Proposal 4: Adoption and Approval of Amendment of the Certificate of Incorporation to Increase Authorized Shares of Common Stock
The Company’s current Certificate of Incorporation authorizes the issuance of 205,000,000 shares of the Company’s capital stock, of which 5,000,000 shares are designated as preferred stock and 200,000,000 shares are designated as common stock. On February 14, 2017, the Company’s Board of Directors unanimously adopted and approved an amendment to the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation to increase the number of authorized shares of Company common stock from 205,000,000 to 405,000,000 (the Share Amendment), subject to stockholder approval. The Board has declared the proposed Share Amendment to be advisable and in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders and has directed that adoption and approval of the Share Amendment be submitted to the Company’s stockholders for their consideration at this Annual Meeting.
The Company’s Board of Directors recommends that stockholders adopt and approve the proposed Share Amendment to the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation. The text of the proposed Share Amendment is attached as Appendix A and incorporated in this Proxy Statement by reference.
Purpose and Background of the Proposed Share Amendment
As of March 10, 2017, there were approximately 123,696,687 shares of Company common stock issued and outstanding. This number does not include approximately 1,269,415 shares of Company common stock that are subject to outstanding equity awards under our 2016 Performance Incentive Plan and 2008 Performance Incentive Plan and an additional 11,847,713 shares of Company common stock that are reserved for future issuance under our 2016 Performance Incentive Plan and our 2010 Employee Stock Purchase Plan as of March 10, 2017. Based upon our issued and reserved shares of common stock, there are approximately 63,186,185 million shares of common stock available for issuance in the future for other corporate purposes.
The purpose of the proposed Share Amendment is to allow the Company to have a sufficient number of shares of authorized and unissued common stock for issuance in connection with such corporate purposes as may, from time to time, be considered advisable by the Company’s Board of Directors. Having such shares available for issuance in the future will give the Company greater flexibility and will allow the shares to be issued from time to time as determined by the Company’s Board and, unless otherwise required by NYSE listing rules or other applicable rules and regulations, without the expense and delay of a special stockholders’ meeting to approve the additional authorized capital stock. The corporate purposes for which the Company may issue common stock could include, without limitation, issuances in connection with stock splits or stock dividends, issuances in connection with future acquisitions, issuances pursuant to equity awards granted under current or future equity compensation plans and issuances in connection with equity financings. There are currently no commitments or understandings with respect to the issuance of any of the additional shares of Company common stock that would be authorized by the proposed Share Amendment.
Rights of Additional Authorized Shares
Any authorized shares of Company common stock, if and when issued, would be part of our existing class of common stock and would have the same rights and privileges as the shares of common stock currently outstanding. The holders of Company common stock have no preemptive rights to subscribe for or purchase any additional shares of Company common stock that may be issued in the future.
Effect of Proposed Share Amendment
The increase in the Company’s authorized common stock will not have any immediate effect on the rights of existing stockholders. However, the Company’s Board of Directors will have the authority to issue common stock without requiring future stockholder approval of such issuances, except as may be required by the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation, NYSE listing rules or other applicable rules and regulations. To the extent that the additional authorized shares are issued in the future, they could decrease the Company’s existing stockholders’ percentage equity ownership and, depending upon the price at which they are issued as compared to the price paid by existing stockholders for their shares, could be dilutive to the Company’s existing stockholders.
The increase in the authorized number of shares of Company common stock and the subsequent issuance of such shares could have the effect of delaying or preventing a change in control of the Company without further action by the stockholders. Shares of authorized and unissued common stock could (within the limits imposed by applicable law) be issued in one or more transactions that would make a change in control of the Company more difficult, and therefore less likely. Any such issuance of additional stock could have the effect of diluting the earnings per share and book value per share of the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock, and such additional shares could be used to dilute the stock ownership or voting rights of a person seeking to obtain control of the Company. The Company’s Board of Directors is not aware of any attempt to take control of the Company and has not presented this proposal with the intention that the increase in our authorized shares of common stock be used as a type of anti-takeover device.
Implementing the Proposed Share Amendment
If approved by the Company’s stockholders at the Annual Meeting, the proposed Share Amendment to the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation will become effective upon the filing of a Certificate of Amendment with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware. Although the Company’s Board of Directors intends to file the Certificate of Amendment as soon as practicable after the Annual Meeting, if, in the judgment of the Company’s Board of Directors, any circumstances exist that would make consummation of the proposed Share Amendment inadvisable, then, in accordance with Delaware law and notwithstanding approval of the proposed Share Amendment to the Certificate of Incorporation by the Company’s stockholders, the Company’s Board of Directors may abandon the proposed Share Amendment, either before or after approval and authorization by the Company’s stockholders, at any time prior to the effectiveness of the filing of the Certificate of Amendment.
Vote Required and Recommendation of the Board of Directors
The affirmative vote of the holders of at least a majority of the outstanding shares of common stock, whether or not present or represented by proxy at the Annual Meeting, is required to approve the Share Amendment to the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation.