DESCRIPTION OF THE REGISTRANT’S SECURITIES
REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION 12 OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Societal CDMO, Inc. (the “Company”) has one class of securities registered under Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). The Company’s common stock, $0.01 par value per share (“Common Stock”) is registered under Section 12(b) of the Exchange Act. The following description of our Common Stock is a summary and does not purport to be complete. It is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to our second amended and restated articles of incorporation, as amended (“Articles of Incorporation”), and fourth amended and restated bylaws (“Bylaws”), each of which is incorporated by reference as an exhibit to the Annual Report on Form 10-K of which this Exhibit 4.3 is a part. We encourage you to read our Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws and the applicable provisions of Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law (“PBCL”), for additional information.
References to “Societal,” “we,” “our” and the “Company” herein are, unless the context otherwise indicates, only to Societal CDMO, Inc. and not to any of its subsidiaries.
Our authorized capital stock consists of 105,000,000 shares, 95,000,000 of which are designated as Common Stock and 10,000,000 of which are designated as preferred stock with a par value of $0.01 (“Preferred Stock”).
Shares of our Common Stock have the following rights, preferences and privileges:
Voting Rights. Except as otherwise provided by the PBCL or our Articles of Incorporation and subject to the rights of holders of any series of Preferred Stock, all of the voting power of our shareholders is vested in the holders of the Common Stock, and each holder of Common Stock has one vote for each share held by such holder on all matters voted upon by our shareholders. No holder of Common Stock is entitled to the right of cumulative voting. At meetings of our shareholders, a plurality of the votes cast is sufficient to elect a director to our board of directors (the “Board”).
Dividends. Except as otherwise provided by the PBCL or our Articles of Incorporation, and subject to the powers, rights, privileges, preferences and priorities of holders of any series of Preferred Stock, the holders of Common Stock will share ratably in all dividends payable in cash, stock or otherwise and other distributions, whether in respect of liquidation or dissolution (voluntary or involuntary) or otherwise, at such times and in such amounts as our Board in its sole discretion may determine.
No Preemptive or Similar Rights. Holders of our Common Stock have no preemptive, subscription, redemption or conversion rights.
Transfer Agent and Registrar. The transfer agent and registrar for our Common Stock is Broadridge Corporate Issuer Solutions, Inc.
Listing. Our Common Stock is listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “SCTL.”
Our Board has the authority, without further action by our shareholders, to issue up to 10,000,000 shares of Preferred Stock in one or more series, to establish from time to time the number of shares to be included in each such series, to fix the dividend, voting and other rights, preferences and privileges of the shares of each wholly unissued series and any qualifications, limitations or restrictions thereon, and to increase or decrease the number of shares of any such series, but not below the number of shares of such series then outstanding. Our Board may authorize the issuance of Preferred Stock with voting or conversion rights that could adversely affect the voting power or other rights of the holders of our Common Stock. The issuance of Preferred Stock, while providing flexibility in connection with possible acquisitions and other corporate purposes, could, among other things, have the effect of delaying, deferring or preventing a change in our control and may adversely affect the market price of the Common Stock and the voting and other rights of the holders of our Common Stock.
Shares of our Series A Preferred Stock have the following rights, preferences and privileges:
Voting Rights. The Series A Preferred Stock is non-voting stock and does not entitle the holder thereof to vote on any matter submitted our shareholders for their action or consideration, except as otherwise provided by the PBCL or the other provisions of the Articles of Incorporation or the Certificate of Designations.
As long as any shares of Series A Preferred Stock are outstanding, we may not, without the approval of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Series A Preferred Stock, take the following actions: (i) amend, alter or repeal any provision of the Articles of Incorporation, the Certificate of Designations or Bylaws of the Company in a manner that adversely affects the powers, preferences or rights of the Series A Preferred Stock; (ii) create, or authorize the creation of, or issue or obligate itself to issue shares of, any additional class or series of capital stock unless the same ranks junior to the Series A Preferred Stock with respect to the distribution of assets on
the liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company, the payment of dividends and rights of redemption, or increase the authorized number of shares of Series A Preferred Stock or increase the authorized number of shares of any additional class or series of capital stock of the Company unless the same ranks junior to the Series A Preferred Stock with respect to the distribution of assets on the liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company, the payment of dividends and rights of redemption; (iii) (A) reclassify, alter or amend any existing security of the Company that is pari passu with the Series A Preferred Stock in respect of the distribution of assets on the liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company, the payment of dividends or rights of redemption, if such reclassification, alteration or amendment would render such other security senior to the Series A Preferred Stock in respect of any such right, preference, or privilege or (B) reclassify, alter or amend any existing security of the Company that is junior to the Series A Preferred Stock in respect of the distribution of assets on the liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company, the payment of dividends or rights of redemption, if such reclassification, alteration or amendment would render such other security senior to or pari passu with the Series A Preferred Stock in respect of any such right, preference or privilege; or (iv) purchase or redeem (or permit any subsidiary to purchase or redeem) or pay or declare any dividend or make any distribution on, any shares of capital stock of the Company (with exceptions for dividends on the Common Stock solely in the form of additional shares of Common Stock).
Dividends. Holders of Series A Preferred Stock shall be entitled to receive dividends or distributions on shares of Series A Preferred Stock equal (on an as-if-converted-to-common stock basis) to and in the same form as dividends or distributions actually paid on shares of our Common Stock when, as and if such dividends or distributions are paid on shares of our Common Stock. No other dividends or distributions shall be paid on shares of Series A Preferred Stock.
Automatic Conversion Upon Authorized Share Approval. Each share of our Series A Preferred Stock will automatically convert into 10 shares of our Common Stock without any further action or the payment of additional consideration by the holder thereof, subject to and immediately upon, approval by our shareholders of an amendment to our Articles of Incorporation, and filing and effectiveness thereof, to increase the number of shares of Common Stock we are authorized to issue, which we refer to as Authorized Share Approval. We have agreed to use commercially reasonable efforts to obtain Authorized Share Approval. The number of shares of Common Stock issuable upon conversion of each share of Series A Preferred Stock is determined by multiplying one share of Series A Preferred Stock by the Series A Conversion Rate in effect at the time of conversion. The “Series A Conversion Rate” shall initially be 10 shares of Common Stock for each share of Series A Preferred Stock. The Series A Conversion Rate shall be subject to adjustment as provided in the Certificate of Designation. If Authorized Share Approval is not obtained by June 30, 2023, the Series A Conversion Rate then-in-effect shall be increased by 10% and will increase by an additional 10% per year on June 30 of each year for which the Authorized Share Approval has not yet been obtained, subject to the limits set forth in the Certificate of Designation.
Liquidation Preference. In the event of any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company, the holders of shares of Series A Preferred Stock then outstanding shall be entitled to be paid out of the assets of the Company available for distribution to our shareholders, and in the event of a Deemed Liquidation Event (as defined in the Certificate of Designations) the holders of shares of Series A Preferred Stock then outstanding shall be entitled to be paid out of the consideration payable to shareholders in such Deemed Liquidation Event or out of the Available Proceeds (as defined in the Certificate of Designations), as applicable, before any payment shall be made to the holders of Common Stock by reason of their ownership thereof, an amount per share, or the Series A Liquidation Amount, equal to the greater of (i) the Series A Original Issue Price, plus any dividends declared but unpaid thereon, or (ii) such amount per share as would have been payable had all shares of Series A Preferred Stock been converted into Common Stock pursuant to the Certificate of Designations immediately prior to such liquidation, dissolution, winding up or Deemed Liquidation Event. The Series A Original Issue Price shall mean $11.00 per share, subject to appropriate adjustment in the event of any stock dividend, stock split, combination or other similar recapitalization with respect to Series A Preferred Stock.
Listing. We do not intend to list the Series A Preferred Stock on the Nasdaq Capital Market, any other national securities exchange or any other nationally recognized trading system. We expect the Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the Series A Preferred Stock to be listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market.
Anti-Takeover Effects of Pennsylvania Law and our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws
Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws
Provisions of our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws may delay or discourage transactions involving an actual or potential change of control or change in our management, including transactions in which shareholders might otherwise receive a premium for their shares, or transactions that our shareholders might otherwise deem to be in their best interests. Therefore, these provisions could adversely affect the price of our Common Stock. Among other things, our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws:
Our Bylaws also provide that, unless we consent in writing to the selection of an alternative forum, a state or federal court located within the County of Chester in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be the sole and exclusive forum for (i) any derivative action or proceeding brought on behalf of our Company, (ii) any action asserting a claim of breach of a fiduciary duty owed by any of our directors, officers or other employees or our shareholders, (iii) any action asserting a claim arising pursuant to any provision of the PBCL, or (iv) any action asserting a claim peculiar to the relationships among or between our Company and our officers, directors and shareholders. When there are no federal courts located in the County of Chester, as is currently the case, the exclusive forum provision of our Bylaws establishes exclusive jurisdiction for the matters above in the state courts of the County of Chester. However, such provision does not establish exclusive jurisdiction in the state courts of the County of Chester for claims that arise under the Securities Act, the Exchange Act or other federal securities laws if there is exclusive or concurrent jurisdiction in the federal courts.
Pennsylvania Anti-Takeover Law
Provisions of the PBCL applicable to us provide, among other things, that:
Pennsylvania-chartered corporations may exempt themselves from these and other anti-takeover provisions. Our Articles of Incorporation do not provide for exemption from the applicability of these or other anti-takeover provisions in the PBCL.
The provisions noted above may have the effect of discouraging a future takeover attempt that is not approved by our Board but which individual shareholders may consider to be in their best interests or in which shareholders may receive a substantial premium for their shares over the then current market price. As a result, shareholders who might wish to participate in such a transaction may not have an opportunity to do so. The provisions may make the removal of our Board or management more difficult. Furthermore, such provisions could result our Company being deemed less attractive to a potential acquiror and/or could result in our shareholders receiving a lesser amount of consideration for their shares of our Common Stock than otherwise could have been available either in the market generally and/or in a takeover.