This excerpt taken from the AKS 10-K filed Mar 2, 2006.
7. Stockholders Equity
Preferred Stock: There are 25,000,000 shares authorized; no shares are issued or outstanding.
Common Stock: The holders of common stock are entitled to receive dividends when and as declared by the Board of Directors out of funds legally available for distribution. The holders have one vote per share in respect of all matters and are not entitled to preemptive rights.
Dividends: No common stock dividends were paid in 2005, 2004 or 2003. The declaration and payment of cash dividends is subject to restrictions imposed by a covenant contained in the instruments governing its outstanding senior debt. Dividends were reduced and ultimately suspended in 2001 because of the restrictions imposed by this covenant. However, effective August 8, 2002, the Company received consents from the holders of its other outstanding senior notes to amend the covenant applicable to each of those notes to conform to the covenant applicable to its new 7- 3/4% Senior Notes Due 2012. The effect of the amended covenant was to provide the Company with greater ability to pay dividends, if declared by the Board of Directors, and to redeem or purchase shares of its outstanding capital stock. Under the senior debt covenants, the payment of future dividends is subject to a formula that reflects cumulative net earnings. As a result of cumulative losses recorded over the last three years, the Company, under the formula, cannot pay a common stock dividend or purchase shares of its outstanding capital stock. The restriction in the Companys inventory-based revolving credit facility limits dividends to $12.0 annually.
Stockholder Rights Plan: On January 23, 1996, the Board of Directors adopted a Stockholder Rights Plan pursuant to which it issued one Preferred Share Purchase Right (collectively, the Rights) for each share of common stock outstanding. The Rights had an expiration date of January 23, 2006. No rights were redeemed prior to their expiration on that date and the Board has not acted to renew the previous, or adopt a new, Stockholder Rights Plan.