CSA publishes results of continuous disclosure reviews for fiscal 2016

After publishing its Consultation Paper 95-401 few weeks ago, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has published Staff Notice 51-346 Continuous Disclosure Review Program Activities for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, which summarizes the results of the CSA’s continuous disclosure (CD) review program, highlights common deficiencies and illustrates best practices for reporting issuers.

Overall, 62% of review outcomes required issuers to take action to improve and/or amend their disclosure, or resulted in the issuer being referred to enforcement, cease traded or placed on the default list. This represents a slight increase from 59 per cent in fiscal 2015.

In fiscal 2016, CSA Staff noted disclosure deficiencies in a number of areas, including but not limited to:

• use of non-GAAP financial measures;
• liquidity and capital resources;
• discussion of operations by venture issuers without significant revenues;
• material contracts; and
• disclosure required by National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities.

Louis Morisset, Chair of the CSA

Louis Morisset, Chair of the CSA

Louis Morisset, Chair of the CSA and Chair and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers, said:

We strongly encourage issuers to review the CSA’s report and use the findings to strengthen their compliance with continuous disclosure requirements.”

Under Canadian securities law, reporting issuers must provide timely continuous disclosure about their business and affairs. Disclosure documents include financial statements, management’s discussion and analysis and other regulatory disclosure.

The CSA’s CD review program was established to assess issuers’ compliance of continuous disclosure documents and to help issuers understand their obligations to deliver high-quality information to investors.

CSA Staff Notice 51-346 is available on various CSA members’ websites.

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, co ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.

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