EX-4.9 3 ex4_9.htm EXHIBIT 4.9 - 1997 EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLAN Exhibit 4.9 - 1997 Employee Stock Purchase Plan

Exhibit 4.9

The ClearOne Communications, Inc. (hereafter, the "Company") 1997 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the "Plan") is intended to provide a method whereby employees of the Company will have an opportunity to acquire a proprietary interest in the Company through the purchase of shares of the Company's Common Stock at a discount.
2.1 - Base Pay. "Base Pay" shall mean regular straight-time earnings excluding payments for overtime, shift premium, bonuses and other special payments, commissions and other marketing incentive payments.
2.2 - Board. "Board" shall mean the Company's board of directors.
2.3 - Commencement Date. "Commencement Date" means the date on which shares of Common Stock become available for purchase under the Plan.
2.4 - Committee. "Committee" shall mean the committee described in Article IX.
2.5 - Common Stock. "Common Stock" means the Company's issued and/or outstanding Common Stock.
2.6 - Employee. "Employee" means any person who is customarily employed on a full-time or part-time basis by the Company and is regularly scheduled to work more than 20 hours per week.
2.7 - Offering. "Offering" means the Company's offer of shares of its Common Stock for purchase under the Plan.
2.8 - Participant. "Participant" means any person who, being eligible under Article III herein, participates in the Plan.
2.9 - Purchase Date. "Purchase Date" means the date each quarter on which the Company, through the Participating Broker, purchases shares of Common Stock for the individual accounts of Plan Participants.
2.10 - Participating Broker. "Participating Broker" means the securities broker or brokers retained by the Company for purposes of executing orders to buy or sell shares of Common Stock on behalf of Plan Participants.
3.1 - Initial Eligibility. Any Employee who has completed ninety (90) days' continuous employment and is currently employed by the Company on the date his participation in the Plan is to become effective shall be eligible to participate in the Plan on or after such ninety day period has concluded.
3.2 - Leave of Absence. For purposes of participation in the Plan, a person on leave of absence shall be deemed to be an Employee for the first 90 days of such leave of absence and such Employee's employment shall be deemed to have terminated at the close of business on the 90th day of such leave of absence unless such Employee shall have returned to regular full-time or part-time employment (as the case may be) prior to the close of business on such 90th day. Termination by the Company of any Employee's leave of absence, other than termination of such leave of absence on return to full time or part time employment, shall terminate an Employee's employment for all purposes of the Plan and shall terminate such Employee's participation in the Plan pursuant to Section 6.3 herein.


4.2 - Right to Purchase. Once payroll deductions have been made from a Participants paycheck pursuant to Article V herein, such Participant shall be deemed to have been granted a right to purchase shares of Common Stock. Each Participant will be deemed to have exercised his right to purchase Common Stock on the Purchase Date, unless such Participant notifies the Committee pursuant to Section 6.1 herein.
4.3 - Purchases; Purchase Price. On the Purchase Date, the Company shall deliver the amounts withheld from each Participant's compensation pursuant to Article V and direct the Participating Broker to conduct open market purchases of shares of Common Stock
4.4 - Company Contributions. The Company shall contribute to the account of each Participant, for no consideration, one (1) share of its Common Stock for every nine (9) shares purchased by such Participant under the Plan. Fractional shares will not be contributed.
4.5 - Transaction Fees and Commissions. The Company shall be responsible for all transaction fees and commissions incurred in connection with the purchase of shares of Common Stock for purposes of the Plan. Each Participant shall be responsible for all transaction fees and commissions incurred in connection with any subsequent sales or transfers of Common Stock from the Participant's account.
4.6 - Holding Period. Subject to death, disability, or a medical condition of the Participant or the Participant's immediate family that will incur significant costs to the Participant, each Participant shall be obligated to hold shares of Common Stock, both purchased under the Plan and contributed by the Company under Section 4.4, in such Participant's account for not less than one (1) year from the Purchase Date applicable to the purchase of such shares.
4.7 - Termination Date. The Plan shall terminate on June 30, 2010 unless sooner terminated under Section 10.5 or by the Company pursuant to Section 10.6 (the "Termination Date").
5.1 - Amount of Deduction. Each Participant shall file an Enrollment Form as specified in Section 4.1 and shall elect to have deductions made from each paycheck at the rate of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00), nor more than ten percent (10%) of the Participant's Base Pay for the period covered by the paycheck. In the case of a part-time hourly Employee, such Employee's Base Pay shall be determined by multiplying such Employee's hourly rate by the number of regularly scheduled hours of work for such Employee. Payroll deductions for a Participant shall commence on the Offering Commencement Date or when such Participant's Enrollment Form become effective, whichever is later, and shall end on the Termination Date (as defined in Section 4.7) unless sooner terminated by the Participant as provided in Article VI.
5.2 - Participant's Account. All payroll deductions made for a Participant shall be credited to such Participant's account under the Plan. A Participant may not make any separate cash payment into such account except when on leave of absence and then only as provided in Section 5.4.
5.3 - Changes in Payroll Deductions. A Participant may change the amounts withheld from the Participants future paychecks by filing a new Enrollment Form with the Human Resources Department, and specifying the amounts to be withheld from such future paychecks. Any changes in the amount withheld from such Participants future paychecks under this Section shall only be permitted if not less than six (6) months has elapsed since the Participant last made changes to the amounts withheld under this Section.
5.4 - Leave of Absence. If a Participant goes on a leave of absence, such Participant shall have the right to elect: (a) to withdraw the balance in his or her account pursuant to Section 6.1, (b) to discontinue contributions to the Plan but remain a Participant in the Plan, or remain a Participant in the Plan during such leave of absence, authorizing deductions to be made from payments by the Company to the Participant during such leave of absence and undertaking to make cash payments to the Plan at the end of each payroll period to the extent that amounts payable by the Company to such Participant are insufficient to meet such Participant's authorized Plan deductions.


6.1 - In General. A Participant may withdraw from the Plan by electing to withdraw all accumulated payroll deductions credited to such Participants account under the Plan at any time by giving written notice to the Companys Human Resources Department within five (5) business days before the paycheck is issued on which payroll deductions have been terminated. With the exception of any payroll deductions of such Participant used to purchase Common Stock prior to the giving of such written notice, all of the Participant's payroll deductions credited to his account will be paid to him promptly after receipt of his notice of withdrawal, and no further payroll deductions will be made from his pay. Any Common Stock purchased on behalf of the Participant pursuant to the Plan shall be returned to him pursuant to Section 6.6 herein. The Company may, at its option, treat any attempt to borrow by an Employee on the security of his accumulated payroll deductions as an election, under Section 3.2, to withdraw such deductions.
6.2 - Effect on Subsequent Participation. A Participant's withdrawal from the Plan will not have any effect upon his eligibility to participate in any succeeding Offering or in any similar plan which may hereafter be adopted by the Company.
6.3 - Termination of Employment. Upon termination of the Participant's employment for any reason, including retirement (but excluding death while in the employ of the Company or continuation of a leave of absence for a period beyond 90 days), any payroll deductions credited to his account and not used to purchase Common Stock will be returned to him. Any Common Stock purchased for the Participants account shall be returned to the Participant pursuant to Section 6.6 herein. In the case of the Participants death subsequent to the termination of his employment, such accumulated payroll deductions and/or Common Stock purchased for his account shall be returned to the person or persons entitled thereto under Section 10.1.
6.4 - Termination of Employment Due to Death. Upon termination of the Participant's employment because of his death, his beneficiary (as defined in Section 10.1) shall have the right to elect, by written notice given to the Company Secretary prior to the earlier of the Termination Date or the expiration of a period of sixty (60) days commencing with the date of the death of the Participant, either:
a) to withdraw all of the payroll deductions credited to the Participant's account under the Plan, or
b) to purchase the number of full shares of stock which the accumulated payroll deductions in the Participant's account at the date of the Participant's death will purchase at the applicable purchase price (as defined in Section 4.3), together with any applicable contributions by the Company under Section 4.4, and any excess in such account will be returned to said beneficiary, with interest as specified in Article VII.
In the event that no such written notice of election shall be duly received by the office of the Secretary of the Company, the beneficiary shall automatically be deemed to have elected, pursuant to paragraph (b), to purchase the applicable number of shares under the Plan on the next Purchase Date.
6.5 - Leave of Absence. A Participant on leave of absence shall, subject to the election made by such Participant pursuant to Section 5.4, continue to be a Participant in the Plan so long as such Participant is on continuous leave of absence. A Participant who has been on leave of absence for more than 90 days and who therefore is not an Employee for the purpose of the Plan shall not be entitled to participate in the Offering if the Offering Commencement Date is after the 90th day of such leave of absence. Notwithstanding any other provisions of the Plan, unless a Participant on leave of absence returns to regular full time or part time employment with the Company at the earlier of: (a) the termination of such leave of absence or (b) three months from the 90th day of such leave of absence, such Participant's participation in the Plan shall terminate on whichever of such dates first occurs.
6.6 - Closing of Account. If a Participants participation under the Plan is terminated pursuant to this Article or Sections 3.2, 10.5, or 10.6 herein, then the Company shall return any accumulated amounts withheld from the Participant's account not used to purchase Common Stock, and shall direct the Participating Broker to close such Participant's account with the Participating Broker, and remit to the Participant or his beneficiary pursuant to Section 10.1, any Common Stock purchased on his behalf. Any Common Stock remitted under this Section shall retain the holding period restrictions as defined in Section 4.6 herein.


7.1 - Payment of Interest. No interest will be paid or allowed on any money paid into the Plan or credited to the account of any Participant Employee; provided, however, that interest shall be paid on any and all money which is distributed to an Employee or his beneficiary pursuant to the provisions of Sections 6.1, 6.3, 6.4, 6.6, and 8.1. Such distributions shall bear simple interest during the period from the date of withholding to the date of return at the regular passbook savings account rates per annum in effect at the regular passbook savings account rates per annum in effect during such period at a major commercial bank in Salt Lake City, Utah selected by the Committee. Where the amount returned represents an excess amount in an Employee's account after such account has been applied to the purchase of stock, the Employee's withholding account shall be deemed to have been applied first toward purchase of stock under the Plan, so that interest shall be paid on the last withholdings during the period which results in the excess amount.
8.1 - Maximum Shares. The maximum number of shares of Common Stock which shall be issued under the Plan shall be five hundred thousand (500,000) shares. If the total number of shares of Common Stock for which payroll deductions have been made under Article V herein exceeds the maximum number of shares for the Offering, the Company, on the applicable Purchase Date, shall make a pro rata allocation of the shares available for delivery and distribution in an nearly a uniform manner as shall be practicable and as it shall determine to be equitable, and the balance of payroll deductions credited to the account of each Participant under the Plan shall be returned to him as promptly as possible.
8.2 - Participant's Interest in Common Stock. The Participant shall not have an interest in any Common Stock until purchases of such Common Stock have been made for the Participants account.
8.3 - Registration of Stock. Stock to be delivered to a Participant under the Plan will be registered in the name of the Participant, or, if the Participant so directs by written notice to the Company's Human Resources Department prior to the Termination Date, in the names of the Participant and one such other person as may be designate by the Participant, as joint tenants with rights of survivorship or as tenants by the entireties, to the extent permitted by applicable law.
9.1 - Appointment of Committee. The Board shall appoint a compensation committee (the "Committee") to administer the Plan. The Committee shall consist of no fewer than three members of the Board. No member of the Committee shall be eligible to purchase stock under the Plan.
9.2 - Authority of Committee. Subject to the express provisions of the Plan, the Committee shall have plenary authority in its discretion to interpret and construe any and all provisions of the Plan, to adopt rules and regulations for administering the Plan, and to make all other determinations deemed necessary or advisable for administering the Plan. The Committee's determination on the foregoing matters shall be conclusive.
9.3 - Rules Governing the Administration of the Committee. The Board may from time to time appoint members of the Committee in substitution for or in addition to members previously appointed and may fill vacancies, however caused, in the Committee. The Committee may select one of its members as its Chairman and shall hold its meetings at such times and places as it shall deem advisable and may hold telephonic meetings. A majority of its members hall constitute a quorum. All determinations of the Committee shall be made by a majority of its members. The Committee may correct any defect or omission or reconcile any inconsistency in the Plan, in the manner and to the extent it shall deem desirable. Any decision or determination reduced to writing and signed by a majority of the members of the Committee shall be as fully effective as if it had been made by a majority vote at a meeting duly called and held. The Committee may appoint a secretary and shall make such rules and regulations for the conduct of its business as it shall deem advisable.


(i) maintaining individual accounts and transaction records of Plan Participants, (ii) receiving and processing Enrollment Forms, (iii) receiving and holding payroll deductions from the paychecks of Plan Participants, (iv) delivering payroll deductions under the Plan to the Participating Broker at quarterly intervals for purchase of Common Stock, (v) elections and changes in elections made by Plan Participants, (vi) delivery of certificates representing the shares of Common Stock purchased by Plan Participants, (vii) keeping minutes of its actions under the Plan, and (viii) any and all procedures and functions of the Plan not otherwise specified herein or assigned to another party in accordance with the terms of the Plan or by authority of the Committee.
9.5 - Reports. The Company shall provide to each Participant, on at least an annual basis, statements setting forth the amounts of payroll deductions, the purchase price for each Purchase Date, the number of shares purchased on each Purchase Date, the total number of shares purchased, and the remaining cash balance, if any, for such Participant's account.
9.6 - Professional Assistance. The Committee may employ such legal counsel, including, without limitation, independent legal counsel regularly employed by the Company, consultants and agents as the Committee may deem appropriate for the administration of the Plan and may rely upon any opinion received from any such counsel or consultant and any computations received from any such consultant or agent. All expenses incurred by the Committee in interpreting and administering the Plan, including, without limitation, meeting fees and expenses and professional fees, shall be paid by the company.
9.7 - Participating Broker. The Committee shall designate a Participating Broker to act as the Company's agent pursuant to the operation of the Plan. Functions of the Participating Broker may include, without limitation, the execution of orders to purchase Common Stock with the proceeds obtained pursuant to Article V herein and the closing of a Participant's brokerage account with the Participating Broker pursuant to Section 6.6 herein.
9.8 - Liability. No member or former member of the Committee or the Board shall be liable for any action or determination made in good faith with respect to the Plan or any deduction or withholding made under the Plan. Each member or former member of the Committee or the Board shall be indemnified and held harmless by the Company against all costs or expenses (including counsel fees) or liability (including any sum paid in settlement of a claim with the approval of the Board) arising out of any act or omission to act in connection with the Plan to the extent allowed by law.


10.1 - Designation of Beneficiary. A Participant may file a written designation of a beneficiary who is to receive any Common Stock and/or cash. Such designation of beneficiary may be changed by the Participant at any time by written notice to the Secretary of the Company. Upon the death of a Participant and upon receipt by the Company of proof of identity and existence at the Participant's death of a beneficiary validly designated by him under the Plan, the Company shall deliver such Common Stock and/or cash to such beneficiary. In the event of the death of a Participant and in the absence of a beneficiary validly designated under the Plan who is living at the time of such Participant's death, the company shall deliver such Common Stock and/or cash to the executor or administrator of the estate of the Participant, or if no such executor or administrator has been appointed (to the knowledge of the Company), the Company, in its discretion, may deliver such Common Stock and/or cash to the spouse or to any one or more dependents of the Participant as the Company may designate. No beneficiary shall, prior to the death of the Participant by whom he has been designated, acquire any interest in the Common Stock or cash credited to the Participant under the Plan.
10.2 - Transferability. Neither payroll deductions credited to a Participant's account nor any rights to receive Common Stock under the Plan may be assigned, transferred, pledged, or otherwise disposed of in any way by the Participant other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution. Any such attempted assignment, transfer, pledge or other disposition of such rights shall be without effect, except that the Company may treat such act as an election to withdraw from the plan under Section 6.1.
10.3 - Use of Funds. All payroll deductions received or held by the Company under the Plan may be used by the Company for any corporate purpose and the Company shall not be obligated to segregate such payroll deductions.
10.4 - No Adjustment Upon Changes in Capitalization. No adjustment shall be made to a Participant's account due to stock splits, reverse stock splits, changes in the Company's capitalization, or similar transaction. No adjustments shall be made for stock dividends.
10.5 - Dissolution or Liquidation. In the event of a proposed dissolution or liquidation of the Company, a sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company, or the merger of the Company with or into another corporation, the Plan will terminate immediately prior to the consummation of such proposed action, unless otherwise provided by the Committee, and the Company shall return to each Participant, with interest, the accumulated withholdings in such Participant's account, as well as any Common Stock purchased for such Participant's account, with such Participant subject to the one-year holding period restriction described in Section 4.6.
10.6 - Amendment and Termination. The Board shall have complete power and authority to terminate or amend the Plan at any time and for any reason. No termination, modification, or amendment of the Plan may, without the consent of an Employee then having a right to purchase Common Stock under the Plan, adversely affect the rights of such Employee to purchase Common Stock.
10.7 - Effective Date. The Plan shall become effective as of January 1, 1997.
10.8 - No Employment Rights. The Plan does not, directly or indirectly, create any right for the benefit of any Employee or class of Employees to purchase any shares under the Plan, or create in any Employee or class of Employees any right with respect to continuation of employment by the Company, and it shall not be deemed to interfere in any way with the Company's right to terminate, or otherwise modify, an Employee's employment at any time.
10.9 - Effect of Plan. The provisions of the Plan shall, in accordance with its terms, be binding upon, and inure to the benefit of, all successors of each Participant, including, without limitation, such Participant's estate and the executors, administrators or trustees thereof, heirs and legatees, and any receiver, trustee in bankruptcy or representative of creditors of such Participant.
10.10 - Governing Law. The provisions of the Plan and all matters relating thereto shall be governed by the laws of the State of Utah, except to the extent such laws are superseded by the laws of the United States.


ClearOne Communications, Inc.

Employee Stock Purchase Plan Enrollment Form

Participant Name (Last, First, M.I.)    Social Security Number   Hire Date  Birth Date

__________________________________  _________ - _______ - _________  __________         ___________

  [  ] Initial Election                                                         [  ] Married
  [  ] Change Election                                                      [  ] Single

I hereby authorize and direct that my employer, ClearOne Communications Inc. (the “Company”), withhold from each pay period the indicated amount from my gross compensation for monthly purchases of shares of the Company’s common stock for my account, pursuant to the 1997 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the” Plan”). I intend to complete all applications required by Morgan Stanley to open a special “EMSIP” (Employee Stock Investment Plan) account, and understand that all shares of stock purchased under the terms hereby authorized will be deposited into this account. I understand that under the Plan I may authorize no less than $25.00 and no more the 10% of my gross compensation to be withheld from each paycheck.
  [  ] 3%    [  ] 5%     [  ]10%   %______________  $______________

I understand that I may change, suspend, and resume contributions at such times as outlined in the terms of the Plan, and that my salary reduction and participation in the Plan is completely voluntary. I also understand that the amounts withdrawn from my compensation, along with shares purchased for my account, are subject to the withdrawal and/or sale restrictions set forth in the Plan summary, a copy of which I have received. I understand the Morgan Stanley may discontinue my EMSIP account at any time by notifying me and the Company in writing I also understand that I am subject to an Annual Account Service Charge of $30.00 to offset costs incurred by Morgan Stanley Dean Witter for the effective administration and maintenance of my account.
  I do not wish to contribute to the Employee Stock Investment Plan at this time.
  I hereby authorize the above payroll deduction.

Signature _____________________________________________________________ Date _________________________________
In connection with our Morgan Stanley EMSIP account, with rights of survivorship, we confirm that:

In all matters pertaining to the joint account maintained pursuant to the terms of the Plan, Morgan Stanley may act upon instructions from either of us.
If both of us reside in a state other than Louisiana or Texas, upon the death of either of us, all securities, funds, and property in the joint EMSIP account shall be the sole property of the survivor.
If either of us resides in the state of Louisiana or Texas, upon death of either of us all securities, funds, and property in the joint EMSIP account shall be divided, with one half belonging to the survivor, and one half belonging to the estate of the deceased.

Signature ______________________________________________________________ Date _________________________________

Signature ______________________________________________________________ Date _________________________________
Designate the following beneficiaries for any interest due from the Plan upon the event of death:

Beneficiary (Primary)______________________________________________ Relationship________________________________

Beneficiary (Secondary)____________________________________________ Relationship________________________________

Signature _______________________________________________________ Date ______________________________________
We suggest that you consult your tax or legal advisor regarding the consequences of the designation of the beneficiary you have made. You may change your designation by properly completing a new Beneficiary Designation section of this form.