The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) today announced the launch of a new family of services aimed at automating and streamlining the processing of restricted securities, which are estimated to have a value of more than $1.2 trillion.
Restricted securities are securities whose transfer is subject to certain transfer and ownership restrictions. They are issued in many different circumstances, such as private placements, employee compensation packages, corporate reorganization plans and certain other securities issuances not registered with the SEC. A restricted security can usually be identified by a legend on the certificate, which contains the terms and conditions of the restrictions on transfer and ownership. Level 1 – Basic Deposits: DTCC's depository subsidiary handles the transfer of restricted securities certificates into unrestricted securities; Level 2 – Web Guide for Restricted Securities: A Web-based information guide that offers a comprehensive tutorial on lifting restrictions, along with databases of contact information and forms; Level 3 – Total Processing Solution: An automated processing solution, which will be available mid-2005, that provides an integrated way to track and process restricted securities, as well as handle the removal of restrictions.
Today's process for lifting restrictions is labor-intensive, costly and inefficient. It involves handling physical securities certificates and completing an array of unique and complex documents and forms.
DTCC's family of Restricted Securities Services offers three levels of service to help brokers, banks and other financial institutions simplify operations and expedite the processing of restricted securities for their clients:
"With a steady expansion in the use of restricted stock instead of stock options in employee compensation packages, there is a critical need to automate and streamline processing for these complicated securities," said Joe Trezza, DTCC senior product manager for Restricted Securities Services. "In the past few years, concerns about the abuse of stock option awards, and new accounting standards for expensing the value of stock options, have been significant drivers in the trend toward restricted stock."
DTCC also announced the signing of an agreement with Restricted Stock Systems, Inc. (RSS) to partner in the delivery of these services. RSS is a technology innovator in the specialized area of restricted and control stock.
"Combining DTCC's experience providing securities processing solutions with RSS's proven software makes a powerful combination," said Trezza. "It helps us speed to market a solution that will support the industry's growth of restricted securities. Both DTCC and RSS share a commitment to bring greater efficiencies to help the industry deal with these manual, cumbersome and error-prone transactions."
"We are excited about the opportunity to team up with DTCC given its track record, expertise and long history in the securities processing business," said Greg Besner, CEO of RSS. "Our work together will provide a straight-through processing solution for restricted securities and enable us to reach a broad audience quickly."
The Basic Deposit Service is an offering of The Depository Trust Company, a subsidiary of DTCC. The Web Guide and Total Processing Solution are provided by Global Asset Solutions LLC, also a subsidiary of DTCC.