Description of the Companys Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended
DESCRIPTION OF THE REGISTRANT’S SECURITIES
REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION 12 OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
The following description sets forth certain material terms and provisions of American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (“AEO,” “we,” “us,” and “our”) securities that are registered under Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK
The following description is a summary and does not purport to be complete. It is subject to, and qualified in its entirety by reference to, the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of AEO (the “Certificate of Incorporation”) and the Amended and Restated Bylaws of AEO (the “Bylaws”), each of which are incorporated by reference as an exhibit to the Annual Report on Form 10-K of which this Exhibit 4.2 is a part. The terms of these securities also may be affected by the Delaware General Corporation Law.
Authorized Capital Stock
We are authorized to issue a total of 605,000,000 shares of capital stock consisting of 600,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, and 5,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value $0.01. Our common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “AEO.”
Each outstanding share of common stock is entitled to one vote per share on all matters submitted to a vote of our stockholders, except as set forth in the Certificate of Incorporation. Holders of common stock do not have cumulative voting rights.
Dividends; Liquidation and Dissolution
Subject to the preferences that may be applicable to any then outstanding shares of preferred stock, holders of common stock are entitled to receive ratably on a per share basis such dividends and other distributions in cash, stock or property of AEO as may be declared by our Board of Directors (the “Board”) from time to time out of the legally available assets or funds of AEO. Upon our voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up, holders of common stock are entitled to receive ratably all assets of AEO available for distribution to its stockholders after payment of any amounts due to creditors and any amounts due to the holders of our preferred stock.
Other Rights and Restrictions
Holders of our common stock have no preemptive rights and no right to convert their common stock into any other securities. There are no redemption or sinking fund provisions applicable to our common stock. Our Board may authorize the issuance of preferred stock with voting, conversion, dividend, liquidation and other rights that may adversely affect the rights of the holder of our common stock.
As of the date of the Annual Report on Form 10-K of which this Exhibit 4.2 is a part, 166,700,832 shares of common stock are issued and outstanding.
Under our Certificate of Incorporation, we are authorized to issue up to 5,000,000 shares of preferred stock, $0.01 par value, in one or more series with the designations and the relative voting, dividend, liquidation, conversion, redemption and other rights and preferences fixed by the Board.
As of the date of the Annual Report on Form 10-K of which this Exhibit 4.2 is a part, no shares of preferred stock are issued and outstanding.
Certain Anti-Takeover Provisions of Our Certificate Incorporation and Bylaws
The following is a summary of certain provisions of our Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws that may have the effect of delaying, deterring or preventing hostile takeovers or changes in control or management of AEO. Such provisions could deprive our stockholders of opportunities to realize a premium on their stock. At the same time, these provisions may have the effect of inducing any persons seeking to acquire or control us to negotiate terms acceptable to our Board.
Undesignated Preferred Stock
Our Certificate of Incorporation authorizes our Board to issue shares of preferred stock and set the voting powers, designations, preferences, and other rights related to that preferred stock without stockholder approval. Any such designation and issuance of shares of preferred stock could delay, defer or prevent any attempt to acquire or control us.
Our Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws provide for the division of our Board into three classes as nearly equal in size as possible with staggered three-year terms. The classification of the Board could have the effect of making it more difficult for a third party to acquire, or of discouraging a third party from acquiring, control of us.
Vacancies on the Board of Directors; Removal of Directors
Our Certificate of Incorporation and our Bylaws provide that, subject to any rights of holders of our preferred stock, any vacancies in our Board for any reason will be filled only by a majority of our directors remaining in office, and directors so elected will hold office until the next election of directors. The inability of our stockholders to fill vacancies on the Board may make it more difficult to change the composition of our Board. Additionally, our Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws provide that a director may be removed from office by our stockholders only for cause and only by the affirmative vote of the holders of at least 80% of all of the outstanding shares of capital stock entitled to vote, except that if at least 75% of the entire Board recommends removal of a director to the stockholders, such removal may be effected by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of capital stock. Our Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws require the affirmative vote of the holders of at least 80% of the shares of our capital stock issued and outstanding and entitled to vote to amend or repeal these provisions, except that if at least 75% of the entire Board recommends approval of such amendment, such approval may be effected by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of capital stock.
Our Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws do not provide for cumulative voting. Accordingly, the holders of a majority of the shares of common stock entitled to vote in any election of directors may
elect all of the directors standing for election. As a result, subject to the voting rights, of which there currently are none, of any outstanding preferred stock, persons who hold more than 50% of the outstanding common stock entitled to elect members of our Board can elect all of the directors who are up for election in a particular year.
Action by Written Consent; Right to Call Special Meeting
Our Certificate of Incorporation provides that no action required to be taken or which may be taken at any annual or special meeting of stockholders may be taken by written consent without a meeting, unless such action is taken upon the signing of a consent in writing by all stockholder of AEO entitled to vote thereon. Except as may be otherwise required by law, special meetings of stockholders may be called only by the Board pursuant to a resolution approved by a majority of the Board. Our Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws require the affirmative vote of the holders of at least 80% of the shares of our capital stock issued and outstanding and entitled to vote to amend or repeal these provisions, except that if at least 75% of the entire Board recommends approval of such amendment, such approval may be effected by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of capital stock.
Advance Notification of Stockholder Nominations and Proposals
Our Bylaws provide that stockholders seeking to bring business before an annual meeting of stockholders, or to nominate candidates for election as directors at an annual meeting of stockholders, must meet specified procedural requirements. These provisions may preclude stockholders from bringing matters before an annual meeting of stockholders or from making nominations for directors at an annual or special meeting of stockholders.