This excerpt taken from the HPQ 10-Q filed Jun 8, 2007.
X. STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHTS
This section shall apply to employees who hold options heretofore or hereafter granted under the Plan (Options) and who are or may hereafter be subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act. The Committee may, but shall not be required to, grant to such employees stock appreciation rights as herein provided with respect to not more than the number of shares from time to time
subject to the Options held by such employees. The stock appreciation rights shall be integral parts of the respective Options and shall have no existence apart therefrom.
A stock appreciation right shall be the right of the holder thereof to elect to surrender part or all of any Option which is wholly exercisable, or of any exercisable portion of an Option which is partially exercisable, and receive in exchange therefor cash or shares (valued at current fair market value) or a combination thereof. Such cash or shares or combination shall have an aggregate value (Appreciation) equal to the excess of the current fair market value of one share over the Option price of one share specified in such Option multiplied by the number of shares subject to such Option or the portion thereof which is surrendered. The current fair market value of a share shall shall mean, unless the Committee deems otherwise, as of any date, the closing sales price for such Common Stock as of such date (or if no sales were reported on such date, the closing sales price on the last preceding day on which a sale was made) as reported in such source as the Committee deems reliable.. No fractional share shall be issued on the exercise of a stock appreciation right, and settlement therefor shall be made in cash.
Each stock appreciation right granted under this Plan shall be subject to the following terms and conditions: (1) each stock appreciation right shall be evidenced by a written agreement between the Company and the holder in such form as the Committee shall authorize; (2) each stock appreciation right granted under the Plan by its terms shall not be transferable by the holder otherwise than by will or by the law of descent and distribution, and shall be exercised during the lifetime of the holder only by him, and no stock appreciation right or interest therein may be transferred, assigned, pledged or hypothecated by the holder during his lifetime, whether by operation of law or otherwise, or be made subject to execution, attachment or similar process; (3) all rights of an employee in a stock appreciation right, to the extent that it has not been exercised, shall terminate upon the death of the employee or the termination of his employment for any reason other than retirement because of age or total and permanent disability, and in case of such retirement three years from the date thereof with respect to nonstatutory Options and three months from the date thereof with respect to Options intended to qualify as ISOs; provided, however, that the employee, by written notice to the Company, may designate one or more persons (and from time to time change such designation), including his legal representative, who, by reason of his death, shall acquire the right to exercise all or a portion of the rights accrued under the stock appreciation right as of the date of his death. If the person or persons so designated wish to exercise any portion of the stock appreciation right, they must do so within one year after the death of the employee or retired employee, as the case may be, and such exercise shall be subject to the provisions of this Plan; and (4) the life of stock appreciation rights shall be coterminous with the life of the Options.
The holder of a stock appreciation right may exercise the same by (1) filing with the Secretary of the Company a written election, which election shall be delivered by the Secretary to the Committee, specifying (a) the Option or portion thereof to be surrendered, and (b) the percentage of the Appreciation which he desires to receive in cash, if any; and (2) surrendering such Option for cancellation or partial cancellation, as the case may be; provided, however, that any election which specifies that the holder of a stock appreciation right desires to receive any portion of the Appreciation in cash shall be of no force or effect unless and until the Committee shall have consented to such election.
No stock appreciation right or related Option may be exercised during the first six months of its term, except in the event death or total and permanent disability of the holder occurs prior to the expiration of this six-month period. No election to receive any portion of the Appreciation in cash shall be filed with the Secretary and no stock appreciation right shall be exercised to receive
any cash unless such election and exercise shall occur during the period (hereinafter referred to as the Cash Window Period) beginning on the third business day following the date of release for publication by the Company of a regular quarterly or annual statement of sales and earnings and ending on the twelfth business day following such date. The Committee may consent to the election of a holder to receive any portion of the Appreciation in cash at any time after such election has been made.
No stock appreciation right or related Option may be exercised during the first six months of its term, except in the event of death or total and permanent disability of the holder occurs prior to the expiration of this six-month period.
The Board or the Committee shall have the sole discretion to consent to approve or disapprove, in whole or in part, any election to receive any portion of the Appreciation in cash.
Nothing in the Plan shall be construed to give any eligible employee any right to be granted a stock appreciation right. Neither the Plan nor the granting of a stock appreciation right nor any other action taken pursuant to the Plan shall constitute or be evidence of any agreement or understanding, express or implied, that the Company will employ the holder of a stock appreciation right for any period of time or in any position or at any particular rate of compensation. The holder of a stock appreciation right shall have no rights as a stockholder with respect to the shares covered by his stock appreciation right until the date of issuance to him of a stock certificate therefor, and, except as otherwise specifically provided in the stock option agreement for the Options, no adjustment will be made for dividends or other rights for which the record date is prior to the date such certificate is issued.