One of the disclosure requirements from the SEC’s recently adopted clawback rules is a set of new checkboxes for the cover page of the Form 10-K, Form 20-F and Form 40-F, with one of those checkboxes indicating whether the financial statements included in the report reflect the correction of an error to previously issued financial statements, and another checkbox indicating whether any of the error corrections require a recovery analysis under the company’s clawback policy. The text associated with those checkboxes is as follows:
If securities are registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act, indicate by check mark whether the financial statements of the registrant included in the filing reflect the correction of an error to previously issued financial statements. ☐
Indicate by check mark whether any of those error corrections are restatements that required a recovery analysis of incentive-based compensation received by any of the registrant’s executive oﬃcers during the relevant recovery period pursuant to §240.10D-1(b). ☐
In a new Exchange Act Rules Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation published on Friday, the Staff states:
Question: The form amendments adding check boxes to the cover page of Form 10-K, Form 20-F, and Form 40-F indicating whether the form includes the correction of an error in previously issued financial statements and a related recovery analysis are effective January 27, 2023. However, the listing standards are not required to be effective until November 28, 2023 and issuers subject to such listing standards will not be required to adopt a recovery policy for 60 days following the date on which the applicable listing standards become effective. Will issuers be required to mark the check boxes in 2023 before an issuer is required to adopt a recovery policy and comply with the applicable listing standards?
Answer: In the adopting release, the Commission indicated that it does not expect compliance with the disclosure requirements until issuers are required to have a recovery policy under the applicable exchange listing standard. While the check boxes and other disclosure requirements will be in the rules and forms in 2023, we do not expect issuers to provide such disclosure until they are required to have a recovery policy under the applicable listing standard. [January 27, 2023]
This new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation provides some much needed guidance just in the nick of time for filers who were trying to interpret the transition provisions for the clawback-related disclosure rules.
– Dave Lynn, TheCorporateCounsel.net, January 30, 2023