Description of Capital Stock of MSB Financial Corp
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EX-4.2 2 msbf-12312019xexx42x10xk.htm EXHIBIT 4.2 Exhibit
MSB FINANCIAL CORP.
DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK
The common stock of MSB Financial Corp. (the “Company”) represents non-withdrawable capital, is not an account of any type, and is not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The Company is authorized to issue 49,000,000 shares of common stock having a par value of $0.01 per share and 1,000,000 shares of preferred stock having a par value of $0.01. Each share of the Company’s common stock has the same relative rights as, and is identical in all respects with, each other share of common stock.
Dividends. The Company can pay dividends if, as and when declared by its board of directors. The holders of common stock of the Company will be entitled to receive and share equally in dividends declared by the board of directors of the Company. If the Company issues preferred stock, the holders of the preferred stock may have a priority over the holders of the common stock with respect to dividends.
Voting Rights. Unless the Company issues preferred stock, the holders of common stock of the Company will possess exclusive voting rights in the Company. They will elect the Company’s board of directors and act on other matters as are required to be presented to them under Maryland law or as are otherwise presented to them by the board of directors. Each holder of common stock is entitled to one vote per share and will not have any right to cumulate votes in the election of directors. If the Company issues preferred stock, holders of the Company preferred stock may also possess voting rights.
Liquidation. If there is any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of Millington Bank, the Company, as the sole holder of Millington Bank’s capital stock, would be entitled to receive all of Millington Bank’s assets available for distribution after payment or provision for payment of all debts and liabilities of Millington Bank, including all deposit accounts and accrued interest. Upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company, the holders of its common stock would be entitled to receive all of the assets of the Company available for distribution after payment or provision for payment of all its debts and liabilities. If the Company issues preferred stock, the preferred stock holders may have a priority over the holders of the common stock upon liquidation or dissolution.
Preemptive Rights; Redemption. Holders of the common stock of the Company will not be entitled to preemptive rights with respect to any shares that may be issued. The common stock cannot be redeemed.
Preferred stock may be issued with designations, powers, preferences and rights as the board of directors may from time to time determine. The board of directors may, without shareholder approval, issue preferred stock with voting, dividend, liquidation and conversion rights that could
dilute the voting strength of the holders of the common stock and may assist management in impeding an unfriendly takeover or attempted change in control.
CERTAIN ANTI-TAKEOVER PROVISIONS OF THE COMPANY’S
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION AND BYLAWS
The following discussion is a general summary of the material provisions of the Company’s articles of incorporation and bylaws and certain other provisions under the Maryland Business Corporation Law and regulatory provisions that may be deemed to have an “anti-takeover” effect. The following description of certain of these provisions is necessarily general and, with respect to provisions contained in the Company’s articles of incorporation and bylaws, reference should be made in each case to the document in question.
Certain provisions in the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the Company may have antitakeover effects. In addition, regulatory restrictions may make it more difficult for persons or companies to acquire control of the Company.
Limitation on Voting Rights. The Company’s articles of incorporation provide that in no event will any record owner of any outstanding common stock which is beneficially owned, directly or indirectly, by a person who, as of any record date for the determination of shareholders entitled to vote on any matter, beneficially owns in excess of 10% of the then-outstanding shares of common stock, be entitled, or permitted to any vote in respect of the shares held in excess of the limit. This limitation does not apply to any director or officer acting solely in their capacities as directors and officers, or any employee benefit plans of the Company or any subsidiary or a trustee of a plan.
Classified Board. The Company’s board of directors is divided into three classes as nearly as equal in number as possible. The shareholders elect one class of directors each year for a term of three years. The classified board makes it more difficult and time consuming for a shareholder group to fully use its voting power to gain control of the board of directors without the consent of the Company’s board of directors.
Filling of Vacancies; Removal. The Company’s bylaws provide that any vacancy occurring in the board of directors, including a vacancy created by an increase in the number of directors, may be filled only by a vote of a majority of the directors then in office. A person elected to fill a vacancy on the board of directors will serve for the remainder of the full term of the class of directors in which the vacancy occurred and until his or her successor shall have been elected and qualified. The bylaws provide that a director may be removed from the board of directors before the expiration of his or her term only for cause and only upon the vote of a majority of the shares entitled to vote in the election of directors. These provisions make it more difficult for shareholders to remove directors and replace them with their own nominees.
Qualification. The bylaws provide that to be eligible to serve on the board of directors a person must not: (1) be under indictment for, or ever have been convicted of, a criminal offense involving dishonesty or breach of trust and the penalty for such offense could be imprisonment for more than one year, (2) be a person against whom a banking agency has, within the past ten years, issued a cease and desist order for conduct involving dishonesty or breach of trust and that order is final and
not subject to appeal, or (3) have been found either by a regulatory agency whose decision is final and not subject to appeal or by a court to have (i) breached a fiduciary duty involving personal profit, or (ii) committed a willful violation of any law, rule or regulation governing banking, securities, commodities or insurance, or any final cease and desist order issued by a banking, securities, commodities or insurance regulatory agency. These provisions contained in the Company’s bylaws may prevent shareholders from nominating themselves or persons of their choosing for election to the board of directors.
Elimination of Cumulative Voting. The Company’s articles of incorporation provide that no shares will be entitled to cumulative voting. The elimination of cumulative voting makes it more difficult for a shareholder group to elect a director nominee.
Special Meetings of Shareholders. The Company’s shareholders must act only through an annual or special meeting. Special meetings of shareholders may only be called by the Chairman, the President, by two-thirds of the total number of directors or by the Secretary upon the written request of the holders of a majority of all the shares entitled to vote at a meeting. The limitations on the calling of special meetings of shareholders may have the effect of delaying consideration of a shareholder proposal until the next annual meeting.
Amendment of Articles of Incorporation. The Company’s articles of incorporation provide that certain amendments to the Company’s articles of incorporation relating to a change in control of us must be approved by at least 75% of the outstanding shares entitled to vote.
Advance Notice Provisions for Shareholder Nominations and Proposals. The Company’s bylaws establish an advance notice procedure for shareholders to nominate directors or bring other business before an annual meeting of shareholders. A person may not be nominated for election as a director unless that person is nominated by or at the direction of the Company’s board of directors or by a shareholder who has given appropriate notice to us before the meeting. Similarly, a shareholder may not bring business before an annual meeting unless the shareholder has given us appropriate notice of the shareholder’s intention to bring that business before the meeting. The Company’s Secretary must receive notice of the nomination or proposal not less than 90 days before the date of the annual meeting; provided, however, that if less than 100 days’ notice of prior public disclosure of the date of the meeting is given or made to the shareholders, notice by the shareholder to be timely must be received not later than the close of business on the 10th day following the day on which such notice of the date of the annual meeting was mailed or such public disclosure was made. A shareholder who desires to raise new business must provide the Company s with certain information concerning the nature of the new business, the shareholder, the shareholder’s ownership of the Company and the shareholder’s interest in the business matter. Similarly, a shareholder wishing to nominate any person for election as a director must provide the Company with certain information concerning the nominee and the proposing shareholder.
Advance notice of nominations or proposed business by shareholders gives the Company’s board of directors time to consider the qualifications of the proposed nominees, the merits of the proposals and, to the extent deemed necessary or desirable by the Company’s board of directors, to inform shareholders and make recommendations about those matters.
Authorized but Unissued Shares of Capital Stock. The Company’s articles of incorporation authorize the board of directors to establish one or more series of preferred stock and, for any series of preferred stock, to determine the terms and rights of the series, including voting rights, dividend rights, conversion and redemption rates, and liquidation preferences. Such shares of common and preferred stock could be issued by the board of directors to render more difficult or to discourage an attempt to obtain control of us by means of a merger, tender offer, proxy contest or otherwise.
Business Combinations with Interested Shareholders. Under Maryland law, “business combinations” between the Company and an interested shareholder or an affiliate of an interested shareholder are prohibited for five years after the most recent date on which the interested shareholder becomes an interested shareholder. These business combinations include a merger, consolidation, statutory share exchange or, in circumstances specified in the statute, certain transfers of assets, certain stock issuances and transfers, liquidation plans and reclassifications involving interested shareholders and their affiliates or issuance or reclassification of equity securities. Maryland law defines an interested shareholder as: (1) any person who beneficially owns 10% or more of the voting power of the Company’s voting stock after the date on which the Company had 100 or more beneficial owners of its stock; or (2) an affiliate or associate of the Company at any time after the date on which the Company had 100 or more beneficial owners of its stock who, within the two-year period before the date in question, was the beneficial owner of 10% or more of the voting power of the then-outstanding voting stock of the Company. A person is not an interested shareholder under the statute if the board of directors approved in advance the transaction by which the person otherwise would have become an interested shareholder. However, in approving a transaction, the board of directors may provide that its approval is subject to compliance, at or after the time of approval, with any terms and conditions determined by the board.
After the five-year prohibition, any business combination between the Company and an interested shareholder generally must be recommended by the board of directors of the Company and approved by the affirmative vote of at least: (1) 80% of the votes entitled to be cast by holders of outstanding shares of voting stock of the Company and (2) two-thirds of the votes entitled to be cast by holders of voting stock of the Company other than shares held by the interested shareholder with whom or with whose affiliate the business combination is to be effected or held by an affiliate or associate of the interested shareholder. These super-majority vote requirements do not apply if common shareholders receive a minimum price, as defined under Maryland law, for their shares in the form of cash or other consideration in the same form as previously paid by the interested shareholder for its shares.
Change in Control Regulations
The Change In Bank Control Act provides that no person, acting directly or indirectly or through or in concert with one or more other persons, may acquire control of a bank holding company unless the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“FRB”) has been given 60 days prior written notice. For this purpose, the term “control” means the acquisition of the ownership, control or holding of the power to vote 25% or more of any class of a bank holding company’s voting stock, and the term “person” includes an individual, corporation, partnership, and various other entities. In addition, an acquiring person is presumed to acquire control if the person acquires the ownership, control or holding of the power to vote of 10% or more of any class of the holding company’s voting stock if (a) the bank holding company’s shares are registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange
Act or (b) no other person will own, control or hold the power to vote a greater percentage of that class of voting securities. Accordingly, the prior approval of the FRB would be required before any person could acquire 10% or more of the common stock of the Company.
The Bank Holding Company Act provides that no company may acquire control of a bank directly or indirectly without the prior approval of the FRB. Any company that acquires control of a bank becomes a “bank holding company” subject to registration, examination and regulation by the FRB. Pursuant to federal regulations, the term “company” is defined to include banks, corporations, partnerships, associations, and certain trusts and other entities, and “control” of a bank is deemed to exist if a company has voting control, directly or indirectly of at least 25% of any class of a bank’s voting stock, and may be found to exist if a company controls in any manner the election of a majority of the directors of the bank or has the power to exercise a controlling influence over the management or policies of the bank. In addition, a bank holding company must obtain FRB approval prior to acquiring voting control of more than 5% of any class of voting stock of a bank or another bank holding company.
An acquisition of control of a bank that requires the prior approval of the FRB under the Bank Holding Company Act is not subject to the notice requirements of the Change In Bank Control Act. Accordingly, the prior approval of the FRB under the Bank Holding Company Act would be required (a) before any bank holding company could acquire 5% or more of the common stock of the Company and (b) before any other company could acquire 25% or more of the common stock of the Company.