SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Issuer Delisting; Order Granting the Application of Earl Scheib, Inc. to Withdraw its Capital Stock, $1.00 par value, from Listing and Registration on the American Stock Exchange LLC File No. 1-04822
April 6, 2005
On February 24, 2005, Earl Scheib, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("Issuer"), filed an application with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("Commission"), pursuant to Section 12(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Act")1 and Rule 12d2-2(d) thereunder,2 to withdraw its capital stock, $1.00 par value ("Security"), from listing and registration on the American Stock Exchange LLC ("Amex"). Notice of such application requesting comments was published in the Federal Register on March 15, 2005.3 No comments were received. As discussed below, the Commission is granting the application.
On February 23, 2005, the Board of Directors ("Board") of the Issuer unanimously approved resolutions to withdraw the Security from listing on Amex. The Board stated that it determined it is in the best interest of the Issuer and its stockholders to withdraw the Security from Amex for the following reasons: (1) the Issuer has fewer than 300 record holders of the Security; (2) the Security trades in low volumes and, as a result, listing of the Security on Amex does not provide significant liquidity to stockholders; (3) the expense of maintaining the listing of the Security on Amex, including the cost of complying with the Act and the provision added by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, has had, and is expected in the future to have, a significant negative effect on the Issuer's earnings; (4) the Issuer's management believes the Issuer is the only publicly-traded chain operator of automotive paint and body shops, and that the costs of maintaining its listing on Amex and complying with the Act place the Issuer at a disadvantage with competitors who do not bear these costs nor make the required disclosures; (5) compliance with the Act and the listing rules of Amex demands significant attention from the Issuer's management and the Board, which attention would otherwise be devoted to developing the Issuer's business and pursing strategic opportunities; and (6) the Issuer has not sought financing in public capital markets in many years, and the Issuer's management does not expect to do so for the foreseeable future.
The Issuer stated in its application that it has met the requirements of Amex Rule 18 by complying with all applicable laws in Delaware, in which it is incorporated, and with Amex's rules governing an issuer's voluntary withdrawal of a security from listing and registration. The Issuer's application relates solely to withdrawal of the Security from listing on Amex and from registration under Section 12(b) of the Act,4 and shall not affect its obligation to be registered under Section 12(g) of the Act.5
The Commission, having considered the facts stated in the application and having due regard for the public interest and protection of investors, orders that the application be, and it hereby is, granted, effective at the opening of business on April 7, 2005.
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.6
Jonathan G. Katz
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