YRC Worldwide Inc. announced the preliminary results of its Annual Meeting of Stockholders held today, November 30, 2011, in Overland Park, Kan. During the meeting, security holders authorized the company's board of directors to effect a reverse stock split of YRC Worldwide's common stock and to proportionately reduce the number of authorized shares of common stock with the ratio and timing of implementation of the reverse stock split at the discretion of the company's board of directors.
The company plans to amend its certificate of incorporation on December 1, 2011 to implement a reverse stock split with a ratio of 1:300. The reverse stock split will be effective on the NASDAQ exchange on December 2, 2011, at which time the company's ticker symbol will temporarily change from "YRCW" to "YRCWD" in accordance with NASDAQ rules. The ticker symbol will revert back to "YRCW" on January 3, 2012. The reverse stock split will reduce the number of authorized common shares to approximately 33.3 million from the current 10 billion and reduce the number of outstanding common shares to approximately 6.8 million from the current approximately 2 billion.
"The reverse stock split is an important step in bringing the company into compliance with NASDAQ listing rules and enhances our position as a publicly held company," said James Welch, chief executive officer of YRC Worldwide. "Now we can focus our attention on serving our customers and providing them with exceptional service."
At the meeting, security holders also approved the election of seven members of the company's board of directors; the company's 2011 Incentive and Equity Award Plan; (by non-binding vote) the compensation paid to the company's named executive officers, as described in the company's proxy statement, and a proposal to provide security holders with an advisory vote on named executives' compensation every year; and the ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as the company's independent registered public accounting firm for 2011.
The final voting results will be disclosed in a current report on Form 8-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission after the voting results are certified by an independent inspector of elections.