Ocugen Announces Unique Dividend Strategy with Series C Preferred Stock

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MALVERN, PAOcugen, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCGN) recently revealed a novel approach to shareholder incentives by declaring a dividend of Series C Preferred Stock. For every share of common stock held as of May 20, 2024, shareholders will receive one one-thousandth of a Series C Preferred share, to be distributed on May 22, 2024. This move introduces a unique voting power structure, granting each share of Series C Preferred Stock an equivalent of 1,000,000 votes, heavily amplifying the voice of its holders in specific company decisions.

This decision marks a strategic maneuver in corporate governance, allowing shareholders to significantly influence certain proposals while restricting their vote on broader company matters, except as mandated by the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL). The focus narrows down to key issues, potentially streamlining decision-making processes at critical junctures.

However, there’s a catch. Shares of Series C Preferred that aren’t represented at shareholder meetings to vote on these select proposals will be automatically redeemed, voiding their enhanced voting rights. Furthermore, these shares are bound to the common stock they accompany, only transferring with the sale of said common stock and remaining uncertificated to simplify the process.

This initiative not only strengthens shareholder engagement by linking their investment directly to pivotal company decisions but also places a noteworthy emphasis on attendance and participation in shareholder meetings. The implications for corporate governance and investor relations could be profound, setting a precedent for how companies might seek to balance incentivizing shareholder involvement with steering strategic direction.

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