SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
FOR REGISTRATION OF CERTAIN CLASSES OF SECURITIES
PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(b) OR 12(g) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State of incorporation
3355 Michelson Drive, Suite 100
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Securities to be registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
to be so registered
Name of each exchange on which
each class is to be registered
|Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share||The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC|
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Securities Act registration statement file number to which this form relates (if applicable):
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This Registration Statement on Form 8-A is being filed by Western Digital Corporation, a Delaware corporation (we, us, our, or the Company), in connection with the registration of the Companys common stock, par value $0.01 per share (Common Stock), under Section 12(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the transfer of the listing of its Common Stock to the NASDAQ Global Select Market.
INFORMATION REQUIRED IN REGISTRATION STATEMENT
|Item 1.||Description of Registrants Securities to be Registered.|
The Companys authorized capital stock consists of 455,000,000 shares of Common Stock and 5,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share (Preferred Stock). No shares of Preferred Stock are issued or outstanding as of the date of filing of this Form 8-A.
The following is a summary of the material provisions of the Companys Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, as amended (our Certificate of Incorporation), and Amended and Restated Bylaws (our Bylaws), insofar as they relate to the material terms of our Common Stock. This summary is qualified in its entirety by reference to our Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws, which are filed as Exhibits 3.1 and 3.2 hereto. Additionally, the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the DGCL), may also affect the terms of our Common Stock.
Subject to the relative rights, limitations and preferences of the holders of any then outstanding Preferred Stock, holders of our Common Stock will be entitled to certain rights, including (i) to share ratably in dividends if, when and as declared by the Companys Board of Directors (our Board) out of funds legally available therefor and (ii) in the event of liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company, to share ratably in the distribution of assets legally available therefor, after payment of debts and expenses. Each outstanding share of our Common Stock will entitle the holder to one vote on all matters submitted to a vote of the stockholders, including the election of directors, and the holders of shares of our Common Stock will possess the exclusive voting power. The holders of our Common Stock will not have cumulative voting rights in the election of directors or preemptive rights to subscribe for additional shares of our capital stock. Our Bylaws require that, in uncontested elections, each director be elected by the majority of votes cast with respect to such director. This means that the number of shares voted for a director nominee must exceed the number of votes cast against that nominee in order for that nominee to be elected.
Holders of shares of our Common Stock will have no preference, conversion, exchange, sinking fund, redemption or appraisal rights. The rights, preferences and privileges of holders of our Common Stock will be subject to the terms of any series of Preferred Stock which the Company may issue in the future.
Our Board has the authority, within the limitations and restrictions stated in our Certificate of Incorporation, to authorize the issuance of shares of Preferred Stock, in one or more classes or series, and to fix the rights, preferences, privileges and restrictions thereof, including dividend rights, conversion rights, voting rights, terms of redemption, liquidation preferences, preemptive rights and the number of shares constituting any series or the designation of such series. The issuance of Preferred Stock could have the effect of decreasing the market price of our Common Stock and could adversely affect the voting and other rights of the holders of our Common Stock.
Anti-Takeover Effect of Our Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws and Delaware Law
Our Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws include provisions, summarized below, that are intended to discourage and prevent coercive takeover practices and inadequate takeover bids. These provisions are designed to encourage persons seeking to acquire control of the Company to first negotiate with our Board. They are also intended to provide our management with the flexibility to enhance the likelihood of continuity and stability if our Board determines that a takeover is not in the best interests of our stockholders. These provisions, however, could have the effect of discouraging others from making tender offers for our shares and may have the effect of deterring hostile takeovers or delaying changes in our control or management.
Special Stockholder Meetings
Under our Bylaws, only our Board, the Chairman of the Board or our President may call special meetings of stockholders. Stockholders do not have the authority to call a special meeting of stockholders.
Requirements for Advance Notification of Stockholder Nominations and Proposals
Our stockholders must comply with advance notice procedures set forth in our Bylaws to bring business before or nominate directors for election at a meeting of stockholders.
Elimination of Stockholder Action by Written Consent
The DGCL permits stockholder action by written consent unless the corporations certificate of incorporation provides otherwise. Our Certificate of Incorporation eliminates the right of stockholders to act by written consent without a meeting.
No Cumulative Voting
Under Delaware law, cumulative voting for the election of directors is not permitted unless a corporations certificate of incorporation authorizes cumulative voting. Our Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws do not provide for cumulative voting in the election of directors. The absence of cumulative voting makes it more difficult for a minority stockholder to gain a seat on our Board to influence our Boards decision regarding a takeover.
Authorized but Unissued Shares
Subject to the requirements of The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC and other applicable law, our authorized but unissued shares of Common Stock may be available for future issuance without stockholder approval. We may use these additional shares for a variety of corporate purposes, including future public offerings to raise additional capital, corporate acquisitions and employee benefit plans. The existence of authorized but unissued shares of Common Stock could render more difficult or discourage an attempt to obtain control of us by means of a proxy contest, tender offer, merger or otherwise.
Undesignated Preferred Stock
The authorization of undesignated Preferred Stock makes it possible for our Board to issue Preferred Stock with voting or other rights or preferences that could impede the success of any attempt to change control of the Company.
Amendment of Provisions in Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws
Our Certificate of Incorporation may be amended in accordance with Delaware law. Our Bylaws, or any of them, may be altered, amended or repealed, and new Bylaws may be adopted, (i) by our Board, by vote of a majority of the number of directors then in office as directors, acting at any duly called and held meeting of our Board, or (ii) by the stockholders, provided that notice of such proposed amendment, modification, repeal or adoption is given in the notice of special meeting.
Delaware Anti-Takeover Law
We are subject to Section 203 of the DGCL, which is an anti-takeover law. In general, Section 203 prohibits a publicly-held Delaware corporation from engaging in a business combination with an interested stockholder for a period of three years following the date that the person became an interested stockholder, unless the business combination or the transaction in which the person became an interested stockholder is approved in a prescribed manner. Generally, a business combination includes a merger, asset or stock sale, or another transaction resulting in a financial benefit to the interested stockholder. Generally, an interested stockholder is a person who, together with affiliates and associates, owns 15% or more of the corporations voting stock. Under Section 203, a business combination between a corporation and an interested stockholder is prohibited unless it satisfies one of the following conditions:
before the stockholder became interested, the board of directors approved either the business combination or the transaction which resulted in the stockholder becoming an interested stockholder;
upon consummation of the transaction which resulted in the stockholder becoming an interested stockholder, the interested stockholder owned at least 85% of the voting stock of the corporation outstanding at the time the transaction commenced, excluding for purposes of determining the voting stock outstanding, shares owned by persons who are directors and also officers, and employee stock plans, in some instances; or
at or after the time the stockholder became interested, the business combination was approved by the board of directors of the corporation and authorized at an annual or special meeting of the stockholders by the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the outstanding voting stock which is not owned by the interested stockholder.
|3.1||Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Western Digital Corporation, as amended to date. (Incorporated by reference to the Companys Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (File No. 1-8703), as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 8, 2006.)|
|3.2||Amended and Restated Bylaws of Western Digital Corporation, as amended effective as of November 5, 2007. (Incorporated by reference to the Companys Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 1-8703), as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 8, 2007.)|
Pursuant to the requirements of Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereto duly authorized.
|WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION|
|Date: May 31, 2012||By:||/s/ Michael C. Ray|
|Name:||Michael C. Ray|
|Title:||Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary|