This excerpt taken from the AHII DEF 14A filed Oct 22, 2007.
2007 Stock Option and Incentive Plan
Our 2007 Stock Option and Incentive Plan, or 2007 Option Plan, was adopted by our Board of Directors and approved by our stockholders in January, 2007. The 2007 Option Plan permits us to make grants of incentive stock options, non-qualified stock options, stock appreciation rights, deferred stock awards, restricted stock
awards, unrestricted stock awards, cash-based awards, performance share awards and dividend equivalent rights. We reserved 2,500,000 shares of our common stock for the issuance of awards under the 2007 Option Plan. This number is subject to adjustment in the event of a stock split, stock dividend or other change in our capitalization. Generally, shares that are forfeited, canceled from awards, held back upon exercise of an award, reacquired by us or satisfied without the issuance of shares of our common stock under the 2007 Option Plan also will be available for future awards.
The 2007 Option Plan is administered by either a committee of at least two non-employee directors, or by our full Board of Directors. The administrator of the 2007 Option Plan has full power and authority to select the participants to whom awards will be granted, to make any combination of awards to participants, to accelerate the exercisability or vesting of any award and to determine the specific terms and conditions of each award, subject to the provisions of the 2007 Option Plan.
All full-time and part-time officers, employees, non-employee directors and other key persons (including consultants and prospective employees) are eligible to participate in the 2007 Option Plan, subject to the discretion of the administrator. There are certain limits on the number of awards that may be granted under the 2007 Option Plan. For example, no more than 1,000,000 shares of stock may be granted in the form of stock options or stock appreciation rights to any one individual during any one-calendar-year period.
The exercise price of stock options awarded under the 2007 Option Plan may not be less than the fair market value of our common stock on the date of the option grant and the term of each option may not exceed 10 years from the date of grant. The administrator will determine at what time or times each option may be exercised and, subject to the provisions of the 2007 Option Plan, the period of time, if any, after retirement, death, disability or other termination of employment during which options may be exercised.
To qualify as incentive options, stock options must meet additional federal tax requirements, including a $100,000 limit on the value of shares subject to incentive options which first become exercisable in any one calendar year, and a shorter term and higher minimum exercise price in the case of certain large stockholders. No incentive stock option awards may be granted under the 2007 Option Plan after January 8, 2017.
Stock appreciation rights may also be granted under our 2007 Option Plan. Stock appreciation rights allow the recipient to receive the appreciation in the fair market value of our common stock between the exercise date and the date of grant. The administrator determines the terms of stock appreciation rights, including when such rights become exercisable and whether to pay the increased appreciation in cash or with shares of our common stock, or a combination thereof. The exercise price of stock appreciation rights granted under our 2007 Option Plan may not be less than the fair market value of our common stock on the date of grant.
Restricted stock may also be granted under our 2007 Option Plan. Restricted stock awards are shares of our common stock that vest in accordance with terms and conditions established by the administrator. The administrator will determine the number of shares of restricted stock granted to any recipient. The administrator may impose whatever vesting conditions it determines to be appropriate. For example, the administrator may set restrictions based on the achievement of specific performance goals. Shares of restricted stock that do not vest are subject to our right of repurchase or forfeiture.
Deferred stock awards may also be granted under our 2007 Option Plan. Deferred stock awards are stock units entitling the recipient to receive shares of stock paid out on a deferred basis, and subject to such restrictions and conditions, as the administrator shall determine. Certain grantees, including directors, will be permitted to defer their compensation and receive deferred stock awards in lieu of current cash compensation. All deferred compensation will be structured to meet the requirements of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.
Automatic grants of deferred stock units are made to our non-employee directors under the 2007 Option Plan. Each non-employee director will automatically be granted, upon his or her election to the board, such
number of shares of deferred stock units that are equal in value to $40,000. These grants will vest on the one year anniversary of the grant date. Annual grants of deferred stock units of the same value will also be made to our non-employee directors around the time of our annual meeting. These directors grants will vest on the one-year anniversary of the grant date or the date our next annual meeting, if earlier.
Unrestricted stock, cash-based awards, dividend equivalent rights and performance share awards may also be granted under our 2007 Option Plan. Unrestricted stock awards are awards of shares of stock that are free of any restrictions. The administrator may grant unrestricted stock awards in respect of past services or in lieu of other compensation. Cash-based awards are awards that entitle the recipient to receive a cash-denominated payment. The administrator shall establish the terms and conditions of cash-based awards, including the conditions upon which any such award will become vested or payable. Cash-based awards may be made in cash or shares of stock in the administrators discretion. Dividend equivalent rights are the right to receive credits based on cash dividends that would have been paid on the shares of stock underlying the award and are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the administrator at the time of grant. The 2007 Option Plan also permits the administrator to grant performance share awards that are intended to qualify as performance-based compensation under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code. These awards are only payable upon the attainment of specified performance goals, as described in the 2007 Option Plan. The maximum performance-based award payable in any performance cycle to any one individual is 500,000 shares or $6,000,000 in the event of a performance-based award that is a cash-based award.
In the event of a merger, sale or dissolution of the Company, or a similar sale event, all stock options and stock appreciation rights granted under the 2007 Option Plan will automatically become fully exercisable and all other awards granted under the 2007 Option Plan will become fully vested and non-forfeitable unless these awards are assumed by an entity whose shares are publicly traded.
Our Board of Directors may amend or discontinue the 2007 Option Plan at any time and the administrator may amend or cancel any outstanding award for the purpose of satisfying changes in law or for any other lawful purpose. No such amendment may adversely affect the rights under any outstanding award without the holders consent. Other than in the event of a necessary adjustment in connection with a change in our stock or a merger or similar transaction, the administrator may not reprice or otherwise reduce the exercise price of outstanding stock options. Further, amendments to the 2007 Option Plan will be subject to approval by our stockholders if the amendment (1) increases the number of shares available for issuance under the 2007 Option Plan, (2) expands the types of awards available under, the eligibility to participate in, or the duration of, the plan, (3) materially changes the method of determining fair market value for purposes of the 2007 Option Plan, (4) is required by the Nasdaq Global Market rules or (5) is required by the Internal Revenue Code to ensure that incentive options are tax-qualified.