LEGG MASON, INC.
EXECUTIVE INCENTIVE COMPENSATION
1. Purpose. The purpose of the Legg Mason, Inc. Executive Incentive Compensation Plan (the “Plan”) is to provide incentives to executive officers and other key employees of Legg Mason, Inc. (Legg Mason, Inc. and all direct and indirect subsidiaries being referred to herein as the “Company”) to incent such employees and to encourage them to remain in the employ of the Company. Amounts paid pursuant to the Plan are intended to qualify as performance-based compensation within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”).
2. Definitions. The terms defined in this section are used (and capitalized) elsewhere in the Plan.
a. “Annual Profits” means the consolidated income before income taxes of the Company for the Performance Period, before the provision for incentive compensation earned pursuant to this Plan, and subject to accounting adjustments and adjustment for extraordinary items.
b. “Award” means a portion of the Award Pool payable to a Participant as determined pursuant to Section 4 hereof.
c. “Award Pool” means a pool specified by the Committee, in accordance with Section 4 hereof, out of which Awards may be made to Participants.
d. “Committee” means the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Legg Mason, Inc., or such other Board committee as may be designated by the Board of Directors to administer the Plan.
e. “Participant” means an employee designated by the Committee to participate in the Plan for a designated Performance Period.
f. “Performance Period” means the Company’s fiscal year.
3.1 The Committee shall administer the Plan. The Committee’s interpretation of the Plan and of any Awards made under the Plan shall be final and binding on all persons with an interest therein. The Committee shall have the power to establish regulations to administer the Plan and to change such regulations.
3.2 Exculpation and Indemnification. To the full extent permitted by law, (i) no member of the Committee shall be liable for any action or determination taken or made in good faith with respect to the Plan or any Award made under the Plan, and (ii) the members of the Committee shall be entitled to indemnification by the Company with regard to such actions.
4.1 Creation of Award Pools. Not later than 90 days following the commencement of each Performance Period, the Committee shall establish an Award Pool from which Awards may be paid in accordance with the Plan. The amount included in the Award Pool for a particular Performance Period shall be equal to a percentage of the Annual Profits for the Performance Period to be determined by the Committee, not to exceed 10% of the Annual Profits.
4.2 Allocation of Award Pools. Not later than 90 days following the commencement of each Performance Period, the Committee shall select the persons who shall be Participants for such
Performance Period and allocate, with respect to each Participant, a maximum percentage of the Award Pool, if any, to be paid for such Performance Period; provided that in no event shall the percentage portion of the Award Pool allocated to any Participant exceed 40% of the Award Pool.
4.3 Adjustments. The Committee is authorized at any time during or after a Performance Period, in its sole and absolute discretion, to reduce or eliminate the Award Pool or the Award allocated to any Participant for any reason.
4.4 Payment of Awards. Following the completion of each Performance Period, the Committee shall certify in writing the amount of the Award Pool and the Awards payable to Participants. Partial payments may be made to Participants during the course of a Performance Period in the sole discretion of the Committee; provided that the aggregate of such partial payments may not exceed the amount of the Award that a Participant would otherwise be entitled to under this Section 4. No award shall be paid under the Plan unless the Annual Profits for the Performance Period exceed $3,000,000.
5. Effective Date of the Plan. The Plan shall be
effective as of
6. Right to Terminate Employment. Nothing in the Plan or designation as a Participant shall confer upon any Participant the right to continue in the employment of the Company or any subsidiary or affect any right which the Company or any subsidiary may have to terminate the employment of a Participant with or without cause.
7. Tax Withholding. The Company shall withhold from cash payments made pursuant to the Plan an amount sufficient to cover any required withholding taxes.
8. Amendment, Modification and Termination of the Plan. The Committee may at any time terminate, suspend or modify the Plan or any Award which has not been paid. No Award may be granted during any suspension of the Plan or after its termination.
9. Unfunded Plan. The Plan shall be unfunded and the Company shall not be required to segregate any assets that may be represented by the Award Pool.
10. Other Benefit and Compensation Programs. Neither the adoption of the Plan by the Committee nor its submission to the stockholders of the Company shall be construed as creating any limitation on the power of the Committee or the Board of Directors to adopt such other incentive or other compensation arrangements as it may deem necessary. Payments received by a Participant pursuant to the Plan shall not be deemed a part of a Participant’s regular, recurring compensation for purposes of the termination, indemnity or severance pay law of any state or country and shall not be included in, nor have any effect on, the determination of benefits under any other employee benefit plan, contract or similar arrangement provided by the Company or any subsidiary unless expressly so provided by such other plan, contract or arrangement, or unless the Committee expressly determines that an Award or portion of an Award should be included to accurately reflect competitive compensation practices or to recognize that an Award has been made in lieu of a portion of competitive cash compensation.