DEFINITION of 'SEC Form F-3'
A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) required for the registration of certain securities by foreign issuers. SEC Form F-3 is used by certain foreign private issuers that have a global market capitalization greater than $75 million and that have reported under the 1934 Act for a minimum of 1 year. It is also used by eligible foreign private issuers to register offerings of non-convertible investment-grade securities.
BREAKING DOWN 'SEC Form F-3'
Form F-3 is also known as the Registration Statement under the Securities Act of 1933.
This act, often referred to as the "truth in securities" law, requires that these registration forms, providing essential facts, are filed to disclose important information upon registration of a company's securities. Form F-3 helps the SEC achieve the objectives of this act - requiring investors to receive significant information regarding securities offered and prohibiting fraud in the sale of the offered securities.