Rule 15c2-11 governs when dealers are permitted to publish quotations for securities. In September 2020, the SEC amended the rule to prohibit them from publishing quotes when current information about the issuer isn’t publicly available. In 2021, the Staff clarified its position that Rule 15c2-11 applies to fixed income as well as equity securities but provided limited-time relief for fixed income securities that were offered pursuant to Rule 144A. A memo from Ropes & Gray says that this relief will expire on January 3, 2023, and that means market practice for private Rule 144A issuers will need to change:
While Rule 144A only requires issuers to make financial information available upon request to holders or prospective purchasers of their securities, beginning on January 4th dealers will no longer be able to publish quotations for debt securities in quotation mediums unless financial statements for and certain other information about the issuer are publicly available (for example, on the issuer’s website). Accordingly, issuers may be required to agree to publish financial statements outside of password-protected datarooms currently available only to bondholders and prospective purchasers so that dealers can continue to facilitate a liquid 144A market.
The memo says that various trade groups are lobbying the SEC and Congress to rescind this requirement, but unless action is taken prior to January 3rd, the market will have to deal with this new reality — which may result in a lot more attention being paid to reporting covenants in Rule 144A deals.
— John Jenkins, TheCorporateCounsel.net, November 4, 2022