SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 25, 2004
GREENE COUNTY BANCSHARES, INC.
|(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
|(Commission File Number)
|100 North Main Street
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (423) 639-5111
|Item 5 Other Events.
Item 5 Other Events.
Greene County Bancshares, Inc., (the Registrant) is filing this Form 8-K/A to amend its Form 8-K12G3 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 20, 1986 to amend and supplement its description of capital stock as follows:
The Registrant is authorized to issue 15,000,000 shares of Common Stock, par value $2.00 per share (the Common Stock). As of April 29, 2004, 7,669,095 shares of Common Stock of the Registrant were issued and outstanding.
Rights of Shareholders Generally. The holders of Common Stock are entitled to one vote per share and do not have any preemptive rights to purchase any securities subsequently issued by the Registrant. The absence of preemptive rights could cause the dilution of the shareholders interest in the Registrant without the specific authority of the shareholders.
The holders of Common Stock are entitled to receive dividends as may be declared by the Board of Directors of the Registrant with respect to the Common Stock out of funds legally available therefore. In the event of liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the affairs of the Registrant, the holders of outstanding shares of Common Stock will be entitled to share pro rata according to their respective interests in the Registrants assets and funds remaining after payment or provision for payment of all debts and other liabilities of the Registrant.
Board of Directors; No Cumulative Voting. The Registrants board of directors is divided into three classes of directors serving staggered three-year terms. As a result, approximately one-third of the board of directors is elected each year. This provision, along with the provision authorizing the board of directors to fill vacant directorships or increase the size of the board of directors, may deter a shareholder from removing incumbent directors and gaining control of the board of directors by filling vacancies created by the removal with its own nominees.
The shareholders of the Registrant have no cumulative voting rights. The absence of cumulative voting rights means that Registrant shareholders representing a plurality of the Registrants shares will be able to elect the
entire Board of Directors and the remaining shareholders representing a minority of the Registrants shares will not be able to elect any directors.
Advance Notice Provisions. The Registrants amended and restated charter establishes advance notice requirements for shareholder proposals and the nomination (other than by or at the direction of the Registrants board of directors or one of its committees) of candidates for election as directors. The advance notice requirements provide that for shareholder business or a shareholder proposal to be brought before a meeting, the shareholder must give notice of the business or proposal in writing no less than 40 and not more than 60 days prior to the meeting, except that if notice or public disclosure of the meeting is effected fewer than 50 days before the meeting, such written notice must be delivered to the corporate secretary not later than the close of the tenth day following the day on which notice of the meeting was mailed to shareholders.
Authorized but Unissued Shares. The authorized but unissued shares of Common Stock are available for future issuance without shareholder approval. These additional shares may be used for a variety of corporate purposes, including future public offerings to raise additional capital, corporate acquisitions and employee benefit plans. The existence of authorized but unissued shares of Common Stock could make it harder or discourage an attempt to obtain control of the Registrant by a proxy contest, tender offer, merger or otherwise.
Tennessee Business Combination Act. The Tennessee Business Combination Act provides that an interested shareholder (defined as a person owning, either directly or indirectly, 10% or more of the voting securities in a Tennessee corporation) cannot engage in a business combination with that corporation unless the transaction takes place at least five years after the interested shareholder first becomes an interested shareholder, and unless either the transaction (a) is approved by at least two-thirds of the shares of the corporation not beneficially owned by an interested shareholder or (b) satisfies certain fairness conditions specified in the Tennessee Business Combination Act relating to the price to be paid to the non-interested shareholders in such transactions.
These provisions apply to Tennessee corporations unless one of two events occurs. A business combination with an entity can proceed without the five-year moratorium if the business combination or transaction resulting in the shareholder becoming an interested shareholder is approved by the target corporations board of directors before that entity becomes an interested shareholder. Alternatively, the corporation may enact an amendment to its charter or bylaws to remove itself entirely from the Tennessee Business Combination Act. This amendment must be approved by a majority of the shareholders who have held shares for more than one year prior to the vote and may not take effect for at least two years after the vote.
The Registrants amended and restated charter contains a provision that is substantially similar to the Tennessee Business Combination Act. Under the Registrants amended and restated charter, a business combination (as described therein) must be approved by the affirmative vote of at least 80% of the outstanding shares of voting stock and the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of voting stock not including the voting stock beneficially owned by an interested shareholder (defined as a person owning, either directly or indirectly, 10% or more of the voting stock of the Registrant). This increased vote, however, is not required if the business combination is approved by a majority of the disinterested directors or if the business combination meets certain conditions specified in the amended and restated charter. The amended and restated charter also provides that this provision shall not be amended or repealed unless approved by both the affirmative vote of at least 80% of the outstanding shares of voting stock and the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of voting stock not including shares beneficially owned by the interested shareholder.
Tennessee Control Share Acquisition Act. The Tennessee Control Share Acquisition Act takes away the voting rights of a purchasers shares any time an acquisition of shares in a Tennessee corporation brings the purchasers voting power to 20%, 33-1/3%, or more than 50% of all voting power in such corporation. The purchasers voting rights can be maintained or re-established only by a majority vote of all the shares entitled to vote generally with respect to the election of directors other than those shares owned by the acquirer and the officers and inside directors of the corporation.
The Tennessee Control Share Acquisition Act applies only to a corporation that has adopted a provision in its charter or bylaws declaring that the Tennessee Control Share Acquisition Act will apply.
The Registrants amended and restated charter has adopted such a provision, and, therefore, the Registrant is subject to such act.
Tennessee Greenmail Act. The Tennessee Greenmail Act prohibits a Tennessee corporation whose stock is registered or traded on a national securities exchange or registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, from purchasing, directly or indirectly, any of its shares at a price above the market value of the shares from any person who holds more than 3% of the class of securities to be purchased if such person has held the shares for less than two years, unless the purchase has been approved by the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of each class of voting stock issued by the corporation or the corporation makes an offer, of at least equal value per share, to all holders of shares of the class. Under the Tennessee Greenmail Act, the market value of the shares is defined as the average of the highest and lowest closing market price for the shares during the 30 trading days preceding the purchase and sale or preceding the commencement or announcement of a tender offer if the seller of the shares has commenced a tender offer or announced an intention to seek control of the corporation.
The Registrants common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market and, therefore, is subject to such act.
Limitation on Liability and Indemnification of Officers and Directors. The Registrants bylaws provide that the Registrant shall indemnify each present and future director and officer of the Registrant, or any person who may have served at its request as a director or officer of another company (and, in either case, his heirs, executors and administrators) to the full extent allowed by the laws of the State of Tennessee, both as now in effect and as hereafter adopted unless otherwise prohibited by federal law or regulations.
The Registrants amended and restated charter provides that each person who was or is made a party or is threatened to be made a party to or is otherwise involved in any action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative, by reason of the fact that he or she is or was a director or officer of the Registrant or is or was serving at the request of the Registrant as a director or officer of another corporation or of a partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, including service with respect to an employee benefit plan, whether the basis of such proceeding is alleged action in an official capacity as a director or officer or in any other capacity while serving as a director or officer, shall be indemnified and held harmless by the Registrant to the fullest extent authorized by Tennessee law against all expense, liability and loss reasonably incurred or suffered by such indemnitee in connection therewith. The right to indemnification conferred by the Registrants amended and restated charter continues as to an indemnitee who has ceased to be a director or officer and inures to the benefit of the indemnitees heirs, executors and administrators. However, the right to indemnification conferred by the Registrants amended and restated charter does not extend to any proceeding (or part thereof) initiated by such indemnitee unless the proceeding (or part thereof) was authorized by the board of directors of the Registrant. The right to indemnification conferred in the Registrants amended and restated charter includes the right to be paid by the Registrant the expenses incurred in defending any such proceeding in advance of its final disposition if the following conditions are satisfied:
(i) an undertaking is delivered to the Registrant, by or on behalf of such indemnitee, to repay all amounts so advanced if it shall ultimately be determined by final judicial decision from which there is no further right to appeal, that such indemnitee is not entitled to be indemnified for such expenses;
(ii) delivery to the Registrant by the indemnitee of a written affirmation by the indemnitee (a) of his good faith belief that he has conducted himself in good faith, (b) that he reasonably believed, in the case of his official capacity with the Registrant, that his conduct was in the Registrants best interest, (c) that he reasonably believed, in all other cases, that his conduct was at least not opposed to the Registrants best interest, and (d) that, in the case of any criminal proceeding, he had no reasonable cause to believe his conduct was unlawful; and
(iii) a determination is made that the facts then known to those making the determination would not preclude indemnification under Tennessee law.
The Registrants amended and restated charter also provides that the Registrant may, to the extent authorized from time to time by the Board of Directors, grant rights to indemnification, and to the advancement of expenses to any employee or agent of the Registrant to the fullest extent of the provisions of the Registrants
amended and restated charter with respect to the indemnification and advancement of expenses of directors and officers of the Registrant.
The Registrants amended and restated charter eliminates, with exceptions, the potential personal liability of a director for monetary damages to the Registrant and its shareholders for breach of a duty as a director. There is, however, no elimination of liability for:
|a breach of the directors duty of loyalty to the Registrant or its shareholders;
|an act or omission not in good faith or which involves intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law; or
|any payment of a dividend or approval of a stock repurchase that is illegal under the Tennessee Business Corporation Act.
The Tennessee Business Corporation Act (TBCA) provides that a corporation may indemnify any of its directors and officers against liability incurred in connection with a proceeding if (i) the director or officer acted in good faith, (ii) in the case of conduct in his or her official capacity with the corporation, the director or officer reasonably believed such conduct was in the corporations best interests, (iii) in all other cases, the director of officer reasonably believed that his or her conduct was not opposed to the best interest of the corporation, and (iv) in connection with any criminal proceeding, the director or officer had no reasonable cause to believe that his or her conduct was unlawful. In actions brought by or in the right of the corporation, however, the TBCA provides that no indemnification may be made if the director or officer was adjudged to be liable to the corporation. In cases where the director or officer is wholly successful, on the merits or otherwise, in the defense of any proceeding instigated because of his or her status as an officer or director of a corporation, the TBCA mandates that the corporation indemnify the director or officer against reasonable expenses incurred in the proceeding. The TBCA also provides that in connection with any proceeding charging improper personal benefit to an officer or director, no indemnification may be made if such officer or director is adjudged liable on the basis that personal benefit was improperly received. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the TBCA provides that a court of competent jurisdiction, upon application, may order that an officer or director be indemnified for reasonable expenses if, in consideration of all relevant circumstances, the court determines that such individual is fairly and reasonably entitled to indemnification, whether or not the standard of conduct set forth above was met.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|GREENE COUNTY BANCSHARES, INC.
|Date: May 25, 2004
|/s/ R. Stan Puckett
|R. Stan Puckett
|Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (Duly Authorized Representative)