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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 21, 2020

GERMAN AMERICAN BANCORP, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Indiana
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)

001-15877
35-1547518
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
711 Main Street
 
Jasper,
Indiana
47546
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
(Zip Code)
            
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (812) 482-1314

Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.405) or Rule 12b-2 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.12b-2).
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If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act []
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
 
Trading Symbol(s)
 
Name of each exchange
on which registered
Common Stock, no par value
 
GABC
 
NASDAQ Global Select Market





Item 5.02.
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
(e)     Material Compensatory Plans, Contracts or Arrangements.
German American Bancorp, Inc. 2019 Employee Stock Purchase Plan. The German American Bancorp, Inc. Amended and Restated 2019 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the “Plan”) was adopted by the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of German American Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) on March 2, 2020. The Plan was approved and adopted by the shareholders of the Company at its 2020 annual meeting of shareholders held on May 21, 2020. The Plan amends and restates the German American Bancorp, Inc. 2019 Employee Stock Purchase Plan effective as of October 1, 2019 (the “Prior Plan”) in its entirety.
The effective date of the Plan will be July 1, 2020, with the first offering period thereunder commencing on such date. The purpose of the Plan is to provide eligible employees of the Company and its subsidiaries the opportunity to invest in the Company through convenient payroll contributions.
The following summary of the key features of the Plan does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Plan, which is set forth in Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report.
Options to Purchase Shares in Offerings. The Plan provides a series of 3-month offering periods, commencing on the first day and ending on the last trading day of each calendar quarter, for the purchase of the Company’s common stock by participating employees. A total of 750,000 common shares will be reserved for issuance under the Plan (inclusive of the shares issued under the Prior Plan prior to the effective date of the Plan). The Plan will continue until September 30, 2029, or, if earlier, until all of the shares of common stock allocated to the Plan have been purchased. The Compensation/Human Resources Committee of the Board (the “Committee”) has the authority to change the duration and/or frequency of the offering periods. However, in no event shall any option granted under the Plan be exercisable more than twenty-seven (27) months from its grant date.
Eligibility. All employees of the Company and its participating subsidiaries who have been employed for at least six months as of the first day of the offering are eligible to participate in the Plan.
Purchase of Shares. Prior to each offering period, eligible employees would be entitled to elect to have a specified percentage of their eligible cash compensation deducted from their pay. The Committee will establish the maximum percentage that any one employee may have deducted. No participant may be granted an option under the Plan if such option would entitle the participant to purchase common shares having a market value in excess of the amount specified by the Committee or if, immediately after an option is granted under the Plan, the employee owns more than 5% of the total combined voting power or value of all classes of shares of the Company or of any parent or subsidiary of the Company. In no event will a participant be allowed to purchase more than $25,000 in Fair Market Value (as defined below under “Price” and based upon the grant date) of the Company’s common shares under the Plan, and any other stock purchase plan maintained by the Company or a parent or subsidiary of the Company that is qualified under Internal Revenue Code Section 423, for any one calendar year. Participants may increase, decrease or suspend their payroll deductions one time each offering period and may withdraw the balance of their payroll deduction account at any time during each offering period. At the end of each offering period, the balance of each participant’s payroll deduction account will be applied towards the purchase of common shares. All shares purchased will be credited in book-entry form to a separate share account for each participant.
Price. The price at which the shares will be deemed to have been purchased under each offering (the “option price”) will be determined by the Committee, and will be an amount in the range from ninety five percent (95%) and one hundred percent (100%) of the Fair Market Value of the Company’s common shares on the last trading day of the offering period. If the Committee for any reason should fail to determine the price for any offering within the percentage range specified by the preceding sentence for any offering, the percentage shall be ninety-five percent (95%). “Fair Market Value” of a common share on a given date means the Nasdaq Official Closing Price (or similar closing price information if The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq) no longer makes available a figure called the Nasdaq Official Closing Price) on such date (“NOCP”), or if no NOCP is furnished by Nasdaq for the Company’s common shares on





such date, the NOCP of a common share on the most recent day on which Nasdaq has furnished an NOCP for the common shares. If the Company’s common shares are not listed on any given date on the Nasdaq Global Select Market or similar market for which an NOCP (or similar closing price) is furnished by Nasdaq, then “Fair Market Value” is defined as the fair market value of a share on such date as determined in good faith by the Committee.
Administration. The Board has delegated administration of the Plan to the Committee. The Committee has the authority, subject to the terms of the Plan, to (i) adopt, alter, and repeal administrative rules and practices governing the Plan; (ii) interpret the terms and provisions of the Plan; and (iii) otherwise supervise the administration of the Plan.
Item 5.03. Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws.

On March 2, 2020, the Board, upon the recommendation of its Governance/Nominating Committee, authorized and approved, and recommended that the Company’s shareholders approve, an amendment and restatement of the Company’s Articles of Incorporation (the “Articles”) in order to provide shareholders with the right to amend the Company’s Bylaws. The Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of German American Bancorp, Inc. (the “Amended Articles”) were approved by the shareholders of the Company at the annual meeting held on May 21, 2020. The proposal relating to the Articles amendment was disclosed in the Company’s proxy statement for such meeting, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 6, 2020.
The Amended Articles, which became effective on May 22, 2020 (the date upon which they were approved for filing by the Indiana Secretary of State), are attached hereto as Exhibit 3.1 and incorporated herein by reference.
Item 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

(a)    The Company held its annual meeting of shareholders on May 21, 2020.

(b)    At the close of business on March 12, 2020, the record date for the annual meeting, 26,671,368 of the Company’s common shares were issued and outstanding. Matters voted upon at the annual meeting were as follows:

1.Election of four (4) directors to serve until the 2023 annual meeting of shareholders;
2.Approval of the Company’s Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation, providing shareholders the right to amend the Company’s Bylaws;
3.Approval and adoption of the German American Bancorp, Inc. Amended and Restated 2019 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, amending certain terms of the original plan;
4.Approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of the Company’s executive officers named in the compensation disclosures in the annual meeting proxy statement; and
5.Approval, on an advisory basis, of the appointment of Crowe LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020.
The final results of the votes taken at the annual meeting were as follows:

Proposal 1 - Election of four (4) directors to serve until the 2023 annual meeting of shareholders:

Director’s Name
 
Votes For
 
Votes Withheld
 
Broker Non-Votes
Chris A. Ramsey
 
16,945,489
 
712,398
 
4,954,504
M. Darren Root
 
17,316,125
 
341,762
 
4,954,504
Mark A. Schroeder
 
17,344,228
 
313,659
 
4,954,504
Jack W. Sheidler
 
17,325,479
 
332,408
 
4,954,504

Each director nominee was elected to the Company’s Board of Directors by a plurality of the votes cast among all nominees.








Proposal 2 - Approval of the Company’s Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation, providing shareholders the right to amend the Company’s Bylaws:

Votes For
 
Votes Against
 
Votes Abstained
 
Broker Non-Votes
17,528,256
 
59,708
 
69,923
 
4,954,504

The approval of the Company’s Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation, providing shareholders the right to amend the Company’s Bylaws, was approved by a majority of the votes cast.

Proposal 3 - Approval and adoption of the German American Bancorp, Inc. Amended and Restated 2019 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, amending certain terms of the original plan:

Votes For
 
Votes Against
 
Votes Abstained
 
Broker Non-Votes
17,371,253
 
101,772
 
184,862
 
4,954,504

The approval and adoption of the German American Bancorp, Inc. Amended and Restated 2019 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, amending certain terms of the original plan, was approved by a majority of the votes cast.

Proposal 4 - Approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of the Company’s executive officers named in the compensation disclosures in the annual meeting proxy statement:

Votes For
 
Votes Against
 
Votes Abstained
 
Broker Non-Votes
16,919,307
 
415,305
 
323,276
 
4,954,504

The compensation of the Company’s executive officers was approved by a majority of the votes cast.

Proposal 5 - Approval, on an advisory basis, of the appointment of Crowe LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2020:

Votes For
 
Votes Against
 
Votes Abstained
 
Broker Non-Votes
22,423,028
 
84,977
 
104,386
 
 

The appointment of Crowe LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2020 was approved by a majority of the votes cast.

(c)    Not applicable.

(d)    Not applicable.















Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)    Exhibits

Exhibit No.
 
Description
 
 
 
 
Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of German American Bancorp, Inc.
 
 
 
 
German American Bancorp, Inc. Amended and Restated 2019 Employee Stock Purchase Plan




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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 26, 2020
By:
GERMAN AMERICAN BANCORP, INC.

 
/s/ Mark A. Schroeder
 
 
Mark A. Schroeder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer




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Section 2: EX-3.1 (EXHIBIT 3.1)

Exhibit


AMENDED AND RESTATED ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF
GERMAN AMERICAN BANCORP, INC.

ARTICLE I
NAME
The name of the Corporation is German American Bancorp, Inc.
ARTICLE II
PURPOSES AND POWERS
Section 2.01 Purposes of the Corporation. The purposes for which the Corporation is formed are to transact any or all lawful business permitted by applicable law and for which corporations may now or hereafter be incorporated under the Corporation Law.
Section 2.02 Powers of the Corporation. The Corporation shall have (a) all powers now or hereafter authorized by or vested in corporations pursuant to the provisions of the Corporation Law, (b) all powers now or hereafter vested in corporations by common law or any other statute or act, and (c) all powers authorized by or vested in the Corporation by the provisions of these Articles of Incorporation or by the provisions of its Bylaws as from time to time in effect.
ARTICLE III
TERM OF EXISTENCE

The period during which the Corporation shall continue is perpetual.
ARTICLE IV
REGISTERED OFFICE

The street address of the Corporation’s registered office is 711 Main Street, P.O. Box 810, Jasper, Indiana 47546.
ARTICLE V
SHARES

The total number of shares of capital stock the Corporation has authority to issue shall be 45,750,000 shares consisting of 45,000,000 common shares (the “Common Shares”) and 750,000 preferred shares (the “Preferred Shares”). The Corporation’s shares shall have no par value. Solely for the purpose of any statute or regulation imposing any tax or fee based upon the capitalization of the Corporation, however, all of the shares shall be deemed to have a stated value of $1.00 per share.
ARTICLE VI
TERMS OF SHARES
Section 6.01. General Terms of All Shares. The Corporation shall have the power to acquire (by purchase, redemption, or otherwise), hold, own, pledge, sell, transfer, assign, reissue, cancel, or otherwise dispose of the shares of the Corporation in the manner and to the extent now or hereafter permitted by the laws of the State of Indiana. The power to purchase, redeem, or otherwise acquire the Corporation’s own shares, directly or indirectly, may be exercised without pro rata treatment of the owners or holders of any class or series of shares. The Corporation may not purchase, redeem or otherwise acquire the Corporation’s own shares if, after giving effect thereto, the Corporation would not be able to pay its debts as they become due in the usual course of business or the Corporation’s total assets would be less than its total liabilities (without regard to any amounts that would be needed, if the Corporation were to be dissolved at the time of the purchase, redemption, or other acquisition, to satisfy the preferential rights upon dissolution of shareholders whose preferential rights are superior to those of the holders of the shares of the Corporation being purchased, redeemed, or otherwise acquired, unless otherwise expressly provided with respect to a series of Preferred Shares in the provisions of these Articles of Incorporation adopted by the Board of Directors pursuant to Section 6.03(a) of this Article VI describing the terms of such series). Shares of the Corporation purchased, redeemed, or otherwise acquired by it shall constitute authorized but unissued shares, unless the Board of Directors shall at any time adopt a resolution providing that such shares constitute authorized and issued but not outstanding shares.
The Board of Directors of the Corporation may dispose of, issue, and sell shares in accordance with, and in such amounts as may be permitted by, the laws of the State of Indiana and the provisions of these Articles of Incorporation and for such consideration, at such price or prices, at such time or times and upon such terms and conditions (including the privilege of selectively repurchasing the same) as the Board of Directors of the Corporation shall determine, without the authorization or approval by any shareholders of the Corporation. Shares may be disposed of, issued, and sold to such persons, firms, or corporations as the Board of Directors may determine, without any preemptive or other right on the part of the owners or holders of other shares of the Corporation of any class or kind to acquire such shares by reason of their ownership of such other shares.
The Corporation shall have the power to declare and pay dividends or other distributions upon the issued and outstanding shares of the Corporation, subject to the limitation that a dividend or other distribution may not be made if, after giving it effect, the Corporation would not be able to pay its debts as they become due in the usual course of business or the Corporation’s total assets would be less than its total liabilities (without regard to any amounts that would be needed, if the Corporation were to be dissolved at the time of the dividend or other distribution, to satisfy the preferential rights upon dissolution of shareholders whose preferential rights are superior to those of the holders of shares receiving the dividend or other distribution, unless otherwise expressly provided with respect to a series of Preferred Shares in the provisions of these Articles of Incorporation adopted by the Board of Directors pursuant to Section 6.03(a) of this Article VI describing the terms of such series). The Corporation shall have the power to issue shares of one class or series as a share dividend or other distribution in respect of that class or series or one or more other classes or series, except as may be otherwise provided with respect to a series of Preferred Shares in the provisions of these Articles of Incorporation adopted by the Board of Directors pursuant to Section 6.03(a) of this Article VI describing the terms of such series.
Section 6.02. Terms of Common Shares. The Common Shares shall be equal in every respect insofar as their relationship to the Corporation is concerned, but such equality of rights shall not imply equality of treatment as to redemption or other acquisition of shares by the Corporation. Subject to the rights of the holders of any issued and outstanding Preferred Shares under this Article VI, the holders of Common Shares shall be entitled to share ratably in such dividends or other distributions (other than purchases, redemptions, or other acquisitions of Common Shares of the Corporation), if any, as are declared and paid from time to time on the Common Shares at the discretion of the Board of Directors. In the event of any liquidation, dissolution, or winding up of the Corporation, either voluntary or involuntary, after payment shall have been made to the holders of the Preferred Shares of the full amount to which they shall be entitled under this Article VI, the holders of Common Shares shall be entitled, to the exclusion of the holders of the Preferred Shares of any and all series, to share, ratably according to the number of Common Shares held by them, in all remaining assets of the Corporation available for distribution to its shareholders.
Section 6.03. Terms of Preferred Shares.
(a) Preferred Shares may be issued from time to time in one or more series, each such series to have such distinctive designation and such preferences, limitations, and relative voting and other rights as shall be set forth in these Articles of Incorporation. Subject to the requirements of the Corporation Law and subject to all other provisions of these Articles of Incorporation, the Board of Directors of the Corporation may create one or more series of Preferred Shares and may determine the preferences, limitations, and relative voting and other rights of one or more series of Preferred Shares before the issuance of any shares of that series by the adoption of an amendment to these Articles of Incorporation that specifies the terms of that series of Preferred Shares. All shares of a series of Preferred Shares must have preferences, limitations, and relative voting and other rights identical to those of other shares of the same series. No series of Preferred Shares need have preferences, limitations, or relative voting or other rights identical with those of any other series of Preferred Shares. Before issuing any shares of a series of Preferred Shares, the Board of Directors shall adopt an amendment to these Articles of Incorporation, which shall be effective without any shareholder approval or other action, that fixes and sets forth the distinctive designation of such series; the number of shares that shall constitute such series, which number may be increased or decreased (but not below the number of shares thereof then outstanding) from time to time by action of the Board of Directors; and the preferences, limitations, and relative voting and other rights of the series. Authority is hereby expressly vested in the Board of Directors, by such amendment, to fix all of the preferences or rights, and any qualifications, limitations, or restrictions of such preferences or rights, of such series to the full extent permitted by the Corporation Law; provided, however, that no such preferences, rights, qualifications, limitations, or restrictions shall be in conflict with these Articles of Incorporation or any amendment hereof.
(b) Preferred Shares of any series that have been redeemed (whether through the operation of a sinking fund or otherwise) or purchased by the Corporation, or that, if convertible, have been converted into shares of the Corporation of any other class or series, may be reissued as a part of such series or of any other series of Preferred Shares, subject to such limitations (if any) as may be fixed by the Board of Directors with respect to such series of Preferred Shares in accordance with Section 6.03(a) of this Article VI.
ARTICLE VII
VOTING RIGHTS
Section 7.01. Common Shares. Except as otherwise provided by the Corporation Law or by the provisions of these Articles of Incorporation adopted by the Board of Directors pursuant to Section 6.03(a) of Article VI hereof describing the Preferred Shares or a series thereof, and subject to such shareholder disclosure and recognition procedures (which may include sanctions for noncompliance therewith to the fullest extent permitted by the Corporation Law) as the Corporation may by action of the Board of Directors establish, the Common Shares have unlimited voting rights. At every meeting of the shareholders of the Corporation every holder of Common Shares shall be entitled to one vote in person or by proxy for each Common Share standing in such holder’s name on the share transfer records of the Corporation.
Section 7.02. Preferred Shares. Except as required by the Corporation Law or by the provisions of these Articles of Incorporation adopted by the Board of Directors pursuant to Section 6.03(a) of Article VI hereof describing the terms of Preferred Shares or a series thereof, the holders of Preferred Shares shall have no voting rights or powers. Preferred Shares shall, when validly issued by the Corporation, entitle the record holder thereof to vote on such matters, but only on such matters, as the holders thereof are entitled to vote under the Corporation Law or under these Articles of Incorporation adopted by the Board of Directors pursuant to Section 6.03(a) of Article VI hereof describing the terms of Preferred Shares or a series thereof (which provisions may provide for special, conditional, limited, or unlimited voting rights, including multiple or fractional votes per share, or for no right to vote, except to the extent required by the Corporation Law) and subject to such shareholder disclosure and recognition procedures (which may include sanctions for noncompliance therewith to the fullest extent permitted by the Corporation Law) as the Corporation may by action of the Board of Directors establish.
ARTICLE VIII
DIRECTORS
Section 8.01. Number. The number of Directors shall be fixed by, or fixed in accordance with, the Bylaws. Whenever there are nine or more Directors, the Bylaws may also provide for staggering the terms of the members of the Board of Directors by dividing the total number of Directors into two or three groups (with each group containing one-half or one-third of the total, as near as may be) whose terms of office expire at different times.
Section 8.02. Election of Directors by Holders of Preferred Shares. The holders of one or more series of Preferred Shares may be entitled to elect all or a specified number of Directors, but only to the extent and subject to limitations as may be set forth in the provisions of these Articles of Incorporation adopted by the Board of Directors pursuant to Section 6.03(a) of Article VI hereof describing the terms of the series of Preferred Shares.
Section 8.03. Vacancies. Vacancies occurring in the Board of Directors shall be filled in the manner provided in the Bylaws or, if the Bylaws do not provide for the filling of vacancies, in the manner provided by the Corporation Law.
Section 8.04. Removal of Directors. Any or all of the members of the Board of Directors may be removed, with or without cause, at a meeting of the shareholders called expressly for that purpose, by the affirmative vote of the holders of at least 80 percent of the outstanding shares then entitled to vote at an election of Directors. However, a Director elected by the holders of a series of Preferred Shares as authorized by Section 8.02 of this Article VIII may be removed only by the affirmative vote of the holders of at least 80 percent of the outstanding shares of that series then entitled to vote at an election of Directors. Directors may not be removed by the Board of Directors.
Section 8.05. Liability of Directors. A Director’s responsibility to the Corporation shall be limited to discharging his duties as a Director, including his duties as a member of any committee of the Board of Directors upon which he may serve, in good faith, with the care an ordinarily prudent person in a like position would exercise under similar circumstances, and in a manner the Director reasonably believes to be in the best interests of the Corporation, all based on the facts then known to the Director.
In discharging his duties, a Director is entitled to rely on information, opinions, reports or statements, including financial statements and other financial data, if prepared or presented by:
(a) one or more officers or employees of the Corporation whom the Director reasonably believes to be reliable and competent in the matters presented
(b) Legal counsel, public accountants, or other persons as to matters the Director reasonably believes are within such person’s professional or expert competence; or
(c) A committee of the Board of which the Director is not a member if the Director reasonably believes the committee merits confidence; but a Director is not acting in good faith if the Director has knowledge concerning the matter in question that makes reliance otherwise permitted by this Section 8.05 unwarranted. A Director may, in considering the best interests of the Corporation, consider the effects of any action on shareholders, employees, suppliers, and customers of the Corporation, and communities in which offices or other facilities of the Corporation are located, and any other factors the Director considers pertinent.
Directors shall be immune from personal liability for any action taken as a Director, or any failure to take any action, to the fullest extent permitted by the applicable provisions of the Corporation Law from time to time in effect and by general principles of corporate law.
ARTICLE IX
PROVISIONS FOR REGULATION OF BUSINESS
AND CONDUCT OF AFFAIRS OF CORPORATION
Section 9.01. Bylaws. Except as otherwise expressly provided in these Articles of Incorporation or by the Corporation Law, the Bylaws of the Corporation may be altered, amended or repealed by either (a) the Board of Directors by the affirmative vote of a majority of the number of Directors then in office, or (b) the affirmative vote, at a meeting of the shareholders of the Corporation, by the holders of at least a majority of the outstanding shares of all classes of Voting Shares of the Corporation (considered for purposes of this Section 9.01 as a single class and as defined in Article X); provided, however, that no Bylaw may be adopted that is inconsistent with the Corporation Law. All provisions for the regulation of the business and management of the affairs of the Corporation not stated in these Articles of Incorporation shall be stated in the Bylaws. The Board of Directors may also adopt Emergency Bylaws of the Corporation and shall have the exclusive power (except as may otherwise be provided therein) to make, alter, amend, or repeal, or to waive provisions of, the Emergency Bylaws by the affirmative vote of a majority of the entire number of Directors at the time.
Section 9.02. Amendment or Repeal.
(a) Any amendment, change or repeal of Section 8.04 of Article VIII, Sections 9.02 or 9.03 of Article IX, or Article X of these Articles of Incorporation, or any other amendment of these Articles of Incorporation which would have the effect of modifying or permitting circumvention of those provisions, shall require the affirmative vote, at a meeting of shareholders of the Corporation, by the holders of at least 80 percent of the outstanding shares of all classes of Voting Shares of the Corporation (considered for purposes of this Section 9.02(a) as a single class and as defined in Article X) and, if the amendment, change or repeal shall be proposed by or on behalf of a Related Person (as that term is defined in Article X), by an Independent Majority of Shareholders (as defined in Article X); provided, however, that this Section 9.02(a) shall not apply to, and such vote shall not be required for, any such amendment, change or repeal recommended to shareholders by the favorable vote of not less than two-thirds of the Board of Directors and, if the amendment, change or repeal shall be proposed by or on behalf of a Related Person, by the favorable vote of not less than two-thirds of the Continuing Directors (as defined in Article X and computed with reference to the Related Person who shall propose such amendment, change or repeal), and any such amendment, change or repeal so recommended shall require only the shareholder vote required under the applicable provisions of the Corporation Law.
(b) Except as otherwise expressly provided in Section 9.02(a) above, the Corporation shall be deemed, for all purposes, to have reserved the right to amend, alter, change or repeal any provision contained in these Articles of Incorporation to the extent and in the manner now or hereafter permitted or prescribed by statute, and all rights herein conferred upon shareholders are granted subject to such reservation.
Section 9.03. Removal of Chairman of the Board and President. The Chairman of the Board and the President, and each of them, may be removed from office at any time, with or without cause, at a meeting of the Board of Directors called expressly for that purpose, but only by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of all other members of the entire Board of Directors. Any vacancy created by the removal of the chairman or the President may be filled only by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of all remaining members of the Board.
ARTICLE X
APPROVAL OF BUSINESS COMBINATIONS
Section 10.01. Supermajority Vote. Except as provided in Sections 10.02 and 10.03 of this Article X, neither the Corporation nor any of its Subsidiaries shall become party to any Business Combination with a Related Person without the prior affirmative vote at a meeting of the Corporation’s shareholders:
(a) By the holders of not less than 80 percent of the outstanding shares of all classes of Voting Shares of the Corporation considered for purposes of this Article X as a single class, and
(b) By an Independent Majority of Shareholders. Such favorable votes shall be in addition to any shareholder vote that would be required without reference to this Section 10.01 and shall be required notwithstanding the fact that no vote may be required, or that some lesser percentage may be specified by law or in other Articles of these Articles of Incorporation or the Bylaws of the Corporation or otherwise.
Section 10.02. Reduced Supermajority Vote for Fair Pricing. The provisions of Section 10.01 shall apply to a Business Combination, except that the percentage vote required by Section 10.01(a) shall be reduced from not less than 80 percent to not less than two-thirds, if all of the conditions set forth in subsections (a) through (d) of this Section 10.02 are satisfied.
(a) The fair market value of the property, securities or other consideration to be received per share by holders of each class or series of capital shares of the Corporation in the Business Combination is not less, as of the date of the consummation of the Business Combination (the “Consummation Date”), than the higher of the following:
(i) the highest per share price (with appropriate adjustments for recapitalizations and for share splits, share dividends and like distributions) including brokerage commissions and solicitation fees paid by the Related Person in acquiring any of its holdings of such class or series of capital shares within the two-year period immediately prior to the first public announcement of the proposed Business Combination (“Announcement Date”) or in the transaction in which it became a Related Person, whichever is higher, plus interest compounded annually, from the later of the date that the Related Person became a Related Person (the “Determination Date”), or the date two years before the consummation Date, through the consummation Date, at the rate publicly announced as the “prime rate” of interest of Citibank, N.A. (or of such other major bank headquartered in New York as may be selected by a majority of the Continuing Directors) from time to time in effect, less the aggregate amount of any cash dividends paid and the fair market value of any dividends paid in other than cash on each such share from the date from which interest accrues under the preceding clause through the Consummation Date up to but not exceeding the amount of interest so payable per share; or
(ii) if such class or series is then traded on an exchange or is the subject of regularly published quotations from three or more broker/dealers who make a market in such class or series for their own accounts, the fair market value per share of such class or series on the Announcement Date, as determined by the highest closing sales price on such exchange or the highest closing bid quotation with respect to such shares during the 30-day period immediately preceding the Announcement Date. In the event of a Business Combination upon consummation of which the Corporation would be the surviving corporation or company or would continue to exist (unless it is provided, contemplated or intended that as part of such Business Combination or within one year after consummation thereof a plan of liquidation or dissolution of the Corporation will be effected), the term “other consideration to be received” shall include (without limitation) Common Shares and/or the shares of any other class of shares retained by shareholders of the Corporation other than Related Persons who are parties to such Business Combination;
(b) The consideration to be received in such Business Combination by holders of each class or series of capital shares other than the Related Person involved shall, except to the extent that a shareholder agrees otherwise as to all or part of the shares which he or she owns, be in the same form and of the same kind as the consideration paid by the Related Person in acquiring the majority of the capital shares of such class or Series already Beneficially owned by it within the two-year period ending on the Determination Date;
(c) After such Related Person became a Related Person and prior to the consummation of such Business Combination: (i) such Related Person shall have taken steps to insure that the Board of Directors of the Corporation included at all times representation by Continuing Directors proportionate to the ratio that the number of Voting Shares of the Corporation from time to time not Beneficially Owned by the Related Person bears to all Voting Shares of the Corporation outstanding at the time in question (with a Continuing Director to occupy any resulting fractional position among the Directors); (ii) such Related Person shall not have acquired from the Corporation, directly or indirectly, any shares of the Corporation (except upon conversion of convertible securities acquired by it prior to becoming a Related Person or as a result of a pro rata share dividend, share split or division of shares or in a transaction that satisfied all applicable requirements of this Article X); (iii) such Related Person shall not have acquired any additional Voting Shares of the Corporation or securities convertible into or exchangeable for Voting Shares except as a part of the transaction which resulted in such Related Person’s becoming a Related Person; and (iv) such Related Person shall not have received the benefit, directly or indirectly (except proportionately as a shareholder), of any loans, advances, guarantees, pledges or other financial assistance or tax credits provided by the Corporation or any Subsidiary, or made any major change in the Corporation’s business or equity capital structure or entered into any contract, arrangement or understanding with the Corporation except any such change, contract, arrangement or understanding as may have been approved by the favorable vote of not less than a majority of the continuing Directors of the Corporation; and

(d) A proxy statement complying with the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission thereunder, as then in force for corporations subject to the requirements of Section 14 of such Act (even if the Corporation is not otherwise subject to Section 14 of such Act), shall have been mailed to all holders of Voting Shares for the purpose of soliciting shareholder approval of such Business Combination. Such proxy statement shall contain on the face page thereof, in a prominent place, any recommendations as to the advisability (or inadvisability) of the Business Combination which the Continuing Directors, or any of them, may have furnished in writing and, if deemed advisable by a majority of the Continuing Directors, a fair summary of an opinion of a reputable investment banking firm addressed to the Corporation as to the fairness (or lack of fairness of the terms of such Business Combination from the point of view of the holders of Voting Shares other than any Related Person (such investment banking firm to be selected by a majority of the Continuing Directors, to be furnished with all information it reasonably requests, and to be paid a reasonable fee for its services upon receipt by the Corporation of such opinion).
Section 10.03. Director Approval Exception. The provisions of Sections 10.01 and 10.02 of this Article X shall not apply to, and such votes shall not be required, if:
(a) The Continuing Directors of the Corporation by a two-thirds vote (i) have expressly approved a memorandum of understanding with the Related Person with respect to the Business Combination prior to the time the Related Person became a Related Person, or (ii) have otherwise approved the Business Combination (this provision is incapable of satisfaction unless there is at least one Continuing Director); or
(b) The Business Combination is solely between the Corporation and another corporation, 100 percent of the Voting Shares of which are owned directly or indirectly by the Corporation.
Section 10.04. Definitions. For the purpose of this Article X:
(a) A “Business Combination” means:
(i) the sale, exchange, lease, transfer or other disposition to or with a Related Person or any Affiliate or Associate of such Related Person by the Corporation or any of its Subsidiaries (in a single transaction or a series of Related Transactions) of all or substantially all, or any substantial Part, of its or their assets or businesses (including, without limitation, any securities issued by a Subsidiary);
(ii) The purchase, exchange, lease or other acquisition by the Corporation or any of its Subsidiaries (in a single transaction or a series of Related Transactions) of all or substantially all, or any Substantial Part, of the assets or business of a Related Person or any Affiliate or Associate of such Related Person;
(iii) Any merger or consolidation of the Corporation or any Subsidiary thereof into or with a Related Person or any Affiliate or Associate of such Related Person or into or with another Person which, after such merger or consolidation, would be an Affiliate or an Associate of a Related Person, in each case irrespective of which Person is the surviving entity in such merger or consolidation;
(iv) Any reclassification of securities, recapitalization or other transaction (other than a redemption in accordance with the terms of the security redeemed) which has the effect, directly or indirectly, of increasing the proportionate amount of Voting Shares of the Corporation or any Subsidiary thereof which are Beneficially Owned by a Related Person, or any partial or complete liquidation, spin-off, split-off or split-up of the Corporation or any Subsidiary thereof; provided, however, that this Section 10.04(a)(iv) shall not relate to any transaction of the types specified in this Article X that has been approved by a majority of the Continuing Directors; or
(v) The acquisition upon the issuance thereof of Beneficial Ownership by a Related Person of Voting Shares or securities convertible into Voting Shares or any voting securities or securities convertible into voting securities of any Subsidiary of the Corporation, or the acquisition upon the issuance thereof of Beneficial Ownership by a Related Person of any rights, warrants or options to acquire any of the foregoing or any combination of the foregoing Voting Shares or voting securities of the Subsidiary.
(b) A “Series of Related Transactions” shall be deemed to include not only a series of transactions with the same Related Person but also a series of separate transactions with a Related Person or any Affiliate or Associate of such Related Person.
(c) A “Person” shall mean any individual, firm, corporation or other entity and any partnership, syndicate or other group.
(d) “Related Person” shall mean any Person (other than the Corporation or any of the Corporation’s Subsidiaries) who or that:
(i) is the Beneficial Owner, directly or indirectly, of more than ten percent of the voting power of the outstanding Voting Shares;
(ii) is an Affiliate of the Corporation and at any time within the two-year period immediately prior to the date in question was the Beneficial Owner, directly or indirectly, of ten percent or more of the voting power of the then outstanding shares of Voting Shares; or
(iii) is an assignee of or has otherwise succeeded to any Voting Shares which were at any time within the two-year period immediately prior to the date in question beneficially owned by any Related Person, if such assignment or succession shall have occurred in the course of a transaction or series of transactions not involving a public offering within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933.
A Related Person shall be deemed to have acquired a share of the Corporation at the time when such Related Person became the Beneficial Owner thereof. For the purposes of determining whether a Person is the Beneficial Owner of ten percent or more of the voting power of the then outstanding Voting Shares, the outstanding Voting Shares shall be deemed to include any Voting Shares that may be issuable to such Person pursuant to a right to acquire such Voting Shares and that is therefore deemed to be Beneficially Owned by such Person pursuant to Section 10.04(e)(ii)(a). A Person who is a Related Person at (i) the time any definitive agreement relating to a Business Combination is entered into, (ii) the record date for the determination of shareholders entitled to notice of and to vote on a Business Combination, or (iii) the time immediately prior to the consummation of a Business Combination, shall be deemed a Related Person.
(e) A Person shall be a “Beneficial Owner” of any Voting Shares:
(i) which such Person or any of its Affiliates or Associates beneficially owns, directly or indirectly; or
(ii) which such Person or any of its Affiliates or Associates has (a) the right to acquire (whether such right is exercisable immediately or only after the passage of time), pursuant to any agreement, arrangement or understanding or upon the exercise of conversion rights, exchange rights, warrants or options, or otherwise, or (b) the right to vote pursuant to any agreement, arrangement or understanding; or
(iii) which are beneficially owned, directly or indirectly, by any other Person with which such Person or any of its Affiliates or Associates has any agreement, arrangement or understanding for the purpose of acquiring, holding, voting or disposing of any Voting Shares.
(f) An “Affiliate” of, or a person Affiliated with, a specific Person, means a Person that directly, or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with, the Person specified.
(g) The term “Associate” used to indicate a relationship with any Person, means (i) any corporation or organization (other than this Corporation or a majority-owned Subsidiary of this Corporation) of which such Person is an officer or partner or is, directly or indirectly, the Beneficial Owner of five percent or more of any class of equity securities, (ii) any trust or other estate in which such Person has a substantial beneficial interest or as to which such Person serves as trustee or in a similar fiduciary capacity, (iii) any relative or spouse of such Person, or any relative of such spouse, who has the same home as such Person, or (iv) any investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, for which such Person or any Affiliate of such Person serves as investment advisor.
(h) “Subsidiary” means any corporation of which a majority of any class of equity security is owned, directly or indirectly, by the Corporation; provided, however, that for the purposes of the definition of Related Person set forth in paragraph (d) of this Section 10.04, the term “Subsidiary” shall mean only a corporation of which a majority of each class of equity security is owned, directly or indirectly, by the Corporation.
(i) “Continuing Director” means any member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation (the “Board”), other than the Related Person who proposes the Business Combination in question and his Affiliates and Associates, who (i) is a member of the Board at the time this Article X first became effective or (ii) was a member of the Board prior to the time that the Related Person who proposes the Business Combination in question became a Related Person or (iii) is a successor of a Continuing Director who was recommended to succeed the Continuing Director by a majority of Continuing Directors then on the Board.
(j) “Independent Majority of Shareholders” shall mean the holders of a majority of the outstanding Voting Shares that are not Beneficially Owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the Related Person who proposes the Business Combination in question.
(k) “Voting Shares” shall mean all outstanding capital shares of the Corporation or another corporation entitled to vote generally in the election of Directors, and each reference to a proportion of shares of Voting Shares shall refer to such proportion of the votes entitled to be cast by such shares.
(l) “Substantial Part” means properties and assets involved in any single transaction or a series of Related Transactions having an aggregate fair market value of more than ten percent of the total consolidated assets of the Person in question as determined immediately prior to such transaction or series of Related Transactions.
Section 10.05. Director Determinations. A majority of the Continuing Directors shall have the power to determine for the purposes of this Article X, on the bases of information known to them: (i) the number of Voting Shares of which any Person is the Beneficial Owner, (ii) whether a Person is an Affiliate or Associate of another, (iii) whether a Person has an agreement, arrangement or understanding with another as to the matters referred to in the definition of “Beneficial Owner,” (iv) whether the assets subject to any Business Combination constitute a Substantial Part, (v) whether two or more transactions constitute a series of Related Transactions, and (vi) such other matters with respect to which a determination is required under this Article X.
In connection with the exercise of its judgment in determining what is in the best interests of the Corporation and its shareholders when evaluating a business combination or a proposal by another Person or Persons to make a business combination or a tender or exchange offer (regardless of whether such proposal is otherwise subject to this Article X), the Board of Directors of the Corporation shall, in addition to considering the adequacy of the consideration to be paid in connection with any such transaction, consider all of the following factors and any other factors that it deems relevant: (i) the social and economic effects of the transaction on the Corporation and its Subsidiaries, employees, depositors, loan and other customers, creditors and other elements of the communities in which the Corporation and its Subsidiaries operate or are located; (ii) the business and financial condition and earnings prospects of the acquiring Person or Persons, including, but not limited to, debt service and other existing or likely financial obligations of the acquiring Person or Persons and their Affiliates and Associates, and the possible effect of such conditions upon the Corporation and its Subsidiaries and the other elements of the communities in which the Corporation and its Subsidiaries operate or are located; and (iii) the competence, experience, and integrity of the acquiring Person or Persons and its or their management and Affiliates and Associates.
Section 10.06. Fiduciary Obligations Unaffected. Nothing in this Article X shall be construed to relieve any Related Person from any fiduciary duty imposed by law.
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Section 3: EX-10.1 (EXHIBIT 10.1)

Exhibit


GERMAN AMERICAN BANCORP, INC.

AMENDED AND RESTATED 2019 EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLAN



I.
INTRODUCTION
The German American Bancorp, Inc. Amended and Restated 2019 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the “Plan”) was adopted by the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of German American Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) on March 2, 2020, subject to approval of the Company’s shareholders at their annual meeting scheduled to be held on May 21, 2020. The purpose of the Plan is to provide eligible employees of the Company and its subsidiaries the opportunity to invest in the Company through convenient payroll contributions. These contributions are used quarterly to purchase shares of common stock of the Company at a discount from the current market price. As used in this Plan, “subsidiary” means any “subsidiary corporation” as that term is defined in Section 424 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”). The Plan amends and restates the German American Bancorp, Inc. 2019 Employee Stock Purchase Plan effective as of October 1, 2019 (the “Prior Plan”) in its entirety. If approved by shareholders, the effective date of the Plan shall be July 1, 2020. In the event the Company’s shareholders fail to approve the Plan as set forth herein at the annual meeting, then this Plan shall be deemed void ab initio and the Prior Plan shall continue in effect in accordance with its terms.
The Plan may continue until all the stock allocated to it has been purchased or until September 30, 2029, whichever is earlier. The Board may terminate the Plan at any time, or make such amendment of the Plan as it may deem advisable, but no amendment may be made without the approval of the Company’s shareholders if it would materially: (i) increase the benefits accruing to participants under the Plan; (ii) modify the requirements as to eligibility for participation in the Plan; (iii) increase the number of shares which may be issued under the Plan (except as permitted under Section III); (iv) increase the cost of the Plan to the Company; or (v) alter the allocation of Plan benefits among participating employees.
The Plan is not qualified under Section 401(a) of the Code and is not subject to any provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). It is the Company’s intention to have the Plan qualify as an “employee stock purchase plan” under Section 423 of the Code, and the provisions of the Plan shall be construed so as to extend and limit participation in a manner consistent with the requirements of that Section of the Code.
II.
ADMINISTRATION
The Plan shall be administered by a committee of the Board of Directors which shall consist of two or more members of the Board, none of whom is eligible to participate in the Plan and all of whom are “Non-Employee Directors,” as such term is defined in Rule 16b-3(b)(3) of the Securities and Exchange Commission, under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “1934 Act”), or as required by any successor rule (the “Committee”). The Compensation/Human Resources Committee appointed by the Company’s Board of Directors shall act as the Committee under the Plan unless the Board of Directors otherwise directs. The Committee shall prescribe rules and regulations for the administration of the Plan and interpret its provisions. The Committee may correct any defect, reconcile any inconsistency or resolve any ambiguity in the Plan. The actions and determinations of the Committee on matters relating to the Plan are conclusive. The Committee and its members may be addressed in care of the Company at its principal office. The members of the Committee do not serve for fixed periods but may be appointed or removed at any time by the Board.
III.
STOCK SUBJECT TO THE PLAN
An aggregate of 750,000 shares of common stock, without par value, of the Company (each a “Common Share” and, collectively, the “Common Shares”) are available for purchase under the Plan, inclusive of all shares issued under the Prior Plan. Common Shares which are to be delivered under the Plan may be obtained by the Company by authorized purchases on the open market or from private sources, or by issuing authorized but unissued Common Shares. In the event of any change in the Common Shares through recapitalization, merger, consolidation, stock dividend or split, combination or exchanges of shares or otherwise, the Committee shall make such equitable adjustments in the Plan and the then outstanding offering as it deems necessary and appropriate including, but not limited to, changing the number of Common Shares reserved under the Plan and the price of the current offering. If the number of Common Shares that participating employees become entitled to purchase is greater than the number of Common Shares available, the Committee or its designee will allocate the available shares pro rata to participants in as near a uniform manner as practical and will promptly refund to participants any remaining payroll contributions not applied to the purchase of stock.
IV.
ELIGIBILITY
All employees of the Company and its subsidiaries will be eligible to participate in the Plan. No employee shall be eligible to participate in an offering unless he or she has been continuously employed by the Company or subsidiary for at least six months as of the first day of such offering. No employee shall be eligible to participate in the Plan if, immediately after an option is granted under the Plan, the employee owns more than five percent (5%) of the total combined voting power or value of all classes of shares of the Company or of any parent or subsidiary of the Company.
V.
OFFERINGS, PARTICIPATION AND DEDUCTIONS
A.    Offerings and Offering Periods. The Plan shall be implemented by a series of consecutive three-month offering periods, with each new offering period commencing on the first day of each calendar quarter (beginning October 1, 2019), or at such other time or times as may be determined by the Committee (the “Offering Date”), and ending on the last trading day of each calendar quarter, or at such other time or times as may be determined by the Committee (the “Purchase Date”). The Plan shall continue until terminated in accordance with Section I. Subject to the provisions concerning termination in Section I, the Committee shall have the power to change the duration and/or frequency of offering periods with respect to future offerings and shall use reasonable efforts to notify employees of any such change at least five (5) days prior to the scheduled beginning of the first offering period to be affected. In no event shall any option granted hereunder be exercisable more than twenty-seven (27) months from its Offering Date.
B.    Participation and Payroll Deduction Accounts. An eligible employee may participate in an offering by authorizing, on or before the tenth (10th) business day preceding the Offering Date for such offering, a payroll deduction for such purpose, expressed as a percentage of Eligible Compensation, which is within the minimum and maximum rates established by the Committee. “Eligible Compensation” for purposes of determining the amount of a participant’s contributions for any option period shall be the gross (before taxes are withheld) total of all base wages and salaries, commissions, overtime and bonuses received during the option period. Eligible Compensation shall not include any compensation not included in the previous sentence. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Committee shall have discretion to determine the application of this definition to the participants of an offering on a uniform and nondiscriminatory basis. In addition, the Committee may at any time suspend an offering or change the terms of the offering, subject to the provisions of this Plan and Section 423 of the Code, if required by law or if determined by the Committee to be in the best interests of the Company.
The Company will maintain or cause to be maintained a payroll deduction account for each participating employee (a “Payroll Deduction Account”). All funds received or held by the Company or its subsidiaries under the Plan may be, but need not be, segregated from other corporate funds. Any balance remaining in any employee’s Payroll Deduction Account at the end of an offering period will be refunded to the employee.
C.    Changes, Suspension and Withdrawal. Subject to rules, procedures and forms adopted by the Committee, a participating employee may, at any time during the offering period, prospectively increase, decrease or suspend his or her rate of payroll deductions or discontinue payroll deductions and withdraw the entire balance of his or her Payroll Deduction Account without interest and thereby withdraw from participation in an offering. Under the initial rules established by the Committee, payroll deductions may be increased or decreased only as of a quarterly Offering Date, by filing a new payroll deduction authorization with Human Resources at least ten (10) business days prior to the Offering Date. Under such initial rules, in order to be effective for an offering, any request to withdraw therefrom must be received by the Company on or before the tenth (10th) business day prior to the Purchase Date for such offering.
D.    Retirement, Death and Termination of Employment. In the event of a participating employee’s retirement, death or termination of employment, his or her participation in any offering under the Plan shall cease, no further amounts shall be deducted pursuant to the Plan, and the balance in the employee’s account shall be paid to the employee, or, in the event of the employee’s death, to the employee’s beneficiary designated on a form approved by the Committee (or, if the employee has not designated a beneficiary, to his or her estate), and in either case, without interest.
E.    Continued Participation. If a participating employee has not suspended or discontinued his or her payroll deductions or has not otherwise elected to cease participation in a future offering in accordance with the rules and procedures set forth in paragraph C above, his or her payroll deductions shall continue at the rate currently in effect throughout the offering period and for future offering periods unless reduced to reflect a change by the Committee in the maximum permissible rate. Such employee shall be deemed to have accepted each new offer and to have authorized payroll deductions in respect thereof during each such future offering period.
VI.
PURCHASE, LIMITATIONS AND PRICE
A.    Option Grant and Exercise; Purchase of Shares. Each employee participating in any offering under the Plan shall be granted an option, on the Offering Date for such offering, for as many Common Shares (which may include a fractional Common Share) as the amount of his or her Payroll Deduction Account at the end of such offering period can purchase. No employee may be granted an option under the Plan which permits his or her rights to purchase Common Shares under the Plan, and any other stock purchase plan of the Company or a parent or subsidiary of the Company qualified under Section 423 of the Code, to accrue at a rate which exceeds the maximum amount established by the Committee, but which maximum amount may in no event exceed $25,000 of Fair Market Value of such Common Shares (based on the value of the stock on their grant/enrollment date) for each calendar year in which any option is outstanding at any time. As of the Purchase Date for each offering period, each employee who continues to be a participant in the offering shall be deemed to have exercised his or her option to purchase the number of Common Shares (which may include a fractional Common Share) as the balance of his or her Payroll Deduction Account on such date may pay for at the purchase price. Such employee’s Payroll Deduction Account will be charged for the amount of the purchase and a book-entry credit representing such shares shall recorded in the share account described below.
B.    Share Accounts; Book-Entry; Dividend Reinvestment. All Common Shares purchased shall be credited in book-entry form to a separate share account for participating employees (a “Share Account”). Any cash dividends paid with respect to the Common Shares in a participant’s Share Account shall be distributed to the participant or the participant may choose to apply cash dividends to the purchase of additional shares by enrolling in the Company’s Dividend Reinvestment Plan. Any non-cash dividends paid with respect to the shares in a participant’s Share Account shall be added to the shares held for a participant in his or her Share Account.
C.    Title of Accounts. Each Share Account will be registered only in the name of the participating employee.
D.    Rights as a Shareholder. After a participant’s Payroll Deduction Account has been charged with the amount of the purchase price, the participating employee shall have all of the rights and privileges of a shareholder of the Company with respect to the Common Shares purchased under the Plan and held in the Share Account. A participant may withdraw or sell the shares in his or her Share Account at any time by providing written notice to the Company’s transfer agent.
E.    Account Statements. Not less than annually, each participating employee will receive a statement as to the amounts held in their Payroll Deduction Account and Share Account.
F.    Determination of Purchase Price. The Committee shall determine the purchase price of a Common Share for purposes of each offering, which price shall be an amount in the range from ninety-five percent (95%) and one hundred percent (100%) of the Fair Market Value of a Common Share on the Purchase Date. If the Committee for any reason should fail to determine the price for any offering within the percentage range specified by the preceding sentence for any offering, the percentage shall be ninety-five percent (95%).
“Fair Market Value” of a Common Share on a given date means the NASDAQ Official Closing Price (or similar closing price information if The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (NASDAQ) no longer makes available a figure called the NASDAQ Official Closing Price) on such date (“NOCP”), or if no NOCP is furnished by NASDAQ for the Common Shares on such date, the NOCP of a Common Share on the most recent day on which NASDAQ has furnished an NOCP for the Common Shares. If the Common Shares are not listed on any given date on the NASDAQ Global Select Market or similar market for which an NOCP (or similar closing price) is furnished by NASDAQ or other applicable exchange, then “Fair Market Value” is defined as the fair market value of a share on such date as determined in good faith by the Committee.
VII.
TRANSFER OF INTERESTS
No option, right or benefit under the Plan may be transferred by a participating employee other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution, and all options, rights and benefits under the Plan may be exercised during the participating employee’s lifetime only by such employee or the employee’s guardian or legal representative. There are no restrictions imposed by or under the Plan upon the resale of Common Shares issued under the Plan.
Certain officers of the Company are subject to restrictions under Section 16(b) of the 1934 Act. With respect to such officers, transactions under the Plan are intended to comply with all applicable conditions of Rule 16b-3 or its successors under the 1934 Act. To the extent any provision of the Plan or action by the Committee fails to so comply, it shall be deemed null and void if permitted by law and deemed advisable by the Committee.
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Approved and adopted by the shareholders of German American Bancorp, Inc. on May 21, 2020.


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