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Arrangements for Adjustment of Wharf Futures and Options

Regulatory
05 Dec 2007

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) has announced the arrangements for the adjustment to the contract terms of all open Wharf futures and option contracts in existence after the market close on 12 December 2007, the business day immediately before the ex-rights date (ex-date), which is 13 December 2007, to account for rights shares to be issued on the basis of one rights share for every eight existing ordinary shares.

Highlights of the adjustment arrangements to Wharf futures and option contracts are set forth below.  Investors should consult their brokers for further details, or if they have any questions regarding the adjustment. 

Underlying Stock The Wharf (Holdings) Limited 
Corporate Action One rights share for every eight existing shares
Ex-date 13 December 2007

Wharf Futures

Adjustment Procedures

Adjustment will be made to the open positions of Wharf futures contracts which exist after the market close on 12 December 2007, the business day immediately before the ex-date.  The details of the adjustment procedures are as follows:

Adjustment Term Formula
Adjustment Ratio (AR) ( 8 existing shares + (1 new share x $30 / closing price before ex-date)
                       (8 existing shares + 1 new share)
Adjusted Contracted Prices (ACP) Contracted prices of outstanding stock futures contract x  AR
Adjusted Contract Multiplier (ACM) Contracted prices of outstanding stock futures contract x
(1,000 shares / ACP)

(Note: AR will be announced through DCASS# Clearing Message Window after market close on 12 December 2007.)


Trading of Adjusted and Standard Contracts

After the market close on 12 December 2007, the business day immediately before the ex-date, the open positions will be transferred to the adjusted futures contracts.  In addition, new contracts based on the standard contract multiplier will be introduced for trading on the ex-date, 13 December 2007.  Details of the adjusted and standard contracts available for trading on and after the ex-date are shown below:

Contract Trading Symbol Contract Multiplier
(Shares)
Available for Trading Addition of
New Contract Months
on and after the Ex-date
Adjusted WHA ACM From ex-date  to
27 Jun 2008
No
Standard WHL 1,000 From ex-date onwards Yes

Investors should note that the cash settlement amount of adjusted and standard futures contracts on the last trading day will be calculated using their respective contract multipliers. There will not be any changes to the number of open positions and other contract terms after the transfer of positions. 

Wharf Option

Adjustment Procedures

Adjustment will be made to the open positions of Wharf option contracts which exist after the market close on 12 December, the business day immediately before the ex-date.  The details of the adjustment procedures are as follows:

Adjustment Term Formula
Adjustment Ratio (AR) ( 8 existing shares + (1 new share x $30 / closing price before ex-date)
                             (8 existing shares + 1 new share)
Adjusted Exercise Price (AEP) Exercise price of outstanding option series  x  AR
Adjusted Contract Size (ACS) Exercise price of outstanding option series x  (1,000 shares / AEP)

(Note: AR will be announced through DCASS Clearing Message Window after market close on 12 December 2007.)

Trading of Adjusted and Standard Contracts

After the market close on 12 December 2007, the business day immediately before the ex-date, the open positions will be transferred to the adjusted option series.  In addition, new option series based on the standard contract size will be introduced for trading on the ex-date, 13 December 2007.  Details of the adjusted and standard contracts available for trading on and after the ex-date are shown below:

Contract Trading Symbol Contract Size
(Shares)
Available for Trading Addition of
New Option Series
on and after the Ex-date
Adjusted WHA ACS From ex-date  to
27 Jun 2008
No
Standard WHL 1,000 From ex-date onwards Yes

Investors should note that the adjusted and standard option series have different contract sizes.  There will not be any changes to the number of open positions and other contract terms after the transfer of positions.  

# DCASS is the clearing and settlement system for the futures and options traded on HKEx’s exchanges.

Updated 05 Dec 2007

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