The SEC today voted to propose amendments to the definitions of "accelerated filer" and "large accelerated filer," which are used to determine, among other things, the filing deadlines for periodic reports and the requirement for providing an audit of internal control over financial reporting (ICFR).
The proposed amendments would better align the definition of accelerated filer with recent changes to the definition of "smaller reporting company" (SRC). The amendments would:
- Exclude from the accelerated and large accelerated filer definitions an issuer that is eligible to be an SRC and had no revenues or annual revenues of less than $100 million in the most recent fiscal year for which audited financial statements are available
- Increase the transition thresholds for accelerated and large accelerated filers becoming a non-accelerated filer from $50 million to $60 million and for exiting large accelerated filer status from $500 million to $560 million
- Add a revenue test to the transition thresholds for exiting both accelerated and large accelerated filer status
As a result of the proposed amendments, smaller reporting companies with less than $100 million in revenues would not be required to obtain an attestation of their ICFR from an independent outside auditor.
The proposals will be subject to a 60-day public comment period, following which the SEC will determined its next steps.