Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 80-12-1-.01 - Definitions
(1) As used in Chapters 80-12-1, 80-12-2, 80-12-3, 80-12-4, 80-12-5, 80-12-6, 80-12-7, 80-12-8, 80-12-9, 80-12-10, 80-12-11, and 80-12-12, the terms that are defined in O.C.G.A. § 7-9-2 shall have the identical meaning.
(2) As used in Chapters 80-12-1, 80-12-2, 80-12-3, 80-12-4, 80-12-5, 80-12-6, 80-12-7, 80-12-8, 80-12-9, 80-12-10, 80-12-11, and 80-12-12, the below terms shall be defined as follows unless the term is otherwise defined in a specific rule:
(a) "Act" means the Georgia Merchant Acquirer Limited Purpose Bank Act promulgated at O.C.G.A. § 7-9-1 et seq.
(b) "Affiliate" means any corporation, business trust, association, or other similar organization:
1.Of which an MALPB, directly or indirectly, owns or controls either a majority of the voting shares or more than 50 percent of the number of shares voted for the election of its directors, trustees, or other persons exercising similar functions at the preceding election or controls in any manner the election of a majority of its directors, trustees, or other persons exercising similar functions;
2.Of which control is held, directly or indirectly, through stock ownership or in any other manner by the shareholders of an MALPB who own or control either a majority of the shares of such MALPB or more than 50 percent of the number of shares voted for the election of directors of such MALPB at the preceding election or by trustees for the benefit of the shareholders of any such MALPB;
3.Of which a majority of its directors, trustees, or other persons exercising similar functions are directors of any one MALPB; or
4.Which owns or controls, directly or indirectly, either a majority of the shares of an MALPB or more than 50 percent of the number of shares of an MALPB voted for the election of directors of an MALPB at the preceding election or controls in any manner the election of a majority of the directors of an MALPB or for the benefit of whose shareholders or members all or substantially all the capital stock of an MALPB is held by trustees.
(c) "Annual Attestation Report" or "AAR" means the standard annual report filed by an MALPB that will disclose information required by the Department. This report will consist of information on specific matters of compliance with applicable laws, regulations, rules, policies, and charter conditions and contain affirmative attestations by the MALPB's chief executive officer.
(d) "Average Total Assets" means an average of the MALPB's end of day total assets, excluding goodwill, intangible assets and merchant funds deposited in compliance with Rule 80-12-7-.02, for the previous month. Average total assets is the denominator of the leverage capital ratio.
(e) "Capital Letter of Credit" means an irrevocable letter of credit made payable to the Department for the benefit of merchants in the event of the bankruptcy - either voluntary or involuntary - receivership, or insolvency of the MALPB, which can be treated as tier 1 capital. Such letter of credit shall be continuously maintained, shall be for a term of not less than one (1) year, have a remaining term of no less than three (3) months, be in a form satisfactory to the Department, and shall be issued by a financial institution authorized to do business in this State and approved by the Department.
(f) "Capital Maintenance Guaranty" means an unlimited, unconditional, continuous guaranty by the holding company to maintain in its MALPB subsidiary at least the minimum capital levels required by law, regulation, rule, or administrative order. The guaranty must be in a form acceptable to the Department.
(g) "Capital Stock" means the sum of the par value of the authorized shares which have been issued and remain outstanding of an MALPB.
(h) "Chargeback" means a transaction that is returned to an MALPB through the payment card network.
(i) "Dispute processing" means all activities associated with the dispute resolution process including exchange of information, reporting, and funding.
(j) "Executive Officer" means a person who participates or has authority to participate (other than in the capacity of a director) in major policymaking functions of the company or MALPB, whether or not: the officer has an official title; the title designates the officer as an assistant; or the officer is serving without salary or compensation. The chief executive officer, chief information officer, chief risk officer, chief accounting officer, chief financial officer, chief compliance officer, president, every vice president and treasurer of a company or an MALPB are considered executive officers, unless the officer is excluded, by resolution of the board of directors or by the bylaws of the MALPB or company from participation (other than in the capacity of a director) in major policymaking functions of the MALPB or company, and the officer does not actually participate in major policymaking functions.
(k) "Financial Crime" means a crime involving conversion, theft, money laundering, bribery, dishonesty, breach of trust, forgery, counterfeiting, embezzlement, insider trading, tax evasion, kickbacks, identity theft, cyber attacks, social engineering, fraud, including, but not limited to check fraud, credit card fraud, mortgage fraud, medical fraud, corporate fraud, bank account fraud, payment (point of sale) fraud, currency fraud, bank fraud, and securities fraud, or a felony directly related to the financial services business.
(l) "Incidental Activities" means other activities that may be necessary, convenient, or incidental to effecting transactions within a payment card network and are not specifically enumerated as "merchant acquiring activities" in O.C.G.A. § 7-9-2.
(m) "Leverage Capital Ratio" means the MALPB's ratio of tier 1 capital to average total assets.
(n) "Main Office" means the single physical location in this State where the MALPB is authorized to take deposits permitted by O.C.G.A. § 7-9-12.
(o) "MALPB" means a merchant acquirer limited purpose bank as defined in O.C.G.A. § 7-9-2.
(p) "Membership" means any agreements between an MALPB and a payment card network that allows access to and/or participation in a payment card network.
(r) "Monthly Activity Report" or "MAR" means the standard monthly report filed by an MALPB that will disclose information required by the Department. The information requested will include, but not be limited to, transaction volume levels and composition by dollar and number, chargeback and disputed transaction numbers, regulatory capital calculations, exception reporting, liquidity levels, funding sources, and merchant and/or industry concentrations.
(s) "Paid-in-Surplus" means the sum of the considerations received in the sale or exchange of shares of an MALPB in excess of the amount of the capital stock.
(t) "Payment Card" means a credit card, debit card, prepaid card, or any other payment device issued to a consumer that enables access to a consumer's funding source and is used to make payments to merchants.
(u) "Payment Volume or "PV" means the greater of one twelfth of the total dollar amount of payment transactions executed by the MALPB in the preceding twelve (12) months or forecast for the next twelve (12) months.
(v) "Principal Shareholder" means a person that directly or indirectly, or acting through or in concert with one or more persons, owns, controls, or has the power to vote more than ten (10) percent of any class of voting securities of an MALPB or holding company.
(w) "PV Capital" means the amount of tier 1 capital required to be maintained by the MALPB based on payment volume.
(x) "Public Company" means any company that is required to file reports under Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, has a market capitalization in excess of $3,000,000,000, and whose equity securities are listed on the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE"), the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations ("NASDAQ"), or other stock market approved by the Department in writing and located in the United States.
(y) "Quarterly Financial Report" or "QFR" means the standard quarterly report filed by an MALPB that will contain financial statements, which shall include, but not be limited to, a balance sheet and an income statement, required by the Department.
(z) "Receivership Letter of Credit" means an irrevocable letter of credit made payable to the Department in order to cover the costs and expenses associated with a receivership of the MALPB. Such letter of credit shall be continuously maintained, shall be for a term of not less than one (1) year, have a remaining term of no less than three (3) months, be in a form satisfactory to the Department, and shall be issued by a financial institution authorized to do business in this State and approved by the Department.
(aa) "Risk Capital" means the amount of tier 1 capital required to be maintained by the MALPB based on the dollar volume of chargebacks.
(bb) "Standardized Regulatory Reports" or "SRRs" means the monthly activity report, the quarterly financial report, and the annual attestation report that must be filed with the Department by each MALPB.
(cc) "Statutory Capital" means the sum of capital stock and paid-in-surplus of the MALPB, which, at all times, must be no less than $3 million.
(dd) "Support Organization" means a legal entity that is not an eligible organization but performs administrative support, information technology support, financial support, or tax and finance support for an MALPB pursuant to the terms of a contract.
(ee) "Tier 1 Capital" means the sum of statutory capital, retained earnings, noncumulative perpetual preferred stock, the secured portion of a capital maintenance guaranty, and a capital letter of credit, less any loans or accounts payable by an affiliate or holding company to the MALPB, goodwill, and intangible assets. To be considered for inclusion in tier 1 capital, the collateral securing the capital maintenance guaranty must be of a type approved by the Department, subject to discounting as approved by the Department, and properly assigned.
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