This excerpt taken from the AKS 10-K filed Mar 2, 2006.
Article 1. Amendment and Restatement, Purpose, and Duration.
1.1 Amendment and Restatement of the Plan. AK Steel Holding Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the Company), previously established an incentive compensation plan known as the AK Steel Holding Corporation Stock Incentive Plan (the Plan). On January 20, 2005, the Board of Directors of the Company adopted this amendment and restatement of the Plan, subject to the approval of the Companys shareholders. The Plan permits the grant of Nonqualified Stock Options, awards of Restricted Stock, and awards of Performance Shares.
1.2 Purpose of the Plan. The purpose of the Plan is to promote the success and enhance the value of the Company by linking the personal interests of directors, executive officers and key employees of the Company to those of the Companys shareholders, and by providing these individuals with an incentive for outstanding performance. The Plan is further intended to enhance the Companys ability to motivate, attract, and retain the services of these individuals upon whose judgment, interest, and special effort the successful conduct of its operation is largely dependent.
1.3 Duration of the Plan. This amendment and restatement of the Plan shall become effective on the date it is approved by the Companys shareholders, and shall remain in effect until all Shares subject to it shall have been purchased or acquired or are no longer available for Awards according to the Plans provisions, subject to the right of the Board to terminate the Plan at any time pursuant to Article 11 herein. In no event may an Award be granted under the Plan on or after December 31, 2014. Termination of the Plan shall not affect the rights of any person under an outstanding Award Agreement unless otherwise specifically provided in such Award Agreement.
Article 2. Definitions. Whenever used in the Plan, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth below and, when the meaning is intended, the initial letter of the word is capitalized:
(a) Award includes, without limitation, Option Awards, Restricted Stock Awards, or Performance Share Awards that are valued in whole or in part by reference to, or are otherwise based on, the Companys stock, performance goals or other factors, each on a stand alone or combination basis, as described in or granted under this Plan.
(b) Award Agreement means the agreement or other writing that sets forth the terms and conditions of each Award, including any amendment or modification thereof. A Participant is bound by the terms of an Award Agreement and this Plan by reason of accepting the benefits of the Award.
(c) Beneficial Owner shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in Rule l3d-3 of the General Rules and Regulations under the Exchange Act.
(d) Beneficiary means the person or persons named by a Participant to succeed to the Participants rights under any then unexpired Award Agreements. Each such designation shall: (i) revoke all prior designations by the same Participant; (ii) be in a form acceptable to the Committee; and (iii) be effective only when delivered to the Committee by the Participant in writing and during the Participants lifetime. No beneficiary shall be entitled to any notice of any change in a designation of beneficiary. In the absence of any such designation, the Participants estate shall be the beneficiary.
(e) Board means the Board of Directors of the Company.
(f) Cause means: (i) conviction of, or entering a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or a felony; (ii) engagement in fraud, misappropriation or embezzlement with respect to the Company or any subsidiary or affiliate thereof; (iii) willful failure, gross negligence or gross misconduct in the performance of assigned duties for the Company or any subsidiary or affiliate thereof; and/or (iv) breach of a fiduciary duty to the Company or any subsidiary or affiliate thereof.
(g) Change of Control shall be deemed to have occurred if:
(i) any person (other than a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan in which employees of the Company participate) becomes the Beneficial Owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing forty percent (40%) or more of the combined voting power of the Companys then outstanding voting securities; or
(ii) during any period of two (2) consecutive years individuals who at the beginning of such period constitute the Board, including for this purpose any new Director of the Company (other than a Director designated by a person who has entered into an agreement with the Company to effect a transaction described in clauses (i) or (iii) of this Subsection (g)) whose election by the Board or nomination for election by the shareholders of the Company was approved by a vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the Directors then still in office who either were Directors at the beginning of the period or whose election or nomination for election was previously so approved, cease for any reason to constitute a majority of the Board; or
(iii) the shareholders of the Company approve a merger or consolidation of the Company with any other corporation (other than a merger or consolidation which would result in the voting securities of the Company outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into voting securities of the surviving entity) at least fifty percent (50%) of the combined voting power of the voting securities of the Company or such surviving entity outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation) or the shareholders of the Company approve a plan of complete liquidation of the Company or an agreement for the sale or disposition by the Company of all or substantially all of the Companys assets.
(h) Code means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time.
(i) Committee means the Compensation Committee of the Board, or such other committee designated by the Board to administer this Plan. The Committee shall consist of not less than two members of the Board who shall be appointed from time to time by, and shall serve at the discretion of, the Board. The Committee shall be comprised solely of Directors who are: (i) independent directors as defined in the rules and regulations of the New York Stock Exchange; (ii) non-employee directors as defined in Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act; and (iii) outside directors within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code and related regulations. The references herein to specific rules, regulations, and statutes shall include any successor provisions thereof.
(j) Company means AK Steel Holding Corporation, a Delaware corporation, or any successor thereto, as provided in Article 14 herein.
(k) Covered Employee means any Participant who is or may be a covered employee within the meaning of Section 162(m)(3) of the Code.
(l) Director means any individual who is a member of the Board and who is not an Employee.
(m) Disability means a physical or mental condition which, in the judgment of the Committee, renders a Director unable to serve or an Employee unable to perform the duties of his position with the Company or, in the case of an Employee, the duties of another available position with the Company for which the Employee is suited by education, background and training. Any Employee found to be qualified for disability benefits under AK Steel Holding Corporations long term disability plan or by the Federal Social Security Administration will be considered to be disabled under this Plan, but qualification for such benefits shall not be required as evidence of disability hereunder.
(n) Employee means any common law employee of the Company or any subsidiary or affiliate thereof, including AK Steel Corporation. A Director is not an Employee solely by reason of his position as a Director and, unless otherwise employed by the Company, shall not be considered to be an Employee under this Plan.
(o) Exchange Act means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended from time to time, or any successor act thereto.
(p) Fair Market Value shall mean:
(i) if the Shares are traded on an established United States national stock exchange or in the United States over-the-counter market with prices reported on the NASDAQ, the average of the highest and lowest sales prices for Shares on the relevant date (or, if there were no sales of Shares on such date, the weighted average of the mean between the highest and lowest sale prices for Shares on the nearest preceding trading day on which there were sales of Shares); and
(ii) if the Shares are not traded as described in clause (i), the fair market value of such Shares on the relevant date, as determined in good faith by the Board.
(q) Insider shall mean an Employee who is, on the relevant date, an executive officer or ten percent (10%) Beneficial Owner of the Company, as defined under Section 16 of the Exchange Act, or a Director.
(r) Nonqualified Stock Option or Option means an option to purchase Shares from the Company at a price established in an Option Award Agreement. No incentive stock option within the meaning of Code Section 422 may be granted under this Plan.
(s) Option Award means, individually or collectively, a grant under this Plan of a Nonqualified Stock Option.
(t) Option Award Agreement means an agreement setting forth the terms and provisions applicable to an Option Award granted to a Participant under this Plan.
(u) Option Price means the price at which a Share may be purchased by a Participant under the terms of an Option Award Agreement.
(v) Par Value shall mean the designated par value of one Share.
(w) Participant means any Director or Employee who possesses an unexpired Award granted under the Plan.
(x) Performance Share means Shares (or units representing the right to receive Shares) granted to a Participant subject to attainment of certain performance criteria and objectives in accordance with the terms of the Plan.
(y) Performance Share Award means individually or collectively, a grant under this Plan of a Performance Share.
(z) Performance Share Award Agreement means an agreement setting forth the terms and provisions applicable to a Performance Share Award under this Plan.
(aa) Plan means the AK Steel Holding Corporation Stock Incentive Plan as set in this document, and if amended at any time, then as so amended.
(bb) Restricted Stock means Shares granted to a Participant subject to certain restrictions on the Participants right to sell, transfer, assign, pledge, encumber or otherwise alienate or hypothecate the Shares except in accordance with the terms of this Plan.
(cc) Restricted Stock Award means, individually or collectively, a grant under this Plan of Shares of Restricted Stock.
(dd) Restricted Stock Award Agreement means an agreement setting forth the terms and provisions applicable to a Restricted Stock Award under this Plan.
(ee) Retirement shall mean termination of employment with the Company or any affiliate of the Company with eligibility to immediately commence to receive a pension under the Companys noncontributory defined benefit pension plan as in effect on the Employees termination date. For a Participant who is not participating in such plan, Retirement shall mean any termination of employment with the Company which would have entitled such Participant to be eligible to immediately commence to receive a pension under the Companys non-contributory defined benefit pension plan had the Participant been a participant.
(ff) Shares means the shares of voting common stock of the Company.