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FTC Adjusts New 2021 HSR Reporting Thresholds Downward

2월 3, 2021

On February 2, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) announced decreases to the reporting thresholds and exemptions that, under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act of 1976 (the “HSR Act”), dictate whether companies must notify antitrust authorities about a transaction. The HSR Act requires the FTC to adjust reporting and exemption thresholds annually based on changes in the gross national product (“GNP”).

Due to a contraction in the US economy, the HSR thresholds were revised downwards for only the second time since the thresholds were first tied to the GNP—the most recent decrease having been in 2010. The decreases will apply to all transactions that close after the effective date, which is March 4, 2021 (30 days after publication of the changes in the Federal Register).  

Under the new thresholds:

The minimum size-of-transaction threshold is US$92.0 million (down from US$94.0 million). Acquisitions below this threshold are not reportable.

Transactions exceeding the size-of-transaction threshold—but less than US$368.0 million—are reportable if the ultimate parent entity of one party has sales or assets of at least US$184.0 million and the ultimate parent entity of the other party has sales or assets of at least US$18.4 million (down from US$188.0 million and US$18.8 million, respectively) (the “size-of-person” test).

Transactions valued at more than US$368.0 million (down from US$376.0 million) are reportable regardless of the size-of-person test.

Filing fees did not change, but the size-of-transaction thresholds (on which the filing fee is based) decreased. Under the new thresholds, the filing fee is:

  • US$45,000 for transactions with a value of at least US$92.0 million but less than US$184.0 million;
  • US$125,000 for transactions with a value of at least US$184.0 million but less than US$919.9 million (down from US$940.1 million); and
  • US$280,000 for transactions with a value of at least US$919.9 million.

The notification threshold for 25% of the outstanding voting shares is US$1,839.8 million; for 50% of the outstanding voting shares, it is US$92.0 million (down from US$1,880.2 million and US$94.0 million, respectively).

Even if a transaction is reportable based on the above thresholds, it may qualify for one of the HSR Act’s exemptions, some of which also contain changed financial thresholds. For example, a US person’s acquisition of a foreign issuer’s stock is exempt unless the foreign issuer has either US assets or sales exceeding US$92.0 million. Elaborate rules govern deal valuation and exemptions under the HSR Act. Consult HSR counsel to determine whether a deal is reportable.

To read the FTC’s notice, please click here.


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