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Hong Kong Stock Exchange Listing Applications Up 56% In Q3

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

25 November 2005


The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission has reported that thirty-six listing applications were received via the territory's stock exchange in the third quarter of 2005, an increase of 56% compared to the previous quarter.

The Commission stated that it had issued comments on 17 applications, compared to 12 cases in the second quarter. In the first quarter it commented on 19 out of 30 applications received. Of those, three lapsed due to the expiry of the six-month application period, one was withdrawn, and 13 were listed or approved by the Stock Exchange to be listed. Two applications are outstanding.

The commission noted two serious disclosure deficiencies common to several cases. First, neither the business model of the listing applicant nor the commercial rationale of its key business transactions was clearly explained, making it difficult for potential investors to see the genuine business substance of the applicant.

This is typically observed where the listing applicant's operations involve close business arrangements with other, often related, parties. Second, disclosure of the relationship with the controlling shareholders is often incomplete.

The commission's Executive Director of Corporate Finance Peter Au-Yang explained that some companies' business models involve unusual relationships with related parties or other third parties.

"It is important that all material aspects of a listing applicant's operations and business relationships are disclosed in a way that enables potential investors to understand and assess fully the business fundamentals of the company," he observed.

A comprehensive report in our Intelligence Report series examining offshore investment, offshore stock exchanges, and hedge funds is available in the Lowtax Library at http://www.lowtaxlibrary.com/asp/subs_reports.asp and a description of the report can be seen at http://www.lowtaxlibrary.com/asp/description_report9.asp

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