EX-4.1 2 d416225dex41.htm EX-4.1 EX-4.1
The following summarizes the terms of certain securities of Auburn National Bancorporation,
Inc., a Delaware corporation
(the “Company”). The Company’s
common stock is registered under Section 12(b) of the Securities Exchange
Act of 1934,
as amended (the “Exchange Act”). The following summary does not purport
to be complete and is qualified in its entirety
by reference to the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation
(as amended, the “Charter”) and Amended and Restated Bylaws
(as amended, the “Bylaws”), each previously filed with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as reference
to federal and state banking laws and regulations and the Delaware General Corporations
Law (the “DGCL”).
Authorized Capital
The Company’s authorized capital
stock consists of 8,500,000 shares of common stock, $.01 par value per share and
200,000 shares of preferred stock, $.01 par value per share.
Common Stock
Each holder of common stock is entitled to one vote for each share held on all matters on
which our
shareholders are entitled to vote. Directors are elected by a majority vote, and no shareholder
has the right to cumulative
voting with respect to the election of directors.
Dividend Rights.
Subject to the prior rights of holders of any then-outstanding shares of preferred stock, each share of
common stock has equal rights to participate in dividends when, as and if declared
by the board of directors out of funds
legally available therefor.
Liquidation Rights.
Subject to the prior rights of creditors and the satisfaction of any liquidation preference granted to the
holders of any outstanding shares of preferred stock, if any,
in the event of a liquidation, the holders of common stock will
be entitled to share ratably in any assets remaining after payment of all debts and other liabilities.
Holders of common stock have no redemption or subscription, conversion
or preemptive rights.
Exchange and Trading Symbol.
The common stock is listed for trading on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol
Transfer Agent and Registrar.
The transfer agent and registrar for the common stock is Computershare Investor Services
Preferred Stock
Shares of preferred stock may be issued for any purpose and in any manner
permitted by law, in one or
more distinctly
designated series, including as a dividend or for such consideration as the board
of directors may determine by resolution or
resolutions adopted from time to time. The board of directors is expressly authorized
to fix and state, by resolution or
resolutions adopted from time to time prior to the issuance of any shares of a particular series
of preferred stock, the
designations, voting powers (if any), preferences, and relative, participating, optional
or other special rights, and
qualifications, limitations or restrictions thereof. The rights of the holders of the common
stock will generally be subject to
the rights of the holders of any existing outstanding shares of preferred
stock with respect to dividends, liquidation
preferences and other matters.
As of the date hereof, the Company has no outstanding shares of preferred stock.
Anti-takeover Effects
Certain provisions of the Charter and Bylaws could make a merger,
tender offer or proxy contest more difficult, even if
such events were perceived by many of shareholders as beneficial to their interests.
These provisions include (1) requiring,
under certain circumstances, that a “Business Combination” (as defined in the Charter)
be approved by (i) holders of at
least 80% of the outstanding shares entitled to vote, and (ii) by a majority of shares held by persons other
than “Related
Persons” (as defined in the Charter), (2) prohibiting shareholders from removing directors
without cause, and, in order to
remove a director for cause, requiring approval of (i) at least 80% of the outstanding shares
entitled to vote and (ii) a
majority of shares held by persons other than “Related Persons,” (3) advance notice for nominations
of directors and
shareholders’ proposals, and (4) authority to issue “blank check” preferred
stock with such designations, rights and
preferences as may be determined from time to time by the board of directors. In addition, as a Delaware
corporation, the
Company is subject to Section 203 of the Delaware General Corporation Law
which, in general, prevents an “interested
shareholder,” defined generally as a person owning
15% or more of a corporation’s outstanding
voting stock, from
engaging in a business combination with the corporation for three years following the
date that person became an interested
shareholder unless certain specified conditions are satisfied.
Restrictions on Ownership
The ability of a third party to acquire the Company is limited under applicable U.S. banking laws and regulations.
Bank Holding Company Act, or BHC Act, requires any bank holding company to obtain
Federal Reserve approval prior to
acquiring, directly or indirectly,
5% or more of any class of voting securities of the bank holding company.
Any “company”
(as defined in the BHC Act) other than a bank holding company would be required
to obtain Federal Reserve approval
before acquiring “control” of a bank holding company.
“Control” generally means (i) the ownership or control of 25%
more of a class of voting securities, (ii) the ability to elect a majority of the directors or (iii)
the ability otherwise to exercise
a controlling influence over management and policies. A holder of 25%
or more of the outstanding common stock of a bank
holding company, other than an individual,
is subject to regulation and supervision as a bank holding company
under the
BHC Act. On January 30, 2020, the Federal Reserve adopted new rules, effective September
30, 2020 simplifying
determinations of control of banking organizations for BHC Act purposes.
In addition, under the Change in Bank Control Act of 1978, as amended,
and the Federal Reserve’s regulations thereunder,
any person, either individually or acting through or in concert with one or more persons, is
required to provide notice to the
Federal Reserve prior to acquiring, directly or indirectly,
10% or more of the outstanding voting securities of a bank
holding company, and receive
nonobjection from the Federal Reserve.