Capital Stock and Stock Restrictions
|12 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2014
|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
In February 2010, the Board of Directors authorized a share repurchase program (the February 2010 authorization) allowing a repurchase of up to an aggregate of $10.0 million of its outstanding Class A Common Shares. The February 2010 authorization was fully utilized as of November 2011.
In August 2011, the Board of Directors authorized an additional 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). During fiscal year 2012, under the February 2010 authorization and the August 2011 authorization, 6.4 million shares were repurchased with a weighted-average per share purchase price of $2.63. Repurchases include a purchase on May 31, 2011, of 1,000,000 shares of its Class A Common Stock, including 618,664 shares that were converted from the Company's Class B Common Stock. These shares were purchased from a voting trust dated February 23, 1994, (the Voting Trust) and from other trusts associated with certain members of Mr. Robert C. Penny III’s family. Robert C. Penny III and Robert W. Foskett currently are members of the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Foskett is Mr. Penny's nephew. Messrs. Penny and Foskett also serve as co-trustees and are beneficiaries of the Voting Trust. The Company paid a total of $3.4 million or approximately $3.43 per share, which represented the weighted-average price of the Company's Class A Common Stock for the three daily trading sessions on May 23, 24, and 25, 2011, as reported on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.
In fiscal year 2013, the Company repurchased 5.7 million shares under the August 2011 authorization with a weighted-average per share purchase price of $2.20. In fiscal year 2014, there were no repurchases under the August 2011 authorization. As of March 31, 2014, there was approximately $0.1 million remaining for additional share repurchases under this authorization.
Additionally, in fiscal years 2014, 2013 and 2012, the Company repurchased 161,699 shares, 133,816 shares and 113,734 shares, respectively, from certain executives that were surrendered 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 $2.22, $2.32 and $3.52, respectively.
Stock Restriction Agreements
The members of the Penny family (principal stockholders) have a Stock Transfer Restriction Agreement which 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, 2014, 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 14, 2014, as trustees the Voting Trust, containing common stock held for the benefit of the Penny family, Robert C. Penny III and Robert W. Foskett have the exclusive power to vote over 50.9% of the votes entitled to be cast by the holders of our common stock. Certain Penny family members also own, or are beneficiaries of trusts that own shares outside of the Voting Trust. As trustees of the Voting Trust and other trusts, Messrs. Penny and Foskett control 54.9% 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 2012, 2013 and 2014:
Capital stock and stock restriction agreements.
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