1993 INCENTIVE STOCK OPTION PLAN

 

                                                                    Exhibit 10.3

 
                               ASTRO-MED, INC.
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                       1993 INCENTIVE STOCK OPTION PLAN
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     1.  Purpose.  The purpose of this 1993 Incentive Stock Option Plan
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(the "1993 ISO Plan") is to attract and retain key employees of Astro-Med,
Inc. (the "Company") and to provide them with additional incentive for unusual
industry and efficiency by offering an opportunity to acquire a proprietary
stake in the Company and its future growth. It is the view of the Company
that this goal may best be achieved by granting stock options.

     2.  Administration.  The 1993 ISO Plan will be administered by the
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Stock Option Committee (the "Committee") of the Board of Directors of the
Company (the "Board") consisting of not less than two members who shall
qualify to administer the 1993 ISO Plan as contemplated by Rule 16b-3 under
Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Committee's
interpretation of the terms and provisions hereof shall be final and conclusive.
The Committee shall in its sole discretion grant options to purchase shares
of the Company's common stock and issue shares upon exercise of such options
subject to the terms and conditions hereof. No Committee member shall be
liable for any action or determination made in good faith.

     3.  Amount of Stock Subject to Plan.  The amount of stock which may
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be issued under options pursuant to the 1993 ISO Plan is two hundred fifty
thousand (250,000) shares of the Company's $.05 par value common stock (the
"common stock"). If any options terminate or expire for any reason without
having been exercised in full, the shares not purchased under the options
may again be subjected to options granted under the 1993 ISO Plan to the
extent not prohibited

by Rule 16b-3.

     4.  Eligibility.  Key employees of the Company or any subsidiary shall
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be eligible to participate in the 1993 ISO Plan, except that directors who
are not full time officers or employees shall not be eligible to participate.
Key employees shall be those employees, including officers, who are deemed
by the Committee to be of primary importance in the operation of the Company's
business. The Committee may in its discretion from time to time grant options
to any or all eligible employees to purchase such number of shares as the
Committee shall determine, subject to the limitation that except as hereinafter
provided, no option may be granted hereunder to any employee who, at the
time such option is granted, owns stock possessing more than ten percent
(10%) of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock of the
Company or any subsidiary or parent. The foregoing limitation shall not
apply if, at the time such option is granted, the option price is at least
one hundred ten percent (110%) of the fair market value of the stock subject
to the option and such option by its terms is not exercisable after the
expiration of five (5) years from the date such option is granted, or such
shorter period as may be determined by the Committee, unless sooner terminated
under Paragraph 10 or Paragraph 12 below. Fair market value for this purpose
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shall be determined at the time and in the manner set forth in Paragraph 6
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below. As used in the 1993 ISO Plan, the term "subsidiary" has the meaning
ascribed to "subsidiary corporation" by Section 424(f) of the Internal Revenue
Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), and the term "parent" has the meaning
ascribed to "parent corporation" by Section 424(e) of the Code.

     5.  Aggregate Annual Limit.  The aggregate fair market value (determined
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as of the respective date or dates of grant of an option hereunder) of the stock
with respect to which options hereunder granted (and all other incentive stock
option plans of the Company or any subsidiary or parent) are exercisable for the
first time by any employee during any one calendar year shall not exceed
$100,000. In the event that Section 422(d) of the Code is amended to alter the
limitation set forth therein so that, following such amendment, such limitation
shall differ from the limitation set forth herein, then the limitation of this
Paragraph 5 shall be automatically amended to conform
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to the limitation of such section of the Code.

     6.  Option Price and Payment.  The option price of the shares of common
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stock subject to each option will be fixed by the Committee but, subject
to the limitation set forth in Paragraph 4 above, will not be less than
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one hundred percent (100%) of fair market value of the common stock determined
as of the date of the granting of the option. Upon the exercise of the option,
the option price may be paid in one or more of the following ways, as the
Committee in its discretion determines: (i) in full in cash, or (ii) by
exchanging other shares of the Company's common stock owned by the owner
of such option. The term "fair market value" shall be deemed to be the mean
between the high and low selling prices on any exchange on which the stock
is listed (or over-the-counter if such stock is not then listed on such
exchange), on the date the option is granted or, if no sale has taken place,
the mean between bid and asked prices on such date. However, if any such
method is inconsistent with any regulations

applicable to incentive stock options heretofore or hereafter adopted by
the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, then the fair market value shall be
determined by the Committee in accordance with such regulations.

     7.  Term of Option; Employment Requirement.  (a) Except as provided
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in the limitation set forth in Paragraph 4 above, the term of each option
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shall be ten (10) years, or such shorter period as may be determined by
the Committee, from the date of grant of the option, unless sooner terminated
under the provisions of Paragraph 10 or Paragraph 12 below. All or part
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of the shares may be purchased, subject to the provisions of Paragraph 10
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below, at any time or from time to time during the term of the option. No
option shall be granted after the termination of the 1993 ISO Plan, but
options theretofore granted may be exercised thereafter in accordance with
their terms and the provisions of the 1993 ISO Plan.

     (b)  Except as otherwise permitted under Paragraph 10 in the case of
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death of the holder of an option, no option will be exercisable unless at
the time of the exercise of the option:  (i) the holder thereof has been
continuously employed by the Company, one or more subsidiaries, or both
the Company and one or more subsidiaries for a period of at least one year,
and (ii) the holder thereof is still employed by the Company or one or more
subsidiaries; provided, however, that if the holder's employment has terminated
not more than ninety (90) days before the exercise of such option under
circumstances acceptable to the Committee (whose determination in this regard
shall be final and conclusive), then the option will nevertheless be exercisable
during the ninety (90) day period

notwithstanding termination of employment; and provided, further, that if
the holder's employment has terminated not more than one (1) year before
the exercise of such option as a result of the holder becoming disabled
(within the meaning of Section 22(e)(3) of the Code), then the option will
nevertheless be exercisable during such one (1) year period.

     (c) Military or sick leave not exceeding ninety (90) days will not
be deemed to interrupt or terminate employment for the purposes of this
Paragraph 7. Whether military or sick leave in excess of ninety (90) days
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or other authorized leave of absence will be deemed to interrupt or terminate
employment for the purposes of this Paragraph 7 will be determined by the
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Committee whose determination shall be final and conclusive.

     8.  Change of Control.  Unless the Committee determines otherwise,
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all outstanding options shall become immediately exercisable upon a Change
of Control Event. A Change of Control Event shall include (i) any purchase
of common stock pursuant to a tender offer or exchange offer (other than
by the Company), (ii) a change in 30% or more of the beneficial ownership
of the combined voting securities of the Company, (iii) approval by the
Company stockholders of a consolidation, a merger in which the Company does
not survive, or the sale of substantially all of the Company's assets, or
(iv) a change in the composition of a majority of the Company's Board over
a two-year period unless the selection or nomination of each of the new
members is approved by two-thirds of those remaining members of the Board
who were members at the beginning of the two-year period.

     9.  Other Terms and Conditions; Waivers.  Options will be evidenced
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by option agreements in such form and containing such terms and conditions
as the Committee may determine (but not inconsistent with the provisions
of the 1993 ISO Plan) including, without being limited to, the following:

     (a)  Each option will be granted on the condition that the purchase
of stock thereunder will be for investment purposes and not with a view
to resale or distribution, except that such condition will be inoperative
if the stock subject to such option is registered under the Securities Act
of 1933, as amended, or if in the opinion of counsel for the Company such stock
may be resold without registration;

     (b)  No option will be transferable by the holder thereof otherwise
than by will or by the laws of descent and distribution, and such option
will be exercisable during the lifetime of the holder thereof only by the
holder; and

     (c)  The Committee, in particular cases, before of after the issuance
of stock options under the 1993 ISO Plan, may waive any of the conditions
imposed by the 1993 ISO Plan upon the issuance or exercise of options;
provided, however, that no such waiver shall be made which would cause any
outstanding incentive stock option to fail to qualify as an incentive stock
option within the meaning of Section 422 of the Code.

     10.  Termination of Employment Upon Death.  In the event an eligible
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employee dies while in the employ of the Company or any subsidiary, and
at such time such employee holds options under the 1993 ISO Plan, his or
her options shall end automatically six (6)

months after such death, unless sooner ended by their terms. Prior to the
expiration of such six (6) month period, during the term of such options,
the executor or administrator of the estate of such eligible employee shall
have the right to exercise any option previously granted to such employee
hereunder.

     11.  Readjustment of Stock or Recapitalization.  Upon any recapitalization
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or readjustment of the Company's capital stock whereby the character of
the present common stock shall be changed, appropriate adjustments shall
be made so that the stock to be purchased under the 1993 ISO Plan shall
be the equivalent of the present common stock after such readjustment or
recapitalization. In the event of a subdivision or combination of the shares
of common stock, the Board will proportionately adjust the number of shares
that may be optioned and sold to eligible employees and the number of shares
which are the subject of outstanding options and the price therefor. In
case of reclassification or other change in the shares of common stock,
such action will be taken as in the opinion of the Board will be appropriate
under the circumstances. Accordingly, in such cases the maximum number of
authorized but unissued shares, or share held as treasury stock, which are
subject to the 1993 ISO Plan may be adjusted by the Board without stockholder
or any other action.

     12.  Sale of Assets; Stock Exchange, etc.  If the Board recommends
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that the Company sell substantially all of its assets, or that the holders
of substantially all of the shares of outstanding stock sell or exchange
their shares to or with any person, firm or corporation, or that the Company
merge or consolidate with another corporation, or that the Company be
liquidated and dissolved, then in

any such event, the Committee may by notice in writing mailed or delivered
to each holder of an outstanding option set a date (which date shall be
not less than sixty (60) days from the date of mailing or delivering of
such written notice) on or before which such outstanding options may be
exercised, and all such outstanding options which have not been exercised
on or before such date will thereafter expire and be of no further force
and effect.

     13.  Term of the Plan.  The 1993 ISO Plan shall become effective on
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the date of its approval by the stockholders, and subsequent adoption and
ratification by the Board, and shall continue in effect until the expiration
of ten (10) years from the date of such approval by the stockholders unless
sooner terminated as provided herein. The powers of the Committee shall
continue in effect after the termination of the 1993 ISO Plan, until exercise
or expiration of all options then outstanding.

     14.  Amendment and Termination.  The Board may at any time amend, suspend
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or terminate the 1993 ISO Plan. No action of the Board, however, may without
the written consent of the holder, alter or impair any option previously
granted under the 1993 ISO Plan (except pursuant to Paragraph 11 or Paragraph
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12 above or Paragraph 16 below). In addition, except as provided in the
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1993 ISO Plan, no action of the Board may, unless duly approved by the
shareholders, (i) increase the maximum number of shares subject to the 1993
ISO Plan; (ii) change the option price or the manner of determining the
option price; (iii) extend the period within which options may be granted;
(iv) extend the termination date of the 1993 ISO Plan; (v) permit participation
by

directors who are not full time officers or employees; or (vi) change the
aggregate annual limit provided for under Paragraph 5 above.
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     15.  Obligation of the Company to Issue Shares.  Notwithstanding any
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other provision of the 1993 ISO Plan, the Company shall not be obligated
to issue any shares pursuant to any stock option unless or until:

     (a)  the shares with respect to which the option is being exercised
have been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or are
exempt from such registration;

     (b)  the prior approval of such sale or issuance has been obtained from
any state regulatory body having jurisdiction; and

     (c)  in the event the stock has been listed on any stock exchange,
the shares with respect to which the option is being exercised have been
duly listed on such exchange in accordance with the procedure specified
therefore.

     16.  Qualifying Amendments.  Notwithstanding any other provision hereof
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to the contrary, the Board shall have the right to amend or modify the terms
and provisions of the 1993 ISO Plan, and any option previously granted under
the 1993 ISO Plan may be amended or modified by the Committee, to the extent
necessary to qualify any or all such options for such favorable federal
income tax treatment (including deferral of taxation upon exercise) as may
be afforded employee stock options under Section 422 or any successor provision
of the Code.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this instrument to be executed
by its duly authorized officer as of the 4th day of May, 1993.

                                       ASTRO-MED, INC.

                                       By  /s/ A. W. Ondis
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                                          Albert W. Ondis
                                          Chairman

(Pursuant to Paragraph 13, this Plan became effective on May 4, 1993, the
date it was approved by stockholders and the date it was adopted and ratified
by the Board.)

 

Basic Info X:

Name: 1993 INCENTIVE STOCK OPTION PLAN
Type: Stock Option Plan
Date: April 15, 1996
Company: AstroNova, Inc.
State: Rhode Island

Other info:

Date:

  • 4th day of May , 1993
  • May 4 , 1993

Organization:

  • Astro-Med , Inc.
  • Board of Directors
  • Commissioner of Internal Revenue
  • Change of Control Event
  • Company 's Board
  • Employment Upon Death

Money:

  • $ .05
  • $ 100,000

Person:

  • s A. W. Ondis
  • Albert W. Ondis

Percent:

  • ten percent 110 %
  • one hundred percent 100 %
  • 30 %