Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 106 Part 2.djvu/130

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106 STAT. 1010 PUBLIC LAW 102-366—SEPT. 4, 1992 "(2) Prioritized payments on participating securities shall be preferred and cumulative and payable out of the retained earnings available for distribution, as defined by the Administration, of the issuing company at a rate determined by the Secretary of the Treasury taking into consideration the current average market yield on outstanding marketable obligations of the United States with remaining periods to maturity comparable to the average maturities on such securities, adjusted to the nearest one-eighth of 1 per centum, plus, at the time the guarantee is issued, such additional charge, if any, toward covering other costs of the program as the Administration may determine to be consistent with its purposes, but not to exceed 2 per centum. " (3) In the event of liquidation of the company, participating securities shall be senior in priority for all purposes to all other equity interests in the issuing company, whenever created. "(4) Any company issuing a participating security under this subsection shall commit to invest or shall invest and maintain an amount equal to the outstanding face value of such security solely in equity capital. As used in this subsection, 'equity capital' means common or preferred stock or a similar instrument, including subordinated debt with equity features which is not amortized and which provides for interest pay- ments contingent upon and limited to the extent of earnings. "(5) The only debt (other than leverage obtained in accordance with this title) which any companv issuing a participating security under this subsection may have outstanding shall be temporary debt in amounts limited to not more than 50 per centum of private capital. "(6) The Administration may permit the proceeds of a participating security to be used to pay the principal amount due on outstanding debentures guareuiteed by the Administration, if (A) the company has outstanding equity capital invested in an amount equal to the amount of the debentures being refinanced and (B) the Administration receives profit participation on such terms and conditions as it may determine, but not to exceed the per centums specified in paragraph (11). "(7) For purposes of computing profit participation under paragraph (11), except as otherwise determined by the Administration, the management expenses of any company which issues participating securities shall not be greater than 2.5 per centum per annum of the combined capital of the company, plus $125,000 if the company's combined capital is less man $20,000,000. For purposes of this paragraph, (A) the term 'combined capital' means the aggregate amount of private capital and outstanding leverage and (B) the term 'management expenses' includes salaries, office expenses, travel, business development, office and equipment rental, bookkeeping and the development, investigation and monitoring of investments, but does not include the cost of services provided by specialized outside consultants, outside lawyers and outside auditors, who perform services not generally expected of a venture capital company nor does such term include the cost of services provided by any affiliate of the company which are not part of the normal process of making and monitoring venture capital investments.