Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Shareholders' Equity

Shareholders' Equity
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2019
Shareholders' Equity [Abstract]  
Shareholders' Equity 16. SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Preferred stockAuthorized preferred stock consists of 500,000 shares with a par value of $25 per share. No shares of preferred stock were issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2019 or 2018.

Treasury stock – On June 20, 2019, the Board of Directors authorized and approved a share repurchase program for up to $10.0 million of the currently outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock over a period of 12 months.  Under the stock repurchase program, the Company intends to repurchase shares through open market purchases, privately-negotiated transactions, block purchases or otherwise in accordance with applicable federal securities laws, including Rule 10b-18 of the “Exchange Act”.

The Board of Directors also authorized the Company to enter into written trading plans under Rule 10b5-1 of the Exchange Act.  Adopting a trading plan that satisfies the conditions of Rule 10b5-1 allows a company to repurchase its shares at times when it might otherwise be prevented from doing so due to self-imposed trading blackout periods or pursuant to insider trading laws. Under any Rule 10b5-1 trading plan, the Company’s third-party broker, subject to Securities and Exchange Commission regulations regarding certain price, market, volume and timing constraints, would have authority to purchase the Company’s common stock in accordance with the terms of the plan.  The Company may from time to time enter into Rule 10b5-1 trading plans to facilitate the repurchase of its common stock pursuant to its share repurchase program.

From commencement of the plan in June 2019 through December 31, 2019, the Company purchased 2,067,188 shares of common stock at an average price of $1.81 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $3.7 million under the plan. From January 1, 2020 through the settlement date of March 5, 2020, the Company has purchased 44,368 shares of its common stock at an average price of $1.99 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $0.1 million.

For the majority of restricted stock awards granted by the Company, the number of shares issued on the date the restricted stock
awards vest is net of shares withheld to meet applicable tax withholding requirements. Although these withheld shares are
not issued or considered common stock repurchases under the Company’s stock repurchase program, they are treated as common stock repurchases in the Financial Statements as they reduce the number of shares that would have been issued upon vesting. See Note 17 for further discussion.