SANM » Topics » 10. Performance Units and Performance Shares.

This excerpt taken from the SANM DEF 14A filed Dec 18, 2009.

10.   Performance Units and Performance Shares.

        (a)   Grant of Performance Units/Shares.    Performance Units and Performance Shares may be granted to Service Providers at any time and from time to time, as will be determined by the Administrator, in its sole discretion. The Administrator will have complete discretion in determining the number of Performance Units/Shares granted to each Participant provided that during any Fiscal Year, for Performance Units or Performance Shares intended to qualify as "performance-based compensation" within the meaning of Code Section 162(m), (i) no Participant will receive Performance Units having an initial value greater than $5,000,000, and (ii) no Participant will receive more than 333,333 Performance Shares. Notwithstanding the foregoing limitation, for Performance Shares intended to qualify as "performance-based compensation" within the meaning of Code Section 162(m), in connection with his or her initial service, a Service Provider may be granted up to an additional 333,333 Performance Shares and additional Performance Units having an initial value up to $5,000,000.

        (b)   Value of Performance Units/Shares.    Each Performance Unit will have an initial value that is established by the Administrator on or before the date of grant. Each Performance Share will have an initial value equal to the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date of grant.

        (c)   Performance Objectives and Other Terms.    The Administrator will set Performance Goals or other vesting provisions (including, without limitation, continued status as a Service Provider) in its

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discretion which, depending on the extent to which they are met, will determine the number or value of Performance Units/Shares that will be paid out to the Participant, including granting an Award of Performance Units and Performance Shares subject to the requirements of Section 13. The Administrator may set performance objectives based upon the achievement of Company-wide, divisional, or individual goals, or any other basis determined by the Administrator in its discretion. Each Award of Performance Units/Shares will be evidenced by an Award Agreement that will specify the Performance Period, Performance Goals, any other vesting provisions and such other terms and conditions as the Administrator, in its sole discretion, will determine.

        (d)   Earning of Performance Units/Shares.    After the applicable Performance Period has ended, the holder of Performance Units/Shares will be entitled to receive a payout of the number of Performance Units/Shares earned by the Participant over the Performance Period, to be determined as a function of the extent to which the corresponding performance objectives or other vesting provisions have been achieved. After the grant of a Performance Unit/Share, the Administrator, in its sole discretion, may reduce or waive any performance objectives or other vesting provisions for such Performance Unit/Share.

        (e)   Form and Timing of Payment of Performance Units/Shares.    Payment of earned Performance Units/Shares will be made as soon as practicable after the expiration of the applicable Performance Period and achievement of the performance criteria and other vesting provisions. The Administrator, in its sole discretion, may pay earned Performance Units/Shares in the form of cash, in Shares (which have an aggregate Fair Market Value equal to the value of the earned Performance Units/Shares at the close of the applicable Performance Period) or in a combination thereof.

        (f)    Cancellation of Performance Units/Shares.    On the date set forth in the Award Agreement, all unearned or unvested Performance Units/Shares will be forfeited to the Company, and again will be available for grant under the Plan to the extent such Performance Units/Shares were payable in Shares.

        (g)   Section 162(m) Performance Restrictions.    For purposes of qualifying grants of Performance Units/Shares as "performance-based compensation" under Code Section 162(m), the Compensation Committee, in its discretion, may set restrictions based upon the achievement of Performance Goals. The Performance Goals will be set by the Compensation Committee on or before the Determination Date. In granting Performance Units/Shares which are intended to qualify under Code Section 162(m), the Compensation Committee will follow the provisions of Section 13 any procedures determined by it from time to time to be necessary or appropriate to ensure qualification of the Award under Code Section 162(m) (e.g., in determining the Performance Goals).

11.     Performance Goals.    The granting and/or vesting of Awards of Options, Restricted Stock, Restricted Stock Units, Performance Shares and Performance Units (including Performance Units payable in cash) and other incentives under the Plan may be made subject to the attainment of performance goals ("Performance Goals") relating to one or more of the following measures: (a) Accounts Payable Days, (b) Accounts Payable Turns, (c) Annual Revenue, (d) Cash Collections, (e) Cash Cycle Days, (f) Customer Satisfaction MBOs, (g) Days Sales Outstanding, (h) Earnings Per Share, (i) Free Cash flow, (j) Gross Margin, (k) Gross Profit, (l) Inventory Turns, (m) Net Income, (n) New Orders, (o) Operating Income, (p) Pro Forma Net Income, (q) Return on Designated Assets, (r) Return on Equity, (s) Return on Sales, and (t) Product Shipments. Any Performance Goals may be used to measure the performance of the Company as a whole or a business unit of the Company and may be measured relative to a peer group or index. The Performance Goals may differ from Participant to Participant and from Award to Award. The Compensation Committee may provide that partial achievement of the Performance Goals may result in the payment or vesting corresponding to a partial (but not necessarily proportional) portion of the Award. Prior to the Determination Date, the Compensation Committee is authorized to make adjustments in the method of calculating the attainment of Performance Goals for a Performance Period as follows: (i) to exclude restructuring and

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integration charges (including employee severance and benefits costs and charges related to excess facilities and assets); (ii) to exclude impairment charges for goodwill and intangible assets and amortization expense; (iii) to exclude exchange rate effects, as applicable, for non-U.S. dollar denominated net sales and operating earnings; (iv) to exclude the effects of changes to GAAP required by the Financial Accounting Standards Board; (v) to exclude the effects of any statutory adjustments to corporate tax rates; (vi) to exclude stock-based compensation expense determined under generally accepted accounting principles; (vii) to exclude any other unusual, non-recurring gain or loss or extraordinary item; (vii) to respond to, or in anticipation of, any unusual or extraordinary corporate item, transaction, event or development; (viii) to respond to, or in anticipation of, changes in applicable laws, regulations, accounting principles, or business conditions; (ix) to exclude the dilutive effects of acquisitions or joint ventures; (x) to assume that any business divested by the Company achieved performance objectives at targeted levels during the balance of a Performance Period following such divestiture; (xi) to reflect a corporate transaction, such as a merger, consolidation, separation (including a spinoff or other distribution of stock or property by a corporation), or reorganization (whether or not such reorganization comes within the definition of such term in Code Section 368); and (xii) to reflect any partial or complete corporate liquidation. The Compensation Committee also retains the discretion to reduce or eliminate the compensation or economic benefit due upon attainment of Performance Goals.

12.     Performance Bonus Awards.    Any Service Provider selected by the Compensation Committee may be granted one or more Performance-Based Awards in the form of a cash bonus payable upon the attainment of Performance Goals that are established by the Compensation Committee for a Performance Period prior to the Determination Date. Performance-Based Awards in the form of cash bonuses may not exceed more than $5,000,000 in any Fiscal Year. Performance Bonus Awards established for any Participant who would be considered a "covered employee" within the meaning of Code Section 162(m) (hereinafter a "Covered Employee") will be based upon Performance Goals established in accordance with Section 13. The provisions contained in this Plan permitting the Company to grant Performance-Based Awards in the form of cash bonuses shall not be the exclusive means for the payment of bonuses or other incentive compensation to Participants, including Covered Employees.

This excerpt taken from the SANM DEF 14A filed Dec 15, 2008.

10.   Performance Units and Performance Shares.

        (a)   Grant of Performance Units/Shares.    Performance Units and Performance Shares may be granted to Service Providers at any time and from time to time, as will be determined by the Administrator, in its sole discretion. The Administrator will have complete discretion in determining the number of Performance Units/Shares granted to each Participant provided that during any Fiscal Year, for Performance Units or Performance Shares intended to qualify as "performance-based compensation" within the meaning of Code Section 162(m), (i) no Participant will receive Performance Units having an initial value greater than $5,000,000, and (ii) no Participant will receive more than 2,000,000 Performance Shares. Notwithstanding the foregoing limitation, for Performance Shares intended to qualify as "performance-based compensation" within the meaning of Code Section 162(m), in connection with his or her initial service, a Service Provider may be granted up to an additional 2,000,000 Performance Shares and additional Performance Units having an initial value up to $5,000,000.

        (b)   Value of Performance Units/Shares.    Each Performance Unit will have an initial value that is established by the Administrator on or before the date of grant. Each Performance Share will have an initial value equal to the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date of grant.

        (c)   Performance Objectives and Other Terms.    The Administrator will set Performance Goals or other vesting provisions (including, without limitation, continued status as a Service Provider) in its discretion which, depending on the extent to which they are met, will determine the number or value of Performance Units/Shares that will be paid out to the Participant, including granting an Award of

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Performance Units and Performance Shares subject to the requirements of Section 13. The Administrator may set performance objectives based upon the achievement of Company-wide, divisional, or individual goals, or any other basis determined by the Administrator in its discretion. Each Award of Performance Units/Shares will be evidenced by an Award Agreement that will specify the Performance Period, Performance Goals, any other vesting provisions and such other terms and conditions as the Administrator, in its sole discretion, will determine.

        (d)   Earning of Performance Units/Shares.    After the applicable Performance Period has ended, the holder of Performance Units/Shares will be entitled to receive a payout of the number of Performance Units/Shares earned by the Participant over the Performance Period, to be determined as a function of the extent to which the corresponding performance objectives or other vesting provisions have been achieved. After the grant of a Performance Unit/Share, the Administrator, in its sole discretion, may reduce or waive any performance objectives or other vesting provisions for such Performance Unit/Share.

        (e)   Form and Timing of Payment of Performance Units/Shares.    Payment of earned Performance Units/Shares will be made as soon as practicable after the expiration of the applicable Performance Period and achievement of the performance criteria and other vesting provisions. The Administrator, in its sole discretion, may pay earned Performance Units/Shares in the form of cash, in Shares (which have an aggregate Fair Market Value equal to the value of the earned Performance Units/Shares at the close of the applicable Performance Period) or in a combination thereof.

        (f)    Cancellation of Performance Units/Shares.    On the date set forth in the Award Agreement, all unearned or unvested Performance Units/Shares will be forfeited to the Company, and again will be available for grant under the Plan to the extent such Performance Units/Shares were payable in Shares.

        (g)   Section 162(m) Performance Restrictions.    For purposes of qualifying grants of Performance Units/Shares as "performance-based compensation" under Code Section 162(m), the Compensation Committee, in its discretion, may set restrictions based upon the achievement of Performance Goals. The Performance Goals will be set by the Compensation Committee on or before the Determination Date. In granting Performance Units/Shares which are intended to qualify under Code Section 162(m), the Compensation Committee will follow the provisions of Section 13 any procedures determined by it from time to time to be necessary or appropriate to ensure qualification of the Award under Code Section 162(m) (e.g., in determining the Performance Goals).

11.     Performance Goals.    The granting and/or vesting of Awards of Options, Restricted Stock, Restricted Stock Units, Performance Shares and Performance Units (including Performance Units payable in cash) and other incentives under the Plan may be made subject to the attainment of performance goals ("Performance Goals") relating to one or more of the following measures: (a) Accounts Payable Days, (b) Accounts Payable Turns, (c) Annual Revenue, (d) Cash Collections, (e) Cash Cycle Days, (f) Customer Satisfaction MBOs, (g) Days Sales Outstanding, (h) Earnings Per Share, (i) Free Cash flow, (j) Gross Margin, (k) Gross Profit, (l) Inventory Turns, (m) Net Income, (n) New Orders, (o) Operating Income, (p) Pro Forma Net Income, (q) Return on Designated Assets, (r) Return on Equity, (s) Return on Sales, and (t) Product Shipments. Any Performance Goals may be used to measure the performance of the Company as a whole or a business unit of the Company and may be measured relative to a peer group or index. The Performance Goals may differ from Participant to Participant and from Award to Award. The Compensation Committee may provide that partial achievement of the Performance Goals may result in the payment or vesting corresponding to a partial (but not necessarily proportional) portion of the Award. Prior to the Determination Date, the Compensation Committee is authorized to make adjustments in the method of calculating the attainment of Performance Goals for a Performance Period as follows: (i) to exclude restructuring and integration charges (including employee severance and benefits costs and charges related to excess facilities and assets); (ii) to exclude impairment charges for goodwill and intangible assets and

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amortization expense; (iii) to exclude exchange rate effects, as applicable, for non-U.S. dollar denominated net sales and operating earnings; (iv) to exclude the effects of changes to GAAP required by the Financial Accounting Standards Board; (v) to exclude the effects of any statutory adjustments to corporate tax rates; (vi) to exclude stock-based compensation expense determined under generally accepted accounting principles; (vii) to exclude any other unusual, non-recurring gain or loss or extraordinary item; (vii) to respond to, or in anticipation of, any unusual or extraordinary corporate item, transaction, event or development; (viii) to respond to, or in anticipation of, changes in applicable laws, regulations, accounting principles, or business conditions; (ix) to exclude the dilutive effects of acquisitions or joint ventures; (x) to assume that any business divested by the Company achieved performance objectives at targeted levels during the balance of a Performance Period following such divestiture; (xi) to reflect a corporate transaction, such as a merger, consolidation, separation (including a spinoff or other distribution of stock or property by a corporation), or reorganization (whether or not such reorganization comes within the definition of such term in Code Section 368); and (xii) to reflect any partial or complete corporate liquidation. The Compensation Committee also retains the discretion to reduce or eliminate the compensation or economic benefit due upon attainment of Performance Goals.

12.     Performance Bonus Awards.    Any Service Provider selected by the Compensation Committee may be granted one or more Performance-Based Awards in the form of a cash bonus payable upon the attainment of Performance Goals that are established by the Compensation Committee for a Performance Period prior to the Determination Date. Performance-Based Awards in the form of cash bonuses may not exceed more than $5,000,000 in any Fiscal Year. Performance Bonus Awards established for any Participant who would be considered a "covered employee" within the meaning of Code Section 162(m) (hereinafter a "Covered Employee") will be based upon Performance Goals established in accordance with Section 13. The provisions contained in this Plan permitting the Company to grant Performance-Based Awards in the form of cash bonuses shall not be the exclusive means for the payment of bonuses or other incentive compensation to Participants, including Covered Employees.

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