EFA Schedule 13G Information

What is Schedule 13G? (from Investopedia)

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Schedule 13G is similar to the SEC Schedule 13D and used to report a party’s ownership of stock which exceeds 5% of a company’s total stock issue. These and other SEC forms provide information from individuals who hold significant portions in a publicly-traded company and allows investors and other interested parties make informed decisions.

Schedule 13G is shorter in length than the 13D form and requires less information from the filing party. The ownership of over 5% of a publicly-traded stock is significant ownership and, reporting to the public is a requirement.

Who Can File Schedule 13G?

Schedule 13G is a simpler, short-form version of Schedule 13D and can be used to disclose the beneficial ownership of a company in lieu of Schedule 13D as long as certain conditions are met by three categories of owners: a qualified institutional investor in accordance with Rule 12d-1(b), a passive investor based on Rule 13d01(c), and an exempt investor laid out in Rule 13d-1(d).

Qualified Institutional Investor — Qualified institutional investors must file Schedule 13G within 45 days of the end of the calendar year in which they acquired more than 5% of a company. If they acquired more than 10%, then they must file within 10 days of the end of the calendar month in which the acquisition was made. Qualified investors are only eligible if they acquired the securities in the ordinary course of business, without changing or intending to exert control over the issuer. And they must be a regulated entity such as a registered investment adviser or company.

Passive Investor — Passive Investors must file Schedule 13G within 10 days of a transaction that amounts to more than 5% but less than 20% ownership of a company. They are also only eligible if they do not change or influence control of the issuer.

Exempt Investor — Exempt Investors should file Schedule 13G within 45 days of the end of the calendar year in which they acquired more than 5% of a company. One type of exempt investor is an entity that’s acquired beneficial ownership of over 5% of a class of equity securities that weren’t registered when the acquisition took place but were registered subsequently.