Description of Registrants Securities
DESCRIPTION OF THE REGISTRANT’S SECURITIES
REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION 12 OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Citi Trends, Inc. (“Citi Trends”) has one class of securities registered under Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”): our common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “common stock”). As of March 31, 2020, 10,841,564 shares of our common stock were issued and outstanding.
The following description of our common stock is a summary and does not purport to be complete. It is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to our Third Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the “Certificate of Incorporation”) and our Third Amended and Restated By-laws (the “Bylaws”), each of which are incorporated by reference as an exhibit to our Annual Report on Form 10-K of which this Exhibit 4.2 is a part. We encourage you to read our Certificate of Incorporation, our Bylaws and the applicable provisions of Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”), for additional information.
DESCRIPTION OF COMMON STOCK
Our authorized capital stock consists of 32,000,000 shares of common stock, $0.01 par value per share, and shares of 5,000 undesignated preferred stock, $0.01 par value per share.
Our common stock is listed on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol “CTRN.” American Stock Transfer and Trust Company ("AST") is the transfer agent and registrar for our common stock.
Subject to preferences that may apply to shares of preferred stock outstanding at the time, the holders of outstanding shares of common stock are entitled to receive dividends out of assets legally available at the time and in the amounts as our board of directors may from time to time determine.
Voting Rights; No Cumulative Voting
Each common stockholder is entitled to one vote for each share of common stock held on all matters submitted to a vote of stockholders. Cumulative voting for the election of directors is not provided for in the Certificate of Incorporation, which means that the holders of a majority of the shares voted can elect all of the directors then standing for election.
No Preemptive or Similar Rights
No holder of our common stock is entitled to preemptive rights to subscribe for any shares of capital stock and our common stock is not subject to conversion or redemption.
Right to Receive Liquidation Distributions
Upon our liquidation, dissolution or winding-up, the assets legally available for distribution to our stockholders are distributable ratably among the holders of our common stock and any participating preferred stock outstanding at that time, after payment of liquidation preferences, if any, on any outstanding preferred stock and payment of other claims of creditors. Each outstanding share of common stock is fully paid and nonassessable.
Anti-Takeover Effects of Certain Provisions of Delaware Law and the Certificate of Incorporation and the Bylaws
Provisions of the DGCL, the Certificate of Incorporation and the Bylaws contain provisions that may have some anti-takeover effects and may delay, defer or prevent a tender offer or takeover attempt that a stockholder might consider in its best interest, including those attempts that might result in a premium over the market price for the shares held by stockholders.
Section 203 of the DGCL provides that, subject to certain exceptions, a publicly held Delaware corporation may not engage in any “business combination” with any “interested stockholder” for a three-year period following the time that such stockholder became an interested stockholder, unless:
The three-year prohibition also does not apply to business combinations proposed by an interested stockholder following the announcement or notification of extraordinary transactions involving the corporation and a person who had not been an interested stockholder during the previous three years or who became an interested stockholder with the approval of a majority of the corporation’s directors.
The term “business combination” is defined generally to include mergers or consolidations resulting in a financial benefit to the interested stockholder. The term “interested stockholder” is defined to include any person, other than the corporation and any direct or indirect majority-owned subsidiary of the corporation, who, together with affiliates and associates, owns (or owned within three years prior to the determination of interested stockholder status) 15% or more of the outstanding voting stock of the corporation.
Section 203 makes it more difficult for a person who would be an interested stockholder to effect various business combinations with a corporation for a three-year period. The provisions of Section 203 may encourage companies interested in acquiring the Company to negotiate in advance with our board of directors, because the stockholder approval requirement would be avoided if our board of directors approves either the business combination or the transaction which results in the stockholder becoming an interested stockholder. These provisions also may have the effect of preventing changes in our board of directors and may make it more difficult to accomplish transactions which stockholders may otherwise deem to be in their best interests.
Number of Directors
The number of directors of the Corporation shall be fixed from time to time by the vote of a majority of the entire Board of Directors, but such number shall in no case be less than five (5) nor more than nine (9). Any such determination made by the Board of Directors shall continue in effect unless and until changed by the Board of Directors, but no such changes shall affect the term of any directors then in office.
Classification of the Board of Directors; Term of Office; Vacancies
The Board of Directors, until the election of directors at the annual meeting of stockholders to be held in 2021, is divided into three classes, designated Classes I, II and III, which shall be as nearly equal in number of directors per class as possible.
Commencing at the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders, directors succeeding those whose terms are then expired shall be elected to hold office for a term expiring at the annual meeting of stockholders held in the year following the year of their election and until their successors are elected and qualified.
Commencing with the election of directors at the 2021 annual meeting of stockholders, the classification of the directors shall terminate and all directors shall be elected annually and serve until the next annual meeting of stockholders or until their earlier death, resignation, removal or disqualification.
Vacancies in the Board of Directors and newly-created directorships resulting from any increase in the authorized number of directors may be filled as provided in the By-Laws of the Corporation.
Subject to the By-Laws, (a) until the election of directors at the 2021 annual meeting of stockholders, a director may only be removed for cause upon the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the votes which could be cast by the holders of all outstanding shares of capital stock entitled to vote for the election of directors, voting together as a class, given at a duly called annual or special meeting of stockholders, and (b) from and after the election of directors at the 2021 annual meeting of stockholders, a director may be removed, with or without cause, upon the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the votes which could be cast by the holders of all outstanding shares of capital stock entitled to vote for the election of directors, voting together as a class, given at a duly called annual or special meeting of stockholders.
No Stockholder Action by Written Consent
Any action required or permitted to be taken by the stockholders of the Corporation must be effected at a duly called annual or special meeting of the stockholders of the Corporation, and the ability of the stockholders to consent in writing to the taking of any action is specifically denied.
Advance Notice Requirements for Director Nominations and Stockholder Proposals
The Bylaws provide that stockholders seeking to nominate candidates for election as directors or to bring business before an annual meeting of stockholders must provide timely notice of their proposal in writing to the corporate secretary in order for the matter to be properly brought before a meeting. These provisions may impede stockholders’ ability to bring matters before an annual meeting of stockholders or to make nominations for directors at an annual meeting of stockholders.