This excerpt taken from the NYFX 10-K filed Mar 7, 2007.
Stockholders Rights Plan
On September 1, 1997, the Board of Directors declared a dividend of a preference share purchase right (a Right) for each outstanding share of common stock of the Company held by stockholders of record on September 19, 1997 (the Rights Agreement). The number of outstanding Rights was adjusted for the two stock splits of 1.5 to 1.0 occurring in 1999 and 2000. Each share of common stock issued by the Company after such record date has the same Right attached thereto. Each Right entitles the registered holder to purchase from the Company, at any time after a stockholder acquires 20% or more of the Company's outstanding common stock, as set forth in the Rights Agreement, shares of the Company's Series A Preferred Stock (Preference Stock). The purchase price is $40 per one one-hundredth of a share of Preference Stock, subject to adjustment as set forth in the Rights Agreement.
Each share of Preference Stock will be entitled to a minimum preferential quarterly dividend payment of $1 per share but will be entitled to an aggregate dividend of one hundred times the dividend declared per share of common stock. In the event of liquidation, the holders of the Preference Stock will be entitled to a minimum preferential liquidation payment of $100 per share but will be entitled to an aggregate payment of one hundred times the payment made per share of common stock. Each share of Preference Stock will have one hundred votes, voting together with the shares of common stock. In the event of any merger, consolidation or other transaction in which shares of common stock are exchanged, each share of Preference Stock will be entitled to receive one hundred times the amount received per share of common stock.
Because of the nature of the Preference Stocks dividend, liquidation and voting rights, the value of one one-hundredth interest in a share of Preference Stock purchasable upon exchange of each Right should approximate the value of one share of common stock.
On September 4, 2006, the Rights Agreement was amended to exclude the acquisition by Warburg Pincus Private Equity IX, L.P. (Warburg) of the 1.5 million shares of Series B Voting Convertible Preferred Stock issued on October 12, 2006 (see Note 20) from triggering the exercise period for the Rights.