Dollar General Corporation
DOLLAR GENERAL CORP (Form: 8-K, Received: 05/28/2015 09:12:13)

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 27, 2015

 

Dollar General Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Tennessee

 

001-11421

 

61-0502302

(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)

 

(Commission File Number)

 

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

 

100 Mission Ridge

Goodlettsville, Tennessee

 

37072

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (615) 855-4000

 

 

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

o Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

o Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

o Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

o Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

 

 



 

ITEM 5.02                                   DEPARTURE OF DIRECTORS OR CERTAIN OFFICERS; ELECTION OF DIRECTORS; APPOINTMENT OF CERTAIN OFFICERS; COMPENSATORY ARRANGEMENTS OF CERTAIN OFFICERS.

 

On May 28, 2015, Dollar General Corporation (the “Company”) announced that Todd J. Vasos, 53, currently Chief Operating Officer, will succeed Richard W. Dreiling as Chief Executive Officer, effective June 3, 2015.  In addition, on the same date, the Company announced that it had increased the size of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) to nine members and had appointed Mr. Vasos to fill the resulting vacancy, in each case effective June 3, 2015.  Mr. Dreiling will continue to serve as a member of the Board and as its Chairman and, pursuant to his previously disclosed Employment Transition Agreement, will serve as Senior Advisor effective June 3, 2015. A copy of the news release is attached as Exhibit 99.1.

 

In connection with Mr. Vasos’s promotion, on May 27, 2015, the Compensation Committee of the Board approved (1) an increase in Mr. Vasos’s annual base salary from $791,042 to $1,000,000, effective June 3, 2015; (2) an increase in Mr. Vasos’s targeted annual incentive opportunity, effective June 3, 2015, from 80% to 100% of his base salary (the annual incentive target and any ultimate incentive payout will be prorated to reflect the portion of the year in each position), with respect to any annual incentive earned in the current fiscal year and with the actual incentive amount to be based on the achievement of the adjusted EBIT performance target previously established by the Compensation Committee in accordance with the terms of the Company’s annual incentive plan; and (3) an award of a non-qualified stock option (the “Option”) to purchase a number of shares of the Company’s common stock having an approximate grant date fair value of $5,000,000 at a per share exercise price equal to the per share closing price of the Company’s common stock as reported on the New York Stock Exchange on the grant date of the Option. The grant date of the Option is June 3, 2015. Subject to certain limited vesting acceleration events, the Option is scheduled to vest ratably in installments of 33 1/3% on each of the third, fourth and fifth anniversaries of the grant date, subject to holding requirements through the fifth anniversary of the grant date, and will terminate no later than ten years from the grant date. The Option is conditioned upon Mr. Vasos beginning employment as Chief Executive Officer on June 3, 2015.  The Option is subject to the terms and conditions of the Amended and Restated 2007 Stock Incentive Plan for Key Employees of Dollar General Corporation and the related form of Stock Option Agreement attached as Exhibit 99.2 and incorporated by reference as if fully set forth herein.

 

Mr. Vasos’s base salary and target annual incentive opportunity will be reviewed annually with subsequent adjustments subject to the approval of the Compensation Committee. As an executive of the Company, Mr. Vasos will not receive separate compensation for his Board service.

 

In addition, in connection with such promotion, the Company entered into a three-year employment agreement with Mr. Vasos, effective June 3, 2015 (the “Employment Agreement”), which supercedes his existing employment agreement.  The Employment Agreement is subject to automatic one-year renewal periods, provides for the terms and conditions of Mr. Vasos’s employment, commits to annually re-nominating Mr. Vasos to serve on the Board, subject to election by the Company’s shareholders, sets forth the material terms of Mr. Vasos’s compensation as summarized above, and contains certain business protections provisions, including non-competition and non-solicitation provisions for two years following Mr. Vasos’s service termination date.  The Employment Agreement is attached as Exhibit 99.3 hereto and is incorporated by reference as if fully set forth herein.

 

Pursuant to the Employment Agreement, if Mr. Vasos is terminated by the Company without cause (as defined in the Employment Agreement) or if Mr. Vasos resigns from the Company for good reason (as defined in the Employment Agreement), in each case whether before or after a change in control of the Company, he will receive (1) severance benefits of continued base salary payments over 24 months plus a lump sum payment of two times his target annual incentive opportunity for the year of

 



 

termination; (2) a pro rata annual incentive payment for the year of termination based on the actual payout that would have been received had he remained employed, payable at the same time as earned awards are paid to other senior executives of the Company; (3) a lump sum equal to two times the annual contribution that would have been made by the Company for the plan year in which the employment termination occurs for his participation in the Company’s medical, pharmacy, dental and vision benefits programs; and (4) reasonable outplacement services, as determined and provided by the Company, for one year or until other employment is secured, whichever comes first.

 

The foregoing description of the Employment Agreement and the Stock Option Agreement is a summary only, does not purport to be complete, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to Exhibit 99.2 and Exhibit 99.3.

 

ITEM 5.07                                   SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF SECURITY HOLDERS.

 

The Annual Meeting of the Company’s Shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) was held on May 27, 2015. The following are the final voting results on proposals considered and voted upon by shareholders, each of which is described in more detail in the Company’s definitive proxy statement for the Annual Meeting filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 2, 2015.

 

The following individuals were elected to serve as directors of the Company, each of whom will hold office until the Annual Meeting of the Company’s shareholders to be held in 2016 and until his or her successor is duly elected and qualified.  Votes were cast as follows:

 

Name

 

Votes
For

 

Votes
Against

 

Votes
Abstaining

 

Broker Non-
Votes

 

Warren F. Bryant

 

233,749,909

 

6,309,280

 

4,872,962

 

11,257,762

 

Michael M. Calbert

 

236,960,459

 

3,099,145

 

4,872,547

 

11,257,762

 

Sandra B. Cochran

 

214,848,040

 

23,689,436

 

6,394,675

 

11,257,762

 

Richard W. Dreiling

 

229,738,811

 

7,743,321

 

7,450,019

 

11,257,762

 

Patricia D. Fili-Krushel

 

234,933,902

 

5,126,353

 

4,871,896

 

11,257,762

 

Paula A. Price

 

239,806,709

 

253,865

 

4,871,577

 

11,257,762

 

William C. Rhodes, III

 

233,044,320

 

7,015,127

 

4,872,704

 

11,257,762

 

David B. Rickard

 

238,466,421

 

1,593,023

 

4,872,707

 

11,257,762

 

 

The appointment of Ernst & Young LLP to serve as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2015 was ratified.  Votes were cast as follows:

 

Votes
For

 

Votes
Against

 

Votes
Abstaining

 

245,343,564

 

4,447,804

 

6,398,545

 

 

ITEM 7.01                                   REGULATION FD DISCLOSURE.

 

On May 27, 2015, the Board of Directors of the Company declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share on the Company’s common stock.  The dividend will be payable on July 1, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 17, 2015.  The payment of future cash dividends is subject to the Board’s discretion and will depend upon, among other things, the Company’s results of

 

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operations, cash requirements, financial condition, contractual restrictions and other factors that the Board may deem relevant in its sole discretion.

 

On May 28, 2015, Dollar General issued a press release announcing the declaration of this quarterly cash dividend.  The press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.4 hereto.  The information in Exhibit 99.4 shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

ITEM 9.01                                   FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS.

 

(a)           Financial statements of businesses acquired.  N/A

(b)           Pro forma financial information.  N/A

(c)           Shell company transactions.  N/A

(d)           Exhibits.  See Exhibit Index immediately following the signature page hereto.

 

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SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 

Date:

May 28, 2015

 

DOLLAR GENERAL CORPORATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Rhonda M. Taylor

 

 

 

Rhonda M. Taylor

 

 

 

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description

 

 

 

99.1

 

News release dated May 28, 2015 regarding promotion of Todd J. Vasos to Chief Executive Officer and appointment to Board of Directors

 

 

 

99.2

 

Form of Stock Option Award Agreement by and between Todd J. Vasos and Dollar General Corporation

 

 

 

99.3

 

Employment Agreement, effective June 3, 2015, by and between Todd J. Vasos and Dollar General Corporation

 

 

 

99.4

 

News release dated May 28, 2015 regarding dividend declaration

 

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Exhibit 99.1

 

 

100 Mission Ridge / Goodlettsville, Tennessee 37072-2170 / Telephone: (615) 855-4000

 

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Dollar General Board Names Todd J. Vasos as CEO

 

Dreiling to Become Senior Advisor and Remain Chairman of the Board

 

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — May 28, 2015 — Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) today announced that effective June 3, 2015, its board of directors has named Todd J. Vasos, chief operating officer, to the position of chief executive officer and has elected him to the board. Vasos will succeed Rick Dreiling, chairman and CEO, who had previously announced his retirement plans.  Dreiling will remain on the board for the remainder of his term and will serve as senior advisor and chairman of the board through January 29, 2016. The election of Vasos to Dollar General’s board will bring the total number of directors to nine.

 

“On behalf of the entire board of directors, we are excited to have Todd Vasos as our CEO and look forward to working with him in his new role.  Todd is a proven leader and the right person to guide Dollar General as it enters this next chapter in the Company’s history.  With Todd’s appointment as CEO and Rick’s continued service, we ensure the continuation of both the leadership and strategy that have made Dollar General a retail powerhouse,” said Mike Calbert, Dollar General’s lead director.

 

Vasos said, “I am excited and honored to have the privilege to lead Dollar General.   I am grateful to Rick for his guidance as a mentor and friend.   Under Rick’s leadership, we have delivered exceptional results.  My commitment is to build on that success.  I believe Dollar General has an exciting future ahead and look forward to continuing to work with our talented employees to provide our customers with the everyday low prices that they count on from Dollar General.”

 

“The board and I are confident that Todd is the right leader for the future growth of Dollar General.  Todd is a highly accomplished retail executive with whom I have had the pleasure of working for 9 of the last 12 years, including more than six years at Dollar General.  I look forward to supporting him in his new role to ensure a smooth and seamless transition,” said Dreiling.

 

Calbert said, “Rick Dreiling has been an incredible leader at Dollar General.  The board is grateful for his innumerable contributions to the Company and his leadership as CEO over the last seven years.  We are pleased that Rick will continue to be engaged in the business to ensure a smooth transition. “

 

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About Todd Vasos

 

Vasos joined Dollar General in December 2008 as Executive Vice President, Division President and Chief Merchandising Officer. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in November 2013.  Prior to joining Dollar General, Vasos served in executive positions with Longs Drug Stores Corporation for 7 years, including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (February 2008 through November 2008) and Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer (2001 – 2008), where he was responsible for all pharmacy and front-end marketing, merchandising, procurement, supply chain, advertising, store development, store layout and space allocation, and the operation of three distribution centers. He also previously served in leadership positions at Phar-Mor Food and Drug Inc. and Eckerd Corporation.

 

About Dollar General Corporation

 

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 11,999 stores in 43 states as of May 1, 2015, Dollar General has more retail locations in the U.S. than any other discount retailer. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

 

Investor Contacts:

 

Mary Winn Pilkington

(615) 855-5536

Matt Hancock

(615) 855-4811

 

 

Media Contacts:

 

Dan MacDonald

(615) 855-5209

Crystal Ghassemi

(615) 855-5210

 

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Exhibit 99.2

 

[Form of Employee Stock Option Award Agreement for 2015 Promotion Grant to CEO]

 

DOLLAR GENERAL CORPORATION

STOCK OPTION AWARD AGREEMENT

 

THIS AGREEMENT (the “ Agreement ”), dated as of the date indicated on Schedule A hereto (the “ Grant Date ”), is made by and between Dollar General Corporation, a Tennessee corporation (hereinafter referred to as the “ Company ”), and the individual whose name is set forth on the signature page hereof, who is an employee of the Company or a Subsidiary or Affiliate of the Company (hereinafter referred to as the “ Optionee ”).  Any capitalized terms herein not otherwise defined in this Agreement shall have the meaning set forth in the Amended and Restated 2007 Stock Incentive Plan for Key Employees of Dollar General Corporation and its Affiliates, as such Plan may be amended from time to time (the “ Plan ”).

 

WHEREAS, the Company wishes to carry out the Plan, the terms of which are hereby incorporated by reference and made a part of this Agreement; and

 

WHEREAS, the Compensation Committee (or a duly authorized subcommittee thereof) of the Board of the Company appointed to administer the Plan (the “ Committee ”) has determined that it would be to the advantage and best interest of the Company and its shareholders to grant the Option provided for herein to the Optionee in conjunction with his promotion to Chief Executive Officer of the Company, and has advised the Company thereof and instructed the undersigned officer to issue said Option.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants herein contained and other good and valuable consideration, receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto do hereby agree as follows:

 

ARTICLE I

DEFINITIONS

 

Whenever the following terms are used in this Agreement, they shall have the meaning specified below unless the context clearly indicates to the contrary.

 

Section 1.1.   Cause

 

“Cause” shall mean “Cause” as such term is defined in the Optionee’s Employment Agreement.

 

Section 1.2.   Disability

 

“Disability” shall mean “Disability” as such term is defined in the Optionee’s Employment Agreement.

 



 

Section 1.3.   Employment Agreement

 

“Employment Agreement” shall mean that certain employment agreement between the Optionee and the Company effective June 3, 2015, as amended from time to time with the consent of the Optionee and the Company.

 

Section 1.4.   Option

 

“Option” shall mean the right and option to purchase, on the terms and conditions set forth herein, all or any part of an aggregate of the number of Shares of Common Stock set forth on Schedule A hereto.

 

Section 1.5.  Retirement

 

“Retirement” shall mean the voluntary termination of the Optionee’s employment with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates on or after (A) reaching the minimum age of sixty-two (62) and (B) achieving five (5) consecutive years of service; provided, however, that the sum of the Optionee’s age plus years of service (counting whole years only) must equal at least seventy (70) and provided further that there is no basis for the Company to terminate the Optionee for Cause at the time of Optionee’s voluntary termination.

 

Section 1.6.   Secretary

 

“Secretary” shall mean the Secretary of the Company.

 

ARTICLE II

GRANT OF OPTION

 

Section 2.1.    Grant of Option

 

For good and valuable consideration, on and as of the Grant Date the Company irrevocably grants to the Optionee the Option on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement.

 

Section 2.2.    Exercise Price

 

Subject to Section 2.4, the exercise price of the Shares of Common Stock covered by the Option (the “ Exercise Price ”) shall be as set forth on Schedule A hereto, which shall be the Fair Market Value on the Grant Date.

 

Section 2.3.   No Guarantee of Employment

 

Nothing in this Agreement or in the Plan shall confer upon the Optionee any right to continue in the employ of the Company or any Subsidiary or Affiliate or shall interfere with or restrict in any way the rights of the Company and its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, which are hereby expressly reserved, to terminate the employment of the Optionee at any time for any reason whatsoever, with or without cause, subject to the applicable provisions, if any, of the Optionee’s Employment Agreement.

 

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Section 2.4.    Adjustments to Option

 

The Option shall be subject to the adjustment provisions of Sections 8 and 9 of the Plan, provided, however, that in the event of the payment of an extraordinary dividend by the Company to its shareholders: the Exercise Price of the Option shall be reduced by the amount of the dividend paid, but only to the extent the Committee determines it to be permitted under applicable tax laws and to not have adverse tax consequences to the Optionee under Section 409A of the Code; and, if such reduction cannot be fully effected due to such tax laws and it will not have adverse tax consequences to the Optionee, then the Company shall pay to the Optionee a cash payment, on a per Share basis, equal to the balance of the amount of the dividend not permitted to be applied to reduce the Exercise Price of the applicable Option as follows: (a) for each Share subject to a vested Option, immediately upon the date of such dividend payment; and (b) for each Share subject to an unvested Option, on the date on which such Option becomes vested and exercisable with respect to such Share.

 

ARTICLE III

PERIOD OF EXERCISABILITY

 

Section 3.1.   Commencement of Exercisability

 

(a)           Except as otherwise provided in Section 3.1(b) or (c) below, so long as the Optionee continues to be employed by the Company or any other Service Recipient, the Option shall become vested and exercisable with respect to 33 1/3% of the Shares subject to such Option on each of the third, fourth and fifth anniversaries of the Grant Date (each such date, a “Vesting Date”). To the extent this vesting schedule results in the vesting of fractional shares, the fractional shares shall be combined and be exercisable on the third anniversary of the Grant Date.

 

(b)           Notwithstanding Section 3.1(a) above, upon the earliest occurrence of (i) a Change in Control, (ii) the Optionee’s death, or (iii) a termination of the Optionee’s employment by reason of the Optionee’s Disability, the Option shall become immediately vested and exercisable with respect to 100% of the Shares subject to such unvested Option immediately prior to such event (but only to the extent such Option has not otherwise terminated or become exercisable).

 

(c)           Notwithstanding Section 3.1(a) above, in the event of the Optionee’s Retirement, that portion of the Option, if any, that would have become vested and exercisable within the one (1) year period following the Optionee’s Retirement date if the Optionee had remained employed with the Company or the applicable Service Recipient shall remain outstanding for a period of one (1) year following the Optionee’s Retirement date and shall become vested and exercisable on the anniversary of the Grant Date that falls within the one (1) year period following the Optionee’s Retirement date (but only to the extent such portion of the Option has not otherwise terminated or become exercisable); provided, however, that if during such one (1) year period there occurs a Change in Control or the Optionee dies or incurs a Disability, such portion of the Option shall instead become immediately vested and exercisable (but only to the extent such portion of the Option has not otherwise terminated).

 

(d)           No Option shall become vested or exercisable as to any additional Shares following the Optionee’s termination of employment for any reason, and any portion of the Option which is unvested or unexercisable as of the Optionee’s termination of employment shall immediately expire without payment therefor, in each case except as otherwise provided in Section 3.1(b) or (c) above.

 

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Section 3.2.   Expiration of Option

 

The Optionee may not exercise the Option to any extent after the first to occur of the following events:

 

(a)           The tenth anniversary of the Grant Date;

 

(b)           The fifth anniversary of the date of the Optionee’s termination of employment with the Company and all Service Recipients if the Optionee’s employment is terminated by reason of Retirement;

 

(c)           The first anniversary of the date of the Optionee’s termination of employment with the Company and all Service Recipients if the Optionee’s employment is terminated by reason of death or Disability (unless earlier terminated as provided in Section 3.2(h) below);

 

(d)           The first anniversary of the date of the Optionee’s termination of employment with the Company and all Service Recipients if the Optionee’s employment terminates (1) within two (2) years following a Change in Control and (2) for any reason other than an involuntary termination with Cause or a Retirement (in the case of an involuntary termination with Cause or a Retirement, the provisions of Section 3.2 (g) and (b), as applicable, shall instead apply);

 

(e)           Ninety (90) days after the date of the Optionee’s involuntary termination of employment by the Company and all Service Recipients without Cause (for any reason other than as set forth in Section 3.2(c));

 

(f)            Ninety (90) days after the date of the Optionee’s voluntary termination of employment with the Company and all Service Recipients by the Optionee (for any reason other than as set forth in Section 3.2(b) or (c));

 

(g)           Immediately upon the date of the Optionee’s termination of employment by the Company and all Service Recipients for Cause;

 

(h)           At the discretion of the Company, if the Committee so determines pursuant to Section 9 of the Plan.

 

ARTICLE IV

EXERCISE OF OPTION

 

Section 4.1.   Person Eligible to Exercise

 

During the lifetime of the Optionee, only the Optionee (or his duly authorized legal representative) may exercise the Option or any portion thereof.  After the death of the Optionee, the exercisable portion of the Option may, prior to the time when the Option becomes unexercisable under Section 3.2, be exercised by the Optionee’s personal representative or by any person empowered to do so under the Optionee’s will or under the then applicable laws of descent and distribution.

 

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Section 4.2.   Partial Exercise

 

Any exercisable portion of the Option or the entire Option, if then wholly exercisable, may be exercised in whole or in part at any time prior to the time when the Option or portion thereof becomes unexercisable under Section 3.2; provided, however, that any partial exercise shall be for whole Shares of Common Stock only.

 

Section 4.3.   Manner of Exercise

 

The Option, or any exercisable portion thereof, may be exercised solely by delivering to the Secretary or his or her designee all of the following prior to the time when the Option or such portion thereof becomes unexercisable under Section 3.2:

 

(a)           Notice in writing signed by the Optionee or the other person then entitled to exercise the Option or portion thereof, stating that the Option or portion thereof is thereby exercised, such notice complying with all applicable rules established by the Committee;

 

(b)           (i) Full payment (in cash or by check or by a combination thereof) for the Shares with respect to which such Option or portion thereof is exercised (provided, however, that full payment is deemed made if the Company receives cash in respect of the exercise price no later than the date on which the Company or its agent delivers or releases Shares to the Optionee or his agent, which date shall not be later than three (3) business days following the date on which the Option is exercised, in the event of a cashless exercise via a third party in a manner that is compliant with applicable law) or (ii) notice in writing that the Optionee elects to have the number of Shares that would otherwise be issued to the Optionee reduced by a number of Shares having an equivalent Fair Market Value to the payment that would otherwise be made by the Optionee to the Company pursuant to clause (i) of this subsection (b);

 

(c)           (i) Full payment (in cash or by check or by a combination thereof) to satisfy the minimum withholding tax obligation with respect to which such Option or portion thereof is exercised (provided, however, that full payment is deemed made if the Company receives such payment no later than the date on which the Company must remit such withholding to the Internal Revenue Service in the event of a cashless exercise via a third party in a manner that is compliant with applicable law); or (ii) notice in writing that the Optionee elects to have the number of Shares that would otherwise be issued to the Optionee reduced by a number of Shares having an equivalent Fair Market Value to the payment that would otherwise be made by the Optionee to the Company pursuant to clause (i) of this subsection (c);

 

(d)           A bona fide written representation and agreement, in a form satisfactory to the Committee, signed by the Optionee or other person then entitled to exercise such Option or portion thereof, stating that the Shares of Common Stock are being acquired for his or her own account, for investment and without any present intention of distributing or reselling said Shares or any of them except as may be permitted under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “ Act ”), and then applicable rules and regulations thereunder, and that the Optionee or other person then entitled to exercise such Option or portion thereof will indemnify the Company against and hold it free and harmless from any loss, damage, expense or liability resulting to the Company if any sale or distribution of the Shares by such person is contrary to the representation and agreement referred to above; provided, however, that the Committee may, in its reasonable discretion, take whatever additional actions it deems reasonably necessary to ensure the observance and performance of such

 

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representation and agreement and to effect compliance with the Act and any other federal or state securities laws or regulations; and

 

(e)           In the event the Option or portion thereof shall be exercised pursuant to Section 4.1 by any person or persons other than the Optionee, appropriate proof of the right of such person or persons to exercise the Option.

 

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Committee may require an opinion of counsel acceptable to it to the effect that any subsequent transfer of Shares acquired on exercise of the Option does not violate the Act, and may issue stop-transfer orders covering such Shares.  Share certificates evidencing stock issued on exercise of the Option may bear an appropriate legend referring to the provisions of subsection (d) above and the agreements herein. The written representation and agreement referred to in subsection (d) above shall, however, not be required if the Shares to be issued pursuant to such exercise have been registered under the Act, and such registration is then effective in respect of such Shares.

 

Section 4.4.   Conditions to Issuance of Stock Certificates

 

The Shares deliverable upon the exercise of the Option, or any portion thereof, may be either previously authorized but unissued Shares or issued Shares, which have then been reacquired by the Company.  Such Shares shall be fully paid and nonassessable.  The Company shall not be required to issue or deliver any certificate or certificates for Shares purchased (if certificated, or if not certificated, register the issuance of such Shares on its books and records) upon the exercise of the Option or portion thereof prior to fulfillment of all of the following conditions:

 

(a)           The obtaining of approval or other clearance from any state or federal governmental agency which the Committee shall, in its reasonable and good faith discretion, determine to be necessary or advisable; and

 

(b)           The lapse of such reasonable period of time following the exercise of the Option as the Committee may from time to time establish for reasons of administrative convenience or as may otherwise be required by applicable law.

 

Section 4.5.   Rights as Shareholder

 

Except as otherwise provided in Section 2.4 of this Agreement, the holder of the Option shall not be, nor have any of the rights or privileges of, a shareholder of the Company in respect of any Shares purchasable upon the exercise of the Option or any portion thereof unless and until certificates representing such Shares shall have been issued by the Company to such holder or the Shares have otherwise been recorded in the records of the Company as owned by such holder.

 

Section 4.6.   Holding Period

 

Optionee agrees to hold and not sell or otherwise transfer any Shares acquired upon exercise of the Option until the fifth anniversary of the Grant Date, provided, however, this holding requirement (1) shall not apply to Shares used to pay the Exercise Price or to satisfy tax withholding requirements as set forth in Section 4.3(b) or (c) and (2) shall no longer apply upon the occurrence of any accelerated vesting event as set forth in Section 3.1(b) or (c).  The Company may cause a

 

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restrictive legend to be placed on any certificates (or records of the Company) representing Shares acquired upon exercise of the Option while such holding requirement applies.

 

ARTICLE V

MISCELLANEOUS

 

Section 5.1.   Administration

 

The Committee shall have the power to interpret the Plan and this Agreement and to adopt such rules for the administration, interpretation and application of the Plan as are consistent therewith and to interpret or revoke any such rules.  All actions taken and all interpretations and determinations made by the Committee shall be final and binding upon the Optionee, the Company and all other interested persons.  No member of the Committee shall be personally liable for any action, determination or interpretation made in good faith with respect to the Plan or the Option.  In its absolute discretion, the Board may at any time and from time to time exercise any and all rights and duties of the Committee under the Plan and this Agreement.

 

Section 5.2.   Option Not Transferable

 

Neither the Option nor any interest or right therein or part thereof shall be liable for the debts, contracts or engagements of the Optionee or his successors in interest or shall be subject to disposition by transfer, alienation, anticipation, pledge, encumbrance, assignment or any other means whether such disposition be voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law by judgment, levy, attachment, garnishment or any other legal or equitable proceedings (including bankruptcy), and any attempted disposition thereof shall be null and void and of no effect; provided, however, that this Section 5.2 shall not prevent transfers by will or by the applicable laws of descent and distribution or other transfers authorized in limited circumstances by the Committee (or its designee).

 

Section 5.3.   Notices

 

Any notice to be given under the terms of this Agreement to the Company shall be addressed to the Company in care of its Secretary or his or her designee, and any notice to be given to the Optionee shall be addressed to him at the address given beneath his signature hereto.  By a notice given pursuant to this Section 5.3, either party may hereafter designate a different address for notices to be given to him or her.  Any notice, which is required to be given to the Optionee, shall, if the Optionee is then deceased, be given to the Optionee’s personal representative if such representative has previously informed the Company of his status and address by written notice under this Section 5.3. Any notice shall have been deemed duly given when (i) delivered in person; or, except for notice under Section 4.3 which must be received to be duly given, (ii) enclosed in a properly sealed envelope or wrapper addressed as aforesaid, deposited (with postage prepaid) in a post office or branch post office regularly maintained by the United States Postal Service, or (iii) enclosed in a properly sealed envelope or wrapper addressed as aforesaid, deposited (with fees prepaid) in an office regularly maintained by FedEx, UPS, or comparable non-public mail carrier.

 

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Section 5.4.   Titles; Pronouns

 

Titles are provided herein for convenience only and are not to serve as a basis for interpretation or construction of this Agreement.  The masculine pronoun shall include the feminine and neuter, and the singular the plural, where the context so indicates.

 

Section 5.5.   Applicability of Plan and Management Stockholder’s Agreement

 

The Option and the Shares of Common Stock issued to the Optionee upon exercise of the Option shall be subject to all of the terms and provisions of the Plan to the extent applicable to an Option and Shares.   In the event of any conflict between this Agreement and the Plan, the terms of the Plan shall control.  The Option and the Shares of Common Stock issued to the Optionee upon exercise of the Option shall not be subject to, and hereby are expressly exempted from, all of the terms and provisions of any Management Stockholder’s Agreement between the Optionee and the Company in existence on the Grant Date.

 

Section 5.6.   Amendment

 

This Agreement may only be amended pursuant to Section 10 of the Plan.

 

Section 5.7.   Governing Law

 

The laws of the State of Delaware shall govern the interpretation, validity and performance of the terms of this Agreement regardless of the law that might be applied under principles of conflicts of laws.

 

Section 5.8.   Arbitration

 

In the event of any controversy among the parties hereto arising out of, or relating to, this Agreement which cannot be settled amicably by the parties, such controversy shall be finally, exclusively and conclusively settled by mandatory arbitration conducted expeditiously in accordance with the American Arbitration Association rules, by a single independent arbitrator.  Such arbitration process shall take place within the Nashville, Tennessee metropolitan area.  The decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding upon all parties hereto and shall be rendered pursuant to a written decision, which contains a detailed recital of the arbitrator’s reasoning.  Judgment upon the award rendered may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.  Each party shall bear its own legal fees and expenses, unless otherwise determined by the arbitrator.

 

Section 5.9.   Clawback

 

As a condition of receiving the Option, the Optionee acknowledges and agrees that the Optionee’s rights, payments, and benefits with respect to the Option shall be subject to any reduction, cancellation, forfeiture or recoupment, in whole or in part, upon the occurrence of certain specified events, as may be required by any rule or regulation of the Securities and Exchange Commission or by any applicable national exchange, or by any other applicable law, rule or regulation.

 

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Section 5.10  Signature in Counterparts

 

This Agreement may be signed in counterparts, each of which shall be an original, with the same effect as if the signatures thereto and hereto were upon the same instrument.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Agreement has been executed and delivered by the parties hereto.

 

 

 

DOLLAR GENERAL CORPORATION

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

 

 

Name:

 

 

 

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADDRESS:

 

 

 

Dollar General Corporation

 

100 Mission Ridge

 

Goodlettsville, TN 37072

 

[Signature Page of Stock Option Award Agreement]

 

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OPTIONEE:

 

 

 

 

 

Signature:

 

Print Name:  Todd J. Vasos

 

 

 

 

 

ADDRESS:

 

 

 

 

 

[Signature Page of Stock Option Award Agreement]

 

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Schedule A to Stock Option Award Agreement

 

Grant Date :  June 3, 2015

 

 

 

Exercise Price (per Share) : $ [     ]

 

 

 

Option Grant :

 

 

 

Aggregate number of Shares of Common Stock for which the Option granted hereunder is exercisable:

[     ]

 

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Exhibit 99.3

 

EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

 

THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (“Agreement”), effective June 3, 2015 (“Effective Date”), is made and entered into by and between DOLLAR GENERAL CORPORATION (the “Company”), and Todd J. Vasos (“Employee”).

 

W I T N E S S E T H:

 

WHEREAS , the Company desires to continue to employ Employee upon the terms and subject to the conditions hereinafter set forth, and Employee desires to accept such continued employment; and

 

WHEREAS , the Company and Employee previously entered into an Employment Agreement effective December 1, 2011, as amended from time to time thereafter, which Employment Agreement and all related amendments are hereby superseded in their entirety by this Agreement.

 

NOW, THEREFORE , for and in consideration of the premises, the mutual promises, covenants and agreements contained herein, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties agree as follows:

 

1.                                       Employment .   Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the Company agrees to employ Employee as Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

 

2.                                       Term .   The term of this Agreement shall begin on the Effective Date and shall continue until the third anniversary of the Effective Date (“Term”), unless otherwise terminated pursuant to Sections 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 hereof. The Term shall be automatically extended, commencing with the third anniversary of the Effective Date and on each successive anniversary thereof, for an additional one year period, unless the Company gives written notice to Employee at least ninety (90) days prior to the expiration of the original or any extended Term that no extension or further extension, as applicable, will occur or unless the Company replaces this Agreement with a new agreement or, in writing, extends or renews the Term of this Agreement for a period that is longer than one year from the expiration of the original Term or the extended Term, as applicable. Unless otherwise noted, all references to the “Term” shall be deemed to refer to the original Term and any extension or renewal thereof.

 



 

3.                                       Position, Duties and Administrative Support .

 

a.                                       Position .  As Chief Executive Officer, Employee shall be the most senior executive of the Company and all other senior executives of the Company, including the President, if any, shall report directly or indirectly to Employee.  Employee shall report to the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) and perform such duties and responsibilities as may be prescribed from time to time by the Board, which shall be consistent with the duties and responsibilities of chief executive officers of comparable companies in similar lines of business. During the Term, the Board or a duly authorized committee of the Board shall nominate Employee to serve as a member of the Board each year that Employee is slated for reelection to the Board, and Employee agrees to serve in such capacity if so elected by the shareholders.

 

b.                                       Full-Time Efforts .  Employee shall perform and discharge faithfully and diligently such duties and responsibilities and shall devote Employee’s full-time efforts to the business and affairs of Company.  Employee agrees to promote the best interests of the Company and to take no action that is likely to damage the public image or reputation of the Company, its subsidiaries or its affiliates.

 

c.                                        Administrative Support .  Employee shall be provided with office space and administrative support commensurate with his position as Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

 

d.                                       No Interference With Duties .  Employee shall not devote time to other activities which would inhibit or otherwise interfere with the proper performance of Employee’s duties and shall not be directly or indirectly concerned or interested in any other business occupation, activity or interest other than by reason of holding a non-controlling interest as a shareholder, securities holder or debenture holder in a corporation quoted on a nationally recognized exchange (subject to any limitations in the Company’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics).  Employee may not serve as a member of a board of directors of a for-profit company, other than the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, without the express approval of the Board and further will comply with any limits on the number of boards on which he may serve as set forth from time to time in any policy adopted by the Board or a duly authorized committee of the Board.

 

4.                                       Work Standard .   Employee agrees to comply with all terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, as well as all applicable Company work policies, procedures and rules.  Employee

 

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also agrees to comply with all federal, state and local statutes, regulations and public ordinances governing Employee’s performance hereunder.

 

5.                                       Compensation .

 

a.                                       Base Salary .  Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, the Company shall pay Employee, and Employee shall accept, an annual rate of base salary (“Base Salary”) of no less than One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) effective on the Effective Date.  The Base Salary shall be paid in accordance with Company’s normal payroll practices (but no less frequently than monthly), will be reviewed annually by, and may be increased from time to time at the sole discretion of, the Board or a duly authorized committee of the Board.

 

b.                                       Annual Incentive Bonus .  Employee’s incentive compensation for the Term of this Agreement shall be determined under the Company’s annual bonus program, as it may be amended from time to time, provided to senior executive officers of the Company.  The actual bonus paid pursuant to this Section 5(b), if any, shall be based on criteria established by the Board or a duly authorized committee of the Board in accordance with the terms and conditions of the annual bonus program for senior executive officers. Any bonus payments due hereunder shall be payable to Employee no later than 2 1/2 months after the end of the Company’s taxable year or the calendar year, whichever is later, in which Employee is first vested in such bonus payments for purposes of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Internal Revenue Code”).  For fiscal year 2015, the annual bonus payable, if any, shall be calculated based upon the performance measures established in March 2015 but prorated as provided under the annual bonus program with the portion of the bonus attributable to the period before the Effective Date calculated based upon Employee’s position as Chief Operating Officer and with the portion of the bonus attributable to the period after the Effective Date calculated using a target award of 100% of Base Salary determined under this Agreement (but prorated as required under the annual bonus program).

 

c.                                        Vacation .  Employee shall be entitled to five weeks paid vacation time. Vacation time is granted on the anniversary of Employee’s hire date each year. Any available but unused vacation as of the annual anniversary of employment date or at Employee’s termination date shall be forfeited.

 

d.                                       Business Expenses .  Employee shall be reimbursed for all reasonable business expenses incurred in carrying out the work hereunder.  Employee shall adhere to the

 

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Company’s expense reimbursement policies and procedures. In no event will any such reimbursement be made later than the last day of Employee’s taxable year following Employee’s taxable year in which Employee incurs the reimbursable expense.

 

e.                                        Perquisites .  Employee shall be entitled to receive such other executive perquisites, fringe and other benefits as are provided generally to senior executive officers of the Company under any of the Company’s plans and/or programs in effect from time to time.

 

6.                                       Cooperation. Employee agrees to cooperate with the Company in the investigation review, audit, or assessment, whether internal or external, of any matters involving Dollar General as well as the defense or prosecution of any claims or other causes of action made against or on behalf of the Company, including any claims or actions against its affiliates, officers, directors and employees. Employee’s cooperation in connection with such matters includes, without limitation, being available (upon reasonable notice and without unreasonably interfering with his other professional obligations) to meet with the Company and its legal or other designated advisors regarding any matters in which Employee has been involved; to prepare for any proceeding (including, without limitation, depositions, consultation, discovery or trial); to provide truthful affidavits; to assist with any audit, inspection, proceeding or other inquiry; and to act as a witness to provide truthful testimony in connection with any legal proceeding affecting the Company. Employee further agrees that if Employee is contacted by any person or entity regarding matters Employee knows or reasonably should know to be adverse to the Company, Employee shall promptly (within 48 hours) notify the Company in writing by sending such notification to the General Counsel, Dollar General Corporation, 100 Mission Ridge, Goodlettsville, Tennessee 37072; facsimile (615) 855-5517. The Company agrees to reimburse Employee for any reasonable documented expenses incurred in providing such cooperation.

 

7.                                       Benefits .   During the Term, Employee (and, where applicable, Employee’s eligible dependents) shall be eligible to participate in those various Company welfare benefit plans, practices and policies in place during the Term (including, without limitation, medical, pharmacy, dental, vision, disability, employee life, accidental death and travel accident insurance plans and other programs, if any) to the extent allowed under and in accordance with the terms of those plans.  In addition, Employee shall be eligible to participate, pursuant to their terms, in any other benefit plans offered by the Company to other senior executive officers of the Company or other employees from time to time during the Term (excluding plans applicable solely to certain officers of the Company in accordance with the express terms of such plans).  Collectively the plans and arrangements described in this Section 7, as they may be amended or modified in accordance with their terms, are hereinafter

 

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referred to as the “Benefits Plans.”  Notwithstanding the above, Employee understands and acknowledges that Employee is not eligible for benefits under any other severance plan, program, or policy maintained by the Company, if any exists, and that the only severance benefits Employee is entitled to are set forth in this Agreement.

 

8.                                       Termination for Cause .   This Agreement is not intended to change the at-will nature of Employee’s employment with Company, and it may be terminated at any time by either party, with or without cause. If this Agreement and Employee’s employment are terminated by Company for “Cause” (Termination for Cause) as that term is defined below, it will be without any liability owing to Employee or Employee’s dependents and beneficiaries under this Agreement (recognizing, however, that benefits covered by or owed under any other plan or agreement covering Employee shall be governed by the terms of such plan or agreement).  Any one of the following conditions or Employee conduct shall constitute “Cause”:

 

a.                                       Any act involving fraud or dishonesty, or any material act of misconduct relating to Employee’s performance of his duties;

 

b.                                       Any material breach of any SEC or other law or regulation or any Company policy governing trading or dealing with stocks, securities, public debt instruments, bonds, or investments and the like or with inappropriate disclosure or “tipping” relating to any stock, security, public debt instrument, bond or investment;

 

c.                                        Any material violation of the Company’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (or the equivalent code in place at the time);

 

d.                                       Other than as required by law, the carrying out of any activity or the making of any public statement which prejudices or reduces the good name and standing of Company or any of its affiliates or would bring any one of these into public contempt or ridicule;

 

e.                                        Attendance at work in a state of intoxication or being found with any drug or substance possession of which would amount to a criminal offense;

 

f.                                         Assault or other act of violence;

 

g.                                        Conviction of or plea of guilty or nolo contendre to any felony whatsoever or any misdemeanor that would preclude employment under the Company’s hiring policy; or

 

h.                                       Willful or repeated refusal or failure substantially to perform Employee’s material obligations and duties hereunder or those reasonably directed by the Board (except in connection with a Disability).

 

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A termination for Cause shall be effective when the Company has given Employee written notice of its intention to terminate for Cause, describing those acts or omissions that are believed to constitute Cause, and has given Employee ten days to respond.

 

9.                                       Termination upon Death .   Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, this Agreement shall terminate immediately upon Employee’s death, and the Company shall have no further liability to Employee or Employee’s dependents and beneficiaries under this Agreement, except for those benefits owed under any other plan or agreement covering Employee which shall be governed by the terms of such plan or agreement.

 

10.                                Disability .   If a Disability (as defined below) of Employee occurs during the Term, unless otherwise prohibited by law, the Company may notify Employee of the Company’s intention to terminate Employee’s employment.  In that event, employment shall terminate effective on the termination date provided in such notice of termination (the “Disability Effective Date”), and this Agreement shall terminate without further liability to Employee, Employee’s dependents and beneficiaries, except for those benefits owed under any other plan or agreement covering Employee which shall be governed by the terms of such plan or agreement.  In this Agreement, “Disability” means:

 

a.                                       A long-term disability, as defined in the Company’s applicable long-term disability plan as then in effect, if any; or

 

b.                                       Employee’s inability to perform the duties under this Agreement in accordance with the Company’s expectations because of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that (i) can reasonably be expected to result in death or (ii) has lasted or can reasonably be expected to last longer than ninety (90) consecutive days.  Under this Section 10(b), unless otherwise required by law, the existence of a Disability shall be determined by the Company, only upon receipt of a written medical opinion from a qualified physician selected by or acceptable to the Company.  In this circumstance, to the extent permitted by law, Employee shall, if reasonably requested by the Company, submit to a physical examination by that qualified physician. Nothing in this Section 10(b) is intended to nor shall it be deemed to broaden or modify the definition of “disability” in the Company’s long-term disability plan.

 

11.                                Employee’s Termination of Employment .

 

a.                                       Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, Employee may terminate employment and this Agreement at any time, for no reason, with ninety (90) days written

 

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notice to Company (and in the event that Employee is providing notice of termination for Good Reason, Employee must provide such notice within 30 days after the event purported to give rise to Employee’s claim for Good Reason first occurs).  In such event, Employee shall not be entitled to those payments and benefits listed in Section 12 below unless Employee terminates employment for Good Reason, as defined below, or unless Section 12(a)(iii) applies.

 

b.                                       Upon any termination of employment, Employee shall be entitled to any earned but unpaid Base Salary through the date of termination and such other vested benefits under any other plan or agreement covering Employee which shall be governed by the terms of such plan or agreement. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, such unpaid Base Salary shall be paid to Employee as soon as practicable after the effective date of termination in accordance with the Company’s usual payroll practices (not less frequently than monthly); provided, however, that if payment at such time would result in a prohibited acceleration under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, then such amount shall be paid at the time the amount would otherwise have been paid absent such prohibited acceleration.

 

c.                                        Good Reason shall mean any of the following actions taken by the Company:

 

(i)                          A reduction by the Company in Employee’s Base Salary or target bonus level;

 

(ii)                       The Company shall fail to continue in effect any significant Company-sponsored compensation plan or benefit (without replacing it with a similar plan or with a compensation equivalent), unless such action is in connection with across-the-board plan changes or terminations similarly affecting at least 95 percent of all officers of the Company;

 

(iii)                    The Company’s principal executive offices shall be moved to a location outside the middle-Tennessee area, or Employee is required (absent mutual agreement) to be based anywhere other than the Company’s principal executive offices;

 

(iv)                   Without Employee’s written consent, the assignment to Employee by the Company of duties inconsistent with, or the significant reduction of the title, powers and functions associated with, Employee’s position, title or office as

 

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described in Section 3 above, unless such action is the result of Employee’s failure to meet pre-established and objective performance criteria;

 

(v)                      Any material breach by the Company of this Agreement; or

 

(vi)                   The failure of any successor (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, assignment, consolidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business and/or assets of the Company to assume expressly and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no such succession had taken place.

 

Good Reason shall not include Employee’s death, Disability or Termination for Cause or Employee’s termination for any reason other than Good Reason as defined above.

 

d.                                       Prior to Employee being entitled to the payments or benefits described in Section 12 below, the Company shall have the opportunity to cure any claimed event of Good Reason within thirty (30) days after receiving written notice from Employee specifying the same.

 

12.                                Termination without Cause or by Employee for Good Reason .

 

a.                                       The continuation of Base Salary and other payments and benefits described in Section 12(b) shall be triggered only upon one or more of the following circumstances:

 

(i)                          The Company terminates Employee (as it may do at any time) without Cause; it being understood that termination by death or Disability does not constitute termination without Cause;

 

(ii)                       Employee terminates for Good Reason;

 

(iii)                    The Company fails to offer to renew, extend or replace this Agreement before, at, or within one (1)year after, the end of its original three-year Term (or any term provided for in a written renewal or extension of the original Term), and Employee resigns from employment with the Company within ninety (90) days after such failure, unless such failure is accompanied by a mutually agreeable severance arrangement between the Company and Employee or is the result of Employee’s retirement or other termination from the Company other than for Good Reason notwithstanding the Company’s offer to renew, extend or replace this Agreement.

 

b.                                       In the event of one of the triggers referenced in Sections 12(a)(i) through (iii) above, then, on the sixtieth (60th) day after Employee’s termination of employment, but

 

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contingent upon the execution and effectiveness of the Release attached hereto and made a part hereof, and subject to Section 23(o) below, Employee shall be entitled to the following:

 

(i)                          Continuation of Employee’s Base Salary as of the date immediately preceding the termination (or, if the termination of employment is for Good Reason due to the reduction of Employee’s Base Salary, then such rate of Base Salary as in effect immediately prior to such reduction) for 24 months, payable in accordance with the Company’s normal payroll cycle and procedures (but not less frequently than monthly) with a lump sum payment on the sixtieth (60th) day after Employee’s termination of employment of the amounts Employee would otherwise have received during the sixty (60) days after Employee’s termination had the payments begun immediately after Employee’s termination of employment.

 

(ii)                       A lump sum payment in an amount equal to two times Employee’s annual target bonus under the annual bonus programs for senior executive officers in respect of the Company’s fiscal year in which the termination date occurs.

 

(iii)                                a lump sum payment, in cash, payable at such time as annual bonuses are paid to other senior executives of the Company, of a pro-rata portion of the annual bonus, if any, that Employee would have been entitled to receive pursuant to Section 5(b) hereof for the fiscal year of termination, if such termination had not occurred, multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of days during which Employee was employed by the Company in the fiscal year of Employee’s termination, and the denominator of which is 365 (“Pro-Rata Bonus”).

 

(iv)                   A lump sum payment in an amount equal to two times the annual contribution that would have been made by the Company in respect of the plan year in which such termination of employment occurs for Employee’s participation in the Company’s medical, pharmacy, dental and vision benefits programs.

 

(iv)                   Reasonable outplacement services, as determined and provided by the Company, for one year or until other employment is secured, whichever comes first.

 

All payments and benefits otherwise provided to Employee pursuant to this Section 12 shall be forfeited if a copy of the Release attached hereto executed by Employee is not provided to the Company within twenty-one (21) days after Employee’s termination date (unless otherwise required by law) or if the Release is revoked; and no payment or benefit hereunder

 

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shall be provided to Employee prior to the Company’s receipt of the Release and the expiration of the period of revocation provided in the Release.

 

c.                                        In the event that there is a material breach by Employee of any continuing obligations under this Agreement or the Release after termination of employment, any unpaid amounts under this Section 12 shall be forfeited and Company shall retain any other rights available to it under law or equity.  Any payments or reimbursements under this Section 12 shall not be deemed the continuation of Employee’s employment for any purpose.  Except as specifically enumerated in the Release, the Company’s payment obligations under this Section 12 will not negate or reduce (i) any amounts otherwise due but not yet paid to Employee by the Company, or (ii) any other amounts payable to Employee outside this Agreement, or (iii) those benefits owed under any other plan or agreement covering Employee which shall be governed by the terms of such plan or agreement.  The Company may, at any time and in its sole discretion, make a lump-sum payment of any or all amounts, or any or all remaining amounts, due to Employee under this Section 12 if, or to the extent, the payment is not subject to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

13.                                Effect of 280G .   Any payments and benefits due under Section 12 that constitute “parachute payments” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code Section 280G”), plus all other “parachute payments” as defined under Code Section 280G that might otherwise be due to Employee (collectively, with payments and benefits due under Section 12, “Total Payments”), shall be limited to the Capped Amount.  The “Capped Amount” shall be the amount otherwise payable, reduced in such amount and to such extent so that no amount of the Total Payments, would constitute an “excess parachute payment” under Code Section 280G.  Notwithstanding the preceding sentence but contingent upon Employee’s timely execution and the effectiveness of the Release attached hereto and made a part hereof as provided in Section 12 hereof, Employee’s Total Payments shall not be limited to the Capped Amount if it is determined that Employee would receive at least $50,000 in greater after-tax proceeds if no such reduction is made.  The calculation of the Capped Amount and all other determinations relating to the applicability of Code Section 280G (and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder) to the payments contemplated by this Agreement shall be made by the tax department of an independent public accounting firm, or, at Company’s discretion, by a compensation consulting firm, and such determinations shall be binding upon Employee and the Company.  Unless Employee and the Company shall otherwise agree (provided such agreement does not cause any payment or benefit hereunder which is deferred compensation covered by Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code to

 

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be in non-compliance with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code), in the event the Payments are to be reduced, the Company shall reduce or eliminate the payments or benefits to Employee by first reducing or eliminating those payments or benefits which are not payable in cash and then by reducing or eliminating cash payments, in each case in reverse order beginning with payments or benefits which are to be paid the farthest in time from the date of the “change in ownership or control” (within the meaning of Code Section 280G).  Any reduction pursuant to the preceding sentence shall take precedence over the provisions of any other plan, arrangement or agreement governing Employee’s rights and entitlements to any benefits or compensation.

 

14.                                Publicity; No Disparaging Statement .   Except as otherwise provided in Section 15 hereof, Employee and the Company covenant and agree that they shall not engage in any communications to persons outside the Company which shall disparage one another or interfere with their existing or prospective business relationships.

 

15.                                Confidentiality and Legal Process .   Employee agrees to keep the proprietary terms of this Agreement confidential and to refrain from disclosing any information concerning this Agreement to anyone other than Employee’s immediate family and personal agents or advisors.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Agreement is intended to prohibit Employee or the Company from performing any duty or obligation that shall arise as a matter of law.  Specifically, Employee and the Company shall continue to be under a duty to truthfully respond to any legal and valid subpoena or other legal process.  This Agreement is not intended in any way to proscribe Employee’s or the Company’s right and ability to provide information to any federal, state or local agency in response or adherence to the lawful exercise of such agency’s authority.

 

16.                                Business Protection Provision Definitions .

 

a.                                       Preamble .  As a material inducement to the Company to enter into this Agreement, and in recognition of the valuable experience, knowledge and proprietary information Employee has gained or will gain while employed, Employee agrees to abide by and adhere to the business protection provisions in Sections 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 herein.

 

b.                                       Definitions .  For purposes of Sections 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 herein:

 

(i)                          “Competitive Position” shall mean any employment, consulting, advisory, directorship, agency, promotional or independent contractor arrangement between Employee and (x) any person or Entity engaged wholly or in material part in the business in which the Company is engaged (i.e., the discount consumable basics or general merchandise retail business), including but not limited to such other

 

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similar businesses as Albertsons/Safeway, ALDI, Big Lots, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Casey’s General Stores, Circle K, Costco, CVS, Dollar Tree Stores, Family Dollar Stores, Fred’s, Kmart, Kroger, 99 Cents Only Stores, The Pantry, Pilot Flying J, Rite-Aid, Sam’s Club, 7-Eleven, Target, Walgreen’s and Wal-Mart, or (y) any person or Entity then attempting or planning to enter the discount consumable basics retail business, whereby Employee is required to perform services on behalf of or for the benefit of such person or Entity which are substantially similar to the services Employee provided or directed at any time while employed by the Company or any of its affiliates.

 

(ii)                       “Confidential Information” shall mean the proprietary or confidential data, information, documents or materials (whether oral, written, electronic or otherwise) belonging to or pertaining to the Company, other than “Trade Secrets” (as defined below), which is of tangible or intangible value to the Company and the details of which are not generally known to the competitors of the Company.  Confidential Information shall also include any items marked “CONFIDENTIAL” or some similar designation or which are otherwise identified as being confidential.

 

(iii)                    “Entity” or “Entities” shall mean any business, individual, partnership, joint venture, agency, governmental agency, body or subdivision, association, firm, corporation, limited liability company or other entity of any kind.

 

(iv)                   “Restricted Period” shall mean two (2) years following Employee’s termination date.

 

(v)                      “Territory” shall include individually and as a total area those states in the United States in which the Company maintains stores at Employee’s termination date or those states in which the Company has specific and demonstrable plans to open stores within six months of Employee’s termination date.

 

(vi)                   “Trade Secrets” shall mean information or data of or about the Company, including, but not limited to, technical or non-technical data, formulas, patterns, compilations, programs, devices, methods, techniques, drawings, processes, financial data, financial plans, product plans or lists of actual or potential customers or suppliers that:  (A) derives economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable by proper means by, other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use; (B) is the subject

 

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of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy; and (C) any other information which is defined as a “trade secret” under applicable law.

 

(vii)                “Work Product” shall mean all tangible work product, property, data, documentation, “know-how,” concepts or plans, inventions, improvements, techniques and processes relating to the Company that were conceived, discovered, created, written, revised or developed by Employee while employed by the Company.

 

17.                                Nondisclosure:  Ownership of Proprietary Property .

 

a.                                       In recognition of the Company’s need to protect its legitimate business interests, Employee hereby covenants and agrees that, for the Term and thereafter (as described below), Employee shall regard and treat Trade Secrets and Confidential Information as strictly confidential and wholly-owned by the Company and shall not, for any reason, in any fashion, either directly or indirectly, use, sell, lend, lease, distribute, license, give, transfer, assign, show, disclose, disseminate, reproduce, copy, misappropriate or otherwise communicate any Trade Secrets or Confidential Information to any person or Entity for any purpose other than in accordance with Employee’s duties under this Agreement or as required by applicable law. This provision shall apply to each item constituting a Trade Secret at all times it remains a “trade secret” under applicable law and shall apply to any Confidential Information, during employment and for the Restricted Period thereafter. Neither this nor any other provision of this Agreement is intended to (x) prohibit Employee from reporting possible violations of law to any governmental agency or entity or from making other disclosures to a governmental agency or entity that are protected under the whistleblower provisions of any law or regulation or (y) require that Employee obtain permission to make, or notify anyone at the Company that Employee has made, such reports or disclosures.

 

b.                                       Employee shall exercise best efforts to ensure the continued confidentiality of all Trade Secrets and Confidential Information and shall immediately notify the Company of any unauthorized disclosure or use of any Trade Secrets or Confidential Information of which Employee becomes aware.  Employee shall assist the Company, to the extent reasonably requested, in the protection or procurement of any intellectual property protection or other rights in any of the Trade Secrets or Confidential Information.

 

c.                                        All Work Product shall be owned exclusively by the Company.  To the greatest extent possible, any Work Product shall be deemed to be “work made for hire” (as

 

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defined in the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C.A. § 101 et seq., as amended), and Employee hereby unconditionally and irrevocably transfers and assigns to the Company all right, title and interest Employee currently has or may have by operation of law or otherwise in or to any Work Product, including, without limitation, all patents, copyrights, trademarks (and the goodwill associated therewith), trade secrets, service marks (and the goodwill associated therewith) and other intellectual property rights.  Employee agrees to execute and deliver to the Company any transfers, assignments, documents or other instruments which the Company may deem necessary or appropriate, from time to time, to protect the rights granted herein or to vest complete title and ownership of any and all Work Product, and all associated intellectual property and other rights therein, exclusively in the Company.

 

18.                                Non-Interference with Employees .   Through employment and thereafter through the Restricted Period, Employee will not, either directly or indirectly, alone or in conjunction with any other person or Entity:  actively recruit, solicit, attempt to solicit, induce or attempt to induce any person who is an exempt employee of the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates (or has been within the last 6 months) to leave or cease such employment for any reason whatsoever;

 

19.                                Non-Interference with Business Relationships .

 

a.                                       Employee acknowledges that, in the course of employment, Employee will learn about Company’s business, services, materials, programs and products and the manner in which they are developed, marketed, serviced and provided.  Employee knows and acknowledges that the Company has invested considerable time and money in developing its product sales and real estate development programs and relationships, vendor and other service provider relationships and agreements, store layouts and fixtures, and marketing techniques and that those things are unique and original.  Employee further acknowledges that the Company has a strong business reason to keep secret information relating to Company’s business concepts, ideas, programs, plans and processes, so as not to aid Company’s competitors.  Accordingly, Employee acknowledges and agrees that the protection outlined in (b) below is necessary and reasonable.

 

b.                                       During the Restricted Period, Employee will not, on Employee’s own behalf or on behalf of any other person or Entity, solicit, contact, call upon, or communicate with any person or entity or any representative of any person or entity who has a business relationship with Company and with whom Employee had contact while employed, if such

 

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contact or communication would likely interfere with Company’s business relationships or result in an unfair competitive advantage over Company.

 

20.                                Agreement Not to Work in Competitive Position .   Employee covenants and agrees not to accept, obtain or work in a Competitive Position for a company or entity that operates anywhere within the Territory for the Restricted Period.

 

21.                                Acknowledgements Regarding Sections 16 — 20.

 

a.                                       Employee and Company expressly covenant and agree that the scope, territorial, time and other restrictions contained in Sections 16 through 20 of this Agreement constitute the most reasonable and equitable restrictions possible to protect the business interests of the Company given: (i) the business of the Company; (ii) the competitive nature of the Company’s industry; and (iii) that Employee’s skills are such that Employee could easily find alternative, commensurate employment or consulting work in Employee’s field which would not violate any of the provisions of this Agreement.

 

b.                                       Employee acknowledges that the compensation and benefits described in Sections 5 and 12 are also in consideration of his covenants and agreements contained in Sections 16 through 20 hereof and that a breach by Employee of the obligations contained in Sections 16 through 20 hereof shall forfeit Employee’s right to such compensation and benefits.

 

c.                                        Employee acknowledges and agrees that a breach by Employee of the obligations set forth in Sections 16 through 20 will likely cause Company irreparable injury and that, in such event, the Company shall be entitled to injunctive relief in addition to such other and further relief as may be proper.

 

d.                                       The parties agree that if, at any time, a court of competent jurisdiction determines that any of the provisions of Section 16 through 20 are unreasonable under Tennessee law as to time or area or both, the Company shall be entitled to enforce this Agreement for such period of time or within such area as may be determined reasonable by such court.

 

22.                                Return of Materials .  Upon Employee’s termination, Employee shall return to the Company all written, electronic, recorded or graphic materials of any kind belonging or relating to the Company or its affiliates, including any originals, copies and abstracts in Employee’s possession or control.

 

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23.                                General Provisions .

 

a.                                       Amendment .  This Agreement may be amended or modified only by a writing signed by both of the parties hereto.

 

b.                                       Binding Agreement .  This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon Employee, his heirs and personal representatives, and the Company and its successors and assigns.

 

c.                                        Waiver Of Breach; Specific Performance .  The waiver of a breach of any provision of this Agreement shall not operate or be construed as a waiver of any other breach.  Each of the parties to this Agreement will be entitled to enforce this Agreement, specifically, to recover damages by reason of any breach of this Agreement, and to exercise all other rights existing in that party’s favor.  The parties hereto agree and acknowledge that money damages may not be an adequate remedy for any breach of the provisions of this Agreement and that any party may apply to any court of law or equity of competent jurisdiction for specific performance or injunctive relief to enforce or prevent any violations of the provisions of this Agreement.

 

d.                                       Unsecured General Creditor .  The Company shall neither reserve nor specifically set aside funds for the payment of its obligations under this Agreement, and such obligations shall be paid solely from the general assets of the Company.

 

e.                                        No Effect On Other Arrangements .  It is expressly understood and agreed that the payments made in accordance with this Agreement are in addition to any other benefits or compensation to which Employee may be entitled or for which Employee may be eligible.

 

f.                                         Tax Withholding .  There shall be deducted from each payment under this Agreement the amount of any tax required by any governmental authority to be withheld and paid over by the Company to such governmental authority for the account of Employee.

 

g.                                        Notices .

 

(i)                          All notices and all other communications provided for herein shall be in writing and delivered personally to the other designated party, or mailed by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, or delivered by a recognized national overnight courier service, or sent by facsimile, as follows:

 

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If to Company to:

Dollar General Corporation

 

Attn: General Counsel

 

100 Mission Ridge

 

Goodlettsville, TN 37072-2171

 

Facsimile: (615) 855-5517

 

 

If to Employee to:

(Last address of Employee known to Company unless otherwise directed in writing by Employee)

 

(ii)                       All notices sent under this Agreement shall be deemed given twenty-four (24) hours after sent by facsimile or courier, seventy-two (72) hours after sent by certified or registered mail and when delivered if by personal delivery.

 

(iii)                    Either party hereto may change the address to which notice is to be sent hereunder by written notice to the other party in accordance with the provisions of this Section.

 

h.                                       Governing Law .  This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Tennessee (without giving effect to conflict of laws).

 

i.                                           Arbitration .  If any contest or dispute arises between the parties with respect to this Agreement, such contest or dispute shall be submitted to binding arbitration for resolution in Nashville, Tennessee in accordance with the rules and procedures of the Employment Dispute Resolution Rules of the American Arbitration Association then in effect.  The Company and Employee shall each bear 50 percent of the costs related to such arbitration.  If the arbitrator determines that Employee is the prevailing party in the dispute, then the Company shall reimburse Employee for his reasonable legal or other fees and expenses incurred in such arbitration subject to and within ten (10) days after his request for reimbursement accompanied by evidence that the fees and expenses were incurred.  Any reimbursement hereunder shall be paid to Employee promptly and in no event later than the end of the year next following the date the expense was incurred.  The decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding upon all parties hereto and shall be rendered pursuant to a written decision, which contains a detailed recital of the arbitrator’s reasoning. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Employee acknowledges and agrees that the Company, its subsidiaries and any of their respective affiliates shall be entitled to injunctive or other relief in order to enforce the covenant not to compete, covenant not to solicit and/or confidentiality covenants as set forth in Sections 14, 16 through 20 and 22 of this Agreement.

 

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j.                                          Entire Agreement .  This Agreement contains the full and complete understanding of the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter contained herein and, unless specifically provided herein, this Agreement supersedes and replaces any prior agreement, either oral or written, which Employee may have with Company that relates generally to the same subject matter.

 

k.                                       Assignment .  This Agreement may not be assigned by Employee, and any attempted assignment shall be null and void and of no force or effect.

 

l.                                           Severability .  If any one or more of the terms, provisions, covenants or restrictions of this Agreement shall be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, void or unenforceable, then the remainder of the terms, provisions, covenants and restrictions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect, and to that end the provisions hereof shall be deemed severable.

 

m.                                   Section Headings .  The Section headings set forth herein are for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement whatsoever.

 

n.                                       Voluntary Agreement .  Employee and Company represent and agree that each has reviewed all aspects of this Agreement, has carefully read and fully understands all provisions of this Agreement, and is voluntarily entering into this Agreement.  Each party represents and agrees that such party has had the opportunity to review any and all aspects of this Agreement with legal, tax or other adviser(s) of such party’s choice before executing this Agreement.

 

o.                                       Deferred Compensation Omnibus Provision .  It is intended that any payment or benefit which is provided pursuant to or in connection with this Agreement which is considered to be deferred compensation subject to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code Section 409A”) shall be paid and provided in a manner, and at such time, including without limitation payment and provision of benefits only in connection with the occurrence of a permissible payment event contained in Code Section 409A (e.g. death, disability, separation from service from the Company and its affiliates as defined for purposes of Code Section 409A), and in such form, as complies with the applicable requirements of Code Section 409A to avoid the unfavorable tax consequences provided therein for non-compliance.  In connection with effecting such compliance with Code Section 409A, the following shall apply:

 

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(i)                          Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Company is authorized to amend this Agreement, to void or amend any election made by Employee under this Agreement and/or to delay the payment of any monies and/or provision of any benefits in such manner as may be determined by it to be necessary or appropriate to comply, or to evidence or further evidence required compliance, with Code Section 409A (including any transition or grandfather rules thereunder).

 

(ii)                       Neither Employee nor the Company shall take any action to accelerate or delay the payment of any monies and/or provision of any benefits in any manner which would not be in compliance with Code Section 409A (including any transition or grandfather rules thereunder).

 

(iii)                    If Employee is a specified employee for purposes of Code Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i), any payment or provision of benefits in connection with a separation from service payment event (as determined for purposes of Code Section 409A) shall not be made until six months after Employee’s separation from service (the “409A Deferral Period”).  In the event such payments are otherwise due to be made in installments or periodically during the 409A Deferral Period, the payments which would otherwise have been made in the 409A Deferral Period shall be accumulated and paid in a lump sum as soon as the 409A Deferral Period ends, and the balance of the payments shall be made as otherwise scheduled.  In the event benefits are required to be deferred, any such benefit may be provided during the 409A Deferral Period at Employee’s expense, with Employee having a right to reimbursement from the Company once the 409A Deferral Period ends, and the balance of the benefits shall be provided as otherwise scheduled.

 

(iv)                   If a Change in Control occurs but the Change in Control does not constitute a change in control event within the meaning of Code Section 409A (a “409A Change in Control”), then payment of any amount or provision of any benefit under this Agreement which is considered to be deferred compensation subject to Code Section 409A shall be deferred until another permissible payment event contained in Code Section 409A occurs (e.g., death, disability, separation from service from the Company and its affiliated companies as defined for purposes of Code Section 409A), including any deferral of payment or provision of benefits for the 409A Deferral Period as provided above.

 

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(v)                      For purposes of this Agreement, all rights to payments and benefits hereunder shall be treated as rights to receive a series of separate payments and benefits to the fullest extent allowed by Code Section 409A.   If under this Agreement, an amount is to be paid in two or more installments, for purposes of Code Section 409A, each installment shall be treated as a separate payment.  In the event any payment payable upon termination of employment would be exempt from Code Section 409A under Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-1(b)(9)(iii) but for the amount of such payment, the determination of the payments to Employee that are exempt under such provision shall be made by applying the exemption to payments based on chronological order beginning with the payments paid closest in time on or after such termination of employment.

 

(vi)                 For purposes of determining time of (but not entitlement to) payment or provision of deferred compensation under this Agreement under Code Section 409Ain connection with a termination of employment, termination of employment will be read to mean a “separation from service” within the meaning of Code Section 409A where it is reasonably anticipated that no further services would be performed after that date or that the level of bona fide services Employee would perform after that date (whether as an employee or independent contractor) would permanently decrease to less than 50% of the average level of bona fide services performed over the immediately preceding thirty-six (36) month period.

 

(vii)                For purposes of this Agreement, a key employee for purposes of Code Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) shall be determined on the basis of the applicable 12–month period ending on the specified employee identification date designated by the Company consistently for purposes of this Agreement and similar agreements or, if no such designation is made, based on the default rules and regulations under Code Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i).

 

(viii)             Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Company shall not be liable to Employee if any payment or benefit which is to be provided pursuant to this Agreement and which is considered deferred compensation subject to Code Section 409A otherwise fails to comply with, or be exempt from, the requirements of Code Section 409A.

 

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(ix)                   With regard to any provision herein that provides for reimbursement of expenses or in-kind benefits that are subject to Code Section 409A, except as permitted by Code Section 409A, (x) the right to reimbursement or in-kind benefits is not subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit, and (y) the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement, or in-kind benefits, provided during any taxable year of Employee shall not affect the expenses eligible for reimbursement, or in-kind benefits to be provided, in any other taxable year of Employee, provided that the foregoing clause (y) shall not be violated with regard to expenses reimbursed under any arrangement covered by Code Section 105(b) solely because such expenses are subject to a limit related to the period the arrangement is in effect. All reimbursements shall be reimbursed in accordance with the Company’s reimbursement policies but in no event later than Employee’s taxable year following Employee’s taxable year in which the related expense is incurred.

 

(x)                      When, if ever, a payment under this Agreement specifies a payment period with reference to a number of days (e.g., “payment shall be made within ten (10) days following the date of termination”), the actual date of payment within the specified period shall be within the sole discretion of the Company.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed, or caused their duly authorized representative to execute this Agreement to be effective as of the Effective Date.

 

Date:

27 May 2015

 

DOLLAR GENERAL CORPORATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Rhonda M. Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name:

Rhonda M. Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title:

Executive Vice President & General Counsel

 

 

 

“EMPLOYEE”

 

 

 

/s/ Todd J. Vasos

 

Todd J. Vasos

 

 

Date:

27 May 2015

 

 

 

Witnessed By:

 

 

 

/s/ Nancy M. Abbott

 

[Name of Witness]

 

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Addendum to Employment Agreement with Todd J. Vasos

 

RELEASE AGREEMENT

 

THIS RELEASE (“Release”) is made and entered into by and between Todd J. Vasos (“Employee”) and DOLLAR GENERAL CORPORATION , and its successor or assigns (“Company”).

 

WHEREAS, Employee and Company have agreed that Employee’s employment with Dollar General Corporation shall terminate on                                        ;

 

WHEREAS, Employee and the Company have previously entered into that certain Employment Agreement, effective                                            (“Agreement”), in which the form of this Release is incorporated by reference;

 

WHEREAS, Employee and Company desire to delineate their respective rights, duties and obligations attendant to such termination and desire to reach an accord and satisfaction of all claims arising from Employee’s employment, and termination of employment, with appropriate releases, in accordance with the Agreement;

 

WHEREAS, the Company desires to compensate Employee in accordance with the Agreement for service Employee has provided and/or will provide for the Company;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the agreements of the parties set forth in this Release, and other good and valuable consideration the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto, intending to be legally bound, hereby covenant and agree as follows:

 

1.                Claims Released Under This Agreement .

 

In exchange for receiving the payments and benefits described in Section 12 of the Agreement, Employee hereby voluntarily and irrevocably waives, releases, dismisses with prejudice, and withdraws all claims, complaints, suits or demands of any kind whatsoever (whether known or unknown) which Employee ever had, may have, or now has against Company and other current or former subsidiaries or affiliates of the Company and their past, present and future officers, directors, employees, agents, insurers and attorneys (collectively, the “Releasees”), arising from or relating to (directly or indirectly) Employee’s employment or the termination of employment or other events that have occurred as of the date of execution of this Agreement, including but not limited to:

 



 

a.                claims for violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, the National Labor Relations Act, the Labor Management Relations Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, Executive Order 11246, Executive Order 11141, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act;

 

b.                claims for violations of any other federal or state statute or regulation or local ordinance;

 

c.                claims for lost or unpaid wages, compensation, or benefits, defamation, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, assault, battery, wrongful or constructive discharge, negligent hiring, retention or supervision, fraud, misrepresentation, conversion, tortious interference, breach of contract, or breach of fiduciary duty;

 

d.                claims to benefits under any bonus, severance, workforce reduction, early retirement, outplacement, or any other similar type plan sponsored by the Company (except for those benefits owed under any other plan or agreement covering Employee which shall be governed by the terms of such plan or agreement); or

 

e.                any other claims under state law arising in tort or contract.

 

2.             Claims Not Released Under This Agreement .

 

In signing this Release, Employee is not releasing any claims that may arise under the terms of this Release or which may arise out of events occurring after the date Employee executes this Release.

 

Employee also is not releasing claims to benefits that Employee is already entitled to receive under any other plan or agreement covering Employee which shall be governed by the terms of such plan or agreement.  However, Employee understands and acknowledges that nothing herein is intended to or shall be construed to require the Company to institute or continue in effect any particular plan or benefit sponsored by the Company, and the Company hereby reserves the right to amend or terminate any of its benefit programs at any time in accordance with the procedures set forth in such plans. Employee further understands and acknowledges that any continuing obligation under a Company incentive-based plan, program or arrangement or pursuant to any Company policy

 



 

or provision regarding recoupment of compensation is not altered by this Release and nothing herein is intended to nor shall be construed otherwise.

 

Nothing in this Release shall prohibit Employee from engaging in activities required or protected under applicable law or from communicating, either voluntarily or otherwise, with any governmental agency concerning any potential violation of the law.

 

3.             No Assignment of Claim .   Employee represents that Employee has not assigned or transferred, or purported to assign or transfer, any claims or any portion thereof or interest therein to any party prior to the date of this Release.

 

4.             Compensation .   In accordance with the Agreement, the Company agrees to pay Employee or, if Employee becomes eligible for payments and benefits under Section 12 but dies before receipt thereof, Employee’s spouse or estate, as the case may be, the amounts provided in Section 12 of the Agreement.

 

5.             Publicity; No Disparaging Statement .   Except as otherwise provided in Section 15 of the Agreement, Section 2 of this Release, and as privileged by law, Employee and the Company covenant and agree that they shall not engage in any communications with persons outside the Company which shall disparage one another or interfere with their existing or prospective business relationships.

 

6.             No Admission Of Liability .   This Release shall not in any way be construed as an admission by the Company or Employee of any improper actions or liability whatsoever as to one another, and each specifically disclaims any liability to or improper actions against the other or any other person.

 

7.             Voluntary Execution .   Employee warrants, represents and agrees that Employee has been encouraged in writing to seek advice regarding this Release from an attorney and tax advisor prior to signing it; that this Release represents written notice to do so; that Employee has been given the opportunity and sufficient time to seek such advice; and that Employee fully understands the meaning and contents of this Release. Employee further represents and warrants that Employee was not coerced, threatened or otherwise forced to sign this Release, and that Employee’s signature appearing hereinafter is voluntary and genuine.  EMPLOYEE UNDERSTANDS THAT EMPLOYEE MAY TAKE UP TO TWENTY-ONE (21) DAYS (OR, IN THE CASE OF AN EXIT INCENTIVE OR OTHER EMPLOYMENT TERMINATION PROGRAM OFFERED TO A GROUP OR CLASS OF EMPLOYEES, UP TO FORTY-FIVE (45) DAYS) TO CONSIDER WHETHER TO ENTER INTO THIS RELEASE.

 



 

8.             Ability to Revoke Agreement .  EMPLOYEE UNDERSTANDS THAT THIS RELEASE MAY BE REVOKED BY EMPLOYEE BY NOTIFYING THE COMPANY IN WRITING OF SUCH REVOCATION WITHIN SEVEN (7) DAYS OF EMPLOYEE’S EXECUTION OF THIS RELEASE AND THAT THIS RELEASE IS NOT EFFECTIVE UNTIL THE EXPIRATION OF SUCH SEVEN (7) DAY PERIOD.  EMPLOYEE UNDERSTANDS THAT UPON THE EXPIRATION OF SUCH SEVEN (7) DAY PERIOD THIS RELEASE WILL BE BINDING UPON EMPLOYEE AND EMPLOYEE’S HEIRS, ADMINISTRATORS, REPRESENTATIVES, EXECUTORS, SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS AND WILL BE IRREVOCABLE.

 

Acknowledged and Agreed To:

 

 

“COMPANY”

 

 

 

DOLLAR GENERAL CORPORATION

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

 

 

Its:

 

 

I UNDERSTAND THAT BY SIGNING THIS RELEASE, I AM GIVING UP RIGHTS I MAY HAVE.  I UNDERSTAND THAT I DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN THIS RELEASE.

 

 

“EMPLOYEE”

 

 

 

 

Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

WITNESSED BY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date

 

 

 

 


Exhibit 99.4

 

 

100 Mission Ridge / Goodlettsville, Tennessee 37072-2170 / Telephone: (615) 855-4000 /http://www.dollargeneral.com

 

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Dollar General Corporation Declares Quarterly Dividend

 

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — May 28, 2015 — Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) announced today that the Company’s Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share on the Company’s common stock. The dividend will be payable on July 1, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 17, 2015.

 

About Dollar General Corporation

 

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 11,999 stores in 43 states as of May 1, 2015, Dollar General has more retail locations in the U.S. than any other discount retailer. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

 

Investor Contacts:

 

 

Mary Winn Pilkington

 

(615) 855-5536

Matt Hancock

 

(615) 855-4811

 

 

 

Media Contacts:

 

 

Dan MacDonald

 

(615) 855-5209

Crystal Ghassemi

 

(615) 855-5210