Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Shareholders' Equity

v2.4.0.6
Shareholders' Equity
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Shareholders' Equity [Abstract]  
Shareholders' Equity

13. SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

On September 14, 2011, the Company entered into a continuous equity offering program ("Equity Program") with Wells Fargo Securities, LLC ("Wells Fargo"), pursuant to which the Company may sell from time to time up to $125 million in aggregate offering price of shares of the Company's common stock. Actual sales under the Equity Program will depend on a variety of factors and conditions, including, but not limited to, market conditions, the trading price of the Company's common stock, and determinations of the appropriate sources of funding for the Company. The Company expects to continue to offer, sell, and issue shares of common stock under the Equity Program from time to time based on various factors and conditions, although the Company is under no obligation to sell any shares under the Equity Program.

During 2011, the Company issued 1,166,875 shares of common stock under the Equity Program at a weighted average issue price of $40.59 per share, generating net proceeds of $46.4 million after deducting $0.9 million of sales commissions payable to Wells Fargo. In addition to sales commissions paid to Wells Fargo, the Company incurred expenses of $0.4 million in connection with the Equity Program during 2011. The Company used the proceeds from the Equity Program to reduce the outstanding balance under the Company's revolving line of credit. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had $77.6 million available for issuance under the Equity Program.

On October 5, 2009, the Company completed the public offering of 4,025,000 shares of its common stock at $29.75 per share. Net proceeds to the Company after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses were approximately $114.0 million.

During 2009, the Company issued 1,430,521 shares via its Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan. The Company received $32.6 million from the sale of such shares. Our Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan was suspended in November 2009.