Form S-8

Registration No. 333-        

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM S-8

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

 

SUBURBAN PROPANE PARTNERS, L.P.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   22-3410353

(State or Other Jurisdiction of

Incorporation or Organization)

  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

One Suburban Plaza

240 Route 10 West

Whippany, NJ

  07981-0206
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

 

 

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. 2018 Restricted Unit Plan

(Full Title of the Plan)

 

 

Paul Abel, Esq.

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

Suburban Propane Partners L.P.

One Suburban Plaza

240 Route 10 West

Whippany, NJ 07981-0206

(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

(973) 887-5300

(Telephone Number, Including Area Code, of Agent For Service)

 

 

Copy to:

Charles E. Dropkin, Esq.

Proskauer Rose LLP

Eleven Times Square

New York, NY 10036

Tel: (212) 969-3000

Fax: (212) 969-2900

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer      Accelerated filer  
Non-accelerated filer   ☐ (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company  
     Emerging growth company  

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act    ☐

 

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

 

Title Of Securities

To Be Registered

 

Amount
To Be

Registered(1)

 

Proposed
Maximum

Offering Price

Per Common Unit(2)

 

Proposed

Maximum

Aggregate

Offering Price(2)

 

Amount Of

Registration Fee

Common Units

  1,800,000   $22.86   $41,148,000.00   $5,122.93

 

 

(1) Pursuant to Rule 416(a) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), this Registration Statement on Form S-8 (the “Registration Statement”) shall cover any common units (the “Common Units”) of Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. (the “Registrant”) as may be offered or issued under the Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. 2018 Restricted Unit Plan (the “Plan”), to prevent dilution resulting from unit splits, dividends or similar transactions which results in an increase in the number of outstanding Common Units issuable pursuant to awards granted under the Plan. In addition, pursuant to Rule 416(c) under the Securities Act, this Registration Statement also covers an indeterminate amount of interests to be offered or sold pursuant to the Plan.
(2) Estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee pursuant to Rules 457(c) and 457(h) of the Securities Act on the basis of the average of the high and low selling prices per Common Unit as reported on the New York Stock Exchange on May 14, 2018.

 

 

 


PART I

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS

The documents containing the information specified in Part I of this Registration Statement will be sent or given to employees as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) under the Securities Act. In accordance with the rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) and the instructions to Form S-8, such documents are not being filed with the Commission either as part of this Registration Statement or as prospectuses or prospectus supplements pursuant to Rule 424 under the Securities Act. These documents and the documents incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement pursuant to Item 3 of Part II of this Registration Statement, taken together, constitute a prospectus that meets the requirements of Section 10(a) of the Securities Act.

PART II

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT

 

Item 3. Incorporation of Documents by Reference.

The following documents filed with the Commission by the Registrant are incorporated herein by reference into this Registration Statement:

 

  1. the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017, filed with the Commission on November 22, 2017;

 

  2. the Registrant’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarters ended December 30, 2017, and March 31, 2018, filed with the Commission on February 8, 2018, and May 10, 2018, respectively;

 

  3. the Registrant’s Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on October 26, 2017(2), November 2, 2017, January 24, 2018, January 25, 2018(2), April 26, 2018(2), May 16, 2018(2); and

 

  4. the description of the Registrant’s Common Units contained in its Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on October 19, 2006, together with any amendment or report filed with the Commission for the purpose of updating this description.

All documents subsequently filed by the Registrant pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement which indicates that all securities offered hereby have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference herein and to be a part hereof from the date of filing such documents. Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any subsequently filed document which also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such statement. Any such statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this Registration Statement.

In no event, however, will any information that the Registrant discloses under Item 2.02 or Item 7.01 of any Current Report on Form 8-K that the Registrant may from time to time furnish to the Commission be incorporated by reference into, or otherwise become a part of, this Registration Statement. Any statement contained in a document that is deemed to be incorporated by reference or deemed to be part of this Registration Statement after the most recent effective date may modify or replace existing statements contained in this Registration Statement.


Item 4. Description of Securities.

Not applicable.

 

Item 5. Interest of Named Experts and Counsel.

Not applicable.

 

Item 6. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.

Section 17-108 of the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act provides that subject to such standards and restrictions, if any, as are set forth in its partnership agreement, a limited partnership may, and shall have the power to, indemnify and hold harmless any partner or other person from and against any and all claims and demands whatsoever.

The Third Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of the Registrant (as amended) provides that the Registrant will indemnify (i) the members of the Registrant’s board of supervisors (the “Board”) or the members of the board of supervisors of Suburban Propane, L.P. (the “Operating Partnership”) or any subsidiary of either the Registrant or the Operating Partnership, (ii) Suburban Energy Services Group LLC and its successors as general partner of the Registrant (the “General Partner”), any former General Partner (the “Departing Partner”), and any person who is or was an affiliate of the General Partner or any Departing Partner, (iii) any person who is or was a member, partner, director, officer, employee, agent or trustee of the Registrant, the Operating Partnership, any subsidiary of either the Registrant or the Operating Partnership, the General Partner or any Departing Partner or any affiliate of any of the forgoing entities, and (iv) any person who is or was serving at the request of the Board, the General Partner or any Departing Partner or any affiliate of the General Partner or any Departing Partner as a member, partner, director, officer, employee, partner, agent, fiduciary or trustee of another person, in each case acting in such capacity ((i) through (iv) collectively, “Indemnitees”); provided that a person will not be an Indemnitee by reason of providing, on a fee-for-services basis, trustee, fiduciary or custodial services. To the fullest extent permitted by law, all Indemnitees will be indemnified and held harmless by the Registrant from and against any and all losses, claims, damages, liabilities (joint or several), expenses (including legal fees, expenses and other disbursements), judgments, fines, penalties, interest, settlements or other amounts arising from any and all claims, demands, actions, suits or proceedings, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative, in which any Indemnitee may be involved, or is threatened to be involved, as a party or otherwise, by reason of its status as an Indemnitee; provided that in each case the Indemnitee acted in good faith and in a manner that such Indemnitee reasonably believed to be in, or not opposed to, the best interest of the Registrant and, with respect to any criminal proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe its conduct was unlawful. Any indemnification under these provisions will be only out of the assets of the Registrant, and the General Partner shall not be personally liable for such indemnification and shall have no obligation to contribute or loan any monies or property to the Registrant to enable it to effectuate such indemnification. To the fullest extent permitted by law, expenses (including legal fees, expenses and other disbursements) incurred by an Indemnitee who is indemnified pursuant to the foregoing in defending any claim, demand, action, suit or proceeding shall, from time to time, be advanced by the Registrant prior to the final disposition of such claim, demand, action, suit or proceeding upon receipt by the Registrant of any undertaking by or on behalf of the Indemnitee to repay such amount if it shall be determined by a final, non-appealable order of a court of competent jurisdiction that the Indemnitee is not entitled to be indemnified in accordance with the foregoing. The Registrant may purchase and maintain (or reimburse the members of the Board, the General Partner or its affiliates for the cost of) insurance against any liability that may be asserted against or expense that may be incurred by such persons in connection with the Registrant’s activities, regardless of whether the Registrant would have the power to indemnify such person against such liability under the provisions described above.


Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, any partner or certain other persons of the Registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions or otherwise, the Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable.

 

Item 7. Exemption from Registration Claimed.

Not applicable.

 

Item 8. Exhibits.

The following exhibits are filed as part of this Registration Statement:

 

Exhibit
No.
  

Exhibit Document

  4.1    Third Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of the Registrant dated as of October 19, 2006 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed October 19, 2006), as amended as of July 31, 2007 (such amendment incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed August 2, 2007), and as further amended as of January 24, 2018 (such amended incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed January 24, 2018).
  4.2    Description of Common Units of the Registrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed October 19, 2006).
  5.1    Opinion of Proskauer Rose LLP.*
23.1    Consent of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.*
23.2    Consent of Proskauer Rose LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1).
24.1    Powers of Attorney (included on the signature page of this Form S-8).*
99.1    Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. 2018 Restricted Unit Plan.*

 

* Filed herewith.


Item 9. Undertakings.

 

(a) The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes:

(1) To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement:

(i) to include any prospectus required by section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;

(ii) to reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the Registration Statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the Registration Statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than 20% change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective Registration Statement; and

(iii) to include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the Registration Statement or any material change to such information in the Registration Statement;

provided, however, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii) of this section do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the Registrant pursuant to section 13 or section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement.

(2) That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

(3) To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.


(b) The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the registrant’s annual report pursuant to section 13(a) or section 15(d) of the Exchange Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to section 15(d) of the Exchange Act) that is incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement shall be deemed to be a new Registration Statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

(c) Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.


EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit
No.
  

Description

  4.1    Third Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of the Registrant dated as of October  19, 2006 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed October  19, 2006), as amended as of July 31, 2007 (such amendment incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed August 2, 2007), and as further amended as of January  24, 2018 (such amended incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed January 24, 2018).
  4.2    Description of Common Units of the Registrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed October 19, 2006).
  5.1    Opinion of Proskauer Rose LLP.*
23.1    Consent of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.*
23.2    Consent of Proskauer Rose LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1).
24.1    Powers of Attorney (included on the signature page of this Form S-8).*
99.1    Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. 2018 Restricted Unit Plan.*

 

*Filed herewith.


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Whippany, State of New Jersey on this 16th day of May, 2018.

 

SUBURBAN PROPANE PARTNERS, L.P.
By:   /s/ Paul Abel
  Paul Abel
  Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary


POWER OF ATTORNEY

KNOW ALL PERSONS BY THESE PRESENTS that each person whose signature appears below hereby constitutes and appoints Paul Abel and Michael A. Stivala, or any of them individually, such person’s true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for and in such person’s name, place and stead, in the capacities indicated below, to sign this Registration Statement on Form S-8 of Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. and any and all amendments (including post-effective amendments) thereto, and to file or cause to be filed the same, with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents, and each of them, full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in connection therewith, as fully to all intents and purposes as such person might, or could, do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, and each of them, or his or her substitute or substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof. This Power of Attorney may be executed in counterparts.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this Registration Statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the date indicated.

 

    

Signature

 

Title

 

Date

By:   

/s/ Michael A. Stivala

Michael A. Stivala

 

President, Chief Executive Officer
and Supervisor

  May 16, 2018
By:   

/s/ Harold R. Logan, Jr.

Harold R. Logan, Jr.

 

Chairman and Supervisor

  May 16, 2018
By:   

/s/ John Hoyt Stookey

John Hoyt Stookey

 

Supervisor

  May 16, 2018
By:   

/s/ Jane Swift

Jane Swift

 

Supervisor

  May 16, 2018
By:   

/s/ Lawrence C. Caldwell

Lawrence C. Caldwell

 

Supervisor

  May 16, 2018
By:   

/s/ Matthew J. Chanin

Matthew J. Chanin

 

Supervisor

  May 16, 2018
By:   

/s/ Terence J. Connors

Terence J. Connors

 

Supervisor

  May 16, 2018
By:   

/s/ William M. Landuyt

William M. Landuyt

 

Supervisor

  May 16, 2018
By:   

/s/ Michael A. Kuglin

Michael A. Kuglin

 

Chief Financial Officer and Chief
Accounting Officer

  May 16, 2018
By:   

/s/ Daniel S. Bloomstein

Daniel S. Bloomstein

 

Vice President and Controller

  May 16, 2018
EX-5.1

Exhibit 5.1

 

LOGO

May 16, 2018

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P.

One Suburban Plaza

240 Route 10 West

Whippany, NJ 07981

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We are acting as counsel to Suburban Propane Partners, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (the “Partnership”), in connection with the preparation and filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), of a registration statement on Form S-8 (the “Registration Statement”), relating to the registration of an aggregate of 1,800,000 common units representing limited partner interests of the Partnership (the “Common Units”), that may be issued by the Partnership pursuant to the Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. 2018 Restricted Unit Plan, as amended from time to time (the “Plan”). The Common Units are to be issued by the Partnership upon vesting of certain unit-based awards (the “Awards”) to be granted pursuant to the Plan.

As such counsel, we have participated in the preparation of the Registration Statement and have examined originals or copies of such documents, limited partnership records and other instruments as we have deemed relevant, including, without limitation: (i) the certificate of limited partnership of the Partnership; (ii) the Third Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of the Partnership, dated as of October 19, 2006, as amended from time to time; (iii) certain of the resolutions of the Board of Supervisors of the Partnership relating to the Plan and to the authorization for the issuance of the Common Units; and (iv) the Registration Statement, together with the exhibits filed as a part thereof and including any documents incorporated by reference therein.

We have made such examination of law as we have deemed necessary to express the opinion contained herein. As to matters of fact relevant to this opinion, we have relied upon, and assumed without independent verification, the accuracy of certificates of public officials and officers of the Partnership. We have assumed the genuineness of all signatures, the legal capacity of natural persons, the authenticity of documents submitted to us as originals, the conformity to the original documents of all documents submitted to us as certified, facsimile or photostatic copies, and the authenticity of the originals of such copies.

Based upon the foregoing, and subject to the limitations, qualifications, exceptions and assumptions expressed herein, we are of the opinion, assuming no change in the applicable law or pertinent facts, that the Common Units have been duly authorized and, when and to the extent issued in accordance with the terms of the Plan and any applicable Award will be validly issued and holders of the Common Units will have no obligation to make payments or contributions to the Partnership or its creditors solely by reason of their ownership of the Common Units.

 

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LOGO

Page 2

 

This opinion is based upon and expressly limited in all respects to the Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act of the State of Delaware, as in effect on the date hereof, and we do not purport to be experts on, or to express any opinion with respect to the applicability thereto, or to the effect, of the laws of any other jurisdiction or as to matters of local law or the laws of local governmental departments or agencies within the State of Delaware. The reference and limitation to the “Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act of the State of Delaware” includes all applicable Delaware statutory provisions of law and reported judicial decisions interpreting these laws.

This opinion is expressly limited to the matters set forth above and we render no opinion, whether by implication or otherwise, as to any other matters. This opinion is rendered as of the date hereof, and we disclaim any obligation to advise you of any changes in applicable law or any other facts, circumstances, events, developments or other matters that may come to our attention after the date hereof that may alter, affect or modify the opinion expressed herein.

We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion letter as Exhibit 5.1 to the Registration Statement. In giving the foregoing consent, we do not admit that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act or the rules and regulations of the Commission promulgated thereunder.

Very truly yours,

/s/ Proskauer Rose LLP

 

EX-23.1

Exhibit 23.1

CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

We hereby consent to the incorporation by reference in this Registration Statement on Form S-8 of Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. of our report dated November 22, 2017 relating to the financial statements, financial statement schedule, and the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, which appears in Suburban Propane Partners, L.P.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2017.

/s/ PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Florham Park, NJ

May 16, 2018

EX-99.1

Exhibit 99.1

SUBURBAN PROPANE PARTNERS, L.P.

2018 RESTRICTED UNIT PLAN

EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2018

ARTICLE I

PURPOSE AND APPROVAL

The purpose of this Plan is to strengthen Suburban Propane Partners, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (the “Partnership”), by providing an incentive to certain selected employees and Supervisors of the Partnership and its Affiliates, and thereby encouraging them to devote their abilities and industry to the success of the Partnership’s business enterprise in such a manner as to maximize the Partnership’s value. It is intended that this purpose be achieved by extending to such individuals an added long-term incentive for continued service to the Partnership in the form of rights to receive Common Units (as hereinafter defined) of the Partnership, and to encourage Common Unit ownership in order to further align the interests of the participants with the interests of the Partnership’s Unitholders.

This Plan, in the form set forth herein, is effective as of the Effective Date (as defined below) and was approved by the limited partners of the Partnership at their tri-annual meeting held on May 15, 2018.

ARTICLE II

DEFINITIONS

For the purposes of this Plan, unless otherwise specified in an Agreement, capitalized terms shall have the following meanings:

2.1 “Act” shall mean the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

2.2 “Affiliate” shall mean any corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or other entity that, directly, or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, controls, or is controlled by, or is under common control with, the Partnership. For this purpose, “control” (including, with its correlative meanings, “controlled by” and “under common control with”) means the possession, direct or indirect, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management or policies of a Person, whether through the ownership of Voting Securities, by contract or otherwise.

2.3 “Agreement” shall mean the written agreement between the Partnership and a Grantee evidencing the grant of an Award and setting forth the terms and conditions thereof.

2.4 “Award” shall mean a grant of restricted Common Units pursuant to the terms of this Plan.

2.5 “Beneficial Ownership” shall be determined pursuant to Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act.

2.6 “Board” shall mean the Board of Supervisors of the Partnership.

2.7 “Cause” shall mean, unless otherwise provided in an Agreement or in a written employment agreement between the Grantee and the Partnership or any of its Affiliates, (a) the Grantee’s gross negligence or willful misconduct in the performance of his duties, (b) the Grantee’s willful or grossly negligent failure to perform his duties, (c) the breach by the Grantee of any written covenants to the Partnership or any of its Affiliates, (d) dishonest, fraudulent or unlawful behavior by the Grantee (whether or not in conjunction with employment) or the Grantee being subject to a judgment, order or decree (by consent or otherwise) by any governmental or regulatory authority which restricts his ability to engage in the business conducted by the Partnership or any of its Affiliates, or (e) willful or reckless breach by the Grantee of any policy adopted by the Partnership or any of its Affiliates, concerning conflicts of interest, standards of business conduct, fair employment practices or compliance with applicable law.

 

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2.8 “Change in Capitalization” shall mean any increase or reduction in the number of Common Units, or any change (including, but not limited to, a change in value) in the Common Units, or exchange of Common Units for a different number or kind of units or other securities of the Partnership, by reason of a reclassification, recapitalization, merger, consolidation, reorganization, spin-off, split-up, issuance of warrants or rights or other convertible securities, unit distribution, unit split or reverse unit split, cash dividend, property dividend, combination or exchange of units, repurchase of units, change in corporate structure or otherwise; in each case provided that such increase, reduction or other change does not occur in connection with a Change of Control.

2.9 “Change of Control” shall mean:

(a) the date (which must be a date subsequent to the Effective Date) on which any Person (including the Partnership’s general partner) or More than One Person Acting as a Group (other than the Partnership and/or its Affiliates) acquires, during the 12 month period ending on the date of the most recent acquisition, Common Units or other voting equity interests eligible to vote for the election of Supervisors (or of any entity, including the Partnership’s general partner, that has the same authority as the Board to manage the affairs of the Partnership) (“Voting Securities”) representing thirty percent (30%) or more of the combined voting power of the Partnership’s then outstanding Voting Securities; provided, however, that in determining whether a Change of Control has occurred, Voting Securities which have been acquired in a “Non-Control Acquisition” shall be excluded from the numerator. A “Non-Control Acquisition” shall mean an acquisition of Voting Securities (x) by the Partnership, any of its Affiliates and/or an employee benefit plan (or a trust forming a part thereof) maintained by any one or more of them, or (y) in connection with a “Non-Control Transaction;” or

(b) the date of the consummation of (x) a merger, consolidation or reorganization involving the Partnership, unless (A) the holders of the Voting Securities of the Partnership immediately before such merger, consolidation or reorganization own, directly or indirectly, immediately following such merger, consolidation or reorganization, at least fifty percent (50%) of the combined voting power of the outstanding Voting Securities of the entity resulting from such merger, consolidation or reorganization (the “Surviving Entity”) in substantially the same proportion as their ownership of the Voting Securities of the Partnership immediately before such merger, consolidation or reorganization, and (B) no person or entity (other than the Partnership, any Affiliate, any employee benefit plan (or any trust forming a part thereof) maintained by the Partnership, any Affiliate, the Surviving Entity, or any Person who, immediately prior to such merger, consolidation or reorganization, had Beneficial Ownership of more than twenty five percent (25%) of the then outstanding Voting Securities of the Partnership), has Beneficial Ownership of more than twenty five percent (25%) of the combined voting power of the Surviving Entity’s then outstanding Voting Securities; or (y) the sale or other disposition of forty percent (40%) of the total gross fair market value of all the assets of the Partnership to any Person or More than One Person Acting as a Group (other than a transfer to an Affiliate). For this purpose, gross fair market value means the value of the assets of the Partnership, or the value of the assets being disposed of, determined without regard to any liability associated with such assets. A transaction described in clause (A) or (B) of subsection (x) hereof shall be referred to as a “Non-Control Transaction;” or

(c) the date a majority of the members of the Board is replaced during any twelve-month period by the action of the Board taken when a majority of the Supervisors who are then members of the Board are not Continuing Supervisors (for purposes of this section, the term “Continuing Supervisor” means a Supervisor who was either (A) first elected or appointed as a Supervisor prior to the Effective Date; or (B) subsequently elected or appointed as a Supervisor if such Supervisor was nominated or appointed by at least a majority of the then Continuing Supervisors);

Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Change of Control shall not be deemed to occur solely because any Person (the “Subject Person”) acquired Beneficial Ownership of more than the permitted amount of the outstanding Voting Securities as a result of the acquisition of Voting Securities by the Partnership which, by reducing the number of Voting Securities outstanding, increases the proportional number of Voting Securities Beneficially Owned by the Subject Person, provided that if a Change of Control would occur (but for the operation of this sentence) as a result of the acquisition of Voting Securities by the Partnership, and after such acquisition of Voting Securities by the Partnership, the Subject Person becomes the Beneficial Owner of any additional Voting Securities which increases the percentage of the then outstanding Voting Securities Beneficially Owned by the Subject Person, then a Change of Control shall occur. In addition, so long as Section 409A of the Code (or any successor provision thereto) remains in effect, notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, none of the foregoing events shall be deemed to be a “Change of Control” unless such event constitutes a “change in control event” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code and the regulations and guidance promulgated thereunder.

 

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2.10 “Code” shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or any successor to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

2.11 “Committee” shall mean the Compensation Committee of the Board, or any successor committee of the Board responsible for administering executive compensation. The powers of the Committee under the Plan may be exercised by the Board, consistent with the provisions of the Code, the Exchange Act and the regulations thereunder.

2.12 “Common Units” shall mean the common units representing limited partnership interests of the Partnership.

2.13 “Cure Period” shall mean the thirty-day period, following receipt by the Vice President of Human Resources (or an acting equivalent) of a notification by a Grantee that a Good Reason event has occurred, during which the Partnership has the option of rectifying the Good Reason event.

2.14 “Disability” shall have the same meaning that such term (or similar term) has under the Partnership’s long-term disability policy then in effect, or as otherwise determined by the Committee.

2.15 “Effective Date” shall mean June 1, 2018.

2.16 “Employment,” or derivative terms, when used with respect to a Supervisor, shall mean service on the Board. With respect to an employee of the Partnership or its Affiliates, the duration of a Grantee’s employment with the Partnership or its Affiliates shall be calculated using the effective date of that Grantee’s commencement of employment with, or most recent rehire by, the Partnership or any Affiliate, as determined by and maintained in the records of the Partnership’s Human Resources Department as that Grantee’s “Company Seniority Date.”

2.17 “Exchange Act” shall mean the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

2.18 “Fair Market Value” per unit on any date shall mean the average of the high and low sale prices of the Common Units on such date on the principal national securities exchange on which such Common Units are listed or admitted to trading, or if such Common Units are not so listed or admitted to trading, the arithmetic mean of the per Common Unit closing bid price and per Common Unit closing asked price on such date as quoted on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System or such other market on which such prices are regularly quoted, or, if there have been no published bid or asked quotations with respect to Common Units on such date, the Fair Market Value shall be the value established by the Committee in good faith.

2.19 “Good Reason” shall mean, unless otherwise provided in an Agreement or in a written employment agreement between the Grantee and the Partnership or its Affiliate, (a) any failure by the Partnership or any of its Affiliates to comply in any material respect with the compensation provisions of a written employment agreement between the Grantee and the Partnership or its Affiliate, (b) a material adverse change in the Grantee’s title without his consent, or (c) the assignment to the Grantee, without his consent, of duties and responsibilities materially inconsistent with his level of responsibility. For purposes of this provision and Section 5.2, a Grantee may terminate his employment with the Partnership or one of its Affiliates for Good Reason only if such termination occurs within ninety days following the date of the Good Reason event.

2.20 “Grantee” shall mean a person to whom an Award has been granted under the Plan.

2.21 “More than one Person Acting as a Group” has the same meaning as set forth in Treasury Regulation 1.409A-3(i)(5)(v)(B).

2.22 “Partnership” shall mean Suburban Propane Partners, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, and its successors.

2.23 “Person” shall mean a natural person or any entity and shall include two or more Persons acting as a partnership, limited partnership, limited liability company, syndicate, or other group.

2.24 “Plan” shall mean this Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. 2018 Restricted Unit Plan.

2.25 “Retirement” shall mean voluntary termination of employment by a Grantee who has attained age 55 and who has been employed by the Partnership, its Affiliates, or its predecessors for 10 years or more, in connection

 

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with a bona fide intent by the Grantee to no longer seek full time employment in the industries in which the Partnership or any of its Affiliates then participates. Retirement shall not include voluntary termination of employment by a Grantee in response to, or anticipation of, a termination of employment for Cause by the Partnership or any of its Affiliates.

2.26 “Supervisor” shall mean any member of the Board that is not an employee of the Partnership or any of its Affiliates.

ARTICLE III

ADMINISTRATION OF THE PLAN

3.1 The Plan shall be administered by the Committee, which shall hold meetings at such times as may be necessary for the proper administration of the Plan. Any decision or determination reduced to writing and signed by a majority of all of the members of the Committee shall be as fully effective as if made by a majority vote at a meeting duly called and held. Notwithstanding anything else herein to the contrary, the Committee may delegate to any individual or committee of individuals the responsibility to carry out any of its rights and duties with respect to the Plan. No member of the Committee or any individual to whom it has delegated any of its rights and duties shall be liable for any action, failure to act, determination or interpretation made in good faith with respect to this Plan or any transaction hereunder, except for liability arising from his own willful misfeasance, gross negligence or reckless disregard of his duties. The Partnership hereby agrees to indemnify each member of the Committee and its delegates for all costs and expenses and, to the extent permitted by applicable law, any liability incurred in connection with defending against, responding to, negotiating for the settlement of or otherwise dealing with any claim, cause of action or dispute of any kind arising in connection with any actions in administering this Plan or in authorizing or denying authorization for any transaction hereunder.

3.2 Each member of the Committee shall be (i) a “Non-Employee Director” within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act and (ii) an “independent director” within the meaning of the listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange.

3.3 Subject to the express terms and conditions set forth herein, the Committee shall have the power, consistent with Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act, from time to time to:

 

  (a) select those employees and Supervisors to whom Awards shall be granted and to determine the terms and conditions (which need not be identical) of each such Award;

 

  (b) make any amendment or modification to any Agreement consistent with the terms of the Plan;

 

  (c) construe and interpret the Plan and the Awards, and establish, amend and revoke rules and regulations for the administration of the Plan, including, but not limited to, correcting any defect or supplying any omission, or reconciling any inconsistency in the Plan or in any Agreement or between the Plan and any Agreement, in the manner and to the extent it shall deem necessary or advisable so that the Plan complies with applicable law, including Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act to the extent applicable, and otherwise to make the Plan fully effective. All decisions and determinations by the Committee or its delegates in the exercise of this power shall be final, binding and conclusive upon the Partnership, its Affiliates, the Grantees and all other persons having any interest therein;

 

  (d) exercise its discretion with respect to the powers and rights granted to it as set forth in the Plan; and

 

  (e) generally, exercise such powers and perform such acts as it deems necessary or advisable to promote the best interests of the Partnership with respect to the Plan.

3.4 Subject to adjustment as provided in Article 7, the total number of restricted Common Units that may be made subject to Awards granted under the Plan shall be 1,800,000 (subject to the unitholder approval requirements set forth in Section 9.6). The Partnership shall reserve for purposes of the Plan, out of its authorized but unissued units, an equivalent amount of Common Units.

ARTICLE IV

RESTRICTED COMMON UNIT GRANTS

4.1 Time Vesting Grants. From time to time, the Committee may grant restricted Common Units to Grantees, in such amounts as it deems prudent and proper. Such restricted Common Units shall be granted, and the Common

 

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Units underlying such restricted Common Units shall be issued, in consideration of the performance of services and for no other consideration.

4.2 Forfeiture. A Grantee’s rights with respect to the restricted Common Units shall remain forfeitable at all times prior to the date on which the restrictions thereon shall have lapsed in accordance with the terms of the Plan and the applicable Agreement.

4.3 Vesting Schedule. Restricted Common Unit grants made pursuant to Section 4.1 shall vest and become non-forfeitable, unless, subject to Section 5.7, otherwise determined by the Committee (at the time of Award, though in no case will the vesting schedule be shorter than twelve months from the date of grant, or otherwise), and the restrictions thereon shall lapse, (a) at a rate of 1/3 (one third) on the first anniversary of the grant date of the applicable Award, a second 1/3 (one third) on the second anniversary of the grant date of the applicable Award, and a final 1/3 (one third) on the third anniversary of the grant date of the applicable Award, provided that the Grantee is employed on each such date (the “minimum vesting schedule”), or (b) by reason of death or Disability as set forth in Section 5.3. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Plan, the Committee may grant Awards that are not subject to the minimum vesting schedule, provided that the aggregate number of restricted Common Units not subject to the minimum vesting schedule (excluding any such Awards to the extent that they have been forfeited or cancelled) may not exceed 5% of the restricted Common Units reserved for issuance in Section 3.4.

4.4 Other Grants. Notwithstanding anything else herein to the contrary but expressly subject to Sections 4.3 and 5.7, the Committee may grant restricted Common Units on such terms and conditions as it determines in its sole discretion, the terms and conditions of which shall be set forth in the applicable Agreement.

ARTICLE V

OTHER PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO VESTING

5.1 Change of Control. Notwithstanding anything in this Plan to the contrary, upon a Change of Control, all restrictions contained in all Awards outstanding hereunder shall lapse immediately (unless otherwise set forth in the terms of the applicable Agreement) and all restricted Common Units subject to such Awards shall become fully vested and non-forfeitable Common Units, and will be distributed, as of the date of the Change of Control.

5.2 Forfeiture. Unless, subject to Section 5.7, otherwise provided in an Agreement, any and all restricted Common Units in respect of which the restrictions have not previously lapsed shall be forfeited (and automatically transferred to and reacquired by the Partnership at no cost to the Partnership and neither the Grantee nor any successors, heirs, assigns, or personal representatives of such Grantee shall thereafter have any further right or interest therein) upon the termination of the Grantee’s employment with the Partnership or one of its Affiliates for any reason; provided, however, that in the event that a Grantee’s employment by the Partnership or one of its Affiliates was terminated without Cause or by the Grantee for Good Reason, in either case, within six months prior to a Change of Control, no forfeiture of restricted Common Units shall be treated as occurring by reason of such termination and the restricted Common Units shall vest and become non-forfeitable Common Units, and will be distributed, as of the date of the Change of Control in accordance with Section 5.1. As a condition precedent for such vesting to occur when the Grantee terminated employment for Good Reason within six months prior to a Change of Control, prior to such termination the Grantee must have both (a) notified the Partnership’s Vice President of Human Resources (or if there be no such person, the then highest ranking member of the Partnership’s Human Resources Department) of the Good Reason event by certified mail or overnight courier within sixty days following the date of such event and (b) allowed a Cure Period following the date of such notice but the event was not rectified by the Partnership prior to the expiration of such Cure Period.

5.3 Disability or Death. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 5.2, unless otherwise provided in an Agreement, if a Grantee’s active employment terminates as a result of Disability, the restricted Common Units held by such Grantee on the date the Grantee’s eligibility for active health and welfare benefits terminates shall vest on the six month anniversary of the effective date of such active benefit termination and shall be distributed on the day following the date of vesting. Upon executing his Agreements, in the event of a distribution as a result of Disability, each Grantee agrees to remit to the Partnership the employee portion of any applicable FICA taxes that inure to the issuance of Common Units under this provision. The Partnership reserves the right to restrict access to Common Units distributed as a result of Disability until the Grantee has remitted all applicable FICA taxes to the Partnership. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 5.2, unless otherwise provided in an Agreement, if a Grantee’s employment terminates as a result of death, all restricted Common Units held by such Grantee on the date of

 

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Grantee’s death shall vest on the six month anniversary of the effective date of such termination and shall be distributed to Grantee’s estate on the day following the date of vesting.

5.4 Retirement. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 5.2, unless, subject to Section 5.7, otherwise provided in an Agreement, if a Grantee’s employment terminates as a result of Retirement, the restricted Common Units held by such Grantee which were awarded to Grantee more than twelve months prior to the effective date of such Retirement shall vest on the six month anniversary of the effective date of such Retirement and shall be distributed on the day following the date of vesting. Upon executing his Agreements, each Grantee issued Common Units under this Section 5.4 agrees to remit to the Partnership the employee portion of any applicable FICA taxes that inure to the issuance of such Common Units. The Partnership reserves the right to restrict access to Common Units distributed as a result of Retirement until the Grantee has remitted all applicable FICA taxes to the Partnership.

5.5 Recycling of Forfeited Shares. Subject to the restrictions set forth in Rule 16b-3 of the Exchange Act, any Common Units forfeited hereunder may be, after any applicable six month period referenced in Section 5.2 has expired, the subject of another Award pursuant to this Plan.

5.6 Recoupment Policy. Notwithstanding anything in this Plan to the contrary, awards of restricted Common Units granted under the Plan shall be deemed “Incentive Compensation” covered by the terms of the Partnership’s Incentive Compensation Recoupment Policy (the “Policy”) adopted by the Board on April 25, 2007, as amended from time to time, which is incorporated herein by reference. In accordance with the Policy, in the event of a significant restatement of the Partnership’s published financial results and the Committee determines that fraud or intentional misconduct by a Grantee was a contributing factor to such restatement, then, in addition to other disciplinary action, the Committee may require cancellation of any unvested restricted Common Units granted under the Plan to that Grantee. This Section 5.6 shall be interpreted and administered in accordance with the Policy as in effect from time to time.

5.7 Limitation on Acceleration of Vesting. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Plan or of any Agreement, no acceleration of the vesting of any restricted Common Units may occur, or be authorized by the Committee, prior to the twelve month anniversary of the effective date of the Award, except as otherwise expressly provided in the last sentence of Section 4.3, in Section 5.1 or in Section 5.3.

ARTICLE VI

DELIVERY OF UNITS, ETC.

6.1 Delivery of Common Units. Subject to Section 9.3, the Partnership shall deliver to the Grantee the applicable number of vested Common Units in book-entry form, free of all restrictions hereunder, on (a) the date of vesting of the restricted Common Units pursuant to Sections 4.3, 5.1 or 5.2, or (b) on the day following the date of vesting of the restricted Common Units pursuant to Sections 5.3 or 5.4.

6.2 Transferability. Until such time as restricted Common Units have vested and become non-forfeitable, and Common Units in respect thereof have been delivered to the Grantee, a Grantee shall not be entitled to transfer such restricted Common Units.

6.3 Rights of Grantees. Until such time as restricted Common Units have vested and become non-forfeitable, and Common Units in respect thereof have been delivered to the Grantee, a Grantee shall not be entitled to exercise any rights of a unitholder with respect thereto, including the right to vote such units and the right to receive allocations or distributions thereon.

ARTICLE VII

ADJUSTMENT UPON CHANGES IN CAPITALIZATION

7.1 In the event of a Change in Capitalization, the Committee shall conclusively determine the appropriate adjustments, if any, to (i) the maximum number and class of restricted Common Units or other units or securities with respect to which Awards may be granted under the Plan, (ii) the number of restricted Common Units or other units or securities which are subject to outstanding Awards granted under the Plan, and the purchase price thereof, if applicable.

 

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7.2 If, by reason of a Change in Capitalization, a Grantee of an Award shall be entitled to new, additional or different rights to acquire Common Units or other securities, such new, additional or different rights or securities shall thereupon be subject to all of the conditions, restrictions and performance criteria which were applicable to the restricted Common Units subject to the Award prior to such Change in Capitalization, unless determined otherwise by the Committee.

ARTICLE VIII

TERMINATION AND AMENDMENT OF THE PLAN

The Plan shall terminate on the day preceding the tenth anniversary of the Effective Date and no Award may be granted thereafter, but such termination shall not impair or adversely affect any Awards theretofore granted under the Plan, which Awards shall continue in effect in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Plan and of the applicable Agreement. The Committee may sooner terminate the Plan and the Committee may at any time and from time to time amend, terminate, modify or suspend the Plan or any Agreement provided, however, that no such amendment, modification, suspension or termination shall impair or adversely affect any Awards theretofore granted under the Plan, except with the consent of the Grantee, nor shall any amendment, modification, suspension or termination deprive any Grantee of any Common Units which he may have acquired through or as a result of the Plan. To the extent required under Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder or any other applicable law, rule or regulation, including, without limitation, any requirement of a securities exchange on which the Common Units are listed for trading, no amendment shall be effective unless approved by the unitholders of the Partnership in accordance with applicable law, rule or regulation.

ARTICLE IX

MISCELLANEOUS

9.1 Non-Exclusivity of the Plan. The adoption of the Plan by the Committee shall not be construed as amending, modifying or rescinding any previously approved incentive arrangement or as creating any limitations on the power of the Committee to adopt such other incentive arrangements as it may deem desirable, including, without limitation, the granting of options to acquire Common Units, and such arrangements may be either applicable generally or only in specific cases.

9.2 Limitation of Liability. As illustrative of the limitations of liability of the Partnership, but not intended to be exhaustive thereof, nothing in the Plan shall be construed to:

 

  (a) give any person any right to be granted an Award other than at the sole discretion of the Committee;

 

  (b) give any person any rights whatsoever with respect to the restricted Common Units except as specifically provided in the Plan or an Agreement;

 

  (c) limit in any way the right of the Partnership or any of its Affiliates to terminate the employment of any person at any time; or

 

  (d) be evidence of any agreement or understanding, express or implied, that the Partnership or any of its Affiliates will employ any person at any particular rate of compensation or for any particular period of time.

9.3 Regulations and Other Approvals; Governing Law. Except as to matters of federal law, this Plan and the rights of all persons claiming hereunder shall be construed and determined in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware without giving effect to conflicts of law principles.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Plan, the obligation of the Partnership to deliver the Common Units under the Plan shall, in each case, be subject to all applicable laws, rules and regulations, including all applicable federal and state securities laws, and the obtaining of all such approvals by governmental agencies as may be deemed necessary or appropriate by the Committee.

 

  (a) Except as otherwise provided in Article VIII hereof, the Committee may make such changes to the Plan or an Agreement as may be necessary or appropriate to comply with the rules and regulations of any government authority.

 

 

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  (b) Each Award is subject to the requirement that, if at any time the Committee determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, that the listing, registration or qualification of the Common Units issuable pursuant to the Plan is required by any securities exchange or under any state or federal law, or the consent or approval of any governmental regulatory body is necessary or desirable as a condition of, or in connection with, the grant of an Award or the issuance of the Common Units, no Awards shall be granted and no Common Units shall be issued, in whole or in part, unless and until such listing, registration, qualification, consent or approval has been effected or obtained free of any conditions not acceptable to the Committee.

 

  (c) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Plan or any Agreement to the contrary, in the event that the disposition by the Grantee of the Common Units or any other securities acquired pursuant to the Plan is not covered by a then current registration statement under the Act or is not otherwise exempt from such registration, such Common Units shall be restricted against transfer to the extent required by the Act and Rule 144 or other regulations thereunder. The Committee may require any Grantee receiving Common Units pursuant to an Award, as a condition precedent to receipt of such Common Units, to represent and warrant to the Partnership in writing that the Common Units acquired by such Grantee are acquired without a view to any distribution thereof and will not be sold or transferred other than pursuant to an effective registration thereof under said Act or pursuant to an exemption applicable under the Act or the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder. The book entry units evidencing any of such Common Units shall be appropriately legended to reflect their status as restricted securities as aforesaid.

 

  (d) Although the Partnership makes no guarantee with respect to the tax treatment of distributions hereunder, this Plan is intended to comply with Section 409A of the Code. This Plan and any Agreement shall be interpreted and administered in a manner so that any amount or benefit payable shall be paid or provided in a manner that is either exempt from or compliant with the requirements of Section 409A of the Code and the regulations and rulings promulgated thereunder. Notwithstanding anything in the Plan or in any Agreement to the contrary, the Committee may amend the Plan on an Agreement, to take effect retroactively or otherwise, as deemed necessary or advisable for the purpose of conforming the Plan or Agreement to Section 409A of the Code (and the administrative regulations and rulings promulgated thereunder). By accepting an Award under this Plan, a Grantee agrees to any amendment made pursuant to this Section 9.3(d) to any Agreement granted under the Plan without further consideration or action.

9.4 Withholding of Taxes. At such times as a Grantee recognizes taxable income in connection with the rights to acquire Common Units granted hereunder (a “Taxable Event”), the Grantee shall pay, or agree to pay, to the Partnership an amount equal to the federal, state and local income taxes and other amounts as may be required by law to be withheld by the Partnership in connection with the Taxable Event (the “Withholding Taxes”) prior to the issuance of such Common Units. The Partnership shall have the right to deduct from any payment of cash to a Grantee an amount equal to the Withholding Taxes in satisfaction of the obligation to pay Withholding Taxes. In satisfaction of the obligation to pay Withholding Taxes to the Partnership, the Grantee may make a written election (the “Tax Election”), which may be accepted or rejected in the discretion of the Committee, to have withheld a portion of the Common Units then issuable to him having an aggregate Fair Market Value, on the date preceding the date of such issuance, equal to the Withholding Taxes, provided that in respect of a Grantee who may be subject to liability under Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act, such withholding is done in accordance with any applicable Rule under Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act. Common Units withheld from Grantees under the provisions of this Plan for Withholding Taxes purposes shall be deemed extinguished and unavailable for reissuance.

9.5 Interpretation. The Plan is intended to comply with Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act, and the Committee shall interpret and administer the provisions of the Plan or any Agreement in a manner consistent therewith. Any provisions inconsistent with such rule shall be inoperative and shall not affect the validity of the Plan. Whenever the context requires, the words used herein shall include the masculine and feminine gender, and the singular and the plural.

9.6 Effective Date. The effective date of the Plan shall be the Effective Date. The effectiveness of the Plan is subject to approval of the Plan prior to the Effective Date by the limited partners of the Partnership.

 

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