DESCRIPTION OF SECURITIES
This prospectus contains summary descriptions of the common stock, preferred stock, debt securities, depositary shares, warrants,
purchase contracts and units that we or selling securityholders may sell from time to time. These summary descriptions are not meant to be complete descriptions of each security. The particular terms of any security will be described in a related
prospectus supplement, if necessary.
DESCRIPTION OF COMMON STOCK
We may periodically issue shares of our common stock or other securities that can be exercised, converted or exchanged into shares of our
common stock. The description below summarizes the general terms of our common stock. This section is a summary, and it does not describe every aspect of our common stock. This summary is subject to, and qualified in its entirety by, reference to
the provisions of our Restated Certificate of Incorporation (Certificate of Incorporation) and our Amended and Restated By-Laws (By-Laws).
As of the date of this prospectus, we are authorized to
issue up to one billion (1,000,000,000) shares of common stock with one cent ($0.01) par value per share.
With respect to all matters upon which stockholders are entitled to vote, the holders of the outstanding shares of common
stock are entitled to one (1) vote in person or by proxy for each share of common stock outstanding in the name of such stockholders on the record of stockholders. Generally, all matters to be voted on by stockholders must be approved by a
majority (or by a plurality in the case of election of directors where the number of candidates nominated for election exceeds the number of directors to be elected) of the votes entitled to be cast by all shares of common stock present in person or
Dividends and Other Distributions
Subject to applicable law and rights, if any, of the holders of any outstanding series of preferred stock or any class or series of stock having a preference over the common stock with respect to the
payment of dividends and other distributions, dividends and other distributions may be declared and paid on the common stock from time to time and in amounts as our board of directors may determine. We pay regular dividends and other distributions,
but the amount, timing and frequency of any distribution are at the sole discretion of our board of directors. Dividends and other distributions are declared based upon various factors, including without limitation distributions required to maintain
our qualification for taxation as a REIT. The loan agreements for our credit facilities contain covenants that restrict our ability to pay dividends and other distributions unless certain financial covenants are satisfied.
our liquidation, dissolution or winding up, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, the holders of common stock are entitled to share ratably in all assets available for distribution after payment in full to creditors and payment in full to holders of
preferred stock then outstanding of any amount required to be paid to them. Neither the merger, consolidation or business combination of American Tower with or into any other entity in which our stockholders receive capital stock and/or other
securities (including debt securities) of the surviving entity (or the direct or indirect parent entity thereof), nor the sale, lease or transfer by us of any part of our business and assets, nor the reduction of our capital stock, shall be deemed
to be a voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up.