STOCK CREDIT PLAN FOR 2006-2007
FEDERATED DEPARTMENT STORES, INC.
1. Purpose of the Plan.
The purpose of this Plan is to further the achievement of certain priorities of the strategic plan
of Federated Department Stores, Inc. (the Company) by offering long-term incentives in addition
to current compensation to those officers and key employees of the Company and its subsidiaries who
will be largely responsible for achievement.
2. Administration of the Plan.
The Plan shall be administered by the Compensation and Management Development Committee of the
Board of Directors of the Company (the Committee). No member of the Committee while serving as
such shall be eligible for participation in the Plan.
Subject to the provisions of the Plan, the Committee shall have exclusive power to select the
employees to be granted Stock Credits, to determine the number of Stock Credits to be granted to
each employee selected, to determine the time or times when Stock Credits will be granted, to
determine that all participants shall be of a single class or to divide participants into different
classes, and to determine the time or times, and the conditions, subject to which any awards may
become payable. Subject to the requirements of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (Section
409A), the Committee may, in its sole discretion, waive or accelerate any provision of this Plan.
Decisions and determinations by the Committee shall be final and binding upon all parties,
including shareholders, participants, and other employees. The Committee shall have the authority
to interpret the Plan, to establish and revise rules and regulations relating to the Plan, and to
make any other determinations that it believes necessary or advisable for the administration of the
Individual participants in the Plan shall be selected by the Committee from key employees of the
Company and its subsidiaries. The term employee shall mean any person (including any officer)
employed by the Company or a subsidiary on a salaried basis and, except as provided in Section 2
above with respect to Committee members, no employee shall be excluded because he is also a
Director of the Company or any of its subsidiaries.
4. Stock Credits.
Awards under this Plan shall be granted to a participant in the form of Stock Credits (Stock
Credits), which shall be credited to a Stock Credit Account to be maintained for such participant.
Each Stock Credit shall be deemed to be equivalent in value to one share of Common Stock of the
Company. Stock Credits awarded under this Plan
shall be credited with dividend equivalents during the Holding Period until such Stock Credits are
forfeited or paid out pursuant to Section 6 or 8 below. Dividend equivalents, which will be paid
only on whole, not fractional, Stock Credits, will be converted to additional Stock Credits (in
whole and fractional shares) based on the 20-day average closing price of the Common Stock of the
Company as of the record date.
The Committee may award the following Stock Credits: (i) Core Stock Credits, a portion of which
shall be earned based on achievement of certain strategic objectives of the Company during the
Performance Period, and a portion of which shall be earned based solely on the participants
service, and (ii) Merger Synergies Stock Credits, which shall be earned based on achievement of
certain strategic objectives related to merger activities during the Performance Period.
5. Time of Grant of Awards.
The Committee shall make grants of awards of Stock Credits during the first year of the Performance
Period (i.e., Spring 2006).
6. Right to Payment of Stock Credits.
A participant shall have no right to receive payment for any part of his Stock Credits and all of
his Stock Credits shall be forfeited unless he remains in the employment of the Company or a
subsidiary at all times from the date of grant of the award through the earliest to occur of: (a)
the last day of the Holding Period; (b) his retirement date (defined as any time after age 62 with
at least 10 years of vesting service, as determined for purposes of the Federated Department
Stores, Inc. Cash Account Pension Plan) during the Performance Period or the Holding Period; (c)
his retirement date (defined as any time between age 55 and age 62 with at least 10 years of
vesting service, as determined for purposes of the Federated Department Stores, Inc. Cash Account
Pension Plan) during the Holding Period; (d) his involuntary termination without Cause; (e) his
death while employed by the Company or a subsidiary; (f) Total Disability while employed by the
Company or a subsidiary; or (g) the circumstances described in Section 7.
The extent to which a participant earns the right to receive payment of all or part of the Stock
Credits in an award grant shall be determined by the Committee based on the degree to which the
Company has achieved certain strategic plan objectives as established by the Committee for the
Performance Period, but in no event will be less than the portion of the Core Stock Credits
allocated to the participant that are not based on achieving certain performance objectives. Each
participant shall receive payment of the same percentage of his/her Stock Credits. Any Stock
Credits allocated to a participant that are not paid shall be forfeited. Payment of Stock Credits
shall include any applicable dividend equivalents credited to such Stock Credits pursuant to
A participant who, during the Performance Period (i) retires at or after age 62 with at least 10
years of vesting service, or (ii) is terminated without Cause, will receive a payment equal to the
number of Stock Credits earned during the Performance Period under this Section 6 multiplied by a
fraction, the numerator of which is the number of months that the participant was employed during
the Performance Period and the denominator of which is 24. The payment will be made at the same
time and in the same manner as applicable to the active participants.
A participant who, during the Holding Period (i) retires at or after age 62 with at least 10 years
of vesting service, or (ii) is terminated without Cause, will receive the number of Stock Credits
earned during the Performance Period under this Section 6. The payment will be made at the same
time and in the same manner as applicable to the active participants.
A participant who retires during the Holding Period between age 55 and 62 with at least 10 years of
vesting service will be entitled to a pro-rata payment of his/her Stock Credits equal to the number
of Stock Credits (whether service based or performance based, and including dividend equivalents)
earned during the Performance Period under this Section 6, one-half of which is multiplied by a
fraction, the numerator of which is the total number of months that the participant was employed
during the Performance Period plus the Holding
Period and the denominator of which is 48 and the other half of which is multiplied by a fraction,
the numerator of which is the total number of months that the participant was employed during the
Performance Period plus the Holding Period and the denominator of which is 60. The payment will be
made at the same time and in the same manner as applicable to the active participants.
In the case of death or Total Disability during the Performance Period, a payment equal to the
portion of the Core Stock Credits allocated to the participant that are not based on achieving
certain performance objectives, discounted to present value (using the Companys standard discount
rate) at the time of death or determination of the Total Disability, will be made to the estate or
to the participant.
In the case of death or Total Disability during the Holding Period, a lump sum payment of the
discounted present value of the account (using the Companys standard discount rate) will be made
to the estate or to the participant.
Except as otherwise determined by the Committee in accordance with this Plan, a participants right
to receive payment for his Stock Credits shall be forfeited automatically and without further
notice on the date that the participant ceases to be an employee of the Company or a subsidiary by
reason other than as set forth above prior to the last day of the Holding Period.
The Committee may, if in the opinion of the Committee circumstances warrant such action, approve
payment of any or all of Stock Credits which would otherwise be forfeited as a result of a
participant failing to remain in the employment of the participating Companies for the required
period, provided, however, that no such payment shall be accelerated unless such acceleration would
be permitted under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.
7. Change in Control
Upon a Change in Control, the strategic plan objectives shall be deemed achieved. In addition,
Participants shall be entitled to an immediate payment equal to 100% of the Stock Credit balance.
The value of a Participants Stock Credit balance shall be based on the value at which the
companys stock is purchased or exchanged pursuant to the Change in Control agreement.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Change in Control is not deemed to be a Change in Control
under Section 409A, payments shall be made on the earlier of a separation from service for any
reason (or the six month anniversary of the separation from service if required by Section 409A) or
in accordance with Section 8.
8. Form and Timing of Payment.
All payments shall be made wholly in cash. Except as otherwise provided herein with respect to
death, Total Disability or a Change in Control, payments shall be made to the holder of Stock
Credits in two installments. The first installment, equal to 50% of the Stock Credits and 50% of
the dividends to be paid pursuant to Section 6 above will be made in a lump sum within 15 days
following the first day of the Companys 2010 fiscal year. The second installment, equal to the
remainder of the participants Stock Credits and dividends to be paid pursuant to Section 6, above,
will be made in a lump sum within 15 days following the first day of the Companys 2011 fiscal
year. The amount of cash to be paid shall be based on the 20-day average value of the Companys
common stock as of the last day of the companys fiscal year immediately preceding the year of
payment, as reported on the New York Stock Exchange.
For a participant (or a participants estate) who becomes entitled to payment under Section 6,
above, as a result of death or Total Disability, payment shall be made as soon as reasonably
possible following death or determination by the Committee of a participants Total Disability.
Such payment shall be made in a single lump sum.
Payments shall not be considered compensation for purposes of the Companys qualified or
nonqualified retirement plans or its group health and welfare benefit plans.
9. Miscellaneous Provisions.
A. An employees rights and interests under the Plan may not be assigned or transferred. In the
case of an employees death, payment of Stock Credits due under this Plan shall be made to his
B. No employee or other person shall have any claim or right to be granted an award under this
Plan. Neither this Plan nor any action taken hereunder shall be construed as giving any employee
any right to be retained in the employ of any participating Company.
C. The Company shall have the right to deduct from all awards paid in cash any taxes or other
amounts required by law to be withheld with respect to such cash awards.
D. As used in this Plan, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
Cause, as it relates to the termination of a participants employment, means cause as
defined in any employment agreement the participant may have with the Company or a Subsidiary
or, if no such agreement exists cause shall mean:
(i) An intentional act of fraud, embezzlement, theft or any other material violation of law
in connection with the Employees duties or in the course of his employment with the Company;
(ii) Intentional wrongful damage to material assets of the Company;
(iii) Intentional wrongful disclosure of material confidential information of the Company
(iv) Intentional wrongful engagement in any competitive activity which would constitute a
material breach of the duty of loyalty; or
(v) Intentional breach of any stated material employment policy of the Company.
No act, or failure to act, on the part of an Employee shall be deemed intentional if it was
due primarily to an error in judgment or negligence but shall be deemed intentional only if
done, or omitted to be done, by the Employee not in good faith and without reasonable belief
that his action or omission was in or not opposed to the best interest of the Employer. Failure
to meet performance standards or objectives of the Company shall not constitute Cause for
Change in Control, means the occurrence during the term of this plan of any of the following
(i) The Company is merged, consolidated, or reorganized into or with another corporation or
other legal entity, and as a result of or immediately following such merger, consolidation, or
reorganization less than a majority of the combined voting power of the then-outstanding securities
of such other corporation or entity immediately after such transaction are held in the aggregate by
the holders of the then-outstanding securities entitled to vote generally in the election of
directors of the Company (Voting Stock) immediately prior to such transaction;
(ii) The Company sells or otherwise transfers all or substantially all of its assets to
another corporation or other legal entity and, as a result of or immediately following such sale or
transfer, less than a majority of the combined voting power of the then-outstanding securities of
such other corporation or entity immediately after such sale or transfer is held in the aggregate
by the holders of Voting Stock of the Company immediately prior to such sale or transfer;
(iii) There is a report filed on Schedule 13D or Schedule 14D-1 (or any successor schedule,
form, or report or item therein), each as promulgated pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of
1934, as amended (the
Exchange Act), disclosing that any person (as the term person is used in Section 13(d)(3)
or Section 14(d)(2) of the Exchange Act) has become the beneficial owner (as the term beneficial
owner is defined under Rule 13d-3 or any successor rule or regulation promulgated under the
Exchange Act) of securities representing 25% or more the of the combined voting power of the Voting
Stock of the Company (a 25% holder), provided, however that no such person will be deemed to
constitute a 25% holder by reason of such persons increase in percentage ownership of Voting Stock
resulting from repurchases of Voting Stock by the Company or any subsidiary unless thereafter such
person purchases or otherwise acquires more than 100,000 additional shares of Voting Stock;
(iv) The Company files a report or proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission
pursuant to the Exchange Act disclosing in response to Form 8-K or Schedule 14A (or any successor
schedule, form, or report or item therein) that a change in control of the Company has occurred or
will occur in the future pursuant to any then-existing contract or transaction; or
(v) If, during any period of two consecutive years, individuals who at the beginning of any
such period constitute the directors of the Company cease for any reason to constitute at least a
majority thereof; provided, however, that for purposes of this clause (v) the following persons
will in all events be deemed to be directors of the Company as of the beginning of the relevant
two-year period: each director who is first elected, or first nominated for election by the
Companys stockholders, by a vote of at least two-thirds of the directors of the Company (or a
committee thereof) then still in office who were directors of the Company at the beginning of the
relevant two-year period (including any person deemed to be a director pursuant to the immediately
Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of Section (iii) or (iv), unless otherwise determined in a
specific case by majority vote of the Board of Directors of the Company (the Board), a Change in
Control will not be deemed to have occurred for purposes of clauses (iii) or (iv) solely because
(1) the Company, (2) an entity in which the Company, directly or indirectly, beneficially owns 50%
or more of the voting securities (an Affiliate), or (3) any employee stock ownership plan or any
other employee benefit plan of the Company or any Affiliate either files or becomes obligated to
file a report or a proxy statement under or in response to Schedule 13D, Schedule 14D-1, Form 8-K,
or Schedule 14A (or any successor schedule, form, or report or item therein) under the Exchange Act
disclosing beneficial ownership by it of shares of Voting Stock, whether in excess of 25% or
otherwise, or because the Company reports that a change in control of the Company has occurred or
will occur in the future by reason of such beneficial ownership.
Holding Period, means the period beginning on the date following the Performance Period and
ending on the following dates: (i) in the case of 50% of the Stock Credits and any dividends
thereon, the last day of Companys fiscal year that begins in 2009 and (ii) in the case of the
remaining 50% of Stock Credits and any dividends thereon, the last day of Companys fiscal year
that begins in 2010.
Performance Period means the period during which the Companys achievement of its strategic plan
is measured (i.e., the fiscal years of the Company that begin in 2006 and 2007).
Total Disability means, because of physical or mental impairment a participant is unable to
perform his duties for a period of 12 months or the Social Security Administration makes a
determination that an employee is disabled. The Committee, upon the basis of such evidence, shall
make all determinations as to the date and extent of disability of any participant as the Committee
deems necessary and desirable.
Subsidiary means any corporation or other entity a majority of whose outstanding voting power is
held, directly or indirectly, by the Company.
10. Amendments and Termination.
The Board of Directors may at any time amend or terminate this Plan with regard to any or all Stock
Credits, whether awarded or not, including to comply with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue
Code; provided that, upon a Plan termination, payments with respect to outstanding Stock Credits
shall not be accelerated unless such acceleration would be permitted under Section 409A. If
circumstances warrant, the Committee may, during the Performance Period, modify the objectives or
the minimum level of achievement necessary to earn payment of Stock Credits.
11. Governing Law
The interpretation, performance, and enforcement of this Plan shall be governed by the laws of the
State of Ohio, without giving effect to the principles of conflict of laws thereof.
12. Effective Date of the Plan.
The Plan shall be effective as of March 24, 2006.