This excerpt taken from the MNI DEF 14A filed Apr 12, 2005.
(a) Eligibility and Grant of Units. The Committee, acting on the advice of the Chief Executive Officer of the Company or on its own motion, shall from time to time designate the Executives who will be granted Units. The Committee shall also determine the number of Units that will be granted to each of such Executives. The Performance Period will be determined and the Units will be granted by the Committee no later than the time prescribed by applicable law for the Awards to qualify under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code.
(b) Conversion of Units. The Units granted to an Executive for a Performance Period shall be converted into his or her Award as of the March 1 next following the close of such Performance Period. The Award shall be equal to the number of the Executives Units times $1 times the number of percentage points (including fractions but not to exceed 100) by which the Pre-Tax Earnings Per Share increase from Performance Period to Performance Period. In no event shall an Award exceed $1 million for any Performance Period.
If a Participant terminates employment with the Company and its subsidiaries prior to the end of a fiscal year in a Performance Period by reason of Normal Retirement, Early Retirement, Death or Total and Permanent Disability, Units shall be converted into an Award and paid as soon as practicable. The Award shall be valued based on 100% of the increase in Pre-Tax Earnings Per Share for the fiscal year immediately prior to the fiscal year in which the termination occurs.