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Common Stock

Evidence of participation in the ownership of a corporation that takes the form of printed certificates.

Each share of common stock constitutes a contract between the shareholder and the corporation. The owner of a share of common stock is ordinarily entitled to participate in and to vote at stockholders' meetings. He or she participates in the profits through the receipt of dividends after the payment of dividends on preferred stock. Shares of common stock are the Personal Property of their holder.

common stock

n. stock in a corporation in which dividends (payouts) are calculated upon a percentage of net profits, with distribution determined by the Board of Directors. Usually holders of common stock have voting rights. These are distinguished from preferred stock in which the profits are a predetermined percentage and are paid before the common shareholders who gamble on higher profits, and collectively have voting control of the corporation. (See: corporation, stock, share, preferred stock)

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On February 12, 2008, MEC's Class A Subordinate Voting Stock closed at $0.
In determining that a three percent premium, as opposed to a higher premium, should be applied, the Tax Court noted that the 18 shares of class A voting stock was a minority voting block.
906 (1937), the court of appeals addressed whether the preferred stock issued by Erie Lighting Company (ELC) was voting stock or nonvoting stock for purposes of the applicable consolidation provisions.
shareholder is a person who owns--directly, indirectly or constructively--10% or more of a foreign corporation's voting stock.
Where a corporate member of a pass-through entity -- whether a domestic limited partnership, limited liability company, foreign general or limited partnership, or domestic or foreign trust or estate -- owns a sufficient interest in that entity under section 318 to claim at least a 10-percent interest in any foreign corporation's voting stock (which stock is held by the pass-through entity), the (domestic) corporate member should be entitled to a deemed-paid credit.
The subsidiary must be structured so the REIT owns less than 10% of the subsidiary's voting stock, either through nonvoting common stock or a combination of nonvoting preferred stock and debt.
For valid business reasons and pursuant to a reorganization plan, the target transfers all of its assets to the acquirer in exchange for 70% of the latter's voting stock and 30% cash.
The shareholder's percentage of voting stock after the redemption also must be less than 80% of his or her percentage before the redemption.
To qualify for a B-type reorganization, section 368(a)(1)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code requires the acquiring corporation to use only voting stock as consideration in the acquisition of control of the acquired corporation.
The Notes will bear interest at 7 1/4% per annum and will be convertible into shares of MEC's Class A Subordinate Voting Stock at a conversion price of U.
In the acquisition merger, the T shareholders exchange their T stock for 70% X voting stock and 30% cash.
As a result of the amendment, each right that is attached to each share of Pioneer common stock will become exercisable only if a person or group acquires 20% or more of Pioneer's outstanding voting stock or announces a tender or exchange offer that would result in ownership of 20% or more of Pioneer's voting stock.