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Businesses Back Financial Reporting Reform

By Stephen Barlas
March 1, 2019

The proposal by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) to reduce some of the financial reporting requirements that come into play when a company issues notes guaranteed by a subsidiary is garnering strong support from companies in all sectors of the economy.


The proposal would make changes to Rule 3-10 and Rule 3-16 to reduce instances where companies have to file audited statements for affiliates when those affiliates’ stocks are pledged as collateral for a debt offering.


“We believe that an overwhelming number of issuers choose to issue their guaranteed and/or collateralized securities in Rule 144A ‘for life’ offerings to avoid the disclosure requirements under Rule 3-10 and Rule 3-16, despite the fact that conducting a registered offering would result in a broader base of potential investors and could lower the cost of capital,” wrote Maya McReynolds, senior vice president of corporate finance and chief accounting officer at Dell Technologies, Inc.


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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