This excerpt taken from the HIBB DEF 14A filed May 1, 2006.
The total number of shares of stock which the Corporation shall have authority to issue is 81,000,000, consisting of 80,000,000 shares of Common Stock, par value $.01 per share (the Common Stock), and 1,000,000 shares of Preferred Stock, par value $.01 per share (the Preferred Stock).
The Board of Directors believes that it is in the best interest of the Company and its stockholders to have additional Common Stock authorized that would be available for issuance for general corporate purposes, including declaring stock splits and stock dividends, and raising capital to support business expansion, acquisitions or other developments which might make the issuance of additional Common Stock desirable. If approval of an increase in the Companys authorized Common Stock is postponed until a specific need arises, the delay and expense incident to obtaining approval of the stockholders at that time could impair the Companys ability to meet its objectives. If an increase in the Companys authorized Common Stock is approved, no further action or approval by the stockholders would be necessary prior to the issuance of the additional shares unless applicable laws or regulations or the rules of any stock exchange on which the Companys securities may then be listed required such action or approval. As of April 21, 2006, there were 35,977,257 shares of Common Stock issued and 32,415,357 shares of Common Stock outstanding. In addition, we have granted 5,241,012 awards to purchase our common stock pursuant to our stock-based equity plans and have reserved an additional 1,468,971 shares of common stock for issuance upon the exercise of additional awards that may be granted pursuant to our stock plans.
The holders of any of the additional shares of Common Stock issued in the future would have the same rights and privileges as the holders of the shares of Common Stock currently authorized and outstanding. Those rights do not include preemptive rights with respect to the future issuance of any additional shares.
The amendment authorizing the increase in the authorized shares of Common Stock will amend Section IV of the Companys Certificate of Incorporation.