EX-3.3 2 ex3_3.htm EXHIBIT 3.3

Exhibit 3.3

WESCO INTERNATIONAL, INC.
 
CERTIFICATE OF DESIGNATIONS OF
10.625% SERIES A FIXED-RATE RESET
CUMULATIVE PERPETUAL PREFERRED STOCK
 
JUNE 22, 2020
 
WESCO International, Inc. (the “Corporation”), a corporation organized and existing under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “DGCL”), does hereby certify that, pursuant to authority conferred upon the Board of Directors of the Corporation (the “Board”) by the Certificate of Incorporation, and pursuant to Section 151 of the DGCL, the Board adopted a resolution providing for the designations, preferences, and relative participating, optional or other rights, and the qualifications, limitations or restrictions thereof, of the 10.625% Series A Fixed-Rate Reset Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock of the Corporation, as follows:
 
RESOLVED, that pursuant to the authority vested in the Board in accordance with the provisions of the Certificate of Incorporation, a series of preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share, of the Corporation designated as 10.625% Series A Fixed-Rate Reset Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock be, and it hereby is, created and authorized, and the issuance thereof is provided for, and that the designation and number of shares, and relative rights, preferences and powers thereof, shall be as follows:
 
Section  1.      Designation and Number.  A series of preferred stock, designated the “10.625% Series A Fixed-Rate Reset Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock” (the “Series A Preferred Stock”), is hereby established.  The number of shares of Series A Preferred Stock hereby authorized shall be 25,000.
 
Section  2.      Definitions.  As used herein with respect to the Series A Preferred Stock:
 
(a)          “Alternative Conversion Consideration” has the meaning set forth in Section 9(a).
 
(b)          “Alternative Form Consideration” has the meaning set forth in Section 9(a).
 
(c)          “Business Day” shall mean any day, other than a Saturday or Sunday, that is neither a legal holiday nor a day on which banking institutions in New York City are authorized or required by law, regulation or executive order to close.
 
(d)          “By-Laws” means the Amended and Restated By-Laws of the Corporation, effective as of May 29, 2014, as the same may be amended from time to time.
 
(e)          “Call Date Redemption Right” has the meaning set forth in Section 6(a).
 
(f)          “Certificate of Designations” means this Certificate of Designations relating to the Series A Preferred Stock, as it may be amended from time to time.
 

(g)          “Certificate of Incorporation” shall mean the Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Corporation, filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware on September 17, 1993, as amended by the Certificate of Amendment, filed on May 29, 2014, as the same may be amended or restated from time to time, and shall include this Certificate of Designations.
 
(h)          “Change of Control” means when, after the Original Issue Date, the following have occurred and are continuing:  (i) the acquisition by any person, including any syndicate or group deemed to be a “person” under Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act, of beneficial ownership, directly or indirectly, through a purchase, merger or other acquisition transaction or series of purchases, mergers or other acquisition transactions of stock of the Corporation entitling that person to exercise more than 50% of the total voting power of all stock of the Corporation entitled to vote generally in the election of the Corporation’s directors (except that such person will be deemed to have beneficial ownership of all securities that such person has the right to acquire, whether such right is currently exercisable or is exercisable only upon the occurrence of a subsequent condition); and (ii) following the closing of any transaction referred to in clause (i) above, neither the Corporation nor the acquiring or surviving entity has a class of common securities (or American Depositary Receipts representing such securities) listed on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”), NYSE American LLC (“NYSE American”), or the NASDAQ Stock Market (“NASDAQ”), or listed or quoted on an exchange or quotation system that is a successor to the NYSE, NYSE American or NASDAQ.
 
(i)           “Change of Control Conversion Date” has the meaning set forth in Section 9(a).
 
(j)           “Change of Control Conversion Right” has the meaning set forth in Section 9(a).
 
(k)          “Common Stock” means the common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of the Corporation.
 
(l)           “Common Stock Conversion Consideration” has the meaning set forth in Section 9.
 
(m)          “Common Stock Price” has the meaning set forth in Section 9(a).
 
(n)          “Dividend Payment Date” shall mean the last day of each March, June, September and December, commencing on September 30, 2020.
 
(o)          “Dividend Period” shall mean the period commencing on, but excluding, a Dividend Payment Date, to and including the next Dividend Payment Date (other than the initial Dividend Period, which shall commence on and include the Original Issue Date and end on, and include, September 30, 2020).
 
(p)          “Dividend Record Date” shall mean the date designated by the Board as the record date for the payment of dividends that is not more than 35 or fewer than 10 days prior to the applicable Dividend Payment Date.
 
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(q)          “DTC” means The Depository Trust Company.
 
(r)           “Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
 
(s)          “First Call Date” shall mean June 22, 2025.
 
(t)           “Five-year U.S. Treasury Rate” shall mean, as of any Reset Dividend Determination Date, as applicable, (i) an interest rate (expressed as a decimal) determined to be the per annum rate equal to the arithmetic mean of the five most recent daily yields to maturity for U.S. Treasury securities with a maturity of five years from the next Reset Date and trading in the public securities markets or (ii) if there is no such published U.S. Treasury security with a maturity of five years from the next Reset Date and trading in the public securities markets, then the rate will be determined by interpolation between the arithmetic mean of the five most recent daily yields to maturity for each of the two series of U.S. Treasury securities trading in the public securities market, (A) one maturing as close as possible to, but earlier than, the Reset Date following the next succeeding Reset Dividend Determination Date, and (B) the other maturity as close as possible to, but later than, the Reset Date following the next succeeding Reset Dividend Determination Date, in each case as published in the most recent H.15.  If the Five-year U.S. Treasury Rate cannot be determined pursuant to the methods described in clauses (i) or (ii) above, then the Five-year U.S. Treasury Rate will be the same interest rate determined for the prior Reset Dividend Determination Date.
 
(u)          “H.15” shall mean the statistical release designated as such, or any successor publication, published by the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, and “most recent H.15” means the H.15 published closest in time but prior to the close of business on the second Business Day prior to the applicable Reset Date.
 
(v)          “Junior Stock” means the Corporation’s Common Stock, and all classes or series of capital stock of the Corporation now or hereafter authorized, issued or outstanding expressly designated as ranking junior to the Series A Preferred Stock as to rights to payments of dividends and distributions of assets upon voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation.
 
(w)         “Original Issue Date” means the first date on which any share of Series A Preferred Stock is issued.
 
(x)          “Parity Preferred” has the meaning set forth in Section 8(b).
 
(y)          “Parity Stock” means any class or series of capital stock of the Corporation established after the Original Issue Date that is expressly designated as ranking on parity with the Series A Preferred Stock as to rights to payments of dividends and distributions of assets upon voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation.
 
(z)           “Preferred Directors” has the meaning set forth in Section 8(b).
 
(aa)        “Preferred Dividend Default” has the meaning set forth in Section 8(b).
 
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(bb)        “Ratings Agency” shall mean any nationally recognized statistical rating organization (within the meaning of Section 3(a)(62) of the Exchange Act) that publishes a rating for the Corporation.
 
(cc)        “Ratings Event” shall mean a change by any Ratings Agency to the Series A Preferred Current Criteria, which change results in (i) any shortening of the length of time for which the Series A Preferred Current Criteria are scheduled to be in effect with respect to the Series A Preferred Stock or (ii) a lower equity credit being given to the Series A Preferred Stock than the equity credit that would have been assigned to the Series A Preferred Stock by such Ratings Agency pursuant to its Series A Preferred Current Criteria.
 
(dd)        “Ratings Event Redemption Right” has the meaning set forth in Section 6(a).
 
(ee)        “Redemption Right” has the meaning set forth in Section 6(a).
 
(ff)          “Reset Date” shall mean the First Call Date and, thereafter, the date falling on the fifth anniversary of the preceding Reset Date.
 
(gg)        “Reset Dividend Determination Date” shall mean, in respect of any Reset Period, the day falling two business days prior to the beginning of such Reset Period.
 
(hh)        “Reset Period” shall mean the period from and including the First Call Date to, but excluding, the next following Reset Date and, thereafter, each period from and including each Reset Date to, but excluding, the next following Reset Date.
 
(ii)           “Series A Preferred Current Criteria” shall mean the equity credit criteria of a Ratings Agency for securities such as the Series A Preferred Stock, as such criteria are in effect as of the Original Issue Date.
 
(jj)          “Share Cap” has the meaning set forth in Section 9(a).
 
(kk)        “Share Split” has the meaning set forth in Section 9(a).
 
(ll)          “Special Optional Redemption Right” has the meaning set forth in Section 7(a).
 
Section  3.          Ranking.  The Series A Preferred Stock shall, with respect to rights to payments of dividends and distributions of assets upon voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, rank:
 
(a)          senior to all classes or series of Junior Stock;
 
(b)          on parity with any class or series of Parity Stock; and
 
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(c)          junior to any class or series of capital stock of the Corporation established after the Original Issue Date (to the extent established in accordance with and subject to the provisions of Section 8 below) that is expressly designated as ranking senior to the Series A Preferred Stock as to rights to payments of dividends and distributions of assets upon voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation.  The term “capital stock” does not include convertible or exchangeable debt securities, which will rank senior to the Series A Preferred Stock prior to conversion or exchange.  The Series A Preferred Stock will also rank junior in right of payment to the Corporation’s other existing and future debt obligations.
 
Section  4.          Dividends and Distributions.
 
(a)          Subject to the preferential rights of the holders of any class or series of capital stock of the Corporation ranking senior to the Series A Preferred Stock as to dividends, the holders of shares of the Series A Preferred Stock shall be entitled to receive, when, as and if declared by the Board (or a duly authorized committee thereof), out of funds legally available for the payment of dividends, cumulative cash dividends at the rate determined as set forth below in this Section 4 applied to the liquidation preference of $25,000 per share of the Series A Preferred Stock.  Such dividends shall accrue on each share of Series A Preferred Stock and be cumulative from, and including, the later of (i) the Original Issue Date or (ii) the day immediately following the date of the last daily distribution accrual that has been paid in full in accordance with Section 4(g), and shall be payable quarterly in arrears on each Dividend Payment Date, commencing on September 30, 2020; provided, however, that if any Dividend Payment Date falls on a date other than a Business Day, then the dividend which would otherwise have been payable on such Dividend Payment Date shall be paid on the first Business Day immediately following such Dividend Payment Date.  The amount of any dividend payable on the Series A Preferred Stock for any Dividend Period shall be computed on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months.  Dividends will be payable to holders of record as they appear in the stockholder records of the Corporation at the close of business on the applicable Dividend Record Date.  Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary contained herein, each outstanding share of Series A Preferred Stock shall be entitled to receive a dividend with respect to any Dividend Record Date equal to the dividend paid with respect to each other share of Series A Preferred Stock that is outstanding on such date.
 
(b)          Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, dividends on the Series A Preferred Stock shall accrue whether or not the Corporation has earnings, whether or not there are funds legally available for the payment of such dividends, and whether or not such dividends are declared.  Accrued but unpaid dividends on the Series A Preferred Stock will accumulate as of the Dividend Payment Date on which they first become payable.
 
(c)          The initial dividend rate for the Series A Preferred Stock from and including the Original Issue Date to, but excluding the First Call Date will be 10.625% per annum of the $25,000 liquidation preference per share.  On and after the First Call Date, the dividend rate on the Series A Preferred Stock for each Reset Period will be equal to the Five-year U.S. Treasury Rate as of the most recent Reset Dividend Determination Date plus a spread of 10.325%.  The applicable dividend rate for each Reset Period will be determined by the calculation agent as of the applicable Reset Dividend Determination Date.  Promptly upon such determination, the calculation agent will notify the Corporation of the dividend rate for the Reset Period.  The calculation agent’s determination of any dividend rate, and its calculation of the amount of dividends for any Dividend Period beginning on or after the First Call Date, will be on file at the Corporation’s principal offices, will be made available to any holder of the Series A Preferred Stock upon request and will be final and binding in the absence of manifest error.
 
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(d)          Except as provided in Section 4(f) below, no dividends shall be declared and paid or declared and set apart for payment, and no other distribution of cash or other property may be declared and made, directly or indirectly, on or with respect to, any shares of Junior Stock (other than (i) a dividend paid in shares of Junior Stock or (ii) a dividend declared or paid in connection with any stockholders’ rights plan, or the issuance of rights, stock or other property under any stockholders’ rights plan, or the redemption or repurchase of rights pursuant to the plan) for any period, unless full cumulative dividends on the Series A Preferred Stock for all past Dividend Periods that have ended shall have been or contemporaneously are declared and paid in cash or declared and a sum sufficient for the payment thereof in cash is set apart for such payment.
 
(e)          Except as provided in Section 4(f) below, no Junior Stock shall be redeemed, purchased or otherwise acquired for any consideration, nor shall any funds be paid or made available for a sinking fund for the redemption, purchase or other acquisition of such shares, and no other distribution of cash or other property may be made, directly or indirectly, on or with respect thereto by the Corporation (except (i) by reclassification, conversion or exchange into or for other shares of Junior Stock, (ii) by redemption, purchase or other acquisition of shares of Junior Stock made for the purposes of and in compliance with (x) an employee incentive, benefit or share purchase plan, or other similar arrangement with or for the benefit of one or more employees, officers, directors, consultants or independent contractors, of the Corporation or any subsidiary, (y) a dividend reinvestment or stockholder stock purchase plan, or (z) the satisfaction of the Corporation’s obligations pursuant to any contract outstanding at the Original Issue Date requiring such purchase, redemption or other acquisition, (iii) by redemption, purchase or other acquisition of fractional interests in shares of Junior Stock pursuant to the conversion or exchange provisions of Junior Stock or the security being converted or exchanged, or (iv) through the use of the proceeds of a substantially contemporaneous sale of shares of Junior Stock), unless full cumulative dividends on the Series A Preferred Stock for all past Dividend Periods that have ended shall have been or contemporaneously are (i) declared and paid in cash or (ii) declared and a sum sufficient for the payment thereof in cash is set apart for such payment.
 
(f)          When dividends are not paid in full (or a sum sufficient for such full payment is not so set apart) on the Series A Preferred Stock and the shares of any other class or series of capital stock ranking, as to dividends, on parity with the Series A Preferred Stock, all dividends declared upon the Series A Preferred Stock and each such other class or series of capital stock ranking, as to dividends, on parity with the Series A Preferred Stock shall be declared pro rata so that the amount of dividends declared per share of Series A Preferred Stock and such other class or series of capital stock shall in all cases bear to each other the same ratio that accrued dividends per share on the Series A Preferred Stock and such other class or series of capital stock (which shall not include any accrual in respect of unpaid dividends on such other class or series of capital stock for prior dividend periods if such other class or series of capital stock does not have a cumulative dividend) bear to each other.  No interest, or sum of money in lieu of interest, shall be payable in respect of any dividend payment or payments on the Series A Preferred Stock which may be in arrears.
 
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(g)          Holders of shares of Series A Preferred Stock shall not be entitled to any dividend, whether payable in cash, property or shares of stock, in excess of full cumulative dividends on the Series A Preferred Stock as provided herein.  Any dividend payment made on the Series A Preferred Stock shall first be credited against the earliest accrued but unpaid dividends due with respect to such shares which remain payable.
 
Section  5.      Liquidation Preference.
 
(a)          Upon any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, before any distribution or payment shall be made to holders of shares of Common Stock or any other class or series of capital stock of the Corporation ranking, as to rights upon any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, junior to the Series A Preferred Stock, the holders of shares of Series A Preferred Stock shall be entitled to be paid out of the assets of the Corporation legally available for distribution to its stockholders, after payment of or provision for the debts and other liabilities of the Corporation, a liquidation preference of $25,000 per share, plus an amount equal to any accrued and unpaid dividends (whether or not declared) up to, but excluding, the date of payment.  In the event that, upon such voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up, the available assets of the Corporation are insufficient to pay the full amount of the liquidating distributions on all outstanding shares of Series A Preferred Stock and the corresponding amounts payable on all shares of other classes or series of capital stock of the Corporation ranking, as to liquidation rights, on parity with the Series A Preferred Stock in the distribution of assets, then the holders of the Series A Preferred Stock and the holders of shares of each such other class or series of shares of capital stock ranking, as to rights upon any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up, on parity with the Series A Preferred Stock shall share ratably in any such distribution of assets in proportion to the full liquidating distributions to which they would otherwise be respectively entitled.  Written notice of any such voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, stating the payment date or dates when, and the place or places where, the amounts distributable in such circumstances shall be payable, shall be given by first class mail, postage pre-paid, not fewer than 30 days or more than 60 days prior to the payment date stated therein, to each record holder of shares of Series A Preferred Stock at the respective addresses of such holders as the same shall appear on the stock transfer records of the Corporation.  After payment of the full amount of the liquidating distributions to which they are entitled, the holders of Series A Preferred Stock will have no right or claim to any of the remaining assets of the Corporation.  For purposes of liquidation rights, the consolidation or merger of the Corporation with or into any other corporation, trust or entity, or the voluntary sale, lease, transfer or conveyance of all or substantially all of the property or business of the Corporation, shall not be deemed to constitute a liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation.
 
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Section  6.      Redemption.
 
(a)          (i) On the First Call Date or any subsequent Reset Date the Corporation, at its option, upon not fewer than 30 nor more than 60 days’ written notice, may redeem the Series A Preferred Stock, in whole or in part, at any time or from time to time, for cash at a redemption price of $25,000 per share, plus all accrued and unpaid dividends (whether or not declared) thereon up to, but excluding the date fixed for redemption, without interest, to the extent the Corporation has funds legally available therefor (the “Call Date Redemption Right”) and (ii) at any time within 120 days after the conclusion of any review or appeal process instituted by the Corporation following the occurrence of a Series A Preferred Ratings Event, upon not fewer than 30 nor more than 60 days’ written notice, may redeem the Series A Preferred Stock, in whole but not in part, at any time or from time to time, for cash at a redemption price of $25,500 per share, plus all accrued and unpaid dividends (whether or not declared) thereon up to, but excluding the date fixed for redemption, without interest, to the extent the Corporation has funds legally available therefor (the “Ratings Event Redemption Right”, and together with the Call Date Redemption Right, the “Redemption Right”).  If fewer than all of the outstanding shares of Series A Preferred Stock are to be redeemed, the shares of Series A Preferred Stock to be redeemed shall be redeemed pro rata or by lot.  Holders of Series A Preferred Stock to be redeemed (i) pursuant to the Call Date Redemption Right, shall surrender such Series A Preferred Stock at the place designated in such notice and shall be entitled to the redemption price of $25,000 per share and any accrued and unpaid dividends payable upon such redemption following such surrender and (ii) pursuant to the Ratings Event Redemption Right, shall surrender such Series A Preferred Stock at the place designated in such notice and shall be entitled to the redemption price of $25,500 per share and any accrued and unpaid dividends payable upon such redemption following such surrender.  If (i) notice of redemption of any shares of Series A Preferred Stock has been given, (ii) the funds necessary for such redemption have been set aside by the Corporation in trust for the benefit of the holders of any shares of Series A Preferred Stock so called for redemption, and (iii) irrevocable instructions have been given to pay the redemption price and all accrued and unpaid dividends, then from and after the redemption date, dividends shall cease to accrue on such shares of Series A Preferred Stock, such shares of Series A Preferred Stock shall no longer be deemed outstanding, and all rights of the holders of such shares shall terminate, except the right to receive the redemption price plus any accrued and unpaid dividends payable upon such redemption, without interest.  Subject to applicable escheat laws, any such cash unclaimed at the end of two years from the redemption date shall revert to the general funds of the Corporation, after which reversion, the holders of such shares so called for redemption shall look only to the general funds of the Corporation for the payment of such cash.  So long as full cumulative dividends on the Series A Preferred Stock for all past Dividend Periods that have ended shall have been or contemporaneously are (i) declared and paid in cash, or (ii) declared and a sum sufficient for the payment thereof in cash is set apart for payment, nothing herein shall prevent or restrict the Corporation’s right or ability to purchase, from time to time, either at a public or a private sale, all or any part of the Series A Preferred Stock at such price or prices as the Corporation may determine, subject to the provisions of applicable law, including the repurchase of shares of Series A Preferred Stock in open-market transactions duly authorized by the Board.
 
(b)          No shares of Series A Preferred Stock shall be redeemed by the Corporation pursuant to the Redemption Right if following such redemption less than $100,000,000 of liquidation preference of Series A Preferred Stock would remain outstanding; provided, however, the foregoing shall not prevent any purchase or other acquisition of Series A Preferred Stock pursuant to any offer to purchase, tender offer or exchange offer made to each holder of Series A Preferred Stock.
 
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(c)          Unless full cumulative dividends on the Series A Preferred Stock for all past Dividend Periods that have ended shall have been or contemporaneously are (i) declared and paid in cash, or (ii) declared and a sum sufficient for the payment thereof in cash is set apart for payment, no shares of Series A Preferred Stock shall be redeemed pursuant to the Redemption Right unless all outstanding shares of Series A Preferred Stock are simultaneously redeemed and the Corporation shall not purchase or otherwise acquire, directly or indirectly, any shares of Series A Preferred Stock (except by conversion into or in exchange for shares of capital stock of the Corporation ranking, as to dividends and upon liquidation, junior to the Series A Preferred Stock); provided, however, that the foregoing shall not prevent the purchase or acquisition of Series A Preferred Stock pursuant to a purchase or exchange offer made on the same terms to holders of all outstanding shares of Series A Preferred Stock.
 
(d)          Notice of redemption pursuant to the Redemption Right shall be mailed by the Corporation, postage prepaid, not fewer than 30 or more than 60 days prior to the redemption date, addressed to the respective holders of record of the Series A Preferred Stock to be redeemed at their respective addresses as they appear on the stock transfer records of the Corporation.  The notice of redemption may be contingent upon the occurrence of a future event.  No failure to give such notice or any defect therein or in the mailing thereof shall affect the validity of the proceedings for the redemption of any Series A Preferred Stock, except as to the holder to whom such notice was defective or not given.  In addition to any information required by law or by the applicable rules of any exchange upon which the Series A Preferred Stock may be listed or admitted to trading, each such notice shall state:  (i) the redemption date; (ii) the redemption price; (iii) the number of shares of Series A Preferred Stock to be redeemed; (iv) the place or places where the certificates, if any, representing shares of Series A Preferred Stock are to be surrendered for payment of the redemption price; (v) procedures for surrendering noncertificated shares of Series A Preferred Stock for payment of the redemption price; (vi) that dividends on the shares of Series A Preferred Stock to be redeemed shall cease to accrue on such redemption date; and (vii) that payment of the redemption price and any accrued and unpaid dividends will be made upon presentation and surrender of such Series A Preferred Stock.  If fewer than all of the shares of Series A Preferred Stock held by any holder are to be redeemed, the notice mailed to such holder shall also specify the number of shares of Series A Preferred Stock held by such holder to be redeemed.  Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, if the Series A Preferred Stock or any depositary shares representing interests in the Series A Preferred Stock are issued in book-entry form through DTC or any other similar facility, notice of redemption may be given to the holders of Series A Preferred Stock at such time and in any manner permitted by such facility.
 
(e)          If a redemption date falls after a Dividend Record Date and on or prior to the corresponding Dividend Payment Date, each holder of Series A Preferred Stock at the close of business of such Dividend Record Date shall be entitled to the dividend payable on such shares on the corresponding Dividend Payment Date notwithstanding the redemption of such shares on or prior to such Dividend Payment Date or the Corporation’s default in the payment of the dividend due, and each holder of Series A Preferred Stock that surrenders its shares on such redemption date will be entitled to the dividends accruing after the end of the Dividend Period to which such Dividend Payment Date relates up to, but excluding, the redemption date.  Except as provided herein, the Corporation shall make no payment or allowance for unpaid dividends, whether or not in arrears, on Series A Preferred Stock for which a notice of redemption has been given.
 
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(f)          All shares of the Series A Preferred Stock redeemed or repurchased pursuant to this Section 6, or otherwise acquired in any other manner by the Corporation, shall be retired and shall be restored to the status of authorized but unissued shares of Preferred Stock, without designation as to series or class and may thereafter be reissued as shares of any series of preferred stock.
 
Section  7.     Special Optional Redemption.
 
(a)          Upon the occurrence of a Change of Control, the Corporation will have the option upon written notice mailed by the Corporation, postage pre-paid, no fewer than 30 nor more than 60 days prior to the redemption date and addressed to the holders of record of shares of the Series A Preferred Stock to be redeemed at their respective addresses as they appear on the stock transfer records of the Corporation, to redeem shares of the Series A Preferred Stock, in whole or in part within 120 days after the first date on which such Change of Control occurred, for cash at $25,000 per share plus accrued and unpaid dividends, if any, to, but not including, the redemption date (“Special Optional Redemption Right”). No failure to give such notice or any defect thereto or in the mailing thereof shall affect the validity of the proceedings for the redemption of any shares of Series A Preferred Stock except as to the holder to whom notice was defective or not given. If, prior to the Change of Control Conversion Date, the Corporation has provided or provides notice of redemption with respect to all of the Series A Preferred Stock (whether pursuant to the Redemption Right or the Special Optional Redemption Right), the holders of shares of Series A Preferred Stock will not have the conversion right described below in Section 9. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, if the Series A Preferred Stock or any depositary shares representing interests in the Series A Preferred Stock are issued in book-entry form through DTC or any other similar facility, notice of redemption may be given to the holders of Series A Preferred Stock at such time and in any manner permitted by such facility.
 
(b)          In addition to any information required by law or by the applicable rules of any exchange upon which the Series A Preferred Stock may be listed or admitted to trading, such notice shall state: (i) the redemption date; (ii) the redemption price; (iii) the number of shares of Series A Preferred Stock to be redeemed; (iv) the place or places where the certificates, if any, representing shares of Series A Preferred Stock are to be surrendered for payment of the redemption price; (v) procedures for surrendering noncertificated shares of Series A Preferred Stock for payment of the redemption price; (vi) that dividends on the shares of Series A Preferred Stock to be redeemed will cease to accrue on the redemption date; (vii) that payment of the redemption price and any accrued and unpaid dividends will be made upon presentation and surrender of such Series A Preferred Stock; (viii) that the shares of Series A Preferred Stock are being redeemed pursuant to the Special Optional Redemption Right in connection with the occurrence of a Change of Control and a brief description of the transaction or transactions constituting such Change of Control; and (ix) that holders of the shares of Series A Preferred Stock to which the notice relates will not be able to tender such shares of Series A Preferred Stock for conversion in connection with the Change of Control and each share of Series A Preferred Stock tendered for conversion that is selected, prior to the Change of Control Conversion Date, for redemption will be redeemed on the related redemption date instead of converted on the Change of Control Conversion Date. If fewer than all of the shares of Series A Preferred Stock held by any holder are to be redeemed, the notice mailed to such holder shall also specify the number of shares of Series A Preferred Stock held by such holder to be redeemed. If fewer than all of the outstanding shares of Series A Preferred Stock are to be redeemed pursuant to the Special Optional Redemption Right, the shares of Series A Preferred Stock to be redeemed shall be selected pro rata (as nearly as practicable without creating fractional shares) or by lot.
 
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(c)          If the Corporation has given a notice of redemption pursuant to the Special Optional Redemption Right and has set aside sufficient funds for the redemption in trust for the benefit of the holders of the Series A Preferred Stock called for redemption, then from and after the redemption date, those shares of Series A Preferred Stock will be treated as no longer being outstanding, no further dividends will accrue and all other rights of the holders of those shares of Series A Preferred Stock will terminate. The holders of those shares of Series A Preferred Stock will retain their right to receive the redemption price for their shares and any accrued and unpaid dividends to, but not including, the redemption date, without interest. So long as full cumulative dividends on the Series A Preferred Stock for all past Dividend Periods shall have been or contemporaneously are (i) declared and paid in cash, or (ii) declared and a sum sufficient for the payment thereof in cash is set apart for payment, nothing herein shall prevent or restrict the Corporation’s right or ability to purchase, from time to time, either at a public or a private sale, all or any part of the Series A Preferred Stock at such price or prices as the Corporation may determine, subject to the provisions of applicable law, including the repurchase of shares of Series A Preferred Stock in open-market transactions duly authorized by the Board.
 
(d)          The holders of Series A Preferred Stock at the close of business on a Dividend Record Date will be entitled to receive the dividend payable with respect to the Series A Preferred Stock on the corresponding Dividend Payment Date notwithstanding the redemption of the Series A Preferred Stock pursuant to the Special Optional Redemption Right between such Dividend Record Date and the corresponding Dividend Payment Date or the Corporation’s default in the payment of the dividend due. Except as provided herein, the Corporation shall make no payment or allowance for unpaid dividends, whether or not in arrears, on Series A Preferred Stock for which a notice of redemption pursuant to the Special Optional Redemption Right has been given.
 
(e)          All shares of the Series A Preferred Stock redeemed or repurchased pursuant to this Section 7, or otherwise acquired in any other manner by the Corporation, shall be retired and shall be restored to the status of authorized but unissued shares of Preferred Stock, without designation as to series or class and may thereafter be reissued as shares of any series of preferred stock.
 
Section  8.      Voting and Preferred Director Rights.
 
(a)          Holders of the Series A Preferred Stock shall not have any voting rights, except as required by applicable law and as set forth in this Section 8.
 
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(b)          Whenever dividends on any shares of Series A Preferred Stock shall not have been paid, and remain unpaid, for the equivalent of six or more full quarterly dividend periods, whether or not for consecutive Dividend Periods (a “Preferred Dividend Default”), the holders of such Series A Preferred Stock (voting together as a single class with all other classes or series of preferred stock of the Corporation upon which like voting rights have been conferred and are exercisable (“Parity Preferred”)) shall be entitled to vote for the election of a total of two additional directors of the Corporation (the “Preferred Directors”) and the number of directors constituting the entire Board will be increased by two directors, until all accrued and unpaid dividends on the Series A Preferred Stock shall have been paid in full through the most recently completed Dividend Period following a Preferred Dividend Default; provided, however, that it shall be a qualification for election for any such Preferred Director that the election of such director shall not cause the Corporation to violate the corporate governance requirement of the New York Stock Exchange (or any other securities exchange or other trading facility on which securities of the Corporation may then be listed or traded) that listed or traded companies must have a majority of independent directors. For the avoidance of doubt, in no circumstances shall there be more than two Preferred Directors.
 
(c)          The Preferred Directors will be elected by a plurality of the votes cast in the election for a one-year term and each Preferred Director will serve until his or her successor is duly elected and qualified or until such Preferred Director’s right to hold office terminates, whichever occurs earlier, subject to such Preferred Director’s earlier death, disqualification, resignation or removal.  The election will take place at (i) either (A) a special meeting called in accordance with Section 8(d) below or (B) the next annual or special meeting of stockholders, and (ii) each subsequent annual meeting of stockholders, or special meeting held in place thereof, until all such accrued and unpaid dividends on the Series A Preferred Stock have been paid in full.  A dividend in respect of Series A Preferred Stock shall be considered timely made if made within two Business Days after the applicable Dividend Payment Date if at the time of such late payment date there shall not be any prior Dividend Periods in respect of which full dividends were not timely made at the applicable Dividend Payment Date.
 
(d)          At any time when such voting rights shall have vested, a proper officer of the Corporation shall call or cause to be called, upon written request of holders of record of at least 10% of the aggregate outstanding shares of Series A Preferred Stock and Parity Preferred, a special meeting of the holders of Series A Preferred Stock and each class or series of Parity Preferred by mailing or causing to be mailed to such holders a notice of such special meeting for the election of directors.  In the case of such a written request, such special meeting shall be held within 90 days after the delivery of such request and, in either case, at the place and upon the notice provided by law and in the By-Laws; provided, that the Corporation shall not be required to call such a special meeting if such request is received less than 120 days before the date fixed for the next ensuing annual meeting of stockholders and the holders of all outstanding Series A Preferred and Parity Preferred are afforded the opportunity to elect such directors (or fill any vacancy) at such annual meeting of stockholders.  The record date for determining holders of the Series A Preferred Stock and Parity Preferred entitled to notice of and to vote at such special meeting will be the close of business on the third Business Day preceding the day on which such notice is mailed.  At any such annual or special meeting, all of the holders of the Series A Preferred Stock and Parity Preferred, by plurality vote, voting together as a single class without regard to class or series, shall be entitled to elect two directors on the basis of one vote per $25,000 of liquidation preference to which such Series A Preferred Stock and Parity Preferred are entitled by their terms (excluding amounts in respect of accrued and unpaid dividends) and not cumulatively.  The holder or holders of one-third of the then-outstanding Series A Preferred Stock and Parity Preferred, voting as a single class, present in person or by proxy, will constitute a quorum for the election of the Preferred Directors, except as otherwise provided by law.  Notice of all meetings at which holders of the Series A Preferred Stock and Parity Preferred shall be entitled to vote will be given to such holders at their addresses as they appear in the stockholder records of the Corporation.  At any such meeting or adjournment thereof in the absence of a quorum, subject to the provisions of any applicable law, a majority of the holders of the Series A Preferred Stock and Parity Preferred, voting as a single class, present in person or by proxy shall have the power to adjourn the meeting for the election of the Preferred Directors, without notice other than an announcement at the meeting, until a quorum is present.  If a Preferred Dividend Default shall terminate after the notice of a special meeting has been given but before such special meeting has been held, the Corporation shall, as soon as practicable after such termination, mail or cause to be mailed notice of such termination to holders of the Series A Preferred Stock and Parity Preferred that would have been entitled to vote at such special meeting.
 
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(e)          If and when all such accrued and unpaid dividends on such Series A Preferred Stock shall have been paid in full through the most recently completed dividend period following a Preferred Dividend Default, the right of the holders of Series A Preferred Stock and Parity Preferred to elect such additional two directors shall immediately cease (subject to re-vesting in the event of each and every Preferred Dividend Default), and the term of office of each Preferred Director so elected shall terminate and the size of the Board shall be reduced accordingly.  Any Preferred Director may be removed at any time with or without cause by the vote of, and shall not be removed otherwise than by the vote of, the holders of record of a majority of the outstanding Series A Preferred Stock and Parity Preferred entitled to vote thereon when they have the voting rights set forth in Section 8(b) (voting as a single class).  So long as a Preferred Dividend Default shall continue, any vacancy in the office of a Preferred Director may be filled by written consent of the Preferred Director remaining in office, or if none remains in office, by a vote of the holders of record of the outstanding Series A Preferred Stock when they have the voting rights described above (voting as a single class with all other classes or series of Parity Preferred) in accordance with Sections 8(c) and (d).  Each of the Preferred Directors shall be entitled to one vote on any matter.
 
(f)           So long as any shares of Series A Preferred Stock remain outstanding, the Corporation shall not, without the affirmative vote or consent of the holders of at least two-thirds of the shares of Series A Preferred Stock outstanding at the time and of each other class or series of Parity Preferred, given in person or by proxy, either in writing or at a meeting (voting together as a single class without regard to series):
 
(i)           authorize or create, or increase the number of authorized or issued shares of, any class or series of capital stock ranking senior to the Series A Preferred Stock with respect to payment of dividends or the distribution of assets upon voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation or reclassify any authorized shares of capital stock of the Corporation into such capital stock, or create, authorize or issue any obligation or security convertible into or evidencing the right to purchase any such capital stock;
 
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(ii)          amend, alter or repeal the provisions of the Certificate of Incorporation or this Certificate of Designations so as to adversely affect the rights, preferences, privileges or voting powers of the Series A Preferred Stock, taken as a whole; provided, however, holders of shares of Series A Preferred Stock shall not be entitled to vote with respect to (A) any increase in the total number of authorized shares of Common Stock or Preferred Stock of the Corporation, or (B) any increase in the number of authorized shares of Series A Preferred Stock or the creation or issuance of any other class or series of capital stock, or (C) any increase in the number of authorized shares of any other class or series of capital stock, in each case referred to in clause (A), (B) or (C) above, ranking on parity with or junior to the Series A Preferred Stock with respect to the payment of dividends and the distribution of assets upon voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation; and
 
(iii)          consummate a binding share exchange or reclassification involving the Series A Preferred Stock, or a merger or consolidation of the Corporation with another corporation or other entity, unless in each case (x) the shares of Series A Preferred Stock remain outstanding or, in the case of any such merger or consolidation with respect to which the Corporation is not the surviving or resulting entity, are converted into or exchanged for preference securities of the surviving or resulting entity or its ultimate parent, and (y) such Series A Preferred Stock remaining outstanding or such preference securities, as the case may be, have such rights, preferences, privileges and voting powers, and limitations and restrictions thereof, taken as a whole, as are not less favorable, taken as a whole, to the holders thereof than the rights, preferences, privileges and voting powers, and limitations and restrictions thereof, of the Series A Preferred Stock immediately prior to such consummation, taken as a whole.
 
If an amendment, alteration, repeal, share exchange, reclassification, merger or consolidation described above would adversely affect one or more but not all series of Series A Preferred Stock and Parity Preferred, then only the series adversely affected and entitled to vote shall vote to the exclusion of all other series of such Parity Preferred. If all series of such Parity Preferred are not equally affected by the proposed amendment, alteration, repeal, share exchange, reclassification, merger or consolidation described above, there shall be required a two-thirds approval of each series that will have a diminished status.
 
So long as any shares of Series A Preferred Stock remain outstanding, the holders of shares of Series A Preferred Stock also will have the exclusive right to vote on any amendment, alteration or repeal of the provisions of the Certificate of Incorporation or this Certificate of Designations or the terms of the Series A Preferred Stock on which holders of Series A Preferred Stock are otherwise entitled to vote pursuant to this Section 8(f) that would alter only the contract rights, as expressly set forth in the Certificate of Incorporation or this Certificate of Designations of the Series A Preferred Stock, and the holders of any other classes or series of the capital stock of the Corporation will not be entitled to vote on such an amendment, alteration or repeal.
 
Except as set forth herein, holders of the Series A Preferred Stock shall not have any voting rights with respect to, and the consent of the holders of the Series A Preferred Stock shall not be required for, the taking of any corporate action regardless of the effect that such corporate action may have upon the powers, preferences, voting power or other rights or privileges of the Series A Preferred Stock.
 
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(g)          The foregoing voting provisions of this Section 8 shall not apply if, at or prior to the time when the act with respect to which such vote would otherwise be required shall be effected, all outstanding shares of Series A Preferred Stock shall have been redeemed or (i) notice of redemption of all of the outstanding shares of Series A Preferred Stock has been given, (ii) the funds necessary for such redemption have been set aside by the Corporation in trust for the benefit of the holders of such shares of Series A Preferred Stock so called for redemption, and (iii) irrevocable instructions have been given to pay the redemption price and all accrued and unpaid dividends.
 
(h)          In any matter in which the Series A Preferred Stock may vote (as expressly provided herein), each share of Series A Preferred Stock shall be entitled to one vote per $25,000 of liquidation preference (excluding amounts in respect of accrued and unpaid dividends).
 
Section  9.      Conversion.  The shares of Series A Preferred Stock are not convertible into or exchangeable for any other property or securities of the Corporation, except as provided in this Section 9.
 
(a)          Upon the occurrence of a Change of Control involving the issuance of additional shares of Common Stock or other Change of Control transaction, in each case, approved by holders of Common Stock, each holder of shares of Series A Preferred Stock shall have the right, unless, prior to the Change of Control Conversion Date, the Corporation has provided or provides notice of its election to redeem the Series A Preferred Stock pursuant to the Redemption Right or Special Optional Redemption Right, to convert some or all of the Series A Preferred Stock held by such holder (the “Change of Control Conversion Right”) on the Change of Control Conversion Date into a number of shares of Common Stock, per share of Series A Preferred Stock to be converted (the “Common Stock Conversion Consideration”) equal to the lesser of (A) the quotient obtained by dividing (i) the sum of (x) the $25,000 liquidation preference per share of Series A Preferred Stock to be converted plus (y) the amount of any accrued and unpaid dividends to, but not including, the Change of Control Conversion Date (unless the Change of Control Conversion Date is after a Dividend Record Date and prior to the corresponding Dividend Payment Date, in which case no additional amount for such accrued and unpaid dividends will be included in such sum) by (ii) the Common Stock Price and (B) 1,309 (the “Share Cap”), subject to the immediately succeeding paragraph.
 
The Share Cap is subject to pro rata adjustments for any share splits (including those effected pursuant to a distribution of the Common Stock), subdivisions or combinations (in each case, a “Share Split”) with respect to the Common Stock as follows: the adjusted Share Cap as the result of a Share Split shall be the number of shares of Common Stock that is equivalent to the product obtained by multiplying (i) the Share Cap in effect immediately prior to such Share Split by (ii) a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of shares of Common Stock outstanding after giving effect to such Share Split and the denominator of which is the number of shares of Common Stock outstanding immediately prior to such Share Split.
 
In the case of a Change of Control pursuant to which shares of Common Stock shall be converted into cash, securities or other property or assets (including any combination thereof) (the “Alternative Form Consideration”), a holder of shares of Series A Preferred Stock shall receive upon conversion of such shares of Series A Preferred Stock the kind and amount of Alternative Form Consideration which such holder would have owned or been entitled to receive upon the Change of Control had such holder held a number of shares of Common Stock equal to the Common Stock Conversion Consideration immediately prior to the effective time of the Change of Control (the “Alternative Conversion Consideration”; and the Common Stock Conversion Consideration or the Alternative Conversion Consideration, as may be applicable to a Change of Control, shall be referred to herein as the “Conversion Consideration”).
 
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In the event that holders of Common Stock have the opportunity to elect the form of consideration to be received in the Change of Control, the Conversion Consideration will be deemed to be the kind and amount of consideration actually received by holders of a majority of the Common Stock that voted for such an election (if electing between two types of consideration) or holders of a plurality of the Common Stock that voted for such an election (if electing between more than two types of consideration), as the case may be, and will be subject to any limitations to which all holders of Common Stock are subject, including, without limitation, pro rata reductions applicable to any portion of the consideration payable in the Change of Control.
 
The “Change of Control Conversion Date” shall be a Business Day set forth in the notice of Change of Control provided in accordance with Section 9(c) below that is no less than 20 days nor more than 35 days after the date on which the Corporation provides such notice pursuant to Section 9(c).
 
The “Common Stock Price” shall be (i) if the consideration to be received in the Change of Control by the holders of Common Stock is solely cash, the amount of cash consideration per share of Common Stock or (ii) if the consideration to be received in the Change of Control by holders of Common Stock is other than solely cash (x) the average of the closing sale prices per share of Common Stock (or, if no closing sale price is reported, the average of the closing bid and ask prices or, if more than one in either case, the average of the average closing bid and the average closing ask prices) for the ten consecutive trading days immediately preceding, but not including, the effective date of the Change of Control as reported on the principal U.S. securities exchange on which the Common Stock is then traded, or (y) the average of the last quoted bid prices for the Common Stock in the over-the-counter market as reported by OTC Markets Group, Inc. or similar organization for the ten consecutive trading days immediately preceding, but not including, the effective date of the Change of Control, if the Common Stock is not then listed for trading on a U.S. securities exchange.
 
(b)          No fractional shares of Common Stock shall be issued upon the conversion of Series A Preferred Stock. In lieu of fractional shares, holders shall be entitled to receive the cash value of such fractional shares based on the Common Stock Price.
 
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(c)          Within 15 days following the occurrence of a Change of Control, a notice of occurrence of the Change of Control, describing the resulting Change of Control Conversion Right, shall be delivered to the holders of record of the shares of Series A Preferred Stock at their addresses as they appear on the Corporation’s share transfer records and notice shall be provided to the Corporation’s transfer agent. No failure to give such notice or any defect thereto or in the mailing thereof shall affect the validity of the proceedings for the conversion of any share of Series A Preferred Stock except as to the holder to whom notice was defective or not given. Each notice shall state: (i) the events constituting the Change of Control; (ii) the date of the Change of Control; (iii) the last date on which the holders of Series A Preferred Stock may exercise their Change of Control Conversion Right; (iv) the method and period for calculating the Common Stock Price; (v) the Change of Control Conversion Date, which shall be a Business Day occurring within 20 to 35 days following the date of such notice; (vi) that if, prior to the Change of Control Conversion Date, the Corporation has provided or provides notice of its election to redeem all or any portion of the Series A Preferred Stock, the holder will not be able to convert shares of Series A Preferred Stock designated for redemption and such shares of Series A Preferred Stock shall be redeemed on the related redemption date, even if they have already been tendered for conversion pursuant to the Change of Control Conversion Right; (vii) if applicable, the type and amount of Alternative Conversion Consideration entitled to be received per share of Series A Preferred Stock; (viii) the name and address of the paying agent and the conversion agent; and (ix) the procedures that the holders of Series A Preferred Stock must follow to exercise the Change of Control Conversion Right.
 
(d)          The Corporation shall issue a press release for publication on the Dow Jones & Company, Inc., Business Wire, PR Newswire or Bloomberg Business News (or, if such organizations are not in existence at the time of issuance of such press release, such other news or press organization as is reasonably calculated to broadly disseminate the relevant information to the public), or post notice on the Corporation’s website, in any event prior to the opening of business on the first Business Day following any date on which the Corporation provides notice pursuant to Section 9(c) above to the holders of Series A Preferred Stock.
 
(e)          In order to exercise the Change of Control Conversion Right, a holder of shares of Series A Preferred Stock shall be required to deliver, on or before the close of business on the Change of Control Conversion Date, the certificates (if any) representing the shares of Series A Preferred Stock to be converted, duly endorsed for transfer, together with a written conversion notice completed, to the Corporation’s transfer agent. Such notice shall state: (i) the relevant Change of Control Conversion Date; (ii) the number of shares of Series A Preferred Stock to be converted; and (iii) that the shares of Series A Preferred Stock are to be converted pursuant to the applicable provisions of these Articles Supplementary. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the shares of Series A Preferred Stock are held in global form, such notice shall comply with applicable procedures of the DTC.
 
(f)           Holders of Series A Preferred Stock may withdraw any notice of exercise of a Change of Control Conversion Right (in whole or in part) by a written notice of withdrawal delivered to the Corporation’s transfer agent prior to the close of business on the Business Day prior to the Change of Control Conversion Date. The notice of withdrawal must state: (i) the number of withdrawn shares of Series A Preferred Stock; (ii) if certificated shares of Series A Preferred Stock have been issued, the certificate numbers of the shares of withdrawn Series A Preferred Stock; and (iii) the number of shares of Series A Preferred Stock, if any, which remain subject to the conversion notice. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the shares of Series A Preferred Stock are held in global form, the notice of withdrawal shall comply with applicable procedures of DTC.
 
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(g)          Shares of Series A Preferred Stock as to which the Change of Control Conversion Right has been properly exercised and for which the conversion notice has not been properly withdrawn shall be converted into the applicable Conversion Consideration in accordance with the Change of Control Conversion Right on the Change of Control Conversion Date, unless, prior to the Change of Control Conversion Date, the Corporation has provided or provides notice of its election to redeem such shares of Series A Preferred Stock, whether pursuant to its Redemption Right or Special Optional Redemption Right. If the Corporation elects to redeem shares of Series A Preferred Stock that would otherwise be converted into the applicable Conversion Consideration on a Change of Control Conversion Date, such shares of Series A Preferred Stock shall not be so converted and the holders of such shares shall be entitled to receive on the applicable redemption date $25,000 per share, plus any accrued and unpaid dividends thereon to, but not including, the redemption date.
 
(h)          The Corporation shall deliver the applicable Conversion Consideration no later than the third Business Day following the Change of Control Conversion Date.
 
Section  10.    Record Holders.  The Corporation and its transfer agent may deem and treat the record holder of any Series A Preferred Stock as the true and lawful owner thereof for all purposes, and neither the Corporation nor its transfer agent shall be affected by any notice to the contrary.
 
Section  11.    No Maturity or Sinking Fund.  The Series A Preferred Stock has no maturity date, and no sinking fund has been established for the retirement or redemption of Series A Preferred Stock.
 
Section  12.    Exclusion of Other Rights.  The Series A Preferred Stock shall not have any preferences or other rights, voting powers, restrictions, limitations as to dividends or other distributions, qualifications or terms or conditions of redemption other than expressly set forth in the Certificate of Incorporation and this Certificate of Designations.
 
Section  13.    Headings of Subdivisions.  The headings of the various subdivisions hereof are for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the interpretation of any of the provisions hereof.
 
Section  14.    Severability of Provisions.  If any preferences or other rights, voting powers, restrictions, limitations as to dividends or other distributions, qualifications or terms or conditions of redemption of the Series A Preferred Stock set forth in the Certificate of Incorporation and this Certificate of Designations is invalid, unlawful or incapable of being enforced by reason of any rule of law or public policy, all other preferences or other rights, voting powers, restrictions, limitations as to dividends or other distributions, qualifications or terms or conditions of redemption of Series A Preferred Stock set forth in the Certificate of Incorporation which can be given effect without the invalid, unlawful or unenforceable provision thereof shall, nevertheless, remain in full force and effect and no preferences or other rights, voting powers, restrictions, limitations as to dividends or other distributions, qualifications or terms or conditions of redemption of the Series A Preferred Stock herein set forth shall be deemed dependent upon any other provision thereof unless so expressed therein.
 
Section  15.    No Preemptive Rights.  No holder of shares of Series A Preferred Stock of the Corporation shall be entitled to, as such holder, any preemptive right to purchase or subscribe for or acquire any additional shares of capital stock of the Corporation or any other security of the Corporation convertible into or carrying a right to subscribe to or acquire shares of capital stock of the Corporation.
 
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Section  16.    Notices.  All notices or communications in respect of Series A Preferred Stock shall be sufficiently given if given in writing and delivered in person or by first class mail, postage prepaid, or if given in such other manner as may be permitted in this Certificate of Designations, in the Certificate of Incorporation or By-Laws or by applicable law.
 
Section  17.    Calculation Agent.  Unless the Corporation has validly called all shares of the Series A Preferred Stock for redemption on the First Call Date, the Corporation will appoint a banking institution or trust company as calculation agent with respect to the Series A Preferred Stock prior to the Reset Dividend Determination Date preceding the First Call Date.  If the Corporation is unable to appoint a calculation agent using commercially reasonable efforts, the Corporation may appoint itself or an affiliate as calculation agent.  The Corporation may, in its sole discretion, remove the calculation agent in accordance with the agreement between the Corporation and the calculation agent; provided, however, that the Corporation shall appoint a successor calculation agent who shall accept such appointment prior to the effectiveness of such removal.  Upon any such removal or appointment, the Corporation shall send notice thereof in accordance with Section 16 hereof.
 
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, WESCO International, Inc. has caused this Certificate of Designations to be duly executed in its corporate name as of the date first set forth above.
 
 
WESCO INTERNATIONAL, INC.
       
 
By:
              
 
Name:
David S. Schulz
 
Title:
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer