SEC Proposes Amendments To MD&A Disclosures

Continuing its disclosure effectiveness initiative, on January 30, 2020, the SEC proposed amendments to Management’s Discussion & Analysis of Financial Conditions and Operations (MD&A) required by Item 303 of Regulation S-K.  In addition, to eliminate duplicative disclosures, the SEC also proposed to eliminate Item 301 – Selected Financial Data and Item 302 – Supplementary Financial Information.  Like all recent disclosure effectiveness rule amendments and proposals, the rule changes are meant to modernize and take a more principles based approach to disclosure requirements.  In addition, the proposed rule changes are intended to reduce repetition and disclosure of information that is not material.

On the same day the SEC issued an Interpretive Release on MD&A.  A week earlier the SEC issued three new compliance and disclosure interpretations on the subject.

Among the proposed changes, the new rule would add a new Item 303(a) to state the principal objectives of MD&A, replace the specific requirement to disclose off-balance-sheet arrangements with