A composite of the Articles of Incorporation of the Corporation follows. Article Supplementary, which supplement, but do not amend, the Articles of Incorporation, are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of the corporation (hereinafter called the "Corporation") is MBNA Corporation.
ARTICLE II - PURPOSE
The Corporation is formed to engage in the business of banking and finance, directly and through subsidiaries. It may engage in any other business permitted by law.
ARTICLE III - PRINCIPAL OFFICE AND RESIDENT AGENT
The address of the principal office of the Corporation in the State of Maryland is c/o The Corporation Trust Incorporated, 32 South Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. The resident agent of the Corporation in the State of Maryland is The Corporation Trust Incorporated, 32 South Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. The resident agent is a Maryland corporation.
ARTICLE IV - CAPITAL STOCK
(a) The total number of shares of stock of all classes which the Corporation has authority to issue is 1,520,000,000 shares, of which 1,500,000,000 shares are classified as Common Stock, par value $.01 per share, and 20,000,000 shares are classified as Preferred Stock, par value $.01 per share. The aggregate par value of all shares of all classes which the Corporation is authorized to issue is $15,200,000.
(b) The Preferred Stock may be issued in series. Prior to issuance, the Board of Directors shall set the terms of the Preferred Stock, including the preferences, conversion and other rights, voting powers, restrictions, limitations as to dividends, qualifications and terms and conditions of redemption.
(c) The Board of Directors shall have the power to classify or reclassify any unissued stock, whether now or hereafter authorized, by setting or changing the preferences, conversion or other rights, voting powers, restrictions, limitations as to dividends, qualifications, or terms or conditions of redemption of such stock.
(d) Unless otherwise provided by the Board of Directors, no holder of stock of any class shall be entitled to preemptive rights to subscribe for or purchase or receive any stock of any class or securities convertible into stock of any class of the Corporation.
ARTICLE V - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(a) The Corporation shall initially have four directors. The initial directors, who shall act as such until the first annual meeting or until their successors are duly elected and qualify shall be Charles M. Cawley, John R. Cochran, Bruce L. Hammonds and M. Scot Kaufman. The number of directors may be increased or decreased as provided in the By-Laws of the Corporation.
(b) The Board of Directors may authorize the issuance from time to time of stock of the Corporation of any class, now or hereafter authorized, and securities convertible into stock of the Corporation of any class, now or hereafter authorized, for such consideration and on such other terms as the Board of Directors may deem advisable, without stockholder approval.
ARTICLE VI - VOTING
Notwithstanding any provision of law requiring any action to be taken or authorized by the affirmative vote of the holders of a greater proportion of the votes of all classes or of any class of stock of the Corporation, such action shall be effective and valid if taken or authorized by the affirmative vote of a majority of the total number of votes entitled to be cast thereon, except as otherwise provided in the charter.
ARTICLE VII - LIABILITY AND INDEMNIFICATION
(a) To the fullest extent that limitations on the liability of directors and officers are permitted by the Maryland General Corporation Law, no director or officer of the Corporation shall have any liability to the Corporation or its stockholders for damages. This limitation on liability applies to events occurring at the time a person serves as director or officer of the Corporation whether or not such person is a director or officer at the time of any proceeding in which liability is asserted.
(b) To the fullest extent permitted by the Maryland General Corporation Law, the Corporation shall indemnify and advance expenses to its currently acting and its former directors. The Corporation shall indemnify and advance expenses to its officers to the same extent as its directors, and may do so to such further extent as is consistent with law. The Board of Directors may by bylaw, resolution or agreement make further provision for indemnification of directors, officers, employees and agents to the fullest extent permitted by the Maryland General Corporation Law.
(c) References to the Maryland General Corporation Law in this Article are to that law as from time to time amended. No amendment to the charter of the Corporation shall affect any right of any person under this Article based on any event, omission or proceeding prior to the amendment.
ARTICLE VIII - CONTROL SHARE ACQUISITION STATUTE EXEMPTIONS
Any acquisition of shares of the Corporation on or after January 21, 1991 by Alfred Lerner (or his successor in interest) ("Lerner") or by The Progressive Corporation (or its successors in interest) ("Progressive"), or by any present or future affiliate or associate thereof so long as such affiliate or associate is at the time in question such an affiliate or associate (or any person acting in concert or in a group with any of the foregoing) is, pursuant to Section 3-702(b) of the Maryland General Corporation Law (the "MGCL") (or any successor or replacement provision or statute), hereby approved for purposes of and exempted from the provisions of, Subtitle 7 of Title 3 of the MGCL (or any successor or replacement provision or statute), with the result that any shares acquired by any such person shall have all voting rights otherwise appurtenant thereto, notwithstanding Subtitle 7 of Title 3 of the MGCL (or any successor or replacement provision or statute).
Notwithstanding anything in the Charter or bylaws of the Corporation (as each may be amended from time to time) to the contrary, this ARTICLE may not be amended, altered or repealed except with the unanimous approval of all of the members of the Board of Directors and the written consent of all persons or entities then in existence and specified above that may be adversely affected, or that may lose any privilege or right, as a result of such amendment, alteration or repeal.
ARTICLE IX - AMENDMENTS
Except as set forth in this Article, The Corporation reserves the right to make, from time to time, any amendments of its charter which may now or hereafter be authorized by law, including any amendments which alter the contract rights of any class of outstanding stock as expressly set forth in the charter.
Last updated March 2003.