This excerpt taken from the PBI 10-K filed Feb 26, 2009.
STOCK OPTION GAIN DEFERRALS
Section 5.01 In General. Subject to provisions of this Article V, .Participants may elect to defer receipt and distribution of the gain related to Gain Shares until the end of an elected Deferral Period by filing with the Administrative Committee a Stock Option Gain Agreement. The stock option gain deferral features of the Plan are effective for deferral elections made on or after September 14, 1998. The deferral of gain related to Gain Shares, as described in Article V and other related provisions of the Plan, shall be available only to Participants who are employees of the Company at the time the Participant files a Stock Option Gain Agreement.
Section 5.02 Timing of Filing Stock Option Gain Agreement. A Stock Option Gain Agreement must be filed at least six months prior to the Date of Exercise, prior to the calendar year in which occurs the Date of Exercise and no later than the day before the first day of the six month period ending on the Option Expiration Date.
Section 5.03 Contents of Stock Option Gain Agreement. Each Stock Option Gain Agreement shall set forth: (i) the number of Option Shares to be exercised in connection with the deferrals hereunder; (ii) the date of grant of the Option Shares; (iii) the Deferral Period, which is not to be less than three years; (iv) the Form of Payment; and (v) any other item determined to be appropriate by the Administrative Committee. A Participant may elect to defer gain on Option Shares in increments of 25%, 50%,
75% or 100% of the number of Option Shares awarded on a particular date of grant.
Section 5.04 Manner of Exercising Option Shares. A Participant who desires to exercise an Option and to defer current receipt and distribution of the gain related to Gain Shares must follow the procedures and requirements that are applicable to the Option under the Pitney Bowes Stock Plan as amended and restated, January 1, 2002, including the procedures and requirements relating to the exercise of an Option; provided, however, that in the case of a deferral of Gain Shares under this Plan, the Participant shall only be permitted to tender Consideration Shares to pay the entire exercise price for any exercised Option. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Administrative Committee may in its discretion accept the Participants attestation that he or she owns the number of Consideration Shares necessary to effectuate the stock swap contemplated hereunder. The attestation method or any other procedure accepted by the Administrative Committee shall be consistent with applicable legal authority regarding the tax - free treatment of such a transaction.
Section 5.05 Determination of Gain Shares. Upon exercise of an Option, the gain of which the Participant has elected to defer hereunder, Gain Shares resulting from such exercise shall be determined as follows: (i) the aggregate exercise price for all exercised Option Shares shall be determined; (ii) the number of Consideration Shares needed to pay the exercise price for such Option Shares shall be determined; (iii) the difference between the number of exercised Option Shares and the number of Consideration Shares shall be the number of Gain Shares resulting from such exercise. Any fractional Gain Share that results from the computations hereunder shall be rounded up to the nearest whole number.
Section 5.06 Conversion of Gain Shares to Phantom Stock Units. As of the Date of Exercise, Gain Shares shall be converted to Phantom Share Units by dividing the amount of the aggregate Fair Market Value of the Gain Shares as of the Date of Exercise by the Fair Market Value of one share of Common Stock as of the Date of Exercise. The resulting number of Phantom Share Units shall be credited to the Participants Gain Share Account. Any fractional Phantom Share Unit that results from the computations hereunder shall be rounded up to the nearest whole number.
Section 5.07 Changes to the Stock Option Gain Agreement. A Stock Option Gain Agreement may not be amended or revoked after the day on which it is filed with the Administrative Committee, except that the Deferral Period may be extended if an amended Stock Option Gain Agreement is filed with the Administrative Committee at least one full calendar year before the Deferral Period (as in effect before such amendment) ends; provided, that only one such amended Stock Option Deferral Agreement may be filed with respect to each Agreement.
Section 5.08 Failure to Properly Exercise. If a Participant who has made a valid election under this Article V to defer the gain related to Gain Shares and if the Option expires without a proper exercise of the Option by the Participant or if the Participant fails to properly tender the Consideration Shares by the last day of the Option term, the Participant shall forfeit any opportunity to exercise the Option and the Option shall be cancelled as of the end of the last business day of the Option term.