Boingo Wireless, Inc.
BOINGO WIRELESS INC (Form: S-8, Received: 03/13/2017 14:30:37)

 

As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 13, 2017

Registration No. 333-      

 

 

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 


 

FORM S-8

 

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 


 

BOINGO WIRELESS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware

 

95-4856877

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or

 

(IRS Employer

organization)

 

Identification No.)

 

10960 Wilshire Blvd., 23 rd  Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90024

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

 


 

Boingo Wireless, Inc. 2011 Equity Incentive Plan

(Full title of the plan)

 


 

Peter Hovenier

 

Copy to:

Chief Financial Officer

 

Ilan Lovinsky, Esq.

10960 Wilshire Blvd.

 

Ryan J. Gunderson, Esq.

23 rd  Floor

 

Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve

Los Angeles, CA 90024

 

Franklin & Hachigian, LLP

(Name and address of agent for service)

 

3570 Carmel Mountain Rd., Suite 200

 

 

San Diego, CA 92130

(310) 586-5180

 

(858) 436-8000

(Telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

 

 

 


 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company.  See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer o

 

Accelerated filer x

Non-accelerated filer o (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

 

Smaller reporting company o

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title of Securities to be
Registered

 

Amount to be
Registered(1)

 

Proposed
Maximum
Offering Price
per Share (2)

 

Proposed
Maximum
Aggregate
Offering Price

 

Amount of
Registration Fee

 

Common Stock, $0.0001 par value

 

1,735,286 shares

(3)

$

11.16

 

$

19,365,792

 

$

2,244.50

 

(1)          Pursuant to Rule 416(a) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”), this Registration Statement shall also cover any additional shares of Registrant’s Common Stock that become issuable under the Boingo Wireless, Inc. 2011 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2011 Plan”) by reason of any stock dividend, stock split, recapitalization or other similar transaction effected without the receipt of consideration that increases the number of the outstanding shares of Registrant’s Common Stock.

(2)          Estimated in accordance with Rule 457(c) promulgated under the 1933 Act solely for the purpose of calculating the amount of the registration fee on the basis of the average of the high and low price per share of the Registrant’s Common Stock as reported on the Nasdaq Global Market on March 8, 2017.

(3)          Represents additional shares authorized as of January 2, 2017 under the evergreen provision of the 2011 Plan.

 

 

 



 

EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

Pursuant to General Instruction E to Form S-8 under the 1933 Act, this Registration Statement is filed by Boingo Wireless, Inc. (the “Registrant”) for the purpose of registering additional shares of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of the Company (the “Common Stock”) under the 2011 Plan. The number of shares of Common Stock available for issuance under the 2011 Plan is subject to an automatic annual increase on the first business day of each of fiscal year of the Company through 2018 equal to the lowest of (a) 4.5% of the total number of shares of Common Stock then outstanding, (b) 3,000,000 shares of Common Stock (subject to proportionate adjustment in the event of a stock split, reverse stock split, stock dividend, etc.), or (c) a number of shares of Common Stock determined by the Registrant’s Board of Directors (the “Evergreen Provision”). Accordingly, the number of shares of Common Stock available for issuance under the 2011 Plan was increased by 1,735,286 shares effective January 2, 2017. This Registration Statement registers the 1,735,286 additional shares of Common Stock available for issuance under the 2011 Plan as of January 2, 2017 as a result of the Evergreen Provision.

 

PART II

 

Information Required in the Registration Statement

 

Item 3.  Incorporation of Documents by Reference

 

The Registrant hereby incorporates by reference into this Registration Statement the following documents previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”):

 

(a)                                  The Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, filed with the SEC on March 13, 2017;

 

(b)                                  All other reports filed pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “1934 Act”) since the end of the fiscal year covered by the Registrant’s Annual Report referred to in (a) above; and

 

(c)                                   The description of the Registrant’s Common Stock contained in the Registrant’s Registration Statement No. 001-35155 on Form 8-A filed with the SEC on April 27, 2011, pursuant to Section 12 of the 1934 Act, including any amendment or report filed for the purpose of updating such description.

 

All reports and definitive proxy or information statements filed pursuant to Section 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the 1934 Act, after the date of this Registration Statement and prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment which indicates that all securities offered hereby have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement and to be a part hereof from the date of filing of such documents.  Unless expressly incorporated into this Registration Statement, a report furnished but not filed on Form 8-K under the 1934 Act shall not be incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement. Any statement contained herein or in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained in any subsequently filed document which also is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such statement. Any such statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this Registration Statement.

 

Item 4.  Description of Securities

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 5.  Interests of Named Experts and Counsel

 

Not applicable.

 

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Item 6.  Indemnification of Directors and Officers

 

Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law authorizes a corporation’s board of directors to grant, and authorizes a court to award, indemnity to officers, directors and other corporate agents.

 

As permitted by Section 102(b)(7) of the Delaware General Corporation Law, Registrant’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation includes provisions that eliminate the personal liability of its directors and officers for monetary damages for a breach of their fiduciary duty as directors and officers.

 

In addition, as permitted by Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, Registrant’s amended and restated bylaws provide that:

 

·                   The Registrant shall indemnify its directors and officers for serving the registrant in those capacities or for serving other business enterprises at the registrant’s request, to the fullest extent permitted by Delaware law. Delaware law provides that a corporation may indemnify such person if such person acted in good faith and in a manner such person reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the registrant and, with respect to any criminal proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe such person’s conduct was unlawful.

 

·                   The Registrant may, in its discretion, indemnify employees and agents in those circumstances in which indemnification is not required by law.

 

·                   The Registrant will be required to advance expenses, as incurred, to its directors and officers in connection with defending a proceeding, except that such director or officer shall undertake to repay such advances if it is ultimately determined that such person is not entitled to indemnification.

 

·                   The Registrant will not be obligated pursuant to the bylaws to indemnify a person with respect to proceedings initiated by that person, except with respect to proceedings authorized by the registrant’s board of directors. The rights conferred in the bylaws are not exclusive, and the registrant is authorized to enter into indemnification agreements with its directors, officers, employees and agents and to obtain insurance to indemnify such persons.

 

·                   The Registrant may not retroactively amend the bylaw provisions to reduce its indemnification obligations to directors, officers, employees and agents.

 

The Registrant has entered into separate indemnification agreements with each of its directors and executive officers that will provide the maximum indemnity allowed to directors and executive officers by Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law and provide for certain additional procedural protections. The Registrant also maintains insurance to insure directors and officers against certain liabilities.

 

These indemnification provisions and the indemnification agreements to be entered into between the registrant and its officers and directors may be sufficiently broad to permit indemnification of the registrant’s officers and directors for liabilities (including reimbursement of expenses incurred) arising under the 1933 Act.

 

Item 7.  Exemption from Registration Claimed

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 8.          Exhibits

 

See the accompanying Exhibit Index for a list of Exhibits to this Registration Statement, which is incorporated by reference herein.

 

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Item 9.       Undertakings

 

A.                                     The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes:  (1) to file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement (i) to include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the 1933 Act; (ii) to reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of this Registration Statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in this Registration Statement — notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the SEC pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than a 20 percent change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective Registration Statement; and (iii) to include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in this Registration Statement or any material change to such information in this Registration Statement; provided , however, that clauses (1)(i) and (1)(ii) shall not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the SEC by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the 1934 Act that are incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement; (2) that for the purpose of determining any liability under the 1933 Act each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof; and (3) to remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.

 

B.                                     The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the 1933 Act, each filing of the Registrant’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the 1934 Act that is incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

C.                                     Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the 1933 Act may be permitted to directors, officers or controlling persons of the Registrant pursuant to the indemnification provisions summarized in Item 6 or otherwise, the Registrant has been advised that, in the opinion of the SEC, such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the 1933 Act, and is, therefore, unenforceable.  In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the Registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the 1933 Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the 1933 Act, the Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Los Angeles, State of California on this 13th day of March, 2017.

 

 

BOINGO WIRELESS, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ David Hagan

 

 

David Hagan

 

 

Chief Executive Officer

 

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POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

KNOW ALL PERSONS BY THESE PRESENT:

 

That the undersigned officers and directors of Boingo Wireless, Inc., a Delaware corporation, do hereby constitute and appoint David Hagan and Peter Hovenier, and either of them, the lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents with full power and authority to do any and all acts and things and to execute any and all instruments which said attorneys and agents, and either one of them, determine may be necessary or advisable or required to enable said corporation to comply with the 1933 Act and any rules or regulations or requirements of the SEC in connection with this Registration Statement. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing power and authority, the powers granted include the power and authority to sign the names of the undersigned officers and directors in the capacities indicated below to this Registration Statement, to any and all amendments, both pre-effective and post-effective, and supplements to this Registration Statement, and to any and all instruments or documents filed as part of or in conjunction with this Registration Statement or amendments or supplements thereof, and each of the undersigned hereby ratifies and confirms all that said attorneys and agents, or either one of them, shall do or cause to be done by virtue hereof. This Power of Attorney may be signed in several counterparts.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF , each of the undersigned has executed this Power of Attorney as of the date indicated.

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the 1933 Act, this Registration Statement has been signed below by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

Signature

 

Title

 

Date

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ David Hagan

 

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

(Principal Executive Officer)

 

March 13, 2017

David Hagan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Peter Hovenier

 

Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

March 13, 2017

Peter Hovenier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Maury Austin

 

Director

 

March 13, 2017

Maury Austin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Charles Boesenberg

 

Director

 

March 13, 2017

Charles Boesenberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ David Cutrer

 

Director

 

March 13, 2017

David Cutrer

 

 

 

 

 

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Signature

 

Title

 

Date

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Chuck Davis

 

Director

 

March 13, 2017

Chuck Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Michael Finley

 

Director

 

March 13, 2017

Michael Finley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Terrell Jones

 

Director

 

March 13, 2017

Terrell Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Kathy Misunas

 

Director

 

March 13, 2017

Kathy Misunas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Lance Rosenzweig

 

Director

 

March 13, 2017

Lance Rosenzweig

 

 

 

 

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit Number

 

Description

 

 

 

4.1

 

Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Registrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 of Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-1, originally filed with the SEC on January 14, 2011).

4.2

 

Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Registrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 of Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on December 29, 2015).

5.1

 

Opinion and consent of Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP.

23.1

 

Consent of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.

23.2

 

Consent of Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP is contained in Exhibit 5.1.

24.1

 

Power of Attorney. Reference is made to page II-5 of this Registration Statement.

99.1

 

Boingo Wireless, Inc. 2011 Equity Incentive Plan.

 


EXHIBIT 5.1

 

March 13, 2017

 

Boingo Wireless, Inc.

10960 Wilshire Blvd., 23rd Floor

Los Angeles, California 90024

 

Re:                              Boingo Wireless, Inc. (the “Company”) Registration Statement for 1,735,286 shares of Common Stock

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

We refer to your registration statement on Form S-8 (the “Registration Statement”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”) in connection with the registration of 1,735,286 shares of Common Stock (the “Shares”) issuable under the Boingo Wireless, Inc. 2011 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”).

 

As your counsel, we have examined such matters of fact and questions of law as we have deemed necessary in order to render the opinion set forth herein.  In connection with our opinion expressed below, we have relied as to certain factual matters on information obtained from public officials, officers of the Company and other sources believed by us to be responsible.  We express no opinion as to matters governed by any laws other than the laws of the Delaware General Corporation Law and the federal laws of the United States.

 

Based upon and subject to the foregoing, we advise you that, in our opinion, when the Shares have been issued and sold pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Plan, and in accordance with the Registration Statement, such Shares will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable shares of the Company’s Common Stock.

 

We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement.  In giving such consent, we do not thereby admit that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the 1933 Act.

 

Very truly yours,

 

/s/ Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP

 

Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP

 


EXHIBIT 23.1

 

CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

We hereby consent to the incorporation by reference in this Registration Statement on Form S-8 of our report dated March 13, 2017, relating to the financial statements and effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, which appears in Boingo Wireless, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.

 

 

/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

 

Los Angeles, California

March 13, 2017

 


EXHIBIT 99.1

 

BOINGO WIRELESS, INC.

 

2011 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

(AS RESTATED EFFECTIVE AS OF JANUARY 4, 2016)

 



 

BOINGO WIRELESS, INC.
2011 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

ARTICLE 1.   INTRODUCTION .

 

The Board adopted the Plan to become effective on the IPO Date .  This amendment and restatement of the Plan was approved by the Board on April 21, 2015, and become effective upon its approval by the Company’s stockholders at the 2015 Annual Meeting.  The purpose of the Plan is to promote the long-term success of the Company and the creation of stockholder value by (a) encouraging Service Providers to focus on critical long-range corporate objectives, (b) encouraging the attraction and retention of Service Providers with exceptional qualifications and (c) linking Service Providers directly to stockholder interests through increased stock ownership.  The Plan seeks to achieve this purpose by providing for Awards in the form of Options (which may constitute ISOs or NSOs), SARs, Restricted Shares, Stock Units and Performance Cash Awards.

 

ARTICLE 2.   ADMINISTRATION .

 

2.1           General .  The Plan may be administered by the Board or one or more Committees.  Each Committee shall have the authority and be responsible for such functions as have been assigned to it.

 

2.2           Section 162(m) .  To the extent an Award is intended to qualify as “performance-based compensation” within the meaning of Code Section 162(m), the Plan will be administered by a Committee of two or more “outside directors” within the meaning of Code Section 162(m).

 

2.3           Section 16 .  To the extent desirable to qualify transactions hereunder as exempt under Exchange Act Rule 16b-3, the transactions contemplated hereunder will be approved by the entire Board or a Committee of two or more “non-employee directors” within the meaning of Rule 16b-3.

 

2.4           Powers of Administrator .  Subject to the terms of the Plan, and in the case of a Committee, subject to the specific duties delegated to the Committee, the Committee shall have the authority to (a) select the Service Providers who are to receive Awards under the Plan, (b) determine the type, number, vesting requirements and other features and conditions of such Awards, (c) determine whether and to what extent any Performance Goals have been attained, (d) interpret the Plan and Awards granted under the Plan, (e) make, amend and rescind rules relating to the Plan and Awards granted under the Plan, including rules relating to sub-plans established for the purposes of satisfying applicable foreign laws or for qualifying for favorable tax treatment under applicable foreign laws, (f) impose such restrictions, conditions or limitations as it determines appropriate as to the timing and manner of any resales by a Participant of any Common Shares issued pursuant to an Award, including restrictions under an insider trading policy and restrictions as to the use of a specified brokerage firm for such resales, and (g) make all other decisions relating to the operation of the Plan and Awards granted under the Plan.

 



 

2.5           Effect of Administrator’s Decisions .  The Committee’s decisions, determinations and interpretations shall be final and binding on all Participants and any other holders of Awards.

 

2.6           Governing Law .  The Plan shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Delaware (except its choice-of-law provisions).

 

ARTICLE 3.   SHARES AVAILABLE FOR GRANTS .

 

3.1           Basic Limitation .  Common Shares issued pursuant to the Plan may be authorized but unissued shares or treasury shares.  The aggregate number of Common Shares issued under the Plan shall not exceed the sum of (a) 12,004,534 Common Shares, 1  plus (b) the additional Common Shares described in Sections 3.2 and 3.3.  The number of Common Shares that are subject to Awards outstanding at any time under the Plan may not exceed the number of Common Shares that then remain available for issuance under the Plan.  The numerical limitations in this Section 3.1 shall be subject to adjustment pursuant to Article 9.

 

3.2           Annual Increase in Shares .  As of the first business day of each fiscal year of the Company, commencing on January 1, 2017 and ending on January 1, 2018, the aggregate number of Common Shares that may be issued under the Plan shall automatically increase by a number equal to the lowest of (a) 4.5% of the total number of Common Shares then outstanding, (b) subject to adjustment under Article 9, 3,000,000 Common Shares, or (c) a number of Common Shares determined by the Board.

 

3.3           Shares Returned to Reserve .  To the extent that Options, SARs or Stock Units are forfeited or expire for any other reason before being exercised or settled in full, then the Common Shares subject to such Options, SARs or Stock Units shall again become available for issuance under the Plan.  If SARs are exercised, then only the number of Common Shares (if any) actually issued to the Participant in settlement of such SARs shall reduce the number available under Section 3.1 and the balance shall again become available for issuance under the Plan.  If Stock Units are settled, then only the number of Common Shares (if any) actually issued to the Participant in settlement of such Stock Units shall reduce the number available under Section 3.1 and the balance shall again become available for issuance under the Plan.  If Restricted Shares or Common Shares issued upon the exercise of Options are reacquired by the Company pursuant to a forfeiture provision, repurchase right or for any other reason, then such Common Shares shall again become available for issuance under the Plan.  To the extent that an Award is settled in cash rather than Shares, the cash settlement shall not reduce the number of Shares available for issuance under the Plan.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, on or after June 12, 2015, the following Common Shares shall not be added back to the number of shares available for issuance under Section 3.1: (i) Common Shares applied to pay the Exercise Price of Options or to satisfy tax withholding obligations related to any Award, (ii) Common Shares subject to SARs that are not issued in connection with the stock settlement of

 


1    Such number of Common Shares consists of (a) the 4,000,000 shares initially reserved under the Plan; (b) the 1,511,288 shares added pursuant to Section 3.2 on January 1, 2012; (c) the 1,596,725 shares added pursuant to Section 3.2 on January 1, 2013; (d) the 1,585,149 shares added pursuant to Section 3.2 on January 1, 2014; (e) the 1,631,737 shares added pursuant to Section 3.2 on January 1, 2015; and (f) 1,679,635 shares added pursuant to Section 3.2 on January 1, 2016.

 

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the SAR on exercise thereof and (iii) Common Shares reacquired by the Company on the open market or otherwise using cash proceeds from the exercise of an Option.

 

3.4           Awards Not Reducing Share Reserve in Section 3.1 .  Any dividend equivalents paid or credited under the Plan with respect to Stock Units shall not be applied against the number of Common Shares that may be issued under the Plan, whether or not such dividend equivalents are converted into Stock Units.  In addition, Common Shares subject to Substitute Awards granted by the Company shall not reduce the number of Common Shares that may be issued under Section 3.1, nor shall shares subject to Substitute Awards again be available for Awards under the Plan in the event of any forfeiture, expiration or cash settlement of such Substitute Awards.

 

3.5           Code Section 162(m) and 422 Limits .   Subject to adjustment in accordance with Article 9:

 

(a)           The aggregate number of Common Shares subject to Options and SAR s that may be granted under this Plan during any calendar year to any one Participant shall not exceed 2,000,000, except that the Company may grant to a new Employee in the calendar year in which his or her Service as an Employee first commences Options and/or SARs that cover (in the aggregate) up to an additional 1,000,000 Common Shares;

 

(b)           The aggregate number of Common Shares subject to Restricted Share awards and Stock Units that may be granted under this Plan during any calendar year to any one Participant shall not exceed 1,000,000, except that the Company may grant to a new Employee in the calendar year in which his or her Service as an Employee first commences Restricted Share awards and Stock Units that cover (in the aggregate) up to an additional 500,000 Common Shares;

 

(c)           No Participant shall be paid more than $ 5,000,000 in cash in any calendar year pursuant to Performance Cash Awards granted under the Plan; and

 

(d)           No more than 10,324,899 Common Shares plus the additional Common Shares described in Section 3.2 may be issued under the Plan upon the exercise of ISOs.

 

ARTICLE 4.   ELIGIBILITY .

 

4.1           Incentive Stock Options .  Only Employees who are common-law employees of the Company, a Parent or a Subsidiary shall be eligible for the grant of ISOs.  In addition, an Employee who owns more than 10% of the total combined voting power of all classes of outstanding stock of the Company or any of its Parents or Subsidiaries shall not be eligible for the grant of an ISO unless the additional requirements set forth in Code Section 422(c)(5) are satisfied.

 

4.2           Other Grants .  Awards other than ISOs may only be granted to Service Providers. 2

 


2   Special considerations apply with respect to Options granted to Consultants of a Parent.

 

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ARTICLE 5.   OPTIONS .

 

5.1           Stock Option Agreement .  Each grant of an Option under the Plan shall be evidenced by a Stock Option Agreement between the Optionee and the Company.  Such Option shall be subject to all applicable terms of the Plan and may be subject to any other terms that are not inconsistent with the Plan.  The Stock Option Agreement shall specify whether the Option is an ISO or an NSO.  The provisions of the various Stock Option Agreements entered into under the Plan need not be identical.

 

5.2           Number of Shares .  Each Stock Option Agreement shall specify the number of Common Shares subject to the Option, which number shall adjust in accordance with Article 9.

 

5.3           Exercise Price .  Each Stock Option Agreement shall specify the Exercise Price, which shall not be less than 100% of the Fair Market Value of a Common Share on the date of grant.  The preceding sentence shall not apply to Options granted pursuant to an assumption of, or substitution for, another option in a manner that would satisfy the requirements of Code Section 409A and, if applicable, Code Section 424(a).

 

5.4           Exercisability and Term .  Each Stock Option Agreement shall specify the date or event when all or any installment of the Option is to become vested and/or exercisable.  The Stock Option Agreement shall also specify the term of the Option; provided that the term of an Option shall in no event exceed 10 years from the date of grant.  A Stock Option Agreement may provide for accelerated vesting and/or exercisability upon certain specified events and may provide for expiration prior to the end of its term in the event of the termination of the Optionee’s Service.

 

5.5           Death of Optionee .  After an Optionee’s death, any vested and exercisable Options held by such Optionee may be exercised by his or her beneficiary or beneficiaries.  Each Optionee may designate one or more beneficiaries for this purpose by filing the prescribed form with the Company.  A beneficiary designation may be changed by filing the prescribed form with the Company at any time before the Optionee’s death.  If no beneficiary was designated or if no designated beneficiary survives the Optionee, then any vested and exercisable Options held by the Optionee may be exercised by his or her estate.

 

5.6           Modification or Assumption of Options .  Within the limitations of the Plan, the Committee may modify, extend or assume outstanding options.  The foregoing notwithstanding, no modification of an Option shall, without the consent of the Optionee, impair his or her rights or obligations under such Option.  Notwithstanding anything in this Plan to the contrary, and except for the adjustments provided in Article 9, neither the Committee nor any other person may (a) decrease the exercise price for any outstanding Option after the date of grant, (b) cancel or allow an Optionee to surrender an outstanding Option to the Company in exchange for cash or as consideration for the grant of a new Option with a lower exercise price or the grant of another type of Award the effect of which is to reduce the exercise price of any outstanding Option, or (c) take any other action with respect to an Option that would be treated as a repricing under the rules and regulations of the Nasdaq Stock Market (or such other principal U.S. national securities exchange on which the Common Shares are traded).

 

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5.7           Buyout Provisions .  Except to the extent prohibited by Section 5.6, the Committee may at any time (a) offer to buy out for a payment in cash or cash equivalents an Option previously granted or (b) authorize an Optionee to elect to cash out an Option previously granted, in either case at such time and based upon such terms and conditions as the Committee shall establish

 

5.8           Payment for Option Shares .  The entire Exercise Price of Common Shares issued upon exercise of Options shall be payable in cash or cash equivalents at the time when such Common Shares are purchased.  In addition, the Committee may, in its sole discretion and to the extent permitted by applicable law, accept payment of all or a portion of the Exercise Price through any one or a combination of the following forms or methods:

 

(a)           Subject to any conditions or limitations established by the Committee, by surrendering, or attesting to the ownership of, Common Shares that are already owned by the Optionee with a Fair Market Value on the date of surrender equal to the aggregate exercise price of the Common Shares as to which such Option will be exercised;

 

(b)           By delivering (on a form prescribed by the Company) an irrevocable direction to a securities broker approved by the Company to sell all or part of the Common Shares being purchased under the Plan and to deliver all or part of the sales proceeds to the Company;

 

(c)           Subject to such conditions and requirements as the Committee may impose from time to time, through a net exercise procedure;

 

(d)           By delivering a full-recourse promissory note, on such terms approved by the Committee; or

 

(e)           Through any other form or method consistent with applicable laws, regulations and rules.

 

ARTICLE 6.   STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHTS .

 

6.1           SAR Agreement .  Each grant of a SAR under the Plan shall be evidenced by a SAR Agreement between the Optionee and the Company.  Such SAR shall be subject to all applicable terms of the Plan and may be subject to any other terms that are not inconsistent with the Plan.  The provisions of the various SAR Agreements entered into under the Plan need not be identical.

 

6.2           Number of Shares .  Each SAR Agreement shall specify the number of Common Shares to which the SAR pertains, which number shall adjust in accordance with Article 9.

 

6.3           Exercise Price .  Each SAR Agreement shall specify the Exercise Price, which shall in no event be less than 100% of the Fair Market Value of a Common Share on the date of grant.  The preceding sentence shall not apply to SARs granted pursuant to an assumption of, or substitution for, another SAR in a manner that would satisfy the requirements of Code Section 409A.

 

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6.4           Exercisability and Term .  Each SAR Agreement shall specify the date when all or any installment of the SAR is to become vested and exercisable.  The SAR Agreement shall also specify the term of the SAR, which shall not be longer than 10 years from the date of grant.  The SAR Agreement may provide for accelerated vesting and exercisability upon certain specified events and may provide for expiration prior to the end of its term in the event of the termination of the Optionee’s Service.

 

6.5           Exercise of SARs .  Upon exercise of a SAR, the Optionee (or any person having the right to exercise the SAR after his or her death) shall receive from the Company (a) Common Shares, (b) cash or (c) a combination of Common Shares and cash, as the Committee shall determine.  The amount of cash and/or the Fair Market Value of Common Shares received upon exercise of SARs shall, in the aggregate, not exceed the amount by which the Fair Market Value (on the date of surrender) of the Common Shares subject to the SARs exceeds the Exercise Price.  If, on the date when a SAR expires, the Exercise Price is less than the Fair Market Value on such date but any portion of such SAR has not been exercised or surrendered, then such SAR shall automatically be deemed to be exercised as of such date with respect to such portion.  The SAR Agreement may also provide for an automatic exercise of the SAR on an earlier date.

 

6.6           Death of Optionee .  After an Optionee’s death, any vested and exercisable SARs held by such Optionee may be exercised by his or her beneficiary or beneficiaries.  Each Optionee may designate one or more beneficiaries for this purpose by filing the prescribed form with the Company.  A beneficiary designation may be changed by filing the prescribed form with the Company at any time before the Optionee’s death.  If no beneficiary was designated or if no designated beneficiary survives the Optionee, then any exercisable SARs held by the Optionee may be exercised by his or her estate.

 

6.7           Modification or Assumption of SARs .  Within the limitations of the Plan, the Committee may modify, extend or assume outstanding SARs.  The foregoing notwithstanding, no modification of a SAR shall, without the consent of the Optionee, impair his or her rights or obligations under such SAR.  Notwithstanding anything in this Plan to the contrary, and except for the adjustments provided in Article 9, neither the Committee nor any other person may (a) decrease the exercise price for any outstanding SAR after the date of grant, (b) cancel or allow an Optionee to surrender an outstanding SAR to the Company in exchange for cash or as consideration for the grant of a new SAR with a lower exercise price or the grant of another type of Award the effect of which is to reduce the exercise price of any outstanding SAR, or (c) take any other action with respect to a SAR that would be treated as a repricing under the rules and regulations of the Nasdaq Stock Market (or such other principal U.S. national securities exchange on which the Common Shares are traded).

 

ARTICLE 7.   RESTRICTED SHARES .

 

7.1           Restricted Stock Agreement .  Each grant of Restricted Shares under the Plan shall be evidenced by a Restricted Stock Agreement between the recipient and the Company.  Such Restricted Shares shall be subject to all applicable terms of the Plan and may be subject to any other terms that are not inconsistent with the Plan.  The provisions of the various Restricted Stock Agreements entered into under the Plan need not be identical.

 

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7.2           Payment for Awards .  Restricted Shares may be sold or awarded under the Plan for such consideration as the Committee may determine, including (without limitation) cash, cash equivalents, property, cancellation of other equity awards, full-recourse promissory notes, past services and future services, and such other methods of payment as are permitted by applicable law.

 

7.3           Vesting Conditions .  Each Award of Restricted Shares may or may not be subject to vesting and/or other conditions as the Committee may determine.  Vesting shall occur, in full or in installments, upon satisfaction of the conditions specified in the Restricted Stock Agreement.  Such conditions, at the Committee’s discretion, may include one or more Performance Goals.  A Restricted Stock Agreement may provide for accelerated vesting upon certain specified events.

 

7.4           Voting and Dividend Rights .  The holders of Restricted Shares awarded under the Plan shall have the same voting, dividend and other rights as the Company’s other stockholders, unless the Committee otherwise provides.  A Restricted Stock Agreement, however, may require that any cash dividends paid on Restricted Shares (a) be accumulated and paid when such Restricted Shares vest, or (b) be invested in additional Restricted Shares.  Such additional Restricted Shares shall be subject to the same conditions and restrictions as the Award with respect to which the dividends were paid.  In addition, unless the Committee provides otherwise, if any dividends or other distributions are paid in Common Shares, such Common Shares shall be subject to the same restrictions on transferability and forfeitability as the Restricted Shares with respect to which they were paid.

 

ARTICLE 8.   STOCK UNITS .

 

8.1           Stock Unit Agreement .  Each grant of Stock Units under the Plan shall be evidenced by a Stock Unit Agreement between the recipient and the Company.  Such Stock Units shall be subject to all applicable terms of the Plan and may be subject to any other terms that are not inconsistent with the Plan.  The provisions of the various Stock Unit Agreements entered into under the Plan need not be identical.

 

8.2           Payment for Awards .  To the extent that an Award is granted in the form of Stock Units, no cash consideration shall be required of the Award recipients.

 

8.3           Vesting Conditions .  Each Award of Stock Units may or may not be subject to vesting, as determined by the Committee.  Vesting shall occur, in full or in installments, upon satisfaction of the conditions specified in the Stock Unit Agreement.  Such conditions, at the Committee’s discretion, may include one or more Performance Goals.  A Stock Unit Agreement may provide for accelerated vesting upon certain specified events.

 

8.4           Voting and Dividend Rights .  The holders of Stock Units shall have no voting rights.  Prior to settlement or forfeiture, any Stock Unit awarded under the Plan may, at the Committee’s discretion, carry with it a right to dividend equivalents.  Such right entitles the holder to be credited with an amount equal to all cash dividends paid on one Common Share while the Stock Unit is outstanding.  Dividend equivalents may be converted into additional Stock Units.  Settlement of dividend equivalents may be made in the form of cash, in the form of

 

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Common Shares, or in a combination of both.  Prior to distribution, any dividend equivalents that are not paid shall be subject to the same conditions and restrictions as the Stock Units to which they attach.

 

8.5           Form and Time of Settlement of Stock Units .  Settlement of vested Stock Units may be made in the form of (a) cash, (b) Common Shares or (c) any combination of both, as determined by the Committee.  The actual number of Stock Units eligible for settlement may be larger or smaller than the number included in the original Award, based on predetermined performance factors, including Performance Goals.  Methods of converting Stock Units into cash may include (without limitation) a method based on the average Fair Market Value of Common Shares over a series of trading days.  Vested Stock Units shall be settled in such manner and at such time(s) as specified in the Stock Unit Agreement.  Until an Award of Stock Units is settled, the number of such Stock Units shall be subject to adjustment pursuant to Article 9.

 

8.6           Death of Recipient .  Any Stock Units that becomes payable after the recipient’s death shall be distributed to the recipient’s beneficiary or beneficiaries.  Each recipient of Stock Units under the Plan shall designate one or more beneficiaries for this purpose by filing the prescribed form with the Company.  A beneficiary designation may be changed by filing the prescribed form with the Company at any time before the Award recipient’s death.  If no beneficiary was designated or if no designated beneficiary survives the Award recipient, then any Stock Units that becomes payable after the recipient’s death shall be distributed to the recipient’s estate.

 

8.7           Modification or Assumption of Stock Units .  Within the limitations of the Plan, the Committee may modify or assume outstanding stock units or may accept the cancellation of outstanding stock units (whether granted by the Company or by another issuer) in return for the grant of new stock units for the same or a different number of shares or in return for the grant of a different type of Award.  The foregoing notwithstanding, no modification of a Stock Unit shall, without the consent of the Participant, impair his or her rights or obligations under such Stock Unit

 

8.8           Creditors’ Rights .  A holder of Stock Units shall have no rights other than those of a general creditor of the Company.  Stock Units represent an unfunded and unsecured obligation of the Company, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable Stock Unit Agreement.

 

ARTICLE 9.   ADJUSTMENTS; DISSOLUTIONS AND LIQUIDATIONS; CORPORATE TRANSACTIONS .

 

9.1           Adjustments .  In the event of a subdivision of the outstanding Common Shares, a declaration of a dividend payable in Common Shares or a combination or consolidation of the outstanding Common Shares (by reclassification or otherwise) into a lesser number of Common Shares, corresponding proportionate adjustments shall automatically be made in each of the following:

 

(a)           The number and kind of shares available for issuance under Article 3, including the numerical share limits in Sections 3.1, 3.2 and 3.5;

 

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(b)                                  The number and kind of shares covered by each outstanding Option, SAR and Stock Unit; and

 

(c)                                   The Exercise Price applicable to each outstanding Option and SAR, and the repurchase price, if any, applicable to Restricted Shares.

 

In the event of a declaration of an extraordinary dividend payable in a form other than Common Shares in an amount that has a material effect on the price of Common Shares, a recapitalization, a spin-off or a similar occurrence, the Committee shall make such adjustments as it, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate in one or more of the foregoing.  Any adjustment in the number of and kind of shares subject to an Award under this Section 9.1 shall be rounded down to the nearest whole share, although the Committee in its sole discretion may make a cash payment in lieu of a fractional share.  Except as provided in this Article 9, a Participant shall have no rights by reason of any issuance by the Company of stock of any class or securities convertible into stock of any class, any subdivision or consolidation of shares of stock of any class, the payment of any stock dividend or any other increase or decrease in the number of shares of stock of any class.

 

9.2                                Dissolution or Liquidation .  To the extent not previously exercised or settled, Options, SARs and Stock Units shall terminate immediately prior to the dissolution or liquidation of the Company.

 

9.3                                Corporate Transactions .  In the event that the Company is a party to a merger, consolidation, or any Change in Control other than one described in Section 14.4(d), all Shares acquired under the Plan and all Awards outstanding on the effective date of the transaction shall be treated in the manner described in the definitive transaction agreement (or, in the event the transaction does not entail a definitive agreement to which the Company is party, in the manner determined by the Board of Directors in its capacity as administrator of the Plan, with such determination having final and binding effect on all parties), which agreement or determination need not treat all Awards (or all portions of an Award) in an identical manner. The treatment specified in the transaction agreement may include (without limitation) one or more of the following with respect to each outstanding Award:

 

(a)                                  The continuation of outstanding Awards by the Company (if the Company is the surviving entity);

 

(b)                                  The assumption of outstanding Awards by the surviving entity or its parent, provided that the assumption of Options or SARs shall comply with applicable tax requirements;

 

(c)                                   The substitution by the surviving entity or its parent of new awards for outstanding Awards, provided that the substitution of Options or SARs shall comply with applicable tax requirements;

 

(d)                                  The cancellation of outstanding Options and SARs without payment of any consideration. The Optionees shall be able to exercise such Options and SARs during a period of not less than five full business days preceding the closing date of the transaction, unless (i) a shorter period is required to permit a timely closing of the transaction and (ii) such shorter

 

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period still offers the Optionees a reasonable opportunity to exercise such Options and SARs.  Any exercise of such Options and SARs during such period may be contingent on the closing of the transaction;

 

(e)                                   The cancellation of the Options and SARs and a payment to the Optionee with respect to each Share subject to the portion of the Award that is vested as of the transaction date equal to the excess of (A) the value, as determined by the Board of Directors in its absolute discretion, of the property (including cash) received by the holder of a Common Share as a result of the transaction, over (B) the per-Share Exercise Price of the Option or SAR (such excess, the “ Spread ”).  Such payment shall be made in the form of cash, cash equivalents, or securities of the surviving entity or its parent having a value equal to the Spread.  In addition, any escrow, holdback, earn-out or similar provisions in the transaction agreement may apply to such payment to the same extent and in the same manner as such provisions apply to the holders of Common Shares.  If the Spread applicable to an Option or SAR is zero or a negative number, then the Option may be cancelled without making a payment to the Optionee; or

 

(f)                                    The cancellation of outstanding Stock Units and payment to the Participants with respect to each Common Share subject to the Stock Unit (whether or not such Stock Unit is then vested) equal to the value, as determined by the Committee in its absolute discretion, of the property (including cash) received by the holder of a Common Share as a result of the transaction (the “ Transaction Value ”).  Such payment shall be made in the form of cash, cash equivalents, or securities of the surviving entity or its parent having a value equal to the Transaction Value.  In addition, such payment may be subject to vesting based on the Participant’s continuing Service, provided that the vesting schedule shall not be less favorable to the Participant than the schedule under which such Stock Units would have vested, and if required under applicable tax rules, such payment may be deferred until the settlement date specified in the Stock Unit Agreement.   In addition, any escrow, holdback, earn-out or similar provisions in the transaction agreement may apply to such payment to the same extent and in the same manner as such provisions apply to the holders of Common Shares.

 

(g)                                   The assignment of any reacquisition or repurchase rights held by the Company in respect of an Award of Restricted Shares to the surviving entity or its parent, with corresponding proportionate adjustments made to the price per share to be paid upon exercise of any such reacquisition or repurchase rights.

 

For avoidance of doubt, the Committee shall have the discretion, exercisable either at the time an Award is granted or at any time while the Award remains outstanding, to provide for the acceleration of vesting upon the occurrence of a Change in Control, whether or not the Award is to be assumed or replaced in the transaction, or in connection with a termination of the Participant’s Service following a transaction.

 

Any action taken under this Section 9.3 shall either preserve an Award’s status as exempt from Code Section 409A or comply with Code Section 409A.

 

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ARTICLE 10.   OTHER AWARDS .

 

10.1                         Performance Cash Awards .  A Performance Cash Award is a cash award that may be granted subject to the attainment of specified Performance Goals during a Performance Period.  A Performance Cash Award may also require the completion of a specified period of continuous Service.  The length of the Performance Period, the Performance Goals to be attained during the Performance Period, and the degree to which the Performance Goals have been attained shall be determined conclusively by the Committee.  Each Performance Cash Award shall be set forth in a written agreement or in a resolution duly adopted by the Committee which shall contain provisions determined by the Committee and not inconsistent with the Plan.  The terms of various Performance Cash Awards need not be identical.

 

10.2                         Awards Under Other Plans .  The Company may grant awards under other plans or programs.  Such awards may be settled in the form of Common Shares issued under this Plan.  Such Common Shares shall be treated for all purposes under the Plan like Common Shares issued in settlement of Stock Units and shall, when issued, reduce the number of Common Shares available under Article 3.

 

ARTICLE 11.   LIMITATION ON RIGHTS .

 

11.1                         Retention Rights .  Neither the Plan nor any Award granted under the Plan shall be deemed to give any individual a right to remain a Service Provider.  The Company and its Parents, Subsidiaries and Affiliates reserve the right to terminate the Service of any Service Provider at any time, with or without cause, subject to applicable laws, the Company’s certificate of incorporation and by-laws and a written employment agreement (if any).

 

11.2                         Stockholders’ Rights .  Except as set forth in Section 7.4 or 8.4 above, a Participant shall have no dividend rights, voting rights or other rights as a stockholder with respect to any Common Shares covered by his or her Award prior to the time when a stock certificate for such Common Shares is issued or, if applicable, the time when he or she becomes entitled to receive such Common Shares by filing any required notice of exercise and paying any required Exercise Price.  No adjustment shall be made for cash dividends or other rights for which the record date is prior to such time, except as expressly provided in the Plan.

 

11.3                         Regulatory Requirements .  Any other provision of the Plan notwithstanding, the obligation of the Company to issue Common Shares under the Plan shall be subject to all applicable laws, rules and regulations and such approval by any regulatory body as may be required.  The Company reserves the right to restrict, in whole or in part, the delivery of Common Shares pursuant to any Award prior to the satisfaction of all legal requirements relating to the issuance of such Common Shares, to their registration, qualification or listing or to an exemption from registration, qualification or listing.  The inability of the Company to obtain authority from any regulatory body having jurisdiction, which authority is deemed necessary by the Company’s counsel to be necessary to the lawful issuance and sale of any Common Shares hereunder, will relieve the Company of any liability in respect of the failure to issue or sell such Common Shares as to which such requisite authority will not have been obtained.

 

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11.4                         Transferability of Awards .   The Committee may, in its sole discretion, permit transfer of an Award in a manner consistent with applicable law.  Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, Awards shall be transferable by a Participant only by (a) beneficiary designation, (b) a will or (c) the laws of descent and distribution.  An ISO may only be transferred by will or by the laws of descent and distribution and may be exercised during the lifetime of the Optionee only by the Optionee or by the Optionee’s guardian or legal representative.

 

11.5                         Other Conditions or Restrictions on Shares.  Shares issued under the Plan shall be subject to such forfeiture conditions, rights of repurchase, rights of first refusal, other transfer restrictions and such other terms and conditions as the Board of Directors may determine.  Such conditions and restrictions shall be set forth in the applicable Award Agreement and shall apply in addition to any restrictions that may apply to holders of Shares generally.  In addition, Shares issued under the Plan shall be subject to such conditions and restrictions imposed either by applicable law or by Company policy, as adopted from time to time, designed to ensure compliance with applicable law or laws with which the Company determines in its sole discretion to comply including in order to maintain any statutory, regulatory or tax advantage.

 

ARTICLE 12.   TAXES .

 

12.1                         General .  As a condition to the grant and acceptance of an Award under the Plan, a Participant or his or her successor shall make arrangements satisfactory to the Company for the satisfaction of any federal, state, local or foreign withholding tax obligations that arise in connection with any Award granted under the Plan.  The Company shall not be required to issue any Common Shares or make any cash payment under the Plan until such obligations are satisfied.

 

12.2                         Share Withholding .  To the extent that applicable law subjects a Participant to tax withholding obligations, the Committee may permit such Participant to satisfy all or part of such obligations by having the Company withhold all or a portion of any Common Shares that otherwise would be issued to him or her or by surrendering all or a portion of any Common Shares that he or she previously acquired.  Such Common Shares shall be valued based upon the value of the actual trade or, if there is none, at their Fair Market Value as of the previous day.  Any payment of taxes by assigning Shares to the Company may be subject to restrictions including any restrictions required by SEC, accounting or others rules.

 

12.3                         Section 162(m) Matters    The Committee, in its sole discretion, may determine whether an Award is intended to qualify as “performance-based compensation” within the meaning of Code Section 162(m).  The Committee may grant Awards that are based on Performance Goals but that are not intended to qualify as performance-based compensation.  With respect to any Award that is intended to qualify as performance-based compensation, the Committee shall designate the Performance Goal(s) applicable to, and the formula for calculating the amount payable under, an Award within 90 days following commencement of the applicable Performance Period (or such earlier time as may be required under Code Section 162(m)), and in any event at a time when achievement of the applicable Performance Goal(s) remains substantially uncertain.  Prior to the payment of any Award that is intended to constitute performance-based compensation, the Committee shall certify in writing whether and the extent

 

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to which the Performance Goal(s) were achieved for such Performance Period.  The Committee shall have the right to reduce or eliminate (but not to increase) the amount payable under an Award that is intended to constitute performance-based compensation.

 

12.4                         Section 409A Matters .  Except as otherwise expressly set forth in an Award Agreement, it is intended that Awards granted under the Plan either be exempt from, or comply with, the requirements of Code Section 409A.  To the extent an Award is subject to Code Section 409A (a “ 409A Award ”), the terms of the Plan, the Award and any written agreement governing the Award shall be interpreted to comply with the requirements of Code Section 409A so that the Award is not subject to additional tax or interest under Code Section 409A, unless the Committee expressly provides otherwise.  A 409A Award shall be subject to such additional rules and requirements as specified by the Committee from time to time in order for it to comply with the requirements of Code Section 409A.  In this regard, if any amount under a 409A Award is payable upon a “separation from service” to an individual who is considered a “specified employee” (as each term is defined under Code Section 409A), then no such payment shall be made prior to the date that is the earlier of (i) six months and one day after the Participant’s separation from service or (ii) the Participant’s death, but only to the extent such delay is necessary to prevent such payment from being subject to Code Section 409A(a)(1).

 

12.5                         Limitation on Liability .  Neither the Company nor any person serving as Committee shall have any liability to a Participant in the event an Award held by the Participant fails to achieve its intended characterization under applicable tax law.

 

ARTICLE 13.   FUTURE OF THE PLAN .

 

13.1                         Term of the Plan .  The Plan, as set forth herein, shall become effective on the IPO Date.  The Plan shall remain in effect until the earlier of (a) the date when the Plan is terminated under Section 13.2 or (b) March 21, 2021.

 

13.2                         Amendment or Termination .  The Board may, at any time and for any reason, amend or terminate the Plan.  No Awards shall be granted under the Plan after the termination thereof.  The termination of the Plan, or any amendment thereof, shall not affect any Award previously granted under the Plan.

 

13.3                         Stockholder Approval .  An amendment of the Plan shall be subject to the approval of the Company’s stockholders only to the extent required by applicable laws, regulations or rules; provided, however, that an amendment to Article 3, Section 9.3 or the last sentence of either Section 5.6 or 6.7 is subject to approval of the Company’s stockholders.

 

ARTICLE 14.   DEFINITIONS .

 

14.1                         Affiliate ” means any entity other than a Subsidiary, if the Company and/or one or more Subsidiaries own not less than 50% of such entity.

 

14.2                         Award ” means any award granted under the Plan, including as Options, SARs, Restricted Shares or Stock Units.

 

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14.3                         Board ” means the Company’s Board of Directors, as constituted from time to time.

 

14.4                         Change in Control ” means:

 

(a)                                  Any “person” (as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Exchange Act) becomes the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rule 13d-3 of the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing more than fifty percent (50%) of the total voting power represented by the Company’s then-outstanding voting securities;

 

(b)                                  The consummation of the sale or disposition by the Company of all or substantially all of the Company’s assets;

 

(c)                                   The consummation of a merger or consolidation of the Company with or into any other entity, other than a merger or consolidation which would result in the voting securities of the Company outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into voting securities of the surviving entity or its parent) more than fifty percent (50%) of the total voting power represented by the voting securities of the Company or such surviving entity or its parent outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation; or

 

(d)                                  Individuals who are members of the Board (the “ Incumbent Board ”) cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the members of the Board over a period of 12 months; provided, however, that if the appointment or election (or nomination for election) of any new Board member was approved or recommended by a majority vote of the members of the Incumbent Board then still in office, such new member shall, for purposes of this Plan, be considered as a member of the Incumbent Board.

 

A transaction shall not constitute a Change in Control if its sole purpose is to change the state of the Company’s incorporation or to create a holding company that will be owned in substantially the same proportions by the persons who held the Company’s securities immediately before such transaction.  In addition, if a Change in Control constitutes a payment event with respect to any Award which provides for a deferral of compensation and is subject to Code Section 409A, then notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Plan the transaction with respect to such Award must also constitute a “change in control event” as defined in Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-3(i)(5) to the extent required by Code Section 409A.

 

14.5                         Code ” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

 

14.6                         Committee ” means a committee of one or more members of the Board, or of other individuals satisfying applicable laws, appointed by the Board to administer the Plan.

 

14.7                         Common Share ” means one share of the common stock of the Company.

 

14.8                         Company ” means Boingo Wireless, Inc., a Delaware corporation.

 

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14.9                         Consultant ” means a consultant or adviser who provides bona fide services to the Company, a Parent, a Subsidiary or an Affiliate as an independent contractor and who qualifies as a consultant or advisor under Instruction A.1.(a)(1) of Form S-8 under the Securities Act. 3

 

14.10                  Employee ” means a common-law employee of the Company, a Parent, a Subsidiary or an Affiliate. 4

 

14.11                  Exchange Act ” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

 

14.12                  Exercise Price ,” in the case of an Option, means the amount for which one Common Share may be purchased upon exercise of such Option, as specified in the applicable Stock Option Agreement.  “Exercise Price,” in the case of a SAR, means an amount, as specified in the applicable SAR Agreement, which is subtracted from the Fair Market Value of one Common Share in determining the amount payable upon exercise of such SAR.

 

14.13                  Fair Market Value ” means the closing price of a Common Share on any established stock exchange or a national market system on the applicable date or, if the applicable date is not a trading day, on the last trading day prior to the applicable date, as reported in a source that the Committee deems reliable.  If Common Shares are no longer traded on an established stock exchange or a national market system, the Fair Market Value shall be determined by the Committee in good faith on such basis as it deems appropriate.  The Committee’s determination shall be conclusive and binding on all persons.

 

14.14                  IPO Date ” means the effective date of the registration statement filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission for its initial offering of Common Shares to the public.

 

14.15                  ISO ” means an incentive stock option described in Code Section 422(b).

 

14.16                  NSO ” means a stock option not described in Code Sections 422 or 423.

 

14.17                  Option ” means an ISO or NSO granted under the Plan and entitling the holder to purchase Common Shares.

 

14.18                  Optionee ” means an individual or estate holding an Option or SAR.

 

14.19                  Outside Director ” means a member of the Board who is not an Employee.

 

14.20                  Parent ” means any corporation (other than the Company) in an unbroken chain of corporations ending with the Company, if each of the corporations other than the Company owns stock possessing 50% or more of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock in one of the other corporations in such chain.  A corporation that attains the status of a

 


3   Special considerations apply with respect to Options granted to Consultants of a Parent.

4   Special considerations apply with respect to Options granted to Employees of a Parent.

 

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Parent on a date after the adoption of the Plan shall be considered a Parent commencing as of such date.

 

14.21                  Participant ” means an individual or estate holding an Award.

 

14.22                  Performance Cash Award ” means an award of cash granted under Section 10.1 of the Plan.

 

14.23                  Performance Goal ” means a goal established by the Committee for the applicable Performance Period based on one or more of the performance criteria set forth in Appendix A .  Depending on the performance criteria used, a Performance Goal may be established and measured either on a Company-wide basis or with respect to one or more business units, divisions, Subsidiaries, Affiliates, business segments or an individual, and either in absolute terms or relative to the performance of one or more comparable companies or one or more relevant indices.  To the extent consistent with Code Section 162(m), the Committee may adjust the results under any performance criterion to exclude any of the following events that occurs during a Performance Period: (a) asset write-downs, (b) litigation, claims, judgments or settlements, (c) the effect of changes in tax laws, accounting principles or other laws or provisions affecting reported results, (d) accruals for reorganization and restructuring programs, (e) extraordinary, unusual or non-recurring items, (f) exchange rate effects for non-U.S. dollar denominated net sales and operating earnings, or (g) statutory adjustments to corporate tax rates.

 

14.24                  Performance Period ” means a period of time selected by the Committee over which the attainment of one or more Performance Goals will be measured for the purpose of determining a Participant’s right to a Performance Cash Award or an Award of Restricted Shares or Stock Units that vests based upon achievement of Performance Goals.  Performance Periods may be of varying and overlapping duration, at the sole discretion of the Committee.

 

14.25                  Plan ” means this Boingo Wireless, Inc. 2011 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended from time to time.

 

14.26                  Restricted Share ” means a Common Share awarded under the Plan.

 

14.27                  Restricted Stock Agreement ” means the agreement between the Company and the recipient of a Restricted Share that contains the terms, conditions and restrictions pertaining to such Restricted Share.

 

14.28                  SAR ” means a stock appreciation right granted under the Plan.

 

14.29                  SAR Agreement ” means the agreement between the Company and an Optionee that contains the terms, conditions and restrictions pertaining to his or her SAR.

 

14.30                  Service ” means service as an Employee, Outside Director or Consultant.

 

14.31                  Service Provider ” means any Employee, Outside Director or Consultant.

 

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14.32                  Stock Option Agreement ” means the agreement between the Company and an Optionee that contains the terms, conditions and restrictions pertaining to his or her Option.

 

14.33                  Stock Unit ” means a bookkeeping entry representing the equivalent of one Common Share, as awarded under the Plan.

 

14.34                  Stock Unit Agreement ” means the agreement between the Company and the recipient of a Stock Unit that contains the terms, conditions and restrictions pertaining to such Stock Unit.

 

14.35                  Subsidiary ” means any corporation (other than the Company) in an unbroken chain of corporations beginning with the Company, if each of the corporations other than the last corporation in the unbroken chain owns stock possessing 50% or more of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock in one of the other corporations in such chain.  A corporation that attains the status of a Subsidiary on a date after the adoption of the Plan shall be considered a Subsidiary commencing as of such date

 

14.36                  Substitute Awards ” means Awards or Common Shares issued by the Company in assumption of, or substitution or exchange for, Awards previously granted, or the right or obligation to make future awards, in each case by a corporation acquired by the Company or any Affiliate or with which the Company or any Affiliate combines to the extent permitted by Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 5635 or any successor thereto.

 

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APPENDIX A

 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

 

The Committee may establish Performance Goals derived from one or more of the following criteria when it makes Awards of Restricted Shares or Stock Units that vest entirely or in part on the basis of performance:

 

·              Earnings (before or after taxes)

 

·              Sales or revenue (using a measure thereof that complies with Section 162(m))

 

 

 

·              Earnings per share

 

·              Expense or cost reduction

 

 

 

·              Earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation

 

·              Working capital

 

 

 

·              Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization

 

·              Economic value added (or an equivalent metric)

 

 

 

·              Total stockholder return

 

·              Market share

 

 

 

·              Return on equity or average stockholders’ equity

 

·              Cash measures including cash flow and cash balance

 

 

 

·              Return on assets, investment or capital employed

 

·              Operating cash flow

 

 

 

·              Operating income

 

·           Cash flow per share

 

 

 

·              Gross margin

 

·              Share price

 

 

 

·              Operating margin

 

·              Debt reduction

 

 

 

·              Net operating income

 

·              Customer satisfaction

 

 

 

·              Net operating income after tax

 

·              Stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

·              Return on operating revenue

 

·              Contract awards or backlog

 

 

 

·              Objective corporate or individual strategic goals

 

·              Objective individual performance goals

 

 

 

·              To the extent that an Award is not intended to comply with Code Section 162(m), other measures of performance selected by the Committee