Oregon Oregon State Treasury
Notice and Reporting Requirements by Public Bodies When Issuing Bonds
(a) “MDAC” means the Oregon Municipal Debt Advisory Commission, including OST when acting as staff for the MDAC pursuant to 287A.632 (Meetings)(3).
(b) “OST” means the Office of the State Treasurer.
(c) “Bond marketing date” is the date the public body and underwriter or placement agent agree on the market terms of the bonds. For competitive bid bonds this is the date bids are opened and the bonds are awarded to public bidders pursuant to a published notice of bond sale. For negotiated sales or private placements this means the date the public body gives the verbal award to the underwriter or placement agent.
(d) “Called bonds” are bonds for which the public body has exercised the option or requirement to redeem before the stated maturity date. The call date is the date the bond may be redeemed.
(e) “Closing” means the date the bonds are delivered to the initial bond purchaser and the public body receives payment for the bonds.
(f) “Delivery date” means the date shown by the United States Postal Service or other delivery services’ cancellation mark or, if provided electronically, the delivery date is the date shown as electronically received by the OST.
(g) “Governing body” means the person, board, commission, council, officer or other body authorized to direct the issuance of bonds.
(h) “Issuer” means a public body or the State Treasurer.
(i) “Official statement” means the document published by a state agency or public body that discloses material information on the issue of bonds including the purposes of the issue, repayment methods, and the financial, economic and social characteristics of the issuing government. A final official statement is printed after the final terms of the bonds are available.
(j) “Paying officer” means the public officer, other than a fiscal or paying agent, to who bonds may be presented for payment.
(k) “Public body” means those entities described in ORS 287A.001 (Definitions for ORS chapter 287A) and an intergovernmental entity formed pursuant to ORS 238.695 (Intergovernmental agreements for collective issuance, administration or payment of bonds).
(l) “State agency” means a related agency defined in ORS 286A.001(8).
(m) “True Interest Cost” (TIC) means the annual discount rate that, when used to discount all debt service payments on the issue to the date of initial delivery of the issue, using a compounding interval equal to the interest payment periods for the issue, results in the aggregate present value of such debt service payments being equal to the original purchase price (including accrued interest) of the issue.
(n) “Independent SEC-registered advisor” has the meaning given in Oregon Laws 2019, chapter 355, section 23(4).
(o) “Pension Obligation Bonds” means issuance of bonds authorized under ORS 238.694 (Certain public bodies authorized to issue bonds to finance pension liabilities).
(p) “Public Offering” means a sale for which an issuer publicizes the upcoming bond issue, provides the timeframe and platform for which bids will be accepted, and provides any additional guidelines or details related to the bond issue and for which the winning bidder(s) generally is the bidder who has offered the lowest total interest costs, including all costs of issuance and underwriter fees.
(q) “Private Placement” means a sale in which funds are provided through direct negotiation with one or more private or governmental entities, effectively providing a loan that must be repaid over time. Private placements do not require many of the disclosure requirements found in public offerings and are not publicly issued or publicly traded.
(r) “Limited Offering” means a sale in which the bonds are offered and sold to a limited number of investors that meet certain established standards for qualifying as a purchaser of the bonds and the offering is exempt from the provisions of Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 15c2-12 because the bonds are sold in authorized denominations of $100,000 to no more than 35 persons each of whom the underwriter reasonably believes:
(A) has such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters that it is capable of evaluating the merits and risks of the investment; and
(B) is not purchasing for more than one account or with a view to distributing the securities.
(3) Notice of bond sales. Public bodies shall provide notice of publicly offered and limited offering bond sales to MDAC by submitting MDAC Form 1 as set forth in OAR 170-055-0001 (Definitions and Notice to Treasurer)(4). Notice must include preliminary bond sale information such as: the issuing entity, type of bond, anticipated bond marketing date, bond par amount, project or purpose of the bond issue, source of revenues used to repay the bonds, anticipated closing date, bond counsel, financial advisor and other summary information identified on MDAC Form 1.
(4) Timing. If a public body issues Pension Obligation Bonds, whether by public offering, limited offering or private placement, the public body shall provide the notice described in section 3 of this rule to the MDAC at least 30 days prior to bond marketing date; for all other bond sales the public body shall provide the required notice to the MDAC at least 10 days prior to the bond marketing date.
(5) Pension Bonds Assessment. In addition to the notice required under section 4 of this rule, a public body issuing Pension Obligation Bonds shall also submit to the State Treasurer, through the OST Debt Management Division, at least 30 days prior to the bond marketing the following items:
(a) A statistically based assessment from an independent economic or financial consulting firm regarding the likelihood that investment returns on the Pension Obligation Bond proceeds will exceed the interest cost of the bonds under various market conditions; and
(b) The name of the SEC-registered advisor, if any, that will assist the public body in issuing the Pension Obligation Bonds.
(6) Confirmation of notice. After receipt of the notice required under section 4 of this rule, the MDAC shall provide a letter verifying such. The letter includes a statement that the notice complies with OAR 170-061-0000 (Notice and Reporting Requirements by Public Bodies When Issuing Bonds) and is conclusive evidence of such compliance. Compliance letters are sent to bond counsel. Noncompliance letters state the reason for non-compliance and are sent to the public body and its bond counsel.
(7) Postponement. For postponed or changed bond sales the public body complies with notice requirements when, on a best efforts basis, it submits an updated MDAC Form 1 to the MDAC as set forth in OAR 170-055-0001 (Definitions and Notice to Treasurer)(4).
(8) Reporting results. Any public body issuing bonds shall report bond sale results by submitting MDAC Form 2, and a public body preparing an official statement shall provide a final copy of such official statement, to the MDAC within seven business days after the bond marketing date. Sale results must include all of the information identified on MDAC Form 2. The public body and its bond counsel will receive written notice of non-compliance if sale results are not reported.
(9) Exceptions. The MDAC, through a vote of the commissioners, may waive any or all provisions of this rule