1998 Employee Stock Purchase Plan - Green Mountain Coffee Inc.
GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE, INC. 1998 EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLAN Article 1 - Purpose. This 1998 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the "Plan") is intended to encourage stock ownership by all eligible employees of Green Mountain Coffee, Inc. (the "Company"), a Delaware corporation, and its participating subsidiaries (as defined in Article 17) so that they may share in the growth of the Company by acquiring or increasing their proprietary interest in the Company. The Plan is designed to encourage eligible employees to remain in the employ of the Company and its participating subsidiaries. The Plan is intended to constitute an "employee stock purchase plan" within the meaning of Section 423(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"). Article 2 - Administration of the Plan. The Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the "Committee") will administer the Plan. The interpretation and construction by the Committee of any provisions of the Plan or of any option granted under it shall be final, unless otherwise determined by the Board of Directors. The Committee may from time to time adopt such rules and regulations for carrying out the Plan as it may deem best, provided that any such rules and regulations shall be applied on a uniform basis to all employees under the Plan. No member of the Board of Directors or the Committee shall be liable for any action or determination made in good faith with respect to the Plan or any option granted under it. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Board of Directors shall at all times retain the power to administer this Plan. In such event, the word "Committee" wherever used herein shall be deemed to mean the Board of Directors. Article 3 - Eligible Employees. All employees of the Company or any of its participating subsidiaries who have completed 30 days of employment and whose customary employment is more than 20 hours per week shall be eligible to receive options under the Plan to purchase common stock of the Company, and all eligible employees shall have the same rights and privileges hereunder. Persons who are eligible employees on the first business day of any Payment Period (as defined in Article 5) shall receive their options as of such day. Persons who become eligible employees after any date on which options are granted under the Plan shall be granted options on the first day of the next succeeding Payment Period on which options are granted to eligible employees under the Plan. Directors who are not employees of the Company shall not be eligible to receive options under this Plan. In no event, however, may an employee be granted an option if such employee, immediately after the option was granted, would be treated as owning stock possessing five percent (5%) or more of the total combined voting power or value of all classes of stock of the Company or of any parent corporation or subsidiary corporation, as the terms "parent corporation" and "subsidiary corporation" are defined in Section 424(e) and (f) of the Code. For purposes of determining stock ownership under this paragraph, the rules of Section 424(d) of the Code shall apply, and stock which the employee may purchase under outstanding options shall be treated as stock owned by the employee. Article 4 - Stock Subject to the Plan. The stock subject to the options under the Plan shall be shares of the Company's authorized but unissued common stock, par value $0.10 per share (the "Common Stock"), or shares of Common Stock reacquired by the Company, including shares purchased in the open market. The aggregate number of shares which may be issued pursuant to the Plan is 150,000, subject to adjustment as provided in Article 12. If any option granted under the Plan shall expire or terminate for any reason without having been exercised in full or shall cease for any reason to be exercisable in whole or in part, the unpurchased shares subject thereto shall again be available under the Plan. Article 5 - Payment Period and Stock Options. The Payment Periods shall consist of the first half of the Company's fiscal year and the second half of the Company's fiscal year. The first Payment Period will be the first half of the Company's 1999 fiscal year. Subject to the limitations set forth in the last paragraph of this Article 5, twice each year, on the first business day of each Payment Period, the Company will grant to each eligible employee who is then a participant in the Plan an option to purchase on the last day of such Payment Period, at the Option Price hereinafter provided for, the number of shares provided in Article 6, on condition that such employee remains eligible to participate in the Plan throughout the remainder of such Payment Period. The participant shall be entitled to exercise the option so granted only to the extent of the participant's accumulated payroll deductions on the last day of such Payment Period. The Option Price per share for each Payment Period shall be the lesser of (i) 85% of the average market price of the Common Stock on the first business day of the Payment Period and (ii) 85% of the average market price of the Common Stock on the last business day of the Payment Period, in either event rounded up to avoid fractions of a dollar other than 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4. The Option Price shall be subject to adjustment as provided in Article 12. For purposes of the Plan, the term "average market price" on any date means (i) the average (on that date) of the high and low prices of the Common Stock on the principal national securities exchange on which the Common Stock is traded, if the Common Stock is then traded on a national securities exchange; or (ii) the last reported sale price (on that date) of the Common Stock on the Nasdaq National Market, if the Common Stock is not then traded on a national securities exchange; or (iii) the average of the closing bid and asked prices last quoted (on that date) by an established quotation service for over-the-counter securities, if the Common Stock is not reported on the Nasdaq National Market; or (iv) if the Common Stock is not publicly traded, the fair market value of the Common Stock as determined by the Committee after taking into consideration all factors which it deems appropriate, including, without limitation, recent sale and offer prices of the Common Stock in private transactions negotiated at arm's length. For purposes of the Plan, the term "business day" means a day on which there is trading on the Nasdaq National Market or the aforementioned national securities exchange, whichever is applicable pursuant to the preceding paragraph, and if neither is applicable, a day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday in Vermont. No employee shall be granted an option which permits the employee's right to purchase stock under the Plan, and under all other Section 423(b) employee stock purchase plans of the Company and any parent or subsidiary corporations, to accrue at a rate which exceeds $25,000 of fair market value of such stock (determined on the date or dates that options on such stock were granted) for each calendar year in which such option is outstanding at any time. The purpose of the limitation in the preceding sentence is to comply with Section 423(b)(8) of the Code. If the participant's accumulated payroll deductions on the last day of the Payment Period would otherwise enable the participant to purchase Common Stock in excess of the Section 423(b)(8) limitation described in this paragraph, the excess of the amount of the accumulated payroll deductions over the aggregate purchase price of the shares actually purchased shall be promptly refunded to the participant by the Company, without interest. Article 6 - Exercise of Option. Subject to the limitations in Article 16, each eligible employee who continues to be a participant in the Plan on the last day of a Payment Period shall be deemed to have exercised his or her option on such date and shall be deemed to have purchased from the Company such number of full shares of Common Stock reserved for the purpose of the Plan as the participant's accumulated payroll deductions on such date will pay for at the Option Price, subject to the Section 423(b)(8) limitation described in Article 5. In no event may any option be exercisable later than 27 months after the date of its grant. If the individual is not a participant on the last day of a Payment Period, then he or she shall not be entitled to exercise his or her option. Only full shares of Common Stock may be purchased under the Plan. Unused payroll deductions remaining in a participant's account at the end of a Payment Period by reason of the inability to purchase a fractional share shall be carried forward to the next Payment Period. Article 7 - Authorization for Entering the Plan. An employee may elect to enter the Plan by filling out, signing and delivering to the Company an authorization: A. Stating the percentage to be deducted regularly from the employee's pay; B. Authorizing the purchase of stock for the employee in each Payment Period in accordance with the terms of the Plan; and C. Specifying the exact name or names in which stock purchased for the employee is to be issued as provided under Article 11 hereof. Such authorization must be received by the Company at least ten business days before the first day of the next succeeding Payment Period and shall take effect only if the employee is an eligible employee on the first business day of such Payment Period. Unless a participant files a new authorization or withdraws from the Plan, the deductions and purchases under the authorization the participant has on file under the Plan will continue from one Payment Period to succeeding Payment Periods as long as the Plan remains in effect. The Company will accumulate and hold for each participant's account the amounts deducted from his or her pay. No interest will be paid on these amounts. Article 8 - Maximum Amount of Payroll Deductions. An employee may authorize payroll deductions in an amount (expressed as a whole percentage) not less than one percent (1%) but not more than ten percent (10%) of the employee's total compensation, including base pay or salary and any overtime, bonuses or commissions. Article 9 - Change in Payroll Deductions. Deductions may not be increased or decreased during a Payment Period. However, a participant may withdraw in full from the Plan. Article 10 - Withdrawal from the Plan. An employee may withdraw from the Plan (in whole but not in part) at any time prior to the last day of a Payment Period by delivering a withdrawal notice to the Company, in which case the Company will promptly refund the entire balance of the employee's deductions not previously used to purchase stock under the Plan. To re-enter the Plan, an employee who has previously withdrawn must file a new authorization at least ten business days before the first day of the next Payment Period in which he or she wishes to participate. The employee's re-entry into the Plan becomes effective at the beginning of such Payment Period, provided that he or she is an eligible employee on the first business day of the Payment Period. Article 11 - Issuance of Stock. Certificates for stock issued to participants shall be delivered as soon as practicable after each Payment Period by the Company's transfer agent, except as provided in Section 16. Stock purchased under the Plan shall be issued only in the name of the participant, or if the participant's authorization so specifies, in the name of the participant and another person of legal age as joint tenants with rights of survivorship. Article 12 - Adjustments. Upon the happening of any of the following described events, a participant's rights under options granted under the Plan shall be adjusted as hereinafter provided: A. In the event that the shares of Common Stock shall be subdivided or combined into a greater or smaller number of shares, or if, upon a reorganization, split-up, liquidation, recapitalization or the like of the Company, the shares of Common Stock shall be exchanged for other securities of the Company, each participant shall be entitled, subject to the conditions herein stated, to purchase such number of shares of Common Stock or amount of other securities of the Company as were exchangeable for the number of shares of Common Stock that such participant would have been entitled to purchase except for such action, and appropriate adjustments shall be made in the Option Price per share to reflect such subdivision, combination or exchange; and B. In the event the Company shall issue any of its shares as a stock dividend upon or with respect to the shares of stock of the class which shall at the time be subject to option hereunder, each participant upon exercising such an option shall be entitled to receive (for the purchase price paid upon such exercise) the shares as to which the participant is exercising his or her option and, in addition thereto (at no additional cost), such number of shares of the class or classes in which such stock dividend or dividends were declared or paid, and such amount of cash in lieu of fractional shares, as is equal to the number of shares thereof and the amount of cash in lieu of fractional shares, respectively, which the participant would have received if the participant had been the holder of the shares as to which the participant is exercising his or her option at all times between the date of the granting of such option and the date of its exercise. Upon the happening of any of the foregoing events, the class and aggregate number of shares set forth in Article 4 hereof which are subject to options which have been or may be granted under the Plan and the Option Price shall also be appropriately adjusted to reflect the events specified in paragraphs A. and B. above. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any adjustments made pursuant to paragraphs A. or B. shall be made only after the Committee, based on advice of counsel for the Company, determines whether such adjustments would constitute a "modification" (as that term is defined in Section 424 of the Code). If the Committee determines that such adjustments would constitute a modification, it may refrain from making such adjustments. If the Company is to be consolidated with or acquired by another entity in a merger, a sale of all or substantially all of the Company's assets or otherwise (an "Acquisition"), the Committee or the board of directors of any entity assuming the obligations of the Company hereunder (the "Successor Board") shall, with respect to options then outstanding under the Plan, either (i) make appropriate provision for the continuation of such options by arranging for the substitution on an equitable basis for the shares then subject to such options either (a) the consideration payable with respect to the outstanding shares of the Common Stock in connection with the Acquisition, (b) shares of stock of the successor corporation, or a parent or subsidiary of such corporation, or (c) such other securities as the Successor Board deems appropriate, the fair market value of which shall not materially exceed the fair market value of the shares of Common Stock subject to such options immediately preceding the Acquisition; or (ii) terminate each participant's options in exchange for a cash payment equal to the excess of (a) the fair market value on the date of the Acquisition, of the number of shares of Common Stock that the participant's accumulated payroll deductions as of the date of the Acquisition could purchase, at an option price determined with reference only to the first business day of the applicable Payment Period and subject to the Code Section 423(b)(8) and fractional-share limitations on the amount of stock a participant would be entitled to purchase, over (b) the result of multiplying such number of shares by such option price. The Committee or Successor Board shall determine the adjustments to be made under this Article 12, and its determination shall be conclusive. Article 13 - No Transfer or Assignment of Employee's Rights. An employee's rights under the Plan are the employee's alone and may not be transferred or assigned to, or availed of by, any other person other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution. Any option granted under the Plan to an employee may be exercised, during the employee's lifetime, only by the employee. Article 14 - Termination of Employee's Rights. Whenever a participant ceases to be an eligible employee because of retirement, voluntary or involuntary termination, resignation, layoff, discharge, death or for any other reason, his or her rights under the Plan shall immediately terminate, and the Company shall promptly refund, without interest, the entire balance of his or her payroll deduction account under the Plan. Notwithstanding the foregoing, eligible employment shall be treated as continuing intact while a participant is on military leave, sick leave or other bona fide leave of absence, for up to 90 days, or for so long as the participant's right to re-employment is guaranteed either by statute or by contract, if longer than 90 days. If a participant's payroll deductions are interrupted by any legal process, a withdrawal notice will be considered as having been received from the participant on the day the interruption occurs. Article 15 - Termination and Amendments to Plan. Unless terminated sooner as provided below, the Plan shall terminate on September 30, 2008. The Plan may be terminated at any time by the Company's Board of Directors but such termination shall not affect options then outstanding under the Plan. It will terminate in any case when all or substantially all of the unissued shares of stock reserved for the purposes of the Plan have been purchased. If at any time shares of stock reserved for the purpose of the Plan remain available for purchase but not in sufficient number to satisfy all then unfilled purchase requirements, the available shares shall be apportioned among participants in proportion to the amount of payroll deductions accumulated on behalf of each participant that would otherwise be used to purchase stock, and the Plan shall terminate. Upon such termination or any other termination of the Plan, all payroll deductions not used to purchase stock will be refunded, without interest. The Committee or the Board of Directors may from time to time adopt amendments to the Plan provided that, without the approval of the stockholders of the Company, no amendment may (i) materially increase the number of shares that may be issued under the Plan; (ii) change the class of employees eligible to receive options under the Plan, if such action would be treated as the adoption of a new plan for purposes of Section 423(b) of the Code; or (iii) cause the provisions of Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to become inapplicable to the Plan. Article 16 - Restrictions on the Exercise of Options. The other provisions of this Plan notwithstanding: A. This Plan shall terminate if the stockholders of the Company do not approve it within 12 months after its adoption by the Board of Directors. Certificates representing shares issuable upon the exercise of options before stockholder approval will be retained by the Company until the stockholders approve the Plan. If the stockholders do not approve the Plan the Company will issue no shares under the Plan, and it will return to the participants their accumulated payroll deductions. B. The Committee, in its sole discretion, may require as a condition to the exercise of options that the underlying shares be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and that all other legal requirements necessary, or in the Committee's opinion, desirable from the Company's standpoint, to the exercise of the options be satisfied or waived. Article 17 - Participating Subsidiaries. The term "participating subsidiary" shall mean any present or future subsidiary of the Company, as that term is defined in Section 424(f) of the Code, which is designated from time to time by the Board of Directors to participate in the Plan. The Board of Directors shall have the power to make such designation before or after the Plan is approved by the stockholders. Article 18 - Optionees Not Stockholders. Neither the granting of an option to an employee nor the deductions from his or her pay shall constitute such employee a stockholder of the shares covered by an option until such shares have been actually purchased by the employee. Article 19 - Application of Funds. The proceeds received by the Company from the sale of Common Stock pursuant to options granted under the Plan will be used for general corporate purposes. Article 20 - Notice to Company of Disqualifying Disposition. By electing to participate in the Plan, each participant agrees to notify the Company in writing immediately after the participant transfers Common Stock acquired under the Plan, if such transfer occurs within two years after the first business day of the Payment Period in which such Common Stock was acquired. Each participant further agrees to provide any information about such a transfer as may be requested by the Company or any subsidiary corporation in order to assist it in complying with the tax laws. Such dispositions generally are treated as "disqualifying dispositions" under Sections 421 and 424 of the Code, which have certain tax consequences to participants and to the Company and its participating subsidiaries. Article 21 - Withholding of Additional Income Taxes. By electing to participate in the Plan, each participant acknowledges that the Company and its participating subsidiaries are required to withhold taxes with respect to the amounts deducted from the participant's compensation and accumulated for the benefit of the participant under the Plan, and each participant agrees that the Company and its participating subsidiaries may deduct additional amounts from the participant's compensation, when amounts are added to the participant's account, used to purchase Common Stock or refunded, in order to satisfy such withholding obligations. Each participant further acknowledges that when Common Stock is purchased under the Plan the Company and its participating subsidiaries may be required to withhold taxes with respect to all or a portion of the difference between the fair market value of the Common Stock purchased and its purchase price, and each participant agrees that such taxes may be withheld from compensation otherwise payable to such participant. It is intended that tax withholding will be accomplished in such a manner that the full amount of payroll deductions elected by the participant under Article 7 will be used to purchase Common Stock. However, if amounts sufficient to satisfy applicable tax withholding obligations have not been withheld from compensation otherwise payable to any participant, then, notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, the Company may withhold such taxes from the participant's accumulated payroll deductions and apply the net amount to the purchase of Common Stock, unless the participant pays to the Company, prior to the exercise date, an amount sufficient to satisfy such withholding obligations. Each participant further acknowledges that the Company and its participating subsidiaries may be required to withhold taxes in connection with the disposition of stock acquired under the Plan and agrees that the Company or any participating subsidiary may take whatever action it considers appropriate to satisfy such withholding requirements, including deducting from compensation otherwise payable to such participant an amount sufficient to satisfy such withholding requirements or conditioning any disposition of Common Stock by the participant upon the payment to the Company or such subsidiary of an amount sufficient to satisfy such withholding requirements. Article 22 - Governmental Regulations. The Company's obligation to sell and deliver shares of Common Stock under the Plan is subject to the approval of any governmental authority required in connection with the authorization, issuance or sale of such shares. Government regulations may impose reporting or other obligations on the Company with respect to the Plan. For example, the Company may be required to identify shares of Common Stock issued under the Plan on its stock ownership records and send tax information statements to employees and former employees who transfer title to such shares. Article 23 - No Special Employment Rights. The Plan does not, directly or indirectly, create in any employee any right with respect to continuation of employment by the Company, and it shall not be deemed to interfere in any way with the Company's right to terminate, or otherwise modify, an employee's employment at any time. Article 24 - Participant Assumes Investment Risk. By purchasing stock through participation in this Plan the participating employees assume the complete risk of an investment in the Company's common stock, including the risk of price fluctuations in the market for the common stock. The Company can give no assurance that the participants will be able to resell shares purchased through this Plan for the price they pay for them under this Plan, or at all. Article 25 - Governing Law. The validity and construction of the Plan shall be governed by the laws of the State of Delaware, without giving effect to the principles of conflicts of law thereof. Article 26 - Approval of Board of Directors and Stockholders of the Company. The Plan was adopted by the Board of Directors on July 24, 1998.