Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
The information included in Item 3.03 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated by reference into this Item 1.01.
Item 3.03. Material Modification to Rights of Security Holders.
The Board of Directors adopted the rights plan in response to the recent rapid accumulations of significant portions of the outstanding Common Stock. The Rights Agreement is intended to enable all stockholders to realize the long-term value of their investment in the Company and to guard against any attempt to gain control of the Company without paying all stockholders a premium for that control. The Board of Directors believes that the Rights Agreement will help promote the fair and equal treatment of all stockholders of the Company and ensure that the Board of Directors remains in the best position to discharge its fiduciary duties to the Company and its stockholders. In general terms, the Rights Agreement works by imposing a significant penalty upon any person or group which acquires 10% (or 20% in the case of certain institutional investors who report their holdings on Schedule 13G) or more of the outstanding Common Stock without the approval of the Board.
A summary of the terms of the Rights Agreement follows. This description is only a summary, and is not complete, and should be read together with the entire Rights Agreement, which has been filed as an exhibit to this Form 8-K. A copy of the Rights Agreement is available free of charge from the Company.
The Rights. The Rights will initially trade with, and will be inseparable from, the Common Stock. The Rights are evidenced only by certificates that represent shares of Common Stock. New Rights will accompany any new shares of Common Stock the Company issues after
Exercise Price. Each Right will allow its holder to purchase from the Company one one-thousandth of a share of Series D Junior Participating Preferred Stock (a "Preferred Share") for
Exercisability. The Rights will not be exercisable until 10 days after the public announcement that a person or group has become an "Acquiring Person" by obtaining beneficial ownership of 10% (or 20% in the case of certain institutional investors who report their holdings on Schedule 13G) or more of the outstanding Common Stock.
Certain synthetic interests in securities created by derivative positions - whether or not such interests are considered to be ownership of the underlying Common Stock or are reportable for purposes of Regulation 13D of the Securities Exchange Act - are treated as beneficial ownership of the number of shares of the Common Stock equivalent to the economic exposure created by the derivative position, to the extent actual shares of the Common Stock are directly or indirectly held by counterparties to the derivatives contracts. Swaps dealers unassociated with any control intent or intent to evade the purposes of the Rights Agreement are excepted from such imputed beneficial ownership.
The date when the Rights become exercisable is the "Distribution Date." Until that date, the Common Stock certificates will also evidence the Rights, and any transfer of shares of Common Stock will constitute a transfer of Rights. After that date, the Rights will separate from the Common Stock and be evidenced by book-entry credits or by Rights certificates that the Company will mail to all eligible holders of Common Stock. Any Rights held by an Acquiring Person are void and may not be exercised.
Consequences of a Person or Group Becoming an Acquiring Person.
· Flip In. If a person or group becomes an Acquiring Person, all holders of
Rights except the Acquiring Person shall thereafter have the right to receive, upon exercise, that number of shares of Common Stock (or, in certain circumstances, cash, property or other securities of the Company) which equals the Exercise Price divided by 50% of the current market price per share of Common Stock at the date of the occurrence of such event.
· Flip Over. If the Company is later acquired in a merger or similar transaction
after the Distribution Date, all holders of Rights except the Acquiring Person shall thereafter have the right to receive, upon exercise, that number of shares of common stock of the acquiring company which equals the Exercise Price divided by 50% of the current market price of such common stock at the date of the occurrence of the event.
· Notional Shares. Shares held by affiliates and associates of an Acquiring
Person, and notional shares held by counterparties to a Derivatives Contract with an Acquiring Person, will be deemed to be beneficially owned by the Acquiring Person.
Preferred Share Provisions. Each one one-thousandth of a Preferred Share, if issued:
· will not be redeemable;
· will entitle its holder to quarterly dividend payments of
an amount equal to the dividend paid on one share of Common Stock, whichever is greater;
· will entitle its holder upon liquidation either to receive
equal to the payment made on one share of Common Stock, whichever is greater;
· will have the same voting power as one share of Common Stock; and
· if shares of the Common Stock are exchanged via merger, consolidation, or a
similar transaction, will entitle holders to a per share payment equal to the payment made on one share of Common Stock.
The value of one one-thousandth interest in a Preferred Share should approximate the value of one share of Common Stock.
Expiration. The Rights will expire on
Redemption. The Board may redeem the Rights for
Exchange. After a person or group becomes an Acquiring Person, but before an Acquiring Person owns 50% or more of the outstanding Common Stock, the Board may extinguish the Rights by exchanging one share of Common Stock or an equivalent . . .
Item 5.03. Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.
In connection with the adoption of the Rights Agreement referenced in Item 3.03 above, the Board approved the Certificate of Designations establishing the Preferred Shares and the rights, preferences and privileges thereof. The Certificate of Designations was filed with the
Item 8.01. Other Events.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits. (d) Exhibits.
3.1 Certificate of Designations of Series D Junior Participating Preferred Stock
4.1 Rights Agreement, dated as of
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company LLC, which includes the form of Certificate of Designations of Series D Junior Participating Preferred Stock as Exhibit A, the form of Right Certificate as Exhibit B and the Summary of Rights to Purchase Preferred Shares as Exhibit C.
99.1 Press Release, dated