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Posted 12 September, 2023

Endeavor Group Holdings, Inc. appointed Ariel Emanuel as new CEO

NYSE:EDR appointed new Chief Executive Officer Ariel Emanuel in a 8-K filed on 12 September, 2023.


  In connection with the Transactions, effective as of the Closing Date, Ariel Emanuel, the Company's Chief Executive Officer, and Mark Shapiro, the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer, were appointed to also serve as Chief Executive Officer, and President and Chief Operating Officer, respectively, and as members of the TKO Board.  

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Overview of Endeavor Group Holdings, Inc.
Business/Consumer Services • Employment/Training Services
Endeavor Group Holdings, Inc. operates as an intellectual property, content, events, and experiences company. The firm operates through the Owned Sports Properties, Events, Experiences & Rights, and Representation segments. The Owned Sports Properties segment consists of a unique portfolio of scarce sports properties, including UFC, PBR and Euroleague, that generate significant growth through innovative rights deals and exclusive live events. The Events, Experiences & Rights segment owns and operates many events, including the Miami Open, HSBC Champions, Frieze Art Fair, New York Fashion Week, and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. The Representation segment provides services to talent and corporate clients and includes the content division, Endeavor Content. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA.
Market Cap
$17.0B
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Relevant filing section
Item 5.02 
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers. 


In connection with the Transactions, effective as of the Closing Date, Ariel Emanuel, the Company's Chief Executive Officer, and Mark Shapiro, the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer, were appointed to also serve as Chief Executive Officer, and President and Chief Operating Officer, respectively, and as members of the TKO Board. 

Chief Executive Officer Compensation 

On the Closing Date, TKO entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Emanuel, effective as of the Closing Date, in connection with his service to TKO. The summary that follows is in respect of Mr. Emanuel's service as Chief Executive Officer of TKO. 

The term of Mr. Emanuel's employment agreement will expire on December 31, 2027. Mr. Emanuel's employment agreement provides that Mr. Emanuel shall serve as Chief Executive Officer and will report to the TKO Board. In addition, Mr. Emanuel is entitled, but not obligated, to serve on the TKO Board (and any committee thereof, to the extent permitted by applicable law and listing standards). Mr. Emanuel's employment agreement provides that he may continue to provide services in his role and position at the Company, EOC and their respective subsidiaries, including as such role and position may be modified. To the extent not inconsistent with the business practices and policies applicable to TKO's employees, and if such activities do not interfere in any material respect with his duties and responsibilities, Mr. Emanuel is permitted to serve as a member of the board of directors of any charitable, educational, religious or entertainment industry trade, public interest or public service organization and any "for profit" entity approved by the TKO Board, and he may continue to serve in the board, advisory and ownership positions in which Mr. Emanuel is currently involved. 

Mr. Emanuel's employment agreement provides for an annual base salary of $3,000,000, which will be pro-rated for any partial calendar year (if applicable) and subject to increase from time to time as approved by the TKO Board or such other party whose approval is required in accordance with the TKO bylaws (the "Governing Body"). 

For the fiscal year 2023, Mr. Emanuel is entitled to receive a guaranteed annual bonus for the fiscal year 2023 equal to $1,750,000. 

Beginning in the fiscal year 2024, Mr. Emanuel will be eligible to receive an annual bonus with a target bonus amount equal to $7,000,000. The attainment of the annual bonus will be based on the achievement of a performance metric to be mutually agreed upon between Mr. Emanuel and the Governing Body. If (i) less than 90% of the performance metric is achieved, Mr. Emanuel's annual bonus shall be determined and paid in the Governing Body's sole discretion, (ii) at least 90% of the performance metric is achieved, Mr. Emanuel's annual bonus shall be at least 75% of the target bonus, (iii) at least 100% of the performance metric is achieved, Mr. Emanuel's annual bonus shall be at least 100% of the target bonus, or (iv) at least 110% of the performance metric is achieved, Mr. Emanuel's annual bonus shall be at least 125% of the target bonus. In addition to the foregoing, Mr. Emanuel may, in TKO's sole discretion, receive an additional cash bonus for the applicable year. Mr. Emanuel's annual bonus and any discretionary decisions related to such bonus shall be determined by the Governing Body. 

In addition, for the fiscal year 2023, Mr. Emanuel is entitled to receive an equity award with an aggregate value equal to $2,500,000. The fiscal year 2023 equity awards are expected to consist of restricted stock units (or similar awards) and will vest in three equal installments on each of the one-year, two-year and three-year anniversaries of the date of issuance, subject to Mr. Emanuel's continued employment through each applicable vesting date. 


Beginning in the fiscal year 2024, Mr. Emanuel will be eligible to receive annual equity awards in respect of each fiscal year commencing during the term of his employment agreement. It is expected that fifty percent of the annual equity awards for each year shall be determined based on attainment of certain annual performance metrics, and fifty percent shall be determined based on continued service and/or other criteria. Subject to approval by the Governing Body, each annual equity award will represent an aggregate value (as of the date of grant) ranging from 75% to 150% of Mr. Emanuel's target annual equity award amount of $10,000,000, to consist of restricted stock units or similar awards that vest in three equal installments on each of the one-year, two-year and three-year anniversaries of the date of issuance, subject to Mr. Emanuel's continued employment through each applicable vesting date or as described in the next sentence. The terms and conditions of Mr. Emanuel's equity awards (including the type, nature and vesting conditions thereof) shall be determined in the good faith discretion of the Governing Body, and the Governing Body may only change the equity awards from time-vesting to performance-vesting awards after negotiations with Mr. Emanuel in good faith. The value of Mr. Emanuel's equity awards may exceed the expected amount for the fiscal years described above. 

Mr. Emanuel's employment agreement additionally entitles Mr. Emanuel to receive (i) a transaction bonus of $20,000,000, which will be payable within 30 days following the Closing Date, and (ii) a one-time equity award comprised of restricted stock, restricted stock units or similar awards with respect to a number of shares of TKO common stock equal to $40,000,000 divided by the closing price of TKO common stock on the Closing Date. The equity award will vest in four equal installments on each of the one-year, two-year, three-year and four-year anniversaries of the Closing Date, subject to Mr. Emanuel's continued employment through each applicable vesting date. 

Mr. Emanuel's employment agreement further provides that Mr. Emanuel is eligible to participate in all employee benefit programs made available to all active employees. Mr. Emanuel's employment agreement provides for severance upon certain terminations of employment. 

If Mr. Emanuel's employment is terminated without "cause" (as defined in his employment agreement) or due to a resignation for "good reason" (as defined below) he is entitled to receive (i) any unpaid annual bonus for the year prior to the year of termination, which shall be paid in a lump sum within thirty days after Mr. Emanuel's termination of employment, and (ii) an amount equal to two times the sum of (x) his base salary and (y) his target bonus, which shall be paid ratably in monthly installments over the twenty-four month period following the date of Mr. Emanuel's termination of employment. For Mr. Emanuel, "good reason" means the occurrence of, without Mr. Emanuel's consent, (i) a material diminution of his duties, responsibilities or authorities as chief executive officer (including any requirement that Mr. Emanuel report to someone other than the TKO Board), (ii) the assignment of duties inconsistent with Mr. Emanuel's position, (iii) the material breach by TKO of any terms under Mr. Emanuel's employment agreement, (iv) the relocation of Mr. Emanuel's principal place of employment outside of the Los Angeles Metropolitan area or (iv) the failure of TKO to obtain the assumption in writing of its obligations under Mr. Emanuel's employment agreement by any successor to all or substantially all of the assets of TKO. 

If Mr. Emanuel's employment is terminated due to death or disability, he will be entitled to receive any unpaid annual bonus for the year prior to the year of termination and a pro-rata portion of the target bonus for the year of termination. 

Upon a termination without cause or due to a resignation for good reason, any unvested portion of Mr. Emanuel's equity awards that is subject solely to vesting based on continued service will accelerate and vest. Additionally, any unvested portion of Mr. Emanuel's equity awards that is subject solely to vesting based on continued service will accelerate and vest upon a Change of Control (as defined in the TKO Equity Plan (as defined below)), subject to Mr. Emanuel's continued service through the consummation of such Change in Control. 

Any severance that Mr. Emanuel is entitled to receive upon his termination by TKO without cause, or due to a resignation for good reason is subject to Mr. Emanuel's execution and non-revocation of a release of claims. 

Mr. Emanuel's employment agreement provides that, if any payments to Mr. Emanuel would be considered "excess parachute payments" under Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") and subject to excise taxes under Section 4999 of the Code, such payments will be reduced to the extent such reduction would provide a greater net after-tax benefit to Mr. Emanuel in relation to the net after-tax benefit to Mr. Emanuel if all such payments had been made. 

The foregoing summary is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of Mr. Emanuel's employment agreement with TKO, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.3 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference. 


President and Chief Operating Officer Compensation 

On the Closing Date, TKO entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Shapiro, effective as of the Closing Date, in connection with his service to TKO. The summary that follows is in respect of Mr. Shapiro's service as President and Chief Operating Officer of TKO. 

The term of Mr. Shapiro's employment agreement will expire on the one-year anniversary of the Closing Date. The employment agreement provides that Mr. Shapiro shall serve as President and Chief Operating Officer and will report to Ariel Emanuel as Chief Executive Officer of TKO. Mr. Shapiro's employment agreement provides that he may continue to provide services in his role and position at the Company, EOC and their respective subsidiaries, including as such roles and positions may be modified. To the extent not inconsistent with the business practices and policies applicable to TKO's employees, and if such activities do not interfere in any material respect with his duties and responsibilities, Mr. Shapiro is permitted to serve as a member of the board of directors of any charitable, educational, religious, public interest or public service organization and any "for profit" entity approved by TKO. He may continue to serve in the board, advisory and ownership positions in which Mr. Shapiro is currently involved. During the term of Mr. Shapiro's employment agreement, his principal place of employment is in New York, New York. 

Mr. Shapiro's employment agreement provides for an annual base salary of $2,500,000, which will be pro-rated for any partial calendar year (if applicable) and subject to increase from time to time as approved by the Governing Body. 

During the term of Mr. Shapiro's employment agreement, Mr. Shapiro is eligible to receive an annual bonus with a target bonus amount equal to $5,500,000. The amount of the annual bonus will be based on the achievement of performance metrics based on TKO performance (which may include profitability, successful integration following the closing and/or renewal of media deals), as determined by the Governing Body in good faith following consultation with Mr. Shapiro. In addition to the foregoing, Mr. Shapiro may, in TKO's sole discretion, receive an additional cash bonus for the applicable year. Mr. Shapiro's annual bonus and any discretionary decisions related to such bonus shall be determined by the Governing Body. 

Mr. Shapiro's employment agreement additionally entitles Mr. Shapiro to receive (i) a transaction bonus of $5,000,000, which will be payable within 30 days following the Closing Date, and (ii) a one-time equity award comprised of restricted stock, restricted stock units or similar awards with respect to a number of shares of TKO common stock equal to $6,250,000, divided by the closing price of TKO common stock on the Closing Date occurs. The equity award will vest on the one-year anniversary of the Closing Date, subject to Mr. Shapiro's continued employment through each such date. 

Mr. Shapiro's employment agreement further provides that Mr. Shapiro is eligible to participate in all employee benefit programs made available to all active employees; provided, that Mr. Shapiro shall have reasonable access to private aircraft available to TKO for business travel purposes (or first class or charter aircraft for business travel when not using any private aircraft available to TKO) and reasonable commuting expenses (including appropriate car service). Mr. Shapiro's employment agreement provides for severance upon certain terminations of employment. 

If Mr. Shapiro's employment is terminated without "cause" (as defined in his employment agreement) or due to a resignation for "good reason" (as defined below) prior to the end of his employment term, he is entitled to (i) continued payment of his base salary commencing on the date of termination and ending on the second anniversary of the effective date, (ii) payment of his target bonus for the period ending on the first anniversary of the Closing Date (less any bonus previously paid for that period) and (iii) an amount equal to his target bonus for each calendar year commencing with the calendar year in which the first anniversary of the effective date occurs and ending on the twenty-four month anniversary of the effective date (prorated for any partial year). For Mr. Shapiro, "good reason" means, the occurrence of, without Mr. Shapiro's consent, the breach by TKO of any terms under Mr. Shapiro's employment agreement (including Mr. Shapiro's ceasing to report directly to Mr. Emanuel as Chief Executive Officer, except in the event of the termination of Mr. Emanuel's employment as a result of Mr. Emanuel's death or disability). 


If, before the end of the term of Mr. Shapiro's employment agreement, TKO fails to give Mr. Shapiro a bona fide offer of employment that provides compensation that is substantially comparable to the compensation provided under his employment agreement and an annual target equity award opportunity equal to at least $7,000,000 (excluding his one-time equity award of $6,250,000 and one-time cash award of $5,000,000,), and Mr. Shapiro's employment is then either terminated by TKO without cause or by Mr. Shapiro for any reason (an "Employer Non-Renewal"), Mr. Shapiro shall be entitled to (i) continued payment of his base salary as though he had remained employed for twelve months following the termination date and (ii) payment of an amount equal to his target annual bonus for each calendar year during the period commencing with the calendar year in which the date of termination occurs and ending on the twelve month period immediately following Mr. Shapiro's termination of employment (prorated for any partial year). 

If Mr. Shapiro's employment is terminated within 30 days following the end of the term of the employment agreement for any reason other than an Employer Non-Renewal, as long as (i) at the time of such termination, TKO has not terminated Mr. Shapiro for cause and (ii) Mr. Shapiro continues to provide services to TKO through the thirtieth day following the end of the term of the employment agreement, Mr. Shapiro shall be entitled continued payment of his base salary for six months following termination and an amount equal to fifty percent of his target annual bonus. 

If Mr. Shapiro's employment is terminated due to death or disability prior to the end of his employment term, he shall be entitled to payment of his target annual bonus for his employment term, pro-rated for the portion of his employment term in which he was employed. 

If Mr. Shapiro's employment is terminated by TKO without cause or due to a resignation for good reason prior to the end of his employment term, any unvested portion of Mr. Shapiro's one-time equity award that is subject solely to vesting based on continued service will accelerate and vest in full. Additionally, any unvested portion of the one-time equity award that is subject solely to vesting based on continued service will accelerate and vest in full upon a Change of Control (as defined in Mr. Shapiro's employment agreement), subject to Mr. Shapiro's continued service through the consummation of such Change of Control. 

Any severance that Mr. Shapiro is entitled to receive upon his termination by TKO without cause, due to a resignation for good reason or due to an Employer Non-Renewal, is subject to Mr. Shapiro's execution and non-revocation of a release of claims. 

Mr. Shapiro's employment agreement provides that, if any payments to Mr. Shapiro would be considered "excess parachute payments" under Section 280G of the Code and subject to excise taxes under Section 4999 of the Code, such payments will be reduced to the extent such reduction would provide a greater net after-tax benefit to Mr. Shapiro in relation to the net after-tax benefit to Mr. Shapiro if all such payments had been made. 

The foregoing summary is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Mr. Shapiro's employment agreement with TKO, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.4 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference. 

TKO Equity Plan 

Prior to the Closing Date, TKO adopted, and stockholders of TKO approved, the TKO Group Holdings, Inc. 2023 Incentive Award Plan (the "TKO Equity Plan"), effective as of the Closing Date, and the forms of award agreements thereunder. The following is a summary of certain terms and conditions of the TKO Equity Plan. 

Administration. 

The TKO Board administers the TKO Equity Plan, provided it may also delegate authority to administer the TKO Equity Plan to one or more committees consisting of the TKO Equity Plan directors and/or executive officers, subject to certain limitations that may be imposed under the TKO Equity Plan, Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), and/or stock exchange rules, as applicable. The TKO Board or its authorized delegate is herein referred to as the "Administrator." Under the TKO Equity Plan, the Administrator generally has the authority to determine award recipients, grant dates, the numbers and types of stock awards to be granted, the applicable fair market value, the method by which an award can be settled, exercised, cancelled, forfeited, suspended or repurchased, institute and determine the terms of an exchange program, determine the circumstances when delivery or cash, property or other amounts payable with respect to an award may be deferred, determine the provisions of each stock award, including the period of exercisability and the vesting schedule applicable to a stock award which could provide for the surrender or cancellation, transfer, or reduction or increase of exercise price, of outstanding awards or take other actions that the Administrator deems necessary or desirable for the administration of the TKO Equity Plan or to comply with applicable law, subject to the limitations provided for in the TKO Equity Plan. The Administrator's determinations under the TKO Equity Plan are in its sole discretion and are final and binding on all persons having or claiming any interest in the TKO Equity Plan or any award thereunder. 

Eligibility. 

Any current or prospective employees (except those covered by a collective bargaining agreement), directors, officers, consultants or advisors of TKO, TKO OpCo or any of their respective subsidiaries, who are eligible for awards under applicable securities law and selected by the Administrator are eligible for awards under the TKO Equity Plan. Except as otherwise required by applicable law or regulation or stock exchange rules or as otherwise limited by the terms of the TKO Equity Plan, the Administrator has the authority to determine who will be granted an award under the TKO Equity Plan. 

Number of Shares Authorized. 

The number of shares of TKO Class A Common Stock that are initially reserved for issuance under the TKO Equity Plan may not exceed 10,000,000. 

No more than 10,000,000 shares of TKO Class A Common Stock may be issued with respect to incentive stock options under the TKO Equity Plan. The maximum grant date fair value of cash and equity awards that may be awarded to a non-affiliate director under the TKO Equity Plan during any one fiscal year, taken together with any cash fees paid to such non-affiliate director during such fiscal year, in each case solely in respect of such non-affiliate director's service on the TKO Board, will be $750,000, provided, that such limit shall not apply to any awards issued to a non-affiliate director in respect of any one-time initial equity grant upon a non-affiliate director's appointment to the TKO Board or in the event of extraordinary circumstances, to the extent such non-affiliate director receiving such additional compensation does not participate in the decision to award such compensation or in other contemporaneous compensation decisions involving other non-affiliate directors. 


The number of shares of TKO Class A Common Stock reserved for issuance under the TKO Equity Plan will be reduced by the relevant number of shares granted under the TKO Equity Plan for each award that is valued by reference to a share of TKO Class A Common Stock; provided, that awards that are valued by reference to shares of TKO Class A Common Stock but are paid in cash pursuant to their terms or the TKO Equity Plan and dividend equivalents paid in cash in conjunction with any award will not reduce the number of shares reserved for issuance. If any award granted under the TKO Equity Plan expires, terminates, is canceled, forfeited, exchanged or surrendered without being vested, settled or exercised (including, without limitation, pursuant to an exchange program), any shares subject to such award will again be made available for future grants. Notwithstanding the foregoing, certain shares shall not become available for future issuance under the TKO Equity Plan, including those shares that are (a) tendered by participants, or withheld by TKO, as full or partial payment to TKO upon exercise of stock options granted under the TKO Equity Plan, (b) reserved for issuance upon the grant of stock appreciation rights, to the extent that the number of reserved shares of TKO Class A Common Stock exceeds the number of shares of TKO Class A Common Stock actually issued upon the exercise of the stock appreciation rights, (c) purchased on the open market by TKO with cash proceeds received from exercise of stock options or (d) tendered to pay the exercise price of an award or to satisfy withholding taxes owed. Notwithstanding the above, after the tenth anniversary of the earlier of (a) the date on which the TKO Equity Plan is adopted by the TKO Board and (b) the date that the TKO Equity Plan is approved by TKO stockholders, no shares shall again be available for future grants of awards under the TKO Equity Plan to the extent that such return of shares would at such time cause the TKO Equity Plan to constitute a "formula plan" or constitute a "material revision" of the TKO Equity Plan subject to stockholder approval under then-applicable rules of the NYSE (or any other applicable exchange or quotation system). 

Change in Capitalization. 

If there is a change in TKO capitalization in the event of any stock or extraordinary cash dividend or other distribution, recapitalization, stock split, reverse stock split, reorganization, merger, consolidation, split-up, split-off, spin-off, combination, repurchase or exchange of shares of TKO Class A Common Stock or other relevant change in capitalization or applicable law or circumstances, such that the Administrator determines that an adjustment to the terms of the TKO Equity Plan (or awards thereunder) is necessary or appropriate, then the Administrator shall make adjustments in such manner as it may deem equitable. Such adjustments may be to the number of shares reserved for issuance under the TKO Equity Plan, the number of shares covered by awards then outstanding under the TKO Equity Plan, the limitations on awards under the TKO Equity Plan, the exercise price of outstanding options and such other equitable substitution or adjustments as it may determine to be appropriate. 

Awards Available for Grant. 

The Administrator may grant awards of non-qualified options, incentive (qualified) stock options, stock appreciation rights ("SARs"), restricted stock awards, restricted stock units ("RSUs"), other stock or cash-based awards, dividend equivalent awards or any combination of the foregoing. Awards may be granted under the TKO Equity Plan in assumption of, or in substitution for, outstanding awards previously granted by an entity acquired by TKO or with which TKO combines ("Substitute Awards"). 

Stock Options. 

The Administrator is authorized to grant options to purchase shares of TKO Class A Common Stock that are either "qualified," meaning they are intended to satisfy the requirements of Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") for incentive stock options, or "non-qualified," meaning they are not intended to satisfy the requirements of Section 422 of the Code. All options granted under the TKO Equity Plan shall be non-qualified unless the applicable award agreement expressly states that the option is intended to be an "incentive stock option" and such options otherwise qualify for such treatment. Options granted under the TKO Equity Plan will be subject to the terms and conditions established by the Administrator. Under the terms of the TKO Equity Plan, the exercise price of the options will not be less than the fair market value of TKO Class A Common Stock at the time of grant (except with respect to Substitute Awards). Options granted under the TKO Equity Plan will be subject to such terms, including the exercise price and the conditions and timing of exercise, as may be determined by the Administrator and specified in the applicable award agreement. The maximum term of an option granted under the TKO Equity Plan will be ten years from the date of grant (or five years in the case of a qualified option granted to a 10% stockholder), provided that, if the term of a non-qualified option would expire at a time when trading in the shares of TKO Class A Common Stock is prohibited by any exchange or insider trading policy that may be established by TKO or any "black-out" or similar period under TKO's policies covering trading of securities, solely in respect of non-qualified options, the option's term shall be automatically extended until the 30th day following the expiration of such prohibition (as long as such extension shall not violate Section 409A of the Code). Payment in respect of the exercise of an option may be made in cash, by check, by cash equivalent and/or shares of TKO Class A Common Stock valued at the fair market value at the time the option is exercised (provided that such shares are not subject to any pledge or other security interest), or by such other method as the Administrator may permit in its sole discretion, including: (i) in other property having a fair market value equal to the exercise price and all applicable required withholding taxes; (ii) if there is a public market for the shares of TKO Class A Common Stock at such time, by means of a broker-assisted cashless exercise mechanism; or (iii) by means of a "net exercise" procedure effected by withholding the minimum number of shares otherwise deliverable in respect of an option that are needed to pay the exercise price and all applicable required withholding taxes. Any fractional shares of TKO Class A Common Stock will be settled in cash. No incentive stock options may be granted after the tenth anniversary of the earlier of (a) the date of approval by the TKO Board or (b) the date of approval by TKO stockholders. 

Stock Appreciation Rights. 

The Administrator is authorized to award SARs under the TKO Equity Plan. SARs will be subject to the terms and conditions established by the Administrator. A SAR is a contractual right that allows a participant to receive, either in the form of cash, shares or any combination of cash and shares, the appreciation, if any, in the value of a share over a certain period of time. An award of options granted under the TKO Equity Plan may include SARs, and SARs may also be awarded to a participant independent of the grant of an option. SARs granted in connection with an option shall be subject to terms similar to the option corresponding to such SARs, including with respect to vesting and expiration. Except as otherwise provided by the Administrator (in the case of Substitute Awards or SARs granted in tandem with previously granted options), the strike price per share of TKO Class A Common Stock for each SAR shall not be less than 100% of the fair market value of such share, determined as of the date of grant. The remaining terms of the SARs shall be established by the Administrator and reflected in the award agreement. 

Restricted Stock. 

The Administrator is authorized to grant restricted stock under the TKO Equity Plan, which will be subject to the terms and conditions established by the Administrator. Restricted stock is TKO Class A Common Stock that generally is non-transferable and is subject to other restrictions determined by the Administrator for a specified period. Any accumulated dividends will be payable at the same time as the underlying restricted stock vests. 

Restricted Stock Unit Awards. 

The Administrator is authorized to award RSU awards, which will be subject to the terms and conditions established by the Administrator. An RSU award, once vested, may be settled in shares of TKO Class A Common Stock based on the number of units earned, or in cash equal to the fair market value of the number of shares of TKO Class A Common Stock to be received upon settlement based on the number of units earned, at the election of the Administrator. RSUs may be settled at the expiration of the period over which the units are to be earned or at a later date selected by the Administrator. 

Other Stock or Cash Based Awards; Dividend Equivalents. 

The Administrator is authorized to grant awards of unrestricted shares of TKO Class A Common Stock, awards that provide for cash payments, rights to receive grants of awards at a future date or other awards denominated in shares of TKO Class A Common Stock under such terms and conditions as the Administrator may determine and as set forth in the applicable award agreement. Other stock or cash-based awards may be available as a form of payment in settlement of other awards granted under the TKO Equity Plan, as stand-alone payments, as part of or in settlement of a bonus, deferred bonus, deferred compensation, phantom equity or other arrangement or as a payment in lieu of compensation to which a participant is otherwise entitled. The Administrator may also provide dividend equivalents alone or as part of an award, on a current or deferred basis, on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the Administrator. 


Performance Criteria. 

The Administrator may select performance criteria for awards granted under the TKO Equity Plan for the purposes of establishing performance goals for an applicable performance period. The performance criteria that may be used to establish performance goals under the TKO Equity Plan may include, but are not limited to, the following: net earnings, losses and operating income (either before or after one or more of the following: interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and non-cash equity-based compensation expense); gross or net sales or revenue or sales or revenue growth; net income (either before or after taxes); adjusted net income; operating earnings or profit (either before or after taxes); cash flow (including, but not limited to, operating cash flow and free cash flow); return on assets; return on capital (or invested capital) and cost of capital; return on stockholders' equity; total stockholder return; return on sales; gross or net profit or operating margin; costs, reductions in costs and cost control measures; expenses; working capital; earnings or loss per share; adjusted earnings or loss per share; price per share or dividends per share (or appreciation in and/or maintenance of such price or dividends); regulatory achievements or compliance (including, without limitation, regulatory body approval for commercialization of a product); implementation or completion of critical projects; market share; economic value; individual employee performance; and specified, objective metrics (such as, without limitation, number of subscribers, viewership or other program ratings, social media metrics, live event attendances or average ticket price), any of which may be measured either in absolute terms or as compared to any incremental increase or decrease or as compared to results of a peer group or other employees or to market performance indicators or indices. 

Effect of a Change of Control. 

Unless otherwise provided in an award agreement, or any applicable employment, consulting, change of control, severance or other agreement between a participant and TKO, TKO OpCo or any respective subsidiary thereof, in the event of a change of control, if a participant's employment or service is terminated by TKO, TKO OpCo or any respective subsidiary thereof other than for cause (and other than due to death or disability) within the twelve-month period following a change of control, then the Administrator may (but is not obligated to) provide that (i) all then-outstanding options and SARs will become immediately exercisable as of such participant's date of termination with respect to all of the shares subject to such option or SAR; and/or (ii) the restricted period shall expire as of such participant's date of termination with respect to all of the then-outstanding shares of restricted stock or RSUs (including without limitation a waiver of any applicable performance goals); provided that any award whose vesting or exercisability is otherwise subject to the achievement of performance conditions, the portion of such award that is determined to become fully vested and immediately exercisable shall be based on the assumed achievement of target performance as determined by the Administrator and prorated for the number of days elapsed from the grant date of such award through the date of termination. Notwithstanding the above, the Administrator shall exercise such discretion over the timing or settlement of any award subject to Section 409A of the Code at the time such award is granted. 

Nontransferability. 

Each award may be exercised during the participant's lifetime by the participant or, if permissible under applicable law, by the participant's guardian or legal representative. No award may be assigned, alienated, pledged, attached, sold or otherwise transferred or encumbered by a participant other than by will or by the laws of descent and distribution or, subject to the consent of the Administrator, pursuant to a domestic relations order, unless the Administrator permits the award to be transferred to a permitted transferee (as defined in the TKO Equity Plan). 

Amendment. 

The Administrator may amend, suspend or terminate the TKO Equity Plan at any time, subject to stockholder approval if necessary to comply with any tax, or other applicable regulatory requirement. No amendment, suspension or termination will materially and adversely affect the rights of any participant or recipient of any award without the consent of the participant or recipient. Stockholder approval is not required for an exchange program. 

The Administrator may, to the extent consistent with the terms of any applicable award agreement, waive any conditions or rights under, amend any terms of, or alter, suspend, discontinue, cancel or terminate, any award theretofore granted or the associated award agreement, prospectively or retroactively; provided that any such waiver, amendment, alteration, suspension, discontinuance, cancellation or termination that would materially and adversely affect the rights of any participant or any holder or beneficiary of any option theretofore granted will not to that extent be effective without the consent of the affected participant, holder or beneficiary. 

Clawback/Forfeiture. 

Awards may be subject to clawback or forfeiture to the extent required by applicable law (including, without limitation, Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and Section 10D-1 of the Exchange Act) and/or the rules and regulations of the NYSE or other applicable securities exchange, or as required pursuant to a written policy adopted by TKO or the provisions of an award agreement. 

The foregoing summary is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the TKO Equity Plan, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.5 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference. Copies of forms of award agreements under the TKO Equity Plan are filed as 10.6 through 10.8 hereto and are incorporated herein by reference.