SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Self-Regulatory Organizations; Order Granting Application to Strike from Listing and Registration on the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. (Tower Automotive, Inc., Common Stock, $.01 par value) File No. 1-12733
March 24, 2005
On March 15, 2005, the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. ("NYSE" or "Exchange") 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(c) thereunder,2 to strike the common stock, $.01 par value ("Security"), of Tower Automotive, Inc. ("Company") from listing and registration on the NYSE.
NYSE Rule 499 states that securities admitted to the list may be suspended from dealings or removed from the list at any time. In addition, Section 802.01D of the Exchange’s Listed Company Manual states, in part, that the Exchange would normally consider suspending or removing from the list a security of a company when an intent to file under any of the sections of the bankruptcy law has been announced or a filing has been made or liquidation has been authorized and the company is committed to proceed.
In the opinion of the NYSE, the Security is no longer suitable for continued listing and trading on the NYSE. The Exchange is taking such action in view of the Company's February 2, 2005 announcement that it and certain of its subsidiaries filed a petition to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Southern District of New York, in order to address liquidity needs and facilitate a debt restructuring. In addition, the Exchange noted the Company's closing share price of $.77 on February 1, 2005.
On February 2, 2005, the Exchange determined that the Security should be suspended immediately from trading and directed the preparation and filing of this application with the Commission for the withdrawal of the Security from listing and registration on the Exchange. The Exchange notified the Company of the Exchange's determination by letter on February 2, 2005. The Company did not file a request for review of the Exchange's determination to delist the Security within the required time period.
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 NYSE's application be, and it hereby is, granted, effective at the opening of business on March 28, 2005.
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.3
Jonathan G. Katz