Middlefield Banc Corp. - Dividend Reinvestment
Middlefield Banc Corp.
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The Plan does not represent a change in Middlefield’s dividend policy, nor does it represent a guarantee of future dividends. Future dividends will continue to be determined by the board of directors based upon Middlefield’s earnings, financial condition, and other factors.
10. What is the Investment Date? For dividends reinvested under the Plan, “Investment Date” means the date on which dividends are paid. For an optional cash payment, “Investment Date” means the first business day of the month immediately after the month in which the optional cash payment is received by the Plan Administrator, or – if the month immediately after the month in which the optional cash payment is received is a month in which a dividend is paid – the next dividend payment date after the optional cash payment is received.
11. What is the source of Middlefield common stock purchased under the Plan? In Middlefield’s discretion, Middlefield common stock purchased under the Plan with reinvested dividends or optional cash payments may be purchased directly from Middlefield, or on the open market, or otherwise from sources other than Middlefield. The Plan Administrator will use dividends and optional cash payments to acquire shares from Middlefield if available for the account of participants. If Middlefield is not then making shares available for purchase under the Plan, the shares of Middlefield common stock may instead be purchased in the open market or in negotiated transactions. In its sole discretion, Middlefield reserves the right to cease making shares available for purchases under the Plan and to resume making shares available at any time.
Middlefield common stock is traded in the over-the-counter market under the ticker symbol “MBCN.” The stock is not actively traded. Shares of Middlefield common stock are not listed on any stock exchanges. Thinly traded, illiquid stocks are more susceptible to significant and sudden price changes than stocks that are widely followed by the investment community and that are actively traded on an exchange such as Nasdaq. Because the market for Middlefield common stock is illiquid, Middlefield expects that, at least initially, all or almost all shares purchased under the Plan will be purchased directly from Middlefield, rather than on the open market or otherwise.
Middlefield currently does not intend to seek listing of the common stock on a securities exchange. Even if Middlefield does successfully list the common stock on a securities exchange, we nevertheless could not assure you that an organized public market for Middlefield common stock will develop.
12. What will be the price of common stock purchased under the Plan? For shares purchased from Middlefield directly, the purchase price per share will be the average closing price over the three trading days immediately preceding the date of purchase. For shares purchased on the open market or from sources other than Middlefield, the purchase price will be the weighted average of the prices paid for the common stock shares in all such purchases.
13. When will purchases be made? Purchases of stock directly from Middlefield will be made on the applicable Investment Date or as soon thereafter as is practicable. Purchases of common stock from sources other than Middlefield will begin as of the applicable Investment Date, continuing over the period determined appropriate under the circumstances by the Plan Administrator, but concluding in all events within 30 days after the applicable Investment Date. Securities and Exchange Commission rules could force Middlefield to change these anticipated investment dates or to temporarily suspend or defer purchase of shares.
14. Will interest be paid on funds pending investment or reinvestment? No. Interest will not be paid on dividends or optional cash payments held pending investment.
15. How many shares of common stock will be purchased for a participant? The number of shares of common stock that are purchased depends on the amount of your reinvested dividend, the amount of your optional cash payments, and the purchase price of the common stock at the time. Your Plan account will be credited with that number of shares of common stock – including fractions computed to three decimal places – equal to your total amount to be invested divided by the purchase price per common share.
16. What will Middlefield do with the proceeds raised through the Plan with reinvested dividends and optional cash payments? If the additional shares of common stock are purchased directly from Middlefield, Middlefield will use the additional funds for general corporate purposes. See “USE OF PROCEEDS.”
17. How does the optional cash payment feature of the Plan work? All eligible holders of record of shares of Middlefield common stock (except for brokers and nominees) who submit an Authorization Card are eligible to make optional cash payments at any time. Like cash dividends, optional cash payments submitted by a Plan participant will be invested in additional shares of Middlefield common stock beginning on the applicable Investment Date. Cash dividends payable on all shares of common stock credited to your Plan account, whether the shares were purchased with reinvested dividends or optional cash payments, will be automatically reinvested in additional shares of common stock.
18. How may optional cash payments be made? Along with your Authorization Card, you may make an optional cash payment when you enroll in the Plan by enclosing a check payable to the Plan Administrator identified in Question 3. Thereafter, you may make optional cash payments monthly, quarterly, or at any other interval through the use of the form that will be attached to your statement of account or by the internet at www.amstock.com. Each optional cash payment must be at least $50, and all of your optional cash payments cannot exceed $50,000 in any one calendar year.
19. What are the expenses to participants in the Plan? All costs of administration of the Plan will be paid by Middlefield. You will not pay brokerage fees or commissions for your purchase of common stock under the Plan. However, you will be charged with expenses if you withdraw all shares held under the Plan or if you terminate participation in the Plan. Certain expenses may be incurred if you receive a cash payment for a fraction of a common share credited to your Plan account when you withdraw common stock credited to your Plan account or when you terminate your participation in the Plan. Please see Question 29 for more information.
20. What are the Federal income tax consequences of participation in the Plan? The following is a very brief summary of the current Federal income tax consequences of participation in the Plan. The information in this summary is based upon the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, which we refer to as the “Code,” U.S. Department of Treasury regulations issued under the Code, current administrative interpretations and practices of the Internal Revenue Service, and court decisions, all as of the date of this prospectus. Future legislation, U.S. Department of Treasury regulations, administrative interpretations, and court decisions could significantly change the current law or adversely affect existing interpretations of current law. Any change could apply retroactively to transactions preceding the date of the change. This summary is for general information purposes only and does not constitute tax advice. This summary also does not treat state, local, or foreign income or other tax laws or the tax consequences for types of persons subject to special treatment under the Federal tax laws (for example, partnerships or tax-exempt organizations) or participants residing outside of the United States.
In general, a shareholder who participates in the Plan will have the same Federal income tax consequences for cash dividends payable on common stock in a Plan account as if he or she were not a participant in the Plan. In the case of a cash dividend, you will be treated for Federal income tax purposes as having received on the dividend payment date a dividend equal to the full amount of the dividend payable on all of your stock, including shares registered in your name and shares credited to your Plan account. This is true even if you do not actually receive the cash dividends, but rather have them applied to the purchase of additional shares of common stock under the Plan.
Commissions and brokerage fees paid by Middlefield for purchases on the open market or from sources other than Middlefield will be taxable income to you in an amount equal to your pro rata share of the commissions and fees. Your pro rata share of commissions and fees will be reported as ordinary dividend income for the calendar year. The holding period of shares purchased with reinvested dividends or with optional cash payments will begin on the date after the date on which the shares are purchased and credited to your Plan account, regardless of the source of purchase. The tax basis of shares will be the cost of the shares, plus the pro rata share of any commissions and fees. The Plan Administrator will report the cost basis of shares purchased under the Plan after January 1, 2011 using the first-in, first-out method. This means that when a participant elects to sell or dispose of shares acquired under the Plan on or after January 1, 2011, the amount of gain or loss will be calculated using the tax basis of the oldest shares acquired by the participant on or after January 1, 2011. A participant may be able to elect that the cost basis of shares acquired under the Plan with optional cash payments after January 1, 2011 be determined using a different method.
You will not realize any Federal taxable income when you receive certificates for whole shares of common stock credited to your Plan account, either when you withdraw some or all of the shares credited to your Plan account or when you terminate your participation in the Plan. However, if you receive a cash payment for a fractional share of common stock credited to your Plan account when you withdraw shares from the Plan or when you terminate your participation in the Plan, you will realize a gain or loss for the fractional share. A gain or loss also will be realized by a participant when whole shares of common stock are sold by the participant after withdrawal of the shares from the Plan account or after termination of the participant’s participation in the Plan. The amount of the gain or loss will be the difference between the amount the participant receives for full or fractional shares of common stock and the tax basis of the shares. The gain or loss will be a capital gain or loss if the shares constitute capital assets in the hands of the participant.
Each statement of account under the Plan will show the price per share to the participant of shares purchased with reinvested dividends or with optional cash investments. The statement of account will also show the date on which shares purchased under the Plan were credited to the participant’s account.
Information forms (Forms 1099-DIV) will be mailed to Plan participants each year, setting forth the taxable dividends reportable for Federal income tax purposes. These dividends must be reported on your Federal income tax return. Reinvested dividends are not subject to U.S. backup withholding unless (x) a participant fails to give the participant’s social security or tax identification number to us, (y) the IRS notifies us that the participant is subject to tax withholding or (z) the participant fails to certify, under penalties of perjury, that the participant is not subject to backup withholding, if the certification is required. If a participant is a shareholder whose dividends are subject to tax withholding, we will apply toward the purchase of shares under the Plan an amount equal to the dividends being reinvested less the amount of tax required to be withheld. The participant’s statement of account under the Plan will indicate the amount of tax withheld.
Participants should consult their own tax advisors to determine the particular Federal, state, local, and foreign tax consequences that may result from their participation in the Plan and the subsequent sale or other disposition of common stock under the Plan. Participants’ tax consequences may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
21. What kind of reports will be sent to participants? You will receive a quarterly statement of account. The statements are a record of the date and cost of purchase. You should retain your account statements for income tax purposes. You will also receive reports, proxy statements, and other communications sent to holders of Middlefield common stock generally. Lastly, after the final purchase in each calendar year you will receive Internal Revenue Service information on Form 1099 for reporting dividend income received during the year.
22. Will participants be credited with dividends on fractions of shares? Yes. Dividends on fractional and whole shares will be reinvested.
23. Will certificates be issued for shares of common stock purchased? No. Shares of common stock credited to your Plan account will be held in the name of the Plan Administrator or its nominee. The number of shares credited to your account under the Plan will be shown on your statement of account. This service protects against loss, theft, or destruction of certificates. However, certificates for any number of whole shares credited to a participant’s account under the Plan can be issued without charge upon the participant’s written request.
Shares of common stock credited to your account under the Plan may not be pledged or assigned. Any attempted pledge or assignment is void. If you wish to pledge or assign any shares credited to your Plan account, you must first withdraw the shares from the Plan account.
Certificates for fractions of shares will not be issued under any circumstances.
24. In whose name will certificates be registered when issued to participants? Each account under the Plan will be maintained in the name shown on the Authorization Card. Certificates for whole shares of common stock will be similarly registered when issued.
25. May a participant add shares to his or her account by transferring stock certificates that the participant possesses? Yes. You may deposit certificates representing shares with the Plan Administrator for safekeeping, but it is not necessary that you do so in order to reinvest dividends payable for shares of common stock represented by the certificates. If you wish to deposit your certificates with the Plan Administrator for safekeeping, certificates must be presented in transferable form and must be accompanied by a written request that the certificates be held for your account. The Plan Administrator charges a fee for this service, which is payable by the participant. The fee is $7.50 as of the date of this prospectus, and is subject to change in the sole discretion of the Plan Administrator.
26. How may common stock be withdrawn from the Plan account? Certificates representing shares credited to your Plan account may be withdrawn by notifying the Plan Administrator in a writing that specifies the number of shares to be withdrawn. Certificates for whole shares of common stock withdrawn will be issued to and registered in your name. Cash will be paid in lieu of fractional shares. The Plan Administrator will charge a fee to a participant who withdraws all shares from his or her Plan Account. The fee is $15.00 as of the date of this prospectus and is subject to change in the sole discretion of the Plan Administrator.
27. Will dividends on common stock withdrawn from the Plan account continue to be reinvested? If you elected “Full Dividend Reinvestment,” cash dividends paid on shares withdrawn from your Plan account will continue to be reinvested. However, if cash dividends on only a portion of the certificated shares registered in your name are being reinvested, the Plan Administrator will continue to reinvest dividends solely on the shares you specified on the Authorization Card (together with any other shares acquired under the Plan and not withdrawn), unless you deliver a new Authorization Card specifying a different number of shares.
28. May a participant sell shares held in his or her account? Yes. You may sell all or a portion of your shares at any time. You can use the tear-off stub attached to the bottom of your account statement and mail it to American Stock Transfer and Trust Company LLC, go online and access your account, or call the toll-free number to sell shares. The transaction fee is $15.00, along with a commission payable at the rate of $0.10 cents per share.
29. How would a participant terminate participation under the Plan? To terminate your participation in the Plan, you must notify the Plan Administrator in writing that you wish to terminate. You may also terminate your participation in the Plan through the Plan Administrator’s website at www.amstock.com. Notice of termination must be accompanied by a termination fee ($15.00 as of the date of this prospectus) payable to the Plan Administrator, which fee is subject to adjustment from time to time in the sole discretion of the Plan Administrator. Your termination notice should be addressed to the Plan Administrator at the address given in Question 3. Your termination notice will be effective only when received by the Plan Administrator. If you voluntarily terminate your participation in the Plan, a certificate for whole shares of common stock credited to your Plan account will be issued to you, and a cash payment will be made to you for any fractional share of common stock held in your Plan account, minus the $15.00 transaction fee.
30. When may a participant withdraw common stock from his or her Plan account? You may withdraw shares of common stock credited to your Plan account or terminate your participation in the Plan at any time. If your request to withdraw or terminate is received by the Plan Administrator three days or more before a dividend payment date, the withdrawal or termination will be processed as soon as practical after receipt of the request. If your request to withdraw or terminate is received by the Plan Administrator fewer than three days before a dividend payment date, the withdrawal or termination will not be processed and shares purchased with the dividend will be credited to your account. However, all future dividends will be paid out in cash on all balances. Any optional cash payment received before the request for withdrawal or termination will be reinvested, unless (x) you request return of the optional cash payment at the time you request withdrawal or termination, and (y) your request is received at least two business days before the next Investment Date. All subsequent dividends will be paid to you in cash unless you re-enroll in the Plan. Middlefield reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate the Plan or any participant’s account at any time.
31. May a participant re-enroll in the Plan after having previously withdrawn from the Plan? Yes. Generally, you may elect to re-enroll in the Plan at any time simply by following the same procedures described in the answer to Question 5. However, Middlefield reserve the right to reject any Authorization Card from a previous participant on grounds of excessive enrollment and termination of participation in the Plan. Middlefield desires to minimize unnecessary administrative expense and to encourage use of the Plan as a long-term shareholder investment service.
32. May a participant request that shares held in his or her account be sold upon termination of participation? Yes. If you terminate your participation in the Plan, the Plan Administrator can arrange for sale of the shares if you so request according to the procedure specified above.
33. What happens when a participant sells or transfers shares registered in his or her name? If you sell or transfer all shares of Middlefield common stock registered in your name, that will be deemed to constitute termination of your participation in the Plan. A certificate for whole shares may be issued to you, and cash will be paid in lieu of any fractional shares held in your Plan account, less any service fees. It will be your responsibility to deliver the certificate to the new owner. If you sell a portion of your shares, Middlefield will continue to reinvest cash dividends solely on the portion of the shares of common stock that is credited to your Plan account and not sold.
34. What happens if Middlefield issues a stock dividend or declares a stock split? If Middlefield declares a stock dividend or stock split, all shares will be added to the participant account in book entry form. You will receive a statement reflecting the stock dividend or stock split. All transactions may either be curtailed or suspended until the completion of any stock dividend, stock split, or corporate action.
35. How will common stock credited to a participant’s Plan account be voted at shareholders’ meetings? For each meeting of shareholders, a participant will receive proxy material enabling the participant to vote shares registered in his or her name and shares credited to his or her Plan account. If you choose to do so, you may vote your shares of common stock in person at shareholders’ meetings.
36. What are Middlefield’s responsibilities under the Plan? Middlefield and the Plan Administrator shall have no responsibility beyond the exercise of ordinary care for any action taken or omitted under the Plan, nor shall they have any duties, responsibilities, or liabilities except as expressly set forth in the Plan. Middlefield and the Plan Administrator will not be liable under the Plan for any act done in good faith or for any good faith omission to act with regard to purchases and sales, including without limitation any claim of liability (1) arising out of failure to terminate a participant’s Plan account upon the participant’s death or incompetence before Middlefield or the Plan Administrator receives written notice of the participant’s death or incompetence, (2) with respect to the prices at which shares are purchased for a participant’s account, (3) with respect to the times when such purchases or sales are made, or (4) with respect to any fluctuation in market value of Middlefield’s common stock.
The participant should recognize that Middlefield and the Plan Administrator cannot assure the participant a profit or protect the participant against a loss on the shares of common stock purchased under the Plan.
37. May the Plan be changed or discontinued? Yes. Middlefield may amend, suspend, modify, or terminate the Plan at any time, including the period between a dividend record date and a dividend payment date. Notice of any such amendment, suspension, modification, or termination will be sent to all participants. Any such amendment shall conclusively be deemed to be accepted by a participant unless – before the effective date of any such amendment as set forth in the notice – Middlefield receives written notice of termination of the participant’s account. If the Plan terminates, any uninvested optional cash payments will be returned, certificates for whole common shares credited to a participant’s account under the Plan will be issued, and a cash payment will be made for any fraction of a share of common stock credited to a participant’s account.
38. Where will notices to a participant be sent? All notices to a participant will be addressed to the participant at the last address of record with the Plan Administrator. If your address changes, please notify the Plan Administrator in writing at the address set forth in Question 3.
39. What is sufficient notice to a participant? Any written notice or certificate required to be given to you under the Plan will be deemed to have been sufficiently given for all purposes once deposited, postage prepaid, in a post office letter box addressed to you at your address as it appears on the Plan Administrator’s records.
40. What law governs the Plan? The terms and conditions of the Plan and Plan operations are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio and the rules and regulations of the SEC, as they may be amended from time to time.
41. Who interprets the Plan? Middlefield reserves the sole right to interpret the Plan as may be necessary or desirable.
42. What if the Plan Administrator cannot make market purchases? If Middlefield decides not to make shares available for purchase under the Plan, and if applicable law or the closing of securities markets requires the temporary curtailment or suspension of market purchases of common stock under the Plan, neither Middlefield nor the Plan Administrator will be accountable for its inability to make purchases at such times. If common stock is not available for purchase for a period exceeding 90 days, the Plan Administrator will promptly mail to the participant a check payable to the order of the participant in the amount of any funds not applied in the participant’s account, without interest.
We have no basis for estimating precisely the number of shares of common stock that ultimately may be sold under the Plan, the extent to which shares will be purchased directly from Middlefield Banc Corp. rather than in the open market, or the prices at which shares will be sold. The net proceeds from any purchases of common stock directly from Middlefield under the Plan will provide funds that we would use for general corporate purposes. Shares purchased in market transactions will provide no proceeds to Middlefield. Because there currently is limited trading in Middlefield Banc Corp. common stock, we currently expect that all or almost all shares purchased under the Plan will be purchased directly from us rather than on the open market or otherwise.
Middlefield’s regulations authorize indemnification of officers and directors, including indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933. The indemnification rights set forth in the regulations and the Ohio General Corporation Law are not exclusive of any other indemnification rights to which a director or officer may be entitled under an indemnification agreement or board resolution. Under the terms of Middlefield’s directors’ and officers’ liability insurance policy, Middlefield’s directors and officers are insured against certain liabilities, including liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933. Lastly, Middlefield has entered into indemnification agreements with directors and executive officers.
Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933 may be permitted to directors, officers, and persons controlling Middlefield, Middlefield has been informed that in the opinion of the SEC such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act of 1933 and is therefore unenforceable.
The validity of the common stock offered hereby has been passed upon for Middlefield by Grady & Associates, 20950 Center Ridge Road, Suite 100, Rocky River, Ohio 44116-4307.
The consolidated financial statements of Middlefield Banc Corp. appearing or incorporated by reference in the Annual Report of Middlefield Banc Corp. on Form 10-K have been audited by S.R. Snodgrass, A.C., independent certified public accountants, as set forth in their report thereon included therein, and are incorporated herein by reference in reliance upon such report given upon the authority of such firm as experts in accounting and auditing.
Middlefield Banc Corp. is subject to the informational requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. In accordance with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Middlefield Banc Corp. files reports, proxy statements, and other information with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The reports, proxy statements, and other information, and the Form S-3 registration statement of which this prospectus is a part may be inspected and copied at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Information concerning the operation of the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. The SEC maintains an internet web site that contains reports, proxy statements, information statements, and other information regarding issuers that, like Middlefield Banc Corp., file electronically with the SEC. The address of that site is http://www.sec.gov.
Middlefield Banc Corp. has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-3 under the Securities Act of 1933 relating to the offer and sale of shares under the Dividend Reinvestment Plan. This prospectus does not contain all the information set forth in the registration statement, certain parts of which are omitted in accordance with the rules and regulations of the SEC. Reference is made to the registration statement for further information.
Our internet address is www.middlefieldbank.com. Through our web site we make available free of charge the reports and documents that we file with the SEC, including our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and proxy statements. The information on our internet website is not incorporated by reference in this prospectus.
The following documents filed with the SEC by Middlefield Banc Corp. are incorporated in this prospectus by reference as of their respective dates –
- Middlefield Banc Corp.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011,
- All other reports filed under section 13(a) or section 15(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by Middlefield Banc Corp. since the end of the fiscal year covered by the Annual Report on Form 10-K referred to in (a) above,
- The description of Middlefield Banc Corp. common stock contained in the Form 10 Registration Statement, filed with the SEC on April 17, 2001, and amended by Amendment No. 1 filed on June 14, 2001, and any amendment or report filed for the purpose of updating such description, and
- All other reports filed under section 13, section 14, or section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 subsequent to the date of this prospectus and prior to the termination of the offering of the common stock under the Plan.
Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this prospectus to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any other subsequently filed document that also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes the statement. Any statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this prospectus.
Upon written or oral request and at no charge, Middlefield Banc Corp. will provide to each person, including any beneficial owner, to whom this prospectus is delivered a copy of any or all of the documents identified in “Incorporation of Documents by Reference,” other than exhibits to the documents (unless the exhibits are specifically incorporated by reference into the documents). Requests should be directed to:
Middlefield Banc Corp.
15985 East High Street, P.O. Box 35
Middlefield, Ohio 44062
Attention: Mr. James R. Heslop, II (440) 632-1666
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