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General Rules and Regulations
under the
Securities Act of 1933

Rule 169 -- Exemption from Sections 2(a)(10) and 5(c) of the Act for Certain Communications of Regularly Released Factual Business Information

Preliminary Note:
  1. This section is not available for any communication that, although in technical compliance with this section, is part of a plan or scheme to evade the requirements of section 5 of the Act.

  2. This section provides a non-exclusive safe harbor for factual business information released or disseminated as provided in this section. Attempted compliance with this section does not act as an exclusive election and the issuer also may claim the availability of any other applicable exemption or exclusion. Reliance on this section does not affect the availability of any other exemption or exclusion from the definition of prospectus in section 2(a)(10) or the requirements of section 5 of the Act

  3. The availability of this section for a release or dissemination of a communication that contains or incorporates factual business information will not be affected by another release or dissemination of a communication that contains all or a portion of the same factual business information that does not satisfy the conditions of this section.

  1. For purposes of sections 2(a)(10) and 5(c) of the Act, the regular release or dissemination by or on behalf of an issuer of communications containing factual business information shall be deemed not to constitute an offer to sell or offer for sale of a security by an issuer which is the subject of an offering pursuant to a registration statement that the issuer proposes to file, or has filed, or that is effective, if the conditions of this section are satisfied.

  2. Definitions.
    1. Factual business information means some or all of the following information that is released or disseminated under the conditions in paragraph (d) of this section:

      1. Factual information about the issuer, its business or financial developments, or other aspects of its business; and

      2. Advertisements of, or other information about, the issuer’s products or services.

    2. For purposes of this section, the release or dissemination of a communication is by or on behalf of the issuer if the issuer or an agent or representative of the issuer, other than an offering participant who is an underwriter or dealer, authorizes or approves such release or dissemination before it is made.

  3. Exclusions. A communication containing information about the registered offering or released or disseminated as part of the offering activities in the registered offering is excluded from the exemption of this section.

  4. Conditions to exemption. The following conditions must be satisfied:

    1. The issuer has previously released or disseminated information of the type described in this section in the ordinary course of its business;

    2. The timing, manner, and form in which the information is released or disseminated is consistent in material respects with similar past releases or disseminations;

    3. TThe information is released or disseminated for intended use by persons, such as customers and suppliers, other than in their capacities as investors or potential investors in the issuer’s securities, by the issuer’s employees or agents who historically have provided such information; and

    4. The issuer is not an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or a business development company as defined in section 2(a)(48) of the Investment Company Act of 1940.

Regulatory History

70 FR 44722, 44808, Dec. 1, 2005.

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