Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”).
Notice of application under section 6(c) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“Act”) for an exemption from all provisions of the Act.
Summary of Application: Applicants request an order that would permit Golden Funding Corporation (“Golden Funding”) to sell securities and use the proceeds to finance the business activities of its parent company, System Capital Corporation (“SCC”), and certain companies controlled by SCC (“Controlled Companies”).
Applicants: SCC and Golden Funding.
Filing Dates: The application was filed on December 18, 2001, and amended on January 16, 2003.
Hearing or Notification of Hearing: An order granting the requested relief will be issued unless the Commission orders a hearing. Interested persons may request a hearing by writing to the Commission's Secretary and serving applicants with a copy of the request, personally or by mail. Hearing requests should be received by the Commission by 5:30 p.m. on February 18, 2003, and should be accompanied by proof of service on applicants, in the form of an affidavit or, for lawyers, a certificate of service. Hearing requests should state the nature of the writer's interest, the reason for the request, and the issues contested.
Persons who wish to be notified of a hearing may request notification by writing to the Commission's Secretary.
Secretary, Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549-0609. Applicants, 676 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 3650, Chicago, Illinois 60611.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Karen L. Goldstein, Senior Counsel (202) 942-0646, or Janet M. Grossnickle, Branch Chief (202) 942-0564 (Office of Investment Company Regulation, Division of Investment Management).End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The following is a summary of the application. The complete application may be obtained for a fee at the Commission's Public Reference Branch, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549-0102 (tel. 202-942-8090).
1. SCC, a Delaware corporation, is a holding company for subsidiaries that provide financing to the restaurant system operated by McDonald's Corporation (“McDonald's”) and its owner/operators and suppliers (the “McDonald's Restaurant System”). SCC currently conducts its activities through three types of wholly-owned subsidiaries: (i) The Controlled Companies which provide financing for specific operations of the McDonald's Restaurant System, (ii) Golden Funding, which provides financing to the Controlled Companies, and (iii) System Capital Credit Corporation (“Credit”), which provides various credit support and financial services to Golden Funding, the Controlled Companies and other lenders to the McDonald's Restaurant System. Applicants state that SCC is not an investment company as defined in section 3(a) of the Act.
2. Golden Funding, a Delaware corporation, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SCC whose primary purpose is to finance the activities of the Controlled Companies by issuing securities and by obtaining secured and unsecured loans pursuant to various credit and liquidity facilities. The debt Start Printed Page 3906securities issued by Golden Funding include commercial paper, medium-term notes, and may include extendible maturity commercial paper (collectively, the “Securities”). The Securities are offered and sold under an exemption from registration provided by section 4(2) of the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities Act”) and are eligible for resale only to “qualified institutional buyers” under rule 144A of the Securities Act that are also “qualified purchasers” under the Act. Golden Funding also may borrow from banks and issue other debt securities or preferred stock in the United States pursuant to a registration statement or an applicable exemption from registration under the Securities Act. Golden Funding will comply with the applicable requirements in rule 3a-5(a)(1) through (4) and with rule 3a-5(b)(1)(i).
3. Golden Funding uses the proceeds from the Securities and loans to make loans to the Controlled Companies. Each Controlled Company uses the proceeds of the loans to provide financing for a distinct segment of the McDonald's Restaurant System, either by purchasing accounts receivable or originating loans or leases to McDonald's or McDonald's Restaurant System participants. Applicants state that each of the Controlled Companies relies, or upon its formation will rely, on section 3(c)(5) of the Act for exclusion from regulation as an investment company under the Act.
4. Applicants state that in compliance with rule 3a-5(a)(5) under the Act, Golden Funding uses at least 85% of any cash or cash equivalents it raises to make loans to the Controlled Companies as soon as practicable, but in no event later than six months after Golden Funding's receipt of the cash or cash equivalents. In accordance with rule 3a-5(a)(6), all investments by Golden Funding, including temporary investments, will be made in Government securities (as defined in the Act), securities of Controlled Companies or debt securities that are exempted from the provisions of section 3(a)(3) of the Securities Act.
Applicants' Legal Analysis
1. Applicants request an order under section 6(c) of the Act exempting Golden Funding from all provisions of the Act. Rule 3a-5 under the Act provides an exemption from the Act for certain companies organized primarily to finance the business operations of their parent companies or companies controlled by their parent companies.
2. Rule 3a-5(b)(3)(i) under the Act, in relevant part, defines a “company controlled by the parent company” to mean any corporation, partnership, or joint venture that is not considered an investment company under section 3(a) of the Act, or that is excepted or exempted by order from the definition of investment company by section 3(b) or by the rules and regulations under section 3(a) of the Act. Applicants state that the Controlled Companies do not fit within the definition of “company controlled by the parent company” because they derive their non-investment company status from section 3(c)(5) of the Act. Accordingly, Applicants request exemptive relief to permit Golden Funding to issue and sell Securities to finance the operations of SCC and the Controlled Companies. Applicants state that neither SCC, Golden Funding nor the Controlled Companies engage primarily in investment company activities.
3. Section 6(c) of the Act, in pertinent part, provides that the Commission, by order upon application, may conditionally or unconditionally exempt any person, security or transaction, or any class or classes of persons, securities or transactions, from any provision or provisions of the Act to the extent that such exemption is necessary or appropriate in the public interest and consistent with the protection of investors and the purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of the Act. Applicants submit that its exemptive request meets the standards set out in section 6(c) of the Act.
Applicants agree that the order granting the requested relief will be subject to the following condition:
Golden Funding will comply with all of the provisions of rule 3a-5 under the Act, except Golden Funding will be permitted to make loans to or make or hold investments in Controlled Companies that do not meet the portion of the definition of “company controlled by a parent company” in rule 3a-5(b)(3)(i) under the Act solely because they are excluded from the definition of investment company under section 3(c)(5) of the Act.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, under delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
1. Golden Funding also may from time to time make advances to Credit, which is a “company controlled by the parent company,” as that term is defined in rule 3a-5(b)(3).Back to Citation
[FR Doc. 03-1757 Filed 1-24-03; 8:45 am]
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