This excerpt taken from the SWY DEF 14A filed Apr 4, 2007.
Awards Under the 2007 Plan
The 2007 Plan provides that the administrator may grant or issue stock options, SARs, restricted stock, restricted stock units, deferred stock, dividend equivalents, performance awards and stock payments, or any combination thereof. Each award will be set forth in a separate agreement with the person receiving the award and will indicate the type, terms and conditions of the award.
Non-Qualified Stock Options. NQSOs will provide for the right to purchase shares of Common Stock at a specified price that is not less than the fair market value of a share of Common Stock on the date of grant, and usually will become exercisable (as determined by the administrator) in one or more installments after the grant date, subject to the completion of the applicable vesting service period or the attainment of pre-established performance goals. NQSOs may be granted for any term specified by the administrator, but the term may not exceed ten years.
Incentive Stock Options. ISOs will be designed to comply with the applicable provisions of Section 422 of the Code, and will be subject to certain restrictions contained in the Code. Among such restrictions, ISOs must have an exercise price that is not less than the fair market value of a share of Common Stock on the date of grant, may only be granted to our employees and employees of our subsidiary corporations and must not be exercisable after a period of ten years measured from the date of grant. However, if subsequently modified, ISOs may cease to qualify for treatment as ISOs and be treated as NQSOs. The total fair market value of shares (determined as of the respective date or dates of grant) for which one or more options granted to any employee (including all options granted under the 2007 Plan and all other option plans of the Company or any parent or subsidiary corporation) may for the first time become exercisable as ISOs during any one calendar year may not exceed the sum of $100,000. To the extent this limit is exceeded, the options granted will be NQSOs. In the case of an ISO granted to an individual who owns (or is deemed to own) more than 10% of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock of the Company or any parent or subsidiary corporation, the 2007 Plan provides that the exercise price of an ISO must be at least 110% of the fair market value of a share of Common Stock on the date of grant, and the ISO must not be exercisable after a period of five years measured from the date of grant. Like NQSOs, ISOs usually will become exercisable (as determined by the administrator) in one or more installments after the grant date, subject to the completion of the applicable vesting service period or the attainment of pre-established performance goals.
Stock Appreciation Rights. Stock appreciation rights provide for the payment of an amount to the holder based upon the excess (if any) of the fair market value of our Common Stock over the exercise price of the SAR. The exercise price of a SAR must be at least 100% of the fair market value of a share of Common Stock on the date of grant. SARs under the 2007 Plan will be settled in cash or shares of Common Stock, or in a combination of both, at the election of the administrator. SARs may be granted in connection with stock options or other awards, or separately. SARs may be granted for any term specified by the administrator, but the term may not exceed ten years.
Restricted Stock. Restricted stock may be issued at such price, if any, as may be determined by the administrator and may be made subject to such restrictions (including service vesting or vesting based on the satisfaction of pre-established performance goals), as may be determined by the administrator. Restricted stock typically may be repurchased by us at the original purchase price, if any, or is forfeited, if the vesting conditions and other restrictions are not met. In general, restricted stock may not be sold, or otherwise hypothecated or transferred, until the vesting restrictions and other restrictions applicable to such shares lapse. A holder of restricted stock, unlike a holder of options or restricted stock units, generally will have voting rights and may receive dividends prior to the time when the restrictions lapse.
Deferred Stock Awards. Deferred stock awards provide for the deferred issuance to the holder of the award of shares of Common Stock, subject to any conditions determined by the administrator. Deferred stock may not be sold or otherwise hypothecated or transferred until shares of Common Stock have been issued under the deferred stock award. Deferred stock will not be issued until the deferred stock award has vested, and a holder of deferred stock generally will have no voting or dividend rights prior to the time when the vesting conditions are satisfied and the shares are issued. Deferred stock awards generally will be forfeited, and the underlying shares of deferred stock will not be issued, if the applicable vesting conditions and other restrictions are not met.
Restricted Stock Units. Restricted stock units provide for the issuance to the holder of shares of Common Stock, subject to vesting conditions (including vesting based on continued service or the satisfaction of pre-established performance goals). The issuance of shares of Common Stock pursuant to restricted stock units may be delayed beyond the time at which the restricted stock units vest. Restricted stock units may not be sold, or otherwise hypothecated or transferred, and a holder of restricted stock units will not have voting rights or dividend rights prior to the time when the vesting conditions are satisfied and the shares are issued. Restricted stock units generally will be forfeited, and the underlying shares of stock will not be issued, if the applicable vesting conditions are not met.
Dividend Equivalents. Dividend equivalents represent the right to receive the value of the dividends per share paid by us, if any, calculated with reference to a specified number of shares of Common Stock. Dividend equivalent rights may be granted in connection with full-value awards granted under the 2007 Plan. Dividend equivalents may be paid in cash or shares of Common Stock, or in a combination of both, at the election of the administrator.
Performance Awards. Performance awards may be granted by the administrator to employees, consultants or directors based upon, among other things, the contributions, responsibilities and other compensation of the particular recipient. Generally, the amount paid or distributed under performance awards will be based on specific performance goals and may be paid in cash or in shares of Common Stock, or in a combination of both, at the election of the administrator. Performance awards may include phantom stock awards that provide for payments based upon the value of our Common Stock. Performance awards may also include bonuses granted by the administrator, which may be payable in cash or in shares of Common Stock, or in a combination of both.
Stock Payments. Stock payments may be authorized by the administrator in the form of Common Stock or an option or other right to purchase shares of Common Stock and may, without limitation, be issued as part of a deferred compensation arrangement in lieu of all or any part of compensation including, without limitation, salary, bonuses, commissions and directors fees that would otherwise be payable in cash to the employee, director or consultant.
Section 162(m) Performance-Based Awards. The administrator may designate employees whose compensation for a given fiscal year may be subject to the limit on deductible compensation imposed by Section 162(m) of the Code. The administrator may grant to such employees and other eligible employees awards under the 2007 Plan that are paid, vest or become exercisable upon the achievement of specified performance goals which are related to one or more performance criteria, as applicable to the Company or any subsidiary, division, operating unit or individual. These performance criteria include: net earnings (either before or after interest, taxes, depreciation and/or amortization); gross or net sales or revenue; net income (either before or after taxes); operating profit; cash flow (including, but not limited to, operating cash flow and free cash flow); return on assets; return on capital; return on stockholders equity; return on sales; gross or net profit or operating margin; costs; funds from operations; expense; working capital; earnings per share; price per share of Common Stock; FDA or other regulatory body approval for commercialization of a product; market share; identical-store sales; and identical-store sales, excluding fuel.
Performance goals established based on the performance criteria may be measured either in absolute terms or as compared to any incremental increase or decrease or as compared to the results of a peer group. Except as provided by the administrator, the achievement of each performance goal will be determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles to the extent applicable. At the time of grant, the administrator may provide that objectively determinable adjustments will be made for purposes of determining the achievement of one or more of the performance goals established for an award. Any such adjustments will be based on one or more of the following: items related to a change in accounting principle; items relating to financing activities; expenses for restructuring or productivity initiatives; other non-operating items; items related to acquisitions; items attributable to the business operations of any entity acquired by the Company during the performance period; items related to the disposal of a business or segment of a business; or items related to discontinued operations that do not qualify as a segment of a business under GAAP.
Award Limits. The 2007 Plan provides that (i) awards covering not more than 2,000,000 shares may be granted to any executive officer of the Company in any calendar year or to any employee (other than an executive officer) in the calendar year of his or her hiring, and awards covering not more than 800,000 shares may be granted to any employee (other than an executive officer of the Company) in any subsequent year, and (ii) awards covering not more than 800,000 shares may be granted to any consultant in any year, in each case, subject to adjustment under certain circumstances in order to prevent the dilution or enlargement of the potential benefits intended to be made available under the 2007 Plan, as described below. In addition, certain employees
those whose compensation in the year of grant is, or in a future calendar year may be, subject to the limitation on deductibility under Section 162(m) of the Code may not receive cash-settled performance awards in any calendar year having an aggregate maximum amount payable in excess of $5,000,000.