(Last updated: 3/31/2013)
2335.1 Test of Significance in an IPO
A newly-formed REIT having no significant operations may acquire operating properties immediately prior to filing an IPO, or may identify properties to be acquired upon closing the IPO. In addition, the REIT may identify properties that it will probably acquire soon after the IPO. The staff recognizes in these circumstances that the literal application of S-X 3-14 could result in the registrant providing financial statements of properties that are clearly insignificant to investors. In identifying the financial statements required to be included in the initial registration statement, the staff has allowed registrants to compute significance using a denominator equal to the total cost of the properties acquired immediately prior to filing an initial registration statement, properties to be acquired upon closing the IPO, and properties identified as probable future acquisitions.
2335.2 Tests of Significance After an IPO
In computing significance of any future property acquisition until the time the registrant files its Form 10-K covering the year the IPO is consummated, the registrant can use the same base as was used in the initial registration statement. However, that base should be reduced for any property not acquired or no longer probable. That base should not be reduced for probable acquisitions for which audited financial statements were included in the registration statement and the acquisition remains probable.
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