SEC Modernizes Disclosures for Banking Registrants

The SEC announced that it has adopted rules to update and expand the statistical disclosures that bank and savings and loan registrants provide to investors, in light of changes in this sector over the past 30 years. The SEC indicates that the rules also eliminate certain disclosure items that are duplicative of other agency rules and requirements of U.S. GAAP or IFRS. The rules replace Industry Guide 3, Statistical Disclosure by Bank Holding Companies, with updated disclosure requirements in a new subpart of Regulation S-K. The rules are intended “to help ensure that investors have access to more meaningful, relevant information about these registrants to facilitate their investment and voting decisions.”

The SEC’s rules require disclosure about the following:

  • Distribution of assets, liabilities and stockholders’ equity, the related interest income and expense, and interest rates and interest differential;
  • Weighted average yield of investments in debt securities by maturity;
  • Maturity analysis of the loan portfolio including the amounts that have predetermined interest rates and floating or adjustable interest rates;
  • Certain credit ratios and the factors that explain material changes in the ratios, or the related components during the periods presented;
  • The allowance for credit losses by loan category; and
  • Bank deposits including average amounts and rate paid and amounts that are uninsured.

The rules will be effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register and will apply to fiscal years ending on or after December 15, 2021. However, voluntary compliance with the new rules will be accepted in advance of the mandatory compliance date. Guide 3 is scheduled to be rescinded effective January 1, 2023.

 

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