This excerpt taken from the BKD DEF 14A filed Apr 29, 2008.
Summary of Material Provisions of the Stock Purchase Plan
The following is a brief summary of the principal features of the Stock Purchase Plan, which is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Stock Purchase Plan itself, a copy of which is attached hereto as Appendix A and incorporated by reference herein.
Participation, Awards Under the Stock Purchase Plan. Pursuant to the Stock Purchase Plan, all employees of the Company or any of its subsidiaries who have been employed by the Company for at least six months, except those that customarily work 20 hours per week or less and those that customarily work less than five months in any calendar year, are eligible to participate in the Stock Purchase Plan. Any employee who owns more than five percent (5%) of the Common Stock, however, is not eligible to participate in the Stock Purchase Plan. The approximate number of employees eligible to participate in the Stock Purchase Plan as of the date of this proxy statement is 16,800.
Participating in the Stock Purchase Plan is voluntary, and eligible employees may enroll by specifying the amount of compensation to be deducted during each payroll period for the purchase of shares of common stock. The Stock Purchase Plan will operate on the basis of successive periods of three (3) months (i) commencing on July 1 and ending on September 30; (ii) commencing on October 1 and ending on December 31; (iii) commencing on January 1 and ending on March 31; and (iv) commencing on April 1 and ending on June 30. Each of these three month periods is hereafter referred to as an Option Period.
Under the terms of the Stock Purchase Plan, each eligible employee may elect to deduct from his or her compensation not less than $10.00 and up to 15% of his or her base pay for each Option Period. The dollar amount deducted is credited to the participants Contribution Account (as defined in the Stock Purchase Plan). On the Exercise Date, which is the last trading date of each Option Period, the amount deducted from each participants salary over the course of the Option Period will be used to purchase shares of the Companys common stock at a purchase price (the Exercise Price) equal to 90% of the closing market price of the shares of common stock on the New York Stock Exchange on the Exercise Date. On each Exercise Date, all options shall be automatically exercised, except for the options of persons whose employment has terminated or who have withdrawn all contributions. If the total number of shares of common stock to be purchased by all participants on an Exercise Date exceeds the number of shares of common stock remaining authorized for issuance under the Stock Purchase Plan, a pro-rata allocation of the shares of common stock available for issuance will be made among the electing participants in proportion to their respective Contribution Account balances on the Exercise Date.
Options granted under the Stock Purchase Plan are subject to the following limitations: (i) subject to certain adjustments, the maximum number of shares of the Companys common stock which may be purchased by any participant on an Exercise Date shall be 200 shares; (ii) no participant is allowed to purchase, during any calendar year, stock under the Stock Purchase Plan having a market value in excess of $25,000, as determined on the Grant Date; (iii) no option may be granted to a participant who would own 5% or more of the common stock of the Company; and (iv) no participant may assign, transfer or otherwise alienate any options granted to him, except by will or the laws of descent and distribution, and such option must be exercised during the participants lifetime only by him.
To be eligible for or to change the amount of withholding for an Option Period, a participant must have completed an enrollment form specifying the amount to be withheld at least 15 days prior to the commencement of an Option Period. A participant may elect to withdraw from the Stock Purchase Plan and to withdraw the balance of the participants Contribution Account by notifying the Company in writing at any time during the Option Period prior to the Exercise Date, provided that the withdrawal request cannot be made during the periods from March 22 through March 31, June 21 through June 30, September 21 through September 30 and December 22 through December 31. If a participant fails to timely notify the Company of his or her intent to withdraw, the participants contributions during such Option Period will be used to purchase shares on the Exercise Date for the benefit of the participant.
Upon termination of employment as a result of death, disability or retirement (at or after age 65) during an Option Period, no further contributions will be made to a participants Contribution Account. In such an event, the participant or his or her legal representative may elect to withdraw the balance of the participants Contribution Account by notifying the Company in writing prior to the Exercise Date in the Option Period; provided that the withdrawal request cannot be made during the periods from March 22 through March 31, June 21 through June 30, September 21 through September 30 and December 22 through December 31. If no such request is timely made, the balance will be used to purchase shares of common stock on the succeeding
Exercise Date. In the event of a termination of a participants employment for a reason other than death, disability or retirement during an Option Period, no further contributions will be made and the remaining balance will be paid in cash to the former employee.
Amendment and Termination. The Board of Directors may at any time amend the Stock Purchase Plan in any respect, including termination of the Stock Purchase Plan, without notice to participants. If the Stock Purchase Plan is terminated, all options to purchase stock outstanding at the termination date shall become null and void and the balance in each participants Contribution Account shall be paid to that participant, without interest. Without the approval of the stockholders of the Company, however, the Stock Purchase Plan may not be amended to increase the number of shares reserved under the Stock Purchase Plan (except pursuant to certain changes in the capital structure of the Company).
Number of Shares Reserved Under Stock Purchase Plan. The Company has initially reserved, subject to stockholder approval, 1,000,000 shares of common stock for issuance under the Stock Purchase Plan. The aggregate number of shares of common stock reserved under the Stock Purchase Plan and the calculation of the Exercise Price shall be adjusted by the Plan Administrator (subject to direction by the Board of Directors) in an equitable and proportionate manner to reflect changes in the capitalization of the Company, including, but not limited to, such changes as result from merger, consolidation, reorganization, recapitalization, stock dividend, dividend in property other than cash, stock split, combination of shares, exchange of shares and change in corporate structure. If any such adjustment would create a fractional share of common stock or a right to acquire a fractional share of common stock, such fractional share shall be disregarded. As noted above, the number of shares of stock reserved for issuance under the Stock Purchase Plan will automatically increase by 200,000 shares on the first day of each calendar year beginning January 1, 2010.
Rights as a Stockholder. At the time funds are used to purchase common stock under the Stock Purchase Plan, a participant shall have all the rights and privileges of a stockholder of the Company with respect to whole shares purchased under the Stock Purchase Plan, whether or not certificates representing such shares have been issued.
Certain Federal Income Tax Consequences. The following is a brief summary of certain U.S. federal income tax aspects of options awarded under the Stock Purchase Plan based upon the federal income tax laws in effect on the date hereof. This summary is not intended to be exhaustive, and the exact tax consequences to any participant will depend upon his or her particular circumstances and other factors. Stock Purchase Plan participants must consult their tax advisors with respect to any state, local and foreign tax considerations or particular federal tax implications of options granted under the Stock Purchase Plan.
The Stock Purchase Plan is intended to qualify for favorable tax treatment under Section 423 of the Code. Pursuant to the Code, participants generally do not immediately recognize income for federal income tax purposes on the amount of the initial discount when shares of common stock are purchased. If the recipient of common stock under the Stock Purchase Plan disposes of shares before the end of the holding period (two years after the Grant Date), he or she generally will recognize ordinary income in the year of disposition in an amount equal to the difference between his or her purchase price and the market value of the common stock on the Exercise Date. The excess (if any) of the amount received upon disposition over the market value on the Exercise Date will be taxed as a capital gain. If a disposition occurs after the expiration of the holding period, the recipient generally will recognize ordinary income in the year of disposition equal to the lesser of (i) the original discount on the shares of common stock assuming the shares had been purchased on the Grant Date or (ii) the excess of the fair market value of such shares on the date of disposition over the price paid by the recipient on the Exercise Date. The difference between the amount received upon disposition and the tax basis (i.e., purchase price plus amount taxed as ordinary income) will be treated as a capital gain or a capital loss for tax purposes, as the case may be. The Company generally will not be entitled to a tax deduction for compensation expense of the original sales to participants, but may be entitled to a deduction if a participant disposes of common stock received under the Stock Purchase Plan prior to the expiration of the applicable holding period.
The following table provides certain information as of December 31, 2007 with respect to our equity compensation plans: