This excerpt taken from the MIDD DEF 14A filed Apr 3, 2007.
Section 1.1 Board means the Companys Board of Directors.
Section 1.2 Code means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
Section 1.3 Company means The Middleby Corporation, a Delaware corporation.
Section 1.4 Eligible Participant means any employee of an Employer, any non-employee director of the Company or service provider, not employed as an employee, providing services to the Company or an affiliate or subsidiary of the Company.
Section 1.5 Employer means the Company or any affiliate or subsidiary of the Company.
Section 1.6 Exchange Act means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended from time to time, and as now or hereafter construed, interpreted and applied by regulations, rulings and cases.
Section 1.7 Fair Market Value means, as of the relevant date, the closing price of Stock on the national stock exchange or automated quotation system on which the Stock is then listed or, if there was no trading in Stock on that date, the closing price of Stock on such exchange or automated quotation system on the next preceding date on which there was trading in Stock.
Section 1.8 Grant means any award of Options, Stock Appreciation Rights, Restricted Stock or Performance Stock (or any combination thereof) made under this Plan to an Eligible Participant.
Section 1.9 Non-Employee Director means a member of the Board who is not an employee of an Employer.
Section 1.10 Option means any stock option granted under this Plan.
Section 1.11 Performance Stock means Stock issued pursuant to Article VII of this Plan.
Section 1.12 Plan means The Middleby Corporation 2007 Stock Incentive Plan, as set out in this document and as subsequently amended.
Section 1.13 Recipient means an Eligible Participant to whom a Grant has been made.
Section 1.14 Restricted Stock means Stock transferred to a Recipient in a Grant which is, at the date on which the Grant is made, both (i) not transferable and (ii) subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture, within the meaning of Section 83 of the Code.
Section 1.15 Rule 16b-3 means Rule 16b-3, as from time to time in effect promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission under Section 16 of the Exchange Act, including any successor to such Rule.
Section 1.16 Stock means the Companys authorized common stock, par value $.01 per share.
Section 1.17 Stock Appreciation Right means a right transferred to a Recipient under a Grant which entitles the Recipient, upon exercise, to receive a payment (in cash, Stock or a combination of cash and Stock) which is equal to the increase (if any) in the Fair Market Value of a share of Stock between the date as of which the Grant was made and the date as of which the right is exercised.
Section 1.18 The masculine gender includes the feminine, and the singular number includes the plural, unless a different meaning is clearly required by the context.
This excerpt taken from the MIDD DEF 14A filed Apr 12, 2006.
Definitions. The following terms, as used herein, shall have the following meanings:
(a) Award or Special Incentive Award shall mean an incentive compensation award, granted pursuant to the Plan, which is contingent upon the attainment of the Performance Goals established by the Committee with respect to a Performance Period.
(b) Board shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.
(c) Code shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the regulations promulgated thereunder.
(d) Committee shall mean the committee appointed by the Board to administer the Plan, the composition of which shall at all times satisfy the provisions of Section 162(m) of the Code.
(e) Company shall mean The Middleby Corporation and its successors.
(f) Participant shall mean a key employee of the Company who is selected to participate herein pursuant to Section 4 hereof.
(g) Performance Goals shall mean performance goals determined by the Committee in its sole discretion. Such goals may be based on one or more of the following criteria, determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles where applicable: (i) earnings before or after interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, or extraordinary or special items; (ii) net income, before or after extraordinary or special items; (iii) return on equity (gross or net), before or after extraordinary or special items; (iv) earnings per share, before or after extraordinary or special items; and (v) stock price. Where applicable, the Performance Goals may be expressed in terms of attaining a specified level of the particular criteria or the attainment of an increase or decrease in the particular criteria (expressed in absolute numbers
or a percentage), and may be applied to one or more of the Company, a subsidiary or affiliate, or a division or strategic business unit of the Company, or may be applied to the performance of the Company relative to a market index, a group of other companies or a combination thereof, all as determined by the Committee. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, to the extent not inconsistent with Section 162(m) of the Code, the Committee shall have the authority to make equitable adjustments in the Performance Goals in recognition of unusual or non-recurring events affecting the Company, in response to changes in applicable laws or regulations, or to account for items of gain, loss or expense determined to be extraordinary or unusual in nature or infrequent in occurrence or related to the disposal of a segment of a business or related to a change in accounting principles. The Performance Goals may include a threshold level of performance below which no compensation will be earned, levels of performance at which specified compensation will be earned, and a maximum level of performance beyond which no additional compensation will be earned. Achievement of each of the foregoing Performance Goals shall be subject to certification by the Committee.
(h) Performance Period shall mean an Incentive Performance Period established with respect to a Special Incentive Award. Incentive Performance Periods shall mean the following five annual periods: January 1, 2006-December 31, 2006; January 1, 2007-December 31, 2007; January 1, 2008-December 31, 2008; January 1, 2009-December 31, 2009; and January 1, 2010-December 31, 2010.
(i) Plan shall mean The Middleby Corporation Executive Officer Incentive Plan, as amended from time to time.
(a) General. The Plan shall be administered by the Committee. The Committee shall have the authority in its sole discretion, subject to and not inconsistent with the express provisions of the Plan, to administer the Plan and to exercise all the powers and authorities either specifically granted to it under the Plan or necessary or advisable in the administration of the Plan, including, without limitation, the authority to grant Awards; to determine the time or times at which Awards shall be granted; to determine all of the terms and conditions (including but not limited to the Performance Goals) relating to any Award; to determine whether, to what extent, and under what circumstances an Award may be settled, cancelled or forfeited; to make adjustments in the Performance Goals; to construe and interpret the Plan and any Award; to prescribe, amend and rescind rules and regulations relating to the Plan; and to make all other determinations deemed necessary or advisable for the administration of the Plan. No member of the Board or the Committee shall be liable for any action taken or determination made in good faith with respect to the Plan or any Award granted under the Plan.
The Committee shall consist of two or more persons, each of whom shall be an outside director within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code. The Committee may appoint a chairperson and a secretary and may make such rules and regulations for the conduct of its business as it shall deem advisable, and shall keep minutes of its meetings. All determinations of the Committee shall be made by a majority of its members either present in person or participating by conference telephone at a meeting or by written consent. The Committee may delegate to one or more of its members or to one or more agents such ministerial duties as it may deem advisable, and the Committee or any person to whom it has delegated duties as aforesaid may employ one or more persons to render advice with respect to any responsibility the Committee or such person may have under the Plan. All decisions, determinations and interpretations of the Committee shall be final and binding on all persons, including the Company, each Participant (or any person claiming any rights under the Plan from or through a Participant) and any Company shareholder.