This excerpt taken from the ATRC DEF 14A filed Apr 23, 2008.
(a) Administrator shall mean the administrator of the Plan, as determined pursuant to Section 14 hereof.
(b) Board shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.
(c) Change in Control means the occurrence of any of the following events:
(i) Any person (as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act) becomes the beneficial owner (as defined in Rule 13d-3 of the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing fifty percent (50%) or more of the total voting power represented by the Companys then outstanding voting securities; or
(ii) The consummation of the sale or disposition by the Company of all or substantially all of the Companys assets; or
(iii) The consummation of 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 or its Parent) at least fifty percent (50%) of the total voting power represented by the voting securities of the Company or such surviving entity or its parent outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation.
(d) Code shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
(e) Committee shall mean the committee appointed to administer the Plan pursuant to Section 14 hereof.
(f) Common Stock shall mean the common stock of the Company, $0.001 par value per share. Common Stock shall also include (i) the common stock of the surviving corporation in any consolidation, merger or reincorporation effected exclusively to change the domicile of the Company and (ii) such other securities of the Company that may be substituted for Common Stock pursuant to Section 19 hereof.
(g) Company shall mean AtriCure, Inc., a Delaware corporation, or any successor corporation (including, without limitation, the surviving corporation in any consolidation, merger or reincorporation effected exclusively to change the domicile of the Company).
(h) Compensation shall mean all base straight time gross earnings and commissions, exclusive of payments for overtime, shift premium, incentive compensation, incentive payments, bonuses, fringe benefits, unused vacation, paid time-off and other compensation.
(i) Designated Subsidiary shall mean any Subsidiary which has been designated by the Administrator from time to time in its sole discretion as eligible to participate in the Plan. The Administrator may designate, or terminate the designation of, a subsidiary as a Designated Subsidiary without the approval of the stockholders of the Company.
(j) Effective Date shall mean July 1, 2008.
(k) Eligible Employee shall mean an Employee of the Company:
(i) who does not, immediately after the option is granted, own stock possessing five percent (5%) or more of the total combined voting power or value of all classes of stock of the Company, a Parent or a Subsidiary (as determined under Section 423(b)(3) of the Code);
(ii) whose customary employment is for more than twenty (20) hours per week; and
(iii) whose customary employment is for more than five (5) months in any calendar year.
For purposes of clause (i), the rules of Section 424(d) of the Code with regard to the attribution of stock ownership shall apply in determining the stock ownership of an individual, and stock which an employee may purchase under outstanding options shall be treated as stock owned by the employee. For purposes of the Plan, the employment relationship shall be treated as continuing intact while the individual is on sick leave or other leave of absence approved by the Company or Designated Subsidiary and meeting the requirements of Treasury Regulation Section 1.421-7(h)(2). Where the period of leave exceeds ninety (90) days and the individuals right to reemployment is not guaranteed either by statute or by contract, the employment relationship shall be deemed to have terminated on the ninety-first (91st) day of such leave.
(l) Employee shall mean any person who renders services to the Company or a Subsidiary in the status of an employee within the meaning of Code Section 3401(c). Employee shall not include any person who is employed on a temporary basis or any director of the Company or a Subsidiary who does not render services to the Company or a Subsidiary in the status of an employee within the meaning of Code Section 3401(c).
(m) Enrollment Date shall mean the first Trading Day of each Offering Period. The Enrollment Date for the first Offering Period under the Plan shall be the Effective Date.
(n) Exercise Date shall mean the last Trading Day of each Offering Period.
(o) Fair Market Value shall mean, as of any date, the value of Common Stock determined as follows:
(i) If the Common Stock is traded on an exchange, its Fair Market Value shall be the closing sales price for a share of Common Stock as reported in The Wall Street Journal (or such other source as the Administrator may deem reliable for such purposes) for such date, or if no sale occurred on such date, the closing sales price on the first trading date immediately prior to such date during which a sale occurred;
(ii) If the Common Stock is not traded on an exchange but is quoted on a quotation system, its Fair Market Value shall be the mean between the closing representative bid and asked prices for the Common Stock on such date, or if no sale occurred on such date, the first date immediately prior to such date on which sales prices or bid and asked prices, as applicable, are reported by such quotation system; or
(iii) In the absence of an established market for the Common Stock, the Fair Market Value thereof shall be determined in good faith by the Administrator.
(p) Offering Period shall mean each period of approximately six (6) months commencing on any January 1 or July 1 and terminating on the last Trading Day on or before the next occurring June 30 or December 31, as applicable, except for the first Offering Period under the Plan, which shall commence on the Effective Date and end on December 31, 2008. The duration and timing of Offering Periods may be changed pursuant to Section 4 of this Plan, but in no event may an Offering Period have a duration in excess of twenty-seven (27) months.
(q) Parent means any corporation, other than the Company, in an unbroken chain of corporations ending with the Company if, at the time of the determination, each of the corporations other than the Company owns stock possessing 50% or more of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock in one of the other corporations in such chain.
(r) Plan shall mean this 2008 Employee Stock Purchase Plan.
(s) Purchase Period shall mean the approximately six (6) month period commencing on each Enrollment Date and ending with the next Exercise Date. The first Purchase Period with respect to the initial Offering Period under the Plan shall commence on the Effective Date and end on December 31, 2008.
(t) Purchase Price shall mean 85% of the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock on the Enrollment Date or on the Exercise Date, whichever is lower; provided, however that (i) if the Administrator so designates, the Administrator may set from time to time for future Offering Periods a higher percentage of Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock or a higher dollar amount as the Purchase Price or instead provide that the Purchase Price will be calculated based only on a percentage of the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock on the Exercise Date that is equal to or more than 85%; (ii) the Purchase Price may be adjusted by the Administrator pursuant to Section 19 hereof; and (iii) the Purchase Price shall in no event be less than the par value of a share of Common Stock.
(u) Subsidiary shall mean any corporation, other than the Company, in an unbroken chain of corporations beginning with the Company if, at the time of the determination, each of the corporations other than the last corporation in an unbroken chain owns stock possessing 50% or more of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock in one of the other corporations in such chain.
(v) Trading Day shall mean a day on which national stock exchanges are open for trading.