WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION
ANNUAL INCENTIVE PLAN
As Amended and Restated as of March 31, 2011
||Objective. The Westlake Chemical Corporation Annual Incentive Plan (the Plan) was established effective January 1, 2009, and is designed
to reward and recognize selected employees of Westlake Chemical Corporation (the Company) and its Subsidiaries for their contributions toward building growth and adding to the value of the Company. These objectives are to be accomplished
by making Awards under the Plan and thereby providing Participants with a financial interest in the overall performance and growth of the Company. The Plan complies with and is governed by the provisions of the Westlake Chemical Corporation 2004
Omnibus Incentive Plan (the Omnibus Plan). |
||Definitions. As used herein, the terms set forth below shall have the following respective meanings: |
Administrator means (i) the Committee with respect to Awards to Employees who are executive officers and
(ii) the Companys Chief Executive Officer and other executive officers designated by the Companys Chief Executive Officer with respect to Awards to Employees who are not executive officers.
Award means a qualified performance award intended to qualify as performance-based compensation under
Section 162(m) of the Code that is payable in a cash lump sum and granted to a Participant subject to achievement of Performance Goals established by the Committee and any applicable terms, conditions and limitations as the Administrator may
establish in order to fulfill the objectives of the Plan.
Base Pay means a Participants
annual base salary as of the applicable date of determination. A Participants Base Pay shall be determined on the last day of the Performance Period; provided, however, that if Section 5(d) hereof applies due to termination of a
Participants Employment prior to the last day of the Performance Period, a Participants Base Pay shall be determined as of the applicable of the date (i) of the Participants death or Retirement, or (ii) the Participant
first experiences a Permanent Disability, Temporary Disability or leave of absence approved by the Company.
Code means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
Committee means the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company.
Company means Westlake Chemical Corporation, a Delaware corporation, or any successor thereto.
Employee means an employee of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.
Employment means employment with the Company or a Subsidiary.
Final Award means the final value of an Award as determined by the Administrator.
Omnibus Plan means the Westlake Chemical Corporation 2004 Omnibus Incentive Plan, as amended from time to
Participant means an Employee to whom an Award has been made under this Plan.
Performance Goal means one or more objective standards established by the Committee from the metrics
identified in Section 7(a)(v)(B) of the Omnibus Plan in accordance with Section 5(a) hereof. The Performance Goals applicable to the 2011 Plan Year are attached hereto as Exhibit A. For Plan Years after 2011, the Committee shall
establish the Performance Goal(s) in such form as it deems appropriate, including, but not limited to, by amendment of Exhibit A.
Performance Period means the Plan Year or such other period as may be determined by the Committee during which the Performance Goals established with respect to a Plan Year are measured.
Permanent Disability means eligibility for long-term disability, workers compensation or
social security disability benefits, where the Employee is not expected to return to work in any occupation.
Plan means this Westlake Chemical Corporation Annual Incentive Plan, as set forth herein and as may be amended
from time to time.
Plan Year means, unless otherwise specified by the Committee, January 1
through December 31.
Retirement means the termination of a Participants
Employment coincident with or after attainment of age 65 and 10 years of continuous service.
Subsidiary means (i) in the case of a corporation, any corporation of which the Company directly or
indirectly owns shares representing more than 50% of the combined voting power of the shares of all classes or series of capital stock of that corporation that have the right to vote generally on matters submitted to a vote of the stockholders of
that corporation and (ii) in the case of a partnership or other business entity not organized as a corporation, any such business entity of which the Company directly or indirectly owns more than 50% of the voting, capital or profits interests
(whether in the form of partnership interests, membership interests or otherwise).
means the target value of a Participants Award for a Plan Year, which shall be the lesser of (i) the Participants Target Bonus Percentage multiplied by the Participants Base Pay or (ii) $5 million.
Target Bonus Percentage means a percentage of the Participants Base Pay.
Temporary Disability means a disability other than a Permanent Disability.
A pronoun or adjective in the masculine gender includes the feminine gender, and the singular includes the plural unless the context
clearly indicates otherwise.
||Eligibility. All Employees are eligible for Awards in the sole discretion of the Administrator. No Employee selected as a Participant in a particular Plan Year
will have any right to be selected as a Participant in any other Plan Year. |
||Plan Administration. The Plan shall be administered by the Administrator, which shall have full and exclusive power to interpret this Plan and to adopt such
rules, regulations and guidelines for carrying out this Plan as it may deem necessary or appropriate in its sole discretion. All decisions of the Administrator in the interpretation and administration of this Plan shall lie within its sole and
absolute discretion and shall be final, conclusive and binding on the Participants. Unless specifically stated herein as a function of the Committee, including without limitation, establishment of Performance Goals as specified in Section 5(a)
hereof, the Administrator shall determine all terms and conditions of the Awards. Neither the Administrator nor any member of the Administrator shall be liable for anything done or omitted to be done by him or by any member of the Administrator in
connection with the performance of any duties under this Plan, except for his own willful misconduct or as expressly provided by statute. |
||Calculation and Payment of Awards. |
||Performance Goals. In interpreting Plan provisions applicable to Performance Goals, it is the intent of the Committee that the Plan conform with the requirements
of Section 162(m) of the Code and Treasury Regulation § 1.162-27(e)(2)(i), and the Committee, in establishing such Performance Goals, and the Administrator, in interpreting the Plan, shall be guided by such provisions. The Committee shall
establish the Performance Goals no later than the earlier to occur of (i) 90 days after the commencement of the Performance Period and (ii) the lapse of 25% of the Performance Period (the Determination Date), and in any event
while the outcome is still substantially uncertain. As soon as practicable after the close of the Performance Period, the Committee shall evaluate whether the Performance Goals were achieved. |
||Establishment of Target Bonus Percentage. The Administrator shall establish a Target Bonus Percentage for each Participant for the Plan Year, based on any
considerations the Administrator deems appropriate. With respect to Participants who are executive officers, the Committee shall establish the Target Bonus Percentage for each Participant no later than the Determination Date. An Employee who becomes
a Participant after the first day of a Performance Period may be awarded a Target Bonus Percentage and may be eligible for a pro rata Award in the manner calculated pursuant to Section 5(d) hereof. |
||Authorization and Calculation of Final Award. Prior to a Final Award being authorized for any Participant, the Committee shall certify in writing that the
applicable Performance Goals and any other material terms thereof were, in fact, satisfied. If the applicable Performance Goals were not achieved, no Final Award shall be authorized for any Participant. If the Committee certifies that the applicable
Performance Goals were satisfied, a Final Award shall be authorized for each Participant in an amount that does not exceed the amount calculated in accordance with the provisions of Exhibit A. The Administrator, in its sole discretion, may reduce,
but not increase, a Participants Final Award. |
Employment for Less Than Full Plan Year. Except as otherwise provided in this Section 5(d), Awards will be paid only to Participants who
are in active Employment on the date Awards are paid. A Participant who is not in active Employment during an entire Plan Year due to (i) death, (ii) Permanent Disability, (iii) Temporary Disability, (iv) leave of absence
approved by the Company or (v) Retirement, each as determined in the Administrators sole discretion, shall be entitled to a pro rata Final Award. The pro rata Final Award shall be
equal to the Participants Final Award as determined by the Administrator pursuant to Section 5(c) hereof multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the Participants full number of completed months of active Employment
during the Plan Year (a full month will be deemed completed if the Participant was actively employed for more than one-half of the month) and the denominator of which is the total number of months in the Plan Year.
||Payment of Final Award. A Participants Final Award shall be paid to the Participant on March 15 of the calendar year immediately following the end of
the Performance Period. |
||Amendment, Modification, Suspension or Termination. The Committee may amend, modify, suspend or terminate this Plan at any time, and nothing in this Plan grants
Participants any rights that are not otherwise subject to modification. |
||Compliance with Section 409A. The Plan and Awards granted hereunder are intended to be exempt from the requirements of Section 409A of the Code under
the short-term deferral exception under Treasury Regulation § 1.409A-1(b)(4), and shall be interpreted and administered in a manner consistent with that intent. |
FOR 2011 PLAN YEAR
In order for bonus awards to be authorized for the Plan Year from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011, and any subsequent
Plan Year unless otherwise amended by the Committee, the Committee must certify that any one or more of the following Performance Goals has been achieved:
||Total Shareholder Return (TSR) The Companys TSR relative to the Peer Group is within the top two-thirds. For this purpose TSR is defined
as [Ending Share Price], minus, [Beginning Share Price] + [dividends paid] / [Beginning Share Price]. |
Share Price shall equal the daily average stock price for the trading days occurring during the ninety-calendar-day period prior to the beginning of the measurement period, and Ending Share Price shall be equal to the daily average stock price
occurring during the ninety-calendar-day period prior to the end of the measurement period. The measurement period starts on January 1 of the current Plan Year and ends on December 31 of the current Plan Year.
For the purpose of this Plan, the Peer Group will be consistent with the Peer Group as outlined in the Proxy for the calendar
year preceding the current Plan Year, modified to reflect changes due to market conditions, e.g., increase in market capitalization, merger, insolvency, etc.
||SGA The selling, general and administrative expenses (SGA) for the current Plan Year shall be equal to or less than $107mm.
||Return on Capital Return on capital is equal to or greater than 33% of the weighted average cost of capital. For this purpose, return on capital will
equal net operating profit after tax of the Company on a consolidated basis divided by capital employed. |
certifying that one or more of the Performance Goals have been achieved, a Participants bonus will be set at $5MM pursuant to the guidelines of the 2004 Westlake Chemical Corporation Omnibus Incentive Plan and subject to the negative
discretion of the Administrator.