Bank of America Shareholders Approve Increase in Authorized Common Shares
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb 23, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Bank of America shareholders during a special meeting today approved a proposal to increase the number of authorized common shares to 11.3 billion from 10 billion.
Approximately 80 percent of the company's shares voted on the proposal, with more than 76 percent voting in favor of the proposal.
The approval means the common equivalent securities issued in December as part of the repayment of the U.S. government's investment in the company through the Troubled Asset Relief Program automatically will convert into 1.286 billion shares of common stock at 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, and holders of the common equivalent securities will become holders of common stock on a one-for-one basis. At the same time, the related contingent warrants will expire without having become exercisable, and the common equivalent securities will cease to exist. Trading of the common equivalent securities on the New York Stock Exchange will be suspended before the market opens on February 24, 2010.
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