Harleysville National Corporation

Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation

 

1.           The name of the corporation is:

 

             Harleysville National Corporation

 

2.

The location and post office address of the registered office of the corporation in this Commonwealth is:

 

483 Main Street

Harleysville, Pennsylvania 19438

 

3.

The corporation is incorporated under the Business Corporation Law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the following purpose or purposes:

 

To have unlimited power to engage in and do any lawful act concerning any or all lawful business for which corporations may be incorporate under the provisions of the Business Corporation Law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The corporation is incorporated under the provisions of the Business Corporation Law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Act of May 5, 1933, P.L. 364) (15 P.S. Section 1204, as amended).

 

4.         The term for which the corporation is to exist is: Perpetual

 

5.

(a)

The aggregate number of shares that the corporation shall have authority to issue is two hundred million (200,000,000) shares of Common Stock of the par value of one dollar ($1.00) per share (the “Common Stock”), and eight million (8,000,000) shares of series preferred stock of the par value of one dollar ($1.00) per share (the “Preferred Stock”).

 

 

(b)

The Preferred Stock may be issued from time to time by the Board of Directors as herein provided in one or more series. The designations, relative rights, preferences and limitations of the Preferred Stock, and particularly of the shares of each series thereof, may, to the extent permitted by law, be similar to or may differ from those of any other series. The Board of Directors of the Corporation is hereby expressly granted authority, subject to the provisions of this Article 5, to issue from time to time Preferred Stock in one or more series and to fix from time to time before issuance thereof, by filing a certificate pursuant to the Business Corporation Law, the number of shares in each such series of such class and all designations, relative rights (including the right, to the extent permitted by law, to convert into shares of any class or into shares of any series of any class), preferences and limitations of the shares in each such series, including, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the following:

 

 

 

 (i)

The number of shares to constitute such series (which number may at any time, or from time to time, be increased or decreased by the Board of Directors, notwithstanding that shares of the series may be outstanding at the time of such increase or decrease, unless the Board of Directors shall have otherwise provided in creating such series) and the distinctive designation thereof;

 

 

 

 

 (ii)

The dividend rate on the shares of such series, whether or not dividends on the shares of such series shall be cumulative, and the date or dates, if any, from which dividends thereon shall be cumulative;

 

 

 

 (iii)

Whether or not the shares of such series shall be redeemable, and, if redeemable, the date or dates upon or after which they shall be redeemable and the amount or amounts per share (which shall be, in the case of each share, not less than its preference upon involuntary liquidation, plus an amount equal to all dividends thereon accrued and unpaid, whether or not earned or declared) payable thereon in the case of the redemption thereof, which amount may vary at different redemption dates or otherwise as permitted by law;

 

 

 

 

 (iv)

The right, if any, of holders of shares of such series to convert the same into, or exchange the same for, Common Stock or other stock as permitted by law, and the terms and conditions of such conversion or exchange, as well as provisions for adjustment of the conversion rate in such events as the Board of Directors shall determine;

 

 

 

 (v)

The amount per share payable on the shares of such series upon the voluntary and involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation;

 

 

 

 (vi)

Whether the holders of shares of such series shall have voting power, full or limited, in addition to the voting powers provided by law, and, in case additional voting powers are accorded, to fix the extent thereof; and

 

 

 

 (vii)

Generally to fix the other rights and privileges and any qualifications, limitations or restrictions of such rights and privileges of such series, provided, however, that no such rights, privileges, qualifications, limitations or restrictions shall be in conflict with the Articles of Incorporation of the Corporation or with the resolution or resolutions adopted by the Board of Directors providing for the issue of any series of which there are shares then outstanding.

 

 

 

(c)

All shares of Preferred Stock of the same series shall be identical in all respects, except that shares of any one series issued at different times may differ as to dates, if any, from which dividends thereon may accumulate. All shares of Preferred Stock of all series shall be of equal rank and shall be identical in all respects, except that to the extent not otherwise limited in this Article 5 any series may differ from any other series with respect to any one or more of the designations, relative rights, preferences and limitations described or referred to in subparagraphs (b)(i) to (vii) inclusive of this Article 5.

  

 

(d)

Dividends on the outstanding Preferred Stock of each series shall be declared and paid or set apart for payment before any dividends shall be declared and paid or set apart for payment on the Common Stock with respect to the same quarterly dividend period. Dividends on any shares of Preferred Stock shall be cumulative only if and to the extent set forth in a certificate filed pursuant to law. After dividends on all shares of Preferred Stock (including cumulative dividends if and to the extent any such shares shall be entitled thereto) shall have been declared and paid or set apart for payment with respect to any quarterly dividend period, then and not otherwise as long as any shares of Preferred Stock shall remain outstanding, dividends may be declared and paid or set apart for payment with respect to the same quarterly dividend period on the Common Stock out of the assets or funds of the Corporation legally available therefor.

 

 

(e)

All shares of Preferred Stock of all series shall be of equal rank, preference and priority as to dividends irrespective of whether or not the rates of dividends to which the particular series of Preferred Stock shall be entitled shall be the same and when the stated dividends are not paid in full, the shares of all series of Preferred Stock shall share ratably in the payment thereof in accordance with the sums which would be payable on such shares if all dividends were paid in full, provided, however, that any two or more series of Preferred Stock may differ from each other as to the existence and extent of the right to cumulative dividends, as aforesaid.

 

 

(f)

Except as otherwise specifically provided in the certificate filed pursuant to law with respect to any series of Preferred Stock or as otherwise provided by law, the Preferred Stock shall not have any right to vote for the election of directors or for any other purpose and the Common Stock shall have the exclusive right to vote for the election of directors and for all other purposes. Each holder of Common Stock shall be entitled to one vote for each share thereof held. In all instances in which voting rights are granted to the Preferred Stock or any series thereof, such Preferred Stock or series shall vote with the Common Stock as a single class, except with respect to any vote for the approval of any merger, consolidation, liquidation or dissolution of the Corporation and except as otherwise provided in the certificate filed pursuant to law with respect to any series of the Preferred Stock or as otherwise provided by law.

 

 

(g)

In the event of any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, whether voluntary or involuntary, each series of Preferred Stock shall have preference and priority over the Common Stock for payment of the amount to which each outstanding series of Preferred Stock shall be entitled in accordance with the provisions thereof and each holder of Preferred Stock shall be entitled to be paid in full such amount, or have a sum sufficient for the payment in full set aside, before any payments shall be made to the holders of Common Stock. If, upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, the assets of the Corporation or the proceeds thereof, distributable among the holders of the shares of all series of Preferred Stock shall be insufficient to pay in full the preferential amount aforesaid, then such assets, or the proceeds thereof, shall be distributed among such holders

  

 

ratably in accordance with the respective amounts which would be payable if all amounts payable thereon were paid in full. After the holders of the Preferred Stock of each series shall have been paid in full the amounts to which they respectively shall be entitled, or a sum sufficient for the payment in full set aside, the remaining net assets of the Corporation shall be distributed pro rata to the holders of the Common Stock in accordance with their respective rights and interests, to the exclusion of the holders of the Preferred Stock. A Consolidation or merger of the Corporation with or into another corporation or corporations, or a sale, whether for cash, shares of stock, securities or properties, of all or substantially all of the assets of the Corporation, shall not be deemed or construed to be a liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation within the meaning of this Article 5.

 

 

 

(h)

In the event that Preferred Stock of any series shall be made redeemable as provided in subparagraph (b)(iii) of this Article 5, the Corporation, at the option of the Board of Directors, may redeem at any time or times, from time to time, all or any part of any one or more series of Preferred Stock outstanding by paying for each share the then applicable redemption price fixed by the Board of Directors as provided herein, plus an amount equal to accrued and unpaid dividends to the date fixed for redemption, upon such notice and terms as may be specifically provided in the certificate filed pursuant to law with respect to such series of Preferred Stock.

 

 

(i)

No holder of Preferred Stock of the Corporation shall be entitled, as such, as a matter of right, to subscribe for or purchase any part of any new or additional issue of stock of any class or series whatsoever, any rights or options to purchase stock of any class or series whatsoever or any securities convertible into, exchangeable for or carrying rights or options to purchase stock of any class or series whatsoever, whether now or hereafter authorized, and whether issued for cash or other consideration or by way of dividend.

 

6.         Intentionally Omitted.

 

7.

No merger, consolidation, liquidation or dissolution of the Corporation, nor any action that would result in the sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Corporation shall be valid unless first approved by the affirmative vote of:

 

 

(a)

the holders of at least eighty percent (80%) of the outstanding shares of the voting stock of the Corporation; or

 

 

(b)

the holders of at least a majority of the outstanding shares of voting stock of the Corporation, provided that such transaction has received the prior approval of at least seventy-five percent (75%) of all of the members of the Board of Directors.

 

 

The affirmative vote of the holders of at least eighty percent (80%) of the outstanding shares of voting stock entitled to vote shall be required to amend or repeal this Article 7.

 

8.         Cumulative voting rights shall not exist with respect to the election of directors.

  

 9.

(a)

The Board of Directors may, if it deems it advisable, oppose a tender or other offer for the corporation’s securities, whether the offer is in cash or in the securities of a corporation or otherwise. When considering whether to oppose an offer, the Board of Directors may, but is not legally obligated to, consider any pertinent issue; by way of illustration, but not of limitation, the Board of Directors may, but shall not be legally obligated to, consider any or all of the following:

 

 

 

 (i)

Whether the offer price is acceptable based on the historical and present operating results or financial condition of the corporation;

 

 

 

 (ii)

Whether a more favorable price could be obtained for the corporation’s securities in the future;

 

 

 

 (iii)

The impact which an acquisition of the corporation would have on the employees, depositors and customers of the corporation and its subsidiaries and the communities which they serve;

 

 

 

 (iv)

The reputation and business practices of the offeror and its management and affiliates as they would affect the employees, depositors and customers of the corporation and its subsidiaries and the future value of the corporation’s stock;

 

 

 

 (v)

The value of the securities (if any) which the offeror is offering in exchange for the corporation’s securities based on an analysis of the worth of the corporation as compared to the corporation or other entity whose securities are being offered; and

 

 

 

 (vi)

Any antitrust or other legal and regulatory issues that are raised by the offer.

 

 

(b)

If the Board of Directors determines that an offer should be rejected, it may take any lawful action to accomplish its purpose, including, but not limited to, any or all of the following: advising shareholders not to accept the offer; litigation against the offeror; filing complaints with all governmental and regulatory authorities; acquiring the corporation’s securities; selling or otherwise issuing authorized but unissued securities or treasury stock or granting options with respect thereto; acquiring a company to create an antitrust or other regulatory problem for the offeror and obtaining a more favorable offer from another individual or entity.

[As Filed: 05/13/2009]