|WNS (HOLDINGS) LTD filed this Form 20-F on 05/16/2018|
Vesting of Full Value Awards. Full value awards (generally, any award other than an option or share appreciation right) will vest over a period of at least three years (or, in the case of vesting based upon attainment of certain performance goals, over a period of at least one year). However, full value awards that result in the issuance of an aggregate of up to 5% to the total issuable shares under the Third Amended and Restated 2006 Incentive Award Plan may be granted without any minimum vesting periods. In addition, full value awards may vest on an accelerated basis in the event of a participants death, disability, or retirement, or in the event of our change in control or other special circumstances.
Non-transferability. Awards granted under The 2016 Incentive Award Plan are generally not transferable.
Withholding. We have the right to withhold, deduct or require a participant to remit to us an amount sufficient to satisfy federal, state, local or foreign taxes (including the participants employment tax obligations) required by law to be withheld with respect to any tax concerning the participant as a result of The 2016 Incentive Award Plan.
Termination or Amendment. An Award of Performance Shares, Performance Share Units, Deferred Shares, Share Payments and Restricted Share Units shall only vest or be exercisable or payable while the Participant is an Employee, Consultant or a member of the Board, as applicable; provided, however , that the Committee in its sole and absolute discretion may provide that an Award of Performance Shares, Performance Share Units, Share Payments, Deferred Shares or Restricted Share Units may vest or be exercised or paid subsequent to a termination of employment or service, as applicable, or following a Change in Control of the Company, or because of the Participants retirement, death or Disability, or otherwise; provided, however , that, to the extent required to preserve tax deductibility under Section 162(m) of the Code, any such provision with respect to Performance Shares or Performance Share Units that are intended to constitute Qualified Performance-Based Compensation shall be subject to the requirements of Section 162(m) of the Code that apply to Qualified Performance-Based Compensation.
Outstanding Awards. As at March 31, 2018, options or RSUs to purchase an aggregate of 1,334,728 ordinary shares were outstanding, out of which options or RSUs to purchase 531,844 ordinary shares were held by all our directors and executive officers as a group. The expiration dates of these RSUs range from November 30, 2026 to January 31, 2028. The weighted average grant date fair value of RSUs granted during fiscal 2018, 2017 and 2016 were $30.85, $30.26 and $25.16 per ADS, respectively. There is no purchase price for the RSUs.
Other Employee Benefits
We also maintain other employee benefit plans in the form of certain statutory and incentive plans covering substantially all of our employees. For fiscal 2018, the total amount accrued by us to provide for pension, retirement or similar benefits was $14.7 million.
In accordance with Indian, Philippines and Sri Lankan laws, all of our employees in these countries are entitled to receive benefits under the respective government provident fund, a defined contribution plan to which both we and the employee contribute monthly at a pre-determined rate (for India and Sri Lanka, currently 12% of the employees base salary and for the Philippines, 100 Philippine pesos per month for every employee). These contributions are made to the respective government provident fund and we have no further obligation under this fund apart from our monthly contributions. We contributed an aggregate of $8.9 million, $8.4 million and $5.9 million in each of fiscal 2018, 2017 and 2016, respectively, to the government provident fund.
US Savings Plan
Eligible employees in the US participate in a savings plan (the US Savings Plan), pursuant to Section 401(k) of the Code. The US Savings Plan allows our employees to defer a portion of their annual earnings on a pre-tax basis through voluntary contributions there under. The US Savings Plan provides that we can make optional contributions up to the maximum allowable limit under the Code. We contributed an aggregate of $1.3 million, $0.4 million, and $0.3 million in each of fiscal 2018, 2017 and 2016, respectively, to the US Savings Plan.