RESTATED

CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION

OF

CITIGROUP INC.

 

Citigroup Inc., a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware, hereby certifies as follows:

 

The name of the corporation is Citigroup Inc. (hereinafter the “Corporation”) and the date of filing of its original Certificate of Incorporation with the Delaware Secretary of State is March 8, 1988. The name under which the Corporation filed its Certificate of Incorporation is Commercial Credit Group, Inc. A Restated Certificate of Incorporation, which restated and integrated, but did not further amend, the Certificate of Incorporation as amended or supplemented theretofore, was filed with the Delaware Secretary of State on December 11, 1998.

 

The text of the Restated Certificate of Incorporation as amended or supplemented heretofore is hereby restated and integrated, but not amended, to read as herein set forth in full and there is no discrepancy between the provisions of the Restated Certificate of Incorporation as so amended or supplemented and the provisions of this Restated Certificate of Incorporation. Following the effective time of this Restated Certificate of Incorporation, all references hereinafter to “Certificate of Incorporation” shall refer to this Restated Certificate of Incorporation.

 

FIRST:

The name of the Corporation is:

 

Citigroup Inc.

 

SECOND:

The registered office of the Corporation is to be located at the Corporation Trust Center, 1209 Orange Street, in the City of Wilmington, in the county of New Castle, in the State of Delaware. The name of its registered agent at that address is The Corporation Trust Company.

 

THIRD:

The purpose of the Corporation is:

 

To engage in any lawful act or activity for which corporations may be organized under the General Corporation Law of Delaware.

 

FOURTH: A.

The total number of shares of all classes of stock which the Corporation shall have authority to issue is Sixty Billion Thirty Million (60,030,000,000). The total number of shares of Common Stock which the Corporation shall have authority to issue is Sixty Billion (60,000,000,000) shares of Common Stock having a par value of one cent ($.01) per share. The total number of shares of Preferred Stock which the Corporation shall have the authority to issue is Thirty Million (30,000,000) shares having a par value of one dollar ($1.00) per share.

 

B.    The Board of Directors is authorized, subject to limitations prescribed by law and the provisions of this Article FOURTH, to provide for the issuance of the shares of Preferred Stock in series, and by filing a certificate pursuant to the applicable law of the State of Delaware, to establish from time to time the number of shares to be included in each such series, and to fix the designation, powers, preferences and rights of the shares of each such series and the qualifications, limitations or restrictions thereof. The authority of the Board of Directors with respect to each series shall include, but not be limited to, determination of the following:

 

(i)

The number of shares constituting that series and the distinctive designation of that series;

 

(ii)

The dividend rate on the shares of that series, whether dividends shall be cumulative, and, if so, from which date or dates, and the relative rights of priority, if any, of payment of dividends on shares of that series;

 

(iii)

Whether that series shall have voting rights, in addition to the voting rights provided by law, and, if so, the terms of such voting rights;

 

(iv)

Whether that series shall have conversion or exchange privileges, and, if so, the terms and conditions of such conversion or exchange, including provision for adjustment of the conversion or exchange rate in such events as the Board of Directors shall determine;

 

 

 


 

(v)

Whether or not the shares of that series shall be redeemable, and, if so, the terms and conditions of such redemption, including the manner of selecting shares for redemption if less than all shares are to be redeemed, the date or dates upon or after which they shall be redeemable, and the amount per share payable in case of redemption, which amount may vary under different conditions and at different redemption dates;

 

(vi)

Whether that series shall have a sinking fund for the redemption or purchase of shares of that series, and, if so, the terms and amount of such sinking fund;

 

(vii)

The right of the shares of that series to the benefit of conditions and restrictions upon the creation of indebtedness of the Corporation or any subsidiary, upon the issue of any additional stock (including additional shares of such series or any other series) and upon the payment of dividends or the making of other distributions on, and the purchase, redemption or other acquisition by the Corporation or any subsidiary of any outstanding stock of the Corporation;

 

(viii)The rights of the shares of that series in the event of voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, and the relative rights of priority, if any, of payment of shares of that series; and

 

(ix)

Any other relative, participating, optional or other special rights, qualifications, limitations or restrictions of that series.

 

C.    Dividends on outstanding shares of Preferred Stock shall be paid, or declared and set apart for payment, before any dividends shall be paid or declared and set apart for payment on outstanding shares of Common Stock. If upon any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, the assets available for distribution to holders of shares of Preferred Stock of all series shall be insufficient to pay such holders the full preferential amount to which they are entitled, then such assets shall be distributed ratably among the shares of all series of Preferred Stock in accordance with the respective preferential amounts (including unpaid cumulative dividends, if any) payable with respect thereto.

 

D.    Shares of any series of Preferred Stock which have been redeemed (whether through the operation of a sinking fund or otherwise) or which, if convertible or exchangeable, have been converted into or exchanged for shares of stock of any other class or classes shall have the status of authorized and unissued shares of Preferred Stock of the same series and may be reissued as a part of the series of which they were originally a part or may be reclassified and reissued as part of a new series of Preferred Stock to be created by resolution or resolutions of the Board of Directors or as part of any other series of Preferred Stock, all subject to the conditions and the restrictions on issuance set forth in the resolution or resolutions adopted by the Board of Directors providing for the issue of any series of Preferred Stock.

 

E.    Subject to the provisions of any applicable law or except as otherwise provided by the resolution or resolutions providing for the issue of any series of Preferred Stock, the holders of outstanding shares of Common Stock shall exclusively possess voting power for the election of directors and for all other purposes; each holder of record of shares of Common Stock being entitled to one vote for each share of Common Stock standing in his name on the books of the Corporation; provided, however, that, except as otherwise required by law, holders of Common Stock shall not be entitled to vote on any amendment to this Certificate of Incorporation (including any certificate relating to shares of Preferred Stock contemplated or authorized by Section B or Section J of this Article FOURTH) that relates solely to the terms of one or more outstanding series of Preferred Stock if the holders of such affected series are entitled, either separately or together as a class with the holders of one or more other such series, to vote thereon pursuant to this Restated Certificate of Incorporation (including any certificate relating to shares of Preferred Stock contemplated or authorized by Section B or Section J of this Article FOURTH).

 

F.    Except as otherwise provided by the resolution or resolutions providing for the issue of any series of Preferred Stock, after payment shall have been made to the holders of Preferred Stock of the full amount of dividends to which they shall be entitled pursuant to the resolution or resolutions providing for the issue of any series of Preferred Stock, the holders of Common Stock shall be entitled, to the exclusion of the holders of Preferred Stock of any and all series, to receive such dividends as from time to time may be declared by the Board of Directors.

 

G.    Except as otherwise provided by the resolution or resolutions providing for the issue of any series of Preferred Stock, in the event of any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, whether voluntary or involuntary, after payment shall have been made to the holders of Preferred Stock of the full amount to which they shall be entitled pursuant to the resolution or resolutions providing for the issue of any series of Preferred Stock, the

 

 


 

holders of Common Stock shall be entitled, to the exclusion of the holders of Preferred Stock of any and all series, to share ratably according to the number of shares of Common Stock held by them, in all remaining assets of the Corporation available for distribution.

 

H.    The issuance of any shares of Common Stock or Preferred Stock authorized hereunder and any other actions permitted to be taken by the Board of Directors pursuant to this Article FOURTH must be authorized by the affirmative vote of at least sixty-six and two-thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the entire Board of Directors or by a committee of the Board of Directors constituted by the affirmative vote of at least sixty-six and two-thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the entire Board of Directors.

 

I.    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Certificate of Incorporation, the affirmative vote of the holders of at least a majority of the voting power of the outstanding shares entitled to vote thereon shall be required to amend, alter, change or repeal, or adopt any provision as part of this Certificate of Incorporation inconsistent with the purpose and intent of, Section B through I of this Article FOURTH.

 

J.    Pursuant to the authority conferred by this Article FOURTH, the following series of Preferred Stock are hereby provided for, with the number of shares to be included in each such series, and the designation, powers, preference and rights, and qualifications, limitations or restrictions thereof fixed as stated and expressed with respect to each such series in the respective exhibit attached hereto as specified below and incorporated herein by reference:

 

 

Exhibit I

 

8.125% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series AA

 

Exhibit II

 

8.40% Fixed Rate / Floating Rate Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series E

 

Exhibit III

 

8.50% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series F

 

Exhibit IV

 

Series R Participating Cumulative Preferred Stock

 

Exhibit V

 

6.5% Non-Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock, Series T

 

FIFTH:

The Directors need not be elected by written ballot unless and to the extent the By-Laws so require.

 

SIXTH:

The books and records of the Corporation may be kept (subject to any mandatory requirement of law) outside the State of Delaware at such place or places as may be determined from time to time by or pursuant to authority granted by the Board of Directors or by the By-Laws.

 

SEVENTH:

The business and affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by or under the direction of a Board of Directors, the exact number of directors to be determined from time to time by resolution adopted by affirmative vote of a majority of the entire Board of Directors. At each annual meeting, each director shall be elected for a one-year term. A director shall hold office until the annual meeting held the year in which his or her term expires and until his or her successor shall be elected and shall qualify, subject, however, to prior death, resignation, retirement, disqualification or removal from office. Any vacancy on the Board of Directors that results from an increase in the number of directors may be filled by a majority of the Board of Directors then in office, provided that a quorum is present, and any other vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors may be filled by a majority of the directors then in office, even if less than a quorum, or a sole remaining director. Any director elected to fill a vacancy not resulting from an increase in the number of directors shall have the same remaining term as that of his or her predecessor. Notwithstanding the foregoing, whenever the holders of any one or more classes or series of Preferred Stock issued by the Corporation shall have the right, voting separately by class or series, to elect directors at an annual or special meeting of stockholders, the election, term of office, filling of vacancies and other features of such directorships shall be governed by the terms of this Restated Certificate of Incorporation applicable thereto.

 

EIGHTH: A.

In addition to any affirmative vote required by law or this Certificate of Incorporation or the By-Laws of the Corporation, and except as otherwise expressly provided in Section B of this Article EIGHTH, a Business Combination (as hereinafter defined) shall require the affirmative vote of not less than a majority of the votes cast affirmatively and negatively by the holders of Voting Stock (as hereinafter defined), voting together as a single class. Such affirmative vote shall be required notwithstanding the fact that no vote may be required, or that a lesser percentage or separate class vote may be specified, by law or in any agreement with any national securities exchange or otherwise.

 

B.

The provisions of Section A of this Article EIGHTH shall not be applicable to any particular Business Combination, and such Business Combination shall require only such affirmative vote, if any, as is required by law or by any other provision of this Certificate of Incorporation or the By-Laws of the Corporation or otherwise, if all of the conditions specified in either of the following Paragraphs 1 or 2 are met; provided, however, that in the case of a Business Combination that does not involve the payment of consideration to the holders of the Corporation’s outstanding

 

 


 

Capital Stock (as hereinafter defined), then the provisions of Section A of this Article EIGHTH must be satisfied unless the conditions specified in the following Paragraph 1 are met:

 

1.

The Business Combination shall have been approved (and such approval not subsequently rescinded) by a majority of the Continuing Directors (as hereinafter defined), either specifically or as a transaction which is within an approved category of transactions with an Interested Stockholder. Such approval may be given prior to or subsequent to the acquisition of, or announcement or public disclosure of the intention to acquire, beneficial ownership of the Voting Stock that caused the Interested Stockholder to become an Interested Stockholder, provided, however, that approval shall be effective for the purposes of this Paragraph 1 only if obtained at a meeting at which a Continuing Director Quorum (as hereinafter defined) was present; and provided further, that such approval may be rescinded by a majority of the Continuing Directors at any meeting at which a Continuing Director Quorum is present and which is held prior to consummation of the proposed Business Combination.

 

2.

All of the following conditions, if applicable, shall have been met:

 

The aggregate amount of cash and the Fair Market Value (as hereinafter defined), as of the date of the consummation of the Business Combination (the “Consummation Date”), of consideration other than cash to be received per share by holders of shares of any class or series of outstanding Capital Stock in such Business Combination shall be at least equal to the amount determined, as applicable, under Paragraph 2(a) or 2(b) below:

 

(a)

if the Fair Market Value per share of such class or series of Capital Stock on the date of the first public announcement of the proposed Business Combination (the “Announcement Date”) is less than the Fair Market Value per share of such class or series of Capital Stock on the date on which the Interested Stockholder became an Interested Stockholder (the “Determination Date”), an amount (the “Premium Capital Stock Price”) equal to the sum of (i) the Fair Market Value per share of such class or series of Capital Stock on the Announcement Date plus (ii) the product of the Fair Market Value per share of such class or series of Capital Stock on the Announcement Date multiplied by the highest percentage premium over the closing sale price per share of such class or series of Capital Stock paid on any day by or on behalf of the Interested Stockholder for any share of such class or series of Capital Stock in connection with the acquisition by the Interested Stockholder of beneficial ownership of shares of such class or series of Capital Stock within the two-year period immediately prior to the Announcement Date or in the transaction in which it became an Interested Stockholder; provided, however, that if the Premium Capital Stock Price as determined above is greater than the highest per share price paid by or on behalf of the Interested Stockholder for any share of such class or series of Capital Stock in connection with the acquisition by the Interested Stockholder of beneficial ownership of shares of such class or series of Capital Stock within the two-year period immediately prior to the Announcement Date, the amount required under this Paragraph 2(a) shall be the higher of (A) such highest price paid by or on behalf of the Interested Stockholder, and (B) the Fair Market Value per share of such class or series of Capital Stock on the Announcement Date (the Fair Market Value and other prices per share of such class or series of Capital Stock referred to in this Paragraph 2(a) shall be in each case appropriately adjusted for any subsequent stock split, stock dividend, subdivision or reclassification with respect to such class or series of Capital Stock); or

 

(b)

if the Fair Market Value per share of such class or series of Capital Stock on the Announcement Date is greater than or equal to the Fair Market Value per share of such class or series of Capital Stock on the Determination Date, in each case as appropriately adjusted for any subsequent stock split, stock dividend, subdivision or reclassification with respect to such class or series of Capital Stock, a price per share equal to the Fair Market Value per share of such class or series of Capital Stock on the Announcement Date.

 

The provisions of this Paragraph 2 shall be required to be met with respect to every class or series of outstanding Capital Stock which is the subject of the Business Combination whether or not the Interested Stockholder has previously acquired beneficial ownership of any shares of a particular class or series of Capital Stock.

 

(c)

After the Determination Date and prior to the Consummation Date of such Business Combination:

 

(i) except as approved by a majority of the Continuing Directors at a meeting at which a Continuing Director Quorum is present, there shall have been no failure to declare and pay at the regular date

 

 


 

therefor any full quarterly dividends (whether or not cumulative) payable in accordance with the terms of any outstanding Capital Stock; (ii) there shall have been an increase in the annual rate of dividends paid on the Common Stock as necessary to reflect any reclassification (including any reverse stock split), recapitalization, reorganization or any similar transaction that has the effect of reducing the number of outstanding shares of Common Stock, unless the failure so to increase such annual rate is approved by a majority of the Continuing Directors at a meeting at which a Continuing Director Quorum is present; and (iii) such Interested Stockholder shall not have become the beneficial owner of any additional shares of Capital Stock except as part of the transaction that results in such Interested Stockholders becoming an Interested Stockholder and except in a transaction that, after giving effect thereto, would not result in any increase in the Interested Stockholder’s percentage beneficial ownership of any class or series of Capital Stock.

 

(d)

After the Determination Date, such Interested Stockholder shall not have received the benefit, directly or indirectly (except proportionately as a stockholder of the Corporation), of any loans, advances, guarantees, pledges or other financial assistance or any tax credits or other tax advantages provided by the Corporation, whether in anticipation of or in connection with such Business Combination or otherwise.

 

(e)

A proxy or information statement describing the proposed Business Combination and complying with the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the rules and regulations thereunder (the “Act”) (or any subsequent provisions replacing such Act, rules or regulations), shall be mailed to all stockholders of the Corporation at least 30 days prior to the consummation of such Business Combination (whether or not such proxy or information statement is required to be mailed pursuant to such Act or subsequent provisions). The proxy or information statement shall contain on the first page thereof, in a prominent place, any statement as to the advisability (or inadvisability) of the Business Combination that the Continuing Directors, or any of them, may choose to make and, if deemed advisable by a majority of the Continuing Directors, the opinion of an investment banking firm selected by a majority of the Continuing Directors as to the fairness (or not) of the terms of the Business Combination from a financial point of view to the holders of the outstanding shares of Capital Stock other than the Interested Stockholder and its Affiliates or Associates (as hereinafter defined), such investment banking firm to be paid a reasonable fee for its services by the Corporation.

 

(f)

Such Interested Stockholder shall not have made any major change in the Corporation’s business or equity capital structure without the approval of at least a majority of the Continuing Directors.

 

C. The following definitions shall apply with respect to this Article EIGHTH:

 

1.    The term “Business Combination” shall mean:

 

(a)

any merger or consolidation of the Corporation or any Major Subsidiary (as hereinafter defined) with, or any sale, lease, exchange, transfer or other disposition of substantially all the assets or outstanding shares of capital stock of the Corporation or any Major Subsidiary with or for the benefit of, (i) any Interested Stockholder or (ii) any other company (whether or not itself an Interested Stockholder) which is or after such merger, consolidation or sale, lease, exchange, transfer or other disposition would be an Affiliate or Associate of an Interested Stockholder; or

 

(b)

any sale, lease, exchange, mortgage, pledge, transfer or other disposition or security arrangement, investment, loan, advance, guarantee, agreement to purchase, agreement to pay, extension of credit, joint venture participation or other arrangement (in one transaction or a series of transactions) with or for the benefit of any Interested Stockholder or any Affiliate or Associate of any Interested Stockholder involving any assets, securities or commitments of the Corporation, any Major Subsidiary or any Interested Stockholder or any Affiliate or Associate of any Interested Stockholder having an aggregate Fair Market Value and/or involving aggregate commitments of Twenty-Five Million dollars ($25,000,000) or more; or

 

(c)

any reclassification of securities (including any reverse stock split), or recapitalization of the Corporation, or any merger or consolidation of the Corporation with any of its Subsidiaries (as hereinafter defined) or any other transaction (whether or not with or otherwise involving an Interested Stockholder) that has the effect, directly or indirectly, of increasing the proportionate share of any class or series of Capital Stock, or any securities convertible into Capital Stock or into equity securities of

 

 


 

any Subsidiary, that is beneficially owned by any Interested Stockholder or any Affiliate or Associate of any Interested Stockholder; or

 

(d)

any agreement, contract or other arrangement providing for any one or more of the actions specified in the foregoing clauses (a) to (d);

 

provided, however, that no such aforementioned transaction shall be deemed to be a Business Combination subject to this Article EIGHTH if the Announcement Date of such transaction occurs more than eighteen months after the Determination Date with respect to such Interested Stockholder.

 

2.

The term “Capital Stock” shall mean all capital stock of the Corporation authorized to be issued from time to time under Article FOURTH of this Certificate of Incorporation, including, without limitation, the Common Stock, and the term “Voting Stock” shall mean all Capital Stock which by its terms may be voted on all matters submitted to stockholders of the Corporation generally.

 

3.

The term “person” shall mean any individual, firm, company or other entity and shall include any group comprised of any person and any other person with whom such person or any Affiliate or Associate of such person has any agreement, arrangement or understanding, directly or indirectly, for the purpose of acquiring, holding, voting or disposing of Capital Stock.

 

4.

The term “Interested Stockholder” shall mean any person (other than the Corporation or any Subsidiary and other than any profit-sharing, employee stock ownership or other employee benefit plan of the Corporation or any trustee of or fiduciary with respect to any such plan when acting in such capacity) who (a) is, or has announced or publicly disclosed a plan or intention to become, the beneficial owner of Voting Stock representing twenty-five percent (25%) or more of the votes entitled to be cast by the holders of all then outstanding shares of Voting Stock; or (b) is an Affiliate or Associate of the Corporation and at any time within the two-year period immediately prior to the date in question was the beneficial owner of Voting Stock representing twenty-five percent (25%) or more of the votes entitled to be cast by the holders of all then outstanding shares of Voting Stock.

 

5.

A person shall be a “beneficial owner” of any Capital Stock (a) which such person or any of its Affiliates or Associates beneficially owns directly or indirectly; (b) which such person or any of its Affiliates or Associates has, directly or indirectly, (i) the right to acquire (whether such right is exercisable immediately or subject only to the passage of time), pursuant to any agreement, arrangement or understanding or upon the exercise of conversion rights, exchange rights, warrants or options, or otherwise, or (ii) the right to vote pursuant to any agreement, arrangement or understanding; or (c) which is beneficially owned, directly or indirectly, by any other person with which such person or any of its Affiliates or Associates has any agreement, arrangement or understanding for the purpose of acquiring, holding, voting or disposing of any shares of Capital Stock. For the purposes of determining whether a person is an Interested Stockholder pursuant to Paragraph 4 of this Section C, the number of shares of Capital Stock deemed to be outstanding shall include shares deemed beneficially owned by such person through application of this Paragraph 5 of Section C, but shall not include any other shares of Capital Stock that may be reserved for issuance or issuable pursuant to any agreement, arrangement or understanding, or upon exercise of conversion rights, warrants or options, or otherwise.

 

6.

The terms “Affiliate” and “Associate” shall have the respective meanings ascribed to such terms in Rule 12b-2 under the Act as in effect on the date that this Article EIGHTH is approved and adopted by the Sole Incorporator (the term “registrant” in said Rule 12b-2 meaning in this case the Corporation); provided, however, that the terms “Affiliate” and “Associate” shall not include any profit-sharing, employee stock ownership or other employee benefit plan of the Corporation or any trustee of or fiduciary with respect to any such plan when acting in such capacity.

 

7.

The term “Subsidiary” means any company of which a majority of any class of equity security is beneficially owned by the Corporation; provided, however, that for the purposes of the definition of Interested Stockholder set forth in Paragraph 4 of this Section C, the term “Subsidiary” shall mean only a company of which a majority of each class of equity security is beneficially owned by the Corporation.

 

8.

The term “Major Subsidiary” means a Subsidiary having assets of twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000) or more as reflected in the most recent fiscal year-end audited, or if unavailable, unaudited, consolidated balance sheet, prepared in accordance with applicable state insurance law with respect to

 

 


 

Subsidiaries engaged in an insurance business, and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles with respect to Subsidiaries engaged in a business other than an insurance business.

 

9.

The term Continuing Director” means any member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation, while such person is a member of the Board of Directors, who is not an Affiliate or Associate or representative of the Interested Stockholder and who was a member of the Board of Directors prior to the time that the Interested Stockholder became an Interested Stockholder, and any successor of a Continuing Director while such successor is a member of the Board of Directors, who is not an Affiliate or Associate or representative of the Interested Stockholder and who is recommended or elected to succeed the Continuing Director by a majority of the Continuing Directors; provided, however, that the term “Continuing Director” shall not include any officer of the Corporation or of any Affiliate or Associate of the Corporation.

 

10.

The term “Fair Market Value” means (a) in the case of cash, the amount of such cash; (b) in the case of stock, the highest closing sale price during the 30-day period immediately preceding the date in question of a share of such stock on the Composite Tape for New York Stock Exchange-Listed Stocks, or, if such stock is not quoted on the Composite Tape, on the New York Stock Exchange, or, if such stock is not listed on such Exchange, on the principal United States securities exchange registered under the Act on which such stock is listed, or, if such stock is not listed on any such exchange, the highest closing bid quotation with respect to a share of such stock during the 30-day period preceding the date in question on the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. Automated Quotations System or any similar system then in use, or if no such quotations are available, the fair market value on the date in question of a share of such stock as determined by a majority of the Continuing Directors in good faith; and (c) in the case of property other than cash or stock, the fair market value of such property on the date in question as determined in good faith by a majority of the Continuing Directors.

 

11.

The term “Continuing Director Quorum” means at least two (2) Continuing Directors capable of exercising the power conferred upon them under the provisions of the Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws of the Corporation.

 

12.

In the event of any Business Combination in which the Corporation survives, the phrase “consideration other than cash to be received” as used in Paragraph 2 of Section B of this Article EIGHTH shall include the shares of Common Stock and/or the shares of any other class or series of Capital Stock retained by the holders of such shares.

 

D.    A majority of the Continuing Directors at a meeting at which a Continuing Director Quorum is present shall have the power and duty to determine the purposes of this Article EIGHTH, on the basis of information known to them after reasonable inquiry, and to determine all questions arising under this Article EIGHTH, including, without limitation, (a) whether a person is an Interested Stockholder, (b) the number of shares of Capital Stock or other securities beneficially owned by any person, (c) whether a person is an Affiliate or Associate of another, (d) whether the assets that are the subject of any Business Combination have, or the consideration to be received for the issuance or transfer of securities by the Corporation or any Subsidiary in any Business Combination has, an aggregate Fair Market Value of twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000) or more as provided in Paragraph 1(b) of Section C of this Article EIGHTH and (e) whether a Subsidiary is a Major Subsidiary. Any such determination made in good faith shall be binding and conclusive on all parties. In the event a Continuing Director Quorum cannot be attained at such meeting, all such determinations shall be made by the Delaware Court of Chancery.

 

E.    Nothing contained in this Article EIGHTH shall be construed to relieve any Interested Stockholder from any fiduciary obligation imposed by law.

 

F.    The fact that any Business Combination complies with the provisions of Section B of this Article EIGHTH shall not be construed to impose any fiduciary duty, obligation or responsibility on the Board of Directors, or any member thereof, to approve such Business Combination or recommend its adoption or approval to the stockholders of the Corporation, nor shall such compliance limit, prohibit or otherwise restrict in any manner the Board of Directors, or any member thereof, with respect to evaluations of or actions and responses taken with respect to such Business Combination.

 

G.    Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Certificate of Incorporation or the By-Laws of the Corporation (and notwithstanding the fact that a lesser percentage or separate class vote may be specified by law, this Certificate of Incorporation or the By-Laws of the Corporation), the affirmative vote of the holders of not less than a majority of the voting power of the outstanding shares entitled to vote thereon, voting together as a single class, shall be

 

 


 

required to amend, alter, change or repeal, or adopt any provision as part of this Certificate of Incorporation inconsistent with the purpose and intent of this Article EIGHTH.

 

NINTH:

In furtherance and not in limitation of the powers conferred upon it by the laws of the State of Delaware, the Board of Directors shall have the power to adopt, amend, alter or repeal the Corporation’s By-Laws. The affirmative vote of at least sixty-six and two-thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the entire Board of Directors shall be required to adopt, amend, alter or repeal the Corporation’s By-Laws. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Certificate of Incorporation or the By-Laws of the Corporation (and notwithstanding the fact that a lesser percentage or separate class vote may be specified by law, this Certificate of Incorporation or the By-Laws of the Corporation), the affirmative vote of the holders of not less than a majority of the voting power of the outstanding shares entitled to vote thereon shall be required to adopt, amend, alter or repeal, or adopt any provision as part of this Certificate of Incorporation inconsistent with the purpose and intent of, this Article NINTH.

 

TENTH:

No director of the Corporation shall be liable to the Corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director, except for liability (i) for any breach of the director’s duty of loyalty to the Corporation or its stockholders, (ii) for acts or omissions not in good faith or which involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law, (iii) under Section 174 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, or (iv) for any transaction from which the director derived an improper personal benefit.

 

ELEVENTH:

Except as provided in Articles FOURTH, SEVENTH, EIGHTH and NINTH of this Certificate of Incorporation, the Corporation reserves the right to amend and repeal any provision contained in this Certificate of Incorporation in the manner prescribed by the laws of the State of Delaware, and all rights of stockholders shall be subject to this reservation.

 

This Restated Certificate of Incorporation was duly adopted by the Board of Directors in accordance with Section 245 of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware.

 

This Restated Certificate of Incorporation shall be effective upon filing.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Corporation has caused this Restated Certificate of Incorporation to be signed by its duly authorized officer, this 30th day of October, 2009.

 

 

CITIGROUP INC.

 

 

 

/s/ Michael S. Helfer

 

Name:

Michael S. Helfer

 

 

Corporate Secretary

 

 

 

 


 

 

Exhibit I

 

8.125% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series AA

 

Section 1.    Designation.

 

The designation of the series of preferred stock shall be “8.125% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series AA” (the “Series AA Preferred Stock”). Each share of Series AA Preferred Stock shall be identical in all respects to every other share of Series AA Preferred Stock. Series AA Preferred Stock will rank equally with Parity Stock, if any, will rank senior to Junior Stock and will rank junior to Senior Stock, if any, with respect to the payment of dividends and/or the distribution of assets in the event of any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company.

 

Section 2.    Number of Shares.

 

The number of authorized shares of Series AA Preferred Stock shall be 149,500. That number from time to time may be increased (but not in excess of the total number of authorized shares of preferred stock) or decreased (but not below the number of shares of Series AA Preferred Stock then outstanding) by further resolution duly adopted by the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof and by the filing of a certificate pursuant to the provisions of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware stating that such increase or reduction, as the case may be, has been so authorized. The Company shall have the authority to issue fractional shares of Series AA Preferred Stock.

 

Section 3.    Definitions. As used herein with respect to Series AA Preferred Stock:

 

Agent Members” has the meaning set forth in Section 15(c).

 

Board of Directors” has the meaning set forth in the recitals above.

 

Business Day” means any weekday that is not a legal holiday in New York, New York and is not a day on which banking institutions in New York, New York are authorized or required by law or regulation to be closed.

 

Common Stock” means the common stock of the Company, par value $0.01 per share, or any other shares of the capital stock of the Company into which such shares of common stock shall be reclassified or changed.

 

Depositary” means DTC or its nominee or any successor depositary appointed by the Company.

 

Dividend Payment Date” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 4(a) hereof.

 

Dividend Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 4(a) hereof.

 

Dividend Record Date” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 4(a) hereof.

 

DTC” means The Depository Trust Company.

 

Global Series AA Preferred Stock” has the meaning set forth in Section 15(a).

 

Holder” means the Person in whose name the shares of the Series AA Preferred Stock are registered, which may be treated by the Company, Transfer Agent, Registrar and paying agent as the absolute owner of the shares of Series AA Preferred Stock for the purpose of making payment and for all other purposes.

 

Junior Stock” means the Common Stock and any other class or series of stock of the Company now existing or hereafter authorized over which Series AA Preferred Stock has preference or priority in the payment of dividends or in the distribution of assets on any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company.

 

Nonpayment” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7(b)(i) hereof.

 

Officer” means the Chief Executive Officer, the Chairman, the Chief Administrative Officer, any Vice Chairman, the Chief Financial Officer, the Controller, the Chief Accounting Officer, the Treasurer and Head of Corporate Finance, any Assistant Treasurer, the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and any Assistant Secretary of the Company.

 

 

 


 

 

Parity Stock” means any class or series of stock of the Company hereafter authorized that ranks equally with the Series AA Preferred Stock in the payment of dividends and in the distribution of assets on any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company.

 

Person” means a legal person, including any individual, corporation, estate, partnership, joint venture, association, joint-stock company, limited liability company or trust.

 

Preferred Stock Director” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7(b)(i) hereof.

 

Registrar” means the Transfer Agent acting in its capacity as registrar for the Series AA Preferred Stock, and its successors and assigns.

 

Senior Stock” means any class or series of stock of the Company now existing or hereafter authorized which has preference or priority over the Series AA Preferred Stock as to the payment of dividends or in the distribution of assets on any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company.

 

Series AA Preferred Stock” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 1 hereof.

 

Transfer Agent” means The Bank of New York Mellon acting as Transfer Agent, Registrar and paying agent for the Series AA Preferred Stock, and its successors and assigns.

 

Trust” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 6(d).

 

Section 4.    Dividends.

 

(a)

Rate. Holders shall be entitled to receive, if, as and when declared by the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof, but only out of assets legally available therefor, non-cumulative cash dividends on the liquidation preference of $25,000 per share of Series AA Preferred Stock, and no more, payable quarterly in arrears on each February 15, May 15, August 15 and November 15; provided, however, if any such day is not a Business Day, then payment of any dividend otherwise payable on that date will be made on the next succeeding day that is a Business Day, unless that day falls in the next calendar year, in which case payment of such dividend will occur on the immediately preceding Business Day (in either case, without any interest or other payment in respect of such delay) (each such day on which dividends are payable a “Dividend Payment Date”). The period from and including the date of issuance of the Series AA Preferred Stock or any Dividend Payment Date to, but excluding, the next Dividend Payment Date is a “Dividend Period.” Dividends on each share of Series AA Preferred Stock will accrue on the liquidation preference of $25,000 per share at a rate per annum equal to 8.125%. The record date for payment of dividends on the Series AA Preferred Stock will be the fifteenth day of the calendar month immediately preceding the month during which the Dividend Payment Date falls or such other record date fixed by the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof that is not more than 30 nor less than 10 days prior to such Dividend Payment Date (each, a “Dividend Record Date”). Any such day that is a Dividend Record Date will be a Dividend Record Date whether or not such day is a Business Day. The amount of dividends payable will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year of twelve 30-day months.

 

(b)

Non-Cumulative Dividends. If the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof does not declare a dividend on the Series AA Preferred Stock for any Dividend Period prior to the related Dividend Payment Date, that dividend will not accrue, and the Company will have no obligation to pay, and Holders shall have no right to receive, a dividend for that Dividend Period on the related Dividend Payment Date or at any future time, whether or not dividends on the Series AA Preferred Stock or any other series of preferred stock or common stock are declared for any subsequent Dividend Period with respect to Series AA Preferred Stock, Parity Stock, Junior Stock or any other class or series of authorized preferred stock of the Company. References herein to the “accrual” of dividends refer only to the determination of the amount of such dividend and do not imply that any right to a dividend arises prior to the date on which a dividend is declared.

 

(c)

Priority of Dividends. So long as any share of Series AA Preferred Stock remains outstanding, unless as to a Dividend Payment Date full dividends on all outstanding shares of the Series AA Preferred Stock have been declared and paid or declared and a sum sufficient for the payment of those dividends has been set aside for the Dividend Period then ending, the Company will not, and will cause its subsidiaries not to, during the next succeeding Dividend Period that commences on such Dividend Payment Date, declare or pay any dividend on, make any distributions relating to, or redeem, purchase, acquire or make a liquidation payment relating to, any Junior Stock, or make any guarantee payment with respect thereto, other than:

 

 


 

 

 

(i)

purchases, redemptions or other acquisitions of shares of Junior Stock in connection with any employment contract, benefit plan or other similar arrangement with or for the benefit of employees, officers, directors or consultants;

 

(ii)

purchases of shares of Common Stock pursuant to a contractually binding requirement to buy stock existing prior to the commencement of the then-current dividend period, including under a contractually binding stock repurchase plan;

 

(iii)

as a result of an exchange or conversion of any class or series of Junior Stock for any other class or series of Junior Stock;

 

(iv)

the purchase of fractional interests in shares of Junior Stock pursuant to the conversion or exchange provisions of such Junior Stock or the security being converted or exchanged;

 

(v)

the purchase of Junior Stock by an investment banking subsidiary of the Company in connection with the distribution thereof; or

 

(vi)

the purchase of Junior Stock by any investment banking subsidiary of the Company in connection with market-making or other secondary market activities in the ordinary course of the business of such subsidiary.

 

The foregoing restriction, however, will not apply to any Junior Stock dividends paid by the Company where the dividend stock is the same stock as that on which the dividend is being paid.

 

Except as provided below, for so long as any share of Series AA Preferred Stock remains outstanding, if dividends are not declared and paid in full upon the shares of Series AA Preferred Stock and any Parity Stock, all dividends declared upon shares of Series AA Preferred Stock and any Parity Stock will be declared on a proportional basis so that the amount of dividends declared per share will bear to each other the same ratio that accrued dividends for the then-current Dividend Period per share of Series AA Preferred Stock and accrued dividends for the then-current Dividend Period per share of any Parity Stock (including, in the case of any such Parity Stock that bears cumulative dividends, all accrued and unpaid dividends) bear to each other.

 

Subject to the foregoing, and not otherwise, such dividends payable in cash, stock or otherwise, as may be determined by the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof, may be declared and paid on any Junior Stock and Parity Stock from time to time out of any assets legally available for such payment, and Holders will not be entitled to participate in those dividends.

 

Section 5.    Liquidation Rights.

 

(a)

Liquidation. In the event of any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company, Holders shall be entitled, out of assets legally available therefor, before any distribution or payment out of the assets of the Company may be made to or set aside for the holders of any Junior Stock and subject to the rights of the holders of any class or series of securities ranking senior to or on parity with Series AA Preferred Stock upon liquidation and the rights of the Company’s depositors and other creditors, to receive in full a liquidating distribution in the amount of the liquidation preference of $25,000 per share, plus any dividends thereon from the last dividend payment date to, but excluding, the date of the liquidation, dissolution or winding up if and to the extent declared. Holders shall not be entitled to any further payments in the event of any such voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company other than what is expressly provided for in this Section 5.

 

(b)

Partial Payment. If the assets of the Company are not sufficient to pay in full the liquidation preference plus any dividends which have been declared but not yet paid to all Holders and all holders of any Parity Stock, the amounts paid to the Holders and to the holders of all Parity Stock shall be pro rata in accordance with the respective aggregate liquidating distributions to which they would otherwise be entitled.

 

(c)

Residual Distributions. If the respective aggregate liquidating distributions to which all Holders and all holders of any Parity Stock are entitled have been paid, the holders of Junior Stock shall be entitled to receive all remaining assets of the Company according to their respective rights and preferences.

 

(d)

Merger, Consolidation and Sale of Assets Not Liquidation. For purposes of this Section 5, the sale, conveyance, exchange or transfer (for cash, shares of stock, securities or other consideration) of all or substantially all of the property and assets of the Company shall not be deemed a voluntary or involuntary dissolution, liquidation or winding up of the

 

 


 

 

affairs of the Company, nor shall the merger, consolidation or any other business combination transaction of the Company into or with any other corporation or person or the merger, consolidation or any other business combination transaction of any other corporation or person into or with the Company be deemed to be a voluntary or involuntary dissolution, liquidation or winding up of the affairs of the Company.

 

Section 6.    Redemption.

 

(a) 

Optional Redemption. The Company, at the option of its Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof, may redeem out of funds legally available therefor, in whole or in part, the shares of Series AA Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, on any Dividend Payment Date as to which the Company has declared a dividend in full on the Series AA Preferred Stock on or after the Dividend Payment Date on February 15, 2018, upon notice given as provided in Section 6(b) below, and at a redemption price equal to $25,000 per share; provided, however, that the Company may not effect a partial redemption of the Series AA Preferred Stock unless at least 2,000 shares ($50,000,000 aggregate liquidation amount) of Series AA Preferred Stock, excluding shares of Series AA Preferred Stock held by the Company or its subsidiaries, remain outstanding after giving effect to such partial redemption.

 

(b) 

Notice of Redemption. Notice of every redemption of shares of Series AA Preferred Stock shall be mailed by first class mail, postage prepaid, addressed to the Holders of such shares to be redeemed at their respective last addresses appearing on the stock register of the Company. Such mailing shall be at least 30 days and not more than 60 days before the date fixed for redemption. Any notice mailed as provided in this Section 6(b) shall be conclusively presumed to have been duly given, whether or not the Holder receives such notice, but failure duly to give such notice by mail, or any defect in such notice or in the mailing thereof, to any Holder of shares of Series AA Preferred Stock designated for redemption shall not affect the validity of the proceedings for the redemption of any other shares of Series AA Preferred Stock. Each notice shall state:

 

(i)

the redemption date;

 

(ii)

the number of shares of Series AA Preferred Stock to be redeemed and, if fewer than all the shares of a Holder are to be redeemed, the number of such shares to be redeemed;

 

(iii)

the redemption price;

 

(iv)

the place or places where the certificates for such shares are to be surrendered for payment of the redemption price; and

 

(v)

that dividends on the shares to be redeemed will cease to accrue on the redemption date.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Series AA Preferred Stock is held in book-entry form through DTC, the Company may give such notice in any manner permitted by DTC.

 

(c) 

Partial Redemption. In case of any redemption of only part of the shares of Series AA Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, the shares of Series AA Preferred Stock to be redeemed shall be selected pro rata from the Holders in proportion to the number of shares of Series AA Preferred Stock held by such Holders, by lot or in such other manner as the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof may determine to be fair and equitable. Subject to the provisions of this Section 6, the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof shall have full power and authority to prescribe the terms and conditions upon which shares of Series AA Preferred Stock shall be redeemed from time to time.

 

(d) 

Effectiveness of Redemption. If notice of redemption has been duly given and if on or before the redemption date specified in the notice all funds necessary for the redemption have been set aside by the Company, separate and apart from its other assets, in trust for the pro rata benefit of the Holders of the shares called for redemption, so as to be and continue to be available therefor, or deposited by the Company with a bank or trust company selected by the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof (the “Trust”) in trust for the pro rata benefit of the Holders of the shares called for redemption, then, notwithstanding that any certificate for any share so called for redemption has not been surrendered for cancellation, on and after the redemption date all shares so called for redemption shall cease to be outstanding, all dividends with respect to such shares shall cease to accrue on such redemption date, and all rights with respect to such shares shall forthwith on such redemption date cease and terminate, except only the right of the Holders thereof to receive the amount payable on such redemption from the Trust at any time after the redemption date from the funds so deposited, without interest. The Company shall be entitled to receive, from

 

 


 

 

time to time, from the Trust any interest accrued on such funds, and the Holders of any shares called for redemption shall have no claim to any such interest. Any funds so deposited and unclaimed at the end of three years from the redemption date shall, to the extent permitted by law, be released or repaid to the Company, and in the event of such repayment to the Company, the Holders of the shares so called for redemption shall be deemed to be unsecured creditors of the Company for an amount equivalent to the amount deposited as stated above for the redemption of such shares and so repaid to the Company, but shall in no event be entitled to any interest.

 

Section 7.    Voting Rights.

 

(a)

General. The Holders shall not be entitled to vote on any matter except as set forth in Section 7(b) below or as required by Delaware law.

 

(b)

Special Voting Right.

 

(i) 

Voting Right. If and whenever dividends on the Series AA Preferred Stock or any other class or series of preferred stock that ranks on parity with Series AA Preferred Stock as to payment of dividends, and upon which voting rights equivalent to those granted by this Section 7(b)(i) have been conferred and are exercisable, have not been paid in an aggregate amount equal, as to any class or series, to at least six quarterly Dividend Periods (whether consecutive or not) (a “Nonpayment”), the number of directors constituting the Board of Directors shall be increased by two, and the Holders (together with holders of any class or series of the Company’s authorized preferred stock having equivalent voting rights), shall have the right, voting separately as a single class without regard to class or series (and with voting rights allocated pro rata based on the liquidation preference of each such class or series), to the exclusion of the holders of Common Stock, to elect two directors of the Company to fill such newly created directorships (and to fill any vacancies in the terms of such directorships), provided that the Holders and the holders of any such other class or series shall not be entitled to elect such directors to the extent such election would cause the Company to violate the corporate governance requirements of the New York Stock Exchange (or other exchange on which the Company’s securities may be listed) that listed companies must have a majority of independent directors and further provided that the Board of Directors shall at no time include more than two such directors. Each such director elected by the Holders and any other class or series of preferred stock that ranks on parity with the Series AA Preferred Stock as to payment of dividends and having equivalent voting rights is a “Preferred Stock Director.”

 

(ii)

Election. The election of the Preferred Stock Directors will take place at any annual meeting of stockholders or any special meeting of the Holders and any other class or series of stock of the Company that ranks on parity with Series AA Preferred Stock as to payment of dividends and having equivalent voting rights and for which dividends have not been paid, called as provided herein. At any time after the special voting power has vested pursuant to Section 7(b)(i) above, the secretary of the Company may, and upon the written request of the Holders of at least 20% of the Series AA Preferred Stock or the holders of at least 20% of such other series (addressed to the secretary at the Company’s principal office) must (unless such request is received less than 90 days before the date fixed for the next annual or special meeting of the stockholders, in which event such election shall be held at such next annual or special meeting of stockholders), call a special meeting of the Holders and any other class or series of preferred stock that ranks on parity with Series AA Preferred Stock as to payment of dividends and having equivalent voting rights and for which dividends have not been paid for the election of the two directors to be elected by them as provided in Section 7(b)(iii) below. The Preferred Stock Directors shall each be entitled to one vote per director on any matter.

 

(iii)

Notice of Special Meeting. Notice for a special meeting will be given in a similar manner to that provided in the Company’s by-laws for a special meeting of the stockholders. If the secretary of the Company does not call a special meeting within 20 days after receipt of any such request, then any Holder may (at the expense of the Company) call such meeting, upon notice as provided in this Section 7(b)(iii), and for that purpose will have access to the stock register of the Company. The Preferred Stock Directors elected at any such special meeting will hold office until the next annual meeting of the stockholders of the Company unless they have been previously terminated or removed pursuant to Section 7(b)(iv). In case any vacancy in the office of a Preferred Stock Director occurs (other than prior to the initial election of the Preferred Stock Directors), the vacancy may be filled by the written consent of the Preferred Stock Director remaining in office, or if none remains in office, by the vote of the Holders (together with holders of any other class of the Company’s authorized preferred stock having equivalent voting rights, whether or not the holders of such preferred stock would be entitled to vote for the election of directors if such default in dividends did not exist) to serve until the next annual meeting of the stockholders.

 

 

 


 

 

(iv)

Termination; Removal. Whenever the Company has paid full dividends for at least four consecutive quarterly dividend periods following a Nonpayment on the Series AA Preferred Stock and any other class or series of non-cumulative preferred stock ranking on parity with Series AA Preferred Stock as to payment of dividends, if any, and has paid cumulative dividends in full on any class or series of cumulative preferred stock ranking on parity with the Series AA Preferred Stock as to payment of dividends (in each case, upon which equivalent voting rights to those set forth in Section 7(b)(iii) have been conferred and are exercisable), then the right of the Holders to elect the Preferred Stock Directors will cease (but subject always to the same provisions for the vesting of the special voting rights in the case of any similar non-payment of dividends in respect of future Dividend Periods). The terms of office of the Preferred Stock Directors will immediately terminate, and the number of directors constituting the Board of Directors will be reduced accordingly. Any Preferred Stock Director may be removed at any time without cause by the Holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of the Series AA Preferred Stock (together with holders of any other class of the Company’s authorized preferred stock having equivalent voting rights, whether or not the holders of such preferred stock would be entitled to vote for the election of directors if such default in dividends did not exist) when they have the voting rights described in this Section 7(b).

 

(c) 

Senior Issuances; Adverse Changes. So long as any shares of Series AA Preferred Stock are outstanding, the vote or consent of the Holders of at least two-thirds of the shares of Series AA Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, voting as a class with all other series of preferred stock ranking equally with the Series AA Preferred Stock and entitled to vote thereon, given in person or by proxy, either in writing without a meeting or by vote at any meeting called for the purpose, will be necessary for effecting or validating any of the following actions, whether or not such approval is required by Delaware law:

 

(i)

any amendment, alteration or repeal of any provision of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation (including the certificate of designation creating the Series AA Preferred Stock) or the Company’s by-laws that would alter or change the voting powers, preferences or special rights of the Series AA Preferred Stock so as to affect them adversely;

 

(ii)

any amendment or alteration of the Company’s certificate of incorporation to authorize or create, or increase the authorized amount of, any shares of, or any securities convertible into shares of, any class or series of the Company’s capital stock ranking prior to the Series AA Preferred Stock in the payment of dividends or in the distribution of assets on any liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Company; or

 

(iii)

the consummation of a binding share exchange or reclassification involving the Series AA Preferred Stock or a merger or consolidation of the Company with another entity, except that holders of Series AA Preferred Stock will have no right to vote under this provision or otherwise under Delaware law if in each case (i) the Series AA Preferred Stock remains outstanding or, in the case of any such merger or consolidation with respect to which the Company is not the surviving or resulting entity, is converted into or exchanged for preferred securities of the surviving or resulting entity or its ultimate parent, that is an entity organized and existing under the laws of the United States of America, any state thereof or the District of Columbia and that is a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes (or if such entity is not a corporation, the Company having received an opinion of nationally recognized counsel experienced in such matters to the effect that Holders will be subject to tax for U.S. federal income tax purposes with respect to such new preferred securities after such merger or consolidation in the same amount, at the same time and otherwise in the same manner as would have been the case under the Series AA Preferred Stock prior to such merger or consolidation), and (ii) such Series AA Preferred Stock remaining outstanding or such preferred securities, as the case may be, have such rights, preferences, privileges and voting powers, taken as a whole, as are not materially less favorable to the holders thereof than the rights, preferences, privileges and voting powers of the Series AA Preferred Stock, taken as a whole; provided, however, that any increase in the amount of the authorized or issued Series AA Preferred Stock or authorized preferred stock or any securities convertible into preferred stock or the creation and issuance, or an increase in the authorized or issued amount, of other series of preferred stock or any securities convertible into preferred stock ranking equally with and/or junior to the Series AA Preferred Stock with respect to the payment of dividends (whether such dividends are cumulative or non-cumulative) and/or the distribution of assets upon the Company’s liquidation, dissolution or winding up will not be deemed to adversely affect the voting powers, preferences or special rights of the Series AA Preferred Stock and Holders will have no right to vote on such an increase, creation or issuance.

 

If any amendment, alteration, repeal, share exchange, reclassification, merger or consolidation specified in this Section 7(c) would adversely affect one or more but not all series of preferred stock of the Company, then only such series of preferred stock as are

 

 


 

 

adversely affected by and entitled to vote on the matter shall vote on the matter together as a single class (in lieu of all other series of preferred stock).

 

(d) 

No Vote if Redemption. No vote or consent of the Holders shall be required pursuant to Section 7(b) or (c) if, at or prior to the time when the act with respect to such vote or consent would otherwise be required shall be effected, the Company shall have redeemed or shall have called for redemption all outstanding shares of Series AA Preferred Stock, with proper notice and sufficient funds having been set aside for such redemption, in each case pursuant to Section 6 above.

 

Section 8. Preemption and Conversion Rights.

 

The Holders shall not have any rights of preemption or conversion.

 

Section 9. Rank.

 

Notwithstanding anything set forth in the Certificate of Incorporation or this Certificate of Designation to the contrary, the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof, without the vote of the Holders, may authorize and issue additional shares of Junior Stock or Parity Stock.

 

Section 10. Repurchase.

 

Subject to the limitations imposed herein, the Company may purchase and sell Series AA Preferred Stock from time to time to such extent, in such manner, and upon such terms as the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof may determine; provided, however, that the Company shall not use any of its funds for any such purchase when there are reasonable grounds to believe that the Company is, or by such purchase would be, rendered insolvent; provided, further, however, that in the event that the Company beneficially owns any Series AA Preferred Stock the Company will procure that voting rights in respect of such Series AA Preferred Stock are not exercised.

 

Section 11. Unissued or Reacquired Shares.

 

Shares of Series AA Preferred Stock not issued or which have been issued and redeemed or otherwise purchased or acquired by the Company shall be restored to the status of authorized but unissued shares of preferred stock without designation as to series.

 

Section 12. No Sinking Fund.

 

Shares of Series AA Preferred Stock are not subject to the operation of a sinking fund.

 

Section 13. Transfer Agent, Registrar and Paying Agent.

 

The duly appointed Transfer Agent, Registrar and paying agent for the Series AA Preferred Stock shall be The Bank of New York Mellon. The Company may, in its sole discretion, remove the Transfer Agent in accordance with the agreement between the Company and the Transfer Agent; provided that the Company shall appoint a successor transfer agent who shall accept such appointment prior to the effectiveness of such removal. Upon any such removal or appointment, the Company shall send notice thereof by first-class mail, postage prepaid, to the Holders.

 

Section 14. Replacement Certificates.

 

Mutilated, Destroyed, Stolen and Lost Certificates. If physical certificates are issued, the Company shall replace any mutilated certificate at the Holder’s expense upon surrender of that certificate to the Transfer Agent. The Company shall replace certificates that become destroyed, stolen or lost at the Holder’s expense upon delivery to the Company and the Transfer Agent of satisfactory evidence that the certificate has been destroyed, stolen or lost, together with any indemnity that may be required by the Transfer Agent and the Company.

 

Section 15. Form.

 

(a) 

Global Series AA Preferred Stock. Series AA Preferred Stock may be issued in the form of one or more permanent global shares of Series AA Preferred Stock in definitive, fully registered form with a global legend in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit A (each, a “Global Series AA Preferred Stock”), which is hereby incorporated in and expressly made a part of this Restated Certificate of Incorporation. The Global Series AA Preferred Stock may have notations, legends or endorsements required by law, stock exchange rules, agreements to which the Company is subject, if any, or usage (provided that any such notation, legend or endorsement is in a form acceptable to the Company). The

 

 


 

 

aggregate number of shares represented by each Global Series AA Preferred Stock may from time to time be increased or decreased by adjustments made on the records of the Registrar and the Depositary or its nominee as hereinafter provided. This Section 15(a) shall apply only to a Global Series AA Preferred Stock deposited with or on behalf of the Depositary.

 

(b)

Delivery to Depositary. If Global Series AA Preferred Stock is issued, the Company shall execute and the Registrar shall, in accordance with this Section, countersign and deliver initially one or more Global Series AA Preferred Stock that (i) shall be registered in the name of Cede & Co. or other nominee of the Depositary and (ii) shall be delivered by the Registrar to the Depositary or pursuant to instructions received from the Depositary or held by the Registrar as custodian for the Depositary pursuant to an agreement between the Depositary and the Registrar.

 

(c)

Agent Members. If Global Series AA Preferred Stock is issued, members of, or participants in, the Depositary (“Agent Members”) shall have no rights under this Certificate of Designation with respect to any Global Series AA Preferred Stock held on their behalf by the Depositary or by the Registrar as the custodian of the Depositary or under such Global Series AA Preferred Stock, and the Depositary may be treated by the Company, the Registrar and any agent of the Company or the Registrar as the absolute owner of such Global Series AA Preferred Stock for all purposes whatsoever. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing herein shall prevent the Company, the Registrar or any agent of the Company or the Registrar from giving effect to any written certification, proxy or other authorization furnished by the Depositary or impair, as between the Depositary and its Agent Members, the operation of customary practices of the Depositary governing the exercise of the rights of a holder of a beneficial interest in any Global Series AA Preferred Stock. If Global Series AA Preferred Stock is issued, the Depositary may grant proxies or otherwise authorize any Person to take any action that a Holder is entitled to take pursuant to the Series AA Preferred Stock, or this Certificate of Designation or the Certificate of Incorporation.

 

(d)

Physical Certificates. Owners of beneficial interests in any Global Series AA Preferred Stock shall not be entitled to receive physical delivery of certificated shares of Series AA Preferred Stock, unless (x) the Depositary has notified the Company that it is unwilling or unable to continue as Depositary for the Global Series AA Preferred Stock and the Company does not appoint a qualified replacement for the Depositary within 90 days, (y) the Depositary ceases to be a “clearing agency” registered under the Exchange Act and the Company does not appoint a qualified replacement for the Depositary within 90 days or (z) the Company decides to discontinue the use of book-entry transfer through the Depositary. In any such case, the Global Series AA Preferred Stock shall be exchanged in whole for definitive shares of Series AA Preferred Stock in registered form, with the same terms and of an equal aggregate Liquidation Preference. Such definitive shares of Series AA Preferred Stock shall be registered in the name or names of the Person or Persons specified by the Depositary in a written instrument to the Registrar.

 

(e)

Signature. An Officer shall sign any Global Series AA Preferred Stock for the Company, in accordance with the Company’s by-laws and applicable law, by manual or facsimile signature. If an Officer whose signature is on a Global Series AA Preferred Stock no longer holds that office at the time the Transfer Agent countersigned the Global Series AA Preferred Stock, the Global Series AA Preferred Stock shall be valid nevertheless. A Global Series AA Preferred Stock shall not be valid until an authorized signatory of the Transfer Agent manually countersigns Global Series AA Preferred Stock. Each Global Series AA Preferred Stock shall be dated the date of its countersignature.

 

Section 16. Taxes.

 

(a)

Transfer Taxes. The Company shall pay any and all stock transfer, documentary, stamp and similar taxes that may be payable in respect of any issuance or delivery of shares of Series AA Preferred Stock or shares of Common Stock or other securities issued on account of Series AA Preferred Stock pursuant hereto or certificates representing such shares or securities. The Company shall not, however, be required to pay any such tax that may be payable in respect of any transfer involved in the issuance or delivery of shares of Series AA Preferred Stock, shares of Common Stock or other securities in a name other than that in which the shares of Series AA Preferred Stock with respect to which such shares or other securities are issued or delivered were registered, or in respect of any payment to any Person other than a payment to the registered holder thereof, and shall not be required to make any such issuance, delivery or payment unless and until the Person otherwise entitled to such issuance, delivery or payment has paid to the Company the amount of any such tax or has established, to the satisfaction of the Company, that such tax has been paid or is not payable.

 

(b)

Withholding. All payments and distributions (or deemed distributions) on the shares of Series AA Preferred Stock shall be subject to withholding and backup withholding of tax to the extent required by law, subject to applicable exemptions, and amounts withheld, if any, shall be treated as received by Holders.

 

Section 17. Notices.

 

 

 


 

 

All notices referred to herein shall be in writing, and, unless otherwise specified herein, all notices hereunder shall be deemed to have been given upon the earlier of receipt thereof or three Business Days after the mailing thereof if sent by registered or certified mail (unless first class mail shall be specifically permitted for such notice under the terms of this Certificate of Designation) with postage prepaid, addressed: (i) if to the Company, to its office at 399 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10043 (Attention: Corporate Secretary) or to the Transfer Agent at its office at 480 Washington Boulevard, 29th Floor, Jersey City, New Jersey 07310 (Attention: Corporate Trust Office), or other agent of the Company designated as permitted by this Certificate of Designation, or (ii) if to any Holder, to such Holder at the address of such Holder as listed in the stock record books of the Company (which may include the records of the Transfer Agent) or (iii) to such other address as the Company or any such Holder, as the case may be, shall have designated by notice similarly given.

 

 

 


 

 

Exhibit A

 

FORM OF 
8.125% NON-CUMULATIVE PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES AA

 

FACE OF SECURITY

 

[THIS SECURITY HAS NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (THE “SECURITIES ACT”), OR ANY STATE SECURITIES LAWS. NEITHER THIS SECURITY NOR ANY INTEREST OR PARTICIPATION HEREIN MAY BE REOFFERED, SOLD, ASSIGNED, TRANSFERRED, PLEDGED, ENCUMBERED OR OTHERWISE DISPOSED OF IN THE ABSENCE OF SUCH REGISTRATION OR UNLESS SUCH TRANSACTION IS EXEMPT FROM, OR NOT SUBJECT TO, REGISTRATION UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT. BY ITS ACQUISITION HEREOF, THE HOLDER AGREES TO OFFER, SELL OR OTHERWISE TRANSFER THIS SECURITY PRIOR TO THE DATE THAT IS ONE YEAR AFTER THE LATER OF THE ORIGINAL ISSUE DATE HEREOF AND THE LAST DATE ON WHICH CITIGROUP INC. (THE “COMPANY”) OR ANY AFFILIATE OF THE COMPANY WAS THE OWNER OF THIS SECURITY (OR ANY PREDECESSOR OF THIS SECURITY) (THE “RESALE RESTRICTION TERMINATION DATE”) ONLY (A) TO THE COMPANY OR ANY SUBSIDIARY THEREOF, (B) PURSUANT TO A REGISTRATION STATEMENT WHICH HAS BEEN DECLARED EFFECTIVE UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT, (C) FOR SO LONG AS SHARES OF THE SERIES AA PREFERRED STOCK ARE ELIGIBLE FOR RESALE PURSUANT TO RULE 144A, TO A PERSON IT REASONABLY BELIEVES IS A QUALIFIED INSTITUTIONAL BUYER AS DEFINED IN RULE 144A THAT PURCHASES FOR ITS OWN ACCOUNT OR FOR THE ACCOUNT OF A QUALIFIED INSTITUTIONAL BUYER TO WHOM NOTICE IS GIVEN THAT THE TRANSFER IS BEING MADE IN RELIANCE ON RULE 144A, OR (D) PURSUANT TO ANY OTHER AVAILABLE EXEMPTION FROM THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE SECURITIES ACT, SUBJECT TO THE COMPANY’S AND THE TRANSFER AGENTS RIGHT PRIOR TO ANY SUCH OFFER, SALE OR TRANSFER PURSUANT TO CLAUSE (D) PRIOR TO THE RESALE RESTRICTION TERMINATION DATE TO REQUIRE THE DELIVERY OF AN OPINION OF COUNSEL, CERTIFICATIONS AND/OR OTHER INFORMATION SATISFACTORY TO EACH OF THEM, AND IN EACH OF THE FOREGOING CASES, TO REQUIRE THAT A CERTIFICATE OF TRANSFER IN THE FORM APPEARING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS SECURITY IS COMPLETED AND DELIVERED BY THE TRANSFEROR TO THE TRANSFER AGENT. THIS LEGEND WILL BE REMOVED UPON THE REQUEST OF THE HOLDER AFTER THE RESALE RESTRICTION TERMINATION DATE.]

 

[IF GLOBAL PREFERRED STOCK IS ISSUED: UNLESS THIS CERTIFICATE IS PRESENTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DEPOSITORY TRUST COMPANY, A NEW YORK CORPORATION (“DTC”), NEW YORK, NEW YORK, TO THE COMPANY OR ITS AGENT FOR REGISTRATION OF TRANSFER, EXCHANGE OR PAYMENT, AND ANY CERTIFICATE ISSUED IS REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF CEDE & CO. OR SUCH OTHER NAME AS IS REQUESTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DTC (AND ANY PAYMENT IS MADE TO CEDE & CO., OR TO SUCH OTHER ENTITY AS IS REQUESTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DTC) ANY TRANSFER, PLEDGE OR OTHER USE HEREOF FOR VALUE OR OTHERWISE BY OR TO ANY PERSON IS WRONGFUL INASMUCH AS THE REGISTERED OWNER HEREOF, CEDE & CO. HAS AN INTEREST HEREIN.

 

TRANSFERS OF THIS GLOBAL SECURITY SHALL BE LIMITED TO TRANSFERS IN WHOLE, BUT NOT IN PART, TO NOMINEES OF DTC OR TO A SUCCESSOR THEREOF OR SUCH SUCCESSOR’S NOMINEE AND TRANSFERS OF PORTIONS OF THIS GLOBAL SECURITY SHALL BE LIMITED TO TRANSFERS MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RESTRICTIONS SET FORTH IN THE CERTIFICATE OF DESIGNATION REFERRED TO BELOW.]

 

IN CONNECTION WITH ANY TRANSFER, THE HOLDER WILL DELIVER TO THE REGISTRAR AND TRANSFER AGENT SUCH CERTIFICATES AND OTHER INFORMATION AS SUCH REGISTRAR AND TRANSFER AGENT MAY REQUIRE TO CONFIRM THAT THE TRANSFER COMPLIES WITH THE FOREGOING RESTRICTIONS.

 

 


 

 

 

Certificate Number

Number of Shares of Series AA Preferred Stock

 

CUSIP NO.:

 

CITIGROUP INC.

 

8.125% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series AA 
(par value $1.00 per share) 
(liquidation preference $25,000 per share)

 

Citigroup Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), hereby certifies that [           ] (the “Holder”) is the registered owner of [                ](1) [                     , or such number as is indicated in the records of the Registrar and the Depository,](2) fully paid and non-assessable shares of the Company’s designated 8.125% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series AA, with a par value of $1.00 per share and a liquidation preference of $25,000 per share (the “Series AA Preferred Stock”). The shares of Series AA Preferred Stock are transferable on the books and records of the Registrar, in person or by a duly authorized attorney, upon surrender of this certificate duly endorsed and in proper form for transfer. The designations, rights, privileges, restrictions, preferences and other terms and provisions of the Series AA Preferred Stock represented hereby are and shall in all respects be subject to the provisions of the Certificate of Designation dated January 24. 2008 as the same may be amended from time to time (the “Certificate of Designation”). Capitalized terms used herein but not defined shall have the meaning given them in the Certificate of Designation. The Company will provide a copy of the Certificate of Designation to a Holder without charge upon written request to the Company at its principal place of business.

 

Reference is hereby made to select provisions of the Series AA Preferred Stock set forth on the reverse hereof, and to the Certificate of Designation, which select provisions and the Certificate of Designation shall for all purposes have the same effect as if set forth at this place.

 

Upon receipt of this certificate, the Holder is bound by the Certificate of Designation and is entitled to the benefits thereunder.

 

Unless the Registrar has properly countersigned, these shares of Series AA Preferred Stock shall not be entitled to any benefit under the Certificate of Designation or be valid or obligatory for any purpose.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this certificate has been executed on behalf of the Company by its [Title] this              day of            ,      .

 

 

CITIGROUP INC.

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

Name:

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

 

(1) This phrase should be included only if the share certificate evidences certificated shares of Series AA Preferred Stock.

(2) This phrase should be included only if the share certificate evidences Global Series AA Preferred Stock.

 

 


 

 

 

REGISTRAR’S COUNTERSIGNATURE

 

These are shares of Series AA Preferred Stock referred to in the within-mentioned Certificate of Designation.

 

Dated:

 

THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON, as Registrar

 

 

 

By:

 

 

Name:

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

REVERSE OF CERTIFICATE

 

Dividends on each share of Series AA Preferred Stock shall be payable at the rate provided in the Certificate of Designation.

 

The shares of Series AA Preferred Stock shall be redeemable at the option of the Company in the manner and in accordance with the terms set forth in the Certificate of Designation.

 

The Company shall furnish without charge to each holder who so requests the powers, designations, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other special rights of each class or series of share capital issued by the Company and the qualifications, limitations or restrictions of such preferences and/or rights.

 

ASSIGNMENT

 

FOR VALUE RECEIVED, the undersigned assigns and transfers the shares of Series AA Preferred Stock evidenced hereby to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Insert assignee’s social security or taxpayer identification number)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Insert address and zip code of assignee)

 

and irrevocably appoints:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

as agent to transfer the shares of Series AA Preferred Stock evidenced hereby on the books of the Transfer Agent. The agent may substitute another to act for him or her.

 

Date:

 

Signature:

 

 

 

 

(Sign exactly as your name appears on the other side of this Certificate)

 

Signature Guarantee:

 

 

 

(Signature must be guaranteed by an “eligible guarantor institution” that is a bank, stockbroker, savings and loan association or credit union meeting the requirements of the Transfer Agent, which requirements include membership or participation in the Securities Transfer Agents Medallion Program (“STAMP”) or such other “signature guarantee program” as may be determined by the Transfer Agent in addition to, or in substitution for, STAMP, all in accordance with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.)

 

 

 

 


 

 

Exhibit II

 

8.40% Fixed Rate / Floating Rate Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series E

 

Section 1.    Designation.

 

The designation of the series of preferred stock shall be “8.40% Fixed Rate / Floating Rate Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series E.” Each share of Series E Preferred Stock shall be identical in all respects to every other share of Series E Preferred Stock. Series E Preferred Stock will rank equally with Parity Stock, will rank senior to Junior Stock and will rank junior to Senior Stock, if any, with respect to the payment of dividends and/or the distribution of assets in the event of any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affair of the Company.

 

Section 2.    Number of Shares.

 

The number of authorized shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall be 240,000. That number from time to time may be increased (but not in excess of the total number of authorized shares of preferred stock) or decreased (but not below the number of shares of Series E Preferred Stock then outstanding) by further resolution duly adopted by the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof and by the filing of a certificate pursuant to the provisions of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware stating that such increase or reduction, as the case may be, has been so authorized. The Company shall have the authority to issue fractional shares of Series E Preferred Stock.

 

Section 3.    Definitions. As used herein with respect to Series E Preferred Stock:

 

Agent Members” has the meaning set forth in Section 15(c).

 

Board of Directors” has the meaning set forth in the recitals above.

 

“Business Day” means any weekday that is not a legal holiday in New York City and is not a day on which banking institutions in New York City are authorized or required by law or regulation to be closed.

 

Calculation Agent means the Transfer Agent acting in its capacity as calculation agent for the Series E Preferred Stock, and its successors and assigns.

 

Common Stock” means the common stock of the Company, par value $0.01 per share, or any other shares of the capital stock of the Company into which such shares of common stock shall be reclassified or changed.

 

Depositary” means DTC or its nominee or any successor depositary appointed by the Company.

 

Dividend Payment Date” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 4(a) hereof.

 

Dividend Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 4(a) hereof.

 

Dividend Record Date” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 4(a) hereof.

 

DTC” means The Depository Trust Company.

 

Global Series E Preferred Stock” has the meaning set forth in Section 15(a).

 

Holder” means the Person in whose name the shares of the Series E Preferred Stock are registered, which may be treated by the Company, Calculation Agent, Transfer Agent, Registrar and paying agent as the absolute owner of the shares of Series E Preferred Stock for the purpose of making payment and for all other purposes.

 

Junior Stock” means the Common Stock and any other class or series of stock of the Company now existing or hereafter authorized over which Series E Preferred Stock has preference or priority in the payment of dividends or in the distribution of assets on any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company.

 

LIBOR Determination. Date” means the second London Banking Day immediately preceding the first day of the relevant Dividend Period.

 

 

 


 

 

London Banking Day” means any day on which commercial banks are open for general business (including dealings in deposits in United States dollars) in London.

 

Nonpayment” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7(b)(i) hereof.

 

Officer” means the Chief Executive Officer, the Chairman, the Chief Administrative Officer, any Vice Chairman, the Chief Financial Officer, the Controller, the Chief Accounting Officer, the Treasurer and Head of Corporate Finance, any Assistant Treasurer, the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and any Assistant Secretary of the Company.

 

Parity Stock” means any class or series of stock of the Company now existing or hereafter authorized that ranks equally with the Series E Preferred Stock in the payment of dividends and in the distribution of assets on any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company.

 

Person” means a legal person, including any individual, corporation, estate, partnership, joint venture, association, joint-stock company, limited liability company or trust.

 

Preferred Stock Director” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7(b)(i) hereof.

 

Registrar” means the Transfer Agent acting in its capacity as registrar for the Series E Preferred Stock, and its successors and assigns.

 

Reuters Screen LIBOR01 Page” means the display designated on the Reuters Screen LIBOR01 Page (or such other page as may replace Reuters Screen LIBOR01 Page on the service or such other service as may be nominated by the British Bankers’ Association for the purpose of displaying London interbank offered rates for United States dollar deposits).

 

Senior Stock” means any class or series of stock of the Company now existing or hereafter authorized which has preference or priority over the Series E Preferred Stock as to the payment of dividends or in the distribution of assets on any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company.

 

Series E Preferred Stock” shall have the meaning set forth in Section I hereof.

 

Three-month LIBOR” means the rate (expressed as a percentage per annum) for deposits in United States dollars for a three-month period commencing on the first day of a Dividend Period that appears on the Reuters Screen LIBOR01 Page as of 11:00 a.m. (London time) on the LIBOR Determination Date for that Dividend Period. If such rate does not appear on Reuters Screen LIBOR01 Page, Three-month LIBOR will be determined on the basis of the rates at which deposits in United States dollars for a three-month period commencing on the first day of that Dividend Period and in a principal amount of not less than $1 million are offered to prime banks in the London interbank market by four major banks in the London interbank market selected by the Calculation Agent (after consultation with the Company), at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time, on the LIBOR Determination Date for that Dividend Period. The Calculation Agent will request the principal London office of each of such banks to provide a quotation of its rate. If at least two such quotations are provided, Three-month LIBOR with respect to that Dividend Period will be the arithmetic mean (rounded upward if necessary to the nearest whole multiple of 0.00001%) of such quotations. If fewer than two quotations are provided, Three-month LIBOR with respect to that Dividend Period will be the arithmetic mean (rounded upward if necessary to the nearest whole multiple of 0.00001%) of the rates quoted by three major banks in New York City selected by the Calculation Agent (after consultation with the Company), at approximately 11:00 a.m., New York City time, on the LIBOR Determination Date for that Dividend Period for loans in United States dollars to leading European banks for a three-month period commencing on the first day of that Dividend Period and in a principal amount of not less than $1 million. However, if fewer than three banks selected by the Calculation Agent to provide quotations are quoting as described above, Three-month LIBOR for that Dividend Period will be the same Three-month LIBOR as determined for the previous Dividend Period or, in the case of the Dividend Period beginning on April 30, 2018, 2.920%. The determination of Three-month LIBOR for each relevant Dividend Period by the Calculation Agent will (in the absence of manifest error) be final and binding.

 

Transfer Agent” means The Bank of New York Mellon acting as Transfer Agent, Calculation Agent, Registrar and paying agent for the Series E Preferred Stock, and its successors and assigns.

 

Trust” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 6(d).

 

 

 


 

 

Section 4.    Dividends.

 

(a)

Rate. Holders shall be entitled to receive, if, as and when declared by the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee of the Board of Directors, but only out of assets legally available therefor, non-cumulative cash dividends on the liquidation preference of $25,000 per share of Series E Preferred Stock, and no more, payable (i) semi-annually in arrears on each April 30 and October 30 from the date of issuance to, but excluding, April 30, 2018, and (ii) quarterly in arrears on each January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30 from and including April 30, 2018; provided, however, if any such day is not a Business Day, then payment of any dividend otherwise payable on that date will be made on the next succeeding day that is a Business Day (i) on or prior to April 30, 2018, without any interest or other payment in respect of such delay, and (ii) after April 30, 2018, with dividends accruing to the actual payment date (each such day on which dividends are payable a “Dividend Payment Date”). The period from and including the date of issuance of the Series E Preferred Stock or any Dividend Payment Date to, but excluding, the next Dividend Payment Date is a “Dividend Period.” Dividends on each share of Series E Preferred Stock will accrue on the liquidation preference of $25,000 per share at a rate per annum equal to (i) 8.40%, for each Dividend Period from and including the date of issuance to, but excluding, April 30, 2018 and (ii) the greater of (x) Three-month LIBOR plus 4.0285% and (y) 7.7575%, for each Dividend Period from and including April 30, 2018. The record date for payment of dividends on the Series E Preferred Stock will be the fifteenth day of the calendar month immediately preceding the month during which the Dividend Payment Date falls or such other record date fixed by the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof that is not more than 30 nor less than 10 days prior to such Dividend Payment Date (each, a “Dividend Record Date”). Any such day that is a Dividend Record Date will be a Dividend Record Date whether or not such day is a Business Day. The amount of dividends payable on or prior to April 30, 2018 will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year of twelve 30-day months. The amount of dividends payable after April 30, 2018 will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year and the actual number of days elapsed.

 

(b)

Non-Cumulative Dividends. If the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof does not declare a dividend on the Series E Preferred Stock for any Dividend Period prior to the related Dividend Payment Date, that dividend will not accrue, and the Company will have no obligation to pay, and Holders shall have no right to receive, a dividend for that Dividend Period on the related Dividend Payment Date or at any future time, whether or not dividends on the Series E Preferred Stock or any other series of preferred stock or common stock are declared for any subsequent Dividend Period with respect to Series E Preferred Stock, Parity Stock, Junior Stock or any other class or series of authorized preferred stock of the Company. References herein to the “accrual” of dividends refer only to the determination of the amount of such dividend and do not imply that any right to a dividend arises prior to the date on which a dividend is declared.

 

(c)

Priority of Dividends. So long as any share of Series E Preferred Stock remains outstanding, unless as to a Dividend Payment Date full dividends on all outstanding shares of the Series E Preferred Stock have been declared and paid or declared and a sum sufficient for the payment of those dividends has been set aside for the Dividend Period then ending, the Company will not, and will cause its subsidiaries not to, during the next succeeding Dividend Period that commences on such Dividend Payment Date, declare or pay any dividend on, make any distributions relating to, or redeem, purchase, acquire or make a liquidation payment relating to, any Junior Stock, or make any guarantee payment with respect thereto, other than:

 

(i)

purchases, redemptions or other acquisitions of shares of Junior Stock in connection with any employment contract, benefit plan or other similar arrangement with or for the benefit of employees, officers, directors or consultants;

 

(ii)

purchases of shares of Common Stock pursuant to a contractually binding requirement to buy stock existing prior to the commencement of the then-current dividend period, including under a contractually binding stock repurchase plan;

 

(iii)

as a result of an exchange or conversion of any class or series of Junior Stock for any other class or series of Junior Stock;

 

(iv)

the purchase of fractional interests in shares of Junior Stock pursuant to the conversion or exchange provisions of such Junior Stock or the security being converted or exchanged;

 

(v)

the purchase of Junior Stock by an investment banking subsidiary of the Company in connection with the distribution thereof; or

 

 

 


 

 

(vi)

the purchase of Junior Stock by any investment banking subsidiary of the Company in connection with market-making or other secondary market activities in the ordinary course of the business of such subsidiary.

 

The foregoing restriction, however, will not apply to any Junior Stock dividends paid by the Company where the dividend stock is the same stock as that on which the dividend is being paid.

 

Except as provided below, for so long as any share of Series E Preferred Stock remains outstanding, if dividends are not declared and paid in full upon the shares of Series E Preferred Stock and any Parity Stock, all dividends declared upon shares of Series E Preferred Stock and any Parity Stock will be declared on a proportional basis so that the amount of dividends declared per share will bear to each other the same ratio that accrued dividends for the then-current Dividend Period per share of Series E Preferred Stock and accrued dividends for the then-current Dividend Period per share of any Parity Stock (including, in the case of any such Parity Stock that bears cumulative dividends, all accrued and unpaid dividends) bear to each other.

 

Subject to the foregoing, and not otherwise, such dividends payable in cash, stock or otherwise, as may be determined by the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof, may be declared and paid on any Junior Stock and Parity Stock from time to time out of any assets legally available for such payment, and Holders will not be entitled to participate in those dividends.

 

Section 5.    Liquidation Rights.

 

(a)

Liquidation. In the event of any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company, Holders shall be entitled, out of assets legally available therefor, before any distribution or payment out of the assets of the Company may be made to or set aside for the holders of any Junior Stock and subject to the rights of the holders of any class or series of securities ranking senior to or on parity with Series E Preferred Stock upon liquidation and the rights of the Company’s depositors and other creditors, to receive in full a liquidating distribution in the amount of the liquidation preference of $25,000 per share, plus any accrued dividends thereon from the last dividend payment date to, but excluding, the date of the liquidation, dissolution or winding up if and to the extent declared. Holders shall not be entitled to any further payments in the event of any such voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company other than what is expressly provided for in this Section 5.

 

(b)

Partial Payment. If the assets of the Company are not sufficient to pay in full the liquidation preference plus any dividends which have been declared but not yet paid to all Holders and all holders of any Parity Stock, the amounts paid to the Holders and to the holders of all Parity Stock shall be pro rata in accordance with the respective aggregate liquidating distributions to which they would otherwise be entitled.

 

(c)

Residual Distributions. If the respective aggregate liquidating distributions to which all Holders and all holders of any Parity Stock are entitled have been paid, the holders of Junior Stock shall be entitled to receive all remaining assets of the Company according to their respective rights and preferences.

 

(d)

Merger, Consolidation and Sale of Assets Not Liquidation. For purposes of this Section 5, the sale, conveyance, exchange or transfer (for cash, shares of stock, securities or other consideration) of all or substantially all of the property and assets of the Company shall not be deemed a voluntary or involuntary dissolution, liquidation or winding up of the affairs of the Company, nor shall the merger, consolidation or any other business combination transaction of the Company into or with any other corporation or person or the merger, consolidation or any other business combination transaction of any other corporation or person into or with the Company be deemed to be a voluntary or involuntary dissolution, liquidation or winding up of the affairs of the Company.

 

Section 6.    Redemption.

 

(a) 

Optional Redemption. The Company, at the option of its Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof, may redeem out of funds legally available therefor, in whole or in part, the shares of Series E Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, on any Dividend Payment Date on or after April 30, 2018 as to which the Company has declared a dividend in full on the Series E Preferred Stock, upon notice given as provided in Section 6(b) below, and at a redemption price equal to $25,000 per share; provided, however, that the Company may not effect a partial redemption of the Series E Preferred Stock unless at least 2,000 shares ($50,000,000 aggregate liquidation amount) of Series E Preferred Stock, excluding shares of Series E Preferred Stock held by the Company or its subsidiaries, remain outstanding after giving effect to such partial redemption.

 

(b) 

Notice of Redemption. Notice of every redemption of shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall be mailed by first class mail, postage prepaid, addressed to the Holders of such shares to be redeemed at their respective last addresses appearing on the stock register of the Company. Such mailing shall be at least 30 days and not more than 60 days before the date

 

 


 

 

fixed for redemption. Any notice mailed as provided in this Section 6(b) shall be conclusively presumed to have been duly given, whether or not the Holder receives such notice, but failure duly to give such notice by mail, or any defect in such notice or in the mailing thereof, to any Holder of shares of Series E Preferred Stock designated for redemption shall not affect the validity of the proceedings for the redemption of any other shares of Series E Preferred Stock. Each notice shall state:

 

(i)

the redemption date;

 

(ii)

the number of shares of Series E Preferred Stock to be redeemed and, if fewer than all the shares of a Holder are to be redeemed, the number of such shares to be redeemed;

 

(iii)

the redemption price;

 

(iv)

the place or places where the certificates for such shares are to be surrendered for payment of the redemption price; and

 

(v)

that dividends on the shares to be redeemed will cease to accrue on the redemption date.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Series E Preferred Stock is held in book-entry form through DTC, the Company may give such notice in any manner permitted by DTC.

 

(c) 

Partial Redemption. In case of any redemption of only part of the shares of Series E Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, the shares of Series E Preferred Stock to be redeemed shall be selected pro rata from the Holders in proportion to the number of shares of Series E Preferred Stock held by such Holders, by lot or in such other manner as the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof may determine to be fair and equitable. Subject to the provisions of this Section 6, the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof shall have full power and authority to prescribe the terms and conditions upon which shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall be redeemed from time to time.

 

(d)

 Effectiveness of Redemption. If notice of redemption has been duly given and if on or before the redemption date specified in the notice all funds necessary for the redemption have been set aside by the Company, separate and apart from its other assets, in trust for the pro rata benefit of the Holders of the shares called for redemption, so as to be and continue to be available therefor, or deposited by the Company with a bank or trust company selected by the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof (the “Trust”) in trust for the pro rata benefit of the Holders of the shares called for redemption, then, notwithstanding that any certificate for any share so called for redemption has not been surrendered for cancellation, on and after the redemption date all shares so called for redemption shall cease to be outstanding, all dividends with respect to such shares shall cease to accrue on such redemption date, and all rights with respect to such shares shall forthwith on such redemption date cease and terminate, except only the right of the Holders thereof to receive the amount payable on such redemption from the Trust at any time after the redemption date from the funds so deposited, without interest. The Company shall be entitled to receive, from time to time, from the Trust any interest accrued on such funds, and the Holders of any shares called for redemption shall have no claim to any such interest. Any funds so deposited and unclaimed at the end of three years from the redemption date shall, to the extent permitted by law, be released or repaid to the Company, and in the event of such repayment to the Company, the Holders of the shares so called for redemption shall be deemed to be unsecured creditors of the Company for an amount equivalent to the amount deposited as stated above for the redemption of such shares and so repaid to the Company, but shall in no event be entitled to any interest.

 

Section 7.    Voting Rights.

 

(a)

General. The Holders shall not be entitled to vote on any matter except as set forth in Section 7(b) below or as required by Delaware law.

 

(b)

Special Voting Right.

 

(i) Voting Right. If and whenever dividends on the Series E Preferred Stock or any other class or series of preferred stock that ranks on parity with Series E Preferred Stock as to payment of dividends, and upon which voting rights equivalent to those granted by this Section 7(b)(i) have been conferred and are exercisable, have not been paid in an aggregate amount equal, as to any class or series, to at least three semi-annual or six quarterly Dividend Periods (whether consecutive or not) (a “Nonpayment”), the number of directors constituting the Board of Directors shall be increased by two, and the Holders (together with holders of any class or series of the

 

 


 

 

Company’s authorized preferred stock having equivalent voting rights), shall have the right, voting separately as a single class without regard to class or series (and with voting rights allocated pro rata based on the liquidation preference of each such class or series), to the exclusion of the holders of Common Stock, to elect two directors of the Company to fill such newly created directorships (and to fill any vacancies in the terms of such directorships), provided that the Holders and the holders of any such other class or series shall not be entitled to elect such directors to the extent such election would cause the Company to violate the corporate governance requirements of the New York Stock Exchange (or other exchange on which the Company’s securities may be listed) that listed companies must have a majority of independent directors and further provided that the Board of Directors shall at no time include more than two such directors. Each such director elected by the Holders and any other class or series of preferred stock that ranks on parity with the Series E Preferred Stock as to payment of dividends and having equivalent voting rights is a “Preferred Stock Director.”

 

(ii)

Election. The election of the Preferred Stock Directors will take place at any annual meeting of stockholders or any special meeting of the Holders and any other class or series of stock of the Company that ranks on parity with Series E Preferred Stock as to payment of dividends and having equivalent voting rights and for which dividends have not been paid, called as provided herein. At any time after the special voting power has vested pursuant to Section 7(b)(i) above, the secretary of the Company may, and upon the written request of the Holders of at least 20% of the Series E Preferred Stock or the holders of at least 20% of such other series (addressed to the secretary at the Company’s principal office) must (unless such request is received less than 90 days before the date fixed for the next annual or special meeting of the stockholders, in which event such election shall be held at such next annual or special meeting of stockholders), call a special meeting of the Holders and any other class or series of preferred stock that ranks on parity with Series E Preferred Stock as to payment of dividends and having equivalent voting rights and for which dividends have not been paid for the election of the two directors to be elected by them as provided in Section 7(b)(iii) below. The Preferred Stock Directors shall each be entitled to one vote per director on any matter.

 

(iii)

Notice of Special Meeting. Notice for a special meeting will be given in a similar manner to that provided in the Company’s by-laws for a special meeting of the stockholders. If the secretary of the Company does not call a special meeting within 20 days after receipt of any such request, then any Holder may (at the expense of the Company) call such meeting, upon notice as provided in this Section 7(b)(iii), and for that purpose will have access to the stock register of the Company. The Preferred Stock Directors elected at any such special meeting will hold office until the next annual meeting of the stockholders of the Company unless they have been previously terminated or removed pursuant to Section 7(b)(iv). In case any vacancy in the office of a Preferred Stock Director occurs (other than prior to the initial election of the Preferred Stock Directors), the vacancy may be filled by the written consent of the Preferred Stock Director remaining in office, or if none remains in office, by the vote of the Holders (together with holders of any other class of the Company’s authorized preferred stock having equivalent voting rights, whether or not the holders of such preferred stock would be entitled to vote for the election of directors if such default in dividends did not exist) to serve until the next annual meeting of the stockholders.

 

(iv)

Termination; Removal. Whenever the Company has paid full dividends for at least two consecutive semi-annual or four consecutive quarterly dividend periods following a Nonpayment on the Series E Preferred Stock and any other class or series of non-cumulative preferred stock ranking on parity with Series E Preferred Stock as to payment of dividends, if any, and has paid cumulative dividends in full on any class or series of cumulative preferred stock ranking on parity with the Series E Preferred Stock as to payment of dividends (in each case, upon which equivalent voting rights to those set forth in Section 7(b)(iii) have been conferred and are exercisable), then the right of the Holders to elect the Preferred Stock Directors will cease (but subject always to the same provisions for the vesting of the special voting rights in the case of any similar nonpayment of dividends in respect of future Dividend Periods). The terms of office of the Preferred Stock Directors will immediately terminate, and the number of directors constituting the Board of Directors will be reduced accordingly. Any Preferred Stock Director may be removed at any time without cause by the Holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of the Series E Preferred Stock (together with holders of any other class of the Company’s authorized preferred stock having equivalent voting rights, whether or not the holders of such preferred stock would be entitled to vote for the election of directors if such default in dividends did not exist) when they have the voting rights described in this Section 7(b).

 

(c) 

Senior Issuances; Adverse Changes. So long as any shares of Series E Preferred Stock are outstanding, the vote or consent of the Holders of at least two-thirds of the shares of Series E Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, voting as a class with all other series of preferred stock ranking equally with the Series E Preferred Stock and entitled to vote thereon, given in person or by proxy, either in writing without a meeting or by vote at any meeting called for the purpose,

 

 


 

 

will be necessary for effecting or validating any of the following actions, whether or not such approval is required by Delaware law:

 

(i)

any amendment, alteration or repeal of any provision of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation (including the certificate of designation creating the Series E Preferred Stock) or the Company’s by-laws that would alter or change the voting powers, preferences or special rights of the Series E Preferred Stock so as to affect them adversely;

 

(ii)

any amendment or alteration of the Company’s certificate of incorporation to authorize or create, or increase the authorized amount of, any shares of, or any securities convertible into shares of, any class or series of the Company’s capital stock ranking prior to the Series E Preferred Stock in the payment of dividends or in the distribution of assets on any liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Company; or

 

(iii)

the consummation of a binding share exchange or reclassification involving the Series E Preferred Stock or a merger or consolidation of the Company with another entity, except that holders of Series E Preferred Stock will have no right to vote under this provision or otherwise under Delaware law if in each case (i) the Series E Preferred Stock remains outstanding or, in the case of any such merger or consolidation with respect to which the Company is not the surviving or resulting entity, is converted into or exchanged for preferred securities of the surviving or resulting entity or its ultimate parent, that is an entity organized and existing under the laws of the United States of America, any state thereof or the District of Columbia and that is a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes (or if such entity is not a corporation, the Company having received an opinion of nationally recognized counsel experienced in such matters to the effect that Holders will be subject to tax for U.S. federal income tax purposes with respect to such new preferred securities after such merger or consolidation in the same amount, at the same time and otherwise in the same manner as would have been the case under the Series E Preferred Stock prior to such merger or consolidation), and (ii) such Series E Preferred Stock remaining outstanding or such preferred securities, as the case may be, have such rights, preferences, privileges and voting powers, taken as a whole, as are not materially less favorable to the holders thereof than the rights, preferences, privileges and voting powers of the Series E Preferred Stock, taken as a whole;

 

provided, however, that any increase in the amount of the authorized or issued Series E Preferred Stock or authorized preferred stock or any securities convertible into preferred stock or the creation and issuance, or an increase in the authorized or issued amount, of other series of preferred stock or any securities convertible into preferred stock ranking equally with and/or junior to the Series E Preferred Stock with respect to the payment of dividends (whether such dividends are cumulative or non-cumulative) and/or the distribution of assets upon the Company’s liquidation, dissolution or winding up will not be deemed to adversely affect the voting powers, preferences or special rights of the Series E Preferred Stock and Holders will have no right to vote on such an increase, creation or issuance.

 

If any amendment, alteration, repeal, share exchange, reclassification, merger or consolidation specified in this Section 7(c) would adversely affect one or more but not all series of preferred stock of the Company, then only such series of preferred stock as are adversely affected by and entitled to vote on the matter shall vote on the matter together as a single class (in lieu of all other series of preferred stock).

 

(d) 

No Vote if Redemption. No vote or consent of the Holders shall be required pursuant to Section 7(b) or (c) if, at or prior to the time when the act with respect to such vote or consent would otherwise be required shall be effected, the Company shall have redeemed or shall have called for redemption all outstanding shares of Series E Preferred Stock, with proper notice and sufficient funds having been set aside for such redemption, in each case pursuant to Section 6 above.

 

Section 8. Preemption and Conversion Rights.

 

The Holders shall not have any rights of preemption or conversion.

 

Section 9. Rank.

 

Notwithstanding anything set forth in the Certificate of Incorporation or this Certificate of Designation to the contrary, the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof, without the vote of the Holders, may authorize and issue additional shares of Junior Stock or Parity Stock.

 

Section 10. Repurchase.

 

 

 


 

 

Subject to the limitations imposed herein, the Company may purchase and sell Series E Preferred Stock from time to time to such extent, in such manner, and upon such terms as the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof may determine; provided, however, that the Company shall not use any of its funds for any such purchase when there are reasonable grounds to believe that the Company is, or by such purchase would be, rendered insolvent; provided, further, however, that in the event that the Company beneficially owns any Series E Preferred Stock, the Company will procure that voting rights in respect of such Series E Preferred Stock are not exercised.

 

Section 11. Unissued or Reacquired Shares.

 

Shares of Series E Preferred Stock not issued or which have been issued and redeemed or otherwise purchased or acquired by the Company shall be restored to the status of authorized but unissued shares of preferred stock without designation as to series.

 

Section 12. No Sinking Fund.

 

Shares of Series E Preferred Stock are not subject to the operation of a sinking fund.

 

Section 13. Transfer Agent, Calculation Agent, Registrar and Paying Agent.

 

The duly appointed Transfer Agent, Calculation Agent, Registrar and paying agent for the Series E Preferred Stock shall be The Bank of New York Mellon. The Company may, in its sole discretion, remove the Transfer Agent in accordance with the agreement between the Company and the Transfer Agent; provided that the Company shall appoint a successor transfer agent who shall accept such appointment prior to the effectiveness of such removal. Upon any such removal or appointment, the Company shall send notice thereof by first-class mail, postage prepaid, to the Holders.

 

Section 14. Replacement Certificates.

 

Mutilated, Destroyed, Stolen and Lost Certificates. If physical certificates are issued, the Company shall replace any mutilated certificate at the Holder’s expense upon surrender of that certificate to the Transfer Agent. The Company shall replace certificates that become destroyed, stolen or lost at the Holder’s expense upon delivery to the Company and the Transfer Agent of satisfactory evidence that the certificate has been destroyed, stolen or lost, together with any indemnity that may be required by the Transfer Agent and the Company.

 

Section 15. Form.

 

(a) Global Series E Preferred Stock. Series E Preferred Stock may be issued in the form of one or more permanent global shares of Series E Preferred Stock in definitive, fully registered form with a global legend in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit A (each, a “Global Series E Preferred Stock”), which is hereby incorporated in and expressly made a part of this Certificate of Designation. The Global Series E Preferred Stock may have notations, legends or endorsements required by law, stock exchange rules, agreements to which the Company is subject, if any, or usage (provided that any such notation, legend or endorsement is in a form acceptable to the Company). The aggregate number of shares represented by each Global Series E Preferred Stock may from time to time be increased or decreased by adjustments made on the records of the Registrar and the Depositary or its nominee as hereinafter provided. This Section 15(a) shall apply only to a Global Series E Preferred Stock deposited with or on behalf of the Depositary.

 

(b)

Delivery to Depositary. If Global Series E Preferred Stock is issued, the Company shall execute and the Registrar shall, in accordance with this Section, countersign and deliver initially one or more Global Series E Preferred Stock that (i) shall be registered in the name of Cede & Co. or other nominee of the Depositary and (ii) shall be delivered by the Registrar to the Depositary or pursuant to instructions received from the Depositary or held by the Registrar as custodian for the Depositary pursuant to an agreement between the Depositary and the Registrar.

 

(c)

Agent Members. If Global Series E Preferred Stock is issued, members of, or participants in, the Depositary (Agent Members) shall have no rights under this Certificate of Designation with respect to any Global Series E Preferred Stock held on their behalf by the Depositary or by the Registrar as the custodian of the Depositary or under such Global Series E Preferred Stock, and the Depositary may be treated by the Company, the Registrar and any agent of the Company or the Registrar as the absolute owner of such Global Series E Preferred Stock for all purposes whatsoever. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing herein shall prevent the Company, the Registrar or any agent of the Company or the Registrar from giving effect to any written certification, proxy or other authorization furnished by the Depositary or impair, as between the Depositary and its Agent Members, the operation of customary practices of the Depositary governing the exercise of the rights of a holder of a beneficial interest in any Global Series E Preferred Stock. If Global Series E Preferred Stock is issued, the Depositary may grant proxies or otherwise authorize any Person to take any action

 

 


 

 

that a Holder is entitled to take pursuant to the Series E Preferred Stock, this Certificate of Designation or the Certificate of Incorporation.

 

(d)

Physical Certificates. Owners of beneficial interests in any Global Series E Preferred Stock shall not be entitled to receive physical delivery of certificated shares of Series E Preferred Stock, unless (x) the Depositary has notified the Company that it is unwilling or unable to continue as Depositary for the Global Series E Preferred Stock and the Company does not appoint a qualified replacement for the Depositary within 90 days, (y) the Depositary ceases to be a “clearing agency” registered under the Exchange Act and the Company does not appoint a qualified replacement for the Depositary within 90 days or (z) the Company decides to discontinue the use of book-entry transfer through the Depositary. In any such case, the Global Series E Preferred Stock shall be exchanged in whole for definitive shares of Series E Preferred Stock in registered form, with the same terms and of an equal aggregate Liquidation Preference. Such definitive shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall be registered in the name or names of the Person or Persons specified by the Depositary in a written instrument to the Registrar.

 

(e)

Signature. An Officer shall sign any Global Series E Preferred Stock for the Company, in accordance with the Company’s by-laws and applicable law, by manual or facsimile signature. If an Officer whose signature is on a Global Series E Preferred Stock no longer holds that office at the time the Transfer Agent countersigned the Global Series E Preferred Stock, the Global Series E Preferred Stock shall be valid nevertheless. A Global Series E Preferred Stock shall not be valid until an authorized signatory of the Transfer Agent manually countersigns Global Series E Preferred Stock. Each Global Series E Preferred Stock shall be dated the date of its countersignature.

 

Section 16. Taxes.

 

(a)

Transfer Taxes. The Company shall pay any and all stock transfer, documentary, stamp and similar taxes that may be payable in respect of any issuance or delivery of shares of Series E Preferred Stock or shares of Common Stock or other securities issued on account of Series E Preferred Stock pursuant hereto or certificates representing such shares or securities. The Company shall not, however, be required to pay any such tax that may be payable in respect of any transfer involved in the issuance or delivery of shares of Series E Preferred Stock, shares of Common Stock or other securities in a name other than that in which the shares of Series E Preferred Stock with respect to which such shares or other securities are issued or delivered were registered, or in respect of any payment to any Person other than a payment to the registered holder thereof, and shall not be required to make any such issuance, delivery or payment unless and until the Person otherwise entitled to such issuance, delivery or payment has paid to the Company the amount of any such tax or has established, to the satisfaction of the Company, that such tax has been paid or is not payable.

 

(b)

Withholding. All payments and distributions (or deemed distributions) on the shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall be subject to withholding and backup withholding of tax to the extent required by law, subject to applicable exemptions, and amounts withheld, if any, shall be treated as received by Holders.

 

Section 17. Notices.

 

All notices referred to herein shall be in writing, and, unless otherwise specified herein, all notices hereunder shall be deemed to have been given upon the earlier of receipt thereof or three Business Days after the mailing thereof if sent by registered or certified mail (unless first class mail shall be specifically permitted for such notice under the terms of this Certificate of Designation) with postage prepaid, addressed: (i) if to the Company, to its office at 399 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10043 (Attention: Corporate Secretary) or to the Transfer Agent at its office at 480 Washington Boulevard, 29th Floor, Jersey City, New Jersey 07310 (Attention: Corporate Trust Office), or other agent of the Company designated as permitted by this Certificate of Designation, or (ii) if to any Holder, to such Holder at the address of such Holder as listed in the stock record books of the Company (which may include the records of the Transfer Agent) or (iii) to such other address as the Company or any such Holder, as the case may be, shall have designated by notice similarly given.

 

 

 


 

 

Exhibit A

 

FORM OF 
% FIXED RATE / FLOATING RATE NON-CUMULATIVE PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES E 
FACE OF SECURITY

 

UNLESS THIS CERTIFICATE IS PRESENTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DEPOSITORY TRUST COMPANY, A NEW YORK CORPORATION (“DTC”), NEW YORK, NEW YORK, TO THE COMPANY OR ITS AGENT FOR REGISTRATION OF TRANSFER, EXCHANGE OR PAYMENT, AND ANY CERTIFICATE ISSUED IS REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF CEDE & CO. OR SUCH OTHER NAME AS IS REQUESTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DTC (AND ANY PAYMENT IS MADE TO CEDE & CO., OR TO SUCH OTHER ENTITY AS IS REQUESTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DTC) ANY TRANSFER, PLEDGE OR OTHER USE HEREOF FOR VALUE OR OTHERWISE BY OR TO ANY PERSON IS WRONGFUL INASMUCH AS THE REGISTERED OWNER HEREOF, CEDE & CO. HAS AN INTEREST HEREIN.

 

TRANSFERS OF THIS GLOBAL SECURITY SHALL BE LIMITED TO TRANSFERS IN WHOLE, BUT NOT IN PART, TO NOMINEES OF DTC OR TO A SUCCESSOR THEREOF OR SUCH SUCCESSOR’S NOMINEE AND TRANSFERS OF PORTIONS OF THIS GLOBAL SECURITY SHALL BE LIMITED TO TRANSFERS MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RESTRICTIONS SET FORTH IN THE CERTIFICATE OF DESIGNATION REFERRED TO BELOW.

 

 


 

 

 

Certificate Number

 

Number of Shares of Series E Preferred Stock

 

 

 

 

 

CUSIP NO.:

 

CITIGROUP INC.

 

% Fixed Rate / Floating Rate Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series E 
(par value $1.00 per share) 
(liquidation preference $25,000 per share)

 

Citigroup Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), hereby certifies that [ ] (the “Holder”) is the registered owner of [ ] fully paid and non-assessable shares of the Company’s designated % Fixed Rate / Floating Rate Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series E, with a par value of $1.00 per share and a liquidation preference of $25,000 per share (the “Series E Preferred Stock”). The shares of Series E Preferred Stock are transferable on the books and records of the Registrar, in person or by a duly authorized attorney, upon surrender of this certificate duly endorsed and in proper form for transfer. The designations, rights, privileges, restrictions, preferences and other terms and provisions of the Series E Preferred Stock represented hereby are and shall in all respects be subject to the provisions of the Certificate of Designation dated April 25, 2008 as the same may be amended from time to time (the “Certificate of Designation”). Capitalized terms used herein but not defined shall have the meaning given them in the Certificate of Designation. The Company will provide a copy of the Certificate of Designation to a Holder without charge upon written request to the Company at its principal place of business.

 

Reference is hereby made to select provisions of the Series E Preferred Stock set forth on the reverse hereof, and to the Certificate of Designation, which select provisions and the Certificate of Designation shall for all purposes have the same effect as if set forth at this place.

 

Upon receipt of this certificate, the Holder is bound by the Certificate of Designation and is entitled to the benefits thereunder.

 

Unless the Registrar has properly countersigned, these shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall not be entitled to any benefit under the Certificate of Designation or be valid or obligatory for any purpose.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this certificate has been executed on behalf of the Company by its [Title] this     day of     ,    .

 

CITIGROUP INC.

 

By:

 

Name:

 

Title:

 

 

 


 

 

 

REGISTRAR’S COUNTERSIGNATURE

 

These are shares of Series E Preferred Stock referred to in the within-mentioned Certificate of Designation.

 

Dated:

 

THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON, as Registrar

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

Name:

 

Title:

 

 

 


 

 

 

REVERSE OF CERTIFICATE

 

Dividends on each share of Series E Preferred Stock shall be payable at the rate provided in the Certificate of Designation.

 

The shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall be redeemable at the option of the Company in the manner and in accordance with the terms set forth in the Certificate of Designation.

 

The Company shall furnish without charge to each holder who so requests the powers, designations, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other special rights of each class or series of share capital issued by the Company and the qualifications, limitations or restrictions of such preferences and/or rights.

 

ASSIGNMENT

 

FOR VALUE RECEIVED, the undersigned assigns and transfers the shares of Series E Preferred Stock evidenced hereby to:

 

________________________________________________________________

 

________________________________________________________________

 

(Insert assignee’s social security or taxpayer identification number, if any)

 

________________________________________________________________

 

________________________________________________________________

 

(Insert address and zip code of assignee) and irrevocably appoints:

 

________________________________________________________________

 

________________________________________________________________

 

as agent to transfer the shares of Series E Preferred Stock evidenced hereby on the books of the Transfer Agent. The agent may substitute another to act for him or her.

 

Date:

 

 

 

 

 

Signature:

 

 

 

 

 

________________________________________________________________

 

(Sign exactly as your name appears on the other side of this Certificate)

 

 

Signature Guarantee:

 

 

 

 

 

(Signature must be guaranteed by an “eligible guarantor institution” that is a bank, stockbroker, savings and loan association or credit union meeting the requirements of the Transfer Agent, which requirements include membership or participation in the Securities Transfer Agents Medallion Program (“STAMP”) or such other “signature guarantee program” as may be determined by the Transfer Agent in addition to, or in substitution for, STAMP, all in accordance with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.)

 

 

 

 


 

 

Exhibit III

 

8.50% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series F

 

Section 1. Designation.

 

The designation of the series of preferred stock shall be “8.50% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series F” (the “Series F Preferred Stock”). Each share of Series F Preferred Stock shall be identical in all respects to every other share of Series F Preferred Stock. Series F Preferred Stock will rank equally with Parity Stock, will rank senior to Junior Stock and will rank junior to Senior Stock, if any, with respect to the payment of dividends and/or the distribution of assets in the event of any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company.

 

Section 2. Number of Shares.

 

The number of authorized shares of Series F Preferred Stock shall be 92,000. That number from time to time may be increased (but not in excess of the total number of authorized shares of preferred stock) or decreased (but not below the number of shares of Series F Preferred Stock then outstanding) by further resolution duly adopted by the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof and by the filing of a certificate pursuant to the provisions of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware stating that such increase or reduction, as the case may be, has been so authorized. The Company shall have the authority to issue fractional shares of Series F Preferred Stock.

 

Section 3. Definitions. As used herein with respect to Series F Preferred Stock:

 

Agent Members” has the meaning set forth in Section 15(c).

 

Board of Directors” has the meaning set forth in the recitals above.

 

Business Day” means any weekday that is not a legal holiday in New York City and is not a day on which banking institutions in New York City are authorized or required by law or regulation to be closed.

 

Common Stock” means the common stock of the Company, par value $0.01 per share, or any other shares of the capital stock of the Company into which such shares of common stock shall be reclassified or changed.

 

Depositary” means DTC or its nominee or any successor depositary appointed by the Company.

 

Dividend Payment Date” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 4(a) hereof.

 

Dividend Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 4(a) hereof.

 

Dividend Record Date” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 4(a) hereof.

 

DTC” means The Depository Trust Company.

 

Global Series F Preferred Stock” has the meaning set forth in Section 15(a).

 

Holder” means the Person in whose name the shares of the Series F Preferred Stock are registered, which may be treated by the Company, Transfer Agent, Registrar and paying agent as the absolute owner of the shares of Series F Preferred Stock for the purpose of making payment and for all other purposes.

 

Junior Stock” means the Common Stock and any other class or series of stock of the Company now existing or hereafter authorized over which Series F Preferred Stock has preference or priority in the payment of dividends or in the distribution of assets on any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company.

 

Nonpayment” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7(b)(i) hereof.

 

Officer” means the Chief Executive Officer, the Chairman, the Chief Administrative Officer, any Vice Chairman, the Chief Financial Officer, the Controller, the Chief Accounting Officer, the Treasurer and Head of Corporate Finance, any Assistant Treasurer, the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and any Assistant Secretary of the Company.

 

 

 


 

 

Parity Stock” means any class or series of stock of the Company now existing or hereafter authorized that ranks equally with the Series F Preferred Stock in the payment of dividends and in the distribution of assets on any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company.

 

Person” means a legal person, including any individual, corporation, estate, partnership, joint venture, association, joint-stock company, limited liability company or trust.

 

Preferred Stock Director” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7(b)(i) hereof.

 

Registrar” means the Transfer Agent acting in its capacity as registrar for the Series F Preferred Stock, and its successors and assigns.

 

Senior Stock” means any class or series of stock of the Company now existing or hereafter authorized which has preference or priority over the Series F Preferred Stock as to the payment of dividends or in the distribution of assets on any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company.

 

Series F Preferred Stock” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 1 hereof.

 

Transfer Agent” means The Bank of New York Mellon acting as Transfer Agent, Registrar and paying agent for the Series F Preferred Stock, and its successors and assigns.

 

Trust” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 6(d).

 

Section 4. Dividends.

 

(a)

Rate. Holders shall be entitled to receive, if, as and when declared by the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee of the Board of Directors, but only out of assets legally available therefor, non-cumulative cash dividends on the liquidation preference of $25,000 per share of Series F Preferred Stock, and no more, payable quarterly in arrears on March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15 of each year, beginning on June 15, 2008; provided, however, if any such day is not a Business Day, then payment of any dividend otherwise payable on that date will be made on the next succeeding day that is a Business Day, (without any interest or other payment in respect of such delay) (each such day on which dividends are payable a “Dividend Payment Date”). The period from and including the date of issuance of the Series F Preferred Stock or any Dividend Payment Date to, but excluding, the next Dividend Payment Date is a “Dividend Period.” Dividends on each share of Series F Preferred Stock will accrue on the liquidation preference of $25,000 per share at a rate per annum equal to 8.50%. The record date for payment of dividends on the Series F Preferred Stock will be the fifteenth day of the calendar month immediately preceding the month during which the Dividend Payment Date falls or such other record date fixed by the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof that is not more than 30 nor less than 10 days prior to such Dividend Payment Date (each, a “Dividend Record Date”). Any such day that is a Dividend Record Date will be a Dividend Record Date whether or not such day is a Business Day. The amount of dividends payable will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year of twelve 30-day months.

 

(b)

Non-Cumulative Dividends. If the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof does not declare a dividend on the Series F Preferred Stock for any Dividend Period prior to the related Dividend Payment Date, that dividend will not accrue, and the Company will have no obligation to pay, and Holders shall have no right to receive, a dividend for that Dividend Period on the related Dividend Payment Date or at any future time, whether or not dividends on the Series F Preferred Stock or any other series of preferred stock or common stock are declared for any subsequent Dividend Period with respect to Series F Preferred Stock, Parity Stock, Junior Stock or any other class or series of authorized preferred stock of the Company. References herein to the “accrual” of dividends refer only to the determination of the amount of such dividend and do not imply that any right to a dividend arises prior to the date on which a dividend is declared.

 

(c)

Priority of Dividends. So long as any share of Series F Preferred Stock remains outstanding, unless as to a Dividend Payment Date full dividends on all outstanding shares of the Series F Preferred Stock have been declared and paid or declared and a sum sufficient for the payment of those dividends has been set aside for the Dividend Period then ending, the Company will not, and will cause its subsidiaries not to, during the next succeeding Dividend Period that commences on such Dividend Payment Date, declare or pay any dividend on, make any distributions relating to, or redeem, purchase, acquire or make a liquidation payment relating to, any Junior Stock, or make any guarantee payment with respect thereto, other than:

 

 

 


 

 

(i)

purchases, redemptions or other acquisitions of shares of Junior Stock in connection with any employment contract, benefit plan or other similar arrangement with or for the benefit of employees, officers, directors or consultants;

 

(ii)

purchases of shares of Common Stock pursuant to a contractually binding requirement to buy stock existing prior to the commencement of the then-current dividend period, including under a contractually binding stock repurchase plan;

 

(iii)

as a result of an exchange or conversion of any class or series of Junior Stock for any other class or series of Junior Stock;

 

(iv)

the purchase of fractional interests in shares of Junior Stock pursuant to the conversion or exchange provisions of such Junior Stock or the security being converted or exchanged;

 

(v)

the purchase of Junior Stock by an investment banking subsidiary of the Company in connection with the distribution thereof; or

 

(vi)

the purchase of Junior Stock by any investment banking subsidiary of the Company in connection with market-making or other secondary market activities in the ordinary course of the business of such subsidiary.

 

The foregoing restriction, however, will not apply to any Junior Stock dividends paid by the Company where the dividend stock is the same stock as that on which the dividend is being paid.

 

Except as provided below, for so long as any share of Series F Preferred Stock remains outstanding, if dividends are not declared and paid in full upon the shares of Series F Preferred Stock and any Parity Stock, all dividends declared upon shares of Series F Preferred Stock and any Parity Stock will be declared on a proportional basis so that the amount of dividends declared per share will bear to each other the same ratio that accrued dividends for the then current Dividend Period per share of Series F Preferred Stock and accrued dividends for the then-current Dividend Period per share of any Parity Stock (including, in the case of any such Parity Stock that bears cumulative dividends, all accrued and unpaid dividends) bear to each other.

 

Subject to the foregoing, and not otherwise, such dividends payable in cash, stock or otherwise, as may be determined by the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof, may be declared and paid on any Junior Stock and Parity Stock from time to time out of any assets legally available for such payment, and Holders will not be entitled to participate in those dividends.

 

Section 5. Liquidation Rights.

 

(a)

Liquidation. In the event of any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company, Holders shall be entitled, out of assets legally available therefor, before any distribution or payment out of the assets of the Company may be made to or set aside for the holders of any Junior Stock and subject to the rights of the holders of any class or series of securities ranking senior to or on parity with Series F Preferred Stock upon liquidation and the rights of the Company’s depositors and other creditors, to receive in full a liquidating distribution in the amount of the liquidation preference $25,000 per share, plus any accrued dividends thereon from the last dividend payment date to, but excluding, the date of the liquidation, dissolution or winding up if and to the extent declared. Holders shall not be entitled to any further payments in the event of any such voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company other than what is expressly provided for in this Section 5.

 

(b)

Partial Payment. If the assets of the Company are not sufficient to pay in full the liquidation preference plus any dividends which have been declared but not yet paid to all Holders and all holders of any Parity Stock, the amounts paid to the Holders and to the holders of all Parity Stock shall be pro rata in accordance with the respective aggregate liquidating distributions to which they would otherwise be entitled.

 

(c)

Residual Distributions. If the respective aggregate liquidating distributions to which all Holders and all holders of any Parity Stock are entitled have been paid, the holders of Junior Stock shall be entitled to receive all remaining assets of the Company according to their respective rights and preferences.

 

(d)

Merger, Consolidation and Sale of Assets Not Liquidation. For purposes of this Section 5, the sale, conveyance, exchange or transfer (for cash, shares of stock, securities or other consideration) of all or substantially all of the property and assets of the Company shall not be deemed a voluntary or involuntary dissolution, liquidation or winding up of the affairs of the Company, nor shall the merger, consolidation or any other business combination transaction of the

 

 


 

 

Company into or with any other corporation or person or the merger, consolidation or any other business combination transaction of any other corporation or person into or with the Company be deemed to be a voluntary or involuntary dissolution, liquidation or winding up of the affairs of the Company.

 

Section 6. Redemption.

 

(a)

Optional Redemption. The Company, at the option of its Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof, may redeem out of funds legally available therefor, in whole or in part, the shares of Series F Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, on any Dividend Payment Date as to which the Company has declared a dividend in full on the Series F Preferred Stock on or after the Dividend Payment Date on June 15, 2013, upon notice given as provided in Section 6(b) below, and at a redemption price equal to $25,000 per share.

 

(b)

Notice of Redemption. Notice of every redemption of shares of Series F Preferred Stock shall be mailed by first class mail, postage prepaid, addressed to the Holders of such shares to be redeemed at their respective last addresses appearing on the stock register of the Company. Such mailing shall be at least 30 days and not more than 60 days before the date fixed for redemption. Any notice mailed as provided in this Section 6(b) shall be conclusively presumed to have been duly given, whether or not the Holder receives such notice, but failure duly to give such notice by mail, or any defect in such notice or in the mailing thereof, to any Holder of shares of Series F Preferred Stock designated for redemption shall not affect the validity of the proceedings for the redemption of any other shares of Series F Preferred Stock. Each notice shall state:

 

(i)

the redemption date;

 

(ii)

the number of shares of Series F Preferred Stock to be redeemed and, if fewer than all the shares of a Holder are to be redeemed, the number of such shares to be redeemed;

 

(iii)

the redemption price;

 

(iv)

the place or places where the certificates for such shares are to be surrendered for payment of the redemption price; and

 

(v)

that dividends on the shares to be redeemed will cease to accrue on the redemption date.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Series F Preferred Stock is held in book-entry form through DTC, the Company may give such notice in any manner permitted by DTC.

 

(c)

Partial Redemption. In case of any redemption of only part of the shares of Series F Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, the shares of Series F Preferred Stock to be redeemed shall be selected pro rata from the Holders in proportion to the number of shares of Series F Preferred Stock held by such Holders, by lot or in such other manner as the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof may determine to be fair and equitable. Subject to the provisions of this Section 6, the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof shall have full power and authority to prescribe the terms and conditions upon which shares of Series F Preferred Stock shall be redeemed from time to time.

 

(d)

Effectiveness of Redemption. If notice of redemption has been duly given and if on or before the redemption date specified in the notice all funds necessary for the redemption have been set aside by the Company, separate and apart from its other assets, in trust for the pro rata benefit of the Holders of the shares called for redemption, so as to be and continue to be available therefor, or deposited by the Company with a bank or trust company selected by the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof (the “Trust”) in trust for the pro rata benefit of the Holders of the shares called for redemption, then, notwithstanding that any certificate for any share so called for redemption has not been surrendered for cancellation, on and after the redemption date all shares so called for redemption shall cease to be outstanding, all dividends with respect to such shares shall cease to accrue on such redemption date, and all rights with respect to such shares shall forthwith on such redemption date cease and terminate, except only the right of the Holders thereof to receive the amount payable on such redemption from the Trust at any time after the redemption date from the funds so deposited, without interest. The Company shall be entitled to receive, from time to time, from the Trust any interest accrued on such funds, and the Holders of any shares called for redemption shall have no claim to any such interest. Any funds so deposited and unclaimed at the end of three years from the redemption date shall, to the extent permitted by law, be released or repaid to the Company, and in the event of such repayment to the Company, the Holders of the shares so called for redemption shall be deemed to be unsecured creditors of the Company

 

 


 

 

for an amount equivalent to the amount deposited as stated above for the redemption of such shares and so repaid to the Company, but shall in no event be entitled to any interest.

 

Section 7. Voting Rights.

 

(a)

General. The Holders shall not be entitled to vote on any matter except as set forth in Section 7(b) below or as required by Delaware law.

 

(b)

Special Voting Right.

 

(i)

Voting Right. If and whenever dividends on the Series F Preferred Stock or any other class or series of preferred stock that ranks on parity with Series F Preferred Stock as to payment of dividends, and upon which voting rights equivalent to those granted by this Section 7(b)(i) have been conferred and are exercisable, have not been paid in an aggregate amount equal, as to any class or series, to at least six quarterly Dividend Periods (whether consecutive or not) (a “Nonpayment”), the number of directors constituting the Board of Directors shall be increased by two, and the Holders (together with holders of any class or series of the Company’s authorized preferred stock having equivalent voting rights), shall have the right, voting separately as a single class without regard to class or series (and with voting rights allocated pro rata based on the liquidation preference of each such class or series), to the exclusion of the holders of Common Stock, to elect two directors of the Company to fill such newly created directorships (and to fill any vacancies in the terms of such directorships), provided that the Holders and the holders of any such other class or series shall not be entitled to elect such directors to the extent such election would cause the Company to violate the corporate governance requirements of the New York Stock Exchange (or other exchange on which the Company’s securities may be listed) that listed companies must have a majority of independent directors and further provided that the Board of Directors shall at no time include more than two such directors. Each such director elected by the Holders and any other class or series of preferred stock that ranks on parity with the Series F Preferred Stock as to payment of dividends and having equivalent voting rights is a “Preferred Stock Director.”

 

(ii)

Election. The election of the Preferred Stock Directors will take place at any annual meeting of stockholders or any special meeting of the Holders and any other class or series of stock of the Company that ranks on parity with Series F Preferred Stock as to payment of dividends and having equivalent voting rights and for which dividends have not been paid, called as provided herein. At any time after the special voting power has vested pursuant to Section 7(b)(i) above, the secretary of the Company may, and upon the written request of the Holders of at least 20% of the Series F Preferred Stock or the holders of at least 20% of such other series (addressed to the secretary at the Company’s principal office) must (unless such request is received less than 90 days before the date fixed for the next annual or special meeting of the stockholders, in which event such election shall be held at such next annual or special meeting of stockholders), call a special meeting of the Holders and any other class or series of preferred stock that ranks on parity with Series F Preferred Stock as to payment of dividends and having equivalent voting rights and for which dividends have not been paid for the election of the two directors to be elected by them as provided in Section 7(b)(iii) below. The Preferred Stock Directors shall each be entitled to one vote per director on any matter.

 

(iii)

Notice of Special Meeting. Notice for a special meeting will be given in a similar manner to that provided in the Company’s by-laws for a special meeting of the stockholders. If the secretary of the Company does not call a special meeting within 20 days after receipt of any such request, then any Holder may (at the expense of the Company) call such meeting, upon notice as provided in this Section 7(b)(iii), and for that purpose will have access to the stock register of the Company. The Preferred Stock Directors elected at any such special meeting will hold office until the next annual meeting of the stockholders of the Company unless they have been previously terminated or removed pursuant to Section 7(b)(iv). In case any vacancy in the office of a Preferred Stock Director occurs (other than prior to the initial election of the Preferred Stock Directors), the vacancy may be filled by the written consent of the Preferred Stock Director remaining in office, or if none remains in office, by the vote of the Holders (together with holders of any other class of the Company’s authorized preferred stock having equivalent voting rights, whether or not the holders of such preferred stock would be entitled to vote for the election of directors if such default in dividends did not exist) to serve until the next annual meeting of the stockholders.

 

(iv)

Termination; Removal. Whenever the Company has paid full dividends for at least four consecutive quarterly dividend periods following a Nonpayment on the Series F Preferred Stock and any other class or series of non-cumulative preferred stock ranking on parity with Series F Preferred Stock as to payment of dividends, if any, and has paid cumulative dividends in full on any class or series of cumulative preferred stock ranking on parity with the Series F Preferred Stock as to payment of dividends (in each case, upon which equivalent voting rights to those set forth in Section 7(b)(iii) have been conferred and are exercisable), then the right of the Holders to

 

 


 

 

elect the Preferred Stock Directors will cease (but subject always to the same provisions for the vesting of the special voting rights in the case of any similar non-payment of dividends in respect of future Dividend Periods). The terms of office of the Preferred Stock Directors will immediately terminate, and the number of directors constituting the Board of Directors will be reduced accordingly. Any Preferred Stock Director may be removed at any time without cause by the Holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of the Series F Preferred Stock (together with holders of any other class of the Company’s authorized preferred stock having equivalent voting rights, whether or not the holders of such preferred stock would be entitled to vote for the election of directors if such default in dividends did not exist) when they have the voting rights described in this Section 7(b).

 

(c)

Senior Issuances; Adverse Changes. So long as any shares of Series F Preferred Stock are outstanding, the vote or consent of the Holders of at least two-thirds of the shares of Series F Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, voting as a class with all other series of preferred stock ranking equally with the Series F Preferred Stock and entitled to vote thereon, given in person or by proxy, either in writing without a meeting or by vote at any meeting called for the purpose, will be necessary for effecting or validating any of the following actions, whether or not such approval is required by Delaware law:

 

(i)

any amendment, alteration or repeal of any provision of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation (including the certificate of designation creating the Series F Preferred Stock) or the Company’s by-laws that would alter or change the voting powers, preferences or special rights of the Series F Preferred Stock so as to affect them adversely;

 

(ii)

any amendment or alteration of the Company’s certificate of incorporation to authorize or create, or increase the authorized amount of, any shares of, or any securities convertible into shares of, any class or series of the Company’s capital stock ranking prior to the Series F Preferred Stock in the payment of dividends or in the distribution of assets on any liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Company; or

 

(iii)

the consummation of a binding share exchange or reclassification involving the Series F Preferred Stock or a merger or consolidation of the Company with another entity, except that holders of Series F Preferred Stock will have no right to vote under this provision or otherwise under Delaware law if in each case (i) the Series F Preferred Stock remains outstanding or, in the case of any such merger or consolidation with respect to which the Company is not the surviving or resulting entity, is converted into or exchanged for preferred securities of the surviving or resulting entity or its ultimate parent that is an entity organized and existing under the laws of the United States of America, any state thereof or the District of Columbia and that is a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes (or if such entity is not a corporation the Company having received an opinion of nationally recognized counsel experienced in such matters to the effect that Holders will be subject to tax for U.S. federal income tax purposes with respect to such new preferred securities after such merger or consolidation in the same amount, at the same time and otherwise in the same manner as would have been the case under the Series F Preferred Stock prior to such merger or consolidation), and (ii) such Series F Preferred Stock remaining outstanding or such preferred securities, as the case may be, have such rights, preferences, privileges and voting powers, taken as a whole, as are not materially less favorable to the holders thereof than the rights, preferences, privileges and voting powers of the Series F Preferred Stock taken as a whole; provided, however, that any increase in the amount of the authorized or issued Series F Preferred Stock or authorized preferred stock or any securities convertible into preferred stock or the creation and issuance, or an increase in the authorized or issued amount, of other series of preferred stock or any securities convertible into preferred stock ranking equally with and/or junior to the Series F Preferred Stock with respect to the payment of dividends (whether such dividends are cumulative or non-cumulative) and/or the distribution of assets upon the Company’s liquidation, dissolution or winding up will not be deemed to adversely affect the voting powers, preferences or special rights of the Series F Preferred Stock and Holders will have no right to vote on such an increase, creation or issuance.

 

If any amendment, alteration, repeal, share exchange, reclassification, merger or consolidation specified in this Section 7(c) would adversely affect one or more but not all series of preferred stock of the Company, then only such series of preferred stock as are adversely affected by and entitled to vote on the matter shall vote on the matter together as a single class (in lieu of all other series of preferred stock).

 

(d)

No Vote if Redemption. No vote or consent of the Holders shall be required pursuant to Section 7(b) or (c) if, at or prior to the time when the act with respect to such vote or consent would otherwise be required shall be effected, the Company shall have redeemed or shall have called for redemption all outstanding shares of Series F Preferred Stock, with proper notice and sufficient funds having been set aside for such redemption, in each case pursuant to Section 6 above.

 

 

 


 

 

Section 8. Preemption and Conversion Rights.

 

The Holders shall not have any rights of preemption or conversion.

 

 

 


 

 

Section 9. Rank.

 

Notwithstanding anything set forth in the Certificate of Incorporation or this Certificate of Designation to the contrary, the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof, without the vote of the Holders, may authorize and issue additional shares of Junior Stock or Parity Stock.

 

Section 10. Repurchase.

 

Subject to the limitations imposed herein, the Company may purchase and sell Series F Preferred Stock from time to time to such extent, in such manner, and upon such terms as the Board of Directors, the Preferred Stock Committee or any other duly authorized committee thereof may determine; provided, however, that the Company shall not use any of its funds for any such purchase when there are reasonable grounds to believe that the Company is, or by such purchase would be, rendered insolvent; provided, further, however, that in the event that the Company beneficially owns any Series F Preferred Stock, the Company will procure that voting rights in respect of such Series F Preferred Stock are not exercised.

 

Section 11. Unissued or Reacquired Shares.

 

Shares of Series F Preferred Stock not issued or which have been issued and redeemed or otherwise purchased or acquired by the Company shall be restored to the status of authorized but unissued shares of preferred stock without designation as to series.

 

Section 12. No Sinking Fund.

 

Shares of Series F Preferred Stock are not subject to the operation of a sinking fund.

 

Section 13. Transfer Agent, Registrar and Paying Agent.