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Report on Initial Public Offering Applications, Delisting and Suspensions (As at 31 May 2019)

Market Operations
31 May 2019

Report on Initial Public Offering Applications, Delisting and Suspensions
(As at 31 May 2019)
 

Main Board GEM Total
New Applications Accepted(1)


a. May 2019 23 3 26
b. 2019 Year-to-date 111 17 128
Approvals in principle granted(1)
a. May 2019 20 0 20
b. 2019 Year-to-date 60 4 64
Active applications(1) (as at 31 May 2019)
1. Under processing
a. New applications accepted since 1 January 2019 99 17 116
b. Others

36

__________

19

__________

55

__________

Sub-total 135 36 171
2. Approval in principle granted
a. Approvals granted since 1 January 2019 22 1 23
b. Others

6

__________

0

__________

6

__________

Total 163 37 200



Inactive applications(2) (since 1 January 2019)
1. Lapsed
a. Approval in principle granted but not listed prior to application lapsed 28 1 29
b. Others 82 27 109
2. Rejected 10 4 14
3. Withdrawn 7 2 9
4. Returned(3)

0

__________

0

__________

0

__________

Total 127 34 161

5. Renewals(4)
76 21 97
6. Returned cases resubmitted(5)

0

__________

0

__________

0

__________

Total 76 21 97

No. of new listings (since 1 January 2019)



1. Newly listed companies(6)              53 6 59
2. Transfer of listing from GEM to Main Board

7

__________

N/A

__________

7

__________

Total 60 6 66
       



First Comment Letters Issued(7)

a. May 2019 25
b. Average number of days taken between the date of application and the date of issue of related first comment letter 13
Guidance issued to potential new listing applicants or their advisers on matters relating to the Listing Rules
a. May 2019
15

b. Average number of days taken between the date of request for guidance and the date of issue of written response(8) 10

(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(2) Includes any application (or renewal) not approved, returned, rejected or withdrawn within six months from date of application.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.  If included, the number of first comment letters issued is 30 and the average number of days taken is 13.
(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 31 May 2019)

Main Board GEM Total
(a) Number of delisted companies (since 1 January 2019)

a. Withdrawal of listing pursuant to privatisation 3 0 3
b. Transfer of listing from GEM to Main Board N/A 7 7
c. Cancellation of listing pursuant to delisting procedures under the Listing Rules 3 1 4
d. Voluntary withdrawal of listing

0

__________

0

__________

0

__________

Total 6 8 14
(b) Number of companies in suspension for three months or more (as at 31 May 2019)
a.  Main Board companies in delisting procedures under Practice Note 17(9) 22 N/A
22
b. Companies given notice for delisting(10)  0 4 4
c. Other suspended companies(11)  45 8 53
d. Delisting approved by the Listing Committee

2*

__________

1*

__________

3

__________

Total 69 13 82


Other Information
(As at 31 May 2019)

Main Board GEM Total
(c) Number of listed companies (as at 31 May 2019) 1,978 387 2,365

(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.
   
* The 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.

 


Ends

Updated 31 May 2019

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