amendment or waiver of the performance goal will be permitted and no cash payment to be made in respect of a Performance Award may be accelerated unless the performance goal has been attained and the amount of the payment is discounted to reasonably reflect the time value of money. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Administrator in its discretion may provide for an acceleration of vesting in the terms of any Performance Award upon the death or Disability of a Participant or in the event of a Sale of the Company.
(f)Certification. Following the completion of each performance period, the Administrator will certify in writing, in accordance with the requirements of Section 162(m) of the Code, whether the performance objectives and other material terms of a Performance Award have been achieved or met. Unless the Administrator determines otherwise, Performance Awards will not be settled until the Administrator has made the certification specified under this Section 8(f).
(g)Termination. Except as may otherwise be provided in a Service Agreement or by the Administrator at any time, a Participant’s rights in all Performance Awards shall automatically terminate upon the Participant’s termination of Continuous Service with the Company and its Affiliates for any reason. For the avoidance of doubt, except as may otherwise be provided in a Service Agreement or by the Administrator at any time, a Participant will have the right to receive Shares or cash in settlement of any Performance Award if the Participant is in Continuous Service with the Company or an Affiliate as of the last day of the applicable performance period.
9.Stock Appreciation Rights
(a)General. A SAR may be granted either alone or in tandem with all or part of an Option. A SAR granted in tandem with a Nonqualified Stock Option may be granted at or after the time of grant of the related Option, but a SAR granted in tandem with an Incentive Stock Option may be granted only at the time of the grant of the related Option.
(b)Grant Requirements. A SAR may be granted only if it does not provide for the deferral of compensation within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code. A SAR does not provide for a deferral of compensation if: (i) the Strike Price may never be less than the Fair Market Value on the Date of Grant, (ii) the compensation payable under the SAR can never be greater than the difference between the Fair Market Value on the date of exercise and the Strike Price, (iii) the number of Shares subject to the SAR is fixed on the Date of Grant, and (iv) the SAR does not include any feature for the deferral of compensation other than the deferral of recognition of income until the exercise of the right. No dividends or dividend equivalents may be paid on any outstanding SAR.
(c)Strike Price. The Administrator will determine the Strike Price of a SAR, which in the case of a SAR granted independent of any Option, will not be less than the Fair Market Value on the Date of Grant. The Strike Price of a SAR granted in tandem with an Option will be the Exercise Price of the related Option. A SAR granted in tandem with an Option will be exercisable only to the same extent as the related Option, provided that by its terms, such SAR will be exercisable only when the Fair Market Value exceeds the Strike Price of the SAR.