RESTATED
CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION
OF
BELDEN INC.

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE ONE

     The name of the corporation is Belden Inc. (hereinafter referred to as the “Corporation”).

 

ARTICLE TWO

     The address of the Corporation’s registered office in the state of Delaware is 229 South State Street, in the City of Dover, County of Kent 19901. The name of its registered agent at such address is The Prentice-Hall Corporation System, Inc.

 

ARTICLE THREE

     The nature of the business or purposes to be conducted or promoted is to engage in any lawful act or activity for which corporations may be organized under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware.

 

ARTICLE FOUR

     Authorized Shares. After giving effect to the reclassification of the Old Common Stock (as defined below) into New Common Stock (as defined below) pursuant to the immediately following paragraph of this Article Four, the total number of shares of all classes of stock of which the Corporation shall have authority to issue is Two Hundred and Two Million (202,000,000), of which Two Hundred Million (200,000,000) shares shall be common stock, par value of One Cent ($0.01) per share (“Common Stock”), and Two Million (2,000,000) shares shall be Preferred Stock, par value of One Cent ($0.01) per share (“Preferred Stock”).

     Effective as of 4:01 pm (Eastern Daylight Saving Time) on July 15, 2004 (the “Effective Time”), each two (2) shares of Common Stock of the Corporation issued and outstanding or reserved for issuance or held in treasury as of the Effective Time (the “Old Common Stock”) shall automatically, and without any action by the holder thereof, be reclassified into one (1) share of Common Stock (the “New Common Stock”), and each certificate which prior to the Effective Time represented two (2) shares of the Old Common Stock shall, from and after the Effective Time, be deemed to represent one (1) share of the New Common Stock. In connection with the preceding calculation, the Corporation shall not issue fractional shares but shall instead make a cash payment in lieu of any fractional shares, which payment shall be an amount equal to the product (rounded to the nearest whole cent) obtained by multiplying (A) the fraction of a share of New Common Stock such holder would otherwise be entitled to receive upon the Effective Time as a result hereof, multiplied by (B) (i) two (2) times (ii) the average closing price of one share of Old Common Stock for the ten (10) most recent trading days that the Old Common Stock has traded ending on the trading day one day prior to the Effective Time, as reported on the New York Stock Exchange.

     The respective preferences, limitations, designations and relative rights of the Common Stock and the Preferred Stock are as follows:

     4.1 A statement of the designations, powers, rights, qualifications, limitations and restrictions in respect of the Common Stock is as follows:

          4.1.1 Voting Rights.

               (a) Except as otherwise provided in this Certificate of Incorporation or required by applicable law, the holders of the Common Stock shall be entitled to vote on each matter on which the stockholders of the Corporation shall be entitled to vote, and each holder of Common Stock shall be entitled to one vote for each share of Common Stock held by such holder.

          4.1.2 Dividends. The Board of Directors of the Corporation may cause dividends to be paid to holders of shares of Common Stock out of funds legally available for the payment of dividends. Any such dividend or distribution shall be payable on all outstanding shares of Common Stock on an equal basis.

          4.1.3 Liquidation. In the event of any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, all distributions on shares of Common Stock of the Corporation shall be payable to the holders of all outstanding shares of Common Stock on an equal basis.

     4.2 A statement of the designations, powers, rights, qualifications, limitations and restrictions in respect of the Preferred Stock is as follows:

          4.2.1 Shares of Preferred Stock may be issued from time to time in one or more series. The Board of Directors of the Corporation is hereby authorized to determine and alter all rights, preferences and privileges and qualifications, limitations and restrictions thereof (including, without limitation, voting rights and the limitation and exclusion thereof) granted to or imposed upon any wholly unissued series of Preferred Stock and the number of shares constituting any such series and the designation thereof, and to increase or decrease (but not below the number of shares of such series then outstanding) the number of shares of any series subsequent to the issue of shares of that series then outstanding. In case the number of shares of any series is so decreased, the shares constituting such reduction shall resume the status which such shares had prior to the adoption of the resolution originally fixing the number of shares of such series.

 

ARTICLE FIVE

     The Corporation is to have perpetual existence.

 

ARTICLE SIX

     In furtherance and not in limitation of the powers conferred by statute, the board of directors of the Corporation is expressly authorized to make, alter or repeal the by-laws of the Corporation.

 

ARTICLE SEVEN

     Meetings of stockholders may be held within or without the State of Delaware, as the by-laws of the Corporation may provide. The books of the Corporation may be kept outside the State of Delaware at such place or places as may be designated from time to time by the board of directors or in the by-laws of the Corporation. Election of the Directors need not be by written ballot unless the by-laws of the Corporation so provide.

 

ARTICLE EIGHT

     To the fullest extent permitted by the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware as the same exists or may hereafter be amended, a director of this Corporation shall not be liable to the Corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for a breach of fiduciary duty as a director. Any repeal or modification of this ARTICLE EIGHT shall not adversely affect any right or protection of a director of the Corporation existing at the time of such repeal or modification.

 

ARTICLE NINE

     The Corporation expressly elects not to be governed by Section 203 of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware.

 

ARTICLE TEN

     The Corporation reserves the right to amend, alter, change or repeal any provision contained in this certificate of incorporation in the manner now or hereafter prescribed herein and by the laws of the State of Delaware, and all rights conferred upon stockholders herein are granted subject to this reservation.

 

 

As filed December 11, 1996

CERTIFICATE OF DESIGNATION, PREFERENCES AND RIGHTS
OF JUNIOR PARTICIPATING PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES A
OF
CABLE DESIGN TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION

Pursuant to Section 151 of the Corporation Law
of the State of Delaware

 

 

     I, Kenneth Hale, Chief Financial Officer of Cable Design Technologies Corporation, a corporation organized and existing under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, in accordance with the provisions of Section 151 thereof, DO HEREBY CERTIFY:

     That pursuant to the authority conferred upon the Board of Directors by the Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Corporation, the Board of Directors on December 10, 1996, adopted the following resolution creating a series of 100,000 shares of Preferred Stock designated as Junior Participating Preferred Stock, Series A:

     RESOLVED, that pursuant to the authority vested in the Board by ARTICLE FOUR of the Restated Certificate of Incorporation and out of the Preferred Stock authorized therein, the Board hereby authorizes that a series of Preferred Stock of the Corporation be, and it hereby is, created, and that the designation and amount thereof and the voting powers, preferences and relative, participating, optional and other special rights of the shares of such series, and the qualifications, limitations or restrictions thereof are as follows:

     Section 1. Designation and Amount. The shares of such series shall be designated as “Junior Participating Preferred Stock, Series A” (the “Series A Preferred Stock”) and the number of shares constituting such series shall be 100,000.

     Section 2. Dividends and Distributions.

     (A) Subject to the prior and superior rights of the holders of any shares of any series of Preferred Stock ranking prior and superior to the shares of Series A Preferred Stock with respect to dividends, the holders of shares of Series A Preferred Stock, in preference to the holders of Common Stock and of any other junior stock, shall be entitled to receive, when, as and if declared by the Board of Directors out of funds legally available for the purpose, quarterly dividends payable in cash on the fifteenth day of March, June, September and December in each year (each such date being referred to herein as a “Quarterly Dividend Payment Date”), commencing on the first Quarterly Dividend Payment Date after the first issuance of a share or fraction of a share of Series A Preferred Stock, in an amount per share (rounded to the nearest cent) equal to the greater of (a) $25.00 or (b) the Adjustment Number (as defined below) times the aggregate per share amount of all cash dividends, and the Adjustment Number times the aggregate per share amount (payable in kind) of all non-cash dividends or other distributions other than a dividend payable in shares of Common Stock or a subdivision of the outstanding shares of Common Stock (by reclassification or otherwise), declared on the Common Stock since the immediately preceding Quarterly Dividend Payment Date or, with respect to the first Quarterly Dividend Payment Date, since the first issuance of any share or fraction of a share of Series A Preferred Stock. The “Adjustment Number” shall initially be 1000. In the event the Corporation shall at any time after January 1, 1997 (i) declare or pay any dividend on Common Stock payable in shares of Common Stock, (ii) subdivide the outstanding Common Stock into a greater number of shares or (iii) combine the outstanding Common Stock into a smaller number of shares, then in each such case the Adjustment Number in effect immediately prior to such event shall be adjusted by multiplying such Adjustment Number by a fraction the numerator of which is the number of shares of Common Stock outstanding immediately after such event and the denominator of which is the number of shares of Common Stock that were outstanding immediately prior to such event.

     (B) The Corporation shall declare a dividend or distribution on the Series A Preferred Stock as provided in paragraph (A) of this Section immediately after it declares a dividend or distribution on the Common Stock (other than a dividend payable in shares of Common Stock); provided that, in the event no dividend or distribution shall have been declared on the Common Stock during the period between any Quarterly Dividend Payment Date and the next subsequent Quarterly Dividend Payment Date, a dividend of $25.00 per share on the Series A Preferred Stock shall nevertheless be payable on such subsequent Quarterly Dividend Payment Date.

     (C) Dividends shall begin to accrue and be cumulative on outstanding shares of Series A Preferred Stock from the Quarterly Dividend Payment Date next preceding the date of issue of such shares of Series A Preferred Stock, unless the date of issue of such shares is prior to the record date for the first Quarterly Dividend Payment Date, in which case dividends on such shares shall begin to accrue from the date of issue of such shares, or unless the date of issue is a Quarterly Dividend Payment Date or is a date after the record date for the determination of holders of shares of Series A Preferred Stock entitled to receive a quarterly dividend and before such Quarterly Dividend Payment Date, in either of which events such dividends shall begin to accrue and be cumulative from such Quarterly Dividend Payment Date. Accrued but unpaid dividends shall not bear interest. Dividends paid on the shares of Series A Preferred Stock in an amount less than the total amount of such dividends at the time accrued and payable on such shares shall be allocated pro rata on a share-by-share basis among all such shares at the time outstanding. The Board of Directors may fix a record date for the determination of holders of shares of Series A Preferred Stock entitled to receive payment of a dividend or distribution declared thereon, which record date shall be no more than 30 days prior to the date fixed for the payment thereof.

     Section 3. Voting Rights. The holders of shares of Series A Preferred Stock shall have the following voting rights:

     (A) Each share of Series A Preferred Stock shall entitle the holder thereof to a number of votes equal to the Adjustment Number (as adjusted from time to time pursuant to Section 2(A) hereof) on all matters submitted to a vote of the stockholders of the Corporation.

     (B) Except as otherwise provided herein, in the Restated Certificate of Incorporation or by-laws, the holders of shares of Series A Preferred Stock and the holders of shares of Common Stock shall vote together as one class on all matters submitted to a vote of stockholders of the Corporation.

     (C) (i) If at any time dividends on any Series A Preferred Stock shall be in arrears in an amount equal to six quarterly dividends thereon, the occurrence of such contingency shall mark the beginning of a period (herein called a “default period”) that shall extend until such time when all accrued and unpaid dividends for all previous quarterly dividend periods and for the current quarterly period on all shares of Series A Preferred Stock then outstanding shall have been declared and paid or set apart for payment. During each default period, (1) the number of Directors shall be increased by two, effective as of the time of election of such Directors as herein provided, and (2) the holders of Series A Preferred Stock and the holders of other Preferred Stock upon which these or like voting rights have been conferred and are exercisable (the “Voting Preferred Stock”) with dividends in arrears equal to six quarterly dividends thereon, voting as a class, irrespective of series, shall have the right to elect such two Directors.

          (ii) During any default period, such voting right of the holders of Series A Preferred Stock may be exercised initially at a special meeting called pursuant to subparagraph (iii) of this Section 3(C) or at any annual meeting of stockholders, and thereafter at annual meetings of stockholders, provided that such voting right shall not be exercised unless the holders of at least one-third in number of the shares of Voting Preferred Stock outstanding shall be present in person or by proxy. The absence of a quorum of the holders of Common Stock shall not affect the exercise by the holders of Voting Preferred Stock of such voting right.

          (iii) Unless the holders of Voting Preferred Stock shall, during an existing default period, have previously exercised their right to elect Directors, the Board of Directors may order, or any stockholder or stockholders owning in the aggregate not less than 10% of the total number of shares of Voting Preferred Stock outstanding, irrespective of series, may request, the calling of a special meeting of the holders of Voting Preferred Stock, which meeting shall thereupon be called by the Chairman of the Board, the President, an Executive Vice President, a Vice President or the Secretary of the Corporation. Notice of such meeting and of any annual meeting at which holders of Voting Preferred Stock are entitled to vote pursuant to this paragraph (C)(iii) shall be given to each holder of record of Voting Preferred Stock by mailing a copy of such notice to him at his last address as the same appears on the books of the Corporation. Such meeting shall be called for a time not earlier than 10 days and not later than 60 days after such order or request or, in default of the calling of such meeting within 60 days after such order or request, such meeting may be called on similar notice by any stockholder or stockholders owning in the aggregate not less than 10% of the total number of shares of Voting Preferred Stock outstanding.

          Notwithstanding the provisions of this paragraph (C)(iii), no such special meeting shall be called during the period within 60 days immediately preceding the date fixed for the next annual meeting of the stockholders.

          (iv) In any default period, after the holders of Voting Preferred Stock shall have exercised their right to elect Directors voting as a class, (x) the Directors so elected by the holders of Voting Preferred Stock shall continue in office until their successors shall have been elected by such holders or until the expiration of the default period, and (y) any vacancy in the Board of Directors may be filled by vote of a majority of the remaining Directors theretofore elected by the holders of the class or classes of stock which elected the Director whose office shall have become vacant. References in this paragraph (C) to Directors elected by the holders of a particular class or classes of stock shall include Directors elected by such Directors to fill vacancies as provided in clause (y) of the foregoing sentence.

          (v) Immediately upon the expiration of a default period, (x) the right of the holders of Voting Preferred Stock as a class to elect Directors shall cease, (y) the term of any Directors elected by the holders of Voting Preferred Stock as a class shall terminate and (z) the number of Directors shall be such number as may be provided for in the Restated Certificate of Incorporation or By-Laws irrespective of any increase made pursuant to the provisions of paragraph (C) of this Section 3 (such number being subject, however, to change thereafter in any manner provided by law or in the Restated Certificate of Incorporation or By-Laws). Any vacancies in the Board of Directors effected by the provisions of clauses (y) and (z) in the preceding sentence may be filled by a majority of the remaining Directors.

     (D) Except as set forth herein, holders of Series A Preferred Stock shall have no special voting rights and their consent shall not be required (except to the extent they are entitled to vote with holders of Common Stock as set forth herein) for taking any corporate action.

     Section 4. Certain Restrictions.

     (A) Whenever quarterly dividends or other dividends or distributions payable on the Series A Preferred Stock as provided in Section 2 are in arrears, thereafter and until all accrued and unpaid dividends and distributions, whether or not declared, on shares of Series A Preferred Stock outstanding shall have been paid in full, the Corporation shall not:

 

(i)

 

declare or pay dividends on, or make any other distributions on, any shares of stock ranking junior (either as to dividends or upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up) to the Series A Preferred Stock;

 

 

(ii)

 

declare or pay dividends on or make any other distributions on any shares of stock ranking on a parity (either as to dividends or upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up) with the Series A Preferred Stock, except dividends paid ratably on the Series A Preferred Stock and all such parity stock on which dividends are payable or in arrears in proportion to the total amounts to which the holders of all such shares are then entitled;

 

 

(iii)

 

redeem or purchase or otherwise acquire for consideration shares of any stock ranking junior (either as to dividends or upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up) to the Series A Preferred Stock, provided that the Corporation may at any time redeem, purchase or otherwise acquire shares of any such junior stock in exchange for shares of any stock of the Corporation ranking junior (either as to dividends or upon dissolution, liquidation or winding up) to the Series A Preferred Stock; or

 

 

(iv)

 

purchase or otherwise acquire for consideration any shares of Series A Preferred Stock, or any shares of stock ranking on a parity with the Series A Preferred Stock, except in accordance with a purchase offer made in writing or by publication (as determined by the Board of Directors) to all holders of such shares upon such terms as the Board of Directors, after consideration of the respective annual dividend rates and other relative rights and preferences of the respective series and classes, shall determine in good faith will result in fair and equitable treatment among the respective series or classes.

     (B) The Corporation shall not permit any subsidiary of the Corporation to purchase or otherwise acquire for consideration any shares of stock of the Corporation unless the Corporation could, under paragraph (A) of this Section 4, purchase or otherwise acquire such shares at such time and in such manner.

     Section 5. Reacquired Shares. Any shares of Series A Preferred Stock purchased or otherwise acquired by the Corporation in any manner whatsoever shall be retired and cancelled promptly after the acquisition thereof. All such shares shall upon their cancellation become authorized but unissued shares of preferred stock and may be reissued as part of a new series of preferred stock to be created by resolution or resolutions of the Board of Directors, subject to the conditions and restrictions on issuance set forth herein.

     Section 6. Liquidation, Dissolution or Winding Up. Upon any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, no distribution shall be made (A) to the holders of shares of stock ranking junior (either as to dividends or upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up) to the Series A Preferred Stock unless, prior thereto, the holders of shares of Series A Preferred Stock shall have received the greater of (i) $100 per share, plus an amount equal to accrued and unpaid dividends and distributions thereon, whether or not declared, to the date of such payment, and (ii) an aggregate amount per share, equal to the Adjustment Number (as adjusted from time to time pursuant to Section 2(A) hereof) times the aggregate amount to be distributed per share to holders of Common Stock, or (B) to the holders of stock ranking on a parity (either as to dividends or upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up) with the Series A Preferred Stock, except distributions made ratably on the Series A Preferred Stock and all other such parity stock in proportion to the total amounts to which the holders of all such shares are entitled upon such liquidation, dissolution or winding up.

     Section 7. Consolidation, Merger, etc. In case the Corporation shall enter into any consolidation, merger, combination or other transaction in which the shares of Common Stock are exchanged for or changed into other stock or securities, cash and/or any other property, then in any such case the shares of Series A Preferred Stock then outstanding shall at the same time be similarly exchanged or changed in an amount per share equal to the Adjustment Number (as adjusted from time to time pursuant to Section 2(A) hereof) times the aggregate amount of stock, securities, cash and/or any other property (payable in kind), as the case may be, into which or for which each share of Common Stock is changed or exchanged.

     Section 8. No Redemption. The shares of Series A Preferred Stock shall not be redeemable.

     Section 9. Amendment. The Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Corporation shall not be amended in any manner which would materially alter or change the powers, preferences or special rights of the Series A Preferred Stock so as to affect them adversely without the affirmative vote of the holders of two-thirds of the outstanding shares of Series A Preferred Stock, voting together as a single class.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have executed and subscribed this Certificate and do affirm the foregoing as true under the penalties of perjury this 11th day of December, 1996.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Kenneth Hale  

 

 

Name:  

Kenneth Hale 

 

 

Title:  

Chief Financial Officer