan”), as follows:

1.
PURPOSE
 
The Plan is intended to enhance the Company’s and its Affiliates’ (as defined herein) ability to attract and retain highly qualified officers, directors, key employees, and other persons, and to motivate such persons to serve the Company and its Affiliates and to expend maximum effort to improve the business results and earnings of the Company, by providing to such persons an opportunity to acquire or increase a direct proprietary interest in the operations and future success of the Company. To this end, the Plan provides for the grant of stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, stock units, unrestricted stock, dividend equivalent rights, performance shares and cash awards.  Any of these awards may, but need not, be made as performance incentives to reward attainment of annual or long-term performance goals in accordance with the terms hereof.  Stock options granted under the Plan may be non-qualified stock options or incentive stock options, as provided herein, except that stock options granted to non-employee directors and any consultants or adviser providing services to the Company or an Affiliate shall in all cases be non-qualified stock options.

2.
DEFINITIONS
 
For purposes of interpreting the Plan and related documents (including Award Agreements), the following definitions shall apply:

2.1          “Affiliate” means, with respect to the Company, any company or other trade or business that controls, is controlled by or is under common control with the Company within the meaning of Rule 405 of Regulation C under the Securities Act, including, without limitation, any Subsidiary.  For purposes of granting stock options or stock appreciation rights, an entity may not be considered an Affiliate if it results in noncompliance with Code Section 409A.
 
2.2          “Annual Incentive Award” means a Performance Award which has a Performance Period of up to one year (the Company’s fiscal year, unless otherwise specified by the Committee).
 
2.3          “Award” means a grant of a Stock Option, Stock Appreciation Right, Restricted Stock, Stock Unit, Unrestricted Stock, Dividend Equivalent Rights, Performance Share or cash award under the Plan.
 
2.4          “Award Agreement” means the written agreement between the Company and a Grantee that evidences and sets out the terms and conditions of an Award.
 
2.5          “Benefit Arrangement” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 15 hereof.
 
2.6          “Board” means the Board of Directors of the Company.
 
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2.7          “Cause” means the Grantee’s: (1) personal dishonesty, incompetence (which shall be measured against standards generally prevailing in the financial institutions industry), willful or gross misconduct with respect to the business and affairs of the Company or NBT Bank, National Association (“NBT Bank”), or with respect to any of their affiliates for which Grantee is assigned material responsibilities or duties; (2) willful neglect, failure, or refusal to carry out Grantee’s duties in a reasonable manner after a written demand for substantial performance is delivered to Grantee that specifically identifies the manner in which the Company believes that Grantee has not substantially performed Grantee’s duties and Grantee has not resumed such substantial performance within 21 days of receiving such demand; (3) willful violation of any law, rule, or regulation (other than traffic violations or similar offenses) or the conviction of a felony, whether or not committed in the course of Grantee’s employment with the Company; (4) being a specific subject of a final cease and desist order form, written agreement with, or other order or supervisory direction from, any federal or state regulatory authority; (5) conduct tending to bring the Company, NBT Bank or any of their affiliates into public disgrace or disrepute; or (6) breach of any representation or warranty under Grantee’s employment agreement.
 
2.8          “Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as now in effect or as hereafter amended.
 
2.9          “Committee” means a committee of, and designated from time to time by resolution of, the Board, which shall be constituted as provided in Section 3.1.2.
 
2.10        “Company” means NBT Bancorp Inc.
 
2.11        “Corporate Transaction” means:
 
(i)        Any Person hereafter becomes the “Beneficial Owner” (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of 30 percent or more of the combined voting power of the Company’s voting securities; or
 
(ii)       During any period of two consecutive years, individuals who at the beginning of such period constitute the Board cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority thereof unless the election, or the nomination for election by the Company’s shareholders, of each new director was approved by a vote of at least two-thirds of the directors then still in office who were directors at the beginning of the period; or
 
(iii)      There shall be consummated (a) any transaction which results in any Person owning 50% or more of the combined voting power of the Company’s voting securities (including without limitation a consolidation or merger of the Company in which the Company is not the continuing or surviving corporation or pursuant to which voting securities would be converted into cash, securities, or other property, other than a merger of the Company in which the holders of voting securities immediately prior to the merger have the same proportionate ownership of common stock of the surviving corporation immediately after the merger), or (b) any sale, lease, exchange, or other transfer (in one transaction or a series of related transactions) of all, or substantially all of the assets of the Company, provided that any such consolidation, merger, sale, lease, exchange or other transfer consummated at the insistence of an appropriate banking regulatory agency shall not constitute a change in control of the Company; or
 
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(iv)      Approval by the shareholders of the Company of any plan or proposal for the liquidation or dissolution of the Company.

2.12        “Disability” means a disability by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve (12) months that (a) renders the Grantee unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity or (b) qualifies the Grantee for benefits payable under the Company’s long-term disability plan under which the Grantee is covered.
 
2.13        “Dividend Equivalent Right” means a right, granted to a Grantee under Section 13 hereof, to receive cash, Stock, other Awards or other property equal in value to dividends paid with respect to a specified number of shares of Stock, or other periodic payments.
 
2.14        “Effective Date” means May 22, 2018.
 
2.15        “Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as now in effect or as hereafter amended.
 
2.16          “Fair Market Value” means the value of a share of Stock, determined as follows:  if on the Grant Date or other determination date the Stock is listed on an established national or regional stock exchange, is admitted to quotation on The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. or is publicly traded on an established securities market, the Fair Market Value of a share of Stock shall be the closing price of the Stock on such exchange or in such market on the Grant Date or such other determination date or, if no sale of Stock is reported for such trading day, on the next preceding day on which any sale shall have been reported.
 
2.17          “Family Member” means a person who is a spouse, former spouse, child, stepchild, grandchild, parent, stepparent, grandparent, niece, nephew, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother, sister, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law, including adoptive relationships, of the Grantee, any person sharing the Grantee’s household (other than a tenant or employee), a trust in which any one or more of these persons have more than fifty percent of the beneficial interest, a foundation in which any one or more of these persons (or the Grantee) control the management of assets, and any other entity in which one or more of these persons (or the Grantee) own more than fifty percent of the voting interests.
 
2.18          “Grant Date” means, as determined by the Board, the latest to occur of (i) the date as of which the Board approves an Award, (ii) the date on which the recipient of an Award first becomes eligible to receive an Award under Section 6 hereof, or (iii) such other date as may be specified by the Board.
 
2.19          “Grantee” means a person who receives or holds an Award under the Plan.
 
2.20          “Incentive Stock Option” means an “incentive stock option” within the meaning of Section 422 of the Code, or the corresponding provision of any subsequently enacted tax statute, as amended from time to time.
 
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2.21        Non-Employee Director” shall have the meaning set forth in Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act.
 
2.22        “Non-qualified Stock Option” means an Option that is not an Incentive Stock Option.
 
2.23        “Option” means an option to purchase one or more shares of Stock pursuant to the Plan.
 
2.24        “Option Price” means the exercise price for each share of Stock subject to an Option.
 
2.25        “Other Agreement” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 15 hereof.
 
2.26        “Performance Award” means an Award made subject to the attainment of performance goals (as described in Section 14) over a performance period of up to ten (10) years.
 
2.27        “Performance Measures” means measures as described in Section 14 on which the performance goals related to Performance Awards are based.
 
2.28        “Performance Period” means the period of time during which the performance goals must be met in order to determine the degree of payout and/or vesting with respect to an Award.
 
2.29        “Performance Share” means an Award under Section 14 herein and subject to the terms of this Plan, denominated in Shares, the value of which at the time it is payable is determined as a function of the extent to which corresponding performance criteria have been achieved.
 
2.30        “Person” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act.
 
2.31        “Plan” means this NBT Bancorp Inc. 2018 Omnibus Incentive Plan and all Awards previously granted by the Company.
 
2.32        “Prior Plans” means the NBT Bancorp Inc. 2008 Omnibus Incentive Plan; and the NBT Bancorp Inc. 1993 Stock Option Plan.
 
2.33        “Purchase Price” means the purchase price for each share of Stock pursuant to a grant of Restricted Stock or Unrestricted Stock.
 
2.34        “Reporting Person” means a person who is required to file reports under Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act.
 
2.35        “Restricted Stock” means shares of Stock, awarded to a Grantee pursuant to Section 10 hereof.
 
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2.36        “SAR Exercise Price” means the per share exercise price of a SAR granted to a Grantee under Section 9 hereof.
 
2.37        “Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933, as now in effect or as hereafter amended.
 
2.38        “Service” means service as a Service Provider to the Company or an Affiliate.  Unless otherwise stated in the applicable Award Agreement, a Grantee’s change in position or duties shall not result in interrupted or terminated Service, so long as such Grantee continues to be a Service Provider to the Company or an Affiliate.  Subject to the preceding sentence, whether a termination of Service shall have occurred for purposes of the Plan shall be determined by the Board, which determination shall be final, binding and conclusive.  If a Service Provider’s employment or other Service relationship is with an Affiliate and the applicable entity ceases to be an Affiliate, a termination of Service shall be deemed to have occurred when such entity ceases to be an Affiliate unless the Service Provider transfers his or her employment or other Service relationship to the Company or any other Affiliate.
 
2.39        “Service Provider” means an employee, officer or director of the Company or an Affiliate, or a consultant or adviser (who is a natural person) currently providing services to the Company or an Affiliate.
 
2.40        “Stock” means the common stock, par value $.01 per share, of the Company.
 
2.41        “Stock Appreciation Right” or “SAR” means a right granted to a Grantee under Section 9 hereof.
 
2.42        “Stock Unit” means a bookkeeping entry representing the equivalent of one share of Stock awarded to a Grantee pursuant to Section 10 hereof.
 
2.43        “Subsidiary” means any “subsidiary corporation” of the Company within the meaning of Section 424(f) of the Code.
 
2.44        “Substitute Awards” means Awards granted upon assumption of, or in substitution for, outstanding awards previously granted by a company or other entity acquired by the Company or any Affiliate or with which the Company or any Affiliate combines.
 
2.45        “Ten Percent Stockholder” means an individual who owns more than ten percent (10%) of the total combined voting power of all classes of outstanding stock of the Company, its parent or any of its Subsidiaries.  In determining stock ownership, the attribution rules of Section 424(d) of the Code shall be applied.
 
2.46        “2008 Plan” means the NBT Bancorp Inc. 2008 Omnibus Incentive Plan.
 
2.47        “Unrestricted Stock” means an award pursuant to Section 11 hereof.
 
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3.
ADMINISTRATION OF THE PLAN
 
3.1          Committee.
 
3.1.1      Powers and Authorities
 
The Committee shall administer the Plan and shall have such powers and authorities related to the administration of the Plan as are consistent with the Company’s certificate of incorporation and bylaws and with applicable law, or otherwise provided in any charter of the Committee.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Committee shall have full power and authority to take all actions and to make all determinations required or provided for under the Plan, any Award, or any Award Agreement and shall have full power and authority to take all such other actions and to make all such other determinations not inconsistent with the specific terms and provisions of the Plan which the Committee deems to be necessary or appropriate to the administration of the Plan, any Award, or any Award Agreement.  All such actions and determinations shall be made by (a) the affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Committee present at a meeting at which a quorum is present, or (b) the unanimous consent of the members of the Committee executed in writing or evidenced by electronic transmission in accordance with the Company’s certificate of incorporation and bylaws and applicable law.  Unless otherwise expressly determined by the Board, the Committee shall have the authority to interpret and construe all provisions of the Plan, any Award, and any Award Agreement, and any such interpretation or construction, and any other determination contemplated to be made under the Plan or any Award Agreement, by the Committee shall be final, binding, and conclusive on all Persons, whether or not expressly provided for in any provision of the Plan, such Award, or such Award Agreement.
 
In the event that the Plan, any Award, or any Award Agreement provides for any action to be taken by the Board or any determination to be made by the Board, such action may be taken or such determination may be made by the Committee constituted in accordance with this Section 3.1 if the Board has delegated the power and authority to do so to such Committee.
 
3.1.2      Composition of the Committee. The Committee shall be a committee composed of not fewer than two (2) directors of the Company designated by the Board to administer the Plan.  Each member of the Committee shall be (a) a Non-Employee Director and (b) an independent director in accordance with the rules of any Stock Exchange on which the Stock is listed; provided that any action taken by the Committee shall be valid and effective whether or not members of the Committee at the time of such action are later determined not to have satisfied the requirements for membership set forth in this Section 3.1.2 or otherwise provided in any charter of the Committee.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Committee may be the Compensation and Benefits Committee of the Board or a subcommittee thereof if the Compensation and Benefits Committee of the Board or such subcommittee satisfies the foregoing requirements.
 
3.1.3      Other Committees. The Board also may appoint one or more committees of the Board, each composed of one or more directors of the Company who need not be Non-Employee Directors, which (a) may administer the Plan with respect to Grantees who are not officers or directors of the Company, (b) may grant Awards under the Plan to such Grantees, and (c) may determine all terms of such Awards, in each case, excluding (for the avoidance of doubt) Performance Awards intending to constitute Performance-Based Compensation and subject, if applicable, to the requirements of Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act and the rules of any Stock Exchange or Securities Market on which the Stock is listed or publicly traded.
 
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3.1.4      Delegation by the Committee
 
To the extent permitted by applicable law, the Committee may, by resolution, delegate some or all of its authority with respect to the Plan and Awards to the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and/or any other officer of the Company designated by the Committee, provided that the Committee may not delegate its authority hereunder (a) to make Awards to directors of the Company, (b) to make Awards to Employees who are (i) named executive officers or (ii) officers of the Company who are delegated authority by the Committee pursuant to this Section 3.1.4, or (c) to interpret the Plan, any Award, or any Award Agreement.  Any delegation hereunder will be subject to the restrictions and limits that the Committee specifies at the time of such delegation or thereafter.  Nothing in the Plan will be construed as obligating the Committee to delegate authority to any officer of the Company, and the Committee may at any time rescind the authority delegated to an officer of the Company appointed hereunder and delegate authority to one or more other officers of the Company.  At all times, an officer of the Company delegated authority pursuant to this Section 3.1.4 will serve in such capacity at the pleasure of the Committee.  Any action undertaken by any such officer of the Company in accordance with the Committee’s delegation of authority will have the same force and effect as if undertaken directly by the Committee, and any reference in the Plan to the “Committee” will, to the extent consistent with the terms and limitations of such delegation, be deemed to include a reference to each such officer
 
3.2          Board.
 
The Board, from time to time, may exercise any or all of the powers and authorities related to the administration and implementation of the Plan, as set forth in Section 3.1 and other applicable provisions of the Plan, as the Board shall determine, consistent with the Company’s certificate of incorporation and bylaws and applicable law.

3.3          Terms of Awards.
 
Subject to the other terms and conditions of the Plan, the Committee shall have full and final authority to:
 
(i)            designate Grantees,
 
(ii)           determine the type or types of Awards to be made to a Grantee,
 
(iii)          determine the number of shares of Stock to be subject to an Award or to which an Award relates,
 
(iv)          establish the terms and conditions of each Award (including, but not limited to, the exercise price of any Option, the nature and duration of any restriction or condition (or provision for lapse thereof) relating to the vesting, exercise, transfer, or forfeiture of an Award or the shares of Stock subject thereto, and any terms or conditions that may be necessary to qualify Options as Incentive Stock Options); provided that notwithstanding the foregoing, dividends declared or paid on Awards shall not vest or become payable unless and until the shares underlying the Awards to which the dividends apply become vested and nonforfeitable,
 
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(v)           prescribe the form of each Award Agreement evidencing an Award, and (vi)  subject to the limitation on repricing in Section 3.4, amend, modify, or supplement the terms of any outstanding Award.  Such authority specifically includes the authority, in order to effectuate the purposes of the Plan but without amending the Plan, to modify Awards to eligible individuals who are foreign nationals or are individuals who are employed outside the United States to recognize differences in local law, tax policy, or custom.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, no amendment, modification or supplement of any Award shall, without the consent of the Grantee, impair the Grantee’s rights under such Award.

3.3.1      Forfeiture; Recoupment.
 
(a)           The Committee may reserve the right in an Award Agreement to cause a forfeiture of the gain realized by a Grantee with respect to an Award thereunder on account of actions taken by, or failed to be taken by, such Grantee in violation or breach of, or in conflict with, any (a) employment agreement, (b) non-competition agreement, (c) agreement prohibiting solicitation of Employees or clients of the Company or an Affiliate, (d) confidentiality obligation with respect to the Company or an Affiliate, (e) Company or Affiliate policy or procedure, (f) other agreement, or (g) other obligation of such Grantee to the Company or an Affiliate, as and to the extent specified in such Award Agreement.  If the Grantee of an outstanding Award is an Employee of the Company or an Affiliate and such Grantee’s Service is terminated for Cause, the Committee may annul such Grantee’s outstanding Award as of the date of the Grantee’s termination of Service for Cause.
 
(b)          Any Award granted pursuant to the Plan shall be subject to mandatory repayment by the Grantee to the Company (a) to the extent set forth in this Plan or an Award Agreement or (b) to the extent the Grantee is, or in the future becomes, subject to (1) any Company or Affiliate “clawback” or recoupment policy that is adopted to comply with the requirements of any applicable law, or (2) any applicable laws which impose mandatory recoupment, under circumstances set forth in such applicable laws.
 
3.4          No Repricing Without Stockholder Approval.
 
Except in connection with a corporate transaction involving the Company (including, without limitation, any stock dividend, distribution (whether in the form of cash, shares of Stock, other securities, or other property), stock split, extraordinary dividend, recapitalization, Change in Control, reorganization, merger, consolidation, split-up, spin-off, combination, repurchase or exchange of shares of Stock, or other securities or similar transaction), the Company may not: (a) amend  the terms of outstanding Options or SARs to reduce the Option Price or SAR Exercise Price, as applicable, (b) cancel or assume  outstanding Options or SARs in exchange for or substitution of Options or SARs with an Option Price or SAR Exercise Price, as applicable, that is less than the Option Price or SAR Price, as applicable, of the original Options or SARs; (c) cancel or assume outstanding Options or SARs with an Option Price or SAR Exercise Price, as applicable, above the current Fair Market Value in exchange for cash, Awards, or other securities, in each case, unless such action (i) is subject to and approved by the stockholders of the Company or (ii) would not be deemed to be a repricing under the rules of any Stock Exchange or Securities Market on which the Stock is listed or publicly traded. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company may not cancel outstanding Options or SARs with an Option Price or SAR Exercise Price, as applicable, above the current Fair Market Value in exchange for cash unless such action is subject to and approved by the stockholders of the Company.
 
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3.5          Deferral Arrangement.
 
The Board may permit or require the deferral of any award payment into a deferred compensation arrangement, subject to such rules and procedures as it may establish, which may include provisions for the payment or crediting of interest or Dividend Equivalent Rights, including converting such credits into deferred Stock equivalents and for restricting deferrals to comply with hardship distribution rules affecting tax-qualified retirement plans subject to Code Section 401(k)(2)(B)(IV); provided that no Dividend Equivalent Rights may be granted in connection with, or related to, an Award of Options or SARs.  Any such deferrals shall be made in a manner that complies with Code Section 409A, including, if applicable, with respect to when a Separation from Service occurs.

3.6          No Liability.
 
No member of the Board or of the Committee shall be liable for any action or determination made in good faith with respect to the Plan or any Award or Award Agreement.

3.7          Share Issuance/Book-Entry.
 
Notwithstanding any provision of this Plan to the contrary, the issuance of the Stock under the Plan may be evidenced in such a manner as the Board, in its discretion, deems appropriate, including, without limitation, book-entry or direct registration (including transaction advices) or issuance of one or more Stock certificates.

4.
STOCK SUBJECT TO THE PLAN
 
4.1          Number of Shares Available for Awards.
 
Subject to such additional shares of Stock as shall be available for issuance under the Plan pursuant to Section 4.2, and subject to adjustment as provided in Section 17 hereof, the number of shares of Stock available for issuance under the Plan shall be equal to the sum of (i) one million two hundred fifty thousand (1,250,000) shares of Stock, plus (ii) the number of shares of Stock related to Awards outstanding under the Prior Plans as of the Effective Date that thereafter terminate by expiration or forfeiture, cancellation, or otherwise without the issuance of such shares of Stock, to the extent such shares would again be available for issuance under such Prior Plans (the “Share Limit”).  Stock issued or to be issued under the Plan shall be authorized and unissued shares of Stock, treasury shares of Stock, or any combination of the foregoing, as may be determined from time to time by the Board or by the Committee.  Any of the shares of Stock reserved and available for issuance under the Plan may be used for any type of Award under the Plan, and any or all of the shares of Stock reserved for issuance under the Plan shall be available for issuance pursuant to Incentive Stock Options.
 
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4.2          Adjustments in Authorized Shares.
 
The Committee shall have the right to substitute or assume Awards in connection with mergers, reorganizations, separations, or other transactions to which Section 424(a) of the Code applies. The Share Limit pursuant to Section 4.1 shall be increased by the number of shares of Stock subject to any such assumed awards and Substitute Awards.  Shares available for issuance under a stockholder-approved plan of a business entity that is a party to such transaction (as appropriately adjusted, if necessary, to reflect such transaction) may be used for Awards under the Plan and shall not reduce the number of shares of Stock otherwise available for issuance under the Plan, subject to applicable rules of any Stock Exchange or Securities Market on which the Stock is listed or publicly traded.

4.3          Share Usage.
 
(a)           Shares covered by an Award shall be counted as used as of the Grant Date for purposes of calculating the number of shares of Stock available for issuance under Section 4.1.
 
(b)          Any shares of Stock that are subject to Awards of Options and SARs will be counted against the Share Limit as one (1) share of Stock for every one (1) share of Stock subject to the Award; provided, the number of shares of Stock subject to an Award of SARs will be counted against the Share Limit as one (1) share of Stock for every one (1) share of Stock subject to such Award regardless of the number of shares of Stock actually issued to settle such SARs upon the exercise of the SARs.  Any shares of Stock that are subject to Awards other than Options and SARs will be counted against the Share Limit as one and one half (1.5) shares of Stock for every one (1) share of Stock subject to the Award; provided, for Performance Shares, the number of shares of Stock subject to such Award will be at least equal to the target number of shares issuable under the Performance Shares as of the Grant Date, but such number shall be adjusted to equal the actual number of shares issued upon settlement of the Performance Shares to the extent different from such number of shares.
 
(c)           If any shares covered by an Award under the Plan or any award outstanding under the Prior Plans as of the Effective Date are not purchased or are forfeited or expire, or if an Award otherwise terminates without delivery of any Stock subject thereto or is settled in cash in lieu of shares, then the number of shares of Stock with respect to such Award shall, to the extent of any such forfeiture, termination or expiration, again be available for making Awards under the Plan; provided that any shares of Stock subject to an award granted under the Prior Plans shall be available for issuance under the Plan in the same amount as such shares were counted against the share limits set forth in the applicable Prior Plan.
 
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(d)           The number of shares of Stock available for issuance under the Plan will not be increased by the number of shares of Stock (i) tendered, withheld, or subject to an Award granted under the Plan surrendered in connection with the purchase of shares of Stock upon exercise of an Option, (ii) that were not issued upon the net settlement or net exercise of a Stock-settled SAR granted under the Plan, (iii) deducted or delivered from payment of an Award granted under the Plan in connection with the Company’s tax withholding obligations as provided in Section 18.3 or (iv) purchased by the Company with proceeds from Option exercises.

5.
EFFECTIVE DATE, DURATION AND AMENDMENTS
 
5.1          Effective Date and Term.
 
The Plan shall be effective as of the Effective Date.  Following the Effective Date, no awards will be made under the Prior Plans. Notwithstanding the foregoing, shares of Stock reserved under the Prior Plans to settle awards, including performance-based awards, which are made under the Prior Plans prior to the Effective Date may be issued and delivered following the Effective Date to settle such awards.  The Plan shall terminate on the first to occur of (a) the day before the tenth (10th) anniversary of the Effective Date, (b) the date determined in accordance with Section 5.2, and (c) the date determined in accordance with Section 17.3; provided, however, that Incentive Stock Options may not be granted under the Plan after the tenth (10th) anniversary of the date of the Board’s adoption of the Plan.  Upon such termination of the Plan, all outstanding Awards shall continue to have full force and effect in accordance with the provisions of the terminated Plan and the applicable Award Agreement (or other documents evidencing such Awards).

5.2          Amendment and Termination of the Plan.
 
The Board may, at any time and from time to time, amend, suspend, or terminate the Plan as to any shares of Stock as to which Awards have not been made.  An amendment shall be contingent on approval of the Company’s stockholders to the extent stated by the Board, required by applicable law or required by applicable stock exchange listing requirements; provided that no amendment shall be made to the no-repricing provisions of Section 3.4, the Option pricing provisions of Section 8.1, or the SAR pricing provisions of Section 9.1 without the approval of the Company’s stockholders.  In addition, an amendment will be contingent on approval of the Company’s stockholders if the amendment would:  (i) materially increase the benefits accruing to participants under the Plan, (ii) materially increase the aggregate number of shares of Stock that may be issued under the Plan, or (iii) materially modify the requirements as to eligibility for participation in the Plan.  No Awards shall be made after termination of the Plan.  No amendment, suspension, or termination of the Plan shall, without the consent of the Grantee, impair rights or obligations under any Award theretofore awarded under the Plan.

6.
AWARD ELIGIBILITY AND LIMITATIONS
 
6.1          Eligible Grantees.
 
Subject to this Section 6, Awards may be made under the Plan to any Service Provider, as the Committee shall determine and designate from time to time.
 
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6.2          Successive Awards and Substitute Awards.
 
Subject to Section 3.4, Awards granted under the Plan may, in the discretion of the Committee, be granted either alone or in addition to, in tandem with, or in substitution or exchange for, (a) any other Award, (b) any award granted under another plan of the Company, an Affiliate, or any business entity that has been a party to a transaction with the Company or an Affiliate, or (c) any other right of a Grantee to receive payment from the Company or an Affiliate.  Such additional, tandem, exchange, or Substitute Awards may be granted at any time.  If an Award is granted in substitution or exchange for another Award, or for an award granted under another plan of the Company, an Affiliate, or any business entity that has been a party to a transaction with the Company or an Affiliate, the Committee shall require the surrender of such other Award or award under such other plan in consideration for the grant of such exchange or Substitute Award.  In addition, Awards may be granted in lieu of cash compensation, including in lieu of cash payments under other plans of the Company or an Affiliate.
 
Notwithstanding Sections 8.1 and 9.1, but subject to Section 3.4, the Option Price of an Option or the grant price of an SAR that is a Substitute Award may be less than 100% of the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock on the original date of grant; provided, that, the Option Price or grant price is determined in accordance with the principles of Code Section 424 and the regulations thereunder for any Incentive Stock Option and consistent with Code Section 409A for any other Option or SAR.

6.3          Limitation on Shares of Stock Subject to Awards and Cash Awards.
 
During any time when the Company has a class of equity security registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act, but subject to adjustment as provided in Section 17 herein:
 
(i) the maximum number of shares of Stock subject to Options or SARs that can be awarded under the Plan to any person eligible for an Award under Section 6.1, other than a Non-Employee Director of the Company, is three hundred twelve thousand five hundred (312,500) shares per calendar year;
 
(ii) the maximum number of shares that can be awarded under the Plan, pursuant to Awards other than Option or SARs that are Stock-denominated and are either Stock- or cash-settled, to any person eligible for an Award under Section 6.1, other than a Non-Employee Director of the Company, is three hundred twelve thousand five hundred (312,500) shares per calendar year;
 
(iii) the maximum amount that may be earned as an Annual Incentive Award (whether or not cash-settled) in any calendar year by any person eligible for an Award under Section 6.1 shall be $2 million and the maximum amount that may be earned as a cash-denominated Performance Award (whether or not cash-settled) in respect of a performance period that is longer than one year by any person eligible for an Award under Section 6.1 shall be $3 million; and (iv) the maximum total compensation (including cash payments and the aggregate Grant Date Fair Market Value of shares of Stock that may be granted under the Plan) that may be paid to or granted in a calendar year to a Non-Employee Director of the Company is $500,000; provided, however, that the foregoing limitation shall not apply to the extent that a Non-Employee Director has been or becomes an employee of the Company during the calendar year.
 
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7.
AWARD AGREEMENT
 
Each Award granted pursuant to the Plan shall be evidenced by an Award Agreement, in such form or forms as the Board shall from time to time determine.  Award Agreements granted from time to time or at the same time need not contain similar provisions but shall be consistent with the terms of the Plan.  Each Award Agreement evidencing an Award of Options shall specify whether such Options are intended to be Non-qualified Stock Options or Incentive Stock Options, and in the absence of such specification such options shall be deemed Non-qualified Stock Options.  In the event of any inconsistency between the Plan and an Award Agreement, the provisions of the Plan shall control.

8.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF OPTIONS
 
8.1          Option Price.
 
The Option Price of each Option shall be fixed by the Board and stated in the Award Agreement evidencing such Option.  The Option Price of each Option shall be at least the Fair Market Value on the Grant Date of a share of Stock; provided, however, that in the event that a Grantee is a Ten Percent Stockholder, the Option Price of an Option granted to such Grantee that is intended to be an Incentive Stock Option shall be not less than 110 percent of the Fair Market Value of a share of Stock on the Grant Date.  In no case shall the Option Price of any Option be less than the par value of a share of Stock.

8.2          Vesting.
 
Subject to Sections 8.3 and 17.3 hereof, each Option granted under the Plan shall become exercisable at such times and under such conditions as shall be determined by the Board and stated in the Award Agreement; provided that, an Option that vests solely by the passage of time shall not vest in full or become exercisable in less than two (2) years from the Grant Date with no Option vesting within the first twelve (12) months from the Grant Date; provided further, up to five percent of the shares reserved for issuance under this Plan may be granted pursuant to this Section 8.2 or the other provisions of this Plan without being subject to the foregoing restrictions.  For purposes of this Section 8.2, fractional numbers of shares of Stock subject to an Option shall be rounded down to the next nearest whole number.

8.3          Term.
 
Each Option granted under the Plan shall terminate, and all rights to purchase shares of Stock thereunder shall cease, upon the expiration of ten (10) years from the date such Option is granted, or under such circumstances and on such date prior thereto as is set forth in the Plan or as may be fixed by the Board and stated in the Award Agreement relating to such Option; provided, however, that in the event that the Grantee is a Ten Percent Stockholder, an Option granted to such Grantee that is intended to be an Incentive Stock Option shall not be exercisable after the expiration of five years from its Grant Date and provided, further, that if expiration of the Option would occur during a period in which the Grantee is (i) subject to a lock-up agreement restricting the Grantee’s ability to sell shares of Stock in the open market or (ii) restricted from selling shares of Stock in the open market because the Grantee is not then eligible to sell under the Company’s insider trading or similar plan as then in effect (whether because a trading window is not open or the Grantee is otherwise restricted from trading), the expiration of the Option will be delayed until 2½ months after the date such restriction ends.
 
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8.4          Termination of Service.
 
Each Award Agreement with respect to the grant of an Option shall set forth the extent to which the Grantee thereof, if at all, shall have the right to exercise such Option following the Grantee’s termination of service.
Such provisions shall be determined in the sole discretion of the Board, need not be uniform among all Options issued pursuant to the Plan, and may reflect distinctions based on the reasons for termination of Service.

8.5          Limitations on Exercise of Option.
 
Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, in no event may any Option be exercised, in whole or in part, prior to the date the Plan is approved by the stockholders of the Company as provided herein or after the occurrence of an event referred to in Section 17 hereof which results in termination of the Option.

8.6          Method of Exercise.
 
Subject to the terms of Section 12, an Option that is exercisable may be exercised by the Grantee’s delivery to the Company or its designee of written notice of exercise on any business day, at the Company’s principal office, on the form specified by the Company.  Such notice shall specify the number of shares of Stock with respect to which the Option is being exercised and shall be accompanied by payment in full of the Option Price of the shares for which the Option is being exercised plus the amount (if any) of federal and/or other taxes which the Company may, in its judgment, be required to withhold with respect to such Option.

8.7          Rights of Holders of Options.
 
Unless otherwise stated in the applicable Award Agreement, an individual holding or exercising an Option shall have none of the rights of a stockholder (for example, the right to receive cash or dividend payments or distributions attributable to the subject shares of Stock or to direct the voting of the subject shares of Stock subject to such Option, or to receive notice of any meeting of the Company’s stockholders) until the shares of Stock covered thereby are fully paid and issued to him.  Except as provided in Section 17 hereof, no adjustment shall be made for dividends, distributions or other rights for which the record date is prior to the date of such issuance of such shares of Stock.

8.8          Delivery of Stock.
 
Promptly after the exercise of an Option by a Grantee and the payment in full of the Option Price and all applicable taxes, such Grantee shall be entitled to receive such evidence of his or her ownership of the shares of Stock subject to the Option as shall be consistent with Section 3.7.
 
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8.9          Transferability of Options.
 
Except as provided in Section 8.10, during the lifetime of a Grantee of an Option, only the Grantee (or, in the event of legal incapacity or incompetency, the Grantee’s guardian or legal representative) may exercise an Option.  Except as provided in Section 8.10, no Option shall be assignable or transferable by the Grantee to whom it is granted, other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution.

8.10        Family Transfers.
 
If authorized in the applicable Award Agreement and by the Committee, a Grantee may transfer, not for value, all or part of an Option which is not an Incentive Stock Option to any Family Member.  For the purpose of this Section 8.10, a “not for value” transfer is a transfer which is (i) a gift, (ii) a transfer under a domestic relations order in settlement of marital property rights; or (iii) a transfer to an entity in which more than fifty percent of the voting interests are owned by Family Members (or the Grantee) in exchange for an interest in that entity.  Following a transfer under this Section 8.10, any such Option shall continue to be subject to the same terms and conditions as were applicable immediately prior to transfer.  Subsequent transfers of transferred Options are prohibited except to Family Members of the original Grantee in accordance with this Section 8.10 or by will or the laws of descent and distribution.  The events of termination of Service of Section 8.4 hereof shall continue to be applied with respect to the original Grantee, following which the Option shall be exercisable by the transferee only to the extent, and for the periods specified, in Section 8.4.

8.11        Limitations on Incentive Stock Options.
 
An Option shall constitute an Incentive Stock Option only (i) if the Grantee of such Option is an employee of the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company; (ii) to the extent specifically provided in the related Award Agreement; and (iii) to the extent that the aggregate Fair Market Value (determined at the time the Option is granted) of the shares of Stock with respect to which all Incentive Stock Options held by such Grantee become exercisable for the first time during any calendar year (under the Plan and all other plans of the Grantee’s employer and its Affiliates) does not exceed $100,000.  This limitation shall be applied by taking Options into account in the order in which they were granted.

8.12        Notice of Disqualifying Disposition.
 
If any Grantee shall make any disposition of shares of Stock issued pursuant to the exercise of an Incentive Stock Option under the circumstances described in Code Section 421(b) (relating to certain disqualifying dispositions), such Grantee shall notify the Company of such disposition within ten (10) days thereafter.
 
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9.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHTS
 
9.1          Right to Payment and Grant Price.
 
A SAR shall confer on the Grantee to whom it is granted a right to receive, upon exercise thereof, the excess of (a) the Fair Market Value of one share of Stock on the date of exercise over (b) the SAR Exercise Price as determined by the Committee.  The Award Agreement for a SAR shall specify the SAR Exercise Price, which shall be at least the Fair Market Value of a share of Stock on the Grant Date of such SAR.  SARs may be granted in tandem with all or part of an Option granted under the Plan or at any subsequent time during the term of such Option, in combination with all or any part of any other Award, or without regard to any Option or other Award; provided that a SAR that is granted in tandem with all or part of an Option will have the same term, and expire at the same time, as the related Option; provided, further, that a SAR that is granted subsequent to the Grant Date of a related Option must have a SAR Exercise Price that is no less than the Fair Market Value of one (1) share of Stock on the Grant Date of such SAR.

9.2          Other Terms.
 
Subject to Sections 9.3 and 17.3, the Committee shall determine on the Grant Date or thereafter, the time or times at which and the circumstances under which an SAR may be exercised in whole or in part (including based on achievement of performance goals and/or future service requirements), the time or times at which SARs shall cease to be or become exercisable following termination of Service or upon other conditions, the method of exercise, method of settlement, form of consideration payable in settlement, method by or forms in which Stock will be delivered or deemed to be delivered to Grantees, whether or not a SAR shall be granted in tandem or in combination with any other Award; and any and all other terms and conditions of any SAR.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, SARs that vest solely by the passage of time shall not vest in full or become exercisable in less than two (2) years from the Grant Date with no SAR vesting within the first twelve (12) months from the Grant Date; provided, however, up to five percent of the shares reserved for issuance under this Plan may be granted pursuant to this Section 9.2 or the other provisions of this Plan without being subject to the foregoing restrictions.

9.3          Term.
 
Each SAR granted under the Plan shall terminate, and all rights thereunder shall cease, upon the expiration of ten years from the Grant Date of such SAR, or under such circumstances and on such date prior thereto as is set forth in the Plan or as may be fixed by the Committee and stated in the Award Agreement relating to such SAR.

9.4          Rights of Holders of SARs.
 
Unless otherwise stated in the applicable Award Agreement, a Grantee or other Person holding or exercising a SAR shall have none of the rights of a stockholder of the Company (for example, the right to receive cash or dividend payments or distributions attributable to the shares of Stock underlying such SAR, to direct the voting of the shares of Stock underlying such SAR, or to receive notice of any meeting of the Company’s stockholders) until the shares of Stock underlying such SAR, if any, are issued to such Grantee or other Person.  Except as provided in Section 17, no adjustment shall be made for dividends, distributions, or other rights with respect to any shares of Stock underlying a SAR for which the record date is prior to the date of issuance of such shares of Stock, if any.
 
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9.5          Transferability of SARS.
 
Except as provided in Section 9.6, during the lifetime of a Grantee, only the Grantee (or, in the event of legal incapacity or incompetency, the Grantee’s guardian or legal representative) may exercise a SAR.  Except as provided in Section 9.6, no SAR shall be assignable or transferable by the Grantee to whom it is granted, other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution.

9.6          Family Transfers.
 
If authorized in the applicable Award Agreement, a Grantee may transfer, not for value, all or part of a SAR to any Family Member.  For the purpose of this Section 9.6, a “not for value” transfer is a transfer which is (i) a gift, (ii) a transfer under a domestic relations order in settlement of marital property rights; or (iii) a transfer to an entity in which more than fifty percent of the voting interests are owned by Family Members (or the Grantee) in exchange for an interest in that entity.  Following a transfer under this Section 9.6, any such SAR shall continue to be subject to the same terms and conditions as were applicable immediately prior to transfer.  Subsequent transfers of transferred SARs are prohibited except to Family Members of the original Grantee in accordance with this Section 9.6 or by will or the laws of descent and distribution.

10.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF RESTRICTED STOCK AND STOCK UNITS
 
10.1        Grant of Restricted Stock or Stock Units.
 
Awards of Restricted Stock or Stock Units may be made for no consideration (other than par value of the shares which is deemed paid by Services already rendered).

10.2        Restrictions.
 
Subject to Sections 17.3 and 18.9, at the time a grant of Restricted Stock or Stock Units is made, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, establish (a) a period of time (a “restricted period”) applicable to such Restricted Stock or Stock Units and (b) prescribe restrictions in addition to or other than the expiration of the restricted period, including the satisfaction of corporate or individual performance objectives, which may be applicable to all or any portion of the Restricted Stock or Stock Units as described in Section 14.  Each award of Restricted Stock or Stock Units may be subject to a different restricted period. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Restricted Stock or Stock Units that vest solely by the passage of time shall not vest in full in less than two (2) years from the Grant Date; provided, however, up to five percent of the shares reserved for issuance under this Plan may be granted pursuant to this Section 10 or the other provisions of this Plan without being subject to the foregoing restrictions. Restricted Stock or Stock Units for which vesting may be accelerated by achieving performance targets shall not vest in full in less than two (2) years from the Grant Date with no Restricted Stock or Restricted Stock Units vesting within the first twelve (12) months from the Grant Date.  Neither Restricted Stock nor Stock Units may be sold, transferred, assigned, pledged or otherwise encumbered or disposed of during the restricted period or prior to the satisfaction of any other restrictions prescribed by the Committee with respect to such Restricted Stock or Stock Units.
 
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10.3        Restricted Stock Certificates.
 
Pursuant to Section 3.7, to the extent that ownership of Restricted Stock is evidenced by a book-entry registration or direct registration (including transaction advices), such registration shall be notated to evidence the restrictions imposed on such Award of Restricted Stock under the Plan and the applicable Award Agreement.  Subject to Section 3.7 and the immediately following sentence, the Company may issue, in the name of each Grantee to whom Restricted Stock has been granted, stock certificates representing the total number of shares of Restricted Stock granted to the Grantee, as soon as reasonably practicable after the Grant Date.  The Board may provide in an Award Agreement that either (i)  the Secretary of the Company shall hold such certificates for the Grantee’s benefit until such time as the Restricted Stock is forfeited to the Company or the restrictions lapse, or (ii)  such certificates shall be delivered to the Grantee, provided, however, that such certificates shall bear a legend or legends that comply with the applicable securities laws and regulations and makes appropriate reference to the restrictions imposed under the Plan and the Award Agreement.

10.4        Rights of Holders of Restricted Stock.
 
Unless the Committee otherwise provides in an Award Agreement, holders of Restricted Stock shall have the right to vote such Stock and the right to receive any dividends declared or paid with respect to such Stock. The Committee may provide in an Award Agreement evidencing a grant of Restricted Stock that (a) any dividends paid on Restricted Stock must be reinvested in shares of Stock, which may or may not be subject to the same vesting conditions and restrictions applicable to such Restricted Stock or (b) any dividend payments or distributions declared or paid on shares of Restricted Stock shall only be made or paid upon satisfaction of the vesting conditions and restrictions applicable to such shares of Restricted Stock.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, cash dividends declared or paid on shares of Restricted Stock shall not vest or become payable unless and until the shares of Restricted Stock to which the dividends apply become vested and nonforfeitable.  All stock dividend payments or distributions, if any, received by a Grantee with respect to Restricted Stock as a result of any stock split, stock dividend, combination of shares, or other similar transaction shall be subject to the restrictions applicable to the original Grant.

10.5        Rights of Holders of Stock Units.
 
10.5.1    Voting and Dividend Rights.
 
Holders of Stock Units shall have no rights as stockholders of the Company (for example, the right to receive dividend payments or distributions attributable to the shares of Stock underlying such Restricted Stock Units, to direct the voting of the shares of Stock underlying such Restricted Stock Units, or to receive notice of any meeting of the Company’s stockholders).  The Committee may provide in an Award Agreement evidencing a grant of Stock Units that the holder of such Stock Units shall be entitled to receive Dividend Equivalent Rights in accordance with Section 13.1.
 
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10.5.2    Creditor’s Rights.
 
A holder of Stock Units shall have no rights other than those of a general unsecured creditor of the Company.  Stock Units represent an unfunded and unsecured obligation of the Company, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable Award Agreement.

10.6        Termination of Service.
 
Unless the Committee otherwise provides in an Award Agreement or in writing after the Award Agreement is issued, upon the termination of a Grantee’s Service, any Restricted Stock or Stock Units held by such Grantee that have not vested, or with respect to which all applicable restrictions and conditions have not lapsed, shall immediately be deemed forfeited.  Upon forfeiture of Restricted Stock or Stock Units, the Grantee shall have no further rights with respect to such Award, including but not limited to any right to vote Restricted Stock or any right to receive dividends with respect to shares of Restricted Stock or Stock Units.  Except in the case of a Grantee’s death or Disability, if the Committee waives restrictions or conditions applicable to Restricted Stock or Stock Units before the first anniversary of the Grant Date, the shares subject to such Restricted Stock or Stock Units shall be deducted from the five percent limitation set forth in Section 10.2.

10.7        Purchase of Restricted Stock.
 
The Grantee of an Award of Restricted Stock shall be required, to the extent required by applicable law, to purchase the Restricted Stock from the Company at a Purchase Price equal to the greater of (i) the aggregate par value of the shares of Stock represented by such Restricted Stock or (ii) the Purchase Price, if any, specified in the Award Agreement relating to such Restricted Stock.  The Purchase Price shall be payable in a form described in Section 12 or, in the discretion of the Committee, in consideration for past Services rendered to the Company or an Affiliate.

10.8        Delivery of Stock.
 
Upon the expiration or termination of any restricted period and the satisfaction of any other conditions prescribed by the Committee, including, without limitation, any performance goals or delayed delivery period, the restrictions applicable to shares of Restricted Stock or Stock Units settled in shares of Stock shall lapse, and, unless otherwise provided in the applicable Award Agreement, a book-entry or direct registration (including transaction advices) or a stock certificate evidencing ownership of such shares shall be delivered, free of all such restrictions, to the Grantee or the Grantee’s beneficiary or estate, as the case may be.  Neither the Grantee, nor the Grantee’s beneficiary or estate, shall have any further rights with regard to Restricted Stock or a Stock Unit once the shares of Stock represented by such Stock Unit have been delivered in accordance with this Section 10.8.
 
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11.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF UNRESTRICTED STOCK AWARDS
 
The Committee may, in its sole discretion, grant (or sell at par value or such other higher purchase price determined by the Committee) an Unrestricted Stock Award to any Grantee pursuant to which such Grantee may receive shares of Stock free of any restrictions (“Unrestricted Stock”) under the Plan.  Unrestricted Stock Awards may be granted or sold as described in the preceding sentence in respect of past services and other valid consideration, or in lieu of, or in addition to, any cash compensation due to such Grantee.

12.
FORMS OF PAYMENT FOR OPTIONS AND RESTRICTED STOCK
 
12.1        General Rule.
 
Payment of the Option Price for the shares purchased pursuant to the exercise of an Option or the Purchase Price, if any, for Restricted Stock shall be made in cash or in cash equivalents acceptable to the Company.

12.2        Surrender of Shares of Stock.
 
Unless otherwise stated in the Award Agreement, payment of the Option Price for shares purchased pursuant to the exercise of an Option or the Purchase Price, if any, for Restricted Stock may be made all or in part through the tender to the Company of shares of Stock, which shall be valued, for purposes of determining the extent to which the Option Price or Purchase Price has been paid thereby, at their Fair Market Value on the date of such tender or attestation.
 
12.3        Cashless Exercise.
 
With respect to an Option only (and not with respect to Restricted Stock), to the extent permitted by law and unless otherwise stated in the Award Agreement, payment of the Option Price for shares purchased pursuant to the exercise of an Option may be made all or in part by delivery (on a form acceptable to the Committee) of an irrevocable direction to a licensed securities broker acceptable to the Company to sell shares of Stock and to deliver all or part of the sales proceeds to the Company in payment of the Option Price and/or any withholding taxes described in Section 18.3.

12.4        Other Forms of Payment.
 
To the extent the applicable Award Agreement so provides, payment of the Option Price for shares purchased pursuant to exercise of an Option or the Purchase Price, if any, for Restricted Stock may be made in any other form that is consistent with applicable laws, regulations and rules.
 
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13.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF DIVIDEND EQUIVALENT RIGHTS
 
13.1        Dividend Equivalent Rights.
 
A Dividend Equivalent Right is an Award entitling the recipient to receive credits based on cash distributions that would have been paid on the shares of Stock specified in the Dividend Equivalent Right (or other award to which it relates) if such shares had been issued to and held by the recipient.  A Dividend Equivalent Right may be granted hereunder to any Grantee, provided that no Dividend Equivalent Rights may be granted in connection with, or related to, an Award of Options or SARs.  The terms and conditions of Dividend Equivalent Rights shall be specified in the related Award Agreement.  Dividend equivalents credited to the holder of a Dividend Equivalent Right may be paid currently or may be deemed to be reinvested in additional shares of Stock, which may thereafter accrue additional equivalents.  Any such reinvestment shall be at Fair Market Value on the date of reinvestment.  Dividend Equivalent Rights may be settled in cash or Stock or a combination thereof, in a single installment or installments, all determined in the sole discretion of the Committee.  A Dividend Equivalent Right granted as a component of another Award may provide (a) that such Dividend Equivalent Right shall be settled upon exercise, settlement, or payment of, or lapse of restrictions on, such other Award, and that such Dividend Equivalent Right shall expire or be forfeited or annulled under the same conditions as such other Award or (b) contain terms and conditions different from the terms and conditions of such other award, provided that notwithstanding the foregoing, Dividend Equivalent Rights granted as a component of another Award shall not vest or become payable unless and until the Award to which the Dividend Equivalent Rights correspond becomes vested and settled.

13.2        Termination of Service.
 
Unless the Board otherwise provides in an Award Agreement or in writing after the Award Agreement is issued, a Grantee’s rights in all Dividend Equivalent Rights or interest equivalents shall automatically terminate upon the Grantee’s termination of Service for any other reason.

14.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF PERFORMANCE SHARES, PERFORMANCE AWARDS AND ANNUAL INCENTIVE AWARDS
 
14.1        Grant of Performance Shares.
 
Subject to the terms and provisions of this Plan, the Committee, at any time and from time to time, may grant Performance Shares to Participants in such amounts and upon such terms as the Committee shall determine.

14.2        Value of Performance Shares.
 
Each Performance Share shall have an initial value equal to the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date of grant. The Board shall set performance goals in its discretion which, depending on the extent to which they are met, will determine the value and/or number of Performance Shares that will be paid out to the Grantee thereof.
 
14.3        Earning of Performance Shares.
 
Subject to the terms of this Plan, after the applicable Performance Period has ended, the holder of Performance Shares shall be entitled to receive payout on the value and number of Performance Shares earned by the Participant over the Performance Period, to be determined as a function of the extent to which the corresponding performance goals have been achieved.
 
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14.4        Form and Timing of Payment of Performance Shares.
 
Payment of earned Performance Shares shall be as determined by the Committee and as evidenced in the Award Agreement. Subject to the terms of this Plan, the Committee, in its sole discretion, may pay earned Performance Shares in the form of cash or in shares (or in a combination thereof) equal to the value of the earned Performance Shares at the close of the applicable Performance Period, or as soon as practicable after the end of the Performance Period; provided that, unless specifically provided in the Award Agreement for such Performance Shares, such payment shall occur no later than the fifteenth (15th) day of the third (3rd) month following the end of the calendar year in which such Performance Period ends.  Any Shares may be granted subject to any restrictions deemed appropriate by the Committee.  The determination of the Committee with respect to the form of payout of such Awards shall be set forth in the Award Agreement pertaining to the grant of the Award; provided that dividends declared or paid on Performance Shares, if any, shall in no event vest or become payable unless and until the Performance Shares to which the dividends apply become vested and nonforfeitable.

14.5        Performance Conditions.
 
The right of a Grantee to exercise or receive a grant or settlement of any Award, and the timing thereof, may be subject to objective business criteria (“Performance Measures”), including, but not limited to, the following:
 
(a)  net earnings or net income;
 
(b)  operating earnings;
 
(c)  pretax earnings;
 
(d)  earnings per share;
 
(e)  share price, including growth measures and total stockholder return;
 
(f)  earnings before interest and taxes;
 
(g)  earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and/or amortization;
 
(h)  sales or revenue growth, whether in general, by type of product or service, or by type of customer;
 
(i)  gross or operating margins;

 
(j)  return measures, including return on assets, capital, investment, equity, sales or revenue;
 
(k)  cash flow, including operating cash flow, free cash flow, cash flow return on equity and cash flow return on investment;
 
(l)  productivity ratios;
 
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(m)  expense targets;
 
(n)  market share;
 
(o)  financial ratios;
 
(p)  working capital targets;
 
(q)  completion of acquisitions of business or companies;
 
(r)  completion of divestitures and asset sales; and
 
(s)  any one or a combination of any of the foregoing business criteria.
 
Performance under any Performance Measure(s) may (a) be used to measure the performance of the Company, Subsidiary, and/or Affiliate as a whole or any business unit of the Company, Subsidiary, and/or Affiliate or any combination thereof, as the Committee may deem appropriate, or (b) be compared to the performance of a group of comparator companies, or published or special index that the Committee, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate.  In addition, the Committee, in its sole discretion, may select Performance Measure (e) above for comparison under one or more stock market indices approved or designated by the Committee. The Committee also has the authority to provide for accelerated vesting of any Award based on the achievement of performance goals pursuant to the Performance Measures to which the Award has been made subject.  For the avoidance of doubt, nothing herein is intended to prevent the Committee from granting Awards subject to subjective performance conditions (including individual performance conditions); provided that, such Awards shall not be considered Performance Awards under the Plan.

14.6        Evaluation of Performance.
 
The Committee may provide in any such Award that any evaluation of performance may include or exclude any of the following events that occur during a Performance Period: (a) asset write-downs; (b) litigation or claim judgments or settlements; (c) the effect of changes in tax laws, accounting principles, or other laws or provisions affecting reported results; (d) any reorganization and restructuring programs; (e) extraordinary non-core, non-operating, or nonrecurring items that are either of an unusual nature or of a type that indicates infrequency of occurrence as a separate component of income from continuing operations; (f) acquisitions or divestitures activity and related expenses; and (g) foreign exchange gains and losses.
 
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15.
PARACHUTE LIMITATIONS
 
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Plan or of any other agreement, contract, or understanding heretofore or hereafter entered into by a Grantee with the Company or any Affiliate, except an agreement, contract, or understanding that expressly addresses Section 280G or Section 4999 of the Code (an “Other Agreement”), and notwithstanding any formal or informal plan or other arrangement for the direct or indirect provision of compensation to the Grantee (including groups or classes of Grantees or beneficiaries of which the Grantee is a member), whether or not such compensation is deferred, is in cash, or is in the form of a benefit to or for the Grantee (a “Benefit Arrangement”), if the Grantee is a “disqualified individual,” as defined in Section 280G(c) of the Code, any Option, Restricted Stock, Stock Unit, Performance Share held by that Grantee and any right to receive any payment or other benefit under this Plan shall be reduced or eliminated (i) to the extent that such right to exercise, vesting, payment, or benefit, taking into account all other rights, payments, or benefits to or for the Grantee under this Plan, all Other Agreements, and all Benefit Arrangements, would cause any payment or benefit to the Grantee under this Plan to be considered a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G(b)(2) of the Code as then in effect (a “Parachute Payment”) and (ii) if, as a result of receiving a Parachute Payment, the aggregate after-tax amounts received by the Grantee from the Company under this Plan, all Other Agreements, and all Benefit Arrangements would be less than the maximum after-tax amount that could be received by the Grantee without causing any such payment or benefit to be considered a Parachute Payment.  Except as required by Code Section 409A or to the extent that Code Section 409A permits discretion, the Committee shall have the right, in the Committee’s sole discretion,  to designate those rights, payments, or benefits under this Plan, any Other Agreements, and any Benefit Arrangements that should be reduced or eliminated so as to avoid having the payment or benefit to the Grantee under this Plan be deemed to be a Parachute Payment; provided, however, to the extent any payment or benefit constitutes deferred compensation under Code Section 409A, in order to comply with Code Section 409A, the Company shall instead accomplish such reduction by first reducing or eliminating any cash payments (with the payments to be made furthest in the future being reduced first), then by reducing or eliminating any accelerated vesting of Performance Awards, then by reducing or eliminating any accelerated vesting of Options or SARs, then by reducing or eliminating any accelerated vesting of Restricted Stock or Stock Units, then by reducing or eliminating any other remaining Parachute Payments.
 
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16.
REQUIREMENTS OF LAW
 
16.1        General.
 
The Company shall not be required to sell or issue any shares of Stock under any Award if the sale or issuance of such shares would constitute a violation by the Grantee, any other individual exercising an Option, or the Company of any provision of any law or regulation of any governmental authority, including without limitation any federal or state securities laws or regulations.  If at any time the Company shall determine, in its discretion, that the listing, registration or qualification of any shares subject to an Award upon any securities exchange or under any governmental regulatory body is necessary or desirable as a condition of, or in connection with, the issuance or purchase of shares hereunder, no shares of Stock may be issued or sold to the Grantee or any other individual exercising an Option pursuant to such Award unless such listing, registration, qualification, consent or approval shall have been effected or obtained free of any conditions not acceptable to the Company, and any delay caused thereby shall in no way affect the date of termination of the Award.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in connection with the Securities Act, upon the exercise of any Option or any SAR that may be settled in shares of Stock or the delivery of any shares of Stock underlying an Award, unless a registration statement under such Act is in effect with respect to the shares of Stock covered by such Award, the Company shall not be required to sell or issue such shares unless the Board has received evidence satisfactory to it that the Grantee or any other individual exercising an Option may acquire such shares  pursuant to an exemption from registration under the Securities Act.  Any determination in this connection by the Committee shall be final, binding, and conclusive.  The Company may, but shall in no event be obligated to, register any securities covered hereby pursuant to the Securities Act.  The Company shall not be obligated to take any affirmative action in order to cause the exercise of an Option or a SAR or the issuance of shares of Stock pursuant to the Plan to comply with any law or regulation of any governmental authority.  As to any jurisdiction that expressly imposes the requirement that an Option (or SAR that may be settled in shares of Stock) shall not be exercisable until the shares of Stock covered by such Option (or SAR) are registered or are exempt from registration, the exercise of such Option (or SAR) under circumstances in which the laws of such jurisdiction apply shall be deemed conditioned upon the effectiveness of such registration or the availability of such an exemption.
 
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16.2        Rule 16b-3.
 
During any time when the Company has a class of equity security registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act, it is the intent of the Company that Awards pursuant to the Plan and the exercise of Options and SARs granted hereunder will qualify for the exemption provided by Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act.  To the extent that any provision of the Plan or action by the Board does not comply with the requirements of Rule 16b-3, it shall be deemed inoperative to the extent permitted by law and deemed advisable by the Board, and shall not affect the validity of the Plan.  In the event that Rule 16b-3 is revised or replaced, the Board may exercise its discretion to modify this Plan in any respect necessary to satisfy the requirements of, or to take advantage of any features of, the revised exemption or its replacement.
 
17.
EFFECT OF CHANGES IN CAPITALIZATION
 
17.1        Changes in Stock.
 
If the number of outstanding shares of Stock is increased or decreased or the shares of Stock are changed into or exchanged for a different number or kind of shares or other securities of the Company on account of any recapitalization, reclassification, stock split, reverse split, combination of shares, exchange of shares, stock dividend or other distribution payable in capital stock, or other increase or decrease in such shares effected without receipt of consideration by the Company occurring after the Effective Date, the number and kinds of shares for which grants of Options and other Awards may be made under the Plan including the Share Limit set forth in Section 4.1 and the individual share limitations set forth in Section 6.3, shall be adjusted proportionately and accordingly by the Company.  In addition, the number and kind of shares for which Awards are outstanding shall be adjusted proportionately and accordingly so that the proportionate interest of the Grantee immediately following such event shall, to the extent practicable, be the same as immediately before such event.  Any such adjustment in outstanding Options or SARs shall not change the aggregate Option Price or SAR Exercise Price payable with respect to shares that are subject to the unexercised portion of an outstanding Option or SAR, as applicable, but shall include a corresponding proportionate adjustment in the Option Price or SAR Exercise Price per share.  The conversion of any convertible securities of the Company shall not be treated as an increase in shares effected without receipt of consideration.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event of any distribution to the Company’s stockholders of securities of any other entity or other assets (including an extraordinary dividend but excluding a non-extraordinary dividend of the Company) without receipt of consideration by the Company, the Company shall, in such manner as the Company deems appropriate, adjust (i) the number and kind of shares subject to outstanding Awards and/or (ii) the exercise price of outstanding Options and Stock Appreciation Rights to reflect such distribution.
 
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17.2        Reorganization in Which the Company Is the Surviving Entity Which does not Constitute a Corporate Transaction.
 
Subject to Section 17.3 hereof, if the Company shall be the surviving entity in any reorganization, merger, or consolidation of the Company with one or more other entities which does not constitute a Corporate Transaction, any Award theretofore granted pursuant to the Plan shall pertain to and apply to the securities to which a holder of the number of shares of Stock subject to such Award would have been entitled immediately following such reorganization, merger, or consolidation, with a corresponding proportionate adjustment of the Option Price or SAR Exercise Price per share of any outstanding Option or SAR so that the aggregate Option Price or SAR Exercise Price thereafter shall be the same as the aggregate Option Price or SAR Exercise Price of the shares remaining subject to the Option or SAR immediately prior to such reorganization, merger, or consolidation.  Subject to any contrary language in an Award Agreement evidencing an Award, in another agreement with the Grantee, or as otherwise set forth in writing, any restrictions applicable to such Award shall apply as well to any replacement shares received by the Grantee as a result of the reorganization, merger or consolidation.  In the event of any reorganization, merger, or consolidation of the Company referred to in this Section 17.2, Performance Awards shall be adjusted (including any adjustment to the Performance Measures applicable to such Awards deemed appropriate by the Committee) so as to apply to the securities to which a holder of the number of shares of Stock subject to the Performance Awards would have been entitled to receive immediately following such reorganization, merger, or consolidation.

17.3        Corporate Transaction in which Awards are not Assumed.
 
Except as otherwise provided in the applicable Award Agreement, in another agreement with the Grantee, or as otherwise set forth in writing, upon the occurrence of a Corporate Transaction in which outstanding Awards are not being assumed, continued, or substituted for, the following provisions shall apply to such Award, to the extent not assumed, continued, or substituted for:

(a)           Immediately prior to the occurrence of such Corporate Transaction, in each case with the exception of Performance Awards, all outstanding shares of Restricted Stock and all Stock Units shall be deemed to have vested, and the shares of Stock (and/or cash) subject thereto shall be delivered, and either or both of the following two actions shall be taken:

(i)        At least fifteen days prior to the scheduled consummation of a Corporate Transaction, all Options and SARs outstanding hereunder shall become immediately exercisable and shall remain exercisable for a period of fifteen days.  Any exercise of an Option or SAR during this fifteen (15)-day period shall be conditioned upon the consummation of the applicable Corporate Transaction and shall be effective only immediately before the consummation thereof, and upon consummation of such Corporate Transaction, the Plan and all outstanding but unexercised Options and SARs shall terminate, with or without consideration (including, without limitation, consideration in accordance with clause (ii) below) as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion.  The Committee shall send notice of an event that shall result in such a termination to all Persons who hold Options and SARs not later than the time at which the Company gives notice thereof to its stockholders.
 
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and/or
 
(ii)         The Committee may elect, in its sole discretion, to cancel any outstanding Awards of Options, Restricted Stock, Stock Units, and/or SARs and pay or deliver, or cause to be paid or delivered, to the holder thereof an amount in cash or securities having a value (as determined by the Committee acting in good faith), in the case of Restricted Stock or Stock Units, equal to the formula or fixed price per share paid to holders of shares of Stock and, in the case of Options or SARs, equal to the product of the number of shares of Stock subject to the Option or SAR (the “Award Shares”) multiplied by the amount, if any, by which (I) the formula or fixed price per share paid to holders of shares of Stock pursuant to such transaction exceeds (II) the Option Price or SAR Exercise Price applicable to such Award Shares.

(b)           For Performance Awards, if less than half of the Performance Period has lapsed, such Performance Awards shall be treated as though target performance has been achieved.  If at least half of the Performance Period has lapsed, actual performance to date shall be determined as of a date reasonably proximal to the date of consummation of the Corporate Transaction as determined by the Committee, in its sole discretion, and that level of performance thus determined shall be treated as achieved immediately prior to occurrence of the Corporate Transaction.  For purposes of the preceding sentence, if, based on the discretion of the Committee, actual performance is not determinable, the Performance-Based Awards shall be treated as though target performance has been achieved.  After application of this Section 17.3(b), if any Awards arise from application of this Section 17.3(b), such Awards shall be settled under the applicable provision of Section 17.3(a).

17.4        Corporate Transaction in which Awards are Assumed.
 
Except as otherwise provided in the applicable Award Agreement, in another agreement with the Grantee, or as otherwise set forth in writing, upon the occurrence of a Corporate Transaction in which outstanding Awards are being assumed, continued, or substituted for, the following provisions shall apply to such Award, to the extent assumed, continued, or substituted for:
 
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(a)            The Plan and the Options, SARs, Restricted Stock, Stock Units and Dividend Equivalent Rights granted under the Plan shall continue in the manner and under the terms so provided in the event of any Corporate Transaction to the extent that provision is made in writing in connection with such Corporate Transaction for the assumption or continuation of such Options, SARs, Restricted Stock, Stock Units, and Dividend Equivalent Rights, or for the substitution for such Options, SARs, Restricted Stock, Stock Units, and Dividend Equivalent Rights of new stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, restricted stock units, and dividend equivalent rights relating to the securities of a successor entity, or a parent or subsidiary thereof, with appropriate adjustments as to the number of shares (disregarding any consideration that is not common stock) and exercise prices of options and stock appreciation rights. Performance Awards shall not be assumed pursuant to this Section 17.4, but shall instead be settled in accordance with Section 17.3(b) hereof.
 
(b)           In the event a Grantee’s Award is assumed, continued or substituted upon the consummation of any Corporate Transaction and the Grantee’s employment is terminated without Cause within one year following the consummation of such Corporate Transaction, the Grantee’s Award will be fully vested and may be exercised in full, to the extent applicable, beginning on the date of such termination and for the one-year period immediately following such termination or for such longer period as the Committee shall determine.

17.5        Adjustments.
 
Adjustments under this Section 17 related to shares of Stock or securities of the Company shall be made by the Committee, whose determination in that respect shall be final, binding and conclusive.  No fractional shares or other securities shall be issued pursuant to any such adjustment, and any fractions resulting from any such adjustment shall be eliminated in each case by rounding downward to the nearest whole share. The Committee may provide in the Award Agreements at the time of grant, or any time thereafter with the consent of the Grantee, for different provisions to apply to an Award in place of those described in Sections 17.1, 17.2, 17.3 and 17.4. This Section 17 shall not limit the Committee’s ability to provide for alternative treatment of Awards outstanding under the Plan in the event of a change in control event involving the Company that is not a Corporate Transaction.

17.6        No Limitations on Company.
 
The making of Awards pursuant to the Plan shall not affect or limit in any way the right or power of the Company to make adjustments, reclassifications, reorganizations, or changes of its capital or business structure or to merge, consolidate, dissolve, or liquidate, or to sell or transfer all or any part of its business or assets.
 
18.
GENERAL PROVISIONS
 
18.1        Disclaimer of Rights.
 
No provision in the Plan or in any Award or Award Agreement shall be construed to confer upon any individual the right to remain in the employ or service of the Company or any Affiliate, or to interfere in any way with any contractual or other right or authority of the Company either to increase or decrease the compensation or other payments to any individual at any time, or to terminate any employment or other relationship between any individual and the Company.  In addition, notwithstanding anything contained in the Plan to the contrary, unless otherwise stated in the applicable Award Agreement, no Award granted under the Plan shall be affected by any change of duties or position of the Grantee, so long as such Grantee continues to be a director, officer, consultant or employee of the Company or an Affiliate.  The obligation of the Company to pay any benefits pursuant to this Plan shall be interpreted as a contractual obligation to pay only those amounts described herein, in the manner and under the conditions prescribed herein.  The Plan shall in no way be interpreted to require the Company to transfer any amounts to a third party trustee or otherwise hold any amounts in trust or escrow for payment to any Grantee or beneficiary under the terms of the Plan.
 
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18.2        Nonexclusivity of the Plan.
 
Neither the adoption of the Plan nor the submission of the Plan to the stockholders of the Company for approval shall be construed as creating any limitations upon the right and authority of the Board to adopt such other incentive compensation arrangements (which arrangements may be applicable either generally to a class or classes of individuals or specifically to a particular individual or particular individuals) as the Board in its discretion determines desirable, including, without limitation, the granting of stock options otherwise than under the Plan.

18.3        Withholding Taxes.
 
(a)           The Company or an Affiliate, as the case may be, shall have the right to deduct from payments of any kind otherwise due to a Grantee any federal, state, or local taxes of any kind required by law to be withheld with respect to the vesting of or other lapse of restrictions applicable to an Award or upon the issuance of any shares of Stock upon the exercise of an Option or pursuant to an Award.  At the time of such vesting, lapse, or exercise, the Grantee shall pay in cash to the Company or the Affiliate, as the case may be, any amount that the Company or the Affiliate may reasonably determine to be necessary to satisfy such withholding obligation.  Subject to the prior approval of the Company or the Affiliate, which may be withheld by the Company or the Affiliate, as the case may be, in its sole discretion, the Grantee may elect to satisfy such obligations, in whole or in part, (i) by causing the Company or the Affiliate to withhold shares of Stock otherwise issuable to the Grantee or (ii) by delivering to the Company or the Affiliate shares of Stock already owned by the Grantee.  The shares of Stock so delivered or withheld shall have an aggregate Fair Market Value equal to such withholding obligations.  The Fair Market Value of the shares of Stock used to satisfy such withholding obligation shall be determined by the Company or the Affiliate as of the date that the amount of tax to be withheld is to be determined.  A Grantee who has made an election pursuant to this Section 18.3 may satisfy his or her withholding obligation only with shares of Stock that are not subject to any repurchase, forfeiture, unfulfilled vesting, or other similar requirements.
 
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(b)           The maximum number of shares of Stock that may be withheld from any Award to satisfy any federal, state or local tax withholding requirements upon the exercise, vesting, lapse of restrictions applicable to such Award or payment of shares pursuant to such Award, as applicable, cannot exceed such number of shares having a Fair Market Value equal to the minimum statutory amount required by the Company to be withheld and paid to any such federal, state or local taxing authority with respect to such exercise, vesting, lapse of restrictions or payment of shares; provided, however, for so long as Accounting Standards Update 2016-09 or a similar rule remains in effect, the Board or the Committee has full discretion to choose, or to allow a Grantee to elect, to withhold a number of shares of Stock having an aggregate Fair Market Value that is greater than the applicable minimum required statutory withholding obligation (but such withholding may in no event be in excess of the maximum required statutory withholding amount(s) in such Grantee’s relevant tax jurisdictions).

18.4        Captions.
 
The use of captions in this Plan or any Award Agreement is for the convenience of reference only and shall not affect the meaning of any provision of the Plan or such Award Agreement.

18.5        Other Provisions.
 
Each Award granted under the Plan may contain such other terms and conditions not inconsistent with the Plan as may be determined by the Board, in its sole discretion.

18.6        Number and Gender.
 
With respect to words used in this Plan, the singular form shall include the plural form, the masculine gender shall include the feminine gender, etc., as the context requires.

18.7        Severability.
 
If any provision of the Plan or any Award Agreement shall be determined to be illegal or unenforceable by any court of law in any jurisdiction, the remaining provisions hereof and thereof shall be severable and enforceable in accordance with their terms, and all provisions shall remain enforceable in any other jurisdiction.

18.8        Governing Law.
 
The validity and construction of this Plan and the instruments evidencing the Awards hereunder shall be governed by the laws of the State of Delaware, other than any conflicts or choice of law rule or principle that might otherwise refer construction or interpretation of this Plan and the instruments evidencing the Awards granted hereunder to the substantive laws of any other jurisdiction.
 
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18.9        Section 409A of the Code.
 
The Plan is intended to comply with Code Section 409A to the extent subject thereto, and, accordingly, to the maximum extent permitted, the Plan will be interpreted and administered to be in compliance with Code Section 409A.  Notwithstanding anything in the Plan to the contrary, in the case of an Award that is characterized as deferred compensation under Code Section 409A, and pursuant to which settlement and delivery of the cash or shares of Stock subject to the Award is triggered based on a Corporate Transaction, in no event will a Corporate Transaction be deemed to have occurred for purposes of such settlement and delivery of cash or shares of Stock if the transaction is not also a “change in the ownership or effective control of” the Company or “a change in the ownership of a substantial portion of the assets of” the Company as determined under Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-3(i)(5) (without regard to any alternative definition thereunder).  If an Award characterized as deferred compensation under Code Section 409A is not settled and delivered on account of the provision of the preceding sentence, the settlement and delivery shall occur on the next succeeding settlement and delivery triggering event that is a permissible triggering event under Code Section 409A.  No provision of this paragraph shall in any way affect the determination of a Corporate Transaction for purposes of vesting in an Award that is characterized as deferred compensation under Code Section 409A.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, neither the Company nor the Committee will have any obligation to take any action to prevent the assessment of any excise tax or penalty on any Grantee under Code Section 409A, and neither the Company or an Affiliate nor the Board or the Committee will have any liability to any Grantee for such tax or penalty.
 
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To record adoption of the Plan by the Board as of January 22, 2018 and approval of the Plan by the Company’s stockholders as of May 22, 2018, the Company has caused its authorized officer to execute the Plan.
 
     
 
NBT BANCORP INC.
     
 
By:       
/s/ John H. Watt, Jr.
 
Name:
John H. Watt, Jr.
 
Title:
President and Chief Executive Officer
 
 
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