1302007 Informal Interpretation

Date:
Rule:
801.10(c)(1)
Staff:
Michael Verne
Response/Comments:

  You use the 45 days prior to the 803.5(a) notice for the stock acquired during the year following notification as well as the stock already held. The whole point of calculating it prior to filing is to lock in a value. So the value of the stock held after the acquisition during the first year would be 2.5 MM x $70 = $175 MM, exceeding the $100 million (as adjusted) threshold and allowing additional acquisitions up to the $500 million (as adjusted) threshold during the 5 year period. The language you reference in #3 of using either the 45 day period prior to the notice or the 45 day period prior to the acquisition is laying out how you value the stock if it is reportable (45 days prior to the notice) or non-reportable (45 days prior to the acquisition).

Question

From: (Redacted)

Sent: Thursday,February 21, 2013 2:05 PM

To: Verne, B. Michael; Walsh,Kathryn

Subject:SOT -Stock Question

Mike and Kate:

Thanks, as always, for addressing these questions. Here is a situation I want to run by you.

1.Natural person, X, files an HSR on January 1. X alreadyholds 1,000,000 shares of stock with a current market price of $70 per share.(Market price being calculatedby the lowest price in the 45 days before the 803.5(a) notice is sent).

2. Xintends to acquire an additional1,500,000 in additional shares in the 12 months following expiration of the HSR waitingperiod. So at the "market price" calculatedoff the 803.5(a) notice, X will exceed the $100 million, as adjusted, threshold.X files at that higher threshold.

3. X,in fact, acquires the 1,500,000 shares in the 12 months following the expiration of the HSR waiting period. However, the "market price" of the stock droppedto $35 per share, as measuredby the lowest closing price in the 45 days prior to the acquisition.

It seems to me that,under 801.10(c)(1), to calculatethe "market price" for the stock held and acquiredin (3), we can use either the lowest closing bid price in the 45 days prior to the acquisition, orthe lowest closing bid price in the 45days prior to the 803.5(a) notice. Do Ihave this right?This is important to determine whether the $100 million was exceeded in the 12 months following the termination of the waitingperiod, so the 5 year graceperiod is locked in.

It would certainly seem unfair if the person were denied thebenefit of the 5 year period by a facts beyondhis control. (Both the stock price and the timing of thepurchases, which are subjectto restriction by the SEC).

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