Rural Telephone Bank, USDA.
Notice of revised bylaws.
The Board of Directors of the Rural Telephone Bank (Bank) adopted amendments on November 9, 1999, to the bylaws of the Bank. The bylaw amendments will allow Bank borrowers to convert their Class B stock earned as patronage refunds into Class C stock before full repayment of Bank debt.
This action was effective November 9, 1999.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Roberta D. Purcell, Assistant Governor, Rural Telephone Bank, (202) 720-9554.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The amendments to the bylaws adopted by the Board allow for the conversion of a portion of the Class B stock received by a stockholder as patronage refund or purchased by the borrower, into Class C stock before the principal of the stockholder's loans from the Bank has been fully repaid. For example, if a borrower has repaid 50 percent of one of its notes, it would be eligible to convert 50 percent of the Class B stock issued to date, through patronage capital earned on that note, into Class C stock. In the past, all indebtedness to the Bank had to be fully repaid before borrowers could convert any of their Class B stock to Class C stock.
With regard, however, to Class B stock purchased by a borrower as a requirement for a loan, borrowers may convert such Class B stock related to a loan only upon payment in full of the note made in connection with the loan. The Board-approved policy that implements the bylaw amendments is set forth in Resolution No. 99-8B.
Article II, Capital Stock and Special Fund Equivalents, subsection 2.2(b) and Article VIII, Patronage Capital, subsection 8.2(b) of the bylaws were amended as follows:
1. The third sentence of subsection 2.2(b) is amended by inserting “(1)” between the words “for” and “the”, by inserting “all” between the words “of” and “amounts” and adding the following to the end of the sentence:
“; and (2) for the conversion of a portion of the Class B stock, received by a stockholder as patronage refund or purchased by the borrower, into Class C stock before the principal of the stockholder's loans from the Bank has been fully repaid.”
2. Subsection 8.2(b) is amended by striking all of the section following the word “addition” and replacing it with the following:
“to the partial or full conversions authorized in section 2.2(b) hereof.”
The bylaws subsection 2.2(b) and subsection 8.2(b) as revised read as follows:
Article II—Capital Stock and Special Fund Equivalents
Subsection 2.2(b). “Class B stock shall have a par value of one dollar ($1.00) per share, shall be issued only at par, shall be held only by the recipients of loans made under section 408 of the Act, and shall be voting stock. No dividends shall be payable on Class B stock, but the holders thereof shall be entitled to patronage refunds in Class B stock as hereinafter provided. Prior to dissolution or liquidation of the Bank, Class B stock may be redeemed and retired only after all shares of Class A stock shall have been redeemed and retired: Provided, however, That the Board may, under rules of general application adopted by it and upon agreement with the stockholder, provide for (1) the conversion of Class B stock into Class C stock upon payment of all amounts owned by a holder of Class B stock to the Bank and upon surrender of sufficient shares of Class B stock, supplemented by cash if necessary, to equal the par value of each share of Class C stock to be issued inasmuch as fractional shares of Class C stock shall not be issued; and (2) for the conversion of a portion of the Class B stock, received by a stockholder as a patronage refund or purchased by the borrower, into Class C stock before the principal of the stockholder's loans from the Bank has been fully repaid. Upon dissolution or liquidation of the Bank, holders of Class B stock shall be entitled to share Start Printed Page 2929pro rata with the holder of Class A stock then outstanding in the surpluses and contingency reserves remaining after the payment of all of the Bank's liabilities and after retirement of all classes of stock at par as provided in section 411 of the Act. Class B stock shall not be transferable, either absolutely or by way of collateral, except in connection with the assumption by the transferee, with the approval of the Governor, of all or part of the transferor's loan from the Bank.”
Article VIII—Patronage Capital
Subsection 8.2(b). “If, at any time after all Class A stock has been retired, the Board should determine that the Bank's financial condition will not be impaired thereby, it may establish procedures for the retirement of Class B stock in full or in part or its conversion to Class C stock in addition to the partial or full conversions authorized in section 2.2(b) hereof.”Start Signature
Dated: January 12, 2000.
Christopher A. McLean,
Acting Governor, Rural Telephone Bank.
[FR Doc. 00-1219 Filed 1-18-00; 8:45 am]
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