2003 LONG-TERM INCENTIVE PLAN
(AS AMENDED AND RESTATED THROUGH JUNE 22, 2006)
1. Purpose of the Plan
The purpose of the Plan is to aid the Company andits Affiliates in recruiting and retaining employees and to motivate such employees and other plan participants to exert theirbest efforts on behalf of the Company and its Affiliates by providing incentives through the granting of Awards. The Companyexpects that it will benefit from the stock ownership opportunities provided to such participants to encourage alignment oftheir interest in the Companys success with that of other stakeholders.
The following capitalized terms used in the Plan havethe respective meanings set forth in this Section:
|(a)||Act means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or any successor thereto.|
|(b)||Affiliate means any entity that is consolidated with the Company for financial reporting purposesor any other entity designated by the Board in which the Company or an Affiliate has a direct or indirect interest of at leastforty percent (40%).|
|(c)||Award means an Option, Stock Appreciation Right, Share of Restricted Stock, Other Stock-BasedAward or Other Cash-Based Award granted pursuant to the Plan.|
|(d)||Board means the Board of Directors of the Company.|
|(e)||Code means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or any successor thereto.|
|(f)||Committee means the Compensation Committee of the Board.|
|(g)||Company means Medtronic, Inc., a Minnesota corporation.|
|(h)||Effective Date means the date the adoption of the Plan by the Board of Directors is approved bythe Companys shareholders.|
|(i)||Exercise Price means the purchase price per Share under the terms of an option as determined pursuantto Section 6(a).|
|(j)||Fair Market Value means, on a given date, (i) if there should be a public market for the Shareson such date, the closing sale price of the Shares on The New York Stock Exchange, or, if the Shares are not listed or admittedon any national securities exchange, the arithmetic mean of the per Share closing bid price and per Share closing asked priceon such date as quoted on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System (or such market in whichsuch prices are regularly quoted) (the NASDAQ), or, if no sale of Shares shall have been reported on The New YorkStock Exchange or quoted on the NASDAQ on such date, then the immediately preceding date on which sales of the Shares havebeen so reported or quoted shall be used, and (ii) if there should not be a public market for the Shares on such date, theFair Market Value shall be the value established by the Committee in good faith.|
|(k)||ISO means an Option that is an incentive stock option granted pursuant to Section 6(d).|
|(l)||Option means a stock option granted pursuant to Section 6.|
|(m)||Other Stock-Based Awards means Awards granted pursuant to Section 9(a) or 10.|
|(n)||Other Cash-Based Awards means Awards granted pursuant to Section 9(b) or 10.|
|(o)||Participant means an employee of the Company or an Affiliate who is selected by theCommittee to participate in the Plan. An Award may also be granted to any consultant, agent, advisor or independent contractorwho renders bona fide services to the Company or an Affiliate that (i) are not in connection with the offer and sale of theCompanys securities in a capital-raising transaction and (ii) do not directly or indirectly promote or maintain a marketfor the Companys securities. Except where the context otherwise requires, references in this Plan to employmentand related terms shall apply to services in any such capacity.|
|(p)||Performance-Based Awards means certain Restricted Stock, Other Stock-Based Awards and Other Cash-BasedAwards granted pursuant to Section 10.|
|(q)||Plan means the 2003 Long-Term Incentive Plan, as amended from time to time.|
|(r)||Restricted Stock means any Share granted under Section 8.|
|(s)||Shares means shares of common stock of the Company, $.10 par value per share.|
|(t)||Stock Appreciation Right means a stock appreciation right granted pursuant to Section 7.|
|(u)||Subsidiary means a subsidiary corporation, as defined in Section 424(f) of the Code (or any successorsection thereto), of the Company.|
3. Shares Subject to the Plan
The total number of Shares which may be issued underthe Plan is 60,000,000, of which no more than 50% may be issued in the form of Restricted Stock or Other Stock-Based Awardspayable in Shares, provided, however, that no more than 5% of the Shares reserved under the Plan shall be grantedpursuant to Restricted Stock Awards if such Award (a) shall vest in full prior to three years from the Award date or (b) ifa condition to such vesting is based, in whole or in part, upon performance of the Shares or any aspect of the Companysoperations and such vesting could occur over a period of less than one year from the Award date. The Shares may consist,in whole or in part, of unissued Shares. The issuance of Shares upon the exercise or satisfaction of an Award shall reducethe total number of Shares available under the Plan. Shares which are subject to Awards that terminate, lapse or are cancelledmay be granted again under the Plan. Any Shares tendered by a Participant or retained by the Company as full or partial paymentto the Company for the purchase price of an Award or to satisfy tax withholding obligations in connection with an Award shallbe available for Awards under the Plan. No fractional Shares will be issued in payment for any Award, but instead the numberof Shares will be rounded upward to the next whole Share.
|(a)||Delegation of Authority. The Plan shall be administered by the Committee, which may delegate itsduties and powers in whole or in part to (i) any subcommittee thereof consisting solely of at least two individuals who areintended to qualify as non-employee directors within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 under the Act (or any successorrule thereto) and, to the extent required by Section 162(m) of the Code (or any successor section thereto), outside directorswithin the meaning thereof and (ii) persons who are not non-employee directors for purposes of determining and administeringAwards to those Participants who are not then subject to the reporting requirements of Section 16 of the Act.|
|(b)||Authority of Committee. The Committee shall have exclusive power to make Awards and to determine when andto whom Awards shall be granted, and the form, amount and other terms and conditions of each Award, subject to the provisionsof this Plan. The Committee may determine whether, to what extent and under what circumstances Awards may be settled, paidor exercised in cash, Shares or other Awards or other property, or cancelled, forfeited or suspended. The Committee shall havethe authority to interpret this Plan and any Award or agreement made under this Plan, to establish, amend, waive and rescindany rules and regulations relating to the administration of this Plan, to determine the terms and provisions of any agreementsentered into hereunder (not inconsistent with this Plan), and to make all other determinations necessary or advisable for theadministration of this Plan. The Committee may|
|correct any defect, supply any omission or reconcile any inconsistency in this Plan or in any Award or agreement in the mannerand to the extent it shall deem desirable. The determinations of the Committee in the administration of this Plan, as describedherein, shall be final, binding and conclusive.|
|(c)||Rule 16b-3. It is the intent that this Plan and all Awards granted pursuant to it shall be administered bythe Committee (or a subcommittee thereof) so as to permit this Plan and Awards to comply with Rule 16b-3 under the Act. Ifany provision of this Plan or any Award would otherwise frustrate or conflict with the intent expressed in this Section 4(c),that provision to the extent possible shall be interpreted and deemed amended in the manner determined by the Committee soas to avoid such conflict.|
|(d)||Indemnification. To the full extent permitted by law, each member and former member of the Committee and eachperson to whom the Committee delegates or has delegated authority under this Plan shall be entitled to indemnification by theCompany against and from any loss, liability, judgment, damages, cost and reasonable expense incurred by such member, formermember or other person by reason of any action taken, failure to act or determination made in good faith under or with respectto this Plan.|
|(e)||Tax Withholding. The Committee shall require payment of any amount it may determine to be necessary to withholdfor federal, state, local, non-U.S. income, payroll or other taxes as a result of the exercise, grant or vesting of an Award.Unless the Committee specifies otherwise, the Participant may elect to pay a portion or all of such withholding taxes by (i)delivery in Shares, (ii) having the Company withhold Shares with a Fair Market Value or cash equal to the amount of such taxesthat would have otherwise been payable by the Participant or (iii) paying cash.|
|(f)||Deferral. In the sole discretion of the Committee, in accordance with procedures established by the Committeeand consistent with the provisions of Section 162(m) when applied to Participants who may be covered employeesthereunder, a Participant may be permitted to defer the issuance of Shares or cash deliverable upon the exercise of an Optionor Stock Appreciation Right, vesting of Restricted Stock, or satisfaction of Other Stock-Based Awards or Other Cash-Based Awards,for a specified period or until a specified date.|
|(g)||Dividends or Dividend Equivalents. If the Committee so determines, any Award granted under the Plan may becredited with dividends or dividend equivalents paid with respect to the underlying shares. The Committee may apply any restrictionsto the dividends or dividend equivalents that the Committee deems appropriate and may determine the form of payment, includingcash, Shares, Restricted Stock or otherwise.|
|(a)||Term of Plan. No Award may be granted under the Plan after the tenth anniversary of the EffectiveDate, but Awards granted prior to such tenth anniversary may extend beyond that date.|
|(b)||No Repricing. No Option or Stock Appreciation Right, once granted hereunder, may be repriced.|
|(c)||Maximum. No Participant may be granted Options, Stock Appreciation Rights, Restricted Stock, Performance-BasedAwards, Other Stock-Based Awards or any combination thereof relating to more than 2,000,000 Shares under the Plan during anyfiscal year.|
6. Terms and Conditions of Options
Options granted under the Plan shall be, as determinedby the Committee, non-qualified or incentive stock options for federal income tax purposes, as evidenced by the related Awardagreements, and shall be subject to the foregoing and the following terms and conditions and to such other terms and conditions,not inconsistent therewith, as the Committee shall determine:
|(a)||Exercise Price. The Exercise Price per Share shall be determined by the Committee, but shall notbe less than 100% of the Fair Market Value of the Shares on the date an Option is granted.|
|(b)||Exercisability. Options granted under the Plan shall be exercisable at such time and upon such terms and conditionsas may be determined by the Committee, but in no event shall an Option be exercisable more than ten years after the date itis granted, except as provided in Section 16 of the Plan.|
|(c)||Exercise of Options. Except as otherwise provided in the Plan or in an Award agreement, an Option may be exercisedfor all, or from time to time any part, of the Shares for which it is then exercisable. For purposes of this Section 6, theexercise date of an Option shall be the date a notice of written or electronic exercise and full payment of the purchase priceare received by the Company in accordance with this Section 6(c). The purchase price for the Shares as to which an Option isexercised shall be paid to the Company pursuant to one or more of the following methods, except as otherwise provided in anAward agreement: (i) in cash or its equivalent (e.g., by check); (ii) in Shares having a Fair Market Value equal to the aggregateExercise Price for the Shares being purchased and satisfying such other requirements as may be imposed by the Committee; (iii)partly in cash and partly in such Shares; (iv) if there is a public market for the Shares at such time, through the deliveryof irrevocable instructions to a broker to sell Shares obtained upon the exercise of the Option and to deliver promptly tothe Company an amount out of the proceeds of such sale equal to the aggregate Exercise Price for the Shares being purchased;or (v) through the withholding of Shares having a Fair Market Value equal to the aggregate Exercise Price for the Shares beingpurchased from the number of Shares otherwise issuable upon the exercise of the Option (e.g., a net share settlement). No Participantshall have any rights of a shareholder with respect to Shares subject to an Option until the Participant has given writtenor electronic notice of exercise of the Option, paid in full for such Shares and, if applicable, has satisfied any other conditionsimposed by the Committee pursuant to the Plan.|
|(d)||ISOs. The Committee may grant Options under the Plan that are intended to be ISOs. Such ISOs shall complywith the requirements of Section 422 of the Code (or any successor section thereto). No ISO may be granted to any Participantwho, at the time of such grant, owns more than ten percent of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock of theCompany or of any Subsidiary, unless (i) the Exercise Price for such ISO is at least 110% of the Fair Market Value of a Shareon the date the ISO is granted and (ii) the date on which such ISO terminates is a date not later than the day preceding thefifth anniversary of the date on which the ISO is granted Any Participant who disposes of Shares acquired upon the exerciseof an ISO either (I) within two years after the date of grant of such ISO or (II) within one year after the transfer of suchShares to the Participant, shall notify the Company of such disposition and of the amount realized upon such disposition. AllOptions granted under the Plan are intended to be non-qualified stock options, unless the applicable Award agreement expresslystates that the Option is an ISO. If an Option is intended to be an ISO, and if for any reason such Option (or portion thereof)shall not qualify as an ISO, then, to the extent of such nonqualification, such Option (or portion thereof) shall be regardedas a non-qualified stock option granted under the Plan; provided that such Option (or portion thereof) otherwise complies withthe Plans requirements relating to non-qualified stock options, In no event shall any member of the Committee, the Companyor any of its Affiliates (or their respective employees, officers or directors) have any liability to any Participant (or anyother person or entity) due to the failure of an Option to qualify for any reason as an ISO.|
|(e)||Attestation. Wherever in this Plan or any agreement evidencing an Award a Participant is permittedto pay the Exercise Price of an Option or taxes relating to the exercise of an Option by delivering Shares, the Participantmay, subject to procedures satisfactory to the Committee, satisfy such delivery requirement by presenting proof of beneficialownership of such Shares rather than physical delivery, in which case the Company shall treat the Option as exercised withoutfurther payment and shall withhold such number of Shares from the Shares issued upon the exercise of the Option.|
7. Terms and Conditions of Stock Appreciation Rights
|(a)||Grants. The Committee may grant (i) a Stock Appreciation Right independent of an Option or(ii) a Stock Appreciation Right in connection with an Option, or a portion thereof. The Committee may impose such termsand conditions upon any Stock Appreciation Right as it deems fit. A Stock Appreciation Right granted pursuant to clause (ii) ofthe preceding sentence (A) may be granted at the time the related Option is granted or at any time prior to the exerciseor cancellation of the related Option, (B) shall cover the same number of Shares covered by an Option (or such lessernumber of Shares as the Committee may determine) and (C) shall be subject to the same terms and conditions as such Optionexcept for such additional limitations as are contemplated by this Section 7 (or such additional limitations as may beincluded in an Award agreement).|
|(b)||Terms. The exercise price per Share of a Stock Appreciation Right shall be an amount determined by the Committeebut in no event shall such amount be less than the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date the Stock Appreciation Right isgranted; provided, however, that, notwithstanding the foregoing, in the case of a Stock Appreciation Right granted in conjunctionwith an Option, or a portion thereof, the exercise price may not be less than the Exercise Price of the related Option. EachStock Appreciation Right granted independent of an Option shall entitle a Participant upon exercise to an amount equal to (i) theexcess of (A) the Fair Market Value on the exercise date of one Share over (B) the Exercise Price per Share, times(ii) the number of Shares covered by the Stock Appreciation Right. Each Stock Appreciation Right granted in conjunctionwith an Option, or a portion thereof, shall entitle a Participant to surrender to the Company the unexercised Option, or anyportion thereof, and to receive from the Company in exchange therefor an amount equal to (I) the excess of (x) theFair Market Value on the exercise date of one Share over (y) the Exercise Price per Share, times (II) the numberof Shares covered by the Option, or portion thereof, which is surrendered. Payment shall be made in Shares or in cash, or partlyin Shares and partly in cash (any such Shares valued at such Fair Market Value), all as set forth in the Award agreement. StockAppreciation Rights may be exercised from time to time upon actual receipt by the Company of written or electronic notice ofexercise stating the number of Shares with respect to which the Stock Appreciation Right is being exercised. The date a noticeof exercise is received by the Company shall be the exercise date.|
8. Restricted Stock
|(a)||Grant. Subject to the provisions of the Plan, the Committee shall determine the number of Sharesof Restricted Stock to be granted to each Participant, the duration of the period during which, and the conditions, if any,under which, the Restricted Stock may be forfeited to the Company, and the other terms and conditions of such Awards.|
|(b)||Transfer Restrictions. Shares of Restricted Stock may not be sold, assigned, transferred, pledged or otherwiseencumbered, except as provided in the Plan or the applicable Award agreement. Shares of Restricted Stock shall be registeredin the name of the Participant and held by the Company. After the lapse of the restrictions applicable to such Shares of RestrictedStock, the Company shall deliver such Shares to the Participant or the Participants legal representative.|
|(c)||Dividends. Dividends or dividend equivalents paid on any Shares of Restricted Stock may be paid directly tothe Participant, withheld by the Company subject to vesting of the Restricted|
|Stock pursuant to the terms of the applicable Award agreement, or may be reinvested in additional Shares of Restricted Stock,as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion.|
9. Other Awards
|(a)||Other Stock-Based Awards. The Committee, in its sole discretion, may grant Awards of Shares andAwards that are valued in whole or in part by reference to, or are otherwise based on, Shares or on the Fair Market Value thereof(Other Stock-Based Awards). Such Other Stock-Based Awards shall be in such form, and dependent on such conditions,as the Committee shall determine, including, without limitation, the right to receive, or vest with respect to, one or moreShares (or the equivalent cash value of such Shares) upon the completion of a specified period of service, the occurrence ofan event and/or the attainment of performance objectives. Other Stock-Based Awards may be granted alone or in addition to anyother Awards granted under the Plan. Subject to the provisions of the Plan, the Committee shall determine the number of Sharesto be awarded to a Participant under (or otherwise related to) such Other Stock-Based Awards; whether such Other Stock-BasedAwards shall be settled in cash, Shares or a combination of cash and Shares; and all other terms and conditions of such Awards(including, without limitation, the vesting provisions thereof and provisions ensuring that all Shares so awarded and issuedshall be fully paid and non-assessable).|
|(b)||Other Cash-Based Awards. In addition to the Awards described above, and subject to the terms of the Plan,the Committee may grant such other incentives denominated in cash and payable in cash under the Plan as the Committee determinesto be in the best interests of the Company and subject to such other terms and conditions as it deems appropriate. The maximumamount of Other Cash-Based Awards (including those that are performance-based) that may be granted during any fiscal year shallbe $3,000,000; provided, however, that for such Awards with performance periods longer than one year the maximum shall be $3,000,000for each fiscal year in the performance period.|
10. Performance-Based Awards.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, theCommittee may grant performance-based Awards of Restricted Stock, Other Stock-Based Awards and Other Cash-Based Awards to Participants(Performance-Based Awards). Any such Awards granted to Participants who may be covered employees underSection 162(m) of the Code or any successor section thereto shall be consistent with the provisions thereof. In such cases,a Participants Performance-Based Award shall be determined based on the attainment of written performance goals approvedby the Committee for a performance period established by the Committee (I) while the outcome for that performance period issubstantially uncertain and (II) by the earlier of (A) 90 days after the commencement of the performance period to which theperformance goal relates or (B) the number of days which is equal to 25 percent of the relevant performance period. The performancegoals, which must be objective, shall be based upon one or more of the following criteria: (i) consolidated earnings beforeor after taxes (including earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization); (ii) net income; (iii) operatingincome; (iv) earnings per share; (v) book value per share; (vi) return on shareholders equity; (vii) expense management;(viii) return on investment; (ix) improvements in capital structure; (x) profitability of an identifiable business unit orproduct; (xi) maintenance or improvements of profit margins; (xii) stock price; (xiii) market share; (xiv) revenues or sales;(xv) costs; (xvi) cash flow; (xvii) working capital; (xviii) return on assets; (xix) asset turnover; (xx) inventory turnover;(xxi) economic value added (economic profit); and (xxii) total shareholder return. The foregoing criteria may relate to theCompany, one or more of its Subsidiaries or one or more of its divisions or units, or any combination of the foregoing, andmay be applied on an absolute basis and/or be relative to one or more peer group companies or indices, or any combination thereof,all as the Committee shall determine. In addition, to the degree consistent with Section 162(m) of the Code (or any successorsection thereto), the performance goals may be calculated without regard to the negative effect of unusual or nonrecurringitems, extraordinary items, discontinued operations or cumulative effects of accounting changes. The Committee shall determinewhether, with respect to a performance period, the applicable performance goals have been met with respect to a given Participantwho may be a covered employee and, if they have, shall so certify and ascertain the amount
of the applicable Performance-Based Award. No Performance-Based Awards will be paid for such performance period until such certificationis made by the Committee. The amount of the Performance-Based Award actually paid to a given Participant may be less than theamount determined by the applicable performance goal formula, at the discretion of the Committee. The amount of the Performance-BasedAward determined by the Committee for a performance period shall be paid to the Participant at such time as determined by theCommittee in its sole discretion after the end of such performance period.
11. Adjustments Upon Certain Events
Notwithstanding any other provisions in the Plan tothe contrary, the following provisions shall apply to all Awards granted under the Plan:
|(a)||Generally. In the event of any change in the outstanding Shares after the Effective Date by reasonof any Share dividend or split, reorganization, recapitalization, merger, consolidation, spin-off, combination or transactionor exchange of Shares or other corporate exchange, or any distribution to shareholders of Shares other than regular cash dividendsor any transaction similar to the foregoing, the Committee in its sole discretion and without liability to any person may makesuch substitution or adjustment, if any, as it deems to be equitable, as to (i) the number or kind of Shares or other securitiesissued or reserved for issuance pursuant to the Plan or pursuant to outstanding Awards, (ii) the maximum number of Shares forwhich Awards (including limits established for Restricted Stock, Other Stock-Based Awards or Other Cash-Based Awards) may begranted during a fiscal year to any Participant, (iii) the Exercise Price or exercise price of any Stock Appreciation Rightand/or (iv) any other affected term of such Awards.|
|(b)||Change in Control. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Plan to the contrary, unless otherwise providedin the applicable Award agreement at the time of grant, in the event of a Change in Control, the following shall occur as ofthe effective date of such Change in Control with respect to any and all Awards outstanding as of the effective date of suchChange in Control: (i) any and all Stock Options and Stock Appreciation Rights granted hereunder shall vest in full and becomeimmediately exercisable, and shall remain exercisable throughout their entire term; (ii) any restrictions imposed on RestrictedStock (including Performance-Based Awards in Restricted Stock) shall lapse; (iii) a pro rata payment of all other Performance-BasedAwards equal in each case to the number of Shares covered by the Award multiplied by the performance-based accrual percentageapplicable to such Award, and multiplied by a fraction the numerator of which is the number of months elapsed from the dateof grant through the effective date of the Change in Control and the denominator of which is the number of months from thedate of grant through the originally scheduled maturity date; and (iv) the maximum payout opportunities attainable under allOther Stock-Based Awards and Other Cash-Based Awards that are not Performance-Based Awards shall be deemed to have been fullyearned for the entire performance period(s). Such Awards shall be paid in cash, or in the sole discretion of the Committeein Shares to Participants within thirty (30) days following the effective date of the Change in Control, with any such Sharesvalued at the Fair Market Value as of the effective date of the Change in Control.|
|(c)||Definition of Change of Control. For purposes of this Section 11, Change in Control means:|
|(i)||Any individual, entity or group (within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) or 14(d)(2) of the Act or any successorthereto) (a Person) becomes the beneficial owner (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Act) of30% or more of either (A) the then outstanding Shares (the Outstanding Company Common Stock) or (B) the combinedvoting power of the then outstanding voting securities of the Company entitled to vote generally in the election of directors(the Outstanding Company Voting Securities); provided, however, that, for purposes of this clause (c)(i), the followingacquisitions shall not constitute a Change in Control: (1) any acquisition directly from the Company, (2) any acquisition bythe Company or any of its Subsidiaries, (3) any acquisition by any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or maintainedby the Company or any of its|
|Subsidiaries, (4) any acquisition by an underwriter temporarily holding securities pursuant to an offering of such securitiesor (5) any acquisition pursuant to a transaction that complies with clauses (iii) (A), (B) and (C) below; or|
|(ii)||Individuals who, as of the date hereof, constitute the Board (the Incumbent Directors) cease for any reasonto constitute at least a majority of the Board; provided, however, that any individual becoming a director subsequent to thedate hereof whose election, or nomination for election by the Companys shareholders, was approved by a vote of at leasta majority of the Incumbent Directors then on the Board (either by a specific vote or by approval of the proxy statement ofthe Company in which such person is named as a nominee for director, without written objection to such nomination) shall beconsidered as though such individual were a member of the Incumbent Board, but excluding, for this purpose, any such individualwhose initial assumption of office occurs as a result of either an actual or threatened election contest or other actual orthreatened solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of a Person other than the Board; or|
|(iii)||Consummation of a reorganization, merger, statutory share exchange or consolidation (or similar corporate transaction) involvingthe Company or any of its Subsidiaries, a sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company,or the acquisition of assets or stock of another entity (a Business Combination), in each case, unless, immediatelyfollowing such Business Combination, (A) substantially all of the individuals and entities who were the beneficial owners,respectively, of the Outstanding Company Common Stock and the Outstanding Company Voting Securities immediately prior to suchBusiness Combination beneficially own, directly or indirectly, more than 55% of, respectively, the then outstanding Sharesand the total voting power of (1) the corporation resulting from such Business Combination (the Surviving Corporation)or (2) if applicable, the ultimate parent corporation that directly or indirectly has beneficial ownership of 80% or more ofthe voting securities eligible to elect directors of the Surviving Corporation (the Parent Corporation), in substantiallythe same proportion as their ownership, immediately prior to the Business Combination, of the Outstanding Company Common Stockand the Outstanding Company Voting Securities, as the case may be, (B) no Person (other than any employee benefit plan (orrelated trust) sponsored or maintained by the Surviving Corporation or the Parent Corporation), is or becomes the beneficialowner, directly or indirectly, of 30% or more of the outstanding Shares of common stock and the total voting power of the outstandingvoting securities eligible to elect directors of the Parent Corporation (or, if there is no Parent Corporation, the SurvivingCorporation) and (C) at least a majority of the members of the board of directors of the Parent Corporation (or, if there isno Parent Corporation, the Surviving Corporation) following the consummation of the Business Combination were Incumbent Directorsat the time of the Boards approval of the execution of the initial agreement providing for such Business Combination;or|
|(iv)||Approval by the shareholders of the Company of a complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company.|
Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this definition,a Change in Control shall not be deemed to occur with respect to the Participant if the acquisition of the 30% or greater interestreferred to in clause (i) is by a group, acting in concert, that includes the Participant or if at least 40% of the then outstandingcommon stock or combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities (or voting equity interests) of the SurvivingCorporation or, if applicable, the Parent Corporation shall be beneficially owned, directly or indirectly, immediately aftera Business Combination by a group, acting in concert, that includes the Participant.
|(d)||Further Adjustment of Awards. Subject to the above provisions, the Committee shall have the discretion,exercisable at any time before a sale, merger, consolidation, reorganization, liquidation, dissolution or Change in Controltransaction to take such further action as it determines to be necessary or advisable with respect to Awards. Such authorizedaction may include (but|
|shall not be limited to) establishing, amending or waiving the type, terms, conditions or duration of, or restrictions on, Awardsso as to provide for earlier, later, extended or additional time for exercise, lifting of restrictions and other modifications,and the Committee may take such actions with respect to all Participants, to certain categories of Participants or only toindividual Participants. The Committee may take such action before or after granting Awards to which the action relates andbefore or after any public announcement with respect to such sale, merger, consolidation, reorganization, liquidation, dissolutionor change in control that is the reason for such action.|
12. No Right to Employment or Awards
The granting of an Award under the Plan shall imposeno obligation on the Company or any Affiliate to continue the employment of a Participant and shall not lessen or affect theCompanys or Affiliates right to terminate the employment of such Participant. No Participant or other person shallhave any claim to be granted any Award, and there is no obligation for uniformity of treatment of Participants, or holdersor beneficiaries of Awards. The terms and conditions of Awards and the Committees determinations and interpretationswith respect thereto need not be the same with respect to each Participant.
13. Other Benefit and Compensation Programs
Payments and other benefits received by a Participantunder an Award shall not be deemed a part of a Participants regular, recurring compensation for purposes of any termination,indemnity or severance pay laws and shall not be included in, nor have any effect on, the determination of benefits under anyother employee benefit plan, contract or similar arrangement provided by the Company or an Affiliate, unless expressly so providedby such other plan, contract or arrangement or the Committee determines that an Award or portion of an Award should be includedto reflect competitive compensation practices or to recognize that an Award has been made in lieu of a portion of competitivecash compensation.
14. Successors and Assigns
The Plan shall be binding on all successors and assignsof the Company and a Participant, including without limitation, the estate of such Participant and the executor, administratoror trustee of such estate, or any receiver or trustee in bankruptcy or representative of the Participants creditors.
15. Nontransferability of Awards / Beneficiaries
No Award or interest in an Award may be sold, assigned,pledged (as collateral for a loan or as security for the performance of an obligation or for any other purpose) or transferredby the Participant or made subject to attachment or similar proceedings otherwise than by will or by the applicable laws ofdescent and distribution, except to the extent a Participant designates one or more beneficiaries on a Company-approved formwho may exercise the Award or receive payment under the Award after the Participants death. During a Participantslifetime, an Award may be exercised only by the Participant. Notwithstanding the foregoing and to the extent permitted by Section 422of the Code or any successor thereto, the Committee, in its sole discretion, may permit a Participant to assign or transferan Award; provided, however, that any Award so assigned or transferred shall be subject to all the terms and conditions ofthe Plan and the agreement evidencing the Award.
A Participant may designate a beneficiary to succeedto the Participants Awards under the Plan in the event of the Participants death by filing a beneficiary form withthe Company and, upon the death of the Participant, such beneficiary shall succeed to the rights of the Participant to theextent permitted by law and the terms of this Plan and the applicable agreement. In the absence of a validly designated beneficiarywho is living at the time of the Participants death, the Participants executor or administrator of the Participantsestate shall succeed to the Awards, which shall be transferable by will or pursuant to laws of descent and distribution.
16. Amendments or Termination
The Board may amend, alter or discontinue the Plan,but no amendment, alteration or discontinuation shall be made, (a) without the approval of the shareholders of the Company,if such action would
(except as is provided in Section 11 of the Plan), increase the total number of Shares reserved for the purposes of thePlan or increase the maximum number of Shares of Restricted Stock or Other Stock-Based Awards that may be awarded hereunder,or the maximum number of Shares for which Awards may be granted to any Participant, (b) without the consent of a Participant,if such action would diminish any of the rights of the Participant under any Award theretofore granted to such Participantunder the Plan or (c) to Section 5(b), relating to repricing of Options or Stock Appreciation Rights; provided, however,that the Committee may amend the Plan in such manner as it deems necessary to permit the granting of Awards meeting the requirementsof the Code or other applicable laws.
17. International Participants
With respect to Participants who reside or work outsidethe United States of America, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, amend the terms of the Plan or adopt such modifications,procedures or subplans with respect to such Participants as are necessary or desirable to ensure the viability of the benefitsof the Plan, comply with applicable foreign laws or obtain more favorable tax or other treatment for a Participant, the Companyor an Affiliate; provided, however, that no such changes shall apply to the Awards to Participants who may be coveredemployees under Section 162(m) of the Code or any successor thereto unless consistent with the provisions thereof.
|(a)||Issuance of Shares. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, the Company shall have noobligation to issue or deliver any Shares under the Plan or make any other distribution of benefits under the Plan unless,in the opinion of the Companys counsel, such issuance, delivery or distribution would comply with all applicable laws(including, without limitation, the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any successor thereto (the SecuritiesAct) or the laws of any state or foreign jurisdiction) and the applicable requirements of any securities exchange orsimilar entity.|
The Company shall be under no obligation to any Participantto register for offering or resale or to qualify for exemption under the Securities Act, or to register or qualify under thelaws of any state or foreign jurisdiction, any Shares, security or interest in a security paid or issued under, or createdby, the Plan, or to continue in effect any such registrations or qualifications if made.
The Company may issue Shares with such legends andsubject to such restrictions on transfer and stop-transfer instructions as counsel for the Company deems necessary or desirablefor compliance by the Company with federal, state and foreign securities laws. The Company may also require such other actionor agreement by the Participants as may from time to time be necessary to comply with applicable securities laws.
To the extent the Plan or any Award agreement providesfor issuance of stock certificates to reflect the issuance of Shares, the issuance may be effected on a noncertificated basis,to the extent not prohibited by applicable law or the applicable rules of any stock exchange.
|(b)||No Rights as a Shareholder. Unless otherwise provided by the Committee or in the agreement evidencingthe Award or in any other written agreement between a Participant and the Company or an Affiliate, no Award shall entitle theParticipant to any cash dividend, voting or other right of a shareholder unless and until the date of issuance under the Planof the Shares that are subject of such Award.|
|(c)||No Trust or Fund. The Plan is intended to constitute an unfunded plan. Nothing contained hereinshall require the Company to segregate any monies, other property, or Shares, or to create any trusts, or to make any specialdeposits for any immediate or deferred amounts payable to any Participant, and no Participant shall have any rights that aregreater than those of a general unsecured creditor of the Company.|
|(d)||Severability. In the event any provision of the Plan shall be held illegal or invalid for any reason, theillegality or invalidity shall not affect the remaining parts of the Plan, and the Plan shall be construed and enforced asif the illegal or invalid provision had not been included.|
|(e)||Choice of Law. The validity, construction, interpretation, administration and effect of the Plan,and rights relating to the Plan and to Awards granted under the Plan, shall be governed by the substantive laws, but not thechoice of law rules, of the State of Minnesota.|
19. Effectiveness of the Plan
The Plan shall be effective as of the Effective Date.