Definitions of terms.
Unless the context otherwise requires, all terms used in §§ 230.400
to 230.494, inclusive, or in the forms for registration have the same meanings as in the Act
and in the general rules and regulations. In addition, the following definitions apply, unless the context otherwise requires:
of, or person
with, a specified person
, is a person
that directly, or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, controls or is controlled by, or is under common control with, the person
The term amount,
when used in regard to securities, means the principal amount
if relating to evidences of indebtedness, the number of shares if relating to shares, and the number of units if relating to any other kind of security.
The term associate,
when used to indicate a relationship with any person
, means (1) a corporation or organization (other than the registrant
or a majority-owned subsidiary
of the registrant) of which such person
is an officer
or partner or is, directly or indirectly, the beneficial owner of 10 percent or more of any class of equity securities, (2) any trust or other estate in which such person
has a substantial benefical interest or as to which such person
serves as trustee or in a similar capacity, and (3) any relative or spouse of such person
, or any relative of such spouse, who has the same home as such person
or who is a director
of the registrant
or any of its parents or subsidiaries.
Automatic shelf registration statement.
The term automatic shelf registration statement
means a registration statement filed on Form S-3 or Form F-3 (§ 239.13
or § 239.33
of this chapter) by a well-known seasoned issuer
pursuant to General Instruction I.D. or I.C. of such forms, respectively.
Business combination related shell company.
The term business combination related shell company
means a shell company
(as defined in § 230.405
) that is:
Formed by an entity that is not a shell company solely for the purpose of changing the corporate domicile of that entity solely within the United States; or
Business development company.
The term business development company
refers to a company which has elected to be regulated as a business development company
under sections 55 through 65 of the Investment Company Act of 1940
The term certified,
when used in regard to financial statements, means examined and reported upon with an opinion expressed by an independent public or certified
The term charter
includes articles of incorporation, declarations of trust, articles of association or partnership, or any similar instrument, as amended, affecting (either with or without filing with any governmental agency) the organization or creation of an incorporated or unincorporated person
Common equity. The term common equity means any class of common stock or an equivalent interest, including but not limited to a unit of beneficial interest in a trust or a limited partnership interest.
Commission. The term Commission means the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The term control
(including the terms controlling, controlled by
and under common control with
) means the possession, direct or indirect, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a person
, whether through the ownership of voting securities
, by contract, or otherwise.
The term depositary share
means a security, evidenced by an American Depositary Receipt, that represents a foreign security
or a multiple of or fraction thereof deposited with a depositary.
The term director
means any director
of a corporation or any person
performing similar functions with respect to any organization whether incorporated or unincorporated.
Dividend or interest reinvestment plan.
The term dividend or interest reinvestment plan
means a plan
which is offered solely to the existing security holders of the registrant
, which allows such persons to reinvest dividends or interest paid to them on securities issued by the registrant
, and also may allow additional cash amounts to be contributed by the participants in the plan
, provided the securities to be registered are newly issued, or are purchased for the account of plan
participants, at prices not in excess of current market prices at the time of purchase, or at prices not in excess of an amount
determined in accordance with a pricing formula specified in the plan
and based upon average or current market prices at the time of purchase.
The term electronic filer
means a person
or an entity that submits filings electronically pursuant to Rules 100 and 101 of Regulation S-T (§§ 232.100
of this chapter, respectively).
The term electronic filing
means a document under the federal securities laws that is transmitted or delivered to the Commission
in electronic format
The term employee
does not include a director
, trustee, or officer
Employee benefit plan.
The term employee benefit plan
means any written purchase, savings, option, bonus, appreciation, profit sharing, thrift, incentive, pension or similar plan
or written compensation contract solely for employees, directors, general partners, trustees (where the registrant
is a business trust), officers, or consultants or advisors. However, consultants or advisors may participate in an employee benefit plan
They are natural persons;
They provide bona fide services to the registrant; and
The services are not in connection with the offer or sale of securities in a capital-raising transaction, and do not directly or indirectly promote or maintain a market for the registrant's securities.
The term equity security
means any stock or similar security, certificate of interest or participation in any profit sharing agreement, preorganization certificate or subscription, transferable share
, voting trust certificate or certificate of deposit for an equity security
, limited partnership interest, interest in a joint venture, or certificate of interest in a business trust; any security future on any such security; or any security convertible, with or without consideration into such a security, or carrying any warrant or right to subscribe to or purchase such a security; or any such warrant or right; or any put, call, straddle, or other option or privilege of buying such a security from or selling such a security to another without being bound to do so.
The term executive officer,
when used with reference to a registrant, means its president, any vice president of the registrant
in charge of a principal business unit, division or function (such as sales, administration or finance), any other officer
who performs a policy making function or any other person
who performs similar policy making functions for the registrant
. Executive officers of subsidiaries may be deemed executive officers of the registrant
if they perform such policy making functions for the registrant
Fiscal year. The term fiscal year means the annual accounting period or, if no closing date has been adopted, the calendar year ending on December 31.
Foreign government. The term foreign government means the government of any foreign country or of any political subdivision of a foreign country.
The term foreign issuer
means any issuer
which is a foreign government
, a national of any foreign country or a corporation or other organization incorporated or organized under the laws of any foreign country.
Foreign private issuer.
(1) The term foreign private issuer
means any foreign issuer
other than a foreign government
except an issuer
meeting the following conditions
as of the last business day of its most recently completed second fiscal quarter:
Any of the following:
The majority of the executive officers or directors are United States citizens or residents;
In the case of a new registrant with the Commission, the determination of whether an issuer is a foreign private issuer shall be made as of a date within 30 days prior to the issuer's filing of an initial registration statement under either the Act or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
Once an issuer qualifies as a foreign private issuer, it will immediately be able to use the forms and rules designated for foreign private issuers until it fails to qualify for this status at the end of its most recently completed second fiscal quarter. An issuer's determination that it fails to qualify as a foreign private issuer governs its eligibility to use the forms and rules designated for foreign private issuers beginning on the first day of the fiscal year following the determination date. Once an issuer fails to qualify for foreign private issuer status, it will remain unqualified unless it meets the requirements for foreign private issuer status as of the last business day of its second fiscal quarter.
Free writing prospectus.
Except as otherwise specifically provided or the context otherwise requires, a free writing prospectus
is any written communication
as defined in this section that constitutes an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities relating to a registered offering
that is used after the registration statement in respect of the offering
is filed (or, in the case of a well-known seasoned issuer
, whether or not such registration statement is filed) and is made by means other than:
A written communication that constitutes an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy such securities that falls within the exception from the definition of prospectus in clause (a) of section 2(a)(10) of the Act.
The term graphic communication
, which appears in the definition of “write, written” in section 2(a)(9) of
and in the definition of written communication
in this section, shall include all forms of electronic media, including, but not limited to, audiotapes, videotapes, facsimiles, CD-ROM, electronic mail, Internet Web sites, substantially similar messages widely distributed (rather than individually distributed) on telephone answering or voice mail systems, computers, computer networks and other forms of computer data compilation. Graphic communication
shall not include a communication that, at the time of the communication, originates live, in real-time to a live audience and does not originate in recorded form or otherwise as a graphic communication
, although it is transmitted through graphic means.
(1) An ineligible issuer
is an issuer
with respect to which any of the following is true as of the relevant date of determination:
Any issuer that is required to file reports pursuant to section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78m or 78o(d)) that has not filed all reports and other materials required to be filed during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the issuer was required to file such reports pursuant to sections 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934), other than reports on Form 8-K (§ 249.308 of this chapter) required solely pursuant to an item specified in General Instruction I.A.3(b) of Form S-3 (§ 239.13 of this chapter) (or in the case of an asset-backed issuer, to the extent the depositor or any issuing entity previously established, directly or indirectly, by the depositor (as such terms are defined in Item 1101 of Regulation AB (§ 229.1101 of this chapter) are or were at any time during the preceding 12 calendar months required to file reports pursuant to section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 with respect to a class of asset-backed securities involving the same asset class, such depositor and each such issuing entity must have filed all reports and other material required to be filed for such period (or such shorter period that each such entity was required to file such reports), other than reports on Form 8-K required solely pursuant to an item specified in General Instruction I.A.4 of Form S-3);
The issuer is, or during the past three years the issuer or any of its predecessors was:
A blank check company as defined in Rule 419(a)(2) (§ 230.419(a)(2));
An issuer in an offering of penny stock as defined in Rule 3a51-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§ 240.3a51-1 of this chapter);
The issuer is a limited partnership that is offering and selling its securities other than through a firm commitment underwriting;
Within the past three years, a petition under the federal bankruptcy laws or any state insolvency law was filed by or against the issuer, or a court appointed a receiver, fiscal agent or similar officer with respect to the business or property of the issuer subject to the following:
In the case of an involuntary bankruptcy in which a petition was filed against the issuer, ineligibility will occur upon the earlier to occur of:
90 days following the date of the filing of the involuntary petition (if the case has not been earlier dismissed); or
The conversion of the case to a voluntary proceeding under federal bankruptcy or state insolvency laws; and
Ineligibility will terminate under this paragraph (1)(iv) if an issuer has filed an annual report with audited financial statements subsequent to its emergence from that bankruptcy, insolvency, or receivership process;
Within the past three years, the issuer or any entity that at the time was a subsidiary of the issuer was convicted of any felony or misdemeanor described in paragraphs (i) through (iv) of section 15(b)(4)(B) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78o(b)(4)(B)(i) through (iv));
Within the past three years (but in the case of a decree or order agreed to in a settlement, not before December 1, 2005), the issuer or any entity that at the time was a subsidiary of the issuer was made the subject of any judicial or administrative decree or order arising out of a governmental action that:
Prohibits certain conduct or activities regarding, including future violations of, the anti-fraud provisions of the federal securities laws;
Requires that the person cease and desist from violating the anti-fraud provisions of the federal securities laws; or
Determines that the person violated the anti-fraud provisions of the federal securities laws;
The issuer has filed a registration statement that is the subject of any pending proceeding or examination under section 8 of the Act or has been the subject of any refusal order or stop order under section 8 of the Act within the past three years; or
The issuer is the subject of any pending proceeding under section 8A of the Act in connection with an offering.
For purposes of determining whether an issuer or offering participant may use free writing prospectuses in respect of an offering in accordance with the provisions of Rules 164 and 433 (§ 230.164 and § 230.433), at the date in respect of the offering specified in paragraph (h) of Rule 164.
The term majority-owned subsidiary
means a subsidiary
more than 50 percent of whose outstanding securities representing the right, other than as affected by events of default, to vote for the election of directors, is owned by the subsidiary
and/or one or more of the parent
's other majority-owned subsidiaries.
Material. The term material, when used to qualify a requirement for the furnishing of information as to any subject, limits the information required to those matters to which there is a substantial likelihood that a reasonable investor would attach importance in determining whether to purchase the security registered.
The term officer
means a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer or principal financial officer
, comptroller or principal accounting officer
, and any person
routinely performing corresponding functions with respect to any organization whether incorporated or unincorporated.
of a specified person
is an affiliate
controlling such person
directly, or indirectly through one or more intermediaries.
The term predecessor
means a person
the major portion of the business and assets of which another person
acquired in a single succession, or in a series
of related successions in each of which the acquiring person
acquired the major portion of the business and assets of the acquired person
The term principal underwriter
means an underwriter
in privity of contract with the issuer
of the securities as to which he is underwriter
, the term issuer
having the meaning given in sections 2(4) and 2(11) of the Act
Promoter. (1) The term promoter includes:
Any person who, acting alone or in conjunction with one or more other persons, directly or indirectly takes initiative in founding and organizing the business or enterprise of an issuer; or
Any person who, in connection with the founding and organizing of the business or enterprise of an issuer, directly or indirectly receives in consideration of services or property, or both services and property, 10 percent or more of any class of securities of the issuer or 10 percent or more of the proceeds from the sale of any class of such securities. However, a person who receives such securities or proceeds either solely as underwriting commissions or solely in consideration of property shall not be deemed a promoter within the meaning of this paragraph if such person does not otherwise take part in founding and organizing the enterprise.
All persons coming within the definition of promoter in paragraph (1) of this definition may be referred to as founders or organizers or by another term provided that such term is reasonably descriptive of those persons' activities with respect to the issuer.
Unless otherwise specified or the context otherwise requires, the term prospectus
means a prospectus
meeting the requirements of section 10(a) of
The term registrant
means the issuer
of the securities for which the registration statement is filed.
The term share
means a share
of stock in a corporation or unit of interest in an unincorporated person
The term shell company
means a registrant
, other than an asset-backed issuer
as defined in Item 1101(b) of Regulation AB (§ 229.1101(b)
of this chapter), that has:
No or nominal operations; and
No or nominal assets;
Assets consisting solely of cash and cash equivalents; or
Assets consisting of any amount of cash and cash equivalents and nominal other assets.
For purposes of this definition, the determination of a registrant
's assets (including cash and cash equivalents) is based solely on the amount
of assets that would be reflected on the registrant
's balance sheet prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles on the date of that determination.
The term significant subsidiary
means a subsidiary
, including its subsidiaries, which meets any of the following conditions:
The registrant's and its other subsidiaries' investments in and advances to the subsidiary exceed 10 percent of the total assets of the registrant and its subsidiaries consolidated as of the end of the most recently completed fiscal year (for a proposed business combination to be accounted for as a pooling of interests, this condition is also met when the number of common shares exchanged or to be exchanged by the registrant exceeds 10 percent of its total common shares outstanding at the date the combination is initiated); or
The registrant's and its other subsidiaries' proportionate share of the total assets (after intercompany eliminations) of the subsidiary exceeds 10 percent of the total assets of the registrants and its subsidiaries consolidated as of the end of the most recently completed fiscal year; or
The registrant's and its other subsidiaries' equity in the income from continuing operations before income taxes, extraordinary items and cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle of the subsidiary exceeds 10 percent of such income of the registrant and its subsidiaries consolidated for the most recently completed fiscal year.
For purposes of making the prescribed income test the following guidance should be applied:
1. When a loss has been incurred by either the parent
and its subsidiaries consolidated or the tested subsidiary
, but not both, the equity in the income or loss of the tested subsidiary
should be excluded from the income of the registrant
and its subsidiaries consolidated for purposes of the computation.
2. If income of the registrant
and its subsidiaries consolidated for the most recent fiscal year
is at least 10 percent lower than the average of the income for the last five fiscal years, such average income should be substituted for purposes of the computation. Any loss years should be omitted for purposes of computing average income.
Had a public float of less than $75 million as of the last business day of its most recently completed second fiscal quarter, computed by multiplying the aggregate worldwide number of shares of its voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates by the price at which the common equity was last sold, or the average of the bid and asked prices of common equity, in the principal market for the common equity; or
In the case of an initial registration statement under the Securities Act or Exchange Act for shares of its common equity, had a public float of less than $75 million as of a date within 30 days of the date of the filing of the registration statement, computed by multiplying the aggregate worldwide number of such shares held by non-affiliates before the registration plus, in the case of a Securities Act registration statement, the number of such shares included in the registration statement by the estimated public offering price of the shares; or
In the case of an issuer whose public float as calculated under paragraph (1) or (2) of this definition was zero, had annual revenues of less than $50 million during the most recently completed fiscal year for which audited financial statements are available.
Determination: Whether or not an issuer is a smaller reporting company is determined on an annual basis.
For issuers that are required to file reports under section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, the determination is based on whether the issuer came within the definition of smaller reporting company using the amounts specified in paragraph (f)(2)(iii) of Item 10 of Regulation S-K (§ 229.10(f)(1)(i) of this chapter), as of the last business day of the second fiscal quarter of the issuer's previous fiscal year. An issuer in this category must reflect this determination in the information it provides in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the first fiscal quarter of the next year, indicating on the cover page of that filing, and in subsequent filings for that fiscal year, whether or not it is a smaller reporting company, except that, if a determination based on public float indicates that the issuer is newly eligible to be a smaller reporting company, the issuer may choose to reflect this determination beginning with its first quarterly report on Form 10-Q following the determination, rather than waiting until the first fiscal quarter of the next year.
For determinations based on an initial Securities Act or Exchange Act registration statement under paragraph (f)(1)(ii) of Item 10 of Regulation S-K (§ 229.10(f)(1)(ii) of this chapter), the issuer must reflect the determination in the information it provides in the registration statement and must appropriately indicate on the cover page of the filing, and subsequent filings for the fiscal year in which the filing is made, whether or not it is a smaller reporting company. The issuer must redetermine its status at the end of its second fiscal quarter and then reflect any change in status as provided in paragraph (4)(i) of this definition. In the case of a determination based on an initial Securities Act registration statement, an issuer that was not determined to be a smaller reporting company has the option to redetermine its status at the conclusion of the offering covered by the registration statement based on the actual offering price and number of shares sold.
Once an issuer fails to qualify for smaller reporting company status, it will remain unqualified unless it determines that its public float, as calculated in accordance with paragraph (f)(1) of this definition, was less than $50 million as of the last business day of its second fiscal quarter or, if that calculation results in zero because the issuer had no public equity outstanding or no market price for its equity existed, if the issuer had annual revenues of less than $40 million during its previous fiscal year.
of a specified person
is an affiliate
controlled by such person
directly, or indirectly through one or more intermediaries. (See also majority owned subsidiary, significant subsidiary, totally held subsidiary,
and wholly owned subsidiary.
Succession. The term succession means the direct acquisition of the assets comprising a going business, whether by merger, consolidation, purchase, or other direct transfer. The term does not include the acquisition of control of a business unless followed by the direct acquisition of its assets. The terms succeed and successor have meanings correlative to the foregoing.
Totally held subsidiary.
The term totally held subsidiary
means a subsidiary
(1) substantially all of whose outstanding securities are owned by its parent
and/or the parent
's other totally held subsidiaries, and (2) which is not indebted to any person
other than its parent
and/or the parent
's other totally held subsidiaries in an amount
which is material
in relation to the particular subsidiary
, excepting indebtedness incurred in the ordinary course of business which is not overdue and which matures within one year from the date of its creation, whether evidenced by securities or not.
Voting securities. The term voting securities means securities the holders of which are presently entitled to vote for the election of directors.
Well-known seasoned issuer.
A well-known seasoned issuer
is an issuer
that, as of the most recent determination date determined pursuant to paragraph (2) of this definition:
Meets all the registrant requirements of General Instruction I.A. of Form S-3 or Form F-3 (§ 239.13 or § 239.33 of this chapter) and either:
As of a date within 60 days of the determination date, has a worldwide market value of its outstanding voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates of $700 million or more; or
As of a date within 60 days of the determination date, has issued in the last three years at least $1 billion aggregate principal amount of non-convertible securities, other than common equity, in primary offerings for cash, not exchange, registered under the Act; and
Will register only non-convertible securities, other than common equity, and full and unconditional guarantees permitted pursuant to paragraph (1)(ii) of this definition unless, at the determination date, the issuer also is eligible to register a primary offering of its securities relying on General Instruction I.B.1. of Form S-3 or Form F-3.
Provided that as to a parent
issuer only, for purposes of calculating the aggregate principal amount of outstanding non-convertible securities under paragraph (1)(i)(B)(1) of this definition, the parent
issuer may include the aggregate principal amount of non-convertible securities, other than common equity, of its majority-owned subsidiaries issued in registered primary offerings for cash, not exchange, that it has fully and unconditionally guaranteed, within the meaning of Rule 3-10 of Regulation S-X (§ 210.3-10 of this chapter) in the last three years; or
The parent has provided a full and unconditional guarantee, as defined in Rule 3-10 of Regulation S-X, of the payment obligations on the subsidiary's securities and the securities are non-convertible securities, other than common equity;
The securities are guarantees of:
Non-convertible securities, other than common equity, of another majority-owned subsidiary being registered where there is a full and unconditional guarantee, as defined in Rule 3-10 of Regulation S-X, of such non-convertible securities by the parent; or
Is not an asset-backed issuer as defined in Item 1101 of Regulation AB (§ 229.1101(b) of this chapter).
The time of filing of its most recent shelf registration statement; or
The time of its most recent amendment (by post-effective amendment, incorporated report filed pursuant to section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78m or 78o(d) of this chapter), or form of prospectus) to a shelf registration statement for purposes of complying with section 10(a)(3) of the Act (or if such amendment has not been made within the time period required by section 10(a)(3) of the Act, the date on which such amendment is required); or
In the event that the issuer has not filed a shelf registration statement or amended a shelf registration statement for purposes of complying with section 10(a)(3) of the Act for sixteen months, the time of filing of the issuer's most recent annual report on Form 10-K (§ 249.310 of this chapter) or Form 20-F (§ 249.220f of this chapter) (or if such report has not been filed by its due date, such due date).
Wholly owned subsidiary.
The term wholly owned subsidiary
means a subsidiary
substantially all of whose outstanding voting securities
are owned by its parent
and/or the parent
's other wholly owned subsidiaries.
Except as otherwise specifically provided or the context otherwise requires, a written communication
is any communication that is written, printed, a radio or television broadcast, or a graphic communication
as defined in this section.
Note to definition of “written communication.”
A communication that is a radio or television broadcast is a written communication
regardless of the means of transmission of the broadcast.
[47 FR 11435, Mar. 16, 1982]
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