This excerpt taken from the HAS 10-K filed Mar 9, 2005.
(10) Capital Stock
Preference Share Purchase Rights
Hasbro maintains a Preference Share Purchase Rights Plan (the Rights Plan). Under the terms of the Rights Plan, each share of common stock is accompanied by a Preference Share Purchase Right (Right). Each Right is only exercisable under certain circumstances and, until exercisable, the Rights are not transferable apart from Hasbro's common stock. When exercisable, each Right will entitle its holder to purchase until June 30, 2009, in certain merger or other business combination or recapitalization transactions, at the Right's then current exercise price, a number of the acquiring company's or Hasbro's, as the case may be, common shares having a market value at that time of twice the Right's exercise price. Under certain circumstances, the Company may substitute cash, other assets, equity securities or debt securities for the common stock. At the option of the Board of Directors of Hasbro ("the Board"), the rightholder may, under certain circumstances, receive shares of Hasbro's stock in exchange for Rights.
Prior to the acquisition by a person or group of beneficial ownership of a certain percentage of Hasbro's common stock, the Rights are redeemable for $.01 per Right. The Rights Plan contains certain exceptions with respect to the Hassenfeld family and related entities.
On December 6, 1999, the Board authorized a common share repurchase program up to $500,000. No repurchases were made under this program in 2004 or 2003. At December 26, 2004, $204,500 remained under this authorization. In 2003, the Company repurchased common stock pursuant to the exercise of outstanding warrants under the terms of that warrant agreement.