2012 Gold Reserve Bonus Pool Plan
The Board of Directors (the “Board”) approved the 2012 Bonus Pool Plan (“Bonus Plan”) in May 2012, to reward Bonus Plan participants, including executive officers, employees, directors and consultants, for their contribution related to among other things: (i) the development of the Brisas Project to the construction stage and subsequent issuance of the environmental permit to commence construction of the Brisas Project; (ii) the manner in which the Brisas Project development effort was carried out allowing the Company to present a compelling and vigorous defense of its arbitration claim; (iii) the support of the Company’s execution of the arbitration proceedings through the filing of numerous memorandum and exhibits as well as the oral hearings; and (iv) the on-going efforts to assist with positioning the Company to collect, in the most optimum manner, any proceeds or other consideration related to the arbitration claim and/or sale of the Mining Data.
In January 2013 and September 2014, the Compensation Committee selected Bonus Plan participants and fixed their respective percentage of participation in the bonus pool. Since September 2014 the Plan has been 100% allocated to plan participants and the Bonus Plan has been administered by a committee, composed of one or more independent members of the Board, appointed from time to time by the Board. Participation in the Bonus Plan fully vests upon the participant’s selection by the committee, subject to voluntary termination of employment or termination for cause. Participants who reach age 65 and retire are fully vested and continue to participate in future distributions under the Plan.
Generally the bonus pool is established if and when the Company (i) recovers any settlement, award, or other payment made or other consideration transferred to the Company outside of Venezuela or any of its affiliates arising out of, in connection with or with respect to the Arbitration Proceedings, including, but not limited to the proceeds received by the Company or its affiliates from a sale, pledge transfer or other disposition, directly or indirectly, of the Company’s rights with respect to the Arbitration Proceedings; (ii) sells, pledges, transfers or disposes, directly or indirectly, of all or any portion of the Mining Data, or (iii) in the event the Company or its Shareholders, directly or indirectly, engage in any (a) merger, plan of arrangement or other business combination transaction involving the Company or any of its subsidiaries, (b) a sale, pledge, transfer or other disposition of 85% or more of the Company’s then outstanding Class A Shares or (c) sale, pledge, transfer or other disposition, directly or indirectly, of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company (“Enterprise Sale”).
The bonus pool is calculated on substantially the same terms as the Contingent Value Rights. In the case of the collection of the Award or disposition of our Mining Data, the bonus pool is comprised of the gross proceeds or the fair value of any consideration related to such transactions less certain deductions and applicable taxes and in the case of an Enterprise Sale the gross value of the transaction will be considered before any applicable taxes and after any Change of Control payments, the sum of which in either case shall be multiplied times 1% of the first $200 million and 5% thereafter.
Due to U.S. and Canadian Sanctions against Venezuela and the uncertainty of transferring the funds still on deposit in the Trust account outside of Venezuela, the Board of Directors has only considered those funds actually received by the Company in its North American bank account as funds available for purposes of calculating the CVR and Bonus Plan distributions, however, the full amount due based on total payments to the Trust Account has been accrued as a payable in the Consolidated Balance Sheets and recorded as an expense in the Consolidated Statements of Operations. The total estimated amount due pursuant to the terms of the Bonus Plan as of March 31, 2018, (including those amounts remaining in the Trust Account) from the sale of the Mining Data is approximately $0.3 million. The amount distributed through March 31, 2018 based on proceeds actually received in our bank account was approximately $1.1 million.
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