This excerpt taken from the BBBY DEF 14A filed Jun 1, 2009.
The aggregate number of shares of common stock of the Company that may be issued or used for reference purposes under the 2004 Plan remains at a limit of 19,000,000 shares plus shares of common stock which were available for grant under the 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2001 Stock Option Plans, which, as of the date of the 2004 Annual Meeting, were 6,951,458 shares. As of the fiscal year ended February 28, 2009, 18,215,939 shares of common stock of the Company remained available for grant under the 2004 Plan, taking into account grants thereunder as well as cancellations and forfeitures.
Shares of common stock that are subject to options or SARs count against the overall limit as one share for every share granted. Shares of common stock that are subject to other types of awards count against this limit as 1.80 shares for every share granted. The maximum number of shares of common stock
subject to any option and/or SAR that may be granted under the 2004 Plan during any fiscal year of the Company to each employee is, in the aggregate, 1,000,000 shares. The maximum number of shares of common stock subject to any restricted stock award and/or other stock-based award that is subject to the attainment of specified performance goals that may be granted under the 2004 Plan during any fiscal year of the Company to each employee is 500,000 shares. The maximum number of shares of common stock subject to any performance award denominated in shares of common stock that may be granted to an employee under the 2004 Plan attributable to any year of a performance period is 500,000 shares. The maximum payment that may be made to an employee under the 2004 Plan and denominated in dollars for a cash-based award attributable to any year of a performance period is $2,000,000. The above per-participant limits are increased for an employee to the extent that awards made to the employee in any prior year under the 2004 Plan were for less than the maximum number of shares or the amounts permitted to be granted, in the aggregate, to the employee.
If the Committee determines in good faith that an adjustment is necessary, it will adjust the above individual maximum share limits, the aggregate share limit and the terms of outstanding options and other awards to reflect certain changes in the Companys capital structure or business by reason of certain corporate events as provided in the 2004 Plan. However, the exercise price of an outstanding stock option may not be reduced, a new lower priced stock option may not be substituted for a surrendered stock option, and a stock option may not be cancelled for cash or another award, unless approved by the shareholders of the Company.
On May 5, 2009, the closing price of a share of common stock on the NASDAQ National Market System was $30.09.