Capital Stock and Stock Restrictions
|12 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2016
|Payments for Repurchase of Equity [Abstract]|
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Capital Stock and Stock Restriction Agreements:
Capital Stock Activity
The Board of Directors has the authority to issue up to 1,000,000 shares of preferred stock in one or more series and to fix the rights, preferences, privileges and restrictions thereof, including dividend rights, conversion rights, voting rights, terms of redemption, liquidation preferences, sinking fund terms and the number of shares constituting any series or the designation of such series, without any further vote or action by stockholders.
Share Repurchase Programs
On August 29, 2011, the Board of Directors authorized a share repurchase program whereby the Company may repurchase up to an aggregate of $20.0 million of its outstanding Class A Common Stock (the August 2011 authorization). In fiscal years 2016, 2015 and 2014, there were no repurchases under the August 2011 authorization. As of March 31, 2016, there was approximately $0.1 million remaining for additional share repurchases under this authorization.
In fiscal years 2016, 2015 and 2014, the Company repurchased from employees 93,903 shares, 335,890 shares and 161,699 shares, respectively, to satisfy the minimum statutory tax withholding obligations on the vesting of restricted stock units and performance-based restricted stock units. These repurchases, which are not included in the authorized share repurchase programs, had a weighted-average purchase price of $1.16, $2.57 and $2.22, respectively.
Stock Restriction Agreements
The members of the Penny family (principal stockholders) have a Stock Transfer Restriction Agreement that prohibits, with limited exceptions, such members from transferring their Class B Common Stock acquired prior to November 30, 1995, without first offering such stock to the other members of the Penny family. If converted, Class B stock converts on a one-for-one basis into shares of Class A Common Stock upon a transfer. As of March 31, 2016, a total of 13,937,150 shares of Class B Common Stock are subject to this Stock Transfer Restriction Agreement.
The Company’s Common Stock is divided into two classes. Class A Common Stock is entitled to one vote per share, while Class B Common Stock is entitled to four votes per share. As of May 13, 2016, Robert C. Penny III, Robert W. Foskett and Patrick J. McDonough, Jr., as trustees of the Voting Trust containing common stock held for the benefit of the Penny family, have the exclusive power to vote over 50.3% of the votes entitled to be cast by the holders of the Company's common stock. Certain Penny family members also own, or are beneficiaries of, trusts that own shares outside of the Voting Trust. Messrs. Penny III, Foskett and McDonough, Jr., as trustees of the Voting Trust and other trusts, control 54.2% of the voting power of the Company’s outstanding stock and therefore effectively control the Company.
Shares Issued and Outstanding
The following table summarizes Common Stock transactions for fiscal years 2014, 2015 and 2016:
In April 2016, the Compensation Committee granted 1.3 million restricted stock units (RSUs) and 1.3 million stock options to executives and other employees pursuant to the Westell Technologies, Inc. 2015 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan (see Note 9).