UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

 

Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of report (date of earliest event reported): Sept. 16, 2004 (Sept. 15, 2004)

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware

 

001-31227

 

52-2337274

(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)

 

(Commission File No.)

 

(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

1015 31st Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20007

(Address of principal executive offices) (ZIP Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:

(202) 295-4200

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

o Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

o Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

o Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

o Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

 



 

Item 3.02               Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities.

 

On September 15, 2004, Cogent Communications Group, Inc. (the “Company”) issued 185.4 shares of its Series L Participating Convertible Preferred Stock to Global Access Telecommunications, Inc. (“GA”) in connection with the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of GA by one of our subsidiaries. The sales were made in reliance on the exemption from registration provided by Section 4(2) of the Securities Act.  The press release related to that transaction is attached as Exhibit 99.1 hereto.

 

Item 5.03               Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; change in Fiscal Year.

 

In connection with the Series L Issuance, on September 15, 2004, the Company filed a certificate of designation authorizing the issuance of the Series L preferred stock. Such certificate of designations is attached as Exhibit 3.1 hereto.

 

Item 9.01               Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(c)   Exhibits:

 

Exhibit
Number

 

Description

 

 

 

3.1

 

Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of Series L Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

99.1

 

Press Release, dated September 15, 2004, announcing the completion of the acquisition of Global Access Telecommunications, Inc. by Cogent through a merger with Global Access Telecommunications, Inc..

 

SIGNATURES

 

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.

 

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC.

 

 

Date: September 16, 2004

By:

/s/Thaddeus Weed

 

 

 

Thaddeus Weed

 

 

Vice President and CFO

 

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Exhibit 3.1

 

CERTIFICATE OF DESIGNATIONS, PREFERENCES AND
RELATIVE, PARTICIPATING, OPTIONAL AND OTHER SPECIAL RIGHTS
AND QUALIFICATIONS, LIMITATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS

 

OF

 

SERIES L PARTICIPATING CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK

 

OF

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC.

 


 

PURSUANT TO SECTION 151 OF THE

 

GENERAL CORPORATION LAW OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE

 


 

Cogent Communications Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Corporation”), hereby certifies that, pursuant to the authority contained in Article IV of its Certificate of Incorporation (the “Certificate of Incorporation”) and in accordance with the provisions of Section 151 of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, the Board of Directors of the Corporation (the “Board”) on September 8, 2004 duly adopted resolutions, which resolutions remain in full force and effect as of the date hereof, establishing, in accordance with the provisions set forth in Article IV of the Corporation’s Certificate of Incorporation, a series of authorized preferred stock of the Corporation having a par value of $0.001 per share, which series shall (i) be issuable as Series L Participating Convertible Preferred Stock (the “Series L Preferred Stock”), (ii) consist of a total of 185.4 shares, and (iii) have the following voting powers, preferences and relative, participating, optional and other special rights, and qualifications, limitations and restrictions thereof:

 

1.                                       Voting.

 

Unless the context otherwise requires, the terms defined in this Section 1 shall have, for all purposes of this resolution, the meanings herein specified.

 

“Common Stock” shall mean the common stock, par value $0.001 per share, of the Corporation.

 

“Convertibility Date” shall mean the earlier of December 31, 2004 and the date on which the corporation files an amendment to its Certificate of Incorporation amending the terms of each sub-series of its Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, providing that the issuance of shares of its Series L Preferred Stock or the conversion of such shares into Common Stock shall not be deemed an issuance of “Additional Shares of Common Stock” as that term is defined in the Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and

 



 

Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of such sub-series of Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

“Junior Stock - Primary” shall mean the Series K Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series K Secondary Liquidation Preference, Series J Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series J Secondary Liquidation Preference, Series I Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series I Secondary Liquidation Preference, Series H Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series H Primary Liquidation Preference, the Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series G Secondary Liquidation Preference, the Series F Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series F Secondary Liquidation Preference and any other class or series of capital stock of the Corporation authorized on or after the Original Issue Date (as defined herein) ranking junior to the Series L Preferred Stock in respect of the right to receive dividends or, with respect to the Primary Liquidation Preference (as defined herein), to participate in any distribution upon liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the affairs of the Corporation, as applicable.

 

“Junior Stock - Secondary” shall mean the Series F Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series F Secondary Liquidation Preference and any other class or series of capital stock of the Corporation authorized on or after the Original Issue Date ranking junior to the Series L Preferred Stock in respect of the right to receive dividends or, with respect to the Secondary Liquidation Preference (as defined herein), to participate in any distribution upon liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the affairs of the Corporation, as applicable.

 

“Junior Stock” shall mean the Junior Stock – Primary and the Junior Stock-Secondary, collectively.

 

“Pari Passu Stock - Primary” shall mean the Series K Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series K Primary Liquidation Preference, Series J Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series J Primary Liquidation Preference, Series I Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series I Primary Liquidation Preference, Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series G Primary Liquidation Preference, the Series F Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series F Primary Liquidation Preference and any other class or series of capital stock of the Corporation authorized on or after the Original Issue Date ranking pari passu with the Series L Preferred Stock in respect of the right to receive dividends or with respect to the Primary Liquidation Preference, to participate in any distribution upon liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the affairs of the Corporation, as applicable.

 

“Pari Passu Stock - Secondary” shall mean the Series K Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series K Secondary Liquidation Preference, Series J Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series J Secondary Liquidation Preference, Series I Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series I Secondary Liquidation Preference, Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series G Secondary Liquidation Preference, the Series H Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series H Primary Liquidation Preference, and any other class

 



 

or series of capital stock of the Corporation authorized on or after the Original Issue Date ranking pari passu with the Series L Preferred Stock in respect of the right to receive dividends or with respect to the Secondary Liquidation Preference, to participate in any distribution upon liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the affairs of the Corporation, as applicable.

 

“Pari Passu Stock” shall mean the Pari Passu Stock – Primary and the Pari Passu Stock -Secondary, collectively.

 

“Participating Preferred Stock”  shall mean the Series F, G, H, I, J, K and L Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $0.001 per share, and any other series of Preferred Stock of the Corporation that participates with the Common Stock in liquidation after payment of all liquidation preferences.

 

“Preferred Stock”  shall mean the preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share, of the Corporation, however designated.

 

“Senior Stock - Primary” shall mean any class or series of capital stock of the Corporation authorized on or after the Original Issue Date ranking senior to the Series L Preferred Stock in respect of the right to receive dividends or with respect to the Primary Liquidation Preference, to participate in any distribution upon liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the affairs of the Corporation, as applicable.

 

“Senior Stock - Secondary” shall mean the Series K Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series K Primary Liquidation Preference, the Series J Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series J Primary Liquidation Preference, the Series I Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series I Primary Liquidation Preference, the Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series G Primary Liquidation Preference, the Series F Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series F Primary Liquidation Preference and any other class or series of capital stock of the Corporation authorized on or after the Original Issue Date ranking senior to the Series L Preferred Stock in respect of the right to receive dividends or with respect to the Secondary Liquidation Preference, to participate in any distribution upon liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the affairs of the Corporation, as applicable.

 

“Senior Stock” shall mean the Senior Stock – Primary and the Senior Stock -Secondary, collectively.

 

“Series F Adjustment Factor” shall mean the fraction designated as “Adjustment Factor” in the Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of the Series F Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

“Series F Primary Liquidation Preference” shall mean the liquidation proceeds payable to the Series F Participating Convertible Preferred Stock of the Corporation designated as “Primary Liquidation Preference” in the Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of the Series F Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

 



 

“Series F Secondary Liquidation Preference” shall mean the liquidation proceeds payable to the Series F Participating Convertible Preferred Stock of the Corporation designated as “Secondary Liquidation Preference” in the Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of the Series F Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

“Series G Controlling Adjustment Factor” shall mean the smallest fraction designated as “Adjustment Factor” in the various Certificates of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of each of the sub-series of the Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

“Series G Primary Liquidation Preference” shall mean the liquidation proceeds payable to each of the sub-series of the Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock of the Corporation designated as “Primary Liquidation Preference” in the Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of the Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

“Series G Secondary Liquidation Preference” shall mean the liquidation proceeds payable to the Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock of the Corporation designated as “Secondary Liquidation Preference” in the Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of the Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

“Series H Adjustment Factor” shall mean the fraction designated as “Adjustment Factor” in the Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of the Series H Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

“Series H Primary Liquidation Preference” shall mean the liquidation proceeds payable to the Series H Participating Convertible Preferred Stock of the Corporation designated as “Primary Liquidation Preference” in the Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of the Series H Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

“Series I Adjustment Factor” shall mean the fraction designated as “Adjustment Factor” in the Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of the Series I Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

“Series I Primary Liquidation Preference” shall mean the liquidation proceeds payable to the Series I Participating Convertible Preferred Stock of the Corporation designated as “Primary Liquidation Preference” in the Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of the Series I Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

“Series I Secondary Liquidation Preference” shall mean the liquidation proceeds payable to the Series I Participating Convertible Preferred Stock of the Corporation designated as “Secondary Liquidation Preference” in the

 



 

Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of the Series I Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

“Series J Adjustment Factor” shall mean the fraction designated as “Adjustment Factor” in the Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of the Series J Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

“Series J Primary Liquidation Preference” shall mean the liquidation proceeds payable to the Series J Participating Convertible Preferred Stock of the Corporation designated as “Primary Liquidation Preference” in the Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of the Series J Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

“Series J Secondary Liquidation Preference” shall mean the liquidation proceeds payable to the Series J Participating Convertible Preferred Stock of the Corporation designated as “Secondary Liquidation Preference” in the Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of the Series J Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

“Series K Adjustment Factor” shall mean the fraction designated as “Adjustment Factor” in the Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of the Series K Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

“Series K Primary Liquidation Preference” shall mean the liquidation proceeds payable to the Series K Participating Convertible Preferred Stock of the Corporation designated as “Primary Liquidation Preference” in the Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of the Series K Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

“Series K Secondary Liquidation Preference” shall mean the liquidation proceeds payable to the Series K Participating Convertible Preferred Stock of the Corporation designated as “Secondary Liquidation Preference” in the Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of the Series K Participating Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

2.             Voting.  Except as otherwise required by the General Corporation Law or provided in this Certificate, the shares of Series L Preferred Stock shall not be entitled to vote.

 

3.             Preferences on Liquidation, Dissolution etc.

 

(a)           Liquidation Preference.

 

(i)         Upon any dissolution, liquidation, or winding up of the Corporation, whether voluntary or involuntary, after payment of all amounts owing to holders of any Senior Stock - Primary, the holders of outstanding shares of Series L Preferred Stock will be entitled to receive,

 



 

out of the assets of the Corporation remaining after all of the Corporation’s debts and liabilities have been paid or otherwise provided for, but before any payments have been made to the holders of Common Stock, the Series F Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series F Secondary Liquidation Preference, the Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series G Secondary Liquidation Preference, the Series H Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series H Primary Liquidation Preference, the Series I Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series I Secondary Liquidation Preference, the Series J Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series J Secondary Liquidation Preference, the Series K Participating Convertible Preferred Stock with respect to the Series K Secondary Liquidation Preference, or any other Junior Stock – Primary or Pari-Passu Stock – Secondary, an amount equal to $5,000 per share, subject to appropriate adjustment for stock splits, stock dividends, recapitalizations, reclassifications and similar events which increase or decrease the number of outstanding shares of Series L Preferred Stock (the “Primary Liquidation Preference”).  If upon any such dissolution, liquidation, or winding up of the affairs of the Corporation, whether voluntary or involuntary, the assets of the Corporation available to be distributed as aforesaid among the holders of the Series L Preferred Stock, the Series K Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series J Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series I Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series F Participating Convertible Preferred Stock and any other Pari Passu Stock - Primary shall be insufficient to permit the payment in full to them of the Primary Liquidation Preference, the Series F Primary Liquidation Preference, the Series G Primary Liquidation Preference, the Series I Primary Liquidation Preference, the Series J Primary Liquidation Preference, the Series K Primary Liquidation Preference, and any other liquidation preferences ranking pari passu therewith and owing with respect to any other Pari Passu Stock - Primary, then the entire assets of the Corporation so to be distributed shall be distributed ratably based upon their respective pari passu liquidation preferences among such holders of the Series L Preferred Stock, the Series K Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series J Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series I Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series F Participating Convertible Preferred Stock and any other Pari Passu Stock - Primary.

 

(ii)  Upon any dissolution, liquidation, or winding up of the Corporation, whether voluntary or involuntary, after payment of the Primary Liquidation Preference, the Series F Primary Liquidation Preference, the Series G Primary Liquidation Preference, the Series I Primary Liquidation Preference, the Series J Primary Liquidation Preference, the Series K Primary Liquidation Preference and any other amounts owing to holders of any other Pari Passu Stock - Primary and Senior Stock – Secondary, the holders of outstanding shares of Series L Preferred Stock will be entitled to receive, out of the assets of the Corporation remaining after all of the Corporation’s debts and liabilities have been paid or otherwise provided for, but before any payments have been made to the holders of Common Stock or any Junior Stock, an amount equal to $10,000 per share, subject to appropriate adjustment for stock splits, stock dividends, recapitalizations, reclassifications and similar events which increase or decrease the number of outstanding shares of Series L Preferred Stock (the “Secondary Liquidation Preference” and together with the Primary Liquidation Preference, the “Liquidation Preferences”).  If upon any such dissolution, liquidation, or winding up of the affairs of the Corporation, whether voluntary or involuntary, the assets of the Corporation available to be distributed as aforesaid among the

 



 

holders of the Series L Preferred Stock, the Series K Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series J Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series I Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series H Participating Convertible Preferred Stock and any other Pari Passu Stock - Secondary shall be insufficient to permit the payment in full to them of the Secondary Liquidation Preference, the Series K Secondary Liquidation Preference, the Series J Secondary Liquidation Preference, the Series I Secondary Liquidation Preference, the Series G Secondary Liquidation Preference and the Series H Primary Liquidation Preference and any other liquidation preferences ranking pari passu therewith and owing with respect to any other Pari Passu Stock - Secondary, then the entire assets of the Corporation so to be distributed shall be distributed ratably based upon their respective pari passu liquidation preferences among such holders of the Series L Preferred Stock, the Series K Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series J Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series I Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series H Participating Convertible Preferred Stock and any other Pari Passu Stock - Secondary.

 

(b)           Remaining Liquidating Distributions.  After payment has been made in full to the holders of Series L Preferred Stock, the Senior Stock, the Pari Passu Stock and any Junior Stock of their liquidation preferences, all remaining assets of the Corporation available for distribution shall be distributed ratably to the holders of the Participating Preferred Stock and the holders of the Common Stock, assuming for purposes of such calculation that all outstanding shares of Participating Preferred Stock are converted into shares of Common Stock at their then applicable conversion rates and that the Convertibility Date shall have occurred.

 

(c)           Assets other than Cash.  If assets other than cash are to be distributed to any holders of Series L Preferred Stock or Common Stock pursuant to Article 3 hereof, the amount received by such holders upon receipt of those assets shall be deemed to be the fair market value of such assets as determined in good faith by the Board of Directors of the Corporation in accordance with sound financial practice.  If shares of stock or other securities are distributed to any holders of Series L Preferred Stock or Common Stock pursuant to Article 3 hereof, the fair market value shall mean per share or unit of such security, at any date, the average of the daily market prices for the twenty trading business days ending on the second trading day immediately preceding the date of distribution.  The market price for each such business day shall be the last sales price on such day as reported on the consolidated transaction reporting system for the principal securities exchange on which the shares of stock or other securities being distributed pursuant to Article 3 hereof is then listed or admitted to trading (or, if applicable, the last sale price reported by the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation Service (“NASDAQ”) National Market System), or, if no sale takes place on such day on any such exchange or no such sale is quoted on such system, the average of the closing bid and asked prices on such day as so reported, or, if such securities are not then listed or admitted to trading on any stock exchange, the market price for each such business day shall be the average of the reported closing bid and asked prices on such day in the over-the-counter market, as reported by NASDAQ.  If no market prices are reported, then the market price shall be the fair market value as determined in good faith by the Board of Directors.  If such securities are subject to an agreement or other restriction limiting their free marketability, the loss of that marketability shall be considered by the Board of Directors in making its determination of fair market value.

 



 

(d)           Amount Payable in Mergers, etc.  The following events shall be treated as a liquidation, dissolution or winding up within the meaning of this Article 3:  (i) a consolidation, merger or reorganization of the Corporation with or into any other corporation or corporations in which the stockholders of the Corporation immediately before such event shall own fifty percent (50%) or less (calculated on an as converted basis, fully diluted) of the voting securities of the surviving corporation, (ii) any transaction or series of related transactions in which at least fifty percent (50%) of the Corporation’s voting power is transferred, (iii) the sale, transfer or lease of all or substantially all of the assets of the Corporation or (iv) any acquisition of shares of capital stock of the Corporation (whether through a direct issuance by the Corporation, negotiated stock purchase, a tender for such shares, merger, consolidation or otherwise) by any party or group that did not beneficially own a majority of the voting power of the outstanding shares of capital stock of the Corporation immediately prior to such purchase, the effect of which is that such party or group beneficially owns at least a majority of such voting power immediately after such event (each a “Change of Control Transaction”).  All consideration payable to the stockholders of the Corporation in connection with any such Change of Control Transaction, or all consideration payable to the Corporation and distributable to its stockholders, together with all other available assets of the Corporation (net of obligations owed by the Corporation that are senior to the Series L Preferred Stock), in connection with any such Change of Control Transaction, shall be, as applicable, paid by the purchaser to the holders of, or distributed by the Corporation in redemption (out of funds legally available therefor) of, the Series L Preferred Stock, the Pari Passu Stock and any Junior Stock in accordance with the preferences and priorities set forth in Articles 3(a) and 3(b) above, with such preferences and priorities specifically intended to be applicable in any such Change of Control Transaction as if such transaction were a liquidation, dissolution or winding up within the meaning of this Article 3.  In furtherance of the foregoing, the Corporation shall take such actions as are necessary to give effect to the provisions of this Article 3(d), including causing the definitive agreement relating to such Change of Control Transaction to provide for a rate at which the shares of Series L Preferred Stock are converted into or exchanged for cash, new securities or other property that gives effect to the provisions of this Article 3, or otherwise causing such shares to be redeemed in a manner consistent with the provisions of this Article 3. The amount deemed distributed to the holders of Series L Preferred Stock upon any such transaction shall be the cash or the value of the property, rights or securities distributed to such holders by the Corporation or the acquiring person, firm or other entity, as applicable.  The provisions of this Article 3(d) shall not apply to any reorganization, merger or consolidation involving (1) only a change in the state of incorporation of the Corporation or (2) a merger of the Corporation with or into a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Corporation which is incorporated in the United States of America which does not change the rights, privileges or preferences or the relative proportions of the stockholders as to each other as to before such event.

 

(e)           Election to Convert. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, a holder of shares of Series L Preferred Stock may elect to convert any or all of such shares of Series L Preferred Stock into Common Stock at any time after the Convertibility Date prior to close of business of the Company on the date prior to the day on which any liquidation preference provided for in this Article 3 is to be paid.  Any such conversion shall be at the then Applicable Conversion Rate and on the other terms and conditions set forth in Article 4 below.

 



 

4.             Conversion Rights.  Conversion of the Series L Preferred Stock into shares of Common Stock shall be subject to the following provisions:

 

(a)           Optional Conversion.  Subject to and in compliance with the provisions of this Article 4, any shares of Series L Preferred Stock may, at the option of the holder, be converted at any time from and after the Convertibility Date into fully-paid and nonassessable shares of Common Stock.  The number of shares of Common Stock to which a holder of Series L Preferred Stock shall be entitled upon conversion shall be the product obtained by multiplying the “Conversion Rate” then in effect (determined as provided in Article 4(b)) by the number of shares of Series L Preferred Stock being converted.

 

(b)           Conversion Rates.  The conversion rate in effect at any time for conversion of the Series L Preferred Stock (the “Conversion Rate”) shall be the quotient obtained by dividing $5,000 by the “Conversion Price,” calculated as provided in Article 4(c).

 

(c)           Applicable Conversion Prices.  The Conversion Price shall initially be $0.16130000 (the “Conversion Price”).  The initial Conversion Price shall be adjusted from time to time in accordance with this Article 4.  All references to a Conversion Price herein shall mean the Conversion Price as so adjusted.

 

(d)           Mechanics of Conversion.  Each holder of Series L Preferred Stock who wishes to convert the same into shares of Common Stock pursuant to this Article 4 shall surrender the certificate or certificates therefor, duly endorsed, at the office of the Corporation or any transfer agent for the Series L Preferred Stock, and shall give written notice to the Corporation at such office that such holder elects to convert the same.  Such notice shall state the number of shares of Series L Preferred Stock being converted.  Thereupon, the Corporation shall promptly issue and deliver at such office to such holder a certificate or certificates for the number of shares of Common Stock to which such holder is entitled and shall promptly pay in cash or, to the extent sufficient funds are not available therefor, in Common Stock (at the Common Stock’s fair market value as determined by the Board of Directors as of the date of such conversion) any declared and unpaid dividends on the shares of Series L Preferred Stock being converted.  Such conversion shall be deemed to have been made at the close of business on the date of such surrender of the certificates representing the shares of Series L Preferred Stock to be converted, and the person entitled to receive the shares of Common Stock issuable upon such conversion shall be treated for all purposes as the record holder of such shares of Common Stock on such date.  Upon conversion of only a portion of the number of shares of Series L Preferred Stock represented by a certificate surrendered for conversion, the Corporation shall issue and deliver to or upon the written order of the holder of the certificate so surrendered for conversion, at the expense of the Corporation, a new certificate covering the number of shares of Series L Preferred Stock representing the unconverted portion of the certificate so surrendered.

 

(e)           Adjustment for Stock Splits and Combinations.  If the Corporation shall at any time or from time to time after the date that the first share of the Series L Preferred Stock is issued (the “Original Issue Date”) effect a subdivision of the outstanding Common Stock without a corresponding subdivision of the Series L Preferred Stock, the Conversion Price in effect immediately before that subdivision with respect to the Series L Preferred Stock shall be

 



 

proportionately decreased.  Conversely, if the Corporation shall at any time or from time to time after the Original Issue Date combine the outstanding shares of Common Stock into a smaller number of shares without a corresponding combination of the Series L Preferred Stock, the Conversion Price in effect immediately before the combination with respect to the Series L Preferred Stock shall be proportionately increased.  Any adjustment under this Article 4(e) shall become effective at the close of business on the date the subdivision or combination becomes effective.

 

(f)            Adjustment for Common Stock Dividends and Distributions.  If the Corporation at any time or from time to time after the Original Issue Date makes, or fixes a record date for the determination of holders of Common Stock entitled to receive, a dividend or other distribution payable in additional shares of Common Stock, in each such event, unless an equivalent dividend is paid to the holders of the Series L Preferred Stock in respect of such stock, the Conversion Prices that are then in effect shall be decreased as of the time of such issuance or, in the event such record date is fixed, as of the close of business on such record date, to the price determined by multiplying each Conversion Price then in effect by a fraction (1) the numerator of which is the total number of shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding immediately prior to the time of such issuance or the close of business on such record date, and (2) the denominator of which is the total number of shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding immediately prior to the time of such issuance or the close of business on such record date plus the number of shares of Common Stock issuable in payment of such dividend or distribution; provided, however, that if such record date is fixed and such dividend is not fully paid or if such distribution is not fully made on the date fixed therefor, each Conversion Price shall be recomputed accordingly as of the close of business on such record date and thereafter each Conversion Price shall be adjusted pursuant to this Article 4(f) to reflect the actual payment of such dividend or distribution; and provided further, that if an adjustment has been made to any Conversion Price on the fixing of the record date for a dividend or distribution, no additional adjustment shall be made when such dividend is paid or distribution is made.

 

(g)           Adjustments for Other Dividends and Distributions.  If the Corporation at any time or from time to time after the Original Issue Date makes, or fixes a record date for the determination of holders of Common Stock entitled to receive, a dividend or other distribution payable in securities of the Corporation other than shares of Common Stock, in each such event, unless an equivalent dividend is paid to the holders of the Series L Preferred Stock in respect of such stock, provision shall be made so that the holders of Series L Preferred Stock shall receive upon conversion thereof, in addition to the number of shares of Common Stock receivable thereupon, the amount of other securities of the Corporation which they would have received had their shares of Series L Preferred Stock been converted into Common Stock on the date of such event and had they thereafter, during the period from the date of such event to and including the conversion date, retained such securities receivable by them as aforesaid during such period, subject to all other adjustments called for during such period under this Article 4 with respect to the rights of the holders of such shares of Series L Preferred Stock or with respect to such other securities by their terms; provided, however, that if such a provision has been made on the fixing of the record date for a dividend or distribution, no additional provision shall be made when such dividend is paid or distribution is made.

 



 

(h)           Adjustment for Reclassification.  Exchange and Substitution.  If at any time or from time to time after the Original Issue Date, the Common Stock issuable upon the conversion of the Series L Preferred Stock is changed into the same or a different number of shares of any class or classes of stock, whether by recapitalization, reclassification or otherwise (other than a subdivision or combination of shares or stock dividend or a reorganization, merger, consolidation or sale of assets provided for elsewhere in this Article 4), in any such event each holder of shares of Series L Preferred Stock shall have the right thereafter to convert such stock into the kind and amount of stock and other securities and property receivable upon such recapitalization, reclassification or other change by holders of the maximum number of shares of Common Stock into which such Series L Preferred Stock could have been converted immediately prior to such recapitalization, reclassification or change, all subject to further adjustment as provided herein or with respect to such other securities or property by the terms thereof.

 

(i)            Sale of Shares Below Applicable Conversion Price.

 

(1)           If at any time or from time to time after the Original Issue Date, the Corporation issues or sells, or is deemed by the express provisions of this subsection (i) to have issued or sold, Additional Shares of Common Stock (as hereinafter defined), other than (i) pursuant to a transaction described in Articles 4(e)-(h) above for which adjustment was made as provided in the applicable Article or (ii) the issuance of Common Stock, or options or warrants to purchase Common Stock, issued to financial institutions or lessors in connection with commercial credit arrangements, equipment financings or similar transactions, as approved by two-thirds (2/3rds) of the then sitting members of the Board of Directors, in any event for an Effective Price (as hereinafter defined) less than the then-effective Conversion Price, then in each such case the then existing Conversion Price shall be reduced, as of the opening of business on the date of such issue or sale (or such deemed issuance or sale), to a price determined by multiplying the then Conversion Price by a fraction (the “Adjustment Factor”) (i) the numerator of which shall be (A) the number of shares of Common Stock deemed outstanding (as defined below) immediately prior to such issue or sale, plus (B) the number of shares of Common Stock which the Aggregate Consideration received (as defined in subsection (j)(2)) by the Corporation for the total number of Additional Shares of Common Stock so issued would purchase at such Conversion Price and (ii) the denominator of which shall be the number of shares of Common Stock deemed outstanding (as defined below) immediately prior to such issue or sale plus the total number of Additional Shares of Common Stock so issued.  For the purposes of the preceding sentence, the number of shares of Common Stock deemed to be outstanding as of a given date shall be the sum of (A) the number of shares of Common Stock actually outstanding and (B) the number of shares of Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the then outstanding Preferred Stock and the exercise of all outstanding rights, warrants and options to purchase Common Stock or Convertible Securities (as defined below).  Notwithstanding the foregoing, if at any time or from time to time after the Original Issue Date, the Corporation adjusts the conversion price of the Series F Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, any sub-series of the Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series H Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series I Participating

 



 

Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series J Participating Convertible Preferred Stock or the Series K Participating Convertible Preferred Stock or pursuant to Article 4(i)(1) of the Certificate of Designations, Preferences and Relative, Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations and Restrictions of such Preferred Stock, the Conversion Price shall be reduced (in lieu of any applicable adjustment pursuant to the first sentence of this subsection (i)(1)), as of the opening of business on the date of such adjustment, to a price determined by multiplying the Conversion Price in effect prior to the applicable issue or sale (or deemed issue or sale) by the smallest of the Adjustment Factor, the Series F Adjustment Factor, the Series G Controlling Adjustment Factor, the Series H Adjustment Factor, the Series I Adjustment Factor, the Series J Adjustment Factor and the Series K Adjustment Factor, as applicable.

 

(2)           For the purpose of making any adjustment required under this Article 4(i), the “Aggregate Consideration” received by the Corporation for any issue or sale of securities shall (A) to the extent it consists of cash, be computed at the net amount of cash received by the Corporation after deduction of any underwriting or similar commissions, compensation or concessions paid or allowed by the Corporation in connection with such issue or sale but without deduction of any expenses payable by the Corporation, (B) to the extent it consists of property other than cash, be computed at the fair value of that property as determined in good faith by the Board of Directors, and (C) if Additional Shares of Common Stock, Convertible Securities or rights or options to purchase either Additional Shares of Common Stock or Convertible Securities are issued or sold together with other stock or securities or other assets of the Corporation for a consideration which covers both, be computed as the portion of the consideration so received that may be reasonably determined in good faith by the Board of Directors to be allocable to such Additional Shares of Common Stock, Convertible Securities or rights or options.

 

(3)           For the purpose of the adjustment required under this Article 4(i), if the Corporation issues or sells any rights or options for the purchase of, or stock or other securities convertible into, Additional Shares of Common Stock (such convertible stock or securities being herein referred to as “Convertible Securities”) and if the Effective Price of such Additional Shares of Common Stock is less than the effective Conversion Price, the Corporation shall be deemed to have issued at the time of the issuance of such rights or options or Convertible Securities the maximum number of Additional Shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise or conversion thereof and to have received as consideration for the issuance of such shares an amount equal to the total amount of the consideration, if any, received by the Corporation for the issuance of such rights or options or Convertible Securities, plus, in the case of such rights or options, the minimum amounts of consideration, if any, payable to the Corporation upon the exercise of such rights or options, plus, in the case of Convertible Securities, the minimum amounts of consideration, if any, payable to the Corporation upon the conversion thereof (other than by cancellation of liabilities or obligations evidenced by such Convertible Securities); provided that if in the case of Convertible Securities the minimum amounts of such consideration cannot be ascertained, but are a function of antidilution or similar protective clauses, the Corporation shall be deemed to have

 



 

received the minimum amounts of consideration without reference to such clauses; provided further that if the minimum amount of consideration payable to the Corporation upon the exercise or conversion of rights, options or Convertible Securities is reduced over time or on the occurrence or non-occurrence of specified events other than by reason of antidilution adjustments, the Effective Price shall be recalculated using the figure to which such minimum amount of consideration is reduced; provided further that if the minimum amount of consideration payable to the Corporation upon the exercise or conversion of such rights, options or Convertible Securities is subsequently increased, the Effective Price shall be again recalculated using the increased minimum amount of consideration payable to the Corporation upon the exercise or conversion of such rights, options or Convertible Securities.  No readjustment in respect of any rights, options or Convertible Securities pursuant to this Article 4(i) shall have the effect of increasing the Conversion Price to an amount which exceeds the lower of (i) the Conversion Price that was in effect on the original adjustment date or (ii) the Conversion Price that would have resulted from any issuance of Additional Shares of Common Stock between the original adjustment date and the date of such readjustment for which no adjustment was made.  No further adjustment of the Conversion Price, as adjusted upon the issuance of such rights, options or Convertible Securities, shall be made as a result of the actual issuance of Additional Shares of Common Stock on the exercise of any such rights or options or the conversion of any such Convertible Securities.  If any such rights or options or the conversion privilege represented by any such Convertible Securities shall expire without having been exercised, the Conversion Price as adjusted upon the issuance of such rights, options or Convertible Securities shall be readjusted to the Conversion Price which would have been in effect had an adjustment been made on the basis that the only Additional Shares of Common Stock so issued were the Additional Shares of Common Stock, if any, actually issued or sold on the exercise of such rights or options or rights of conversion of such Convertible Securities, and such Additional Shares of Common Stock, if any, were issued or sold for the consideration actually received by the Corporation upon such exercise, plus the consideration, if any, actually received by the Corporation for the granting of all such rights or options, whether or not exercised, plus the consideration received for issuing or selling the Convertible Securities actually converted, plus the consideration, if any, actually received by the Corporation (other than by cancellation of liabilities or obligations evidenced by such Convertible Securities) on the conversion of such Convertible Securities, provided that such readjustment shall not apply to prior conversions of Series L Preferred Stock.

 

(4)           “Additional Shares of Common Stock” shall mean, with respect to shares of Series L Preferred Stock, all shares of Common Stock issued by the Corporation or deemed to be issued pursuant to this Article 4(i), whether or not subsequently reacquired or retired by the Corporation other than (1) shares of Common Stock issued upon conversion of any Preferred Stock, (2) up to 10,000 shares of Common Stock issued or issuable pursuant to options, warrants or other rights (as adjusted for any stock splits, reverse stock splits, recapitalizations and similar capital events) issued to employees, officers or directors of, or consultants or advisors to the Corporation or any Subsidiary pursuant to stock purchase or stock option plans or other arrangements that are approved by the Board of Directors, (3) up to 2,000,000 shares of Common Stock

 



 

issued or issuable pursuant to options, warrants or other rights (as adjusted for any stock splits, reverse stock splits, recapitalizations and similar capital events) issued to investors in or lenders to the Corporation, (4) additional convertible debt or equity issued in exchange for, upon conversion of, or as paid-in-kind interest payment on, the 7.50% convertible notes due 2007 of Allied Riser Communications Corporation outstanding on the Original Issue Date and in accordance with the terms of such convertible notes as in effect on the Original Issue Date, (5) up to 3,000 shares of Series I Participating Convertible Preferred Stock and the shares of Common Stock issued or issuable upon the conversion thereof, (6) up to 3,891 shares of Series J Participating Convertible Preferred Stock and the shares of Common Stock issued or issuable upon the conversion thereof, (7) up to 2,600 shares of Series K Participating Convertible Preferred Stock and the shares of Common Stock issued or issuable upon the conversion thereof, and (8) up to 185.4 shares of Series L Preferred Stock and the shares of Common Stock issued or issuable upon the conversion thereof.

 

(5)           The “Effective Price” of Additional Shares of Common Stock shall mean the quotient determined by dividing the total number of Additional Shares of Common Stock issued or sold, or deemed to have been issued or sold by the Company under this Article 4(i), into the Aggregate Consideration received, or deemed to have been received by the Company for such issue under this Article 4(i), for such Additional Shares of Common Stock.

 

(j)            Accountants’ Certificate of Adjustment.  In each case of an adjustment or readjustment of the Conversion Price for the number of shares of Common Stock or other securities issuable upon conversion of the Series L Preferred Stock, the Corporation, at its expense, shall compute such adjustment or readjustment in accordance with the provisions hereof and prepare a certificate showing such adjustment or readjustment, and shall mail such certificate, by first class mail, postage prepaid, to each registered holder of shares of Series L Preferred Stock at the holder’s address as shown in the Corporation’s books.  The certificate shall set forth such adjustment or readjustment, showing in detail the facts upon which such adjustment or readjustment is based, including a statement of (1) the consideration received or deemed to be received by the Corporation for any Additional Shares of Common Stock issued or sold or deemed to have been issued or sold, (2) the Applicable Conversion Price for such series in effect prior to and after giving effect to such adjustment or readjustment, (3) the number of Additional Shares of Common Stock and (4) the type and amount, if any, of other property which at the time would be received upon conversion of such shares of such Series L Preferred Stock.

 

(k)           Notices of Record Date.  Upon (i) any taking by the Corporation of a record of the holders of any class of securities for the purpose of determining the holders thereof who are entitled to receive any dividend or other distribution, or (ii) any capital reorganization of the Corporation, any reclassification or recapitalization of the capital stock of the Corporation, any merger or consolidation of the Corporation with or into any other corporation, any Change of Control Transaction, any sale of all or substantially all of the Corporation’s assets or any voluntary or involuntary dissolution, liquidation or winding up of the Corporation, the Corporation shall mail to each holder of Series L Preferred Stock at least twenty (20) days prior

 



 

to the record date specified therein a notice specifying (1) the date on which any such record is to be taken for the purpose of such dividend or distribution and a description of such dividend or distribution, (2) the date on which any such reorganization, reclassification, consolidation, merger, dissolution, liquidation or winding up is expected to become effective, and the material terms of such transaction, and (3) the date, if any, that is to be fixed as to when the holders of record of Common Stock (or other securities) shall be entitled to exchange their shares of Common Stock (or other securities) for securities or other property deliverable upon such reorganization, reclassification, consolidation, merger, dissolution, liquidation or winding up.

 

(l)            Automatic Conversion.

 

(1)           On or after the Convertibility Date, each share of Series L Preferred Stock shall automatically be converted into shares of Common Stock, based on the Conversion Price, upon the affirmative election (whether made before or after the Convertibility Date) of the holders of at least eighty percent (80%) of the outstanding shares of the Series L Preferred Stock, the Series K Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series J Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series I Participating Convertible Preferred Stock and Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock voting together as a single class, provided, however, that the Series L Preferred Stock shall not be converted pursuant to the first sentence of this Section 4(l)(1) unless all of the shares of the Series K Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series J Participating Convertible Preferred Stock, the Series I Participating Convertible Preferred Stock and the Series G Participating Convertible Preferred Stock are automatically converted into shares of Common Stock either before or at the same time as the Series L Preferred Stock is converted.  Each share of Series L Preferred Stock shall automatically be converted into shares of Common Stock based on the Conversion Price immediately upon the closing of a firmly underwritten public offering pursuant to an effective registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, covering the offer and sale of Common Stock for the account of the Corporation in which (i) the aggregate pre-money valuation of the Corporation is at least five hundred million dollars ($500,000,000); and (ii) the gross cash proceeds (before underwriting discounts, commissions and fees) are at least fifty million dollars ($50,000,000) (a “Qualified Offering”).  Upon such automatic conversion, any declared and unpaid dividends shall be paid in accordance with the provisions of Article 5.

 

(2)           On or after the Convertibility Date, upon the occurrence of an event specified in paragraph (1) above, the outstanding shares of Series L Preferred Stock shall be converted automatically without any further action by the holders of such shares and whether or not the certificates representing such shares are surrendered to the Corporation or its transfer agent; provided, however, that the Corporation shall not be obligated to issue certificates evidencing the shares of Common Stock issuable upon such conversion unless the certificates evidencing such shares of Series L Preferred Stock are either delivered to the Corporation or its transfer agent as provided below, or the holder notifies the Corporation or its transfer agent that such certificates have been lost, stolen or destroyed and executes an agreement satisfactory to the Corporation to indemnify the Corporation from any loss incurred by it in connection with such certificates.  Upon the

 



 

occurrence of such automatic conversion of the Series L Preferred Stock the holders of Series L Preferred Stock shall surrender the certificates representing such shares at the office of the Corporation or any transfer agent for the Series L Preferred Stock.  Thereupon, there shall be issued and delivered to such holder promptly at such office and in its name as shown on such surrendered certificate or certificates, a certificate or certificates for the number of shares of Common Stock into which such shares of Series L Preferred Stock surrendered were convertible on the date on which such automatic conversion occurred, and the Corporation shall promptly pay in cash or, at the option of the Corporation, Common Stock (at the Common Stock’s fair market value determined by the Board as of the date of such conversion), or, at the option of the Corporation, both, all declared and unpaid dividends on such shares of Series L Preferred Stock being converted, to and including the date of such conversion.

 

(m)          Fractional Shares.  No fractional shares of Common Stock shall be issued upon conversion of Series L Preferred Stock.  All shares of Common Stock (including fractions thereof) issuable upon conversion of more than one share of Series L Preferred Stock by a holder thereof shall be aggregated for purposes of determining whether the conversion would result in the issuance of any fractional share.  If, after the aforementioned aggregation, the conversion would result in the issuance of any fractional share, the Corporation shall, in lieu of issuing any fractional share, pay cash equal to the product of such fraction multiplied by the Common Stock’s fair market value (as determined by the Board) on the date of conversion.

 

(n)           Reservation of Stock Issuable Upon Conversion.  The Corporation shall at all times reserve and keep available out of its authorized but unissued shares of Common Stock, solely for the purpose of effecting the conversion of the shares of the Series L Preferred Stock, such number of its shares of Common Stock as shall from time to time be sufficient to effect the conversion of all outstanding shares of the Series L Preferred Stock.  If at any time the number of authorized but unissued shares of Common Stock shall not be sufficient to effect the conversion of all then outstanding shares of the Series L Preferred Stock, the Corporation will take such corporate action as may, in the opinion of its counsel, be necessary to increase its authorized but unissued shares of Common Stock to such number of shares as shall be sufficient for such purpose.

 

(o)           Notices.  Any notice required by the provisions of this Article 4 shall be in writing and shall be deemed effectively given: (i) upon personal delivery to the party to be notified, (ii) when sent by confirmed telex or facsimile if sent during normal business hours of the recipient; if not, then on the next business day, (iii) five (5) days after having been sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, or (iv) one (1) day after deposit with a nationally recognized overnight courier, having specified next day of delivery, with written verification of receipt.  All notices shall be addressed to each holder of record at the address of such holder appearing on the books of the Corporation.

 

(p)           Payment of Taxes.  The Corporation shall pay all taxes imposed by the State of Delaware (or any other jurisdiction in which the Company is then located or conducting business) (other than taxes based upon income) and other governmental charges that may be

 



 

imposed with respect to the issue or delivery of shares of Common Stock upon conversion of any shares of Preferred Stock.

 

(q)           Dilution or Impairment.  The Corporation shall not, without the appropriate vote of the stockholders under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware and Article 7 of this Certificate, amend its Certificate of Incorporation or participate in any reorganization, transfer of assets, consolidation, merger, dissolution, issue or sale of securities or any other voluntary action, for the purpose of avoiding or seeking to avoid the observance or performance of any of the terms to be observed or performed hereunder by the Corporation, but shall at all times in good faith assist in carrying out all such action as may be reasonably necessary or appropriate in order to protect the conversion rights of the holders of the Series L Preferred Stock against dilution or other impairment.

 

5.             Dividend Rights.

 

(a)           In the event dividends are paid on any share of Common Stock, Pari Passu Stock or Junior Stock, the Company shall pay an additional dividend on all outstanding shares of Series L Preferred Stock in an amount equal per share (on an as-if-converted to Common Stock basis) to the amount paid or set aside for each share of Common Stock, Pari Passu Stock or Junior Stock.

 

(b)           The provisions of Article 5(a) shall not apply to a dividend payable in Common Stock.

 

6.             Residual Rights.

 

All rights accruing to the outstanding shares of the Corporation not expressly provided for to the contrary herein or in Article IV of the Certificate of Incorporation shall be vested in the Common Stock.

 

7.             Amendment.

 

No provision of this Certificate may be amended, modified or waived without the written consent or affirmative vote of the holders of at least a majority of the then outstanding shares of the Series L Preferred Stock.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Cogent Communications Group, Inc.  has caused this Certificate of Designations to be executed and delivered in its name and on its behalf on September 15, 2004.

 

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 /s/David Schaeffer

 

 

Name:  David Schaeffer

 

Title:      Chief Executive Officer

 


Exhibit 99.1

 

 

Cogent Public Relations Contacts:

For Cogent:

Jeff Henriksen

On Behalf of Cogent:

Kristin Duskin-Gadd

 

+ 1 (202) 550-5493

+ 1 (828) 645-4846

 

jhenriksen@cogentco.com

kdg@interprosepr.com

 

Cogent Acquires Assets of

 

Dedicated Internet Access Provider, Global Access

 

[Washington, D.C., September 15, 2004] - Cogent Communications Group, Inc. (AMEX: COI), a multinational Tier One, optical Internet service provider, announced today that it has acquired assets of Global Access, a German Internet service provider, including its office, network, data centers and customer base.  As part of the acquisition, Cogent will be hiring all 19 employees in Germany and will relocate its German office to the former Global Access headquarters in Frankfurt.  Global Access serves approximately 350 customers in Germany.

 

About Cogent Communications

Cogent is a facilities-based provider of low-cost, high-speed Internet access and Internet Protocol, or IP, connectivity in North America and Europe. Cogent Communications’ global headquarters is located at 1015 31st Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007.

 

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Information in this release may involve expectations, beliefs, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future.  These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties.  All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to Cogent Communications Group, Inc. as of the date of the release, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement.  The statements in this release are not guarantees of future performance and actual results could differ materially from our current expectations.  Numerous factors could cause or contribute to such differences.  Some of the factors and risks associated with our business are discussed in Cogent’s registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in its other reports filed from time to time with the SEC.

 

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