GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electronic Cigarettes International Group, Ltd. (OTCBB: ECIG), a global marketer and distributor of electronic cigarette and vapor products whose brands include FIN, Vapestick, Victory, VIP, and others, announced the results of its Special Meeting of Stockholders held earlier today.
The proposal to give the Company’s Board of Directors the authority to effect a reverse split of the outstanding common stock at a ratio ranging from 1-for-5 to 1-for-20 was approved with 84.1% of the votes cast, representing approximately 66.5% of the shares outstanding, by a vote of 163,760,975 shares (for) to 30,556,095 shares or 15.7% of the votes cast (against), with 442,000 shares or 0.2% of the votes cast abstaining.
The proposal to amend the Company’s Articles of Incorporation to increase the authorized shares of capital stock from 300 million to 350 million, of which 330 million would be classified as common stock and 20 million classified as preferred stock, received 55.0% of the votes cast, representing approximately 32.1% of the shares outstanding, which is less than the 50% threshold of the voting shares for the proposal, and was not approved. The total vote was 79,090,556 shares (for) to 57,232,692 shares or 39.8% of the votes cast (against), with 7,437,566 shares or 5.2% of the votes cast abstaining.
“We are pleased with the outcome of the special meeting and the support from our shareholders for authorizing the Board to effect a reverse split of our shares,” said Dan O’Neill, Chairman of Electronic Cigarettes International Group, Inc. “This will allow us the flexibility required to improve our capital structure and strengthen the balance sheet. I thank our shareholders for the trust and confidence they have shown in ECIG’s management to continue building a successful company.”
About Electronic Cigarettes International Group, Ltd. (ECIG)
Electronic Cigarettes International Group (ECIG) is dedicated to providing a compelling alternative to traditional cigarettes for the more than 1 billion current smokers around the world. ECIG is a fast growing independent electronic cigarette company, and owns the trademarks VAPESTICK®, FIN®, Victory®, VIP®, and others. The Company owns multiple subsidiary companies and has operations in North America and Western Europe. ECIG offers consumers a full product portfolio that incorporates product quality and the latest technology. The Company’s website is www.ecig.co.
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