Description of Capital Stock

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EX-4.5 2 ex45descriptionofcapit.htm EXHIBIT 4.5 DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK Exhibit

Exhibit 4.5

Description of the Registrant’s Securities Registered Pursuant to
Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended

The common stock, no par value per share (“Common Stock”), of Vericel Corporation (“Vericel,” “we,” or “our”) is registered under Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The following description sets forth certain general terms and provisions of our Common Stock. These descriptions are in all respects subject to and qualified in their entirety by, and should be read in conjunction with, the applicable provisions of our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (our “Charter”) and our Amended and Restated By-laws (our “By-laws”), each of which is incorporated herein by reference and copies of which are incorporated by reference as exhibits to our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the applicable provisions of the Michigan Business Corporation Act (the “MBCA”).

Authorized Capital Stock

Our authorized capital stock consists of 75,000,000 shares of Common Stock, no par value per share, and 5,000,000 shares of preferred stock, no par value per share (“Preferred Stock”).

We are subject to certain anti-takeover provisions of the MBCA that could delay or make more difficult a merger or tender offer involving us. Chapter 7A of the MBCA prevents, in general, an “interested shareholder” (defined generally as a person owning 10% or more of a corporation’s outstanding voting shares) from engaging in a “business combination” (as defined therein) with a Michigan corporation unless: (a) the board of directors issues an advisory statement, holders of 90% of the shares of each class of stock entitled to vote approve the transaction, and holders of two-thirds of the “disinterested” shares of each class of stock approve the transaction; (b) the interested shareholder has been an interested shareholder for at least five years and has not acquired beneficial ownership of any additional shares of the corporation subsequent to the transaction which resulted in such shareholder being classified as an interested shareholder, and meets certain requirements, including provisions relating to the fairness of the price and the form of consideration paid; or (c) the board of directors, by resolution, exempts a particular interested shareholder from these provisions prior to the interested shareholder becoming an interested shareholder. The MBCA also contains certain other provisions that could have anti-takeover effects.

Our Charter does not provide shareholders with the right to act without a meeting and does not provide for cumulative voting in the election of directors. The amendment of any of these provisions would require approval by holders of at least a majority of the shares of our outstanding Common Stock.

These and other provisions of our Charter or our By-laws could have the effect of deterring certain takeovers or delaying or preventing certain changes in control or changes in our management, including transactions in which shareholders might otherwise receive a premium for their shares over then-current market prices.

Common Stock

Holders of our Common Stock are entitled to one vote for each share held of record on all matters submitted to a vote of shareholders. We do not have a classified board of directors and shareholders do not have cumulative voting rights. Holders of Common Stock have no preemptive, redemption or conversion rights and are not subject to future calls or assessments. No sinking fund provisions apply to our Common Stock. All outstanding shares are fully-paid and non-assessable. In the event of our liquidation, dissolution or winding up, holders of Common Stock are entitled to share ratably in assets available for distribution, subject to any prior distribution rights of any Preferred Stock then outstanding. Holders of Common Stock are entitled to receive proportionately any such dividends declared by our Board, out of legally available funds for dividends, subject to any preferences that may be applicable to any shares of Preferred Stock that may be outstanding at that time. The rights, preferences and

privileges of holders of Common Stock are set forth in our Charter, which may be amended by the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Common Stock.

Preferred Stock

Our Board is authorized to issue up to 5,000,000 shares of Preferred Stock in one or more series without shareholder approval. Our Board may determine the rights, preferences, privileges and restrictions, including voting rights, dividend rights, conversion rights, redemption privileges and liquidation preferences, of each series of Preferred Stock. The issuance of Preferred Stock, while providing desirable flexibility in connection with possible acquisitions and other corporate purposes, could make it more difficult for a third party to acquire, or could discourage a third party from acquiring, a majority of our outstanding voting stock. The rights of holders of our Common Stock described above, will be subject to, and may be adversely affected by, the rights of any Preferred Stock that we may designate and issue in the future.
The purpose of authorizing our Board to issue Preferred Stock in one or more series and determine the number of shares in the series and its rights and preferences is to eliminate delays associated with a shareholder vote on specific issuances. Examples of rights and preferences that the Board may fix are:
dividend rights;
dividend rates;
conversion rights;
voting rights;
terms of redemption; and
liquidation preferences.

The existence of authorized but unissued shares of Preferred Stock may enable our 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. For example, if in the due exercise of its fiduciary obligations, our board of directors were to determine that a takeover proposal is not in the best interests of us or our stockholders, our board of directors could cause shares of Preferred Stock to be issued without stockholder approval in one or more private offerings or other transactions that might dilute the voting or other rights of the proposed acquirer, stockholder or stockholder group. The rights of holders of our Common Stock described above, will be subject to, and may be adversely affected by, the rights of any Preferred Stock that we may designate and issue in the future. The issuance of shares of Preferred Stock could decrease the amount of earnings and assets available for distribution to holders of shares of Common Stock. The issuance may also adversely affect the rights and powers, including voting rights, of these holders and may have the effect of delaying, deterring or preventing a change in control of us.

We will incorporate by reference as an exhibit to the registration statement the form of any certificate of designation that describes the terms of the series of Preferred Stock we are offering. This description and the applicable prospectus supplement will include:
the title and stated value;
the number of shares authorized;
the liquidation preference per share;
the purchase price;
the dividend rate, period and payment date, and method of calculation for dividends;
whether dividends will be cumulative or non-cumulative and, if cumulative, the date from which dividends will accumulate;
the procedures for any auction and remarketing, if any;
the provisions for a sinking fund, if any;
the provisions for redemption or repurchase, if applicable, and any restrictions on our ability to exercise those redemption and repurchase rights;
any listing of the Preferred Stock on any securities exchange or market;
whether the Preferred Stock will be convertible into our Common Stock, and, if applicable, the conversion price, or how it will be calculated, and the conversion period;
whether the Preferred Stock will be exchangeable into debt securities, and, if applicable, the exchange

price, or how it will be calculated, and the exchange period;
voting rights, if any, of the Preferred Stock;
preemptive rights, if any;
restrictions on transfer, sale or other assignment, if any;
whether interests in the Preferred Stock will be represented by depositary shares;
a discussion of any material United States federal income tax considerations applicable to the Preferred Stock;
the relative ranking and preferences of the Preferred Stock as to dividend rights and rights if we liquidate, dissolve or wind up our affairs;
any limitations on issuance of any class or series of Preferred Stock ranking senior to or on a parity with the series of Preferred Stock as to dividend rights and rights if we liquidate, dissolve or wind up our affairs; and
any other specific terms, preferences, rights or limitations of, or restrictions on, the Preferred Stock.

When we issue shares of Preferred Stock under such prospectus, the shares will fully be paid and nonassessable and will not have, or be subject to, any preemptive or similar rights.

The Michigan Business Corporation Act, or the MBCA, provides that the holders of Preferred Stock will have the right to vote separately as a class on any proposal involving an increase or decrease in the authorized number of shares of that class, or changes in the powers, preferences or special rights of holders of that Preferred Stock so as to affect the class adversely. This right is in addition to any voting rights that may be provided for in the applicable certificate of designation.