1999 Employee Stock Purchase Plan - Akamai Technologies Inc.
AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
1999 EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLAN
The following constitute the provisions of the 1999 Employee Stock
Purchase Plan of Akamai Technologies, Inc.
1. Purpose. The purpose of the Plan is to provide employees of the Company
and its Designated Subsidiaries with an opportunity to purchase Common Stock of
the Company through accumulated payroll deductions. It is the intention of the
Company to have the Plan qualify as an 'Employee Stock Purchase Plan' under
Section 423 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The provisions of
the Plan, accordingly, shall be construed so as to extend and limit
participation in a manner consistent with the requirements of that section of
a. 'BOARD' shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.
b. 'CODE' shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
c. 'COMMON STOCK' shall mean the Common Stock of the Company.
d. 'COMPANY' shall mean Akamai Technologies, Inc. and any Designated
Subsidiary of the Company.
e. 'COMPENSATION' shall mean all base straight time gross earnings
and commissions, but exclusive of payments for overtime, shift premium,
incentive compensation, incentive payments, bonuses and other compensation.
f. 'DESIGNATED SUBSIDIARY' shall mean any Subsidiary which has been
designated by the Board from time to time in its sole discretion as eligible to
participate in the Plan.
g. 'EMPLOYEE' shall mean any individual who is an Employee of the
Company for tax purposes whose customary employment with the Company is at least
twenty (20) hours per week and more than five (5) months in any calendar year.
For purposes of the Plan, the employment relationship shall be treated as
continuing intact while the individual is on sick leave or other leave of
absence approved by the Company. Where the period of leave exceeds 90 days and
the individual's right to reemployment is not guaranteed either by statute or by
contract, the employment relationship shall be deemed to have terminated on the
91st day of such leave.
h. 'ENROLLMENT DATE' shall mean the first day of each Offering
i. 'EXERCISE DATE' shall mean the last Trading Day of each Purchase
j. 'FAIR MARKET VALUE' shall mean, as of any date, the value of
Common Stock determined as follows:
(1) If the Common Stock is listed on any established stock
exchange or a national market system, including without limitation The Nasdaq
National Market or The Nasdaq Small Cap Market of The Nasdaq Stock Market, its
Fair Market Value shall be the closing sales price for such stock (or the
closing bid, of no sales were reported) as quoted on such exchange or system for
the last market trading day on the date of such determination, as reported in
The Wall Street Journal or such other source as the Board deems reliable; or
(2) If the Common Stock is regularly quoted by a recognized
securities dealer but selling prices are not reported, its Fair Market Value
shall be the mean of the closing bid and asked prices for the Common Stock on
the date of such determination, as reported in The Wall Street Journal or such
other source as the Board deems reliable; or
(3) In the absence of an established market for the Common
Stock, the Fair Market Value thereof shall be determined in good faith by the
(4) For purposes of the Enrollment Date of the first Offering
Period under the Plan, the Fair Market Value shall be the initial price to the
public as set forth in the final prospectus included within the registration
statement on Form S-1 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the
initial public offering of the Company's Common Stock (the 'REGISTRATION
k. 'OFFERING PERIODS' shall mean the periods of approximately
twenty-four (24) months during which an option granted pursuant to the Plan may
be exercised, commencing on the first Trading Day on or after June 1 and
December 1 of each year and terminating on the last Trading Day in the periods
ending twenty-four months later; provided, however, that the first Offering
Period under the Plan shall commence with the first Trading Day on or after the
date on which the Securities and Exchange Commission declares the Company's
Registration Statement effective and ending on the last Trading Day on or before
May 31, 2000. The duration and timing of Offering Periods may be changed
pursuant to Section 4 of this Plan.
l. 'PLAN' shall mean this Employee Stock Purchase Plan.
m. 'PURCHASE PERIOD' shall mean the approximately six month period
commencing after one Exercise Date and ending with the next Exercise Date,
except that the first Purchase Period of any Offering Period shall commence on
the Enrollment Date and end with the next Exercise Date; provided, however, that
the first Purchase Period under the Plan shall commence with the first Trading
Day on or after the date on which the Securities and Exchange Commission
declares the Company's Registration Statement effective and shall end on the
last Trading Day on or before May 31, 2000.
n. 'PURCHASE PRICE' shall mean 85% of the Fair Market Value of a
share of Common Stock on the Enrollment Date or on the Exercise Date, whichever
is lower; provided however, that, in the event (i) the Company's stockholders
approve an increase in the number of shares available for issuance under the
Plan, (ii) all or a portion of such additional shares are to be issued with
respect to one or more Offering Periods that are underway at the time of such
stockholder approval ('NEW SHARES'), and (iii) the Fair Market Value of a share
of Common Stock on the date of such approval (the 'AUTHORIZATION DATE FMV') is
higher than the Fair Market Value on the Enrollment Date for any such Offering
Period, the Purchase Price with respect to New Shares shall be 85% of the
Authorization Date FMV or the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock on
the Exercise Date, whichever is lower.
o. 'RESERVES' shall mean the number of shares of Common Stock
covered by each option under the Plan which have not yet been exercised and the
number of shares of Common Stock which have been authorized for issuance under
the Plan but not yet placed under option.
p. 'SUBSIDIARY' shall mean a corporation, domestic or foreign, of
which not less than 50% of the voting shares are held by the Company or a
Subsidiary, whether or not such corporation now exists or is hereafter organized
or acquired by the Company or a Subsidiary.
q. 'TRADING DAY' shall mean a day on which national stock exchanges
and the Nasdaq System are open for trading.
a. Any Employee who shall be employed by the Company at least _____
days prior to a given Enrollment Date shall be eligible to participate in the
b. Any provisions of the Plan to the contrary notwithstanding, no
Employee shall be granted an option under the Plan (i) to the extent that,
immediately after the grant, such Employee (or any other person whose stock
would be attributed to such Employee pursuant to Section 424(d) of the Code)
would own capital stock of the Company and/or hold outstanding options to
purchase such stock possessing five percent (5%) or more of the total combined
voting power or value of all classes of the capital stock of the Company or of
any Subsidiary, or (ii) to the extent that his or her rights to purchase stock
under all employee stock purchase plans of the Company and its subsidiaries
accrues at a rate which exceeds Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000) worth of
stock (determined at the fair market value of the shares at the time such option
is granted) for each calendar year in which such option is outstanding at any
4. Offering Periods. The Plan shall be implemented by consecutive,
overlapping Offering Periods with a new Offering Period commencing on the first
Trading Day on or after June 1 and December 1 of each year, or on such other
date as the Board shall determine, and continuing thereafter until terminated in
accordance with Section 20 hereof; provided, however, that the first Offering
Period under the Plan shall commence with the first Trading Day on or after
the date on which the Securities and Exchange Commission declares the Company's
Registration Statement effective and ending on the last Trading Day on or before
May 31, 2000. The Board shall have the power to change the duration of Offering
Periods (including the commencement dates thereof) with respect to future
offerings without stockholder approval if such change is announced at least five
(5) days prior to the scheduled beginning of the first Offering Period to be
a. An eligible Employee may become a participant in the Plan by
completing a subscription agreement authorizing payroll deductions in a form
provided by the Company's payroll office and filing it with the Company's
payroll office prior to the applicable Enrollment Date.
b. Payroll deductions for a participant shall commence on the first
payroll following the Enrollment Date and shall end on the last payroll in the
Offering Period to which such authorization is applicable, unless sooner
termination by the participant as provided in Section 10 hereof.
6. Payroll Deductions.
a. At the time a participant files his or her subscription
agreement, he or she shall elect to have payroll deductions made on each pay day
during the Offering Period in an amount not exceeding ten percent (10%) of the
Compensation which he or she receives on each pay day during the Offering
b. All payroll deductions made for a participant shall be credited
to his or her account under the Plan and shall be withheld in whole percentages
only. A participant may not make any additional payments into such account.
c. A participant may discontinue his or her participation in the
Plan as provided in Section 10 hereof, or may decrease the rate of his or her
payroll deductions to zero percent (0%) once during each Offering Period by
completing or filing with the Company a new subscription agreement authorizing
such change in payroll deduction rate. The Board may, in its discretion,
increase or decrease the number of participation rate changes during any
Offering Period. The change in rate shall be effective with the first full
payroll period following five (5) business days after the Company's receipt of
the new subscription agreement unless the Company elects to process a given
change in participation more quickly. A participant's subscription agreement
shall remain in effect for successive Offering Periods unless terminated as
provided in Section 10 hereof.
d. Notwithstanding the foregoing, to the extent necessary to comply
with Section 423(b)(8) of the Code and Section 3(b) hereof, a participant's
payroll deductions may be decreased to zero percent (0%) at any time during a
Purchase Period. Payroll deductions shall recommence at the rate provided in
such participant's subscription agreement at the beginning of the first Purchase
Period which is scheduled to end in the following calendar year, unless
terminated by the participant as provided in Section 10 hereof.
e. At the time the option is exercised, in whole or in part, or at
the time some or all of the Company's Common Stock issued under the Plan is
disposed of, the participant must make adequate provision for the Company's
federal, state, or other tax withholding obligations, if any, which arise upon
the exercise of the option or the disposition of the Common Stock. At any time,
the Company may, but shall not be obligated to, withhold from the participant's
compensation the amount necessary for the Company to meet applicable withholding
obligations, including any withholding required to make available to the Company
any tax deductions or benefits attributable to sale or early disposition of
Common Stock by the Employee.
7. Grant of Option. On the Enrollment Date of each Offering Period, each
eligible Employee participating in such Offering Period shall be granted an
option to purchase on each Exercise Date during such Offering Period (at the
applicable Purchase Price) up to a number of shares of the Company's Common
Stock determined by dividing such Employee's payroll deductions accumulated
prior to such Exercise Date and retained in the Participant's account as of the
Exercise Date by the applicable Purchase Price; provided that in no event shall
an Employee be permitted to purchase during each Purchase Period more than 5,000
shares of the Company's Common Stock (subject to any adjustment pursuant to
Section 19), and provided further that such purchase shall be subject to the
limitations set forth in Sections 3(b) and 12 hereof. Exercise of the option
shall occur as provided in Section 8 hereof, unless the participant has
withdrawn pursuant to Section 10 hereof. The option shall expire on the last day
of the Offering Period.
8. Exercise of Option. Unless a participant withdraws from the Plan as
provided in Section 10 hereof, his or her option for the purchase of shares
shall be exercised automatically on the Exercise Date, and the maximum number of
full shares subject to option shall be purchased for such participant at the
applicable Purchase Price with the accumulated payroll deductions in his or her
account. No fractional shares shall be purchased; any payroll deductions
accumulated in a participant's account which are not sufficient to purchase a
full share shall be retained in the participant's account for the subsequent
Purchase Period or Offering Period, subject to earlier withdrawal by the
participant as provided in Section 10 hereof. Any other monies left over in a
participant's account after the Exercise Date shall be returned to the
participant. During a participant's lifetime, a participant's option to purchase
shares hereunder is exercisable only by him or her.
9. Delivery. As promptly as practicable after each Exercise Date on which
a purchase of shares occurs, the Company shall arrange the delivery to each
participant, as appropriate, of a certificate representing the shares purchased
upon exercise of his or her option.
a. A participant may withdraw all but not less than all the payroll
deductions credited to his or her account and not yet used to exercise his or
her option under the Plan at any
time by giving written notice to the Company in the form of Exhibit A to this
Plan. All of the participant's payroll deductions credited to his or her account
shall be paid to such participant promptly after receipt of notice of withdrawal
and such participant's option for the Offering Period shall be automatically
terminated, and no further payroll deductions for the purchase of shares shall
be made for such Offering Period. If a participant withdraws from an Offering
Period, payroll deductions shall not resume at the beginning of the succeeding
Offering Period unless the participant delivers to the Company a new
b. A participant's withdrawal from an Offering Period shall not have
any effect upon his or her eligibility to participate in any similar plan which
may hereafter be adopted by the Company or in succeeding Offering Periods which
commence after the termination of the Offering Period from which the participant
11. Termination of Employment.
Upon a participant's ceasing to be an Employee, for any reason, he
or she shall be deemed to have elected to withdraw from the Plan and the payroll
deductions credited to such participant's account during the Offering Period but
not yet used to exercise the option shall be returned to such participant or, in
the case of his or her death, to the person or persons entitled thereto under
Section 15 hereof, and such participant's option shall be automatically
terminated. The preceding sentence notwithstanding, a participant who receives
payment in lieu of notice of termination of employment shall be treated as
continuing to be an Employee for the participant's customary number of hours per
week of employment during the period in which the participant is subject to such
payment in lieu of notice.
12. Interest. No interest shall accrue on the payroll deductions of a
participant in the Plan.
a. Subject to adjustment upon changes in capitalization of the
Company as provided in Section 19 hereof, the maximum number of shares of the
Company's Common Stock which shall be made available for sale under the Plan
shall be 600,000 shares. If, on a given Exercise Date, the number of shares with
respect to which options are to be exercised exceeds the number of shares then
available under the Plan, the Company shall make a pro rata allocation of the
shares remaining available for purchase in as uniform a manner as shall be
practicable and as it shall determine to be equitable.
b. The participant shall have no interest or voting right in shares
covered by his option until such option has been exercised.
c. Shares to be delivered to a participant under the Plan shall be
registered in the name of the participant or in the name of the participant and
his or her spouse.
14. Administration. The Plan shall be administered by the Board or a
committee of members of the Board appointed by the Board. The Board or its
committee shall have full and exclusive discretionary authority to construe,
interpret and apply the terms of the Plan, to
determine eligibility and to adjudicate all disputed claims filed under the
Plan. Every finding, decision and determination made by the Board or its
committee shall, to the full extent permitted by law, be final and binding upon
15. Designation of Beneficiary.
a. A participant may file a written designation of a beneficiary who
is to receive any shares and cash, if any, from the participant's account under
the Plan in the event of such participant's death subsequent to an Exercise Date
on which the option is exercised but prior to delivery to such participant of
such shares and cash. In addition, a participant may file a written designation
of a beneficiary who is to receive any cash from the participant's account under
the Plan in the event of such participant's death prior to exercise of the
option. If a participant is married and the designated beneficiary is not the
spouse, spousal consent shall be required for such designation to be effective.
b. Such designation of beneficiary may be changed by the participant
at any time by written notice. In the event of the death of a participant and in
the absence of a beneficiary validly designated under the Plan who is living at
the time of such participant's death, the Company shall deliver such shares
and/or cash to the executor or administrator of the estate of the participant,
or if no such executor or administrator has been appointed (to the knowledge of
the Company), the Company, in its discretion, may deliver such shares and/or
cash to the spouse or to any one or more dependents or relatives of the
participant, or if no spouse, dependent or relative is known to the Company,
then to such other person as the Company may designate.
16. Transferability. Neither payroll deductions credited to a
participant's account nor any rights with regard to the exercise of an option or
to receive shares under the Plan may be assigned, transferred, pledged or
otherwise disposed of in any way (other than by will, the laws of descent and
distribution or as provided in Section 15 hereof) by the participant. Any such
attempt at assignment, transfer, pledge or other disposition shall be without
effect, except that the Company may treat such act as an election to withdraw
funds from an Offering Period in accordance with Section 10 hereof.
17. User of Funds. All payroll deductions received or held by the Company
under the Plan may be used by the Company for any corporate purpose, and the
Company shall not be obligated to segregate such payroll deductions.
18. Reports. Individual accounts shall be maintained for each participant
in the Plan. Statements of account shall be given to participating Employees at
least annually, which statements shall set forth the amounts of payroll
deductions, the Purchase Price, the number of shares purchased and the remaining
cash balance, if any.
19. Adjustments Upon Changes in Capitalization, Dissolution, Liquidation,
Merger or Asset Sale.
a. Changes in Capitalization. Subject to any required action by the
stockholders of the Company, the Reserves, the maximum number of shares each
participant may purchase each Purchase Period (pursuant to Section 7), as well
as the price per share and the
number of shares of Common Stock covered by each option under the Plan which has
not yet been exercised shall be proportionately adjusted for any increase or
decrease in the number of issued shares of Common Stock resulting from a stock
split, reverse stock split, stock dividend, combination or reclassification of
the Common Stock, or any other increase or decrease in the number of shares of
Common Stock effected without receipt of consideration by the Company; provided,
however, that conversion of any convertible securities of the Company shall not
be deemed to have been 'effected without receipt of consideration.' Such
adjustment shall be made by the Board, whose determination in that respect shall
be final, binding and conclusive. Except as expressly provided herein, no
issuance by the Company of shares of stock of any class, or securities
convertible into shares of stock of any class, shall affect, and no adjustment
by reason thereof shall be made with respect to, the number or price of shares
of Common Stock subject to an option.
b. Dissolution or Liquidation. In the event of the proposed
dissolution or liquidation of the Company, the Offering Period then in progress
shall be shortened by setting a new Exercise Date (the 'NEW EXERCISE DATE'), and
shall terminate immediately prior to the consummation of such proposed
dissolution or liquidation, unless provided otherwise by the Board. The New
Exercise Date shall be before the date of the Company's proposed dissolution or
liquidation. The Board shall notify each participant in writing, at least ten
(10) business days prior to the New Exercise Date, that the Exercise Date for
the participant's option has been changed to the New Exercise Date and that the
participant's option shall be exercised automatically on the New Exercise Date,
unless prior to such date the participant has withdrawn from the Offering Period
as provided in Section 10 hereof.
c. Merger or Asset Sale. In the event of a proposed sale of all or
substantially all of the assets of the Company, or the merger of the Company
with or into another corporation, each outstanding option shall be assumed or an
equivalent option substituted by the successor corporation or a Parent or
Subsidiary of the successor corporation. In the event that the successor
corporation refuses to assume or substitute for the option, any Purchase Periods
then in progress shall be shortened by setting a New Exercise Date (the 'NEW
EXERCISE DATE') and any Offering Periods then in progress shall end on the New
Exercise Date. The New Exercise Date shall be before the date of the Company's
proposed sale or merger. The Board shall notify each participant in writing, at
least ten (10) business days prior to the New Exercise Date, that the Exercise
Date for the participant's option has been changed to the New Exercise Date and
that the participant's option shall be exercised automatically on the New
Exercise Date, unless prior to such date the participant has withdrawn from the
Offering Period as provided in Section 10 hereof.
20. Amendment or Termination.
a. The Board of Directors of the Company may at any time and for any
reason terminate or amend the Plan. Except as provided in Section 19 hereof, no
such termination can affect options previously granted, provided that an
Offering Period may be
terminated by the Board of Directors on any Exercise Date if the Board
determines that the termination of the Plan is in the best interests of the
Company and its stockholders. Except as provided in Section 19 hereof, no
amendment may make any change in any option theretofore granted which adversely
affects the rights of any participant. To the extent necessary to comply with
Section 423 of the Code (or any successor rule or provision or any other
applicable law, regulation or stock exchange rule), the Company shall obtain
stockholder approval in such a manner and to such a degree as required.
b. Without stockholder consent and without regard to whether any
participant rights may be considered to have been 'adversely affected,' the
Board (or its committee) shall be entitled to change the Offering Periods, limit
the frequency and/or number of changes in the amount withheld during an Offering
Period, establish the exchange ratio applicable to amounts withheld in a
currency other than U.S. dollars, permit payroll withholding in excess of the
amount designated by a participant in order to adjust for delays or mistakes in
the Company's processing of properly completed withholding elections, establish
reasonable waiting and adjustment periods and/or accounting and crediting
procedures to ensure that amounts applied toward the purchase of Common Stock
for each participant properly correspond with amounts withheld from the
participant's Compensation, and establish such other limitations or procedures
as the Board (or its committee) determines in its sole discretion advisable
which are consistent with the Plan.
21. Notices. All notices or other communications by a participant to the
Company under or in connection with the Plan shall be deemed to have been duly
given when received in the form specified by the Company at the location, or by
the person, designated by the Company for the receipt thereof.
22. Conditions Upon Issuance of Shares. Shares shall not be issued with
respect to an option unless the exercise of such option and the issuance and
delivery of such shares pursuant thereto shall comply with all applicable
provisions of law, domestic or foreign, including, without limitation, the
Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended, the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, and the requirements
of any stock exchange upon which the shares may then be listed, and shall be
further subject to the approval of counsel for the Company with respect to such
As a condition to the exercise of an option, the Company may require
the person exercising such option to represent and warrant at the time of any
such exercise that the shares are being purchased only for investment and
without any present intention to sell or distribute such shares if, in the
opinion of counsel for the Company, such a representation is required by any of
the aforementioned applicable provisions of law.
23. Term of Plan. The Plan shall become effective upon the date of the
Company's initial public offering of its equity securities registered on Form
S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It shall continue in effect for
a term of ten (10) years unless sooner terminated under Section 20 hereof.
24. Automatic Transfer to Low Price Offering Period. To the extent
permitted by any applicable laws, regulations, or stock exchange rules if the
Fair Market Value of the Common Stock on any Exercise Date in an Offering Period
is lower than the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock on the Enrollment Date
of such Offering Period, then all participants in such Offering Period shall be
automatically withdrawn from such Offering Period immediately after the exercise
of their option on such Exercise Date and automatically re-enrolled in the
immediately following Offering Period as of the first day thereof.
AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
1999 EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLAN
NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL
The undersigned participant in the Offering Period of the Akamai
Technologies, Inc. 1999 Employee Stock Purchase Plan which began on
________________, 19 ____ (the 'ENROLLMENT DATE') hereby notifies the Company
that he or she hereby withdraws from the Offering Period. He or she hereby
directs the Company to pay to the undersigned as promptly as practicable all the
payroll deductions credited to his or her account with respect to such Offering
Period. The undersigned understands and agrees that his or her option for such
Offering Period will be automatically terminated. The undersigned understands
further that no further payroll deductions will be made for the purchase of
shares in the current Offering Period and the undersigned shall be eligible to
participate in succeeding Offering Periods only by delivering to the Company a
new Subscription Agreement.
Name and Address of Participant: