SEC Chair Encourages Continued Disclosures Amid Pandemic
SEC Chairman Jay Clayton recently issued a public statement emphasizing that the SEC is “focused on ensuring that issuers and other registrants continue to provide material information to investors, including information related to the current and expected effects of COVID-19, as promptly as practicable.” In another statement before a special meeting of the Investor Advisory Committee yesterday, Chairman Clayton again emphasized the need for issuers to provide disclosures about efforts to address the effects of COVID-19. Here’s an excerpt:
Our investors and our markets thirst for information as a general matter. This is particularly the case in times of economic shock and uncertainty. Couple this fundamental premise with the reality that for COVID-19-related reasons issuers may not be able to file required quarter-end reports on time, and we have a challenge. Importantly, an inability to file required reports does not prevent issuers from issuing earnings releases and filing current reports on Forms 8-K.
I believe the conditional, tailored relief crafted by the Division of Corporation Finance, coupled with their detailed guidance regarding COVID-19-related disclosure topics will allow issuers to provide prompt, period-end earnings information, and information regarding their past and expected future efforts to address the effects of COVID-19, regardless of whether they are able to comply with filing deadlines. We encourage issuers to provide as much information as is practicable and stand ready to engage with them.
Hat tip to Cooley’s Cydney Posner who blogged about yesterday’s statements and included notes from the Investor Advisory Committee meeting.
-Lynn Jokela, TheCorporateCounsel.net April 3, 2020
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