8507004 Informal Interpretation

Date:
Rule:
801.40, 801.11
Staff:
Andrew Scanlon
Response/Comments:

Not reportable --AMS

Question

July 8, 1985

BY HAND

Andrew Scanlon, Esquire
Hart-Scott-Rodino Notification Office
Room 301
Federal Trade Commission
6th and Pennsylvania Washington, D.C. 20580

Dear Mr. Scanlon:

This is to confirm our conversation today in which you agreed that a Hart-Scott-Rodino filing need not be made in the following situation: Corporation A has been formed by five individuals, each of which owns 20% of A. A was formed for the purpose of acquiring five subsidiary corporations from Corporation B, which has over $100,000,000 in sales or assets. A will pay B $25,000,000 in cash and notes for the five subsidiaries and will assume certain liabilities. Corporation A will borrow $15,000,000 to make the down payment on the five subsidiaries and will sign a promissory note for $10,000,000. Either before or after the acquisition, Corporation A will obtain less than $10,000,000 for working capital as a loan or a line of credit, or a combination of both. Corporation A will have no assets at the time of the acquisition of the five subsidiaries other than possibly the line of credit or loan for working capital.

In our conversation, you confirmed my conclusion that the formation of Corporation A is exempt from section 801.40 (Final FTC Rules on Hart-Scott-Rodino, 43 Fed. Reg. 33450 (1978)) and that Corporation A does not meet the size of person requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act pursuant to section 801.11 and the FTC staff's pass-through rule regarding its purchase of the five subsidiaries.

I understand that you will call me immediately if you disagree with my conclusion that a Hart-Scott-Rodino Notification and Report Form will not be filed for the above described transaction. I will assume that you agree with my conclusion if I have not heard from you by Thursday, July 11, 1985.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

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