Empire Company Limited has a dual-class share structure, and its Non-Voting Class A shares (TSX: EMP.A) are listed on the TSX, which is the primary marketplace on which the greatest volume of trading or quotation generally occurs
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The rights of the holders of Non-Voting Class A shares and those of the holders of Class B common shares are subject to the rights of the holders of the preferred shares of the Company which enjoys a preferential right to dividends and return of capital on liquidation. The following is a summary of the privileges and rights attaching to the Non-Voting Class A shares and Class B common shares of the Company:
If a formal take-over bid (other than a “Family Share Transaction”, described below) is made for Class B common shares, then the conditions attaching to the Class B common shares and Non-Voting Class A shares generally provide that Canadian holders of Class B common shares shall also be entitled to receive an offer to purchase their Class B common shares and Canadian holders of Non-Voting Class A shares shall also be entitled to receive an offer to purchase their Non-Voting Class A shares on terms and conditions at least as favourable, including the price offered. If an offeror acquires Class B common shares pursuant to a formal take-over bid and does not make the same offer for Non-Voting Class A shares within 60 days, then unless otherwise determined by the Board of Directors, the Class B common shares acquired pursuant to the offer as well as some other Class B common shares held by the offeror and any others acting jointly or in concert with the offeror, shall convert to Non-Voting Class A shares.
A “Family Share Transaction” means any transfer of any kind of an interest in Class B common shares to one or more of the descendants of J.W. Sobey, now deceased and formerly a businessman of Stellarton, Nova Scotia. For this purpose, descendants include spouses, companies controlled by any such descendants or their affiliates and trusts for bona fide estate planning purposes primarily for the benefit of any such descendants.
The 2002 Preferred shares are issuable in series, with each series consisting of such number of shares and having such provisions as may be determined by the directors of the Company prior to issue. The 2002 Preferred shares rank in preference over Non-Voting Class A shares and Class B common shares in respect to the payment of dividends and in the distribution of assets in the event of liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Company. The 2002 Preferred shares of each series rank equally with the 2002 Preferred shares of every other series in respect to the payment of dividends and in the distribution of assets. The Company may not create or issue any shares ranking in priority or on a parity to the 2002 Preferred shares as to the payment of dividends or the distribution of assets without the approval of two thirds of the preferred shareholders.
The monthly high and low share price and the TSX monthly average volumes for the Non-Voting Class A shares for the fiscal year ended May 1, 2021 are as follows:
|Month||High ($ per share)||Low ($ per share)||Average Daily Volume (by month, in shares)|
Further information within the Empire Company Limited investor centre can be found through the following links.