Edwards Lifesciences 8-K 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): May 11, 2006
EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION
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ITEM 1.01. ENTRY INTO A MATERIAL DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT.
On May 11, 2006, an amendment and restatement of the Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (the Company) Long-Term Stock Incentive Compensation Program (the Long-Term Stock Program) was approved by the Companys stockholders. The Long-Term Stock Program had been approved by the Board of Directors on February 16, 2006, subject to stockholder approval.
The Long-Term Stock Program was amended and restated to effect the following changes: (i) increase the number of shares of common stock available for issuance by 900,000 shares, from 16,900,000 shares to 17,800,000 shares; (ii) impose a minimum vesting period of three (3) years on awards under the Long-Term Stock Program; (iii) impose a maximum term of seven (7) years from the grant date for options granted under the Long-Term Stock Program; and (iv) amend the Long-Term Stock Program in light of recent changes in applicable law and regulations. A copy of the Long-Term Stock Program is attached as Exhibit 10.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.