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A legal document filed with the SEC to register securities for public offering that details the purpose of the proposed public offering. The statement outlines financial details, a history of the company's operations and management, and other facts of importance to potential buyers. See: Registration.
A document filed with the SEC explaining a new offering of securities for public trade. A registration statement must contain a complete description of the security and the terms of the sales. It must also include applicable information about the issuer's financial situation and applicable risk factors. This is done to protect investors from fraud.
A document filed with the SEC containing detailed information about a firm that plans to sell securities to the public. Required data include financial statements, the reason for the issue, and details on the firm's business. Certain issues (such as under $500,000, intrastate sales only, private placements, and bank securities) are exempt from this requirement. See also deficiency letter, official statement, prospectus.