Item 5. Market for the Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Holders of Common Stock, Stock Price and Dividend Information
Our common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ATG. At January 31, 2008, there were 10,697 record holders of our common stock. Quarterly information concerning our high and low stock prices and cash dividends paid in 2007 and 2006 is as follows:
We have historically paid dividends to common shareholders four times a year: March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1.
We have paid 240 consecutive quarterly dividends beginning in 1948. Our common shareholders may receive dividends when declared at the discretion of our Board of Directors. See Item 7 "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations Liquidity and Capital Resources Cash Flow from Financing Activities Dividends on Common Stock." Dividends may be paid in cash, stock or other form of payment, and payment of future dividends will depend on our future earnings, cash flow, financial requirements and other factors, some of which are noted below. In certain cases, our ability to pay dividends to our common shareholders is limited by the following:
- our ability to satisfy our obligations under certain financing agreements, including debt-to-capitalization and total shareholders' equity covenants
- our ability to satisfy our obligations to any preferred shareholders
Under Georgia law, the payment of cash dividends to the holders of our common stock is limited to our legally available assets and subject to the prior payment of dividends on any outstanding shares of preferred stock. Our assets are not legally available for paying cash dividends if, after payment of the dividend:
- we could not pay our debts as they become due in the usual course of business, or
- our total assets would be less than our total liabilities plus, subject to some exceptions, any amounts necessary to satisfy (upon dissolution) the preferential rights of shareholders whose preferential rights are superior to those of the shareholders receiving the dividends
Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
The following table sets forth information regarding purchases of our common stock by us and any affiliated purchasers during the three months ended December 31, 2007. Stock repurchases may be made in the open market or in private transactions at times and in amounts that we deem appropriate. However, there is no guarantee as to the exact number of additional shares that may be repurchased, and we may terminate or limit the stock repurchase program at any time. We will hold the repurchased shares as treasury shares.
The information required by this item regarding securities authorized for issuance under our equity compensation plans will be set forth under the caption "Executive Compensation - Equity Compensation Plan Information" in the Proxy Statement for our 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareholders or in a subsequent amendment to this report. All such information will be incorporated by reference from the Proxy Statement in Item 12, "Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters" hereof or set forth in such amendment to this report.