This excerpt taken from the NDAQ 10-K filed Mar 14, 2005.
12. Subordinated Notes
On May 3, 2001, Nasdaq issued and sold $240.0 million in aggregate principal amount of 4.0% convertible subordinated notes due 2006 to Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners IV, L.P. and certain of its affiliated limited partnerships (collectively, Hellman & Friedman). Until Nasdaq is granted Exchange Registration, Hellman & Friedman may only exercise its conversion rights for a number of shares of common stock such that immediately following such conversion, NASD will continue to control greater than 50.0% of the combined voting power of Nasdaq. The annual 4.0% coupon will be payable in arrears and the Subordinated Notes are convertible at any time into an aggregate of 12.0 million shares of common stock at $20.00 per share, subject to adjustment, in general, for any stock split, dividend, combination, recapitalization or other similar event. Interest expensed and paid under the agreement totaled approximately $9.6 million for each of the years ended December 31, 2004, 2003 and 2002.
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In 2002, Nasdaq stockholders approved an amendment to Nasdaqs Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the Certificate of Incorporation) that provided for voting debt. As a result, the holders of the Subordinated Notes may vote on an as-converted basis on all matters on which holders of common stock have the right to vote, subject to the current 5.0% voting limitation in the Certificate of Incorporation. Nasdaq has granted Hellman & Friedman certain registration rights with respect to the shares of common stock underlying the Subordinated Notes.
On an as-converted basis as of December 31, 2004, Hellman & Friedman owned an approximate 13.7% equity interest in Nasdaq as a result of its ownership of these Subordinated Notes and 500,000 shares of common stock purchased from Nasdaq in a separate transaction. Hellman & Friedman is permitted to designate one person reasonably acceptable to Nasdaq for nomination as a director of Nasdaq for so long as Hellman & Friedman owns Subordinated Notes and/or shares of common stock issued upon conversion thereof representing at least 50.0% of the shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the Subordinated Notes initially purchased. Patrick Healy, a managing director of Hellman & Friedman, was designated by Hellman & Friedman and currently serves on the Board of Directors.