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Report on Initial Public Offering Applications, Delisting and Suspensions (As at 29 January 2021)

Market Operations
29 Jan 2021

Report on Initial Public Offering Applications, Delisting and Suspensions
(As at 29 January 2021)
 

Main Board GEM Total
New Applications Accepted(1)

 
a. January 2021 17 0 17
b. 2021 Year-to-date 17 0 17
Approvals in principle granted(1)
 
a. January 2021
7 0 7
b. 2021 Year-to-date 7 0 7
Active applications(1) (as at 29 January 2021)
 
1. Under processing  
a. New applications accepted since 1 January 2021 17 0 17 
b. Others

73

__________

10

__________

83

__________

Sub-total 90 10 100 
2. Approval in principle granted  
a. Approvals granted since 1 January 2021 7 0  7
b. Others

3

__________

0

__________

3

__________

Total 100 10  110



Inactive applications(2) (since 1 January 2021)
 
1. Lapsed  
a. Approval in principle granted but not listed prior to application lapsed 1 0

b. Others 7 2 9
2. Rejected 0 0 0
3. Withdrawn 1 0
4. Returned(3)

1

__________

0

__________

1

__________

Total 10 2 12

5. Renewals(4)
7 1 8
6. Returned cases resubmitted(5)

0

__________

0

__________

0

__________ 

Total 7 1 8

No. of new listings (since 1 January 2021)


 
1. Newly listed companies(6)              15 1 16 
2. Transfer of listing from GEM to Main Board

0

__________

N/A

__________

0

__________ 

Total 15 1 16



First Comment Letters Issued(7)
 
a. January 2021
 13
b. Average number of days taken between the date of application and the date of issue of related first comment letter  12
Guidance issued to potential new listing applicants or their advisers on matters relating to the Listing Rules
 
a. January 2021  20

b. Average number of days taken between the date of request for guidance and the date of issue of written response(8)  11

(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(2) Includes any application (or renewal) not approved, returned, rejected or withdrawn within six months from date of application.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) Not include transfer of listing from GEM to the Main Board. 
(7) 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.
(8) 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 29 January 2021)

Main Board GEM Total
(a) Number of delisted companies (since 1 January 2021)

 
a. Withdrawal of listing pursuant to privatisation 2 1 3
b. Transfer of listing from GEM to Main Board N/A 0 0
c. Cancellation of listing pursuant to delisting procedures under the Listing Rules 3 1 4
d. Voluntary withdrawal of listing

0

__________

0

__________

0

__________ 

Total 5 2 7
(b) Number of companies in suspension for three months or more (as at 29 January 2021)
 
a.  Main Board companies in delisting procedures under Practice Note 17(9) 6 N/A
6
b. Companies given notice for delisting(10)  0 0 0
c. Other suspended companies(11)  44 15 59
d. Delisting approved by the Listing Committee

13*

__________

3*

__________

16

__________ 

Total 63 18 81


Other Information
(As at 29 January 2021)

Main Board GEM  Total
(c) Number of listed companies (as at 29 January 2021) 2,178 367 2,545

(9) Main Board companies that are placed in a three stage process of delisting under Practice Note 17 to the Main Board Listing Rules for failure to maintain sufficient operations or assets.
(10) The Exchange has decided to commence procedures under Main Board Rule 6.10 or GEM Rule 9.15 to cancel the listing of companies on the grounds set out in Main Board Rule 6.01 or GEM Rule 9.14.
(11) The Exchange may cancel the listing of companies if trading in their securities has remained suspended for 18 continuous months under Main Board Rule 6.01A or 12 continuous months under GEM Rule 9.14A.  Depending on the specific facts and circumstances of a suspended company, the Exchange may at any time publish a delisting notice stating its right to delist the company if it fails to resume trading within a shorter period specified in the notice.
   
* 11 Main Board companies and 3 GEM companies have applied to the Exchange to review the delisting decisions.  The review procedures are in progress.
 

This report is updated on the last trading day of each month.

  

 
   

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Updated 29 Jan 2021