Long-Term Incentive Plan - LinkShare Corp.
LINKSHARE CORPORATION LONG-TERM INCENTIVE PLAN 1. Objectives. The LinkShare Corporation Long-Term Incentive Plan (the "Plan") is designed to retain selected employees of LinkShare Corporation (the "Company") and its Subsidiaries and reward them for making significant contributions to the success of the Company and its Subsidiaries. These objectives are to be accomplished by making awards under the Plan and thereby providing Participants with a proprietary interest in the growth and performance of the Company and its Subsidiaries. 2. Definitions. As used herein, the terms set forth below shall have the following respective meanings: "Award" means the grant of any form of ISO, Nonqualified Option, stock appreciation right, stock award or cash award, whether granted singly, in combination or in tandem, to a Participant pursuant to any applicable terms, conditions and limitations as the Committee may establish in order to fulfill the objectives of the Plan. "Award Agreement" means a written agreement between the Company and a Participant that sets forth the terms, conditions and limitations applicable to an Award. "Board" means the Board of Directors of the Company. "Change of Control" means (i) any sale by the Company of substantially all of its assets or (ii) the acquisition by any "person," including a "group" as determined in accordance with Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act, of beneficial ownership, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing 50% or more of the combined voting power of the Company's then-outstanding securities; provided, however, that no Change of Control shall be deemed to occur if beneficial ownership in the Company's then-outstanding securities is acquired pursuant to any reorganization of the Company or recapitalization, spinoff or other transaction if, after giving effect to such transaction, however structured, at least 50% of the outstanding voting securities with the ultimate parent entity corporation are beneficially owned in the aggregate, directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, by the former shareholders of the Company. "Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time. "Committee" means such committee of the Board as is designated by the Board to administer the Plan. The Committee shall be constituted to permit the Plan to comply with Rule 16b-3. "Common Stock" means the Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share, of the Company. <PAGE> "Director" means an individual serving as a member of the Board. "Exchange Act" means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended from time to time. "Fair Market Value" means, as of a particular date, (a) if the shares of Common Stock are listed on a national securities exchange, the mean between the highest and lowest sales price per share of Common Stock on the consolidated transaction reporting system for the principal such national securities exchange on that date, or, if there shall have been no such sale so reported on that date, on the last preceding date on which such a sale was so reported, (b) if the shares of Common Stock are not so listed but are quoted on the Nasdaq National Market, the mean between the highest and lowest sales price per share of Common Stock on the Nasdaq National Market on that date, or, if there shall have been no such sale so reported on that date, on the last preceding date on which such a sale was so reported, (c) if the Common Stock is not so listed or quoted, the mean between the closing bid and asked price on that date, or, if there are no quotations available for such date, on the last preceding date on which such quotations shall be available, as reported by Nasdaq, or, if not reported by Nasdaq, by the National Quotation Bureau, Inc. or (d) if none of the above is applicable, such amount as may be determined by the Board (or an Independent Third Party, should the Board elect in its sole discretion to instead utilize an Independent Third Party for this purpose), in good faith, to be the fair market value per share of Common Stock. "Independent Third Party" means an individual or entity independent of the Company (and any transferor or transferee of Common Stock acquired upon the exercise of an option under the Plan, if applicable) with experience in providing investment banking appraisal or valuation services and with expertise generally in the valuation of securities or other property of the type at issue, that is chosen by the Board, in its sole discretion, to value securities or other property for purposes of this Plan. The Company's independent accountants shall be deemed to satisfy the criteria for an Independent Third Party if selected by the Board for that purpose. The Board may utilize one or more Independent Third Parties. "ISO" means an incentive stock option within the meaning of Code Section 422. "Nonqualified Option" means a nonqualified stock option within the meaning of Code Section 83. "Participant" means an employee or consultant of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or a non-employee Director to whom an Award has been made under this Plan. "Restricted Stock" means Common Stock that is restricted or subject to forfeiture provisions. "Rule 16b-3" means Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act, or any successor rule. -2- <PAGE> "Subsidiary" means (i) with respect to grants of ISOs, any subsidiary within the meaning of Section 424(f) of the Code or any successor provision, and (ii) with respect to all Awards other than ISOs, any corporation, limited liability company or similar entity of which the Company directly or indirectly owns shares representing more than 50% of the voting power of all classes or series of capital stock of such corporation which have the right to vote generally on matters submitted to a vote of the shareholders of such corporation. 3. Eligibility. All employees, consultants and Directors of the Company and its Subsidiaries are eligible for Awards under this Plan. The Committee shall select the Participants in the Plan from time to time by the grant of Awards under the Plan. 4. Common Stock Available for Awards. There shall be available for Awards granted wholly or partly in Common Stock (including rights or options which may be exercised for or settled in Common Stock) during the term of this Plan an aggregate of 1,001,956 shares of Common Stock, subject to adjustment as provided in Paragraph 14. The Board and the appropriate officers of the Company shall from time to time take whatever actions are necessary to file required documents with governmental authorities and stock exchanges and transaction reporting systems to make shares of Common Stock available for issuance pursuant to Awards. Common Stock related to Awards that are forfeited or terminated, expire unexercised, are settled in cash in lieu of Common Stock or in a manner such that all or some of the shares covered by an Award are not issued to a Participant, or are exchanged for Awards that do not involve Common Stock, shall immediately become available for Awards hereunder. 5. Administration. This Plan shall be administered by the Committee, which shall have full and exclusive power to interpret this Plan and to adopt such rules, regulations and guidelines for carrying out this Plan as it may deem necessary or proper, all of which powers shall be exercised in the best interests of the Company and in keeping with the objectives of this Plan. The Committee may correct any defect or supply any omission or reconcile any inconsistency in this Plan or in any Award in the manner and to the extent the Committee deems necessary or desirable to carry it into effect. Any decision of the Committee in the interpretation and administration of this Plan shall lie within its sole and absolute discretion and shall be final, conclusive and binding on all parties concerned. No member of the Committee or officer of the Company to whom it has delegated authority in accordance with the provisions of Paragraph 6 of this Plan shall be liable for anything done or omitted to be done by him or her, by any member of the Committee or by any officer of the Company in connection with the performance of any duties under this Plan, except for his or her own willful misconduct or as expressly provided by statute. 6. Delegation of Authority. The Committee may delegate to the senior officers of the Company its duties under this Plan pursuant to such conditions or limitations as the Committee may establish, except that the Committee may not delegate to any person the authority to grant Awards to, or take other action with respect to, Participants who are subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act. 7. Awards. The Board or the Committee shall determine the type or types of Awards to be made to each Participant under this Plan. Each Award made hereunder shall be -3- <PAGE> embodied in an Award Agreement, which shall contain such terms, conditions and limitations as shall be determined by the Committee in its sole discretion and shall be signed by the Participant and by a senior officer of the Company to whom the Committee has delegated such authority for and on behalf of the Company. An Award Agreement may include provisions for the repurchase by the Company of Common Stock acquired pursuant to the Plan and the repurchase of a Participant's option rights under the Plan. Awards may consist of those listed in this Paragraph 7 and may be granted singly, in combination or in tandem. Awards may also be made in combination or in tandem with, in replacement of, or as alternatives to grants or rights (a) under this Plan or any other employee plan of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, including the plan of any acquired entity, or (b) made to any Company or Subsidiary employee by the Company or any Subsidiary. An Award may provide for the granting or issuance of additional, replacement or alternative Awards upon the occurrence of specified events, including the exercise of the original Award. An Award Agreement may include provisions for acceleration of the vesting and exercisability of and lapse of restrictions with respect to Awards upon a Change of Control. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, no Participant may be granted Awards consisting of stock options or stock appreciation rights exercisable for more than 25% of the shares of Common Stock originally authorized for Awards under this Plan, subject to adjustment as provided in Paragraph 14. In the event of an increase in the number of shares authorized under the Plan, the 25% limitation will apply to the number of shares authorized. (i) Stock Option. An Award may consist of a right to purchase a specified number of shares of Common Stock at a price specified by the Committee in the Award Agreement or otherwise. A stock option may be in the form of an incentive stock option ("ISO") which, in addition to being subject to applicable terms, conditions and limitations established by the Committee, complies with Section 422 of the Code, or in the form of a Nonqualified Option. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no ISO can be granted under the Plan more than ten years following the Effective Date of the Plan. (ii) Stock Appreciation Right. An Award may consist of a right to receive a payment, in cash or Common Stock, equal to the excess of the Fair Market Value or other specified valuation of a specified number of shares of Common Stock on the date the stock appreciation right ("SAR") is exercised over a specified strike price as set forth in the applicable Award Agreement. -4- <PAGE> (iii) Stock Award. An Award may consist of Common Stock or may be denominated in units of Common Stock. All or part of any stock Award may be subject to conditions established by the Committee and set forth in the Award Agreement, which conditions may include, but are not limited to, continuous service with the Company and its Subsidiaries, achievement of specific business objectives, increases in specified indices, attaining specified growth rates and other comparable measurements of performance. Such Awards may be based on Fair Market Value or other specified valuations. The certificates evidencing shares of Common Stock issued in connection with a Stock Award shall contain appropriate legends and restrictions describing the terms and conditions of the restrictions applicable thereto. (iv) Cash Award. An Award may be denominated in cash with the amount of the eventual payment subject to future service and such other restrictions and conditions as may be established by the Committee and set forth in the Award Agreement, including, but not limited to, continuous service with the Company and its Subsidiaries, achievement of specific business objectives, increases in specified indices, attaining specified growth rates and other comparable measurements of performance. 8. Payment of Awards. (a) General. Payment of Awards may be made in the form of cash or Common Stock or combinations thereof and may include such restrictions as the Committee shall determine including, in the case of Common Stock, restrictions on transfer and forfeiture provisions. (b) Deferral. The Committee may, in its discretion, (i) permit selected Participants to elect to defer payments of some or all types of Awards in accordance with procedures established by the Committee or (ii) provide for the deferral of an Award in an Award Agreement or otherwise. Any such deferral may be in the form of installment payments or a future lump sum payment. Any deferred payment, whether elected by the Participant or specified by the Award Agreement or by the Committee, may be forfeited if and to the extent that the Award Agreement so provides. (c) Dividends and Interest. Dividends or dividend equivalent rights may be extended to and made part of any Award denominated in Common Stock or units of Common Stock, subject to such terms, conditions and restrictions as the Committee may establish. The Committee may also establish rules and procedures for the crediting of interest on deferred cash payments and dividend equivalents for deferred payment denominated in Common Stock or units of Common Stock. (d) Substitution of Awards. At the discretion of the Committee, a Participant may be offered an election to substitute an Award for another Award or Awards of the same or different type. -5- <PAGE> 9. Stock Option Exercise. The price at which shares of Common Stock may be purchased under a stock option shall be paid in full at the time of exercise in cash or, if permitted by the Committee, by means of tendering Common Stock or surrendering all or part of that or any other Award, including Restricted Stock, valued at Fair Market Value on the date of exercise, or any combination thereof. The Committee shall determine acceptable methods for tendering Common Stock or Awards to exercise a stock option as it deems appropriate. If permitted by the Committee, payment may be made by successive exercises by the Participant. The Committee may provide for procedures to permit the exercise or purchase of Awards by (a) loans from the Company or (b) use of the proceeds to be received from the sale of Common Stock issuable pursuant to an Award. Unless otherwise provided in the applicable Award Agreement, in the event shares of Restricted Stock are tendered as consideration for the exercise of a stock option, a number of the shares issued upon the exercise of the stock option, equal to the number of shares of Restricted Stock used as consideration therefor, shall be subject to the same restrictions as the Restricted Stock so submitted as well as any additional restrictions that may be imposed by the Committee. 10. Tax Withholding. The Company shall have the right to deduct applicable taxes from any Award payment and withhold, at the time of delivery or vesting of cash or shares of Common Stock under this Plan, an appropriate amount of cash or number of shares of Common Stock or a combination thereof for payment of taxes required by law or to take such other action as may be necessary in the opinion of the Company to satisfy all obligations for withholding of such taxes. The Committee may also permit withholding to be satisfied by the transfer to the Company of shares of Common Stock theretofore owned by the holder of the Award with respect to which withholding is required. If shares of Common Stock are used to satisfy tax withholding, such shares shall be valued based on the Fair Market Value when the tax withholding is required to be made. 11. Amendment, Modification, Suspension or Termination. The Board may amend, modify, suspend or terminate this Plan for the purpose of meeting or addressing any changes in legal requirements or for any other purpose permitted by law except that (a) no amendment or alteration that would impair the rights of any Participant under any Award previously granted to such Participant shall be made without such Participant's consent and (b) no amendment or alteration shall be effective prior to approval by the Company's shareholders to the extent such approval is then required pursuant to Rule 16b-3 in order to preserve the applicability of any exemption provided by such rule to any Award then outstanding (unless the holder of such Award consents) or to the extent shareholder approval is otherwise required by applicable legal requirements. 12. Termination of Employment or Service on the Board. Upon either the termination of employment or the termination of service as a Director by a Participant, any unexercised, deferred or unpaid Awards shall be treated as provided in the specific Award Agreement evidencing the Award. Unless otherwise specifically provided in the Award Agreement, each Award granted pursuant to this Plan which is a stock option shall provide that if the Participant ceases to be employed by the Company or its affiliates or, in the case of a non-employee Director, to serve on the Board for any reason whatsoever, the option shall immediately terminate to the extent the option is not vested (or does not become vested as a result of such termination) on the date the Participant terminates employment or service on the Board. -6- <PAGE> 13. Assignability. Except as otherwise provided herein, no Award granted under this Plan shall be sold, transferred, pledged, assigned or otherwise alienated or hypothecated by a Participant other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution, and during the lifetime of a Participant, any Award shall be exercisable only by the Participant, or, in the case of a Participant who is mentally incapacitated, the Award shall be exercisable by the Participant's guardian or legal representative. The Committee may prescribe and include in applicable Award Agreements other restrictions on transfer. Any attempted assignment or transfer in violation of this Paragraph 13 shall be null and void. Upon the Participant's death, the personal representative or other person entitled to succeed to the rights of the Participant (the "Successor Participant") may exercise such rights. A Successor Participant must furnish proof satisfactory to the Company of his or her right to exercise the Award under the Participant's will or under the applicable laws of descent and distribution. Subject to approval by the Committee in its sole discretion, all or a portion of the Awards granted to a Participant under the Plan which are not intended to be ISOs may be transferable by the Participant, to the extent and only to the extent specified in such approval, to (i) the spouse, parent, brother, sister, children or grandchildren of the Participant ("Immediate Family Members"), (ii) a trust or trusts for the exclusive benefit of such Immediate Family Members ("Immediate Family Member Trusts"), or (iii) a partnership or partnerships in which such Immediate Family Members have at least 99% of the equity, profit and loss interests ("Immediate Family Member Partnerships"); provided that the Award Agreement pursuant to which such Awards are granted (or an amendment thereto) must expressly provide for transferability in a manner consistent with this Section. Subsequent transfers of transferred Awards shall be prohibited except by will or the laws of descent and distribution, unless such transfers are made to the original Participant or a person to whom the original Participant could have made a transfer in the manner described herein. No transfer shall be effective unless and until written notice of such transfer is provided to the Committee, in the form and manner prescribed by the Committee. Following transfer, any such Awards shall continue to be subject to the same terms and conditions as were applicable immediately prior to transfer, and, except as otherwise provided herein, the term 'Participant' shall be deemed to refer to the transferee. The events of termination of service in Paragraph 12 shall continue to be applied with respect to the original Participant, following which the Awards shall be exercisable by the transferee only to the extent and for the periods specified in this Plan and the Award Agreement. 14. Adjustments. (a) The existence of outstanding Awards shall not affect in any manner the right or power of the Company or its shareholders to make or authorize any or all adjustments, recapitalizations, reorganizations or other changes in the capital stock of the Company or its business or any merger or consolidation of the Company, or any issue of bonds, debentures, preferred or prior preference stock (whether or not such issue is prior to, on a parity with or junior to the Common Stock) or the dissolution or liquidation of the Company, or any sale or transfer of all or any part of its assets or business, or any other corporate act or proceeding of any kind, whether or not of a character similar to that of the acts or proceedings enumerated above. -7- <PAGE> (b) In the event of any subdivision or consolidation of outstanding shares of Common Stock or declaration of a dividend payable in shares of Common Stock or capital reorganization or reclassification or other transaction involving an increase or reduction in the number of outstanding shares of Common Stock, the Committee may adjust proportionally (i) the number of shares of Common Stock reserved under this Plan and covered by outstanding Awards denominated in Common Stock or units of Common Stock; (ii) the exercise or other price in respect of such Awards; and (iii) the appropriate Fair Market Value and other price determinations for such Awards. In the event of any consolidation or merger of the Company with another corporation or entity or the adoption by the Company of a plan of exchange affecting the Common Stock or any distribution to holders of Common Stock of securities or property (other than normal cash dividends or dividends payable in Common Stock), the Committee shall make such adjustments or other provisions as it may deem equitable, including adjustments to avoid fractional shares, to give proper effect to such event. In the event of a corporate merger, consolidation, acquisition of property or stock, separation, reorganization or liquidation, the Committee shall be authorized, in its discretion, (i) to issue or assume stock options, regardless of whether in a transaction to which Section 424(a) of the Code applies, by means of substitution of new options for previously issued options or an assumption of previously issued options, (ii) to make provision, prior to the transaction, for the acceleration of the vesting and exercisability of, or lapse of restrictions with respect to, Awards (to the extent not otherwise provided under paragraph 7) and the termination of options that remain unexercised at the time of such transaction or (iii) to provide for the acceleration of the vesting and exercisability of the options and SARs and the cancellation thereof (to the extent not otherwise provided under paragraph 7) in exchange for such payment as shall be mutually agreeable to the Participant and the Committee. 15. Restrictions. No Common Stock or other form of payment shall be issued with respect to any Award unless the Company shall be satisfied based on the advice of its counsel that such issuance will be in compliance with applicable federal and state securities laws. It is the intent of the Company that this Plan comply with Rule 16b-3 with respect to persons subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act unless otherwise provided herein or in an Award Agreement, that any ambiguities or inconsistencies in the construction of this Plan be interpreted to give effect to such intention and that, if any provision of this Plan is found not to be in compliance with Rule 16b-3, such provision shall be null and void to the extent required to permit this Plan to comply with Rule 16b-3. Certificates evidencing shares of Common Stock delivered under this Plan may be subject to such stop transfer orders and other restrictions as the Committee may deem advisable under the rules, regulations and other requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission, any securities exchange or transaction reporting system upon which the Common Stock is then listed and any applicable federal and state securities law. The Committee may cause a legend or legends to be placed upon any such certificates to make appropriate reference to such restrictions. 16. Unfunded Plan. Insofar as it provides for Awards of cash, Common Stock or rights thereto, this Plan shall be unfunded. Although bookkeeping accounts may be established with respect to Participants who are entitled to cash, Common Stock or rights thereto under this Plan, any such accounts shall be used merely as a bookkeeping convenience. The Company shall not be required to segregate any assets that may at any time be represented by cash, Common Stock or rights thereto, nor shall this Plan be construed as providing for such segregation, nor shall the -8- <PAGE> Company, the Board or the Committee be deemed to be a trustee of any cash, Common Stock or rights thereto to be granted under this Plan. Any liability or obligation of the Company to any Participant with respect to a grant of cash, Common Stock or rights thereto under this Plan shall be based solely upon any contractual obligations that may be created by this Plan and any Award Agreement, and no such liability or obligation of the Company shall be deemed to be secured by any pledge or other encumbrance on any property of the Company. None of the Company, the Board or the Committee shall be required to give any security or bond for the performance of any obligation that may be created by this Plan. 17. Parachute Payment Limitation. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of the Plan, the Committee may provide in the Award Agreement for a limitation on the acceleration of vesting and exercisability of unmatured Awards to the extent necessary to avoid or mitigate the impact of the golden parachute excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code on the Participant or may provide for a supplemental payment to be made to the Participant as necessary to offset or mitigate the impact of the golden parachute excise tax on the Participant. In the event the Award Agreement does not contain any contrary provision regarding the method of avoiding or mitigating the impact of the golden parachute excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code on the Participant, then notwithstanding any contrary provision of this Plan, the aggregate present value of all parachute payments payable to or for the benefit of a Participant, whether payable pursuant to this Plan or otherwise, shall be limited to three times the Participant's base amount less one dollar and, to the extent necessary, the exercisability of an unmatured Award shall be reduced in order that this limitation not be exceeded. For purposes of this Section 17, the terms "parachute payment," "base amount" and "present value" shall have the meanings assigned thereto under Section 280G of the Code. It is the intention of this Section 17 to avoid excise taxes on the Participant under Section 4999 of the Code or the disallowance of a deduction to the Company pursuant to Section 280G of the Code. 18. Governing Law. This Plan and all determinations made and actions taken pursuant hereto, to the extent not otherwise governed by mandatory provisions of the Code or the securities laws of the United States, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York. 19. Effective Date of Plan. This Plan shall be effective as of the date (the "Effective Date") it is approved by the Board of Directors of the Company. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the adoption of this Plan is expressly conditioned upon the approval by written consent of the holders of a majority of shares of outstanding shares of Common Stock on or before the first -9- <PAGE> anniversary of the Effective Date. If the shareholders of the Company should fail so to approve this Plan prior to such date, this Plan shall terminate and cease to be of any further force or effect and all grants of Awards hereunder shall be null and void. Attested to by the Secretary of LinkShare Corporation as adopted by the Board of Directors and Shareholders of LinkShare Corporation effective as of the 16th day of July, 1998 (the "Effective Date"). /s/ ----------------------------------------- Secretary -10-