EX-4.1 2 dex41.htm CITIGROUP 2009 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN Citigroup 2009 Stock Incentive Plan

Exhibit 4.1

CITIGROUP

2009 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN

(restated as of September 10, 2009, to reflect adjustments pursuant to Section 6(e), as of July 29, 2009, and September 10, 2009, to numerical limits in Section 6(a) and Section 6(d))

 

1. Purpose

The purposes of the Citigroup 2009 Stock Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) are to (i) align Employees’ long-term financial interests with those of the Company’s stockholders; (ii) attract and retain Employees by providing compensation opportunities that are competitive with other companies; and (iii) provide incentives to those Employees who contribute significantly to the long-term performance and growth of the Company and its Subsidiaries.

 

2. Effective Date

The Plan will become effective as of April 21, 2009, subject to approval by the stockholders of the Company.

 

3. Definitions

“Award” shall mean an Option, SAR or other form of Stock Award granted under the Plan.

“Award Agreement” shall mean the paper or electronic document evidencing an Award granted under the Plan.

“Board” shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.

“Change of Control” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 13.

“Code” shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, including any rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

“Committee” shall mean the Personnel and Compensation Committee of the Board, the members of which shall satisfy the requirements of Rule 16b-3 of the 1934 Act and who shall also qualify, and remain qualified, as “outside directors,” as defined in Section 162(m) of the Code.

“Common Stock” shall mean the common stock of the Company, par value $.01 per share.

“Company” shall mean Citigroup Inc., a Delaware corporation.

“Covered Employee” shall mean “covered employee” as such term is defined in Section 162(m) of the Code.

“Deferred Stock” shall mean an Award payable in shares of Common Stock at the end of a specified deferral period that is subject to the terms, conditions and limitations described or referred to in Section 7(c)(iv) and Section 7(d).

“Employee” shall have the meaning set forth in General Instruction A to the Registration Statement on Form S-8 promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any successor form or statute, as determined by the Committee.

“Fair Market Value” shall mean, in the case of a grant of an Option or a SAR, the closing price of a share of Common Stock on the New York Stock Exchange, or on any national securities exchange on which the shares of Common Stock are then listed, on the trading date immediately preceding the date on which the Option or the SAR was granted, or on the date on which the Option or a SAR was granted, in the case of a grant to a Section 16(a) Officer (as defined).

“ISO” shall mean an incentive stock option as defined in Section 422 of the Code.

 

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“Nonqualified Stock Option” shall mean an Option that is granted to a Participant that is not designated as an ISO.

“Option” shall mean the right to purchase a specified number of shares of Common Stock at a stated exercise price for a specified period of time subject to the terms, conditions and limitations described or referred to in Section 7(a) and Section 7(d). The term “Option” as used in this Plan includes the terms “Nonqualified Stock Option” and “ISO.”

“Participant” shall mean an Employee who has been granted an Award under the Plan.

“Plan Administrator” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 10.

“Prior Plans” shall mean the Citigroup 1999 Stock Incentive Plan, the Citicorp 1997 Stock Incentive Plan, the Travelers Group Capital Accumulation Plan, and the Citigroup Employee Incentive Plan (formerly the Travelers Group Employee Incentive Plan).

“Restricted Stock” shall mean an Award of Common Stock that is subject to the terms, conditions, restrictions and limitations described or referred to in Section 7(c)(iii) and Section 7(d).

“SAR” shall mean a stock appreciation right that is subject to the terms, conditions, restrictions and limitations described or referred to in Section 7(b) and Section 7(d).

“Section 16(a) Officer” shall mean an Employee who is subject to the reporting requirements of Section 16(a) of the 1934 Act.

Separation from Service” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 1.409A-1(h) of the Treasury Regulations.

Specified Employee” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 409A of the Code.

“Stock Award” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7(c)(i).

“Stock Payment” shall mean a stock payment that is subject to the terms, conditions, and limitations described or referred to in Section 7(c)(ii) and Section 7(d).

“Stock Unit” shall mean a stock unit that is subject to the terms, conditions and limitations described or referred to in Section 7(c)(v) and Section 7(d).

“Subsidiary” shall mean any entity that is directly or indirectly controlled by the Company or any entity, including an acquired entity, in which the Company has a significant equity interest, as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion, provided that with respect to any Award that is subject to Section 409A of the Code, “Subsidiary” shall mean a corporation or other entity in a chain of corporations or other entities in which each corporation or other entity, starting with the Company, has a controlling interest in another corporation or other entity in the chain, ending with such corporation or other entity. For purposes of the preceding sentence, the term “controlling interest” has the same meaning as provided in Section 1.414(c)-2(b)(2)(i) of the Treasury Regulations, provided that the language “at least 50 percent” is used instead of “at least 80 percent” each place it appears in Section 1.414(c)-2(b)(2)(i) of the Treasury Regulations. Notwithstanding the foregoing, for the purpose of determining whether a corporation or other entity is a Subsidiary for purposes of Section 5(a) hereof, if the Awards proposed to be granted to Employees of such corporation or other entity would be granted based upon legitimate business criteria, the term “controlling interest” has the same meaning as provided in Section 1.414(c)-2(b)(2)(i) of the Treasury Regulations, provided that the language “at least 20 percent” is used instead of “at least 80 percent” each place it appears in Code Section 1.414(c)-2(b)(2)(i). For purposes of determining ownership of an interest in an organization, the rules of Sections 1.414(c)-3 and 1.414(c)-4 of the Treasury Regulations apply.

“Treasury Regulations” shall mean the regulations promulgated under the Code by the United States Internal Revenue Service, as amended.

“1934 Act” shall mean the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder and any successor thereto.

 

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4. The Committee

 

  (a) Committee Authority. The Committee shall have full and exclusive power to administer and interpret the Plan, to grant Awards and to adopt such administrative rules, regulations, procedures and guidelines governing the Plan and the Awards as it deems appropriate, in its sole discretion, from time to time. The Committee’s authority shall include, but not be limited to, the authority to (i) determine the type of Awards to be granted under the Plan; (ii) select Award recipients and determine the extent of their participation; and (iii) establish all other terms, conditions, and limitations applicable to Awards, Award programs and the shares of Common Stock issued pursuant thereto. The Committee may accelerate or defer the vesting or payment of Awards, cancel or modify outstanding Awards, waive any conditions or restrictions imposed with respect to Awards or the Common Stock issued pursuant to Awards and make any and all other determinations that it deems appropriate with respect to the administration of the Plan, subject to the limitations contained in Sections 4(d) and 7(d) and Section 409A of the Code with respect to all Participants, and subject to the provisions of Section 162(m) of the Code with respect to Covered Employees.

 

  (b) Administration of the Plan. The administration of the Plan shall be managed by the Committee. The Committee shall have the power to prescribe and modify, as necessary, the form of Award Agreement, to correct any defect, supply any omission or clarify any inconsistency in the Plan and/or in any Award Agreement and to take such actions and make such administrative determinations that the Committee deems appropriate in its sole discretion. Any decision of the Committee in the administration of the Plan, as described herein, shall be final, binding and conclusive on all parties concerned, including the Company, its stockholders and Subsidiaries and all Participants.

 

  (c) Delegation of Authority. To the extent permitted by applicable law, the Committee may at any time delegate to one or more officers or directors of the Company some or all of its authority over the administration of the Plan, with respect to persons who are not Section 16(a) Officers or Covered Employees.

 

  (d) Prohibition Against Repricing. Notwithstanding any provision of this Plan to the contrary, in no event shall (i) any repricing (within the meaning of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles or any applicable stock exchange rule) of Awards issued under the Plan be permitted at any time under any circumstances, or (ii) any new Awards be issued in substitution for outstanding Awards previously granted to Participants if such action would be considered a repricing (within the meaning of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles or any applicable stock exchange rule).

 

  (e) Indemnification. No member of the Committee nor any other person to whom any duty or power relating to the administration or interpretation of the Plan has been delegated shall be personally liable for any action or determination made with respect to the Plan, except for his or her own willful misconduct or as expressly provided by statute. The members of the Committee and its delegates, including any employee with responsibilities relating to the administration of the Plan, shall be entitled to indemnification and reimbursement from the Company, to the extent permitted by applicable law and the By-laws and policies of the Company. In the performance of its functions under the Plan, the Committee (and each member of the Committee and its delegates) shall be entitled to rely upon information and advice furnished by the Company’s officers, accountants, counsel and any other party they deem appropriate, and neither the Committee nor any such person shall be liable for any action taken or not taken in reliance upon any such advice.

 

5. Participation

 

  (a) Eligible Employees. Subject to Section 7(a)(i), the Committee shall determine which Employees shall be eligible to receive Awards under the Plan. With respect to Employees subject to U.S. income tax, Options and SARs shall only be granted to such Employees who provide direct services to the Company or a Subsidiary of the Company as of the date of grant of the Option or SAR.

 

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  (b) Participation by Subsidiaries. Employees of Subsidiaries may participate in the Plan upon approval of Awards to such Employees by the Committee. A Subsidiary’s participation in the Plan may be conditioned upon the Subsidiary’s agreement to reimburse the Company for costs and expenses of such participation, as determined by the Company. The Committee may terminate the Subsidiary’s participation in the Plan at any time and for any reason. If a Subsidiary’s participation in the Plan shall terminate, such termination shall not relieve it of any obligations theretofore incurred by it under the Plan, except with the approval of the Committee, and the Committee shall determine, in its sole discretion, the extent to which Employees of the Subsidiary may continue to participate in the Plan with respect to previously granted Awards. Unless the Committee determines otherwise, a Subsidiary’s participation in the plan shall terminate upon the occurrence of any event that results in such entity no longer constituting a Subsidiary as defined herein; provided, however, that such termination shall not relieve such Subsidiary of any of its obligations to the Company theretofore incurred by it under the Plan, except with the approval of the Committee. Notwithstanding the foregoing, unless otherwise specified by the Committee, upon any such Subsidiary ceasing to be a Subsidiary as defined herein, the Employees and Participants employed by such Subsidiary shall be deemed to have terminated employment for purposes of the Plan. With respect to Awards subject to Section 409A of the Code, for purposes of determining whether a distribution is due to a Participant, such Participant’s employment shall be deemed terminated as described in the preceding sentence only if the Committee determines that a Separation from Service has occurred.

 

  (c) Participation outside of the United States. In order to facilitate the granting of Awards to Employees who are foreign nationals or who are employed outside of the U.S., the Committee may provide for such special terms and conditions, including, without limitation, substitutes for Awards, as the Committee may consider necessary or appropriate to accommodate differences in local law, tax policy or custom. The Committee may approve any supplements to, or amendments, restatements or alternative versions of, this Plan as it may consider necessary or appropriate for the purposes of this Section 5(c) without thereby affecting the terms of this Plan as in effect for any other purpose, and the Secretary, or any Assistant Secretary or other appropriate officer of the Company, may certify any such documents as having been approved and adopted pursuant to properly delegated authority; provided, that no such supplements, amendments, restatements or alternative versions shall include any provisions that are inconsistent with the intent and purpose of this Plan, as then in effect; and further provided that any such action taken with respect to a Covered Employee shall be taken in compliance with Section 162(m) of the Code and that any such action taken with respect to an Employee who is subject to Section 409A of the Code shall be taken in compliance with Section 409A of the Code.

 

6. Available Shares of Common Stock

 

  (a) Shares Subject to the Plan. Common Stock issued pursuant to Awards granted under the Plan may be shares that have been authorized but unissued, or have been previously issued and reacquired by the Company, or both. Reacquired shares may consist of shares purchased in open market transactions or otherwise. Subject to the following provisions of this Section 6, the aggregate number of shares of Common Stock that may be issued to Participants pursuant to Awards granted under the Plan shall not exceed one billion, thirty-two million, eight-hundred-and-twelve thousand, and one-hundred-and-eighty-six (1,032,812,186) shares of Common Stock; provided that, for these purposes only, each share subject to an Award granted pursuant to Section 7(a) or (b) shall be counted as one share, and each share subject to an Award granted pursuant to Section 7(c) shall be counted as 2.3 shares.

 

  (b)

Forfeited and Expired Awards. Awards made under the Plan which, at any time, are forfeited, expire or are canceled or settled without issuance of shares shall not count towards the maximum number of shares that may be issued under the Plan as set forth in Section 6(a) and shall be available for future Awards under the Plan. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any and all shares of Common Stock that are (i) tendered in payment of an Option exercise price (whether by attestation or by other means);

 

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(ii) withheld by the Company to satisfy any tax withholding obligation; (iii) repurchased by the Company with Option exercise proceeds; or (iv) covered by an SAR (to the extent that it is exercised and settled in shares of Common Stock, without regard to the number of shares of Stock that are actually issued to the Participant upon exercise) shall be considered issued pursuant to the Plan and shall not be added to the maximum number of shares that may be issued under the Plan as set forth in Section 6(a).

 

  (c) Other Items Not Included in Allocation. The maximum number of shares that may be issued under the Plan as set forth in Section 6(a) shall not be affected by (i) the payment in cash of dividends or dividend equivalents in connection with outstanding Awards; (ii) the granting or payment of stock-denominated Awards that by their terms may be settled only in cash; or (iii) Awards that are granted in connection with a transaction between the Company or a Subsidiary and another entity or business in substitution or exchange for, or conversion adjustment, assumption or replacement of, awards previously granted by such other entity to any individuals who have become Employees as a result of such transaction.

 

  (d) Other Limitations on Shares that May be Granted under the Plan. Subject to Section 6(e), the aggregate number of shares of Common Stock that may be granted to any single individual during a calendar year in the form of Options, SARs, and/or Stock Awards shall not exceed twenty million, six-hundred-and-fifty-six thousand and two-hundred-and-forty-three (20,656,243).

 

  (e) Adjustments. In the event of any change in the Company’s capital structure, including but not limited to a change in the number of shares of Common Stock outstanding, on account of (i) any stock dividend, stock split, reverse stock split or any similar equity restructuring, or (ii) any combination or exchange of equity securities (including, without limitation, the exchange of preferred securities owned by the United States government for Common Stock, as announced by the Company in a press release dated February 27, 2009), merger, consolidation, recapitalization, reorganization, or divesture or any other similar event affecting the Company’s capital structure, to reflect such change in the Company’s capital structure, the Committee shall make appropriate equitable adjustments to the maximum number of shares of Common Stock that may be issued under the Plan as set forth in Section 6(a) and (but only to the extent permitted under Section 162(m) of the Code) to the maximum number of shares that may be granted to any single individual pursuant to Section 6(d). In the event of any extraordinary dividend, divestiture or other distribution (other than ordinary cash dividends) of assets to stockholders, or any transaction or event described above, to the extent necessary to prevent the enlargement or diminution of the rights of Participants, the Committee shall make appropriate equitable adjustments to the number or kind of shares subject to an outstanding Award, the exercise price applicable to an outstanding Award (subject to the limitation contained in Section 4(d)), and/or any measure of performance that relates to an outstanding Award. Any adjustment to ISOs under this Section 6(e) shall be made only to the extent not constituting a “modification” within the meaning of Section 424(h)(3) of the Code, and any adjustments under this Section 6(e) shall be made in a manner that does not adversely affect the exemption provided pursuant to Rule 16b-3 under the 1934 Act. With respect to Awards subject to Section 409A of the Code, any adjustments under this Section 6(e) shall conform to the requirements of Section 409A of the Code. Furthermore, with respect to Awards intended to qualify as “performance-based compensation” under Section 162(m) of the Code, such adjustments shall be made only to the extent that the Committee determines that such adjustments may be made without causing the Company to be denied a tax deduction on account of Section 162(m) of the Code. The Company shall give each Participant notice of an adjustment hereunder and, upon notice, such adjustment shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Committee may, in its discretion, decline to adjust any Award made to a Participant, if it determines that such adjustment would violate applicable law or result in adverse tax consequences to the Participant or to the Company.

 

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7. Awards Under The Plan

Awards under the Plan may be granted as Options, SARs or Stock Awards, as described below. Awards may be granted singly, in combination or in tandem as determined by the Committee, in its sole discretion.

 

  (a) Options. Options granted under the Plan may be Nonqualified Stock Options or ISOs or any other type of stock option permitted under the Code. Options shall expire after such period, not to exceed ten years, as may be determined by the Committee. If an Option is exercisable in installments, such installments or portions thereof that become exercisable shall remain exercisable until the Option expires or is otherwise canceled pursuant to its terms. Except as otherwise provided in Sections 7(a) and (d), Awards of Nonqualified Stock Options shall be subject to the terms, conditions, restrictions, and limitations determined by the Committee, in its sole discretion, from time to time.

 

  (i) ISOs. The terms and conditions of any ISOs granted hereunder shall be subject to the provisions of Section 422 of the Code, and except as provided in Section 7(d), the terms, conditions, limitations and administrative procedures established by the Committee from time to time in accordance with the Plan. At the discretion of the Committee, ISOs may be granted to any employee of the Company, its parent or any subsidiary of the Company, as such terms are defined in Sections 424(e) and (f) of the Code.

 

  (ii) Reload Options. Except as provided in this Section 7(a)(ii), no Reload Options (as defined below) shall be granted under the Plan. With respect to the exercise of (A) any Option granted under a Prior Plan (an “Original Option”) pursuant to the terms of which a Participant tenders shares of Common Stock to pay the exercise price and arranges to have a portion of the shares otherwise issuable upon exercise withheld to pay the applicable withholding taxes, and thereby becomes entitled (if all other applicable conditions have been satisfied) to receive a new Option covering a number of shares of Common Stock equal to the sum of the number of shares tendered to pay the exercise price and the number of shares used to pay the withholding taxes of the Original Option, at an exercise price equal to the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock on the exercise date of the Original Option, and which vests six months thereafter and expires no later than the expiration date of the underlying Original Option (a “Reload Option”) or (B) any Reload Option granted as described above, the Participant may receive a new Reload Option. Reload Options will be granted only as provided above and subject to such terms, conditions, restrictions and limitations as provided by the terms of the underlying Original Option or Reload Option (including, but not limited to, eligibility to receive subsequent grants of Reload Options upon satisfaction of the conditions specified in the terms of the underlying Original Option or Reload Option), and subject to such modifications thereto as the Committee (if permitted), in its sole discretion, may from time to time deem appropriate; provided, however, that any such modification shall comply with Section 409A of the Code, to the extent applicable. A Reload Option may not otherwise be granted under the terms of the Plan. To the extent a Reload Option is granted in respect of an Original Option granted under the Plan or Prior Plan, shares issued in connection with such Reload Option shall count towards the maximum number of shares of Common Stock that may be issued to Participants pursuant to Awards granted under the Plan as set forth in Section 6(a) and any individual Participant pursuant to Section 6(d). A Reload Option granted hereunder shall not be subject to the minimum vesting requirements of Section 7(d).

 

  (iii) Exercise Price. The Committee shall determine the exercise price per share for each Option, which shall not be less than 100% of the Fair Market Value at the time of grant.

 

  (iv)

Exercise of Options. Upon satisfaction of the applicable conditions relating to vesting and exercisablility, as determined by the Committee, and upon provision for the payment in full of the exercise price and applicable taxes due, the Participant shall be entitled to exercise the Option and receive the number of shares of Common Stock issuable in connection with the Option exercise. The shares issued in connection with the Option exercise may be subject to such conditions and restrictions as the Committee may determine, from time to time. The exercise price of an Option

 

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and applicable withholding taxes relating to an Option exercise may be paid by methods permitted by the Committee from time to time including, but not limited to, (1) a cash payment in U.S. dollars; (2) tendering (either actually or by attestation) shares of Common Stock owned by the Participant (for any minimum period of time that the Committee, in its discretion, may specify), valued at the fair market value at the time of exercise; (3) arranging to have the appropriate number of shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of an Option withheld or sold; or (4) any combination of the above. Additionally, the Committee may provide that an Option may be “net exercised,” meaning that upon the exercise of an Option or any portion thereof, the Company shall deliver the greatest number of whole shares of Common Stock having a fair market value on the date of exercise not in excess of the difference between (x) the aggregate fair market value of the shares of Common Stock subject to the Option (or the portion of such Option then being exercised) and (y) the aggregate exercise price for all such shares of Common Stock under the Option (or the portion thereof then being exercised) plus (to the extent it would not give rise to adverse accounting consequences pursuant to applicable accounting principles) the amount of withholding tax due upon exercise, with any fractional share that would result from such equation to be payable in cash, to the extent practicable, or cancelled.

 

  (v) ISO Grants to 10% Stockholders. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 7(a), if an ISO is granted to a Participant who owns stock representing more than ten percent of the voting power of all classes of stock of the Company or of a subsidiary or parent, as such terms are defined in Section 424(e) and (f) of the Code, the term of the Option shall not exceed five years from the time of grant of such Option and the exercise price shall be at least 110 percent (110%) of the Fair Market Value (at the time of grant) of the Common Stock subject to the Option.

 

  (vi) $100,000 Per Year Limitation for ISOs. To the extent the aggregate Fair Market Value (determined at the time of grant) of the Common Stock for which ISOs are exercisable for the first time by any Participant during any calendar year (under all plans of the Company) exceeds $100,000, such excess ISOs shall be treated as Nonqualified Stock Options.

 

  (vii) Disqualifying Dispositions. Each Participant awarded an ISO under the Plan shall notify the Company in writing immediately after the date he or she makes a disqualifying disposition of any shares of Common Stock acquired pursuant to the exercise of such ISO. A disqualifying disposition is any disposition (including any sale) of such Common Stock before the later of (i) two years after the time of grant of the ISO or (ii) one year after the date the Participant acquired the shares of Common Stock by exercising the ISO. The Company may, if determined by the Committee and in accordance with procedures established by it, retain possession of any shares of Common Stock acquired pursuant to the exercise of an ISO as agent for the applicable Participant until the end of the period described in the preceding sentence, subject to complying with any instructions from such Participant as to the sale of such Stock.

 

  (b) Stock Appreciation Rights. A SAR represents the right to receive a payment in cash, Common Stock, or a combination thereof, in an amount equal to the excess of the fair market value of a specified number of shares of Common Stock at the time the SAR is exercised over the exercise price of such SAR which shall be no less than 100% of the Fair Market Value of the same number of shares at the time the SAR was granted, except that if a SAR is granted retroactively in substitution for an Option, the exercise price of such SAR shall be the Fair Market Value at the time such Option was granted. Any such substitution of a SAR for an Option granted to a Covered Employee may only be made in compliance with the provisions of Section 162(m) of the Code. Except as otherwise provided in Section 7(d), Awards of SARs shall be subject to the terms, conditions, restrictions and limitations determined by the Committee, in its sole discretion, from time to time. A SAR may only be granted to Employees to whom an Option could be granted under the Plan.

 

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  (c) Stock Awards.

 

  (i) Form of Awards. The Committee may grant Awards (“Stock Awards”) that are payable in shares of Common Stock or denominated in units equivalent in value to shares of Common Stock or are otherwise based on or related to shares of Common Stock, including, but not limited to, Awards of Restricted Stock, Deferred Stock and Stock Units. Except as otherwise provided in Section 7(d), Stock Awards shall be subject to such terms, conditions, restrictions and limitations as the Committee may determine to be applicable to such Stock Awards, in its sole discretion, from time to time.

 

  (ii) Stock Payment. If not prohibited by applicable law and to the extent allowed by Section 7(d) of the Plan, the Committee may issue unrestricted shares of Common Stock, alone or in tandem with other Awards, in such amounts and subject to such terms and conditions as the Committee shall from time to time in its sole discretion determine; provided, however, that to the extent Section 409A of the Code is applicable to the grant of unrestricted shares of Common Stock that are issued in tandem with another Award, then such tandem Awards shall conform to the requirements of Section 409A of the Code. A Stock Payment under the Plan may be granted as, or in payment of, a bonus (including without limitation any compensation that is intended to qualify as performance-based compensation for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Code), or to provide incentives or recognize special achievements or contributions. Any shares of Common Stock used for such payment may be valued at a fair market value at the time of payment as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion.

 

  (iii) Restricted Stock. Except as otherwise provided in Section 7(d), Awards of Restricted Stock shall be subject to the terms, conditions, restrictions, and limitations determined by the Committee, in its sole discretion, from time to time. The number of shares of Restricted Stock allocable to an Award under the Plan shall be determined by the Committee in its sole discretion.

 

  (iv) Deferred Stock. Except as otherwise provided in Section 7(d) and subject to Section 409A of the Code to the extent applicable, Awards of Deferred Stock shall be subject to the terms, conditions, restrictions and limitations determined by the Committee, in its sole discretion, from time to time. A Participant who receives an Award of Deferred Stock shall be entitled to receive the number of shares of Common Stock allocable to his or her Award, as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion, from time to time, at the end of a specified deferral period determined by the Committee. Awards of Deferred Stock represent only an unfunded, unsecured promise to deliver shares in the future and do not give Participants any greater rights than those of an unsecured general creditor of the Company.

 

  (v) Stock Units. A Stock Unit is an Award denominated in shares of Common Stock that may be settled either in shares of Common Stock or in cash, in the discretion of the Committee, and, except as otherwise provided in Section 7(d) and subject to Section 409A of the Code to the extent applicable, shall be subject to such other terms, conditions, restrictions and limitations determined by the Committee from time to time in its sole discretion.

 

  (d) Minimum Vesting. Except for Awards referred to in Section 6(c)(ii) or (iii), or as provided in this Section 7(d), Section 7(a)(ii), and Section 13, Awards shall not vest in full prior to the third anniversary of the Award date; provided, however, that the Committee may, in its sole discretion, grant Awards that provide for accelerated vesting (i) on account of a Participant’s retirement, death, disability, leave of absence, termination of employment, the sale or other disposition of a Participant’s employer or any other similar event, and/or (ii) upon the achievement of performance criteria specified by the Committee, as provided in Section 7(e). Notwithstanding the foregoing, up to twenty percent (20%) of the shares of Common Stock reserved for issuance under the Plan pursuant to Section 6(a) may be granted subject to awards with such other vesting requirements, if any, as the Committee may establish in its sole discretion (which number of shares shall be subject to adjustment in accordance with Section 6(e) and which shall not include any shares subject to Awards referred to in Section 6(c)(ii) and (iii), or granted pursuant to Section 7(a)(ii), Section 7(e) or any other provision of this Section 7(d)).

 

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  (e) Performance Criteria. At the discretion of the Committee, Awards may be made subject to, or may vest on an accelerated basis upon, the achievement of performance criteria related to a period of performance of not less than one year, which may be established on a Company-wide basis or with respect to one or more business units or divisions or Subsidiaries and may be based upon the attainment of criteria as may be determined by the Committee. When establishing performance criteria for any performance period, the Committee may exclude any or all “extraordinary items” as determined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles including, without limitation, the charges or costs associated with restructurings of the Company or any Subsidiary, discontinued operations, other unusual or non-recurring items, and the cumulative effects of accounting changes. The Committee may also adjust the performance criteria for any performance period as it deems equitable in recognition of unusual or non-recurring events affecting the Company, changes in applicable tax laws or accounting principles, or such other factors as the Committee may determine. The Committee, in its sole discretion, may establish or measure performance criteria based on International Financial Reporting Standards or other appropriate accounting principles then in general use and accepted for financial reports the Company is required to file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

8. Forfeiture Provisions Following a Termination of Employment

Except where prohibited by applicable law, in any instance where the rights of a Participant with respect to an Award extend past the date of termination of a Participant’s employment, all of such rights shall terminate and be forfeited, if, in the determination of the Committee, the Participant, at any time subsequent to his or her termination of employment engages, directly or indirectly, either personally or as an employee, agent, partner, stockholder, officer or director of, or consultant to, any entity or person engaged in any business in which the Company or its affiliates is engaged, in conduct that breaches any obligation or duty of such Participant to the Company or a Subsidiary or that is in material competition with the Company or a Subsidiary or is materially injurious to the Company or a Subsidiary, monetarily or otherwise, which conduct shall include, but not be limited to, (i) disclosing or misusing any confidential information pertaining to the Company or a Subsidiary; (ii) any attempt, directly or indirectly, to induce any employee, agent, insurance agent, insurance broker or broker-dealer of the Company or any Subsidiary to be employed or perform services elsewhere; (iii) any attempt by a Participant, directly or indirectly, to solicit the trade of any customer or supplier or prospective customer or supplier of the Company or any Subsidiary; or (iv) disparaging the Company, any Subsidiary or any of their respective officers or directors. The Committee shall make the determination of whether any conduct, action or failure to act falls within the scope of activities contemplated by this Section 8, in its sole discretion. For purposes of this Section 8, a Participant shall not be deemed to be a stockholder of a competing entity if the Participant’s record and beneficial ownership amount to not more than one percent (1%) of the outstanding capital stock of any company subject to the periodic and other reporting requirements of the 1934 Act.

 

9. Dividends and Dividend Equivalents

The Committee may, in its sole discretion, provide that Stock Awards shall earn dividends or dividend equivalents. Such dividends or dividend equivalents may be paid currently or may be credited to an account maintained on the books of the Company. Any payment or crediting of dividends or dividend equivalents will be subject to such terms, conditions, restrictions and limitations as the Committee may establish, from time to time, in its sole discretion, including, without limitation, reinvestment in additional shares of Common Stock or common share equivalents; provided, however, if the payment or crediting of dividends or dividend equivalents is in respect of a Stock Award that is subject to Section 409A of the Code, then the payment or crediting of such dividends or dividend equivalents shall conform to the requirements of Section 409A of the Code and such requirements shall be specified in writing. Any shares purchased by or on behalf of Participants in a dividend reinvestment program established under the Plan shall not count towards the maximum number of shares that may be issued under the Plan as set forth in Section 6(a), provided that such shares are purchased in open-market transactions or are treasury shares purchased directly from the Company at fair market value at the time of purchase. Unless the Committee determines otherwise, Section 16(a) Officers may not participate in dividend

 

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reinvestment programs established under the Plan. Notwithstanding the foregoing, dividends or dividend equivalents may not be paid or accrue with respect to any shares of Common Stock subject to an Award pursuant to Section 7(e), unless and until the relevant performance criteria have been satisfied, and then only to the extent determined by the Committee, as specified in the Award Agreement.

 

10. Voting

The Committee shall determine whether a Participant shall have the right to direct the vote of shares of Common Stock allocated to a Stock Award. If the Committee determines that an Award shall carry voting rights, the shares allocated to such Award shall be voted by such person as the Committee may designate (the “Plan Administrator”) in accordance with instructions received from Participants (unless to do so would constitute a violation of fiduciary duties or any applicable exchange rules). In such cases, shares subject to Awards as to which no instructions are received shall be voted by the Plan Administrator proportionately in accordance with instructions received with respect to all other Awards (including, for these purposes, outstanding awards granted under the Prior Plans or any other plan of the Company) that are eligible to vote (unless to do so would constitute a violation of fiduciary duties or any applicable exchange rules).

 

11. Payments and Deferrals

 

  (a) Payment of vested Awards may be in the form of cash, Common Stock or combinations thereof as the Committee shall determine, subject to such terms, conditions, restrictions and limitations as it may impose. The Committee may (i) postpone the exercise of Options or SARs (but not beyond their expiration dates), (ii) require or permit Participants to elect to defer the receipt or issuance of shares of Common Stock pursuant to Awards or the settlement of Awards in cash under such rules and procedures as it may establish, in its discretion, from time to time, (iii) provide for deferred settlements of Awards including the payment or crediting of earnings on deferred amounts, or the payment or crediting of dividend equivalents where the deferred amounts are denominated in common share equivalents, (iv) stipulate in any Award Agreement, either at the time of grant or by subsequent amendment, that a payment or portion of a payment of an Award be delayed in the event that Section 162(m) of the Code (or any successor or similar provision of the Code) would disallow a tax deduction by the Company for all or a portion of such payment; provided, that the period of any such delay in payment shall be until the payment, or portion thereof, is tax deductible, or such earlier date as the Committee shall determine in its sole discretion. Notwithstanding the forgoing, with respect to any Award subject to Section 409A of the Code, the Committee shall not take any action described in the preceding sentence unless it determines that such action will not result in any adverse tax consequences for any Participant under Section 409A of the Code.

 

  (b) If, pursuant to any Award granted under the Plan, a Participant is entitled to receive a payment on a specified date, such payment shall be deemed made as of such specified date if it is made (i) not earlier than 30 days before such specified date and (ii) not later than December 31 of the year in which such specified date occurs or, if later, the fifteenth day of the third month following such specified date, in each case provided that the Participant shall not be permitted, directly or indirectly, to designate the taxable year in which such payment is made.

 

  (c) Notwithstanding the foregoing, if a Participant is a Specified Employee at the time of his or her Separation from Service, any payment(s) with respect to any Award subject to Section 409A of the Code to which such Participant would otherwise be entitled by reason of such Separation from Service shall be made on the date that is six months after the Participant’s Separation from Service (or, if earlier, the date of the Participant’s death).

 

  (d) If, pursuant to any Award granted under the Plan, a Participant is entitled to a series of installment payments, such Participant’s right to the series of installment payments shall be treated as a right to a series of separate payments and not as a right to a single payment. For purposes of the preceding sentence, the term “series of installment payments” has the same meaning as provided in Section 1.409A-2(b)(2)(iii) of the Treasury Regulations.

 

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12. Nontransferability

Awards granted under the Plan, and during any period of restriction on transferability, shares of Common Stock issued in connection with the exercise of an Option or a SAR, may not be sold, pledged, hypothecated, assigned, margined or otherwise transferred in any manner other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution, unless and until the shares underlying such Award have been issued, and all restrictions applicable to such shares have lapsed or have been waived by the Committee. No Award or interest or right therein shall be subject to the debts, contracts or engagements of a Participant or his or her successors in interest or shall be subject to disposition by transfer, alienation, anticipation, pledge, encumbrance, assignment or any other means whether such disposition be voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law, by judgment, lien, levy, attachment, garnishment or any other legal or equitable proceedings (including bankruptcy and divorce), and any attempted disposition thereof shall be null and void, of no effect, and not binding on the Company in any way. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, permit (on such terms, conditions and limitations as it may establish) Nonqualified Stock Options (including non-qualified Reload Options) and/or shares issued in connection with an Option or a SAR exercise that are subject to restrictions on transferability, to be transferred one time to a member of a Participant’s immediate family or to a trust or similar vehicle for the benefit of a Participant’s immediate family members. During the lifetime of a Participant, all rights with respect to Awards shall be exercisable only by such Participant or, if applicable pursuant to the preceding sentence, a permitted transferee.

 

13. Change of Control

 

(a) Notwithstanding any provisions of this Plan to the contrary, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, at the time an Award is made hereunder or at any time prior to, coincident with or after the time of a Change of Control:

 

  (i) provide for the acceleration of any time periods, or the waiver of any other conditions, relating to the vesting, exercise, payment or distribution of an Award so that any Award to a Participant whose employment has been terminated as a result of a Change of Control may be vested, exercised, paid or distributed in full on or before a date fixed by the Committee;

 

  (ii) provide for the purchase of any Awards from a Participant whose employment has been terminated as a result of a Change of Control, upon the Participant’s request, for an amount of cash equal to the amount that could have been obtained upon the exercise, payment or distribution of such rights had such Award been currently exercisable or payable;

 

  (iii) provide for the termination of any then outstanding Awards or make any other adjustment to the Awards then outstanding as the Committee deems necessary or appropriate to reflect such transaction or change; or

 

  (iv) cause the Awards then outstanding to be assumed, or new rights substituted therefore, by the surviving corporation in such change.

For purposes of sub-paragraphs (i) and (ii) above, any Participant whose employment is terminated by the Company other than for “gross misconduct,” or by the Participant for “good reason” (each as defined in the applicable Award Agreement) upon, or on or prior to the first anniversary of, a Change of Control, shall be deemed to have been terminated as a result of the Change of Control.

 

(b) A “Change of Control” shall be deemed to occur if and when:

 

  (i) any person, including a “person” as such term is used in Section 14(d)(2) of the 1934 Act (a “Person”), is or becomes a beneficial owner (as such term is defined in Rule 13d-3 under the 1934 Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing 25 percent (25%) or more of the combined voting power of the Company’s then outstanding securities (provided, however, that, notwithstanding the foregoing, a “Change of Control” shall not include consummation of the exchange of preferred securities owned by the United States government for Common Stock, as announced by the Company in a press release dated February 27, 2009);

 

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  (ii) any plan or proposal for the dissolution or liquidation of the Company is adopted by the stockholders of the Company;

 

  (iii) individuals who, as of April 21, 2009, constituted the Board (the “Incumbent Board”) cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board; provided, however, that any individual becoming a director subsequent to April 21, 2009 whose election, or nomination for election by the Company’s stockholders, was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the directors then comprising the Incumbent Board shall be considered as though such individual were a member of the Incumbent Board, but excluding for this purpose any such individual whose initial assumption of office occurs as a result of either an actual or threatened election contest (as such terms are used in Rule 14a-11 of Regulation 14A promulgated under the 1934 Act) or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of a Person other than the Board;

 

  (iv) all or substantially all of the assets of the Company are sold, transferred or distributed; or

 

  (v) there occurs a reorganization, merger, consolidation or other corporate transaction involving the Company (a “Transaction”), in each case, with respect to which the stockholders of the Company immediately prior to such Transaction do not, immediately after the Transaction, own more than 50 percent (50%) of the combined voting power of the Company or other corporation resulting from such Transaction in substantially the same respective proportions as such stockholders’ ownership of the voting power of the Company immediately before such Transaction.

 

(c) Notwithstanding the foregoing, with respect to Awards subject to Section 409A of the Code, the effect of a Change of Control and what constitutes a Change of Control shall be set forth in the underlying Award programs and/or Award Agreements.

 

14. Award Agreements

Each Award under the Plan shall be evidenced by an Award Agreement (as such may be amended from time to time) that sets forth the terms, conditions, restrictions and limitations applicable to the Award, including, but not limited to, the provisions governing vesting, exercisability, payment, forfeiture, and termination of employment, all or some of which may be incorporated by reference into one or more other documents delivered or otherwise made available to a Participant in connection with an Award. The Committee need not require the execution of such document by the Participant, in which case acceptance of the Award by the Participant shall constitute agreement by the Participant to the terms, conditions, restrictions and limitations set forth in the Plan and the Award Agreement as well as the administrative guidelines and practices of the Company in effect from time to time.

 

15. Tax Withholding

Participants shall be solely responsible for any applicable taxes (including without limitation income, payroll and excise taxes) and penalties, and any interest that accrues thereon, which they incur in connection with the receipt, vesting or exercise of any Award. The Company and its Subsidiaries shall have the right to require payment of, or may deduct from any payment made under the Plan or otherwise to a Participant, or may permit shares to be tendered or sold, including shares of Common Stock delivered or vested in connection with an Award, in an amount sufficient to cover withholding of any federal, state, local, foreign or other governmental taxes or charges required by law or such greater amount of withholding as the Committee shall determine from time to time and to take such other action as may be necessary to satisfy any such withholding obligations. The value of any shares allowed to be withheld or tendered for tax withholding may not exceed the amount allowed consistent with fixed plan accounting in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, to the extent applicable. It shall be a condition to the obligation of the Company to issue Common Stock upon the exercise of an Option or a SAR that the Participant pay to the Company, on demand, such amount as may be requested by the Company for the purpose of satisfying any tax withholding liability. If the amount is not paid, the Company may refuse to issue shares.

 

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16. Other Benefit and Compensation Programs

Awards received by Participants under the Plan shall not be deemed a part of a Participant’s regular, recurring compensation for purposes of calculating payments or benefits from any Company benefit plan or severance program unless specifically provided for under the plan or program. Unless specifically set forth in an Award Agreement, Awards under the Plan are not intended as payment for compensation that otherwise would have been delivered in cash, and even if so intended, such Awards shall be subject to such vesting requirements and other terms, conditions and restrictions as may be provided in the Award Agreement.

 

17. Unfunded Plan

Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, the Plan shall be unfunded and shall not create (or be construed to create) a trust or a separate fund or funds. The Plan shall not establish any fiduciary relationship between the Company and any Participant or other person. To the extent any Participant holds any rights by virtue of an Award granted under the Plan, such rights shall constitute general unsecured liabilities of the Company and shall not confer upon any Participant or any other person or entity any right, title, or interest in any assets of the Company.

 

18. Expenses of the Plan

The expenses of the administration of the Plan shall be borne by the Company and its Subsidiaries. The Company may require Subsidiaries to pay for the Common Stock issued under the Plan.

 

19. Rights as a Stockholder

Unless the Committee determines otherwise, a Participant shall not have any rights as a stockholder with respect to shares of Common Stock covered by an Award until the date the Participant becomes the holder of record with respect to such shares. No adjustment will be made for dividends or other rights for which the record date is prior to such date, except as provided in Section 9.

 

20. Future Rights

No Employee shall have any claim or right to be granted an Award under the Plan. There shall be no obligation of uniformity of treatment of Employees under the Plan. Further, the Company and its Subsidiaries may adopt other compensation programs, plans or arrangements as it deems appropriate or necessary. The adoption of the Plan shall not confer upon any Employee any right to continued employment in any particular position or at any particular rate of compensation, nor shall it interfere in any way with the right of the Company or a Subsidiary to terminate the employment of its Employees at any time, free from any claim or liability under the Plan.

 

21. Amendment and Termination

 

(a)

The Plan and any Award may be amended, suspended or terminated at any time by the Board, provided that no amendment shall be made without stockholder approval, if it would (i) materially increase the number of shares available under the Plan, (ii) materially expand the types of awards available under the Plan, (iii) materially expand the class of persons eligible to participate in the Plan, (iv) materially extend the term of the Plan, (v) materially change the method of determining the exercise price of an Award, (vi) delete or limit the prohibition against repricing contained in Section 4(d), or (vii) otherwise require approval by the stockholders of the Company in order to comply with applicable law or the rules of the New York Stock Exchange (or, if the Common Stock is not traded on the New York Stock Exchange, the principal national securities exchange upon which the Common Stock is traded or quoted). No such amendment referred to above shall be effective unless and until it has been approved by the stockholders of the Company. Notwithstanding the foregoing, with respect to Awards subject to Section 409A of the Code, any

 

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amendment, suspension or termination of the Plan or any such Award shall conform to the requirements of Section 409A of the Code. Except as otherwise provided in Section 13(a) and Section 21(b) and (c), no termination, suspension or amendment of the Plan or any Award shall adversely affect the right of any Participant with respect to any Award theretofore granted, as determined by the Committee, without such Participant’s written consent. Unless terminated earlier by the Board, the Plan will terminate on April 21, 2014.

 

(b) The Committee may amend or modify the terms and conditions of an Award to the extent that the Committee determines, in its sole discretion, that the terms and conditions of the Award violate or may violate Section 409A of the Code; provided, however, that (i) no such amendment or modification shall be made without the Participant’s written consent if such amendment or modification would violate the terms and conditions of a Participant’s offer letter or employment agreement, and (ii) unless the Committee determines otherwise, any such amendment or modification of an Award made pursuant to this Section 21(b) shall maintain, to the maximum extent practicable, the original intent of the applicable Award provision without contravening the provisions of Section 409A of the Code. The amendment or modification of any Award pursuant to this Section 21(b) shall be at the Committee’s sole discretion and the Committee shall not be obligated to amend or modify any Award or the Plan, nor shall the Company be liable for any adverse tax or other consequences to a Participant resulting from such amendments or modifications or the Committee’s failure to make any such amendments or modifications for purposes of complying with Section 409A of the Code or for any other purpose. To the extent the Committee amends or modifies an Award pursuant to this Section 21(b), the Participant shall receive notification of any such changes to his or her Award and, unless the Committee determines otherwise, the changes described in such notification shall be deemed to amend the terms and conditions of the applicable Award and Award Agreement.

 

(c) To the extent that a Participant and an Award are subject to Section 111 of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 and any regulations, guidance or interpretations that may from time to time be promulgated thereunder (“EESA”), then any payment of any kind provided for by, or accrued with respect to, the Award must comply with EESA, and the Award Agreement and the Plan shall be interpreted or reformed to so comply. If the making of any payment pursuant to, or accrued with respect to, the Award would violate EESA, or if the making of such payment, or accrual, may in the judgment of the Company limit or adversely impact the ability of the Company to participate in, or the terms of the Company’s participation in, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the Capital Purchase Program, or to qualify for any other relief under EESA, the affected Participants shall be deemed to have waived their rights to such payments or accruals. In addition, if applicable, an Award will be subject to forfeiture or repayment if the Award is based on performance metrics that are later determined to be materially inaccurate. Award Agreements shall provide that, if applicable, Participants will grant to the U.S. Treasury (or other body of the U.S. government) and to the Company a waiver in a form acceptable to the U.S. Treasury (or other body) and the Company releasing the U.S. Treasury (or other body) and the Company from any claims that Participants may otherwise have as a result of the issuance of any regulations, guidance or interpretations that adversely modify the terms of an Award that would not otherwise comply with the executive compensation and corporate governance requirements of EESA or any securities purchase agreement or other agreement entered into between the Company and the U.S. Treasury (or other body) pursuant to EESA.

 

22. Successors and Assigns

The Plan and any applicable Award Agreement entered into under the Plan shall be binding on all successors and assigns of a Participant, including, without limitation, the estate of such Participant and the executor, administrator or trustee of such estate, or any receiver or trustee in bankruptcy or representative of the Participant’s creditors.

 

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23. Governing Law

The Plan and all agreements entered into under the Plan shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the State of New York.

 

24. No Liability With Respect to Tax Qualification or Adverse Tax Treatment

Notwithstanding any provision of this Plan to the contrary, in no event shall the Company or any Subsidiary be liable to a Participant on account of an Award’s failure to (i) qualify for favorable U.S. or foreign tax treatment or (ii) avoid adverse tax treatment under U.S. or foreign law, including, without limitation, Section 409A of the Code.

 

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