This excerpt taken from the HBI 8-K filed Sep 5, 2006.
The terms of our spin off from Sara Lee, anti-takeover provisions of our charter and by-laws, as well as Maryland law and our stockholder rights agreement, may reduce the likelihood of any potential change of control or unsolicited acquisition proposal that you might consider favorable.
The terms of our spin off from Sara Lee could delay or prevent a change of control that you may favor. An acquisition or issuance of our common stock could trigger the application of Section 355(e) of the Code. For a discussion of Section 355(e) of the Code, please see The Spin OffMaterial U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Spin Off. Under the tax sharing agreement we will enter into with Sara Lee, we would be required to indemnify Sara Lee for the resulting tax in connection with such an acquisition or issuance and this indemnity obligation might discourage, delay or prevent a change of control that you may consider favorable. Our charter and bylaws and Maryland law contain provisions that could make it harder for a third-party to acquire us without the consent of our board of directors. Our charter permits our board of directors, without stockholder approval, to amend the charter to increase or decrease the aggregate number of shares of stock or the number of shares of stock of any class or series that we have the authority to issue. In addition, our board of directors may classify or reclassify any unissued shares of common stock or preferred stock and may set the preferences, conversion or other rights, voting powers, and other terms of the classified or reclassified shares. Our board of directors could establish a series of preferred stock that could have the effect of delaying, deferring or preventing a transaction or a change in control that might involve a premium price for our common stock or otherwise be in the best interest of our stockholders. Our board of directors also is permitted, without stockholder approval, to implement a classified board structure at any time.
Our bylaws, which can only be amended by our board of directors, provide that nominations of persons for election to our board of directors and the proposal of business to be considered at a stockholders meeting may be made only in the notice of the meeting, by our board of directors or by a stockholder who is entitled to vote at the meeting and has complied with the advance notice procedures of our bylaws. Also, under Maryland law, business combinations, including issuances of equity securities, between us and any person who beneficially owns 10% or more of our common stock or an affiliate of such person, are prohibited for a five-year period unless exempted by the statute. After this five-year period, a combination of this type must be approved by two super-majority stockholder votes, unless some conditions are met or the business combination is exempted by our board of directors.
In addition, we expect to adopt a stockholder rights agreement which will provide that in the event of an acquisition of or tender offer for 15% of our outstanding common stock, our stockholders shall be granted rights to purchase our common stock at a certain price. The stockholders rights agreement could make it more difficult for a third-party to acquire our common stock without the approval of our board of directors.
These and other provisions of Maryland law or our charter and bylaws could have the effect of delaying, deferring or preventing a transaction or a change in control that might involve a premium price for our common stock or otherwise be considered favorably by our stockholders.
See Agreements with Sara LeeTax Sharing Agreement and Description of Our Capital Stock for a more detailed description of these agreements and of these provisions of Maryland law, our charter and bylaws.