Articles Of Incorporation

RESTATED Articles of Incorporation of Peet's Coffee & Tea, Inc.

by Peet's Coffee & Tea
October 29th, 2012

 

Exhibit 3.1

RESTATED

Articles of Incorporation

of

Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Inc.

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Article 1

Name

 

The name of this corporation is Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Inc.

 

Article 2

Duration

 

This corporation is organized under the Washington Business Corporation Act (the “Act”) and shall have perpetual existence.

 

Article 3

Purpose and Powers

 

The purpose and powers of this corporation are as follows:

 

3.1     To engage in any lawful business.

 

3.2     To engage in any and all activities that, in the judgment of the Board of Directors, may at any time be incidental or conducive to the attainment of the foregoing purpose.

 

3.3     To exercise any and all powers that a corporation formed under the Act, or any amendment thereto or substitute therefor, is entitled at the time to exercise.

 

Article 4

Capital Stock

 

4.1     Authorized Capital. The corporation shall have authority to issue 1,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, in the aggregate.

 

4.2     Issuance of Certificates. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to issue shares of the capital stock of this corporation and the certificates therefor subject to such transfer restrictions and other limitations as it may deem necessary to promote compliance with applicable federal and state securities laws, and to regulate the transfer thereof in such manner as may be calculated to promote such compliance or to further reasonable purpose.

 

 
 

 

4.3     No Cumulative Voting. Shareholders of this corporation shall not have the right to cumulate votes for the election of directors.

 

4.4     No Preemptive Rights. No shareholder of this corporation shall have, solely by reason of being a shareholder, any preemptive or preferential right or subscription right to any stock of this corporation or to any obligations convertible into stock of this corporation, or to any warrant or option for the purchase thereof.

 

4.5     Quorum for Meeting of Shareholders. A quorum shall exist at any meeting of shareholders if a majority of the votes entitled to be cast is represented in person or by proxy. In the case of any meeting of shareholders that is adjourned more than once because of the failure of a quorum to attend, those who attend the third convening of such meeting, although less than a quorum, shall nevertheless constitute a quorum for the purpose of electing directors, provided that the percentage of shares represented at the third convening of such meeting shall not be less than one-third of the shares entitled to vote.

 

4.6     Execution of Consent by Less Than Unanimous Consent of Shareholders. To the extent permitted by the Act, the taking of action by shareholders without a meeting by less than unanimous written consent of all shareholders entitled to vote on the action shall be permitted. Shareholder action taken pursuant to this Section 4.6 shall be effective when executed consents sufficient to approve the proposed corporate action have been delivered to the corporation, either at an address designated by the corporation for delivery of such shareholder consents or at the corporation's registered office, or to such electronic address, location, or system as the corporation may have designated for delivery of such shareholder consents.

 

4.7     Contracts with Interested Shareholders. Subject to the limitations set forth in RCW 23B.19.040, to the extent applicable:

 

(a)     The corporation may enter into contracts and otherwise transact business as vendor, purchaser, lender, borrower or otherwise with its shareholders and with corporations, associations, firms and entities in which they are or may be or become interested as directors, officers, shareholders, members or otherwise.

 

(b)     Any such contract or transaction shall not be affected or invalidated or give rise to liability by reason of the shareholder’s having an interest in the contract or transaction.

 

4.8     Ratification by Shareholder Vote. Subject to the requirements of RCW 23B.08.730 and 23B.19.040, any contract, transaction or act of the corporation or of any director or officer of the corporation that shall be authorized, approved or ratified by the affirmative vote of a majority of shares represented at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall, insofar as permitted by law, be as valid and as binding as though ratified by every shareholder of the corporation.

 

4.9     Action by Majority Vote; Reduced Voting Requirements. The provisions of this Section 4.9 are specifically intended to reduce the voting requirements otherwise prescribed under RCW 23B.10.030, 23B.11.030, 23B.12.020 and 23B.14.020, in accordance with RCW 23B.07.270. In the case of any matter submitted to a vote of the shareholders of this corporation for which the Act requires (unless these Restated Articles of Incorporation (the “Articles”) provide otherwise) the approval of two-thirds of the votes of each voting group entitled to be cast thereon, the approval of a majority, rather than two-thirds, of the votes of each voting group entitled to be cast on such matter shall be sufficient for such matter to be approved. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, such matters are intended to include, to the extent not inconsistent with the Act, amendments to these Articles, mergers and share exchanges, sales of assets other than in the ordinary course of business, and dissolution. In addition, except as otherwise provided in these Articles, as amended from time to time, the application of separate voting group rights under RCW 23B.10.040(1)(a), (e) or (f), or 23B.11.035 (or any related section concerning voting group rights as to mergers or share exchanges), is hereby explicitly denied.

 

 
 

 

Article 5

DIRECTORS

 

5.1     Number of Directors. Except as may be provided in these Articles, as amended from time to time, the number of directors of the corporation shall be fixed as provided in the Bylaws and may be changed from time to time by amending the Bylaws.

 

5.2     Authority of Board of Directors to Amend Bylaws. Subject to the limitation(s) of RCW 23B.10.210, and subject to the power of the shareholders of the corporation to change or repeal the Bylaws, the Board of Directors is expressly authorized to make, amend, or repeal the Bylaws of the corporation unless the shareholders in amending or repealing a particular bylaw provide expressly that the Board of Directors may not amend or repeal that bylaw.

 

5.3     Contracts with Interested Directors. Subject to the limitations set forth in RCW 23B.08.700 through 23B.08.730:

 

(a)     The corporation may enter into contracts and otherwise transact business as vendor, purchaser, lender, borrower, or otherwise with its directors and with corporations, associations, firms, and entities in which they are or may be or become interested as directors, officers, shareholders, members, or otherwise.

 

(b)     Any such contract or transaction shall not be affected or invalidated or give rise to liability by reason of the director’s having an interest in the contract or transaction.

 

5.4     Indemnification of Directors, Officers, Employees and Agents. The capitalized terms in this Section 5.4 shall have the meanings set forth in RCW 23B.08.500.

 

(a)     The Corporation shall indemnify and hold harmless each individual who is or was serving as a Director or officer of the Corporation or who, while serving as a Director or officer of the Corporation, is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a director, officer, partner, trustee, employee, or agent of another foreign or domestic corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan, or other enterprise, against any and all Liability incurred with respect to any Proceeding to which the individual is or is threatened to be made a Party because of such service, and shall make advances of reasonable Expenses with respect to such Proceeding, to the fullest extent permitted by law, without regard to the limitations in RCW 23B.08.510 through 23B.08.550 and RCW 23B.08.560(2); provided that no such indemnity shall indemnify any Director or officer from or on account of (i) acts or omissions of the Director or officer finally adjudged to be intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law; (ii) conduct of the Director or officer finally adjudged to be in violation of RCW 23B.08.310; or (iii) any transaction with respect to which it was finally adjudged that such Director or officer personally received a benefit in money, property, or services to which the Director or officer was not legally entitled.

 

 
 

 

(b)     The Corporation may purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of an individual who is or was a director, officer, employee, or agent of the Corporation or, who, while a director, officer, employee, or agent of the Corporation, is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a director, officer, partner, trustee, employee, or agent of another foreign or domestic corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan, or other enterprise against Liability asserted against or incurred by the individual in that capacity or arising from the individual’s status as a director, officer, employee, or agent, whether or not the Corporation would have power to indemnify the individual against such Liability under RCW 23B.08.510 or 23B.08.520.

 

(c)     If, after the effective date of this Section 5.4 , the Act is amended to authorize further indemnification of Directors or officers, then Directors and officers of the Corporation shall be indemnified to the fullest extent permitted by the Act.

 

(d)     To the extent permitted by law, the rights to indemnification and advance of reasonable Expenses conferred in this Section 5.4 shall not be exclusive of any other right which any individual may have or hereafter acquire under any statute, provision of the Bylaws, agreement, vote of shareholders or disinterested directors, or otherwise. The right to indemnification conferred in this Section 5.4 shall be a contract right upon which each Director or officer shall be presumed to have relied in determining to serve or to continue to serve as such. Any amendment to or repeal of this Section 5.4 shall not adversely affect any right or protection of a Director or officer of the Corporation for or with respect to any acts or omissions of such Director or officer occurring prior to such amendment or repeal.

 

(e)     If any provision of this Section 5.4 or any application thereof shall be invalid, unenforceable, or contrary to applicable law, the remainder of this Section 5.4 and the application of such provisions to individuals or circumstances other than those as to which it is held invalid, unenforceable, or contrary to applicable law, shall not be affected thereby.

 

5.5     Limitation of Directors’ Liability. To the fullest extent permitted by the Act, as it exists on the date hereof or may hereafter be amended, a director of this corporation shall not be personally liable to the corporation or its shareholders for monetary damages for conduct as a director. Any amendment to or repeal of this Section 5.5 shall not adversely affect a director of this corporation with respect to any conduct of such director occurring prior to such amendment or repeal.

 

 
 

 

Article 6

OTHER MATTERS

 

6.1     Amendments to Articles of Incorporation. Except as otherwise provided in these Articles, as amended from time to time, the corporation reserves the right to amend, alter, change, or repeal any provisions contained in these Articles in any manner now or hereafter prescribed or permitted by statute. All rights of shareholders of the corporation are subject to this reservation. A shareholder of the corporation does not have a vested property right resulting from any provision of these Articles.

 

6.2     Correction of Clerical Errors. The corporation shall have authority to correct clerical errors in any documents filed with the Secretary of State of Washington, including these Articles or any amendments hereto, without the necessity of special shareholder approval of such corrections.

 

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Executed this 29th day of October, 2012.

 

 

  By: /s/ Patrick J. O’Dea
    Patrick J. O’Dea
    President and Chief Executive Officer