Will Rules for EGCs be revised?

By Stephen Barlas
August 4, 2015

Legislation in both the House and Senate would provide more flexibility for emerging growth companies filing an IPO. Financial accounting rules for emerging growth companies (ECGs)—the category of midsize companies created in the 2012 JOBS Act—would be revised by legislation that both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are considering.


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Rep. Stephen Fincher (R.-Tenn.) is the primary sponsor of the House bill and is a member of the House Financial Services Committee, which approved the bill by a vote of 57-0 in May. The House bill (H.R. 2064, “Improving Access to Capital for Emerging Growth Companies Act”) gives ECGs leeway as to which years’ audited financial statements must be submitted, with the flexibility related to the year an IPO is actually launched. That same legislation is included in the Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015, a discussion draft from Sen. Richard Shelby (R.-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Yet while Fincher’s bill is a stand-alone piece of legislation that has Democratic support, the Senate provision is one of many other provisions in a much larger bill that Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee don’t support.


Stephen Barlas has covered Washington, D.C., for trade and professional magazines since 1981 and since 1984 for Strategic Finance and its predecessor Management Accounting. You can reach him at sbarlas@verizon.net.
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