(1) For purposes of this rule:

Terms Used In Florida Regulations 69W-600.0151

  • Appraisal: A determination of property value.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
    (a) “Audited financial statements” means financial statements that must be:
    1. Examined in accordance with United States generally accepted auditing standards and prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles;
    2. Audited by a certified public accountant that meets the standards of independence described in Rule 2-01(b) and (c) of Regulation S-X (17 C.F.R. §210.2-01(b) and (c)), which is incorporated by reference in Rule Fla. Admin. Code R. 69W-200.002; and,
    3. Accompanied by an opinion of the accountant with respect to the financial statements, and by a note stating the principles used to prepare it, the basis of included securities, and any other explanations required for clarity.
    (b) “Net capital,” for purposes of subsection (3) of this rule, means assets minus liabilities, as determined by United States generally accepted accounting principles. The Office of Financial Regulation (Office) may require a current appraisal be submitted in order to establish the worth of any asset.
    (c) “Unaudited financial statements,” means financial statements prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles and which must include:
    1. A Statement of Financial Condition or Balance Sheet;
    2. A Statement of Income;
    3. An oath or affirmation that such statement or report is true and correct to the best knowledge, information, and belief of the person making such oath or affirmation. Such oath or affirmation shall be made before a person authorized to administer such oath or affirmation, and shall be made by a duly authorized representative of the entity for whom the financial statements were prepared; and,
    4. When specifically requested by the Office pursuant to Florida Statutes § 517.201, a Statement of Changes in Financial Position, Statement of Changes in Stockholder’s/Partner’s/Proprietor’s Equity, and a Statement of Changes in Liabilities Subordinated to Claims of General Creditors.
    (2) Net capital requirements for dealers. All dealer applicants and registrants shall meet and at all times maintain the net capital and ratio requirements as prescribed by United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Rule 15c3-1 including any appendices thereto (17 C.F.R. §§240.15c3-1, 240.15c3-1a, 240.15c3-1b, 240.15c3-1c, and 240.15c3-1d, 240.15c3-1e, 240.15c3-1f, and 204.15c3-1g), computed in accordance with said rule. The foregoing are incorporated by reference in Rule Fla. Admin. Code R. 69W-200.002
    (a) All reporting requirements as specified in 17 C.F.R. §240.17a-11, which is incorporated by reference in Rule Fla. Admin. Code R. 69W-200.002, when such regulation is referred in SEC Rule 15c3-1 shall be applicable with the exception that such reports and notifications required by said rule shall be forwarded to the Office as well as the other regulatory agencies specified, if applicable.
    (b) All references to 17 C.F.R. §240.17a-3 and 17 C.F.R. §240.17a-4, in the foregoing and subsequent provisions of Office of Financial Regulation or SEC Rules as incorporated by the Office, shall be read as to mean Rule Fla. Admin. Code R. 69W-600.014 The foregoing SEC Rules are incorporated by reference in Rule Fla. Admin. Code R. 69W-200.002
    (3) Net capital requirements for issuer-dealers.
    (a) Every issuer/dealer registered or required to be registered pursuant to Florida Statutes § 517.12, except those described in paragraph (3)(b) of this rule, shall maintain net capital of least $5,000.
    (b) An issuer who elects to offer or sell its own securities pursuant to Florida Statutes § 517.051(9), is required to be registered pursuant to Florida Statutes § 517.12(2), and shall maintain net capital of:
    1. $5,000 when the securities of the issuer which are to be offered and sold are not in excess of $250,000.
    2. $25,000 when the securities of the issuer which are to be offered and sold are in excess of $250,000.
    (4) Financial reporting requirements for dealers.
    (a) Requirement for dealer applicants. Every dealer applicant, unless exempted under paragraph (4)(c) of this rule, shall file with the Office:
    1. A completed SEC Form X-17A-5 Part IIA (FOCUS Report) (11-05), which is hereby incorporated by reference and accessible at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-11279, or
    2. Financial statements as of a date within ninety (90) days prior to the date of filing for registration. Dealer applicants may file unaudited financial statements provided that the dealer applicants shall also file audited financial statements as of said applicant’s most recent fiscal year end. Those dealer applicants which have been in operation for a period of time less than twelve (12) months, and for whom audited financial statements have not been prepared or are not available, may file unaudited financial statements provided the applicant is effectively registered with the SEC or Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and such financial statements are as of a date within thirty (30) days prior to the date of filing for registration.
    (b) Requirement for dealers. Every dealer registered or required to be registered pursuant to Florida Statutes § 517.12, shall annually file with the Office of Financial Regulation audited financial statements as of the end of the dealer’s fiscal year within ninety (90) days after the conclusion of said fiscal year, unless exempted under paragraph (4)(c) of this rule.
    (c) The financial statements and reports required by paragraphs (4)(a) and (4)(b) of this rule, are not required to be filed with the Office by a dealer applicant or registrant if the dealer registrant is a current member of a securities association registered pursuant to section 15A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. §78o-3) and such association requires financial reports to be filed with it.
    (d) Financial statements and reports prepared and filed in accordance with the provisions of SEC Rule 17a-5 (17 C.F.R. §240.17a-5), which is incorporated by reference in Rule Fla. Admin. Code R. 69W-200.002, shall be deemed to be in compliance with and fulfill the requirements of paragraphs (4)(a) through (4)(d) of this rule.
    (5) Financial reporting requirements for issuer-dealers.
    (a) Requirements for issuer-dealer applicants. Every issuer-dealer applicant shall file with the Office:
    1. Financial statements as described in paragraph (5)(b) of this rule, as of a date within ninety (90) days prior to the date of filing for registration;
    2. Written notice of designation of an independent certified public accountant, which notice shall include name, address and telephone number of the accountant so designated;
    3. Written notice of fiscal year end or audit date of such issuer-dealer; and,
    4. Disclosure of any contingent, civil or criminal liabilities of such issuer-dealer.
    (b) Issuer-dealer applicants may file unaudited financial statements provided that the issuer-dealer applicants shall also file audited financial statements as of said applicant’s most recent fiscal year end, except:
    1. This paragraph (5)(b) does not apply to issuer-dealer applicants who concurrently submit an application for registration of securities pursuant to Florida Statutes § 517.081 and who are required to file audited financial statements under that section.
    2. Issuer-dealer applicants who will offer or sell their own securities pursuant to Florida Statutes § 517.051(9), shall only file unaudited financial statements.
    (c) Requirements for issuer-dealers. An issuer-dealer shall annually file with the Office audited financial statements as of the end of the issuer-dealer’s fiscal year within ninety (90) days after the conclusion of said fiscal year, except issuer-dealer applicants offering or selling its own securities pursuant to Florida Statutes § 517.051(9), may file unaudited financial statements within ninety (90) days after the conclusion of the end of their fiscal year.
    (6) Registration as a dealer or issuer-dealer may be denied, revoked, or suspended pursuant to Florida Statutes § 517.161(1), if financial statements reflect:
    1. Net capital less than required under this rule; or
    2. An audit opinion qualified as to the scope of the audit, the entity’s ability to continue on a going-concern basis, or other material qualifications; or
    3. An adverse audit opinion or a disclaimer of opinion.
Rulemaking Authority 517.03(1), 517.12(9), 517.121(2) FS. Law Implemented 517.12(9), 517.121(2), 517.161(1), 517.201 FS. History—New 5-6-15, 11-26-19.