STLY » Topics » 8. Restricted Stock Awards.

This excerpt taken from the STLY DEF 14A filed Mar 4, 2008.

8. Restricted Stock Awards.

(a) The Committee may grant Restricted Stock to eligible Service Providers. Whenever the Committee deems it appropriate to grant Restricted Stock, notice shall be given to the Service Provider stating the number of shares of Restricted Stock granted and the terms and conditions to which the Restricted Stock is subject. This notice shall become the Grant Agreement between the Company and the Service Provider and, at that time, the Service Provider shall become a Participant.

(b) The Committee shall establish as to each award of Restricted Stock the terms and conditions upon which the restrictions set forth in paragraph (c) below shall lapse. The terms and conditions may include the continued performance of services or the achievement of performance conditions measured on an individual, corporate or other basis, or any combination thereof. Any service or performance period shall not be less than twelve consecutive months in length; provided, however, that the Committee may, in its discretion and without limitation, provide in the Grant Agreement that restrictions will expire as a result of the Disability, death, retirement or involuntary termination of the Participant or the occurrence of a Change of Control. If the award is intended to qualify as “performance-based compensation” for purposes of Code section 162(m), the award shall be governed by the provisions of Section 6.

(c) No shares of Restricted Stock may be sold, assigned, transferred, pledged, hypothecated, or otherwise encumbered or disposed of until the restrictions on the shares established by the Committee have lapsed or been removed.

(d) Upon the acceptance by a Participant of an award of Restricted Stock, the Participant shall, subject to the restrictions set forth in paragraph (c) above, have all the rights of a shareholder with respect to the shares of Restricted Stock, including, but not limited to, the right to vote the shares of Restricted Stock and the right to receive all dividends and other distributions paid thereon. Unless otherwise provided in the Grant Agreement, (i) dividends or other distributions paid in shares of Company Stock shall be subject to the same restrictions set forth in paragraph (c) as the shares of Restricted Stock with respect to which the dividends or other distributions are paid and (ii) dividends or other distributions paid in cash shall be paid at the same time and under the same conditions as such dividends or other distributions are paid to the shareholders of record of Company Stock. Certificates representing Restricted Stock shall be held by the Company until the restrictions lapse and upon request the Participant shall provide the Company with appropriate stock powers endorsed in blank.

(e) Each Participant who is an Employee shall agree at the time his or her Restricted Stock is granted, and as a condition thereof, to pay to his Employer, or make arrangements satisfactory to his Employer regarding the payment to his Employer of, Applicable Withholding Taxes. Until the amount has been paid or arrangements satisfactory to the Employer have been made, no stock certificate shall be issued to the Participant. Payment to the Employer in satisfaction of Applicable Withholding Taxes may be in cash or in shares of Company Stock (valued at their Fair Market Value as of the date of payment) to which the Participant has good title, free and clear of all liens and encumbrances. As an alternative to making a separate payment to his Employer to satisfy Applicable Withholding Taxes, if the Committee allows or the Grant Agreement so provides, the Participant may elect to have his Employer retain that number of shares of Company Stock (valued at their Fair Market Value as of the date of such retention) that would satisfy all or a specified portion of the Applicable Withholding Taxes. The shares of Company Stock retained may not exceed the amount of the Applicable Withholding Taxes.

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