To explain recent amendments by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) to Sections 312.03(b) relating to issuances of securities to substantial stockholders (the Substantial Stockholder Issuance Rule) and 312.03(c) (the 20 Per cent Rule) of the New York Stock Exchange’s (the NYSE) Listed Company Manual to change the definition of “market value” for purposes of the 20 Per cent Rule and eliminate the requirement for shareholder approval of certain private issuances at a price less than book value but greater than market value.
This article provides background on the purpose and policy behind the Substantial Stockholder Issuance Rule and the 20 Per cent Rule and summarizes the provisions of each rule, both before and after the recent SEC amendments thereto. This article then highlights the most important changes to the Substantial Stockholder Issuance Rule and the 20 Per cent Rule and explains the implications thereof for NYSE-listed issuers.
The amended Substantial Stockholder Issuance Rule and the 20 Per cent Rule provide NYSE-listed issuers greater flexibility in structuring transactions involving private placements of equity and will likely reduce the number of such transactions requiring a shareholder vote.
Practical guidance from experienced corporate finance and capital markets lawyers.
Hoffman, J. and Dworaczyk, J. (2019), "SEC approves amendments to the NYSE’s substantial stockholder issuance rule and 20 per cent rule for shareholder approval of certain private offerings", Journal of Investment Compliance, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 16-19. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOIC-04-2019-0020
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