SEC Updates Q & A on Smaller Reporting Companies Issues – Part I
The SEC recently updated its Q & A on a variety of other areas related to Regulation S-K, several of which apply to smaller reporting companies.
Question 102.01 asks the following:
Could a company with a fiscal year ended December 31, 2007 be both a “smaller reporting company,” as defined in Item 10(f), and an “accelerated filer,” as defined in Rule 12b-2 under the Exchange Act, for filings due in 2008, if it was an accelerated filer with respect to filings due in 2007 and had a public float of $60 million on the last business day of its second fiscal quarter of 2007?
- You have to look at both definitions to see if you qualify as both a smaller reporting company and as a non-accelerated filer for each year.
- This company qualified as a smaller reporting company for 2008 filings, as 2007 was the initial year for such a determination, and it had less than $75 million in public float as of the end of its second fiscal quarter.
- The company is an accelerated filer with respect to 2007 filings, as it needed under $75 million in public float to exit accelerated filer status.
- This company could use the scaled disclosure rules for smaller reporting companies in its annual report on Form 10-K.
- The 10-K would be due 75 days after its year end, because it is an accelerated filer.
- It would need to have an auditors Section 404(b) attestation on its internal controls over financial reporting.
Kind of an interesting situation and one that companies need to continue to monitor.