Item 1. Description of Registrants Securities to be Registered.
On August 7, 2006, the Board of Directors of the Company authorized and declared a dividend
distribution of one right (each a Right and collectively, the Rights) for each share of common
stock of the Company, $0.10 par value (the Common Stock), outstanding at the close of business on
August 21, 2006 (the Record Date). In addition, the Company has authorized the issuance of one
Right with respect to each share of Common Stock that becomes outstanding between the Record Date
and the earlier of the Distribution Date or the Expiration Date (as such terms are hereafter
defined) or the date, if any, on which the Rights are redeemed.
The description and terms of the Rights are set forth in a Rights Agreement (the Rights
Agreement), dated as of August 7, 2006 between the Company and American Stock Transfer & Trust
Company (the Rights Agent), the Rights Agent appointed by the Company. The terms of the Rights
are summarized below and the following description of the Rights is qualified in its entirety by
reference to the Rights Agreement. Capitalized terms used in the description and not defined
herein have the meanings ascribed to such terms in the Rights Agreement.
When exercisable, each Right entitles the registered holder, from the Distribution Date (as
hereinafter defined) until August 6, 2016 or the earlier redemption or exchange of the Rights, the
right to purchase from the Company, upon the exercise thereof in accordance with the terms of the
Rights Agreement, that number of shares of Common Stock of the Company having an aggregate Market
Price, on the date of the public announcement of an Acquiring Persons becoming such (the Stock
Acquisition Date) that gave rise to the Flip-in Date (as defined below), equal to twice the
Purchase Exercise Price for an amount in cash equal to the then current Purchase Exercise Price.
The Rights will be evidenced by the Common Stock certificates until the close of business on
the earlier of the following dates (either, the Distribution Date):
1. the tenth business day (or such later date as the Board of Directors of the Company may from
time to time fix by resolution adopted prior to the Distribution Date that would otherwise have
occurred) after the date on which any Person commences a tender or exchange offer which, if
consummated, would result in such Person Beneficially Owning 20% or more of the outstanding Common
2. the Flip-in Date, which is the tenth business day after the first date of public announcement
by the Company that a Person has become an Acquiring Person (as defined below), other than as a
result of a Flip-over Transaction (as defined below) (or such earlier or later date as the Board of
Directors of the Company may fix from time to time by resolution adopted prior to the Flip-in Date
that otherwise would have occurred).
If, however, a tender or exchange offer referred to in clause (1) above is cancelled,
terminated or otherwise withdrawn prior to the Distribution Date without the purchase of any shares
of stock pursuant thereto, such offer shall be deemed never to have been made.
An Acquiring Person is any Person, including Affiliates and Associates, having Beneficial
Ownership of 20% or more of the outstanding shares of Common Stock. The term Acquiring Person
does not include:
1. the Company, any wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company or any employee stock ownership or other
employee benefit plan of the Company or a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company;
2. any person who is the Beneficial Owner of 20% or more of the outstanding Common Stock as of the
date of the Rights Agreement or who becomes the Beneficial Owner of 20% or more of the outstanding
Common Stock solely as a result of an acquisition of Common Stock by the Company, until such time
as such Person acquires additional Common Stock, other than through a dividend or stock split;
3. any Person who, within five Business Days of being notified by the Company of its status as an
Acquiring Person, certifies to the Company that the Person acquired Beneficial Ownership of 20% or
more of the Common
Stock inadvertently or without knowledge of the Rights Agreement, and without
any intention to affect control of the Company, and the certification is determined by a majority
of the Companys Board of Directors to have been made in good faith, if that Person divests as
promptly as practicable (but in no event more than 30 calendar days following the certification) a
sufficient number of shares of Common Stock so that the Person then Beneficially Owns less than 20%
of the outstanding Common Stock; or
4. any Person who Beneficially Owns shares of Common Stock consisting solely of: (a) shares
acquired pursuant to the grant or exercise of an option granted by the Company in connection with
an agreement to merge with, or acquire, the Company at a time at which there is no Acquiring
Person, (b) shares owned by such Person and its Affiliates and Associates at the time of such grant
and (c) shares, amounting to less than 1% of the outstanding Common Stock, acquired by Affiliates
and Associates of such Person after the time of such grant.
The Rights Agreement provides that, until the Distribution Date, the Rights will be
transferred with and only with the Common Stock. Common Stock certificates issued prior to the
Distribution Date shall evidence one Right for each share of Common Stock represented thereby and
shall contain a legend incorporating by reference the terms of the Rights Agreement (as such may be
amended from time to time). Notwithstanding the absence of the aforementioned legend, certificates
evidencing shares of Common Stock outstanding on or prior to August 21, 2006 also shall evidence
one Right for each share of Common Stock evidenced thereby. Promptly following the Distribution
Date, separate certificates evidencing the Rights (Rights Certificates) will be mailed to holders
of record of Common Stock at the Distribution Date.
The Rights are not exercisable until the Business Day following the Distribution Date. The
Rights expire on the earliest of the following dates (in any such case, the Expiration Time):
1. the Exchange Time (as defined below);
2. the close of business on August 6, 2016;
3. the date on which the Rights are redeemed as described below; and
4. upon the merger of the Company into another corporation pursuant to an agreement entered into
when there is no Acquiring Person.
The Purchase Exercise Price and the number of Rights outstanding, or in certain circumstances
the securities purchasable upon exercise of the Rights, are subject to adjustment from time to time
to prevent dilution in the event of a Common Stock dividend on, or a subdivision or a combination
into a smaller number of shares of, Common Stock, or the issuance or distribution of any securities
or assets in respect of, in lieu of or in exchange for Common Stock.
In the event that, prior to the Expiration Time, a Flip-in Date occurs, the Company must take
such action as is necessary to ensure and provide that each Right (other than Rights Beneficially
Owned by the Acquiring Person or any Affiliate or Associate thereof, which Rights shall become
void) shall constitute the right to purchase from the Company, upon the exercise thereof in
accordance with the terms of the Rights Agreement, that number of shares of Common Stock of the
Company having an aggregate Market Price on the Stock Acquisition Date equal to twice the Purchase
Exercise Price for an amount in cash equal to the then current Purchase Exercise Price.
In addition, to the extent not prohibited by applicable law, at any time after a Flip-in Date,
the Board of Directors of the Company may elect, at its option, to exchange all (but not less than
all) of the then outstanding Rights (other than Rights Beneficially Owned by the Acquiring Person
or any Affiliate or Associate thereof, which Rights become void) for shares of Common Stock at an
exchange ratio of one share of Common Stock per Right. If there are insufficient authorized but
unissued shares of Common Stock to permit an exchange ratio of one share of Common Stock per Right,
such lesser number of shares of Common Stock as is available to be issued shall be exchanged for
all of the then outstanding, non-void Rights. This specified exchange ratio, as adjusted from time
to time, is the Exchange Ratio. The Exchange Ratio will be appropriately adjusted to reflect any
stock split, stock dividend or similar transaction occurring after the Distribution Date.
Immediately upon such action by the Board of
Directors (the Exchange Time), the right to exercise the Rights will terminate and each Right will thereafter represent only the right to receive a
number of shares of Common Stock equal to the Exchange Ratio.
The Rights Agreement also requires certain actions by the Company in the event that, after an
Acquiring Person exists and controls the Companys Board of Directors, the Company enters into,
consummates or permits to occur a transaction or series of transactions in which any of the
following, directly or indirectly, occurs (any such event a Flip-over Transaction):
1. the Company consolidates, merges or participates in a binding share exchange with any other
Person if any term of or arrangement concerning the treatment of shares of capital stock in such
merger, consolidation or share exchange relating to the Acquiring Person is not identical to the
terms and arrangements relating to other holders of Common Stock, or
2. the Company sells or otherwise transfers (or one or more its subsidiaries sells or otherwise
transfers) assets: (a) aggregating more than 50% of the assets (measured by either book value or
fair market value); or (b) generating more than 50% of the operating income or cash flow of the
Company and its subsidiaries (taken as a whole) to any other Person (other than the Company or one
or more of its wholly owned subsidiaries) or to two or more such Persons which are affiliated or
otherwise acting in concert.
The Company must take such action as is necessary to ensure, and may not enter into,
consummate or permit to occur a Flip-over Transaction until it has entered into a supplemental
agreement with the Person engaging in the Flip-over Transaction or the parent corporation of that
Person (the Flip-over Entity), for the benefit of the holders of the Rights, providing that, upon
consummation or occurrence of the Flip-over Transaction:
1. each Right shall thereafter constitute the right to purchase, for an amount in cash equal to the
then current Purchase Exercise Price, from the Flip-over Entity, upon exercise of the Right in
accordance with the terms of the Rights Agreement, that number of shares of common stock of the
Flip-over Entity having an aggregate Market Price on the date of consummation or occurrence of the
Flip-over Transaction equal to twice the Purchase Exercise Price; and
2. the Flip-over Entity thereafter shall be liable for, and shall assume, by virtue of the
Flip-over Transaction and such supplemental agreement, all the obligations and duties of the
Company pursuant to the Rights Agreement.
The Board of Directors of the Company may, at its option, at any time prior to the close of
business on the Flip-in Date, redeem all (but not less than all), of the then outstanding Rights at
a price of $0.01 per Right (the Redemption Price), as provided in the Rights Agreement.
Immediately upon the action of the Board of Directors of the Company to redeem the Rights, without
any further action and without any notice, the right to exercise the Rights will terminate and each
Right will thereafter represent only the right to receive the Redemption Price in cash or
securities, as determined by the Companys Board of Directors, for each Right so held.
The holders of Rights will, solely by reason of their ownership of Rights, have no rights as
stockholders of the Company, including, without limitation, the right to vote or to receive
The Rights have certain anti-takeover effects. The Rights will cause substantial dilution to
a person or group that attempts to acquire the Company in certain circumstances. Accordingly, the
existence of the Rights may deter certain acquirors from making takeover proposals or tender
offers. However, the Rights are not intended to prevent a takeover, but rather are designed to
enhance the ability of the Board of Directors to negotiate with a potential acquiror on behalf of
all of the stockholders.
Item 2. Exhibits.
||Description of Document
||Rights Agreement, dated as of August 7, 2006, between the
Company and the Rights Agent