OSLO, Norway (3 August 2021) - In accordance with the measures approved by the shareholders of TGS at the Annual General Meeting on 8 May 2018, the Board of Directors of TGS ASA authorized TGS to grant Performance Stock Units (PSUs), Performance Restricted Stock Units (P-RSUs), and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) under the 2018 Long Term Incentive Plan to key employees of TGS on 3 August 2018. Each RSU represented the right to receive one share, while each PSU and P-RSU represented the right to receive a maximum of one share depending on performance against target metrics during the measurement period of 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020. The granted PSUs, P-RSUs, and RSUs were secured by free-standing warrants.
In accordance with the terms of the 2018 Long Term Incentive Plan, the PSUs, P-RSUs, and RSUs vested on 3 August 2021, resulting in a total of 58 PSU/P-RSU/RSU holders having the right to request the issuance of a total of 247,000 TGS shares at par value NOK 0.25. The TGS Board of Directors determined that the final payout on the PSUs and P-RSUs is 60% based on achievement of performance metrics set forth in the plan, resulting in a total of 174,000 shares issuable to ten holders of the vested PSUs and 16,800 shares issuable to four holders of P-RSUs. In addition, 56,200 shares are issuable to 44 employees for the vesting of the RSUs.
PSU/P-RSU/RSU holders have the option of allowing a portion of their vested shares to be cash settled by TGS, using the fair market value of the shares as defined under the plan, to cover tax withholding obligations and other necessary deductions that arise in connection with the vest.
The following primary insiders have the right to request the issuance of the following number of TGS shares related to the vesting of the PSUs/P-RSUs/RSUs, a portion of which may be cash-settled as described above:
----Fredrik Amundsen -- 15,000 shares
----William J.C. Ashby -- 15,000 shares
----Whitney Eaton -- 1,000 shares
----Kristian Kuvaas Johansen -- 40,800 shares
----Sven Borre Larsen -- 19,200 shares
----Tana LaDon Pool -- 15,000 shares
----Tanya Herwanger -- 9,000 shares
----Amund Soia -- 1,000 shares
----David Hajovsky -- 4,200 shares
Attached is the list of primary insiders reflecting the balance of free-standing warrants relating to granted PSUs, P-RSUs, and RSUs after the vesting of the 2018 Long Term Incentive Plan.
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