As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 23, 2020

Registration No. 333-

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM S-8
REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933 
AdvanSix Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware 81-2525089
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

300 Kimball Drive, Suite 101
Parsippany, New Jersey 07054
(973) 526-1800
(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of registrant’s principal executive offices)
 
2016 Stock Incentive Plan of AdvanSix Inc. and its Affiliates, as Amended and Restated
(Full title of the plan)
 
Erin N. Kane
President and Chief Executive Officer
AdvanSix Inc.
300 Kimball Drive, Suite 101
Parsippany, New Jersey 07054
(973) 526-1800
(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)
 
Copies to:
Achilles B. Kintiroglou
Senior Vice President, General Counsel,
 and Corporate Secretary
AdvanSix Inc.
300 Kimball Drive, Suite 101
Parsippany, New Jersey 07054
(973) 526-1800

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company.  See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
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If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act. [ ]
 
CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE
Title of Each Class of
Securities to be Registered
Amount to be
Registered
Proposed Maximum
Offering Price Per Share
Proposed Maximum Aggregate
Offering Price
Amount of Registration Fee
Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share
2,937,209
shares (1)
$13.19 (2)
$38,741,787$5,029
(1) Pursuant to Rule 416(c) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), this registration statement (this “Registration Statement”) shall also cover any additional shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (“Common Stock”), that may become issuable under the 2016 Stock Incentive Plan of AdvanSix Inc. and its Affiliates, as Amended and Restated (the “2016 Plan”) by reason of any stock dividend, stock split, recapitalization or any other similar transaction that results in an adjustment to the outstanding shares of Common Stock. There are 2,937,209 shares of Common Stock authorized to be issued under the 2016 Plan.
(2) Estimated solely for the purpose of computing the registration fee pursuant to Rules 457(c) and 457(h) under the Securities Act based on the average of the high and low prices of shares of Common Stock as reported on the New York Stock Exchange on June 16, 2020.
 




EXPLANATORY NOTE

Registration of Additional Securities

On June 23, 2020, the stockholders of AdvanSix Inc. (the “Company”) approved the 2016 Stock Incentive Plan of AdvanSix Inc. and its Affiliates, as Amended and Restated (the “2016 Plan”) to increase the number of shares of Common Stock available under the 2016 Plan to an aggregate of 2,937,209 shares and to implement certain additional amendments summarized in Proposal No. 4 in the Company’s proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on April 29, 2020. This Registration Statement is being filed with the Commission pursuant to General Instruction E to Form S-8 under the Securities Act to register the 2,937,209 additional shares of Common stock under the 2016 Plan. This Registration Statement hereby incorporates by reference the contents of the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 filed with the Commission on September 30, 2016 (Registration No. 333-213914) (the “Original Registration Statement”), which registered 3,350,000 shares of Common Stock under the 2016 Plan, except to the extent supplemented, amended or superseded by the information set forth herein. Any items in the Original Registration Statement not expressly changed hereby shall be as set forth in the Original Registration Statement.

Part II

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT

Item 3.  Incorporation of Documents by Reference.

The following documents, which have been filed with the Commission by the Company, pursuant to the Securities Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), as applicable, are hereby incorporated by reference in, and shall be deemed to be a part of, this Registration Statement:

(a)
the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, filed with the Commission on February 21, 2020 (the “2019 Form 10-K”);
(b)
the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, filed with the Commission on May 1, 2020;
(c)
the Company’s Current Reports on Form 8-K, filed with the Commission on February 21, 2020, February 25, 2020, March 13, 2020, and June 23, 2020; and
(d)
the description of Common Stock, which is contained in Exhibit 4.1 to the 2019 Form 10-K.

All documents subsequently filed by the Company pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act subsequent to the date of this Registration Statement and prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement which indicates that all securities offered hereby have been sold or which deregisters all such securities then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference herein and to be a part hereof from the date of filing of such documents.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Registration Statement shall be deemed to incorporate the information furnished pursuant to Item 2.02 or Item 7.01 of any Current Report on Form 8-K, unless otherwise expressly stated therein, including any exhibits to the extent furnished in connection with such items.

Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained herein (or in any other subsequently filed document which also is incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein) modifies or supersedes such statement. Any such statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this Registration Statement.

Item 5.  Interests of Named Experts and Counsel.

The opinion as to the legality of the securities registered hereunder is being given by Achilles B. Kintiroglou, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Company. As of June 16, 2020, Mr. Kintiroglou is the beneficial owner of 10,146 shares of Common Stock and options to purchase 29,281 shares of the Common Stock. Mr. Kintiroglou is also eligible to participate in the 2016 Plan.





Item 8.  Exhibits.
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4.2
4.3
5.1
23.1
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SIGNATURES
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act, the Company certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Parsippany, State of New Jersey, on the 23rd day of June, 2020.
ADVANSIX INC. 
By: /s/ Erin N. Kane
Name:Erin N. Kane 
Title:Chief Executive Officer 
   
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints Erin N. Kane, Michael Preston, and Achilles B. Kintiroglou and each of them, his or her true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him or her and in his or her name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign any and all amendments (including post-effective amendments) to this Registration Statement, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and all other documents in connection therewith, with the Commission, granting unto each said attorney-in-fact and agents full power and authority to do and perform each and every act in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents or either of them or their or his or her substitute or substitutes may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

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



 Name
 
 Title
 
 Date
/s/ Erin N. Kane President and Chief Executive Officer and Director 
June 23, 2020
Erin N. Kane (Principal Executive Officer)  
/s/ Michael Preston Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer June 23, 2020
Michael Preston (Principal Financial Officer)  
/s/ Christopher Gramm Vice President and Controller  June 23, 2020
Christopher Gramm (Principal Accounting Officer)  
/s/ Michael L. Marberry Director June 23, 2020
Michael L. Marberry    
/s/ Paul E. Huck Director June 23, 2020
Paul E. Huck    
/s/ Daniel F. Sansone Director June 23, 2020
Daniel F. Sansone    
/s/ Sharon S. Spurlin Director June 23, 2020
Sharon S. Spurlin    
/s/ Darrell K. Hughes Director June 23, 2020
Darrell K. Hughes    
/s/ Todd D. Karran Director June 23, 2020
Todd D. Karran    
/s/ Patrick S. WilliamsDirectorJune 23, 2020
Patrick S. Williams


Document

Exhibit 4.3

2016 Stock Incentive Plan of AdvanSix Inc. and its Affiliates,
as Amended and Restated

(effective June 23, 2020)

ARTICLE I
ESTABLISHMENT AND PURPOSE

1.1 Purpose. The purpose of this 2016 Stock Incentive Plan of AdvanSix Inc. and its Affiliates (the “Plan”) is to enable the Company to achieve superior financial performance, as reflected in the performance of its Common Stock and other key financial or operating indicators by (a) providing incentives and rewards to certain employees and service providers who are in a position to contribute materially to the success and long-term objectives of the Company, (b) aiding in the recruitment and retention of employees and service providers of exceptional ability, (c) providing employees an opportunity to acquire or expand equity interests in the Company and (d) promoting the growth and success of the Company’s business by aligning the financial interests of employees and service providers with that of the other stockholders of the Company. Towards these objectives, the Plan provides for the grant of Stock Options, Stock Appreciation Rights, Performance Awards, Restricted Stock Units, Restricted Stock, Other Stock-Based Awards, and Non-Share-Based Awards.

1.2 Effective Date; Stockholder Approval. The Plan, as amended and restated, is effective as of the date the Plan shall have been adopted by the Board and approved by the Company’s stockholders in a manner that satisfies the requirements of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware and the rules of the New York Stock Exchange (the “Effective Date”).

ARTICLE II
DEFINITIONS

For purposes of the Plan, the following terms have the following meanings:

2.1 “1933 Act” means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the regulations and interpretations thereunder.

2.2 “Affiliate” means (a) any subsidiary of the Company of which at least 50 percent of the aggregate outstanding voting common stock or capital stock is owned directly or indirectly by the Company, (b) any other parent of a subsidiary described in clause (a), or (c) any other entity in which the Company has a substantial ownership interest and which has been designated as an Affiliate by the Committee in its sole discretion.

2.3 “Award” means any form of incentive or performance award granted under the Plan, whether singly or in combination, to a Participant by the Committee pursuant to any terms and conditions that the Committee may establish and set forth in the applicable Award Agreement. Awards granted under the Plan may consist of: (a) “Stock Options” awarded pursuant to Section 4.3; (b) “Stock Appreciation Rights” awarded pursuant to Section 4.3; (c) “Performance Awards” (including any Non-Share Based Awards) awarded pursuant to Section 4.4; (d) “Restricted Stock Units” awarded pursuant to Section 4.5; (e) “Restricted Stock” awarded pursuant to Section 4.5; (f) “Other Stock-Based Awards” awarded pursuant to Section 4.6.

2.4 “Award Agreement” means the document issued, either in writing or an electronic medium, to a Participant evidencing the grant of an Award.

2.5 “Board” means the Board of Directors of the Company.

2.6 “Cause” means, unless otherwise provided in an Award Agreement, any of the following: (i) clear evidence of a significant violation of the Company’s Code of Business Conduct; (ii) a fraud committed against the Company; (iii) the misappropriation, embezzlement or reckless or willful destruction of Company property; (iv) the willful failure to perform, or gross negligence in the performance of, duties; (v) the conviction (treating a nolo contendere plea as a conviction) of a felony (whether or not any right to appeal has been or may be exercised); (vi) the knowing falsification of any records or documents of the Company; (vii) a significant breach of any statutory or common law duty of loyalty to the Company; (viii) intentional and improper conduct significantly prejudicial to the business of the Company; (ix)
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the failure to cooperate fully in a Company investigation or the failure to be fully truthful when providing evidence or testimony in such investigation; or (x) the violation of Company rules and policies that, based on a single occurrence, might not meet the significance thresholds of (i), (vii) or (viii) above, but that shall, for purposes of such significance thresholds, be deemed to constitute a violation thereof in the event any such violation occurs more than once. Cause shall be determined by the Committee for Reporting Persons or by the Company for all other Participants, in its sole and absolute discretion; provided that if an event would constitute cause under an individual service agreement by and between the Company and the applicable Participant, then such event shall also constitute Cause for purposes of the Plan for such Participant.

2.7 “Change in Control” means, unless otherwise provided in an Award Agreement, the occurrence of any of the following events following the Effective Date:

(i)during any period of 24 consecutive calendar months, individuals who were directors of the Company on the first day of such period (the “Incumbent Directors”) cease for any reason to constitute a majority of the Board; provided, however, that any individual becoming a director subsequent to the first day of such period whose election, or nomination for election, by the Company’s stockholders was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the Incumbent Directors shall be considered as though such individual were an Incumbent Director, but excluding, for purposes of this proviso, any such individual whose initial assumption of office occurs as a result of an actual or threatened proxy contest with respect to election or removal of directors or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of a “person” (as used in Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act) (a “Person”), in each case other than the Board;

(ii)the consummation of (A) a merger, consolidation, statutory share exchange or similar form of corporate transaction involving (x) the Company or (y) any of its Subsidiaries, but in the case of this clause (y) only if Company Voting Securities (as defined below) are issued or issuable (each of the events referred to in this clause (A) being hereinafter referred to as a “Reorganization”) or (B) the sale or other disposition of all or substantially all the assets of the Company to an entity that is not an Affiliate (a “Sale”), unless, immediately following such Reorganization or Sale, (1) all or substantially all the Persons who were the “beneficial owners” (as used in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act (or a successor rule thereto)) of the securities eligible to vote for the election of the Board (“Company Voting Securities”) outstanding immediately prior to the consummation of such Reorganization or Sale continue to beneficially own, directly or indirectly, more than 50% of the combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities of the corporation or other entity resulting from such Reorganization or Sale (including a corporation or other entity that, as a result of such transaction, owns the Company or all or substantially all the Company’s assets either directly or through one or more subsidiaries) (the “Continuing Company”) in substantially the same proportions as their ownership, immediately prior to the consummation of such Reorganization or Sale, of the outstanding Company Voting Securities (excluding, for such purposes, any outstanding voting securities of the Continuing Company that such beneficial owners hold immediately following the consummation of the Reorganization or Sale as a result of their ownership prior to such consummation of voting securities of any corporation or other entity involved in or forming part of such Reorganization or Sale other than the Company), (2) no Person (excluding any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or maintained by the Continuing Company or any entity controlled by the Continuing Company) beneficially owns, directly or indirectly, 30% or more of the combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities of the Continuing Company and (3) at least a majority of the members of the board of directors of the Continuing Company were Incumbent Directors at the time of the execution of the definitive agreement providing for such Reorganization or Sale or, in the absence of such an agreement, at the time at which approval of the Board was obtained for such Reorganization or Sale;

(iii)the stockholders of the Company approve a plan of complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company unless such liquidation or dissolution is part of a transaction or series of transactions described in paragraph (ii) above that does not otherwise constitute a Change in Control; or

(iv)any Person, corporation or other entity or “group” (as used in Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act) (other than (A) the Company, (B) any trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of the Company or an Affiliate or (C) any entity owned, directly or indirectly, by the stockholders of the Company in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of the voting power of the Company Voting Securities) becomes the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing 30% or more of the combined voting power of the Company Voting Securities; provided, however, that for purposes of this subparagraph (iv), the
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following acquisitions shall not constitute a Change in Control: (w) any acquisition directly from the Company, (x) any acquisition by any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or maintained by the Company or an Affiliate, (y) any acquisition by an underwriter temporarily holding such Company Voting Securities pursuant to an offering of such securities or any acquisition by a pledgee of Company Voting Securities holding such securities as collateral or temporarily holding such securities upon foreclosure of the underlying obligation or (z) any acquisition pursuant to a Reorganization or Sale that does not constitute a Change in Control for purposes of subparagraph (ii) above;

provided that, to the extent any Award provides for the payment of non-qualified deferred compensation subject to Section 409A of the Code, an event set forth above shall not constitute a “Change in Control” unless it also constitutes a “change in ownership”, a “change in the effective control” or a “change in the ownership of substantial assets” of the Company within the meaning of Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-3(i)(5) and such limitation is necessary to avoid an impermissible distribution or other event resulting in adverse tax consequences under Section 409A of the Code.

2.8 “Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the regulations thereunder.

2.9 “Committee” means the Compensation and Leadership Development Committee of the Board or any successor committee or subcommittee of the Board or other committee or subcommittee designated by the Board, which committee or subcommittee is comprised solely of two or more persons who are Non-Employee Directors within the meaning of Rule 16b-3(b)(3) under the Exchange Act.

2.10 “Common Stock” means the common stock of the Company.

2.11 “Company” means AdvanSix Inc. and its successors.

2.12 “Disabled” and “Disability”, with respect to a Participant, have the meanings assigned to such terms under the long-term disability plan maintained by the Company or an Affiliate in which such Participant is covered at the time the determination is made, and if there is no such plan, mean the permanent inability as a result of accident or sickness to perform any and every duty pertaining to such Participant’s occupation or employment for which the Participant is suited by reason of the Participant’s previous training, education and experience; provided that, to the extent an Award subject to Section 409A of the Code shall become payable upon a Participant’s Disability, a Disability shall not be deemed to have occurred for such purposes unless the circumstances would also result in a “disability within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code, unless otherwise provided in an Award Agreement.

2.13 “Dividend Equivalent” means an amount equal to the cash dividend or the Fair Market Value of the stock dividend that would be paid on each Share underlying an Award if the Share were duly issued and outstanding on the date on which the dividend is payable.

2.14 “Eligible Individualshall mean any Non-Employee Director, Employee or consultant (or any prospective director, employee or consultant) of the Company or its Affiliates.

2.15 “Employee” means any individual who performs services as an employee of the Company or an Affiliate. “Employee” does not include any leased employees.

2.16 “Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the regulations and interpretations thereunder.

2.17 “Exercise Price” means the price of a Share, as fixed by the Committee, that may be purchased under a Stock Option or with respect to which the amount of any payment pursuant to a Stock Appreciation Right is determined.

2.18 “Fair Market Value” means, except as otherwise provided in the applicable Award Agreement, (a) with respect to any property other than Shares, the fair market value of such property determined by such methods or procedures as shall be established from time to time by the Committee and (b) with respect to Shares, as of any date, (i) the average (mean) of the highest and lowest sales prices of a Share, as reported on the New York Stock Exchange (or any other reporting system selected by the Committee, in its sole discretion) on the date as of which the determination is being made or, if no sale of Shares is reported on this date, on the most recent preceding day on which there were sales of Shares reported or (ii) in the event there shall be no public market for the Shares on such date, the fair market value of the Shares as determined in good faith by the Committee.

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2.19 “GAAP” means U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

2.20 “Incentive Stock Option” means a Stock Option granted under Section 4.3 of the Plan that meets the requirements of Section 422 of the Code and is designated in the Award Agreement to be an Incentive Stock Option.

2.21 “Non-Employee Director” means any member of the Board, elected or appointed, who is not an Employee. An individual who is elected to the Board at a meeting of the stockholders of the Company shall be deemed to be a member of the Board as of the date of the meeting.

2.22 “Non-Share-Based Award” means a Performance Award that is valued with reference to property other than Shares (including cash).

2.23 “Nonqualified Stock Option” means any Stock Option granted under Section 4.3 of the Plan that is not an Incentive Stock Option.

2.24 “Other Stock-Based Award” means an Award granted under Section 4.6 and denominated in Shares.

2.25 “Participant” means any Eligible Individual who has been granted an Award under the Plan.

2.26 “Performance Award” means an Award granted under Section 4.4 of the Plan, the payment of which is conditioned on the attainment of one or more performance criteria determined by the Committee.

2.27 “Performance Measure” means any one or combination of the following measures, separately or in relation to each other, or relative to a selected comparator group, as determined by the Committee, which (to the extent applicable and unless determined otherwise by the Committee) shall be determined in accordance with GAAP: (a) Sales (or any component of sales); (b) Operating income; (c) Net income; (d) Earnings per Share (or Proforma EPS); (e) Return on equity; (f) Cash flow (including operating cash flow, free cash flow, cash flow yield and/or cash flow conversion); (g) Cash flow per Share; (h) Return on invested capital; (i) Return on investments (or ROI expansion); (j) Return on assets; (k) Economic value added (or an equivalent metric, as determined by the Committee); (l) Share price; (m) Total stockholder return; (n) Cost and expense reduction; (o) Working capital (or working capital turns or days); (p) Revenues (including specified types or categories thereof); (q) Product volume; (r) Gross or net profitability/profit margins (including profitability of an identifiable business unit or product); (s) measures of productivity or operating efficiency; (t) Implementation or completion of critical projects; (u) Safety and accident rates; and (v) any other measure determined by the Committee in its discretion.

Performance Measures may be defined and measured before or after taking into consideration taxes, interest, depreciation, amortization, pension-related expense or income, any pension mark to market adjustment, and/or other specified items, the determination of which shall be at the discretion of the Committee and may be with respect to the Company and/or a business unit, segment, division, or subsidiary of the Company or an Affiliate.

In determining attainment of Performance Measures, the impact of the following shall be excluded unless the Committee determines otherwise: unusual or infrequently occurring items and the cumulative effect of changes in accounting treatment, changes in foreign currency exchange rates, the impact of acquisitions or divestitures, discontinued operations, and charges for restructurings (including employee severance liabilities, asset impairment costs, and exit costs), each determined in accordance with GAAP (to the extent applicable and unless determined otherwise by the Committee) and as identified in the financial statements, notes to the financial statements or discussion and analysis of management. In addition, the Committee may determine to exclude the impact of other items in its discretion.

2.28 “Performance Cycle” means, with respect to any Performance Award, a period (or periods) of at least one year, unless otherwise specified by the Committee, over which the level of attainment of performance of the applicable performance criteria shall be determined.

2.29 “Potential Change in Control Period” is, unless otherwise provided in an Award Agreement, deemed to commence at the time of the earliest of the following events to occur: (a) the Company enters into an agreement, the consummation of which would result in the occurrence of a Change in Control; (b) the Company or any person or group publicly announces an intention to take or to consider taking actions that, if consummated, would constitute a Change in Control; (c) any person or group (other than the Company or any of its Affiliates, or any savings, pension or other benefit plan for the benefit of employees of the Company or any Affiliate) becomes the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing 15 percent or more of either the then outstanding Shares or the combined voting power of the Company’s then outstanding securities (not including in the securities beneficially owned by such person or group any securities acquired directly from the Company or its Affiliates); or (d) the Board
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adopts a resolution to the effect that, for purposes of the Plan, a Potential Change in Control Period has commenced. The Potential Change in Control Period is deemed to continue until the adoption by the Board of a resolution stating that, for purposes of the Plan, the Potential Change in Control Period has expired.

2.30 “Retirement” means the Termination of Service on or after attainment of age 55 with 10 years of service with the Company and its Affiliates, other than on account of an involuntary Termination of Service for Cause. For purposes of this Section, “years of service” is determined using the Participant’s most-recent adjusted service date, as reflected at the Participant’s Termination of Service in the Company’s records.

2.31 “Reporting Person” means any Non-Employee Director and any Employee who is subject to the reporting requirements of Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act.

2.32 “Restricted Stock” means Shares issued pursuant to Section 4.5 that are subject to any restrictions that the Committee, in its discretion, may impose.

2.33 “Restricted Stock Unit” means a right granted under Section 4.5 to acquire Shares or an equivalent amount in cash that is subject to any restrictions that the Committee, in its discretion, may impose.

2.34 “Share” means a share of Common Stock.

2.35 “Stock Appreciation Right” means a right granted under Section 4.3 to an amount in cash or a number of Shares with a Fair Market Value equal to the excess of the Fair Market Value of the Shares on the date on which the Stock Appreciation Right is exercised over the applicable Exercise Price (with any fractional Shares treated in accordance with Section 5.5).

2.36 “Stock Option” means a right granted under Section 4.3 to purchase from the Company a stated number of Shares at the applicable Exercise Price. Stock Options awarded under the Plan may be in the form of Incentive Stock Options or Nonqualified Stock Options.

2.37 “Target Award” means (i) with respect to Non-Share Based Awards, the amount of property (including cash) in respect of such Award that shall be paid if the applicable performance criteria are met at the 100% level, as determined by the Committee, and (ii) with respect to Awards other than Non-Share-Based Awards, the percentage of Performance Awards that shall vest or become exercisable if the applicable performance criteria are met at the 100% level, as determined by the Committee.

2.38 “Termination of Service” means the date of cessation of a Participant’s provision of services to the Company and its Affiliates for any reason, with or without Cause, as determined by the Company; provided that a Participant will be deemed to have incurred a Termination of Service on the date that such Participant provides notice of termination to the Company and its Affiliates. Except as otherwise provided in an Award Agreement, Termination of Service shall be determined without regard to any statutory or contractual notice periods for termination of employment, dismissal, redundancy, and similar events. Notwithstanding the foregoing, (x) if an Affiliate ceases to be an Affiliate while an Award granted to a Participant who provides services to such Affiliate is outstanding, the Committee may, in its discretion, deem such Participant to have a Termination of Service on the date the Affiliate ceases to be an Affiliate or on a later date specified by the Committee; (y) the Committee shall make any determination described in clause (x) before or not more than a reasonable period after the date the Affiliate ceases to be an Affiliate; and (z) each such Participant’s Termination of Service shall be treated as an involuntary termination not for Cause. For purposes of clarification, any non-qualified deferred compensation (within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code) payable to any Participant upon a Termination of Service pursuant to the terms and conditions of this Plan shall be paid to the Participant upon a “separation from service” as determined in accordance with Section 409A of the Code without the imposition of additional taxes or penalties.

ARTICLE III
ADMINISTRATION

3.1 The Committee. The Plan shall be administered by the Committee.

3.2 Authority of the Committee. The Committee shall have authority, in its sole and absolute discretion and subject to the terms of the Plan, to (a) interpret the Plan; (b) prescribe the rules and regulations that it deems necessary for the proper operation and administration of the Plan, and amend or rescind any existing rules or regulations relating to the Plan; (c) select Eligible Individuals to receive Awards under the Plan; (d) determine the form of Awards, the number of Shares subject to each Award, all the terms and conditions of an Award including, without limitation, the conditions on exercise or vesting, the designation of Stock Options as Incentive Stock Options or
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Nonqualified Stock Options and the terms of Award Agreements; (e) determine whether Awards shall be granted singly, in combination or in tandem; (f) establish and administer performance criteria in connection with Performance Awards, and approve the level of performance attained with respect to such performance criteria; (g) waive or amend any terms, conditions, restrictions or limitations on an Award, except that the prohibition on the repricing of Stock Options and Stock Appreciation Rights, as described in Section 4.3(g), may not be waived; (h) in accordance with Article V, make any adjustments to the Plan (including but not limited to adjustment of the number of Shares available under the Plan or any Award) and any Award granted under the Plan that may be appropriate; (i) provide for the deferred payment of Awards and the extent to which payment shall be credited with Dividend Equivalents; (j) determine whether Awards may be transferable to family members, a family trust, a family partnership or otherwise; (k) determine whether, to what extent and under what circumstances Awards may be settled in cash, Shares or other property; (l) interpret, administer, reconcile any inconsistency in, correct any default in and/or supply any omission in, the Plan and any instrument or agreement relating to (including any Award Agreement), or Award made under, the Plan; (m) waive any conditions or rights under, amend any terms of, or alter, suspend, discontinue, cancel or terminate any Award, notwithstanding any provisions of the Plan to the contrary; (n) accelerate the vesting or exercisability of, payment for or lapse of restrictions on, Awards, notwithstanding any provisions of the Plan to the contrary; (o) establish any provisions that the Committee may determine to be necessary in order to implement and administer the Plan in foreign countries; and (p) take any and all other actions it deems necessary or advisable for the proper operation or administration of the Plan.

3.3 Effect of Determinations. All determinations of the Committee shall be final, binding and conclusive on all persons having an interest in the Plan.

3.4 Delegation of Authority. The Committee, in its discretion and consistent with applicable law and regulations, may delegate its authority and duties under the Plan to one or more subcommittees of the Committee or to the Chief Executive Officer of the Company or any other individual as it deems to be advisable, under any conditions and subject to any limitations that the Committee may establish. Other than as provided in Section 3.7 of the Plan, only the Committee (or a subset thereof), however, shall have authority to grant and administer Awards to Reporting Persons and any delegate of the Committee, including to establish, and approve achievement of, Performance Measures.

3.5 Employment of Advisors. The Committee may select and employ attorneys, consultants, accountants and other advisors at the Company’s expense (and may determine the compensation thereof), and the Committee, the Company, and the officers and directors of the Company may rely upon the advice, opinions or valuations of the advisors employed.

3.6 No Liability. No member of the Committee, nor any person acting as a delegate of the Committee with respect to the Plan, shall be liable for any losses resulting from any action taken or omitted to be taken, interpretation or construction made in good faith with respect to the Plan or any Award granted under the Plan.

3.7 Awards to Non-Employee Directors. The Board may, in its sole and plenary discretion, at any time and from time to time, grant Awards to Non-Employee Directors or administer the Plan with respect to such Awards. In any such case, the Board shall have all the authority and responsibility granted to the Committee herein.

ARTICLE IV
AWARDS

4.1 Eligibility. All Eligible Individuals are eligible to receive Awards granted under the Plan, except as otherwise provided in this Article IV.

4.2 Form of Awards. Awards shall be in the form determined by the Committee, in its discretion, and shall be evidenced by an Award Agreement. Awards may be granted singly or in combination or in tandem with other Awards.

4.3 Stock Options and Stock Appreciation Rights. The Committee may grant Stock Options and Stock Appreciation Rights under the Plan to those Eligible Individuals whom the Committee may from time to time select, in the amounts and pursuant to the other terms and conditions that the Committee, in its discretion, may determine and set forth in the Award Agreement, subject to the provisions below:

(a) Form. Stock Options granted under the Plan shall, at the discretion of the Committee and as set forth in the Award Agreement, be in the form of Incentive Stock Options, Nonqualified Stock Options, or a combination of the two. If an Incentive Stock Option and a Nonqualified Stock Option are granted to the same Participant under the Plan at the same time, the form of each shall be clearly identified, and they shall be deemed to have been granted in separate grants. In no event shall the exercise of one Award affect the
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right to exercise the other Award. Stock Appreciation Rights may be granted either alone or in connection with concurrently or previously issued Nonqualified Stock Options. No Participant shall be entitled to dividends or Dividend Equivalent Rights with respect to any Shares underlying the Participant’s Stock Options or Stock Appreciation Rights. Shares underlying Stock Options and Stock Appreciation Rights shall carry no voting rights.

(b) Exercise Price. The Committee shall set the Exercise Price of Stock Options or Stock Appreciation Rights granted under the Plan at a price that is equal to or greater than the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date of grant, subject to adjustment as provided in Section 5.3. The Exercise Price of Incentive Stock Options, however, shall be equal to or greater than 110 percent of the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date of grant if the Participant receiving the Stock Options owns stock possessing more than 10 percent of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock of the Company or of any subsidiary or parent corporation of the Company, as defined in Section 424 of the Code. The Exercise Price of a Stock Appreciation Right granted in tandem with a Stock Option shall be equal to the Exercise Price of the related Stock Option. The Exercise Price of a Stock Option or Stock Appreciation Right shall be set forth in the Award Agreement.

(c) Term and Timing of Exercise. Stock Options and Stock Appreciation Rights shall lapse not later than 10 years after the date of grant, as determined by the Committee at the time of grant. Each Stock Option or Stock Appreciation Right granted under the Plan shall be exercisable in whole or in part, subject to the following conditions:

(i) The date on which any Award of Stock Options or Stock Appreciation Rights to a Participant may first be exercised shall be set forth in the Award Agreement; provided, however, that, except for Stock Options and Stock Appreciation Rights granted as Performance Awards, Awards to Non-Employee Directors and except as provided in Section 5.1(b), such Award shall not become fully vested for at least three years following the date of grant, but in no event shall any portion of an Award (including Performance Awards and Awards to Non-Employee Directors) vest before the first anniversary of the date of grant except as provided in Section 5.1(b).

(ii) A Stock Appreciation Right granted in tandem with a Stock Option shall be subject to the same terms and conditions as the related Stock Option and shall be exercisable only to the extent that the related Stock Option is exercisable unless otherwise provided in an Award Agreement or other individual agreement between a Participant and the Company or an Affiliate.

(iii) Notwithstanding any provisions of the Plan to the contrary and unless otherwise provided in an Award Agreement or other individual agreement between a Participant and the Company or an Affiliate, Stock Options and Stock Appreciation Rights shall vest and remain exercisable as follows, subject to Section 5.4:
EventVestingExercise Period for Vested Awards
Death Immediate vesting as of death Expires earlier of (i) original expiration date, or (ii) 3 years after death.
Disability Immediate vesting as of Termination of Service due to the incurrence of DisabilityExpires earlier of (i) original expiration date, or (ii) 3 years after Termination of Service due to Disability.
RetirementUnvested Awards forfeited as of RetirementExpires earlier of (i) original expiration date, or (ii) 3 years after Retirement.
Voluntary Termination of ServiceUnvested Awards forfeited as of Termination of ServiceExpires earlier of (i) original expiration date, or (ii) 30 days after Termination of Service.
Involuntary Termination of Service not for CauseUnvested Awards forfeited as of Termination of ServiceExpires earlier of (i) original expiration date, or (ii) 1 year after Termination of Service.
Involuntary Termination of Service for CauseUnvested Awards forfeited as of Termination of ServiceVested Awards immediately cancelled.
(iv) Except as otherwise provided in an Award Agreement or other individual agreement between a Participant and the Company or an Affiliate, Stock Options and Stock Appreciation Rights of a deceased Participant may be exercised only by the estate of the Participant or by the person given authority to exercise the Stock Options or Stock Appreciation Rights by the Participant’s will or by applicable laws of
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descent and distribution. If a Stock Option or Stock Appreciation Right is exercised by the executor or administrator of a deceased Participant’s estate, or by the person or persons to whom the Stock Option or Stock Appreciation Right has been transferred by the Participant’s will or the applicable laws of descent and distribution, the Company shall be under no obligation to deliver Shares or cash until the Company is satisfied that the person exercising the Stock Option or Stock Appreciation Right is the duly appointed executor or administrator of the deceased Participant’s estate or the person to whom the Stock Option or Stock Appreciation Right has been transferred by the Participant’s will or by applicable laws of descent and distribution.

(d) Payment of Exercise Price. The Exercise Price of a Stock Option must be paid in full when the Stock Option is exercised. Any Shares to be acquired upon exercise shall be registered and delivered only upon receipt of payment. Payment of the Exercise Price may be made in cash or by certified check, bank draft, wire transfer, or postal or express money order. No portion of the Exercise Price of a Stock Option may be paid from the proceeds of a loan of cash from the Company to the Participant. In addition, the Committee may also permit payment of all or a portion of the Exercise Price to be made by any other method, provided that, for Awards to Reporting Persons, permissible methods shall be set forth in the applicable Award Agreement, including:

(i) Delivering a properly executed exercise notice to the Company or its agent, together with irrevocable instructions to a broker to deliver promptly to the Company the amount of sale proceeds with respect to the portion of the Shares to be acquired having a Fair Market Value on the date of exercise equal to the sum of the applicable portion of the Exercise Price being so paid; or

(ii) Tendering (actually or by attestation) to the Company previously acquired Shares that have been held by the Participant for at least six months, subject to paragraph (d)(v), and that have a Fair Market Value on the day prior to the date of exercise equal to the applicable portion of the Exercise Price being so paid; or

(iii) Instructing the Company to withhold Shares that would otherwise be issued having a Fair Market Value on the date of exercise equal to the applicable portion of the Exercise Price being so paid; or

(iv) Any combination of the methods described in paragraphs (i), (ii), and (iii).

(v) The Committee, in consideration of applicable accounting standards, may waive any holding period on Shares required to tender pursuant to paragraph (d)(ii).

(e) Incentive Stock Options. Incentive Stock Options granted under the Plan shall be subject to the following additional conditions, limitations, and restrictions:

(i) Eligibility. Incentive Stock Options may be granted only to Employees of the Company or an Affiliate that is a subsidiary or parent corporation of the Company, within the meaning of Section 424 of the Code.

(ii) Amount of Award. The aggregate Fair Market Value as of the date of grant of the Shares with respect to which the Incentive Stock Options awarded to any Participant first become exercisable during any calendar year may not exceed $100,000. For purposes of this $100,000 limit, the Participant’s Incentive Stock Options under this Plan and all other plans maintained by the Company and its Affiliates shall be aggregated. To the extent any Incentive Stock Option would exceed the $100,000 limit, the Incentive Stock Option shall afterwards be treated as a Nonqualified Stock Option for all purposes.

(iii) Timing of Exercise. If the Committee exercises its discretion in the Award Agreement to permit an Incentive Stock Option to be exercised by a Participant more than three months after the Participant has ceased being an Employee (or more than 12 months if the Participant is permanently and totally disabled, within the meaning of Section 22(e) of the Code), the Incentive Stock Option shall be treated as a Nonqualified Stock Option for all purposes following the date that is three months after the Participant has ceased being an Employee. For purposes of this paragraph (e)(iii), an Employee’s employment relationship shall be treated as continuing intact while the Employee is on military leave, sick leave, or another approved leave of absence if the period of leave does not exceed 90 days, or a longer period to the extent that the Employee’s right to reemployment with the Company or an Affiliate is guaranteed by statute or by contract. Where the period of leave exceeds 90 days and the Employee’s right to reemployment is not guaranteed by statute or contract, the employment relationship shall be deemed to have ceased on the 91st day of the leave.
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(iv) Transfer Restrictions. In no event shall the Committee permit an Incentive Stock Option to be transferred by a Participant other than by will or the applicable laws of descent and distribution, and any Incentive Stock Option awarded under this Plan shall be exercisable only by the Participant during the Participant’s lifetime.

(f) Exercise of Stock Appreciation Rights. Upon exercise, Stock Appreciation Rights may be redeemed for cash or Shares or a combination of cash and Shares, in the discretion of the Committee, and as described in the Award Agreement. Cash payments shall be equal to the excess of the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date of exercise over the Exercise Price for each Share for which a Stock Appreciation Rights was exercised. If the Stock Appreciation Right is redeemed for Shares, the Participant shall receive a number of Shares equal to the quotient of the cash payment amount divided by the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date of exercise (with any fractional Shares to be treated in accordance with Section 5.5).

(g) Certain Prohibitions. The following terms or actions shall not be permitted with respect to any Award of Stock Options or Stock Appreciation Rights:

(i) No Repricing. Except as otherwise provided in Section 5.3, in no event shall the Committee decrease the Exercise Price of a Stock Option or Stock Appreciation Right after the date of grant, or cancel outstanding Stock Options or Stock Appreciation Rights and grant replacement Stock Options or Stock Appreciation Rights with a lower Exercise Price than that of the replaced Stock Options or Stock Appreciation Rights or other Awards, or purchase underwater Stock Options from a Participant for cash or replacement Awards without first obtaining the approval of the Company’s stockholders in a manner that complies with the rules of the New York Stock Exchange.

(ii) No Reload Options. The Committee shall not grant Stock Options or Stock Appreciation Rights that have reload features under which the exercise of a Stock Option or Stock Appreciation Right by a Participant automatically entitles the Participant to a new Stock Option or Stock Appreciation Right.

4.4 Performance Awards. The Committee may grant Performance Awards to the Eligible Individuals that the Committee may from time to time select, in the amounts and, pursuant to the terms and conditions that the Committee may determine and set forth in the Award Agreement, subject to the provisions below:

(a) Performance Cycles. Performance Awards shall be awarded in connection with a Performance Cycle determined by the Committee. Performance Awards shall be based on the Performance Measures or other performance criteria and payment formulas that the Committee, in its discretion, may establish for these purposes. No Award shall vest until the Committee (or a delegate of the Committee) approves the level of attainment of the applicable performance criteria, and in no event shall any portion of a Performance Award vest before the first anniversary of the date of grant except as provided in Section 5.1(b). The Committee shall also set forth the minimum level of performance that must be attained during the Performance Cycle before any Award shall be paid or vest, and the percentage of the Target Award that shall be paid or vest upon attainment of various levels of performance that equal or exceed the minimum required level.

(b) Increases; Reductions. The Committee, in its discretion, may, on a case-by-case basis, reduce or increase the amount that is paid or vests pursuant to a Performance Award.

(c) Death; Disability. Unless otherwise provided in an Award Agreement or other individual agreement between a Participant and the Company or an Affiliate, a Participant (or his or her beneficiaries or estate) whose services were terminated because of death or Disability will receive a prorated portion of the payment of his or her Performance Award, based upon the portion of the Performance Cycle during which he or she provided services to the Company or an Affiliate, at such time as such Performance Award is otherwise payable, but only to the extent performance criteria for the applicable Performance Cycle are subsequently achieved.

(d) Form of Payment. Performance Awards may be paid in cash or Shares, or a combination of cash and Shares, in the discretion of the Committee, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Award Agreement. Payment with respect to any fractional Shares shall be determined in accordance with Section 5.5.

(e) Dividend Equivalents. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, in the event of a payment of dividends on Common Stock, to the extent permissible under Section 409A of the Code, the Committee may
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credit Performance Awards with Dividend Equivalents. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, Dividend Equivalents shall be withheld and deferred in the Participant’s account and shall be subject to the same conditions, including performance-based vesting conditions, as the underlying Award, with such Dividend Equivalents to be paid out in Shares or cash as determined by the Committee in the Award Agreement or otherwise. The Committee shall determine any terms and conditions on deferral of Dividend Equivalents. For the avoidance of doubt, to the extent a Performance Award is terminated, cancelled or forfeited in whole or in part, due to failure to meet performance conditions or otherwise, any Dividend Equivalents credited with respect to such Award shall be terminated, cancelled or forfeited at the same time and to the same extent as such Award.

4.5 Restricted Stock Units and Restricted Stock. The Committee may grant Restricted Stock Units and Restricted Stock under the Plan to those Eligible Individuals whom the Committee may from time to time select, in the amounts and pursuant to the terms and conditions that the Committee, in its discretion, may determine and set forth in the Award Agreement, subject to the provisions below:

(a) Grant of Restricted Stock Units. The Committee may grant Restricted Stock Units to any Employee, which are denominated in, valued in whole or in part by reference to, or otherwise related to, Shares. The Committee shall determine, in its discretion, the terms and conditions that apply to Restricted Stock Units granted pursuant to this Section 4.5, including whether and how Dividend Equivalents shall be credited with respect to any Award. The terms and conditions of the Restricted Stock Units shall be set forth in the applicable Award Agreement.

(b) Grant of Restricted Stock. As soon as practicable after Restricted Stock has been granted, Shares of Restricted Stock shall be registered in the name of the Participant and held for the Participant by the Company. The Participant shall have all rights of a stockholder with respect to the Shares, including the right to vote and to receive dividends or other distributions, except that the Shares may be subject to a vesting schedule and forfeiture and, except as otherwise provided in Section 7.1, may not be sold, transferred, assigned, pledged or otherwise encumbered or disposed until the restrictions are satisfied or lapse.

(c) Dividends and Dividend Equivalents. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, dividends issued on Shares of Restricted Stock shall be withheld and deferred in the Participant’s account and shall be subject to the same conditions, including vesting conditions, as the underlying Shares of Restricted Stock. In the event of a payment of dividends on Common Stock, to the extent permissible under Section 409A of the Code, the Committee may credit Restricted Stock Units with Dividend Equivalents. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, Dividend Equivalents shall be withheld and deferred in the Participant’s account and shall be subject to the same conditions, including vesting conditions, as the underlying Restricted Stock Units, with such Dividend Equivalents to be paid out in Shares or cash as determined by the Committee in the Award Agreement or otherwise. The Committee shall determine any terms and conditions on deferral of Dividend Equivalents. For the avoidance of doubt, to the extent an Award of Restricted Stock or Restricted Stock Units is terminated, cancelled or forfeited in whole or in part, due to failure to meet performance conditions or otherwise, any dividends or Dividend Equivalents credited with respect to such Award shall be terminated, cancelled or forfeited at the same time and to the same extent as such Award.

(d) Vesting and Forfeiture. The Committee may, in its discretion and as set forth in the Award Agreement, impose any restrictions on Restricted Stock Units and/or their related Dividend Equivalents or Restricted Stock and their related dividends that it deems to be appropriate. The Restricted Stock Units, related Dividend Equivalents and Restricted Stock and related dividends granted to Employees shall be subject to the following restrictions:

(i) Vesting and Forfeiture. Except for Restricted Stock Units and Restricted Stock granted as Performance Awards, Awards to Non-Employee Directors and except as provided in Section 5.1(b), restrictions on Restricted Stock Units and Restricted Stock shall vest in full over a period of not less than three years from the date of grant, but in no event shall all or any portion of an Award (including Performance Awards and Awards to Non-Employee Directors) vest before the first anniversary of the date of grant except as provided in Section 5.1(b). Subject to Section 5.4, if the restrictions have not lapsed or been satisfied as of the Participant’s Termination of Service, the Restricted Stock Units or Restricted Stock shall be forfeited by the Participant if the termination is for any reason other than death or Disability.

(ii) Death or Disability. Notwithstanding any provisions of the Plan to the contrary and unless otherwise provided in an Award Agreement or other individual agreement between a Participant and the Company or an Affiliate, all restrictions on Restricted Stock Units and/or their related Dividend Equivalents or
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Restricted Stock and related dividends granted pursuant to this Section 4.5 shall lapse upon the Participant’s death or Termination of Service due to Disability.

(iii) Legend. To enforce any restrictions that the Committee may impose on Restricted Stock, the Committee shall cause a legend referring to the restrictions to be placed on Shares of Restricted Stock, whether in certificated or book-entry form. When restrictions lapse or are satisfied, a new certificate, without the legend, for the number of Shares with respect to which restrictions have lapsed or been satisfied shall be issued and delivered to the Participant, or for book-entry shares, such restrictions shall be removed.

(e) Redemption of Restricted Stock Units. Restricted Stock Units may be redeemed for cash or whole Shares, or a combination of cash and whole Shares, in the discretion of the Committee, when the restrictions lapse and any other conditions set forth in the Award Agreement have been satisfied provided that with respect to any Restricted Stock Units subject to Section 409A of the Code such redemption shall occur in a manner that complies with Section 409A of the Code. Each Restricted Stock Unit may be redeemed for one Share or an amount in cash equal to the Fair Market Value of a Share as of the date on which the Restricted Stock Unit vests, as determined by the Committee.

(f) Deferred Units. Subject to Section 7.14 and to the extent determined by the Committee, Participants may be permitted to request the deferral of payment of vested Restricted Stock Units (including the value of related Dividend Equivalents) to a date later than the payment date specified in the Award Agreement, provided that any such election be made in accordance with Section 409A of the Code. The Committee shall determine any terms and conditions on deferral.

4.6 Other Stock-Based Awards. The Committee may, from time to time, grant Awards (other than Stock Options, Stock Appreciation Rights, Restricted Stock Units or Restricted Stock) to any Employee that consist of, or are denominated in, payable in, valued in whole or in part by reference to, or otherwise related to, Shares. These Awards may include, among other things, phantom or hypothetical Shares. The Committee shall determine, in its discretion, the terms and conditions that will apply to Other Stock-Based Awards granted pursuant to this Section 4.6, including whether Dividend Equivalents will be credited with respect to any such Award in the event of a payment of dividends on Common Stock (and in the event Dividend Equivalents are so credited, they shall be subject to the same vesting schedule and other conditions as the underlying Awards). The terms and conditions of Other Stock-Based Awards shall be set forth in the applicable Award Agreement and, the Other Stock-Based Awards granted to Participants shall be subject to the following restrictions:

(a) Vesting. Except for Other Stock-Based Awards granted as Performance Awards, Awards to Non-Employee Directors and except as provided in Section 5.1(b), Other-Stock Based Awards shall vest in full over a period of not less than three years from the date of grant, but in no event shall any portion of an Award (including Performance Awards and Non-Employee Director Awards) vest before the first anniversary of the date of grant except as provided in Section 5.1(b). Subject to Section 5.4, if the restrictions on Other Stock-Based Awards have not lapsed or been satisfied as of the Participant’s Termination of Service, the Shares shall be forfeited by the Participant if the termination is for any reason other than death or Disability.

(b) Death or Disability. Notwithstanding any provisions of the Plan to the contrary and unless otherwise provided in an Award Agreement or other individual agreement between a Participant and the Company or an Affiliate, all restrictions on Other Stock-Based Awards granted pursuant to this Section 4.6 shall lapse upon the Participant’s death or Termination of Service due to Disability.

4.7 Limit on Individual Grants. Subject to Section 5.3, no Participant may be granted in any fiscal year of the Company (a) Awards (other than Non-Share-Based Awards) relating to more than 835,000 Shares (or, in the case of such Awards that are settled in cash, the equivalent thereof in cash determined based on the per-Share Fair Market Value as of the relevant grant date) or (b) Awards that are Non-Share-Based Awards that could result in an aggregate payment of property other than Shares (including cash) in excess of $5,000,000.

4.8 Limits on Individual Non-Employee Director Compensation. The following limits shall apply with respect to Non-Employee Director compensation awarded both under this Plan and outside of this Plan, as applicable.

(a) Limit on Individual Non-Employee Director Grants. No Non-Employee Director may be granted Awards in any fiscal year of the Company relating to more than 20,000 Shares (or, in the case of Restricted Stock Units or Other-Stock-Based Awards that are settled in cash, the equivalent thereof in cash determined based on the per-Share Fair Market Value as of the relevant grant date) for service in such capacity. The maximum amount that may be paid in any fiscal year of the Company in property other than Shares (including cash) pursuant to Non-Share-Based Awards to any one Non-Employee Director is $400,000.
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(b) Limit on Total Non-Employee Director Compensation. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan to the contrary, the sum of (i) the aggregate grant date fair value (computed as of the date of grant in accordance with applicable financial accounting rules) of all Awards granted, plus (ii) the total amount payable in cash, for any fiscal year to any individual for services rendered as a Non-Employee Director in that year shall not exceed $750,000. The limit in this Section 4.8(b) shall be in addition to the limit set forth in Section 4.8(a).

4.9 Termination for Cause. If a Participant incurs a Termination of Service for Cause, then all outstanding Awards shall immediately be cancelled, except as otherwise provided in an Award Agreement.

ARTICLE V
SHARES SUBJECT TO THE PLAN; ADJUSTMENTS

5.1 Shares Available. The Shares issuable under the Plan shall be authorized but unissued Shares or Shares held in the Company’s treasury. The total number of Shares with respect to which Awards may be issued under the Plan may equal but may not exceed 2,937,209, subject to adjustment in accordance with Section 5.3; provided, however, that from the aggregate limit:

(a) no more than 2,937,209 Shares may be available for grant in the form of Incentive Stock Options; and

(b) up to, but not more than, 146,860 Shares (i.e., less than 5%) may be available for grant in the form of Awards that fully vest in fewer than three years and all or any portion of which may vest before the first anniversary of the date of grant; and

(c) each Share subject to Awards other than Stock Options or Stock Appreciation Rights shall be counted as 1.85 Shares for purposes of this Article V.

5.2 Counting Rules.

(a) The following Shares related to Awards to be issued under this Plan may again be available for issuance under the Plan, in addition to the Shares described in Section 5.1:

(i) Shares related to Awards paid in cash;

(ii) Shares related to Awards that expire, are forfeited or cancelled or terminate for any other reason without issuance of Shares; and

(iii) Any Shares issued in connection with Awards that are assumed, converted or substituted as a result of the acquisition of another company by the Company or an Affiliate or a combination of the Company or an Affiliate with another company.

(b) Shares described in Sections 5.2(a)(i), (ii), and (iii) shall not count against the limits set forth in Sections 5.1(a) and (b).

(c) Shares related to Awards other than Stock Options or Stock Appreciation Rights that were originally granted on a one-for-one basis prior to the Effective Date and that are again available for issuance under the Plan under Sections 5.2(a)(i), (ii), or (iii) may again be granted under the Plan on a 1.85-for-one basis.

(d) For purposes of clarity, Shares that are tendered or withheld in payment of all or part of the Exercise Price of an Award or in satisfaction of withholding tax obligations, and Shares that are reacquired with cash tendered in payment of the Exercise Price of an Award, shall not be reincluded in or added back to the number of Shares available for issuance under the Plan. Upon the settlement of any Stock Appreciation Right issued under the Plan, the gross number of Shares used to determine the settlement value will count against the number of Shares available for issuance under the Plan.

5.3 Adjustment Upon Certain Changes.

(a) Adjustments. In the event of any change in corporate structure affecting outstanding Shares or the value thereof, including any dividend or distribution (whether in cash, Shares or other property), stock split, reverse stock split, spin-off, recapitalization, merger, reorganization, consolidation, combination or exchange
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of shares or similar transaction, such adjustments and other substitutions shall be made to the Plan and to outstanding Awards as the Committee, in its sole discretion, deems equitable or appropriate, including such adjustments in (i)(1) the maximum aggregate number, class and kind of securities that may be delivered under the Plan, (2) each of the limitations set forth in Sections 5.1(a) and (b) and (3) the maximum aggregate number of Shares with respect to which the Committee may grant Awards to any individual in any fiscal year of the Company under Sections 4.7 and 4.8, and (ii) the number, class, kind and Exercise Price of securities subject to outstanding Awards granted under the Plan (including, if the Committee deems appropriate, the full or partial substitution of similar options to purchase the shares of, or other awards denominated in the shares of, another company).

(b) Other Changes. The Committee may make other adjustments in the terms and conditions of Awards in recognition of unusual or nonrecurring events (including, without limitation, the events described in Section 5.3(a)) affecting the Company, any Affiliate, or the financial statements of the Company or any Affiliate, or of changes in applicable laws, regulations, or accounting principles, whenever the Committee determines that such adjustments are appropriate in order to prevent dilution or enlargement of the benefits to be made available under the Plan.

(c) No Other Rights or Changes. Except as expressly provided in the Plan, no Participant shall have any rights by reason of any subdivision or consolidation of shares of stock of any class, the payment of any dividend, any increase or decrease in the number of shares of stock of any class or any dissolution, liquidation, merger or consolidation of the Company or any other corporation. Except as expressly provided in the Plan, no issuance by the Company of shares of stock of any class, or securities convertible into shares of stock of any class, shall affect, and no adjustment by reason thereof shall be made with respect to, the number of shares or amount of other property subject to, or the terms related to, any Award. Except as expressly provided by this Section 5.3, and without limiting the generality of Section 6.1, no adverse change may be made to the terms of an Award granted to a Participant as a result of an event described in this Section 5.3 without the consent of the Participant.

5.4 Change in Control.

(a) Assumption Upon Change in Control; Accelerated Vesting Upon Certain Termination Events. Unless otherwise provided in the Award Agreement evidencing the applicable Award, in the event of a Change in Control, if the successor company assumes or substitutes for an outstanding Award (or in which the Company is the ultimate parent corporation and continues the Award), then such Award shall be continued in accordance with its applicable terms and vesting shall not be accelerated as described in Section 5.4(b). For the purposes of this Section 5.4(a), an Award shall be considered assumed or substituted for if, following the Change in Control, the Award confers the right to purchase or receive, for each Share subject to the Award immediately prior to the Change in Control, the consideration (whether stock, cash or other securities or property) received in the transaction constituting a Change in Control by holders of Shares for each Share held on the effective date of such transaction (and if holders were offered a choice of consideration, the type of consideration chosen by the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares); provided, however, that if such consideration received in the transaction constituting a Change in Control is not solely common stock of the successor company, the Committee may, with the consent of the successor company, provide that the consideration to be received upon the exercise or vesting of an Award, for each Share subject thereto, will be solely common stock of the successor company or cash, in each case, substantially equal in fair market value (determined as of the date of the Change in Control) to the per share consideration received by holders of Shares in the transaction constituting a Change in Control. The determination of such substantial equality of value of consideration shall be made by the Committee in its sole discretion and its determination shall be conclusive and binding. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event of a Participant’s Termination of Service involuntarily without Cause or voluntarily by the Participant for Good Reason (as defined below) in such successor company within two years following such Change in Control, the vesting of each Award held by such Participant at the time of the Change in Control shall be accelerated as described in Section 5.4(b) at such time. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no Award shall be assumed or substituted pursuant to this Section 5.4(a) to the extent such action would cause an Award not otherwise “deferred compensation” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code to become “deferred compensation” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code.

(b) Acceleration Vesting Upon Change in Control. In the event of a Change in Control after the date of the adoption of the Plan, unless provision is made in connection with the Change in Control for the assumption, substitution or continuation of an outstanding Award in accordance with Section 5.4(a), then the vesting of such Award shall accelerate and all restrictions shall lapse as of immediately prior to the Change in Control, and (i) in the case of an outstanding Stock Option or Stock Appreciation Right, such Award shall
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be exercisable as of immediately prior to such Change in Control, or (ii) in the case of an Award other than a Stock Option or a Stock Appreciation Right, such Award shall be settled or otherwise paid to the applicable Participant as soon as practicable following such vesting. For purposes of determining vesting and payment under this Section 5.4(b), all performance criteria, including Performance Measures, shall be deemed achieved at the greater of (i) target levels of achievement and (ii) actual levels of achievement determined by the Committee in its sole discretion as of the date of the Change in Control. Notwithstanding any provision of this Section 5.4(b), unless otherwise provided in the applicable Award Agreement, if any amount payable pursuant to an Award constitutes “deferred compensation” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code, in the event of a Change in Control that does not qualify as an event described in Section 409A(a)(2)(A)(v) of the Code, such Award (and any other Awards that constitute “deferred compensation” that vested prior to the date of such Change in Control but are outstanding as of such date) shall vest and cease to be forfeitable but shall not be settled until the earliest permissible payment event under Section 409A of the Code following such Change in Control. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, the Committee, in its discretion, may determine that, upon the occurrence of a Change in Control, (i) each Stock Option and Stock Appreciation Right outstanding shall terminate within a specified number of days after notice to the Participant, and such Participant shall receive, with respect to each Share subject to such Stock Option or Stock Appreciation Right, an amount equal to the excess of the fair market value (as determined by the Committee, in its discretion, in a manner that complies with Section 409A of the Code) of such Share immediately prior to the occurrence of such Change in Control over the Exercise Price, as applicable, per Share of such Stock Option and/or Stock Appreciation Right; such amount to be payable in cash, in one or more kinds of stock or property (including the stock or property, if any, payable in the transaction) or in a combination thereof, as the Committee, in its discretion, shall determine and (ii) each Stock Option and Stock Appreciation Right outstanding at such time with an Exercise Price per Share that exceeds the fair market value (as determined by the Committee, in its discretion, in a manner that complies with Section 409A of the Code) of such Share immediately prior to the occurrence of such Change in Control shall be canceled for no consideration.

(c) Definition of Good Reason. For purposes of this Section 5.4, with respect to the Termination of Service of any Participant, “Good Reason” has the meaning assigned to such term in any written individual agreement between the Company or an Affiliate and the Participant in which such term is defined and in the absence of any such written agreement, has the meaning assigned to such term in any severance plan of the Company or an Affiliate, in each case, that is applicable to such Participant, in each case, as of immediately prior to the Change in Control (but assuming that a Change in Control has occurred for purposes of such agreement or plan).

5.5 Fractional Shares. No fractional Shares shall be issued under the Plan, and unless the Committee determines otherwise, an amount in cash equal to the Fair Market Value of any fractional Shares that would otherwise be issuable shall be paid in lieu of such fractional Shares. The Committee may, in its sole discretion, cancel, terminate, otherwise eliminate or transfer or pay other securities or other property in lieu of issuing any fractional Shares.

ARTICLE VI
AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION

6.1 Amendment. The Plan may be amended at any time and from time to time by the Board without the approval of stockholders of the Company, except that no revision to the terms of the Plan shall be effective until the amendment is approved by the stockholders of the Company if such approval is required by the rules of the New York Stock Exchange or such amendment materially increases the number of Shares that may be issued under the Plan (other than an increase pursuant to Section 5.3 of the Plan). No amendment of the Plan made without the Participant’s written consent may adversely affect any right of a Participant with respect to an outstanding Award unless such amendment is necessary to comply with applicable law. The Plan may not be amended in any manner adverse to the interests of Participants during a Potential Change in Control Period or the two-year period following a Change in Control, unless such amendment is necessary to comply with applicable law.

6.2 Termination. The Plan, as amended and restated, shall terminate upon the tenth anniversary of the Effective Date or, if earlier, upon the adoption of a resolution of the Board terminating the Plan.

No Awards shall be granted under the Plan after it has terminated. The termination of the Plan, however, shall not alter or impair any of the rights or obligations of any Participant without such Participant’s written consent under any Award previously granted under the Plan. After the termination of the Plan, any previously granted Awards shall remain in effect and shall continue to be governed by the terms of the Plan and the applicable Award Agreement.

ARTICLE VII
GENERAL PROVISIONS
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7.1 Nontransferability of Awards. No Award under the Plan shall be subject in any manner to alienation, anticipation, sale, assignment, pledge, encumbrance or transfer, and no other persons shall otherwise acquire any rights therein, except as provided below.

(a) Any Award may be transferred by will or by the applicable laws of descent or distribution.

(b) The Committee may provide in the applicable Award Agreement that all or any part of an Award (other than an Incentive Stock Option) may, subject to the prior written consent of the Committee, be transferred (i) to one or more of the following classes of donees: a family member; a trust for the benefit of a family member; a limited partnership whose partners are solely family members; or any other legal entity set up for the benefit of family members or (ii) pursuant to a domestic relations order (as defined in the Code). For purposes of this Section 7.1(b), a family member means a Participant and/or the Participant’s spouse, children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents, siblings, nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews, including adopted, in-laws and step family members.

(c) Except as otherwise provided in the applicable Award Agreement, any Nonqualified Stock Option or Stock Appreciation Right transferred by a Participant pursuant to Section 7.1(b) may be exercised by the transferee only to the extent that the Award would have been exercisable by the Participant had no transfer occurred. Any transferred Award shall be subject to all of the same terms and conditions as provided in the Plan and in the applicable Award Agreement. The Participant or the Participant’s estate shall remain liable for any withholding tax that may be imposed by any federal, state or local tax authority, and the transfer of Shares upon exercise of the Award shall be conditioned on the payment of any withholding tax. The Committee may, in its discretion, disallow all or a part of any transfer of an Award pursuant to Section 7.1(b) unless and until the Participant makes arrangements satisfactory to the Committee for the payment of any withholding tax. The Participant must immediately notify the Committee, in the form and manner required by the Committee, of any proposed transfer of an Award pursuant to Section 7.1(b). No transfer shall be effective until the Committee consents to the transfer in writing.

(d) Unless otherwise restricted by Company policy for Reporting Persons, Restricted Stock may be freely transferred after the restrictions lapse or are satisfied and the Shares are delivered; provided, however, that Restricted Stock awarded to an affiliate of the Company may be transferred only pursuant to Rule 144 under the 1933 Act, or pursuant to an effective registration for resale under the 1933 Act. For purposes of this Section 7.1(d), “affiliate” shall have the meaning assigned to that term under Rule 144.

(e) In no event may a Participant transfer an Incentive Stock Option other than by will or the applicable laws of descent and distribution.

7.2 Withholding of Taxes.

(a) Stock Options and Stock Appreciation Rights. Subject to Section 7.2(d), as a condition to the delivery of Shares pursuant to the exercise of a Stock Option or Stock Appreciation Right, the Committee may require that the Participant, at the time of exercise, pay to the Company by cash, certified check, bank draft, wire transfer or postal or express money order an amount sufficient to satisfy any applicable tax withholding obligations, as calculated at the applicable minimum statutory rate. The Committee may also, in its discretion, accept payment of tax withholding obligations through any of the Exercise Price payment methods described in Section 4.3(d).

(b) Other Awards Payable in Shares. Subject to Section 7.2(d), the Company shall satisfy a Participant’s tax withholding obligations, calculated at the applicable minimum statutory rate, arising in connection with the release of restrictions on Restricted Stock Units, Restricted Stock, Performance Awards payable in Shares, and Other Stock-Based Awards by withholding Shares that would otherwise be available for delivery. If permitted by the Committee in the Award Agreement or otherwise, the Company may also allow the Participant to satisfy the Participant’s tax withholding obligations by payment to the Company in cash or by certified check, bank draft, wire transfer, or postal or express money order.

(c) Cash Awards. The Company shall satisfy a Participant’s tax withholding obligation arising in connection with the payment of any Award in cash by withholding cash from such payment.

(d) Withholding Amount. The Committee, in consideration of applicable accounting standards, has full discretion to either (i) allow Participants to elect, or (ii) otherwise direct as a general rule, to have the Company withhold Shares for taxes at an amount greater than the applicable minimum statutory amount.

7.3 Forfeiture Provisions. The Committee may, in its discretion, provide in an Award Agreement that an Award granted thereunder shall be canceled if the Participant, without the consent of the Company, while employed by or providing services to the Company or any Affiliate or after termination of such employment or service, (a) violates a non-competition, non-solicitation or non-disclosure covenant or agreement, (b) otherwise engages in activity that is in conflict with or adverse to the interest of the Company or any Affiliate, including fraud or conduct contributing to any financial restatements or irregularities, as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion or (c) to the extent applicable to the Participant, otherwise violates any policy adopted by the Company or any Affiliate relating to the recovery of compensation granted, paid, delivered, awarded or otherwise provided to any Participant by the Company or any Affiliate as such policy is in effect on the date of grant of the applicable Award or, to the extent necessary to
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address the requirements of applicable law (including Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, as codified in Section 10D of the Exchange Act, Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 or any other applicable law), as may be amended from time to time. The Committee may also provide in an Award Agreement that (i) a Participant will forfeit any gain realized on the vesting or exercise of such Award if the Participant engages in any activity referred to in the preceding sentence, or (ii) a Participant must repay the gain to the Company realized under a previously paid Performance Award if a financial restatement reduces the amount that would have been earned under such Award. Notwithstanding the foregoing, none of the non-disclosure restrictions in this Section 7.3 or in any Award Agreement shall, or shall be interpreted to, impair the Participant from exercising any legally protected whistleblower rights (including under Rule 21F under the Exchange Act).

7.4 Code Section 83(b) Elections. The Company, the Affiliates, and the Committee have no responsibility for a Participant’s election, attempt to elect or failure to elect to include the value of an Award of Restricted Stock or other Award subject to Section 83 of the Code in the Participant’s gross income for the year of grant pursuant to Section 83(b) of the Code. Any Participant who makes an election pursuant to Section 83(b) of the Code shall promptly provide the Committee with a copy of the election form.

7.5 No Implied Rights. The establishment and operation of the Plan, including the eligibility of a Participant to participate in the Plan, shall not be construed as conferring any legal or other right upon any Participant for the continuation of service through the end of any vesting period, Performance Cycle, or other period. The Company and the Affiliates expressly reserve the right, which may be exercised at any time and in the Company’s or an Affiliate’s sole discretion, to discharge any individual or treat him or her without regard to the effect that discharge might have upon him or her as a Participant in the Plan. There is no obligation for uniformity of treatment of Participants or holders or beneficiaries of Awards. The terms and conditions of Awards and the Committee’s determinations and interpretations with respect thereto need not be the same with respect to each Participant and may be made selectively among Participants, whether or not such Participants are similarly situated.

7.6 No Obligation to Exercise Awards; No Right to Notice of Expiration Date. The grant of a Stock Option or Stock Appreciation Right shall impose no obligation upon the Participant to exercise the Award. The Company, the Affiliates, and the Committee have no obligation to inform a Participant of the date on which a Stock Option or Stock Appreciation Right lapses except in the Award Agreement.

7.7 No Rights as Stockholders. A Participant granted an Award under the Plan shall have no rights as a stockholder of the Company with respect to the Award unless and until the Shares underlying the Award are registered in the Participant’s name. The right of any Participant to receive an Award by virtue of participation in the Plan shall be no greater than the right of any unsecured general creditor of the Company.

7.8 Indemnification of Committee. The Company shall indemnify, to the fullest extent permitted by law, each person made or threatened to be made a party to any civil or criminal action or proceeding by reason of the fact that the person, or the executor or administrator of the person’s estate, is or was a member of the Committee or a delegate of the Committee.

7.9 No Required Segregation of Assets. Neither the Company nor any Affiliate shall be required to segregate any assets that may at any time be represented by Awards granted pursuant to the Plan.

7.10 Nature of Payments. All Awards made pursuant to the Plan are in consideration of services for the Company or an Affiliate. Any gain realized pursuant to Awards under the Plan constitutes a special incentive payment to the Participant and shall not be taken into account as compensation for purposes of any other employee benefit plan of the Company or any Affiliate, except as the employee benefit plan otherwise provides. The adoption of the Plan shall have no effect on Awards made or to be made under any other benefit plan covering an employee of the Company or an Affiliate or any predecessor or successor of the Company or an Affiliate.

7.11 Awards in Foreign Countries. The Committee has the authority to grant Awards to Employees who are foreign nationals or employed outside the United States on any different terms and conditions than those specified in the Plan that the Committee, in its discretion, believes to be necessary or desirable to accommodate differences in applicable law, tax policy, or custom, while furthering the purposes of the Plan. The Committee may also approve any supplements to the Plan or alternative versions of the Plan as it believes to be necessary or appropriate for these purposes without altering the terms of the Plan in effect for other Participants; provided, however, that the Committee may not make any supplemental or alternative version that (a) increases limitations contained in Section 4.3(e), Section 4.7 and Section 4.8, (b) increases the number of Shares available under the Plan, as set forth in Section 5.1; (c) causes the Plan to cease to satisfy any conditions under Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act or (d) otherwise contains terms that would require approval by the stockholders of the Company under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange.

7.12 Securities Matters.

(a) The Company shall be under no obligation to effect the registration pursuant to the 1933 Act of any Shares to be issued hereunder or to effect similar compliance under any state laws. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Company shall not be obligated to cause to be issued or delivered any Shares pursuant to the Plan unless and until the Company is advised by its counsel that the issuance and delivery of such Shares is in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations of governmental authority and the requirements of any securities exchange on which Shares are traded. The Committee may require, as a condition to the issuance and delivery of Shares pursuant to the terms hereof, that the recipient of such
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Shares make such covenants, agreements and representations, and that such Shares bear such legends or restrictions, as the Committee deems necessary or desirable.

(b) The exercise of any Award granted hereunder shall only be effective at such time as counsel to the Company shall have determined that the issuance and delivery of Shares pursuant to such exercise is in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations of governmental authority and the requirements of any securities exchange on which Shares are traded. The Company may, in its sole discretion, defer the effectiveness of an exercise of an Award hereunder or the issuance or transfer of Shares pursuant to any Award pending or to ensure compliance under federal or state securities laws. The Company shall inform the Participant in writing of its decision to defer the effectiveness of the exercise of an Award or the issuance or transfer of Shares pursuant to any Award. During the period that the effectiveness of the exercise of an Award has been deferred, the Participant may, by written notice, withdraw such exercise and obtain the refund of any amount paid with respect thereto.

7.13 Governing Law; Severability. The Plan and all determinations made and actions taken under the Plan shall be governed by the internal substantive laws, and not the choice of law rules, of the State of Delaware and construed accordingly, to the extent not superseded by applicable U.S. federal law. If any provision of the Plan is held unlawful or otherwise invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part, the unlawfulness, invalidity or unenforceability shall not affect any other parts of the Plan, which shall remain in full force and effect.

7.14 Section 409A of the Code. With respect to Awards subject to Section 409A of the Code, this Plan is intended to comply with the requirements of such Section, and the provisions hereof shall be interpreted in a manner that satisfies the requirements of such Section, and the Plan shall be operated accordingly; provided, however, no guarantee or warranty of such compliance is made to any individual. If any provision of this Plan or any term or condition of any Award would otherwise frustrate or conflict with this intent, the provision, term or condition shall be interpreted and deemed amended so as to avoid this conflict. Any reservation of rights or discretion by the Company or the Committee hereunder affecting the timing of payment of any Award subject to Section 409A of the Code shall only be as broad as is permitted by Section 409A of the Code.

7.15 Payments to Specified Employees. Notwithstanding anything herein or in any Award Agreement to the contrary, if a Participant is a “specified employee” (within the meaning of Section 409A(2)(B) of the Code) as of the date of such Participant’s separation from service (as determined pursuant to Section 409A of the Code), any Awards subject to Section 409A of the Code payable to such Participant as a result of his or her separation from service, shall be paid on the first business day following the six-month anniversary of the date of the separation from service, or, if earlier, the date of the Participant’s death.
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Document

Exhibit 5.1


June 23, 2020

AdvanSix Inc.
300 Kimball Drive, Suite 101
Parsippany, New Jersey 07054

Re: AdvanSix Inc. - Registration Statement on Form S-8

This opinion is submitted in connection with the Registration Statement on Form S-8 (the “Registration Statement”) filed by AdvanSix Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), relating to the registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”), of the Company’s 2,937,209 shares (the “Shares”) of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, issuable pursuant to the 2016 Stock Incentive Plan of AdvanSix Inc. and its Affiliates, as Amended and Restated (the “Plan”).

I am the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Company and, in that capacity, I, or lawyers employed by the Company acting under my supervision, have examined the written documents constituting the Plan and such other documents and corporate records as I, or they, have deemed necessary or appropriate in order to express the opinions hereinafter set forth.

In my examination of such documents and records, I have assumed the genuineness of all signatures, the authenticity of all documents submitted to me as originals, the legal capacity of natural persons, the conformity with the originals of all documents submitted to me as copies and the authenticity of the originals of such latter documents.

Based on the foregoing and in reliance thereon, I am of the opinion that the Shares when, and if, issued pursuant to the terms of the Plan will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable.

The foregoing opinion is limited to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware. I express no opinion as to the effect of the laws of any other jurisdiction.

I hereby consent to the use of this opinion letter as an exhibit to the Registration Statement and the reference to me under the heading “Interests of Named Experts and Counsel” in the Registration Statement. In giving such consent, I do not hereby concede that I am within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Act, or the Rules and Regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission thereunder.


Very truly yours,
/s/ Achilles B. Kintiroglou
Achilles B. Kintiroglou
Senior Vice President, General Counsel
and Corporate Secretary



Document

Exhibit 23.1


CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

We hereby consent to the incorporation by reference in this Registration Statement on Form S-8 of AdvanSix Inc. of our report dated February 21, 2020 relating to the financial statements and the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, which appears in AdvanSix Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.



/s/PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Florham Park, New Jersey
June 23, 2020