STOCK OPTION AGREEMENT
(LEVEL 16 AND ABOVE)
THIS AGREEMENT, dated as of the “Grant Date” set forth on the signature page hereof is made by and between SealyCorporation, a Delaware corporation (hereinafter referred to as the “Company“), and the individual whose name is set forth on the signature page hereof,who is an employee of the Company or a Subsidiary or Affiliate of the Company, hereinafter referred to as the “Optionee“. Any capitalized terms hereinnot otherwise defined in Article I shall have the meaning set forth in the Plan (as hereinafter defined).
WHEREAS,the Company wishes to carry out the Plan, the terms of which are hereby incorporated by reference and made a part of this Agreement; and
WHEREAS,the Committee, appointed to administer the Plan, has determined that it would be to the advantage and best interest of the Company and its shareholders to grant the Optionprovided for herein to the Optionee as an incentive for increased efforts during his term of office with the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, and has advised the Company thereof andinstructed the undersigned officers to issue said Option;
NOW,THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants herein contained and other good and valuable consideration, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto do herebyagree as follows:
Whenever the following terms are used in this Agreement, they shall have the meaning specified below unless the context clearly indicates to the contrary.
“Cause”shall mean “Cause” as such term may be defined in any employment agreement between the Optionee and the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, or, if there is no suchemployment agreement, “Cause” shall mean: (a) the Optionee’s willful and continued failure to perform his or her material duties with respect to the Company or it Subsidiaries which continuesbeyond 10 days after a written demand for substantial performance is delivered to the Optionee by the Company (the “Cure Period“), (b) thewillful or intentional engaging by the Optionee in conduct that causes material and demonstrable injury, monetarily or otherwise, to the Company and its Affiliates, (c) the Optionee’scommission of any indictable offense which carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment, or (d) a material breach of the Optionee’s Management Stockholder’s Agreement or other agreements, if any,including, without limitation, engaging in any action in breach of the restrictive covenants as set forth therein, which continues beyond the Cure Period (to the extent that, in the Board’s reasonablejudgment, such breach can be cured).
Section 1.2.Change in Control
“Changein Control” means (i) the sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company to an Unaffiliated Person; (ii) a sale by the Company, the Investor or anyof their respective affiliates resulting in more than 50% of the voting stock of the Company being held by a person or group (as such terms are used in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended)that does not include the Investor or any of their respective affiliates; (iii) a merger, consolidation, recapitalization or reorganization of the Company with or into an Unaffiliated Person; if and only ifany such event listed in clauses (i) through (iii) above results in the inability of KKR, the Investor, or any member ormembers of the Investor, to designate or elect a majority of the Board (or the board of directors of the resulting entity or its parent company). For purposes of this definition, the term”Unaffiliated Person” means any Person or Group who is not (x) KKR, the Investor or any member of the Investor, (y) an Affiliate of KKR,the Investor or any member of the Investor, or (z) an entity in which KKR, the Investor, or any member of the Investor holds, directly or indirectly, a majority of the economic interests insuch entity.
“Committee”shall mean the Human Resources Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company.
Section 1.4.Fiscal Year
“FiscalYear” shall mean each fiscal year of the Company (which, for the avoidance of doubt, ends on or about November 30 of any given calendar year).
Section 1.5.Good Reason
“GoodReason” shall mean “Good Reason” as defined in any employment agreement between the Optionee and the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, or, if there is no suchemployment agreement, “Good Reason” shall mean without the Optionee’s consent: (A) a reduction in the Optionee’s base salary (other than a general reduction in base salary that affects allmembers of senior management equally); (B) a substantial reduction in the Optionee’s duties and responsibilities; and (C) a transfer of the Optionee’s primary workplace by more thanfifty (50) miles from the current workplace; and provided, further, that “Good Reason” shall cease to exist for an event on the60th day following the later of its occurrence or the Optionee’s knowledge thereof, unless the Optionee has given the Company written notice thereof prior to such date.
“Investor” means Sealy Holding LLC.
“KKR” means the KKR Millennium Fund L.P.
Section 1.8.Management Stockholder’s Agreement
“ManagementStockholder’s Agreement” shall mean that certain Management Stockholder’s Agreement between the Optionee and the Company which is dated as indicated on the signature pagehereof.
“Option”shall mean the aggregate of the Time Option and the Performance Option granted under Section 2.1 of this Agreement.
Section 1.10.Permanent Disability
“PermanentDisability” shall mean the Optionee becomes physically or mentally incapacitated and is therefore unable for a period of six (6) consecutive months to performsubstantially all of the material elements of the Optionee’s duties with the Company or any Subsidiary or Affiliate thereof. Any question as to the existence of the Permanent Disability of theOptionee as to which the Optionee and the Company cannot agree shall be determined in writing by a qualified independent physician mutually acceptable to the Optionee and the Company. If the Optioneeand the Company cannotagree as to a qualified independent physician, each shall appoint such a physician and those two physicians shall select a third who shall make such determination in writing. The determination ofPermanent Disability made in writing to the Company and the Optionee shall be final and conclusive for all purposes of this Agreement (such inability is hereinafter referred to as “PermanentDisability” or being “Permanently Disabled”).
Section 1.11.Performance Option
“PerformanceOption” shall mean the right and option to purchase, on the terms and conditions set forth herein, all or any part of an aggregate of the number of shares of Common Stockset forth on the signature page hereof opposite the term Performance Option.
“Plan”shall mean the 2004 Stock Option Plan for Key Employees of Sealy Corporation and Its Subsidiaries.
Section 1.13.Qualified Retirement
QualifiedRetirement shall mean a retirement from the Company meeting all of the following criteria: (a) the Optionee has been continually employed by the Company from the datehereof through May 1, 2006, and (b) the Optionee has notified the Company of such retirement at least one year prior to such retirement.
“Secretary”shall mean the Secretary of the Company.
Section 1.15.Time Option
“TimeOption” shall mean the right and option to purchase, on the terms and conditions set forth herein, all or any part of an aggregate of the number of shares of Common Stock set forthon the signature page hereof opposite the term Time Option.
GRANT OF OPTIONS
Section 2.1.Grant of Options
Forgood and valuable consideration, on and as of the date hereof the Company irrevocably grants to the Optionee (i) a Time Option to purchase any part or all of an aggregate ofthe number of shares set forth on the signature page hereof of its Common Stock upon the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement and (ii) a Performance Option to purchase any part orall of an aggregate of the number of shares set forth on the signature page hereof of its Common Stock upon the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement. The Option shall consist of a TimeOption and a Performance Option.
Section 2.2.Exercise Price
Subjectto Section 2.4, the exercise price of the shares of Common Stock covered by the Option shall be the price per share set forth on the signature page hereof (the”Base Price“) without commission or other charge (which is the Fair Market Value per share of the Common Stock on the Grant Date).
Section 2.3.No Guarantee of Employment
Nothingin this Agreement or in the Plan shall confer upon the Optionee any right to continue in the employ of the Company or any Subsidiary or Affiliate or shall interfere with orrestrict in any way the rights of the Company and its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, which are hereby expressly reserved, to terminate the employment of the Optionee at any time for any reasonwhatsoever, with or without cause, subject to the applicable provisions of, if any, the Optionee’s employment agreement with the Company or offer letter provided by the Company to the Optionee.
Section 2.4.Adjustments to Option
Subjectto Sections 8 and 9 of the Plan, in the event that the outstanding shares of the stock subject to the Option, are, from time to time, changed into or exchanged for a differentnumber or kind of shares of the Company or other securities by reason of a merger, consolidation, recapitalization, reclassification, stock split, spin-off, stock dividend, combination ofshares, or other corporate event, the Committee shall make, as appropriate and equitable, an adjustment in the number and kind of shares and/or the amount of consideration as to which or for which, asthe case may be, such Option, or portions thereof then unexercised, shall be exercisable, and the Committee may, as it deems appropriate and equitable, pay to the Optionee an amount in respect of theshares of Common Stock subject to the Option, with such conditions or limitations as the Committee may deem reasonable and necessary to preserve the economic value of the Option. Any such adjustmentmade by the Committee shall be final and binding upon the Optionee, the Company and all other interested persons.
PERIOD OF EXERCISABILITY
Section 3.1.Commencement of Exercisability
(a) Solong as the Optionee continues to be employed by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, the Option shall become exercisable pursuant to the followingschedules:
(i) Time Option. The Time Option, unless otherwise specifically provided on the signature page hereof, shall become vestedand exercisable ratably on a monthly basis for the five-year period, beginning on the Grant Date.
(ii) Performance Option. The Performance Option, unless otherwise specifically provided on the signature page hereof, shallbecome vested and exercisable as to 100% of the shares subject to such option on the eighth anniversary of the Grant Date; provided, however, that theexercisability of the Performance Option will be accelerated as to the number of shares of Common Stock subject to such Option at the end of each of the Fiscal Years specifically indicated on thesignature page hereof, if and only if the Company achieves the EBITDA performance targets set forth on signature page hereof (each, an”Annual Performance Target“). In the event that an Annual Performance Target is not achieved in a particular Fiscal Year, the vesting of the PerformanceOption shall accelerate if the subsequent Annual Performance Target(s) are achieved, such that the Performance Option shall vest as if all prior Annual Performance Targets had been met.
(b) Notwithstandingthe foregoing, (i) the Time Option shall become immediately exercisable as to 100% of the shares of Common Stock subject to such optionimmediately prior to a Change in Control (but only to the extent such option has not otherwise terminated or become exercisable) and (ii) the Performance Option shall become immediatelyexercisable as to 100% of the shares of Common Stock subject to such option immediately prior to a Change in Control (but only to the extent such option has not otherwise terminated or becomeexercisable) if (x) the Annual Performance Targets have been achieved for each of the prior Fiscal Years or on a “catch-up” basis or(y) as a result of the Change in Control, (A) the Investor achieves a gross internal rate of return of not less than 22.5% (on a fully diluted basis, assuming the inclusion of all sharesof Common Stock underlying all Options as determined in the sole discretion of the Company) as determined by the Investor and (B) the Investor earns at least 2.75 times the Base Price for eachshare of Common Stock held (directly or indirectly) by it. If a Change in Control occurs during a Fiscal Year, the board of directors of the Company will determine in good faith what percentage willbecome vested based upon quarterly performance targets measuring EBITDA over the trailing twelve month period.
(c) Notwithstandingthe foregoing, in the event of a termination of the Optionee’s employment by reason of death or Permanent Disability, all unvested Options will becomeimmediately exercisable.
(d) Notwithstandingthe foregoing, no Option shall become exercisable as to any additional shares of Common Stock (which does not otherwise become exercisable in accordancewith Section 3.1(a), (b) or (c) above) following the termination of employment of the Optionee for any reason and any Option, which is unexercisable as of the Optionee’stermination of employment, shall be immediately cancelled without payment therefor.
Section 3.2.Expiration of Option
Exceptas otherwise provided in Section 5 or 6 of the Management Stockholder’s Agreement, the Optionee may not exercise the Option to any extent after the first to occur of thefollowing events:
(a) Thetenth anniversary of the Grant Date; or
(b) Thefirst anniversary of the date of the Optionee’s termination of employment, if the Optionee’s employment is terminated by reason of death or Permanent Disability(unless earlier terminated as provided in Section 3.2(e) below); or
(c) Immediatelyupon the date of the Optionee’s termination of employment by the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates for Cause; or
(d) Thirty(30) days after the date of an Optionee’s termination of employment by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates without Cause (for any reasonother than as set forth in Section 3.2(b)) or by the Optionee for Good Reason (in either case unless earlier terminated as provided in Section 3.2(e) below); or
(e) Thedate the Option is terminated pursuant to Section 5 or 6 of the Management Stockholder’s Agreement; or
(f) Thirty(30) days after the date of an Optionee’s termination of employment by the Optionee without Good Reason; or
(g) OneHundred and Eighty (180) days after the date of an Optionee’s Qualified Retirement from the Company or any of its Subsidiaries; or
(h) Atthe discretion of the Company, if the Committee so determines pursuant to Section 9 of the Plan, the effective date of either the merger or consolidation ofthe Company into another Person, or the exchange or acquisition by another Person of all or substantially all of the Company’s assets or 80% or more of its then outstanding voting stock, or therecapitalization, reclassification, liquidation, dissolution or other corporate event of the Company after (x) ten (10) days prior written notice to the Optionee that the Company intendsto exercise such discretion and an opportunity for the Optionee to exercise his Options, (y) payment to the Optionee in respect of the termination of his Options, or (z) an opportunityfor the Executive to rollover his Options into new stock options, in connection with such transaction.
EXERCISE OF OPTION
Section 4.1.Person Eligible to Exercise
Exceptas otherwise provided in the Management Stockholder’s Agreement, during the lifetime of the Optionee, only he may exercise an Option or any portion thereof. After the death of theOptionee, any exercisable portion of an Option may, prior to the time when an Option becomes unexercisable under Section 3.2, be exercised by his personal
representativeor by any person empowered to do so under the Optionee’s will or under the then applicable laws of descent and distribution.
Section 4.2.Partial Exercise
Anyexercisable portion of an Option or the entire Option, if then wholly exercisable, may be exercised in whole or in part at any time prior to the time when the Option or portionthereof becomes unexercisable under Section 3.2; provided, however, that any partial exercise shall be for whole shares of Common Stock only.
Section 4.3.Manner of Exercise
AnOption, or any exercisable portion thereof, may be exercised solely by delivering to the Secretary or his office all of the following prior to the time when the Option or such portionbecomes unexercisable under Section 3.2:
(a) Noticein writing signed by the Optionee or the other person then entitled to exercise the Option or portion thereof, stating that the Option or portion thereof isthereby exercised, such notice complying with all applicable rules established by the Committee;
(b) Fullpayment (in cash or by check or by a combination thereof) for the shares with respect to which such Option or portion thereof is exercised; provided that, in the case of an Optionee’s termination ofemployment by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates without Cause or by theOptionee for Good Reason, or by the Optionee as a result of a Qualified Retirement payment for the shares with respect to which such Option or portionthereof is exercised may be made on a net basis, such that without the exchange of any funds, such Optionee receives that number of shares that would otherwise be issuable upon a cash exercise of suchOptions less that number of shares having a Fair Market Value equal to the aggregate exercise price that would otherwise have been paid by such Optionee for the number of shares with respect to whichsuch Option is being excercised;
(c) Abona fide written representation and agreement, in a form satisfactory to the Committee, signed by the Optionee or other person then entitled to exercise such Optionor portion thereof, stating that the shares of Common Stock are being acquired for his own account, for investment and without any present intention of distributing or reselling said shares or any ofthem except as may be permitted under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act“), and then applicable rules and regulations thereunder, and thatthe Optionee or other person then entitled to exercise such Option or portion thereof will indemnify the Company against and hold it free and harmless from any loss, damage, expense or liabilityresulting to the Company if any sale or distribution of the shares by such person is contrary to the representation and agreement referred to above; provided, however, that the Committee may, in itsreasonable discretion, take whatever additional actions it deems reasonably necessary to ensure the observance and performance of suchrepresentation and agreement and to effect compliance with the Act and any other federal or state securities laws or regulations;
(d) Fullpayment to the Company of all amounts which, under federal, state or local law, it is required to withhold upon exercise of the Option; and
(e) Inthe event the Option or portion thereof shall be exercised pursuant to Section 4.1 by any person or persons other than the Optionee, appropriate proof of theright of such person or persons to exercise the option.
Withoutlimiting the generality of the foregoing, the Committee may require an opinion of counsel acceptable to it to the effect that any subsequent transfer of shares acquired on exercise of anOption does not violate the Act, and may issue stop-transfer orders covering such shares. Share certificates evidencing stock issued on exercise of this Option shall bear an appropriatelegend referring to the provisions of subsection (c) above and the agreements herein. The written representation and agreement referred to in subsection (c) above shall, however, not berequired if the shares to be issued pursuant to such exercise have been registered under the Act, and such registration is then effective in respect of such shares.
Section 4.4.Conditions to Issuance of Stock Certificates
Theshares of stock deliverable upon the exercise of an Option, or any portion thereof, may be either previously authorized but unissued shares or issued shares, which have then beenreacquired by the Company. Such shares shall be fully paid and nonassessable. The Company shall not be required to issue or deliver any certificate or certificates for shares of stock purchased uponthe exercise of an Option or portion thereof prior to fulfillment of all of the following conditions:
(a) Theobtaining of approval or other clearance from any state or federal governmental agency which the Committee shall, in its reasonable and good faith discretion,determine to be necessary or advisable; and
(b) Thelapse of such reasonable period of time following the exercise of the Option as the Committee may from time to time establish for reasons of administrativeconvenience or as may otherwise be required by applicable law.
Section 4.5.Rights as Stockholder
Exceptas otherwise provided in Section 2.4 of this Agreement, the holder of an Option shall not be, nor have any of the rights or privileges of, a stockholder of the Company inrespect of any shares purchasable upon the exercise of the Option or any portion thereof unless and until certificates representing such shares shall have been issued by the Company to such holder.
TheCommittee shall have the power to interpret the Plan and this Agreement and to adopt such rules for the administration, interpretation and application of the Plan as are consistenttherewith and to interpret or revoke any such rules. All actions taken and all interpretations and determinations made by the Committee shall be final and binding upon the Optionee, the Company andall other interested persons. No member of the Committee shall be personally liable for any action, determination or interpretation made in good faith with respect to the Plan or the Option. In itsabsolute discretion, the Board may at any time and from time to time exercise any and all rights and duties of the Committee under the Plan and this Agreement.
Section 5.2.Option Not Transferable
Exceptas provided in the Management Stockholder’s Agreement, neither the Option nor any interest or right therein or part thereof shall be liable for the debts, contracts or engagementsof the Optionee or his successors in interest or shall be subject to disposition by transfer, alienation, anticipation, pledge, encumbrance, assignment or any other means whether such disposition bevoluntary or involuntary or by operation of law by judgment, levy, attachment, garnishment or any other legal or equitable proceedings (including bankruptcy), and any attempted disposition thereofshall be null and void and of no effect; provided, however, that this Section 5.2 shall not prevent transfers by will or by the applicable laws of descent and distribution.
Anynotice to be given under the terms of this Agreement to the Company shall be addressed to the Company in care of its Secretary, and any notice to be given to the Optionee shall beaddressed to him at the address given beneath his signature hereto. By a notice given pursuant to this Section 5.3, either party may hereafter designate a different address for notices to begiven to him. Any notice, which is required to be given to the Optionee, shall, if the Optionee is then deceased, be given to the Optionee’s personal representative if such representative haspreviously informed the Company of his status and address by written notice under this Section 5.3. Any notice shall have been deemed duly given whenenclosed in a properly sealed envelope or wrapper addressed as aforesaid, deposited (with postage prepaid) in a post office or branch post office regularly maintained by the United States PostalService.
Section 5.4.Titles; Pronouns
Titlesare provided herein for convenience only and are not to serve as a basis for interpretation or construction of this Agreement. The masculine pronoun shall include the feminine andneuter, and the singular the plural, where the context so indicates.
Section 5.5.Applicability of Plan and Management Stockholder’s Agreement
TheOption and the shares of Common Stock issued to the Optionee upon exercise of the Option shall be subject to all of the terms and provisions of the Plan and the ManagementStockholder’s Agreement, to the extent applicable to the Option and such shares. In the event of any conflict between this Agreement and the Plan, the terms of the Plan shall control. In the event ofany conflict between this Agreement or the Plan and the Management Stockholder’s Agreement, the terms of the Management Stockholder’s Agreement shall control.
ThisAgreement may be amended only by a writing executed by the parties hereto, which specifically states that it is amending this Agreement.
Section 5.7.Governing Law
Thelaws of the State of Delaware shall govern the interpretation, validity and performance of the terms of this Agreement regardless of the law that might be applied under principles ofconflicts of laws.
Inthe event of any controversy among the parties hereto arising out of, or relating to, this Agreement which cannot be settled amicably by the parties, such controversy shall befinally, exclusively and conclusively settled by mandatory arbitration conducted expeditiously in accordance with the American Arbitration Association rules, by a single independent arbitrator. Sucharbitration process shall take place within 100 miles of the New York City metropolitan area. The decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding upon all parties hereto and shall be renderedpursuant to a written decision, which contains a detailed recital of the arbitrator’s reasoning. Judgment upon the award rendered may beentered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. Each party shall bear its own legal fees and expenses, unless otherwise determined by the arbitrator.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Agreement has been executed and delivered by the parties hereto.
|Kenneth L. Walker
Senior Vice President, General Counsel
|Jeffrey C. Claypool|
- Time Options: 154,411 shares of Common Stock are covered by the Time Option granted hereunder.
- Time Option Vesting: At the Grant date 5% (five percent) of the Time Optionshereunder shall be vested and the balance of the Time Options shall vest ratably on a monthly basis for the 57 month period, beginning on theGrant date.
- Performance Options: 178,500 shares of Common Stock are covered by the Performance Option granted hereunder
- Base Price: $4.39 per share
- Grant Date: July 20, 2004
- Annual Performance Targets: The Annual Performance Targets are based on the Company’s achievement of the following EBITDAtargets for the following Fiscal Years which will result in the vesting of the indicated Performance Options:
||Performance Options Vesting
AnnualPerformance Targets will be adjusted by the Board of Directors, in consultation with management, for any acquisitions, divestitures or major capital investment programs notcontemplated in the Initial Management Plan.