• Filing Date: 2015-03-10
  • Form Type: 10-K
  • Description: Annual report
Stockholders' Equity
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2014
Equity [Abstract]  
Stockholders' Equity

Note 14 — Stockholders’ Equity

Common Stock

Effective March 18, 2014, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized a plan to repurchase up to $40,000 of the Company’s common shares before commissions and fees. The repurchase plan allows the Company to repurchase shares from time to time through March 31, 2015. The shares may be purchased for cash in open market purchases, block transactions and privately negotiated transactions in accordance with applicable federal securities laws. The share repurchase plan may be modified, suspended, terminated or extended by the Company any time without prior notice. During the year ended December 31, 2014, the Company repurchased and retired a total of 990,701 shares at a weighted average price per share of $38.69 under this authorized repurchase plan. The total costs of shares repurchased, inclusive of fees and commissions, during the year ended December 31, 2014 were $38,354, or $38.71 per share. At December 31, 2014, a total of $1,666 is available in connection with this plan.

Series B Junior Participating Preferred Share Purchase Right

On October 17, 2013, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a dividend of one preferred share purchase right (“Right”) for each outstanding share of its common stock to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 15, 2013. Each Right entitles the common shareholder to purchase from the Company one one-hundredth of a share of Series B Junior Participating Preferred Stock, no par value, at a price of $125.00 per one one-hundredth of such preferred share, subject to adjustment for certain events. The Right is intended to prevent any unsolicited takeover attempt that is unfair and unfavorable to the Company’s shareholders. The Right will not interfere with any merger approved by the Company’s Board of Directors.

The Right will not be exercisable until ten days following a public announcement that a person or group has acquired beneficial ownership of 10% or more of the Company’s common stock or until ten business days after a person or group begins a tender or exchange offer that would result in beneficial ownership of 10% or more of the Company’s common stock. The Right may be redeemed or exchanged by the Company for $0.001 per Right at any time until the Right’s expiration date on October 18, 2018.

Prepaid Share Repurchase Forward Contract

Effective December 11, 2013, in conjunction with the issuance of the Convertible Notes, the Company entered into a prepaid share repurchase forward contract (the “forward contract”) with Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch (the “forward counterparty”). Pursuant to the forward contract, the Company prepaid $29,923 of the net proceeds of the offering to repurchase 622,751 shares of the Company’s common stock under which the shares will be delivered over a settlement period in 2019. The forward contract is subject to early settlement, in whole or in part, at any time prior to the final settlement date at the option of the forward counterparty, as well as early settlement or settlement with alternative consideration in the event of certain corporate transactions. In the event the Company pays any cash dividends on its common shares, the forward counterparty will pay an equivalent amount to the Company. The shares to be purchased under the prepaid forward contract will be treated as retired as of the effective date of the forward contract, but will remain outstanding for corporate law purposes, including for purposes of any future stockholders votes.


The Company determined that the forward contract does not meet the characteristic of a derivative instrument and, as such, the transaction resulted in an immediate reduction of the outstanding shares used to calculate the weighted-average common shares outstanding for both basic and diluted earnings per share.

Preferred Stock

Series A Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock (“Series A Preferred”)

On February 4, 2014, the Company announced its Board of Directors fixed April 1, 2014 as the cancellation date for the conversion rights on its 7% Series A cumulative convertible preferred stock. The Company later extended the conversion privilege in April 2014. On June 2, 2014, 3,386 shares of Series A Preferred were redeemed at $10 per share, resulting in the derecognition of $4 in dividends payable. During the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, holders of 107,298 and 130,498 shares of Series A Preferred converted their Series A Preferred shares to 107,298 and 130,498 shares of common stock, respectively. As of December 31, 2014, no shares of Series A Preferred were outstanding.

Series B Junior Participating Preferred Stock (“Series B Preferred”)

On October 17, 2013, in connection with the declaration of the Right dividends, the Company’s Board of Directors established and fixed the rights and preferences of the Series B Preferred. Of the authorized shares, the Company designated 400,000 shares as Series B Preferred. Each Series B Preferred will be entitled to a minimum preferential quarterly dividend payment of $1.00 per share but will be entitled to an aggregate dividend of 100 times the dividend declared per common share of the Company. In the event of liquidation, the holders of the Series B Preferred will be entitled to a minimum preferential liquidation payment of $100 per share but will be entitled to an aggregate payment of 100 times the payment made per common share. Each Series B Preferred will have 100 votes per share, voting together as one class on all matters submitted to a vote of shareholders of the Company. Finally, in the event of any merger, consolidation or other transaction in which common shares are exchanged, each Series B Preferred will be entitled to receive 100 times the amount received per common share. The aforementioned rights of Series B Preferred are protected by customary anti-dilution provisions. As of December 31, 2014 and 2013, there were no Series B Preferred issued or outstanding.

Undesignated Preferred Stock

The Company is authorized to issue up to an additional 18,100,000 shares of preferred stock, no par value. The authorized but unissued and undesignated preferred stock may be issued in one or more series and the shares of each series shall have such rights as determined by the Company’s Board of Directors subject to the rights of the holders of the Series A Preferred and Series B Preferred.