January 31, 2017

FTC Raises Both HSR Premerger Filing and Interlocking Directorate Thresholds


On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its annual revision of the filing thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act), increasing the minimum reportable transaction from $78.2M to $80.8M. The FTC also announced revisions to thresholds relating to prohibitions on interlocking directorates under Section 8 of the Clayton Act. 

HSR Reporting Thresholds

Under the HSR Act, parties may be required to file notification of various asset and stock acquisitions with the FTC and Department of Justice and observe a waiting period before closing. The thresholds for filing are revised annually to adjust for inflation. On January 19, the FTC announced new thresholds, which included increasing the lowest transaction value threshold from $78.2 million to $80.8. Higher valuation thresholds and the size of parties thresholds were also increased.   

Size of the Parties Thresholds & Reporting Obligation 

Size of the Transaction Thresholds

Size of the Parties Thresholds & Reporting Obligation

More than $80.8 million but less than $323 million

Filing may be required if one party’s sales or assets exceed $161.5 million and the other party’s sales or assets exceed $16.2 million.
Over $323 million
Filing may be required irrespective of the parties’ size.

Filing fees for transactions reportable under the HSR Act have also been adjusted. The new fees will be:

Size of the Transaction 

 Filing Fee

More than $80.8 million
but less than $161.5 million
Equal to $161.5 million
but less than $807.5 million
$807.5 million or greater

Clayton Act Section 8 Thresholds

New thresholds for the Clayton Act’s prohibition on interlocking directorates were also announced. Section 8 of the Clayton Act makes it illegal for a person to serve as a director or officer for two competing companies when the companies’ profits or competitive sales exceed threshold limits. 

Under the new thresholds, it is illegal for an individual to serve in these capacities for competing corporations if each company has capital, surplus, and undivided profits aggregating more than $32,914,000 (Clayton Act, Section 8(a)(1)), unless one of the companies’ competitive sales against the other are less than $3,291,400 (Clayton Act, Section 8(a)(2)(A)).

Effective Date

The revised HSR Act thresholds will become effective February 27, 2017. The revisions regarding interlocking directorates became effective immediately.

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