Boston Scientific 10-Q 2009
Re: Retention Agreement
Boston Scientific Corporation (the Company) considers it essential to the best interests of its stockholders to foster the continuous employment of key management personnel. Further, the Board of Directors of the Company (the Board) recognizes that the possibility of a change in control exists, and that such possibility, and the uncertainty and questions that it may raise among management, may result in the departure or distraction of management personnel to the detriment of the Company and its stockholders.
The Board has determined that appropriate steps should be taken to reinforce and encourage the continued attention and dedication of members of the management of the Company, including yourself, to their assigned duties without distraction in the face of potentially disturbing circumstances arising from any possible change in control of the Company.
In order to induce you to remain in the employ of the Company, the Company agrees that you shall receive the severance benefits set forth in this letter agreement (this Agreement) in the event your employment with the Company is terminated subsequent to a Change in Control (as defined herein) under the circumstances described below.
1. Termination Following Change in Control. If a Change in Control occurs, you will be entitled to the benefits provided in Section 2 hereof upon the subsequent termination of your employment by the Company without Cause (as defined herein) or by you for Good Reason (as defined herein) during the two-year period following such Change in Control (the Covered Period). Any purported termination of your employment by the Company or by you shall be communicated by a Notice of Termination to the other party hereto in accordance with Section 7 hereof. For purposes of this Agreement, (i) references to termination of employment mean a separation from service (as defined in Section 1.409A-1(h) of the Treasury Regulations) from the Company, and (ii) a Notice of Termination shall mean a written notice which shall indicate the specific termination provision in this Agreement relied upon and shall set forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for termination of your employment under the provision so indicated.
2. Compensation upon Termination.
(a) Severance Benefits. If your employment by the Company shall be terminated during the Covered Period by the Company without Cause or by you for Good Reason, then you shall be entitled to the following benefits:
(i) Severance Payments.
(1) Amount of Payment. The Company shall pay you in cash the full amount of any earned but unpaid base salary through the Date of Termination at the rate in effect at the time of the Notice of Termination, plus a cash payment for all unused vacation time which you may have accrued as of the Date of Termination. The Company shall also pay you in cash a pro rata portion of the annual bonus for the year in which your employment terminates, calculated on the basis of your target bonus for that year and on the assumption that all performance targets have been or will be achieved. In addition, the Company shall pay you in a cash lump sum, an amount (the Severance
Payment) equal to three times the sum of (A) your base salary on the Termination Date (without giving effect to any salary reductions which satisfy the definition of Good Reason), (B) the greater of (x) the most recent bonus paid to you (which shall be deemed to be the sum of (I) the cash bonus amount most recently paid to you and (II) the value of restricted stock (calculated as of the date of vesting) issued to you as bonus compensation that vested (other than restricted stock that vested solely by virtue of the Change in Control) within the immediately preceding year) plus the value of any other shares of stock issued to you without forfeiture provisions as bonus compensation within the immediately preceding year and (y) your target bonus in effect for the year in which the Change in Control occurred (calculated assuming that all performance targets have been or will be achieved) and (C) $25,000. The Severance Payment shall be in lieu of any other severance payments which you are entitled to receive under any other severance pay plan or arrangement sponsored by the Company or any of its subsidiaries;.
(2) Timing of Payment. Subject to Section 2(b), the Company shall pay the amounts due to you under this Section 2 (a)(i) within 5 days of the Date of Termination, and in all events such amounts shall be paid no later than 90 days after the Date of Termination.
(b) Specified Employee. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, if you are a specified employee as hereinafter defined at the time of the Date of Termination, any and all amounts payable in connection with your termination of employment (including amounts payable under this Section 2) that constitute deferred compensation subject to Section 409A of the Code, as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion, and that would (but for this sentence) be payable within six months following the Date of Termination, shall instead be paid on the date that follows the Date of Termination by six months and one day (the Specified Employee Payment Date). The provision of benefits pursuant to Section 2(a)(ii) that constitute deferred compensation under Section 409A of the Code will not be provided in-kind during the first six months following the Date of Termination, but rather will be continued by your payment of any applicable premiums for which you will be reimbursed on the Specified Employee Payment Date. The provision of in-kind benefits will commence on the Specified Employee Payment Date in accordance with Section 2(a)(ii). For purposes of this Agreement, the term specified employee means an individual who is determined by the Committee to be a specified employee as defined in Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code. The Committee may, but need not, elect in writing, subject to the applicable limitations under Section 409A of the Code, any of the special elective rules prescribed in Section 1.409A-1(i) of the Treasury Regulations for purposes of determining specified employee status. Any such written election shall be deemed part of this Agreement.
(c) No Mitigation. You shall not be required to mitigate the amount of any payment or benefit provided for in this Section 2 by seeking other employment or otherwise.
3. Equity Incentive Awards.
(a) Options. All options granted to you under the Companys equity incentive plans will immediately become exercisable upon a Change in Control (as defined herein).
(b) Restricted Stock Awards. All restricted stock awards will immediately become free from restriction upon a Change in Control (as defined herein).
4. Successors; Binding Agreement.
(a) Assumption By Successor. The Company will require any successor (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business or assets of the Company to expressly assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no such succession had taken place. Failure of the Company to obtain such assumption and agreement prior to the effectiveness of any such succession shall be a breach of this Agreement and shall entitle you to compensation from the Company in the same amount and on the same terms as you would be entitled hereunder if you had terminated your employment for Good Reason following a Change in Control, except that for purposes of implementing the foregoing, the date on which any such succession becomes effective shall be deemed the Date of Termination. As used in this Agreement, the Company shall mean the Company as hereinbefore defined and any successor to its business or assets which assumes and agrees to perform this Agreement by operation of law, by agreement or otherwise.
(b) Enforceability By Beneficiaries. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by your personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs, distributees, devisees and legatees. If you should die while any amount would still be payable to you hereunder if you had continued to live, all such amounts, unless otherwise provided herein, shall be paid in accordance with the terms of this Agreement to your devisee, legatee or other designee or, if there is no such designee, to your estate.
5. Nonsolicitation; Confidentiality
(a) Nonsolicitation. For three years following your Date of Termination, you shall not, without the prior written consent of the Company, directly or indirectly, as a sole proprietor, member of a partnership, stockholder or investor, officer or director of a corporation, or as an employee, associate, consultant, independent contractor or agent of any person, partnership, corporation or other business organization or entity other than the Company: (i) solicit or endeavor to entice away from the Company or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries, any person or entity who is, or, during the then most recent 12-month period, was, employed by, or had served as an agent or key consultant of, the Company or any of its subsidiaries, or (ii) solicit or endeavor to entice away from the Company or any of its subsidiaries any person or entity who is, or was within the then most recent 12-month period, a customer or client (or reasonably anticipated (to your general knowledge or the publics general knowledge) to become a customer or client) of the Company or any of its subsidiaries.
(b) Confidentiality. On and after the date of this Agreement, you will not, except in the performance of your obligations to the Company hereunder or as may otherwise be approved in advance by the Board, directly or indirectly, disclose or use (except for the direct benefit of the Company) any confidential information that you may learn or have learned by reason of your association with the Company, any customer or client of the Company or any of their respective subsidiaries and affiliates. The term confidential information includes all data, analyses, reports, interpretations, forecasts, documents and information in any form concerning or otherwise reflecting information and concerning the Company and its affairs, including, without limitation, with respect to clients, products, policies, procedures, methodologies, trade secrets and other intellectual property, systems, personnel, confidential reports, technical information, financial information, business transactions, business plans, prospects or opportunities, but shall exclude any portion of such information that (i) was acquired by you prior to your employment by, or other association with, the Company or any affiliated or predecessor entity, (ii) is or becomes generally available to the public or is generally known in the industry or industries in which the Company or any customer or client of the Company operates, in each case other than as a result of disclosure by you in violation of this Section 5 or (iii) you are required to disclose under any applicable laws, regulations or directives of any government agency, tribunal or authority having jurisdiction in the matter or under subpoena or other process of law. As used in this Section 5, an affiliate of a person or entity is a person or entity in control of, controlled by, or in common control with, such first person or entity.
6. Definitions. For purposes of this Agreement, the following capitalized words shall have the meanings set forth below:
Cause shall mean the willful engaging by you in criminal or fraudulent acts or gross
misconduct that is demonstrably and materially injurious to the Company, monetarily or otherwise. No act or failure to act on your part shall be deemed willful unless done, or omitted to be done, by you not in good faith and without reasonable belief that your action or omission was in the best interest of the Company. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you shall not be deemed to have been terminated for Cause unless and until there shall have been delivered to you a copy of a resolution duly adopted by the affirmative vote of not less than three quarters of the entire membership of the Board at a meeting of the Board called and held for such purpose (after reasonable notice to you and an opportunity for you, together with your counsel, to be heard before the Board), finding that in the good faith opinion of the Board you were guilty of conduct set forth above in the first sentence of this subsection and specifying the particulars thereof in detail.
Change in Control shall mean the happening of any of the following:
(a) The acquisition, other than from the Company, by any individual, entity or group (within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) or 14(d)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act)) of beneficial ownership (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act) of 20% or more of either (i) the then outstanding shares of common stock of the Company (the Outstanding Company Common Stock) or (ii) the combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities of the Company entitled to vote generally in the election of directors (the Company Voting Securities); provided, however, that any acquisition by (x) any non-corporate shareholder of the Company as of the effective date of the initial registration of an offering of Stock under the Securities Act of 1933, (y) the Company or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries, or any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or maintained by the Company or any of its subsidiaries or (z) any corporation with respect to which, following such acquisition, more than 60% of, respectively, the then outstanding shares of common stock of such corporation and combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities of such corporation entitled to vote generally in the election of directors is then beneficially owned, directly or indirectly, by all or substantially all of the individuals and entities who were the beneficial owners, respectively, of the Outstanding Company Common Stock and Company Voting Securities immediately prior to such acquisition in substantially the same proportion as their ownership, immediately prior to such acquisition, of the Outstanding Common Stock and Company Voting Securities, as the case may be, shall not constitute a Change in Control of the Company; or
(b) Individuals who, as of the effective date of the initial registration of an offering of Stock under the Securities Act of 1933, constitute the Board (the Incumbent Board) cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board, provided that any individual becoming a director subsequent to such effective date whose election or nomination for election by the Companys shareholders, was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the directors then comprising the Incumbent Board shall be considered as though such individual were a member of the Incumbent Board, but excluding, for this purpose, any such individual whose initial assumption of office is in connection with an actual or threatened election contest relating to the election of the Directors of the Company (as such terms are used in Rule 14a-11 of Regulation 14A promulgated under the Exchange Act); or
(c) Consummation of a reorganization, merger, consolidation or similar transaction involving the Company (a Business Combination), in each case, with respect to which all or
substantially all of the individuals and entities who were the respective beneficial owners of the Outstanding Company Common Stock and Company Voting Securities immediately prior to such Business Combination do not own beneficially, directly or indirectly, more than 60% of, respectively, the then outstanding shares of common stock and the combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities entitled to vote generally in the election of directors, as the case may be, of the corporation resulting from such Business Combination in substantially the same proportion as their ownership immediately prior to such Business Combination of the Outstanding Company Common Stock and Company Voting Securities, as the case may be; or
(d) A complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company or a sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company other than to a corporation with respect to which, following such sale or disposition, more than 60% of, respectively, the then outstanding shares of common stock and the combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities entitled to vote generally in the election of directions is then owned beneficially, directly or indirectly, by all or substantially all of the individuals and entities who were the beneficial owners, respectively, of the Outstanding Company Common Stock and Company Voting Securities immediately prior to such sale or disposition in substantially the same proportion as their ownership of the Outstanding Company Common Stock and Company Voting Securities, as the case may be, immediately prior to such sale or disposition.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, with respect to any amounts payable under this Agreement that are subject to Section 409A of the Code where the payment is to be accelerated in connection with the Change of Control, no event(s) set forth above shall constitute a Change in Control for purposes of the Agreement unless such event(s) also constitutes a change in the ownership, change in the effective control or a change in the ownership of a substantial portion of the assets of the Company as defined under Section 409A of the Code.
Code shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and any successor provisions thereto.
Date of Termination shall be the date on which you experience a separation from service (as defined in Section 1.409A-1(h) of the Treasury Regulations) from the Company upon the termination of your employment by the Company without Cause or by you for Good Reason. Such Date of Termination shall be the date specified in the Notice of Termination (which, in the case of a termination by the Company without Cause shall not be less than 30 days, and in the case of a resignation by you for Good Reason shall not be less than 30 nor more than 60 days from the date such Notice of Termination is given); provided, that if within 30 days after any Notice of Termination is given the party receiving such Notice of Termination notifies the other party that a dispute exists concerning the termination, the Date of Termination shall be the date on which the dispute is finally determined, either by mutual written agreement of the parties, by a binding arbitration award, or by a final judgment, order or decree of a court of competent jurisdiction (which is not appealable or the time for appeal therefrom having expired and no appeal having been perfected); provided, further, that the Date of Termination shall be extended by a notice of dispute only if such notice is given in good faith and the party giving such notice pursues the resolution of such dispute with reasonable diligence. Notwithstanding the pendency of any such dispute, the Company will continue to pay you your full compensation in effect when the notice giving rise to the dispute was given and continue you as a participant in all compensation, benefit,
and insurance plans and perquisites in which you were participating when the notice giving rise to the dispute was given, until the dispute is finally resolved in accordance with this Subsection. Amounts paid under this Subsection are in addition to all other amounts due under this Agreement and shall not be offset against or reduce any other amounts due under this Agreement.
Good Reason shall mean, without your express written consent, any of the following:
(a) A meaningful and detrimental alteration in your position or in the nature or status of your responsibilities (including those as a director of the Company, if any) from those in effect immediately prior to the Change in Control;
(b) A reduction by the Company in your annual base salary as in effect on the date hereof or as the same may be increased from time to time; a failure by the Company to increase your salary at a rate commensurate with that of other key executives of the Company; a reduction in your annual bonus (expressed as a percentage of base salary) below the target in effect for you immediately prior to the Change in Control; or any adverse change in your long-term incentive opportunities in comparison to those in effect prior to the Change in Control.
(c) The relocation of the office of the Company where you are employed at the time of the Change in Control (the CIC Location) to a location which is more than 50 miles away from the CIC Location or the Companys requiring you to be based more than 50 miles away from the CIC Location (except for required travel on the Companys business to an extent substantially consistent with your customary business travel obligations in the ordinary course of business prior to the Change in Control);
(d) The failure by the Company to continue in effect any incentive or deferred compensation plan in which you participate or the failure by the Company to continue your participation therein on at least as favorable a basis, both in terms of the amount of benefits provided and the level of your participation relative to other participants, as existed at the time of the Change in Control;
(e) The failure by the Company to continue to provide you with benefits at least as favorable as those enjoyed by you under any of the Companys retirement, life insurance, medical, health and accident, disability or savings plans in which you were participating at the time of the Change in Control; the taking of any action by the Company that would directly or indirectly materially reduce any of such benefits or deprive you of any material perquisite enjoyed by you at the time of the Change in Control including without limitation, the use of a car, secretary, office space, telephones, expense reimbursement and club dues; or the failure by the Company to provide you with the number of paid vacation days to which you are entitled on the basis of years of service with the Company in accordance with the Companys normal vacation policy in effect at the time of the Change in Control;
(f) The failure of the Company to pay you any amounts of salary, bonus or expense reimbursement then owed to you or the failure of the Company to adhere to its payroll and other compensation schedules in place just prior to the Change in Control;
(g) The failure of the Company to obtain a satisfactory agreement from any successor
to assume and agree to perform this Agreement, as contemplated in Section 5 hereof or, if the business of the Company for which your services are principally performed is sold at any time after a Change in Control, the purchaser of such business shall fail to agree to provide you with the same or a comparable position, duties, compensation and benefits (as described in subsections (iv) and (v) above) as provided to you by the Company immediately prior to the Change in Control; or
(h) Any purported termination of your employment which is not effected pursuant to a Notice of Termination satisfying the requirements of Section 1 (and, if applicable, the requirements set out in the definition of Cause above); for purposes of this Agreement, no such purported termination shall be effective.
7. Notice. For the purpose of this Agreement, notices and all other communications provided for in the Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when delivered or mailed by United States registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed to, General Counsel, Boston Scientific Corporation, One Boston Scientific Place, Natick, MA 01760-1537, or to you at the address set forth on the signature page of this Agreement or to such other address as either party may have furnished to the other in writing in accordance herewith, except that notice of change of address shall be effective only upon receipt.
8. Miscellaneous. No provision of this Agreement may be modified, waived or discharged unless such waiver, modification or discharge is agreed to in writing. No waiver by either party hereto at any time of any breach by the other party hereto of, or compliance with, any condition or provision of this Agreement to be performed by such other party shall be deemed a waiver of similar or dissimilar provisions or conditions at the same or at any prior or subsequent time. No agreements or representations, oral or otherwise, express or implied, with respect to the subject matter hereof have been made by either party that are not expressly set forth in this Agreement and this Agreement shall supersede all prior agreements, negotiations, correspondence, undertakings and communications of the parties, oral or written, with respect to the subject matter hereof. The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
9. Validity. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect.
10. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in several counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original but all of which together will constitute one and the same instrument.
11. Arbitration. Any dispute or controversy arising under or in connection with this Agreement shall be settled exclusively by arbitration in Boston in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association then in effect. Judgment may be entered on the arbitrators award in any court having jurisdiction; provided, however, that you shall be entitled to seek specific performance of your right to be paid until the Date of Termination during the pendency of any dispute or controversy arising under or in connection with this Agreement.
12. No Contract of Employment. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as giving you any right to be retained in the employ of the Company.
13. Headings. The headings contained in this Agreement are intended solely for convenience and shall not affect the rights of the parties to this Agreement.
If this letter sets forth our agreement on the subject matter hereof, kindly sign and return to the Company the enclosed copy of this letter which will then constitute our agreement on this subject.
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION
The foregoing is accepted and agreed to.
J. Raymond Elliott