17 CFR § 270.27e-1 - Requirements for notice to be mailed to certain purchasers of periodic payment plan certificates sold subject to section 27(d) of the Act.
(a) The notice required by section 27(e) of the Act shall be sent by first class mail and shall be accompanied by a written instruction sheet and a return form to be used in connection with the exercise of the surrender right described in the notice. No other written or graphic material may be included with such notice.
(b) In the event that regular payments throughout the first 18 months of the plan are required less frequently than monthly, such a notice shall be mailed to any certificate holder who has missed any payment or payments equal to or greater in amount than the amount of payments which, if missed, would have required the mailing of a notice if equal monthly payments had been required during such 15- or 18-month periods.
(c) Any payment not made within 31 days after it is due shall be deemed a missed payment whether or not an equivalent payment is made subsequently by the certificate holder.
(d) In the event any such notice is not mailed prior to 15 days before the expiration of the 18th month, the certificate holder shall have 15 days from the date such notice is mailed within which to exercise the right of surrender described therein. Nothing herein contained shall require a second notice to be mailed to any certificate holder who has been mailed a notice within 30 days following 15 months after the issuance of his certificate.
(e) Notwithstanding the requirements of section 27(e) of the Act, no notice need be mailed to a certificate holder if, at the time such notice would be required to be mailed, he would not be entitled to receive any refund of sales loading upon surrender of his certificate.
(f) Form N-27E-1 is hereby prescribed to inform certificate holders of their right to surrender their certificates pursuant to section 27(d) of the Act. The text of Form N-27E-1 is as follows:
Dear _(2) ___: This notice is required to be sent to all purchasers of plan certificates pursuant to laws administered by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You should read it carefully and retain it with your financial records.
You have missed _(3) ___ after your _ (4) ___ plan certificate was issued. Until _ (5) ___ you will be entitled to surrender your plan certificate and receive, in addition to the value of your account on the date your certificate is received, a refund of that portion of the sales charges you have paid in excess of 15 percent of the gross payments under your plan.
For example, if your certificate had been received for surrender _ (6) ___ you would have received a total of $______ (7) ___ for it (the value of your account $______ (8) ___ plus a refund of $______ (9) ___ of the sales charges you have paid). After your right expires you will be entitled to receive only the value of your account. Of course, the value of your account will vary from day to day and by the date your right expires it may be more or less than it is today.
In determining whether to exercise your right to terminate your plan, you should consider that, while the average sales charge deducted from your payments has amounted to _ (10) ___ percent of the total payments made, the sales charge for the remainder of the payments under the plan, if you continue the plan, will be _ (11) ___and the average sales charge if you complete the plan will be _ (12) ___ percent. Exercising your right to terminate your plan, however, will result in a net sales charge of 15 percent of your total payments. Accordingly, if you believe you may discontinue making further payments on your plan, it would probably be to your advantage to exercise this right now.
If you wish to exercise your right to terminate your plan, you may return your certificate to _ (13) ___ by _ (14) ___ in accordance with the enclosed instructions.
General instructions. A. The notice shall be legible and shall be printed or typed on letter-sized paper. It shall be in modern type at least as large as 10-point modern type. All type shall be leaded at least 2 points. Parenthetical references should be completed in accordance with the itemized instructions below and need not be underlined or boldfaced.
B. The notice shall bear the letterhead of the sender and the mailing date. An inconspicuous reference to the form number may appear on the notice.
Itemized instructions. Insert the following in the corresponding numbered spaces on Form N-27E-1:
(1) The name of the plan and the account number of the certificate holder. An additional internal recordkeeping reference may also be included at the option of the sender.
(2) The name of certificate holder or an identification such as “Investor” or “Planholder.”
(3) Whichever of the following statements is appropriate: “three or more payments during the first 15 months” or “a payment after the 15th month.”
(4) The name of the plan.
(5) The date of the first business day which is 18 months from the date of the issuance of the certificate or in the event such notice is not mailed prior to 15 days before the expiration of the 18th month, the date of the first business day which is 15 days from the date such notice is mailed.
(6) A date which is not more than 2 business days prior to the date of the notice.
(7) The sum of Items 8 and 9.
(8) The value of the account payable to the certificate holder if the certificate had been received on the date set forth in Item 6. In the event such certificate holder has made a partial withdrawal in accordance with the terms of his certificate, the notice may state after the first sentence in the third paragraph that “The value of your account reflects the partial withdrawal which you made previously.”
(9) The amount as of the date set forth in Item 6 which is equal to that part of the excess paid for sales loading which is over 15 percent of the gross payments made by the certificate holder.
(10) Average percentage deducted for sales charges to the date set forth in Item 6.
(11) The percentage to be deducted for sales charges after the date set forth in Item 6.
If the holder has made less than 12 monthly payments, the following shall be substituted for the first sentence of the third paragraph of the notice:
“In determining whether to exercise your right to terminate your plan, you should consider that, while the sales charge deducted from your payments has amounted to ___ (10) percent of the total payments made, the sales charge for the next ___ (11a) payments will be ___ (11b) percent and the sales charge for the remainder of the payments will be ___ (11c) percent. If you complete the plan, the average sales charge will be ___ (12) percent.”
(11a) The number of payments yet to be made which are subject to the initial sales to completion.
(11b) The percentage to be deducted from sales charges from such payments.
(11c) The percentage to be deducted for sales charges from all subsequent payments.
(12) Average percentage to be deducted for sales charges from inception of the plan to completion.
(13) Name and address of custodian bank or other person authorized to accept surrendered certificates.
(14) Same date as in Item 5.
(15) The name of a responsible officer of the sender, with his title.