This excerpt taken from the LLTC DEF 14A filed Sep 23, 2009.
The following words and phrases shall have the following meanings unless a different meaning is plainly required by the context:
(a) Actual Award means as to any Performance Period, the actual award (if any) payable to a Participant for the Performance Period. Each Actual Award is determined by the Payout Formula for the Performance Period, subject to the Committees authority under Section 3.6 to eliminate or reduce the award otherwise determined by the Payout Formula.
(b) Affiliate means any corporation or other entity (including, but not limited to, partnerships and joint ventures) controlled by the Company.
(c) Base Salary means as to any Performance Period, Participants annual salary rate on the last day of such Performance Period. Such Base Salary shall be before both (1) deductions for taxes or benefits, and (2) deferrals of compensation pursuant to Company-sponsored plans. For avoidance of doubt, Base Salary does not include bonuses, commissions, equity compensation, incentive or other compensation.
(d) Board means the Board of Directors of the Company.
(e) Code means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Reference to a specific section of the Code or regulation thereunder shall include such section or regulation, any valid regulation promulgated thereunder, and any comparable provision of any future legislation or regulation amending, supplementing or superseding such section or regulation.
(f) Committee means the Compensation Committee of the Board, or such other committee as may be designated by the Board to administer the Plan.
(g) Company means Linear Technology Corporation, a Delaware corporation, or any successor thereto.
(h) Determination Date means the latest possible date that will not jeopardize a Target Award or Actual Awards qualification as performance-based compensation under Section 162(m) of the Code.
(i) Employee means any employee of the Company or of an Affiliate, whether such employee is so employed at the time the Plan is adopted or becomes so employed subsequent to the adoption of the Plan.
(j) Fiscal Year means the fiscal year of the Company.
(k) Maximum Award means as to any Participant $5,000,000 in any Fiscal Year.
(l) Participant means as to any Performance Period, an Employee who has been selected by the Committee for participation in the Plan for that Performance Period.
(m) Payout Formula means as to any Performance Period, the formula or payout matrix established by the Committee pursuant to Section 3.4 in order to determine the Actual Awards (if any) to be paid to Participants. The formula or matrix may differ from Participant to Participant.
(n) Performance Period means any Fiscal Year or such other period (shorter or longer), as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion.
(o) Performance Goals means the goal(s) (or combined goal(s)) determined by the Committee (in its discretion) to be applicable to a Participant for a Target Award for a Performance Period. As determined by the Committee, the Performance Goals for any Target Award applicable to a Participant may provide for a targeted level or levels of achievement using one or more of the following measures: annual revenue; cash flow; cash flow from operations; total earnings; earnings per share, diluted or basic; earnings per share from continuing operations, diluted or basic; earnings before interest and taxes; earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization; pre-tax profit; earnings from operations; net asset turnover; inventory turnover; capital expenditures; net earnings; operating earnings; gross or operating margin; profit margin, debt; working capital; return on equity; return on net assets; return on total assets; return on capital; return on investment; return on sales; net or gross sales; market share; economic value added; cost of capital; change in assets; expense reduction levels; debt reduction; productivity; new product introductions; delivery performance; safety record; stock price; operating income expressed as a percent of sales; and total stockholder return. The Performance Goals may differ from Participant to Participant and from award to award. Prior to the Determination Date, the Committee shall determine whether any significant element(s) shall be included in or excluded from the calculation of any Performance Goal with respect to any Participants.
(p) Plan means the Linear Technology Corporation 2009 Executive Bonus Plan, as set forth in this instrument and as hereafter amended from time to time.
(q) Shares means shares of the Companys common stock.
(r) Target Award means the target award payable under the Plan to a Participant for a Performance Period, expressed as a percentage of his or her Base Salary, as determined by the Committee in accordance with Section 3.3.
(s) Termination of Employment means a cessation of the employee-employer relationship between an Employee and the Company or an Affiliate for any reason, including, but not by way of limitation, a termination by resignation, discharge, death, disability, retirement, or the disaffiliation of an Affiliate, but excluding any such termination where there is a simultaneous reemployment by the Company or an Affiliate.