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ROYAL STANDARD MINERALS, INC.
2009 EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS AND CONSULTANTS
STOCK OPTION AND STOCK AWARD PLAN
SECTION 1. PURPOSE OF THE PLAN.
The purpose of the of Royal Standard Minerals, Inc. 2009 Employees, Directors, Officers and Consultants Stock Option and Stock Award Plan (the “Plan”) is to maintain the ability of Royal Standard Minerals, Inc., a Canadian Corporation (the “Company”), and its subsidiaries to attract and retain highly qualified and experienced directors, officers, employees and consultants and to give directors, officers, employees and consultants a continued proprietary interest in the success of the Company and its subsidiaries. In addition, the Plan is intended to encourage ownership of common stock, without par value (“Shares”), of the Company by the employees, directors, officers, and consultants of the Company and to provide increased incentive for such persons to render services and to exert maximum effort for the success of the Company. The Plan provides eligible employees, directors, officers, consultants and affiliates the opportunity to participate in the enhancement of shareholder value by the grants of options, stock appreciation rights, awards of restricted stock, bonuses and/or fees payable in unrestricted stock, or any combination thereof. In addition, the Company expects that the Plan will further strengthen the identification of the directors, officers, employees and consultants with the stockholders. Options granted under this Plan will be nonqualified options (“Nonqualified Options”). Employees, consultants and directors who participate or become eligible to participate in this Plan from time to time are referred to individually as a “Participant” and collectively herein as “Participants.” As used in this Plan, the term “Affiliates” means any “parent corporation” of the Company and any “subsidiary corporation” of the Company.
SECTION 2. ADMINISTRATION OF THE PLAN.
Composition of Committee.
The Plan shall be administered by the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) or a committee of the Board (the “Committee”), if and when formed. When acting in such capacity, the Board is herein referred to as the “Committee.”. If the Company is governed by Rule 16b-3 promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), no director shall serve as a member of the Committee unless he or she is a “disinterested person” within the meaning of such Rule 16b-3.
The Committee shall hold its meetings at such times and places as it may determine. A majority of its members shall constitute a quorum, and all determinations of the Committee shall be made by not less than a majority of its members. Any decision or determination reduced to writing and signed by a majority of the members shall be fully as effective as if it had been made by a majority vote of its members at a meeting duly called and held. The Committee may designate the Secretary of the Company or other Company employees to assist the Committee in the administration of the Plan, and may grant authority to such persons to execute award agreements or other documents on behalf of the Committee and the Company. Any duly constituted committee of the Board satisfying the qualifications of this Section 2 may be appointed as the Committee.
All expenses and liabilities incurred by the Committee in the administration of the Plan shall be borne by the Company. The Committee may employ attorneys, consultants, accountants or other persons.
SECTION 3. STOCK RESERVED FOR THE PLAN.
Subject to adjustment as provided in Section 6(m) hereof, the aggregate number of Shares that may be optioned or issued under the Plan is 3,000,000. The Shares subject to the Plan shall consist of authorized but unissued Shares and such number of Shares shall be and is hereby reserved for sale for such purpose. Any of such Shares which may remain unsold and which are not subject to outstanding options at the termination of the Plan shall cease to be reserved for the purpose of the Plan, but until termination of the Plan or the termination of the last of the options granted under the Plan, whichever last occurs, the Company shall at all times reserve a sufficient number of shares to meet the requirements of the Plan. Should any option expire or be canceled prior to its exercise in full, the Shares theretofore subject to such option may again be made subject to an option under the Plan. In the event, the Company issues rechargeable options i.e. options which grant to the holder thereof the grant of the same number of options as exercised at the closing market price on the day of exercise, the aggregate number of Shares that may be optioned or issued under the Plan will increase by the number of rechargeable options issued.
SECTION 4. ELIGIBILITY.
The Participants shall include directors, employees, including officers, of the Company and its divisions and subsidiaries, and consultants and attorneys who provide bona fide services to the Company. Participants are eligible to be granted options, restricted stock, unrestricted stock and other awards under this Plan and to have their bonuses and/or consulting fees payable in restricted stock, unrestricted stock and other awards. A Participant who has been granted an option hereunder may be granted an additional option or options, if the Committee shall so determine.
SECTION 5. GRANT OF OPTIONS.
The Committee shall have sole and absolute discretionary authority (i) to determine, authorize, and designate those persons pursuant to this Plan who are to receive options, restricted Shares or non-restricted Shares under the Plan, (ii) to determine the number of Shares to be covered by such grant or such options and the terms thereof, (iii) to determine the type of Shares granted: restricted Shares, unrestricted Shares or a combination of both. Subject to the express provisions of the Plan, the Committee shall have discretionary authority to prescribe, amend and rescind rules and regulations relating to the Plan, to interpret the Plan, to prescribe and amend the terms of the option agreements (which need not be identical) and to make all other determinations deemed necessary or advisable for the administration of the Plan.
SECTION 6. TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
Each option granted under the Plan shall be evidenced by an agreement, in a form approved by the Committee, which shall be subject to the following express terms and conditions and to such other terms and conditions as the Committee may deem appropriate.
The Committee shall promptly notify the Participant of the option grant and a written agreement shall promptly be executed and delivered by and on behalf of the Company and the Participant, provided that the option grant shall expire if a written agreement is not signed by said Participant (or his agent or attorney) and returned to the Company within 60 days from date of receipt by the Participant of such agreement. The date of grant shall be the date the option is actually granted by the Committee, even though the written agreement may be executed and delivered by the Company and the Participant after that date. Each option agreement shall specify the period for which the option thereunder is granted (which in no event shall exceed ten years from the date of grant) and shall provide that the option shall expire at the end of such period. If the original term of an option is less than ten years from the date of grant, the option may be amended prior to its expiration, with the approval of the Committee and the Participant, to extend the term so that the term as amended is not more than ten years from the date of grant.
The purchase price of each Share subject to each option granted pursuant to the Plan shall be determined by the Committee at the time the option is granted .The purchase price of each Share subject to a Nonqualified Option under this Plan shall be determined by the Committee prior to granting the option. The Committee shall set the purchase price for each Share subject to a Nonqualified Option at either the fair market value of each Share on the date the option is granted, or at such other price as the Committee in its sole discretion shall determine. The Committee may issue non-dilutive
At the time a determination of the fair market value of a Share is required to be made hereunder, the determination of its fair market value shall be made by the Committee in such manner as it deems appropriate.
The Committee may provide in the option agreement