This excerpt taken from the ZHNE 8-K filed Feb 16, 2005.
6. TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF OPTIONS
The following rules apply to all Options:
6.1 Price. No Option intended as qualified incentive-based compensation within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code may have an Option Price less than 100% of the Fair Market Value of the Shares on the Grant Date. In no event will the Option Price of any Option be less than the par value of the Shares issuable under the Option if that is required by Applicable Law. The Option Price of an Incentive Stock Option shall be subject to Section 7(f).
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6.2 Term. No Option shall be exercisable after its Expiration Date. No Option may have an Expiration Date that is more than ten years after its Grant Date. Additional provisions regarding the term of Incentive Stock Options are provided in Sections 7(a) and 7(e).
6.3 Vesting. Options shall be exercisable: (a) on the Grant Date, or (b) in accordance with a schedule related to the Grant Date, the date the Optionees directorship, employment or consultancy begins, or a different date specified in the Option Agreement. If so provided in the Option Agreement, an Option may be exercisable subject to the application of Reverse Vesting to the Option Shares. Additional provisions regarding the vesting of Incentive Stock Options are provided in Section 7(c). No Option granted to an individual who is subject to the overtime pay provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act may be exercised before the expiration of six months after the Grant Date.
6.4 Form of Payment.
(a) The Administrator shall determine the acceptable form and method of payment for exercising an Option.
(b) Acceptable forms of payment for all Option Shares are cash, check or wire transfer, denominated in U.S. dollars except as specified by the Administrator for non-U.S. Employees or non-U.S. sub-plans.
(c) In addition, the Administrator may permit payment to be made by any of the following methods:
(i) other Shares, or the designation of other Shares, which (A) are mature shares for purposes of avoiding variable accounting treatment under generally accepted accounting principles (generally mature shares are those that have been owned by the Optionee for more than six months on the date of surrender), and (B) have a Fair Market Value on the date of surrender equal to the Option Price of the Shares as to which the Option is being exercised;
(ii) provided that a public market exists for the Shares, consideration received by the Company under a procedure under which a broker-dealer that is a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers advances funds on behalf of an Optionee or sells Option Shares on behalf of an Optionee (a Cashless Exercise Procedure), provided that if the Company extends or arranges for the extension of credit to an Optionee under any Cashless Exercise Procedure, no Officer or Director may participate in that Cashless Exercise Procedure;
(iii) with respect only to Optionees who are neither Officers nor Directors as of the date of exercise, one or more promissory notes meeting the requirements of Section 6.4(e), provided, however, that promissory notes may not be used for any portion of an Award which is not vested at the time of exercise;
(iv) cancellation of any debt owed by the Company or any Affiliate to the Optionee by the Company including without limitation waiver of compensation due or accrued for services previously rendered to the Company; and
(v) any combination of the methods of payment permitted by any paragraph of this Section 6.4.
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(d) The Administrator may also permit any other form or method of payment for Option Shares permitted by Applicable Law.
(e) The promissory notes referred to in Section 6.4(c)(iii) must be full recourse. Unless the Committee specifies otherwise after taking into account any relevant accounting issues, the notes shall bear interest at a fair market value rate when the Option is exercised. Interest on the notes shall also be at least sufficient to avoid imputation of interest under Sections 483, 1274, and 7872 of the Code. The notes and their administration shall at all times comply with any applicable margin rules of the Federal Reserve. The notes may also include such other terms as the Administrator specifies Payment may not be made by promissory note by Officers or Directors if Shares are registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act.
6.5 Nonassignability of Options. Except as determined by the Administrator, no Option shall be assignable or otherwise transferable by the Optionee except by will or by the laws of descent and distribution. However, Options may be transferred and exercised in accordance with a Domestic Relations Order and may be exercised by a guardian or conservator appointed to act for the Optionee. Incentive Stock Options may only be assigned in compliance with Section 7(h).
6.6 Substitute Options. The Board may cause the Company to grant Substitute Options in connection with the acquisition by the Company or an Affiliate of equity securities of any entity (including by merger, tender offer, or other similar transaction) or of all or a portion of the assets of any entity. Any such substitution shall be effective when the acquisition closes. Substitute Options may be Nonstatutory Options or Incentive Stock Options. Unless and to the extent specified otherwise by the Board, Substitute Options shall have the same terms and conditions as the options they replace, except that (subject to Section 10) Substitute Options shall be Options to purchase Shares rather than equity securities of the granting entity and shall have an Option Price determined by the Board.
6.7 Cancellation and Regrant of Options. The Administrator shall have the authority to effect, at any time and from time to time, with the consent of the affected Option holders, the cancellation of any or all outstanding Options granted under this Plan and to grant in substitution new Options covering the same or a different number of shares of the Companys common stock but with an Option Price based on the Fair Market Value per share of the Companys common stock on the new Grant Date.