BIO-TECHNE Corp (Form: 8-K, Received: 11/03/2020 16:31:29)
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
 
 
FORM 8-K
 
Current Report
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 29, 2020
 
 
BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
 
Minnesota
0-17272
41-1427402
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification
Number)
 
614 McKinley Place NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
 
(612) 379-8854
(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
 
Not Applicable
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
 
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
 
Title of each class
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock
TECH
NASDAQ
 
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
 
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
 
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If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐
 
 

 
Item 5.02.           Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
 
On October 29, 2020, Bio-Techne Corporation (the “Company”) held its 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”). At the Annual Meeting, the Company’s shareholders approved a resolution to amend and restate the Company’s Second Amended and Restated 2010 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan” and, as amended and restated, the “Amended Plan”), including allocating an additional 1,300,000 shares for awards under the Amended Plan.
 
A description of the material terms of the Amended Plan is set forth in the Company’s definitive proxy statement relating to the Annual Meeting filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 15, 2020 (the “Proxy Statement”).
 
Item 5.07          Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders
 
A quorum was present at the Annual Meeting with 36,064,491 shares represented personally or by proxy, which represents approximately 94% of the outstanding shares of the Company's common stock. The voting results at the Annual Meeting were as set forth below.
 
Proposal No. 1 – The shareholders voted to set the number of directors at nine:
 
For
Against
Abstain
Broker Non-Vote
34,331,906
226,487
29,175
1,476,923
 
Proposal No. 2 – The shareholders elected each of the nominees to the Board of Directors:
 
 
For
Against
Abstain
Broker Non-Vote
Charles R. Kummeth
34,176,342
391,047
20,179
1,476,923
Robert V. Baumgartner
32,651,329
1,916,092
20,147
1,476,923
Randolph C. Steer
33,346,095
1,221,267
20,206
1,476,923
John L. Higgins
32,853,736
1,713,478
20,354
1,476,923
Roeland Nusse
33,290,935
1,276,243
20,390
1,476,923
Julie L. Bushman
34,354,098
213,286
20,184
1,476,923
Joseph D. Keegan
34,286,936
280,470
20,162
1,476,923
Alpna Seth
33,381,799
1,185,660
20,109
1,476,923
Rupert Vessey
34,352,221
215,013
20,334
1,476,923
 
Each nominee was elected by a majority voting standard defined in the Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation.
 
Proposal No. 3 – The shareholders adopted a non-binding resolution approving the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers, as described in the Proxy Statement:
 
For
Against
Abstain
Broker Non-Vote
33,274,193
1,255,564
57,811
1,476,923
 
Proposal No. 4 – The shareholders approved amendments to the Plan, as described in the Proxy Statement:
 
For
Against
Abstain
Broker Non-Vote
32,016,125
2,527,980
43,463
1,476,923
 
Proposal No. 5 – The shareholders ratified the appointment of KPMG LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021.
 
For
Against
Abstain
Broker Non-Vote
35,192,229
844,958
27,304
N/A
 
 

 
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
 
(d)   Exhibits
 
 
10.1
 
 
10.2
 
 
10.3
 
 
10.4
 
 
10.5
 
 
10.6
 
 
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SIGNATURE
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
Dated: November 3, 2020
BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION
     
/s/ Brenda S. Furlow                                              
Brenda S. Furlow
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
 
 

 Exhibit 10.1

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION
2020 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

SECTION 1.
DEFINITIONS

 

As used herein, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated below:

 

(a)     “Administrator” shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company, or one or more Committees appointed by the Board of Directors, as the case may be.

 

(b)     “Affiliate(s)” shall mean a Parent or Subsidiary of the Company.

 

(c)     “Agreement” shall mean the written agreement entered into by the Participant and the Company evidencing the grant of an Award. Each Agreement shall be in such form as may be approved from time to time by the Administrator and may vary from Participant to Participant.

 

(d)     “Annual Award Limit” or “Annual Award Limits” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 6(c) of the Plan.

 

(e)     “Award” shall mean any grant pursuant to the Plan of an Incentive Stock Option, Nonqualified Stock Option, Restricted Stock Award, Restricted Stock Unit, Performance Award, or Stock Appreciation Right.

 

(f)     “Award Agreement” means a written agreement, contract, certificate or other instrument or document evidencing the terms and conditions of an individual Award granted under the Plan, including Incentive Stock Option Agreements, Nonqualified Stock Option Agreements, Restricted Stock Award Agreements, Restricted Stock Unit Agreements, Performance Award Agreements, and Stock Appreciation Right Agreements. Award Agreements may, in the discretion of the Company, be transmitted electronically to any Participant. Each Award Agreement shall be subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan.

 

(g)     “Change of Control” shall mean the occurrence, in a single transaction or in a series of related transactions, of any one or more of the events in subsections (i) through (iv) below. For purposes of this definition, a person, entity or group shall be deemed to “Own,” to have “Owned,” to be the “Owner” of, or to have acquired “Ownership” of securities if such person, entity or group directly or indirectly, through any contract, arrangement, understanding, relationship or otherwise, has or shares Voting Power, which includes the power to vote or to direct the voting, with respect to such securities.

 

(i)     Any person, entity or group becomes the Owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing more than fifty percent (50%) of the combined Voting Power of the Company’s then outstanding securities other than by virtue of a merger, consolidation or similar transaction. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Change of Control shall not be deemed to occur (A) on account of the acquisition of securities of the Company by an investor, any affiliate thereof or any other person, entity or group from the Company in a transaction or series of related transactions the primary purpose of which is to obtain financing for the Company through the issuance of equity securities or (B) solely because the level of Ownership held by any person, entity or group (the “Subject Person”) exceeds the designated percentage threshold of the Voting Power as a result of a repurchase or other acquisition of voting securities by the Company reducing the number of shares outstanding, provided that if a Change of Control would occur (but for the operation of this sentence) as a result of the acquisition of voting securities by the Company, and after such share acquisition, the Subject Person becomes the Owner of any additional voting securities that, assuming the repurchase or other acquisition had not occurred, increases the percentage of the then outstanding voting securities Owned by the Subject Person over the designated percentage threshold, then a Change of Control shall be deemed to occur;

 

 

 

 

(ii)     There is consummated a merger, consolidation or similar transaction involving (directly or indirectly) the Company and, immediately after the consummation of such merger, consolidation or similar transaction, the shareholders of the Company immediately prior thereto do not Own, directly or indirectly, either (A) outstanding voting securities representing more than fifty percent (50%) of the combined outstanding Voting Power of the surviving entity in such merger, consolidation or similar transaction or (B) more than fifty percent (50%) of the combined outstanding Voting Power of the parent of the surviving entity in such merger, consolidation or similar transaction, in each case in substantially the same proportions as their Ownership of the outstanding voting securities of the Company immediately prior to such transaction;

 

(iii)     There is consummated a sale, lease, exclusive license or other disposition of all or substantially all of the total gross value of the consolidated assets of the Company and its subsidiaries, other than a sale, lease, license or other disposition of all or substantially all of the total gross value of the consolidated assets of the Company and its subsidiaries to an entity, more than fifty percent (50%) of the combined Voting Power of the voting securities of which are Owned by shareholders of the Company in substantially the same proportions as their Ownership of the outstanding voting securities of the Company immediately prior to such sale, lease, license or other disposition (for purposes of this Section 1(f)(iii), “gross value” means the value of the assets of the Company or the value of the assets being disposed of, as the case may be, determined without regard to any liabilities associated with such assets); or

 

(iv)     Individuals who, at the beginning of any consecutive twelve-month period, are members of the Board (the “Incumbent Board”) cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the members of the Board at any time during that consecutive twelve-month period; 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 the Plan, be considered as a member of the Incumbent Board.

 

For the avoidance of doubt, the term “Change of Control” shall not include a sale of assets, merger or other transaction effected exclusively for the purpose of changing the domicile of the Company. To the extent required, the determination of whether a Change of Control has occurred shall be made in accordance with Code Section 409A and the regulations, notices and other guidance of general applicability issued thereunder.

 

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(h)     “Close of Business” of a specified day shall mean 5:00 p.m., Central Time, without regard to whether such day is a Saturday, Sunday, bank holiday, or other day on which no business is conducted.

 

(i)     “Committee” shall mean a Committee of two or more Directors who shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Board. To the extent necessary for compliance with Rule 16b-3, each of the members of the Committee shall be a “non-employee director.” Solely for purposes of this Section 1(h), “non-employee director” shall have the same meaning as set forth in Rule 16b-3.

 

(j)     “Common Stock” shall mean the common stock of the Company (subject to adjustment as provided in Section 15 of the Plan).

 

(k)     The “Company” shall mean Bio-Techne Corporation, a Minnesota corporation.

 

(l)     “Consultant” shall mean any person, including an advisor, who is engaged by the Company or any Affiliate to render consulting or advisory services and is compensated for such services; provided, however, that no person shall be considered a Consultant for purposes of the Plan unless such Consultant is a natural person, renders bona fide services to the Company or any Affiliate, and such services are not in connection with the offer or sale of securities in a capital raising transaction and do not directly or indirectly promote or maintain a market for the Company’s securities. For purposes of the Plan, “Consultant” shall also include a director of an Affiliate who is compensated for services as a director.

 

(m)     “Director” shall mean a member of the Board of Directors of the Company.

 

(n)     “Effective Date” shall mean the date the Board of Directors of the Company approves the Bio-Techne Corporation 2020 Equity Incentive Plan.

 

(o)     “Employee” shall mean a common law employee of the Company or any Affiliate, including “officers” as defined by Section 16 of the Exchange Act; provided, however, that service solely as a Director or Consultant, regardless of whether a fee is paid for such service, shall not cause a person to be an Employee for purposes of the Plan.

 

(p)     “Exchange Act” shall mean the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder.

 

(q)     “Fair Market Value” of specified stock as of any date shall mean (i) if such stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, Nasdaq Global Market, Nasdaq Capital Market or an established stock exchange, the price of such stock at the close of the regular trading session of such market or exchange on such date, as reported by The Wall Street Journal or a comparable reporting service, or, if no sale of such stock shall have occurred on such date, on the next preceding date on which there was a sale of stock; (ii) if such stock is not so listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, Nasdaq Global Market, Nasdaq Capital Market, or an established stock exchange, the average of the closing “bid” and “asked” prices quoted by the OTC Bulletin Board, the National Quotation Bureau, or any comparable reporting service on such date or, if there are no quoted “bid” and “asked” prices on such date, on the next preceding date for which there are such quotes; or (iii) if such stock is not publicly traded as of such date, the per share value as determined by the Board or the Committee in its sole discretion by applying principles of valuation with respect to Common Stock.

 

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(r)     “Incentive Stock Option” shall mean an Option granted pursuant to Section 9 of the Plan that is intended to satisfy the provisions of Code Section 422, or any successor provision.

 

(s)     “Insider” shall mean an individual who is, on the relevant date, an officer or Director of the Company, or an individual who beneficially owns more than ten percent (10%) of any class of equity securities of the Company that is registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act, as determined by the Board of Directors in accordance with Section 16 of the Exchange Act.

 

(t)     The “Internal Revenue Code” or “Code” shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time. References to sections of the Code are intended to include applicable treasury regulations and successor statutes and regulations.

 

(u)     “Option” shall mean an Incentive Stock Option or Nonqualified Stock Option granted pursuant to the Plan.

 

(v)     “Nonqualified Stock Option” shall mean an Option granted pursuant to Section 10 of the Plan or an Option (or portion thereof) that does not qualify as an Incentive Stock Option.

 

(w)     “Parent” shall mean any parent corporation of the Company within the meaning of Code Section 424(e), or any successor provision.

 

(x)     “Participant” shall mean an Employee to whom an Incentive Stock Option has been granted or an Employee, a Director, or a Consultant to whom a Nonqualified Stock Option, Restricted Stock Award, Restricted Stock Unit, Performance Award or Stock Appreciation Right has been granted.

 

(y)     “Performance Award” shall mean any Performance Share or Performance Unit Award granted pursuant to Section 13 of the Plan.

 

(z)     “Performance Objective(s)” shall mean, for a Performance Period, the one or more performance goals established by the Administrator for the Performance Period based upon business criteria or other performance measures determined by the Administrator in its discretion.

 

(aa)     “Performance Period” means the one or more periods of time, as the Administrator may select, over which the attainment of one or more Performance Objections will be measured for the purpose of determining a Participant’s right to and the payment of a Performance Share Award or a Performance Unit Award.

 

(bb)     “Performance Share” shall mean any grant pursuant to Section 13 hereof of an Award, which value, if any, shall be paid to a Participant by delivery of shares of Common Stock of the Company upon achievement of such Performance Objectives during the Performance Period as the Administrator shall establish at the time of such grant or thereafter.

 

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(cc)     “Performance Unit” shall mean any grant pursuant to Section 13 hereof of an Award, which value, if any, shall be paid to a Participant by delivery of cash upon achievement of such Performance Objectives during the Performance Period as the Administrator shall establish at the time of such grant or thereafter.

 

(dd)     “Plan” means the Bio-Techne Corporation Second Amended and Restated 2010 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended hereafter from time to time, including the form of Agreements as they may be modified by the Administrator from time to time.

 

(ee)     “Restricted Stock Award” shall mean any grant of restricted shares of Common Stock pursuant to Section 11 of the Plan.

 

(ff)     “Restricted Stock Unit” shall mean any grant of any restricted stock units pursuant to Section 12 of the Plan.

 

(gg)     “Rule 16b-3” shall mean Rule 16b-3, or any successor provision, as then in effect, of the General Rules and Regulations under the Exchange Act.

 

(hh)     “Stock Appreciation Right” shall mean a grant pursuant to Section 14 of the Plan.

 

(ii)     A “Subsidiary” shall mean any subsidiary corporation of the Company within the meaning of Code Section 424(f), or any successor provision.

 

(jj)     “Voting Power” shall mean any and all classes of securities issued by the applicable entity which are entitled to vote in the election of directors of the applicable entity.

 

SECTION 2.
PURPOSE

 

The purpose of the Plan is to promote the success of the Company and its Affiliates by facilitating the employment and retention of competent personnel and by furnishing incentives to those Employees, Directors, and Consultants upon whose efforts the success of the Company and its Affiliates will depend to a large degree. It is the intention of the Company to carry out the Plan through the granting of Incentive Stock Options, Nonqualified Stock Options, Restricted Stock Awards, Restricted Stock Units, Performance Awards and Stock Appreciation Rights.

 

SECTION 3.
EFFECTIVE DATE AND DURATION OF PLAN

 

The Plan shall be effective on the Effective Date; provided, however, that adoption of the Plan shall be and is expressly subject to the condition of approval by the shareholders of the Company within twelve (12) months before or after the Effective Date. Although Awards may be granted prior to the date the amendment and restatement of the Plan is approved by the shareholders of the Company, any Incentive Stock Options granted after the Effective Date but before the date of such shareholder approval shall be treated as Nonqualified Stock Options if shareholder approval is not obtained within such twelve-month period.

 

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The Administrator may grant Awards pursuant to the Plan from time to time until the Administrator discontinues or terminates the Plan; provided, however, that in no event may Incentive Stock Options be granted pursuant to the Plan after the earlier of (i) the date the Administrator discontinues or terminates the Plan, or (ii) the Close of Business on the day immediately preceding the tenth anniversary of the Effective Date.

 

SECTION 4.
ADMINISTRATION

 

(a)     Administration by the Board of Directors or Committee(s). The Plan shall be administered by the Board of Directors of the Company (hereinafter referred to as the “Board”); provided, however, that the Board may delegate some or all of the administration of the Plan to a Committee or Committees. The Board and any Committee appointed by the Board to administer the Plan are collectively referred to in the Plan as the “Administrator.”

 

(b)     Delegation by Administrator. The Administrator may delegate to one or more Committees and/or sub-Committees, or to one or more officers of the Company and/or its Affiliates, or to one or more agents and/or advisors, such administrative duties or powers as it may deem advisable. The Administrator or any Committees or individuals to whom it has delegated duties or powers as aforesaid may employ one or more individuals to render advice with respect to any responsibility of the Administrator or such Committees or individuals may have under the Plan. The Administrator may, by resolution, authorize one or more directors who are also officers of the Company to do one or both of the following on the same basis as can the Administrator: (i) designate Employees to be recipients of Awards and (ii) determine the size of any such Awards; provided, however, (x) the Administrator shall not delegate such responsibilities to any such officer for Awards granted to an Employee who is considered an Insider; (y) the resolution providing such authorization sets forth the total number of Awards such officer(s) may grant; and (z) the officer(s) shall report periodically to the Administrator regarding the nature and scope of the Awards granted pursuant to the authority delegated.

 

(c)     Powers of Administrator. Except as otherwise provided herein, the Administrator shall have all of the powers vested in it under the provisions of the Plan, including but not limited to exclusive authority to determine, in its sole discretion, whether an Award shall be granted; the individuals to whom, and the time or times at which, Awards shall be granted; the number of shares subject to each Award; the exercise price of Options granted hereunder; and the performance criteria, if any, and any other terms and conditions of each Award. The Administrator shall have full power and authority to administer and interpret the Plan, to make and amend rules, regulations and guidelines for administering the Plan, to prescribe the form and conditions of the respective Agreements evidencing each Award (which may vary from Participant to Participant), to amend or revise Agreements evidencing any Award (to the extent the amended terms would be permitted by the Plan and provided that no such revision or amendment, except as is authorized in Section 15, shall impair the terms and conditions of any Award which is outstanding on the date of such revision or amendment to the material detriment of the Participant in the absence of the consent of the Participant), and to make all other determinations necessary or advisable for the administration of the Plan (including to correct any defect, omission or inconsistency in the Plan or any Agreement, to the extent permitted by law and the Plan). The Administrator’s interpretation of the Plan, and all actions taken and determinations made by the Administrator pursuant to the power vested in it hereunder, shall be conclusive and binding on all parties concerned.

 

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(d)     Limitation on Liability; Actions of Committees. No member of the Board or a Committee shall be liable for any action taken or determination made in good faith in connection with the administration of the Plan. In the event the Board appoints a Committee as provided hereunder, or the Administrator delegates any of its duties to another Committee or sub-Committee, any action of such Committee with respect to the administration of the Plan shall be taken pursuant to a majority vote of the Committee members or pursuant to the written resolution of all Committee members.

 

SECTION 5.
PARTICIPANTS

 

The Administrator may grant Awards under the Plan to any Employee, Director, or Consultant; provided, however, that only Employees are eligible to receive Incentive Stock Options. In designating Participants, the Administrator shall also determine the number of shares or cash units to be optioned or awarded to each such Participant and any Performance Objectives applicable to Awards. The Administrator may from time to time designate individuals as being ineligible to participate in the Plan. The power of the Administrator under this Section 5 shall be exercised from time to time in the sole discretion of the Administrator and without approval by the shareholders.

 

SECTION 6.
STOCK

 

(a)     Number of Shares Reserved. The stock to be awarded or optioned under the Plan (the “Share Authorization”) shall consist of authorized but unissued shares of Common Stock. Subject to Section 15 of the Plan, the maximum aggregate number of shares of Common Stock reserved and available for Awards under the Plan is 2,484,202 shares of Stock; provided, that all shares of Stock reserved and available under the Plan shall constitute the maximum aggregate number of shares of Stock that may be issued through Incentive Stock Options.

 

(b)     Share Usage. The following shares of Common Stock shall not reduce the Share Authorization and shall continue to be reserved and available for Awards granted pursuant to the Plan: (i) all or any portion of an outstanding Option or Stock Appreciation Right that is terminated prior to exercise, (ii) all or any portion of any outstanding Restricted Stock Award or Restricted Stock Unit that expires or is forfeited for any reason, or that is terminated prior to the vesting or lapsing of the risks of forfeiture on such Award, and (iii) shares of Common Stock covered by an Award to the extent the Award is settled in cash; provided, however, that the full number of shares of Common Stock subject to a Stock Appreciation Right shall reduce the Share Authorization, whether such Stock Appreciation Right is settled in cash or shares of Common Stock. The following shares shall reduce the Share Authorization and shall not become available again for issuance under the Plan: (a) shares of Common Stock retained or withheld to satisfy tax withholding obligations on an Award, (b) shares of Common Stock retained or withheld to pay the exercise price of an Option or purchase price of an Award, (c) shares of Common Stock subject to a broker-assisted cashless exercise, (d) shares of Common Stock delivered (either actually or by attestation) to the Company to pay the exercise price of an Option or purchase price of an Award or to satisfy tax withholding obligations on an Award, and (e) shares of Common Stock repurchased by the Company with the proceeds of an Option.

 

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(c)     Annual Award Limits. Unless otherwise determined by the Administrator, the following limits (each, an “Annual Award Limit,” and collectively, “Annual Award Limits”) shall apply to grants of such Awards under the Plan:

 

(i)     Options and Stock Appreciation Rights. The maximum number of shares of Common Stock subject to Options granted and shares of Common Stock subject to Stock Appreciation Rights granted in any one calendar year to any one Participant shall be, in the aggregate, three hundred thousand (300,000) shares, subject to adjustment as provided in Section 15.

 

(ii)     Restricted Stock Awards and Restricted Stock Units. The maximum grant with respect Restricted Stock Awards and Restricted Stock Units in any one calendar year to any one Participant shall be, in the aggregate, two hundred thousand (200,000) shares, subject to adjustment as provided in Section 15.

 

(iii)     Performance Awards. To the extent payable in or measured by the value of shares of Stock, in no event shall a Participant be granted Performance Awards during any fiscal year of the Company covering in the aggregate more than two hundred thousand (200,000) shares, subject to adjustment as provided in Section 15. To the extent payable in cash, in no event shall a Participant be granted Performance Awards during any fiscal year of the Company covering in the aggregate more than five million dollars ($5,000,000).

 

SECTION 7.
PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

 

(a)     Performance Objectives. The Administrator may set Performance Objectives for any Award using any standard to measure the performance of the Company and/or Affiliate, as a whole or with respect to any business unit, or any combination thereof as the Administrator may deem appropriate, or any standard as compared to the performance of a group of competitor companies, or published or special index that the Administrator, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate. The Performance Objectives may include (i) revenue or net sales, (ii) operating income, (iii) net income (before or after taxes), (iv) earnings per share, (v) earnings before or after taxes, interest, depreciation, amortization and/or stock compensation expense, (vi) gross profit margin, (vii) return measures (including, but not limited to, return on invested capital, assets, capital, equity, sales), (viii) increase in revenue or net sales, (ix) operating expense ratios, (x) operating expense targets, (xi) productivity ratios, (xii) gross or operating margins, (xiii) cash flow (including, but not limited to, operating cash flow, free cash flow, cash flow return on equity and cash flow return on investment), (xiv) working capital targets, (xv) capital expenditures, (xvi) share price (including, but not limited to, growth measures and total shareholder return), (xvii) appreciation in the fair market value or book value of the Common Stock, (xviii) debt to equity ratio or debt levels, (xix) market share, in all cases including, if selected by the Administrator, threshold, target and maximum levels, and (xx) operational targets including without limitation milestones in clinical trials, research and development, regulatory approvals, new product commercialization and new market expansion, or such other standard or measure as the Administrator may approve. The Administrator also has the authority to provide for accelerated vesting or lapse of risk of forfeiture of any Award based on the achievement of performance goals.

 

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(b)     Evaluation of Performance Objectives. The Administrator may provide in any Award based on Performance Objectives that any evaluation of performance may include or exclude any of the following events that occurs during a Performance Period: (i) asset write-downs, (ii) litigation or claim judgments or settlements, (iii) the effect of changes in tax laws, accounting principles, or other laws or provisions affecting reported results, (iv) any reorganization and restructuring programs, (v) extraordinary nonrecurring items as described in FASB Accounting Standards Codification 225-20—Extraordinary and Unusual Items and/or in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of financial condition and results of operations appearing in the Company’s annual report to shareholders for the applicable year, (vi) acquisitions or divestitures, and (vii) foreign exchange gains and losses.

 

(c)     Adjustment of Performance-Based Compensation. The Administrator shall retain the discretion to adjust Performance Objectives for any Award upward or downward, either on a formula or discretionary basis or any combination, as the Administrator determines.

 

(d)     Administrator Discretion. In the event that applicable tax and/or securities laws change to permit Administrator discretion to alter the governing Performance Objectives without obtaining shareholder approval of such changes, the Administrator shall have sole discretion to make such changes without obtaining shareholder approval.

 

SECTION 8.
PAYMENT OF OPTION EXERCISE PRICE

 

Upon the exercise of an Option, Participants may pay the exercise price of an Option (i) in cash, or with a personal check, certified check, or other cash equivalent, (ii) by the surrender by the Participant to the Company of previously acquired unencumbered shares of Common Stock (through physical delivery or attestation), (iii) through the withholding of shares of Common Stock from the number of shares otherwise issuable upon the exercise of the Option (e.g., a net share settlement), (iv) through broker-assisted cashless exercise if such exercise complies with applicable securities laws and any insider trading policy of the Company, (v) such other form of payment as may be authorized by the Administrator, or (vi) by a combination thereof. In the event the Participant elects to pay the exercise price, in whole or in part, with previously acquired shares of Common Stock or through a net share settlement, the then-current Fair Market Value of the stock delivered or withheld shall equal the total exercise price for the shares being purchased in such manner.

 

The Administrator may, in its sole discretion, limit the forms of payment available to the Participant and may exercise such discretion any time prior to the termination of the Option granted to the Participant or upon any exercise of the Option by the Participant. “Previously acquired shares of Common Stock” means shares of Common Stock which the Participant owns on the date of exercise (or for the period of time, if any, as may be required by generally accepted accounting principles applicable to the Company).

 

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With respect to payment in the form of Common Stock, the Administrator may require advance approval or adopt such rules as it deems necessary to assure compliance with Rule 16b-3, if applicable.

 

SECTION 9.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF INCENTIVE STOCK OPTIONS

 

Each Incentive Stock Option shall be evidenced by an Incentive Stock Option Agreement, which shall comply with and be subject to the following terms and conditions:

 

(a)     Number of Shares and Exercise Price. The Incentive Stock Option Agreement shall state the total number of shares covered by the Incentive Stock Option. Except as permitted by Code Section 424(a), or any successor provision, the exercise price per share shall not be less than one hundred percent (100%) of the per share Fair Market Value of the Common Stock on the date the Administrator grants the Incentive Stock Option; provided, however, that if a Participant owns stock possessing more than ten percent (10%) of the total combined
Voting Power of all classes of stock of the Company or of its Parent or any Subsidiary, the exercise price per share of an Incentive Stock Option granted to such Participant shall not be less than one hundred ten percent (110%) of the per share Fair Market Value of Common Stock on the date of the grant of the Incentive Stock Option. The Administrator shall have full authority and discretion in establishing the exercise price and shall be fully protected in so doing.

 

(b)     Exercisability and Term. The Incentive Stock Option Agreement shall state when the Incentive Stock Option becomes exercisable (i.e. “vests”), and, if applicable in the Administrator’s discretion, shall describe the Performance Objectives and Performance Period upon which vesting is based, the manner in which performance shall be measured and the extent to which partial achievement of the Performance Objectives may result in vesting of the Option. The Participant may exercise the Incentive Stock Option, in full or in part, upon or after the vesting date of such Option (or portion thereof). Notwithstanding anything in the Plan or the Agreement to the contrary, the Participant may not exercise an Incentive Stock Option after the maximum term of such Option, as such term is specified in the Incentive Stock Option Agreement. Except as permitted by Code Section 424(a), in no event shall any Incentive Stock Option be exercisable during a term of more than ten (10) years after the date on which it is granted; provided, however, that if a Participant owns stock possessing more than ten percent (10%) of the total combined Voting Power of all classes of stock of the Company or of its Parent or any Subsidiary, the Incentive Stock Option granted to such Participant shall be exercisable during a term of not more than five (5) years after the date on which it is granted. The Administrator may modify or accelerate the exercisability of any Incentive Stock Option granted hereunder which is not immediately exercisable as of the date of grant.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, Incentive Stock Options granted under the Plan shall not vest and become exercisable less than one (1) year from the date of grant; provided, however, that these vesting restrictions shall not apply to Incentive Stock Options that, when combined with all other Awards granted under the Plan without such minimum vesting restrictions, are granted for a total number of shares that is less than five percent (5%) of the maximum aggregate number of shares of Common Stock specified in Section 6(a); and provided, further, that these vesting restrictions shall not apply to Incentive Stock Options that become vested and exercisable pursuant to Section 15.

 

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(c)     No Rights as Shareholder. A Participant (or the Participant’s successors) shall have no rights as a shareholder with respect to any shares covered by an Incentive Stock Option until the date of the issuance of the Common Stock subject to such Award upon exercise, as evidenced by a stock certificate or as reflected in the books and records of the Company or its designated agent (i.e., a “book entry”). No adjustment shall be made for dividends (ordinary or extraordinary, whether in cash, securities or other property), distributions or other rights for which the record date is prior to the date such shares are actually issued (as evidenced in either certificated or book entry form).

 

(d)     Withholding. The Company or its Affiliate shall be entitled to withhold and deduct from any future payments to the Participant all amounts necessary to satisfy any and all withholding and employment-related taxes attributable to the Participant’s exercise of an Incentive Stock Option or a “disqualifying disposition” of shares acquired through the exercise of an Incentive Stock Option as defined in Code Section 421(b), to require the Participant to remit an amount sufficient to satisfy such withholding requirements, or to require any combination thereof. In the event the Participant is required under the Incentive Stock Option Agreement to pay the Company, or make arrangements satisfactory to the Company respecting payment of, such withholding and employment-related taxes, the Administrator may, in its sole discretion, require the Participant to satisfy such obligation, in whole or in part, by delivering shares of Common Stock or by electing to have the Company withhold shares of Common Stock otherwise issuable to the Participant as a result of the exercise of the Incentive Stock Option. Such shares shall have a Fair Market Value equal to such tax withholding, including payroll taxes, applicable to the supplemental income resulting from such exercise or disqualifying disposition. The Participant’s delivery of shares or the withholding of shares for this purpose shall occur on or before the later of (i) the date the Incentive Stock Option is exercised or the date of the disqualifying disposition, as the case may be, or (ii) the date that the amount of tax to be withheld is determined under applicable tax law.

 

(e)     Vesting Limitation. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, the aggregate Fair Market Value (determined as of the date an Incentive Stock Option is granted) of the shares of Common Stock with respect to which Incentive Stock Options are exercisable for the first time by a Participant during any calendar year (under the Plan and any other “incentive stock option” plans of the Company or any Affiliate) shall not exceed $100,000 (or such other amount as may be prescribed by the Code from time to time); provided, however, that if the exercisability or vesting of an Incentive Stock Option is accelerated as permitted under the provisions of the Plan and such acceleration would result in a violation of the limit imposed by this Section 9(e), such acceleration shall be of full force and effect but the number of shares of Common Stock that exceed such limit shall be treated as having been granted pursuant to a Nonqualified Stock Option; and provided, further, that the limits imposed by this Section 9(e) shall be applied to all outstanding Incentive Stock Options under the Plan and any other “incentive stock option” plans of the Company or any Affiliate in chronological order according to the dates of grant.

 

(f)     Other Provisions. The Incentive Stock Option Agreement authorized under this Section 9 shall contain such other provisions as the Administrator shall deem advisable. Any such Incentive Stock Option Agreement shall contain such limitations and restrictions upon the exercise of the Incentive Stock Option as shall be necessary to ensure that such Incentive Stock Option will be considered an “incentive stock option” as defined in Code Section 422 or to conform to any change therein.

 

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SECTION 10.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF NONQUALIFIED STOCK OPTIONS

 

Each Nonqualified Stock Option shall be evidenced by a Nonqualified Stock Option Agreement, which shall comply with and be subject to the following terms and conditions:

 

(a)     Number of Shares and Exercise Price. The Nonqualified Stock Option Agreement shall state the total number of shares covered by the Nonqualified Stock Option. The exercise price per share shall be equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the per share Fair Market Value of the Common Stock on the date of grant of the Nonqualified Stock Option, or such higher price as the Administrator determines.

 

(b)     Exercisability and Term. The Nonqualified Stock Option Agreement shall state when the Nonqualified Stock Option becomes exercisable (i.e. “vests”) and, if applicable in the Administrator’s discretion, shall describe the Performance Objectives and Performance Period upon which vesting is based, the manner in which performance shall be measured and the extent to which partial achievement of the Performance Objectives may result in vesting of the Option. The Participant may exercise the Nonqualified Stock Option, in full or in part, upon or after the vesting date of such Option (or portion thereof); provided, however, that the Participant may not exercise a Nonqualified Stock Option after the maximum term of such Option, as such term is specified in the Nonqualified Stock Option Agreement. Unless otherwise determined by the Administrator and specified in the Agreement governing the Award, no Nonqualified Stock Option shall be exercisable during a term of more than ten (10) years after the date on which it is granted. The Administrator may modify or accelerate the exercisability of any Nonqualified Stock Option granted hereunder which is not immediately exercisable as of the date of grant.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, Nonqualified Stock Options granted under the Plan shall not vest and become exercisable less than one (1) year from the date of grant; provided, however, that these vesting restrictions shall not apply to Nonqualified Stock Options that, when combined with all other Awards granted under the Plan without such minimum vesting restrictions, are granted for a total number of shares that is less than five percent (5%) of the maximum aggregate number of shares of Common Stock specified in Section 6(a); and provided, further, that these vesting restrictions shall not apply to Nonqualified Stock Options that become vested and exercisable pursuant to Section 15.

 

(c)     No Rights as Shareholder. A Participant (or the Participant’s successors) shall have no rights as a shareholder with respect to any shares covered by a Nonqualified Stock Option until the date of the issuance of the Common Stock subject to such Award upon exercise, as evidenced by a stock certificate or as reflected in the books and records of the Company or its designated agent (i.e., a “book entry”). No adjustment shall be made for dividends (ordinary or extraordinary, whether in cash, securities or other property), distributions or other rights for which the record date is prior to the date such shares are actually issued (as evidenced in either certificated or book entry form).

 

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(d)     Withholding. The Company or its Affiliate shall be entitled to withhold and deduct from any future payments to the Participant all amounts necessary to satisfy any and all withholding and employment-related taxes attributable to the Participant’s exercise of a Nonqualified Stock Option, to require the Participant to remit an amount sufficient to satisfy such withholding requirements, or to require any combination thereof. In the event the Participant is required under the Nonqualified Stock Option Agreement to pay the Company, or make arrangements satisfactory to the Company respecting payment of, such withholding and employment-related taxes, the Administrator may, in its sole discretion, require the Participant to satisfy such obligation, in whole or in part, by delivering shares of Common Stock or by electing to have the Company withhold shares of Common Stock otherwise issuable to the Participant as a result of the exercise of the Nonqualified Stock Option. Such shares shall have a Fair Market Value equal to such tax withholding, including payroll taxes, applicable to the supplemental income resulting from such exercise. The Participant’s delivery of shares or the withholding of shares for this purpose shall occur on or before the later of (i) the date the Nonqualified Stock Option is exercised, or (ii) the date that the amount of tax to be withheld is determined under applicable tax law.

 

(e)     Other Provisions. The Nonqualified Stock Option Agreement authorized under this Section 10 shall contain such other provisions as the Administrator shall deem advisable.

 

SECTION 11.
RESTRICTED STOCK AWARDS

 

Each Restricted Stock Award shall be evidenced by a Restricted Stock Award Agreement, which shall comply with and be subject to the following terms and conditions:

 

(a)     Number of Shares. The Restricted Stock Award Agreement shall state the total number of shares of Common Stock covered by the Restricted Stock Award.

 

(b)     Risks of Forfeiture. The Restricted Stock Award Agreement shall set forth the risks of forfeiture, if any, which shall apply to the shares of Common Stock covered by the Restricted Stock Award and the manner in which such risks of forfeiture shall lapse, including, if applicable in the Administrator’s discretion, a description of the Performance Objectives and Performance Period upon which the lapse of risks of forfeiture is based, the manner in which performance shall be measured and the extent to which partial achievement of the Performance Objectives may result in lapse of risks of forfeiture. The Administrator may, in its sole discretion, modify or accelerate the manner in which such risks of forfeiture shall lapse but only with respect to those shares of Common Stock which are restricted as of the effective date of the modification.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the risks of forfeiture on Restricted Stock Awards granted under the Plan shall not lapse less than one (1) year from the date of grant; provided, however, that these vesting restrictions shall not apply to Restricted Stock Awards that, when combined with all other Awards granted under the Plan without such minimum vesting restrictions, are granted for a total number of shares that is less than five percent (5%) of the maximum aggregate number of shares of Common Stock specified in Section 6(a); and provided, further, that these restrictions shall not apply to Restricted Stock Awards for which the risks of forfeiture lapse pursuant to Section 15.

 

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(c)     Issuance of Shares; Rights as Shareholder. Except as provided below, the Company shall cause a stock certificate to be issued in connection with the grant of any Restricted Stock Award and shall deliver such certificate to the Participant or hold such certificate in a manner determined by the Administrator in its sole discretion; provided, however, that in lieu of a stock certificate, the Company may evidence the issuance of shares by a book entry in the records of the Company or its designated agent (if permitted by the Company’s designated agent and applicable law, as determined by the Administrator in its sole discretion). The Company shall cause a legend or notation to be placed on such certificate or book entry describing the risks of forfeiture and other transfer restrictions set forth in the Participant’s Restricted Stock Award Agreement and providing for the cancellation and, if applicable, return of such certificate or book entry if the shares of Common Stock subject to the Restricted Stock Award are forfeited. Until the risks of forfeiture have lapsed or the shares subject to such Restricted Stock Award have been forfeited, the Participant shall be entitled to vote the shares of Common Stock represented by such stock certificates and shall receive all dividends attributable to such shares, but the Participant shall not have any other rights as a shareholder with respect to such shares.

 

(d)     Withholding Taxes. The Company or its Affiliate shall be entitled to withhold and deduct from any future payments to the Participant all legally required amounts necessary to satisfy any and all withholding and employment-related taxes attributable to the Participant’s Restricted Stock Award, to require the Participant to remit an amount sufficient to satisfy such withholding requirements, or to require any combination thereof. In the event the Participant is required under the Restricted Stock Award Agreement to pay the Company, or make arrangements satisfactory to the Company respecting payment of, such withholding and employment-related taxes, the Administrator may, in its sole discretion, require the Participant to satisfy such obligations, in whole or in part, by delivering shares of Common Stock, including shares of Common Stock received pursuant to the Restricted Stock Award on which the risks of forfeiture have lapsed. Such shares shall have a Fair Market Value equal to such tax withholding, including payroll taxes, applicable to the supplemental income resulting from the lapsing of the risks of forfeiture on such Restricted Stock Award. The Participant’s delivery of shares shall occur on or before the date that the amount of tax to be withheld is determined under applicable tax law.

 

(e)     Other Provisions. The Restricted Stock Award Agreement authorized under this Section 11 shall contain such other provisions as the Administrator shall deem advisable.

 

SECTION 12.
RESTRICTED STOCK UNITS

 

Each Restricted Stock Unit shall be evidenced by a Restricted Stock Unit Agreement, which shall comply with and be subject to the following terms and conditions:

 

(a)     Number of Shares. The Restricted Stock Unit Agreement shall state the total number of shares of Common Stock covered by the Restricted Stock Unit.

 

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(b)     Vesting. The Restricted Stock Unit Agreement shall set forth the vesting conditions, if any, which shall apply to the Restricted Stock Unit and the manner in which such vesting may occur, including, if applicable in the Administrator’s discretion, a description of the Performance Objectives and Performance Period upon which vesting is based, the manner in which performance shall be measured and the extent to which partial achievement of the Performance Objectives may result in vesting of the Restricted Stock Unit. The Administrator may, in its sole discretion, modify or accelerate the vesting of any Restricted Stock Unit.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, Restricted Stock Unit Awards granted under the Plan shall not vest less than one (1) year from the date of grant; provided, however, that these vesting restrictions shall not apply to Restricted Stock Unit Awards that, when combined with all other Awards granted under the Plan without such minimum vesting restrictions, are granted for a total number of shares that is less than five percent (5%) of the maximum aggregate number of shares of Common Stock specified in Section 6(a); and provided, further, that these vesting restrictions shall not apply to Restricted Stock Unit Awards that become vested and exercisable pursuant to Section 15.

 

(c)     Issuance of Shares; Rights as Shareholder. The Participant shall be entitled to payment of the Restricted Stock Unit as the units subject to such Award vest. The Administrator may, in its sole discretion, pay Restricted Stock Units in shares of Common Stock, cash in an amount equal to the Fair Market Value, on the date of payment, of the number of shares of Common Stock underlying the Award that have vested on the applicable payment date, or any combination thereof, as specified in the Restricted Stock Unit Agreement. If payment is made in shares of Common Stock, the Administrator shall cause to be issued one or more stock certificates in the Participant’s name and shall deliver such certificates to the Participant in satisfaction of such units; provided, however, that in lieu of stock certificates, the Company may evidence such shares by a book entry in the records of the Company or its designated agent (if permitted by the Company’s designated agent and applicable law, as determined by the Administrator in its sole discretion). Until the units subject to the Restricted Stock Unit have vested, the Participant shall not be entitled to vote any shares of Common Stock which may be acquired through the Award, shall not receive any dividends attributable to such shares, and shall not have any other rights as a shareholder with respect to such shares.

 

(d)     Withholding Taxes. The Company or its Affiliate shall be entitled to withhold and deduct from any future payments to the Participant all legally required amounts necessary to satisfy any and all withholding and employment-related taxes attributable to the Participant’s Restricted Stock Unit, to require the Participant to remit an amount sufficient to satisfy such withholding requirements, or to require any combination thereof. In the event the Participant is required under the Restricted Stock Unit Agreement to pay the Company, or make arrangements satisfactory to the Company respecting payment of, such withholding and employment-related taxes, the Administrator may, in its sole discretion, require the Participant to satisfy such obligations, in whole or in part, by delivering shares of Common Stock, including shares of Common Stock received pursuant to the Restricted Stock Unit. Such shares shall have a Fair Market Value equal to such tax withholding, including payroll taxes, applicable to the supplemental income resulting from the payment of such Restricted Stock Unit. The Participant’s delivery of shares for this purpose shall occur on or before the date that the amount of tax to be withheld is determined under applicable tax law.

 

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(e)     Other Provisions. The Restricted Stock Unit Agreement authorized under this Section 12 shall contain such other provisions as the Administrator shall deem advisable.

 

SECTION 13.
PERFORMANCE AWARDS

 

Each Performance Award granted pursuant to this Section 13 shall be evidenced by a Performance Award Agreement. The Performance Award Agreement shall be in such form as may be approved from time to time by the Administrator and may vary from Participant to Participant; provided, however, that each Participant and each Performance Award Agreement shall comply with and be subject to the following terms and conditions:

 

(a)     Awards. Performance Awards in the form of Performance Units or Performance Shares may be granted to any Participant in the Plan. Performance Units shall consist of monetary awards which may be earned or become vested in whole or in part if the Company or the Participant achieves certain Performance Objectives established by the Administrator over a specified Performance Period. Performance Shares shall consist of shares of Stock or other Awards denominated in shares of Stock that may be earned or become vested in whole or in part if the Company or the Participant achieves certain Performance Objectives established by the Administrator over a specified Performance Period.

 

(b)     Performance Objectives, Performance Period and Payment. The Performance Award Agreement shall set forth:

 

(i)     the number of Performance Units or Performance Shares subject to the Performance Award, and the dollar value of each Performance Unit;

 

(ii)     one or more Performance Objectives established by the Administrator;

 

(iii)     the Performance Period over which Performance Units or Performance Shares may be earned or may become vested;

 

(iv)     the extent to which partial achievement of the Performance Objectives may result in a payment or vesting of the Performance Award, as determined by the Administrator; and

 

(v)     the date upon which payment of Performance Units will be made or Performance Shares will be issued, as the case may be, and the extent to which such payment or the receipt of such Performance Shares or Performance Units may be deferred.

 

(c)     Withholding Taxes. The Company or its Affiliates shall be entitled to withhold and deduct from any future payments to the Participant all legally required amounts necessary to satisfy any and all withholding and employment-related taxes attributable to the Participant’s Performance Award. In the event the Participant is required under the Performance Award Agreement to pay the Company or its Affiliates, or make arrangements satisfactory to the Company or its Affiliates respecting payment of, such withholding and employment-related taxes, the Administrator may, in its discretion and pursuant to such rules as it may adopt, permit the Participant to satisfy such obligations, in whole or in part, by delivering shares of Common Stock, including shares of Stock received pursuant to the Performance Award. Such shares shall have a Fair Market Value equal to such tax withholding, including payroll taxes. The Participant’s election to deliver shares of Common Stock for this purpose shall be made on or before the date that the amount of tax to be withheld is determined under applicable tax law. Such election shall be approved by the Administrator and otherwise comply with such rules as the Administrator may adopt to assure compliance with Rule 16b-3, or any successor provision, as then in effect, of the General Rules and Regulations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, if applicable.

 

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(d)     No Rights as Shareholder. A Participant (or the Participant’s successor or successors) shall have no rights as a shareholder with respect to any shares covered by a Performance Award until the date of the issuance of a stock certificate evidencing such shares. No adjustment shall be made for dividends (ordinary or extraordinary, whether in cash, securities or other property), distributions or other rights for which the record date is prior to the date such stock certificate is actually issued.

 

(e)     Other Provisions. The Performance Award Agreement authorized under this Section 13 shall contain such other provisions as the Administrator shall deem advisable.

 

SECTION 14.
STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHTS

 

Each Stock Appreciation Right shall be evidenced by a Stock Appreciation Right Agreement, which shall comply with and be subject to the following terms and conditions:

 

(a)     Awards. A Stock Appreciation Right shall entitle the Participant to receive, upon exercise, cash, shares of Common Stock, or any combination thereof, having a value equal to the excess of (i) the Fair Market Value of a specified number of shares of Common Stock on the date of such exercise, over (ii) a specified exercise price. The number of shares underlying and the exercise price of the Stock Appreciation Right shall be determined by the Administrator on the date of grant. The specified exercise price shall be equal to 100% of the Fair Market Value of such shares of Common Stock on the date of grant of the Stock Appreciation Right, or such higher price as the Administrator determines. A Stock Appreciation Right may be granted independent of or in tandem with a previously or contemporaneously granted Option.

 

(b)     Exercisability and Term. The Stock Appreciation Right Agreement shall state when the Stock Appreciation Right becomes exercisable (i.e., “vests”) and, if applicable in the Administrator’s discretion, shall describe the Performance Objectives and Performance Period upon which vesting is based, the manner in which performance shall be measured and the extent to which partial achievement of the Performance Objectives may result in vesting of the Stock Appreciation Right. The Participant may exercise the Stock Appreciation Right, in full or in part, upon or after the vesting date of such Stock Appreciation Right (or portion thereof); provided, however, that the Participant may not exercise a Stock Appreciation Right after the maximum term of such Stock Appreciation Right, as such term is specified in the Stock Appreciation Right Agreement. Unless otherwise determined by the Administrator and specified in the Agreement governing the Award, no Stock Appreciation Right shall be exercisable during a term of more than ten (10) years after the date on which it is granted.

 

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Notwithstanding the foregoing, Stock Appreciation Rights granted under the Plan shall not vest and become exercisable less than one (1) year from the date of grant; provided, however, that these vesting restrictions shall not apply to Stock Appreciation Rights that, when combined with all other Awards granted under the Plan without such minimum vesting restrictions, are granted for a total number of shares that is less than five percent (5%) of the maximum aggregate number of shares of Common Stock specified in Section 6(a); and provided, further, that these vesting restrictions shall not apply to Stock Appreciation Rights that become vested and exercisable pursuant to Section 15.

 

The Administrator may modify or accelerate the exercisability of any Stock Appreciation Right granted hereunder which is not immediately exercisable as of the date of grant. If a Stock Appreciation Right is granted in tandem with an Option, the Stock Appreciation Right Agreement shall set forth the extent to which the exercise of all or a portion of the Stock Appreciation Right shall cancel a corresponding portion of the Option, and the extent to which the exercise of all or a portion of the Option shall cancel a corresponding portion of the Stock Appreciation Right.

 

(c)     Withholding Taxes. The Company or its Affiliate shall be entitled to withhold and deduct from any future payments to the Participant all legally required amounts necessary to satisfy any and all withholding and employment-related taxes attributable to the Participant’s Stock Appreciation Right, to require the Participant to remit an amount sufficient to satisfy such withholding requirements, or to require any combination thereof. In the event the Participant is required under the Stock Appreciation Right to pay the Company or its Affiliate, or make arrangements satisfactory to the Company or its Affiliate respecting payment of, such withholding and employment-related taxes, the Administrator may, in its sole discretion, require the Participant to satisfy such obligation, in whole or in part, by delivering shares of Common Stock or by electing to have the Company withhold shares of Common Stock otherwise issuable to the Participant as a result of the exercise of the Stock Appreciation Right. Such shares shall have a Fair Market Value equal to such tax withholding, including payroll taxes, applicable to the supplemental income resulting from such exercise. The Participant’s delivery of shares or the withholding of shares for this purpose shall occur on or before the later of (i) the date the Stock Appreciation Right is exercised, or (ii) the date that the amount of tax to be withheld is determined under applicable tax law.

 

(d)     No Rights as Shareholder. A Participant (or the Participant’s successors) shall have no rights as a shareholder with respect to any shares covered by a Stock Appreciation Right until the date of the issuance of a stock certificate evidencing such shares; provided, however, that in lieu of stock certificates, the Company may evidence such shares by a book entry in the records of the Company or its designated agent (if permitted by the Company’s designated agent and applicable law, as determined by the Administrator in its sole discretion). No adjustment shall be made for dividends (ordinary or extraordinary, whether in cash, securities or other property), distributions or other rights for which the record date is prior to the date such stock certificate is actually issued or such book entry is made.

 

(e)     Other Provisions. The Stock Appreciation Right Agreement authorized under this Section 14 shall contain such other provisions as the Administrator shall deem advisable, including but not limited to any restrictions on the exercise of the Stock Appreciation Right which may be necessary to comply with Rule 16b-3.

 

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SECTION 15.
RECAPITALIZATION, EXCHANGE,
LIQUIDATION, OR CHANGE OF CONTROL

 

(a)     Adjustments Upon Changes in Stock. In the event of changes in the outstanding Common Stock or in the capital structure of the Company by reason of any stock or extraordinary cash dividend, stock split, reverse stock split, an extraordinary corporate transaction such as any recapitalization, reorganization, merger, consolidation, combination, exchange, or other relevant change in capitalization occurring while any Award is outstanding, the Administrator will make equitable adjustments to (i) Awards granted under the Plan and any Award Agreements, (ii) the exercise price of Options and Stock Appreciation Rights, (iii) the Performance Goals to which any Awards are subject, and (iv) the maximum number of shares of Common Stock subject to all Awards stated in Section 6. In the case of adjustments made pursuant to this Section 15(a), the Administrator shall, in the case of Incentive Stock Options, ensure that any adjustments under this Section 15(a) will not constitute a modification, extension or renewal of the Incentive Stock Options within the meaning of Section 424(h)(3) of the Code and in the case of Nonqualified Stock Options, ensure that any adjustments under this Section 15(a) will not constitute a modification of such Nonqualified Stock Options within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code. Any adjustments made under this Section 15(a)shall be made in a manner which does not adversely affect the exemption provided pursuant to Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act. The Company shall give each Participant notice of an adjustment hereunder and, upon notice, such adjustment shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes.

 

(b)     Liquidation. Unless otherwise provided in the Agreement evidencing an Award or in an employment agreement or other agreement between the Participant and the Company, in the event of a dissolution or liquidation of the Company, the Administrator may provide for one or both of the following:

 

(i)     the acceleration of the exercisability of any or all outstanding Options or Stock Appreciation Rights, the vesting and payment of any or all Performance Awards or Restricted Stock Units, and/or the lapsing of the risks of forfeiture on any or all Restricted Stock Awards; provided, however, that no such acceleration, vesting or payment shall occur if the acceleration, vesting or payment would violate the requirements of Code Section 409A; or

 

(ii)     the complete termination of the Plan and the cancellation of any or all Awards (or portions thereof) which have not been exercised, have not vested, or remain subject to risks of forfeiture, as applicable, in each case immediately prior to the completion of such a dissolution or liquidation.

 

(c)     Change of Control.

 

(i)     Treatment of Awards. Unless otherwise provided in the Agreement evidencing an Award or in an employment agreement or other agreement between the Participant and the Company, in the event of a Change of Control, the Administrator may provide for one or more of the following:

 

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(1)     the acceleration of the exercisability, vesting, or lapse of the risks of forfeiture of any or all Awards (or portions thereof);

 

(2)     the complete termination of the Plan and the cancellation of any or all Awards (or portions thereof) which have not been exercised, have not vested, or remain subject to risks of forfeiture, as applicable, in each case as of the effective date of the Change of Control;

 

(3)     that the entity succeeding the Company by reason of such Change of Control, or the parent of such entity, shall assume or continue any or all Awards (or portions thereof) outstanding immediately prior to the Change of Control or substitute for any or all such Awards (or portions thereof) a substantially equivalent award with respect to the securities of such successor entity, as determined in accordance with applicable laws and regulations;

 

(4)     that Participants holding outstanding Awards shall become entitled to receive, with respect to each share of Common Stock subject to such Award (whether vested or unvested, as determined by the Administrator pursuant to subsection (c)(i)(1) hereof) as of the effective date of any such Change of Control, cash in an amount equal to (x) for Participants holding Options or Stock Appreciation Rights, the excess of the Fair Market Value of such Common Stock on the date immediately preceding the effective date of such Change of Control over the exercise price per share of Options or Stock Appreciation Rights, or (y) for Participants holding Awards other than Options or Stock Appreciation Rights, the Fair Market Value of such Common Stock on the date immediately preceding the effective date of such Change of Control.

 

The Administrator need not take the same action with respect to all Awards (or portions thereof) or with respect to all Participants. In addition, the Administrator may restrict the rights of or the applicability of this Section 15 to the extent necessary to comply with Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act, the Internal Revenue Code or any other applicable law or regulation. The grant of an Award pursuant to the Plan shall not limit in any way the right or power of the Company to make adjustments, reclassifications, reorganizations or changes of its capital or business structure or to merge, exchange or consolidate or to dissolve, liquidate, sell or transfer all or any part of its business or assets.

 

(ii)     Binding Obligation. The obligations of the Company under the Plan shall be binding upon any successor corporation or organization resulting from the merger, consolidation or other reorganization of the Company, or upon any successor corporation or organization succeeding to all or substantially all of the assets and business of the Company and its Affiliates, taken as a whole.

 

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SECTION 16.
NONTRANSFERABILITY

 

(a)     In General. Except as expressly provided in the Plan or an Agreement, no Award shall be transferable by the Participant, in whole or in part, other than by will or by the laws of descent and distribution. If the Participant shall attempt any transfer of any Award, such transfer shall be void and the Award shall terminate.

 

(b)     Nonqualified Stock Options. Notwithstanding anything in this Section 16 to the contrary, the Administrator may, in its sole discretion, permit the Participant to transfer any or all Nonqualified Stock Option to any member of the Participant’s “immediate family” as such term is defined in Rule 16a-1(e) of the Exchange Act, or any successor provision, or to one or more trusts whose beneficiaries are members of such Participant’s “immediate family” or partnerships in which such family members are the only partners; provided, however, that the Participant cannot receive any consideration for the transfer and such transferred Nonqualified Stock Option shall continue to be subject to the same terms and conditions as were applicable to such Nonqualified Stock Option immediately prior to its transfer.

 

(c)     Beneficiary Designation. Each Participant may, from time to time, name any beneficiary or beneficiaries (who may be named contingently or successively) to whom any benefit under the Plan is to be paid in case of such Participant’s death before receipt of any or all of such benefit. Each such designation shall revoke all prior designations by the same Participant, shall be in a form prescribed by the Administrator, and will be effective only when filed by the Participant in writing with the Company during the Participant’s lifetime. In the absence of any such designation, benefits remaining unpaid at the Participant’s death shall be paid to the Participant’s estate.

 

SECTION 17.
INVESTMENT PURPOSE AND SECURITIES COMPLIANCE

 

No shares of Common Stock shall be issued pursuant to the Plan unless and until there has been compliance, in the opinion of Company’s counsel, with all applicable legal requirements, including without limitation, those relating to securities laws and stock exchange listing requirements. As a condition to the issuance of Common Stock to Participant, the Administrator may require Participant to (a) represent that the shares of Common Stock are being acquired for investment and not resale and to make such other representations as the Administrator shall deem necessary or appropriate to qualify the issuance of the shares as exempt from the Securities Act of 1933 and any other applicable securities laws, and (b) represent that Participant shall not dispose of the shares of Common Stock in violation of the Securities Act of 1933 or any other applicable securities laws.

 

As a further condition to the grant of any Option or the issuance of Common Stock to a Participant, the Participant agrees to the following:

 

(a)     In the event the Company advises the Participant that it plans an underwritten public offering of its Common Stock in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the Participant will execute any lock-up agreement the Company and the underwriter(s) deem necessary or appropriate, in their sole discretion, in connection with such public offering.

 

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(b)     In the event the Company makes any public offering of its securities and determines in its sole discretion that it is necessary to reduce the number of outstanding Awards so as to comply with any state’s securities or Blue Sky law limitations with respect thereto, the Board of Directors of the Company shall have the right (i) to accelerate the exercisability of any Award and the date on which such Award must be exercised or remove the risks of forfeiture to which the Award is subject, provided that the Company gives Participant prior written notice of such acceleration or removal, and (ii) to cancel any outstanding Awards (or portions thereof) which Participant does not exercise prior to or contemporaneously with such public offering.

 

(c)     In the event of a Change of Control, Participant will comply with Rule 145 of the Securities Act of 1933 and any other restrictions imposed under other applicable legal or accounting principles if Participant is an “affiliate” (as defined in such applicable legal and accounting principles) at the time of the Change of Control, and Participant will execute any documents necessary to ensure compliance with such rules.

 

The Company reserves the right to place a legend on any stock certificate (or a notation on any book entry shares permitted by the Administrator) issued in connection with an Award pursuant to the Plan to assure compliance with this Section 17.

 

The Company shall not be required to register or maintain the registration of the Plan, any Award, or any Common Stock issued or issuable pursuant to the Plan under the Securities Act of 1933 or any other applicable securities laws. If the Company is unable to obtain the authority that the Company or its counsel deems necessary for the lawful issuance and sale of Common Stock under the Plan, the Company shall not be liable for the failure to issue and sell Common Stock upon the exercise, vesting, or lapse of restrictions of forfeiture of an Award unless and until such authority is obtained. A Participant shall not be eligible for the grant of an Award or the issuance of Common Stock pursuant to an Award if such grant or issuance would violate any applicable securities law.

 

SECTION 18.
AMENDMENT OF THE PLAN

 

The Board may from time to time, insofar as permitted by law, suspend or discontinue the Plan or revise or amend it in any respect; provided, however, that no such suspension, termination, revision, or amendment, except as is authorized in Section 15, shall impair the terms and conditions of any Award which is outstanding on the date of such suspension, termination, revision, or amendment to the material detriment of the Participant without the consent of the Participant. Notwithstanding the foregoing, except as provided in Section 15 of the Plan or to the extent required by applicable law or regulation, the Board may not, without shareholder approval, revise or amend the Plan to (i) materially increase the number of shares subject to the Plan, (ii) change the designation of Participants, including the class of Employees, eligible to receive Awards, (iii) decrease the price at which Options or Stock Appreciation Rights may be granted, (iv) cancel, regrant, repurchase for cash, or replace Options or Stock Appreciation Rights that have an exercise price in excess of the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock with other awards, or amend the terms of outstanding Options or Stock Appreciation Rights to reduce their exercise price, (v) materially increase the benefits accruing to Participants under the Plan, or (vi) make any modification that will cause Incentive Stock Options to fail to meet the requirements of Code Section 422.

 

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To the extent applicable, the Plan and all Agreements shall be interpreted to be exempt from or comply with the requirements of Code Section 409A and, if applicable, to comply with Code Section 422, in each case including the regulations, notices, and other guidance of general applicability issued thereunder. Furthermore, notwithstanding anything in the Plan or any Agreement to the contrary, the Board may amend the Plan or Agreement to the extent necessary or desirable to comply with such requirements without the consent of the Participant.

 

SECTION 19.
RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH AWARDS

 

(a)     No Obligation to Exercise. The granting of an Option or Stock Appreciation Right shall impose no obligation upon the Participant to exercise such Option or Stock Appreciation Right.

 

(b)     No Employment or Other Service Rights. The granting of an Award hereunder shall not impose upon the Company or any Affiliate any obligation to retain the Participant in its employ or service for any period.

 

(c)     Unfunded Plan. Participants shall have no right, title, or interest whatsoever in or to any particular assets of the Company or any of its Affiliates by reason of the right to receive a benefit under the terms of the Plan. Nothing contained in the Plan, and no action taken pursuant to its provisions, shall create or be construed to create a trust of any kind, or a fiduciary relationship between the Company and any Participant, beneficiary, legal representative, or any other person. To the extent that any person acquires a right to receive shares of Common Stock or payments from the Company or any of its Affiliates under the Plan, such right shall be no greater than the right of an unsecured general creditor of the Company or an Affiliate, as the case may be. All payments to be made hereunder shall be paid from the general funds of the Company or an Affiliate, as the case may be. In its sole discretion, the Administrator may authorize the creation of trusts or other arrangements to meet the obligations created under the Plan to deliver the shares of Common Stock or make payments in lieu of or with respect to Awards hereunder; provided, however, that the existence of such trusts or other arrangements is consistent with the unfunded status of the Plan.

 

SECTION 20.
MISCELLANEOUS

 

(a)     Issuance of Shares. The Company is not required to issue or remove restrictions on shares of Common Stock granted pursuant to the Plan until the Administrator determines that: (i) all conditions of the Award have been satisfied, (ii) all legal matters in connection with the issuance have been satisfied, and (iii) the Participant has executed and delivered to the Company such representations or agreements as the Administrator may consider appropriate, in its sole discretion, to satisfy the requirements of any applicable law or regulation.

 

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(b)     Forfeiture Events. The Administrator may specify in an Award Agreement that the Participant’s rights, payments and benefits with respect to an Award shall be subject to reduction, cancellation, forfeiture or recoupment upon the occurrence of certain events, in addition to applicable vesting conditions of an Award. Such events may include, without limitation, breach of non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality, or other restrictive covenants that are contained in the Award Agreement or otherwise applicable to the Participant, a termination of the Participant’s service for cause, or other conduct by the Participant that is detrimental to the business or reputation of the Company and/or its Affiliates.

 

(c)     Clawback. Notwithstanding any other provisions in this Plan, the Company may cancel any Award, require reimbursement of any Award by a Participant, and effect any other right of recoupment of equity or other compensation provided under the Plan in accordance with any Company policies that may be adopted and/or modified from time to time ( “Clawback Policy”). In addition, a Participant may be required to repay to the Company previously paid compensation, whether provided pursuant to the Plan or an Award Agreement, in accordance with the Clawback Policy. By accepting an Award, the Participant is agreeing to be bound by the Clawback Policy, as in effect or as may be adopted and/or modified from time to time by the Company in its discretion (including, without limitation, to comply with applicable law or stock exchange listing requirements).

 

(d)     Other Compensation Arrangements. Nothing contained in this Plan shall prevent the Board of Directors from adopting other or additional compensation arrangements, subject to shareholder approval if such approval is required; and such arrangements may be either generally applicable or applicable only in specific cases.

 

(e)     Choice of Law. The law of the state of Minnesota shall govern all questions concerning the construction, validity, and interpretation of the Plan, without regard to that state’s conflict of laws rules.

 

(f)     Severability. In the event that any provision of the Plan shall be held illegal or invalid for any reason, such illegality or invalidity shall not affect the remaining provisions of the Plan, and the Plan shall be construed and enforced as if the illegal or invalid provision had not been included.

 

(g)     No Duty to Notify. The Company shall have no duty or obligation to any Participant to advise such Participant as to the time and manner of exercising an Award or as to the pending termination or expiration of such Award. In addition, the Company has no duty or obligation to minimize the Participant’s tax consequences resulting from an Award.

 

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Exhibit 10.2

 

NONQUALIFIED STOCK OPTION AGREEMENT

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

2020 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

THIS AGREEMENT is made effective as of [●], by and between Bio-Techne Corporation, a Minnesota corporation (the “Company”), and _____________ (“Participant”).

 

W I T N E S S E T H:

 

WHEREAS, Participant on the date hereof is a non-employee director of the Company; and

 

WHEREAS, the Company wishes to grant a nonqualified stock option to Participant to purchase shares of the Company's Common Stock pursuant to the Bio-Techne Corporation 2020 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”); and

 

WHEREAS, the Administrator of the Plan has authorized the grant of a nonqualified stock option to Participant and has determined that, as of the effective date of this Agreement, the fair market value of the Company's Common Stock is $[●] per share;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the mutual covenants herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:

 

1.     Grant of Option. The Company hereby grants to Participant on the date set forth above (the “Date of Grant”), the right and option (the “Option”) to purchase all or portions of an aggregate of __________ (_______) shares of Common Stock at a per share price of $[●] on the terms and conditions set forth herein, and subject to adjustment pursuant to Section 15 of the Plan. This Option is a nonqualified stock option and will not be treated as an incentive stock option, as defined under Section 422, or any successor provision, of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and the regulations thereunder.

 

2.     Duration and Exercisability.

 

(a)     General. The term during which this Option may be exercised shall terminate on __________, except as otherwise provided in Sections 2(b) and 2(c) below. This Option shall become exercisable according to the following schedule:

 

Date Shares Vesting
   
XXX XXX
   
XXX XXX

     

 

 

Notwithstanding anything in the Plan or this Agreement to the contrary, this Option shall become fully vested and exercisable immediately prior to a Change of Control as defined in Section 1(f) of the Plan.

 

Once the Option becomes exercisable with respect to any of the shares specified in Section 1, Participant may continue to exercise this Option with respect to such vested shares under the terms and conditions of this Agreement until the termination of the Option as provided herein. If Participant does not purchase upon an exercise of this Option the full number of shares which Participant is then entitled to purchase, Participant may purchase upon any subsequent exercise prior to this Option's termination such previously unpurchased shares in addition to those Participant is otherwise entitled to purchase.

 

(b)     Termination of Service Relationship (other than Death). If Participant ceases to be a non-employee director of the Company or any Subsidiary during the term of this Option for any reason other than death, this Option shall thereafter be exercisable only to the extent the Option was exercisable on the date on which Participant’s relationship with the Company or Subsidiary was terminated, but had not previously been exercised. To the extent this Option was not exercisable upon the termination of such relationship, all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited. If Participant does not exercise the Option prior to the expiration date specified in Section 2(a), all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited.

 

(c)     Death. In the event of Participant's death, this Option shall be exercisable only to the extent the Option was exercisable on the date of Participant’s death, but had not been previously exercised. In such period following Participant's death, this Option may be exercised by the person or persons to whom Participant's rights under this Option shall have passed by Participant's will or by the laws of descent and distribution. To the extent this Option was not exercisable upon the date of Participant's death, or if such person or persons fail to exercise this Option prior to the expiration date specified in Section 2(a), all rights under this Option shall be forfeited.

 

3.     Manner of Exercise.

 

(a)     General. The Option may be exercised only by Participant (or other proper party in the event of death or incapacity), subject to the conditions of the Plan and subject to such other administrative rules as the Administrator may deem advisable, by delivering within the option period written notice of exercise to the Company at its principal office. The notice shall state the number of shares as to which the Option is being exercised and shall be accompanied by payment in full of the option price for all shares designated in the notice. The exercise of the Option shall be deemed effective upon receipt of such notice by the Company and upon payment that complies with the terms of the Plan and this Agreement. The Option may be exercised with respect to any number or all of the shares as to which it can then be exercised and, if partially exercised, may be so exercised as to the unexercised shares any number of times during the option period as provided herein.

 

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(b)     Form of Payment. Subject to approval by the Administrator, payment of the option price by Participant may be (i) in cash, or with a personal check or certified check, (ii) by the transfer from Participant to the Company of previously acquired shares of Common Stock, (iii) through the withholding of shares of Stock from the number of shares otherwise issuable upon the exercise of the Option (e.g., a net share settlement), (iv) through broker-assisted cashless exercise if such exercise complies with applicable securities laws and any insider trading policy of the Company, (v) such other form of payment as may be authorized by the Administrator, or (vi) by a combination thereof. In the event Participant elects to pay the exercise price in whole or in part with previously acquired shares of Common Stock or through a net share settlement, the Fair Market Value of the shares of Stock delivered or withheld shall equal the total exercise price for the shares being purchased in such manner. For purposes of this Agreement, "previously acquired shares of Common Stock" shall include shares of Common stock that are already owned by Participant at the time of exercise.

 

(c)     Issuance of Shares. As soon as practicable after the effective exercise of all or any part of the Option, Participant shall be recorded on the stock transfer books of the Company as the owner of the shares purchased, less any shares withheld for payment of taxes as provided in Section 4(d) below, and the Company shall deliver to Participant one or more duly issued stock certificates or cause book entries to be made evidencing such ownership. All requisite original issue or transfer documentary stamp taxes shall be paid by the Company. Until the issuance of such shares, Participant shall not be entitled to vote the shares of Company Common Stock represented by the Option, shall not be entitled to receive dividends or distributions attributable to such shares of Company Common Stock, and shall not have any other rights as a shareholder with respect to such shares. No adjustment shall be made for dividends (ordinary or extraordinary, whether in cash, securities or other property), distributions or other rights for which the record date is prior to the date such shares are issued, except as provided in Section 15 of the Plan.

 

4.     General Provisions.

 

(a)     Employment or Other Relationship. This Agreement shall not confer on Participant any right with respect to the continuance of employment or any other relationship with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, nor will it interfere in any way with the right of the Company to terminate such employment or relationship. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as creating an employment contract for any specified term between Participant and the Company or any Subsidiary.

 

(b)     Securities Law Compliance. The exercise of all or any parts of this Option shall be effective only at such time as counsel to the Company shall have determined that the issuance and delivery of Common Stock pursuant to such exercise will not violate any state or federal securities or other laws. Participant may be required by the Company, as a condition of the effectiveness of any exercise of this Option, to agree in writing that all Common Stock to be acquired pursuant to such exercise will be held until such time that the shares are registered or otherwise freely tradeable under applicable state and federal securities laws, for Participant’s own account without a view to any further distribution thereof, and that the certificate(s) for such shares will bear an appropriate legend to that effect and that such shares will not be transferred or disposed of except in compliance with applicable state and federal securities laws.

 

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(c)     Shares Reserved. The Company shall at all times during the term of this Agreement reserve and keep available such number of shares as will be sufficient to satisfy the requirements of this Agreement.

 

(d)     Withholding Taxes. In order to permit the Company to comply with all applicable federal and state income tax laws or regulations, the Company may take such action as it deems appropriate to ensure that, if necessary, all withholding and employment-related taxes attributable to this Option are withheld from any amounts payable by the Company to the Participant. If the Company is unable to withhold such federal and state taxes, for whatever reason, the Participant hereby agrees to pay to the Company an amount equal to such withholding and employment-related taxes prior to the date the Company’s withholding obligation arises. Subject to such rules as the Administrator may adopt, the Administrator may, in its sole discretion, permit Participant to satisfy such withholding tax obligations, in whole or in part, (i) by delivering shares of Company Common Stock, or (ii) by electing to have the Company withhold shares of Company Common Stock otherwise issuable to Participant upon exercise of the Option. In either case, such shares shall have a Fair Market Value, as of the date the amount of tax to be withheld is determined under applicable tax law, equal to such tax withholding, including payroll taxes, applicable to the supplemental income attributable to this Option. The Participant’s election to deliver shares or to have shares withheld for this purpose shall be made on or before the date that the amount of such tax withholding is determined under applicable tax law. Such election shall be approved by the Administrator and otherwise comply with such rules as the Administrator may adopt to assure compliance with Rule 16b-3 or any successor provision, as then in effect, of the General Rules and Regulations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, if applicable.

 

(e)     Transferability. Participant may transfer any or all of the Option to any member of the Participant's "immediate family" as such term is defined in Rule 16a-1(e) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, or any successor provision, or to one or more trusts whose beneficiaries are members of such Participant's "immediate family" or partnerships in which such family members are the only partners; provided, however, that the Participant cannot receive any consideration for the transfer and such transferred Option shall continue to be subject to the same terms and conditions as were applicable to such Option immediately prior to its transfer. Further, the transferee shall be subject to all restrictions that generally apply to shareholders of the Company, including but not limited to restrictions on the pledge, encumbrance, sale, assignment, transfer, gift, or disposition of any stock acquired through the exercise of the Option.

 

(f)     2020 Equity Incentive Plan. The Option evidenced by this Agreement is granted pursuant to the Plan, a copy of which Plan has been made available to Participant and is hereby incorporated into this Agreement. This Agreement is subject to and in all respects limited and conditioned as provided in the Plan. All defined terms of the Plan shall have the same meaning when used in this Agreement. The Plan governs this Option and, in the event of any questions as to the construction of this Agreement or in the event of a conflict between the Plan and this Agreement, the Plan shall govern, except as the Plan otherwise provides.

 

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(g)     Lockup Period Limitation. Participant agrees that in the event the Company advises Participant that it plans an underwritten public offering of its Common Stock in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and that the underwriter(s) seek to impose restrictions under which Participant may not sell or contract to sell or grant any option to buy or otherwise dispose of part or all of this Option or the Company Common Stock underlying this Option, Participant hereby agrees that for a period not to exceed 180 days from the effective date of the prospectus relating to such offering Participant will not sell or contract to sell or grant an option to buy or otherwise dispose of this Option or any of the underlying shares of Company Common Stock without the prior written consent of the underwriter(s) or its representative(s).

 

(h)     Stock Legend. The Administrator may require that the certificates or book entries for any shares of Company Common Stock purchased by Participant (or Participant’s permitted successors or assigns) bear an appropriate legend and stop transfer order to reflect the restrictions of Section 4(b) and Sections 4(f) through 4(g) of this Agreement; provided, however, that failure to so endorse any of such certificates or book entries shall not render invalid or inapplicable Section 4(b) or Sections 4(f) through 4(g).

 

(i)     Scope of Agreement. This Agreement shall bind and inure to the benefit of the Company and its successors and assigns and Participant and any successor or assigns of Participant permitted by Section 2 or Section 4(e) above. This Option is expressly subject to all terms and conditions contained in the Plan and in this Agreement, and Participant’s failure to execute this Agreement shall not relieve Participant from complying with such terms and conditions.

 

(j)     Arbitration. Any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the alleged breach of it, or the making of this Agreement, including claims of fraud in the inducement, shall be discussed between the disputing parties in a good faith effort to arrive at a mutual settlement of any such controversy. If, notwithstanding, such dispute cannot be resolved, such dispute shall be settled by binding arbitration. Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The arbitrator shall be a retired state or federal judge or an attorney who has practiced securities or business litigation for at least ten (10) years. If the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator within twenty (20) days, any party may request that the chief judge of the District Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota, select an arbitrator. Arbitration will be conducted pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement, and the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association, unless such rules are inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement. Limited civil discovery shall be permitted for the production of documents and taking of depositions. Unresolved discovery disputes may be brought to the attention of the arbitrator who may dispose of such dispute. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award any remedy or relief that a court of this state could order or grant; provided, however, that punitive or exemplary damages shall not be awarded. The arbitrator may award to the prevailing party, if any, as determined by the arbitrator, all of its costs and fees, including the arbitrator’s fees, administrative fees, travel expenses, out-of-pocket expenses and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the place of any arbitration proceedings shall be Hennepin County, Minnesota.

 

(k)     Delay in Payment for Specified Employee. In the event this Option is subject to Code Section 409A and the Administrator determines that Participant is a “specified employee” within the meaning of Code Section 409A, then any payment due to Participant’s separation from service shall not be paid earlier than the first day of the seventh month immediately following such separation from service.

 

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(l)     Right to Amend. The Company hereby reserves the right to amend this Agreement without Participant’s consent to the extent necessary or desirable to comply with the requirements of Code Section 409A and the regulations, notices and other guidance of general application issued thereunder.

 

(m)     Section 280G.   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, to the extent that any of the payments and benefits provided for under this Agreement or any other agreement or arrangement between the Participant and the Company (collectively, the “Payments”) constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code and (ii) but for this Section 4(l), would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, then the Payments shall be payable either (i) in full or (ii) as to such lesser amount which would result in no portion of such Payments being subject to excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code; whichever of the foregoing amounts, taking into account the applicable federal, state and local income taxes and the excise tax imposed by Section 4999, results in the Participant’s receipt on an after-tax basis, of the greatest amount of economic benefits under this Agreement, notwithstanding that all or some portion of such benefits may be taxable under Section 4999 of the Code.  Unless the Participant and the Company otherwise agree in writing, any determination required under this Section 4(l) shall be made in writing by the Company’s independent public accountants (the “Accountants”), whose reasonable determination shall be conclusive and binding upon the Participant and the Company for all purposes.  For purposes of making the calculations required by this Section 4(l), the Accountants may make reasonable assumptions and approximations concerning applicable taxes and may rely on reasonable, good faith interpretations concerning the application of the Sections 280G and 4999 of the Code.  The Participant and the Company shall furnish to the Accountants such information and documents as the Accountants may reasonably request in order to make a determination under this Section 4(l).

 

(n)     Governing Law. The validity, construction and effect of the Plan and the Agreement, and any rules and regulations relating to the Plan and the Agreement, shall be determined in accordance with the internal laws, and not the law of conflicts, of the State of Minnesota.

 

[Signature page follows.]

 

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ACCORDINGLY, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed on the day and year first above written.

 

  BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION
   
   
   
  By                                                            
       Its                                                        

 

                                   

PARTICIPANT

 

 

 

By: ___________________________________ 

       Printed Name: _______________

 

 

 

[Signature Page to Director Nonqualified Stock Option Agreement]

 

Exhibit 10.3

 

GLOBAL EMPLOYEE NONQUALIFIED STOCK OPTION AGREEMENT

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

2020 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

THIS AGREEMENT is made effective as of [●], by and between Bio-Techne Corporation, a Minnesota corporation (the “Company”), and [●] (“Participant”).

 

W I T N E S E T H:

 

WHEREAS, Participant on the date hereof is a key employee or officer of the Company or one of its Subsidiaries; and

 

WHEREAS, the Company wishes to grant a nonqualified stock option to Participant to purchase shares of the Company's Common Stock pursuant to the Bio-Techne Corporation 2020 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”); and

 

WHEREAS, the Administrator of the Plan has authorized the grant of a nonqualified stock option to Participant and has determined that, as of the effective date of this Agreement, the fair market value of the Company's Common Stock is $[●] per share.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the mutual covenants herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows;

 

1.     Grant of Option. The Company hereby grants to Participant on the date set forth above (the “Date of Grant”), the right and option (the “Option”) to purchase all or portions of an aggregate of [●] ([●]) shares of Common Stock (the “Shares”) at a per Share price of $[●] on the terms and conditions set forth herein and subject to adjustment pursuant to Section 15 of the Plan. This Option is a nonqualified stock option and will not be treated as an incentive stock option, as defined under Section 422, or any successor provision, of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and the regulations thereunder. For purposes of this Agreement, to the extent Participant is not employed by the Company, the “Employer” means the Subsidiary that employs Participant.

 

2.     Duration and Exercisability.

 

(a)     General. The term during which this Option may be exercised shall terminate on [●], except as otherwise provided in Sections 2(b) through 2(e) below. This Option shall become exercisable on the following dates (the “Vesting Dates”), provided that Participant remains employed by the Company or a Subsidiary on the applicable Vesting Date as set forth in Sections 2(b) through 2(e) of this Agreement:

 

Date Shares Vesting
   
[●] [●]
[●] [●]
[●] [●]
[●] [●]

     

 

 

If and to the extent provided in an employment, change of control, severance or similar agreement executed by Participant and the Company or the Employer, or by a determination by the Administrator, in each case pursuant and subject to Section 15 of the Plan, this Option may become fully-vested and exercisable in connection with a Change of Control as defined in Section 1(f) of the Plan.

 

Once the Option becomes vested and exercisable with respect to any of the Shares specified in Section 1, Participant may continue to exercise the vested portion of this Option under the terms and conditions of this Agreement until the termination of the Option as provided herein. If Participant does not purchase upon an exercise of this Option the full number of Shares which Participant is then entitled to purchase, Participant may purchase upon any subsequent exercise prior to this Option's termination such previously unpurchased Shares in addition to those Participant is otherwise entitled to purchase.

 

(b)     Termination of Employment (other than Disability, Death, or Retirement). Unless otherwise agreed to in writing by Participant and the Company, if Participant ceases to be an employee of the Company or any Subsidiary during the term of this Option for any reason other than disability, death, or Retirement (as defined in Section 2(e) of this Agreement), this Option, whether vested or unvested, shall completely terminate on the earlier of: (i) the close of business on the three-month anniversary date of the Termination Date; and (ii) the expiration date of this Option stated in Section 2(a) above. In such period following the Termination Date, this Option shall be exercisable only to the extent the Option was exercisable on the Vesting Date immediately preceding such Termination Date, but had not previously been exercised. To the extent this Option was not exercisable upon such Termination Date, all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited. If Participant does not exercise the Option within the time specified in this Section 2(b), all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited.

 

(c)     Disability. If Participant's employment terminates due to disability (as defined in Code Section 22(e), or any successor provision, if Participant is employed in the United States), this Option, whether vested or unvested, shall terminate on the earlier of: (i) the close of business on the one year anniversary of the date of such termination of employment due to disability; and (ii) the expiration date of this Option stated in Section 2(a) above. In such period following the termination of Participant's employment due to disability, this Option shall be exercisable only to the extent the Option was exercisable on the Vesting Date immediately preceding such termination of employment due to disability, but had not previously been exercised. To the extent this Option was not exercisable upon such termination of employment due to disability, all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited. If Participant does not exercise the Option within the time specified in this Section 2(c), all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited. For purposes of this Agreement, if Participant is employed outside of the United States, “disability” shall have the same meaning as defined under any long term disability plan maintained by the Employer or, in the absence of such arrangement, as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion.

 

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(d)     Death. In the event of Participant's death, this Option, whether vested or unvested, shall terminate on the earlier of: (i) the close of business on the one year anniversary of the date of Participant's death; and (ii) the expiration date of this Option stated in Section 2(a) above. In such period following Participant's death, this Option may be exercised by the person or persons to whom Participant's rights under this Option shall have passed by Participant's will or by the laws of descent and distribution only to the extent the Option was exercisable on the Vesting Date immediately preceding the date of Participant's death, but had not previously been exercised. To the extent this Option was not exercisable on the date of Participant’s death, all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited. If such person or persons fail to exercise this Option within the time specified in this Section 2(d), all rights under this Option shall be forfeited.

 

(e)     Retirement. If Participant’s employment with the Company or any Subsidiary terminates because of Retirement, this Option, whether vested or unvested, shall terminate on the expiration date of this Option stated in Section 2(a) above. In such period following the termination of Participant's employment because of Retirement, if this Option was granted at least six months prior to the date of Participant’s Retirement and is scheduled to vest pro rata during a period of at least three years and six months following the Date of Grant, then this Option shall continue to vest pursuant to Section 2(a) as if Participant continued to be employed by the Company or a Subsidiary. If, however, this Option was not granted at least six months prior to the date of Participant’s Retirement or is scheduled to vest in less than three years and six months following the Date of Grant, then to the extent this Option was not exercisable on the date of Participant’s Retirement, all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited. If Participant does not exercise the Option within the time specified in this Section 2(e), all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited. Solely for purposes of this Section 2(e), “Retirement” means termination of employment for any reason other than cause on or after attaining age 55 and completing at least five (5) years of continuous service with the Company or any Subsidiary; provided, however, that Participant shall be credited with continuous service only for periods during which Participant is regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week. For purposes of this Option, “cause” shall have the same meaning as reflected in any written employment agreement addressing Participant's employment or, in the absence of any written employment agreement, the following: (i) habitual neglect of, or the willful or material failure to perform the duties of employment hereunder, as determined in good faith by the Company; (ii) embezzlement or any act of fraud; (iii) commission of acts that can be charged as a felony during employment; (iv) dishonesty in dealing between Participant and Company or between Participant and other employees of the Company; (v) use or misuse of any controlled substance, illegal or narcotic drug without a prescription; or use of alcohol in a manner, regardless of time or place, which either adversely affects Participant’s job performance or otherwise could reflect negatively on the public image of the Company; (vi) habitual absenteeism; or (vii) willfully acting in a manner materially adverse to the best interests of the Company. 

 

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(f)     EU Age Discrimination Rules. If Participant is a local national of and employed in a country that is a member of the European Union, the grant of this Option and the terms and conditions governing this Option are intended to comply with the age discrimination provisions of the EU Equal Treatment Framework Directive, as implemented into local law (the “Age Discrimination Rules”). To the extent that a court or tribunal of competent jurisdiction determines that any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, in whole or in part, under the Age Discrimination Rules, the Company, in its sole discretion, shall have the power and authority to revise or strike such provision to the minimum extent necessary to make it valid and enforceable to the full extent permitted under local law.

 

(g)     Termination Date. For purposes of this Agreement, if Participant is employed in, the United States, "Termination Date" means the effective date of termination of Participant's employment. If Participant is employed outside of the United States, "Termination Date" means the earliest of (i) the date on which notice of termination is provided to Participant, (ii) the last day of Participant's active service with the Employer or (iii) the last day on which Participant is an employee of the Employer, as determined in each case without including any required advanced notice period and irrespective of the status of the termination under local labor or employment laws.

 

3.     Manner of Exercise.

 

(a)     General. The Option may be exercised only by Participant (or other proper party in the event of death or incapacity), subject to the conditions of the Plan and subject to such other administrative rules as the Administrator may deem advisable, by delivering within the option period written notice of exercise to the Company at its principal office. The notice shall state the number of Shares as to which this Option is being exercised and shall be accompanied by payment in full of the option price for all Shares designated in the notice. The exercise of the Option shall be deemed effective upon receipt of such notice by the Company and upon payment that complies with the terms of the Plan and this Agreement. The Option may be exercised with respect to any number or all of the Shares as to which it can then be exercised and, if partially exercised, may be so exercised as to the unexercised shares any number of times during the option period as provided herein.

 

(b)     Form of Payment. Subject to approval by the Administrator, payment of this Option price by Participant may be (i) in cash, or with a personal check or certified check, (ii) by the transfer from Participant to the Company of previously acquired Shares, (iii) through the withholding of Shares from the number of Shares otherwise issuable upon the exercise of this Option (e.g., a net share settlement), (iv) through broker-assisted cashless exercise if such exercise complies with applicable securities laws and any insider trading policy of the Company, (v) such other form of payment as may be authorized by the Administrator, or (vi) by a combination thereof. In the event Participant elects to pay the exercise price in whole or in part with previously acquired Shares or through a net share settlement, the Fair Market Value of the Shares delivered or withheld shall equal the total exercise price for the Shares being purchased in such manner. For purposes of this Agreement, "previously acquired Shares" shall include Shares that are already owned by Participant at the time of exercise.

 

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(c)     Issuance of Shares. As soon as practicable after the effective exercise of all or any part of the Option, Participant shall be recorded on the stock transfer books of the Company as the owner of the Shares purchased, less any Shares withheld for payment of taxes as provided in Section 4(d) below, and the Company shall deliver to Participant one or more duly issued stock certificates or cause book entries to be made evidencing such ownership. All requisite original issue or transfer documentary stamp taxes shall be paid by the Company. Until the issuance of such Shares, Participant shall not be entitled to vote the Shares represented by the Option, shall not be entitled to receive dividends or distributions attributable to such Shares, and shall not have any other rights as a shareholder with respect to such Shares. No adjustment shall be made for dividends (ordinary or extraordinary, whether in cash, securities or other property), distributions or other rights for which the record date is prior to the date such Shares are issued, except as provided in Section 15 of the Plan.

 

(d)     Repatriation and Compliance Obligations. As a condition of the grant of this Option, Participant agrees to repatriate all payments attributable to this Option in accordance with local foreign exchange rules and regulations in Participant's country of residence (and country of employment, if different). In addition, Participant agrees to take any and all actions, and consents to any and all actions taken by the Employer, the Company and its Subsidiaries as may be required to allow the Employer, the Company and its Subsidiaries to comply with local laws, rules and regulations in Participant's country of residence (and country of employment, if different). Finally, Participant agrees to take any and all actions that may be required to comply with Participant's personal legal and tax obligations under local laws, rules and regulations in Participant's country of residence (and country of employment, if different).

 

4.     Tax Obligations. Regardless of any action the Company or the Employer takes with respect to any or all federal, state, local or foreign income tax, social insurance, payroll tax, payment on account or other tax related-items (“Tax Related-Items”), Participant acknowledges that the ultimate liability for all Tax Related-Items associated with this Option is and remains Participant’s responsibility and may exceed the amount actually withheld by the Company, and the Company and the Employer (i) make no representations or undertakings regarding the treatment of any Tax Related-Items in connection with any aspect of this Option, including, but not limited to, the grant, vesting or exercise of this Option, the subsequent sale of Shares acquired pursuant to such exercise and the receipt of any dividends; and (ii) do not commit to structure the terms of the grant or any aspect of this Option to reduce or eliminate Participant’s liability for Tax Related-Items. Further, if Participant is subject to tax in more than one jurisdiction, Participant acknowledges that the Company and/or the Employer (or former employer, as applicable) may be required to withhold or account for Tax Related-Items in more than one jurisdiction.

 

Prior to the delivery of Shares upon the exercise of this Option, if Participant's country of residence (and/or the country of employment, if different) requires withholding of Tax-Related Items, the Company or the Employer: (i) shall withhold a sufficient number of whole Shares otherwise issuable upon the exercise of this Option that have an aggregate Fair Market Value sufficient to pay the Tax-Related Items required to be withheld (in which case, the cash equivalent of such withheld Shares shall be used to settle the withholding obligation); (ii) shall withhold an amount from Participant's regular salary and/or wages, or from any other amounts payable to Participant; or (iii) require Participant to make a payment to the Company or the Employer equal to the amount of Tax-Related Items required to be withheld. Depending on the applicable method, the Company or the Employer, as applicable, may withhold or account for Tax-Related Items by considering applicable statutory withholding rates, but such withholding shall not exceed an amount of withholding based on the maximum statutory rates in Participant's applicable tax jurisdictions.

 

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In the event the withholding requirements are not satisfied through the withholding of Shares or through Participant's regular salary and/or wages or other amounts payable to Participant, no Shares will be issued to Participant unless and until satisfactory arrangements (as determined by the Committee) have been made by Participant with respect to the payment of any Tax-Related Items which the Company determines, in its sole discretion, must be withheld or collected with respect to this Option. If Participant is subject to taxation in more than one jurisdiction, Participant acknowledges that the Company and/or the Employer may be required to withhold or account for Tax-Related Items in more than one jurisdiction. By accepting the grant of this Option, Participant expressly consents to the withholding of Shares and/or the withholding of amounts from Participant's regular salary and/or wages, or other amounts payable to Participant, as provided for hereunder. All other Tax-Related Items related to this Option and any Shares acquired pursuant to the exercise of this Option are Participant's sole responsibility.

 

5.     Nature of Grant. In accepting the grant of this Option, Participant acknowledges, understands and agrees that:

 

(a)     the Plan is established voluntarily by the Company, it is discretionary in nature and it may be modified, amended, suspended or terminated by the Company at any time, to the extent permitted by the Plan;

 

(b)     the grant of this Option is exceptional, voluntary and occasional and does not create any contractual or other right to receive future grants of options, or benefits in lieu of options, even if options have been granted in the past;

 

(c)     all decisions with respect to future options or other grants, if any, will be at the sole discretion of the Company;

 

(d)     Participant is voluntarily participating in the Plan;

 

(e)     this Option and the Shares subject to this Option, and the income from and value of same, are not intended to replace any pension rights or compensation;

 

(f)     this Option and the Shares subject to this Option, and the income from and value of same, are not part of normal or expected compensation for purposes of, including but not limited to, calculating any severance, resignation, termination, redundancy, dismissal, end-of-service payments, bonuses, holiday pay, long-service awards, pension or retirement or welfare benefits or similar payments;

 

(g)     unless otherwise agreed with the Company in writing, this Option and the Shares subject to this Option, and the income from and value of same, are not granted as consideration for, or in connection with, the service Participant may provide as a director of a Subsidiary;

 

(h)     the future value of the underlying Shares is unknown, indeterminable and cannot be predicted with certainty;

 

(i)     if the underlying Shares do not increase in value, this Option will have no value;

 

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(j)     if Participant exercises this Option and acquires Shares, the value of such Shares may increase or decrease in value, even below the exercise price;

 

(k)     no claim or entitlement to compensation or damages shall arise from forfeiture of this Option resulting from the termination of Participant's employment or other service relationship (for any reason whatsoever, whether or not later found to be invalid or in breach of employment laws in the jurisdiction where Participant is employed or the terms of Participant's employment agreement, if any); and

 

(l)     neither the Company nor the Employer shall be liable for any foreign exchange rate fluctuation between Participant's local currency and the United States Dollar that may affect the value of this Option or of any amounts due to Participant pursuant to the exercise of this Option or the subsequent sale of any Shares acquired upon exercise.

 

6.     Data Privacy. The Company is located at 614 McKinley Place N.E., Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. and grants Options to acquire Shares under the Plan to employees of the Company and its Subsidiaries, at its sole discretion. In conjunction with the Company's grant of the Option under the Plan and its ongoing administration of such awards, the Company is providing the following information about its data collection, processing and transfer practices. In accepting the grant of the Option, Participant expressly and explicitly consents to the personal data activities as described herein.

 

(a)     Data Collection, Processing and Usage. The Company and the Employer will collect, process and use certain personal information about Participant, specifically, Participant's name, home address, email address and telephone number, date of birth, social security or insurance number, passport number or other identification number, salary, nationality, job title, any Shares or directorships held in the Company, details of all Options or any other entitlement to Shares awarded, canceled, exercised, vested, unvested or outstanding in Participant's favor (“Personal Data”), for the exclusive purpose of implementing, administering and managing the Plan. Participant's Personal Data also may be disclosed to certain securities or other regulatory authorities where the Company’s securities are listed or traded or regulatory filings are made. The Company's legal basis for the collection, processing and use of Participant's Personal Data is Participant's consent.

 

(b)     Stock Plan Administration Service Providers. The Company and the Employer transfer Participant's Personal Data to Morgan Stanley a broker firm/third party service provider based in the United States of America and engaged by the Company to assist with the implementation, administration and management of awards granted under the Plan (the “Stock Plan Administrator”). In the future, the Company may select a different Stock Plan Administrator and share Participant's Personal Data with another company that serves in a similar manner. The Stock Plan Administrator will open an account for Participant to receive and trade Shares acquired under the Plan. Participant will be asked to agree to separate terms and data processing practices with the Stock Plan Administrator, which is a condition of Participant's ability to participate in the Plan.

 

(c)     International Personal Data Transfers. The Company and the Stock Plan Administrator are based in the United States of America. You should note that Participant's country of residence may have enacted data privacy laws that are different from the United States of America. The Company's legal basis for the transfer of Participant's Personal Data to the United States of America is Participant's consent.

 

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(d)     Voluntariness and Consequences of Consent, Denial or Withdrawal. Participant's participation in the Plan and Participant's grant of consent hereunder is purely voluntary. Participant may deny or withdraw his or her consent at any time. If Participant does not consent, or if Participant later withdraws his or her consent, Participant may be unable to participate in the Plan. This would not affect Participant's existing employment or salary; instead, Participant merely may forfeit the opportunities associated with participation in the Plan.

 

(e)     Personal Data Retention. Participant understands that Participant's Personal Data will be held only as long as is necessary to implement, administer and manage the Option and Participant's participation in the Plan. When the Company no longer needs Participant's Personal Data, the Company will remove it from its systems. If the Company retains Participant's Personal Data longer, it would be to satisfy the Company's legal or regulatory obligations and the Company's legal basis would be for compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

 

(f)     Personal Data Subject Rights. Participant understands that Participant may have the right under applicable law to (i) access or copy Participant's Personal Data that the Company possesses, (ii) rectify incorrect Personal Data concerning Participant, (iii) delete Participant's Personal Data, (iv) restrict processing of Participant's Personal Data, or (vi) lodge complaints with the competent supervisory authorities in Participant's country of residence. To receive clarification regarding these rights or to exercise these rights, Participant understands that Participant can contact his or her Employer's human resources representative.

 

7.     General Provisions.

 

(a)     Employment or Other Relationship. This Agreement shall not confer on Participant any right with respect to the continuance of employment or any other relationship with the Employer, the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, nor will it interfere in any way with the right of the Company to terminate such employment or relationship. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as creating an employment contract for any specified term between Participant, the Employer and the Company or any Subsidiary.

 

(b)     Securities Law Compliance. The exercise of all or any parts of this Option shall be effective only at such time as counsel to the Company shall have determined that the issuance and delivery of Shares pursuant to such exercise will not violate any state or federal securities or other laws. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan or this Agreement, unless there is an exemption from any registration, qualification or other legal requirement applicable to the Shares the Company shall not be required to deliver any Shares issuable upon exercise of this Option prior to the completion of any registration or qualification of the Shares under any local, state, federal or foreign securities or exchange control law or under rulings or regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) or of any other governmental regulatory body, or prior to obtaining any approval or other clearance from any local, state, federal or foreign governmental agency, which registration, qualification or approval the Company shall, in its absolute discretion, deem necessary or advisable. Participant understands that the Company is under no obligation to register or qualify the shares with the SEC or any state or foreign securities commission or to seek approval or clearance from any governmental authority for the issuance or sale of the Shares. Further, Participant agrees that the Company shall have unilateral authority to amend the Agreement without his or her consent to the extent necessary to comply with securities or other laws applicable to issuance of Shares.

 

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(c)     Shares Reserved. The Company shall at all times during the term of this Agreement reserve and keep available such number of Shares as will be sufficient to satisfy the requirements of this Agreement.

 

(d)     Transferability. Participant may transfer any or all of this Option to any member of Participant's "immediate family" as such term is defined in Rule 16a-1(e) promulgated under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, or any successor provision, or to one or more trusts whose beneficiaries are members of such Participant's "immediate family" or partnerships in which such family members are the only partners; provided, however, that Participant cannot receive any consideration for the transfer and such transferred Option shall continue to be subject to the same terms and conditions as were applicable to such Option immediately prior to its transfer. Further, the transferee shall be subject to all restrictions that generally apply to shareholders of the Company, including but not limited to restrictions on the pledge, encumbrance, sale, assignment, transfer, gift, or disposition of any stock acquired through the exercise of the Option.

 

(e)     2020 Equity Incentive Plan. The Option evidenced by this Agreement is granted pursuant to the Plan, a copy of which Plan has been made available to Participant and is hereby incorporated into this Agreement. This Agreement is subject to and in all respects limited and conditioned as provided in the Plan. All defined terms of the Plan shall have the same meaning when used in this Agreement. The Plan governs this Option and, in the event of any questions as to the construction of this Agreement or in the event of a conflict between the Plan and this Agreement, the Plan shall govern, except as the Plan otherwise provides.

 

(f)     Lockup Period Limitation. Participant agrees that in the event the Company advises Participant that it plans an underwritten public offering of its Shares in compliance with the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and that the underwriter(s) seek to impose restrictions under which Participant may not sell or contract to sell or grant any option to buy or otherwise dispose of part or all of this Option or the Shares underlying this Option, Participant hereby agrees that for a period not to exceed 180 days from the effective date of the prospectus relating to such offering Participant will not sell or contract to sell or grant an option to buy or otherwise dispose of this Option or any of the underlying Shares without the prior written consent of the underwriter(s) or its representative(s).

 

(g)     Stock Legend. The Administrator may require that the certificates or book entries for any Shares purchased by Participant (or Participant’s permitted successors or assigns) bear an appropriate legend and stop transfer order to reflect the restrictions of Section 6(b) and Section 6(g) of this Agreement; provided, however, that failure to so endorse any of such certificates or book entries shall not render invalid or inapplicable Section 6(b) or Section 6(f).

 

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(h)     Scope of Agreement. This Agreement shall bind and inure to the benefit of the Company and its successors and assigns and Participant and any successor or assigns of Participant permitted by Section 2 or Section 6(e) above. This Option is expressly subject to all terms and conditions contained in the Plan and in this Agreement, and Participant’s failure to execute this Agreement shall not relieve Participant from complying with such terms and conditions.

 

(i)     Arbitration. Any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the alleged breach of it, or the making of this Agreement, including claims of fraud in the inducement, shall be discussed between the disputing parties in a good faith effort to arrive at a mutual settlement of any such controversy. If, notwithstanding, such dispute cannot be resolved, such dispute shall be settled by binding arbitration. Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The arbitrator shall be a retired state or federal judge or an attorney who has practiced securities or business litigation for at least ten (10) years. If the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator within twenty (20) days, any party may request that the chief judge of the District Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States of America, select an arbitrator. Arbitration will be conducted pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement, and the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association, unless such rules are inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement. Limited civil discovery shall be permitted for the production of documents and taking of depositions. Unresolved discovery disputes may be brought to the attention of the arbitrator who may dispose of such dispute. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award any remedy or relief that a court of this state could order or grant; provided, however, that punitive or exemplary damages shall not be awarded. The arbitrator may award to the prevailing party, if any, as determined by the arbitrator, all of its costs and fees, including the arbitrator’s fees, administrative fees, travel expenses, out-of-pocket expenses and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the place of any arbitration proceedings shall be Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States of America.

 

(j)     Delay in Payment for Specified Employee. In the event this Option is subject to Code Section 409A and the Administrator determines that Participant is a “specified employee” within the meaning of Code Section 409A, then any payment due to Participant’s separation from service shall not be paid earlier than the first day of the seventh month immediately following such separation from service.

 

(k)     Right to Amend. The Company hereby reserves the right to amend this Agreement without Participant’s consent to the extent necessary or desirable to comply with the requirements of Code Section 409A and the regulations, notices and other guidance of general application issued thereunder.

 

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(l)     Section 280G.   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, to the extent that any of the payments and benefits provided for under this Agreement or any other agreement or arrangement between Participant and the Company (collectively, the “Payments”) constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code and (ii) but for this Section 6(l), would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, then the Payments shall be payable either (i) in full or (ii) as to such lesser amount which would result in no portion of such Payments being subject to excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code; whichever of the foregoing amounts, taking into account the applicable federal, state and local income taxes and the excise tax imposed by Section 4999, results in Participant’s receipt on an after-tax basis, of the greatest amount of economic benefits under this Agreement, notwithstanding that all or some portion of such benefits may be taxable under Section 4999 of the Code.  Unless Participant and the Company otherwise agree in writing, any determination required under this Section 6(l) shall be made in writing by the Company’s independent public accountants (the “Accountants”), whose reasonable determination shall be conclusive and binding upon Participant and the Company for all purposes.  For purposes of making the calculations required by this Section 6(l), the Accountants may make reasonable assumptions and approximations concerning applicable taxes and may rely on reasonable, good faith interpretations concerning the application of the Sections 280G and 4999 of the Code.  Participant and the Company shall furnish to the Accountants such information and documents as the Accountants may reasonably request in order to make a determination under this Section 6(l).

 

(m)     Governing Law. The validity, construction and effect of the Plan and the Agreement, and any rules and regulations relating to the Plan and the Agreement, shall be determined in accordance with the internal laws, and not the law of conflicts, of the State of Minnesota, United States of America.

 

(n)     Language. Participant acknowledges that he or she is proficient in the English language, or has consulted with an advisor who is proficient in the English language, so as to enable Participant to understand the provisions of this Agreement and the Plan. If Participant has received this Agreement or any other document related to the Plan translated into a language other than English and if the meaning of the translated version is different than the English version, the English version will control.

 

(o)     Electronic Delivery and Participation. The Company may, in its sole discretion, decide to deliver any documents related to current or future participation in the Plan by electronic means. Participant hereby consents to receive such documents by electronic delivery and agree to participate in the Plan through an on-line or electronic system established and maintained by the Company or a third party designated by the Company.

 

(p)     Severability. The provisions of this Agreement are severable and if any one or more provisions are determined to be illegal or otherwise unenforceable, in whole or in part, the remaining provisions shall nevertheless be binding and enforceable.

 

(q)     Addendum. Notwithstanding any provisions of this Agreement to the contrary, this Option shall be subject to any special terms and conditions for Participant's country of residence (and country of employment, if different), as are forth in the applicable Addendum to this Agreement. Further, if Participant transfers residence and/or employment to another country reflected in an Addendum to this Agreement, the special terms and conditions for such country will apply to Participant to the extent the Company determines, in its sole discretion, that the application of such terms and conditions is necessary or advisable in order to comply with local law, rules and regulations or to facilitate the operation and administration of this Option and the Plan (or the Company may establish alternative terms and conditions as may be necessary or advisable to accommodate Participant's transfer). Any applicable Addendum shall constitute part of this Agreement.

 

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(r)     Imposition of Other Requirements. The Company reserves the right to impose other requirements on this Option, any payment made pursuant to this Option, and Participant's participation in the Plan, to the extent the Company determines, in its sole discretion, that such other requirements are necessary or advisable in order to comply with local law, rules and regulations or to facilitate the operation and administration of this Option and the Plan. Such requirements may include (but are not limited to) requiring Participant to sign any agreements or undertakings that may be necessary to accomplish the foregoing.

 

(s)     Waiver. Participant acknowledges that a waiver by the Company of breach of any provision of this Agreement shall not operate or be construed as a waiver of any other provision of this Agreement, or of any subsequent breach, whether or like or different nature.

 

(t)     Private Offering. The grant of this Options is not intended to be a public offering of securities in Participant’s country of residence (and country of employment, if different). The Company has not submitted any registration statement, prospectus or other filing with the local securities authorities with respect to the grant of this Options (unless otherwise required under local law). No employee of the Company is permitted to advise Participant on whether Participant should purchase Shares under the Plan or provide Participant with any legal, tax or financial advice with respect to the grant of this Options. Investment in Shares involves a degree of risk. Before deciding to purchase Shares pursuant to this Options, Participant should carefully consider all risk factors and tax considerations relevant to the acquisition of Shares under the Plan or the disposition of them. Further, Participant should carefully review all of the materials related to this Options and the Plan, and Participant should consult with Participant’s personal legal, tax and financial advisors for professional advice in relation to Participant’s personal circumstances.

 

(u)     Exchange Control, Foreign Asset/Account and/or Tax Reporting. Participant acknowledges that there may be certain exchange control, foreign asset/account and/or tax reporting requirements which may affect Participant’s ability to acquire or hold Shares or cash received from participating in the Plan (including the proceeds from the sale of Shares and the receipt of any dividends paid on Shares) in a brokerage or bank account outside Participant’s country. Participant may be required to report such accounts, assets or related transactions to the tax or other authorities in Participant’s country. Participant also may be required to repatriate sale proceeds or other funds received as a result of participating in the Plan to Participant’s country within a certain time after receipt. Participant acknowledges that it is Participant’s responsibility to comply with such regulations and that Participant should speak to his or her personal advisor on this matter.

 

(v)     Insider Trading/Market Abuse. Participant may be subject to insider trading restrictions and/or market abuse laws based on the exchange on which the Shares are listed and in applicable jurisdictions, including the United States, Participant’s country and the designated broker’s country, which may affect Participant’s ability to accept, acquire, sell or otherwise dispose of Shares, rights to Shares (e.g., this Option) or rights linked to the value of Shares under the Plan during such times that Participant is considered to have “inside information” regarding the Company (as defined by the laws or regulations in Participant’s country).  Any restrictions under these laws or regulations are separate from and in addition to any restrictions that may be imposed under any applicable Company insider trading policy. Participant acknowledges that it is Participant’s responsibility to comply with any applicable restrictions and that Participant should speak to his or her personal advisor on this matter.

 

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(w)     Consent and Agreement With Respect to Plan. Participant (a) acknowledges that a copy of the Plan and the U.S. prospectus for the Plan has been available to Participant; (b) represents that he or she has read and is familiar with the terms and provisions thereof, has had an opportunity to obtain the advice of counsel of his or her choice prior to executing this Agreement and fully understands all provisions of this Agreement and the Plan; (c) accepts this Option subject to all of the terms and provisions thereof; and (d) agrees to accept as binding, conclusive and final all decisions or interpretations of the Administrator upon any questions arising under the Plan or this Agreement.

 

[Signature page follows.]

 

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ACCORDINGLY, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed on the day and year first above written.

 

  BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION
   
   
   
 

By                                                            

     Its                                                        

 

 

PARTICIPANT

 

 

 

By: ___________________________________

       Printed Name: [●]

 

 

[Signature Page to Employee Nonqualified Stock Option Agreement]

 

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

 

ADDENDUM TO
GLOBAL EMPLOYEE NONQUALIFIED STOCK OPTION AGREEMENT

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION
2020 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

In addition to the terms of the Plan and the Agreement, the Option is subject to the following additional terms and conditions as set forth in this addendum (the “Addendum”). All defined terms as contained in this Addendum shall have the same meaning as set forth in the Plan and the Agreement. Pursuant to Section 7(q) of the Agreement, to the extent Participant transfers residence and/or employment to another country, the additional terms and conditions as set forth in the Addendum for such country (if any) shall also apply to the Option to the extent the Company determines, in its sole discretion, that the application of such addendum is necessary or advisable in order to comply with local laws, rules and regulations, or to facilitate the operation and administration of the Option and the Plan (or the Company may establish alternative terms and conditions as may be necessary or advisable to accommodate the Participant’s transfer).

 

European Union (“EU”) / European Economic Area (“EEA”) / Switzerland / United Kingdom

 

1.     Data Privacy. If Participant resides and/or works in the EU/EEA, Switzerland or the United Kingdom, Section 6 of the Agreement shall be replaced with the following:

 

Data Privacy. The Company is located at 614 McKinley Place N.E., Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. and grants Options to acquire Shares under the Plan to employees of the Company and its Subsidiaries, at its sole discretion. In conjunction with the Company's grant of the Option under the Plan and its ongoing administration of such award, the Company is providing the following information about its data collection, processing and transfer practices, which Participant should carefully review.

 

(a)     Data Collection, Processing and Usage. The Company and the Employer will collect, process and use certain personal information about Participant, specifically, Participant's name, home address, email address and telephone number, date of birth, social security or insurance number, passport number or other identification number, salary, nationality, job title, any Shares or directorships held in the Company, details of all Options or any other entitlement to Shares awarded, canceled, exercised, vested, unvested or outstanding in Participant's favor (“Personal Data”), for the exclusive purpose of implementing, administering and managing the Plan. Participant's Personal Data also may be disclosed to certain securities or other regulatory authorities where the Company’s securities are listed or traded or regulatory filings are made. The Company's legal basis for such disclosure of Participant's Personal Data is to satisfy its contractual obligations under the terms of the Agreement and this Addendum, and to comply with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

 

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(b)     Stock Plan Administrator. The Company and the Employer transfer Participant's Personal Data to Morgan Stanley a broker firm/third party service provider based in the United States of America and engaged by the Company to assist with the implementation, administration and management of awards granted under the Plan (the “Stock Plan Administrator”). In the future, the Company may select a different Stock Plan Administrator and share Participant's Personal Data with another company that serves in a similar manner. The Stock Plan Administrator will open an account for Participant to receive and trade Shares acquired under the Plan. Participant will be asked to agree to separate terms and data processing practices with the Stock Plan Administrator, which is a condition of Participant's ability to participate in the Plan.

 

(c)     International Personal Data Transfers. The Company and the Stock Plan Administrator are based in the United States of America. Participant should note that Participant's country of residence may have enacted data privacy laws that are different from the United States of America. The Company's legal basis for the transfer of Participant's Personal Data to the United States of America is to satisfy its contractual obligations under the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

 

(d)     Data Retention. Participant understand that Participant's Personal Data will be held only as long as is necessary to implement, administer and manage the Option and Participant's participation in the Plan. When the Company no longer needs Participant's Personal Data, the Company will remove it from its systems. If the Company retains Participant's Personal Data longer, it would be to satisfy the Company's legal or regulatory obligations and the Company's legal basis would be for compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

 

(e)     Data Subject Rights. Participant understands that Participant may have the right under applicable law to (i) access or copy Participant's Personal Data that the Company possesses, (ii) rectify incorrect Personal Data concerning Participant, (iii) delete Participant's Personal Data, (iv) restrict processing of Participant's Personal Data, or (vi) lodge complaints with the competent supervisory authorities in Participant's country of residence. To receive clarification regarding these rights or to exercise these rights, Participant understand that Participant can contact his or her Employer's human resources representative.

 

Austria

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

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Belgium

 

1.     Acceptance of Option. In order for the Option to be subject to taxation at the time of grant, Participant must affirmatively accept the Option in writing within 60 days of the Date of Grant specified above by signing below and returning this original executed Addendum to:

 

VP of Human Resources, Minneapolis Minnesota

 

Participant hereby accepts the Option granted by the Company on the Date of Grant. Participant acknowledges that Participant has been advised to discuss the acceptance of the Option and the applicable tax treatment with a financial and/or tax advisor, and that Participant’s decision to accept the Option is made in full knowledge.

 

Participant Signature:            _______________________________

 

Participant Printed Name:     _______________________________

 

Date of Acceptance:              _______________________________

 

If Participant fails to affirmatively accept the Option in writing within 60 days of the Date of Grant, the Option will not be subject to taxation at the time of grant but instead will be subject to taxation on the date Participant exercises the Option (or such other treatment as may apply under Belgian tax law at the time of exercise).

 

2.     Undertaking for Qualifying Option. If Participant is accepting the Option in writing within 60 days of the Date of Grant and wishes to have the Option subject to a lower valuation for Belgium tax purposes pursuant to article 43, §6 of the Belgian law of 26 March 1999, Participant may agree and undertake to (a) not exercise the Option before December 31 of the third (3rd) calendar year following the calendar year in which the Date of Grant falls, and (b) not transfer the Option under any circumstances (except upon rights Participant’s heir might have in the Option upon Participant’s death). If Participant wishes to make this undertaking, Participant must sign below and return this executed Addendum to the address listed above.

 

Participant Signature:          _______________________________

 

Participant Printed Name:     _______________________________

 

3.     Payment of Option Price Limited to Cash Payment. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Agreement or the Plan, Participant shall be permitted to pay the Option price only by means of a cash payment.

 

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Canada

 

1.     No Exercise by Using Previously Owned Shares. Notwithstanding anything in the Agreement or the Plan to the contrary, if Participant is a resident in Canada, Participant shall be unable to use previously-owned Shares to pay the exercise price of the Option.

 

2.     Consent to Receive Information in English. To the extent Participant is resident in Quebec, the parties acknowledge that it is their express wish that this Agreement, as well as all documents, notices and legal proceedings entered into, given or instituted pursuant hereto or relating directly or indirectly hereto, be written in English.

 

Les parties reconnaissent avoir exigé la rédaction en anglais du présent Contrat, ainsi que de tous documents exécutés, avis donnés ou procédures judiciaires intentées, en vertu du, ou liés directement ou indirectement, au présent Contrat.

 

3.     Data Privacy. The following provision supplements Section 6 of the Agreement:

 

Participant hereby authorizes the Company and the Company’s representatives to discuss with and obtain all relevant information from all personnel, professional or not, involved in the administration and operation of Participant’s awards under the Plan. Participant further authorizes the Company, its Subsidiaries, and the stock plan administrator to disclose and discuss Participant’s participation in the Plan with their respective advisors. Participant further authorizes the Company and its Subsidiaries to record such information and to keep such information in his or her employee file.

 

China

 

1.     Option Conditioned on Satisfaction of Regulatory Obligations. If Participant is a national of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”), the grant of the Option is conditioned upon the Company securing all necessary approvals from the PRC State Administration of Foreign Exchange to permit the operation of the Plan and the participation of PRC nationals employed by the Employer, as determined by the Company in its sole discretion.

 

2.     Mandatory Full Cashless Exercise. Notwithstanding anything in the Agreement or the Plan to the contrary, the Option may be exercised only by using the Broker-Assisted Cashless Exercise method as provided in Section 3(b)(iv) of the Agreement.

 

3.     Exchange Control Restrictions. Participant understands and agrees that, if Participant is subject to exchange control laws in China, Participant will be required to repatriate immediately to China the proceeds from the sale of any Shares acquired under the Plan. Participant further understands that such repatriation of sale proceeds must be effected through a special bank account established by the Company with a financial institution in China and Participant hereby consents and agrees that proceeds from the sale of Shares acquired under the Plan may be transferred to such account by the Company on Participant's behalf prior to being delivered to Participant and that no interest shall be paid with respect to funds held in such account. Sale proceeds may be paid to Participant in U.S. dollars or local currency at the Company’s discretion. If the sale proceeds are paid to Participant in U.S. dollars, Participant understands that Participant must establish and maintain a U.S. dollar bank account in China so that the proceeds may be deposited into such account. If the sale proceeds are paid to Participant in local currency, Participant acknowledges that the Company is under no obligation to secure any particular exchange conversion rate and that the Company may face delays in converting the sale proceeds to local currency due to exchange control restrictions. Participant agrees to bear any currency fluctuation risk between the time the shares of Common Stock are sold and the net proceeds are converted into local currency and distributed to Participant. Participant further agrees to comply with any other requirements that may be imposed by the Company in the future in order to facilitate compliance with exchange control requirements in China.

 

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4.     Administration. The Company shall not be liable for any costs, fees, lost interest or dividends or other losses Participant may incur or suffer resulting from the enforcement of the terms of this section or otherwise from the Company’s operation and enforcement of the terms of the Plan, the Agreement and this Addendum, and the Option in accordance with Chinese law including, without limitation, any applicable rules, regulations, requirements and approvals issued by the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.

 

Czech Republic

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

Denmark

 

1.     Danish Stock Option Act. Notwithstanding anything in the Agreement or the Plan to the contrary, the treatment of the Option upon Participant’s termination of employment with the Company or any Subsidiary, as applicable, shall be governed by the Danish Stock Option Act, as in effect at the time of Participant’s termination (as determined by the Committee in its discretion in consultation with legal counsel). By accepting the Option, Participant acknowledges that he or she has received a Danish translation of an Employer Statement, which is being provided to comply with the Danish Stock Option Act.

 

Finland

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

France

 

1.     Option Not Tax-Qualified. The Option is not intended to qualify for specific tax or social security treatment in France.

 

2.     Consent to Receive Information in English. By accepting the Option, Participant confirms having read and understood the Plan, the Agreement and this Addendum, including all terms and conditions included therein, which were provided in the English language. Participant accepts the terms of those documents accordingly.

 

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Consentement afin de Recevoir des Informations en Anglais

 

En acceptant les Options d’Achat d’Actions, le Participant confirme avoir lu et compris le Plan, le Contrat et la présente Annexe, en ce compris tous les termes et conditions y relatifs, qui ont été fournis en langue anglaise. Le Participant accepte les dispositions de ces documents en connaissance de cause.

 

Germany

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

Hong Kong

 

1.     Sale Restriction. Shares received at exercise are accepted as a personal investment. If, for any reason, the Option vests and becomes exercisable and the Option is exercised and Shares are issued to Participant (or Participant’s heirs) within six (6) months of the Date of Grant, Participant (or Participant’s heirs) agrees that he or she will not dispose of any such Shares prior to the six (6)-month anniversary of the Date of Grant.

 

2.     Securities Law Notice. WARNING: The contents of this document have not been reviewed by any regulatory authority in Hong Kong. Participant is advised to exercise caution in relation to the offer. If Participant is in any doubt about any of the contents of this document, Participant should obtain independent professional advice. Neither the offer of Options nor the issuance of Shares upon exercise of the Options constitutes a public offering of securities under Hong Kong law and is available only to employees of the Company and its Subsidiaries. The Agreement, including this Addendum, the Plan and other incidental communication materials distributed in connection with the Options (i) have not been prepared in accordance with and are not intended to constitute a “prospectus” for a public offering of securities under the applicable securities legislation in Hong Kong and (ii) are intended only for the personal use of each eligible employee of the Company or its Subsidiaries and may not be distributed to any other person.

 

3.     Nature of Plan. The Company specifically intends that the Plan will not be an occupational retirement scheme for purposes of the Occupational Retirement Schemes Ordinance.

 

Hungary

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

India

 

1.     Mandatory Full Cashless Exercise. Notwithstanding anything in the Agreement or the Plan to the contrary, the Option may be exercised only by using the Broker-Assisted Cashless Exercise method as provided in Section 3(b)(iv) of the Agreement.

 

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Italy

 

1.     Mandatory Full Cashless Exercise. Notwithstanding anything in the Agreement or the Plan to the contrary, the Option may be exercised only by using the Broker-Assisted Cashless Exercise method as provided in Section 3(b)(iv) of the Agreement.

 

2.     Plan Document Acknowledgement. In accepting the Option, Participant acknowledges that he or she has received a copy of the Plan and the Agreement and has reviewed the Plan and the Agreement (including this Addendum), in their entirety and fully understands and accepts all provisions of the Plan and the Agreement (including this Addendum). Participant further acknowledges that he or she has read and specifically and expressly approves the following provisions of the Agreement: Section 4: Tax Obligations; Section 6: Nature of Grant; Section 8(m): Governing Law; Section 8(q): Addendum; Section 8(r): Imposition of Other Requirements; and the Data Privacy provisions for the European Union reflected above..

 

Japan

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

Korea

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

Luxembourg

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

Netherlands

 

1.     Waiver of Termination Rights. As a condition to the grant of the Option, Participant hereby waive any and all rights to compensation or damages as a result of the termination of Participant's employment with the Company and the Employer for any reason whatsoever, insofar as those rights result or may result from (a) the loss or diminution in value of such rights or entitlements under the Plan, or (b) Participant ceasing to have rights under or ceasing to be entitled to any Option under the Plan as a result of such termination.

 

Poland

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

Singapore

 

1.     Securities Law Notice. The grant of the Option is being made pursuant to the “Qualifying Person” exemption under section 273(1)(f) of the Securities and Futures Act (Chapter 289, 2006 Ed.) (“SFA”) and is not made to Participant with a view to the underlying Shares being subsequently offered for sale to any other party. The Plan has not been, and will not be, lodged or registered as a prospectus with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Participant should note that the Options are subject to section 257 of the SFA and Participant should not make (i) any subsequent sale of the Shares in Singapore or (ii) any offer of such subsequent sale of the Shares subject to the Option in Singapore, unless such sale or offer is made after six (6) months from the Date of Grant or pursuant to the exemptions under Part XIII Division 1 Subdivision (4) (other than section 280) of the SFA. The Shares are currently traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC, which is located outside of Singapore, under the ticker symbol “TECH” and Shares acquired under the Plan may be sold through this exchange.

 

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Spain

 

1.     Nature of Option. The following provision supplements Section 6 of the Agreement:

 

In accepting the grant of the Option, Participant acknowledges that he or she consents to participation in the Plan and has received a copy of the Plan.

 

Participant understands that the Company, in its sole discretion, has unilaterally and gratuitously decided to grant Options under the Plan to individuals who may be employees of the Company or its Subsidiaries throughout the world. The decision is a limited decision that is entered into upon the express assumption and condition that any Options will not economically or otherwise bind the Company or any of its Subsidiaries on an ongoing basis. Consequently, Participant understands that the Option is granted on the assumption and condition that the Option and the Shares issued upon exercise of the Option shall not become a part of any employment contract (either with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries) and shall not be considered a mandatory benefit, or salary for any purposes (including severance compensation) or any other right whatsoever.

 

Further, Participant understands and agrees that, unless otherwise expressly provided for by the Company or set forth in the Agreement, the Option will be cancelled without entitlement to any Shares if Participant’s employment is terminated for any reason, including, but not limited to: resignation, retirement, disciplinary dismissal adjudged to be with cause, disciplinary dismissal adjudged or recognized to be without good cause (i.e., subject to a “despido improcedente”), material modification of the terms of employment under Article 41 of the Workers’ Statute, relocation under Article 40 of the Workers’ Statute, Article 50 of the Workers’ Statute, or under Article 10.3 of Royal Decree 1382/1985. The Committee, in its sole discretion, shall determine the date when Participant’s employment has terminated for purposes of the Option.

 

Participant understands that this Option grant would not be made to Participant but for the assumptions and conditions referred to above; thus, Participant acknowledges and freely accepts that should any or all of the assumptions be mistaken or should any of the conditions not be met for any reason, then any grant of, or right to, the Option shall be null and void.

 

Sweden

 

1.     Tax Obligations. The following provision supplements Section 4 of the Agreement:

 

Without limiting the Company's and the Employer's authority to satisfy their withholding obligations for Tax-Related Items as set forth in Section 4 of the Agreement, in accepting the grant of Option, Participant authorizes the Company and/or the Employer to withhold Shares or to sell Shares otherwise deliverable to Participant upon exercise to satisfy Tax-Related Items, regardless of whether the Company and/or the Employer have an obligation to withhold such Tax-Related Items.

 

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Switzerland

 

1.     Securities Law Notice. Neither the Agreement, the Addendum nor any other materials relating to the Option (i) constitutes a prospectus according to article 35 et seq. of the Swiss Federal Act on Financial Services ("FinSA"), (ii) may be publicly distributed nor otherwise made publicly available in Switzerland to any person other than an employee of the Company, or (iii) has been or will be filed with, approved or supervised by any Swiss reviewing body according to article 51 of FinSA or any Swiss regulatory authority, including the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA).

 

Taiwan

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

United Kingdom

 

1.     Tax Obligations. The following provision supplements Section 4 of the Agreement:

 

Without limitation to Section 4 of the Agreement, Participant hereby agrees that Participant is liable for all Tax Related-Items and hereby covenants to pay all such Tax Related-Items, as and when requested by the Company, or if different, the Employer, or by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) (or any other tax authority or any other relevant authority). Participant also hereby agrees to indemnify and keep indemnified the Company and, if different, the Employer, against any Tax Related-Items that they are required to pay or withhold, or have paid or will pay to HMRC (or any other tax authority or any other relevant authority) on Participant’s behalf.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, if Participant is a director or executive officer of the Company (within the meaning of Section 13(k) of the Exchange Act), Participant may not be able to indemnify the Company or the Employer for the amount of any income tax not collected from or paid by Participant, as it may be considered a loan. In this case, the amount of any uncollected amounts may constitute a benefit to Participant on which additional income tax and National Insurance Contributions may be payable. Participant will be responsible for reporting and paying any income tax due on this additional benefit directly to HMRC under the self-assessment regime and for paying the Company or the Employer for the value of any National Insurance Contributions due on this additional benefit, which the Company or the Employer may recover by any of the means referred to in Section 6(d) of the Agreement.

 

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2.     Exclusion of Claim. Participant acknowledges and agrees that Participant will have no entitlement to compensation or damages insofar as such entitlement arises or may arise from the Participant ceasing to have rights under or to be entitled to the Option, whether or not as a result of termination of employment (whether such termination is in breach of contract or otherwise), or from the loss or diminution in value of the Option. Upon the grant of the Option, Participant shall be deemed to have waived irrevocably such entitlement.

 

 

 

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Exhibit 10.4

 

PERFORMANCE UNIT AGREEMENT

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

2020 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

THIS AGREEMENT is made effective as of [●], by and between Bio-Techne Corporation, a Minnesota corporation (the “Company”), and [●] (“Participant”).

 

W I T N E S S E T H:

 

WHEREAS, Participant on the date hereof is a key employee, officer, director of or consultant or advisor to the Company or one of its Subsidiaries; and

 

WHEREAS, the Company wishes to grant a performance unit award to Participant pursuant to the Bio-Techne Corporation 2020 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”); and

 

WHEREAS, the Administrator of the Plan has authorized the grant of a performance unit to Participant;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the mutual covenants herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:

 

1.     Grant of Performance Unit Award; Term. The Company hereby grants to Participant on the date set forth above a performance unit (the “Award”) for [●] dollars ($[●]), on the terms and conditions set forth herein.

 

2.     Vesting of Performance Unit.

 

(a)     General. Vesting of the Award shall occur, if at all, on the Vesting Date[s] (as hereinafter defined), subject to the Company’s achievement of the performance objectives during the performance period[s], as both are set forth in Exhibit A to this Agreement, provided that Participant remains employed by the Company on the Vesting Date[s] as set forth in Section 2(b) of this Agreement. Performance for the period[s] shall be evaluated and determined by and in the sole discretion of the Administrator, and performance between the threshold and maximum levels specified on Exhibit A shall result in vesting in accordance with the scale determined by the Administrator and set forth on Exhibit A. The “Vesting Date[s]” for the Award shall be the later of [●] or the date on which the Administrator evaluates and certifies achievement of the performance criteria for the performance period[s], as set forth on Exhibit A. In the event all or any portion of the Award does not vest on the Vesting Date[s] pursuant to the performance objectives set forth on Exhibit A, the unvested portion of the Award shall terminate and be forfeited on such date.

 

If and to the extent provided in an employment, change of control, severance or similar agreement executed by the Participant and the Company or by a determination by the Administrator, in each case pursuant and subject to Section 15 of the Plan, this Award may become fully-vested and exercisable in connection with a Change of Control as defined in Section 1(f) of the Plan.

 

 

 

Further, in the event of Participant’s Retirement prior to the Vesting Date, if this Award was granted at least six months prior to the date of Participant’s Retirement, then a pro rata portion of the Award shall become vested on the Vesting Date immediately following the date of Participant’s Retirement, with such portion determined by multiplying the Award by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of whole months that Participant was employed during the performance period and the denominator of which is the total number of months in the performance period. For purposes of this Agreement, “Retirement” means termination of employment for any reason other than cause on or after attaining age 55 and completing at least five (5) years of continuous service with the Company or any Affiliate; provided, however, that Participant shall be credited with continuous service only for periods during which Participant is regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week. For purposes of this Agreement, “cause” shall have the same meaning as reflected in any written employment agreement addressing Participant's employment or, in the absence of any written employment agreement, (i) a material breach or Participant's willful and substantial non-performance of Participant's assigned duties and responsibilities (other than as a result of incapacity due to physical or mental illness), (ii) a conviction of or no contest plea with respect to bribery, extortion, embezzlement, fraud, grand larceny, or any felony or similar conviction under local law involving abuse or misuse of Participant's position to seek or obtain an illegal or personal gain at the expense of the Company, the Employer or any Subsidiary, or similar crimes, or conspiracy to commit any such crimes or attempt to commit any such crimes, or (iii) Participant's violation of any policy of the Company, the Employer or any Subsidiary to which Participant may be subject or Participant's willful engagement in any misconduct in the performance of Participant's duties that materially injures the Company, the Employer or any Subsidiary.

 

Subject to such other terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, the Participant shall not be entitled to payment for any portion of the performance units subject to this Award until the Administrator determines the portion of the Award, if any, that has vested.]

 

(b)     Termination of Relationship. Unless otherwise provided in this Agreement or agreed to in writing by Participant and Company, if Participant ceases to be an employee of the Company or any Subsidiary at any time prior to the Vesting Date, for any reason other than Retirement, this Award shall terminate and the unvested portion of this Award shall be forfeited by Participant.

 

3.     General Provisions.

 

(a)     Employment or Other Relationship. This Agreement shall not confer on Participant any right with respect to continuance of employment or any other relationship by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, nor will it interfere in any way with the right of the Company to terminate such employment or relationship. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as creating an employment contract for any specified term between Participant and the Company or any Subsidiary.

 

(b)     Withholding Taxes. In order to permit the Company to comply with all applicable federal and state income tax laws or regulations, the Company may take such action as it deems appropriate to ensure that, if necessary, all withholding and employment-related taxes attributable to this Award are withheld from any amounts payable by the Company to the Participant. If the Company is unable to withhold such federal and state taxes, for whatever reason, the Participant hereby agrees to pay to the Company an amount equal to such withholding and employment-related taxes prior to the payment of the Award to the Participant by the Company.

 

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(c)     Nontransferability. The Award shall not be transferred, assigned or pledged in any manner by the Participant, in whole or in part.

 

(d)     2020 Equity Incentive Plan. The Award evidenced by this Agreement is granted pursuant to the Plan, a copy of which Plan has been made available to Participant and is hereby incorporated into this Agreement. This Agreement is subject to and in all respects limited and conditioned as provided in the Plan. The Plan governs this Agreement and, in the event of any questions as to the construction of this Agreement or in the event of a conflict between the Plan and this Agreement, the Plan shall govern, except as the Plan otherwise provides.

 

(e)     Scope of Agreement. This Agreement shall bind and inure to the benefit of the Company and its successors and assigns and Participant and any successor or successors of Participant permitted by this Agreement. This Award is expressly subject to all terms and conditions contained in the Plan and in this Agreement, and Participant’s failure to execute this Agreement shall not relieve Participant from complying with such terms and conditions.

 

(f)     Arbitration. Any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the alleged breach of it, or the making of this Agreement, including claims of fraud in the inducement, shall be discussed between the disputing parties in a good faith effort to arrive at a mutual settlement of any such controversy. If, notwithstanding, such dispute cannot be resolved, such dispute shall be settled by binding arbitration. Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The arbitrator shall be a retired state or federal judge or an attorney who has practiced securities or business litigation for at least ten (10) years. If the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator within twenty (20) days, any party may request that the chief judge of the District Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota, select an arbitrator. Arbitration will be conducted pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement, and the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association, unless such rules are inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement. Limited civil discovery shall be permitted for the production of documents and taking of depositions. Unresolved discovery disputes may be brought to the attention of the arbitrator who may dispose of such dispute. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award any remedy or relief that a court of this state could order or grant; provided, however, that punitive or exemplary damages shall not be awarded. The arbitrator may award to the prevailing party, if any, as determined by the arbitrator, all of its costs and fees, including the arbitrator’s fees, administrative fees, travel expenses, out-of-pocket expenses and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the place of any arbitration proceedings shall be Hennepin County, Minnesota.

 

(g)     Delay in Payment for Specified Employee. In the event this Award is subject to Code Section 409A and the Administrator determines that the Participant is a “specified employee” within the meaning of Code Section 409A, then any payment due to the Participant’s separation from service shall not be paid earlier than the first day of the seventh month immediately following such separation from service.

 

(h)     Right to Amend. The Company hereby reserves the right to amend this Agreement without Participant’s consent to the extent necessary or desirable to comply with the requirements of Code Section 409A and the regulations, notices and other guidance of general application issued thereunder.

 

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(i)     Section 280G.   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, to the extent that any of the payments and benefits provided for under this Agreement or any other agreement or arrangement between the Participant and the Company (collectively, the “Payments”) constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code and (ii) but for this Section 3(i), would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, then the Payments shall be payable either (i) in full or (ii) as to such lesser amount which would result in no portion of such Payments being subject to excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code; whichever of the foregoing amounts, taking into account the applicable federal, state and local income taxes and the excise tax imposed by Section 4999, results in the Participant’s receipt on an after-tax basis, of the greatest amount of economic benefits under this Agreement, notwithstanding that all or some portion of such benefits may be taxable under Section 4999 of the Code.  Unless the Participant and the Company otherwise agree in writing, any determination required under this Section 3(i) shall be made in writing by the Company’s independent public accountants (the “Accountants”), whose reasonable determination shall be conclusive and binding upon the Participant and the Company for all purposes.  For purposes of making the calculations required by this Section 3(i), the Accountants may make reasonable assumptions and approximations concerning applicable taxes and may rely on reasonable, good faith interpretations concerning the application of the Sections 280G and 4999 of the Code.  The Participant and the Company shall furnish to the Accountants such information and documents as the Accountants may reasonably request in order to make a determination under this Section 3(i). 

 

(j)     Governing Law. The validity, construction and effect of the Plan and the Agreement, and any rules and regulations relating to the Plan and the Agreement, shall be determined in accordance with the internal laws, and not the law of conflicts, of the State of Minnesota.

 

 

[Signature page follows.]

 

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ACCORDINGLY, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed on the day and year first above written. 

 

  BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION
   
   
   
 

 By                                                            

     Its                                                         

 

 

PARTICIPANT

 

 

 

By: ___________________________________ 

       Printed Name: [●]

 

 

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Exhibit 10.5

 

INCENTIVE STOCK OPTION AGREEMENT
(Performance Vesting)

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

2020 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

THIS AGREEMENT is made effective as of [●], by and between Bio-Techne Corporation, a Minnesota corporation (the “Company”), and [●] (“Participant”).

 

W I T N E S S E T H:

 

WHEREAS, Participant on the date hereof is a key employee or officer of the Company or one of its Subsidiaries; and

 

WHEREAS, the Company wishes to grant an incentive stock option to Participant to purchase shares of the Company's Common Stock pursuant to the Bio-Techne Corporation 2020 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”); and

 

WHEREAS, the Administrator of the Plan has authorized the grant of an incentive stock option to Participant and has determined that, as of the effective date of this Agreement, the fair market value of the Company's Common Stock is $[●] per share;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the mutual covenants herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:

 

1.     Grant of Option. The Company hereby grants to Participant on the date set forth above (the “Date of Grant”), the right and option (the “Option”) to purchase all or portions of an aggregate of [●] ([●]) shares of Common Stock at a per share price of $[●] on the terms and conditions set forth herein and subject to adjustment pursuant to Section 15 of the Plan. This Option is intended to be an incentive stock option within the meaning of Section 422, or any successor provision, of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and the regulations thereunder, to the extent permitted under Code Section 422(d). If the number of shares vesting for Participant in any single year exceeds the limit established by Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code for incentive stock option treatment, the Option shall be deemed an incentive stock option to the extent of the number of shares within the limit and a nonqualified stock option the extent of the number of shares that exceed the limit.

 

2.     Duration and Exercisability.

 

(a)     General. The term during which this Option may be exercised shall terminate on [●], except as otherwise provided in Sections 2(b) through 2(e) below. This Option shall vest and become exercisable, if at all, on the Vesting Date[s] (as hereinafter defined), subject to the Company’s achievement of the performance objectives during the performance period[s], as both are set forth in Exhibit A to this Agreement, provided that Participant remains employed by the Company on the applicable Vesting Date as set forth in Sections 2(b) through 2(e) of this Agreement. Performance for the period[s] shall be evaluated and determined by and in the sole discretion of the Administrator, and performance between the threshold and maximum levels specified on Exhibit A shall result in vesting in accordance with the scale determined by the Administrator and set forth on Exhibit A. The “Vesting Date[s]” for the Option shall be the later of [●] or the date on which the Administrator evaluates and certifies achievement of the performance criteria for the performance period[s], as set forth on Exhibit A. In the event that any portion of this Option does not vest and become exercisable, Participant’s right and option to purchase the number of shares relating to such unvested portion shall immediately terminate and be forfeited.

 

 

 

If and to the extent provided in an employment, change of control, severance or similar agreement executed by the Participant and the Company or by a determination by the Administrator, in each case pursuant and subject to Section 15 of the Plan, this Option may become fully-vested and exercisable in connection with a Change of Control as defined in Section 1(f) of the Plan.

 

Once the Option becomes exercisable with respect to any of the shares specified in Section 1, Participant may continue to exercise this Option with respect to such vested shares under the terms and conditions of this Agreement until the termination of the Option as provided herein. If Participant does not purchase upon an exercise of this Option the full number of shares which Participant is then entitled to purchase, Participant may purchase upon any subsequent exercise prior to this Option's termination such previously unpurchased shares in addition to those Participant is otherwise entitled to purchase.]

 

(b)     Termination of Employment (other than Disability, Death or Retirement). Unless otherwise agreed to in writing by Participant and the Company, if Participant ceases to be an employee of the Company or any Subsidiary during the term of this Option for any reason other than disability, death or Retirement (as defined in Section 2(e) of this Agreement), this Option shall completely terminate on the earlier of: (i) the close of business on the three-month anniversary date of such termination of employment; and (ii) the expiration date of this Option stated in Section 2(a) above. In such period following the termination of Participant's employment, this Option shall be exercisable only to the extent the Option was exercisable on the Vesting Date immediately preceding such termination of employment, but had not previously been exercised. To the extent this Option was not exercisable upon such termination of employment, all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited. If Participant does not exercise the Option within the time specified in this Section 2(b), all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited.

 

(c)     Disability. If Participant's employment terminates because of disability (as defined in Code Section 22(e), or any successor provision), this Option shall terminate on the earlier of: (i) the close of business on the one year anniversary of the date of such termination of employment; and (ii) the expiration date of this Option stated in Section 2(a) above. In such period following the termination of Participant's employment, this Option shall be exercisable only to the extent the Option was exercisable on the Vesting Date immediately preceding such termination of employment, but had not previously been exercised. To the extent this Option was not exercisable upon such termination of employment, all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited. If Participant does not exercise the Option within the time specified in this Section 2(c), all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited.

 

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(d)     Death. In the event of Participant's death, this Option shall terminate on the earlier of: (i) the close of business on the one year anniversary of the date of Participant's death; and (ii) the expiration date of this Option stated in Section 2(a) above. In such period following Participant's death, this Option may be exercised by the person or persons to whom Participant's rights under this Option shall have passed by Participant's will or by the laws of descent and distribution only to the extent the Option was exercisable on the Vesting Date immediately preceding the date of Participant's death, but had not previously been exercised. To the extent this Option was not exercisable on the date of Participant’s death, all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited. If such person or persons fail to exercise this Option within the time specified in this Section 2(d), all rights under this Option shall be forfeited.

 

(e)     Retirement. If Participant’s employment with the Company or any Affiliate terminates because of Retirement, this Option shall terminate on the expiration date of this Option stated in Section 2(a) above. In the event of Participant’s Retirement, a pro rata portion of the Option shall become vested on the Vesting Date immediately following the date of Participant’s Retirement, with such portion determined by multiplying the portion of the Option that would otherwise vest based on achievement of the performance objectives by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of whole months that Participant was employed during the performance period and the denominator of which is the total number of months in the performance period. If Participant does not exercise the Option within the time specified in this Section 2(e), all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited.

 

Solely for purposes of this Section 2(e), “Retirement” means termination of employment for any reason other than cause on or after attaining age 55 and completing at least five (5) years of continuous service with the Company or any Affiliate; provided, however, that Participant shall be credited with continuous service only for periods during which Participant is regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week. Notwithstanding anything in this Option Agreement to the contrary, if, pursuant to this Section 2(e), this Option is exercised after the expiration of the exercise periods that apply for purposes of Code Section 422, or any successor provision, this Option shall be thereafter treated as a nonqualified stock option. For purposes of this Option, “cause” shall have the same meaning as reflected in any written employment agreement addressing Participant's employment or, in the absence of any written employment agreement, the following: (i) habitual neglect of, or the willful or material failure to perform the duties of employment hereunder, as determined in good faith by the Company; (ii) embezzlement or any act of fraud; (iii) commission of acts that can be charged as a felony during employment; (iv) dishonesty in dealing between Participant and Company or between Participant and other employees of the Company; (v) use or misuse of any controlled substance, illegal or narcotic drug without a prescription; or use of alcohol in a manner, regardless of time or place, which either adversely affects Participant’s job performance or otherwise could reflect negatively on the public image of the Company; (vi) habitual absenteeism; or (vii) willfully acting in a manner materially adverse to the best interests of the Company.

 

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3.     Manner of Exercise.

 

(a)     General. The Option may be exercised only by Participant (or other proper party in the event of death or incapacity), subject to the conditions of the Plan and subject to such other administrative rules as the Administrator may deem advisable, by delivering within the option period written notice of exercise to the Company at its principal office. The notice shall state the number of shares as to which the Option is being exercised and shall be accompanied by payment in full of the option price for all shares designated in the notice. The exercise of the Option shall be deemed effective upon receipt of such notice by the Company and upon payment that complies with the terms of the Plan and this Agreement. The Option may be exercised with respect to any number or all of the shares as to which it can then be exercised and, if partially exercised, may be so exercised as to the unexercised shares any number of times during the option period as provided herein.

 

(b)     Form of Payment. Subject to approval by the Administrator, payment of the option price by Participant may be (i) in cash, or with a personal check or certified check, (ii) by the transfer from Participant to the Company of previously acquired shares of Common Stock, (iii) through the withholding of shares of Stock from the number of shares otherwise issuable upon the exercise of the Option (e.g., a net share settlement), (iv) through broker-assisted cashless exercise if such exercise complies with applicable securities laws and any insider trading policy of the Company, (v) such other form of payment as may be authorized by the Administrator, or (vi) by a combination thereof. In the event Participant elects to pay the exercise price in whole or in part with previously acquired shares of Common Stock or through a net share settlement, the Fair Market Value of the shares of Stock delivered or withheld shall equal the total exercise price for the shares being purchased in such manner. For purposes of this Agreement, “previously acquired shares of Common Stock” shall include shares of Common Stock that are already owned by Participant at the time of exercise.

 

(c)     Issuance of Shares. As soon as practicable after the effective exercise of all or any part of the Option, Participant shall be recorded on the stock transfer books of the Company as the owner of the shares purchased, less any shares withheld for payment of taxes as provided in Section 4(d) below, and the Company shall deliver to Participant one or more duly issued stock certificates or cause book entries to be made evidencing such ownership. All requisite original issue or transfer documentary stamp taxes shall be paid by the Company. Until the issuance of such shares, Participant shall not be entitled to vote the shares of Company Common Stock represented by the Option, shall not be entitled to receive dividends or distributions attributable to such shares of Company Common Stock, and shall not have any other rights as a shareholder with respect to such shares. No adjustment shall be made for dividends (ordinary or extraordinary, whether in cash, securities or other property), distributions or other rights for which the record date is prior to the date such shares are issued, except as provided in Section 15 of the Plan.

 

4.     General Provisions.

 

(a)     Employment or Other Relationship. This Agreement shall not confer on Participant any right with respect to the continuance of employment or any other relationship with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, nor will it interfere in any way with the right of the Company to terminate such employment or relationship. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as creating an employment contract for any specified term between Participant and the Company or any Subsidiary.

 

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(b)     Securities Law Compliance. The exercise of all or any parts of this Option shall be effective only at such time as counsel to the Company shall have determined that the issuance and delivery of Common Stock pursuant to such exercise will not violate any state or federal securities or other laws. Participant may be required by the Company, as a condition of the effectiveness of any exercise of this Option, to agree in writing that all Common Stock to be acquired pursuant to such exercise will be held until such time that the shares are registered or otherwise freely tradeable under applicable state and federal securities laws, for Participant’s own account without a view to any further distribution thereof, and that the certificate(s) for such shares will bear an appropriate legend to that effect and that such shares will not be transferred or disposed of except in compliance with applicable state and federal securities laws.

 

(c)     Shares Reserved. The Company shall at all times during the term of this Agreement reserve and keep available such number of shares as will be sufficient to satisfy the requirements of this Agreement.

 

(d)     Withholding Taxes. In order to permit the Company to comply with all applicable federal and state income tax laws or regulations, the Company may take such action as it deems appropriate to ensure that, if necessary, all withholding and employment-related taxes attributable to this Option are withheld from any amounts payable by the Company to the Participant. If the Company is unable to withhold such federal and state taxes, for whatever reason, the Participant hereby agrees to pay to the Company an amount equal to such withholding and employment-related taxes prior to the date the Company’s withholding obligation arises. Subject to such rules as the Administrator may adopt, the Administrator may, in its sole discretion, permit Participant to satisfy such withholding tax obligations, in whole or in part, (i) by delivering shares of Company Common Stock, or (ii) by electing to have the Company withhold shares of Company Common Stock otherwise issuable to Participant upon exercise of the Option. In either case, such shares shall have a Fair Market Value, as of the date the amount of tax to be withheld is determined under applicable tax law, equal to such tax withholding, including payroll taxes, applicable to the supplemental income attributable to this Option. The Participant’s election to deliver shares or to have shares withheld for this purpose shall be made on or before the date that the amount of such tax withholding is determined under applicable tax law. Such election shall be approved by the Administrator and otherwise comply with such rules as the Administrator may adopt to assure compliance with Rule 16b-3 or any successor provision, as then in effect, of the General Rules and Regulations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, if applicable.

 

(e)     Nontransferability. During the lifetime of Participant, the accrued Option shall be exercisable only by Participant or by the Participant's guardian or other legal representative. The Option shall not be assignable or transferable by Participant, in whole or in part, other than by will or by the laws of descent and distribution.

 

(f)     2020 Equity Incentive Plan. The Option evidenced by this Agreement is granted pursuant to the Plan, a copy of which Plan has been made available to Participant and is hereby incorporated into this Agreement. This Agreement is subject to and in all respects limited and conditioned as provided in the Plan. All defined terms of the Plan shall have the same meaning when used in this Agreement. The Plan governs this Option and, in the event of any questions as to the construction of this Agreement or in the event of a conflict between the Plan and this Agreement, the Plan shall govern, except as the Plan otherwise provides.

 

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(g)     Lockup Period Limitation. Participant agrees that in the event the Company advises Participant that it plans an underwritten public offering of its Common Stock in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and that the underwriter(s) seek to impose restrictions under which Participant may not sell or contract to sell or grant any option to buy or otherwise dispose of part or all of this Option or the Company Common Stock underlying this Option, Participant hereby agrees that for a period not to exceed 180 days from the effective date of the prospectus relating to such offering Participant will not sell or contract to sell or grant an option to buy or otherwise dispose of this Option or any of the underlying shares of Company Common Stock without the prior written consent of the underwriter(s) or its representative(s).

 

(h)     Stock Legend. The Administrator may require that the certificates or book entries for any shares of Company Common Stock purchased by Participant (or, in the case of death, Participant's successors) bear an appropriate legend and stop transfer order to reflect the restrictions of Section 4(b) and Sections 4(f) through 4(g) of this Agreement; provided, however, that failure to so endorse any of such certificates or book entries shall not render invalid or inapplicable Section 4(b) or Sections 4(f) through 4(g).

 

(i)     Scope of Agreement. This Agreement shall bind and inure to the benefit of the Company and its successors and assigns and Participant and any successor(s) of Participant permitted by Section 2 or Section 4(e) above. This Option is expressly subject to all terms and conditions contained in the Plan and in this Agreement, and Participant’s failure to execute this Agreement shall not relieve Participant from complying with such terms and conditions.

 

(j)     Arbitration. Any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the alleged breach of it, or the making of this Agreement, including claims of fraud in the inducement, shall be discussed between the disputing parties in a good faith effort to arrive at a mutual settlement of any such controversy. If, notwithstanding, such dispute cannot be resolved, such dispute shall be settled by binding arbitration. Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The arbitrator shall be a retired state or federal judge or an attorney who has practiced securities or business litigation for at least ten (10) years. If the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator within twenty (20) days, any party may request that the chief judge of the District Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota, select an arbitrator. Arbitration will be conducted pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement, and the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association, unless such rules are inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement. Limited civil discovery shall be permitted for the production of documents and taking of depositions. Unresolved discovery disputes may be brought to the attention of the arbitrator who may dispose of such dispute. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award any remedy or relief that a court of this state could order or grant; provided, however, that punitive or exemplary damages shall not be awarded. The arbitrator may award to the prevailing party, if any, as determined by the arbitrator, all of its costs and fees, including the arbitrator’s fees, administrative fees, travel expenses, out-of-pocket expenses and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the place of any arbitration proceedings shall be Hennepin County, Minnesota.

 

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(k)     Delay in Payment for Specified Employee. In the event this Option is subject to Code Section 409A and the Administrator determines that the Participant is a “specified employee” within the meaning of Code Section 409A, then any payment due to the Participant’s separation from service shall not be paid earlier than the first day of the seventh month immediately following such separation from service.

 

(l)     Right to Amend. The Company hereby reserves the right to amend this Agreement without Participant’s consent to the extent necessary or desirable to comply with the requirements of Code Section 409A and the regulations, notices and other guidance of general application issued thereunder.

 

(m)     Section 280G.   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, to the extent that any of the payments and benefits provided for under this Agreement or any other agreement or arrangement between the Participant and the Company (collectively, the “Payments”) constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code and (ii) but for this Section 4(m), would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, then the Payments shall be payable either (i) in full or (ii) as to such lesser amount which would result in no portion of such Payments being subject to excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code; whichever of the foregoing amounts, taking into account the applicable federal, state and local income taxes and the excise tax imposed by Section 4999, results in the Participant’s receipt on an after-tax basis, of the greatest amount of economic benefits under this Agreement, notwithstanding that all or some portion of such benefits may be taxable under Section 4999 of the Code.  Unless the Participant and the Company otherwise agree in writing, any determination required under this Section 4(m) shall be made in writing by the Company’s independent public accountants (the “Accountants”), whose reasonable determination shall be conclusive and binding upon the Participant and the Company for all purposes.  For purposes of making the calculations required by this Section 4(m), the Accountants may make reasonable assumptions and approximations concerning applicable taxes and may rely on reasonable, good faith interpretations concerning the application of the Sections 280G and 4999 of the Code.  The Participant and the Company shall furnish to the Accountants such information and documents as the Accountants may reasonably request in order to make a determination under this Section 4(m).

 

(n)     Governing Law. The validity, construction and effect of the Plan and the Agreement, and any rules and regulations relating to the Plan and the Agreement, shall be determined in accordance with the internal laws, and not the law of conflicts, of the State of Minnesota.

 

[Signature page follows.]

 

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ACCORDINGLY, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed on the day and year first above written.

 

  BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION
   
   
   
 

By                                                             

     Its                                                         

 

 

PARTICIPANT

 

 

 

By: ___________________________________ 

       Printed Name: [●]

 

 

 

 

[Signature Page to Incentive Stock Option Agreement]

 

 

Exhibit 10.6

 

RESTRICTED STOCK AWARD AGREEMENT
(PERFORMANCE VESTING)

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

2020 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

THIS AGREEMENT is made effective as of [●], by and between Bio-Techne Corporation, a Minnesota corporation (the “Company”), and [●] (“Participant”).

 

W I T N E S S E T H:

 

WHEREAS, Participant on the date hereof is a key employee, officer, director of or consultant or advisor to the Company or one of its Subsidiaries; and

 

WHEREAS, the Company wishes to grant a restricted stock award to Participant for shares of Company Common Stock pursuant to the Bio-Techne Corporation 2020 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”); and

 

WHEREAS, the Administrator of the Plan has authorized the grant of a restricted stock award to Participant;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the mutual covenants herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:

 

1.     Grant of Restricted Stock Award. The Company hereby grants to the Participant on the date set forth above a restricted stock award (the “Award”) for [●] ([●]) shares of Company Common Stock (the “Shares”) on the terms and conditions set forth herein and subject to adjustment pursuant to Section 15 of the Plan. The Company shall cause to be issued such Shares in the Participant’s name, and shall hold such Shares until such time as the risks of forfeiture set forth in this Agreement have lapsed. The Company may also place transfer restrictions on such Shares describing the risks of forfeiture and other transfer restrictions set forth in this Agreement providing for the cancellation of such Shares if they are forfeited as provided in Section 2 below. Subject to the foregoing restrictions on transfer and the terms and conditions of the Plan, the Participant shall have all the rights of a stockholder with respect to the Shares during the period in which the Shares are subject to risk of forfeiture, including without limitation, the right to vote such shares and receive all dividends attributable to such shares.

 

2.     Lapse of Risks of Forfeiture for Restricted Stock; Termination of Relationship.

 

(a)     General. The risks of forfeiture for the Shares subject to this Award shall lapse, if at all, on the Vesting Date[s] (as hereinafter defined), subject to the Company’s achievement of the performance objectives during the performance period[s], as both are set forth in Exhibit A to this Agreement, provided that Participant remains employed by the Company on the Vesting Date[s] as set forth in Section 2(b) of this Agreement. Performance for the period[s] shall be evaluated and determined by and in the sole discretion of the Administrator, and performance between the threshold and maximum levels specified on Exhibit A shall result in vesting in accordance with the scale determined by the Administrator and set forth on Exhibit A. The “Vesting Date[s]” for the Award shall be the later of [●] or the date on which the Administrator evaluates and certifies achievement of the performance criteria for the performance period[s], as set forth on Exhibit A. In the event the risks of forfeiture do not lapse with respect to all or any portion of the Award on the Vesting Date[s] pursuant to the performance objectives set forth on Exhibit A, the unvested portion of the Award shall terminate on such date and all Shares subject to such portion Award shall be forfeited.

 

 

 

If and to the extent provided in an employment, change of control, severance or similar agreement executed by the Participant and the Company or by a determination by the Administrator, in each case pursuant and subject to Section 15 of the Plan, this Award may become fully-vested and exercisable in connection with a Change of Control as defined in Section 1(f) of the Plan. 

 

Further, in the event of Participant’s Retirement, a pro rata portion of the Shares subject to this Award shall become vested on the Vesting Date immediately following the date of Participant’s Retirement, with such portion determined by multiplying the Shares subject to this Award by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of whole months that Participant was employed during the performance period and the denominator of which is the total number of months in the performance period. For purposes of this Agreement, “Retirement” means termination of employment for any reason other than for cause on or after attaining age 55 and completing at least five (5) years of continuous service with the Company or any Affiliate; provided, however, that Participant shall be credited with continuous service only for periods during which Participant is regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week. Further, “cause” shall have the same meaning as reflected in any written employment agreement addressing Participant's employment or, in the absence of any written employment agreement, (i) a material breach or Participant's willful and substantial non-performance of Participant's assigned duties and responsibilities (other than as a result of incapacity due to physical or mental illness), (ii) a conviction of or no contest plea with respect to bribery, extortion, embezzlement, fraud, grand larceny, or any felony or similar conviction under local law involving abuse or misuse of Participant's position to seek or obtain an illegal or personal gain at the expense of the Company, the Employer or any Subsidiary, or similar crimes, or conspiracy to commit any such crimes or attempt to commit any such crimes, or (iii) Participant's violation of any policy of the Company, the Employer or any Subsidiary to which Participant may be subject or Participant's willful engagement in any misconduct in the performance of Participant's duties that materially injures the Company, the Employer or any Subsidiary.

 

Subject to such other terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, the Participant shall not be entitled to the removal of transfer restrictions on the Shares until the Administrator determines the number of Shares, if any, which have vested and for which risks of forfeiture have lapsed.

 

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(b)     Termination of Relationship. Unless otherwise provided in this Agreement or agreed to in writing by Participant and Company, if Participant ceases to be an employee of the Company or any Subsidiary at any time prior to any Vesting Date, for any reason other than the Participant’s Retirement, the Participant shall forfeit all Shares subject to this Award which, as of the termination date, have not yet vested and for which the risks of forfeiture have not lapsed.

 

3.     [TO BE USED IN AGREEMENTS WITH EXECUTIVE OFFICERS: Holding Requirement. Notwithstanding anything in the Plan or this Agreement to the contrary, Participant shall be required to hold 50% of the Net Shares received through this Award until Participant satisfies the stock ownership guidelines established by the Company. Once Participant satisfies such stock ownership guidelines, Participant shall be required to hold 50% of the Net Shares until the earlier of one year after the Vesting Date relating to such Net Shares or the Participant’s termination of service. “Net Shares” are those Shares received pursuant to this Award upon a Vesting Date, net of any shares withheld for withholding taxes.

 

**OR**

 

Intentionally omitted.]

 

4.     General Provisions.

 

(a)     Employment or Other Relationship. This Agreement shall not confer on Participant any right with respect to continuance of employment or any other relationship with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, nor will it interfere in any way with the right of the Company to terminate such employment or relationship. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as creating an employment contract for any specified term between Participant and the Company or any Subsidiary.

 

(b)     Shares Reserved. The Company shall at all times during the term of this Agreement reserve and keep available such number of shares as will be sufficient to satisfy the requirements of this Agreement.

 

(c)     Withholding Taxes. In order to permit the Company to comply with all applicable federal and state income tax laws or regulations, the Company may take such action as it deems appropriate to ensure that, if necessary, all withholding and employment-related taxes attributable to this Award are withheld from any amounts payable by the Company to the Participant. If the Company is unable to withhold such federal and state taxes, for whatever reason, the Participant hereby agrees to pay to the Company an amount equal to such withholding and employment-related taxes prior to the issuance of any shares of Company Common Stock subject to this Award. Subject to such rules as the Administrator may adopt, the Administrator may, in its sole discretion, permit Participant to satisfy such withholding tax obligations, in whole or in part, (i) by delivering shares of Company Common Stock, or (ii) by electing to have the Company withhold shares of Company Common Stock otherwise issuable to Participant upon the grant of this Award. In either case, such shares shall have a Fair Market Value, as of the date the amount of tax to be withheld is determined under applicable tax law, equal to such tax withholding, including payroll taxes, which are applicable to the supplemental income attributable to this Award. The Participant’s election to deliver shares or to have shares withheld for this purpose shall be made on or before the date that the amount of such tax withholding is determined under applicable tax law. Such election shall be approved by the Administrator and otherwise comply with such rules as the Administrator may adopt to assure compliance with Rule 16b-3, or any successor provision, as then in effect, of the General Rules and Regulations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, if applicable.

 

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(d)     Nontransferability. For so long as the shares of Company Common Stock underlying this Award remain subject to risks of forfeiture, such shares shall not be transferred, assigned or pledged in any manner by the Participant, in whole or in part.

 

(e)     2020 Equity Incentive Plan. The Award evidenced by this Agreement is granted pursuant to the Plan, a copy of which Plan has been made available to Participant and is hereby incorporated into this Agreement. This Agreement is subject to and in all respects limited and conditioned as provided in the Plan. The Plan governs this Agreement and, in the event of any questions as to the construction of this Agreement or in the event of a conflict between the Plan and this Agreement, the Plan shall govern, except as the Plan otherwise provides.

 

(f)     Lockup Period Limitation. Participant agrees that in the event the Company advises Participant that it plans an underwritten public offering of its Common Stock in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and that the underwriter(s) seek to impose restrictions under which Participant may not sell or contract to sell or grant any option to buy or otherwise dispose of part or all of the Company Common Stock underlying this Award, Participant hereby agrees that for a period not to exceed 180 days from the effective date of the prospectus relating to such offering, Participant will not sell or contract to sell or grant an option to buy or otherwise dispose of the Company Common Stock underlying this Award without the prior written consent of the underwriter(s) or its representative(s).

 

(g)     Stock Legend. The Administrator may require that the certificates or book entries for any shares of Company Common Stock issued to Participant pursuant to this Award bear an appropriate legend and stop transfer order to reflect the restrictions of Section 4(e) and Section 4(f) of this Agreement; provided, however, that failure to so endorse any of such certificates or book entries shall not render invalid or inapplicable Section 4(e) and Section 4(f).

 

(h)     Scope of Agreement. This Agreement shall bind and inure to the benefit of the Company and its successors and assigns and Participant and any successor or successors of Participant permitted by this Agreement. This Award is expressly subject to all terms and conditions contained in the Plan and in this Agreement, and Participant’s failure to execute this Agreement shall not relieve Participant from complying with such terms and conditions.

 

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(i)     Arbitration. Any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the alleged breach of it, or the making of this Agreement, including claims of fraud in the inducement, shall be discussed between the disputing parties in a good faith effort to arrive at a mutual settlement of any such controversy. If, notwithstanding, such dispute cannot be resolved, such dispute shall be settled by binding arbitration. Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The arbitrator shall be a retired state or federal judge or an attorney who has practiced securities or business litigation for at least ten (10) years. If the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator within twenty (20) days, any party may request that the chief judge of the District Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota, select an arbitrator. Arbitration will be conducted pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement, and the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association, unless such rules are inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement. Limited civil discovery shall be permitted for the production of documents and taking of depositions. Unresolved discovery disputes may be brought to the attention of the arbitrator who may dispose of such dispute. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award any remedy or relief that a court of this state could order or grant; provided, however, that punitive or exemplary damages shall not be awarded. The arbitrator may award to the prevailing party, if any, as determined by the arbitrator, all of its costs and fees, including the arbitrator’s fees, administrative fees, travel expenses, out-of-pocket expenses and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the place of any arbitration proceedings shall be Hennepin County, Minnesota.

 

(j)     Delay in Payment for Specified Employee. In the event this Award is subject to Code Section 409A and the Administrator determines that the Participant is a “specified employee” within the meaning of Code Section 409A, then any payment due to the Participant’s separation from service shall not be paid earlier than the first day of the seventh month immediately following such separation from service.

 

(k)     Right to Amend. The Company hereby reserves the right to amend this Agreement without Participant’s consent to the extent necessary or desirable to comply with the requirements of Code Section 409A and the regulations, notices and other guidance of general application issued thereunder.

 

(l)     Section 280G.   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, to the extent that any of the payments and benefits provided for under this Agreement or any other agreement or arrangement between the Participant and the Company (collectively, the “Payments”) constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code and (ii) but for this Section 4(l), would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, then the Payments shall be payable either (i) in full or (ii) as to such lesser amount which would result in no portion of such Payments being subject to excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code; whichever of the foregoing amounts, taking into account the applicable federal, state and local income taxes and the excise tax imposed by Section 4999, results in the Participant’s receipt on an after-tax basis, of the greatest amount of economic benefits under this Agreement, notwithstanding that all or some portion of such benefits may be taxable under Section 4999 of the Code.  Unless the Participant and the Company otherwise agree in writing, any determination required under this Section 4(l) shall be made in writing by the Company’s independent public accountants (the “Accountants”), whose reasonable determination shall be conclusive and binding upon the Participant and the Company for all purposes.  For purposes of making the calculations required by this Section 4(l), the Accountants may make reasonable assumptions and approximations concerning applicable taxes and may rely on reasonable, good faith interpretations concerning the application of the Sections 280G and 4999 of the Code.  The Participant and the Company shall furnish to the Accountants such information and documents as the Accountants may reasonably request in order to make a determination under this Section 4(l).

 

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(m)     Governing Law. The validity, construction and effect of the Plan and the Agreement, and any rules and regulations relating to the Plan and the Agreement, shall be determined in accordance with the internal laws, and not the law of conflicts, of the State of Minnesota. 

 

 

[Signature page follows.]

 

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ACCORDINGLY, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed on the day and year first above written. 

 

  BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION
   
   
   
 

By                                                             

     Its                                                         

 

 

PARTICIPANT

 

 

 

By: ___________________________________ 

       Printed Name: [●]

 

 

Exhibit 10.7

 

RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AGREEMENT
(Performance Vesting)

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

2020 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

THIS AGREEMENT is made effective as of [●], by and between Bio-Techne Corporation, a Minnesota corporation (the “Company”), and [●] (“Participant”).

 

W I T N E S S E T H:

 

WHEREAS, Participant on the date hereof is a key employee, officer, director of or consultant or advisor to the Company or one of its Subsidiaries; and

 

WHEREAS, the Company wishes to grant a restricted stock unit award to Participant for shares of Company Common Stock pursuant to the Bio-Techne Corporation 2020 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”); and

 

WHEREAS, the Administrator of the Plan has authorized the grant of a restricted stock unit award to Participant;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the mutual covenants herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:

 

1.     Grant of Restricted Stock Unit Award. The Company hereby grants to Participant on the date set forth above a restricted stock unit award for [●] ([●]) restricted stock units (the “Award”) on the terms and conditions set forth herein and subject to adjustment pursuant to Section 15 of the Plan. Each restricted stock unit shall entitle the Participant to receive one share of Company Common Stock.

 

2.     Vesting of Restricted Stock Units; Termination of Relationship.

 

(a)     Vesting. Vesting of the Award shall occur, if at all, on the Vesting Date[s] (as hereinafter defined), subject to the Company’s achievement of the performance objectives during the performance period[s], as both are set forth in Exhibit A to this Agreement, provided that Participant remains employed by the Company on the Vesting Date[s] as set forth in Section 2(b) of this Agreement. Performance for the period[s] shall be evaluated and determined by and in the sole discretion of the Administrator, and performance between the threshold and maximum levels specified on Exhibit A shall result in vesting in accordance with the scale determined by the Administrator and set forth on Exhibit A. The “Vesting Date[s]” for the Award shall be the later of [●] or the date on which the Administrator evaluates and certifies achievement of the performance criteria for the performance period[s], as set forth on Exhibit A. In the event all or any portion of the Award does not vest on the Vesting Date[s] pursuant to the performance objectives set forth on Exhibit A, the unvested portion of the Award shall terminate on such date and all restricted stock units subject to such portion Award shall be forfeited.

 

 

 

If and to the extent provided in an employment, change of control, severance or similar agreement executed by the Participant and the Company or by a determination by the Administrator, in each case pursuant and subject to Section 15 of the Plan, this Award may become fully-vested and exercisable in connection with a Change of Control as defined in Section 1(f) of the Plan. Further, in the event of Participant’s Retirement a pro rata portion of this Award shall become vested on the Vesting Date immediately following the date of Participant’s Retirement, with such portion determined by multiplying the Award by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of whole months that Participant was employed during the performance period and the denominator of which is the total number of months in the performance period.

 

For purposes of this Agreement, “Retirement” means termination of employment for any reason other than cause on or after attaining age 55 and completing at least five (5) years of continuous service with the Company or any Affiliate; provided, however, that Participant shall be credited with continuous service only for periods during which Participant is regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week. Further, “cause” shall have the same meaning as reflected in any written employment agreement addressing Participant's employment or, in the absence of any written employment agreement, (i) a material breach or Participant's willful and substantial non-performance of Participant's assigned duties and responsibilities (other than as a result of incapacity due to physical or mental illness), (ii) a conviction of or no contest plea with respect to bribery, extortion, embezzlement, fraud, grand larceny, or any felony or similar conviction under local law involving abuse or misuse of Participant's position to seek or obtain an illegal or personal gain at the expense of the Company, the Employer or any Subsidiary, or similar crimes, or conspiracy to commit any such crimes or attempt to commit any such crimes, or (iii) Participant's violation of any policy of the Company, the Employer or any Subsidiary to which Participant may be subject or Participant's willful engagement in any misconduct in the performance of Participant's duties that materially injures the Company, the Employer or any Subsidiary.

 

Subject to such other terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, the Participant shall not be entitled to the issuance of shares of stock for any portion of the restricted stock units subject to this Award until the Administrator determines the number of restricted stock units, if any, which have vested.

 

(b)     Termination of Relationship. Unless otherwise provided in this Agreement or agreed to in writing by Participant and Company, if Participant ceases to be an employee of the Company or any Subsidiary at any time prior to any Vesting Date, for any reason, including the Participant’s voluntary resignation, the Participant shall forfeit all shares subject to this Award which, as of the termination date, have not yet vested.

 

3.     Issuance of Shares. As soon as practicable after each Vesting Date, Participant shall be recorded on the stock transfer books of the Company as the owner of shares representing the respective number of shares of Company Common Stock set forth in Section 2(a) of this Agreement, less any shares withheld for payment of taxes as provided in Section 5(d) below, and the Company shall deliver to Participant one or more duly issued stock certificates or cause book entries to be made evidencing such ownership. All requisite original issue or transfer documentary stamp taxes shall be paid by the Company. Until the issuance of such shares, Participant shall not be entitled to vote the shares of Company Common Stock represented by such restricted stock units, shall not be entitled to receive dividends or distributions attributable to such shares of Company Common Stock, and shall not have any other rights as a shareholder with respect to such shares. No adjustment shall be made for dividends (ordinary or extraordinary, whether in cash, securities or other property), distributions or other rights for which the record date is prior to the date such shares are issued, except as provided in Section 15 of the Plan.

 

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4.     [TO BE USED IN AGREEMENTS WITH EXECUTIVE OFFICERS: Holding Requirement. Notwithstanding anything in the Plan or this Agreement to the contrary, Participant shall be required to hold 50% of the Net Shares received through this Award until Participant satisfies the stock ownership guidelines established by the Company. Once Participant satisfies such stock ownership guidelines, Participant shall be required to hold 50% of the Net Shares until the earlier of one year after the Vesting Date relating to such Net Shares or the Participant’s termination of service. “Net Shares” are those shares received pursuant to this Award upon a Vesting Date, net of any shares withheld for withholding taxes.

 

**OR**

 

Intentionally omitted.]

 

5.     General Provisions.

 

(a)     Employment or Other Relationship. This Agreement shall not confer on Participant any right with respect to continuance of employment or any other relationship with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, nor will it interfere in any way with the right of the Company to terminate such employment or relationship. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as creating an employment contract for any specified term between Participant and the Company or any Subsidiary.

 

(b)     Securities Law Compliance. The issuance of shares upon vesting of this Award shall be effective only at such time as counsel to the Company shall have determined that such issuance will not violate any state or federal securities or other laws. Participant may be required by the Company, as a condition of the issuance of shares, to agree in writing that such shares will be held until such time that the shares are registered or otherwise freely tradeable under applicable state and federal securities laws, for Participant’s own account without a view to any further distribution thereof, and that the certificate(s) for such shares will bear an appropriate legend to that effect and that such shares will not be transferred or disposed of except in compliance with applicable state and federal securities laws.

 

(c)     Shares Reserved. The Company shall at all times during the term of this Agreement reserve and keep available such number of shares as will be sufficient to satisfy the requirements of this Agreement.

 

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(d)     Withholding Taxes. In order to permit the Company to comply with all applicable federal and state income tax laws or regulations, the Company may take such action as it deems appropriate to ensure that, if necessary, all withholding and employment-related taxes attributable to this Award are withheld from any amounts payable by the Company to the Participant. If the Company is unable to withhold such federal and state taxes, for whatever reason, the Participant hereby agrees to pay to the Company an amount equal to such withholding and employment-related taxes prior to the issuance of any shares of Company Common Stock subject to this Award. Subject to such rules as the Administrator may adopt, the Administrator may, in its sole discretion, permit Participant to satisfy such withholding tax obligations, in whole or in part, (i) by delivering shares of Company Common Stock, or (ii) by electing to have the Company withhold shares of Company Common Stock otherwise issuable to Participant upon vesting of this Award. In either case, such shares shall have a Fair Market Value, as of the date the amount of tax to be withheld is determined under applicable tax law, equal to such tax withholding, including payroll taxes, applicable to the supplemental income attributable to this Option. The Participant’s election to deliver shares or to have shares withheld for this purpose shall be made on or before the date that the amount of such tax withholding is determined under applicable tax law. Such election shall be approved by the Administrator and otherwise comply with such rules as the Administrator may adopt to assure compliance with Rule 16b-3, or any successor provision, as then in effect, of the General Rules and Regulations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, if applicable.

 

(e)     Nontransferability. For so long as the shares of Company Common Stock underlying this Award remain unvested, such shares shall not be transferred, assigned or pledged in any manner by the Participant, in whole or in part.

 

(f)     2020 Equity Incentive Plan. The Award evidenced by this Agreement is granted pursuant to the Plan, a copy of which Plan has been made available to Participant and is hereby incorporated into this Agreement. This Agreement is subject to and in all respects limited and conditioned as provided in the Plan. The Plan governs this Agreement and, in the event of any questions as to the construction of this Agreement or in the event of a conflict between the Plan and this Agreement, the Plan shall govern, except as the Plan otherwise provides.

 

(g)     Lockup Period Limitation. Participant agrees that in the event the Company advises Participant that it plans an underwritten public offering of its Common Stock in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and that the underwriter(s) seek to impose restrictions under which Participant may not sell or contract to sell or grant any option to buy or otherwise dispose of part or all of the Company Common Stock underlying this Award, Participant hereby agrees that for a period not to exceed 180 days from the effective date of the prospectus relating to such offering, Participant will not sell or contract to sell or grant an option to buy or otherwise dispose of the Company Common Stock underlying this Award without the prior written consent of the underwriter(s) or its representative(s).

 

(h)     Stock Legend. The Administrator may require that the certificates or book entries for any shares of Company Common Stock issued to Participant pursuant to this Award bear an appropriate legend and stop transfer order to reflect the restrictions of Section 5(b) and Sections 5(f) through 5(g) of this Agreement; provided, however, that failure to so endorse any of such certificates or book entries shall not render invalid or inapplicable Section 5(b) or Sections 5(f) through 5(g).

 

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(i)     Scope of Agreement. This Agreement shall bind and inure to the benefit of the Company and its successors and assigns and Participant and any successor or successors of Participant permitted by this Agreement. This Award is expressly subject to all terms and conditions contained in the Plan and in this Agreement, and Participant’s failure to execute this Agreement shall not relieve Participant from complying with such terms and conditions.

 

(j)     Arbitration. Any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the alleged breach of it, or the making of this Agreement, including claims of fraud in the inducement, shall be discussed between the disputing parties in a good faith effort to arrive at a mutual settlement of any such controversy. If, notwithstanding, such dispute cannot be resolved, such dispute shall be settled by binding arbitration. Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The arbitrator shall be a retired state or federal judge or an attorney who has practiced securities or business litigation for at least ten (10) years. If the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator within twenty (20) days, any party may request that the chief judge of the District Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota, select an arbitrator. Arbitration will be conducted pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement, and the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association, unless such rules are inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement. Limited civil discovery shall be permitted for the production of documents and taking of depositions. Unresolved discovery disputes may be brought to the attention of the arbitrator who may dispose of such dispute. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award any remedy or relief that a court of this state could order or grant; provided, however, that punitive or exemplary damages shall not be awarded. The arbitrator may award to the prevailing party, if any, as determined by the arbitrator, all of its costs and fees, including the arbitrator’s fees, administrative fees, travel expenses, out-of-pocket expenses and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the place of any arbitration proceedings shall be Hennepin County, Minnesota.

 

(k)     Delay in Payment for Specified Employee. In the event this Award is subject to Code Section 409A and the Administrator determines that the Participant is a “specified employee” within the meaning of Code Section 409A, then any payment due to the Participant’s separation from service shall not be paid earlier than the first day of the seventh month immediately following such separation from service.

 

(l)     Right to Amend. The Company hereby reserves the right to amend this Agreement without Participant’s consent to the extent necessary or desirable to comply with the requirements of Code Section 409A and the regulations, notices and other guidance of general application issued thereunder.

 

(m)     Section 280G.   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, to the extent that any of the payments and benefits provided for under this Agreement or any other agreement or arrangement between the Participant and the Company (collectively, the “Payments”) constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code and (ii) but for this Section 5(m), would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, then the Payments shall be payable either (i) in full or (ii) as to such lesser amount which would result in no portion of such Payments being subject to excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code; whichever of the foregoing amounts, taking into account the applicable federal, state and local income taxes and the excise tax imposed by Section 4999, results in the Participant’s receipt on an after-tax basis, of the greatest amount of economic benefits under this Agreement, notwithstanding that all or some portion of such benefits may be taxable under Section 4999 of the Code.  Unless the Participant and the Company otherwise agree in writing, any determination required under this Section 5(m) shall be made in writing by the Company’s independent public accountants (the “Accountants”), whose reasonable determination shall be conclusive and binding upon the Participant and the Company for all purposes.  For purposes of making the calculations required by this Section 5(m), the Accountants may make reasonable assumptions and approximations concerning applicable taxes and may rely on reasonable, good faith interpretations concerning the application of the Sections 280G and 4999 of the Code.  The Participant and the Company shall furnish to the Accountants such information and documents as the Accountants may reasonably request in order to make a determination under this Section 5(m).

 

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(n)     Governing Law.  The validity, construction and effect of the Plan and the Agreement, and any rules and regulations relating to the Plan and the Agreement, shall be determined in accordance with the internal laws, and not the law of conflicts, of the State of Minnesota.

 

[Signature page follows.]

 

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ACCORDINGLY, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed on the day and year first above written. 

 

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

   
   
   
 

By                                                              

     Its                                                          

 

 

PARTICIPANT

 

 

 

By: ___________________________________ 

       Printed Name: [●]

 

 

[Signature Page to Restricted Stock Unit Agreement]

 

Exhibit 10.8

INCENTIVE STOCK OPTION AGREEMENT
(TIME VESTING)

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

2020 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

THIS AGREEMENT is made effective as of [●], by and between Bio-Techne Corporation, a Minnesota corporation (the “Company”), and [●] (“Participant”).

 

W I T N E S S E T H:

 

WHEREAS, Participant on the date hereof is a key employee or officer of the Company or one of its Subsidiaries; and

 

WHEREAS, the Company wishes to grant an incentive stock option to Participant to purchase shares of the Company's Common Stock pursuant to the Bio-Techne Corporation 2020 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”); and

 

WHEREAS, the Administrator of the Plan has authorized the grant of an incentive stock option to Participant and has determined that, as of the effective date of this Agreement, the fair market value of the Company's Common Stock is $[●] per share;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the mutual covenants herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:

 

1.     Grant of Option. The Company hereby grants to Participant on the date set forth above (the “Date of Grant”), the right and option (the “Option”) to purchase all or portions of an aggregate of [●] ([●]) shares of Common Stock at a per share price of $[●] on the terms and conditions set forth herein and subject to adjustment pursuant to Section 15 of the Plan. This Option is intended to be an incentive stock option within the meaning of Section 422, or any successor provision, of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and the regulations thereunder, to the extent permitted under Code Section 422(d). If the number of shares vesting for Participant in any single year exceeds the limit established by Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code for incentive stock option treatment, the Option shall be deemed an incentive stock option to the extent of the number of shares within the limit and a nonqualified stock option the extent of the number of shares that exceed the limit.

 

2.     Duration and Exercisability.

 

(a)     General. The term during which this Option may be exercised shall terminate on [●], except as otherwise provided in Sections 2(b) through 2(e) below. This Option shall become exercisable on the following dates (the “Vesting Dates”), provided that Participant remains employed by the Company on the applicable Vesting Date as set forth in Sections 2(b) through 2(e) of this Agreement:

 

Date 

Shares Vesting 

[●]

[●]

[●]

[●]

[●]

[●]

[●]

[●]

 

 

 

If and to the extent provided in an employment, change of control, severance or similar agreement executed by the Participant and the Company or by a determination by the Administrator, in each case pursuant and subject to Section 15 of the Plan, this Option may become fully-vested and exercisable in connection with a Change of Control as defined in Section 1(f) of the Plan.

 

Once the Option becomes exercisable with respect to any of the shares specified in Section 1, Participant may continue to exercise this Option with respect to such vested shares under the terms and conditions of this Agreement until the termination of the Option as provided herein. If Participant does not purchase upon an exercise of this Option the full number of shares which Participant is then entitled to purchase, Participant may purchase upon any subsequent exercise prior to this Option's termination such previously unpurchased shares in addition to those Participant is otherwise entitled to purchase.

 

(b)     Termination of Employment (other than Disability, Death, or Retirement). Unless otherwise agreed to in writing by Participant and the Company, if Participant ceases to be an employee of the Company or any Subsidiary during the term of this Option for any reason other than disability, death, or Retirement (as defined in Section 2(e) of this Agreement) this Option shall completely terminate on the earlier of: (i) the close of business on the three-month anniversary date of such termination of employment; and (ii) the expiration date of this Option stated in Section 2(a) above. In such period following the termination of Participant's employment, this Option shall be exercisable only to the extent the Option was exercisable on the Vesting Date immediately preceding such termination of employment, but had not previously been exercised. To the extent this Option was not exercisable upon such termination of employment, all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited. If Participant does not exercise the Option within the time specified in this Section 2(b), all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited.

 

(c)     Disability. If Participant's employment terminates because of disability (as defined in Code Section 22(e), or any successor provision), this Option shall terminate on the earlier of: (i) the close of business on the one year anniversary of the date of such termination of employment; and (ii) the expiration date of this Option stated in Section 2(a) above. In such period following the termination of Participant's employment, this Option shall be exercisable only to the extent the Option was exercisable on the Vesting Date immediately preceding such termination of employment, but had not previously been exercised. To the extent this Option was not exercisable upon such termination of employment, all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited. If Participant does not exercise the Option within the time specified in this Section 2(c), all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited.

 

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(d)     Death. In the event of Participant's death, this Option shall terminate on the earlier of: (i) the close of business on the one year anniversary of the date of Participant's death; and (ii) the expiration date of this Option stated in Section 2(a) above. In such period following Participant's death, this Option may be exercised by the person or persons to whom Participant's rights under this Option shall have passed by Participant's will or by the laws of descent and distribution only to the extent the Option was exercisable on the Vesting Date immediately preceding the date of Participant's death, but had not previously been exercised. To the extent this Option was not exercisable on the date of Participant’s death, all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited. If such person or persons fail to exercise this Option within the time specified in this Section 2(d), all rights under this Option shall be forfeited.

 

(e)     Retirement. If Participant’s employment with the Company or any Affiliate terminates because of Retirement, this Option shall terminate on the expiration date of this Option stated in Section 2(a) above. In such period following the termination of Participant's employment because of Retirement, if this Option was granted at least six months prior to the date of Participant’s Retirement and is scheduled to vest pro rata during a period of at least three years and six months following the Date of Grant, then this Option shall continue to vest pursuant to Section 2(a) as if Participant continued to be employed by the Company. If, however, this Option was not granted at least six months prior to the date of Participant’s Retirement or is scheduled to vest in less than three years and six months following the Date of Grant, then to the extent this Option was not exercisable on the date of Participant’s Retirement, all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited. If Participant does not exercise the Option within the time specified in this Section 2(e), all rights of Participant under this Option shall be forfeited.

 

Solely for purposes of this Section 2(e), “Retirement” means termination of employment for any reason other than cause on or after attaining age 55 and completing at least five (5) years of continuous service with the Company or any Affiliate; provided, however, that Participant shall be credited with continuous service only for periods during which Participant is regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week. Notwithstanding anything in this Option Agreement to the contrary, if, pursuant to this Section 2(e), this Option is exercised after the expiration of the exercise periods that apply for purposes of Code Section 422, or any successor provision, this Option shall be thereafter treated as a nonqualified stock option. For purposes of this Option, “cause” shall have the same meaning as reflected in any written employment agreement addressing Participant's employment or, in the absence of any written employment agreement, the following: (i) habitual neglect of, or the willful or material failure to perform the duties of employment hereunder, as determined in good faith by the Company; (ii) embezzlement or any act of fraud; (iii) commission of acts that can be charged as a felony during employment; (iv) dishonesty in dealing between Participant and Company or between Participant and other employees of the Company; (v) use or misuse of any controlled substance, illegal or narcotic drug without a prescription; or use of alcohol in a manner, regardless of time or place, which either adversely affects Participant’s job performance or otherwise could reflect negatively on the public image of the Company; (vi) habitual absenteeism; or (vii) willfully acting in a manner materially adverse to the best interests of the Company.

 

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3.     Manner of Exercise.

 

(a)     General. The Option may be exercised only by Participant (or other proper party in the event of death or incapacity), subject to the conditions of the Plan and subject to such other administrative rules as the Administrator may deem advisable, by delivering within the option period written notice of exercise to the Company at its principal office. The notice shall state the number of shares as to which the Option is being exercised and shall be accompanied by payment in full of the option price for all shares designated in the notice. The exercise of the Option shall be deemed effective upon receipt of such notice by the Company and upon payment that complies with the terms of the Plan and this Agreement. The Option may be exercised with respect to any number or all of the shares as to which it can then be exercised and, if partially exercised, may be so exercised as to the unexercised shares any number of times during the option period as provided herein.

 

(b)     Form of Payment. Subject to approval by the Administrator, payment of the option price by Participant may be (i) in cash, or with a personal check or certified check, (ii) by the transfer from Participant to the Company of previously acquired shares of Common Stock, (iii) through the withholding of shares of Stock from the number of shares otherwise issuable upon the exercise of the Option (e.g., a net share settlement), (iv) through broker-assisted cashless exercise if such exercise complies with applicable securities laws and any insider trading policy of the Company, (v) such other form of payment as may be authorized by the Administrator, or (vi) by a combination thereof. In the event Participant elects to pay the exercise price in whole or in part with previously acquired shares of Common Stock or through a net share settlement, the Fair Market Value of the shares of Stock delivered or withheld shall equal the total exercise price for the shares being purchased in such manner. For purposes of this Agreement, “previously acquired shares of Common Stock” shall include shares of Common Stock that are already owned by Participant at the time of exercise.

 

(c)     Issuance of Shares. As soon as practicable after the effective exercise of all or any part of the Option, Participant shall be recorded on the stock transfer books of the Company as the owner of the shares purchased, less any shares withheld for payment of taxes as provided in Section 4(d) below, and the Company shall deliver to Participant one or more duly issued stock certificates or cause book entries to be made evidencing such ownership. All requisite original issue or transfer documentary stamp taxes shall be paid by the Company. Until the issuance of such shares, Participant shall not be entitled to vote the shares of Company Common Stock represented by the Option, shall not be entitled to receive dividends or distributions attributable to such shares of Company Common Stock, and shall not have any other rights as a shareholder with respect to such shares. No adjustment shall be made for dividends (ordinary or extraordinary, whether in cash, securities or other property), distributions or other rights for which the record date is prior to the date such shares are issued, except as provided in Section 15 of the Plan.

 

4.     General Provisions.

 

(a)     Employment or Other Relationship. This Agreement shall not confer on Participant any right with respect to the continuance of employment or any other relationship with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, nor will it interfere in any way with the right of the Company to terminate such employment or relationship. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as creating an employment contract for any specified term between Participant and the Company or any Subsidiary.

 

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(b)     Securities Law Compliance. The exercise of all or any parts of this Option shall be effective only at such time as counsel to the Company shall have determined that the issuance and delivery of Common Stock pursuant to such exercise will not violate any state or federal securities or other laws. Participant may be required by the Company, as a condition of the effectiveness of any exercise of this Option, to agree in writing that all Common Stock to be acquired pursuant to such exercise will be held until such time that the shares are registered or otherwise freely tradeable under applicable state and federal securities laws, for Participant’s own account without a view to any further distribution thereof, and that the certificate(s) for such shares will bear an appropriate legend to that effect and that such shares will not be transferred or disposed of except in compliance with applicable state and federal securities laws.

 

(c)     Shares Reserved. The Company shall at all times during the term of this Agreement reserve and keep available such number of shares as will be sufficient to satisfy the requirements of this Agreement.

 

(d)     Withholding Taxes. In order to permit the Company to comply with all applicable federal and state income tax laws or regulations, the Company may take such action as it deems appropriate to ensure that, if necessary, all withholding and employment-related taxes attributable to this Option are withheld from any amounts payable by the Company to the Participant. If the Company is unable to withhold such federal and state taxes, for whatever reason, the Participant hereby agrees to pay to the Company an amount equal to such withholding and employment-related taxes prior to the date the Company’s withholding obligation arises. Subject to such rules as the Administrator may adopt, the Administrator may, in its sole discretion, permit Participant to satisfy such withholding tax obligations, in whole or in part, (i) by delivering shares of Company Common Stock, or (ii) by electing to have the Company withhold shares of Company Common Stock otherwise issuable to Participant upon exercise of the Option. In either case, such shares shall have a Fair Market Value, as of the date the amount of tax to be withheld is determined under applicable tax law, equal to such tax withholding, including payroll taxes, applicable to the supplemental income attributable to this Option. The Participant’s election to deliver shares or to have shares withheld for this purpose shall be made on or before the date that the amount of such tax withholding is determined under applicable tax law. Such election shall be approved by the Administrator and otherwise comply with such rules as the Administrator may adopt to assure compliance with Rule 16b-3 or any successor provision, as then in effect, of the General Rules and Regulations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, if applicable.

 

(e)     Nontransferability. During the lifetime of Participant, the accrued Option shall be exercisable only by Participant or by the Participant's guardian or other legal representative. The Option shall not be assignable or transferable by Participant, in whole or in part, other than by will or by the laws of descent and distribution.

 

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(f)     2020 Equity Incentive Plan. The Option evidenced by this Agreement is granted pursuant to the Plan, a copy of which Plan has been made available to Participant and is hereby incorporated into this Agreement. This Agreement is subject to and in all respects limited and conditioned as provided in the Plan. All defined terms of the Plan shall have the same meaning when used in this Agreement. The Plan governs this Option and, in the event of any questions as to the construction of this Agreement or in the event of a conflict between the Plan and this Agreement, the Plan shall govern, except as the Plan otherwise provides.

 

(g)     Lockup Period Limitation. Participant agrees that in the event the Company advises Participant that it plans an underwritten public offering of its Common Stock in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and that the underwriter(s) seek to impose restrictions under which Participant may not sell or contract to sell or grant any option to buy or otherwise dispose of part or all of this Option or the Company Common Stock underlying this Option, Participant hereby agrees that for a period not to exceed 180 days from the effective date of the prospectus relating to such offering Participant will not sell or contract to sell or grant an option to buy or otherwise dispose of this Option or any of the underlying shares of Company Common Stock without the prior written consent of the underwriter(s) or its representative(s).

 

(h)     Stock Legend. The Administrator may require that the certificates or book entries for any shares of Company Common Stock purchased by Participant (or, in the case of death, Participant's successors) bear an appropriate legend and stop transfer order to reflect the restrictions of Section 4(b) and Sections 4(f) through 4(g) of this Agreement; provided, however, that failure to so endorse any of such certificates or book entries shall not render invalid or inapplicable Section 4(b) or Sections 4(f) through 4(g).

 

(i)     Scope of Agreement. This Agreement shall bind and inure to the benefit of the Company and its successors and assigns and Participant and any successor(s) of Participant permitted by Section 2 or Section 4(e) above. This Option is expressly subject to all terms and conditions contained in the Plan and in this Agreement, and Participant’s failure to execute this Agreement shall not relieve Participant from complying with such terms and conditions.

 

(j)     Arbitration. Any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the alleged breach of it, or the making of this Agreement, including claims of fraud in the inducement, shall be discussed between the disputing parties in a good faith effort to arrive at a mutual settlement of any such controversy. If, notwithstanding, such dispute cannot be resolved, such dispute shall be settled by binding arbitration. Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The arbitrator shall be a retired state or federal judge or an attorney who has practiced securities or business litigation for at least ten (10) years. If the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator within twenty (20) days, any party may request that the chief judge of the District Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota, select an arbitrator. Arbitration will be conducted pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement, and the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association, unless such rules are inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement. Limited civil discovery shall be permitted for the production of documents and taking of depositions. Unresolved discovery disputes may be brought to the attention of the arbitrator who may dispose of such dispute. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award any remedy or relief that a court of this state could order or grant; provided, however, that punitive or exemplary damages shall not be awarded. The arbitrator may award to the prevailing party, if any, as determined by the arbitrator, all of its costs and fees, including the arbitrator’s fees, administrative fees, travel expenses, out-of-pocket expenses and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the place of any arbitration proceedings shall be Hennepin County, Minnesota.

 

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(k)     Delay in Payment for Specified Employee. In the event this Option is subject to Code Section 409A and the Administrator determines that the Participant is a “specified employee” within the meaning of Code Section 409A, then any payment due to the Participant’s separation from service shall not be paid earlier than the first day of the seventh month immediately following such separation from service.

 

(l)     Right to Amend. The Company hereby reserves the right to amend this Agreement without Participant’s consent to the extent necessary or desirable to comply with the requirements of Code Section 409A and the regulations, notices and other guidance of general application issued thereunder.

 

(m)     Section 280G.   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, to the extent that any of the payments and benefits provided for under this Agreement or any other agreement or arrangement between the Participant and the Company (collectively, the “Payments”) constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code and (ii) but for this Section 4(m), would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, then the Payments shall be payable either (i) in full or (ii) as to such lesser amount which would result in no portion of such Payments being subject to excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code; whichever of the foregoing amounts, taking into account the applicable federal, state and local income taxes and the excise tax imposed by Section 4999, results in the Participant’s receipt on an after-tax basis, of the greatest amount of economic benefits under this Agreement, notwithstanding that all or some portion of such benefits may be taxable under Section 4999 of the Code.  Unless the Participant and the Company otherwise agree in writing, any determination required under this Section 4(m) shall be made in writing by the Company’s independent public accountants (the “Accountants”), whose reasonable determination shall be conclusive and binding upon the Participant and the Company for all purposes.  For purposes of making the calculations required by this Section 4(m), the Accountants may make reasonable assumptions and approximations concerning applicable taxes and may rely on reasonable, good faith interpretations concerning the application of the Sections 280G and 4999 of the Code.  The Participant and the Company shall furnish to the Accountants such information and documents as the Accountants may reasonably request in order to make a determination under this Section 4(m).

 

(n)     Governing Law. The validity, construction and effect of the Plan and the Agreement, and any rules and regulations relating to the Plan and the Agreement, shall be determined in accordance with the internal laws, and not the law of conflicts, of the State of Minnesota.

 

[Signature page follows.]

 

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ACCORDINGLY, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed on the day and year first above written.

 

  BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION
   
   
   
 

By                                                             

     Its                                                         

 

 

PARTICIPANT

 

 

 

By: ___________________________________ 

       Printed Name: [●]

 

 

[Signature Page to Incentive Stock Option Agreement]

 

Exhibit 10.9

 

PERFORMANCE UNIT AGREEMENT
(TIME VESTING)

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

2020 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

THIS AGREEMENT is made effective as of [●], by and between Bio-Techne Corporation, a Minnesota corporation (the “Company”), and [●] (“Participant”).

 

W I T N E S S E T H:

 

WHEREAS, Participant on the date hereof is a key employee, officer, director of or consultant or advisor to the Company or one of its Subsidiaries; and

 

WHEREAS, the Company wishes to grant a performance unit award to Participant pursuant to the Bio-Techne Corporation 2020 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”); and

 

WHEREAS, the Administrator of the Plan has authorized the grant of a performance unit to Participant;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the mutual covenants herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:

 

1.     Grant of Performance Unit Award; Term. The Company hereby grants to Participant on the date set forth above a performance unit (the “Award”) for [●] dollars ($[●]), on the terms and conditions set forth herein.

 

2.     Vesting of Performance Unit.

 

(a)     General. The Award shall vest on the following dates (the “Vesting Dates”), provided that Participant remains employed by the Company or has terminated employment by Retirement as of the applicable Vesting Date as set forth in Section 2(b) of this Agreement:

 

 

Date Performance Unit Vesting
   
[●] [●]
[●] [●]
[●] [●]
[●] [●]

 

If and to the extent provided in an employment, change of control, severance or similar agreement executed by the Participant and the Company or by a determination by the Administrator, in each case pursuant and subject to Section 15 of the Plan, this Award may become fully-vested and exercisable in connection with a Change of Control as defined in Section 1(f) of the Plan.

 

 

 

Subject to such other terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, the Participant shall not be entitled to payment for any portion of the performance units subject to this Award until the Administrator determines the portion of the Award, if any, that has vested.]

 

(b)     Termination of Relationship. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement or agreed to in writing by Participant and Company, if Participant ceases to be an employee of the Company or any Subsidiary at any time prior to the Vesting Date, for any reason other than Retirement, this Award shall terminate and the unvested portion of this Award shall be forfeited by Participant. If the Participant’s employment with the Company or any Affiliate terminates because of Retirement, if this Award was granted at least six months prior to the date of Participant’s Retirement, then this Award shall continue to vest pursuant to Section 2(a) as if Participant continued to be employed by the Company. If, however, this Award was not granted at least six months prior to the date of Participant’s Retirement, then to the extent this Award was not exercisable on the date of Participant’s Retirement, all rights of Participant under this Award shall be forfeited.

 

Solely for purposes of this Section 2(b), “Retirement” means termination of employment for any reason other than cause on or after attaining age 55 and completing at least five (5) years of continuous service with the Company or any Affiliate; provided, however, that Participant shall be credited with continuous service only for periods during which Participant is regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week. Further, “cause” shall have the same meaning as reflected in any written employment agreement addressing Participant's employment or, in the absence of any written employment agreement, (i) a material breach or Participant's willful and substantial non-performance of Participant's assigned duties and responsibilities (other than as a result of incapacity due to physical or mental illness), (ii) a conviction of or no contest plea with respect to bribery, extortion, embezzlement, fraud, grand larceny, or any felony or similar conviction under local law involving abuse or misuse of Participant's position to seek or obtain an illegal or personal gain at the expense of the Company, the Employer or any Subsidiary, or similar crimes, or conspiracy to commit any such crimes or attempt to commit any such crimes, or (iii) Participant's violation of any policy of the Company, the Employer or any Subsidiary to which Participant may be subject or Participant's willful engagement in any misconduct in the performance of Participant's duties that materially injures the Company, the Employer or any Subsidiary.

 

3.     General Provisions.

 

(a)     Employment or Other Relationship. This Agreement shall not confer on Participant any right with respect to continuance of employment or any other relationship by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, nor will it interfere in any way with the right of the Company to terminate such employment or relationship. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as creating an employment contract for any specified term between Participant and the Company or any Subsidiary.

 

(b)     Withholding Taxes. In order to permit the Company to comply with all applicable federal and state income tax laws or regulations, the Company may take such action as it deems appropriate to ensure that, if necessary, all withholding and employment-related taxes attributable to this Award are withheld from any amounts payable by the Company to the Participant. If the Company is unable to withhold such federal and state taxes, for whatever reason, the Participant hereby agrees to pay to the Company an amount equal to such withholding and employment-related taxes prior to the payment of the Award to the Participant by the Company.

 

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(c)     Nontransferability. The Award shall not be transferred, assigned or pledged in any manner by the Participant, in whole or in part.

 

(d)     2020 Equity Incentive Plan. The Award evidenced by this Agreement is granted pursuant to the Plan, a copy of which Plan has been made available to Participant and is hereby incorporated into this Agreement. This Agreement is subject to and in all respects limited and conditioned as provided in the Plan. The Plan governs this Agreement and, in the event of any questions as to the construction of this Agreement or in the event of a conflict between the Plan and this Agreement, the Plan shall govern, except as the Plan otherwise provides.

 

(e)     Scope of Agreement. This Agreement shall bind and inure to the benefit of the Company and its successors and assigns and Participant and any successor or successors of Participant permitted by this Agreement. This Award is expressly subject to all terms and conditions contained in the Plan and in this Agreement, and Participant’s failure to execute this Agreement shall not relieve Participant from complying with such terms and conditions.

 

(f)     Arbitration. Any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the alleged breach of it, or the making of this Agreement, including claims of fraud in the inducement, shall be discussed between the disputing parties in a good faith effort to arrive at a mutual settlement of any such controversy. If, notwithstanding, such dispute cannot be resolved, such dispute shall be settled by binding arbitration. Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The arbitrator shall be a retired state or federal judge or an attorney who has practiced securities or business litigation for at least ten (10) years. If the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator within twenty (20) days, any party may request that the chief judge of the District Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota, select an arbitrator. Arbitration will be conducted pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement, and the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association, unless such rules are inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement. Limited civil discovery shall be permitted for the production of documents and taking of depositions. Unresolved discovery disputes may be brought to the attention of the arbitrator who may dispose of such dispute. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award any remedy or relief that a court of this state could order or grant; provided, however, that punitive or exemplary damages shall not be awarded. The arbitrator may award to the prevailing party, if any, as determined by the arbitrator, all of its costs and fees, including the arbitrator’s fees, administrative fees, travel expenses, out-of-pocket expenses and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the place of any arbitration proceedings shall be Hennepin County, Minnesota.

 

(g)     Delay in Payment for Specified Employee. In the event this Award is subject to Code Section 409A and the Administrator determines that the Participant is a “specified employee” within the meaning of Code Section 409A, then any payment due to the Participant’s separation from service shall not be paid earlier than the first day of the seventh month immediately following such separation from service.

 

(h)     Right to Amend. The Company hereby reserves the right to amend this Agreement without Participant’s consent to the extent necessary or desirable to comply with the requirements of Code Section 409A and the regulations, notices and other guidance of general application issued thereunder.

 

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(i)     Section 280G.   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, to the extent that any of the payments and benefits provided for under this Agreement or any other agreement or arrangement between the Participant and the Company (collectively, the “Payments”) constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code and (ii) but for this Section 3(i), would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, then the Payments shall be payable either (i) in full or (ii) as to such lesser amount which would result in no portion of such Payments being subject to excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code; whichever of the foregoing amounts, taking into account the applicable federal, state and local income taxes and the excise tax imposed by Section 4999, results in the Participant’s receipt on an after-tax basis, of the greatest amount of economic benefits under this Agreement, notwithstanding that all or some portion of such benefits may be taxable under Section 4999 of the Code.  Unless the Participant and the Company otherwise agree in writing, any determination required under this Section 3(i) shall be made in writing by the Company’s independent public accountants (the “Accountants”), whose reasonable determination shall be conclusive and binding upon the Participant and the Company for all purposes.  For purposes of making the calculations required by this Section 3(i), the Accountants may make reasonable assumptions and approximations concerning applicable taxes and may rely on reasonable, good faith interpretations concerning the application of the Sections 280G and 4999 of the Code.  The Participant and the Company shall furnish to the Accountants such information and documents as the Accountants may reasonably request in order to make a determination under this Section 3(i). 

 

(j)     Governing Law. The validity, construction and effect of the Plan and the Agreement, and any rules and regulations relating to the Plan and the Agreement, shall be determined in accordance with the internal laws, and not the law of conflicts, of the State of Minnesota.

 

 

[Signature page follows.]

 

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ACCORDINGLY, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed on the day and year first above written. 

 

  BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION
   
   
   
 

By                                                             

     Its                                                         

 

 

PARTICIPANT

 

 

 

By: ___________________________________ 

       Printed Name: [●]

 

 

 

Exhibit 10.10

 

RESTRICTED STOCK AWARD AGREEMENT
(TIME VESTING)

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

2020 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

THIS AGREEMENT is made effective as of [●], by and between Bio-Techne Corporation, a Minnesota corporation (the “Company”), and [●] (“Participant”).

 

W I T N E S S E T H:

 

WHEREAS, Participant on the date hereof is a key employee, officer, director of or consultant or advisor to the Company or one of its Subsidiaries; and

 

WHEREAS, the Company wishes to grant a restricted stock award to Participant for shares of Company Common Stock pursuant to the Bio-Techne Corporation 2020 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”); and

 

WHEREAS, the Administrator of the Plan has authorized the grant of a restricted stock award to Participant;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the mutual covenants herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:

 

1.     Grant of Restricted Stock Award. The Company hereby grants to the Participant on the date set forth above a restricted stock award (the “Award”) for [●] ([●]) shares of Company Common Stock (the “Shares”) on the terms and conditions set forth herein and subject to adjustment pursuant to Section 15 of the Plan. The Company shall cause to be issued such Shares in the Participant’s name, and shall hold such Shares until such time as the risks of forfeiture set forth in this Agreement have lapsed. The Company may also place transfer restrictions on such Shares describing the risks of forfeiture and other transfer restrictions set forth in this Agreement providing for the cancellation of such Shares if they are forfeited as provided in Section 2 below. Subject to the foregoing restrictions on transfer and the terms and conditions of the Plan, the Participant shall have all the rights of a stockholder with respect to the Shares during the period in which the Shares are subject to risk of forfeiture, including without limitation, the right to vote such shares and receive all dividends attributable to such shares.

 

2.     Lapse of Risks of Forfeiture for Restricted Stock; Termination of Relationship.

 

(a)     General. The Shares subject to this Award shall remain subject to forfeiture until the following dates (the “Vesting Dates”), provided that Participant remains employed by the Company or has terminated employment through Retirement as of the applicable Vesting Date as set forth in Section 2(b) of this Agreement.

 

 Date Shares Vesting
   
[●] [●]
[●] [●]
[●] [●]
[●] [●]

     

 

 

If and to the extent provided in an employment, change of control, severance or similar agreement executed by the Participant and the Company or by a determination by the Administrator, in each case pursuant and subject to Section 15 of the Plan, this Award may become fully-vested and exercisable in connection with a Change of Control as defined in Section 1(f) of the Plan.               

 

Subject to such other terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, the Participant shall not be entitled to the removal of transfer restrictions on the Shares until the Administrator determines the number of Shares, if any, which have vested and for which risks of forfeiture have lapsed.

 

(b)     Termination of Relationship. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement or agreed to in writing by Participant and Company, if Participant ceases to be an employee of the Company or any Subsidiary at any time prior to any Vesting Date, for any reason other than the Participant’s Retirement, the Participant shall forfeit all Shares subject to this Award which, as of the termination date, have not yet vested and for which the risks of forfeiture have not lapsed. If the Participant’s employment with the Company or any Affiliate terminates because of Retirement, if this Award was granted at least six months prior to the date of Participant’s Retirement, then this Award shall continue to vest pursuant to Section 2(a) as if Participant continued to be employed by the Company. If, however, this Award was not granted at least six months prior to the date of Participant’s Retirement, then to the extent this Award was not exercisable on the date of Participant’s Retirement, all rights of Participant under this Award shall be forfeited.

 

Solely for purposes of this Section 2(b), “Retirement” means termination of employment for any reason other than cause on or after attaining age 55 and completing at least five (5) years of continuous service with the Company or any Affiliate; provided, however, that Participant shall be credited with continuous service only for periods during which Participant is regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week. Further, “cause” shall have the same meaning as reflected in any written employment agreement addressing Participant's employment or, in the absence of any written employment agreement, (i) a material breach or Participant's willful and substantial non-performance of Participant's assigned duties and responsibilities (other than as a result of incapacity due to physical or mental illness), (ii) a conviction of or no contest plea with respect to bribery, extortion, embezzlement, fraud, grand larceny, or any felony or similar conviction under local law involving abuse or misuse of Participant's position to seek or obtain an illegal or personal gain at the expense of the Company, the Employer or any Subsidiary, or similar crimes, or conspiracy to commit any such crimes or attempt to commit any such crimes, or (iii) Participant's violation of any policy of the Company, the Employer or any Subsidiary to which Participant may be subject or Participant's willful engagement in any misconduct in the performance of Participant's duties that materially injures the Company, the Employer or any Subsidiary.

 

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3.     [TO BE USED IN AGREEMENTS WITH EXECUTIVE OFFICERS: Holding Requirement. Notwithstanding anything in the Plan or this Agreement to the contrary, Participant shall be required to hold 50% of the Net Shares received through this Award until Participant satisfies the stock ownership guidelines established by the Company. Once Participant satisfies such stock ownership guidelines, Participant shall be required to hold 50% of the Net Shares until the earlier of one year after the Vesting Date relating to such Net Shares or the Participant’s termination of service. “Net Shares” are those Shares received pursuant to this Award upon a Vesting Date, net of any shares withheld for withholding taxes.

 

**OR**

 

Intentionally omitted.]

 

4.     General Provisions.

 

(a)     Employment or Other Relationship. This Agreement shall not confer on Participant any right with respect to continuance of employment or any other relationship with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, nor will it interfere in any way with the right of the Company to terminate such employment or relationship. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as creating an employment contract for any specified term between Participant and the Company or any Subsidiary.

 

(b)     Shares Reserved. The Company shall at all times during the term of this Agreement reserve and keep available such number of shares as will be sufficient to satisfy the requirements of this Agreement.

 

(c)     Withholding Taxes. In order to permit the Company to comply with all applicable federal and state income tax laws or regulations, the Company may take such action as it deems appropriate to ensure that, if necessary, all withholding and employment-related taxes attributable to this Award are withheld from any amounts payable by the Company to the Participant. If the Company is unable to withhold such federal and state taxes, for whatever reason, the Participant hereby agrees to pay to the Company an amount equal to such withholding and employment-related taxes prior to the issuance of any shares of Company Common Stock subject to this Award. Subject to such rules as the Administrator may adopt, the Administrator may, in its sole discretion, permit Participant to satisfy such withholding tax obligations, in whole or in part, (i) by delivering shares of Company Common Stock, or (ii) by electing to have the Company withhold shares of Company Common Stock otherwise issuable to Participant upon the grant of this Award. In either case, such shares shall have a Fair Market Value, as of the date the amount of tax to be withheld is determined under applicable tax law, equal to such tax withholding, including payroll taxes, which are applicable to the supplemental income attributable to this Award. The Participant’s election to deliver shares or to have shares withheld for this purpose shall be made on or before the date that the amount of such tax withholding is determined under applicable tax law. Such election shall be approved by the Administrator and otherwise comply with such rules as the Administrator may adopt to assure compliance with Rule 16b-3, or any successor provision, as then in effect, of the General Rules and Regulations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, if applicable.

 

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(d)     Nontransferability. For so long as the shares of Company Common Stock underlying this Award remain subject to risks of forfeiture, such shares shall not be transferred, assigned or pledged in any manner by the Participant, in whole or in part.

 

(e)     2020 Equity Incentive Plan. The Award evidenced by this Agreement is granted pursuant to the Plan, a copy of which Plan has been made available to Participant and is hereby incorporated into this Agreement. This Agreement is subject to and in all respects limited and conditioned as provided in the Plan. The Plan governs this Agreement and, in the event of any questions as to the construction of this Agreement or in the event of a conflict between the Plan and this Agreement, the Plan shall govern, except as the Plan otherwise provides.

 

(f)     Lockup Period Limitation. Participant agrees that in the event the Company advises Participant that it plans an underwritten public offering of its Common Stock in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and that the underwriter(s) seek to impose restrictions under which Participant may not sell or contract to sell or grant any option to buy or otherwise dispose of part or all of the Company Common Stock underlying this Award, Participant hereby agrees that for a period not to exceed 180 days from the effective date of the prospectus relating to such offering, Participant will not sell or contract to sell or grant an option to buy or otherwise dispose of the Company Common Stock underlying this Award without the prior written consent of the underwriter(s) or its representative(s).

 

(g)     Stock Legend. The Administrator may require that the certificates or book entries for any shares of Company Common Stock issued to Participant pursuant to this Award bear an appropriate legend and stop transfer order to reflect the restrictions of Section 4(e) and Section 4(f) of this Agreement; provided, however, that failure to so endorse any of such certificates or book entries shall not render invalid or inapplicable Section 4(e) and Section 4(f).

 

(h)     Scope of Agreement. This Agreement shall bind and inure to the benefit of the Company and its successors and assigns and Participant and any successor or successors of Participant permitted by this Agreement. This Award is expressly subject to all terms and conditions contained in the Plan and in this Agreement, and Participant’s failure to execute this Agreement shall not relieve Participant from complying with such terms and conditions.

 

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(i)     Arbitration. Any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the alleged breach of it, or the making of this Agreement, including claims of fraud in the inducement, shall be discussed between the disputing parties in a good faith effort to arrive at a mutual settlement of any such controversy. If, notwithstanding, such dispute cannot be resolved, such dispute shall be settled by binding arbitration. Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The arbitrator shall be a retired state or federal judge or an attorney who has practiced securities or business litigation for at least ten (10) years. If the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator within twenty (20) days, any party may request that the chief judge of the District Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota, select an arbitrator. Arbitration will be conducted pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement, and the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association, unless such rules are inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement. Limited civil discovery shall be permitted for the production of documents and taking of depositions. Unresolved discovery disputes may be brought to the attention of the arbitrator who may dispose of such dispute. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award any remedy or relief that a court of this state could order or grant; provided, however, that punitive or exemplary damages shall not be awarded. The arbitrator may award to the prevailing party, if any, as determined by the arbitrator, all of its costs and fees, including the arbitrator’s fees, administrative fees, travel expenses, out-of-pocket expenses and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the place of any arbitration proceedings shall be Hennepin County, Minnesota.

 

(j)     Delay in Payment for Specified Employee. In the event this Award is subject to Code Section 409A and the Administrator determines that the Participant is a “specified employee” within the meaning of Code Section 409A, then any payment due to the Participant’s separation from service shall not be paid earlier than the first day of the seventh month immediately following such separation from service.

 

(k)     Right to Amend. The Company hereby reserves the right to amend this Agreement without Participant’s consent to the extent necessary or desirable to comply with the requirements of Code Section 409A and the regulations, notices and other guidance of general application issued thereunder.

 

(l)     Section 280G.   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, to the extent that any of the payments and benefits provided for under this Agreement or any other agreement or arrangement between the Participant and the Company (collectively, the “Payments”) constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code and (ii) but for this Section 4(l), would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, then the Payments shall be payable either (i) in full or (ii) as to such lesser amount which would result in no portion of such Payments being subject to excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code; whichever of the foregoing amounts, taking into account the applicable federal, state and local income taxes and the excise tax imposed by Section 4999, results in the Participant’s receipt on an after-tax basis, of the greatest amount of economic benefits under this Agreement, notwithstanding that all or some portion of such benefits may be taxable under Section 4999 of the Code.  Unless the Participant and the Company otherwise agree in writing, any determination required under this Section 4(l) shall be made in writing by the Company’s independent public accountants (the “Accountants”), whose reasonable determination shall be conclusive and binding upon the Participant and the Company for all purposes.  For purposes of making the calculations required by this Section 4(l), the Accountants may make reasonable assumptions and approximations concerning applicable taxes and may rely on reasonable, good faith interpretations concerning the application of the Sections 280G and 4999 of the Code.  The Participant and the Company shall furnish to the Accountants such information and documents as the Accountants may reasonably request in order to make a determination under this Section 4(l).

 

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(m)     Governing Law. The validity, construction and effect of the Plan and the Agreement, and any rules and regulations relating to the Plan and the Agreement, shall be determined in accordance with the internal laws, and not the law of conflicts, of the State of Minnesota. 

 

 

 

[Signature page follows.]

 

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ACCORDINGLY, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed on the day and year first above written.

 

  BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION
   
   
   
 

By                                                             

     Its                                                         

 

 

PARTICIPANT

 

 

 

By: ___________________________________

       Printed Name: [●]

 

 

 

Exhibit 10.11

 

GLOBAL RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AGREEMENT

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

2020 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

THIS AGREEMENT is made effective as of [●], by and between Bio-Techne Corporation, a Minnesota corporation (the “Company”), and [●] (“Participant”).

 

W I T N E S S E T H:

 

WHEREAS, Participant on the date hereof is a key employee, officer, director of or consultant or advisor to the Company or one of its Subsidiaries; and

 

WHEREAS, the Company wishes to grant a restricted stock unit award to Participant for shares of the Company's Common Stock pursuant to the Bio-Techne Corporation 2020 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”); and

 

WHEREAS, the Administrator of the Plan has authorized the grant of a restricted stock unit award to Participant.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the mutual covenants herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows;

 

1.     Grant of Restricted Stock Unit Award. The Company hereby grants to Participant on the date set forth above (the “Date of Grant”) a restricted stock unit award for [●] ([●]) restricted stock units (the “Award”) on the terms and conditions set forth herein and subject to adjustment pursuant to Section 15 of the Plan. Each restricted stock unit shall entitle the Participant to receive one share of Company Common Stock (a “Share,” or the “Shares”). For purposes of this Agreement, to the extent Participant is not employed by the Company, the “Employer” means the Subsidiary that employs Participant.

 

2.     Vesting of Restricted Stock Units; Termination of Relationship.

 

(a)     General. The Award shall vest on the following dates (the “Vesting Dates”), provided that Participant remains employed by the Company or a Subsidiary on the applicable Vesting Date as set forth in Section 2(b) of this Agreement:

 

  Date Shares Vesting
   
[●] [●]
[●] [●]
[●] [●]
[●] [●]

    

 

 

If and to the extent provided in an employment, change of control, severance or similar agreement executed by Participant and the Company or the Employer, or by a determination by the Administrator, in each case pursuant and subject to Section 15 of the Plan, this Award may become fully-vested and exercisable in connection with a Change of Control as defined in Section 1(f) of the Plan.

 

Subject to such other terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, Participant shall not be entitled to the issuance of Shares for any portion of the restricted stock units subject to this Award until the Administrator determines the number of restricted stock units, if any, which have vested.

 

(b)     Termination of Relationship. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement (including in Section 2(c)) or agreed to in writing by Participant and the Company, if Participant ceases to be an employee of the Company or any Subsidiary at any time prior to any Vesting Date, for any reason, including the Participant’s voluntary resignation, the unvested portion of the Award shall terminate and the Participant shall forfeit all Shares subject to this Award which, as of the Termination Date, have not yet vested.

 

(c)     Retirement. If Participant’s employment with the Company or any Subsidiary terminates because of Retirement, this Award was granted at least six months prior to the date of Participant’s Retirement, and this Award is scheduled to vest pro rata during a period of at least three years and six months following the Date of Grant, then this Award shall continue to vest pursuant to Section 2(a) as if Participant continued to be employed by the Company on the applicable Vesting Dates. If, however, this Award was not granted at least six months prior to the date of Participant’s Retirement or is scheduled to vest in less than three years and six months following the Date of Grant, then this award will terminate upon Participant’s Retirement with no further vesting under Section 2(a).

 

Solely for purposes of this Section 2(c), “Retirement” means termination of employment for any reason other than cause on or after attaining age 55 and completing at least five (5) years of continuous service with the Company or any Affiliate; provided, however, that Participant shall be credited with continuous service only for periods during which Participant is regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week. For purposes of this Agreement, “cause” shall have the same meaning as reflected in any written employment agreement addressing Participant's employment or, in the absence of any written employment agreement, the following: (i) habitual neglect of, or the willful or material failure to perform the duties of employment hereunder, as determined in good faith by the Company; (ii) embezzlement or any act of fraud; (iii) commission of acts that can be charged as a felony during employment; (iv) dishonesty in dealing between Participant and the Company or between Participant and other employees of the Company; (v) use or misuse of any controlled substance, illegal or narcotic drug without a prescription; or use of alcohol in a manner, regardless of time or place, which either adversely affects Participant’s job performance or otherwise could reflect negatively on the public image of the Company; (vi) habitual absenteeism; or (vii) willfully acting in a manner materially adverse to the best interests of the Company.

 

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(d)     EU Age Discrimination Rules. If Participant is a local national of and employed in a country that is a member of the European Union, the grant of this Award and the terms and conditions governing this Award are intended to comply with the age discrimination provisions of the EU Equal Treatment Framework Directive, as implemented into local law (the “Age Discrimination Rules”). To the extent that a court or tribunal of competent jurisdiction determines that any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, in whole or in part, under the Age Discrimination Rules, the Company, in its sole discretion, shall have the power and authority to revise or strike such provision to the minimum extent necessary to make it valid and enforceable to the full extent permitted under local law.

 

(e)     Termination Date. For purposes of this Agreement, if Participant is employed in the United States, "Termination Date" means the effective date of termination of Participant's employment. If Participant is employed outside of the United States, “Termination Date” means the earliest of (i) the date on which notice of termination is provided to Participant, (ii) the last day of Participant's active service with the Employer or (iii) the last day on which Participant is an employee of the Employer, as determined in each case, without including any required advanced notice period and irrespective of the status of the termination under local labor or employment laws

 

3.     Issuance of Shares.

 

(a)     General. As soon as practicable after each Vesting Date, Participant shall be recorded on the stock transfer books of the Company as the owner of the vested number of Shares set forth in Section 2(a) of this Agreement, less any Shares withheld for payment of taxes as provided in Section 5 below, and the Company shall deliver to Participant one or more duly issued stock certificates or cause book entries to be made evidencing such ownership. All requisite original issue or transfer documentary stamp taxes shall be paid by the Company. Until the issuance of such Shares, Participant shall not be entitled to vote the Shares represented by such restricted stock units, shall not be entitled to receive dividends or distributions attributable to such Shares, and shall not have any other rights as a shareholder with respect to such Shares. No adjustment shall be made for dividends (ordinary or extraordinary, whether in cash, securities or other property), distributions or other rights for which the record date is prior to the date such Shares are issued, except as provided in Section 15 of the Plan.

 

(b)     Repatriation and Compliance Obligations. As a condition of the grant of this Award, Participant agrees to repatriate all payments attributable to this Award in accordance with local foreign exchange rules and regulations in Participant's country of residence (and country of employment, if different). In addition, Participant agrees to take any and all actions, and consents to any and all actions taken by the Employer, the Company and its Subsidiaries as may be required to allow the Employer, the Company and its Subsidiaries to comply with local laws, rules and regulations in Participant's country of residence (and country of employment, if different). Finally, Participant agrees to take any and all actions that may be required to comply with Participant's personal legal and tax obligations under local laws, rules and regulations in Participant's country of residence (and country of employment, if different).

 

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4.     [TO BE USED IN AGREEMENTS WITH EXECUTIVE OFFICERS: Holding Requirement. Notwithstanding anything in the Plan or this Agreement to the contrary, Participant shall be required to hold 50% of the Net Shares received through this Award until Participant satisfies the stock ownership guidelines established by the Company. Once Participant satisfies such stock ownership guidelines, Participant shall be required to hold 50% of the Net Shares until the earlier of one year after the Vesting Date relating to such Net Shares or the Participant’s termination of service. “Net Shares” are those shares received pursuant to this Award upon a Vesting Date, net of any shares withheld for withholding taxes.

 

**OR**

 

Intentionally omitted.]

 

5.     Tax Obligations. Regardless of any action the Company or the Employer takes with respect to any or all federal, state, local or foreign income tax, social insurance, payroll tax, payment on account or other tax related-items (“Tax Related-Items”), Participant acknowledges that the ultimate liability for all Tax Related-Items associated with this Award is and remains Participant’s responsibility and may exceed the amount actually withheld by the Company, and the Company and the Employer (i) make no representations or undertakings regarding the treatment of any Tax Related-Items in connection with any aspect of this Award, including, but not limited to, the grant of the Award, the vesting of the Award, the subsequent sale of Shares acquired pursuant to the Award and the receipt of any dividends; and (ii) do not commit to structure the terms of the grant or any aspect of this Award to reduce or eliminate Participant’s liability for Tax Related-Items. Further, if Participant is subject to tax in more than one jurisdiction, Participant acknowledges that the Company and/or the Employer (or former employer, as applicable) may be required to withhold or account for Tax Related-Items in more than one jurisdiction.

 

Prior to the delivery of Shares upon the vesting of this Award, if Participant's country of residence (and/or the country of employment, if different) requires withholding of Tax-Related Items, the Company or the Employer: (i) shall withhold a sufficient number of whole Shares otherwise issuable upon the vesting of the Award that have an aggregate Fair Market Value sufficient to pay the Tax-Related Items required to be withheld (in which case, the cash equivalent of such withheld Shares shall be used to settle the withholding obligation); (ii) shall withhold an amount from Participant's regular salary and/or wages, or from any other amounts payable to Participant; or (iii) require Participant to make a payment to the Company or the Employer equal to the amount of Tax-Related Items required to be withheld. Depending on the applicable method, the Company or the Employer, as applicable, may withhold or account for Tax-Related Items by considering applicable statutory withholding rates, but such withholding shall not exceed an amount of withholding based on the maximum statutory rates in Participant's applicable tax jurisdictions.

 

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In the event the withholding requirements are not satisfied through the withholding of Shares or through Participant's regular salary and/or wages or other amounts payable to Participant, no Shares will be issued to Participant unless and until satisfactory arrangements (as determined by the Committee) have been made by Participant with respect to the payment of any Tax-Related Items which the Company determines, in its sole discretion, must be withheld or collected with respect to this Award. If Participant is subject to taxation in more than one jurisdiction, Participant acknowledges that the Company and/or the Employer may be required to withhold or account for Tax-Related Items in more than one jurisdiction. By accepting the this Award, Participant expressly consents to the withholding of Shares and/or the withholding of amounts from Participant's regular salary and/or wages, or other amounts payable to Participant, as provided for hereunder. All other Tax-Related Items related to this Award and any Shares acquired pursuant to the vesting of this Award are Participant's sole responsibility.

 

6.     Clawback/Recoupment Policy. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement to the contrary, Participant acknowledges and agrees that all Shares acquired pursuant to the Plan shall be and remain subject to any incentive compensation clawback or recoupment policy of the Company currently in effect or as may be adopted by the Company and, in each case, as may be amended from time to time. No such policy adoption or amendment shall require Participant's prior consent. For purposes of the foregoing, Participant expressly and explicitly authorizes the Company to issue instructions, on Participant's behalf, to any brokerage firm and/or third party administrator engaged by the Company to hold Participant's Shares, and other amounts acquired under the Plan to re-convey, transfer or otherwise return such Shares and/or other amounts to the Company.

 

7.     Nature of Grant. In accepting the grant of this Award, Participant acknowledges, understands and agrees that:

 

(a)     the Plan is established voluntarily by the Company, it is discretionary in nature and it may be modified, amended, suspended or terminated by the Company at any time, to the extent permitted by the Plan;

 

(b)     the grant of this Award is exceptional, voluntary and occasional and does not create any contractual or other right to receive future grants of an Award, or benefits in lieu of an Award, even if Awards have been granted in the past;

 

(c)     all decisions with respect to future grants of Awards or other grants, if any, will be at the sole discretion of the Company;

 

(d)     Participant is voluntarily participating in the Plan;

 

(e)     this Award and the Shares subject to this Award, and the income from and value of same, are not intended to replace any pension rights or compensation;

 

(f)     this Award and the Shares subject to this Award, and the income from and value of same, are not part of normal or expected compensation for purposes of, including but not limited to, calculating any severance, resignation, termination, redundancy, dismissal, end-of-service payments, bonuses, holiday pay, long-service awards, pension or retirement or welfare benefits or similar payments;

 

(g)     unless otherwise agreed with the Company in writing, this Award and the Shares subject to this Award, and the income from and value of same, are not granted as consideration for, or in connection with, the service Participant may provide as a director of a Subsidiary;

 

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(h)     the future value of the underlying Shares is unknown, indeterminable and cannot be predicted with certainty;

 

(i)     no claim or entitlement to compensation or damages shall arise from forfeiture of this Award resulting from the termination of Participant's employment or other service relationship (for any reason whatsoever, whether or not later found to be invalid or in breach of employment laws in the jurisdiction where Participant is employed or the terms of Participant's employment agreement, if any); and

 

(j)     neither the Company nor the Employer shall be liable for any foreign exchange rate fluctuation between Participant's local currency and the United States Dollar that may affect the value of this Award or of any amounts due to Participant pursuant to the settlement of this Award or the subsequent sale of any Shares acquired upon settlement.

 

8.     Data Privacy. The Company is located at 614 McKinley Place N.E., Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. and grants Awards under the Plan to employees of the Company and its Subsidiaries, at its sole discretion. In conjunction with the Company's grant of Awards under the Plan and its ongoing administration of such Awards, the Company is providing the following information about its data collection, processing and transfer practices. In accepting the grant of this Award, Participant expressly and explicitly consents to the personal data activities as described herein.

 

(a)     Data Collection, Processing and Usage. The Company and the Employer will collect, process and use certain personal information about Participant, specifically, Participant's name, home address, email address and telephone number, date of birth, social security or insurance number, passport number or other identification number, salary, nationality, job title, any Shares or directorships held in the Company, details of all Awards or any other entitlement to Shares awarded, canceled, exercised, vested, unvested or outstanding in Participant's favor (“Personal Data”), for the exclusive purpose of implementing, administering and managing the Plan. Participant's Personal Data also may be disclosed to certain securities or other regulatory authorities where the Company’s securities are listed or traded or regulatory filings are made. The Company's legal basis for the collection, processing and use of Participant's Personal Data is Participant's consent.

 

(b)     Stock Plan Administration Service Providers. The Company and the Employer transfer Participant's Personal Data to Morgan Stanley a broker firm/third party service provider based in the United States of America and engaged by the Company to assist with the implementation, administration and management of awards granted under the Plan (the “Stock Plan Administrator”). In the future, the Company may select a different Stock Plan Administrator and share Participant's Personal Data with another company that serves in a similar manner. The Stock Plan Administrator will open an account for Participant to receive and trade Shares acquired under the Plan. Participant will be asked to agree to separate terms and data processing practices with the Stock Plan Administrator, which is a condition of Participant's ability to participate in the Plan.

 

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(c)     International Personal Data Transfers. The Company and the Stock Plan Administrator are based in the United States of America. You should note that Participant's country of residence may have enacted data privacy laws that are different from the United States of America. The Company's legal basis for the transfer of Participant's Personal Data to the United States of America is Participant's consent.

 

(d)     Voluntariness and Consequences of Consent, Denial or Withdrawal. Participant's participation in the Plan and Participant's grant of consent hereunder is purely voluntary. Participant may deny or withdraw his or her consent at any time. If Participant does not consent, or if Participant later withdraws his or her consent, Participant may be unable to participate in the Plan. This would not affect Participant's existing employment or salary; instead, Participant merely may forfeit the opportunities associated with participation in the Plan.

 

(e)     Personal Data Retention. Participant understands that Participant's Personal Data will be held only as long as is necessary to implement, administer and manage this Award and Participant's participation in the Plan. When the Company no longer needs Participant's Personal Data, the Company will remove it from its systems. If the Company retains Participant's Personal Data longer, it would be to satisfy the Company's legal or regulatory obligations and the Company's legal basis would be for compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

 

(f)     Personal Data Subject Rights. Participant understands that Participant may have the right under applicable law to (i) access or copy Participant's Personal Data that the Company possesses, (ii) rectify incorrect Personal Data concerning Participant, (iii) delete Participant's Personal Data, (iv) restrict processing of Participant's Personal Data, or (vi) lodge complaints with the competent supervisory authorities in Participant's country of residence. To receive clarification regarding these rights or to exercise these rights, Participant understands that Participant can contact his or her Employer's human resources representative.

 

9.     General Provisions.

 

(a)     Employment or Other Relationship. This Agreement shall not confer on Participant any right with respect to the continuance of employment or any other relationship with the Employer, the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, nor will it interfere in any way with the right of the Company to terminate such employment or relationship. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as creating an employment contract for any specified term between Participant, the Employer and the Company or any Subsidiary.

 

(b)     Securities Law Compliance. The issuance of Shares upon vesting of this Award shall be effective only at such time as counsel to the Company shall have determined that the issuance and delivery of Shares upon vesting will not violate any state or federal securities or other laws. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan or this Agreement, unless there is an exemption from any registration, qualification or other legal requirement applicable to the Shares the Company shall not be required to deliver any Shares issuable upon settlement of this Award prior to the completion of any registration or qualification of the Shares under any local, state, federal or foreign securities or exchange control law or under rulings or regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) or of any other governmental regulatory body, or prior to obtaining any approval or other clearance from any local, state, federal or foreign governmental agency, which registration, qualification or approval the Company shall, in its absolute discretion, deem necessary or advisable. Participant understands that the Company is under no obligation to register or qualify the shares with the SEC or any state or foreign securities commission or to seek approval or clearance from any governmental authority for the issuance or sale of the Shares. Further, Participant agrees that the Company shall have unilateral authority to amend the Agreement without his or her consent to the extent necessary to comply with securities or other laws applicable to issuance of Shares.

 

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(c)     Shares Reserved. The Company shall at all times during the term of this Agreement reserve and keep available such number of Shares as will be sufficient to satisfy the requirements of this Agreement.

 

(d)     Nontransferability. The Award For so long as the Shares underlying this Award remain unvested, such Shares shall not be transferred, assigned or pledged in any manner by the Participant, in whole or in part.

 

(e)     2020 Equity Incentive Plan. The Award evidenced by this Agreement is granted pursuant to the Plan, a copy of which Plan has been made available to Participant and is hereby incorporated into this Agreement. This Agreement is subject to and in all respects limited and conditioned as provided in the Plan. All defined terms of the Plan shall have the same meaning when used in this Agreement. The Plan governs this Award and, in the event of any questions as to the construction of this Agreement or in the event of a conflict between the Plan and this Agreement, the Plan shall govern, except as the Plan otherwise provides.

 

(f)     Lockup Period Limitation. Participant agrees that in the event the Company advises Participant that it plans an underwritten public offering of its Shares in compliance with the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and that the underwriter(s) seek to impose restrictions under which Participant may not sell or contract to sell or grant any option to buy or otherwise dispose of part or all of this Award or the Shares underlying this Award, Participant hereby agrees that for a period not to exceed 180 days from the effective date of the prospectus relating to such offering, Participant will not sell or contract to sell or grant an option to buy or otherwise dispose of this Award or any of the Shares underlying this Award without the prior written consent of the underwriter(s) or its representative(s).

 

(g)     Stock Legend. The Administrator may require that the certificates or book entries for any Shares issued to Participant (or Participant's permitted successors or assigns) pursuant to this Award bear an appropriate legend and stop transfer order to reflect the restrictions of Section 5 and Sections 9(e) through 9(f) of this Agreement; provided, however, that failure to so endorse any of such certificates or book entries shall not render invalid or inapplicable Section 5 or Sections 9(e) through 9(f).

 

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(h)     Scope of Agreement. This Agreement shall bind and inure to the benefit of the Company and its successors and assigns and Participant and any successor or assigns of Participant permitted by this Agreement. This Award is expressly subject to all terms and conditions contained in the Plan and in this Agreement, and Participant’s failure to execute this Agreement shall not relieve Participant from complying with such terms and conditions.

 

(i)     Arbitration. Any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the alleged breach of it, or the making of this Agreement, including claims of fraud in the inducement, shall be discussed between the disputing parties in a good faith effort to arrive at a mutual settlement of any such controversy. If, notwithstanding, such dispute cannot be resolved, such dispute shall be settled by binding arbitration. Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The arbitrator shall be a retired state or federal judge or an attorney who has practiced securities or business litigation for at least ten (10) years. If the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator within twenty (20) days, any party may request that the chief judge of the District Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States of America, select an arbitrator. Arbitration will be conducted pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement, and the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association, unless such rules are inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement. Limited civil discovery shall be permitted for the production of documents and taking of depositions. Unresolved discovery disputes may be brought to the attention of the arbitrator who may dispose of such dispute. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award any remedy or relief that a court of this state could order or grant; provided, however, that punitive or exemplary damages shall not be awarded. The arbitrator may award to the prevailing party, if any, as determined by the arbitrator, all of its costs and fees, including the arbitrator’s fees, administrative fees, travel expenses, out-of-pocket expenses and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the place of any arbitration proceedings shall be Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States of America.

 

(j)     Delay in Payment for Specified Employee. In the event this Award is subject to Code Section 409A and the Administrator determines that Participant is a “specified employee” within the meaning of Code Section 409A, then any payment due to Participant’s separation from service shall not be paid earlier than the first day of the seventh month immediately following such separation from service.

 

(k)     Right to Amend. The Company hereby reserves the right to amend this Agreement without Participant’s consent to the extent necessary or desirable to comply with the requirements of Code Section 409A and the regulations, notices and other guidance of general application issued thereunder.

 

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(l)     Section 280G.   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, to the extent that any of the payments and benefits provided for under this Agreement or any other agreement or arrangement between Participant and the Company (collectively, the “Payments”) constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code and (ii) but for this Section 5(m), would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, then the Payments shall be payable either (i) in full or (ii) as to such lesser amount which would result in no portion of such Payments being subject to excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code; whichever of the foregoing amounts, taking into account the applicable federal, state and local income taxes and the excise tax imposed by Section 4999, results in Participant’s receipt on an after-tax basis, of the greatest amount of economic benefits under this Agreement, notwithstanding that all or some portion of such benefits may be taxable under Section 4999 of the Code.  Unless Participant and the Company otherwise agree in writing, any determination required under this Section 9(l) shall be made in writing by the Company’s independent public accountants (the “Accountants”), whose reasonable determination shall be conclusive and binding upon Participant and the Company for all purposes.  For purposes of making the calculations required by this Section 9(l), the Accountants may make reasonable assumptions and approximations concerning applicable taxes and may rely on reasonable, good faith interpretations concerning the application of the Sections 280G and 4999 of the Code.  Participant and the Company shall furnish to the Accountants such information and documents as the Accountants may reasonably request in order to make a determination under this Section 9(l).

 

(m)     Governing Law.  The validity, construction and effect of the Plan and the Agreement, and any rules and regulations relating to the Plan and the Agreement, shall be determined in accordance with the internal laws, and not the law of conflicts, of the State of Minnesota, United States of America.

 

(n)     Language. Participant acknowledges that he or she is proficient in the English language, or has consulted with an advisor who is proficient in the English language, so as to enable Participant to understand the provisions of this Agreement and the Plan. If Participant has received this Agreement or any other document related to the Plan translated into a language other than English and if the meaning of the translated version is different than the English version, the English version will control.

 

(o)     Electronic Delivery and Participation. The Company may, in its sole discretion, decide to deliver any documents related to current or future participation in the Plan by electronic means. Participant hereby consents to receive such documents by electronic delivery and agree to participate in the Plan through an on-line or electronic system established and maintained by the Company or a third party designated by the Company.

 

(p)     Severability. The provisions of this Agreement are severable and if any one or more provisions are determined to be illegal or otherwise unenforceable, in whole or in part, the remaining provisions shall nevertheless be binding and enforceable.

 

(q)     Addendum. Notwithstanding any provisions of this Agreement to the contrary, this Award shall be subject to any special terms and conditions for Participant's country of residence (and country of employment, if different), as are forth in the applicable Addendum to this Agreement. Further, if Participant transfers residence and/or employment to another country reflected in an Addendum to this Agreement, the special terms and conditions for such country will apply to Participant to the extent the Company determines, in its sole discretion, that the application of such terms and conditions is necessary or advisable in order to comply with local law, rules and regulations or to facilitate the operation and administration of this Award and the Plan (or the Company may establish alternative terms and conditions as may be necessary or advisable to accommodate Participant's transfer). Any applicable Addendum shall constitute part of this Agreement.

 

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(r)     Imposition of Other Requirements. The Company reserves the right to impose other requirements on this Award, any payment made pursuant to this Award, and Participant's participation in the Plan, to the extent the Company determines, in its sole discretion, that such other requirements are necessary or advisable in order to comply with local law, rules and regulations or to facilitate the operation and administration of this Award and the Plan. Such requirements may include (but are not limited to) requiring Participant to sign any agreements or undertakings that may be necessary to accomplish the foregoing.

 

(s)     Waiver. Participant acknowledges that a waiver by the Company of breach of any provision of this Agreement shall not operate or be construed as a waiver of any other provision of this Agreement, or of any subsequent breach, whether or like or different nature.

 

(t)     Private Offering. The grant of this Award is not intended to be a public offering of securities in Participant’s country of residence (and country of employment, if different). The Company has not submitted any registration statement, prospectus or other filing with the local securities authorities with respect to the grant of this Award (unless otherwise required under local law). No employee of the Company is permitted to advise Participant on whether Participant should acquire Shares under the Plan or provide Participant with any legal, tax or financial advice with respect to the grant of this Award. Investment in Shares involves a degree of risk. Before deciding to acquire Shares pursuant to this Award, Participant should carefully consider all risk factors and tax considerations relevant to the acquisition of Shares under the Plan or the disposition of them. Further, Participant should carefully review all of the materials related to this Award and the Plan, and Participant should consult with Participant’s personal legal, tax and financial advisors for professional advice in relation to Participant’s personal circumstances.

 

(u)     Exchange Control, Foreign Asset/Account and/or Tax Reporting. Participant acknowledges that there may be certain exchange control, foreign asset/account and/or tax reporting requirements which may affect Participant’s ability to acquire or hold Shares or cash received from participating in the Plan (including the proceeds from the sale of Shares and the receipt of any dividends paid on Shares) in a brokerage or bank account outside Participant’s country. Participant may be required to report such accounts, assets or related transactions to the tax or other authorities in Participant’s country. Participant also may be required to repatriate sale proceeds or other funds received as a result of participating in the Plan to Participant’s country within a certain time after receipt. Participant acknowledges that it is Participant’s responsibility to comply with such regulations and that Participant should speak to his or her personal advisor on this matter.

 

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(v)     Insider Trading/Market Abuse. Participant may be subject to insider trading restrictions and/or market abuse laws based on the exchange on which the Shares are listed and in applicable jurisdictions, including the United States, Participant’s country and the designated broker’s country, which may affect Participant’s ability to accept, acquire, sell or otherwise dispose of Shares, rights to Shares (e.g., this Award) or rights linked to the value of Shares under the Plan during such times that Participant is considered to have “inside information” regarding the Company (as defined by the laws or regulations in Participant’s country).  Any restrictions under these laws or regulations are separate from and in addition to any restrictions that may be imposed under any applicable Company insider trading policy. Participant acknowledges that it is Participant’s responsibility to comply with any applicable restrictions and that Participant should speak to his or her personal advisor on this matter.

 

(w)     Consent and Agreement With Respect to Plan. Participant (a) acknowledges that a copy of the Plan and the U.S. prospectus for the Plan has been available to Participant; (b) represents that he or she has read and is familiar with the terms and provisions thereof, has had an opportunity to obtain the advice of counsel of his or her choice prior to executing this Agreement and fully understands all provisions of this Agreement and the Plan; (c) accepts this Award subject to all of the terms and provisions thereof; and (d) agrees to accept as binding, conclusive and final all decisions or interpretations of the Administrator upon any questions arising under the Plan or this Agreement.

 

 

[Signature page follows.]

 

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ACCORDINGLY, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed on the day and year first above written.

 

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

   
   
   
 

By                                                             

     Its                                                         

 

 

PARTICIPANT

 

 

 

By: ___________________________________

       Printed Name: [●]

 

 

[Signature Page to Global Restricted Stock Unit Agreement]

 

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

 

ADDENDUM TO
GLOBAL RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AGREEMENT

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION
20
20 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

In addition to the terms of the Plan and the Agreement, the Award is subject to the following additional terms and conditions as set forth in this addendum (the “Addendum”). All defined terms as contained in this Addendum shall have the same meaning as set forth in the Plan and the Agreement. Pursuant to Section 9(q) of the Agreement, to the extent Participant transfers residence and/or employment to another country, the additional terms and conditions as set forth in the Addendum for such country (if any) shall also apply to the Award to the extent the Company determines, in its sole discretion, that the application of such addendum is necessary or advisable in order to comply with local laws, rules and regulations, or to facilitate the operation and administration of the Award and the Plan (or the Company may establish alternative terms and conditions as may be necessary or advisable to accommodate Participant’s transfer).

 

European Union (“EU”) / European Economic Area (“EEA”) / Switzerland / United Kingdom

 

1.     Data Privacy. If Participant resides and/or works in the EU/EEA, Switzerland or the United Kingdom, Section 8 of the Agreement shall be replaced with the following:

 

The Company is located at 614 McKinley Place N.E., Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. and grants Awards under the Plan to employees of the Company and its Subsidiaries, at its sole discretion. In conjunction with the Company's grant of the Award under the Plan and its ongoing administration of such award, the Company is providing the following information about its data collection, processing and transfer practices, which Participant should carefully review.

 

(a)     Data Collection, Processing and Usage. The Company and the Employer will collect, process and use certain personal information about Participant, specifically, Participant's name, home address, email address and telephone number, date of birth, social security or insurance number, passport number or other identification number, salary, nationality, job title, any Shares or directorships held in the Company, details of all Awards or any other entitlement to Shares awarded, canceled, exercised, vested, unvested or outstanding in Participant's favor (“Personal Data”), for the exclusive purpose of implementing, administering and managing the Plan. Participant's Personal Data also may be disclosed to certain securities or other regulatory authorities where the Company’s securities are listed or traded or regulatory filings are made. The Company's legal basis for such disclosure of Participant's Personal Data is to satisfy its contractual obligations under the terms of the Agreement and this Addendum, and to comply with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

 

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(b)     Stock Plan Administrator. The Company and the Employer transfer Participant's Personal Data to Morgan Stanley a broker firm/third party service provider based in the United States of America and engaged by the Company to assist with the implementation, administration and management of Awards granted under the Plan (the “Stock Plan Administrator”). In the future, the Company may select a different Stock Plan Administrator and share Participant's Personal Data with another company that serves in a similar manner. The Stock Plan Administrator will open an account for Participant to receive and trade Shares acquired under the Plan. Participant will be asked to agree to separate terms and data processing practices with the Stock Plan Administrator, which is a condition of Participant's ability to participate in the Plan.

 

(c)     International Personal Data Transfers. The Company and the Stock Plan Administrator are based in the United States of America. Participant should note that Participant's country of residence may have enacted data privacy laws that are different from the United States of America. The Company's legal basis for the transfer of Participant's Personal Data to the United States of America is to satisfy its contractual obligations under the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

 

(d)     Data Retention. Participant understand that Participant's Personal Data will be held only as long as is necessary to implement, administer and manage the Award and Participant's participation in the Plan. When the Company no longer needs Participant's Personal Data, the Company will remove it from its systems. If the Company retains Participant's Personal Data longer, it would be to satisfy the Company's legal or regulatory obligations and the Company's legal basis would be for compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

 

(e)     Data Subject Rights. Participant understands that Participant may have the right under applicable law to (i) access or copy Participant's Personal Data that the Company possesses, (ii) rectify incorrect Personal Data concerning Participant, (iii) delete Participant's Personal Data, (iv) restrict processing of Participant's Personal Data, or (v) lodge complaints with the competent supervisory authorities in Participant's country of residence. To receive clarification regarding these rights or to exercise these rights, Participant understand that Participant can contact his or her Employer's human resources representative.

 

Austria

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

Belgium

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

Canada

 

1.     Settlement in Shares. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Agreement or the Plan, the Award shall be settled only in Shares (and may not be settled in cash).

 

2.     Consent to Receive Information in English. To the extent Participant is resident in Quebec, the parties acknowledge that it is their express wish that this Agreement, as well as all documents, notices and legal proceedings entered into, given or instituted pursuant hereto or relating directly or indirectly hereto, be written in English.

 

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Les parties reconnaissent avoir exigé la rédaction en anglais du présent Contrat, ainsi que de tous documents exécutés, avis donnés ou procédures judiciaires intentées, en vertu du, ou liés directement ou indirectement, au présent Contrat.

 

3.     Data Privacy. The following provision supplements Section 8 of the Agreement:

 

Participant hereby authorizes the Company and the Company’s representatives to discuss with and obtain all relevant information from all personnel, professional or not, involved in the administration and operation of Participant’s awards under the Plan. Participant further authorizes the Company, its Subsidiaries, and the stock plan administrator to disclose and discuss Participant’s participation in the Plan with their respective advisors. Participant further authorizes the Company and its Subsidiaries to record such information and to keep such information in his or her employee file.

 

 

China

 

1.     Award Conditioned on Satisfaction of Regulatory Obligations. If Participant is a national of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”), the grant of the Award is conditioned upon the Company securing all necessary approvals from the PRC State Administration of Foreign Exchange to permit the operation of the Plan and the participation of PRC nationals employed by the Employer, as determined by the Company in its sole discretion.

 

2.     Immediate Sale of Shares. If Participant is a PRC national, he/she may be required to immediately sell all Shares acquired upon vesting of the Award (in which case, this Addendum shall give the Company the authority to issue sales instructions on Participant's behalf). Participant agrees to sign any additional agreements, forms and/or consents that reasonably may be requested by the Company (or the Stock Plan Administrator) to effectuate the sale of the Shares (including, without limitation, as to the transfer of the sale proceeds and other exchange control matters noted below) and shall otherwise cooperate with the Company with respect to such matters. Participant acknowledges that neither the Company nor the Stock Plan Administrator is under any obligation to arrange for such sale of Shares at any particular price (it being understood that the sale will occur in the market) and that broker’s fees and similar expenses may be incurred in any such sale. In any event, when the Shares are sold, the sale proceeds, less any tax withholding, any broker’s fees or commissions, and any similar expenses of the sale will be remitted to Participant in accordance with applicable exchange control laws and regulations.

 

3.     Exchange Control Restrictions. Participant understands and agrees that, if Participant is subject to exchange control laws in China, Participant will be required to repatriate immediately to China the proceeds from the sale of any Shares acquired under the Plan. Participant further understands that such repatriation of sale proceeds must be effected through a special bank account established by the Company with a financial institution in China and Participant hereby consents and agrees that proceeds from the sale of Shares acquired under the Plan may be transferred to such account by the Company on Participant's behalf prior to being delivered to Participant and that no interest shall be paid with respect to funds held in such account. Sale proceeds may be paid to Participant in U.S. dollars or local currency at the Company’s discretion. If the sale proceeds are paid to Participant in U.S. dollars, Participant understands that Participant must establish and maintain a U.S. dollar bank account in China so that the proceeds may be deposited into such account. If the sale proceeds are paid to Participant in local currency, Participant acknowledges that the Company is under no obligation to secure any particular exchange conversion rate and that the Company may face delays in converting the sale proceeds to local currency due to exchange control restrictions. Participant agrees to bear any currency fluctuation risk between the time the shares of Common Stock are sold and the net proceeds are converted into local currency and distributed to Participant. Participant further agrees to comply with any other requirements that may be imposed by the Company in the future in order to facilitate compliance with exchange control requirements in China.

 

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4.     Administration. The Company shall not be liable for any costs, fees, lost interest or dividends or other losses Participant may incur or suffer resulting from the enforcement of the terms of this section or otherwise from the Company’s operation and enforcement of the terms of the Plan, the Agreement and this Addendum, and the Award in accordance with Chinese law including, without limitation, any applicable rules, regulations, requirements and approvals issued by the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.

 

Czech Republic

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

Denmark

 

1.     Danish Stock Option Act. Notwithstanding anything in the Agreement or the Plan to the contrary, the treatment of the Award upon Participant’s termination of employment with the Company or any Subsidiary, as applicable, shall be governed by the Danish Stock Option Act, as in effect at the time of Participant’s termination (as determined by the Committee in its discretion in consultation with legal counsel). By accepting the Award, Participant acknowledges that he or she has received a Danish translation of an Employer Statement, which is being provided to comply with the Danish Stock Option Act.

 

Finland

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

France

 

1.     Award Not Tax-Qualified. The Award is not intended to qualify for special tax and social security treatment pursuant to Sections L. 225-197-1 to L. 225-197-6 of the French Commercial Code, as amended.

 

2.     Consent to Receive Information in English. By accepting the Award, Participant confirms having read and understood the Plan, the Agreement and this Addendum, including all terms and conditions included therein, which were provided in the English language. Participant accepts the terms of those documents accordingly.

 

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Consentement afin de Recevoir des Informations en Anglais

 

En acceptant les Attributions, le Participant confirme avoir lu et compris le Plan, le Contrat et la présente Annexe, en ce compris tous les termes et conditions y relatifs, qui ont été fournis en langue anglaise. Le Participant accepte les dispositions de ces documents en connaissance de cause.

 

Germany

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

Hong Kong

 

1.     Restriction on Sale of Shares. Shares received pursuant to the Award is accepted as a personal investment. To facilitate compliance with securities laws in Hong Kong, Participant agrees not to sell the Shares issued in settlement of the Award within six (6) months of the Date of Grant.

 

2.     Award Is Not Wages. The Award and the Shares underlying the Award do not form part of Participant's wages for purposes of calculating any statutory or contractual payments under applicable law in Hong Kong.

 

3.     Securities Law Notice. WARNING: The contents of this document have not been reviewed by any regulatory authority in Hong Kong. Participant is advised to exercise caution in relation to the offer. If Participant is in any doubt about any of the contents of this document, Participant should obtain independent professional advice. Neither the grant of the Award nor the issuance of Shares upon vesting of the Award constitutes a public offering of securities under Hong Kong law and is available only to employees of the Company and its Subsidiaries. The Agreement, including this Addendum, the Plan and other incidental communication materials distributed in connection with the Award (i) have not been prepared in accordance with and are not intended to constitute a “prospectus” for a public offering of securities under the applicable securities legislation in Hong Kong and (ii) are intended only for the personal use of each eligible employee of the Company or its Subsidiaries and may not be distributed to any other person.

 

4.     Nature of Plan. The Company specifically intends that the Plan will not be an occupational retirement scheme for purposes of the Occupational Retirement Schemes Ordinance.

 

Hungary

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

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India

 

1.     Repatriation Requirements. Participant expressly agrees to repatriate all amounts acquired under the Plan in accordance with local foreign exchange rules and regulations. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries shall be liable for any fines or penalties resulting from Participant’s failure to comply with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

 

Italy

 

1.     Plan Document Acknowledgement. In accepting the Award, Participant acknowledges that he or she has received a copy of the Plan and the Agreement and has reviewed the Plan and the Agreement (including this Addendum), in their entirety and fully understands and accepts all provisions of the Plan and the Agreement (including this Addendum). Participant further acknowledges that he or she has read and specifically and expressly approves the following provisions of the Agreement: Section 5: Tax Obligations; Section 7: Nature of Grant; Section 9(m): Governing Law; Section 9(q): Addendum; Section 9(r): Imposition of Other Requirements; and the Data Privacy provisions for the European Union reflected above.

 

Japan

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

Korea

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

Luxembourg

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

Netherlands

 

1.     Waiver of Termination Rights. As a condition to the grant of the Award, Participant hereby waives any and all rights to compensation or damages as a result of the termination of Participant's employment with the Company and the Employer for any reason whatsoever, insofar as those rights result or may result from (a) the loss or diminution in value of such rights or entitlements under the Plan, or (b) Participant ceasing to have rights under or ceasing to be entitled to any Award under the Plan as a result of such termination.

 

Poland

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

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Singapore

 

1.     Securities Law Notice. The grant of the Award is being made pursuant to the “Qualifying Person” exemption under section 273(1)(f) of the Securities and Futures Act (Chapter 289, 2006 Ed.) (“SFA”) and is not made to Participant with a view to the underlying Shares being subsequently offered for sale to any other party. The Plan has not been, and will not be, lodged or registered as a prospectus with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Participant should note that the Award are subject to section 257 of the SFA and Participant should not make (i) any subsequent sale of the Shares in Singapore or (ii) any offer of such subsequent sale of the Shares subject to the Award in Singapore, unless such sale or offer is made after six (6) months from the Date of Grant or pursuant to the exemptions under Part XIII Division 1 Subdivision (4) (other than section 280) of the SFA. The Shares are currently traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC, which is located outside of Singapore, under the ticker symbol “TECH” and Shares acquired under the Plan may be sold through this exchange.

 

Spain

 

1.     Nature of Award. The following provision supplements Section 7 of the Agreement:

 

In accepting the grant of the Award, Participant acknowledges that he or she consents to participation in the Plan and has received a copy of the Plan.

 

Participant understands that the Company, in its sole discretion, has unilaterally and gratuitously decided to grant Awards under the Plan to individuals who may be employees of the Company or its Subsidiaries throughout the world. The decision is a limited decision that is entered into upon the express assumption and condition that any Award will not economically or otherwise bind the Company or any of its Subsidiaries on an ongoing basis. Consequently, Participant understands that the Award is granted on the assumption and condition that the Award and any Shares acquired upon vesting of the Award shall not become a part of any employment contract (either with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries) and shall not be considered a mandatory benefit, salary for any purposes (including severance compensation) or any other right whatsoever.

 

Further, Participant understands and agrees that, unless otherwise expressly provided for by the Company or set forth in the Agreement, the Award will be cancelled without entitlement to any Shares if Participant terminates employment by reason of, including, but not limited to: resignation, retirement, disciplinary dismissal adjudged to be with cause, disciplinary dismissal adjudged or recognized to be without cause (i.e., subject to a “despido improcedente”), material modification of the terms of employment under Article 41 of the Workers’ Statute, relocation under Article 40 of the Workers’ Statute, Article 50 of the Workers’ Statute, or under Article 10.3 of Royal Decree 1382/1985. The Committee, in its sole discretion, shall determine the date when Participant’s employment has terminated for purposes of the Award.

 

Participant understands that the grant of this Award would not be granted but for the assumptions and conditions referred to above; thus, Participant acknowledges and freely accepts that should any or all of the assumptions be mistaken or should any of the conditions not be met for any reason, then any grant of, or right to, the Award shall be null and void.

 

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Sweden

 

1.     Tax Obligations. The following provision supplements Section 5 of the Agreement:

 

Without limiting the Company's and the Employer's authority to satisfy their withholding obligations for Tax-Related Items as set forth in Section 4 of the Agreement, in accepting the grant of the Award, Participant authorizes the Company and/or the Employer to withhold Shares or to sell Shares otherwise deliverable to Participant upon exercise to satisfy Tax-Related Items, regardless of whether the Company and/or the Employer have an obligation to withhold such Tax-Related Items.

 

Switzerland

 

1.     Securities Law Notice. Neither the Agreement, the Addendum nor any other materials relating to the Award (i) constitutes a prospectus according to article 35 et seq. of the Swiss Federal Act on Financial Services ("FinSA"), (ii) may be publicly distributed nor otherwise made publicly available in Switzerland to any person other than an employee of the Company, or (iii) has been or will be filed with, approved or supervised by any Swiss reviewing body according to article 51 of FinSA or any Swiss regulatory authority, including the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA).

 

Taiwan

 

No country-specific provisions.

 

United Kingdom

 

1.     Tax Obligations. The following provision supplements Section 5 of the Agreement:

 

Without limitation to Section 5 of the Agreement, Participant hereby agrees that Participant is liable for all Tax Related-Items and hereby covenants to pay all such Tax Related-Items, as and when requested by the Company, or if different, the Employer, or by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) (or any other tax authority or any other relevant authority). Participant also hereby agrees to indemnify and keep indemnified the Company and, if different, the Employer, against any Tax Related-Items that they are required to pay or withhold, or have paid or will pay to HMRC (or any other tax authority or any other relevant authority) on Participant’s behalf.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, if Participant is a director or executive officer of the Company (within the meaning of Section 13(k) of the Exchange Act), Participant may not be able to indemnify the Company or the Employer for the amount of any income tax not collected from or paid by Participant, as it may be considered a loan. In this case, the amount of any uncollected amounts may constitute a benefit to Participant on which additional income tax and National Insurance Contributions may be payable. Participant will be responsible for reporting and paying any income tax due on this additional benefit directly to HMRC under the self-assessment regime and for paying the Company or the Employer for the value of any National Insurance Contributions due on this additional benefit, which the Company or the Employer may recover by any of the means referred to in Section 5 of the Agreement.

 

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2.     Exclusion of Claim. Participant acknowledges and agrees that Participant will have no entitlement to compensation or damages insofar as such entitlement arises or may arise from Participant ceasing to have rights under or to be entitled to the Award, whether or not as a result of termination of employment (whether such termination is in breach of contract or otherwise), or from the loss or diminution in value of the Award. Upon the grant of the Award, Participant shall be deemed to have waived irrevocably such entitlement.

 

 

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