DESCRIPTION OF REGISTRANTS SECURITIES
The authorized capital stock of United Bankshares, Inc. (United) consists of 200,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $2.50 per share, and 50,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value of $1.00 per share. As of December 31, 2019, only Uniteds common stock is registered under Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act).
The following description of Uniteds common stock is a summary and does not describe every right, term or condition of owning Uniteds common stock. It is subject to and is qualified in its entirety by reference to Uniteds Articles of Incorporation, as amended (the Articles of Incorporation) and Uniteds Bylaws (the Bylaws). For a complete description, refer to the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws and any applicable provisions of relevant law, including the applicable provisions of the West Virginia Business Corporation Act and federal law governing bank holding companies.
Pursuant to the Articles of Incorporation, United is authorized to issue 200,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $2.50 per share. Uniteds common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol UBSI. The transfer agent for Uniteds common stock is Computershare Limited. The transfer agents address is P.O. Box 505000 Louisville, Kentucky 40233.
United has only one class of stock issued and outstanding and all voting rights are vested in the holders of United common stock. On all matters subject to a vote of stockholders, the stockholders of United will be entitled to one vote for each share of common stock owned. United does not have a classified board of directors. Stockholders of United have cumulative voting rights with regard to election of directors. At the present time, no senior securities of United are outstanding, nor does the board of directors presently contemplate issuing senior securities.
The stockholders of United are entitled to receive dividends when and as declared by its board of directors. Dividends have been paid quarterly. The payment of dividends is subject to the restrictions set forth in the West Virginia Business Corporation Act and the limitations imposed by the Federal Reserve.
Payment of dividends by United is dependent upon receipt of dividends from its banking subsidiary. Payment of dividends by Uniteds state member banking subsidiary is regulated by the West Virginia Business Corporation Act and the limitations imposed by the Federal Reserve and generally, the prior approval of the Federal Reserve is required if the total dividends declared by a state member bank in any calendar year exceeds its net profits, as defined, for that year combined with its retained net profits for the preceding two years. Additionally, prior approval of the Federal Reserve is required when a state member bank has deficit retained earnings but has sufficient current years net income, as defined, plus the retained net profits of the two preceding years. The Federal Reserve may prohibit dividends if it deems the payment to be an unsafe or unsound banking practice. The Federal Reserve has issued guidelines for dividend payments by state member banks emphasizing that proper dividend size depends on the banks earnings and capital.
No holder of any share of United capital stock has any preemptive right to subscribe to an additional issue of capital stock or to any security convertible into such stock.