This excerpt taken from the C DEF 14A filed Jun 18, 2009.
Stockholders should not destroy any stock certificate(s) and should not submit any stock certificate(s) until requested to do so.
We do not currently intend to issue fractional shares in connection with the Reverse Stock Split. Therefore, we do not expect to issue certificates representing fractional shares. Stockholders of record who would otherwise hold fractional shares because the number of shares of common stock they hold before the Reverse Stock Split is not evenly divisible by the split ratio ultimately determined by the board of directors will be entitled to receive cash (without interest and subject to applicable withholding taxes) in lieu of such fractional shares from our agent. Our agent will aggregate all fractional shares following the Reverse Stock Split and sell them into the market. The total amount of cash that will be paid to holders of fractional shares following the Reverse Stock Split will be an amount equal to the net proceeds (after customary brokerage commissions and other expenses) attributable to such sale. Holders of fractional shares as a result of the Reverse Stock Split will be paid such proceeds on a pro rata basis, depending on the fractional amount of shares that they owned.
If a stockholder who holds shares in certificated form is entitled to a payment in lieu of any fractional share interest, the stockholder will receive a check as soon as practicable after the Effective Time and after the stockholder has submitted an executed transmittal letter and surrendered all Old Certificates, as described above in Holders of Certificated Shares of Common Stock. If a stockholder holds shares of our common stock with a bank, broker, custodian or other nominee, those stockholders should contact their bank, broker, custodian or other nominee for information on the treatment and processing of fractional shares by their bank, broker, custodian or other nominee. By signing and cashing the check, stockholders will warrant that they owned the shares of common stock for which they received a cash payment. The cash payment is subject to applicable federal and state income tax and state abandoned property laws. Stockholders will not be entitled to receive interest for the period of time between the Effective Time and the date payment is received.
If and when the board of directors elects to effect the Reverse Stock Split, we will also reduce the number of authorized shares of common stock in proportion to the reverse stock split ratio. The reduction in the number of authorized shares would be effected by the filing of the certificate of amendment to our restated certificate of incorporation, as discussed above. The table below shows the number to which authorized shares of common stock will be reduced resulting from the listed hypothetical reverse stock split ratios indicated below:
The actual number of authorized shares after giving effect to the Reverse Stock Split, if implemented, will depend on the reverse stock split ratio that is ultimately determined by the board of directors and whether the Authorized Share Increase is approved.
As a result of the reduction in authorized shares of common stock, the same proportion of authorized but unissued shares to shares authorized and issued (or reserved for issuance) would be maintained if the board of directors elects to effect the Reverse Stock Split. The table below shows the total number of authorized but unissued shares of common stock that is expected to result from the capital reduction resulting from the listed hypothetical reverse stock split ratios (without giving effect to the treatment of fractional shares), assuming approval of the Authorized Share Increase and conversion of the Interim Securities, and depending on the levels of participation in the Exchange Offers:
The actual number of authorized but unissued shares of common stock after giving effect to the Reverse Stock Split, if implemented, will depend on the reverse stock split ratio that is ultimately determined by the board of directors and whether the Authorized Share Increase is approved, and, because the ratios at which Public Preferred Depositary Shares and Trust Preferred Securities are exchanged for shares of common stock varies depending on the series of Public Preferred Depositary Shares or Trust Preferred Securities, the relative proportions of each series of Public Preferred Depositary Shares and Trust Preferred Securities that are tendered and accepted for exchange in connection with the Exchange Offers. If the Reverse Stock Split is abandoned by the board of directors, we will also abandon the reduction in the number of authorized shares.
Effect of the Reverse Stock Split on Options, Restricted Stock Awards and Units, Warrants, and Convertible or Exchangeable Securities
Based upon the reverse stock split ratio determined by the board of directors, proportionate adjustments are generally required to be made to the per share exercise price and the number of shares issuable upon the exercise or conversion of all outstanding options, warrants, convertible or exchangeable securities entitling the holders to purchase, exchange for, or convert into, shares of common stock including any Interim Securities or warrants issued in the USG/Private Holders Transactions that remain outstanding. This would result in approximately the same aggregate price being required to be paid under such options, warrants, convertible or exchangeable securities upon exercise, and approximately the same value of shares of common stock being delivered upon such exercise, exchange or conversion, immediately following the Reverse Stock Split as was the case immediately preceding the Reverse Stock Split. The number of shares deliverable upon settlement or vesting of restricted stock awards and units will be similarly adjusted. The number of shares reserved for issuance pursuant to these securities will be reduced proportionately based upon the reverse stock split ratio determined by the board of directors.
The proposed amendments to our restated certificate of incorporation will not affect the par value of our common stock per share, which will remain at $0.01. As a result, as of the Effective Time, the stated capital attributable to common stock on our balance sheet will be reduced proportionately based on the reverse stock split ratio (including a retroactive adjustment of prior periods), and the additional paid-in capital account will be credited with the amount by which the stated capital is reduced. Reported per share net income or loss will be higher because there will be fewer shares of common stock outstanding.
Certain Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Reverse Stock Split
The following summary describes certain material U.S. federal income tax consequences of the Reverse Stock Split to holders of our common stock.
Unless otherwise specifically indicated herein, this summary addresses the tax consequences only to a beneficial owner of our common stock that is a citizen or individual resident of the United States, a corporation organized in or under the laws of the United States or any state thereof or the District of Columbia or otherwise subject to U.S. federal income taxation on a net income basis in respect of our common stock (a U.S. holder). This summary does not address all of the tax consequences that may be relevant to any particular investor, including tax considerations that arise from rules of general application to all taxpayers or to certain classes of taxpayers or that are generally assumed to be known by investors. This summary also does not address the tax consequences to (i) persons that may be subject to special treatment under U.S. federal income tax law, such as banks, insurance companies, thrift institutions, regulated investment companies, real estate investment trusts, tax-exempt organizations, U.S. expatriates, persons subject to the alternative minimum tax, traders in securities that elect to mark to market and dealers in securities or currencies, (ii) persons that hold our common stock as part of a position in a straddle or as part of a hedging, conversion or other integrated investment transaction for federal income tax purposes, or (iii) persons that do not hold our common stock as capital assets (generally, property held for investment).
This summary is based on the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (IRC), U.S. Treasury regulations, administrative rulings and judicial authority, all as in effect as of June 18, 2009. Subsequent developments in U.S. federal income tax law, including changes in law or differing interpretations, which may be applied retroactively, could have a material effect on the U.S. federal income tax consequences of the Reverse Stock Split.