addition, we expect to pay any amount payable with respect to an Incentive Award in accordance with the terms of such Incentive Award, provided that the Committee may, in its
discretion, defer the payment of amounts payable with respect to an Incentive Award subject to and in accordance with the terms of any deferred compensation plans we may adopt from time to time.
Significant Features of Incentive Awards. The following is a description of the terms we expect to apply to each Option
issued under the 2006 Incentive Plan. Each Option will entitle the holder thereof to purchase a specified number of Shares. The exercise price of each Option will be at least equal to 100% of the fair
market value of a Share on the date on which the Option is granted. Options will have terms that do not exceed ten years and will have vesting periods as determined by the Committee. Each Option may
be exercised in whole or in part; provided, however, that no partial exercise of an Option will be for an aggregate exercise price of less than an amount determined by the Committee from time to time.
Each agreement evidencing the award of each Option will specify the consequences
with respect to such Option of the termination of the employment, service as a director or other relationship between Chipotle and the Participant.
Committee may grant equity-based or equity-related Incentive Awards other than Options in such amounts and subject to such terms and conditions as the Committee determines. Each such
Incentive Award may, among other things, (i) involve the transfer of actual Shares, either at the time of grant or thereafter, or payment in cash or otherwise of amounts based on the value of
Shares; (ii) be subject to performance-based and/or service-based conditions; and (iii) be in the form of stock appreciation rights, phantom stock, restricted stock, restricted stock
units, performance shares, deferred share units, share-denominated performance units or other full value stock awards.
Performance-Based Compensation. The Committee may grant Incentive Awards that are intended to qualify under the requirements
of Section 162(m) of the Code as performance-based compensation. The performance goals upon which the payment or vesting of any Incentive Award (other than Options) that is intended to so
qualify depends may relate to one or more of the following performance measures: (i) revenue growth; (ii) operating income; (iii) operating cash flow; (iv) net income;
(v) earnings per share; (vi) return on sales; (vii) return on assets; (viii) return on equity; (ix) return on invested capital; and (x) total shareholder
return, or such other performance targets as we may determine prior to the adoption and approval of the 2006 Incentive Plan.
periods may be equal to or longer than, but not less than, one fiscal year of our company and its subsidiaries and may be overlapping. Within 90 days after the
beginning of a performance period, and in any case before 25% of the performance period has elapsed, we expect that the Committee will establish (i) performance goals and objectives for such
performance period; (ii) target awards for each Participant; and (iii) performance schedules or other objective methods for determining the applicable performance percentage to be
applied to each such target award.
measurement of any performance measure(s) may exclude the impact of charges for restructurings, discontinued operations, extraordinary items, and other unusual or
non-recurring items, and the cumulative effects of accounting changes, each as defined by generally accepted accounting principles and as identified in our company's audited financial
statements, including the notes thereto. Any performance measure(s) may be used to measure our performance as a whole or the performance of any of our business units or any combination thereof, as the
Committee may deem appropriate, or any of the above performance measures as compared to the performance of a group of competitor companies, or a published or special index that the Committee, in its
sole discretion, deems appropriate.
General Plan Provisions. We expect that the 2006 Incentive Plan will provide for an adjustment in the number of Shares
available to be issued under the 2006 Incentive Plan, the number of Shares subject to Incentive Awards and the exercise prices of certain Incentive Awards upon a change in our capitalization, a stock
dividend or split, a merger or combination of Shares and certain other similar events.