Under what conditions can a C corp authorize new shares?


Under what conditions can a C corp increase the total number of shares authorized?

Board approval? Majority shareholder approval? Unanimous shareholder approval?

Corporate Structure Shares Corporation

asked Oct 26 '11 at 16:17
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This is done by amending your articles (or certificate) of incorporation. This generally involves both board action (to approve the amendment and recommend it to the stockholders) and stockholder action (to actually approve the amendment.) Once the amendment is approved, it's filed with the Secretary of State, and voila -- you now have more shares authorized.

If your board and shareholders are the same people, folks often do this in one fell swoop with a joint board/stockholder resolution. Whether that works for you will depend on where you're incorporated.

If you haven't issued shares yet, then you don't need shareholder approval.

In general, you do NOT need all stockholders to go along with any action, including amending your articles. But, they all have a right to know about the vote.

answered Apr 24 '12 at 03:15
Chris Fulmer
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The board typically issues authorized shares, but additional shares are generally authorized for issuance by the current shareholders by majority approval.

The precise answer would depend more on the current status of the C corp and how shares have been issued and sold.

If this is still the "3 guys in the basement" stage, you pretty much will just file paperwork with the state, update your meeting minutes, and it's not a big undertaking.

If you have actual investors that have purchased shares you will most likely want to conduct a formal vote, with records of the vote, and then proceed to authorize the new shares and file the paperwork mentioned above.

answered Oct 26 '11 at 23:19
Brian Karas
3,407 points
  • what is majority approval? 51%? – Jon 12 years ago
  • Typically, yes. – Brian Karas 12 years ago
  • what about shareholders who didn't approve? do they get diluted as well? – Jon 12 years ago
  • Sure they do. That s aid the sales price of the sahres in general has to be above book value, so their dilutuion does not destroy their wealth. issue them too cheap and you get sued by minority sahreholders for what essentially is theft. – Net Tecture 12 years ago
  • Speaking with no authority about that matter (operating in UK and EU legal frameworks), it might also depend on any extra terms included in the Articles of Incorporation, that specifically restrict the board's ability to issue more shares (for instance, demanding 67% shareholder approval, etc). – Qdot 12 years ago

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