This excerpt taken from the DTV 10-K filed Mar 1, 2005.
ITEM 5. MARKET FOR THE REGISTRANTS COMMON EQUITY AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS
Our common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol DTV. The following table sets forth for the quarters indicated the high and low sales prices for our common stock, as reported on the NYSE Composite Tape.
For the period from January 1, 2003 through December 22, 2003, the table reflects the performance of the GM Class H common stock, which was listed on the NYSE under the symbol GMH. The GM Class H common stock was a tracking stock intended to reflect the financial performance of our company prior to our split-off from GM. For the period from December 23, 2003 through March 16, 2004, the table reflects the performance of Hughes Electronics Corporation common stock which was listed on the NYSE under the symbol HS during that period. On March 16, 2004, we changed our name to The DIRECTV Group, Inc. Effective on March 17, 2004, our ticker symbol was changed to DTV.
As of the close of business on February 23, 2005, there were approximately 127,838 holders of record of our common stock.
Subject to the preferential and other dividend rights of any outstanding series of our preferred stock, holders of our common stock are entitled to such dividends and other distributions in cash, stock or property as may be declared by our Board of Directors in its sole discretion. There were no shares of our preferred stock outstanding at December 31, 2004.
Except for the $275 million special cash dividend paid to GM in connection with the split-off, no dividends on our common stock were declared by our Board of Directors for more than five years. We have no current plans to pay any dividends on our common stock. We currently expect to retain our future earnings, if any, for the development of our businesses or other corporate purposes.
Our subsidiary, DIRECTV U.S., is subject to restrictive covenants under its credit facilities. These covenants limit the ability of DIRECTV U.S. and its respective subsidiaries to, among other things, make restricted payments, including dividends, loans or advances to us.
Information regarding compensation plans under which our equity securities may be issued is included in Item 12 through incorporation by reference to the Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of the Company scheduled to be held on June 1, 2005.
THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.