This excerpt taken from the SUSQ 10-K filed Mar 2, 2009.
Our issuance of securities to the Treasury may limit our ability to return capital to our shareholders and is dilutive to the holders of our common stock and may result in other restrictions to our operations.
In connection with our sale of $300 million of Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series A, no par value per share (Preferred Stock) to the Treasury on December 12, 2008, we also issued to the Treasury a warrant to purchase approximately 3 million shares of our common stock. The terms of the transaction with the Treasury will result in limitations on our ability to pay dividends and repurchase our shares. Until December 12, 2011 or until the Treasury no longer hold any shares of the Preferred Stock, we will not be able to increase dividends above current level nor repurchase any of our shares without the approval of the Treasury, with limited exceptions, most significantly purchases in connection with benefit plans. In addition, we will not be able to pay any dividends at all on our common stock unless we are current on our dividend payments on the Preferred Stock. These restrictions, as well as the dilutive impact of the warrant, may have a negative effect on the market price of our common stock.
In addition, we are required to pay cumulative dividends at a rate of 5% per annum for the first five years, and thereafter at a rate of 9% per annum. Depending on our financial condition at the time, this increase in dividends on the Preferred Stock could have a negative effect on our liquidity.
The securities issued to the Treasury may also subject us to additional restrictions or modifications in the terms of the agreements. For instance, in February 2009, legislation was signed that may result in changes in those terms.