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Report on Initial Public Offering Applications, Delisting and Suspensions (As at 31 July 2017)

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31 Jul 2017

Report on Initial Public Offering Applications, Delisting and Suspensions
(As at 31 July 2017)

 

Main Board GEM Total
New Applications Accepted



a. July 2017
(i) Application(s) made by companies pursuant to Chapter 8 of the Main Board Listing Rules/Chapter 11 of the GEM Listing Rules 22 22 44
(ii) Application(s) made by investment vehicle(s) pursuant to Chapters 20 and 21 of the Main Board Listing Rules 1 N/A 1
(iii) Application(s) for transfer of listing from GEM to Main Board

5 N/A 5
(iv) Deemed new applicant(s)pursuant to Main Board Listing Rule 8.21C or Main Board Listing Rule 14.84, and very substantial acquisition(s) treated as reverse takeover(s) pursuant to Main Board Listing Rule 14.06(6)/GEM Listing Rule 19.06(6) 1


________
0


________
1


________
Total 29 22 51
b. 2017 Year-to-date
(i) Application(s) made by companies pursuant to Chapter 8 of the Main Board Listing Rules/Chapter 11 of the GEM Listing Rules 81 80 161
(ii) Application(s) made by investment vehicle(s) pursuant to Chapters 20 and 21 of the Main Board Listing Rules 20 N/A 20
(iii) Application(s) for transfer of listing from GEM to Main Board

17 N/A 17
(iv) Deemed new applicant(s) pursuant to Main Board Listing Rule 8.21C or Main Board Listing Rule 14.84, and very substantial acquisition(s) treated as reverse takeover(s) pursuant to Main Board Listing Rule 14.06(6)/GEM Listing Rule 19.06(6) 7


_________
0


_________
7


_________
Total 125 80 205


Approvals in principle granted(1)

a. July 2017 2 0 2
b. 2017 Year-to-date 63 43 106


Active applications(1) (as at 31 July 2017)
1. Under processing
a. New applications accepted since 1 January 2017 92 68 160
b. Others 9
_________
11
_________
20
_________
Sub-total 101 79 180
2. Approval in principle granted
a. Approvals granted since 1 January 2017 3 2 5
b. Others 0

_________
0

_________
0

_________
Total 104 81 185



Inactive applications(2) (since 1 January 2017)

1. Lapsed
a. Approval in principle granted but not listed prior to application lapsed 7 8 15
b. Others 35 42 77
2. Rejected 1 3 4
3. Withdrawn 3 6 9
4. Returned(3) 1
_________
0
_________
1
_________
Total 47 59 106

5. Renewals(4)
39 43 82
6. Returned cases resubmitted(5) 0
_________
3
_________
3
_________
Total 39 46 85


No. of new listings (since 1 January 2017)


(i) Companies listed pursuant to Chapter 8 of the Main Board Listing Rules/ Chapter 11 of the GEM Listing Rules 44 51 95
(ii) Investment vehicle(s) listed pursuant to Chapters 20 and 21 of the Main Board Listing Rules 18 N/A 18
(iii) Transfer of listing from GEM to Main Board 6 N/A 6
(iv) Deemed new listing(s) pursuant to Main Board Listing Rule 8.21C or Main Board Listing Rule 14.84, and very substantial acquisition(s) treated as reverse takeover(s) pursuant to Main Board Listing Rule 14.06(6)/GEM Listing Rule 19.06(6) 0


_________
0


_________
0


_________
Total 68 51 119



First Comment Letters Issued(6)


a. July 2017 33
b. Average number of days taken between the date of application and the date of issue of related first comment letter 21
Guidance issued to potential new listing applicants or their advisers on matters relating to the Listing Rules
a. July 2017
13
b. Average number of days taken between the date of request for guidance and the date of issue of written response(7) 9

(1) Includes application(s) by investment vehicle(s) pursuant to Chapters 20 and 21 of the Main Board Listing Rules, application(s) for transfer of listing from GEM to the Main Board, and deemed new applicant(s)pursuant to Main Board Listing Rule 8.21C or Main Board Listing Rule 14.84, and very substantial acquisition(s) treated as reverse takeover(s) pursuant to Main Board Listing Rule 14.06(6)/GEM Listing Rule 19.06(6).
(2) Includes any application (or renewal) not approved, returned, rejected or withdrawn within six months from date of application.
(3) Applications accepted for vetting but subsequently returned on the ground that the information in the listing application proof or related documents is not substantially complete.
(4) Includes all applications accepted within three months following a lapsed, rejected or withdrawn application by the same applicant.
(5) Applications resubmitted to the Exchange after an 8-week moratorium from the date of the return letter.
(6) First comment letters are the first letters issued by Listing Department staff that contain the comments on the respective listing applications. It only covers the first comment letters issued this month. For reports issued from January 2011 onwards, non-business days have been subtracted from "the average number of days taken".  The figures exclude cases for a transfer of listing from GEM to the Main Board.  If included, the number of first comment letters issued is 36 and the average number of days taken is 21.
(7) Covers only the guidance letters issued this month. For the reports issued from January 2011 onwards, non-business days have been subtracted from "the average number of days taken".


Delisting and Suspension Information
 
(As at 31 July 2017)

Main Board GEM Total
(a) Number of delisted companies (since 1 January 2017)

a. Withdrawal of listing pursuant to privatisation 3 0 3
b. Transfer of listing from GEM to Main Board N/A 6 6
c. Cancellation of listing pursuant to delisting procedures under the Listing Rules 1 2 3
d. Voluntary withdrawal of listing 1
_________
1
_________
2
_________
Total 5 9 14
(b) Number of companies in suspension for three months or more
(as at 31 July 2017)

a. Companies not in delisting procedures 31 0 31
b. Main Board companies in delisting procedures:


- first stage of delisting(8) 4 N/A 4
- second stage of delisting(9) 3 N/A 3
-third stage of delisting(9)
13 N/A 13
c. GEM companies given 6 months' notice for delisting N/A 2 2
d. Delisting approved by the Listing Committee
3* 0 3
e. Resumption proposals approved in principle by the Exchange subject to fulfillment of conditions 1

_________
0

_________
1

_________
Total 55 2 57


Other Information
(As at 31 July 2017)

Main Board GEM Total
(c) Number of listed companies (as at 31 July 2017) 1,758 302 2,060

(8) Where the Exchange has issued a letter to the long-suspended company informing it of the commencement of the delisting procedures and that the Exchange will consider placing the company in the second stage of delisting if the company fails to submit a viable resumption proposal by the deadline set out in the letter.
(9) Long-suspended Main Board companies having problems with sufficient operations or assets are placed in the second and third stages of delisting under Practice Note 17 to the Main Board Listing Rules.

* The companies applied to the Exchange to review the delisting decisions. The review procedures are in progress.             
 

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Updated 31 Jul 2017

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