GLOBAL PARTNERS LP 8-K 2009
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): January 20, 2009
GLOBAL PARTNERS LP
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
P.O. Box 9161
800 South Street
Waltham, Massachusetts 02454-9161
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers, Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
On January 20, 2009, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Global GP LLC, the General Partner of Global Partners LP (the Partnership), approved grants of phantom units under the Global Partners LP Long-Term Incentive Plan to each of Eric Slifka, Thomas J. Hollister, Edward J. Faneuil and Charles A. Rudinsky (collectively, the NEOs). The grants were awarded in the following amounts:
The phantom units will vest and become payable on a one-for-one basis in common units of the Partnership (and/or cash in lieu thereof) on December 31, 2013 (or potentially sooner as described below), subject in each case to continued employment of the respective NEO and subject to a performance goal for the phantom units granted to Mr. Slifka.
All or a portion of the phantom units granted to the NEOs may vest earlier than December 31, 2013 if the Average Unit Price (as defined below) equals or exceeds specified target prices during specified periods. Specifically, if the Average Unit Price equals or exceeds: (i) $21.00 at any time prior to December 31, 2013, then 25% of the phantom units will automatically vest; (ii) $27.00 at any time during the period from January 20, 2011 through December 31, 2013, then an additional 25% of the phantom units will automatically vest; and (iii) $34.00 at any time during the period from May 20, 2012 through December 31, 2013, then all of the remaining phantom units will automatically vest. Average Unit Price means the average closing price per common unit for any 10-consecutive trading day period.
Any phantom units granted to Mr. Slifka that do not vest early as described above will be subject to a performance goal. Specifically, any unvested phantom units held by Mr. Slifka on December 31, 2013 will vest only if the Partnership makes cumulative distributions on all units of the Partnership outstanding during the twenty consecutive quarters ending December 31, 2013 in an amount equal to or exceeding the minimum quarterly distribution (as defined in the Partnerships Agreement of Limited Partnership) on all such units.
Any phantom units that have not vested as of the end of the five year cliff vesting period will be forfeited.
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 thereunto duly authorized.