This excerpt taken from the GIS 8-K filed Apr 11, 2007.
(f) A Holder of Securities is not entitled to any rights of a holder of Common Stock until such Holder has converted its Securities into Common Stock as set forth in Section 5.02(b).
SECTION 5.02. Conversion Procedure. (a) To convert a Security, a Holder must (i) if the Security is in definitive form, complete and manually sign the irrevocable conversion notice on the back of the Security (a Conversion Notice, which term, for the avoidance of doubt, shall include the instructions referred to in clause (v) of this Section 5.02(a), if applicable) and deliver such notice to the Conversion Agent, (ii) if the Security is in definitive form, surrender the Security to the Conversion Agent, (iii) if the Security is in definitive form, furnish appropriate endorsements and transfer documents if required by the Security Registrar or the Conversion Agent, (iv) pay any transfer or other tax, if required by Section 5.03 and (v) if the Security is held in book-entry form, complete and deliver to the Depositary appropriate conversion instructions pursuant to the Applicable Procedures. The date on which the Holder satisfies all of the foregoing requirements is the Conversion Date. If a Holder of Securities converts such Securities, then on the third Trading Day immediately following the last day of the related Observation Period, the Company shall deliver to the Holder through the Conversion Agent cash and shares of Common Stock, if any, in the amounts calculated in accordance with Section 5.14.
(b) The Person in whose name the Security is registered shall be deemed, with respect to any shares of Common Stock due upon conversion of such Security in accordance with Section 5.14, to be a stockholder of record at the close of business on the last Trading Day of the Observation Period; provided that if such date is a date on which the stock transfer books of the Company shall be closed, the Person in whose name the certificates are to be delivered as the record holder thereof for all purposes shall be the next succeeding day on which such stock transfer books are open.
(c) No payment or adjustment will be made for accrued but unpaid interest on any converted Security or for dividends or distributions on shares of Common Stock issued upon conversion of a Security. The Company shall not adjust the Conversion Rate to account for the accrued but unpaid interest. Any accrued but unpaid interest on a Security shall be deemed to be paid in full upon conversion of such Security, rather than cancelled, extinguished or forfeited. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if Securities are converted after the close of business on a Record Date and prior to the open of business on the next Interest Payment Date, Holders of such Securities at the close of business on such Record Date shall receive the accrued but unpaid interest payable on such Securities on the corresponding Interest Payment Date notwithstanding the conversion. In such event, such Security, when surrendered for conversion, must be accompanied by delivery of a check payable to the Conversion Agent in an amount equal to the accrued but unpaid interest payable on such Interest Payment Date on the portion so converted. If such payment does not accompany such Security, the Security shall not be converted; provided that no such payment shall be required (1) if such Security has been called for redemption on a Redemption Date that is after a Record Date but on or prior to the corresponding Interest Payment Date, (2) if the Company has specified a Change in Control Repurchase Date that is after a Record Date but on or prior to the corresponding Interest Payment Date, or (3) to the extent of overdue interest (including any overdue Additional Interest), if any such overdue interest exists at the time of conversion with respect to the Securities converted. If the Company defaults in the payment of interest payable on the Interest Payment Date, the Conversion Agent shall promptly repay such funds to the Holder.
(d) Upon surrender of a Security that is converted in part, the Company shall execute, and the Trustee shall, upon receipt of a Company Order, authenticate and deliver to the Holder, a new Security equal in principal amount to the unconverted portion of the Security surrendered.
SECTION 5.03. Taxes on Conversion. If a Holder converts a Security, the Company shall pay any documentary, stamp or similar issue or transfer tax due on the issue of shares of Common Stock upon such conversion. However, the Holder shall pay any tax which is due because the Holder requests the shares to be issued in a name other than the Holders name. The Conversion Agent may refuse to deliver the certificates representing the Common Stock being issued in a name other than the Holders name until the Conversion Agent receives a sum sufficient to pay any tax which will be due because the shares are to be issued in a name other than the Holders name.
SECTION 5.04. Company to Provide Stock. (a) The Company shall, prior to issuance of any Securities hereunder, and from time to time as may be necessary, reserve, out of its authorized but unissued Common Stock, a sufficient number of shares of Common Stock to permit the conversion of all outstanding Securities into shares of Common Stock. The certificates representing the shares of Common Stock issued upon conversion of Transfer Restricted Securities shall bear a legend substantially in the following form:
THIS SECURITY HAS NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (THE SECURITIES ACT), OR ANY STATE OR OTHER SECURITIES LAWS. NEITHER THIS SECURITY NOR ANY INTEREST OR PARTICIPATION HEREIN MAY BE REOFFERED, SOLD, ASSIGNED, PLEDGED, OR OTHERWISE TRANSFERRED IN THE ABSENCE OF SUCH REGISTRATION OR UNLESS SUCH TRANSACTION IS EXEMPT FROM, OR NOT SUBJECT TO, THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE SECURITIES ACT. BY ITS ACQUISITION HEREOF OR OF A BENEFICIAL INTEREST HEREIN, THE HOLDER (1) REPRESENTS THAT IT IS A QUALIFIED INSTITUTIONAL BUYER (AS DEFINED IN RULE 144A UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT (RULE 144A)) AND IS PURCHASING IN COMPLIANCE WITH RULE 144A UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT, (2) AGREES NOT TO OFFER, SELL OR OTHERWISE TRANSFER SUCH SECURITY PRIOR TO THE DATE WHICH IS THE LATER OF (X) TWO YEARS (OR SUCH SHORTER PERIOD OF TIME AS PERMITTED BY RULE 144(k) OF THE SECURITIES ACT) AFTER THE LAST DATE OF ORIGINAL ISSUANCE OF THIS SECURITY (OR ANY PREDECESSOR OF THIS SECURITY) AND (Y) SUCH LATER DATE, IF ANY, AS MAY BE REQUIRED BY APPLICABLE LAW (THE RESALE RESTRICTION TERMINATION DATE) EXCEPT (A) TO GENERAL MILLS, INC. OR ANY SUBSIDIARY THEREOF, (B) PURSUANT TO A REGISTRATION STATEMENT WHICH HAS BEEN DECLARED EFFECTIVE UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT AND WHICH CONTINUES TO BE EFFECTIVE AT THE TIME OF SUCH TRANSFER, (C) PURSUANT TO AN EXEMPTION (OTHER THAN RULE 144A) FROM REGISTRATION UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT INCLUDING PURSUANT TO RULE 144 UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT (IF AVAILABLE) OR (D) FOR SO LONG AS THE SECURITIES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR RESALE PURSUANT TO
RULE 144A, TO A PERSON IT REASONABLY BELIEVES IS A QUALIFIED INSTITUTIONAL BUYER AS DEFINED IN RULE 144A THAT PURCHASES FOR ITS OWN ACCOUNT OR FOR THE ACCOUNT OF A QUALIFIED INSTITUTIONAL BUYER TO WHOM NOTICE IS GIVEN THAT THE TRANSFER IS BEING MADE IN RELIANCE ON RULE 144A (IN EACH CASE (A) THROUGH (D) IN ACCORDANCE WITH ANY APPLICABLE SECURITIES LAWS OF ANY STATE OF THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER JURISDICTIONS) AND (3) AGREES THAT IT WILL GIVE TO EACH PERSON TO WHOM THIS SECURITY IS TRANSFERRED A NOTICE SUBSTANTIALLY TO THE EFFECT OF THIS LEGEND; AND, IN EACH OF THE FOREGOING CASES, TO REQUIRE THAT A CERTIFICATE OF TRANSFER IN THE FORM APPEARING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS SECURITY IS COMPLETED AND DELIVERED BY THE TRANSFEROR TO GENERAL MILLS, INC. AND THE TRANSFER AGENT. THIS LEGEND WILL BE REMOVED UPON THE REQUEST OF THE HOLDER AFTER THE RESALE RESTRICTION TERMINATION DATE.
(b) The Company covenants that all shares of Common Stock delivered upon conversion of the Securities shall be newly issued shares or treasury shares, shall be duly authorized, validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable and shall be free from preemptive rights and free of any lien or adverse claim.
(c) The Company will endeavor promptly to comply with all Federal and state securities laws regulating the offer and delivery of shares of Common Stock upon conversion of Securities, if any, and will list or cause to have quoted such shares of Common Stock on each U.S. national securities exchange or in the over-the-counter market or such other market on which the Common Stock is then listed or quoted.